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Mike Harvey, 1st ward Holts Summit alderman

Holts Summit

Dear Editor:

The public should be aware of what has transpired during the pandemic in Holts Summit, primarily at North Elementary School.

A classroom trailer, as I hope you know, has been installed on the parking lot of North Elementary School obviously, to relieve overcrowding that doesn't exist.

My questions are, how long will it remain? Does it have boys' and girls' restrooms? Is there covered access to the school building?

The last question is, how long will this trailer be necessary and what remedy will be used to render it no longer necessary?

Due to the period that COVID shut the school down, they took the opportunity to do what looked to be exterior maintenance, roofing, maybe A/C, and installed the trailer, skirting, etc.

It looks like it's there for the long haul, very visible from U.S. 54.

My question would be, where are the permanent expansion plans for the building?

I feel this is propaganda to justify additional taxpayers funding to relieve overcrowding.

I just wish the superintendent would be more open to community leaders so we/they could better respond to public questions. Unfortunately, this lack of openness goes back years when there were questions about the replacement of older elementary schools that JCPS never intended to build. Instead, the talk is fifth- and sixth-grade centers. Is that middle- middle schools?

Seems athletic facilities have become the priority at the cost of residential private property by court order. Sad state of affairs.

Unfortunately, my answers to the public about school issues is "I don't know."

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