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MINUTES
SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
901 E. Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The School Board of Hillsborough County, Florida, met in workshop session September 1, 2015, at 1 p.m. in the Staff Conference Room, 901 East Kennedy Boulevard, Tampa, with Superintendent Jeff Eakins and Board Members Doretha W. Edgecomb, April Griffin, Carol Kurdell, Sally Harris, Melissa Snively, Cindy Stuart, and Susan Valdes present.  Chair Valdes presided.

School Board Attorney – Jim Porter

Chief of Schools, Administration – Larry Sykes
Chief of Staff – Alberto Vázquez
Deputy Superintendent – Van Ayres

Assistant Superintendents/Division Chiefs:
            Academic Support and Federal Programs – Tracye Brown
            Business – Gretchen Saunders
            Diversity – Lewis Brinson, Ed.D.
            Facilities – Chris Farkas
            Human Resources – Stephanie Woodford
            Student Services – Holly Saia for Wynne Tye     

Senior Administrative Secretary (Recording) – Patti McBride

News Media Representatives:
            Tampa Bay Times – Anastasia Dawson
            Tampa Tribune –  Marlene Sokol                                   

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

Chair Valdes called the workshop to order at 1:03 p.m., commenting that the workshop would begin with continuation of the policy discussion from the morning workshop (September 1, 2015).

Mr. Porter commented that the following three policies for review were submitted by the Board.

  • 6460.2 – Financial Disclosure (New – Business/Human Resources)

There was general discussion to include filing financial disclosure documents for positions of manager and up, which is not required by law and would not be filed with the Supervisor of Elections Office (internal only); cost and management of the documents.

  • 7250 – Commemoration of School Facilities (Revised – Operations/Administration)

Chris Farkas highlighted this policy. There was general discussion to include contributions/background of submitted names, and whether or not schools should be named after living persons.

  • 5310.1 – Direct Contact Communicable Diseases (New – Student Services)

Maria Russ highlighted this policy – discussion included training (blood borne pathogens, etc.).

Board members and staff discussed all policies presented for the day, and additional changes/suggestions were made as needed – these policies will move forward for further discussion/vote at the October 13, 2015, board meeting.  September 22 is the deadline for submittal of policies to Tanly Cabrera for the October 13 board date (advertising and posting for the public); final approval by the Board – December 15, 2015.

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Student Representation on the School Board (Superintendent)

This workshop was held as follow-up discussion to the July 14, 2015, School Board meeting regarding student representation on the School Board.

Superintendent Eakins gave a brief overview of the student representation discussion at the July 14 board meeting, and explained Attachment 1 of the workshop item (options from other school districts).

There was general discussion to include what is the objective of having student representation on the board; using the Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC) to the School Board in a little different capacity, or students serving on CAC to serve as board representatives.  Consider discussing with Melissa Erickson and/or Carolyn Bricklemyer to help develop a plan/get a good cross-section of student participants.  What would the role be for the student representatives, as most of the board meetings are procedural – how could students be engaged.  Would student representatives be included in workshop discussions?    What would be the capacity of the representation? If adopted, Board members discussed not just having the "best/brightest” students, but "potential” dropouts as a voice.  Mr. Ayres could possibly develop/oversee a Superintendent/Board Advisory Council.

Consensus was reached by the Board to have student representation on the School Board.  The Superintendent was asked to bring an information item (based on today’s September 1 conversation) to the September 29, 2015, board meeting for discussion by the Board to decide on a directive (motion).

With no further discussion, the workshop adjourned at 3 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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