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Moss Point School District makes major plans to rebuild hurricane damaged school

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point School District officials are putting their heads together to build a new state-of-art Magnolia Junior High School.  This comes a day after a panel of federal judges ordered FEMA to pay for the hurricane damaged school to be rebuilt.

News of a new middle school going up in Moss Point seems like it has everyone excited, especially these neighborhood kids. Moss Point Officials are also excited, but admit they fought a long and hard battle to get FEMA and the courts to see that Hurricane Katrina left Magnolia Junior High in the worst  possible shape.

"We had to go through legation, arbitration. Someone wanted to make Magnolia look like a prison by putting a wall around it, but thank God for the courts and common sense of the courts to say no," State Representative Billy Broomfield said.

 Now, Instead of just renovating the school, FEMA has to fork over cash for the entire project. Superintendent Kim Staley says it has been more than 40 years since Moss Point has had a new school.

"It brings hope and we're looking at the future in a bright light," Staley said. 

Moss Point officials say they will have more than $12 million to spend on building a new school. They are not sure what they want the school to look like just yet, but they know they want larger classrooms, new technology, and space for community events.

The new building will also be built on the west end of the property and elevated to fight future storms.

"We are in the process of planning all that, and  we are just so excited. We are going to be meeting with the architects the project to sort out those kinds of things," Staley said.

The school should be ready for students in 2013. 

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