COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 70
October 13, 1996

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Certifications for At-Risk Programs and Teacher Salary Increases

 
Chapter 912, Acts of the Assembly, states that "Local school
divisions are required to spend, as part of the required local
expenditure for the Standards of Quality the established at-risk
payment (state and local share) on approved programs for students
who are educationally at-risk."  Attachment A is a form that must
be signed by the superintendent certifying that these designated
funds are being spent on students who are educationally at-risk.

The General Assembly approved the state share of a payment
equivalent to a 1.75% salary increase effective January 1, 1997. 
The Act states "The intent of the General Assembly is that the
average classroom teacher salary be improved throughout the state
by at least 1.75% the first year and 2% the second year. 
Sufficient funds are appropriated in this act to finance on a
statewide basis, the state share of such salary increases, to
school divisions which certify to the state Department of
Education, no later than March 1, that equivalent increases have
been granted in the fiscal year in which such payments are
provided."  Attachment B must be signed by the superintendent
certifying that sufficient funds have been provided for the
salary increase.

These two forms must be returned to Mrs. June Eanes, Budget
Director, by November 1, 1996.  If you have any questions
concerning these two forms, please call Mrs. Eanes at (804) 225-2060.

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Attachments -  This memo and its attachments will be sent to the
               Superintendent's Office.       


                                             ATTACHMENT A


                         AT-RISK PROGRAMS


                             1996-97




I certify that _______________________________School Division is
spending, as part of the required local expenditure for the
Standards of Quality the established at-risk payment (state and
local share) on approved programs for students who are
educationally at-risk.











_________________________________       _____________________
       Signature,                  
Division Superintendent                           Date



Return this form by November 1, 1996 to:          
                                   
                                   Mrs. June Eanes
                                   Budget Director
                                   Department of Education
                                   P. O. Box 2120
                                   Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120





                                             ATTACHMENT B


                     TEACHER SALARY INCREASE


                             1996-97




I certify that _______________________________School Division has
appropriated sufficient funds to provide a salary increase of at
least 1.75% effective January 1, 1997 for the 1996-97 school
year.










__________________________________      _______________________
       Signature, 
Division Superintendent                           Date



Return this form by November 1, 1996 to:          

                                   Mrs. June Eanes
                                   Budget Director
                                   Department of Education
                                   P. O. Box 2120
                                   Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120