Title I Information

  • Title I, the largest federal education program, is the foundation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 . Title I funds are provided to schools with large numbers of economically-disadvantaged students. Based on the needs of their student subgroups, Title I schools design instructional programs and provide student services to supplement existing programs that are financed through local, state, and other federal funds.

    The purpose of these additional funds is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. Services may include implementing effective instructional practices, hiring teachers to reduce class size, purchasing materials and supplies, and hiring additional teacher assistants or other personnel.

    A school that is designated as a schoolwide Title I school has 55% or more of its student population receiving Free or Reduced Lunches. All Johnston County Schools have implemented School Wide Title I Programs. This allows for greater site-based decision making and more flexibility for use of Title I funds.

    Nineteen Johnston County schools are currently Title I schools:

    Benson Elementary Glendale-Kenly Elementary Selma Middle
    Benson Middle Meadow School Smithfield Middle
    Cooper Elementary Micro Elementary Smithfield-Selma High
    Corinth-Holders Elementary North Johnston Middle South Smithfield Elementary
    Four Oaks Elementary Pine Level Elementary
    Princeton Elementary
    West Smithfield Elementary
    Four Oaks Middle Selma Elementary Wilson's Mills Elementary

    Our school-wide programs are not only based on effective means of improving student achievement but also include strategies to support family engagement.

    Since family engagement is a key component to student academic achievement, Title I schools provide training to their staff to show them how to effectively include parents as partners in their children's education. Parents of students attending Johnston County Public Schools, especially Title I schools, are encouraged to be a vital part of the students' learning team. Schools provide materials and training to parents in how to support the child's social-emotional and academic progress.

    Parents in Title I schools also collaborate with educators to develop a written parent involvement policy that is distributed to parents and to plan and implement parent involvement strategies for the school. Through training and collaboration, parents and educators alike discover that parent involvement can take many forms and can provide a boost to the child's academic and social-emotional success.

    Although special populations such as homeless students, youth, and their families and other at-risk subgroups encounter distinctive problems that make receiving a quality education more difficult, Johnston County Public Schools are committed to providing appropriate educational services that meet these students' learning needs. The supplemental staff, materials, and effective strategies provided through Title I funding go hand-in-hand with the dedication and commitment of educators, families, and community members to move economically-disadvantaged students toward a brighter future.

    Information for Families

    Parents’ Right To Know:

    • Parents may request information about staff members' credentials. Ask your child's principal about how to do this and/or check the school's website for information.
    • Parents have a right to Know how your child's school is performing. The North Carolina School Report Card provides detailed information about our schools.
    • We believe it is important to provide parents with information about their schools. To help accomplish that goal, this site provides progress reports for each school in the Johnston County Public School System.
    • Parents have the right to request and be provided with information regarding any state or local educational agency policy regarding student participation in any assessments mandated by the state or local educational agency.
    • Johnston County Public Schools Family Engagement Policy


    For more information contact:

    Dr. Kebbler Williams
    Executive Director of Elementary Education and Title 1
    Phone: 919-934-4361 Ext. 4004 Fax: 919-934-1724

    Karen Baker
    Title I Community Engagement Specialist
    Phone: 919-912-2047 Ext. 1037 Fax: 919-934-1724