A Look at the New Biloxi Junior High School
Construction of Biloxi’s new junior high school is well underway. Today, News 25 was at the building site to get a progress report.
News 25’s Hank Davis gives us a sneak peek at the construction process.
The sounds of progress, as construction of Biloxi’s new $35.5 million junior high school continues to go full speed ahead to provide students with state of the art facilities while making room for the school’s increasing enrollment. Jennifer Pyron with the Biloxi Public School District said, “We anticipated this growth. We knew after the hurricane our numbers would come back, our students would return. That’s happened. We’ve reached our pre-Katrina enrollment numbers this year. We expect that number to continue to grow, so we’re just running out of space.”
Located directly across from the high school, with 51 classrooms, two state of the art science labs, a fine arts wing and two gymnasiums, the 195,000 square foot campus is being built with growth in mind.
With a project of this magnitude, the school district has partnered with multiple construction firms. Yates Construction is one of them. Executive Vice President of Yates Construction Chet Nadolski said, “Working with Biloxi Schools is always great, a great experience. They’re really good about making decisions quickly and timely. We’ve got a common goal of trying to get the kids in for the following school year, got a lot of work left to do, but we’ll get it done.”
Yates Construction hopes to have every brick in place by July 2017 so the students can start off next school year in their new classrooms.
Completion of the junior high will create much needed space for Biloxi schools, from elementary classrooms to the high school. As seventh and eighth graders will enjoy the new campus, the current junior high will become Biloxi Middle School which will be designated for fifth and sixth grade students.