Chief of Schools
|DATE:||Tuesday, May 2, 2017|
|TO:||School Board Members|
|FROM:||Jeff Eakins, Superintendent|
|SUBJECT / RECOMMENDATIONS|
|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|
|FINANCIAL IMPACT (Budgeted: Yes)|
|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
|Chief of Staff
|Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170502_811 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.24|