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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Superintendent
Approve the Agreement with G4S Youth Services, LLC (Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives)
G4S Youth Services, LLC, contracts with the Department of Juvenile Justice to provide residential commitment programs for juveniles under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice.  In Hillsborough County, G4S Youth Services, LLC, owns and operates: 
  • Tampa Residential - a 60-bed facility for boys between the ages of 14 and 18 who are in need of comprehensive mental health services
  • Columbus Juvenile Residential Facility - a 50-bed facility for boys who have committed non-violent sexual offenses
  • Hillsborough Girls Academy - an 18-bed facility for girls between the ages of 13 and 21 who are high-risk or maximum-risk juvenile offenders
  • Leslie Peters - a 24-bed facility for boys between the ages of 14 and 18 who are moderate-risk and in need of comprehensive mental health services
  • Lake Academy - a 48-bed facility for girls between the ages of 12 and 19 who require intensive mental health services
The district must provide educational services to these clients and these services are provided on site due to the students being incarcerated.
• Improve the high school graduation rate • Provide a student-centered learning environment that engages every child • Develop a culture of respect, trust, and collaboration • Continuously improve processes and systems • Demonstrate "best practices" in all aspects of safety: student, employee, visitor, facility, transportation, and health
G4S Youth Services, LLC, provides the facilities for instruction at Hillsborough Girls Academy, Columbus Juvenile Residential Facility, Leslie Peters, Tampa Residential, and Lake Academy at no cost to the district.  The education services for this program are funded by Full-Time Equivalency funds in the approximate amount of $2,387,819.  This item is included in the General Fund Supplemental Academic Instruction budget project 4672.
This program is evaluated annually by Youth Services department staff based on a model developed by the Juvenile Justice Educational Enhancement Program.  This review will be completed by June 30, 2018.
SUBMITTED BY:  Greg Harkins, Principal, Youth Services
Gretchen Saunders   Dr. Alberto Vázquez
Chief Business Officer
(813) 272-4270
  Chief of Staff
(813) 272-4986
    C 6.16
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20170613_814 (Board Meeting) * Section C Item# 6.16