Title I

What is Title I?

Young Girl Reading a BookTitle I is federal money which is allocated to districts to provide supplementary educational support to students.  That word “supplementary” is key: instruction by Title I-funded staff members must be in addition to core instruction from the classroom teacher.

All districts in SAU 29 are receiving Title I funds for the 2018-2019 school year.  Monies flow to school districts based upon, in good part, the percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunches. Children receive Title I support because the additional academic support can help their progress.  Family income has absolutely nothing to do with it.

Who provides the Title I supplementary support?
Title I support is provided by paraprofessionals in our districts.  Federal requirements dictate that Title I paraprofessionals must have a minimum of two years of college or a Paraprofessional II certification, though SAU 29 enjoys the benefit of many Title I paraprofessionals who exceed these minimum requirements.  Our Title I staff members include:
Jan Barry acts as the Title I Project Manager for Chesterfield, Keene, Nelson, and Westmoreland, and may be reached at:

Building principals in the other districts act as project managers.

When is Title I Supplementary Support Provided?

Since Title I must be “in addition to” a common way to provide this additional help occurs when other children are doing independent work.  For example, a classroom teacher may set up centers in her classroom, and children rotate through these different learning stations.  Title I support may be offered for one station while others work independently at that station.  Support may also be offered during RtI (Response to Intervention) time or WIN (What I Need) time, when the classroom teacher has also provided some support during core instruction.  Chesterfield, Keene and Nelson also provide Title I summer programs.

What interventions are offered during Title I time?

The answer to this question depends on the child’s needs and on the school.  Some common interventions include reading leveled books together, reviewing phonemic awareness and phonics skills, using math manipulatives to reinforce concepts, using educational games, and pre-teaching/re-teaching skills or concepts.  Please talk with your child’s classroom teacher first for specifics on your child’s progress and how you can help at home.
“Targeted Assistance” and “School Wide” Title I Schools: What’s the Difference?
In targeted assistance schools fewer than 40% of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.  Children in these schools are eligible for Title I supplemental support if they have met ACADEMIC criteria, and if parents have given permission.  Children exit Title I after a thoughtful school team process, a process which includes review of assessments and other types of data. Targeted Assistance schools in SAU 29 include:
Chesterfield   Harrisville    Marlborough   Marlow   Nelson    Westmoreland
Schools with 40% or more of students eligible for free or reduced lunch may apply for “school wide” status, and this provides more flexibility in how Title I funds are spent and in how children are served.  All children in the school are considered Title I students, so Title I staff provide supplemental help on a very flexible basis (small group make-up changes as different skills are reinforced) and parental permission is not required.  School wide schools in SAU 29 include:
Franklin   Fuller   Wheelock

What can parents do?

  • Read to and with your child every night, for at least 20 minutes

  • Talk to your child’s regular classroom teacher to gain specific information about your child.

  • Ask your child’s Title I teacher for a list of great games to play with your child and for a list of fun and educational websites.

  • Attend a Title I school event, to learn more about your school’s Title I program and gain insight on various topics related to your child’s growth, development, and education.  

  • Review your school’s Title I Plan, Evaluation, Parent Involvement Policy, and your rights as a parent, all available on this website.

  • Tell us what you think your school’s Title I grant should include!  E-mail Jan Barry or your building principal.  Please do remember that we are obligated to provide supplementary academic support first.

  • If you have questions about Title I, or have feedback for us about the Title I program in your child’s school, contact us.