- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - On her first official day on the job, Hattiesburg’s new school superintendent resigned.

The Hattiesburg American reports (https://hatne.ws/29iBDvf ) that the president of the district’s board of trustees says Janice Johnson cited family and personal obligations as her reason for resigning.

Johnson had previously been an assistant superintendent in Biloxi.

Board president Marcus Cathey says the interim superintendent is Robert Williams, a middle school principal who was among 30 other candidates for superintendent.

Cathey announced Johnson’s resignation in an email Friday evening.

Hattiesburg Public School District Jas Smith says Johnson had been in the office earlier in the week, before her official start date Friday.

The previous superintendent resigned in December after telling the board the district was facing a financial crisis. An interim superintendent had served through June 30.


Information from: The Hattiesburg American, https://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

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