Michelle Lowe

About Michelle Lowe

Delivering the news in North MS and West AL. has been just one more "Day in the Life" since 2007. Anchor of WCBI News at 9 on MYMS, co-anchor WCBI News at 10. Email me with story ideas!

Video: MS. House Rejects Plan for Appointed Superintendents

[bitsontherun YF1YDoEo]JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – House members want Mississippians to keep their elected school superintendents.

The House shot down Senate Bill 2199 by a 65-52 vote Monday. Proponents said it would have led to more appointed superintendents around the state.

Proponents say that, especially in small districts, the pool of people qualified to be superintendent is undesirably small. Of the state’s 151 districts, 62 elect superintendents.

Opponents, though, argued passionately that ending elections was a restriction that chips away at Mississippians’ rights. Rep. Forrest Hamilton, an Olive Branch Republican, likened the restriction to a poll tax.

Rep. Joe Warren, a Mount Olive Democrat, successfully amended it to require a referendum on keeping elected superintendents in each district. Before his amendment, voters would have had to petition for a vote.

Still, it failed.