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Vicksburg Warren School District 

The Mississippi School Boards Association is currently conducting the Superintendent Search for the Vicksburg Warren School District.

The Vicksburg Warren School District is seeking an innovative and data-driven educational leader who has a proven record of raising student achievement, who has current, hands-on experience with the Mississippi accountability system, and who has demonstrated the ability to develop positive relationships with all stakeholder groups.

About the District


  • School District Rating: B
  • Total Number of Students: 6,800
  • Graduation Rate: 89.5%
  • Per Pupil Expenditure: $6,159*
  • Total Employees: 1,190
  • Number of Licensed Teachers: 577
  • Number of Education Assistants: 165
  • Number of Building Administrators: 34
  • Student to Teacher Ratio: 12:1
  • Total Number of Elementary Schools: 10
  • Total Number of Middle Schools: 3
  • Total Number of High Schools: 2
  • Total Number of Early College Programs: 1

*Does not include bond funds


The Vicksburg Warren School District is a public school district serving approximately 6,800 students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade in Warren County, Mississippi. It is made up of ten elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, and an early college program. 

The VWSD was invited to apply for and became one of the state’s first Districts of Innovation. High school education has been transformed into wall-to-wall Academies so that every student has the opportunity to graduate college, career, and life prepared. The District leads the state in dual enrollment credits with both Warren Central High School and Vicksburg High School ranking in the top four schools each year. Strong community partnerships ensure the curriculum is aligned with the employment needs in the area, so VWSD graduates have the skills and leadership qualities that employers desire. 

Leader in Me, based on Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, teaches 21st century leadership skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every student can be a leader. The initiative is implemented district-wide and serves as the operating system for building leadership, culture, and academic success. The Leader in Me began over ten years ago in partnership with the Vicksburg-Warren Chamber of Commerce. 

The District recently invested over $143 million in renovations and improvements in its facilities around the district based on a $83 million bond that was passed in 2018. Funds were used for the construction of a brand new state-of-the-art middle school building, for major renovations and additions at the high schools to support the academy models, and for additions and repairs at all elementary buildings based on need. Major upgrades to athletic facilities were also included at both high schools. 

Vicksburg Warren School District is committed to graduating ALL students college, career, and life prepared. 


Warren County is located on the Mississippi River and is the mid-point between Dallas and Atlanta. The county fosters a wide-range of businesses, including advanced manufacturing, port-based businesses, engineering and research, agriculture, and healthcare. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a strong presence in Vicksburg since it is home to the Mississippi Valley Division, Vicksburg District Office, and the headquarters of the Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). ERDC, the largest of the three commands, employs over 1500 and is one of the most diverse engineering and scientific research organizations in the world. ERDC recently announced an expansion and is in the process of filling 500 positions. 

The community is multi-faceted with a rich sense of history and pride in its heritage, as well as a strong drive to the future fueled by embracing emerging technologies. Living in Vicksburg allows one to be surrounded by architectural beauty, American history, cultural activities, and access to the finest culinary traditions of the state. Vicksburg is home to the Vicksburg National Military Park, which is visited by hundreds of thousands each year and boasts the largest collection of public art in the state. Vicksburg lifestyle offerings are exciting and unlike any other place in the region. 

Applicant Criteria & Qualifications
The Superintendent of Education serves as the chief executive officer of the school district and is responsible to the Board of Trustees for ensuring compliance with all board policies and Mississippi State Board of Education rules and regulations, as well as state and federal laws.

Only applicants who fit the following criteria and qualifications defined by the board will be considered for the position.
  • Must meet criteria outlined in MS Code 37-9-13.


  • Evidence of a recent documented track record of raising the achievement level of all students
  • A minimum of three years of experience in an “A” or “B” level district or experience in moving a school or district to a “A” or “B” level
  • Has experience working with diverse populations
  • Understands and has successful experience with students from poverty settings
  • Demonstrates concern for all students
  • Skill as an effective communicator, including speaking, listening, writing, and technology
  • Ability to develop a climate of trust/openness with all stakeholders
  • Willingness to maintain an open-door policy with all stakeholder groups to benefit students and the district
  • Ability to develop a formal process for communicating with all stakeholders, including the board members
  • Has experience with successful consensus building
  • Willingness to and ability to work cooperatively with the school board members and to keep them informed
  • Ability to develop a positive rapport, while providing strong leadership to administrators, teachers, and other school personnel
  • Uses a team-management approach
  • Knowledge of strategic planning, including development, implementation, monitoring, and reporting
  • Experience with MS laws related to curriculum and instruction, special education, gifted education, career tech education, human resources, operations, and finances
  • Evidence of decision-making focused on student outcomes, student needs, and student well-being
  • Has successful experience in school finance to include budgeting, financial decision-making, monitoring, and reporting
  • Ability to recruit, retain, and invest in the development of highly qualified personnel
  • Has experience in developing a climate of high expectations and accountability
  • Has a strong commitment to pursue academic innovations for all grade levels
  • Is honest and transparent; has highest moral and ethical standards of conduct; has a strong work ethic
  • Will reside in the district with his/her family and is committed to becoming an active and visible member of the community
Invitation to Apply
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Applications must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on April 5, 2023.


The start date for the new superintendent will be determined by the board once the candidate is selected. The preferred start date is June 1, 2023.


Please be prepared to upload the following documents (PDF) into the application system:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Resume
  • Valid Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) Administrator License
  • Current School District Employment Contract

To create your profile and begin the application process,

click the "Apply Now!" button.

This school district is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all state and federal laws.
Applicants are subject to financial and criminal background checks as required by Mississippi law.

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Denotris R. Jackson, M.Ed., Executive Director
380 Zurich Drive │ Ridgeland, MS 39157 │ 601-924-2001 │
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