The Mississippi State Board of Education has determined an extreme emergency situation exists in the Noxubee County School District. The Board is now asking Governor Phil Bryant to declare a state of emergency for the school district.
The Board of Education is acting on the recommendation of the Mississippi Commission on School Accreditation. According to a report from the Commission, the Noxubee County School District has significant issues that jeopardize the safety, security and educational interests of the children enrolled in its schools. The district is in violation of 26 or the 32 accreditation standards for Mississippi public schools.
Rosemary Aultman, chair of the State Board of Education said in a meeting Thursday, “state law requires the Board to intervene in a school district when there is a crisis that jeopardizes the safety, security and educational interests of the students in the district. Every student in the Noxubee County School District has the right to a quality education that will equip them for the future.”
Under the State of Emergency the district’s accreditation could be withdrawn, the SBE would appoint an interim superintendent, the local school board would be temporarily disbanded, the SBE would become the governing body until the district is returned to local board leadership, and an interim superintendent would remain until the district has sustained a grade of C or higher for five years.
If Governor Bryant agrees, officials from the Mississippi Department of Education will meet with the administration, faculty and staff after the declaration. That will be followed by meetings with parents and community leaders.