New Lee County School Board members take oath

By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – New Lee County School Board members Hal Swann and Jim Bain were sworn in Wednesday at the district’s central office.
Lee County Chancery Clerk Bill Benson performed the ceremony. Swann and Bain join Sherry Mask, Mike Mitchell and Mary Edwards on the five-member board.
Swann, 50, is a farmer and the son of former Lee County School Board member Everett Swann. He and his wife Cindy have two sons.
“We need to continue to improve on our state testing, which is very important,” Swann said. “Another concern we are faced with is that the economy is tight. We need to make sure we spend the taxpayer’s money well and do the best we can with what we have.”
Bain, 57, owns Jim Bain’s Pharmacy, which he opened in 1981. He and his wife, Deb, have three children and two grandchildren.
“We will be out visiting schools and talking to administrators and trying to get their feel of what we can do to help them,” Bain said.
Swann, who will represent District 1, replaces Gary Herring, who did not seek re-election. Bain received 56 percent of the vote to represent District 2, beating a field of four candidates that included incumbent Lisa Roberts.
Both districts include the Guntown and Saltillo areas.
Both board members noted that school expansion there and in other areas eventually may be needed. A couple of years ago, the district purchased land in Shannon, Saltillo and Mooreville to be prepared for possible expansion.
“We need to continue to update our campuses and our facilities,” Swann said. “The whole county is growing, especially the northern part. We need to plan for the short term and the long term.”
Bain noted that while he represents District 2, he is focused on the entire school district.
“We have to look at the whole county,” he said. “I want Shannon and Mooreville to do just as well as Guntown and Saltillo.”

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