School board election delayed until November

By Joseph McCain The Winston County Journal

The Louisville Municipal School District Trustee election for District 1 has been rescheduled for November.

While LMSD school officials are still awaiting final notice from the Attorney General’s office and Secretary of State’s office. The Attorney General’s office announced the change in a recent meeting and the Secretary of State’s office acknowledged the change unofficially. The SOS office said it is awaiting notification from the Attorney General’s office that the U.S. Department of Justice had pre-cleared SB 2094, which amended Mississippi Code 37-7-215, and changed the date of the Louisville Municipal School Board election from March to November. The change is as an amendment to the Voter’s Rights Act of 1965.

The amendment requires the district to hold school board elections on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Board members whose terms expire in March will hold over until Jan. 1, 2014, when the newly- elected board members will take office.

Shelley Thomas of District 1 was the only person to qualify for the postponed March election.

Thomas would have to qualify again to run in the November race.

Claire Crowell presently serves in the District 1 Trustee role and was not seeking reelection but her term will be extended to Jan. 2014 under the new statue.