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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, October 17, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with C.E. Mendez Foundation, Inc. (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)
Upon approval, this agreement will continue to enhance the partnership between Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) and the C.E. Mendez Foundation (Mendez Foundation) at Project Prevent sites.  The Mendez Foundation provides Too Good for Drugs and Violence programs designed to mitigate risk factors related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.  These programs provide structured lessons and activities designed to help students build social-emotional skills while promoting resiliency.  Program materials may be adapted to suit delivery in the classroom, small groups, as well as one-on-one instruction. 

The Too Good for Drugs and Violence programs are designated as a model program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and rated by the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices.  The drug and violence components are rated as exemplary and promising programs respectively.

Training and support will be provided to ensure fidelity of program implementation.   In addition, opportunities will be available to encourage collaboration and sharing best practices used to develop and sustain behavioral and social emotional support systems.  The Project Prevents sites are Cahoon, Clair Mel, Folsom, Ippolito, Robles, Shaw, Sulphur Springs, Thonotosassa, and Booker T. Washington Elementary Schools, Adams, Dowdell, Greco, Jennings, Madison, McLane, Memorial, Sligh, and Van Buren Middle Schools, and Chamberlain, Hillsborough, King, and Middleton High Schools.
All Strategic Objectives
Funds in the amount of $31,000 will be available in the Project Prevent Special Revenue Budget.  For tracking purposes, the project number specific to this agenda item is 3310.  As of September 25, 2017, the remaining balance less encumbrances for this line item equaled $134,923.  The funding for this expenditure represents approximately 4 percent of the $750,000 budget allocation for year four of this five-year initiative.
Under the terms of the grant, an external evaluator, contracted by HCPS, will evaluate the project, providing annual reports to the project director, HCPS, the Office of Assessment and Accountability, and the United States Department Of Education.
SUBMITTED BY:  Kristine Hensley, Supervisor, Student Services
Holly Saia, Ed.S., Director, Student Services
Tracye H. Brown, Assistant Superintendent, Academic Support and Federal Programs
Gretchen Saunders   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Business Officer
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  Chief of Staff
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    C 6.06
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20171017_822 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.06