With just one more week to go before the qualifying deadline, four candidates have filed papers to run for the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School Board.

Candidates interested in running to represent Leflore County supervisor Districts 4 or 5 have until the end of the day Friday to turn in their qualifying papers at the Leflore County Courthouse.

Two candidates have expressed interest in representing District 4.

Those are Ro’Shaun A. Bailey, an assistant vice president of student affairs and campus life at Mississippi Valley State University, and Cora Denise Stewart Lowe, a former Greenwood Middle School teacher and pastor at Bethlehem African Methodist Episcopal  Church in Winona.

Candidates for the District 5 seat so far include George Ellis Jr. and Jackie Lewis.

Ellis served on the Greenwood School Board until that district dissolved in July. For a short time, he also served on the consolidated school district’s board.

Lewis is the principal of St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School.

Elections for the school board will be held Nov. 5, the same day as the state’s general election. Those elected will take office in January and serve  four-year terms.

They will fill the seat held by current board member Randy Clark and one formerly held by Deirdre Mayes,  who resigned at the end of June.

The consolidated board needs to appoint someone to fill the vacancy created by Mayes’ resignation. The appointee will hold office until the end of December.

Samantha Milton, president of the consolidated school board, said the board is awaiting an opinion from the state’s attorney general to determine what county district the appointee should reside in. She said that the opinion should be received soon.

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

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