Search continues for head of Achievement School District

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Kayleigh Skinner, Mississippi Today

State Superintendent Carey Wright (left) and Michael Cormack, chief executive officer at the Barksdale Reading Institute, at an achievement School District task force meeting last fall.

The search for a superintendent to lead the newly created state Achievement School District continues, state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright told Board of Education members Thursday.

After interviewing several candidates, the state education department will re-post the job in hopes of generating more interest.

In October 2017, the Achievement School District Task Force recommended Noxubee County and Humphreys County school districts as candidates, but the education board decided at its December meeting to delay the decision until a superintendent was in place.

The board delayed that decision again on Thursday.

Scheduled to begin operations in the 2018-19 school year, the district would help transform persistently failing schools, according to a state law establishing the district.

There are multiple ways a school district is eligible for placement. Districts are eligible if they receive an F accountability rating for two consecutive years, or twice in three years. Districts with 50 percent or more of its schools rated F or if 50 percent or more of the students in the district attend an F school are also eligible.