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Simpson County School Board met Thursday, November 8, 2018.

Board Member Sammy Welch announced  this would be his last board meeting due to having surgery and not able to attend the month of December. Sammy thank everyone for the support over the years and noted being a school board member has been a blessing to him. He wished the ones succeeding him the best of luck.

Superintendent Greg Paes and the school board acknowledged Mark Hudson, band director for Mendenhall, for his successful band program and placing third in the state. Mr. Hudson was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for his outstanding accomplishment.

A request was approved for Keri McRaney at Simpson Central to accept a $1000 classroom grant form MS Professional Educators. A request was approved to accept $300 donation from Stanley Graves Plumbing to Mendenhall Elementary. Another request was approved to accept $100 donation from Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church. These funds are for students unpaid meal balances: $50.00 to Magee Middle School; $50.00 to Magee Middle School.

The following travel was approved. A request from Alicia Keith to attend MS Counselor’s Association Annual Conference, November 7-9, 2018 in Biloxi, MS. Joycelyn Griffin, Shirlinda Tobertson, LaDena Forehand, Chuckie Allen, Aaron Williams and Kim Smith permission to travel with to National Honor Society students to Washington, DC, January 30-Febrary 3, 2019. Students and chaperones pay expenses. Patricia Braddock was granted permission to travel with Agriculture students from the Technical Center to Greenwood Gator Farms on November 27, 2018 in Gibson, LA. Students pay funds. John Taylor Wesley requested  permission to attend State Band Clinic, December 5-8, 2018 in Natchez, MS. Funds paid by band boosters. Mark Hudson was granted permission to attend State Band Clinic, December 5-8, 2018 in Natchez, MS. Funds are paid by band boosters.

Superintendent Paes complimented the football teams and coaches from Magee and Mendenhall on successful seasons. Both teams made it to the 2nd round of playoffs.

The topic of the evening came at the end of the night. A room full of parents and concerned citizens was present and approached the board about concerns with the recent noose that was discovered at Mendenhall Junior High School. Parents wanted answers on how the investigation is being handled. Parents stated their children needed counseling. Mr. Paes assured parents a counselor would be on hand the next day for any students who felt they needed to talk. The investigation is still on going as to how and who placed the noose in the cafeteria. Mr. Paes reassured the parents the student’s safety is and will always be first concern.

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Patrice is married to Greg Boykin and they have two sons, Bradley & Alex Boykin. Patrice is a lifetime resident of Simpson County. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry where 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community and has served in several leadership roles. Patrice has been a Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 19 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. Patrice was a member of the Magee Adopt A School Program. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Patrice is a member of the Simpson County Republican Executive Committee. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year for the Simpson County School District. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.

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