02-10-2015 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #27

Consultant Agreement - Viera High School - Matt de la Peña


Viera High is requesting approval of the consultant agreement in the amount of $2300 to sponsor Matt de la Peña's visit.  Selected students from across Brevard County (approximately 1000 total) will be invited to hear him present throughout the day on March 20, 2015 at Viera High and Satellite High. 

Each year at the Brevard County Florida Teens Read Celebration we have seen the benefit of having an author speak to our high school students.  For many students meeting a famous author is a life changing event.  Matt de la Peña is an excellent choice as the FTR guest speaker because his novel "The Living" is on the current Florida Teens Reading list.  Matt de la Peña is recognized as being an outstanding public speaker who engages our avid readers, as well as our struggling and reluctant readers. 

Matt de la Peña is the author of five critically-acclaimed young adult novels:  Ball Don't Lie, Mexican Whiteboy, We Were Here, I Will Save You and The Living.  He's also the author of the award-winning picture book A Nation's Hope:  The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis.

Matt de la Peña is planning to spend half of the school day at Viera High and the second half of his day at Satellite High speaking to Satellite High and DeLaura Middle School students.  High school students from across the county who have read his books and typed a response to questions posted on the FTR Blackboard site will be invited to come to VHS and SHS to hear Matt de la Peña.  Students from many BPS high schools have already agreed to travel to Viera High to hear the guest speaker.       


Approve the consultant agreement in the amount of $2300 for Viera High School to sponsor Matt de la Peña March 20, 2015 at Viera High School and Satellite High School.

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

Authority for Action
Board Policy 6540

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding
Other Sources

Cost Center

Mike Alba, Viera High School - Principal: 632-1770 
K. Jane Cline, Central Area Superintendent:  633-1000, ext. 411

Attachment:  VHS author bio.pdf
Attachment:  VHS author contract.pdf