Jackson (Miss.) Schools Needs Millions for Renovations

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Jackson Public Schools needs about $176.2 million for renovation, repair and modernization of classrooms, according to the Council of the Great City Schools, a coalition of U.S. urban school districts.

The Clarion-Ledger reports ( http://on.thec-l.com/uiiYjU) the council recently released a report on infrastructure needs based on a survey of urban districts. The district also has $74.8 million in deferred maintenance, projects that have been postponed because of a lack of funds.

Interim Superintendent Jayne Sargent said through a spokeswoman that Jackson schools have made significant improvements, but there is a need for more renovations and repairs.

Modern, safe classrooms are an educational benefit for students: The jobs of the future are based on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, said Manish Naik, CGCS' legislative manager.

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