On Wednesday, Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann told Poplarville Rotarians that under his tutelage as secretary of state, sixteenth section school land income to local schools has increased significantly.
He was speaking to the Rotarians at a noon luncheon on the Pearl River Community College campus. The Secretary of State’s office, under current state statutes, is responsible for helping manage sixteenth section school lands.
He said that there are some in the State Legislature who want to go back to the old way of managing the school lands, where they came under exclusive control of local school boards, and the Secretary of State had no say-so in management of lease agreements. He said he will “fight” for the right to continue to oversee lease agreements and signing off on leasing the school lands.