The Mississippi state Board of Education is seeking to take over the Claiborne County and Leflore County school districts, but will grant the Yazoo City system a reprieve. The board voted Friday morning to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare states of emergency in Claiborne and Leflore. Byrant could act as early as Friday.
Under an agreement with Yazoo City, the district would lose accreditation and the state would appoint consultants to oversee improvements. The district would maintain local control, however, and would have until March 2014 to remedy its problems. “I think we have a team in place now to move forward,” said Yazoo City Superintendent Arthur Cartlidge. “I believe we can make it happen.”
State officials said their lawyers would work out the agreement, but that they intended to negotiate only minimally with Yazoo City and would seize control at any time if unsatisfied with the progress.