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Tunica County superintendent resigns as state considers takeover

Tunica County school Superintendent Steve Chandler is resigning as Mississippi officials moved to take over the district. Chandler wrote Thursday in a letter to Tunica County Circuit Clerk Sharon Reynolds that he was resigning immediately.

State officials are poised to seek a state of emergency in the district next week, after an investigation found the district is violating 25 of 31 state accrediting standards.

Thursday afternoon the State Department of Education announced a special called meeting for the Commission on School Accreditation. The group will meet in Jackson next Wednesday to determine if an extreme emergency situation exists that jeopardizes the safety, security, and educational interests of students.

If the State Board of Education seeks a state of emergency and Governor Phil Bryant approves, officials would appoint a conservator to take over, and also depose the district's current board.

Chandler, elected four years ago, didn't immediately return an email seeking comment on his resignation.

The district was placed on probation in October. Department of Education officials say they launched the investigation following local complaints. 

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