Update on School Construction Projects

Update on Three School Construction Projects

(HARRISON COUNTY, MS) Despite disruptions from COVID-19, hurricanes, and other weather issues, construction is still moving along on three major bond issue projects in the Harrison County School District. You can see a lot of progress at all three campuses over the last six months. The school additions and improvements are part of $55 million bond issue that voters approved in November of 2018.

“North Gulfport is about 88-percent complete,” said project architect, Marty Hardy. “West Harrison Middle School is about 65-percent complete. Creekbend Elementary & Middle School is about 15-20-percent. Our goal is to make sure the projects are on schedule and to keep them going nonstop. We want it done as quickly as possible.”

Harrison County School District Superintendent Roy Gill said COVID-19 has had an impact on the construction. He said certain materials that were on order were delayed due to the pandemic, but construction is still on track.

“Some of the issues has been some of the beams and all that we have been waiting on, so it has delayed some of the building somewhat,” said Gill.

Here is a breakdown of each bond project:

• NORTH GULFPORT EXPANSION & RENOVATIONS: The North Gulfport Middle School campus is transforming from a 7th and 8th grade school to a K-8 school. The main entrance and administration area are complete. The new restrooms are also complete. Crews are putting finishing touches on the kindergarten building. The new gym should be ready by March. The last phase of the project will be paving the drives and parking areas.

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• WEST HARRISON MIDDLE SCHOOL: Crews are finishing up the brick walls on the outside, and the concrete block walls on the inside and outside of the building are complete. Work has started on the roofing of the gym, cafeteria, band hall, and east classroom wings. The scheduled completion date for the new WHMS is July of 2021. The campus is located at 21411 Landon Road.

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• CREEKBEND ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL: Crews are pouring the concrete slab and have started laying concrete block walls in the elementary gym and south classroom wing. The campus is located at 16121 Highway 15. The Creekbend project started in July of 2020 and is roughly 15-percent complete. The new school is expected to be ready by May of 2022.

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Watch the WLOX story on the construction progress here (1/13/21): Harrison County School District’s bond project continues despite COVID-19 (wlox.com)

Follow the progress of all HCSD 2018 bond issue projects here: BOND ISSUE UPDATES - Harrison County School District