COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 90

May 23, 2003

 

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Community Service Grant Program

 

The Community Service Grant program is authorized in Section 4126 of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 2001. The purpose of the Community Service Grant program is to enable states to implement and coordinate programs that require students who are expelled or suspended from school to perform community service.

 

The goals of the program are to provide suspended and expelled students with meaningful activities during their absence from regular school; to help them avoid negative behavior; and to teach them the value of service to others and their communities.

 

The Virginia Department of Education will administer the program in Virginia. Total funding is expected to be an estimated $970,000 each year for a two-year period. Please note that the program will be implemented by the use of contracts rather than by subgrants.

 

The department anticipates awarding up to 18 contracts at a maximum of $50,000 per year. This funding represents an opportunity to supplement existing community service projects or to create community service projects and resources in places where they do not exist.

 

In preparation, the Virginia Department of Education formed an advisory task force of school leaders and representatives from community agencies who worked to develop recommendations for program implementation. The department will work with the Center for School/Community Collaboration (CSCC) and Virginia Commonwealth University to develop a "Best Practices" Implementation Plan for the Community Service Grant program.

 

A conference for potential bidders will be conducted in the Richmond area on Wednesday, June 25, 2003. For your convenience, two sessions are being offered. Any organization that intends to submit a bid must send a representative to this bidders conference. The registration form is enclosed, as Attachment A. Attachment B is a Community Service Grant Program Fact Sheet that provides more detailed information about this funding opportunity.

 

If you have questions about the bidders conference, please contact Sara Jo Williams, director of the Center for School-Community Collaboration at 804-828-1482.

 

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

 

JLD/ADC/saj

 

Attachments

 

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2003/inf090a.pdf

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2003/inf090b.pdf