New elementary school will be expanded to keep up with an influx of more students


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LONG BEACH, Mississippi — The newest school in Long Beach already needs more room due to an influx of students.

WLOX-TV ( ) reports Harper McCaughan Elementary has plans to start a $2.2 million expansion project for the school due to the amount of students. Principal Russ Badeaux says the building for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders is near capacity and expects to see 270 fourth-graders arrive in two years, about 40 more than the school normally gets.

The district is adding 11 new classrooms, three just for fourth-graders. Badeaux says there will be a multi-purpose room for the band and four classrooms for the academically gifted children and their teachers.

The school opened five years ago to replace the campus destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Information from: WLOX-TV,

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