Hattiesburg Public School District
The Hattiesburg Public School District’s Board of Trustees is comprised of five members and is by law the policy-making and appraisal body of the school district. The five Members of the HPSD Board of Trustees are charged with setting the direction and vision of the district through policy and oversight. The Board creates the policy for the entire district and charges the superintendent with carrying out their vision and direction for the district. Board Members are elected to represent the community at large. The Board works mainly through the superintendent and their regular Board Meetings. All Board Meetings are open to the public and interested members of the community are encouraged to speak at the meetings regarding any issue, concern, commendation or policy. The Board hopes to enrich the lives of our students by creating sound policy for staff to follow and by encouraging cooperation and partnership with the leaders and members of the Hattiesburg Community.
Hattiesburg Public Schools
Board of Trustees

Marcus Cathey, President

Stella Mackabee, Secretary

Patricia Fluker

Eric K. Steele

Carey Varnado

Board Meeting Agendas are available here.

HPSD Public Record Request Process & Policy


Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders!


The Hattiesburg Public School District is a model teaching and learning community that graduates productive and caring citizens who are prepared to succeed.


The mission of the Hattiesburg Public School District is to educate all students to become productive citizens of a dynamic, global community.


1. Academic Achievement: Every child is supported and nurtured with a systemic process to reach their full potential.

2. Parent and Community Engagement: School, parents and the community function as a team to support a learning community.

3.  Safe and Orderly Schools: Maintain a learning environment that is conducive to high performing schools.

4. Accountability: Employ effective and efficient accountability systems that evaluate the academic, operation and fiscal performance of the school district.


  • We believe in ALL children achieving at high global academic standards.
  • We believe students are the central focus of all school district activities. We value and have high expectations for them.
  • We believe that our staff is the core of the district.  We value, support, and expect high levels of performance from them.
  • We believe in providing a physically and psychologically safe learning and working environment.
  • We believe in cultivating leadership in educational matters throughout the district and community.
  • We believe in strategically allocating resources to enable students to learn at high levels.
  • We believe in providing a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities and experiences for our students.