Superintendent's Memo #184-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

July 10, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Local Application to Receive State Fiscal Stabilization Funds under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009


Virginia has been awarded the initial 67 percent portion of State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), Public Law 111-5. The 2009 General Assembly authorized $365.2 million in school division allocations from this funding for state fiscal year 2010. The fiscal year 2010 allocations will be available for use by school divisions through the SFSF obligation deadline of September 30, 2011. Upon submission and approval of the required local application, school divisions may request reimbursement for qualifying SFSF expenditures incurred on or after February 17, 2009. The remainder of the SFSF will be provided to divisions in state fiscal year 2011.

The State Stabilization funds are the most flexible of the ARRA funds for education and can be used for a broad array of educational purposes, including maintaining jobs, advancing key reforms, and school repair, renovation, and modernization. These funds come with stringent federal reporting and accountability requirements aimed at ensuring effective use and transparency. Federal guidance and other information regarding these funds can be found on the U.S. Department of Education's SFSF Web page at: http://www.ed.gov/programs/statestabilization/applicant.html.

School divisions are required to apply to the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) on behalf of Governor Kaine to receive State Stabilization funds. The local application is in Excel format and must be submitted electronically and in hard copy to VDOE. The state fiscal year 2010 allocations of SFSF, grant application materials, and other helpful information are available from the SFSF page on the VDOE ARRA website at: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/school_finance/arra/stabilization/index.shtml. Please visit the SFSF Web page regularly for updated information.

School division SFSF allocations will be posted in the VDOE Online Management of Education Grant Awards (OMEGA) system and will be available for reimbursement upon approval of the local application by VDOE; consequently, divisions are encouraged to submit the local application to VDOE as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Lux, grants accounting and reporting director, at Karen.Lux@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 371-6877 or contact Glenn Millican, federal grants specialist, at Glenn.Millican@doe.virginia.gov or (804) 225-4906.

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