Jackie Cooper-Lewis has claimed the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School Board’s District 5 seat following Tuesday’s runoff election.

Of the 461 votes cast in the nonpartisan election, which includes absentee ballots and affidavits, Cooper-Lewis got 257 votes, or 56%. Dr. Curressia Brown received 203 votes, or 44%.

“I am just elated. I’m happy it’s over, and I’m ready to serve the children of the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District,” Cooper-Lewis said Tuesday night.

“And I’m tired. I am exhausted,” she added, explaining she had been up since 5 a.m.

Cooper-Lewis is the principal of St. Francis of Assisi School. She also held administrative positions in the former Leflore County School District.

Her platform includes the formation of a safety task force and  increasing transparency and accountability within the school district by hosting regular meetings with constituents. She supports a bond issue, a method for the district to borrow money, and has said that she would like to use the money to build a state-of-the-art high school for the whole district.

Brown is acting chair of Mississippi Valley State University’s  business administration department, where she also is an assistant professor. Cooper-Lewis and Brown  were the top two finishers in the Nov. 5 general election, but a runoff was held because neither received 50% of the vote plus one.

Dr. Ro’Shaun Bailey, the assistant vice president of student affairs and campus life at MVSU, claimed the District 4 school board seat in the general election, defeating Cora Denise Stewart Lowe.

Bailey and Cooper-Lewis will take their seats in January, replacing Randy Clark and Anthony Gilmore.

Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

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