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OCSD regains accreditation

July 29, 2014

Tanaesha Moody discusses rules with her biology class at the start of the 2013-14 school year at East Oktibbeha County High School. The Oktibbeha County School District recently regained the accreditation it lost in September 2012. (File photo)

Mississippi Department of Education and Oktibbeha County School District officials confirmed Monday that OCSD has regained the accreditation it lost in September 2012, but the conservatorship established in the wake of that loss will remain in effect until OCSD consolidates with Starkville School District in July 2015.

In 2012, Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency for OCSD, abolished its accreditation, removed the OCSD board and superintendent and replaced them with a state conservatorship at the request of the Mississippi Board of Education (MBE). The district’s first conservator, former Jackson School District Superintendent Jayne Sargent, was succeeded by former Greenwood Public School District Superintendent Margie Pulley at the beginning of the spring 2013 semester.

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