After meeting with Mississippi School Board Association consultants, members of the board agreed Thursday to wait until the first of October to begin the search for a permanent superintendent again.
The board will take applications for the position Oct. 1 through Nov. 19.
Dr. Don Evans, president of the school board, said he believes that waiting is the best option right now. After listening to advice from the consultants, he and the rest of the board say this time frame will bring in more qualified applicants.
"And anybody who would want to interview with us, and apply for a position with us would not have time at this time," said Evans. "So we think once school has begun and they have the opportunity to start in October, then we'll get more applicants and better applicants."
Not everyone agrees. Angela Little is a parent with three children in Meridian Public Schools. Her three girls are ages 14, 11, and 10.
"Really, it's ridiculous," said Little. "But I feel like they need to hurry up and get someone there in the school system, because we need someone that we can rely on for the kids and for the parents also."