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Background Information

Employment History

Interim School Superintendent

Hattiesburg

Associate Superintendent

Hattiesburg

Assistant Superintendent

Hattiesburg

Principal for Two Years

Piney Woods School

Principal

Piney Woods School

Education

master's degree

English and School Administration

Mississippi State University

bachelor's degree

English

Mississippi Valley State University

bachelor's degree Degree

English

Mississippi Valley State University

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In an exclusive interview with ...

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In an exclusive interview with PineBeltPRESS.com, Hattiesburg Public Schools Interim Superintendent Jimmy L. Hopkins says the District has made cuts to its budget for this year, even as it asks for more money than last year in school taxes. Hopkins says the additional money is to make up for a cut in state funding. Hopkins says the school system is tightening its belt. Hopkins responds to having an increased budget for this year

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In an exclusive interview with PineBeltPRESS.com, Hattiesburg Public Schools Interim Superintendent Jimmy L. Hopkins says the District has made cuts to its budget for this year, even as it asks for more money than last year in school taxes. Hopkins says the additional money is to make up for a cut in state funding. Hopkins says the school system is tightening its belt. Hopkins responds to having an increased budget for this year


HPSD Interim School Superintendent ...

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HPSD Interim School Superintendent Jimmy Hopkins explained the school's position:

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Hopkins says he is pleased the suit is behind them and is ready to move on with the business of educating the children of Hattiesburg.
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Hattiesburg Public School District Associate Superintendent Jimmy Hopkins says he didn't want to go when he was drafted during the Vietnam War. He was teaching at the time, and he felt it unfair that he should be called to serve.

But he says those two years of service overseas instilled in him a desire for public service that he still feels today.
"That sense of focused purpose I got in the military developed a sense of yearning," Hopkins said. "It cultivated a call for public service that I already had deep within me."
Hopkins is one of three finalists for the job of HPSD superintendent, a position that was vacated by Annie Wimbish in June.
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Hopkins has been an educator for 39 years - 27 of them with Hattiesburg Public Schools. The last six months he's been serving as interim superintendent while the board looks for Wimbish's replacement.
"I want to be superintendent of the Hattiesburg Public School District because I love the school district," he said. "I've been a part of it for a long time. I want to be able to use the vast resources in this community to make this district a very effective learning place."
Hopkins says he has a passion for education. He remembers when he had his first job as a secondary English teacher in the Meridian Public School District.
He was on a committee that helped develop a stringent writing proficiency test for the district - before Mississippi had a statewide English test for students.
"I took on my entire load of six classes, and all my kids passed that test," he said. "The milestone was getting kids excited about writing."
Hopkins also remembers when he was assistant superintendent of HPSD, and the district was implementing its desegregation plan in the late 1980s.
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Hopkins is still interested in teacher recruitment and retention. He oversees the district's Teacher Induction Academy, which provides support to new teachers.
Stability of the teaching staff is just one of the factors that Hopkins sees as contributing to a balanced district as a whole - and to a deep-rooted community.
"You have to be aware of the role a school district plays in the growth and progress of a community," he said. "What happens in the schools impacts the stability of the community. Schools play a vital role in maintaining the stability of the social order in a community."
Hopkins says he brings a wealth of experience to the district.
He spent 11 years teaching in the Meridian Public School District before becoming a principal for two years at the Piney Woods Country Life School.
Then in 1984 he took a job as co-principal for curriculum and instruction at Hattiesburg High School for two years, before becoming assistant superintendent of the district for 13 years.
He's been associate superintendent of the district since 1999.
Hopkins says being with HPSD for so long has given him a familiarity with the district.
"I have well-established community relationships and a full working knowledge of the school district's operations," he said.
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Margaret Hull, HPSD personnel specialist, has had Hopkins as a boss for four years.
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Director of Student Services Deborah Martin has known Hopkins for 18 years.
"I view him as a person who is trustworthy, loyal and diligent," she said. "I think he'll make a wonderful superintendent."
Hopkins has several goals in mind, if he becomes superintendent.
"I want to maintain focus, maintain academic progress and maintain community involvement," he said. "I want to maintain public confidence and be transparent in the process."
Hopkins also wants to make sure he keeps the public informed.
"Always let the community know what we're doing, how we're doing it and how it can participate," he said.
At the root of it all, it comes back to school and community for Hopkins.
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Jimmy Hopkins


Jimmy L. Hopkins, interim ...

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Jimmy L. Hopkins, interim superintendent

Hattiesburg Public School District Jimmy L. Hopkins has been a professional educator for 39 years. He has eleven years experience as a secondary English teacher in the Meridian Public School District (1971-1982).
He served as principal of Piney Woods Country Life School for two years (1982-1984) and co-principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Hattiesburg High School from 1984-1986.
He served as assistant superintendent of the I Hattiesburg Public Schools from 1986-1999. He has served as associate superintendent of the Hattiesburg Public Schools since 1999. He began serving as Interim Superintendent on July 1, 2010.
Mr. Hopkins holds a bachelor's degree in English from Mississippi Valley State University and master's degrees in English and School Administration from Mississippi State University. He has done further graduate study at Mississippi State University and Livingston University, now the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Ala.
Mr. Hopkins has 29 years military experience having served during the Vietnam War and Desert Storm.
Mr. Hopkins is the father of two young adults, both graduates of Hattiesburg High School.


HPSD Interim School Superintendent ...

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HPSD Interim School Superintendent Jimmy Hopkins explained the school's position:

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Hopkins says he is pleased the suit is behind them and is ready to move on with the business of educating the children of Hattiesburg.
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HPSD Interim School Superintendent Jimmy Hopkins explained the school's position:
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Hopkins says he is pleased the suit is behind them and is ready to move on with the business of educating the children of Hattiesburg.

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