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NEWS RELEASES 2002-03 :: MAY 13, 2003


Atlantic Elementary School, a pre-K through 8th grade school in the Carteret County School System, was recently recognized as a Title I Distinguished School at an awards luncheon held during the International Reading Association's annual convention in Orlando, Fla.

Atlantic Elementary was one of 41 elementary and secondary schools across the country to receive the award in addition to a certificate of merit and a Distinguished Title I School Banner. The National Association of State Title I Directors sponsors the award program.

Pamela Holliday, principal of Atlantic Elementary, said the award recognizes the school community's hard work and great accomplishments. "This award is the result of great teamwork, a fantastic faculty, great kids and a lot of parent support."

Bill McGrady, who oversees the Department of Public Instruction's Title I Program, commended the staff and students at Atlantic Elementary for their efforts to improve the academic achievement of all students saying, "For the last five years, Atlantic Elementary's student proficiency under the ABCs has exceeded 88 percent, which is a tribute to the faculty, staff, parents and community."

The goal of Title I is to improve student achievement by helping high-poverty schools upgrade curriculum, extend learning time, provide professional development for teachers, support teacher salaries, increase parental involvement, and purchase materials, supplies and equipment. North Carolina received $214 million in Title I funds this year and served a little over 1,100 schools and nearly 250,000 students.

This year's Title I Recognition Program focused on schools that use school-wide programs and targeted assistance projects to provide effective instruction and challenging academic content for all students. Winning programs provided:

  • opportunities for all children to meet proficient and advanced levels of performance;
  • professional development for educators;
  • coordination with other programs;
  • curriculum and instruction to support achievement of high standards;
  • partnership among schools, parents and communities; and
  • three years of successful achievement data.

For more information on North Carolina's Title I Program, please contact Bill McGrady, Compensatory Education, DPI, 919.807.3957, or by email,

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.