Mayor Yarber issues statement on Dr. Cedrick Gray's intent to re - - Jackson, MS

Mayor Yarber issues statement on Dr. Cedrick Gray's intent to resign as JPS Superintendent

Dr. Cedrick Gray (Source: Twitter) Dr. Cedrick Gray (Source: Twitter)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Friday, during a meeting with the board of trustees, Dr. Cedrick Gray verbally submitted his intent to resign as Jackson Public School District Superintendent.

Our reporter, Melissa Faith Payne, says the board accepted his intent to resign.

Tuesday the board will reconvene to discuss Gray's compensation and his final day on the job.

The search for an interim superintendent will begin at that point.

We're told his final day of work is undetermined.

Mayor Yarber issued a statement in regards to Dr. Gray's intent to resign. In the statement he says, "I salute Dr. Cedrick Gray and his family for their commitment to Jackson Public Schools. I bid him Godspeed in endeavors to come. The City of Jackson and its schools will thrive. It's who we are and who we've always been."

On October 18, during a Jackson Public School District meeting, some disgruntled citizens called for the resignation of Dr. Gray and all seven board members.

School ratings for each district for the 2015-2016 school year were released in October by the Mississippi Department of Education and JPS was one of 19 failing school districts in Mississippi.

According to the JPS website, Dr. Gray was appointed as superintendent in 2012 by the Jackson Public Schools Board of Trustees. 

Prior to his role as JPS Superintendent Dr. Gray was the superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools in Fayette County, Tennessee. Gray also served in the role of principal at Craigmont Middle School and Lester Pre-K-8 School, both in Memphis, Tennessee. 

We will continue to follow this developing story.

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