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I understand your point, BUT if you factor in that the LC land was bought 10 years ago and account for inflation at an annual rate of even 3-4% and look at the fact that the land is one contiguous track along a major road artery and next to a $100M brand new hospital, I don't think that "slightly more" is a gross exaggeration.
Everyone I talk to thinks that having 7 smaller academies on one campus is a great idea. This includes school officials, teachers, administrative staff, & parents whose kids will attend the schools and have gone on site visits to other schools who are implementing academies. I'm glad to see Dr. Mitchell and the School Board demonstrate leadership and courage by painting a new vision for JCHS and what it's future will be 50 years from now. I will be voting for the investment in our children's educational future and will also encourage all I know to educate themselves how this project will far exceed the students and faculty's needs for years to come.
The one school - multiple campuses idea was thoroughly explored by the SSSC and the real challenge that would be way too costly and too much of a headache to overcome is transportation/administrative/logistical/scheduling challenges of shuttling and scheduling students in between the campuses. Out of all the options we looked at as a committee, that was the one that presented the most issues without really resolving any of the true issues JCHS was facing.
120 Acres X $27,000/acre = 3.2M
Less per acre than St. Mary's paid for the land they are putting the new hospital on. Only slightly higher than what they paid / acre to build Lewis & Clark Middle School 10 years ago. Sounds like they got the land at the proper market price.
Athletics is not what's driving this initiative. No matter how many times it gets said or how long people say it, it's simply not the case. I've been a part of this process for over two years now - both as a SSSC member and a parent and it's just not true. Creating a higher level graduate from JCHS ,adopting a 21st century academic model that prepares our graduates to immediately enter the economic workforce upon graduation, increasing graduation rates, making a big school smaller, and doing it in the most economically feasible way are the driving forces behind this proposal.
To read more about the academy concept and see the research and links that go along with it - visit the NewJCHS website and you'll be able to get all the information you want.
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