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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

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

April 21, 2015, at 3 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Acting Superintendent Jeff Eakins, 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 Superintendent:    vacant

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 – absent - Rori Salimbene

      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

External Communications Assistant Manager – Kristin Davis

Senior Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Linda Fernandez

News Media Representatives:

      Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol

      Tampa Tribune – Jerome Stockfisch

      Camera Crews – Channel 8, 13

Approximately 275 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:  Vice Chair Edgecomb asked that we pay tribute to our administrative profession staff that do so much for the success of our students.  Tomorrow is Administrative Professional Day formerly Secretary Day.  Please celebrate and honor all of those who contribute to the success of our students.  Moment of silence followed by Vice Chair Edgecomb leading in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag. 

Withdrawn Items 4.02a, 4.05, 4.06, and 9.02 (Board members, at your seat is a binder (9.02) that captures work done at the school board retreat.  Please review the report submitted by Mel Juardo, Ph.D. who facilitated the retreat.  She will contact each board member and review.

Adoption of the Agenda:

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Griffin, to adopt the agenda.  Motion unanimously.

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

Approval of Minutes

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Snively to approve the following:
            January 13, 2015, School Board Workshop, afternoon
            February 10, 2015, School Board Workshop, morning
            February 10, 2015, School Board Workshop, afternoon
            February 24, 2015, School Board Workshop, morning
            March 24, 2015, School Board Meeting
            March 31, 2015, School Board Workshop, morning
            March 31, 2015, School Board Workshop, afternoon
            March 31, 2015, Recognition Meeting
            April 2, 2015, Termination Hearing
            April 7, 2015, School Board Workshop, morning
            April 7,2015, School Board Workshop, afternoon
Motion unanimously carried.

Mrs. Griffin asked that future minutes be submitted more timely.

Board Guidelines

Vice Chair Edgecomb read the guidelines into the record.

Chair S. Valdes introduced Little Kids Rock (LKR) Modern Band from Lowry Elementary School.  She introduced the students who came to the podium and who gave their name and grade level.  Item F 01 will be heard after audience comments and 10.02 will be discussed during the suspended agenda.

Grade 5

Grade 4

Vanessa Clavell

Kenedi French

Peyton Kassay

 

Owen Dastur

Jackson Kassay

Erica Turner

 

Sammy Seplowe

Oliver Drost

Liyah Williams

 

Mrs. Griffin complimented the group and recognized Erica on her stage presence.

Speakers to Agenda Items

Speaker

Item No.

Jayson James

10.02

Ashley Green

10.02 and F01

Char Singleton

10.02

Devan Cheaves

10.02

Dr. Carolyn Collins

10.02

Dipa Shah

10.02

Joseph Robinson

10.02 and F01

Mark Klutho

7.07, 7.09, 7.10, 7.11, and F01

 

F01

Approve the Contract for Jeff Eakins for Superintendent with an effective date of July 1, 2015.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Griffin to pull and vote on this item separately.  Motion unanimously carried.

 

Mr. Porter reviewed the contract for $225,000, beginning July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017, with a review to determine contract renewal.  This contract has standard benefits as seen throughout the state.  Termination of the contract can be terminated with cause.  If terminated without cause, the superintendent would receive ten-week severance. 

Ms. Edgecomb and Mrs. Stuart pulled for highlight.  Ms. Edgecomb, Mrs. Stuart,
Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Snively, and Chair S. Valdes made comments.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Griffin, to approve the contract for Jeff Eakins for Superintendent with an effective date of July 1, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

Chair S. Valdes recognized Bob Rohrlack, President and CEO Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and Phil Jones, President of the Hillsborough Education Foundation and thanked them for attending.  She recognized the people in the audience who were present.

Jeff Eakins said this is an amazing honor to serve as superintendent.  It is a dream come true and he will never forget where he came from.  He introduced his wife of 27 years, Peggy, who is a teacher at B. T. Washington.  He described how they both became teachers in our county and he followed her here on her coat tails.  He is a product of great parenting and has been blessed to have good parents who he introduced, Carolyn and David Eakins.  He thanked them for being here and coming all the way from Ohio.  He introduced the following people who have worked with him: 

  • Joe and Bea Green – Mr. Green former principal of Cypress Creek Elementary School
  • Sandy Black – former principal at Springhead Elementary School
  • Olajuwon Anderson – mentored him since he was a student at Middleton High School
  • Donna Shepherd, Kandee King, and Linda Fernandez who have supported him as secretaries
  • Cypress Creek family.

Chair S. Valdes led in an official signing of the contract and asked all his supporters to stand behind them.

Fifteen-minute recess (4:15 p.m.)  Meeting reconvened at 4:29 p.m.

Suspended Agenda

01

Suspended Agenda

Jeff Eakins highlighted the suspended agenda.

  • Update from Dr. Brown on the Information and Technology reorganization.  Numerous external candidates have been hired and they are looking to add more at that the management level. 
  • Item 10.02 was moved up on the agenda.  Chair S. Valdes expressed that our staff members are doing great things "out of the box.”  Faith-based meeting where they received feedback from the pastors in the community.  She mentioned several of the pastors who attended.  "Courageous Conversations about Race” book was addressed.  She would like to hear more about the next steps as we proceed.  She thanked the task force members for the hard work they have done over the last few months.  She expressed concern that there is not as much emphasis on girls and kids in general.  We need to be sure this is in place to help all kids.  


Jeff Eakins said some of the recommendations will help all kids.  He too thanked the task force for their commitment during these last few months.  We are interested in people who want to be part of the solution.

10.02

Information Regarding Recommendations Submitted by the African American and Hispanic Male Task Force (Administration Division)

Dr. Michael Cooper, Michael Doug, and Manny Rivera who presented an overview of the recommendations. 

Michael Cooper thanked Acting Superintendent Eakins and the board for allowing him to speak here today.  He thanked Dr. Brinson, Ms. Alva Simmons, and Dr. Dallas Jackson for getting him involved.  He has served on the task force for the last 15 months and they had a diverse group.  He described the history of the task force and asked Michael Dough and Manny Rivera to address the recommendations.

Michael Doug – Two of the recommendations are sections in student handbook and a third that acknowledges that the task force has done great work, but there is much more work to be done.  The task force submitted two revised documents with recommendation for revisions in the Student Handbook.  The third is that the task force be allowed to continue as a functioning council. 

Manny Rivera addressed Acting Superintendent Eakins and said that we are here at a time of change.  The task force interviewed students and they expressed the challenges they are facing.  We need to keep the kids in the classroom so that they can graduate.  These changes cannot be accomplished by one report.

Chair S. Valdes recognized all task force members who were present and stated there is a scheduled workshop on May 12, 2015.  Comments by Mrs. Stuart, Ms. Edgecomb, Mrs. Snively, and Mrs. Griffin.

Discussion:

  • Asked for time considerations other than 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. as that limits participation.  Introduced the possibility of Saturday meetings.
  • Discuss the melding of the task force as a topic of conversation at the workshop.
  • What will be the next steps as the task force becomes a council?  They have outlined some goals that will be discussed at the workshop.
  • How will the next steps affect the current students’ chats?
  • Looking forward to discussions at the workshop, recommendations back to the board, and moving forward over the summer.
  • Handbook revisions are time sensitive.
  • Addressed a link on the website to the handbook.

Teaching and Learning

01

Recruitment and Hiring (Human Resources Division)

Dr. Althea Walker, Customer Service Manager-Recruiter and Holly Mooneyhan made a presentation.  A video was shared.  Comments by Mrs. Snively, Ms. Edgecomb, and Chair S. Valdes.

Proclamations

01

Proclaim the Month of April 2015 as "Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Hillsborough County (Student Services Division)

Ken Gaughan, Supervisor of School Social Work Services, highlighted the proclamation and recognized partners from the Children’s Board – Keeping Kids Safe.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to pull C01 off the agenda for a separate vote.  Motion carried with Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Snively absent for the vote.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Harris, to proclaim the month of April 2015 as "Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Hillsborough County.  Motion carried with Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Snively absent for the vote.

Administrative Appointments

01

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

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Deliah Rabeiro, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction of Lewis Elementary School, to the Principal of Lewis Elementary School, effective April 27, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

02

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

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Mary Ann Lippek, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction of Tampa Palms Elementary School, to the Principal of Tampa Palms Elementary School, effective April 27, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

03

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

Motion by Mrs. Snively, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Kelly McMillan, currently Principal of Boyette Springs Elementary School, to the Principal of Apollo Beach Elementary School, effective April 27, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

04

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

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Wendy Harrison, currently Principal of Muller Elementary School, to the Principal of Colson Elementary School, effective April 27, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

05

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

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Mrs. Griffin, to appoint Rachael O’Dea, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction of Roland Park K-8 School, to the Principal of Lanier Elementary School, effective April 27, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

06

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

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Louis Murphy, Jr., currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction of West Tampa Elementary School, to the Principal of West Tampa Elementary School, effective April 27, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

07

Approve the Administrative Appointment of the Principal of Tinker K-8 (Administration Division)

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Nancy Mooy, currently Principal of Tinker Elementary School, to the Principal of Tinker K-8 School, effective April 27, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

08

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

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Lori Branham, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction of Lutz Elementary School, to the Principal of Lutz Elementary School, effective April 27, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

09

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

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Angela Livingston, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Sulphur Springs, to the Principal of Broward Elementary School, effective April 27, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

10

Approve the Administrative Appointment of the Principal of Hill Middle School (Administration Division)

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Stuart, to appoint Ronald Mason, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Sergeant Smith Middle School, to the Principal of Hill Middle School, effective April 27, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

11

Approve the Administrative Appointment of the Principal of Blake Magnet High School (Administration Division)

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Jesse Salters, currently Assistant Principal for Administration at Blake Magnet High School, to the Principal of Blake Magnet High School, effective April 27, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

Chair S. Valdes recognized the following retirees who are attending their last board meeting this afternoon.

            Cindy Luiaconi, BPI Team - Information and Technology
            Karen Lynch, Principal, Colson Elementary School
            Mary Fernandez, Principal, Lutz Elementary School

Recommendations and Reports of Superintendent Requiring Board Approval

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Harris, 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:  2.03, 3.02, 6.02, 6.18, 7.02, 7.05, and 8.06.
Information and other business: 10.02 and F01

Motion unanimously carried.

1.00 Curriculum and Instruction Division (Denny Oest)

1.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed - None

1.02

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

1.03

Approve Continuing Education Fee, 2015/2016

1.04

Approve Postsecondary Fees, 2015/2016

 

 

2.00 Instructional Support (Wynne Tye)

2.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

2.02

Approve Memorandum of Agreement Between the School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida and The Family Healthcare Foundation for the Provision of Services to Uninsured and Under-Insured Children

2.03

Approve the Exceptional Student Education Policies and Procedures Document for 2014/2015 through 2016/2017

Cristina Benito, Supervisor of Exceptional Education Compliance, highlighted the item at the request of Ms. Edgecomb and Mrs. Stuart.  Ms. Edgecomb made comments.

 

 

3.00 Student Services and Federal Programs Division (Larry Sykes)

3.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

3.02

Approve the Job Description and Increase the Salary Level of Student Nutrition Services Substitutes

Larry Sykes highlighted the item at the request of Ms. Edgecomb and Mrs. Stuart.  Ms. Edgecomb, Mrs. Stuart, and Mrs. Harris made comments. 

·         A question was asked about training of new employees. 

·         This training should be extended to support employees such as custodians and school food service workers.

4.00 Human Resources Division (Stephanie Woodford)

4.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

4.02

Approve Personnel List #1037—Instructional

4.02a

Approve Administrative Appointments/Transfers  Withdrawn

4.03

Approve Personnel List #893—Instructional Support

4.04

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

4.05

Approve Disciplinary Action—Instructional Withdrawn

4.06

Approve Disciplinary Action—Instructional Support Withdrawn

4.07

Approve the Reclassification of Investigator 2, Professional Standards, Non-Commissioned

4.08

Approve the Purchase of Excess Property Insurance and Property Appraisal Services

Glen Lathers highlighted the item at the request of Chair S. Valdes.  He was excited about the reduction in cost of $830,000 from last year.  The brokers have recommended that the District self-insure for the first $10,000,000 of a named wind storm.  He introduced the team:

  • John Orebaugh, President, First Florida Insurance Brokers
  • Maggie Boiken, Vice President, Property & Casualty at First Florida Insurance Brokers
  • Hasib Bangloria, Executive Vice President, Ballator Insurance Group 
  • Comments by Mrs. Snively, Mrs. Stuart, and Chair S. Valdes. 

 

 

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 Narcotics Overdose and Prevention Education of Hillsborough, Inc.(NOPE) to Provide a Narcotics Education Program in Secondary Schools Identified in the Project Prevent Grant (Student Services Division)

Wynne Tye highlighted the item at the request of Ms. Edgecomb.  Ms. Edgecomb,
Mrs. Stuart, and Mrs. Griffin made comments.  She introduced Lynn Noles, representing NOPE, who described their mission through this grant.  The schools targeted in this initiative are:

Middle Schools

High Schools

Adams

Dowdell

Greco

Chamberlain

Jennings

Madison

McLane

Hillsborough

Memorial

Sligh

VanBuren

King

 

 

 

Middleton

Discussion:

  • Glad to see the partnership.
  • Will other schools who request the presentation be able to be served?  Absolutely.
  • Recognized Cathy Valdes who pushed this initiative forward.

6.03

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Eckerd College Leadership Development Institute-Phase 2 to Support the Leadership Development of the 30 POWER 3 Teacher Leaders (Student Services Division)

6.04

Approve List of Stolen and Missing Tangible and Intangible Personal Property (Business Division)

6.05

Approve Disposal of Obsolete Stores Inventory (Business Division)

6.06

Authorize the Superintendent to Establish an $80,000,000 Line of Credit in Fiscal Year 2015/2016 with Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. in the Event of any Operational Cash Flow Deficits (Business Division)

Gretchen Saunders highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Snively.

6.07

Accept Statement of Work for Advanced Andean Solutions to Provide Enhancements to the Synergy Geographic Information System (Information and Technology Division)

6.08

Approve Funding for the 2015 Hillsborough Scholars Summer Academy (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

6.09

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc. for Services Associated with the Middle School Social Emotional Learning Program (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

6.10

Approve Acceptance of the Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance, Inc. (dba CareerSource Tampa Bay) Amendment Modification Grant Funds by the Career, Technical, and Adult Education Department, 2015/2016 (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

6.11

Approve the Memorandum of Agreement with the University of South Florida for the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP): Project Securing College/Career Opportunities through Rigor in Education (SCORE) Grant (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

6.12

Approve the Master Services Agreement and Statement of Work with iBi Solutions for Cognos Support and Development Work (Information and Technology Division)

6.13

Accept the Lowest, Responsive, Responsible Bids Submitted by Multiple Vendors—Invitation to Bid #15020-MST Custodial Equipment Repair and Related Parts (Business Division)

6.14

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

6.15

Accept the Lowest, Responsive, Responsible Bids Submitted by Multiple Vendors—Invitation to Bid #15009-EST Cosmetology Equipment and Related Supplies (Business Division)

6.16

Accept the Lowest, Responsive, Responsible Bids Submitted by Multiple Vendors—Invitation to Bid #15001-DST Commodity Food Processing (Business Division)

6.17

Accept the Lowest, Responsive, Responsible Bids Submitted by Multiple Vendors—Invitation to Bid #15046-MST Inventory Parts—Communications and Electronics (Business Division)

6.18

Approve Interlocal Agreement Between Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners to Provide Summer Meals (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

Larry Sykes highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart.

6.19

Accept the Piggyback of the State of Florida Agreement #25100000-15-1 Motor Vehicles for the Purchase of Ford Transit Vans from Don Reid Ford (Business Division)

6.20

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

6.21

Approve the Piggyback of Advanced MarketPlace and General Services Administration Contract #GS-35F-0240W for Data Loss Prevention Services (Information and Technology Division)

6.22

Accept Statement of Work with Convergence Consulting Group for the Teacher Evaluation Data Management System and for the Enterprise Data Warehouse and Reporting System (Information and Technology Division)

6.23

Accept the Statement of Work with Amzur Technologies for Supplemental Staffing Services (Information and Technology Division)

6.24

Accept the Statement of Work with Global Visse, Inc. for Supplemental Staffing Services (Information and Technology Division)

6.25

Accept the Statement of Work with Sunera LLC for Information and Technology Governance Advisory Assistance (Information and Technology Division)

6.26

Accept the Statement of Work with ES Consulting for Supplemental Staffing Services (Information and Technology Division)

6.27

Accept the Statement of Work with Computer Professional Staffing, Inc. for Supplemental Staffing Services (Information and Technology Division)

6.28

Approve the Master Service Agreement and Statement of Work with Asponte Technology, Inc. for WebSphere Portal Services (Information and Technology Division)

 

 

7.00 Facilities Division (Chris Farkas)

7.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

7.02

Approve License Agreement Between the School Board of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office for Installation of Equipment for the "Eye on Crime" Program at the Northeast Corner of 56th Street and Sligh Avenue

Rory Salimbene highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart.

7.03

Approve Developers Agreement for Donation of Public Water Distribution Facilities to the City of Tampa at Coleman Middle School

7.04

Approve Amendment No. 4 to Parking Lease Agreement Between Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority and the School Board of Hillsborough County for Parking Lots Adjacent to Raymond O. Shelton School Administrative Center

7.05

Approve Purchase and Sale Agreement for D&D Academy Property Located Adjacent to Steinbrenner High School on Lutz Lake Fern Road, Lutz

Rory Salimbene highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart.

7.06

Approve the Piggyback of RFP No. 13/14-8, Various Equipment and Amenities for Parks and Playgrounds Between Clay County and Musco Sports Lighting, LLC for Field Lighting Replacements

7.07

Approve Appointment of Construction Managers and Design Professionals and the Use of Impact Fees for Classroom Additions and Remodeling at Alonso and Newsome High Schools, and Appointment of a Construction Manager and Design Professional for a Classroom Addition at Sulphur Springs K-8 Community School

7.08

Approve Acceptance of Project for Roof Replacement at Apollo Beach Elementary School

7.09

Approve Acceptance of Project for Renovation of Bing Elementary School

7.10

Approve Acceptance of Project for Renovation of Boyette Springs Elementary School

7.11

Approve Acceptance of Project for Minor Renovations at Three Sites (Chamberlain, Dowdell, Alexander)

 

 

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

8.06

Approve the 2015/2016 Student Academic Calendar

Tanly Cabrera, Director of Administration highlighted the item at the request of Ms. Edgecomb Mrs. Snively, Mrs. Stuart, and Mrs. Kurdell.  Acting Superintendent Eakins has asked the Calendar Committee to reconvene and address the 2016/2017 Student Academic Calendar with an earlier starting date.

Discussion:

  • Analysis of which schools who would like to have Strawberry Festival and State Fair days off and possibly make necessary changes as to which schools acknowledge.
  • If changes are made to the 2016/2017 we have to be sure good communication is provided to students, parents, and employees.
  • Addresses exams before winter break.
  • How will this impact summer instructional programs with an earlier start date?
  • How will this impact our employees and district financially?  Mrs. Saunders said it impacts Escrow in a good way with an earlier starting date.
  • Recognizing President’s Day as a day off for the 2016/2017 school year.

 

 

9.00 Unclassified

9.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

9.02

Approve the Board's New Vision and Mission Statements Withdrawn

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Kurdell, 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

Information Regarding Recommendations Submitted by the African American and Hispanic Male Task Force (Administration Division)

10.03

Proclamation Adopted by Governor Rick Scott Observing School Library Month, April 2015 (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

10.04

Extended School Year Program 2015 (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

10.05

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

Scheduled Hearings on Policies and/or Business Items - None

Other Business and Board Comments

Mrs. Kurdell

  • Thanked Security Services for the invitation to the Officer’s Badge Ceremony.  It was a great event.
  • School Food Service Graduation for Lunchroom Managers was a great program.  Managers received their Chef’s jacket.
  • Robinson High School – Saturday, April 18 in Denver Colorado, The Online Newspaper for Robinson High School was named a Pacemaker.  The Pulitzer of high school journalism.  Their publication was 1 of 30 online publications recognized as a finalist and they were recognized as "Best in the Country.”
  • Kelsie Mitchell had a picture made with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas who presented her with the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Award.  She received $22,000 in scholarships, a laptop, iPad, and an extra $1,000 scholarship.

Ms. Edgecomb

  • Hillsborough Art Education - April 2, 2015, a number of people were recognized for their work in the art education program. 
  • April 13 we had an opportunity to celebrate the counselors in our schools. 
  • Community involvement will take all of us to make change in our students.  She was a presenter at C. Blythe Andrews Library formerly College Hill Library, to a citizen group who initiated a program called Life Literacy.  It was about literacy and life skills and introducing students to role models.  Schools that participated were:  Lomax Elementary School, Potter Elementary School, and Lockhart.  Students were engaged.  She thanked the community and the principals for the partnership.

Mrs. Stuart

  • School Counselors Awards reception was an outstanding event.
  • Hillsborough Education Foundation (HEF) Golf Tournament had a great turnout.  She thanked our staff and Phil Jones.
  • Thanked Mel and Ron Jurado for the great work they did and will continue to do with this board.
  • Recognized students, faculty, community members that are participating in Relay for Life.
  • Asked Jason Pepe to share the Education is Key Breakfast video.  We honored a teacher from Mort Elementary and a student.  It was a great morning and a lot of money was raised for Title I schools for activities at the Glazer Museum.  Woodland Johnson did an outstanding job.
  • Agenda item 6.09 did not get pulled tonight but she thanked Wynne Tye for another partnership with Frameworks. 

Mrs. Harris

  • She is the Lowry Park Zoo board member and invited everyone to attend the Zoominations if they have not attended.  It is a wonderful partnership.
  • Turnaround student events have taken place. It was a touching and heartwarming experience. 
  • Arts Award and Counselor events were fabulous.
  • Our retreat/workshop was fabulous.  She said Acting Superintendent Eakins said we were all on the same page.

Mrs. Griffin

  • Thanked the board and Acting Superintendent Eakins on the level of engagement at the retreat.  It was a great working meeting and we accomplished a lot.  She recognized Mel and Ron Jurado and Mr. Porter for participating in the retreat.  It was a good planning and getting-to-know each other event.  She shared some of the quotes.
  • Disparity – asked the Acting Superintendent to bring forward an agenda item to commend the Men of Vision, under the leadership of Ross Anderson.  They made a journey to participate in the Bloody Sunday March from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama.  One of the young men was asked to write a piece for the St. Pete Times.  She read a portion of the article.
  • Motion by Mrs. Griffin, second by Mrs. Snively, to commend Men of Vision under Ross Anderson’s leadership for their journey to Selma to participate in the 50th Anniversary commemoration of the infamous Civil Rights, "Bloody Sunday” March.  Those young men are:  Pierre Alsint, Marquavis Hamilton, Sherdan Thomas, Johara Simpson, and Keirion White.  Motion unanimously carried.

Melissa Snively

  • Recognized the HEF who were the beneficiaries of the Mayoral Inaugural Ball where they received a check in the amount of $50,000.
  • She thanked staff for their participation at the tournament.  She challenged the board to have teams at next year’s tournament.  Over $900,000 has been raised over ten years from that event.
  • Expressed her appreciation for Mel and Rod Juardo who facilitated the school board retreat and strategic planning meeting.  She also thanked Jim Porter for taking minutes.  She said it was a productive session.  She shared some of the quotes from board members.

Chair S. Valdes

  • Thanked her colleagues for participating in the retreat.  She also thanked Mr. Porter and Gretchen Saunders for their support at the retreat.  There will be another retreat in July to discuss our Strategic Plan and how to move forward, followed by a retreat including staff in September.
  • Congratulated Leto High School – culinary department who are headed to National Competition for the 3rd year in a row.
  • There is a meeting being held in conjunction with the task force at McLane and it is happening before the recommendations that were made today.  She asked that the meeting be held off until we have the workshop in May to review the recommendations presented today by the Task Force.  Acting Superintendent Eakins said this is a conversation from the last task force meeting.  The principal and ALD invited the task force to have a walk through at McLane and was not sure about the substance of the meeting.  We will not start to move forward until the board has reviewed the recommendations.  She would like to access the information presented so the board can give clear direction.  He will share that with the task force and the chair.  The invite to the school may have coincided and they were not aware of the May 12 workshop.

Superintendent’s Comments

Thanked the board for the approval of the agenda this evening.  We had three items specifically to middle schools. 608, 609, and 611.
He said a topic of many of our discussions was how we continue looking at our middle schools and how we encourage success for students.  He briefly highlighted each item.
Information regarding legislation is moving along in Tallahassee.
  • He outlined HB7069 signed by the governor.  One of the issues was the flexibility it could provide the district, such as starting time.   Also addressed how we look at remediation for our students while keeping them interested in school. 
  • Value Added Measure (VAM) was 50 percent at the state level and has been reduced to 33 percent at the district.  He said we will be working with our unions through negotiations. 
  • The budget will take a little bit longer as they are dealing with the Medicaid issue.  They will probably end session and come back to address the budget.  This will create challenges for our Business Division.
The calendar that was approved today has already gone out.
Monday, April 27, Robinson High School is hosting our end of the year Joint Principals/Supervisor’s meeting.
We will have our high school turnaround students in attendance and we have invited community members and partners.
Shout out to Susan Valdes who has been appointed to a 3-year term on the Steering Committee for the Council of Urban Boards for Education.
Thanked Bloomingdale Exceptions Education Department for the event at Yoyo Juice to raise money for Special Olympics.
Attended the Education is Key Breakfast and it was a great event.
Attended the Tapestry performed by Blake High School.  It was once again an outstanding event.  He thanked the teachers and students for the work they do daily.

Adjournment with no further business the meeting was adjourned at 7:32 p.m. 

(Audio recording on file.)

 

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