State moves to take over Oktibbeha schools

By Bobby Harrison/Daily Journal

JACKSON – The state Board of Education voted Thursday afternoon to declare that an “extreme emergency situation”exists in the Oktibbeha County School District and asked Gov. Phil Bryant to declare a state of emergency.
This emergency declaration, which could come as early as Friday from the governor, would allow the Board of Education to appoint a conservator to run the district. The conservator would be able to hire and fire personnel, including removing the administration of the district if deemed appropriate.
The state board acted on the advice of the Commission of School Accreditation that found “serious violations of accreditation standards” by the district and “a continuing pattern of poor student performance.”
Oktibbeha County school officials said they are on the right path and requested more time from state officials. Both the Commission on School Accreditation and the state Board of Education voted without dissent to move forward with the takeover.