HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Presbyterian Christian School Elementary Principal Scott Griffith says back in 1976 there were 23 students and three teachers working at the Hattiesburg institution.
Thirty-six years later, the man who started with PCS when it was only two-years-old, cut the ribbon during the dedication ceremony of the new elementary school.
"You can't be here without an extreme sense of thankfulness," says Griffith.
That sentiment seemed to be shared by every parent, teacher, school, city, and county leader who attended the ceremony. PCS Headmaster Allen Smithers is excited about what this new school means.
"It's given us an opportunity to grow. We're right beside our secondary school now, so we basically have both schools on the same campus," says Smithers.
Smithers says the 58,000-square-foot building has a $5.8 million price tag which means there is a lot of fund raising to do, but he hopes to have the building paid off in five years. Until then, students have new classrooms, computer labs, a library, and a bigger cafeteria to enjoy.
"We will be able to, if we need to, to put 500 students on their own devices, wireless, at one time when we need to," says Smithers. "So, we have wired it for that purpose, because we know that technology is fixing to rule the world," says Smithers.
Smithers says just under 500 students will walk the new halls Tuesday morning.