Duval County School Board - July Meeting
Below are the highlights of the July 23, 2012 Board meeting:
Board Moves Forward with $261,280 Learning for Life Grant Application
The Board is continuing the grant application process for a program designed to offer additional support services to at-risk and low-performing students in grades K-5. The district has been a recipient of the grant since the early 1990s. If the application is approved by the Florida Department of Education it would be effective for the 2012-13 school year. The program teaches students the importance of respecting the rights of all people and equips them to become leaders through Boy Scouts of America and the Learning for Life curriculum. During the 2011-12 school year, the project served approximately 16,622 students in 30 Duval County public schools.
Board Approves Purchase of Student Textbooks from Florida State College at Jacksonville
The Board agreed to purchase $150,000 worth of textbooks for students enrolled in the Early College Program. Students attending Robert E. Lee, Jean Ribault, Englewood and Sandalwood high schools, will have the books they need to earn college credits while working on their high school diplomas. The cost of textbooks for a full-time college student is between $300-$600 per semester.
Board Approves Financial Agreement to Continue Team Up Program
The Board approved the continuation of an agreement for the 2012-13 school year with the Jacksonville Children’s Commission for funding and operation of the Team Up program. The program will be offered at 27 elementary schools, one charter school, 14 middle schools and two exceptional student centers in an amount not to exceed $2,210,589. In addition, the Board confirmed the submission of three 21st Century Community Learning grant proposals to the Florida Department of Education in support of the Team Up program in an amount not to exceed $1,916,289. Team Up is a collaborative effort between Duval Schools and Jacksonville Children’s Commission to provide after-school enrichment activities to improve academic performance, social skills and cultural awareness. During the 2011-12 school year, more than 7,000 students participated in Team Up.
Board Continues Partnership with Communities In Schools
The Board agreed to continue its partnership with Communities In Schools for its student enrichment program and
Duval Reads!. The program will be offered at four elementary schools, one K-8 school, six middle schools, six high schools and one academic and career training center for the 2012-13 school year. The program will cost an estimated $395,029 to operate. Support services offered by Communities In Schools include a literacy program, case management, parent workshops, attendance monitoring and home visits. Communities In Schools also provides support to Duval County students enrolled in Team Up and Achievers for Life.
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