Jefferson City Public Schools Looking at Expansion Options
JEFFERSON CITY - The plan isn't set in stone yet, but Jefferson City public schools district acknowledged Wednesday that future expansion is likely. After an influx of 250-300 students at the kindergarten and first grade level in the last two years, the district believes expanding secondary education will be necessary to accomodate more students.
A group of 20 Jefferson City community members and 20 public school district staff members have been working together to outline three potential plans for expanding the high school.
The first option would be to "keep the existing high school exactly how it is," said district Director of Communications David Luther. Jefferson City would expand its current campus slightly, but the key point would be, according to Luther, "major renovations to the school to allow us to continue teaching 21st century curriculum to our students."
The second option is one that Luther said has been in discussion for about for years. A second public high school for Jefferson City would be the most extensive change to the district. Luther said that if a second school were built, the city would evenly split students so that the two public schools would have about the same population.
The last proposal would be to make significant changes to the current campus, an option that Luther called a hybrid. It would a combination of the existing campus and new buildings nearby. Luther pointed to the success that the district has had with its off-campus ninth grade building as a reason the third option might work.
However, Superintendent Brian Mitchell cautioned against expecting immediate changes in Jefferson City. "All of the projects are going to require some facility improvements or renovation," he said.
The school district is hoping to choose a final expansion plan by spring 2011. After a plan is chosen, the district will propose it to the public and gauge reactions and suggestions before moving forward with financial and construction plans.