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JMS Receives Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Award

The Southern Regional Education Board this month named Jefferson Middle School: A STEAM Academy the winner of a 2023 Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Award.


The school was honored at SREB’s Making Schools Work Conference on July 18 in Orlando, Fla. Pacesetter School Awards recognize schools that are implementing one of SREB’s Making Schools Work school improvement frameworks and are achieving success in meeting bold goals related to graduation rates, readiness for college and careers, and credential attainment.


JMS implements SREB’s school improvement design for Middle Schools. The school places a focus on improving student success by (ADD Actions Taken as Described in Pacesetter Site Application) As a result of these actions, the school has documented gains in student success to include (ADD Data on Success) SREB congratulates the school’s leaders, teachers, students and community for its success. 


At the Making Schools Work Conference held by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), Pacesetter sites will be recognized during the opening session and hosted a conference showcase session.


The conference provides opportunities for educators to participate in professional development, network with colleagues from across the country, and build school and district leadership capacity. SREB works with states and educators to improve education from early childhood through postsecondary education. For more information about SREB, visit

JMS principal receiving 2023 Gene Bottoms Pacesetter School Award