A longtime Alcorn Central teacher is joining the county school board.
Katriena Burgess was nominated to the vacant seat left open after former Alcorn School District Board of Education president Ricky Fields resigned last month. Fields was forced to exit after he purchased a new family home outside the district he served.
Burgess was nominated by another longtime Alcorn Central teacher and board member Ann Little. It became official on a motion by board member Daniel Cooper.
A resident of Farmington, Burgess takes over the first district seat and will share Alcorn Central representation with Little.
Fields was in the fourth year of his six-year-term and Burgess will serve in this capacity through 2022.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as a member of the school board,” Burgess told the Daily Corinthian. “This district has been a large part of who I am. My grandfather attended Farmington School many years ago. My father, my daughter, and I all graduated from Alcorn Central High School and were teachers on the AC campus.”
Burgess retired after 21 years at ACHS. She taught Family and Consumer Sciences and Early Childhood Education. She also sponsored the school’s Central Clovers 4-H Club.
“To be able to serve as the first district representative allows me to continue to work for the people who helped make me who I am today,” she added. “Teaching is a wonderful part of my life and I am excited to continue to help build this district into an even stronger place for our children to grow.”
Burgess said her main focus as a board member will be all the district’s children.
“I want them to know that I am their biggest supporter,” she said. “The teachers are of course very special to me, and I want them to know I understand their daily journeys.”