Title Funds

AOS 96


291 Court Street * Machias * ME * 04654 * 207-255-6585

Scott K. Porter, Superintendent of Schools

       Mary Maker, Director of Special Services                Mitchell Look, ESEA Coordinator/Curriculum Coordinator 

*Cutler * East Machias * Jonesboro * Machias * Machiasport * Marshfield * Northfield * Roque Bluffs * Wesley * Whiting * Whitneyville


The Whiting School Department accepts funding through the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) of 1965. As part of ESEA, The Whiting Village Elementary School is required to provide reasonable opportunity for public comment on the Consolidated application and consider such comment prior to the submission of the application. The Whiting School Department is accepting public comment on the 2023-24 application through July 31st, 2023. 

Below are the title IA, IIA, IVA, and VA application projects that will comprise the final application posted to the Whiting Village Elementary School web site for a one week period from July 24-July 28, 2023. If you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please email Mitchell Look, ESEA Coordinator at mlookaos96@gmail.com

Whiting received a total of $43,127.00 of federal funds in the following categories:

Title I=   $18,616.34

Title II=  $3,758.85

Title IV= $10,000.00

Title V=     $10,751.81

Title I used for Title staff salary and benefits

Title II money is used for professional development, teacher evaluation system, materials and supplies for professional development, stipends for leadership team members, speakers, and title I coordinator

Title IV money used for 

Title V money used for 

Your name ____________________________________

Your email ____________________________________

Title I project feedback

Title II project feedback 

Title IV project feedback

Title V project feedback 

State Testing Message

“The AOS 96 School District utilizes all assessment data to help inform our practices at the district, school, classroom and individual levels for our students.  Although we encourage students and parents to participate fully in our assessment program, it is important to note that parents/guardians may opt their child out of state testing.  If you are interested in doing so, please reach out to your child’s principal to make this request in writing.”

Teacher Qualifications 

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s): 

As a parent/guardian of a student in AOS 96 you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. 

Federal law through the No Child Left Behind legislation allows you to ask for certain information about your child’s classroom teachers and requires the school district to provide this information in a timely manner if you ask for it. Specifically, you have the right to request the following information about each of your child’s classroom teachers: 


The Board endorses the parent involvement goals of Title I and encourages the regular participation by parents/guardians in all aspects of the school system’s Title I programs.

For the purpose of this policy, “parents/guardians” includes other family members involved in supervising the child’s schooling.


In compliance with federal law, the school unit will develop jointly with, agree on with, and distribute to parents of children participating in the school system’s Title I programs a written district-level parent involvement policy.

Annually, parents/guardians will have opportunities to participate in the evaluation of the content and effectiveness of the school unit’s parent involvement policy and in using the findings of the evaluation to design strategies for more effective parent involvement and to make revisions to the policy.


As required by law, each school in the school unit that receives Title I funds shall jointly develop with parents/guardians of children served in the program a school parent/guardian involvement policy, including “School-Parent Compact” outlining the manner in which parents, school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement in meeting State standards.  The school policy will be distributed to parents/guardians of children participating in the school’s Title I programs.

The “School-Parent Compact” shall:

A. Describe the school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment enabling children in the Title I program to meet the State’s academic achievement standards;

B. Indicate the ways in which parents will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework completion, monitoring television watching, volunteering in the classroom, 


and participating, as appropriate, in decisions related to their children’s education and positive use of extra-curricular time; and

C. Address the importance of parent-teacher communication on an ongoing basis, with, at a minimum, parent-teacher conferences, frequent reports to parents, and reasonable access to staff.


Each school receiving Title I funds shall convene an annual meeting to which all parents/guardians of eligible children shall be invited to inform them about the school’s participation in Title I and to involve them in the planning, review, and improvement of the school’s Title I programs and the parent involvement policy.

In addition to the required annual meeting, at least one other meeting shall be held at various times of the day and/or evenings for parents/guardians of students participating in Title I programs.

These meetings shall be used to provide parents with:

A. Information about programs the school provides under Title I;

B. A description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency level students are expected to meet;

C. Opportunities to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children; and 

D. The opportunity to submit comments to the district level if they are dissatisfied with the school-wide Title I program.

Title I funding, if sufficient, may be used to facilitate parent/guardian attendance at meetings through the payment of transportation and childcare costs.


Parents/guardians of children identified for participation in a Title I program shall receive from the building principal and Title I staff an explanation of the reasons supporting their child’s selection, a set of objectives to be addressed, and a description of the services to be provided.  Parents will receive regular reports on their child’s progress and be provided opportunities to meet with the classroom and Title I teachers.  Parents will also receive training, materials, and suggestions as to how they can assist in the education of their children at home.  


The Superintendent/designee shall be responsible for ensuring that the school unit’s Title I plan, programs, and parent involvement policies comply with applicable law and regulations and for developing administrative procedures, as needed, to implement this policy.

Legal References: 20 U.S.C. § 6318 


AOS 96 and the parents/guardians of the students participating in activities, services, and programs  funded by Title I Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (participating  children), agree that this compact outlines how the parents/guardians, 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.  


1. Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment  that enables the participating children to meet the state's student academic achievement standards as  follows:  

Implement scientifically based curriculum models that allow for a variety of teaching  methodologies  

Implement a variety of assessment strategies designed to provide students with multiple  avenues to demonstrate learning objectives  

Provide teachers with ample professional development opportunities to promote best classroom  practice  

2. Hold parent/guardian-teacher conferences (at least annually) during which this compact will be  discussed as it relates to the individual child's achievement.  

Parent/guardian teacher conferences will be held biennially (Fall and Spring) at the elementary  level.  

For parents/guardians not able to make parent/guardian teacher conferences, Title 1 staff will  make other arrangements to meet or communicate with Title 1 parents/guardians. Student led conferences will be held annually at the high school level. 

Additional parent/teacher conferences may be scheduled independently on an as needed basis.  

3. Provide parents/guardians with frequent reports on their children's progress. Specifically, the school  will provide reports as follows:  

Notification of student progress in Title 1 a minimum of twice a year, using a variety of media  (i.e. written, electronic, phone, conference)  

Notification of student progress upon request from the parent/guardian  

Access to student progress electronically, via secure password if the capacity exists to send and  receive such information 

AOS #96 ESSA TITLE 1 SCHOOL PARENT/GUARDIAN COMPACT, continue  4. Provide parents/guardians reasonable access to staff.  

Staff will be available for consultation with parents/guardians by appointment, such  consultation may take place in person, via phone, or through electronic communication.  Parent/Guardian’ Responsibilities: 

We, as parents/guardians, will support our children's learning in the following ways:  

Monitor attendance  

Make sure that homework is completed  

Encourage less than 2 hours a day of non-academic screen time 

Participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my children's education  Stay informed about my child's education and communicating with the school by promptly  reading all notices from the school district either received by my child or by mail and  responding, as appropriate  

Encourage your child(ren) to attend after school academic support programs, if available.  Student Responsibilities: 

We, as students, will take ownership of our learning in the following ways:  

Come to class prepared (book, writing utensil, notebook, etc)  

Be polite and respectful of all members of the school community  

Demonstrate a positive attitude