Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba has nominated two more people to serve on the board at Jackson Public Schools.

The city council agenda for a Nov. 21 meeting lists Robert Luckett and Andrea Jones as two more Lumumba nominees for the JPS Board of Trustees, which the council must confirm before they can serve.

Luckett is the director of the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University, where he is also an associate professor of history.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Jones is the instructional leader at Toot, Teach and Roll, a mobile learning lab that travels around the Jackson area to provide art education opportunities.

If confirmed, Luckett and Jones will bring the board up to six members, one short of a full school board.

The new members replace the previous school board — each member willingly resigned prior to Gov. Phil Bryant’s announcement of the partnership between his office, the City of Jackson, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

City council confirmed Ed Sivak, Letitia Simmons-Johnson, Barbara Hilliard and Jeanne Hairston on Nov. 8.

The city council meeting is scheduled for Nov. 21 at 6 p.m.


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Kayleigh Skinner joined the Mississippi Today team in January 2017 as an education and legislative reporter and advanced to a senior staff member in her four years with the company. Skinner most recently served as deputy managing editor before assuming the role of managing editor. Kayleigh has a bachelor’s in journalism from the School of Journalism and New Media from the University of Mississippi. Before joining Mississippi Today, Kayleigh worked at The Hechinger Report, Chalkbeat Tennessee, and The Commercial Appeal. She has appeared on MSNBC, NPR, and BBC Newsday Radio to discuss her reporting.