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Editorial: Enota school plan cultivates discontent
Gainesville school leaders too tin-eared, indifferent during construction debate
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In reviewing the dispute over construction of the new Enota elementary school and dismantling of its beloved Smartville Garden, let’s start by acknowledging how both sides have strong points, and satisfying everyone’s concerns was never going to be an easy task. That said, the degree of ill will generated by the board’s final decision on the matter was exacerbated unnecessarily by secretive decision-making and a process that left many residents feeling ignored and irrelevant. Gainesville City Schools leaders have committed funds to a new school building at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy, which is 60 years old and in need of an upgrade.