01-20-2009 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #30


Title
Safe Schools/Healthy Schools Grant

Discussion

The Safe Schools/Healthy Schools grant from the US DOE Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools will focus on comprehensive prevention and intervention services to reduce and eliminate  violence, victimization, use of drugs/alcohol/tobacco while building student resiliency skills and pro-social behaviors. Funds support professional development, activities, curricula, programs, and services. Schools with high numbers of incidents will be selected to participate in this program supported through a partnership of law enforcement, community mental health, and juvenile justice agencies.

Funding is estimated at $2.25 million each year for 4 years. Cash match is not required. Submission deadline is expected in March 2009. A project coordinator will be hired with grant funds and assisted by resource teachers and contact persons at each selected school. 

The district received this grant in 2001 and is eligible to reapply. This is a highly competitive grant.  One Florida district was funded in 2008 out of 60 nation-wide.



Recommendation
Request school board approval to write and submit a proposal.

Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 1/20/2009

Authority for Action
General Powers and Duties of the Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Yes

Source of Funding
Operating - Grant

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
09-102,250,000TBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
10-112,250,000
11-122,250,000
12-132,250,000

Contact

Dr. Sherry Meaders, Grant Writer ext. 374

Ms. Betty Dunn, Assistant Superintendent, Student Services ext. 270