The Jefferson County Board of Education approved a bid to build a new 68 million campus in Fultondale to house the Jefferson County International Baccalaureate School (JCIB).
The new campus will be located on Carson Rd. at the location of the old Fultondale High School and will bring together students in grades 6 through 12 that now attend classes separately at Shades Valley High School and Pleasant Grove.
Dr. Walter Gonsoulin, Superintendent of the Jefferson County School District, stated that JCIB “consistently ranks as one of the best schools not just in Alabama, but in the entire nation. It only makes sense for these students to have their own campus. I am personally excited about what the future holds for this program and these students, who are some of our best and brightest.”
Gonsoulin noted the importance of the location of the new school and bringing students together on one campus.
“There will still be a clear distinction between our middle and high school students, and they will be housed in different parts of the building. However, this move will allow some continuity in the IB program and help streamline our IB efforts,“ said Gonsoulin. “We were also intentional in placing this school in Fultondale as it is a central location in our district.”
The District expects construction to begin within 90 days and be completed in 2 to 3 years.