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Donald Jackson

Director of Federal Programs
Central Office
(662) 375-9291 Ext. 206
donjackson@wtsd.k12.ms.us

Marilyn Gibbs
Marilyn Gibbs
Federal Programs, Secretary

TITLE I
Title I, Part A, flow through funds provide educational agencies (LEAs or school district) with extra resources to help improve instruction in high-poverty schools and to ensure that poor and minority children have the same opportunity as other children to meet challenging State academic standards. The West Tallahatchie School District uses a School-wide approach to addressing student performance. School –wide programming allows for entire school to receive the benefits of Title I services. The school-wide program allows us to integrate other resources and initiatives within the school with a comprehensive method of meeting the needs of all students, thereby upgrading the entire educational environment. A school qualifies as school-wide if the student body has a low-income percentage o 40% or greater. This School-wide Program allows us to improve the value of our educational system, including providing salaries for eight (8) additional educators and/or paraprofessionals.


TITLE II-A
Highly Qualified Teachers and Principals
Title II-A provides assistance to state and local educational agencies to increase student academic achievement through strategies such as improving teacher and principal quality and increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in the classroom and highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools. This program combines the former Eisenhower Professional Development Program and the former Class-Size Reduction Initiative into one funding program. West Tallahatchie School District uses these funds to employ one additional teacher in grades K-3. The district also provides staff members sustained and intensive high-quality professional development that is aligned to challenging state content standards and challenging state performance standards.


TITLE IV

Title IV-Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities
The purpose of the Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act is to support programs that prevent violence in and around schools: that prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; that involve parents and communities; and that are coordinated with related federal, state, school, and community efforts and resources to foster a safe and drug free learning environment that supports students academic achievement. In the West Tallahatchie School District, Title IV funds are used to support Red Ribbon Week activities; to promote drug, alcohol, and tobacco awareness; to provide information to students, parents, and the community; and to enhance our Safe and Drug Free Curricular activities.


TITLE V
Innovative Programs
Title V or innovative Programs, serves to support local education reform efforts which are consistent with and support statewide education reform efforts. Title V provides funding to enable State educational agencies and local educational agencies to implement promising educational reform programs and school improvement programs based on scientifically based research. Title V provides a continuing source of innovation and educational improvement, including support programs to provide library services and instructional and medial materials. Title V Programs seeks to meet the educational needs of all students, including at –risk youth. In the West Tallahatchie School District, Title V funds are used to provide a variety of instructional and productivity software for teachers and these materials are housed in the library.


TITLE VI-B-2
Rural and Low-Income
Title VI – Rural and Low-Income funds provide additional discretionary funds to rural districts that are ineligible to participate in the Small, Rural School Achievement program (block grant from USDE) and that serve concentrations of poor students. The funds are focused on meeting specific educational goals and objectives related to increase student achievement and decrease student dropout rates. Funds may be used for teacher recruitment and retention; professional development; educational technology; parental involvement activities; activities authorized under Safe and Drug-free Schools; activities authorized un Part A of Title I; and activities authorized under Title III.