Lafayette County School Board seeks to fill seat on board

Published 9:54 am Thursday, April 6, 2017

Last month, the Lafayette County School Board lost a member when Ken Hewlett resigned for unspecified reasons.

Now, the board is seeking to fill his vacancy.

Hewlett represented District 4 (Burgess, Taylor, Union West), and the new member would also have to be a resident of and be a registered voter in this district.

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Lafayette County Superintendent Adam Pugh said that interested individuals should send a brief statement about themselves and their background why they would like to be considered for this position. Any applicants can send their letters to Pugh on the LCSD campus (1000 Commodore Dr., Oxford, MS 38655) or to his email (

The deadline for letters of interest is April 21.

Hewlett resigned

Hewlett, a member of the school board for more than 15 years, was re-elected to a six-year term in November 2012. He was also a former president of the school board.

Hewlett was outspoken about his displeasure with the school board voting 3-2 in January not to renew the contract of long-time board attorney Gray Tollison without an explanation.

“I believe the people have a right to know why,” Hewlett told the EAGLE.

“He has given back to the school district probably more than he’s made working for the board,” Hewlett said. “I’ve always been satisfied with the work he’s done for this board.”

Two months later, Hewlett tendered his resignation and the board had up to 60 days to fill his seat. The person who is appointed will complete Hewlett’s term on the school board.