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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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

January 20, 2015, at 3 p.m., in the School Board Auditorium, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent MaryEllen Elia, 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 Superintendents:  Jeff Eakins and Cathy L. Valdes
Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:
      Academic Support and Federal Programs –Larry Sykes
      Administration – Lewis Brinson
      Business – Gretchen Saunders – absent (Jean Bowman)
      Curriculum and Instruction – Vacant
      Facilities – Chris Farkas
      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 – Erin Kourkounis
      Camera crews from:  Channel 8, 9, 10, 13, and 28

Approximately 300 people were in the audience meeting capacity numbers, including other school district personnel.  Overflow was allowed in as one would exit.

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Withdrawn ItemsB01, 4.05, 8.07, 9.02, and 10.02

Adoption of the Agenda:

Motion by Mrs. Edgecomb, second by Cindy Stuart, to adopt the agenda.  Motion unanimous.  (Withdrawn items were not listed at this time.)

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

Approval of Minutes

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to approve the following:
            December 9, 2014 – Regular Meeting
            December 10, 2014 – Workshop
            December 16, 2014 – Recognition Meeting
            December 18, 2014 – Termination Hearing

Motion unanimously carried.

Board Guidelines

Vice Chair Edgecomb read the guidelines into the record.

Chair S. Valdes moved up recognition 1, 2R, and agenda item 6.09.  Public comment will follow.  Consensus reached to override the allotted 45 minute public comment limit and to allow all speakers to speak until all speakers have been heard.

Motion by Mrs. Griffin, second by Mrs. Stuart, to suspend the rules and hold the comments on 9.03 to two minutes because of the number of speakers.  If people are signed up for multiple items the five minute rule is in effect.  Motion unanimously carried.

Discussion:

  • Clarification of the motion and how the agenda was going to flow.
  • Supports a portion of the motion but would like consideration to move appointments after proclamations and before audience comments.
  • After agenda review arrangements were made to have the candidates and their families arrive after 4 p.m.
  • Once recognitions are done it will allow for more seating in the auditorium.

Moved to Section C – proclamations.

Suspended Agenda (Heard at the end of the meeting.)

01

Suspended Agenda

Jeff Eakins highlighted the suspended agenda.

  • Provided an update on the work of the task force. There is a student input session this Friday at Jefferson High School.  He thanked Mr. Ayers, Principal for coordinating the student session.  Dr. Brinson has been meeting with the Area Leadership Directors and principals.  In the month of February they are planning 230 community meetings where they will review data and then break out into sessions for discussion and input from the community.  Each Area Leadership Director will select a high school to host the event. 

    Comments by Mrs. Snively and Ms. Edgecomb.

 

Teaching and Learning

01

Hillsborough County Public Schools 1:1 Initiative Withdrawn


Proclamations

01

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

Jean Bowman highlighted the recognition.  Mr. Becatti has partnered with the district and one of his projects is the Christmas Card content.  Mr. Becatti acknowledged the students of James, Mango, and Dunbar elementary schools who participated in the contest.  The first place winner received a $500 art certificate for the teacher to purchase art supplies, 2nd place and 3rd place received a $250 art certificate for art supplies.  He gave a challenge to the students of the sixteen participating schools that if they could, through research, give an instance when an invention did not begin with a drawing, they would receive $5,000.

  • Honorable Mention – Christian Freeman, 5th grade student at Mango Elementary School
  • 3rd place – Erryonnah Cottman, 4th grade student at James Elementary School
  • 2nd place – Tiana Bolds, 2nd grade student, Dunbar Elementary School
  • 1st place – Matthew Shirk, 5th grade student, Mango Elementary School.  This card was Mr. Becatti’s family Christmas card.

Comments by Mrs. Kurdell, Superintendent Elia, and Ms. Edgecomb.

02R

Adoption of Proclamation—National School Counseling Week, February 2-6, 2015 (Student Services Division)

This item is on the agenda for approval this date, but was highlighted at the last board meeting.

6.09

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

John Milburn highlighted the item.  He recognized the myON representatives and gave a brief overview of what the district students have accomplished.  This program is nationally recognized.  Comparing Hillsborough County students to New York and Fairfax County public schools, our students are logged in to the program more often.

Comments by Superintendent Elia.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Griffin, to pull item 6.09 for a separate vote.  Motion unanimously carried.

Motion by Mrs. Stuart, second by Mrs. Griffin, to approve the license agreement with Capstone Digital to provide myON Reader to all PreK-8 in item 6.09.  Motion unanimously carried.

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Stuart, to vote to withdraw items B01, A4.05, A8.07, A9.02, from the Consent Agenda and A10.02 from the Information section from the previously approved Adopted Agenda.  Motion unanimously carried.

Speakers to Agenda Items

Chair S. Valdes gave the procedures for audience comments.

Speaker

Item No.

Brian NeSmith

7.04

Deborah Hagelberg

7.04

Linda Tossooniam

G01

Loita Wells

G01

Eddie Adams, Jr.

G01

Michael Fields

Audience Comments

Debra Hosey (Brittney)

Audience Comments

Andrew Joseph, Jr.

Audience Comments

 

Comments:  Mrs. Griffin addressed the family history but not the litigation.

Leticia Ferlita

Audience Comments


Speakers to agenda 9.03

Kathy Hill

Phil Lopez

George Baxter

Sheila Mingo

Jackie McColister

Mark Klutho (9.03 and 7.02)

Carolyn Bricklemyer

Bill Orr (representing 850 HASA members)

Andria Franks

Anne Chatfield

Doris Rogers-Ripoll

Rev. Dr. Russell Meyer (9.03R & 6.33)

Jean Clements

Mark Fernandez

Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins

Gerald Smith

Russell Wallace

Marilyn Williams (9.03R & 6.33)

Clark Gottschalk

Michael Weston

John Bowen

Rachel Walters

David McCraw

Amber Statham

Patricia McCants

Kathleen Shanahan – petition for the record

Karen Clay

Stacy Carlson

Alpheria Lee Wright

Marie Valiente

Jose Colindres (G01 & 9.03R)

Mary Cunningham – representing Elementary Principals Council

Paula Meckley

Corey Felton

William Cook

Bishop Michelle B. Patty

Jack Jarrell

Stanley Tillis

Elizabeth Giles

Martin Garcia

Ben Harris

John Schueler

Reis James

Amber Johansen

Randall King

Edward Johnson

Mike Kell

Susan Parks

Kellie Exarhos (Audience & 9.03)

David Wilson

Dr. Carol Childs

Bob Conigliaro – prepared speck for the record

Randy Toler

Al Davis – Sentinel Bulletin article for the record

Ken Roberts

Willie Jackson

Jerry Nealy

Ruby Shannon

Mike Mezrah

Jennifer Faliero

Carolyn Collins (6.33, 7.04, 8.06, & 9.03R)

Corie Holmes

Casey Cathey

Joe Robinson (9.03R, 8.02, & 8.03)

Jonathan Graham

 

 

 

Agenda Item A9.03 moved up on the agenda and vote taken after discussion.

9.03R

 

 

Termination of Superintendent MaryEllen Elia’s Contract (Board Chair)

Chair S. Valdes explained why she has put this item on the agenda.  Rumors and innuendos circulating have been a major distraction for everyone.  Because of all the tension this had to come to a head.  The only way the board can have these discussions, under the Sunshine law, is to have them publically.  We want full transparency and that is what this item provides.  In her mind this item is about buying out the Superintendent’s contract not firing MaryEllen Elia.  This is a business decision not a personal. 

Prepared statements were read into the record by Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. Stuart, Vice Chair Edgecomb, Mrs. Snively, and Mrs. Harris.  Mrs. Kurdell shared her thoughts. Chair S. Valdes said she is proud of hiring the first woman superintendent, but things changed.  She understands how the new board members feel.

Motion by Mrs. Griffin, second by Mrs. Stuart, to buy out the Superintendent’s contract pursuant to the highlighted portion of paragraph 4 in her contract that reads:  If the contract and any extension is terminated prior to its expiration without just cause, Superintendent shall be entitled to receive all salary, retirement payments, insurance policies, and other benefits provided under the contract due through the unexpired term of the contract.  Further, that the Superintendent’s last day of work will be March 5, 2015, but she will use her unused vacation days until the end of the contract year, June 30, 2015.  Motion carried four to three.  Mrs. Kurdell, Mrs. Snively, and Ms. Edgecomb opposed.

Discussion

  • Doretha Edgecomb asked the school board attorney to talk about the contract and its history, what we are going to be doing, and the implications.
  • Jim Porter said the contract was entered in 2005.  At that time these contracts were not unusual.  In 2011, the legislators put a cap on superintendent’s contracts.  He explained the three ways the contract could be terminated.  The motion before you is to buy out the contract without cause.  He said the numbers before you have been reviewed and discussed with the superintendent.  If the motion passes the board will have to decide what to do with the next superintendent’s contract to conform to state law.  He further explained the impact of the motion.  A "yes” vote means that the contract will be bought out.  A "no” vote would mean that the superintendent’s contract will not be terminated.

Meeting recessed at 7:26 p.m. and reconvened at 7:40 p.m.

Administrative Appointments

01

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Executive Officer, Human Resources Compliance (Human Resources Division)

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Kurdell, to appoint Pansy Houghton, currently Director of Student Planning and Placement, to the Executive Officer, Human Resources Compliance, effective January 26, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

02

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Department Manager, Strategic Marketing (Deputy Superintendent)

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Snively, to appoint Ginain Grayes, currently Marketing Specialist –Team Leader, to the Department Manager, Strategic Marketing, effective February 2, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

03

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Principal of Jack R. Lamb Elementary School (Administration Division)

Motion by Mrs. Kurdell, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Steven L. Sims, currently Principal of Collins Elementary School, to the Principal of Jack R. Lamb Elementary School, effective February 2, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

04

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

Motion by Chair S. Valdes, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Kilsys Garcia, currently Assistant Principal of Morgan Woods Elementary School, to the Principal of Morgan Woods Elementary School, effective February 2, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

05

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

Motion by Mrs. Snively, second by Mrs. Griffin, to appoint Peter Megara, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Barrington Middle School, to the Principal of Monroe Middle School, effective February 2, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

06

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

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Mrs. Griffin, to appoint Cynthia Thro, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Oak Grove Elementary School, to the Principal of Oak Grove Elementary School, effective February 2, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

07

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

Motion by Chair S. Valdes, second by Mrs. Stuart, to appoint Hilda Genco, currently Assistant Principal for Curriculum at Leto High School, to the Principal of Leto High School, effective February 2, 2015.  Motion unanimously carried.

Chair S. Valdes recognized Victor Fernandez who is retiring and thanked him for the work he has done.  She also recognized and thanked Pamela Roberts and Nancy Trathowen for their years of service. 

Mrs. Griffin requested consideration because of the length and difficulty of this meeting to suspend the rest of the agenda and bring it forward on another agenda.

Motion by Mrs. Griffin, second by Mrs. Stuart, to suspend the rest of the agenda and bring place it on another agenda.  Motion withdrawn after discussion.

Discussion:

  • Superintendent Elia said the items pulled were for highlight.  She recommended that these items be voted on tonight.  If there are questions on a specific item they can be discussed.
  • Mrs. Griffin said she would be willing to withdraw her motion but would like to bring 7.04 to another meeting for more discussion.
  • Mrs. Stuart agreed with Mrs. Griffin regarding item 7.04.
  • Superintendent Elia asked for Mr. Farkas to provide clarification if we did not take action on 7.04 this evening.
  • Mr. Farkas expressed his concern in delaying the boundary proposal as it affects student scheduling, programs to be offered, assigning appropriate units, and hiring staff. 
  • Ms. Edgecomb asked if any item was time sensitive.
  • Superintendent Elia expressed concern about delaying item 7.04 by two weeks but if that is the pleasure of the board we will do it.
  • Denney Oest said his major concern is with the Human Resources process and the hiring of teachers.  We also need to determine the units and the program for the students.
  • Mrs. Kurdell confirmed that hiring was moved up too.
  • Mrs. Woodford said the transfer period begins April 21, 2015.
  • Mrs. Kurdell said that board members have had meetings, talked to people, and she has a concern with a delay.
  • Mrs. Griffin withdrew her motion.  However, she asked to have agenda item 7.04 on boundaries be addressed at the next board meeting. 
  • Mrs. Stuart agreed to bring 7.04 to the next meeting.
  • Superintendent Elia asked if the other items would be included in the consent agenda. 

Chair S. Valdes asked the board for consensus to hear 6.33 and 7.04.  We will discuss them now and the other ones we will include in the consent agenda.  She asked Mr. Porter if a motion was needed being as they were pulled from the consent agenda.

Mr. Porter said the board would need to approve everything else but those two like you normally do after discussion. 

Agenda items 6.33 was heard at this time and approved with items pulled from consent agenda.

6.33

Approve the Interlocal Agreement Between the School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida and the Sheriff of Hillsborough County Relating to School Resource Deputies in Elementary Schools (Administration Division)

 

Chief Newman highlighted the item.  Mrs. Stuart asked how many officers are in place with the district through the Sheriff’s Office, not the SROs that the board approved.  We will be at 60 plus deputies.  Their support staff is not part of the agreement that we pay.  The original MOU have it listed by schools.  The ten schools have not been identified.  The ALDs will be working to identify the ten schools the five deputies need to cover.  I can provide you with a list they currently cover.  Mrs. Stuart asked that the information get to them as soon as possible so we will know where the five new officers will end up.  He will get that information from Col. Brown.

Superintendent Elia reminded the board that information is part of our security plan.  When it comes to the board it cannot be shared with anyone.  It is extremely important that information be kept as part of the security plan and not to be shared with anyone in the community for any reason.

Agenda item 7.04 was heard at this time and approved with items pulled from consent agenda.

7.04

Approve High School Attendance Boundary Changes (2015-2016)

 

Lorraine Duffy-Suarez highlighted the item.

Comments by Ms. Edgecomb, Mrs. Griffin, Mrs. Stuart, Chair S. Valdes, and Mrs. Harris.

Recommendations and Reports of Superintendent Requiring Board Approval

(A motion to adopt the consent agenda with pulled items listed was not done.)

Consent agenda:  6.07, 6.09, 6.19, 6.33, 7.02, 7.04, and 9.03

1.00 Curriculum and Instruction Division (Vacant)

1.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

 

 

2.00 Student Services (Wynne Tye)

2.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

2.02

Approve Memorandum of Agreement for Project LINK, Inc. (Local Impact on Neighborhood Kids) for the Provision of Services for the Full Service School Program

 

 

3.00 Academic Support 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 #1032—Instructional

4.02a

Approve Administrative Appointments/Transfers – appointments effective February 2, 2015.

  • Quyen Nguyen, currently Information Services Technology Specialist, to the Senior Technology Analyst, Information Services
  • Cheryl Dafeldecker, currently Principal, Thonotosassa Elementary School, to Principal on Special Assignment, Administrative Call Center
  • Nicole Libby, currently a Teacher at Clark Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Clark Elementary School
  • Joshua Phillips, currently a Teacher, Seminole Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Maniscalco Elementary School
  • Chad Pears, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Freedom High School, to the Assistant Principal Career Centers, Bowers-Whitley Career Center
  • Vicki Kummelman, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs Progress Village Middle Magnet School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Turkey Creek Middle School
  • Deedra Copeland-Taylor, currently Teacher at Burns Middle School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Wilson Middle School
  • Diane Levy, currently a Teacher at Sheehy Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Sheehy Elementary School
  • John Campbell, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Armwood High School, to the Assistant Principal for Administration, East Bay High School
  • Marcos Rodriguez, currently Campus Director, Pepin Academy, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Lennard High School
  • Aundrey Johnson, currently Guidance Counselor, Durant High School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Shields Middle School
  • Babita Artabasy, currently a Teacher at Hillsborough High School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Alonso High School
  • Tracy DiPrima, currently a DRT-Professional Development, to the Coordinator – PREVENT Grant-Student Success Program, Student Services
  • Earnest Woods III, currently Student Success Coach – Liberty Middle School, to the Coordinator-PREVENT Grant – Student Success Program, Student Services

4.03

Approve Personnel List #888—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 Attorney Rate Increases for General and Automobile Liability

4.08

Approve AIG Insurance Group Offer

 

 

5.00 Information and Technology Division (Anna Brown)

5.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed

 

 

6.00 Business Division (Gretchen Saunders)

6.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed

6.02

Accept the Lowest, Responsive, Responsible Bid Submitted by Encore Broadcast Solutions—Invitation to Bid #14115-EST TV Studio Equipment—Purchase, Installation, Repair, and Related Parts (Business Division)

6.03

Approve the Master Software License Agreement Between Hillsborough County Public Schools and Solvit Software, Inc. (Business Division)

6.04

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Compass Learning, Inc. at Forest Hills Elementary School (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

6.05

Approve the Piggyback Between Xerox Corporation and the University of South Florida for Copier Rental Service, Agreement # 072503700 (Administration Division)

6.06

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Computer Mentors Group, Inc. at AMIkids Tampa; Brandon Alternative; Bellamy and Ippolito Elementary; and Shields Middle Schools (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

6.07

Approve the Purchase of Ready Mathematics Practice and Problem Solving Instructional Resources from Curriculum Associates, LLC (Sole-Source Provider) (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

6.08

Approve the Renewal Purchase of Student Licenses from Renaissance Learning, Inc. (Sole-Source Provider) (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

6.09

Approve License Agreement with Capstone Digital to Provide myON Reader to all PreK-8 Students in Hillsborough County Public Schools (Curriculum and Instruction Division) (This item was moved up on the agenda and vote taken after discussion.)

6.10

Approve the Memorandum of Agreement with Polk County Public Schools and the Memorandum of Agreement with the University of South Florida for Services Associated with the Implementation of the Math/Science Partnership Grant Project: Accelerating Maximum Potential in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (Curriculum and Instruction Division)

6.11

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Character "Your Guidance System for Life Success” at ACTS Youth Residential Program; Joshua House; PACE Center for Girls; Miles Elementary; Greco, McLane, and Stewart Middle; Chamberlain and Sickles High Schools (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

6.12

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts to Provide Activities for Students at Lopez and Metropolitan Ministries Partnership Elementary Schools and Everyday Blessings Inc. (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

6.13

Approve the Local Child Care Funds Contract #LCCF SR 01-15, Between Hillsborough County School Readiness Coalition, Inc., D/B/A the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

6.14

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Dale Carnegie Training Tampa Bay at Metropolitan Ministries Partnership School, Hillsborough Girls Academy, and South County Career Center (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

6.15

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Eagle Quest Group, Inc. at A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay Inc.; Mary and Martha House; Brandon Alternative; Mort and Schmidt Elementary; Van Buren Middle; Chamberlain, East Bay, Newsome, and Strawberry Crest High Schools (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

6.16

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with DLD Enterprises at ACTS Youth Residential Program; Columbus Juvenile Residential Facility; Hillsborough Juvenile Detention Center West; Lake Academy; Les Peters Academy; PACE Center for Girls; North Tampa Alternative; Dowdell, Franklin, Madison, and Van Buren Middle; and Freedom High Schools (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

6.17

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA at Turkey Creek Middle and Blake High Schools (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

6.18

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with The Skills Center at ACTS Youth Residential Program; Dorothy Thomas; Jennings, Liberty, and Turkey Creek Middle; Freedom, Hillsborough, and Newsome High Schools (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

6.19

Accept the Proposal from FirstClass Depot—Request for Proposal (RFP) #14029A-DST School Website Design and Hosting Services (Business Division)

6.20

Accept the Highest Ranked Proposals Submitted by Various Vendors—Request For Proposal #14122-HVAC Systems and Repair (Business Division)

6.21

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Cross and Joftus, LLC (Administration Division)

6.22

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with the National SAM Innovation Project (Administration Division)

6.23

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with Hill and Knowlton Strategies (Administration Division)

6.24

Approve the Agreement for Technical Services with the University of South Florida Board of Trustees (Administration Division)

6.25

Approve Purchase of Hearing Technology from Phonak, Inc. (Sole-Source Provider) (Student Services Division)

6.26

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

6.27

Approve Budget Amendments for the Period Ended November 30, 2014 (Business Division)

6.28

Accept the Piggyback of Bid #SV-15-0028-13, Education, Classroom, Miscellaneous Support Furniture, and Related Products and Services Between Virco, Inc. and San Diego Unified School District, California via U.S. Communities for the Purchase of Classroom Furniture (Business Division)

6.29

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

6.30

Approve 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)

6.31

Approve the Rental of Event Rooms and Catering Services from the Sheraton Tampa East Hotel to Facilitate Training of School-Based Administrators and Teachers in the Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching Initiative (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

6.32

Approve Agreement for Technical Services with e-Cubed Creative, Inc. for the Implementation of the Professional Development for Digital Learning Grant (Information and Technology Division)

6.33

Approve the Interlocal Agreement Between the School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida and the Sheriff of Hillsborough County Relating to School Resource Deputies in Elementary Schools (Administration Division)

 

 

7.00 Facilities Division (Chris Farkas)

7.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

7.02

Approve Design Development for Middle School TT

7.03

Approve Acceptance of Project for Roof Replacement at Bing Elementary School

7.04

Approve High School Attendance Boundary Changes (2015-2016) Moved up on the agenda.

 

 

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 Reporting Dates for Personnel for the Opening of Jack R. Lamb Elementary School—August 2015

8.07

Deny the Application for Hillsborough Lighthouse Charter School Withdrawn

 

 

9.00 Unclassified

9.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

9.02

Approve the Administrative Appointment of the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction (Superintendent) Withdrawn

9.03

Termination of Superintendent MaryEllen Elia’s Contract (Board Chair) Moved up on the agenda. (This item was moved up on the agenda and vote taken after discussion.)

Motion by Mrs. Griffin, second by Mrs. Harris, to approve the items pulled from the consent agenda.  Motion unanimously carried. 

Suspended agenda was heard at this time.

10.00 Information

10.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – None

10.02

The Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections Office and Hillsborough County Public Schools Collaboration to Register High School Students to Vote (Curriculum and Instruction Division) Withdrawn

10.03

Monthly Financial Position Reports as of November 30, 2014 (Business Division)

Scheduled Hearings on Policies and/or Business Items - None


Other Business and Board Comments

Chair S. Valdes

  • Said she will address at the next board meeting a suspended agenda for workshop items as was discussed at the last workshop.
  • Thanked Mr. Eakins and Mr. Van Ayers for coordinating a national discussion with a few different schools throughout the nation to discuss the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy at Jefferson High School.

Superintendent’s Comments

Student Achievementbrief update on the LEAD contest, which encourages students to learn about influential African American leaders in our community.  We have more than 1,000 entries.  The contest challenged students to create an example expressing how he or she has been inspired by a local African American Leader. The judging process has begun and next month during Black History Month the winners will be announced. 

Health and Safety We continue to work with our partners to help make our community safe.  That includes two upcoming events that involve our students – the Gasparilla Parade and the Florida State Fair.  Staff has been working closely with law enforcement, the City of Tampa, event organizers, and the Fair Authority to make sure everything is being done to ensure that both events are safe for our students.

Financial ManagementThe Governor released his education budget proposal and he visited Aparicio-Levy Technical College to talk about his proposed budget.  We have very few details as it is early in the process.  There will be a few months of debate before we have anything close to final numbers but are entering this Legislative session with a greater sense of optimism.

Human ResourcesLauri Kirsch, Supervisor of K – 12 Gifted, was recognized by the National Association for Gifted Children as the recipient of the 2014 Gifted Coordinator Award.  She accepted this award at their National Convention in Baltimore.  The award was created to recognize significant contributions to gifted students.  Lauri has made significant contributions and they are recognized around the nation.

Today at Riverview High School we held a Bus Drive Recruitment Fair.  It was a success with more than 125 individuals present and filling out applications.  We think this will help immensely as we address our bus driver shortage.  Plans are in motion for the next Recruitment Fair.

Adjournmentwith no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:54 p.m.  (Audio recording on file.)

 

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