Title I

Title I, Part A is a federal program that provides financial assistance to school districts and schools with high percentages of children from low-income families. Federal monies support a variety of services to help ensure all Maine students have fair and equal opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on State standards and assessments. (Maine DOE Website)


In MSAD #17, Title I funding is distributed to six of our elementary schools, based on the percentage of students meeting low-income guidelines.  There are two types of programming possible with Title I funds - Targeted Assistance or School-wide.  Our program is based on School-wide Plans which each school develops through their Leadership Team.  Each year, schools analyze their students’ strengths and needs and determine goals for improvement.  Parents and staff work together to decide the focus for additional attention that is needed.  Professional development, materials, staffing and Parent Reservation Funds are allocated to best meet these goals.  In these six schools, all staff are considered “Title I Staff,” and all students are “Title I students.”  Professional development is provided mainly through literacy or math coaches, and interventions for students who are not meeting standards are provided by classroom teachers and by interventionists (when possible).  Funding is not sufficient to meet all needs.


Parent involvement is a critical component of the Schoolwide Program.  A Parent-School Compact is developed each year, along with a Parent Involvement Plan.  In addition, a district parent group and an Application Development Team meet to set district-wide priorities.  


District schools which receive Title I funding are (in order of priority):

Agnes Gray School

Paris Elementary School

Guy E. Rowe School

Oxford Elementary School

Waterford Elementary School

Harrison Elementary School