Stone nominated to fill slot on TPSD board

By Chris Kieffer / NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The City Council will vote tonight on whether to approve former teacher Beth Stone to a position on the city’s school board.
Stone would replace Mike Clayborne, who has been on the five-person board for 10 years. Her term would begin Oct. 1.
“I’m very excited,” she said Monday. “I know that Mike Clayborne will leave a big void, and I won’t pretend that I can jump right into his shoes, but I just want to work hard and do the best I can do to serve the children of this area.”
Stone has spent 10 years as a teacher and has a master’s degree in education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Chosen for the board by Mayor Jack Reed Jr., she has three children in the school system.
“One of the things that was really important to me was to find someone who had the breadth of educational experience, but still had children in the heart of the school system and not just at the high school,” said Reed, whose selection must be approved by the City Council.
“Sometimes by the time people get the experience, their children are older,” he added. “She’s got it all.”
Clayborne has served two five-year terms on the board. His second term was scheduled to end in March, but Reed asked him to serve through September while the district begins its new laptop initiative and to help in a difficult budget year.
Stone has served as a volunteer science teacher at Parkway Elementary, has been the Parkway PTO President and has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Excellence in Education, among other duties.
“Over the years, Mrs. Stone has proven that she is an enthusiastic advocate for public education and for the children of Tupelo,” said Deputy Superintendent Diana Ezell. “We appreciate Mike Clayborne and all that he has done for the district, and we’re thrilled to have Beth Stone as the next nominee.”
Contact Chris Kieffer at (662) 678-1590 or chris.kieffer@djournal.com.