More changes are on the way for the Jackson Public School District. One school is expected to shut down. Plus, hundreds of students could be headed to a different school at the start of the 2012-2013 school year.
The pending JPS changes will result from rezoning the district. Details on the changes will be announced Monday afternoon during a press conference at the JPS headquarters in downtown Jackson.
One JPS school will shut down, but the name of that school has not officially been announced. Rumors have spread that Bailey Magnet High School is closing. However, Eric Stringfellow, the JPS rezoning consultant told WLBT that Bailey will not close. The mission and focus of the school will change.
Of the 30,000 students in the district, the changes are expected to directly impact a small portion of JPS students. Stringfellow says rezoning will affect most of the district's special programs. It's believed that the International Baccalaureate program, APAC and the Montessori program will experience the most change.
A big emphasis behind rezoning is to make sure students in special programs are in one building versus being split up at schools around the city. The changes are also expected to help with overcrowding of students in some schools and under-capacity in other schools.
This is the first time JPS has comprehensively rezoned the district since the early 1980's. Parents of students impacted by the changes will receive information on upcoming meetings that'll take place in the next couple of weeks.
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