Jessica Willis, Coordinator of Teaching & Learning
The Rockcastle County School District receives federal Title I funds based on the percentage of students from low-income families. The purpose of these funds are to improve the teaching and learning of children at risk of not meeting challenging academic standards. This money funds staff members who provide extra small group and individual assistance to students; in addition, it provides a variety of instructional materials and activities.
In this district, the three elementary schools receive Title I funds. Each school qualifies for and has a school-wide program, meaning Title I money is used to develop an instructional program from which all students can benefit. In short, all Title I funds are used to ensure every student has opportunities for success.
The Board of Education has developed a Title I Parent Involvement Policy that addresses ways in which staff and parents can work together to make the learning process effective for students. Each individual Title I school has its own policy and Parent/Teacher Compact.
The purpose of Title II funds is to provide grants to state and local educational agencies to increase student academic achievement through ensuring effective teachers and administrators. Allowable uses of Title II, Part A funds include, but are not limited to the following:
- Support Teacher and Principal Professional Growth and Effectiveness Systems
- Recruit, hire, and retain highly qualified and effective teachers and principals;
- Teacher advancement initiatives that emphasize multiple career paths
- Provide professional learning activities that improve the knowledge and effectiveness of teachers, principals and superintendents
- Establish induction and mentoring programs;
- Provide professional learning, course work and exams to assist educators to become highly qualified