COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 76
November 20, 1998

ADMINISTRATIVE

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Governor's School for Agriculture Survey

 
  The 1998 General Assembly House Joint Resolution 200
  directed the Board of Education to study  the feasibility
  and appropriateness of establishing a Governor's School
  for Agriculture." Objectives of the study include the
  following: determining the need for specific
  agricultural, technical, and professional training and
  programs; types of curriculum; location, governance, and
  funding; creative methods of incorporating the education
  and experience of farming, forestry, business,
  horticulture, and other agriculture-related industries
  and other experts in the delivery of instruction; and
  similar regional special schools in other states.  In
  order to complete the study, we need your assistance.

  A survey instrument was developed and sent to members of
  the agricultural community.  The responses from the
  survey indicated that the agricultural community agreed
  with the need for a Governor's School for Agriculture for
  identified gifted students and would support the School
  by providing resources.  The possible methods of
  providing a Governor's School for Agriculture include:
  (1) statewide summer residential school; (2) summer
  regional school; or (3) academic year regional school.

  Information obtained from the attached survey will assist
  us with the study.  Please complete the attachment and
  return to Glenn A. Anderson, Ed.D., Specialist,
  Agricultural Education, Virginia Department of Education,
  P.O. Box 2120, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120 by December
  11, 1998.  For further information, you may call Dr.
  Anderson at (804) 225-2840.

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  Attachment 


               EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY SURVEY

                House Joint Resolution 200
       Study of the feasibility and appropriateness 
    of establishing a Governor's School for Agriculture



  Do you feel that there would be students from your
  Division interested in a Governor's School for
  Agriculture, to include farming, forestry, business,
  horticulture, and biotechnology?



        _____  Yes             _____  No        



  _____  If yes, estimate how many students would
         be interested in participating annually.


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     Division 




  ______________________________________         ___________
     Division Superintendent's Signature             Date




  Return this form by December 11 to: Glenn A. Anderson
                                      Specialist
                                      Agricultural Education
                                      Dept. of Education
                                      P. O. Box 2120
                                      Richmond, VA  23218
                                      Fax: 804-371-2456