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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in regular session Tuesday, July 14, 2015,

at 3 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with 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

Chief of Staff:  Alberto Vazquez, Ed.D.

Deputy Superintendent:  Van Ayres

Chief of Schools, Administration:  Larry Sykes, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

      Academic Support and Federal Programs –Tracye Brown

      Administration – Lewis Brinson, Ed.D.

      Business – Gretchen Saunders

      Curriculum and Instruction – Denny Oest

      Facilities – Chris Farkas

      Governmental Relations – Connie Milito

      Human Resources – Stephanie Woodford – absent (Mark West)

      Information and Technology/Empowering Effective Teachers Grant – Anna Brown, Ed.D.

      Student Services – Wynne Tye

Communications Officer – Vacant

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

Approximately 225 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Withdrawn Items 4.05, 7.06, and 10.01a

Adoption of the Agenda:

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Harris, 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 minutes:
            June 23, 2015, School Board Workshop
            June 23, 2015, School Board Meeting

Motion unanimously carried.

Board Guidelines

Vice Chair Ms. Edgecomb read the guidelines into the record.

Chair S. Valdes recognized Diane McKee, Florida Teacher of the Year.  Chair S. Valdes presented her with flowers and each board member and Superintendent Eakins presented her a rose.

Speakers to Agenda Items

Speaker

Item No.

Melissa Erickson

10.03

Ervin Harris

10.03

Carolyn Bricklemyer

10.03

Philetha Tucker-Johnson

Sligh Middle Magnet School Administration-support change.

Samantha Suiter, M.A.

PETA – Sickles High School

Tammy Wilson

Sligh Middle Magnet School Administration

Veronica Parker

Sligh Middle Magnet School Administration

Anne Chatfield

Sligh Middle Magnet School Administration

Phyllis Brewer

Sligh Middle Magnet School Administration

Garrett S. Walker

Sligh Middle Magnet School Administration

Comments by Ms. Edgecomb.

Chair S. Valdes recognized Troupe 1986 who were attending this evening to earn their merit badge.  She recognized Diane McKee, Williams Middle Magnet School Teacher of the Year, who was named Macy’s State of Florida Teacher of the Year.  She gave a brief history of Mrs. McKee’s career.  Each board member presented Mrs. McKee with a rose and Chair S. Valdes presented her a bouquet of flowers.  Mrs. McKee addressed the board.  Superintendent Eakins said we have one of the most amazing teachers representing our district.

Suspended Agenda

01

Suspended Agenda

Jeff Eakins highlighted the suspended agenda.

  • Update on Lacrosse by Lanness Robinson, Director.  Completed the second year of a three year pilot.  Newsome Boys Team made it to the regional finals.  He congratulated all the teams.  This past year we expanded the program from 10 to 12 schools that are in competition.  We have a successful partnership with Halax.  This is a pay for play program.  There is a need of girl officials for Lacrosse.  We have maintained gender equity across the teams.  We have provided the required training for coaches.  Most of our coaches are non-teachers and we have to provide training for them to be in compliance with the Department of Education.
Comments by Mrs. Griffin, Ms. Edgecomb, and Mrs. Stuart

 

Teaching and Learning - None

Proclamations – None

Administrative Appointments

01

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Supervisor, Middle School Science (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Stuart, to appoint Nicole C. Jacquay, currently Coordinator, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), to the Supervisor, Middle School Science, effective August 3, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

02

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Supervisor, Architecture and Construction, Manufacturing, and Transportation Education (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Snively, to appoint Lauren R. Walden, currently District Resource Teacher, Career and Technical Education, to the Supervisor, Architecture and Construction, Manufacturing, and Transportation Education, effective August 3, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

03

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

Motion by Chair S. Valdes, second by Mrs. Stuart, to appoint Robert Quinn, currently Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Jefferson High School, to the Principal, Jefferson High School, effective July 20, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.  Chair S. Valdes recognized Mr. Ayres, former principal of Jefferson High School.

04

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

Motion by Mrs. Snively, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Traci Durrance, currently Assistant Principal for Administration, Plant City High School, to the Principal, Tomlin Middle School, effective July 20, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

05

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

Motion by Mrs. Griffin, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Tia Brown, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Shields Middle School, to the Principal of Shields Middle School, effective July 20, 2015. Motion unanimously carried.

06

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

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Griffin, to appoint Kevin Stephenson, currently Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Wharton High School, to the Principal, Freedom High School, effective July 20, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

07

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

Motion by Chair S. Valdes, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Shellie Blackwood-Green, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Pierce Middle School, to the Principal, Sligh Middle Magnet School, effective July 20, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

Comments by Ms. Edgecomb. 

Chair S. Valdes recognized Tracye Brown and welcomed her to her new position.  Comments by Mrs. Griffin.

Recommendations and Reports of Superintendent Requiring Board Approval

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Stuart, 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:  1.03, 2.02, 6.06, 6.11, 6.13, 6.14, and 6.15
Information:  10.02 and 10.03

Motion unanimously carried.

Chair S. Valdes said items 1.03 and 6.06 will be highlighted together and items 6.15 and 10.02 will be highlighted together.

1.00 Curriculum and Instruction Division (Denny Oest)

1.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

1.02

Approve Agreement with Florida Virtual School Virtual Instructional Provider (FLVS VIP)—2015/2016

1.03

 

 

Approve Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Tampa, Tampa Bay WorkForce Alliance, Inc. d/b/a CareerSource of Tampa Bay for the Tampa Fire Rescue Partnership Academy, 2015/2016

6.06   Approve Renewal Agreement for Educational Services with the City of Tampa for Firefighter Training by Learey Technical College, 2015/2016 (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Mike Ramsey, Director, Workforce and Continuing Education, highlighted the items 1.03 and 6.06 at the request of Mrs. Griffin and Mrs. Stuart. 

 

 

1.04

Approve Affiliation Agreement for Health Science Education, 2014/2015

 

 

2.00 Instructional Support (Wynne Tye)

2.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

2.02

Approve Memorandum of Agreement Between Eckerd Youth Alternatives, Inc. and The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida

Ken Gaughan, Supervisor, Social Work Services, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Harris.  Comments by Mrs. Harris.

 

 

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 #1042—Instructional

4.02a

Approve Administrative Appointment/Transfers (all appointments effective July 20, 2015, unless noted otherwise)

  • Mickey Boddie, currently Assistant Principal, Administration, Freedom High School, to the Assistant Principal, Administration, Hillsborough High School
  • Lisa F. Jones, currently District Resource Teacher, Secondary Education, to the Coordinator, Reading, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Julia Sarmiento, currently Student Success Specialist, Shields Middle School, to the Coordinator, Social Emotional Learning, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Sandra Spicer, currently District Resource Teacher, Instructional Materials, to the Coordinator, Instructional Materials, Logistics Operations
  • Jazrick Haggins, currently Assistant Principal, Student Affairs, Sickles High School, to the Assistant Principal, Curriculum, Middleton High School
  • Brian Hoover, currently Assistant Principal, Student Affairs, Robinson High School, to the Assistant Principal, Curriculum – Magnet, Robinson Magnet High School
  • Ashley Galfond, currently a Teacher at Turner - Bartels K-8 School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Chiles Elementary School
  • Carmen Sheffield, Assistant Principal, Elementary Instruction, Mort Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal, Elementary Instruction, Lincoln Elementary School
  • Kesha Sims, currently a Teacher at Folsom Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal, Elementary Instruction, Shaw Elementary School
  • John Rose, Assistant Principal, Student Affairs, Brandon Alternative to the Assistant Principal, Student Affairs, Giunta Middle School
  • Rebecca Goodman, currently Assistant Principal, St. Lucie County, Florida, to the Assistant Principal, Student Affairs, Webb Middle School
  • Jacqueline Eisenhauer, currently a Teacher at Steinbrenner High School, to the Assistant Principal, Student Affairs, Hillsborough High School
  • Vivian Toney, currently Program Advisor, Brewster Technical Center, to the Assistant Principal, Student Affairs, Brewster Technical Center
  • Dallas Jackson, currently Principal, Sligh Middle Magnet School, to the Administrator on Special Assignment at Brandon Alternative

4.03

Approve Personnel List #898—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

4.07

Approve Revisions to the Professional Technical Salary Schedule

 

 

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 Renewal of the Subagreement (#79002) Between the New Teacher Center (NTC) and the School Board of Hillsborough County, FL, (HCPS) for Services Associated with HCPS Role in NTC’s Federal Supporting Effective Educator Development Grant Program (Student Services Division)

6.03

Approve Teacher Training Instructors for New Teacher Orientation 2015 (Student Services Division)

6.04

Approve the Use of City of Tampa Police for Security at Athletic Contests, 2015/2016 (Student Services Division)

6.05

Approve Memorandum of Agreement with Gracepoint for Exceptional Student Education Services, 2015/2016 (Student Services Division)

6.06

Approve Renewal Agreement for Educational Services with the City of Tampa for Firefighter Training by Learey Technical College, 2015/2016 (Curriculum and Instruction Division) (This item was highlighted with item 1.03)

6.07

Approve Subagreement #1777-1098-00-B with the University of South Florida for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Middle School Residency Program for the 2015/2016 School Year (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

6.08

Accept the Lowest, Responsive, Responsible Bids Submitted by Multiple Vendors—Invitation to Bid #15082-MST Herbicides, Fertilizers, and Pesticides (Business Division)

6.09

Accept the Piggyback of Bid #3141800-14-ACS, Temporary Employment Staffing Services Between GuideSoft, Inc. d/b/a Knowledge Services and the State of Florida (Business Division)

6.10

Approve the Piggyback of Request for Proposal #3529RC, Banking Services Between the School Board of Marion County and Regions Bank (Business Division)

6.11

Accept Statement of Work with Convergence Consulting Group for Continued Development and Enhancement of the Leader Tracking System for the Hillsborough Principal Pipeline Initiative (Information and Technology Division)

Anna Brown highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Snively. 

6.12

Approve Fortinet Maintenance Renewal Through Mission Critical Systems, Inc. (Information and Technology Division)

6.13

Approve the Digital Marketing Rights Agreement Between Hillsborough County Public Schools and Education Funding Partners for a Limited Time Web Advertisement (Business Division)

10.02  Information Regarding Revenue Generated from the Marketing Rights Agreement Between Hillsborough County Public Schools and Education Funding Partners for a Limited Time Web Advertising Pilot (Business Division)

Gretchen Saunders highlighted the items 6.13 and 10.02, together at the request of Mrs. Snively, Mrs. Stuart, and Mrs. Griffin.  Comments by Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. Stuart, Mrs. Snively, and Mrs. Edgecomb. 

Mrs. Griffin asked for a workshop to discuss advertising.  Consensus reached to hold a workshop on September 22, 2015 at 9 a.m.  It was requested that the minutes and the audio from the previous workshop be provided to the board before the workshop. 

6.14

Approve the Advertisement Framework for the 2015/2016 Fiscal Year Proposed Millage Rates, Tentative Budget, Notice of Budget Hearing/Proposed Tax Increase, and Notice of Tax for School Capital Outlay; and Allow Staff to Make Modifications as Updated Information is Received from Tallahassee (Business Division)

Gretchen Saunders highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Snively, Ms. Edgecomb, Mrs. Griffin, and Mrs. Stuart.

6.15

Approve Contract for Legal Services with Adams and Reese LLP (Business Division)

Gretchen Saunders highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Griffin.  This is for litigation services that will handle human resources, procurement, superintendent, etc.

 

7.00 Facilities Division (Chris Farkas)

7.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

7.02

Approve Change Order Number Eight for Kitchen Renovations at Multiple Sites

7.03

Approve Acceptance of Project for Lopez Modular Addition (Exceptional Student Education Center)

7.04

Approve Acceptance of Project for Modular Additions (Area Director Complex) at Three Sites (Areas 2, 4, 5)

7.05

Approve Acceptance of Project for Modular Additions at Two Sites (East Bay, Lois)

7.06

Approve the Reorganization of Supervision of the HVAC and Energy Management Services Department - Withdrawn

7.07

Approve the Reorganization of the Roofing Department and Support Personnel of the Facilities Maintenance Support Department

 

 

8.00 Administration Division (Lewis A. Brinson)

8.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

8.02

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

 

9.00 Unclassified

9.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

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


10.00 Information

10.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed

10.01a

Discuss Renaming of Robert E. Lee Elementary Magnet School - Withdrawn

10.02

Information Regarding Revenue Generated from the Marketing Rights Agreement Between Hillsborough County Public Schools and Education Funding Partners for a Limited Time Web Advertising Pilot (Business Division) (This item was discussed with item 6.13.)

10.03

Information Regarding Students Serving on the School Board of Hillsborough County (Internal Communications)

Chair S. Valdes introduced AJ Molina who she has been mentoring.

This item was pulled for comment by Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. Stuart, and Mrs. Snively and highlighted by Superintendent Eakins.  Superintendent Eakins presented a PowerPoint presentation and discussed the survey results from the National School Boards Association and a survey performed by our communications department.  The communications department surveyed districts that have student representation on the board.  Results were reviewed and a PowerPoint was shared.

Discussion:

  • Supports the concept, needs to discuss logistics.
  • Will elections be held in the schools and then district wide?
  • Under Florida Law student cannot be a voting member.
  • Policy will have to be created.
  • Logistical concerns in a district this size.
  • Multiple representations in lieu of single member.
  • What are the legal implications for student communication and how would thisbe handled?
  • Asked the superintendent to provide a list of ways that we have student voice.  What is the structure?
  • Receive input from students on our Facebook page.  Why they think we need student representation on the school board.
  • Receive in put on what the student representative would be called.
  • Different districts have different standards for the role of the student member.
  • Utilize Citizen Advisory Committee members and/or Student Government Association (SGA) programs.
  • Identify leaders and at-risk students as well.
  • Would like to invite students to the workshop possibly before school begins.
  • All voices need to be heard and being that it is summer, it will be hard to everyone’s voice to be heard.
  • Letter from Paul Goss making suggestions on how we can do this with specific suggestions.

Student comments from the Boy Scout Troup and Chair S. Valdes’ mentee:

  • A. J. Molina said it is difficult to get one voice to reach out to all 207,000 students in the district to get things done.  Most of the elections of the Student Government Association are popularity contests.  For example, he is behind the scene doing the work. We need students to address the board.
  • Michael Muehl – Rogers Middle School – with a student on the board it will help behavioral issues.  He suggested one student from middle and high.
  • Mason Mullen – Barrington Middle School – suggested one student from elementary, middle, and high school so every level of education would be represented.  These students can carry things back to their school.
  • Nathaniel Chiarenza – Middleton High School said it is a good idea to have students on the board.  It should be student from different walks of life in lieu of different grades.  This would provide more consensuses.

 

Scheduled Hearings on Policies and/or Business Items - None

Other Business and Board Comments

Comments by Mrs. Griffin (who shared a video), Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Snively, Mrs. Stuart, and Chair S. Valdes.

Mrs. Snively shared a petition to name the Plant City High School Media Center in honor of Leslie Rice who died July 4, 2015, after battling cancer.  She asked that the Superintendent channel this information through the proper process.

Chair S. Valdes shared the Florida School Boards Association’s new timeline for selection of Legislative Committee representative and alternate.  A vote is needed to be voted on in the month of June. 

Option 1- we can maintain our current representatives until June 2016.
Option 2 - designate a new representative and alternate to serve through June 2015.

Both options were discussed and direction was given to Superintendent Eakins to bring an agenda item to the July 28, 2015, school board meeting.  Both Chair S. Valdes and Mrs. Stuart agreed to serve.  Option 1 will be brought back to the next board meeting for a vote. 

It was requested to have a list provided of the Student Handbook Committee Members showing where they serve and in what capacity.

Board members need to notify their secretaries their plans for the first day of school.

Superintendent’s Comments

Thanked the students in the audience who attended the meeting this afternoon.

Highlights of Good News:

  • Most number of IB diplomas earned this year.  King, Hillsborough, and Strawberry Crest high schools had well over 90 percent of their students earning the IB diploma.  Robinson High School had 99 percent of their IB students earning the IB diploma.  Not only did the students earn college credit, it is saving their parents college money, and putting the students in the workforce sooner.
  • Algebra I EOC improved from 64 to 69 percent.
  • Civics EOC improved from 58 to 67 percent.  Two percent points higher than the state average.
  • The third Choice and Magnet Application deadline ended July 13, 2015.  
  • New Teacher Orientation is August 3 through August 6 at Armwood High School.  Teachers new to the district will learn about our mission and vision and our goals for the year.  It will be a comprehensive model of professional development, instructional strategies, and how we plan to meet the needs of our diverse population.  We have hired more than 800 new teachers.

Adjournmentwith no further business the meeting was adjourned at 5:47 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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