Sunflower County Consolidated School District

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The Sunflower County Consolidated School District (SCCSD), formerly the Sunflower County School District (SCSD), is a public school district with its headquarters in Indianola, Mississippi in the Mississippi Delta. The district serves all of Sunflower County.

Prior to the merger with the Indianola School District, the SCSD served much of the county, including the cities of Ruleville and Moorhead, the towns of Sunflower, Inverness, and Doddsville as well as the Sunflower County portion of Shaw.[1][2] As of July 1, 2012, the Drew School District and Indianola School District were consolidated into the Sunflower County district.[3] The former Drew school district's attendance boundary included Drew, Rome, and the employee residences of the Mississippi State Penitentiary (MSP, Parchman), located in an unincorporated area.[4]

History[edit]

In 1968 the district had 4,100 "colored" students and about 1,000 white students. At that time the district had a "freedom of choice" system. During that year Herbert Hagard, the superintendent of the school system, stated his opposition to a proposed rapid integration, arguing that doing so would cause White people to leave the school district. During that year, a local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) asked the district to replace two school principals because the branch believed that they were not qualified educationally and mentally. The district said that it would consider the matter.[5]

In 1986 a petition to merge the Drew School District with the Sunflower County district circulated.[6]

In 2002 two of the district's schools had no licensed librarians. During that year a Mississippi state commission said that the district had violated accreditation standards in 2001 by not having those librarians.[7] In 2003 the district had faced a budget deficit for the third time in a period.[which?] Judy Rhodes, the executive assistant to the state superintendent of education, said in a Board of Education meeting in Jackson, Mississippi said that "Of all the districts we're working with right now, Sunflower is the one with the most serious situation."[8]

In 2010 State of Mississippi officials said that the management of the district should be taken over by the state government because of the existence of allegations of sexual misconduct and misuse of federal funds.[9] On April 19, 2010, the Mississippi Department of Education took control of the school district.[10]

In February 2012 the Mississippi Senate voted 43-4 to pass Senate Bill 2330, to consolidate the Sunflower County School District, the Drew School District, and the Indianola School District into one school district. The bill went to the Mississippi House of Representatives.[11] Later that month, the State Board of Education approved the consolidation of the Drew School District and the Sunflower County School District, and if Senate Bill 2330 is approved, Indianola School District will be added.[12] In May 2012 Governor of Mississippi Phil Bryant signed the bill into law, requiring all three districts to consolidate.[3] SB2330 stipulates that if a county has three school districts all under conservatorship by the Mississippi Department of Education, they will be consolidated into one school district serving the entire county.[13]

Schools[edit]

Schools in the district include:[14]

High schools:

K-8 schools:

Middle schools:

  • Drew Hunter Middle School (Grades 6-8; Drew)
  • Robert L. Merritt Junior High School (Indianola)
  • Moorhead Middle School (Grades 6-8; Moorhead)
  • Ruleville Middle School (Grades 6-8; Ruleville)

Elementary schools:

  • Carver Lower Elementary School (Indianola)
  • East Sunflower Elementary School (Grades K-6; Sunflower)
  • A. W. James Elementary School (Grades K-5; Drew)
  • Lockard Elementary School (Indianola)
  • James C. Rosser Elementary School (Grades K-5; Moorhead)
  • Ruleville Elementary School (Grades K-5; Ruleville)

Alternative schools:

  • Indianola Career and Technical Center
  • Indianola Academic Achievement Center (IAAC) (Indianola) - K-12

As a result of the 2012 merger with Drew School District, A. W. James Elementary School and the Drew Hunter High School became a part of the district. The high school division of Drew Hunter closed, with high school students rezoned to Ruleville Central.[citation needed][15] The secondary school is now named Drew Hunter Middle School with grades 6-8.[16] As of 2014 Indianola schools are now a part of the new district.

District offices[edit]

Currently its headquarters are in the Main Central Office in Indianola and it has a separate North Office in Drew.[17] The North Office is the former Drew School District headquarters.[18]

Previously its headquarters were in the Sunflower County Courthouse in Indianola,[19][20] and it had the educational services building along U.S. Route 49 West in Indianola.[21]

Demographics[edit]

In 1987 the district had 2,600 students.[22]

2006-07 school year[edit]

There were a total of 1,792 students enrolled in the Sunflower County 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 95.42% African American, 2.29% White, 2.06% Hispanic, and 0.22% Asian.[23] 89.6% of the district's students were eligible to receive free lunch.[24]

Previous school years[edit]

School Year Enrollment Gender Makeup Racial Makeup
Female Male Asian African
American
Hispanic Native
American
White
2005-06[23] 1,855 49% 51% 96.06% 1.51% 2.43%
2004-05[23] 1,813 50% 50% 0.06% 96.08% 1.60% 2.26%
2003-04[23] 1,915 48% 52% 0.05% 96.08% 1.46% 2.40%
2002-03[25] 1,922 49% 51% 96.36% 1.87% 1.77%

Accountability statistics[edit]

2006-07[26] 2005-06[27] 2004-05[28] 2003-04[29] 2002-03[30]
District Accreditation Status Accredited Accredited Probation Probation Probation
School Performance Classifications
Level 5 (Superior Performing) Schools 0 0 0 0 0
Level 4 (Exemplary) Schools 1 1 1 3 1
Level 3 (Successful) Schools 5 5 5 4 4
Level 2 (Under Performing) Schools 1 1 1 0 1
Level 1 (Low Performing) Schools 0 0 0 0 1
Not Assigned 0 0 0 0 0

School uniforms[edit]

All students in the district are required to wear school uniforms.[31][32]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sunflower County School District Reference Map." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 18, 2011.
  2. ^ "Shaw city, Mississippi." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 18, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Wright, Megan (April 20, 2012). "Bryant Signs Bill Forcing Sunflower School Merger". Mississippi Business Journal. 
  4. ^ "Drew School District Audited Financial Statements For the Year Ended June 30, 2005." (PDF) Office of the State Auditor, State of Mississippi. 12 (18/82). Retrieved on July 20, 2010.
  5. ^ "NAACP winning battle for principal's removal." The Afro-American. February 8, 1968. p. 16. Retrieved from Google News (9 of 11) on December 26, 2012.
  6. ^ "School merger election sought." Associated Press at The Advocate. November 17, 1986. Retrieved on December 26, 2012. "Drew residents say tension has mounted since a petition began circulating to merge the financially strapped Drew schools with the Sunflower County school system."
  7. ^ "Six School Districts Violate Accreditation Standards." MS News Now (WLBT/WDBD). October 19, 2002. Retrieved on December 26, 2012. "The Sunflower County School District doesn't have licensed librarians at two schools."
  8. ^ Hayden, Kathy. "Sunflower schools face deficit a 3rd time." The Clarion Ledger. May 16, 2003. B1 Local. Retrieved on December 26, 2012. ""Of all the districts we're working with right now, Sunflower is the one with the most serious situation," Judy Rhodes, executive assistant to the state superintendent of education, told state Board of education members meeting in Jackson Thursday."
  9. ^ Brown, Marquita. "Education officials detail problems in Sunflower County School District." The Clarion Ledger. April 16, 2010. News A1. Retrieved on August 17, 2010. "Making a case for the takeover of the Sunflower County School District, state Department of Education officials cited allegations ranging from sexual offenses on school grounds to misuse of federal dollars. The district has failed to report complete and accurate data to the state Department of Education on established procedures concerning assigned duties, job titles, salaries, supplements and funding sources.\n"
  10. ^ "Office of the Conservator Robert A. Strebeck." Sunflower County School District. Retrieved on March 1, 2011.
  11. ^ Wright, Chance. "Senate passes school merger." Bolivar Commercial. February 2012. Retrieved on March 25, 2012.
  12. ^ "School consolidation approved." Clarion Ledger. February 17, 2012. Retrieved on March 26, 2012.
  13. ^ Doyle, Rory. "Drew, Ruleville prepare to merge." Bolivar Commercial. Retrieved on August 30, 2012.
  14. ^ "Sunflower County." Mississippi Department of Education. Retrieved on August 17, 2010.
  15. ^ "Home." (Archive) Drew Hunter Middle School. Retrieved on October 9, 2013. "After two successful academic years, the high school portion of the school merged with Ruleville Central High School and Drew High School became Drew Hunter Middle School."
  16. ^ "Handbook 2012-2013." (Archive) Sunflower County School District. Retrieved on October 9, 2013.
  17. ^ "Contact." (Archive) Sunflower County School District. Retrieved on October 29, 2013. "Main Central Office located in Indianola, MS[...]P.O. Box 70 Hwy 49 N 196 M. L. K. Drive Indianola, MS 38751" and "North Central Office located in Drew, MS[...]286 West Park Avenue Drew, MS 38737"
  18. ^ "Drew School District Central Office." (Archive) Drew School District. Retrieved on August 16, 2010. "Drew School District Central Office 286 West Park Avenue, Drew MS, 38737"
  19. ^ Home page. Sunflower County School District. Retrieved on August 17, 2010. "200 Main Street / Courthouse Indianola, Mississippi 38751"
  20. ^ "Demographics for Sunflower County Schools." (Archive) Sunflower County School District. Retrieved on August 17, 2010.
  21. ^ "Educational Services Building." (Archive) Sunflower County School District. Retrieved on August 17, 2010.
  22. ^ "Mississippi's rural schools need teachers." The Advocate. July 20, 1987. Retrieved on December 26, 2012. "There has been a problem for a long time," said Herbert Hargett, superintendent of the 2600-student Sunflower County School District in the Delta."
  23. ^ a b c d "Mississippi Assessment and Accountability Reporting System". Office of Research and Statistics, Mississippi Department of Education. 
  24. ^ "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.  (Archive)
  25. ^ "Mississippi Report Card for 2002-2003". Office of Educational Accountability, Mississippi Department of Education. 2004-09-02. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  26. ^ "2007 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2007-09-13. Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  27. ^ "2006 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2006-09-06. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  28. ^ "2005 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2005-09-09. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  29. ^ "2004 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2004-09-26. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  30. ^ "2003 Results" (PDF). Mississippi Statewide Accountability System. Mississippi Department of Education. 2003-11-21. Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  31. ^ "Uniform Colors 2009-2010." Sunflower County School District. Retrieved on July 20, 2010.
  32. ^ "Student Handbook 2010—2011." (Archive) Sunflower County School District. 54 (54/64). Retrieved on February 28, 2011.

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