Construction moving along on WJIS campus



Principal Troy Johnson checks on progress in the addition on the West Jackson Intermediate School campus. See more scenes below.

Principal Troy Johnson checks on progress in the addition on the West Jackson Intermediate School campus. See more scenes below.

Although it’s been almost 14 years since West Jackson Intermediate School was constructed, the new two-story classroom addition on the campus is a great match.
Principal Troy Johnson proudly shows off the ongoing work which is connecting the new building to the existing school to create a long hallway. When you walk through the alcove between the structures, you first see two of the collective learning areas.
“This is very exciting,” said Johnson of the flexible space which will be able to accommodate multiple groups with multiple teachers or a single teacher.

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Sites for Jackson County Schools facilities meetings changed


Comments sought on proposed re-purposing of Benton Elementary

Jackson County School District facilities on the east side of the county have empty classrooms while the westside student population growth is pushing Jackson County Comprehensive High School as well as West Jackson Middle close to capacity.

That is in spite of the fact that nearly 70 percent of the county’s geographic area is zoned for eastside school attendance.

Facilities planning is facing the Jackson County Board of Education as strategic planning efforts are also under way. With so many considerations ahead including the possible re-purposing of Benton Elementary School, the school board agreed Monday to go back to the community for input, specifically from the Benton Elementary School community.

Meetings have been set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, and 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, and while it was previously announced that both sessions would convene at East Jackson County Comprehensive High School, the Jan. 29 meeting will be held at Benton Elementary School and the Feb. 5 session will be held at the Jackson County Board of Education office due to scheduling conflicts at East Jackson High.

At both meetings, interested parties will be invited to address the school board to share thoughts and each person is being asked to limit their comments to three minutes or less.

On the system website, individuals are also invited to provide feedback through an on-line survey found at

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Register Jan. 21 for free GED prep classes


The Jackson County Adult Education Center, located in the Jackson County Campus of Lanier Technical College at 631 S. Elm St., in Commerce, is conducting new student registration and orientation  at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 21, for its free GED preparation classes.

New students will need to provide a current state issued ID with photo upon enrolling. All students are required to attend class a minimum of six hours per week.

Prospective 16- and 17-year-old persons desiring to enroll as an underage student will be required to furnish a withdrawal form from the last attended high school at registration. A parent or guardian is required to attend the first part of the registration session with the enrolling student. Underage home school students will need a parent or guardian to attend the session as well and complete a home school affidavit which will be provided by the center.

To sign up for the free GED preparation classes or inquire about classes, contact Gwenn Evans by  phone at 706-335-9549 or email at

Mill Creek Advanced Theatre Workshop presents ‘Little Women’


Little-women-1000Mill Creek High School Theatre’s Advanced Theatre Workshop presents Little Women, a play written by Matt Buchanan based on the cherished novel by Louisa May Alcott, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan.16, and Saturday, Jan. 17, in the theater at Mill Creek High School. Advance purchase tickets at $5 are available online  at Tickets will be available at the door for $7.

For additional information or visuals, contact Brenda Jameson t Visit

Mill Creek High School is located at 4400 Braselton Highway in Hoschton. Call 678-714-5850.

Charges made in fake diploma case


The Gwinnett County Police Department is investigating a series of reports, filed by students, stating they have received fake diplomas from their school. The school used the name New Life Technical Academy and was operated by a married couple, 43-year-old Stanley Jean and 35-year-old Yessica Jean.

The investigation revealed there is a real, accredited school by the name New Life Technical Academy in Hapeville but the school operated by Stanley and Yessica Jean is not accredited; they are not affiliated and used the school name without permission. Yessica Jean worked for the real school in 2012.

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