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




MHSAA Policy on Drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems)

Drones (Unmanned Aircraft Systems)

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for regulating the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) as specified under Public Law (PL) 112‐95, FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012; Chapter 447 of Title 49 of the United States Code (49 U.S.C.); 49 U.S.C. & 40102; and Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) parts 1 & 1.1

Understanding that airborne UAS/drones poses a safety hazard, the Poplarville School District forbids anyone from flying a drone or any remote‐controlled aircraft in the skies over any of its school campuses or school properties, including, but not limited to individual schools within the district, football stadiums, and athletic fields without authorization for the FAA.

The FAA has serious concerns about the safety of operating UAS near people or stadiums. Therefore, any school personnel and/or students operating UAS/drones shall familiarize themselves with the FAA website: http://www.faa.gov/uas/model_aircraft/. (The site provides links at the left side and bottom of the home page to the three different types of UAS Operations.)

Additionally, the following three links are beneficial as a reference by illustrating the Do’s and Don’ts of UAS flying pictorially and also the various types of No Drone Zone signage examples for designated prohibited areas, and should be reviewed by any staff and/or students operating or considering operating UAS/drones.




The superintendent or his/her designee shall report any unauthorized operation of UAS/drones over school property to law enforcement authorities and/or the FAA.

Any person violating this policy could be subject to immediate removal from school property and could be banishment from school property. Violators will also be reported to appropriate law enforcement to include the FAA.

Any student violating this policy shall be dealt with according to the district’s “student code of conduct.” Any school district employee violating this policy shall be subject to formal disciplinary action.

Attendance Officer of the Year

Congratulations to Bill Johnson, School Attendance Officer serving Poplarville School District and PRC School District for  the Mississippi Department of Education. 
Bill was recently recognized as SCHOOL ATTENDANCE OF THE YEAR  at the annual MDE conference on Compulsory School Attendance.
Keep up the good work Bill! 

PUE Participates at the Pearl River County Fair

Mrs. Patten's class  made art projects for the Pearl River County Fair. The focus of the project was to write about what the students want to be when they gr​ow up. Many students want to be nurses and teachers while others want to be chemists, fire fighters, and paleontologists​. The future of Poplarville, Mississippi is looking bright!

Bus Regulations

Possession of any form of tobacco/nicotine to include e-cigarettes, vapes or other electronic devices to include cell phones is forbidden on all buses at all times. Per 2016-2017 student handbook.

Poplarville Schools Hosts Back to School Convocation for All Employees

Faculty and staff from the Poplarville School District spent Monday gearing up for the 2016-2017 school year.  Larry Bell, a motivational speaker from Multicultural American Inc., entertained the audience as he presented The Power of a Teacher Through “High Expectations.”   Employees spent the morning singing, chanting, and moving as they learned how to inspire all students.

Big Shout Out of Thanks

Mr. Ed would like a big shout out put on the website to all that contributed donations to our friends in Louisiana who are suffering from the floods.  Between Pearl River Central and Poplarville schools a bus was stuffed full with donations and delivered to the flood victims.
Thanks to all.

Opportunity to Help Flood Victims

Pearl River Central is making a bus available to carry donated supplies for the flood victims in the Baton Rouge area. The Poplarville community will be collecting donated items for this cause. Please bring items to the Poplarville School District bus barn by Wednesday 4:00 pm and we will bring the items to the PRC bus. 

Annual FERPA Directory Notice


According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), directory information about students may be released by the Poplarville School District without parental consent, provided annual notification has been given and the school does not have on file written denial to release directory information.

The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Poplarville School District to celebrate the accomplishments of its students by sharing information with the community. To do this, the District may submit press releases to the local media (newspapers, radio, television, online news blogs) that include student directory information, such as names, grade levels, information related to student accomplishments, photographs and video recordings. In addition, we may choose to display such information at various school functions, post information on the District website and media channels, and/or publish information in District-sponsored publications.

Poplarville School District has designated the following information as directory information:

  • Student’s name, address, parent’s telephone listing

  • Photographs and videos used for informational or news-related purposes of a student participating in school or school-sponsored activities that have appeared in school publications including, but not limited to, both printed and digital media.

  • Information in relation to officially recognized activities and sports

  • Grade level

  • Degrees, honors and awards received

  • Dates of attendance

Examples of District-sponsored publications and videos include:

  • A playbill or program, showing your student’s role in a theatre production, musical performance or other Poplarville School District event;

  • The annual yearbook;

  • District/School websites

  • Honor roll, scholarships, awards or other recognition lists;

  • Informational videos

  • Graduation programs; and

  • Sports activity sheets or athletic team rosters

Directory information will also be made available to qualified agencies upon request. Qualified agencies include, but are not limited to colleges and universities, scholarship providers, trade/technical schools, and potential employers. Federal No Child Left Behind legislation requires Poplarville School District to provide all branches of the military with three directory information categories for students – names, addresses, and telephone listings – unless parents/ guardians (or students 18 years of age or older) have advised the school that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without prior written consent. Parents/guardians have the right to have directory information withheld upon written request.

Any student information beyond that in directory information described above will only be distributed based on applicable FERPA rules and guidelines (34 CFR § 99.31).

To review all FERPA guidelines, visit this link: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

Parents' Right-To-Know

In accordance with the ESEA, Section 1111 (h)(6) PARENTS' RIGHT-TO-KNOW, you have the right to request and receive information in a timely manner regarding the professional qualifications of your student's classroom teachers. The information regarding the professional qualifications of your student's classroom teachers shall include the following:
  • If the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas taught;
  • If the teacher is teaching under emergency or temporary status in which the state qualifications and licensing criteria are waived;
  • The teacher's baccalaureate degree major, graduate certification, and field of discipline;
  • Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications
In addition to the above information you will be notified if your student has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher that is not highly qualified.

If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your student's school principal or the federal programs coordinator.

Friendly Registration Reminder

Before any student will be assigned to a class or given a schedule for the 2016‐2017 school year in the Poplarville School District, the student’s parent or legal guardian must verify residency.  If you have not had to opportunity to complete this process, please call your child's school to make arrangements to register and verify residency.  
Registration forms and residency requirements can be accessed at www.poplarvilleschools.org .
We hope you enjoy the remainder of your summer!  We look forward to the first day of school on Wednesday, August 3, 2016. 

Position Announcement for CTE Counselor

Applications are being accepted for the position of Career & Technical Education Counselor

CTE Counselors must hold a current and valid Mississippi Educator License with endorsement #436-Guidance endorsement, to acquire the Career and Technical endorsement #314

Applicants with questions should contact Dr. Marlene Cole, CTE Director, at 601-795-8343 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications taken through July 15, 2016