Biloxi schools cut 39 teachers

BILOXI - Thirty-nine teachers in the Biloxi School District found out late Tuesday their contracts would not be renewed for the next school year.

Superintendent Paul Tisdale told the first- and second-year teachers the district cannot afford to rehire them because of state budget cuts and decreased enrollment since Hurricane Katrina.

District spokesman Vincent Creel said Wednesday there are 17 teachers who may be resigning or retiring, so some of the 39 could be rehired.

"The district felt it was their obligation to tell them they aren't in a position to rehire them and to give them enough time to find other jobs," Creel said.

The Sun Herald updates this story in Thursday's editions.