School Board Discusses Second Superintendent Search

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On Thursday night, the Jackson-Madison County School Board voted on whether to move forward with a second search for a new superintendent. The school board was split on the decision in a 3-to-5 vote, much like they were last summer when they couldn’t choose between the six superintendent candidates. Members decided to put the search on hold. “I think it would be counter productive to do at this time,” Chairman David Clifft said. “There’s not enough support of the Board to go forward with it, even if there’s enough support to start a search.” The board voted to not move forward with the search now, and likely not anytime soon. Clifft said he hopes they will wait another year. Only three Board members – Bob Alvey, Carol Carter-Estes and Dr. Joe Mays – wanted to start the search. “If this is a good time, we should go ahead and do it,” Carter-Estes said. They did not decide when they would start another search, but Clifft said the firm that helps with the search recommends they do one in the fall, in either October or November. For now, the firm is on standby. “The firm is ready whenever the Board is,” Clifft said. The board also decided not to talk about raising the superintendent’s salary. That position is currently being filled by Buddy White. Members said the salary issue will likely go on the next meeting’s agenda.

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