COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 4
January 24, 1997

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM:
 
Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:
 
 
Availability of Funds and Requests for Proposals for Funding
Sign Language and/or Cued Speech Educational Interpreter
Training Projects for 1997-98

 
  This is to announce the availability of funds and elicit
  requests for proposals for educational interpreter training
  projects for 1997-1998. Proposals should focus on sign
  language and/or cued speech. Funds will be available for a
  period commencing May 1,1997, and ending September 30, 1998.
  Due to the 16 month cycle, applicants must submit two
  budgets with their proposal as follows:

    (1)  one for the period of May 1, 1997 - September 30, 1997;

          and,

    (2)  another for the period of October 1, 1997 -
         September 30, 1998.


  PURPOSE

  The purpose of these projects is to assist school divisions
  in meeting special education regulations requiring that
  students who are deaf and hearing impaired have a qualified
  interpreter, if their IEP so states.     

  The Department of Education announces the availability of
  funds to school divisions, state operated programs,
  community colleges, and institutions of higher education. 
  Although funds may be used for the recruitment of potential
  interpreters, priority will be given to funds expended to
  assist currently employed interpreters in meeting the
  Quality Assurance Screening as outlined in Virginia's
  Special Education Regulations.  (Note:  Educational
  Interpreters hired before January 1, 1994 are covered under
  special education regulation 3.3C, 1-4 [page 30] effective 
  January 1, 1994).
                                        SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 4 
                                        January 24, 1997




  PROCEDURES

  Applicants are invited to submit grant proposals by March 3,
  1997.   Priority will be given to proposals that reflect
  cooperatives among agencies, centralized training programs,
  and/or regional special education programs.  Attached to
  this memo is a listing of grant recipients for the 1995-96
  period which may assist you in the formation of cooperative
  projects.  Notification of grant awards is anticipated by
  April 4, 1997.  Applications that are incomplete or missing
  appropriate signatures will be returned.  There will be a
  required meeting of all grant recipients on a date and at a
  location to be announced.  Questions concerning this matter
  should be directed to Patricia Abrams at (804) 225-2707. 
  TDD users may call (804) 371-0655.

  RTL/pa

  Attachment:  A hard copy of this memo and its attachment
  will be sent to the superintendent's office            
                  VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
  APPLICATION FOR SIGN LANGUAGE/CUED SPEECH TRAINING MINIGRANT
                          1995-96

  SPECIAL CRITERIA FOR APPLICATIONS:

     1.   The application must state clearly how the
          requested funds will be expended.
     2.   Project directors should indicate telephone numbers

          where they can be reached during the summer months.
     3.   Required signatures must be in place. 
     4.   Project directors who are awarded grants must
          attend a project director's meeting on a date and
          at a location to be announced.   The purpose of
          this meeting will be to discuss new reporting
          requirements under this grant which includes, in
          part, a review of the educational interpreters'
          diagnostics to make sure the training is addressing
          the area(s) of deficit.
     5.   Qualifications of the instructional personnel
          teaching interpreting or contracted as an
          interpreter under this grant are a Level III or
          higher or have other acceptable certification such
          as RID.


  CRITERIA UPON WHICH PROJECTS ARE JUDGED:

     1.   The potential of the project to improve skills of
          interpreters and to assist them in meeting the VQAS
          Performance Level 3 requirement.  (Maximum of 50
          points)

     2.   The extent to which the proposal demonstrates
          cooperation among local school divisions and
          agencies such as institutions of higher education
          and community colleges.     (Maximum of 30 points)

     3.   The potential of the proposal to include
          interpreters from other school divisions to involve
          them in the training activities under their grant. 
          (Maximum of 20 points)










             APPLICATION FOR INTERPRETER TRAINING GRANT


  1. Name and Address of Fiscal Agent:

     ______________________________________________________

     ______________________________________________________

     ______________________________________________________

       Office Phone Number_________________FAX_______________

  2. Target Personnel (interpreters, aides, etc.)

     ______________________________________________________

     ______________________________________________________

     ______________________________________________________


  3. Project Director/Contact Person (give
       address/telephone/FAX) 
     (include summer information if different)
     ______________________________________________________

     ______________________________________________________

     ______________________________________________________


  4. Cooperating Agencies/Divisions/etc.

     ______________________________________________________

     ______________________________________________________

     ______________________________________________________


  5. Description of Project (attach additional pages as
       necessary)






  6. Anticipated Project Start Date     ____/____/____
     Anticipated Completion Date        ____/____/____

  7.  Budget for Period of May 1, 1997 - September 30, 1997 

  Tuition/Instructional Costs $_____________________________

  Travel Expenses             $_____________________________

  Administrative Costs        $_____________________________

  Other (Please list)         $_____________________________

  Total Projected Costs       $                             

  Estimated percent of fund
   used for QAS Training                    %



  8. Budget for Period of October 1,1997 - September 30,
       1998 

  Tuition/Instructional Costs $_____________________________

  Travel Expenses             $_____________________________

  Administrative Costs        $_____________________________

  Other (Please list)         $_____________________________

  Total Projected Costs       $                             

  Estimated percent of fund
   used for QAS Training                    %


  9. Agency Authority

  _________________________________________________________
  Name of Agency Head(typed)

  _________________________________________________________
  Signature of Agency Head   


  Grant proposals should be postmarked no later than 
  March 3, 1997.

  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Patricia
  Abrams at (804) 225-2707. TDD users may call (804) 371-0655.





        FOR VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION USE ONLY



  Received date                                                  


  Committee Review Date                                     

  Reviewed by: 1.   ______________________________Pts______  


               2.                                 Pts      


               3.                                 Pts      


               4.                                 Pts______ 


                         Total Points:        _________



  Amount approved   $                                   

  Recommendations                                             






    INTERPRETER TRAINING PROJECTS 1995-96
  Division/Program  Project Director    Telephone Number
  Bedford County Schools       Mr. Victor M. Gosnell    540/586-1045
  Chesterfield County 
     Schools                   Mrs. Maureen Corcoran    804/748-1411 
  Fairfax County Schools       Ms. Katharine M. Roed    703/246-2631
  Hanover County Schools       Ms. Debra Gibson         804/752-6000
  Henrico County Schools       Ms. Nancy A. Smith       804/226-3717
  Lynchburg City Schools       Ms. Gayle Daly           804/522-3700
  Norfolk City Schools
  Hampton City Schools
  Portsmouth City Schools      Ms. Glenda Brown         804/441-2107
  Prince George County 
     Schools                   Mr. Kenneth J. Robinson  804/733-2700
  Prince William County 
     Schools                   Ms. Celia Zinser         703/791-8712
  Shenandoah Valley 
     Regional Program          Ms. Judy S. Sorrell      540/886-9778
  Stafford County Schools      Ms. Susan Z. Clark       540/659-3141
  Wise County Schools          Ms. Fredia G. Helbert    540/328-9421
  Dept. of Corrections         Dr. Helen C. Williams    804/225-3328
  Hampton City Schools         Ms. Kathy Fleming        804/850-5225
  Isle of Wight County Schools Dr. Warren J. Winter     804/357-4393
  King & Queen County Schools  Ms. Rosalyn H. Trent     804/785-6241
  Newport News City Schools    Dr. Mary Mehaffey        804/591-4545
  Powhatan County Schools      Ms. Elaine Church
                               Ms. Charlene Valenzuala  804/794-4913
  Roanoke City Schools         Mr. Robert B. Sieff      540/853-2381
  Virginia Beach City Schools  Mr. Joseph A. Ford       804/427-4326
  VSDB-Hampton                 Mr. Frank Bryan          804/247-2033
  Northern Neck Regional
     Program                   Ms. Betty Williams       804/435-3183 
  New River Valley 
     Community College         Mr. Patrick Bryant       703/674-3600
  Northern Virginia 
     Community College         Ms. Barbara Ann Maestro  703/878-5755
  Thomas Nelson 
     Community College         Mr. John T. Dever        804/825-2799
  Mary Washington College      Ms. Tricia Tracy         703/899-4662
  University of Virginia       Dr. Timothy J. Scovill   804/982-5271