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Teachers, administrator of the year announced in Poplarville

Five staff members of the Poplarville School District were recognized for their hard work during Monday’s Board of Trustees meeting.

During the meeting, Jon Will was recognized as Administrator of the Year, Erin Breland was named Poplarville High School Teacher of the Year, Mia Gennarelli was introduced as the Poplarville Upper Elementary Teacher of the Year, John Allred was named Middle School of Poplarville Teacher of the Year and Nicole McCardle was recognized as the Poplarville Lower Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Superintendent Carl Merritt asked that the District and parents continue to support those educators.

In other business, the Board approved a motion to make changes to the District’s cursive writing instructional plan. Merritt said the changes will provide more standards to the method in which fifth graders are tested in the skill.

“I think it’s going to be very beneficial for our students,” Merritt said.

He added that the District never stopped teaching cursive.

Students attending the Poplarville School District begin to learn cursive in second grade, Board President Tommy Strahan said. 

The Board also approved a motion to accept a quitclaim deed on a building previously used as a polling precinct. Now that the county no longer uses it for that function as part of the recent precinct consolidation, it has been turned over to the District. The building sits in a fenced in portion of school property and several plans are being considered for its use, said District Technology Coordinator Steve Seal.