District Offices District


Welcome to the District Offices of Poplarville School District.
Our address is 302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, MS 39470.
You can reach us at (voice) (601) 795-8477 or (fax) (601) 795-0712.

Superintendent of Schools:  Carl Merritt

Federal Programs Director and Director of Curriculum:  Konya Miller
Special Services Director:  Shannon Anderson
Technology Coordinator and Student Data:  Stephen Seal
Director of Finance: Samantha Sandifer

Transportation Director:  Ed Sternod
Maintenance Director:  Gene Stevens
Food Services Director:  Gwen Seal


School Board Members:
Samuel Gentry, Lisa Graves, Violine Jordan, Shirline Magee, Tommy Strahan




PLE Position Announcement

Applications are now being accepted in the Office of the Superintendent, Poplarville School District, 302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, MS 39470, for the position of:

K-2 Music Teacher

Applicant must currently hold or be eligible to hold a Class A Mississippi Teaching Certificate endorsement in any of the following: 125 Music (K-12) Performing Arts.

Deadline for returning applications is March 3, 2017. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Seal Named Administrator of the Year

Picture of Stephen Seal
On Monday, February 13, 2017 at their regular meeting, the Poplarville School Board recognized Stephen Seal as Administrator of the Year.
Seal is a 27 year veteran of the district and is currently the technology coordinator of the Poplarville School District. He has served as technology coordinator for the past six years that have seen many changes in educational technology.
“We’ve pretty much rebuilt everything infrastructure-wise and are in the process of rebuilding our wireless services to meet the ever-growing classroom demands. Seems strange but 6 years ago, when I took this job, there were no such thing as Chromebooks, no G-Suite, nor online testing. Things have changed at lightspeed,” Seal stated. “I’ve been very blessed to have a great tech team working with me every day. And, a business manager and Superintendent that get how important technology is to this district really helps. There are many districts across the state that don’t have these things. We are certainly blessed.”
Seal taught on the PHS campus for 21 years before becoming technology coordinator. He was named District Teacher of the Year in 2003 and was chosen as Star Teacher in 2001, 2005, 2007, and 2011. He was also the science department chairman at PHS from 2001 through 2011.   

Staff Visits Jackson

Poplarville Group discussing education with governor.
Carl Merritt, Superintendent of Schools, Shannon Anderson, Director of Special Services, and Ryan Merritt, PUE teacher visited Jackson on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 to discuss improvements to education with Governor Phil Bryant, Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, and State Representative John Corley. 
The group discussed possible changes for improving learning and efficiency for students in Pearl River County. 
Poplarville Group Meeting with State Officials

Mr. Ed Retires

Mr Ed retires and is surrounded by drivers
Ed (Mr. Ed) Sternod retired as Transpiration Director at the end of January. All his bus drivers gathered to wish him well on his last day. Drivers, administrators, and students wish Mr. Ed a peaceful and healthy retirement. 

PUE Students Get Involved

Ms. Angela Bonner, a Special Education Teacher at Poplarville Upper Elementary, along with students at PUE worked to assist students who were victims from the most recent tornado in the Pine Belt area.  Mr. Willam Payne, Principal at PUE, Dr. Shannon Smith, a member of the administrative team at N.R.Burger Middle School and Ms. Bonner, worked together to develop a list of immediate needs. The students at PUE responded by collecting and donating supplies to the school.  The students collected several boxes of supplies that ranged from pencils and paper to back backs and personal items.
"We know it’s not much," said Ms. Bonner, "but we hope the students learned the value of giving and how to be good citizens."

SPED Position Available

Applications are now being accepted in the Office of the Superintendent, Poplarville School District, 302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, MS  39470, for the position of:
Special Education Teacher
Applicant must currently hold or be eligible to hold a Class A Mississippi Teaching Certificate endorsement in any of the following:  205 and 210; 206; 220; 221; 223; or 224.
Deadline for returning applications is February 1, 2017 .  For further information contact Shannon Anderson at 601-795-6153.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

90% Graduation Rate!!!!

Congratulations to ALL the schools, students, staff, and faculty!  Poplarville School District had the highest graduation rate in the south state with a graduation rate of 90%!  Great job everyone. 

PHS Cheerleader Tryout Clinic

Poplarville High School Cheerleader Tryout clinic is scheduled for Thursday, March 2 - Friday, March 3 in the PHS Gym. Tryouts will be Saturday, March 4.  Tryout packets will be available February 7 from Mrs. Keri Smith or the MSP office.  All paperwork must be returned by noon on Tuesday, February 21...no exceptions!!!  Please contact Keri Smith at PHS for more information.





Transition Fair February 2, 2017

As parents of students with special needs, you understand the importance and necessity of developing plans for caring for your children on a daily basis. Developing these plans for your child’s current needs, as well as any needs they might have in the future can be overwhelming. Many of the services that will be available to your child as an adult have very lengthy waiting lists that may take several years before openings are available. Come find out about services and opportunities that will be available for your child after they exit high school.
When: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Where: Pearl River Central High School Cafeteria (7407 Hwy 11, Carriere, MS  39426)

Mississippi Believe It!



After promoting the virtues and culture of Mississippi for the past 11 years, The Cirlot Agency relaunched the Mississippi, Believe It! campaign by introducing four new public service ads, as well as updating the entire campaign with relevant content about the people, places and spirit of Mississippi. Additionally, the ads have been developed into lesson plans for 4th grade students, which cover areas of music, economics, geography, government, biology, history, and English.


Using inspiration from the ad campaign, the fourth grade team at Poplarville Upper Elementary created the “Mississippi, Believe It!”play. This year will be the ninth year a version of the play will be presented. Each class will present a skit featuring a different poster in the ad campaign.


The fourth grade students invite you to join them and their families at the Poplarville Upper Elementary Gym on Thursday, December 15th, at 6:00 p.m. as they present “Mississippi, Believe It!”