D'Iberville Middle students getting new home

By Trang Pham-Bui - bio | email

D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - For the first time in more than three years, D'Iberville Middle School children don't have to share the cafeteria with the high school students. And some classes are having PE inside the gym instead of outdoors.

Now that the D'Iberville High students have moved to their new home on Lamey Bridge Road, the middle school students are enjoying some of the space in the old high school building.

"I'm very excited," said Wanda Morra. "Oh, we have a lot of space. We're really looking forward. I have a feeling we'll be filling it up though."

Wanda Morra is the principal of D'Iberville Middle School. Since Katrina destroyed the old middle school on Gorenflo Road, her students and staff have been split up. The 5th and 6th graders have been in trailers behind D'Iberville Elementary School. And the 7th and 8th Graders have also been in trailers, next to D'Iberville High.

"That's just one of the things is getting to know all the students at both campuses. Everything's duplicated," said Morra. "Right now, you have to go all the way out of your building, walk down a walkway, and walk up a ramp just to go to the restroom. It's the things you take for granted."

In about two weeks, all the middle school students, teachers, and staff will be under one roof. They'll move into the former D'Iberville High School building. Teachers are counting down the days.

"It's going to be wonderful," said teacher Jana Hardy. "Not only are we going to be in an actual school building again, but we're going to have all our faculty together. That's one thing that we have really missed is having 5th & 6th graders here with us and having our administrators together."

And the students are just as excited.

"Finally getting out of these trailers," said one boy.

"Yeah, into our new school. More comfortable," said a girl.

"Don't have to walk outside in the cold," said another female student.

"They're trying to fix it up to welcome us in, and they're doing a very good job, so it's going to be OK," said Hardy. "It's going to be our home. I don't care if it's old or what, we're going to make it our own."

The old high school building still needs some cleaning, waxing, and a fresh coat of paint. The goal is to move everyone into the school the second week of March.