The Jackson County School System will likely create a second middle school on the West side of the county to alleviate overcrowding.
The system had earlier announced it would add 20-25 classrooms to West Jackson Intermediate School to take pressure off westside facilities, especially West Jackson Middle School. That expansion is expected to cost around $5.5 million, officials said.
At last week’s two-day board of education retreat meeting, system leaders appeared to favor making the West Jackson Primary School facility into a middle school housing grades 6-8; making WJIS an elementary school housing grades K-5; and keeping WJMS as is with students fed in from North Jackson Elementary School and Gum Springs Elementary School.
For the full story, see the March 19th issue of The Jackson Herald.
Let's see if I understand this correctly.....We are cutting 60 positions....teachers that directly interact with our kids everyday....we are putting the 8th graders on the east side with high school students...and now we are going to create a 2nd middle school on the west side? How about redrawing the district lines and sending some of those west side students to the east side? Nobody likes change but at some point common sense has to prevail.
Redrawing the lines will mean kids from the far west and north sides of the county would have to travel all the way to the East Jackson/Kings Bridge area. The population concentration in the county is centered in the Braselton, Hoschton, Jefferson area. The population on the eastern side of the county is much more spread out.
When they opened EJCHS, folks complained that their kids who lived near JCCHS had to go all the way to East. IT has to be this way because of the population density - if you want to keep the populations even or keep the west side schools from bursting at the seams.
For years I've lived close to the Banks county line and have driven my children to East Jackson. No, it isn't always convenient but in a time when we are laying off 60 employees but turning around and spending an estimated 5.5 MILLION dollars on another school, something has to change. I'm sorry if it inconveniences those on the West side but we can't change the fact that EJCHS was overbuilt.
Ok, now I'm thoroughly confused. I agree with Anon about district lines. Yes, EJ & Kings Bridge 8th graders together at EJHS, KB & EJMS together at EJMS. South Jackson Elem. at Kings Bridge right? When will SJ be done, who's going back to KB? I think we need to find out who's on first maybe & keep our teachers.
O.K. heres my problem with this whole issue. They are laying off teachers then building a new school so when that is built they will need to hire back at least the amount they are laying off....that's pretty messed up right there