Harrison Co. School Board favors realignment

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Some Harrison County students will not be attending the school they thought they would in the upcoming school year.

Monday, the Harrison County School Board unanimously approved a measure that will re-align several elementary schools in the county.

School Superintendent Henry Arledge made the proposal, which will make the old Harrison Central Ninth Grade School an elementary school.

Many students who live in Orange Grove, North Gulfport and Turkey Creek will be affected by the realignment.

Arledge said the changes are necessary to keep up with the growth in the Three Rivers and Dedeaux Road areas.

While all of the school board members voted in favor of the proposal, school board member John Johnson said he doesn't like the demographic makeup of students being moved.

"Sixty-five percent of the kids being moved are African-American," said Johnson.

"I guess I don't look at it as a racial type thing. I look it as an educational thing. All we are trying to do is educate the children," Arledge answered. "It shouldn't matter what color the students are as long as they are getting the best education possible, and that's what we're trying to do."

Parents at Monday's meeting didn't have much to say about the changes. However one parent did suggest a K-8 school.

School leaders say that is their long-term goal, but it's just not feasible right now.

School leaders say they understand they must move quickly to prepare for the upcoming school year. They are expected to begin notifying parents soon.

There is no word on what the name of the new school will be.

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