Human Resources

Director of Human Resources - Latoya Straughter-Evans


Frequently Asked Questions

The Columbus Municipal School District (CMSD) Office of Human Resources is committed to meeting the needs of our past, present, and potential employees. We have compiled a listing of questions with answers to help provide the best possible service. Some questions have more complex answers that cannot be fully addressed here. We recommend that you contact a member of the Human Resources team to discuss more detailed matters. Additionally, the CMSD Employee Handbook contains other information that may answer your questions.

Human Resources Frequently Asked Questions

Employee Handbook

Apply for a Position

All applicants are required to use our online system. All open positions are posted there. It is necessary to create an account tied to an email account to apply for one. Once the account is created, it is possible to apply for multiple positions. Click here to view open positions, create an account, or log in to the system.

Job Descriptions

Click here to view descriptions for all positions within the district.

Substitute Teachers

Columbus Municipal School District has partnered with Kelly Educational Staffing (KES) for our substitute teacher needs beginning in December 2014. KES will handle all the aspects of our substitute teacher program including hiring, training and scheduling. There are several advantages to this partnership such as the opportunity for substitute employees to have year-round employment and additional incentives exclusive to employment with KES.

If you are interested in applying to be a substitute employee for Columbus Municipal School District, please contact KES (662) 842-9602 at or email them at [email protected].


Perfect Attendance Incentive

Defined as reporting to work as scheduled and remaining at work the entire day, and/or not using personal or sick time during the predetermined period (usually a calendar month). The additional sick day(s) will be added the following school year.


The Teacher Incentive Pay Program is for all employees. When a school improves a letter grade during the school year, incentive pay will be paid in December following the release of official test score data from MDE. There are various monetary payouts.

Math and Science Teacher Incentive

The Columbus Municipal School District developed the Mathematics and Science Signing Bonus to aid in recruiting and retaining talented mathematics and science educators. A one-time, $3,500 payment is provided to our newly hired educators who teach mathematics and/or science courses the entire instructional day. This payment is in addition to the base salary and any other compensation the educator is eligible to receive. We want to be the employer of choice and compensation is often a factor when people choose where to work. More importantly, we want to attract and retain educators that are committed and will positively impact student achievement.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

The Columbus Municipal School District complies with all federal and state laws and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, marital status or age in admission or access to, or treatment of employment in, its programs or activities. It is the intent of the Columbus Municipal School District to comply with both the letter and the spirit of the law in making certain discrimination does not exist in its policies, regulations, and operations. Grievance procedures have been established for anyone who feels discrimination has been shown by the Columbus Municipal School District.

Inquiries regarding grievance procedures or the application of policies of nondiscrimination can be obtained by contacting:
Craig Chapman, Assistant Superintendent
2630 McArthur Drive
Columbus MS 39703

Inquires associated with the Title VI, Title IX, and/or accommodations for the disabled employees, the public and accessibility of facilities and programs should be directed to:
Latoya Evans, Director of Human Resources
2630 McArthur Drive
Columbus MS 39703

Inquiries regarding the application of 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (concerning students with disabilities who are not eligible for Special Education) American with Disability Act should be directed to:
Valerie Bailey, Director of Special Education
2630 McArthur Drive
Columbus MS 39703



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