Mississippi charter school agency hires new leader

February 1, 2019

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The agency that oversees Mississippi’s charter schools is hiring a new executive director.

Charter School Authorizer Board Chairman Quentin Ransburg announced Thursday that the board is hiring Lisa Karmacharya.

Ransburg says the board voted Jan. 22 to offer the job to Karmacharya. She will be paid $113,000 annually.

Scheduled to start in the new role on Feb. 18, Karmacharya is currently the executive director of the Mississippi Association of School Administrators. Before that, she was superintendent in Brookhaven and served as a teacher, administrator and principal.

The Charter School Authorizer Board decides which charter schools may open in Mississippi, monitors the schools’ academic performance and closes poorly performing schools.

Mississippi now has four charter schools in Jackson and one in Clarksdale. Three more have been approved to open in Jackson.