Director of Title I Services
Heather McCurry Cox

Title I began in 1965 as a part of The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Title I funds provide additional educational opportunities for students needing extra academic support in order to succeed. In 2001, Congress amended ESEA and reauthorized it as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of which Title I remained a part. The No Child Left Behind Act ( NCLB 2001) continued funding academic support opportunities for students and established school and district-level sub-group reading and math academic “targets.” Beginning in 2011, states could apply for NCLB flexibility waivers by creating state-developed plans to prepare all students for college and career, to focus aid on the neediest students, and to support effective teaching and leadership. On May 30, 2012, North Carolina’s flexibility request was approved. The approved flexibility request, allows schools in North Carolina to be measured against annual measurable objectives (AMOs) rather than the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets established under No Child Left Behind. 

Under the approved flexibility request, Title I School Designations are Focus Schools (an elementary or middle school that is contributing to the achievement gap in the state), Priority Schools (a school that has been identified as among the lowest-performing schools in the state), or Reward School (high-performing school without significant achievement gaps across subgroups; or a high progress school). Based on test data from the 11 – 12 school year, East Yancey Middle School, Cane River Middle School, and Micaville Elementary School achieved Reward School – Highest Performing designation. In addition, East Yancey Middle School achieved honors among the top ten percent of all Reward Schools in the state. At the present time, Yancey County Schools does not have any schools designated as Priority (low-performing) or Focus (contributing to state’s achievement gap) Schools. 

Yancey County has eight Title I Schoolwide Schools – Bald Creek Elementary, Bee Log Elementary, Burnsville Elementary, Clearmont Elementary, Micaville Elementary, South Toe Elementary, Cane River Middle School, and East Yancey Middle Schools. A Title I Schoolwide school is a school where at least forty percent of students receive free or reduced price lunch. For additional Title I information, see the NC Department of Public Instruction's Federal Programs site

Notification to Parents of Teacher Qualifications

The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires school districts to notify parents/legal guardians of children attending Title I schools of their right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers and paraprofessionals who instruct their child.  All K – 8 schools in Yancey County are Title I schools. 


Yancey County Schools will provide you with this information in a timely manner if you request it.  Specifically, you have the right to request the following information about each of your child’s core academic-subject teachers/paraprofessionals:

·         Whether the teacher meets the state qualifications and licensing criteria for the grades and core academic subjects he/she teaches.

·         Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency status because of special circumstances.

·         The teacher’s college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.

·         Whether paraprofessionals/teacher assistants provide services to your child and, if so, their qualifications.


In addition, the law requires that all schools that receive Title I funds provide notification to every parent in the school whose child is being taught for four or more weeks by a teacher who is not “Highly Qualified”. Yancey County Schools is committed to providing quality instruction for all students.


If you would like to receive any of the information listed above for your child’s teacher/paraprofessional, please contact your child’s school to request forms.  Please return completed forms to your child’s schoolCarla McMahan, Yancey County Schools Human Resources Director, maintains these records for Yancey County Schools and responds to parent requests received from schools