Superintendent's Memo #303-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

October 30, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 2009-2010 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 2009-2010 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 poverty line, 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.

Based upon these criteria, the following school divisions are eligible for the Rural and Low-Income School Program funds for the 2009-2010 program year:

Accomack County
Buchanan County
Charlotte County
Cumberland County
Franklin City
Grayson County
Lee County
Martinsville City
Northampton County
Nottoway County
Russell County
Tazewell County
Wise County
Brunswick County
Buckingham County
Town of Colonial Beach
Dickenson County
Galax City
Lancaster County
Lunenburg County
Mecklenburg County
Norton City
Prince Edward County
Sussex County
Waynesboro City

The 2009-2010 grant funds are allocated to the eligible divisions above on a prorated 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, 2009. However, if the application was submitted after July 1, 2009, these funds will be available on the date the application was received in OMEGA.

Upon receipt of an approvable application by the Virginia Department of Education, the school division will receive an e-mail with instructions to log onto the Online Management of Education Grant Awards (OMEGA) System to review the grant award notifications. 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 programmatic approval for Title VI, Part B, Subpart B, in the 2009-2010 consolidated or individual application, please amend the application to reflect the current allocation as identified in the attachment. If the school division has not submitted a Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2, application, it will need to submit an individual application to receive the funds even if it has an approved consolidated application for other funds.

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. Questions related to the allocations should be directed to Brian Logwood, budget director, at (804) 225-2025 or by e-mail at Brian.Logwood@doe.virginia.gov.

PIW/GF/hmt

Attachment:

a. Title VI, Part B, Subpart 2, Rural and Low-Income School Program, 2009-2010 Grant Allocations (PDF)