U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson made an announcement Thursday about the preliminary Title 1 allocations for Mississippi’s school districts. Thirty-nine school districts in the state were identified as Title I districts, including the Vicksburg Warren County School District.
In our area, Vicksburg Warren County schools will receive more than $3.6 million, the Jackson Public Schools District will get more than $16.5 million and Hinds County schools will receive more than $1.5 million.
Title I is a federal program that gives funds to schools in need based on student enrollment, the free and reduced lunch percentage for each school and other informative data. The U.S. Department of Education distributes Title 1 funds to state departments of education that, in turn, distribute the funds to individual school districts. Each school district divides its funding among qualifying schools based on the number of low-income children. In addition, under Title 1, participating school districts must provide supplemental educational services for eligible private school students.
According to the Vicksburg Warren School District website, some of the Title I funds are used for:
- Lead teachers
- Opportunities for professional development for school staff
- Additional learning time for Title I students
- Supplemental teaching/classroom materials and programs
- Opportunities to update classroom technology through the purchase of computers, iPads, and Smartboards
- Districtwide Pre-K programs
The Title I preliminary allotment for Vicksburg is up by $117,734 from last year.