2022 - 2023 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.
Elizabeth Murrell, Vice-Chairman
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. Martin, Member

Lynn D. Martin 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.

Martin 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. She has three sons with two having graduated from McComb High School and one is a graduate of the Mississippi School of the Arts. 

Martin is a graduate of Salem Attendance Center in Tylertown, MS. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and a Master of Arts in Teaching 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". 

Mrs. Angela Bates, Member
Angela Bates, Member

Angela Bates was appointed to the McComb School Board of Trustees in 2021. She is employed with FedEx as a Senior Operations Administrator. Angela is a graduate of McComb High School and Jackson State University. She has one daughter who also graduated from McComb High School and one granddaughter. Bates’ mother, Mrs. Bettye Barnes, retired from McComb School District, having taught at Higgins Middle school for 32 years. Angela is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she serves as Financial Secretary and is a member of Pine Grove M.B. Church. Angela was recently chosen to chair the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion committee for FedEx.
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Evelle Thomas-Dillon
Evelle Thomas-Dillon was appointed to the McComb School Board of Trustees on May 10, 2022. She is Married to Carlos Dillion, Sr. She has been employed by Weyerhaeuser for 12 years, and she is a member of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She has a senior scholar at the McComb High School.

Ms. KaShonda Day, Board Attorney
KaShonda Day, Board Attorney
Ms. Day began serving as the School Board Attorney in 2020. 


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

The McComb School District completes all teaching experience/employment verifictions through Verifent.