A letter from the Principal
Greeting MSB Parents and Community,
Welcome to the new MSB webpage! It is my distinct pleasure to serve as principal of this outstanding school. We hope you find our new webpage easier to navigate and the information helpful to you and your families. MSB continues its effort of serving visually impaired and blind students in the State of Mississippi since 1848.
The 2021-22 school year has been very busy as we have undertaken new initiatives such as: strengthening our curriculum to include new AP, Art and Cyber Foundation courses, a new specially trained assistive technology person to provide additional support and training to students and staff, increased enrollment, and continued efforts to ensure Apple 1:1 devices and additional specialized equipment are being provided that will have the greatest benefit for your visually impaired children. Thus far, we have had a very busy and productive semester as students are learning and teachers are teaching bell-to-bell. Additional interventions and instructional support have also been instituted to strengthen teaching and enhance quality learning for all our students. Our athletic program and student organizations have returned to action, with our GoalBall team closing out its season and wrestling and cheerleading gearing up to begin. We are so excited about having all of our students back on campus and eager to learn at school!
We are continuing to ensure the safety of all staff and students through our sanitation and disinfection procedures campuswide. Staff and students must continue wearing masks and social distancing at all times while indoors. If your child is sick, with or without fever, please keep them home and have them tested as soon as possible. Please see the MSDB 21-22 Safe Start Plan 3.0 concerning our COVID-19 protocol. We ask that you continue to check our web page for information about sports, upcoming activities, events and special recognition involving your children. Many great things are happening around MSB and we look forward to you and your child being a part of them. Thanks for all you do and feel free to contact me if you have questions or concerns at 601.984.8200.
Eddie Spann, EDS, TVI
Mr. Eddie Spann completed his Educational Specialist degree as the first graduate in Educational Leadership from Mississippi College in 2003. His action research study focused on the impact of effective communication on the overall work performance of staff and the academic achievement of students in a specialized-school for the visually impaired. He has also completed doctoral coursework in educational leadership from Walden University. With 35 years of experience in education, Mr. Spann has served as a special education teacher, social studies teacher, teacher of the visually impaired, lead teacher, coach, program director, educational consultant, assistant principal, principal, and special education director in various school districts across the State of Mississippi and the Mississippi School for the Blind. He has mentored prospective principals from two Mississippi universities and taught special education and courses in education of the visually impaired as an adjunct professor and program coordinator at Belhaven and Jackson State Universities. Mr. Spann most recently served as Projector Coordinator/Instructor for the Deep South Synergy TVI Project at Jackson State University. He has trained extensively across the United States in the areas of visual impairment and deaf blindness, as well as serving as a speaker and trainer. He and wife Ester have two sons, Troy Michael and Edward Elijah, who is a freshman at Hinds Community College. They also have a special godson, Terrell and three grandchildren.