State considers takeover of Tunica County school district

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – State officials will consider taking control of the Tunica county school district next week.

The Accrediting Commission meets Wednesday, with an emergency meeting of the Board of Education set to follow Wednesday afternoon.

If the board seeks a state of emergency and Gov. Phil Bryant approves, officials would appoint a conservator, deposing current Superintendent Steve Chandler and the district’s school board.

The district’s accreditation was placed on probation in October, and Department of Education officials say an investigative audit was conducted in February and March. Takeovers typically follow state findings that schools are violating standards.

Chandler didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment Thursday.

The 2,200-student district was under state conservatorship from 1997 to 2002.

The Aberdeen, Claiborne County and Leflore County school districts are currently under state control.

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