For the record, my kids go to public school. I would like to see some statistics on past populations, since I've always just heard roughly 1,500 kids enrolled. I suppose if you count the Nichols kids, it could bump it up to 1,800-2,000. I dunno... I find it hard to believe that building could ever house 2800 students, considering it was built to house 1,200 and the big issue is space, and there's, what, 1,600 kids there now? Or are you arguing statistics that include people not enrolled in high school?
Sancho, you hit the nail on the head!! As soon as they see the levy on two schools, they'll vote that down as well!! I think its amusing how everyone thinks the defeat today is going to stop the academies. All it did was create 14 academies (or, schools as some would say) instead of the proposed 7, provided the nay-sayers pass a two school bond and levy! Good job guys!!
Look at the surrounding communities... Blair Oaks, Eugene, New Bloomfield, Russellville... all those communities have poured money into their educational systems over the last couple decades and as a result are drawing families to their areas! Just look at how wardsville blossomed after they built their new school, and Eugene over the last 10-15 years have added a new gymnasium, new classrooms, and new sports, like track and golf. Before long, we aren't going to need more high school space, because families will move out of Jeff to send their kids to better schools!! Wake up people!
Common sense, JClifer, tells me there physically not enough room in that dilapidated building for 2,100 students, the number of kids that will be in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades when my son is a senior. Facts are clear: academies are a go. We did not get an option on that, so if that's your beef, voting no today did not affect that. I heard a lot of people voting against it because they didn't want to see their taxes raised. So, you would rather save a couple hundred bucks (face it, that's what it would have amounted to) than to provide funds that would improve the educational system in our town?? Perhaps you would rather take some of the money you saved and buy some space heaters and fans for the kids at East elementary who are still having classes in decades old trailers! Did anyone even realize that was part of these issues as well? Or was everyone blinded by the "mega school"? I wish being educated on facts was a prerequisite for voting. Tragic.
The only problem I've ever had with downtown festivals is lack of advertising. I can't count how many times I've seen news coverage in the paper or on the news about an event that's already happened and I think to myself wow I would have gone to that had I only known about it. And the really sad thing is I work downtown and still don't hear about things half the time!
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