The Jackson County Board of Education approved a $5.7 million expansion of the current West Jackson Intermediate School Monday night in a bid to relieve classroom overcrowding on the West side of Jackson County.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new facility is slated for 5:30 p.m. on May 22.
The BOE named Bowen & Watson as contractor for the project, which will be a two-story building at the school. It will be paid for out of SPLOST funds.
Although no final reconfiguration has been officially approved by the BOE, the board appears to be leaning toward turning the current WJIS facility into a new middle school.
The BOE held a community meeting last week at WJPS to discuss several options related possible reconfigurations of schools on the West side.
Superintendent April Howard said the BOE was committed to keeping school feeder patterns by communities and also wanted to make plans now that would make for an easy transition when a new high school is eventually built on the West side of the county. She said the quickest solution to overcrowding on the West side is the WJIS addition because that school was designed for such an addition.