Biloxi School Board President Resigns - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

03/02/04

Biloxi School Board President Resigns

Biloxi school board president Rick Stewart surprised a lot of people Monday when he resigned from that post.

Stewart, who has been the board president the last two years, said he is leaving because of personal attacks mounted against himself and other board members. He left the room, moments after he read his prepared statement to the board and media.

Also at that meeting, board attorney Gerald Blessey read a letter he is sending to the Southern Association of College's and Universities. That's the organization that notified the school system it is being investigated for alleged interference in school matters, by some board members.

In the letter, Blessey said outgoing superintendent Dr. Larry Drawdy is guilty of what Blessey called, "serious issues of mismanagement" during his ten years as superintendent. He also claimed Drawdy is behind an attempt to get his job back as superintendent.

Drawdy told WLOX News after the meeting, that the claim by Blessey is false. Drawdy insisted, he has no intention of trying to return as superintendent. He announced several weeks ago, he would retire when his contract expires this summer. The board, late last year, chose not to offer Drawdy a contract extension.

By Jeff Lawson

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