“I think the most important appointments a Mayor makes are his appointments to the Tupelo Public School District Board. Mike Clayborne, the current Board President, has served ably for two terms, and his term is due to expire this March. However, the next few months are going to be unusually critical ones for school systems across our state, including our own. The uncertainty of further cuts, in amount and in their timing, will need to be addressed thoughtfully and with the aid of all of the experience we can muster.
In addition, Tupelo’s exciting switch to laptop computers for most students begins this August and needs the leadership team that conceived this cutting-edge transformation to affect it.
Therefore, with the encouragement of Dr. Randy Shaver, our new superintendent, and with the generous agreement of Mr. Clayborne to remain a bit longer, I am going to postpone nominating Mr. Clayborne’s replacement until the school year gets underway. I think that by October 1, 2010, both the budget issues and the new technology transformation will be much settled. This decision is permissible, as the law states that a member serves until his replacement is appointed.
I want to thank Mike for agreeing to serve his city and our school system a few more months. Service on the School Board requires a great deal of time and energy – and service as Board President doubles that commitment. We are fortunate to have had Mike’s leadership, and I appreciate his willingness to serve a bit longer.
In the meantime, I welcome any nomination suggestions the public might have. They can be emailed to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to me at P.O. Box 1485, Tupelo, MS 38802-1485, or dropped off at my office at City Hall. I have already met with Sally Gray of Parents for Public Schools, to get her thoughts.
I am excited about all of the ideas and initiatives Dr. Shaver and his team are bringing to our Tupelo Public School District. I am proud to be an alumni of TPSD, and I look forward to doing everything I can to build on its strengths and make it even better. Its success and our city’s success are inseparable.”