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Harrison schools superintendent Arledge won't seek re-election in 2015


GULFPORT, Mississippi — Henry Arledge, who has been superintendent of the Harrison County school system since 1980, is not running for re-election this year.

Arledge, who has been with the school district for 48 years, made the announcement Tuesday. His term ends in January.

Party primary elections are in August and the general election is in November.

Arledge oversaw the construction of seven new schools and countless renovations. The district added air conditioning in all its schools and on its school buses during his tenure.

Arledge says he's leaving behind a good solid school district with more than 1,800 employees.

Arledge says the district may need to build two or three new schools and the next superintendent will need to find the money for the necessary work — always a challenging proposition.

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