• Message from CNO Principal, Mr. Lucas Schmermund:

    My name is Lucas Schmermund. I am excited and looking forward to the 2023-2024 school year at the Center for New Opportunities. This begins my 17th year in education, all of which have been as a member of the INDIAN NATION! I earned my bachelor of arts from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2006 and, in 2010, earned my master’s degree in administration.

    I began teaching in 2007 as the Social Studies teacher at the Center for New Opportunities. I stayed in the position for four years and gained a tremendous amount of knowledge and patience. In 2011, I became the In-School Suspension Director for the district. I remained in that position for two years before becoming the Assistant Principal at Gorenflo Elementary. In 2017, I was named administrator of the year by the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce.

    I look forward to working with students, parents, and staff the Center for New Opportunities. 


Meet the Team


    Lucas Schmermund   Dunning 

    Lucas Schmermund

     Roslyn Gooden
    Administrative Assistant
    Officer Niles Dunnings
    School Resource Officer