PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Lifting heavy furniture and moving boxes of supplies doesn't seem like such a chore for some Pass Christian teachers. That's because this week, they are moving into a brand, new school that is like no other in south Mississippi.
"Everybody's real excited about the big move," said Pass Christian Middle School Principal Joe Nelson.
The building is now their new home. It's an education complex on West Second Street that looks like a small university. On one side is Pass Christian Middle School. The other wing houses Pass Christian Elementary. The huge courtyard in the middle also features a stage for plays.
The school is quite a change for the teachers and staff, who have been sharing the campus at Delisle Elementary and working out of trailers since Katrina wiped out their schools.
"We're just so happy. Can't describe it," said Pass Middle School teacher Melissa Williams. "We've been in trailers for how long now? And it's really nice to come here to a state-of-the-art school. It's awesome."
When asked if she will miss the trailers at all, Williams laughed and replied, "No, no. Not the cold days, not the rainy days, the gnats, no."
"It's unbelievable to be where we are now, coming from nothing to trailers and now to a beautiful facility," said Nelson.
When asked if the building is like the Taj Mahal Palace, Nelson said, "Oh, absolutely."
It will be a busy summer for the teachers and staff. There's still a lot to be done. But they're feeling the excitement of having their very own building, and looking forward to seeing the looks on their children's faces when they arrive on campus in August.
"I can't even tell you how much better this is for teachers, the kids, the parents, the community. I mean, everybody is so excited to be here," said Williams.
The school district will hold a ribbon cutting on Sunday, July 26th at 1pm. The community will get a chance to tour the campus then. The first day of school in Pass Christian is August 6th.