On April 22, several parents, teachers and local residents attended Jefferson County School’s Board of Education meeting to voice their approval of a regional student support center.
“As a parent and an educator, I’m so thankful that the board of education has stepped up to create this for our students. It’s a huge need in our community, and it’ll help surrounding communities as well,” said Annie Young.
In a letter dated for April 9, the board of education proposed using property located at 665 Northport Avenue in Ranson for the support center. And while the property is currently owned and being constructed upon by the company known as Rockwool, the board aims to use it’s powers as a governing body to condemn or acquire the land.
When WDVM 25 reached out to representatives of Rockwool to comment on the matter, they deferred to a statement they released in response to the proposal, stating:
Condemnation is an awesome and intrusive governmental power, and left unchecked, the
Potential for abuse—especially in land use disputes like this—is boundless.
We believe the board of education’s actions to be arbitrary and an abuse of Power.
The statement also says that Rockwool will be taking legal matters to deter Jefferson County Schools; however, educators in Jefferson County are already proposing suggestions to include in the support center.
“Although I teach foreign language — Spanish — I really would love to see a vo tech center added into the considerations,” said Grant Prillaman.
Other suggestions brought up includes adding facilities to encourage stem learning or areas to assist special-needs students.