Thursday, May 24, 2012
City hears student survey results
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs Intermediate School gifted students in fifth and sixth grades have prepared another market study for the city. The study was presented to the Holly Springs mayor and board of aldermen at the May 15 meeting.
Survey results indicated that students believe there is not enough for young people to do in the city or county. Activities students considered worthy of support included a movie theater, a public gym and an arcade/golf facility.
The frontrunner in the survey of things young people wanted most was a movie theater. Other activities students wanted included bowling, Zumba classes, a shooting range, more businesses in the strip mall, a swimming pool, seafood restaurants, a skating rink and art classes.
Fifth grade gifted students were charged with planning how the new projects would be financed. Dubbing their group the “Helping Hands,” students collected donations by placing a bucket at Short Stop and Walmart. Students planned a talent show for youth and the group plans to continue its work through the summer.
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry, who invited this year’s class to do a project as one before it has done, noted that the previous class had asked for a Captain D’s and that idea came to fruition.
Developer Kenneth Ferrell, who attended the meeting, was asked to comment on the possibility of opening a theater in the city.
“Holly Springs does not have enough population to have a movie theater,” he said, “but we are on the verge of looking like it is possible. As the mayor likes to say, the middle school now ‘has skin in the game.’ ”
Cynthia Finch is in charge of the gifted program at Holly Springs School District.
During the meeting, Sen. Bill Stone spoke to the board of aldermen about the redistricting plan in the Legislature, which, if passed, would do away with his district (District 2), place part of Marshall County in DeSoto County’s District 19, and the remainder in Tate County’s District 10. Benton County would be grouped with Pontotoc and Union counties and with Tippah County in another district.
Stone asked the board for support of his drive to ask the U.S. Department of Justice to keep his district intact based on several arguments including protecting communities of interest in Marshall and Benton counties and by preserving minority voting strength in Benton County.
DeBerry, who supported Stone’s opposition to the Senate redistricting plan, called the new plan “a classic example of gerrymandering.”
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