Charter board considers hiring executive director

news_education_greenBy JEFF AMY

Associated Press

JACKSON – Mississippi’s Charter School Authorizer Board could hire its first executive director next month after discussing the field of applications in closed session Thursday.

Board members say they received 38 applications for the position from as far away as Hawaii.

The board also voted to start the second cycle of applications after approving one charter school in the first round. They say they plan to call for applications on July 15, with applicants submitting letters announcing their intent to apply on Aug. 15. Full applications would be due Sept. 15, with the board voting on applicants in December.

The board is still negotiating its contract with ReImagine Prep, the school it has approved to open in Jackson. That school is scheduled to open in fall 2015.