P. O. BOX 2120
April 17, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Grant Application for FY 1998-99 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

  Enclosed you will find the application packet for local school
  divisions to apply for federal funds under Title IV: Safe and
  Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (SDFSCA) of 1994. 

  The purpose of the legislation is to support programs that
  prevent violence and promote school safety; that prevent the
  illegal use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs, involve parents,
  and are coordinated with related federal, state, and community
  efforts and resources through the provision of federal
  financial assistance.

  It will be necessary for local school divisions to submit
  either a consolidated application amendment or an individual
  application.  If the school division elects to submit an
  individual application, the original and one copy of the
  application must be submitted to the Department of Education,
  on or before June 5, 1998.  The applications will undergo a
  peer review and approval process the week of June 15-19, 1998. 
  Successful applicants will receive notification of approval no
  later than July 1, 1998.

  School divisions were previously notified under Administrative
  Supts. Memo No. 11, dated March 13, 1998 about the preliminary
  level of funding anticipated for FY 1998-99.  Final
  notification of allocations will be made to school divisions
  after confirmation of final funding has been received from the
  U.S. Department of Education.

  The fourteen school divisions determined to have the "greatest
  need" for additional funds to carry out drug and violence
  prevention programs will be receiving individual letters of
  notification from the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

  If you have questions, please contact Arlene D. Cundiff in the
  Office of Compensatory Programs at (804) 225-2871.


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

  cc:  SDFSCA School Division Coordinators