COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 136
September 21, 2001

INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Project SERV Funds to Virginia

The U.S.Department of Education (USDOE) is making available $500,000 for distribution to school divisions in Virginia that have been affected by the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. These funds are from Project SERV (School Emergency Response to Violence) under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act. The funds are intended to provide education-related services to school divisions in which the learning environment has been disrupted by a violent or traumatic crisis.

Examples of activities that may be funded by Project SERV include mental health services, overtime for teachers, counselors, security staff, and substitute teachers. Project SERV funds may not be used for construction or for medical services (see Attachment A for allowable activities).

In keeping with the spirit of directives from USDOE, we intend to make the application process as easy as possible for school divisions, and at the same time calling attention to the fact that appropriate accountability for these funds must be maintained.

It is the intent of the VADOE to award 20 grants of no more than $25,000 each. Applications must be received by the VADOE no later than Friday, October 12,2001. The recipients of the awards will be announced no later than October 19, 2001.

Questions about the Project SERV grants may be directed to Arlene Cundiff (mail to:acundiff@mail.vak12ed.edu), coordinator of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Program at (804) 225-2871.

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