Bullard recognizes women at Vicksburg Warren School Board meeting

Published 1:45 pm Monday, April 4, 2022

In honor of National Women’s History Month, which ended March 31, during the Vicksburg Warren County School District’s Board meeting on Thursday board member Sally Bullard recognized women and their contributions to Vicksburg’s successes.

“I thought about the ladies who came before me, and the first one that came to mind for me was Zelmarine Murphy. Zelmarine sat on this board for 30 plus years. She is a fierce public education supporter,” Bullard said.

National Women’s History Month was established in 1987 with the aim of honoring and celebrating women and the gifts they share with others.

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Bullard, who is currently the only woman on the school board, also referenced Eva W. Davis as another woman in Vicksburg who gave back to her community. Davis had the fortitude, Bullard said, to “single-handedly” save the Old Warren County Courthouse, which now serves as a museum encapsulating the stories of the River City’s past.

Bullard then recognized Mary Francis Terry, the first Republican to serve in the State House of Representatives, as well as the women in attendance.

“In this gathering, we have elected officials, law enforcement, engineers, teachers, principals, attorneys, journalists, self-employed business owners, authors, CPAs, real estate moguls, bankers, Ph.D. and master’s (level degree recipients). There are also a few mothers in the audience that have made a sandwich or two, she said. I’m grateful to live in a community where you can pick up the phone and folks like this show up in support of each other.”

Bullard said measuring the impact of the women who were in attendance at the school board meeting made her proud and at the same time overwhelmed her to be able to recognize the “work and worth of these women in the community.”

Bullard also specifically recognized the accomplishments of women employed by the VWSD.

She said of the director positions in the district, 71 percent are held by females. There are also seven women in the school district who hold Ph.Ds. and 17 who have earned their master’s degrees.

VWSD Superintendent Chad Shealy thanked Bullard for recognizing women and their contributions to Vicksburg.

And in doing so, Shealy took the opportunity to introduce some of Vicksburg’s young women, who he said were making “history” in the community — the Vicksburg High School girls soccer and basketball teams.

The VHS girls’ soccer team has consecutively won the district playoffs for three years and made the playoffs for this year’s competition.

The VHS Missy Gators basketball team has also won three consecutive district championships.

Both teams have also been recognized as scholar athletic teams, meaning as a group they have a compiled GPA score of 3.0 or above.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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