Most residents agree Jefferson City needs a new high school
Mon, 04 Apr 2011 14:39:15 GMT —
Update: April 4 at 11:05 p.m.:
Several dozen people showed up Monday night at North Elementary School in Holts Summit to listen to representatives from the Jefferson City Public School District talk about expanding the high school.
School district Superintendent Brian Mitchell said Jefferson City High School is at a crossroads.
"We're going to look at what we're currently doing and look at what our goals are for our graduates to make sure they can be successful as possible in choosing whatever avenue they choose after high school," JC Public Schools Superintendent Brian Mitchell said.
The district is thinking of an academy approach to teaching. That involves specialized campuses and a need for additional space.
Three options were presented.
Option one: build a new high school, and renovate the existing one. The estimated cost would be $60 to $70 million.
Option two: expand the campus of the current high school at a cost of $50 to $55 million.
Option three: a single high school with satellite campuses at a cost of less than $50 million.
Most all the residents we spoke with all agreed on the same thing Monday night that they need a new high school.
"I really like two separate high schools with the academies in both of them. Mainly because I graduated with a class of 26 from Newburg High School and I think the smaller the better, Parent of JC Public School students Suzanne Crowley said. I think smaller, the better relationships they can have with their teachers."
Other parents agreed that a second high school seems essential.
There will be four more meetings about expanding the Jefferson City High School in April.
All the meetings will be held at the Jefferson City High School cafeteria.
The next meeting is April 7th at 7p.m.
Update: April 4 at 3:25 p.m.: People are talking about the possibility of a second high school in Jefferson City on KRCG's Facebook Page.Many users want to see a second high school. Parents are concerned about the overcrowding at the current high school. Former graduates said it was crowded when they were a student there in the early 90s.Join the conversation at Facebook or post here about what you would like to see the Jefferson City School District do about the current high school situation.Original Story:A meeting Monday night in Holts Summit will discuss the options for the future of secondary education in the Jefferson City School District.There are three main options being discussed. One of those options includes building a new high school and renovating the current one, at a cost of $51 million.A second option includes renovating and having a single high school, but with a larger campus on the current site. This option is estimated to cost of $56 million.A third option is to use a single high school, but with several campuses. The satellite schools would house difference academic areas. This option would cost about $56 million.
More details about the options will be released and discussed at the meeting tonight. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. at North Elementary School on South Summit Drive in Holts Summit.Monday night TMs meeting is hosted by the Holts Summit Community Betterment Association. Meetings that start up Thursday are hosted by the Jefferson City Public School District. That schedule is below.
Public Forums (formal presentation with discussion):
April 7, 7:00 p.m.
April 12, 7:00 p.m.Open Houses (a come-and-go event with opportunities to hear from committee members and look at the three options including architectural drawings):
April 19, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
April 21, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.Jefferson City Schools Superintendent Brian Mitchell said, "We've had a chance to talk to our staff and a few local groups about potential changes for grades 6-12, and it's just exciting to hear the responses. Our hope is that people throughout the district will come to these events, look at what the committee has prepared, and share their thoughts."All four of those events will be held in the Jefferson City High School Cafeteria.