Simpson County School Board

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The Simpson County School Board met with Architect Jeff McGee of JH&H Architects concerning renovations to Mendenhall School’s old Head Start Building during their regular scheduled board meeting Thursday, June 11, 2020.  Greg Paes. Wesla Sullivan, Patrice Boykin,

Danny Cowart, and Stacey Herring were in attendance.  Lilly Hardy and Stan Bulger attended by Zoom.

The board asked Superintendent Greg Paes to obtain the potential cost to renovate the building for the 5th grade at Mendenhall Elementary. After inspection of the building, the board felt the cost for a new building might be the best investment. The older building has several issues that would cost a substantial amount of money to renovate. The board voted to demolish the building along with the old cafeteria.  A decision on building a new building were tabled until after the budget approval and a better understanding of what percent budget cuts from the state will be enacted.

Dr. Brad Blake, new Principal of Magee High School, met before the board to introduce himself.

Dr. Brad Blake
Pictured: Dr. Robert Sanders, Dr. Brad Blake, Mr. Greg Paes, and Sue Honea

Jeanie Pigg presented the new proposed student handbook for the board to review and approve at the special called board meeting on June 26, 2020.

Federal programs presented by Misty Hanna were approved by the board.

The board approved the following HR report presented by Dr. Robert Sanders:

The resignation of Faye Smith from Mendenhall Jr. High

The following employees were approved for hire:

  • Katelyn Thames – Magee Middle
  • Sandra Lee – Mendenhall Elementary
  • Lance Lowery – Magee Middle
  • Sandra Orman – Simpson Central
  • Kelly Nichols – Mendenhall Jr. High
  • Emily Hughes – Mendenhall Jr. High
  • Morgan Hardy – Magee Elementary
  • Stuart Shaw – Magee High
  • Jamie Lock – Magee High
  • Peyton Papenburg – Magee High
  • Shareb Prine – Magee High
  • Kimberly McCann – Magee High


With no further business, the meeting was adjourned into executive session to discuss personnel and student discipline issues.

A special called board meeting will be held June 26th to approve proposed budget and close out the fiscal year. is an online news website covering Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.


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