Jackson Academy has launched a capital campaign to initiate campus and academic improvements. With a campaign goal of $4.45 million and a vision goal of $6.45 million, the campaign will enable JA to advance the school’s programming and facilities in ways that reflect the needs of education for current and future generations.
“Our mission at Jackson Academy challenges us to inspire and equip each student to lead a life of purpose and significance,” said Scott Pedigo, JA board of trustees president from 2019 to 2021. “This capital campaign helps ensure that JA fulfills that mission at every level of our school for years to come.”
The two-phase plan, “Investing in Our Mission: A Capital Campaign for Jackson Academy” projects new construction, facility upgrades, and renovations. Feedback from the JA community guided the school’s prioritization of each phase, working in conjunction with the education development partner, the JFSmith Group.
Phase I will provide for the construction of new Upper School science and lab facilities and renovation of existing labs, allowing for expanded programming and enrollment. Reaching the Phase II vision goal of $6.45 million will enable JA to complete lab renovations throughout campus, create classroom space, and centralize divisional offices, counseling, and testing spaces.
New construction will open up existing facilities so that signature programming, such as Raider Network broadcasting and SOAR Outdoor, can shift into renovated facilities.
Within JA’s new master plan vision, if additional funds are raised beyond these goals, a new competition gymnasium will be added. This future addition would create a multipurpose student center that faces JA’s main entrance. The new building and renovated areas would feature flexible indoor and outdoor spaces designed for lectures, activities, and events. The entire master plan is designed to give JA’s north campus at the school’s main entrance off Ridgewood Road a more cohesive feel.
The school family officially announced on August 20 that the campaign had reached the $3.62 million level. During JA’s season-opening football game, school leaders made the announcement with campaign co-chairs Janna and Will Lampton, a 2003 JA graduate; Geri Beth and Allen Smith; and other capital campaign committee members in attendance. Pat and Peter Jernberg, JA’s president emeritus, serve as JA’s Honorary Campaign Chairs.
“Support for the campaign has been significant, and we are so thankful for the commitments and pledges thus far,” said Robert Hederman, chairman of the board. “We will continue to solicit donations for the campaign until we reach our goal.”
School leadership is working with Dean and Dean/Associates Architects, P.A. to initiate working drawings and final plans for the new science labs and Upper School addition in the fall of 2021.
For more information, visit www.jacksonacademy.org.