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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, August 2, 2016

 

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in regular session Tuesday, August, 2016, at

3 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent

Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Doretha W. Edgecomb, April Griffin, Sally Harris, Melissa Snively,

Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present.  Chair April Griffin presided.

 

Absent:  Carol W. Kurdell

Others present were:

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

      Business – Gretchen Saunders

      Community Relations – T. G. Taylor

      Diversity – Minerva Spanner-Morrow

      Governmental Relations – Connie Milito

      Human Resources – Stephanie Woodford – absent (Mark West)

      Leadership and Professional Development – Tricia McManus

      Operations – Chris Farkas

      Outreach - Larry Sykes, Ed.D

      Student Services – Wynne Tye

      Teaching and Learning – Elizabeth Agresta

External Communications Manager – Tanya Arja

Superintendent’s Secretary (Recording) – Linda Fernandez

News Media Representatives:

      Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol

Approximately 140 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Call to Order:  Meeting called to order at 3 p.m.

Moment of Silence and Pledge of Allegiance:  Moment of silence followed by Vice Chair Stuart leading in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag. 

Withdrawn Items B03 and C4.06

Adoption of the Agenda:

Motion by Vice Chair Stuart, second by Mrs. Harris, to adopt the agenda.  Motion unanimously carried.

Board – Roll Call:  Chair Griffin declared a quorum with six Board Members present. Mrs. Kurdell absent.

Approval of Minutes

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Harris, to approve the July 19, 2016, regular school board meeting minutes.  Motion unanimously carried.

Board Guidelines

Chair Griffin announced that at 5:01 p.m. the regular school board meeting will recess and the Public Hearing with public comment on the budget will begin.

Vice Chair Stuart read the guidelines into the record. 

Speakers to Agenda Items

Vice Chair Stuart read the speakers guidelines.

Speaker

Item No.

Mark Klutho

C4.03, C6.07, C11.03, Audience Comments

Ray David Velazquez

Bathroom Policy

Terry Kemple

Bathroom Policy

Bishop Jerry Mallory

Bathroom Policy

Linda Medeiros

Chamberlain High School Marquee

Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins

Time for Public Comment*

Kayla Roberts

Teachers’ availability at a middle school with ESE certification **

Al Davis

Budget

*Mr. Porter expressed that public comment needs to be made prior to board vote.  You can offer a time for employee comments.  Chair Griffin said that the board needs to discuss and consider.

**Superintendent Eakins asked that they meet with Wynne Tye to review their situation.

Proclamations/Recognitions

01

Presentation of Advanced Boardmanship Certification Awarded to Susan L. Valdes (Community Relations)

T. G. Taylor made brief remarks and introduced Tina Pinkoson, Coordinator for Professional Development for Florida School Boards Association (FSBA).  Ms. Pinkoson made remarks and presented the award to Mrs. Valdes.  Mrs. Valdes accepted the award and made brief remarks.

Suspended Agenda

01

Suspended Agenda

Jeff Eakins provided a clarification on a statement made during public comments.  "Leaving morals at the door” that was taken out of context.  This was part of a training discussion where it was state that everyone has their own morals and values but we cannot let our personal beliefs and values effect how we treat our children, was the intent of the comment. 

  • End of the Year Data on discipline – we are focusing on graduation rates, attendance, etc.  We are tracking data from different surveys as we progress this year.  He gave statistics on the end of the year data.
  • Transportation update – Jim Beekman –addressed the changes that have been implemented this year with his administrative staff.  
    • Routing and planning is moving to a new platform and the transition has been going well.
    • Outlined the work in progress:

 

  1. planning, routes
  2. training
  3. accident review
  4. fleet mechanic positions(a/c mechanics specifically)
  5. use of the First Class Portal for monthly newsletter
  6. phone numbers for transportation have been reviewed and all inactive numbers have been removed.
  7. communication to parents via parent link and post cards
  8. moving to the ready op communication system
Comments by Mrs. Valdes, Ms. Edgecomb, and Mrs. Snively

  1. What formula is used to assign route and bus assignments?  Time spent on routes and capacity of buses.
  2. Have we received all the buses we have ordered?  Yes.  We continue to evaluate through student and employee input.  Driver’s input is very important as they evaluate the different models.
  3. Certification of a/c mechanics.  We are working with Mr. Brooks for the necessary certification for the a/c mechanics.
  4. How many positions do we have open?  We are working with HR at job fairs.  We could use at least 100 employees.  Nine hundred and forty-three buses will be on the road on Monday for the trail run and then again on the first day of school
  5. Are the phone prompts in Spanish?  Will check on that.
  6. Jim Beekman said he has a great team and they work very well together.  Last year was the worst year for an opening of schools in his professional career.  We now have a team in place to have a smooth opening.  His team is a very optimistic group.
  7. Board asked for the transportation update in hard copy of where we are and what we are doing.
  8. Mechanic training – how feasible is it in growing our own?  How could that work with bus drivers as well?  We could provide the training and they would have a job at the end of the program.  We are working on training.
  9. Asked for an updated transportation organizational chart.
  10. How are we setting and managing the expectation for customer service?  Tomorrow as the transportation employees begin, the keynote speaker will address customer service.  Chris Farkas said that we have realistic expectations for the first week of school as we work out the logistics.  Child safety is our number one priority.  They are able to monitor the phone data on the number of calls being handled.  We will have the call center at ISC in place this week and next.
  11. Do not want to have students sitting on the bus floor.  We have asked the bus drivers to call in and report over capacity.  
  12. What are our next steps to improve efficiency?  We will be reviewing the Gibson report and analyzing what we can and cannot do.  We have to address courtesy busing.  We would like to have a workshop to discuss processes for courtesy busing.
  13. When complaints get to the board the problem has been an issue for a long time.  Issues need to be addressed immediately.  Field compliance officers and supervisors are in place and will be visiting schools for follow up.
  14. Appreciate the changes and report presented this evening.  The culture is different.
  15. When do we expect to place the next bus order?  Evaluations will be reviewed in October and with expectations to place orders by November.
  16. Suggested we put together video testimonies from long standing bus drivers as to why they have worked for the district and use it for promotional videos when looking for drivers.
  17. The Town Hall Meetings with the drivers that were cancelled due to weather during graduations need to be rescheduled.
  18. Discipline versus support for behavioral issues.  How is that working?  We need to continue to support our drivers.
  19. Are the majority of courtesy bus assignments due to magnet schools?  No, it is normally for neighborhood students. We currently have 12,636 courtesy bus students and only 500 are in a magnet program.
Chair suspended the Suspended agenda and moved to administrative appointments at 4:45 p.m.

 

  • Elevate Schools  
    • Potter Elementary School has partnered with Bristol-Myers Squibb, crossing and New Home Churches to host Back to School events to provide students with needed back to school items, such as shoes, backpacks, and school supplies.
    • Miles Elementary is starting a House structure to provide students a sense of community and belonging.
    • B. T. Washington has developed a comprehensive structure to incorporate all SEL structures, school-wide procedures, and management plan based on their hornet mascot.
    • McLane Middle School plans to continue their interactive parent/teacher conferences they piloted last year.
  • Faith based – outlined trainings taking place across the district and upcoming events.

 

Ms. Edgecomb suggested that staff look at another place for the Suspended Agenda to be heard.  Suggested switching the Administrative Appointments and the Suspended Agenda.

Teaching and Learning (Section A) - None

Administrative Appointments (Section B)

01

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Supervisor, Adult Education Operations (Workforce Connections)

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Snively, to appoint David Suarez, to the Supervisor, Adult Education Operations, effective August 15, 2016.  Motion unanimously carried.

02

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Director, Adult Education (Workforce Connections)

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Josalyn Loango, to the Director, Adult Education, effective August 15, 2016.  Motion unanimously carried.

Ms. Edgecomb made comments.

03

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Director, Workforce and Continuing Education (Workforce Connections) Withdrawn

The following appointments (part of agenda item 4.02a) are being highlighted at this time as first time administrative appointments.

  • Jodie Peace, currently Student Success Coach and Testing Coordinator, Strawberry Crest High School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Brandon High School, effective August 3, 2016
  • Joseph Copello, currently a Teacher at Greco Middle School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Pierce Middle School, effective August 3, 2016
  • Matthew Testoni, currently District Resource Teacher, Headstart, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Lomax Elementary Magnet School, effective August 3, 2016
  • Camie Hong, currently Lead Teacher, Temple Terrace Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Temple Terrace Elementary School, effective August 3, 2016
  • Dr. Katherine Gilmore, currently ESE Specialist, Robinson Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Robinson Elementary School, effective August 3, 2016
  • Charlena Boudreau, currently Teacher on special Assignment, RtI, Area VI, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Jackson Elementary School, effective August 3, 2016
  • Darren Aguero, currently a Science teacher at Tomlin Middle School to the Assistant Principal of Student Affairs at Williams Middle Magnet School, effective August 3, 2016

Tricia McManus said all but one of these positions will not impact the classroom. 

Chair Griffin recessed the board meeting at 4:55 p.m. for five minutes.  Reconvened at 5 p.m.

Recommendations and Reports of Superintendent Requiring Board Approval

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Valdes, to vote on the consent agenda with the following items pulled for discussion.  These items will be voted on all together at the end of discussion.

Consent Agenda:  C6.05, C6.06, and C11.02R

Motion unanimously carried.

1.00 Office of Teaching and Learning (Elizabeth Agresta)

1.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed - none

 

 

2.00 Student Services (Wynne Tye)

2.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed - none

2.02

Approve the Fieldwork Experience Agreement with Florida Southern College of Nursing and the School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP) and Registered Nursing (RN) Fieldwork Experience (Student Services Division)

 

 

3.00 Academic Support and Federal Programs Division (Tracye Brown)

3.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed - none

 

 

4.00 Human Resources Division (Stephanie Woodford)

4.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – none

4.02

Approve Personnel List #1063 - Instructional

4.02a

Approve Administrative Appointments/Transfers

  • Rachel Bruns, currently Social Worker, Lowry Elementary School, to the Coordinator, Grants and Research Operations, Academic Support and Federal Programs, effective August 3, 2016
  • Harlan Ware, currently Operations Manager, Sunshine Line (Para Transit), St. Petersburg, FL, to the Logistic Operations Manager, Logistic Operations, effective August 15, 2016
  • Krista Luloff, currently Assistant Principal, Student Affairs, Sickles High School, to the Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Sickles High School, effective August 3, 2016
  • Charles "Philip” Morris, currently Assistant Principal, Student Affairs, Wharton High School, to the Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Hillsborough High School, effective August 3, 2016
  • Jodie Peace, currently Student Success Coach and Testing Coordinator, Strawberry Crest High School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Brandon High School, effective August 3, 2016
  • Joseph Copello, currently a Teacher at Greco Middle School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Pierce Middle School, effective August 3, 2016
  • Matthew Testoni, currently District Resource Teacher, Headstart, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Lomax Elementary Magnet School, effective August 3, 2016
  • Camie Hong, currently Lead Teacher, Temple Terrace Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Temple Terrace Elementary School, effective August 3, 2016
  • Dr. Katherine Gilmore, currently ESE Specialist, Robinson Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Robinson Elementary School, effective August 3, 2016
  • Charlena Boudreau, currently Teacher on special Assignment, RtI, Area VI, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Jackson Elementary School, effective August 3, 2016
  • Janice Hachiya, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Kenly Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Bailey Elementary School, effective August 3, 2016
  • Darren Aguero, currently a Science teacher at Tomlin Middle School to the Assistant Principal of Student Affairs at Williams Middle Magnet School, effective August 3, 2016

4.03

Approve Personnel List #919 - Instructional Support

4.04

Approve Teachers Considered Out of Field - Subject Area and English Language Learners

4.05R1

Approve Disciplinary Action - Instructional

4.06

Approve Disciplinary Action - Instructional Support (If Any) Withdrawn



5.00 Leadership and Professional Development (Tricia McManus)

5.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed - none

 

 

6.00 Business Division (Gretchen Saunders)

6.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed - none

6.02

Approve Disposal of Obsolete Tangible and Intangible Personal Property (Business Services Division)

6.03

Approve Agreements with Officials Organizations for 2016/2017 Athletic Contests (Student Services Division)

6.04

Approve United Way Suncoast Partnership Standards Certification Form for the Early Childhood School Readiness Program (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

 


Items 6.05 and 6.06 were addressed together. 

6.05

Approve Contract Between the State of Florida, Department of Juvenile Justice and the School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida (Student Services Division)

6.06

Approve Agreement for Technical Services with Justice Works Youth Care, FL (Student Services Division)

 

Jenny Hunkins, highlighted the items at the request of Mrs. Valdes and Ms. Edgecomb.  Ms. Hunkins introduced Renee Kresge, Regional Director, Josei Borras, Program Director, and Marc Maddy, Director of Quality Assurance and Training.

Comments by Ms. Edgecomb.

6.07

Accept the Lowest Responsive, Responsible Bids Submitted by Multiple Vendors - Invitation to Bid (ITB) #16071-MST Lawn Equipment (Business Services Division)

6.08

Approve the Multi-Year Annual Agreement of Understanding with Community Based Training (CBT) Site for Students with Disabilities for 2016/2017 and All Subsequent Years (Student Services Division)

6.09

Approve the Recommendation Regarding the Purchase of "Teaching to Standards: English Language Arts from Attainment Company" (Student Services Division)

6.10

Accept the Lowest Responsive, Responsible Bid Submitted by Ocean Flooring, Inc. - Invitation to Bid (ITB) #16037-MST Flooring, Carpet, Vinyl, and Related Services (Business Services Division)

6.11

Accept the Lowest Responsive, Responsible Bids Submitted by Multiple Vendors - Invitation to Bid (ITB) #16051-DST Large Food Service Equipment (Business Services Division)

6.12

Accept the Piggyback of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Invitation to Bid (ITB) ITB-P-0173-0-2013/CK CISCO Hardware, Software, Maintenance, and Maintenance Contract Administration with Presidio Networked Solutions, Inc. for SMARTnet Maintenance (Business Services Division)

6.13

Approve Renewal Agreement for Technical Services with the Arts Council of Hillsborough County for the 2016/2017 Artists-in-the-Schools (AIS) Program (Office of Teaching and Learning)

6.14

Approve the Master Services Agreement and Statement of Work with Vision Computer Programming Services, Inc. (VCPS) for Consolidated Campus Information System (CIS) (Workforce Connections)


 

7.00 Operations Division (Chris Farkas)

7.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed - none

7.02

Approve Revised Specialist, Training and Recruitment Job Description

 

 

8.00 Administration Division (Harrison Peters)

8.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed - none

8.02

Approve the Recommendations for Change of Placement of Exceptional Student Education Students

 

 

9.00 Community Relations (T.G. Taylor)

9.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – none

 

 

10.00 Office of Diversity (Minerva Spanner-Morrow)

10.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – none

 

 

11.00 Unclassified

11.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – none

11.02R

Approve the 2015-2016 Annual Educational Equity Update

Dr. Houghton identified a revision on pages 8, 10, and 12 of the attachment on the table under the heading enrollment data- Hispanic reads 8%.  The correct percentage should read 35%.  She highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Valdes and Ms. Edgecomb.  She shared the staff members that participated.

Comments by Vice Chair Stuart, Ms. Edgecomb, and Mrs. Valdes.

  • Blake and Chamberlain were out of compliance with sports gender equity and have provided a support plan.  This is monitored by Assistant Principals for Administration throughout the year.
  • How can we monitor the data so inequity does not appear on the document?
  • Asked about non-compliance in cheerleading. On page 84 of 228 – Blake.  We have to follow the template provided by the state.
  • Is this document used for principal and assistant principal evaluations?  No.

11.03

Approve Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hillsborough Community College (HCC)

Motion by Vice Chair Stuart, second by Mrs. Harris, to vote on the items pulled from the consent agenda.  Motion unanimously carried.

12.00 Information

12.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – none

12.02

School Internal Accounts Activity Funds Audit Report for Fiscal Year 2014/2015 (District Auditing Office)

Scheduled Hearings on Policies and/or Business Items:  5:01 p.m.

01

First Public Hearing on the Millage Rates and Tentative Budget for 2016/2017 Fiscal Year (Business Services Division)

Chair Griffin asked Superintendent Eakins to highlight the budget process and share the Powerpoint presentation.  He listed actions taken to be able to have a balanced budget and meet the need of our students.

Florida Law requires the School Board to adopt a balanced budget each fiscal year for all funds under its jurisdiction to include:  General Fund, Debt Services, Funds, Capital Outlay Funds, Special Revenue Funds, and Internal Service Funds.

Explained the following:
            Definitions

  • What is TRIM? – Truth in Millage
  • TRIM requires two public hearings for open discussion of the Millage rates and the proposed budgets for all taxing authorities.
  • What is the Rolled-Back Rate?
  • Rolled-back rate is the millage rate that would raise the same amount of revenue as last year if applied to the current tax roll.
  • What is a Property Tax Millage Rate?
  • A millage rate or mill levy of $1.00 per $1,000 of taxable property value.
  • Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) certifies the State Required Local Effort (RLE) Millage rate that must be levied by the School Board to generate the required local share.  The School Board must impose the established Millage rate in order to obtain the state share of funding for the district.
  • Proposed Millage Rate for FY 2016-2017 is 6.9060 which represents a decrease of 0.3410 mills from 2015-2016 rates.
  • Explained how taxes are computed.
  • Explained:  Market Value, Assessed Value, Assessment Reductions, Exemptions, and Taxable Value and how it affects an average family and how the dollars are spent.
  • Shared estimated revenue.
  • How dollars are spent.

 

Chair April Griffin adjourned the regular school board meeting and opened the public hearing at 5:19 p.m.

Public Discussion:

Mark Klutho made comments.

Board Discussion:

Mrs. Valdes, Ms. Edgecomb, and Mrs. Snively made comments.

  • How will school clerical positions be filled?  From the current pool of current employees.  We are only hiring from within.
  • The past practice for maintaining current salary for a year when transferred, needs to be reviewed. 
  • When we discuss budget we want the least impact to our schools.
  • We need to evaluate programs to validate what is good for our schools.
  • Communicate information to the public regarding the budget.  Put the PowerPoint on the website, or create a "Did you know sheet,” to inform the public how dollars are being sent.  Possible opEd piece regarding the budget.
  • Adjustment around personnel need to assure we have a diversified workforce.
  • When reporting on budget, would like to see a comparison from the previous year to see the trends in the data.  We are getting close to providing that type of details.  For example, he would like to see a comparison between this year and last year when it comes to payroll expense after each payroll.
  • Administrators on Special Assignment (ASA) or Teacher on Special Assignment (TSA) numbers have been lowered.  ASA unit was created because positions were going to be advertised for a principal type of employee and this provided a lateral change from either an elementary, middle, or high school employee.  Some of the 20 ASA positions may need to be retitled.  Some ASAs were put in place until future placement can be assigned.  Evaluations have to be accurate to evaluate performance.
  • We need to handle administrators consistent with how we handle our teachers and other employees.  This is a policy discussion.
  • Need to treat adults like we treat our children.
  • How are you filling budget holes?  Priorities have been identified.  This is a multi-year process.  We have to first look at our human capital and how it is being used. 
  • How are we building the fund balance?  Superintendent Eakins outlined how he will address the fund balance.

Superintendent Eakins stated each recommendation and Chair Griffin conducted the voting process for each item.

It is the Superintendent’s recommendation that the Board adopt the following:

  1. State Required Local Effort Millage Rate of 4.6580 mills.
    Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Valdes, to adopt the FY 2016-2017 tentative State Required Local Effort Millage Rate as presented.  Motion unanimously carried.
  2. Adopt the Discretionary Operating Millage Rate of 0.7480 mills.
    Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to adopt the Discretionary Operating Millage Rate as presented.  Motion unanimously carried.
  3. Adopt the Local Capital Improvement Millage Rate of 1.5000 mills.
    Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Mrs. Harris, to adopt the Local Capital Improvement Millage Rate as presented.  Motion unanimously carried.
  4. Adopt the Debt Service Millage Rate of 0.0000 mills.
    Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Mrs. Harris, to adopt the Debt Service Millage Rate as presented.  Motion unanimously carried.
  5. Adopt the Tentative Budget of $2,793,723,991.40 (Two billion, seven hundred and ninety-three million, seven hundred twenty-three thousand, nine hundred ninety-one dollars and 40 cents.)
    Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Mrs. Harris, to adopt the Tentative Budget as presented.  Motion unanimously carried.
  6. Approve the Resolutions Adopting the Tentative Millage Rates and the Tentative Budget.
    Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Valdes, to approve the Resolutions Adopting the Tentative Millage Rates and the Tentative Budget as presented.  Motion unanimously carried.
  7. Approve the Procedures for the Expenditure of Lottery Funds.
    Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Mrs. Harris, to approve the procedures for the expenditure of Lottery Funds.  Motion unanimously carried.
  8. Authorize staff to perform all tasks necessary to ensure compliance with the Truth in Millage (TRIM) requirements of Chapter 200.065 of the Florida Statues.
    Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to authorize the staff to perform all tasks necessary to ensure compliance with the Truth in Millage (TRIM) requirements of Chapter 200.065, Florida Statues as presented.  Motion unanimously carried.

 

Chair Griffin adjourned the Public Hearing and reconvened the regular school board meeting at 6:18 p.m.  Superintendent Eakins announced the Final Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 5:01 p.m.

The discussion on the suspended agenda item resumed at this time.

Other Business and Board Comments

Comments by Vice Chair Stuart, Mrs. Valdes, Ms. Edgecomb, Mrs. Harris, and Mrs. Snively.

  • Vice Chair Stuart highlighted the press release on the Delinquent Act Citation Program.  Chief Newman highlighted how the Delinquent Act Citation Program will work in our schools and gave the statistics.
  • Mrs. Valdes welcomed the Superintendent’s entire team to their first board meeting.
  • Mrs. Valdes - 11thannual back to school fair at Leto High School hosted by Mrs. Valdes will take place this weekend.
  • Ms. Edgecomb thanked Superintendent and his staff for the recognition she and Mrs. Kurdell received at the Joint Principals/Supervisor’s meeting.
  • Mrs. Harris shared her slideshow of the great beginnings for this school year.  Excitement and energy is in the air.
  • Welcomed teachers to the district.
  • Reminded people to drive slowly through the school zones.  The flashing lights begin the Monday before school starts.
  • This Thursday is deadline for board member’s policy submissions.
  • Moving people back into the school – at the next board meeting would like to see how you intend to put people back into the schools, especially union members.  All proper contractual procedures will be followed.

Superintendent’s Comments

Announced an additional first time assistant principal appointment to the 4.02a attachment –

  • Darren Agureo, currently a Science Teacher at Tomlin Middle School to the Assistant Principal at Williams Middle Magnet School, effective August 3, 2016.

Teachers are Back!  Welcomed our teachers who returned to school today.  They are hard at work, pre-planning and getting ready for the students to arrive next week. 

Human Resources:  There are now 150 teacher vacancies on our website.  Principals are actively hiring.  Human Resources has processed over 1200 new hires and rehires since Teacher Interview Day.  After today we will offer temporary contracts to teachers until we make our fall adjustments in August.

Florida Association of Career and Technical Education (FACTE) Conference:  At the 50thAnnual FACTE Conference held on July 26, 2016 event, Hillsborough County Public Schools received two awards.  (1) Career Academy Division (CAD).  We received the Academy Innovation Award for Build Tampa Bay.  (2) Elizabeth Simpson, Lead Teacher at Middleton High School (formerly the Lead Teacher and Engineering Teacher at Greco Middle School’s pre-engineering academy, received the 2016 FLATE Distinguished Manufacturing Secondary Educator-of-the-Year Award.

Adjournment with no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:35 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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