Jackson County school board to pursue West Jackson County land

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The Jackson County Board of Education has authorized Dr. John Green and Chairman Lynne Wheeler to pursure a possible contract to purchase land for the third high school for the school system.

By KATIE JUSTICE, kjustice@clickthepaper.com

The current real estate market ensuring relatively low prices on property, the Jackson County Board of Education is taking the preliminary steps to purchase 98 acres of land off Highway 332.

The school board passed a motion for Superintendent Dr. John Green and Board of Education Chairwoman Lynne Wheeler to proceed with securing a contract for the land.

The land would eventually be used for the construction of a third Jackson County high school. However, the actual building isn’t on the agenda anywhere on the foreseeable future.

“We do realize that land prices may not stay as they are, so we feel it’s a good time for us to use allocated SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) funds to purchase that property,” said Green, at a Nov. 12 school board meeting.

“Our current plan is that would be a new west Jackson High School to relieve crowding,” said Green, of the eventual building of the new school.

Before the land can be obtained, a series of tests must be conducted before the Georgia Department of Education will approve the purchase.

“We feel very comfortable with what the results will be on those studies,” said Dennis Patrick, Jackson County director of facilities, maintenance and transportation, about the likelihood of beneficial test results.

According to Patrick, the last time property prices were this low was during 1999 and 2000.

At a District 3 town hall meeting earlier this year, Green hinted that the system was seeking to identify land for a school site.