Federal Programs

Derrick Dace
Federal Programs Director/ELL Coordinator


Mr. Derrick Dace
Federal Programs Director

English Language Learners (ELL) Coordinator
Homeless Liaison
662.363.2811 Ext. 9234


Federal Programs Staff
Seema Purohit, ELL Teacher
Ruthie Davis, Parent Liaison

                              Consolidated Federal Programs                              
The guiding legislation for the Title Programs is the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015.
Every Student Succeeds is based on eight key principles:

  • providing strong leadership,
  • ensuring effective teaching and improved instruction,
  • increasing learning time,
  • strengthening schools instructional program,
  • using data to inform instruction for continuous,
  • improving school safety and discipline,
  • providing ongoing mechanism for family and communtiy engagement,
  • ensuring school receives ongoing assistance and related support.
All schools within the Tunica County School District implement a school-wide program, which is a comprehensive school reform model designed to generate high levels of academic achievement in core academic areas for all students, especially those who are not demonstrating proficiency in meeting the State's academic content and achievement standards.
          The following program components are integral to student success:          
• Comprehensive needs assessment
• School-wide reform strategies
• Instruction by highly qualified teachers
• High quality and ongoing professional development
• Strategies to attract highly qualified teachers
• Strategies to increase parental involvement
• Plans for assisting preschool children in the transition from early childhood programs to local elementary programs
• Inclusion of teachers in decisions about the use of academic assessment information for the purpose of improving student achievement
• Effective, timely and additional assistance for students who have difficulty mastering the standards at proficient and advanced levels
• Coordination and integration of Federal, State and local services and programs
   The Tunica County School District Title I Programs focus on the following goals:   
  • Improved Student Achievement
  • Increased Staff Proficiency
  • Safe and Orderly Environment
  • Parent/Community Relations
A variety of implementation activities to address these goals are identified annually based on data gathered from needs assessments completed by staff, students, parents, and community members; student attendance and achievement data; and other data gathered quarterly by the School-wide Improvement Committee. Additionally, the Tunica County School District partners with Head Start in an effort to better address the early childhood needs of pre-school children. Head Start is designed to foster healthy development in low-income children by delivering a range of services that are responsive and appropriate to each child's and each family's heritage and experience. These services encompass all aspects of a child's development and learning.
Tunica County School District administers the Title I Basic Program and the Title II Programs.
Title I - Basic
The purpose of Title I Basic is to provide local educational agencies (LEAs) with extra resources to help improve instruction in high-poverty schools and to ensure that poor and minority children have the same opportunity as other children to meet challenging State academic standards.
Title II - Improving Teacher Quality
The purpose of Title II - Improving Teacher Quality is to increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools and hold LEAs and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.