New principal sought for HPSD’s Rowan Elementary


With the start of a new school year just a couple of weeks away, the Hattiesburg Public School District (HPSD) is working to identify a new leader for one of its elementary schools.

According to HPSD Communications and Engagement Coordinator Samone Wilson, Rowan Elementary Principal Donna Scott has been named superintendent of the South Pike School District, located in Magnolia.

Scott is a 1981 alumna of Hattiesburg High School. A veteran educator with 20 years of experience, she has served as principal at Rowan for the past four years. 


Following the July 9 HPSD Board of Trustees meeting, districtwide registration for students in grades K-12 will be held from 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 29, at the N.R. Burger Transploreum. Registration at individual school sites will be held from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 30. Proof of residency in the district will be required. Late registration at each individual school site is set from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. August 9-16.

For more information about registration, and to save time at in-person registration, parents and guardians are encouraged to take part in early online registration at

No late registration will take place during staff development days (August 1-6) or on the first days of school (August 7-8).


The HPSD is partnering with local businesses in the Hattiesburg area to offer Tiger Perks to its approximately 650 employees to show its appreciation for their service to the district. Through the program, gift cards, discounts, and buy-one-get-one deals, among other offers, are made directly to district employees. The deadline to be included in the program is July 26.

Area businesses who wish to take part in Tiger Perks can contact Wilson at (601) 582-5078 or email

The next regular HPSD Board of Trustees meeting is set for August 13.