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Title I, Part A funds are provided by the federal government to six of the Lauderdale County schools. Each Title I school receives an allocation based on the number of free and reduced lunches at each local school. Each school receives a per pupil allocation plus a portion of the 1% system allocation set aside for parental involvement. The system and schools use the funds for additional personnel, instructional specialists, instructional paraprofessionals, professional development, and instructional materials. These federal funds are in addition to required state and local funds provided to all schools in Lauderdale County.

Each Title I school develops a Continuous Improvement Plan to describe its program. The CIPs and the LEA Title I Plan are available for review by the public. Plans are located at each local school's office and at the Lauderdale County Central Office. Local CIPs can also be found in the Quick Links menu at the top of this page. Procedures for Parent Complaint or Disagreement with the Continuous Improvement Plan and/or LEA Title I Plan: Parents should submit to their local school or to the Lauderdale County Central Office any complaints or concerns they may have regarding any component of the CIP and/or LEA Title I Plan. The comments will be forwarded to the CIP committee and/or the LEA Title I Advisory Committee. Upon receiving the complaint, the committee will review the plan and decide if any adjustments need to be made.

A Title I school must be identified as a school-wide or targeted assistance school. In order to be served as a school-wide school, the free/reduced lunch percentage must be 40% or greater. To be served as a targeted assistance school, the free/reduced lunch percentage must be 35% or greater. For the 2017-2018 school year, Lauderdale County will serve six schools as school-wide programs: Central School, Lauderdale County School, Rogers School, Underwood School, Waterloo School, and Wilson School.

For more information, please call 256-760-1300 or your local school.

It is the policy of the Lauderdale County Board of Education that no one will be excluded from participation, be denied benefits, or be discriminated against in any school program or activity based on sex, race, religion, belief, national origin, ethnic group, color, age, or disability.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Title I?

Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to state and local educational agencies to meet the needs of at-risk children. The goal of Title I is to provide instructional services and activities to meet the needs of disadvantaged children identified as failing or most at risk of failing the state's challenging performance standards.

How does our school receive Title I money?

First, the federal government provides funding to each state. Then, state educational agencies send this money to school districts. How much money each school receives is determined by the number of low-income students (those who receive free/reduced lunches) attending that school.

Which schools does Title I serve?

The program serves children in elementary and secondary schools who have demonstrated that extra assistance is needed. The following schools are served as school wide Title I schools: Waterloo High School, Wilson High School, Central High School, Rogers High School, Underwood, Elementary School, and Lauderdale County High School.

What do Title I programs offer?

Title I programs generally offer the following:

  • special instructional spaces
  • additional teachers and/or aides
  • extra time for teaching Title I students the skills they need
  • additional teaching materials which supplement students' regular instruction

Why is parental involvement important?

Parents, you can influence the success of your children in school more than any teacher or federal program. By becoming an active participant in the Title I parental involvement plan at your school, you will

  • serve as a role model- showing your child you support his/her education.
  • be aware of your child's educational progress, thereby demonstrating how important that progress is to you.
  • teach your child that your input at the school is appreciated and that you support your school's efforts.

Click here to read the Lauderdale County Schools Parent and Family Engagement policy.

What does the research say about parental involvement?

Research shows that how well a child does in school depends a great deal upon how much their parents get involved in their education. You can become more involved by doing the following:

  • joining the local parent organization
  • supporting extra curricular activities
  • volunteering at the school
  • communicating with your child's teacher regularly by writing notes, telephoning the school, etc
  • keeping your child's teacher informed about events in your child's life which may affect his/her performance at school
  • discussing other ideas with your child's teacher, Title I parent advisory committee, or parental organization regarding parental involvement

Parental Involvement Links