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




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.

Speech Pathologist Position Announced

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:
Language/Speech Pathologist
Endorsement in the following: 215
Applicant must currently hold or be eligible to hold a Class A Mississippi Teaching Certificate with appropriate endorsements.
Deadline for returning applications is August 3, 2015.  For further information contact Poplarville School District Central Office at 601-795-8477.  We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The Poplarville School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, color, national origin age or handicap.

Substitute Workshop Planned

Poplarville School District will hold a substitute workshop on Wednesday, July 29,  2015, at9:00 AM. The workshop will be held at the Central Office, 302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, MS. For more information you may call 601-795-8477

Photography Services Invitation for Bids

The Board of Trustees of the Poplarville School District will accept SEALED BID PROPOSALS for 2015 – 2016 Photography Services (Individual Student Portrait Packets) and/or Yearbook Publications.  All proposals must be submitted to the Office of the Superintendent of Education of the Poplarville School District located at 302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, Mississippi 39470 up to and not later than 10:00 a. m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  Please mark “BID ON PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES/YEARBOOKS” on the exterior of the sealed envelope.  For additional information concerning the submission of bids and contract terms, contact Dianne Barrett, Purchasing Agent, by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or at 601 795-8477, 302 South Julia Street, Poplarville, MS 39470.
                                                                Carl W. Merritt, Poplarville School District
                                                                Superintendent of Education
The Poplarville School District does not discriminate on the basis of Sex, Race, Religion, Color, National Origin, Age or Handicap.  The Poplarville School District Board of Trustees reserves the right to reject any and/or all bids.
Publish in the Poplarville Democrat on:       May 7 and 14, 2015.

Carl Merritt is William Carey Hall of Fame Award Recipient

Carl Merritt, Superintendent of Schools at Poplarville School District, was inducted into the William Carey University Hall of Fame on March 27, 2015.
Carl Merritt Jr. earned the Bachelor of Science Degree in physical education in 1978 from William Carey University, the Master of Administration/Supervision from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1985, and returned to Carey to earn the Specialist in Education in 1990.
Currently, Merritt serves as the superintendent of the Poplarville School District, a position he has held since 2007.  He also served the Poplarville School District as assistant superintendent from 2005-2006.  Other positions he has held include principal of Poplarville High School, assistant principal/coach at Poplarville Middle School, assistant principal/athletic director/attendance supervisor at Pine High School in Franklinton, Louisiana.
Selected by fellow superintendents to serve on the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents (MASS), Merritt has served as secretary of the executive board.  He will serve as president-elect for the 2015-2016 academic year and as president for 2016-2017.  As principal at Poplarville High School, he successfully initiated programs to improve instruction and student achievement leading to some of the highest test scores in Mississippi.  In addition, during this tenure at Poplarville High School, the school received the rating of Level 5, the highest possible rating for high schools in Mississippi.  He also created team teaching techniques in special education classrooms, leading to increased state test scores and improved teacher instruction, initiated SOS (Save Our Students), a program which identifies and assists at-risk students, and successfully completed the Southern Association of Accreditation for Poplarville Schools.
Named Poplarville School District Administrator of the Year, Merritt was also recognized by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, in Washington, D.C.  Under his leadership, Poplarville High School was recognized as a Blue Ribbon School, one of the highest honors a high school can receive from the Mississippi Department of Education and Federal Government, and received the PREPS (Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools) Award in 2002, 2005, and 2012-2015 for academic excellence.
In addition to his membership in the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents, Merritt serves as a board member for the Pearl River County Crime Stoppers and is a member of the Shriner’s Organization and the Masonic Lodge.  He is also a member of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Mississippi Association of Secondary School Principals, Mississippi School Board Association, Mississippi High School Athletic Association, and the Gulf Coast Education Initiative Consortium, where he served as a board member.
Merritt has shared the value of the quality of education he received at Carey with students, family and friends.  Not only did Merritt and his wife, Beverly (Lawrence) ’78, graduate from Carey, but his son Ryan ’04 and his brothers Harold ‘80 and Mark ’81 attended on athletic scholarships and received their degrees in education.
The photo shows Carl Merritt and his family at the awards ceremony. The photo is courtesy of the Picayune Item.

Self-Esteem is Key

High self-esteem enables a person to make good friends, care about other people, be responsible, enjoy learning, and much more!
Mark your calendar! Poplarville School District is hosting a seminar on the importance of self-esteem on Monday, April 13th at  9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in the Parenting Center, 1349 S. Main Street.

Position Offered

The Poplarville Special Municipal Separate School District, 302 S. Julia St., Poplarville, MS 39470, is now taking applications for the position of High School Licensed Guidance Counselor.  Applicant must be properly endorsed from an accredited college or university and hold a Guidance Counselor (436) License which is valid in the state of Mississippi.  The deadline for applications for this position is April 10, 2015, at 3:00 PM.  Applications can be found on line at poplarvilleschools.org or picked up at the central office. For further information contact Jon Will, principal, at 601-795-8424 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are an equal opportunity employer.