The race for Bay District School Superintendent's Office actually started in August with the party primaries. That helped narrow the field to three candidates, a Democrat, a Republican, and an Independent.
Bay District School Superintendent James McCalister is running for his third term in office. Over the years he's served as an administrator, teacher and coach. Under his leadership, McCalister says Bay County schools have made changes for the better, and he says his record is proof.
For the last eight years James McCalister has been serving as Bay County School Superintendent. In that time, Bay has become an "A" rated district. McCalister says that's the accomplishment he's most proud to have achieved.
"I think overall if you will look at what has occurred over the past eight years you will notice that there has been just a tremendous improvement in the areas of safety, as well as academic performance and what we have done in terms of the conditions of where our teachers and support personnel have been working," said James McCalister.
Married for 38 years, McCalister has three children and four grandchildren. One of the grandkids attends Bay County Schools.
McCalister is an active member of a number of community organizations like the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, and he says you can find him taking part in almost anything involving kids.
"I will tell you most of the things I'm involved with always has to do with students. If it's involving students, you can find James McCalister there," said McCalister.
If reelected, McCalister has set a lofty goal to bring Bay District from number 16 to number one in the state in terms of FCAT scores.
"In addition to that we want all of our students who are leaving our schools to be well prepared to meet the workforce, as well as going into institutions of higher learning. We want them to excel in those areas as well," said McCalister.
To learn more about James McCalister's campaign you can log onto his Web site at www.jamesmccalister.com