11-16-2010 Organization of the Board with Oath and Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #33


Title
Agreement with Delaware North for continuation of 7th Grade BLAST

Discussion
BLAST (Brevard Learns About Science & Technology) is a partnership between the District, Delaware North (the operator of the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex) and NASA.  It is a continuation of a contract for services for all Brevard County Public School 7th grade students.  BLAST empowers teams of students to conduct a simulated space mission, experience astronaut training simulators, participate in interactive science activities, and learn about the history of human space exploration.  NASA has made a grant of $100,800.00 to support the BLAST program.  The Curriculum and Instruction Division is providing support for student participation of $8.00 per student, and Title I is providing $13.00 per student for Title I middle schools.  The balance of the cost of the $215,000.00 program will be covered through a per-student charge of $15.00 at non-Title I schools and $2.00 at Title I schools.  Parents are responsible for the above nominal fees to attend this engaging and exciting educational opportunity.

Recommendation
Approve the contract for services for the continuation of the BLAST program in the amount of $63,255.00

Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 11/16/2010

Authority for Action
General Powers and Duties of the Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
Yes

Source of Funding
Operating - Other

FY
Amount
Budgeted
Fund
Cost Center
Project
Function
Object
Program
10-11$41,376.00yes10098100018255100312102
10-11$21,879.00yes43292124902045900511000

Contact

Ginger Davis, Secondary Science Resource Teacher, ext. 314

Kim Bragg, Middle School Math and Science Resource Teacher, ext. 332

Dr. Beth Thedy, Middle School Programs Director, ext. 583

Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent, ext. 300




Attachment:  2010-2011 BLAST Contract.pdf