A rose to Yvonne Cox and Telisa Young who have moved into leadership roles on the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees. The board elected new officers during Thursday’s board meeting. Cox will take over as president from Jason Spears while Young assumes the vice president role from Fredrick Sparks. While all five board members remain the same, the idea of giving others opportunities to serve in leadership roles is sound, especially since the moves were unanimously approved. The current board has worked cohesively in its duties, and we expect that to continue at this critical point in the school district’s existence. There is much work to be done. Cox, Young and the board have our best wishes.
A rose to the city of Starkville, which rolled out its much anticipated design plans for redevelopment of Highway 182 between Long Street and Old West Point Road. Starkville has secured a U.S. Department of Transportation grant to pay for 80 percent of the estimated $12.66 million project aiming to draw economic development and increase pedestrian access along the corridor. City officials expect the project to turn a blighted area of the city into an appealing retail corridor. The project could be complete by 2024.
A rose to Columbus Airbus, which announced a change of leadership this week. Mike Spears ends his eight-year tenure as the facilities manager, turning over the reins to Johannes Dienemann, who has been with Airbus for 14 years and spent much of the past two years shuttling between Dallas and Columbus. His familiarity with Columbus operations will, no doubt, ensure a seamless transition. Airbus, formerly American Eurocopter, occupies an important place in the history of industrial development in Lowndes County as the first of the industries to locate on the now thriving Lowndes County Industrial Park in 2003. With 273 employees, Columbus Airbus continues to be an economic driver, providing jobs and infusing the county and the county school district with tax income. Congratulations to Spears for a job well done as we welcome Dienemann to his new role.