John Jackson - Jefferson City Schools Superintendent Blog

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Baseball State Championship

Winning a Georgia High School Association State Championship is exciting and very tough to accomplish. Georgia is a big state, with many outstanding teams and talented student competitors. In such an environment, a school will gladly take a state title whenever, and wherever, it can manage to scratch one up.

Yesterday, the Dragon Baseball Team won the AAAA State Championship. To win out, they had to defeat a number of highly ranked opponents - two of which were ranked in the top 5 nationally. Jefferson was the underdog during much of the way. Winning a state championship under these circumstances makes one's head spin even faster.

Congratulations to the Jefferson High School baseball players (especially the seniors), Head Coach Tommy Knight and his fine staff of assistants. What a way to close out 2017 - 2018!!!

Speaking of closing out the year, the student achievement test results are steadily arriving from the Department of Education. Thus far, they appear to be as high, if not higher, than last year. The mathematics scores are especially impressive.

A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL!!!

2018 Graduation

The 2018 Jefferson High School Graduation Ceremony will take place tomorrow evening at 8:00 p.m. in the Jefferson High School Arena. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. A ticket will be required to gain admission.

First come, first serve on-campus parking will be available. Attendees may also park at the Jefferson Police Department, Jefferson Elementary School, Jefferson Academy, Jefferson Middle School and the Baseball/Softball Parking Lot. Shuttle buses will run every 5 - 10 minutes beginning at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 11 p.m.

The ceremony will be streamed live on the following link: http://www.esenetworks.com/live-events.aspx?id=126588

A live stream will also be shown in the William Duncan Martin Performing Arts Center. Doors will open to this facility at 7 p.m.

Other Activities of Note

BEST OF LUCK TO THE JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL DRAGONS IN THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES WITH CARTERSVILLE!!!

The WWll European Tour took place over spring vacation. During the summer, additional students will visit Scotland while others tour several of America's National Parks.

Graduation and Memorial Stadium

Hello friends,

First off, let us offer a hearty "CONGRATULATIONS" to our fine seniors. We are so very proud of you!! Enjoy the moment and everything it has to offer. Be careful, use good judgment and finish strong. Remember the words of that wise and scholarly American philosopher, Yogi Berra. "It ain't over till it's over."

We regret that we will not be graduating in Memorial Stadium. The primary reason for this is that there's nowhere to sit. The bleachers in the main home side seating section have been removed due to renovation. Thus, our graduation exercises will be in the Arena. Two years ago the Arena housed the graduation ceremony due to rain. Everything went fine.

While I'm on Memorial Stadium, let me briefly speak to the work taking place. The stadium was constructed almost 60 years ago in accordance with the building codes in effect at that time. As the system grew, the need for additional aisles, hand railings, handicap accommodations, seating capacity, etc. also grew. In order to bring certain components of the facility up to present day codes, the entire facility had to be brought up to today's codes. Also, a large underground pipe has existed running from Memorial Drive, underneath the visitors stands to the opposite end of the stadium. This pipe carries away creek and runoff water. The entire line had to be replaced with an even larger pipe because the old line was failing and sink holes were appearing.

Not many schools played boys and girls soccer when the stadium was constructed. Soccer has become quite popular and many of our students play the game. A 1983 field house that served primarily football and boys track and field, now serves football, boys and girls track and field, and boys and girls soccer. Thus, a larger field house along with the addition of soccer fields became necessary.

In conclusion, ideas, suggestions, revised policies, etc. regarding school security have sprung forward like a flower in bloom. There have even been hints that state and federal funding might be forthcoming. Thus, for a period of time we are going to wait and watch to see how this school security matter plays out. To whatever extent possible, we will continue upgrading security systems, modifying doors and building entrances and fine tuning emergency procedures. At this time, no action will be recommended on the adoption of a new policy.

Thanks to everyone for your interest and support.

200 Year Patch

Proposed Policy Regarding Arming JCS Employees

Welcome friends to my blog. My intentions are to use this capability to share with you updated system information in a timely fashion.

I am sure there is quite a bit of interest in the proposed weapons policy (attached). It deals with whether the school system should have the authority to arm selected personnel in response to recent school shootings in the United States. Adopting the policy would not, in and of itself, authorize any employee to be armed. It would make it possible for an employee to be legally armed in accordance with the enumerated stipulations should it seem advisable.

Decisions such as this are hard and anything but fun.

Proposed Weapons Policy