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backesmarc 1 year, 4 months ago on Big crowd at school forum largely silent

JCLifer - go research actual DESE data available to the public and you'll find that there's now correlation to # of kids on a campus and academic performance. As a matter of fact, according to the data - it actually correlates the other way.

You're way off on the main driving factor of academic performance at a school.

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backesmarc 1 year, 4 months ago on Big crowd at school forum largely silent

Wow Rob - what a great argument. Let's want and give the best to Jefferson City students. Let's force them to attend high school in 60 and 100 year old buildings.

Also - you may want to ask the teachers, faculty, and staff at Simonsen whether it "sure works today".

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backesmarc 1 year, 4 months ago on Big crowd at school forum largely silent

There is no lack of transparency. The press conference and subsequent news releases specifically stated that the full transfer of the properties was contingent on the bond and levy issue passing and on Lincoln and Linn State fulfilling their financial obligations once that occurred.

That's not a negative, that's actually the most fiscally and prudent financial route to take. You can't sell buildings that aren't up for actual sale yet, and you had better not sell buildings that the other side hasn't or isn't paying for.

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backesmarc 1 year, 4 months ago on Big crowd at school forum largely silent

Which "all parties concerned" would you be referring to? The students? The taxpayers? The teachers?

The One School plan is the most cost-effective for the taxpayers, provides the absolute best learning environment of any option on the table, and creates a professional development environment that will benefit the teachers.

So it seems that all parties involved would be best served by voting yes on the current proposal on the table.

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backesmarc 1 year, 4 months ago on 2 schools of thought

Rob - what if I told you that splitting into 2 or 3 high schools wouldn't make a significant difference in academic achievement and that I can prove that with data from the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education?

Would it still matter how large our school is?

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backesmarc 1 year, 4 months ago on 2 schools of thought

Rob - do you have kids in the district? Did you attend any of the town halls, public forums, Q & A's or anything the district had regarding this solution? Have you visited the newjchs.us site? Have you read about academies? Do you know the economics of why we're pursuing one vs. two high schools?

If not - educate yourself and you'll discover this has nothing to do with a football stadium or a football team.

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backesmarc 1 year, 4 months ago on 2 schools of thought

Hey Attilla - why do you think the Board is moving forward with this plan? Do you really think it's about sports? If you do - you need to educate yourself and become a part of the solution and know why we're going down this path. This option has nothing to do with sports and EVERYTHING to do with education.

Second - the spike in enrollment in grades K-2 and the demographic outflow from Jefferson City are mutually exclusive and have not been correlated in any way. The spike in enrollment is most likely a bubble as there are no demographic or census trends to suggest that it is not.

Just because we have an influx of K-2 doesn't mean that young professionals and young people in general are deciding to stay here. All of the data suggests strongly otherwise.

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backesmarc 1 year, 4 months ago on Lincoln, Linn Tech agree to buy Jefferson City High School complex

JCB - all of the research and field visits to study the academy model have suggested completely the opposite of "Getting Lost" - instead it suggests that kids "are found". Because of the way that academies are structured, students have an opportunity that they don't have in traditional educational models and that is to build 4 year relationships with their teachers, staff, and administrators of the academy that they are in. It produced closer and better connections between student and educator - not less.

In regards to sports, have you researched how many students are trying out for sports at the middle school level the last two years?

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backesmarc 1 year, 4 months ago on Lincoln, Linn Tech agree to buy Jefferson City High School complex

Yes I can imagine going to a high school with 2,700 - 3,000 students that's architected, designed, and built with those types of class sizes in mind. And I can imagine my sons going to an academy of 500-700 students and being prepared to be contributors to the economic and business community of Jefferson City the day they leave high school. And I can imagine the one of a kind education they will receive at JC. And I can imagine the future that such an education will open up for them. And I can imagine being proud to be a part of that. I hope that those with imagination will see the potential of what's at stake here. Because the people that are opposed have a lot of criticism but very little imagination.

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