The Ocean Springs School District Board of Education named Dr. Bonita Coleman Superintendent on June 11, 2012. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Coleman served as Deputy Superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland’s second largest school and the 18th largest system in the nation. During her tenure there, she focused her energies on championing rigorous and ambitious learning opportunities for students, informative evaluative systems for teachers and administrators and data based decision-making that includes all sectors of the school community.
Dr. Coleman has 20+years in public education that includes service as a teacher and a college professor. After her first year of leadership in the Ocean Springs School District the District now boasts an A rating and is continually striving to be recognized on the national and state levels for academic, athletic and artistic accomplishments. In addition, the District ranks No. 22 in the nation’s sports programs, has a nationally recognized fine arts program (K-12) and places a strong emphasis on student engagement and the “Greyhound Experience.” Positioning students to thrive in the future is a hallmark of Dr. Coleman’s administration. OSSD received the state’s first National Math and Science Initiative Grant, which has already accomplished increasing Advanced Placement student participation from 80 students to over 400 students. In 2015, the district was recognized as the nation’s #1 school in growth in Advanced Placement at the White House.
Early in her superintendency, Dr. Coleman restructured administration to ensure more open dialogue with the community—both in-person and digitally. More stakeholders are engaged with OSSD than ever before through the annual celebrations, committed partnerships with the business community and OSSD foundations, Parent University, community forums, the Superintendents’ Student Advisory Council as well as a redesigned website, and better use of social media.
A resident of Ocean Springs, Dr. Coleman enjoys reading, music and all sports, especially football. She is the proud mother of one son, Chandler L. Potter.
Dr. Bonita Coleman
Superintendent, Ocean Springs School District