School closed since Katrina on board agenda Tues.

Published 11:52 pm Monday, February 9, 2009

About 3 1/2 years after Hurricane Katrina shut down the only junior high school in Moss Point, residents may learn which architects will design renovations at Magnolia Junior High.

Superintendent Kim Staley is expected to recommend architects at Tuesday’s school board meeting, and the board is likely to talk about cost, timetable and other essential issues.

Staley did not have a cost or time estimate last week.

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The school’s 430 students have been using the old Ed Mayo Junior High School.

Although floors, wiring, heating and cooling systems, and all equipment must be replaced, the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that the buildings were basically sound.

The board contended the school should be replaced as more than 50 percent damaged. But FEMA refused — most recently at the end of 2008.