Jasper Elementary School Profile
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in North Georgia, is the small town of Jasper, Ga. Jasper is the county seat for Pickens County and the home of the Pickens County School System. Pickens County has approximately 25,000 residents. Currently 520 residents are being educated at Jasper Elementary School. (JES) The current school building was built in 1956. However, the original campus dates back to 1927.
Jasper Elementary School is one of four elementary schools in Pickens County. It is the second oldest of the elementary schools in the district. In addition to the four elementary schools, the system has two middle schools and one high school. With a rich history, JES continues in a state of transition. Grade level configurations have gone from K-12 to K-3, with several different ones in between. Currently the school houses Kindergarten through 5th grade. The campus is the home to JES, North Star (a Special Education center), Ombudsman (an alternative school), Mountain Education Center (an alternative night school), GLRS (Georgia Learning Resource Services), and the school system central office.
During the past 14 years, JES has been under the supervision of seven principals and seven assistant principals. The current administrative team is new to JES this school year. The school system transferred a veteran principal with 14 years’ experience as an elementary administrator, Dr. Carlton Wilson, and a gifted coordinator veteran teacher as the assistant principal, Mrs. Jill Liberatore, to Jasper Elementary School.
Jasper Elementary School is determined to close the gap between at risk students as compared to our remaining population. Schools are often concerned with all students simply meeting state standards. JES not only wants 100% of our students to meet standards, they want to increase the number of students who exceed standards.