2016-01-13 / Front Page

New Pre K-12 school and new jail on schedule

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

Site work continues at the location of the new Pre K-12 school, adjacent to the Jenkins County High/Middle School campus. (Staff photos by Deborah Bennett)

Site work continues at the location of the new Pre K-12 school, adjacent to the Jenkins County High/Middle School campus. (Staff photos by Deborah Bennett)

Construction of the new Pre K-12 school and new county jail are both on schedule.

Jenkins County School Superintendent Tara Cooper said the recent heavy rainfall has not delayed the school project which is expected to be completed in the fall of 2017.

“We have some time between finishing the project and occupying the school. So, if it isn’t finished according to the schedule, we’ll still have time to complete it before opening the school,” Mrs. Cooper said.

The new school will be located adjacent to the Jenkins County High/Middle School campus and features a 2-story building with different entrances that will allow for separation of elementary aged students from the middle/high aged students. It is being funded through a Department of Education Facilities/ Division Low Wealth Grant at an estimated cost of $22 million. The local contribution for the project is expected to be $3½ million which will be funded with Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) revenue. The one-cent sales tax was approved by voters in 2013.


Work on the new county jail is progressing on schedule with construction of the building underway. Work on the new county jail is progressing on schedule with construction of the building underway. The JCHS Class of 2018 will be the first class to graduate from the new school.

County Administrator Grady Saxon also indicted that rainfall has not delayed the new jail project.

“I don’t think the rain had a major impact. The rain mainly occurred during the holidays when most contractors are off anyway,” he said.

The 55-bed facility is being finance through a lease-to-own agreement with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). The ACCG will be the note holder for the term of the lease. Upon payment, the property will revert to Jenkins County.

The purchase of the land and jail construction is being financed with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) revenue as approved by local voters. The commissioners appropriated $1 million for the project in SPLOST V and approximately $1.65 million in the current SPLOST. The commissioners have budgeted approximately $3.5 million for the project.

Completion of the new jail is expected to take 12 months.

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