- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The head of public schools in Jackson, Mississippi, has won a prestigious honor.

The school system says Cedrick Gray was named the Superintendent of the Year by the National Association of School Superintendents.

Beneta Burt, the president of the system’s board of trustees, praised Gray for as an “innovator,” ”risk taker” and “educational visionary.”

The announcement of Gray’s award on Tuesday comes as the school district - the state’s second largest - finds itself at risk of starting the new academic year on probation pending the outcome of the August 16 hearing before the Commission on School Accreditation.

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