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 CLINTON, MS – Pearl School District School Board president Sondra Odom was elected president of the Mississippi School Boards Association (MSBA) for the 2015-16 school year Tuesday, November 10th by the MSBA Delegates Assembly. The Delegates Assembly, a group representing school board members from across Mississippi, also elected South Tippah School board chair David Duncan as MSBA vice president, and Lawrence County School board president, Scott Bryan, as MSBA secretary-treasurer. North Pike board member Etta Taplin will remain on the board as MSBA past president.

“I am honored and humbled to be elected to serve as president of MSBA,” said Sondra Odom, newly elected MSBA President. “MSBA is an organization that is truly focused and committed to better equipping board members to lead school districts to higher levels of achievement.”

Newly named President Odom appointed four directors to serve one year terms. These were: Glenda Barrett, Newton County; Lygunnah Bean, South Panola; Heather Ashe, Tate County; and Debra Sturgis-Stamps, Copiah County.

“The MSBA Board of Directors attracts some of the state’s most knowledgeable, professional, and dedicated school board members,” stated MSBA Executive Director Michael W. Waldrop regarding the newly elected officers and board members. “This association considers it a privilege to have them use their skills and expertise as they help us to refine MSBA’s work in supporting effective school board governance.” 

In addition to the presidential appointees, eight other leaders in education were appointed as directors of the board. Danny Robbins, Pontotoc County; Patrick Nash, Alcorn County; Dr. Daniel Heeringa, Houston; Jamelda Fulton, Western Line; Alice Dawkins-Beal, Newton Municipal; Eldredge Boyd, Walthall County; Samuel Hall, South Pike; Alvin Smith, Wayne County, and Sharon Lott, Perry County. The MSBA Board of Directors currently has 20 members. 


The Mississippi School Boards Association (MSBA) is a professional, nonprofit organization whose mission is to ensure quality school board performance through Advocacy, Leadership Training, Technical Assistance and Information Dissemination. MSBA represents all public school boards of education in the State of Mississippi. 

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