On December 9, 2015, the City Commission passed and adopted Resolution No. 2015-29222 authorizing the City Manager to negotiate an agreement (the “Agreement”) with M-DCPS, for the City to provide funding to M-DCPS for one prekindergarten classroom (VPK) at each of the following schools: Biscayne Elementary School and Fienberg/Fisher K-8 Center (the “CMB VPK classrooms”).
CMB and M-DCPS executed the Agreement, dated February 10, 2016. Prekindergarten services were offered at Biscayne Elementary School and Fienberg/Fisher K-8 Center under the terms of the Agreement for City of Miami Beach resident children from the four targeted schools (Biscayne Elementary School, Fienberg/Fisher K-8 Center, North Beach Elementary School and South Pointe Elementary School), following the Registration and Lottery Procedures for school years 2016/17, 2017/18, and 2018/19.
On April 11, 2018, the City Commission approved the reduction in funding for the CMB VPK classrooms during the 2018-2019 school year, by approving the removal the CMB VPK class at Fienberg/Fisher K-8 Center and providing funding for fifty percent (50%) of personnel costs for the CMB VPK class at Biscayne Elementary School, in an amount not to exceed $35,000, contingent upon M-DCPS funding the remaining costs.
The agreement will expire in May 2019. As such, staff has negotiated with MDCPS to extend the 2018/19 amended agreement for an additional year for one VPK class at Biscayne Elementary with the option to renew each year at a City contribution not to exceed $35,000 per year with MDCPS contributing $35,000 per year.