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AI-12660 2.R.       
Meeting Date: 11/04/2020  
Truancy Prevention Initiative Grant Award
Submitted By: Maria Medrano, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

Ratify the acceptance of a grant award from the Office of the Governor - Texas, Public Safety Office, Criminal Justice Division for the Nueces County Truancy Prevention Initiative.
The Governor’s Office Criminal Justice Division released their solicitations for applications for the FY2021 Truancy Prevention and Intervention Program.  The program is designed to providing funding for juvenile case managers and truancy prevention, including education programs and/or related services designed to prevent truancy including prevention services for children considered at-risk of entering the juvenile justice system.
On September 11, 2019, the Commissioners Court a grant award for the Truancy Prevention Initiative Project.  Under that grant, Judge Joe Benavides brought expert presenters to area schools to educate students on truancy and its effects on society and families.  The grant amount was $37,500 and there was no cash match required. 

On February 12, 2020, agenda item #4.B.2., the Commissioners Court adopted a resolution authorizing the submission of a continuation grant application.  The grant award totals $87,761.81 and does not require a match.  The current budget allows for partial salary and benefits for a Juvenile Case Manager ($50,261.81) and the remaining amount of $37,500 would be used to continue work with Panorama Education for truancy prevention.  However, due to the COVID environment, Judge Benavides may be requesting a budget adjustment to reallocate the salary and benefits funds towards direct assistance to the schools.  The grant will run retroactively from September 1, 2020 and end on August 31, 2021.

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