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District, IU aid St. Joe’s students

September 24, 2010
A teacher serving at St. Joseph’s School will perform additional instructional time due to an agreement between the Warren County School District and the Tri-County Intermediate Unit. During a recent meeting of the district Board of Directors, members voted unanimously to approve the agreement. The item passed under the consent agenda. At a previous meeting of the Curriculum, Instruction and Technology Committee, Director of State and Federal Programs Rosemarie Green said officials at St. Joseph’s School also agreed to the move. Committee Member Paul Yourchisin said the plan makes perfect logical and financial sense. According to a letter of agreement, the term began Sept. 13 and concludes on June 30. The agreement outlines a request from the district for the unit to provide reading and math instructional services at the school. “Such services will be secular, neutral, and non-ideological,” the agreement states. The district and unit will pool Title I funds for the endeavor, according to the agreement. The agreement stated services will aid eligible students residing in participating public St. Joseph’s School attendance areas regardless of the amount of funds generated by the number of children from low-income families attending the school. According to a chart included in the agreement, five low-income students from the district currently attend the school. For each one, the agreement states the district will pay the unit $956.80 for a total of $4784. The U.S. Department of Education website states Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 has a purpose of ensuring fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education. According to the website, closing the achievement gap between disadvantaged children and their more advantaged peers serves as one way to accomplish this purpose.


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