I-SS School Board approves Title I plan for 2019-2020
BY KARISSA MILLER
The Iredell-Statesville Board of Education approved the district’s approximately $4.4 million Title I plan for the 2019-2020 school year.
Title I funds provide targeted financial assistance to schools to supplement the needs of disadvantaged children.
The 2019-2020 Title I budget is $4,441,723, an increase of $156, 203 from the 2018-2019 Title I budget.
Jonathan Ribbeck, director of Title I for I-SS, said Shepherd Elementary will no longer be served as a Title I school. This is due to the decrease in free and reduced lunch student population, he explained.
The district’s 2019-2020 Title I plan calls for hiring 39 teachers and 37.5 teacher-assistants to work at 11 schools.
The I-SS schools that qualify for Title I aid are Celeste Henkel Elementary, NB Mills Elementary, Cloverleaf Elementary, Scotts Elementary, Cool Spring Elementary, Sharon Elementary, East Iredell Elementary, Third Creek Elementary, Harmony Elementary, Troutman Elementary, Monticello School and Union Grove Elementary.
Title I funds are designed to ensure students, particularly those who are low-achieving, demonstrate proficient and advanced levels of achievement.
In other business, the board voted to adopt a records retention schedule for managing school district records.
According to Chief Finance Officer Melissa Wike, who presented the recommendation, this is a state requirement of all local governments, including local education agencies.
She explained that local government must establish retention times for numerous items.
In compiling the record retention schedule, Wike explained that the district met with department heads to figure out how long records would be of use. Some items outlined in the schedule include destroying community surveys and denied grant proposals after one year.
Wike said that the district will post the schedule online sometime this week for the public to view the full list. The district’s website is www.issnc.org
The retention schedule is not the legal authority or authorization for destroying school records by the school district. For example, no record will be destroyed if it is pertinent to any current or pending litigation.
Superintendent Brady Johnson said school officials look forward to another great school year for 2019.
“We do celebrate the fact that we had a very smooth opening here in our community. It doesn’t mean that it has been a perfect opening,” Johnson said.
He shared an update on how many students have shown up for class during the Monday meeting.
“There are 20,606 children enrolled in the school system. Just because you’re enrolled doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll show up,” Johnson said.
It’s the number of children who show up in daily attendance that decide whether or not the school system will receive additional funding, he explained.
The superintendent pointed out that on the third day of school there were 168 additional students who came to school for the first time.
Also, Johnson shared highlights from the Back-to-School Bash that took place before the start of school.
He said approximately 4,000 I-SS students and parents received aid through the Back-to-School Bash events put on in Mooresville and Statesville.
“At those events, those students were given back-to-school supplies, shoes, bookbags and were prayed for by the faith-based communities,” Johnson said, stating that more than 100 churches participated this year.
Another event that took place was the district’s open houses last Monday. The superintendent thanked the members of the school board for attending so many open houses and being there the first day of school.
“Your presence was noticed and appreciated by a lot of the staff,” Johnson said.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. at Career Academy and Technical School, CATS, 350 Old Murdock Road in Troutman.