[Federal Register: June 7, 2002 (Volume 67, Number 110)]
[Notices]               
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DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

[CFDA No. 84.358A]

 
Small, Rural School Achievement Program

AGENCY: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of 
Education.

ACTION: Notice announcing application deadline.

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SUMMARY: Under the Small, Rural School Achievement Program, we will 
award grants on a formula basis to eligible local educational agencies 
(LEAs) to address the unique needs of rural school districts. In this 
notice, we announce the deadline for eligible LEAs to apply for fiscal 
year (FY) 2002 funding under the program and indicate that all 
applications must be submitted electronically.
    Application Deadline: July 9, 2002.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: An LEA is eligible for an award under the 
Small, Rural School Achievement Program if--
    (a) The total number of students in average daily attendance at all 
of the schools served by the LEA is fewer than 600; or each county in 
which a school served by the LEA is located has a total population 
density of fewer than 10 persons per square mile; and
    (b) All of the schools served by the LEA are designated with a 
school locale code of 7 or 8 by the Department's National Center for 
Education Statistics; or the Secretary has determined, based on a 
demonstration by the LEA and concurrence of the SEA, that the LEA is 
located in an area defined as rural by a governmental agency of the 
State.
    We previously requested each SEA to provide, on behalf of their 
LEAs, data that the Department needs to determine eligibility and 
calculate FY 2002 allocations under the Small, Rural School Achievement 
Program. (A copy this request and information concerning the program is 
available on the Department's web site at http://wwe.ed.gov/offices/
OESE/reap.html.) On February 21, 2002, we also published a notice in 
the Federal Register (67 FR 8014-8015) announcing the acceptability of 
alternative average daily attendance (ADA) data and establishing an 
April 1, 2002 deadline

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for States to submit ADA and other eligibility and allocation data to 
the Department. On the basis on the information that States have 
provided to us, we will award formula grants to eligible LEAs that 
submit a timely application for funds under the program.
    We are now establishing a deadline for the submission of LEA 
applications, because the precise amount of funding that an eligible 
LEA will receive under the program for FY 2002 is affected by whether 
other eligible LEAs throughout the country participate in the program. 
The Department cannot determine final allocations under the Small, 
Rural School Achievement Program without a deadline for the submission 
of applications.
    Electronic Submission of Applications: To receive its share of FY 
2002 funding, an eligible LEA must submit an electronic application to 
the Department by July 8, 2002. Submission of an electronic application 
involves the use of the Electronic Grant Application System (e-
APPLICATION, formerly e-GAPS) portion of the Grant Administration and 
Payment System (GAPS).
    You can access the electronic application for the Small, Rural 
School Achievement Program at: http://e-grants.ed.gov.
    Once you access this site, you will receive specific instructions 
regarding the information to include in your application.
    The regular hours of operation of the e-Grants Web site are from 6 
a.m. until 12 midnight (Washington, DC time) on Mondays, Tuesdays, 
Thursdays and Fridays; and from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and 
Saturdays. The system is unavailable on the second Saturday of every 
month, Sundays, and Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Milagros Lanauze. Telephone: (202) 
401-0039 or via Internet: reap@ed.gov.
    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), you may 
call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339.
    Individuals with disabilities may obtain this notice in an 
alternative format (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, or computer 
diskette) on request to the contact person listed above.
    Electronic Access to This Document: You may view this document, as 
well as other Department of Education documents published in the 
Federal Register in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) on the 
Internet at the following site: www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister.
    To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available 
free at this site. If you have questions about using PDF, call the U.S. 
Government Printing Office (GPO), toll-free, at 1-888-293-6498; or in 
the Washington DC, area at (202) 512-1530.

    Note: The official version of this document is the document 
published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the 
official version of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal 
Regulations is available on GPO access at: http://
www.access.gpo.gov/nara/index.html.
    Program Authority: Section 6212 of the ESEA, as amended by the 
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Pub. L. 107-110).


    Dated: June 3, 2002.
Susan B. Neuman,
Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary, Education.
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