The Athens Review
Adhering to the expression, No Child Left Behind, meetings will be next week by Athens Independent School District to explain federal programs which send money to the district to assist underprivileged children and their families.
AISD Federal Programs Director Dr. Diana Vaughn said it is an annual event.
“Each year, we are required to have such a meeting to allow parents to voice concerns, and to express activities they want the school district to look at,” Vaughn said. “It is primarily a push to get parents involved in their children’s education.”
The meetings are for parents, community and business leaders. They will be at the Athens Independent School District Support Center, 104 Hawn St., Athens. The meetings will be on Monday, Sept. 9 at 5:45 p.m. or Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 10:30 a.m. Both meetings will be in the board room, and light refreshments will be served.
Information will be provided on how Title I provides assistance to your child. It will tell of the District Parents Involvement Policy and address the District/Campus Improvement Plans. Title budgets and funding for programs will also be explained.
The federal funds pay for many items and activities. Just one thing that the district provides through federal funds are gowns and jewelry for the proms at the end of the year.
Just a few of the activities that are paid by federal funds are as follows. There are many more:
• Love and Logic Parenting Classes in September;
• Adult ESL Classes in September and November;
• Rosetta Stone Class in September and November;
• Latino Literacy in September, October and January;
• Love and Parenting Classes/ Mom’s day out in October;
• One day Parent Summit, Region 7, Oct. 29 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.;
• Parent Conference, Title I, Galveston Island, Dec. 5-7;
• Citizenship Classes.
Another item which Vaughn said parents and other attendees may wish to discuss is the remodeling project related to the Academic Achievement Center that has been remodeled. It has a computer lab and a training facility that the community at-large is allowed to use. It is located in the back of the district office, where the meeting will be conducted.
Vaughn said the public forum is conducted for the school’s improvement plan with the help of the public, particularly the parents.
“It is more toward the academic side,” Vaughn said. “We want to get the community’s ideas about how we can improvement the way the students learn.”
For more information about the District Wide Fall Meeting, call Yadira Chairez at 903-677-6913.