COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 207

December 5, 2003

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Project Graduation Regional Academy and

Continuation Academy Grants

 

 

As part of Governor Mark Warners Project Graduation and his commitment to walk the extra mile with our students, I am pleased to announce two remediation grant opportunities for the eight Superintendents Study Group Regions. Grant proposals will be accepted from partnerships of school divisions within a Superintendents Study Group Region. Proposals from individual school divisions will not be accepted; however, all school divisions within a region do not have to participate for a region to receive grant funding.

Project Graduation Regional Academy Grants

 

The first grant opportunity is the Project Graduation Regional Academy Grant. The purpose of this grant is to replicate the Governors Project Graduation Regional Academy model during spring 2004 and summer 2004, as needed, and provide remedial instruction for seniors who have not earned verified credits in English: Reading or Algebra I. Each Superintendents Study Group Region is eligible to receive a grant of up to $75,000 to implement a spring 2004 regional academy, and a regional academy in summer of 2004 as needed for rising seniors. The final grant awards will be based upon approval of the proposal and the availability of state funds. Additional information including grant requirements and timelines can be found in Attachment A.

 

 

 

Project Graduation Continuation Academy Grants

 

The second grant opportunity has two components. The first component is a Planning Grant for the Project Graduation Continuation Academy. The purpose of the grant is to provide funding for school divisions in Superintendents Study Group Regions to plan for a Continuation Academy to be held in the summer of 2004. The Continuation Academy will be designed for students who were scheduled to graduate in 2004 but lacked the verified credits in English: Reading, English: Writing, or Algebra I. The intent of the academy will be for students to earn the verified credits needed for the diploma at the end of the academy. Grants of $10,000 are available to each Superintendents Study Group Region to plan for a Continuation Academy for the region. Funds should be used to bring together representatives from each school division to plan a comprehensive program for the identified student group. This Continuation Academy should be innovative and provide the students with instructional approaches that are different from the traditional direct instruction. Each region that receives a planning grant will be required to submit a report of planning grant activities as part of a Continuation Academy Implementation grant proposal. Pending the availability of funds and the merit of Implementation proposals, the Department of Education plans to award grants to help support regional academies.

 

The second component is the Implementation Grant for a Project Graduation Continuation Academy. Each Superintendents Study Group Region is eligible to receive a grant, pending availability of funds, to implement a Continuation Academy in the summer of 2004 for students who were scheduled to graduate in 2004 but lacked the verified credits in English: Reading, English: Writing, or Algebra I. Additional information including grant requirements and timelines for both grants can be found in Attachment B.

 

If you have questions regarding the grant opportunities, please contact Maureen B. Hijar, director of secondary instruction, at (804) 225-2894 or mhijar@mail.vak12ed.edu.

 

JLD/MBH

 

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