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Mississippi school districts

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K-12 Education in Mississippi
State Superintendent: Lynn J. House
Number of students: 490,619[1]
Number of teachers: 32,007
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:15.3
Number of school districts: 163
Number of schools: 1,069
Graduation rate: 75%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $7,928[3]
See also
Public education in Mississippi
Mississippi Department of Education
Mississippi school districts
List of school districts in Mississippi

Mississippi is home to 163 school districts, 1,069 schools and 490,619 K-12 students.[4][5][6]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • Superintendent of Education:[7] Dr. Lynn J. House
  • State Board of Education:[8]
    • Dr. O. Wayne Gann, Chair
    • Howell N. Gage, Vice-Chair
    • Kami Bumgarner
    • William Harold Jones
    • Dr. John R. Kelly
    • Charles McClelland
    • Richard Morrison
    • Martha Murphy
    • Simon F. Weir, II

Enrollment and academics

The following table displays the top ten Mississippi school districts by total student enrollment and Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second Edition scores for Grade 8.[6][9]

Student enrollment MCT2 Grade 8 scores
1.) DeSoto County 1.) Long Beach
2.) Jackson 2.) Enterprise
3.) Rankin County 3.) Pass Christian
4.) Harrison County 4.) Pontotoc City
5.) Madison County 5.) Ocean Springs
6.) Jackson County 6.) Petal
7.) Lamar County 7.) Madison County
8.) Vicksburg-Warren 8.) Tishomingo County
9.) Jones County 9.) Booneville
10.) Tupelo 10.) Union


The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Mississippi.[6]

Ethnicity Number of students Percentage
African American 244,508 49.84%
White 226,951 46.26%
Hispanic 13,153 2.70%
Asian 4,784 1.01%
Native American 1,047 0.19%

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Mississippi school board elections, 2014

A total of five Mississippi school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014. These districts feature eight seats up for election. Each district has scheduled elections on November 4, 2014. The districts listed below served 85,743 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[10]

2014 Mississippi School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
DeSoto County School District 11/4/2014 1 5 31,916
Harrison County School District 11/4/2014 2 5 13,828
Lamar County School District 11/4/2014 3 9 9,251
Madison County School District 11/4/2014 1 5 11,811
Rankin County School District 11/4/2014 1 5 18,937

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