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.

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