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Letter To The Editor – Aug 21, 2008

School Board Membership Important Responsibility

Dear Editor,

One of the most important roles a citizen can play is that of school board member, and some of our communities will be choosing new board members soon.  Many Mississippi school districts will be holding elections for school board members on November 4.  

As parents and education advocates, we have a responsibility to encourage dedicated, capable people to seek these critical seats and to support them in that quest.

Not all school board members are elected – many are appointed – and those who are elected serve staggered terms.  Therefore, not all school districts will hold school board elections this year.  Your county Circuit Clerk can tell you if there is a school board member election in your district this year.  Those who are interested in running must file qualifying papers with the county Circuit Clerk by Friday, September 5.  

Go to to learn more about running for! your school board.

School board members have a tremendous responsibility.  They set policy, manage the finances of the local district, deal with legal issues, and provide oversight to ensure that a high level of student achievement is attained in the district.  School board members do not directly manage the day to day operations of the school district but leave those issues and problems to be resolved by district administrators.  

As concerned citizens, we should thank our school board members for their service, educate ourselves about the important decisions they make, and appropriately communicate to them our hopes, dreams, and concerns about our local schools.  Click here to learn more about Mississippi school boards.

Working with our administrators, teachers and school board members, we ensure that our schools are great places to learn!


Warm regards,

Nancy Loome
Executive Director
The Parents’ Campaign
800 N. President Street, Suite B
Jackson, Mississippi 39202
601.961.4551 office

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