BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - In a few weeks, the Biloxi School District will implement some big changes. From re-purposing to restructuring, many students will start the school year in new buildings or with new classmates.
One of the schools seeing some obvious changes is Biloxi High School. For the past year, crews have been working on a multi-million dollar addition.
"I am excited about it," said Principal Pamela Manners.
The new multi-million dollar expansion will accommodate the influx of new students who will attend Biloxi High.
"Over half of the anticipated new 1,400 students will be new to us," said Manners.
Of those students, 400 are 9th graders. That's why Principal Manners and the rest of the Biloxi School District made some big changes for the incoming teenagers.
"Statistically it seems as though 9th grade is the year when students tend to lose interest in school," said Manners. "Some of the students drop out and... we wanted to be able to offer them everything that the 10th through 12th graders are being offered on this large campus. So they now have a choice of many, many, many electives."
The new $10 million project includes 36 new classrooms, two courtyards and a cyber cafe. The expansion also features two new computer labs, culinary and advanced placement classrooms.
"I have extra classrooms, I have extra offices, I really feel like we still have room to grow," said Manners.
Superintendent Dr. Paul Tisdale is pleased with the additions, but knows they won't be enough.
"When all is said and done, we have great facilities, we have great curriculum, good administrative staff, a terrific board and a stable tax base. But when we do everything that we can do, it still boils down to whether that child can perform in class," said Dr. Tisdale.
There is still some minor landscaping to do at the school. But come August 5th, students will not only have more class options, but a number of new amenities too.
"We're proud of what we have in Biloxi and we look forward to an exciting year and getting our mileage out of this building,"said Dr. Tisdale.
Registration for the entire Biloxi school district is Tuesday and Wednesday from 8am until 3pm. For more information, visit www.biloxischools.net.