Bond: Groundbreaking Held for New Middle School

April 24 2009

Jackson Public Schools held a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday, April 22, for the new Henry J. Kirksey Middle School. The event took place at the new school site at 651 James M. Davis Drive across the street from North Jackson Elementary School.

Construction of the school is being funded by the November 2006 bond referendum. Students from nearby schools, including North Jackson Elementary, Chastain, Northwest and Powell middle schools, and Callaway High participated in the ceremony. An ensemble from the Callaway High choir performed, and two students each from North Jackson Elementary and Chastain, Northwest and Powell middle schools participated in the groundbreaking and the planting of a tree in memory of the school’s namesake, the late Senator Henry J. Kirksey, a Civil Rights activist and pioneer in Mississippi who died in 2005.

Project Summary:

  • Total Area: 84,000 Sq. Ft.
  • Enrollment Capacity: 400 Students
  • 14 Classrooms, Art Room, Choral Room, and Band Room
  • Gymnatorium, Speach/Hearing Room, Health Room, and Library/Media Center
  • Boys’ and Girls’ Athletic Facilities
  • Design Professionals: M3A Architects
  • Construction Company: Chris Albritton Construction Company, Inc.
  • Program Managers: Jacobs/Preferred Management Group
  • Cost: $15.6 Million
  • Projected Completion Date: June 2010

The 2006 successful bond referendum is currently funding construction of the Gladys Noel Bates/Thomas Cardozo elementary and middle school complex in south Jackson and classroom additions at Wilkins, Marshall, North Jackson, McLeod and Casey elementaries. JPS expects to announce in the near future the date for the groundbreaking ceremony for a replacement school for Peeples Middle School.