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The West Jasper School District Board has contracted with the Mississippi School Board Association to assist in searching for West Jasper School District's new superintendent.

According to a source, interviews for the open position began today, Wednesday, June 9, and will go into Thursday, June 10.

Advertising the superintendent vacancy and an outline of the district's qualifications for superintendent, set by the Board, was prepared by the MSBA and posted to its website, along with the application in late April.

Executive Director of MSBA, Denotris Jackson, sent an email to over 5,00 people on the MSBA mailing list announcing the search and requesting assistance in publicizing the superintendent vacancy. Jackson also wrote personal letters to potential applicants. The vacancy announcement was sent to the National School Boards Association and posted on its website.

All inquiries to MSBA regarding the position were answered, and a brochure outlining the procedures to apply was sent to each. Responses were made to those who had been recommended or those who had expressed interest.

A deadline to receive applications was set for May 17, 2021. All completed applications postmarked on or before the deadline were accepted and processed according to a West Jasper School District press release.

Jackson and Dr. Tommye Henderson, MSBA Superintendent Search Coordinator, met with the Board to review the applications on May 28, 2021. According to the press release, there were 15 applicants for the superintendent position. Among the applicants, there was one superintendent, three assistant superintendents, four directors, five principals, one teacher, and one improvement coach. Four applicants are from Mississippi. Of the 15 applicants, ten are male, and five are female.

Each applicant was weighted as to whether or not they met the qualifications to be a superintendent in Mississippi as defined in the Mississippi Code of 1972, 37-9-13, which went into effect on July 1, 2017, or at least met the Mississippi Department of Education Alternative Qualifications for Prospective District Superintendents of Education.