Culver Elementary and Middle Schools to Become School-Wide Title I

Culver Community School Board
Culver Community School Board Members (from left, clockwise): Jack Jones, Ryan Seiber, Marilyn Swanson, Brad Schuldt, Eugene Baker, Jim Wentzel, Ed Behnke, Ken VanDePutte

At this week’s Culver Community School Board meeting, Principal Julie Berndt informed the board that the Title I application for Culver Elementary and Middle School is nearly complete. Berndt had been serving as the director of the long process of changing the schools to “School-wide Title I,” as opposed to their current status of “Targeted Title I.” This change would allow every student in need of assistance to get it, without the long process and less stipulations.

“This year, I’m excited, we are including our middle school, 7th and 8th grade, with language arts this year, so that’s a big change. We’ve not serviced our middle school before but there was a need there,” said Berndt.

There will be extra services provided for students in need of language arts and reading. The elementary school will also provide help with math, but the middle school will be focusing primarily on language arts. In the future, extra services for math are expected to be provided. The high school will not be given extra services because of the presence of Culver Military Academy, which would interfere with the Title I application.

However, the application cannot be finalized until June 30, and there was also an issue with the paperwork regarding the removal of Monterey from the grant following its recent closure. Once this matter is resolved and the application is finalized, further action will be taken.