In the Spring and Fall of 2020, we embarked on a feasibility study in conjunction with the J.F. Smith Group to gauge opinions regarding the strategic direction of the school. Opinions regarding the quality of our academics, faculty, facilities, public perception and communication were all recorded. Moreover, we tested six school-prioritized capital projects. During this process, our constituency base indicated that renovations and facility upgrades based on current and future space utilization and program usage within each division including a series of state-of-the-art science labs for current and expanding curriculum across campus for all ages was most important. As prioritized in the feasibility study, a future phase would add a new multipurpose student life component to our current competition gym that would provide additional space to enhance our current and future academic, athletic, and co-curricular programming.
As a result of these findings, the board of trustees has initiated the Investing in Our Mission: A Capital Campaign for Jackson Academy. With a campaign goal of $4,450,000, and a vision goal of $6,450,000, the campaign will enable JA to advance the school’s programming and facilities in ways that reflect the dynamic needs of education for current and future generations. This initiative would not be possible without the gifts of individual and company donations.
The two-phase plan forecasts new construction, facility upgrades, and renovations. Feedback from the JA community guided the school’s prioritization of each phase.
We hope you will consider joining us in the important capital campaign. If you would like to learn more about how you and your family can be involved, please contact Jim Wilkirson at email@example.com or (601) 506-9493.
FIRST PHASE, CAMPAIGN GOAL – $4,450,000
Projects planned in the first phase include:
- New Upper School science and lab facilities and renovation of existing labs, allowing for expanded programming and enrollment.
- Two-story addition to the front of the current Upper School building
- This new construction will allow the current Upper School science and lab wing to be remodeled and upgraded for use by the seventh and eighth grades.
We have also set a VISION GOAL of $6,450,000.
If the vision goal of $6.45M is reached. Projects planned in the second phase include:
- Complete lab renovations throughout campus, create classroom space, and centralize divisional offices, counseling, and testing spaces.
- An additional new structure will be added to complement the Upper School addition resulting in the relocation of the remaining seventh and eighth grade core academic classes allowing for permanent space of JA’s signature programs such as SOAR, Raider Network, Life Skills, and Student Mentoring.
- Space allocation in this phase would also allow for the relocation of the campus bookstore to a more central area of campus convenient for late openings and athletic events.
- The new addition would allow for a dedicated “front door” to the north side of campus relocating the Middle School office into a new gathering and entry area for this side of campus.
If additional funds are raised beyond the two-phase plan, our master plan vision of $10,780,000 would give JA’s north campus at the school’s main entrance off of Ridgewood Road a more cohesive feel and include:
- A new multipurpose student life component to our current competition gym that would provide additional space to enhance our current and future academic, athletic, and co-curricular programming.
- The merging of this new space without current gym square footage would allow for flexible indoor and outdoor spaces designed for lectures, activities, and special events.
- New restrooms and concession facilities along with an athletic trophy hall and training rooms would complete this phase.
Jackson Academy is a special community dedicated to helping identify our studentʼs greatest talents, develop their particular gifts, and live with a strong sense of faith and purpose. We are excited that you are a part of this school with such limitless potential. With Investing in Our Mission, we are building on the wonderful history and traditions while embracing the exemplary achievements of our present and the boundless possibilities of our future. Join us on this journey!
The positive impact Jackson Academy has had on those it serves would not be possible without the physical and financial support of our families and friends. Together we can make this capital campaign one of the crowning achievements in the schoolʼs history.
We hope that you share our vision to enhance this wonderful school, and we ask you to consider making a commitment in support of Investing in Our Mission: A Capital Campaign for Jackson Academy.
Your gift may be established as a pledge, payable over three years. Pledges do not necessarily have to be made in equal installments. Some families, for instance, have chosen to increase their payments as time passes. Gifts to Jackson Academy are tax-deductible, as allowed by law.
We thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this request.
Pat and Peter Jernberg, Campaign Honorary Chairs
Pat and Peter are parents of Jennifer Jernberg, a ’92 Jackson Academy alumna. Peter serves as President Emeritus of Jackson Academy and on the Board of Trustees for the Sherard Shaw Foundation. He served as President and CEO of Jackson Academy from 1988-2014. Prior to Jackson Academy he was at Indianola Academy for 21 years and served the last nine years as Headmaster. In 2008, Peter was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by Delta State University. Pat and Peter are active members of Pear Orchard Presbyterian Church.
Janna and Will ʼ03 Lampton, Campaign Co-Chairs
Janna and Will are parents of two children Leighton and Ellie,a rising second grader and rising Kindergartener. Janna and WIll are active members in the Jackson Academy Association (JAA) and Janna will serve as the K5 Chairman for the 2021-2022 school year. Will works for Ergon, Inc. as the senior procurement specialist. The company refines and distributes petroleum products and serves customers in over 90 countries.
Geri Beth and Allen Smith, Campaign Co-Chairs
Geri Beth and Allen are parents of three children, Robert Allen, Davis, and Peyton, a rising sixth grader at Jackson Academy. Geri Beth and Allen are active members of the JA Booster Club with Allen coaching middle school football and the Jackson Academy Association where Geri Beth currently serves on the JAA Board after successfully chairing several committees for Blue and White Night and JA Carnival.. Allen is an nationally recognized plaintiff’s attorney with over two decades of experience and the owner and operator of Smith Law Firm, PLLC named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Law Firms for 2017.
Mr. Robert Hederman ʼ90, Chairman, Millbrook Cricket Farm, Owner/Manager
Mr. McKie Edmonson ʼ94, Treasurer, The Park Companies Principal/Vice President
Mr. George Butler, Secretary, Grantham Poole CPA
Mr. Scott Pedigo ʼ90, Past Chairman, Baker Donelson Attorney
Mrs. Mysti Chustz ʼ96, Community Volunteer
Mrs. Angie Haraway ʼ96, St. Dominic Hospital Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Reid Lester ʼ94, Mississippi Periodontics Specialists Group, LLC
Mr. Jeffrey Lohmeier ʼ96, Bank Plus Sr. Vice President and Fiduciary Mgr.
Mrs. Kristin Nations ʼ96, St. Dominic Hospital Physical Therapist
Mr. Brad Reeves ʼ97, Randall, Segrest, Weeks, Reeves & Sones, PLLC
Dr. Brad Williams, Pelahatchie Dental Clinic, Owner
Mr. Philip Bowman ʼ86, Specialty Metals Supply Owner/President
Dr. Ed Kennedy, Northeast Animal Hospital Owner/Veterinarian
Mr. John England, Butler Snow Attorney
Mr. Randy James, Pruet Companies Owner
Mr. Walter Weems, Brunini, Grantham, Grower & Hewes, PLLC
Mr. J. Peter Jernberg, Jr., Jackson Academy President Emeritus
Geri Beth and Allen Smith
Janna and Will ʼ03 Lampton
Honorary Campaign Chairs
Pat and Peter Jernberg
Prospect Verification Committee
Darrington Seward, Committee Chair
Guy Boyll ʼ95
Maury Breazeale ʼ98
Dodds Dehmer ʼ92
Ben James ʼ04
Foster Kennedy ʼ98
Jason Voyles ʼ94
Ashley Willson ʼ87
Paula Pratt, Committee Co-Chair
Jan Sojourner, Committee Co-Chair
Meri Scott Waterer
Prayer and Encouragement
Cliff and Amy Bates, Committee Chairs
Arlevia and Warren Brown
Cyndi ʼ92 and Bryan Eubank
Mysti Chustz ʼ96
Jamie ʼ92 Chustz
Cameron and Josh Huff
Scarlet and Brent ʼ83 Johnston
Sandra and Chip Stevens
Mary Margaret and Kevin Gay
Wendy and Sam Mars
Linda and Al McDowell
Meredith ʼ89 and Joel Travelstead
Emily and Trey Waterloo
Cultivation and Involvement Committee
Hillary ʼ00 and Chesley ʼ99 James,
Kristen and Patrick Malouf
Elizabeth ʼ99 and Percy Quinn
Lea and Cal Easley
Public Relations and Peer to Peer Committee
Jan ʼ89 and Wen Nance, Committee Chairs
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