02-12-2013 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #20


Title
Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) Grant

Discussion

The Office of School Choice is requesting permission to write and submit an application for the 2013-2016 Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) grant to provide innovative and challenging programs for students attending McNair Magnet Middle School, Stone Middle School, and Palm Bay High School.  The grant is proposing the implementation of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) "theme" at these three (3) schools.

The purpose of the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) is to support the development and implementation of magnet schools that reduce, eliminate, or prevent minority group isolation.  The 2013-2016 MSAP application, published by the United States Department of Education - Office of Innovation and Improvement, is due on March 1, 2013.

Upon approval of the grant, the Board will be asked to approve an agenda item granting permission for Brevard Public Schools to accept the allocated grant funds and to implement the MSAP plan, as approved by the United States Department of Education.  Moreover, the Board will be required to adopt a resolution to take official action to amend the district desegregation plan to include these three (3) schools.

The proposed grant budget may total up to $4 million over three years.  No match of district funds is required.



Recommendation
Approve the writing and submission of the 2013-2016 MSAP grant application by March 1, 2013.

Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 2/12/2013

Authority for Action
CFDA #84.165A

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Yes

Source of Funding
Operating - Grant

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
13-14Up to $4MTBD424TBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
14-15Up to $4MTBD424TBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
16-16Up to $4MTBD424TBDTBDTBDTBDTBD

Contact

Vicki Mace, Office of School Choice, Ext. 395

Robin Ward, Grant Writer, Ext. 348