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




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.

NASA Showcases New Rockets

On February 12, 2015 Carl and Beverly Merritt toured the Aerojet Rocketdyne facility at Stennis Space Center after attending a breakfast sponsored by the facility. Stennis Space Center is working closely with STEM educators to help motivate students to study and pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The tour included viewing and discussing the rocket engines that will power NASA's future missions to Mars. 
"It was really amazing to see the amount of technology, engineering, and organization it takes to create something so complex and so important to us." stated Carl Merritt. "Students need to be aware of how great an opportunity they have for careers just miles from our community."

Krutzfeldt Named Poplarville School District Teacher of the Year

Tammy Krutzfeldt is a fourth grade teacher at Poplarville Elementary.  She began her teaching career at the Poplarville Lower Elementary as an assistant teacher.  The teaching staff at PLE encouraged her to return to school to continue her dream of becoming a teacher.  After several years as an assistant, she pursued her degree by obtaining a Science Degree in Education from William Carey College.  Ms. Krutzfeldt started teaching as a third grade teacher in the Poplarville School District and is currently in her twelfth year as a classroom teacher at Poplarville Upper Elementary. 

Ms. Krutzfeldt is active in many educational and community activities.  She serves as a mentor teacher in the IMPACT2 math program at Mississippi State University.  She helps teachers prepare lesson and learn new strategies for teaching upper and middle grade students.  She is a member of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.  She serves as a member of the Blueberry Jubilee Council, the Poplarville Chamber of Commerce, and works with the Poplarville City Planning Commission. 

Ms. Krutzfeldt stated, “Our school district is filled with many outstanding teachers.  I am extremely honored to have been selected as Teacher of the Year for the Poplarville School District among my peers.  There is no greater joy to me as a career than teaching in our community.”

Federal Programs Meeting Update

Parents, teachers, and administrators met Tuesday, November 11, 2014, for breakfast at the Parent Center to discuss the 2014-2015 Consolidated Federal Programs Application.  The CFPA is a plan that was developed by stakeholders to focus the use of federal funds. The Poplarville School district receives Title I funds that are used to improve student achievement, Title II funds for the development of educator quality, and Title VI funds in which the district employs a social worker.  During the meeting, an overview of these programs, new kindergarten and third grade assessments, and school-wide assessment data were presented. A copy of the brochure describing the information presented can be found at http://teachersites.schoolworld.com/webpages/pue/federal.cfm
Several more breakfast meetings will be held second semester to gain input for next year's plan.  The topics for February's meeting will be centered on Parental Involvement. If you would like to join this group, we welcome you to attend. You can be added to the meeting mailing list and receive a pre-meeting packet by calling Konya Miller, Federal Programs Director, at 601-795-8477 or by completing the following form http://teachersites.schoolworld.com/webpages/pue/forms.cfm?myForm=19875

School Bus Coloring Contest

At the start of our 2014-2015 school year our Lower and Upper Elementary students had the opportunity to participate in our first annual event of the school bus coloring contest.  All students were asked to participate by their school bus driver and to turn into their bus driver for judging by all the Poplarville school bus drivers. For our first year we had a good number of students to participate.
The student chosen by the drivers was Ariel Sones, a fifth grader who will receive a $10.00 gift card from one of our many merchants in our town. Congratulations from Greers Super Saver and all of our Transportation personnel.