P. O. BOX 2120
July 10, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Announcing the 1998-99 High Schools That Work Grant Application for New Sites

  The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce
  the 1998-99 High Schools That Work (HSTW) Grant Application
  for New Sites.  This grant is federally funded for $10,000
  maximum with a minimum match of 50 percent ($5,000) local
  funds for each site.  The grant is provided under The Carl D.
  Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act of
  1990 and is available through the submission and selection of
  competitive applications. 

  The grantee must do the following: 

        implement the Virginia Standards of Learning

        align school improvement goals with the framework of the
          High Schools That Work Key Practices and support the
          improvement of teaching and learning

        include a high school with grades 9-12, (in the event the
          school is served by a vocational center, the center's
          programs and faculty must be included in the application/
          management plan)

        provide evidence of cooperation/participation  between
          the local school and parents, business representatives,
          post-secondary educators, and community/civic

        provide assurances and commitments, budget summary, and
          the 1998-99 Management Plan. SUPTS. MEMO NO. 99

  The grant packet will contain all necessary information and
  forms.  The deadline for submission of applications is August
  28, 1998.  Schools interested in submitting an application
  should request the Virginia High Schools That Work Grant
  Application/Management Plan packet for new sites from:

             Dr. Neils W. Brooks, State Director
             Office of Vocational and Adult Education Services
             Virginia Department of Education
             101 N. 14th Street, P. O. Box 2120
             Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120
             Phone: (804)786-7072

  Division superintendents and school principals will be
  notified of the grant awards by October 1, 1998, pending
  availability of funds.  

  The Virginia Department of Education will provide a workshop
  to assist school teams in writing the High Schools That Work
  Grant Application.  Registration is limited to no more than
  four individuals per school.  Please see the enclosed workshop
  agenda and registration information.  The workshop will be
  held Wednesday, August 5, 1998, 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at
  the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, 110 Shenandoah
  Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia 24016.

  Should you have questions or need additional information,
  please contact Dr. Brooks at (804)225-2847 (e-mail: or Lolita B. Hall, State Coordinator
  for High Schools That Work, at (804)225-3370 (e-mail:


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

  Copies:    Division Key Instructional Leaders
             High School Principals
             Vocational Administrators
             Tech Prep Consortium/Project Director