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McComb School District 

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

The McComb 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: 2186
  • Graduation Rate: 74.9%
  • Per Pupil Expenditure: $14,585.44
  • Number of Licensed Teachers: 240
  • Total Employees: 415
  • Total Number of Early Childhood Centers: 1
  • Total Number of Elementary Schools: 2
  • Total Number of Middle Schools: 1
  • Total Number of Middle Schools: 1
  • Total Number of High Schools: 1
  • Total Number of Career & Technical Centers:1
  • Total Number of Alternative Schools:1


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.

The McComb School District was established in 1890. The goal of the district is to create an educational system where student success is inevitable and all students are cultivated to become fierce competitors in a global society. We believe we have the power to transform educational opportunities for our children.

The district currently has an enrollment of 2,186 in 8 schools:

  • Kennedy Early Childhood Center, 232 students in grades pre-k and kindergarten
  • Otken Elementary School, 361 students in grades 1-3
  • Summit Elementary School, 315 students in grades 1-6
  • Higgins Middle School, 304 students in grades 4-6
  • Denman Junior High School, 296 students in grades 7-8
  • McComb High School, 678 students in grades 9-12
  • Business & Technology Complex, vocational students grades 9-12
  • TAC Alternative School, which accepts students in grades 6-12


The district has a world-class Fine Arts program. The director of the program works side by side with teachers to help ensure that arts are infused into their classrooms. All students have the opportunity to audition for parts in various arts presentations. A major presentation this school year was The Lion King Jr, which was enjoyed by all who attended and received rave reviews for the excellence in its planning and delivery.


We are very proud to have a nurse housed in every school. Just a few of the services provided by the full-time registered nurse at each campus include health assessments and screening, management of chronic illnesses, medication administration, and direct nursing care for those who are sick or injured. Scholars with mental health needs have access to therapy/counseling and medication management through a partnership with the University of Mississippi Center for Telehealth.

Visits are attended in the school nurse's office, maintaining privacy and with minimal time out of the classroom. Appreciating that health affects the ability to learn, McComb School District's Registered Nurses strive to keep scholars healthy, safe, and ready to learn. Programs are designed to protect and promote the health of our scholars and staff, aiming to positively impact academic success for all.

McComb School District currently employs Security Resource Officers and one School Safety Officer. Their mission is to keep our children safe, with their number one priority being assisting in creating and maintaining a safe, secure, and nurturing learning environment for students, staff, and school visitors by working hand in hand with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

This mission is accomplished primarily through the following model: Prevention, Observation and Reporting. The McComb School District School Safety Department strives to support the educational needs of the school district and the community they serve. Their primary goal, within the limits of the law. The authority granted by the School District is to protect the persons and property of the district. 



McComb, established in 1872, is the main city in Pike County, Mississippi. It is located 80 miles south of the state’s capital, Jackson, 100 miles north of New Orleans, and 75 miles from Hattiesburg. According to the most recent census, the population of the city is 12,041.

The city is proud to have the McComb Railroad Museum. McComb was founded in 1872 as a repair station for the Illinois Central Railroad. The Black History Gallery houses numerous newspaper articles, photos, magazines, and more, documenting Black History in Southwest Mississippi.

Percy Quin State Park is just a few miles outside McComb. The Park offers a variety of activities and facilities for use. Boating at the Park is available on Lake Tangipahoa. One of the main features at the Park is the Quail Hollow Golf Course, an 18-hole championship course. Camp Sunshine, a camp where physically and mentally challenged park guests gather for special events and fun, is held at the Park each July.

McComb is also located in close proximity to Southwest Mississippi Community College as well as several major universities. 

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.

Student Achievement

  • Has served as a principal for a minimum of three years of experience in an “A” or “B” school
  • Has experience in moving a school or district to an “A” or “B” rating,
  • Evidence of a recent documented track record of raising the achievement level of all students
  • Evidence of the ability to use data to improve student achievement
  • Has a strong commitment to pursue academic innovations for all grade levels
  • Is an advocate for students
  • Knowledge of strategic planning, including development, implementation, monitoring, and reporting
  • Successful track record of decisions focused on student needs related to curriculum and instruction and extra-curricular activities

Career Technical

  •   A strong knowledge of career and technical education and its funding avenues

Budget and Finance

  • Has successful experience in school finance to include budgeting, monitoring, and reporting


  •  Ability to recruit, retain, and invest in the development of highly qualified personnel
  • Uses a team management approach
  • Ability to develop a positive rapport, while providing strong leadership to administrators, teachers, and other school personnel
  • Has experience in developing a climate of high expectations and accountability

Community and Stakeholder Relations

  • Ability to provide leadership to the board in interpreting, reviewing, and revising Board policies
  • Willingness to be in the schools and in the classrooms on a regular basis
  • Has experience in working with diverse groups of people
  • 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 engage parents and community stakeholders in the life of the school
  • Willingness of superintendent and family to live in the school district
  • Has experience with successful consensus building


  • Ability to develop a formal process for communicating with stakeholders, including the board members
  • Is honest and transparent; has high moral and ethical standards of conduct; has a strong work ethic
  • Skill as an effective communicator, including speaking, listening, writing, and technology
Invitation to Apply
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Applications must be submitted no later than 4:30 p.m. on March 5, 2024.


The start date for the new superintendent will be determined by the board once the candidate is selected. The preferred start date is July 1, 2024.


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

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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, Ed.D., Executive Director

380 Zurich Drive │ Ridgeland, MS 39157 │ 601-924-2001 │

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