Another name has surfaced in the District 4 Board of Elementary and Secondary Education race.

South Highlands Elementary Magnet Principal Mary Johnson Harris says she'll run to fill the position permanently in the March 28th election. She was appointed to fill the seat formerly held by Walter Lee, who resigned amid a double-billing scandal.

"I have knowledge in many areas of education and understand all of the issues facing not only our lawmakers and education leaders, but our teachers and children, as well," Harris said in a news release.

Harris also said she's worked with children of all ages and in diverse settings, and has multiple degrees and certifications that support her focus and goals.

"We need more educators making decisions about education. There will be many important issues facing BESE in the next few months, including replacing Common Core, funding and proposed revisions to the current evaluation system of our teachers," Harris said. "This is an important time for our state and I have the educational knowledge, experience and proven leadership ability to navigate the myriad of issues that a board member faces."

Harris faces another long-time educator in the District 4 race. Caddo Parish Director of High Schools Victor Mainiero announced his candidacy a little over a week ago.


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