Richland Elementary Named Title I Distinguished School

Distinguished School
 Principal Gene Nicastro is shown here with Reading Teachers
Donna Faux and Melinda Bell, who discuss the latest honor.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Division of Federal Programs is honoring Richland Elementary School for being named a Title I Distinguished School for 2015-2016.  This marks the fourth consecutive year that Richland Elementary School has earned this prestigious recognition.

Richland Elementary received the honor because it ranked in the top five percent of Title I Schools in Pennsylvania based on aggregate math and ELA (English language arts) scores on the PSSA.  Richland is one of approximately 1,800 schools in PA that qualify for Title I funding.  Principal Gene Nicastro attributes the continued success to the supportive families in the community, attentive students, and a focused and determined staff who strives to meet students’ needs.  

 “The staff is focused on learning, and we utilize a system of data analysis and progress monitoring to identify students’ needs,” said Mr. Nicastro.  “The staff does a tremendous job in building positive relationships with students, understanding their specific needs, and implementing strategies to improve achievement.”      

A total of 96 schools were honored as Distinguished Title I Schools in PA.  To receive this honor, schools had to show high achievement on the math and reading PA System of School Assessments (PSSAs) or Keystone Exam scores, while qualifying for financial assistance through the Federal Title I program.