Superintendent's Memo #163-11

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

June 10, 2011

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: 2010-2011 Driver Education Status Questionnaire and 2011-2012 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 state driver education funds in school year 2011-2012.

Please ask your principals to complete Attachment A, the 2010-2011 Status Questionnaire Form, and send it to the appropriate person in your finance office for use in completing Attachment B.

Item 132, Chapter 890, 2011 Virginia Acts of Assembly (2010-2012 appropriation act), states:

"Local school boards may charge a per pupil fee for behind-the-wheel driver education provided, however, that the fee charged plus the per pupil basic aid reimbursement for driver education shall not exceed the actual average per pupil cost...."

To ensure compliance with state regulations, please complete Attachment BAttachment C provides your fiscal year 2011 distribution of state driver education funds, which is information you will need to complete Attachment B.  It also provides you with a tool to quickly calculate the maximum allowable behind-the-wheel fee for school year 2011-2012.  As in the past, the fee charged for fiscal year 2012 must not exceed the difference between the average per pupil cost for fiscal year 2011, and the calculated per pupil reimbursement from basic aid for fiscal year 2011.

To ensure compliance with state regulations, all school divisions should submit Attachments A and B no later than July 29, 2011.

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 Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Vanessa.Wigand@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3300.

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Attachments:

  1. Driver Education Status Questionnaire Form (Word)
  2. Fee for Behind-The-Wheel Driver Education Form (Word)
  3. FY 2011 Distribution of Driver Education Funds (XLS)