Superintendent’s Memo #233-12

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

August 31, 2012

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT:  Intent to Apply for a Planning Grant for a Regional Science and Technology Academic-Year Governorís School in the Greater Hampton Roads Area 2012-2013

Governor McDonnell has established a goal to award 100,000 more college degrees over the next 15 years and bring more innovation and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) concentration to Virginia's colleges and universities.  An important part of achieving this goal rests on building a strong pipeline of K-12 students who have the knowledge and skills to flourish in a challenging postsecondary environment.

The 2012 General Assembly appropriated one-time funds in Fiscal Year 2013 (School Year 2012-2013) to provide a planning grant of $100,000 to a consortium of school divisions in the Hampton Roads area to plan a new full-day regional science and technology Academic-Year Governor's School serving grades 9-12.  The intent is for the consortium to conduct its planning prior to June 30, 2013, and present its full proposal to the Virginia Board of Education for first review no later than September 2013, with final review and approval in October 2013.  The participating school divisions would then seek operational funding from the General Assembly during the 2014 session, with the new Governor’s School being fully operational for the 2014-2015 school year.  The procedures to initiate an Academic-Year Governor’s School are available online at

For the purposes of this grant opportunity, school divisions in the Hampton Roads area include the counties of Accomack, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, Northampton, Southampton, Surry, James City, and York; and the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg.  Two or more of these school divisions may join together to submit an Intent to Apply form for the $100,000 planning grant.

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.  Following receipt of the intent forms, applicants will be contacted about next steps.  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 or by telephone at (804) 225-2884.



  1. Intent to Apply (Word)