JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi's second-largest school district says it wants to hire an Oklahoma administrator as its next superintendent.

The Jackson school board on Tuesday announced Errick Greene, currently a top administrator for Tulsa schools, as its choice.

Before Greene signs a contract, the board is asking the Mississippi Department of Education to issue him an administrator's license. If the state approves, Greene is likely to start work by Oct. 1.

Previously, Greene was a special assistant to the emergency manager for Detroit public schools. He also was a principal and managed a group of principals in Washington, D.C.

Other finalists included consultant Dana Bedden and North Carolina administrator Kenneth Simington.

Cedrick Gray resigned in November 2016 after Jackson received a failing academic rating and the state put the 27,000-student district on probation.