APPROVAL OF THE MANATEE SCHOOL DISTRICT ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION FOR EDUCATORS (ACE) PROGRAM
The State of Florida (Statute 1021.56) requires districts to provide a program for employees who enter the teaching profession through an alternative route to obtain the required amount of pedagogical coursework. The ACE program will provide our teachers, not currently holding education degrees, a mechanism for completing the required courses.
Currently, the district participates in the Eckerd College Alternative Certification Program. The increased numbers of teachers eligible to participate in an alternative program have grown substantially. The trend will continue in the future. As a result, the district plans to offer its own "in-house" program, replacing the Eckerd program. The new design provides for greater flexibility to accommodate the varied hire dates and greater levels of provided support.
The ACE program will be a fee based program and self-supporting.
The Superintendent recommended that the School Board approve the Manatee School District Alternative Certification for Educators (ACE) Program.
Mr. Kinnan moved, with a second by Mr. Miller, to approve the Manatee School District Alternative Certification for Educators (ACE) Program.
Mr. Kinnan lauded this program as a source of teachers at a time that is difficult to find teachers.
Mrs. Harvey agreed. She said it is to our advantage to use this program as a way to also utilize local talent.
Chairman Simmons called the question.
Motion carried 4-0. (Copy of Tentative Budget can be found in the Supplemental Minute Book.)
APPROVAL OF THE JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION FOR RESOURCE SPECIALIST FOR ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION
The State of Florida (Statute 1021.56) requires districts to provide an alternative certification program. The district's ACE (Alternative Certification for Educators) Program is a district program designed to be self-supporting and provide high levels of support and quality training to teachers new to the profession who enter the profession as non-education majors. The Resource Specialist for Alternative Certification will be responsible for managing the ACE program.
The Alternative Certification for Educators (ACE) program requires a program manager who will run the program, provide support for the ACE participants, and recruit new participants.
The position, at level D-10, will be supported by funds earned through the Alternative Certification for Educators (ACE) program. The first three months of the position will be supported by Title II funds. After that time, the ACE program will fully support this position.
The Superintendent recommended that the School Board approve the job description and position for Resource Specialist for Alternative Certification.
Mrs. Harvey moved, with a second by Mr. Miller, to approve the job description and position for Resource Specialist for Alternative Certification. Motion carried 4-0.
APPROVAL OF JOB DESCRIPTION AND CONTRACT FOR POSITION OF DIRECTOR, MANATEE COUNTY SCHOOLS FOUNDATION (MCSF)
The position of Director for the Manatee County Schools Foundation was approved in the Superintendent's reorganization plan. The change in the position necessitated a change in the job description and the development of a new contract for the position.
The position of Director will provide motivational leadership in all resource development, programmatic and administrative activities of the MCSF and will supervise the Program Manager for the Take Stock in Children Program.
The annual compensation for this position shall be designated by the Chairman of the Manatee County Schools Foundation and the Superintendent of Schools and in accordance with the rules and practices of the School Board governing payment of administrative School Board employees. The fiscal impact to the district will be neutral as the district will be reimbursed for the actual cost of compensation by the Foundation.
The Superintendent recommends approval of the job description and contract for the position of Director, Manatee County Schools Foundation.
Mr. Kinnan requested assurance that the Foundation Board of Directors have an opportunity to review the Job Description as a matter of protocol.
Mark Barnebey, School Board Attorney, recommended the Foundation Board of Directors also approve the Job Description and Contract for the Director position.
Mr. Miller moved, with a second by Mr. Kinnan, to approve of the job description and contract for the position of Director, Manatee County Schools Foundation, subject to the review and approval of the Foundation Board. Motion carried 4-0.
Mr. Simmons told Board Members they could expect to receive a memo regarding the Superintendent's evaluation within the next day or so.
There being no further business to come before the Board, Chairman Simmons adjourned the meeting at 8:38 p.m.