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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in regular session Tuesday, January 12, 2016, 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 W. Kurdell, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present.  Chair April Griffin presided.

 

(Mrs. Snively left the meeting at 6:15 p.m.)

 

Others present were:

 

Board Attorney – James Porter

District Attorney – Jeff Gibson

                          

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

      Lewis Brinson, Ed. D.

      Business – Gretchen Saunders

      Diversity – Lewis Brinson, Ed. D.

      Curriculum and Instruction – Denny Oest

      Governmental Relations – Connie Milito – absent (Tallahassee)

      Human Resources – Stephanie Woodford

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

      Operations – Chris Farkas

      Student Services – Wynne Tye

     

External Communications Manager – Tanya Arja

External Communications Assistant Manager – Kristin Davis

Superintendent’s Secretary (Recording) – Linda Fernandez

 

News Media Representatives:

      Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol

      Tampa Tribune – Anastasia Dawson

 

Approximately 150 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 Stuart leading in the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag. 

Chair Griffin introduced two students who serve on the Citizen Advisory Committee, representing Steinbrenner and Lennard high schools.  Lindsey Snellgrove, Steinbrenner High School (Senior) who will be attending Florida Atlantic University.  Taylor Berlin, Lennard High School (Senior) who will be attending either University of South Florida or University of Florida.  They will be serving as the school board representatives this evening.  Both students addressed the board.  Chair Griffin said that the representatives will be raising their hands if they want to provide input to the discussion.

Board Guidelines

Vice Chair Stuart read the guidelines into the record.

Withdrawn Items

4.05, 4.06, and 4.07R (4.07R was placed back on the consent agenda after discussion and vote later in the meeting.)

Adoption of the Agenda:

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

Discussion:

Mrs. Valdes asked if C4.07R has been withdrawn.  Dr. Vázquez said it is to be withdrawn and will be taken to the Special Called Board Meeting.

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

Approval of Minutes

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Valdes, to approve the December 15, 2015 – regular meeting

Motion unanimously carried.

 

Comments by Ms. Edgecomb and Mrs. Stuart, regarding our student representatives. Deputy Van Ayres discussed the process for future board meetings.  Thirteen schools will rotate for each meeting this year and next year the other fourteen high schools will rotate.  Mrs. Snellgrove, a former CAC member was thanked for her participation.

Speakers to Agenda Items

Speaker

Item No.

Brian Bethune

9.02

Todd Hammond

9.02 and 9.05

Ternica Blackmon

9.02 and 9.05

Mark Klutho

B02, 10.04, 10.05, 7.03, and 7.04

Karen Seder

9.05

Annette Jenkins

Reorganization of Chairperson Position

Andrew Johnson

Student Day Reform

 

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to reintroduce agenda item 4.07R back on the agenda.  Motion unanimously carried.

Discussion:

Ms. Edgecomb said our attorney created a statement to be read prior to the speakers addressing the board on how their public comment will be addressed.

Mr. Jim Porter clarified the statement to be read by the Vice Chair and will provide it for future meetings.

Proclamations

01

Adoption of Proclamation - Career and Technical Education (CTE) Month, February 2016 (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

Chris Jargo, Assistant Director, Career and Technical Education read the proclamation and introduced Steve Cona, III, to discuss the kick-off of Build Tampa Bay.

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Mrs. Stuart, to approve February 2016, Career and Technical Education Month.  Motion unanimously carried.

Vice Chair Stuart, Mrs. Snively, and Chair Griffin made comments.

02

Approve a Proclamation Supporting the 36th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Breakfast

Kristin Davis, Assistant Manager of Communications read the proclamation into the record.

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to proclaim support of the 36th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Breakfast.  Motion unanimously carried.

Suspended Agenda

01

Suspended Agenda

Jeff Eakins highlighted the suspended agenda.

  • Student Fair Day preparation – John Newman, Chief of Security and Emergency Management and Tanly Cabrera, Director of Administration have been working with the Fair on the requirements for students.  The information will be printed on the back of each ticket.
  • Chris Farkas said we have six new buses and the training process will begin Thursday.  Transportation will be participating in the Martin Luther King Parade and he shared the T-Shirts being worn by participants.  They have also initiated an Employee of the Month program.

Discussion:

Ms. Edgecomb asked about the African American status item number 2 should be updated to include Dr. Brinson, Dr. Brown and Dr. Sykes.  Do we want to broaden the efforts?  Yes, it is a collaborative item and the notation will be made.

Question by Mrs. Jenkins about a workshop to share the data on the African-American Committee.  Has the date been identified?  Superintendent Eakins said he has been providing updates on what is happening throughout the district, giving Greco Middle School as an example.  Chair Griffin said the workshop was scheduled June 21, 2016 at 9 a.m.  She will review the workshop subjects to see if the date can be moved up.

Mrs. Kurdell asked about the new propane buses and how will they be fueled.  Chris Farkas said we have a mobile station until our facility is built.

Vice Chair Stuart asked when will the buses be on the road.  Cameras were installed prior to delivery and we are in the process of installing the two-way radios and then the mechanics and drivers will be trained.  Board members will be notified when the buses hit the road.

Mrs. Snively asked if the new buses will be replacing old buses.  Yes.  We will be removing older inventory from the fleet.  When will the results from the consultant be submitted.  We are expecting it at any time and will forward it to the Board. 

Mrs. Valdes asked about the 77 passenger buses and how will they be assigned where we have three to a seat.  We are not going to have three to a seat in high school.

Chair Griffin said we are working with the mobile unit?  Are we able to receive the fuel rebate?  Gretchen Saunders said they are researching.

Teaching and Learning - None

Administrative Appointments

01

Approve the Administrative Appointment of the Principal of Ballast Point Elementary School

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Vice Chair Stuart, to appoint Elizabeth Hastings, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Ballast Point Elementary, to the Principal of Ballast Point Elementary School, effective January 19, 2016.  Motion unanimously carried.

02

Approve The Administrative Appointment of the Principal of Bryant Elementary School

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Vice Chair Stuart, to appoint Ellen Oberschall, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Bryant Elementary School, effective February 15, 2016.  Motion unanimously carried.

4.02 new assistant principal Kristen Gattullo.  Ms. Bass current principal of Bryant Elementary School was recognized for her service.

Chair Griffin said if community members were present for an agenda item, we could move the item up to the front of the agenda.  Vice Chair asked for these items to be placed on the final draft of pulled items in the order they will be heard. The following items were moved up on the agenda in the following order:  Agenda Items 8.06, 6.08, 10.03, 10.04, 10.05. 9.02, 9.04, and 9.05.

8.06

Approve the Naming of the Multi-Purpose Room at Bryant Elementary

Karen Bass, Principal, Bryant Elementary School requested that the Multi-Purpose Room be named in honor and memory of the late Peggy Foster Webb.  Mrs. Foster’s family was recognized.

Superintendent Eakins asked for a clarification to have a motion to pull from the consent agenda for a separate vote.  Mr. Porter stated that was the intent.  However, there was never an official motion and vote to do so.

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to pull agenda item 8.06, for a separate vote.  Motion unanimously carried.

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to name the Multi-Purpose Room at Bryant Elementary School in honor and memory of Peggy Foster Webb, a former educator and volunteer to education.  Motion unanimously carried.

Comments by Ms. Edgecomb regarding Principal Bass’ career.

6.08

Approve Extending the License Agreement with Capstone Digital to Provide myON Reader to all PreK-8 Students in Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

John Milburn, Supervisor, Library Media K-5, recognized some of the partners and staff that were present. 

  • Tampa Bay Area President of the United Way Suncoast, Emory Ivory
  • Director, Hillsborough County Public Libraries, Andrew Breidenbaugh
  • Executive Director, Children’s Board, Hillsborough County, Kelley Parris
  • Capstone Representative, Julie Cole
  • myON Project Manager, Dorise Linville

Comments by Ms. Edgecomb, Vice Chair Stuart, Mrs. Kurdell, and Superintendent Eakins.

Motion by Vice Chair Stuart, second by Mrs. Valdes, to approve agenda item 6.08.  Motion carried with Mrs. Kurdell absent for the vote.  (Motion and vote recorded after agenda item 9.05 was heard.)

Chair Griffin asked for a motion to up pull up agenda items 10.03, 10.04, 10.05, 9.02, 9.04, 9.05, for discussion and a separate vote. 

Motion by Mrs. Snively, second by Mrs. Valdes, to pull up agenda items 10.03, 10.04, 10.05, 9.02, 9.04, and 9.05 for discussion and a separate vote.  Motion carried with Vice Chair Stuart absent for the vote.

Recommendations and Reports of Superintendent Requiring Board Approval

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Mrs. Snively, 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.

6.01a, 6.02, 6.03, 6.06, 8.02, and 8.06

Motion unanimously carried.

 

 

10.03

Recognition of Lance N. Becatti, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., for Donations to Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) (Business Division)

Gretchen Saunders introduced Mr. Becatti.  He outlined the program that he has been sponsoring for the past seven years that supports our children.  He announced the winners.

·         Lowry Elementary School, Principal Michelle Spagnuolo - 1st Place
Mary Hamrick, Art Teacher
Christopher Morgan, Student
School received $500 to purchase art supplies. 
Oliver Chad, student designed Mr. Becatti’s personal holiday card.

·         Cahoon Elementary School, Principal, Joanne Griffiths – 2nd Place
Lori Dodds, Art Teacher
Dominique Edwards, Student
School received $250 to purchase art supplies.

·         Bryant Elementary School, Principal Karen Bass and newly appointed principal Ellen Oberschall – school received money to purchase art supplies
Chan Bliss, Art Teacher
Hannah Webber, Student

Items 10.04 and 10.05 were highlighted together.

Chris Farkas introduced Rory Salimbene, Lorraine Duffy-Suarez, Jill Edwards.  Mr. Salimbene outlined the process of LEAD certification process.  Mr. Wilder addressed the board.

10.04

Recognize Hillsborough County Public Schools, Wilder Architecture, Inc. and Batson-Cook Company for a Planning Commission Award for J. Vince Thompson Elementary School

10.05

Recognize J. Vince Thompson Elementary School's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Rating

9.02

Approve the Application for Kid’s Community College Charter High School

Jenna Hodgens highlighted the application at the request of Ms. Edgecomb and Vice Chair Stuart.  Comments by Vice Chair Stuart, Mrs. Kurdell, and Ms. Edgecomb.

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Vice Chair Stuart, to approve the Superintendent’s recommendation.  Motion unanimously carried.

9.04

Approve Settlement Agreement for Kid’s Community College and Kid’s Community College Middle Charter School

Jenna Hodgens highlighted the settlement agreement at the request of Mrs. Harris, Vice Chair. Stuart, Mrs. Valdes.

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Valdes, to approve the settlement agreement for Kid’s Community College and Kid’s Community College Middle Charter School.  Motion carried with Mrs. Snively absent for the vote.

9.05

Approve Contract Renewal and Consolidation of Kid's Community College and Kid's Community College Middle Charter School with a Name Change to Kid's Community College Riverview South

Jenna Hodgens highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Harris and Vice Chair Stuart.  Comments by Mrs. Kurdell, Ms. Edgecomb, and Mrs. Valdes.

Discussion:

  • Can a charter school deny a student’s entrance?  Jim Porter said he will research and respond to the board.

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Valdes, to approve the renewal and consolidation of Kid’s Community College and Kid’s Community College Middle Charter School with a name change to Kid’s Community College Riverview South.  Motion carried with Mrs. Kurdell absent for the vote.

Mrs. Hodgens acknowledged her staff and representatives from Kids Community College who were present.

Motion and vote on 6.08 was taken at this time.

1.00 Curriculum and Instruction Division (Denny Oest)

1.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

1.02

Approve Renewal of Affiliation Agreements for Health Science Education, 2015/2016

 

 

2.00 Student Services (Wynne Tye)

2.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

 

 

3.00 Academic Support and Federal Programs Division (Tracye Brown, Ed. D.)

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 #1051 - Instructional

4.02a

Approve Administrative Appointments/Transfers (all appointments effective January 19, 2016)

  • Joseph Simmons, currently a Teacher at Wilson Middle School, to the Coordinator, STEM, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Marcus Beard, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, East Bay High School to the Assistant Principal for Administration, East Bay High School
  • Jody Woods, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Sickles High School, to the Assistant Principal for Administration, Gaither High School
  • Gregory "Deon” Maddox, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Steinbrenner High School, to the Assistant Principal for Administration, Middleton High School
  • Kristen Gattullo, currently a Teacher, Mitchell Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Lithia Springs Elementary School

4.03

Approve Personnel List #907 - 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 (If Any) Withdrawn

4.07R

Approve Recommended Salary and Revised Non-Rep and ProfTech Salary Schedules for Non-Represented Employees

 

 

5.00 Information and Technology Division (Anna Brown, Ed. D.)

5.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed - None

 

 

6.00 Business Division (Gretchen Saunders)

6.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed

6.01a

Approve the Local Child Care Funds Match Contract with Hillsborough County School Readiness Coalition, Inc., D/B/A Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

Marina Harkness, Supervisor, highlighted the item at the request of Vice Chair Stuart.  Superintendent Eakins gave an overview of the history of the Early Learning Coalition partnership. 

  • We have quality insurances in place. 
  • The district asked to provide training for providers and we were denied. 
  • We value the work we do across the district for our students. 
  • The district will continue to support the instructional needs of our providers. 

Discussion:

Ms. Edgecomb

  • Asked how this impacts the proposal from the ELC. It will have no impact on the discussions.
  • Expressed concern that our offer for training was denied
  • How will this board’s position play in the end result?  Our board has a lot at stake to see that the students are provided high quality services.  The board will see a plan that we all can advocate.  Any plan that is developed by the two sides must be workable.
  • There are multiple boards, such as the Children’s Board that have a stake with the final decision.
  • Contacting their board members could backfire by them saying that we attempted to influence their decision.  We need to find a way for all the partners to come together and have a discussion.        

Vice Chair Stuart

  • This would involve a long transition with training and supports.
  • Expressed concern about what level of voice this district has.  Superintendent Eakins said the district has two members on the board.
  • What happens if the ELC does not go our way?  What are our options?  If we do not get the right plan and the handoff is slow with checks and balances, and the providers are not able to provide services timely, it will have an impact on our students and we will receive the concerns from the parents.  We have expressed that to the ELC to be sure that we are all together with the plan.
  • Would we be in violation of the Sunshine Law to contact board members and educating them with what our concerns are.  No.  Asked Dr. Brown to provide a list of ELC board members

Mrs. Snively

  • We are the vendor that is contracted to do the work for the ELC.  The ELC is not happy with the services that we have provided.  There has been a survey and she would like to see the data that would show us what we could do better. 

Mrs. Kurdell

  • The service that we provide to the children is the ultimate goal
  • Expressed concerns for Mrs. Harris and her service on the task force.  She stands to benefit from the results because of the services she provides.
  • This is an after the fact contract because they did not get it to us on time.
  • Board needs to be cautious with this.

Chair Griffin said we need to have these conversations in an open air environment.  She will work to have a joint meeting between ELC, Children’s Board and staff with the board’s consent.  Consensus reached.

  • Expressed concern that she has served on this board for a number of years and this is the first time she has heard any of these concerns.
  • The district is being blamed for mistakes of the providers.
  • We need to be given the opportunity to correct the things that this board has just been made aware.

Mrs. Valdes said we currently have Thursday blocked off for possible meeting options.

  • Apologized about the customer service issue because it is our kids we need to serve
Kelly Pariss addressed the board.  The Children’s Board has approximately $4 million invested.
  • This service has been provided since 1969 by the district.
  • She has many concerns and would take criticism lightly until the data has been reviewed.
  • This has to be a transparent operation of checks and balances.
  • We can come up with a quality plan to provide a quality service. 

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Vice Stuart, to move up agenda item 8.02.  Motion carried with Mrs. Snively absent for the board.

8.02

Approve the Recommendations for Change of Placement of Regular Students

Dr. Sykes highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Edgecomb.  Taylor Berlin shared what is happening at Lennard High School.  Lindsey Snellgrove discussed mentoring at Steinbrenner High School.  NHS mentors and tutors to students that are in need. 

Mrs. Edgecomb appreciated hearing from the student representatives.  She for a summary of students who are coming in for Change of Placements.  As we discuss preventative strategies we need to see the impact of the changes to see if they are effective.  How can we offer alternatives other than alternative schools where we can direct kids to repurpose or change their behaviors?

Superintendent Eakins said that the Hearing Officers are offering different placement for our students. 

Vice Chair Stuart said she is seeing different offerings that are new to her and she is pleased.

Chair Griffin asked how the teachers feel about these changes.  Do they feel supported?  Superintendent Eakins said that is why he brought up the Greco Middle School model.  The students had input and the staff was engaged.  We have a workshop on the Generation Gap because we were told what to do and did it.  Regarding the PACE Center for Girls, the entire staff comes together for the children.  In the COP are we asking what supports have been received.  Superintendent Eakins said that support has been outlined for the Hearing Officer.  If students have been offered support but still appear for a COP – Why is it not working?

She asked the student representatives for input. 

Taylor said suspension gets students so far behind they cannot rebound. 

Lindsey said students who get in trouble are not allowed to attend prom and the exam exemption removal makes students rebel or giving up.  Lindsey said when privileges are in jeopardy kids tend to work harder.

6.02

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

Gretchen Saunders highlighted the item at the request of Vice Chair Stuart.  She shared 10.02 at this time.  She thanked her staff for their outstanding work.  Comments by Mrs. Valdes and Superintendent Eakins.  Our goal is to have by the end of March our 2017 budget locked down.  Staff has been engaged in the process.  It is a collaborative effort.

6.03

Approve the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2015 (Business Division)

Gretchen Saunders highlighted the item at the request of Vice Chair Stuart.  She thanked everyone in the business division for their work on this project.  She introduced Will Reed to provide the board with an overview.

6.04

Authorization to Proceed with Debt Refunding Opportunity for the District's 2007 Certificates of Participation (Business Division)

Gretchen Saunders highlighted the item at the request of Vice Chair Stuart. A representative from Ford Agency was asked to give a presentation on the current market shares.

6.05R

Approve Agreements with Officials Organizations for Athletic Contests, 2015/2016 (Student Services Division) Revised Attachment #2 Boys Lacrosse Agreement 2015/2016

6.06

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Hammerhead Steel Drums, LLC for the After School Program at Potter Elementary School and the Extended Learning Academies at Potter Elementary and Sligh Middle Schools (Administration Division)

Jennifer Neale highlighted the initiative and the partnership.  Comments by Ms. Edgecomb and Mrs. Valdes.

6.07

Approve the Memorandum of Agreement with the University of South Florida (USF), College of Education for Services Associated with the Implementation of the Investing in Innovation (i3) Grant Project (Award #U411C140098), the Urban Teacher Residency Preparation Program (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

6.08

Approve Extending the License Agreement with Capstone Digital to Provide myON Reader to all PreK-8 Students in Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

6.09

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Keith M. Sturges for the Evaluation of the District Instructional Leadership Grant (Information and Technology Division)

6.10

Accept the Lowest Responsive, Responsible Bids Submitted by Multiple Vendors - Invitation to Bid (ITB) #15168-MST Chiller Condenser Coil Replacement (Business Division)

 

 

7.00 Operations Division (Chris Farkas)

7.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

7.02

Approve Resolution for Impact Fee Fund Disbursement from the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners for Construction and Construction Management for Elementary School "C" (South County) and Classroom Addition at East Bay High School

7.03

Approve Appointment of Architectural and Construction Management Firms for Continuing Contracts

7.04

Approve Change Order No. Two for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Air Distribution System Renovation of Building One at West Shore Elementary School

 

 

8.00 Administration Division (Larry Sykes, Ed.D.)

8.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

8.02

Approve the Recommendations for Change of Placement of Regular Students – moved up on the agenda

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 Naming of the Multi-Purpose Room at Bryant Elementary

 

 

9.00 Unclassified

9.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

9.02

Approve the Application for Kid’s Community College Charter High School

9.03R

Approve Six-Month Agreement for Technical Services with the Tampa Bay Arts and Education Network (TBAE) to Provide Video Broadcast Services (Chief of Staff)

9.04

Approve Settlement Agreement for Kid’s Community College and Kid’s Community College Middle Charter School

9.05

Approve Contract Renewal and Consolidation of Kid's Community College and Kid's Community College Middle Charter School with a Name Change to Kid's Community College Riverview South

Motion by Vice Chair Stuart, second by Mrs. Harris, to vote on the items pulled from the consent agenda.  Motion carried with Mrs. Snively absent for the vote.

10.00 Information

10.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

10.02

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

10.03

Recognition of Lance N. Becatti, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., for Donations to Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) (Business Division)

10.04

Recognize Hillsborough County Public Schools, Wilder Architecture, Inc. and Batson-Cook Company for a Planning Commission Award for J. Vince Thompson Elementary School

10.05

Recognize J. Vince Thompson Elementary School's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Rating

10.06

Provide Explanation of Form 1095 as Required under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) (Human Resources Division)

Scheduled Hearings on Policies and/or Business Items - None

Other Business and Board Comments

Mrs. Valdes made comments.  Asked how much we spend on PSAT for freshman and sophomore students?  Would students benefit more with the ACT?  Superintendent will gather cost on tests that we provide for students and outline the benefits of certain assessments.

  • Concerned around the imagining of our district. There are still issues around race, ethnicity, language, etc.  She addressed the Chief Diversity Officer and what was to be created.  She provided examples (as examples):
  • Project Prevent staffing – one African American, no Hispanic, the rest Caucasian.
  • Administrators at the district office and schools are told they cannot speak Spanish.
  • She would like for Superintendent Eakins to consider developing a system where anyone who feels they are being mistreated receive a case number to insure that all administrative remedies have been followed before they reach out to a board member.  We will have to look at how we deliver customer service.  Our area superintendents are working with that all day.  There are cases that escalate and Dr. Brinson is working on an intake system with his new staff members.  Mark West in Human Resources deals with grievances and processes.  I want to have issues resolved.  We need to bring clarity with the point person. This will cross over Dr. Brinson and the administrative division.  She does not want a tracking system for each division.  It also has to be in Spanish.  We will continue to think through the process so it is helpful for everyone.
  • Staff works with Mr. Porter and Mr. Gibson to update contracts throughout the district.  There should be a clause of good faith stating the expectation of this board in using OSD businesses.
  • Addressed the principal’s icon on IDEAS that is not being used.

Mrs. Harris

  • Shared her site visits.

Mrs. Kurdell

  • Since we have official offices she has asked Mr. Porter for clarification regarding having offices at home.
Chair Griffin
  • Thanked the Superintendent and staff for providing school board members with offices with a cost of $40,000.  The office furniture was donated
  • Organizational Assignments were emailed to each board member. Can these assignments be dealt with via email?  Mr. Porter said he would work with the chair. The best thing to do is to put it on the next board agenda so there could have general discussion.  Vice Chair said since SERVE no longer exists it should be removed.

Superintendent’s Comments

  • Graduation rates were received and we had a 2.5 increase in our overall graduation rates.  We still have a long way to go.  We have a 76% district rate and our combined high school graduation rate is 83%.
  • Florida Standards Assessment – approved the scale that was proposed by Commissioner Pam Stewart.  He sent an email to parents and teachers as well. 
  • Center for Gifted Students – Boyette Springs Elementary School has been at 50% capacity.  Parents expressed a need for broader services in the gifted area.  This will open a school wide model and there will be CHOICE options.
  • National Mentoring Month – quality mentoring programs improves attendance, academic achievement, and promotes responsible decision making.  Leads to more opportunities.
  • LEAD application submittal date has been extended.
  • Last board meeting we had speakers address the baseball/softball schedule.  Van Ayres outlined the schedule process of the Western Conference.  Comments by Mrs. Valdes, Mr. Porter, Mrs. Stuart, Mr. Robinson, and Ms. Edgecomb

Adjournmentwith no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:19 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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