New Delisle school running behind schedule

DELISLE, MS (WLOX) - School starts in less than a month in Pass Christian, but the new Delisle Elementary School isn't finished yet. Construction on the building was supposed to wrap-up this week, but the project is running behind schedule, leaving school leaders a little bit nervous.

During a tour of the building Tuesday, principal Desiree Lizana showed off the special rooms and unique features in the new school.

"The changes are the new fresh look," said Lizana. "We have two computer labs here. We have a science lab that the students have not had, a music room that will be able to stay set up with the risers, a stage, a media center large enough to have programs in and the use of the gym."

Lizana said the new school is stirring up a lot of excitement.

"The teachers are calling and emailing. They are eager to get into their room and start making it a fantastic learning place for children," said Lizana.

But the furniture, equipment and teaching supplies will have to sit a while longer in the classrooms and in the hallways. Crews are still working on the computer network, installing the gutters and awnings, and putting the final touches on the enclosed courtyard. The administration section of the school isn't finished either.

"We're hoping in a couple of weeks that we will be ready to go, and they will be able to come in and make this our Delisle home," said Lizana.

The students and teachers have reason to be excited about moving into their new home.   Katrina damaged the old Delisle Elementary. Just about every structure on the old campus was torn down, except the gym, four classrooms and the old cafeteria.

Since 2009, the students and teachers have been in trailers.  Lizana knows the timing is tight, but she is optimistic the new school will be ready for the first day of class.

"It's a little overwhelming. We do have a lot to do," said Lizana. "But as usual, our teachers work very hard, and I know they'll work hard to get this school right where it needs to be for our students to begin on August 4."

The new school is on Kiln-Delisle Road. Insurance funds and FEMA helped pay for the $10.5 million building.

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