Kenneth A. Fountain
|Kenneth A. Fountain|
|Board Member, Jackson County School Board, District 3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November, 1995|
|Next general||November, 2019|
|High school||St. Martin High School|
|Associate's||Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College|
|Other||University of Southern Mississippi|
Kenneth Fountain resides in Jackson County, Mississippi with his wife. He graduated from St. Martin High School before earning an Associate's degree from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and studying at the University of Southern Mississippi. Fountain is employed as a manufacturing technology engineer with DuPont, and recently served as the president of the Mississippi School Boards Association.
Kenneth Fountain ran unopposed to keep his District 3 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013, which was not held due to the lack of opposition.
Kenneth Fountain reported no contributions or expenditures to the Mississippi Secretary of State.
Kenneth Fountain did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
What was at stake?
There were two seats on the school board scheduled to be up for election on November 5, 2013. Incumbent Chairman Kenneth A. Fountain ran unopposed in District 3, while fellow incumbent Randal B. Turner did not seek re-election in District 4. Jason K. Lee was the only candidate to file for the District 4 seat.
School resource officers
After receiving a state grant, Jackson County School District hired three armed police officers to provide security in its schools, beginning with the 2013-2014 school year. Following the decision, Superintendent Amacker explained, "They'll be very quickly available if a situation arises or just being there to be visible. It's always great to have a presence of law enforcement in your building." Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd added, "It was a need... They will have full arrest powers. They are certified law enforcement officers, and this is going to curtail we hope any problems that may arise in the future. ...With everything that's happening in the country, even the state that we've had happen, it's imperative that we be proactive rather than reactive."
About the districtJackson County, Mississippi. The county seat of Jackson County is Pascagoula, Mississippi. Jackson County is home to 140,298 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. In the 2011-2012 school year, Jackson County School District was the sixth-largest school district in Mississippi and served 9,357 students.
Jackson County underperformed the rest of Mississippi in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.6 percent of Jackson County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 19.7 percent for Mississippi as a whole. The median household income in Jackson County was $49,620 compared to $38,718 for the state of Mississippi. The poverty rate in Jackson County was 15.0 percent compared to 21.6 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Zoominfo, "Kenneth Fountain," accessed September 17, 2013
- Jackson County School District, "JCSD Board Members," accessed September 17, 2013
- Mary Margaret Halford, Sun Herald, "Pass Christian, Pascagoula school board elections set for Tuesday," October 31, 2013
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance Filings Search," accessed December 23, 2013
- WLOX, "Armed officers start patrolling Jackson County schools," August 7, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Jackson County, Mississippi," accessed September 4, 2013
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "Elections - Election Results," accessed September 4, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014