Title 1 Information
Title I-Parent/Community Information
Explanation of Title I:
Title I funds are used to promote academic excellence, enhance educational opportunities and equity for our children and families, and to improve the quality of teaching and learning by providing leadership, technical assistance and financial support to schools with the highest percentages of students participating in the free and reduced meals (FARMS) program.
Summary of Title I Funding: The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, reauthorized as the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965, reflects the aspirations of the Belleville Public Schools for all our students. The goal of the Title I Program is to provide academic excellence for our students to acquire the knowledge and skills contained in the challenging Common Core State Standards. This is accomplished by:
- Focusing on improving the skills of all students through research-based practices.
- Enhancement of academic skills through supplemental instruction.
- Continued academic support in identified areas of need.
- Purchase of supplemental materials that support academic achievement.
- Developing a strong system of academic support for students.
Annually, Belleville Public Schools receives federal funds to support the operation of the Title I Programs throughout our elementary, middle, and high schools. Under Title I eligibility criteria, all Belleville Public Schools operate under Schoolwide Programs. If you have any questions regarding your schools’ particular participation in Title I programs, please contact the individual principal of each school using the contact information below.
Belleville Public Schools currently operating under Title I Schoolwide Programs:
Annual Title I Budget
The district’s Title I budget varies from school year to school year based on student eligibility. For an up-to-date funding amount for all Title Funds received, please visit: Annual Funding w. Title Amounts
Given that all of Belleville Public Schools currently run on Schoolwide Programs (as of 2017-18), funds are distributed by the formation of Schoolwide Plans at the individual school level. The plans are based on comprehensive needs assessments that are run through individual school committees and are composed of stakeholder groups such as Parents, Teachers, and Administrators.
Schoolwide plans are developed in collaboration with central office administration to allow for merger of funds through Federal, State, and local funding sources. As such, all schools receiving Title I funds will use a portion of their Title I school-based allocation for supplemental afterschool programming and ongoing parent involvement and engagement activities. Each school will use any additional funds to respond to specific school-based needs.
Parental involvement is the cornerstone of Schoolwide planning. Therefore, all Title I schools wholeheartedly embrace parent engagement and involvement. To that end, schools will always solicit feedback regarding how to better serve parents/guardians through stakeholder meetings. Such meetings are required as part of the Schoolwide Planning process and take place throughout the course of the year. Feedback can be given at any time to your child’s school principal. Furthermore, each school will have regular parent involvement and engagement activities throughout the year that are available by contacting your child’s school principal.
Part of the requirements for receiving Title I is to actively engage parents in the support and development of academic programs. Although this process is completed on the school-based level through committee engagement, an expectation compact has been established to communicate stakeholder expectations. Please see the sample below.
District Title I Stakeholder Meeting
A notice will be sent to all parents via SchoolMessenger inviting them to a districtwide Title Fund Meeting. Although the meeting dates change from year-to-year, the timing of the meeting will be around the first week of May, annually.* Please note that schoolwide meetings will take place at the school-based level throughout the school year. Parents are encouraged to lend their voice to such school-based committees.
Ongoing Community Stakeholder Input: In an effort to collect stakeholder feedback on Title I services, please feel free to participate in our ongoing Parent/Stakeholder Surveys.
District Title I Stakeholder Meeting: Tentative Date of Friday, May 7, 2021
*Please note that due to COVID-19, disruptions may have occurred that were beyond our control as a district. We strongly encourage all to participate in any way you feel you can to have a voice for the children.
According to Title I requirements, parents/guardians of students participating in Title I schools must be notified at the start of each school year of their right to request information about the professional qualifications of their children’s teachers (Parents’ Right-to-Know). Information the LEA must provide, if requested, includes: 1) the certification and/or licensing status of the teacher; 2) degrees held by the teacher; 3) emergency or provisional status of the teacher, if applicable; and 4) qualifications of any paraprofessionals serving the child. Parents must also be notified if a teacher who is not “highly qualified” is instructing their child for four (4) or more weeks.
All notifications may be found on the following link:
A school district that receives Title I funds must implement programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in programs assisted by Title I funding. This policy was revised and approved by the Belleville Board of Education in January of 2011 and edited in March of 2013.