COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 01

February 27, 2007

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Linda M. Wallinger

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Announcing the 2007 High Schools That Work Grant Application for New Sites

 

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the 2007-2008 High Schools That Work (HSTW) Grant Application for New Sites. This grant is federally funded for $10,000 for a division with a single high school site; $25,000 for a division with one collaborative high school/middle school site; $50,000 for a division with two collaborative high school/middle school sites; or $15,000 for a regional center site that serves multiple school divisions. There is a minimum match of 50 percent local funds for each site. Four single high school grants, one $25,000 collaborative grant, one $50,000 collaborative grant, and one regional grant will be awarded. The grants are provided under the requirements of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. Funds will be available July 1, 2007.

 

The grantee must:

 

         implement the HSTW Key Practices (go to http://www.sreb.org/programs/hstw/background/keypractices.asp) based on Virginias educational foundation as defined in the framework of the Standards of Accreditation, the Standards of Learning, and the State Assessment System;

         implement the Making Middle Grades Work (MMGW) Key Practices (go to http://www.sreb.org/programs/MiddleGrades/publications/06V15_MMGW_Brochure.pdf) based on Virginias educational foundation as defined in the framework of the Standards of Accreditation, the Standards of Learning, and the State Assessment System if the grant is a collaborative grant as described above;

         include a high school with grades 9-12, if applicable (In the event the school is served by a career and technical education center, the centers programs and faculty must be included in the application/management plan.);

         provide evidence of cooperation/participation between the local school and middle school personnel, parents, business representatives, postsecondary educators, and community groups; and

         provide assurances and commitments, budget summary, and the 2007-2008 Grant Application and Management Plan.

 

For in-depth information about the Southern Regional Education Boards HSTW school improvement initiative, go to http://www.sreb.org/programs/hstw/hstwindex.asp. For in-depth information about the Southern Regional Education Boards MMGW school improvement initiative, go to http://www.sreb.org/programs/MiddleGrades/MiddleGradesindex.asp.

 

Schools interested in submitting an application should carefully review Attachment A, High Schools That Work New Sites Grant Information and Workshop Registration Packet. Schools that intend to apply for one of these grants will be required to send representatives to a HSTW/MMGW grant application workshop in Richmond on Monday, April 16, 2007, from 1-3:30 p.m. The VDOE will pay for substitutes for personnel attending the workshop, if applicable. Localities are responsible for transportation, lodging, and meals. The deadline for submission of the grant application is Friday, May 11, 2007.

 

Division superintendents and school principals will be notified of the grant award by May 31, 2007, pending availability of funds.

 

Should you have questions or need additional information, please contact State Director, Elizabeth M. Russell via e-mail at Elizabeth.Russell@doe.virginia.gov or via telephone at (804) 225-2847.

 

LMW/EMR/sgj

 

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