JACKSON, Miss. –Scott County School District’s School Board and Superintendent have turned in their resignations. Those will be effective Feb. 28. Gov. Phil Bryant says at this time he will not authorize the State Board of Education’s request to take over the school district, but he may change his mind if those resigning attempt to fire or retaliate against school personnel, waste school funds, or take any other inappropriate action before their resignation day.
“This course of action protects the interests of students in this B-rated district who, under a declaration of emergency, would have been affected by loss of school accreditation and curtailment of extracurricular activities,” Gov. Bryant said. “However, let me be perfectly clear: if the superintendent or the board take any improper or retaliatory action before the effective date of their resignations, the only option will be immediate takeover of the district.”
The district was audited back in November and again in January. They were found in violation of 27 out of 31 accreditation standards.