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WELCOME TO FEDERAL PROGRAMS

The Mitchell County School System has qualified and receives Federal  funds to assist students in meeting state achievement standards. Every year, it is our responsibility to evaluate our current programs in an effort to ensure that all Mitchell County Schools focus on the strategies and goals that have the most potential to improve student achievement.  As part of our planning process, the office of Federal Programs has established a Planning FOCUS Team whose task and purpose will be to review and revise the planning documents that guide the use of Federal funds.  Increasing stakeholder involvement in the educational process is an important goal of the Mitchell County School System. 


Robert Adams, Superintendent
(229) 336-2100

Vickie Smith, Coordinator
(229) 336-2156  ext. 1003
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Invitation TO Participate

Invitation to Participate

Mitchell County Schools

Mitchell County Schools are reviewing and revising our Title I Parent Involvement Plan, Equity Plan,  and our CLIP (Consolidated LEA Implementation Plan - NCLB Descriptors and Implementation Plans).  Meetings are held at each school to review and revise these documents.  Please contact your children's school(s) to participate in this process.  A meeting will also be held at the Mitchell County Board of Education's  Superintendent's Conference Room, 108 South Harney Street, to allow time for parents and stakeholders to view these plans and offer feedback and suggestions.

Times available for review at Mitchell County Board of Education will be 4:00-5:00 p.m. on July 24 and from 11:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m. on July 25, 2014.  We invite you to the MCSS Superintendent's Conference Room to participate in this review process.  If you have any questions concerning this review process, please contact Federal Programs Coordinator, Vickie Smith, at 229-336-2156 ext. 1003 or Vickie_smith@mitchell.k12.ga.us.

2016-2017 MCSS PARENT INVOLVEMENT PLAN.pdf

FY15 EQUITY PLAN

FY15 MCSS CLIP
 NCLB Descriptors
 Implementation Plans

MCSS Stakeholder Comment Form

Fraud, Waste and Abuse
In compliance with White House Executive Order 12731, the Mitchell County School System provides all employees and vendors with confidential channels to report suspicious activities.  Mitchell County School System has established a system for reporting and investigating suspicious activities.

DEFINITIONS
Fraud
 -  the intentional deception perpetrated by an individual or individuals, or an organization or organizations, either internal or external to Mitchell County Schools that could result in a tangible or intangible benefit to themselves, others, or the locality or could cause detriment to others or the locality. Fraud includes a false representation of a matter of fact, whether by words or by conduct, by false or misleading statements, or by concealment of that which should have been disclosed, which deceives and is intended to deceive.
Waste -  the intentional or unintentional, thoughtless or careless expenditure, consumption, mismanagement, use or squandering of resources owned or operated by the locality to the detriment or potential detriment of the locality. Waste also includes incurring unnecessary costs because of inefficient or ineffective practices, systems, or controls.
Abuse - the excessive or improper use of something, or the employment of something in a manner contrary to the natural or legal rules for its use; the intentional destruction, diversion, manipulation, misapplication, maltreatment, or misuse of resources owned or operated by the locality: or extravagant or excessive use so as to abuse one’s position or authority.

STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE REGULATIONS
Mitchell County Board of Education thoroughly and expeditiously investigates any reported cases of suspected fraud, waste, or abuse of any kind to determine if disciplinary, financial recovery and/or criminal action should be taken.

CONFIDENTIALITY
All reports of suspected fraud, waste, or abuse must be handled under the strictest confidentiality. Only those directly involved in the investigation should be given information. Informants may remain anonymous but should be encouraged to cooperate with the investigators and should provide as much detail and evidence of alleged fraudulent act as possible.

PROCEDURES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1.  Anyone suspecting fraud, waste or abuse concerning federal, state or local programs should report their concerns to the Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee of the Mitchell County Board of Education at 108 South Harney Street, Camilla  GA  or call (229) 336-2100.

2. Any employee with Mitchell County Board of Education (temporary staff, full-time staff and contractors) who receives a report of suspected fraudulent activity must report this information within the next business day.  The employee is to contact the Superintendent or the Superintendent's designee at (229) 336-2100. Employees have the responsibility to report suspected fraud, waste or abuse. All reports can be made in confidence.

3.  The Mitchell County Board of Education or its designees shall conduct investigations of employees, providers, contractors, or vendors against which reports of suspicious activity are made.  All investigations shall be thorough and complete in nature and shall occur in a prompt manner after the report is received.

4.  If necessary, the person reporting the fraudulent activity will be contacted for additional information.   
            
5.  Periodic communication through meetings should emphasize the responsibilities and channels to report suspected fraud, waste or abuse.

6.  A hard copy of these Fraud, Waste, or Abuse Administrative Regulations and Code of Ethics shall be disseminated to all employees at the beginning of each school year and will sign attesting that he//she has received the information and understands its contents,  and be posted in a visible location at all schools and facilities and on the Mitchell County Schools website (www.mitchell.k12.ga.us.com) on the Federal Programs Web Page.

7.  A report shall be made to the Chairman of the Mitchell County Board of Education if fraud, waste, or abuse is suspected of or by the Superintendent.

 

                       

Public School Choice/Intradistrict School choice

As of June 30, 2012, there will no longer be a Public School Choice transfer option under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as reauthorized under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), and local educational agencies (LEAs) will no longer be required to implement Choice or pay for Choice transportation as implemented under the ESEA.

On November 2011, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE), submitted to the United States Department of Education (USED), a flexibility waiver requesting flexibility through ten ESEA requirements and their associated, regulatory, administrative and reporting requirements.  Ones of the ten requested waivers directly affect the Public School Choice transportation under ESEA.

Any student that has previously transferred to another school by exercising the ESEA Choice must be allowed to attend that school until they complete the school’s highest grade; however, the LEA is no longer required to pay for the students’ transportation cost during the duration of the student’s attendance at their current CHOICE school.  The LEA may continue to pay for CHOICE transportation for students, only if the LEA chooses to do so.

However, parents will still have the Choice transfer option under House Bill 251:  The Quality Basic Education Act; Intra-District School Choice.  House Bill 251 allows parents of students enrolled in a public elementary or secondary school to enroll in a school other than the assigned school that is located within the school district, if classroom space is available after the assigned students of that district have been enrolled.  Under House Bill 251, transportation will not be paid for by the district.  The parent shall assume the responsibility and cost of transportation of the student to and from the school.

If you have any questions, please contact Vickie Smith, Federal Programs Coordinator at 229-336-2159 ext. 1003 or Vickie_smith@mitchell.k12.ga.us