Talk in progress of closing Gaston Point Elementary in Gulfport

Updated: Apr. 22, 2019 at 4:56 PM CDT
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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It’s possible the school bell will ring for the last time this May at Gaston Point Elementary in Gulfport, and it will never ring again.

Enrollment at Gaston Point is down to 230 students. So, the school board is exploring the idea of closing Gaston Point Elementary for good. If it closes, Gaston Point students will move to West Elementary.

That decision will be made when school board members meet in May.

This Thursday, community leaders will get together and discuss Gaston Point’s future. Gulfport Schools Superintendent Glen East says falling enrollment makes its cost prohibitive to keep the school open. He’s been told the district will save $760,000 if it elects to close the Gaston Point campus.

East stressed no teachers will lose their jobs.

Talks about what to do with Gaston Point started about three years ago. In recent months, East said it became apparent attendance at the elementary school will continue to decline.

Meetings with teachers and parents have been held to review the school district’s options. East says the meeting hosted by Rep. Sonya Williams Barnes this Thursday is to make sure the community is aware of Gaston Point Elementary’s immediate future.

Moving Gaston Point students to West Elementary will mean the West campus will have up to 600 students.

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