Charles Fairley – a Collins High School graduate who lives in Shady Oak – was unanimously appointed to the Covington County Board of Education as District 5 member at a special called meeting on Tuesday, June 30 in the Collins High School cafeteria.

Fairley will complete the unexpired term of board member Charles Beasley, who resigned because of ill health. Board President Lynn Smith said he looked forward to working with Fairley.

“His appointment will last until Jan. 1, 2021,” he said. “At that time, the seat will be filled by whoever runs for and wins the seat in the upcoming November election. So, the voters of Beat 5 will have the ultimate decision as to who they want their school board representative to be.”

Smith also praised Beasley’s duties on the school board.

“It has been a privilege to work with Mr. Beasley for the last 5½ years,” he said. “He truly was an asset to the School Board, as well as the entire Covington County School System. He will be greatly missed, but we wish him nothing but the best in all his future endeavors.”

Fairley is married to Connie McCann Fairley. He is a graduate of Collins High School and Alcorn State University. He is a deacon and musician at Rocky Valley Missionary Baptist Church, where the Rev. George Dawson is the pastor.

Fairley said he is grateful for being appointed.

“I am very grateful to serve the remaining term of Charles Odell Beasley,” he said. “I look forward to hearing and sharing during this term to enhance our students, parents, teachers, and administrators in any areas deemed necessary by the school board.”

Fairley works for the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services (AbilityWorks, Inc.) as the facility manager in Laurel, and he is the owner of a professional bail agency. He is a veteran of the Gulf War and the former Company Commander of the 623rd Service and Classification Company, Mississippi Army National Guard located in Collins.

In other meeting matters, the board approved the resignations of Bertha Elaine Barnes, Caprice Smalley, and Jasmine Haynes; the recommendation of Justin Russell for principal at Seminary Middle School; and the recommendation of all coaches at all high schools.

Superintendent Babette Duty reported that all schools are developing plans for the return of students on Aug. 10.

“I look forward to working with Mr. Fairley and welcome his input as we all navigate the start of school with the changes that we are putting in place in regards to COVID-19,” she said.

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