Hundreds of Biloxi students moving to different campuses

By Trang Pham-Bui - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The signs in front of the school and on the wall will have to change. Michel 7th Grade School in Biloxi is about to get a new identity.

This fall, the 7th graders at Michel will move next door to the Biloxi Junior High campus. And Michel will become a school just for sixth graders.

"The last time we had such a restructuring was when the new high school opened. This was last done about seven or eight years ago," said Biloxi Superintendent Dr. Paul Tisdale.

Tisdale says the district is moving forward with its restructuring plan because next school year, the ninth graders are relocating to the high school. Crews are building a wing at Biloxi High, adding 38 classrooms, offices, and a Cyber Cafe to accommodate the ninth graders.

"We're doing that because there are a number of extra-curricular activity opportunities that we can offer those students who are just beginning their high school careers, earning credits for graduation, that we cannot offer on the Jr. High campus," said Tisdale.

Here's a breakdown of the changes:

  • All the sixth graders will be moving out of the elementary schools and into Michel.
  • The 7th graders at Michel will relocate to the Jr. High, which will become a school for seventh and eighth graders.
  • And the ninth graders at Biloxi Jr. High will move north of the Bay to the Biloxi High campus.

Tisdale says the changes will require some adjustment from parents and teachers.

"With that move, because many of them have small children in school, their school times may change, which means they have to restructure their day," said Tisdale.

The Biloxi School District plans to hold some informational meetings in the near future to explain the changes to parents.