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Lewis resigns from Jackson School Board

Jackson R-2 School Board Member Kristen Lewis resigned from the board on March 15, as she is relocating to Fort Stewart, GA, in the next 30 days.

The board held a short meeting on March 19 to accept the resignation and start the process to appoint a replacement for the remainder of her term, which will end in April next year.

The board will accept applications to fill the school board position through April 9 and is expected to review the applications during the regular board meeting that night.

According to district policies, the board can select final candidates to interview in open session after reviewing the applications or the board can make a final selection without interviewing candidates.

Board President Brian Thompson said the April 9 deadline for applications will allow those who are currently running for the school board to apply if they do not win during the April 2 general municipal election.

“It would make sense to at least entertain someone who was interested in running for the school board already,” Board Member Brandon Pylate added. “Not all those who are running are going to get a seat.”

Bradley Walters, incumbent Sheila King, Todd Rushing, Tracy Metzger and Bethany Byrd are all running for the Jackson R-2 School Board during the April 2 election. Of those five candidates, only two will win a seat on the board.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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