03-10-2009 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #22


Title
Summer Opportunities for Advancement and Remediation (SOAR) 2009

Discussion

Due to budget constraints, SOAR 2009 offerings will be scaled down considerably.  All course and credit make-up and enrichments offered to students at no fee have been eliminated.  Further reductions have required elimination of all remedial offerings, except the following:

  • Third Grade Summer Reading Camps for third grade students who scored Level I on FCAT Reading-$123,200;
  • Extended School Year (ESY for students served in the exceptional education (ESE) program who are eligible through their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for instruction in the summer-$1,367,267.  Transportation will be provided only for ESY students, as required by federal regulations-$145,000;
  • Three Career and Technical courses will be offered to provide required summer internships for 11th grade students in the finance, culinary arts, and automotive programs-$14,000;
  • Summer Fine Arts (SFA) Program-approximately $22,030 after ticket sales.
  • Driver's Education will be offered at a cost of $120 per student, with a minimum of 24 students to fund the class.
  • Special Title I funds will provide SOAR to students in grades 3-6 scoring at levels 1 and 2 on the FCAT who attend Title I schools identified as Correct I or II (Endeavour, Turner, Creel, Cambridge, Coquina, Gardendale, Jupiter, Riviera, Riverview and University Park) under the state Differentiated Accountability Model.  The expenditure of these funds was approved as part of the district's grant application for Title I School Improvement funding.  These state funds are earmarked to support school improvement activities in schools identified for improvement and may include extending the school year through summer academic programs such as SOAR-$160,000; and
  • Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK) will be offered in various schools to accommodate children that cannot access VPK during the regular school year.  VPK is funded through the Brevard Early Learning Coalition and does not require expenditure of operating funds.


Recommendation

Approve the Summer Opportunities for Acceleration and Remediation (SOAR) program for the summer of 2009. 



Meeting Date(s)
Information - 2/24/2009
Consent after Information3/10/2009

Authority for Action
General Powers and Duties of the School Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Yes

Source of Funding
Operating - Other
Special Revenue - Federal
Other Sources

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
08/09$159,230Yes10098100016125100121101
08/09$1,512,267Yes10098100016135200121102
08/09$160,000Yes42292122970825100121102

Contact

Brenda Blackburn, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum  ext. 300

Lynn Spadaccini, Director Elementary Programs  ext. 330

Teresa Wright, Director of Early Childhood and Title I Programs  ext. 340