Hillsborough County Public Schools Student Services and Federal Programs
Action Item

DATE: Tuesday, November 3, 2009
TO: School Board Members
FROM: MaryEllen Elia, Superintendent


Approve the Payment to the University of South Florida (USF) for Services Associated with Their Partnership in Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Smaller Learning Communities (SLC) Grant, Project #S215L070536 (Student Services and Federal Programs)


The U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) awarded $9,549,227 to HCPS for the district’s SLC grant project, entitled Tomorrow’s Leaders. The purpose of the program is to support activities that improve student academic achievement in large public high schools with enrollments of 1,000 or more students. The following high schools are included in the grant: Armwood, Brandon, Durant, Hillsborough, Jefferson, King, Riverview, and Robinson. The district’s Supervisor for Academic Programs serves as Project Director for this grant. The awarded amount for year three of the five-year project is $2,063,246. Of this total amount, $36,985 is for project services rendered by USF. Dr. Patty McHatton, an expert in service learning, will deliver service learning staff development to teachers at the SLC schools. This will support the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship service hours requirement for students at the targeted schools. Additionally, Dr. McHatton and her staff will provide ongoing support, both face-to-face and online, to participating teachers as they implement service learning projects in their classrooms. Year three of the project began October 1, 2009, and ends September 30, 2010.


* Increase promotion rates at all grade levels and the percentage of high school graduates, * Motivate students to become responsible learners, * Challenge and support all students with an appropriate curriculum


Funding in the amount of $36,985 for this project is provided by the USDOE SLC grant, Project #S215L070536. HCPS is the grant’s fiscal agent and project funds reside with the district.


Under the terms of the grant, HCPS is responsible for project evaluation. A copy of the annual reports and final evaluation report will be provided to HCPS Office of Assessment and Accountability. The anticipated due date for the year three annual report is December 30, 2010.

SUBMITTED BY: Lynn Fell, Grants and Research Operations Officer

Gwendolyn L. Luney, Assistant Superintendent
Student Services and Federal Programs
813) 272-4879
Gretchen Saunders
Chief Business Officer
(813) 272-4270
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