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Jackson County School District
Jackson County, Mississippi
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District Profile
Superintendent:Barry Amacker
Enrollment:9,357 students
Graduation rate:77.3%
Number of schools:15
Budget: $100.9 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Kenneth A. Fountain
Board members:5
Term length:6
Jackson County School District is a school district in Mississippi that serves Jackson County, Mississippi. It is the sixth-largest school district in Mississippi, serving 9,357 students in 15 schools.[1][2]

About the district

Jackson County School District is located in Jackson County, Mississippi
Jackson County School District is located in Jackson County, Mississippi. The county seat of Jackson County is Pascagoula, Mississippi. According to the 2010 US Census, Jackson County is home to 140,298 residents.[3]

Demographics

Jackson County outperformed the rest of Mississippi in terms of its median rates of average household income and poverty, but underperformed in terms of higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Jackson County was $49,620 compared to $38,718 for the state of Mississippi. The poverty rate in Jackson County was 15.0% compared to 21.6% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 18.6% of Jackson County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 19.7% in Mississippi.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Jackson County (%) Mississippi (%)
White 69.3 57.6
Black or African American 22.1 37.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.6
Asian 2.2 0.9
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.1
Hispanic or Latino 4.9 2.9

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 17,299 35,747
2008 17,781 35,993
2004 15,572 35,134

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]

Superintendent

The current Superintendent of Jackson County School District is Dr. Barry Amacker, who has held the position since his appointment in 2005. Amacker graduated from Moss Point High School in 1970 and then earned a B.S. in Music Education and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of South Alabama before receiving his Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University. During his career, he has served as a band director, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. Amacker is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi.[6]

School board

Jackson County School District is overseen by a five-member board elected to six-year terms.[7]

Jackson County School Board
Member District Term Ends
Glenn A. Dickerson District 1 2017
Karen R. Tolbert District 2 2017
Kenneth A. Fountain District 3 2019
Jason K. Lee District 4 2019
Troy E. Frisbie District 5 2015

School board elections

See also: Jackson County School District elections (2013)

Members of the Jackson County school board are elected to six-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Two seats were up for election in 2013 and one seat will be up for election in 2015.

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Jackson County School District.[8]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $40,295,000 39.9% $7,306,000 7.2% $14,340,000 14.2% $0 0% $35,251,000 34.9% $100,953,000
Averages: $20,147,500 40% $3,653,000 7% $7,170,000 14% $0 0% $17,625,500 35% $50,476,500

Teacher salaries

Jackson County School District employed approximately 1,264 teachers and staff during the 2010-2011 school year.[9] Teachers are placed into salary categories based on licensing and experience. During the 2012-2013 school year, the base pay for first year teachers with an A license was $33,630, while an AA licensed teacher would receive $35,790, an AAA licensed teacher would receive $36,920 and an AAAA licensed teacher would receive $37,950. The maximum salary for teacher required 35 years of experience, and an A licensed teacher would receive $55,125, an AA licensed teacher would receive $62,925, an AAA licensed teacher would receive $66,510 and an AAAA licensed teacher would receive $69,885.[10]

Schools in Jackson County

Enrollment

Jackson County School District serves 9,357 students.[1] Jackson County School District does not publicly archive enrollment data beyond the current school year.

District schools

Jackson County School District operates 15 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[2]

Jackson County School District
School Name
Alternative School
East Central High School
East Central Lower Elementary School
East Central Middle School
East Central Upper Elementary School
Jackson County Vocational Center
St. Martin East Elementary School
St. Martin High School
St. Martin Middle School
St. Martin North Elementary School
St. Martin Upper Elementary School
St. Martin East Elementary School
Vancleave High School
Vancleave Lower Elementary School
Vancleave Middle School
Vancleave Upper Elementary School

Academic performance

The most recent academic assessment data for the district is from the 2009-2010 No Child Left Behind district report card. During that school year, Jackson County School District met the Adequate Yearly Progress benchmark requirements.[11]

Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) by subgroup
Student group Reading Math Other Academic Indicator 4-year Graduation Rate
All Students Met Met Met 76.0
Student with IEP's Met Met N/A 17.0
Economically Disadvantaged Met Met N/A 65.0
Black N/A N/A N/A 63.0
Hispanic N/A N/A N/A 68.0
White Met Met N/A 77.0

Issues

School resource officers

After receiving a state grant, Jackson County School District hired three armed police officers to provide security in its schools, which began in the 2013-2014 school year.[12] Following the decision, Superintendent Amacker explained, "They'll be very quickly available if a situation arises or just being there to be visible. It's always great to have a presence of law enforcement in your building."[12] Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd added, "It was a need... They will have full arrest powers. They are certified law enforcement officers, and this is going to curtail we hope any problems that may arise in the future. ...With everything that's happening in the country, even the state that we've had happen, it's imperative that we be proactive rather than reactive."[12]

Federal stimulus funding

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), which was signed into law on February 17, 2009, provided one-time funding for school districts through three main streams: the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, Title I programs and programs under the Individuals with Disabilities Act.[13] Jackson County School District received Title I funding from a grant approved on September 21, 2009, which totaled $697,855. The district allocated this funding to seven Title I elementary schools on the basis of the percentage of free/reduced lunch students in those schools.[13] Those schools spent that money on additional tutorial services for low-performing students, classroom technology enhancements, professional development for educators, additional classroom materials and supplies and extra programs and services to encourage parental involvement.[13] The district also received an ARRA grant of $27,916 to be used for tutorial services, parent materials and supplies for students identified as homeless.[13]

Contact information

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Jackson County School District
P. O. Box 5069
4700 Colonel Vickrey Road
Vancleave, MS 39565
Phone: 228-826-1757
Fax: 228-826-2165
Email: bamacker@jcsd.k12.ms.us

Website evaluation

Last rated on November 12, 2012.

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Transparency grading process

The good

  • Administrative Officials
    • Administrative officials are posted with contact information under respective department pages. A directory is also posted.[14]
  • Elected Officials
    • School Board members are listed with email addresses.[7]
  • Meetings
    • School Board agendas, minutes, and meeting schedules are posted.[15][16][17]
  • Contracts
    • Salary scales for specific district positions, including teachers, are posted in the Board's policies section.[18]
  • Public Records
    • Information on how to make a public record request is posted.[19] However, it is buried in the School Board policies where the document could not be easily found by the public.[18]
  • Academics
    • Information on district and school academic performance is posted.[20]
  • Background Checks
    • Information on background checks is posted.[21]

The bad

  • Budget
    • Budgets are not posted.
  • Elected Officials
    • Phone numbers are not provided.
  • Audits
    • Audits are not posted.
  • Contracts
    • Bids and vendor contracts are not available.
  • Taxes
    • Tax information is not provided.

See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Mississippi Department of Education, "Enrollment, Year 2011-2012," accessed September 4, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mississippi Department of Education, "Jackson County School District," accessed September 4, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Jackson County Quick Facts," accessed September 4, 2013
  4. Mississippi Secretary of State, “Elections | Election Results,” accessed September 4, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Jackson County School District, "Superintendent's Biography," accessed September 4, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 Jackson County School District, "School Board," accessed September 4, 2013
  8. National Center for Education Statistics, "District Details (2010-2011 school year; Fiscal data from 2009-2010)," accessed September 4, 2013
  9. National Center for Education Statistics, "District Details (2010-2011 school year; Fiscal data from 2009-2010) - Staff," accessed September 4, 2013
  10. Jackson County School District, "Teacher Salary Scale," accessed September 4, 2013
  11. Jackson County School District, "No Child Left Behind 2009-2010 - District Report," accessed September 4, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 WLOX, "Armed officers start patrolling Jackson County schools," August 7, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Jackson County School District, "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act," accessed September 4, 2013
  14. Jackson County School District, "Directory," accessed November 12, 2012
  15. Jackson County School District, "Board Agendas," accessed November 12, 2012
  16. Jackson County School District, "Board Minutes," accessed November 12, 2012
  17. Jackson County School District, "Jackson County School District Board Calendar," accessed September 4, 2013
  18. 18.0 18.1 Jackson County School District, "Policies - Alphabetical Listing," accessed November 12, 2012
  19. Jackson County School District, "Public Records Request," accessed November 12, 2012
  20. Jackson County School District, "Report Cards," accessed November 12, 2012
  21. Jackson County School District, "Fingerprint Information and Procedures," accessed November 12, 2012