Meeting Date:   5/10/2011 - 7:30 PM
Category:   Business/Action Items
Type:   Action
Subject:   16.7 Increase the Contract/Purchase Order with Beyond the Words, Inc. for the Services of Educational Interpreters for the Deaf for School Year 2010-2011.
Strategic Plan
Policy:  
Enclosure
File Attachment:  
Beyond the Words.pdf
20110503084041.pdf
Summary Due to the difficulty in hiring qualified Educational Interpreters for the Deaf, the district has had to use staff contracted through an agency in order to meet student Individualized Education Program (IEP) requirements. There are currently no substitutes available in the district for Educational Interpreters for the Deaf so contracted interpreters are also used as substitutes for absent district staff.

On January 25, 2011, we requested an increase of $75,000 because we estimated using 49 hours per week of substitute coverage for vacancies, maternity leaves, and employee absences. The current average is 71.9 hours per week. For this reason, funds have been exhausted and it is necessary to increase the contract by an additional $79,400.

The District’s Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program is serving 100 students in both the Special and Regular Education settings. There are currently 53 students enrolled in Full Time Special Education classrooms within the District that are designated as Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Of these students, 22 currently reside outside of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and access the program through the Inter-District Transfer process. A Memorandum of Understanding between the District of attendance and MDUSD is used to ensure the cost effective provision of appropriate services to individuals with exceptional needs. The M.O.U. is reviewed on an annual basis by District staff for cost effectiveness.
Funding General Purpose/Special Education. Program Code 1218.
Fiscal Impact $79,400. Funds available due to vacancy savings in Program 1818 will be transferred to cover the cost of the needed contractors while recruiting efforts continue.
Recommendation Approve increase as presented.
Approvals:  
Recommended By:
Signed By:  
Bryan Cassin - None
Signed By:  
Mildred Browne - Assistant Superintendent
Signed By:  
Bryan Richards - Chief Financial Officer
Signed By:  
Greg Rolen, Esq. - General Counsel
Signed By:  
Steven Lawrence - Superintendent
Vote Results:  

Original Motion
Member Linda Mayo Moved, Member Lynne Dennler seconded to approve the Original motion 'Approve the Boundary Realignment Study Contract.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 5 Nay: 0.
The motion CARRIED 5 - 0
   
Gary Eberhart     Yes
Linda Mayo     Yes
Sherry Whitmarsh     Yes
Lynne Dennler     Yes
Cheryl Hansen     Yes