Gazebo Gazette

Dr. Carla J. Evers, superintendent of the Pass Christian Public School District, has been elected to the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents’ board of directors.

Since its founding in 1969, MASS has grown into a nationally recognized coalition that provides state-of-the-art training and mentoring programs for educators throughout Mississippi while advocating year-round for improved public schools.

The association regularly evaluates the composition of its board to ensure it includes the appropriate skills, experience and perspectives necessary to improve outreach and efficacy.

With a 30-year career invested in public education, Evers will work with fellow directors to build
a world-class education system for Mississippi and provide professional development
opportunities for superintendents, teachers and administrators. The board also will advocate for
increased support for public schools via engagement with members of the State Legislature, the
Mississippi Department of Education and other groups.

“Dr. Evers is a proven leader whose knowledge and experience are essential in helping MASS
become a more effective organization,” said Dr. Phil Burchfield, executive director for MASS.
“We rely on directors who understand the unique needs and challenges of our public schools and
can help MASS drive improved outcomes for our members, school districts and communities.”

As part of its outreach and advocacy, MASS develops media campaigns to raise awareness about
crucial issues in Mississippi. They have included Unleash Possible, which addresses the state’s
teacher shortage, and the award-winning 30 Seconds Can Save a Lifetime , which focuses on
school bus safety.

MASS also works aggressively with state leaders to develop more robust recruiting and hiring
practices for Mississippi’s public schools as well as better pay, stronger certification standards and
other incentives to build and strengthen Mississippi’s teacher workforce.

“Everyone in Mississippi has a vested interest in the success of our public schools, and MASS is
doing its part to raise expectations and standards,” said Evers. “I look forward to working with the board of directors and the MASS team to build a better future for Mississippi through improved
public education.”

The Mississippi Association of School Superintendents and the Alliance of Educational Leaders of
Mississippi is a non-profit association whose membership is made up of 139 public school
superintendents and more than 2,000 public school administrators. Its mission is to provide
resources, advocacy, leadership, policy information, training, support, renewal, and public
relations services that improve the quality of public education.