GREENWOOD, Miss. — A state-appointed leader of Mississippi’s worst-rated school district has resigned.

Interim Leflore County Superintendent Ilean Richards quit effective Friday, The Greenwood Commonwealth reports, after two years leading the 2,400-student district.

James Johnson-Waldington takes the reins in Leflore County starting Monday.

He’ll be the third leader since the state took over Leflore in October 2013. The district is supposed to merge with Greenwood in 2019.

Leflore had improved its academic rating to D, but fell back this year to F, ranked lowest of Mississippi’s 143 school districts.

Waldington-Johnson was superintendent in Hollandale before becoming a consultant. He then led the West Bolivar district, but the school board fired him in April. Waldington-Johnson was then hired in tiny Montgomery County, scheduled to merge with Winona in July.

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