Jackson school board fires superintendent

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Jackson School Board says it will not renew the contract of superintendent Lonnie Edwards.

The announcement came Wednesday at a school board meeting.

Edwards has 10 days to appeal the decision.

Edwards’ contract expires June 30.

Board attorney Dorian Turner says Edwards can ask for a hearing, which would be held in five to 30 days.

Edwards was hired in August 2008 to lead the district of about 30,000 students.

State Department of Education data shows of 55 Jackson schools, 34 are considered at risk of failing or are on academic watch, the middle and second-to-last tiers of the state’s rating system.