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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve Continuation Grant Application to the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE), and if Approved, Accept Funds for the Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired (FIMC-VI) for 2017/2018 (Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives Division)
We request approval to submit the continuation grant application to FLDOE for FIMC-VI.  As defined by Florida Statute, 1003.55, FIMC-VI will produce, distribute, re-circulate and house accessible instructional materials for students who are blind and visually impaired enrolled in Florida’s schools.  Hillsborough County Public Schools has served as FIMC-VI’s headquarters for the past 44 years.  A summary of this grant proposal is attached.

Approval of the grant application will allow for the continuation of activities to provide Braille, large print and audio/digital textbooks, specialized equipment and statewide assessments.  Having FIMC-VI located in Hillsborough County provides our students who are blind and visually impaired immediate access to instructional materials produced in needed formats.  FLDOE has consistently praised our district for the service provided to the state.

• Improve the high school graduation rate • Provide a student-centered learning environment that engages every child • Engage and communicate with families and stakeholders
FLDOE/Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services will provide the district approximately $1,983,561 in Federal IDEA funds, State General Revenue funds of $108,119, and Federal IDEA trust funds of $270,987 to distribute instructional materials in specialized formats statewide. If approved, the estimated total grant funds that will be available in the divisional special revenue/federal programs budget is approximately $2,362,667. For tracking purposes the project numbers specific to this agenda item are 3316, 3317, and 3403.
Performance evaluation measures are determined by FLDOE. The completed annual state performance report will be completed September 2018. The results of the evaluation will be shared with all stakeholders.
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 6.07
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170404_809 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.07