The search has officially resumed for a permanent superintendent for Meridian Public Schools. The application process opened last month.
As of right now, Doctor Randy McCoy is the acting superintendent. He is able to work for the Meridian Public School District for 130 days. He has been working two or three days a week until he gets all of those days.
Doctor Don Evans, the President of the Meridian Public School Board, says there are specific requirements for this role.
"Yes, one of the guidelines in Mississippi is you have to be a certified administrator in the state of Mississippi and you have to get that certification from the state department of education. So, we've got to make sure that whoever we get is qualified, but they also have to be certified in the state of Mississippi. If they are from out of state then their degree that they have there and their teaching credentials have to be certified in Mississippi and verified in Mississippi. "
Members of the school board hope to have someone in position by July 1st of next year. Dr. Evans is hopeful for the search process.
"I feel very optimistic that we will be successful. We were ambitious in our short-term goals before in looking for them. And we felt like we we had a good person on board. Although he had no superintendent experience, we felt like he would really grow on the job. So, yes we feel like the right person is out there and they are waiting for us and we are waiting for him or her. "
Depending how the search process goes, the school board could bring on a new superintendent before July 1st.