Senatobia Municipal School District

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Senatobia Municipal School District
Senatobia Municipal School District logo.png
Location
Senatobia, Mississippi
United States
District information
TypeSchool district
GradesK-12
SuperintendentJay Foster
School boardDr. Brant Kairit (President), Carol Stigler (Secretary), Dwayne Casey, Jeffery Patton, Cheryl Pegues
Other information
Websitewww.senatobiaschools.com

The Senatobia Municipal School District is a public school district based in Senatobia, Mississippi (USA). As of June 2015, the district's superintendent is Jay Foster.[1]

Schools[edit]

  • Senatobia Jr./Sr. High School (Grades 7-12)
  • Senatobia Middle School (Grades 4-6)
  • Senatobia Elementary School (Grades K-3)

Demographics[edit]

2013-14 school year[edit]

There were a total of 1,834 students enrolled in the Senatobia Municipal School District during the 2013-2014 school year. The gender makeup of the district was 49% female and 51% male. The racial makeup of the district was 46.78% African American, 49.95% White, 2.67% Hispanic, and 0.60% other.[3]

School Enrollment Gender Makeup Racial Makeup
Female Male African
American
White Hispanic Other
Elementary[4] 463 48.4% 51.6% 48.4% 48.2% 2.6% 0.9%
Middle[5] 578 48.1% 51.9% 46.7% 49.5% 3.3% 0.5%
High[6] 793 49.6% 50.4% 45.9% 51.3% 2.3% 0.5%

2006-07 school year[edit]

There were a total of 1,804 students enrolled in the Senatobia Municipal School District during the 2006-2007 school year. The gender makeup of the district was 49% female and 51% male. The racial makeup of the district was 40.91% African American, 57.43% White, 1.33% Hispanic, and 0.33% Asian.[7] 43.1% of the district's students were eligible to receive free lunch.[8]

Previous school years[edit]

School Year Enrollment Gender Makeup Racial Makeup
Female Male Asian African
American
Hispanic Native
American
White
2005-06[7] 1,864 49% 51% 0.38% 39.27% 0.91% 59.44%
2004-05[7] 1,835 49% 51% 0.22% 36.95% 0.93% 61.91%
2003-04[7] 1,738 48% 52% 0.17% 37.05% 0.81% 61.97%
2002-03[9] 1,682 49% 51% 0.18% 36.62% 1.07% 0.06% 62.07%

Accountability statistics[edit]

2006-07[10] 2005-06[11] 2004-05[12] 2003-04[13] 2002-03[14]
District Accreditation Status Accredited Accredited Accredited Accredited Accredited
School Performance Classifications
Level 5 (Superior Performing) Schools 2 1 2 2 2
Level 4 (Exemplary) Schools 1 2 1 1 1
Level 3 (Successful) Schools 0 0 0 0 0
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

2015 graduation cheering controversy[edit]

At Senatobia High School's May 21, 2015, graduation ceremony (held at Northwest Mississippi Community College), audience members were asked to hold their applause until the end of the ceremony. Four people cheered as their family member was awarded their diploma, and were subsequently escorted out of the ceremony.[1] School officials then filed disturbing the peace charges against three of them (carrying a possible penalty of up to a $500 fine or 6 months in jail). One person could not be identified, and thus, wasn't charged. In interviews with WREG-TV, one of those accused, said she called out her daughter's name as she received her diploma, while another said he yelled "you did it baby".[1]

Superintendent Jay Foster defended the charges, saying "The goal was to allow all graduates to have the privilege of hearing their name called". After the ceremony, Foster contacted Zabron Davis, Chief of Police for Northwest Mississippi Community College, and filed disturbing the peace charges. Those charged were served with arrest warrants about two weeks later.[15][16] An online petition calling for the charges to be dropped had received over 12,000 signatures by June 7.[17] On June 8, 2015, the school district dropped the charges.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Quander, Michael (June 2, 2015). "Warrants issued for people who cheered at Senatobia graduation". Memphis, TN: WREG-TV. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "CCD Public school data 2013-2014 school year". National Center for Education Statistics.
  4. ^ "CCD Public school data 2013-2014 school year: Senatobia Elementary School". National Center for Education Statistics.
  5. ^ "CCD Public school data 2013-2014 school year: Senatobia Middle School". National Center for Education Statistics.
  6. ^ "CCD Public school data 2013-2014 school year: Senatobia Jr./Sr. High School". National Center for Education Statistics.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "2006-07 State, District, and School Enrollment by Race/Gender with Poverty Data" (XLS). Mississippi Department of Education. 2008-01-16. Retrieved 2008-05-19.[dead link]
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ "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.
  11. ^ "2006 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2006-09-06. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-02-17. Retrieved 2007-06-17.
  12. ^ "2005 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2005-09-09. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-06-17.
  13. ^ "2004 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2004-09-26. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-06-17.
  14. ^ "2003 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2003-11-21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-06-17.
  15. ^ Gallman, Stephanie (June 5, 2015). "Family served arrest warrants for 'disturbing the peace' at graduation". CNN. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  16. ^ Amy, Jeff (June 6, 2015). "Senatobia superintendent: Graduation should be 'solemn'". The Clarion Ledger. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
  17. ^ "Don't arrest these families for cheering on their children at HS graduation!". The Petition Site. Missing or empty |url= (help); |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  18. ^ "Senatobia school officials drop cheering charges; Charges stemmed from incident at graduation ceremony". WAPT. June 9, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2015.

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