Gautier asking Pascagoula School District for name change

GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) - Gautier city leaders believe the school district that serves their city should have a name that better reflects that. Tuesday night, the Gautier City Council passed a resolution asking that the Pascagoula School District be renamed the Pascagoula-Gautier School District.

With 3,000 of the district's students being educated in the schools in Gautier, Mayor Tommy Fortenberry said it's a topic residents often ask about.

"We have nearly 50 percent of students of the Pascagoula School District that live in Gautier, and once again we just want to get them recognized and get our city recognized," Fortenberry said.

He also believes amending the name could encourage economic development in Gautier.

"There are a lot of great things going on in Gautier from Walmart to the medical complex. Gautier is really a city on move and growing, and we just simply want to be recognized as that."

Although the name change sounds simple, it's actually not. Even though the resolution has passed, Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich said there are still some steps that have to be taken.

"They have to deliver a request to the school board, then we have to research the legality of it. Ultimately, the board will have to make that decision," Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich said.

Gautier's Mayor said he will remain optimistic about the renaming request.

"I think this is a positive thing. I think it is a win-win for both cities and it gives us double exposure. It enhances what we already have and that is a great school system," Mayor Tommy Fortenberry said.

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