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About OSSD

Our Mission:
It is the mission of the Ocean Springs School District to teach our students essential content and strategies, which will enable them to apply knowledge beyond their school experience and to have a positive impact on society.
Our Vision:
It is the vision of Ocean Springs School District to educate and inspire all students to their highest levels of achievement.
OSSD Community:
The Ocean Springs School District is located in a suburban community of approximately 18,000 people on the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. Life on the Coast slows down in Ocean Springs where there is time to stroll oak-draped streets and discover secluded beaches. Ocean Springs is a community that embraces the arts and is the home of many local, state, and nationally recognized artists. The city offers a wealth of history, good Southern food, galleries, shops, beautiful bayous, and excellent schools. The district has kept pace with the residential and commercial growth of the Gulf Coast by the leadership of the five members of the board of trustees who work to ensure that every student attends exceptional schools in a nurturing atmosphere and receives instruction from the best available educators.

The Ocean Springs School District aspires to be the best school district in Mississippi and one in the top ten percent in the nation. Over 700 dedicated personnel foster excellence in academics, global languages, the arts, and athletics. 

The District has obtained the highest standard of accreditation Mississippi schools can achieve. 
OSSD Leadership:
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Dr. Bonita Coleman
Superintendent of Schools
(228) 875-7706
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Dr. Christopher Williams
Assistant Superintendent
(228) 875-7707
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Mary Gill
Chief Financial Officer
(228) 875-8239
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Doyle Reid
Chief of Instructional Technology
(228) 875-6654
Photo of Brooks McKay
Brooks McKay
Director of Operations
(228) 872-3604
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Gayle Schultz
Director of Child Nutrition
(228) 875-2880
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Grant Dickinson
Director of Student Services
(228) 875-5782
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Mark Hubbard
Director of Athletics
(228) 875-7703
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Catherine Melchi
Director of Human Resources
(228) 875-7721
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Tonya Bolton
Director of Federal Programs
(228) 875-7707
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Dr. Vickie Tiblier
Ocean Springs High School
(228) 875-0333
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Dr. Carla McCaleb
Ocean Springs Middle School
(228) 872-6210
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Dr. Jenny Necaise
Ocean Springs Upper Elementary
(228) 875-4367
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Dr. Jennifer Pope
Oak Park Elementary
(228) 875-5847
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Alison Block
Magnolia Park Elementary
(228) 872-3604
Chris LeBatard
Chris LeBatard
Pecan Park Elementary
(228) 875-2851
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Stephanie Allison
E.H. Keys Alternative Education Center
(228) 872-0031
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Tiffany Hodge
Career & Technical Education Center
(228) 872-3411
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Pamela Everitt
Curriculum Coordinator
Office of Curriculum
(228) 875-7707
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Jaynie Payne
Curriculum Coordinator
Office of Curriculum
(228) 875-7707
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Jaimie Tiblier
Curriculum Coordinator
Office of Curriculum
(228) 875-7707
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Tonya Strobridge
Technology Instruction Specialist
Office of Curriculum
(228) 875-7707
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Jessie Galloway
Chief of Campus Police
(228) 872-3604
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Trey Brennan
Communications & Multimedia
OSSD Communications
(228) 875-7706
Transportation Supervisor
OSSD Transportation
(228) 875-1095
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Dara Turner
Executive Assistant
Office of the Superintendent
(228) 875-7706
History of OSSD:
Please visit the Ocean Springs Archives, located here.
OSSD by the numbers
OSSD's Academic Standard:
  • A-Rated school district for the last six years
  • Graduation Rate: 86.9 
  • AP participation: 2015- 280 students, 2016-781 students> three-year growth of 2100% in qualifying scores in AP Math and Science exams and a 1266.7% growth in AP Math, Science, and English exams over the past three school years; 2017 – 440 students took one to five AP courses which resulted in approximately 720 AP tests being administered; of the 440 students, 31 were International Baccalaureate Students.  
  • Average ACT of Class of 2017 – 22.26
  • Average ACT of Class of 2017 Top 100 – 28.17 average score
  • Over 77 of Class of 2017 in ACT 30 Plus Club
  • One Presidential Scholar Nominee (2017)
  • Ten International Baccalaureate Graduates (2017)
  • Over $13,325,886 Received in Scholarships for Class of 2017
  • Project Lead the Way District
  • Multiple Diploma Options: AP Capstone, International Baccalaureate, and Honors
  • Oak Park and OS Middle School have National Blue Ribbon School Designations
  • OS Upper Elementary recognized as the Healthiest School in the State of MS
  • OSHS recognized by US News and World Report Silver Medal (Best High Schools in Nation)
Misc. Facts
Teachers with Advanced Degrees
Teachers with National Board Certification 48
Certified Personnel 421
Classified Personnel 344
Total Student Enrollment 5592
Students in Elementary 2996
Students in Middle School 909
Students in High School
Student Attendance Rate 95%
Free and Reduced Lunch 45%
Mean ACT Core Score 22
Graduation Rate 86.9
School Buses Operated 50
Lunches Served Daily 3300
Dropout Prevention Plan:
A copy of OSSD's Dropout Prevention Plan can be downloaded here.