Benton County School District (Mississippi)

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

History[edit]

As of 1965 the school calendar began in the mid-summer but then, in order to allow pupils to assist in the agricultural economy, dismissed for a month or longer in a "split session".[1]

Circa 1965 blacks in the school district had a belief that equality between the races in segregated schools would never occur, despite the fact that the segregated schools in this county were more equalized than in other places, since white people continued to hold political dominance.[1]

Schools[edit]

In 1964 (prior to the end of racial segregation) the district had a school for whites in Ashland, a school for whites in Hickory Flat, and a school for blacks in Old Salem. Unlike other areas, the Old Salem school, renovated in 1959, was at the time the school with the highest level of modernization, and there was less inequality between the white and black schools compared to other areas.[1]

Demographics[edit]

2006-07 school year[edit]

There were a total of 1,340 students enrolled in the Benton 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 52.01% African American, 46.34% White, 1.19% Hispanic, and 0.45% Asian.[2] 87.2% 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] 1,346 48% 52% 0.67% 53.42% 1.93% 43.98%
2004-05[2] 1,339 48% 52% 57.06% 1.94% 41.00%
2003-04[2] 1,309 48% 52% 57.83% 1.53% 40.64%
2002-03[4] 1,254 47% 53% 59.72% 1.67% 38.60%

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 0 0 0 0 0
Level 4 (Exemplary) Schools 2 1 0 1 0
Level 3 (Successful) Schools 1 2 2 2 3
Level 2 (Under Performing) Schools 0 0 1 0 0
Level 1 (Low Performing) Schools 0 0 0 0 0
Not Assigned 0 0 0 0 0

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bolton, Charles C. The Hardest Deal of All: The Battle Over School Integration in Mississippi, 1870-1980. University Press of Mississippi, 2007. ISBN 9781934110744. p. 145.
  2. ^ a b c d "Mississippi Assessment and Accountability Reporting System". Office of Research and Statistics, Mississippi Department of Education. Archived from the original on 2007-03-23. 
  3. ^ "2006-07 State, District, and School Enrollment by Race/Gender with Poverty Data" (XLS). Mississippi Department of Education. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-05-17. [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 (PDF) on 2007-11-27. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  6. ^ "2006 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2006-09-06. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  7. ^ "2005 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2005-09-09. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-12-13. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  8. ^ "2004 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2004-09-26. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  9. ^ "2003 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2003-11-21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-12-11. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 

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