In the coming weeks, state lawmakers will discuss the pros and cons of appointed versus elected superintendents.
Senator Gray Tollison has drafted a bill that would make them all appointed.
Right now, the State of Mississippi has more elected superintendents than any other state. The election process puts the choice in the voters' hands. But some say school districts aren't getting a large enough talent pool because elected superintendents have to live in the district. Also, elected superintendents aren't accountable to the school board, and they get to keep their jobs for four years even if they don't work out.
We asked Governor Phil Bryant if he supports the bill to appoint all superintendents.
"I do. It's something I've been supportive of since the 1990's. I think if you have elected school board members and appointed superintendents, it's very consistent. Now, that doesn't mean that we don't have some really good elected superintendents. We'll have to work through that system. But I think the concept is sound."
In the Central Mississippi area, the superintendents of Rankin and Madison Counties are elected. The Jackson Schools superintendent is appointed. @
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