Hattiesburg Public School superintendent resigning from job



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HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The Hattiesburg Public School superintendent is resigning after nearly five years with the district.

Superintendent James Bacchus announced his resignation in a letter to School Board President Marcus Cathey, multiple media outlets reported.

Bacchus, who attributed his leaving to an unanticipated deficit in the 2015-16 budget, says his last day is Dec. 18.

"Over the past four months, we have struggled to define the district's current financial status related to the approved budget for the 2015-16 school year," Bacchus wrote.

Bacchus said procedures weren't carried out that would have normally allowed him to address the financial issues.

"As a result, my ability to lead the district as superintendent has been compromised," he wrote.

In his letter, Bacchus didn't identify what the financial information might be or what procedures were lacking.

"We hate to see him go," Hattiesburg High Principal Jermaine Brown said. "He's made a decision he thinks is best for the district and moving forward. We all just have to respect that and live with it."

Bacchus was hired in February 2011 after being the chief of student support for Memphis City Schools.

During his tenure, Bacchus dealt with district finances that were affected by less than full funding from the state and by several unfunded mandates.

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