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Inspiring students to their fullest potential


Just about every job has duties that aren’t listed in the job description. As a superintendent, can you imagine what your job description would look like if it listed all of your activities and interactions on any given workday?

It would sound interesting and entertaining, as well as stressful, challenging, fun, exhilarating, disappointing, surprising, and even heartbreaking at times. And the next day could be a different story altogether.

There’s no way to adequately summarize the jobs that superintendents do every day, but one fact is certain: Mississippi couldn’t get far without you.

We’ve talked about teacher shortages that have affected many districts in our state, but we also need to make sure we hire and retain effective district leaders. A recent RAND survey revealed that an estimated 26% of superintendents plan to leave their jobs because of multiple stressors, many of which have been exacerbated by the pandemic and its lingering effects.

“Yet stable leadership is crucial to deliver on a school district’s foundational vision and mission,” reports the Harvard Graduate School of Education. “It takes time to build trust between teachers, families, and principals to help achieve educational goals for students.”

Education is a vocation that doesn’t fit neatly between the hours on a clock or the days on a calendar. Tasks such as fostering trust, developing tomorrow’s leaders, giving families hope and helping build stronger communities are not on a superintendent’s job description, but they are among the many incredible things you do on any given day.

MASS serves as a key resource and support network for district leaders to help prepare them for the many challenges involved in moving Mississippi’s public education system forward. Theirs is a monumental job with serious responsibilities and far-reaching consequences, and from what I’ve seen throughout my career, you wouldn’t have it any other way.


Phillip G Burchfield

Executive Director



MS School Superintendents


MS Public Schools


School Disctricts


Public School Students


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January 22-25, 2023
Hilton Jackson
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Jackson, MS 39211

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