Half of Kingsport schools qualify for Title 1 funding

Rick Wagner • May 12, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Six of 12 Kingsport school facilities qualify for Title 1 federal funding by having 40 percent or more of students receiving free or reduced-price lunches, according to data the school system is sending to the federal government. The city’s new John Adams Elementary School, which opens this fall, narrowly missed making this list with a projected Title 1 population of just less than 40 percent. Systemwide, the Title 1 population is 43.75 percent — or 2,965 of 6,777 students — according to data the Kingsport Board of Education reviewed at its May 7 meeting. Based on April 2009 information, Roosevelt Elementary leads the elementary schools group with 73.35 percent of its students qualified for free or reducedprice lunch. Next in line was Jackson Elementary with 70.83 percent, Kennedy Elementary with 68.9 percent, Lincoln Elementary with 67.92 percent, and Johnson Elementary with 46.29 percent. Ed Abbott, director of federal projects for the system, said the Adams projections are based on the best available information, and Johnson’s Title 1 population has increased, as has the general free and reduced-price population, which once was about 42 percent systemwide. Among elementary schools not identified as Title 1, Adams is listed at 39.58 percent, followed by Jefferson Elementary at 33.78 percent and Washington Elementary at 26.99 percent. At the middle school level, Sevier Middle is a Title 1 school at 46.89 percent, while Robinson Middle is at 35.42 percent. Dobyns-Bennett High School, with 1,860 students, is listed at 31.29 percent. The Palmer Center, a preschool or child development center, is listed at 37.21 percent. Being designated Title 1 allows schools to receive federal funding for special programs, including federal stimulus money.

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