DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 19
June 13, 2008
Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
2007-2008 Driver Education Status Questionnaire and 2008-2009 Fee for the Laboratory Phase of Driver Education
The driver education laboratory information submitted on the attached status questionnaire will be used to ensure program compliance in accordance with 22.1-205 of the Code of Virginia and to identify school divisions eligible to receive Driver Education funds in school year 2008-2009.
Please ask your principals to complete Attachment A, the 2007-2008 Status Questionnaire form, and send it to the appropriate person in your finance office for use in completing Attachment B.
Item 135.C.5.e.2, Chapter 847, 2008
To ensure compliance with state regulations, please complete the appropriate sections of Attachment B. To request approval to charge a fee for behind-the-wheel driver education taught during the 2008-2009 regular school year, please complete pages one and two of Attachment B. To report that your school division will not charge a fee for behind-the-wheel driver education during the regular 2008-2009 school term, please complete and return page one of Attachment B. The fee charged for fiscal year 2009 must not exceed the difference between the average per pupil cost for fiscal year 2008, and the calculated per pupil reimbursement from basic aid for fiscal year 2008. Attachment C provides basic aid payments distributed for behind-the-wheel driver education for fiscal year 2008.
To ensure compliance with state regulations, all school divisions should submit Attachments A and B no later than July 18, 2008.
As you may know, the 2007 General Assembly amended 22.1-205 of the Code of Virginia to include: In addition to the fee approved by the Board of Education pursuant to the appropriation act that allows local school boards to charge a per pupil fee for behind-the-wheel driver education, the Board of Education may authorize a local school board's request to assess a surcharge in order to further recover program costs that exceed state funds distributed through basic aid to school divisions offering driver education programs. Each school board may waive the fee or the surcharge in total or in part for those students it determines cannot pay the fee or surcharge.
If you have any questions about charging a fee or assessing a surcharge for the laboratory phase of driver education, please contact Marie Williams, director of accounting, by e-mail at Marie.Williams@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 225-2040. If you have any other questions related to driver education, please contact Vanessa Wigand, principal specialist for health education, physical education, and driver education, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Vanessa.Wigand@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3300.