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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve Purchase of Hearing Technology from Phonak, Inc. (Sole-Source Provider) (Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives Division)
When a student’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP) Team determines that he/she requires amplification equipment, the district must provide that equipment per the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Additionally, in order to meet a student’s amplification needs, hearing technology equipment must be calibrated annually, maintained, and upgraded as needed.

Hearing technology equipment is also mandated by our School Board-approved Special Policies and Procedures (SP&Ps), which specify that the district must provide auditory amplification equipment for students who are deaf or hard of hearing and who are in need of that equipment per the determination by the student’s IEP Team.

Phonak, Inc. is designated as sole-source, and Phonak is the manufacturer and the only US source for this amplification equipment. The purchase is therefore exempt from the requesting competitive solicitations by the Florida Department of Education 6A-1.012 Purchasing Policies (11) (b).

• Improve the high school graduation rate • Provide a student-centered learning environment that engages every child • Establish a strong foundation of financial stewardship
Grant funds of approximately $500,000 over a 3-year period will be included in the divisional special revenue/federal programs budget, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  For tracking purposes, the project numbers specific to this agenda item are 3331, 3531 and 3731.
Equipment functionality and student usage is continually monitored by school-based and district staff.
SUBMITTED BY:  Wynne A. Tye, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives
Kimberly Workman, General Director, Exceptional Student Education
Gretchen Saunders   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Business Officer
(813) 272-4270
  Chief of Staff
(813) 272-4986
    C 6.04
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170404_809 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.04