COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 9
March 22, 1996

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM:
 
William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT:
 
Pilot Projects for an Alternative Education Program
Request for Proposal (RFP)

 
  Subject to final approval by the Governor, the General
  Assembly has approved funds to establish alternative education
  sites throughout the Commonwealth and ensure that all school
  divisions have access to such an option for students who may
  be disruptive or present serious behavior problems, 14 new
  regional sites will be funded for 1996-97.  In addition, the
  Department will continue to support the 19 regional projects
  currently operating through the funding formula process.  
  
  Attached is the Request for Proposals (RFP) for those school
  divisions who will be first-time applicants for a regional
  program.  To be considered, proposals must be received at the
  Department no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 1996.  
      
  
  Each project funded will involve two or more school divisions
  working in collaboration to establish options for students who
  (a) have committed an offense or have a pending offense in
  violation of local school board policy related to weapons,
  drug and substance abuse, or intentional injury to another
  person; (b) have been expelled or have long-term suspensions;
  or (c) have been released from a youth learning center and
  would benefit from the program as recommended by the
  corrections superintendent and the local school
  superintendent.
  
  If you have any questions, please contact Diane L. Jay, at
  (804) 225-2905. 
  
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  Attachment:  This memo and its attachment will be sent to
               the superintendent's office.