Meeting Date:
5/20/2020 - 5:00 PM  
Category:
DIVISION OF EQUITY AND ACCESS - CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION, SCHOOL SUPERVISION REPORTS  
Type:
Action  
Subject:
17.11 Elementary Reading/Literacy Program from Benchmark Education Company  
District Goals:
Goal 1
To educate all students for academic excellence.
 
Enclosure:
 
File Attachment:
YONKERS PSD NY - letter 042120.pdf
Benchmark Education - Sole Source.pdf
Copy of BOCS Worksheet Benchmark.xlsx
 
Rationale:
This is an Agreement with Benchmark Education to provide all materials and resources for the adoption of the official, district-wide literacy program called “Benchmark Advance” and “Benchmark Adelante” (for the bilingual and dual language classes). The aforementioned program will be adopted for grades Kindergarten – sixth grade in 32 Yonkers Elementary Schools. Benchmark Education will also provide the digital platform “Benchmark Universe” for six years with the program implementation, as well as all Tier I, Tier II and Tier III intervention program kits and the English Language Development (ELD) program for grades K-6. In addition, Benchmark Education will provide 41 gratis sessions of professional development for teachers, and support staff of grade levels K-6 in the 32 Yonkers Elementary Schools.  
Funding:
Non-CIP Textbook Account: 130.5999.B20N01.1000.B2050

Five Year Contract $3,809,526
Year 1 - $761,905.20 due May 31, 2020
Year 2 - $761,905.20 due May 31, 2021
Year 3 - $761,905.20 due May 31, 2022
Year 4 - $761,905.20 due May 31, 2023
Year 5 - $761,905.20 due May 31, 2024
 
 Resolution
WHEREAS the Board of Education wishes to enter into a contract with Benchmark Education to purchase materials, resources and consulting services to support the adoption of the Benchmark Advance and Benchmark Adelante literacy programs for the 2020-2024 school year,

WHEREAS the district administration has designed in conjunction with Benchmark Education a program which meets the objectives set forth by the Board and the New York State Education Department, and,

WHEREAS the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to enter into an agreement with Benchmark Education to provide these services, and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Board of Education hereby authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to enter into an agreement with Benchmark Education at a cost not to exceed: $761,905.20 per year for five years.

It is acknowledged and agreed that pursuant to the terms of that certain intermunicipal agreement by and between the City of Yonkers Board of Education (“BOE”) and the City of Yonkers (the “City”) as filed in the Office of the City Clerk on June 16, 2014, the terms of this agreement are subject to review and revision by the Corporation Counsel, as well as approval by the City’s Board of Contract and Supply. Furthermore, this Agreement shall not be enforceable until signed by both parties and approved by the Corporation Counsel’s Office.
 
Approvals:
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Carmela A. Valente - Director of English Language Arts /Title I
Signed By:  
Dr. Corey W. Reynolds - Assistant Superintendent
Signed By:  
Tom Collich - Purchasing Director
Signed By:  
Finance Department - Finance Reviewer
Signed By:  
Elizabeth Janocha - Deputy Commissioner
Signed By:  
John Liszewski - Commissioner
Signed By:  
Matthew Gallagher - Corporation Counsel
Signed By:  
Dr. Andrea S. Coddett - Deputy Superintendent
Signed By:  
Dr. Edwin M. Quezada - Superintendent of Schools
 
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Dr. Rosalba Corrado Del Vecchio Moved, Member Kevin Cacace seconded to approve the Original motion 'WHEREAS the Board of Education wishes to enter into a contract with Benchmark Education to purchase materials, resources and consulting services to support the adoption of the Benchmark Advance and Benchmark Adelante literacy programs for the 2020-2024 school year,

WHEREAS the district administration has designed in conjunction with Benchmark Education a program which meets the objectives set forth by the Board and the New York State Education Department, and,

WHEREAS the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to enter into an agreement with Benchmark Education to provide these services, and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Board of Education hereby authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to enter into an agreement with Benchmark Education at a cost not to exceed: $761,905.20 per year for five years.

It is acknowledged and agreed that pursuant to the terms of that certain intermunicipal agreement by and between the City of Yonkers Board of Education (“BOE”) and the City of Yonkers (the “City”) as filed in the Office of the City Clerk on June 16, 2014, the terms of this agreement are subject to review and revision by the Corporation Counsel, as well as approval by the City’s Board of Contract and Supply. Furthermore, this Agreement shall not be enforceable until signed by both parties and approved by the Corporation Counsel’s Office.'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 7 Nay: 0.
The motion CARRIED 7 - 0
   
Dr. John Castanaro     Yes
Andrea Brown     Yes
Kevin Cacace     Yes
Dr. Rosalba Corrado Del Vecchio     Yes
Abdool H. Jamal     Yes
Rev. Steve Lopez     Yes
Judith Ramos Meier     Yes