Jackson County School District elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Jackson County School District
Jackson County, Mississippi ballot measures
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Two seats on the school board for Jackson County School District were scheduled to be up for election on November 5, 2013. The school district canceled the election due to a lack of opposition for the candidates who filed, which left incumbent Kenneth A. Fountain and newcomer Jason K. Lee as the default winners of the District 3 and 4 seats, respectively.
A significant issue that faced Jackson County School District in this election was the hiring of three armed school resource officers to provide added security in the district.
About the districtJackson County, Mississippi. The county seat of Jackson County is Pascagoula, Mississippi. According to the 2010 United States Census, Jackson County is home to 140,298 residents.
Jackson County outperformed the rest of Mississippi in terms of its median rates of average household income and poverty, but underperformed in terms of higher education achievement in 2011. 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% compared to 21.6% for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 18.6% of Jackson County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 19.7% in Mississippi.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
Method of board member selection
The Jackson County school board consists of five members elected to six-year terms. All five members of the board are elected to geographic district seats. There was no primary election and the general election for the District 3 and 4 seats scheduled for November 5, 2013 was not held. The District 5 seat is up for election in 2015.
Individuals interested in running for the board began circulating nominating petitions on August 7, 2013. The filing deadline for the 2013 general election was September 6.
- Kenneth A. Fountain
- Graduate, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
- Engineer, DuPont
Since both incumbent Kenneth A. Fountain and newcomer Jason K. Lee ran unopposed for the District 3 and 4 seats, respectively, the school district canceled the elections. Both candidates therefore won their seats by default.
No official endorsements were made in this election.
No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Mississippi Secretary of State.
Information about earlier elections can be found by clicking [show] at the right.
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."
The following dates were key deadlines for the Jackson County School District election in 2013:
|August 7, 2013||First day for filing nominating petitions|
|September 6, 2013||Last day to file nominating petitions|
|November 5, 2013||Election day|
Additional elections on the ballot
This election would have only shared the ballot with other local and school board elections. No additional measures appeared on the ballot.
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- Jackson County School District, Mississippi
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Jackson County, Mississippi ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, Mississippi
- Jackson County, Mississippi, "Election Commission," accessed November 6, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Jackson County Quick Facts," accessed September 4, 2013
- Mississippi Secretary of State, “Elections | Election Results,” accessed September 4, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- 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.
- Jackson County School District, "Troy E. Frisbie," accessed September 10, 2013
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "2013 Elections Calendar," accessed September 10, 2013
- Mississippi Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance Filings Search," accessed December 23, 2013
- Mary Margaret Halford, Sun Herald, "Pass Christian, Pascagoula school board elections set for Tuesday," October 31, 2013
- WLOX, "Armed officers start patrolling Jackson County schools," August 7, 2013