Federal Programs

Title I is part of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) enacted April 11, 1965. ESEA is an extensive statue which funds professional learning, instructional materials, parental involvement, and supplemental resources for primary and secondary education. The purpose of Title I is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at minimum, proficiency on challenging state academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.

The Thomas County Schools' Title I Office is also responsible for Migrant Education, Parent Involvement, and Special Projects. Special Projects include Title III ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages), COGNIA District Accreditation, and Georgia Accreditation.

November 3, 2021

FY22 STEM/STEAM Grant- Equitable Services Announcement

Thomas County Schools is planning to apply for the GADOE FY22 STEM/STEAM Grant. A copy of the grant RFA can be obtained from the Title IV, Part A page on the Georgia Department of Education’s website. Link

It is the responsibility of the local school district to communicate the availability of the grant to all geographically eligible non-public schools regardless of the public school district’s participation in this grant. The non-public school’s participation is not dependent on its participation in any other federally funded equitable service provisions. Non-public schools must apply through the public-school district where the grant funding will be awarded and administered. Awarded non-public schools will receive 100% of awarded grant funds.

Interested parties should contact Dr. Bob Dechman for more information. 


"April 26, 2022. Thomas County Schools has removed the "Ed Flex" Waiver request from its Consolidated Application. We no longer need the flexibility in Title IVA, and plan to meet statutory requirements for spending in required categories. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Dr. Bob Dechman by emailing bdechman@tcjackets.net."

October 25, 2021

Thomas County is announcing its intent to apply for an “Ed-Flex” Waiver for the 2021-2022 school term. If granted, the waiver will remove statutory requirements of the Title IVA program to spend defined percentages on the Title IVA grant in specific categories of expenses. Thomas County Schools has determined a need to provide teachers with additional professional learning on the effective use of technology in order to maximize student learning in all academic disciplines.


We would like to offer you the chance to submit written comments on this Waiver request. You may do so by clicking the survey link below.


Thank you for supporting Thomas County Schools.

Robert Dechman, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent of Federal Programs and Accountability
Ph: (229) 584-9133
Fax: (229) 225-4376



Karen Franklin 
Federal Programs Administrative Assistant
Ph: (229) 584-9132
Fax: (229) 225-4376