Appointed school superintendent bill advances in Mississippi Senate

Orange County Register

A bill that would require the appointment of school superintendents made it out of a Senate committee Wednesday, the Lieutenant Governor's Office said.

“The current model of electing superintendents strictly limits the ability of local communities to find the best candidate for the job,” Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said in a press release. “Districts should be able to choose highly qualified candidates to lead their schools without the limits of an individual's geography and desire to run for office.”

Mississippi is one of the few states that continues to elect superintendents, according to Reeves. There are 55 elected superintendents in the state, including superintendents of the three county districts on the Coast. The bill does not prohibit local boards from appointing their current leaders.

The change would take effect Jan. 1, 2019.

The Senate has passed the bill several times in recent years but it died in the House each time. the release said.

“I believe this is the year Mississippi finally takes that crucial step in improving district management,” Lt. Gov. Reeves said.