Itawamba County School District

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Itawamba County School District
Type and location
Type Public
Grades Pre-K12th
Country United States
Location Fulton, Mississippi
Itawamba County
District information
Superintendent Teresa McNeece
Other information
Information School Board Member Listing
Website Itawamba County School District

The Itawamba County School District is a public school district based in Fulton, Mississippi (USA). The district's boundaries parallel that of Itawamba County.

Schools[edit]

  • Tremont Attendance Center (Grades K-12), Principal Michael Cates
  • Itawamba Agricultural High School (Grades 9–12)[1], Principal Trae Wiygul[1]
  • Dorsey Attendance Center (Grades K-8)
  • Fairview Attendance Center (Grades K-8)
  • Itawamba Attendance Center (Grades K-8)
  • Mantachie Attendance Center (Grades K-12)

Demographics[edit]

2006–07 school year[edit]

There were a total of 3,695 students enrolled in the Itawamba County School District during the 2006–2007 school year. The gender makeup of the district was 50% female and 50% male. The racial makeup of the district was 90.45% White, 8.15% African American, 1.00% Hispanic, 0.30% Asian, and 0.11% Native American.[2] 42.1% of the district's students were eligible to receive free lunch.[3]

Previous school years[edit]

School Year Enrollment Gender Makeup Racial Makeup
Female Male Asian African
American
Hispanic Native
American
White
2005–06[2] 3,779 50% 50% 0.32% 8.23% 0.85% 0.08% 90.53%
2004–05[2] 3,789 50% 50% 0.26% 7.71% 0.74% 0.05% 91.24%
2003–04[2] 3,823 50% 50% 0.21% 7.45% 0.60% 0.03% 91.71%
2002–03[4] 3,781 49% 51% 0.26% 7.80% 0.56% 91.38%

Accountability statistics[edit]

2006–07[5] 2005–06[6] 2004–05[7] 2003–04[8] 2002–03[9]
District Accreditation Status Accredited Accredited Accredited Accredited Accredited
School Performance Classifications
Level 5 (Superior Performing) Schools 1 0 1 1 0
Level 4 (Exemplary) Schools 4 6 4 2 4
Level 3 (Successful) Schools 1 0 1 3 2
Level 2 (Under Performing) Schools 0 0 0 0 0
Level 1 (Low Performing) Schools 0 0 0 0 0
Not Assigned 0 0 0 0 0

LGBT issues[edit]

In 2010, Itawamba Agricultural High School found itself in the national media twice for LGBT related issues. In one incident, a transgender student was suspended for wearing heels and makeup. In another incident, the school's prom was cancelled after a lesbian student said that she wanted to bring her girlfriend and wear a tuxedo.

Transgender controversy[edit]

Juin Baize is a gender variant teenager, who, at the time, was a sixteen-year-old who along with his mother and two sisters moved to Fulton, Mississippi from New Harmony, Indiana to live with Baize's grandmother.[10][11] As a result of this move, Baize had to enroll at Itawamba Agricultural High School. Because Baize was legally assigned male at birth yet normally dressed in clothing considered feminine and wore makeup, and as a result of wearing these clothes and makeup to school, he was sent home from the school on February 3, 2010 and suspended from the school on February 4, 2010.[10][11] Baize contacted the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi (ACLUMS). However, the ACLUMS noted that on Baize's suspension form, the school had left the section that should have contained the reason for suspension, blank. The ACLUMS needed this information as part of its court challenge to Baize's suspension. The ACLUMS sent a letter to the school requesting the school to provide the reason Baize was suspended but the school did not reply.[10] When the story was published in the local newspaper, Baize's grandmother ordered him, his mother and his two sisters to move out of her house.[10] Baize ended up living with old friends of his mother in Florida. Because he no longer lived in Fulton to attend the school, he and the ACLUMS decided not to continue with a court challenge.[10]

Prom controversy[edit]

In March 2010, the school district board made national news after it decided to cancel the prom for Itawamba Agricultural High School because 18-year-old lesbian student Constance McMillen requested permission to take a same-sex date (aged 15) to the event, and to wear a tuxedo.[12][13][14][15] The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit in federal court against the school district seeking reinstatement of the prom.[16] U.S. District Court Judge Glen Davidson issued a ruling in favor of both McMillen and the Itawamba County School District, ruling that Itawamba County School District did violate McMillen's First Amendment rights by not allowing her to attend the prom with her girlfriend, not allowing her to wear a tuxedo and by cancelling the prom, but that he would not force the school district to hold the prom since a private prom has already been planned.[17] A prom was organized, advertised by the school's lawyer, and was attended by McMillen and five other students, including two students with learning disabilities.[18] Meanwhile, another prom had been arranged by parents in another location, and the rest of the students attended that prom.[18][19] Some students who attended the private prom defended the event saying it wasn't a prom but was instead a birthday party, while some said it was just a private party.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Itawamba Agricultural High School Administration, Retrieved March 11, 2010[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d "Mississippi Assessment and Accountability Reporting System". Office of Research and Statistics, Mississippi Department of Education. 
  3. ^ "2006–07 State, District, and School Enrollment by Race/Gender with Poverty Data" (XLS). Mississippi Department of Education. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-05-18. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Mississippi Report Card for 2002–2003". Office of Educational Accountability, Mississippi Department of Education. 2004-09-02. Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  5. ^ "2007 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2007-09-13. Archived from the original on 2007-11-27. Retrieved September 15, 2007. 
  6. ^ "2006 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2006-09-06. Archived from the original on 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  7. ^ "2005 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2005-09-09. Archived from the original on 2006-12-13. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  8. ^ "2004 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2004-09-26. Archived from the original on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  9. ^ "2003 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2003-11-21. Archived from the original on 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2007-06-10. 
  10. ^ a b c d e Dan Savage (March 24, 2010). "Itawamba Agricultural High School Suspended a Transgender Student Back in January". The Stranger. Retrieved March 25, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b Unknown (February 5, 2010). "Male Student Sent Home for Dressing Like a Girl in Mississippi". Associated Press. Retrieved March 25, 2010. 
  12. ^ Chris Joyner (March 10, 2010). "Miss. prom canceled after lesbian's date request". USA Today. Retrieved March 11, 2010.  Archived at WebCite
  13. ^ Sheila Byrd (Associated Press) (March 11, 2010). "Lesbian teen back at Miss. school after prom flap". Yahoo! News. Retrieved March 11, 2010. [dead link]
  14. ^ Meghan Housley (March 11, 2010). "Mississippi school board cancels prom over lesbian and her date". National Post (Canada). Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  15. ^ "Radio interview with Constance McMillan". KGO (AM). March 11, 2010. Retrieved March 11, 2010. 
  16. ^ Chris Joyner (March 11, 2010). "ACLU files suit against Miss. school for canceling prom". USA Today. Retrieved March 11, 2010.  Archived at WebCite
  17. ^ Chris Joyner (March 24, 2010). "Both sides claim win in lesbian's prom lawsuit". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved March 24, 2010. [dead link] Archived at WebCite
  18. ^ a b Unknown (April 5, 2010). "McMillen: I Was Sent to Fake Prom". The Advocate. Retrieved April 5, 2010.  Archived at WebCite
  19. ^ McMillen goes to Itawamba County prom that is sparsely attended

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