Search continues for head of Achievement School District

The search for a superintendent to lead the newly created state Achievement School District continues, state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright told Board of Education members Thursday. After interviewing several candidates, the state education department will re-post the job in hopes of generating more interest. In October 2017, the Achievement School District Task Force recommended Noxubee County and Humphreys County school districts as candidates, but the education board decided at its December meeting to delay the decision until a superintendent was in place. The board delayed that decision again on Thursday. Scheduled to begin operations in the 2018-19 school year, the district would help transform persistently failing schools, according to a state law establishing the district.

Former Rep. Bennett Malone dies

Former State Rep. Bennett Malone passed away Sunday morning, a spokeswoman for Speaker Philip Gunn confirmed. Malone, a Democrat from Carthage, resigned from the Legislature in 2015 after serving 36 years. He represented District 45, which includes Leake, Neshoba, Rankin and Scott counties. He served as chairman of the House Corrections Committee during the final years of his legislative career. Speaker Gunn was not immediately available for comment Sunday morning.