Student success through leadership, character and performance.
Look for quick links for parents and students, staff and potential staff, and community members and partners on our home page. Click on the tabs below for the offices within our District: Administration, Human Resources & Student Support Services, Teaching & Learning, Operations, and Finance.
Click here for a copy of our organization chart you can view, download or print.
Click here for links to key documents, including the Consolidated Needs Assessment, District Improvement Plan, and Family Engagement Plan.
Jackson County School System Central Office is located at 1660 Winder Highway – Jefferson, GA 30549 – adjacent to the Jackson County High School campus.
Phone: 706-367-5151 – Fax: 706-367-9768
Choose success @ JCSS!
The Jackson County School System serves approximately 8,400 students in six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. In addition, Empower College & Career Center is under development and is expected to open in July 2021. We are committed to promoting student success through leadership, character, and performance from Pre-K through 12th grade.
Click the tabs above for a list of and links to the offices within each part of our organization; click the highlighted links below for more information about …
- Administration – Our school system leaders, including our superintendent, assistant superintendents, and chief financial officer.
- Human Resources and Student Support Services – The starting point for those interested in beginning or advancing a career in service to the students of Jackson County and for information on the services that support our students throughout their elementary and secondary years, including social work, nursing and counselors’ services, as well as school psychologists.
- Teaching & Learning – Addresses all aspects of our work with students, including registration, curriculum, special education services, state and federal programs, personalized learning and innovation, technology, student data management, testing, and communications.
- Operations – Involves management of school nutrition, transportation, and facilities.
- Finance – Manages all aspects of JCSS’s financial activities, including work with outside vendors.
Education has a long history in Jackson County, which was founded in 1796 in a split from Franklin County. Jackson County was the original home of the University of Georgia — classes began before Clarke County was officially carved out of Jackson County in 1801. There is a school listed as part of the settlement at Hurricane Shoals in 1801, and as many as 247 schools are recorded in the county’s history. And, according to the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, Harmony Grove Female Academy, chartered in 1824, was the first school for girls chartered in the state.
Today, JCSS is led by Dr. April Howard, superintendent of schools. The assistant superintendent for teaching and learning is Mr. Todd Nickelsen. The assistant superintendent for operations is Mr. Ted Gilbert. The assistant superintendent for human resources and student support services is Dr. Selena Blankenship. Our chief financial officer is Ms. Annah Dodge, CPA, CGFM.
Our faculty and staff are committed to offering a challenging and rigorous educational experience for all students in a safe and caring learning environment.
Administration includes the leadership team, human resources, student services, and communications.
Click on the gold links below to reach individual offices or departments.
Dr. Selena Blankenship
Dr. Selena S. Blankenship joined the Jackson County School System in July 2016 and currently serves as the director of human resources. Dr. Blankenship is proud to be a “Triple Dawg,” having earned her bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia, where she serves as a member of the College of Education’s Alumni Board. She began her career as a language arts teacher in South Georgia before returning to the Athens area in 2002. Since 2008, Dr. Blankenship has served in various leadership roles at the middle and high school levels, most recently serving five years as the principal of Hilsman Middle School, an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme World School.
Join us and choose success @ JCSS!
The Jackson County School System is working every day to provide a remarkable learning experience for approximately 8,000 students in six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. We value innovation, personalization, academic rigor, and positive relationships.
Jackson County is located approximately an hour northeast of Atlanta along I-85 and just 25 minutes from the music and arts scene in Athens. We enjoy convenient access to Lake Hartwell, Lake Lanier, and Braselton’s Chateau Elan Resort, all while enjoying the relaxed pace of small town life.
See a complete list of vacancies and find an online application by visiting www.applitrack.com/jacksoncounty/onlineapp/.
Learn more about our benefits by visiting www.myjacksonbenefits.com/.
Substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, and custodians
JCSS partners with ESS, an educational management service, in hiring for substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, and custodians. Apply online at ESS.com. For more information, contact Lauren Westervelt at 706-580-0290 or email LWestervelt@ESS.com.
- Click here for a copy of our organization chart you can view, download or print.
- Click here for the page that presents an overview of our school system.
- Click here for the JCSS Certified Teacher Salary Schedule (5/13/19).
- Click here for the JCSS Non-Teaching Salary Schedule (7/18/19).
- Click here for the JCSS Non-Teaching Salary Schedule – grade and range (5/13/19).
- Links to our job descriptions – coming soon!
Access information on discounts from our community partners for current employees with the links below.
- Heyward Allen
- Peach State Federal Credit Union
- Verizon Wireless
- Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners
Other offers may be listed on our employee portal communication page (click on Inside JCSS News).
Michelle Bowen – HR Professional for Recruitment and Hiring
email@example.com — Phone: 706-367-5151, ext. 17151
Shannon Kendrix – Benefits Specialist
firstname.lastname@example.org — Phone: 706-367-5151, ext. 17105
Megan Perry – HR Professional for Absence/Time Management, Payroll Support
email@example.com — Phone: 706-367-5151, ext. 17116
Debbie Gammon – Front Desk – HR Professional for Substitutes/Hourly Personnel
firstname.lastname@example.org — Phone: 706-367-5151, ext. 17101
The Jackson County School System does not and will not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, immigration, or any other legally protected status in its educational programs, activities or employment practices.
Teaching & Learning deals with all aspects of our work with students, including special education; personalized learning & innovation, which works closely with the technology office and our content specialists; school improvement and accountability (including registration, student data management, testing, and state and federal programs); and career, technical, and agricultural education (CTAE) and work-based learning (WBL).
SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT & ACCOUNTABILITY
Troy Johnson, Director email@example.com
PHONE: 706-367-5151 FAX: 706-367-9457
Registration: Martha Wilson & Teresa Dearman
Assessment: Martha Wilson & Teresa Dearman
Student Information System: Martha Wilson & Teresa Dearman
State Pre-K Program: Linda Bell
Federal Programs – Title I: Linda Bell
Operations includes school nutrition/food service, transportation, and plant services/facilities. Click on the gold links below to reach individual offices in Operations.