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District News
Joseph Reese Scholarship Award
 

Kadeeisha Lott is the 2014 recipient of the Joseph Reese Scholarship Award.  She is a 2014 graduate of Prentiss High School and will be attending Alcorn State University in the fall.
Ronald Baker is the 2014 recipient of the Joseph Reese Scholarship Banquet Special Student Award.  He will be a freshman at @Prentiss High School.
Shakira Hall will be a freshman at @Bassfield High School.  She was the 2013 recipient of the Joseph Reese Scholarship Banquet Special Student Award and presented the 2014 Special Student Award to Ronald Baker.
Mail Server Maintenance
*** In order to reset your password, you need to login from a district computer and hit CTRL-ALT-DEL and choose "Change Password". This will change your password here, and on Office 365. If you are out for the summer and would like to have your password changed, please send an e-mail to "helpdesk (at) jdcsd (dot) com" with the password you would like to have set for your account.***

I am moving our mail service from our current server to Office 365 for Schools. Your accounts may not be available while this move is taking place. 

Your new login for e-mail ONLY will change to username@jdcsd.com, but your password will remain the same. 


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IT Department 
HOSA/FBLA Winner
 

Congratulations to our HOSA/FBLA Winners!

HOSA STATE CLUB WINNERS:

Nyquisha Brown - 1st place - Personal Care

James Hinton - 2nd place - Healthy Living

FBLA STATE CLUB WINNERS:

Oliviyah Farris - 1st place - Word Processing

Marcus Ferguson - 2nd place - Public Speaking


Happy Teacher Appreciation Week
 Teacher Appreciation Week
Education Awareness Month
 

JDCSD ended Education Awareness month with a bang! Amazing talent from all our schools were showcased at the Graves Multipurpose building at G.W. Carver Elementary. School and district teacher of the year, as well as parent of the year awards were presented. We hope everyone enjoyed the food and fellowship!
JDCSD wins grant to expand distance learning
United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development Miss. State Director, Trina N. George in conjunction with the Jefferson Davis County School District announced last Tuesday at a press conference that Jefferson Davis County has been selected for a USDA grant for distance learning and telemedicine service totaling nearly half a million dollars.

The Jefferson Davis County School District received $499,215 for funding on behalf of seven different schools to improve educational programming in rural communities. These schools were awarded the grant due to barriers that arise from extreme rurality, poverty, and a lack of local resources, according to the USDA press release. Additionally, the schools struggle to provide a high quality, effective education for their students. This opportunity will create new and innovative solutions for meeting today’s educational standards to ensure the students have the tools they need to compete for college placement and in the modern workforce.

“This is a big deal,” said Superintendent Ike Haynes. “We are overjoyed, and especially grateful to Timothy Bryant for his forward-thinking in obtaining this grant. And I want everybody to keep in mind this is grant money that we do not have to pay back.”

The Jeff Davis County School District will use the funding for interactive video conferencing to create a rigorous K-12 program that will prepare students for post-secondary education and job training. Through video connections with partner schools and Pearl River Community College, they will be able to add higher-level courses at the middle and high schools, provide dual enrollment opportunities, and enhance current vocational programs. This project will create career pathways for students to ensure they leave high school with a plan for success in the workforce.

“This award will greatly improve educational and economic opportunities for rural residents,” George said. “Rural communities require technological investments in their communities so they can compete in a global economy. These projects demonstrate Rural Development’s commitment in investing in rural communities.”

This investment is provided through USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant program. It provides funding to rural hospitals, clinics, schools and libraries for equipment and technical assistance for telemedicine and distance learning. Grant recipients must demonstrate that they serve rural America, prove there is an economic need and provide at least 15 percent in matching funds.

“A better place could not have been chosen to allocate these funds,” said George.



Pictured above (l to r) Hazlehurst High School Principal Will Russell, Federal Programs and Curriculum Director for Hazlehurst School District Angela Jones, USDA Rural Development State Director Trina N. George, Jeff Davis County School District Superintendent Ike Haynes, USDA Rural Development Program Director Bettye Oliver, Hazlehurst Technology Direct for Hazlehurst School District Eric Stewart, Hazlehurst School Board Member and Professor Emeritus Alcorn State University Troy Stewart and JDC School District Director of Technology Timothy Bryant.

State Auditor's office releases audit for JDC school district
The Office of the State Auditor has released the Jefferson Davis County School District annual financial audit for the year ending June 30, 2013.

“These audits are designed to identify and correct any financial and compliance issues found within the school district,” State Auditor Stacey Pickering said. “I thank the Jefferson Davis County School District for their cooperation during this audit.”

The audit, performed by Charles L. Shivers, CPA on behalf of the Office of State Auditor, was performed pursuant to Section 37-9-18(4), Mississippi Code Ann. (1972). The audit was performed in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America and the standards applicable to financial audits contained in Government Auditing Standards issued by the Comptroller General of the United States.

An audit presentation was given at the school board meeting Monday night. Mr. Shivers explained that there are four main components of an audit: financial statements, assessment of county controls, federal compliance and state compliance. During the reviewing of financial statements, it was determined that proceeds from timber sales were not credited into the Forestry Escrow Fund, but were transferred as soon as the staff was made aware of the finding. Mr. Shivers stated our county got a clean opinion and was in good shape regarding financial statements.

There were no deficiencies reported in assessment of county controls.

The third component, being federal compliance, has a chosen subject matter each year. This year the child nutrition program was audited. They evaluated the controls surrounding this and found a clean compliance.

In the state compliance area there was zero non-compliance.

“Jefferson Davis County should be commended for an outstanding job. Very few school districts have an audit this clean with zero deficiencies in county controls. We just don’t give these (clean audits) away-you earned it”, said Shivers.

“We are proud of our school system in Jefferson Davis County and hope our community knows we are being good stewards with their tax paying dollars”, said Superintendent Ike Haynes.

The full audit can be accessed here: http://www.osa.ms.gov/documents/schools/2013/13sjedac-cpa.pdf.

"Read Across Mississippi"
 

Mississippi's First Lady, Deborah Bryant, stopped by our J. E. Johnson Elementary as a part of her education initiative "Read Across Mississippi". She read a book to a third grade class by Mississippi Author Bill Wilson entitled "The Fib: A Wordy Tale". Mrs. Bryant enjoyed her visit with us as she continues her goal of reading to students in all 82 counties in Mississippi.
Spelling Bee
 
2014 Jefferson Davis County District Spelling Bee Winners
1st Place – Shakira Hall, 2nd Place – Angel Magee, 3rd Place – Ronald Baker
National Signing Day 2014
 
Congratulations from the JDCSD faculty and staff to all our student athletes!

We are proud of all of our student atheletes that signed letters with their prospective schools. These students cannot go on to be successful in college without having proved to the coaches that they can do it in our classrooms! Success in the classroom, and success on the field - if you see them out in the community, give them a pat on the back for being great role models to the next generation of student atheletes!
JDCSD presented with Award
From the Prentiss Headlight

NATCHEZ, Miss.- State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented the Jefferson Davis School District with the “Achievement in Accountability” certificate at the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents Winter Conference in Natchez on Monday.

The Jefferson Davis School District was recognized for their exemplary performance in capturing and reporting data in: student enrollment, student absentee reporting, truancy reporting, graduation, suspensions, historical postings, teacher endorsements, textbook distribution, property internal controls, vehicle marking, and school safety.

“I would like to congratulate the Jefferson Davis School District and their personnel,” State Auditor Stacey Pickering said. “Our reviews are designed to identify strengths and areas that need improvements and the Jefferson Davis School District serves as a model for all the districts we reviewed last year.”

The State Auditor’s Office is tasked with reviewing the accuracy and reliability of student and personnel information submitted by school districts to the Mississippi Department of Education through the Mississippi Student Information System (MSIS) in order to determine funding for local school districts.

During the 2012-2013 school year, the Performance Audit Division conducted audits at 46 school districts across Mississippi. Over a three-year period, they will perform these reviews at every school district in the state.

The Jefferson Davis School District was one of eight school districts to receive the award.

BHS Football
 

Superintendent Haynes recognized the Bassfield High Football team at last night's board meeting. The BHS Yellowjackets are the 2A State Champions, and will have several players earning college scholarships to play at the next level.
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