Jackson Co. moves ahead with plans for new schools

The Jackson County School System has bought property located in Hoschton that will be used to develop new schools in the future.


“…The 170-acre land acquisition was months in the making, going through a deliberate process to ensure the property fits the needs to hold future school sites. 

Jackson County School System administration conducted an evaluation of traffic flow, current and future growth taking place in the area and projected student enrollment counts for the school system. The new property site has multiple access points and is located off State Highway 332, has manageable topography and already has water and sewer connections on the site.

“This is a monumental day for the Jackson County School System,” Superintendent Dr. Philip Brown said. “We have to be thinking about the future of our school system and this property acquisition helps prepare our system and county for a robust future in public education, not just in the next five years but for the next 50 years. We have worked tirelessly to find suitable school property sites, while also ensuring we are good stewards with our funds. 

“I believe we accomplished our task of finding future school property while also making certain we were fiscally responsible. I want to commend our Board of Education for sharing the foresight to purchase this property to better prepare our rapidly growing school system.”

The funds used to purchase the property are part of the Fiscal Year 2024 budget. The Jackson County School System purchased the 170 acres for $32,500 per acre. The property purchased is located off Highway 332 and Boone Road in Hoschton and is large enough to accommodate multiple school sites.”