Jackson Academy might apply for membership to the Mississippi High School Athletics Association. The Northeast Jackson private school sent out an email to parents that stated it is "studying possible membership" in the MHSAA. The email states:
As we announced in October, Jackson Academy is reviewing membership in our current activities and athletic association, the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), and is studying possible membership in the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA). The Board of Trustees charged us with this review as a part of the ONE Path Forward strategic plan.
In order to fulfill the charge, I formed a task force (listed below) to research and consider the relative merits of the two associations and to make a recommendation to the Board of Trustees of which association best serves our students and mission. The final decision regarding our activities and athletic association membership is a Board decision. The task force includes board members, administrators, coaches, and auxiliary organization current and past presidents. The group includes parents of former, current, and future student athletes, as well as alumni who participated in athletics as students at JA.
The decision of the Board will not have an effect until the 2017-18 school year. We are completing the first year of a two-year alignment cycle with the MAIS. The MHSAA is also in the first year of a two-year classification cycle. The Board's final decision must be made by August of 2016 for alignment and classification for the following school year.
In October, I encouraged our school community to reach out to any member of the task force to share thoughts and views on this issue. Some have expressed their views, and our desire is to hear input from the entire JA community on this important decision. To that end, we have developed a short survey that we hope everyone will take time to complete. Please follow this link, Activities and Athletic Association Survey, and complete the survey by Monday, May 2.
All for One,
Activities and Athletic Association Task Force Members
Bill Ball, Head Coach, Boys Basketball (Wiggy '25)
Phillip Bowman, Board Member, Class of 1986 (Blaine '18, Wesley '20, Amelia '23)
Robert Gardner, Head Coach, Boys and Girls Soccer, Class of 2003
Peter Jernberg, President Emeritus (Jenny '92)
Cliff Kling, JA President (Ainsley '22, Alise '26)
Mark McDowell, Board Member (Will '14, Ben '16, Kate '19, Rob '19)
Barry McNair, Booster Club Immediate Past President (Kristen '10, Emily '17)
Kristen Nations, JAA President, Class of 1995 (Kennedy '20, Merritt '23)
John Raines, Booster Club President (Suzie '15, John '18)
Renee Rice, Board Member (Anna Love '10, Meg '17)
John Stratton, Booster Club Past President (Malon '17, Reeves '20)
David Sykes, Athletic Director
Pat Taylor, Headmaster
Jody Varner, Board Member (Ashley '13, Will '15)
Ashley Willson, Board Chair, Class of 1987 (Dray '17, Turner '19, Annalee '22)
MHSAA Executive Director Don Hinton told JJ that he had not had "any contact" with JA in several months. He said the organization has one member that was a private school and ten members that were parochial schools. He said he was not aware of the email.