Bill: Elect school boards as local control returns

January 29, 2013 10:08:09 AM



JACKSON -- Residents of some Mississippi school districts exiting state control could get to elect new school board members. 


House Bill 975 would allow some county districts to hold elections when the state Department of Education declares that a district under conservatorship is ready to return to local control. 


The House Education Committee approved the bill Monday. It moves to the full House for debate. 


The state Department of Education's Pete Smith says the state is preparing to hand back reins of the Tate County and North Panola districts. If enacted, the law would apply there. 


The state controls the Aberdeen, Hazlehurst, Indianola, Sunflower-Drew, Okolona, Tate County, North Panola and Oktibbeha County districts.