JPS Bond Issue passes: What now?

JPS Bond Issue passes: What now?
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Tuesday Jackson voters approved a 65 million dollar bond for improvements to Jackson Public Schools. Today, the Jackson School Board announced it's plan to make the Jackson Public School district one of the strongest in the state.

During a press conference today held at the Board of Education, board members presented the outline for its plan to correct deficiencies at 54 schools within the district.

The first step is the bidding process. Don McCracken is the Executive Director of Facilities and Operations for JPS.

"Two weeks advertisement. I think it's 21 days, for bid opening," he said.

McCracken says once the funds have been received, which the board anticipates will be in December, they will get to work.

"Right now were looking at probably starting right at a hundred projects because there will be a total of about 350 projects," he continued.

First in the pipeline of projects; Callaway, Wingfield and Forest Hill.

"Callaway, Wingfield, Forest Hill. There are a series of HVAC issues structural issues: doors and windows," he said.

According to chief financial officer, Cheryl Miller, each school will have it's own budget.

"So, if it's say, an architect for Forest Hill high school then the architect fees will be tied to Forest hills high school," she explained

Miller says by tying expenses to individual schools it will allow for greater accountability and transparency.

And as far as transparency, the board is establishing an oversight committee.

According to board member, Dr. Edward Sivak, the importance of the board is to ensure that there is public accounting of the expenditure of the funds and a forum to share progress or lack thereof.

McCracken says that based upon the bond proceeds the board hopes to have the first 100 projects completed by 2022.

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