County students will begin a new school year on Thursday, Aug. 5.
The Jackson County School System is expecting a slight increase in enrollment from last year, with a projection of 7,400 students. Superintendent Shannon Adams attributes the stagnant total to the slumping housing market.
The school system is implementing one new program at the elementary school level. It’s called Health Empowers and aims to keep students active throughout the school day without taking up instructional time. The program was implemented at West Jackson Primary School last year and was a success.
In addition, standard based report cards will now be issued to students in grades first through seventh. These report cards help clarify whether or not a student is on grade-level, and the system has added a grade each year.
For renovations, Adams said the major construction project was at North Jackson Elementary School, with renovations to its front office area and cafeteria. The project overall cost $1,038,142, and was paid for with SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) funds. In addition, the gym at WJPS is undergoing total renovations.