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JCSS Proposes New School Zones in Thursday BOE Session

JEFFERSON – The Jackson County School System proposed new school zone lines to the Board of Education during Thursday night’s work session.

The proposed school zone lines would go into effect for the 2023-24 academic year for middle school students, and 2024-25 for elementary school students. High school grade levels and schools on the East side will be unaffected by the proposed changes. The need to redraw school zone lines is derived from the need to keep pace with the rapid growth of Jackson County. JCSS will be opening two new schools in the next two years. 

Legacy Knoll Middle School will open in August 2023, and a new elementary school is planned to open in August 2024. Jackson County School System leadership requested the BOE vote on the new proposed lines during the November Board Meeting. 

“The challenge of our exponential growth over the past few years created the need to expedite the building of multiple schools. This challenge also opened up new opportunities for beautiful new facilities that Jackson County can be proud of for years to come,” Jackson County School System Superintendent Dr. Philip Brown said. “A goal of our Board of Education and leadership was to house students and teachers in permanent classrooms as quickly as possible. This plan helps us move toward this goal.”

Along with approving Legacy Knoll Middle School as a 6th through 8th grade facility in September, the BOE also approved plans to move forward with the building of the new elementary school. Since the September Board Meeting, district leaders have been working with a committee to redraw the lines to populate the new schools.

Under the proposed new lines, leaders have been able to establish feeder patterns into its schools. Starting in 2024, when the new elementary school opens, students from West Jackson Elementary and Gum Springs Elementary will feed into West Jackson Middle School. Students at North Jackson Elementary and the new elementary school will feed into the new Legacy Knoll Middle School. Both middle schools will feed directly into Jackson County High School. 

District leaders will continue to take input from community members on the proposed lines. District leaders are also set to meet with faculty and staff from all affected schools to discuss transition plans for those interested in working at the new schools. 

Highlights:

  • Feeder schools and attendance zones for East Jackson Comprehensive High School and Jackson County High School will remain the same.

  • New school zone lines create more balanced schools to accommodate future growth.

  • More extracurricular activity opportunities available to middle school students.

To view the proposed lines, please click here.