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JACSKON, Miss. – The Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board (MCSAB) today announced that charter schools significantly expanding (adding a grade) for school year 2022-2023 were cited as recipients of a $600,000 congressionally-funded community project grant in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023. The grant award is a result
of collaboration and support between MCSAB and the Honorable Senator Cindy Hyde- Smith’s office. On behalf of the public charter school community, MCSAB extends its sincere gratitude to Senator Hyde-Smith and her office for the opportunity to submit this request and for the continued support for Mississippi’s public school children
and families.

Charter school recipients are as follows: Ambition Preparatory (K-4), Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School (K-6), Leflore Legacy Academy (6-8), and Midtown Public Charter School (4-8). Funds will support schools in purchasing instructional supplies and/or the
technology needed to accelerate learning. Each school will receive $150,000.
“What a wonderful opportunity this is for our charter community. Charter school leaders and their amazing teachers work diligently to ensure the boys and girls of Mississippi have access to a high quality educational experience. Doubling our charter school presence since 2019 and increasing student enrollment is clear evidence of the growth of the sector, dedication of school leaders, and the support of our families.” Dr. Lisa Karmacharya, Executive Director.

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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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