COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 49

August 29, 2003

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Student Achievement Grants for Fiscal Year 2004

 

The state appropriation act for fiscal year 2004 (Chapter 1042, 2003 Acts of Assembly) authorized the transfer of $10,093,313 from the Dropout Prevention program to the Student Achievement Grant program. School divisions receiving payments under this program shall use the funds at their discretion for one or more of the following purposes:

1)     reducing class sizes in grades kindergarten through grade 3;

2)     increasing services in the Early Reading Intervention program;

3)     serving at-risk four-year-old students including those served by Title I programs;

4)     providing additional remediation to students who have failed or who are at risk of failing the Standards of Learning tests; and

5)     providing dropout prevention services.

 

School divisions that receive funds under this program must match the state funds with local funds based on the composite index of local ability-to-pay. They must also report annually to the Department of Education which of the above-stated programs were supplemented by these funds.

Attachment A contains a printout of each school divisions Student Achievement Grant allocation for the fiscal year 2004. Divisions interested in receiving FY2004 Student Achievement Grants must complete the certification form in Attachment B and submit it to Linda M. Wallinger, associate director for teacher quality and innovative programs, by September 29, 2003. If you have questions or need additional clarification, please contact Dr. Wallinger by phone at (804) 225-2869, by fax at (804) 786-9769, or by e-mail at mailto:lwalling@mail.vak12ed.edu.

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Attachments

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2003/adm049a.pdf

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2003/adm049b.pdf