MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - A new $20 million school in Moss Point could help improve the district's academic standing with the state.
Magnolia Junior High is one of three schools on academic watch. The old facility was damaged during Hurricane Katrina. This state of the art building will give kids a fresh start when it comes to learning.
Moss Point workers spent Wednesday putting the final touches on the new multi-million dollar Magnolia Junior High. The gigantic facility is the district's first new school in 40 years.
"It is a brand new school that our children will walk in this fall; it has been a long time coming," School Board President Clifton Magee said.
The largest part of the campus is devoted to academics. The building has three wings with 16 classrooms in each.
"One for 6th grade, one for 7th, and one for 8th. We have a dining hall, a fine arts wing, gymnasium, and an outdoor classroom," Principal Joanne Pettaway said.
The school board president said the campus will provide an enhanced learning environment for the nearly 600 students who will attend the school. That is vital now that the school is on the state's low performing list due to poor test scores and academic growth.
"As we know from last year when the scores came out, our school was in a failing mode. We are and have been this past school year working diligently, to increase test scores, and motivate our students to be advance and proficient," Magee said.
Superintendent Maggie Griffin agrees and said the students will also have more technology at their fingertips.
"Promethium boards, computers, all of that plays a part in what we are going to provide and what we are providing for our children."
The facility and staff will also help boost achievement.
"They set that tone in the building. So, we have begun to build upon that capacity by bringing in consultants, by having professional development sessions throughout the district."
District officials want the community to be a part of helping the new class of students succeed in the brand new school.
"It is going to take the entire community working together," Dr. Griffin said.
The official ribbon cutting for the new school will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. The public is invited.