COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 170

August 26, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Project Graduation Academic Year Regional 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 a remediation grant opportunity for the eight Superintendents Regional Study Groups. Grant proposals will be accepted from individual school divisions and from partnerships of school divisions within a Superintendents Regional Study Group. Proposals must address the needs of high school seniors who have not earned verified credits in English: Reading, English: Writing, or Algebra I.

 

Each Superintendents Regional Study Group is eligible to receive approximately $75,000 to implement a Project Graduation Academic Year Regional Academy Grant for the 20052006 school year. The standard model is for one school division to act as the fiscal agent for each grant; however, several sites within the region may serve students. In addition, more than one grant application from a region will be accepted. Individual school divisions are eligible to apply, though each division may participate in only one grant application per region. The final grant awards will be based upon approval of the proposal, including all required forms and signatures, and meeting the submission deadlines. Regions with very high population densities may be eligible for additional funding based on the 2004-2005 academic year academy enrollments and the number of divisions participating from that region. The funds will be dispersed on a cost reimbursement basis. Additional information including grant requirements and timelines can be found in Attachment A.

 

The academy must focus on student instruction that is based on data derived from diagnostic instruments and previous assessment results for each student. Data from previous academies should be used to identify effective strategies and practices.

 

If you have questions regarding the grant opportunities, please contact Tabitha Foreman (Tabitha.Foreman@doe.virginia.gov), high school initiatives specialist, at (804) 786-1993 or Tracy Robertson (Tracy.Robertson@doe.virginia.gov), English specialist, at (804) 371-7585, Office of Middle and High School Instruction.

 

JLD/TEF/TR/yba

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2005/inf170a.doc