Former mayor now school board member

By The Associated Press

OLIVE BRANCH — Milton Nichols spent two decades as mayor of Olive Branch. He says he decided to run for school board at age 75 because he has time for the demanding position.

The Commercial Appeal reports that he’ll begin his six-year term next Monday.

Voters elected him to replace current member Wayne Hollowell as representative for the Olive Branch area of eastern DeSoto County.

Nicholls has ties to education as well as politics. He was a substitute teacher in the 1990s, a cousin is a former county school superintendent, and his wife is a retired fifth-grade math teacher.

He says his top goal is to help the state’s largest public school district get the highest ranking possible under new accreditation standards. In the two years since the new system went into effect, DeSoto schools have earned the second-highest ranking.