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




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.

PTO Meeting

Join us for the Poplarville School District's first PTO meeting for the 2015-2016 school year!
When:    August 11th
Time:     5:30 - 6:30
Where:  MSP Library

Carl Merritt Elected MASS President

The Mississippi Association of School Superintendents and the Alliance of Educational Leaders of Mississippi held their annual convention during the week of July 12 – 17, 2015.  Over 1000 public school administrators from across the state were in attendance. 
During the convention, Carl Merritt, Superintendent of the Poplarville School District was elected by his fellow Superintendents to serve as President-Elect of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents for 2015 – 2016 school year. He will serve as President for the 2016 – 2017 school year.
The Mississippi Association of School Superintendents (MASS) was organized in 1969.  There are 144 school districts in Mississippi with 56 elected Superintendents and 88 appointed Superintendents, all of which are eligible for membership in MASS. 
If a superintendent is a member of MASS, then all the other administrators in that school district automatically become members of our affiliate organization called the Alliance of Educational Leaders of Mississippi (The Alliance) at no additional costs.  There are approximately 2200 administrators, in addition to Superintendents, throughout Mississippi
This year MASS celebrates forty six years of being the Voice of Education in Mississippi.  The continuous effort of working with legislators and state leaders has given our Association an opportunity to influence many legislative issues before they become law.  The MASS/Alliance coalition, in cooperation with other professional educational organizations, continues to be a strong supporter for public education in the difficult times of the Legislative process.
The leadership of MASS/Alliance believes that every individual public school educator in this state has an obligation to provide a safe environment for our children and then to make sure that each child receives an appropriate education to function effectively in our complex society.   We are on a mission for our children.

K-8 Get Acquainted

Students and parents are invited to "Get Acquainted" on Monday, August 3rd, from 4:00-5:30. This is a time for the students and parents to meet their teachers, drop off school supplies, and tour the campus!   
We can't wait to see you!!

Foundation Grant Will Send Poplarville Students to Zoo

A grant from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation will send all elementary school students in Poplarville on a field trip to the Jackson Zoo. 
The foundation awarded $19,364 to the Jackson Zoological Society to finance the trips and other learning experiences for an estimated 1,070 students.  “Many of our children never get to see the variety of wildlife about which they will study in their science classes,” said Sid Whitley, chief executive officer of the foundation. “A visit to an excellent zoo, such as the one in Jackson, will greatly broaden their knowledge and give them a basis for understanding subjects such as biology as they continue their education. This project will provide an unparalleled learning experience for both students and faculty.”

 In addition to the transportation costs and zoo admission, the grant will pay for each student to attend Wild Classroom, a 30-minute program at the zoo. “We’re just honored to provide these students with the opportunity to experience the zoo which many of them wouldn’t be able to do,” said Joshua Friedel, director of major gifts for the Jackson Zoological Society. Dates for the trips have not been set but are expected to be after March 1.

More than 70 percent of students in the Poplarville schools are eligible for free lunches, an indication that their families would not be able to afford a trip to the Jackson Zoo. Poplarville Schools Superintendent Carl Merritt described the grant as a “grand opportunity” for the students.

“It’s a way to show that learning is fun,” Merritt said. “Those kids will learn and never know that they’re learning. We’re going to open eyes to another whole world.”
The grant also covers the costs of the Zoo Mobile, which will bring a zoo instructor and a 45-minute program to the schools for kindergarten through sixth grade students.

Photo caption:
Sid Whitley, CEO of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, presents a grant check to Joshua Friedel of the Jackson Zoological Society to send all Poplarville elementary students on field trips to the zoo. With them are Diane Herndon, upper elementary principal; Poplarville superintendent Carl Merritt, standing left, and Clyde Dease, foundation president.