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Two Qualify For School Board Seat

By David Howell


WATER VALLEY – With just over a week remaining to qualify for school board races that will appear on the November ballot, two candidates have turned in paperwork to run.  Rodney Phillips and Elizabeth “Betsy” Person submitted paperwork to the circuit clerk’s office to run for Position Two in the Water Valley School District, setting up a contested race for the slot.

Phillips is currently serving as the Position Two trustee following an appointment last December when Lamar Burgess resigned as trustee.

Circuit Clerk Daryl Burney reported there are no qualifiers for another open slot on the Water Valley School Board for Position One that will also be on the Nov. 6 ballot. Bryan Gilley currently serves in this position after he was also appointed last December when no candidates qualified to run on the 2018 ballot for the five-year term for Position One. Gilley, who held the seat prior to the appointment, agreed to serve another year, explaining that he did not qualify last year because he could not commit to a five-year term.

November’s election comes as trustees serving on the Water Valley School Board continue to work on details for a multi-million dollar plan to fund improvements at the schools that will be funded by issuing general obligation (GO) bonds. Voters will also have a chance to weigh in on borrowing the money, as a referendum is required as part of the process. This vote is not expected to coincide with the November General Election. 

In Coffeeville, there have been no qualifiers for Position 2, the only school board seat that will be on the ballot for the Coffeeville School District. 

To qualify, you must pick up an application from the circuit clerk’s office and gather 50 signatures from registered voters who reside in the district in which you are running. The deadline to qualify is Friday, Sept. 7.

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