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Lamar Co. School District Launches New Technology Portals

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LAMAR COUNTY, Miss. - Parents and Students in Lamar County can know stay engaged with school officials through a new technology program called Community Connect.

"We feel that it is vitally important for the school district to get communication to the community members as well as receiving communication from them," said LCSD Director of Technology Ross Randall.

"The newest things are the parent community portals that tie in to the emergency and communication systems that we have," he said.

Parents can now choose how they want to be notified of an emergency.

"The can choose with what phone numbers they want to be reached with, if they want to receive text messages, or emails, or all three," said Randall.

Parents can also download the "My Connect" app on a smart phone.

"From your phone you will be able to open that up and listen to all the previous messages," he said.

One of the new key focuses that all parents will be able to monitor is attendance.

"A new law that we have in effect in Mississippi requires all of our students to be present at least 63 percent of the day," Randall said.

Superintendent Ben Burnett says that's important because attendance affects school funding.

"We have about 9,600 children enrolled but we only get funding for the average percentage of children who attends school," Burnett said.

"The average right now the state gives us is $18  per student per absence," said Randall.

"We're just trying to show parents each day how much the school district lost in funding for the next year based on student absences," he said.

The new community connect program will soon also allow you to see sports stats for each of the high schools.

School officials hope that the changes will be beneficial to the staff and to the students.

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