NEW ROADS — Pointe Coupee Parish School Board members asked Thursday for detailed information on federal improvement programs in place at district schools.
The request came as system administrators presented a report on the system’s federally funded improvement programs for the new school year.
Karla Jack, system federal program supervisor, outlined the implementation of Title I and Title II federal programs, as well as plans for schools operating under the U.S. Department of Education’s School Improvement Grant, or SIG, program.
Funds from Title I, also known as the No Child Left Behind program, support efforts in schools to improve the learning of children in low-income family situations, Jack said.
Based on decreased census figures, Jack said, the system is receiving $1.13 million in Title I funding, about $60,000 less than last year.
The district will see $248,700 in Title II funds this year, a drop of $40,000 from last year, Jack said. Title II funding is used to improve teacher quality through recruitment and training for “high need” districts.
Two schools — Rosenwald Elementary and Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary — are currently using about $1 million each in SIG funding to help improve test scores during the next three years, Jack said.
Public schools are required to maintain a composite test score of 75 to avoid being placed in the SIG program, Jack said. Currently, Rosenwald Elementary has a score of 69.1, while Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary has a score of 61.
Superintendent Linda D’Amico said that updated school scores would be released in October.
After hearing the report, board member James Cline asked for a list of programs implemented at each school and the status of their respective operations. “We keep hearing about these programs as ‘the next big thing’ when they start, but then hear nothing of them after,” he said. “We don’t know if they’re working.”
D’Amico replied she is currently working to implement benchmarking software to track student achievement at each school.
Board President Chad Aguillard said he felt board members and the public should be aware of all programs in place and their progress.
“I don’t want to keep a program in place that’s not effective,” he said. “If it’s not working, let’s find something else that will be.”