View Amendment Current Amendment: 8 to Bill 3720 Rep. ERICKSON proposes the following Amendment No. 8 to H.3720 as introduced by Ways & Means
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EXPLANATION: Amendment for the John De La Howe school

Amend the bill, as and if amended, Part IB, Section 7, JOHN DE LA HOWE SCHOOL, page 329, paragraph 7.5, lines 29 - 35 and Page 330 lines 1-4, by striking the proviso in its entirety.

Amend the bill further, as and if amended, Section 7, JOHN DE LA HOWE SCHOOL, page 330, after line 4, by adding an appropriately numbered paragraph to read:
/ (JDLHS: JDLHS Foster Care Youth Success Pilot Program)There is created the John de la Howe Planning Committee (Planning Committee) that shall be comprised of a Representative appointed by the Speaker of the House, a Senator appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, an appointee of the Governor, the Chairman and the Vice-Chairman of the Joint Citizens and Legislative Committee on Children, and the Director, or their designee, of the Department of Social Services, the Department of Juvenile Justice, the Department of Education, and Clemson University to develop vocational and agriculture-related training programs, life skills training, and an independent living program for at-risk youth aging out of foster care and other state services.
     For Fiscal Year 2017-18, all financial, programmatic, personnel, and facility management and operations of the John de la Howe School shall be placed under the control and management of the Planning Committee. The members of the John de la Howe Board of Trustees and the president (i.e., superintendent) shall be suspended and terminated effective July 1, 2017. Any contracts for employment or other services, other than for routine procurements for facility operations, entered into prior to July 1, 2017, shall be terminated effective July 1, 2017. As deemed appropriate by the Planning Committee, other remaining employees shall continue employment at John de la Howe School or shall be assisted for transfer to other state agencies or considered for contract employment pursuant to the new contract for children's program services.
     John de la Howe School and the legacy of the will of Dr. John de la Howe shall be preserved by the implementation of a vocational, life skills, and independent living program to serve older at-risk children who are aging out of foster care and other state services. The Planning Committee shall be authorized to allocate, expend, and utilize the funds and FTE's appropriated to John de la Howe School as it sees fit to employ and manage employees, to maintain and operate school grounds and facilities, and to contract for services to operate the vocational, life skills, and independent living programs that shall include a GED and school drop-out recovery program, agricultural-related training, vocational training, graduated levels of independent housing, and statewide aftercare assistance in the transition of the youth to independent living and employment. Each student in the independent living program shall have an individualized vocational and educational plan based on their course of study that may include completion of GED programs, attainment of a high school diploma, vocational certifications, and agriculture-related training programs.
     By July 31, 2017, the Planning Committee shall submit a Request for Proposal to the State Fiscal Accountability Authority, Procurement Services for the new children's program services and have the new program operational as soon as possible thereafter. By December 1, the Planning Committee shall report to the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Governor regarding program development, facility maintenance and operations, and budget expenditures. By March 1, 2018, the Planning Committee shall submit its recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor regarding the continuing organization, administration, operation, budget, programs, and governance of the John de la Howe School.
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