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Speak Up: Do You Support The New Jade Street School?

What do you think of the school that will replace the community garden at Jade Street Park?

Wednesday, April 11 is a long-awaited day for the Soquel Union Elementary School District. 

Finally, after years of planning and commission approvals, they broke ground on the new Opal Cliffs School project. 

The school will serve preschoolers and kindergarteners, totaling about 80 students in all. According to the school district, it will be "an educational setting that will enhance the Capitola community in providing an outstanding learning environment ... for the 2012-13 school year." 

But the school also comes at a price to the community, as the Jewel Box neighborhood has had to sacrifice its community garden, that had come to flourish in its location next to the community center. Plenty of residents were upset at the loss of great crops in the neighborhood, while others weighed the preschool as more important. 

But what do you think? Are you happy the new school is being built? Or would you prefer the garden? Is this one a no-brainer or a tough decision? Tell us in the comments and vote in the poll below!

Peking April 11, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Jacob, have you taken a good look at the space termed "community garden"? It has not functioned as a productive garden (if it ever did) in many years. The plots have been long abandoned.
kristen April 12, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Early childhood education provides life-long benefits. We need to support community efforts to make it accessible.

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