The Jackson County Board of Education will hold the first of two public hearings Thursday night on plans to relocate South Jackson Elementary School and to mothball the current facility.
The hearings are set for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday and again next week on Monday, March 11 in the gymnasium at Jackson County Comprehensive High School.
The public is invited to the hearings and to comment on the plan. A sign-in sheet will be available at the meetings, or one can sign up in advance by emailing the school at firstname.lastname@example.org and specifying which date they would like to speak at.
The hearings are required under state law to close a school facility. Superintendent John Green said system leaders will discuss the closing of the SJES with regard to costs, placement of staff and students and other issues directly related to that move.
The SJES change is just one part of a larger plan to consolidate some school facilities in the county to cut costs. Green said that the hearings, however, are not designed to discuss other aspects of the county’s plans and no comments will be taken about items not within the purpose of the hearing on SJES proposed closure.
The BOE is expected to make a final decision in April on the proposed closing and other plans.
For the full story, see the March 6 edition of The Commerce News.