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Federal Programs

744 School Street
PO Box 758
Tunica, MS 38676
Fax: 662-363-3061


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 IV - 21st Century
The purpose of the Mississippi Department of Educations' Title IV, Part B, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) Program is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that:
  • provide academic enrichment opportunities for children, particularly for students who attend high-poverty and low-performing schools, to meet state and local student standards in core academic subjects,
  • offer students a broad array of enrichment activities that can complement their regular academic programs,
  • offer literacy and other educational services to the families of participating children, and
  • offer drug and violence prevention programs, counseling programs, and character education programs.

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.

Contact US

Derrick Dace

Derrick Dace

Federal Programs Director/ELL Coordinator, Athletic Director
Carlotta Bowens

Carlotta Bowens

Federal Programs Administative Assistant

Seema Purohit

ELL Specialist