Deadline nears to get on Prentiss schools ballot

BOONEVILLE – With six filing days to qualify for the Nov. 2 election, the Prentiss County ballot is taking shape with challengers for two school board seats and for the special election for school superintendent.
A special election for superintendent was set after former Superintendent Matt Smith resigned earlier this year.
Vying for the superintendent’s office are three experienced educators.
Billy D. Stroupe has been serving as interim superintendent since March, when he was appointed to the office by the school board. Until the appointment, he had been a retired superintendent.
Kenneth Chism served as Prentiss County’s superintendent for one four-year term before being defeated by Smith, and has filed to try to regain the seat this year.
The third candidate for superintendent, Randle Downs, is a retired classroom teacher, coach and administrator in the Prentiss County school district with 40 years of experience.
School board Districts 1 and 2 hold elections this year for six-year terms.
District 1 incumbent Perry Walden, whose district includes the Thrasher community, is completing his first term, as is District 2 incumbent Rickie Davis, whose district includes the Jumpertown community.
Walden currently has one opponent in the District 1 election, Jason McCoy.
McCoy is a plumber and an electrician.
Three challengers to Davis’ seat in District 2 include Richard Tollison, owner of a construction business who previously taught for 16 years; Shelia Johnson, who retired in May as an elementary school teacher at Jumpertown; and Claude “Kermit” Keenum, a retired educator, administrator and consultant who has provided free consulting services to the school district.
The qualifying deadline for all of these positions is 5 p.m. Sept. 3.

Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal

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