Bryant Clears Way for Scott County School Takeover

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Jackson, Miss. Mississippi officials are taking over the Scott County school district after all.

Gov. Phil Bryant issued a proclamation Tuesday declaring an emergency in the 4,200-student district, clearing the way for the state Board of Education to appoint Mike Vinson as conservator.

Bryant had earlier rejected a request for the state to take over the district. But the state Board of Education Friday changed its policy to allow the state to seize control of a district without automatically limiting high school sports and extracurricular activities.

School board members and Superintendent Bingham Moncrief agreed to resign to avert a takeover.

But Tuesday's action means that the district will no longer have an elected superintendent after it emerges from state control. It also means school board members could never again seek those offices.