Q: When the Mississippi Board of Education exercises its discretionary authority to abolish a school district pursuant to Section 37-17-13, are the local district's board and superintendent also abolished and does the State Board assume control of the local district and exercise those powers formerly held by the previously existing school board and superintendent of schools?

A: Once the Governor declares a state of emergency pursuant to Section 37-17-6(11)(b) and the State Board of Education exercises its discretionary authority to abolish said district pursuant to Section 37-17-13, the district's board and the superintendent no longer exist. The State Board then assumes all powers which were held by the previously existing school board, and the previously existing superintendent of schools or county superintendent of education. (Attorney General's Opinion to Bounds dated January 16, 2009)