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NEW HIGH SCHOOL: O’Connor says facility impedes education

April 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — There might be some new citizens to the community who ask, “Why a new high school?”

With the announcement of Whitley County Consolidated School District’s (WCCS) plan for a new high school in Columbia City, Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor explained that, while a new high school will be costly, it is needed.

In fact, it may be needed for new individuals in the community.

“Failure (to build) a new high school might influence people to not purchase homes here,” O’Connor said. “I have heard over and over again that the economic viability of our community is contingent on the schools, and academically our schools are very strong. Our facilities need to mirror the strength of our academics or we will not be able to compete.”

There are several facets of the current high school O’Connor mentioned as needing an update.

“Governor Pence has a new focus on career and technical education and I can tell you that would be a very exciting emphasis in a new high school,” she said. “Our career and technical facilities definitely need an update.”

Areas for extra-curricular activities are in need of more space as well, O’Connor said.

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