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JPS Appoints Sandra Robinson Interim Chief Operating Officer

September 18, 2019

Sandra Robinson
Sandra Robinson

Sandra Robinson has been appointed interim Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Jackson Public Schools.  As COO, she will lead the Operations Division which consists of six departments—Campus Enforcement, Child Nutrition, Facilities and Operations, Information Technology Services, Property Accounting, and Transportation. Her career in JPS spans over 22 years. During her tenure, Robinson served as an accomplished teacher, administrator, and project manager.

As a proud product of Jackson Public Schools, Robinson is a graduate of Lanier High School. She also attended Lake Elementary and Hardy Middle Schools. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University earning Magna Cum Laude Honors. She worked for several years as an engineer and project manager before returning home to Jackson to pursue a career in teaching.

She started her career in education at Jim Hill High School where she taught courses ranging from Pre-Algebra to IB Mathematics Studies and AP Calculus. Her accomplishments as a mathematics teacher led her to become the District Mathematics Assessment Specialist in 2001. In this role, she developed the District’s nine-week mathematics assessments for grades 6-8 and Algebra I. In 2004, she became Director of Planning and Evaluation where she analyzed state and district data and provided professional development to improve the capacity of District leaders, principals, and teachers on interpreting and effectively utilizing data to improve student achievement.

After completing a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership from Jackson State University she transitioned from the academic side of JPS to the operations side as Construction Director. Under the 2006 Bond Program, she oversaw the design and construction of the new Kirksey and Peeples Middle Schools and numerous other projects that included building additions and HVAC upgrades at several schools. In 2017, Robinson served as interim Director of Facilities and Operations while maintaining her duties as Construction Director. She supervised eight departments and a staff of over 300. Under her leadership, Facilities and Operations was able to increase the completion rate of the MDE Corrective Action Plan Standard 30 audit findings from 62% to 92%. Most recently, as Construction Director, she managed project responsibilities for over 70 projects in Phase I of the 2018 Bond Construction Program.

As Chief Operating Officer, Robinson looks forward to working with internal and external stakeholders to promote and drive the District’s vision "Excellence for All" so that it becomes a reality.