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Council reappoints JPS board member amid questions about superintendent search

Jackson city leaders met today to discuss the superintendent search. Source: WLBT Jackson city leaders met today to discuss the superintendent search. Source: WLBT
The three finalists for the superintendent position are from out of state. Source: WLBT The three finalists for the superintendent position are from out of state. Source: WLBT
Councilman Kenneth Stokes spoke out against hiring people who are not from Jackson. Source: WLBT Councilman Kenneth Stokes spoke out against hiring people who are not from Jackson. Source: WLBT
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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) -

Jackson city leaders made a JPS board appointment and wanted to learn more about the candidates currently in town seeking the job of superintendent.

Dr. Robert Luckett remains on the school board after questioning about the future of the district.

Luckett underwent three rounds of questioning during his confirmation hearing for the Jackson Public School Board.

He was reaffirmed after being appointed in November.

But the JPS graduate and Jackson State University professor was questioned about the three finalists for the superintendent position.

Dr. Dana Bedden, Dr. Errick Greene and Dr. Kenneth Simington, all from out of state, are meeting the community this week as a final leg of the process.

READ MORE: JPS announces three superintendent finalists

"Going outside is not right. It's not right to these qualified people," said Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes. "It's not right to the taxpayers, but I hear what you're saying as though everybody is smarter than people from Jackson, from Mississippi."

"Frankly with the applicants that we got we did not have that many who applied from the State of Mississippi," replied Luckett. "So we worked with the applicant pool that we have, and I do believe that of the three candidates we have who are coming this week are exceptional and we'll find our permanent superintendent there."

Other concerns included whether there were plans in place to keep the state from taking over the district in the future.

City leaders also asked about hiring teachers and other JPS employees from within the city of Jackson.

"Right now JPS has about 3,500 employees that live outside the city, and we pay them $71 million a year," said Ward 4 Councilman De'Keither Stamp. "That's almost the size of the Nissan plant as far as residency and employment."

"I am certainly in support of hiring people from Jackson," answered the father of three. "There simply are positions that we don't have enough people who are qualified for to fill."

Luckett was re-affirmed unanimously by the board.

He told the council that the superintendent candidates would be vetted and the board would deliberate by the end of the week.

They hope to have a superintendent in place July 1.

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