P.O. Drawer 140, 100 Central Circle

Low Moor, VA  24457

540-863-1809    540-863-1804 fax


DATE:    June 18, 2018





Special Education Regional Tuition Reimbursement Program (RTRP)


As presented to the Board in March, I have been working with Paul Raskopf of the Virginia Department of Education to formulate a plan for Alleghany County Public Schools to host a Regional Tuition Program for special education students with low incidence disabilities beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.


Since school divisions must work cooperatively in a Regional Tuition Program, Covington City, Bath County, and Alleghany County are planning to apply to become a Regional Tuition Reimbursement Program (RTRP) as the Highlands Consortium. This program would enable divisions in the consortium to receive reimbursement from VDOE for up to 5% of the identified special education population for services provided to students in the program with autism spectrum disorder, hearing impairment, traumatic brain injury, emotional disability or multiple disability identifications who receive special education services for 85% or more of the school day. Alleghany, Covington and Bath would work cooperatively to provide appropriate services to students and appropriate training to staff involved in working with these students. Additional divisions in the area may apply to VDOE to participate in our consortium.


The tentative plan is to utilize the continuum of services that we have in place for students with significant disabilities with the behavior support program at MVES, the self-contained classes at CMS and AHS, and the TEACH program. The additional funds we would receive as reimbursement from the state would enable us to increase appropriate staffing to these programs and increase the services provided to these students based on their identified individual needs.


Paul Raskopf will continue working with ACPS and with any partnering divisions on completing the application process and beginning to file for reimbursements.


Based on our current special education population, this could eventually mean approximately $150,000 annually in additional funding available through reimbursement to ACPS (amount based on 5% of the December 1, 2017 Child Count) for the students enrolled in this program. (*This amount may vary depending on the December 1 child Count results for the division. The number of students for which we can receive reimbursement will continue to be based on 5% of the annually identified special education population in the division.)


I am requesting the Board’s approval to apply to VDOE for Alleghany County to participate in the RTRP. I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.





Regional Tuition Reimbursement Program




Elizabeth V. Heath, PhD, Director of Special Education