Federal Programs

Dr. Crystal Martin, Assistant to the Superintendent


Lindsay Blake, District Grant Writer

What is Federal Programs?

The Department of Federal Programs is in charge of overseeing compliance with Federal and State regulations when it comes to grant funding.

Responsibilities of the Department of Federal Programs include:   

  • Provide support to district and school staff to ensure compliance with programmatic and fiscal requirements required by federal and state law.

  • Offer assistance to schools in using all government or other grant related funds to support quality educational programming for all students in order to raise academic achievement

  • Work with federal, state, and local agencies on programming or grant efforts to benefit students and families within CBSD.

Parent Involvement

School Parent Compact

Parents/Guardians will be asked by the building principals to review the compact each year. The compact is an agreement between the parents, students, and school to help ensure each child's academic success. This acknowledges a shared commitment that all involved are going to work together to improve learning. This compact is required by Federal Title I guidelines.

How can Parents/Guardians Get Involved in Their Child's Education?

By taking an active role in our school, parents show their children that they are valued and that education is important. Below are a variety of way s that you can be involved in the education of your child:

  • Read to and with your child daily

  • Attend open houses, PTP (Parent Teacher Partnership) meetings and parent involvement activities

  • Attend parent/teacher conferences

  • Join the school PTP and be an actively involved member

  • Volunteer in your child's classroom

  • Communicate regularly with your child's teacher

Title I Funding

The Columbia Borough School District continuously participates in Title I.

Title I is the nation's largest federal funding program, through which school districts receive funding to provide supplemental instruction for students based upon academic need. The goal is to increase performance and academic achievement in the areas of languages arts and/or mathematics. Schools are identified as Title I based on the economic level of the families who attend. The number of free and reduced lunches served also qualifies a school for Title I funding.

Purpose of Title I Funding:

  • Help every child receive a high quality education

  • Build capacity for parent involvement

  • Provide professional development for building staff

Title I and CBSD

  1. CBSD has three Schoolwide Title I buildings, Park Elementary, Columbia Middle School Taylor Campus, and the Columbia High/Middle School Hill Campus

  2. The District is eligible for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allowing all students to receive free breakfast and lunch.

  3. Columbia Borough School District uses Title I funds to provide an additional 10% of literacy support in grades K-12. All teachers in CBSD are expected to be teachers of literacy.

  4. CBSD Future Ready Index can be found here. Data is updated regularly by the State.

Additional Title Funding

In addition to Title I funding, each year the District is allocated funding through Titles, II, III and IV

  • Title II, Part A: Supporting Effective Instruction

  • Title III: Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students

  • Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants