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School board seat up for vote on Saturday

Final preparations are under way for Saturday’s election for aseat on the Brookhaven School District’s board of trustees,officials said.

“Everything’s well in hand,” said Superintendent LeaBarrett.

The election will be noon until 5 p.m. Saturday in theBrookhaven High School gymnasium.

Stan Patrick, a partner with the certified public accountingfirm of Baker-Patrick-Miller-White, and Dustin Walker, corporateaccount support manager for Cellular South, are vying for thetrustee position currently held by Dr. Prentiss Smith. Smith is notseeking re-election.

“We have two great candidates,” Barrett said. “Both are veryinterested in the community and have shown their commitment to theschool district.”

Only Brookhaven School District voters who live in the districtbut outside the city limits will be eligible to vote in Saturday’selection. The number of eligible voters was not available, butCircuit Clerk Terry Lynn Watkins was preparing the voter rolls forthe election, said Bob Allen, attorney for the school board.

While she did not offer a prediction, Barrett said she washoping for a good turnout Saturday.

“We do want it to fairly represent that population,” Barrettsaid. “I hope people will come out and vote.”

Two members of the five-member school board are elected from thepart of the district that lies outside the city limits. Threemembers of the board are appointed by the board of aldermen.

Saturday’s winner will take office at the March 29 board meetingand will serve a five-year term, Barrett said.

“The board will be reorganized at that time,” said Barrett,referring to an annual rotation of chairmanship and other boardoffices.