Speak Out: ‘Historic charm’ hypocrisy
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Jan 22, 2014 | 1632 views |  0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Like many residents in Jacksonville, I am very disappointed in the vote by the Jacksonville School Board to move Kitty Stone Elementary to the south end of town.

I have two children in Jacksonville City Schools, one at Kitty Stone and one at the high school. I see no benefit in relocating the school. Congestion near the high school is already a problem, and another 800-plus students will only add to that.

Additionally, the elementary school is part of the historic town center, and it would further deteriorate the historic character of the downtown area. From the city of Jacksonville website, the opening paragraph says, “Welcome to Jacksonville, Alabama, a small Southern town with a historical past and promising future … With its historic public square, beautiful historic churches, antebellum homes, and safe and attractive neighborhoods, Jacksonville has a small-town charm ...”

For a town that likes to market its “historic charm,” it never seems to make decisions that support it. I suppose the sentiment is only good as a sound bite.

Rebecca Duke
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