01-20-2015 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #55


Title
School Recognition Bonuses

Discussion

Past experience indicates that a significant portion of the School Recognition funds will be expended on bonuses for employees. It is the intent that this agenda item will provide authorization for the qualifying schools to pay employee bonus amounts, which have been determined jointly by their respective SAC (School Advisory Councils) and staff members. Approval of this agenda item authorizes Human Resources to set up the bonuses for payment, based on the decision made at each of the qualifying schools. This process, as in the past, alleviates individual schools from having to generate separate board agenda items. This does not eliminate the obligation of the schools to provide detailed information to both Human Resources and Budgeting. Approval of this item will allow for payment of bonuses to occur at the earliest possible date. As in the past, the School Board will be kept informed as to the planned expenditures of the total funds.

A listing of the qualifying schools, along with an estimate of their respective award amounts, is attached. The final award amounts cannot be determined at this time due to the high school grade appeal process currently taking place state-wide. The total award amount incorporated into this item is from the 2014-15 Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) Third Calculation and will be updated once the final information is available from the State. Attached find the estimated award amount for each of the 52 qualifying schools (four of which are Charter Schools). Palm Bay Magnet High School did not qualify for the award but has an opportunity to appeal their grade and as such, an estimate has been included for them as well.

The District has been told that information concerning the actual amount of the awards should be available from the State prior to the February 10, 2015 Board Meeting. If so, the listing of the qualifying schools, along with their respective award amounts, will be updated and provided as part of the consent agenda item for the February 10, 2015 Board Meeting.



Recommendation
Authorize bonuses to be paid to staff members of qualifying schools that will be receiving School Recognition funds based on their respective school grade for 2013-14.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 1/20/2015
Consent after Information2/10/2015

Authority for Action
F.S. 1008.36

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Yes

Source of Funding
Operating - Categorical

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
153,830,358 Yes100Various000572VariousVariousVarious

Contact

Karen Strickland, Director of Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE, ext. 610.

Judy R. Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, ext. 600.




Attachment:  Attachment 1, 2014-15 School Recognition Awards Calculated at $85 per FTE.pdf