The big news is that Jacksonville is getting a “new school.” The City Council has dedicated funds. An architect is chosen. Bonds will be issued soon. Crucially, the location is yet to be decided.
The big question is: Why would we move Kitty Stone Elementary when the current location is ideal? Yes, certain parts of the campus, such as the aging pods, need to be replaced. But we are still paying off the most recent renovations to the cafeteria and gym. Kitty Stone is centrally located and surrounded by acres of natural beauty, including a large city park that adjoins the Ladiga Trail. Students have a fun tradition of making walking field trips to the square. And the location, which was the original home of the state’s finest teachers’ college, is a reminder of Jacksonville’s great heritage of education.
We do not need to overspend on an anonymous new facility on the edge of town. Let’s renovate our beloved school to state-of-the-art standards, and set aside funding to keep recruiting and retaining the finest teachers around.
Susan Di Biase