Maurice Chester, President
Mr. Maurice Chester is serving his fourth term as a McComb School District Board of Trustee.
Mr. Chester is retired. He was employed with the Mississippi Employment Security Commission for 30 years.
He is a graduate of Higgins High School and Alcorn State University. Mr. Chester is a member
of Rose Hill Freewill Baptist Church where he serves as a Sunday School teacher.
Mr. Chester has two grown children.
Christine Richardson, Vice President
Christine Richardson was elected to the McComb School District Board of Trustees in 2010.
She is a Methodist minister and has lived in McComb for six years. Reverend Richardson
is a graduate of the Rankin County Schools; she has a bachelor of arts from Centenary College
and has a master of divinity from Duke University. She and her husband Dr. Kevin Richardson
and their children Colin, Brooke and Emma attend Centenary United Methodist Church.
Susan Hedges, Secretary
Susan Hedges has been a member of the McComb School District Board of Trustees since March of 2011.
She is a graduate of Provine High School, Mississippi University for Women, and the University of
Alabama. She has completed additional graduate study at Delta State University and Mississippi
College. Mrs. Hedges is a licensed certified social worker and is an instructor in the Division
of Social Science and Business at Southwest Mississippi Community College. She has been employed
by SMCC since 1999. She is married to Jim Hedges and they are members of Centenary United Methodist
Church. Susan and Jim have two children, both of whom are graduates of McComb High School.
Eliece S. Rayborn, appointed to the McComb School District Board of Trustees in 2007,
is employed by Pike County Economic Development District, Inc. She is a graduate
of McAdams High School and Alcorn State University. Mrs. Rayborn is a member of
Walker Chapel Freewill Baptist Church where she serves as the secretary on the
Senior Usher Ministry. She and her husband Major (R) James W. Rayborn have three
children in college.
Lynn Gilmore was appointed to the McComb School District Board of Trustees in March of 2013. She is a graduate of Salem Attendance Center in the Walthall County
School District. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Belhaven University. She is a licensed certified teacher who has worked
as a substitute teacher in the district. She has served as either president, treasurer, or secretary of the PTA on every campus in the district. She is a
member of the First Baptist Church McComb where she participates in the sanctuary choir music and worship ministry. Mrs. Gilmore is the wife of former
Selectman Warren Ellis Gilmore. They have three sons.
Ashley Atkinson, Board Attorney
C. Ashley Atkinson has served as the School Board Attorney since 1978. He is a 1960 graduate
of McComb High School. He earned his bachelor of arts from Tulane University in 1964 and his
Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi in 1969. He is married to Gaye T. Atkinson
and they have four children, Payne, Cea, Claire and Erin, who are all graduates of McComb High School.
Gaye is a first grade teacher at Otken Elementary in the McComb School District. He and Gaye are members
of Centenary United Methodist Church. He also represents the McComb Housing Authority and the McComb Civil
Procedure for Citizens Addressing the School Board
The McComb School Board conducts a regular meeting each month and welcomes input from the public. Each regular meeting provides an opportunity for public comments.
Individuals, organizations, or committees may address the board during a meeting once a written request has been received by the
Office of the Superintendent at 695 Minnesota Avenue, P.O. Box 868, McComb, MS 39648.
The request must be received in the office of the superintendent no later than 12 noon on the Tuesday preceding the board meeting.
If the board agenda is too crowded, the matter will be held for the next board meeting.
The request must contain the following information:
The superintendent will acknowledge receipt of all requests, and will issue instructions by return mail.
- Name, address, telephone number, and signature of the person making the request.
- The date of the board meeting.
- The specific reason(s) for the request.
- Officials in the school district previously contacted about the matter.
- Requests from groups shall specify the name, address, and telephone number of the spokesperson of the group. The spokesperson will be the only voice of the group.
To promote order and efficiency, the following rules will apply to persons or groups coming before the board:
LEGAL REF: 37-11-23, (1970) Mississippi Code
- No person or group will be recognized without first being placed on the agenda.
- Only the individual designated as spokesperson will be allowed to speak for the group.
- If any person willfully disturbs a public school meeting, that person is in violation of the law.
- The board may make and enforce resolutions, rules and regulations for the conduct of persons attending board meetings.
- Speakers will adhere to a reasonable time limit and will speak only on the subject (s) stated in the written request.
- The board reserves the right to take matters under advisement.