For Immediate Release: December 16, 2019
(JACKSON, MS) – The Commission on School Accreditation (CSA) determined today that an extreme emergency situation does not exist that jeopardizes the safety, security and educational interests of the children enrolled in the Wayne County School District (WCSD).
The WCSD is in violation of 22 of the 32 accreditation standards that all Mississippi public school districts are required to meet. The violations are documented in the On-Site Investigative Audit of WCSD, which the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) conducted August 29, 2019 through December 10, 2019.
The Office of the State Auditor issued a letter to the MDE on November 22 declaring a “serious financial condition exists in the Wayne County School District.” State law requires the state superintendent of education to direct the school district to immediately cease all expenditures until a financial advisor is appointed by the state superintendent.
Patrice Guilfoyle, APR
Director of Communications
Jean Cook, APR
Director of Public Relations