$17 million school to be built in Moss Point

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - By Patrice Clark – bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) – The Moss Point School District will soon be home to a state of the art, $18 million middle school to replace Magnolia Junior High, which was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Signs of Katrina's destruction are still evident at the school site five years after the storm.

"The building had eight, nine feet of water," Superintendent Kim Staley said.

In June, after a long battle with FEMA over funds to rebuild, the district finally got the green light to build. Superintendent Staley said the new look will be state of the art.

"What we tried to do is come up with something very attractive and modern at the same time."

The building will have two floors and three wings to separate grade levels, as well as an academic area and a super-sized gym.

"The gym is special in it will transform into an auditorium and a stage will be built."

Outside the school, there will be a large courtyard and football field of green space.

"We want to make sure our children understand the value of the environment."

Staley said the new multi-million dollar school is needed because the district has not had a new school built in more than 30 years.

"We are hoping it would do two things: number one, provide a tool for us to better educate our children. Number two, this facility will withstand the duration of about 50 years to continue educating our children."

Staley said the district has sent its new plans and projected cost of the school to FEMA for approval. The district hopes to demolish the old school by November and start building the new facility in the spring of 2011.

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