03-11-2008 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #29

H-6. SOAR 2008

 The Summer Opportunities for Acceleration and Remediation (SOAR) program will take approximately $5.8 million to implement.  Program explanations and associated costs of each follow:


Extended School Year (ESY) serves students with disabilities who need summer services to maintain their current level of performance.  The individual educational plans (IEP) for these students indicate the need for a summer program.  The approximate cost for ESY is $1,638,891.


Remediation offerings will cost approximately $1,960,411.  The SOAR remedial program targets:

  • K-2 students working below grade level in reading and/or mathematics
  • Grades 3-10 students who scored at Level I or Level II on FCAT Reading and/or Mathematics
  • Students in grades 11 & 12 who failed FCAT


Transportation is provided for any student living beyond the two-mile limit that must attend SOAR for ESY and remedial purposes.  The cost for transportation is about $846,735, which includes a little over $124,000 for teacher assistant (TA) salaries.  It is necessary that these TAs ride the bus to support some of our ESY students.


Enrichment - Each elementary, middle and high school will receive funds for one teacher to provide an enrichment offering for students who do not need to attend SOAR for remedial purposes.  The cost of the K-12 SOAR Enrichment program is $376,239.


Other SOAR Offerings:


The Course and Credit Make-up costs approximately $376,239.  The targeted student groups include:

  • Students in grades 7 & 8 who need course make-up - $156,573
  • Students in grades 9-12 who need credit make-up - $219,666


Other Enrichment offerings include:

  • Dual Enrollment - $36,000
  • 1/2 credit courses for students in grades 9-12 - $248,393
  • Middle School Career Exploratory Program - $79,042
  • Career and Technical courses for select students in grade 11 - $18,328

 Note: An addendum to this agenda item will be distributed prior to the board meeting. It will include a list of recommended priority cuts necessitated by budget reductions.


SOAR Higher is a newly-developed program designed to meet the unique educational needs of gifted and academically talented 5th-8th grade students. To be eligible, students must be officially staffed into the gifted student program or have scored 90% or above on a standardized test such as FCAT NRT or have earned a Level 5 on FCAT SSS Reading, Math or Science.

ยท         The SOAR Higher program will be offered at various sites around Brevard County during the weeks of June 16-20, June 23-27, and July 7-11, 2008. Individual courses will be one week in duration. Students may register for 1, 2, or 3 week long courses.


Approve the SOAR Program for 2008. This comprehensive summer program will require approximately $5,800,000 to implement.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 2/26/2008

Authority for Action
FS 1001.41 General Powers of the Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding

Cost Center

Lynn Spadaccini, Director of Elementary Programs ext. 330

Attachment:  Budget Outlook and SOAR Program 02.26.2008.pdf
Attachment:  SOAR_Bd_agenda_item-attachment[2].pdf