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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve Agreements of Understanding with the Community Based Training (CBT) Sites for Students with Disabilities for 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 (Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives)
We request approval for the Agreements of Understanding with the CBT sites to provide valuable training experiences for students with mild and moderate disabilities. A list of the community businesses is attached. Upon receipt of training in entry-level positions at a variety of businesses in the community, participating students are better prepared to successfully enter the workforce.

During 2017/2018 and 2018/2019, under these 2-year Agreements of Understanding, an estimated number of 144 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 approximately $265,000 for the 2-year period 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.
CBT Business Partnership Evaluations were completed by participating sites for 2015/2016 and 2016/2017. The participating businesses rated students on 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:

  • 78 percent of the students were rated above average in the six areas previously listed
  • 22 percent of the students were rated satisfactory in the six areas

Businesses involved will be given quarterly evaluations for completion, with the final evaluations to be concluded 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 6.05
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170502_811 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.05