The Carroll County School Board is going back to the drawing board in its efforts to find a new superintendent by Jan. 1.

The board had offered the position to a candidate but didn’t release the person’s name pending that person’s acceptance. The candidate didn’t accept, and the board is opening the application process back up and extending the deadline until next Wednesday.

When asked if the school board would have to give the contract to current Superintendent Billy Joe Ferguson, Denotris Jackson, assistant executive director with the Mississippi School Board Association, said the short answer is no.

“If they don’t find someone before Dec. 31, they can either appoint an interim or appoint someone themselves who they want,” Jackson said.

“The law gave the board the power to select a superintendent by whatever means necessary. Using the Superintendent Search is certainly good practice, but they don’t have to use us to find the best candidate.”

She said the board has the option to keep Ferguson and end the search altogether or appoint someone else.

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