COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 14

January 31, 2003

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Revised 2002 Triennial Census Count

 

The triennial census count is used to distribute the estimated one percent sales tax proceeds for public education as part of the Basic Aid formula and to distribute the actual cash payments of these proceeds. Attachment A shows the latest 2002 Triennial Census count for each school division (the 1999 count is shown in comparison).

 

Please note that the 2002 census data in Attachment A differs from that used in the entitlements contained in Informational Superintendents Memorandum Number 171, dated December 23, 2003 (Governors amendments to the 2002-2004 biennial budget). Subsequent to issuing that memorandum, corrected 2002 census data were submitted by two school divisions. The census count contained in Attachment A reflects those corrections.

 

The January 16, 2003, sales tax cash payments to school divisions were made prior to the receipt of the corrected census counts and, as a result, require adjustment. It is anticipated that the corrected 2002 census count will be used for distributing the sales tax payments beginning with the January 31, 2003, payment. In addition, the January 31 payment will contain a one-time adjustment to correct for the January 16 payments made on the uncorrected census data. The corrected January 31 payments and one-time adjustments as received from the Virginia Department of Accounts are shown in Attachment B.

 

These corrections have been provided to the General Assembly. Changes to state Basic Aid funding for fiscal years 2003 and 2004, based on the corrected 2002 census data, will require action by the 2003 General Assembly. We will notify you of any changes to Basic Aid funding that may occur as a result of the corrected 2002 census data as information becomes available during the session.

 

If you have any questions concerning this information,

please contact Dan Timberlake, assistant superintendent for finance, or budget office staff at (804) 225-2025.

JLD/kcd

 

Attachments

 

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2003/inf014a.pdf

/administrators/superintendents_memos/2003/inf014b.pdf