SIMPLY PUT, there’s some dirt being moved around in the Jefferson School System right now — lots of it.
Signs of change are clearly visible to passers-by as construction crews are at work on the initial phases of a three-pronged construction package that will add somewhere in the neighborhood of $24-25 million in SPLOST-funded, new construction over the next few years.
The projects include new academic wing, cafeteria and kitchen at the elementary school; a new academic building and a new kitchen at the high school; and a new high school gym. Jefferson voters passed a bond referendum March 15, 2011 related to the Education Local Option Sales Tax (ELOST) to issue bonds – up to $25 million – to fund these three projects.
Construction on those actual buildings won’t start until at least September — most likely – but Crews are at work on new parking lots and driveways at the high school and elementary school – all of which Jefferson school leaders hope are completed when school starts Aug. 2.