08-25-2009 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #15


Title
Independent Evaluator Services for the Teaching American History Grant

Discussion

Following the official award notice of the Teaching American History grant on July 15, it is critical to engage the Independent Evaluator as soon as possible in the initial phase of grant implementation. The evaluator services are required and necessary for the successful completion of the project, and to adhere to the federal project compliance issues.

The selected Independent Evaluator, Dr. Mariann V. Schmudde, Insights for Achievement, is a member of the Evaluator Pool approved by the Board at the March 24 meeting.  Under a separate memorandum of understanding, this evaluator assisted in the pre-submission phase of grant preparation through the development of the evaluation design model and assisting staff to refine the project objectives.

The Evaluator will be involved throughout the 3 year project (possibly 5 years) for a fee of $25,000 per year inclusive of all expenses.  A detailed Service Agreement (attached) outlines the contracted specifics.

The evaluator service cost of $75,00 for 3 years was written in as part of the grant.



Recommendation
Request the approval to contract  with the designated Independent Evaluator.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 8/11/2009
Consent after Information8/25/2009

Authority for Action
General powers and duties of the Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Operating - Grant

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
09-10$25,000TBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
10-11$25,000TBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBD
11-12$25,000TBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBD

Contact
Dr. Sherry Meaders, Grant Writer  x 374


Attachment:  Schmudde contracted services agreement.pdf
Attachment:  GAN award letter.pdf
Attachment:  SERVICE AGREEMENT Schmudde 7-15-09.pdf
Attachment:  Mariann Vita current.pdf