COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 104
June 13, 1997

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Superintendents Memorandum #42 on Graphing Calculators and Scientific Probes


  Superintendents Memorandum #42 on Graphing Calculators and
  Scientific Probes in support of the Standards of Learning
  provides three options to school divisions for the state
  contract/bid list.  Following distribution of memorandum
  number 42 on June 6, 1997, the Department of Education was
  informed that the Department of General Services has
  recently upgraded the state contract/bid list to include
  Texas Instrument's graphing calculators 81, 82, 83, and 85. 
  This is a normal procedure for the Department of General
  Services.  However, personnel negotiating the graphing
  calculator contract were not aware of the special funding in
  support of the Standards of Learning for graphing
  calculators for schools, and the Department of Education's
  desire to provide graphing calculator options at the lowest
  cost to schools.

  Therefore, we have begun discussion with General Services
  concerning the special funds and are determining ways to
  honor school preferences.  The Department of Education is
  asking you to return the form attached to Superintendents
  Memorandum #42 to provide information for the special fund
  negotiation.

  Questions may be directed to Dr. Ida J. Hill, Assistant
  Superintendent for Technology at (804) 225-2757.


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