01-19-2010 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #30

Educating Water and Environmental Stewards


This grant application, Educating Water and Environmental Stewards, submitted to the headquarters of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will facilitate the launch of a new program of study for students at Heritage High School. The new program, Environmental Studies-Water Resources Technology (ESWRT) will be a 3 to 4 year sequential program of study that will produce graduates passing the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Operator Certification Program Level C Examination. These graduates will be ready for employment or advanced study by possessing the knowledge, skills, and proficiencies in wastewater and water distribution systems.

This Career and Technical program at Heritage High School will be the only program in the United States offering high school students the benefits and opportunities inherent in this program.  Collaborative partners include the City of Palm Bay, Lake City Community College, and the St. Johns Water Management District.

The requested EPA funds of $95,000 will be matched, at the required 25% level, with personnel time and local funds designated to CTE programs. Mr. Philip Gravinese, teacher, will serve as Project Facilitator; Dr. David Baldaia will be project Manager.

The application was submitted on the December 15 deadline due to the grant notice and deadline falling between scheduled board meetings.


Request approval of writting and submitting the Educating Water and Environmental Stewards grant proposal.


Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 1/19/2010

Authority for Action
General duties and powers of the Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding
Operating - Grant

Cost Center


Dr. David Baldaia, Resource Teacher CTE  x 398

Ms. Margaret Lewis, Director CTE x 380

Dr. Sherry Meaders, Grant Development x 374

Attachment:  Project Summary.pdf