Townsend returns to county school board

By BETH BUNCH,

Following his swearing in last Thursday night as the Lamar County School District’s newest board member, Reggie Townsend, looking quite at ease, took his seat alongside other representatives from across the district.

Townsend was appointed by the board to the District B position vacated by the recent resignation of Carolyn Adams. 

This isn’t Townsend’s first rodeo, as he assumed the same position from March until December 2016 when District B board member Steve Lampton was elected to the Lamar County Board of Supervisors. 

With that original appointment, Townsend became the first African American to sit on the LCSD board. He ran for the seat to make it permanent, but lost to Adams, a former Oak Grove High School principal and longtime county educator.

Board President Jeremy Chance said Townsend’s previous experience on the board weighed heavily on the board’s decision to appoint him again. 

“His outstanding character and intellect were obvious then and now so in our mind, it was an easy decision,” he said.

Townsend was one of three candidates interviewed for the position. 

Townsend, who will serve the district which represents parts of Oak Grove from now until November, does plan to run for the seat during balloting later this year..

Townsend said it definitely feels great to be sitting on the board once again.

“I’m honored to be able to serve once again for Lamar County and our students,” he said. 

Townsend currently doesn’t have anything to bring before the board and considers the leadership in Lamar County excellent.

“(Supt.) Tess Smith does a great job and with what she normally brings to the table we offer support and make great suggestions from there. With two young daughters, I realize that the decisions we make now are not just for this generation, but will be for future generations, so that’s a part of me wanting to give back to the community as well as set some great goals and standards for the next generation.”

Townsend grew up in Greenwood and came to the Hub City to study political science at Southern Miss. He earned a degree in 2007. He is currently continuing his education at William Carey where he is studying Higher Education Administration.

“I’m looking to work on the collegiate level in some sort of administrative position,” he said. He currently works as a marketing manager with CSpire. 

He and his wife, LaDonna, have two daughters, Raegan, 6, and Raeya, five months.

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