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JMCSS board member O’Neal Henley resigns because of health after COVID

O'Neal Henley, Jackson-Madison County School System District 2 board member

After an August defeat of the District 2 incumbent, Jackson-Madison County School System’s newly elected board member O’Neal Henley is resigning the seat for health reasons.

After a “rough” battle with the coronavirus, Henley felt like he couldn’t perform his duties and responsibilities to do a good job on the board.

“I certainly don’t want to let the people and kids down by not being able to do this job, so I felt that it was best to resign…” Henley said. “I’m just trying to get healthy again.”

Henley is a retired JMCSS educator of 34 years, during which time he was a teacher, coach, principal at North Side High and Jackson Central-Merry High and assistant superintendent.

Henley started having symptoms of the coronavirus on New Year’s Day – something he said he won’t ever forget. While he has recovered as far as symptoms, he is still weak and doesn’t have the energy he should, he said. As a diabetic, an underlying condition that’s said to worsen COVID, he’s also working to keep his blood sugar under control.

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