All local school superintendents — no matter their current salary — will be appointed starting in 2019.
Fifty-five out of 144 public school districts in Mississippi have superintendents who are elected. Most districts — 89 of them — have superintendents who are appointed or will appoint superintendents before the new deadline.
Lawmakers this past legislative session also considered imposing a three-year halt on salary increases for superintendents starting this summer and prescribing a method for determining raises. That legislation was later amended to require a state Department of Education annual report on making superintendents’ salaries performance-based.