Before voting, the five board members and Superintendent Jon Paul Campbell answered all of the questions raised by many of those interested in renovating and keeping the school at its present location. They assured those of us in attendance that their decision to relocate was made in the best interest of the teachers and students. With the completion of a new school at a cost of $11 million, the teachers would not be inconvenienced with construction around their classrooms and the children would not have to walk out in cold and rainy weather to find a bathroom.
We were assured by board member David Glass that “our new elementary school would be as good as other communities that he had visited.” But what really should help calm us all down is what Campbell prognosticated — that the Jacksonville square “would not suffer from the move of Kitty Stone to the south part of town,” that the businesses on the square would see more traffic, consequently more potential shoppers, when the move takes place in two years.
All board members made an effort to ease worries over potential traffic congestion around the new school and the police and fire departments, citing a traffic study that should remove our skepticism. We are asked not to worry. I for one will make sure that my uninsured-motorist insurance policy is kept in force for at least the next six years while our son is being educated in an area that I will refer to as Wal-Mart Village.