Speak Out: A decision made by a very few
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The article about Kitty Stone Elementary School in Jacksonville caused a bit of dismay because another historic building will be discarded to leave the area in further disarray. Just down the road, Forney Hall is boarded up and “being held onto to consider improvements in the future” — perhaps 50 years?

The casting off and reconstruction concerns including sidewalks, roads and busing, as well as training the staff on the new technology, doesn’t seem to fit in with Superintendent Jon Paul Campbell’s comment: “There is not enough money in the budget to do both projects simultaneously.”

There are several studies showing that renovating historic buildings is beneficial and cost-effective for the students, staff and community.

The recent board meeting was mentioned on the Jacksonville K12 website, but not the Kitty Stone website. How was the truncated decision not to renovate Kitty Stone Elementary made by so few people? This may affect residents who do not have children in school. All taxpayers pay for the education of most of the children, even though all do not go to public schools. Are they being told about this?

Elizabeth Good
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