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District won’t say why it’s parting ways with superintendent

February 2, 2019

ROSEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Delta school district is parting ways with a superintendent.

The Bolivar Commercial reports the West Bolivar school district has placed Superintendent Beverly Culley on paid leave after declining to renew her contract for next year.

Board President Evereth Stanton isn’t saying why the board won’t keep Culley. The superintendent couldn’t be reached for comment.

Culley signed a two-year contract when hired in 2017, after board members fired a previous superintendent.

Later in 2017, the state auditor accused Culley of overpaying herself by $52,000 in 2014 when she led the Benoit school district. The auditor demanded nearly $70,000, including interest and investigation costs. Benoit, Shaw and West Bolivar were merged in 2014 by legislators.

State auditor’s spokesman Logan Reeves couldn’t immediately give the status of claims against Culley Friday.

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Information from: Bolivar Commercial, http://www.bolivarcom.com

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