Longleaf Elementary Set to Open August 2013 - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Longleaf Elementary Set to Open August 2013

Posted: Updated:

Oak Grove Longleaf Elementary School is located off West 4th Street in Hattiesburg. Officials plan to open the school in August 2013. The nine million dollar construction project should be finished around May. About 750 kindergarten through 5th grade students are expected to attend.

"We're just trying to stay up with the growth of our campuses," says Lamar County Superintendent Ben Burnett. He says the district is the second fastest growing district in the state and Longleaf Elementary was built to take away some of the overflow from Oak Grove's three elementary schools.

 

"Our plan is to take roughly 200 off of Oak Grove Primary, Oak Grove Upper and Oak Grove Lower Elementary."

 

Burnett says that Oak Groves' kindergarten through first grade has over one thousand students. The district is trying to avoid overcrowding.

He assures that students outside the Oak Grove attendance zone will not be required or zoned in to the new school, "mostly students who live north of Highway 98."

 

The district plans to use existing staff at Longleaf. "There will be a few support people that we'll have to hire new, but mostly it's from our staff that we're simply moving from one school to another."

 

Around 30 to 35 teachers will be needed to staff the new school. Burnett says after next week's Kindergarten Roundup they'll know if some tweaking in numbers needs to be made. "We're trying to conserve money as much as we can and use existing staff."

 

Burnett says the county's board of supervisors will also work on widening 4th Street during the summer to make the route to school more accessible.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Tax Free Weekend

    Tax Free Weekend

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:42 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:42:11 GMT
    Tax Free HolidayTax Free Holiday
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Today marks the start of this year's annual sales tax holiday, a time where parents like Tawana Jordan can get a head start on school shopping and a tax break."I will be stopping by to check out the deals that they have for my children," Jordan said.The Mississippi Department of Revenue reports all clothing items and shoes priced under $100 are exempt from sales tax this weekend, and for local retailers that means."A lot of traffic, a lot of traffic. Last year we did it a...
    HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Today marks the start of this year's annual sales tax holiday, a time where parents like Tawana Jordan can get a head start on school shopping and a tax break."I will be stopping by to check out the deals that they have for my children," Jordan said.The Mississippi Department of Revenue reports all clothing items and shoes priced under $100 are exempt from sales tax this weekend, and for local retailers that means."A lot of traffic, a lot of traffic. Last year we did it a...
  • 2 women killed in Rapides Parish accident

    2 women killed in Rapides Parish accident

    State police say two women died when their car ran off the road and struck a tree.
    State police say two women died when their car ran off the road and struck a tree.
  • Man, 80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy plea

    Man, 80, says he shot burglar after pregnancy plea

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:13:24 GMT
    An 80-year-old man who came home to find two burglars said he shot and killed one of them despite her pleas that she was pregnant, but it's the woman's alleged accomplice who has been arrested on suspicion...
    Police planned Friday to give prosecutors the results of their investigation into an 80-year-old man's fatal shooting of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.
Powered by WorldNow

5912 Hwy. 49, Ste. A
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Telephone: 601.545.2077
Fax: 601.545.3589
Email: newsroom@whlt.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.