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PGSD considers closure of Jackson Elementary, gives solution for school safety

Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo Source: WLOX) Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula (Photo Source: WLOX)
PGSD Chief Calvin Hutchins holds a door bracket  device purchased for classrooms in the district (Photo Source: WLOX) PGSD Chief Calvin Hutchins holds a door bracket device purchased for classrooms in the district (Photo Source: WLOX)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District has purchased door jam devices for all doors on campuses at all schools in the district.

Chief Calvin Hutchins demonstrated how the device works at Monday night's school board meeting.

The curved end of the stick goes under the door knob. The flat part on the other end of the device presses against the ground, making it impossible to open the door.

"This is just one of the devices we're using on the doors. There's other doors that require another certain type of door bracket that we're also purchasing," Chief Hutchins said.

Hutchins spoke up on the importance of arming trained resource officers versus teachers in classrooms. He said the district is working to make the buildings more secure too.

The push for Jackson Elementary to remain open was another weighted topic in the standing room only meeting.

The Pascagoula-Gautier School District discussed the status of the school. The school currently suffers from severe flooding and raw sewage overflow.

Some are pushing for the school to close altogether and for students to attend nearby elementary schools. Others say repairs should be made.

"We don't want the school to close down but we need these repairs to be done," said parent Rafael Aquino.

"We've got ample space on other campuses that we can place the students here," added Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich.

No decision was made at Monday night's meeting on the future of Jackson Elementary. A suggestion was made that a committee get together to find a long term plan for the school.

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