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Scott County Schools takeover pending

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SCOTT COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The future of the Scott County School District is in the hands of Governor Phil Bryant. Thursday the State Board of Education asked the Governor to approve their plan to take over the district. 

The problems in Scott county aren't in the classroom. Currently the district is high achieving, and gets a "B" grade from the state.

A recent audit of the Scott County School District revealed 27 violations of the 31 accreditation standards.

Superintendent Bingham Moncrief, who is accused of running the district through intimidation, claims he's being targeted as part of a vendetta.

The audit found multiple violations, from a lack of school resource officers, to unsafe transportation conditions, putting the health and safety of students at risk.

"Most of the allegations they accused us of are not true," said Superintendent Moncrief. "You can't come over here in 10 minutes (and) dispute all the allegations that they made against us."

Parents of students in Scott county say the board and superintendent have been clashing for months, and even had a chance to fix problems found in the audit, but didn't.

"You had some of the board wants to do this, but the Superintendent would not work with them," said Annie Evans, who has been attending school board meetings. 

"I wish it could have turned out different but with all the findings from the state, I don't see how it could have been different," said parent Vicki Edwards. 

The district currently has a B rating. A takeover would mean no playoffs for the high school teams, which some say punishes the students.

"Our students and our teachers work so hard and are doing such a good job and now their sports are going to be effected," said Edwards. "No post season play for any of the sports. We had a basketball. a baseball. a softball, power lifting, and I hate they're being hurt because of things out of their power."

A takeover in Scott county would also mean the superintendent and the school board members would all be removed. A conservator would then come in and take over, to make sure all the problems found in the audit, are corrected.

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