“No Mega High School” Yard Sign
They delivered their remarks in an open forum at the board’s regularly scheduled meeting Monday night. Their comments came in the wake of last Tuesday’s election, when voters rejected the board’s plan to build a replacement high school by more than two votes to one.
Rod Burnett, a co-leader of the "Citizens for 2 Public High Schools" campaign, told the board: "I will volunteer to be on any future planning committee. I know there is a valid need there. I look forward to being involved."
Dan Ortmeyer, Burnett’s co-leader, said that "the entire community needs to be involved in this process."
Jackie Coleman, a former member of the Jefferson City School Board, said she wants to help, as well. "I’m looking forward to making sure we’re doing the best thing for our kids."
Harold Coots, who ran unsuccessfully for a school board seat, said he spoke out against the plan for a single, replacement high school because he didn’t feel it was the best plan for future growth. "And not just because it was a tax," he said.
Letters To The Editor
Group Wants Two JC High Schools - ABC 17 News
LINK TO: Enrollment JCPS 2011-12 District Budget Page 80
We are a group of tax payers in the Jefferson City Mo. School District that disagree with the school boards proposal of one huge mega high school. We feel our students and community will benefit more from two public high schools. We are already operating two schools, Simonsen 9th grade ,711 students, JC grades 10, 11, 12, 1,957 students totaling 2670.
As stated in the News Tribune article by Chris Hilgedick: “ Ortmeyer agrees with the Board of Education that the big upcoming classes in kindergarten through first grade — approximately 2,300 students are currently enrolled in the district — mean that the district must plan for future growth.”
This issue is too important to our community. The school board needs to listen to the community regarding the future of high school education in our district. We will be asked to support the initiative in the form of higher property taxes and the district leaders must listen to the community. These are your tax dollars and you have the right to say how it is used.
We need to get this right the first time.
Contact us at the following:
Email Dan: firstname.lastname@example.org
The article in the News Tribune recently pretty much said it all. We are the largest high school in the state of Mo when all four grades are put together.
We are already supporting two schools, Simonsen and JC.