Greensboro, N.C. – Based on the thresholds approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday, 66 Guilford County schools will receive Title I funding for the 2014-15 school year. That’s an increase of five schools from the current year.
Title I funds are federal funds allocated to schools with a higher percentage of students living in low-income households. Funds are used to support students in meeting state standards. In GCS, the schools that receive Title I funds are determined by the number of students who qualify for free and reduced-price meals (FRM).
The board renewed the 2013 thresholds for FRM percentages:
- Elementary: 56 percent
- Middle: 66 percent
- High: 75 percent
Based on those numbers, 66 schools are designated as Title I schools for the 2014-15 school year, up from 61 in 2013-14. The five additional schools are Allen Jay Middle, Morehead Elementary, Pilot Elementary, Sedalia Elementary and Simkins Elementary. Simkins, which will open in August 2014, is projected to have a FRM percentage of between 71 and 76 percent, above the 56 percent threshold.
District-wide, more than 59 percent of students qualify for free and reduced-price meals, up from 57.5 percent in 2013-14.
Title I schools receive a dollar amount per student for every student who qualifies for the meal benefit. Funds are used to support school-wide strategies that enhance instruction for students so that they meet state standards. Such strategies include supplemental instructional materials, additional teaching staff, funding for field trips, parent and family engagement opportunities and additional professional development for staff.