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Voters to elect first new Harrison County Schools superintendent in 36 years


GULFPORT, Mississippi — Henry Arledge is retiring after 36 years as superintendent of Harrison County School District. He's telling voters who are trying to decide among the four candidates vying for his position that it's a tough and big-time job.

The district is the state's third largest, with 14,000 students and 2,000 employees. Arledge says the election has lots of issues, and the next superintendent will have to deal with everything from funding woes to knowing every road the district's 200 school buses will travel.

All four candidates possess impressive credentials and many years of experience in the district. Democrat Stephanie Newell and independent Averie Bush are unopposed in their parties. Republicans Heather Blenden and Roy Gill will face off in the Aug. 4 primary.

Information from: The Sun Herald,

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