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Board votes to close three schools

BILOXI — The Biloxi School Board has voted 4-1 to close three schools next year.

The district will close Michel Sixth Grade School and Beauvoir and Nichols Elementary schools because of declining enrollment and shrinking state and local funding.

Students at Michel will go to Biloxi Junior High. 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. He told The Sun Herald that he would like members to take more time to decide how to deal with the budget crunch.

The district’s enrollment has declined steadily since Hurricane Katrina hit in Aug. 2005. That year, enrollment was 6,305.

This year there are 4,864 students.

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