View Amendment Current Amendment: 27 to Bill 3720 Rep. PARKS proposes the following Amendment No. 27 to H.3720 as introduced by Ways & Means
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EXPLANATION: Amendment for the John De La Howe School Transition #1

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 furhter, 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 Transition) With level year funding appropriated, for Fiscal Year 2017-18 John de la Howe shall develop a transition plan and begin implementation from being an accredited school district and accredited school to being a program under Section 59-19-350 that provides career development opportunities to homeless, truant, and at-risk high school students.
     The Board of Trustees of the John de la Howe School is directed to procure a contract with a qualified four-year institution of higher learning to conduct a feasibility study focused on expanding agricultural education and related Career and Technology Education (CATE) programs for middle- and high-school-aged students that align with the terms and purpose of the Dr. John de la Howe will.
Elements of the feasibility study will include:
Conducting an assessment of the agricultural, farming, b. horticulture and livestock resources of the JDLH campus and c. making recommendations for further developing and expanding d. those resources.
Considering the land management and operation changes f. needed in order for the property and other assets to support an g. expanded agricultural education program.
Identifying potential employment opportunities within i. South Carolina for young adults with various types of education j. and training in agriculture-related fields.
Identifying available resources and opportunities for l. post-secondary education in the state and recommending m. articulation agreements to facilitate pathways for students n. opting to pursue advanced education in agriculture-related o. fields.
Gathering information on secondary education and training q. programs in agriculture in the state to identify strengths and r. needs to assist in developing a model agricultural education s. program at John de la Howe.
Developing specific agriculture and animal science u. courses, curricula and resources needed for implementation, v. including teacher qualifications and recruitment needs.
Identifying potential educational partners and drafting x. memoranda of agreement for articulation of students and sharing y. of resources.
Identifying potential organizations and industries that aa. may be developed to assist in supporting an expanded bb. agricultural focus at John de la Howe.
Compiling data on the governance structure of other state dd. special schools and agriculture-related educational programs and ee. making recommendations for consideration.
Identifying staffing needs for an expanded agriculture gg. education emphasis and developing job descriptions for new hh. positions.
Providing projected costs and timeframe for implementing jj. such changes.
     In conducting the feasibility study, the contractor will consult with, as necessary, and consider the requirements, responsibilities, resources and interests of the following entities: Department of Education, Education Oversight Committee, Department of Social Services, Clemson University Department of Agriculture and Cooperative Extension, Piedmont Technical College, Western Piedmont Educational Consortium, CATE Education Associates, McCormick County School District, McCormick County Council, and the John de la Howe School.
     The John de la Howe Board of Trustees will work with the State Materials Management Office for technical assistance in procuring the contract. The Board shall submit a report to the Senate Finance Committee and to the House Ways and Means Committee by December 1 of the current fiscal year with the feasibility study and recommendations of the contractor and the recommendations of the Board.
     The John de la Howe School is authorized to continue to provide wilderness camp programs to middle-school students who are ages 12 to 14 at the time of admission and to provide or obtain accredited educational services for wilderness camp students.
     Children in the wilderness program will be eligible to participate in career and technology education (CATE) programs, including agricultural education, offered on the John de la Howe campus.
     The John de la Howe School is authorized to use carryover and recurring funds in the current fiscal year to make needed repairs to buildings and facilities.
     The John de la Howe School is authorized to continue to provide services to at-risk adolescent's ages 14 to 17 at the time of admission in non-wilderness educational programs to maximize residential occupancy of the facilities to the extent permitted by the remaining budget.
     The John de la Howe School is directed to work with the State Department of Education to establish a Defined Program for the L.S. Brice School, to be implemented by December 1 of the current fiscal year. Such program will take into consideration the limited enrollment of the state special school and the course needs of the types of students served.

The John de la Howe School is directed to work with the State Department of Education to pursue the establishment of the L.S. Brice School as a School of Choice under Education Code Section 59-19-350 and to assist the Department in identifying specific statutes and regulations to be considered for exemption.

In providing agricultural and other CATE-related courses on the campus, the Board of Trustees is authorized to continue its collaboration with the McCormick County School District to share vocational technology resources and allow student access to such resources on either campus.

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