• The Community Engagement Council for Jackson Public Schools is a community-led group focused on improving JPS schools. The Council seeks to share information, host events, and facilitate community discussions designed to help improve JPS schools. This is accomplished by reviewing existing JPS policies and making policy recommendations to address identified improvement goals.

    Membership is open to any community member invested in the success of JPS students, including parents, educators, students, business leaders and others. The CEC is not the same as the District’s School Board. While the JPS CEC reviews and recommends policies designed to address school improvement goals, it must work through the policy approval process established by the District and the Board.

    Formerly referred to as P-16 Councils, Community Engagement Councils are required through state statute with guidance provided by the Mississippi Department of Education. The purpose of CECs is to implement broad-spectrum community-based support for schools and districts implementing improvement plans to improve learning outcomes for students.

    Learn more by visiting Guidelines for Community Engagement Councils – MDE.


    Are you interested in helping affect positive change in Jackson Public Schools? The Community Engagement Council is recruiting new members. Members should live in the Jackson Public School District and have an invested interest in the success of JPS students. To join, you may send a text @jxncec23 to 81010. Doing this will loop you into the Remind communication platform where announcements and other important information will be shared.

    Board Members

    • President - Lauren Huddleston
    • Vice President - Michelle Henry
    • Secretary - Shana Harper
    • Secretary - Kristen Fowler


    Membership is not required to participate in any of the following CEC meetings or events:

    Sub-Committees Meeting Dates (Various, TBD)

    • Policy Review
    • Bylaws Review
    • Board Meeting Review
    • Events/Membership

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Last Modified on January 26, 2024