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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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

July 28, 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,

Sally Harris, Carol Kurdell, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present. 

Chair S. Valdes presided.

Absent:  April Griffin

Others present were:

Board Attorney – James Porter                        

Chief of Staff – Alberto Vazquez, Ed.D.

Deputy Superintendents – 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

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

      Student Services – Wynne Tye

Manager of Communications– Jason Pepe

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 and Anastacia Dawson

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

Withdrawn Items4.06, 6.20, and 7.05

Adoption of the Agenda:

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

Board – Roll Call:  Chair S. Valdes declared a quorum with five Board Members present.  April Griffin was absent.

Approval of Minutes

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to approve the following:
            July 9, 2015 – Special Called Board Meeting
            July 14, 2015, Regular Board Meeting
            July 21, 2015, Board Workshop
Motion unanimously carried.

Board Guidelines

Vice Chair Edgecomb read the guidelines into the record and announced that at 5:01 p.m. the First Public Hearing on the Millage Rates and Tentative Budget for 2015/2016 Fiscal Year will be held.  Public comment for this topic will be heard at this time.

Speakers to Agenda Items

Speaker

Item No.

Bishop Michelle B. Patty

8.03 – supports

Theodore Hamilton

8.03 – supports

Christian Martin

Audience Comments – remove Robert E. Lee school name

Makala Martin

Audience Comments – remove Robert E. Lee school name

Nyah Hunter

Audience Comments – remove Robert E. Lee school name

Shanai Hunter

Audience Comments – remove Robert E. Lee school name

Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins

8.03 – Supports but expressed membership concerns.

Suspended Agenda

01

Suspended Agenda - no updates to the Suspended Agenda

Teaching and Learning - None

Proclamations

01

Approve Adoption of Proclamation—Minority Business Enterprise Development Conference August 25-28, 2015 (Operations Division)

Ben Moore, Supplier Diversity Officer and Bob Morrison, Consultant made brief remarks and read the proclamation into the record.

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to pull this item from the Consent Agenda.  Motion unanimously carried.

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to adopt August 25 – 28, 2015, as Minority Business Enterprise Development Conference Week.  Motion unanimously carried.

Administrative Appointments

01

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Supervisor, Library Media Services, Secondary (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Kimberly J. DeFusco, currently Peer Evaluator, Library Media Services, to the Supervisor, Library Media Services, Secondary, effective August 3, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

02

Approve the Administrative Appointment of General Director Title I (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Debra Arias, currently Administrator on Special Assignment, Federal Programs, to the General Director, Title I, effective August 3, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

03

Approve the Administrative Appointment of General Manager of Employee Benefits and Insurance (Human Resources Division)

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Tracy Schatzberg, currently Director, Assessment & Performance Management, Gates, to the General Manager, Employee Benefits and Insurance, Human Resources, effective August 3, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

04

Approve the Administrative Appointment of General Manager of Professional Standards (Human Resources Division)

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Mary Frances Ledo, currently Human Resource Partner, to the General Manager, Professional Standards, Human Resources, effective August 3, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

05

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Supervisor, Exceptional Student Education, Area 6 (Student Services Division)

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Michele McFarland, currently ESE District Resource Teacher, Area VI, to the Supervisor, Exceptional Student Education, Area VI, effective August 3, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

06

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Supervisor, Exceptional Student Education, Sensory Programs and Related Services (Student Services Division)

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Mrs. Stuart, to appoint Emily Cimino, currently Coordinator, Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS)/Child Find, to the Supervisor, Exceptional Student Education, Sensory Programs and Related Services, effective August 3, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

07

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

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Mrs. Snively, to appoint Anna Rothenbush, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Symmes Elementary School, to the Principal of Symmes Elementary School, effective August 3, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

Chair S. Valdes recognized Stephen Eichhorn, Deborah Henry, and Joe Perez for their years of service and wished them well as they begin their retirement.  She introduced former School Board Member, Dr. Jack Lamb, and Nelson and Carolyn Luis who were present.

Mrs. Stuart congratulated those appointments in section 4.02.

Chair S. Valdes recognized Boy Scout Troup 22 who were attending the meeting to earn a merit badge.   

            Charles Yost, 9th grader at Plant High School
            Noah Gray, 9thgrader at Robinson IB High School
            William Jones, 7thgrader at Rampello Partnership K-8 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:  1.03, 4.07, 7.03, 7.04, 8.03, 9.02, 9.03, 9.04, and 9.05
Information Items: 10.02, 10.04, and 10.05
Public Hearing: E01

Motion unanimously carried.

7.03 and 10.04 will be heard together.

1.00 Curriculum and Instruction Division (Denny Oest)

1.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – none

1.02

Approve the Activities Calendar for Secondary Education Field Trips—2015/2016

1.03

Approve Renewal of the Agreement of Understanding with Aramark University of South Florida for Training Sites for Adult Students with Disabilities Programs

Mike Ramsey, Director, Workforce and Continuing Education, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart.

2.00 Instructional Support (Wynne Tye)

2.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – none

3.00 Student Services and Federal Programs Division (Larry Sykes)

3.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – none

4.00 Human Resources Division (Stephanie Woodford)

4.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – if any

4.02

Approve Personnel List #1043—Instructional

4.02a

Approve Administrative Appointment/Transfers

  • Ronnie McCallister, currently Department of Education Tallahassee, Florida, to the Fleet Manager, Transportation, effective August 19, 2015
  • Michelle Henry, currently Resource Teacher, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, ESE, to the Coordinator, ESE, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Exceptional Student Education, effective August 3, 2015
  • Kahlila Lawrence, currently Peer Evaluator Psychologist, Witter Elementary School, to the Coordinator, CLIMATE Grant, Student Success Program, Student Services, effective August 16, 2015
  • Elizabeth Luis, currently Psychologist, Crestwood Elementary School, to the Coordinator, PREVENT Grant, Student Success Program, Student Services, August 16, 2015
  • Timothy Leeseberg, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Bloomingdale High School, to the Assistant Principal, Administration, Plant City High School, effective August 3, 2015
  • Vernon Henderson, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Chamberlain High School, to the Assistant Principal, Student Affairs, Plant City High School, effective August 3, 2015
  • Carolina Jenkins, currently Resource Teacher, Graham Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, James Elementary School, effective August 3, 2015
  • Cynthia Crim, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Ippolito Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Limona Elementary School, effective August 3, 2015
  • Sabrina Ruiz, currently Reading Coach, DeSoto Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Mort Elementary School, effective August 3, 2015
  • Taryn Anello, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Gaither High School to the Assistant Principal, Curriculum, Wharton High School, effective August 3, 2015
  • Manley Eugene, currently Teacher, Randall Middle School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Sickles High School, effective August 3, 2015
  • Thomas Duncan, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Jefferson High School, to the Assistant Principal for Administration, Freedom High School, effective August 3, 2015
  • Jeremy Klein, currently Supervisor, Charter Schools Office, to the Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Jefferson High School, effective August 3, 2015
  • Cynthia Chick, currently Administrator, Alternative Education, Chicago, IL, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, King High School, effective August 3, 2015
  • Jennifer Rosage, currently Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Chamberlain High School, to the Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Robinson High School, effective August 3, 2015

 

4.03

Approve Personnel List #899—Instructional Support

 

4.04

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

4.05

Approve Disciplinary Action—Instructional

4.06

Approve Disciplinary Action—Instructional Support Withdrawn

4.07

Approve the Health Insurance Renewal for 2016

Deborah Henry, General Manager highlighted the renewal plan.  She introduced and thanked the committee who has served for many years.  She recognized the AON and Humana representatives and thanked them for their support.  She thanked her employees in the Employee Benefits Department for their support over the years.  Ms. Henry highlighted the increase changes in the coverage plan.

Comments by Mrs. Snively, Mrs. Kurdell, Ms. Edgecomb, and Mrs. Stuart. 

Ms. Edgecomb thanked Deborah Henry for her professionalism, customer service, and years of service.

Discussion:

  • Need to clearly communicate the merger between the insurance companies and how that will affect the employees.
  • Going out to bid was a recommendation from the Auditor General Report.
  • Board challenge to have every board member to reach silver status.

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 United Way Suncoast Partnership Standards Certification Form for the Early Childhood School Readiness Program (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

6.03

Approve Agreements of Understanding with Community Work Exposure Sites for Students with Disabilities for 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 (Student Services Division)

6.04

Approve Agreements of Understanding with the Community Based Training Sites for Students with Disabilities for 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 (Student Services Division)

6.05

Approve Memorandum of Agreement Between the Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office, Inc. (DACCO) and The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, (Student Services Division)

6.06

Approve Purchase of Making Connections Interventions, Specialized Program Individualized Reading Excellence, and Academy of Reading from Educational Publishing Services (Sole Source) (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

6.07

Approve Teacher Training Instructors for New Teacher Content Training, 2015 (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

6.08

Approve Purchase of Expert 21 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

6.09

Approve the Annual Agreements of Understanding with the Community Based Training Sites for Students with Disabilities for 2015/2106 (Student Services Division)

6.10

Approve the Renewal Contract with the East Coast Technical Assistance Center to Provide Support and Technical Assistance to Hillsborough County’s Title I Basic, Neglected and Delinquent, and Migrant Education Programs (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

6.11

Approve Contract for Medicaid Data Management Partnership with the School Board of Seminole County, Florida (Business Division)

6.12

Approve the Settlement Agreement and Release of All Claims Between The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, and Kronos Incorporated and Authorize the Chair to Execute the Agreement (Business Division)

6.13

Accept the Lowest Responsive, Responsible Bids Submitted by Calico Industries of Florida LLC and The Happy Chef, Inc.—Invitation to Bid #15074-DST Foodservice Supplies and Aprons (Business Division)

6.14

Accept the Lowest, Responsive, Responsible Bids Submitted by Multiple Vendors—Invitation to Bid #15076 Fire Protection Systems Service (Business Division)

6.15

Accept the Proposal from GCR Tire Center—Request for Proposal #15045-DST Bus and Vehicle Tire Purchases and Related Services (Business Division)

6.16

Approve the Legal Services Agreement Between The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, and MacFarlane, Ferguson, & McMullen, PA (Business Division)

6.17

Approve Agreement with the City of Tampa for the 2015/2016 School Resource Officer Program (Administration Division)

6.18

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Battelle for Kids for Strategic Measures (Information and Technology Division)

6.19

Approve Fourth Amendment to the Agreement with NCS Pearson, Inc. for the Purchase and Scoring of the Stanford Achievement Test (Information and Technology Division)

6.20

Approve the Contract with BMG Money, Inc. and The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, for the LoansAtWork Program (Business Division) Withdrawn

7.00 Facilities Division (Chris Farkas)

7.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – none

7.02

Approve 2015/2016 Millage Projects

 7.03 and 10.04 were heard together at this time.

7.03

Approve the Tentative 2016—2020 Facilities Five Year Work Plan

10.04

Annual Report of Minor Projects 2014/2015 Fiscal Year (Operations Division)

Chris Farkas highlighted the 5-year plan and the Annual Report of Minor Projects.

Comments by Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Kurdell, Mrs. Stuart, and Ms. Edgecomb

Discussion:

  • Looking at capacity district wide.
  • When considering boundaries, consider a district wide plan.
  • How many empty seats in each school.  Mr. Farkas will provide the board with an updated list.
  • Provide a Q & A about the 5-year plan on the website.

7.04

Approve the Proposed Bell Schedules for the 2015/2016 School Year

Chris Farkas highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart.  Bell times will be posted on the website as soon as the board approved.

7.05

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

8.00 Administration Division (Lewis A. Brinson)

8.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed

8.02

Approve Waiver of Rental Fees

8.03

Approve the 2015/2016 Student Handbook

Tanly Cabrera, Director, Administration highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart and Ms. Edgecomb.  She highlighted the changes and additions.  Comments by Ms. Edgecomb, Mrs. Kurdell, Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Stuart, and Mrs. Snively.

Discussion

  • Correction on page 51 regarding bus suspensions to include up to five days in lieu of 5 to 10 days.
  • How will changes be measured? 
  • Updates periodically.  Pros, cons, and challenges.
  • (Adjourned the School Board meeting 5:01 p.m. to open the Public Hearing on the budget.  School Board meeting reconvened at 5:25 p.m.)
  • Supports recommendations with reservation.  Have to balance what will work for students.
  • Training will help the culture shift on how we deal with students.
  • Supportive Services is vital to making the shift in culture. 
  • Community needs to support schools prior to the child beginning school.
  • We are not trying to lighten the discipline in our schools.  And the board does not expecting less discipline because of the changes.
  • We want to provide a good education for all children.
  • There will be a lot changes and challenges during the first year.
  • In September we will have a workshop to discuss the handbook and the principal’s packet.
  • Teachers and/or administrators do not lose control to manage their sites.
  • This is a fluid document. 
  • The handbook will be available online with limited printed hard copies.
  • Expressed concern when creating policy that reflects the minority of students.
  • Feels that we are moving to a balance approach but giving principals the balance to maintain control, being accountable, and looking at the whole picture if the guidelines are followed with flexibility.
  • The OCR complaint brought us to form a task force.  Reference to the highlighted portion on page one.
  • Jim Porter explained that changes in the handbook reflect what is required by Florida Statute as it relates to zero tolerance.
  • We need to educate kids while maintaining safety.
  • The document must be clear and concise. 
  • Need to have consistency across the district.
  • Parents need to play a role.
  • The handbook is not policy.  It is a reference to our policies.
  • Would like to see a report card every nine weeks.
  • The recommendation before you will not deny a teacher the right to teach or a student to learn.
  • We have safe schools because we have caring, dedicated teachers.
  • Ten days suspension does not correct behavior, try five and provide supportive services to help the child.
  • Five pillar revisions being made in the recommendations.
          > align with state statute – we cannot suspend students for excessive tardies but students will receive consequences.
          > aligned zero tolerance with state statute. 
          > the term "inappropriate behavior” was eliminated because it is not defined, the behavior needs to be identified.
          > student rights have always been identified in the handbook but they are now consolidated in one area.
          > an administrator has the ability to suspend for 10 days after conversations with their Area Superintendents.
  • Our administrators and all our employees play a part in the success of this initiative.
  • We will not compromise the safety of our students and employees.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Harris, to pull item 8.03 for a separate vote.  Motion unanimously carried.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Harris, to approve item 8.03 as recommended. Motion unanimously carried.

9.00 Unclassified

9.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed

9.02

Approve Contract Renewal for RCMA Wimauma Academy

9.03

Approve Contract Renewal and Consolidation of New Springs Elementary School and New Springs Schools

9.04

Approve Contract Renewal and Consolidation of Community Charter School of Excellence and Community Charter Middle School of Excellence

Jenna Hodgens, General Director, Charter highlighted items 9.02, 9.03, and 9.04 together, at the request of Mrs. Stuart.  Mrs. Hodgens reviewed the contract process.  She recognized Gretchen Saunders, Wynne Tye, Denny Oest, Stephanie Woodford, and our team for all the work that is done across the divisions.  She recognized board members from various schools who were present.

9.05

Approve Selection of Florida School Boards Association School Board Legislative Committee Representative and Alternate

Chair S. Valdes highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Stuart.  The representative is Mrs. Stuart and Chair S. Valdes is the alternate.

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

10.00 Information

10.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed

10.02

School Internal Accounts Activity Funds Audit Report for Fiscal Year 2013/2014 (Internal Auditing)

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

10.03

Discretionary Lottery Reports (Business Division)

10.04

Annual Report of Minor Projects 2014/2015 Fiscal Year (Operations Division)

10.05

Approved Payroll Schedules for 2015/2016 Fiscal Year (Business Division)

Gretchen Saunders highlighted the item at request of Mrs. Harris and Mrs. Stuart.  Comments by Mrs. Stuart.

Scheduled Hearings on Policies and/or Business Items

Chair Valdes convened the Public Hearing on the Millage Rates and Tentative Budget for 2015/2016, at 5:01 p.m.

01

First Public Hearing on the Millage Rates and Tentative Budget for 2015/2016 Fiscal Year (Business Division)

Chair S. Valdes opened the Public Hearing at 5:01 p.m.  She stated that once the public discussion is over we will open the floor for Board member discussion and comments.

Mr. Al Davis addressed the board.  He complimented Susan Garcia for her helpfulness in explaining the budget.  No other speakers.

Chair S. Valdes recognized Superintendent Eakins who walked the board and public through the information on the First Public Hearing on the 2015-2016 Fiscal Year budget. The following recommendations were proposed and votes taken.

It is the Superintendent’s recommendation that the Board adopt the Tentative Millage Rates as follows:  State Required Local Effort Millage Rate of 4.9990 mills.

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to adopt the Tentative Millage Rates as follows:  State Required Local Effort Millage Rate of 4.9990 mills. Motion unanimously carried.

It is the Superintendent’s recommendation that the Board adopt the Discretionary Operating Millage Rate of 0.7480 mills. 

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to adopt the Discretionary Operating Millage Rate of 0.7480 mills.  Motion unanimously carried.

It is the Superintendent’s recommendation that the Board adopt the Local Capital Improvement Millage Rate of 1.5000 mills.

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to adopt the Local Capital Improvement Millage Rate of 1.5000 mills.  Motion unanimously carried.

It is the Superintendent’s recommendation that the Board adopt the Debt Service Millage Rate of 0.0000 mills.

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Harris, to adopt the Debt Service Millage Rate of 0.0000 mills.  Motion unanimously carried.

It is the Superintendent’s recommendation that the Board adopt the Tentative Budget of $2,805,237,716.95 (Two billion, eight hundred and five million, two hundred thirty-seven thousand, seven hundred sixteen dollars and 95 cents).

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Mrs. Harris, to adopt the Tentative Budget of $2,805,237,716.95.  Motion unanimously carried.

It is the Superintendent’s recommendation that the Board approve the Resolutions Adopting the Tentative Millage Rates and the Tentative Budget.

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Harris, to adopt the Resolutions Adopting the Tentative Millage Rates and the Tentative Budget.  Motion unanimously carried.

It is the Superintendent’s recommendation that the Board approve the Procedures for Expenditure of Lottery Funds.

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to approve the Procedures for Expenditure of Lottery Funds.  Motion unanimously carried.

It is the Superintendent’s recommendation that the Board authorize staff to perform all tasks necessary to ensure compliance with the Truth in Millage (TRIM) requirements of Chapter 200.065, Florida Statutes.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Harris, to authorize staff to perform all tasks necessary to ensure compliance with the Truth in Millage (TRIM) requirements of Chapter 200.065, Florida Statutes.  Motion unanimously carried.

Chair S. Valdes adjourned the public hearing on the budget and reconvened the regular School Board meeting at 5:25 p.m.  She turned the floor back to Superintendent Eakins who announced the Final Public Hearing on Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at 5:01 p.m. in the Raymond O. Shelton School Administrative Center, 901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, Florida.

Other Business and Board Comments

Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Snively, and Chair S. Valdes made comments.

General Comments:
  • August 4, workshop for strategic planning has been rescheduled for a later date in September.  A topic has not been added and the date can be released from your calendar.
  • Presented each board member an envelope in preparation for the workshop for September 22, 2015.  It contained information to be reviewed prior to the workshop with reference to advertising. 
  • Congratulated retirees for their years of service.
Superintendent’s Comments
  • Start of school a month away on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. 
  • Health fairs will be held across the district and dates and times can be found on our website.
  • Chair S. Valdes has hosted the back to school health fairs for ten years.
  • He and Chair S. Valdes attended the first Learey Technical College Graduation.  It was a wonderful, well planned event and he thanked Anne Marie Courtney for bringing all those programs together in one major event.
  • Learey Technical College tested the most GED students in the United States this year.   Marc Hutek highlighted our results.  In 2014 – GED test was revamped to align with common core.  The testing went down 90% across the country the first year because it made it harder for students to pass.  Hillsborough County was very consistent and we held our own well.  We sent through over 3,000 students with diplomas from Hillsborough County.  This past year we sent over 1,000 students.
  • Advocating for your child – Graphic developed by our Communications Department with a step by step process of who they need to contact.  This will be posted on the website.  There will be an email blast to all families.  It will be included in the parent guide that goes out to families and it will also go out to all our partners in education to help families advocate for their children.  It will go out in newsletters, school websites, and the Superintendent’s newsletters that go out across the district.  Ginain Grayes was recognized as the developer of this graphic.
  • Reminder that tomorrow will be the Joint Principals/Supervisor’s meeting will take place as well as a two-day training for our principals.

Adjournment – with no further business the meeting was adjourned at 6:46 p.m.  (Audio recording on file.)

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