In 1965, it was a state of the art facility, but as time has gone by, faculty members at Gulfport High School say the building has become outdated. This is why the school district is seeking more than $40 million in bonds to update Gulfport High. The Gulfport School District made a major move Monday, approving a resolution to seek funding for a brand new high school at the current location, removing the oldest buildings and building new, modern educational spaces. While the overall project is an expensive one, the school district is asking its residents to consider just how much of a positive impact a new school will have. Gulfport High School is older than the students who go there, nearly three times as old. It's a building school officials and some parents say is in dire need of repair and needs to be rebuilt from the ground up.
Glen East, the Superintendent of the Gulfport School District, says, "It's something we need to do. It's a great economic development piece for our city and our students definitely need some better work space that we have had since a 1965 building." The proposed $37 million project would be done in phases over the next three years if approved. Steven Warren, the Vice President of the School Board, says, "One of their big issues were that we need to build a new high school so the people wanted it and we felt like this was the time to do it. There’s never a good time to do something like this, but now’s as good a time as any." That decision will ultimately lie in the hands of Gulfport residents. The district will hold a special bond election on the issue on May 27th.
East also says, "To do this, first we haven't raised taxes, but once in 16 years we do know we need it. You're looking at 50 or 55 dollars a year, car tag and house to do this." He believes this project will help keep not just the school itself, but will keep its students up to date with technology and the ever changing curriculum. East closes, "Every science lab, every physics, math, english, science band, choir, drama, strings, athletically, everybody is going to benefit, and not just in a small way, but a major way on the campus."
The campus hopes to build itself up for the future of its facility, but more importantly, for the success of its students. If the bond issue is passed, construction would begin in January of next year. The school is seeking a total of $41 million in bonds with $4 million going to classroom additions at elementary schools.