Title I Funding

Do you have questions?
Prepared by: Michelle Gosh, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Instruction & Assessment

Does our free/reduced lunch rate influence the amount of Title I funding that we receive?
No. The free/reduced lunch rate, while reported to the New York State Education Department, does not factor into the amount of Title I funding that we receive. Instead, Federal Census Poverty Data is used to determine our Title I funds. Up until this point, we were unaware of this fact. This funding is based on data from two years prior.

  • http://www.nysed.gov/essa/title-i-program-overview
  • Verified via phone and email communication with the NYSED Title I & Community Services Office on April 16, 2018.
  • Verified with a representative from the Poverty Statistics Area of the US Census Bureau in an April 19, 2018 phone conversation.
If our free/reduced lunch rate does not influence the amount of Title I funding that we receive, what is it used for in regards to Title I?
The free/reduced lunch rate is used locally (within the district) when deciding how to allocate the funds. In the case of the 2017-18 school year, the highest percentage of students who received free/reduced lunch are at JFK Elementary School (41%) and CVS Intermediate School (35%). As a result, we designated those two schools as school-wide programs, allowing for these funds to be used for all students and teachers in grade K-5.

  • Verified via phone with the NYSED Title I School & Community Services Office on April 16, 2018.
Is Brewster a 'Title I District'?
No, Brewster is not designated as a ‘Title I District’. The NYS Title I & Community Services office has told us that no such designation exists.

  • Verified via phone with the NYSED Title I School & Community Services Office on April 13, 2018.
  • Letter from NYSED
How many districts receive Title I funding?
Over 99% of districts across New York State receive Title I funding. Those that do not receive funding have more to do with size than wealth or poverty. Only 13 of 962 public and charter districts/LEA’s do not receive Title I funds. Two of the 13 are public districts, and both are very small.

  • Email correspondence with NYSED Title I School & Community Services on April 18, 2018
  • Letter from NYSED
Why does the Federal Census Poverty Rate (FCPR) not match the Free/Reduced Lunch Rate?

This is because these are two different ways of measuring poverty with two different ‘caps’. The FCPR is for any household that is less than 100% of the poverty rate. Under federal guidelines, households with income up to 130% of the poverty rate can qualify for free lunch, and households up to 185% can qualify for reduced lunch. The federal poverty threshold can be found here.



What is the difference between targeted assistance or school-wide program?
If a district (or Lead Education Agency- LEA) receives Title I funding, which over 99% of districts do, the district needs to either choose ‘targeted assistance’ or ‘school-wide program’ when explaining to NYSED how they plan to use the funds. A main difference between the two is how the funds can be used. This document explains more. We have chosen the school-wide program at JFK & CVS for the 2017-18 school year.
Is it new that we are receiving Title I funding?
No, we have been receiving Title I funds for many years. In fact, in the 2007-08 & 2008-09 school year we received as a LEA $450,000 each year. We received over $350,000 in Title I as a LEA for the 2017-18 school year. The two private schools in our boundaries, Green Chimneys and Longview, receive a portion of these funds based upon a formula determined by NYSED. Additionally, BCSD residents who attend private schools outside of our boundaries who qualify for free/reduced lunch also receive some of these funds.
What do we spend our Title I money on?
Most of our Title I funds are spent on professional salaries, namely .5 of four reading teachers who service students at JFK & CVS.

A question came up at one of our Board meetings about Per Pupil Expenditures (PPE).
Here is a link that summarizes the PPE for Putnam County and other local schools.

All Brewster Schools will be opening on time on Monday May 21, 2018. However, there are some changes to transportation routes and stops due to road closures. We appreciate your patience during this extended storm cleanup.
Bus Route Changes

Todas las escuelas de Brewster abrirán a tiempo mañana. Sin embargo, hay algunos cambios en las rutas de transporte y paradas debido a los cierres de carreteras. Agradecemos su paciencia durante esta limpieza prolongada de tormentas.

Cambios en la ruta del autobús