P. O. BOX 2120
March 17, 2000


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: JoLynne DeMary
Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Final 2000-2002 Budget Passed by the General Assembly

 Section 22.1-93, Code of Virginia, requires the Department of Education to provide 
"...estimates to be used for budgetary purposes relative to the Basic School Aid 
Formula…."  The estimates provided in this memorandum represent the state funding 
that is projected to be distributed to school divisions during the 2000-2002 
biennium. For purposes of this memorandum, fiscal year 2001 begins on July 1, 2000, 
and ends on June 30, 2001.  Fiscal year 2002 begins on July 1, 2001, and ends on 
June 30, 2002.

On Friday, March 10, 2000, the 2000 Session of the General Assembly adopted the 
final budget for the 2000-2002 biennium.  Highlights of the General Assembly's 
budget actions include: provision of bond proceeds totaling $113.4 million for a 
computer-based SOL technology initiative; approval of a 2.4 percent salary increase 
effective December 1, 2000; additional funding for technology support in high 
schools; approval of Governor Gilmore's proposal to expand the Early Reading 
Intervention program; and creation of a new SOL Algebra Readiness Intervention 
program targeted to grades 6 through 9. The budget passed by the General Assembly 
now goes to Governor Gilmore for action.

Governor Gilmore will have the option of signing the bill as presented to him, 
amending parts of the bill, or vetoing parts of the bill.  He must take this action 
prior to the reconvened session where the General Assembly will consider any 
amendments or vetoes from Governor Gilmore.  Consequently, unless signed by 
Governor Gilmore with no changes, the budget as adopted by the General Assembly will 
not become final until after the reconvened session has concluded.  The reconvened 
session is currently scheduled for April 19, 2000.

The budget proposed by Governor Gilmore (HB 30) is the base against which the 
General Assembly made changes.  This memorandum describes the changes made to 
Governor Gilmore's introduced budget.  As you review this information, please refer 
to Informational Supts. Memo. 226, dated December 21, 1999, which describes HB 30 
as introduced.  This memorandum repeats the information presented in Informational 
Supts. Memo. No. 31, dated February 25, 2000, which describes the changes proposed 
by House of Delegates and the Senate.

Attachments are enclosed to provide detailed information on changes enacted by the 
General Assembly.  These attachments include:

Attachment A    Description of changes to HB 29 and HB 30 passed by the General 

Attachment B    Summary of Account Information

Attachment C    Locality specific printout for the budget passed by the General 
                Assembly in HB 30 

Attachment D    Locality specific printout listing the schools eligible for the 
                revised Primary Class Size Reduction program 

Attachment C is divided into three groups designated by the Roman numerals to the 
left of the accounts.  The first group (I) lists all of the Standards of Quality 
accounts.  The second group (II) lists all of the incentive-based accounts that 
require school divisions to apply for the funds and to meet certain criteria. 

The third group (III) lists all of the categorical accounts for each school division.

The funds projected for groups I and II are based either on the most recent data 
available to the Department of Education or the Department of Education's projected 
March 31 Average Daily Membership (ADM) where funding is enrollment driven.  While 
the Department has confidence in the projections of total ADM statewide, projections 
by individual locality are subject to change for factors that are better known at 
the local level.  You are encouraged to substitute your own projections of ADM if 
you believe that your local projections are more accurate than the Department's.  
The numbers represented for the group III accounts are estimates based on the most 
recent data available to the Department of Education.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact 
Daniel S. Timberlake, assistant superintendent for finance, or budget office staff 
at (804) 225-2025.


c:  Local Governing Bodies