‘Vision 2020’ concepts revealed

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JACKSON, Tenn. — The Jackson-Madison County School System’s “Vision 2020” plan seems to be coming into focus. Three possible restructuring plans were presented Monday night. Each of the three would close at least four schools, though planners said up to seven could be shut down. “I think that you have one that’s maybe not so aggressive and one that is very aggressive and one that’s kind of between the two,” North Side High School Principal Jason Bridgeman told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News. “I think it’s going to take some adjustment,” parent Jennie Gibson said. “I think some compromises are going to have to be made.” GIbson said it felt like a good night for the school system. “I think it’s a step in the right direction,” Gisbon said. “I think there was lots of positive suggestions made. I think it’s apparent that they listened to our input on the front end.” “Most important is that they can see their voices in these different options,” Jackson-Madison County School System Superintendent Dr. Verna Ruffin said. “These different concepts have been developed with the community in mind.” The school system said while there were three concepts that were introduced to the public Monday night, they were just that — concepts. They will be taking those ideas and moving forward to the fall. “These are not plans to move forward,” Ruffin said. “These are concepts for feedback so that we can go back and really visualize what the district will look like in the future.” School system officials said those decisions will not be made until December.

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