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Vivian Robinson

Position: Superintendent
School: Coffeeville School District
School District: Coffeeville School District
City, State: Coffeeville, MS

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Vivian Robinson's nominator wishes to remain anonymous.

Dr. Robinson left the coast to take on the position of the Coffeeville School District Superintendent in North Mississippi. The nominator was saddened because they were unable to travel with her. Dr. Robinson needed to spend every waking moment with the students, parents, and community when she arrived in January 2017. The district faced many financial, staffing and technology challenges.

Since arriving in Coffeeville, Dr. Robinson has fixed all of those obstacles. The district now has a "C" accountability rating, student attendance has been maintained at 95%, and teacher attendance is up. She has partnered with the local papers to publish "From the Desk of the Coffeeville Superintendent," and each paper highlights parents and students of Coffeeville. She has started partnering with Save-a-Lot grocery stores, the Cottage Tea Room, Batesville Job Corps, Mechanic Bank, the Mayors of Oakland and Coffeeville, 100 Black Men, and local pastors.

She works hard to ensure Coffeeville students have the same opportunities as the top ranked districts in the state. She is always trying to motivate and encourage teachers to be their best. Dr. Robinson has returned the allotted money the state provides for the districts to the students as per the state requires. She allotted $20,000 to school libraries to purchase books for the students. They were given $1,000 in years past. She also wrote a grant and was awarded new cafeteria equipment to ensure the students are eating healthy. They are waiting to hear if they are awarded the SRO grant to ensure resource officers are at the schools.

Dr. Robinson established an Alternative School to ensure the safety of the students. She is currently partnering with Booneville and Desoto County, by allowing teachers to visit these districts to improve instruction and innovation for Coffeeville School District students. She has provided a Christmas Ham for every family in the Coffeeville School District to show her appreciation for getting all students to school each day.

"Be on the look out for Coffeeville," the nominator said. "They are sure to be a 'B' at the end of the year. This will be history. This district has never earned a higher accountability rating than a 'C' to date."