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Gear UP Positions Available

The Jackson County Board of Education is currently accepting applications on behalf of the Jackson County Middle School for four classified with degree positions.  These positions are offered in collaboration with Berea College, Partners for Education Gear-Up Opportunity.  The advertisement begins on Friday, November 9, 2018, and the advertisement will end on Monday, November 19, 2018. The positions are also advertised in the Jackson County Public School’s Job Registry at the Central Office.  For additional information, please contact Dr. Brad Kerby, Principal at the Jackson County Middle School at 606-287-8351.


(2) Academic Interventionist positions

                Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree is required



(2) College and Career Navigator positions

     Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree is required

Bid Opening for Kitchen Equipment
JCPS Has Three Schools in Highest Assessment Designation

Last week, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released the 2017-18 student assessment results.  Kentucky continues to transition to a new accountability system; consequently, many of the accountability measures have changed or have been revised. This year, elementary schools and middle schools were measured by their performance on three indicators; proficiency, separate academic, and growth.  The proficiency indicator measures student performance on K-Prep reading and math assessments. The separate academic indicator measures student performance on K-Prep science, social studies, and writing on-demand assessments. The growth indicator measures students’ current year progress toward proficiency in reading and math and takes into account the projected likelihood that the students will achieve proficiency within the next two years.

School Resource Officer @ JCHS

SROPictured is Superintendent Mike Smith, JCHS Principal Brian Harris, Sheriff Paul Hays and the new School Resource Officer (SRO) for the JCHS, James Randall “J.R.” Weaver.

The SRO is provided through a collaborative agreement with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. We would like to thank Sheriff Paul Hays for working with us to make this possible.



STOP TIPLINESafety is our first priority. In an effort to use every able resource to STOP bullying and other risky behaviors in our schools, the Jackson County Public School District proudly announces the implementation of the “Safety Tipline Online Prevention” or STOP! Tipline beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.   The STOP! Tipline is designed for use as an "online" reporting/prevention tool which is provided free by the Kentucky Center for School Safety. If students, parents or community members know of an unsafe situation in school (bullying, weapons, drugs or alcohol, etc.), they can anonymously pass on that information to school personnel by using this basic email format.

Our hope is that, students who fear face-to-face reporting of bullying or other safety issues may be less reluctant to share this vital information when offered an “online” option.   By giving students the ability to report concerns over their tablets, computers or mobile phones, we can reach more students and address problems before they escalate.



As we begin preparing for the new 2018-2019 school year, it is important that parents are aware of a new immunization law that takes affect with the upcoming school year.  The new law addresses two different vaccinations.

*          First, all students in Preschool through 12th grade are required to have the Hepatitis A vaccine. The Hepatitis A vaccine consists of two shots that are given six months apart.   Students must have the first Hepatitis A shot prior to the beginning of school.

*          Secondly, students that are age 16 or older are required to have two Meningitis shots.  If students have already received their first Meningitis shot prior to their 16th birthday, they will need a booster shot. If students have received the first Meningitis shot after their 16th birthday, a booster shot is not required.  

If your child has already received the vaccinations, please contact your child’s health care provider to obtain a current immunization certificate to furnish to the school.  If your child has not received the vaccinations, the school nurses can assist you.  The Jackson County High School, in collaboration with the school nurses, will be offering a clinic on Monday, August 6, 2018 from 10:00am until 6:00pm at the Jackson County High School to administer the required vaccinations.  The school nurses will also be available during the school year to administer the required vaccinations. 

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s health care provider or the school nurse at your child’s school.



Back to School Bash

Back To School Bash

Summer STEM


Summer Feeding

Summer Feeding

Board Accepting Bids


  1. Bus 160 - 1993 International  Vin # (1HV88PLMXPH506337)  AS IS/NO WARRANTY
  2. Bus 213 – 2003 Ford School Bus with Handicap Lift
    Vin # (1FDWE35F03HB52646)  AS IS/NO WARRANTY
  3. 2002 Ford Taurus  Vin # (1FAFP53272A213367)  AS IS/NO WARRANTY4. 1996 Jeep Cherokee  Vin # (1J4FJ28S0TL194180) AS IS/NO WARRANTY
  4. Clark C500-25 Forklift (Propane Fueled)  AS IS/NO WARRANTY
  5. Wooden Doors
  6. 2X4 Lay In Light Fixtures
  7. Metal Halide Gym Light Fixtures
  8. Assorted Size Fluorescent Light Fixtures
  9. Assorted Scrap Metal
  10. Cafeteria Furniture
  11. Kent Propane Buffer
  12. Used Electrical Motors
  13. Diesel Motor – International DT 466
  14. Brake Drums
School Safety Video

Mr. Stephen Gabbard and Mrs. Betty Moore provided an update on school safety during the March board meeting. The presentation can be found at https://youtu.be/wvi3ig-mXXI

Additional School Safety Measures


Always a priority among priorities for Jackson County Public Schools is the safety and well-being of our students and staff.  With the recent events that have happened in our state and our nation, and to ensure accurate communication, we would like to inform our parents/guardians, community and county of some of the additional safety measures that we do to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff. 


KSP Adopt A School Program

The Jackson County Public School District is pleased to announce that we are now involved with the Kentucky State Police Adopt-a-School Program.   KSP has designed this program to prevent and intervene in an effort to reduce threats of violence toward our schools.    When specifics of the program are implemented, there will be a noticeable increase of law enforcement presence both within school buildings and on school campuses as available KSP manpower and schedules allow.    Please be aware that the presence of a law enforcement official on school property does not necessarily mean that there is a specific threat to our schools, staff, or students.     We look forward to this partnership as our school community works together to create safer schools and to improve the student learning environment.   If you have specific questions regarding the KSP Adopt-A-School Program, please contact Stephen Gabbard at the Jackson County Central Administration Office Building.    stephen.gabbard@jackson.kyschools.us   


Mike Smith, Superintendent

Jackson County Public Schools

School Safety Letter from Mr. Smith

School Safety Letter


For clarification and to maintain open communication with parents and the community, JCPS would like to make everyone aware that Jackson County Middle School is NOT on lock down. Dr. Kerby was made aware of a rumor circulating on social media that the school was on lock down due to a weapon threat on campus. Again, this is just a rumor. JCMS is NOT on lock down and there are no threats against the school.

The district understands that everyone is very concerned about school safety due to recent events in Marshall County and Florida. Please know that the district has many safety measures in place to protect all staff and students.

Early Dismissal

We will begin dismissing today at 2:00 pm due to the possibility of inclement weather.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

​Since the Hepatitis A Vaccine will become mandatory for all children, Family Health Care and the School Nurses Group will be administering those in the school clinics. If you would like for your child to get the Hepatitis A Vaccine at school, please call your child's school and speak to the school nurse.  If the school nurse does not administer the vaccine, you will need to provide the school with the child's shot record documenting the Hepatitis A vaccine.  If you have any questions, please all your school nurse Monday through Friday from 8 A.M. until 3 P.M.

Play and Learn Group

Play Learn Group

NTID Lessons

All students should have received a green folder that contains lessons for NTI Day 1 & 2. If your child is planning to do the hard copy packets, they should have everything they need in the folder for Days 1 and 2. The first page of each lesson is the directions sheet. Everything your child needs to know about completing the assignment can be found on this sheet.

If your child is planning to do the lessons online, they still received a folder containing the directions sheet for each day. The directions sheet details what online platform they will be using and what they need to access when they get logged on.

These folders should remain at home so they will be available when the district calls a NTI Day.

If your child did not receive a green folder with lessons for NTI Day 1 and 2, please contact the school.

Public Forum

The Jackson County Board of Education will be holding a public forum to discuss a plan to improve school nutrition and physical activity in the district.  The meeting will begin at 4:00 pm Thursday, January 25, 2017, at Jackson County Board of Education, located at 3331 Hwy 421S in McKee.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Play and Learn Group

Play Learn Group

CDIP Executive Summary
CDIP Equitable Access
CDIP Needs Assessment
No school

No school in Jackson County on Tuesday, January 2nd.