COVINGTON -- A Mississippi school board is expected to decide Tuesday if a Newton County School System's deputy superintendent will be its next lead superintendent.
The Jackson Public Schools' Board of Trustees expects to visit Newton County on Monday to interview individuals about Dr. Dennis Carpenter, deputy superintendent for Operations at NCSS.
Peggy Hampton, director of Media Relations at JPS, said Wednesday that the board isn't expected to release the names of individuals they plan to question next week.
Originally, the board had planned to visit Georgia earlier this month, but some board members' schedules conflicted until now, Hampton had said. They visited the home school system of fellow finalist Cedrick Gray, superintendent of schools for Fayette County, Tenn., earlier this week.
Hampton said the school board is expected to make a decision on the candidates Tuesday. The board hasn't set a time yet for the meeting, but usually they meet at 5:30 p.m. CST, she said.
She said the decision may be yay or nay on the candidates.
"Of course, there's always the possibility that they decide neither," Hampton added. "I have heard no indication of that, but it's certainly an option."
The two finalists were chosen from a pool of 71 applicants using a national search firm, Ray and Associates. Earlier this month, the two finalists visited Jackson to meet with the board and community members.
JPS has 30,000 students, compared to about 19,000 in NCSS. It's made up of eight high schools, 12 middle schools, 39 elementary schools and two special schools.
Carpenter was hired as associate superintendent for Human Resources at NCSS in February 2008 after working as assistant superintendent for Support Services for Appling County Schools and a fourth-grade teacher, assistant principal and principal before that. He was named deputy superintendent for Operations in July 2009, when Deborah Robertson retired as associate superintendent of business and administration; he oversees the directors of Operational Services, Human Resources and Support Services, as well as the business manager, maintenance coordinator and School Nutrition Program coordinator.
Carpenter is the husband of Dr. LaQuanda Carpenter, the principal at Alcovy High School.