“Challenging, good, interesting and also rewarding.”
These are just some of the adjectives Sandra Davenport, who has served as District 3 Clay County School Board member for two terms, used to describe her time as representative of West Clay Elementary School.
And now, with confidence in her educational arena background and community support, Davenport is aiming once again for another term to serve parents and students of the Clay County School District.
Davenport attended Jackson State University for two years before transferring to Mississippi State University where she earned a master’s degree in school guidance counseling and her Ed.S in educational leadership. She formerly served as a school guidance counselor for the West Point Alternative School, currently serves as a behavioral specialist for the West Point School District and has always been involved in the lives of children all of her professional life. A native of Mantee and a 1981 graduate of West Clay herself, Davenport served as Parent Teacher Association president for a period of time while her daughters attended West Clay and said she has always been affiliated with the school. She expressed that educating others has always played a part in her life, having worked 13 years with North Mississippi Center for Higher Educational Advancement where she was on the ground floor when the organization started its Talent Search Program. Talent Search needed at least 600 students, and Davenport said she “was instrumental in pulling in a great number for the program and working with the students on college planning and career awareness.
“I’ve always been a motivator, an encourager and a pusher of education.”
During her time on the Clay County School Board, Davenport initiated a uniform policy for students, which she said most parents were in favor of, and played a key role in West Clay Elementary receiving new playground equipment.
Davenport said if elected, she plans to bring new ideas to the board and continue working with the board to bring about improvements and enhancements for students in the district. She said she is proud of West Clay and the people put in place to serve each and every student there.
“Knowing the socioeconomic status that Clay County School District has and knowing that there is a lot of success out there - the capabilities and the school itself has a lot of technology in place,” she said. “Regardless of the socioeconomic status the state test scores are just tremendous, outstanding, which goes to show that there’s a great group of people in place - not only administrators but teachers are doing a dynamic job in the district, and you also have parent support.”
Being open-minded, objective and being able to listen to both sides of every issue is what Davenport said makes a great school board member and is what Davenport said she will continue to be if elected Nov. 6 to serve once again as District 3 Clay County School Board representative.