Superintendent Moore clarifies future of Riverside School

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    Social media posts, along with calls and texts to the TIMES, prompted a call to Jackson County Superintendent of Schools Larry Moore Thursday afternoon. Parents had heard that along with Hope School, that Jackson Alternative School and Jackson County Adult Ed would be moving to the Riverside campus when Riverside relocates to the K-8 School. In an interview with Moore Thursday afternoon, he said, “I have looked at several options to make our district as efficient as possible to assist with school funding and hopefully free up operational funding with the goal of hopefully ultimately improving staff salaries. I have not entered into any kind of formal discussion with the Board as far as any official recommendation for the use of Riverside. We have a lot of things that need to take place before I’d even be in a position to do that. I am going to start looking at what space will be available at Riverside compared to what is needed by Hope School.
    In response to the question if it was confirmed that JAS was going there yet, Moore said, “Again that decision has not been made, nor has a recommendation been made. I think it’s fairly commonly accepted that we are going to move Hope School onto the Riverside Campus. One space that particularly appeals to me is the indoor physical education facility at RES because of Hope School’s active athletic programs.”
    Safety of staff and students along with quality educational opportunities are and will continue to be a focus of decisions and recommendations made. I welcome any input as we move forward in this process.”

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