MASS announces new board of directors

Veteran educators to help advance public education in Mississippi

JACKSON ― A group of veteran educators from around the state will serve the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents as its board of directors in 2020-21.  

 Since its founding in 1969, MASS has grown into a nationally recognized coalition that provides state-of-the-art training and mentoring programs for educators throughout Mississippi while advocating year-round for improved public schools. The association regularly evaluates the composition of its board to ensure it includes the appropriate skills, experience and perspectives necessary to improve outreach and efficacy.

 “All of our new board members are devoted advocates of public education,” said Dr. Phil Burchfield, executive director for MASS. “Their leadership and experience will be key in helping guide our future operations and strategies, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that Mississippi’s public schools are equipped to provide a world-class education for all students.”

 Leading the board as president is Dr. Amy J. Carter, superintendent of the Meridian Public School District. She is joined at the executive level by president-elect Alan Lumpkin, superintendent, Pearl River County School District; secretary Dr. Tony McGee, superintendent, Scott County School District; treasurer Warren Woodrow, superintendent, West Jasper School District; and past president Adam Pugh, superintendent, Lafayette County School District.

 District representatives are superintendents Tony Cook, Houston School District; Christie Holly, Tishomingo County Special Municipal Separate School District; Dr. Mario Willis, Hollandale School District; Gary Hannah, Canton Public School District; Dr. Lundy Brantley, Neshoba County School District; Billy Ellzey, KosciuskoSchool District; Dr. Delesicia Martin, Hinds County School District; Dr. Tim Martin, Clinton Public School District; Dr. Robert Williams, Hattiesburg Public School District; and Dr. Jay Smith, Long Beach School District.

 At-large members include superintendents Alan Dedeaux, Hancock County School District; Dr. Lance Evans, New Albany School District; Dr. Shannon Vincent-Raymond, Moss Point School District; Dr, Michelle Bivens, Pontotoc City School District; and Lawrence Hudson, Western Line School District.

Board members will work to provide resources and services to improve the quality of public education in Mississippi. They assume their positions at a pivotal time when districts are facing multiple challenges, including the reopening of schools amidst growing coronavirus concerns, teacher shortages and rapidly changing technology needs.

“It’s beyond inspiring to see firsthand the impact MASS is making on public education in Mississippi and how its leaders are working to create more inclusive, connected and healthy schools for all,” said Carter. “On behalf of the board of directors, we look forward to working together as well as with the entire MASS team to keep the momentum moving forward.”

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