Some Title 1 money restored

Natalie Moore

The district is restoring $74,000 of the the school’s Title I money, which will give the school money to extend Teacher Librarian Tammie Celi’s hours and allow the school’s attendance counselor to keep her position.

Earlier this spring, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School staff was told it lost about $130,000 in Title 1 funds because not enough students submitted their meal applications. Title 1 funds, which is federal money, is earmarked to help low income students.

After the confusion of two different Title 1 deadline dates, the Los Angeles Unified School District investigated several schools throughout the district in hopes of finding discrepancies in the number of free/reduced lunch applications that were due last fall. DPMHS was one of the schools found to be affected by the confusion.

“It’s really good news,” said Principal Deborah Smith. “With that money we will be able to restore some staff positions as well as bring back staff more of the time.

More decisions will be made on what to do with the money on June 10 at 5:30 P.M. during the School Site Council meeting at DPMHS.