JPS superintendent firing prompts City Hall activity

Attempts at City Hall to save Jackson Public Schools Superintendent Lonnie Edwards Sr.’s job went into overdrive Thursday, less than 24 hours after the school board said it is not extending his contract.

Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes called a special meeting today of the council’s rules committee to request a state attorney general’s opinion on whether the council can dismiss school board members before their terms are completed.

Stokes said he believes by voting to dismiss Edwards when his contract expires in June, the board is “not acting in the city’s best interest.”

“We’re the ones who put people on these boards,” Stokes said. “I don’t find anything that prevents us from removing them.”

Clarion Ledger
1/28/10