SCCSD Supt. Report 2014-15

“United for Excellence” Consolidated School District Sunflower County

2015 Superintendent’s Report

MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT DR. DEBRA DACE

W ith the help of the Sunflower County Community, the newly formed Sunflower County Consolidated School District successfully completed its first school term. The 2014-2015 school year saw its share of challenges, but our resilient team of teachers and administrators, coupled with the parents and communities where our schools operate, were poised and prepared to handle them. We will use the momentum of last year as a tail wind and soar to new heights in the 2015-2016 school year. Our efforts to partner with the community and parents are led by the vision and drive I hold for this District. The SCCSD Team engaged each student in the District, encouraged high achievement and set standards that ensured the meeting or exceeding of grade level state requirements.

As you peruse this report, I hope you are as excited as I am to see the many accolades of our District’s youth. They have participated in Spelling Bees and choir competitions as well as displayed athletic prowess locally and on the state level. Most importantly, whenever and wherever ranked against our neighboring School Districts for academic performance, we are at or near the top across the board. This is confirmation that our concerted efforts are effective. Our teachers and administrators have been afforded the opportunity to gain valuable skills and instruction through district supported, provided and encouraged training. I believe that each child in Mississippi should be afforded the best education and should learn from the very best educators. Consequently, I am unyielding in my efforts to expose our SCCSD Team to as much training and continuing education as possible as I firmly believe that a well prepared group performs well. The personal preparation I have made in anticipation of 2015-2016 gives me confidence in my ability to achieve the desired outcomes. From being selected to attend a national leadership academy for superintendents or participating on educational councils seeking resolutions to issues that face our youth, I am ready to deliver steady leadership and vision to the SCCSD. I wake daily with a personal conviction and professional charge, Every Child Will Learn . I invite each parent, concerned citizen, and SCCSD team member to join me as we continue our quest to transform our district to “Best in Class” status. We are courageous enough to lead and we ask you to UNITE with us to achieve excellence in our schools for our children.

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MISSION, VISION, & BELIEFS O ur mission provides a clear focus for all our work. Our beliefs define how we carry out the mission. Our vision demands that we consistently and effectively live up to both.

Change dictates that ability to thrive. Over the next year, SCCSD must anticipate and understand the environment that will shape education for the future and move swiftly to prepare students for successful careers. The framework below serves as a foundation on which to build and grow.

OUR MISSION The mission of the Sunflower County Consolidated School District is to unify our schools, communities, and parents to successfully educate all students to enable them to compete globally.

OUR VISION

All students will experience success by graduating college and career ready.

OUR BELIEFS

A safe and orderly climate is important to the teaching and learning process. (Safety)

Building positive relationships is critical to student success. (Relationship Building)

All children can and will learn academic and social skills necessary to advance in society. (All Children Will Learn)

High expectations will be held for students, teachers, and staff. (High Expectations)

The school, students, parents, and community members should be partners in the educational process for our children. (Partners in Education)

Administrators, staff, and faculty are committed to life-long learning. (Life-Long Learning)

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PROFILE OF OUR DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY

Student Enrollment The district spans over 90 square miles and serves nearly 4,100 students of diverse experiences and perspectives,

Areas Served We serve the communities of Indianola, Moorhead, Inverness, Ruleville, Drew, Rome Parchman, Doddsville and Sunflower.

Technology Over 75% of our classrooms have interactive whiteboards, Apps for education, and computer workstations for all students.

Schools

Recognitions

2 high schools, 1 academic achievement center, 1 career tech center, 4 middle schools and 7 elementary schools

‘A’ Rated Middle School

Connect ED/Apple 1:1 Initiative Grant

Champions for Change School Awards

Employees

Region 3 Districts 3A & 4A Girls Basketball

Over 600 employees including faculty and staff

Champions

To learn more about Sunflower County Consolidated Schools, visit www.sunflower.k12.ns.us . “Like” Sunflower County Consolidated Schools on Facebook to receive regular updates about all the great things happening in our district.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Edward Thomas Chair 2017- District 2

Emma Golden Vice-Chair 2017 – District 1

Melanie Townsend Secretary 2015 –District 5

Daisy Morgan Member 2019 – District 4

Debra Johnson Member 2019 – District 3

ACCREDITATION O ur district is accredited by the Mississippi State Board of Education. The Office of Accreditation operates under the umbrella of the Mississippi State Board of Education and the Commission on School Accreditation.

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DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS

Well Community - Presented at the Conference as a Sunflower County stakeholder.

MS Association for School Administrator's Conference

Mayor Rosenthal, Carver Randle, Sr., Dr. Dace, Bessie Gardner

Cindy Taylor, Dr. Dace, Daphne Heflin

Apple and Connect ED INITIAVE

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FINANCIAL SNAPSHOT

OUR FINANCES

EXPENDITURES

2013-2014

REVENUE

Facilities acquistion & Construction 1%

Transfers Out 9%

16th Section 0%

Other 0%

Transfers In 9%

Principal on Debt 2%

State 19%

16th Section 2%

Non- Instructional 6%

Instruction 46%

Local 31%

Support Service 35%

Federal 39%

Interest on Debt 1%

TOTAL REVENUE: $50,019,848.59

TOTAL EXPENDITURES: $ 50,484,406.31

DISTRICT MAINTENANCE FUND BALANCE 2013-2014 : $ 8,448,408.00

EXPENDITURES

2014-2015

REVENUE

Transfers In 2%

16th Section 2%

Facilities Acquistion & Construction 0%

Principal on Debt 3%

Non- Instructional 7%

Other 0%

Transfers Out 2%

Local 22%

Facilities Acquistion & Construction 0%

State 48%

Instruction 49%

Support Service 38%

Federal 26%

Interest on Debt 1%

16th Section 0%

TOTAL REVENUE: $43,259,663.19

TOTAL EXPENDITURES: $ 42,288,910.00

DISTRICT MAINTENANCE FUND BALANCE 2014-2015 : $ 10,087,476.500 (Preliminary)

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IN THE NEWS

Dace Picked For Leadership Academy

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Education has launched its first Superintendents’ Academy, an advanced leadership training program to assist district leaders in their efforts to improve student outcomes. Sunflower County Superintendent Debra Dace is among the 19 inaugural participants.

DECA Offers Marketing Opportunities

These students at the Indianola Career and Technical Center are members of DECA, an association of marketing students. From left are Jamal Thomas, Taneja Dozier, Kadaysha Ross, Latarja Payne, FerDarrius Moton, Joshua Jenkins, Taquoyia Harris, Calvin Sloan, Lemarcus Hudson and V'Deshion Jones.

Robert L. Merritt Junior High Choir – 1 st Place Gold

Robert L. Merritt Choir - 1st Place Gold (Superior) Ratings to both the Concert Choir and Ladies Ensemble Categories!

Spelling Bee Winners Advance to the Mid-South Spelling Bee

Sunflower County fourth-grade and fifth-grade students competed for the top spelling bee spots during the 2015 Sunflower County Consolidated School District (SCCSD) Spelling Bee. SCCSD winners advancing to the Mid-South County Spelling Bee are Malanchi Edwards, 1st place; and Kaniya Perkins, 2nd place.

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STAFF RECOGNITION 2015 Administrator of the Year

Dr. Cassandra Winters Principal – Ruleville Central High School

2015 Teachers of the Year

Marvin Elder Carver Elementary Graduate: Mississippi Valley State University Major: Mathematics

Lindsay Massey Inverness Elementary Graduate: Delta State University Major: Elementary Education

Diane Eckert A.W. James Elementary Graduate: Lindenwood University Major: Elementary Education

Linda Haley East Sunflower Elementary Graduate: Mississippi Valley State University Major: Elementary Education

Jackie Thompson Lockard Elementary Graduate: Delta State University Major: Education

Delores Bibb James C. Rosser Elementary Graduate: Mississippi State University/Delta State University Major: Elementary Education

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STAFF RECOGNITION 2015 Teachers of the Year

Leola Gilson-Wright Robert L. Merritt Junior High School Graduate: Mississippi Valley State University Major: Biology/Chemistry

Daisey Hawkins Ruleville Central Elementary Graduate: Delta State University Major: Education

Sandra Garner Drew Hunter Middle School Graduate: Mississippi Valley State University Major: History/Elementary Education

Tomekia Hooper Gentry High School Graduate: Delta State University Major: Family and Consumer Science/Psychology

Reshonda Dantzler Ruleville Central High School Graduate: Mississippi Valley State University Major: Mathematics

Scottie Jean-Baptiste Ruleville Middle School Graduate: University of Massachusetts Amherst Major: Political Science/Communication

Jenette Reece Indianola Career & Technical Center Graduate: Delta State University/Strayer University Major: Business Administration/Accounting

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ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHTS 2014-2015 ASSESSMENT DATA

Superintendent’s Scholars The Superintendent’s Scholars was founded in 2014 to recognize students making all A’s for the 9wks grading periods.

Dr. Dace hosted a breakfast each 9-wks and a reception at the end of the year for the students who made all A’s during the 1 st – 3 rd 9- wks grading periods.

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2015-2016 PLANNED PROJECTS

 Tele-Med Virtual Clinics

 FIT Grant – Inverness Elementary School

 ACLU/Center for Justice – Systems Change Project Grant

 Robotics Program (Virginia Tech) – Gentry High School & Ruleville Central High School

 New Time Management System (Time Trust)

 Purchase of 7 new buses (air-conditioned and with video cameras)

 Installment of video cameras on ALL buses

 S-SIP Grant Recipient (State Systemic Improvement Plan)

 The Raptor Visitor ID Program

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Enjoying the Journey If you DREAM it, you can ACHIEVE it

DR. DACE & GOVERNOR BRYANT

TEACHERS’ MEETING (RULEVILLE)

911 COMMEMORATION (DREW)

RULEVILLE COMMUNITY MTG.

TEACHERS’ MEETING

STRATEGIC PLANNING

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Enjoying the Journey If you DREAM it, you can ACHIEVE it

STRATEGIC PLANNING

DR. DACE & GOVERNOR MUSGROVE

RULEVILLE COMMUNITY MEETING

SCHOOL SUPPLY KIT (RULEVILLE)

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AWARDS HIGHLIGHTS

District Champions

1 st Place Ruleville Girls: District 3A-Region 3 Head Coach, Chiquita Bracey

Gentry Girls: District 4A-Region 3 Head Coach, Mario Young

2 nd Place Gentry Boys: District 4A-Region 3 Head Coach, Chico Potts

3 rd Place Ruleville Boys: District 3A-Region 3 Head Coach, Terrell Thomas

Robert L. Merritt Junior High Choir

ALABAMA-MISSISSIPPI ALL STAR GAME

Robert L. Merritt Choir - 1st Place Gold (Superior) Ratings to both the Concert Choir and Ladies Ensemble Categories!

LaDarius Galloway of Gentry High School at Crampton Bowl

Montgomery, Alabama December 2014

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PROMOTING THE ARTS

Museum Teaches Blues History in School Alphonso Sanders of Mississippi Valley State University along with Robert Terrell and April Brock

of the B.B. King Museum treated the students of Inverness Elementary School and Moorhead Middle School to “Blues in the School” on Jan. 20 and Jan. 28. Sanders, who holds a doctorate, presented the program to a total of 195 students and staff. He discussed the history of the blues and performed several songs while explaining where the blues came from. This event was hosted by the B. B. King Museum and made possible by the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Gentry High School Black History Program Gentry High School students participate in a reading of “A World Without Black People,” which recognized everyday items invented by African Americans during the school’s Black History Month program

National Technical Honor Society NTHS strives to bring well deserved recognition, scholarship opportunities, and career opportunities to students who excel in one of the 108 career and technical educational fields as their profession. Not only do NTHS students embody all the attributes and talent which is in demand today, these students also embrace a clear vision for tomorrow's workforce and their role in it. NTHS understands changes in industry within local communities and on a global scale.

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A.W. James Elementary 400 South Blvd. Drew, MS 38737 662.745.8892 (P)

Carver Elementary 404 Jefferson St. Indianola, MS 38751 662.884.1250

East Sunflower Elementary 212 E. Clairborne St. Sunflower, MS 38778 662.569.3137

Inverness Elementary 1101 Oak St. Inverness, MS 38753 662.265.5752

Drew Hunter Middle 10 Swoope Rd. Drew, MS 38737 662.745.8529 Gentry High 801 B.B. King Rd. Indianola, MS 38751 662.884.1240

James C. Rosser Elementary 601 Ingram St. Moorhead, MS 38761 662.246.5395 Robert L. Merritt Junior High 705 Kinlock Rd. Indianola, MS 38751 662.884.1270

Lockard Elementary 302 College St. Indianola, MS 38751 662.884.1260 Moorhead Middle 908 Washington Rd. Moorhead, MS 38761 662.246.5680

Ruleville Central Elementary 410 L.F. Packer Dr. Ruleville, MS 38771 662.756.2548

Ruleville Middle 250 E. Oscar St. Ruleville, MS 38771 662.756.4698

SCCSD Indianola Central Office Hwy 49N 196 M.L.K. Drive Indianola, MS 38751 662.887.4919

SCCSD Indianola Admin. Office 702 Hwy 82 East Indianola, MS 38751 662.887.

11 Ruleville Central High School 360 L. F. Packer Drive. Ruleville, MS 38771 662.756.4757

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