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Federal Programs

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
7:30 am - 4:00 pm

744 School Street
PO Box 758
Tunica, MS 38676

                              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, Title II Program, Title IV (Well Rounded Education/Safe and Healthy Students/Effective Use of Technology) Program; Title V (Rural and Low-Income Schools) Program.
Title I - Basic
The purpose of Title I Basic provides financial assistance through State educational agencies (SEAs) to local educational agencies (LEAs) and public schools with the highest percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging State academic standards.
Title II - Improving Teacher Quality
The purpose of Title II, Part A is to increase student academic achievement consistent with the challenging State academic standards; improve the quality and effectiveness of teacher, principals, and other school leaders; increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools; and provide low-income and minority students greater access to effective teachers, principals, and other school leaders.
Title V - Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS)
The purpose of the Title V, Rural and Low-Income School Program is to assist rural school districts in using Federal resources more effectively to improve the quality of instruction and student academic achievement.

Title IV Grant:
(Student Support & Academic Enrichment Grants)

The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is used to improve student academic achievement by increasing the capacity of states, local educational agencies, schools, and local communities to:

  1. provide all students with access to a well-rounded education;
  2. improve school conditions for student learning; and
  3. improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.

ARP ESSER funding provides districts with emergency relief funds to address the impact of COVID-19, safely reopen and sustain the same operation of schools and address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on elementary and secondary schools.  Funds may be used for a wide range of activities to address needs arising from the coronavirus pandemic, including any activity authorized by the ESEA, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Adult Education and Family Literacy Act (AEFLA), or Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 (Perkins CTE).

  • ARP ESSER funds may be used to:
    • develop strategies and implement public health protocols including, to the greatest extent practicable, policies in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on reopening and operating schools to effectively maintain the health and safety of students, educators, and other staff;
    • address learning loss through the implementation of evidence-based interventions and ensure that those interventions respond to students’ social, emotional, and academic needs and address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups; and
    • additional activities related to the response and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Contact US

Derrick Dace

Derrick Dace

Federal Programs Director/ELL Coordinator, Athletic Director
Federal Programs
Carlotta Bowens

Carlotta Bowens

Federal Programs Administative Assistant
Federal Programs

Seema Purohit

ELL Specialist
Federal Programs