Title I

Title I is the largest federal aid program for our nation’s schools.  The goal of Title I is a high quality education for every child.

Program Description: Title I is a 100% Federally funded supplemental education program that provides financial assistance to local educational agencies to improve educational opportunities for educationally deprived children. Title I programs are designed to help children meet the state content and performance standards in reading, language arts, and mathematics. In buildings with 40% or more poverty, LEAs may use the funds to upgrade the entire curriculum of the school and are Schoolwide Programs. In buildings with less than 40% poverty, programs are designed to help specific children and are Targeted Assistance programs. The Federal Government allows states to waive the 40 percent poverty threshold for schoolwide programs upon request from a school and demonstration that a schoolwide program would best serve needs of students.

Effective with the 2019-2020 school year, G.C. Hartman Elementary applied for a waiver and submitted a plan allowing it to become a Title I Schoolwide Program School.  In a schoolwide program, all students are eligible to participate. The primary goal of a schoolwide program is to ensure that all students, particularly those who are low-achieving, are able to demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement based on state academic achievement standards.

All students are eligible to receive reading support from trained Reading Specialists.  Title I support services are provided in small groups and designed for specific instruction to increase fluency, comprehension, and writing skills. The Title I program has been integrated into the school’s response to instruction and intervention (RTII) process.

Title I Staff
Stephanie Ziegmont – Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment/Federal Programs Coordinator
Mr. John Fetterman – Elementary Principal
Mr. James Becker – Superintendent
Mrs. Ziegmont serves as the District’s Federal Programs Coordinator. Please contact her at (570) 356-3508 or sziegmont@scasd.us with questions or requests for more information about Title I.

G.C. Hartman Elementary Center Title I Resources

The School-Parent Compact outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the way in which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standards.  Grade K-4 School-Parent Compact
Parent Right To Know Under the Parents’ Right to Know requirement, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and instructional assistants who instruct your child.
Southern Columbia Area School District Equity Plan
*The above Title I resources will be translated to the parent/guardian’s Home Language when needed.

Useful Resources for Parents~

Title I Fast Facts
Great Literacy Websites
Engaging School Communities
Title I Complaint Procedure
The Southern Columbia Area School District has established a procedure for parents/guardians of Title students to report a complaint regarding the Title Program.
  1. The parent/guardian should contact the regular classroom teacher regarding any concern about their child’s program or school service.
  2. The regular education teacher should contact the Title teacher and schedule a meeting with the parent.
  3. The school principal should attend the meeting and work with the teacher to resolve the complaint.
  4. If the parent/guardian is not satisfied that the complaint has been resolved, the school principal should refer the issue to the Federal Programs Coordinator.
  5. The Federal Programs Coordinator should review the complaint with the parent/guardian (and the Superintendent if he/she is not the Federal Programs Coordinator).
  6. If the parent/guardian continues to feel the issue is unresolved, the Superintendent should inform and assist the parent/guardian with the opportunity to speak to the Board of Education.
  7. Time Limit – The period between the Federal Programs Coordinator receiving the complaint and resolution of the complaint shall not exceed sixty (60) calendar days.
  8. Right to Appeal – Either party may appeal the final resolution to the Department of Education. Appeals should be addressed as follows:
Ms. Susan McCrone, Chief
Division of Federal Programs
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street, 7th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
Complaint Procedure for Nonpublic School Parents and Officials
Under Title I, a local education agency (LEA) is required to provide to eligible nonpublic school children, their teachers, and their families Title I services or other benefits that are equitable to those provided to eligible public school children, their teachers, and their families. Nonpublic school officials have recourse through the complaint process if they do not believe their eligible children, teachers or families are receiving equitable services.
Aspects of the complaint process that a nonpublic school should know:
  1. A nonpublic school official has a right to complain to the state educational agency (Pennsylvania Department of Education) that the local education agency (Southern Columbia Area School District) did not engage in a timely and meaningful consultation process or did not give due consideration to the views of the nonpublic school official.
  2. Any dispute regarding the accuracy of low-income data for nonpublic school students also can be the subject of a complaint.
  3. For disputes with the services provided to your child by the Southern Columbia Area School District, please first inform your local nonpublic institution as well as the Southern Columbia Area School District. If your concerns are not resolved, you have the right to continue the complaint process to the state (Pennsylvania Department of Education-PDE).
  4. PDE is required to have complaint procedures in place as required by Sec. 34 CFR 299.10-12. Included in this procedure is a reasonable time by which the state must respond in writing to the complaint. A copy of PDE’s complaint procedures can be downloaded by clicking on this link.
  5. No later than 30 days following the written response by the state, or in the event the state fails to resolve the complaint within a reasonable period of time, the nonpublic school official may appeal the decision of the state to the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. Such appeal must be accompanied by a copy of the state’s written response, if available, and a complete statement of the reasons supporting the appeal.
  6. The secretary must complete an investigation of the complaint and resolve the appeal within 120 days after receipt of the appeal.