UPDATE: Steps taken to abolish Okolona school district

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — The state Board of Education on Friday named former Tupelo school superintendent Mike Vinson on Friday as the conservator of the struggling Okolona School District.

The board also formally voted to dissolve the school district and ask Gov. Haley Barbour to declare an emergency so the state can take it over.

State Superintendent of Education Tom Burnham has said the 650-student school district will run out of money before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. He says the district has a pattern of poor student performance.

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