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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve Agreements of Understanding with Community Work Exposure (CWE) Sites for Students with Disabilities for 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 (Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives)
The CWE sites are First Presbyterian Church, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and Trinity Café.  Approval is requested to provide training opportunities for students with disabilities to gain essential employment skills. CWE offers career exploration experiences and opportunities to job shadow professionals in different careers.

The intent of the program is to provide exposure to multiple positions, rather than mastery of any given position. During 2017/2018 and 2018/2019, under these 2-year Agreements of Understanding, an estimated number of 30 students with disabilities will receive training opportunities.

• Provide a student-centered learning environment that engages every child
The estimated cost for transporting students to and from the business sites is $26,000 and will be available 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 and 3531.
CWE Business Partnership Evaluations were completed by participating sites for 2015/2016 and 2016/2017. The participating businesses rated students in their performance based on the following criteria:

  • Students display appropriate behavior
  • Students display independence
  • Students follow company policies/rules
  • Students display appropriate dress/hygiene
  • Students perform assigned tasks
  • Overall program effectiveness

During 2015/2016 and 2016/2017, the ratings from the above criteria produced the following positive outcomes:

  • 97 percent of the students were rated above average in the six areas previously listed
  •   3 percent of the students were rated satisfactory in the six areas previously listed

Businesses involved will be given quarterly evaluations for completion, with the final evaluations to be conducted by June 30, 2019.

SUBMITTED BY:  Wynne A. Tye, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives, (813) 273-7033
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 6.11
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170502_811 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.11