by Hunter Dawkins

Once the agenda minutes were approved, adoption of new school policy and a teacher mentoring program was updated at the Harrison County School Board Meeting Monday night in Gulfport, Architect Marty Hardy updated the members of the recent change of site for the construction of the West Harrison Middle School.

Originally, the site was moved from the spot adjacent to the high school due to a negative geotechnical report involving the soil.  Since this action, the property shifted to 16th section land northwest of the high school, but on the same property to build the middle school.  In geographical status, this land would be south of the Wolf River and Landon Road intersection, looking west from County Farm Road.

Hardy delivered the new design plan on a PowerPoint presentation, providing visuals to the Harrison County School Board of the site plans, enlarged floor plans, a statistical building package, and projected site appearances.  Next week, Hardy will deliver the new geotechnical report.  This construtction of the new West Harrison Middle School is part of the $55 million bond that was approved by the county residents in November of 2018.

Following this discussion, the Board unanimously approved awarding bids for cafeteria equipment and expansion at Harrison Central High School.

Before authorizing 20 agenda items, the Board had a lengthy discussion of changing the next meeting.  Previously, the members changed from April 1 to 8 because of travel purposes, but these plans changed at Monday’s meeting.  Eventually, the school board moved back the meeting on a 4-1 vote.

Finally, the discipline committee decisions were approved on a 4-1 votes with Dr. Barbara Thomas voting against these resolutions.  The next Harrison County School Board Meeting in the Henry Arledge Building is on March 25th at 5:30pm.