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.
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"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.