STARKVILLE — Three candidates have applied for a vacant position on the Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District Board of Trustees.
Deadline for application was Thursday at 5 p.m. Starkville City Clerk Lesa Hardin said the three applicants are Wesley Gordon, Donna Sims and Ryan Walker.
Gordon, 37, has lived in Starkville for nine years and is the director for planned giving at the MSU Foundation. He will have four children in the district’s schools this fall.
Sims, 60, is a Starkville native who returned to her hometown last year and serves as marketing president at Renasant Bank. Although she has no school-aged children, her son attended public schools when the family lived in Madison.
Walker, 40, has been in Starkville for eight years and is an associate professor at Mississippi State’s College of Education. He has a daughter who will be a third-grader in the school district.
The position on the board was created when Lee Brand resigned June 11 after almost 10 years on the board. He is taking a job in Tennessee.
The Starkville Board of Aldermen will interview the applicants and make the appointment, which will run through 2020, during the aldermen’s July 16 meeting.
Slim Smith is a columnist and feature writer for The Dispatch. His email address is email@example.com.
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