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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in workshop session April 5, 2016, at

2 p.m., in the Staff Conference Room, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins and Board Members Doretha W. Edgecomb, April Griffin, Sally Harris, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present.  Chair Griffin presided.

Members Absent:  Carol Kurdell and Melissa Snively

Others present:

 

General Counsel – Jeff Gibson

School Board Attorney – Jim Porter


Chief of Staff – Alberto Vázquez, Ed.D.

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

Deputy Superintendent – Van Ayres

 

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:

            Academic Support and Federal Programs – Tracye Brown

            Business – Gretchen Saunders

            Curriculum and Instruction – Denny Oest

            Government Relations – Connie Milito

            Student Services – Wynne Tye

Communications Manager – Jason Pepe, Ed.D.

External Communications Manager – Tanya Arja

Superintendent’s Secretary (Recording) – Linda Fernandez

 

News Media Representatives:

            Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol

            Tampa Tribune – Anastasia Dawson

                                   

Approximately 21 people were in the audience, including other school district personnel.

Chair Griffin called the workshop to order at 2:03 p.m.

(1)

Generation Gap Information Session (Chief of Staff)

 

 

This workshop was held to provide a better appreciation of how the generation gap affects teaching and learning.  Implication for the workforce and students will be reviewed with the intent of developing strategic recommendations for future activities.

Dr. Alberto Vázquez and Pattie Simmons reviewed a PowerPoint presentation.

Discussion:

  • Knowing attributes and disposition of the different generations can help educators bridge the gap.
  • With technology available to our students we need to look at our educational settings and how students see classrooms.
  • Look at delivery of education and the space we create for our workers to deliver.
  • There is a lot of online education.
  • Universities and colleges also need to address how we prepare teachers.
  • We need to challenge this generation of students and address their different way of learning.
  • How does diversity change the classroom experience for our students and our teachers? 
  • We teach in different environments than the world where we are trying to prepare our kids. 
  • We need to look at socio-economic factors. 
  • Would like to see blending traditional program students into the magnet program classes.
  • Schedule a workshop to look at diversity.

(2)

Fiscal Year 2016/2017 Budget Workshop (Business Division)

 

 

 

This item is before the board to focus on the newly released Florida Education Finance Program (FEFP) fiscal year 2016/2017 Final Conference Report (March 8, 2016).  The review is to cover the base student allocation, student growth, and other mandates from the state legislative session.

Gretchen Saunders thanked Connie Milito for her work in Tallahassee.  She made a presentation on the budget addressing:

  • State and local economy are growing
  • Revenue planning
  • Expenditures
  • Base student allocation - $6.26
  • Student growth projecting 36,000 students across the state.  In Hillsborough County we are looking at 4,088 students.
  • Charter schools
  • Extra hour of instruction
  • Florida Retirement System
  • Digital Classroom
  • Expected to receive 42,594,808 – from that we have to reduce by student and charter growth, extra hour of instruction (5.8 million dollars needed for that mandate), FRS and Digital classrooms that give us the remaining amount of $1.3 million

Superintendent Eakins said as we see the financial picture painted by the state we are looking at a lot of things as we address our finances.  We are working with Gibson Consulting and staff as we develop the budget for next year in developing a very proactive budget picture.  We are looking at the needs of the board, community, employees, and our students as we take a comprehensive look at the budget.

School Board Discussion

With no further discussion, the workshop adjourned at 3:53 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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