Gov. Bobby Jindal has delayed a special election to fill a seat on Louisiana’s top school board after Secretary of State Tom Schedler said it would save the state $428,400.

The contest is for the District 4 seat on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, which sets policies for about 720,000 public school students statewide.

It was vacated by former BESE member Walter Lee, who resigned amid legal problems.

Jindal has named Shreveport principal Mary Harris as a temporary replacement.

The governor initially called for the filing period to extend from Feb. 4-6, a primary election on March 28 and, if needed, a general election on May 2.

Under the new schedule, filing will take place from Sept. 8-10, the primary election will be Oct. 24 and the general election on Nov. 21.

Seven other BESE seats are up for election at the same time.

Jindal switched election dates after Schedler said in a letter that 357 of 563 precincts in District 4 would have no other contests on the ballot on the original dates.

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