Three candidates vying to be the next Henry County schools superintendent

Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 10:06 PM CDT
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HENRY COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) - Voters will head to the polls next week, casting their ballots in several national, state, and local races.

One race we are following is the Henry County schools superintendent seat. I sat down with the candidates Monday to talk about why voters should mark their names on the ballot...

Darius McKay, Dr. Dennis Brand and Lori Parker Beasley all have spent decades in the education system. Each have their own plans they’d like to implement.

Beasley is now in her 20th year in education. She says she wants to focus on mental health and address infrastructure needs. She also wants to implement life skills courses.

“I just really love seeing the difference that you can make in a child’s life,” Beasley said. "I think our career tech programs and partnering with businesses to do apprenticeships to make sure our students are productive in whatever pathway they choose to go.”

Dr. Dennis Brand is the Director of Career and Tech Education for Henry County schools. He wants to bring back a ROTC Program. He also wants to have a “1 to 1 technology initiative," which provides technology, like laptops, so that students have a way to do their school work

“When the pandemic came along, we had to shut down schools,” Brand said. "A lot of students didn’t have technology to work with. Therefore, I see our system does need a 1 to 1 initiative.”

Dothan City Schools Director of Safety Security and Attendance Darius McKay is the third candidate.

A 19-year educator, McKay lays out a 9-page summary plan on his website.

“We’ve got to run a non-political school system a school system not based on politics,” McKay said. "The good ole boy system-we’ve got to get rid of it. And so I’m someone that’s going to do things right, make good decisions based on what’s best for students, not best for adults in our school system.”

The candidates say they’ll spend the next week meeting voters and knocking on doors.

Voters will head to the polls next Tuesday, November 3rd, with polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The winner will take over for current superintendent Chris Padgett who opted not to seek reelection.

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