Dr. Ro’Shaun Bailey has claimed the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School Board’s District 4 seat, and Jackie Cooper-Lewis and Dr. Curressia Brown will meet in a runoff to determine the winner in District 5.
During Tuesday night’s elections, an unofficial count showed that Bailey got 66% of the 1,273 votes cast in District 4. His opponent, Cora Denise Stewart Lowe, a retired teacher, got 33% of the vote.
“I’m just elated about the results,” said Bailey, an assistant vice president of student affairs and campus life at Mississippi Valley State University.
“I’m most appreciative and humbled by the constituents in believing in me,” he said. “I’m just ready to get to work to be of service to the district and the students.”
Bailey’s platform includes providing adequate attention and supplies to teachers to ensure students receive quality instruction.
He has also said he favors a bond issue to support the construction of a new high school for the district. He’s said that it’s difficult for the district to support 12 schools, though he’s also said it’s too soon to say which school or schools should be shut down.
Because none of the four candidates in the District 5 race secured 50 percent of the vote plus one, a runoff election will be held.
Brown is the acting chair of MVSU’s business department and an assistant business professor there. Cooper-Lewis is principal of St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School.
Cooper-Lewis collected 29.85% of the vote in District 5 to 29.59% for Brown.
George Ellis Jr., a former member of the Greenwood School Board, received 22% of the votes cast. Niqua Graham-Brooks, an assistant administrator for Gilliam Head Start, got 18%.
Bailey and the winner of the District 5 runoff will take office in January, replacing board members Randy Clark and Anthony Gilmore.
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