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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 13

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

RECOMMENDATION
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 proposal.

PREVIOUS ACTION
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.

BACKGROUND
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 expanded.

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.

FISCAL IMPACT
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.
 

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