Biloxi High School’s front entrance and administrative offices were damaged over the weekend after a sprinkler system malfunctioned.
A message sent to parents informed them that the system activated over the weekend, flooding and damaging the front lobby of the school and the administrative and counseling offices.
As a result, the main entrance will remain closed while repairs are made.
Superintendent Arthur McMillan said the worst damage was in the principal’s office.
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In the meantime, the exterior doors on the west side of the visitors parking lot will be used as the main entrance to the school and two classrooms just inside the west entrance will be converted to temporary reception and student accounting offices.
The email from the school also cautioned parents that it would take some time to transfer the phones for the main switchboard and the student accounting office to the new location, so some calls could go unanswered.
“So I ask that you please be patient with us if calls go unanswered while we make this transition Monday morning,” according to an email from Principal Marcus Boudreaux. “Thank you in advance for your patience as we get everything back in order.”
Photojournalist John Fitzhugh contributed to this report.