Initially, the K-8 plan for the Lincoln and Woodruff campus didn't stand a chance because it was a part of the overall plan to close Woodruff High School. However, now that Woodruff High School is closed, it is my opinion that the best use for the building would be to create the K-8 campus between Lincoln and Woodruff.
BOE President Wolfmeyer may not want to open it back up and many in the community will be against it – but at some point people are going to have separate the emotional from the rational in relation to Ken Hinton.
Many of us didn’t care to see Hinton come in and even more of us were thrilled to see him go, but when are we going to stop fighting every thing he ever put before us? He had a few good ideas and the K-8 campus was/is one of them. The K-8 campus is a perfect fit for the community in which it sits.
This should be a no-brainer for the BOE. With this decision, school choice for the inner city could actually be realized. The Woodruff/Lincoln K-8 campus; the new community school at Glen Oak; the new high school at Peoria Central; Knoxville Center; Washington Gifted; the neighborhood schools and the Charter School. The options for inner city children and parents are really starting to look up.
I would encourage the BOE to spend the money on Peoria High School, make it the best inner city high school you can; and then bring the Lincoln/Woodruff K-8 campus to fruition it would be the best use of the buildings and the dollars.