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901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, September 26, 2017


The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met for recognitions Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at

5:30 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins, and Board Members Lynn Gray, April Griffin, Sally Harris, Tamara Shamburger, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present. Chair Cindy Stuart presided.

Others present were:

Chief of Staff: Alberto Vazquez, Ed.D. Deputy Superintendent: Van Ayres

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

Academic Support and Federal Programs: Tracye Brown

Business Services: Gretchen Saunders

Educational Leadership and Professional Development: Tricia McManus

Human Resources: Marie Whelan Interim

Outreach and School Improvement: Larry Sykes, Ed.DStudent Services: Wynne Tye

Teaching and Learning: Deborah Cook

External Communications Manager: Tanya Arja

Superintendent’s Secretary (Recording): Lori Woods

Approximately 150 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Call to Order: Meeting called to order at 5:32 p.m.

Moment of Silence and Pledge of Allegiance: Moment ofsilence followed by Vice Chair Harris leading in the Pledge ofAllegiance to the United States Flag.

Board –  Roll Call: Chair Stuart declared a quorum with all Board Members present.

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Recognition of Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) and Aon/Alight as winners of the 2017 Hermes Creative

Award (Human Resources Division)

Dr. Tracy Schatzberg, General Manager, Employee Benefits & Insurance, highlighted the item. Dr. Schatzberg publically recognized the following individuals:

  • Lorrie Penley, Account Executive, Aon
  • Wendy Sherman, Associate Partner, Communications, Alight Solutions
  • Julie Couzynse, Senior Graphic Designer, Communications, Alight Solutions
  • Angela Burt, Project Manager, Aon


Recognition of Tampa Electric Company (TECO) for Partnering with Hillsborough County Public Schools to Add

Grade 5 Electricity Kits to All Elementary Sites (Office of Teaching and Learning)

Shana Tirado, Supervisor, Elementary Science, highlighted the item. The following individuals were publically recognized for their partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools.

  • Steve Dosal, Manager of Technical Training, TECO Peoples Gas
  • Mark Downing, Corporate Safety Director, TECO Energy

Comments made by Mrs. Valdes.

03 Recognize the Importance of Faith in Florida's Information Sessions, Leadership Training, and Legal Support for

Students, Families, and Staff at the Just Full Service Center District Site (Outreach and School Improvement) 

Araseli Martinez-Pena, Coordinator, Hispanic & Multicultural Outreach, highlighted the item. Nanci Palacios, Lead Community Organizer, Family in Faith, was publically recognized for her partnership with Hillsborough County Public Schools.

04 Recognition of Hillsborough County Public Schools forReceiving the Florida Healthy School District Gold Level Award

(Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

Dr. Maria Russ, Supervisor, School Health Services, introduced Melanie Hall, Executive Director, Family Healthcare Foundation, Tampa, and Joe Davis, Chief Marketing Officer, Florida Healthy Kids Corporation, Tallahassee. Mrs. HallandMr. Davis publically recognized Superintendent Jeff Eakins for achieving Gold Status. Mr. Eakins received a gold flag and shirt.

Comments made by Mrs. Gray and Mrs. Griffin.

05 Recognition of Community Partnerships and Support for Education, Prevention, and Intervention Centers (EPIC)at

North Tampa and Brandon EPIC3 (Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives Division)

Wynne Tye, Assistant Superintendent, highlighted the item and introduced Julia Saltzgaver, Supervisor, Non

Traditional Programs. Mrs. Saltzgaver publically recognized the following community partners:

  • Randy Congdon, Keiser University  Tampa
  • Rosie Paulsen, A Cup of Organic Cafe
  • Missi Woodruff,  Thunderbird  Resort
  • Christian Salazar, DoubleTree by Hilton  Tampa Airport-Westshore
  • John Wilkinson, Charley's  Steakhouse
  • Charlotte Clark, American Momentum Bank
  • Sue Luther, All American  Title
  • Leo D. Gomez & Christina Sanchez, Gomez Law
  • Frank Marsalisi, Marsalisi Law
  • Bob Conigliaro, Caspers Company

06 Recognition of the American Heart Association's Local Fifth Grade Student as the 2017/2018 Congenital Heart DefectSurvivorandNational Spokesperson for the Jump Rope for Heart Service Learning Program (Outreach and School Improvement) withdrawn

07 Recognition of Workforce Connections Competition Award Recipients (Workforce Connections)

Bree Castelli, Supervisor, Career, Technical and Adult Education (CTAE), Pamela Walden, Supervisor, CTAE, Andrea Beverly, Supervisor, CTAE and Lauren Walden, Supervisor, CTAE recognized the following students fortheir outstanding achievement.

FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)





Strawberry Crest High

Rushi Vekariya

Organizational & Leadership


Strawberry Crest High

Krishna Vekariya

Principles & Procedures






Barrington Middle

Brittany Coleman

NAAE Teacher Turn the Key



Three Star National

    FFA Chapter Gold
    Premier FFA Chapter in Strengthen Agriculture
Barrington Middle   Will Haxton FFA Conducting of Chapter Meeting State Winners
Barrington Middle   Brynne Murphy  
Barrington Middle   Erin McAneny  
Barrington Middle   Carter Howell  
Barrington Middle   David Ferrell  
Barrington Middle   Logan Goodyear  
Barrington Middle   Aidan Routh  
Barrington Middle   Will Haxton FFA Ornamental Horticulture Demonstration; Marketing Division State Winners
Barrington Middle   Carter Howell  
Barrington Middle Kayla Swantex  FFA Vegetable Evaluation Team State Winner
Barrington Middle Alexis Swantex  
Barrington Middle David Ferrell  
Barrington Middle Ellie Waring  
Durant High Madison Smith FFA State Creed Speaking Winner
Lennard High   FFA 2 Star National Chapter
Lennard High Estrella Quirino FFA Diversified Horticulture Proficiency Gold Ranking
Turkey Creek Middle Buddy Coleman NAAE Outstanding Secondary/Middle School
Turkey Creek Middle Allison Sparkman  
Turkey Creek Middle Buddy Coleman NAAE Outstanding Agriculture Teacher
Turkey Creek Middle Austin Holcomb FFA Agriscience Fair National Finalist in
Animal Science

JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps)




Newsome High (Army)

Cadet Mallory Hirn

Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement Award

Newsome High (Army)

LTC Maurice Bolduc

U.S. Army Cadet Command Senior Army Instructor of the Year

Sickles High (Air Force)

Cadet Airman First Class Paolette Pimentel

Silver Valor Award

Sickles High (Air Force) MSgt William Robinson AFJROTC Outstanding Instructor of the Year






Sgt. Smith Middle

Juan Mercado

Prepared Speaking

Top 10

Sgt. Smith Middle

Jade Ruse

Barbara James Service Award


Tampa Bay Technical High

Shane Alexander

Sports Medicine

10th  in Nation

TSA (Technology Student Association)





Turner/Bartels K-8

Michael Stevens

Technical Design


Turner/Bartels K-8

Devon Vee

Technical Design


Turner/Bartels K-8

Daniel Carvajal

Website Design


Turner/Bartels K-8

Alicia Dias Website Design 3rd

Turner/Bartels K-8

Ryan Milton Website Design 3rd

Turner/Bartels K-8

Bishoy Milton Website Design 3rd

Turner/Bartels K-8

Bianca Mateo Children's Stories 4th

Turner/Bartels K-8

Antra Sharma Children's Stories 4th

Turner/Bartels K-8

Emily You Children's Stories 4th

Turner/Bartels K-8

Rowan DuPriest Forensic Technology 4th

Turner/Bartels K-8

Clara Oh Forensic Technology 4th

Turner/Bartels K-8

Rowan Dupreist Prepared Speech 8th

Middleton High

Andrew Butt
Erin Piacitelli
Computer Integrated Manufacturing 1st

Commercial Art Academy





Tampa Bay Technical

Jazmin Perez

Statewide graphics arts competition hosted by the Printing Association of Florida

5 Best of Category, 2 Awards of Excellence, 3 Judges

Tampa Bay Technical

Jesse Poochool    

Tampa Bay Technical

Baylee Sanderson    

Tampa Bay Technical

Alvin Huynh    

Tampa Bay Technical

Keondra Hatten    

Tampa Bay Technical

Anh Dinh

American Advertising Awards - Southeast District Award

Silver District Award

Tampa Bay Technical

Alex Lopez

School District of Hillsborough County 90 x 20 Logo Contest

Logo/Brand  Design Winner

Florida Solar Energy Whiz Expo





Mclane  Middle

Kayla Pagan



Mclane  Middle

Kayla Pagan



Mclane  Middle

Kayla Pagan

Innovation Orange Division


Mclane  Middle

Jaylin Rasumoff



Mclane  Middle

Jaylin Rasumoff



Mclane  Middle

Jaylin Rasumoff

Innovation Orange Division


Mclane  Middle

Samantha Laurie



Mclane  Middle

Samantha Laurie



Mclane  Middle Samantha Laurie Race Green Division 2nd
Mclane  Middle Jeilin Robinson Design 1st
Mclane  Middle Jeilin Robinson Innovation 1st
Mclane  Middle Jeilin Robinson Race Green Division 2nd

The Greatest Save: Teen PSA Contest





Spoto High

Kaleb Rhodes

Teen PSA Contest

Won Regional Contest, Runner up in

Spoto High

Evan Hoffberg



Spoto High

Emily Torres


National Contest

Spoto High

Alexia Shaw



Comments made by Mrs. Valdes and Mrs. Snively.

08 Recognition of the 2016/2017 Middle School District Champions and the 2016/2017 Florida High School Athletics

Association (FHSAA) State Champions (Educational Access, Opportunity and Alternatives Division)

Lanness Robinson, Director, Athletics, and Jennifer Burchill, Assistant Director, Athletics, highlighted the recognition. Allstudents were publically recognized.

2016/2017 Middle School Girls Volleyball District Champions – Wilson Middle School

Principal: Keith Fantuzzo

Coaches: Jennifer Thompson, Antonio Young

Vladlena Basham

Lily Frierson

Erin Moffitt

Annette Bergen

Isabella Gonzalez

Erin Morrissey

Kylie Butler

Sydney Hartley

Marah Pierce

Sydney Butler

Madelaine Hill

Lauren Webster

Andrea Castro-Velez

Abby Larkin

Avery W urst

Caitlin Combs

Ava Lazzara

Kasey McClain

Gabriella Fasulo

Erica Lewis

Sterling O’Neal

Reese Friar

Emily Malone


2016/2017 Middle School Boys Flag Football District Champions – Tomlin Middle School

Principal: Traci Durrance (students not in attendance)

Maurice Anderson

Colten Drawdy

Logan Smith

Benjamin Avila

Jarvis James

Brayton Varney

Patrick Connelly Jr.

Andre James-W illiams

Emmett Vickers

Brent Coton

Kelein Johnson Jr.

Brandon W ajert

Austin Davis

Jackson Knotts

Jacob Delp

Ezereke Dawson Jr.

Elijah Mateus

James Ross Jr.

Tyree Day

Toddreon Miller

Ashton Copen

2016/2017 FHSAA Flag Football State Champions – Class 1A Robinson High

Principal: Robert Bhoolai

Coach: Josh Saunders

McKenna Tyson

Elly Frierson

Christiana Rolack

Emily Kemp

Sophia Bailey

Charlotte Tuohy

Emily Draper

Chelsey Campbell

Paola Nazario

Xacasia Smith

Kristin Werdine

Marlin Jacobson

Kaitlyn Power Sarah Jennewein Holland Bakker
Lauren King Michelle Santacreu Mackenzie Hatton
Meghan Gibbons Alexis Smith-Ewing Cassidy Renninger
Olivia Salzman Macey Hatton  
Zoe Stough Brooke Volpi  

Class 2A Plant High School

Principal: Johnny Bush
Coach: Bo Puckett

Sydney Johnson

Honor Culpepper

Olivia Manno

Genevieve Greminger

Sydney Crosby

Sarah Grace Solomon

Gabriella Casares

Alexys Mathangani

Elizabeth Kern

Holly Carroll

Samantha Ashby

Jaime Luckey

Jaden McCray Martie Mahon Madison Huszar
Elise Frierson Amelia Spicola Madeline Gubbini
Kimberley Shaw Payton Paro Hope Skeins
Isabella Moreno Jesse Harbaugh  

09 Recognition of the 2017 Kelly Educational Staffing State of Florida Substitute Teacher of the Year Award (HumanResources Division)

Dena Collins, General Manager, Personnel Services introduced Janelle Weaver, Area Manager, Kelly Educational Staffing. Mrs. Weaver publically acknowledged Charles Riggins, Substitute Teacher, Kelly Educational Staffing.  Mr. Riggins was unable to attend the meeting.

10 Recognition of NET-working Mentoring Program Serving Students of Hillsborough County Public Schools (AcademicSupport and Federal Programs Division)

Ross Anderson, Liaison, Community/Advocacy, highlighted the item. Each NET-working member introduced themselves.

Site Name


Mentoring Group's Name

HCPS Student Services

Ross Anderson

Men of Vision (13 sites)

Marshall Middle School

Stanley Glover

Gentlemen's Quest, Inc.

Blake High School

Akeim Young

Men of Vision

Chamberlain High School Tavis Myrick Gentlemen's Quest, Inc.
East Bay High School Henry Washington, Jr. Men of Vision
Hillsborough High School Mickey Boddie G2G - Mentoring
Hillsborough High School Ronnie McCullough G2G - Mentoring
King High School Yuri Higgins Elite Men of Tomorrow
Plant City High School Wayne Ward Gentlemen's Quest, Inc.
Spoto High School Collin Ivery Men of Vision
Spoto High School Antonio Bradford Men of Vision
Tampa Bay Tech High School Alex King, III Men of Vision

Comments made by Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. Gray, Mrs. Snively and Chair Stuart.

11 Recognition and Presentation of Plaques to Area Star Swept AwardFinalists and Trophies to the Elementary School of the Year and Secondary School of the Year (Operations Division)

Joe Leavens, Custodial Operations Manager, highlighted the item.  The following individuals were publically recognized fortheir outstanding achievement.

2016/2017 Star Swept School of the Year

Area 1

West Tampa Elementary

D. W. Waters

Area 2

Lowry Elementary

Martinez Middle

Area 3

Heritage Elementary

Gaither High

Area 4

Seminole Elementary

Young Middle Magnet


Area 5

Cimino Elementary

Randall Middle


Area 6

Burney Elementary

Simmons Career


Area 7

Oak Park Elementary

Van Buren Middle


Area 8

Thompson Elementary

Riverview High

12 Recognition of High Schools with Highest 2016/2017 Student Completion Percentage on Future Plans (Workforce Connections)

Chris Jargo, Director, Career and Technical Education, highlighted the item. Mr. Jargo publically recognized the following high schools and employees.

Alonso High School


Kenneth Hart, Principal

Brandon High School


Jennifer Sparano, Principal

East Bay High School


Maria Gsell, Principal

Steve Fisher,

Helen Turnquist

Glennis Perez,

Henry Washington,

Newsome High School

Carla Brunning, Principal

Steinbrenner High School

Kelly King, Principal


13 Recognition of Magnet Schools of America (MSA), Merit Award Winners (Chief of Schools)

Robert Cox, Supervisor, Magnet Programs, highlighted the item.  Mr. Cox publically recognized the following schools. Eachrepresentative from the school received a certificate.


Blake High School

Cahoon Elementary Magnet School Dunbar Elementary Magnet School Ferrell Middle Magnet School Franklin Middle Magnet School Jefferson High School

Lee Elementary Magnet School

Lincoln Elementary Magnet School

MacFarlane Park Elementary Magnet School

Middleton High School

Muller Elementary Magnet School

Philip Shore Elementary Magnet School

Progress Village Middle Magnet School

Walker Middle Magnet School

Orange Grove Middle Magnet School Rampello K-8 Magnet School Riverhills Elementary Magnet School Stewart Middle Magnet School

Tampa Bay Tech High School

Williams Middle Magnet School



School and Program



Lead Teacher



Orange Grove Middle Magnet

Visual, Communication, Visual Arts


Lydia Sierra





Rampello K-8 Downtown

Partnership Magnet

Cultural Arts and Humanities



Liz Uppercue



Amy Miller



Riverhills Elementary Magnet

International Baccalaureate PYP


Todd Connolly


Diana Favata




Stewart Middle Magnet Science/Technology/Engineering/ Mathematics



Dr. Baretta Wilson



Josephine Corder




Tampa Bay Technical High School Academy of Architecture/Health/Veterinary Science



Michael Ippolito



Elizabeth Campbell



Williams Middle Magnet

International Baccalaureate MYP


Arlene Castelli


Joyce Hoehn-Parrish



Blake High School

Visual, Communication, Performing Arts


Jesse Salters


Pam Glas



Cahoon Elementary Magnet

Animal Science


Ovett Wilson


Kristian Brown



Dunbar Elementary Magnet

Science and Medical Exploration


Frankye Bulmer


Ashley Cochol



Ferrell  Middle Magnet

Girls Preparatory Academy


Karen French


Ellen Truskowski



Franklin Middle Magnet

Boys Preparatory Academy


John Haley


Kathleen Wasserman



Jefferson High School

College Preparatory Leadership Academies


Robert Quinn


Scottie Basham




Lee Elementary Magnet

World Studies


Beverly Smith


Cathy Messina



Lincoln Elementary Magnet

International Baccalaureate PYP


Jennifer West


Michelle Arn



MacFarlane Park Elementary Magnet

International Baccalaureate PYP


Dr. Denyse Riveiro


Angela Hartle



Middleton High School



Dr. Kim Moore


Elizabeth Simpson




Muller Elementary Magnet Visual, Communication, Visual Arts and Environmental Science



Mary Booth



Lauren Sturlaughson


Philip Shore Elementary Magnet

Visual, Communication, Visual Arts

Cheri Bollinger

Brian Druga


Progress Village Middle Magnet

Visual, Communication, Visual Arts

Andrew Olson

Tyler Leavitt



Walker Middle Magnet

International Baccalaureate MYP


Anthony Jones


Cassie Schroeder

14 Recognize Participants in the Transportation Department's Back to School Fair and Stuff the Bus Supply Drive (Operations Division)

James Beekman, General Manager, Transportation, highlighted the recognition.  The following employees were publically recognized. Mr. Beekman publically recognized Jessica Vega, Alexcia Wiggins, Co-Chairs, Back to School Fair and Paula Riddle, for their dedication and assistance in the coordination of the Back to School Fair.




Collette Goodman

Nicole Camp


Vondalyn  Bryant

Paula Riddle

Erwin Technical  College

Robert Atkinson

Twila VanBrunt-Communications

Suncoast Credit Union

Pat Scott

Mr. VanBrunt

Long & Associates

Debbie Bundy

Tina McMillan

Aparicio-Levy, Brewster, Erwin & Leary

Teresa Leath

Cindy Marrero

Smith & Associates

Lester Ottinger

Linda Shotts

Grow Financial

Terri Godwin

Jackie Chandler

Michale Tangen

Patsy Ross

Tamiko Henry

Tampa Springs Co.

Chasity Simmons

Roslyn Franklyn

Marks Air


Dee Dee Walker

Signature Services


Michelle Hall

Plummers Restorations


Ingrid Hanley

American Frame


Richard Moore


  Kim Moore  

Adjournment – with no furtherbusiness the meeting was adjourned at 7:54 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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