Mound Street Academies
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Meet Our Administration

Mound Street Academies is home to some of the finest educators and administrators in the state. The administration works hard to ensure that our students are in a nurturing educational environment that encourages an individual’s development toward their goals. We make every school decision with our students' best interests in mind. MSA connects with Sinclair Community College, technical programs, and area colleges. We welcome you to contact us with questions or concerns you may have.

Dr. Jack Poore
Superintendent
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About Jack Poore

Jack Poore has served in a variety of positions during his many years in education. He has taught at the middle and elementary school levels and coached at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. As an administrator, he has served as a middle school principal, high school principal, director of student services, assistant superintendent, and superintendent. His experience has allowed him to work with students from all backgrounds.

Dr. Poore graduated from Ball State University where he earned B.S., M.A.E., Ed.S., and Ed.D. degrees. His major at the doctoral level was in educational leadership with cognates in curriculum and business. His dissertation focused on personality types of high school dropouts.

During the time he has been in education, he has served on a variety of committees at the local, state, and national levels. While he has seen many initiatives come and go, he has never lost sight of the fact that each child is unique and needs a chance to succeed. True educational success comes from the education of the whole child who is not just seen as a test score.

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Jim Grimsley
Principal
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About Jim Grimsley

Jim Grimsley has over seventeen years of educational work experience as a teacher, coach, and principal. Jim’s teaching career began in the Middletown City School District in 2001. There, Mr. Grimsley served as a high school language arts teacher, class advisor, and junior high basketball coach for three years. Jim then joined Mound Street Academies in 2004. Mr. Grimsley spent thirteen years as language arts and career-based intervention teacher at MSA before becoming principal in 2017. During his time at Mound Street Academies, Jim has served on the Community School Leadership Team, Local Professional Development Committee, Intervention Assistance Team, Crisis Prevention Team, Ohio Improvement Process/Strategic Planning Committee, and Graduation Planning Committee. He was also recognized as a Gold Star Coordinator at the 2009 Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education Annual Career Based Intervention Conference.

Jim attended the University of Dayton where he earned a bachelor of arts in English, as well as, a master of science in educational leadership. He is married to his wife Natasha, who is an elementary school counselor in the Xenia Community School District. Together, they have two daughters, Anne and Nora. In his free time, Jim enjoys competitive sports, exercise, gardening, cooking, and time with his family.

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A Message from our Superintendent

Recovering students one person at a time for success in college and careers is the vision for Mound Street Academies. The entire staff and the board of education supports this statement. Students from the entire Miami Valley area and beyond may attend this unique school free of charge due to Mound Street Academies being a public charter school that adheres to all mandated school requirements.

School can be very difficult for many students in this day and age. We educate the whole child with a variety of services and opportunities to succeed. Small class sizes, personalized tailored education, career based options, various support services such as wellness and mental health, activities to foster community involvement, on-the-job training, access to college credit courses, and staff trained to deal with trauma students may face are just a few of the unique ways we have approached the education of students.  

While some of the students may have had a foot out the door at a traditional school, they find success at Mound Street Academies. Students have not only graduated from high school but they have attended and graduated from college, also! Students enjoy the professional atmosphere free of many of the distractions of a traditional school. Since its inception, almost 900 students have graduated from Mound Street.

Please feel free to contact us for additional information or a personalized tour.

Dr. Jack Poore

Dr. Jack Poore
Superintendent