Moss Point reconsiders school superintendent's dismissal

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - Moss Point School Superintendent Kim Staley is fighting to keep his job for the next school year.

At the beginning of the year, the board voted three to two not to extended his contract. Monday, an appeal hearing was held so board members could hear why they should reconsider their decision.

School Board Vice-President Auwilda Polk testified that under Staley's leadership, there has not been proper staff training for many of the teachers. She said that has resulted in poor student achievement in the district.

Polk also said state ratings show several Moss Point schools are at risk of failing.

"This district did not do well," Polk said. "In fact, the district has continued to slide and continued to go on a downward trend for the last three years."

Staley's lawyers said the superintendent has helped increase ACT scores and the graduation rate last school year.

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