Concerned community turns out for Jackson school board meeting

JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT) - The Jackson Independent School District has had to tighten its belt amid reduced sources of revenue, and some in the community have been worrying about the district's future.

The superintendent says the district is not dissolving, not anytime soon anyway. Still some 200 parents, students and alumni came out to Tuesday night's board meeting. They were all there to support the school and to find ways to bring more revenue to the district.

For weeks now, rumors have spread that the Jackson Independent School District might have to dissolve due to financial difficulties. Superintendent Tim Spencer says times have indeed been tough.

"We've been cut in several different areas, from our state funding, our federal funding, local revenue. so we're facing several financial dilemmas right now," he said.

The district is waiting on some projections from the Kentucky Department of Education before a budget can be adopted for next fiscal year. Those figures should be available sometime in February, but Spencer says no matter what they are, the district needs help.

"We're at a point now to where we're needing to ask our public and our community to really get behind our school district, support this school district, because we want to be able to provide a viable education for our kids," Spencer said.

There has been much speculation about the future of Jackson Independent Schools as the district struggles to deal with a limited budget. Parents and alumni we talked to say they just want to make sure the school continues to thrive for future generations.

"We just have come actually tonight just to let them know that as alumni as parents as students, that were here to support them and do what we need to do to keep our school here," said Shannon McIntosh, a parent and alumna of the school.

The superintendent says the board is committed to making sure the school district remains viable for many years to come. Organizers are working on a number of fund raising events in the near future, including a three-day music festival to be headlined by Chad Warrix. That is tentatively scheduled to take place in May.

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