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Laurel School District Superintendent's Report

Laurel School District's Superintendent Dr. Toy L. Watts gives an update on important, new, and exciting things happening in the district. To stay informed on what's happening now and things to come, please watch the video below.

Laurel School District Superintendent's Report Fall 2021

Operations Department

Nora Davis Elementary Update

We would like to update you on some exciting changes coming to the Nora Davis School campus. Back in December of 2019, the school was heavily damaged after storms came through the area. Now we can see light at the end of the tunnel. Insurance negotiations have been finalized for the Nora Davis Gymnasium. A pre-construction meeting was held in September of 2021. A building permit has been submitted and construction completion is scheduled for March 31, 2023.

Wisner Gymnasium Demolition Update

A fire in July of 2020 caused major damage to the Wisner Gymnasium building on Stewart M. Jones Campus. Demolition on the damaged building is complete. Topsoil will soon be added to the cleaned area. Fencing installation is also in progress along the site and is expected to be completed this month.

Finance Department Fall Update

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The primary function of the Laurel School District’s Business Office is to ensure efficient operations and management of the district's resources in a fiscally responsible manner that allows the success of the district's overall mission.


The mission of the Laurel School District is to develop productive citizens and successful life-long learners by providing diverse educational opportunities.


Our team provides oversight and direction related to school financial procedures of the district. We are tasked with preparing an annual budget that will support the district’s purchasing needs, payroll of all employees, and safety & security needs of our employees and students. We are here to provide financial leadership to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees as they are tasked to provide the best possible educational programs and services for the students of Laurel School District


It is an honor to lead the Laurel School District Finance Department.

Nicole Boykin – Account Payable and Fixed Assets Manager
Eunice Coleman – Assistance Business Manager

Paula Kitchens – Payroll Manager

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Emily Beach

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Exceptional Education Department

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Laurel Magnet School of the Arts Reaches New Heights

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The students at Laurel Magnet School of the Arts are soaring to another level of success. Proficiency rankings released show the growth and hard work of our students and teachers.


2020-2021 MAAP Proficiency Rankings


Ranked #1 in Pine Belt and #3 in State in 5th Grade ELA

Ranked #1 in State in 5th Grade Math

Ranked #1 in Pine Belt and #2 in State in 4th Grade Math

Ranked #1 in State in 4th Grade ELA

Ranked #2 in Pine Belt and #10 in State in 3rd Grade Math

Ranked #2 in Pine Belt and #17 in State in 3rd Grade ELA

MAAP Proficiency Rankings #1 in State 5th Grade Math

Curriculum and Instruction Department

Menu of Services

The Curriculum and Instruction Department is proud to kick off the Menu of Services, offering professional development to all teachers with the opportunity to earn CEUs free of charge. Sessions will be offered twice monthly and cover a range of topics needed for professional growth. Teachers can access the registration form via Classlink.

Site-Based Training

The Curriculum and Instruction Department provides site-based training for teachers and school administrators regularly during professional learning communities and staff development meetings. The Director and Learning Loss Coordinators tailor site-based training by the school and need.
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Recruitment and Retention

This year we are engaging the community through our recruitment and retention efforts. Laurel School District recently participated in a job fair hosted by the Jones County Chamber of Commerce at Sawmill Square Mall. Over 150 companies participated.
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New Teacher Academy

All new teachers are participating in the Laurel School District New Teacher Academy. Session one was titled: Effective Classroom Management. Ms. Kemp, a new teacher from Laurel Upper Elementary, won a door prize! Teachers will meet monthly during the school year for support and training.

Technology Department

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"Phishy" email scams are popping up all over the place these days and the Laurel School District is no exception. The district's technology team has put together a cyber awareness course to help employees better identify those emails from possible scammers.

The district also has digital help desk tickets in place to better assist employees with any technical issues that may arise.

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October is National Principals Month

This month we recognize our amazing Principals for their vision, leadership, and dedication to providing all our students with access to a high-quality education.


We appreciate all of you in the Laurel School District.

School Attendance Matters

We want to encourage healthy school attendance and engagement throughout the 2021-2022 school year. Setting good attendance patterns from an early age, from nursery through primary school will also help your child later on in their life. When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances of graduating.

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Laurel High School's Annual College and Career Fair

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Having a college and career day provides our scholars with an up-close and personal view of the different colleges and the wide variety of careers that are available to them. Our fall career and college day is primarily for our seniors. This month's event had 21 vendors total, 7 industries, and 14 colleges and universities.

Sharing Our Good News

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Laurel High School Band.

On Saturday, October 9th the Band participated in the Region 3 State Marching Evaluations at Neshoba Central High School. We are proud to announce the ratings.


Colorguard - Superior Rating

Drum Major - Superior Rating

Golden Girls - Superior Rating

Percussion - Superior Rating

Band - Excellent ratings


On October 2nd the Laurel Golden Tornadoes Marching Band participated in the Jackson State University High School Battle of the Bands contest. Our band was just one of five bands invited and the only band from the state of Mississippi.


Congratulations on your hard work and accomplishments.

Laurel High School Field Show

Save the Date

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Dragon Night

Tornado Family listen up, the "Dragon Night" game originally set to be played on September 24, 2021, has been changed. The game will now be played on October 29, 2021, against Wayne County.


We are asking all to help turn the stadium into a "Sea of Blue".


See you there in your "BLUE" on Friday, October 29, 2021.

Bernard-Blackwell All-Star Game

The Laurel School District and Laurel Tornado Athletics would like to Congratulate Arjalen Marshal (Player), Coach William Clay (Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach), and Head Football Coach Ryan Earnest (Athletics Director). They were selected to represent the Tornado Family in the Bernard-Blackwell All-Star game later this season in Gulfport.


Arjalen Marshal (Player) will play Defensive Line for the South All-Stars.

Coach William Clay will coach the Offensive Line for the South Team.

Head Coach Ryan Earnest will be the Head Coach for the South Team.


Bernard-Blackwell All-Star Game


Milner Stadium

Gulfport, Mississippi

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Kickoff: 11:30 a.m.

Bernard-Blackwell All-Star Game Promo
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