Construction crews are now transforming Singing River Elementary into a new academy for 5th and 6th graders in Gautier.
GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -
Next school year, 5th and 6th graders in Gautier will attend a special academy as part of the Pascagoula School District's strategic plan to improve learning.
Construction crews are now transforming Singing River Elementary into the new academy. Two years ago the school district reconfigured the schools in Pascagoula.
"Next year there will be K-4th graders at Martin Bluff, College Park and Gautier Elementary. Then 5th and 6th at Signing River Academy. And, of course, we have our middle school and high school," Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich explained.
Rodolfich said he's confident the 5th and 6th graders will also benefit from being under one roof.
"Number one, you get to begin your extracurricular activities. Your band will be together from 5th through 12th grade. Your teachers can all commonly plan for 5th grade curriculum and all 6th grade teachers can commonly plan," said Rodolfich.
The multi-million dollar project includes lots more learning space for students.
"This will be 14 to 16 classroom addition, with a gym, and band hall and choir room, restrooms and offices," said the superintendent.
Singing River Elementary's Principal Pamela Rone will be the new principal at the academy. She believes the new learning environment will prepare the young people for more challenging middle and high school schedules.
"This is going to allow our students to go through more of an adjustment period and social and emotional learning to take place during this transition," Rone said.
The total cost of the project is $11.5 million, which also includes new classrooms at both Gautier and Martin Bluff Elementary. The construction project will not cost taxpayers any extra cash.
The superintendent said the money was already in the district's budget.
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