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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve Contract Renewal and Consolidation of Independence Academy Elementary School and Independence Academy Middle School (Chief of Schools)
Charter legislation includes a provision for the renewal of a charter contract for those schools that have successfully completed their contract term.  The district’s process for contract renewal consideration includes the submission of a letter of intent to renew the contract, a comprehensive program review, an update of the charter application, and the development of a new contract.

Consistent with established procedures, a district review team assessed the school’s performance relevant to student achievement, finance, governance, administration, curriculum and instruction, and assessment. Independence Academy Schools, Inc. is requesting a consolidation of their elementary and middle schools.  The consolidated school will be named Independence Academy.

Attached is a school profile and a report of the review teams' findings and recommendations.  Staff recommends approval of a five-year contract for Independence Academy. The application update is an original document, including a five-year budget submitted by Independence Academy, and will be Appendix I of the contract and is available for review in the Charter School Office.
All Strategic Objectives
The charter school’s enrollment projection of 1,135 students will generate approximately $7,910,644 in FEFP (Part I) funds. The school district retains a 5 percent administrative fee for up to and including 250 students ($87,507) of FEFP funds to offset services provided by the district.  The school will also qualify for categorical, capital outlay, and grant funds as appropriate and allowed by Florida statutes.
A contract renewal review will be completed prior to the contract end of June 30, 2022.
SUBMITTED BY:  Jenna Hodgens, General Director, Charter Office
Gretchen Saunders   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Business Officer
(813) 272-4270
  Chief of Staff
(813) 272-4986
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Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170502_811 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.24