Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from December 15, 2015

>> THIS DECEMBER 15th, 2015, 3 P.M. MEETING IS NOW CALLED TO ORDER. MS. STEWART, VICE CHAIR STEWART WILL LEAD US IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. PLEASE STAND.

>> BOARD MEMBERS AND AUDIENCE, AS WE STAND TODAY, KEEP IN YOUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TODAY THE STUDENTS THAT WE LOST FROM ALTERNATIVE THIS WEEK. THANK YOU. (MOMENT OF SILENCE). [ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ] AND IF WE COULD ALSO KEEP IN OUR THOUGHTS, WE LOST PAT LAST NIGHT. SHE WAS A VERY VALUED MEMBER OF OUR COMMUNITY, AND IF WE COULD KEEP HER IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THE WITHDRAWN ITEMS ARE BO 2, C 120, C 107, C 908 AND C 0909. I NEED A MOTION TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. VALDES. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT. BOARD MEMBERS, YOU HAVE THE MINUTES FROM THE OCTOBER 20th SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP, THE OCTOBER 27th SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, THE NOVEMBER 3rd SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP IN THE MORNING, THE NOVEMBER 10th RECOGNITION MEETING, AND THE NOVEMBER 12th TERMINATION MEETING, THE NOVEMBER 17th SCHOOL BOARD REORG MEETING AND THE DECEMBER 10th SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE APPROVAL OF THESE MINUTES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. SNIVELY LYRICS SECOND BY MRS. STEWART. IS THEREOF ANY DISCUSSION ON THESE MINUTES? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. THANK YOU. THE VOTE IS UNANIMOUS. MEMBER STUART, IF YOU COULD PLEASE GO OVER THE BOARD GUIDELINES. STEWART STEWART LET ME QUICKLY REVIEW THE FORMAT OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. THE BOARD AGENDA IS A CONSENT AGENDA. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE APPROVED ON MOTION AND VOTE UNLESS AN ITEM IS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THE AGENDA AND BACKUP DOCUMENTATION ARE ALL AVAILABLE ONLINE. THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON THE LIVE WEBCAST ON TABLE TV AND ON THE VIDEO MONITOR HERE IN THE AUDITORIUM. IT CAN ALSO BE CLOSED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING LATER IN THE VIDEO ARCHIVES. DURING THE MEETING THERE IS A TABLET AVAILABLE AT OUR COMMUNICATIONS DESK THAT CAN BE USED TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING. THERE ARE SPEAKERS IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM OF THAT ALLOWED BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR THE MEETING IF ANY OF US SHOULD LEAVE THE MEETING. THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 45 MINUTES ALLOWED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. SPEAKERS WILL BE GRANTED THROW MINUTES TO ADDRESS A SINGLE AGENDA ITEM OR A TOTAL OF FIVE MINUTES TO ADDRESS TWO OR MORE AGENDA ITEMS. WHEN TEN OR MORE SPEAKERS WISH TO SPEAK TO THE SAME AGENDA ITEM, SPEAKING TIME SHALL BE REDUCED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER. IF THERE ARE STILL SPEAKERS AFTER THE 45-MINUTE ALLOTTED TIME ENDS, THE REMAINDER OF THE SPEAKERS WILL BE HEARD PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON THE ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. YOUR COMMENTS ARE IMPORTANT. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO YOUR COMMENTS, THE STAFF WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU AND KEEP THE BOARD INFORMED ABOUT THE RESPONSE. THE BOARD RESPECTS THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD, BUT WE CANNOT TOLERATE BEHAVIOR INTENDED TO INTERRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THIS MEETING. OUR CIVILITY POLICY IS IN EFFECT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS EVENING BEFORE WE START I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE AUGUSTINE WEBB, A BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FOR THE BEAUTIFUL PIANO OUT THERE. IF YOU COULD PLEAS COME UP. WELCOME. I DON'T KNOW IF THEY TOLD YOU WE WERE GOING TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT OR NOT.

>> A SOPHOMORE.

>> WHAT DO DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU GET OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL?

>> I WOULD LIKE TO BE A SONG WRITER OR SOMETHING IN THE MUSIC FIELD.

>> WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING. WE APPRECIATE YOU. AND GO YELLOW JACKETS. [ APPLAUSE ] WE ARE NOW AT A POINT IN THE AGENDA WHERE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE AUDIENCE COMMENTS. AND I AM GOING TO CALL YOU UP. AND IF YOU COULD COME LINE UP TO THE WEST, WE HAVE THE FIRST THREE SPEAKERS. MRS. STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS. JEAN CLEMMENS. AND FRANK VALANOS. WELCOME. YOU ARE GOING TO GO BEFORE JENKINS? IT DOESN'T MATTER THE ORDER. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT. WE HAVE COME THROUGH SO MUCH TOGETHER. AND MOST OF US HAVE PHOTO HARD TOGETHER UPLIFTING GREAT DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES ABOUT WHICH WE ARE ALL PASSIONATE. I STAND HERE TODAY TO SHARE WITH YOU SOME FACTS AND THOUGHTS THAT I THINK OF INTEREST TO YOU. WE PLEDGED LAST YEAR TO SIGNIFICANTLY UPGRADE THE ESP SCALES AND TO RAISE THEM TO A LIVING WAGE ACROSS THE BOARD. WE KNEW WE COULD NOT GET THEM AS FAR AS WE NEEDED IN JUST ONE YEAR. SO WE AGREED TO PHASE IN THOSE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SALARY SCALE OVER THREE OR FOUR YEARS. WE STARTED THAT LAST YEAR. WE PROMISED THAT WE WOULD MOVE AT LEAST TWO OR THREE MORE STEPS THIS YEAR. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAKES ME MOST PROUD ABOUT THIS DISTRICT, WORKING IN AND WITH THIS DISTRICT FOR WELL OVER 30 YEARS. THE HISTORY WE HAVE OF WORKING TOGETHER, TO DO WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR STUDENTS, AND RIGHT BY OUR EMPLOYEES. THAT HAS ENABLED US TO DO MANY THINGS AND SEE GREAT SUCCESS AT THAT MANY OTHER PLACE DOES NOT SEE. IT ASTONISHES AND SADDENS ME THAT IT'S NOT LIKE THAT EVERYWHERE. BUT HERE, WE NEED TO KEEP PACE WITH OUR ESPs AND WE NEED TO KEEP OUR PROMISES. IT'S ALL ABOUT KEEPING FAITH, KEEPING TRUST, KEEPING RESPECT, AND KEEPING PROMISES. AND WE REMAIN COMMITTED TO VALUING OUR PEOPLE, OUR STUDENTS AND OUR EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ALL DEDICATED TO SERVING THOSE STUDENTS OVER OURSELVES, VALUING OUR PEOPLE OVER THE SELF. OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS OUR SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS HAVE ENTHUSIASTICALLY SUPPORTED THE TEACHER SALARY SCHEDULE BEING REVAMPED. THEY WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORTED OUR ESP SALARY AND THE UPGRADE OF SPECIFIC EMPLOYEE GROUPS LIKE OUR BILINGUAL AIDS AND HEALTH AIDS AND OTHERS AS WELL AS THE GROUPS WHO HAVE ALSO SEEN JOB RECLASSIFICATIONS AND UPGRADES. BUT THE PSYCHOLOGISTS PAY SCALE HAS NEVER BEEN ADDRESSED. RECENTLY OR IN MANY, MANY YEARS. MANY YEARS AGO, THAT PSYCHOLOGIST SALARY WAS PRETTY GOOD. THEN OVER THE YEARS IT BECAME JUST GOOD. THEN OKAY. NOW IT'S EMBARRASSING. BECAUSE IT PROMPTS OUT LOWER -- YES, LOWER -- THAN OUR TEACHER SALARY SCALE. IT IS NOW THE ONLY REPRESENTED SCALE WHICH HAS NOT BEEN ADDRESSED OR UPGRADED. AND HERE IS SOMETHING THAT MAY NOT HAVE OCCURRED TO YOU BEFORE NOW. THE FACT THAT IT TOPS OUT LOWER THAN TEACHERS MEANS THAT OUR PSYCHOLOGISTS RETIREMENT FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE IS COMPROMISED AND IT'S I LESS THAN A TEACHER'S RETIREMENT. I REALIZE YOU MAY NOT HAVE THOUGHT OF THAT BEFORE, BUT IT KIND OF MAKES IT UNCONSCIONABLE FOR US NOT TO CORRECT IT NOW. IT'S BEEN LESS THAN THE TEACHERS FOR A FEW YEARS NOW. THERE AREN'T MANY OF THEM, PSYCHOLOGISTS IN OUR DISTRICT. LESS THAN 200. AND CERTAINLY MOST OF THEM ARE NOT AT THE TOP. I THINK THERE ARE ONLY ABOUT 15 TO 20 OF OUR PSYCHOLOGISTS AT THE TOP OF THE SCALE. SO ADDING A COUPLE OF STEPS TO THE PSYCHOLOGISTS SALARIES DOESN'T COST MUCH. IT'S REALLY A TINY BIT OF MONEY AND FAR LESS THAN MANY EXPENDITURES ON TODAY'S BOARD AGENDA, EVEN WHEN COMBINED WITH OTHER SALARY TWEAKS THAT WE NEED. IN SUMMARY, JUST LOOKING AT TODAY'S AGENDA, THERE IS MORE MONEY BEING SPENT THAN WHAT THESE THINGS WOULD COST. FOR INSTANCE, TO GET SOME CONSULTING CONTRACT CLOSE TO A MILLION DOLLARS. YOUR EMPLOYEES AND THE STUDENTS THEY SERVE SHOULD BE YOUR TOP PRIORITY. IT'S DISHEARTENING TO SEE THE DISTRICT HIKING EMPLOYEE SALARIES THEN KEEP SPENDING THAT KIND OF MONEY ON OTHER THINGS. AGAIN, IT'S ABOUT KEEPING FAITH, KEEPING TRUST, HONORING AND RESPECTING OUR EMPLOYEES WHO SHOW UP DAY AFTER DAY, YEAR AFTER YEAR, THROUGH THICK AND THIN TO SERVE THE CHILDREN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. IT'S ABOUT PRIORITIES. IT'S ABOUT PROMISES. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, MRS. CLEMMENS. MS. BAXTER JENKINS?

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS. SUPERINTENDENT. OTHER STAFF. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT. YOU GUYS OFTEN HEAR THINGS WE ARE STRUGGLING WITH, THEN WE GET UP AND TALK ABOUT. I DO WANT TO JUST SHARE WITH EVERYONE A PIECE OF GOOD NEWS. WE HAVE A BOOK GIVEAWAY IN COMBINATION WITH FIRSTA, THE UNITED WAY, THE ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THIS WEEKEND AT CGA WE GAVE OUT BOOKS TO NEEDY FAMILIES. AND SO WE SERVE OVER 700 INDIVIDUAL FAMILIES. WE HAD EVERY KIND OF TITLE FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO PRE-K. WE HAD SPANISH LANGUAGE TITLES, PRE-WE HAVE BEEN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND WE LOOKED REALLY HARD TO GET THOSE BOOKS AS WELL. THERE IS NOTHING MORE JOYFUL THAN SEEING KIDS CRY AND HUG BOOKS. WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE NOT MAKING THE COPY SO I WANT TO SHARE IT IS THE SINGLE MOST JOYFUL MOMENT I HAVE HAD IN MONTHS. AND I APPRECIATE MEMBER EDGECOMB. WE ARE IN HER DISTRICT, AND SO SHE STOPPED BY TO SHARE IT WITH US, AND IT WAS REALLY A GREAT MOMENT. BUT I DO WANT TO SAY FOR ALL OUR TITLE I PRINCIPALS, I BELIEVE BECAUSE WE HAD SUCH A GREAT EVENT AND SO MUCH SUCCESS, AND IT WAS THE FIRST BIG EVENT WE HAVE DONE IN THE TAMPA AREA, I DO BELIEVE I AM GOING TO HAVE SOME OPTIONS OPEN IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, AND TITLE I PRINCIPALS WHO WOULD THINK ABOUT HOSTING THE EVENT, BECAUSE I HAVE LOVELY SPACE IT IS A LOT OF OUTDOORS AND RAINED COULD BE AN ISSUE. SO IF WE HAVE A SCHOOL THAT WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH US, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THAT OPTION. WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE, I KNOW JACKSON, ONE OF OUR PRINCIPALS AT WOOD BURN SCHOOL, TWO CHRISTMAS GIFTS TO HAVE UNDER THE TREE SO WE DID TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY WHEN WE SAW THAT STORY TO GIVE AT LEAST ONE BOOK FOR EVERY CHILD AT THE ELEMENTARY. SO IF YOU WANT TO SHARE THAT, BECAUSE I HOPE NEXT TIME WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE EVEN MORE BOOKS. WE CAN GET UP TO 80,000. I JUST NEED MORE PEOPLE TO SORT THEM AND HOUSE THEM. MOVING ALONG, I DO WANT TO ALSO SAY ON BEHALF OF OUR MEMBERSHIP, PEOPLE REALLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THE TOWN HALL MEETINGS WE HAVE BEEN HAVING. THEY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK WITH OUR SUPERINTENDENT. I DO WANT TO SHARE, WE HEARD SOME COMMENTS FROM PEOPLE THAT THERE WAS PERHAPS -- BECAUSE 50 TO 100 PEOPLE WERE COMING, PEOPLE WERE TAKING THAT AS EVERYONE WAS HAPPY. I KNOW WE ARE ALWAYS PRESSED FOR TIME. THERE IS NEVER A GOOD TIME TO DO EVERYTHING. BUT WE ARE HOLDING THESE AT POSSIBLY THE WORST TIME OF THE YEAR FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES AND TEACHERS BECAUSE MOST TEACHERS ARE DOING THINGS AT SCHOOL IN TERMS OF HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING WITH THE KIDS. I KNOW I FOR ONE HAVE MISSED PRETTY MUCH EVERY ONE OF MY KIDS' EVENTS TO BE AT THESE THINGS, TO BE AT ALL OF THESE THINGS. AND SO IT IS NOT A GREAT TIME. I THINK MORE PEOPLE WOULD BE ATTENDING AND SHARING THEIR THOUGHTS IF WE WERE HAVING THEM AT A DIFFERENT TIME. SO I DO THINK WE SHOULD CONSIDER PERHAPS SOME JANUARY DATES. WE CERTAINLY ARE HAPPY TO WORK WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT ON THAT. BUT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GENERALLY HAPPY TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK WITH YOU. I THINK JEAN COVERED OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES STUFF VERY WELL IN TERMS OF SOME OF THE GENERAL THINGS, AND I APOLOGIZE, I AM GOING TO RUN THROUGH A BUNCH OF THINGS BECAUSE I HAVE A LONG LIST. JEAN GENERALLY COVERED OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES STAFF. BUT I DO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT AGAIN BECAUSE WE HAD A LOT OF DISCUSSIONS ABOUT DISAPPOINTMENT IN THIS DISTRICT. I SAT AT THE BARGAINING TABLE BUT I WANT TO SAY AT THE MIKE FOR THE PUBLIC TO HEAR, I DON'T KNOW THAT MANY PEOPLE IN TAMPA WHO ARE MORE LIBERAL THAN ME. SO THERE'S NOBODY WHO WANTS TO DEEP CHILDREN IN SCHOOL MORE THAN MYSELF AND MORE THAN THE TEACHERS WHO WE REPRESENT. TEACHERS ARE THE FIRST PEOPLE IN THEIR TRAJECTORY IN THEIR ENTIRE LIFE SO WE ABSOLUTELY WANT TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. BUT I HAVE BEEN IF HE BOARD FOR MANY MONTHS NOW TALKING ABOUT THIS. I THINK WE ARE ALL IN THE SAME PLACE WITH GOALS. WE NEED TO DO SOME DIFFERENT THINGS TO ACTUALLY MAKE IT HAPPEN. TO SAY -- IT DOESN'T SOLVE THE PROBLEMS THAT ARE MAPPED OUT. I DO BELIEVE WE KEEP PERHAPS BEING PENNY WISE AND POUND FOOLISH IN TERMS OF OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL STAFF AND OTHER STUDENTS, SUPPORT STAFF. SO I WOULD IMPLORE YOU AS YOU ALL THINK ABOUT THIS AND HOW TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS THAT YOU KEEP THOSE PEOPLE IN MIND BECAUSE IF WE CONTINUE TO LOSE THEM AT THE RATE WE ARE, OR NOT BEING ABLE TO FILL THESE POSITIONS, WE ARE NOT HELPING OUR KIDS IN THE BEST WAY THAT WE CAN. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I DO WANT TO SAY I APPRECIATE -- I HAD SOME CONVERSATION WITH PAYROLL DEPARTMENT, AND I GUESS I AM GOING TO RUN OUT OF TIME SO I AM GOING TO CONTINUE HAVING THAT ON THE SCHEDULE. BUT I APPRECIATE TAKING TIME TO LISTEN. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. FRANK VALANOS.

>> YES, MY NAME IS FRANK VALANOS AND I'M THE CO-FOUNDER OF AVANT-GARDE ACADEMY. I WANT TO THANK YOU TODAY FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. WE ARE A CHARTER SCHOOL. WE ALSO WANT TO REACH OUT AND THANK THE CHARTER SCHOOL OFFICE STAFF AND ALL THE DISTRICT STAFF THAT WORKED THROUGHOUT THE REVIEW PROCESS AND WAS VERY FOR THE COMING AND TRANSPARENT AND POSITIVE PROGRAM. WITH YOUR APPROVAL AND BLESSING TODAY, WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING WITH STAFF, MAKE SURE WE BRING A VERY HIGH QUALITY CHARTER SCHOOL OPTION TO THE COMMUNITY WITH OUR LOCAL BOARD AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS AS WELL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I AM GOING TO CALL THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS UP. MISS RENEE RUIZ. CHRISTINE LACKMAN. CATHY SULLIVAN. RENEE RUIZ? AND YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.

>> THANK YOU. I WILL BE VERY SHORT. GOOD AFTERNOON BOARD MEMBERS. SUPERINTENDENT. I'M ALSO HERE REPRESENTING SLAM CHARTER SCHOOL. HOPEFULLY WITH YOUR APPROVAL WE WILL BE ABLE TO START VERY SOON. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY IT WAS A WONDERFUL PROCESS WORKING WITH THE CHARTER STAFF. INCREDIBLE. AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT IT'S NOT ALWAYS THAT WAY IN OTHER PLACES. SO WE DEFINITELY APPRECIATE IT. AGAIN WITH YOUR APPROVAL, WE WILL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO STARTING VERY SOON AND STARTING THIS RELATIONSHIP AND HOPEFULLY BRINGING INNOVATIVE AND VERY HIGH QUALITY CHARTER SCHOOL INTO YOUR AREA. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE APPRECIATE IT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. CHRISTINE LACKMAN.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MY NAME IS CHRIS WAGMAN AND I'M A CONCERNED BASEBALL PARENT. AFTER MANY YEARS OF PLAYING BASEBALL AND SOME OF THE WALL GAMES ON TUESDAY AND FRIDAY EVENINGS SOMEONE MADE THE DECISION TO CHANGE THE FRIDAY GAMES TO THURSDAY. THERE'S A GREAT CONCERN WITH REGARD TO THIS CHANGE AND HOW IT WILL AFFECT THE STUDENT ATHLETES. THIS CHANGE WILL DEFINITELY HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE STUDENTS, TO THEIR PERFORMANCE IN THE CLASSROOM AS THEY WILL BE OUT VERY LATE TWO NIGHTS A WEEK INSTEAD OF JUST ONE. THEIR GRADE WILL CERTAINLY SUFFER. MOST OF THE KIDS HAVE LARGE LOADS OF AB CLASSES AND HONOR CLASSES. THEY CANNOT BEGIN THEIR SCHOOL DAY AT 6:30 A.M. AND GET HOME AT 11 OR 12 P.M. AFTER TRAVELING FOR A GAME AND THEN COME HOME AND SIT DOWN AND DO HOMEWORK AND STUDY FOR ANOTHER ONE TO THREE HOURS WHICH IN REALITY FOR THEM MEANS AN 18 TO 19 HOUR DAY. AND THEN WE EXPECT THEM TO FARE WELL IN THE CLASSROOMS. ONCE DURING THE WEEK IS MANAGEABLE BUT SUBJECTING THESE STUDENTS TO TWO NIGHTS LIKE THIS IS UNFAIR. ALL SPORTS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL ARE ON A TIME CLOCK. THERE IS NO TIME CLOCK ON SOFTBALL AN BASEBALL GAME WHICH MEANS THE GAME COULD POTENTIALLY END AT 11 P.M. IF IT HAS EXTRAENINGS. THIS DOES NOT OF COURSE INCLUDE TRAVEL TIME BACK TO SCHOOL. SO NOW WE WILL BE EXPECTED FOR THESE STUDENTS TO DO THIS TWICE A WEEK AND STILL KEEP UP WITH THEIR SCHOOL WORK. THE STUDENTS ARE MORE RELAXED ON FRIDAYS BECAUSE THEY CAN JUST GO OUT, HAVE FUN, PLAY THEIR SPORT WITH THE ADDED STRESS AND PRESSURE OF HAVING TO GO HOME THAT EVENING AND STUDY OR DO HOMEWORK FOR SEVERAL HOURS. I HAVE TWO CHILDREN THAT HAVE DONE THIS THROUGH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS, AND BELIEVE ME, I HAVE STAYED UP MANY, MANY LATE NIGHTS WITH THEM WHILE THEY DO THEIR HOMEWORK. THIS IS IN NO WAY IN THE STUDENTS' BEST INTEREST. AFTER ALL, WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE STUDENTS, AREN'T WE? I AM RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THAT THIS MATTER BE ADDRESSED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AND THAT WE WILL LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE AND LET THE GAMES BE PLAYED ON TUESDAY AND FRIDAY EVENINGS. LET'S DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THE STUDENTS. AND LET'S PLEASE IMPLORE THE ADMINISTRATORS AND PRINCIPALS TO VOTE TO CHANGE THIS BACK. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I AM GOING TO CALL THE NEXT SPEAKERS UP. MR. MARK KLUTHO, YOU WILL HAVE FIVE MINUTES. CATHY SULLIVAN. AND A NET A JENKINS. ANETTA JENKINS.

>> I'M CATHY SULLIVAN. I THINK I'M NEXT. GOOD AFTERNOON AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING US, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT. MY NAME IS CATHY SULLIVAN, A LONG-TIME BASEBALL PARENT AT DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL. I'M SPEAKING ON THIS ISSUE OF CHANGING TO THURSDAY NIGHT GAMES. I HAVE THREE SONS. MY FIRST STARTED IN 2005 AT DURANTE BASEBALL. MY LAST ONE IS FINISHING HIS SENIOR YEAR IN THIS PROGRAM. THIS IS MY ELEVENTH SEASON AT TEAM MOM FOR DOING IT AND I HAVE BEEN 17 YEARS IN TRAVEL BASEBALL. ONE OF THE REASONS THAT THIS IS BEING PROPOSED CHANGE IS THAT SCOUTS CAN'T GET TO FRIDAY NIGHT HIGH SCHOOL GAMES. I'M HERE TO TELL YOU THAT THAT'S NOT ACCURATE. LIKE I SAID, HAVING SPENT 17 YEARS IN THIS PROCESS AND HAVING ALL THREE OF MY SONS PLAY COLLEGE BASEBALL, I HAVE LEARNED QUITE A BIT ABOUT HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL AND THE SCOUTING PROCESS. LET ME TELL YOU THAT COLLEGE SCOUTS DO NOT RANDOMLY OR OFTEN ATTEND HIGH SCHOOL GAMES. THEY DON'T JUST PICK UP A SCHEDULE AND JUST COME TO THE GAMES. HERE IS HOW THIS WORKS. THEY SEND THEIR RECRUITING TIME IN THE SUMMER AND FALL AT THE VARIOUS TOP TRAVEL BALL AND SELECT TOURNAMENTS, AND WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE THEM IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. WHEN A RECRUITING COACH FINDS A PLAYER THEY ARE INTERESTED IN, THEY FIND OUT HIS HIGH SCHOOL, THEY FIND OUT HI HIGH SCHOOL GAME SCHEDULE, AND THEY MAY -- AND I SAY MAY -- SEND ONE OF THEIR ASSISTANT COACHES TO CATCH A HIGH SCHOOL GAME. BUT NOT ALWAYS. I HAVE SEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA HEAD COACH KEVIN O'SULLIVAN WHO I AM PERSONALLY FRIEND WITH ONLY TWICE. AND THAT WAS WHEN HE WAS LOOKING AT A PLAYER THAT WAS GOING INTO THE DRAFT AND WANTED TO SEE IF HE WAS STILL GOING TO ATTEND HIS SCHOOL. SO EVEN DURING THE SPRING BASEBALL SEASON, WHICH IS FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE, THAT THE RECRUITING COACH CAN COME ON FRIDAY. HEAD COACH WILL SEND SOMEONE. IF THEY ARE INTERESTED, THEY'LL COME. AND IT CAN BE FRIDAY NIGHT. THE RECRUITING COACH, HE COMES, TAKES VIDEO, HE LOOKS AT THE PLAYER AGAIN THAT HE'S SEEN DURING THE SUMMER, AND HE DECIDES IF HE WANTS TO RELAY BACK TO THE HEAD COACH BEFORE THIS PLAYER. SO THE SCHEDULE, THAT'S ONE OF THE POINTS THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE TO A THURSDAY TO ACCOMMODATE SCOUTS. I BELIEVE IT'S NOT A VALID POINT. I HAVE WITNESSED IT. I HAVE EVEN SPOKEN TO SOME THAT I PERSONALLY NO. I JUST WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU NOT TO BE MISLED ON THIS PARTICULAR POINT BY CERTAIN HIGH SCHOOL COACHES THAT THIS WOULD BE VALID. AND I THINK MY TIME IS UP?

>> YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS.

>> OKAY. IT WOULD BE A DRASTIC CHANGE TO SOMETHING THAT HAS WORKED JUST FINE ALL THESE YEARS FOR HUNDREDS OF PLAYERS. SO I REALLY THANK YOU FOR YOUR IN LISTENING TODAY.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MR. KLUTHO.

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¡ HOTTER THAN THE BIG ONE OF 97-98. THEN WE HAVE THE IDIOTS AT THE "ST. PETE TIMES" SAYING A SOLID STEP TOWARDS CUTS AND EMISSIONS. NOT EVEN CLOSE. NOT EVEN CLOSE. SO IN THE NEW YORK TIMES WRITES YESTERDAY, FALLING SHORT ON CLIMATE. WELL, YEAH. SO WHAT'S HAPPENING? WE HAVE AN UNNATURAL HISTORY. THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE. YOU FOOLS ARE SO UNNATURAL. IT'S SCIENCE. I HEAR YOU TAKE THE TIME IN THIS AGENDA HERE WITH ALL YOUR TECHNOLOGY STUFF THAT YOU HAVE. IT IS SO, SO SAD. THAT THE PLANET IS BURNING. YOU DON'T GET THE BUILDINGS ORIENTED CORRECTLY. YOU DON'T HAVE THE MASS INSULATED. YOU DON'T HAVE IT IN THE RIGHT PLACE. I MEAN, A LEGACY IS WRITTEN HERE IS JUST, IN ONE WORD, MALFEASANCE. THE MONEY IS GOING UP IN SMOKE. LITERALLY GOING UP IN SMOKE. AND THEN, OF COURSE, THAT CO2, YOU DON'T SEE. THERE IS GOING TO BE A DAY WHEN PEOPLE WILL LOOK BACK AT YOU, AND THEY ARE GOING TO SAY, WHY DIDN'T YOU, WITH ALL YOUR TALK, OF TECHNOLOGY, EMBRACE THIS SCIENCE? OF COURSE, YOU DON'T WANT TO FIGHT OVER THE CONSTITUTION. DOES THE CONSTITUTION CRITICIZE? NO, NO, NO. YOU ARE BREAKING THE LAW. THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MS. JENKINS AND I AM GOING TO CALL UP SUSAN PERRY, DARCI KATZ AND RED CARD.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. THERE HAS BEEN INFORMATION CIRCULATING IN OUR COMMUNITY ABOUT THE EXISTING PROCESS OF THE SUPPRESSION OF VICE CHAIR -- SUGGESTION OF VICE CHAIR BECOMING CHAIRPERSON. IT HAS BEEN INTERRUPTED AND CHANGED FOR AN UNKNOWN REASON. ALTHOUGH THE TRADITIONAL SUCCESSION PROCESS IS NOT PART OF A POLICY ON HOW THE BOARD CHOOSES THEIR CHAIR AND THEIR VICE CHAIR, BUT THE PROCESS HAS ALWAYS BEEN RESPECTED AS A FAIR AND TRANSPARENT RATE OF THE SCHOOL BOARD CONDUCTING BUSINESS. IT WAS HEAVILY DISCUSSED THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY ACROSS RACE AND ETHNICITY -- GROUPS, THAT THIS INTERRUPTION OF A LONGSTANDING AND TRADITIONAL PROCESS WAS NOT KNOWN -- SUPPORTED BY THE BOARD MEMBERS, AND THEREFORE MUST NOT BE A FAIR AND TRANSPARENT PROCESS. THERE'S A MISCONCEPTION IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY THAT THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS ARE RECEIVING JUSTICE AND EQUITY, AND THE LARGE MAJORITY OF BEING PROPERLY EDUCATED IN HILLSBOROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS ACHIEVEMENT GAP HAS WIDENED, AND THEIR EDUCATIONAL GAINS ARE FAR BEHIND WHITE STUDENTS. I WANT TO SKIP SOME OF THIS AND GO DOWN TO THE BILL AND GATES GRANT WAS AWARDED FOR UNDERPERFORMING SCHOOLS. GATES GRANT FUNDING WAS NOT SPENT IN URBAN AND RURAL SCHOOLS REPORTED BY THE "TAMPA BAY TIMES" IN OCTOBER. SO AS YOU CAN OBSERVE, THE SCHOOL BOARD ACTS AS A BODY, WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE SEVEN BODY MEMBERS, IN CONSENSUS, AND THE BOARD HAS NOT EDUCATED AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS IN A FAIR AND EQUITABLE MANNER, NOT TO MENTION THE MAJORITY OF THE URBAN AND RURAL SCHOOLS ARE SEGREGATED WITH UNPREPARED PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS AND ON A CONSISTENT BASIS THESE SCHOOLS ARE RENDERED WITH INADEQUATE FUNDING. I AM NOT UNDERSTANDING THE CHANGE IN THE SUCCESSION PROCESS FOR THE BOARD CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD ACCOMPLISHMENT WITH EDUCATED AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS, SO I'M ASKING FOR THE FOLLOWING IT WOULD BE QUESTIONS, ASK IT IN WRITING. WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL EXPLANATION, EXPLANATION IN INTERRUPTING THE CHANGING THE LONG-STANDING TRADITIONAL PROCESS --

>> PLEASE FINISH YOUR THOUGHTS.

>> SUCCESSION OF THE BOARD CHAIR AND CRITERIA TO ONE BOARD MEMBER? IT'S OKAY. I'LL BE BACK NEXT MONTH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. JENKINS. SUSAN FERRIS?

>> I AM SUSAN FERRIS. AND I AM HERE REPRESENTING AVANT-GARDE ACADEMY OF HILLSBOROUGH, THE PROPOSED CHARTER SCHOOL. I AM THE PRESIDENT. AND I LIVE HERE LOCALLY IN THE COMMUNITY. I AM A WESTCHASE RESIDENT WHICH IS THE AREA WE ARE GOING TO SERVE ALONG WITH CITRUS PARK. AND I WANTED TO COME HERE JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I AM A PARENT. I HAVE A CHILD THAT WILL BE ATTENDING THAT SCHOOL SHOULD WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE APPROVAL. AND I WANTED TO THANK THE BOARD AND THE STAFF, AND THEN ALSO LET YOU KNOW HOW CLOSELY I WILL BE WORKING WITH THE CHARTER OFFICE IN THE DISTRICT. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. DOROTHY KATZ.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, SUPERINTENDENT AND BOARD MEMBERS. I WOULD LIKE TO ON BEHALF OF BRIDGE ACADEMY WOULD LIKE TO PUBLICLY THANK AND COMMEND THE DISTRICT OFFICE AS WELL AS CHARTER SCHOOL OFFICE FOR SUPPORTING OUR REVIEW PROCESS THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE PROCESS. THEY HAVE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE, TRANSPARENT. THEY HAVE WORKED WITH US, NETWORKED WITH US, AND I WOULD LIKE TO PUBLICLY THANK THEM AND I WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH THEM AND CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THEM AS WE CONTINUE OUR SCHOOLS. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I AM GOING TO CALL RED KARP BUT I AM GOING TO CALL THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS UP, IF YOU WILL COME UP. GLENN DAVIS, SHELLY WILSON, AND DUANE RENNIKER. WELCOME.

>> ACTUALLY, RED KARP IS NOT HERE. HE HAD SOME TROUBLE FILLING OUT OUR FORM. MY NAME IS GREG BROWN. (LAUGHTER).

>> YOU HEARD THE TONE OF MY VOICE WHEN I SAID THAT. GO AHEAD.

>> I'M AN ATTORNEY HEAR BUT I AM NOT HEAR IN MY CAPACITY AS AN ATTORNEY. I AM A PARENT OF TWO GIRLS AT WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL, SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE SEEN A PETITION THAT CIRCULATED ON CHANGE.ORG REGARDING THE WILSON LUNCH LINE, WHICH WAS AN INCENTIVE PROGRAM THAT LINES KIDS UP INTO THREE SEPARATE GROUPS BASED ON THEIR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OR LACK THEREOF. THE OPPOSITION TO IT WAS DRAMATIC. ON THE PETITION, IF YOU HAD A CHANCE TO READ THROUGH THE COMMENTS, I THINK IT'S FAIR TO SAY THE PETITION WENT VIRAL, AND LAST NIGHT WE RECEIVED AN OPEN LOATER FROM COLLEEN FOSSETT, THE PRINCIPAL AT WILSON, INDICATING THAT THE PROGRAM WOULD BE SUSPENDED STARTING AFTER THE WINTER BREAK. THE PURPOSE OF MY BEING HERE IS TO MAKE CLEAR THAT WE CONTINUE TO OPPOSE THAT PROGRAM AND WILL CERTAINLY WORK WITH THE ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE SURE THAT GRADES ARE NOT WHAT SHOULD BE THE DECIDING FACTOR IN THE ORDER IN WHICH MIDDLE SCHOOLCHILDREN EAT AT WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. GLENN DAVIS.

>> HELLO. MY NAME IS GLENN DAVIS. AND I'M A PARENT OF THREE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN THE CITRUS PARK, ODESSA, WESTCHASE AREA AND ALSO A BOARD MEMBER OF AVANT-GARDE, HILLSBOROUGH CHARTER, AND JUST WANT TO THANK THE BOARD, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING A SCHOOL THERE AND DOING WORK CLOSELY WITH THE CHARTER OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT. THEY HAVE BEEN VERY TRANSPARENT, VERY HELPFUL. AND WE HOPE TO HAVE A SCHOOL THERE TO PUT THE BEST PRODUCT POSSIBLE OUT. THANKS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. SHELLY WILSON.

>> MY NAME IS SHELLY WILSON AND I COME TO YOU ALSO AS A CONCERNED BASEBALL PARENT. I AM SPEAKING AS AN OFFICIAL FOLLOW-UP TO AN E-MAIL THAT I SENT TO THE BOARD ON NOVEMBER 20th. JUST TO MAKE IT A PART OF PUBLIC RECORD. ON THE OCTOBER 2015 PRINCIPAL MADE CHANGED THE BASEBALL SCHEDULE THAT HAS BEEN THE NORM FOR 30 YEARS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FROM TUESDAY-FRIDAY TO THUS-THURSDAY. I AM ASKING THOSE WHO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE THE CHANGE BACK TO THE ORIGINAL SCHEDULE AND CHANGE BE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. I FEEL AS IF EVERY PARENT I HAVE SPOKEN TO IN 14 DIFFERENT SCHOOL KIDS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THAT THIS IS A CHANGE THAT NEEDS TO BE MADE IMMEDIATELY. WE HAVE -- THIS CHANGE WILL HAVE A NEG FIVE IMPACT ON THE STUDENT ATHLETE AND THE CHANGE ON THE SCHEDULE IS PROBABLY BIGGER TO THE ADULTS INVOLVED THAN IT IS TO THE STUDENTS. SOME OF THE ADVANTAGES TO THE -- I'M SORRY, SOME DISADVANTAGES TO THE STUDENTS IS THAT LIKE WE HAVE ALSO SAID ALREADY, THE TIMES FOR A BASEBALL GAME IS 7 IN THE EVENING BUT IT'S NOT NECESSARILY TWO HOURS. IT COULD BE AN HOUR AND A HALF, IT COULD BE THREE AND A HALF HOURS. SO WHEN A GAME RUNS LONG, THERE WILL BE A NEGATIVE IMPACT WITH THE THURSDAY SCHEDULE AND FRIDAY AFTERNOON, ABSENTEEISM, ALL THOSE THINGS WILL COME INTO PLAY. MANY OF THE PLAYERS TOO HAVE A HEAVY ACADEMIC LOAD AS ENCOURAGED BY THE DISTRICT. THIS IS GREAT FOR BASEBALL PLAYERS BECAUSE BASEBALL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE SMALL. THEY ARE MENIAL IN SOME CASES SO THE ACADEMIC MONEY REALLY DOES HELP THE SCHOLARSHIP POTENTIAL FOR THE ATHLETE W.THE BULK ON FRIDAY, THURSDAY NIGHT GAMES AND TRAVEL WILL HAVE A RESULT IN LOWER TEST GRADES, AND AGAIN IT WILL IMPACT THE STUDENTS. WE DID RECEIVE A RESPONSE FROM THE DISTRICT AND ANOTHER RESPONSE FROM THE BOARD, AND WE APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH. THE FRIDAY NIGHT GAMES FOLLOWED BY SATURDAY MORNING GAMES, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT OCCURS ABOUT ONE TIME A SEASON. IT'S NOT A NORMAL ACTIVITY. MAKE-UPDATES DUE TO WEATHER ISSUES, IT'S FLORIDA. IT RAINS. WE KNOW IT HAPPENS. I DON'T SEE HOW A CHANGE FROM THURSDAY TO FRIDAY IS GOING TO MAKE A HUGE IMPACT ON THAT. COLLEGE SCOUTS, WE HAVE ALREADY TOUCHED ON THAT SUBJECT. COLLEGE SCOUTS, IF THEY WANT TO SEE A PLAYER, THEY ARE GOING TO COME SEE A PLAYER. IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER IF THE GAME IS US THE, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY OR MONDAY. THEY WILL BE THERE. AND NONSCHOOL TEAMS AND THEIR SCHEDULES, THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE FOR THE DISTRICT TO TRY TO CREATE A SCHEDULE THAT DOESN'T IMPACT ANOTHER SCHEDULE OUTSIDE. ALLOW THE ADMINISTRATORS TO WORK LESS OFTEN. IT'S BEEN THE SCHEDULE FOR OVER 30 YEARS. IT'S THEIR RESPONSIBILITY. I THINK WE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE IMPACT OF WHAT IT'S GOING TO HAVE ON THE STUDENT ATHLETE RATHER THAN WHAT IS GOING TO HELP THE ADULTS. SO I WOULD JUST ASK THAT THOSE WHO MAKE THE DECISIONS AND THAT WE MAKE IT EFFECTIVE 2016. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MEMBER VALDEZ, I SEAL THAT YOU PRESSED YOUR BUTTON. WOULD YOU MIND IF WE HEARD FROM THE REST OF THE SPEAKERS? THANK YOU SO MUCH. DUANE RENNIKER. AND THEN THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS, BARBARA HEGARTY, CLARET YVONNE, AND LEO HEGARTY.

>> THANK YOU. MY NINE IS DUANE RENNIKER, A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST, AND I AM HERE TO REPRESENT THE SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS AS THEIR UNION REP. AS HAR ALREADY BEEN POINTED OUT WITH ALL THE ISSUES, NEGOTIATIONS, I WANT TO GIVE YOU KIND OF THE INSIDE PERSPECTIVE FROM THOSE OF US IN THE SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY WORLD. AS YOU KNOW, THE NEED FOR SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS IN SCHOOLS IS PRETTY HIGH, BUT THE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS THAT I TREAT DON'T HAVE SERVICES RIGHT NOW, IS ALSO PRETTY HIGH. WE KNOW THAT AS HAS BEEN POINTED OUT, THE DISCIPLINE PROCEDURES IN DISTRICTS HAVE BEEN CHANGED SO WE NEED PEOPLE THAT ARE ON THOSE SITES WHO CAN HELP THE SCHOOLS TO DEAL WITH -- WE HAVE A LOT OF KIDS THAT COME WITH A LOT OF PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES, AND WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE STRONG NEED FOR BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU ARE AWARE, BUT THE STATE HAS ALSO MADE IT A LOT EASIER FOR PARENTS TO REQUEST A PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION NOW, BUT AT THE SAME TIME THEY HAVE REALLY REDUCED THE TIMELINE DRASTICALLY THAT IT'S REQUIRED TO GET THOSE VALLEYSS COMPLETED. SO AS A RESULT, BOTTOM LINE, THE DEMAND FOR SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, I THINK, IS UNQUESTIONABLE. THERE'S ALSO BEEN POINTED OUT WE DO HAVE A SEPARATE SALARY SCHEDULE, AND WE ALWAYS APPRECIATED THAT, BEING RECOGNIZED AS A DIFFERENT PROFESSION, IF YOU WILL, AND WE BASICALLY SAT AROUND OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, AND WE APPLAUDED AS TEACHERS GOT THEIR RAISES, THOUGHT THAT WAS GREAT THAT THEY GET THE RECOGNITION THAT THEY DESERVE. WE SUPPORT THE OTHER GROUPS. WE SAW THE ADMINISTRATIVE GROUPS GET A RAISE. AND WE HAVE BEEN WAITING OUR TURN. AND WE ARE ACTUALLY HOPING OF THAT THIS YEAR WILL BE OUR TURN. BECAUSE AS HAS BEEN POINTED OUT, THE TOP END OF OUR SCALE IS NOW LOWER THAN THE TEACHERS' SCALE. NOT FOR MY PERSONALLY. I'M MARRIED TO A FOURTH GRADE TEACHER SO I MAKE HER PAY ON DATE NIGHT. (LAUGHTER) BUT THE REALITY IS, IF WE REALLY WANT TO ATTRACT SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS TO THIS DISTRICT, GOOD SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS TO THIS DISTRICT, THEN WE HAVE TO HAVE COMPETITIVE PAY SCALE, AND AS JEAN HAS KIND OF SADLY POINTED OUT IF WE WANT TO KEEP AND MAINTAIN THE GOOD PSYCHOLOGISTS WE HAVE, WE PROBABLY NEED TO ADJUST THE SCALE THAT WE HAVE AS WELL. I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BARBARA HEGARTY.

>> THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT EKEN. I WAS HERE A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND I SPOKE ON BEHALF OF ESPs AND I WANT TO REITERATE THAT TEACHERS ACROSS THE DISTRICT STILL SUPPORT THAT OUR ESPs NEED A FAIR WAGE FOR WHAT THEY DO FOR US. A SECOND THING I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE TOWN HALL MEETINGS. AS MR. JENKINS SAID IT IS A TOUGH TIME OF THE YEAR FOR US. I HAVE ATTENDED TWO OF THEM AND I PLAN TO ATTEND ANOTHER ONE. BUT A LOT OF MY CO-WORKERS HAVE FAMILIES THAT HAVE MUSIC CONCERTS AND EVENTS THAT THEY HAVE TO GET TO, PLUS THE FACT THAT WE ARE TEACHING. WE HAVE PAPERS TO GRADE, LESSONS TO PLAN, OBSERVATIONS TO BE PREPARING FOR, ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT HAVE TO BE DONE AHEAD OF TIME. THE TOWN HALL IS GREAT FOR PEOPLE TO EXPRESS THEIR STORIES, TO TELL WHAT'S GOING ON. BUT WHAT I FOUND AND I HOPE IT CHANGES, THAT WE GET TO SAY WHAT WE FEEL AND WHAT WE THINK, BUT WE NEVER HEAR AN ANSWER OR A CHANGE, OR "WE CAN DO THIS FOR YOU" TO MAKE IT A LITTLE EASIER ON YOU. BARGAINING. IT'S BEEN VERY STRESSFUL ON A LOT OF PEOPLE. IT'S TAKEN WAY LONGER THAN IT HAS EVER TAKEN BEFORE. I WAS ON BARGAINING A FEW YEARS AGO. WE HAD MANY MEETINGS IN THE SUMMER WHEN IT WAS CONVENIENT FOR BOTH THE TEACHERS ON THE BARGAINING COMMITTEE AND STAFF MEMBERS. IT JUST WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE. THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN THIS SUMMER. SEW SO NOW TEACHERS ARE HAVING TO MISS CLASS TIME TO COME AND BARGAIN. AND THE PEOPLE THAT WE ARE RESPECTING TO HAVE THEIR UPGRADE IN THEIR PAY, THEY ARE STILL WAITING. THEY ASK EVERY DAY WHEN, WHEN, WHEN? I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT OUR EVALUATIONS WORK CAME OUT YESTERDAY SO NOW EVERYBODY THINKS, OH, IT'S DONE, BECAUSE THEY HAVE HEARD IT, NOW THEY ARE HAIL EFFECTIVE SO THEY ARE GOING TO GET A LITTLE MORE MONEY. SO THEY ARE CONFUSED ON THAT. BUT THEY THINK THE BARGAINING IS FINISHED. TEACHERS HAVE BEEN GOING TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY. THEY HAVE BEEN DOING THEIR JOB. THEY HAVE BEEN WITH ALL OF THE ADDED THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO DO WITH RTI AND ELP AND LESSON PLANS AND THINGS. WE ARE DOING OUR JOB. WE ARE ATTENDING EVERY DAY. PLEASE FINISH THE BARGAINING SO THAT WE CAN COMPENSATE THEM FOR WHAT THEY DESERVE.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU.

>> COLETTE YVONNE?

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS COLETTE AVANTE, AN ESP WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. LAST MONTH AND TODAY, YOU WILL PROBABLY HEAR PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THE PLIGHT OF THE ESPs, BUT THAT'S NOT WHY I AM HERE TODAY. WE ALL HAVE OUR OWN STORIES THAT WE CAN TELL WITH THE STRUGGLES OF BEING AN SEP EMPLOYEE -- ESP EMPLOYEE. BUT TODAY I COME TO TALK ABOUT ESP. AS YOU LOOK AROUND THIS ROOM, YOU HAVE ALL ADMINISTRATORS, YOU HAVE A STRUCTURAL STAFF AND YOU HAVE ESPs. YOU CAN'T TELL US APART BECAUSE WE ALL HAVE A HIGH STANDARD THAT WE LIVE BY, ETHICAL STANDARD THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SETS THAT WE ALL MUST FOLLOW, BUT WE ARE ALL ON EQUAL GROUND OF HOW WE LIVE OUR LIVES AND WORK EVERY DAY FOR THE DISTRICT. MOST OF YOU MAY NOT UNDERSTAND THE PLIGHT OF AN ESP. AND I AM NOT GOING TO ASK YOU TO UNDERSTAND. WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR SYMPATHY. WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR EMPATHY. WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IS A FAIR WAGE, A WAGE THAT WILL HELP US BE COMPETITIVE IN THE FIELD AND HELP US IN OUR PROFESSIONAL EVERYDAY LIFE. WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR A HANDOUT. WHAT WE ARE ASKING FOR ONCE AGAIN IS FOR A COMPETITIVE WAGE TO HELP ESPs EVERY DAY AN ESP WILL GO TO WORK AND WE WILL WORK HARD, WE WILL WORK TIRELESSLY, AND WE ARE PROFESSIONALS. STUDENTS COME. THEY DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE. THEY CALL US TEACH YOURSELF BECAUSE WE DO JUST THAT. PARENTS WALK ONTO THE CAMPUS. THEY DON'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BECAUSE THE WAY OF THAT WE CARRY OURSELVES. WE WANT TO BE HELD AS A PROFESSIONAL, AND WE THINK THAT THE PAY THAT WE ARE ASKING FOR WILL HELP US IN THAT ENDEAVOR. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. LEO HEGARTY. AND I AM GOING TO CALL UP THE NEXT SPEAKERS. ONESY HOWARD AND MATH NEW.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT. STAFF. MY NAME IS LEO HEGARTY. IDENT OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, AND YES THAT WAS MY MUCH BETTER HALF THAT SPOKE TO YOU TWO PEOPLE AGO. SHE KEEPS ME WELL INFORMED OF WHAT'S GOING ON FROM THE TEACHER END OF IT. I ASKED OUR ESPs IF THEY HAD A STORY THEY WANTED ME TO TELL. I AM TRY TO GET TO IT. IT'S VERY DIFFICULT. ONE OF MY ESPs WROTE, I DECIDED TO LEAVE PRIVATE SECTOR AND COME TO WORK IN THE EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM. MY HUSBAND AND I MADE SURE WE COULD AFFORD TO TAKE THE PAY CUT WORKING FOR HILLSBOROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I WOULD BE TAKING A THIRD PAY CUT. OUR FAMILY WOULD BE OKAY FINANCIALLY. I STARTED WORKING AUGUST 17th, 2015. THIS WAS THE BEST CAREER MOVE I MADE. UNFORTUNATELY, MY HUSBAND PASSED AWAY AUGUST 31st OF 2015 DUE TO COMPLICATIONS WITH RENAL FAILURE. MY HUSBAND WAS UNINSURABLE DUE TO HIS HEALTH ISSUES. HE WAS IN THE END STAGE OF RENAL FAILURE, DIABETIC, AND WAS ALSO AN AMPUTEE. I CARRIED A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY FOR HIM AT MY PREVIOUS JOB THAT WILL COVER ANY EXPENSES IN THE EVENT OF HIS DEATH. HE PASSED AWAY WHILE I WAS IN TRANSITION FROM MY PREVIOUS JOB. THEREFORE HE DIED LEAVING ME WITH NO INSURANCE MONEY. SOCIAL SECURITY REVERSED HAS LAST PAYMENT BECAUSE DID HE NOT LIVE THE ENTIRE MONTH OF AUGUST. I HAVE A 14-YEAR-OLD IN HIGH SCHOOL FROM A PREVIOUS MARRIAGE AS WELL AS A COLLEGE AGE CHILD THAT SUFFERS FROM CROHN'S DISEASE. I WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE FOR HIS SOCIAL SECURITY FOR ANOTHER 14 YEARS. I HAVE HAD TOE FIGURE OUT HOW TO PAY NOT ONLY THE HOUSEHOLD BILLS BUT ALSO MY DAUGHTER'S MEDICAL BILLS, AND MY LATE HUSBAND'S MEDICAL BILLS ONLY 9.50 AN HOUR. I AM ALSO UNABLE TO INSURE MY CHILDREN BECAUSE I CAN'T AFFORD THE PAYMENTS. HE WOULD IT'S ALL SAID AND DONE ONCE TAXES AND ESCROW IS TAKEN OUT I BRING HOME $471 EVERY TWO WEEKS. I COULD GO BACK TO CORPORATE AMERICA AND GET A GREAT-PAYING JOB. I HAVE BECOME ATTACHED TO THE STUDENTS AND STAFF AT MY SCHOOL. I HAVE HAD TO MAKE SOME TOUGH DECISIONS SINCE I AM MAKING A THIRD OF WAY MADE BEFORE IN ORDER TO KEEP THIS JOB THAT I LOVE. I HAVE TO TAKE A SECOND JOB IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE I CAN MAKE PAYMENTS AND TAKE CARE OF MY FAMILY. TO MY PART-TIME JOB I MAKE 13.75 AN HOUR FOR WHICH I WORK FIVE DAYS A WEEK. WORKING TWO JOBS TAKES A TOLL ON MY FAMILY AS WELL AS MYSELF. BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF, THE PROBLEM IS THIS IS NOT THE EXCEPTION, IT'S THE RULE. MOST OF OUR ESPs HAVE TO WORK A SECOND JOB. PLEASE, LET'S SETTLE THIS BARGAINING AND GET THESE PEOPLE UP TO WHERE IT'S ALIVABLE WAGE. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. HONESTY HOWARD? AND -- THAT'S WHAT I AM LOOKING AT. PLEASE COME UP.

>> MY NAME IS MATTHEW GUNDERSON.

>> IS HONESTY HOWARD HERE? YES, HONESTY HOWARD IS NEXT. NO PROBLEM.

>> HI. THANK YOU. MY NAME IS HONESTY HOWARD. I AM A PARENT OF A BASEBALL STUDENT, AND I'M SURE MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER WILL BE PLAYING SOFTBALL ALSO IN HIGH SCHOOL. I JUST WANTED TO THANK THE BOARD MEMBERS THAT HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO LOOK INTO THE SCHEDULE CHANGE THAT WAS MADE AND ASSIGNED TO SOME THAT CONTACTED YOU ALL. I JUST WANT TO MAKE CLEAR THAT EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS THAT ALL OF THE PARENTS THAT I HAVE SPOKEN TO, THEIR NUMBER ONE CONCERN IS THEIR STUDENT ATHLETE, ATHLETES ATHLETES. AND THE DECISION THAT WAS MADE, I DON'T BELIEVE, WAS MADE WITH THEIR WELL-BEING IN MIND. SOME OF THE REASONS THAT WE ARE GIVEN FOR THE CHANGE, I THINK, ARE A NON-ARGUMENT. SPOKE ABOUT THE SCOUTS, AND NON-SCHOOL TEAMS. I BELIEVE THAT MOST -- MOST OF THE ATHLETES STUDENTS THAT PLAY BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL IN THE SPRING REALLY AREN'T INVOLVED WITH NON-SCHOOL TEAMS. SO I THINK THAT'S A NON-ARGUMENT. BOTH OF MY STUDENTS ARE IN HONOR CLASSES, AND POSSIBLY AP CLASSES. THIS WILL TAKE A TOLL ON THEIR TEST SCORES, THEIR TIME TO STUDY, THEIR TIME TO HAVE DO HOMEWORK. I BELIEVE THAT THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. AND I WANT TO SAY AGAIN, THEY ARE STUDENTS ATHLETES. THIS DECISION WAS MADE AND THE SCHEDULE CHANGES MADE ON SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR 30 YEARS. THAT WAS TOUCHED ON ALSO. 30 YEARS IT'S WORKED. SO I THINK MORE IMPORTANTLY, IF SOMEBODY COULD GIVE ME A GOOD REASON AS TOE WHY IT WAS CHANGED, WHAT WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISIONS AS TO WHY IT WAS CHANGED, THAT WOULD BE GREAT, BECAUSE TO UNDERSTAND THAT, AT LEAST. BECAUSE IN MY VIEW, IF IT'S NOT BROKEN, NO NEED TO FIX IT. I DON'T BELIEVE THE DECISION WAS MADE BASED ON WHAT'S BEST FOR THE STUDENTS. I THINK THAT IT WAS AN ADULT DECISION MADE FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL REASONS. AND THAT'S NOT WHAT THEY ARE THERE FOR. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MR. GUNDERSON.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS MATTHEW GUNDERSON. I WORK FOR SUPERIOR SCHOOLS CORPORATION. WE ARE THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY THAT WAS HIRED BY THE BOARD OF PLAYDO ACADEMY SCHOOLS TO FILL AN APPLICATION TO. MY RIGHT IS DAG MORATES, ONE OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS, AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR WORKING WITH THE GREAT CHARTER REVIEW TEAM. IT'S BEEN A COLLABORATIVE PROCESS AND WE APPRECIATE THE PROFESSIONALISM. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS AND TAMPA.

>> THANK YOU.

>> MY KIDS AT GREATER ACADEMY. NOW WE ARE EXCITED TO COME TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. NOW MY GRANDKIDS ARE IN GREATER ACADEMY, AND SO HAPPY THAT WE CAN START WITH A GREAT LOCATION HERE AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO IT. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CHAIR GRIFFIN. IN REFERENCE TO THE CONVERSATIONS, THE PUBLIC COMMENTS THAT WE HAVE HEARD IN REFERENCE TO THE BASEBALL SCHEDULE, AS A BASEBALL PARENT I UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHERE THE PARENTS ARE COMING FROM. I STILL DON'T UNDERSTAND CLEARLY THE REASONS WHY THE SCHEDULE CHANGED. AND THE PURPOSE OF THAT CHANGE. IT IS TRUE, IF YOU ARE IN A BASEBALL GAME, DO YOU NOT HAVE A TIME CERTAIN IN WHICH YOU ARE ENDING A GAME. BUT CHANGING THE GAMES TO A THURSDAY NIGHT, WHERE GAMES WE HAVE GONE THROUGH 12, 13ENINGS INNINGS, A PHENOMENAL MATCH, AND YOU DON'T STOP THE GAME UNTIL SOMEBODY WINS. THEN YOU TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THAT FRIDAY MORNING, STUDENTS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE BRIGHT EYED AND BUSHY TAILED AT THE FIRST PERIOD CLASS BY 7:30 IN THE MORNING IF NOT EARLIER, AND BE AT THEIR BEST GAME. BASEBALL IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER SPORTS THAT DO HAVE A TIME TO HAVE A BEGINNING AND END TIME. THEY EVEN HAVE RULES FOR TIE BREAKERS, FULL, WHERE IN BASEBALL DOES NOT. I WOULD LIKE, MADAM CHAIR, WITH YOUR HELP, IF WE CAN WORK WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT TO SEE GO B SHIFTING AND WORKING WITH STAFF TO SEE ABOUT POSSIBLY RELOOKING AT THIS DECISION THAT WAS MADE AT AN ADMINISTRATIVE LEVEL THAT'S REALLY IMPACTING A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS BOTH IN SOFTBALL AND BASEBALL IN HOPES THAT WE CAN REVERT TO HAVING THE GAMES SCHEDULES, GO BACK TO WHERE IT USED TO BE WHERE IT MAKES SENSE SO THAT THE STUDENTS COULD ACTUALLY BE THAT STUDENT FIRST AND THE ATHLETES COME NEXT. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. LET'S HEAR FROM THE OTHER PEOPLE. MR. IKEENS, IF YOU DON'T MIND, COULD I HEAR FROM MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: YOU PROBABLY ADDRESSED THE COMMENT THAT I AM GOING TO MAKE IN ADDITION TO THE COMMENT ALREADY MADE. ONE OF THE COMMENTS I THINK YOU ARE GOING TO RESPOND, WOULD YOU TALK ABOUT NOT JUST -- BUT ALSO THE PROCESS THAT'S GOING TO BE USED TO GET TO WHATEVER THE DECISION IS MADE, BECAUSE I THINK IFS IMPORTANT TO GIVE BOTH THE HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF HOW DECISIONS ARE MADE, HOW THIS IS GOING TO BE -- THAT PROCESS, BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT TO THE POSITION WHERE PEOPLE CLEARLY UNDERSTAND HOW WE GOT TO THAT ENDING, IF YOU WOULD, PLEASE. ACHE ACHE THANK YOU BLO

>>Jeff Eakins: THANK YOU. AND SHE HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS WHEN WE LEARNED OF THIS THAT CAME THROUGH THE PRINCIPAL'S COUNCIL IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, I BELIEVE, AND SO I WILL HAVE MS. TYE KIND OF A DRESS SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS.

>> THANK YOU, MR. EAKINS, AND THANK YOU, MRS. EDGECOMB, FOR ALLOWING ME TO CLARIFY. EAS MR. EKENS SAID THIS CAME THROUGH THE PRINCIPAL'S COUNCIL THROUGH THE EPA AS WELL. SO WHAT THE INTENT IS SO THAT WE CAN KIND OF BRING UP SOME OF THESE ISSUES THAT MANY OF THE CONSTITUENTS HAVE BEEN RAIDS, OF ON JANUARY 6th WE HAVE OUR NEXT PRINCIPAL COUNSELORS MEETING, AND WE ARE GOING TO BE REVISITING THAT CONVERSATION WITH THEM. AT THIS POINT, PRINCIPALS WITH FEEDBACK FROM THEIR COACHES HAS BROUGHT THIS TO THE FOREFRONT, AND DISCUSSION WAS HAD, AND ISSUES WERE RAISED, AND THAT'S HOW THE CHANGE CAME ABOUT. SO IN RESPECTING THAT PROCESS THAT THE PRINCIPALS COUNCIL HAD, MR. AYRES AND I FELT IT WAS ONLY APPROPRIATE FOR US TO HAVE BRING THE NEW INFORMATION, AND WE HAVE DONE SOME RESEARCH ON OUR OWN LOOKING AT OTHER DISTRICTS, PASCO AND PINELLAS CALENDARS, BASEBALL CALENDARS, AND WE INTEND TO BRING THAT INFORMATION TO THE COUNCIL. AND I THINK IF THEY LOOK AT PERHAPS NEW INFORMATION THAT THEY MAY NOT HAVE REVIEWED THE FIRST GO-AROUND, I THINK WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET WHERE WE WANT TO BE. AND SO THAT'S WHAT THE PROCESS IS GOING TO BE AS WE MOVE FORWARD. BUT THE COUNCIL DID VOTE, IT WAS, I BELIEVE -- AND I DON'T HAVE THE NUMBERS IN FRONT OF ME BUT I THINK IT WAS 16 PRINCIPALS THAT VOTED FOR THE SHIFT IN THE SCHEDULE, AND MY UNDERSTANDING, WITH FEEDBACK FROM THEIR COACHES. SO AFTER REVIEWING A LOT OF THE E-MAILS, MANY OF WHICH YOU ALES ALL RECEIVED, AND WE HAVE AS WELL, WE ARE LOOKING AT SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. AND SO THAT'S WHAT OUR INTENT IS, WHEN WE GET BACK FROM THE HOLIDAY. THE SEASON DOESN'T START UNTIL LATE JANUARY SO WE HAVE TIME TO KIND OF MAKE THOSE ADJUSTMENTS ONCE WE GO IN FRONT OF THE COUNCIL.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND IF WE COULD GET THAT INFORMATION WHEN YOU HAVE IT. IS THAT ACCEPTABLE, MS. VALDES?

>>Susan Valdes: YES, THAT WOULD BE FINE. I WOULD ALSO LIKE -- ARE THERE ANY MINUTES? IS THERE ANYTHING IN CONJUNCTION TO HOW WE, OR HOW STAFF -- BECAUSE WE THE BOARD HAVE NOT VOTED ON THIS, IT IS STRICTLY AN ADMINISTRATIVE DECISION. SO WE REALLY DON'T HAVE JURISDICTION OVER THAT, OKAY? SO CONSIDERING THAT INFORMATION, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HOW THE PRINCIPALS VOTED, WHAT WAS THE DISCUSSION, AND WHERE WAS THEIR MIND-SET WHEN IT CAME TO MAKING THIS SHIFT CHANGE? BECAUSE THERE MIGHT BE A VALID REASON. I DON'T KNOW. BUT I DO UNDERSTAND FROM THE PARENTS' PERSPECTIVE OF HAVING A LATE GAME ON A THURSDAY NIGHT THAT MAY NOT NECESSARILY END AT AN APPROPRIATE TIME FOR THE STUDENTS TO BE CONDUCIVE AND READY FOR LEARNING THE NEXT MORNING. I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT'S FEASIBLE AND HOW 16 OF THE 27 HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS THOUGHT THAT THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD IDEA. I REALLY DON'T KNOW. I WOULD LIKE TO GET THAT INFORMATION AS WELL.

>>April Griffin: MR. EAKINS IS GOING TO BRING SOME INFORMATION BACK. WE WILL GET THAT. THANK YOU. MR. EAKINS, THERE WAS SOME TALK ABOUT THE TOWN HALL MEETINGS. WOULD YOU LIKE TO QUICKLY ADDRESS THE TOWN HALL MEETINGS?

>>Jeff Eakins: SURE. I APPRECIATE ALL THE TEACHERS WHO HAVE COME OUT OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS TO ATTEND THE TOWN HALL MEETING. CERTAINLY THAT'S SOMETHING WE WANT TO DO ONE TIME, WE WANT TO CONTINUE ON THOSE CONFERSINGS. CERTAINLY. WE WANTED TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR TEACHERS TO GET FEEDBACK ON THE RATE OF ISSUES. FIRST OF ALL, WE WANTED IT BASED ON THE TIMING OF THESE PARTICULAR MEETINGS. WE HAD A LOT OF DISCUSSION WAS REGARD TO THE MODIFICATION OF OUR CURRENT EVALUATION SYSTEM. SO THAT WAS THE INITIAL INTENT OF THE TIMING SO WE KNOW WE HAVE A COMMITTEE WORKING ON SOME OF THE PARTICULAR MODIFICATIONS AROUND THAT, 16, 17, ONCE THOSE FUNDS EXPIRE. SO THAT WAS THE INITIAL TIMING WITH THIS PARTICULAR TOWN HALL MEETING. OF COURSE, IN ANY TOWN HALL MEETING WHEN YOU HAVE OPEN MIKE YOU HAVE LOTS OF OTHER ISSUES, AND CERTAINLY I RESPECT ALL THE ISSUES THAT HAVE COME OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS AND I HEAR TEACHERS LOUD AND CLEAR. OUR STAFF HAS BEEN IN THE ROOM AND THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO IDENTIFY SOME COMMON THREADS, CERTAINLY SOME CONCERNS OUTSIDE OF JUST THE FEEDBACK THAT WE RECEIVED FROM THE MODIFICATIONS, THE EVALUATION SYSTEM. WE'LL CONTINUE TO HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO FUTURE TIMES TO SCHEDULE TOWN HALL MEETINGS FOR OUR TEACHERS AND OUR STAFF.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS THE END OF AUDIENCE COMMENTS. WE ARE NOW ONTO OUR AGENDA. AND WE ARE IN THE PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS. WE ARE MOVING ITEM C-10-06 UP WHICH IS THE ADOPTION OF A RESOLUTION DEFINING ROAD SAFETY AS NO LOSS OF LIFE IS ACCEPTABLE. AND I AM GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO VICE CHAIR STUART BECAUSE SHE IS OUR MOP CHAIRMAN AND HAS SOME INFORMATION.

>> AND I AM GOING TO CALL GINA COSTA WHO IS CHAIR OF WALK BY TAMPA AND KEVIN O'HARE, WALK BY TAMPA, AND I'M NOT SURE IF GINA TORRES FROM THE MPO MADE IT HERE. GINA, IF YOU WANT TO COME UP AS WELL. AND I AM GOING TO ALLOW THEM TO READ THE RESOLUTION. THIS IS REALLY THEIR VISION AND THEIR PROJECT.

>> THANK YOU, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. IT'S AN HONOR TO BE HERE M.NAME IS CHRISTINA COSTA. I AND KEVIN O'HARE ARE TWO OF THE ELEVEN BOARD MEMBERS OF WALK BIKE TAMPA, WHICH IS A NON-PROFIT MEMBERSHIP-BASED CITIZENS ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION THAT IS WORKING TO MAKE TAMPA A WORLD CLASS CITY FOR WALKING AND BIKING. VISION ZERO IS SIMPLY BASED BASED ON NO LOSS OF LIFE IS ACCEPTABLE. IT IS BASED ON FOUR CORNERSTONES. THIS IS A SWEDISH BORNE ROADWAY AND SAFETY METHODOLOGY THAT HAS BEEN ADOPTED IN THE UNITED STATES BY 13 CITIES, SEVEN IN THE LAST YEAR. ON DECEMBER 3rd THE CITY COUNCIL OF TAMPA ALSO ADOPTED VISION ZERO. WALK BIKE TAMPA IS EDUCATING AND ADVOCATING AT ALL LEVELS FOR ENGAGEMENT AND PARTICIPATION AND ENDORSEMENT OF VISION ZERO. ESPECIALLY FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS, THE STUDENTS AND CHILDREN. I AM GOING TO TOUCH VERY QUICKLY ON THE FOUR CORNERS OF VISION ZERO. THE FOUR CORNER STOPS OF VISION ZERO ARE SAFETY, ETHICS, RESPONSIBILITY, AND MECHANICS FOR CHANGE. SAFETY HAS GOT TO BE THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IN OUR COMMUNITY. TRAFFIC SYSTEMS HAVE GOT TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THAT HUMANS ARE NOT PERFECT, AND WE WILL MAKE MISTAKES, BUT WE SHOULDN'T DIE BECAUSE OF THEM. WHEN HUMANS MAKE MISTAKES, THE DEGREE OF HARM SHOULD BE MINIMIZED. ETHICS. IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO DECLARE THAT HUMAN LIFE AND HEALTH ARE PARAMOUNT AND TRUMP THE OTHER BENEFITS THAT WE GET FROM OUR ROADWAY SYSTEM. RESPONSIBILITY. THE PLANNERS, PROVIDERS AND REGULATORS OF OUR ROADWAY SYSTEM SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITIES WITH ALL ROADWAY USERS, MOTORISTS, PEDESTRIANS, BICYCLISTS. MECHANICS FOR CHANGE. OUR COMMITTEE HAS GOT TO FACE -- HAS GOT TO -- WE NEED A PARADIGM SHIFT IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT SAFETY IS OUR NUMBER ONE OBJECTIVE AND SAVING LIVES, ESPECIALLY OF THE CHILDREN COMING AND GOING TO SCHOOL. AND THAT ALL USERS HAVE TO BE READY TO MAKE CHANGES. EVERYONE HAS GOT TO BE COOPERATIVE AND READY TO MAKE THE CHANGES TO ACHIEVE OUR GOALS. ZERO FATALITIES ON OUR ROADWAYS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. FIRST, LET ME SAY AS A FORMER STUDENT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SOMEBODY WHO ROADS AND BIKES GOING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL, I AM VERY EXCITED TO READ THIS RESOLUTION. WHEREAS, THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STUDENTS IS THE SCHOOL BOARD'S PRIORITY, AND WHEREAS, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STRAFES TO PROTECT THE SAFETY OF THOUSANDS OF YOUNG STUDENTS WALKING TO SCHOOL AND TO BUS STOPS, AND, WHEREAS, CHILDREN SPACE IS A DISPROPORTIONATE RISK OF TRAFFIC INJURIES AND FATALITIES, AND, WHEREAS, PEOPLE WALKING AND BICYCLING REPRESENT A DISPROPORTIONATE NUMBER OF FATALITIES, AND IN 2014, NEARLY HALF OF THE PEOPLE WHO DIED IN CRASHES IN TAMPA WERE PEDESTRIANS, AND, WHEREAS, VISION ZERO IS THE CONCEPT THAT THERE IS NO ACCEPTABLE NUMBER OF TRAFFIC DEATHS, SERIOUS INJURIES IN OUR STREETS, AND, WHEREAS, VISION ZERO HAS BEEN PROVEN HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL BASED ON THE SIMPLE FACT THAT WE ARE ALL HUMAN AND MAKE MISTAKES. IF THE ROAD SYSTEMS SYSTEM NEEDS TO KEEP US MOVING BUT IT MUST ALSO BE DESIGNED TO PROTECT US AT EVERY TURN, AND, WHEREAS, SINCE SETTING THE ZERO INITIATIVE IN MOTION IN 1997 THE COUNTRY OF SWEDEN HAS EXPERIENCE ADD 42% REDUCTION IN TRAFFIC FATALITIES, SIMILARLY, SWITZERLAND HAS SEEN A 41% DROP, GERMANY A 45% DROP, FRANCE A 48% DROP, AND SPAIN A 53% DECLINE IN FATALITIES. AND, WHEREAS, CITIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES INCLUDING NEW YORK, BOSTON, SEATTLE, PORTLAND, SAN FRANCISCO, SAN JOSE, SAN DIEGO, ARE ADOPTING VISION ZERO POLICIES AND PERHAPS WITH THE INTENT OF LIMITING FATAL AND SERIOUS CRASHES, IT IS THE FIRST YEAR OF IMPLANTING VISION ZERO, NEW YORK CITY HAS SEEN THE LOWEST NUMBER OF PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES SINCE DOCUMENTATION BEGAN IN 1910, AND, WHEREAS, THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THROUGH THE MAYOR'S CHALLENGE FOR SAFER PEOPLE, SAFER STREETS, AND LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIAL AS CROSS THE COUNTRY TAKE SIGNIFICANT ACTION ON IMPROVING THE SAFETY, TRANSPORTATION NETWORKS OF PEDESTRIANS AND BICYCLISTS OF ALL AGES AND ABILITIES, AND, WHEREAS, THE TAMPA CITY COUNCIL ADOPTED A RESOLUTION SUPPORTING VISION ZERO IN DECEMBER OF 2015. BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, SECTION ONE, THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SUPPORT THE GOALS OF THE VISION ZERO INITIATIVE TO DEFINE ROAD SAFETY SUMMARIZED IN ONE SENTENCE, NO LOSS OF LIFE IS ACCEPTABLE. SECTION 2, THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A VISION ZERO ACTION PLAN FOR THE CITY OF TAMPA AND URGES THE MAYOR TO ENGAGE CITY STAFF TO DEVELOP AND ESTABLISH A VISION ZERO ACTION PLAN TO THE BENEFIT AND DUTIES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. SECTION 3, THAT THIS RESOLUTION SHALL TAKE EFFECT IMMEDIATELY UPON ITS ADOPTION. SIGNED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, IF I COULD HAVE A MOTION TO PULL THIS ITEM AND VOTE FOR IT SEPARATELY? WE DO NOT NEED TO DOUGH THAT, MR. PORTER? OKAY. IT WAS JUST MOVED UP ON THE AGENDA. WE --

>> THAT'S THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR.

>>April Griffin: MOTION ON THE FLOOR IS TO VOTE ON THIS SEPARATELY BY MEMBER VALDES, SECONDED BY MS. STUART. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON VOTING ON THIS SEPARATELY? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE. MS. KURDELL IS NOT AT THE DAIS. IT IS UNANIMOUS TO PULL IT AND VOTE ON IT SEPARATELY. I NEED A MOTION ON THE RESOLUTION AND A SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES, A SECOND BY MRS. STUART. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON THE RESOLUTION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. AND WE ARE GOING TO COME DOWN, MRS. STUART BEING OUR MPO REPRESENTATIVE, ME BEING THE ALTERNATE ON THE MPO AND WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A PICTURE.

>> SOUNDS GOOD TO ME. THIS IS A FUN GROUP TO TALK TO. I REALLY LIKE TALKING TO THE SCHOOL BOARD, COMPARED TO SOME OTHER BOARDS WHICH I WON'T SAY PUBLICLY. BUT YOU GUYS ARE ALWAYS A FUN GROUP TO TALK TO, LET ME TELL YOU.

>> WE ARE KID-CENTRIC. KIDS ARE FUN. AND THERE'S SUPPOSED TO BE A VIDEO. IF YOU COULD GO AHEAD AND PLAY THAT.

>> THIS ISN'T A VIDEO. IT'S JUST THE FRONT PAGE OF THE MPO SCREEN, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THIS RESOLUTION, THE MPO AND A FEW OF ITS PARTNERS ARE PRESENTING A PEER TO PEER MESSAGING VIDEO CONTACT THAT THEY ARE GOING TO PUSH OUT TO OUR 27 HIGH SCHOOLS. THIS IS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO CREATE A 30-SECOND VIDEO THAT REVOLVES AROUND WALKING AND BIKE SAFETY. SO WE ARE EXCITED TO PARTNER WITH THE COLUMBIA GROUP, THE MPO, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, CITY OF TAMPA, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BOCC, AND VTR AS WELL AS MANY OTHER COMMUNITY SAFETY ADVOCATES. LIE FORWARD TO SEEING THE VIDEOS THAT ARE GOING TO COME OUT OF THIS. THIS IS BEING RELEASED TODAY BY THE SUPERINTENDENT, THE PRINCIPALS, TO PARTICIPATE WITH A FEBRUARY 1 DUE DATE BACK TO THE MPO. SO ALL OF THE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON THE MPO WEBSITE. AND THANK YOU TO GINA TORRES FOR BEING HERE AND ALL THE WORK SHE DID TO PUT THIS TOGETHER, AS WELL AS DR. PEPPY OVER THERE, AND HE WAS A HUGE ASSISTANCE IN PUTTING THIS TOGETHER.

>> I WOULD LIKE TO ADD, WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE OUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD ON THE BOARD. YOU HAVE BEEN PASSIONATE AND SO COMMITTED TO THIS PROJECT THAT WE ARE WORKING ON. JUST SO YOU KNOW, I ASKED MY SIX-YEAR-OLD WASH SHE THOUGHT OF THAT. THE LIGHTNING. I HEARD THEY ARE REALLY GREAT SEATS. SO WE REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING SOME KIDS REALLY EXCITED ABOUT MAKING IT SAFER OUT THERE FOR THEIR PEERS AND TO WALK AND BIKE TO SCHOOL.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MEMBER STUART. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE GOING TO MOVE UP THE TEACHING AND LEARNING BEFORE THE SUSPENDED AGENDA BECAUSE WE HAVE SOME PEOPLE HERE IN THE AUDIENCE. SO I KNOW THAT THEY ARE PROBABLY ANXIOUS TO GET OUT OF HERE, AND DON'T WANT TO SIT THROUGH THE WHOLE MEETING. IF MR. MIKE RAMSEY COULD PLEASE COME UP.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, I AM VERY GRATEFUL THIS AFTERNOON TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT OUR TECHNICAL COLLEGES. WE HAVE BELIEVE THEY ARE ONE OF THE BEST KEPT SECRETS IN THE DISTRICT AND WE DON'T WANT THAT TITLE ANYMORE. WE WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW ABOUT US AND FOR EVERYBODY TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR ABOUT THE GREAT PRODUCT WE BELIEVE WE HAVE TO OFFER. WHEN THE PEOPLE FIRST HEAR WE HAVE TECHNICAL COLLEGES WITHIN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT, THEY ARE A BIT SURPRISED. MOST PEOPLE THINK OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, YOU THINK OF KINDERGARTEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, MIDDLE SCHOOLS, BUT WE ARE REALLY GRATEFUL TO HAVE, AND WE HAVE FOR A LONG TIME, OFFERED POST-SECONDARY TRAINING HERE AT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. CAN YOU GO BACK A COUPLE? BACK. PERFECT. THANK YOU. WITHIN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE ACTUALLY FALL UNDER CURRICULUM INSTRUCTION. AND WITHIN THAT WE HAVE TECHNICAL ADULT EDUCATION LED BY MR. SCOTT BROOKS, WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS OFFICES, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT SCOTT HAS BEEN A PROPONENT OF FROM THE TIME THAT HE HAS TAKEN THIS POSITION AND BEFORE IS CREATING SOME VERY SUSTAINABLE CAREER PATHWAYS FROM OUR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, AND OUR ADULT EDUCATION STUDENTS, INTO OUR TECHNICAL COLLEGES. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE TRADE TO BUILD SOME CONTINUITY IN ORDER TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. STARTING FIRST WITH OUR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, CTE PROGRAMS, AND I BELIEVE CHRIS IS HERE, SUPERVISOR OF THE CAREER AND TECH ED PROGRAM. RAISE YOUR HAND. WAVE AT EVERYBODY. THOSE GUYS ACTUALLY HAVE A VERY UNIQUE ROLE IN THEIR COUNTY. NOT ONLY DO THEY OVERSEE THE CURRICULUM FOR OUR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL BUT THEY OVERSEE THE TECH COLLEGES TO MAKE SURE IT'S RIGOROUS, ACADEMICALLY APPROPRIATE, ALIGNED WITH INDUSTRY STANDARD AND TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE PRODUCING HIGH QUALITY PRODUCTS. AND I AM VERY THANKFUL TO HAVE THEM ON OUR SIDE. WE TRY TO MAKE OUR ORGANIZATION WORK AS EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE. NEXT WE HAVE OUR ADULT EDUCATION DIVISION LED BY MR. MARK JUSTA, MICHELLE, MARKING, AND MARK IS LIKE MY PARTNER, OUR OFFICES ARE RIGHT NEXT TO EACH OTHER. A LOT OF THINGS WE DO OVERLAP BECAUSE WE ARE IN THE SAME POPULATION, AND WE HAVE PARTNERED ON A JULY OF DIFFERENT PROJECTS. ONE OF THE THINGS WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT, MARK AND HIS DEPARTMENT HAS WORKED ON A GRANT IN ORDER TO HELP STUDENTS TO FINANCE THEIR TECHNICAL COLLEGE TRAINING AS WELL AS THEIR GED TRAINING, AND GOING TO BE A GREAT ASSET TO OUR COMMUNITY ONCE WE GET IT OFF THE GROUND AND ROLLING. NEXT WE HAVE WORKFORCE CONTINUING EDUCATION DIVISION, WHICH IS LED BY ME. AND MY PRIMARY ROLE IS TO BE OVERSEE OUR TECHNICAL COLLEGES AND OUR PRINCIPALS. DR. GOOD, PAUL, ANN MARIE, JIM. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND THANK YOU TO DR. PSYCHES AND OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENT TO FUNCTION AS WE TRY TO MAKE OUR TECH COLLEGES GOOD. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COLLEGE IS ONE OF THE GROUPS THAT REALLY ASSISTS US IN ORDER TO GET THE WORD OUT AND SPREAD THE WORD. THERE IS FINANCIAL INVOLVEMENT AND OUR ADULT CAREER SERVICES CENTER, COUNCIL MEMBERS IN THE AUDIENCE. WOULD YOU GUYS PLEASE STAND? THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK. [ APPLAUSE ] I DON'T WANT TO START MISSING NAMES AND MISS SOMEBODY. BUT THESE GUYS ARE OUR MARKETING TEAM, OUR COUNSELORS, SOCIAL WORKERS. THEY THEY START FROM THE STUDENT WHEN THEY COME IN OUR DOORS AT THE ADULT SERVICES CENTER, THEY DIRECT THEM WHICHEVER DIRECTION THEY NEED. IF THEY NEED SUPPORT, HAVING ISSUES WITH RENT OR FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE, THEY DIRECT THEM TO THE RESOURCES WE HAVE WITHIN THE BUILDING TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. IF THEY NEED CONNECTION TO A PROGRAM THAT HELPS THEM GET THEIR GED OR HELP THEM GET TECHNICAL TRAINING, THEY ARE THE FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE THAT DIRECTS OUR STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY. THEY ARE OUT RECRUITING STUDENTS AND SPREADING THE WORD AND LET THEM KNOW AFTER THEY WALK ACROSS THAT STAGE THERE'S AN OPTION FOR THEM IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND I'M VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE WORK THEY DO FOR OUR DISTRICT. NEXT WE HAVE OUR THIRD COLLEGE, TECHNICAL COLLEGE LED BY TAN MARIE. BECAUSE THE BUILDING IS SO NICE AND SUCH, A MODERN FACILITY, A LOT OF OUR PARTNERS HERE IN THE DISTRICT LIKE TO USE IT FOR TRAINING PURPOSES. ONE OF THE PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE THAT I THINK IS A VERY UNIQUE ONE IN OUR COMMUNITY IS OUR VETERINARY ASSISTANT PROGRAM. VET ASSISTING HAS BEEN ONE OF THE STAPLES OF THAT SCHOOL SINCE ITS INCEPTION. AND HAVE A GREAT PARTNERSHIP WITH ANIMAL SERVICES, AND THEY HAVE NEARLY A 100% RATE THROUGHOUT THAT PROGRAM. THANK YOU, ANN MARIE, FOR YOUR HARD WORK THERE. NEXT WE HAVE BREWSTER TECHNICAL COLLEGE, ONE OF OUR OLDEST VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL TRAINING COLLEGES, SINCE 1926 LED BY MR. PAUL GANSLER, TRYING TO ESTABLISH A CULTURE THAT PUTS THE STUDENTS AT THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING THAT THEY DO. ONE OF THOSE, THE PROGRAMS, OR SOME OF THE PROGRAMS THAT THEY OFFER ARE ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES PROGRAM, UNIQUE POPULATIONS IN THE COUNTY, AND A LOT OF THE STUDENTS THAT COME THEREOF HAVE A VARYING LEVEL OF ABILITY, WORK WITH GREAT CARE TO TRY TO HELP THEM ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. AN AUTOMOTIVE PROGRAM, LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSING, AND LOB GIST TICKS PROGRAM, AND ONE OF THE GREATEST ESOL PROGRAMS IN THE STATE, THE LARGEST IN THE COUNTY, BREWSTER TECHNICAL COLLEGE. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT THAT. NEXT WE HAVE ERWIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE, THE LARGEST TECHNICAL COLLEGE, ABOUT 4300 STUDENTS. A SCHOOL THAT WE THINK ABOUT WHEN WE THINK ABOUT TECHNICAL COLLEGES IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BECAUSE THEY TAKE UP SUCH A LARGE FOOTPRINT ON HILLSBOROUGH AND 22ND STREET. PROGRAMS, OVER 22 PROGRAMS THERE. WE HAVE ACCOUNTING, AUTOMOTIVE, DENTAL ASSISTANCE, DIAGNOSTICS, LICENSED PRACTICAL NURSING, CMA PROGRAMS, AUTOMOTIVE PROGRAMS, SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS THAT PEOPLE AROUND THE TAMPA BAY AREA ARE VERY WELL AWARE OF, AND PROVIDED WELL TRAINED EMPLOYEES FOR OUR INDUSTRY PARTNERS FOR A LOT OF YEARS TO COME. THE PROGRAM I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT IS OUR APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM. AND APPRENTICESHIPS HAVE BEEN A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART BECAUSE OF WHAT THEIR ROLE IS AND WHAT THEY TRY TO DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY. HERE TODAY IS MR. DAVID McGRAW, AND MR. KEVIN MANNER. WOULD YOU STAND FOR A MOMENT? I WANT TO RECOGNIZE YOU GUYS. KEVIN IS IN CHARGE WITH OUR IRON WORKS eAND DAVID McGRAW WITH OUR TRAINING COMMITTEE, ALSO WORKS WITH THE NATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS. AND THEY ARE STRONG PROPONENTS OF GETTING THE WORD OUT TO OUR STUDENTS AND OUR SCHOOLS THAT THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM RIGHT HERE IN TAMPA BAY TO HELP THEM BUILD THIS COMMUNITY. WHEN I VISITED THE IRONWORKERS FACILITY, THERE IS ACTUALLY A STUDENT THERE IN TRAINING THAT CAME FROM TAMPA BAY TECH WHERE MR. BROOKS AND I SERVED AS ADMINISTRATORS, AND HE SAID, NOW WHAT? THIS REALLY CHANGED MY LIFE. HE ACTUALLY HELPS A LOT OF THOSE STUDENTS, AND THEY REALIZE IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO EARN A LIVING WAGE, NOT HAVE ANY DEBT, HAVE MEDICAL BENEFIT, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CAREER ADVANCEMENT FOR FREE, AND THESE GUYS HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB GETTING THE WORD OUT. I KNOW KEVIN HAS BEEN OUT IN SEVERAL OF OUR SCHOOLS, WELDING PROGRAM, HAVE BEEN OUT TO ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL, TAMPA TECH HAS COME OUT AND SEEN THE FACILITIES SO THEY CAN SEE WHAT THIS SCHOOL OUTSIDE OF THE TRADITIONAL COLLEGE HAS. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT WE HAVE LEAREY TECHNOLOGICAL COLLEGE, LED BY DR. JIM GARRETT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING ON BOARD WITH US. WE ARE SO HAPPY TO HAVE YOU. THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING DILIGENTLY TO GET A FOOTHOLD IN THAT COMMUNITY AND MAKE SURE WE ARE OFFERING PROGRAMS THAT MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE THERE. AT LEERY WEAVER EARLY CHILDHOOD, COSMETOLOGY ON THE WAY, AND I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE PROGRAMS AND HIGHLIGHT THE EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN PROGRAM. WE HAVE OUR TRAINING TEACHING, TAMPA FIRE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING OUT. [ APPLAUSE ] AND ANDY, OUR LEADER FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND TAMPA FIRE. [ APPLAUSE ] THE PARTNERSHIP WITH TAMPA FIRE ACADEMY IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE MOST PROUD OF AT LEAREY TECHNOLOGICAL COLLEGE. WE ARE TRAINED FOR THE PAST NINE YEARS, BEEN OFFERING THEIR TRAINING PROGRAM FOR THEIR FIREFIGHTERS AT LEAREY TECHNOLOGICAL COLLEGE AND OUR STUDENTS WHO PROGRESS THROUGH THAT PROGRAM ARE FINDING EMPLOYMENT EITHER AT TAMPA FIRE, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, HERNANDO COUNTY, AND WE ARE VERY, VERY THANKFUL FOR THE PASS RATE THESE GUYS ARE PRODUCING. ALSO, OUR EMT PROGRAM LED BY CINDY WELLS. I DON'T KNOW IF CINDY IS HERE OR NOT BUT SHE'S DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB PROVIDING A HIGH LEVEL TRAINING PROGRAM FOR OUR COMMUNITY. ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES. ANOTHER AREA THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT WE HAVE A LARGE PROGRAM W.AND AS I MENTIONED BEFORE IT HAS A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF THAT POPULATION BUT WE ALSO HAVE STUDENTS, ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES AT OUR ADULT DAY TRAINING PROGRAMS, AND KEVIN, JAMES, MACDONALD TRAINING CENTER, AND IN ADDITION TO THE ADULT TRAINING PROGRAM, WE HAVE STAGES AT USF TO OFFER TRANSITION PROGRAMS, OUR PROGRAMS FOR 18 TO HAVE 22-YEAR-OLDS AND TRANSITION FROM SCHOOL TO THE WORKFORCE, FOR THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS OF OUR SOCIETY. AND FULL PARTNERSHIPS. ALSO HAVE A PARTNERSHIP WITH MACY'S WHERE OUR STUDENTS ARE ENJOYING RETAIL MERCHANDISE IN FOUR LOCATION AS ROUND THE COUNTRY, TO HELP THEM LEARN WEB JOB SKILLS TO BE SUCCESSFUL PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS. NEXT WE HAVE OUR QUICK RESPONSE TRAINING GRANTS. THE PARTNERSHIP THAT WE HAVE WITH OUR CAREER FORCE FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA, AND I AM GOING TO BRING UP THE PERSON WHO STARTED THE PROGRAM, MR. PRESTON STEWART AND GIVE YOU A FEW WORDS ON IT.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, FOR ALLOWING TO US PRESENT TODAY. THE QUICK RESPONSE TRAINING GRANTS KNOWN AS THE FLORIDA FLEX GRANTS NOW, ARE THROUGH THE CAREER SOURCE FLORIDA, AND THEY ARE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO ALLOW COMPANIES IN FLORIDA THAT ARE EITHER RELOCATING OR EXPANDING TO BE COMPETITIVE AND GROW IN OUR STATE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE CURRENTLY ARE DOING IS WORKING WITH ELEVEN COMPANIES, AND PROVIDING THESE TRAINING NEEDS, AND BEING THE FISCAL AGENT. STATE STATUTE REQUIRES A FISCAL AGENT TO DISTRIBUTE THE FUNDS, AND TO BE A PART OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS, AND WE ARE GRATEFUL THAT THE COMPANIES IN A POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ALLOWS US TO BE WORK WITH COMPANIES AS FISCAL AGENTS. WE DO RECEIVE A REVENUE-GENERATING FOR THIS FOR OUR SERVICES OVER THE COURSE OF THE 24-MONTH CONTRACT, WHICH IS MAX. THOSE GRANTS RETURNED BACK TO US A 5% REVENUE FOR THE REVENUE OF THAT IS EXTENDED FOR TRAINING. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY WITH THESE GRANTS, IT ALLOWS US TO SET UP A PIPELINE WITH OUR BUSINESSES, NEW INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES THAT ALLOW US TO PROVIDE THESE TO OUR GRADUATING STUDENTS, FROM OUR TECH COLLEGES, AS WELL AS OUR STUDENTS AND OUR COLLEGE STUDENTS IN SCHOOL TODAY. SO IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO PARTNERSHIP AND BUILD RELATIONSHIPS AND CONTINUE FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AT THE FOREFRONT OF ANY COMPANIES COME TO THIS AREA. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, PRESTON. WE VIEW OURSELVES AS A BIG PART OF SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS VISION OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. WE WANT TO BE A VIABLE OPTION FOR OUR STUDENTS ONCE THEY GRADUATE FROM OUR SCHOOLS. AND PART OF THAT IS MAKING SURE THAT EVERYTHING THAT WE DO, EVERYTHING WE OPERATE IS BUILDING FOR THE CULTURE THAT PUTS THE STUDENTS FIRST. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE BEEN PREACHING FROM THE BEGINNING IS TRYING TO FIND WAYS TO BRING DOWN BARRIERS, FOR OUR SCHOOLS, FOR OUR STUDENTS. WORKING WITH OUR STUDENTS, WORKING WITH OUR STUDENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT, TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STUDENTS AND OUR HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE INFORMATION THEY NEED TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION ABOUT OUR TECH COLLEGES. I WANT TO CONTINUE THE PROGRAM, MAKE SURE WE ARE RECRUITING THE BEST INSTRUCTORS THAT WE CAN POSSIBLE IN ORDER TO TEACH OUR STUDENTS AT A HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL, AND WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE WORD IS OUT. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. WE ARE WORKING WITH THE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT, DR. PEPFY, AND GRAVES. IN THE SPRING WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A STRATEGIC MARKETING CAMPAIGN TO HELP STUDENTS UNDERSTAND THAT AS THEY ARE MAKING THAT DECISION ON WHEREBY THEY WANT TO GO, THAT THERE'S ANOTHER OPTION RIGHT HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FOR THEM. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: MS. EDGECOMB?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: COME BACK ONE SECOND. THANK YOU FOR THOSE REMARKS. AND WIDENING OUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT I ASKED, AND I THINK IT'S KIND OF PREMATURE BECAUSE IT WAS THE FIRST TIME THAT THE NAME CHANGE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, A PRESENTATION MAYBE DONE IN OHIO OR SOMEPLACE IN A STATE IN THE MIDWEST. BUT OF WHAT HAS BEEN THE IMPACT ON THE NAME CHANGE IN TERMS OF RECRUITMENT OF BEING INVITED, GET ARE MORE STUDENTS INTO THIS LEARNING ARENA? DID THE NAME CHANGE IN ANY WAY MAKE ANY KIND OF IMPACT?

>> TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, I THINK IT'S A BIT TOO EARLY TO TELL. FROM WAIVE SEEN THUS FAR, AT LEAST THE CONVERSATION IS NOW THE STUDENTS ARE GOING TO A COLLEGE VERSUS A TECHNICAL CENTER. BUT AS FAR AS HARD NUMBERS, AS FAR AS WHAT TYPE OF INCREASE IS SEEN IN ENROLLMENT, FROM WHARF OUR NEXT ENROLLMENT PERIOD, CALCULATION PERIOD ENDS ON JANUARY 15th, THAT'S WHEN WE GET OUR INFORMATION BACK. WE DO OUR AUDIT TO DETERMINE HOW MUCH OUR ENROLLMENT ACTUALLY INCREASED FROM THE SUMMER UP UNTIL NOW. WE'LL HAVE BETTER ANSWERS FOR WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE THAT IMPACT. A LOT ENTAILS FROM OUR SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, THAT WE HAVE TURNED IT IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, AND ENROLLMENT HAS INCREASED FROM 3% TO 5%. BUT UNTIL THOSE NUMBERS COME ANY CAN'T GIVE YOU A DEFINITIVE ANSWER ON THAT. BUT THE APPROACH OF THAT WE HAVE FOR MARKETING.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: A SECOND QUESTION, SOMETHING I WAS GOING TO BRING UP UNDER ANOTHER AGENDA ITEM BUT I THINK I CAN START THAT CONVERSATION NOW. WE HAVE SECONDARY SCHOOLS. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT A GROUP OF STUDENTS WHO MAY NOT BE PART OF THESE PROGRAMS BUT WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM WHAT I AM GOING TO CALL CAREER AWARENESS, CAREER EXPOSURE, I SAY THIS ALL THE TIME, CAN'T DREAM ABOUT WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW. AND SO IF STUDENTS DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT THE POSSIBILITIES ARE, ESPECIALLY STUDENTS WHO MAY NOT BE SELF-MOTIVATED OR WHO ARE STRUGGLING -- I'M TALKING SPECIFICALLY NOW SOME OF OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND SOME HIGH SCHOOLS. HOW CAN -- (MICROPHONE OFF) TO AN AWARENESS TO OUR STUDENTS IF THEY AREN'T PART OF -- I'M THINKING OF CHANGING DREAMS, CHANGING SUSPENSIONS, CHANGING STUDENTS AWARENESS ABOUT WHAT THE POSSIBILITIES ARE, EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY NOT BE HAVING THE MOST SUCCESSFUL TIME RIGHT NOW IN THEIR CAREER, THERE ARE POSSIBILITIES, BUT IF THERE'S NO FOCUS FOR THEM TO BECOME AWARE -- I THINK WE DO A DISSERVICE. YOU HAVE GOT TO HAVE SOMETHING TO DREAM ABOUT TO WORK HARD IN SCHOOL, TO COME TO SCHOOL TO BE ON TIME. SO MY QUESTION COMES TO HOW DO OUR STUDENTS WITH UNIQUE DISABILITIES GO INTO THE WORKPLACE AND DO THOSE WORK SKILLS, UNDERSTAND WHAT THE EXPECTATIONS ARE? HOW MIGHT WE DO SOME OF THE THINGS OF SERVING STUDENTS WHO NEED THAT SAME KIND OF INTRODUCTION AND AWARENESS?

>> YES, MA'AM I THINK THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. AND I THINK THAT'S A HUGE PIECE TO ANSWERING THAT QUESTION. AND I THINK THE SIMPLEST ANSWER IS TO ENCOURAGE OUR SCHOOLS TO EXPAND CTE PROGRAMS, SCHOOLS THAT HAVE THOSE OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL STUDENTS. WE BELIEVE THAT A LARGE PART OF OUR POPULATION HISTORICALLY HAS BEEN THAT CHALLENGED STRUGGLING STUDENT, AND THAT THEY HAVE DECIDED, WELL, YOU MAY BENEFIT FROM SOME OF THE HANDS-ON ACTIVITY THAT HAPPENS IN OUR CTE PROGRAM. I THINK OVER TIME CTE HAS KIND OF EVOLVED AND BECOME MORE STEM FOCUSED WHERE THE SKILL LEVEL THAT THE STUDENTS ARE LEARNING HAS BEEN PERCEIVED AS BEING REQUIRING A HIGHER LEVEL OF ACADEMIC RIGOR, BUT I THINK ALL STUDENTS, THAT EVERY PERFORMING LEVEL, CAN STILL RISE TO THE OCCASION AND MEET THE CHALLENGE OF THOSE PROGRAMS THAT WE BEGAN TO OFFER. SUCH AS IN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS WE HAVE ROBOTICS PROGRAMS EXPANDING ACROSS THE COUNTY, AND I THINK THAT PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY, STANDARDS THAT COULD BENEFIT THAT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST, WILL BE ABLE TO FIND SOMETHING. FOR STUDENTS THAT ARE NOT IN IT, IT'S KIND OF DIFFICULT FOR CTE TO HAVE AN IMPACT FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ACTUALLY ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAM. YOU CAN HAVE CONVERSATIONS, PROVIDE EXPOSURE TO TRY TO INTEGRATE CTE PRINCIPALS INTO YOUR BASIC STANDARD CLASSES SUCH AS YOUR MATH CLASSES, YOUR HISTORY CLASSES, INTEGRATING INTO SOMETHING THAT ALREADY EXISTS, BUT TO GET THE FULT IMPACT OF WHAT WE OFFER, THEY NEED TO BE IN A GROUP.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I KNOW WE HAVE IT ON THE AGENDA BUT LET ME ASK, HOW MIGHT -- AND MIGHT IS A FACTOR -- AND IN THE SCHOOL YEAR IT'S MORE CHALLENGING, TO GET THOSE STUDENTS INTO WHAT I CALL FIELD TRIPS, AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE CAMPUS AND SEE THOSE KINDS OF THINGS, OR EVEN GO TO A WORKPLACE. BUT WHAT ABOUT A SUMMER PROGRAM? DESIGN AROUND WHO YOU KNOW, AND WE AREN'T BEING ABLE TO WORK -- IN THE SUMMER PROGRAM, WHERE THERE IS OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO BE A PART OF LEARNING, GET THAT EXPOSURE. I THINK IT IS ABOUT AWARENESS AND EXPOSURE THAT'S MISSING. I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT A FULL-FLEDGED PROGRAM BUT I'M JUST TALKING ABOUT TAPPING INTO THE IDEA THAT THE STUDENTS DON'T KNOW WHAT IS EXPECTED FOR THEM IN THE WORKPLACE, WHAT THE POSSIBILITIES ARE, I AM GOING TO CALL IT LIFE SKILLS THAT'S NECESSARY FOR THEM TO BE PRODUCTIVE WORKERS, THAT MAYBE WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY SOMETIME TO CREATE A PROGRAM THAT WILL GIVE THEM A SPRINGBOARD TO THINKING ABOUT WHAT THE FUTURE MIGHT LOOK LIKE IF THEY KNOW WHAT'S OUT THERE AND AVAILABLE TO THEM AND GETTING SUPPORT FOR THE FULL LEARNING EXPERIENCE. I'M JUST THROWING AN IDEA.

>> I THINK THAT'S AN EXCELLENT IDEA. A SUMMER PREAM, IT WOULD BE PHENOMENAL. WE'LL MAKE SURE WE FOLLOW UP ON THAT. YOU'RE WELCOME.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: COULD YOU TALK FOR A MINUTE ABOUT THE UPCOMING EVENTS THAT IS COMING THAT IS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE BUILDING TRADES THAT WE ARE HAVING?

>> BUILD TAMPA BAY?

>> THAT BUILD ON WHAT MRS. EDGECOMB IS TALKING ABOUT?

>> ABSOLUTELY. THAT SCOTT BROOKS HAS COME UP WITH IS PARTNERS -- I AM GOING TO HAVE HIM COME UP TO THE PODIUM BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO STEAL HIS THUNDER.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH SOME INDUSTRY PARTNERS, AND ON FEBRUARY 2nd WE ARE GOING TO BE HAVING THE BUILD TAMPA BAY EVENT. AND WHAT WE ARE HOPING TO DO IS USE THIS AS A MARKETING EVENT TO DO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT MRS. EDGECOMB TALKING ABOUT. WE ARE LOOKING TO BRING TO 700 POSSIBLY IN THAT RANGE HIGH SCHOOL UNITS INTO TAMPA AMALIE ARENA, AND GOING TO GO IN AND WE HAVE SEVERAL OF THE CONSTRUCTION TRADE PARTNERS, AND EMPLOYERS THAT ARE GOING TO BE THERE, AND BASICALLY HIGHLIGHT THEIR BUSINESS AND THEY ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT ALL THE THINGS AND ALL THE GROWTH THAT'S GOING TO BE HAPPENING IN THE TAMPA BAY REGION OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS. AND THEY REALLY ARE A LOT OF OUR EMPLOYERS, THEY MEET A -- NEED A LARGE GROUP OF WORKERS, COLLEGE GRADUATES, NEED ENGINEERS, A TEXT, ELECTRICIANS, PLUMB PERCENT, AND REALLY A WIDE VARIETY. SO I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A REALLY EXCITING EVENT. I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A NEAT EVENT THAT KID ARE GOING TO REALLY ENJOY. WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO DO SOME HIGH ENERGY STUFF, HAVE A LOT OF HAND-ON THINGS AND REALLY OUR GOAL IS TO EDUCATE THE STUDENT ABOUT WHAT JOBS ACTUALLY EXIST RIGHT HERE IN OUR REGION. AND FOR THOSE KIDS THAT MAYBE GO TO THE MILITARY SERVICE, FINISH THEIR CONTRACT AND THEN THEY COME BACK AND WANT TO LIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY, MAYBE IT'S FIVE TO SEVEN YEARS DOWN THE ROAD THAT WE PLANTED THAT SEED, AND THEN THEY COME BACK AND TRULY FIND THEIR PASSION AND FIND WHAT THEY WANT TO DO FOR THEIR LONG-TERM CAREER, AND A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE SWITCH CAREERS IN LIFE, IT'S PRETTY NORMAL. WE HOPE TO EVEN CAPITALIZE ON SOME OF THOSE. I THINK IT WILL BE AN EXCITING EVENT. WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL OTHER COUNTIES AROUND US THAT HEARD ABOUT IT. SO I HAVE ACTUALLY GOTTEN PHONE CALLS FROM PINELLAS AND PASCO COUNTY. THEY HAVE ASKED IF THEY COULD AT LEAST SEND A DELEGATION TO LOOK, SEE WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE, AND MAYBE WANT TO REPLICATE OR JOIN US NEXT YEAR. WE HOPE NEXT YEAR WE'LL MAKE IT AN ANNUAL EVENT. WE WANT TO TRY TO GET A THOUSAND STUDENTS. THAT'S REALLY OUR TARGET. OUR FIRST ONE. WE WILL BE BRINGING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, BUS THEM IN FROM ALL OVER, THEY'LL COME IN, HAVE LARNLG LUNCH, WALK AROUND, HEAR FROM THE JUMBOTRON SPEAKERS, AND THEN WALK AROUND AND MEAT THE DIFFERENT REPRESENTATIVES OF THE COMPANIES.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU SO MUCH. MS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AND I'M HOPING MR. BROOKS THAT WE CAN INCORPORATE OUR CAREER CENTERS IN THAT MIX AS WELL. I BELIEVE THAT THEY WOULD REALLY, REALLY BENEFIT FROM THAT EXPOSURE AS WELL. AND THIS IS VERY EXCITING. I'M REALLY THANKFUL FOR THIS TEACHING AND LEARNING, BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS, WHEN THEY LEAVE HIGH SCHOOL, THEY MIGHT GOFF TO ONE OF THE PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS AND WIND UP WITH A VERY, VERY HIGH BILL AFTERWARDS. AND I BELIEVE THAT HOPEFULLY LATER ON TODAY WE WILL BE APPROVING AN APPOINTMENT FOR THE DIVERSIFIED MARKETING THAT WILL PROBABLY HELP TO COMMUNICATE THIS TO OUR PARENTS, AND MAYBE HAVE A LETTER WRITING CAMPAIGN OR SOMETHING TO THAT EFFECT SO WE CAN LET THE PUBLIC KNOW THAT WE HAVE GREAT TECHNICAL COLLEGES THAT OFFER A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR STUDENTS TO SOAR AND TO REALLY HAVE A VERY GOOD CAREER AHEAD OF THEM. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. I'M EXTREMELY PROUD OF WHAT THE DIRECTION IN WHICH THIS TEAM IS TAKING THIS DEPARTMENT, AND I THINK THAT WE HAVE GOT TO GIVE YOU SOME HELP THERE, MAYBE ALLOW SCOTT'S DISTRICT TO DO WHAT HE'S GOT TO DO WITH THE DEPARTMENT, AND ALLEVIATE SOME OFF OF YOUR PLATE AS WELL. BUT CONGRATULATIONS. I KNOW IT'S THE WORK THAT'S BEING DONE, AND YOU DIDN'T MENTION A LOT OF IT TODAY, BUT THE WORK IS HAPPENING AT THE CAMPUS, AND LETO IS EXTREMELY EXCITING FOR THAT COMMUNITY TO ACTUALLY SEE GREAT PROGRAMS THAT EXIST, THAT ARE BEING EXPANDED, AS WELL AS BRINGING NEW OPPORTUNITY TO THAT COMMUNITY TO GET RETOOLED AND SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL OF THE EFFORTS. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

>>April Griffin: MR. EAKINS?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WILL BE VERY BRIEF. I WANT TO THANK MR. RAMSEY, OUR TECHNICAL COLLEGES OUT THERE AND ALL OF OUR STAFF WHO CAME TONIGHT TO REALLY SHOWCASE THE BOARD'S VISION OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. I THINK YOU NAILED IT. JUST SO YOU KNOW. THE OTHER THING I WANTED TO TOUCH BASE WITH YOU, AND THIS KIND OF GOES BACK TO A GREAT QUESTION THAT MS. EDGECOMB HAD ABOUT STUDENTS THAT AREN'T INVOLVED IN OUR CAREER TECH EDUCATION PROGRAMS. AND ONE OF THE THINGS, MR. BROOKS, MR. AYRES, HAVE LOOKED AT PINELLAS COUNTY. ONE OF THE PROGRAMS THEY PUT IN PLACE IS CALLED FUTURE PLANS. SO IT IS SOMETHING THAT THEY ACTUALLY INCORPORATE WITHIN THEIR EARLY ON IN THEIR HIGH SCHOOL CAREER WITH STUDENTS. AND THIS CAME UP AT A WORKSHOP A FEW MONTHS AGO WITH THE BOARD. WHERE IT REALLY STARTS TO IDENTIFY THE INTEREST, THE SKILLS, AND STARTS TO DEVELOP SOME PATHWAYS, THAT GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, TEACHERS, PARENTS, STUDENTS, CAN START TO ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION AS ROUND NEXT STEPS FOR ALL STUDENTS, NOT JUST STUDENTS WHO ARE DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN CTE. SO THAT IS SOMETHING THAT I SEE DR. JONES OUT THERE FROM HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION, THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION HAS BEEN A PILOT WITH A FEW OF OUR SCHOOLS IN FUTURE PLANS, AND WILL BE ABLE TO BE BRING BACK SOME INFORMATION WITH YOU AND JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL AND TAMPA BAY TECH ARE GOING TO BE THE FIRST SCHOOLS TO PILOT THAT. WE START TOE GET A BASELINE ON ALL THEIR INTERESTS AND START TO DEVELOP THOSE PATHWAYS, NOT JUST FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE IN CAREER TECH BUT THOSE WHO ARE NOT AS WELL.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. EAKINS. I INVITE ALL OF YOU TO OUR CAREER PATHWAYS CONFERENCE IN JANUARY. JANUARY 26th THROUGH 29th. IN JUPITER BEACH, FLORIDA. SO WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ALL OF YOU COME AND PARTICIPATE WITH US. BUT I CAN'T LET THIS MOMENT PASS, BECAUSE MY SON JUST PASSED HIS STATE CERTIFICATION FOR THE EMT PROGRAM. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I WANT TO SAY, THERE'S SO MANY PEOPLE. AND MS. WELLS IS PROBABLY NOT HERE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THEY ARE TAKING THEIR STATE EXAMS RIGHT NOW. SO I WANT TO SAY TO HER, NOW THAT HE'S GONE THROUGH THE PROGRAM, I HAVEN'T VISITED. I HAVEN'T WANTED TO CROSS THOSE LINES. BUT HE'S GOING. HE'S DOING HIS THING. I STAYED COMPLETELY AWAY. BUT THE FEEDBACK THAT I HAVE GOTTEN FROM HIM AND HIS CLASSMATES AND THE PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY ABOUT THE WORK THAT MS. WELLS DOES AND HOW WELL RESPECTED SHE IS IN THE HOSPITAL AND WITH ALL OF THE PARTNERS THAT WORK WITH THOSE STUDENTS, DOING THEIR CLINICAL, IS AMAZING. SO SHE REALLY -- SHE IS A GEM IN THIS COMMUNITY. AND THE RESPECT THAT SHE HAS IS SOMETHING, THAT'S ONE OF THOSE INTANGIBLES THAT I DON'T THINK ANYBODY UNDERSTANDS, THE RELATIONSHIPS AND THE RESPECT THAT SHE HAS. SO I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK HER, BECAUSE I RAISED HIM, AND I KNOW HOW HE CAN BE -- (LAUGHTER) I KNOW HOW HE CAN BE. BUT HE'S A SMART KID. HE WENT TO COLLEGE. HE TRIED COLLEGE. IT DIDN'T WORK FOR HIM. IT WASN'T FOR HIM. AND THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO REALIZE. WE AS EDUCATORS LIVE IN A VERY INSULATED WORLD. WE HAVE OUR EDUCATION. WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE MOST OF US, A LOT OF US, NOT MYSELF, BUT A LOT OF US WENT TO COLLEGE STRAIGHT OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL AND WEPT ON TO BECOME TEACHERS AND EDUCATORS, AND THEN RISING THROUGH THE RANKS. SO WE FORGET THAT THERE ARE STUDENTS LIKE MACE, LIKE MY SON, LIKE MANY OTHERS, WHO THAT'S NOT THE PATH FOR THEM. AND TO CREATE THESE PATHWAYS, IT'S TRULY, TRULY LETTING US LIVE OUR VISION OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. SO I SEE SO MANY FACES OUT IN THAT AUDIENCE THAT WERE ALSO A PART OF HELPING HIM, YOU KNOW, GET INTO THE CLASS. NOW HE'S READY FOR THE FIREFIGHTER ACADEMY. AND HE'S GONE THROUGH THE WORKFORCE, AND HE'S GOT TEN GRANT THROUGH THE WORKFORCE BECAUSE HE'S LIVING ON HIS OWN. HE'S A POOR CHILD -- NOT CHILD, A POOR YOUNG MAN WORKING HIS WAY THROUGH SCHOOL. SO THOSE WORKFORCE DOLLARS OUT THERE AND THOSE GRANTS, TOO, HELPED HIM PAPER FOR SCHOOL, HELPED HIM PAY FOR HIS BUNKER GEAR AND NOW HE'S GOING ONTO THE FIREFIGHTER ACADEMY THAT STARTS IN JANUARY. AND HE SAID TO ME -- AND I NEED YOU ALL TO UNDERSTAND THIS, THIS IS A YOUNG MAN, HE'S GOING TO KILL ME IF HE HEARS THIS, BUT THIS IS A YOUNG MAN WHO HAD NO DIRECTION FOR A LONG TIME, WHO DIDN'T KNOW WHERE HE WAS GOING. HE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A PUBLIC SERVICE BUT HE DIDN'T QUITE KNOW UNTIL THIS WAS SPARKED IN HIM. AND HE SAID TO ME, HE SAID, I HAVE NEVER WANTED ANYTHING SO BAD IN MY LIFE. AND HE IS A NEW PERSON. AND SO I AM SO HAPPY. AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU PUBLICLY, BECAUSE I KNOW THE WORK THAT YOU DO IN THIS DISTRICT EVERY DAY IS MORE VALUABLE THAN SOMETIMES YOU GET CREDIT FOR. AND WE ARE GETTING READY TO CHANGE. THAT WE ARE TURNING A CORNER. AND I AM REALLY, REALLY EXCITED FOR OUR DISTRICT. THE NEXT THING -- AND THIS IS MORE TECHNICAL -- WHEN WE ARE TALKING TO THESE STUDENTS, AND WE HAVE HAD THESE CONVERSATIONS, AND MS. VALDES TOUCHED ON IT, FINANCIAL AID LITERACY. WE HAVE, AS WE ARE DOING THESE LESSON PLANS AND THIS CURRICULUM FOR STUDENTS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT AND ARE LEADING INTO THE FABRIC OF THESE CHILDREN'S EDUCATION, FROM THE MOMENT OF THAT WE GET THEM TO WHEN THEY LEAVE AND TALKING TO THEIR PARENTS, WE HAVE GOT TO TEACH THEM HOW TO ASK ABOUT ACCREDITATIONS. WE HAVE GOT TO ASK THEM, IF I DON'T FINISH HERE, WHAT HAPPENS? BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS IS THEY'LL GET THEM IN, AND THEY CAN GET THEM IN RIGHT THEN. WE HAVE WAITING LISTS. WE ARE FULLY ACCREDITED. WE HAVE OUR ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS. WE CAN TRANSITION OUR STUDENTS FROM ONE TO THE NEXT VERY WELL. THAT'S THE OTHER THING I HEAR STATE WIDE WORKING WITH EDUCATORS IN THIS FIELD ACROSS THE STATE. THERE IS NOBODY, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS THAT DOES IT BETTER THAN OUR TEAM. I AM GOING TO TELL YOU THAT RIGHT THERE. WE ARE SO -- [ APPLAUSE ] WE ARE THE ENVY OF THE STATE WHEN IT COMES TO THE ARTICULATION AGREEMENT. I'M TELLING YOU THAT RATE NOW. BUT WE HAVE GOT TO TEACH OUR STUDENTS ABOUT FINANCIAL LITERACY -- FINANCIAL AID LITERACY. WE HAVE TO ASK THEM TO -- TEACH THEM TO ASK THE RIGHT QESSMENTS ARE YOU ACCREDITED? WHO THROUGH? WE HAVE GOT TO GIVE THEM THAT SO THEY KNOW IF THEY ARE HERE, THEY CAN GO ONTO HCC. THOSE CREDITS ARE GOING TO FOLLOW THEM THERE. THEY DON'T DO THAT IN SOME OF THESE PRIVATE COLLEGES. THEY'LL GET THEM IN AND GET THEM THOSE PELL GRANTS AND GET THEM ALL THE MONEY I.DON'T KNOW IF IT'S PELL GRANT, BUT WHATEVER, THE PELL GRANT, GET THEM THE MONEY, AND THEN THEY ARE IN DEBT FOR THAT MONEY WHETHER THEY FINISH OR NOT. NOT TO MENTION BY THE WAY, I HAVE TALKED TO PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY WHO WORK IN THE HOSPITALS THAT ARE TAKING IN THESE GRADUATES FROM ALL OF THESE PROGRAMS, AND OUR PROGRAMS ARE EXCEEDING ALL OF THESE OTHER PRIVATE COLLEGES. SO, AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU ALL ARE DOING ON A DAILY BASIS. I'M IN THIS POSITION BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT I WANTED TO ADVOCATE FOR, CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. THIS IS WHAT I HAVE ALWAYS, ALWAYS ADVOCATED FOR. AND I FEEL RIGHT NOW THERE IS MOMENTUM THAT I HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE. THAT AND THE FACT THAT I AM SEEING IT FROM A PERSONAL LEVEL WITH MY OWN CHILD. SO THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU ARE DOING. [ APPLAUSE ] BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS THE TEACHING AND LEARNING. AND THE NEXT ITEM IS THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. AND MR. EAKINS, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO YOU.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. I HAVE A COUPLE OF THINGS I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT. I WANT TO APOLOGIZE WE DIDN'T GET THE ATTACH. ON THIS PARTICULAR BOARD ITEM THIS AFTERNOON. BUT I WANT TO TOUCH ON A COUPLE OF POINTS. FIRST OF ALL, YOU SEE THE FOLLOWED THEORY WAS PASSED OUT FROM DR. PEPPY. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT BECAUSE MANY TIMES WHEN WE ARE HAVING DISCUSSIONS, ESPECIALLY WHAT WE ARE DOING FOR OUR STUDENTS, AFRICAN-AMERICAN, HISPANIC STUDENTS, WE TALK ABOUT DISCIPLINE, AND WE HAVE HAD THE CONVERSATION ON THE DAIS ABOUT WHAT ARE THE STRATEGIES, WHAT ARE THE THINGS THAT ARE BEING DONE IN OUR SCHOOLS THAT ARE REALLY CHANGING THE DYNAMICS OF THINGS THAT ARE ADDRESSING THE CULTURE ICON, THE THINGS THAT ARE TRULY CREATING THE REDUCTION AS FAR AS THE OVERALL BEHAVIOR ISSUES? AND THERE WERE TWO GREAT ARTICLES THAT CAME OUT IN THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS. ONE IN THE TIMES AND ONE IN THE TRIBUNE. I WANT TO FIRST OF ALL HIGHLIGHT THE DO SEWN ARTICLE FROM THE TAMPA TRIBUNE ABOUT GRECOO MIDDLE SCHOOL. IT WAS A WONDERFUL ARTICLE, BECAUSE WHAT IT ADDRESSED IS WHEN A STAFF, LEADERSHIP, A STAFF, WHEN STUDENTS AND THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY START TO ALL BECOME ALIGNED WITH WHAT'S THE VERY BEST THINGS TO DO FOR KIDS, ITSELF ALL COMES TOGETHER TO SUPPORT THE OVERALL CULTURE, AND THEREFORE YOU ARE GOING TO SEE A CHANGE IN CHOICES THAT STUDENT ARE GOING TO MAKE BECAUSE OF THAT RELATIONSHIP. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE OF THINGS IN THIS PARTICULAR ARTICLE. FIRST OF ALL, A VERY NOVEL APPROACH. THE SCHOOL ASKED THE STUDENTS, WHAT DO YOU THINK WOULD BE BEST TO HELP YOU WANT TO SHOW UP TO SCHOOL EVERY SINGLE DAY AT GRECOO MIDDLE SCHOOL? OF COURSE THE STUDENT TALKED A LOT ABOUT ISSUES WE JUST MENTIONED. CAREERS. ACTIVITIES. TECHNOLOGY. THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT WE KNOW INTERESTS KIDS THESE DAYS. SO THEY GET A VERY INTENTIONAL PLAN THAT THEY PUT TOGETHER THERE TO REALLY SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF KIDS, BECAUSE OF WHAT KIDS REALLY SAID. SO LET ME TOUCH ON SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THEY SAID. ELIZABETH SIMPSON IS A 7th GRADER AND SAID THE CAREER MODEL REALLY HELPS KIDS AFFILIATED WITH SOMETHING IN THE SCHOOL BESIDES ACADEMICS OR SPORTS AND GIVES THEM SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO LIKE A FAMILY-TYPE ATMOSPHERE THAT HAS MEANING. THAT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. 7th GRADE STUDENT SAYS I LIKE COMING TO SCHOOL NOW. THE CLASSES ARE HARD BUT IT'S FUN. SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THEY INCORPORATED WERE AGRICULTURAL CLUBS, JOB CLUBS, COMPUTER CODEOGUE, CULINARY ARTS, A LOT OF THESE THINGS ARE BEING DONE EVEN DURING THEIR LUNCH PERIOD. THEY HAVE INCORPORATEDs STEM COURSES, FOCUSED ON ENGINEERING AND COMPUTERS. BUT AS THEY HAVE GONE INTO THIS YEAR, THEY HAVE INCORPORATED ALL OF THE THINGS AROUND THAT CULTURE ICON. THE VERY FIRST DAY I WAS THERE, AT GRIK GRECOO, EVERY CLASSROOM WAS GOING THROUGH THEIR PROCEDURES IN THEIR JEANS AND THEY DID IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN THAT FIRST WEEK TO ENSURE THAT STUDENTS WERE VERY CLEAR ON THE EXPECTATIONS. THEY HAVE A STRONG CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT AND SCHOOL WIDE BEHAVIOR PLANNED AT GRECO ORTHOPEDIC MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGHLIGHTED SOME OF THE THINGS ON THE RECOGNITION SIDE THAT THEY DO FOR STUDENTS. IF YOU EVER WANT TO GO TO GRECO THEY HAVE A WHOLE ROOM BEHIND THEIR CAFETERIA FILLED WITH THINGS STUDENTS EARN BY MAKING THOSE GREAT CHOICES AT GRECO O.THEY HAVE A RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROGRAM AT GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL. THAT MEANS UNDER THE NEW PROGRAM, THE SUSPENDED STUDENT, COUNSELORS, TALK ABOUT WHAT WENT WRONG, WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE DIFFERENTLY, TUTORING, TO MAKE UP MISSED CLASS WORK AND ARE CLOSELY MONITORED FOR TWO WEEKS. THAT'S AN IMPORTANT PART OF WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT. IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE CONSEQUENCE. IT'S ABOUT AFTER THE CONSEQUENCE AND BEING RESTORED BACK INTO THE SCHOOL, BACK INTO THE CLASSROOM. SO HERE IS THE RESULTS. AS OF DECEMBER 7th, HAVE THERE ONLY BEEN 96 STUDENT IS YOU SPENDINGSS FOR A TOTAL OF 13 DAYS AT GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL. LAST SCHOOL YEAR THERE HAD BEEN 258 FOR A TOTAL OF 1,308 DAYS, ALMOST A REDUCTION OF 1,000 DAYS OF SUSPENSION AT THE SCHOOL, BASED OFF OF, ONCE AGAIN, FINDING THE THINGS THAT ARE ENGAGING STUDENTS, TEACHERS DOING AMAZING JOBS IN THEIR CLASSROOMS, THE LEADERSHIP OF THAT SCHOOL ENSURING THE PLAN IS STRONG ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE SCHOOL, SO STUDENTS FEEL CONNECTED. THEY HAD OF A 2% INCREASE IN ATTENDANCE. THAT MIGHT NOT SOUND LIKE MUCH BUT WHEN YOU HAVE ALMOST A 95% THAT'S A BIG JUMP FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS. SO I JUST WANTED TO POINT THAT PARTICULAR OUT AS AN EXAMPLE OF MANY OF THE STRATEGIES THAT WEN OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE INCORPORATING. AND LIKE I SAID A LOT OF THE THINGS FOR MOAN MENTORING LEADERSHIP, GIVING STUDENTS A VOICE, RESTORATIVE PRACTICE, ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE PART OF OUR CULTURE ICON. THE SECOND ARTICLE I WANT TO POINT OUT TO YOU IS THE ARTICLE ABOUT OUR STUDENTS' SUCCESS COACHES, AND SOME OF THE IMPACT THAT THOSE TEACHERS ARE MAKING ON THEIR STUDENTS THIS YEAR. SO I WANTED TO KIND OF POINT OUT SOME OF THOSE THINGS THAT OUR STUDENTS SUCCESS COACHES HAVE BEEN BUILDING A CULTURE BY PUTTING STUDENTS ON TOP OF THE ORGANIZATIONAL CHART. THEY LOOK FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO RECOGNIZE STUDENTS AND TEST THEM DOING GREAT THINGS, AND SUCCESS COACHES HAVE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF STUDENTS THAT THEY ARE MONITORING, AND THEY REALLY BUILD STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM. A VERY KEY PART OF CHANGING THE CULTURE OF THE SCHOOL AND ALSO HELPING STUDENTS TO MAKE BETTER CHOICES AND MAKING SURE THE STUDENTS FEEL CONNECTED WITH THOSE ADULTS, AND THOSE SUCCESS COACHES DO A WONDERFUL JOB CREATING THAT TYPE OF WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIP. THEY MONITOR ATTENDANCE, BEHAVIOR, COLLABORATE WITH COUNSELORS AND ADMINISTRATORS. SUCCESS COACHES HELP KIDS NAVIGATE THE CHALLENGES THEY FACE INSIDE AND OUT SIDE THE SCHOOL. THEY SERVE AS AN EXTRA LAYER OF SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS WHO FACE DAUNTING CHALLENGES. AND ACCORDING TO THE LATEST DATA WE HAVE, WE HAVE BET AREA TEN DANCE AND IMPROVED BEHAVIOR. JUST THIS YEAR, THIS YEAR, WORKING WITH THE STUDENTS BASED OFF OF WHAT WE ARE IMPLEMENTING ACROSS THE DISTRICT AND OF COURSE WHAT THE STUDENT SUCCESS COACHES -- TOUGH WORD TORE SAY THIS -- SUCCESS COACHES ARE DEALING WITH OUR STUDENTS EVERY DAY IS AN 81% DECREASE IN PIS DIN PREFERLS OF THOSE STUDENTS WE HAVE BEEN MONITORING, AND 637% IMPROVEMENT IN ATTENDANCE. THERE WAS AN INCREASE IN OUR HIGH SCHOOL G.P.A.s WITH THOSE STUDENTS. THERE WAS A REDUCTION IN OUR SCHOOL'S G.P.A.s AND THAT'S SOMETHING WE WILL BE CONTINUING TO MONITOR. BUT I WANTED TO YOU NOTE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE OCCURRING THAT WERE OBVIOUSLY REPRESENTATIVE IN THOSE TWO ARTICLES. I WANT TO THANK YOU MRS. LOCAL AND MR. DOBSON IN THOSE PUBLICATIONS. ALSO ONE OF THE QUOTES BY A GUIDANCE COUNSELOR AT A MAILED SCHOOL, THE QUOTE WAS, MY TIME IS FREED UP SO MUCH BECAUSE NOW OF THE BETTER CHOICES THAT ARE BEING MADE BY STUDENTS AND THE ATMOSPHERE BEING CREATED, I FEEL THAT I CAN DO THE WORK THAT I AM MEANT TO DO AS A GUIDANCE COUNSELOR. SO ONCE AGAIN I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO OVER AND VISIT SOME OF THE GREAT THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING AT THAT SCHOOL. THOSE ARE JUST SOME OF THE STRATEGIES THAT WE HAVE GOING ON THERE ACROSS OUR DISTRICT, AND NOT JUST AS GRECOO BUT MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS, ALL THE SCHOOLS ACROSS OUR DISTRICT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. MRS. SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. I HAD A QUICK QUESTION. IT MIGHT REQUIRE A LENGTHY ANSWER. I WANT TO SEE IF YOU COULD ELABORATE A LITTLE BIT ON THE RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROGRAM AND HOW THAT ACTUALLY WORKS, WHAT TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, COUNSELORS ARE ACTUALLY WORKING ON THAT PROGRAM AND HOW MANY OTHER SCHOOLS DOES THAT PROGRAM PLAY, AND HAVE DO WE HAVE SOME SPECIFIC METRICS OR DATA THAT WE CAN GET REGARDING THAT PROGRAM?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: CERTAINLY. AND THAT WAS PART OF WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT THE OVERALL PLANS TO IMPROVE OVERALL DISCIPLINE IN OUR SCHOOLS. QUITE A BIT OF THE DATA OF THAT HE BROUGHT OVER THE YEARS WERE REPEAT OFFENDERS, STUDENTS MAKING POOR CHOICE, THEY WOULD SUFFER A CONSEQUENCE, AND THEY WOULD COME BACK INTO THE SCHOOLS, AND THEY WOULD DO THE SAME THING AGAIN. SO IT WAS HOW WE HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS PRIOR TO STUDENTS BEING REENGAGED IN THAT PARTICULAR SCHOOL THAT IS VITAL. ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS -- AND THAT MIGHT LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT IN ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS. I WOULD HAVE TO BE ABLE TO KIND OF HAVE, BASED OFF THE FACT OF LOOKING AT OUR STRATEGIC PLAN AND CERTAINLY OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENT, AND DR. BRINSON AND HOW THEY ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO FIND OUT MAYBE THE DATA SPECIFICALLY AT OTHER SCHOOLS AROUND, WHAT SCHOOLS ARE SEEING, THE DROPS OF THOSE REPETITIVE CHOICES, SO TO SPEAK. OBVIOUSLY, AT GRECO, THEY HAVE COUNSELORS TO CONNECT WITH THOSE STUDENTS AS THEY COME BACK OFF OF SUSPENSION. THEY PROBABLY GO OVER A PLAN WITH THEM. THEY PROBABLY BRING IN A MENTOR FOR THEM DURING THAT PARTICULAR TIME, KIND OF MONITOR THEM OVER A TWO-WEEK PERIOD. IT'S NOT JUST WELCOME BACK INTO THE SCHOOL AND A CLASSROOM AND A CONVERSATION. IT'S ABOUT BEING THOROUGH AND FOLLOWING UP WITH THE STUDENTS SO THEY ARE TRULY WELCOMED BACK APPROPRIATELY.

>>Melissa Snively: ONE OF THE AREAS I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT WAS THE DISCIPLINARY POLICY THAT WE APPROVED AND MAKING SURE WE HAD THE RESOURCES IN PLACE TO MANUAL SOME OF THE STUDENTS WHO ARE HAVING DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS MAKING SURE THAT WE CONNECTED WITH THEM, MAKING SURE THAT WE ASKED THE WHY, THE QUESTION BEHIND THE QUESTION, SO THAT WE COULD HELP THEM GET BACK ON TRACK AS FAR AS SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS, AND OF COURSE SCHOOL IF POSSIBLE. SO IT SOUND LIKE IT'S WORKING AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE POSITIVE RESULTS FOR THAT PARTICULAR PROGRAM.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WE'LL TRY TO HAVE OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS MEAT WITH THEIR SCHOOLS TO KIND OF DRILL DOWN A LITTLE MORE TO FIND OUT SOME OF THEIR IMPLEMENTATIONS, WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. IT COULD BE USED, SOME OF THE APs MAY BE PART OF THAT PROGRAM IN SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS AND BE ABLE TO SEE SOME DATA THAT COMES BACK THAT SHOWS THE IMPACT.

>>Melissa Snively: AND ONE. THINGS THIS I THINK THE BOARD WAS CONCERNED ABOUT TOO IS MAKING SURE THAT WE HAD THE GUIDANCE RESOURCES AVAILABLE AND NOT PUTTING TOO MUCH ONTO OUR COUNSELORS, BUT IT'S NICE TO HEAR BACK FROM GUIDANCE COUNSELORS THAT THEY FEEL LIKE THEY ARE ABLE TO DO WHAT THEIR JOB -- WHAT THEY SET OUT TO DO IN THEIR JOBS, IN THEIR PROFESSION, IS REALLY MEETING WITH STUDENTS AND HELPING STUDENTS ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS AND NOT GETTING KIND OF CAUGHT IN SOME OF THE OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE CRACKS THAT SOMETIMES GUIDANCE COUNSELORS GET CAUGHT UP IN. I AM GLAD TO HEAR YOU ARE GET SOMETHING POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM GUIDANCE COUNSELORS AS WELL.

>> WE KNOW THEY HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT JOB. AND NOIP THAT I HAVE ASKED MR. AYRES TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH OUR GUIDANCE COUNCIL GROUP. I MET WITH THEM PERSONALLY, A COHORT, TO CONTINUE THAT CONVERSATION AT ALL LEVELS OF HIGH SCHOOL, MIDDLE SCHOOL, ELEMENTARY, TO MAKE SURE WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO, LIKE YOU SAID, HOPEFULLY GET THEM TO THE POINT WHERE THEY FEEL LIKE THEY WERE DOING THE WORK AS A GUIDANCE COUNSELOR.

>>April Griffin: I WANTED TO ASK, MRS. STUART, WE HAVE A 5:01 TIME CERTAIN. IT'S 5:00 RIGHT NOW.

>> YOUR PUBLIC HEARING IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE AT 5:01. YOU HAVE TWO SPEAKERS. WAY WOULD RECOMMEND IS YOU HEAR THE TWO SPEAKERS AND THEN MOVE ONTO THE POLICY MEETING.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I WILL BE BRIEF N.CONJUNCTION WITH THIS CONSENT AGENDA ITEM, MR. BRINSON SENT US LAST FRIDAY ACTUALLY A PRETTY LENGTHY AND PRETTY EXTENSIVE SET OF REPORTS EVOLVING AROUND DISCIPLINARY EQUITY AND DISCIPLINARY ACTION. MADAM CHAIR, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK FOR SOMETIME IN THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR TO HAVE A WORKSHOP SO THAT WE CAN, I'M SURE BY THEN THEREBY WILL BE MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE, BUT AS WE SET OUR WORKSHOP SCHEDULE FOR THE NEW YEAR, THAT THAT BE KIND OF PLACED AT THE TOP SO THAT WE CAN KIND OF SEE WHERE WE ARE HE, AND DEATHS DATES WITH DISCIPLINARY ISSUES. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. VALDES AND I HAVE TO HAVE A TRANSITION MEETING. AND TO GO OVER THE WORKSHOPS AND ALL. YOU HAVE THE LIST SO CAN I ASK YOU TO ADD THIS TO THE LIST IF WE HAVE -- BOARD MEMBERS, DO WE HAVE CONSENSUS THAT THIS IS A WORKSHOP YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AND GET A REPORT BACK ON? SHAKE YOUR HEADS.

>> I'M GOOD.

>>April Griffin: COULD YOU ADD THAT TO THE LIST THAT YOU HAVE? AND THEN WHEN WE HAVE OUR TRANSITION MEETING, WE'LL LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE AND SEE WHERE THAT CAN FIT IN, MRS. STUART. THANK YOU. MS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I WAS GOING TO MAKE A SIMILAR REQUEST. BUT PLAINTIFF EAKINS, TALK ABOUT SPECIFIC STRATEGIES, WHERE WE HAVE GOT THE NUMBERS, AND WE HAVE BEEN GETTING THOSE NUMBERS, AND IT'S ALL VERY IMPORTANT. WE NEED TO BE SEE THAT. BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO IDENTIFY TV HALO EFFECT THAT SOMETIMES HAPPENS, A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME SO IT CAN SUSTAIN ITSELF, AND IT'S NOT JUST FOR THAT MOMENT IN TIME. SO I WANT THE WORKSHOP, BUT I ALSO WANT TO BE ABLE IN THAT DISCUSSION TO TALK ABOUT THINGS LIKE WE TALKED ABOUT AT GRECO AND AT ORPHAN-IT IS HARD TO SAY -- SUCCESS, AND THINGS THAT ARE WORKING IN SCHOOL, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST PRACTICES? I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT WHAT'S WORKING OVER TIME, NOT JUST FOR THE MOMENT, THAT IT GIVES THE FLAVOR OF THE DAY BUT IT IS FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. I KNOW MS. GRIFFIN IS GOING TO TALK TO MS. VALDES ABOUT SCHEDULING THAT, BUT I THINK WE OUGHT TO SCHEDULE A POINT THAT WE CAN HAVE INFORMATION THAT'S SUBSTANTIAL, BUT I WOULD REALLY LIKE FOR, AS PART OF THAT DISCUSSION, WHAT SEEMS TO BE WORKING, BUT IT I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO GET SOME FEEDBACK FROM KIDS IN SOME WAY, BECAUSE I THINK EVERY ADULT CERTAINLY WANTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL BUT I THINK SOMETIMES IN THE MOUTHS OF BABES WE CAN GET SOMEBODY REALITY CHECK, A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, AND I THINK BOTH ARE IMPORTANT. SO I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU WILL GATHER THAT INFORMATION, BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE IMPORTANT TO HEAR FROM STUDENTS ABOUT IF HE OR SHE IS TURNING THEIR LIFE AROUND IN SOMEBODY WAYS, WHAT HAS BEEN THE DIFFERENCE? WHAT HAS BEEN THE IMPACT? HAT HAS GOTTEN THEIR ATTENTION? AND SO IN CONSIDERATION FOR THAT WORKSHOP I WOULD LIKE TO GET SOME OF THAT INFORMATION. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: JUST WHAT ARE WE CALLING THIS WORKSHOP IS IT AN UPDATE? DISCIPLINE REPORT CARD AND DISCIPLINARY UPDATE.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE NOW IN A SCHEDULED HEARING. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MOVE THIS UP BECAUSE IT'S A TIME CERTAIN. AND THIS IS ITEM D-01 TO BE APPROVE THE ADOPTION OF THE NEW AND REVISED POLICIES AS ADVERTISED IN OCTOBER OF 2015. I AM GOING TO ADJOURN THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING. (SOUNDING GAVEL) AND WE WILL HEAR AUDIENCE COMMENTS AT THIS TIME. IS THERE ANYBODY IN THE AUDIENCE THOUGH HO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE ADVERTISED NEW AND REVISED POLICIES THAT WE ADVERTISED IN OCTOBER 2015, PLEASE COME UP TO THE PODIUM. SEEING NONE, I AM GOING TO CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING. (SOUNDING GAVEL) AND RECONVENE THE BOARD MEETING. AND I AM GOING TO NEED A MOTION TO VOTE ON THIS SEPARATELY. I HAVE A MOTION FROM MS. VALDES AND A SECOND FROM MS. STEWART TO VOTE ON THIS SEPARATELY. ANY DISCUSSION? PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE. IT'S UNANIMOUS. WE ARE GOING TO VOTE ON THIS SEPARATELY. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO VOTE ON THE NEW AND REVISED POLICIES THAT WERE ADVERTISED IN OCTOBER OF 2015. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES. A SECOND BY MRS. SNIVELY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? BOARD MEMBERS? MS. SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: IF IT'S APPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME, I RECEIVED SOME FEEDBACK FROM PARENTS REGARDING SOME OF THE SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY INFORMATION, AND WHAT HAS CHANGED. AND IF WE COULD, BECAUSE I AGREE WITH THE POLICY, AND I THINK IT'S SET FORTH VERY CLEARLY. HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, OR ACTUALLY ALLOW THE SUPERINTENDENT TO EXPOUND ON HOW THIS INFORMATION IS GOING TO BE DISSEMINATED TO ALL OF THE STAFF SO THAT THEY FULLY UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE POLICIES THAT WE ARE SETTING FORTH FOR THEM, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY ALL THE POLICIES ARE VERY IMPORTANT. THIS ONE SEEMS TO HIT A NERVE WITH A LOT OF PARENTS AND TEACHERS, AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THE IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS FOR THIS PARTICULAR SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY. THANK YOU.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THAT'S CRITICAL. ONCE THE APPROVAL OF THE POLICY IS MADE TONIGHT, THEN OF COURSE IT IS ABOUT IMPLEMENTATION. IT IS ABOUT PUTTING TOGETHER A TIMELINE, PUTTING TOGETHER THE COMMUNICATION PLAN IN ORDER TO ENSURE ALL OF OUR STAKEHOLDERS ARE GOING TO BE IMPACTED THE BY THIS, REALLY UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE NEW POLICY AND THE IMPLEMENTATION. SO I WILL HAVE DR. BROWN GO THROUGH THAT POINT.

>> THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. MUCH OF THE INFORMATION THAT IS CONTAINED WITHIN THIS POLICY HAS ALREADY BEEN INFORMALLY DISCUSSED WITH PRINCIPALS SO THAT THEY COULD START THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE THIS POLICY MAY GO, AND WE KEPT THEM UPDATE ADD LONG THE WAY, BUT ONCE APPROVED IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE A VERY DETAILED COMMUNICATIONS PLAN. WE WILL BE WORKING CLOSELY WITH DR. PEPPY AND HIS DEPARTMENT SO THAT BASICALLY WE'LL GET INFORMATION TO PRINCIPALS, AND TRAINING MATERIALS SO THAT THEY CAN PRESENT AT A FACULTY MEETING A VERY BRIEF, EASY -- EVERYBODY HEAR ME, EASY -- TRAINING INFORMATION SO THAT TEACHERS ARE VERY CLEAR, ALL STAFF ACTUALLY, NOT JUST TEACHERS, BUT VERY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT IS ALLOWED, WHAT'S NOT ALLOWED, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, HOW EACH SCHOOL WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE A CAUCUS IN PLACE FOR PARENTS TO BE ABLE TO BE THE FINAL DETERMINERS OF MUCH OF THE TYPE OF COMMUNICATION THAT THEIR STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE.

>> THANK YOU. BECAUSE AS A PARENT, I ACTUALLY HAVE CONCERNS FOR MY CHILDREN AS WELL, AND THEIR ACTIVITY. SO I HAVE A. PROCESS QUESTION BRIEFLY. WHEN WE PRESENT THIS POLICY, THIS NEW POLICY INFORMATION TO FACULTY, IS THERE AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT FORM THAT'S SIGNED BY EACH INDIVIDUAL SAYING THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THE POLICY? AND WHAT I AM GETTING AT, I GUESS, I DON'T WANT TO GET INTO A SITUATION. COULD BE AN HR SITUATION. I ADOPT WANT TO GET INTO AN HR SITUATION OR OPS SITUATION WHERE WHEN WE ASK THE INDIVIDUAL, DID YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THE POLICY WAS, AND THE FACULTY MEMBER SAYS, NO, I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE POLICY. AND THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO TRY TO AVOID. BECAUSE UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE SEEN IT A FEW TAMES IN THE PAST ESPECIALLY DURING TERMINATION HEARINGS WHERE SOMEONE SAYS OR ADMITS THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THE POLICY. AND IS THERE A PROCESS IN PLACE FOR FACULTY TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE UNDERSTANDING OF THIS POLICY, OR ALL POLICIES REALLY THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD IMPLEMENTS?

>> BASICALLY, THIS POLICY IS INCLUDED IN CODE OF ETHICS. AND THAT'S WHY WE DO A CODE OF ETHICS UPDATE YEARLY. NOW WE COULD CERTAINLY WORK WITH HR BECAUSE IN THE PAST WE HAVE NOT NECESSARILY HAD THEM ACKNOWLEDGE ALL POLICIES, DA-DA-DA, BUT THERE IS A SIGN IN FOR THAT, A CODE OF UNDERSTANDING, THE CODE OF ETHICS IS THE RULES WE ALL LIVE BY AND THEY ARE PUBLISHED AND AVAILABLE FOR ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES.

>> WE ARE ACTUALLY HAVING CONVERSATIONS RIGHT NOW ABOUT INCLUDING THAT IN OUR ONBOARDING AS A RESULT OF EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, AND HAVING IT AT MULTIPLE PLACES SO IT'S SOMETHING -- WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE YUN OWES AS WELL SO THAT WE CAN AVOID THOSE ISSUES AS WE MOVE FORWARD. BUT THIS IS SOMETHING I'LL WORK ON WITH DR. BROWN AS WELL TO MAKE SURE SPECIFICALLY THIS POLICY IS GONE OVER IN MORE DETAIL, BECAUSE I CAN FORESEE SOME ISSUES WITH THIS ONE IF WE ARE NOT CAREFUL.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: MS. EDGECOMB?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: MINE IS A COULDN'TATION OF THE CONCERNS THAT YOU EXPRESSED, MS. SNIVELY. AND THE CONCERN ABOUT APPROPRIATENESS, THAT COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WITH THEIR TEACHER BEING THE ADULT AND HOPEFULLY THE MORE RESPONSIBLE PERSON WITHIN THAT RELATIONSHIP. I HEARD IT FROM THE NEWS, BUT THOSE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE ARCHIVES, IS THAT CORRECT?

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>> HOW OFTEN?

>> OKAY, SO LET'S TALK SPECIFICALLY WHICH CONVERSATIONS ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WELL, BETWEEN STUDENT AND TEACHERS. STUDENTS, YES.

>> SO THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS, THIS POLICY THAT YOU ARE APPROVING DOESN'T CHANGE ANYTHING IN WHAT HAS BEEN ALLOWED IN THE PAST OR WHAT IS THERE. IT CLEARLY OUTLINES THE PARAMETERS BY WHICH IF THERE'S COMMUNICATION BETWEEN A TEACHER AND A STUDENT OUTSIDE OF SB, WHAT IS REQUIRED? AND WHAT IS REQUIRED IS ANYTHING OUTSIDE OF THAT, THAT THE COMMUNICATION IS ARCHIVED. THAT'S FOR ANY OF US THAT ARE STAFF MEMBERS. IF IT'S A TEXT MESSAGE WE ARE REQUIRED, IF WE USE OUR DEVICE TO DO THAT, WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT AVAILABLE. SO IT IS ARCHIVED EITHER THROUGH USE OF SOME TYPE OF APPLICATION OR THE PHONE THAT CAN ARCHIVE THE TEXT MESSAGES OR BY HAVING YOUR INDIVIDUAL PROVIDER BE ABLE TO PROVIDE IT IF IT WERE NEEDED UPON RECORD. SO THAT IS WHY TEXT MESSAGING, THOSE TYPES OF THINGS THAT IS NOT A REGULAR TYPE OF COMMUNICATION THAT IS RECOMMENDED, IT'S ONLY FOR A VERY RARE INSTANCE WHERE THAT IS NEEDED. THAT'S WHY IT IS RECOMMENDED EVERYTHING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE GO THROUGH SP, BECAUSE SP IS ARCHIVED DAILY,, AND THAT'S WHY THAT IS STILL OUR COMMUNICATION PLATFORM, A AND THIS IS HOW WE ENCOURAGE REGULAR COMMUNICATION TO OCCUR. WE ARE ONLY PROVIDING THE PARAMETER FOR IF YOU HAVE THAT RARE INDICATION, WHERE A COACH NEEDS TO CANCEL PRACTICE BECAUSE THE LIGHTNING STORM JUST STARTED, AND WE NEED TO LET STUDENTS RIGHT AWAY, DON'T COME OUT IN THIS DANGEROUS STORM, OR IF WE ARE ON A FIELD TRIP AND WE NEED TO FIND STUDENTS AND GET THEM TO THE GATE TO GET ON THE BUS AND GET HOME FROM AN OUT-OF-COUNTY FIELD TRIP, THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THIS. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. FACEBOOK, TWITTER, ANY KIND OF SOCIAL MEDIA -- MEDIA, THAT IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED. IT HAS TO BE PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTS ONLY. THIS POLICY STATES THAT STAFF MEMBERS MAY NOT FRIEND STUDENTS. THERE IS IN A PERSONA COMMUNICATION THROUGH ANY KIND OF SOCIAL MEDIA, PERIOD.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: SO THE WAY TO MONITOR THAT, TALK ABOUT A LITTLE BIT, FULL, ABOUT YOUR OVERSIGHT AND ONGOING MONITORING AND YOUR RESPONSE TO AN INAPPROPRIATE CONVERSATION, IF YOU WILL, AND THE STEPS TAKEN, BECAUSE I THINK PARENTS ARE LOOKING FOR SAFEGUARDS. THEY ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS IN WHICH THEY CAN BE ASSURED THAT THE DISTRICT IS PUTTING IT OUT AND PEOPLE UNDERSTAND AS YOU TALKED ABOUT IT, WHAT THE RESPONSE IS GOING TO BE. BUT ALSO, I THINK THERE'S APPORTION THAT CAN'T BE JUST A POLICY BUT HOW DO WE CONTINUE TO COMMUNICATE WITH PARENTS ABOUT THEIR ROLE IN ENSURING THAT ALL OF THIS -- THE COMMUNICATION IN THE CONTACT BETWEEN ADULTS AND STUDENTS ARE ALL APPROPRIATE? AND I THINK THAT'S A PIECE -- AND WE DON'T HAVE TOTAL CONTROL OVER, BUT I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD LOSE SIGHT THAT WE SHOULD BE COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS ABOUT THAT.

>> AGREED. AND WE DO CONTINUE TO REGULARLY UPDATE OUR CITIZENSHIP MATERIAL AVAILABLE THROUGH THE WEBSITE. THERE ARE MANY MATERIALS THERE FOR STUDENTS THEMSELVES BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY AS PARENT EDUCATION TOOLS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF MONITORING ALL ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR CHILD AND THOSE TYPES OF THINGS. THAT'S ONE WAY. WE DO THAT. AS FAR AS ANYTHING INAPPROPRIATE OCCURRING, THAT WOULD FOLLOW -- THAT FOLLOWS OUR NORMAL PATH THROUGH PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS, AND AGAIN DEFER TO MS. WOODFORD FOR THE PARROT APPROPRIATE PROCESS THAT THAT WOULD FOLLOW BECAUSE AT THAT POINT THERE WOULD BE A REQUEST FOR ARCHIVED MESSAGES, ET CETERA.

>>

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MY COMMENT ON THIS PARTICULAR POLICY WITH THE SOCIAL MEDIA REALLY DOVETAILS TO MEMBER EDGECOMB'S CONCERN ABOUT THE MONITORING OF OUR STAFF'S ACTIVITY, IF YOU WILL. I GUESS ARE WE CONSIDERING SB, THE POSITION MEDIA, OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SO IF WE ARE OUT IN A FIELD TRIP, TO GIVE THE EXAMPLE THAT SHE'S GIVEN, ARE WE SETTING UP PROFESSIONAL FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS? HOW ARE WE GOING TO HELP GUIDE OUR EMPLOYEES SO THAT THOSE WHO DO NOT CROSS THE LINE? HOW IS THAT --

>> I THINK YOU ARE ASKING HOW ARE WE SETTING UP THE PARAMETERS AROUND A PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNT VERSUS A PERSONAL? AND BASICALLY, THOSE ARE PROVIDED, PROFESSIONAL FACEBOOK ACCOUNTS, TWITTER ACCOUNTS, WHATEVER, ARE UNDER THE GUISE OF THE PRINCIPAL TO APPROVE THEM AND THEY HAVE TO HAVE THAT EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE. OFTEN, FOR ATHLETIC TEAM OR HONOR SOCIETY. AND USUALLY, THE INTENT OF THOSE IS ONE-WAY COMMUNICATION. IT'S NOT FOR ONGOING DIALOGUE. IT IS JUST FOR POSTING EVENTS SO THAT FAMILY AND MEMBERS CAN KNOW THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON OR CELEBRATE ACCOMPLISHMENTS, ET CETERA. THAT GUIDELINE COMES THROUGH THE TRAINING THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, AND MAKING CERTAIN THAT PRINCIPALS ARE AWARE WHO SHOULD BE APPROVED, HOW THAT PROCESS GOES, ET CETERA, AND THOSE THINGS. AS FAR AS SB, THAT IS ON ONGOING PROCESS. I WOULDN'T EXACTLY CALL THAT SOCIAL IMMEDIATE AFTERDISTRICT. IT'S REALLY THE COMMUNICATIONS PLATFORM FOR THE DISTRICT SINCE IT IS THE PLACE THAT WE POST GRADES AND ASSIGNMENTS AND THERE IS THE ABILITY TO HAVE THAT DIALOGUE, PARENT TO TEACHER, TEACHER TO STUDENT, FOR EXAMPLE, RELATED TO ASSIGNMENTS AND THOSE TYPES OF THINGS. EVERYTHING UNDER THIS GUIDE AS I MENTIONED BECOMES THEN A PART OF CODE OF ETHICS UPDATE, WHICH IS A YEARLY UPDATE TO BE ABLE TO HELP ALL STAFF BE REMINDED OF THE APPROPRIATE PRACTICES, THE EXPECTATIONS, THE PROCEDURES, AND THOSE THINGS.

>>Susan Valdes: SO MY FINAL QUESTION ON THIS IS HOW DO WE, ONCE WE ADOPT THIS PARTICULAR POLICY, WHAT IS THE DISTRICT GOING TO DO TO COMMUNICATE WITH STAFF MEMBERS WHO HAVE THE EXISTING SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS THAT MAY HAVE ALREADY FRIENDS OR CONTACTS WITH THEIR STUDENTS? AT THAT POINT IT WOULD BE A VIOLATION OF POLICY, SO HOW ARE WE HANDLING THAT?

>> ONE THING I CAN JUST SAY, AGAIN I WOULD REFER TO MS. WOODFORD WHICH IS A CLEAR VIOLATION OR ANYTHING INAPPROPRIATE. HOWEVER, THE CONCEPT OF NOT FRIENDING STUDENTS THAT ARE UNDER YOUR CURRENT ROSTER, THAT YOU DON'T FRIEND STUDENTS, THAT HAS BEEN IN THE CODE OF ETHICS UPDATE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. AND SO PROVIDING THIS POLICY PUTS US EVEN MORE CLEAR. AGAIN I SAID WE ARE NOT CHANGING ANYTHING. WE ARE JUST PUTTING ALL THE PARAMETERS IN PLACE SO THAT IT IS CLEAR.

>> MS. VALDES, WE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING THE NEED TO WORK WITH CARMELIA JACKSON TO EXPAND ON THIS CODE OF ETHICS TRAINING THAT WE CURRENTLY OFFER. IT COVERS A LOT, BUT AS YOU KNOW, WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF CHANGES WITH TECHNOLOGY, AND TO ADD THAT, SO WE JUST STARTED TALKING ABOUT THAT. I'LL TELL YOU, I WAS OBVIOUSLY BEING IN HR, I WANTED A POLICY OF NO TECHNOLOGY. AND SO WE WANT TO EDUCATE PEOPLE. BUT WE ALSO EXPECT PEOPLE TO MAKE GOOD DECISIONS. BUT YOU ARE RIGHT. WE NEED TO COMMUNICATE THE PARAMETERS. SO IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE JUST STARTED TALKING ABOUT REVAMPING. AND I'LL TALK WITH DR. BROWN TO GET SOMETHING OUT SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE A GAP IN TIME OF A NEW CLASS THAT WE ARE REQUIRING EVERYONE TO GO TO AND DEALING WITH PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE POLICY CLARIFICATIONS.

>>Susan Valdes: WOULD IT BE SAFE TO ASK TO SAY OF THAT THEREUPON APPROVAL OF THIS SET OF POLICIES THAT THERE WILL BE AN OPEN COMMUNICATION IN REFERENCE TO THIS PARTICULAR POLICY, BOTH IN ENGLISH AND IN SPANISH?

>> SO I WILL TRACK DOWN DR. BROWN AND MR. AYRES TOMORROW TO SEE HOW WE WANT TO COMMUNICATE THAT, AND THEN RUN THAT BY THE BOARD TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH IT.

>>Susan Valdes: THE MORE WE COMMUNICATE TO OUR EMPLOYEES IN REFERENCE TO THIS PARTICULAR POLICY CHANGE, AND A REMAINDER THAT ALTHOUGH IT'S A POLICY CHANGE BEEN SET NOW FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE DO A FRIENDLY REMAINDER, BECAUSE I REALLY DON'T WANT TO SEE ANYONE HERE FOR THOSE REASONS. PARTICULARLY WHEN WE ARE TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN POSSIBLE TO COMMUNICATE THAT.

>> AND I'LL JUST ADD THAT HUMAN RESOURCES HAS BEGUN OFFERING AN ETHICS TRAINING FOR COORDINATORS AND ABOVE TO HELP COMMUNICATE THAT OUT. AND THE BIGGEST PIECE WE GO OVER IS SOCIAL MEDIA. THE COURSE IS THREE HOURS LONG AND PROBABLY HALF OF IT IS SPENT ON THE DO'S AND DON'TS OF HOW TO COMMUNICATE THAT. SO WE STARTED THAT IN AUGUST THROUGH HR. WE HAVE OFFERED SIX COURSES. AND I THINK NOW WE JUST NEED TO HIT IT FROM THE END GOING TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE TEACHERS.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

>>April Griffin: MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: I WANT TO BRING THIS BACK TO THE WORKSHOP WE HAD ON THIS. I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD OVERCOMPLICATE THE SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY. THIS IS ABOUT APPROPRIATE CONVERSATIONS IN THE RIGHT TIME FRAME FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. AND NONE OF THAT HAS CHANGED. IT'S JUST A METHOD BY WHICH STUDENTS AND PARENTS ARE ACTUALLY COMMUNICATING WITH NOT JUST TEACHERS, BUT STAFF MEMBERS, BUT BOARD MEMBERS, AND I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW PEOPLE COMMUNICATE WITH ME BECAUSE THEY COMMUNICATED BETWEEN FACEBOOK AND TWITTER AND MESSAGING AND E-MAILS. LITERALLY SOME DAYS YOU CANNOT KEEP UP. SO I DON'T WANT US TO FEEL LIKE WE ARE TAKING AWAY COMMUNICATION TOOLS FROM TEACHERS AND STUDENTS AND PARENTS, BECAUSE THE TOOLS ARE BEING USED. AND I DON'T KNOW -- BUT IT'S ABOUT THE APPROPRIATE CONVERSATIONS. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT IN THE ETHICS TRAINING REALLY NEEDS TO BE EMPHASIZED. WHAT ARE YOU COMMUNICATING? WHEN ARE YOU COMMUNICATING? AND MAKING SURE THAT IT'S VOLUNTARY COMMUNICATION ON BOTH SIDES. SO I DON'T WANT US TO OVERCOMPLICATE THIS CONVERSATION, BECAUSE I KNOW -- AND I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST, MS. HARRIS AND I SAT THROUGH A VERY INTERESTING SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOP AT FST A A COUPLE WEEKS AGO AND ONE OF THE THINGS THEY DID TO EDUCATE PARENTS WAS A SOCIAL MEDIA TOWN HALL. SO THEY BROUGHT PARENTS TOGETHER AT SCHOOLS AND TALKED ABOUT ALL THESE DIFFERENT TYPES OF SOCIAL MEDIA, BECAUSE LET'S FACE IT, PARENTS AREN'T KEEPING UP WITH THIS. I CAN BARELY KEEP UP WITH WHAT'S THE MOST POPULAR, AND I'M USING A LOT OF THEM, AND I HAVE I HAVE THREE TEENAGERS IN THE HOUSE. TO EDUCATE PARENTS ABOUT WHAT IS APPROPRIATE AND WHAT'S INAPPROPRIATE, AND WHAT YOUR CHILDREN MAY BE USING THAT YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT THEY ARE USING. SO I APPRECIATE THE POLICY, BUT AGAIN, I AGREE A LOT OF THIS STUFF IS ALREADY EMBEDDED IN A LOT OF OUR ETHICS CODE WITH THIS KIND OF PUTTING IT ON THE BOOKS. BUT I DON'T WANT US TO GET SO BOGGED DOWN IN THE OH SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY THAT WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT A NEWSLETTER, JOURNALISM TEACHER WHO COMMUNICATES WITH STUDENTS VIA TWITTER AND THAT'S HOW HE'S BEEN DOING IT FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS, AND THEY ALL COMMUNICATE WITH TEACHERS THAT WAY. IT'S PURELY ABOUT BUSINESS. BUT IT'S HAPPENING. AND I DON'T WANT TO THEN TAKE THAT COMMUNICATION AWAY FROM THAT TEACHER BECAUSE I THINK IT'S AN IMPORTANT SEED. I'LL TELL YOU MY DAUGHTER HAD AN EXPERIENCE TWO WEEKS AGO AT CITRUS PARK MALL. THERE WAS A SHOOTING. SHE HAD NO IDEA IT WAS GOING ON, AND I FOUND THE INFORMATION ON TWITTER FASTER THAN ANYTHING AND WAS ABLE TO COMMUNICATE BACK WITH HER. SO I WANT DON'T WANT THAT INFORMATION TO BE TAKEN AWAY FROM ANY OF US, THOSE TOOLS. I THINK WE NEED TO APPROACH THEM AS THAT. THEY ARE TOOLS. FANNED WE KEEP IN THE THAT CONTEXT WE'LL MOVE FORWARD. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE PEOPLE WHO DO THE WRONG THING, MAKE MISTAKES. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ADDRESS THOSE REGARDLESS. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS.

>>Susan Valdes: I WANT TO TOUCH BASE ON ANOTHER POLICY, BUT I CAN ALWAYS -- YES.

>> I JUST HAD A COUPLE THINGS. I THINK YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD. DR. BROWN, IT'S REALLY TALKING ABOUT ARCHIVING, AND THAT'S THE BIGGEST PART OF THAT, BECAUSE A LOT OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT EVERYTHING THAT WE DO IS PUBLIC. WE ARE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES, ALL OF US. SO ONE THING THAT WE NEED TO IN THE TRAINING BEING THOUGH, AND NOT TO OVERCOMPLICATE THINGS, BUT, YOU KNOW, UNDERSTANDING FERPA AND HOW IT PROTECTS STUDENT DATA, I HAVE SEEN TEACHERS ON FACEBOOK OR WHATEVER, AND I'M OLD. I USE FACEBOOK. I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THEY ARE USING NOW. AND IT CHANGES DAILY. THE MINUTE THAT A PARENT GETS A HANDLE ON WHAT THE NEW SOCIAL MEDIA IS, YOU KNOW, I DON'T EVEN THINK SNAPCHAT IS AS POPULAR AS IT ONCE WAS. I THINK IT'S THE NEXT BEST THING. INSTAGRAM IS OLD NEWS. BUT IT IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING. SO WE ARE BEHIND THE CURVE AND WE ARE GOING TO BE BEHIND THE CURVE CONSTANTLY ON THIS. LIKE MRS. STUART SAID, PEOPLE ARE COMMUNICATING WITH US, AND I HAVE TO ARCHIVE ALL OF THAT. SOMEBODY WILL SAY, DID YOU GET MY MESSAGE? AND I'M LIKE, WHERE DID YOU SEND IT? HOW DID YOU SEND IT? DID YOU SEND IT TO MY DISTRICT ACCOUNT? DID YOU SEND TO THE MY PRIVATE? DID YOU SEND TO THE MY FACEBOOK? DID YOU TEXT ME? YOU KNOW, I I KNOW I TWEETED YOU. AND I NEVER EVER LOOK AT TWEET. LIKE MAYBE A COUPLE TIMES A MONTH. BUT ANYWAY, ONE OF THE THINGS THEY'VE SEEN IS TEACHERS VENTING ABOUT STUDENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA. AND, YOU KNOW, YES, THERE IS THE FIRST AMENDMENT. AND I AM A STRONG, STRONG PROPONENT OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT. AND SOME OF THEM TRY TO MASK WHO THE STUDENT IS. BUT SOMETIMES YOU CAN TELL WHO THE STUDENT IS JUST BY THE DESCRIPTION OF THE STUDENT. AND OTHER PEOPLE KSH SEE THAT. AND WE HAVE HAD THAT SITUATION COME TO US. SO THAT'S GOT TO BE EMBEDDED INTO OUR TRAINING AS WELL, IS THAT, YES, YOU DO HAVE A FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT, HOWEVER ... WE AS A DISTRICT DO NOT WANT YOU GOING ONTO LINE AND TALKING ABOUT SPECIFIC STUDENTS. I MEAN, YOU SHOULD SEE THE THINGS THAT ARE WRITTEN ABOUT ME ON FACEBOOK. THAT'S FINE. GO FOR IT. BUT WHERE OUR STUDENTS ARE CONCERNED, WE HAVE TO TRY TO PROTECT THEM. AND WE ARE HERE TO EDUCATE THEM AND PROTECT THEM. AND WE ARE THEIR ADVOCATE. SO WHEN PEOPLE GO ONLINE AND VENT ABOUT THEM ONLINE, I THINK THAT CROSSES A LINE, AND I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THIS BOARD NEEDS TO DISCUSS AS FAR AS THE POLICY IS CONCERNED, WHERE HR, AND MAYBE THAT CAN BE HAVE SOME TEETH THERE. AND AGAIN MAYBE -- WE ARE STRADDLING A FENCE ON THE FIRST AMENDMENT, BUT PROTECTING OUR STUDENTS AS WELL. SO BE -- BUT THIS IS A NEW GENERATION OF COMMUNICATION. AND IN LINE WITH MEMBER STUART THAT WE NEED TO ALLOW OUR TEACHERS TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE STUDENTS IN A WAY THAT THEY ARE COMMUNICATING. WE NEED TO GET TO THEM WHEREVER THEY ARE. AND I HAVE SEEN IT DONE WHERE IT'S VERY, VERY SUCCESSFUL. THE KEY IS, ARCHIVE EVERYTHING, BECAUSE IF THERE IS A QUESTION, AND YOU CAN JUST TURN IT OVER AND GO, THIS IS WHAT WAS SAID, IT'S VERY, VERY SIMPLE. ANYWAY, THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE ON THAT. AND I'LL TURN THE FLOOR OVER TO MEMBER VALDES ABOUT ANOTHER POLICY.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I WANTED TO JUST -- I KNOW THAT MAYBE -- I'LL ASK STAFF TO SEE IF MAYBE THEY COULD BE RETHINK IF I BRING ANOTHER AMENDMENT TO THE ATHLETIC TRANSFER POLICY. DR. VAZQUEZ, YOU AND I AND LEGAL STAFF HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH A SPECIFIC STUDENT IN WHICH THEY ARE UNDOCUMENTED, AND IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE ADDRESS, I BELIEVE, IN THE POLICY THAT SITUATION, SO JUST TO SEE IF MAYBE IN THE NEXT REALM OF POLICY THAT WE CAN LOOK INTO THAT TO SEE IF IT'S APPROPRIATE IN THIS PARTICULAR POLICY. I'M NOT SURE IF IT WOULD BE OR NOT.

>> BOARD MEMBER, YOU HAVE DECIDED YOU ARE GOING TO CONSIDER POLICIES ONCE A YEAR. THIS IS A CULMINATION OF 2015 JANUARY CYCLE. WE WILL BEGIN IN JANUARY BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE WHAT THEY WANT LOOKED AT, EITHER REVASE THE POLICY OR CREATE A NEW ONE. BUT FOR PURPOSES OF TONIGHT'S HEARING YOU NEED TO FOCUS ON WHAT'S IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY AND VOTE ON THAT UP OR DOWN.

>> AND MS. VALDES, WE FOUGHT A COUPLE BOARD MEETINGS BACK ABOUT LOOKING AT OUR POLICIES AND CONSIDERING DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS IN OUR COMMUNITY. SO THAT MIGHT BE ONE OF THOSE AREAS THAT THIS FITS VERY WELL WITHIN THAT REALM OF THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, VERY SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSING DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS AND POLICIES TO ADDRESS THOSE CHANGES. I THINK THAT WOULD PROBABLY BE A REAL GOOD PLACE FOR THAT.

>>Susan Valdes: I'M IN SUPPORT OF THIS POLICY. IT WAS JUST ANOTHER ASPECT OF OUR STUDENT POPULATION. THAT SOMETIMES WE FAIL TO ADDRESS IN POLICIES. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. DR. VAZQUEZ.

>> JUST TO FOLLOW UP ON MS. VALDES' QUESTION. WE ARE ADDRESSING THAT ISSUE WHICH HAS BECOME A GREATER ISSUE FOR THE DISTRICT BUT ALSO TO ADD TO MRS. GRIFFIN'S COMMENT ABOUT DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFT, WE ARE STARTING TO WORK ON BOTH ASPECTS AS WE ARE LOOKING AT PROGRAMS AND SO FORTH. AND THE COMMITTEES THAT ARE BEING CREATED SUCH AS THE HISPANIC EDUCATORS FOR CHANGE THAT IS PART OF THE STRATEGIC PRIORITIES, IS TO START TO ADDRESSING NEEDS THAT ARE SURFACING THROUGH THAT COMMUNITY AS WELL. BUT ALSO WITH OTHER DEMOGRAPHICS AS WELL, AND HOW WE CAN REPLICATE THINGS THAT WORK IN ONE GROUP, CAN WORK FOR ANOTHER.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. EDGECOMB. [OFF MICROPHONE.] TO RESPOND TO DEMOGRAPHICS THAT ARISE, BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE VERY COMPREHENSIVE IN THAT APPROACH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ARE THOSE ALL THE COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS REFERENCING THE POLICY THAT WE ARE GETTING READY TO VOTE ON? THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR WITH A SECOND TO APPROVE THESE POLICY CHANGES AS ADVERTISED IN OCTOBER OF 2015. SEEING NO OTHER COMMENT, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE POLICY PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. MR. EAKINS, DID YOU NOT FINISH YOUR -- AGENDA.

>> IT WILL BE VERY, VERY BRIEF. I HAVE ONE MORE QUICK COMMENT. MR. FARKAS ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. ACTUALLY, JIM BEEKMAN WILL COME UP AND GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON SOME OF THE BUSES. I THINK YOU MIGHT HAVE HEARD RECENTLY WE WERE STARTING TO GET SOME. SO HE WILL COME UP AND GIVE YOU A LITTLE UPDATE.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, BOARD. YES, WE DO HAVE BUSES ON THE WAY. IN SEPTEMBER THE BOARD APPROVED THE PURCHASE OF 200 BUSES. PART OF THE CRITERIA IN GRADING THOSE BUSES AND THE MANUFACTURERS, WE SET FORTH CRITERIA, ONE WAS DELIVERY. IT LOOKS LIKE COMPETITION IS A GOOD THING. LAST WEEK, WE GOT NOTIFICATION THAT 15 OF THE PROPANE BUSES FROM BLUEBIRD WILL BE DELIVERED IN JANUARY. YESTERDAY, WE GOT NOTIFICATION FROM IC THAT THEY HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED SOME BUSES AND WE WILL BE RECEIVING THOSE BUSES IN JANUARY. AND THEN THOMAS HAS NOTIFIED US THAT THEY HAVE DATES IN JANUARY AS WELL. SO WHEN WE WERE LOOKING ATE 244, 248-DAY CONTRACT TO BUILD, IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE PULLING SOME STRINGS TO GET US THE BUSES. SO I JUST WANT TO GIVE THAT YOU UPDATE.

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: MR. BEEKMAN, DON'T GO TOO FAR. NO, NO. (LAUGHTER).

>> I TRIED.

>>Susan Valdes: I KNOW YOU DID. BUT I PULLED YOU BACK IN. HAVING SAID THAT, IT'S REALLY EXCITING THAT WE ARE BEGINNING TO RECEIVE THE BUSES. WHERE ARE WE ON THE BUILD-OUT OF THE PROPANE STATIONS, WHAT I WOULD HATE TO HAPPEN IS THAT WE HAVE BUSES AND IN A WAY TO PUT THEM OUT ON THE STREET BECAUSE WE ARE NOT READY FOR THE -- -- THAT WOULD BE SHAME ON US. I DON'T WANT IN A MORE "SHAME ON US."

>> ABSOLUTELY. PURCHASING HAS WORKED -- WE ARE DOING THE QUOTES ON THE BOB TAIL FUEL. WE KNEW THAT GOING IN BECAUSE WE ARE BUILDING OUR OWN OUT OF CAPITAL SO THE RFP IS GOING OUT THERE. THE SUCCESSFUL VENDOR WOULD HAVE TO SUPPLY THE PROPANE. IF YOU RECALL, IN SEPTEMBER AS WE TALKED ABOUT THAT, WE ARE PUTTING ALL THE BUSES ON THE LOWEST PROPERTY SO WE ARE FUELING THOSE ON-SITE. WE'LL USE A BOB TAIL. AS SOON AS THE TRAINING IS COMPLETE AND THOSE WILL BE ON WE'LL BE READY TO GO. PURCHASING IS SECURING THAT FOR US.

>> WILL WE HAVE THE STATIONS BEFORE THE BUSES?

>> WE'LL HAVE PROPANE FOR THE BUSES, YES. THEY WILL BE FUELED ON A DAILY BASIS THERE. SIMILAR TO WHAT THEY DO IN BROWARD COUNTY. BROWARD COUNTY, WE LOOKED AT PIGGYBACKING OFF OF THIS THEM BECAUSE THEY DO FUEL AT NIGHT. BUT WE ARE ACTUALLY KIND OF COORDINATING BECAUSE OF THE TECHNOLOGY GROUP AT THE LOWEST PROPERTY, WE ARE TAKING OVER PART OF THAT WHERE WE CAN PUT A PROBLEM PAIN SYSTEM IN THERE.

>>Susan Valdes: GREAT. ALSO, BOARD MEMBER, YOU REMEMBER WE HAD A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT IS THE CRITERIA THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE USING TO EVALUATE THE BUSES. AND I DON'T KNOW THAT WE HAVE THAT INFORMATION YET AS TO WHAT THE CRITERIA WAS GOING TO BE. SO --

>> I APOLOGIZE IF THAT WASN'T SENT TO YOU ALL, BUT THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER IN OCTOBER.

>>Susan Valdes: CAN YOU PLEASE FORWARD?

>> YES, I SURELY COULD.

>>Susan Valdes: CAN YOU TELL ME OFF THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD? DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT? WHAT IS YOUR MAIN -- I'M HOPING THAT COSTS SHOULD BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT --

>> YES. COST CARRIED THE MOST WEIGHT. WE LOOKED AT DELIVERY, TRAINING, WARRANTY ISSUES AFTER WE RECEIVE THE BUSES, WHETHER THEY HAD TO BE REPAIRED, AND HOW OFTEN. WE ALSO ESTABLISHED A SURVEY FOR OUR DRIVERS, BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO ROTATE THOSE DRIVERS THROUGH THOSE BUSES SO THEY CAN EVALUATE ALL THREE MANUFACTURERS, AS WELL AS OUR STUDENTS. WE HAVE ALSO CREATED THAT SO WE CAN GET FEEDBACK FROM OUR STUDENT WHO RIDE THOSE BUSES. WE'LL GET THAT TO YOU.

>>Susan Valdes: WONDERFUL.

>> WE'LL GET IT OUT TO YOU TOMORROW. AND THE VENDORS DID HAVE INPUT. SO WE SENT IT OUT TO THE VENDORS. THEY HAD SOME QUESTIONS. WE RESPONDED BACK. AND WE RECEIVED NOTHING FURTHER IN THE MONTH FROM THEM IN REGARDS TO THAT. WE EXPLAINED ALL OF THAT, AND THE CRITERIA QUESTIONS, AND THAT WENT TO ALL THREE VENDORS. SO THEIR INPUT US WHAT IN THAT AS WELL.

>> SO WHEN DO WE RECEIVE THAT INFORMATION?

>> IT'S ALREADY COMPLETE.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> DON'T GO MY. WHERE MRS. KNIFELY.

>>Melissa Snively: HI, MR. BEEKMAN. HOW ARE YOU?

>> GREAT.

>> GOOD. A FEW BOARD MEETINGS AGO, I RECALL THE BOARD APPROVED 6 TO 1 AN EVALUATION THAT I BELIEVE IS SUPPOSED TO TAKE PLACE IN EARLY DECEMBER. AND YOU ARE ALMOST -- AND YOU ALMOST WALKED AWAY WITHOUT TELLING US ANYTHING ABOUT THAT EVALUATION.

>> WELL, ACTUALLY, I THINK THE FINAL REPORT WENT TO MR. FARKAS.

>> OH, MR. FARKAS.

>> THE FINAL REPORT TODAY WILL BE BRIEF. THE FINDINGS INITIALLY GIVE US A SUMMARY OF AND WE CAN HAVE A FORMAL COPY OF THAT. I WILL SAY THERE WAR LOT POF THINGS TO SAY ABOUT OUR EMPLOYEES AND THE TRANSITION THAT OUR DEPARTMENT WAS GOING. I DON'T WANT TO CUT IT SHORT. WE WILL GIVE YOU THE WHOLE REPORT WHEN WE GET IT.

>> I WILL BE WAITING WITH BAITED BREATH. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. HOW DO THEY CHOOSE? PART OF THE PILOT PROGRAM WAS ALSO SUPPOSED TO BE THE FUEL, WHAT THE FUEL COUPLES WAS, AND ALSO -- AND WE WERE GOING TO PUT LIKE BUSES WITH THE SAME AMOUNT OF STUDENTS, THE SAME TYPES OF ROUTES. HOW DID YOU DETERMINE THAT?

>> CORRECT. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS WE ARE IDENTIFYING SIMILAR ROUTES THAT SERVE MULTIPLE SCHOOL SETS, SO WE WANT HIGH SCHOOL, MIDDLE SCHOOL, ELEMENTARY THAT'S RUNNING THE THREE, NOT BE ISOLATED. THEN ALSO REMEMBER WE WANT TO SWITCH THAT BUS SO THAT A BUS WILL ACTUALLY BE DRIVEN BY THE SAME DRIVER SO WE CAN ACTUALLY COMPARE, BECAUSE SOME DRIVERS DRIVE DIFFERENTLY, AND SO THERE'S ALWAYS THE ARGUMENT THAT, YOU KNOW, THE FUEL ECONOMY MAY BE BETTER WITH ONE DRIVER VERSUS ANOTHER DRIVER. SO WE WILL ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO CAPTURE THAT WITH THE INDIVIDUAL BUSES. SO WE LOOKED AT DIFFERENT AREAS TO BE DO THAT. THE PROPANE WAS A LITTLE DIFFERENT. THE PROPANE WE LOOKED AT THOSE ROUTES WHERE WE COULD RUN THOSE OUT OF THE LOWEST PROPERTY BECAUSE WE WERE LOOKING TO BE REDUCE OUR DEADHEAD FROM AREA ONE AND AREA TWO. SO THOSE WERE DONE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY. BUT THE DIESEL, WE WERE LOOKING AT THAT WAS THE EVALUATION PIECE BETWEEN THE THREE MANUFACTURERS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYBODY ELSE. SO THAT IS THE LAST PART OF THAT. AND FOR ALL OF YOU WHO ARE IN THE AUDIENCE FOR THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS, WE ARE AT THAT SECTION NOW. [ APPLAUSE ] SO I WILL NOW TURN IT OVER TO MR. EAKINS. AND I BELIEVE WE HAVE MS. JANET SPENCE IN THE AUDIENCE, DON'T WE? YOU ARE STILL WITH US? OKAY.

>>Jeff Eakins: THE FIVE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS COMING BEFORE YOU TODAY ON THE AGENDA HAVE BEEN PROPERLY ADVERTISED, APPROPRIATE SCREENINGS WERE HELD AND INTERVIEWS BEFORE SUPERINTENDENT STAFF WERE CONDUCTED. THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT, HRMD PROCESS ADOPTED BY THE BOARD WAS FOLLOWED. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT JANET SPENCE, CURRENTLY DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND RELATED SERVICES TO THE GENERAL INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP DIRECTOR OF MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JANUARY 4, 2016. MS. SPEBS BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN 1984 AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER FROM 84 TO 93 SHE HELD TEACHING POSITIONS AT VANBUREN AND McCLAIN MIDDLE SCHOOLS N.1993 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT COLEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND IN 2002 APPOINTED THE PRINCIPAL OF GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL. SHE HELD ADMINISTRATOR SPECIAL A SIGN MENT IN MIDDLE SCHOOL EDUCATION, SUPPORTIVE SERVICES AND INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY. IN 2011 SHE WAS APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>> I HAVE A MOTION FROM MRS. VALDES AND A SECOND FROM MS. STUART. BOARD MEMBERS, ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. CONGRATULATIONS, MS. SPENCE. PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THEY ARE ALL PROBABLY CLAPPING BECAUSE YOU ARE STILL WITH US. AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ] IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT HOLERY FRAZIER, CURRENTLY THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR MAGNET STUDIES AT JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL TO THE PRINCIPAL AT BW WATERS CENTER WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JANUARY 18, 2016. MS. FRASIER BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER IN 1983. FROM 1983 THROUGH 1993 SHE HELD TEACHING POSITIONS AT McCLAIN, VANBUREN, MONROE MIDDLE SCHOOLS N.1993 SHE WAS APPOINTED TO RELATIONS SPECIALIST AND COMMUNICATE SPECIALIST AT ROBINSON FROM. 1959 TO 2007 SHE HELD ASSISTANT ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL N.2007 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR CURRICULUM AT JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL N.2010 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR MAGNET STUDIES AT JEFFERSON MAGNET ACADEMY WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>> I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. EDGECOMB AND A SECOND BY MRS. KURDELL S.THEREBY ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IFS UNANIMOUS. MS. FRAZIER, WILL YOU PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED? [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT KEVIN MARTIN, CURRENTLY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT LITHIA SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, TO THE PRINCIPAL OF LITHIA SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JANUARY 4th, 2016. MR. MARTIN BEGAN HIS CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN 1998 AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER. FROM 1998 TO 2009 HE HELD TEACHING POSITIONS AT BENITO MIDDLE SCHOOL AND BURNEY AND FISH HAWK MIDDLE SCHOOLS. IN 2011 ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT LITH YAB SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHERE HE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>April Griffin: I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. CONGRATULATIONS, MR. MARTIN. PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ] MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT RAYMOND STELLA, CURRENTLY ON THE BUSINESS PROCESS AND IMPROVEMENT, AS BUSINESS PROCESS IMPROVEMENT SPECIALIST TO THE CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER FOR PERSONNEL SERVICES WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JANUARY 4, 2016. MR. STELLA BEGAN HIS CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER AT THONOTOSASSA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN 2010. IN 2012 HE WAS APPOINTED THE MEG RANT ADVOCATE AT NIGHT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL N.2013 HE WAS APPOINTED BUSINESS PROCESS SPECIALIST IN THE BUSINESS PROCESS IMPROVEMENT AND INNOVATION TEAM WHERE HE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. KURDELL AND A SECOND BY MS. VALDES. BOARD MEMBERS, ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIEND. [ APPLAUSE ] MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT TRAIFIAN SMITH, CURRENTLY THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ADMINISTRATION AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL TO THE PRINCIPAL OF CARVER CENTER WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JANUARY 4, 2016. MR. SMITH BEGAN HIS CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN 2000 AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER AT THE MENDEZ CENTER. IN 2003 TO 2006 HE SERVED AS ESE SPECIALIST AT SLIGH AND FRANKLIN MIDDLE SCHOOL. FROM 2005 TO 2014 SERVED AS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT FAIR, MIDDLE SCHOOLS. THE DOWNTOWN MARRING NET SCHOOL AND MIDDLETON. HE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ADMINISTRATION WHEREBY HE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>April Griffin: I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MRS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. CONGRATULATIONS, MR. SMITH. PLEAS STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ] MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WE DO HAVE SOME MOVEMENT ON OUR 402 AGENDA. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THIS EVENING, FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE MR. SMITH WAS THE PRINCIPAL AT CARVER CENTER BUT OUR FORMER CARVER CENTER PRINCIPAL MR. PELTON IS NOW BEING MOVED TO THE ASSESSMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY DEPARTMENT AS ADMINISTRATOR ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT. SO WE DON'T HAVE ANY PEOPLE HERE TONIGHT. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU KNOW THE MOVES. MR. PRESTON STEWART, WHO IS HERE THIS EVENING, HE IS YOUR NEW SUPERVISOR FOR DIVERSIFIED MARKETING. SO LET'S LET HIM STAND. [ APPLAUSE ] WE DO HAVE A FEW PRINCIPAL MOVES. DUE TO THE SOON RETIREMENT OF OUR PRINCIPAL AT LEE ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL, MILES, WE HAVE TRANSFERRING BEVERLY SMITH, CURRENTLY THE PRINCIPAL AT EDISON MIDDLE SCHOOL TO THE PRINCIPAL AT LEE MAGNET AS OF JANUARY 19th. WE ARE ALSO TRANSFERRING ELIZABETHIS GILES, THE PRINCIPAL AT SEFFNER ELEMENTARY TO THE PRINCIPAL OF FOREST HILLS ELEMENTARY ON THE 4th AND THE PRINCIPAL OF FOREST ELEMENTARY TO THE PRINCIPAL OF SEFFNER ELEMENTARY ON JANUARY 4th. THOSE ARE SO APPOINTMENTS I WANTED TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF. WE ALSO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THREE NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS, THE FIRST MOVE INTO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL RANKS. OF COURSE THOUGH WENT THROUGH THE VERY RIGOROUS PIPELINE EXPERIENCE SO THEY ARE READY TO GO. WE HAVE DAWN JEFFERS. SHE IS CURRENTLY A PEER EVALUATOR. SHE WILL THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT NORTH TAMPA ALTERNATIVE. WE HAVE MR. JASON REYES, WEST TAMPA LOAMENT, GOING TO BE THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT JAMES ELEMENTARY. AND THEN CHRISTINE CLAPY AT BEFER ELEMENTARY WILL BE THE NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT TAMPA PALMS. AND I DO HAVE ONE RECOGNITION IN THE AUDIENCE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THIS EVENING. WE HAVE SOMEONE, WHO THIS IS THEIR LAST MEETING THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE WITH US AS ONE OF OUR WONDERFUL EMPLOYEES, AND THAT IS MISS JEAN BOWMAN WHO IS OUR GENERAL MANAGER OF PROCUREMENT. SHE OF COURSE, FRIDAY IS HER LAST WORK DAY BEFORE THE HOLIDAY, AND WE WILL MISS HER SMILE. SHE DOES AN AMAZING JOB UP THERE, DOES A GREAT JOB LEADING. THAT TEAM IS GOING TO TREMENDOUSLY MISS JEAN. SHE'S DONE AN AMAZING JOB IN OUR DISTRICT. AND OUR ENTIRE PROCUREMENT OFFICE IS AMAZING BECAUSE OF YOUR LEADERSHIP AND THE STAFF THAT YOU HAVE UP THERE. IS I KNOW YOU ARE LEAVING IT IN GOOD HANDS THERE. SO WE KNOW THERE'S BEEN A GOOD TRANSITION THAT'S BEEN IN PLACE AND YOU WILL BE DEERLY MISS P.D., JEAN. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. NOW FOR ALL OF YOU WHO WERE HERE FOR THE APPOINTMENTS, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO QUIETLY EXIT THE AUTUMN.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I DID JUST LEARN THAT MARY ANN KEENE, THE PRINCIPAL AT LITHIA SPRINGS, AND SHE IS RETEARING. SHE IS HERE SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDST. RAISE YOUR HAND, MARY ANN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. YOU ALL MAY EXIT AND GO ENJOY YOUR TIME TOGETHER WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

>>Susan Valdes: MADAM CHAIR. I JUST WANTED TO CONGRATULATE ALL THE APPOINTEES THIS EVENING, BUT ALSO RECOGNIZE MS. VERONICA KNIGHT MORGAN FOR HER WORK FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AS THE PRINCIPAL AT GW WATERS. I KNOW THE KIDS REALLY TRULY LOVED HER THERE, AND SHE LEFT A MARK IN THAT COMMUNITY. THANK YOU FOR ALL HER HARD YEARS OF ZERVETION ABSOLUTELY. AND I'M SORRY THAT I MISSED HER, MS. VALDES. WE ARE AT THE POINT IN THE AGENDA, THE REPORTS OF SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL SECTION C. AND THE ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN PULLED FOR DISCUSSION -- AND THERE HAVE BEEN A COUPLE ADDITIONAL ONES, AND I PASSED THEM DOWN TO THE SUPERINTENDENT -- WE HAVE ITEM 103, 602, 603, 3604, 606, 607, 610, 611, 613, 626, 630, 633, 638, 639, 702, 703, 711, 903, 904, 905, 906, 10 .06 AND D 1 WHICH WE HAVE ALREADY DEALT WITH, AND -- 10.06 WE HAVE DEALT WITH.

>> THE RESOLUTIONS HAVE BEEN APPROVED.

>>April Griffin: THAT'S WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY. SO WE DEALT WITH 10.06 AND D-1. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THESE ITEMS PULLED. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MRS. SNIVELY. ANY DISCUSSION? BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. THANK YOU. IT IS UNANIMOUS. WE ARE NOW GOING TO MOVE IN TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS. AND WAVE MOVED UP 7.11 BY IS TO APPROVE THE LICENSING AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL AND SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THE SELF INSURANCE PLAN FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD USE OF ACCESSIBLE PROPERTY BY TOMLIN MIDDLE AND BRIAN LOAMENT. MR. JERRY JACKSON IS GOING TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE.

>> THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO HIGHLIGHT THIS AGENDA ITEM. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE MR. PAUL DAVIS, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, TO JOIN ME AT THE PODIUM. AND PLANT CITY, WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT A COMMUNITY SUPPORTING THE SCHOOLS, PLANT CITY IS A VERY SPECIAL AGREEMENT. THIS AGREEMENT ALLOWS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO CONTINUE ALONG STANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL. FOR YEARS THE PE DEPARTMENT HAS UTILIZED THE FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL FIELD EXCEPT FOR THE TWO, APPROXIMATE TWO WEEKS OF THE FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL IN PLAY. AT IN A COST TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL HAS MAINTAINED THOSE FIELDS, AND IT'S BEEN A GREAT RELATIONSHIP. RECENTLY, THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, AND MR. DAVIS, ACQUIRED A PIECE OF PROPERTY AND BUILT ANOTHER PARKING LOT, RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM TOMLIN MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND TOMLIN IS THE MOST CROWDED MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THE WHOLE DISTRICT, AND ALLOWED TOMLIN TO UTILIZE THAT PARKING LOT, WHICH/VERY, VERY MUCH NEEDED. BUT NOT ONLY DID MR. DAVIS GET THAT PROPERTY, TURN IT INTO A PARKING LOT WITH CRUSHED ASPHALT DOWN, HE FENCED IT, PUT A GATE ACROSS THE STREET FROM TOMLIN, HE ALSO PUT A GATE IN THE BACK OF THE PROPERTY SO IT COULD HANDLE OVERFLOW PARENT NIGHTS FROM BRIAN ELEMENTARY, AND TO MAKE IT SAFER, HE PUT LIGHTS IN. ALL AT IN A COST TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO FORMALLY THANK THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL AND MR. PAUL DAVIS FOR BEING A GREAT COMMUNITY PARTNER AND A GREAT NEIGHBOR. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU INFORM TAKING CARE OF THIS. YOU KNOW, THERE'S 800, 900 KIDS PLAYING OUT THERE EVERY DAY. THE PARKING LOT, I HAVE BEEN TAKING CARE OF IT, AND TRUST ME, IF YOU GO TO TOMLIN, DOWNTOWN HAVE PARKING. IT'S THE LARGEST SCHOOL. SO FOR ABOUT $4, 000,000 WE BOUGHT A PARKING LOT, PUT ABOUT $100,000 INTO IT AND THEY USE IT PRACTICALLY EVERY DAY, AND I WANT TO THANK THE LAWYER, JEFF, FOR GETTING THIS DONE. HE REALLY HELPED US GET THIS DONE. JERRY. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH. THE BOARD WAS JUST CONCERNED. YOU CAN HAVE IT FOR FREE, AND THEY USE OUR ADMIN BUILDING FOR THE ENTIRE SCHOOL. WE WERE LARGE ENOUGH TO PUT 5,000 PEOPLE IN A BUILDING. AT IN A COST. GREAT NEIGHBORS, THE NEW PRINCIPAL IS A GREAT NEIGHBOR. ALL WE ASK IS TO YOUR AN INSURANCE AGENT SO YOU UNDERSTAND, TAKE THE LIABILITY FOR THE KIDS PLAYING OUT THERE. WE DON'T WANT MONEY. WE JUST WANT TO BE GOOD NEIGHBORS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. SNIVELY, YOU ASKED FOR THIS TO BE HIGHLIGHTED.

>>Melissa Snively: I D.AND REALLY IT'S NO SURPRISE TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL, THE BOARD, THE PARTNERSHIP THAT WE HAVE WITH YOU, THAT YOU ARE SO GENEROUS IN EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO. IT'S TRAWL A WOANL, WONDERFUL GIFT TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND WE JUST WANT TO BE SAY THANK YOU, AND THAT WE APPRECIATE THAT, AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE RELATIONSHIP THAT WE HAVE WITH THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL. AND SO, AGAIN, NOT A SHOCK THAT YOU HAVE GONE OVER AND ABOVE WHAT WAS EVER EXPECTED TO ENHANCE THOSE PARTICULAR AREAS, AND THANK YOU FOR COMING TONIGHT AND ALLOWING US TO RECOGNIZE YOU IN PUBLIC AND SAY THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO, MR. DAVIS.

>> THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. IF YOU CALL ME BACK LET ME TAKE ONE MORE SECOND. WE HAVE A VERY DIVERSE GROUP. WE GO FROM GENE WATSON, I KNOW ALL OF THE SONGS, JUST DON'T ASK ME ONE, AND CHARLIE WILSON TO THE CRAY. WE HAVE JUST ABOUT -- THIS IS THE MOST DIVERSE WE HAVE EVER BEEN, ACTIVITY, ENTERTAINMENT, AND WE ARE A GREAT FAMILY VENUE SO PLEAS BRING YOUR FAMILIES OUT AND ENJOY OUR HOSPITALITY.

>> AND I NEED TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT DONNIE AND MARIE TICKET.

>> THEY ARE AWESOME, YES, MA'AM, THEY ARE.

>> LOOKING FORWARD TO A SUCCESSFUL STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU FOR COMING OUT. AND IT IS A PARTNERSHIP THAT WE HAVE WITH YOU. AND WARE LOOKING FORWARD TO MANY YEARS OF CONTINUING THAT. SO THANK YOU FOR SITTING THROUGH THIS VERY, VERY LONG MEETING.

>> I RETIRED FROM THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AFTER 32 YEARS. I WAS A MAJOR. SO I HAVE BEEN THROUGH LONG MEETINGS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. YOU HAVE A GREAT EVENING.

>> THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS ITEM 103 WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF TAMPA BAY, INC., AND MS. SNIVELY, MS. VALDES AND MRS. STUART ASKED FOR THIS TO BE PULLED, AND MR. SCOTT BROOKS.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, STAFF. WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT AN ITEM THAT I AM EXCITED ABOUT. I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT THING FOR OUR DISTRICT. ONE OF THE FIRST JOBS WHEN I BECAME WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS OFFICER WAS TO SEEK OUT COMPANIES, SEEK OUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND TO REALLY CONNECT IT WITH THE BUSINESS WORLD. SO THE OPPORTUNITY AROSE, AND I WAS IN A CONVERSATION WITH BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS. I THINK WE ARE ALL AWARE OF THE AMAZING WORK THEY DO. BUT THEY APPROACHED AND WANTED TO DOING SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT AND THEY REALLY WANTED TO DO A SCHOOL TO WORK PROGRAM. SO THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING OF THAT WE ARE BRINGING BEFORE YOU TODAY GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A SCHOOL TO WORK PROGRAM. AND THEY HAVE BEEN DOING THIS IN OTHER DISTRICTS AROUND THE STATE, MIAMI, FOR EXAMPLE, DADE HAS BEEN DOING IT FOR ABOUT TEN YEARS NOW, AND THEY HAVE GOT ABOUT 20 DIFFERENT COMPANIES. SO WHAT THIS WILL LOOK LIKE IS WE ARE GOING TO BASICALLY WE HAVE IDENTIFIED A GROUP MUCH STUDENTS AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL IN OUR SOME OF OUR CAREER EDUCATION PROGRAMS AND THOSE STUDENTS WILL ACTUALLY TRAVEL OUT TO A COMPANY, AND WE WILL BUS THEM OUT THERE ONCE A MONTH, AND THEY WILL GO AND ACTUALLY MEET AT THEIR JOBS, AND THEY ARE GOING TO MEET THEIR BIGS AT THEIR SITES, AND THEY ARE GOING TO LEARN ABOUT THE COMPANY, THEY ARE GOING TO PLERN ABOUT SOME OF THE SOFT SKILLS, SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE SOMETIMES HAVE DIFFICULTY TEACHING OR SOMETIMES JUST HAVING ANOTHER PERSON SAY THOSE THINGS SOMETIMES TO OUR STUDENTS. SO THIS PROGRAM, WE ARE EXCITED. WE ARE GOING TO START WITH ABOUT 20 STUDENTS. WE HOPE TO FINISH OUT THIS YEAR. AND THEN AS WE MOVE INTO 2016-17, POSSIBLY ADD ANOTHER SCHOOL, ANOTHER COMPANY. AND SO THERE IS A COMPANY, NIELSON, IS REALLY THE ONE WHO STARTED THIS, AND NIELSON ASKED US TO PARTNER WITH THEM AND THAT'S THE SCHOOL THEY WANTED TO IDENTIFY, THEY WANTED TO WORK WITH, SO WE ABSOLUTELY SAID WE COULD ACCOMMODATE THEM, WORK WITH THEM TODAY. WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOU GUYS SUPPORTING THIS ITEM. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS I WOULD LOVE TO ANSWER THEM.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS. MS. SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT, MR. BROOKS. YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS A VERY EXCITING PROGRAM NEW TO OUR DISTRICT BUT NOT NEW TO OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN OUR DISTRICT. IT'S BEEN HAPPENING IN MIAMI-DADE FOR ABOUT TEN YEARS NOW AND THEY REALLY REAP REWARDS WITH THEIR STUDENTS. SO IN THE VEIN, WE TALKED A LITTLE EARLIER ABOUT MAKING THAT CONNECTION BETWEEN SCHOOL AND WORKFORCE, AND HOW IT CAN TRULY IMPACT THE TEACHER OF AND OUR STUDENTS SO WE WANT TO KIND OF HIGHLIGHT THE MENTORING PROGRAM THAT THE BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS DO, BECAUSE IT REALLY EMBRACES THE VISION THAT WE HAVE PREPARING OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE, BUT ALSO ONE OF THE STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WHICH IS IMPROVING GRADUATION RATES. AND STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT IT CAN IMPROVE GRADUATION RATES. THERE WAS AN ARTICLE IN U.S.OF NEWS WHERE THE NATIONAL DROPOUT PREVENTION CENTER NETWORK DID SOME DATA, COLLECTED SOME DATA, AND BASICALLY REPORTED BACK THAT MENTORING HAS BEEN LINKED WITH POSITIVE OUTCOMES SUCH AS IMPROVED CONNECTION TO SCHOOL AND ADULTS, LOWER DROPOUT INDICATORS, AND HIGHER ACHIEVEMENT, ACCORDING TO ONE OF THEIR 2014 REPORTS. IT ALSO HAS BEEN SHOWN TO IMPROVE ATTENDANCE, AND IT TURNS OUT THAT PEOPLE CARE AT THEIR SCHOOL. THIS EMBODIES OF WHAT WE WANT TO PROVIDE OUR STUDENTS, WHICH IS THE HOPE THAT INSPIRES THEM TO CONTINUE, THAT THEY CAN SEE THEMSELVES IN A CAREER, THAT THEY CAN SEE THEMSELVES BEING A CONTRIBUTING MEMBER OF SOCIETY AT SOME POINT IN THEIR FUTURE, WITH ULTIMATELY WILL RESULT IN HAIR GRAWTION GRADUATION RATES, THAT THEY WILL WANT TO STAY IN SCHOOL, THEY'LL WANT TO CONTINUE BEING THAT INSPIRATION AND HOPE THAT THEY ARE GOING TO GET FROM MENTORING PROGRAMS LIKE THIS. SO I'M VERY EXCITED. THIS CAUGHT MY EYE ON THE AGENDA. I'M SO GLAD YOU HIGHLIGHTED IT THIS EVENING. I'M LOOKED LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT RESULTS COME BACK FROM THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM WITH LETO HIGH SCHOOL, AND HOPEFULLY IF IT'S AS SUCCESSFUL AS IT HAS BEEN IN OTHER DISTRICTS, IN OUR DISTRICT, THAT WE CAN TALK TO BIG BROTHERS AND BIG SISTERS AND COME TO OTHER BUSINESSES OR CORPORATIONS INTO PARTNERING WITH MORE SCHOOLS IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> THANK YOU. MS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: MR. BROOKS MAY NOT THE PERSON TO ASK THIS QUESTION BUT I'M EXCITED, HAVING BEEN PART OF THE BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS RELATIONSHIP EARLIER ARE IN MY LIFE. AND CAREER. BUT THERE ARE ALL KIND OF MENTORING PROGRAMS. AND ONE TIME, I THINK THERE WAS A DISCUSSION ABOUT WE KNOW THE HISTORY AND THE BACKGROUND, BUT THEY ALL HAVE SOME KIND OF SIGNIFICANCE. SO I'M JUST WONDERING HOW ARE WE CAPTURING THOSE PEOPLE WHO COME TO US FOR MENTORING TO MAKE SURE THAT FIRST OF ALL THEY USE OUR GUIDELINES AND FOCUS AND MISSION AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY REALLY ARE DOING WHAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO DO, AND THAT THEY ARE REALLY MEETING THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS? BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF STUDENTS OUT THEREOF WHO DID BENEFIT FROM THIS. AND WE DON'T WANT TO SAY NO, BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO COME TO US ARE GOOD TO WORK WITH -- WILLING TO WORK WITH IN OUR PARAMETERS, AND WE HAVE VETTED THEM IN SUCH A WAY THAT FAR WE KNOW WHAT IS POSITIVE, WHO THE STUDENTS ARE, THAT KIND OF THING. SO I DON'T KNOW WHERE --

>> ABSOLUTELY. THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT. PEOPLE DO APPROACH THIS IN REGARDS TO WE WANT TO HELP, WE WANT TOABLE ABLE TO CONNECT WITH YOUR STUDENTS. SO IN OUR COMMUNE PARTNERSHIPS, OUR DIRECTOR HAS BEEN KIND OF PORTABLE, TO COME AND HELP THOSE PARTICULAR FOLKS WHO COME INTO OUR DISTRICT. SHE HAS A VERY GOOD UNDERSTANDING ABOUT ALL THE DIFFERENT TAPES OF PROGRAMS SUCH AS THIS IN OUR DISTRICT. IF SOMEONE DOESN'T COME WITH A FORMALIZED PLAN MUCH LIKE BIG BROTHERS AND BIG CERTIFIES TERSELER DOES, SHE'S ABLE TO KIND OF GUIDE AND SUPPORT THEM WITH REGARDS TO BE WHAT THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE. AND SO SOMETIMES IT DOESN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. SOMETIMES IT TAKES A SERIES PERHAPS OF MEETINGS TO REALLY GET TO HELP THE PARTNER, OR THE INDIVIDUAL UNDERSTAND A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHAT OUR EXPECTATIONS ARE IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. BECAUSE MENTORING, WE WANT RESULTS. I MEAN, IT'S GREAT TO HAVE RELATIONSHIPS. WE WANT THE RELATIONSHIP WITH RESULTS FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND SO THAT TAKES ON SOME ACCOUNTABILITY, SOME METRICS THAT THEY NEED TO IDENTIFY AT THE VERY BEGINNING. WHAT IS IT THAT THE STUDENTS ARE GOING TO BENEFIT FROM THIS? LIKE YOU SAID, INCREASED GRADUATION RATES. WE WANT THEM TO BE THINKING ABOUT THAT AS THEY ENTER INTO ANY KIND OF PROGRAM. BUT MS. WHALELY HAS BEEN KIND OF THAT PORTAL FOR US TO KIND OF GUIDE THOSE PARTNERS IN OUR DISTRICT.

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES?

>>Susan Valdes: YOU KNOW I COULDN'T GO WITHOUT HAVING TO COMMENT ON THIS ONE. I TOO WAS VERY EXCITED TO SEE THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE BEING AFFORDED BY THE NIL SEASON COMPANY TO THE STUDENTS OF LETO HIGH SCHOOL. AND YOU ARE RIGHT, MEMBER SNIVELY, STUDENTS REALLY REACT TO THEY KNOW HOW MUCH YOU CARE ABOUT THEM AND THEY WILL RESPOND. AND IN THIS PARTICULAR SCHOOL, CONSIDERING THAT THE LARGEST POPULATION IS THAT OF THE HISPANIC POPULATION, WHICH REALLY IS, FOR LACK OF BETTER WORD, SOCIAL, BUT THEY NEED TO KNOW HOW MUCH YOU CARE IN ORDER FOR THEM TO HAVE REALLY BE EXCITED ABOUT DOING SOMETHING, THAT IT WOULD BE WORTH DOING AS WELL. SO IT'S EXCITING TO SEE THIS AGENDA ITEM COME FORWARD. NOW IN REFERENCE TO THE QUESTION THAT MS. EDGECOMB REFERENCE TO INVESTIGATE, WILL THEY BE WORKING -- WILL THE NIELSON MENTORS BE WORKING WITH OUR EDUCATION FOUNDATION, OR TO SERVE? HOW ARE WE GOING TO, I GUESS -- IS THAT HOW WE ARE --

>> I BELIEVE IT'S A COMPLETELY SEPARATE. THEY ARE INVESTIGATE OUT THE INDIVIDUALS. THEY HAVE SOME VERY STRICT PARAMETERS THAT THEY HAVE WITH THE VETTING PROCESS. NOT THAT THE OTHERS DON'T, BUT FOR THEIR PROCESS AND FOR THEIR ORGANIZATION, AND WE ARE NOT A PART OF THAT. THEY ARE REALLY HANDLING THAT. OUR RESPONSIBILITY WAS BRINGING THE KIDS, YOU KNOW, INTO THEIR FACILITY. BUT IN TERMS OF THE VETTING OUT PROCESS, AND TRAINING AND WORKING WITH THEM, THEY DO A LOT OF UPFRONT WORK, AND THEY ALWAYS HAVE. AND SO THEY ARE HANDLING THAT PIECE.

>>Susan Valdes: SO BEING THE WAY THE CHILDREN WERE BEING CHOSEN, I GUESS PARENTS WOULD HAVE AN AUTHORIZATION FORM THAT THEY WILL ALLOW THE STUDENTS -- OKAY.

>> YES, MA'AM, THEY DO. AND THEY COME FROM THEM. ONCE THEY FIND A NUMBER OF THEIR EMPLOYEES THAT ARE INTERESTED, THEN THEY VET THEM THROUGH THEIR PROCESS. THEN THEY HAVE SOME CRITERIA. THEY ARE NORMAL HOWL THEY DO IT IN THE OTHER OUTSIDE GROUPS. REALLY THE ONLY BIG DIFFERENCE IS INSTEAD OF, YOU KNOW, THE BIDS GOING OUT TO THE KIDS, THEY WEREN'T REALLY BRINGING OUR KIDS TO THE BIGS. THEY ARE BRINGING THEIR LITTLES TO THE BIGS. AND I THINK FOR YEARS WE HAVE TAKEN BUSES OF KIDS AND TAKEN THEM TO HCC AND TAKEN THEM TO USF AND TAKEN THEM TO UF BECAUSE WE WANTED THEM TO VISUALIZE THEMSELVES ON THOSE COLLEGE CAMPUSES, AND SEE MYSELF THERE. I THINK WE ARE DOING THE SAME THING WITH THE COMPANIES NOW. WE ARE SAYING WE WANT OUR KIDS TO SEE THEMSELVES IN THE CEO'S CHAIR OR THE MARKETING PERSON'S CHAIR OR THE ACCOUNTANT CHAIR AND BELIEVE THAT I CAN DORETHA ONE DAY AND KIND OF PLANT THAT SEED EARLY SO ONCE THEY GRADUATE AND STICK THROUGH IT THEN HOPEFULLY THEY'LL COME BACK AND FIND A GREAT CAREER IN OUR AREA.

>>Susan Valdes: THAT'S JUST WONDERFUL AND I WANTED TO THANK NIELSON CORPORATION PUBLICLY FOR CHOOSING LETO COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL IN THEIR 50th YEAR ANNIVERSARY. SO IT'S JUST AWESOME. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. VALDES. BOARD MEMBERS, I'M LOOKING AT THE TIME. AND OUR BOARD MEETING HAS GONE ON BECAUSE WE HAD THE CONCERT AND PUBLIC HEARING THAT WE HAD TO HAVE AND THE TEACHING AND LEARNING, AND A LOT OF APPOINTMENTS; I SEE SOME PEOPLE FROM THE CHARTER SCHOOLS SITTING OUT IN THE AUDIENCE, AND THEY ARE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE AGENDA. SO WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK IS CAN I HAVE A MOTION TO MOVE THESE UP? I DON'T NEED A MOTION TO MOVE THEM UP. BUT CAN WE MOVE THEM UP? ALL RIGHT? I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE MS. JENNA HODGENS, SHE'S RUNNING BACK AND FORTH PROBABLY FINISHING UP SOME LAST-MINUTE ITEMS. BUT WE ARE GOING TO MOVE THESE UP. AND WHAT WE CAN DO IS WE CAN TAKE CARE OF SOME HOUSE KEEPING, BECAUSE THE NEXT THING THAT I AM GOING TO ASK FOR IS A MOTION TO VOTE ON ITEMS 903, 904, 905 AND 906 SEPARATELY. COULD I HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND? I HAVE A MOTION FROM MRS. HARRIS AND A SECOND FROM MRS. VALDES. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON VOTING ON THESE SEPARATELY? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. WE WILL VOTE ON EACH ONE OF THESE AFTER WE HEAR -- OR CAN WE TAKE THEM ALL TOGETHER SINCE WE DID THAT? OKAY. SO WE'LL HEAR FROM MS. HODGENS. IF YOU COULD COME UP. SORRY, WE KIND OF THREW THIS AT YOU. I KNOW YOU ARE RUNNING AROUND. YOU ARE ALWAYS PRESENTED BUT I KNOW YOU ARE ALWAYS RUNNING AROUND DOING STUFF, TOO.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> YOU ARE SO SPARKABLY TONIGHT.

>> THANK YOU. GLAD YOU NOTICED.

>> MERRY CHRISTMAS.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO HIGHLIGHT THESE ITEMS TONIGHT. AS NOW WE HAVE BEEN AUTHORIZING CHARTER SCHOOLS SINCE 1997, AND IN THAT TIME WE HAVE GOTTEN BETTER AND BETTER IN OUR PROCESS FOR REVIEWING APPLICATIONS. SO BEFORE I TALK ABOUT EACH ITEM, IF YOU WILL LET ME VERY BRIEFLY GIVE YOU THE PROCESS THAT WE USE. WHEN CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE INTERESTED IN OPENING A CHARTER SCHOOL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WE ALLOW THEM TO MEET WITH US ANYTIME THAT ANY REQUEST, AND ALSO HAVE A NEW APPLICANT MEETING IN APRIL OF EACH YEAR TO GO OVER THE REQUIREMENTS IN THE APPLICATION AND THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AFTER THAT MEETING WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION MAY 1st OF THIS YEAR FOR REVIEW PRAYER TO THE FINAL REVIEW ON AUGUST 1st. ON AUGUST 1st, THEY SUBMIT THEIR FINAL APPLICATION. AND AT THAT TIME, WE HAVE A TEAM OF PEOPLE THAT MEET AND REVIEWS THE APPLICATION FOR ALL STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS. IN THAT TIME FRAME, THE AREA WILL SUBMIT THE APPLICATION TO THE COMMITTEE. WE RUE VIEW -- REVIEW AS A TEAM AND MEET TOGETHER AND ALLOW THEM TO INTERVIEW WHERE WE HAVE QUESTIONS FOR CLARITY FOR ANY OF THE ITEMS IN THE APPLICATION THAT WE ARE NOT CLEAR ON. AT THAT TIME, WE MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE SUPERINTENDENT. AND TONIGHT THE RECOMMENDATIONS ARE COMING BEFORE YOU ARE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT IS MAKING TO THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR THEIR DECISION. SO WE'LL TAKE EACH APPLICATION INDIVIDUALLY AND GIVE YOU BRIEFLY WHO THE APPLICANT IS AND WHO IS HERE TO REPRESENT THE APPLICATION TONIGHT. THE FIRST APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL IS AVANT-GARDE ACADEMY, WHICH HAS KIND OF A NEAT STORY SO I WANT TO TELL IT TO YOU. THEY HAVE WORKED WITH US OVER SEVERAL YEARS. I FIRST MET FRANK VALAMOS SEVERAL YEARS AGO AND THEN HE CAME BACK WITH A GROUP TWO YEARS AGO WITH THEIR APPLICATION. THAT APPLICATION DID NOT MEET THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS. SO THEY WITHDREW THE APPLICATION. THEY CAME BACK AND WORKED WITH US THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE 2015-15 SCHOOL YEAR. THEY SUBMITTED A DRAFT APPLICATION AND RECEIVED ADDITIONAL FEEDBACK FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND THEN THEY PUT IN THEIR FINAL APPLICATION ON AUGUST 3rd, AND THAT'S THE APPLICATION THAT'S BEFORE YOU TODAY. OTHER STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS ARE MET WITHIN THE APPLICATION, THE SCHOOL IN THE CITRUS PARK WESTCHASE AREA, WITH A FOCUS ON STEAM, AND THEY ARE MANAGED ALLIANCE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES SO THEY DO HAVE BEEN A MANAGEMENT COMPANY. WE HAVE THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD, GLENN DAVIS, THE TREASURER, AND MY FRIEND FRANK VALAMOS WORKS AS A CO-FOUNDER WITH THE SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] AND SO YOU CAN SEE THEY NEVER GAVE UP. THEY REALLY WANTED TO HAVE AVANT-GARDE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THEY HAVE ONE SCHOOL OPERATING IN BROWARD COUNTY NOW. BUT THEY WERE ABLE TO WORK WITH US COLLABORATIVELY. AND I REALLY DO APPRECIATE. THAT THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BRIDGEPREP ACADEMY OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS A SECOND BRIDGEPREP ACADEMY SCHOOL. THEY CURRENTLY HAVE BEEN A SCHOOL IN SOUTH TAMPA THAT'S BEEN OPERATING FOR ONE YEAR. THIS IS THEIR SECOND YEAR OF OPERATION. THEY ARE A K SCHOOL, SERVING K-7th GRADE. THEIR NEW SCHOOL WILL ALSO BE A K SCHOOL BUT BEGINNING WITH K THROUGH 6. THEIR TARGET AREA IS RIVERVIEW, AND THIS IS A SCHOOL THAT I KNOW MS. VALDES YOU LOVE SO MUCH. IT'S GOT THE TRADITIONAL CURRICULUM WITH THE SPANISHEN RIVENMENT WITH THE LONGER DETAIL SO THEY CAN HAVE THE SPANISH ENRICHMENT CLASS. IT IS MANAGED BY SMART MANAGEMENT WHICH IS A MANAGEMENT CANE SO THE BOARD WILL BE WORKING DIRECTLY WITH THAT COMPANY. AND I KNOW DARLENE AND PAT WERE HEAR. ARE THEY STILL HERE? THANK YOU VERY MUCH AGAIN THIS APPLICANT WORKED WITH US VERY CLOSELY ON THEIR FIRST APPLICATION AND DID ALSO HAVE TIME WHERE THEY WITHDREW FOR STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS. THE NEXT SCHOOL IS A VERY UNIQUE SCHOOL AND I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS SCHOOL. AND I WAS ABLE TO GO VISIT THEIR TAMPA IN MAIM BECAUSE MY SON IS DOWN THEREBY SO I TOOK ADVANTAGE OF A VISIT WITH HIM TO ALSO VISIT THE SCHOOL. THIS IS SLAM, SPORTS LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT ACADEMY. THIS IS A 6 TO 12th GRADE SCHOOL AND IT'S FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE SEEKING FUTURE CAREERS IN SPORTS LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT. IT'S A TRADITIONAL CURRICULUM BASED OFFER THE EMPHASIS ON SPORTS, AND IT WAS VERY INTERESTING WHEN I VISITED THE SCHOOL BECAUSE LITERALLY THEY USE SPORTS IN EVERYTHING THEY DO AT THE SCHOOL. THE TEACHERS ARE AMAZING. THEY HAVE THREE CAREER ACADEMIES, SPORTS MEDICINE, DIGITAL MEDIA AND SPORTS TELEVISION PRODUCTION AND SPORTS MARKETING, ENTERTAINMENT AND MANAGEMENT. THEY ARE MANAGED BY ACADEMICCA AND THE BOARD WILL BE A LOCAL BOARD THAT WILL WORK DIRECTLY WITH THE COMPANY AND THERE IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO REPRESENTS SLAM, AND YOU HAVE TO BE MEET WITH THEM AND TALK WITH THEM AS THEY GET OPEN, BUT THEY SLAMMIFY THEIR LESSONS. THAT'S HOW NOT THE SCIENCE OF SESSION STUDIES LESSONS, AND THE PRINCIPAL AT SLAM MIAMI, HE WILL BE WORKING WITH THEM TO KEEP TELEPHONE FIDELITY OF THE PROGRAM AND THE LESSON PLAN IN PLACE. SO WITH SLAM TONIGHT, RENEE RIVEZ, AND THEN WE HAVE VICTOR WITH ACT A DEMIA. WHEN I WAS VISIT MANAGER SO I THAN I WENT TO SKI THE SCHOOL, HE TOOK ME AROUND, AND I WAS ABLE TO SEND MY IT WOULD BE DISTRICT RESOURCES TEACHERS DOWN TO BE SEE THE SCHOOL. SO WE WORKED CLOSELY WITH THEM OVER THE LAST YEAR. THE LAST ONE IS PLATEAU ACADEMY, A HIGH PERFORMING REPLICATION, REPLICATING THE SCHOOL THEY ARE ALREADY RUNNING IN PINELLAS COUNTY CALLED PLATO ACADEMY SEMINOLE. SO THE REPLICATION, HEY PERFORMING SCHOOLS STILL HAS TOE DO AN APPLICATION BUT THE CRITERIA FOR THE APPROVAL OF THAT APPLICATION IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT BECAUSE THEY HAVE ALREADY PROVEN THEMSELVES. SO THEY ALREADY HAVE SEVEN SCHOOLS OPERATING AND THEY ARE HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOLS. SO THEY ARE GOING TO BE A K SCHOOL. THEY ARE GOING TO OPERATE IN THE NORTHWEST, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AREA, KIND OF WESTCHASE OVER TOWARDS THE PINELLAS BORDER. IT'S A TRAITION O TRADITIONAL CURRICULUM. THEY HAVE A LOCAL BOARD THAT OVERSEES THEIR 7 SCHOOLS CURRENTLY AND THAT WILL OVERSEE THE SCHOOL BOARD HERE AND THAT IS MANAGED BY SUPERIOR SCHOOLS. AND I BELIEVE SHE HAD TO LEAVE A LITTLE BIT AGO, BUT MATT GUNDERSON IS HERE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I HAVE TO SAY THIS, BUT LAST YEAR, THEY ALSO APPLIED AS A HEY PERFORM SCHOOL. SO IN STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS FROM THE APPLICATION, I WENT OVER AND I SAW THE SCHOOL IN CLEARWATER, AND I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE SCHOOL, BUT THE SCHOOL THAT I SAW WAS NOT WHAT I SAW ON THE APPLICATION. AND SO WE WENT BACK AND FORTH A LOT, AND WE FINALLY SAID, NOW WHAT? WE ARE GOING TO WITHDRAW THE APPLICATION. WE ARE GOING TO WORK WITH YOU OVER THE NEXT YEAR AND GET THIS APPLICATION RIGHT, BECAUSE WE CAN DO THE SCHOOL. WE WANT TO PROVE OURS TO US. SO HE DID JUST THAT. HE WORKED WITH US OVER THE LAST YEAR AND HE PROVIDED AN APPLICATION THAT DOES MEET THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS. SO AS I SAID EARLIER, THE SUPERINTENDENT IS RECOMMENDATION THESE FOUR SCHOOLS TO YOU AS APPROVAL AND THEY DO MEET ALL THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS.

>>April Griffin: THERE ARE SOME BOARD MEMBERS. MS. EDGECOMB, YOU WANTED TO SPEAK TO. BUT I AM GOING GO IN ORDER OF THE BUTTON. MRS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU. THAT WAS GOING TO BE MY MOTION TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT. BUT ACADEMICCA AND THE SLAM SCHOOL IN MIAMI, I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF VISITING THAT SITE. AND IT IS -- THE ENERGY THAT IS IN THAT SCHOOL, THE TEECHTS TEACHERS, ONE TEACHER ACTUALLY WENT SHARK FISHING, AND JUST TO HEAR THE KIDS TALK ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE AND WHAT THEY LEARNED AND THEIR HIGH LEVEL OF CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS, IT'S JUST AMAZING. AND THAT TODAY, AS A MATTER OF FACT THERE, WAS A STUDENT WHO WAS WORKING ON TRYING TO PASS HIS TESTING FOR HIS DIPLOMA, HAD COME IN THAT DAY AS WELL AND CELEBRATING HIS ACCOMPLISHMENT OF PASSING THAT EXAM, AND I KNOW THAT IT'S JUST PHENOMENAL -- MAYBE WHEN THE SCHOOL CONFERENCE IS COMING TO MIAMI AS WELL AS THE COUNCIL FOR THE BOARDS OF EDUCATOR WILL ALSO HAVE BEEN A CONFERENCE IN MIAMI. IF YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE GO VISIT THAT SCHOOL AND YOU WILL SEE WHAT WE MEAN.

>> AND WE WANT THE SAME SCHOOL HEAR. WE WANT IT TO BE JUST THAT GREAT OR GREATNER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SO THE TEACH VERSE TO COME HERE.

>>Susan Valdes: I HAVE NO DOUBT -- I HAVE IN A DOUBT IT WILL BE AS GOOD IF NOT BETTER.

>>April Griffin: SO THAT WAS A MOTION. AND WHO WAS MY SECOND? OKAY. I HAD A MOTION BY MS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. WE ARE NOW IN DISCUSSION OF THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR.

>> FOR THE RECORD, 9063, 904, 095, 906.

>> CORRECT. ALL FOUR ITEMS. MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: I WANT TO THANK MRS. HODGENS FOR HER EFFORT AND THE EFFORT SHE PUT FORTH ON THESE APPLICATIONS. TAKING AN APPLICATION ALL THE WAY TO A PLACE WHERE IT'S GOING TO POTENTIALLY COME TO THE BOARD TO THEN HAVE IT WITHDRAWN AND REWORK IT FOR THE NEXT YEAR IS I KNOW VERY TIME CONSUMING. AND I WANT TO -- I APPRECIATE AFTER FEW OF THE APPLICANTS WHO ARE HERE WHO WENT THROUGH MS. WHO HAD AGAINS PROCESS LAST YEAR OF COMING TO APPLICATION REVIEW AND HOW WE DO BUSINESS IN THIS DISTRICT. I KNOW SLAM WAS THERE. AND I APPRECIATE YOU COMING TO US TO GET KIND OF -- BE PROACTIVE ON MOVING FORWARD ON THE APPLICATION PROCESS, EVEN THOUGH I KNOW YOU ARE RUNNING A VERY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM IN MIAMI, AND I HAVE NOT GONE TO SEE IT YET BUT I HAVE HEARD FROM SEVERAL PEOPLE HOW SUCCESSFUL IT IS. SO I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT. BUT JUST TO APPRECIATE YOUR PROFESSIONALISM AND COMING TO US AND WORKING WITH THE CHARTER DIVISION AND EVERYTHING THAT WE DO TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STUDENTS -- BECAUSE THEY ARE OUR STUDENTS, TOO -- ARE GETTING EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED FROM YOUR SCHOOL. SO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. THANK YOU FOR WAITING. I KNOW ALL OF YOU SPOKE EARLIER, SO I APPRECIATE THAT AS WELL. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. THANK YOU AS ALWAYS FOR ANSWERING SOME QUESTIONS SOMETIMES COMPLEX. OVER TIME, IT'S PRETTY FLAT FROM MY VANTAGE POINT. LATELY, I HAVE SEEN A KIND OF INCREASE, WHAT I THINK IS INNOVATIVE WAYS TO TEACH, TONE GAUGE STUDENTS. I SUSPECT THAT YOU HAVE DONE THIS ALREADY, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE OF THE 40 --

>> WE HAVE 42 OPERATING, AND 565 SCHOOLS NEXT YEAR.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: HOW DOES THAT CATEGORIZE? WHAT ARE THE THEMES OR THE EMPHASIS? I THINK THAT WOULD BE AN INTERESTING THING TO LOOK UP. BUT AS YOU TALK ABOUT MAINTAINING, DECREE KRAUTING, AND NOT COMPETING, BUT HAVING AND AFFORDING THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES TO PARENTS WHO WANT TO STAY IN TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO KNOW WHAT IT IS THAT'S DRIVING OR ENGAGING OR ATTRACTING FAMILIES. AGAIN I WANT TO SAY THIS ISN'T ABOUT COME PETITIONING, BUT LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD, MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE OFFER THE SAME KINDS OF OPPORTUNITIES. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHAT THOSE CATEGORIES ARE OF THE SCHOOLS AND I THINK IT GIVES US AN IDEA ABOUT WHAT PARENTS ARE LOOKING FOR.

>> I CAN ACTUALLY DO THAT FOR YOU. I HAVE THAT ON A LIST BECAUSE BARBARA HANCOCK ASKS ME FOR THAT EACH YEAR SO SHE CAN SHARE THAT WITH HER STAFF. SO I THINK THROUGH THE SUPERINTENDENT OR DR. VASQUEZ. INNOVATION, YOU ARE RIGHT, USED TO BE A REQUIREMENT. IT'S NO LONGER A REQUIREMENT OF THE CHARTER SCHOOL BUT I HAVE TO TELL YOU, AND MAYBE THEY'LL SHAKE THEIR HEADS AS I AM SPEAKING, BUT I TELL THEM DO SOMETHING INNOVATIVE, DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT, BECAUSE IF YOU ARE DOING THE SAME THING AS US AND PUTTING YOURSELVES NEXT OH TO OUR SCHOOLS WHAT'S THE REAL BENEFIT OF YOUR SCHOOL VERSUS OURS? DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. DO SOMETHING CREATIVE. THEN SHARE YOUR BEST PRACTICES SO WE CAN GET BETTER. YOU'RE WELCOME.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. EDGE COMMENT. ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? OKAY, BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE NOW VOTING ON ALL FOUR ITEMS. 903, 904, 905, 906. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. THE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. CONGRATULATIONS AND WELCOME TO THE DISTRICT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOU MAY NOW GO CELEBRATE. BOARD MEMBERS, I'M SORRY, AND I WILL BE ADDRESSING THIS AS I WORK THROUGH BEING CHAIR. AND TONIGHT HAS BEEN A LONG BOARD MEETING, BUT I ALSO SEE MR. JONES OUT THERE FROM THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION. AND I WANTED TO ASK IF WE COULD MOVE UP ITEM 6.11-R TO RECOMMEND THE TEACHING TOOLS EMPLOYEES OF THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION, MOVE TO THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS PUBLIC SCHOOLS DEPUTY DIVISION. IF THAT'S OKAY WITH YOU, BOARD MEMBERS, I'LL ASK MRS. SAUNDERS.

>> THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. YOU SAID AGENDA ITEM 6.11 R REPRESENTS THE ARRANGEMENT BETWEEN THE HILLSBOROUGH FOUNDATION AND HGHT PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR EMPLOYEES CURRENTLY WORKING AT HGF WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO OUR DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT DEPARTMENT, THE EMPLOYEES WORK AND THE TEACHING TOOL STORE AND WILL CONTINUE THEIR DAY TO DAY WORK DUTIES AT THE STORE. WE, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WILL BE TAKING OVER THE ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES FOR OUR NEW EMPLOYEES. THE FUNDING FOR OUR NEW TEAM WILL BE PAID FOR FROM TITLE ONE FUNDS TO BE TITLE ONE EMPLOYEES. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TEACHING SCHOOLS STORE IS FULLY OWNED, OPERATED AND MAINTAINED BY THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION, WHICH IS A REALLY GOOD PARTNERSHIP FOR US SO WE ARE REALLY EXCITED AND APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP WE RECEIVED FROM THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. EDGECOMB, YOU ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I HAVE MAYBE A QUESTION BUT WE HAVE GONE THROUGH SOMETHING SIMILAR. I DIDN'T KNOW IF I ASKED THIS QUESTION THEN BUT I AM GOING TO ASK IT NOW. AND I TALKED TO MS. WOODFORD, AND ALSO WHEN YOU TALKED TO ME, THAT A COMPARABLE JOB TITLE AND JOB RESPONSIBILITY, JOB DESCRIPTION.

>> YES, MA'AM.

>> THE SECOND THING, IF I GOT MY ANSWER I AM GOING TO ASK IT AGAIN. THE WORK WILL BE DONE AT THE FACILITY. THE OVERSIGHT OF THOSE EMPLOYEES WORK WILL BE DONE UNDER THE AUSPICES OF DR. JONES AND HIS STAFF. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHO WILL DO THE EVALUATION FOR THEM? AND WHAT INSTRUMENT IS GOING TO BE USED FOR THEM? IS IT GOING TO BE ONE THAT -- I SEE YOU SHAKING YOUR HEAD.

>> YES, AND THE EMPLOYEES WOULD BE SUPERVISED BY DR. JONES. THEY WOULD BE OUR EMPLOYEES SO WE WOULD COMPLETE AN VALLEYS, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS EVALUATION, A AND THIS EVALUATION WOULD BE INFORMED BY DR. JONES TO MR. AYRES WITH REGARD TO THE PERFORMANCE OF THE EMPLOYEES.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THAT ANSWERS MY QUESTION. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS, FOR THAT INDULGENCE. DO WE WANT TO VOTE ON THIS SEPARATELY? IS THAT A MOTION? WE HAVE A MOTION TO VOTE ON THIS SEPARATELY FROM MEMBER VALDES AND A SECOND BY MEMBER HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY MORE DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEAS INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY WITH MEMBER KURDELL BEING AWAY FROM THE DAIS. CONGRATULATIONS. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE PARTNERSHIP. I'M SORRY. YOU ARE RIGHT, NOT CONGRATULATIONS YET. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE PLEAS INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON.

>>Susan Valdes: I NEED TO MAKE ANOTHER MOTION.

>>April Griffin: IT'S GETTING LATE. MAKE YOUR MOTION.

>>Susan Valdes: I WOULD LIKE TO BE APPROVE AGENDA ITEM 6.11.

>>April Griffin: SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. ANY DISCUSSION ARE? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. CONGRATULATIONS. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE PARTNERSHIP. THANK YOU FOR KEEPING ME ON TRACK. MR. PORTER. VERY GOOD. NOW, WE ARE MOVING BACK TO THE AGENDA AS IT STANDS. AND WE ARE AT ITEM 6.02, WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT WITH EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY. MR. CHRIS JUGO, WELCOME.

>> GOOD MORNING. SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF. WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT 6.02 WHICH IS TO APPROVE OUR AGREEMENT WITH EMBRY-RIDDLE AARON KNOT CONTROL UNIVERSITY TO CONTINUE OUR AEROSPACE ACADEMY AT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. OUR OBJECTIVE IS TO BE INTRODUCE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COLLEGIATE CURRICULUM WITH THAT LEAD TO BOTH HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE CREDIT. AS PART OF OUR PROGRAM STUDENTS WILL TAKE A NUMBER OF COURSES INCLUDING A 3-CREDIT COURSE IN FLIGHT, PHYSIOLOGY, THREE CREDIT COURSE IN UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS, AND A 5 CREDIT COURSE IN PRIVATE PILOT OPERATIONS. THE COURSES ARE TAUGHT BY OUR CURRENT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER WHO IS CREDENTIAL DOLLARS UNDER SOUTHERN ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS, IMRI RIDDLE PROVIDES OUR TEACH WE ARE TRAINING AND THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS IN ORDER TO OPERATE THE CLASS. ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL IS INCLUDED IN OUR TAMPA BAY REGIONAL AVIATION INITIATIVE WHICH RECENTLY PROVIDED FUNDING FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO OUTFIT OUR NEURO SPACE PROGRAM WERE SOMEBODY VERY UNIQUE TOOLS SUCH AS WIND DOUBLE, FLORIDA STATE SIMULATORS AND DRONES. THIS HAS PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR STUDENTS TO LEARN A VERY ENRICHED AEROSPACE ENVIRONMENT. IN ADDITION WE ARE BUILDING A STRONG PIPELINE WITH OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM MADISON AND MONROE WHERE WE ARE OFFERING AN AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY COURSE AT MADISON AND MODELING AND SIMULATION COURSE AT MONROE MIDDLE SCHOOL. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS INITIATIVE AS WE HELP TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. STEWART HIGHLIGHTED THIS AND SHE HAS IN A COMMENTS. AND YOU MIGHT STAY UP HERE. I DON'T KNOW. ITEM 6.03 WAS PULLED AT THE LAST MINUTE, AND IF YOU COULD. OH, I'M SORRY, MS. KURDELL, PLEAS GO AHEAD.

>>Carol Kurdell: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DOING THIS PROGRAM? THE AERONAUTICAL PROGRAM?

>> THE PARTICULAR EMBRY RIDDLE PROGRAM BEGAN IN THE LAST SCHOOL YEAR BUT THE AISH NAT CAL AT ROBINSON HAS BEEN GOING A NUMBER OF YEARS BUT I HAVE TO GET THE EXACT NUMBER TO YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. SORRY ABOUT THAT, MS. KURDELL. ITEM 36.03 S.THAT YOUR ITEM ARE?

>> YES, MA'AM.

>>April Griffin: THAT IS TO APPROVE THE ICT AGREEMENT WITH CERTIFICATION PARTNERS LLC FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION STUDENTS.

>> THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT 6. 0B 3 WITH AN ICT AGREEMENT, INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY, AND THIS IS WITH CERTIFICATION PARTNERS LLC, AND THEY GIVE US CURRICULUM AND TESTING FOR OUR CTE OR CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENTS. FROM 20 SHTHE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE PASSED LEGISLATION FOR TOOL CERTIFICATES WHICH AR ASSESSMENTS DESIGNED FOR STUDENTS IN KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 8th GRADE AND THEY INDICATED STUDENTS VISUAL SKILLS. THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THESE CERTIFICATES NOT ONLY DEMONSTRATE OUTSTANDING KNOWLEDGE BY THE STUDENT BUT FUNDED BY FDL, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AT A .25 FTE PER PAST DIGITAL TOOL CERTIFICATE. SO THE AGREEMENT IN PLACE HEAR WILL PERMIT OUR DISTRICT TO CONTINUE TO ADMINISTER THESE TESTS IN THE ITC PROGRAM. I AM GOING TO GIVE YOU SOME OF THE EXAMPLE TEMPERATURES THAT WE WILL BE OFFERING HERE. THEY INCLUDE DATABASE ESSENTIALS, MULTIMEDIA ESSENTIALS, PROGRAMMING AND LOGIC ESSENTIALS, AND WEB DESIGN ESSENTIALS. WE CURRENTLY HAVE AN ALLOCATION FROM THE PRIOR YEAR BEFORE 1700 VOUCHERS IN DIFFERENT COURSES PRIMARILY IN OUR CAREER TECH, IT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COURSES, SUCH AS EXPLORING IT. SO WE WILL ALSO LOOK AT SOME IMPLEMENTATION IN THE ELEMENTARY AND WHAT WE WILL WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS IN LEPT EDUCATION TO SEE WHERE APPROPRIATE SPECIAL SUMMER PROGRAMS OR AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS MATE WORK FOR SOME OF THESE COURSES, ESPECIALLY WITH OUR UPPER LEVEL LIKE FOURTH OR FIFTH GRADE STUDENT. WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR CAREER TECHNICAL CERTIFICATIONS AND ESPECIALLY THIS UNIQUE TOOL CERTIFICATE. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.04 TO APPROVE THE EDUCATIONAL AGREEMENT FOR SERVICES WITH MASONRY CONTRACT ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA. AND IF MAKE RAMSEY COULD COME FORWARD.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, MR. EAKINS, STAFF. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THE PROPOSAL FROM THE MASONRY CONTRACTORS OF FLORIDA AS THEY ATTEMPT TO CREATE AN APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM FOR MASONRY WORK, BRICK MACE SONS TO BE SPECIFIC TWHOAVMENT JOIN A LONG LIST OF EMPLOYEE EMPLOYER ASSOCIATIONS IN OUR AREA, IN ORDER TO PROVIDE TRAINING THAT CONSISTS OF 144 HOURS OF CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION, AND 2,000 HOURS OF ON THE JOB TRAINING TO PROVIDE THE WORKFORCE WITH WELL TRAINED MASONRY WORKERS.

>> THANK YOU. THIS ITEM WAS PULLED BY MS. STUART. DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS?

>>Cindy Stuart: IN A. I ASKED YOU TO HIGHLIGHT THIS WHEN YOU WERE DOING THE PRESENTATION, BUT I APPRECIATE THAT WE ARE MOVING FORWARD ON MORE APPRENTICESHIPS.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MY QUESTION, IS THIS ALSO BEING AFFORDED TO OUR CAREER CENTERS, OUR STUDENTS, AND HOW IS THE SELECTION OF THE STUDENTS DONE?

>> YES, MA'AM, THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION. THE WAY THE APPRENTICESHIPS WORK AS FAR AS SELECT HOG THEY HIRE IS PEOPLE, WHALE THEY ARE STILL IN SCHOOL, BUT UPON GRADUATION, BECAUSE IT'S A FULL TIME JOB AND FULL TIME COMMITMENT, 40 HOUR A WEEK WORK COMMITMENT THAT STUDENTS THAT ARE PART OF OUR PROGRAM, BUT UPON GRADUATION THEY CAN APPLY TO THE COMMITTEE IN ORDER TO RECEIVE EMPLOYMENT THROUGH THE BASIC CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION, AND IF THEY ARE ACCEPTED, IF THEY GO THROUGH THE APPLICATION PROCESS, INTERVIEW PROCESS SEES AND ARE ACCEPTED INTO THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM, THEN THEY ARE TRAINED, 2,000 ON-THE-JOB TRAINING, OVER A PERIOD OF FOUR YEARS, AND THEY ARE PAID THE WHOLE TIME THEY GO THROUGH. BUT IT'S AN ACTUAL TRAINING PROGRAM THAT COMES WITH A JOB AND BENEFITS, AND MUCH THE MORE OF THESE PROGRAMS, THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A YOUNGER WORKFORCE FORCE TO COME IN AND FILL IN THE GAP AND WE HOPE OUR STUDENTS WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF. YOU ARE VERY WELCOME.

>>April Griffin: THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.06 WHICH IS TO INCREASE FUNDING OF FUNDING ALLOCATION FOR DEF OF OF FLORIDA GENERAL CONTRACT AGREEMENT FOR TEMPORARY SERVICES. AND MS. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS.

>> 6.06 DEF OF FLORIDA FOR TEMPORARY SERVICES EMPLOYING RETIREMENT PERSONNEL, THIS AGREEMENT AFFORDS US THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE QUALIFIED EXPERIENCED EMPLOYEES ON OUR TEAM AT A COST SAVINGS. THE ORIGINAL AGENDA ITEM WAS PRESENTED FOR YOUR APPROVAL AND WAS DATED BACK SEPTEMBER 30th, THE 2014, AND IT WAS AND CONTINUES TO BE A PIGGYBACK WITH DEF OF FLORIDA AND MARION COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE ARE REQUESTING AN INCREASE OF THE EMERGENCY VACANCIES THEY NEED TO FILL FOR THE HEY NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES RETIRING THIS YEAR. ZFT I'LL JUST ADD WE CURRENTLY HAVE 12 EMPLOYEES UNDER DEF CONTRACT. THEY HAVE A DATE CERTAIN AT THE END THEY HAVE TO RETIRE AND OFTENTIMES IT'S NOT WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR CLASSROOMS. FOR EXAMPLE, THEY MAY FINISH A MONTH BEFORE THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. AND SO INSTEAD OF HAVING A SUB COME IN AND FINISH THE LAST MONTH OF SCHOOL, WE PUT THESE EMPLOYEES ON DEF CONTRACT WHICH ALLOWS US THE CONTINUITY OF THE TEACHER IN THE CLASSROOM FOR GRADES AND THE EXAMS AND THOSE THINGS TO FINISH OUT THE YEAR. THAT'S CURRENTLY HOW WE USE IT. WE CHECK ATTENDANCE, DISCIPLINE OF THE EMPLOYEE, AND THEIR EVAL SCORE TO MAKE SURE WHO WE ARE BRINGING BACK IS WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR STUDENTS, AND ONCE THEY GO THROUGH THAT WE PUT THEM ON THIS CONTRACT JUST TO CARRY OVER.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MEMBER STUART?

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. SO WE CURRENTLY HAVE 12 EMPLOYEES ON THIS CONTRACT. WITH WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT FOR NEXT YEAR, WHAT DO YOU ANTICIPATE THE HIGH NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES THAT MIGHT BE CURRENTLY SITTING ON THIS CONTRACT AS WE MOVE INTO THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR?

>> WE USUALLY USE IT RIGHT ABOUT NOW TO GET THROUGH THE SEMESTER. AND THEN WE USE IT AT THE END OF THE YEAR AND AS THE CALENDAR SHIFT IT IMPACT THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE. SO I DO EXPECT TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF AINEN CREASE THIS THIS YEAR AS OUR CALENDAR CHANGED. BUT AN INCREASE MIGHT BE 20 INSTEAD OF 10. WE DON'T USE IT TO ASSESS -- CRAIG IS VERY THOROUGH IN CHECKING TO MAKE SURE WHO WE OFFER THAT TO. WE WORK CLOSELY WITH THE SCHOOLS. WE ONLY LOOK AT HIGH NEEDS AREA AS WELL. SO IF IT'S AN AREA THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF APPLICANTS FOR, WE WOULD BRING IN SOMEONE ELSE, AND ONCE AGAIN IT'S A WEEK OR TWO, THEN WE WOULDN'T. BUT A SEMESTER, THINGS LIKE THAT, WE LOOK AT THE NEED OF THE SCHOOL, AND THE CONTENT.

>> I GUESS MY QUESTION IS TO BE A LITTLE MORE SPECIFIC, HAVE WE FORECAST EXACTLY WHERE THOSE POSITIONS, HE SPECIAL LIQUOR FOR OUR PEOPLE WHO ARE DROPPED, WHERE THIS MIGHT BE NEEDED? MY CONCERN IS THAT WE HAVEN'T FORECAST IT, AND THAT YOU ARE GOING TO COME BACK IN A FEW MONTHS AND SAY, I NEED TO INCREASE THIS CONTRACT LEVEL AGAIN.

>> AND I WON'T. WHAT WE ARE DOING THIS YEAR, BECAUSE IT IS OUR HIGHEST NUMBER YEAR, AND OUR PROJECTION IS -- PROJECTION IS 140 TEACHERS WHO WILL BE LEAVING BETWEEN A MONTH AND LESS AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. SO MR. EAKINS HAS APPROVED US TO DO A DROP EXTENSION ON THEM OF ABOUT TWO WEEKS INSTEAD OF USING THE -- DEBRA HENRY BEFORE SHE LEFT CALLED ALL OF THEM IN, AND THAT'S ALL IN PLACE. SO WE WILL NOT BE USING IT FOR THOSE 140 EMPLOYS WHO WILL BE LEAVING US IN MAY.

>> THAT'S GOOD TO HEAR. I'M GLAD TO HEAR THAT.

>> WE HAVE PLANNED AHEAD. AND EVERY SINGLE TEACHER, WE OFFERED THE EXTENSION TO ACCEPTED, AND WILL FINISH OUT THE YEAR.

>>Cindy Stuart: THAT'S GREAT TO HEAR. I HADN'T HEARD THAT SO THAT'S GOOD NEWS. OBVIOUSLY, THE ONLY ISSUE THAT I HAVE WITH THIS CONTRACT IS THAT IT'S VERY BROAD, AND THAT IT COVERS -- COUNTY COVER ANYONE FROM A TEACHER TO AN ESEA TO ADMINISTRATION, AND I DON'T WANT US TO GET INTO THAT SITUATION AGAIN WHERE WE ARE PUTTING PEOPLE ON DIFFERENT PERIODS OF TIME. AND I THINK THAT'S REALLY MY CONCERN, AND I AM GLAD WE ARE DOING WHAT WE HAVE DONE. I AM GLAD TO HEAR THAT. THAT'S ONE OF THE WORST SITUATIONS, WHERE WE REALLY HAVE TWO OR THREE WEEKS LEFT IN A SCHOOL YEAR AND A TEACHER HAS TO RETIRE OR ADMINISTRATOR HAS TO RETIRE EVEN, AND THAT LEAVES A GAP, ESPECIALLY WITH GRADUATIONS AND EVERYTHING WE HAVE GOING ON IN THE YEAR. SO THANK YOU FOR FORECASTING FORWARD OH THAN ONTHAT. I APPRECIATE IT.

>> I HAVE THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT THOSE INDIVIDUALS, IF WE DON'T DO A DROP EXTENSION OR DES, THEY JEOPARDIZE THEIR RETIREMENT. THEIR COMPLETE RETIREMENT. THEY CAN'T EVEN VOLUNTEER THE DAY PAST THE RETIREMENT DATE. SO WE REALLY DO THINGS LIKE THIS TO PROTECT THE EMPLOYEES AS WELL SO THAT THEY DON'T JEOPARDIZE IT. BUT MS. GRIFFIN BROUGHT THIS UP IN AGENDA REVIEW, AND WE HAVE DISCUSS ADD NOTIFICATION OF THE BOARD POSSIBLY MONTHLY OF WHO HAS BEEN PLACED ON A DES CONTRACT. SO I CAN KEEP YOU AWARE AS WE GO. AND I WILL WORK WITH MS. GRIFFIN ON THAT.

>> THANK YOU. AND THIS IS A STOP GAP. I KNOW THIS Y THIS IS THERE. AND I KNOW THIS YEAR IT'S VERY DIFFICULT BECAUSE WITH THE LAW CHANGING AND US CHANGING OUR CALENDAR AND THE SCHOOL YEAR ENDING EARLIER, THERE WERE TEACHERS THAT DIDN'T REALIZE THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN SO THEY WERE CAUGHT UP IN THAT. SO THE EXTENSION, AND THEN IT'S GOING TO HELP SETTLE THAT. BUT YOU MENTIONED THAT THIS HAPPENS WHEREOF TEACHERS BEFORE THE SEMESTER IS UP AND THEN THE END OF THE YEAR. SO I'M WONDERING, FIRST VERY QUICKLY, WALK ME THROUGH WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE SIGNS UP FOR DROP. DO THEY COMB IN, AND ON THAT DATE IT'S FIVE YEARS FROM THAT DATE? OR CAN THEY PLAN THE DATES?

>> NO, ONCE THEY SIGN THAT PAPERWORK TO ENTER DROP, THEY ARE OFFICIALLY RETIRED, AND ENTER DROP, AND THEY KNOW THE EXACT DATE THAT THEY WILL END THEIR CAREER ONCE THEY HAVE SIGNED THAT PAPERWORK. AND I WILL ASSURE YOU, WE SIT ONE ON ONE AND GO OVER EVERY EMPLOYEE WITH THAT. BUT FIVE YEARS SEEMS LAKE A LONG TIME. AND AS THE CALENDAR CHANGES, THEN WE DEAL WITH THESE KIND OF THINGS. AND IT IS REALLY JUST ABOUT MAINTAINING THAT STABILITY IN THE CLASSROOM FOR THE END OF THE SMEAR TER, THE END OF THE YEAR. THE LONGEST I THINK WE PUT A CONTRACT IN, IT WAS A HIGH NEEDS ESE CLASSROOM. WE DID CLOSE TO A SEMESTER WITH THAT PERSON. AND WE HAD NOBODY TO BACK THE LIST AND WE KNEW THAT THAT WOULD BE WHAT WAS BEST FOR THE CLASSROOM. SO WE LOOK AT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM INDIVIDUALLY.

>>April Griffin: AND I ASK BECAUSE THIS IS MY THOUGHT PROCESS WITH THIS. IS THERE A PERIOD THAT IS NOT CALENDAR RELATED AND WE ARE KIND OF CAUGHT OFF GUARD WITH THAT. I GET THAT. BUT IS THERE A PATTERN WHEREBY WE ARE A MONTH OUT FROM THE SCHOOL YEAR ENDING OR A MONTH OUT FROM THE SEMESTER ENDING WHERE PEOPLE HAVE JUST HAD IT?

>> TEACHERS ARE JUST LIKE, I'M DONE AND WALK IN, AND SIGN THAT PAPERWORK. I'M JUST WONDERING IF THERE'S A TIME FRAME THAT WE ARE SEEING THAT HAPPEN.

>> I EXPECTED THE SAME AS YOU ARE THINKING. WE REALLY DON'T SEE THE PATTERN A LOT. IT DEPENDS ON WHEN THEY STARTED IN THE DISTRICT AND WHEN THEY HIT THAT 30-YEAR MARK. AND WE HIRE PEOPLE EVERY MONTH OF THE YEAR, EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR. SO IT'S AN ONGOING CYCLE WHERE WE JUST DON'T SEE THE PATTERN TO GET IN FRONT OF IT TOO MUCH, OTHER THAN WE DID SEE THE PATTERN, THE 140 LEAVING US EARLY THIS YEAR. SO WE ARE LOOKING AHEAD AND TRYING TO BE PROACTIVE.

>>April Griffin: OKAY, AND I'M GLAD WE DON'T SEE A PATTERN BECAUSE THAT TELLS ME PEOPLE DON'T GO IN AND SAYING I HAVE HAD IT, I'M JUST DONE, ALTHOUGH YOU CAN SEE THAT TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR. I'M FEELING IT NOW WELL YOU SEE PEOPLE NOW. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT. VERY GOOD. THE NEXT ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS, IS ITEM 6.07 WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF LIFE SKILLS TRAINING CURRICULUM FROM NATIONAL HEALTH PROMOTION ASSOCIATES. AND THIS IS A HIGHLIGHT. AND I DON'T KNOW WHO I AM CALLING UP FOR THIS BECAUSE THIS IS LAST-MINUTE. O'DELL. PLEASE COME FORWARD. WELCOME.

>> GOOD EVENING. I'M JOINED BY JULIA SANT A, ESL COORDINATOR AND WE THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT 6.07 WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION REGARDING THE PURCHASE OF LIFE SKILLS TRAINING CURRICULUM SETS. SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL LEARNING SAB PROCESS THROUGH WHICH CHILDREN AND ADULTS ACQUIRE AND EFFECTIVELY ACQUIRE THE ATTITUDES A KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS TO EFFECTIVELY UNDERSTAND AND MANAGE EMOTIONS, SET POSITIVE GOALS, FEEL AND SHOW EMPATHY FOR OTHERS, ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS, AND MAKE RESPONSIBLE DECISION. IN MIDDLE SCHOOL WARE VERY PROUD OF OUR ROLL-OUT OF THE ESL CURRICULUM THIS SCHOOL YEAR, AND IT'S ALLOWING OUR STUDENTS TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER STUDENTS AND THEIR TEACHERS IN A CLASSROOM SETTING. NOT ONLY ARE STUDENTS BUILDING BETTER RELATIONSHIPS WITH EACH OTHER, THEY ARE BUILDING MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR TEACHERS. SEL ALLOWS STUDENTS AND TEACHERS TO MAKE CONNECTIONS NOT ONLY ACADEMICALLY BUT EMOTIONALLY. STUDENTS ARE NOT ONLY LEARNING HOW TO EMPATHIZE WITH EACH OTHER. TEACHERS ARE ALSO LEARNING HOW TO EMPATHIZE WITH THEIR STUDENTS, AND THAT IS WHAT FOSTERS A GENUINE COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS. I WOULD LIKE TO BRIEFLY GIVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO JULIA, OUR SEL COORDINATOR, TO SHARE SOME OF THE FEEDBACK WE HAVE RECEIVING FROM OUR TEACH BETTERS OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL SEL IMPLEMENTATION.

>> HELLO, BOARD MEMBERS, MADAM CHAIR, SUPERINTENDENT, AND STAFF. I'M REALLY EXCITED TO BE HERE. AT THIS TIME FIRST TIME I EVER DUFFERR DONE THIS SO EXCUSE ME IF I GET NERVOUS. BUT JUST A LITTLE BIT. A LOT OF THE CONVERSATION, I NEVER REALLY ATTENDED A BOARD MEETING SO I NOBODY THIS WILL BE QUICK. JUST HEARING YOU SPEAK, MADAM CHAIR, ABOUT HOW CAREER DECISION MAKING, THE STUDENT HAS TO MAKE THOSE CHOIBSS AND THEY DON'T ALWAYS KNOW THEY HAVE TO GO TO COLLEGE. THAT TIES INTO A LOT OF WHAT EMOTIONAL LEARNING IS. IT'S SUCH A BIG UMBRELLA. THAT'S SELF AWARENESS, IT'S UNDERSTANDING, OKAY, THIS IS NOT MY CRAFT, BUT TEACHING THEM IN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL. SO WE ARE STARTING WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL, BUT OF COURSE MY GOAL AND DREAM IS THAT WE SEE THIS IN ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL AS WELL. SO SOME OF THE FEEDBACK THAT WE RECEIVE FROM TEACHERS -- AND I'LL JUST READ BRIEFLY FROM SOME OF THE COMMENTS, IS WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM RECEIVING AND GIVING COMPLIMENTS? BECAUSE COMPLIMENTS IS SOMETHING THAT'S SHARED WITHIN A COMMUNITY LEARNING SESSION. HOW TO RECEIVE A COMPLIMENT. HOW TO GIVE A COMPLIMENT. YOU KNOW, WITH SOCIAL MEDIA, INSTAGRAM AND ALL OF THOSE, THESE STUDENTS, THEY COMPLIMENT ALL THE TIME. YOU LOOK SO CUTE, YOU'RE SO THIS, YOU'RE SO THAT. BUT IN PERSON YOU RARELY SEE THEM ACCEPT IT. YOU LOOK REALLY NICE TODAY. THANK YOU, YOU KNOW. AND JUST GIVING THEM THOSE TOOLS. SO SOME OF THEIR FEEDBACK WAS THAT IT'S EASY TO FIND THE GOOD IN OTHERS AND RECEIVING THEM HELPS HOW PEOPLE PERCEIVE YOU AND MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD. THAT COMES FROM A STUDENT FROM BURNS MIDDLE SCHOOL. ANOTHER COMMENT ABOUT COMPLIMENTS. I JUST LEARNED THAT EVEN THE LITTLEST COMPLIMENTS CAN BE MAKE YOU FEEL REALLY GOOD AND RESPECTED. THEY ARE IMPORTANT BECAUSE EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO FEEL SPECIAL. ANOTHER QUESTION THAT WE ASKED SOME OF OUR STUDENTS AND SOME OF THEIR TESTIMONIALS WAS HOW DID IT CHANGE YOUR OUTLOOK ON HOW TO BEHAVE WITH OTHER STUDENTS? PART OF THE FEEDBACK WAS IT MADE ME REALIZE TO MAKE PEOPLE REALIZE THAT YOU ARE A NICE PERSON, YOU HAVE TO BE A NICE PERSON. SO IT'S JUST A LOT OF THAT CONVERSATION AND THE RELATIONSHIP BUILDING, AND A LOT OF THE FEEDBACK THAT WE ARE RECEIVING FROM TEACHERS AND STUDENTS IS THAT WHEN THEY HAVE A COMMUNITY BUILDING SESSION, AND THEY USUALLY TAKE PLACE IN A CIRCLE, IT GIVES THEM THAT TIME TO SEE EACH OTHER. NO ONE CAN HAIVMENTD EVERYONE IS TRYING TO BE A PART OF THAT COMMUNITY. IT DOES FALL UNDER -- AND I ON EARLIER -- IT FALLS UNDER THE PRACTICE OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PRACTICE AS WELL. SO IT'S IN LINE WITH OUR MISSION OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. SO I JUST REALLY THINK IT'S IMPORTANT, AND I'M GLAD THAT WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THAT AND SHARE WITH WHAT IS GOING ON IN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. WE HAD A CONVERSATION EARLIER TODAY, MS. PRITCHARD, AND YOU DID A GREAT JOB. YOUR PASSION DEFINITELY SHOWS THROUGH AND THAT'S A GREAT THING. AND BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU RECALL, WE WERE REALLY EXCITED WHEN WE APPROVED THE CONTRACT FOR FRAMEWORKS AND ALL OF THE GREAT THINGS THAT HAPPEN FOR OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION WAS THAT THEY WERE READY TO GO, HAD THE INFORMATION, THEY JUST NEEDED THE ACCESS AND THE APPROVAL FOR US TO HELP AND ENGAGE. YET TODAY WE HAVE AN AGENDA ITEM WITH AN EXTRA EXPENDITURE OF $165,000 TO PROVIDE, WELL, THINGS THAT CURRICULUM, THINGS OF THAT NATURE, THAT I ASSUMED THEY HAD ALREADY HAD BECAUSE THAT WAS PART OF THE PRESENTATION THAT THE CURRICULUM WAS READY, THEY ARE READY TO GO, AND THOSE WERE THERE. SO I JUST WANTED TO POINT THIS OUT. WILL WE HAVE OTHER TYPES OF EXPENDITURES COMING FORWARD IN ORDER TO SUPPORT FRAMEWORKS AND THE WORK THAT THEY DO? SEE, THIS IS WHAT GOT US IN TROUBLE ORIGINALLY WITH GRANTS. AND THEN THIS IS WHERE THIS CAN HAPPEN WHERE WE ASSUME THAT, YOU KNOW, WE BRING IN FOLKS TO DO A SPECIFIC JOB FOR US WHERE WE ARE ASSUMING THAT THEY ARE PREPARED, WILLING AND ABLE TO WORK, YET HERE WE HAVE A CONTRACT FOR CURRICULUM TO PROVIDE TO THEM TO DO THE WORK OF THAT IS KIND OF BACKWARDS. SO EVEN THOUGH I AM MOVING FORWARD IN ORDER FOR US TO SUSTAIN THESE TYPES OF PROGRAMS, WHICH ARE VALUABLE, ABSOLUTELY, JUST TELL ME WHAT THE TRUE COST IS GOING TO BE. THAT'S ALL I ASK. WHAT THE EXPECTATIONS ARE MOVING FORWARD, BECAUSE WE DID SIXTH GRADE, NOW SEVENTH GRADE. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ONE FOR EIGHTH GRADE? WHERE IS THERE GOING TO BE AN END? OR IS THIS SOMETHING WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO CONTINUOUSLY PROVIDE ASSISTANCE FOR WHILE STILL SUPPORTING FRAMEWORK? SO THAT'S WHERE MY MIND-SET IS GOING. JUST LET LET ME KNOW, PLEASE, IN A REPORT, WHAT WILL BE THE FUTURE EXPECTATION OF DOLLARS THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO INVEST WITHIN FRAMEWORKS IN ORDER FOR THEM TO DO THE JOB THAT THEY SET OUT TO DO FROM THE BEGINNING FROM LAST YEAR'S CONTRACT? THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. STUART?

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I ECHO SOME OF MS. VALDES' CONCERNS, BECAUSE SHE'S RIGHT, LAST APRIL WE APPROVED A $610,000 CONTRACT WITH FRAMEWORKS. AND IN THE CONTRACT, IT TALKS ABOUT LIFE SKILLS TRAINING PROGRAM, AUGUST 2016 WHICH HAS ALREADY HAPPENED, THE TRAINING PROGRAM. SO I'M CURIOUS WHAT TRAINING MATERIALS WERE USED DURING THAT SESSION, AND I GUESS I FEEL LIKE WE ARE KIND OF BEHIND. A WE ARE ALREADY HALFWAY THROUGH THE YEAR AND NOW WE ARE LOOKING AT CURRICULUM SETS FOR STUDENT AND WE ARE HALFWAY THROUGH THE YEAR AND THE TRAINING HAPPENED OVER THE SUMMER FOR THE TEACHERS. SO I FEEL WE ARE A LITTLE BEHIND THE 8 BALL HERE. AGAIN I ABSOLUTELY SUPPORT FRAMEWORKS AND THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING. BUT I AGREE, I THOUGHT THAT -- I DON'T WANT THIS TO BECOME A CORRECT LUM BOOK, AND STUDENT WITH A BOOK TYPE PROGRAM, BECAUSE THEET THAT'S NOT WHAT THE SOCIAL LEARNING PROGRAM OF THAT WAS PRESENTED TO US IS ABOUT. SO I HAVE MY CONCERNS ABOUT THAT. AND $165,000, IS THAT FOR ALL OF OUR SITES, DO YOU KNOW?

>> THAT WOULD BE FOR ALL OF OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL SITES AND THAT'S OVER THE COURSE OF THE FULL IMPLEMENTATION WHICH IS THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.

>>Cindy Stuart: EXPLAIN TO ME EXACTLY WHAT IT IS THAT WE ARE BUYING BECAUSE THAT'S NOT A LOT OF MONEY FOR THE NUMBER OF SITES.

>> SO PART OF THIS, SOME OF THIS MIGHT BE THERE IS A DIFFERENT CURRICULUM BETWEEN THE FIRST SEMESTER AND THE SECOND SEMESTER. SO THE AGENDA ITEM THAT YOU HAVE BEFORE YOU TODAY IS FOR THE SECOND SEMESTER CURRICULUM MATERIALS THAT OUR SIXTH GRADE STUDENTS WILL BE USING. SO THAT IS CALLED THE LIFE SKILLS CURRICULUM WHICH IS A SPECIFIC CURRICULUM THAT OUR SIXTH GRADE TEACHERS WILL USE WITH OUR STUDENTS. DURING THE FIRST SEMESTER, WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED THE ROLL-OUT THAT WE SHARED ABOUT TODAY, THAT CURRICULUM IS A DIFFERENT CURRICULUM FROM THIS, AND THAT WAS OUR COMMUNITY BUILDING SESSION. AND THAT'S THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR. THE SECOND HALF OF YEAR THE STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN LIVE SKILLS CURRICULUM, WHICH IS SEPARATE FROM WHAT THEY DID THE FIRST SEMESTER.

>>Cindy Stuart: SO DID WE BUY COMMUNITY BUILDING CURRICULUM AS WELL?

>> YES. THAT WAS TAKEN CARE OF AND PART OF THE AGENDA ITEM THAT YOU MENTIONED IN APRIL. SO THIS AGENDA ITEM IS EXCLUDES YIFT LIFE CURRICULUM MATERIALS.

>>Cindy Stuart: OKAY. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S NOT HAPPENING UNTIL THE SECOND SEMESTER. BUT I AGREE WITH MS. VALDES IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE IF IT WAS ALL PACKAGED TOGETHER AND WE HAD ONE FLAT RATE FOR WHAT THIS IS GOING TO COST US FOR IMPLEMENTATION ACROSS THE DISTRICT FOR SIXTH AND SEVENTH % EIGHTH GRADE. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: SO WHAT EXACTLY DID THE FIRST CONTRACT COVER?

>> THAT WAS FOR OUR IMPLEMENTATION INCLUDING FRAMEWORKS TRAINING, ALL OF OUR TEACHERS OVER THE SUMMER, THE SUMMER THAT WE JUST ENDED, ALL OF THE CURRICULUM MATERIALS FOR THE COMMUNITY BUILDING SESSION, MOVING FORWARD FOR THE FULL IMPLEMENTATION. WE ALSO HAVE BLUEPRINTS GRANT FUNDING THAT IS PICKING UP LIVE SKILLS CURRICULUM AS WE CONTINUE TO ALLOW. THE REASON THAT WE ARE REQUESTING THESE FUNDS IS BECAUSE INNOVATIVE, AS WE ALWAYS ARE, WE WANTED TO START THE PROGRAM AHEAD OF THE DATE THAT WE START WITH OUR BLUEPRINTS, SO THEREFORE WE HAVE TO GET THE CURRICULUM MATERIALS FOR SECOND SEMESTER SIXTH GRADE. BUT NEXT SCHOOL YEAR WHAT YOU ALREADY APPROVED IN APRIL WILL START TO ALSO PAY FOR SOME OF THE CURRICULUM MATERIALS FOR THE LIFE SKILLS AS WELL. AND, AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE ARE AWAITING CONFIRMATION RIGHT NOW, THERE'S A VERY STRONG POTENTIAL THAT BLUEPRINTS, WHICH IS PROVIDING SOME OF THE FUNDING FOR SOME OF THE MATERIALS AS WE CONTINUE TO T ROLL-OUT, WAS HEAR. THEY VISIT. THEY WERE VERY IMPRESSED WITH OUR DISTRICT AND THE WAY THAT WE ARE CONDUCTING THE SEL ROLL-OUT, AND THERE'S A VERY STRONG CHANCE THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO GO AHEAD AND PURCHASE THE LIVE SKILLS CURRICULUM FOR US MOVING FORWARD. I'M JUST ANTICIPATING THAT WE RECEIVE SOME CONFIRMATION OF THAT, OF COURSE IN, WRITING. BUT WE HAVE BEEN IN DISCUSSION WITH FRAMEWORKS AS WELL AS THEIR CONTACT WITH BLUEPRINTS ON THAT. SO THAT IS VERY LIKELY AS WELL. SO WE COULD THEN BE ABLE TO LEVERAGE SOME OF THAT TO OFFSET THE COST OF THE LIFE SKILLS CURRICULUM.

>>Susan Valdes: BUT WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO REIMBURSE THAT LINE ITEM BACK BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE WE HAVE TO HAVE -- IT'S ALMOST LIKE A PAY FORWARD, FULL. I JUST DON'T WANT TO WIND UP --

>> RIGHT.

>>Susan Valdes: -- COUNTING ON A STRONG POSSIBILITY THAT THIS WILL HAPPEN.

>> THAT'S WHY WE BROUGHT THE AGENDA ITEM TO YOU FOR THE FULL AMOUNT.

>>Susan Valdes: WHAT OTHER PIECES OF THIS PUZZLE ARE WE MISSING? I MEAN, IS THIS GOING TO BE A RAE OCCURRING CHARGE EVERY YEAR MOVING FORWARD? IS THIS CURRICULUM -- I DON'T NOT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. SO I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S BACK LET'S. WHAT IS IT THAT THE KIDS ARE GOING TO BE UTILIZING?

>> THE STUDENTS WILL NOT BE CONSUMING THE MATERIALS. SO THE MATERIALS THAT THE STUDENTS ARE USING ARE THINGS THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO USE. THE COMMUNITY BUILDING SESSIONINGS, WHICH WAS THE CURRICULUM FOR THE FIRST SEMESTER, THOSE ARE NOT CONSUMABLE EITHER. SO THOSE ARE THINGS THAT IF A TEACHER HAS GONE TO THE TRAINING AND RECEIVED THE MATERIALS, HE OR SHE HAS THEM IN AND DOES NOT NEED ANY ADDITIONAL MATERIALS TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE WITH THAT BEYOND THE SCHOOL YEAR.

>>Susan Valdes: AND HOW OFTEN WILL WE NEED TO UPDATE THIS CURRICULUM?

>> THE LIFE SKILLS CURRICULUM WAS RECENTLY UPDATED. I COULD GET YOU THAT EXACT DATE. BUT I RECALL HAVING THAT CONVERSATION WITH THE REPRESENTATION FROM LIFE SKILLS, AND FRAMEWORKS, AND IT WAS WITHIN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, SO THERE IS NO ANTICIPATED UPDATE ON THAT CURRICULUM ANYTIME SOON. THE COMMUNITY BUILDING SESSION IS NOT A CURRICULUM THAT ACTUALLY RECEIVES FREQUENT UPDATES BECAUSE OF THE NATURE OF THE CURRICULUM. IT'S MUCH MORE FLEXIBLE AND OPEN AND NOT A CURRICULUM PRODUCED BY A PUBLISHER, FULL, IN THE WAY THAT LIVE SKILLS IS VARD.

>>Susan Valdes: WILL WE BE SEEING ANY OTHER AGENDA ITEMS REQUESTING MORE SUPPORT FOR CURRICULUM OR THINGS OF THAT NATURE FOR FRAMEWORK?

>> THAT IS NOT OUR ANTICIPATION AT ALL, NO.

>>Susan Valdes: SO IF THE GRANTS THAT WE ARE STRONGLY HOPING THAT SUPPORT US DO NOT COME THROUGH, HOW WILL WE SUSTAIN THIS?

>> SO THE FUNDING THAT WE ARE ASKING FOR THIS EVENING WILL ASSIST IN THE IMPLEMENTATION FOR THE FOUR YEARS CONTINUING. AND THEN THOSE MATERIALS ARE NOT CONSUMABLE. SO WE CAN CONTINUE BEYOND THAT.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.10 WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE INTER-AGENCY PERSONNEL ASSIGNMENT BETWEEN THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND SCHOOL DISTRICT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND GINA COLLINS WILL BE ADDRESSING THIS.

>> ACTUALLY, I THINK I AM.

>> IS GINA NOT HEAR? OKAY.

>> AND REAL QUICKLY THIS IS JUST AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THAT ALLOWS OUR TEACHER DIANE McKEE, WHO WAS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHER OF THE YEAR AND THE FLORIDA TEACHER OF THE YEAR, TO SPEND ONE YEAR AS AN AMBASSADOR FOR EDUCATION. AND SO BASICALLY WHAT HAPPENS IS WE PAY HER SALARY, AND THE STATE REIMBURSES US FOR THE COST OF HER SALARY.

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES. YOUR LIGHT WENT OFF. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6 . TO APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF WHREGO EDUCATION MATERIALS AND CURRICULUM AND RELATED DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP. IF MR. LARRY FRANK COULD COME FORWARD.

>> THANK YOU AND GOOD EVENING. MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, STAFF, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY OF. AS WITH YOU KNOW WE HAD A LONG SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH LEGO FOR MANY YEARS AND THEIR PRODUCT LINE CAN BE FOUND IN PRODUCTS OF MANY TYPES, AS WELL AS AN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM PROGRAM, COMPETITIONS AND EVEN DISTRICT. THERE ARE THREE TAMES. ROBOTICS, MANED STORM 3-D ROBOTICS AND SUCCESS CURRICULUM AND TOOLS. OUR FAN TASE TICK TOOLS TO BE LEARN, CONSTRUCT AND BRING THE MODELS. WE DO CURRICULUM IN LINE WITH NATIONAL AND STATE STANDARD AND COMES WITH CROSS CURRICULAR PLUG AND TEACH CRICK LUBLG PACKS THAT SERVE COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION AND TEAM BUILDING SKILLS AMONGST OUR YOUNG STUDENTS. IT HELPS TEACH TECHNOLOGY PLAY AN ACTIVE ROLE IN STUDENTS' EVERYDAY LIFE FOR TEACHING ACROSS DIFFERENT SUBJECTS OF PRIMARY LEVELS SUCH AS LIT RACE, MATHEMATICS, TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING OUR DISTRICT HAS OVER 35 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS THAT ARE CURRENTLY USING REDUCE IN A CLASSROOM, AS REPLACEMENT LESSONS, AND IN AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES CULMINATING IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AT MOSI. THE MIND STORM ROBOTICS ARE LANGUAGES THAT ARE DESIGNED FOR OLDER STUDENTS IN GRADES 4 THROUGH 8, USE AS DROPPING TRACK SYSTEM OF COMMANDS AND THE LEGO THAT EVERYBODY IS FAMILIAR W.STUDENTS MAY BUILD AN INFINITE NUMBER OF BOX USING THIS PLATFORM AND CAN DO INFINITE NUMBER OF TASKS. STHUENTS EMPLOY MATHEMATICS CONCEPTS, A LARGER MISSION, THEY CREATE MULTIPLE PROGRAMS TO ACCOMPLISH MULTIPLE SEQUENCE TASKS. MIND STORMS ARE USED IN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSROOMS AS WELL AS IN POPULAR COMPETITIONS SUCH AS FIRST LEGO WEEK. OVER 70 OF OUR SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN MIND STORM ROB BOUGHTICS. THE LAST IS TO EXPRESS A LESSER KNOWN LEGO LEARNING TOOL THAT CAN BE USED IN ANY LEARNING SETTING IN ANY CONTENT OR AGE GROUP, TO EXPRESS LEGO ELT ELEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO PROVIDE A BROAD SPECTRUM OF READY I-MADE METAPHORS FOR BUILDING THE SPECIFIC ASSORTMENT OF BRICKS AND TOPS AND FIGURES TO STIMULATE CREATIVE THINKING SKILLS, AS WELL AS THEIR IMAGINATION. IN A SOCIAL STUDIES CLASS, STUDENTS MAY BE TASKED TO CREATE A BUILDING THAT REPRESENTS THEIR INTERPRETATION OF AN EVENT IN HISTORY, AND IN LANGUAGE ARTS CLASS THEY MAY CREATIVE BUILD THAT REPRESENTS OFFICE PURPOSE. BUILT TO EXPRESS IS A WONDERFUL HANDS-ON WAY FOR STUDENTS TO CREATE AND INNOVATE. MS. SNIVELY HAD TO LEAVE, BUT THIS WAS YOUR HIGHLIGHT. ANY QUESTIONS?

>>Melissa Snively: I APPRECIATE THE HIGHLIGHT. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE THINK CREATIVELY WHEN IT COMES TO DIFFERENT WAYS FOR TEACHING OUR STUDENTS. AND I WAS DOING A LITTLE BIT OF RESEARCH ON LAND ABOUT LEGO EDUCATION, AND IT'S AN AMAZING ORGANIZATION ACTUALLY THAT SUPPLIES THESE KITS. AND SO MY QUESTION WAS, ARE THEY IN ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS? BECAUSE I HEARD YOU MENTION SOME STATISTICS ON HOW MANY SCHOOLS THERE IS. AND HOW CAN WE GET THEM INTO ALL OF OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IF THEY ARE NOT? AND HOW DO WE TRAIN OUR TEACHERS? WHAT PROCESS THEY GO THROUGH TO LEARN HOW TO APPLY USING SOME OF THE LEGOS WHERE THEIR LESSONS?

>> OKAY, I CAN ANSWER THAT IN TWO PERSPECTIVE, ONE BEING ROBOTICS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. WE FUNDED WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF MR. EAKINS AND OTHER FORMER ROLES ROBOTICS IN TITLE ONE SCHOOLS. AND SCHOOLS AT THAT TIME, PRINCIPALS AND FACULTY MADE A COMMITMENT TO ATTEND TRAINING TO STAY UP TO DATE. USING PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE BECAUSE LEGO DOES SEND OUT NEW PROGRAMMING FROM TIME TO TIME THAT WE CAN AUTOMATICALLY DOWNLOAD. AS LONG AS SCHOOLS ARE MAINTAINING THEIR END OF THE COMMITMENT, THE BOX STAYS IN THEIR PLACES. WE ALMOST DOUBLED IN SIZE IN THE PAST THREE YEARS THAT WE CONTINUE TO PURCHASE BOXES. THAT DOESN'T PRECLUDE SCHOOLS FROM BUYING THEIR OWN AND UTILIZING THEM IN DIFFERENT WAYS. SO WE HAVE MANY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS THAT PURCHASED LEGO ROBOTICS ON THEIR OWN AND USING THEM NRVE AFTER SCHOOL SETTINGS SUCH AS HOST. SO FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE, WE HAVE PURCHASED ABOUT A QUARTER OF OUR SCHOOLS. SO FROM BUILD TO SPECK PERSPECTIVE, THE NUMBERS ARE A LITTLE LOWER. WE HAVE THAT PROGRAM IN ABOUT 15 MIDDLE AND LOAMENT SCHOOLS. SO WE ARE BUILDING IT UP SO TO SPEAK. AND FROM THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVE, THE ROBOTICS, WE ARE PRETTY WELL VERSED, BOTH THE RESPECTIVE TEAMS DO A GREAT JOB IN TRAINING THE TEACHERS. BUT IN BUILT TO EXPRESS, WE HAVE HAD LEGO PEOPLE COME IN SO WE CAN PROVIDE THE BEST TRAINING FOR OUR TEACHERS.

>> AWESOME. AND JUST READING FROM THE WEBSITE I THINK IT'S INTERESTING THEIR VISION AND MISSION IS TO INSPIRE INTEREST IN ENGINEERING, COMPUTER SCIENCE, MATH AND HUMANITY HUMANITIES, AND ENCOURAGE STUDENTS TO BE REASON SYSTEMATICALLY AND REACH THEIR POTENTIAL TO SHAPE THEIR OWN FUTURE. AND KEEPING IT A LITTLE BIT LIGHT, DID YOU KNOW ON AVERAGE EVERY PERSON ON EARTH OWNS 86 LEGO? AND DID YOU KNOW THAT LADENED TO END THE NUMBER OF LEGO BRICKS SOLD IN 2012 WOULD STRETCH AROUND THE WORLD MORE THAN 18 TIMES? AND DID YOU KNOW I STEPPED ON LEGO WITH BARE FEET ABOUT 1800 TIMES IN MY LIFE? DO YOU ALSO KNOW THAT EVERY SECOND GRADER IN PINELLAS COUNTY GETS TO GO TO LEGOLAND FOR FREE? AND I THINK THAT MEANS WE MATE WANT TO EXPLORE A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MERLIN GROUP AND LEGOLAND AND SEE IF WE CAN POSSIBLY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT OPPORTUNITY AS WELL. THANK YOU FOR THAT.

>> ABSOLUTELY. AND IF I MAY, THEY HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL PARTNERS. AND WORK WITH OUR ELEMENTARY TEAM ESPECIALLY IN STAFFING SOME OF THE CURRICULUM. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM -- AND I APOLOGIZE FOR NOT MOVING THIS UP EITHER BECAUSE I KNOW SOMEBODY ELSE IS IN THE AUDIENCE WHO IS NOT AN EMPLOYEE. IS TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT BETWEEN GIBSON CONSULTING GROUP AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. WE ARE GOING TO KIND OF TAG TEAM THIS A LITTLE BIT. I WILL LET MRS. SAUNTERS START BY GIVING AN OVERVIEW FIRST.

>> THE PURPOSE OF AN EFFICIENCY AUDIT WILL BE TO CONDUCT AN OBJECTIVE REVIEW OF OUR MAJOR INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS, OPERATIONAL, ADMINISTRATIVE AREAS WITHIN THE DISTRICT. IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY, SAVINGS, TO BE ACHIEVED TO BEST PRACTICES AND MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPROVING OUR PRACTICES. WE WILL BE WORKING WITH MR. GIBSON AND LOOKING FOR ANY DUPLICATION OF EFFORT ON HOW WE ARE MANAGING OUR COST, STREAM LANING OUR PROCEDURES AND BETTER UTILIZING OUR RESOURCES. OUR GOAL WILL BE TO HAVE AN EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE PROCESS AS WE ALL KNOW WHEN WE HAVE AN EFFECTIVE PROCESS THAT MAKES ROUTINE THINGS RUN A LOT SMOOTHLY AND CONTINUALLY, WHICH IN TURN FREEZE UP OUR EMPLOYEE TIME SO WE CAN GO FROM GOOD TO GREAT. I KNOW THAT'S A CLICHƒ BUT IT SOUNDED REALLY GOOD AT THIS POINT. WE WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH MR. GIBSON AND WE ALWAYS NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR BETTER WAYS TO DO OUR JOBS. WE ARE BRINGING THIS BACK TO YOU ALL. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING SINCE SEPTEMBER WITH MR. GIBSON AND HIS GROUP ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS, AND WE ARE VERY EXCITE BOARD OF DIRECTOR THIS AGENDA ITEM, LIKE I SAID. IT'S ALWAYS A GOOD THING WHEN WE TRY TO IMPROVE OUR PROCESSES. SO SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. SAUNDERS. I WANTED TO TALK WITH YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT FINANCIAL IMPACT ON THE METHOD OF HOW WE ARE GOING TO PAY FOR THIS PARTICULAR SERVICE SO THAT'S BEEN SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING QUITE A BIT AS FAR AS STAFF, BECAUSE WE KNOW WITH AN ITEM SUCH AS THIS WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE UTILIZING OUR CURRENT DALLAS TO EVENTUALLY REALIZE GREAT SAVINGS FOR OUR DISTRICT AND BE ABLE TO USE OUR OTHER DOLLARS VERY EFFICIENTLY. AS WE HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS PROCESS OF PAYING SOURCE OF FUNDS, THE SOURCE OF FUNDS THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE UTILIZING FOR THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT WOULD BE OUR P CARD REBATE DOLLARS. I'LL TELL YOU SPECIFICALLY Y.NUMBER ONE, THOSE ARE DOLLARS THAT DO NOT IMPACT -- ARE NOT USED FOR COMPENSATING EMPLOYEES, THEY ARE NOT USE LIESED FOR PURCHASING SCHOOL MATERIALS OR SUPPLIES OR DOING ANYTHING SUCH AS THAT. EVERY YEAR, WE AS A CONSUMER OF SERVICE AS CROSS THIS COMMUNITY AND ACROSS THE STATE, WE UTILIZE OUR P CARD LIKE OTHER PEOPLE UTILIZE THEIR DEBIT CARDS AND USE THE POINTS. WE DO THE SAME THING AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE HAVE LOTS OF POWER IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT TO MAKE LOTS OF BIG PURCHASES AND BECAUSE OF THAT WE RECEIVE REBATES. THOSE REBATES HISTORICALLY IN THE DISTRICT HAVE BEEN UTILIZED FOR INVESTING IN OTHER SPECIAL PROJECTS. AND WE BELIEVE THIS IS THE PERFECT TYPE OF SPECIAL PROJECT TO REALLY INVEST IN. BECAUSE WE ARE UTILIZING -- IN OUR COMMUNITY WITH OUR P CARD, A THND IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO FIND GREATER EFFICIENCIES IN OUR OWN PRACTICES SO WE CAN REALIZE SAVINGS AND BE ABLE TO RETURN THOSE SAVINGS BACK TO OUR EMPLOYEES, BACK TO OUR SCHOOLS, TO BE ABLE TO REINVEST IN OUR ECONOMY. SO IT'S A PERFECT KIND OF MARRIAGE. SO OVER THE COURSE OF THE A YEAR'S TIME, WITH THIS PARTICULAR AUDIT, THE YEAR 12 BECAUSE WE ARE OUT 16 MONTH PROCESS, OUR DISTRICT WILL EARN BETWEEN 500 TO AROUND $900,000 IN OUR P CARD REBATE. THAT'S ABOUT THE AVERAGE WE BRING N.A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, FOR A SPECIAL PROJECT, WHEN THE BOARD APPROVED THE INITIAL PHASE OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OFFICERS, WE UTILIZED THAT PARTICULAR FUND TO PURCHASE THE VEHICLES, PURCHASE THE UNIFORMS, PURCHASE THE TRAINING THAT WAS EVENTUALLY INVESTED IN THAT PARTICULAR PROGRAM TO PROVIDE MORE SAFER ENVIRONMENTS FOR OUR SCHOOLS. THIS IS AT SUCH INVESTMENT THAT WE FEEL LAKE WOULD BE A GREAT USE OF THESE PARTICULAR DOLLARS. I DO ALSO WANT TO JUST LET THE PUBLIC KNOW, LET THE BOARD KNOW, THAT THE INITIAL PHASE OF THIS, MR. GIBSON HAS ASKED -- THE OFFICE TO PROVIDE HIM EARLY DATA OF THINGS THAT EVEN BEFORE HE HAS ENTERED INTO THIS CONTRACT, HE'S ALREADY BEGUN TO LOOK AT. ONE OF THE ITEMS THAT WAS FIRST ON HIS AGENDA TO BE LOOK UP WAS SOME OF OUR BIG PROBLEMS, THINGS AROUND INDIRECT COSTS. THAT'S ONE. THINGS THAT I KNOW YOU WILL BE LOOKING AT IN DEPTH ACROSS OUR DISTRICT. INDIRECT COSTS FOR THE BUB AND THE BOARD'S INFORMATION ARE BASICALLY ANY GRANT OR ANY FEDERAL PROGRAM OR ANY LARGE PROGRAM THAT CREATES A BURDEN FOR THIS DISTRICT IS REQUIRED TO PAY AN INDIRECT COST TO OUR GENERAL REVENUE FUND. THERE'S A CERTAIN COST BREAK THAT WE LOOK AT EVERY YEAR, AND EVERY PROGRAM MUST SPEND THAT TO THE GENERAL REVENUE AS A SOURCE TO COVER THAT BURDEN. IN OUR INITIAL DATA BEFORE MR. GIBSON HAS EVEN ENTERED OUR DISTRICT AND OUR CONTRACT HE'S ALREADY IDENTIFIED BETWEEN HALF A MILLION AND THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION OF INDIRECT COSTS THAT WE SHOULD BE CAPTURING IN OUR GENERAL REVENUE RIGHT NOW BEFORE THE CONTRACT EVEN STARTED. SO THAT'S JUST THE GENESIS OF WHAT HE'S GOING TO BE DOING AND HIS FIRM IS GOING TO BE DOING OVER THE COURSE OF THE NEXT 12 TO 16 MONTHS. THIS EVENTUAL COST SAVINGS WILL BE AB HUGE RETURN ON INVESTMENT, BECAUSE ANY SAVINGS THAT WE CAN REALIZE FROM THIS WILL BE DOLLARS THAT WE CAN REDISTRIBUTE TO OUR EMPLOYEES, OR DIDN'T TO OUR SCHOOLS, TO SUPPORT WHAT WE DO AND THAT'S THE BUSINESS OF EDUCATING KID. I JUST WANTED TO YOU TO HAVE THAT BACKGROUND AROUND THE FINANCIAL IMPACT SO YOU ALREADY KNOW THE DOLLARS BEING USED TO PAY FOR THIS CONTRACT WILL BE REFUSE GNAWINGS THAT WE GENERATE FOR SPECIAL DEMOCRATIC THROUGH OUR P CARD AND WE ALREADY REALIZE SAVINGS BEFORE THIS CONTRACT EVEN HIT THE BOARD TONIGHT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. MS. VALDES?

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. THANK YOU FOR THAT EXPLANATION. AND REITERATING THAT THIS FINANCIAL IMPACT WILL BE COMING FROM NONRECURRING DOLLARS, NONRECURRING FUNDS. AND THAT'S REALLY WHERE WE HAVE COME TO THIS PARTICULAR POINT IN TIME IN WHICH WE ARE SPENDING NONRECURRING DOLLARS FOR RECURRING EXPENSES, AND I DON'T THINK ANYONE IN THIS ROOM WOULD CONTINUE TO PAY THEIR ELECTRIC BILL WITH THEIR SAVINGS ACCOUNT. EVENTUALLY THAT WILL RUN OUT. SO WE NEED TO FIND WAYS OF BEING ABLE TO SUSTAIN OF WHAT WE HAVE APPROVED. AND I APPRECIATE THIS PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM COMING FORWARD AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MANY DOLLARS THAT WILL BE REALIZED IN SAVINGS. THANK YOU. BY THE WAY, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO MAKE IT A POINT TO STATE THAT ANY OPPORTUNITY FOR ANY OF OUR LOCAL OSD VENDORS THAT COULD POSSIBLY HELP AND BENEFIT THE FIRM THAT WE REALLY ACTIVELY LOOK AT INCLUDING THEM IN THIS PROCESS AS WELL. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. SNIVELY?

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. I THINK YOU HAVE REALLY ADDRESSED MOST OF THE CONCERNS THAT I WAS HAVING WITH THE COST OF IT. BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY WE ARE IN A VERY SENSITIVE PERIOD OF TIME RIGHT NOW, FACING AS A DISTRICT FACING A LOT OF SCRUTINY WITH COSTS, AND VARIOUS AREAS, AND I JUST WANT PD TO REASSURE EVERYONE THAT THE COST, BECAUSE IT IS -- PEOPLE KEEP SAYING IT'S A MILLION DOLLARS. IT'S NOT. IT'S 818,598. LET'S GET THAT OUT THERE. SO I WANT TO CLARIFY WHERE THE FUND WERE COMING FROM. BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THE TAXPAYERS ARE GOING TO SCRUTINIZE THIS VERY CLOSELY, AND I TOO AM LOOKING FORWARD, BASED ON THE RESULTS, THAT GIBSON HAS BEEN ABLE TO ACHIEVE WITH OTHER LARGE SCHOOL DISTRICTS, SEE THE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF SAVINGS THAT HAVE BEEN THEY WERE ABLE TO RECOMMEND AND TO SAVE EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO THANK YOU FOR CLARIFYING THAT. I APPRECIATE THAT. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING CONTINUOUS UPDATES BASED ON THE TIMELINE THAT WAS GIVEN TO US. SO THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: IS MR. GIBSON HERE?

>> YES, HE IS. HE'S RIGHT THERE IN THE BACK. YOU MAY WANT TO COME UP BECAUSE IT SOUND LIKE YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A QUESTION.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I APPRECIATE THE CLARIFICATION ABOUT THE FUNDING SOURCE BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN A POINT OF CONVERSATION. AND I THINK HAVING THAT -- I THINK MAYBE THEY WOULD SEE IT FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, TO BE SEE WHERE THE FUND ARE COMING FROM. I HAVE ONE QUESTION, MAYBE TWO FOR YOU, AND ONE FOR MR. EAKINS OR MR. VAZQUEZ. I'M NOT SURE. ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF LOOKING FOR LOCAL QUALIFIED CONSULTANTS. IN YOUR WORK IT DOESN'T APPEAR IT SAYS HERE THAT IN CERTAIN AREAS, YOU DON'T HAVE THE CAPACITY OR THE CAPABILITY TO LOOK AT OR LOOK AT THE DISTRICT'S ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM. IF I AM NOT READING THAT RIGHT, PLEASE CORRECT ME.

>> THAT IS NOT ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY.

>> HIS NAME IS STEVE FRANK. I HAVE NOT TALKED TO HIM ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT BECAUSE I WANTED TO SEE HOW THIS PLAYED OUT. I WANTED TO SEARCH FOR A LOCAL CONSULTANT, CREATE A TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION VERY LOCALLY AND REGIONALLY DRIVEN. SO I THOUGHT THIS WOULD PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO AT LEAST SEARCH FOR CANDIDATES THAT COULD BE AN INDIVIDUAL OR A FIRM THAT COULD PARTICIPATE WITH OUR PROJECT TEAM EITHER IN CONJUNCTION WITH MY EXPERT OR PERHAPS ON A TURN KEY BASIS. BUT I'M WILLING TO DO THAT AND SEE WITH THE HELP OF YOUR PROCUREMENT DEPARTMENT FIND SOME ANXIOUSS FOR THAT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU FOR CLARIFYING. THAT WITH THAT IN MIND, WHAT WOULD BE THE KIND OF THINGS THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IN A LOCAL GROUP TO DO THAT KIND OF WORK? WHAT IS THE SKILL SETS? WHAT IS THE CAPACITY AND CAPABILITY OF A CONSULTANT? WHAT WOULD YOU BE LOOKING FOR?

>> I WOULD LIKE TO FIND SOMEONE WHO HAS A CAREER IN -- PARTICULARLY MAJOR SCHOOL SYSTEMS. SO THEY WOULD NEED TO HAVE A BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE IN CAREER TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION. MOST OF OUR -- LIKE I HAVE CURRICULUM EXPERTS, SPECIAL ED EXPERT, BILINGUAL EXPERTS AT ONE POINT IN TIME THEY WERE TEACHERS IN THEIR PARTICULAR PROGRAM. AND SO I HE WOULD EXPECT THAT THIS FIRM OR THIS INDIVIDUAL WOULD HAVE SOME OF CAREER TECHNOLOGY TEACHING EXPERIENCE, PERHAPS SOME CAREER TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION EXPERIENCE, AND THEN ALSO IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A CONSULTING EXPERIENCE WHERE THEY ACTUALLY DIVIDE IT INTO THIRD PARTY ANALYSIS OF THE PROGRAM. AND SO I HAVE DATA ANALYSTS ON MY TEAM. SO IF WE ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT ANY STUDENT OR ACHIEVEMENT LEVEL DATA IN OUR CAREER IN TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION, AN AREA THAT I DON'T NEED TO HAVE THAT PARTICULAR EXPERTISE. I ALSO HAVE TECHNOLOGY EXPERTISE. SO IT WOULD JUST THE PURE PROGRAMMATIC EXPERTISE THAT I NEED.

>> WITH THAT IN MIND WE WOULD WORK WITH OUR STAFF, I GUESS, TO WORK OUT -- WHAT'S THE WORD I WANT TO USE?

>> CERTIFICATION? SPECIFICS.

>> AND THE DELIVERABLES AND THAT KIND OF THING. AM I CORRECT? OKAY. ALL RIGHT. I JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY THAT. ON PAGE 4, THE WORD "ESTIMATE, ESTIMATED" WHICH I HAD A LONG DISCUSSION WITH MRS. SAUNDERS ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS, THAT THIS IS IF NOR ANY REASON THAT THE COST GOES OVER THIS, IT WOULD HAVE TO COME BACK AS PART OF THE CONTRACT FOR THE BOARD TO APPROVE. BUT I DON'T WANT TO SAY THIS, BUT THESE P CARDS --

>> MANAGE THAT COST.

>> THE WORD ESTIMATE KIND OF BOTHERS ME.

>> I UNDERSTAND. AND RIMENTS, ARE BY TASK, ESTIMATING WHAT WE DO BY TASK, BY AREA, AND AS LONG AS WE HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO ALLOCATE OR REALLOCATE TIME FROM ONE TASK TO ANOTHER, ONE AREA TO ANOTHER, WE MAY FIND ONE AREA NEEDS MORE ATTENTION. THAT'S WHY WE PROVIDE LOWER LEVEL ESTIMATES, BUT THE CAP WILL NOT BE EXCEEDED.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY. I THINK MR. VAS QERKSZ TALKED ABOUT AS PART OF YOUR EVALUATION THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE EVALUATING PROGRAMS IN TERMS OF STUDENT TEACHER OR SCHOOL OUTCOME. BUT THAT'S NOT PART OF THIS.

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: SO WITH THAT IN MIND, I THOUGHT EARLIER ON WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT COST SAVINGS, AND WORKING -- LOOKING AT PROGRAMS OVER TIME THAT -- SOMEHOW MAYBE USING THEM, THAT PART OF YOUR TASK, ESPECIALLY STUDENT OUTCOMES, IS THAT WORK STILL IN PROGRESS? I KNOW THE COST SAVINGS PART BUT I HAVEN'T HEARD AS MUCH ABOUT PROGRAMS AND WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE COME TO SOME CONCLUSION, THAT YOU HAVE COME TO SOME CONCLUSION, YOU ARE STILL WORKING THAT WE DON'T NEED TO RETAIN, BECAUSE WE CAN DOCUMENT, THERE'S EVIDENCE THAT WE FEEL IS EFFECTIVE AND MAYBE CUT THE ONE FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME, THAT IT'S NOT RELEVANT AND NOT WORKING. WOULD YOU TALK ABOUT THAT? BECAUSE FOR ME THAT'S REALLY, REALLY CRITICAL.

>> SURE. MS. EDGECOMB, WORKING WITH MR. OEST AND ACTUALLY MRS. TYE AND MS. BROWN, BECAUSE A LOT OF THE PROGRAMS WE ARE LOOKING TO SEE WHAT OVERLAPS, NUMBER ONE. MR. OEST, ABOUT THREE WEEKS AGO, DID A RORK REPORT THAT HE WORKED WITH HIS TEAM WHERE ARE WE ACTUALLY ANALYZED ALL THE PRODUCTS THAT ARE COMING FROM HIS OFFICE THAT ARE BEING USED IN THE SCHOOL, A TIMELINE OF WHEN THEY WERE ACTUALLY ADOPTED, WHEN THEY NEED TO BE EVALUATED, WHEREBY WAS THE LAST TIME THEY WERE EVALUATED, AND ALSO THE COST RELATED TO THE. HIS TEAM IS ACTUALLY HAVING THOSE CONVERSATIONS. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, MRS. TYE IS HAVING THE SAME CONVERSATION AND SEEING WHAT ACTUALLY OVERLAPS AND CONNECTS, WHAT CAN WE DO BETTER, WHAT CAN WE ACTUALLY LET GO. SO TO HAVE ADDRESS THE QUESTION, THEREBY HAS BEEN MUCH PROGRESS IN THAT AREA, AND IN FACT I CAN SHARE THAT DATA WITH YOU. BUT THERE'S STILL WORK TO BE DONE, BECAUSE IT IS AN ENORMOUS TASK THAT THIS COMMITTEE ACTUALLY ENDED BUT THEY HAVE DONE AMAZING WORK. MR. OEST HAS DONE AMAZING WORK AS WELL AS MRS. TYE AND MRS. BROWN ON THOSE PROGRAMS IN TRYING TO DO EVALUATION AND WHAT'S EFFECTIVE, WHAT'S NOT EFFECTIVE, WHAT'S OVERLAPPING, AND WHAT CAN WE ACTUALLY DO WITHOUT MOVING FORWARD? BUT I WILL BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO SHARE SOME OF THOSE DOCUMENTS WITH YOU SO THAT YOU CAN SEE WHERE WE ARE AT WITH THAT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: IN CONJUNCTION WITH THAT, SO WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PROGRAMS ALREADY IN PLACE. I GUESS I HAD THIS INTEREST OF MINE. WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO AS WE GET NEW PRODUCTS AND NEW PROGRAMS COMING OUT? ARE WE GOING TO HAVE AN VALLEYATE WIFE PROCESS, SO IT'S NOT JUST HOW GOOD THAT SALESMAN IS OR HE IS OR SHE IS, BUT WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT WHAT THE RESEARCH IS ABOUT IT, WHAT EVIDENCE, WHAT'S THE EVIDENCE? SO DO WE HAVE A PROCESS, A CHECKLIST, SOMETHING AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN THE FUTURE?

>> YES, MRS. EDGECOMB, I HAVE PROVIDED TO THE DIVISION A TEMPLATE THAT THEY CAN USE FOR PROGRAMMING VALUATION. SO EACH OF THEM HAVE STARTED TO WORK ON MOLDING IT TO WHAT MEATS THE NEEDS OF THE DEPARTMENT, BECAUSE IT WAS A LENGTHY DOCUMENT. DAVE AND I SHARED WITH DR. BROWN AND SHE HAS THEM BREAK IT DOWN FOR THE PRINCIPALS TO DO SOME OF THE SURVEYS, AND THE ANALYSIS OF SOME OF THE PROGRAMS. SO, YES, THEY DO HAVE A TEMPLATE THAT THEY ARE CRAFTING TO MEET THE NEEDS. IN CONVERSATION WITH MR. OEST -- MR. OEST IS HERE, YOU CAN CORRECT ME -- THEY ARE TRYING TO KIND OF LOOK AT IT ON WHAT WILL BE APPROPRIATE FOR THEIR DIVISION THAT CAN BE USEFUL AND MEANINGFUL TO BE ANALYZE THE PROGRAM THAT THEY HAVE IN PLACE, AND THAT DEPENDS ON THE COMPANIES, BECAUSE IT CAN HAVE A BIASED APPROACH TO THE PROGRAM.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: AND I AM GOING TO REALLY PUT YOU ON THE SPOT, MRS. IS UNDER A e. YOU DON'T MIND IF I PUT YOU ON THE SPOT, RIGHT? WHEN WE HAVE THE WORKSHOP WHEN WE STARRED TO DO THIS, IT WASN'T OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, SO THEY WHAT THEY REALLY KNEW ABOUT THE OUTCOME WAS WHAT WAS REPORTED THROUGH THE MED YEAH. IF YOU HAD A CHILD IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND THIS WAS BEING CONTEMPLATED, FROM YOUR VANTAGE POINT, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE BEST REASON THAT WE ARE GOING TO GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS? WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THE PUBLIC? YOU AREN'T DOING THIS ON YOUR OWN. AS PART OF THE PERSON WHO IS INVOLVED IN IT. BUT IF YOU WERE TRYING TO SAY TO THE PUBLIC, THIS IS A GOOD IDEA BECAUSE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

>> FOR EVERY DOLLAR WE CAN SAVE, WE CAN REDIRECT TO STUDENT LEARNING, OR WHATEVER HEY OPERATOR THE DISTRICT HAS GOT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU.

>>.

>>April Griffin: I THINK THAT WAS A GOOD FINISH. THANK YOU. MS. KURDELL.

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NEED TO TO SAY, I'M PLEASED YOU ARE HEAR. I KNOW IT'S A LOT OF MONEY. BUT IT'S AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT'S GOING TO GO INTO THIS FOR A DISTRICT THIS SIZE. THE THING THAT I AM EXCITED ABOUT -- AND WE TALKED ABOUT THIS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, OVER THE YEARS OFF AND ON; IS HOW DO WE GET A HANDLE ON CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION PROGRAMS? BECAUSE THAT'S OUR LARGEST POSITION, WHY WE ARE HERE AND WHAT WE DO. SO KNOWING THAT DR. VAZQUEZ AND MR. EAKINS AND MR. ERRORS HAVE ALREADY STARTED THE -- MR. AYRES HAVE ALREADY STARTED THE PROCESS ABOUT THE PROGRAMS AND TO HAVE YOU STEP IN AND LOOK AT THE MONEY, THE OPERATIONS, THOSE KIND OF THINGS, AND ADMINISTRATIVE AREAS, FIND OUT HOW WE CAN SAVE MONEY, I THINK WHEN WE GET TO THE END OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR, AND THE END OF THIS PROCESS, WE HAVE ALWAYS TALKED ABOUT HAVING A VERY LEAN AND MANY SYSTEM. I THINK WE HAVE WORKED HARD OVER THE YEARS TO GET THERE. WE ALL KNOW THAT IN BIG ORGANIZATIONS WHEN YOU GET A NEW PROGRAM OR SOMETHING, YOU KIND OF STICK THINGS ON OTHER THINGS AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU HAVE THIS BUMPY LUMPY THING THAT YOU ARE NOT SURE WHAT YOU ARE DOING WITH. AND OUR PEOPLE HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO GET US TO FOCUS IN ON EXACTLY WHAT IT IS WE NEED, ALL THOSE PEOPLE SITTING OUT THERE HAVE WORKED MONUMENTAL. FOR ME, YOUR BEING HERE IS THE NEXT STEP TO HELP THEM DO THE VERY THING THEY STARTED OUT TO DO. I THINK AS WE MOVE ALONG, WE TALKED ABOUT HAVING AB COMMITTEE AT THE VERY TOP. AND WE TALKED ABOUT THIS YEARS AGO, THAT NO PROGRAM OR DEVICE GOT APPROVED UNLESS IT WENT TO THIS COMMITTEE. THAT WAY IT'S ALL COORDINATE ADD CROSS DIVISIONS 50s OOPS, AND WE MOVED IN THAT DIRECTION FOR YEARS. I'M AFRAID AT THIS POINT THAT MR. BEEKMAN HAS ASSIGNED THAT RESPONSIBILITY TO YOU, DR. VAZQUEZ, GOOD LUCK WITH THAT. AND I'M AFRAID IT'S GOING TO MAKE YOU OLD BEFORE YOUR TIME. BECAUSE IT'S A HUGE PROJECT. BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT YOU ARE SMART ENOUGH TO INVOLVE EVERYBODY ELSE ON THIS TEAM AND GET THEIR INPUT. SO I AM REALLY, REALLY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO. AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO COME BACK. YOU HAVE ALREADY GIVEN US THE INFORMATION THAT IS A BRIGHT SPOT AND MAKES ME HOPEFUL ABOUT MOVING THIS SYSTEM EVEN FURTHER TO MEET THE NEEDS OF TODAY'S STUDENT, WHICH ARE SO DIFFERENT. AND I DON'T THINK THE PUBLIC TOTALLY UNDERSTANDS BECAUSE IT'S NOT LIKE HOW WE WENT TO SCHOOL. AND PEOPLE TEND TO WORK FROM THEIR REFERENCE POINT. SO FOR YOU TO BE HERE AND TO WORK WITH THIS STAFF TO MOVE US TO WHERE WE NEED TO BE AT THIS POINT IN TIME, I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT. SO THANK YOU FOR HANGING WITH US AND BEING HERE.

>> THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. MRS. EDGECOMB MADE ME THINK OF A COUPLE OF OTHER QUESTIONS THAT I HAD. AND AS A BOARD MEMBER AND AS A TAXPAYER, WE TEND TO BE VERY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT HOW WE CAN SAVE MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. BUT THE FLIP SIDE OF THAT -- AND THIS MIGHT BE THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM -- IS WHAT CONTAINED OF IMPACT DOES THIS USUALLY HAVE ON THE MORALE OF THE EMPLOYEES IN A SCHOOL DISTRICT? WHAT KIND OF FEEDBACK? BECAUSE THIS HAS BEEN ON THE AGENDA FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. WHAT KIND OF FEEDBACK ARE YOU GETTING, IF ANY, FROM EMPLOYEES OR ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR PROCESS? AND IF YOU HAVEN'T GOTTEN FEEDBACK, DO YOU PLAN ON GETTING THAT FEEDBACK ABOUT THE FEELING, THE MORALE THAT THIS CARRIES, AND WHAT METHODS DO YOU WANT TO BE SENDING TO THE EMPLOYEES ABOUT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT? BECAUSE THIS COULD BE PERCEIVED OR MISCONSTRUED AS, YOU KNOW, MAYBE THERE'S LESS JOB SECURITY BECAUSE YOU ARE REALLY AUDITING SEVERAL DEPARTMENTS AND MAYBE MY JOB, YOU KNOW, IS NOT GOING TO BE AROUND IN 14 MONTHS. SO CAN YOU ADDRESS SOME OF THOSE CONCERNS AND WHAT MESSAGE YOU WANT TO TRY TO BRING TO THE PEOPLE FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES, PLEASE?

>> ABSOLUTELY. FIRST OF ALL, THE INITIAL FEEDBACK THAT I RECEIVED HAS COME UP A COUPLE OF TIMES IN TOWN HALL MEETINGS, HAS BEEN MORE AROUND THE COST AND THE SPENDING OF THE MONEY, AND THAT WAS JUST THE KNOWLEDGE WASN'T THERE, WAS THAT QUESTION ACCURATE, AND HOW WE WERE GOING TO BE ACTUALLY USING REVENUE THAT IS COMING IN OVER THE NEXT YEAR THROUGH OUR P CARD AND USE OF OUR P CARD TO REALLY GENERATE THE PAYMENT THAT IS A PARTICULAR SERVICE WHICH IS REALLY A REINVESTMENT. THAT WAS THE INITIAL FEEDBACK. I THINK THE OTHER THING WE HAVE TO NOTE IS WE ARE GOING FIRST AFTER THE OPERATIONAL, BECAUSE THE OPERATIONAL IS REALLY THE PIECES THAT DOESN'T ULTIMATELY IN MANY CASES WILL IMPACT OUR EMPLOYEES, BECAUSE WE'LL LOOK DEFINITELY AT ALLOCATIONS. WE'LL LOOK AT PERSONNEL FOR THAT PARTICULAR SIDE AS WELL. BUT WE CERTAINLY KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF EFFICIENCIES IN HOW WE SPEND OUR DOLLARS ON THE OPERATIONAL SIDE BECAUSE WAVE TO BE LEAN AND MEAN. EVERYBODY BE LEAN AND MEAN ON THAT SIDE IN ORDER TO REALLY GET THE BIGGEST BANG FOR OUR BUCK ON THE INSTRUCTIONAL SIDE WHICH IS THAT IS WHAT WE VALUE IN TERMS OF AN EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION. AND THE OTHER THING HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS ALWAYS BEEN SENSITIVE TO PROCESSES WITH THEIR EMPLOYS. IF THERE'S ANYTHING -- THESE ARE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT COME BEFORE US. THEY ARE NOT AUTOMATIC. THEY ARE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE LOOK AT. AND THESE RECOMMENDATIONS COME ACROSS US. AND IF WE LOOK AT PERHAPS THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF DOWNSIZING PARTICULAR AREAS OF OUR ORGANIZATION, IT'S GOING TO BE DONE WITH SENSITIVITY TO THE ORGANIZATION. WE HAVE DONE A GREAT AMOUNT OF WORK OVER TIME THROUGH ATTRITION AND HOW WE ARE ABLE TO BALANCE THE ORGANIZATION, AND THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE. IT GIVES US THE ABILITY TO TAKE A RECOMMENDATION REALLY TIMELINE IT OUT TO MAKE SURE IF IT IS GOING TO IMPACT AN EMPLOYEE OR EMPLOYEE GROUP IT'S GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO BE OVER A PERIOD OF TIME, AND MAY NOT BE AN INITIAL HARDSHIP ON THE EMPLOYEE GROUP. SO THAT'S SOMETHING WE TAKE AS AN ORGANIZATION. WE APPLY OUR PRACTICES. WE APPLY THE SENSITIVITY TO ORGANIZATIONS. SO IT DOESN'T IMPACT US, THE MORALE OF THE ORGANIZATION. I THINK THE MORALE, ONCE WE GET PAST THE COST, AND WE NOW KNOW THAT IT IS COST BASED OFF OF REVENUE COMING IN, BASED ON HOW WE INVEST IN OUR LOCAL ECONOMY, NOW WE REALLY THINK THIS IS ABOUT FINDING WAYS TO UTILIZE THESE DOLLARS TO BE ABLE TO DO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE ON OUR LONG LIST OF THINGS TO DO THAT THIS BOARD TALKED ABOUT MANY OF THOSE THINGS, THAT REALLY LIKE AT THE END OF THE MONTH YOU WRITE OUT A CHECK, AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU SOMETIMES RUN TO A POINT THAT YOU CAN'T GO ANY FURTHER DOWN THAT LIST OF THINGS YOU WANT TO GHACT THIS DISTRICT. WE NOW CAN START TO GO FURTHER DOWN ON THAT LIST, A ROUND HOW WE SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS, HOW WE SUPPORT OUR STUDENT SERVICES, AND PROVIDE MUCH OF THAT KIND OF SUPPORT, HOW WE COMPENSATE ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEE GROUPS, HOW WE DO THE THINGS TO IMPACT DIRECTLY IN THE CLASSROOM. THIS STARTS TO OPEN UP THAT ABILITY FOR US TO DO THAT. AND THAT SHUB SHOULD BRING GREAT MORALE TO OUR DISTRICT AS A WHOLE.

>> LIKE YOU SAID, IT SEEMS LAKE THE COST WAS A HUGE ISSUE AND REALLY EVERYONE HAS BEEN FOCUSING ON THAT BUT NOT FOCUSING ON, WHAT IS THIS GOING TO MEAN TO THE EMPLOYEES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT? SO I AM GLAD THAT YOU ARE KEEPING IT VERY POSITIVE, THAT YOU ARE REASSURING, THAT YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO THAT, BECAUSE I TOO WOULD LIKE A LEAN, MEAN EDUCATION MACHINE. THANK YOU.

>> MS. STUART, IF YOU DON'T MIND. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HAVE SAID HERE IS THAT I PERSONALLY AS A BOARD MEMBER, AND I HAVE A FEELING THAT THE REST OF THE BOARD MEMBERS FEEL THIS WAY AS WELL, DO NOT HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE PROBLEMS THAT EXIST, BUT THE SOLUTIONS IN THE FUTURE. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS WE ARE MOVING FORWARD. SO WE KNOW WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME ISSUES. AND WHAT THIS IS, IT'S FEIGNING THE ROAD MAPS FOR YOU AS OUR SUPERINTENDENT AND HOW YOU ARE GOING TO LEAD US. SO I THINK IN YOUR MESSAGING AND TO ADDRESS WHAT MS. SNIVELY HAS SAID IN YOUR MESSAGING, THAT'S A BIG PART. THAT WARE MOVING FORWARD. SO IT'S NOT WHAT HAPPENED, IT'S WHAT WE DO TO RESOLVE THE ISSUES. SO THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: I ECHO WHAT A LOT OF MY FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS HAVE SAID. I KNOW THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO US COMPLEAGHT. I WANT TO ASK A QUESTION. SO AS YOU COME BACK TO US IN APRIL, GIVE ME A SENSE OF SOME OTHER DISTRICTS THAT YOU HAVE WORKED IN AS YOU PRESENT IN APRIL SOME OF YOUR INITIAL FINDINGS. I KNOW THE PUBLIC, BECAUSE WE ARE SO FOCUSED ON THE DOLLARS THAT ARE BEING SPENT, THEY ARE GOING TO THEN WANT TO KNOW ON THE FLIP SIDE OF THAT WHEN DO HAVE WE START REALIZING SAVINGS? SO IN A TYPICAL OTHER SCENARIO THAT YOU HAVE WORKED IN, WHAT IS A NORMAL COURSE OF A TIME FRAME IN WHICH WE CAN START TO REALIZE SAVINGS BASED ON WHAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT FIND?

>> WE PROVIDE A FIVE YEAR FISCAL IMPACT. AND SO WE DEVELOP IMPLEMENTATION CONSIDERATIONS, BECAUSE A LOT OF THESE YOU CAN'T SNAP YOUR FINGERS AND IT HAPPENS. SO WE KNOW THAT. AND UNLESS THERE'S A FINANCIAL URGENCY WHERE IT HAS TO HAPPEN EARLIER, THEN SOME OF THESE THINGS MIGHT GET ESCALATED. IN SOME INSTANCES YOU MIGHT HAVE TO INVEST MONEY TO SAVE MONEY. AND SO A LOT OF OUR EFFICIENCY STUDIES REPORT CONTAINS INVESTMENTS. NET SAVINGS EXCEED THOSE, OUR GROSS SAVINGS EXCEED THOSE, BUT YOU MIGHT HAVE TO INVEST SOME TO GET THE INTERNAL INVESTMENT. BUT WE WILL PROVIDE A FISCAL TIMETABLE OF WHEN WE THINK IT WOULD BE REASONABLE FOR THIS RECOMMENDATION TO COME FULLY -- SOME OF THESE COULD BE A YEAR. SOME OF THEM COULD BE THREE YEARS. AS MR. EAKINS POINTED OUT, ATTRITION, A LOT OF THESE SAVINGS CAN BE SAVED THROUGH ATTRITION. SO IT JUST DEPENDS REALLY THE TIMING WILL END UP BEING DRIVEN MORE BY DISTRICT ISSUES THAN BY OUR ISSUES. WE CAN GIVE YOU A TIME TABLE OF WHEN IT COULD BE REASONABLY IMPLEMENTED. AND SHOW YOU THE STEPS AND PLANS TO DO THAT, WITHIN THE FIVE YEAR FISCAL IMPACT, AND SHOW YOU BY THE SECOND YEAR, THIRD YEAR, SOMETIMES THE FIFTH YEAR THE FULL IMPACT OF THE RECOMMENDATION WILL BE REALIZED. IT JUST DEPENDS ON THE PARTICULAR REFNLGT DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION?

>> IT DOES. AND THEN I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION AND I'M NOT SURE WHICH ONE WILL HAVE AN ANSWER TO THIS. YOU MAY HAVE AN ANSWER LATER DOWN THE ROAD. BUT SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, DO YOU FORESEE AT THIS POINT, I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF CONCERN BECAUSE WE HAVE DONE SOME AUDITS IN SOME OF THE DECISIONS, ESPECIALLY IT, WE DID A COMPLETE ASSESSMENT AUDIT. DO YOU FORESEE ANY OF WHAT MAY COME OUT OF THIS TO CONTRADICT OR SOME OF THE WORK THAT WE HAVE ALREADY DONE?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I THINK IT IS ALWAYS A POSSIBILITY THAT THERE WAS A POINT IN TIME OF THAT WE MADE DECISIONS TO DO CERTAIN THINGS FOR THE PARTICULAR REASONS, AND THEY WERE ALL THE RIGHT REASONS, AND THEN THERE MAY BE SOMETHING THAT WE LOOK AT NOW AND FLP THEY'RE MIGHT BE A QUESTION. THAT'S WHY WE NEED OBJECTIVE EYES TO GIVE US THAT OPINION. LIKE I SAID THEY COME OUT AS RECOMMENDATIONS AND WE MAY LOOK AT RECOMMENDATIONS AND SAY WE APPRECIATE THE PREJUDICE. WE ALSO KNOW WHY THE BOARD OR WHY THE DISTRICT MOVED FORWARD ON PARTICULAR ISSUES WITH REGARD TO AN EXAMPLE LIKE I.T. I THINK THAT'S PART OF OUR OVERALL WORKING TOGETHER AND COLLABORATING ON THE OVERALL -- AND I APPRECIATE THE TIMELINES, BECAUSE A LOT OF THOSE THINGS, IT'S THE LIGHT TIME, BECAUSE A LOT OF THE THINGS WE MADE SOMEBODY INITIAL THOUGHTS AROUND OUR STRATEGIC PLAN WILL REALLY HELP TO GUIDE US WHEN WE SEE THESE RECOMMENDATIONS AND MAKE SURE WE ARE HEADING DOWN THE RIGHT PATH. AND THERE MAY BE SOME CONTRADICTION AS LONG THE WAY BUT I THINK WE CONTAINED OF WORK THROUGH SOME OF THOSE CONTRADICTIONS BY KNOWING WHAT IS OUR EVENTUAL GOAL OF THE ORGANIZATION IN THOSE AREAS AND WHAT MIGHT WE WANT TO ADJUST BASED OFFER THE RECOMMENDATIONS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. EDGECOMB, DO YOU WANT TO COMMENT NOW OR DO YOU WANT TO WAIT FOR MRS. EDGECOMB?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: IT'S SOMETHING ABOUT THE PROCESS AND I THINK THE WORKSHOP, IT'S PART OF THIS PROCESS, AM I RIGHT? HOW CAN BE WE ENSURE THE FIDELITY OF THIS WHOLE PROCESS WHERE THERE ARE SOMEBODY STANDARD RULES OF THE GAME, FULL, SO THAT -- YOU TALK TO MRS. BROWN, YOU TALKED TO HER, TO ENSURE THAT SHE DOESN'T TRY TO STOP THE THING ABOUT THE QUESTIONS THAT YOU ASKED HER, SO THAT MS. BROWN, BOTH BROWNS HAD SOME REALLY GREAT ANSWERS. I'M REALLY SERIOUS. THERE HAS TO BE SOME FIDELITY IN THIS WHOLE PROCESS. HOW DO YOU ESTABLISH IT AND HOW DO YOU COMMUNICATE IT SO THAT THE OUTCOMES ARE REALLY -- THEY ARE JUST WHAT YOU FOUND OUT, AND THEY ARE WHAT THEY ARE?

>> THAT'S THE LUXURY WE HAVE OF DATA AND TRIANGULATION INFORMATION. SO BEFORE WE EVEN COME BACK FOR INTERVIEWS TO TALK TO PEOPLE, WE ARE GOING TO REVIEW A LOT OF DATA. SO WE WILL ALREADY KNOW A LOT ABOUT YOUR DISTRICT BEFORE WE ARRIVE. AND WE WILL HAVE ALREADY DEVELOPED QUESTIONS, NOT ABOUT TELL US WHAT YOU ARE DOING BUT MORE ABOUT EXPLAINING THIS WITH SOMETHING THAT DOESN'T LOOK RATE HEAR. AND SO EACH INTERVIEW THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE HAVING WILL PROBABLY COVER DIFFERENT TOPICS. THE PEOPLE TALK? I'M SURE THEY DO. BUT WE CAN'T ENSURE THAT FIDELITY, BUT WE CAN UNSURE THAT THE INFORMATION THAT WE LEARN IN ANY ONE INTERVIEW IS CORROBORATED THROUGH SOME MEANS, AND IT'S USUALLY MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER VERBAL CORROBORATION, THAT THERE HAS TO BE SOME EVIDENCE THAT WE SEE IN THE DATA, IN THE PROCESS, OR SOMETHING THAT WE OBSERVE THAT VALIDATES THAT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. SAUNDERS.

>> THANK YOU. I WANT TO BRING UP TWO QUICK THINGS. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING IN THE LAST PREVIOUS MONTHS WITH SUPERINTENDENT, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT CHIEF OF SCHOOLS AND THEY HAVE GIVEN SOME GREAT IDEAS IN HOW WE GO FORWARD WITH THE CHANGE OF BUDGET PROCESS. AND SUSAN GARCIA MEETING WITH THE DIVISION CHIEF TO MAKE SURE HOW WE ARE DOING OUR BUDGET AS WARE PREPARING TO GET MORE INFORMATION TO YOU FASTER FOR THE 16-17 SCHOOL YEAR, DECEMBER 8th WE HAD OUR FIRST MEETING WITH THE DIVISION CHIEF, AND THEY ARE COMING WITH THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE, THIS IS WHAT WE THINK WARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO CUT FOR NEXT YEAR, AND EVERY MONTH THE LAST THURSDAY OF EVERY MONTH THEY ARE GOING TO REGROUP AND KEEP BRINGING THAT FORWARD TO YOU ALL SO WE CAN GIVE YOU BETTER IDEAS. SO WE ARE GOING TO BE DOING A LOT OF THE REVIEWING AT THE SAME TIME MR. GIBSON IS. AND THE OTHER THING I WANTED TO BRING UP QUICKLY, A SPECIAL, RESPECTS THANK YOU TO JEAN BOUMAN. WE WERE CALLING LEAN, MANY. JEAN'S NICKNAME IS MANY JEAN. AND WE REALLY AS A BUSINESS TEAM WAVE LEARNED SO MUCH FROM HER. SHE'S REALLY TAUGHT US HOW TO BE THE SOLUTION FINDER AND PROBLEM SOLVER. SO AGAIN SHE HELPED US A LOT WITH MR. GIBSON. SO KUDOS TO HER. AND THANK YOU, JEAN. THANK YOU TO YOU ALL.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MR. EAKINS, COULD YOU JUST PLEASE REPEAT THE COST SAVINGS THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN FOUND?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SURE. AND I KNOW MRS. SAUNDERS AND MRS. BOWMAN HAVE ALREADY WORKED WITH MR. GIBSON. LET ME REVIEW SOME OF THE THINGS HE'S GOING TO LOOK AT AND THESE ARE BASED OFF THE DATA. I KNOW INDIRECT COST IS A HUGE ISSUE. INCORRECT COST IS MONEY THAT GOES INTO OUR GENERAL REVENUE FUND. I OVERSAW THE TITLE ONE GRANTS. WE HIRE HUNDREDS OF EMPLOYEES. THAT MEANS WE HAD TO HAVE EXTRA PAYROLL PERSONNEL. WE HAD TO HAVE EXTRA PEOPLE OF THAT DID THE WORK OF THE -- THE CORE WORK OF THE DLAICT PEOPLE WERE ULTIMATELY PAID OUT OF A GRANT. EVERY GRANT HAS A RESPONSIBILITY, AND EVERY PROGRAM, THE NATIONAL PROGRAM, FEDERAL PROGRAM, HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PAY MONEY TO MS. SAUNDERS TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE CORE FUNCTIONS OF THE ORGANIZATION. SO WITH THAT, I KNOW I BELIEVE IT WAS AS MUCH PROGRESS THAT WAS ALREADY REVIEWED. THAT'S A PROGRAM. THAT CREATES A BURDEN ON THE DISTRICT. BECAUSE WE FEED STUDENTS EVERY SINGLE DAY, THERE'S CUSTODIAL COSTS. THERE'S OTHER COSTS THAT WE NEED, THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE'S A BURDEN ON THE DISTRICT TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THAT PARTICULAR PROGRAM. SO THAT'S ONE OF THE PROGRAMS. I KNOW HE ALREADY LOOKED AT. BUT ALREADY THOSE TYPES OF THINGS JUST LOOKING AT DATA ON PAPER HAS REALIZED SOMEWHERE OVER A HALF MILLION DOLLAR TO $700 THAT YOU HAS ALREADY BEEN SPOKEN TO MRS. SAUNDERS ABOUT SO SHE CAN ALREADY START TO COLLECT THAT REVENUE INTO OUR GENERAL REVENUE FUND. SO THAT'S ALREADY HAPPENING EVEN BEFORE WE START.

>> COULD YOU SAY THAT NUMBER ONE MORE TIME, PLEASE.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: BETWEEN A HALF MILLION AND $700,000.

>> WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH ALREADY PAYING FOR THIS CONTRACT, ESSENTIALLY. SO THANK YOU. I AM BEYOND EXCITED FOR THIS TO HAPPEN. I THINK THAT WE ARE GOING TO COME OUT OF IT, AND WE ARE GOING TO BE BETTER FOR THIS IN THE FUTURE. AND THAT'S WHAT I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO, IS JUST BEING THE BEST THAT WE CAN BE. I KNOW THAT WE ARE DOING GREAT THINGS, BUT WE CAN ALWAYS BE BETTER. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS WAS ALL ABOUT FOR ME FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET SOMETHING LIKE THIS FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS NOW. SO MOVING FORWARD. AND I WANT TO THANK STAFF FOR THE WORK THAT THEY HAVE DONE TO BRING THIS WORK TO BE US. AND MEAN JEAN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE WORK THAT YOU HAVE DONE. MRS. BOWMAN, FOR THE WORK THAT YOU HAVE DONE. AND WE WILL MISS YOU. THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR THIS DISTRICT. THIS IS ONE LAST CHANCE FOR ME TO SAY GOODBYE TO YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RETIREMENT. I HOPE THAT YOU HAVE GRAND PLANS. BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WHAT YOU BROUGHT FORWARD. I'M EXCITE BOARD OF DIRECTOR THE COST SAVINGS THAT WE HAVE ALREADY REALIZED. I THINK THAT THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC TO KNOW. AND THAT WAS IN AB VERY, VERY SHORT TIME. THAT WAS OUTSIDE OF THE MONEYS THAT DR. VAZQUEZ HAS ALREADY FOUND. SO WE HAVE REALIZED A SAVINGS THIS YEAR, TREMENDOUS SAVINGS, AND THAT'S GOING TO CONTINUE. BUT I THINK THAT IT'S JUST REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC TO KNOW HOW MUCH WE HAVE ALREADY REALIZED IN SAVINGS JUST BY HAVING THIS RELATIONSHIP WITH MR. GIBSON. AND I'M GOING TO CUT MY COMMENTS SHORT OTHER THAN TO SAY, IT'S ABOUT TIME. AND I'M REALLY EXCITED TO SEE THIS ONE COME FORWARD. AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SPEAKING WITH YOU AGAIN AND SEEING WHAT YOU COME UP WITH. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ARE THERE ANY OTHER BOARD COMMENTS? ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

>> THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, IT IS COMING UP ON 8:00. I KNOW STAFF IS TIRED AND HUNGRY AND THEY HAVE BEEN SIGNATURE OUT THERE. SO IF YOU WOULDN'T MANED IF I COULD ASK FOR BREVITY AS WE ARE MOVING FORWARD ON EACH OF THESE AGENDA ITEMS, I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IT. THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS 6.33 TO APPROVE AMENDMENT 3 OF THE SUBCONTRACT AND STATEMENT OF WORK 10 WITH NCS PEARSON, INC., FOR PROOF READING AND TRANSCRIPTION SERVICES FOR BAY AND INLAND WATERS AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED STUDENTS. SUSAN, YOU ASKED FOR THIS AGENDA ITEM TO BE PULLED? OR DID I SKIP 6.30? GRAHAM SORRY. MRS. EDGECOMB, I APOLOGIZE.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: AS PART OF THIS CONVERSATION, I JUST BELIEVE THAT THERE ARE SOME GREAT POSSIBILITIES OF MODELING. WHAT YOU DO IS WITH THE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES, AND THE EXPOSURE, AND OTHER STUDENT, SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE PERHAPS SOME CONVERSATION TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE CAN TRANSFER SOME OF THAT INTO SOME OTHER MODELS FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. THAT'S ALL. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. MRS. VALDES WILL SKIP PAST 6.33. THE NEXT ITEM IS 6.38 FOR THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH MIND STEPS. AND YOU WANTED A HIGHLIGHT ON THIS. OF WELCOME, MR. McMANUS.

>> GOOD OWNING. MARK US IS GOING TO DO MOST OF THE TALKING BUT THANK YOU FOR ASKING US TO HIGHLIGHT. WE WOULD NEED A GRANT FROM THE DOE FOR 500 THAT YOU TO IMPLEMENT TRAINING AN EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP GRANT THAT WOULD THEN IMPACT TEACHING AND LEARNING IN SCHOOLS. SO THE TRAINING IS THE PRINCIPAL AND THE NEED THING ABOUT HOW WE APPROACH THIS, IT'S BASED ON PRINCIPLE GOALS. AND THEN EACH OF THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS HAS COLLECTED THOSE GOALS AND DESIGNED TRAINING PLANS FOR THEIR AREA. A LOT OF THE TRAINING IS DONE IN SMALL GROUPS. A LOT OF IT IS DONE THROUGH PLC OUTSIDE OF THE SMALL GROUPS AND OTHER TRAINING. SO THIS ACTUAL CONTRACT, MARCUS' AREA IS GOING TO BE IMPLEMENTING A VERY INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO FEEDBACK WHICH HE'S GOING TO TELL YOU ABOUT. I WILL TELL YOU THAT, I AM NOT SUPPOSED TO SAY THIS BUT ROB I -- THE PERSON TO DO THIS IS A GURU AROUND FEEDBACK. THAT'S WHAT SHE IS KNOWN FOR SO THIS IS GOING TO BE EXCITING FOR OUR AREA. MARCUS.

>> GOOD EVENING. FIRST OF ALL THE EXPECTATIONS WE SET OUT FOR THE PRINCIPALS, THE FOLLOW THROUGH CONVERSATIONS OF THAT WE HAVE ARE CONSTANT, CONSISTENT, AND BUT AT THE SAME TIME WE EXPECT THE PRINCIPALS TO UNDERSTAND AND KNOW FAIRLY WHAT THE TEACHER IS DOING IN THE CLASSROOM. AND THAT FEEDBACK HAS TO BE CONSISTENT, HAS TO BE ACCURATE, HAS TO BE FAIR TO THE POINT THAT WE TRY TO MAKE OUR TEACHERS BETTER, STUDENT ENGAGEMENT, AND ACTUALLY MAKES THE TEACHERS TEACH WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND WE HAVE SUPPORTING THAT'S GUIDING THEM AND MENTORING THEM AND COACHING THEM TO THE NEXT STEP. WHEN IT COMES TO THIS FEEDBACK IT'S GOING TO BE MORE ACCURATE, GIVING THEM MORE UNDERSTANDING, WHAT OTHER WAYS THEY CAN APPROACH THE CLASSROOM VISITS. OUTSIDE THE INFORMAL OBSERVATIONINGS, WHAT THEY ARE DOING ON A DAILY BASIS AND AT THE SAME TIME THAT WE ARE TRYING TO BUILD THE CAPACITY OF THE PRINCIPALS, WEISS EXPECT THE PRINCIPALS TO BUILD CAPACITY WITH THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS WHEN THEY GO INTO CLASSROOMS AS WELL, THAT THE COMMUNICATION IS COMMON BETWEEN IS ACTUALLY ACT WUSHT THE WAY THE LEADERSHIP AND THE SCHOOL SETS EXPECTATIONS OF HOW THEY ACTUALLY PA MEAT TO ENGAGE AND MAKE THE KIDS BETTER IN CLASS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR HIGHLIGHTS TODAY. AND SHARE WITH ME, HOW DID YOU GET TO THIS POINT WITH YOUR TEAM?

>> WELL, WE START AGAIN WITH THE GOAL SETTING, AND WE START SEEING SOME TRENDS. WE DO OUR WALK-THROUGHS, OUR PRINCIPAL COACH, THEY ARE VERY VITAL IN THE WORK AND THE LEADERSHIP TEAMS AS WELL. WE DORF A WALK THROUGH, WE HAVE CONVERSATIONINGS, WHAT DO WE SEE, THE TRENDS THAT WE SEE IN DIFFERENT SCHOOLS. EVERY SCHOOL IS DIFFERENT. AND WHAT SUPPORTS WE CAN PROVIDE. HOW WE CAN ACTUALLY, MYSELF, EXPECT THE PRINCIPALS TO UNDERSTAND THE TEACHERS, I NEED TO BE FAIR AND DIFFERENTIATE WITH MY PRINCIPALS AS WELL. SO AS WE LEAD BY EXAMPLE WE TRY TO PROVIDE THAT SUPPORT AT ALL TIMES. AND SEEING AGAIN, WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO? WHAT TYPE OF FEEDBACK CAN BE WE PROVIDE, DEPENDING ON THE NEED OF THEIR SCHOOL ?FERL SO WITH THAT, IT'S TRYING TO COVER ALL AREAS IN WHICH WE PROVIDE DIFFERENT WAYS FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND THEIR ACCURACY IN THE COMMUNICATION WITH THE FEEDBACK.

>>Susan Valdes: AND DID YOU GATHER THIS ON YOUR ONE ON ONES, OR HOW DID YOU -- BECAUSE THIS IS, FIRST OF ALL, I'M VERY PROUD OF THE FACT THAT YOUR TEAM IS AT THIS POINT. I DON'T KNOW WHERE THE OTHER AREA SUPERINTENDENTS ARE, BUT THIS IS A VERY IMPRESSIVE CONTRACT TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD -- AT FIRST I READ THE AGENDA ITEMS WRONG. I SAID WHAT ARE WE DOING? IT WAS AREA 8. SO JUST TO SEE -- AND HOW MANY PRINCIPALS ARE IN YOUR AREA?

>> I KNOW. 25?

>> 25. SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT LEADERSHIP AREA TEAM, FULL, AND WHERE YOU BROUGHT THEM TO GET TO THIS POINT TO BE ABLE TO REALLY THINK ABOUT AS THEY ARE EVALUATING THEIR TEACHERS AND EXPECTING CERTAIN THINGS, BEING AWAY FROM THE T CLASSROOM FOR SO MANY YEARS, ALSO DIVORCING YOU FROM THAT DAY TO DAY CONNECTIVITY WITH YOUR STUDENTS, IF YOU WILL. SO JUST CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS. I'M VERY PROUD OF THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THIS, AND YOU DESERVE TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF PRAISE FOR BRINGING YOUR TEAM OF PRINCIPALS TO THIS POINT, AND HAVE BEEN EARNED THIS PARTICULAR GRANT TO BE BRING YOUR PRINCIPALS TO THE NEXT LEVEL. CONGRATULATIONS.

>> BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I WANT TO, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE SIX STAFF AND AT THE SAME TIME THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS ARE ALL ONBOARD, THE AMOUNT OF TIME OF THAT WE COULD SEND TO BE TRAINING. ACTUALLY WE CAN BUILD CREDIBILITY WITH THE OTHERS WHO TO PROVIDE MORE PRINCIPALS FROM THE OTHER AREAS AS PART OF THE TRAINING AS WELL. AND WARE ALSO INCLUDING ACADEMIC COACHES THAT WORK WITH US IN OUR AREA, BECAUSE THEY ARE ALSO PROVIDING FEEDBACK TO LEADERSHIP, STAFF AND THE ELEMENTARY SCHEMES, AND PERSONNEL SO THEY CAN FOLLOW THROUGH AS WELL WELL THEY MODEL IN THE CLASSROOMS. SO IT'S A MATTER GOEN TRY TO COVER ALL GAPS, CLOSE ALL THE GAPS THAT WE POSSIBLY CAN, SO THE COMMUNICATION IS CONSISTENT ACROSS THE BOARD WITH WHAT WE DO, NOT ONLY IN AREA APRIL BUT WORKING ONATES AREAS.

>> ITSELF W WELL, IT'S VERY HUMBLING OF YOU, AND I REALLY MEAN THIS. CONGRATULATIONS. BECAUSE YOU HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB. AND I KNOW THAT TEAM APPROACH IS THERE. BUT TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE THIS COMB ABOUT FOR A GROUP OF PRINCIPALS IN AN AREA, NOT JUST SELECTIVE GROUPS, BUT SOMETHING OF A TEAM PERSPECTIVE, AND THE TEAM THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR LEADING, CONGRATULATIONS FOR A JOB WELL DONE. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND YOU ONCE ANSWER PD PARTED OF MY QUESTION. IS THIS GOING TO BE TRAINING FOR AREA 8 THE W THE TRAIN THE TRAINER MODEL OR ARE WE GOING TO INVITE THIS GROUP BACK TO TRAIN IN OTHER AREAS?

>> ONE THING THAT'S VERY EXCITE BEING THIS GRANT IS IT'S BASED ON PRINCIPAL GOALS, EACH AREA SUPERINTENDENT HAS APPROACHED WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE DOING IN THEIR AREAS DIFFERENTLY. WE HAVE SOME OF THEM YOU WON'T EVEN SEE THE CONTRACTS. THEY ARE LESS THAN THIS AMOUNT. BUT WE ARE BRINGING JIM BURKE IN WHO IS GOING TO BE WORKING ON STANDARDS AND ASSIGNMENTS AND WORKING WITH ILT. WE HAVE SOME THAT THEY ARE DOING DIFFERENT THINGS, BUT I WILL TELL YOU, THEY ARE IN SMALL GROUP MEETINGS AND I HAD A CHANCE TODAY TO VISIT MARY BETH AND IT WAS A MAZING. THEY ARE ALL MAKING THOSE MEETINGS P.I HAD A PRINCIPAL TELL ME TODAY, THIS IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING IN OUR MEETINGS, BECAUSE THEY WERE COLLABORATING AROUND WHAT THEY ARE DOING, BUT I AM SAYING, THAT WAS A LONG WAY TO SAY THAT THEY HAVE INVITED OTHER PRINCIPALS FROM AREAS, EIGHT, HOW MANY PER AREAS? AROUND 6 PER AREA THAT WILL BE COMING IN AND BASICALLY THE TRAINING THEY ARE DOING AND THE COACHES AT THE TABLE, TOO, THEY WILL CONTINUE. THIS WILL BE A ONE-TIME CONTRACT WITH ROBIN J JACKSON. BECAUSE WE HAVE THE CAPACITY IN-HOUSE TO DO IT. WE JUST NEED HER EXPERTISE BECAUSE SHE'S TEACHING NEW FORMS OF FEEDBACK. IT'S VERY DIFFERENTIATED BASED ON THE NEEDS OF EACH TEACHER.

>> IS JACKSON FORMERLY OF KING HIGH SCHOOL? IN A, OKAY. OKAY.

>> I JUST WANT TO ADD ONE THING, THE SMALL GROUP MEETINGS THAT WE ARE HAVING WITH OUR PRINCIPALS ALSO GETS TO BUY-IN AND UNDERSTANDING SINCE WE ARE BUILDING WITH THEM SO WHEN WE BRING NEW ITEMS ONBOARD, THEY ARE BUYING AND UNDERSTANDING THAT IS NOT COERCED, THE PURPOSE THAT WE ARE DOING THIS MEANS A LOT BECAUSE WHEN THEY ARE ONBOARD THEY WANT TO FOCUS 100% AND BRING IT BACK WITH QUALITY.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE NEXT ITEM IS 6.39. APPROVE THE COMPETITIVE GRANT APPLICATION SUBMISSION BETWEEN JANUARY 1st, 2016 AND DECEMBER 31, 2016 AND RI SA, WELCOME.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THE WORK OF THE GRANT AND RESEARCH OPERATIONS OFFICE. THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY OF GRANTS AND RESEARCH IS TO AB SIFT PERSONNEL IN DEVELOPING HIGHLY COMPETITIVE DISTRICT LEVEL SUBMISSIONS FOR STATE, FEDERAL AND FOUNDATION GRANTS. THE GRANTS FOR WHICH THE DISTRICT APPLIES ARE ALIGNED WITH BE THE BOARD'S STRATEGIC PRIORITIES AND EACH GRANT OFFERED BY MY DEPARTMENT IS REVIEWED BY DR. VAZQUEZ PRIOR TO SUBMISSION. GRANTS AND RESEARCH PROVIDES BIWEEKLY UPDATES ON THE GRANT DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS FOR OUR ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENTS FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS, MRS. BROWN, AND AS OF 2013, I'M SORRY, AS OF 2013 FLORIDA BOARD WORK OUR DEPARTMENT PUBLISHES QUARTERLY REPORTS TO THE BOARD TO KEEP YOU INFORMED OF THE MOST RECENT GRANT SUBMISSIONS AS WELL AS GRANTS FOR WHICH THE DISTRICT MAY APPLY THE NEXT SIX MONTHS, THE NEXT REPORT WILL COME OUT THE WEEK OF JANUARY 11th. IN ADDITION TO DEVELOPING GRANT PROPOSALS, WE PROVIDE TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE TO ALL GRANT PROJECT DIRECTORS DIRECTORS IN THE DISTRICTS. WE HOLD ANNUAL PROJECT DIRECTOR MEETINGS WITH KEY PERSONNEL ARE FROM THE BUSINESS DIVISION, HR, INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY, ASSISTANCE IN DELIVERING TRAINING TO GRANT IMPLEMENTATION TEAMS. WE ALSO WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH SPECIAL REVENUE TO DEVELOP AND DELIVER CUSTOMIZED TRAINING FOR PROJECT DIRECTORS WHICH FOCUSES ON BEST PRACTICES AND GRANTS MANAGEMENT. THIS YEAR WE BEGAN PUBLISHING QUARTERLY GRANTS ALERT TO GRANT EMT IMPLICATION TEENLS TO KEEP THEM ABREAST OF CURRENT STATE, FEDERAL PROCEDURES. THE AGENDA COMES TO YOU EACH DECEMBER AS WE SEEK YOUR APPROVAL TO CONTINUE OUR GRANT DEVELOPMENT WORK AGAIN FOR THE NEXT YEAR. THANK YOU FOR YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BE HIGHLIGHT THE WORK THAT WE DO IN GRANTS AND RESEARCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. VERY GOOD. MOVING ALONG. OH, TOO SOON.

>>Melissa Snively: I THOUGHT I PULLED THIS ITEM AND I NOTICED MY NAME IS NOT ON THERE SO I'M NOT SURE WHAT HAPPENED. BUT ONE OF THE TOPICS I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT WAS SUSTAINABILITY. AND SO COULD YOU EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING DIFFERENTLY NOW THAN WE DID IN YOUR PREVIOUS AS FAR AS GRANT SUSTAINABILITY?

>> SURE. AS THE GRANT NEARS ITS SUNSET WE WORK WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION TEAMS AND DIRECTORS TO BE TAB AB LOOK AT THE COMPONENTS OF THE PROJECT THAT THEY FELT WERE MOST EFFECTIVE. THE ONES THAT THEY THOUGHT WERE MARGINALLY EFFECTIVE AND THE ONES THAT JUST DIDN'T WORK AT ALL. AND AS YOU KNOW, GRANTS ARE USUALLY SEED MONEY TO BE TRAY THINGS OUT THAT ARE VERY INNOVATIVE. AND SO YOU ARE TESTING THE COMPONENTS OF YOUR PROJECT ALONG THE WAY AND MAKING COURSE CORRECTIONS ALONG THE WAY AS WELL, BUT NOT EVERYTHING YOU DO IN A GRANT IS TYPICALLY WORTHY OF BEING SUSTAINED. WE HAVE TO KIND OF SET BACK AND TAKE A REALLY CRITICAL LOOK AT THE PARTS YOU THINK ARE MOST EFFECTIVE. AND THEN TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW YOU CAN REALLOCATE FUNDING YOU ALREADY HAVE TOWARDS THAT INITIATIVE OR THAT COMPONENT, OR YOU BUILD CAPACITY AS YOU IMPLEMENT YOUR GRANTS SO THAT IT IS SUSTAINABLE AFTER THE GRANT FUNDING IS PULLED.

>> AND THAT'S DIFFERENT THAN HOW YOU USED TO DO IT?

>> WE ALWAYS HAVE TRIED TO DO THAT. BUT THERE'S A LITTLE MORE HIGHLIGHT ON CERTAIN GRANTS BECAUSE OF THE SCALE OF THE GRANT AND THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT IT IMPACTED OVER THE IMPLEMENTATION OF IT. AND WE HAVE GRANTS THAT RANGE FROM GRANTS OF $50,000, 100. I MEAN, IT'S JUST SUCH A WIDE VARIETY OF GRANTS THAT WE HAVE. AND SO EVERY SINGLE ONE IS DIFFERENT. IT HAS DIFFERENT COMPONENTS AND IT HAS TO BE TREATED IN A DIFFERENT WAY.

>> HOW MANY GRANTS ARE WE APPLYING FOR IN 2016?

>> IT DEPENDS ON OUT OF MY OFFICE. IT VARIES FROM YEAR DO YEAR BECAUSE IT WILL DEPEND ON THE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE. AND SO IT'S HARD EVEN WHEN YOU GET YOUR QUARTERLY REPORTS, THE BOTTOM PART WHERE WE LIST THE GRANTS FOR WHICH WE MAY APPLY, WE DO THAT BASED ON THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE AT THE TIME. AND WE LOOK AT THE HISTORICAL RECORD, WHAT IS TYPICALLY RELEASED DURING THAT NEXT SIX-MONTH PERIOD. PROGRAMS ARE DEFUNDED OFTEN. WHEN WE HAVE A NEW PRESIDENT ELECTED, WE GET A SLEW OF NEW GRANT OPPORTUNITIES ALIGNED WITH THE PRESIDENT'S PRIORITIES.

>> AND BECAUSE ON THE AGENDA ITEM, I SEE THAT IT LOOKS THAT BETWEEN 15 MILLION AND 30 MILLION.

>> RIGHT.

>> AND THAT'S AN AVERAGE? LAST YEAR WE BROUGHT IN 15.5, AS I SAID IT'S GOING VARY FROM YEAR TO YEAR. THERE'S A LOT OF IT THAT WE CAN'T CONTROL. I THINK IT WAS A FOUR-MONTH PERIOD LAST YEAR WE APPLIED FOR NINE DIFFERENT GRANTS, AND WE WERE AWARDED THE MAJORITY OF THOSE. SOMETIMES WE CAN GET A PERFECT SCORE AND NOT GET GRANT FUNDING. THERE ARE POLITICS INVOLVED. THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THE FUNDING AGENCY SOMETIMES WANTS TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT GRANT FUNDING IS SPREAD OUT IN DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHIC AREAS OF THE COUNTRY. SO IF WE GET A PERFECT SCORE AS WE HAVE IN THE PAST, WE MATE NOT GET AN AWARD.

>> IS ANYTHING CHANGINGS ON THE QUARTERLY REPORT THAT IS GOING TO LA DIFFERENT TO US? IT STARTED, I GUESS IN, 2013 AFTER A WORKSHOP YOU MENTIONED THAT NOW WE OBVIOUSLY GET OUR QUARTERLY REPORTS. BUT ARE THEY GOING TO LA ANY DIFFERENTLY THAN THEY HAVE LOOKED BEFORE?

>> THEY SINCE I STARTED DOING THEM HAVEN'T HAD A LOT OF QUESTIONS. WE HAD A LOT OF QUESTIONS FROM MRS. EDGECOMB ABOUT A YEARING A TO MARK THE ONES THAT WE HAVE IN THE PAST OF THAT WE MAY BE AWARDED AGAIN WHICH WE DID. BUT FITS SERVING YOUR NEEDS THEN WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO FOUNTAIN YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME SO TWEAKS, WARE DEFINITELY OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING INFORMATION THAT IS MOST USEFUL TO YOU.

>> I THINK I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN TAKING A LOOK AT HOW WE CAN CHANGE THE REPORT OR TWEAK THE REPORT A LITTLE BIT SO THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO GET INTO SITUATIONS OR THAT WE CAN STAY INFORMED ABOUT SITUATIONS SO WE CAN KIND OF STAY AHEAD OF THE GRANT MONEY. I DON'T WANT TO GET INTO A SITUATION FROM THE PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE WHEREBY WARE NOW GETTING TO THE END OF A GRANT, AND WE HAVE TO TAN MONEY OUT OF OUR GENERAL FUNDING. KEEP THE PROGRAM GOING BECAUSE IT WAS AN EFFECTIVE PROGRAM BULL NOW WE DON'T HAVE THE GRANT MONEY TO SUSTAIN IT. SO I GUESS MY CONCERN IS, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S THE DEFINITION OF A STANDARD AGREEMENT, DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS, RIGHT? INSANITY. SO THE REPORT SHOULD LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT AND KEEP TAKING A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO IT THAN WE HAVE BEFORE SO WE DON'T GET INTO THE SITUATION WE WERE IN PREVIOUSLY.

>> AND SHE'LL TAKE WHAT YOU JUST SAID, MRS. SNIVELY, I SAW HER TAKING NOTES, AND SHE'LL MAKE SURE -- IT SOUND LIKE THE ISSUE IS MORE YOU WANT TO BE ENGAGED AROUND THE LENGTH OF THE GRANT, THE SUNSETTING OF THE GRANT OPPORTUNITIES, SOMETIMES CERTAIN GRANTS HAVE BEEN SUSTAINABILITY REQUIREMENTS, AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE ENGAGED AROUND THAT. I WILL LET YOU KNOW THE STAFF IS HALEN GAUGED AROUND THEIR T GRANTS IN THEIR DIVISIONS AND HOW WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A SMOOTH LANDING AT THE END AND THE CONCLUSION OF THOSE GRANTS. THE CONVERSATION AS ROUND HOW TO SUSTAIN THOSE PARTICULAR GRANTS, I THINK WE HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD. WE HAVE TO HAVE CONVERSATION AS CROSS OUR DIVISION BECAUSE SOMETIMES WE HAVE FUNDING THAT CAN HELP SUSTAIN SOMEBODY REALLY GOOD PEACES AND THAT INVOLVES COLLABORATION. WE WANT NO SURPRISES NARCS STAFF MEMBER, NO CHIEF OR ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT WANTS TO US HEAR, I NEED YOUR HELP, NOW, AT THE LAST MINUTE WHEN THEY HAVE ALREADY PLANNED THEIR BUDGET OUT WITH PRIORITIES BASED OFF THE STRATEGIC PLAN. I THINK THAT'S THE LAST THING I WILL SAY. WITH THIS STRATEGIC PLAN THE BOARD HAS APPROVED THAT PROVIDES CLEAR GUIDANCE TO THE DEPARTMENT ON WHAT THEY GO AFTER. SO THERE IS NOTHING, YOU KNOW, TO SAY THE GUESSING GAME WE ARE GOING TO GO AFTER. WE ARE GOING TO GO AFTER THE STRATEGIC PRIORITIES OF THE PLAN, FOR THIS BOARD, AND THAT WILL BE WHAT THEY ARE ALREADY WORKING ON.

>> AND IF I MAY INTERJERKTS HAVE A WAY OF WORK ESTABLISHED THAT IF IT'S OVER A MILLION DOLLARS AND ITSD CROSS DIVISIONAL IN NATURE I GO DIRECTLY TO THE SUPERINTENDENT TO DISCUSS THE OPPORTUNITY WITH HIM BEFORE I GO TO ANYONE ELSE TO MAKE SURE THE LINES, YOU KNOW, WITH WHAT YOUR GOALS AND INITIATIVES ARE. IF IT'S UNDER THAT I GO TO THE DIVISION CHIEF TO HAVE A DISCUSSION. AND THEN WE AREN'T MAKING DECISION BEINGS WHICH GRANTS TO PURSUE. WE ARE PULLING IN THE EXPERTS IN THOSE AREAS TO THE TABLE TO LOOK AT ALL OF THE GRANT REQUIREMENTS TO GO OVER THE APPLICATION IN GREAT DETAIL WITH THEM, AND THEN AS A GROUP THEY COME TO CONSENSUS, WHETHER OR NOT TO MOVE FORWARD. SO WE DON'T GO AFTER EVERYTHING THAT COMES OUT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> MADAM CHAIR, THERE IS A WORK FLOW PROCESS THAT WE KIND OF CREATED IN-HOUSE, WHICH IS DIFFERENT. SO THE FIRST APPROVAL OF MRS. BROWN WHO APPROVES ACTUALLY THE APPLICATION TO PURSUE THE GRANT. SO IF THE GRANT DID NOT WORTH PURSUING, THEN THEY WILL INFORM THE DIVISION HEAD THAT IT IS NOT WORTH PURSUING FOR VARIOUS REASONS. AT THE END, IT DOES COME TO BE ME FOR FINAL REVIEW, AND I MAY COMMENT ERV -- AND THERE ARE NO CONTROLS PUT IN PLACE SO THERE IS A WORK FLOW PROCESS, SO THAT THERE ARE KEY PEOPLE INVOLVED SO THAT WE DON'T RUN INTO PAST ISSUES.

>> AND I THINK THAT'S WHY IF YOU CAN PUT SOME CONTINGENCY PLANS IN PLACE, WHAT IF? BECAUSE WE HAD A SITUATION RECENTLY WHERE AN SB CAME TO THE BOARD, BECAUSE THE GRANT WAS ENDING, AND THEY WERE ASKING FOR FUNDING FROM THE DISTRICT, AND IT WAS DENIED FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD, AND I'M NOT SURE HOW THAT WAS HANDLED AS FAR AS CONTINGENCY PLANS GO, AND MAYBE SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, MAYBE NOT TONIGHT BUT ON A DIFFERENT OCCASION, CAN TALK ABOUT GUIDE ME AS AN EXAMPLE THAT I WOULD USE, BECAUSE THAT TOOK THAT RESOURCE AWAY FROM STUDENTS. WE DID HEAR A LITTLE BIT OF NEGATIVE FEEDBACK FROM THAT. OVERALL I THINK IT WAS STILL A GOOD BOARD DECISION TO MAKE, BUT WHAT WAS THE CONTINGENCY PLAN? AND YOU COME TO THE BOARD FOR NEW FUNDS, AND WE SAY IN A, WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? HAVE PLAN A AND B IN PLACE. THAT'S MY MAIN CONCERN, TOO, IS MAKING SURE THAT YOU HAVE GOT THAT CONTINGENCY PLAN IN PLACE.

>> AND BEING VERY FORWARD THINKING ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO BRING TO THE BOARD SO THAT IF YOU EVER GET IN THAT PARTICULAR SITUATION, YOU WILL HAVE BEEN PLENTY OF TIME TO THINK OF WHAT ESSENTIALLY WILL BE THAT CONTINGENCY PLAN. WE DON'T EVER WANT THERE TO BE AN ENTITLED -- WHEN IT COMES TO YOU IT IS AUTOMATIC. WE RESPECT THE BOARD AS FAR AS MAKING THAT DECISION ON THIS AGENDA.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I GUESS THE PROBLEM, OR NOT THE PROBLEM BUT THE PRACTICE THAT WAVE SEEN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS HAS BEEN THAT WE ACCEPT GRANTS WHEN WE APPLY FOR THEM, WE ACCEPT THEM, AND THEN WE WIND UP INCORPORATING THEM INTO THE GENERAL FUND, AND THEN WE HIRE INDIVIDUALS TO CONTINUE TO KEEP IT GOING, AND WE JUST ABSORB THAT. SO MY QUESTION AT THIS POINT IS, DURING THE LAST TEN YEARS, WE MAY NOT HAVE THIS INFORMATION NOW, BUT WITHIN THE LAST TEN YEARS, WHAT GRANTS HAVE WE ABSORBED? BY THE SAME TOKEN, WHAT GRANTS HAVE WE NOT ABSORBED? AND WHAT HAS THAT FINANCIAL IMPACT BEEN? AND AS WELL AS THEIR EFFECTIVENESS. AND I GUESS MAYBE THAT'S PART OF WHAT MR. GIBSON MIGHT BE DOING.

>> YOU JUST OPENED UP A LITTLE ACTIVITY THERE, BECAUSE YOU CAN GO ALL THE WAY BACK TO FEDERAL GRANTS THAT, YOU KNOW, FROM TEN YEARS AGO, LIKE OUR READING FIRST GRANT. THE DISTRICT HAVE ANY SAY IN IT. IT HAND BY WHICH THERE WERE SOME ISSUES AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, AND THEY DEFUNDED, A SOMETIMES THOSE KIND OF GRANTS HAPPEN TO US SOMETIMES, HOW THEY END, AND WE SOMETIMES AREN'T EXPECTING SOME OF THAT TO OCCUR. SO IF THERE'S SOME OF THAT THAT GOES ON. AND THEN THERE'S SOME OTHERS BY WHICH THERE ARE POLITICS INVOLVED, AND THERE ARE DECISIONS, APPROPRIATIONS, CHANGE EVERY YEAR AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. CERTAINLY SEED MONEY IS SOMETHING THAT WE LOVE TO LOOK AT FOR BUILDING SOMETHING. AND THAT'S WHAT WE OWN. IF WE USE IT FOR SEED MONEY, THEN WE ARE SAYING UP FRONT, WE FEEL THIS IS A WORTHY PROJECT TO POTENTIALLY CONTINUE AND MAINTAIN IN THE DISTRICT. SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DEFINITELY TAKE A LOOK AT, AND GIVE YOU MAYBE SOME OF THE BIGGER ONES THAT WEIGHED OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS THAT.

>> I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT TO ABSORB AND AS WE ARE MOVING FORWARD, REALLY LOOK AT THESE PRACTICES AND SEE HOW BENEFICIAL THEY HAVE BEEN TO BE STUDENTS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND I AM JUST GOING TO BE EXTREMELY BRIEF. BUT AS YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE WAY THAT WE ARE REPORTING THIS TO THE BOARD AS YOU ARE COMING FORWARD, WITH THIS INFORMATION, I'M THINKING ALONG THE LINES OF ONE OF THOSE WATCHDOGS WITH THE NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, WHERE THEY CAN LOOK AT WHAT IS THE ADMINISTRATIVE COST, AND WHAT'S GOING DIRECTLY TO THE END USE PER SE, SO THAT'S ONE THING AS WE HAVE BEEN HAVING THESE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE GATES GRANT, LOOKING AT WHAT THE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS OF THESE THINGS ARE, BECAUSE THAT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS, TOO, THAT CAN DETERMINE IN THE FUTURE IF WE WANT TO ABSORB THIS AT THE END OF THE GRANT, IT'S SOMETHING THAT ARE WE WANT TO BE TAKE ON AT THE DISTRICT, IS IT WORTH OUR TIME ?RVET SO THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I AM REALLY INTERESTED IN SEEING, TOO, IS THE ADMINISTRATIVE COSTS ATTACHED TO THE GRANT. BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES THERE'S ALL THOSE EXTRAS, YOU HAVE TO DO THIS AND YOU HAVE TO AUDIT THIS AND DO THIS, AND YOU HAVE TO HIRE A PERSON. SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT INFORMATION. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE THE LAST TWO AGENDA ITEMS. AND THESE ARE ITEMS 37.02 TO APPROVE TV REORGANIZATION OF LOGISTIC OPERATIONS AND FURNITURE REPAIR DEPARTMENT. MR. PARK CUSS.

>> YOU CAN DO THEM BOTH TOGETHER. BOTH CONVERSATION SAVINGS TO THE DISTRICT AS WE LOOK FOR WAYS TO SAVE MONEY. IN LOGISTICS WE HAD A VERY FLAT SCALE. THERE'S IN A ONE PROMOTED. THERE'S A MANAGER. WE HAD A BUNCH OF LABORERS. THIS PROVIDES SOME OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME POSITIONS, SOME WORK AT THE LOGISTICS LEVEL. AGAIN ABOUT A 2800 SAVINGS TO THE DISTRICT BUT IT'S A SAVINGS. IN HP KRELL IT'S A LITTLE DIFFERENT. WE FOUND WE ARE IN MUCH MORE NEED FOR VENDORS AND VENDOR OVERSIGHT IS ONE OF OUR CONCERNS. SO WE HAVE ELIMINATED SOME ENGINEER POSITIONS AND CREATED SOME COORDINATOR POSITIONS TO ENSURE THAT THERE'S ACCOUNTABILITY FOR OUR VENDORS THAT WE ARE THAT WE CAN FOLLOW UP ON WHAT HAPPENS ON OUR SCHOOL SITES. SO ABOUT CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR OUR SCHOOL. THESE COORDINATORS WILL BE ABLE TO YARD NIGHT TO MAKE SURE AIR CONDITIONING IS NEEDED IN ONE OF OUR BUILDINGS, AND THEY ARE BILLING FOR WHAT BE THEY SAY THEY ARE GOING TO DO.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. COMMENT?

>>Susan Valdes: YES, I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE ON THIS PARTICULAR -- THOSE IT WOULD BE RAE ORGANIZATION, AND I'M WONDERING IF IN THE FUTURE, THIS MIGHT BE SOMETHING ELSE THAT MR. GIBSON MATE COME UP WITH THAT. I REALLY DON'T KNOW AT THIS POINT. BUT HOW MANY DIFFERENT WAREHOUSES DO WE HAVE?

>> THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION. WE HAVE FOUR, AND THEN A MINI ONE THAT WE USE AS A WAREHOUSE THAT WASN'T INTENDED FOR THAT.

>>Susan Valdes: SO THINK ABOUT INVENTORY AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE AND HAVING A ONE-SHOP CENTRALIZED, FULL, WAREHOUSE, THATCH WOULD BE WONDERFUL IF WE COULD GET THAT. MS. KURDELL, I PROMISE. BUT TO SEE ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES OF THINKING ABOUT HOW WE CAN MAYBE CONSOLIDATE THE WAREHOUSES AND JUST HAVE ONE CENTRAL ONE. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. KURDELL IS SAYING THANK YOU. THAT IS ALL OF OUR PULLED ITEMS. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A VOTE TO VOTE ON THE REMAINING PULLED ITEMS. I HAVE A MOTION FROM MS. VALDEZ, A SECOND FROM MRS. STUART. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE PRESS YOUR BUTTON. I MRS. EDGECOMB? AND IT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. ALL RIGHT. WARE NOW ONTO THE SECTION OF BOARD MEMBER AND SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS. AND I KNOW MS. STUART HAS HER SON'S EVENT THAT SHE WANTS TO GET TO. AND I HAVE A CELEBRATION I WOULD LIKE TO GET TO AND I KNOW YOU ALL ARE TIERED AND -- TIRED AND HUNGRY. MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: I AM GOING TO BE BRIEF AND REALLY FAST. I WANT TO THANK CONGRESSWOMAN KATHY CASTOR THIS MORNING FOR INVITING SEVERAL OF US TO THE GREAT TEACHERS BREAKFAST. WHAT A TREMENDOUS EVENT. I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO BE THIS EVENT. SO THANK YOU FOR HER LEADERSHIP ON THIS, AND THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY RAY DOLLARS FOR THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB LOCALLY. AND THANKS TO MARK MASH FOR THE HUMAN RATES AWARD CELEBRATION THAT WE ALL WENT TO LAST FRIDAY. ANOTHER GREAT EVENT. THE ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS HELD THERE -- MY GOSH, WHAT DID THEY CALL IT? I LOST THE PAPER. IT'S SOMETHING WITH WITH THE SUPERINTENDENTS. SUPERINTENDENT'S LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE E.ANOTHER AMAZING EVENT. GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO BE STUDENTS AND TALK TO THEM. I CANNOT WAIT TO BE SEE SOME OF THE WORK THAT THESE KIDS HAVE DONE. TWO OF THE GROUPS DID, 9th GRADE, 8th AND 9th GRADE GRADE TRANSITION PROGRAMS FOR THEIR SCHOOLS. I'M REALLY EXCITED TO SEE THOSE. I WANT TO TALK JUST A MINUTE, AND DR. PEPPY WILL BE HAPPY ABOUT LEAD 206716. I HOPE THAT EVERYONE IN THIS DISTRICT IS PUSHING, ASKING AND TALKING TO PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS ABOUT LEAD AND ABOUT THIS COMPETITION. I KNOW THAT ARE THERE WAS A LENGTHY E-MAIL THAT WENT OUT TO EVERYONE ABOUT THIS LAST WEEK. AND THAT'S ALL I HAVE. I WANT TO SAY HAPPY HOLIDAY TO ALL THE DISTRICT STAFF THAT'S HEAR AND TO ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES WHO ARE GOING TO GET A NICE TWO WEAK BREAK WHICH I KNOW THEY HAVE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO STARTING FRIDAY. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. HARRIS.

>>Sally Harris: YES, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FIRST I WANT TO THANK MR. BRINSON FOR ALLOWING ME TO SHARE AN ALTERNATIVE IDEA THAT I HAD FROM ONE YEAR AGO WHEN I WAS FIRST ELECTED. AND IT'S ON DEAL WITH DISCIPLINE AN AND HAVING AN ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM. AND AT THE MEETING WITH MR. BRINSON HE SENT ME OUT ON A HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT. WE DID IT. I MET WITH MELANIE FOSTNER AND ROSS ANDERSON AND IIAN BAXTER AND WE HAVE COME UP WITH SOME REALLY CREATIVE IDEAS AND HOW GIVING IT BACK TO MR. BRINSON. SO I WANT TO LOOK FORWARD TO HOW THAT'S GOING TO COST OUT AND JUST THANK YOU BECAUSE I AM VERY EXCITED TO SEE WHERE THIS GOES. AND I DID TELL OUR SUPERINTENDENT WE HAVE BEEN DOING ALL OF THAT. SO HE'S AWARE OF IT NOW. AND THEN VERY QUICKLY, I HAVE SOME PICTURES. OF COURSE YOU KNOW I HAVE PICTURES BECAUSE I HAVE A SELFIE STICK. AND I JUST WANT TO SHARE THAT WE HAVE DONE A LOT OF TRAVELING IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE WITH THE EDUCATORS WITH THE SOUTH TAMPA CHAMBER AND THE SOUTH SHORE CHAMBER, AND WE GOT TO TOUR THE BASE AND REALLY DO SOME FUN THINGS OUT THERE. SOME OF YOUR BOARD MEMBERS WENT TO THE PLANT CITY CHRISTMAS PARADE. WE HAD A GREAT TIME THERE. WE ALSO HAD AN ADULT AND CONTRARY EVENT. WE ATTENDED MANY OF MR. EAKINS' TOWN HALL MEETINGS. AND THE TOWN HALL MEETING HAVE BEEN SO INSPIRATIONAL FOR ME. IT'S REALLY NEAT TO HEAR THE TEACHERS AND WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY. AND EVEN THOUGH SOME OF IT IS KIND OF PAINFUL TO LISTEN TO, IT IS REALLY GREAT IDEAS. AND I APPLAUD YOU, MR. EAKINS, FOR BEING ABLE TO STAND THERE AND LET THESE TEACHERS TALK ABOUT THEY FEEL PASSIONATE, THEY COME WITH TEARS IN THEIR EYES, AND EVEN AFTER THEY GET VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT THEY TELL YOU AT THE TOWN HALL MEETINGS, THE LAST THINGS THAT THEY'LL SAY IS THAT I AM STILL GOING TO GO TO WORK TOMORROW, I LOVE MY JOB. AND YOU KNOW TO SEE THAT PASSION ABOUT THE ISSUES, IT REALLY SAYS EDUCATION IS DOING WELL. I ATTENDED A NOTE PRESENTATION AT BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL, AND, BOY, I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED WITH THAT. WE ALSO ATTENDED A HUMAN RATES AWARDS CEREMONY. THERE WERE MANY OF US THERE. WE HAVE BEEN READING TO THE STUDENTS AT SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS. WE ATTENDED -- THE SUPERINTENDENTS DWRUET SUMMIT, AND MELISSA ERICSON'S GROUP, AND LIKE MRS. STUART SAID IT WAS REALLY GOOD. ^ REALLY THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT THAT BROUGHT ME TO TEARS WAS THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING, AND THAT WAS OUTSTANDING AT BRANDON. IT WAS MY FIRST TIME TO ATTEND THAT. AND IT WAS WONDERFUL. AND THEN YESTERDAY, I THINK IT WAS, I LOST TRACK OF TIME, WE GOT TO GO OUT AND APPLAUD OUR TEACHER OF THE YEAR AT OUR INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT GROUP. SO IT HAS JUST BEEN A FABULOUS TWO WEEKS. THANK YOU. HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY. YES, I LOVE CHRISTMAS.

>> SHE HAS A DIFFERENT OUTLOOK FOR EVERY DAY. MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THE FACULTY AND STAFF AND EDUCATIONAL STUDENT -- ALTERNATIVE STUDENT FORUM, HOW LONG HAS HAD THE BEEN, 2005? 2005. EACH YEAR GETS BETTER. IT'S AN EXPERIENCE WHEN YOU WALK IN, YOU ARE A DIFFERENT PERSON THAN WHEN YOU WALK OUT WHEN YOU HEAR THE STORIES OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT N OUR SCHOOLS AND THE THINGS THEY ARE LEARNING, AND HOW THEIR LIVES ARE CHANGING. I JUST WANT TO SAY TO STAFF THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING TO HOST THAT, AND ESPECIALLY THE STUDENTS AND THOSE ADMINISTRATORS WHO BRING THEM TO THIS EXPERIENCE. THEY REALLY FEEL VERY SPECIAL BECAUSE MR. SHATNER AND HIS STAFF REALLY DO A GREAT JOB. THE BELIEF CONTEST. THE SCHOOL INVITED ME OUT TO THEIR FOURTH THROUGH FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS ABOUT MY LIFE EXPERIENCE. BECAUSE IF YOU THINK ABOUT MANY OF OUR STUDENTS DON'T NECESSARILY KNOW AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERS IN THIS COMMUNITY, AND I THOUGHT IT WAS A GREAT WAY FOR THEM -- FOR ME TO SHARE WITH THEM ABOUT MY EXPERIENCES, HOW DIFFERENT THINGS WERE WHEN I WAS GROWING UP, AND IT WAS FOR ME A TIME TO TALK ABOUT TO SORT OF GIVE THEM SOME BACKGROUND SO THEY CAN EXPLORE AND LOOK AT OTHER LEADERS IN THE COMMUNITY. BUT I JUST WANT TO THANK THEM FOR DOING THAT AND THEY WERE SO ENGAGED, AND ASKING SOME GREAT QUESTIONS, AND SO WELCOMING. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT EXPERIENCE. I WAS AT THE BOOK GIVEAWAY ON SATURDAY. IT WAS A TIME TO CELEBRATE FAMILIES AND REALLY BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO GET BOOKS IN THEIR HANDS. MANIFULLY THEM NOT HAVING BOOKS IN THEIR HOMES, IT WAS AN ABSOLUTE AWESOME EXPERIENCE. THE PARTNERSHIP JUST REALLY VALIDATES HOW MANY PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY CARE ABOUT OUR STUDENTS. CARE ABOUT THEIR GROWTH AND THEIR FAMILIES, AND WANTING THEM TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD BECAUSE SO MANY OF THE STUDENTS DON'T HAVE BOOKS IN THEIR HOMES. AND IF THEY ARE EXPECTED TO COME PETITION WITH STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN LIBRARIES IN THEIR HOMES. SO THANKS FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, OUR AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TEACHERS, FIRST BOOK FOR AN EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, CTA, AND MALINA HEALTH CARE WHO HAVE THE GOAL OF BUILDING SCHOOL BOOK COLLECTIONS FOR STUDENTS IN THEIR HOMES AND FOR THEIR CLASSROOMS. AGAIN, THANKS TO THE EAST TAMPA PARTNERSHIP FOR EACH YEAR PROVIDING A TREE LIGHTING OPPORTUNITY. AND IT GIVES OUR STUDENTS AT SCHOOLS THAT OTHERS DON'T GET A CHANCE TO -- ORDINARILY DON'T GET A CHANCE TO BE SHINE, LAKE POTTER, LOMAX, TO SHARE THEIR TALENT. THEY ARE AWFULLY TALENTED AND SOMETIMES WE DON'T REALIZE HOW TALENTED THEY ARE BECAUSE WE DON'T GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW WHAT THEY CAN DO AND WHAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF, AND A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE ADMINISTRATORS, AND STAFF PERSONS WHO ARE OUT THERE ON FRIDAY NIGHTS GIVING UP THEIR OWN PERSONAL TIME, SACRIFICING THEIR TIME FROM THEIR FAMILIES TO BE A PART OF THIS. I, TAKE, WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR CONTINUING TO LOVE KIDS AND DO WHAT'S IN THE BEST FOR THEM. AND I WANT TO EXTEND TO YOU THE HOLIDAY SEASON THAT YOU TAKE TIME TO CELEBRATE AND ENJOY THOSE THINGS THAT REALLY, REALLY MATTER. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MR. EAKINS, I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND YOU FOR HOSTING THE TOWN HALL MEETINGS. I KNOW THAT THEY HAVE BEEN VERY TOUGH IN SOME CASES, AND JUST THANK YOU FOR THE LISTENING EAR. BOARD MEMBERS, IN LIGHT OF THE ACCIDENT, THE SHAGHT OF A STUDENT AND HEARING THE SADNESS THAT THE OTHER TEAM TEEN HAD IN HIS VOICE, I HOPE THAT WE ARE TALKING TO OUR STUDENTS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF PLAYING WITH GUNS JUST FOR THE SAKE OF PLAYING WITH GUNS, AND TWO FAMILIES LIVES HAVE BEEN REALLY CHANGED FOREVER BY THIS TRAGEDY. AND IT'S JUST AN UNFORTUNATE SITUATION. AND CONSIDERING THE DIFFERENT TAPES OF CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE GOING ON WITH GUN CONTROL OR LACK THEREOF, OR THINGS OF THAT NATURE, IT'S GETTING TO THE HANDS OF OUR KIDS. AND IT REALLY CONCERNS ME, AND I HOPE WE ARE DOING A GREAT EFFORT TO TALK TO OUR KIDS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF JUST PLAYING WITH GUNS. AND IF YOU SEE A GUN, GO AWAY FROM IT. ON A MUCH LIGHTER NOTE, PIERCE MIDDLE STUDENT, I HAD BEEN DONATE ADD FEW LAPTOPS, AND DECIDED TO ADOPT PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND TEACHERS DID A PARTICULAR ESSAY IN REFERENCE TO A SCHOOL WIDE ESSAY, IN REFERENCE TO HOW AN EDUCATION USING MY TAG LINE CAN NEVER BE ERASED, AND THEY WIND UP USING A COUPLE OF INDIVIDUALS AND DID AN ESSAY ON THAT, AND CORRELATED THE TWO. AND THE TEACHERS CHOSE THE WINNERS OF THOSE, OF THE STUDENTS OF THE ESSAYS, AND I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING ABLE TO HAND THESE LAPTOPS TO THESE STUDENTS WHO WON THE ESSAY CONTEST. AND IT'S AMAZING. WHEN ASKED OF THESE STUDENTS IF THEY HAD TECHNOLOGY AT HOME, NOT ONEFULLY THEM HAD A FORM OF TECHNOLOGY. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT OPPORTUNITY AND BEING ABLE TO HELP SERVE OUR KIDS AND GIVING THEM THAT HAND UP. YES, MEMBER HARRIS, WE HAD A GREAT TIME AT THE PLANT CITY PARADE. AND WITH THE STUDENTS THAT ARE AROUND. AND THAT'S SUCH A GREAT COMMUNITY. WE HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME. AND THAT WAS ON THE FOURTH. ON THE FIFTH, AFTER NINE YEARS OF NOT PARTICIPATING IN ANY PARADES, THIS YEAR THE FIRST TIME, THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, MR. BEEKMAN AND HIS STAFF, WERE PARTICIPATING IN THE SANTA FEST PARADE. AND I CRASHED THAT ONE IN SUPPORT OF THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND HAD A WONDERFUL TIME FELLOWSHIPPING WITH THE STAFF OF TRANSPORTATION. AND I REALLY HOPE THAT THAT BECOMES A TRADITION IN PARTICIPATING IN ALL OF THE DIFFERENT EVENTS TO THE POINT THAT EVEN COMMENTS ON FACEBOOK WERE, WHERE WERE WE? SO I GAVE THEM THE HOPE THAT WE HAVE THE MLK DAY PARADE COMING UP ON THE 21st, I BELIEVE, OF JANUARY, AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL HAVE A LOT MORE REPRESENTATION FROM TRANSPORTATION THERE. SO THANK YOU, MR. BEEKMAN, FOR BRINGING THAT FUN BACK INTO THE DEPARTMENT, AND BUILDING THAT CULTURE. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GOSH, THE STEINBRENNER CONCERT IS JUST A WONDERFUL EVENT. IT REALLY KICKS OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON FOR ME. LISTENING TO ALL THOSE LITTLE VOICES IN THE BACKGROUND SINGING THE TUNES TO THE CHRISTMAS CAROLS THAT THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA PLAYS IS JUST WONDERFUL. KUDOS TO TOWN AND COUNTRY ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS PERFORMANCE ON FROSTY THE SNOWMAN. THIS YEAR THE MUSIC TEACHER IS TO BE COMMENDED FOR HER GREAT PRODUCTION CONSIDERING ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND THE LACK OF, WELL, TECHNOLOGY AND PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. DOES A PHENOMENAL JOB. AND I GRI TESTIMONY PROGRAM, I DIDN'T REALIZE YOU WERE THERE, BUT I WAS SITTING RIGHT IN FRONT, AND I HAD NOT ANDREI EYE THAT WHOLE TIME. YOU WERE THE GUEST, RIGHT? BUT IT WAS JUST VERY SPECIAL. ALSO ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL SPANISH HONORS SOCIETY, THEY HAD 80 STUDENTS WITH THEM WHICH THEY INDUCTED INTO THE HONOR SOCIETY, AND I THANKED MR. BUSH AND SENEOR MODRONE FOR THE FOREIGN LANGUAGES. THE DIVERSITY STAFF FOR HOSTING THE FORUM ON SMALL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY THIS PAST FRIDAY. THERE WAS QUITE A FEW NEW POTENTIAL FOLKS THAT WANTED TO LEARN MORE ABOUT DOING BUSINESS WITH THE DISTRICT. AND THAT WAS VERY WELL ATTENDED. AND I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE VICE CHAIR CINDY STUART ON HER AWARD FOR THE FIRST SELECTED WOMAN OF THE YEAR. LEAVE IT AT THAT AND THEN YOU CAN FINISH IT OFF. SO AT THIS POINT, I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO COMMEND EVERYBODY PRINCIPAL KIM MOORE OVER AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. I RECEIVED A LETTER FROM ONE OF HER CUSTODIANS. AND HE WROTE IT IN SPANISH. JUST TO HAVE EXPRESS -- WHO HAD JUST BECOME A U.S. CITIZEN IN NOVEMBER. AND WHEN HE RETURNED BACK TO THE SCHOOL, HE SAID, AND I WILL TRANSLATE, SAYS, "I FEEL VERY PROUD AND HAPPY TO HAVE BEEN GREETED AND THE WAY THAT I WAS GREETED BY THE COLLECTIVE FACULTY AND STAFF AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL." SO THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZING AND CELEBRATING AN ACCOMPLISHMENT OF ONE OF OUR EMPLOYEES, AND AGAIN FOR CHANGING AND LIVING THE CULTURE THAT WE WISH TO HAVE IN OUR DISTRICT BY CELEBRATING ALL LEVELS OF OUR EMPLOYEES. SO GRACIAS, SEN ERE AMOR. AND I AM JUST CATCHING UP ON SOME OF THESE THINGS. THERE WAS A MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION, AND I DON'T KNOW IF WE ARE INDEED PARTICIPATING IN THIS. SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE, THIS IS SCHEDULED FOR THE 30th OF JANUARY 2016. AND THEN AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL OF OUR ADMINISTRATION, FACULTY AND STAFF ON BOTH SIDES OF THE INSTRUCTIONAL AND NONINSTRUCTIONAL EMPLOYEES A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, AND A VERY NEW YEAR, FELICE NAVIDAD. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. I DON'T THINK WE HAD A BOARD MEETING SINCE THE GREAT AMERICAN TEACH-IN SO I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE SCHOOLS THAT ARE ALLOWED TO COME IN AND PARTICIPATE IN THAT PROGRAM. ESPECIALLY FOR ALLOWING ME TO COME OUT TO THE CHOCK CREEK ELEMENTARY AND NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL. THAT WAS AN AMAZING EXPERIENCE. I HADN'T DONE IT ACTUALLY OUTSIDE OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. SO DOWRG DOING IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND AB HIGH SCHOOL WAS NOT THE SAME. AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. DOESN'T TAKE A WHOLE LOT TO ENTERTAIN SECOND AND FOURTH GRADERS. BUT YOU GET TO MIDDLE SCHOOL AND IT'S LIKE, BUEHLER? BUEHLER? ANYONE? SO TRUE. SO THANK YOU, MRS. HEREIN, MRS. MAB CLURE, MR. FARKAS, MR. RIVERA AT THOSE SCHOOLS FOR ALLOWING ME TO COME IN. AND I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY STATISTICS AS TO WHAT LEVELS OF PARTICIPATION THAT WE HAVE THIS YEAR. JUST CURIOUS TO KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE VOLUNTEERED FOR THE GREAT AMERICAN TEACH-IN. I WANTED TO THANK A FEW PEOPLE. SCOTT SMITH. HE'S A CEO AT ST. JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL DOWN IN SOUTH COUNTY, THE NEW HOSPITAL, THE NEW FACILITY. I WAS ABLE TO TAKE A TOUR OF THAT FACILITY AND TALK ABOUT PARTNERSHIP, COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS. AND THEY ARE WILLING TO HELP THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WHEN NEED. FOR EXAMPLE, OFFERING PHYSICALS TO ATHLETES THAT MAY NOT HAVE COVERAGE FOR PHYSICIAN OR NURSE TO PERFORM THAT. SO THANK YOU, SCOTT SMITH. THANK YOU TO CHUCK BURGESS FROM SPORTS AND AQUATICS. THEY INVITED ME TO BE -- NORMALLY IT WOULD BE A GROUNDBREAKING BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY A POOL BREAKING SO INSTEAD OF SHOVELING DIRT WE ACTUALLY SHOVELED POOL WATER. KIND OF UNIQUE. BUT THEY ARE BUILDING A NEW POOL TO FACILITATE A DROWNING PREVENTION PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS, CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY, WHICH HE SHOWED SOME STATISTICS WHICH ARE VERY ALARMING. AND I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT THEY ARE PARTNERING WITH THE COMMUNITY IN PREVENTING DEATH. SO THAT WAS FANTASTIC. COMMUNITY ROUND TABLE. THEY ARE THE FOLKS THAT HELP WITH US THEIR FORUMS THAT CONNECT STUDENTS TO BE VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES SO THEY CAN MEET THEIR REQUIREMENTS. FOR HIGH SCHOOL. AND THANK YOU TO MICKELSON FOR INVITING ME TO THE COMMUNITY ROUND TABLE EVENT. AND FORMERLY WITH FRAMEWORKS YOU MAY RECALL, NOW THE CEO OF THE GIRL SCOUTS OF WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA, SO UNFORTUNATELY, SHE ALLOWED ME TO TOUR THE FACILITY IN TAMPA, AN AMAZING PLACE THAT THE GIRL SCOUTS ACTUALLY DESIGNED THEMSELVES, THE DESIGN INSIDE TO WHAT MAKES THEM HAPPY AND WHAT IS AESTHETICALLY PLEASING FOR THEM. AND THEY GATHER THERE ON A REGULAR BASIS, GIRL SCOUTS DO. AND THEN, LET ME SEE, DID I GET EVERYBODY? OH, CONGRATULATIONS TO MICHAEL SCHRADER, BLOOM BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL, FOREACHIEVING HIS EAGLE SCOUT THIS PAST SUNDAY. JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I GAVE A SHOUTOUT TO HIM. HE ALLOWED ME TO HELP HIM WITH ONE OF HIS MERIT BADGES, WHICH WAS CITIZENSHIP IT? COMMUNITY, AND IRONICALLY, WE MET AT PANERA BREAD, WITH HIS PARENTS, AND WERE SITTING AROUND, AND HE'S INTERVIEWING ME, HIS PARENTS WERE SITTING OUTSIDE, AND HE'S INTERVIEWING ME, AND I'M TALKING ABOUT THE SUPERINTENDENT, AND WHO WALKS UP TO THE TABLE BUT THE SUPERINTENDENT? AND SO IT WAS A REAL HIGHLIGHT FOR HIM TO GET TO ACTUALLY MEET THE SUPERINTENDENT AT THE TIME OF THAT WE WERE DISCUSSING WHAT IT'S LIKE SERVING THE COMMUNITY. WERE YOUR EARS BURNING? MUST HAVE BEEN. LET ME AT THE TIME YOU ABOUT MR. EAKINS. OH, HI. HELLO. AND THEN I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS. A LITTLE POEM. BECAUSE THE HOLIDAY ARE SPECIAL, AND WE SHALL BE VERY THANKFUL FOR EVERYTHING THAT WAVE AND ALL OF THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE IN OUR LIVES THAT MAKE IT SPECIAL. SO A LITTLE POEM BY GRACE POWELL. WHATEVER ELSE YOU WANT, LET US KEEP CHRISTMAS STILL A SHINING THING. WHATEVER DOUBTS ASAIL US OR WHAT FEARS, LET US HOLD CLOSE TO BE ONE DAY RECOLLECTION ITS POIGNANT MEANING. LET US GET BACK OUR CHILD LIKE FACE AGAIN. MERRY CHRISTMAS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. KURDELL.

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU. I HAVE ONE THING. AND THAT'S TO CONGRATULATE MELISSA SNIVELY ON RECEIVING THE WOMAN OF DISTINCTION AWARD FOR THIS YEAR FROM THE GIRL SCOUTS OF WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA. SO FROM A ONE PERSON WHO HAS RECEIVED THAT TO ANOTHER, CONGRATULATIONS. THAT'S A WONDERFUL THING. [ APPLAUSE ] GIRL SCOUTS ONE OF MY FAVORITE. AND MERRY CHRISTMAS, Y'ALL.

>>April Griffin: WELL, THANK YOU, MS. KURDELL, BECAUSE I WAS GOING TO RECOGNIZE MRS. SNIVELY FOR HER AWARD FROM THE GIRL SCOUTS. AND I WAS ALSO GOING TO RECOGNIZE MS. STURTD WHO RECEIVED IN THE BLACK 2015 ELECTED OFFICIAL FEMALE WOMAN OF THE YEAR. AND WE WERE ABLE TO BE THERE TO CELEBRATE WITH HER AND TO SEE HER RECEIVE THAT HONOR. [ APPLAUSE ] WE HAVE ALL BEEN CRAZY DOING A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS SO I AM NOT GOING TO GO INTO ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS WE HAVE BEEN DOING, ALL THE PLACES WE HAVE BEEN GOING, BUT I DO WANT TO BE SAY HAVE BEEN AB VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAY. BE SAFE OUT THERE. I KNOW OUR STUDENTS, I WANT TO SAY TO OUR STUDENTS, BE SAFE. THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS TIME OF THE YEAR. WEAR YOUR SEAT BELTS BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY DEATHS ON THE ROAD THIS TIME OF YEAR. AND THIS IS NOT A TIME THAT WE WANT TO LOSE OUR CHILDREN. WE NEVER WANT TO LOSE OUR CHILDREN BUT ESPECIALLY AROUND THE HOLIDAY IT MAKES IT THAT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT. SO PLEASE BE SAFE. BUCKLE UP AND YOU ALL ENJOY THE TIME THAT YOU HAVE OFF. I KNOW THAT I WILL. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: LAST WORDS HOPEFULLY NOT BE LAST WORDS. SO I JUST HAVE ARE A FEW THINGS TO BE SHARE WITH YOU TONIGHT. FIRST OF ALL, YOU ALREADY COVERED A GREAT JOB COVERING MY POINTS SO I REALLY APPRECIATE. THAT I WAS GOING TO MENTION ABOUT THE LEAD CONTEST. WE ARE UP IN FULL SWING. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS FRIDAY, JANUARY 8th AT 4 P.M. PLEASE GO TO OUR WEBSITE FOR DETAILS. ALSO COME UP ON OUR CHOICE DEADLINES IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS FOR OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL CHOICE. AND APPLICATIONS IN TODAY AT 11:59 P.M. OUR ELEMENTARY APPLICATION PERIOD OPENED ON JANUARY 5th AND GOES THROUGH JANUARY 31st. OF COURSE WE HAVE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT OUR TOWN HALL MEETINGS. WE HAVE TBOB TWO MORE TOMORROW. WE HAD FOUR. TWO MORE TOMORROW. AT THE AUDITORIUM WHICH IS LIVE WEBCAST. IT'S ACTUALLY GOING TO BE CAPTURED AND SO OTHER TEACHERS WHO MAY NOT BE ABLE TO COME TO THEM WILL BE ABLE TO VIEW THAT. AND THEN WE HAVE ONE AT FREEDOM ON DECEMBER 17th. THAT'S THIS THURSDAY. WELL, MR. AYRES WAS WAS GOING TO GO OVER A VERY LENGTHY PRESENTATION WITH REGARD TO YOUR STRATEGIC PRIORITY BUT THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE SLIDES THAT I WILL SHARE WITH YOU. THIS IS WHAT YOU WILL START TO RECEIVE WITH REGARD TO HOW WE ARE ON TRACK TO REACHING THE GOALS WITH REGARD TO YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN. ONE ITEM THAT HE WAS GOING TO POINT OUT WAS OF COURSE ATTENDANCE, BECAUSE ATTENDANCE IS ONE OF THOSE THREE MAIN AREAS THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT, THE BEHAVIOR, ATTENDANCE, COURSE GRADES, ATTENDANCE BASED OFF OF WHAT WE HAD LAST YEAR WAS AN 84% OF OUR STUDENTS HAD AT LEAST 90% OF ATTENDANCE. THAT'S 09% MARKET OF WHAT WE ARE SHOOTING FOR. SO FAR IN QUARTER ONE, 89% OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE HAVE BEEN IN SCHOOL AT LEAST -- WE HAVE INCREASED THAT ALREADY FROM LAST YEAR BY 5%. I WANTED YOU TO SEE PART OF THAT IN MY ONE ON ONE IN JANUARY. I WILL WALK OVER IT IN DETAIL. OUR SCORECARD AND THAT 25. SO IN JANUARY 101, I WILL GO INTO DETAIL OVER THESE WITH EACH ONE. STAFF HAS GONE THROUGH THE 25 QUARTER ONE UPDATES AND 101 JANUARY. AGAIN I'LL UPDATE AND GO INTO DETAIL ON THE DATES.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANKS. SO THAT WILL CONCLUDE MY COMMENTS TONIGHT. SO YOU CAN GET ONTO YOUR EVENTS. BUT I DID NOT INCLUDE MY PRAISE. DY HAVE A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. THE PARADE ON 7th AVENUE IN YBOR CITY ON SATURDAY EVENING. WE HAD 16 OF OUR BANDS PLAYING THAT NIGHT. I DO WANT TO MAKE A SPECIAL REFERENCE TO BE SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND WAS ONE OF OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS THAT WERE OUT THERE AND THEY DID A WONDERFUL JOB REPRESENTING SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THE PARADE. I DID GET TO TOSS SOME BEADS AND SOME GLOW RINGS AND IT WAS A PRETTY EXCITING THINGS I.DON'T HAVE A SON YET SO I WAS THE MYSTERY MAN OF THE PARADE. EVERYONE WAS WONDERING OHIO WAS BUT THAT'S OKAY. THEY JUST WANTED TO GET THE BEADS. I HAVE NOTICED THAT'S THE KEY PART OF THE PARADE. SO WITH THAT, I WISH EACH OF YOU A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON. JUST THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT. AND I HAVE AN AMAZING STAFF THAT I ALSO WANT TO WISH A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON. REST. RELAX. WE HAVE SOME MORE STUFF TO DO, YOU KNOW, AFTER. AND TO BE OUR WONDERFUL TEACHERS, OUR SUPPORT STAFFER THAT SERVE OUR KIDS ACROSS THIS DISTRICT, WE ARE SO BLESSED. AND SO WE'LL REMEMBER THAT THIS SEASON. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.