County schools superintendent may become appointed position



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CLARKSDALE, Miss. (AP) — The Coahoma County School Board is asking the Legislature to allow the school system to switch to an appointed superintendent.

In January, superintendent Pauline Rhodes announced her retirement when her term ends in December. Board members thought it was a good time to change.

The question is whether lawmakers will act in time for the county to avoid the election scheduled this year. Party primaries are in August and the general election is in November.

Candidate qualifying ends Feb. 27.

Officials told The Clarksdale Press Register (http://bit.ly/1Bo1bIZ ) that if the law is changed after the qualifying deadline but before the elections, that would mean candidates who were going to run would need to apply for the job, instead. However, the candidates would lose the money and time put into campaigning.

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Information from: The Clarksdale Press Register.

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