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Action Item
DATE: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
TO: School Board Members
FROM: Jeff Eakins, Acting Superintendent
SUBJECT / RECOMMENDATIONS
Approve the First Amendment to the Memorandum of Agreement with Polk County Public Schools (PCPS) for Services Associated with the Implementation of the Math/Science Partnership Grant Project:  Accelerating Maximum Potential in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (AMP-STEM) (Curriculum and Instruction Division)
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
On January 20, 2015, the School Board approved a Memorandum of Agreement between PCPS and the University of South Florida for services associated with the implementation of the Math/Science Partnership Grant Project:  AMP-STEM.  Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) was awarded $1,134,621 from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) for the collaborative project designed to improve the practice of each district's mathematics and science teaching faculty to ultimately increase student achievement in STEM subjects in elementary, middle, and high schools. AMP-STEM consists of three components: teacher training that addresses hard to teach content in elementary and middle school mathematics and science; development of K-8 lessons that integrate STEM concepts in mathematics and science; and credentialing of more mathematics and science teachers in middle and high schools.

The FLDOE has increased the project award in the amount of $55,512, of which $24,762 will be provided to PCPS.

STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
•┬áDemonstrate consistent and effective teaching methods •┬áDemonstrate best financial practices
FINANCIAL IMPACT (Budgeted:  Yes)
Funding for this project is provided by the FLDOE. HCPS serves as the fiscal agent for this grant project.
EVALUATION
Under the terms of the grant, HCPS is responsible for project evaluation. HCPS will contract with an external third-party that will conduct an independent evaluation. HCPS personnel, PCPS personnel, and key personnel from the Assessment and Accountability Department will work in collaboration with the external organization to provide the required reporting.
SUBMITTED BY:  Larry R. Plank, Ed.S., Director, K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics
Denny B. Oest   Gretchen Saunders
Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction
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  Chief Business Officer
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    A 6.05
Hillsborough County Public Schools (Florida) * Mtg.#20150324_686 (Board Meeting) * Section A Item# 6.05