COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 15
April 14, 2000

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: JoLynne DeMary
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Special Education Sliver Grant Awards


 We are pleased to announce the release of sliver grant funds under the provisions of 
the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 (reference 
January 7, 2000, Supts Memo. No. 1, Administrative).  Each local education agency 
(LEA) and state-operated program (SOP) was allocated an amount equal to $8.50 per 
special education pupil, with $4,000 minimum if less than 50 pupils are served, and 
$14,500 minimum if 50 or more pupils are served. Additionally, allocations not 
applied for have been redistributed on a proportionate basis to all the applicants.

The grant period extends from January 1, 2000, through September 30, 2001.  No funds 
may be encumbered after September 30, 2001.  Final requests for reimbursement must 
be received by November 30, 2001.  The grant award number must be referenced in all 
communications and reimbursement requests relative to this project.  Funds may be 
used only for the activities stipulated in the approved application.  Reimbursement 
for expenditures cannot be honored where program or budget modifications are 
implemented without prior approval.  Project reimbursement and amendment requests 
must be made using the forms provided in the Handbook of Procedures and Forms for 
Requesting Federal Program Reimbursements under Improving America's Schools Act 
(IASA) and Special Education (IDEA).

The amount of sliver grant funds approved for each division is shown on the 
attached grant award list.  For LEAs and SOPs for whom the application status is 
indicated as "approved," this memorandum serves as your official grant award 
notification, and you may obligate funds.  Reimbursement requests will be processed 
upon your submission of a revised budget reflecting the actual award amount.

This memorandum also serves as the official grant award notification for LEAs and 
SOPs for whom the application status is indicated as "conditional approval."  You 
may obligate funds as specified in your budget proposal, but reimbursement requests 
will not be processed until final approval of the remaining aspects of your 
application and submission of a revised budget reflecting the actual award amount.

An application status of Apending@ means the application either has not been fully 
reviewed by Department of Education staff or the need for significant revision has 
been communicated to the local contact person.  Individual grant award notices will 
be issued to LEAs and SOPs for whom the application status is indicated as "pending"
after their applications have been finally approved.

Questions pertaining to sliver grant awards may be directed to John Mitchell, 
Associate Director, Office of Special Education and Student Services at 
jmitchel@mail.vak12ed.edu or (804) 225-2704.

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