State Set for Takeover of Scott County Schools

Jackson, Miss.

Mississippi officials will consider taking control of the Scott County school system Thursday.

The Commission on School Accreditation will consider a takeover at its meeting, and the state Board of Education has scheduled a special meeting to affirm the action.

Gov. Phil Bryant must approve an emergency declaration before officials can appoint a conservator, deposing the current superintendent and school board.

Takeovers typically follow state findings of violations, and an audit released in November found the system was violating 20 of 27 state standards.

The 4,200-student district is rated "B" under the state's grading system, but has seen conflict between the school board and elected superintendent

The state currently controls nine districts -- Aberdeen, Claiborne County, Hazlehurst, Sunflower-Drew, Indianola, Leflore County, Oktibbeha County, North Panola, and Tate County.