A Moving Experience

Dorothy Gabriel says she dropped out of school at age 17 to help her mother support her younger siblings. Now at age 50, she's hoping to get her GED.

Dorothy says, "I like it here. I like the building, I like the opportunity to further advance myself in education."

But Gabriel says her education has been disrupted several times as school officials try to find a permanent home for the program.

Jefferson school officials have decided to move the adult center to the current location and they're working out three possible sites, and once that's completed they'll then lease the media and the adjacent buildings to the County Commission.

Phil Barker, Superintendent of Jefferson County Schools, says, "We have found and worked on an even better setting for the adult school, so we feel like there's a good possibility this would be a win-win for everyone involved from a personal standpoint. I'm delighted with that."

But students like Gabriel say the move will only benefit the county, not the students.

Dorothy Gabriel, a student at the Jefferson County Adult School, says, "Now that they're going to move us to another facility, I think it's awful. In fact, they don't know where they're going to put us right now."

The superintendent says the move was made by new board members who wanted to rescind the decision made by the previous board.


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