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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Thursday, June 8, 2017

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Tuesday, June 8, 2017, at  1 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Lynn L. Gray, April Griffin, Sally Harris, Tamara P. Shamburger, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes (arrived 1:14 p.m.) present.  Chair Cindy Stuart presided.

Absent:  Melissa Snively

Others present:

Board Attorney – James Porter

District Attorney – Jeff Gibson

Chief of Staff:  Alberto Vazquez, Ed.D.

Deputy Superintendent:  Van Ayres

Chief of Schools, Administration:  Harrison Peters

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

      Academic Support and Federal Programs –Tracye Brown

      Diversity – Minerva Spanner-Morrow

      Educational Leadership and Professional Development – Tricia McManus

      Government Relations – Jason Pepe

      Human Resources – Marie Whelan

      Operations – Chris Farkas

      Outreach – Larry Sykes, Ed.D

      Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives – Lanness Robinson

      Teaching and Learning – Debbie Cook

Communications and Media Officer – Teresa Peterson

Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Kandee King

News Media Representatives:

      Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol

Approximately 25 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Chair Stuart called the meeting to order at 1 p.m.

Superintendent Eakins made brief comments.

Chief of Staff, Dr. Vazquez, made brief comments regarding the transition from the traditional student handbook to code of conduct, a real time document. 

(1)   Review and Approve the Proposed 2017-2018 Student Code of Conduct Previously Embedded in the Student Handbook (Chief of Schools)

This workshop was held to review the proposed 2017-2018 Student Code of Conduct previously embedded in the Student Handbook. 

Tanly Cabrera, Director of Administration, provided an introduction to the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.  Beginning this year the Student Handbook will be available electronically with hard copy provided upon request.  For over 30 years we have provided approximately 215,000 hard copies of the Student Handbook districtwide.  Moving forward with the electronic version will be a cost savings to the district.

Our objective is to create a user interface that is user friendly, consistent, and provide the most accurate/updated real time information in multiple languages.  This effort started three years ago with a pilot in order to gather feedback from stakeholders, which was used to develop and implement each phase.

Greg Hart, Assistant Department Manager, Communications, presented a brief video that previewed the navigation features.  The video provided a good overview of how parents and staff will access this information.  

Teresa Peterson, Communications and Media Officer, presented the Communication Plan.   This gave an overview of the Student Code of Conduct Awareness Campaign, which included a goal of helping families and staff learn how to access information.

Tanly Cabrera, presented the Student Code of Conduct, and reviewed the 117 page Code of Conduct document highlighting all revisions and additions.  This document is designed to inform parents and students of rights, responsibilities, expectations for student behavior, and set a standard for providing all students with an environment conducive to learning.

There was general discussion to include:

  • Moving forward to have notification procedures in place. Ensure schools are working with parents and families making them aware of changes/updates. 
  • Ensure grammatical translation for each language is correct.  
  • Bus drivers need to be supported when referrals are written.
  • Consistency and consequences for dress code violations.
  • Chief Newman revised the investigations and interviews process to align with the policies.
  • Forms and documents will have a hyper-link.
  • Board Members will receive a copy of the updated document in advance of the workshop so they have time to review.
  • Chief of Staff will be responsible for working with division chiefs and assistant superintendents to ensure changes are made.  Chief of Staff will be the approver before going to Board Members for review

With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 3 p.m.  (Audio recording on file.)

HCPS publishes minutes of School Board meetings after Board approval. Although the online minutes do not include signatures, citizens may arrange to review the official documents by completing a public records request with the Communications Department.

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