This is a press release from the Laurel School District.
Tom Gentzel, the executive director of the National School Boards Association, recently spent a day in Laurel to meet with the newly installed President of the National School Boards Association and President of the Laurel School District Board of Trustees Miranda Beard.
During their time, they discussed the goals for Beard’s year as president and planned for the upcoming board meetings.
To gain a firsthand perspective of the success stories in Mississippi public education, he had the opportunity to tour Nora Davis Magnet School, a Mississippi Arts Commission Whole Schools Initiative Model School and hear about the school’s best instructional practices.
He also had the opportunity to meet with Laurel School Board members and the superintendent. Mayor Johnny Magee presented Gentzel with a key to the city for his positive promotion of public education across the nation, and to recognize the important impact that public education has on communities.
Miranda Beard will serve a one-year term as president of the national association where she will serve as a spokesperson for public education across the nation.
She will also be involved in legislative advocacy for public education. She is the first national president from the Pine Belt and only the second from the state of Mississippi to serve in this prestigious capacity.
“It is an honor to represent our state on this level,” Beard said. “I am looking forward to an exciting year celebrating public education across the nation, while expecting greatness from the board room to the classroom, from the state Capitol to the U.S. Capitol. Every child regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic status should have access to a free and adequate education.”
The 25 member board, comprised of delegates from all regions of the nation, will hold their December board meeting in Laurel.
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