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Sequoia next target for Title I funds to improve test scores
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French Camp School has experienced a remarkable turnaround in the short time it has been receiving all of Manteca Unified’s Title I funding.

Fresh off celebrating its exit from program improvement as established under the federal mandate, No Child Left Behind, the rural site will soon share these Part A funds with Sequoia School.

Trustees unanimously voted last Tuesday to allocate Title I funds to the two schools for 2010-11.

French Camp was entitled to $2.6 million this past year and – based on the same amount carryover coupled with subtracting similar mandated and allowable reservations – could get about $1.5 million.

Sequoia would also get the same amount.

 “It would have been a detriment to French Camp by taking away all of its (Title 1) resources,” Superintendent Jason Messer said.

French Camp, in exiting from program improvement, was among the 1 percent – or 10 out of 903 – of the California schools in “year five” status to successfully meet the state Department of Education criteria for this year.

Now the school has a goal for all students to be proficient in Math and English / Language Arts.

According to Messer, French Camp could still maintain a level of funding to not only protect the core components of its program but also implement similar-type elements at Sequoia.

In addition, both schools could use supplemental money from the likes of Economic Impact Aid and the English Language Acquisition Program to help fund additional programs to assist English learners and underachieving students.

Trustee Vern Gebhardt would like to see the distribution of Title I expanded in the coming years.

“French Camp was given opportunities,” he said. “It would only be fair to do the same for other schools.”

Lathrop School would be next in line.

While French Camp and Sequoia both have poverty rates at or above 75 percent, Lathrop, at 73.7 percent, would use these funds to target at-risk students. The two other sites, in turn, would have to make do with fewer programs.

Title I is designed to help students achieve proficiency on the challenging state academic achievement standards.

At French Camp, the plan included certified staff to sign assurances, work additional days and receive extensive training.

An afterschool intervention program and full-day kindergarten classes were both implemented.

The AVID program was added along with a part-time program coordinator, a counselor, and an academic coach.

A parent center was created with two parents serving as liaisons and parent involvement encouraged.
Paraprofessionals were brought in to provide primary language support to non-English speaking students.

French Camp, in turn, met its Adequate Yearly Progress for the past two years while climbing up to 782 in the Academic Performance Index. The statewide target for all public schools is 800.