The Floyd County Board of Education has named one finalist in the search for a new superintendent for Floyd County Schools and the lone contender is a familiar name to the community. Dr. John Jackson, current interim superintendent for the school system, was announced as the only finalist for the position at the February Board of Education meeting held on Tuesday, February 2.
Dr. Jackson was selected as the board’s choice from 29 original applicants interested in leading one of Georgia's top public school systems. The board narrowed the list of candidates to seven before board members announced Jackson as the finalist during the February meeting.
Dr. Jackson has served as interim superintendent for Floyd County Schools since Tuesday, September 22, 2015. He also served as interim superintendent for Rome City Schools in 2014. Dr. Jackson led Oconee County Schools as superintendent from 2008 until his retirement in 2012. He was also superintendent for Greene County Schools from 2001 to 2005. Dr Jackson served as an assistant superintendent for Oconee County, Greene County, and Clarke County Schools. He also worked for Rome City Schools from 1987 to 1997. During his time in Rome, he served as an assistant principal, principal and curriculum director. Dr. Jackson began his career in education in Louisiana teaching high school science for ten years.
Dr. Jackson holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Louisiana State University. He also holds specialist, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees from McNeese State University.
The board is required to make public the names of finalists for the position of superintendent of schools for 14 days prior to the official hiring of a candidate. The board will look to make the selection of Dr. Jackson official after the required time has passed.