JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A former member of the Canton School Board who says he was forced from the position has won a ruling with the State Supreme Court.
Walter Jones appealed an order from Madison County Circuit Court affirming his removal as a trustee of the Canton Public School District by the Board of Aldermen.
Jones argued the board lacked the authority to remove him as a public official. The Mississippi Supreme Court in Thursday’s ruling agrees, saying the Board’s actions were prohibited by the Mississippi Constitution.
Jones was serving a five year term beginning in February, 2016. He was removed in 2018. Justices also say in the ruling the Board’s action violated Jones’ right to due process.