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WAC expects slight enrollment increase


WAC expects slight enrollment increase
Vanda Brister, assistant principal, High School Principal Dr. Barbara Roberson and WAC Principal Tommy Clopton are planning the 2023-24 school year at Wesson Attendance Center.

Wesson Attendance Center (WAC) anticipates enrollment to jump slightly in the coming 2023-24 school term.


The new school year begins in Wesson on Friday, August 4.


At a time when schools throughout the state have more jobs to fill than people to fill them, WAC will add ten new teachers:

  • Trace Abdul-Hadi, a secondary school teacher and basketball coach;

  • Tomeka Brice, a secondary school teacher in special education;

  • Tiffany Brooks, a secondary school teacher in science;

  • Anyana Dumomore, an elementary school teacher in special education;

  • Jessica Farnham, a third grade elementary school teacher;

  • Nic Kleppinger, a music teacher and assistant band director;

  • Angie Neely, and elementary school teacher in special education;

  • Ryan Neely, a secondary school teacher in social studies and physical education, and a coach;

  • Joseph Shummaker. a sixth grad elementary school teacher;

  • Amer Hall, a secondary assistant.

WAC athletic teams will continue to play in 3A regional competition as the number of classes throughout the state is up to seven.


"We expect about 880 students to enroll," says WAC principal Tommy Clopton.


"All students attending WAC must reside within its district or have been released by their local school board and approved by the Copiah County School Board," Clopton says. "Otherwise, law requires students to attend school in the districts where they live.

"Residency means a student resides full time, days and nights throughout the week and on weekends, within the limits of the school district. Students must reside full time at the address used for registration and live with a natural parent or have legal documentation on file with WAC that shows they are under the guardianship of someone."


To enroll in classes at WAC, four documents for each incoming student, who did not attend the school last year, must be provided:

  • Birth certificate

  • Social Security Card

  • Original copy of Mississippi Immunization Form 121

  • The final report card from the previous school

All students planning to attend WAC, even if they were enrolled last year, must show residency proof, including one document from each of three groups with the name of the registrant's parent or legal guardian:

  • Real estate documentation. Mortgage papers or property deed, original apartment rental agreement or home lease (receipts will not be accepted) of a filed homestead exemption form;

  • Utility bill or deposit receipt (lights, water, gas) dated within the last two months (cell phone bills will not be accepted);

  • Other proof. Driver’s license, voter registration card or automobile registration.

If documents of legal guardians are used to prove residency, the registrant must provide a copy of the court order appointing the guardian or the filed petition for a pending guardianship decree. Children or youth living with an adult other than parents or legal guardians in the district may be enrolled at WAC in cases of death or serious illnesses of the parents or legal guardians, abandonment, abuse or neglect; unstable or detrimental family relationships or living conditions, or if they are exchange students with host families. In such cases, the district resident housing the students must provide an affidavit stating the relationship to them and documentation fully explaining the circumstances. WAC may also require temporary placement and custody orders from courts.


Call WAC for dates, times, and place for open registration in which parents or guardians can enroll prospective new students or returning students if they do not want to take advantage of online registration. WAC, however, encourages parents or guardians of returning students to register online at www.copiah.ms, where they will need to sign in as an ActiveParent. If they have forgotten login information, it is available at WACEnroll@copiah.ms or at 601-643-2221 Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Once logged in as an ActiveParent, a drop-down menu guides users through student selection and the registration process. Registrants should be prepared to download copies of required documents -- the same ones required for new students.


New students include those who have been home schooled or attended other schools.



SIDEBAR


WAC staff and personnel are accessible by telephone, fax and email:

  • Principal Tommy Clopton. tommy.clopton@copiah.ms.

  • High School Principal Principal Dr. Barbara Roberson. barbara.roberson@copiah.ms.

  • Assistant Principal Vanda Brister. vanda.brister@copiah.ms.

  • Guidance Counselor Taylor Burke.

  • Elementary Counselor Ginger Heard,

  • High School Secretary Gwen Shannon.

  • Elementary Secretary Aretha Butler.

  • Nurse Michelle Berch.

  • Bookkeeper/Secretary Telisha Sanders and Jacque McCormick (also Records Clerk).

High School telephone: (601) 643-2221/2222

Elementary telephone: (601) 643-2295

Fax: (601) 643-2458 or (601) 643-5838


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