Number retirement

Aaron Thomas, left, speaks to the Magnolia School Board about retiring the sports number of Roy Green -- the only MHS graduate to play football in the NFL.

Magnolia High School graduate Roy Green’s jersey number 25 may soon be retired, becoming the first number retirement in Magnolia School District history.

The suggestion was brought before the Magnolia School Board on Monday night by Aaron Thomas.

“This year is the 45th anniversary of the last state championship win and I think it would be a good time to do something for someone who is deserving,” Thomas said.

He added that Green played on Magnolia’s last football championship team in 1974, was an all-state player, was All American at Henderson State, and played 14 seasons in the NFL.

He said the states of Missouri and Arkansas have both inducted Green into their sports Halls of Fame. The Arizona Cardinals retired his jersey, and so did Henderson State University.

“I think it’s so fitting for Magnolia to do such a thing for a person that is so well deserving,” Thomas said. “He never forgot where he came from. Let’s not forget what he means to us.”

Green graduated from Magnolia in 1975.

Board president Mike Waters said that personally, he’s for it, but the board hasn’t discussed it. There is no policy in place for the school board to retire a jersey.

However, Waters said he thinks the board can do something to honor Green, it will just have to be worked out through policy, working with the state school board and its legal team.

Waters told those in attendance that nothing could be voted on Monday night.

In other board news:

-- Board approved the purchase of 100 new laptops and 250 laptop bags at a total cost of $45,200.

-- Board approved to continue the sick leave bank policy for another year.

-- Board approved Ben E. Keith for food services.

-- Board approved milk/juice bid from Oak Farms and a bread/grain bid of from Flowers Baking Company.

-- Board approved to move October and November board meetings to the first Monday of those months.

-- Superintendent John Ward said the 9th grade academy building is basically “dried in” and waiting for an inspection before the installation of sheetrock will begin. He said the parking lot at Panther Stadium should be blacktopped this week.

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