As a former superintendent and principal at all three levels, Randy Hodges says experience is important when it comes to running a school district. The man he is challenging knows all about experience. David Little has been the leader of the Lauderdale County School District for the last 12 years.
"We are going to continue to have the best school district in east central Mississippi," said Little. "We are going to continue to have, not just the best in academic, but in extracurricular. We are going to continue to meet the needs of our children."
"I want to make school an exciting and rewarding experience for our students, so we will emphasize the performing arts and fine arts," Hodges said.
Four of the nine schools in the Lauderdale County School District are Level fives, the highest accreditation available.
And both candidates say that, while they are proud of the fact that some of the schools in the district are at the top, they want to see that same level of success across the board.
"We have made student achievement a priority. We start at the basic level down in the elementary with reading, language and math," Little said. "Then you go into the middle school and make that a priority, and then in the high school you make it a priority."
"We will form a plan of action on how we are going to maintain our Level fives, and certainly we want to move up any school that may be a Level three or four," said Hodges. "And our goal is for all of our schools to be a Level five in the future."
The winner of the Republican primary will face independent Lamar Johnson in the November 6 general election.