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Enota plans up for discussion again at school board retreat
Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy

Enota discussion

What: Gainesville City Schools Board of Education retreat, which will include discussion of plans to rebuild Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, with Enota discussion planned for 1 p.m.

Where: Peach State Bank & Trust, 325 Washington St. SW, Gainesville

Plans for the new Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy will be discussed Saturday as part of the Gainesville City Schools Board of Education retreat.

It will be the first time the board has publicly discussed the plans since a July 18 meeting where a motion to “table the whole Enota project until we have time to go back to the drawing board” failed and an agreement was made to “sooner rather than later” discuss the building of the new elementary school.

The Enota discussion is set for 1 p.m. on the agenda.

The agenda states the board will discuss “What have we agreed upon so far?” and How do we proceed regarding the plan for the building?”

The project has been plagued by controversy because the initial plans called for eliminating the Smartville garden on the school’s campus to make room for more parking. Additionally, community members complained a June 2 meeting on the issue wasn’t well-advertised. Board members at that meeting decided to stick with original plans for rebuilding the school.

The board also will discuss self-assessment and strategic planning, according to the retreat agenda.

In a previous anonymous self-assessment, board members indicated the board had communication and public relations problems.

The agenda also includes an executive session for personnel and a personnel item in open session immediately after that. According to the agenda, the executive session and personnel items are planned to take an hour.

The retreat will be held at 9 a.m. at Peach State Bank & Trust, 325 Washington St. SW in Gainesville. The meeting, except for the executive session, is open to the public.

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