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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

 

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in regular session Tuesday, July 19, 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. 

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. - absent 

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:
      Academic Support and Federal Programs –Tracye Brown
      Business – Gretchen Saunders
      Diversity – Lewis Brinson, Ed.D. – absent
      Teaching and Learning – Elizabeth Agresta
      Governmental Relations – Connie Milito
      Human Resources – Stephanie Woodford
      Leadership and Professional Development – Tricia McManus
      Operations – Chris Farkas
      Student Services – Wynne Tye     

Chief Community Relations Officer – T.G. Taylor
External Communications Manager – Tanya Arja
Superintendent’s Secretary (Recording) – Linda Fernandez 

News Media Representatives:
      Tampa Bay Times – Marlene Sokol 

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. 

Withdrawn Items – C4.06 and C6.11

Adoption of the Agenda:

Chair Griffin made a scrivener’s note to agenda item C6.06.  In the executive summary on line 1 should read:  "The Helios Education Foundation awarded $2,736,000 to USF….”

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

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

Approval of Minutes

Motion by Ms. Edgecomb, second by Vice Chair Stuart, to approve the following minutes:

            June 28, 2016 – Special Called Board Meeting
            June 28, 2016 – Regular School Board Meeting
            July 12, 2016 – School Board Workshop
Motion unanimously carried.

Board Guidelines

Vice Chair Stuart read the guidelines into the record.

Speakers to Agenda Items

Vice Chair Stuart read the speakers guidelines into the record.

Speaker Item No.
W. J. Robinson B02, C4.05, C4.05R1, and C6.27
Mark Klutho C4.04, C6.06, C6.24R, Audience Comments
Terry Kemple Audience Comments


Proclamations/Recognitions

01

Adoption of Proclamation - Hillsborough 100 Conservation Challenge (Workforce Connections)

Chris Jargo, Assistant Director, Career and Technical Education, introduced Betty Jo Tompkins addressed the board.

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Vice Chair Stuart, to adopt the Hillsborough 100 Conservation Challenge for April 22 through 30, 2017.  Motion unanimously carried.

Chair Griffin made comments.

Suspended Agenda

01

Suspended Agenda

Jeff Eakins

  • Elevate Schools update.
    1. Thanked HR staff in the hiring practices in place to assist principals in hiring.Focusing on their new strategies that will be implemented this year, such as:
    2. Focusing on their new strategies that will be implemented this year, such as:
    • One school is planning daily morning meetings and a social-emotional learning block each week.
    • Another is bringing GED classes for parents to the campus throughout the year.
    • Offering new clubs to peak student interest and adding to their arts instruction.
    • Engaging their community by partnering in Back to School events and hosting events throughout the year.
  • Recent activities supporting faith-based partnerships:
    • School Leadership training took place July 11 and 20
    • Title I Principal training took place July 13, 2016
    • Faith-Based training review with Board Chair, July 13
      Upcoming trainings:
    • Inform – July 28, 2016
    • Upcoming, Community Volunteer Coordinator (CVC) August.
    • Volunteer application automated process, August 10.

Ms. Edgecomb made comments.  Code of Conduct changes in student handbook.  She would like to see a comprehensive report on what differences have been made.  What is working?  What continues to be a challenge?  Where do we go from here?  Van Ayres is working to gather the end of year data on behavior and academic progress.  The Area Superintendents are meeting with their area to see what has been done, what has been working, and where are we going?

Mrs. Snively asked for a Transportation update as we are beginning school.  What has changed?  What have we implemented?  Mr. Farkas will provide an update at the next board meeting.

Teaching and Learning - None

Administrative Appointments

Today will be the last of my appointments to my cabinet.  He will provide summary after the appointments are made today.

01

Approve the Administrative Appointment of the Principal of Greco Middle School (Chief of Schools)

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Valerie Newton, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Walker Middle School, to the Principal of Greco Middle School, effective July 20, 2016.  Motion unanimously carried.

Moved to 03 and came back to 02 after all other appointments were made.

02

Approve the Administrative Appointment of Chief of Schools (Chief of Staff)

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Harrison Peters, currently School Support Officer, Secondary Office, Houston ISD, Texas, to the Chief of Schools, effective July 20, 2016.  Motion unanimously carried.

03

Approve the Administrative Appointment of the Principal of Bailey Elementary School (Chief of Schools)

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Mrs. Valdes, to appoint Jarrod Haneline, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Bryan Elementary School, to the Principal of Bailey Elementary School, effective July 20, 2016.  Motion unanimously carried.

04

Approve the Administrative Appointment of the Principal of Jackson Elementary School (Chief of Schools)

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Ms. Edgecomb, to appoint Michelle McClellan, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction at Robinson Elementary School, to the Principal of Jackson Elementary School, effective July 20, 2016.  Motion unanimously carried.

05

Approve the Administrative Appointment of the Manager, Planning and Related Services (Business Services Division)

Motion by Mrs. Valdes, second by Mrs. Snively, to appoint Elizabeth M. Tuten, Ed.D., currently Assistant Principal of Curriculum at Sickles High School, to the Manager, Planning and Related Services, effective July 20, 2016.  Motion unanimously carried.

The following appointments (part of agenda item 4.02a) are being highlighted at this time as first time Assistant Principal appointments.

  • Kelly Simmons, currently ESE Specialist, Newsome High School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Newsome High School, effective July 20, 2016
  • Nicole Conte, currently Teacher, Steinbrenner High School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Tampa Bay Technical High School, effective July 20, 2016
  • Jenna Lamour, currently a Teacher, Freedom High School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Freedom High School, effective July 20, 2016
  • Brittney Wilhelm, currently a Resource Teacher, Shields Middle School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Lennard High School, effective July 20, 2016
  • Kelinda Lockett, currently Lead Teacher, Sligh Middle Magnet School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Sligh Middle Magnet School, effective July 20, 2016
  • Andy Alwood, currently Teacher, Benito Middle School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Benito Middle School , effective July 20, 2016
  • Cheryl Fernandez, currently Teacher, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Giunta Middle School, effective August 1, 2016
  • Rita Ann Irving, currently Resource Teacher, Folsom Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary instruction at Dickenson Elementary School, effective July 20, 2016
  • Michelle Perez, currently Teacher, Sullivan Partnership Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary School, effective July 20, 2016
  • Jason Philpot, currently District Resource Teacher, Area I, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Dorothy Thomas School, effective July 20, 2016

Superintendent Eakins said on the 4.02a item, Dr. Sykes will begin his new position as Assistant Superintendent of Outreach and School Improvement.  He explained his process on the reorganization of his cabinet to meet the needs of schools and communities. 

  • 13 people new to the system.
  • All Area Superintendents have new areas.
  • Brought in people from out of the county to serve on the cabinet.  However, in a time of transition we have to bring in people who understand the needs and a fresh prospective.
  • 7 new people serving on my staff
  • The national search process was a challenge.  He received comments for example:  you are targeting employees
  • This has been cost neutral process.  We have also cut three cabinet positions.  There have been cuts on administrators on special assignment, and a few general director positions.
  • He outlined the expectations from his Area Superintendents.
  • Clear and intentional plan for great leadership practice looks like.
  • Clear accountability and to have a clear impact on kids.  Every day that we serve will be about the kids.
  • Strategic Plan is the driving course for success.  Change is not easy.  Commended the people who have stepped up to take these roles and thanked the Board.
  • Respectful, handling situations where you do not undermine authority, in a manner that addresses out kids.

Discussion:

  • This is a time for celebration and a time of concern for some people.
  • District culture change is felt. 
  • We have to own issues and fix them and move on. 
  • The Board may have agreed and disagreed on some decisions but the end decision was made by the Superintendent. 
  • We have to take ownership of our roles as we move forward to help our Superintendent be successful so our students and staff can be successful.
  • Congratulated the Superintendent for what we have accomplished so far and thanked Superintendent’s Staff for their support.
  • The three "Ps” - Possibilities, potential, and promise are the three p’s the Superintendent has been sharing over the last few days as he meets with new teachers, staff, etc.
  • Need to let go of the past, move forward, and not look back. 

Recommendations and Reports of Superintendent Requiring Board Approval

Motion by Mrs. Harris, second by Vice Chair Stuart, to vote on the consent agenda with the following items pulled for discussion.  These items will be voted on all together at the end of discussion.

     Consent Agenda:  C4.05R2, C6.04, C6.05, C6.18, C6.20, C6.24, C6.25, C7.01A, C7.04R, C7.05, and C8.04
     Information Items:  C12.02

Motion carried with Mrs. Kurdell away from the dais for the vote.

6.20

Accept the Reply Submitted by Humana Medical Plan, Inc. – Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) #15130A-DST Group Health Plan Services (Business Services Division)

Tracye Schatzberg, General Manager highlighted the item at the request of Vice Chair Stuart, Mrs. Valdes, and Ms. Edgecomb.  She introduced the Insurance Committee and the Humana representatives who were present.  There will be no cost increases for employees.  She announced that Westshore Elementary, Walker Middle School, and Strawberry Crest have the highest percentage rates in the vitality program. 

Discussion:

  • Thanked Maria Quintana for her support for our building employees.
  • Asked for an update on the proposed Humana merger.  The Department of Justice is researching the merger and have not yet finalized a decision. 
  • Can we promote these three schools at the Joint Principals/Supervisors’ meeting?  Yes
  • How does absenteeism effect the workforce?

8.03

Approve Contract Renewal for Community Charter School of Excellence

Jenna Hodgens highlighted the item.  Community Charter School of Excellence began with a management company.  They are now operating on their own and showing progress.  They have improved academics and school culture.  She introduced the Principal and Board Members.  Principal Matthew Torano addressed the board.

Comments by Vice Chair Stuart, Ms. Edgecomb, and Mrs. Snively. 

Motion by Mrs. Snively, second by Mrs. Harris, to vote on the item at this time.  Motion carried with Ms. Edgecomb away from the dais for the vote.

Motion by Mrs. Snively, second by Mrs. Stuart, to approve the Superintendent’s recommendation for renewal.  Motion carried, six to one with Mrs. Kurdell opposed.

 

1.00 Curriculum and Instruction Division (Elizabeth Agresta)

1.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed - none

 

 

2.00 Student Services (Wynne Tye)

2.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed - none

 

 

3.00 Academic Support and Federal Programs Division (Tracye Brown)

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 #1062 - Instructional

4.02a

Approve Administrative Appointments/Transfers – All appointments effective July 20, 2016 unless otherwise noted.

  • Larry Sykes, Ed.D., currently Chief of Schools, to the Assistant Superintendent of Outreach and School Improvement, Superintendent’s Cabinet
  • AnnMarie Courtney, currently Principal, Aparicio-Levy Technical College to Principal on Assignment, Workforce and Continuing Education, effective August 1, 2016
  • James Goode, currently Principal, Learey Technical College to the Principal of Aparicio-Levy Technical College, effective August 1, 2016
  • Andrea Kenney, currently School Social Worker, Marshall Middle School, to the Coordinator, School Social Work Services, Velasco Services, effective August 1, 2016
  • Michael Kelleher, currently School Psychologist, Psychological Services, to the Coordinator, Psychological/Diagnostic Services, Velasco Services, effective August 1, 2016
  • Elizabeth Cardenas, currently School Psychologist, RtI, Area VII, to the Coordinator for Implementation, School Climate Transformation Grant, Velasco Student Services, effective August 1, 2016
  • Michael McManus, currently Manager, Planning and Related Services, to the Senior Instructional Technology Analyst, Information Services
  • Pamela Coleman, currently Field Operations Supervisor, Transportation to the Transportation Operations Manager, Transportation, effective August 1, 2016
  • Christian Finch, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Brandon High School, to the Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Blake High Magnet School, effective August 1, 2016
  • Donna Brooks, currently Assistant Principal Adult Technical, Erwin Technical College to the Assistant Principal Adult Technical, Aparicio-Levy Technical College
  • Kysha Herald, currently Assistant Principal for Curriculum, Hillsborough High School to the Assistant Principal Adult Technical at Erwin Technical College, effective August 1, 2016
  • Kelly Simmons, currently ESE Specialist, Newsome High School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Newsome High School
  • Nicole Conte, currently Teacher, Steinbrenner High School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Tampa Bay Technical High School
  • Jenna Lamour, currently a Teacher, Freedom High School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Freedom High School
  • Brittney Wilhelm, currently a Resource Teacher, Shields Middle School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Lennard High School
  • Reginald Mathis, currently Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Madison Middle School to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Sulphur Springs K-8 School
  • Kelinda Lockett, currently Lead Teacher, Sligh Middle Magnet School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Sligh Middle Magnet School
  • Andy Alwood, currently Teacher, Benito Middle School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Benito Middle School
  • Cheryl Fernandez, currently Teacher, Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs, Giunta Middle School, effective August 1, 2016
  • Rita Ann Irving, currently Resource Teacher, Folsom Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary instruction at Dickenson Elementary School
  • Kevin McDonald, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Lomax Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction Shore Elementary Magnet School
  • Michelle Perez, currently Teacher, Sullivan Partnership Elementary School, to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary School
  • Jason Philpot, currently District Resource Teacher, Area I, to the Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Dorothy Thomas School
  • Orestes Mendez, currently Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Jackson Elementary School to the Assistant Principal for Elementary Instruction, Lee Magnet Elementary School

4.03

Approve Personnel List #918 - Instructional Support

4.04

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

4.05R1

Approve Disciplinary Action - Instructional – Revised

Mrs. Valdes expressed her concerned about this list, the amount of teachers on this list, and the number of Hispanic Teachers and potential leaders in our district.  This is a critical need in our district.  What are we doing to assist these individuals to get their certification?  Mrs. Woodford said it is a General Knowledge Test that presents the problem.  The state suggests completion of the qualification in a one year period and our district allows two years.  We offer tutoring and support.  The test can be taken monthly at a cost and we have offered financial assistance. 

4.06

Approve Disciplinary Action - Instructional Support Withdrawn

 

 

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 - none

6.02

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

6.03

Approve Addendum 3 of the Contract from Cayen Systems for Cayen Afterschool 201 Perpetual Licenses to be Utilized by Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Out-Of-School Time (HOST) Program (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

6.04R

Approve Subagreement Between the University of South Florida (USF) for the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences and Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) Early Childhood Learning (Academic Support and Federal Programs Division)

Ms. Edgecomb made comments.  Her comments were not about the agreement but about Early Childhood in general. 

  • What are our Pre-School experiences? 
  • What partnerships do we have to support them? 
  • What does our Kindergarten experience look like as well?  Superintendent suggested a Teaching and Learning.  She would like a teaching and learning but would like a hard copy of information as well.  Ms. Harris said that Kelly Parris and Tracye Brown are working on this data.

6.05

Approve the Purchase of Amsco's Preparing for the American College Test (ACT) English, Reading & Writing and Preparing for the New Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT):  Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Student Edition from Perfection Learning (Office of Teaching and Learning)

Lory Reddel, Supervisor, Secondary Reading, highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Valdes.  Mrs. Valdes, Vice Chair Stuart, and Ms. Edgecomb made comments.

6.06

Approve Subagreement #1777-1098-00-C with the University of South Florida (USF) for the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) Middle School Residency Program for the 2016/2017 School Year (Office of Teaching and Learning)

6.07

Approve the Renewal of the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) College Readiness System Support Agreement (Office of Teaching and Learning)

6.08

Approve the Recommended Titles as Adopted Instructional Materials for Art, Physical Education, and World Languages (Office of Teaching and Learning)

6.09

Accept the Proposal from FOCUS School Software, LLC - Request for Proposal (RFP) #16029-DST Bulk Student Scheduler and Approve the Master License Agreement #HCPS001PS (Business Services Division)

6.10

Approve the Piggyback of the Agreement Between M & B Products, Inc. and the School Board of Pinellas County (SBPC), Florida, Invitation to Bid (ITB) #15-962-145 and ITB Renewal #16-962-124-RN Delivery Service, Food (Business Services Division)

6.11

Accept the Lowest Responsive, Responsible Bids Submitted by Various Vendors - Invitation to Bid (ITB) #16037-MST Flooring, Carpet, Vinyl, and Related Services (Business Services Division) Withdrawn

6.12

Approve Amendment to the SchoolCity, Inc. Contract and Software License Agreement for Additional GradeCam Scanning Software Licenses (Business Services Division)

6.13

Accept the Lowest Responsive, Responsible Bids Submitted by Multiple Vendors - Invitation to Bid (ITB) #16066-MST Bathroom Partition Parts (Business Services Division)

6.14

Accept the Lowest Responsive, Responsible Bids Submitted by Various Vendors – Invitation to Bid (ITB) #16048-DST CCTV-LAN Cabling Services (Business Services Division)

6.15

Accept the Lowest Responsive, Responsible Bid Submitted by QVS, Inc. – Invitation to Bid (ITB) #16047-DST Food Service Sanitation Program (Business Services Division)

6.16

Approve the Piggyback of the Agreement Between Various Vendors and the State of Florida Contract #25100000-16-1 Motor Vehicles (Business Services Division)

6.17

Accept the Lowest Responsive, Responsible Bid Submitted by American Medical Response – Invitation to Bid (ITB) #16058-DST Ambulance and Emergency Medical Services (Business Services Division)

6.18

Approve the Contract with Education Logistics, Inc. (Edulog) for Automatic Vehicle Locator Services (Business Services Division)

Jim Beekman, General Manager highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Valdes.

6.19

Accept the Highest-Ranked Proposals Submitted by Various Vendors - Request For Proposal (RFP) #16038-MST Water Treatment Services (Business Services Division)

6.20

Accept the Reply Submitted by Humana Medical Plan, Inc. – Invitation to Negotiate (ITN) #15130A-DST Group Health Plan Services (Business Services Division)

Moved up on the agenda and discussed.

6.21

Accept the Lowest Responsive, Responsible Bid Submitted by Mission Critical Systems, Inc. - Invitation to Bid (ITB) #16069-DST Fortinet Forticare (Business Services Division)

6.22

Approve Memorandum of Agreement for The Able Trust 2016/2017 Academic School Year (Workforce Connections)

6.23

Approve the Piggyback of the Agreement Between Various Vendors and the Florida Sheriffs Association Bid #15-23-0904 Police Rated, Administrative, Utility Vehicles, Trucks & Vans (Business Services Division)

6.24R

Approve the Advertisement Framework for the 2016/2017 Fiscal Year Proposed Millage Rates, Tentative Budget, Notice of Budget Hearing/Proposed Tax Increase, and Notice of Tax for School Capital Outlay; and Allow Staff to Make Modifications as Updated Information is Received from Tallahassee (Business Services Division)

Gretchen Saunders highlighted the item at the request of Vice Chair Stuart. 

6.25

Approve Agreement with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) to Continue the Aerospace Career Academy with Dual-Enrollment Courses at Robinson High School (Workforce Connections)

Chris Jargo, Assistant Director, Career and Technical Education, highlighted the proclamation.  Comments by Chair Griffin and Mrs. Kurdell.

6.26

Approve Increase in Expenditure for Microsoft Azure Cloud Services from Dell Marketing L.P.(Business Services Division)

6.27

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

6.28

Approve the Annual Agreement of Understanding with the Community Based Training (CBT) Sites for Students with Disabilities [Accentia Health and Rehab Center of Tampa Bay and Palm Garden of Tampa] for 2016/2017 (Student Services Division)

6.29

Approve Contract with Drug Abuse Comprehensive Coordinating Office, Inc. (DACCO) (Student Services Division)

6.30

Approve the Agreements of Understanding with the Community Based Training (CBT) Sites for Students with Disabilities [Weinberg Village Assisted Living Residences and Stone Ledge Manor] for 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 (Student Services Division)

6.31

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

6.32

Approve Agreement with the City of Tampa for the 2016/2017 School Resource Officer Program (Chief of Staff)

 

 

7.00 Operations Division (Chris Farkas)

7.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed - none

7.01A

 

Approve the Revised Bell Schedules for the 2016-2017 School Year.

Jim Beekman, General Manager, Transportation highlighted the item at the request of Mrs. Valdez.  This schedule is reflective on the ERT Schools.  Comments by Ms. Edgecomb and Mrs. Valdes. 

Discussion:

  • Is there flexibility in the one hour state mandate?  Connie Milito said we have been working with other districts regarding the additional hour of reading.  We are seeing across the state different types of schools falling in the plan.  In Tallahassee we have to talk to our delegation on putting a plan in place that would work best for the kids.
  • Have you looked at a set schedule for all schools to begin at one time?  It would require an additional 2,000 busses and drivers.  We need to think about outsourcing to our small businesses.
  • Asked for clarity that this is a 30 minute time change not an hour.  We already had a 60 minute extension at the elementary level and have made adjustment in the programs offered.
  • Schools who were on the extended day last year or are not impacted by buses can have their start time adjusted.

7.02

Approve Developers Agreement for Donation of Public Water Distribution Facilities to the City of Tampa at Edison Elementary School

7.03

Approve Proposed Attendance Boundary Changes for Sessums and Boyette Springs Elementary Schools

Lorraine Duffy-Suarez, highlighted items 7.04 and 7.05 together, at the request of Vice Chair Stuart and Ms. Edgecomb.

7.04R

Approve the Tentative 2016-17 Facilities Five Year Work Plan

7.05

Approve the 2016-17 PECO and Millage Projects

 

Comments by Mrs. Kurdell and Mrs. Valdes. 

Suggested:

  • Connie Milito work on getting our PECO dollars back and not have the funds go to charter schools.
  • Can capacity be shifted to fill empty seats?
  • Need to plan for the influx of student expected to come into the district.

 

 

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

8.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed - if any

8.02

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

8.03

Approve Contract Renewal for Community Charter School of Excellence.  Item moved up on the agenda.

8.04

Approve the 2016/2017 Student Handbook

Tanly Cabrera, Director, Administration highlighted the procedure at the request of Mrs. Valdes and Ms. Edgecomb.  Comments by Vice Chair Stuart, Ms. Edgecomb, and Mrs. Snively.

  • Vice Chair Stuart expressed concerns about the handbook.  There is a section on student behavior that is very different and asked how it will be communicated to staff and parents.  Tricia McManus, Shayla McCray, and Sharon Morris will be conducting trainings for assistant principals.
  • Has there been thoughts of unconventional ways to receive the communication?

 

 

9.00 Community Relations (T.G. Taylor)

9.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – none

 

 

10.00 Office of Diversity (Lewis Brinson, Ed.D.)

10.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – if any

 

 

11.00 Unclassified

11.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – if any

11.02

Approve Selection of Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) School Board Legislative Committee Representative and Alternate (Chief of Staff)

11.03

Approve Workforce Education Fee Schedule for Adult Student Tuition, Financial Aid, Capital Improvement, and Technology for Postsecondary Technical and Adult Education Programs, 2016/2017

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

 

 

12.00

Information Items

12.01

Request for Authorization to Proceed – if any

12.02

Evaluation Feedback for the Superintendent

Scheduled Hearings on Policies and/or Business Items - None

Other Business and Board Comments

Comments by Mrs. Kurdell, Mrs. Valdes, Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Snively, Ms. Edgecomb, Chair Griffin, and Vice Chair Stuart.

  • Celebrated the high schools who have over 90% graduation rate.
  • Celebrated Mr. Beekman for the tremendous strides he has made in the Transportation Department.
  • Vehicles that are being purchased that run on propane.  Do a study of changing our vehicle fleet to propane.
  • Mrs. Harris shared her summer slide show.
  • Commended the volunteers and Robin DeVault, PTA.
  • Our next board meeting is the last meeting before school starts and we may boy scouts attending who are working to earn their merit badge. 
  • Commended the Superintendent for the changes he has made to benefit the students.  There is a change in culture and working towards little bureaucracy.
  • Ms. Edgecomb, attended the Assistant Principals’ conference.  She thanked the APs for recognizing her and Mrs. Kurdell for their years of service.
  • Wished good travels to the Men of Vision Group who left for Tennessee with Mr. Ross Anderson to work with special needs kids. 
  • Summer Leadership Conference hosted by Melissa Erickson.  Students were discussing many great ideas. 
  • Congratulated Florida PTA, Sherri Frick, Principal from Mabry Elementary and Jonathan Grantham, Principal, Turner/Bartels were recognized an outstanding principals.
  • Chair Griffin addressed the emails regarding graduation schedules.  Recommendations made by the committee was to have graduations at two separate venues.  The Board needs to have a discussion before a recommendation is made.  Chair Griffin will look at the calendar to have a workshop to discuss graduations.  Dr. Vázquez asked for feedback and questions so staff can prepare for the workshop to discuss the rationale behind the decision to move to two venues.
  • Vice Chair Stuart would like to have a board discussion before a decision is made.
  • Back to school fairs have begun.  There is a list on our website.
  • Agenda item 6.05 is an outstanding example on the financial information– WOW!  great example.

Superintendent’s Comments

Grades Released – He thanked all of our teachers, administrators, and support staff for all of their hard work.  The state recently released School Grade Calculations based on the Florida Standard Assessments in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry End-of Course.  This year is the base line for the grading system.

A – Schools -      51
B – Schools        43
C – Schools       103
D - Schools         43

F – Schools          9

Gains have been calculated differently.  You have to make significant gains within the level to make a difference in their school grades.  Nine schools improved their grade form a "D” to a "C” – 14 fewer schools were graded "F” this year.  Six of our schools improved their grade from an "F” to a "C.”  Our teachers, leaders, and support staff know that there is much more work to do to ensure success for our students as we prepare them for life.

Human Resources – as of today we have hired 850 teachers for the 2016/17 school year.  There are still vacancies to fill and we have approximately 300 classroom vacancies interviewing for our site.

We are still hiring bus drivers we need about 100 more drivers.

New Teacher Orientation – took place.

National Hispanic Institute -

Adjournment – with no further business the meeting was adjourned at 6:28 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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