BOND ISSUE UPDATES


WEST HARRISON MIDDLE SCHOOL UPDATE

September 10, 2020
WHMS Gym
More construction progress in HCSD! Check out these latest photos of the new West Harrison Middle School project! The dirt finally dried out to safely set the crane in place to hoist the trusses on the new gym, and the baseball and softball fields are taking shape.

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CREEKBEND ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL GROUNDBREAKING

August 26, 2020


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Click here for details and video of the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Creekbend Elementary & Middle School:
http://www.harrison.k12.ms.us/school_district_news/whats_happening/groundbreaking_ceremony_for_new_creekbend_school

WEST HARRISON MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRESS
July, 2020

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  • The CMU block is going up on the west classroom wing and the administration area. The exterior walls are almost complete and the interior walls are going up.
  • The CMU block walls are up and temporary braces on the gymnasium. The large trusses to support the gym roof are on site. Once they are placed and secured, the temporary braces on the walls can be removed.
  • The slab for the east classroom wing has been poured. It was the last large slab pour for this school. 
NORTH GULFPORT MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRESS
July, 2020

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  • North Gulfport campus is full of pallets containing roofing supplies, concrete blocks and bricks.
  • Work is progressing on the new main entrance/administrative addition. The roof is being installed and waterproofing is almost complete. Work has started on the drop off canopy and you can really see the shape of the addition now.
  • A piece of one of the many brick and metal fences has been completed between the classroom wings. These will be installed around the campus to increase security, safety and curb appeal.
  • Masonry work is continuing on the kindergarten addition. Exterior walls are almost done and the contractor is quickly completing the interior walls as well.
  • Two of the restroom additions are almost complete and a new bus drop-off canopy has been installed. Guard rails have been added to protect students from traffic. The bathroom additions and portion of the bus drop off will be ready by fall of 2020.
  • The gym slab is complete! It will be ready for the masonry as they move off the kindergarten addition.
WEST HARRISON MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRESS
June, 2020

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More walls are going up on the West Harrison Middle School campus. This month, crews are focusing on the second classroom wing. All classroom slabs should be poured by the end of June. The trusses for the gymnasium will go up in July. While there were delays caused by weather and in obtaining certain materials due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the new school is still projected to open in August of 2021. The campus is located at 21411 Landon Road, Gulfport.

EASTSIDE SCHOOL NAMED CREEKBEND ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL

May 20, 2020

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During its meeting in May, the Harrison County School Board unanimously approved the new name for the new K-8 school on the east side of the county. The school will be called "Creekbend Elementary and Middle School". Lead Architect, Marty Hardy, suggested the name to the board based on his fond childhood memories of the area. 

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I grew up about three miles from the new school site on Lickskillet Road.  During the summers, me and a few of my friends would go to Tuxachanie Creek to a large sandbar in a bend in the creek, behind Watts Grocery.  I have a lot of great memories that were created on this sandbar and doing flips off the rope swing is something that you never forget, no matter how old you get.  The sandbar is still there today and enjoyed by many. Thus, 'Creekbend' Elementary & Middle School," said Hardy.

The 40-acre property is located on Highway 15, just north of the D'Iberville Sportsplex. All bids are out for the project, and all permits have been granted. Due to delays in obtaining federal permits, the project's completion date has been moved to August of 2022. Although Creekbend's opening date has been pushed back, Hardy says the other two construction projects in the 2018 HCSD Bond Issue, West Harrison Middle School and North Gulfport K-8 School, should meet their target completion date. Creekbend is located at 16121 Highway 15, Biloxi, 39532.
 

- Read the Gazebo Gazette story on the Creekbend project: https://thegazebogazette.com/2020/05/harrison-county-schools-adopt-name-for-new-school/


NORTH GULFPORT MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRESS
May 20, 2020
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Five of the seven new restrooms on the North Gulfport Middle School campus should be ready by the time school starts this August. The renovations and additions at the North Gulfport K-8 School is also experiencing delays due to manufacturing shutdowns during the pandemic, but the work is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2020.  Along with seven new restrooms, the project includes a new kindergarten wing, a new gymnasium, new entrance, and administrative offices.

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HARRISON CENTRAL HIGH SECURITY ENTRANCE UPDATE
May 20, 2020


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NORTH GULFPORT EXPANSION & RENOVATION UNDERWAY
February 10, 2019 

(HARRISON COUNTY, MS) You may have noticed a lot of construction going on lately at North Gulfport Middle School. That’s because the expansion and renovation of the North Gulfport campus is officially underway.

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Starks Construction was awarded the bid for this $7.3 million project to turn North Gulfport into a K-8 school. This month, crews are busy building five sets of restrooms and installing utilities.

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They have also been working on the in-ground plumbing, walls, and foundation. The project also includes a new gym, new entrance facade and administrative offices. This project is scheduled to be complete by summer of 2021.

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The North Gulfport additions are part of the HCSD Bond Issue that was passed in 2018. Our thanks to the voters for their overwhelming support of the bond. Stay tuned for more updates at North Gulfport and other bond projects!

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Phase one includes building nine new restrooms at the field house, ICT, and main building. Crews are also building a new front entrance and administrative offices.

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You can watch the WXXV News story here: https://www.wxxv25.com/2020/02/17/north-gulfport-middle-school-expansion-project-update/

You can watch the WLOX News story here: https://www.wlox.com/2020/02/18/million-expansion-project-underway-north-gulfport-middle-school/

HARRISON CENTRAL HIGH SECURITY GATE UPDATE
January 2020

Another HCSD Bond Issue Project is taking shape. Work is about 65-percent complete on the new security entrance gate at Harrison Central High School. The project includes a guard station, brick walls, underground drainage, and road work.

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Samuel Day Contracting won the bid to construct the entrance gate. Our thanks to all the voters who supported the bond. This project is part of our efforts to enhance security at HCHS and ten other campuses in the Harrison County School District.


DISTRICT-WIDE SECURITY DOOR UPGRADES COMPLETED
December 18, 
2019 

  • D’Iberville Middle School
  • Lizana Elementary
  • North Woolmarket Elementary & Middle
  • Orange Grove Elementary
  • Pineville Elementary
  • River Oaks Elementary
  • Saucier Elementary
  • Three Rivers Elementary
  • West Wortham Elementary & Middle

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GROUNDBREAKING ON NEW WEST HARRISON MIDDLE SCHOOL
November 6, 2019

(HARRISON COUNTY, MS) Clear, sunny skies and backhoes provided a beautiful backdrop for a groundbreaking ceremony for the new West Harrison Middle School. On November 6, 2019, Harrison County School District leaders, elected officials, and other special guests gathered to celebrate the start of construction on the new school. The groundbreaking was held exactly a year after voters overwhelmingly approved a $55 million bond issue for various projects to accommodate growth and upgrade security in the District.

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“The voters of Harrison County spoke loud and clear of the need for the expansion.  Our county is growing by leaps and bounds.  We must thank the voters in the Harrison County School District for supporting the bond issue to make this possible to fund the new West Harrison Middle School,” said HCSD Superintendent Roy Gill.

According to Harrison County Supervisor Angel Kibler-Middleton, over 2,000 new homes have been approved for the unincorporated areas of Harrison County over the last few years.

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The new middle school will be located on 21411 Landon Road. The property is just north of West Harrison High School.  The new school will help relieve overcrowding at North Gulfport Middle School and West Wortham Middle School.  All 7th and 8th graders who are zoned to attend West Harrison High School will be attending the new West Harrison Middle School.

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“As they come together as 7th graders, they will build that community, that family unit, knowing 'I will be a Hurricane as I enter high school,'” said Gill.

The new school will be about 102,786 square feet in size. It will have 48 classrooms, practice fields for football, baseball and softball, a band hall, Smartboards in every classroom, and the latest security features.

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“It’s a very large building.  We tried to incorporate a lot of new technology, new state-of-the-art band hall with sound panels, new gymnasium that can accommodate two practices going on at any time, to help with the number of kids they are going to have in the facility,” said Project Architect Marty Hardy.

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“We also designed it so it can be easily expandable for the future, which is vital. I feel it’s going to be of great use,” said Hardy. “We tried to think about everything in the community. We tried to make sure they progress, they have places to go, they have safe places to be,” said Hardy.

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Classes are scheduled to begin at West Harrison Middle School in August of 2021. The estimated initial enrollment is 750 students, and the campus has enough space for future expansion.

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“As we continue to grow, our district will have to continue to grow. I’m just pleased to have the support of everyone here,” said Gill. “With no further ado, it’s time to get to work!”

 West Harrison Middle School

The new West Harrison Middle School will cost just over $26 million.

- Watch the WLOX News story on the WHMS groundbreaking here: https://www.wlox.com/2019/11/06/harrison-county-school-district-celebrates-groundbreaking-west-harrison-middle-school/?fbclid=IwAR0uZ38jA67nAFeDruG01poPo_ls1MTmAthK6g2SxJJtdBlS85NlU0NnvZw

- Watch the WXXV News story on the WHMS groundbreaking here: https://www.wxxv25.com/2019/11/06/groundbreaking-new-west-harrison-middle-school/

HCSD INSTALLING ADDITIONAL SECURITY MEASURES
August, 2019

 

(HARRISON COUNTY) The Harrison County School District is taking extra measures this year to enhance the safety and security of our students and staff. Starting in the 2019-20 school year, HCSD is implementing a new screening system for every person who visits our schools, including central office.

The Visitors Hall Pass Management System was recently installed on all 22 campuses in HCSD. Visitors must now show a valid ID, and
 the information is scanned and checked. The ID is also scanned against the national sex offender databases and School Restricted Vicitors List. Visitors who are cleared will receive a badge that expires after a certain time. The staff is being trained on how to use this new system.

Example of Visitor Hall Pass

Along with the Hall Pass, work is underway this summer to upgrade the security entrances at ten of HCSD schools. Five projects have already been completed, while the rest are either under construction or in the final design stages. The entrance improvements were part of the 2018 HCSD Bond Issue that voters passed on November 6, 2018.

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For the fourth straight year, administrators, directors, and instructional literacy coaches in the Harrison County School District are undergoing CRASE safety training to prepare for the new school year. CRASE stands for “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events”.

Four years ago, Harrison County School District was the first district in Mississippi to hold CRASE training for educators. This type of training is now a state requirement for schools across the state. The topics included human trafficking in schools, school threat assessment, bomb threats, social media awareness, and gangs in Mississippi schools.

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These programs send an important message: Safety is always first in HCSD!

You can watch the WLOX story here: https://www.wlox.com/2019/07/25/harrison-county-schools-get-even-more-serious-about-security/?fbclid=IwAR3sX-2wD5avrHK51GuwdmLEkCcZCaUh6TSwOJSxtfAHBdyTkY900fI53aE

You can watch the WXXV story here: https://www.wxxv25.com/2019/07/25/new-school-security-enhancements/?fbclid=IwAR3wthP_1LrnQtVfNYWLo5ldb3Vyw7xSl2fZl6AssxrNt9D5Pcacg-cWM-s

UPDATE ON HCSD 2018 BOND ISSUE PROJECTS
July 15, 2019

New Middle School on West Side:

  • Schematic design has been finalized
  • Bid has been awarded for grubbing/land clearing; Work is underway

New K-8 School on East Side:

  • We just received watershed approval
  • All government permits have either been approved or applied for

North Gulfport Middle School Expansion & Renovations:

  • Finishing up schematic design; bids will be opened September 12

Entrance Security Upgrades:

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  • Over half of security doors have been installed. Completed projects: Three Rivers Elementary, Orange Grove Elementary, Lizana Elementary, Pineville Elementary, Saucier Elementary   
  • Work is underway on safer entrances at North Woolmarket Elementary & Middle School and West Wortham Elementary & Middle School
  • Supplies have been ordered and work will soon begin on security doors at River Oaks Elementary
  • Designs have been finalized on new wall & security doors at D’Iberville Middle School
  • Schematic design for security gate at Harrison Central High has been finalized and the next step is awarding the construction bid Monday night

- Watch the WLOX story on entrance security upgrades here:

https://www.wlox.com/2019/07/25/harrison-county-schools-get-even-more-serious-about-security/?fbclid=IwAR3sX-2wD5avrHK51GuwdmLEkCcZCaUh6TSwOJSxtfAHBdyTkY900fI53aE

- Watch the WXXV story on entrance security upgrades here:

https://www.wxxv25.com/2019/07/25/new-school-security-enhancements/?fbclid=IwAR3wthP_1LrnQtVfNYWLo5ldb3Vyw7xSl2fZl6AssxrNt9D5Pcacg-cWM-s

All projects in the 2018 bond issue are scheduled to be completed by August of 2021.


UPDATE ON HCSD 2018 BOND ISSUE PROJECTS:
April 5, 2019 

(HARRISON COUNTY, MS)  On Monday, the Harrison County School Board received an update on projects outlined in the Harrison County School Bond Issue.  Those projects include a new K-8 school, a new middle school, renovations and expansion at North Gulfport Middle School, and security upgrades of entrances.

New K-8 School on the East Side:  The District has purchased more than 40-acres of property on Highway 15, just north of the D’Iberville Sportsplex to build a new K-8 school.  The District is now moving forward with the permitting process.

New Middle School on the West Side:  The District initially planned to build a new middle school on 16th section land, just south of West Harrison High School.  After soil testing, it was determined that the soil would not provide a solid foundation for the project.  It would cost up to $750,000 for the site prep.  The District has decided to move the location to the northeast side of the 16th section land.  The property is about 33 acres.  The permitting process is also underway.

- Read the Gazebo Gazette story on WHMS bond project update: https://thegazebogazette.com/2019/03/county-school-board-updated-on-west-harrison-project/

North Gulfport Middle School Renovations:  Topographic work and soil testing are complete.  Schematic design drawings have also been completed.  Once the design development drawings are completed in June, the District will request approval from the Harrison County School Board to advertise for bids.

District wide Entrance Security Upgrades:

  • D’Iberville Middle School:  Fencing work is complete; will add magnetic security doors
  • Lizana Elementary: Will add magnetic security doors
  • North Woolmarket Elementary & Middle: Will add new entrance door and magnetic security doors
  • Orange Grove Elementary: Will add magnetic security doors
  • Pineville Elementary: Will add magnetic security doors
  • River Oaks Elementary: In the planning phase
  • Saucier Elementary: Will add magnetic security doors
  • Three Rivers Elementary:  Will add new entrance door to the office and magnetic security doors
  • West Wortham Elementary & Middle:  Will add new entrance door and magnetic security doors
  • Harrison Central High: Will add new entry drive gates and security station

These following schools have already received, or will receive, security upgrades as part of ongoing capital improvement projects:

  • Crossroads Elementary
  • Bel-Aire Elementary
  • Harrison Central Elementary
  • Lyman Elementary
  • D’Iberville Elementary
  • Woolmarket Elementary
  • Harrison County Child Development Center

- Watch WLOX update on HCSD 2018 Bond Issue: https://www.wlox.com/2019/04/05/harrison-county-school-district-making-progress-bond-issue-projects/

- Watch WXXV update on HCSD 2018 Bond Issue: https://www.wxxv25.com/2019/04/08/harrison-county-school-bond-referendum-update/

Due to the permitting process and soil quality issues, the completion date for all the bond issue projects has been changed to August of 2021.
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BOND ISSUE WORK BEGINS
November 7, 2018

Preliminary work is already underway to expand and upgrade facilities in the Harrison County School District. The move comes after voters passed a $55 million HCSD bond referendum on November 6th by an overwhelming margin of 75 percent to 25 percent. Earlier this week, the Harrison County School Board adopted a resolution to accept the election results and start the process of selling the bonds.

District leaders are finalizing plans to purchase 40 acres of property on Highway 15 in D'Iberville to build a new K-8 school on the east side of the county, build a new middle school on the west side of HCSD, redesign North Gulfport Middle School into a K-8 school, and renovate school entrances to upgrade security.

"We would like to thank the voters for their support and their investment in our children. We also want to express our deepest gratitude to all of the dedicated volunteers who have worked tirelessly to advocate for students in HCSD. This is a huge win for our students, our families, and the citizens of the Harrison County School District," said HCSD Superintendent, Roy Gill.

HCSD BOND ISSUE PASSES WITH OVERWHELMING SUPPORT 
November 6, 2018


Bond Thank You

- Watch WLOX story on the HCSD Bond results: https://www.wlox.com/2018/11/07/voters-voice-support-harrison-county-school-bond-too-early-call/




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- Watch the Sun Herald video of the HCSD Bond results: https://www.sunherald.com/article221166485.html

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- Read U.S. News & World Report article on the HCSD Bond vote: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/mississippi/articles/2018-11-07/55-million-bond-issue-okd-for-harrison-county-schools

- Watch the McClatchy video on background of the HCSD Bond vote: https://www.mcclatchydc.com/latest-news/article220811300.html

- Watch WXXV preview of the HCSD Bond vote: https://www.wxxv25.com/2018/11/05/harrison-county-school-district-bond-issue-vote/

- Watch WLOX preview of the HCSD Bond vote: https://www.wlox.com/2018/11/06/voters-decide-harrison-county-school-bond-issue-election-day/

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- Watch the WLOX story on supporters of the HCSD Bond Issue: https://www.wlox.com/2018/10/29/school-bond-supporters-hit-neighborhoods-with-door-to-door-campaign/

- Hear from former HCSD Superintendent Henry Arledge on the HCSD Bond: https://www.wlox.com/2018/10/26/former-harrison-county-superintendent-adds-voice-support-bond-issue/

- Watch the WLOX story on the safety component of the HCSD Bond Issue: https://www.wlox.com/2018/10/10/harrison-county-sells-school-bond-issue/

- Watch the WXXV story on the safety features of HCSD Bond: https://www.wxxv25.com/2018/10/12/harrison-county-school-district-bond/


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- Watch the WLOX story on citizens’ support for the HCSD Bond Issue: https://www.wlox.com/2018/10/16/parents-living-biloxi-gulfport-show-support-harrison-county-school-bond/

- Watch the WLOX story on the HCSD Bond Informational Meetings: https://www.wlox.com/2018/10/25/parents-more-optimistic-after-attending-hcsd-bond-issue-meetings/

Bond Meeting Schedule

- Watch the WLOX story on the HCSD Bond informational meetings: https://www.wlox.com/2018/10/30/just-one-more-harrison-county-school-referendum-meeting-left-until-election-day/

- Watch the WXXV story on the HCSD Bond informational meetings: https://www.wxxv25.com/2018/10/29/harrison-county-bond-informational-meeting-2/

- Watch the WXXV preview of the HCSD Bond informational meetings: https://www.wxxv25.com/2018/10/17/harrison-county-school-bond-issue/

- Watch the WXXV story on the HCSD Bond Informational meetings: https://www.wxxv25.com/2018/10/23/harrison-county-bond-informational-meeting/

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- Watch HCSD Superintendent Roy Gill’s response to HCSD Bond concerns: https://www.wlox.com/2018/10/19/harrison-county-school-districts-superintendent-responds-actions-biloxi-gulfport-leaders/
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Harrison County School District Bond Issue Announcement
September 25, 2018 

 
The Harrison County School District has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade. The district’s enrollment has continued to increase every year, from 12,877 students in 2008 to more than 15,000 students in 2018.

 

We are blessed to be able to attract so many families to the Harrison County School District.  We are at a point now where we must construct new facilities and upgrade our existing campuses to accommodate all this growth. 

The Harrison County School Board has approved up to a $55 million bond issue to build two new schools, redesign one campus, and renovate entrances to improve the security of schools throughout the district.  We are seeking public support for this bond issue during an election that will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. 

The total cost of the proposed project is up to $71 million. The district has committed up to $16 million toward the initial cost of the project, so the bond issue will be up to $55 million.  Based on current projections, the district does not anticipate this bond issue would require an increase in tax mills levied for District purposes. 

In addition, there are continual capital improvement projects that are ongoing throughout the district as we continue to grow and improve. 

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WXXV News story on HCSD Bond Issue announcement:
https://www.wxxv25.com/2018/09/25/harrison-county-school-district-announces-details-bond-issues/

WLBT News story on HCSD Bond Issue announcement:
https://www.wlbt.com/2018/09/26/million-school-bond-should-not-cost-harrison-co-taxpayers-much/

Click on the links below for additional details about the projects.

HCSD Bond Issue Public Letter  

Frequently Asked Questions about the HCSD Bond Issue 2018

Bond Issue Sample Ballot

Scope of the Bond Issue:
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Bond issue scope 2 
Bond issue scope 3 
Bond issue scope 4 

Financing the Bond Issue
 

     Project Timeline 

Renderings of School Projects:
Proposed New Middle School on West Side 

Proposed New K-8 School on East Side 

Proposed Redesigned North Gulfport K-8 School 

Proposed New Entry Gate at HCHS

If you still have further questions, please email Harrison County School District Public Relations Specialist Trang Pham-Bui at tphambui@harrison.k12.ms.us.

Phase two will be the addition of the elementary gym. Phase three will be four new kindergarten classrooms. This project will convert North Gulfport into a K-8 school. It is slated to be complete in August of 2021.