- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A new Mississippi law says local school boards can appoint replacements for elected superintendents who resign in the next three years.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 32 (https://bit.ly/2jHzHOe ) on Tuesday, and it became law immediately.

It was prompted by the Dec. 31 resignation of the Webster County superintendent, who had three years left in his term. Without a change in state law, the county would have paid about $50,000 for a special election to fill the job.

Mississippi has some elected and some appointed school superintendents. A law enacted in 2016 makes this the final term for the 55 elected ones. Beginning in 2020, all superintendents will be appointed by local school boards.

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