New MHS Building Opens Jan. 5

Faculty, staff and students are about a month away from moving into the Meridian Public Schools' first new building in almost 20 years.

The final touches are being made to the new 9th grade building at Meridian High School. Media were allowed to tour it Wednesday.

School pride is displayed throughout the building, starting with a Wildcat emblem at the entrance. Through the foyer is the office and library across from each other. Then a staircase leads to classrooms on the third floor.

"There are 36 cameras throughout the building and the campus, and they cover all the hallways and stairwells as well as the outside areas," said Archie Scarbrough, executive director of facilities.

There are 35 classrooms. All have windows and state-of-the-art equipment. This includes the biology lab where the teacher has a remote control to shift students' table tops up or down.

"All the classrooms will have flat screen TVs, complete with cable hookups, a ceiling mounted projector and a P.A. system where the teacher can directly contact officials inside the office. If there's not an answer from the office, then an alert goes out through the hallway," said Scarbrough. "We always need to answer the pages from the room. So, if there was an accident or something in the room, someone needs to respond quickly."

With three bathrooms on each level and an elevator, district officials say they are prepared to start moving some things inside next week.

"The kids will have a walk through next week with their teachers, so they'll know where they are in the building," said superintendent Charlie Kent. "We want to make sure they understand this is their building and we want it taken care of."

The facility is 65,000 square feet. The project is about 1 percent over its $9.6 million budget. It will house 460 ninth graders when classes start Jan. 5.

An open house will be held Sunday, Dec. 13, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., for the community to see the new building.


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  • by FormerMPSDParent Location: Meridian on Dec 15, 2009 at 04:11 PM
    My children graduated from MHS several years ago. I went to the open house Sunday and am glad for the 9th graders and the teachers. It's a lot bigger than it looks and the rooms are large. Some of the STEM rooms are huge! It looks like the technology is state-of-the-art to me. The principal seems to have control of the students and as long as that is true, good things will continue to happen. This is a real step forward for MPSD.
  • by Support your child's education with educational tv programing! Location: MS on Dec 9, 2009 at 03:39 PM
    Loretta, It is 2009! Get with the program. Their are many educational programs available on educational channels that enhance the education of our children. If more parents would monitor what their children watch on tv at home and encourage them to watch the educational programs that are available on PBS and the History Channel children would greatly benefit. As a parent, my husband and I watched the programs with our children. It was great family time well spent. Support quality education that is being offered, many children in MS do not have the educational opportunities that MPSD offers.
  • by Loretta on Dec 3, 2009 at 04:47 PM
    Why would they need a remote control and television??? This is beyond stupid!!
  • by Sensational6 Location: Meridian on Dec 2, 2009 at 09:35 PM
    This is great the new building looks wonderful. However, my question is what took Meridian so long to catch up why didnt they have this when i was going there in '88. GO CATS!!!!!
  • by Mike Location: City of Meridian on Dec 2, 2009 at 07:34 PM
    WHAT??? More problems?? This is a real step forward for our public schools. I wish all the schools could be refurbished to look like the new 9th grade building. The newness gives the kids a different attitude, yeah some will still have the same ole attitude but most will be proud of the newness and take pride in it. I like it.
  • by LetMeSpeakOnThis on Dec 2, 2009 at 05:08 PM
    MPSD already has enough problems to worry about. This added new addition will only create even more problems. This is a sad sight to see.
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