P. O. BOX 2120
August 21, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: 1998-99 IDEA, PL 105-17 Part B Grant Awards for Special Education

  Part B (Section 613) Flow Through

  This memorandum is the official grant award notification under
  the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education
  Act Amendments of 1997.  The Grant Award is based on the per
  pupil amount of $555 multiplied by your division's December 1,
  1997 count of children with disabilities ages 3-21.  The
  amount of flow-through funds available to each division is
  reflected on the attached grant award list.

  This memorandum serves as the notice of the approval of your
  1998-99 Annual Special Education Plan.  The award was
  predicated upon the approval by the State Superintendent of
  Public Instruction of your 1998-99 Annual Plan for Special
  Education and Part B Funding Application.

  The total state grant under IDEA increased significantly for
  the period beginning July 1, 1998.  The per pupil amount  used
  to determine the local school division's grant increased by
  $72 over last year's amount.

  The grant period extends from July 1, 1998, through September
  30, 2000.  Funds are provided to the school division through a
  cost reimbursement process.  Your division's expenditures will
  be reimbursed based upon an approved budget reflecting the
  actual award amount.

  Part B (Section 619) Preschool Grants

  This memorandum is the official grant notification to school 
  divisions that have approved applications under Section 619
  Early Childhood Special Education Programs.  Awards are based
  on the December 1, 1996, child count data for children ages 3-5
  at a per pupil amount of $519. The amount of each division's
  award is shown on the attached grant award list. 

  The 1998-99 grant period is July 1, 1998, through September
  30, 1999. Funds may not be encumbered after September 30,


  The dates of the grant awards will be different for school
  divisions not submitting a plan that is substantially
  approvable to the Department of Education by July 1, 1998. 
  Grant award documents will be distributed under a separate
  mailing to school divisions not listed on the attached tables.


  Reimbursement for expenditures pursuant to these programs
  cannot be honored if program or budget modifications are
  carried out without prior approval.  Funds available under the
  provisions of IDEA, Part B, must be used to provide special
  education and related services to children with disabilities
  as outlined in your division's approved 1998-99 applications
  (Flow Through or Pre-school).

  Amendments to the Annual Plan/Funding Applications

  Amendments to the policies and procedures submitted with the
  1998-99 annual plan and applications for federal funds must be
  submitted when the school board approves them.  Likewise
  changes to procedures, forms, or other backup documentation
  submitted with the plan also should be submitted as
  implemented.   The annual plan should be a reflection of
  current policies, procedures, and practices of the local
  school division.

  Questions pertaining to the Flow-Through awards may be
  directed to Tony Faina at (804) 225-2700.  Questions
  concerning the Preschool Awards should be addressed to Mrs.
  Linda Bradford, specialist, (804)225-2675, or Mrs. Susan
  Pinson, grant manager at (804) 225-2539.

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