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School Board Chooses Superintendent Search Firm

By 7 Eyewitness News Staff
By news@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- The Jackson-Madison County School Board met Thursday night to discuss who they will allow to lead the search for the district's next superintendent.

On the table, whether to let BWP, the same firm who led the unsuccessful search for Dr. Nancy Zambito's replacement head up the nationwide search for Buddy White's replacement.

The first vote of the night was 4 to 4, with board member Bob Alvey abstaining due to his leadership position with the Tennessee School Board Association.

After more discussion, BWP was approved in a second vote of 6 to 2 to 1, with Maria Mitchell and George Neeley voting no.

"There may be quality candidates out there who are not actively searching for a job or looking for a job, but BWP could approach them and ask them, would they be interested in looking at Jackson-Madison County and considering our superintendent," said David Clifft, chariman of the Jackson-Madison County School Board. "So, that's why we want someone to seek out qualified candidates as well as accept applications from those who are already interested."

Clifft said he hope candidate interviews can begin in January, with a new superintendent in place by April. Current superintendent Buddy White announced that he was retiring after this school year.