The school administration presented plans on Tuesday evening to the Jones School Board related to the future bond issue. The School Board will vote next month to send the bond issue to citizens for approval in October 2019. The initial plans for the elementary expansion include the development of an Early Childhood Center. This new addition to the school would add classrooms for Pre-K through 1st grade, a new main entrance to the school on Hiwassee, new administrative offices, a special education classroom, and a multipurpose activity room that will be a certified storm shelter. If the bond issue passes, construction for the new Early Childhood Center could begin as early as July 2020.
“The last bond issue we passed was 12 years ago to build the new high school. Students will see a bond issue passed only once during their tenure in the Jones Public Schools. We need to stop building metal buildings and create something that will last.”Carl Johnson, Jones Superintendent
In preparation for this upcoming bond election, the School Board approved contracts with LWPB, P.C. and CMS Willowbrook. Both contracts are pending voter approval in the fall.
LWPB, P.C. is the architectural firm that designed the new high school 12 years ago. CMS Willowbrook, Inc. is a construction management firm that acts as a consultant for project bids and advertisements, giving their clients more control and transparency during the construction process.
“I think this is going to be great. There is an exciting future for the next generation.”Tenae Davis, Special Education Director