Despite the contention of school officials that it is uncalled for by law, and that it would be cost prohibitive, a local attorney is claiming that the Grenada School Board should hold a special election to fill the seat of a member who died last year.
Carlos Moore said that based on his careful reading of the applicable statutes, laws in place at the time of James Hughes’s death in November stated that a special election was to be held to fulfill his unexpired term. Hughes served more than 20 years as a board member.
But school officials say that it was within the board’s rights to appoint someone to fulfill Hughes’s term, and that person should serve until the next regularly scheduled election.
At the Nov. 13 meeting, the board voted unanimously to appoint Hughes’s widow, Marjorie, to fill his District Four seat until the election that was to be held in March.
Both Hughes and Moore have qualified to run for the seat that Hughes now occupies.
On Dec. 7, however, the U.S. Department of Justice pre-cleared SB 2094, which amended Mississippi Code 37-7-215, and changed the date of the Grenada School Board election from March to November.