JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The new superintendent for Jackson Public Schools has been on the job since last August. Dr. Errick Greene is taking on a district that had been threatened with a state takeover. We asked parents to share their concerns and questions for Dr. Greene. In an exclusive interview with 3 On Your Side he talks for the first time about some tough decisions ahead for the district.
One of those decisions involves the number of schools in the Jackson Public School District.
Dr. Greene said, "I will say that I have skirted around or I have chosen not to specifically name previously, but I'm gonna name today, we might actually have to close a school at some point. That's a reality. You don't continue to operate a district as though you've got 30,000 students when you have 22,000. It's just not good fiscal sense."
And possible changes don't stop there.
“We might actually have to downsize our central office. Downsize offices with the district, the Central office, eliminate positions and that sort of thing. Nobody wants to talk about that because at some point we’re talking about my pastor’s wife, or my neighbor, or my auntie or uncle. Or my mama, or my daughter or whatever it might be”, said Dr. Greene.
There are currently 33 elementary Schools, 12 middle schools, 7 high schools and 4 special schools in the District.
We will have more from our exclusive interview with Dr. Greene Thursday night at 10 on the possible closure of a school in the city and what he says about his responsibility to every taxpayer in Jackson.