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$65 Million Bond Referendum for JPS passes

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) - People in Jackson have spoken and approved a 65 million dollar bond referendum for the Jackson Public School District.

Supporters gathered at Hal and Mal's to watch the votes come in.

This bond gives the city the opportunity to improve all of the schools in the district in some capacity.

Many of those improvements will focus on the crumbling infrastructure.

Many JPS  schools haven't been updated in years and have everything from chipped paint to busted pipes to broken air conditioning units.

The mayor has consistently said these improvements have to be made in order to maintain a locally controlled district.

Mayor Chokwe lumumba added that the chances of raising taxes would have been much greater if the bond didn't pass.

The Board president spoke about how this victory helps students, "it demonstrates to them that the adults are behind them one hundred percent and we stand ready to help them be successful and achieve. that's the first thing. we want our parents and our guardians, our grandparents to know all of us in the district, this board in particular are committed to everyday work on behalf of all of our students so that everyone is welcome here at jps."

 


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