CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: October 24, 2006
Subject/Title: Authorize the submittal of a grant proposal to the California
Department of Education After School Education and Safety Program, in
collaboration with Brentwood P.A.L. and the Brentwood Union School District
for funding for the P.A.L. After the Bell Program and related after school
programs and authorize the City Manager to execute all documents necessary
to submit the proposal.
Prepared by: Karen Wahl, Grant Program Manager
Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation
Authorize the submittal of a grant proposal to the California Department of
Education After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program, in collaboration
with Brentwood (P.A.L.) and the Brentwood Union School District for funding
for the P.A.L. After the Bell Program and related after school programs and
authorize the City Manager to execute all documents necessary to submit the
On May 13, 2003 Council approved a finance plan for the Brentwood Police
Activities League with the P.A.L. Board and approving the Brentwood Parks
and Recreation Department as the lead for the P.A.L. program. The City
agreed to administer and staff program with the program elements directed by
the P.A.L. Board.
The After School Education and Safety Program has been established pursuant
to Proposition 49 (Senate Bill 638, Torlakson and Ashburn, Statutes of 2006,
Chapter 380). The ASES Program provides an opportunity to merge school
reform strategies with community resources in efforts to improve assistance
to students and broaden the base of support for education in a safe,
constructive environment. ASES programs involve collaboration among parents,
youths, representatives from schools and governmental agencies, such as
local law enforcement and local parks and recreation departments as well as
individuals from community-based organizations and the private sector.
Programs to be funded will provide literacy, academic enrichment and safe,
constructive alternatives for students.
The Brentwood P.A.L. was organized in January 1998 through strong support
from the Brentwood City Council, Brentwood Police Department, and Brentwood
Union School District. Their after school program was made possible by a
grant from the John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Benefit Corporation.
The program began at one school site in 1998 for two days a week and rapidly
In May 2003 the Brentwood Police Activities League - After the Bell (P.A.L.
- ATB) after school program was created as a result of a cooperative venture
between the Brentwood Police Department, Brentwood Parks and Recreation
Department and the Brentwood Police Activities League. It features a
nutritious snack, homework assistance including learning ways to manage busy
school work and extra-curricular schedules, life skills, character
development, crime prevention and recreational activities. The P.A.L. After
the Bell Program currently operates for 6th through 8th grade at Edna Hill
Middle School, Bristow Middle School, and Adams Middle School, Monday
through Friday between the hours of 3:00pm and 6:00pm. The application for
this grant proposal is currently being finalized as staff is working with
Brentwood Union School District personnel to determine which of the three
middle and seven elementary school would be appropriate for the grant
proposal. Preliminary estimates for participation in the program will be
approximately 300 to 500 students based on which sites qualify.
There is no fiscal impact at this time. The application to the California
Department of Education After School Education and Safety Program is being
finalized. Council approval will allow staff to submit the proposal by the
November 3rd deadline. A 33% match is required for the grant and matching
funds could come from the existing 2005/06 – 2006/07 Operational Budget for
the current PAL – After the Bell Program/Brentwood PAL contribution, and the
in-kind match of school facilities. If successful, staff will bring the
proposal and award notice back to City Council for action.