Ocean Springs superintendent Bonita Coleman to retire

Ocean Springs School District Superintendent, Dr. Bonita Coleman will retire at the end of the current school year, the district announced today.

She has served as the district superintendent since June 2012. Her retirement is effective July 1, 2023.

“We all know that there are seasons to life and as I close this chapter and enter retirement on July 1, 2023, I will forever be grateful to OSSD, and the community of Ocean Springs, for welcoming me with open arms and showing me what it means to be a Greyhound,” Coleman said. “This district has been my greatest joy and I am so proud of the efforts that we have made for our children.”

“Dr. Coleman has been an incredible asset of not only OSSD but the Ocean Springs community the last decade,” says Joe Cloyd, OSSD Board of Trustees President. “Her strong leadership and advocacy for the children guided our district to consistently being one of the top-performing school districts in the state. She will be incredibly missed and we wish her a relaxing retirement.”

Prior to joining Ocean Springs, Coleman served as deputy superintendent of Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland.

Under Coleman’s leadership, the Ocean Springs has maintained an A rating for nine consecutive years, was ranked No. 2 in Mississippi for accountability and high performance. During her tenure, all OSSD schools have grown to an “A” rating from MDE, and have held that rating for more than four years.

A native Mississippian, Coleman graduated from Tougaloo College, earned a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from Jackson State University.

Upon her retirement, Coleman plans to move to the Jackson area to be closer to family.


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