Introduction: Gateway School District has received federal funds in conjunction with Title IA, Title IIA, and Title IIIA for the 2013-2014 school year.
Title I was enacted to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and assessments. This can be accomplished by meeting the educational needs of low-achieving children, closing the achievement gap between high- and low- performing children, high standards for all students, enriched and accelerated instruction, decentralized decision making, improved accountability, high quality professional development, coordination and integration of services, expanded family involvement, extended learning time, and early intervention.
Improving American’s School Act of 1994, which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, mandates that an LEA [school district] may receive Title I funds only if it implements programs, activities and procedures for the involvement of parents. This improvement and implementation must follow the guidelines listed below:
1. The parent involvement activities and procedures must be planned and implemented with meaningful consultation of parents and participating children.
2. The consultation must be organized, systematic, ongoing, informative and timely in relation to decisions about this program.
3. The activities and procedures must be of sufficient size, scope and quality to give reasonable promise of substantial progress toward achieving the goals.
Gateway School District follows a “Schoolwide” model under Title I Part A: Improving the academic achievement of the disadvantaged and providing aid for pupils in high poverty schools. Individual buildings are reviewed for eligibility annually based on the level of financial need which is determined, in part, by the number of students who have been approved for Free/Reduced Lunch at the building level.
Our "schoolwide" status requires ongoing planning and program evaluation to be facilitated by building-level staff. Review and planning efforts are further supported by the participation of parent/guardian representatives and involves the consideration of all students for various interventions as deemed appropriate throughout the school year by each building's professional staff. 2013-2014 building eligibility is as follows:
2013-2014 individual plans will be posted on or about October 1st, 2013:
Dr. Cleveland Steward, Jr. Elementary- ELIGIBLE
Evergreen Elementary- ELIGIBLE
Ramsey Elementary- ELIGIBLE
University Park Elementary- INELIGIBLE
Moss Side Middle School- ELIGIBLE
Gateway Middle School- ELIGIBLE BUT NOT FUNDED
Gateway High School- INELIGIBLE
Title I buildings are required to partner annually with parents/guardians via a formal Home-School Compact that requires all partners, students, included, to express their commitment to education in writing. 2013-2014 individual Home-School Compact will be posted below on or about October 1st, 2013:
Dr. Cleveland Steward, Jr.-
Moss Side Middle School- ]
Gateway School District has been awarded $522,963.00 in Title I funding to support Reading and Math instruction for the 2013-2014 school year. The bulk of this year's funding will be applied toward Reading Specialist salaries in eligible schools at the elementary level. Additional Title I monies will be used to support online intervention programs hat may be accessed by our students 24/7.
Students who live within district boundaries BUT opt to attend non-public schools rather than one of our district schools potentially may receive Title I services, depending on their actual home address. For example, a student who would be assigned otherwise to one of our ELIGIBLE schools may be entitled to receive services through one of our local intermediate units, even if this child attends a non-public school. Final eligibility is based on that student’s particular academic needs. However, a student who would be assigned otherwise to one of our INELIGIBLE schools would not be entitled to receive services, regardless of his/his academic needs.
This year, our non-public share of Title I funds will provide academic support for targeted non-public students as follows:
Allegheny Intermediate 3 will provide remedial services for qualifying students enrolled at St. Bernadette, North American Martyrs, Universal Academy of Pittsburgh, Christ Lutheran School, Redeemer Lutheran School, Mother of Sorrows and Eden Christian Academy.
Parents/guardians should keep in mind Gateway School District remains the Local Education Agency (LEA) for the oversight of Title I funds, regardless of the student’s enrollment in a district or non-public school. As a result, Gateway School District has established and maintains a formal grievance procedure to address family concerns for all Title I public and non public participants:
Title I Complaint Resolution Policy
Right to Know
The families of all district-enrolled students K-12 must be notified annually and in writing of various rights. In accordance with this federal programs requirement, Gateway School District families will receive the following correspondence prior to the start of the 2013-2014 school year:
August 02, 2013 Right to Know Letter link below:
Right to Know
Title I Parent/Guardian Involvement Activities
2013 - 2014 :
TBD by October 1st, 2013 District-Level Annual Federal Programs Parent Mtg (TBA)
Individual Title I schools will hold additional activities throughout the school year.
Parental Involvement Policy
Gateway School District also has qualified for Title II Part A funds for the 2013-2014 school year in the amount of $132,174.00. Specifically, these funds may be used to prepare, train, and recruit “Highly Qualified” teachers and principals. For the current school year, Title II Part A funds and other funding sources will be used primarily to support the class size reduction efforts.
Gateway School District also receive Federal funding to support our, core English as a Second Language (ESL) Program through Title III. Gateway's 2013-2014 Title III award is $13,651.00. Title III funds are being used to enhance programming specific to language instruction for Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students. The bulk of these funds will be used to support alignment between ESL classroom activities and core English Language Arts instruction.
Additionally, we intend to use Title III funds to cover the costs of a six-week English literacy programs to be hosted free of charge for interested community members. It is anticipated that instructional services will be offered onsite at Gateway on selected evenings and facilitated by the Allegheny Intermediate ESL staff. More information will be forthcoming.
As per compliance guidelines, Gateway School District reaches out annually to all non-public schools that enroll students and extends an opportunity through the non-public school for English Language Learners to participate in an assessment of language skills in consideration of ESL programming. If non-public students qualify for ESL programming, they are invited to participate in programming hosted on site within the Gateway School District; however, it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to transport their student(s) to and from the ESL programming site.
For more information regarding Federal Program implementation, please contact:
Dr. Nancy Hines
Gateway School District
9000 Gateway Campus Blvd.
Monroeville, Pa. 15146
Phone (412) 373-5725
Fax (412) 858-1066
EMail Email nhines at Gateway