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Edwards non-renewal hearing underway

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Just before lunch the hearing went into executive session. They returned in the afternoon, with their second witness, Board Member Dr. George Schimmel taking the stand.

During testimony Schimmel said Dr. Edwards non-renewal was less about him, but more about the future of the 30 thousand students in the district.

Schimmel says the school district was taking steps backwards, and was obligated to conduct a nation wide search to find another leader.

In January the board decided not to extend Dr. Lonnie Edwards' contract, which ends this summer. Attorneys for the school district said Dr. Edwards failed to improve student performance, and lacked the leadership to do so.

Dr. Edwards is being represented by Attorney Dale Danks. He has prepared a 14 page rebuttal to the boards decision, citing specific ways Dr. Edwards worked to meet the boards goals in attempts to bring student performance up to state averages.

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