FOR RELEASE: April 29, 2013
CONTACT: Linda Buford-Burks, Director of Communications, 601.924.2001; firstname.lastname@example.org
CLINTON, MS -- Pass Christian Board President Randall Dewitt, Greenville Board Member Jesse King, and Tupelo Board President Elizabeth Stone have been appointed to temporarily fill vacancies on the MSBA Board of Directors. The three will serve until the next meeting of the MSBA Delegates Assembly, set for November 12 during MSBA’s Fall Leadership Conference. The vacancies occurred when former directors were not re-elected / re-appointed to their school boards. The board members have been appointed to represent Congressional District 4 - Dewitt; Congressional District 2 - King; and, Congressional District 1 - Stone.
MSBA bylaws allow the association’s president to temporarily fill vacancies, giving the membership a chance to vote on permanent replacements at the next Delegates Assembly. The next meeting of the MSBA Board of Directors will be in July.
Dewitt has been a member of the Pass Christian School Board of Trustees for four terms, currently serving as board president. A retired accountant, he works part-time as a teacher and coach at Hancock High School during baseball season. Dewitt is a strong supporter of military veterans, delivering speeches annually at schools and various community forums. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and is a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Veterans of Foreign War, and the American Legion. He is an alumnus of the University of Maryland, Georgia State University and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Dewitt and his wife Phyllis have four grown sons, two of them teachers.
King, school board member in the Greenville School District since March 2011, also is superintendent of the North Bolivar School District. Prior to becoming North Bolivar’s superintendent, he was federal programs director in the Leland School District. King, also a former high school principal in the Leland district, earned the Master of Secondary Education degree from Delta State University and an undergraduate degree from Mississippi Valley State University. In addition to being a board member and superintendent, King also pastors Greater St. Peter Baptist Church in Greenville and serves on the Board of Directors of the Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) in Little Rock, Arkansas. He and wife Sandra have four grown daughters and a son, who is in college.
Stone is serving her fourth year on the Tupelo School District Board of Trustees. She has previously served as vice president and secretary. A graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education, Stone earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After spending 10 years teaching high school chemistry and physics, she now is an active volunteer in her community, where she has served as PTO president, Junior Auxiliary School Aid Chairman, and the Association for Excellence in Education grants chair.