More Students Making The Switch To Biloxi - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

09/03/03

More Students Making The Switch To Biloxi

Madaleine Meeks finally feels comfortable in her new class. The fourth grader was very nervous when she entered North Bay Elementary this year. That's because she's been attending private school since Kindergarten.

Madaleine Meeks said "I had to leave all my friends. I had a best friend I had to leave and it was really hard".

Madaliene and Lindsay Smilek are among 50-students who live outside the Biloxi School District, but are paying a $600 tuition to attend North Bay Elementary.

Lindsay Smilek said "I toured the school with my mom and I thought they had some neat features in the school. When I saw the computer lab that we'd be learning about power point and stuff, my mom thought that was pretty cool".

Madaliene said "My other school didn't have other specialties like North Bay has. They didn't have music, P.E. and all that. My mom thought I'd get a better education here".

Many students chose to come to Biloxi after seeing ads that showcase the district's state-of-the-art schools, new buildings under construction, and special activities like the Imagination Station.

Dr. Laurie Pitre is the Principal of North Bay. She said "I think it definitely has increased our enrollment. It's just the overall campaign, whether it's from tuition or parents choosing to buy a house in North Biloxi because they want their children to attend North Bay".

Madaliene is very happy with her choice. She said "I'm looking forward to it and accepting new challenges, and seeing what I can accomplish, and making new friends".

Even though North Bay Elementary stopped accepting students from outside the zone, other schools in the district still have some openings. Again, tuition is $600 a year.  Your child must also meet certain behavior and academic criteria to enroll.

by Trang Pham-Bui

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