School board nominee vote expected today

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DAVIS

DAVIS

By Robbie Ward

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Tupelo City Council members declined to ask longtime Tupelo educator Sherry Davis any questions in public Monday, a day before their planned vote on her school board nomination.

Mayor Jason Shelton formally introduced Davis to council members at Monday’s agenda review session. She stood next to the mayor ready to answer questions but didn’t have any takers.

“I’d like to visit with her in private,” said Ward 1 councilman Markel Whittington, who has previously voiced support for Davis’ school board appointment.

Other council members said previously they plan to ask her questions in private.

If approved by a council majority, Davis will fill the remainder of Beth Stone’s term that ends in March 2015. Stone said in October she wanted to step down from the city school district’s policymaking board to spend more time with family.

Shelton’s public schedule shows he and Davis met for a half-hour on Oct. 28. He publicly announced plans to nominate her on Friday and asked her to make time to meet with City Council members from 3-5 p.m. on Monday.

Davis, 47, wife of former councilman Jonny Davis, brings an array of perspectives related to the Tupelo Public School District, including roles of student, parent and teacher. A middle and high school science teacher for 17 years in the school district, Davis now teaches biology, anatomy and physiology at Itawamba Community College’s Tupelo campus.

Among her many teaching honors and accolades, Davis received the Walmart Phi Delta Kappa national teacher of the year award in 2003.

In recent days, a majority of City Council members have said they’ll likely support Davis’ school board nomination. If confirmed to the school board, she plans to continue serving on the city’s coliseum commission, an appointment by former Mayor Jack Reed Jr.

robbie.ward@journalinc.com