Weighing High School Options

1 decade 2 years 3 days ago Wednesday, September 12 2007 Sep 12, 2007 Wednesday, September 12, 2007 1:22:10 PM CDT September 12, 2007 in News

The Columbia school board has presented six options for where they want to build a new high school. The board is on its way to deciding where to build the school.

Students say they have to deal with canceled athletic practices due to lack of space. Hickman currently has 2,200 students.

Some teachers say focusing on so many students means no one gets the attention they need. One parent says having a campus closer to home is something they are looking forward to.

Even with Columbia's expected growth, Hickman's principal suggests all three high schools should be smaller than Hickman's current size for at least 10 years.

For Hickman's Principal it's not as much about location but doing what's best for the students. After 23 years in education, Mike Jeffers knows that small schools can offer students more.

"A school this size, it's easy to get lost. I think one of the advantages of smaller schools is that your staff can get more connected to the student body," said Jeffers.

He doesn't think that connection is as strong as it could be at Hickman. They can't expand on the current site because it's land-locked.

That land-lock means things are tight here at Hickman. Right now 2,200 students share the facilities. That's 500 more than Rock Bridge, which sits on a bigger piece of land. There's just no more room to expand here."

"Sometimes you've got pre-season track and volleyball. And sometimes our practices get scheduled or canceled, and it's not really fair," said Shapree Marshall Hickman Basketball Player.

And some Northeast Columbia parents think the distance to school isn't fair.

"He's 12 and I really don't want to think about him driving, but it would be nicer if they were closer. That way you wouldn't have to worry about the traffic and the drivers around here," said one parent.

The third high school would likely keep more students off of I-70 as they head to school. It would also stop the crowding at Hickman, and let Jeffers focus on other details.

Jeffers did tell KOMU all three high schools should be smaller than Hickman currently is for at least ten years.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY — The River City Habitat for Humanity housed more than 1 million nails over the weekend. Mid... More >>
3 hours ago Sunday, September 15 2019 Sep 15, 2019 Sunday, September 15, 2019 10:31:00 PM CDT September 15, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The mother of one of the victims in Columbia's two weekend homicides described her daughter as "a really... More >>
3 hours ago Sunday, September 15 2019 Sep 15, 2019 Sunday, September 15, 2019 10:05:00 PM CDT September 15, 2019 in News
To start this climate conversation, we have to begin somewhere. So, let's start with the basics: the diference between weather... More >>
5 hours ago Sunday, September 15 2019 Sep 15, 2019 Sunday, September 15, 2019 8:45:00 PM CDT September 15, 2019 in Weather
JEFFERSON CITY - Three people died in a crash Sunday afternoon in Cole County while a driver fled from police... More >>
5 hours ago Sunday, September 15 2019 Sep 15, 2019 Sunday, September 15, 2019 8:39:00 PM CDT September 15, 2019 in Top Stories
BOONVILLE, Mo. (AP) — The family of a South Dakota woman who was found shot to death in Missouri last... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, September 15 2019 Sep 15, 2019 Sunday, September 15, 2019 2:39:29 PM CDT September 15, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Officers have taken a man into custody in relation to a shots fired incident on Sept. 3... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 14 2019 Sep 14, 2019 Saturday, September 14, 2019 9:51:00 PM CDT September 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Officers responded to reports of a car crashing into a home in the 900 block of Sardonyx... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 14 2019 Sep 14, 2019 Saturday, September 14, 2019 9:45:00 PM CDT September 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A truck crashed into the Ventura Townhome complex Saturday morning in relation to a domestic assault, according... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 14 2019 Sep 14, 2019 Saturday, September 14, 2019 5:20:00 PM CDT September 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The 4th annual Tunnel to Towers 5K was held at the Governor's Garden on Saturday. This... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 14 2019 Sep 14, 2019 Saturday, September 14, 2019 4:29:00 PM CDT September 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The Jefferson City Police Department announced its participation in the National Child Passenger Safety Week enforcement campaign... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 14 2019 Sep 14, 2019 Saturday, September 14, 2019 3:37:00 PM CDT September 14, 2019 in News
NEW LEBANON - For one group, New Lebanon's bicentennial celebration was a unification decades in the making. While researching her... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 14 2019 Sep 14, 2019 Saturday, September 14, 2019 3:07:00 PM CDT September 14, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The percentage of successful disability cases aimed at reversing the denial or re-evaluation of benefits... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 14 2019 Sep 14, 2019 Saturday, September 14, 2019 10:37:39 AM CDT September 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is investigating two homicides after three people were shot Friday night. Officers said... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 14 2019 Sep 14, 2019 Saturday, September 14, 2019 3:04:00 AM CDT September 14, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Below are scores from football games around mid-Missouri. Final scores are in bold. ... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019 6:32:00 PM CDT September 13, 2019 in Friday Night Fever
JEFFERSON CITY - A recent Facebook post showed grass clippings left out in Jefferson City. Many commented on the post... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019 6:11:00 PM CDT September 13, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia police and the city's Solid Waste Department will expand the search area in the Megan Shultz case.... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019 4:44:00 PM CDT September 13, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - It's been nine months since Melissa Peskey's death, and the family together with the Missouri State Highway... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019 4:15:00 PM CDT September 13, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Senate unanimously passed HB 1, which will allow the sales proceeds of more than one... More >>
2 days ago Friday, September 13 2019 Sep 13, 2019 Friday, September 13, 2019 3:54:00 PM CDT September 13, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 77°
2am 74°
3am 72°
4am 71°
5am 70°