Rock Hill Schools
General Information about Title I
WHAT IS TITLE I? Title I is a law under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 which provides federal funds for compensatory educational
services. Compensatory means "extra." Title I provides extra teachers, instructional assistants, funding for staff development, additional materials and additional supplies in the areas of reading and math for eligible schools. Title I programs offer opportunities for parents to make suggestions and recommendations regarding programs and use of Title I funds. Rock Hill School's Title I allocation for 2017-2018 is $4,446,809.52.
WHICH SCHOOLS ARE ELIGIBLE? In the Rock Hill Schools, elementary schools are eligible for Title I services if the numbers participating in the free/reduced lunch program exceed the 2017-2018 cut-off percentages of 56.91%; however, this year our funds were exhausted at 66.61%. Title I schools for 2017-2018 are: Belleview, Ebenezer Avenue, Finley Road, Independence, Northside, Oakdale, Rosewood, and York Road. Charter Schools may be served by Title I if the school meets eligibility requirements. The Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home is being served under Title I during the 2017-2018 school year. Schools in which fewer than 40% qualify for free/reduced lunch may be served and are called Title I Targeted-Assistance schools. This year, the Rock Hill Schools has no Targeted-Assistance schools. Schools where 40% or more of the students qualify for free/reduced lunch are eligible for Schoolwide programs. Schoolwide programs will be operating during the 2017-2018 school year in the nine (9) schools listed above. A Schoolwide program means that all students in the school are able to participate in services and the entire school is working toward higher achievement standards and acceleration for students in reading and math.
WHO MAY PARTICIPATE? All students in schools with Schoolwide programs benefit from these services. Services provided from Title I this year include: software for computer programs, support from Reading Recovery, Full-Day K-4 Programs, Interventionists, Math Coaches, Instructional Assistants, and Parenting Programs. Title I funds are used to purchase many leveled reading books, extra Math materials and supplies, and help to provide additional training and staff development for teachers in order to meet the needs of all students. Family engagement is encouraged in all Title I Schools through opportunities to visit in classrooms, serve on committees, offer recommendations and suggestions, and attend meetings and workshops.
COMPARABILITY: Because Title I funds are for "extra" educational services to students, districts must prove that they are spending the same amount of state and local funds for all pupils before using Title I funding. Rock Hill Schools uses the teacher/pupil ratio and size/split methods to demonstrate comparability.
Belleview Elementary provides opportunities for parents to submit comments on the Title I project and/or from parent meetings (The Title I project is available in the front office and parents are reminded through newsletters, meetings, etc. that their input is important). Minutes are recorded at each Title I/SIC/PTO parent meetings to document parent suggestions.
Parents may access the Title I project anytime. Sign-in sheets and comment forms are located in the front of each notebook containing the Title I project. The Title I project is available is available from the front office at individual Title I schools as well as at the District Office Instruction Department.
Any parent comment/suggestions will be responded to in a timely manner, to include but not limited to: face-to-face conferences, telephone conversation-mail or written correspondences.
Comments from parents that indicate the parents are dissatisfied with components of the project application will be addressed at the district level and forwarded to the State Department of Education following the guidelines outlined in the SDE Complaint Resolution document (see attached). Parent suggestions from parent meetings will also be addressed at the district level if necessary and will be forwarded to the SDE if needed
Parents will be notified annually of their rights to be informed of the highly qualified status of teachers and teaching assistants in the individual schools. Parent/Guardian Right to Know information will be published on the district web page, school web pages and in the Title I school newsletter provided to parents. Belleview Elementary will respond to a parent’s request in a timely manner once the request has been received. The response to a parent’s request may be delivered in one or more of the following formats: face-to-face conferences, telephone conversation, e-mail or written correspondences. Follow-up communication will be provided, if needed.