SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 28
April 30, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||1999-2000 Allocations for the Class Size Reduction Program|
The Virginia Department of Education has been notified of an allocation of $21,038,247 for the Class Size Reduction Program. All of these funds will be distributed to school divisions and will be available for official award to states on July 1, 1999. Although the Class Size Reduction Program has a separate implementation statue, for the 1999- 2000 school year, the funds for this program are federally appropriated through Title VI of the Improving America's Schools Act. The funds will be allocated to school divisions separate from, and in addition to, the regular Title VI grant. The attached table is a listing by school division of the Class Size Reduction allocations. You may note a difference between these allocations and the LEA estimates that the U.S. Department of Education placed on its website in March. As indicated in Supts. Memo #56, we anticipated that adjustments would be reflected in the final allocations. There are two major reasons for the adjustments in the allocations. First, the U.S. Department of Education used 1996-97 enrollment data to calculate the estimated amounts. The guidelines for the grant require states to use 1998-99 enrollment in the final calculations. Next, there were three school divisions omitted from the estimated allocations that had to be included in the final calculations. The Department of Education will host two technical assistance meetings to provide specific instructions on the grant application. The dates and locations are: May 10, 1999 Department of Education, Conference Rooms D and E, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. May 11, 1999 Northside Middle School Auditorium, Roanoke County Public Schools 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Directions to these locations are enclosed. Please return the intent form as indicated. The complete application package that contains the forms, instructions, and Guidance Manual is enclosed. The deadline for submission of applications is June 15, 1999. Please be aware that the U.S. Department of Education is in the process of reevaluating the legal and policy interpretation of the consortium requirement in Section 307(b)(2) of the law. The Virginia Department of Education will notify all school divisions of any changes as information becomes available. Questions regarding the Class Size Reduction Program or the enclosed information should be directed to Dianne B. Pollard, Specialist, Office of Compensatory Programs at (804) 371-7583, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. PDS:cd Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachment will be sent to the superintendent's office. cc: Title VI Coordinators (Memo Only) --------------------------------------------------------------- Class Size Reduction Program TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE MEETINGS INTENT FORM Please check the technical assistance meeting that you plan to attend: _____Virginia Department of Education (May 10, 1999) _____Northside Middle School, Roanoke County (May 11, 1999) School Division: _________________________________________ Name and Title of Person(s) to Attend Meeting: ______________________________________________ ______________________________________________ Please return this form to Dianne Pollard on or before MAY 6, 1999 Fax Number: (804) 371-7347 Address: Virginia Department of Education P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, VA 23218-2120 DIRECTIONS NORTHSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL, ROANOKE COUNTY 6810 Northside High School Road Roanoke, Virginia Coming from the downtown area: Take I-581 North to the second Peter's Creek Road Exit. Go to the first stop light and turn right onto Northside High School Road. Continue to the end of the road where Northside Middle School is located (behind Northside School). The auditorium is a new structure located on the far end of the Middle School. Coming from I-81 South: Take I-581 South (Roanoke Exit) to the first Peter's Creek Road Exit. Go to the first stop light and turn right onto Northside High School Road. Continue to the end of the road where Northside Middle School is located (behind Northside High School). The auditorium is a new structure located on the far end of the Middle School. Coming from I-81 North: Take I-581 South (Roanoke Exit) to the first Peter's Creek Road Exit. Go to the first stop light and turn right onto Northside High School Road. Continue to the end of the road where Northside Middle School is located (behind Northside High School). The auditorium is a new structure located on the far end of the Middle School. VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - JAMES MONROE BUILDING 101 North 14th Street Richmond, Virginia Coming from I-64 East or West; and I-95 North: Take I-95 South to Exit 74B (Franklin Street). The James Monroe Building is on the right of the exit ramp. Coming from I-95 South: Take Exit 74C to Broad Street East (Route 33). Make a right turn onto Broad Street. Continue to the traffic light at the top of the hill (14th and Broad). Make a left urn onto 14th Street. The James Monroe Building is on your left. Public parking is located at 15th and Main Streets, approximately one block from the Monroe Building.