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Title I

Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) is the largest federally funded program for elementary, middle and high schools.  The purpose of Title I is to provide funding to schools and school districts with a high percentage of students from low -income families.  To qualify as a Title I school, a school typically has 40% or more of its students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.  Students do not have to be from low-income families to receive Title I services.  Each district uses Title I money to provide services for children most in need of educational help.

All four of our schools: South and North Elementary Schools, Middle and High Schools, are school-wide Title I schools and receive additional federal funding to support instruction.

In November 2011, the Georgia Department of Education submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (US ED) an application requesting flexibility through waivers of ten Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) requirements and their associated, regulator, administrative and reporting requirements.  One of the ten requested waivers directly affected Supplemental Services (SES).   NCLB Waiver

For those Title I schools that were required to offer supplemental educational services (SES) due to a school improvement status, the waiver allows those Title I schools to no longer be required to offer SES under ESEA but rather offer a Flexible Learning Program (FLP) to provide eligible students academic intervention services designed by the LEA.   

We are proud to announce that not any of Mitchell County School System Title I schools were identified in 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015 as Focused, Priority, or Alert schools and are not required to offer a Flexible Learning Program (FLP).  If any of our schools were identified as Priority or Focus schools in 2012-2013 we would have offered an ESEA Flexible Learning Program for three years, beginning with the 2012-2013, 2013-2014 school year.  Students attending identified Title I Priority and Focus schools would qualify for  FLP instructional services per federal and state rank order guidelines. 

Mitchell County High School has been named as a Highest Progress Reward School in 2014-2015 and received a monetary reward of $4500.00.
Mitchell County Middle School and Mitchell County High School were identified as Highest Progress Reward Schools in 2013-2014.
North Mitchell County Elementary School was identified as a Reward School in 2012-2013 and was rewarded with a monetary reward of $3000.00.

A Highest-Progress Reward School is among the 10 percent of the state’s Title I schools making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over three years on the statewide assessments.

Generally speaking, Title I may offer smaller class sizes, additional teachers and paraprofessionals, opportunities for professional development for staff, and additional instructional resources.   Mitchell County Schools are engaged in continuous school improvement as part of our responsibility with Title I funding.  For more information about the individual schools, please visit the school websites to view school improvement and parent involvement plans.  The system comprehensive LEA plan and parental involvement plan are available below.

For additional information about Title I and Georgia’s ESEA Waiver, please see the brochure links below.

Vickie Smith
Federal Programs Coordinator
Vickie_smith@mitchell.k12.ga.us
229.336.2156  ext. 1003

MCSS School Improvement Plan
MCSS Parental Involvement Plan
ESEA Parent Brochure
ESEA Parent Brochure Spanish
Title I Brochure
MCSS Federal Programs Timeline
MCSS Federal Programs Policies and Procedures

Mitchell County School System Complaint Procedures

MCSS Assessment Brochure