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CJ Alternative School Moving Back on Campus:Building for Sale on Main St.

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CARL JUNCTION, MISSOURI -

     New storm shelters open up space that allows the Carl Junction Alternative School known as CJ Unlimited, to move off Main street and back onto campus.

The CJ Unlimited building downtown is up for sale.
The only evidence of the alternative school that remains inside is decorated ceiling tiles.
This year those students will be in the old kindergarten first grade north building. Bringing teachers like Melissa Utley space.
Director Cyndy Giebler said, "We were very tight downtown although we loved that location. It was very small for what we were trying to do. The teachers did not have classrooms. Every space was a common area."

Math and Science teacher Melissa Utley is excited about the change, "I have my own classroom.   I love to decorate and have never been able to decorate before cause we always switched from one class to the other."

Giebler added, "It
s a better learning environment because we're not quite so cramped."
Teachers chose rooms on the side of the building with windows, something lacking in the storefront location.
Utley explained, "Over there, you're trying to keep kids awake. Trying to keep them entertained when they have absolutely no sunlight. They're there all day long. You don
t get   anything.  Its really kind of hard to stay focused and to have that energy that sunlight naturally brings in."

During a tour of the old CJ Unlimited on Main, Giebler explained travel patterns in the narrow building. She said, "They had to come through two classrooms to get to the bathroom."
 And the bathrooms sit inside a classroom.

Bathrooms in the hall of the school building solve that. Meaning fewer disruptions for students in the classroom who already challenged and in danger of dropping out of school.
 

Giebler said,   "In danger of dropping out, having trouble and feeling lack of success in the high school program. Sometimes just moving a student who's at risk from a hustling, bustling big school environment to just a smaller environment: fewer people, fewer class changes, fewer teachers to deal with, makes it better."

There
s a designated computer lab in the new building and a storage room could become a science lab.
Giebler said at the old building shared classrooms made labs difficult if not impossible.  She said,
A science lab has to be set up.  And so at the other location, shed have to set it up, take it down, set it up, take it down. It was a real hassle. So now she'll have a room that she can use for a science lab if she wants to. Itll be great."

     The new location has lockers where the students can put coats, purses and books.
     An improvement over small plastic tubs that didn't fit coats at the old school.

While the move means a vacant building on Carl Junctions Main street the chamber of commerce doesnt view that as a bad thing.

Director Gary Stubblefield explained, "We need this parking for merchants. This would be a great spot where the city could collect some sales tax if we had a retail entity in here."

He said, ”This is a fantastic location cause its directly across from the post office, a bank, it’s between two very specific destination type retail…And it’s the only available spot on Main street.
 

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