JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Jackson leaders addressed changes in law enforcement and education, as well as a new neighborhood enhancement program.
Part of the meeting focused on the Jackson Public School District (JPS). Superintendent Dr. Errick Greene said JPS received a “C” in its accountability level, which is the highest score they’ve received in nearly a decade.
However, Greene said a declining population and low student enrollment are hurting the district’s funding and budget.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba said the district’s decision to consolidate schools is probably needed.
“We know that when you make a decision to shut down a school, there are choices that parents have to make. In this instance, they have to try changes in their own work schedule that may occur. So, we certainly want to be sensitive to all of those changes that have to happen. At the same time, we can’t be paralyzed and not make the appropriate decision,” the mayor said.
A final set of recommendations for the district will be brought tot he board for approval on December 5, 2023.
The Jackson Neighborhood Services Division will launch the Healthy Neighborhood Initiative.
Their plan aims to address disinvestment in each city ward by profiling community needs and issues.