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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in Workshop Session Tuesday, November 7, 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 (arrived 9:39 a.m.), Sally Harris, Tamara P. Shamburger, Melissa Snively (arrived 9:11 a.m.), Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes (arrived 9:05 a.m.) present.  Chair Cindy Stuart presided.

 

Others present:


Board Attorney, James Porter (arrived 9:30 a.m.)

 

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

      Educational Leadership and Professional Development – Tricia McManus

      Human Resources – Marie Whelan

      Outreach – Larry Sykes, Ed.D.

      Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives – Wynne Tye

      Teaching and Learning – Debbie Cook

      Workforce Connections – Scott Brooks

 

Media Outreach, Department Manager – Tanya Arja

Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Kandee King

 

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

 

Chair Stuart called the meeting to order at 9 a.m.

 

(1)   Review Discipline Data, Strategies, and Interventions (Chief of Schools)

 

This workshop provided an opportunity to review current and multi-year discipline data trends and hear area superintendents share strategies and interventions that are making a difference.

 

Superintendent Eakins made brief comments

 

Jenny Hunkins, Assistant Director, Education Access Opportunity, and Alternatives; Shay McRae, Area Superintendent, Area 8; Wynne Tye, Assistant Superintendent, Educational Access, Opportunity, and Alternatives; and Harrison Peters, Chief of Schools, presented a PowerPoint highlighting multi-year discipline data trends.  

 

·         Creating safe, supportive, and equitable discipline practices

·         Data driven decisions

·         Framework for positive and supportive behavior management

·         Student Code of conduct

·         Align incidents with the State of Florida

·         Differentiate major incidents versus minor incidents

·         Over 66,000 hours were saved by teachers dealing with discipline in the classroom

·         Allows teachers to problem solve and most have "enjoyed” this process

·         Before a student can be suspended for six or more days, there must be a conversation with the area superintendent

·         There are currently nine EPIC I sites housed at school sites throughout the county

·         EPIC II sites are for those needing a little more transition time from the Alternative school

 

There was general discussion to include:

 

·         There should be a level of expectation equally across all schools. 

·         We are looking at behavior very different than we have in the past

·         Need to be sure students coming back into the traditional setting have a mentor

·         Behavior tracker is used in lieu of a referral to track most incidents

·         Behavior is one of the most important KPI’s

·         Area superintendents have conversations every month regarding fair discipline for all students

·         Would like to see a policy to eliminate suspension for K-2 students

·         Concern that teachers are not feeling supported. Continue working with administrators to encourage teachers to use interventions i.e. call parent, have student meet with counselor and/or behavior coach.

·         Training for bus drivers

·         Would like to see a change of name for the career centers

·         Ensuring teachers feel supported.  When teachers see visible support, they will be engaged in teaching

·         Mind shifts come with struggles.  There are emotions involved, climate needs to be safe, change of heart, not mind.  We have to listen to input.

·         This is all about making our students employable


With no further discussion the workshop adjourned at 11:20 am 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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