COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 176
November 21, 1997

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM:
 
Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Partnerships with Local Departments of Social Services

 
  The 1997 General Assembly, through the Appropriation Act,
  Item 131 P. directed the Superintendent of Public
  Instruction in cooperation with the Commissioner of Social
  Services to

     ...encourage local departments of social services
       and local school divisions to work together to
       explore the feasibility of cooperative
       arrangements for the use of school resources,
       especially computer labs, for the training
       Temporary Assistance in Needy Families recipients
       for the workforce....jointly report on the
       progress of this initiative to the Chairmen of
       House Appropriations, House Education, House
       Health, Welfare and Institutions, Senate Finance,
       Senate Education and Health, and Senate
       Rehabilitation and Social Services Committees by
       January 1, 1998.

  By this memo, I am requesting that you discuss such
  cooperative arrangements with your building principals to
  determine (1) if any such partnerships currently exist in
  your school division and (2) whether or not it would be
  feasible to establish such a cooperative arrangement for the
  benefit of your local community.  Further, I am requesting
  that you call Dr. Jack Moye, a field services representative
  with the Department, no later than December 5, 1997 to
  provide him with information concerning cooperative
  arrangements currently in existence in your division, as
  well as instances in which there is an expressed interest in
  establishing such cooperative arrangements.  Dr. Moye can be
  reached at (804) 392-9317. 

  Your assistance in providing the information to assist us in
  meeting this requirement is greatly appreciated.

  RTL/da