Monday, April 21, 2014
The Student Services Department is responsible for overseeing the District's Discipline policies and procedures. The Department of Student Services encompasses the following: School Nurses, School Counselors, Social Workers, Interventionist Specialists, Records Clerks, School Secretaries, Alternative Education, Behavior Modification, Transitional Program, GED Program, After School Programs, and Drop Out Prevention. In addition, the Department also oversees several school programs to meet the needs of students throughout the district including the Learn & Serve Program, McKinney Homeless Education, Drug Education and Anti-tobacco Programs, and Practical Parenting Partnership.


 Dr. Laretta Marks - Director

Jerrelyn Dorsey - Administrative Assistant


Homeless Liaisons

Debra Spiers

Debbie West


Dropout Prevention Interventionists

Charlie Burgess

Clemon Jimerson, Jr.


School Attendance Officers

Jeanie Cox - (228) 865-4426

Crystal McKay - (228) 435-7698

Alison Pietrangelo - (228) 965-4708

Conzuella Williams - (228) 867-6125



The two district homeless liaisons support the Director of Student Services by ensuring the policies and procedures that may impact homeless children and youth are followed. They assist homeless students with enrollment, dispute resolution, and provide valuable information on resources available to them and their families.


A nurse has been assigned to each school in the district. The nurses provide health care to students, perform health screenings, and coordinate referrals to other healthcare providers.

Dr. Bryant McCrary serves as the medical consultant for the school nurses and the district.

Social workers provide services to students to enhance their emotional well-being and improve their academic performance. There is a social worker assigned to each elementary school (K-6).
The dropout intervention specialists provide students at risk of dropping out. They provide academic support to the students and act as the liaison between the child, parent, and school to ensure the student graduates. The intervention specialists serve students in grades 8 through 12 at select schools.

ALL students are required to register for the 2013-2014 school year. Registration will be held at each school between July 22, 2013, and August 2, 2013 (contact your child’s school for specific times).

Two proofs of your current residency must be provided for every student.

ALL students entering Mississippi schools for the first time must also provide a certified copy of the student’s birth certificate & a current Form 121-Certificate of Immunization Compliance.

All entering 7th graders must also provide a current Form 121 - Certificate of Immunization Compliance verifying they have received a recent Tdap (Tetanus, Diptheria,Pertussis) vaccination at age seven or later.

Visit: for further infomation concerning the Tdap vaccine.



If your phone number(s) or address changes during the school year, please complete a Change of Address form at your child’s school as soon as possible.

Harrison County School District offers three types of alternative education:

Behavior Modification:

Harrison Central Elementary site: Kindergarten through 3rd grade

Orange Grove Elementary site: 4th through 6th grade


Alternative School:

7th through 12th grade 

The alternative school and behavior modification offer an alternative to expulsion and provide a curriculum, which includes conflict resolution and drug education.  Students enrolled in behavior modification or the alternative school can successfully complete the program in six to nine weeks (30 to 45 days).  The alternative school & behavior modification receive students by one of four methods:

  District disciplinary committee vote
  Principal recommendation
  IEP by the Director of Special Education
  Direct referral by the Superintendent


The Harrison County School District’s GED program serves students who meet the criteria set forth by the Mississippi Department of Education.  GED classes are held in two locations:

D’Iberville High School

Harrison Central High School

To be eligible for the GED program, students must:

1)       Be at least 16 years of age

2)       Be at least one grade level behind his/her 9th grade cohort OR must have acquired less than four Carnegie units

3)       Have taken every opportunity to participate in course work leading to a regular diploma

4)       Be certified to participate in the program by the district superintendent

For more information, contact your school counselor.



The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth in homeless situations. In compliance with federal and state regulations, the district strives to meet the educational needs of homeless students. Through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the district is able to provide homeless students access to school and appropriate services while reducing school transfers and enhancing educational stability and continuity. Some of the services offered to qualifying students include:

  • In- and after-school tutoring
  • Assistance obtaining vital records/documents
  • School supplies
  • Medical resources or referrals (when applicable)

It is also the district's goal to strengthen parental involvement and to ensure the educational rights of unaccompanied youth.


The WhyTry Program is a strength-based approach to helping youth overcome their challenges and improve outcomes in the areas of truancy, behavior, and academics.

The idea is straight-forward: Teach social and emotional principles to youth in a way they can understand and remember. This is accomplished by using visual components that are reinforced by music and physical activities.

The WhyTry Program has been implemented in each school within the Harrison County School District.