State Considers Takeover of Some Schools

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi's superintendent of education, Dr. Hank Bounds, has told lawmakers that four school districts might have to be taken over by the state because of severe budget problems.

Bounds told the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday that the Indianola, Kemper County, Tate County and Noxubee County districts won't have enough money to make payroll. He said the shortfall could happen in the next several weeks.

However, the Noxubee County district says coding errors led the Mississippi Department of Education to determine it was facing a deficit. Officials say that mistake was cleared up during a site visit this week.

Noxubee County says it will have to make cuts because of mandated state reductions, but it has enough money to operate this year and not be in the red.

Earlier this week, Bounds said a state takeover is the only option because the districts have no authority to borrow or raise taxes before the fiscal year ends June 30.

Bounds said the state Department of Education would need lawmakers to provide $5 million in additional funding for the takeover.


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  • by Virginia Location: Dekalb on Feb 22, 2009 at 04:24 PM
    It's sad that it takes the school to run out of money before the state will take over. There have been rumors for two years at Kemper that this was going to happen. I've been complaining for years about the problems in this school to the state superintendent's office but I just kept getting referred to the board and that they had been sent a copy of my complaints, but never heard a word. They can't keep teachers or principals, you would think this would throw up a red flag.
  • by Tiffany Location: Meridian on Feb 20, 2009 at 07:01 PM
    How can this happen if the budget was supposed to be set and approved before the school year begins?
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