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School board approves Pascagoula-Gautier School District name change

School board members voted 3 to 2 to rename the Pascagoula School District. (Photo source: WLOX News) School board members voted 3 to 2 to rename the Pascagoula School District. (Photo source: WLOX News)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Pascagoula School District will now carry the name Gautier in its official title. The school board voted 3 to 2 Monday night to rename the district, which took effect immediately.

For nearly three years, the Gautier City Council and community members have been requesting the change because the district serves the area.

"Why are we not in the school district's name, Why? It is not fair," said Emery Rone, who attends Martin Bluff Elementary in Gautier. It's one of six schools that are part of the Pascagoula School District.

Rone told the school board that her city also needed to be included in the official name.

"It is not fair how we are cheated now," Rone said.

Gautier High Senior Emily Cochran agreed.

"I am really active in Competition Theater and when I get off the bus they think that we are Pascagoula. I want everyone to know we are from Gautier," Cochran said.

The school board listened to the students, as well as many other Gautier city leaders and citizen's concerns. The district is now renamed The Pascagoula-Gautier School District since it includes schools from both cities.

"We wanted this for so many years and tonight when the vote came in 3 to 2. I just wanted to stand up in cheer,' Vivan Dailey said.

Gautier's Mayor Gordon Gollott echoed that sentiment.

"I almost wanted to get up and shout, but in a regular meeting you can't do that. It is all about unity and a team, and I think we need to be recognized here in East Jackson County as the Pascagoula-Gautier School District," Mayor Gollott said.

Students, Cochran and Rone said they can't wait to tell their friends and teachers Tuesday about the good news. They hope this will boost confidence and pride at the schools in their city.

"I am so excited, I get to tell my friends we are graduating, and our diploma is going to say we graduated from the Pascagoula-Gautier School District," Cochran said.

"We have been accepted to be Pascagoula School District with Gautier," Rone said.

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