05-12-2009 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #31

2009-2010 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV) Grant Application


The Office of Career and Technical Education submitted a grant application for funding from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV).  The Act required the submission of a comprehensive, five-year plan for fiscal years 2008-2013.  The 2009-2010 grant application reflects the second year of the overall five-year plan submitted in 2008.  The total amount of the SY 09-10 grant application is based on entitlement funding of $652,216 for Brevard Public Schools.

The purpose of Perkins IV is to improve career and technical education programs.  Required use of funds includes strengthening the academic, career, and technical skills of secondary students who elect to enroll in career and technical education programs.

In this federal legislation the major focus for secondary education involves:  (1) promoting the development of services/activities that integrate academic and career and technical instruction; (2) linking secondary and postsecondary education; (3) initiating, improving, expanding, and modernizing quality career and technical education programs; and (4) providing professional development.  To meet existing grant requirements, funds will be primarily used to fund the following areas:  (1) salary and fringe for three existing resource teacher positions in the Office of Career and Technical Education and one .5 accounting specialist; (2) staff development for educators to include industry certification, program improvement, teacher internships, and other areas as appropriate; (3) travel funds for CTE teachers to accompany eligible CTSO students to national competition; and (4) capital outlay funds to replace or upgrade equipment, software, and furniture as needed by high school CTE programs.  Grant recipients will receive Perkins IV performance measures with local improvement targets, established by the Florida Department of Education, and are required to work toward meeting the identified targets.

This grant application includes salary for three existing CTE resource teachers and one .5 accounting specialist.  The District is under no obligation to sustain these positions beyond the grant budget period.

A copy of the 2009-2010 Perkins grant application is available in the Office of Career and Technical Education.

In order to expedite the receipt of these funds, this application was signed by the Superintendent and mailed to the Florida Department of Education to meet their established deadline of April 30, 2009.

Approve the 2009-2010 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV) grant application for federal funds in the amount of $652,216 submitted to the Florida Department of Education in April, 2009.

Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 5/12/2009

Authority for Action
PL 109-270 Carl D. Perkins Career and Techncial Education Improvement Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) and General Powers and Duties of the Board.

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding
Special Revenue - Federal

Cost Center

Margaret Lewis, Director, Office of Career & Technical Education, Extension 380.

Attachment:  2009 Perkins Agenda Summary.pdf