COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 207

September 21, 2007

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

2007-2008 Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2, Rural and Low-Income School Program Entitlements Under Provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Public Law 107-110

 

Attached are the 2007-2008 Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2, Rural and Low-Income School Program federal allocations for school divisions that qualify based upon the following eligibility criteria specified in the law: 1) 20 percent or more of the children ages 5-17 years served by the division are from families with incomes below the federal poverty level, and 2) all public schools in the division have a locale code of 6, 7, or 8.

 

These locale codes are assigned to schools according to U.S. Census data used by the National Education Data Resource Center. The definitions are listed below.

 

Locale code 6 - A school is located in a place that is outside of a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) and has a population of at least 2,500 persons but fewer than 25,000 persons.

Locale code 7 A school is located in a place that is outside of an MSA and has a population of fewer than 2,500 persons.

Locale code 8 - A school is located in a place that is inside an MSA and has a population of fewer than 2,500 persons.

 

Based upon the criteria, the following school divisions are eligible for the Rural and Low-Income School Program funds for the 2007-2008 program year:

 

Buchanan County Colonial Beach City

Dickenson County Franklin City

Galax City Lee County

Martinsville City Northampton County

Norton City Wise County

 

The 2007-2008 grant funds are allocated to the eligible divisions above on a prorata basis using average daily attendance (ADA). These funds may be used in any of the following areas:

 

  1. Teacher recruitment and retention, using signing bonuses;
  2. Professional development for teachers;
  3. Educational technology;
  4. Parental involvement activities;
  5. Activities authorized under Title I, Part A, Improving Basic Programs;
  6. Activities authorized under Title III, Part A, Limited English Proficient students; and
  7. Activities authorized under Title IV, Part A, Safe and Drug-Free Schools.

 

The Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2, allocation is available through the reimbursement process as of July 1, 2007. However, if the application was submitted after July 1, 2007, these funds will be available on the date the application was received in the Online Management of Education Grant Awards (OMEGA) System.

 

Upon receipt of an approvable application by the Virginia Department of Education, the school division will receive an e-mail with instructions to log into the OMEGA System to review the grant award notification. Budgets will be distributed in OMEGA based on approved applications. Questions regarding this process should be sent to OMEGA SUPPORT at omega.support@doe.virginia.gov or call (804) 371-0993.

 

If the school division has already received approval for its 2007-2008 consolidated or individual application, please amend it to reflect the current Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2, allocations.

 

Please direct all Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2, programmatic questions to Gabie Frazier, Title I specialist, at Gabie.Frazier@doe.virginia.gov, or (804) 225-2907.

 

BKCJr/GF/hmt

 

Attachment

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2007/inf207a.pdf