Speak Out: Keep students at Kitty Stone
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Jan 20, 2014 | 1662 views |  0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It is easy to say let’s build a new school in Jacksonville. The estimated cost for building a new elementary school would be a “tight budget” of $11 million. We are yet to see a detailed financial report comparing this cost with alternative plans.

The city taxpayers funded a junior high annex for the seventh grade. Enlarge the annex and move grades 6-8 to the annex. We do not need a junior high school for 250 to 300 students. Leave grades pre-K through 5 at Kitty Stone Elementary or move pre-K and kindergarten to Eastwood School, where there are playgrounds and a cafeteria. Renovate the pods as they are emptied and save the taxpayers money.

The superintendent’s office does not need to be on the Kitty Stone campus. Use that pod for classrooms. Children in the neighborhood have sidewalks and can participate in after-school activities. Moving the school to the edge of town will eliminate their ability to stay for these events.

Elected officials are worried about congestion at Kitty Stone. How about Walmart, the public complex, high school and projected elementary school traffic?

There is plenty of space at Kitty Stone. Use the old football practice field and the baseball and soccer fields on A Street, for instance, as well as Forney Hall.

Please give this venture more time, planning and public support. Ultimately, the residents of Jacksonville will carry the financial burden for years to come if the school board’s plan is implemented.

Klaus W. Duncan
Jacksonville
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