HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - It's been more than 30 years since someone other than Henry Arledge was at the helm of the Harrison County school district. Now, three people are vying for that spot. One of them is Republican candidate Roy Gill, who is the only candidate with experience on the school board.
"With Mr. Arledge retiring it's the opportunity that I feel now I can have the opportunity to step up, take this district to where we need to be and to give back to the citizens and the kids of this district that I call home," said Gill.
If elected, one of Gill's goals is to integrate more technology into the classroom.
"One of the things where I think we have to increase is the use of technology, moving into the 21st century because kids now days, they're wired differently than we are," said Gill.
Democratic candidate Dr. Stephanie Newell, who has 21 years of experience in special education, believes change is one of the most important things the district needs.
"We need a superintendent in my opinion that's going to be more community based and more involved with each one of their schools," said Newell.
If elected, Newell says the key to being a great superintendent is involvement in the schools, from the administration to the custodians.
"One of my main goals is to be more seen, more involved within the schools, more appreciative, more hands on," said Newell.
Independent candidate Averie S. Bush is the current principal of Harrison Central High School. Having been in school administration since 2007, he says it's time to go to the next level.
"I think it's time to modernize our processes, make sure we're doing what's best for students here, but making sure specifically that we do what's best for all our students," said Bush.
Bush says he's the right person at the right time to make the changes that need to be made in the district.
"I do believe in involving all stakeholders. I do believe in a spirit of unity, in a spirit of collaboration and the spirit and power of us. It's not about one man. It's about us as a team as a group of people doing what's best for our students," said Bush.