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File #: 0594-2017    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/28/2017 In control: Education Committee
On agenda: 3/27/2017 Final action: 3/29/2017
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Education to enter into contract with FutureReady Columbus for activities related to the achievement of the Mayor’s goal that every 4-year-old in Columbus has access to a high-quality prekindergarten education, to authorize the expenditure of seven hundred thousand dollars ($700,000.00) from the General Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($700,000.00)
Attachments: 1. 0594-2017 EXP
Explanation
Mayor Ginther’s vision for Columbus, America’s Opportunity City, is that every 4-year-old in Columbus has access to a high-quality prekindergarten education. To meet this goal, the City must engage organizations that are positioned to assist in this effort.

Therefore, the Department of Education requests permission to contract with FutureReady Columbus, a public/private organization focused on supporting a “cradle through career” approach to education and workforce excellence in the Columbus region. Their mission is to know and support every child by coordinating existing services, empowering families, and promoting innovation.

FutureReady Columbus will help to implement a kindergarten readiness success strategy that focuses on prekindergarten awareness, prekindergarten expansion, prekindergarten research, and a universal prekindergarten funding strategy.

This contract is being awarded pursuant to Section 329.30, which allows for the City to negotiate not-for-profit service contracts. This organization was selected due to their prior experience and success in providing the same services in 2016.

FISCAL IMPACT: Funding for this contract ($700,000.00) is budgeted and available within the 2017 Department of Education General Fund budget.

EMERGENGENCY JUSTIFICATION: Emergency designation is requested so that a funding strategy can be developed so that more children can receive a high-quality prekindergarten experience in the City of Columbus.

Title
To authorize the Director of the Department of Education to enter into contract with FutureReady Columbus for activities related to the achievement of the Mayor’s goal that every 4-year-old in Columbus has access to a high-quality prekindergarten education, to authorize the expenditure of seven hundred thousand dollars ($700,000.00) from the General Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($700,000.00)

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WHEREAS, Mayor Ginther’s vision for Columbus, America’s Opportunity City, is that every 4-year...

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