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State eyes takeover of Greenwood school district

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GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - State officials will consider taking control of the Greenwood school system Tuesday.

Mississippi's Commission on School Accreditation will consider a takeover at its meeting. The state Board of Education could affirm the action at a meeting scheduled Wednesday.

Gov. Phil Bryant must approve an emergency declaration before officials can appoint a conservator, deposing the current superintendent and school board.

Takeovers typically follow state findings of rule violations. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (http://bit.ly/1sv6Nl9) a 46-page accreditation audit with findings described as "serious" was delivered Wednesday to the district.

The 2,900-student district is rated "D'' under the state's grading system.

The state currently controls at least five districts - Aberdeen, Claiborne County, Leflore County, Oktibbeha County and Scott County.

Some lawmakers tried to merge the Greenwood and Leflore County districts this year.

Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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