Federal Programs

Dr. Justin Whittenbarger Federal Programs Coordinator

Dr. Justin Whittenbarger
Federal Programs Coordinator

A long-standing educator, Dr. Whittenbarger has served the students of Cumberland County for over 20 years. He served four years as an ELA teacher at Cumberland County High School before he helped open Stone Memorial High School and remained there for nine years in the same capacity. He served two years as the assistant principal at Homestead Elementary School before being named as the principal at Stone Elementary, where he remained for four years. Dr. Whittenbarger also served as the principal at Pine View Elementary for one year prior to assuming his current role as Federal Programs Coordinator. The two pillars of academic press and a culture of care & support are the foundational pieces to Dr. Whittenbarger's leadership philosophy, and he is happy to serve as the Federal Programs Coordinator for Cumberland County Schools. 

Important Resources

The mission of the Federal Programs Department is to support the system in improving teaching and learning for students in high poverty schools.

The involvement of any federal program in education is strictly limited to a supplemental role. Under no circumstances may federal funds be used to provide services, supplies or personnel that must be provided by the local school system. Federal funds are used to enhance the educational opportunity provided to students.

Individual school planning teams decide how to utilize federal funds that have been allocated to the school. These decisions must be based on academic areas targeted for improvement in the system's improvement plan and the individual school's improvement plan.

The purpose of a federally funded Title I Program is to support the local school system's efforts to improve teaching and learning for students in high-poverty schools so that these students can meet the State's challenging content and performance standards. In Cumberland County, all nine elementary schools and the Phoenix High School have been identified as Title I school-wide schools. A school with a school-wide program can use Title I funds to upgrade and improve the entire educational program in ways that will impact every student enrolled in school.

In addition to Title I, the Cumberland County School System receives Title II, Title III, Title IV and Title V funds. Title II funds are used for staff development activities, Title III is for English Language Learners ( ESL), Title IV is for student support and Title V Rural School funds are used to improve educational opportunities for all students in high-poverty schools.

Nine elementary schools receive 21st Century Community Learning Centers funding. 21st CCLC funds provide before and after school extended learning opportunities.

Cumberland County Schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability in admission to or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. The system will be in compliance with the regulations implementing Title V of the Civil Rights Act of 1994, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Any person having inquiries concerning the system's compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI (preventing race, color or national origin discrimination), Title IX (preventing gender discrimination), or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is directed to contact the Cumberland County Schools at 931-484-6135.

Other Federal Programs Staff Members at Central Services Include:

District-Wide Instructional Coaches:
John Lewis: Math and Science
Michele South: ELA and Social Studies
Rachel Flowers: Technology

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Mrs. Vickie Turner 

Federal Programs Bookkeeper/Secretary

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Mrs. Penny Phipps 

Federal Programs Bookkeeper/Secretary

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Mrs. Jennifer Norrod 

Federal Programs Bookkeeper/Secretary

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Mrs. McGhie Calahan

Student Support & Intervention Coach/ Instructional Facilitator

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Mrs. Sandy Helton 

Title III Director / County-Wide Instructional Facilitator

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Ms. Emalee Breeding 

Homeless Liaison/ Social Worker 

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Mr. Michael Brady

Homeless Liaison/ Social Worker