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Natchez-Adams school board member resigns
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March 5, 2019 - ListenUpYall.com

By John Mott Coffey

NATCHEZ, Miss – Adams County supervisors are looking for someone to fill the Natchez-Adams school board seat vacated by Renee Davis-Wall.

Davis-Wall recently resigned from the five-member board that oversees local public schools. She’s been on the board since September 2017 when county supervisors appointed her. She decided to resign after recently giving birth to a child, said county board President Calvin Butler.

Davis-Wall was absent from four of the last seven meetings of 2018 but did phone in for two of them, according to the Natchez-Adams school board’s minutes posted on its website.

The Board of Supervisors will seek candidates interested in the vacant school board seat and interview them before deciding who to select. County supervisors appoint two school board members while the Natchez Board of Aldermen has three.

Davis-Wall was the only white member of the Natchez-Adams School District Board of Trustees, which governs a school system that’s about 90 percent black, according to the state Department of Education.

She leaves the board as it’s being challenged in court by opponents of the school trustees’ plans to construct a replacement for the 58-year-old Natchez High School on Seargent Prentiss Drive. The case is now before the Mississippi Supreme Court. The dispute revolves around the school board’s decision in July 2017 to borrow $9 million for school construction after Natchez-Adams County voters had defeated the original and more costly proposition two months earlier.

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Borrowing money to refurbish ballfields is among the ideas floated at the Adams County supervisors meeting Monday to correct what one said are “terrible” conditions.

Softball league organizer Tommy Greene told the Board of Supervisors that the fields by Natchez High School are in such bad shape and susceptible to rain-caused flooding that they might be unusable. He cited a $25,000 estimate for necessary improvements.

However, county supervisors said the issue should be presented to the Natchez-Adams County Recreation Commission, which determines how to spend funds allocated for recreation by the county Board of Supervisors and Natchez Board of Aldermen.

“Those fields are terrible,” said county Supervisor Mike Lazarus, who suggested the city and county boards issue bonds to generate the necessary funds needed to renovate the ballfields and other recreation facilities. The loan could be repaid in annual installments from the funds already committed each year by the city and county boards, he said.




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