- Petal School District
Petal School District Board of Trustees Welcomes New Members
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 25, 2023
PETAL, Miss. – The Petal School District Board of Trustees has welcomed two new members. Lacey Bolling, who ran unopposed in the election, was sworn in earlier this month to fill the vacancy left by Bruce Magee, who served on the board for 20 years, including 18 as chairman.
Bolling, who has two children in the district, says she is honored and excited to serve on the Board of Trustees.
“My greatest desire is to be present and attentive to our student, administration and teacher needs, and to celebrate, alongside them, their many accomplishments as the greatest school district in Mississippi,” said Bolling.
Bolling, a native of Wiggins and William Carey Alumna, has served on the Shared Decision-Making Councils at Petal Elementary and Petal Upper Elementary School, as well as the Parent Teacher Organizations of the primary, elementary, upper elementary and middle schools. She has also served on the Spark Show Choir Board, the LeBonte Literary Club, and various praise and worship teams throughout the years. She resides in Petal with her husband, Jeremy Bolling, and two daughters, Elyse and Eva. They are members of Petal-Harvey Baptist Church.
Brian Robertson, who was appointed at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, replaces Troy Wicktom, who served on the school board for 10 years.
“I am honored to serve on the Board of Trustees and look forward to working with current members and administration to build on a great foundation and preserve the legacy that is Petal Schools,” said Robertson. “I am grateful for the confidence of the mayor and Board of Aldermen.”
Robertson, director of Operations and Business Development at J-Con, Inc., has served on the Shared Decision-Making Councils at Petal Elementary and Petal Upper Elementary School. He has also served as chairman of the Spark Show Choir Board and currently with the set design team for the Innovations and Soundsations show choirs at the high school.
He resides in Petal with his wife, Micki Jo, and daughter Joli. They are members of Petal-Harvey Baptist Church, where he serves the middle school ministry as a teacher and is a member of the celebration choir and finance committee.
“I am incredibly grateful for the many years of service to the Board of Trustees by Mr. Magee and Mr. Wicktom,” said Jerry DeFatta, School Board chairman. “Our district is better today because of their leadership.”
“We are excited to welcome Ms. Bolling and Mr. Robertson to the board,” DeFatta said. “I know they are both individuals of high integrity and will be exemplary leaders for our district. I look forward to working with them as they assume their new roles.”
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