A new school construction fund supported with money raised by the lottery helps small, rural communities build the schools their students deserve.
Jones Senior High (JSH) students returning to school this week will see a new $46 million campus under construction next door that will soon house new, state-of-the-art classrooms for pre-k-5, middle school, and high school students.
The new campus, scheduled to open a year from now, provides an example of how money raised by the lottery is going to work to help small, rural counties secure the money they need to build new schools. A grant of $15 million in lottery funds will cover about a third of the costs of the new campus. About 60 percent of students in the county will attend school there.
Joy Wynne, a graduate of JSH, and her daughter, a rising sophomore at JHS, are both excited and ready for the opportunities a new school will bring.
“As a parent,” said Joy. “You always want better for your child. This new school will provide a 21st century learning environment for our children and better prepares them for the life after Jones County. The future is now, and now we will be ready.”
This year, $217 million raised by the lottery will help build and repair schools all across the state. Whether you prefer the thrill of a scratch-off or the anticipation of a draw game, your fun makes a difference for our state’s future.
If you have a child returning to school, or if you are returning to school yourself, we wish you the best of luck and welcome back!
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