Lumumba nominates new JPS board members

In the latest step forward for Jackson Public Schools, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba nominated four members for the district’s school board. The nominees are Ed Sivak, Letitia Simmons-Johnson, Barbara Hilliard and Jeanne Hairston. Sivak is  a senior vice president at Hope Enterprise Corp. Simmons-Johnson, an attorney, previously served on the JPS board, Lumumba’s first and only appointee. Hilliard is an International Baccalaureate coordinator at the Jackson school district.

Top school districts lauded with ‘Celebration of Excellence’ tour

The 15 school districts which earned A’s this year will receive a visit from the Mississippi Department of Education to recognize their achievement. The department announced its second annual “Celebration of Excellence” tour on Monday. State Superintendent Carey Wright will visit each school district over the next two months to thank the districts for their hard work, according to a news release. “These school districts who achieved the state’s highest rating deserve recognition. It takes hard work and commitment by administrators, teachers, parents and community members to ensure that students receive a high-quality education,” Wright said in the release.