Gary Castor

gary_castor 1 year ago on Educator: Academies target ‘relevancy piece’

Please reread my previous comment. It mentions there were two pieces in the package. My comment did reference the other story, because I believed you were looking for some data about how the Arkansas school had performed. At this point, I have formed no opinion on the ballot issues. Clearly, you have formed an opinion, and I encourage you to share those views on our opinion page in a letter to the editor. Perhaps your evidence, data and logic will shed new light on the subject.

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gary_castor 1 year ago on Educator: Academies target ‘relevancy piece’

There are no 'smoke and mirrors.' The story is fairly straightforward. The district is planning an academy model whether the issues pass at the polls April 2. This story was merely an explainer piece on how two schools have approached the concept. Any 'smoke and mirrors' are being applied by those who are reading the stories.

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gary_castor 1 year ago on Educator: Academies target ‘relevancy piece’

The point of the stories in Sunday's paper was to show two school districts that have adopted the academy approach. One, within the state, is just beginning the changeover. The other, in a smaller setting, has been operating an academy for more than a decade. Some of performance data you were asking about, i.e. graduation rate, ACT scores, are in the main story of the news package. The district has clearly signaled it's going to an academy approach. And for much of the district, they don't know exactly how that works. This story and the Arkansas story just try to explain the basic approach. Clearly, you're passionate about this subject. I encourage you to write a letter to the editor and share your views with our readership.

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gary_castor 1 year ago on Educator: Academies target ‘relevancy piece’

JCLifer, I'm just curious as to why you continue to refer to the Mountain Home, Ark., academy, which was the subject of this story, as the 'Bentonville' article. Again, the towns are more than 130 miles apart. Other than being in the same state, there is no connection between Bentonville and Mountain Home.

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gary_castor 1 year ago on Educator: Academies target ‘relevancy piece’

Sorry, Dave. But there aren't two high schools. There is a freshman-sophomore campus and a junior-senior campus. There is only one high school in Joplin at this time.

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gary_castor 1 year ago on Educator: Academies target ‘relevancy piece’

Just for accuracy's sake, the Mountain Home school district has nothing to do with the Bentonville school district. The cities are about 130 miles apart.

The Mountain Home district was chosen because of its proximity to Jefferson City, as well as the fact that it has had an academy approach for more than a decade. Certainly, JCPS voters will be voting on a bond issue to build one large high school on April 2. But the district has said that it is pursuing the academy approach whether the April 2 issues pass or not. This story was merely designed to show how one school district has done it for more than a decade.

As far as Joplin goes, the location of half of the high school in the shopping mall was simply because that space was available on a temporary basis after the tornado hit. It was never the plan for a small portion of a very successful mall to be a permanent location for the high school; half of the high school is still located in another building halfway across town.

Gary Castor managing editor, News Tribune

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gary_castor 1 year ago on Minority issues raised in public schools

@usmc007, contacting a News Tribune reporter is pretty simple. Their email addresses are under their bylines. Give us your name and allegations, and we'll look into your complaint. Gary Castor, managing editor

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gary_castor 2 years, 1 month ago on Jefferson City road maintenance ‘harder to sell’

The headline makes reference to a comment Britt Smith, operations division director, made in the full story in Sunday's News Tribune. The reference in the story was ....

But those types of infrastructure needs are rarely a focus in local campaigns and elections. Britt Smith, operations division director, said what’s often proposed is new roads or new buildings, something the public can rally behind. But when it’s a simple maintenance issue of repaving or repainting, the reaction from the public just isn’t the same, he said. “Maintenance is always something that is a little harder to sell,” Smith said. “Maintenance is often an overlooked portion.”

You can the complete story in Sunday's print edition.

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gary_castor 2 years, 1 month ago on Jefferson City road maintenance ‘harder to sell’

Tell us about the potholes that are rattling your cars and your body every day and give us the locations and details about why the asphalt divit qualifies as one of the worst in the Capital City. Go to newstribune.com/pothole to enter your entry in the worst pothole in Jefferson City.

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