SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 49
July 24, 1998
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program Grants (CSRD)|
The purpose of this memo is to inform you of an additional workshop that will be sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education on the Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program grant application process. This meeting will be held at the Fallon Park Elementary School, 502 19th Street, SE in Roanoke, Virginia on August 18, 1998, at 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We are conducting this additional workshop because we have changed the eligibility criteria for schools that can apply for these competitive grants. The effect of the change is to make more schools eligible to apply for the grants. Please read the attached page which describes the new eligibility criteria. This workshop will be a repeat of the two previous workshops. School representatives who attended one of the previous workshops would not be expected to attend. If there are additional schools in your division that are interested in applying for these grant funds and wish to attend the workshop, please complete the attached form and return it by August 7, 1998. (Directions to Fallon Park Elementary School: Take I-581 into Roanoke to the Elm Avenue exit. Go East on Elm Avenue to 19th Street and turn left. Fallon Park will be on your right.) If you have questions, please contact George H. Irby, Director, Office of Compensatory Programs, Division of Instruction, at (804) 225-2869. PDS:tsc Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments will be sent to the superintendent's office. Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program Description of Eligible Schools The purpose of this grant initiative is to provide financial incentives for schools to implement comprehensive school reform based on reliable research and effective practices and to have schools emphasize the core subject academic areas of mathematics, science, English, and history and social studies so that all children can achieve the Standards of Learning. These comprehensive school reform grants are intended to stimulate a coordinated effort by the whole school to increase student performance, covering virtually all aspects of school operations rather than a piecemeal, fragmented approach to reform. ELIGIBILITY Awards will be made in two categories. Category 1: Up to 35 awards will be made to Title I applicant schools that are identified for Title I School Improvement. (For a list of the schools in Title I School Improvement, see Supts. Administrative Memo No. 7, February 13, 1998.) NOTE: School divisions that have Title I schools in School Improvement and wish to apply for a grant must choose applicants from those schools in School Improvement. NOTE: There is no maximum number of applications that will be accepted in Category 1 from each school division; however, because of equity considerations, no LEA will receive more than four awards in this category. Category 2: Up to 11 awards will be made to Title I or non-Title I middle, junior, and high schools (pending approval of waiver submitted to U.S. Department of Education) that are not identified for Title I School Improvement. NOTE: School divisions that are considering applying in this category must have first submitted applications for all of their Title I schools in School Improvement. NOTE: There is no maximum number of applications that will be accepted in Category 2 from each school division; however, equity will be considered as awards are made. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Comprehensive School Reform Demonstration Program Workshops on the Grant Application Process Roanoke, VA August 18, 1998 Response Form School Division _________________________________________________ Contact Person _________________________________________________ Telephone _________________________________________________ I. Name of Person(s) Attending Workshop Title ____________________________________ _________________ ____________________________________ _________________ ____________________________________ _________________ ____________________________________ _________________ II. Name of School Grade In Title I Middle, Junior Interested in Levels School High Title I Submitting Improvement or Non Title I Application School _____________ ______ __________________ _____________ _____________ ______ __________________ _____________ _____________ ______ __________________ _____________ _____________ ______ __________________ _____________ Respond to: (Mrs.) Helen Tucker, Office of Compensatory Programs, Virginia Department of Education. Fax: (804) 371-7347; Phone: (804) 225-2902 by August 7, 1998.