City Giving Charter School Five Acres

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A new charter school has taken another step on its way to becoming a reality following action by the Jackson City Council. In a 5 to 4 vote, Monday, members gave their approval to give the school five acres of city property in east Jackson along Cartmell Street. The school will have to make payment in lieu of taxes which will reflect the value of the land. That money will be used for the continued development of east Jackson. Council members did put certain stipulations on use of the land. “The council was very adamant that the property would be used by a charter school and nothing else,” said Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist. “So, if anything happens, then obviously the property would revert back to the city.” Connections Preparatory School is awaiting approval of its application by Jackson-Madison County Schools and the state of Tennessee. Leaders want to open the school next year.

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