The Biloxi School Board is expected to address the issue of "re-purposing" one of three Biloxi elementary schools during its meeting on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the DuKate Building on Father Ryan Avenue.
The board had directed Superintendent Dr. Paul A. Tisdale to determine the impact of re-purposing either Beauvoir, Lopez or Gorenflo Elementary schools.
Tisdale had earlier suggested transferring Gorenflo students to other schools, but board members wanted to consider several options before making a decision.
The board is seeking to cut costs in light of a student enrollment that is 20 percent off its pre-Katrina figure and word from the Mississippi Department of Education that recent cuts of more than $700,000 are only a preface for additional state funding cuts planned for next school year.
Among the other issues on the agenda Tuesday: recognition of Romeena Hill, the district's teacher of the year, who will be nominated for State Teacher of the Year; a report on school board member recognition week; and a status report on the high school expansion.
To see a link to the agenda for the board meeting, click here.
Basketball teams advance in playoffs
The Biloxi High School girls basketball team will visit Brandon in the next round of playoffs this evening, and the boy's basketball team will host Meridian at the Biloxi High School Sports Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
News and notes
Winners: The City of Biloxi, during the City Council meeting Tuesday afternoon, will recognize school board members, as well as winners from the 19th annual Mardi Gras Shoe Box Float Contest and the 19th annual Mississippi Coast History Week Art Contest. The City Council meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall, where winning entries are now on display.
Resilience: The Mental Health Association of Mississippi's Center for Community Resilience will hold a free wokshop on Wednesday for parents of children having trouble coping with post-Katrina issues. The session will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the center's Pass Road office. To print a flier, click here.
Spelling bee: The Harrison County Regional Spelling Bee will be held at the Biloxi Junior High auditorium on Thursday at 5 p.m.
Mardi Gras break: Biloxi Public Schools will not be in session Feb. 23-25 in observance of Mardi Gras.