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More schools will receive Title I funds

SUWANEE — Five additional Gwinnett County schools will receive federal money this year to help provide a more equitable education to students who are considered economically disadvantaged.

Of the district’s 130 schools, 47 with high populations of students from low-income families are served through the Title I program, Associate Superintendent Dale Robbins told the school board this week. Gwinnett County Public Schools’ enrollment is about 161,000, and more than 62,000 are served in the Title I schools.

Title I schools

• Alcova Elementary

• Alford Elementary

• Anderson-Livsey Elementary

• Annistown Elementary

• Beaver Ridge Elementary

• Benefield Elementary

• Berkmar High

• Berkmar Middle

• Bethesda Elementary

• Britt Elementary

• Cedar Hill Elementary

• Centerville Elementary

• Central Gwinnett High

• Chesney Elementary

• Corley Elementary

• Ferguson Elementary

• GIVE Center East

• GIVE Center West

• Hopkins Elementary

• Jenkins Elementary

• Kanoheda Elementary

• Knight Elementary

• Lawrenceville Elementary

• Lilburn Elementary

• Lilburn Middle

• Meadowcreek Elementary

• Meadowcreek High

• Minor Elementary

• Nesbit Elementary

• Norcross Elementary

• Norcross High

• Norton Elementary

• Partee Elementary

• Peachtree Elementary

• Radloff Middle

• Richards Middle

• Rockbridge Elementary

• Rosebud Elementary

• Shiloh Elementary

• Simonton Elementary

• Snellville Middle

• Stripling Elementary

• Summerour Middle

• Sweetwater Middle

• Sycamore Elementary

• Winn Holt Elementary

Three new schools — Anderson-Livsey, Ferguson and Jenkins elementary schools — opened as Title I schools because more than 75 percent of students were eligible for the free and reduced lunch program, Robbins said.

Two existing elementary schools — Alcova and Shiloh — became Title I schools this year after conducting studies that included a data-driven needs assessment, Robbins said.

Title I money is used by schools to hire additional teachers, purchase more instructional resources, run extended learning programs such as before- or after-school or Saturday classes, provide professional learning with instructional coaching to faculty members, and fund parent resource centers and parent workshops, Robbins said.

The amount of federal money received by the school depends on its size and the number of students who will be served through the Title I program, Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said. Last year, for example, Hopkins, the largest elementary school in Gwinnett, received $11 million from the county and state and $1.4 million in federal money.

The district also receives some Title I money to address the needs of students throughout the county, particularly those who are homeless or living in children’s shelters.

Robbins said Shiloh High and South Gwinnett High will be conducting studies to determine if they will participate in the Title I program next year.