P. O. BOX 2120
February 13, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne Demary, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
SUBJECT: Title I School Improvement Funds

  Attached is a listing of certain school divisions and the
  amount of School Improvement Funds allocated under Title I
  of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as
  amended by the Improving America's Schools Act of 1994, Part
  A of Public Law (P.L.)103-382.  These supplementary
  appropriations are in addition to the Basic Title I Maximum
  Authorization and the Supplementary Concentration Grants
  available in the 1997-98 school year and are provided for
  those schools within the division that have been identified
  for School Improvement based on 1995-96 and 1996-97 data.  
  School Improvement funds are to be used in a manner
  consistent with the attached description of use of funds and
  consistent with the earlier signed "Intent to Expend School
  Improvement Funds", which reflected the guidelines.  It
  should be noted that the primary use of School Improvement
  funds is to assist with the establishment of School Support
  Teams.  The State also intends to allocate additional School
  Improvement funds to localities for schools identified for
  School Improvement based on 1996-97 and 1997-98 data.  Each
  year, the Title I Office examines individual school data,
  based on a process outilined in the School Improvement
  Process, to determine which schools should receive funds.

  You are requested to complete the attached Application for
  School Improvement Assistance Funds and send it to Brenda A.
  Spencer, Specialist, Title 1, Office of Compensatory
  Programs, P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia  23218-2120, by
  March 31, 1998.   Separate accounting is required for these funds.
  Reimbursement requests should be marked "School
  Improvement Funds 96-4" and should also be sent to the above
  person and address.  All reimbursement requests must be
  received by June 30, 1998.   These particular funds cannot
  be carried over to the 1998-99 school year. 

  If you should have any questions, please contact George H.
  Irby, Director, Office of Compensatory Programs at (804)
  225-2869 or Brenda Spencer at (804) 371-6201 or 225-2910. 
  You may also use the following e-mail address:


  Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments
               will be sent to the superintendent's office