Morris named to HPSD board


Yolanda Morris, the parent of a Thames Elementary School third-grader, will bring a commitment to the Hattiesburg schools and a keen financial knowledge to the Hattiesburg Public School District Board of Trustees after her nomination was approved by the City Council on Tuesday.

Mayor Toby Barker nominated Morris for the position last Friday to replace the Rev. Marcus Cathey, who is completing his second five-year term on the Board of Trustees.

Morris said she has been involved in the school district in several ways.

“Prior to this time, I made it my goal not only helping my child, but every student in the Hattiesburg Public School District (by) volunteering, tutoring, assistance and any way possible,” she said. “This is just another way for me to serve and make sure I am doing my part for the school system.”

Morris said she is not afraid to ask other parents to get involved.

“It’s hard for parents to tell me, ‘No’ when I’m in their faces,” she said. “I am going to continue to do my part, ask for volunteers and continue to serve.”

Morris has worked 10 years with the Mississippi Department of Revenue and will be well versed on the financial side.

“I think the current CFO (chief financial officer) is amazing,” she said. “I am just excited to work with her to make sure that the district stays on track because she is awesome.”

Barker said Morris will make a strong school board member.

“She regularly attends school board meetings, volunteers at her daughter's school and understands responsible financial management,” he said. “These are all qualities that our school district needs at this time."

She attended The University of Southern Mississippi, where she received her undergraduate degree in business administration, and William Carey University, where she earned her master of business administration.

“As a parent and community member, I am excited and humbled to have this opportunity,” Morris said. “It is my goal to use my talents and abilities to assist Hattiesburg Public School District in meeting its mission, and I look forward to serving in this manner.”

Superintendent Dr. Robert Williams said he is excited about the addition of Morris to the school board.

 “She is already actively involved with our district, serving as a PTA officer and on the district's Parent Advisory Committee,” he said. “Having school board members with vision, talent and an investment in the future of our school system is important, and I look forward to working with her.”

Morris, whose term will be from March 5, 2018 until March 4, 2023, is married to Ken, and they have two children: Kenya, a third-grader at Thames Elementary, and Kendrick, 2.