Children and Youth

Local schools receive Title I funding

Federal money provides financial assistance to local educational agencies and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards

Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.) announced that 30 school districts on the Central Coast, including schools in San Benito County have been awarded federal Title I grants totaling $28,935,678.61 for the 2017-2018 school year.

“Title I funds are the backstop to ensure all students receive an equitable education across our Central Coast schools,” said Panetta in a press relese. “I am proud to represent a diverse region that values investments in our children to foster their future success.” 

The five San Benito County schools/districts awarded Title I funding are:

  • Aromas-San Juan Unified School District: $152,391
  • Hollister Elementary School District: $928,521
  • North County Joint Union Elementary School District: $62,223
  • San Benito High School District: $506,219.66
  • Southside Elementary School District: $16,654.14

Twenty Monterey County schools and five from Santa Cruz County were also awarded Title I funding.

About Title I

Title I, Part A (Title I) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to local educational agencies and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards. Federal funds are currently allocated through four statutory formulas that are based primarily on census poverty estimates and the cost of education in each state.

Additional information on these allocations is available from the Office of State Support (OSS), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-6100. Specific inquiries may be referred to Patrick Rooney, Deputy Director, OSS, at (202) 260-0826.

Adam Breen

Adam Breen has been a San Benito County resident since 1980 and graduated from Sacred Heart School and San Benito High School before earning a bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno. A father of two sons, Adam has taught newspaper, English and yearbook at SBHS for the past decade, after six years as a magazine editor for Santa Clara University. He previously was editor of the Hollister Free Lance and content director for BenitoLink.