P. O. BOX 2120
October 31, 1997


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Board of Education 1998-2000 Budget Request

  The 1998-2000 biennium budget request for Direct Aid to
  Public Education has been adopted by the Board of Education
  and submitted to Governor Allen for inclusion in his budget. 
  The total request includes approximately $338 million to
  maintain the current level of the educational program
  required by the Standards of Quality.  

  Attachment A provides information relating to the SOQ.  A
  printout reflecting the per pupil amounts for each locality
  is provided at Attachment B.  Information on the schools
  eligible for the reduced pupil to teacher ratios for 
  kindergarten through grade 3 is provided in Attachment C. 

  The Board is also requesting additional funding in technical
  amendments to other Aid to Locality accounts to cover the
  increased costs of certain programs required by state or
  federal statutes.  Attachment D provides information
  relating to the technical amendments for other accounts.

  A revised composite index has not been computed at this
  time.  Data for this computation is expected from the
  Department of Taxation in November.  A new index will be
  sent to school divisions when available, which should be by
  the end of November.

  It is important to remember that this information relates to
  the Board of Education's approved budget request.  The
  Governor will take these recommendations under consideration
  as he prepares his budget for submission to the 1998 Session
  of the General Assembly.  The 1998-2000 budget will not be
  finalized until mid-March of 1998.  When the Governor
  releases his budget in December, individualized sheets with
  estimated entitlements will be sent to divisions. 
  Additional information will be provided as changes occur.

  If you have questions, please call Mr. Dan Timberlake,
  Assistant Superintendent for Finance, at (804) 225-2025,
  Mrs. June Eanes, Budget Director, at (804) 225-2060, or Mr.
  Kent Dickey, Data Base Analyst, at (804) 225-2806.


  Attachments: A hard copy of this memo and its attachments
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.