The search for a new Florida education commissioner will take two more months.
The State Board of Education on Tuesday approved the extension at a brief emergency meeting held by conference call.
A consulting firm is conducting a nationwide search for candidates to replace Gerard Robinson. He resigned in August after about a year on the job.
Robinson cited family separation. His wife, a law professor in Virginia, was unable to find a similar job in Tallahassee.
The board pushed the application deadline back from Thursday until Nov. 30, but reserved the right to extend the search again if dissatisfied with its choices.
That's what happened before Robinson, formerly Virginia's education secretary, was chosen.
The board set finalist interviews for Dec. 11 in Tampa with a decision the next day.