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East Tallahatchie School District


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Contact Info:

411 East Chestnut Street

Charleston, MS  38921

Phone:  662-647-5524

FAX:     662-647-3720

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Welcome to the East Tallahatchie School District


The primary purpose of the East Tallahatchie School District shall be to produce an environment in which students will become independent, self-motivated and can function effectively in society. The schools furnish materials and guidance that will incite the students’ curiosity about themselves and the world. To help prepare the students for this journey, the schools provide a wide, solid base of knowledge and skills which will feed and sustain them as they search for knowledge about themselves and the community in which they live. The East Tallahatchie School District is dedicated to ensure that its vision and mission is accomplished. Let us share with you our vision and mission statements.


Vision Statement


The vision of the East Tallahatchie School District is that all students in the district will be proficient or above as measured by the current Mississippi state assessment by 2022.


Mission Statement


The mission of the district is to provide all students with the opportunity to develop academically, physically, socially, and emotionally to their greatest potential in order to become self-sufficient, productive members of society.


Dr. Ben Kennedy

Superintendent of Education


Marvell Hudson

Special Education Director


Rebecca Bloodworth

Federal Programs Director

Curriculum and Instruction/

Professional Development Coordinator

Policy Updates 6.10.10

ETSD Student Bullying Policy

ETSD Random Drug Testing Policy

In accordance with Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA)  regulations, the East Tallahatchie School District has an active Asbestos Management Plan which describes guidelines for managing asbestos containing materials (abated or managed in place). All asbestos containing materials (ACM) are inspected every six months by an environmental consulting firm with changes being recorded as part of this plan.  The plan is located and may be viewed at each of the schools within the district as well as at the central office.


Dr. Ben Kennedy, Superintendent

2015 - 2016

ETSD Drop-Out Prevention Plan

6811CFA_2013.pdf ETSD Mississippi Annual Report Card 2016-2017.pdf 6811CFA_2013.pdf ETSD Mississippi Annual Report Card 2016-2017.pdf

Message From the Superintendent

The students and staff of the East Tallahatchie School District are among the finest the state of Mississippi has to offer. I would rank the effectiveness our administrators and teaching staff comparable with the best in the state. Our  students are full of  potential and I am looking

forward to seeing great things from each and every one of them.

Along with continued community support, we can achieve our goal to make the East Tallahatchie School District a district to be truly proud of.  I am excited to be part of the team that helps the Charleston schools soar to new heights, and I welcome any helpful advice that the community has to offer.  

Thank You,

Dr. Ben Kennedy

The East Tallahatchie School District provides and maintains appropriate

and effective educational programs in order to afford every eligible child who has a

physical, mental, communicative, learning, and/or emotional disability who is

between the ages of 3 and 21 (IDEA), resides within the East Tallahatchie School

District, and requires special education and/or related services to address the

adverse effect of the disability on his/her education, a free appropriate public

education (FAPE).



Marvell A. Hudson, Ed.S

Special Education Director

(662) 647-5524

The East Tallahatchie School District and the schools within do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  All section 504, ADA, Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX grievances should be reported to the appropriate Building Coordinator or District Coordinator.