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




Position Announcement for Elementary School Principal

The Poplarville Special Municipal Separate School District, 302 S. Julia St., Poplarville, MS 39470, is now taking applications for the position of Elementary School Principal. Applicant must be properly endorsed from an accredited college or university as a minimum requirement and hold a class “AA” certificate which is valid in the state of Mississippi. The certificate should be endorsed as a Career Level Administrator as set forth by the Office of Teacher Certification, Mississippi State Department of Education. Administrative experience is preferred.

Applications will be received at the central office. Applications may be downloaded at http://poplarvilleschools.org/files/Certified.pdf. The deadline for applications for this position is March 31, 2016, at 3:00 PM.


The Poplarville School District does not discriminate on the basis of Sex, Race, Religion, Color, National Origin, Age or Handicap.




Mississippi Recognized Nationally for Closing the “Honesty Gap” Through Accurate Student Performance Data

JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi is among 25 states and Washington, D.C., that demonstrated an improvement of at least 10 percentage points by closing the “honesty gap” in either 4th grade reading or 8th grade math since 2013, according to an analysis released by the Collaborative for Student Success and Achieve.

For the 2014-15 school year, Mississippi narrowed gaps between state-reported and National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) proficiency rates by 32 percentage points in 4th grade reading and 40 percentage points in 8th grade math. Mississippi is also recognized as a “Top Truth Teller in 2015” for having a proficiency score within five percentage points of NAEP in 4th grade reading.

A report released last May, Proficient vs. Prepared: Disparities between State Tests and NAEP and the Honesty Gap, showed many states were misleading the public on whether students are proficient in the most basic reading and math skills, creating an “honesty gap” between what parents are told and how students are actually performing. Mississippi was one of the states with the biggest gap. A year later, Mississippi has shown double-digit improvements.

“In fact, analysts said Mississippi had significantly improved. This is encouraging news for the state because now that the honesty gaps are closing, parents are in a much better position to evaluate whether their students are truly prepared for their next step in life, whether that’s the next grade level, college, career or the military,” said Dr. Carey Wright, state superintendent of education.

The report stated the presence of new, higher standards and more rigorous, aligned assessments appear to correlate to the improvements in the honesty gap.

Angela Bass, deputy director of policy at Mississippi First, said that the combination of high standards and rigorous assessments provides information that guides decisions for Mississippi students.

“We applaud state policy makers and the Department of Education for taking the necessary steps to ensure that we have more reliable information about students and schools. This is essential for ensuring that Mississippi students can successfully compete with students across the nation,” she said.

In the current school-year, Mississippi is administering the Mississippi Assessment Program (MAP), which will continue to provide meaningful feedback to parents, teachers, and students. The test is designed with the same level of rigor as NAEP.

“The Mississippi Department of Education is committed to meaningful state tests that measure what students are learning in the classroom. Reliable, transparent information lets students know if they are on track to be prepared for their futures,” Wright said.


Regional Literacy Meetings for K-3 Parents

The Mississippi Department of Education recently announced that it will host five meetings throughout the state for parents of Kindergarten through 3rd grade students to share information on how they can help their child become better readers.  The meetings will provide an overview of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act and teach strategies that parents can use at home to help their children improve their reading.   The following meetings will be held at 6:00 p.m.:
  1. Thursday, February 11:  Oxford - Oxford Convention Center
  2. Monday, February 22:  Jackson - North Jackson Elementary
  3. Tuesday, February 23:  Jackson - Bates Elementary
  4. Wednesday, February 24:  Hattiesburg - N.R. Burger Middle School
  5. Thursday, March 3:  Cleveland - Ewing Hall, Delta State University

Substitute Workshop

(for NEW subs only who have NOT been previously trained)

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 9:00am

Poplarville School District Central Office

302 South Julia Street

Poplarville, MS 39470

For more information contact: Shannon Anderson, Director of Special Services, 601-795-6153



Administrator of the Year 2015-2016

Congratulations to Dr. Marlene Cole for being selected as the Poplarville School District Administrator of the Year for 2015-2016.  Dr. Cole has been employed with the district for 23 years. Her passion is Career and Technical Education where she has taught for 13 years and has led the Career Development Center as CTE Director for the past 10 years. During her tenure as Director, the Center has thrived with exceptional CTE state test scores, quality instructional programs, active student organizations, and community involvement.

Attendance Initiative Winners

Poplarville School District held an Attendance Initiative contest for students in the month of November. Prizes were given to students whose name were drawn from a pool of all perfect attendance students from each school. The Poplarville Lower Elementary winners were Maden and Juliana who won new bikes with helmets (pictured above). The winners at the Poplarville Upper Elementary, Middle School of Poplarville, and Poplarville High School each won a new Chromebook.  Pictured below are Lydia (PUE winner), Jonathan (MSP winner), and Malik (PHS winner). Congratulations all. Pictured with the students is Superintendent Carl Merritt. Mr. Merritt wore camouflage and even dyed his beard green in celebration.

Fall Break Holiday

Poplarville School District students will be out of school on Friday, October 23rd, for Fall Break.

K-8 Celebrates Red Ribbon Week October 26 - 30

Red Ribbon Week is celebrated each year from October 23 – 31. The 2015 kickoff  for the K-8 students in the Poplarville School District begins October 26th.  Students will participate in the following drug prevention activities throughout the week.

Monday, October 26 - Students can wear red shirts.
Tuesday, October 27 - I mustache you to  sock it to drugs. - Students may wear mustaches and crazy socks.

Wednesday, October 28 - Put a cap on drugs! - Students may wear caps.

Thursday, October 29 - Hairs to being drug free!- Students may have wacky hair. & FBC Guest Speaker

Friday, October 30 - Team up against drugs! - Students may wear their favorite jersey or team shirt.





SPED 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:
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 November 2, 2015.  For further information contact Shannon Anderson at 601-795-6153.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

K-8 Celebrates Homecoming 9/30-10/2

K-8 celebrates homecoming. Special dates to put on your calendar.
  • Wednesday, September 30th - Sock it to the Greene County Wildcats! (Students wear wacky socks!)

  • Thursday, October 1st - Huntin for a Win (Students can wear camoflauge shirts with uniform pants. No Hats)

  • Friday, October 2nd - Hats off to Hornets (Students can wear hats.)

Poplarville Schools K-12 Shows Patriotism

September 11th is National Anthem Day and the anniversary of 9/11. To remember and pay tribute to 9/11 and to celebrate National Anthem Day, students will be allowed red, white, and blue shirts with khaki pants/shorts.