Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from September 1, 2015

>>Susan Valdes: GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. THE SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MEETING IS NOW -- HAS NOW COME TO ORDER. IF YOU WOULD PLEASE JOIN MEMBER EDGECOMB AND US IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOLLOWED BY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. MEMBER EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. WILL YOU PLEASE STAND. IN YOUR MOMENT OF SILENCE TODAY, EVEN THOUGH THIS IS A RECOGNITION MEETING, IT IS THE PERFECT TIME TO RECOGNIZE ALL OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN SO INSTRUMENTAL IN OUR HAVING A WONDERFUL SAFE OPENING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. SO IN YOUR THOUGHTS, PLEASE CONSIDER ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES, OUR FAMILIES AND OUR STUDENTS. [MOMENT OF SILENCE] THANK YOU. PLEASE JOIN ME IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. YOU MAY BE SEATED.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MEMBER EDGECOMB. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT. MEMBER EDGECOMB, IF YOU WOULD, PLEASE READ OUR GUIDELINES TODAY.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. FIRST AND FOREMOST, PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. AT THIS RECOGNITION MEETING, WE WILL RECOGNIZE STUDENTS, TEACHERS, SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY PARTNERS, BUT WE WILL NOT BE APPROVING ITEMS OF BUSINESS. THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON THE LIVE WEBCAST, ON TELEVISION ON THE TAMPA BAY ARTS AND EDUCATION STATION, AND ON A VIDEO MONITOR HERE IN THE AUDITORIUM. IT CAN ALSO BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING LATER IN THE VIDEO ARCHIVES. DURING THE MEETING, THERE IS A TABLET THAT CAN BE USED TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING. THE TABLET IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST AT THE COMMUNICATIONS DESK. IF AT ANY TIME DURING THE MEETING BOARD MEMBERS LEAVE THE DAIS TO GO TO THE BACK ROOM, WE ARE STILL ENGAGED IN THIS MEETING. WE HAVE AUDIO SPEAKERS IN THE BACK, AND WE ARE ABLE TO HEAR EVERYTHING THAT IS BEING SAID AT THE MEETING. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT STAFF HAS WORKED HARD TO KEEP A TIGHT SCHEDULE SO THIS MEETING FLOWS SMOOTHLY AND CONCLUDES TIMELY. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE KEEP OUR COMMENTS BRIEF. THIS MEETING WILL ADJOURN AFTER THE LAST RECOGNITION. IF ANY OF YOU ARE HERE TONIGHT AND WANT TO TAKE PICTURES OF STUDENTS AND OTHERS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COME UP BEHIND THE BOARD MEMBERS AND FEEL FREE TO TAKE ANY PHOTOGRAPHS YOU WISH. YOU CAN USE THE ENTRANCE TO MY LEFT BY THE COMMUNICATIONS STAFF. THANK YOU.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MEMBER EDGECOMB. BOARD MEMBERS, JUST FOR HOUSE KEEPING, AGENDA ITEM NUMBER 18 IS BEING MOVED UP TO FOLLOW AGENDA ITEM NUMBER 10. MOVING ON WITH TODAY'S AGENDA, I'D INTRODUCE DR. PHIL JONES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION. HE WILL RECOGNIZE THREE ORGANIZATIONS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF EDUCATION. GOOD AFTERNOON, DR. JONES, AND WELCOME.

>> MADAM CHAIRMAN AND DISTINGUISHED MEMBERS OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD, OUR SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF AND ALL YOU SUPPORTERS OF PUBLIC EDUCATION THAT ARE SITTING HERE TODAY. THE MISSION OF THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION IS TO CONNECT COMMUNITY RESOURCES TO SUPPORT PUBLIC EDUCATION IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, OUR STUDENTS AND OUR TEACHERS AND OUR ENTIRE SCHOOL SYSTEM. IT GIVES ME GREAT PLEASURE AT EACH ONE OF THESE RECOGNITION MEETINGS TO RECOGNIZE THREE OF OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS. WITHOUT THEM, WE COULDN'T DO ALL THE THINGS THAT WE DO IN SUPPORT OF PUBLIC EDUCATION. I'M EXCITED TO SAY THAT OVER THIS PAST YEAR WE PASSED THE $100 MILLION MARK IN SUPPORT OF PUBLIC EDUCATION THROUGH THE FOUNDATION. I THINK WE'RE NOW AT 105 MILLION. IT'S JUST AN EXCITING THING TO SEE OUR COMMUNITY SUPPORT OUR GREAT SCHOOL DISTRICT. OUR FIRST RECIPIENT OF THIS RECOGNITION TODAY IS WILDER ARCHITECTURE. WILDER ARCHITECTURE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF LARRY WILDER HAS HOSTED THE HOOKED ON EDUCATION FISHING TOURNAMENT FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. IT'S A GREAT TIME OF FELLOWSHIP, RALLYING THE SUPPORT OF DONORS AND SPONSOR FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION. IT'S BEEN FORMED YEARS AGO TO FORM SCHOLARSHIPS IN MEMORY OF ALEX ANSTON AND THE OVERALL MISSION OF THE ORGANIZATION. THE FISHING TOURNAMENT HAS RAISED ALMOST $500,000 IN ITS HISTORY. LARRY THAT I'M GOING TO RECOGNIZE IN A MINUTE, IS RECOGNIZED FOR THE FANTASTIC JOB END ON THE RESTORATION AND THE REMODEL AS THE ARCHITECT OF THE HISTORIC HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. THE WORK HE DID THERE, EVERYBODY MARVELS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. THE CAMPUS LOOKS LIKE A COLLEGE UNIVERSITY AS OPPOSED TO JUST A HIGH SCHOOL. WE ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE KIM HEADLAND WHO IS SITTING IN THE AUDIENCE. SHE IS SHY. WITHOUT HER, THE RIGHT-HAND PERSON TO HELP IN THE LOGISTICS OF THE EVENT, WE COULDN'T DO IT. SPECIAL THANKS GOES TO THE LARGE COMMITTEE THAT LARRY HAS THAT ORGANIZES THE EVENT EACH YEAR. LARRY IS A GREAT ARCHITECT. A PRETTY GOOD FISHERMAN, AND A SUPPORTER OF PUBLIC EDUCATION FOR MANY, MANY YEARS HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. LARRY, IF I CAN GET YOU TO COME FORWARD. [ APPLAUSE ] THE AWARD IS TO WILD ARCHITECTURE FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND COMMITMENT TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THEIR TEACHERS.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE RECOGNITION. IT'S VERY NICE. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE BOARD AND YOUR STAFF FOR HAVING CONFIDENCE IN WILDER ARCHITECTURE OVER THE YEARS TO DESIGN SCHOOLS. I ALWAYS SAID MY TOMBSTONE WOULD SAY "HE DID HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL." THAT'S NOT TRUE. I JUST FIXED IT. CONVINCE THOMPSON, FIRST LEED SCHOOL. WILDER ARCHITECTURE HAS A COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY SUPPORT. AND MOST OF IT INVOLVES EDUCATION, ART, AND CHILDREN. SO, CERTAINLY AN HONOR TO BE HERE RECOGNIZED FOR THAT. WE DO SOME PRO BONO WORK FOR THE FAIRGROUNDS FOR THE LEARNING LEARNER. WE ALSO DO PRO BONO FOR CHURCH. IT'S USUALLY FOR KIDS AND GOD THAT WE DO OUR COMMUNITY SERVICE. WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THAT AND ALSO PROUD OF DOING THIS. I THINK I'M A GREAT ARCHITECT AND A GREAT FISHERMAN. [ LAUGHTER ] I LIKE TO RECOGNIZE KIM. SHE DOES A LOT OF HEAVY LIFTING FOR THE TOURNAMENT. AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Susan Valdes: LARRY BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE PODIUM, LARRY, MR. WILDER, AND HE'S ALSO, I HAVE TO SAY THIS, HE'S ALSO A FELLOW FALCON, CLASS OF '72, WHEN WE OFFERED DRAFTING, HE TOOK THOSE CLASSES AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL, AND LOOK WHAT WE HAVE CREATED IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT.

>> 1972. THANKS FOR THE FIVE YEARS.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, FELLOW FALCON.

>> OUR SECOND COMMUNITY PARTNER THAT WE'RE VERY HAPPY TO RECOGNIZE IS BANK OF AMERICA. THEY HAVE BEEN A LONG-STANDING PARTNER WITH HEF THROUGH MANY, MANY DIFFERENT PROGRAMS THAT THEY HAVE SUPPORTED. IN PARTICULAR, THIS PAST YEAR, BANK OF AMERICA MADE A SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL COMMITMENT TO SUPPORT THE INAUGURAL YEAR OF OUR INTERNSHIP FAIR AND INTERNSHIPS THAT WE DID THIS SUMMER. OVER 30 STUDENTS OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM WERE GIVEN PAID INTERNSHIPS IN A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT BUSINESSES AND NONPROFITS. THE NONPROFIT PART IS WHERE BANK OF AMERICA CAME IN. THEY PROVIDED THE FUNDS TO PAY THE STUDENTS DURING THE SUMMER IN 13 DIFFERENT NONPROFITS. I COULD TELL YOU THE GET-TOGETHER AFTERWARDS WITH THE BUSINESSES AND NONPROFITS, WITH THE STUDENTS, IT WAS A GREAT THING TO HEAR, THE LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES THESE JOBS HAD ON THE LIVES OF THESE STUDENTS. BANK OF AMERICA ALSO DOES A LOT IN THE AREA OF VOLUNTEERING. THEY HELP US IN OUR TEACHING TOOL STORE WITH LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF VOLUNTEER WORK. WITHOUT THEM, WE COULD NOT HAVE HAD THE TEACHING EXCELLENCE LECTURE SERIES. THEY WERE AN ORIGINAL SPONSOR FOR THE FIRST THREE YEARS. THAT'S JUST A FEW OF THE THINGS BANK OF AMERICA DOES IN SUPPORT OF OUR STUDENTS AND OUR TEACHERS HERE IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. BILL GOEDE, THE MARKET PRESIDENT OF TAMPA BAY, WILL COME UP FOR THIS PRESENTATION. BILL? [ APPLAUSE ] BANK OF AMERICA, FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND COMMITMENT TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. BILL, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING?

>> AGAIN, APPRECIATE THE RECOGNITION. THIS KIND OF BUILDS UPON A PROGRAM WE'VE HAD 11 YEARS, OUR STUDENT LEADER PROGRAM. EVERY YEAR WE HAVE STUDENTS WHO ARE SELECTED BY A SELECTION COMMITTEE, AND WE PUT THEM THROUGH AN INTERNSHIP OVER THE SUMMER. WHEN PHIL TALKED TO US ABOUT THIS IDEA AND PROGRAM, IT WAS A GREAT WAY TO CONTINUE THE LONG-STANDING PARTNERSHIP WE'VE HAD WITH THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION TO REALLY SUPPORT THE NONPROFITS IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT DO GREAT WORK DAY IN AND DAY OUT. BUT THE THIRD PIECE AND MAYBE THE MOST IMPORTANT IS TO REINVEST IN THOSE FUTURE LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND THOSE ARE THE STUDENTS WHO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE WHAT IT'S LIKE TO GET A TASTE OF THE REAL WORLD, HELP THE NOT FOR PROFITS AND CONTINUE A GREAT THING BECAUSE THAT IS OUR FUTURE AND REINVESTING IN THAT PIECE AND INVESTING IN THAT PART IS A WIN-WIN FOR ALL AROUND. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE HONOR. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> OUR THIRD COMMUNITY PARTNER THAT WE'RE HONORED TO RECOGNIZE IS TAMPA KIWANIS. THE KIWANIS IS KNOWN THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES AND WORLD FOR ALL THE PHILANTHROPIC COMMUNITY SUPPORT EFFORTS THAT THEY DO. HERE IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA, THERE'S NO EXCEPTION. THE TAMPA KIWANIS WITH DR. SHAWN ROBINSON, THIS YEAR'S PRESIDENT OF THE TAMPA KIWANIS FOUNDATION HAS DONE A LOT IN SUPPORT OF MANY OF OUR PROGRAMS AT HEF. EACH YEAR, THE TAMPA KIWANIS CONTRIBUTES SIGNIFICANT DOLLARS TO THE HEF SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM SO MANY OF OUR KIDS GRADUATED FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVED SCHOLARSHIPS VIA THE GENEROSITY OF THE KIWANIS CLUB. WE APPRECIATE THE LEADERSHIP OF TAMPA KIWANIS AND WANT TO GIVE THANKS TO THE SECRETARY OF THE TAMPA KIWANIS, THE TEACHING TOOLS COMMITTEE MEMBER. ANA, SCHOLARSHIP CHAIR OF THE TAMPA KIWANIS AND ALL THE OTHER KIWANIANS WHO REALLY SUPPORT OUR CHILDREN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. IF I CAN GET SHAWN ROBINSON TO COME UP WHO REPRESENTS THE TAMPA KIWANIS CLUBS. TAMPA WHICH WITH ANIS, FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND COMMITMENT TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THEIR TEACHERS.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IF YOU DON'T KNOW, TAMPA KIWANIS IS THE OLDEST KIWANIS CLUB IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA FOUNDED IN 1919. SO WE'RE ALMOST 100 YEARS OLD. TWO OF OUR BIG FUND-RAISERS THAT WE DO THAT HELP OUT WITH THE SCHOLARSHIPS AND DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES THAT WE DO ARE OUR ANNUAL BARBECUE THAT'S COMING UP IN OCTOBER. I KNOW MANY OF HAVE YOU BOUGHT THE BARBEQUE CHICKEN DINNERS AND A GOLF TOURNAMENT IN THE SPRING. THESE GO TOWARD SCHOLARSHIPS THAT WE HAVE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION FOR STUDENTS. WE ALSO HAVE DIFFERENT PROJECTS THAT WE DO ACTUALLY ADD SCHOOLS, BUILDING PLAYGROUNDS AND WE ALSO HELP OUT THE ELDERLY. WE HAVE OVER 150 MEMBERS, AND THEY ARE ALL ANXIOUS TO GET BUSY, WHETHER HELPING OUT WITH DONATIONS OR HELPING OUT GETTING THEIR HANDS DIRTY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS RECOGNITION.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I WOULD LIKE TO ASK ALL THREE OF OUR RECIPIENTS TO COME FORWARD SO WE CAN GET SOME PICTURES AND I THINK A WORD FROM OUR COUNCIL PERSON, DORETHA EDGECOMB.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU. WHILE WE'RE TAKING THESE PICTURES, MEMBER EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. THERE ARE SO MANY SUCCESS STORIES AND WITHOUT THE GENEROSITY AND THE COMMITMENT AND INVESTMENT THAT ALL OF YOU HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS, THERE MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN SUCH SUCCESS STORIES. ALL OF US AROUND THE DAIS UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE AND PARTNERSHIPS AND DR. JONES HAS SAID IT, AS THE BOARD REPRESENTED ON THE FOUNDATION I WANT TO EXTEND PERSONALLY ON BEHALF OF ALL OF US AND THE BOARD REPRESENTATIVE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO YOUR INVESTMENT, YOUR COMMITMENT FOR CHANGING LIVES, AND BUILDING DREAMS AND HELPING OUR STUDENTS REALIZE THOSE DREAMS. WITHOUT YOU, THE STORIES MIGHT HAVE BEEN VERY DIFFERENT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU TO OUR COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS THROUGH MANY OF THESE ACTIVITIES THAT THEY DO. TO OUR SCHOOL BOARD, THANK YOU FOR LETTING US HAVE THIS MOMENT OF RECOGNITION, AND GOOD LUCK IN THE REST OF YOUR MEETING.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MEMBER GRIFFIN, YOU HAD A COMMENT?

>>April Griffin: I'M REALLY GLAD MR. WILDER CORRECTED THE FACT THAT HE IS A GREAT FISHERMAN AND NOT JUST A PRETTY GOOD FISHERMAN BECAUSE I'VE SEEN HIM IN ACTION.

>>Susan Valdes: NEXT RECOGNITION, WE ARE RECOGNIZING THE LIGHTNING FOUNDATION FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS. MS. TRACYE BROWN, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS. PLEASE COME FORWARD. GOOD AFTERNOON, MS. BROWN.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE MS. ELIZABETH FRAZIER, VICE PRESIDENT OF PHILANTHROPY AND COMMUNITY INITIATIVES WITH THE LIGHTNING FOUNDATION. THIS RECOGNITION IS FOR THE SUPPORT AND UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES PROVIDED TO OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES DURING THE 14-15 SCHOOL YEAR. SOME OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDED HOCKEY -- INCLUDED "HOCK3Y BY THE NUMB3RS" SPONSORED BY THE STANTEC COMPANY. IT IS A MATH-CENTERED ONE-HOUR PRESENTATION WHICH BRINGS FLORIDA STANDARDS TO LIFE THROUGH HOCKEY APPLICATION. WE HAD OVER 2900 STUDENTS AT 36 SCHOOLS PARTICIPATE. SCORE WITH READING SPONSORED BY BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS ENCOURAGED FIRST GRADE STUDENTS TO READ DURING A SIX-WEEK PERIOD. STUDENTS THAT READ OVER 400 MINUTES EARNED A SCORE WITH READING BRACELET AND A TICKET TO A HOME GAME AND STUDENTS THAT READ OVER 800 MINUTES RECEIVED TICKETS TO ATTEND TWO HOME GAMES. CHASE LIGHTNING EDUCATOR AWARD RECOGNIZED TEN SCHOOLS ACHIEVING THE HIGHEST INCREASE IN FLORIDA COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT TEST SCORES DURING THE 13/14 SCHOOL YEAR. DURING A HOME GAME, AN EDUCATOR FROM EACH SCHOOL WAS SELECTED TO REPRESENT THEIR STAFF AND EACH RECEIVED AN ALL-INCLUSIVE, VIP PACKAGE TO THE GAME. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING'S BROADCASTING CREW LED BY MATT SAMMON, DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, PROVIDED IN-GAME INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES TO FIVE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. EACH STUDENT RECEIVED A BEHIND-THE-SCENES MEDIA PASS, TWO COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS TO A HOME GAME AND A RECORDING OF THEIR BROADCAST TO ADD TO THEIR RESUMÉS. LIGHTNING MADE STREET HOCKEY CLINIC, DIRECTED BY JAY FEASTER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT, ENGAGES STUDENTS IN OUR HILLSBOROUGH OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME PROGRAM BY PROVIDING THEM WITH A SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH FOCUSED WORKBOOK AND CONNECTING THE STRATEGIES TO REAL-LIFE APPLICATION THROUGH THE HOCKEY CLINICS. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING SPIRIT NIGHT WAS HOSTED IN WHICH $2 FROM EVERY TICKET PURCHASED WAS DONATED TO THE SUPPORTING STUDENT SUCCESS OR OUR S3 FUND, WHICH PROVIDES A SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES TO STUDENTS THROUGH TECHNOLOGY, GRANTS, AND BASIC NEEDS PROVISION. IN ADDITION, THE LIGHTNING FOUNDATION HOSTED TWO PRINCIPAL COUNCIL MEETINGS DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER IN 2014. WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP THAT WE HAVE WITH THE LIGHTNING, AND WE ARE RECOGNIZING THEM FOR THEIR SUPPORT DURING THE 14/15 SCHOOL YEAR, WHICH WE WERE UNABLE TO RECOGNIZE THEM BECAUSE THE LIGHTNING WERE IN THE PLAYOFFS FOR THE STANLEY CUP. SO GO BOLTS! WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THAT. SO WE WANT TO ASK MS. FRAZIER TO COME UP SO WE CAN PRESENT HER WITH A TOKEN OF OUR APPRECIATION.

>>Susan Valdes: AND GO BOLTS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> YOU ARE VERY KIND FOR THANKING TO US HELP YOU. IT IS OUR HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO SUPPORT THE GREAT WORK THAT YOU ALL ARE DOING WITH THE STUDENTS EACH AND EVERY DAY. YOU ALL ARE REALLY EDUCATING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS AND YOU'RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE EVERY DAY AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE HERE TO DO. AS A SPORTS TEAM WE FEEL IT'S OUR DUTY TO HELP LEAD BY EXAMPLE AND USE SPORTS TO HELP ENCOURAGE KIDS TO READ AND KNOW THAT THERE IS MATH AND SCIENCE TO HOCKEY. IT'S NOT A STAND-ALONE SUBJECT. ANYTHING WE CAN DO. ALL THE PROGRAMS ARE OUR JOY TO BE ABLE TO DO LAST SEASON, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO DOING EVEN MORE THIS COMING SEASON. SO THANK YOU FOR THIS HONOR, BUT REALLY IT'S OUR HONOR. SO THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NEXT, WE'RE RECOGNIZING THE 2015 FLORIDA GEOGRAPHY BEE STATE WINNER. IF MS. DARYL SAUNDERS, SUPERVISOR OF ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES, PLEASE APPROACH THE PODIUM. AND OUR STUDENT. YAY!

>> GOOD EVENING, MR. EAKINS, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD AND STAFF, MY NAME IS DARYL SAUNDERS. I AM THE ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES SUPERVISOR AND GENERALIST FOR AREA FOUR SCHOOLS. TONIGHT, I HAVE THE DISTINCT PLEASURE OF INTRODUCING YOU TO AN AMAZING SIXTH GRADER WHO IS ATTENDING WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL BUT WHO FORMERLY ATTENDED LINCOLN ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL, MR. RICHI NARE. LAST SCHOOL YEAR AS A FIFTH GRADER AND THE YEAR BEFORE AS A FOURTH GRADER, HE COMPETED IN THE FLORIDA GEOGRAPHIC BEE. HE WAS AMONG 100 FINALIST EACH YEAR WHO TOOK A QUALIFYING TEST TO EARN A SPOT AT THE STATE COMPETITION. THE COMPETITION WAS HELD IN JACKSONVILLE THIS PAST MARCH, AND IT PITTED FOURTH THROUGH H GRADERS FROM ACROSS ACROSS THE STATE TO EARN THE TITLE OF STATE WINNER. RICHI TOOK THE TOP HONOR AFTER A NEARLY HOUR-LONG FINAL ROUND THAT INCLUDED NOT ONE BUT TWO TIE-BREAKERS. IT'S NOT AN EASY COMPETITION. CAN IT WERE PELTED -- CONTESTANTS WERE PELTED WITH WORLD GEOGRAPHY AND STATE GEOGRAPHY QUESTIONS. WHICH CAPITAL CITY LOCATED ABOUT 20 MILES FROM THE ADRIATIC SEA IS A MAJOR INDUSTRIAL CENTER FOR ALBANIA? ANYBODY? BUEHLER?

>> TORONTO. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> OR WHICH ASIAN COUNTRY AND ONE OF THE LARGEST COAL IMPORTERS IN THE WORLD IS A CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY THAT IS MADE UP OF MANY ISLANDS?

>> GEOGRAPHY IS IMPORTANT THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. IT TEACHES US ABOUT THE WORLD, ITS PEOPLE, ITS CULTURE, ITS FOOD AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MY MOM, MOST OF ALL, WHO COACHED ME FROM FIRST GRADE ON-WARDS. ALSO LIKE TO THANK MY OTHER GEOGRAPHY COACH, COACH KAY, WHO LIVES IN FORT MYERS AND MS. PEREZ, WHO ORGANIZED THE LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BEE IN 2012 THROUGH '15 AND ONGOING. THANK YOU, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR GIVING ME THIS AWARD. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Susan Valdes: RISHI, IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU EARNED THAT ONE. CONGRATULATIONS. MEMBER EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WHAT IS THE HARDEST QUESTION YOU'VE EVER BEEN ASKED?

>> HIGHEST?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: HARDEST.

>> OH, HARDEST. OKAY. WELL, THERE IS A LOT, BUT I'LL GIVE YOU ONE. THIS ONE I MISSED -- UNFORTUNATELY MISSED IN THE NATIONAL. GIANT TORTOISES LIVE ON ASSUMPTION ISLAND IN WHICH ISLAND GROUP IN THE INDIAN OCEAN.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I KNOW THE ANSWER BUT YOU CAN TELL THE REST OF THEM.

>> THE ANSWER IS CECHELLES. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Susan Valdes: CONGRATULATIONS. NEXT WE'RE RECOGNIZING THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION PEER MEDIATOR OF THE YEAR WINNER, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ESSAY WINNER AND LAW WEEK ART CONTEST WINNERS FOR THE 2014/2015 SCHOOL YEAR. IF DENNIS HOLT WOULD COME FORWARD AND HELP WITH US THE RECOGNITION.

>> THANK YOU, CHAIRWOMAN, VALDES. BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, STAFF AND HONORED GUESTS. EACH YEAR, THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES LAW DAY. LAW DAY PROVIDES EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS IN MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS, MOST OF OUR SCHOOLS, AND THEY SPONSOR, ALONG WITH SERVE, A PEER MEDIATION ESSAY CONTEST. THE PEER MEDIATOR OF THE YEAR WILL RECEIVE A PRIZE. IN FACT, ALREADY HAS RECEIVED FIRST-PLACE PRIZE OF $250. LAST YEAR'S THEME WAS THE MAGNA CARTA: SYMBOL OF FREEDOM UNDER LAW. WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO DO TONIGHT, SINCE THEY RECEIVED THEIR PRIZES LAST YEAR, IS TO RECOGNIZE THE PEER MEDIATION ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS ALONG WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION PRIZEWINNERS IN AN ART CONTEST WITH THE SAME THEME. I WOULD LIKE CRYSTAL RUSSELL FROM SERVE AND DANA WARNER, K-12 ART SUPERVISOR, TO JOIN ME AT THE PODIUM SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE THESE FINE YOUNG PEOPLE. THE PEER MEDIATION CONTEST AWARDS GO TO FIRST PLACE, HANNA McELROY FROM COLLEEN BEVIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] SECOND PLACE, MAYA ITAKOOLA ALSO OF COLLEEN BEVIS. [ APPLAUSE ] FOR OUR ART WINNERS, MIDDLE SCHOOL, THIRD PLACE, TAVON MILLER, ORANGE GROVE MIDDLE MAGNET. SECOND PLACE, SADIE TESTASAKEA FROM BOB MARTINEZ MIDDLE SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] AND FIRST PLACE, ABIGAIL CARPENTER FROM ROGERS MIDDLE SCHOOL. FOR HIGH SCHOOL, THIRD PLACE WAS AMANDA GOODWIN FROM BLAKE. [ APPLAUSE ] SECOND PLACE KANESHA MORALES FROM BLAKE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND FIRST PLACE, HENISON HERNANDEZ FROM, YES, BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] AND ALTHOUGH WE'VE ALREADY RECOGNIZED HER AS THE PEER MEDIATION ESSAY CONTEST WINNER, WE ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE HANNA McELROY OF COLLEEN BEVIS AS THE ART WINNER AS WELL. [ APPLAUSE ] AND WE THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THIS TO YOUR ATTENTION.

>>Susan Valdes: CONGRATULATIONS, STUDENTS.

>> ABIGAIL CARPENTER DID BRING HER PIECE OF ART IF YOU WANTED TO SEE THAT.

>>Susan Valdes: OH, YES. OH, THAT'S BEAUTIFUL.

>> IT WAS A TOUGH THEME TALKING ABOUT MAGNA CARTA AND THEY HAD TO DO RESEARCH AND FIGURE OUT WHAT THE HECK IS THAT. SO NOW THEY KNOW AND THEY WORKED IT OUT IN THEIR ESSAYS AND THEIR ARTWORK. THANK YOU.

>>Susan Valdes: AWESOME. [ APPLAUSE ] THEY ARE ALL GIRLS, TOO. GIRL POWER. NEXT ON THE AGENDA, WE ARE RECOGNIZING THE CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS COMPETITION AWARD RECIPIENTS. IF MS. BREE CASTELLI, SUPERVISOR OF BUSINESS AND MARKETING EDUCATION. ANDREA BEVERLY, SUPERVISOR, HEALTH SCIENCE AND PUBLIC SERVICE EDUCATION. AND LAUREN. PLEASE APPROACH THE PODIUM AND HELP WUTS RECOGNITION.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND SENIOR STAFF. FUTURE BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA, THE LARGEST AND OLDEST STUDENT BUSINESS ORGANIZATION, HELD ITS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN CHICAGO THIS PAST JUNE. MORE THAN 10,000 PARTICIPANTS FROM ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND TWO COUNTRIES WERE IN ATTENDANCE FOR THIS EXCITING CONFERENCE TO SHARPEN THEIR CORE BUSINESS SKILLS, EXPAND THEIR NETWORKS AND PARTICIPATE IN MORE THAN 60 BUSINESS AND BUSINESS-RELATED COMPETITIVE EVENTS. THIS EVENING, I'M HERE TO RECOGNIZE SEVERAL OF OUR VERY OWN THAT EARNED A PLACE AT THIS EVENT. BEGINNING WITH MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PLACING FIRST IN COMPUTER PROBLEM SOLVING, MR. BEN SIMON. [ APPLAUSE ] SUPPORTING BEN TONIGHT IS HIS TEACHER AND HIS PRINCIPAL KIM MOORE. THIS HAS BEEN BEN'S THIRD PLACEMENT IN NATIONALS. HE ALSO EARNED HIS EAGLE SCOUT THIS SUMMER IN BOY SCOUTS.

>>Susan Valdes: OH, GOOD JOB. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Doretha Edgecomb: BEFORE YOU GO ON, I JUST WANT TO COMMENT, GO TIGERS. THANK YOU.

>>Susan Valdes: GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

>> THANK YOU. FROM STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL, PLACING SIXTH IN MARKETING, WE HAVE SCHRAY AGERWALL AND EVAN ELLIS. THEY ARE SUPPORTED TONIGHT BY THEIR TEACHER, LIDA NEWBERRY AND PRINCIPAL DAVID BROWN.

>>Susan Valdes: OKAY, MR. BROWN. GO CHARGERS.

>> THANK YOU. AND FROM FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL, PLACING FIFTH IN JOB INTERVIEW, WE HAVE MAYA PATEL, AND SHE'S HERE TONIGHT WITH HER TEACHER, LINDA MARSHALL. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Susan Valdes: GREAT JOB.

>> THANK YOU. NOW MS. BEVERLY.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, AND STAFF. IT IS MY HONOR TO BRING BEFORE YOU THIS EVENING OUR FUTURE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS. HOSA FLORIDA FUTURE HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. I'LL HAVE YOU TELL THEM --

>> HELLO, MY NAME IS ENZO CABRERA. I COMPETED IN PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND KNOWLEDGE TEST AT THE HOSA NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE. I PLACED FIRST.

>>Susan Valdes: WHAT SCHOOL DO YOU GO TO? [ APPLAUSE ]

>> HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL.

>> IN ADDITION, WE WOULD LIKE TO BRING FORWARD MARADDY AND HER PRINCIPAL. I'LL LETTER TELL YOU WHAT SHE WON.

>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. I COMPETED AT THE NATIONAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA. MY EVENT WAS RESEARCH PERSUASIVE SPEAKING. I WON FIRST IN THE NATION FOR THAT. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Susan Valdes: NEXT, MS. WALDEN.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND SENIOR STAFF. THE SKILLS USA NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND SKILLS CONFERENCE WAS HELD IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, THIS SUMMER. WE HAD BEN SIMON FROM MIDDLETON MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL TOOK FIRST PLACE HONORS IN COMPUTER INNER WORKING. [ APPLAUSE ] THIS CONTEST CONSISTS OF THREE MAIN PARTS. NETWORKING DESIGN, GENERAL NETWORKING KNOWLEDGE AND HANDS-ON EVALUATION. THE NATIONAL CONTEST IS BASED ON THE CURRENT CISCO CERTIFIED NETWORK CERTIFICATION AND TESTS STUDENTS' KNOWLEDGE OF SKILLS NEEDED IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET SYSTEM. BEN IS CURRENTLY ON HIS WAY TOWARDS EARNING THAT CISCO CERTIFIED NETWORK ASSOCIATION.

>>Susan Valdes: THAT'S AWESOME. GREAT JOB.

>> BEN IS SUPPORTED BY HIS TEACHER, MR. KINDERFRON AND ALSO HIS PRINCIPAL, MS. KIM MOORE. OUR TECHNOLOGY STUDENT ASSOCIATION, TSA, NATIONAL COMPETITION WAS HELD IN DALLAS, TEXAS, OVER THE SUMMER. RACHEL HAZELWOOD AND PEYTON LEVEE FROM McCLAIN MIDDLE SCHOOL COMPETED IN THE JUNIOR SOLO SPRINT EVENT PLACING FIRST PLACE RACE FASTEST TIME, FIRST PLACE ENGINEERING NOTEBOOK AND STEM DISPLAY FIRST PLACE OVERALL. THREE DIFFERENT AWARDS. [ APPLAUSE ] SUPPORTED BY THE U.S. ARMY SINCE 2001, THE JUNIOR SOLO SPRINT OFFERS TO ENGAGE FIFTH THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE YOUTH IN DESIGNING, BUILDING, AND RACING OF MODEL SOLAR CARS. THROUGH THE JSS STUDENTS DO TEAMWORK AND PROBLEM SOLVING ACTIVITIES, INVESTIGATE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND HANDS-ON STEM SKILLS TO BUILD THE FASTEST, MOST INTERESTING AND BEST CRAFTED VEHICLE POSSIBLE. RACHEL AND PEYTON ARE NINTH GRADERS AT BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL BUT THEY ARE STILL EXCITED TO BE COMPETITIVE AND INVOLVED IN OUR TSA ORGANIZATION. THEY ARE SUPPORTED TONIGHT BY MR. WILSON AND MS. ENID WILSON THEIR TEACHERS AND PRINCIPAL OF McCLAIN MIDDLE SCHOOL, MS. LANGSTON. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU.

>>Susan Valdes: MEMBER EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I'M SORRY. I KNOW WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE KEEPING THIS MEETING SHORT WITH OUR COMMENTS, BUT IF YOU EVER HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT McCLAIN AND SEE THE CLASSROOM IN ACTION AND SEAT STUDENTS SO ENGAGED. THE FACT THAT YOU GO BACK AND MENTOR THE STUDENTS AS YOU MOVE ON TO THE HIGH SCHOOL, IT IS A COOPERATIVE EFFORT, BUT THERE'S SUCH EXCITEMENT THERE. I JUST HAD SO MUCH FUN. I DIDN'T ALWAYS UNDERSTAND WHAT I WAS VIEWING BUT THE STUDENTS WERE ABSOLUTELY MARVELOUS AND GREAT LEARNING OPPORTUNITY. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU AND THE THINGS YOU ARE DOING AT McLEAN.

>>Susan Valdes: MR. WILSON, THANK YOU FOR TAKING THAT LEAD IN YOUR CLASSROOM. IT'S EVIDENT THAT WITH YOUR LEADERSHIP, YOU'VE BEEN HERE ALMOST EVERY YEAR, I MEAN, WITH DIFFERENT AWARDS. SOWRS -- SO YOUR LEADERSHIP IS DEFINITELY NOTED. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING DO YOU EACH AND EVERY DAY TO GIVE THE OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPLORE AND SUCCEED. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT, TOO. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Susan Valdes: NEXT WE'LL BE RECOGNIZING STUDENTS HONORED BY THE DUKE TALENT IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM. IF MS. SHANSHERA QUINN, SUPERVISOR OF GUIDANCE SERVICES WOULD APPROACH THE PODIUM. GOOD EVENING, MS. QUINN.

>> GOOD EVENING, AND THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE SOME OF OUR DISTRICTS MIDDLE SCHOOL SHINING STARS. OUR 2014-2015 DUKE TIP GRAND LEVEL HONOREES. LAST SCHOOL YEAR, THESE EIGHTH GRADERS PARTICIPATED IN THE DUKE TALENT IDENTIFICATION PROGRAM AS 7th GRADERS, OF COURSE, BY TAKING THE S.A.T. OR A.C.T. COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM. THEIR SCORES RANKED IN THE TOP 3% OF THE ALMOST 56,000 PARTICIPATING STUDENTS AROUND THE COUNTRY, EARNING THEM THE NATIONAL TITLE OF DUKE TIP GRAND LEVEL HONOREES. SO OUR WINNERS ARE RYAN HOBSON AT COLEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL. THEN WE HAVE MR. MR. VISHISTA AKPANELI AT FARNELL MIDDLE SCHOOL. IAN SMITH AT LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL. NEXT, WE HAVE RONA SHEERA AT MARTINEZ MIDDLE SCHOOL. NATALIO FERRERO FROM PROGRESS VILLAGE MIDDLE SCHOOL. THEN WE HAVE MADELEINE MOORE, RANDALL MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND ALTHOUGH WILLIAM LEE ISN'T HERE, HE'S A STUDENT AT WILLIAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL. I DID WANT TO RECOGNIZE HIM AS WELL. OUR NEXT STUDENT IS ANA RUPE NARION AT WILLIAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL. AYUSH SINGH AT WILLIAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL. THEN WE HAVE ARNOFF SINGH AT WILLIAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL. ASHBIN TIAGI AT WILLIAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND THEN MS. LEE IVES AT WALKER MIDDLE SCHOOL. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE PARENTS TO PLEASE STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED AS WELL. [ APPLAUSE ] I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE PRINCIPALS OF THESE SCHOOLS AS WELL ON THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT. [ APPLAUSE ] THAT IS IT. SO PLEASE JOIN ME IN CONGRATULATING THESE STUDENTS, THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR SCHOOLS FOR SUCH AN OUTSTANDING ACCOMPLISHMENT.

>>Susan Valdes: YAY. GOOD JOB. CONGRATULATIONS, KIDS. PROUD OF YOU. MOVING ON WITH THE AGENDA, WE ARE RECOGNIZING THE 2014-15 MIDDLE SCHOOL DISTRICT CHAMPIONS FOR FLAG FOOTBALL AND VOLLEYBALL. IF JENNIFER WOULD PLEASE APPROACH THE PODIUM.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, IT'S MY HONOR TO PRESENT TO YOU THE 2015 FLAG FOOTBALL AND VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS. UNFORTUNATELY, THEY FINISHED THE DAY AFTER OUR LAST RECOGNITION MEETING IN THE SPRING, SO I BRING TO YOU SOME FAMILIAR FACES. YOU SAW THEM A COUPLE OF TIMES LAST YEAR, BUT I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO HONOR THE FLAG FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS FROM YOUNG MIDDLE SCHOOL. MS. NADINE JOHNSON. SHE WILL INTRODUCE HER COACHES AND PLAYERS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. THIS EVENING, WE HAVE MS. JANE McNEIL AND MR. MICHAEL SOLOMON, OUR FOOTBALL COACHES AT YOUNG MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, THIS IS OUR FIRST TIME DOING IT, BUT I'VE BEEN HERE BEFORE. LAST YEAR WAS A GREAT YEAR AT YOUNG MIDDLE SCHOOL REPRESENTING THE COUNTY BASKETBALL CHAMPS AND, OF COURSE, WINNING THE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP WAS A GREAT, GREAT YEAR IN SCHOOL AND ALSO WITH OUR EXTRA MURAL FOOTBALL AND ATHLETICS JUST GREAT. SORRY, I'M KIND OF FRAZZLED. TODAY WAS THE FIRST DAY OF BASKETBALL PRACTICE, SO I GOT TO KIND OF SLOW DOWN A LITTLE BIT. I WANT TO INTRODUCE MY FOOTBALL TEAM. BEFORE DO I THAT REAL QUICK, LAST YEAR WAS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST SPECIAL YEARS. AND THIS IS A SPECIAL GROUP OF BOYS THAT I COACHED. GIVE YOU STATS ABOUT THE YEAR SO MAYBE YOU CAN UNDERSTAND. NICKNAMES ARE CARDIAC KIDS. WE ENTERED FIVE OF OUR FOOTBALL GAMES, WE ENTERED THE FOURTH QUARTERING ABOUT DOWN, TRAILING IN THE FOOTBALL GAME, AND IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, WE WERE DOWN 13 POINTS WITH TWO MINUTES TO GO AND ENDED UP FORCING OVERTIME AND WINNING IN OVERTIME. I'LL INTRODUCE SIXTH GRADE BOYS LAST YEAR BUT NOW SEVENTH DPRAIRDZ THAT ARE MAD THAT I JUST CALLED THEM -- SEVEN GRADERS THAT ARE MAD THAT I JUST CALLED THEM SIXTH GRADERS. XAVIER RIVERA. BEHIND HIM IS ELIJAH ROBINSON. MARION SCOTT AND HIS TWIN BROTHER MYRON SCOTT. NOW MY SEVENTH GRADERS WHO WILL BE SEVENTH GRADERS AGAIN FOR ABOUT 30 SECONDS, AMERII DON'T KNOW PAYNE WITH US TONIGHT AND WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE, MARCELLA SCOTT. I'LL INTRODUCE THE EIGHTH GRADERS FROM LAST YEAR. THE REST OF THEM COULDN'T SHOW BECAUSE THEY ARE AT HIGH SCHOOL PRACTICES, OF COURSE. I SEE ONE JUST PULLED UP. SYLVESTER SAMUELS. BEHIND HIM, KUMAR ROBINSON WHO ATTENDS TAMPA BAY TECH AND MADE THEIR VARSITY FOOTBALL TEAM. BEHIND HIM, MICHAEL MORALES WHO ATTENDS BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL. I HAVE BRANDON PRESLEY WHO ATTENDS ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL AND HAS EARNED THE NICKNAME TERMINATE. BEHIND HIM, TERRENCE RISE AT JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL. AND ONE OF THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS I COACHED, AMANI PAYNE. THE ONES AREN'T WITH US, ARNOLD WATSON. RONDE WARREN NOT WITH US. HE ATTENDS ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL. RASHARD. MICHAEL WATKINS, OUR ALL-STAR QUARTERBACK, AMAZING ATHLETE AND AMAZING PERSON, HE IS AT CAMBRIDGE CHRISTIAN. STEVEN IS NOT WITH US BUT HE'S AT TAMPA BAY TECH. WHITAKER AT ARMWOOD. RETAIN AT ARMWOOD. DARIUS TOLBERT AT KING HIGH SCHOOL AND DARIUS MORALES WHO IS AT BROOKS DEBARTOLO CHARTER SCHOOL. THAT IS OUR 2015 COUNTY CHAMPS FLAG FOOTBALL TEAM. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Susan Valdes: GO AHEAD AND TURN AROUND, BOYS, SO THE AUDIENCE CAN SEE YOU.

>> NOW I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE 2015 VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS FROM WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE PRINCIPAL, MS. COLLEEN FOSSETT.

>> GOOD EVENING. I'M VERY HONORED TO INTRODUCE OUR TWO VOLLEYBALL COACHES OF OUR CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM, MS. JENNIFER THOMPSON AND MR. ANTONIO YOUNG. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY. JUST WANTED TO START OFF BY MENTIONING THIS WAS A HARD-FOUGHT BATTLE FOR US. THE LAST FOUR YEARS RUNNING, OUR GIRLS HAVE HAD PERFECT REGULAR SEASONS. WE HAVE BEEN IN THE PLAYOFFS THE LAST FOUR SEASONS RUNNING, OBVIOUSLY, AND IN THREE OF THOSE SEASONS, THE SAME MIDDLE SCHOOL KNOCKED US OUT. THIS YEAR, TO GET TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP, WE TOOK THEM DOWN IN THE SEMIS TO GET TO THAT CHAMPIONSHIP, SO VERY PROUD OF THE GIRLS. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR THAT, THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. OUR MANTRA THIS YEAR WAS "REMEMBER RANDALL." THAT WAS OUR MANTRA THIS YEAR. AND THIS YEAR, THEY OVERCAME IT, AND WE HAD A PERFECT SEASON ALL THE WAY THROUGH YET AGAIN. VERY PROUD OF THESE YOUNG LADIES. [ APPLAUSE ] I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE MY TWO EIGHTH GRADE CAPTAINS FOR THIS YEAR, BERNIE FRIERSON AND EVE LARKIN. CONTINUING ON, EMMA ROGERS, EMILY THOMPSON, LILY FENIS, MATTIE JERRAL, PERMETA HODGE, AUDREY STEADMAN, REECE PETERS, SOPHIA VALDES. THIS WAS THE GROUP OF SEVENTH GRADERS LAST YEAR THAT ARE THIS YEAR'S EIGHTH GRADERS. [ APPLAUSE ] ANNIE BERGEN. LITTLE BIT. WE LOVE HER. SHE CAN WALK UNDER THE NET, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, WITHOUT TOUCHING IT, BUT SHE'S TOUGH, THOUGH. SHE IS A FIGHTER. GREAT, GREAT -- GABBY FASULO. MARA PIERCE, KYLIE BUTLER, A RISING 7th GRADE CAPTAIN THIS YEAR. LAUREN WEBSTER AND BLADA VISHON. AND ALSO RECOGNIZE OUR NINTH GRADERS WHO COULD NOT BE HERE TONIGHT BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL AT VARIOUS HIGH SCHOOL PRACTICES. HOPE SLAINS, DANNY SLEET, MERIT McDOWELL, GRACE McCLUNG, SOPHIA VARGBETIAN AND EMMA STEPHEN. THAT IS THE EIGHTH GREAT. MOST AT PLANT AND ROBINSON.

>> WE ALSO HAVE TWO COACHES THAT CAME BACK FROM OUR EIGHTH GRADE TWO YEARS AGO THAT HELPED US COACH AND WERE VALUABLE IN HELPING THEM WITH LIKE SPECIFIC SKILLS SO WE WERE ABLE TO BE STRATEGIC WHILE THEY DID CLINICS. WENDY LA KAVA AND ABBEY JERRELL. THEY ARE FROM PLANT AS WELL.

>> THIS IS OUR GROUP. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Susan Valdes: OKAY, GIRLS. TURN AROUND SO YOU CAN TAKE A BOW TO THE AUDIENCE. YAY. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: JUDGES HAVE TO ASK YOU WHAT THIS YEAR'S MANTRA IS.

>> WHAT MY MANTRA? I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS THIS YEAR.

>> WE'LL GO FOR TWO. THAT'S OUR MANTRA THIS YEAR. GO FOR TWO. THANK YOU.

>>Susan Valdes: WE'RE NOW RECOGNIZING THE MAGNET SCHOOLS OF AMERICA MERIT AWARD WINNERS. IF ROBERT COX, SUPERVISOR OF MAGNET PROGRAMS, PLEASE APPROACH THE PODIUM AND HELP WITH US THIS RECOGNITION. GOOD EVENING, MR. COX. HOW ARE YOU TODAY?

>> I'M DOING GREAT.

>>Susan Valdes: AWESOME.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, AND STAFF, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO COME IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY TO PRESENT TO YOU AND CELEBRATE OUR MANY MAGNET SCHOOLS AND OUR LEADERS IN THE DISTRICT WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO FULFILL WHAT MAGNET PROGRAMS ARE ALL ABOUT, WHICH IS MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE GIVING OUR STUDENTS AN EXPERIENCE EVERY DAY, MAKING SURE WE'RE GIVING THEM AN EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION AND REALLY IN SHORT PREPARING THEM FOR LIFE. AS I READ THE WINNERS TO YOU OF THE MAGNET SCHOOLS OF AMERICA, MAGNET SCHOOLS OF DISTINCTION AND OUR MAGNET SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCE, AND ALSO AS I PRESENT TO YOU THE NATIONAL MAGNET PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR, YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR MANY DIFFERENT PROGRAMS, MANY DIFFERENT THEMES THAT WE FEATURE AT OUR MAGNET SCHOOLS THAT WE DO IN ORDER TO GIVE OUR STUDENTS SOMETHING SPECIAL EVERY TIME THEY COME TO SCHOOL. WE'RE PROUD OF THESE SCHOOLS, THESE STUDENTS, THESE TEACHERS, THESE LEADERS, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE NUMBER OF AWARD WINNERS THAT WE HAVE NEXT YEAR GROW EVEN MORE. SO WITH THAT BEING SAID AND WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, FIRST, I'D LIKE TO PRESENT TO YOU OUR 16 MAGNET SCHOOLS OF DISTINCTION. I'LL TELL YOU THE SCHOOL, THEIR THEME AND THEIR REPRESENTATIVES TONIGHT. CAHOON ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL, ANIMAL SCIENCE, JOANNE GRIFFITHS PRINCIPAL, LORI FARMER, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, KRISTIAN BROWN, LEAD TEACHER AND JANE WELLS, TEACHER. I WAS PAUSING TO LET THEM GO. WE CAN HOLD THE APPLAUSE AS WE HAVE SO MANY OF THEM. DUNBAR ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL, MEDICAL AND SCIENCE EXPLORATION, SARAH JACOBSON McCAPS PRINCIPAL AND CASEY O'BRIEN, LEAD TEACHER. FERRELL MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL GIRLS PREPARATORY ACADEMY. KAREN FRENCH PRINCIPAL. JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL, INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, BOBBY QUINN PRINCIPAL, HOLLY FRAZIER ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FROM MAGNET CURRICULUM. LETO MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGIATE ACADEMY, SHAWN HENSLEY, LEAD TEACHER. LINCOLN ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL, INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM, JENNIFER WEST PRINCIPAL, MICHELLE ARNE, LEAD TEACHER. LOMAX ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL. GIFTED AND TALENT DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY, GREG VERREL LEAD TEACHER AND EBONY BROWN, GUIDANCE. MacFARLANE PARK ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL, INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAM, DENISE RIVERA PRINCIPAL AND ANGELA HARDLE, LEAD TEACHER. MULLER ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL, VISUAL PERFORMING AND COMMUNICATION ARTS AND ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, MARY BOOTH PRINCIPAL, ROBIN SNYDER, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND KELLY GUERTZ, LEAD TEACHER. ORANGE GROVE MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL, VISUAL PERFORMING AND COMMUNICATION ARTS, SHANNON BUTLER PRINCIPAL, LORI PHILPOT DRAMA AND TEAM ARTS LEAD. GRAND PILLOW DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP K-8 MAGNET SCHOOL. CULTURAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES, LIZ UPPERCUE PRINCIPAL, ANGEL BORTZ LEAD TEACHER. ROLAND PARK K-8 MAGNET SCHOOL, INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE, APRIL GILLIER, NOT IN ATTENDANCE, CARA VON AIKEN, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, AND KATIE MANGIERA LEAD TEACHER, MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM. SLIGH MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL, MEDICAL STUDIES IN EXPLORATIONS. SHELLY BLACKWOOD GREEN PRINCIPAL AND EWAN BRAND LEAD TEACHER. STEWART MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL, MATH, SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, BERETTA WILSON PRINCIPAL AND JOSEPHINE QUARTER LEAD TEACHER. WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL, INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE MIDDLE YEARS PROGRAM, ARLENE CASTELLI PRINCIPAL. YOUNG MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL, CREATIVE SCIENCE, NADINE JOHNSON PRINCIPAL. THESE ARE OUR MAGNET SCHOOLS OF DISTINCTION. NOW I WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT TO YOU OUR FOUR MAGNET SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCE. ARMWOOD MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGIATE ACADEMY. JOSEPH CASTELLI PRINCIPAL, MATTHEW JOHNSON, LEAD TEACHER. FRANKLIN MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL BOYS PREPARATORY ACADEMY. JOHN HALEY PRINCIPAL, WHO IS NOT IN ATTENDANCE TONIGHT, KINSEY KATEING ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND KATHY WASSERMAN, LEAD TEACHER. LEE ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL. JOYCE MILES, PRINCIPAL. ASHLEY McMANNAMY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND KATHY MESSINA, LEAD TEACHER. AND SHORE ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL, VISUAL, PERFORMING, AND COMMUNICATION ARTS. JAMIE GIRDING PRINCIPAL AND BRIAN DRUGULA LEAD TEACHER. AND THOSE ARE OUR MAGNET SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCE. FINALLY, I'D LIKE TO PRESENT TO YOU THE FIRST-EVER WINNER OF THE MAGNET SCHOOLS OF AMERICA NATIONAL MAGNET PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR, SOMEBODY WE ARE VERY PROUD OF, AND THIS HAS NEVER BEEN AN AWARD EARNED IN THIS DISTRICT EVER BEFORE, AND WHILE SHE WAS CURRENTLY LEADING COLSON ELEMENTARY, SHE STILL HAS A PLACE IN OUR MAGNET HEARTS. WENDY HARRISON. AT THE TIME PRINCIPAL OF MULLER ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] WE ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR SCHOOLS. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR LEADERS, OUR TEACHERS, AND OUR STUDENTS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME TONIGHT. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.

>>Susan Valdes: WOW. THAT'S AWESOME. WE'RE NOW GETTING READY TO RECOGNIZE THE SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS WITH 25 OR MORE YEARS OF SERVICE. WOW. [ APPLAUSE ] IF IT WEREN'T FOR YOU BUS DRIVERS, WHERE WOULD WE BE? THANK YOU SO MUCH. MR. BEEKMAN, IF YOU WOULD, PLEASE JOIN US AT THE PODIUM AND HELP US RECOGNIZE THESE PHENOMENAL EMPLOYEES.

>> YES, MADAM CHAIR, AND SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, THANK YOU, BOARD, FOR ALLOWING US TO COME HERE. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SPECIAL THANKS TO BOARD MEMBER GRIFFIN WHO PUT THIS FORWARD AND MADE THE SUGGESTION TO COME HERE, SO WE APPRECIATE THE RECOGNITION. I WILL SHARE WITH YOU, WE HAVE DRIVERS HERE TONIGHT. WE WILL BE BRINGING BACK AT ANOTHER TIME OUR ATTENDANCE BECAUSE WE HAVE SEVERAL ATTENDANTS IN THE SAME AND SEVERAL EMPLOYEES BUT WE KIND OF PACKED THE HOUSE AND WE ONLY HAVE A PARTIAL OF THEM HERE. WE WOULD LIKE TO GO THROUGH AND RECOGNIZE THOSE DRIVERS WHO HAVE YEARS OF SERVICE, OVER 25 YEARS. SO WE'VE GOT A LONG LIST. SOME OF THEM ARE NOT HERE. THEY ARE STILL TEXTING ME. MY PHONE IS VIBRATING. SO WE'LL GO THROUGH THE LIST AND RECOGNIZE THOSE THAT ARE HERE. JOANNA ALFONSO HAS 31 YEARS OF SERVICE. THEA DORA BIEL HAS 25 YEARS OF SERVICE. LORETTA BROWN. 25 YEARS. REGINA BRYANT HAS 28 YEARS. NOT HERE. SHERRY CARLISLE HAS 28 YEARS, NOT HERE. JENNY CHANCY HAS 29 YEARS. PATRICIA COBB WITH 31 YEARS. DONALD COCHRAN IS 25 YEARS. HE'S NOT HERE. BARBARA COLLINS IS 29 YEARS, WHO IS NOT HERE. VICTORIA QUINNETTE, 28 YEARS. DEBBIE CROSBY, 25 YEARS. DIANA CUTTING, 31 YEARS. PATRICIA DiMARCO -- DAMICO, I'M SORRY, 26 YEARS. EVER HAVE THOSE MOMENTS WHEN YOU REALLY WISH YOU WOULD HAVE BROUGHT YOUR GLASSES? BETH DAVIS, 25 YEARS. BRENDA DEVEIN, 25 YEARS. JACQUELYN EBERHARDT 27 YEARS. DEBRA FANCACINI, 27 YEARS. KATHRYN GARCIA, 30 YEARS. CYNTHIA GIBSON, SHE WILL BE HERE. SHE TEXTED ME SHE WAS AT THE LIGHT, 28 YEARS. SHE HADN'T MADE IT THROUGH YET. CYNTHIA GIBSON? [ APPLAUSE ] REGARDLESS OF THE VICIOUS RUMORS, WE DO NOT ENCOURAGE OUR BUS DRIVERS TO SPEED. DEBRA GIBSON, 28 YEARS. TERESA GILMORE, 33 YEARS. ADELA GORDON, 28 YEARS. VERDELL GRAVES, 26 YEARS. MARILYN GRAY, 25 YEARS. NETTIE GREEN WAS 25 YEARS. REGINA GRIFFIN, 25 YEARS. PATRICIA HOSS IS 25 YEARS. INGRID HANLEY WAS 25 YEARS. KATHRYN HARRELL, 31 YEARS. BARBARA HEFFLON, 25 YEARS. EMMY HEMBEE, 26 YEARS. MARY HOLDEN, 27 YEARS. CONNIE HOLLISH, 26 YEARS. GLADYS HOLLY, 27 YEARS. DEBRA JACKSON, 29 YEARS. LETTA JAMES, 30 YEARS. SANDRA JAMES, 25 YEARS. IRENE JENKINS JEAN, 28 YEARS. BETTY JOHNSON, 25 YEARS. SHIRLEY KELLY, 25 YEARS. RHONDA LANGE 29 YEARS. VICKY LOWRY, 31 YEARS. PAMELA MARTIN, 27 YEARS. CAROLYN McFALLS, 27 YEARS. JANICE MORRIS, 29 YEARS. ANGELA MURGIS, 27 YEARS. KATHRYN NEWMAN, 26 YEARS. CECELIA OTIS 28 YEARS. JUST CAME IN. COMING IN. PERFECT TIMING. I TOLD HER, I LOVE HER HAIR. I'D LIKE TO DO THAT WITH MINE, BUT SHE TOLD ME TO SHUT UP. [ LAUGHTER ] TAMMY PALMER, 25 YEARS. SANDRA POPE 27 YEARS. SHIRLEY POWELL, 25 YEARS. DENISE RALPH, 26 YEARS. JUANITA REGISTER, 29 YEARS. HELEN RIEL, 31 YEARS. SCARIEST PART IS THEY ARE ALL TELLING ME HOW MUCH THEY ARE IN DROP OUT FRONT. THAT'S SCARY. TERESA RILEY, 28 YEARS. MARYLOU SAPP 25 YEARS. TERESA SAPP, 29 YEARS. TINA SAPP, 26 YEARS. VERDI SEDAKSAKI, 34 YEARS. EVELYN SIMMS, 27 YEARS. TAMMY SENSCALCO -- THIS IS HORRIBLE -- 25 YEARS. JANET SMITH, 25 YEARS. SHIRLEY SMITH, 27 YEARS. JANICE STEPHENS, 28 YEARS. MARGARET STYLER, 25 YEARS. PATRICIA SUITS, 33 YEARS. DOROTHEA SUTTON, 30 YEARS. SARAH TEW, 27 YEARS. ROSETTA THOMAS, 32 YEARS. TERRY WALLACE, 25 YEARS. LEILA WASHINGTON, 27 YEARS. KELLY WELCH, 25 YEARS. VICTORIA WHITAKER, 25 YEARS, BRENDA WHITEHEAD, 31 YEARS. ELIZABETH WILKERSON, 35 YEARS. JUAN WILLIAMS, 31 YEARS. ROSA WILLIAMS, 27 YEARS. DEBRA WILSON, 33 YEARS. SHE'S COMING. ROSA WAKEFIELD, 31 YEARS. JOETTE YOUNG, 30 YEARS. ONE OF THE THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT, THIS IS REALLY AMAZING. MARILYN GRAY, 25 YEARS. AND WHO ELSE SHOWED UP? REGINA BRYANT, 28 YEARS.

>>Susan Valdes: WELL, BEFORE EVERYBODY MOVES, THIS IS A PICTURE MOMENT. YOU SEE, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT WE'VE DONE THIS. SO PLEASE STAY THERE REAL QUICK. I'M GOING TO HAVE MY COLLEAGUES AND EVERYONE HERE AT THE DAIS, LET'S GET TOGETHER RIGHT BEHIND THEM. WAIT A MINUTE, WAIT A MINUTE, WAIT A MINUTE. BE CAREFUL. YOU DO HAVE A LEDGE THAT YOU CAN STAND UP ON SO THAT WE CAN MAKE SOME ROOM. SO BE VERY CAREFUL. THERE YOU GO.

>> I WANT TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU. THIS REPRESENTS 2,225 YEARS OF DRIVING EXPERIENCE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND MORE IMPRESSIVE, MORE IMPRESSIVE, IT'S OVER 2,000 YEARS OF SAFE DRIVING RIGHT HERE. SAFE DRIVING RECORD. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Susan Valdes: LET'S TALK ABOUT GIRL POWER. [ CHEERING ]

>> MR. BEEKMAN, DID YOU CALCULATE THE MILES DRIVEN IN THOSE YEARS OF SERVICE?

>> NO.

>> COME DOWN HERE AND EXPLAIN TO EVERYONE, EVERYONE ELSE SHARED THEIR MOST EMBARRASSING BIRTHDAY MOMENT. JUANITA REGISTER. HOLD ON, HOLD ON. 29 YEARS. SHERRY CARLISLE AT 28 YEARS. DIANE CUTTING AT 31 YEARS. WHO ELSE CAME IN LATE? BETTY JOHNSON. BETTY JOHNSON AT 25 YEARS. VICKY LOWRY. VICKY HAS HUNDRED AND -- NO, 31 YEARS. 31 YEARS, VICKY. REGINA BRYANT, I ANNOUNCED YOU EARLIER. THEY WERE CHEERING AND SCREAMING. 25 YEARS.

>> AND THEY ARE ALL SUCH SHRINKING VIOLETS.

>> ALL RIGHT. YOU ALL CAN GO HOME AND GET REST BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO GET ON YOUR BUSES IN THE MORNING, 5 A.M. DO THIS ALL OVER AGAIN. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Susan Valdes: BY THE WAY, LADIES, I WANT TO THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR YOUR MANY YEARS OF SERVICE. I APPRECIATE YOU GUYS SO MUCH BECAUSE WITHOUT YOU ALL, WE COULDN'T GET OUR KIDS TO SCHOOL. AND, BY THE WAY, THAT IS A WET SIGNATURE ON THERE. I SIGNED THOSE INDIVIDUALLY MYSELF, ALL OF THEM.

>> SOME GOOD LOOKING LADIES. I DIDN'T KNOW THEY GAVE OUT DRIVER'S LICENSES TO SIX AND SEVEN-YEAR-OLD PEOPLE. I MEAN, HOW COULD THESE LADIES BE 25 AND 30 YEARS. THAT'S AMAZING?

>> AGAIN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS. GRIFFIN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING THIS FORWARD. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.

>>Susan Valdes: AS WE MOVE ON WITH THE AGENDA, WE ARE NOW GETTING READY TO DO THE PRESENTATION OF PLAQUES TO AREA STAR SWEPT AWARD FINALISTS AND TROPHIES TO THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR AND SECONDARY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR. IF MR. JOE LEAVENS WOULD APPROACH THE PODIUM AND LEAD US IN THIS RECOGNITION.

>> GOOD EVENING. WE'RE HERE TO PRESENT THE SIXTH ANNUAL STAR SWEPT AWARD. CUSTODIANS ARE THE UNSUNG HEROES OF THE SCHOOL. WE ARE THE BEST. BEFORE YOU TODAY ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST. I BELIEVE THE -- WE PROVIDE A SAFE, HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR STUDENTS EVERY DAY. I REITERATE THE WORD OUR STUDENTS. THEY ARE OUR KIDS. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, LET'S GO. MS. BROOKS. ALL RIGHT. REPRESENTING AREA 1, MRS. BROOKS' AREA, GRADY ELEMENTARY, CHRISTINE DOLSOL PRINCIPAL, STEVE HERNANDEZ, HEAD CUSTODIAN. WARNER CAREER CENTER, VERONICA KNIGHT PRINCIPAL, LOPEZ HEAD CUSTODIAN AND MARIA FRANCISCO AND GUIDO. AREA TWO. RAYMOND PADGETT PRINCIPAL. ADRIANNA, HEAD CUSTODIAN. AREA THREE, MS. GRASSO'S AREA. ESSRIG ELEMENTARY, KIMBERLY COOK ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, HEAD CUSTODIAN IS ANTONIO GOMEZ. GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL. MR. BOFORD APA AND VICTOR ERGOLESE, HEAD CUSTODIAN. AREA FOUR, MR. WASHINGTON'S AREA. SULPHUR SPRINGS ELEMENTARY WAS THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR. MS. SCARDINO IS NOT ABLE TO ATTEND. SO CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL, MS. LISO, PRINCIPAL -- AREA FIVE, MS. SYKES. ALAFIA ELEMENTARY. MS. JACKSON PRINCIPAL, ANA GASKINS HEAD CUSTODIAN. BURNS MIDDLE SCHOOL, MR. PRIMA PRINCIPAL. MANUEL SAM RON, HEAD CUSTODIAN. AREA SIX, MR. JACKSON. WILSON ELEMENTARY, MS. BECKER PRINCIPAL, JANICE POPLYNN, HEAD CUSTODIAN. PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL, MR. LEESBURG ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, OWEN JENKINS, HEAD CUSTODIAN. AREA SEVEN, MS. MORRIS. SCHMIDT ELEMENTARY, JANET KELLY PRINCIPAL, KEN GAY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. PEREZ HEAD CUSTODIAN. GLADYS -- AREA EIGHT. SESSUMS ELEMENTARY, PRINCIPAL AND HEAD CUSTODIAN. LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL, MS. FRIDA PRINCIPAL, WILLIAM PARKER HEAD CUSTODIAN. I WISH WE COULD GIVE THE TROPHY TO ALL THE SCHOOLS. THEY REALLY DO REPRESENT THE BEST OF THE BEST. SO, AT THIS TIME, THANK YOU! 2014-2015 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR SCHMIDT ELEMENTARY! JANET KELLY PRINCIPAL, PEREZ HEAD CUSTODIAN. THE 2014-2015 SECONDARY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR, BURNS MIDDLE SCHOOL, MATTHEW DUPRIMA, MANUEL SAMEREN HEAD CUSTODIAN.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WE WOULD LIKE TO DO THE SAME HONOR OF HAVING THEM -- US TAKE A PICTURE WITH ALL THE CUSTODIANS AS WE DID OUR BUS DRIVERS. BEFORE YOU LEAVE, WOULD YOU PLEASE COME AROUND TO THE FRONT. IT WILL BE OUR HONOR.

>> YOU WANT EVERYBODY.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: YES. ALL WINNERS. ABSOLUTELY.

>> THANK YOU! [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Susan Valdes: BEFORE YOU LEAVE LEAVE, MEMBER EDGECOMB HAS A COMMENT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I WANT TO, AGAIN, EXTEND OUR CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES AND OUR APPRECIATION TO ALL OF YOU BECAUSE WHAT YOU DO REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN OUR SCHOOLS. AND IT IS ABOUT ALL OF US. AND WITH THAT IN MIND, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE SITTING OUT THERE SAYING, I CONTRIBUTE TO MY SCHOOLS IN SOME WAY, TOO. SO I WOULD LIKE YOU TO TAKE A REVIEW OF ALL OUR NONINSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT PEOPLE, IF THEY HAVE NOT BEEN RECOGNIZED IN SOME WAY. I KNOW WE DO SOME OF THE BOOKKEEPERS WHEN THEY DO THE AUDITS. WE DON'T DO THE STUDENT SERVICES. STUDENT NUTRITION STAFF. I DON'T KNOW IF WE DO -- I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO LOOK AT THAT AND CONSIDER WHERE WE CAN ACKNOWLEDGE FOR NUMBER OF YEARS OR SOMETHING. I THINK THEY ARE WORTHY OF BEING RECOGNIZED.

>> THANK YOU, MEMBER EDGECOMB. [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> TRANSLATE.

>>Susan Valdes: YES, I BASICALLY JUST THANKED EVERYONE, THE MAJORITY OF THE CUSTODIANS THERE WERE SPANISH SPEAKERS, AND JUST ACKNOWLEDGING IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE OUR APPRECIATION AS TO HOW THE IMPORTANT PART THEY PLAY IN THE EVERYDAY LIFE OF OUR KIDS IN PREPARING THEM FOR LIFE AND BY PROVIDING A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT AND OFTENTIMES THEY DON'T GET APPRECIATED ENOUGH. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SPANISH IS NOT HARD, GUYS. YOU GUYS ARE A TRIP. QUIERO ESPANOL. APPRENDE ESPANOL. YES, IT HAS BEEN A LONG DAY. WELL, NOW, BOARD MEMBERS WE ARE NOW GOING TO RECOGNIZE WINNERS AT THE MINORITY ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE, AND IF MR. FARKAS, IF YOU WOULD COME AND HELP US WITH THAT RECOGNITION.

>> I CERTAINLY WILL. IT'S ACTUALLY QUITE AN HONOR. WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY AND JOINED BY A COUPLE OF BOARD MEMBERS FOR THE MINORITY ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE, WHICH IS A YEARLY EVENT. THIS YEAR WAS A LITTLE BIT UNIQUE FOR US. WE ACTUALLY SWEPT THE AWARDS AT THE MINORITY.

>>Susan Valdes: YES, WE DID.

>> WHICH IS A FANTASTIC TESTAMENT TO MR. MOORE, AND WE'LL GET TO HIM IN JUST A MINUTE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE RECOGNIZE THE COMPANIES THAT ARE OSD VENDORS THAT WE'RE SO PROUD OF AND FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE DONE A FANTASTIC JOB AND GREAT TO HAVE THE RECOGNITION FOR THE WHOLE REGION. FIRST RECOGNIZE DANIEL TAPIA WITH JAN-SAN SUPPLY. NEXT, WE HAD A BUSINESS PITCH COMPETITION, WE HAD A FIRST AND SECOND PLACE FOR BOTH OSD VENDORS. BREANNA HARVEY WITH DIVINE INDIVIDUALS. THE WINNER OF THE BUSINESS PITCH WAS COLETTE GLOVER-HANNAH WITH GLOVER-HANNAH COMMUNITY RELATIONS. I HAVE BEEN UP THERE GIVING OUT THE AWARDS BECAUSE HE IS A BIG PART OF WHY THEY HAVE BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL. A LOT OF HIS WORK GOES UNSUNG. HE HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME UP HERE AND DO A YEARLY REPORT AND TALK ABOUT RECORDS, BUT THERE ACTUALLY IS A LOT OF WORK THAT GOES BEHIND IT. BEN HAS KIND OF A THANKLESS JOB IN A LOT OF THE STUFF HE DOES. IT WAS DEFINITELY MOVING TO SEE HIM WIN ADVOCATE OF THE YEAR FOR MINORITY ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THIS IS THE OSD OFFICE WORKING AT THE OPTIMUM LEVEL. WE'RE VERY EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE ALL OF THE VENDORS THAT ARE IN OSD, BUT ESPECIALLY THESE AWARD WINNERS TODAY. VERY PROUD MOMENT.

>>Susan Valdes: ABSOLUTELY. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK YOU DO IN HELPING OUR OSD VENDORS, THE SUCCESS STORIES THAT WE HEAR ARE JUST PHENOMENAL, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS AND FOUR YOUR DILIGENCE IN BEING THAT VOICE FOR OUR SMALL BUSINESSES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] BOARD MEMBERS, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER, WELL, OKAY, MR. TAPIA, HE PROBABLY IS ONE THAT PROVIDES A LOT OF STUFF FOR OUR CUSTODIANS TO KEEP OUR SCHOOLS CLEAN SO THERE YOU GO. ALSO OUR DIVA LLC ARE TWO OF OUR VERY OWN SOCIAL WORKERS, SKY KOL GISTS -- PSYCHOLOGISTS. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER THIS THE CONTRACT THAT CAME ABOUT LAST YEAR, I BELIEVE IT WAS LAST YEAR FOR THE MENTORING PROGRAM AND THE PROGRAMS THAT THEY ARE DOING WITH THE GIRLS AND WHILE HERE WE ARE A YEAR LATER, AND THEY ARE BEING RECOGNIZED. SO CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO, NOT ONLY FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT BUT FOR THE GIRLS. I APPRECIATE YOU VERY MUCH. CONGRATULATIONS. MOVING ON WITH THE AGENDA, WE'RE RECOGNIZING ALL CHILDREN'S AND JOHN HOPKINS HOSPITAL, SHRINERS HOSPITAL, UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, SOUTH UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA, MORE HEALTH, INCORPORATED AND TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL. IF DR. MARIA RUSS WOULD PLEASE COME TO THE PODIUM. SHE IS THE SUPERVISOR FOR SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES. IF YOU WOULD HELP US AND LEAD US IN THIS RECOGNITION.

>> GOOD EVENING. AND THANK YOU. OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS SAVE OVER $10,000 EVERY YEAR BECAUSE OF OUR FOLLOWING COMMUNITY PARTNERS SHARING THEIR FACULTY AND ALL THE AREA OF SPECIALTIES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO GENERAL PEDIATRICS, PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY, PEDIATRIC EMERGENCY MEDICINE, NEUROLOGY, EN ENENDOCRINOLOGY AND ALLERGIES. WE ARE PLEASED THAT THEY PROVIDED OUR STAFF, SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES STAFF WITH ANNUAL EDUCATIONAL UPDATES AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. ON BEHALF OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, WE WOULD LIKE TO -- WE ARE PLEASED TO RECOGNIZE OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS. AND WE'RE FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE DEANS OF THE COLLEGES OF MEDICINE, NURSING, AND PHARMACY. SO WE'LL START WITH DR. DEDLONI WHO IS NOT ONLY ACCEPTING A TOKEN OF OUR APPRECIATION FOR ALL CHILDREN'S JOHN HOPKINS BUT ALSO ACCEPTING TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL. [ APPLAUSE ] 6/HE'S A PEDIATRIC -- PROVIDES OUR PEDIATRIC CARDIOLOGY UPDATES EVERY YEAR. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH. NEXT, WE HAVE DR. PATRICIA EMANUEL FROM THE USF COLLEGE OF MEDICINE. AT LEAST 20 OF HER FACULTY PROVIDE CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR OUR STAFF EVERY YEAR. SO WE'RE VERY PLEASED AND THANK HER. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT WE HAVE DR. KEVIN SNEAD, THE DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF PHARMACY AT USF. WHERE WOULD WE BE WITH THE DRUGS IF WE DIDN'T HAVE ALL THE NEW ONES AND COUNTER EFFECTS AND SOMETIMES WITH HERBALS AND NON-FDA APPROVED AND ALL OF THAT, IF WE DIDN'T HAVE HIS STAFF TO CONSULT WITH, SO WE'RE VERY THANKFUL TO PROVIDE US THE CONTINUED EDUCATION UPDATES AS WELL. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT WE HAVE DR. DEBRA WILLIAMS FROM USF COLLEGE OF NURSING. SHE'S THE DIRECTOR. OF COURSE, OUR NURSE PRACTITIONER FACULTY, WONDERFUL IN PROVIDING ALL THE DIFFERENT UPDATES WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT LEGISLATIVE UPDATES RELATED TO ALL THE DIFFERENT SPECIALTIES AS WELL AS ALL THE DIFFERENT RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT THEY SAY WE MUST HAVE EVERY YEAR, AND ALL THE CONTINUED EDUCATION. WE THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT WE HAVE DR. KATHY KEZNIK, THE DEAN OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA. AGAIN, SHE PROVIDES HER EXPERTISE, ESPECIALLY THEY HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY CRITICAL IN PROVIDING IN-SERVICES IN THE AREAS OF MENTAL HEALTH, PSYCHIATRIC ILLNESSES, RECOGNIZING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS AND ALL THE DIFFERENT LEGAL LAWS. DR. SUZANNE EDGYCOLLINS, ATTORNEY AS WELL AS MY FORMER COLLEAGUE. SO I'M VERY FORTUNATE THAT THEY COME. THEY LARGE A LOT OF MONEY BUT THEY DO THIS FOR FREE FOR US, SO WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT, WE HAVE DR. ROSE NIEVES, THE DEAN OF SOUTH UNIVERSITY. AGAIN, ONE OF MY FORMER COLLEAGUES. I'M VERY THANKFUL. SHE PROVIDES FREELY THEIR SIMULATION LAB AS WELL AS STAFF TO PROVIDE CONTINUING EDUCATION AND ALL THE DIFFERENT SPECIALTIES, INCLUDING FAMILY PRACTICE, SO WE ALSO LOOK AT ADULT HEALTH ISSUES AS WELL AS PEDIATRICS SO WHEN WE HAVE EMPLOYEES COMING INTO THE CLINIC, SO WE'RE VERY THANKFUL FOR THEIR EXPERTISE.

>>Susan Valdes: SHE IS A PHENOMENAL NURSE PRACTITIONER.
>> SHE IS A FABULOUS NURSE PRACTITIONER. AND THEN NEXT, OUR STAFF ARE THERE ALL DAY LONG. NEVER GET A BREAK, AND SO -- AND ALSO NEED THE CONTINUING EDUCATION UNIT, WHICH IS QUITE EXPENSIVE. SO WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE VICTOR RODRIGUEZ CRUZ REPRESENTING AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS AS WELL AS USF AREA HEALTH EDUCATION CENTERS. THEY ALSO PROVIDE LUNCHES AS WELL AS THE CEUs FOR OUR STAFF, SO THANK YOU. THIS CONCLUDES OUR EDUCATIONAL GROUP, AND THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: AS THEY ARE EXITING, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE WHAT THIS BOARD AND THIS LEADERSHIP TEAM ARE DOING NOW IN LOOKING AT THE WHOLE CHILD AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE ABCs AND THE 123s. IT'S SO MUCH MORE, AND THIS LEADERSHIP TEAM FULLY RECOGNIZES THAT. AND THANK YOU ALL FOR WHAT YOU DO EVERY SINGLE DAY TO HELP US. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MEMBER GRIFFIN. AND NOW DR. MARIA RUSS IS GOING TO ALSO HELP US RECOGNIZE THE GREATER TAMPA LIONS SIGHT FUND, INCORPORATED.

>> UNFORTUNATELY, YOU ALL REMEMBER JOE DEMAREZ, HE IS USUALLY HERE WHEN WE DO THE RECOGNITION FOR THE GREATER LIONS. UNFORTUNATELY, HE CAN'T BE HERE TONIGHT BECAUSE HE CAN'T DRIVE AT NIGHT ANYMORE. YOU KNOW HOW MUCH HE LOVED TALKING AND EXPRESSING HIS APPRECIATION. YOU KNOW HOW THANKFUL HE IS AND GRATEFUL. WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE THAT THEY PROVIDE OVER 13,000 PAIR OF GLASSES FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. OF THAT, I THINK IT WAS LIKE 8,000 THAT HAD ACTUALLY RECEIVED GLASSES. SO THOSE WERE ONES THAT WERE REFERRED, OVER 13,000 WERE REFERRED FOR FAILURE AND THEN OVER 8,000 RECEIVED GLASSES. SO WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Susan Valdes: DON'T GO ANYWHERE, BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO RECOGNIZE MORE HEALTH INCORPORATED.

>> MORE HEALTH DOES A LOT OF HATS FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS. WE THANK THEM ON BEHALF OF SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES AND OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, BECAUSE ALMOST 32% OF OUR STUDENTS THAT ARE SCREENED BY OUR SCHOOL NURSES ARE IN THE OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE CATEGORY. AND WE HAVE VERY LIMITED RESOURCES IN OUR COMMUNITY IN TERMS OF PROVIDING DIRECT SERVICES AT NO CHARGE FOR FAMILIES. WELL, MORE HEALTH PARTNERED WITH TAMPA GENERAL AND AS A RESULT, WE'RE ABLE TO REFER TO THEM AND THEY PROVIDE COOKING CLASSES, EXERCISE, PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE FAMILIES. IT INCORPORATES THE WHOLE FAMILY AS WELL AS TEACHING FOOD LABELS AND PROVIDED NUTRITION EDUCATION UPDATE COURSE FOR OUR NURSING STAFF. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>Susan Valdes: WE'RE ALSO RECOGNIZING THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA RONALD McDONALD'S MOBILE VAN.

>> I KNOW THAT ST. JOSEPH'S RONALD McDONALD'S VAN, THEY CALLED ME AT THE LAST MINUTE AND WEREN'T ABLE TO MAKE IT. THEY ARE STILL SERVING STUDENTS. THEY NOW SERVE PINELLAS AND PASCO AS WELL. IT MAKES IT A LITTLE DIFFICULT WHEN THEY GO THROUGH THE LATE EVENING. WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE THIS PARTNERSHIP. OFTENTIMES, OUR CHILDREN DON'T HAVE ANY RESOURCES, AND WHEN WE FIND THOSE CHILDREN WITH ACUTE AND CHRONIC CONDITIONS THAT NEED MORE INTENSE MANAGEMENT THAN THE BASIC SERVICES WE CAN PROVIDE IN SCHOOLS, THEY TAKE THESE STUDENTS WITHOUT ANY RESERVATION, AND THEY DO NOT CHARGE THEM ANY FEES OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT, AND THEY PROVIDE THEM PRIMARY CARE. BOTH OF THEM, YOU KNOW, USF, RONALD McDONALD VAN AS WELL AS ST. JOSEPH'S VAN, WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE THOSE SERVICES IN OUR COMMUNITY. [ APPLAUSE ]
>>Susan Valdes: NOW WE'RE RECOGNIZING ST. JOSEPH'S CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER.

>> I THINK THE PERSON, PENNY, THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT THE VAN ALSO WAS REPRESENTING THE ADVOCACY CENTER. BUT I ALSO WANT TO SAY UNDER THE ADVOCACY CENTER, KID CARE IS A HUGE PART OF THAT AS WELL. YOU ALL KNOW A LOT ABOUT THE CHILDREN'S INSURANCE. DONE A FANTASTIC JOB. THEY'VE ENROLLED PROBABLY A FOURTH OF MY STAFF CHILDREN INTO THE PROGRAM. SO WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE THAT PARTNERSHIP. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Susan Valdes: RECOGNITION OF THE VISION PROGRAM PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE GLAZER FOUNDATION, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS AND THE ESSILOR VISION FOUNDATION.

>> I'M PLEASED. THIS IS OUR FOURTH YEAR PROVIDING THIS SERVICE TO TITLE ONE SCHOOLS. THE GLAZER FOUNDATION, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, PROVIDE VISION SERVICES. THE STUDENTS THAT WERE REFERRED TO THEM FROM OUR SCHOOL NURSES WERE 9,560 STUDENTS AND 37 TITLE 1 SCHOOLS. AND OF THAT, 1,167 RECEIVED GLASSES. WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE THIS PARTNERSHIP. I CAN'T SAY IT ENOUGH. AND THEY ALSO DO NICE THINGS FOR OUR STAFF, LIKE PROVIDE BUCCANEER GAMES AND SO FORTH. I'M GOING TO SAY THAT WE DID HAVE ONE NURSE WHO WAS REALLY EXCITED BECAUSE THEY PROVIDED HER A TICKET. SHE HAD NEVER BEEN TO, AND THEY KNOW THE STORY. SHE HAD NEVER BEEN TO A BUCS' GAME BEFORE. SHE WAS 36 YEARS OLD. UNFORTUNATELY, ON SATURDAY, THE DAY OF THE GAME, SHE PASSED AWAY UNEXPECTEDLY, BUT WE ARE VERY THANKFUL. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I WANT TO SAY THEY ARE DESIGNER GLASSES, TOO, THAT THEY PROVIDE, TOO. THE GOOD THING, THEY DON'T ALLOW THE PARENTS TO BE AROUND. LIFE THAT PART, TOO. ARE WE PROCEEDING TO THE NEXT GROUP? OUR NEXT GROUP IS SHRINERS. [ APPLAUSE ] WE HAVE MS. LYONS AND I WANT TO SAY THAT 12,554 STUDENTS WERE SCREENED FOR SCOLIOSIS. THAT'S SIXTH GRADE, BY OUR SCHOOL NURSES. SHRINERS EITHER FOLLOW UPPED OR PROVIDED SURGERY FOR OVER 4,645 STUDENTS FROM OUR COUNTY. SO THANK YOU. AGAIN, THESE SERVICES WERE AT NO CHARGE TO OUR PARENTS. SO THAT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR TIME. THANK YOU, THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT, BECAUSE WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT, YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT AND YOUR LEADERSHIP, WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO DO THIS. THANK YOU AGAIN.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU. NOW WE'RE MOVING ON TO THE RECOGNITION OF THE AREA ATTENDANCE, SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND PRESENTATION OF THE BETH SHIELDS AWARD, 2014/2015. IF MR. MARK ACKETT, AND HE'S RIGHT HERE, READY. GOOD EVENING, MR. ACKETT.

>> GOOD EVENING. MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, IT IS MY PLEASURE TO BE HERE TODAY TO CONTINUE A TRADITION THAT BEGAN 15 YEARS AGO. DURING THE 2001-2002 SCHOOL YEAR, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT BETH SHIELDS BEGAN AN INITIATIVE TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOL ATTENDANCE AND SET THE DISTRICT GOAL OF 96% ATTENDANCE FOR THE YEAR. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND THIS SCHOOL BOARD HAVE MADE IT THE DISTRICT PRIORITY TO PREPARE EVERY STUDENT FOR LIFE, AND THAT PREPARATION IS ONLY POSSIBLE WHEN STUDENTS HAVE GOOD ATTENDANCE. I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE HARD WORK OF THE SCHOOL PERSONNEL, PARENTS, AND STUDENTS AT EVERY ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS, EVEN THOSE WHO FELL SHORT OF THE DISTRICT ATTENDANCE GOAL. THOSE EFFORTS MAY NOT HAVE EARNED A FLAG, BUT WITHOUT A DOUBT, THEY HAVE IMPROVED THE FUTURE POSSIBILITIES OF COUNTLESS STUDENTS. AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO ASK THE SUPERINTENDENT AND BOARD CHAIR TO COME TO THE FLOOR AND PRESENT 38 EXEMPLARY ATTENDANCE FLAGS TO THE SCHOOLS THAT MET THE DISTRICT GOAL FOR THE 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR. AND THEY ARE IN THE BOX IN ORDER. PARDON THE IRONY, BUT NOT EVERYBODY IS HERE. TO RECEIVE THEIRS. SO IF THERE IS A LITTLE PAUSE AND NO ONE COMES TO GET THEIRS, SET IT TO THE SIDE AND I'LL SEND IT TO THEM. ALL RIGHT. AND WE ARE GOING TO BLOW THROUGH THESE. GET YOUR RUNNING SHOES ON, GUYS. ALL RIGHT. FIRST-YEAR WINNERS, RIVERHILLS ELEMENTARY MAGNET, TODD CONNELLY. PRINCIPAL. SEFFNER ELEMENTARY, ELIZABETH GILES AND HER FABULOUS SOCIAL WORKER ALICIA BRILL. THIRD YEAR WINNER, -- THIRD YEAR WINNERS, CARROLLWOOD ELEMENTARY, MELANIE BOTINI. FARNELL MIDDLE, JOHN COBB, PRINCIPAL. MULLER ELEMENTARY, MARY BOOTH, PRINCIPAL. FOURTH YEAR WINNERS, BALLAST POINT ELEMENTARY, DEBRA FITZPATRICK. ALSO FOURTH YEAR WINNERS, COLEMAN ELEMENTARY, RECEIVING FOR THEM IS LESLIE MORTAR. THAT WAS MY FAULT. I BLAMED IT ON SOMEBODY ELSE THE LAST TIME AND GOT IN TROUBLE. ROLAND PARK, K-8, CARAVAN ANCKEN, RECEIVING. STOWERS ELEMENTARY, JENINE SADDLER, RECEIVING FOR MISSY LENNARD. NOW, THE FIFTH YEAR WINNERS, HAMMOND ELEMENTARY, SHERRY NORQUIST. WINNING FOR THE SIXTH YEAR, TRAPNELL ELEMENTARY, ALAN BLACK. WINNING FOR THE SEVENTH TIME, DEER PARK ELEMENTARY, SHERRY PEREBSKI. LOMAX ELEMENTARY MAGNET, CONNIE CHISHOLM, EBONY BROWN ACCEPTING. WE ONLY LET THEM GIVE US ONE NAME. MacFARLANE PARK MAGNET, DR. DENISE RIVERO. RAMBLEO DOWNTOWN MAGNET, LIZ UPPERCUE. WILSON ELEMENTARY, GINA BECKER. ONE DECADE, TEN-YEAR WINNER, NORTHWEST ELEMENTARY, BRIAN QUIGLEY. THAT DOES NOT LOOK LIKE BRIAN. WE JUST PULLED PEOPLE OUT OF THE CROWD FOR THOSE PRINCIPALS. THAT'S BRE ANA. 11th YEAR, BUCKHORN ELEMENTARY, TAMMY BROOKS. CHI MINO ELEMENTARY, CINDY DOUGHTY. DOVER ELEMENTARY, KAYLA FORCUCCI. REMINDS ME OF CALLING ROLL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A CLASSROOM. FISHHAWK CREEK ELEMENTARY, PAMELA BUSH. MARTINEZ MIDDLE, SCOTT WEAVER. RANDALL MIDDLE, CLAIRE MULWONIE. TAMPA PALMS ELEMENTARY, MARYANNE LIPPIC. 12th YEAR WINNERS, BRIAN ELEMENTARY, JENNIFER McCHRYSTAL. IS FRY ELEMENTARY, NINA PAPY. ALAFIA ELEMENTARY, LISA TYRANNY JACKSON. BRYANT ELEMENTARY, KAREN BASS, NOTIFIED ME THAT SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO BE HERE. SO WE'LL MAKE HER COME TO VELASCO AND PICK IT UP. MITCHELL ELEMENTARY, DEBRA ANDERSON. 14th YEAR WINNERS, GORRIE ELEMENTARY, MARJORIE SANDLER. LITHIA SPRINGS ELEMENTARY, MARYANNE KEEN, REPRESENTED BY KEVIN MARTIN. MABRY ELEMENTARY, SHERRY TRICK. McKITRICK ELEMENTARY, ALLISON KLEIN. ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY, CHRISTINA DICKENS. ALL RIGHT. SO THIS LAST GROUP HAVE BEEN REPRESENTED EVERY TIME WE'VE GIVEN THIS AWARD FOR 15 YEARS, THEY HAVE BEEN 96% OR BETTER. [ APPLAUSE ] S BEVIS ELEMENTARY, MELANIE COCHRAN. LINCOLN ELEMENTARY MAGNET, JENNIFER WEST. WESTCHASE ELEMENTARY, ERIC HOLLY WAS HERE EARLIER BUT HAD TO LEAVE. WE CAN CLAP ANYWAY. IN CASE HE WATCHES IT. HE MIGHT BE WATCHING. WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET, ARLENE KOS TELLY WITH ALICIA BRILL AGAIN. MAYBE SHE IS THE COMMON DENOMINATOR FOR BOTH OF THEM. ALL RIGHT. THESE ARE, AND WHILE THEY ARE UP HERE -- OH, DID I SKIP SOMEBODY? YOU ALL JUST HOLD ON. DON'T GET AHEAD OF YOURSELVES. WHILE WE'RE UP HERE, LET'S JUST GO AHEAD AND AWARD THE BETH SHIELDS AWARDS, WHICH ARE THE HIGHEST ATTENDANCE AVERAGE AT EACH LEVEL, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, AND HIGH SCHOOL. AND BRRRRR ... [DRUM ROLL] McFARLAND PARK, DR. DENISE RIVERO, FOR ELEMENTARY. ALL RIGHT. AND THE MIDDLE SCHOOL WITH THE HIGHEST ATTENDANCE AVERAGE LAST YEAR WILLIAMS MIDDLE, ARLENE COSTELLI AND ALICIA BRILL. AND THAT'S WHY SHE'S STANDING OVER THERE, THE PRINCIPAL OF STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL, THE HIGH SCHOOL WITH THE HIGHEST ATTENDANCE AVERAGE. ALL RIGHT. AND I NEED YOU ALL TO STAY UP HERE FOR THIS, BECAUSE IT IS A HIGHLY COVETED, HIGHLY FOUGHT-OVER AWARD THAT IT MAY COME INTO QUESTION AND DISPUTED, BUT I WANT SOME BACKUP HERE. SO THE LAST AWARD WE DO IS CALLED THE ATTENDANCE CUP. AND IT GOES TO THE AREA WITH THE HIGHEST COMBINED AVERAGE AS WELL AS ANOTHER ONE FOR THE AREA OF HIGHEST GAIN OVER LAST YEAR. WE CAN'T TELL YA. LAST YEAR HAS PASSED. THAT IS IN THE PAST. IF I TOLD YOU LAST YEAR, I'D HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE VERY BEGINNING AND READ ALL OF THEM. IT'S ALL ABOUT THIS YEAR. LAST YEAR, LET ME JUST TELL YA, I ONLY HAD TO GO TO ONE AREA OFFICE. ONE AREA OFFICE TO PICK IT UP. BUT NEXT YEAR I'LL HAVE TO GO TO TWO BECAUSE THE WINNER OF THE HIGHEST ATTENDANCE AVERAGE FOR AREA IS AREA 5. SHERRIE SIKES. [ APPLAUSE ] ALL RIGHT. THE LAST, THE AREA WITH THE HIGHEST GAIN -- I'M GOING TO NEED TWO PEOPLE UP HERE FOR THIS ONE BECAUSE IT GOES TO -- AREA 7. SHARON MORRIS, BUT I THINK IT ONLY FAIR THAT OWEN YOUNG COME UP AND JOIN HER. [ APPLAUSE ] BUT SHARON WANTS OWEN TO KNOW THAT IT WILL ONLY BE HOUSED IN ONE PLACE. AREA 7.

>> DONE!

>> YAY! [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU, EVERYONE.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE ONE OBSERVATION ABOUT THIS LAST PRESENTATION. AS COMPETITIVE AS YOU ALL ARE, WHAT I SAW WAS SUCH COLLABORATION, AND GREAT JOY IN YOUR COLLEAGUES WINNING. I THINK THAT REALLY SETS AN EXAMPLE FOR OUR STUDENTS WHO WE ENCOURAGE TO BE COMPETITIVE IN SOME WAYS BUT ALSO TO ENJOY AND SUPPORT WINNERS OUTSIDE OF THEMSELVES. SO I THINK YOU ARE A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THAT TONIGHT. THANK YOU.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, EVERYONE. AS SOMEONE ASKED ME EARLIER, HOW LONG DO YOU THINK THIS WILL BE, I SAID WE SHOULD BE OUT OF HERE BY 7:30. SO WE'RE AT 7:31, WELL, ACCORDING TO THAT CLOCK -- OH, 7:29. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE BOARD PACKETS. THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.