Comments from the high school discussion

Wednesday, September 19, 2007 | 12:01 a.m. CDT; updated 11:04 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Columbia residents voice their hopes for the upcoming meeting between the Columbia School Board high school evaluation committee.

“I hope they look at all the options and do what’s best for the community.”

Ines Segert, central Columbia

“I’m here to get information, see what the future will hold. I hope to see them address any concerns and resolve any disagreements before moving forward.”

Odessa Allen, northeast Columbia

“I think this is one of the most significant issues we’ve seen in a long time. The decision will truly affect the fate of the relationship between the school board and the city.”

James Fairchild, southeast Columbia

“I’m interested in seeing a site closer to town. The Vemer site is too far away, and it doesn’t make sense to have it that far out. I hope they look fairly at all sites and use their imagination in coming up with another site.”

Majorie Hunt, southwest Columbia

“One thing I noticed is that only three members of the committee are women and only one is an African American. If we are really concerned with demographics and free-lunch families, this committee doesn’t represent that. At least the school board has better diversity.”

Alyce Turner, southwest Columbia

“We know how important this is to the committee and the community, and we will give it the time it needs.”

Jim Ritter, committee mediator, southwest Columbia

“When the kids are on the bus, they aren’t learning. The shorter the ride, the better.”

Don Ludwig, committee member

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