Indianola School District

Working for the success of each child.

Indianola School District has a rich heritage. Indianola is a small Mississippi town, and Indianola
School District is a small system. But, there is a great determination to improve the quality of the
lives of all its people. This attitude has been a characteristic of Indianolians over the years. There
have been strong efforts to provide the best that can be offered, whether it is in its quality of living
or in its educational advantages.

The Indianola School District has educated men and women who have gone on to become leaders in
their respective communities, as well as in their respective fields. Authors, doctors, lawyers,
political leaders, educational leaders, judges, and scientists are a few of the notable graduates of
Indianola School District. The many graduates who have made positive contributions to the world,
stand in testimony to the positive impact that Indianola Schools have had on our society.
The job with which the school system has been entrusted is not an easy one, particularly in a time
when there is a great deal of change taking place. But in the Indianola School District, we strive
for success and will settle for nothing less than the best.

The Indianola School District seeks to create a work environment free of unlawful harassment and discrimination.

At no time will we permit discrimination toward an employee because of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, or for any other unlawful reason. We believe that both the Indianola School District and its individual employees should be first-class citizens. We seek to fulfill our obligations toward our students and toward the community in which we work. We encourage our employees to play a positive role whether in school or community endeavors.

The Indianola School District must always use its best effort and judgment. If employees use their best effort and judgment, we believe that the District can acheive a level of performance that will provide students with a solid educational background and a sense of pride.

Working for the Success of Every Child.


The mission of the Indianola School District is to focus the energies of our schools, community, and parents on successfully educating all students so that they will become productive citizens in a global society.


All students will experience success by graduating college-ready by 2021.

Our schools

Carver Elementary School


Destined for greatness and determined to get there…

Vision Statement

The vision of Carver Elementary School is to make sure that all children who enter our school will leave each grade level with the social skills and academic knowledge required to be a successful citizen and scholar in the next grade, without remediation, wherever they may attend.

Carver Scholar Creed

I am a Carver Scholar
I am exceptional, not because I say it, but because I work hard at it
I have great expectation for myself.
Therefore, I will use today’s opportunities to learn all that I can.
I will not allow anyone to stop me from learning.
I will show respect to those around me, as well as my environment.
I will triumph over all obstacles placed in front of me.
I will never give up, nor will I make excuses.
I am the future of this world, so I take responsibility for my actions.
I believe in myself.
I believe in my classmates.
I believe in Carver!

Gentry High School

School Improvement Grant (SIG) Recipient- Year 3
801 B. B. King Road
Indianola, Mississippi 38751
Telephone: 662-884-1240
Fax: 662-887-7410

Mr. Gared Watkins, Principal
Mr. Michael Wilson, Assistant Principal

Indianola Career and Technical Center


The Indianola Career and Technical Center’s mission is to provide a safe, caring, and stimulating environment that enhances the students growth academically, socially, and morally preparing them to become more responsible, contributing, and respectful young adults.

It is our goal to prepare students for lifetime challenges in a technological world by providing them an enriched educational background that will asist in the preparation of achieving their personal, educational, and career goals. The students experience hands-on to promote the use of technological resources. This enhances their ability to access information, communicate, and solve problems more effectively. We see technology as a necessity being that our society is forever evolving. Therefore, we must prepare our students with the technological resources necessary to cope with such evolution.

Dr. Valarie Simpson, Director

Lockard Elementary School

302 College Street
Indianola, Mississippi 38751
Jeffery Blackmon, Principal
Phone: (662) 884 - 1260
Fax: (662) 887 - 7710

Pennington Jr. High

Cassie Pennington Jr. High
701 Chapman Street
Indianola, MS 38751
662-887-5453 (fax)

Robert Merritt Middle School

Robert L. Merritt Middle School
705 Kinlock Road
Indianola, MS 38751
Glenda Shedd, Principal

Edmond Williams, Assistant Principal
Sherby Hale, Counselor
Phone: (662) 884 - 1270
Fax: (662) 887 - 5247

Maintenance and Transportation


Rodger Cummings, Director
Terrence Winston, Assistant Director/Head Mechanic
James Wilson, Mechanic
Roosevelt Young, Electrical Technician
Bilbo McCaskill, Driver/Maintenance
Sharon Battle-Williams, Secretary

Indianola School District Transportation Department safely transports students to and from school daily. The district’s buses cover many miles annually and provide services for regular and special students at five (5) sites.

What is a Non-Eligibility Zone?

A Non-Eligibility Zone (NEZ) is an area, within one mile of a school, in which bus service is not provided.

MS Code 37-41-3 Pupils Entitled to Transportation states, “Pupils of legal school age, which shall include kindergarten pupils, and students who are in actual attendance in the public schools and who live a distance of one (1) mile or more by the nearest traveled road from the school to which they are assigned.”

School Bus Safety Tips for Parents

Most school bus fatalities occur when children are outside the bus, and 75% of these fatalities involve children under the age of nine.

Make sure your children know and follow these rules:

Be on time. 6. Don’t yell or shout.
Never run to or from the bus. 7. Always obey the driver.
Stand back from the curb. 8. Wait for the driver’s signal before crossing.
Don’t push or shove. 9. Always cross at least 10 ft. in front of the bus.
Stay in your seat. 10. Never crawl under a school bus.

Meet the Bus

Coordinate with other parents to ensure an adult is present at the bus stop every day, especially when children under the age of nine are present.

Remove Drawstrings

Clothing that your children like may not always be safe. Drawstrings can catch in playground equipment, fences, school bus doors, and escalators. Remove, shorten or replace drawstrings with another kind of fastener.

School Bus Safety Tips For School and Community Leaders

Get involved in “Be Cool. Follow the Rules.” Bus safety campaign. Distribute tip cards to all the students and parents in your district.

Involve your school principal. Plan to hold a school bus safety assembly at the beginning of the school year and also in the spring.

Team up with your school district’s transportation director. Encourage participation in the “Be Cool” program. Order a “School Bus Safety Drivers Guide” for each driver in your district.

Increase public awareness of school bus safety. Send “Be Cool” ad slicks to editors of your community publications. Contact public service directors of your local cable and broadcast TV stations and urge air play of the “Be Cool” PSAs.

Enlist your local police department. Work with your local police department so school bus safety laws are enforced.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, over 90

Bus Rules


Dear Parents and Students,

Transportation for students who qualify under the law is a service provided by the local board of education and must be regarded as a privilege. The passengers shall abide by rules and regulations of the State Board of Education and the rules and regulations adopted by the Indianola School District School Board. Students who fail to follow the buses’ code of conduct will be denied the privilege of riding school buses in this district.

Loading and Unloading

  1. Be at your assigned loading zone on time.
  2. Exercise extreme caution in getting to and from your assigned stop.
  3. Look in both directions before stepping behind parked cars.
  4. Do not play on or near the road while waiting for the bus to arrive.
  5. Look in both directions before crossing the road.
  6. Never walk on the road when there is a sidewalk or pathway.
  7. Always walk on the left side of the road facing oncoming traffic and step off the road when a vehicle approaches.
  8. Use the hand rail while getting on and off the bus.
  9. When you must cross the road to enter the bus or after leaving the bus, always cross in front of the bus and walk approximately 10 feet ahead of the bumper.
  10. The driver is authorized to assign seats to passengers.

School Bus Routes



Velma Hall, Technology Director
Ralph T. Smith, Technology Specialist
Amelia Stiffin-Wilson,Technology Facilitator
Kimberly Weeks, Computer Support Specialist

702 Hwy 82 East Indianola, MS 38751 662-887-2654