As of Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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Jackson, MS — The Jackson Public Schools' Board of Trustees in Mississippi did not offer a superintendent contract to finalist Dr. Dennis Carpenter, deputy superintendent for Operations at the Newton County School System.
The Mississippi school board voted Tuesday after meeting in executive session, approving fellow finalist, Cedrick Gray, superintendent of schools for Fayette County, Tenn., according to Peggy Hampton, director of Media Relations at JPS.
Some board members had visited Newton County on Monday, after previously visiting the hometown of Gray.
Hampton said Tuesday that the board members offered no explanation about the decision. She said that two of the seven board members, Dr. Otha Burton and Tim Collins, voted against the selection.
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.
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