Federal Programs

Title I

Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.

Title II

The purpose of the program is to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality. This program is carried out by: increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms, increasing the number of highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools, and increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.

Title IV

The purpose of Title IV.A is to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of states, LEAs, schools and local communities to: provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, improve school conditions for student learning, and improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students.

Thank you for your interest in how Federal Programs are being implemented to improve our school and ultimately, the success of our students.  If you have any questions or ideas, or concerns, please feel free to contact: Mrs. Rachelle Jennings, Federal Programs Coordinator.

Title IX

The District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates and is required by Title IX not to discriminate in such a manner.  The requirement not to discriminate in the education program or activity extends to admissions and employment.  Inquiries about the application of Title IX to the District may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education, or both.

Schoolwide Program Plans

Joel E. Barber School District utilizes a schoolwide program through Title I to provide services to our students and staff.  A schoolwide program uses its Title allocation to upgrade the entire educational program of the school in order to raise academic achievement for ALL students at the school.  No longer are students or teachers labeled “Title I,” but instead all students and all the teachers at the school use Title I dollars to improve the school’s entire academic program.

Federal Programs Parental Involvement

The Joel E. Barber School District recognizes that when schools work together with families to support learning, children are inclined to succeed not just in school, but throughout life. It is the school’s intent to establish a partnership that will increase parental involvement and participation in promoting the social, emotional and academic growth of children.

Joel E. Barber asks parents to be involved in the following ways:

  • Review and provide input on the development of the Title I Plans
  • Conduct an annual review of the Title I Parental Involvement Policies
  • Conduct an annual review of the Title I Program
  • Participate in Parental Involvement Activities/Nights (including)
  • Open House/Title I Annual Meeting
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Other scheduled events & communication


The district will use the evaluation findings in designing strategies for school improvement and in revising parental involvement policies and procedures at district and building levels. If you are interested in serving on committees or teams please contact the school’s Federal Programs Director.

Federal Programs Documents

Public Notice

Parents Right to Know

Our district is required to inform you of information that you, according to the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-95), have the right to know.

Upon request, the district is required to provide, in a timely manner, the following information:

  • Whether a student’s teacher has met the State qualification licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
  • Whether a student’s teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived. 
  • Whether a student’s teacher is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher. 
  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.

In addition to information parents may request, a building receiving Title I.A funds must provide to each individual parent:

  • Information on the level of achievement and academic growth of the student, if applicable and available, on each of the state academic assessments required under Title I.A.
  • Timely notice that a student has been assigned to, or has been taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who has not met applicable state certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned. 

Public Notice

School, Parent, and Family Engagement Policy

The Laclede County C-5 School District receives Title 1, Part A funds and in accordance with that program, develops a family engagement policy with parents. This policy establishes expectations and objectives for meaningful parent engagement activities within the district. 

The Laclede County C-5 School District agrees to provide activities to strengthen academic achievement, engage families, and provide opportunities for families of all backgrounds to participate. The Laclede County C-5 School District will provide information in understandable and uniform formats; including alternate formats upon request, to the extent possible. The Laclede County C-5 School District will provide opportunities for parent feedback, and will use such feedback to develop engagement strategies in the future. 

Parent engagement means the regular, two-way, and meaningful communication between parents and school, and involving student academic learning and activities, will ensure that families are able to play an integral role in their child’s learning. These engagement opportunities will provide opportunities for parents to become full partners in their child’s education and decision making. 

The Laclede County C-5 School District will provide an annual review meeting to discuss and plan engagement policies, Local Education Agency (LEA) plans, and gather feedback about the program.

School-Home compacts, complaint procedures, and the School, Parent, and Family Engagement Policy will be distributed annually in the student handbook, or can be obtained by contacting Federal Programs Director, Dr. Rachelle Jennings at 417-532-4837. 

Joel E. Barber School-Home Compact for Title 1 Services

The School-Home Compact is sent home for parent and student review and signatures at the beginning of the year.

As a school, staff at will —

  • convene an annual meeting to explain the Title I program to parents and inform them of their right to be involved in the program.
  • involve parents in an organized, ongoing, and timely way in planning, reviewing, and improving Joel E. Barber’s Title 1 program.
  • provide timely information about our Title I program to parents, describe the curricula, the student assessments, and proficiency levels students are expected to meet, provide opportunities for regular meetings and respond promptly to parent suggestions.
  • participate in professional development opportunities that improve teaching and learning and support the formation of partnerships with families and the community.
  • endeavor to make school an accessible and welcoming place for students and their families. 
  • provide a positive environment in which all students are capable of success… no exceptions
  • model appropriate dress, language, and behavior.

As a student, I will —

  • attend school regularly and be on time.
  • complete and return homework assignments.
  • work to the best of my ability.
  • demonstrate a positive attitude toward opportunities and experiences provided by the school and teachers.
  • help create a positive environment by practicing respect, accepting responsibility, working together, and following the rules for safety.
  • study and read every day after school.

As a parent/guardian, I will —

  • ensure my child’s regular attendance and prompt arrival.
  • check my child’s backpack and folders for important information.
  • establish a time for homework and review it regularly.
  • follow and support school policies.
  • communicate regularly with my child and the school.
  • respect the school staff, students, and other families.

On-going opportunities for meaningful communications are provided through —

  • e-mail
  • phone calls
  • conferences and meetings
  • website

(Parent Signature) (Date)

By signing the student handbook agreement page, you agree that your child may receive intervention services as necessary throughout the school year. Parents will be notified by letter when their child has been receiving services from a Title 1 teacher.

Schoolwide Title 1 Plan

What is Title 1?

Title 1 is a federal program that is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, (ESEA). Title 1 provides financial assistance to states and school districts to meet the needs of educationally at-risk students. The goal of Title 1 is to provide extra instructional services to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.

What is the Purpose of Title 1 Schools?

It provides extra help for struggling students.  Children living in a Title 1 school are eligible for extra assistance regardless of family income.

What Does Title 1 Pay For?

Title 1 funds provide interventions to supplement core instruction. Title 1 funds do not replace core instruction.

Parent Involvement Policy

The policy explains how the school district or the school itself supports the important role of parents in the education of their children.

Title 1 Annual Meeting

A fall and spring meeting for parents informing them of the Title 1 plan, Title 1 requirements, and parents’ rights.

School-Parent Compact

The parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title 1 agree that in this compact it outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.

Parent Involvement in Planning

Documentation of parents input for planning Title 1 Family Nights and other activities.

School Report Cards

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education compiles an annual report card for each district and building. Parents and concerned patrons are encouraged to use this report to identify and explore important statistics about the Laclede County C5 School District. 

Parent Involvement Reports

Evidence of each parent event held where Title 1 funds are spent.