P. O. BOX 2120

April 9, 1999


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Grant Application for FY 1999-2000 Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act

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

  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;
  that 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 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 two
  copies of the application must be submitted to the
  Department of Education on or before June 4, 1999.

  A draft copy of the application was previously provided
  to SDFSCA Coordinators at each of the four regional
  Evaluation Training Workshops conducted in March 1999 and
  also at the Technical Assistance Workshop conducted for
  SDFSCA Coordinators, March 23-24, 1999.

  The applications will undergo a peer review and approval
  process the week of June 14-18, 1999.  Successful
  applicants will receive notification of approval no later
  than July 1, 1999. 

  School divisions were previously notified under
  Administrative Supts. Memo No. 79, dated December 4,
  1998, about the preliminary level of funding anticipated
  for FY 1999-2000.  Additionally, school divisions were
  provided updated information about the preliminary level
  of funding during the Technical Assistance Workshop. 
  Final notification will be made to school divisions after
  confirmation of final funding has been received from the
  U.S. Department of Education.

  The 14 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.

  School divisions may request a copy of the application on
  disk in Word Perfect 6.0.  The application may also be
  downloaded from the Virginia Effective Practices Project

  To request a copy of the disk or to address questions,
  please contact Arlene D. Cundiff in the Office of
  Compensatory Programs at (804) 225-2871.

  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 attach-
               ment will be sent to the superintendent's

  cc:  SDFSCA School Division Contact Persons