Milestones reached by Dr. Hank Bounds
during his tenure as
State Superintendent of Education
Mississippi's State Superintendent of Education is the chief state school academic officer for Mississippi, who oversees an annual student enrollment of 495,000 students, an operating budget of more than $4.3 billion, and staff numbering 62,000.
Generated more than $49 million in private donations for the Mississippi Department of Education and local school districts.
Led the effort to reopen all of Mississippi's public schools within six weeks after approximately $1 billion damage from Hurricane Katrina.
Led the effort to lobby Congress and the United States Department of Education that resulted in $333 million in federal impact aid.
Redesigned Mississippi's Curriculum and Assessment process to infuse increased rigor and depth of knowledge expectations.
Created a comprehensive plan to redesign Mississippi's High Schools.
Led the State Board of Education through the creation of a comprehensive strategic plan for statewide educational improvement.
Led the design of a comprehensive drop out prevention program.
Directed the accrediting process for 152 school districts, more than 60 private and parochial schools, and a number of special schools.
Led the first successful state takeover of a local school district in the nation.
Co-sponsored a joint effort between Mississippi's secondary and postsecondary systems to redesign teacher education and leadership training at all public and private Schools of Education.
Appointed by Governor Barbour as Chairman of the Education Committee for the Governor's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding, and Renewal.
Served as one of four Chief State School Officers to serve on the national reauthorization task force for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act – commonly known as “No Child Left Behind” or NCLB.