Appropriation #2005048 $430,484.00
The Department of Homeland Security awarded the Albemarle County Department of Fire and Rescue a 2004 Office of Domestic Preparedness federal grant in the amount of $301,339.00. The grant is offered through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program and requires a local match of $129,145.00, for a total program cost of $430,484.00
The purpose of the AFG Program is to award one-year grants directly to fire departments to enhance their abilities with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. The grant will allow the implementation of a continuing proactive wellness and fitness program for the department’s volunteer and career personnel. This program will be mandatory for all career personnel. It will be optional, but strongly promoted and encouraged, for volunteer personnel. The grant and local match will enable the placement of fitness and exercise equipment at all fire rescue stations, including the administrative headquarters. The program will also provide annual nutrition, diet, back care, abdominal health, injury prevention, and stress management education for career and volunteer personnel at each station.
Appropriation #2005052 $1,940.00
Albemarle County has received a grant from the First Responder Institute (a not-for-profit organization) in the amount of $1,940.00 to assist in the purchase of new traffic vests for firefighters. There is no local match.
Appropriation #2005053 $44,162.82
The Wal-Mart Foundation awarded Broadus Wood Elementary School a grant in the amount of $500.00. This grant will be used to purchase trade books for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade language arts programs.
The Frederick S. Upton Foundation made a matching grant donation in the amount of $1,000.00 to Henley Middle School. This donation will support Henley’s Cultural Enrichment Program in funding three artists-in-residence programs: Sculpture, Writer, and Dramatic Interpretation. The projects will involve interactive activities to include hands on learning experiences for students with performing, visual, and musical arts.
The Albemarle County Public Schools will act as fiscal agent for the Virginia Department of Education in the design and implementation of a statewide one day institute on instruction in student character education for school personnel. Albemarle County will be reimbursed for expenses accrued not to exceed $35,000.00 and will receive free registration at the institute for up to six participants.
The Partnership in Character Education Grant has a fund balance of $7,662.82 from FY 03/04. It is requested that these funds be appropriated for FY 04/05 to help support K-12 character education programs.
Appropriation #2005054 $1,009.71
This appropriation provides $1,009.71 for the Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) grant. The monies through this grant cover training volunteers to respond to emergency situations. Some of the monies are also used for equipment for this same purpose.
Appropriation #2005055 $264,167.81
Murray Elementary School received an anonymous donation in the amount of $600.00. This donation will be used to support the miscellaneous classroom needs at the school.
The 2002 General Assembly appropriated funds to support the Teacher Mentor Program for participating school divisions. This program is for beginning and experienced teachers new to Albemarle County Public Schools to conduct mentor workshops and work with principals so that mentors can provide teachers with meaningful and individualized induction into the teaching profession. Albemarle County Public Schools has received an additional $1,324.75 from the State for FY 04/05.
“Families in Crisis” is a federally funded grant designed to create lasting and effective structure needs to homeless students living in the Albemarle County school district, or being forced to move out of the district because of circumstances beyond their control. Albemarle County Public Schools received an additional $500.00 for FY 04/05 to be used for staff development.
Title III, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, was passed to improve student learning by states and districts as part of a comprehensive approach to close the achievement gap, especially between disadvantaged and minority students and their peers. To comply with the law, states and districts must now make decisions that have enormous consequences for students, including those with limited English proficiency. This grant is provided to assist in implementing the law to maximize the success of Limited English Proficient and Immigrant Students. There is a fund balance retained by the State from FY 03/04 of $23,960.17 which may be used for FY 04/05.
The Albemarle County Public Schools received an additional grant award, Grant B, under Section 619 Early Childhood Special Education Program for FY 04/05 in the amount of $68,900.00. In the fall of 2004, a new preschool classroom was opened at Agnor Hurt Elementary School due to the move from Westminster Child Care Center. This grant is to help promote early intervention strategies and accurate assessment of students by funding the purchase of furniture, teaching materials, manipulative, permanent and consumable supplies, positioning and fine motor equipment, testing material, and protocols.
The Albemarle County Public Schools received a Refugee School Impact Grant award from the Office of Refugee Resettlement, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the amount of $9,535.00. These funds will be used to provide additional services for Albemarle County’s growing multicultural population, which includes refugees. The grant program will run in conjunction with the evening Adult ESL program, targeting K-12 “Limited English Proficient” (LEP) refugee students with special emphasis on reading, writing, and mathematical concepts.
The Learn and Serve grant has an unexpended fund balance of $223.12 from FY 03/04. The coordinator of this program is in the process of spending these funds. It is requested that these funds be re-appropriated for FY 04/05.
Various miscellaneous grants have unexpended fund balances from FY 03/04, totalling $14,124.77. Holders of these grants have been encouraged to expend these small balances. It is requested that these funds be re-appropriated for FY 04/05.
Albemarle County Public Schools was awarded a 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant for Yancey Elementary School in the amount of $145,000.00. The funds will be used for the Club Yancey After-School Program which will provide academic, civic, cultural, and fitness/wellness enrichment to students enrolled in the program. Club Yancey is a jointly operated program through The Saint John the Baptist in the Woods Foundation and Albemarle County Public Schools.
Appropriation #2005056 $256,864.55
Broadus Wood Elementary School received an honorarium in the amount of $150.00 from the Montgomery County School Board. Nancy Markos, P.E. teacher at Broadus Wood presented a half-day workshop for the Montgomery County Schools’ K-5 Physical Education staff on January 25, 2005. These funds will be used to purchase P.E. equipment for the school.
Woodbrook Elementary School received a donation in the amount of $2,500.00 from the Woodbrook Elementary PTO. This donation will be used to pay a teaching assistant to work one additional hour per day. Woodbrook Elementary also received a donation in the amount of $100.00 from Charles Crenshaw. This donation will be used by the School Community Group to fund activities for the students at the school.
Scottsville Elementary School received a donation in the amount of $1,200.00 from Scottsville Elementary PTO. This donation will be used to purchase a Smart Board for use by the teachers at the school for presentations and lessons.
Albemarle High School received a donation in the amount of $1,000.00 from Frontline Test Equipment, Inc. This donation will be used to purchase instructional materials for the German Club.
Murray Elementary School received a donation in the amount of $40.84 from Target and the Take Charge of Education Program. Target donates up to 1% of purchases made to eligible schools designated by their guests. This donation will be used to purchase instructional supplies for the school. Murray Elementary School also received a donation in the amount of $1,984.00 from Albemarle Family 2005 Education Counts. This donation was a result of the proceeds of the Fun Day held at Murray Elementary School. The donation will be used to purchase miscellaneous supplies for the school.
Policy DB-E allows schools to carry forward up to 10% of their budgets from year to year. Policy KG-R returns 40% of the base fees collected for building rental to each school. It is requested the re-appropriation of school carry over funds in the amount of $237,723.21 and building rental fees in the amount of $12,166.50 be returned to the schools for FY 04/05.
Appropriation #2005057 $44,965.35
This revenue represents program income (loan repayments) in CDBG-funded projects. The County is required to use such income for activities eligible under CDBG that served low- to moderate-income families. AHIP has two current clients that require substantial rehabilitation to their homes. One job estimated at $53,923.00 will use $23,423.22 in program income matched with $30,500.00 from other sources. The second job estimated at $44,559.00 will use $21,542.13 in program income matched with $23,013.00 from other sources.
Appropriation #2005058 $47,840.00
This appropriation of $47,840.00 provides funding for costs associated with the June 14, 2005 dual primary election to be held in all County precincts. Because this primary is treated as two elections being held simultaneously, there are additional expenses that will be incurred.
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