Parents, students, teachers beg board to reconsider
The Biloxi School Board voted 4-1 Tuesday night to close three schools next year, despite pleas from parents, students and teachers.
The district will close Michel Sixth Grade School and Beauvoir and Nichols elementaries because of declining enrollment and shrinking state and local funding.
Students at Michel will go to Biloxi Junior High, which is next door. Students at Nichols will be moved to nearby Gorenflo. Students at Beauvoir will be transferred to Popp’s Ferry Elementary or Jeff Davis Elementary.
Board member Loyce Searight voted against closing the schools and said he would like members to take more time to decide how to deal with the budget crunch. Searight addressed the audience before the vote was taken and spoke mainly about Nichols.
“I cannot vote to close a star school, a state-of-the-art school, a premier school,” he said. “What are we saying to the administrative staff at Nichols, the parents, the kids? We will be saying, ‘Oh, Nichols, you are a premier school, but you’re not good enough.’