Ballot for school board seats filled

Published 9:58 pm Saturday, September 5, 2015

The qualifying period for school board positions has ended, and all seats have at least one candidate slated. They will be on ballots in the Nov. 3 election.

The three positions open are for Brookhaven School District’s at-large position, which represents those who live outside the city limits but within the school district, and Lincoln County School District’s educational districts 3 and 4, representing Bogue Chitto and West Lincoln.

The Lincoln County positions should have been elected last year, but due to discrepancies they were inadvertently left off the ballot. To return to the proper cycle, those elected this time will serve the remaining five years of the six-year term.

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Two new people qualified for the West Lincoln position recently: Diane Gill and Scott Lee.

Gill said she was motivated to run after learning that Jack Case would be retiring. She said her experience as a mother of West Lincoln students qualifies her for the position.

“I have been active for a number of years,” she said. “I think I can help the schools.”

She said she has served as Parent Teacher Organization president and vice-president as well as participated in a number of committees throughout the West Lincoln community. She said she has lived in the community for 25 years.

Lee said he currently serves the school as a member of the booster club.

“I’m very concerned with the future of West Lincoln and the Lincoln County School District,” he said.

He expressed his belief that West Lincoln is one of the best schools in the area and Lincoln County School District is one of the best districts in the state. His daughter graduated last year, and his son is in eighth grade.

Ben Burns qualified for the position in August.

Bogue Chitto saw two people qualify in the last week: Ricky Welch and Leah Brown Cutrer. Welch currently holds the position and has served one term.

Only one person has qualified for the BSD position. Lucy Shell will serve on the board for five years.