Locals Advocate for Two Jefferson City High Schools

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JEFFERSON CITY - Members of the group "Citizens for 2 Public High Schools" are speaking out against the Jefferson City School District's plan to move students to one large high school.

The district has purchased land for a new high school and is selling the current building to Lincoln University and Linn State Technical College. Under the current plan, the new high school will facilitate a new academy style learning. However, some locals said the plan is flawed. 

Stephanie Biggs is a lifetime Jefferson City resident and a local realtor. She said two smaller schools would be better for the future of the community. 

"People moving into the community and even people in the community would feel better if their child were in a smaller school," Biggs said. "We want our kids in Jefferson City to have the very best education they can have." 

Biggs said having two schools will allow student to have double the opportunities and provide a better learning environment. 

According the the group's Facebook page, the community does not support the school board's current plan. The Board of Education plans to hold at least two more town hall meetings to discuss future plans for the school. 

Voters still have to pass the bond and levy to fund the new high school's construction on the April ballot. School officials said, if it passes, the school could open its doors in 2016.