Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Keystone Needs More from School Board

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Keystone Needs More from School Board

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I would like to ask all citizens, especially those living in Keystone, to please consider your vote carefully for School Board members. I have lived in Keystone since 1972, and I have attended K-12 at Keystone. I have a son in the eighth grade. I wouldn't trade living in Keystone for anything.

Over the years things have changed, our town has grown along with the number of kids in the schools. However, our high school is still seventh through 12th grades. We have two elementary schools and one high school with no middle school. No matter how hard the sixth-grade teachers try to prepare students, the seventh-graders are overwhelmed when they enter high school. We are the only school in Clay County that does not have a middle school.

When Charlie Van Zant was elected to the board in 1998, I was excited. He is a nice person. I thought, now, Keystone has someone from their hometown who has been through the system to represent them. So, the year he was elected to the board I began contacting him at least once or twice a year about a middle school in Keystone. I knew my son would probably never see a middle school, but I was hoping that with the support of other parents and the help of our School Board representative we could get something started for the future.

I don't see Van Zant pursuing a middle school for us. I haven't seen him approach any residents in Keystone trying to come up with ideas on how to get a middle school here. All I have heard from him were reasons why our kids would never see it, i.e. no funds, Keystone isn't growing, no land, etc.

Van Zant is also very difficult to get in touch with sometimes. Often he doesn't return phone calls, other times it takes three or four weeks to return e-mails. He's a difficult person to contact because he is not in town most of the time. I understand that he is in the National Guard, and I think it's wonderful that he's willing to risk his life to defend our country. …

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