Opening of West Harrison Middle School delayed
On Friday, the Harrison County School District announced students at the new West Harrison Middle School will begin the new school year virtually due to delays in construction.
The district says supply shortages due to the pandemic along with impacts from Hurricane Zeta have caused delays and that students will move to campus once a certificate of occupancy is received, with an approximate timeframe of three to four weeks before the doors can be opened.
Harrison County Superintendent Mitchell King spoke with News 25 today about the situation and what it means for the nearly 650 students set to attend the school. “I would just like to ask the parents to understand that we’re doing everything we can to get it open as soon as we can, and we’ll do our very best job that we can to keep and make sure that the students are getting the education that they need.”
Each student will be given a computer upon signing a computer use agreement. The distribution of devices will be held at the Harrison County Alternative School on Highway 49 for seventh graders on August 3rd from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and eighth graders on August 4th at the same times.
Students will also be able to pick up free breakfast and lunch meals during one visit to the following schools daily from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.:
- North Gulfport Middle School gym
- West Harrison High School front entrance
- West Wortham Elementary and Middle School front entrance