Biloxi Council president questions plans for Gorenflo

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The president of Biloxi's NAACP chapter wants the city council's support to keep Gorenflo Elementary open.

James Crowell told Biloxi city council members on Tuesday that the proposal from Biloxi Schools Superintendent Paul Tisdale to use Gorenflo as an alternative school is ridiculous. Council President Bill Stallworth agreed.

"I think we really need to look at it. If we are going to close them, have some logic behind closing them. And right now, we are not sure what the school board's logic is," Stallworth said.

Councilman Stallworth said the city council plans to meet with Superintendent Tisdale and the school board president to better understand why Gorenflo may no longer be used as an elementary school.

Last week, Dr. Tisdale told WLOX News that enrollment at Gorenflo has stayed the same since Hurricane Katrina, while enrollment at two nearby schools, Nichols and Lopez, has gone up.