Carol Vollnogle, Coordinator of Federal and State Programs

The East Palestine Elementary School is fortunate to have a federally funded Title One Program that helps us increase student achievement. Title One is the largest federal aid program for schools. The goal of Title One is to improve the academics of all children so that they may succeed in school. The East Palestine Elementary School provides Title One services to all K-4 students. As a school-wide program, classroom teachers work together to provide instruction and support to all students. Students are assisted in the classroom through individual, small group, and whole group instruction. The advantage of a school-wide program is that it permits us to serve all students.
A Title One Parents Advisory Committee, which includes staff members, parents, and community members has been formed to guide the services offered by our school-wide program. The meetings provide a forum to provide parents with information about how the Title One program supports students at East Palestine Elementary School. The meetings will increase communication between parents and staff. Parents will have the opportunity to be involved in evaluating the effectiveness of the Title One program, and discuss ways we can better meet the needs of the students.

Questions, comments, and suggestions regarding the Title One Program can be directed to Carol Vollnogle at (330) 426-9451


In 1998-1999 the East Palestine Elementary School became a schoolwide Title One building. The following were the planning team members: teachers – Sue Smith, Deb Van Arsdale, Roberta Brittain, Jeff Berger, and Denise Sharek; director of instruction – Kathy Mamonis; and principal – Ron Gordon.

In 2003-2004 the elementary school implemented the all day, every day kindergarten program.

In 2004-2005 the elementary school implemented the Positive Behavior Support Plan to teach students behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject is taught.

In 2007-2008 the elementary school implemented the Success for All Reading Program, which responds to the five essential components of reading development (phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary). The elementary school has a full-time reading facilitator. Solutions Team meetings are scheduled as needed to improve attendance, deepen family involvement, and add community resources to prevent and solve problems which lead to poor student achievement.

In 2009-2010 the elementary school implemented the Ohio Improvement Process. All instruction is aligned to Ohio’s academic content standards. This process requires staff to base educational decisions on data to improve instruction and student achievement.

The East Palestine Elementary School Improvement Plan is the driving force for the building’s schoolwide reforms. The building goals are:

1) To improve student performance K-4 as evidenced by increasing the percentage of students who meet the academic requirements as measured by the state’s achievement tests.

2) To maintain a school environment that is safe and conducive to learning.

3) To improve school/family/community involvement.

The elementary school offers the following as part of its schoolwide program:

  • Ohio Improvement Process
  • Success for All Reading Program
  • All day, every day kindergarten program
  • Full-time reading facilitator
  • Full-time guidance counselor
  • Recess before lunch
  • Solutions Team and Intervention Assistance Team
  • A parent volunteer program
  • After school intervention and summer school programs
  • Positive Behavior Support Plan
  • Literacy support by having library skills instruction once a week
  • Physical education, music and art instruction
  • Special education and gifted services for students who qualify
  • Pre-school and Head Start Programs
  • Drug-free schools and Olweus bully prevention program, plus a safe school zone

In 2011-2012 the East Palestine Elementary School was designated as “Excellent” by the Ohio Department of Education on the school report card.