The Jackson County Board of Education announced on Wednesday that the Jackson County School System has big changes planned for the coming year. The county, located in northeast Georgia, has decided to construct a brand new high school. As part of a county-wide initiative to improve public schools, the West Jackson Middle School in Jefferson will also undergo a $6.5 million renovation.
The county’s new high school will replace the Jackson County Comprehensive High School, located in Jefferson, Georgia. The high school will be located near the town of Braselton and should be ready to open its doors by 2020. The Jackson County Board of Education officially voted to take the old high school off of their long range comprehensive facilities plan, a move that will allow them to use a special $15 million fund available from the state of Georgia to construct their new building.
The Jackson County Comprehensive High School will be transformed into a College & Career Academy, a special charter school that provides classes for college credit. The University of North Georgia and Lanier Technical College will offer classes on the campus. While the new high school is being built near Braselton, high school students in the district will continue to use the old high school’s athletic fields.
Jackson County is located between the university town of Athens and Atlanta, the state’s largest city. The Jackson County School System has around 7,700 students. The county is also home to the Commerce City School District and the Jefferson City School District.