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Important Title I Information for Families

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Dear MVSD Families,

Positive parent involvement in learning is at the core of student success and school improvement.  We believe that the partnership between schools and families is very important in supporting our students.

As required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act), we would like to share the information below about the federally funded Title I programs being provided by each of our schools.

Franklin, Highgate, Swanton, and MVU are Schoolwide Title I Schools for the 2022-2023 school year. 

The purpose of the Title I Program is:

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“To provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close the achievement gaps.”

Title I Part A provides federal dollars for supplemental educational opportunities for children who are most at risk of failing to meet the State’s challenging content and performance standards.

Title I funds can be used to fund:

  • Services for students experiencing homelessness
  • Parent and Family Engagement activities
  • Non-academic services that impact student performance, e.g. school climate, behavior, social-emotional health, attendance
  • Schoolwide Programs (SWPs)
    • Schoolwide Programs use Title I-A funds to upgrade the entire academic program at an eligible school.
    • SWPs funds can serve all students and teachers within that particular school
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Parent and Family Engagement:

Each of the MVSD schools will hold a Parent and Family Engagement Event to inform parents of their rights, review and gather feedback on the Parent and Family Engagement Policy and Procedure, review the school’s Schoolwide/Continuous Improvement Plan, and gather input on the Home-School Compact.

Complaint Procedures

The Agency of Education website states: Each district uses its Title I money to supplement and improve regular education programs in order to help students meet state standards.

Title I is based on three important ideas:
  1. Provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.
  2. Local districts, schools, and parents know best what their students need to succeed. The Title I program allows them to decide how to use these funds to implement evidence-based practices to help students who are failing or who are at risk of failing in school.
  3. Parents are partners in helping all students achieve. They have the right to be involved in the design and operation of their school’s Title I program, and, at the same time, a responsibility to help their children succeed in school.

Students served by Title I funds include migrant children and youth; children and youth with limited English proficiency; children and youth who are homeless; children and youth who have disabilities; children and youth who are neglected, delinquent or at-risk; children in prekindergarten activities; and students who are in academic need. If you have a concern about violations to the Title I statute, parents/caregivers may use the state educational agency’s written procedures for filing complaints.

Teacher and paraprofessional qualifications:

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As required by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act), parents of children in Title I schools have the right to request information on the professional qualifications of their children’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals. Additionally, you will be notified if your child is taught for at least four consecutive weeks by a teacher who does not meet state certification standards.

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MVSD Board Approves MVSD School Construction Project

We are pleased to report that the MVSD school board is moving forward with the construction project at our Franklin location. This is an allowable and appropriate use of ARP ESSER funds that will provide much needed instructional and student support opportunities. Specifically, the addition will include a dedicated pre-K classroom and one additional classroom, a music and band room, as well as student support spaces for intervention, tutoring, and special education.

While this project is only a small part of the building upgrades we have put into motion across the district, we’re excited to provide this for MVSD students in Franklin.

Having adequate space is one step toward meeting our students’ needs, and while there is still a journey ahead of us, this project will provide a positive, long lasting impact for MVSD and our community.