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Superintendent Dr. Jay R. Smith, PH.D



Dr. Smith is entering his third year as Superintendent of the Long Beach School District. He currently serves on Governor Phil Bryant's School Safety Task Force and on the State Superintendent's Testing Task Force.

Professional background:

  • U.S. Army Veteran (1st/61st Infantry)
  • Received the Army Achievement Medal for outstanding service in the Republic of Panama in 1989
  • AA degree from Hinds Community College (1991)
  • BSEd from Mississippi College (1993)
  • MSEd from Mississippi College (1996)
  • Ph.D from the University of Southern Mississippi (2004)
  • Served as a High School teacher
  • Served as Head boys' junior high basketball coach
  • Served as Assistant varsity boys' baseball coach
  • Served as Head boys' varsity golf coach
  • Served as an adjunct professor in the areas of school law and school finance at Mississippi College (2004-2008)
  • Served as a high school principal for 7 years
  • Served as an elementary principal for 7 years
  • Served as a middle and high school assistant principal for 3 years
  • Served as an assistant superintendent for 4 years responsible for discipline, federal dollars,testing,and curriculum
  • Served as an Interim Superintendent



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