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Superintendent Search

Pearl River County School District 

The Mississippi School Boards Association is currently conducting the Superintendent Search for the Pearl River County School District.

The Pearl River County 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


  • Total Number of Students: 3,131
  • Graduation Rate: 89.8%
  • Per Pupil Expenditure: $10,444
  • Number of Licensed Teachers: 224
  • Total Number of Elementary Schools: 1
  • Total Number of Middle Schools: 1
  • Total Number of High Schools: 1
  • Total Number of Alternative Schools: 1
  • Total Number of Career & Technical Centers: 1


The Pearl River County School District is a small, rural district located in the Center of Pearl River County. The district has five schools: one elementary school (K-5), one middle school (6-8), one high school (9-12), one alternative school (Endeavor 6-12), and one career and technical center.


Pearl River County is a bedroom community. It is located in the southern portion of the state of Mississippi approximately 60 miles west of the Gulf Coast, 60 miles south of Hattiesburg, and 60 miles north of New Orleans.

The population in Pearl River County was 55,219 per American Community Survey data for 2015-2019. The median household income in Pearl River County is $46,901 and the median house value is $138,200. The largest industry in the county is retail, health care, social assistance, and educational services.

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 doctorate degree is preferred but not required
  • Evidence of the ability to use data to improve student achievement
  • A minimum of three years of experience in an “A” or “B” school or district or experience in moving a school or district to an “A” or “B” rating
  • Skill as an effective communicator, including speaking, listening, writing, and technology
  • Ability to develop a formal process for communicating with stakeholders
  • 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
  • Is open-minded and approachable
  • 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
  • Ability to develop and to monitor a facilities improvement plan and a preventive maintenance plan
  • Committed to becoming an active and visible member of the community
  • Ability to engage parents and community in the life of the school
  • Live in or be willing to relocate to Pearl River County
  • Evidence of successful leadership in developing, monitoring, and improving curriculum and instruction
  • Evidence of successful experience in K-12 education, human resources, budgeting, federal programs and funds, athletics, and extracurricular areas
  • Knowledge of strategic planning, including development, implementation, monitoring, and reporting
  • Ability to recruit, retain, and invest in the development of highly qualified personnel
  • Willingness to foster a culture of diversity and inclusion
  • Honest and transparent; high moral and ethical standards of conduct; a strong work ethic
Invitation to Apply
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Applications must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 2, 2022.


The start date for the new superintendent will be determined by the board once the candidate is selected.


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.

To learn more about the MSBA Superintendent Search Service, click here.
Denotris R. Jackson, M.Ed., Executive Director
380 Zurich Drive │ Ridgeland, MS 39157 │ 601-924-2001 │
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