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Allen seeking re-election

Incumbent Larry Allen will file for re-election to the Jeff Davis County school board.
“We’ve made a lot of progress,” Allen said. “It’s exciting to see changes happen over time. The board works really well together, and I want to continue to be part of a system that works. I have no agenda; I vote my conscience and what is best for students. I just want to do a good job – the best I can forour students, faculty and staff, and the community. Those priorities haven’t changed in my years on the board.
“I support technical programs because students can leave school with a career. That’s a win/win for the student and the community. We have seen gains in closing the achievement gap and raising student test scores. We have seen a lot of growth here, but part of that growth has brought people here with tremendous backgrounds, in education and other fields, with the ability to help kids.
“I’m not an educator, but focusing on the growth and development aspects is my strength, and that helps the board. As a board member, I have a passion for kids and teachers. I seek how we can help make things better.
“I live in Hazlehurst, have one child and three grandchildren. I retired in July 2012 after 29 years with the Hazlehurst Police Department. I enjoy serving my community.”

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