HCSD Wins Governor's Partnership Award

HCSD Wins Governor’s Partnership Award

(HARRISON COUNTY, MS) Harrison County School District won a major award at the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education (MAPE) Conference in Hattiesburg. On March 4, 2020, MAPE presented HCSD with the Governor’s Partnership Award for the district’s “Count Me In” Attendance Matters Campaign for 2018-19! The award celebrates the District’s successful partnership with over 25 community partners who joined forces to combat chronic absenteeism.

Trang Pham-Bui at MAPE
MAPE Award

When the campaign kicked off in the fall of 2018, HCSD Superintendent Roy Gill challenged each school to raise their attendance rates by at least two percent. HCSD hosted a recognition program midway through the campaign to recognize students who achieved perfect attendance in December of 2018.

Count Me In Bikes
Count Me In BikesCount Me In Gift CardsCount Me In Nanos
Count Me In Curious George

HCSD also held an end-of-the-year ceremony before the Harrison County School Board in May of 2019 to recognize schools and teachers for their outstanding attendance achievements.

Count Me In PrizesCount Me In Computers
Count Me In School Board
Count Me In Belk

HCSD is blessed to have supportive staff, parents, businesses, churches, and organizations who supported the Count Me In campaign.  These following partners provided wonderful incentives to reward students, teachers, and schools for raising their attendance rates:

Academy Sports and Outdoors-Gulfport
Hancock-Whitney Bank-Gulfport
Walmart Neighborhood Market-Gulfport
Harrison County Sheriff's Department
United Way of South Mississippi
Margaritaville Resort-Biloxi
Harrah's Gulf Coast-Biloxi
Texas Roadhouse Restaurant-Gulfport
Panache Apparel & Accessories-Gulfport
Allistons-Gulfport
Dunkin' Donuts-Gulfport
Belk-Gulfport
Village Florist-Gulfport
Harrison County School District Child Nutrition Department
Harrison County School District Athletic Department
Papa John's Pizza-Gulfport, Biloxi, D'Iberville
El Agave Restaurant-Gulfport
Big Play Entertainment Center-Biloxi
Orange Grove Kiwanis
Lucky Langston-Gulfport
Gulf Islands Waterpark-Gulfport
Rock-N-Roll Sushi Restaurant-Gulfport
Scarlet Pearl Casino Lava Links-D'Iberville
Cinemark Movie Theater-Gulfport
Altitude Trampoline Park-Gulfport
Chick-fil-A Restaurant-Gulfport
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing

Attendance Matters Poster

The Count Me In initiative produced some impressive results, even though some schools did not meet Harrison County Schools Superintendent Roy Gill’s high goal of achieving two percent above Average Daily Attendance (ADA) for 2017-18. Despite a statewide winter flu epidemic that struck our schools hard in January and February, data showed seven schools saw a rise in their average daily attendance. The increases ranged from 0.16 to 1.26 percent.  The rest of the schools reported minimal decreases in their ADA, ranging from 0.01 to 0.91 percent.

HCSD truly appreciates our partners in education. It really takes all of us to raise the attendance rates and help our students succeed.
MAPE Table Presentation
MAPE Awards Program