A proposed new high school campus in east Lincoln has parents at the Lincoln Charter School divided.
â€œI think weâ€™re spreading our energies, and we are going too far too fast too soon,â€ said Barb Lauro, a parent against the proposed campus.
The proposed high school would open in fall of 2004.
Currently, the charter school has two middle school and elementary school campuses â€“ one in Denver and one in Lincolnton.
The Lincolnton campus has a high school, which will have its first graduating class next year.
Many parents living in the east donâ€™t appreciate the fact they have to drive their children 45 minutes to take them to the high school.
â€œThat is an unfair burden to put the travel weight on one campus,â€ said Dan Cronin, a parent.
Several charter school board members met with parents on Thursday night in an informal forum, and parents from both east and west Lincoln came to express their opinions on the issue.
At Mondayâ€™s formal board meeting the board will view a presentation on the proposed east high school.
The state already approved an east high school campus when they approved the high school in Lincolnton.
The Denver campus has outgrown itâ€™s current location and will move out of the building at the end of this school year.
Whether their new campus will include a ninth grade class and room for expansion is up for debate.
â€œWhen we moved in this building no one dreamed that we might outgrow it,â€ said Cronin.
â€œI think you have a responsibility if itâ€™s financially feasible to take care of these kids.â€
Other parents feel the schoolâ€™s focus needs to be on current school programs, especially at the Lincolnton high school.
â€œGet the quirks out of the first high school before you do something else,â€ said Kathy Auten, a parent.
Some parents, like Auten, are willing to drive their children long distances to go to the school.
They see charter school as their most inexpensive alternative to public school, which they consider dangerous.
â€œYouâ€™re playing Russian roulette with your children,â€ Katrina Hines said of sending children to public school.
Many parents living in the east who have elementary school and middle school- aged children hope that by the time the students reach the high school level, they can continue going to a charter school near by.
â€œI am excited we have this proposal,â€ said Hines, who has a daughter at the school. â€œI donâ€™t want her to stop her education here in the eighth grade.â€
At the meeting the board members kept their opinions on the issue to themselves.
â€œNobody wants to jump the gun,â€ said Brian Ellis, a board member. â€œIâ€™m a parent first. Iâ€™m a board member second. I want whatâ€™s best for my child.â€ by Sarah Grano