BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - It's just a matter of time before the Bay-Waveland School District gets a new central office and an alternative school. Both have operated out of temporary trailers since Hurricane Katrina, but that's about to change.
"We're excited about getting everybody out of the temporary locations," said Rebecca Ladner, Superintendent of Bay-Waveland Schools.
The school board recently approved $3.9 million worth of bids to renovate the old Bay Tech electronics building in Old Town Bay St. Louis. It will house both the district's central office and alternative school.
The building has a lot of nearby neighbors, and school leaders wanted to ease any concerns those neighbors might have about an alternative school moving in.
"Our alternative school, the name of it is Crossroads, and that's what we view it as. It's just a crossroads. These kids are not in jail; it's not a juvenile detection center. It's simply a place where they come to get on a different track," Ladner said.
The Crossroads Learning Center will house between 20 to 25 students, teens who usually need closer supervision and one on one attention.
"It may have been persistent misbehavior, or it could have been a zero tolerance offense. And this is where they come and we just try to redirect them get them back on track. And again, they are always under the supervision of staff, just like any regular school," explained Ladner.
Ladner said their is no reason for neighborhood concerns. In the history of the Crossroads Learning Center, there has never been an incident involving the community and a student from the school. The Crossroads Learning Center is expected to be ready for students during the 2014-2015 school year.