Panel OKs end to elected school chiefs

The House Education Committee passed legislation Thursday requiring all school superintendents to be appointed by 2016.

Currently in Mississippi 64 of the 151 school districts have elected superintendents. Efforts have been under way for years by various groups, including the Mississippi Economic Council, to have all of the superintendents appointed by school boards.

The proposal has passed the Senate in previous years, but not the House. Legislation already has passed the Senate Education Committee this year to make all superintendents appointed, but giving school district residents the opportunity to vote to retain an elected superintendent.

Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal