DeSoto School Board endorses Mary Harris for BESE

Mary Harris (Source: DeSoto Parish School Board)
Mary Harris (Source: DeSoto Parish School Board)
Published: Nov. 6, 2015 at 2:45 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 4, 2015 at 2:45 AM CST
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DESOTO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The DeSoto Parish School Board voted this week to endorse candidate Mary Johnson Harris for Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Harris, who will face Tony Davis in a runoff election on Nov. 21, has held the BESE office spot since January after being appointed to serve the remaining term of the resigned BESE Dist. 4 member.

The seat was vacated when former DeSoto schools superintendent and BESE board member Walter Lee resigned as part of a plea deal following his indictment on charges of felony theft, public contract fraud and malfeasance in office. Mary Johnson Harris, South Highlands Elementary Magnet School principal, was appointed to District 4 representative as interim.

"Mary Harris had been fair to DeSoto Parish during her term on BESE," said Board President Coday Johnston. "We feel confident that her BESE votes will represent rational thought and will align with the needs of our DeSoto students and teachers."

BESE sets educational policy for over 700,000 students in Louisiana.

The 4th district represents 10 parishes including Caddo, Bossier, Webster, DeSoto, Red River, Bienville, Sabine, Natchitoches, Winn and Vernon.

The runoff election will be held on Nov. 21.

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