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Public forum on Enota school site design set for Sept. 22
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Public forum on Enota school site design

When: 6 p.m. Sept. 22

Where: Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, 1340 Enota Ave. NE, Gainesville

The Gainesville school system will hold a public forum Sept. 22 to discuss the site design for a new school at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy.

The forum is listed on the school system’s website and was in its “Have you ‘Herd’?” email newsletter sent Friday night. It will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 at the current Enota school, located at 1340 Enota Ave. NE.

“Parents and the community are invited to attend a public forum to discuss Enota site design,” according to the listing on the school system website.

The forum comes after a Sept. 6 meeting where school board members heard architects and engineers outline the plans thus far — discussing three options, with three price tags. No questions from the general public were allowed at that meeting.

A new building for Enota was announced last winter and ran into considerable controversy because it would destroy the Smartville garden, which was built largely by community volunteers.

The options outlined were the original plan, which would lower the current school site by nearly six feet; a version that would lower the site by 1.9 feet and would put bus traffic behind the school and car traffic in the front; and a plan that would grade the site, fill in the current playground and create a new garden in an L-shape around the gym.

All three versions would create a two-story building with 60 classrooms.

The Gainesville schools website contains links to the site design presentation slideshow, audio of that same presentation from the Sept. 6 meeting, a “capital project fact sheet,” a slideshow with options for the Enota garden and an Enota site design survey that allows respondents to seek answers for their questions about the project.

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