2006 Regular Session
To: Fees, Salaries and Administration
By: Senator(s) Ross
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 37-3-9 AND 37-3-13, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO FIX THE SALARY OF THE STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION AND TO SET A CEILING ON THE SALARIES OF THE DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENTS, ASSOCIATE SUPERINTENDENTS AND DIVISIONAL DIRECTORS OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 37-3-9, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
37-3-9. (1) From and after July 1, 1984, there shall be a State Superintendent of Public Education who shall be appointed by the State Board of Education, with the advice and consent of the Senate, and serve at the board's will and pleasure. He shall be the chief administrative officer for the State Department of Education and shall administer the department in accordance with the policies established by the State Board of Education. He shall receive an annual salary of One Hundred Forty Thousand Dollars ($140,000.00). The State Superintendent of Public Education shall have at least a master's degree in any field and a minimum of five (5) years' experience in administration in the educational field.
(2) The State Superintendent shall give bond in the penalty of Seventy-five Thousand Dollars ($75,000.00), with sureties to be approved by the Governor, conditioned according to law. Said bond when approved shall be filed and recorded in the Office of the Secretary of State.
SECTION 2. Section 37-3-13, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
37-3-13. (1) Until July 1, 1984, the Assistant State Superintendent of Public Education, the directors, supervisors, clerical assistants, and employees shall be selected by, and hold office subject to the will of, the State Superintendent, except as provided in Section 37-3-17. The Assistant State Superintendent may be authorized to act in the absence or disability of the State Superintendent and shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to him by the State Superintendent. The State Superintendent shall have the power to assign to any division such clerical help as he may deem necessary and to discharge such clerical help among the divisions at any time necessity requires, except as provided in Section 37-3-17.
(2) From and after July 1, 1984, the deputy superintendents, associate superintendents and directors shall be selected by and hold office subject to the will of the State Superintendent of Public Education subject to the approval of the State Board of Education. All other personnel shall be competitively appointed by the State Superintendent and shall be dismissed only for cause in accordance with the rules and regulations of the State Personnel Board. The State Board of Education shall set the salary of the deputy superintendents, associate superintendents and divisional directors, and the members of the teaching staffs and employees of the Mississippi School of the Arts; provided, however, that no deputy superintendent, associate superintendent or divisional director shall receive an annual salary in excess of seventy-five percent (75%) of that received by the State Superintendent of Education. The State Superintendent, subject to the approval of the State Personnel Board, shall fix the amount of compensation of all other employees of the State Department of Education. All salaries, compensation or expenses of any of the personnel of the department shall be paid upon the requisition of the State Superintendent of Public Education and warrant issued thereunder by the State Auditor out of funds appropriated by the Legislature in a lump sum upon the basis of budgetary requirements submitted by the Superintendent of Education or out of funds otherwise made available. The entire expense of administering the department shall never exceed the amount appropriated therefor, plus funds received from other sources other than state appropriations. For a violation of this provision, the superintendent shall be liable, and he and the sureties on his bond shall be required to restore any such excess.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.