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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in regular session Tuesday, March 3, 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 - absent
      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
Senior Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Linda Fernandez

News Media Representatives:
      Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol
      Tampa Tribune – Erin Kourkounis
      Channel 8, 9, 10 and 28 camera crews.

Approximately 200 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.  The Elementary All-State Chorus sang the National Anthem.

     Bryant Elementary School
     Anika Balaraju, Catherine Bilello, Miles McKnight and Sara Wrzesniewski
     Lake Magdalene Elementary School
     Chloe Earl
     Lowry Elementary School
     Will Fuller and Sulia Garcia
     Nelson Elementary School
     Emma Stewart
     Tampa Palms Elementary School
     Erin Soko
     Turner/Bartels K-8
     Shruti Shivan

Parents and teachers were recognized.

Chair S. Valdes acknowledged the guitar ensemble from Crestwood Elementary School who played in the lobby before the board meeting. Teacher and students introduced themselves.

Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Stuart thanked the Chair for showcasing student entertainment before each board meeting.

Withdrawn Items - 4.05, 4.06, and 7.07

Adoption of the Agenda:

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Ms. Edgecomb, 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 Ms. Edgecomb, to approve the following:
     January 27, 2015, Student Forum
     February 3, 2015, Regular Meeting
     February 17, 2015, Regular Meeting
     February 18, 2015, Special Called Meeting

Motion unanimously carried.

Board Guidelines

Vice Chair Edgecomb read the guidelines into the record.

Speakers to Agenda Items

Speaker Item No.
Mark Klutho 6.04, 6.12, 7.04, 7.08, 7.09, 7.10
Adam Bantner E01
Ruthjila McKeefer E01
Andrew Joseph E01
William Orr E01
Wendy Harrison E01
Bleu Rainer Audience Comments
Char Singleton Audience Comments
Curtis Hierro Audience Comments
Devan Cheaves< Audience Comments
Jayson James Audience Comments
Trey Gonzalez Audience Comments
Ashley Green Audience Comments

Suspended Agenda

01

Suspended Agenda

Jeff Eakins highlighted the suspended agenda.

  • Thanked Bay Area Coalition members who addressed the board this evening and invited them to the task force meeting on Friday. He further explained that task force will be addressing many of the concerns brought forward today. The recommendations will be coming to the board to move a plan forward.

    The next community chat is Wednesday, March 4, at King High School beginning at 6 p.m. The next task force meeting is Friday at the ISC Building.
  • Fair Authority topic will remain on the suspended agenda.
  • Alliance for Public Schools that was highlighted at a recent workshop will hold GradNation beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

Teaching and Learning

01

Tampa Bay Buccaneers National Football League/Play 60 Initiative (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

Larry Sykes called Brian Ford, Chief Operating Officer, and Eileen Sweeney, Director, Community Relations, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Patrick Lalone, Principal, Davis Elementary School. Brian Ford and Patrick Lalone made a brief presentation and shared a video. The following schools received grants for P.E. Equipment courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

  • Sulphur Springs Elementary School ($250)
  • Miles Elementary School ($500)
  • Pizzo Elementary School ($750)
  • Foster Elementary School ($1500)
  • Davis Elementary School ($2000)

Comments by Mrs. Snively, Superintendent Elia, and Chair S. Valdes.

10.02

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, Florida Department of Health, Hillsborough County, Tampa Family Health Centers, Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc. and MORE HEALTH, Inc., School-Based Sealant and Fluoride Program (Student Services Division)

Dr. Doug Holt, Director, Florida Department of Health, Hillsborough, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Kurdell. He was joined by his team and provided an update on the sealant program and expressed his appreciation to the Superintendent and the board for the partnership. The program began with 8 schools, increased to 16. This year we will complete 48 schools with a goal to serve all 94 Title I schools. Presented certificates of appreciation to the superintendent and the board.

Mrs. Snively asked for clarification of the program as to why all Title I schools were not served. She asked for a workshop to further discuss. Superintendent Elia and Mrs. Griffin made comments.

Chair S. Valdes gave the availability of workshop dates and consensus was reached to have a workshop to discuss the dental sealant program on April 7, 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Proclamations

01

Adoption of Proclamation—Music In Our Schools Month, March 2015 (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Melanie Faulkner, Supervisor, Elementary Music made brief remarks and introduced Tausha Honey, Teacher at Hunters Green Elementary School, President of Elementary Music Council, and Kelly Chisholm, Teacher at Burnett Middle School, Treasurer of the Secondary Music Council and together they presented the proclamation. Comments by Mrs. Griffin and Superintendent Elia.

02

Adoption of Proclamation—Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education Week, March 2-6, 2015 (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Lynn Dougherty-Underwood, Director of Literacy, K-12, made brief remarks and introduced Jodi Pushkin, Manager, Tampa Bay Time Newspaper in Education Program. Ms. Underwood presented the proclamation.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to vote on the two proclamations separately. Motion unanimously carried.

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Mrs. Stuart, proclaiming March 2015, as Music in our Schools Month and March 2 – 6, 2015, as Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education Week. Motion carried with Mrs. Snively and Mrs. Griffin absent for the vote.

Administrative Appointments

01

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Human Resource Partner (Human Resources Division)

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Terry Hawthorne, currently Principal of Broward Elementary School, to the Human Resource Partner, effective April 27, 2015. Motion unanimously carried.

02

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Human Resource Partner (Human Resources Division)

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Jacquelyn Scaglione, currently Principal of Ben Hill Middle School, to the Human Resource Partner, effective April 27, 2015. Motion unanimously carried.

03

Approve the Administrative Appointment of General Instructional Leadership Director, Secondary (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Motion by Mrs. Snively, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Leslie S. Granich, currently Administrator on Special Assignment for Secondary Education, to the General Instructional Leadership Director, Secondary, effective March 16, 2015. Motion unanimously carried.

04

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Director, Workforce and Continuing Education (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Michael K. Ramsey, currently Supervisor, Career and Technical Education, to the Director Workforce and Continuing Education, effective April 13, 2015. Motion unanimously carried.

05

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Supervisor, Magnet Schools (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Mrs. Snively, to appoint Robert D. Cox, Jr., currently Coordinator, Grants and Research Operations, to the Supervisor, Magnet Schools, effective March 16, 2015. Motion unanimously carried.

Mrs. Edgecomb congratulated the appointees and recognized Cathy Valdes, Deputy Superintendent who is retiring after 40 plus years with the district in various capacities. Mrs. Kurdell recognized Superintendent Elia for receiving the 2015 Woman in Leadership Award and recognized her for her service to the district.

Recommendations and Reports of Superintendent Requiring Board Approval

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Kurdell, 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: 6.02, 6.04, 6.11R, 6.17, 6.18R, 6.19, and 9.02
     Information: 10.02
     Hearings and Other Business: E01

Motion unanimously carried.


1.00 Curriculum and Instruction Division (Denny Oest)

1.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

 

 

2.00 Instructional Support (Wynne Tye)

2.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

2.02

Approve the Addition of One New Component to the Master Plan for Inservice Education

 

 

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 #1035—Instructional

4.02a

Approve Administrative Appointments/Transfers

  • Johan von Ancken, currently Principal at Hillsborough High School to the Principal of East Bay High School, effective April 27, 2015
  • Maria Gsell, currently Principal at East Bay High School to the Principal of Hillsborough High School, effective April 27, 2015

4.03

Approve Personnel List #891—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 Withdrawn

 

 

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 Memorandum of Agreement Between Starting Right, Now and the School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida to Support the Needs of Homeless Students in the High School Setting (Student Services Division)

Ken Gaughan, Supervisor, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Snively and Mrs. Griffin and both made comments.

6.03

Approve the Piggyback Between Multiple Vendors and Lake County Schools, Florida, Bid #3745BM—Catalog Discounts for Classroom Furniture (Business Division)

6.04

Approve Subagreement #2500-1618-00-A with the University of South Florida for the Implementation of the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics to the Stars Project at Stewart Middle Magnet School (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Larry Plank, Director, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart and Mrs. Edgecomb. Barretta Wilson introduced Jody Porter, Lead Teacher, who provided information about the project and the impact it has had on the school. Mrs. Edgecomb and Mrs. Griffin made comments.

6.05

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with the New Teacher Center and Hillsborough County Public Schools Allowing Continued Administration of the TELL Survey Through the 2018/2019 School Year (Information and Technology Division)

6.06

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Bellwether Consulting, LLC for the Evaluation of the Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) Development Program Grant (Information and Technology Division)

6.07

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services for Tec-Link, LLC to Provide Analytics Development for the School Climate Transformation Grant (Information and Technology Division)

6.08

Approve Disposal of Obsolete Stores Inventory (Business Division)

6.09

Approve Amendment #1 of the Contract Between the Hillsborough County School Readiness Coalition, Inc., D/B/A the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County, Contract #SDHC-SR1415 (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

6.10

Approve Six-Month Agreement for Technical Services with the Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network to Provide Video Broadcast Services (Deputy Superintendent)

6.11R

Approve the Partnership Agreement with the Florida Association of School Administrators (FASA) (Student Services Division)

Jamalya Jackson, Director, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Snively and Ms. Edgecomb. The training is to take place June 10 and June 11, 2015. Ms. Edgecomb made comments. Chair S. Valdes asked how this agenda item will work with our plan in creating a culture in our schools. Mr. Eakins said the training days will be work days for schools to begin their plans. We want to see a consistent way to implement a safe culture across the district. There will be student groups at the school level to participate in the implementation.

6.12

Approve the Recommendation Regarding the Purchases of McQuay and Daikin Chiller Service and Related Parts from Daikin Applied (Sole-Source Provider) (Business Division)

6.13

Approve the Piggyback Between Garrett Book Company and The School District Of Osceola County, Florida, Bid #SDOC-15-B-019-MP, Books and Educational Material (Business Division)

6.14

Accept the Lowest, Responsive, Responsible Bid Submitted by AFP Industries, Inc.—Invitation to Bid #15032-EST Calculator TI-30XA (One-Time Purchase) (Business Division)

6.15

Accept the Proposals from Multiple Vendors—Request for Proposal #15003-DST Nursing Services (Business Division)

6.16

Approve the Lease Agreements for Copiers and RightFax from Ricoh USA, Inc. (Business Division)

6.17

Authorization to Proceed with Debt Refunding Opportunities for the District's Sales Tax Revenue Bonds and Certificates of Participation (Business Division)

Gretchen Saunders highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart and Ms. Edgecomb. Mrs. Saunders thanked Steve Brady for all his work in the process.  Jerry Ford, Ford and Associates, walked the board through the process and explained the approximate savings to the district. All this depends on the market and interest rates at the time. He addressed the potential savings on COPS. Ms. Edgecomb and Superintendent Elia made comments.

6.18R

Approve the Renewal of the Advancement Via Individual Determination College Readiness System Services and Products Agreement and the Implementation of the AVID College Readiness System Support Agreement for 2015/2016 (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Eric Bergholm, General Director, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Snively. AVID is now at all of our middle and high schools employing 100 AVID teachers. We have two of the six AVID school wide pilots in the nation. He said the state for the first time has provided funds to supplement AVID classes.

Skipped 6.19 and moved to 9.02. Discussed 6.19 and E01 together.

6.19

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 and Ms. Edgecomb. Mrs. Kurdell, Mrs. Snively, Mrs. Stuart, Ms. Edgecomb, and Mrs. Griffin made comments. Mrs. Saunders reviewed the proposed calendar dates if the RFP is released tomorrow. There are four firms participating. We can come to the March 24, 2015 school board meeting with information on each company extending the final meeting to the June 23, 2015 meeting.

E01

Appointment of Jeff Eakins as Superintendent, Subject to the Negotiation of a Contract and Approval by the Board

Discussion:

  • Need to decide if the board wants to proceed with a national search.
  • Responses from community have been divided.
  • National searches have been done before and we come back to our own.
  • National search will quell doubts and allow the district to move forward.
  • Recommended timeline is efficient and organized.
  • This will not be a rushed process with three months to make a decision.
  • Need to cast a wide net for viable candidates to lend credibility of the process.
  • Mr. Eakins is a formable candidate for the position.
  • Eight of the twelve districts that have recently hired a superintendent have hired either from within the district or state.
  • Search firm can help us retool the evaluation instrument.
  • National search could cost approximately $40,000.
  • This is not about the person but the process that is in the best interest of the district and community.
  • Search is a transparent process.
  • If an internal candidate is selected after the search it would only validate the process.
  • The board will be criticized no matter what process is chosen.
  • Mr. Eakins is not the most convenient for the job but the best person at this time.
  • Culture, atmosphere, and graduation rates need to be addressed.
  • National search is a waste of tax payer dollars.
  • National search would bring candidates that do not understand Florida law.
  • Only positive comments about Mr. Eakins with the exception of the editorial boards.
  • He does not always say yes, but listens and evaluates and does what is best for the children.
  • Mayor Buckhorn is hiring internally to replace Chief Castor. County commission hired from within when replacing the fired county administrator.
  • A national search will cause the district to lose six months of progress and keep the district and Mr. Eakins in limbo.
  • An outside candidate would take a year to acclimate and then another year to see change.
  • In Florida a national search has only brought in one superintendent from out of state.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Griffin, to uphold E01. After more discussion motion was approved.

  • Supports hiring Mr. Eakins as superintendent.
  • Could agree on a national search to prove we have the right person in place.
  • A national search using Palm Beach County’s criteria is the way to proceed.
  • The board is always talking about a succession plan – this is a succession plan in place.
  • Not willing to pay moving expenses for an out of state candidate.
  • The 2016 election is not a concern.
  • Constituents have had positive experiences with Mr. Eakins.
  • Need to bring stability to our stakeholders.
  • There was stability and it was yanked out from under our feet.
  • This is about process not personal.
  • Criteria on what this board wants in a superintendent have not been discussed.
  • Contingency plan needs to be in place in the event a contract cannot be reached.
  • RFP for a national search would be a back-up.
  • Hillsborough County is a high performing district and we are ethical.
  • The board has a responsibility to serve the community and a national search is the way to go.
  • A national search should not be done in an abbreviated timeline.

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Mrs. Griffin, to pull items 6.19 and E01 for separate votes. Motion unanimously carried.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Griffin, to approve agenda item E01 as written. Motion carried four to three with Mrs. Kurdell, Mrs. Snively and Ms. Edgecomb opposed.

Mr. Porter said item 6.19 would have to be amended and brought back to another board meeting with direction on what you want Mrs. Saunders and Mrs. Woodford to bring to the board. Another option would be to vote this down and bring it back at a workshop for discussion with staff.

Chair S. Valdes recessed the meeting at 6:27 p.m. for a five minute recess. Meeting reconvened at 6:35 p.m.

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Snively, to modify item 6.19 to continue the search at through March 17, 2015. Motion withdrawn by Mrs. Harris after discussion.

Discussion

  • Could we ask for prices a-la-carte? Yes.
  • The process needs to have credibility and fidelity to have an alternative plan if a contract cannot be negotiated with Mr. Eakins.
  • E01 as reads negates the need of a search.
  • Mr. Porter said motion 6.19 was to provide the board with information on a national search should they decide to go that way.
  • Suggest vote 6.19 down and direct staff to get prices and bring it back to the board as an information item.
  • Cost is only one piece of the bigger picture.
  • If a contract is not agreed on and we need to go on a national search, we as a board have not reached consensus on what we want in our superintendent.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Griffin, to deny 6.19R as written. Motion carried six to one with Ms. Edgecomb opposed.

Mr. Porter said negotiations with Mr. Eakins will begin and hope to have it complete on or before the end of June.

Chair S. Valdes asked if there is consensus to have a request for information on the costs entailed on a superintendent’s search. Consensus reached

Mrs. Stuart said we need to have the board come together and put goals and a strategic plan on how we are going to move forward. She feels that Superintendent Eakins and staff need to be part of the conversations.

Chair S. Valdes said April 10 and April 11 is being held for a board retreat. Please confirm with your secretaries that this time is blocked and on your calendar.

Mr. Eakins looks forward to the conversations. He thanked the board and said each board member had a tough decision. He listened and understands your words. He and his wife have had conversations and they decided to go through the process. He wanted to take this opportunity to thank the community, employees, and board for their support.  It is about the way we pick up each other along the way. He chose not to have his wife present tonight and thanked her for her support. His parents could not be here and he is sure that they will have a nice conversation with him soon. In his career he has had wonderful leaders. Joe Green who hired him at Cypress Creek and provided him with opportunities. Sandy Black former principal who helped him grow in job. He thanked Gwen Luney for the opportunity when entering Federal Programs. This appointment changed his career and allowed him to work at the national and state level. He thanked Mrs. Elia for showing the faith in him as Deputy Superintendent. The board had a very tough decision and he looks forward to having a great conversation with the board to provide a vision for the students and the community where every student is prepared for graduation, after graduation, and life.

Mrs. Saunders asked if the information on a national search could be brought to the board in a Friday Report. Consensus reached.

 

 

7.00 Facilities Division (Chris Farkas)

7.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – none

7.02R

Approve Use of Facilities Agreement Between the School Board of Hillsborough County and the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA at Grady Elementary School

7.03

Approve the Spot Survey for Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School

7.04

Approve Permanent Utility Easement Agreement and Release of Blanket Utility Easement with Tampa Electric Company at Anderson Elementary School

7.05

Approve Second Modification to the Agreement Between Hillsborough County and the School Board of Hillsborough County for Use of School Buildings as Public Shelters During Times of Declared Emergencies

7.06

Approve Award of Contract for Roof Replacement at Two Sites (Bryan, Jackson)

7.07

Approve Award of Contract for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning Equipment Required for Chiller Replacement at Dowdell Middle School Withdrawn

7.08

Approve Award of Contract for Roof Replacement at Riverview Elementary School

7.09

Approve Award of Contract for Roof Replacement at Roosevelt Elementary School

7.10

Approve Award of Contract for Roof Replacement at Witter Elementary School

 

 

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

9.02

Safe and Sound Hillsborough Interlocal Agreement (Deputy Superintendent)

Scriveners note on page 14 of the document reads, "Hillsborough County School Board” and needs to be changed to the proper title, "The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida.”

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Ms. Snively, 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

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, Florida Department of Health, Hillsborough County, Tampa Family Health Centers, Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc. and MORE HEALTH, Inc., School-Based Sealant and Fluoride Program (Student Services Division)

 

 

Scheduled Hearings on Policies and/or Business Items

01

Appointment of Jeff Eakins as Superintendent, Subject to the Negotiation of a Contract and Approval by the Board (Moved up on the agenda and discussed with 6.19 and voted separately.)

Other Business and Board Comments

Mrs. Stuart

  • GradNation is to take place on Wednesday, March 4, from 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Hilton Downtown. This is a free event.
  • Mr. Porter and she attended the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board meeting and they unanimously voted to have a school board member as a voting member to the board. We will need to appoint a board member to serve on this board.
  • Wish all staff and students a happy and safe spring break.

Ms. Edgecomb

  • Thanked the second grade student at Hunter’s Green who did an impressive job capturing the role Rubby Bridges played in integrated the schools in New Orleans back in the 1960s.
  • Thanked the Office of Supplier Diversity, Mr. Ben Moore and staff for their program celebrating Black History month. She especially thanked the guest speaker.
  • Thanked Dr. Brinson, principals, and area leadership directors who have participated in the discipline chats. She thanked them for the efforts to help gather information.

Mrs. Harris

  • Congratulated Mitchell Elementary School for the 100 year anniversary.  It was a fabulous celebration.
  • She agrees with Dr. Brinson and Ms. Edgecomb that the community meetings have been important even though they have not been well attended. This is a step in the right direction.

Mrs. Snively

  • Congratulated the three winners:
         Lance Otto, Ida S. Baker Educator of the year
         Raul Andrade, Instructional Support Employee of the Year
         Diane McKee, Teacher of the Year
    They participated with the board in the Strawberry Festival Parade.
  • Thanked the Strawberry Festival committee for all the activities.
  • Thanked her CAC volunteers for the work we started with our committee meetings. We are doing tracks from elementary, middle, and high schools to gather information on what is happening in the schools in my area. She also thanked Melissa Erickson for her presentation at their first meeting.
  • Thanked Van Ayers for her tour of Jefferson High School. She was able to pull Daniel Erickson, State Farm Youth Advisory Board recipient and chat with him.
  • Thanked Cathy Valdes for her years of service.
  • Thanked Superintendent Elia – she has four children in the public school system and they have had a phenomenal experience in the district. It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked with her.
  • Thanked Jeff Eakins for the time he took to come and let her interview him for the position of superintendent. She wanted to let him know that the conversation tonight was about the process not the person. She looks forward to working with him.

Superintendent’s Comments

Student Achievement:

GradNation Community Summit hosted by the American’s Promise Alliance, the Alliance for Public Schools, and the United Way and she encouraged everyone to attend on Thursday. This is one of 100 summits occurring around the country. This one is different because it is student-led. You will hear the student perspective on what challenges are facing student to reach graduation day and beyond.

Testing update: Many schools across the state have faced technical difficulties with the on-line Florida Standards Assessment. Testing began on Monday and resumed today. Each day there were technical problems where some schools experienced no problems and others had to try to log in several items. Others could not log in at all. This is unfortunate because of the high-stakes test have real consequences for students, teachers, school districts, and schools. The state is working on the problem.

Financial Responsibility: Legislative session began today and in Governor Scott’s speech he referred to his recommendation for a significant increase in K-12 funding.  He called for "major investments in education.” We will work with the Governor’s office and with Legislators to make sure they know what our needs are and to ensure that our schools and students get the support they need to be successful.

Health and Safety: Reminded everyone to adjust your clocks on Saturday, March 7, 2015, as we change to Daylight Savings Time.

Human Resources: Reminded everyone that schools and district offices will be closed for Spring Break next week. Offices and schools will open again on Monday, March 16, 2015.

Adjournment - with no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:27 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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