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Agenda Plus
School Board of Clay County
July 28, 2020 - School Board Special Meeting (Budget)
Clarke School for the Deaf Agreement 2019 - 2021

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that students with disabilities, prekindergarten through 22 years old, be provided a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment.  In a few cases, FAPE is provided through contracted services with the Clarke School.

Gap Analysis

Clarke School in Jacksonville provides services to children who are deaf and/or hard of hearing with listening, learning and spoken language skills.  The district contracts with Clarke to serve preschool age students or those students who are not otherwise eligible for a McKay scholarship.  The focus on auditory/oral education requires extensive training and accessing Clarke services through a contract is a less expensive alternative to providing those services in-house. 

Previous Outcomes

The district has contracted services with Clarke School for a small number of disabilities since 2008.

Expected Outcomes

The district will continue to contract with Clarke School for the small number students who require auditory/oral education services.

Strategic Plan Goal

Strategy 1.3: Prepare all students to be full option graduates who are prepared for college, eligible to enlist in military services or able to compete in the workforce


Approve Agreement as submitted.  Contract previously approved on May 7, 2020 agenda but subsequent revision to one sentence in paragraph 13 was agreed upon by both parties.

Terry D. Roth, Director, Exceptional Student Education and Student Services, 904-336-6866,
Financial Impact
The projected cost of implementing this contractual agreement is approximately $47,400 for 2019-2020, which includes one student for a partial year of instruction. The anticipated cost for the 2021-2021 school year us $56,000 (two students). This contract passes the FTE earned for each eligible student to the Clarke School. Providing similar services in a Clay County Public School would be at a greater cost.
Review Comments
Clarke Schools_revised.pdf
Executed_Clarke School.pdf