Governor Tate Reeves has announced two appointees to the Mississippi State Board of Education.
In a news release, the governor announced the selection of Dr. Angela Bass, the Executive Director of the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance, and Glen East, the Superintendent of the Gulfport School District.
“Mississippi’s children deserve our steadfast commitment to improving education. We must continue to improve outcomes for these students without fear of upsetting the status quo. I am confident that Angela and Glen will serve with honor and represent the interest of parents, teachers, and–most importantly–students. Their achievement has to be our top priority,” Governor Reeves said.
Prior to her role with the MELA, Bass, a Harvard graduate, taught in the Tunica and Desoto County School Districts and served as an administrator at the KIPP Memphis Collegiate High School.
Under East’s leadership, the Gulfport School District, made up of 10 schools and approximately 5,800 students, has been designated an ‘Excellence for All School District.’
Both Bass and East must be confirmed by the Mississippi Senate. Earlier this year, the legislative body rejected former Senator Nancy Collins’ appointment, which was announced by the governor in January.
The SBE is made up of nine members and is tasked with “setting standards and policies for the organization, operation, management, planning, budgeting and programs of the Mississippi State Department of Education.”