End of state control OK'd for Okolona school district

By Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal

JACKSON — The state Board of Education today voted to return the Okolona Public School District to local control.
The state took over the district in February 2010 because of academic and financial issues. The board determined that sufficient progress had been made to begin the process of ending state management of the district.
Deputy State Superintendent Larry Drawdy said the Department of Education’s intent is to have a local board in place by the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.
The new local board would hire a superintendent and state-appointed conservator Mike Vinson would step aside.

Read more in Saturday’s Daily Journal.