Construction moves WJMS staff to GSES

Plans are reviewed onsite May 23 at WJMS by those leading the efforts onsite.

Making the lists, checking them twice …

School’s out, and renovation work is underway at West Jackson Middle School. Due to the construction work, a temporary office for WJMS will be established over the summer at Gum Springs Elementary School.

Schedule WJMS registration appointments by emailing JBaugh@jcss.us, and send any faxes to the GSES fax line — 706-654-1255. 

Construction activity actually started before classes were dismissed with materials being delivered and work that could be accomplished while school was still in session.

Nothing runs like a Trane -- and this unit was unloaded at WJMS today ... new heating and air conditioning, updated plumbing, and new ceilings are just part of the work that will be done over the summer break.

Nothing runs like a Trane — and this unit was unloaded at WJMS May 24 … new heating and air conditioning, updated plumbing, and new ceilings are just part of the work that will be done over the summer break.

Among other tasks, lockers started coming off the walls and out of the building May 24. At the conclusion of post planning May 25, our construction team started moving forward at full pace with the Phase One summer scope of work, including new roofing, new heating and air conditioning, updated plumbing, new ceilings, kitchen equipment upgrades, interior finishes (flooring, painting, cabinets, marker boards, etc.), classroom projection systems, and site paving improvements.

The summer work will include interior core areas (entry, corridors, cafeteria, etc.) and the larger labs and Connections classrooms. Phase Two work that includes renovation of all standard classrooms will continue in the fall.

Lockers came off the walls and were removed from the building May 24.

Lockers came off the walls and were removed from the building May 24.

If you are visiting in person, please check in at the Gum Springs front office and staff will direct you to WJMS staff members.

Thanks for working with us during the construction process…the outcome will be outstanding!

New construction is just around the corner

Design of the new high school building and campus is ongoing. The latest revised plans have been sent to our construction managers for preliminary pricing and will be forwarded to the Georgia Department of Education this month.

Our full project team is meeting this month to establish project milestones that include bid advertisement dates, permitting approvals, GADOE approval, construction commencement, construction milestones and occupancy dates for a 2020 school opening.

Thanks for understanding that this is a complicated process with lots of moving parts! Further updates will be provided as the design and pricing process continues over the coming months.