HOT BLAST: Stuck in the middle
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In case you missed it, The Star's editorial page kicked off a series on the Anniston Middle School last week. The series - Anniston in the Middle - examines the placement of the school and the difficulty officials have had in relocating it.

Here's a recap of the first four editorials:

A question unanswered: Anniston Middle School dilemma has long plagued the city

Today, Anniston Middle School is mired in a controversy whose origins trace to the mid-1970s, at least. The land it sits on is extremely valuable to a city desperate for new revenue and retail development opportunities, particularly north of downtown and near McClellan. The school’s mission — educating Anniston’s youngest teens — is equally important, if not more so.



Decisions delayed: The legacy of Anniston’s school choices

What occurred in the 1980s was quintessential modern-day Anniston: much discussion, hand-wringing and debating — and few decisions. 

Anniston’s clear choice

Despite the financial and legal hurdles, Anniston’s schools must consolidate. Closing the middle school and allowing the city to develop that site is the smart move. Needed, however, are decision-makers with the fortitude to make it happen.

The what-ifs of a school

As you can see, a lengthy procession of movers and shakers in Anniston has had opportunities to address the city’s ailment of having too many facilities for too few students and a middle school in an undesirable location.



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