Officials cut teacher contract year in H'burg

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - Hattiesburg school officials are hoping to get teacher contracts for next year out this week before the end of the school year.

To avoid layoffs, the Hattiesburg Board of Trustees decided in a specially called meeting Monday to cut the teacher contract year by one day from 188 days to 187. That means the start of the school year in August will be pushed back by one day.

In executive session, school officials also discussed their search for a new Superintendent. Current Superintendent, Annie Wimbish is scheduled to leave office June 30th.

Officials want a new Superintendent named by September first. Marcus Cathey is the President of the Hattiesburg Board of Trustees.

Cathey said, "We dealt with criteria issues today on the type of person we are looking for. And we also decided that the person will take office per se on or before January first."

School officials will name an interim Superintendent to start July first until the district's new position takes office.

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