Infrastructure and safety issues caused the Coahoma County School District to close Sherard Elementary School for the 2021-22 school year.
Students and teachers will be moving to Friars Point Elementary School until Sherard is ready to open again.
“We’re looking at closing it for one year,” said Coahoma County School District superintendent Dr. Ilean Richards.
Richards said Friars Point Elementary School has enough space for all Sherard Elementary School students and teachers. She said the student/teacher ratio would not change.
“Nobody is losing a job,” Richards said.
She discussed the infrastructure issues at Sherard Elementary School.
“We postponed it,” Richards said. “We have lots of infrastructure issues out at Sherard that make it dangerous for children to be there.
“The boiling system is completely shot.
“The septic tank has to be removed and a new one will be installed. That’s the whole sewage system.
“The primary reason is for the safety and welfare of children. That school needs a lot of renovation and we cannot make those renovations with the students there.”