Jackson, MS – On Sept. 23 Southern Echo and the MS Delta Catalyst Roundtable submitted their views to the MS State Superintendent of Education search committee on what characteristics a new State Supt. of Education ought to have to meet the most pressing needs of Mississippi public school children and the school districts in which they attend.

MS School Board Association Director Mike Waldrop heads a 3-person MSBA team to which the State Board of Education has delegated the exclusive authority to conduct a nationwide search for the next Mississippi State Superintendent of Education.

On Sept. 18 Waldrop asked a gathering of professional educator and grassroots community organizations at MSBA offices to submit answers to a survey created to identify characteristics that would provide Mississippi public education with the leadership it needs. The Echo and Roundtable responses to the survey are posted on this website.

To prevent leaks of confidential information, Waldrop and MSBA search consultant Dr. E. H. Fisher told the assembled groups that only the three persons on the MSBA search team have access to applicant information. The team will eliminate candidates who clearly do not qualify for the job or who have not submitted their applications within the required time. Then the team will submit all remaining applications to the State Board of Education and will indicate which among the applications, perhaps 5 to 10, the team regards as most outstanding.

It was not immediately apparent how the survey responses are to be incorporated into the search process.

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