New Schools dedicated in Pass Christian and Harrison County

By Krystal Allan - bio | email

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Students give Pass Christians new school complex rave reviews.

"It's awesome, huge and amazing," says Hannah Cuevas, eighth grade student.

People poured in to tour the 32 million dollars complex that looks more like a mini college campus. It includes buildings for elementary, middle and pre-kindergarten students.  The complex features an enclosed courtyard and state of the art science and computer labs.

"We were just hoping for something a little bit better. We didn't expect it'd be this good," says Sydney Labat, eighth grade student.

Sixth grader grader Mark Williams moved away after hurricane Katrina.  He says he can't wait to get back and move in.

"It's so great, and I just want to do what I do best and learn," says Williams

"This far exceeds anything we could have ever dreamed of," says Sue Matheson, Pass Christian superintendent.

In the Harrison County school district, there's also a new school in town, West Harrison High.

"I think the building's pretty awesome. This is really big," says Jared Canoy.

About 1,000 students are expected to christen the halls of the new school this fall.  Engligh teacher Nancy Spigener will join the new students at the new school.

"Our classrooms are just awesome. I'm so excited to just start this year," says Spigener.

"We're just very proud of the facility and ready for school to start," says Henry Arledge.

The school, which doubles as a hurricane shelter, will ease overcrowding. The big day back is August 6th for both schools.

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