OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Registration starts this week for many South Mississippi students. That means, the first day of school is creeping closer. With school starting in early August, custodians are rushing this week to get every campus in tip-top shape.
Desks and chairs are cluttering up the hallways as classrooms are getting their summer buffing and scrubbing. Two crews are spread out, trying to make sure all seven campuses in the Ocean Springs School District sparkle.
At Ocean Springs High School alone, custodians have to clean more than 100 classrooms.
"Oh, it's a lot involved. We take all the chairs, furniture out and go right to it. Clean the floors and it's really tough though," said Carl Grant, a Janitorial Services Supervisor.
Their job got even tougher this summer, because the high school is getting ready for the big move in 2012.
"As everyone knows, we're building a new high school and we'll be vacating this building in May and moving to the new high school," said David Baggett, Ocean Springs High Principal.
And the district is getting a jump start, turning the high school into a campus for fourth, fifth and sixth graders.
"Some of the things they won't be using at the upper elementary, we're going to try to get out of the way right now, because there's going to be such a time crunch when it comes May, June, and July of getting all the other grade levels moved in here," said Baggett. "We're doing as much now trying to make that transition as easy as possible."
Crews removed all the lockers, covered up the murals along the hallways and cafeteria, and made other minor changes.
"We're pulling nails, screws, repainting all the rooms in the building, making it look like a fresh new school," said Baggett.
The priority now is to make sure the building is fresh and clean for the final group of high school students this August.
"We want it first and foremost to be a safe, clean environment for our kids to come back to, but then obviously as well, you want it to be just like home," said Baggett.
"Just like a brand new school for them. They love it. I like to see their smiling faces," said Grant.
Crews start cleaning the schools the day school lets out for the summer break. The goal is to finish the job by next week, so teachers can start organizing and decorating their classrooms.