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2019 - 2020 Board of Trustees

The McComb School District Board of Trustees is comprised of four appointed members and one elected member and is the official policy-making body for the school district. School Board meetings are held at the School District Administrative Offices in the Board Room. All meetings of the School Board are open to the public.
 
Eliece Rayborn, Chairman

Eliece S. Rayborn, appointed to the McComb School District Board of Trustees in 2012 and reappointed in 2017, 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 Community of Believers Cultural Fellowship Church where she serves as the secretary on the Senior Usher Ministry. She and her husband Major (R) James W. Rayborn have three grown children.
 
 
Lorraine Gayden, Vice-Chairman

Lorraine Gayden was elected without opposition to a five-year term effective January 2016. Gayden is a graduate of Burglund High School, Jackson State University, Purdue University, and the University of Southern Mississippi.  She retired from McComb School District in 2002 as an English teacher at McComb High School.  She previously taught at Alcorn State University and served as Director of the Pike County Department of Welfare (now Human Services).  She served as president of the McComb Association of Educators from 2010 - 2015 and on the McComb School District's Strategic Plan Development Committee in 2014.  She is a member of Walker's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church where she serves as Sunday School director and in music, mission, and education ministries.  She and her husband Robert have one daughter, A McComb High School graduate and University of Arkansas-Monticello graduate, and two grandchildren.
Kizzy Coney, Secretary
 
Ms. Coney was appointed to the McComb School District Board of Trustees in 2018.
 
 
Elizabeth Murrell, Member
 
Betsy Murrell was appointed to the School Board in 2016, she is co-owner of Selman's Jewelers-Gemologist, Inc. with her husband Lamar.  She and Lamar have two children, both of whom are McComb High School graduates and four grandchildren. Betsy is very active in the community serving as director of Camp Sunshine, past president of Otken PTA, MHS Parent of the Year, past president and life member of the Junior Auxiliary of McComb, past chairman of the Pike County Economic Board, past president of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce and board member and past president of St. Andrews Mission.
Mrs. Lynn Gilmore

Lynn D. Gilmore, Member

Lynn D. Gilmore rejoined the board in March of 2019 for a second term, having previously served from March 2013 - February 2018. While she served as chair in 2016-2017, the Mississippi School Boards Association awarded the board a certificate recognizing the board of trustees for having been a Whole Board of Merit. She is a member of the Council of Urban Boards of Education, the National Black Council of School Boards, the National School Boards Association, and the Mississippi School Boards Association.

Gilmore was the 2009-2010 Parent of the Year for McComb School District. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and First Baptist Church of McComb. Her husband is Warren Ellis Gilmore. They have three sons with two having graduated from McComb High School and one is a graduate of the Mississippi School of the Arts. 

Gilmore is a graduate of Salem Attendance Center in Tylertown, MS. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Belhaven University. Her mantra as a trustee is, "We must be proactive". Her favorite quote regarding education is from the civil rights activist and educator Dr. Dorothy Height, "We've got to work to save our children and do it with full respect for the fact that if we do not, no one else is going to do it". 

 

 
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 was 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 Service Commission.
 

 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:
  • 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.
The superintendent will acknowledge receipt of all requests, and will issue instructions by return mail.

To promote order and efficiency, the following rules will apply to persons or groups coming before the board:
  • 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.
LEGAL REF:  37-11-23, (1970) Mississippi Code