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(November 12, 2020 8:09 PM)  Jackson Public Schools this morning announced a major donation is being made to the district for the construction of a multi-purpose field house, a concession facility with restrooms, and enhancements to disabled spectator seating at Withington Stadium. The versatility of the new field house will provide a world-class facility with many uses for JPS. This new construction has been made possible by a single donation from Al Glick and the Glick family.

Sources at JPS Administration have confirmed the amount of the donation is $10 million.

A press statement from Jackson Public Schools explained the Glick family is making the donation as gratitude for education received by the family since the 1930s:

Al’s father, Louis Glick, came to Jackson in 1916. Since that time, four generations of the family have graduated from Jackson Public Schools, starting with Louis Glick’s children: Robert (1935),Agatha (1937), Edith (1939), and Al (1944). Mr. Glick provided this generous donation in gratitude for the excellent education received at Jackson High School. His involvement with the school newspaper covering Jackson sports taught him the value of teamwork.

The district provided these comments from Al Glick and Superintendent Jeff Beal:

“Our family recognizes the importance of the public school system in the Jackson community. The approval of the Jackson Public School bond ($86.7 million) in 2018 is an acknowledgment that the community feels the same. It is our hope that the new multi-purpose field house will be used by many sports and school organizations, and when combined with the JPS bond improvements, will make Jackson High School stand out for generations to come.” –Al Glick

“JPS is honored to have received this donation and looks forward to the construction of this complex to commence in the spring of 2021. “This is not simply a brick and mortar complex, but an extension of the unending support and trust this community has in Jackson Public Schools. We are “Where the Community Comes Together” and know that these construction upgrades and improvements will ensure that Jackson Public Schools continue to thrive and grow for our current and future Vikings! Go Vikings!” – Jeff Beal

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