Dr. Roy Harkness, Chairman

Elected November 2010 

District 6

Eva Drain, Vice-Chair

Elected August 1998
District 1 



Wade Hendren
Elected August 2016
District 2


Linda Jennings
Elected August 2014
District 3 


Austin Thompson, Jr.
Appointed April 2005
District 4 


Bob Ennis
Elected August 2014
District 5 


Melinda Hutcherson
Elected August 2008
District 7


Rob Harris
Elected August 2008
District 8 


The Lauderdale County Department of Education eight-member board is elected by popular vote, with each board member representing an election district and serving staggered four-year terms. The school board chairman is elected by the board members.

School board meetings are held in the Ripley Elementary School Board/Training Room/ Dates and times vary, but are published in the newspapers and on WTRB Radio.