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




Carl Merritt Elected as MASS Secretary

The Mississippi Association of School Superintendents and the Alliance of Educational Leaders of Mississippi held their annual convention during the week of July 13 – 18, 2014.  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 Secretary of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents for the 2014 – 2015 school year and he will move up to President-Elect for the 2015 – 2016 school year and will serve as President for the 2016 – 2017 school year.

The Mississippi Association of School Superintendents (MASS) was organized in 1969.  There are 146 school districts in Mississippi with 58 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 five 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.

Clay Garrett Selected for Youth Leadership Program

Clay Garrett of Poplarville High School was one of six high school students selected to represent Coast Electric Power Association at the annual Youth Leadership Workshop in Jackson this past February and the Youth Leadership Tour in Washington, D.C. this past June. In Jackson, the students participated in team-building exercises, enhanced their leadership skills, and visited with their state legislators.  The group of 66 Mississippi High School Students then joined some 1600 teens from across the nation for the weeklong rural electric youth tour in Washington, D.C. where they visited many of our nation's historic landmarks and met with Mississippi's senators and representatives.

Youth Tour is a rich, once-in-a-lifetime experience for every student who participates. Each student is sponsored by his or her local electric cooperative, earning the trip in a competitive process.

Clay Garrett is the son of Brad and Sonya Garrett of Poplarville. He is currently a senior at Poplarville High School. 





Get Acquainted Day at PUE and PLE Planned

There will be a "Get Acquainted Day" at Poplarville Lower Elementary and Poplarville Upper Elementary on August 4, 2014. Parents and students are invited to the schools at the following times: PLE 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM; PUE 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

Parents should bring student supplies to PLE during this time. For a complete list of supplies for the Poplarville School District click here.


Supply Listing for 2014-2015



AUGUST 4, 2014

1:00 – 3:00 PM






Poplarville Lower Elementary

Kindergarten Supply List 2014-2015


1     Dry Erase Markers (Fine Point)

10   Large Pencils (Ticonderoga Beginner)

1     Pkg. Crayola washable markers (Broad-tip, Classic Colors
8     Boxes Crayola Brand Crayons (No Off Brand)

10   Elmer’s Brand glue sticks (not glue sticks for glue guns)

2     Large box Kleenex

1    Writing Tablets (true white)

1    Pair FISKAR scissors (rounded ends only)

2    Pkgs.WHITE construction paper (true white not off white and NO drawing paper)

(Found at Hobby Lobby and School & Carnival Stores)

1    8½”  x 11” clipboard  

2    8” x 10” zippered pencil bag

6    Pink erasers (not pencil top erasers)

1    Backpack without wheels – no purse size backpacks - Find one that is easy to open with a very simple zipper closure and few or no pockets.

1    Change of clothes - extra uniform with underwear and socks (please label all clothes with  your child’s name)

1    Clorox/ Lysol Wipes

1    Roll of paper towels

1    Pack of copy paper



1  Quart size Ziploc bags                                            

1 Hand Sanitizer (8oz or Large)  



1  Gallon Zipper top Ziploc bags

1  Box of baby wipes


Please label ALL items that only your child will use such as book bag, pencil bag, crayons, clipboard, scissors, glue sticks, markers, and extra change of clothes. There is NO need    to label items that will be used by all students such as tissue, construction paper, or Ziploc bags.


A $15 instructional fee will be due on the day of Meet the Teacher. This fee is to cover instructional materials such as consumable workbooks, etc… that your child will use throughout the year.           






AUGUST 4, 2014

1:00 – 3:00 PM





**3 boxes KLEENEX  (Not a purse pack)

**2 bottles  SCHOOL GLUE – 4 oz size

**4 boxes 24 CRAYOLA CRAYONS – regular size (No Rose Art Brand)

**2 pkgs. WOOD PENCILS –(TICONDEROGA brand only)

1 pair of FISKARS SCISSORS – (blunt-tipped; no plastic)

3 10x13 manila envelopes (DO NOT put your name on envelopes)

2  - PLASTIC folders with prongs and pockets

2 marble composition notebooks  (Norcom brand -no spiral- no holes)

1 pack loose-leaf paper

1 box pencil-top erasers

2 pink pearl erasers

1 BACKPACK - Please do not send a backpack with wheels.  The reason for this is a safety concern. Students have to walk up and down stairs with the backpacks.

1 pack white construction paper

Expo dry erase markers 2-pack - black only

1 pack of copy paper


1 regular size baby wipes
1 box of gallon size Ziploc bags
1 Individually wrapped roll of paper towels  

1 Clorox Wipes
1 box of quart size Ziploc bags
1 hand sanitizer – no travel size


$15.00 YEARLY INSTRUCTIONAL FEE  (Ex. art, learning centers) 

DO NOT SEND: Writing Pens, Markers, Mechanical Pencils

**These items are to be replenished as needed.




AUGUST 4, 2014

1:00 – 3:00 PM




Poplarville Lower Elementary

Second Grade Supply List


3  Boxes pencil top erasers

1  Pack loose leaf notebook paper (wide-ruled not college ruled)

1  Composition notebooks (single subject; 70 sheets each)

4  Or more #2 Ticonderoga wood pencils (12 count or more)**

2  Boxes crayons – 24 regular size (Crayola is best)**

3  Gue sticks – (NO squeeze glue)**

1  Pair Fiskar scissors

1  9 X 12 manila envelopes

1  Pack of copy paper

1  Backpack without wheels. - Please do not send backpacks with wheels the is a safety precaution. Students have to carry backpacks up and down stairs.

1  Roll of paper towels

1  Container of Clorox wipes

3  Boxes of Kleenex

Girls- 1 box of quart ziploc bags

Boys- 1 box of gallon ziploc bags

$15.00 instructional fee used for special projects and classroom items payable the first day of school.

**These particular items may need to be replenished as needed.

Please label ALL items with the child’s name that only your child will use such as book bag,  supplies, and jackets/sweaters.





AUGUST 4, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 PM


Poplarville Upper Elementary
3rd grade – Supply List

36 pencils
2 packs pencil top erasers
2 box 24 count Crayons (Crayola preferred)
1 Zipper pencil bag
4 marble composition notebooks
1 pack of index cards
3 plastic folders with pockets and prongs (different colors preferred)
3 packs of wide ruled notebook paper
2 packs of white copy paper
1 pack of small tip dry erase markers
4 large boxes of Kleenex
4 glue sticks
1 package of construction paper
1 old clean sock to use as an eraser for dry erase markers
1 container of disinfectant wipes
1 box of band aids
1 clip board for activity
1 two inch three ring binder


1 box gallon zip lock bags
2 bottles of unscented hand sanitizer

1 box quart zipper bags
2 six packs of 3” post it notes




AUGUST 4, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 PM


Poplarville Upper Elementary

4th grade – Supply List

36 pencils
1 clip board for activity

1 pack of pencil top erasers
1 pack of colored markers
2 boxes 24 count Crayons (Crayola preferred)
1 pack of assorted highlighters
4 glue sticks
1 pair of blunt Fiskar scissors
2 one inch three ring binders
2 pack of 5 tab dividers
4 plastic folders with prongs and pockets (variety of colors preferred)
3 marble composition notebooks
4 one subject spiral bound notebooks
4 boxes of Kleenex
2 packs of copy paper
2 pack of construction paper (unbound multicolored)
2 rolls paper towels
2 six pack of 3” post it notes
1 bottle hand sanitizer
4 packs wide ruled notebook paper
2 boxes band aids
1 box quart zipper bags
1 pack fine tip dry erase markers
1 pencil bag or box




AUGUST 4, 2014

2:00 - 4:00 PM


Poplarville Upper Elementary
5th grade – Supply List

4 plastic pocket folders with prongs
4 packs of loose leaf notebook paper

1 pack construction paper (unbound multicolored)
1 pack fine tip, Bold colors (not red or yellow) dry erase markers
1 box 24 count crayons (Crayola preferred)
2 glue sticks
2 packs copy paper
1 pack highlighter
8 marble composition books
36 pencils
3 boxes Kleenex
1 box colored markers
1 pair blunt scissors
1 package pencil top erasers
1 large pencil box
1 roll of paper towels
2 six pack of 3 inch post it notes
1 pack of 3”x5” index cards


1 bottle hand sanitizer
1 box quart zipper bags


1 box of band aids
1 box gallon zipper bags


MSP Supply Listing Links.
Click each link to view listing.


Sixth Grade Supply List

Seventh Grade Supply List and ELA Letter

Eighth Grade Supply List

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.