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These are the safest school districts on the Coast, report says

Pass Christian students make the heart symbol with their hands as they form a giant heart comprised of students and teachers. The assembly is part of the Great Kindness Challenge. The Great Kindness Challenge is one school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible, choosing from a 50 item checklist.
Pass Christian students make the heart symbol with their hands as they form a giant heart comprised of students and teachers. The assembly is part of the Great Kindness Challenge. The Great Kindness Challenge is one school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible, choosing from a 50 item checklist. Sun Herald file

The Coast is home to one of Mississippi’s safest school districts, according to a recent ranking.

Niche.com says the Pass Christian district is the fourth safest in the state, behind Itawamba County, Petal and Western Line (in Avon). Madison Central, Oxford, Biloxi, Lincoln County, Clinton and Lamar County round out the state’s top 10 ranking.

Other Coast districts that registered in Mississippi’s top 25 were Pascagoula-Gautier (No. 11), Ocean Springs (No. 18) and Jackson County (No. 20).

The website’s ranking system considers parent/student surveys on health and safety, expenses per student, student absenteeism, in-school suspensions, out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, law enforcement referrals and school-related arrests, with the surveys accounting for 50 percent of the total weight.

Pass received an overall A-minus, with grades in the following areas: Academics (B), teachers (A+), clubs and activities (A-), administration (A+), food (B-), diversity (A), college prep (B+), health and safety (A+), sports (B) and resources and facilities (B). It ranks second in Mississippi for “best teachers”, third in “best places to teach” and fourth in “best school districts.”

Dr. Carla Evers takes over as superintendent for the Pass Christian School District on July 1. She comes from the Gulfport School District.

In case you were curious, the Radnor Township School District in Wayne, Pennsylvania is America’s safest. The only school in the top 10 nationally that’s located in the Southeast is Hoover, Alabama, which ranks fifth.

Niche.com describes itself as “a website that helps you discover the schools and neighborhoods that are right for you.”

Patrick Ochs: 228-896-2321, @PatrickOchs

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