Jackson R-II School District

Jackson R-2 Public Schools

Dr. John Link, superintendent of the Jackson R-2 Public Schools, has had over thirty years in education and now is going into retirement.

Speaking with KRCU’s Clayton Hester, Link discusses the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic when it comes to holding classes. He also reflects on his career and other challenges he’s faced in the past.

Link has resigned to retire on July 1, 2021.

Lindsey Grojean/KRCU

Updated -- 7:55 PM

Jackson police have arrested a female juvenile in connection with a terrorist threat to Jackson High School. 


The arrest comes after the Jackson R-II School District dismissed students shortly after the start of school this morning due to an alleged threat to the high school via social media. Buses began taking all Jackson R-II School District students home at 9:00 a.m. 


Going Public: Jackson R-2 School District Implements Random Drug Testing

Sep 13, 2016
Courtesy of John Link

Random drug testing is starting to catch wind in school districts across the country. And one of them is the Jackson R-2 school district. The new policy is directed towards students involved in extracurricular activities. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Jackson R-2 school district superintendent Dr. John Link.

Lewis-Thompson: Recently, you all implemented the random drug testing policy in the Jackson R-2 school district. Why now?

Living in the Shadows: How Schools Are Trying To Combat a Hidden Problem

Apr 15, 2016
Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

In the last decade, the number of homeless students in Missouri has doubled in size. And in rural school districts the problem is well-hidden, leaving many schools to pick up the slack. In the first of a series “Living in the Shadows”, we look at how one of the largest school districts in southeast Missouri is dealing with the spike of homeless kids.