Concern for children prompts action


As I See It….
By Billy McCord 

Many of you have asked why I decided to run for a position on the Calhoun County School Board. Now that the election is over and I have been elected and taken office, I am happy to share with you my reasons for seeking this position.   

I have always been an advocate for children, a group in our society which has no voice in our government except through some adult who cares and is willing to represent it. I have tried to be that adult who cares and have spoken for issues involving the welfare of children all my adult life.  

Because of my desire to make life better for a child, I choose education as a means of ministry and spent 30 years in public education. During these years, I taught in the classroom, was a high school guidance counselor and served as principal of grades 1-8 and as a high school principal. I then became assistant superintendent for student services, a position I held until my retirement in 1991. Many people have asked if I had it to do over would I again spent that time in education. The answer is yes! I simply would not change a thing.  

It is this intense interest in the welfare of children that led me to seek a position on the county school board. I have a plaque hanging in my office that reads: “A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a CHILD.” I read these words almost daily.  

Members of school boards are supposed to be advocates for children. I very much want to continue to make a difference in the lives of children. I saw serving on the school board as my best opportunity to keep making a difference. I solicit your support and prayers as I as I serve in this position.  

Funding of public education looks good thus far in this legislative session. I ask each of you to keep up with this session of the Legislature and continue to urge full funding of the Mississippi Adequate Education Program as well as an increase in teacher salaries.  

Every child needs to be able to attend a school with adequate funding. I sincerely believe that good schools can and will make a difference in the opportunities children have in this state. If we are to reduce the number of those living in poverty it will be through education.  

I thank my friends in the Mississippi Conference for the kind remarks you have made to me concerning the articles I have submitted to the Advocate. Thanks for the interest shown in my candidacy for the Calhoun County School Board. 

McCord is a retired public school administrator and an elder in The United Methodist Church. He is pastor of the Pittsboro and Shady Grove UM churches in Calhoun County. Contact him at