COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education
August 31, 2012
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The 2012 General Assembly appropriated funds to encourage part-day Academic-Year Governor’s School programs to offer a full-day course of study to each of its students, and if possible, to expand to grades 9 through 12 if the program does not already include all four grades. Specifically, there is a $100,000 appropriation for Fiscal Year 2013 (School Year 2012-2013) to provide planning grants for one or more existing part-day Academic-Year Governor’s Schools to expand to full-day programs, including the possibility of merging with another Governor’s School. An additional appropriation of $100,000 is available to support start-up of the expanded programs in Fiscal Year 2014 (School Year 2013-2014).
The Virginia Department of Education will offer two $50,000 planning grants in Fiscal Year 2013 and two $50,000 start-up grants in Fiscal Year 2014 to existing part-day Academic-Year Governor’s Schools to expand their programs. Any part-day Academic-Year Governor’s School may apply for a $50,000 planning grant to plan for or study the feasibility of expanding to a full-day program and possibly expanding the grade levels served.
A regional Academic-Year Governor’s School that wishes to apply for a 2012-2013 planning grant to expand to a full-day program without adding additional grades would be required to implement the expansion in 2014-2015. A regional Academic-Year Governor’s School that wishes to apply for a 2012-2013 planning grant to expand both 1) to a full-day program and 2) the grade levels it serves would be required to expand to a full-day program for the existing grades and add the additional grades in a full-day program by 2014-2015.
Additional information and specific implementation and application timelines can be found in the attached Intent to Apply document. A Superintendent’s e-mail was recently issued that contained the same information.
By September 12, 2012, the Intent to Apply should be submitted to Dr. Donna Poland, specialist for governor’s schools and gifted education at the Virginia Department of Education. For more information, please contact Dr. Poland, specialist for governor’s schools and gifted education, Office of Mathematics and Governor’s Schools, by e-mail at Donna.Poland@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2884.