Federal Programs

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Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015, provides funding to school districts to help ensure that all children, particularly those who are most academically at-risk, meet challenging state academic standards. Schools participating in the Title I program receive funds based on the percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced-price school meals. Title I programs are designed to ensure high standards for all, increase quality instructional time, improve instruction through professional development, enhance family participation in the educational process and afford schools the opportunity to provide additional educational resources for the most at-risk students.

All schools within Jones County School District receive Title I services. These include four elementary schools: Dames Ferry Elementary, Gray Elementary, Mattie Wells Elementary, and Turner Woods Elementary; Two middle schools: Clifton Ridge Middle and Gray Station Middle; and one high schools: Jones County High. All seven  schools offer a schoolwide program where all students, teachers, and families benefit from the supplemental resources and support provided by Title I. 

An important part of our school system's success is due to parent, family, and community engagement. Each Title I school has a Family Engagement Coordinator who supports families in promoting the academic achievement of students. Workshops and schoolwide events are offered to build the capacity of families to support their children academically. Each school’s Parent Resource Center offers resources and materials for families to checkout for use at home. Please visit the school’s website to view the dates and times of workshops and schoolwide events.

We welcome and appreciate input and guidance in developing activities to promote and improve student achievement. For more information about Title I, please contact the principal of your child's school, your school's Family Engagement Coordinator, or the district's Federal Programs Director.

Charlotte Foskey

Executive Director of Federal Programs
(478) 986-3032


Brenda Gibson

Administrative Assistant
(478) 986-3032




Dr. Trevis Killen
Homeless Liaison for Jones County Schools

Definition of Homeless Students
Individuals whose nighttime residence is NOT:
-stationary, permanent and not subject to change
Regular-used on a predictable, routine, or consistent basis
Adequate-sufficient for meeting both the physical and psychological needs typically met in the home.


Parent's Right to Know

In compliance with the requirements of the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA) the Jones County School System informs parents that you may request information about the professional qualifications of your student’s teacher(s).  The following information may be requested:

  •  Whether the student's teacher-
    • has met State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction;
    • is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which State qualifications or licensing criteria have been waived; and
    •  is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher.
  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications. 

If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teacher’s and/or paraprofessional's qualifications, please contact the principal of the school at:

DFES-Mr. Wes Cavender (478) 986-2023
GES-Mr. Chip Lundy (478) 986-6295
WES-Mrs. Gwinette Hudson (478) 742-5959
TWES-Mr. Jeffrey Tharpe (478) 986-2222
CRMS-Mrs. Leslie Poythress (478) 743-5182
GSMS-Mrs. Leigh Ann Knowles (478) 986-2090
JCHS-Mr. Lance Rackley (478) 986-5444



Statement of Responsibility for Use of Federal Equipment - Student