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JPS Board Temporarily Ends Superintendent Search

 Beneta Burt  Dr. Freddrick Murray
Beneta Burt Dr. Freddrick Murray

The Board of Trustees of Jackson Public Schools suspended its Request for Proposals from qualified consultants to conduct a national search for the next JPS superintendent at its regularly scheduled Board meeting on Tuesday, February 21. The Board also voted to keep Interim Superintendent Dr. Freddrick Murray in that role for the remainder of the current school year through the 2017-2018 school year. During the interim period, the Board indicated it will remain committed to listening to the issues that are important to the community in securing a permanent superintendent.

"We have absolute confidence in Dr. Murray and the work that he is doing and the improvements that we see happening throughout the District," said Board President Beneta Burt.

"I am honored and grateful to the Board of Trustees for extending my opportunity to serve as interim superintendent," said Dr. Murray. "We will continue to ensure the District moves from probation to accredited status and work to improve the District’s academic performance rating."

Dr. Murray has been serving as interim superintendent of Jackson Public Schools since November 17, 2016. Under his leadership, the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) voted to approve the Corrective Action Plan for JPS. The CAP is designed to help JPS improve schools with clearly defined timelines for taking action to resolve the issues uncovered during MDE’s audits of the school district. Dr. Murray is also leading the Districtwide effort to ensure progress is systematic in all areas in all schools.