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After a search beginning in August, the Lowndes County School District has named its next leader.

At a special called Lowndes County School District Board of Trustees meeting Monday night, the board named New Hope Middle School Principal Sam Allison as the district’s new superintendent. He will start in his new position on Jan. 1, 2020. Allison has led NHMS since 2006, and was chosen from a pool of three finalists.

The sole external finalist was Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Christy Maulding. The remaining finalist was LCSD Assistant Superintendentand Special Education Director Susan Johnson.

“It was tough,” said School Board President Robert Barksdale. “We had some good candidates, and he’s been with the district, so we just decided to go with him.”

Allison is the LCSD’s first appointed superintendent, following a state law passed in 2016 requiring superintendents to be appointed, rather than elected to their office.

Current Lowndes County Superintendent Lynn Wright served two elected terms, but did not make the finals of the search.

He will step down at the end of the year.

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