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




Registration and Verification of Residence


Before ANY student will be assigned to a class or given a schedule for the 2014-2015 school year, the student’s parent or legal guardian MUST verify residency in the Poplarville School District.  Residency may be established in the following manner:

The parent or legal guardian must provide the school district with at least two (2) of the items numbered 1-6 below as verification of their address, except that any document with a post office box as an address will NOT be accepted. The two proofs must verify the EXACT same address as student’s primary residence and be current.

  1. Filed Homestead Exemption Application form for the student’s primary residence

  2. Mortgage Document or property deed for the student’s primary residence (A bill is NOT an acceptable document.  An acceptable document will contain the land description of the student’s primary residence.)

  3. Notarized Apartment or home lease where the student resides

  4. Utility Bills (Water, Electricity, or Gas – NO PHONE BILLS) Bills Must be Dated Within One Month of Verification of Residence. A physical service address must be visible. NO PO Box will be accepted.

  5. Current Valid Driver’s License Showing Residency Property Address

  6. Current Valid Automobile Registration – Name and physical address must be valid – A car title is not a valid proof.

A notarized affidavit and/or an unscheduled personal visit by the school superintendent and/or designee may be used to establish a homeless situation.  The notarized affidavit must be presented with 2 proofs of the residence from 1-6 above that verify the same address as the host resident.

The Poplarville School District will verify the residence of ALL students attending the Poplarville Schools for the 2014-2015 school year.  Verification of Residency for all students will be the week of July 22.  Please read the procedures below for specific instructions.

NEW students to the Poplarville School District will register at their respective schools on Monday, July 21 – 8:30 – 4:00

RETURNING students to the Poplarville School District will register at Poplarville High School by their Parent’s last name.

Tuesday – July 22 –8:30-4:30 – Parents’ Last Names (A-E)  

Wednesday – July 23 –8:30-4:30 – Parents’ Last Names (F-L)  

Thursday – July 24–8:30-4:30 – Parents’ Last Names (M-R)  

Friday – July 25 –8:30-4:30 – Parents’ Last Names (S-Z)  

Note:  Early Verification of Residence is NOT allowed due to dated document requirements.

Monday, July 28– 8:30 – 4:30 Make-up Registration at Individual Schools. Only those with valid reasons should register on this day. Waiting until this day to register may cause a delay in scheduling and/or room assignment.


To save time during registration, you may wish to download and fill out the necessary forms ahead of time. Click below on the two forms needed during registration:

Registration Form for 2014
Residency Questionnaire for 2014


PLEASE NOTE:  NO student will be assigned to a class or given a schedule until verification of residence  is complete .  ALL immunizations must be completed as well.

More information will be posted on the Poplarville School District’s website by July 1. Downloadable enrollment forms will also be available online after this date.  

No exceptions will be granted to this requirement of verification of residence.


PSD Licensed Clinical Social Worker

The Poplarville School District employs a full-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker who provides counseling for mental health concerns through individual and group sessions.  Referrals to the Social Worker can be made by contacting the school the student attends. 

CFPA Review

The Poplarville School District's Consolidated Federal Programs Application is available for review.  Anyone interested in viewing the application should visit the PSD Parent Center.  Comments and suggestions will be considered through June 20, 2014.

Star Teachers For 2013-2014

Michelle Lee, a 10 year teacher at Poplarville Upper Elementary School, has been annouced as Poplarville School District's Teacher of the Year for the school year 2013-2014.
This past spring one teacher from each school in the district was selected as that school's Teacher of the Year. Teachers selected were Tammy Smith, Poplarville Lower Elementary; Michelle Lee, Poplarville Upper Elementary; Jennifer Tynes, Middle School of Poplarville; and Jarrett Windham, Poplarville High School. From this group of talented teachers one was selected as Teacher of the Year for the district. All the star teachers were presented a certificate at the March School Board meeting by Carl Merritt, Superintendent of Schools, and Violene Jordan, School Board President.
Michelle Lee has been teaching at PUE for 10 years and is a veteran of the classroom for 14 years. She currently teaches 5th grade and credits her students energy as one of her motivators for excelling in the classroom. "My classroom is my students. Their energy and personality push me to become a better teacher and in turn I push them to become better students. I thoroughly enjoy watching each child become a critical thinker. There is no greater feeling than watching their progress from the beginning of the year until the very end. It is a gratifying process," Lee stated.
Lee has been married for 27 years to her high school sweetheart, Kendell Lee, Sr. She has three children and three grandchildren. She credits her family and their support for her success in and out of the classroom.
Tammy Smith is an 18 year teacher at Poplarville Lower Elementary where she currently teaches 2nd grade.
"Teaching allows me to continue my career as a lifelong learner. I enjoy meeting new students and their families and forming relationships with former students which will last a lifetime. I love to see the "light bulb" come on in the minds of students when they realize they have learned something new. Student growth can only be achieved when they are challenged and inspired to do their best each and every day. This applies to school, but more importantly to their life," Smith said about her career.
For 27 years, Smith has been the wife of Lee Smith and they have two children, Adam (Bean) and Alle.
Jennifer Tynes has taught at the Middle School of Poplarville for 12 years and is currently teaching eighth grade social studies. 
Tynes said about her job and students, "I most enjoy seeing each of my students grow not only physically and intellectually but emotionally; when they reflect confidence in themselves and realize how smart and capable they actually are, the opportunities are literally endless. My job is to provide my students with the opportunities and to instill their desire to become confident, independent thinkers."
Tynes is married to Josey Tynes and has four children, Averi Amacker, JoJo, Weston, and "Baby" Jadyn Claire.
Jarrett Windham is a six year teacher at Poplarville High School where he currently teaches U.S. History.
"My kids are the reason I enjoy my job! Teaching children about society is the best way to do my part in creating a more tolerant and understanding world," Windham said.
Windham is married to Alicia Windham, an occupational therapist at Forrest General Hospital. They have a three year old son, Karthie and are expecting a little girl, Aubrey, in June.
The Poplarville School District is pleased to have so many special, talented teachers guiding young lives in our communities.

Honoring 2014 Retirees

The Poplarville School District honored the 2014 retirees on May 14, 2014 in the PLE auditorium. The district would like to thank you for your years of hard work and dedication. Congratulations on your retirement. 

Pictured Above:  Robbie Ladner, Chris Knight, Anna Anthony, Glenda Malley, Sharon Fink, Sandra Burge, Leah Stevens, and Donnis Stringfellow and Mechelle Necaise accepting in memory of Loretta Stringfellow       Not Pictured:  Charlotte Baughman and Shirlene Rouse


2014 Regional Reading Fair

Students from the Poplarville School District participated in the Regional Reading Fair held in April at Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.  The students constructed a storyboard display to go along with a favorite book they had read.  They competed at the local level, and the first place winner in each division represented the Poplarville School District at the Regional Reading Fair.

The students are: Chase M., kindergarten;  Ben F., first grade; Addison N., second grade; and Ryan S., Middle School.

Administrative Positions Available

The Poplarville School District is currently advertising for the position of Middle School Principal and High School Assistant Principal. Applications for both positions are due by 3:00pm on April 11, 2014. Please click here for a complete description.