Is the Jackson County School System on the verge of buying land for a potential high school in West Jackson?
Judging by a teasing comment superintendent John Green made to an audience in Braselton on Thursday that may be a possibility.
“I’d love to share some plans with you, but I can’t yet — but I will in the near future,” he said. “But maybe I can give a little bit of a hint. Let’s see. Our current school that’s in the center of the county is a long ways from here. There you go. How’s that?”
The comment comes just one week after the Jackson County Board of Education spent an hour discussing real estate acquisition in a closed-door meeting. The board didn’t take any action when the meeting was opened to the public.
For the full story, see the Sept. 19 issue of The Jackson Herald.
When the BOE decided to build EJCCHS, we all knew that the centrally located JCCHS (and it's Gordon Street predecessor) were not ideal locations to serve the pie-shaped attendence zone creeated and used to justify it. With the well-advised investment in construction projects now underway at JC, the facility itself will be collectively outstanding to educate our students, regardless of convenience.
The rumored and popular proposal to build a West Side High School is way past-due. Unfortunately, it is now ill-advised. Don't blame the messenger here...that is simply the way it is. Read on...
Unless the JCBOE can sell the existing facility, (maybe to a land-locked JHS?) operating three County high schools, not counting JHS and CHS, with our population and tax base is just obscene and completely irresponsible. When the population explosion resumes, go for it.
I simply do not understand. In the past several years all we have heard from the JC BOE is "due to budget cut...", now there is a "hint" for a new school to be built.
Based on the BOE decissions to...
A- Request waivers for larger class sizes
B- Furlough days
C- Build a registration building, close it.
D- Raise employee benefits cost
E- Close a highly functional alternative school
F- Reduce # of paraprofessionals in classroom
G- Recent talk of loans need just to operate
How are these type decissions benefitting the students, teachers, and tax payers of this county?
I thought East Jackson was built to relieve the overcrowded Jackson County HS, which was expected to get worse with the anticipated growth of the county, especially the West end of the county. Who could've predicted everything was going to come to a screeching halt like it did? (Hindsight is 20/20, huh?)Does this mean that JCCHS is still overcrowded and another high school is needed for this reason? Or is it something else, i.e. location, expense of updating current facility, etc? I'm just curious because I probably haven't been here long enough to know the whole backstory.
Go Eagles! :)
09/23/12 at 05:00 PM
Yes, JCCHS is still overcrowded. There are kids still being bussed downtown to the Gordon Street Center, thus losing 30+ minutes of instructional time for each class they have there.
Not to mention the increased enrollment at the elementary level. These kids at WJPS, WJIS, GSES, SJES, and NJES that are districted for JCCHS will eventually have to go to high school. There just won't be room for all of them. While it may seem wasteful to build a new high school now, I think it is commendable that Dr. Green and the BOE are looking to the future. With the number of students we have on the west side now, there is a need for a new high school on the west side within oh, say, 4-6 years. That doesn't account for the growth that side of the county may or may not experience.