High School Controversy

1 decade 8 months 2 days ago Monday, October 22 2007 Oct 22, 2007 Monday, October 22, 2007 7:15:09 PM CDT October 22, 2007 in News

However, that upgrade could take away a piece of history right in the middle of campus.

"This is a dresser that belonged to my great-grandfather," Laverne Black said.

Her home could be called a museum. But now she's taking that love into the community to preserve an old building.

"Theres a group of us, old alums, that had gone to school there and we formed a Southern Boone County Historical Society," Black said.

Black and the Southern Boone County historical society's current goal is to save the old high school building.

"I just feel like we're losing so many of our historical buildings in this area and if we lose that building, there really isnt much left to preserve," Black said.

The only part of the old school still in use is the gym--though it now serves as a cafeteria.

"Structurally, its in really bad shape," Southern Boone County School's Superintendent Charlotte Miller said.

The District says the building needs major renovations, and continued use could be a safety issue. Black wants to make a museum out of the building. But the School Board said that would only increase traffic in an already congested area.

"You can have memories and you can have tradition that you can honor by the way you design a new building," Miller said.

The school board will keep those memories in mind as they decide on the fate of the old school. Officials are still in the planning process of the middle school renovation.

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