Lexington 3 school superintendent Chester Floyd is weighing an offer to remain through mid-2011, a year extra.
"We're having conversations about it," he said. "I'm giving it serious consideration."
Floyd came out of retirement last summer to oversee Batesburg-Leesville area schools as a temporary replacement, after William Gummerson left the role to become a college professor.
But Floyd's performance has led school-board members to suspend their search for other candidates. His experience and style are a good fit for the area of small towns and farms, school leaders said.
"We feel we can't get anybody better," school board chairman Billy Berry said.
Floyd is on his fourth stint as superintendent in a 32-year career as a top educator that included leading nearby Lexington 1 schools for a decade. Lexington 3 pays him $133,375 to manage four schools with nearly 2,100 students for the academic year ending in mid-2010.
If he stays, Floyd's tenure might be a little longer than another year.
School leaders hope to persuade him to make a minimum commitment of two years.
That's vital to guide Lexington 3 in a struggling economy with the prospect of more state aid cuts and limits on tax increases, Berry said. Floyd's advice and connections can help find a successor who will be adept at improving academic performance amid tight finances, he said.