Ladonia Elementary School
Ladonia Elementary School, home of the Tigers, currently has a student population of 437 students from Pre-K to 5th grade. LES is located on Woodland Drive in Ladonia, Alabama, a small community located in Phenix City.
Ladonia is situated adjacent to US Highway 80, a major corridor between several cities. Many businesses and churches along the commercial district of this area are very supportive of the school and have become partners by providing assistance for student supplies and rewards, teacher appreciation events, and other school activities. The town of Ladonia is not incorporated and consists of a majority of lower income families. Many of these families are transient so there is a good bit of enrollment changes at LES throughout the year. This transiency along with the income level of the families present challenges for the schools.
The student population at LES consists of 263 female students and 265 male students. Of those 528 students, the racial breakdown is 395 white, 82 black, 14 multi-race, 0 not-specified, 4 Asian, 6 American Indian, and 3 Pacific Islander. All 528 students receive free breakfast and lunch every day due to the direct certification program. This qualification is due to the number of students receiving state assistance. The majority of the students are provided transportation to and from school daily by the Russell County Board of Education. The student population has remained steady over the past four years. The school's principal is in her fourth year, the assistant principal is in his second year.
Ladonia's faculty and staff consist of 28 classroom teachers, 3 special needs teachers, 2 reading specialists, 1 part-time gifted teacher, 1 speech pathologist, 1 counselor, 1 media specialist, 1 part-time ELL instructor, 1 ½ PE coaches, 1 nurse, 4 full time and 2 part-time paraprofessionals, 6 people on the lunchroom staff, 7 bus drivers, and 2 custodians. All faculty are designated as highly qualified. The faculty and staff are a strong attribute of the school community and their longevity of service contributes to the success the school has achieved.