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Search for new Jackson County Schools Superintendent gets timeline

During last week’s Jackson County Board of Education meeting, district leaders approved a timeline for the Superintendent search. The search for a new Superintendent began over the summer when Kim Elliott announced that after two years of serving as the head of Jackson County Schools, she would be retiring effective September 1.

Dr. Tony Tipton, Interim Superintendent, laid out a timeline for the board to follow moving forward. By November 9, the board will draft a job description, application, and advertisement with assistance from Central Office staff and attorneys. The goal would be to have the position posted by November 16, with the board attorney posting announcements in three national publications and utilizing free association postings.

The application deadline is scheduled for January 11, 2021. The Jackson County Board of Education will then begin reviewing applications and identifying semi-finalists during the January Board meeting. The board will be given the media and newspaper search results to the Board for every candidate that applied for the position.

By February 2021, the Board of Education will meet and select three to four finalists for interviews out of the applicant pool. As the board decides which candidates will be selected for interviews, they will be provided with a comprehensive reference check.

Final interviews and the selection process is scheduled to take place at the end of February/ beginning of March 2021.

The Board of Education will move to contract negotiations and designation of the official start day by April 2021, with the new Superintendent begin scheduled to take office no later than July 1, 2021.


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