Controversy Over New School
Columbia resident Brenda Robinson lives in the northern part of the city and was not satisfied when she found out about the decision.
"Even though the land was donated, I'm not sure it is the proper area for it to be located in," she said.
Brenda is not alone. Many Columbia residents were disappointed in the decision to put a high school in the southern part of the city. The high school will be built on land just off of New Haven Rd. and South Rangeline Rd. The school board made the unanimous decision Thursday during a special meeting.
While there may be discussion about where the new high school should go, some say one just needs to be built.
"We need schools for these kids," said Columbia resident Bobby Hathman. "I don't care if you build it south, north, west or east."
Some residents who live near the proposed site aren't happy either. They say the board should look at other options.
"They should think about the infrastructure problems, the safety problems and the fact that this land is really valuable," said Bill McCormic. "It could be sold. That money used to buy other land and probably have money left over."
McCormic are also concerned that the new area is not safe to build a school.
"The roads that have just been built are great for going fast, but they are way too narrow to accommodate the level of traffic a high school would have," he said.
Mccormic hopes that if the new school is built, at least the road will be improved. The new school could open as soon as 2010.