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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in regular session Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at 3 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, and Board Members Doretha W. Edgecomb, April Griffin, Sally Harris, Carol Kurdell, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present. Chair S. Valdes presided.

Others present were:

Board Attorney – James Porter

Deputy Superintendents: Jeff Eakins and Cathy L. Valdes

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:
      Academic Support and Federal Programs – Larry Sykes
      Administration – Lewis Brinson
      Business – Gretchen Saunders
      Curriculum and Instruction – Denny Oest
      Facilities – Chris Farkas
      Governmental Relations – Connie Milito
      Human Resources – Stephanie Woodford
      Information and Technology/Empowering Effective Teachers Grant – Anna Brown
      Student Services – Wynne Tye

Communications Officer – Stephen Hegarty
External Communications Manager – Tanya Arja
External Communications Assistant Manager – Kristin Davis
Senior Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Linda Fernandez

News Media Representatives:
      Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol
      Tampa Tribune – Erin Kourkounis
      Camera Crews – Bay News 9 and Channel 8

Approximately 175 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 Edgecomb leading in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag.

Withdrawn Items – 4.05, 4.06, and 6.09

Adoption of the Agenda:

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Stuart, to adopt the agenda. Motion unanimously carried.

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

Approval of Minutes

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Harris, to approve the following:
     January 6, 2015, Workshop – a.m.
     January 6, 2015, Workshop – p.m.
     January 27, 2015 – Special Called Meeting

Motion unanimously carried.

Board Guidelines

Vice Chair Edgecomb read the guidelines into the record.

Chair S. Valdes said that in lieu of musical entertainment we had the LEAD video streamed in the lobby. She thanked Jason Pepe for coordinating.

Speakers to Agenda Items

Speaker Item No.
Mark Klutho 6.03, 6.04, 6.21, 6.22, and 7.02
Darrell Dirks 6.22
David Wilson 6.22

Suspended Agenda

01

Suspended Agenda

Jeff Eakins highlighted the suspended agenda.

  • Task Force sessions update. Two productive work sessions were held on
  • February 6 and February 13. Thanked Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins who hosted the last meeting at the CTA building and will also host the meeting on Friday.
  • March 6 the task force will be drafting their recommendations.
  • State Fair Update from Lewis Brinson. Student day at the fair was a safe and fun day. We had a plan in place and there were minor incidents.  He called on Chuck Pesano who provided an update and thanked everyone for the collaborative work across various agencies. Ms. Edgecomb asked for the collaboration to continue.

Mrs. Griffin and Superintendent Elia made comments.

Task force processes:

  • What was the original process when choosing task force members for the group? What was the basis to become a member? Dr. Brinson said originally the committee was not a task force to make recommendations but it evolved into that. It was the board’s decision to make appointments to have a voice on the committee.
  • What was the basis for choosing the members? Lewis Brinson said there were volunteers who asked to be on the committee. We also selected members of the community who have worked with us in the past.
  • Were there thoughts about conflict of interest? Not at the time the committee was formed. That may have happened after the fact and those members separated themselves from the committee.
  • Is it being monitored? Jeff Eakins said the committee was originally brought together to review the data.
  • For the sake of integrity of the task force, can we do a survey of members to be sure there is no conflict of interest? Jeff Eakins said he has provided a list and he will review it.
  • What is the next step? Jeff Eakins said the goal was to formalize their recommendations by March 6 and bring them to the board. Once recommendations come forward we have to decide how to move forward. We are looking to move the task force group to an advisory group. The task force is working on the make-up of the advisory group.
  • Are the recommendations only going to speak to discipline? At this time we are looking at Out-of-School-Suspensions (OSS) and will move to student achievement. Typically our advisory groups will be 50% from the community and could possibly be co-chaired.
  • Addressed the facilitation of the meetings. There will be district involvement.

Ms. Edgecomb said she would like to see future advisory committees and task forces evolve with a structure in place.

Chair S. Valdes shared her concerns referenced to the group being addressed. The Hispanic population has one voice on the committee. She is concerned with the Hispanic Task Force and where it is headed. In her opinion, the Student Success Coach has taken the place of the Student Intervention Specialists and is missing the students that the task force was going to address.

Superintendent Elia asked Mr. Oest to gather information on the programs that are addressing the at risk students that go beyond the Success Coach Program. She thanked all the partners who worked with us to ensure safety at the State Fair.

Chair S. Valdes said a speaker addressed discipline in the classroom. We have two policies that conflict around Bring your Own Device.

Mrs. Griffin said she is still waiting for the results on Bring your Own Device. It has to be the teacher’s decision if that device is allowed out and up to the principal to enforce it. Students need to learn how to conduct themselves in a business environment.

Teaching and Learning - None

Proclamations

01

Recognize LEAD Student Contest Winners

Superintendent Elia gave an overview of the competition and shared a video. She thanked the judges: Robert W. Saunders, Sr., Library Foundation, Dr. John Hartman, Mary James, Rosemary Hearns, Fred Hearns, and Julia Hartman. Ms. Hartman presented the trophies to the winners. Members of our community judged the Visual Arts and Performance categories: Andrea White, Bright House and sponsor, Margaret Fisher, former principal, and Jimmy Vanns, local artist.

Elementary School – Christina Meacham- DeJour London, award winner
Middle School – Blanch Armwood – Kiana Antoine, award winner
High School – Frankie Berry – Juwuan Livingston, award winner

Category Student School Principal Inspiration
Literature Dejour London Lomax Elementary Connie Chisholm Pastor Moses Brown
Literature Kiana Antoine Sligh Middle Dallas Jackson Dallas Jackson
Literature Juwuan Livingston Riverview High Danielle Shotwell Coach Jamal Guiler
Performance Jocelyn Lawson Cahoon Elementary Joanne Griffiths Kandance Dawn Nunn
Performance Dominique Ernewein Orange Grove Middle Shannon Butler Michael Gambrell
Performance Charity Franks Middleton High Kim Moore Wali. S. Shabazz
Visual Arts Taylor Johnson Bailey Elementary Russell Wallace C.J
Visual Arts Krystal Majid Martinez Middle Scott Weaver Honorable George E. Edgecomb
Visual Arts Donovan Blake Alonso High Kenneth Hart Donovan Blake, Sr.

Without sponsors this event would not have been such a success. Below are the sponsors.

Hillsborough Education Foundation (lead sponsor) Dr. Phil Jones
Brewster Technical College, Paul Gansemer
Aparicio-Levy and Learey Technical College, AnnMarie Courtney
Tampa Bay Rays, David Egles and Samantha Brown
Scholastic, Rachelle Merza
Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and Tampa Bay Storm, Kasey Smith and Kelly Cureton
Bright House Networks, Andrea White
Hillsborough Association of School Administrators, Dr. Bill Orr
United Data Technologies, Inc., Shari Holtmeier
Curriculum Associates, Dina Heffernan
Tampa Museum of Art, Dr. Seth Pevnick, Joie Johnson, and Ann Frechette

Ms. Edgecomb, Mrs. Stuart, Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. Snively, and Superintendent Elia made comments. Special thanks to Wharton and Armwood Culinary Students who provided food for the event.

Administrative Appointments

01

Approve the Administrative Appointment of the Supervisor, Elementary Reading/Language Arts (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Kimberly Keenan, currently Principal of Tampa Palms Elementary School, to the Supervisor, Elementary Reading/Language Arts, effective May 4, 2015. Motion unanimously carried.

02

Approve the Administrative Appointment of the Principal of Collins Elementary School (Administration Division)

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Mrs. Harris, to appoint Rebecca Sargable, currently Principal of Lanier Elementary School, to the Principal of Collins Elementary School, effective April 27, 2015. Motion unanimously carried.

03

Approve the Administrative Appointment of the Director of Student Planning and Placement (Administration Division)

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Mathew Romano, currently Supervisor of Magnet Programs, to the Director of Student Planning and Placement, effective March 2, 2015. Motion unanimously carried.

04

Approve the Administrative Appointment of the Principal Coach for Area II (Administration Division)

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Gloria Waite, currently Principal of West Tampa Elementary School, to the Principal Coach for Area II, effective April 27, 2015. Motion unanimously carried.

05

Approve the Administrative Appointment of the Principal Coach for Area VI (Administration Division)

Motion by Mrs. Griffin, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Jacqueline Haynes, currently Principal of Blake Magnet High School, to the Principal Coach for Area VI, effective April 27, 2015. Motion unanimously carried.

06

Approve the Administrative Appointment of the Principal Coach for Area III (Administration Division)

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Kristin Tonelli, currently Principal of Lewis Elementary School, to the Principal Coach for Area III, effective April 27, 2015. Motion unanimously carried.

Recommendations and Reports of Superintendent Requiring Board Approval

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Ms. Edgecomb, 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.

     Proclamation and Recognition: 1
     Consent Agenda: 1.02, 1.03, 6.12, 6.13, 6.20, 6.22, and 7.02

Motion carried with Mrs. Kurdell absent for the vote.

1.00 Curriculum and Instruction Division (Denny Oest)

1.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

1.02

Approve all School Improvement Plans, School Advisory Council Composition Forms, and School Improvement Plan Waivers for 2014/2015

Deborah Cook highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Griffin. Comments by Superintendent Elia.

Chair S. Valdes said that 1.03 and 7.02 would be highlighted together.

1.03

Approve Memorandum of Agreement with the University of South Florida College of Education for Faculty-in-Residence at Sulphur Springs Elementary School

Barbara Hancock highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart, Ms. Edgecomb, and Mrs. Griffin.

7.02

Approve Attendance Boundary Changes in Support of the Conversion of Sulphur Springs Elementary to Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School

Lorraine Duffy-Suarez highlighted the item at the request of Ms. Edgecomb. Ms. Edgecomb made comments. MaryLou Whaley, Julie Scardino, Kirk McKay, and Sheff Crowder are partners involved in the Sulphur Springs’ community initiatives and highlighted what has been done to move the plan forward. This is a different K-8 school as it will be a community school.

Discussion

  • What are the expected outcomes from this transition? Shef Crowder said this is a small neighborhood community school and it allows the community to come together. They begin to work with families prenatally on through.
  • As a result of the Memo of Understanding with the University of South Florida, teachers who are earning masters’ degrees will be teaching at this school. This provides experienced teachers to be in front of our students.
  • The only thing missing from this program is a year-round program. How are you going to engage the community and bring them in to help student levels? YMCA has an onsite afterschool and summer program with 50% participation. The principal is the Chief Academic Officer of these programs and are different from recreational programs coming forward. Students have to meet educational requirements to participate in recreational programs.
  • Congratulated Julie Scardino, principal, for all the progress she has made thus far.
  • Concern about the feeder middle schools that will not get the children that would normally move forward. We are talking about 70 to 75 students between the two schools and will maintain the partnership programs at the middle schools.
  • Feedback on behavior issues at the feeder schools.
  • Principal Scardino recognized the community members who were present. She said their parents were surveyed and most were in favor of the program.
  • Reverend McKay said he has been involved in community meetings on the K-8 concept.

 

 

2.00 Instructional Support (Wynne Tye)

2.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

 

 

3.00 Student Services and Federal Programs Division (Larry Sykes)

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 #1034—Instructional

4.02a

Approve Administrative Appointments/Transfers – Appointments are effective
March 2, 2015, unless otherwise noted.

  • DeShanda-Ivana Rogers, currently a Teacher at Kenly Elementary School to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Oak Grove Elementary
  • Linda Swanson, currently a Teacher at Claywell Elementary School to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Morgan Woods Elementary School
  • Evanita Omensetter, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Leto High School, to the Assistant Principal for Curriculum at Leto High School
  • Lori Farmer, currently a Teacher at Pride Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Cahoon Elementary Magnet School
  • Jennifer Swager, currently Coordinator – EET Assessment and Accountability to the Coordinator – TIF Grants, Assessment and Accountability
  • Gail C. Bottone, currently College Career Counselor, Sickles High School, to the Coordinator of EXCEL (Advanced Academics Programs), Curriculum and Instruction
  • Alexander Aguilar, currently Assistant Principal Hillside High School, Durham, North Carolina, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Marshall Middle School
  • Timothy Mattison, currently a Teacher at Spoto High School to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Barrington Middle School
  • Tiffaney Mikell, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Foster Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Mango Elementary School
  • Mya Russi, currently a Teacher at Blake High School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Freedom High School
  • Kevin Kastner, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Rogers Middle School to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Progress Village Middle Magnet School
  • Barbara Mercer, currently Principal at Apollo Beach Elementary School, to the Administrator on Special Assignment, Administrative Call Center

4.03

Approve Personnel List #890—Instructional Support

4.04

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

4.05

Approve Disciplinary Action—Instructional— (if any) Withdrawn

4.06

Approve Disciplinary Action—Instructional Support— (if any) Withdrawn

4.07

Approve the Renewal of Hillsborough County Public School's Athletic Accident Insurance as Presented by First Florida Insurance Brokers

 

 

5.00 Information and Technology Division (Anna Brown)

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 the Agreement for Technical Services with RMC Research Corporation for the Evaluation of the Title X, Part C: Education for Homeless Children and Youth Project (Information and Technology Division)

6.03

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Mariann Schmudde for the Evaluation of the Teacher Incentive Fund, Cohort 4, Grant (Information and Technology Division)

6.04

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Mariann Schmudde for the Evaluation of the Teacher Incentive Fund, Cohort 3, Grant (Information and Technology Division)

6.05

Approve Memorandum of Agreement Between Girls Empowered Mentally for Success, Inc. and the School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida for the Provision of Services for the Full Service School Program (Student Services Division)

6.06

Approve Memorandum of Understanding with CareerSource Tampa Bay (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

6.07

Approve the Piggyback Between Sunbelt Transport Refrigeration Ltd. and the School Board of Polk County, Invitation to Bid #026-PSC-1114 Auto, Truck, and Bus Repair Parts and Service and Linen Service (Business Division)

6.08

Approve Amendment Number 1 of Interagency Agreement Number IA-391 with the Florida Department of Education, and if Approved, Accept Funds for Development of Florida Standards Assessment and End-of-Course Assessments for Students with Visual Impairments for 2014/2015 (Student Services Division)

6.09

Accept the Lowest, Responsive, Responsible Bids Submitted by   Various Vendors—Invitation to Bid # 14160-MST Disposable Gloves (Business Division) Withdrawn

6.10

Accept the Piggyback of RFP # IS-1525500, Telecommunications Supplies Between Graybar Electric Company, Inc. and the County of Los Angeles, California via U.S. Communities for the Purchase of Telecommunication Products (Business Division)

6.11

Approve Letter of Engagement with Holland & Knight, LLP for Governmental Consulting Services (Government Relations Division)

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

6.12

Accept the Annual Audit of the District's Financial Statements from KPMG for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2014 (Business Division)

Gretchen Saunders highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Kurdell. She introduced Lori Nielson who presented the audit report to the board. There were no instances of non-compliance. Management letter had no findings to report. Ms. Saunders said this is the last audit Ed Nicholson worked on, as he will be retiring this summer.

6.13

Approve Issuance of 2015 Capital Improvement and Refunding Revenue Bonds (Business Division)

Gretchen Saunders highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart. She introduced Jerry Ford who walked the board through the history of the bonds program. Rick Patterson from Raymond James and Associates will write the bond.

6.14

Approve the Expenditures for Legal Services Between the School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida and Karen C. D. Gabbadon, for Change of Placement Hearing Support Services and Employee Termination Hearings (Administration Division)

6.15

Approve the Piggyback of Bid #2013-03, Classroom/Office Equipment and Supplies Between Classroom Technology Solutions, Inc. and St. Johns County School   District, Florida (Business Division)

6.16

Approve the Piggyback Between American Logistics Company and Orange County Public Schools, Invitation to Bid #1205114 Supplemental Transportation for Special Needs Students (Business Division)

6.17

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Education Analytics to Explore the Statistical Relationship Between Tests’ Psychometric Properties and Value Added Models’ Diagnostic Characteristics (Information and Technology Division)

6.18

Accept the Proposals Submitted by AXA Equitable, Horace Mann Life Insurance Company, Lincoln Investment Planning, Suncoast Credit Union, and Valic—Request for Proposal
#14141-DST Voluntary Investment Products Program (Business Division)

6.19

Accept the Lowest, Responsive, Responsible Bids Submitted by Multiple Vendors—Invitation to Bid #14120-DST Athletic Uniforms, Equipment, and Related Supplies (Business Division)

6.20

Safe and ound Hillsborough Interlocal Agreement (Deputy Superintendent)

Jeff Eakins highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart, Ms. Edgecomb, and Mrs. Griffin. Mrs. Stuart and Mrs. Griffin made comments.

6.21

Approve Budget Amendments for the Period Ended January 31, 2015 (Business Division)

6.22

Discuss and Decide on Proceeding with Professional Search Firm for a Superintendent (Business Division)

Gretchen Saunders highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart, Ms. Edgecomb, and Mrs. Griffin. S. Valdes said this allows staff to obtain quotes.

Discussion:

  • Sally Harris offered an alternate plan in lieu of a rush for a national search.

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Stuart, to move to put an agenda item at the March 3, 2015, board meeting to bring before the board a one-year contract for Mr. Eakins compliant with Florida Statutes, as superintendent of Hillsborough County Public Schools. Friendly amendment by Mrs. Kurdell to remove the one-year reference. Accepted by Mrs. Harris and Mrs. Stuart. Motion unanimously carried.

Discussion

  • Mrs. Griffin does not support a rushed national search and could support this item.
  • Mrs. Harris said we need to have someone in place that can lead the district, make decisions, move our county forward, and not have his hands tied in running the district.
  • Mrs. Griffin said "interim” takes away from the position of superintendent and we need stability right now. She has had community input and they are confident Mr. Eakins can do the job. She can support a one-year contract renewable at the end of the year. Within six months we will be able to see if he can do the job. She wants to have community meetings to see what they want from this school district and what their future graduates look like. She sees our next leader as a listener, healer, and puts students first regardless.
  • Mrs. Stuart felt the proposed national search was very rushed. She feels searches need to be planned and believes Deputy Superintendent Eakins is the right person for the job to make this district soar.
  • Ms. Edgecomb asked why the maker of the motion is moving in this direction. What are the benefits in making the motion? She asked Mr. Porter if the acting superintendent will have all the rights to make decisions, respond to issues, move staff forward, and to do the very same thing as the superintendent.
  • Mrs. Harris felt the board was being rushed. Jeff Eakins is capable of taking this position and it is not fair to him to say lead but you have no power. There needs to be a clear direction of who is in charge.
  • Jim Porter said when the words "acting” or "interim” are in front of the title you do have actual powers. The implied perception is that you do not know how long you would be in the position. Legally he would have all the rights described by Ms. Edgecomb.
  • Ms. Edgecomb said this is not about Jeff Eakins in this position. She is trying to understand the pros and cons of a one-year contract. It is the board’s option to offer a one-year contract and Mr. Eakins option to accept or not accept, depending on the terms. Most contracts have an opportunity to renew. Any perceived negatives are not legal in nature, they are the idea of whether someone, with an organization the size of Hillsborough County School District can affect any meaningful change in a one-year term. The contract that we would be offering would be different than Mrs. Elia’s because state laws have changed. The Florida Severance Package and Florida Benefits that were part of her contract are no longer totally available to public officials’ contracts. A one year period is a short amount of time for a person to take on the complicated kinds of things that face our school district. No matter what we decide we are going to be criticized. She believes we can move forward with an Acting Superintendent who is going to act like the superintendent.
    • Has to make the hard decisions.
    • Look at our vision and mission and set programs and ideas in place.
    • Going to have the staff to work with him.
    • Commit as to what we want as a school district.
    We can do all that through July 1 and have a search committee work with us. Certainly, she would expect Mr. Eakins would be one of those people.
  • Mrs. Kurdell has heard from the community and the responses have been 50-50. Mrs. Stuart said we were lucky enough to have Mr. Eakins. That is true, but the luck came from a lot of hard work over the years. He was put in the deputy role because he can get the job done and will become the Acting Superintendent next month. She addressed the political landscape in 2016. She does not think that four months is rushing a search. She does not feel it is fair to offer a one year contract. If you want stability, district employees need to have a comfort level, and want this school district to move forward; then offer a two-year contract. The professional life of a superintendent across the nation is three years. He has taken care of everything given to him and responses are received form him or staff. She thinks Mr. Eakins would make a fine superintendent here or wherever he chooses to go. She cannot support a one-year contract and would like to make an amendment for a two-year contract.
  • Chair Valdes reminded the board that the agenda here today is to be able to give staff the authorization to obtain the cost for search firms. We are not deciding on what firm nor if we are going to do a national search. The agenda item is completely different from the motion that has been made.
  • Mrs. Griffin asked Mr. Eakins if he would accept a one-year contract to begin July 1, 2015. It would give the board a year to evaluate and work on an evaluation tool.
  • Mr. Eakins said serving this district is an honor and he is committed to the district. He has been weighing the pros and cons. You don’t want to put people in positions that another leader may change. With a one year contract you will see process and culture changes and you will see things that are good. To know the results will be post that one year contract. That is his only concern about a one-year contract.
  • Mrs. Stuart asked what other districts are offering. Mr. Porter said Manatee and Broward offered a three-year contract. If this motion passes the contract would have to be negotiated and agreed upon by both parties.

 

Motion by Mrs. Griffin, second by Mrs. Stuart, to continue item 6.22 to the March 3,   2015, school board meeting.  Motion unanimously carried.

 

 

7.00 Facilities Division (Chris Farkas)

7.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

7.02

Approve Attendance Boundary Changes in Support of the Conversion of Sulphur Springs Elementary to Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School (Moved up on the agenda and discussed with item 1.03.)

7.03

Approve the Spot Survey for Tinker K-8

 

 

8.00 Administration Division (Lewis A. Brinson)

8.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

8.02

Approve the Recommendations for Change of Placement of Regular Students

8.03

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

8.04

Approve Out-of-County/Out-of-State and Overnight In-County Student Field Trips

8.05

Approve Waiver of Rental Fees

 

 

9.00 Unclassified

9.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

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

 

 

10.00 Information

10.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

10.02

Monthly Financial Position Reports as of January 31, 2015 (Business Division)

10.03

Matching Funds Projects at 20 Schools: Bevis, FishHawk, Lake Magdalene, LaVoy, Lithia Springs, Mabry, Madison, Maniscalco, Marshall, Middleton, Miles, Mulrennan, Randall, Robinson Elementary, Roland Park, Roosevelt, Schwarzkopf, Turner-Bartels, and Westchase Schools (Facilities Division)

 

 

Scheduled Hearings on Policies and/or Business Items - None

Other Business and Board Comments

Carol Kurdell

  • Read an article into the record she found in the newspaper regarding a Robinson High School student.
  • She was at the Fair Grounds at the Champions of Champions and was not able to attend the LEAD Awards program.
  • Thanked HASA for the dinner and the opportunity to talk with them and hear their concerns.

April Griffin

  • Wants to have a discussion about community input and what it looks like – what the community wants from our graduates and what they want from the community. She is going to be doing Coffee Chats around the county. We need to talk with the chambers, etc.

Cindy Stuart

  • Thanked Gaither High School administration and booster club who came out for the naming of Frank Permuy Baseball Park.
  • Highlighted a note from a parent about Amanda Comer, Armwood High School teacher. This teacher sent personal invitations to each parent in her class for conference night.
  • Thanked Department of Agriculture and Adam Putman for the Woman of the Year event where Belinda Chason was honored.

Doretha Edgecomb

  • Thanked the leadership of Phi Delta Kappa that held their annual table talk event.

Melissa Snively

  • STEM Fair breakfast was a wonderful event and it showcased our children.
  • Thanked Gretchen Saunders who was a presenter on school board finance at the FSBA certified training.
  • Issued a board challenge about the vitality points through Humana. Mrs. Harris has already reached Silver Status.
  • Highlighted working with Dr. Pepe to enhance something on the school board website. Thanks to the collaboration our school board meeting minutes are now on the web.
  • Thanked Ms. Edgecomb for her eloquent comments and questions.

Chair S. Valdes

  • Has been talking to several people and looking to recruit Hispanic leaders, but they have to have Ed Leadership on their certificate. Why? She does not see that pool of individuals growing because Hispanic people are not going into education. She would like to see that relaxed and have it become more diversified.
  • Had a good time at the STEM Fair and the Champion of Champions was phenomenal.


Superintendent’s Comments - None

Chair S. Valdes reminded the board that they will be meeting at 3 p.m. tomorrow, February 18, 2015, for the accreditation review.

Adjournment – with no further business the meeting was adjourned at 6:26 p.m. (Audio recording on file.)

 

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