Mississippi: 18 school districts on probation for violations

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -
UPDATE:

Wayne County school officials wanted to address the situation and sent us this quote late Wednesday:

"Wayne County School District was in violation of Standard 30 due to a malfunctioning fire alarm system at Wayne County High School. This issue has been addressed, parts ordered and will be corrected on October 30, 2017. The company who originally installed this system is no longer in business therefore we had to locate another company out of state that would come inspect the system. "

ORIGINAL STORY:

A total of 18 Mississippi public school districts have been put on probation for breaking state rules.

Kemper County and Wayne County are included on the list, along with Jackson Public Schools, which remains at risk of a state takeover.

The state School Accreditation Commission Tuesday approved the probation list.

According to Wayne County Schools, the district was in violation of Standard 30 due to a malfunctioning fire alarm system at Wayne County High School. The district says it has now been addressed, parts ordered and the problem will be corrected by Oct. 30.

Wayne County Superintendent Bobby Jones says compared to problems in some other districts, he doesn't consider it a big deal.

Of the districts, 13 were cited for teachers or professional staff who lack the correct state licenses, meaning they are either unlicensed or are working outside the fields for which they are licensed.

The commission didn't strip accreditation from any district.

The state Board of Education has asked Gov. Phil Bryant to declare an emergency in the 27,000-student Jackson district, allowing a state takeover. Bryant said he wanted to wait until the district's letter grade is officially released, a move scheduled to come Thursday.

Here's a list of all the school districts on probation:

-- Calhoun County

-- Coahoma Agricultural High School

-- Coahoma County

-- Durant

-- Hazlehurst

-- Humphreys County

-- Jackson

-- Jefferson County

-- Kemper County

-- Leake County

-- Leland

-- McComb

-- Natchez-Adams

-- North Bolivar

-- Wayne County

-- West Bolivar

-- Yazoo City

-- Yazoo County