Meet the Board
Holmes County Consolidated School District is a place where all of our energies are dedicated to helping students become their best selves. We purposefully create an environment to meet their needs from early childhood to emerging adolescence. We are pioneers in providing a leading-edge academic experience, and we are fundamentally committed to helping all of our students become people of strong character and academic excellence.
Board President, Louise Lewis Winters has an extensive resume as a civil rights activist. She served 26 years on the Board of Education for the Durant Public School District in the capacities of president, vice president, and secretary before being elected to the Holmes County Consolidated Board where she was then elected Vice President. She continues to be the voice of the children, employees, and members of the community.
Board Vice President, Earsie L. Simpson is a native of Camden, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Velma Jackson High School and a retired Veteran of the United States Army, where he served for 22 years. Mr. Simpson is an active citizen of the Holmes County community, presently living in Pickens, Mississippi. He is a member of the Holmes County Democratic Black Caucus and an Associate Member of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Simpson has volunteered with several organizations around the county, where he has spoken with youth and adults about the dangers of tobacco products and the importance of voting. Mr. Simpson uses every effort to strive for excellence with the Holmes County Consolidated School District.
Board Secretary, Anthony Anderson is determined to ensure that every child has equal access to a high-quality education. Before serving on the Board, he taught Agri-Science and Computer Engineering in the Holmes County School District. Mr. Anderson is currently the assistant pastor at Rockport Missionary Baptist Church.
Elder William Dean, Jr. served in the field of education for 34 years. He is the First Black Elected Superintendent of Education for Holmes County School District (and the state of Mississippi) for which he served for 18+ years. Of all of Superintendent Dean’s accomplishments, he loves best what God called him to do and that is, “preaching God’s Word.”
Rayford Horton is the Director of Institutional Services for Mississippi State Department of Health. He oversees the health and sanitation compliance of home day care centers, prisons, jails and correctional facilities. He also ensures compliance of school construction and designs with the Americans with Disabilities Act as a safety recall investigator for the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.