West Jackson Intermediate School will soon began an expansion to give some relieve to overcrowding of school facilities on the West side of Jackson County.
The Jackson County Board of Education approved Monday night amending the system’s list of SPLOST projects to make the expansion of WJIS a top priority.
Initial work on grading is slated to begin in May this year with construction to begin in December. Plans call for the $5 million project to be completed by July 2015.
The project will add a 2-story wing to WJIS with 26 classrooms and additional space for the media center to meet state mandates.
Officials hope that once the project is completed, grades can be shuffled to give relief to overcrowding at West Jackson Middle School.
The BOE earlier voted to postpone plans to renovate the former South Jackson Elementary School facility. SJES is now at the former Kings Bridge Middle School building. KBMS was merged with East Jackson Middle School last year.
The system is also postponing some renovations to Benton Elementary School and Jackson County Comprehensive High School.
In other SPLOST work, the system is continuing to tighten security at all the schools in the system, especially at school entrances. Those projects are scheduled to be completed by June.