Program introduces district changes

Published 12:02 am Monday, July 16, 2012

Parents and students have an opportunity to attend A Day in the District for their school-related needs.

Due to the reorganization of the schools for the 2012-2013 school year, the Natchez-Adams School District will have two one-stop shops this year. The first one will be for parents of students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The second day will be for students in grades six through 12 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 24.

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Both orientation days will be at the Steckler Multipurpose complex on Liberty Road. The district strongly encourages parents to take advantage of this event for the 2012-2013 school year registration.

The concept of A Day in the District is to provide efficient and convenient service to parents. Parents will have an opportunity to complete a lunch application. Parents can also receive information about dress codes, school zones, school supplies, parent centers, PTA, extra-curricular activities, staffing, school activities and more. Parents must bring two proofs of residence such as a utility bill or driver’s license

The free lunch application will be available during this event. Parents must complete a new form each year in order for students to receive free or reduced lunches. Applications are computer generated to speed the process of free lunch eligibility. Parents need to complete one application per household with all children’s names at the top of the form. You may contact Shantoura Spears, child nutrition supervisor, at 601-445-2816.

Come out and receive information about reorganization of our kindergarten through fifth-grade schools in the district and to determine which school your children will be attending for the 2012-2013 school year. There are three zones yellow is West Elementary, blue is McLaurin Elementary and green is Frazier Elementary.

The Natchez-Adams School District along with Durham School Services is committed to making a smooth transition for students riding the bus this fall. Due to the reorganization of our elementary and middle schools, school attendance zones have changed for grades kindergarten through fifth grade. We know parents are eager to know where their children will attend school along with the bus they will ride.

The district has been vigilant in establishing school attendance zones to better serve students. Maps with designated school zones are available at each school starting today. Parents may pick also up maps at the Braden Building located at 10 Homochitto St., Natchez, MS 39120. The zones maps will be published in The Natchez Democrat on Wednesday. The maps are readily accessible on the homepage of the Natchez-Adams School District website, Additional maps will be placed at community businesses and public facilities to help inform parents and the general public. If additional information is needed, please call 601-445-2800. Information regarding bus numbers, drivers, routes and pickup times will be available from Durham School Services’ officials which will be announced in the near future. For more information regarding bus related concerns, please contact Jeremy Sutherland or Wayne Strickland at 601-445-2909.

Attendance zones are based on the addresses that were provided on your child school record during the 2011-2012 school year.

If you have any questions about A Day in the District you contact me in the Office of Federal Programs at 601-445-2828.


Marilyn Alexander-Turner is the director of federal programs.