The Biloxi Public School system has a new superintendent. Thursday night, the school board chose Dr. Paul Tisdale for the job. Tisdale has a one year contract that takes effect July first.
While in executive session, the board first offered the job to Dr. Robert Bowles, the current assistant superintendent. He declined because of health problems.
Tisdale is a Biloxi native who was educated in Biloxi public schools, and has worked for the school system for more than 20 years.
The 51 year old will replace Dr. Larry Drawdy. Several weeks ago Drawdy announced plans to retire from the job when his contract expires at the end of June.
Tisdale steps into a job with a school system involved in a lot of controversy right now, but says he is up for the challenge.
"I want to do what is best for the community and the school children. I think what you do is resolve this issue, and you move on, and as each day unfolds you get a little closer to resolving that issue," Tisdale said.
Dr. Tisdale's current job title is administrative assistant.