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House passes amendment to appointed superintendent’s legislation

In review, lawmakers had found a discrepancy in the bill.

“We found a technical flaw,” said Rep. John Moore. “Counties with elected superintendents.. it could cost them a lot of money for special elections.”

The legislation goes into effect in 2019, when the current terms for school superintendents come to a close. However, if a school district superintendent were to resign, a special election would have been called, as the legislation did not address such an event.

The amendment changed that.

“In the event that the superintendent leaves office,” said Rep. Moore. “It would allow the school board to appoint that superintendent as if the law were already in effect.”

Governor Phil Bryant the appointed superintendent’s legislation into law in April of 2016.

Very few states still practice the process of electing a school superintendent. Ninety-percent of the nation’s elected superintendents currently serve in Mississippi.

Those currently serving in elected positions will still live out their four year terms.

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