Coahoma County School District


Pauline Rhodes, Superintendent

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Pauline J. Rhodes, Superintendent of Coahoma County School District

The mission of the Coahoma County School District is to provide a high quality education to each child in a safe and caring environment in order to produce contributing citizens who will be able to excel in a global society.

Dear Parents and Supporters:     

Thank you very much for the trust and support you have given us here at Coahoma County School District.  Despite the tornado in December that blew the roof off Sherard Elementary School and the District Office, 2013-2014 was a great school year.   My mother always said, “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger”.  Sherard Elementary School and the District has evolved stronger and more resilient than ever.

With the implementation of several new initiatives from the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) and the Mississippi State Legislature, the 2014-2015 school is shaping up to be one of the most eventful years in past history.  Below are some of the new initiatives:

Accreditation Audit:  The District staff and I have worked diligently to regain the District’s “Accredited” status that was downgraded in September 2013. When the Mississippi Department of Education issues accreditation statuses in September 2014, Coahoma County School District expects to be issued a status of “Accredited” for the school year 2014-2015. 

Common Core State Standards:  CCSD has been phasing in the Common Core State Standards since 2013.  This year we will fully implement the Standards in K-12.  All instructional staff has been trained and will continue to receive training throughout the year in preparation for the new State Assessment (MCT3 and SAT3) that will be administered in May 2015.

The Literacy-Based Promotion Act:  This new mandate requires intensive reading instructions and interventions for students in kindergarten through third grade.  It further mandates that all third grade students must pass a summative assessment in order to promote to the fourth grade.  

Pre-K Collaborative:  Through a collaborative grant from MDE, CCSD has for the first time in its history implemented two Pre-K classes.  One class at Jonestown Elementary and the other at Lyon Elementary.  We are very proud to partner with Clarksdale School District, Head Start, and private day cares to provide this long awaited service to our community.

Financial and Personnel Audit: MSBA conducted an audit of the District’s finances and the District’s personnel in the Superintendent’s Office.  The District was found to be financially sound having a 15% Fund Balance in District Maintenance and the personnel in the District Office was found to be comparable to other districts its size in regards to the number of staff persons and salary.  

Accountability Report: Although we have not received the Preliminary nor the Final Score Report from the 2014 State Test, our analysis of the scores indicate that our students showed significant improvements in most grades and subject areas. 

As always, our staff and students continue to be our greatest assets, and the recruitment and retention of certified staff continues to be our greatest challenge. If you know of a great person who loves children and is looking for a rewarding career, please ask them to visit our website at to view the various job opportunities that our district has to offer.  Also, we invite you to view our revised strategic plan to see where can be of assistance to us in advancing our mission.  Again, thank you.

Committed To Caring-Dedicated To Excellence



Coahoma County School District | P.O. Box 820| Clarksdale, Mississippi 38614