The Jackson Learning Center, the alternative school program for Glynn County Schools, has moved from its previous location to the Risley Annex this school year and might soon be renamed.

The Glynn County Board of Education discussed changes to the alternative school program at a work session Thursday.

“The Jackson Learning Center, in itself, we had some issues over there,” said Jim Pulos, assistant superintendent for operations and administrative services for Glynn County Schools. “… We reviewed our options, and we made a determination to move the entire program to the RAX.”

Administrative offices were moved out of one of the hallways to make room for the program, and security cameras were installed to provide better security for students.

“The advantage of this move specifically is that obviously the RAX itself is up to standard, so it’s a much safer place for them,” Pulos said.

Other advantages include access to a gym, cafeteria and nurse.

“We’re able to provide more — more access, more focus on separating middle school and high school, as well as the separate room for Read 180,” Pulos said. “These are all challenges that we had at the previous location at Jackson Learning Center.”

Last year, a total of 179 students were enrolled in the program throughout the school year. On Thursday, 68 students returned to the program. The number of enrolled students changes often.

School officials also plan to change the name of the program from Jackson Learning Center to Glynn Learning Center.

“We think that’s a more positive name,” Pulos said. “It’s a rebranding for us.”

The school board also reviewed state law changes that will affect school bus drivers this year.

A new law changed concerning when vehicles must stop for school buses. Vehicles no longer have to stop on a four lane road without a raised median when coming from the opposite direction of the stopped bus.

The old law required vehicles to stop, no matter the direction they were traveling on a four-lane road, when no raised median existed in the middle of the road.

Now, if there’s no raised median on a four-lane road, only vehicles behind the bus must stop.

“That’s a concern,” Pulos said. “It’s been a point of contention across the state for a variety of reasons, especially if we have students that might cross a road.”

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