By Chris Kieffer | NEMS Daily Journal
SALTILLO – The two candidates vying to be the Lee County School District’s Superintendent of Education will meet on Thursday in a forum at the Saltillo Community Center.
Democratic incumbent Mike Scott and Republican challenger Jimmy Weeks, the district’s assistant superintendent, will field 13 questions from a three-person panel in the event sponsored by Parents for Public Schools.
The forum will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. The community center is located at 200 Cartwright Drive in Saltillo City Park.
“There are so few opportunities these days for people to hear and see all candidates for a position,” said Sally Gray, parent coach for Parents for Public Schools. “This is a chance for folks to see and hear them both and to make a better informed decision when they vote.
“School superintendents and school boards are where the rubber meets the road as far as education and our children’s futures are concerned. They are the ones that are making the decisions.”
Asking questions will be panelists Michaela Morris of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Shane Hooper of Success Learning Corporation, Inc., and the Rev. David Walker of St. John Baptist Church in Shannon. Topics to be covered include candidate qualifications, achievement gaps, overcrowding in schools, and safety and security.
Audience members will also have an opportunity to present written questions that will be posed to the candidates if time permits.
“I want everyone to leave this saying it was fair, substantive and informative,” Gray said.
“We are a non-profit that doesn’t endorse, oppose or fund any candidate for office. We are non-partial. It is just an opportunity to inform voters and help them make a better decision about who is going to lead their school district.”