P. O. BOX 2120
January 9, 1998


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Certifications for At-Risk Programs and Teacher Salary Increases

  Chapter 924, 1997 Acts of the Assembly (Apporpriation Act),
  states that "Local school divisions are required to spend,
  as part of the required local expenditure for the Standards
  of Quality the established at-risk payment (state and local
  share) on approved programs for students who are
  educationally at-risk.  To receive these funds, each school
  division shall certify to the Department of Education that
  the state and local shares of the at-risk payment will be
  used to support approved programs for students who are
  educationally at-risk.  These programs may include: Dropout
  Prevention, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID),
  homework assistance, Project Discovery , Reading Recovery,
  programs for students who speak English as a second
  language, and programs related to increasing the success of
  disadvantaged students in completing a high school degree
  and providing opportunities to encourage further education
  and training."  Attachment A is a form that must be signed
  by the superintendent certifying that these designated funds
  are being spent on students who are educationally at-risk.

  The General Assembly approved the state share of a payment
  equivalent to a 4.00% salary increase effective January 1,
  1998.  The Appropriation Act states, "The intent of the
  General Assembly is that the average classroom teacher
  salary be improved throughout the state by at least 4.00%
  the second year.  Sufficient funds are appropriated in this
  act to finance on a statewide basis, the state share of such
  salary increases, to school divisions which certify to the
  state Department of Education, no later than March 1, 1)
  that equivalent increases have been granted in the fiscal
  year in which such payments are provided; or 2) the school
  division will begin paying the employee's share of
  contributions to the Virginia Retirement System in that
  fiscal year as a new benefit that had not been available to
  teachers in prior years."  Attachment B must be signed by
  the superintendent certifying that sufficient funds have
  been provided for the salary increase.

  These two forms must be returned to Mrs. June Eanes, Budget
  Director, by January 23, 1998.   If you have any questions
  concerning these two forms, please call Mrs. Eanes at (804)


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