P. O. BOX 2120
February 12, 1999


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Special Education Sliver Grant Awards
We are pleased to announce the release of sliver grant 
funds under the provisions of the Individuals with 
Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 (reference 
October 2, 1998 Supts. Memo. No. 69, Administrative).  
Each local education agency (LEA) and state-operated 
program (SOP) was allocated an amount equal to $11.95 per 
special education pupil, with $5,000 minimum if less than 
50 pupils are served, and $20,000 minimum if 50 or more 
pupils are served. Additionally, allocations not applied 
for have been redistributed on a proportionate basis to 
all the applicants.

The grant period extends from January 1, 1999, through 
September 30, 2000.  No funds may be encumbered after 
September 30, 2000.  Final requests for reimbursement 
must be received by November 30, 2000.  The grant award 
number must be referenced in all communications and 
reimbursement requests relative to this project.  Funds 
may be used only for the activities stipulated in the  
approved application.  Reimbursement for expenditures can 
not be honored where program or budget modifications are 
implemented without prior approval.  Project 
reimbursement and amendment requests must be made using 
the forms provided in the Handbook of Procedures and 
Forms for Requesting Federal Program Reimbursements under 
Improving America's Schools Act (IASA) and Special  Education

The amount of sliver grant funds approved for each 
division is reflected on the attached grant award list.  
For LEAs and SOPs for whom the application status is 
indicated as "approved," this memorandum serves as your  official
grant award notification, and you may obligate  funds.
Reimbursement requests will be processed upon  your submission of
a revised budget reflecting the actual  award amount.

This memorandum also serves as the official grant award 
notification for LEAs and SOPs for whom the application status 
is indicated as "conditional approval." You may obligate funds, 
but reimbursement requests will not be processed until final 
approval of your application and your submission of a revised 
budget reflecting the actual award amount.

An application status of  "pending" means the application has 
been reviewed by Department of Education staff and the need 
for significant revision has been communicated to the local 
contact person.  Individual grant award notices will be issued 
to LEAs and SOPs for whom the application status is indicated 
as "pending" after their revised applications have been 

Questions pertaining to sliver grant awards may be directed to 
John Mitchell, Associate Director, Office of Special Education 
and Student Services at or (804) 225-


Attachment:     A hard copy of this memo and its attach-
                ment will be sent to the superintendent's