The Jackson County School Board will host a meeting on Monday, March 12 at 6 p.m. at Grand Ridge School gym. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss plans to readjust the grades assigned at Grand Ridge School and Sneads Elementary School, beginning with the 2018-19 school year, due to significant classroom space issues at Grand Ridge School.
The recommendation being considered is for Sneads Elementary School to become a Pre-Kindergarten through fourth grade school and for Grand Ridge School to become a fifth grade through eighth grade school.
Roofing and flooring issues at the Grand Ridge School have forced the school board’s hands on this move. With some of the buildings age at 84 years, the cost to demolish and rebuild or rent portables is more of a financial strain than the school board can bear at this time.
In an interview with Superintendent of Schools Larry Moore Tuesday afternoon, Moore said, “It would be a reconfiguration. Currently Grand Ridge is a Pre-K through eighth grade school and Sneads is a Pre-K through fifth grade school. We currently need more space at Grand Ridge and we looked at different options. And of course, construction is very expensive and renting portables is very expensive. But then we looked at our enrollment numbers and we can by moving Grand Ridge to a fifth grade through eighth grade center and Sneads Elementary becoming a Pre-K through fourth grade center, we have plenty of space, according to the data that we have and the enrollment that we have currently, we can house the Pre-K through four at Sneads Elementary and grades five through eight at Grand Ridge and we will have enough space without building, without renting any additional portables and we will be in good shape.”
Moore said that with school choice being legislated mandate, students can move outside of their zone. They can be out of county of within county.
Moore said, “The progression would be Pre-K through fourth would be Sneads Elementary School and then move to Grand Ridge for the fifth grade through eighth grades and then Sneads High School nine through twelve.”
Moore said as far as geographically there was six to seven miles between Grand Ridge School and Sneads Elementary. Moore said financially this was the best solution, “It would prevent us from having to rent portables or build additional space. We are utilizing the space we currently have and with the current enrollment it will work well. But more so from an educational standpoint, it would be very good.”
Moore says he plans to have this on the agenda for the April meeting and said he would need the school board’s approval for this to be approved.