State Taking over Schools in Yazoo & Humphreys

YAZOO CITY, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Humphreys County and Yazoo City school districts will be folded into a new statewide district aimed at improving academic performance. Last week Mississippi’s state Board of Education also hired Jermall Wright, currently chief academic and accountability officer for Birmingham, Alabama, schools to be the achievement district’s first superintendent. The board declined to take over three other districts that had been listed as options, including the Clarksdale Municipal School District. Yazoo City was second-worst and Humphreys County was fourth-worst among public school districts on the state’s accreditation system last year. The two districts local school boards will be dissolved and current superintendents will lose their jobs by June 1st. They will remain under state control until the state Board of Education decides to return them to a local board and superintendent but must stay under achievement district supervision at least until the district scores a C rating or better for five years.



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