Jones presents 10-Year plan to County Commission
Superintendent Eric Jones and Jackson-Madison County schools presented their 10 year plan to the Madison County commission Tuesday morning.
The presentation opened with a overview of achievement and academics in the school district which opened the eyes of some of the commissioners.
"I was thrilled he opened with academics and he was wiling to put forward what is happening with Madison county. We have talked about this for years but not everyone had realized how far we had slipped" said County Commissioner Larry Lowrance.
The presentation of actual the capital plan went over the cost estimates and the reasoning behind what school would be renovated or shut down.
Although some commissioners say this plan is a good first step, they have some questions they need answered.
"Its very thought out and detailed but there are a lot of questions that need answering as to exactly the amount of money required. I am ready to spend whatever amount of money we need for education but I feel like buildings do not help education and Madison academic is a prime example of that stated Lowrance"
Dr Jones says the capital plan is more about addressing crucial infrastructural needs for the schools is about the children's safety.
"Madison academic has preformed very well but Madison academic also has some very large capital needs. This isn't about building school to teach kids, it is about building these school the keep them safe for our children"
As for where the commission will go from here? They will look over the plan more and start a dialogue with the school district on what can be done
"This commission will look at thee recommendation and we'll take them one at a time. He laid out some priorities and we'll take a look and a dress them responsibly."