North Carolina’s controversial Innovative School District needs more time to tap a private operator that’s expected to take over a struggling Robeson County elementary this year.

ISD Superintendent Eric Hall asked and received permission from the State Board of Education for an additional 60 days Thursday, after an independent consultant’s review cited numerous concerns with the only two applicants, a new nonprofit from Charlotte and a for-profit company from Michigan.

“I still have several questions that need to be answered before I could pick either of the organizations,” Hall told Policy Watch. “It’s about setting a high standard. I want to make sure that, for the county and the town of Rowland, we want to get this right.”

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