Federal Programs

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Federal Programs is to provide support to the Vicksburg Warren School District (VWSD) in improving the academic success of students and in enhancing the professional growth of the staff.

General Information

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides funding to state educational agencies to meet the academic needs of eligible students residing within the state. The Mississippi Department of Education is the recipient of most ESEA funds allocated to the State. The VWSD is a subrecipient of three grants funded through ESEA--Title I, Title II and Title VI. These funds are managed through the Office of Federal Programs.

The Office of Federal Programs primary responsibilities are to:

    - Serve as liaison between the district and the Mississippi Department of Education,
    - Assist the district and schools with interpreting and carrying forth provisions of federal regulations,
    - Monitor procedures utilized in conducting annual needs assessments and planning and implementing programs designed for school improvement,
    - Provide assistance in developing and implementing the school’s federal programs, and
    - Provide guidance in fiscal management.

Title I

Title I is the largest federal funding source to local educational agencies under ESEA. It is designed 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 standards and state academic assessments. The Title I mission is to ensure that each child successfully meets or exceeds Mississippi's proficient and advanced levels of student performance and meets or exceeds expectations on local, state, and national assessments.

Performance Goals of the Title I program are to:

    - Ensure that high-quality academic assessments, accountability systems, and teacher preparation are aligned with challenging State academic standards so that students, teachers, parents, and administrators can measure progress against common expectations for student academic achievement.
    - Meet the educational needs of any student at risk of failing in school wide programs, limited English proficient children, migratory children, children with disabilities, and neglected or delinquent children.
    - Significantly elevate the quality of instruction by providing staff in participating schools with substantial opportunities for professional development.
    - Ensure that all students will be educated in learning environments that are safe, drug free, and conducive to learning.
    - Afford all students the opportunity to graduate from high school.
    - Present parents with substantial and meaningful opportunities to participate in the education of their children.

Title I schools in Vicksburg Warren School District operate a schoolwide program. The district has nine Title I schools:

Title I Schools:
Beechwood
Bovina
Dana Road
Redwood
Sherman Avenue
South Park
Warrenton
Vicksburg Intermediate
Warren Central Intermediate

 

Title I funds in VWSD provide:
    - Lead teachers
    - Paraprofessionals
    - Opportunities for professional development for school staff
    - Additional learning time for Title I students
    - Supplemental teaching / classroom materials and programs
    - Opportunities to update classroom technology through the purchase of computers, iPads, and Smartboards
        - Districtwide Pre-K program
        - Assistance to students experiencing transitional or inappropriate housing as defined by Title X
        - Supplement all programs for English Language Learners


Parent Involvement

Parental Involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities. The Vicksburg Warren School District will implement the following requirements relating to parental involvement:

General Guidelines for Title I Parental Involvement Policy

Ref: Board Policy KCC

-    The District working jointly with parents developed the following policy, which outlines programs, activities, and procedures for parental involvement to be implemented in all of the District’s school with Title I, Part A programs. The programs, activities, and procedures developed under this policy will be consistent with Section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Parents shall be informed of this policy and given an opportunity to review the policy annually.

-    Each school participating in Title I, Part A programs will provide a written school-parent compact outlining the parents’ and school’s roles in the academic success of the child consistent with section 1118 of ESEA.
    The District and its schools will provide, to the extent practical, full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, parent with disabilities, and parents of migratory children, including providing information and school reports required under section 1111 of ESEA in an understandable and uniform format, and to the extent practical, in a language parents understand.

-    If the District’s plan for Title I, Part A programs is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the parents should submit concerns in writing to the district level Federal Programs Office. The local Federal Program Office willmake every effort to resolve concerns.

-    Non-satisfactory written parental concerns from parents of participating children that are not resolved within a reasonable timeframe shall be forwarded to the Mississippi Department of Education /Office of Innovative Support, P.O. Box 771, Jackson, Mississippi 39205.

-    The District will reserve and utilize yearly not less than one percent (1%) of its total allocation of Title 1, Part A for parental involvement activities. Not less than ninety-five (95%) of the one percent reserved funds shall be used at Title I school sites.

-    The District will inform parents of school and parent resources and/or community agencies that can provide additional needed services for Title I students.

Title I Pre-Kindergarten Program

The Vicksburg Warren School District operates a district level Title I pre-school program. The mission of the program is to prepare eligible children with the prerequisite skills and capability for learning that will enable them to benefit from later school experiences. Eligibility is based on the residence within the school district attendance zone, greatest academic needs and socio-economic.  Registration is held during the months of February and March.

The district has four pre-k classes. Two classes are located in the each attendance zone, north and south zone. Each pre- class has twenty (20) four-year old, a highly-qualified teacher, and a teacher assistant.

Participating Sites:
    - Dana Road Elementary
    - Sherman Avenue

Children and Youth in Transition
Children and youth in transition means children and youth who are otherwise legally entitled to

or eligible for a free public education, including preschool, and who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including:

    - Student who does not live with a parent or guardian
    - Living with or sharing a house with a friend, relative or someone else due to loss of housing because of economic hardship, or similar reason (sometimes referred to as doubled up);
    - Living in a hotel or motel, abandoned buildings, public places, inadequate trailer home or trailer park or camping grounds or substandard housing due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations;
    - Living in an emergency or transitional shelter or a domestic violence shelter;
    - Abandoned in a hospital;
    - Awaiting foster care;
    - Living in a run-away or homeless youth shelter.

Children and Youth In Transition Have the Right to:

    - Stay in their school of origin; which is the school attended when last permanently housed or the school in which the student was last enrolled.
    - Enroll in any school which non-homeless students living in the attendance area are eligible to attend.
    - Enroll in a new school without immunization, proof of residential status, school records, proof of guardianship or other documents.
    - Receive services (including transportation, preschool, meal, special education) comparable to those provided to other students
    - Have their enrollment disputes expeditiously addressed by the homeless district liaison and have the right to attend their school during the dispute resolution process.

English Language Learners (ELL)
The purpose of the VWSD ELL program is to help ensure that children, who are limited English speakers, attain English proficiency and achieve state standards in all academic subjects.

The instructional educational program in the Vicksburg Warren School District is modeled after the following research based programs:

-    English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

This program is designed to teach English Language Learners (ELL) students English language skills, which will include listening, speaking, content vocabulary, and cultural orientation. ESL instruction is in English and, to the extent possible, the students’ native language.

-    Pull-out Program

This program model enables a paraprofessional or a tutor to provide students with small group instruction or individual work outside the classroom. In addition, a paraprofessional or tutor may serve students in a small group within the regular classroom setting. All instructional activities take place at the student’s home school.

Title II

Title II funds are used to increase the academic achievement of students by improving the quality of the overall educational staff by providing districtwide, school-based and individual professional development.

Title II funds in VWSD provide:

    - Professional development for staff
    - Instructional coaches
    - Materials for professional development

Title VI

The Title VI provides financial assistance to rural districts to assist them in meeting their state's definition of annual measureable objectives. Under the RLIS program, the US Department of Education awards funds by formula to SEAs, which in turn make subgrants to LEAs.

Title VI funds in VWSD are used to provide:

    - Tutoring for students
    - Supplemental classroom materials and programs
    - Motivational speakers
    - Opportunities to update classroom technology through the purchase of computers, iPads, and Smartboards

Contact Information

Office of Federal Programs
Dr. Laura Prather, Director
1500 Mission 66
Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180
Phone: 601-631-2875
Fax: 601-638-5116
Email: lprather@vwsd.org