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DuBard School Students Advance to Local School Districts

By: KaTrisha Roberson

Nineteen students from the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) are returning to their local school districts next year. The advancing students were recognized at The DuBard School awards ceremony held recently on the Hattiesburg campus.

“We are so proud of all our students and excited that these exiting students are starting a new chapter in their lives.  They have worked hard to be successful with their speech, language, and academic skills, and we know they will continue to do great work.” – Dr. Missy Schraeder, DuBard School Director.

The DuBard School currently serves 80 children in its full-time enrollment program. These children have an average of 5.6 diagnoses each, with primary disability rulings in speech, language, and/or hearing. The school is non-graded, with students progressing at their own rates of progress. On average, children attend DuBard School for five years before returning to the their home school districts to continue their education.

The DuBard School is privileged to serve students from our state who have significant difficulties with speech, language, hearing, and academic skills. The enrollment program provides full-day therapy by our speech-language pathologists all at no cost to our families. is an online news website covering Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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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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