05-13-2014 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #47


Title
2014-2015 Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act

Discussion

The Office of Career and Technical Education is submitting a grant application for federal funds from the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Improvement Act (Perkins IV). The total amount of the SY 2014-2015 grant application is based on entitlement funding of $645,229 for Brevard Public Schools. This allocation is contingent on Florida's 2015 Federal Award.

In order to expedite the receipt of these entitlement funds, the application will be signed by the Superintendent and mailed to the Florida Department of Education to meet the grant application deadline of May 19, 2014. If the grant is awarded, a "Consent after Information" agenda item will be submitted for Board approval at a subsequent meeting.

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 support the following areas: (1) salary and fringe for three existing resource teacher positions in the BPS Office of Career & Technical Education; (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. The Florida Department of Education establishes Perkins IV state performance measures with identified local performance targets.

This grant application includes salary and fringe for three existing CTE resource teachers. The district is under no obligation to sustain these positions beyond the grant budget period.

A copy of the 2014-2015 Perkins grant application will be available in the Office of Career & Technical Education.



Recommendation


Meeting Date(s)
Information - 5/13/2014

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

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Partial

Source of Funding
Special Revenue - Federal

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
14-15$645,229Yes42292704150476300varies000
42292704150496300varies000
42292704150505300333300
42292704150515300varies300
42292704150537200varies000

Contact
Janice Scholz, Director, Career & Technical Education, extension 380


Attachment:  2014-15 Perkins Agenda Summary.pdf