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Candidates for Henry County Superintendent seat share initiatives

Dr. Dennis Brand, Lori Parker Beasley, and Darius McKay race for Henry County Superintendent seat
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Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 8:53 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Three candidates are in the race to fill the Henry County Superintendent seat, Dr. Dennis Brand, Lori Parker Beasley, and Darius McKay. Each of these candidates have served in several roles within education.

Dr. Brand has been apart of the Henry County School system for 30 years, 22 of those years he has been an administrator. He has worked as a teacher and a middle school assistant principal and principal. He has worked at the central office level with the areas of alternative school and at risk transportation. He currently holds the position of career tech director and attendance supervisor.

“My biggest priority would be getting all our schools in line with such things as the reading initiative," Dr. Brand said. "Making sure that our students start off at elementary level and move them to the point where when they get to high school we will not see a big drop off.”

Beasley has worked in education for 20 years, 17 of those years being with Henry County Schools. She has worked as a third grade teacher at Abbeville Elementary School, Ashford High School Guidance Counselor, Headland Middle School assistant principal and principal and Henry County Special Education Coordinator and federal programs director.

“To look at a needs assessment," Beasley said. "Go to all of our schools and look at what our needs are, what does the data show us, another priority would be i would be encouraging and working toward a good stakeholder, bonds, and working in general with our community”

McKay is a 19 year educator. He has served as a teacher, coach, middle school assistant principal and principal and a high school principal. He is currently a central office employee.

“I believe we have got to build relationships across the school district,” McKay said. "That’s one of the things we have to do, but we also have to create accountability for every employee that we have, we have to hold people accountable, we have to also create equity for all students as well.”

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