COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 164
October 4, 1996

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Technology Funds for Elementary Media Centers and Networking

 
  The General Assembly and the Governor have been very
  supportive of technology in the schools and have provided
  significant funding for this purpose.  In 1994-95, $8
  million was appropriated for high school media centers.  In
  1995-96, $6.7 million was appropriated for middle school
  media centers.  In addition, the Assembly appropriated over
  $46 million for elementary media centers and networking.  In
  order to receive these funds, school divisions must submit
  reimbursements with supporting documentation.   You were
  informed that the final date for submitting reimbursements
  for these funds was December 1, 1996.  
  
  We have received notice that this date has been extended to
  March 1, 1997.  Funds will not be available for
  reimbursements submitted after March 1.   There is still a
  large amount of these funds outstanding, and we strongly
  urge you to submit the reimbursements before March 1.  A
  reimbursement form has been attached for your convenience.   
    
  Another sale of notes, approximating $55 million, is
  scheduled for the spring of 1997 to continue the technology
  program throughout the school divisions.  Therefore, we are
  asking that you make a special effort to submit the
  reimbursements for the elementary media centers and
  networking as soon as possible.  
  
  If you have any questions on the appropriate purchases,
  please call Dr. Ida Hill, Division Chief for Technology,  at
  (804) 225-2757.  If you have questions concerning the
  reimbursement form, please call Mrs. June Eanes, Budget
  Director, at (804) 225-2060.
  
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  Attachment:  This memo and its attachment will be sent to
               the superintendent's office.