Ms. Christolyn Stephens

(334) 683-4144, ext 53003





Federal Programs

The Federal Programs Department is responsible for the administration and monitoring of various Federal and State funded programs and grants. The funding, in most cases, is provided to the LEA (local education agency) to supplement those activities and programs already in place within the Perry County School District. The purpose of Federal Funds are to provide supplemental assistance and enhancement to schools and school district, such that programs can be developed and implemented that promote academic achievement.

Every Student Succeeds Act

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides provisions that will help to ensure success for students and schools.

  • Advances equity by upholding critical protections for America's disadvantaged and high-need students.

  • Requires that all students in America be taught to high academic standards that will prepare them to succeed in college and careers.

  • Ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through annual statewide assessments that measure students' progress toward those high standards.

  • Helps to support and grow local innovations—including evidence-based and place-based interventions developed by local leaders and educators.

  • Sustains and expands this administration's historic investmeParental Involvement Plannts in increasing access to high-quality preschool.

  • Maintains an expectation that there will be accountability and action to effect positive change in our lowest-performing schools, where groups of students are not making progress, and where graduation rates are low over extended periods of time.

Programs Managed by Federal Programs

Title I, Part A School Wide

Title I provides Reading and/or Math Instruction for students identified at the local school. A Title I school must have at least 40% of its student population qualify for free or reduced lunch. Services can be delivered in a variety of ways: pull out, in class, or early intervention. Title I funds, along with other Federal, State, and local funds, can be used to operate a "School-wide program" to upgrade the instructional program for the whole school. Programs must use instructional strategies based on evidence based research and implement parental involvement activities. Professional Development is a major part of the Title I Program. We work closely with schools to determine their professional development needs and to locate funding for those identified needs.

Title II-A, Supporting Effective Instruction

Title II is a federally funded teacher/staff development and class size reduction program. It began with an emphasis on Math and Science, but has expanded to include other discipline areas. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) staff development paid for from these funds must be evidenced based, long term, and longer than one day workshops. The main purpose of Title II staff development is to strengthen teachers in the core academic areas.

Title III, English Learners

Title III is a portion of funding for the English Language Program. The goal of the program is to help each student make yearly progress on standardized evaluations and reach the highest possible levels of English language and academic proficiency in the shortest time possible.

Title IV, Part A-Support and Academic Enrichment

Funds under this program are used to provide supplemental services/support for direct services, professional development, salaries, and materials/supplies. 

Title V-B, Rural and Low-Income

Title V is used to supplement services that are already provided with the previously mentioned federal funds. The addition of these funds aid the efforts by providing a greater opportunity to enhance existing services and broaden the outreach to students.

Title VII, Impact Aid

Title VII provides assistance to local school districts with concentrations of children residing on Indian lands, military bases, low-rent housing properties, or other Federal properties and, to a lesser extent, concentrations of children who have parents in the uniformed services or employed on eligible Federal properties who do not live on Federal property.


The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Act defines a homeless student as one who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. Perry County Schools McKinney Vento Grant funds are used to provide services to homeless children and youth to facilitate enrollment, retention, and educational success.

  • If your family lives in any of the following situations, you may be considered homeless:

    • In a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground

    • On the street

    • In an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations, or

    • Doubled up with friends or relatives because they cannot afford housing.

To find out if your child qualifies for homeless services, please speak to your school guidance counselor, or call Federal Programs at (334) 683-4144, ext. 53003.