Speak Out: Questions about Kitty Stone
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Jan 19, 2014 | 1370 views |  0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Jacksonville City Council and Board of Education are deciding this month where, when, how and why to replace our elementary school. Kitty Stone Elementary is in a viable location in the center of town. It is close to our newly expanded library, the university, community center, the recently restored Dr. Francis Museum, city park, established neighborhoods, and the heart and soul of our town, the city square.

This brings us to funding. Have our leaders allocated funds in order to pay our fine teachers enough? If we build anew, then where are the funds going to come from to establish a middle school? We should also be asking questions that will affect our quality of life here in Jacksonville.

Is there a plan between the city, university and school board to use or tear down Kitty Stone if a new school is built? If so, what is that plan and how will it affect the growth and investment into the core of our city? We have seen in various projects (Profile Mill, Forney Hall, Eastwood School) that when there is no plan in place before things happen, nothing happens.

Do we want to leave a legacy of scrapping all that is old and building anew, even if it puts us in a financial bind? Should our leaders ignore local opinion? After all, the tax money is ours, the neighborhoods are ours, and ours, too, are the children.

Danyel Munster
Jacksonville
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