Since 1995, the name “Enota” has been synonymous with educational excellence in the Gainesville school system. My three sons attended Enota and I had the honor of serving as principal there for seven years. During that time, Enota was named a Georgia School of Excellence, the only Gainesville school ever to receive that honor. Since then, it has only become a better place for children to live and learn.
When Sally Meadors became principal and the Smartville Garden came into existence, that beautiful learning place became the signature of the school. It is a community project that has included students, former students, teachers and neighbors who appreciate the beauty and learning potential of such a place.
This learning spans all disciplines and give students a hands-on experience they might otherwise never have. More than $100,000 has been invested in this garden and countless hours of volunteer work. The garden is a beautiful spot for learning, for enjoying nature and for people passing by to enjoy. It is a special place without equal to any other in the city.
Now come plans for a much-needed new school. Did the people in charge consider this wonderful garden when getting ready to build? It seems not. Change is good. A new school sorely needed, but please don’t destroy what people have invested so much money and time in making. Surely there is compromise that can be made. Please look for it.