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JPS Superintendent talks about school board's decision to not renew contract

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 JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Jackson Public Schools Superintendent spoke out for the first time Thursday about the school board's decision to not renew his contract.

The announcement came at the JPS School Board meeting Wednesday.  Dr. Lonnie Edwards was hired in August 2008.  State Department of Education data shows 34 of the 55 Jackson schools are considered at risk of failing or are on academic watch.  Edwards' contract expires June 30th.

"I respect their decision and I work at trying to do whatever I can to complete the expectations and reach expectations of the board," said Dr. Edwards.

"The board's feeling is academically we need to go to a higher level.  We believe an individual with a different skill set will be able to help achieve that," said school board member Dr. George Schimmel who voted against renewing Dr. Edwards contract.

"Just because they have the authority you're not supposed to be immature enough to utilize it. You're not supposed to fire the Superintendent you hired and not even have enough time to even grade him, " said Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes.

Dr. Edwards has ten days to appeal the school board's decision.  Thursday he would not tell WLBT if he plans to appeal.

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