Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from February 2, 2016

>>April Griffin: THIS FEBRUARY 2nd BOARD MEETING IS NOW CALLED TO ORDER. IF EVERYBODY COULD PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE THAT WILL BE LED BY OUR VICE-CHAIR, MS. STUART.

>> THANK YOU. AT THIS TIME, WE WOULD LIKE TO KEEP IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS THOSE WHO HAVE LOST FAMILY MEMBERS OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS, SPECIFICALLY TWO FAMILIES OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, LEONARDA PEDO FROM FERNO MIDDLE SCHOOL AND EMILY LOPEZ FROM TAMPA BAY TECH AS WELL AS OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH BERTHA SALADINO AND TONY SALADINO, WHO IS AN EMPLOYEE HERE AND THE LOSS OF BERTHA THIS WEEK. SO THANK YOU. [MOMENT OF SILENCE] [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE TWO STUDENT MEMBERS OF OUR CITIZEN ADVISORY COUNCIL. REPRESENTING JEFFERSON AND BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL, WHO WILL BE SERVING AS OUR STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVES THIS EVENING. VICTORIA HOLLAND FROM BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL. SHE IS A SENIOR. AND CYNTHIA BENCOMO A SENIOR AT JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL. WELCOME. [ APPLAUSE ] WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY A WORD OR TWO?

>> HI. I'M VICTORIA HOLLAND. I GO TO BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL. I'M A SENIOR THERE. AND I AM PLANNING TO GO TO SELMON.

>> HI. MY NAME IS CYNTHIA BENCOMO. WE'VE BEEN SERVING FOR TWO YEARS NOW. I WOULD LIKE TO GO TO UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA. AND I'M REALLY EXCITED TO BE HERE.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. GLAD YOU GUYS ARE HERE. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE THREE WITHDRAWN ITEMS. C 4.06, C 6.06 AND C 6.07. COULD I PLEASE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA? I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER VALDES AND A SECOND BY CHAIRPERSON STUART. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. WE HAVE ADOPTED THE AGENDA. ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT AND WE HAVE A QUORUM. BOARD MEMBERS, YOU HAVE THE MINUTES FROM THE JANUARY 12th, 2016 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND THE JANUARY 19th SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING. I NEED A MOTION AND A VOTE OR A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE MINUTES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER EDGECOMB AND A SECOND BY MEMBER HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION OR CHANGES, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. THANK YOU. IT'S UNANIMOUS. CHAIR STUART, WOULD YOU PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES. OR VICE-CHAIR.

>>Cindy Stuart: AS WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON'S MEETING, LET ME REMIND YOU OF THE FORMAT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS. PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. THE BOARD'S AGENDA IS A CONSENT AGENDA. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE APPROVED UPON MOTION AND VOTE UNLESS AN ITEM IS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THE AGENDA AND BACKUP MATERIAL ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE. THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON THE LIVE WEBCAST, ON CABLE TV AND ON OUR VIDEO MONITOR HERE IN THE AUDITORIUM. IT ALSO CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING LATER IN THE VIDEO ARCHIVE. DURING THE MEETING, A TABLET IS AVAILABLE AT THE COMMUNICATIONS DESK THAT CAN BE USED TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING. THERE ARE SPEAKERS IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM THAT ALLOW BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR THE MEETING SHOULD WE LEAVE THE DAIS. THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 45 MINUTES ALLOWED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. SPEAKERS WILL BE GRANTED THREE 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 WILL 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 ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. YOUR COMMENTS ARE IMPORTANT. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO YOUR COMMENTS, THIS STAFF WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU AND WILL 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. WE HAVE SOME GUESTS HERE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE PRIOR TO STARTING THE MEETING. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE ABLE TO HEAR THE I GUITAR SOLOIST IN THE ATRIUM, MR. MITCHELL CARMEN, WHO IS THE GUITAR SOLOIST YOU HEARD, HE IS A SENIOR AT BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL. IF YOU COULD, PLEASE COME TO THE PODIUM. AS WELL AS MR. PARRIS, HIS TEACHER. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING TIME OUT OF YOUR DAY TO COME HERE AND ENTERTAIN US. WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK TO US ABOUT WHAT YOU'RE PLANNING ON DOING IN YOUR FUTURE?

>> I'M PLANNING ON GOING TO COLLEGE FOR PHYSICS. I HAVEN'T GOTTEN ANYWHERE YET, BUT I HOPE TO GO TO THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO AND TO MAJOR IN PHYSICS BUT STILL PURSUE MUSIC.

>>April Griffin: WONDERFUL. AND I WAS TALKING TO MR. PARRIS BARFORD BEFOREHAND, AND YOU HERE THIS BOARD TALK ABOUT THE ARTS IN OUR SCHOOLS, AND WE HAVE CONTINUED TO SUPPORT THE ARTS EVEN THROUGH SOME OF OUR MOST HARD FINANCIAL TIMES, BUT THE WHOLE S.T.E.A.M. CONCEPT OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ARTS AND MATH BECAUSE THE PART OF THE BRAIN THAT YOU USE TO PLAY MUSIC AND UNDERSTAND MUSIC IN THEORY IS THE SAME PART OF YOUR BRAIN THAT YOU USE FOR PHYSICS. HE WAS SAYING THAT A LOT OF HIS STUDENTS ARE GOING ON TO THOSE ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE JOBS. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH, AND IT'S A PROGRAM THAT'S VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART, BECAUSE THAT'S THE PROGRAM THAT BOTH OF MY SONS GRADUATED FROM UNDER MR. PARRIS AS WELL. MR. PARRIS, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING?

>> FIRST OF ALL, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE BOARD FOR HAVING US TODAY. I'D LIKE TO THANK ALL OF YOU AS WELL AS THE ADMINISTRATION FOR THEIR ONGOING SUPPORT OF MAGNET PROGRAMS AND SPECIALTY PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTY. THEY MAKE SUCH A DIFFERENCE TO STUDENTS LIKE MITCHELL THAT HAVE A PARTICULAR PASSION, AND IT ENABLES THEM TO WORK WITH EXPERTS IN THAT FIELD AND PURSUE IT, EVEN IF THEY ARE PLANNING TO GO ON INTO SOMETHING ELSE WHEN THEY GRADUATE. BUT THEY CAN PURSUE IT TO THEIR FULLEST ABILITY DURING THEIR HIGH SCHOOL YEARS. THAT'S AN INCREDIBLY VALUABLE THING. I WILL BRAG ON MITCHELL JUST A LITTLE BIT. HE HAS BEEN SELECTED THREE YEARS IN A ROW TO BE IN THE ALL-STATE GUITAR ENSEMBLE. TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA HOW DIFFICULT THAT IS, THIS YEAR, ONLY 29 STUDENTS FROM THE ENTIRE STATE OF FLORIDA AND HE WAS ONE OF THE 29.

>>April Griffin: WONDERFUL.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU, AGAIN, FOR COMING. AND GOOD LUCK IN YOUR FUTURE. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE BLAKE JEFFERSON AND TAMPA BAY TECH MARCHING BANDS FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION IN SATURDAY'S GASPARILLA PARADE. IF ANYBODY SAW TBO.COM, I THINK BLAKE WAS FRONT AND CENTER ON A LOT OF THEIR PICTURES. SO IT WAS REAL NICE TO SEE THE BANDS AS THEY WENT BY. THAT BRINGS IT BACK TO HOME, TO WHAT OLD PARADES USED TO BE ABOUT. CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL, BATTLE OF THE BELTS PSA CONTEST WINNERS, LINDSAY RUSTIN FROM CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL, COULD YOU PLEASE COME FORWARD. YOU HAVE SOME STUDENTS WITH YOU.

>> I DO. WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO INTRODUCE THEM?

>>April Griffin: YOU CAN. AND THEN WE HAVE, I THINK, A VIDEO.

>> YES, WE DO.

>>April Griffin: WONDERFUL.

>> WITH ME IS ISAIAH, A 12th GRADER AT OUR PROGRAM. KALEB, ALSO A 12th GRADER. JESSICA STUART, ALSO A 12th GRADER. THEY ARE ALL 12th GRADERS. DJ DANIELS. ANGIE HALL. OLIVIA DWYER AND CARLY YENT. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. WE'RE GOING TO SEE A VIDEO NOW. [HEARTBEAT] [HORN HONKING] ∫ FOUND MYSELF DREAMING ∫ ∫ LIKE A SCENE FROM A MOVIE THAT EVERY BROKEN HEART KNOWS ∫ ∫ WE'RE WALKING ON MOONLIGHT ∫ ∫ YOU PULLED ME CLOSE ∫ ∫ SPLIT SECOND AND YOU'LL DISAPPEAR AND THEN I WAS ON ∫ ∫ WOKE UP IN TEARS, YOU BY MY SIDE ∫ ∫ I REALIZED ∫ ∫ I'M GOING TO HOLD YOU LIKE I'M SAYING GOOD-BYE ∫ ∫ WHEREVER WE'RE STANDING I WON'T TAKE YOU ∫ [HEARTBEAT] [CAR TIRES SCREECHING] [HEARTBEAT] [HORN HONKING]

>> WAKE UP. WAKE UP. PLEASE, SOMEONE CALL 911! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! PLEASE. ∫ [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: DID YOU WANT TO COME BACK UP? IS THERE ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO SAY ANYTHING ABOUT THE WORK THAT THEY DID?

>> SO EVERY YEAR, THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AS WELL AS THE TAMPA BAY POLICE DEPARTMENT AND GEICO COME UP TOGETHER WITH A BATTLE OF THE BELTS. SO ALL 27 HIGH SCHOOLS ARE INVITED. AND THERE IS A CONTEST. SO THERE ARE MULTIPLE CONTESTS THAT YOU'RE ALLOWED TO BE A PART OF. CHAMBERLAIN EVERY SINGLE CONTEST THAT WE COULD. WE WON BEST OVERALL. WE HOSTED THE AWARD CEREMONY AT OUR HIGH SCHOOL LAST WEEK, AND WE ALSO WON SECOND IN COMPLIANCE AND THEN FIRST IN OUR PSA.

>>April Griffin: CONGRATULATIONS. GREAT WORK. [ APPLAUSE ] MS. STUART TOLD ME, SHE SAYS, YOU'RE GOING TO CRY, AND SHE WAS RIGHT. THAT WAS SAD. IT GOT TO ME. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. FOR THOSE OF YOU IN THE AUDIENCE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN HERE BEFORE, WE LIKE TO START OUR MEETINGS OUT WITH STUDENTS, BECAUSE IT'S A REMINDER TO ALL OF US, ALL THE ADMINISTRATORS IN THE ROOM, THE BOARD AND OUR SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OF WHY WE DO THE WORK THAT WE DO. THIS IS OUR BUSINESS MEETING, BUT WE LIKE TO START IT OUT ON THAT NOTE. THANK YOU FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO TOOK TIME OUT, BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT TO US, TOO, FOR YOU TO BE HERE AND TO SEE WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND KNOW THAT WHAT WE'RE DOING AND HOW IT'S AFFECTING YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE. NOW, YOU DON'T HAVE TO STAY FOR THE WHOLE MEETING. IF YOU HAVE BETTER THINGS YOU WANT TO DO, BUT THERE ARE SOME BOARD MEMBERS, MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE PRINCIPAL OF CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL IS HERE, MS. LICCIO AND HER NEW SRO WHO IS HERE, AND SERGEANT ROCCA I SEE IN THE AUDIENCE AS WELL. THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE. THANK YOU, CHAMBERLAIN, FOR HOSTING THIS EVENT. [ APPLAUSE ] THE ARTWORK WAS PHENOMENAL AND THE PSAs WERE EVEN BETTER. SO THANK YOU AGAIN. LINDSAY PUSHES THEM HARD, I KNOW. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. YOU ALL CAN -- IF YOU DON'T WANT TO STAY FOR THE MEETING, YOU CAN STAY IF YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT WE DO OR GO AND ENJOY YOUR EVENING. [ LAUGHTER ]

>>Susan L. Valdes: BUCKLE UP.

>>April Griffin: I'D LIKE TO CALL THE AUDIENCE MEMBERS UP TO SPEAK. WE'RE IN THE AUDIENCE COMMENTS SECTION NOW. SO I'LL CALL THE FIRST THREE PEOPLE.

>>Jim Porter: MADAM CHAIR, AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING, THE BOARD ASKED ME TO COME UP WITH ADDITIONAL COMMENTS THAT THE VICE-CHAIR WILL READ BEFORE PUBLIC COMMENT. SO I THINK MS. STUART HAS COMMENTS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. COULD YOU PLEASE READ THOSE?

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. THE BOARD VALUES AND APPRECIATES YOUR COMMENTS. THIS IS A TIME TO TELL THE BOARD WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE WITH YOU A COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO ANY QUESTIONS, YOU MAY RAISE DURING PUBLIC COMMENT, IT IS THE BOARD'S PRACTICE TO NOTE YOUR COMMENT AND HAVE THE APPROPRIATE DISTRICT STAFF RESPOND TO YOU AFTER YOUR QUESTION HAS BEEN RESEARCHED. TO THAT END, THE BOARD WILL NOT TYPICALLY RESPOND TO YOUR COMMENTS FROM THE DAIS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND I WILL CALL THE FIRST THREE SPEAKERS. MS. JAMES, MR. HERNS AND REVEREND SCOTT. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD DAY TO YOU, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, AND TO EVERYONE ELSE IN ATTENDANCE. MY NAME IS DENISE MATAY JAMES. WHILE I KNOW THAT A BLACK HISTORY PROCLAMATION IS AN ANNUAL PART OF YOUR AGENDA, AS IT SHOULD BE, I AM TRULY APPRECIATIVE OF THIS GESTURE. AS AFRICAN-AMERICANS, WE HAVE AND WE CONTINUE TO MAKE GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF DR. LEWIS BRINSON, MR. CHARLES PASANO, DR. DENNIS HOLT AND OTHERS FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR WERE OFFERED A SALUTE TO BLACK HISTORY. OF SIGNIFICANCE TO ME IS THE EIGHT-YEAR COLLABORATIVE BETWEEN THE EAST TAMPA COMMUNITY, REVITALIZATION PARTNERSHIPS, AESTHETIC AND BEAUTIFICATION COMMITTEE OF WHICH I CHAIR, AND MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL'S NINTH THROUGH TWELVE GRADE ART AS ONE OF THE MURALS THEYETTE COLORADO OF EAST TAMPA WOULD BE DISPLAYED IN THE FAMILY CENTER AT THE FAIR. WE'RE ASKING THAT ALL OF YOU TRY TO STOP BY. THE NEXT MURAL SOON TO BE COMPLETED WILL BE UNVEILED ON A FORMER MIDDLETON STUDENT, A FORMER OLYMPIAN, A FORMER MIDDLETON INSTRUCTOR AND TAMPA'S OWN HISTORY MAKER AND LIVING LEGEND, MS. TERESA MANUEL. IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THIS MURAL WILL BE DISPLAYED NEXT YEAR. WITH APPROVAL OF MR. HENRY WASHINGTON, LEADERSHIP OF THESE PROJECTS ARE UNDER THE DIRECTION OF KIM MOORE, PRINCIPAL, DAVID CRAMER ART INSTRUCTOR, JAMES VAN, ART CONSULTANT, DR. DENNIS HOLT, SUPERVISOR, SECONDARY SOCIAL STUDIES AND DRIVER EDUCATION, LAURA FULLER AND ANGELA BLAYLOCK, COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND MYSELF. MANY OTHERS WERE INVOLVED THROUGHOUT THE EIGHT-YEAR PROCESS. FUNDING FOR THESE INITIATIVES WAS APPROVED BY ANGELA BLAYLOCK OF MOLINA HEALTH CARE, A TRUE COMMUNITY PARTNER. I ONCE HEARD THAT OF ALL TRAILS IN THIS LIFE, IT IS THE TRAIL OF TRUE HUMAN BEINGS THAT COUNT THE MOST. PROVERBS 12:28 STATES, IN THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS LIFE. WE ALL MUST LIVE BY THE WORDS OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN WHO STATED THAT FOUR SCORES AND SEVEN YEARS AGO, OUR FATHERS BROUGHT FORTH ON THIS CONTINENT A NEW NATION CONCEIVED IN LIBERTY AND DEDICATED TO THE PREPOSITION THAT ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL. LET'S ALL STAY ON THIS TRAIL AND NOT ONLY CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY IN FEBRUARY, BUT CELEBRATE IT DAILY BECAUSE BLACK LIVES MATTER AND ALL LIVES MATTER. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] MR. HERNS. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. AND GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, AND STAFF, HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH! EVERY FEBRUARY, AS YOU KNOW, WE CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY NOT BE AWARE OF THE ORIGIN OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH. VERY BRIEFLY, THE IDEA CAME ABOUT WHEN DR. WOODSON DECIDED IN 1924 THAT THERE SHOULD BE AN ANNUAL TIME SET ASIDE TO CELEBRATE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS. AND SO TWO YEARS LATER IN 1926, HE INITIATED WHAT THEN WAS NEGRO HISTORY WEEK. THE SECOND WEEK IN FEBRUARY. THE REASON THE SECOND WEEK IN FEBRUARY WAS CHOSEN, BECAUSE IT INCLUDES THE BIRTHDAY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN, FEBRUARY 12th, AND FREDERICK DOUGLASS, FEBRUARY 14. THAT WAS THE ORIGIN OF NEGRO HISTORY WEEK. 1976, WE BEGAN CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH. AND HERE WE ARE TODAY WITH THAT CELEBRATION. I WANT TO INVITE THE BOARD AND EVERYONE HERE THIS EVENING TO A CELEBRATION ON MONDAY NEXT WEEK, FEBRUARY 8th, 5:30 TO 7:30 P.M. AT THE NEW ROBERT W. SAUNDERS PUBLIC LIBRARY, 1505 NORTH NEBRASKA, RIGHT NEXT TO BOOKER T. WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IN FACT, WE HAVE A PARTNERSHIP WITH BOOKER T. WASHINGTON. I BELIEVE, AS YOU ALL ARE AWARE. SO WE'RE GOING TO BE CELEBRATING WHAT WE CALL A SON OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE. WE WANT YOU TO COME OUT AND CELEBRATE SOMEONE NAMED NOBLE SCISSILE, WHOSE FATHER WAS PART OF THE WORLD-FAMOUS SONG AND DANCE TEAM, SCISSILE AND BLAKE DURING THE 1920s AND '30s. NOBLE WILL BE THERE TO TALK ABOUT HIS FATHER'S LIFE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS. AGAIN, THAT'S NEXT MONDAY, 5:30 TO 7:30 AT THE ROBERT W. SAUNDERS PUBLIC LIBRARY. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO COMMEND OUR LEADER AND OUR ROCK, MS. DORETHA EDGECOMB WHO HAS ALWAYS SUPPORTED THE PROJECTS WE'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN IN OUR COMMUNITY. I WANT TO THANK THE BOARD FOR TAKING A BOLD STEP THIS YEAR TOWARDS CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR. IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING, AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR TAKING THAT VERY BOLD FIRST STEP. BUT I DO SEE IT AS A FIRST STEP. I WANT TO MAKE THREE BRIEF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER. NUMBER ONE, PLEASE CONTINUE TO HAVE DR. BRINSON LEADING THE CHARGE IN THIS EFFORT. HE IS A WONDERFUL PERSON TO WORK WITH. WE ALL HAVE CONFIDENCE IN HIM WORKING WITH MS. EDGECOMB AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BOARD AND THE ADMINISTRATION. SECONDLY, I WOULD HOPE THAT YOU WOULD CONSIDER NEXT YEAR ALLOWING MR. BRINSON TO CHAIR A COMMITTEE MADE UP OF STAFF, STUDENTS, AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. AND THIRD, PLEASE GIVE THAT COMMITTEE A BUDGET TO WORK WITH NEXT YEAR. THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS, AND HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] REVEREND SCOTT. WELCOME.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR. JUST BEFORE THE CLOCK STARTS, IT ALREADY STARTED, IF THEY CAN JUST PAUSE IT. THE PROCESS, YOU HAVE A POLICY OF THREE MINUTES. --

>>April Griffin: YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.

>> OKAY. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE.

>>April Griffin: YOU CAN RESET THE TIME, PLEASE.

>> WE HAVE TEN PASTORS THAT ARE HERE. LET ME SAY GOOD AFTERNOON MADAM CHAIRWOMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE AUGUST BODY. MY NAME IS THOMAS SCOTT. I AM THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE TAMPA BAY COALITION OF CLERGY, WHICH CONSISTS OF SOME 30-PLUS PASTORS REPRESENTING SOME OF THE LARGEST AND INFLUENTIAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHURCHES IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND I'M GOING TO ASK THEM IF THEY WOULD STAND AT THIS TIME. REVEREND DR. FAVOR ALSO IS INCLUDED IN THIS, BUT HE HAD OPEN-HEART SURGERY YESTERDAY, AND IS RECUPERATING. FIRST, LET ME COMMEND SUPERINTENDENT JEFF EAKINS WHO HAS BEEN VERY RESPONSIVE TO THE COMMUNITY, AND HE HAS MADE HIMSELF AVAILABLE TO HEAR THE CONCERNS AND ISSUES OF THE COMMUNITY AND OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. SO I WANTED TO COMMEND HIM AND HIS STAFF FOR THAT. SECONDLY, THOUGH, AS YOU CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH BY PRESENTING A PROCLAMATION OR A RESOLUTION IN THIS MEETING, I WANT TO READ FROM AN ARTICLE THAT WAS POSTED TUESDAY, NOVEMBER THE 17th, 2015, AT 5:37 P.M. BY THE TAMPA BAY TIMES. THE ARTICLE READS, THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD BROKE WITH TRADITION TUESDAY AND PASSED OVER ITS ONLY BLACK MEMBER BY ELECTING APRIL GRIFFIN TO SERVE AS CHAIRWOMAN. THE VOTE FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER NAMING CINDY STUART AS VICE-CHAIR REVEALED SHARP DIVISIONS THAT STILL EXIST ON THE BOARD TEN MONTHS AFTER THE WILDLY CRITICIZED FIRING OF SUPERINTENDENT MARYELLEN ELIA. SINCE THEN, THE BOARD MEMBERS HAVE SPENT LONG HOURS TOGETHER WORKING ON A MISSION, VISION AND A STRATEGIC PLAN FOR THE ADMINISTRATION, SUPERINTENDENT JEFF EAKINS. THEY POSTED PICTURES ON SOCIAL MEDIA OF LIGHTHEARTED CELEBRATIONS, DECLARING A NEW ERA OF CIVILITY AND CONGENIALITY. THE ARTICLE GOES ON TO STATE, BUT FOUR MEMBERS, STUART, GRIFFIN, SALLY HARRIS AND OUTGOING CHAIRWOMAN SUSAN VALDES DECLINED TO PASS THE LEADERSHIP TORCH TO DORETHA EDGECOMB, A FORMER PRINCIPAL WHO HAS SERVED ON THE BOARD SINCE 2004. WHILE NO LAW REQUIRE THEM TO DO SO, BOARD MEMBER CAROL KURDELL POINTED OUT THAT ROTATING THE CHAIR HAS BEEN A TRADITION FOR DECADES. MADAM CHAIR, THIS BODY OF CLERGY THAT'S HERE TODAY STAND IN SUPPORT OF MS. DORETHA EDGECOMB WHO HAS SERVED THE COMMUNITY WELL, WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT FOR OVER 50 YEARS IN THE PUBLIC EDUCATION SCHOOL SYSTEM AND 12 YEARS SINCE HER ELECTION IN 2004. SHE HAS REPRESENTED STUDENTS, TEACHERS, PARENTS, AND THIS COUNTY WITH INTEGRITY, WITH GRACE AND DISTINCTION REGARDLESS OF RACE, NATIONALITY, RELIGION, OR ETHNIC BACKGROUND. TODAY, AS YOU PASS A RESOLUTION PROCLAMATION CELEBRATING THE GREAT ACHIEVEMENT OF BLACK AMERICANS, A HUGE OPPORTUNITY WAS OBSTRUCTED ON NOVEMBER THE 17th, 2015, AROUND APPROXIMATELY 3:15 P.M. POSTED AT 5:57 P.M. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THREE AFRICAN-AMERICANS SERVING AS CHAIRPERSON IN THREE MAJOR GOVERNMENTS OF THIS COUNTY WAS PREVENTED. TAMPA CITY COUNCIL, FRANK REDDICK IS CHAIRMAN. THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION, LES MILLER, AND THEN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD. IN FACT, THE COUNTY COMMISSION BROKE PARTY LINES, CROSSED THE AISLE TO ENSURE THAT THE ELECT OF CHAIRPERSON COMMISSIONER LES MILLER TOOK PLACE NOVEMBER 2015. THE TRADITION OF PASSING THE LEADERSHIP TORCH DATES BACK TO 1976 WHEN DR. A. LEON WAS FIRST ELECTED THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN TO SERVE ON THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD. FOUR DECADES AGO AND FOUR DECADES HERE TODAY LATER, THE HEADLINE READS IN THE FOLLOWING NEWSPAPER, NOVEMBER THE 17th, 2015, THE TAMPA TRIBUNE, TAMPA BAY TIMES SAYS, "GRIFFIN IS IN AS HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR. EDGECOMB IS OUT." THE TAMPA TRIBUNE SAYS "GRIFFIN ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRWOMAN, EDGECOMB PASSED OVER." TODAY, LET ME JUST SAY TO US AS WE MOVE FORWARD AS A COMMUNITY, HEALING THE PAST AND MOVING INTO A BRIGHT FUTURE CAN ONLY BE ACCOMPLISHED WHEN WE AS A COMMUNITY, AS A PEOPLE, RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING TOGETHER TO BRIDGE THE DIVIDE AND ENSURING EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL OF ITS PEOPLE AND ALL OF ITS CITIZENS. MADAM CHAIR AND TO THE BOARD TODAY, YOU HAVE AWESOME RESPONSIBILITY AND TASKS, BUT I WOULD CHALLENGE TO YOU MOVE -- CHALLENGE YOU TO MOVE WITH MORE CONGENIALITY IN WORKING TOGETHER AND MAKING SURE THAT EVERY BOARD MEMBER HAS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AS CHAIR. MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND MAY GOD BLESS AMERICA. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, PASTOR SCOTT. NEXT SPEAKER IS TERRY BRADLEY AND MR. MARK KLUTHO. AND THEN MS. DESILVA.

>> MADAM CHAIR, I'D JUST LIKE TO BRING GREETINGS FROM HEAD START AND TO ALL OF THE BOARD MEMBERS AND OUR SUPERINTENDENT. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR INVITING US HERE TO CELEBRATE THIS PROCLAMATION. ON BEHALF OF MS. McFADDEN, WE'D LIKE TO, AGAIN, THANK YOU. WE'RE DOING A LOT OF WORK THERE AT HEAD START AND WITH THE YOUNG BABIES, AND WE'RE VERY PROUD OF WHAT WE'RE DOING. MYSELF, I WORK WITH THE MALES ALL OVER THE DISTRICT AND THE 52 SITES THAT WE HAVE TRYING TO DO MENTORING AND THINGS OF THAT SORT. SO WE'RE ENCOURAGED BY A LOT OF THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING, ESPECIALLY THE SUPPORT WE'RE GETTING. WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK MRS. EDGECOMB, DR. SYKES AND ALL OF YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND INVITING US HERE. THANK YOU.

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

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. 704 I MISREAD, SO WE'LL SKIP THAT. GO ON TO 6.09, 6.10, 6.11, 6.12. ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE, FAVORITE WORDS, "TECH." TECH. I DON'T NEED TO SAY ANYTHING MORE ABOUT THESE, EXCEPT THAT IN THE PAPER HERE, SCIENCE TECH THREATEN MAN KIND. PHYSICIST SAYS, HE HAS WARNED THAT NEW TECHNOLOGIES LIKELY WILL BRING ABOUT NEW WAYS THINGS CAN GO WRONG FOR HUMAN SURVIVAL WHEN ASKED HOW THE WORLD WILL END, NATURALLY OR WHETHER MAN WILL DESTROY IT, HE SAID THAT INCREASINGLY MOST OF THE THREATS HUMANITY FACES COME FROM PROGRESS MADE IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. NUCLEAR WAR, GLOBAL WARMING AND GENETICALLY ENGINEERED VIRUSES. GUESS WHO THAT WAS? STEVEN HAWKING. YEAH, AND ALL YOU WIZARDS UP THERE, YOU THINK TECHNOLOGY IS THE ANSWER. HA HA HA. NOT! AND FOR THESE NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, THESE PEOPLE AREN'T WORKING IN YOUR INTEREST UP HERE. HERE IS THE GUEST COLUMN THAT I HAD IN THE TRIBUNE. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COULD SAVE MONEY BY BUILDING MORE EFFICIENT SCHOOLS. IT APPEARED IN AUGUST OF 2000. MARK KLUTHO IS A LANDSCAPE DESIGNER EXPERT IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND CRITIC OF WHAT HE SEES AS GOVERNMENT WASTE. 2014, HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD. GUESS WHAT? 2015 BECAME THE HOTTEST YEAR. CLIMATE CHAOS ACROSS THE MAP. AND THIS ONE HERE, A CLOSE-UP LOOK AT GREEN LAND, MELTING AWAY, A PERILOUS EXPEDITION STUDIES THE EFFECTS OF GLOBAL WARMING, AND THEN IN THE U.S., WEATHER MADE NEWS WORLDWIDE IN 2015. NOT PRETTY. AND THEN HERE IS THE BOOK. THE ARCHITECTURE OF HENRY JOHN KLUTHO. NOT ONE OF THE FIRST PEOPLE TO BE A MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS, BUT THE VERY FIRST MEMBER IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. AND WHAT DID HE SAY? HE'S KNOWN FOR THIS. IN THE LAND OF THE BLIND, THE ONE-EYED MAN IS KING, FROM 1901. AND THAT'S YOU, IGNORING THE SCIENCE. WINSTON CHURCHILL, WE SHAPE OUR BUILDINGS, THEREAFTER THEY SHAPE US FROM 1960. AND THEN WHAT DOES THAT BRING? THE SIXTH EXTINCTION, AN UNNATURAL HISTORY. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. AND YOU PEOPLE ARE HELPING DESTROY THE PLANET. THEY WILL BE THE ONES HERE THAT WILL BE LEFT WITH THE ASHES. IT WON'T BE PRETTY. BECAUSE YOU IGNORE ALL THE SCIENCE, AND SOMEHOW THAT SOMEBODY DESERVES THE CHAIR HERE BECAUSE THEY'VE BEEN SO GREAT. THEY'VE BEEN FLAGRANTLY IGNORING THE SCIENCE ALONG WITH ALL THE REST OF THEM. NO ONE UP HERE DESERVES WATCHING THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY. [BELL] YOU'RE ALL FLAGRANTLY IGNORING SCIENCE, HELPING DESTROY THE PLANET. KILLING THE PLANET. THERE ISN'T ANY OTHER WAY TO DESCRIBE IT.

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

>> OH, YEAH, THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THE NEXT SPEAKER IS JESSICA DESILVA. AND THEN THE NEXT SPEAKERS WILL BE KAREN CLAY, ANNETTE JENKINS, AND CLAYTON SUTTON. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THE BOARD. I WANT TO READ TO YOU FROM THE STATUTES IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, THE 504 PLAN IS A PLAN DEVELOPED TO ENSURE THAT A CHILD WHO HAS A DISABILITY IDENTIFIED UNDER THE LAW AND IS ATTENDING AN ELEMENTARY OR SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION RECEIVES COMMENDATIONS THAT ENSURES SECRETARIES TO THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. OUR DAUGHTER, LIANNA MOORE IS AN 8th GRADE STUDENT AT WEBB. WE MOVED HERE FROM CHICAGO THIS SCHOOL YEAR. UPON HER TRANSFER TO THE DISTRICT, WE HAVE EXPERIENCED SEVERAL CONCERNS REGARDING THE INSTITUTING OF HER 504 PLAN, WHICH WE HAVE RECEIVED REASONS SUCH AS INADEQUATE STAFFING. WE'VE NEVER DONE THAT BEFORE FOR A STUDENT, AND WE DON'T FEEL THAT IS SOMETHING OUR SCHOOL CAN ACCOMMODATE. SHE HAS UNDERGONE SIGNIFICANT CLASSROOM CHANGE DISRUPTIONS, CHANGES IN TEACHERS. HOWEVER, ONE THING THAT HAS CONSTANTLY BEEN UNDERMINED IS OUR DETERMINATION AS PARENTS TO SEE OUR DAUGHTER SUCCEED. THE MOST OFFENSIVE OCCURRENCES HAVE TAKEN PLACE IN THE CLASSROOM OF DAVID ANDREW LANCAMER. IT IS WITHIN HIS CLASSROOM THAT SHE STARTED AS A STUDENT AND LATER DEVELOPED A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM WHICH CONTINUED AFTER WE REMOVED HER FROM THE CLASSROOM. IN HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HER, AFTER SHE WAS REMOVED, SHE WOULD RETURN TO HIS CLASSROOM DAILY FOR LUNCH HOUR. IN WHICH SHE WAS CALLED AN OFF-DUTY TEACHER'S AIDE, GRADING HIS PAPERS AND ASSISTING HIM WITH HIS STUDENTS' QUESTIONS IN HIS CLASSROOM. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, WE FELT SHE WAS HIS TEACHER'S AIDE. MUCH TO OUR SURPRISE, WHEN SHE RECEIVED HER REPORT CARD AT HOME IT REVEALED SHE DID NOT HAVE ANY SUCH TEACHER'S AIDE CLASS. WE IMMEDIATELY WENT TO THE SCHOOL TO VOICE CONCERNS SPEAKING WITH MS. CAPO WHO RECOGNIZED OUR DAUGHTER, WHO RECOGNIZED OUR CONCERNS. LATER THAT DAY, OUR DAUGHTER RETURNED HOME TO HAVE IT DISCONTENTMENT STATING MR. LANCAMER TOLD HER THAT HER MOTHER CALLED HIM AND TOLD HER SHE COULDN'T HANG OUT WITH HIM ANYMORE AND IT WAS RUINING HER LIFE. MY CONCERNS ARE THAT MR. LANCAMER, WHO HAS A HISTORY IN OUR STATE OF SEVERAL ARRESTS UNRELATED TO SEXUAL ABUSE OR ANY SUCH, BUT DID HAVE A HISTORY COMING INTO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT OF ARRESTS, QUITE POSSIBLY HAS EXPOUNDED BEYOND HIS RIGHTS AS A TEACHER. WE HAVE CONTACTED MS. YOST AND REQUESTED AN INVESTIGATION, BUT I AM HEREBY REQUESTING AN INVESTIGATION AND THE TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF MR. LANCAMER UNTIL SUCH TIME AS IT CAN BE DETERMINED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND STAFF IS GETTING WITH THIS CONSTITUENT RIGHT NOW. MS. CLAY. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU TODAY. LAST WEEK, TWO AUTISTIC STUDENTS WANDERED AWAY FROM MENDEZ EXCEPTIONAL CENTER. THE POLICE WERE ALERTED. THEY WERE FOUND SAFE NEAR SLIGH AND NEBRASKA, NOT FAR FROM WATER. OVER 50% OF ALL AUTISTIC CHILDREN WANDER, AND OF THE FATALITIES THAT OCCUR EVERY YEAR, APPROXIMATELY 90% ARE DROWNING. WE KNOW THIS OCCURS EVERY DAY. WE KNOW THE SCHOOL DISTRICT CAN AND MUST DO BETTER. I HAVE AN EXAMPLE OF COSTS THAT WAS PROVIDED BY THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, A DEPARTMENT THAT IS LISTED AS NUMBER ONE IN THIS COUNTRY FOR FINDING LOST PEOPLE. THE AMOUNT THAT WAS GIVEN TO US WAS BASED ON THE FINDINGS OF SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS WHO STATED THERE WERE DURING THE 2014 SCHOOL YEAR 238 ELOPEMENTS. IF EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE STUDENTS WAS PROVIDED WITH A LOCATE AND RESCUE DEVICE, THE COST WOULD BE $459 FOR EACH STUDENT OR ROUGHLY APPROXIMATELY $109,000 PER YEAR. THAT COST IS INSIGNIFICANT COMPARED TO THE LOSS OF LIFE. BUT WHAT I'M HERE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT TODAY IS FAAST, FLORIDA ALLIANCE FOR ASSISTIVE SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN WORKING VERY DILIGENTLY FOR LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PROVIDE LOCATE AND RESCUE DEVICES. THIS YEAR, THERE IS A PROPOSED AMENDMENT ON HOUSE BILL 11 AND SENATE BILL 230, WHICH I WILL PROVIDE TO YOU. THERE IS CREATE TWO ADDITIONAL PILOT PROJECTS. ONE WILL BE IN PALM BEACH AND BROWARD COUNTIES. A SECOND WILL BE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THESE PILOT PROJECTS WILL PROVIDE PERSONAL DEVICES TO AID, SEARCH AND RESCUE EFFORTS FOR PERSONS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS IN CASE OF ELOPEMENT. UNDER THE PILOT PROJECT, PERSONAL DEVICES TO AID SEARCH-AND-RESCUE EFFORTS WILL BE ATTACHED TO CLOTHING OR OTHERWISE WORN SHALL BE PROVIDED BY THE CENTER TO THE SHERIFFS' OFFICES IN THE PARTICIPATING COUNTIES. THE DEVICES SHALL BE DISTRIBUTED TO PROJECT PARTICIPANTS BY THE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CENTER. THE CENTER SHALL FUND ANY COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH MONITORING THE DEVICES. THE AMOUNT OF FUNDING THAT HAS BEEN REQUESTED IS THE SUM OF 100,000, IS APPROPRIATED FROM THE GENERAL REVENUE FUND FOR THE CENTER OF AUTISM AND RELATED DISABILITIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA. FOR THE PURPOSE OF IMPLEMENTING THIS ACT. I'M HERE TODAY TO ASK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. I WOULD LIKE A LETTER FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD AS WELL AS FROM SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND FROM YOUR ESE DIRECTOR. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. CLAY. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MS. JENKINS. WELCOME.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I'M HERE TODAY IN CELEBRATION AND SUPPORT OF THE DISTRICT'S ANNUAL RECOGNITION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH. THIS IS A TIME FOR ALL AMERICANS TO LEARN HONOR AND RECOGNIZE THE CONSTITUTION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND OUR COUNTRY'S HISTORY AND IN OUR COMMUNITY. AS IMPORTANT AS THE PAST IS, IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT FOR US TO LOOK AT THE PRESENT AS WE PREPARE OUR STUDENTS TO BE READY TO BE PRODUCTIVE AND CONTRIBUTING CITIZENS AND LEADERS IN THE FUTURE. I HOPE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF MY PEOPLE AREN'T JUST TALKED ABOUT THIS MONTH, BUT THAT WE ARE RECOGNIZED AND THAT OUR CONTRIBUTIONS ARE TAUGHT SO THAT ALL CHILDREN LEARN AND GROW FROM OUR EXPERIENCES. WHEN WE WORK TOGETHER, WE ALL WIN. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK DR. BRINSON FOR GETTING BACK TO ME REGARDING MY QUESTION ON THE UPCOMING WORKSHOP ON STUDENT DISCIPLINE. I WILL BE THERE. I GAVE YOU A BREAK TODAY BECAUSE IT'S BLACK HISTORY MONTH, BUT I WILL BE BACK NEXT MONTH, AND WE WILL BE ON AGAIN. JUST REMEMBER THAT. MY QUESTIONS HAVE NOT BEEN ANSWERED, AND I ADVISE YOU TO LOOK THROUGH ALL OF THOSE CDs OR WHATEVER YOU ALL GOT IN HERE, LOOK THROUGH IT AND ANSWER MY QUESTIONS, BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO GET UGLY. AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. JENKINS. CLAYTON SUTTON. LAST NAME SUTTON. OKAY. THANK YOU. NEXT THREE SPEAKERS, THEN, ARE DR. BENNIE SMALL, DR. DAVID GREEN, AND PASTOR DARREN JONES. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE HERE TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, TO MR. EAKINS, THE SUPERINTENDENT, TO THE BOARD MEMBERS, AS WELL AS TO THE ADMINISTRATORS AND THE PEOPLE IN THE AUDIENCE. ON THE BEHALF OF THE NAACP, I JUST WANT TO COME DOWN AND SAY CONGRATULATIONS FOR YOUR TIME THAT YOU SPEND IN RECOGNIZING BLACK HISTORY MONTH. IT'S WELL OVERDUE, AND I KNOW THE TIME THAT MS. EDGECOMB HAS PUT IN MAKING SURE WE RECOGNIZE BLACK HISTORY MONTH. IT'S SOMETHING WE HAD OVER THE YEARS. I CAN REMEMBER THE TIME WHEN I WAS AT THE FAIRGROUNDS. I WAS OVER AT TAMPA U, MANY, MANY YEARS AGO, AND NOW TO THE PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE MADE HERE. AND ALSO TALKING WITH MR. BRINSON OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE CONTINUE TO RECOGNIZE THE AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND THEIR CHALLENGES AND THINGS THAT THEY HAVE DONE, NOT ONLY IN THIS COMMUNITY, BUT THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY. ONCE AGAIN, I JUST WANT TO COMMEND YOU FOR YOUR RECOGNITION. THANKS AGAIN.

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

>> I AM PASTOR DARREN JONES.

>>April Griffin: WELCOME.

>> I'M A MEMBER OF TAMPA BAY COALITION OF CLERGY AS WELL AS THE PRESIDENT OF PASTORS UNITED SOUTHWEST. AND I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU ALL FOR HAVING THIS MONTH BLACK HISTORY MONTH. AND I THANK YOU ALL, BOARD MEMBERS, AND EVERYONE THAT'S HERE TODAY THAT I WILL INVITE TO YOU A MEETING THAT WE'RE HAVING, BECAUSE WE HAVE A BIG PROBLEM WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO MINORITIES, ESPECIALLY AFRICAN-AMERICANS TODAY, THAT ARE -- THAT DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE GOING AFTER THEY GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL AND A GREAT DEAL NOT EVEN GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL. BUT WE ARE DEDICATING OUR TIME NEXT MONTH, ACTUALLY, MARCH THE 8th, 2016, THAT WE'LL INVITE YOU ALL TO AN EXPO WE'LL HAVE AT THE CHILDREN'S BOARD, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, 1002 EAST PALM AVENUE, TAMPA, FLORIDA, WHERE WE'RE GOING TO INVITE A GREAT DEAL OF TEENS TO COME IN. IT'S GOING TO BE A SPRINGBOARD FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO GO, TO KNOW WHERE THEY ARE GOING AFTER THEY GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL, WHETHER IT BE SECONDARY EDUCATION OR THE MILITARY, BUT WE'RE TRYING TO HELP THIS COMMUNITY TO DISCOVER WHERE THEY ARE GOING AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE PUSHING FOR RIGHT NOW. IT'S IN THE EMPHASIS STAGE RIGHT NOW, BUT WE'RE COMING TOGETHER, AND WE'RE TRYING TO JUST MAKE A PATHWAY FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE TO KNOW WHERE THEY ARE GOING AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. THAT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST DROPS, THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE GOING AT THE HIGH SCHOOL. IT'S ALWAYS ENCOURAGED TO GET A JOB. JOBS TODAY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ARE NOT HELPING UNLESS YOU HAVE THAT EXTRA, WHICH IS SECONDARY EDUCATION AND THOSE THINGS. I INVITE YOU OUT ON MARCH THE 8th AT THE CHILDREN'S BOARD, MARCH THE 8th AT 6:00, I BELIEVE. IT WILL START AT THAT TIME. SO I ENCOURAGE YOU TO COME OUT. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. IF SOMEBODY FROM CTE COULD GET WITH THIS GENTLEMAN AND LET HIM KNOW WHAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE, TOO, THAT MAYBE WE COULD PARTICIPATE IN THAT. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS REVEREND SHAW. AND THEN ZACHARY HUDSON. AND THEN C.L. TOWNSEND. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, TO THE BOARD, GOOD AFTERNOON. I, TOO, REPRESENT A CONGREGATION OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS, AND I'M ALSO A PART OF CLERGY, THE CLERGY COALITION THAT MR. SCOTT IS OUR CHAIRPERSON OF. WE COME TO SAY WE BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO SHOW A PRESENCE, SHOW CONCERN, FOR THE DECISIONS THAT ARE MADE BY THIS GOVERNMENTAL BOARD. WE COME TO SAY THAT WE, TOO, ARE DISCOURAGED WHEN MS. DORETHA EDGECOMB WAS PASSED OVER. DISCOURAGED BY THAT BECAUSE AS THE NEWSPAPERS OF THE CITY HAVE SAID, IT HAS BEEN A TRADITION THAT WE JUST SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER, WE, I SAY WE BECAUSE WE'RE A PART OF YOU, WE ELECTED YOU. WE VOTED FOR YOU. AMEN. THAT WE, FOR WHATEVER REASON, THOUGHT IT WAS OKAY TO CHANGE THE TRADITION WITHOUT ANY INPUT, AND DECIDE THAT WE WOULD DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. SO AS AFRICAN-AMERICANS, YOU KNOW SOME OF THIS HISTORY. THE ROAD WE TROT, BITTER THE CHASING ROD, THE DAYS HOPE UNBORN HAD DIED. IT TOUCHES US DEEPLY WHEN WE SEE PERSONS IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT DESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL THAT THEY CAN. AND WHEN THAT DOES NOT HAPPEN, THEN IT DISTURBS US. SO MAYBE, MAYBE IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO SHOW UP. MAYBE IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO SAY IT'S NOT OKAY. MAYBE IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO SHOW MS. EDGECOMB THAT WE DO SUPPORT HER, AND IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO LEND OUR VOICE SO THAT YOU ARE AWARE THAT THERE ARE PERSONS THAT ARE CONCERNED, AND I THINK THEY ARE RIGHTEOUS CONCERNS. I DON'T THINK THESE CONCERNS ARE ILLEGITIMATE. I THINK THEY ARE RIGHTEOUS. SO WE COME TODAY MERELY TO SAY THAT. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU TODAY. AND I DO HOPE AS WE GO FORWARD THAT WE WILL MAINTAIN THE BETTER TRADITIONS THAT WE HAVE. SOME TRADITIONS NEED TO BE GOTTEN RID OF. AMEN. BUT THERE ARE OTHER TRADITIONS THAT ARE GOOD TRADITIONS THAT SERVE THE COMMUNITY, NOT MERELY ONE PART OF IT, BUT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ZACHARY HUDSON. I'M SO SORRY. MY APOLOGIES. C.L. TOWNSEND. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD AND STAFF, MEMBERS OF THE AUDIENCE. I'M C.L. TOWNSEND FROM 2707 SPRING MEADOW DRIVE IN PLANT CITY. I'M HERE TODAY TO SPEAK WITH YOU ABOUT AN ISSUE OF GREAT POTENTIAL HARM TO OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND THE ABILITY OF THE SCHOOL BOARD TO CARRY OUT ITS MANDATE IN A SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE MANNER. THE SPECIFIC NATURE OF THIS THREAT IS THE IMPENDING APPROVAL BY OUR STATE LEGISLATURE OF SENATE BILL 318, WHICH GOVERNS THE FRACKING OF OUR UNDERGROUND ENVIRONMENT FOR OIL AND NATURAL GAS. THIS ISSUE MAY SEEM FAR AFIELD FROM THE MATTERS YOU NORMALLY DEAL WITH. AS A SCHOOL BOARD. HOWEVER, LET ME ASSURE YOU THAT UNLESS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS READY, RELIABLE ACCESS TO CLEAN, SAFE WATER, YOUR DAYS OF BUSINESS AS USUAL ARE GOING TO BE OVER. AND FOR ALL OF US. SO AS AN ELECTED PUBLIC BODY, CHARGED WITH THE PROVISION OF A SAFE AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN, YOU DO HAVE A DIRECT STAKE IN THIS ISSUE, THOUGH YOU WON'T BE VOTING ON IT, YOU CAN IMPACT THE PEOPLE WHO WILL. SENATE BILL 318 HAS TWO BAD PROVISIONS. FIRST, IT STRIPS AWAY THE PROVISION OF HOME RULE BY OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO ENACT RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING OUR ENVIRONMENT AND FRACKING IN PARTICULAR. SECONDLY, IT PROTECTS THE INTERESTS AND THE SECRECY OF THE CHEMICALS USED IN THE FRACKING PROCESS. THIS ENDANGERS THE SAFETY OF OUR ONLY AQUIFER THAT IS ESSENTIAL FOR SAFE DRINKING WATER SUPPLIES FOR OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR HOMES. THIS BILL ONLY PROTECTS THE INTEREST OF THE OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY. IT DOES NOT PROTECT YOU OR CHILDREN IN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT. ON JANUARY 26th, I SENT THE BOARD MEMBERS REPRESENTING MY DISTRICT, EAST HILLSBOROUGH AND THE COUNTY, A LETTER INFORMING THEM OF THE FAILURE OF OUR STATE SENATOR TOM LEE ON BOTH OF THESE ISSUES, BOTH OF THEM. THIS WAS EVEN IN THE FACE OF HIM HAVING RECEIVED OVER 2,000 PHONE CALLS FROM HIS CONSTITUENTS IN THE DAYS LEADING UP TO THAT VOTE ON THE 25th. I CALLED ON THE BOARD MEMBERS IN THEIR CAPACITY AS ELECTED OFFICIALS TO SPEAK OUT TO SENATOR LEE AND LET HIM KNOW HIS LEGISLATION WAS NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR CHILDREN AND THE GOVERNMENT. I'M ASKING YOU AS A FULL BOARD TO TAKE ON THIS ISSUE. I'LL PROVIDE YOU WITH A DRAFT OF PROPOSED RESOLUTION THAT YOU COULD ADOPT, SEND TO SENATOR LEE AND ALL THE OTHER SENATORS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND YOUR INTEREST.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THAT CONCLUDES OUR PUBLIC SPEAKERS FOR THE EVENING. WE ARE NOW INTO THE SECTION OF OUR AGENDA FOR PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS. DENNIS HOLT, IF YOU COULD PLEASE COME FORWARD. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. BEFORE I BEGIN, I'D LIKE TO THANK MS. DENISE JAMES FOR HER KIND WORDS AND RECOGNIZE SOMEONE WHO HAS REALLY TOILED MIGHTILY WITH THE EAST TAMPA COLLABORATIVE AND WAS VERY MUCH RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SUCCESS OF GETTING OUR DISPLAY AT THE FAMILY LIFE BUILDING AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR, THE INAUGURAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY DISPLAY THAT WILL BE THERE, RIGHT NEXT TO WHERE THE NORMAL SCHOOL DISPLAYS ARE, AND THAT WOULD BE OUR ART SUPERVISOR, DANA WARNER. SHE DID A GREAT JOB PULLING ALL THAT TOGETHER. I WILL ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT WE HAVE HAD SO MANY SPEAKERS THAT HAVE SPOKEN ELOQUENTLY TO THE IMPORTANCE OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH THAT I DON'T FEEL THE NEED TO MAKE ANY OTHER REMARKS, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO READ THE PROCLAMATION TO YOU IN ITS ENTIRETY. THIS WOULD BE FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH, FEBRUARY 2016. WHEREAS, BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US, AS CITIZENS OF A GREAT NATION, TO RECOGNIZE AND REFLECT ON THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS; AND WHEREAS, OUR AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE IS A VITAL AND RICH INGREDIENT IN THE CULTURAL GROWTH OF OUR COUNTRY AND COMMUNITY; AND WHEREAS, MANY AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAVE ACHIEVED GREAT STATURE AND ACCLAIM, AND THEIR INFLUENCE REACHES FAR BEYOND OUR NATION'S BOUNDARIES; AND WHEREAS, MANY AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAVE PLAYED KEY ROLES IN THE HISTORY OF OUR NATION, FREQUENTLY OVERCOMING GREAT ADVERSITY TO DO SO; AND WHEREAS, THE STUDY OF PROMINENT AFRICAN-AMERICANS PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH VALUABLE ROLE MODELS AND A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING THAT AMERICA'S STRENGTH LIES IN THE DIVERSITY OF HER PEOPLE; NOW, THEREFORE, WE ARE REQUESTING THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO HEREBY PROCLAIM THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2016, BLACK HISTORY MONTH, AND WE URGE ALL CITIZENS TO JOIN IN THE CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND TO HONOR THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STATE, AND OUR NATION. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, DO WE WANT TO VOTE ON THIS ITEM SEPARATELY? THEN I NEED A MOTION. I HAVE A MOTION FROM MRS. EDGECOMB AND A SECOND FROM MS. VALDES. WHAT WE'RE DOING -- AND I'M GOING TO KEEP THESE MOTIONS IN THE SAME ORDER. WE'RE GOING TO PULL THIS ITEM TO VOTE ON IT SEPARATELY. ANY DISCUSSION?

>>Susan L. Valdes: THIS PROCEDURE WAS SET THAT WAY LAST YEAR, WHERE WE AUTOMATICALLY ARE VOTING SEPARATELY ON EACH OF THE PROCLAMATIONS, SO WE DON'T NEED A SEPARATE VOTE.

>>April Griffin: I'M LOOKING TO MS. FERNANDEZ, BECAUSE WE HAD THIS DISCUSSION THIS MORNING IN AGENDA REVIEW.

>>Susan L. Valdes: WE HAD THIS DISCUSSION AT THE DAIS LAST YEAR AS WELL.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU FOR THE REMINDER. I JUST WANT TO CONFIRM WITH MS. MS. FERNANDEZ THAT THAT'S CORRECT.

>>Jim Porter: THE WAY THE AGENDA IS SET UP TODAY, IT'S ANTICIPATED THAT BOTH PROCLAMATIONS HAVE ALREADY BEEN PULLED OFF AND YOU WILL BE VOTING ON THEM SEPARATELY. THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR FROM MS. EDGECOMB AND SECONDED BY MS. VALDES IS APPROPRIATE FOR THE ACTUAL ADOPTION.

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. VERY GOOD. THANK YOU. THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR FROM MS. EDGECOMB AND A SECOND FROM MS. VALDES. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THE MOTION CARRIES. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. MS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. DR. HOLT, IF YOU WOULD COME BACK FOR A SECOND, PLEASE. EACH YEAR, THIS HAS BECOME A SYMBOLIC -- [MICROPHONE CUTS OUT] -- ON THE PART OF OUR DISTRICT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE DISTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS BOTH THROUGHOUT THIS NATION, BUT THERE HAS BEEN A GREATER EMPHASIS ON LOOKING AT THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS RIGHT HERE IN OUR COMMUNITY. AS I LOOK ACROSS THIS ROOM, I SEE SUCH PEOPLE WHO SAW AN OPPORTUNITY TO RIGHT SOME WRONGS, WHO SAW THEIR NEED AND THEY DECIDE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, WHO STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE AND MADE GREAT SACRIFICES TO CHANGE THE SHAPE AND THE TEXTURE OF OUR DISTRICT AND OUR COMMUNITY. AND SO IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR THIS TO BE A TIME TO RECOGNIZE THOSE ACTIONS ON THE PART OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE SCHOOL BOARD. AND I AGREE WITH YOU THAT THE SPEAKERS WHO CAME UP WERE VERY ELOQUENT IN TALKING ABOUT ITS IMPORTANCE, NOT JUST THIS MONTH BUT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU WHO COME TODAY AS PART OF THIS CELEBRATION. YOUR PRESENCE HERE IS A REMINDER THAT WE HAVE A RICH HISTORY, AND WE HAVE GREAT EXPERIENCES TO SHARE. AND THAT IT IS NOT JUST FOR A SLIGHT GROUP OF CHILDREN, BUT EVERY CHILD IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT CAN GROW, DEVELOP, LEARN, EMPATHIZE, AND I WOULD SAY DEVELOP THEIR OWN AWARENESS ABOUT BLACK HISTORY -- THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS. AND I THINK IT MAKES FOR A RICHER COMMUNITY AND A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL OF US TO LIVE AND TO GROW AND TO TEACH. AND IN THE FUTURE TO PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR -- THEY ARE MAKING THEIR OWN OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE THEIR OWN HISTORY. I WANT TO THANK THE PASTORS OF THE COALITION AND EVERYBODY WHO CAME TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THIS AND ALL OF THE SUPPORT THAT YOU HAVE EXTENDED TO ME. MY PLEA TODAY, HOWEVER, IS AS WE MOVE FORWARD, THAT WE USE THIS TIME TO ACTIVATE -- SOMEONE USED THE WORD "SPRINGBOARD" TO USE THE DAY AS A SPRINGBOARD, BECOME MORE ACTIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY, NOT JUST TODAY, NOT JUST THIS MONTH, BUT WE'VE GOT DAYS AND MONTHS BEFORE US. BECAUSE THERE ARE CHILDREN WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM MEN TORESHIPS. THERE ARE -- FROM MENTORSHIPS. THERE ARE CHILDREN IN OUR SCHOOLS WHO CAN BECOME BETTER STUDENTS IF YOU CAN TAKE AN HOUR OR TWO AND TUTOR THEM. THERE ARE STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOLS WHO ARE JUST WAITING TO HAVE THEIR LIVES INFLUENCED AND CHANGED, IMPACTED IN SUCH A WAY THAT ONLY THAT SOME OF YOU WHO ARE SITTING IN THIS AUDIENCE AND PERHAPS LISTENING OUT HERE CAN MAKE THAT DIFFERENCE. AND IT STARTS WITH EACH ONE OF US LOOKING AT OUR OWN GIFTS AND TALENTS AND DECIDING HOW CAN I MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD, NOT JUST FOR ACCOLADES, NOT JUST FOR THE MOMENT, BUT FOR A LIFETIME. AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO TALKED ABOUT WHERE OUR KIDS ARE GOING AFTER THEY FINISH HIGH SCHOOL, THERE IS NO BETTER VOICE THAN YOUR OWN TO TALK ABOUT YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES AND LEND HELP TO THOSE STUDENTS, BOTH AS ROLE MODELS, AS MENTORS, AS ADVOCACY ADVOCACY -- ADVOCATES FOR THE KINDS OF EXPERIENCES THEY SHOULD BE HAVING. AS WE CELEBRATE THIS MONTH, LET'S DO IT WITH ALL THE FANFARE AND PRIDE AND ENTHUSIASM THAT THIS MONTH DESERVES. MY BIGGEST PLEA IS TO EVERY ONE OF YOU, TAKE A MOMENT, DECIDE WHERE YOU CAN FIT. FIND A CHILD, AND CHANGE A LIFE. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT THIS IS REALLY ALL ABOUT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. EDGECOMB. MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. VERY WELL SAID, MS. EDGECOMB. THANK YOU. SINCE WE HAVE MR. HOLT UP HERE, ONE OF THE THINGS WE KNOW, AS THE SPEECHES HAVE SAID, THIS THE NO JUST CELEBRATING FOR A MONTH. THIS IS ABOUT CELEBRATING THE DIVERSITY OF OUR COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. AND ONE OF THE DAYS WE'RE DOING IT, WE ARE MOVING TOWARD ACHIEVING EXEMPLARY STATUS IN THE TEACHING OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS. SO MR. HOLT, DR. HOLT, IS THERE ANY PROGRESS ON THAT AT THIS POINT?

>> QUITE A BIT, ACTUALLY. AND I'D REMIND THE BOARD THAT IN OCTOBER OF 2014, YOU APPROVED THAT INITIATIVE. AND I THINK THAT WAS A BOLD STEP. WE ARE CONDUCTING THIS INITIATIVE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH NAACP, SO I'M EXTREMELY PLEASED TO SEE DR. SMALL HERE IN SUPPORT NOT ONLY OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH, BUT THEY HAVE BEEN INTEGRAL IN HELPING US THROUGH THIS PROCESS. OVER THE LAST YEAR, WE HAVE ENGAGED IN A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TRAINING. SOME OF IT INVOLVING SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS. IN FACT, WE HAD A THOUSAND MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS SPECIFICALLY STUDYING AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AND THE HISTORY OF AFRICA AT BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL ON PROFESSIONAL DAY. WE HAVE BEEN TRAINING CURRICULUM DEVELOPERS AND CURRICULUM WRITERS, OVER 60 OF THEM, DURING THIS LAST YEAR TO CREATE RESOURCES AND LESSONS THAT WILL BE HOUSED ON AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES WEBSITE HERE IN THE DISTRICT. WE ALL KNOW THAT ONE OF THE CHALLENGES FOR TEACHERS IS HAVING THE TIME TO LOOK FOR RESOURCES, AND PART OF THIS HAS MADE THOSE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO US. AND I WOULD ALSO POINT OUT THAT SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED LIKE THE DISPLAY AT THE FAIRGROUND HAVE BEEN A NATURAL PROGRESSION FROM THIS. THE LEAD CONTEST HAS ALSO PLAYED A PART IN THIS. SO WHAT HAS REALLY CHANGED IS THIS IS MOVING FROM NOT NECESSARILY A SOCIAL STUDIES THING, BUT TO A K-12, MULTIDISCIPLINARY PROGRAM OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES. AND I THINK MOST EXCITING OF ALL IS IT PROVIDES A TEMPLATE FOR LOOKING AT OTHER FOLKS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY. NOW, OBVIOUSLY, HAVE A RICH LATINO, LATINA HERITAGE HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THAT WE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF ALLOWING OUR KIDS, OUR STUDENTS TO ACCESS. SO WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT'S GONE ON SO FAR, AND WE RECOGNIZE IT'S REALLY JUST THE BEGINNING. HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO FOR A LOT OF TIME.

>>April Griffin: MS. EDGECOMB. I'M SO SORRY. MS. VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. DR. HOLT, AND I'D LIKE ALSO FOR YOU TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE INITIATIVE THAT WE UNDERTOOK WITH OUR SISTER COUNTY I GUESS, ROCHESTER, NEW YORK. AND THE OPPORTUNITY THAT THEY HAD WITH A VIRTUAL CLASSROOM ON DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.'S BIRTHDAY AS WELL AS HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER TO HAVE A CONFERENCE WITH THE WHITE HOUSE.

>> THANK YOU FOR REMINDING ME OF THAT, AND THANK YOU FOR, IN FACT, BRINGING THAT ORIGINALLY TO OUR ATTENTION. JEFFERSON -- OUR FRIENDS AT JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL LAST YEAR ENGAGED IN A -- BASICALLY IN A ONE-DAY TELECONFERENCE WITH THE ROCHESTER COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT UP IN NEW YORK. AND BOARD MEMBER VALDES IS CORRECT. IT ULTIMATELY ENDED UP BEING PART OF A CONFERENCE WITH THE WHITE HOUSE ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. WHAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE, THESE THINGS TAKE ON A LIFE OF THEIR OWN. SO FOR THE LAST ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR, ON A BIWEEKLY BASIS, STUDENTS FROM MS. IVY SHIP WASHINGTON'S AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS AT JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL, THEY COTEACH WITH ROCHESTER VIA TELEVISION. THAT'S REALLY VERY EXCITING. CISCO HAS PROVIDED THE TECHNOLOGICAL RESOURCES FOR US. AND, IN FACT, WE JUST FINISHED UP THIS SEMESTER GOING FORWARD NEXT SEMESTER. SO THIS LOOKS LIKE SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO BE IN PERPETUITY. THANK YOU. I AM GOING TO DEFER TO YOU ON THAT. YOU KNOW FAR MORE ABOUT THAT THAN I DO. THERE IS A BUS, THE ACTUAL BUS BUS -- EXCUSE ME, I'M BLANKING HERE. HELP ME.

>> IT WAS SHARED WITH ME THAT IT'S A REPLICA OF THE BUS FROM MONTGOMERY WITH ROSA PARKS, ALL OF THOSE. SO THAT REPLICA BUS IS SUPPOSED TO BE TRAVELING TO WASHINGTON, D.C. IN MARCH, AND OUR STUDENTS FROM JEFFERSON AS WELL AS THE STUDENTS FROM ROCHESTER COUNTY WILL BE JOINING VIRTUALLY AND ACTUALLY DOING SOME INTERVIEWS WITH FOLKS THAT ARE GOING TO BE VISITING THAT LIVING MUSEUM, SO TO SPEAK IN WASHINGTON, D.C. SO THAT'S TO COME. WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

>> AND I HEARD IT WAS THE REAL BUS.

>>Susan L. Valdes: BOARD MEMBERS, THIS OPPORTUNITY CAME, THE BOARD PRESIDENT IN ROCHESTER IS DR. WHITE WHO IS ALSO THE CUBE STEERING COMMITTEE PRESIDENT. AND DURING ONE OF OUR CONFERENCES, WE HAD THAT CHALLENGE GIVEN UPON US, AND WE DEFINITELY TOOK THE CHALLENGE UP, AND LOOK WHAT IT'S MORPHED INTO. SO IT'S AMAZING HOW FOLKS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY CAN COME TOGETHER AND STILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS FROM ACROSS -- I MEAN, FROM THE NORTH TO THE SOUTH, TO BEING ABLE TO HAVE THAT INTERACTION AND HAVE THE PERSPECTIVES AS WELL. BECAUSE THE PERSPECTIVES FROM THE NORTHEAST ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM THE SOUTH AS WELL. SO IT'S A VERY -- IT'S A TEACHABLE MOMENT FOR BOTH OF OUR STUDENTS. AND WHAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY THAT WAS OR STILL IS, BECAUSE IT'S GROWING.

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. I WOULD BE REALLY OUT OF ORDER AND SHOWING BAD MANNERS IF I CAN THANK ALL OF HOW TOOK TIME OUT OF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULES TO COME AS PART OF TODAY'S CELEBRATION. IF YOU WOULD PLEASE STAND, THERE ARE FORMER STUDENTS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. THERE ARE LEADERS WHO ARE IN THIS COMMUNITY. SOME OF MY SORORITY SISTERS ARE HERE. PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING A PART OF THIS COMMUNITY. WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND SO WE CAN THANK YOU FOR COMING THIS AFTERNOON. [ APPLAUSE ] THE CROWD WAS BIGGER. PEOPLE HAD TO GO, BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SACRIFICE OF YOUR TIME. MORE IMPORTANTLY, THANK YOU FOR GIVING YOUR TIME FOR WHAT'S GOOD FOR CHILDREN. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, DR. HOLT. THE NEXT ITEM IS THE ADOPTION OF A PROCLAMATION FOR NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK, FROM FEBRUARY 1st THROUGH 5th. ANGELIQUE XENICK, SUPERVISOR, GUIDANCE SERVICES. PLEASE COME FORWARD. AND JENNY WATSON IS WITH YOU. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. ON BEHALF OF THE GUIDANCE SERVICES SUPERVISORS AND THE DIVISION OF STUDENT SERVICES, BRING THE NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK PROCLAMATION TO THE BOARD. HOWEVER, THIS YEAR, I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE ONE OF OUR DISTRICTS, OVER 425 AMAZING SCHOOL COUNSELORS AND COLLEGE AND CAREER COUNSELORS, JENNY WATSON, TO PRESENT THE INFORMATION REGARDING NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK. JENNY HAS BEEN A SCHOOL COUNSELOR FOR 18 YEARS, IS A NATIONALLY BOARD CERTIFIED SCHOOL COUNSELOR AND CURRENTLY SERVING AS SCHOOL COUNSELOR PEER EVALUATOR. JENNY WAS RECOGNIZED IN 2014 BY THE AMERICAN SCHOOL COUNSELING ASSOCIATION FOR HER MODEL SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM AT NELSON ELEMENTARY. THIS PRESTIGIOUS HONOR IS CALLED "THE RECOGNIZED ASK A MODEL PROGRAM" OR RAMP FOR SHORT IS QUITE A FEAT TO ACCOMPLISH. TO DATE, ONLY TWO ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAVE EARNED THIS RECOGNITION. BUT WITH THE SUPPORT OF DISTRICT AND SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION, WE ARE HOPING OTHER SCHOOL COUNSELORS AT ALL LEVELS WILL BE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT A MODEL SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM AND EARN RAMP DISTINCTION. I WOULD NOW LIKE TO CALL JENNY TO THE PODIUM.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF AND ALL OF YOU-ALL OUT THERE. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THE NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK PROCLAMATION AND RECOGNIZE SCHOOL COUNSELORS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK 2016, WHICH IS THIS WEEK, HAS THE THEME "SCHOOL COUNSELING: THE RECIPE FOR SUCCESS." IT IS TO FOCUS PUBLIC ATTENTION ON THE UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION OF PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELORS WITHIN THE UNITED STATES SCHOOL SYSTEM. NATIONAL SCHOOLING COUNSELING WEEK IS SPONSORED BY THE AMERICAN SCHOOL COUNSELING ASSOCIATION AND IT HIGHLIGHTS THE TREMENDOUS IMPACT WE AS SCHOOL COUNSELORS CAN HAVE IN HELPING STUDENTS ACHIEVE SCHOOL SUCCESS AND HAS OUR DISTRICT STATES PREPARE STUDENS FOR LIFE. SCHOOL COUNSELORS HELP STUDENTS PREPARE THEIR OWN RECIPE FOR SUCCESS. THE SPECIAL WEEK HONORING SCHOOL COUNSELORS PROVIDE RECOGNITION FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS WHO IMPLEMENT COMPREHENSIVE, DEVELOPMENTAL SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAMS WHICH IS A VIOLATAL -- VITAL PART OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS FOR ALL STUDENTS AS THEY MEET THE CHALLENGES OF THE 21st CENTURY. THIS WEEK, COUNSELORS WILL TALK WITH MANY STUDENTS ABOUT THE INGREDIENTS FOR BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL FUTURE, TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES MANY OF THEM WILL FACE ALONG THE WAY, AND HELP THEM TO SEE WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED IF THEY BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES. THE PROCLAMATION CITES SCHOOL COUNSELORS FOR BEING ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN HELPING STUDENTS EXAMINE THEIR ABILITIES, STRENGTHS, INTERESTS, AND TALENT, FOR WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS AS THEY ENCOUNTER THE CHALLENGES OF RAISING CHILDREN IN TODAY'S WORLD, FOR FOCUSING ON POSITIVE WAYS TO ENHANCE STUDENTS' SOCIAL, PERSONAL, EDUCATIONAL, AND CAREER E. DO -- DEVELOPMENT AND WORKING WITH TEACHERS AND OTHER EDUCATORS TO PROVIDE AN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM WHERE STUDENTS CAN REALIZE THEIR POTENTIAL AND SET HEALTHY, REALISTIC, AND OPTIMISTIC ASPIRATIONS FOR THEMSELVES. PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELORS ARE CERTIFIED, EXPERIENCED EDUCATORS WITH A MASTER'S DEGREE IN COUNSELING AND GUIDANCE. THE COMBINATION OF THEIR TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE MAKE THEM AN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR DISTRICT SERVICE TO STUDENTS AS WE PREPARE THEM FOR LIFE. FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, I HAVE HAD THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE SERVING AS PEER EVALUATOR FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS DISTRICT-WIDE AND AT EVERY LEVEL. SEEING THE EVIDENCE-BASED COUNSELING PROGRAMS THAT ARE IN PRACTICE EVERY DAY TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE IS INSPIRATIONAL. THINKING ABOUT THIS THEME THIS YEAR OF RECIPE FOR SUCCESS, EXEMPLARY PRACTICES THAT I HAVE OBSERVED AS A PEER DEMONSTRATES SUCCESS WITH A VARIETY OF INGREDIENTS. WHILE EVERYONE'S SECRET INGREDIENTS ARE DIFFERENT, THE BASIC RECIPE IS THE SAME. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS HEAT UP AN IDEA, TAKE ACTION, MIX IT WITH PASSION AND BELIEF, AND THEN ADD THAT DASH OF PERSISTENCE. AS SCHOOL COUNSELORS, WE ARE SPECIALLY TRAINED TO HELP ALL STUDENTS FIND INGREDIENTS FOR SUCCESS AND TOGETHER WITH THIS RECIPE, WE CAN BUILD FUTURES THAT BENEFIT EVERYONE. AND AS WE CELEBRATE NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK, I WANT TO THANK YOU. THANK EACH OF YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT THAT YOU PROVIDE SCHOOL COUNSELORS EVERY DAY. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. WE HAVE A PROCLAMATION, BOARD MEMBERS. IS THAT A MOTION? I HAVE A MOTION FROM MS. VALDES AND A SECOND FROM MS. EDGECOMB. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, CAST YOUR VOTE. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. I DO WANT TO SAY THAT THIS BOARD HAS HAD NUMEROUS CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE DIRECTION THAT WE'RE GOING AS WE'RE PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. AND KNOWING THAT WE'VE BEEN LIVING IN A WORLD WHERE ASSESSMENTS AND TESTING IS -- HAS BECOME THE END-ALL, BE-ALL FOR STUDENTS AND RECOGNIZING THAT GUIDANCE COUNSELORS HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM THEIR JOB BY HAVING A PROXY TEST -- PROCTORING TEST AND DOING ALL THAT, NOT PROXY, PROCTORING TESTS, AND DOING ALL OF THAT, WE RECOGNIZE THAT THAT IS TAKING YOU AWAY FROM WHAT IT IS THAT YOU ALL WENT TO SCHOOL FOR. SO WE ARE WORKING ON COMING UP WITH A SOLUTION TO THAT ALONG WITH SOME OTHER ISSUES BECAUSE WE RECOGNIZE THAT IF WE DON'T EDUCATE THE WHOLE CHILD, THEN WE'RE MISSING SOMETHING. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO EVERY SINGLE DAY. WE VERY, VERY MUCH APPRECIATE. AND THAT IS IT FOR THE PROCLAMATIONS, BOARD MEMBERS. WE ARE NOW ON TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: MADAM CHAIR, THERE ARE NO UPDATES SINCE OUR LAST MEETING FROM THE SUSPENDED AGENDA.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I LIKE HEARING THAT RIGHT NOW.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. LIED LIKE TO MAKE A COUPLE OF -- ADD A COUPLE OF ITEMS TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. BOARD MEMBERS, WE RECEIVED AN E-MAIL WITH A SCHEDULE OF VISITS THAT, MR. EAKINS, YOU WOULD BE MAKING TO SOME OF THE SCHOOLS. AND I WANTED TO SEE ABOUT MAKING, TO ADD TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA THE PROGRESS -- THE MOTION IS TO ADD TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA, THE PROGRESS OF IDENTIFYING THE PRIORITY SCHOOLS AND UPDATE US BY ANSWERING THE QUESTION OF WHAT IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT ABOUT THOSE SCHOOLS. AND HOPEFULLY PUT THAT ON THE AGENDA SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT THOSE. THAT'S MY MOTION.

>>April Griffin: THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. IS THERE A SECOND? IS THIS A SECOND, MS. EDGECOMB? MOTION BY MS. VALDES, SECOND BY MS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE MOTION PASSES WITH MEMBER KURDELL BEING AWAY FROM THE DAIS.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU. MADAM CHAIR, I HAVE ONE MORE REQUEST. AND THIS HAPPENS TO BE IN REFERENCE TO ONE THAT'S ALREADY ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. IT'S NUMBER 2, TO HAVE ONGOING REPORTS ABOUT THE KINDS OF THINGS BEING DONE FOR THE PROGRESS OF THE ONGOING FEEDBACK AS IT RELATES TO THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND HISPANIC STUDENTS AND ALL ACROSS THE STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT. I'D LIKE TO SEE IF MAYBE IN THE MONTH OF MARCH, IF WE CAN HAVE AT ONE OF OUR BOARD MEETINGS, THE TEACHING AND LEARNING BE THE UPDATE ON WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH BOTH THE GROUPS, THE BLACK EDUCATORS FOR CHANGE AND THE HISPANIC EDUCATORS FOR CHANGE, AND BRING US AN UPDATE AT THAT TIME.

>>April Griffin: THAT'S SOMETHING THAT COULD JUST BE A WORKSHOP. IF I CAN GET CONSENSUS FOR THAT. DO WE NEED TO HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND ON THAT ONE?

>>Jim Porter: WELL, YOU DON'T. IF THE SUPERINTENDENT IS AGREEABLE TO DOING THAT, THEN I THINK THAT CAN JUST BE DONE.

>>Susan L. Valdes: YEAH, JUST -- I WAS THINKING OF MORE OF A TEACHING AND LEARNING JUST SO THAT IT IS -- IT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE PUBLICIZED AND A LITTLE BIT MORE -- WELL, A LITTLE BIT MORE ATTENTION TO IT THAN A WORKSHOP SETTING.

>>April Griffin: ESSENTIALLY, MR. EAKINS, YOU WILL BE DOING A TEACHING AND LEARNING AS OPPOSED TO YOUR STANDARD UPDATE.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I'LL HAVE NUMBERS.

>>April Griffin: YOU'LL HAVE TO HAVE A PowerPoint.

>>Susan L. Valdes: WHAT I FORESEE IS WHOEVER IT IS, YOU KNOW, LEADING THOSE GROUPS WILL GIVE US AN UPDATE AND HAVE A DEEPER CONVERSATION ABOUT THE DATA.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: VERY GOOD.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. MS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIT IN WITH SOME OF THE FACULTIES, AS MR. EAKINS AND ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR PRIORITY SCHOOLS AND HIS STAFF SPOKE TO THOSE SCHOOLS ABOUT THEIR DESIGNATION AS A PRIORITY SCHOOL. AND I THINK IT WAS SUCH A TIMELY AND APPROPRIATE OPPORTUNITY TO, FIRST OF ALL, DEFINE WHAT THAT IS. WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE JOURNEY THAT THOSE SCHOOLS ARE GOING TO BE TAKING ALONG WITH OUR STAFF AND THE FACT THAT THESE SCHOOLS WILL HAVE A GREATER VOICE IN HOW DECISIONS ARE MADE BY IDENTIFYING THOSE CHALLENGES THAT THEY HAVE, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY TO WORKING WITH A GROUP OF OUR STAFF, WORKING WITH NOT JUST HIRING THEM, BUT WORKING WITH TO ADDRESS THOSE PROBLEMS. HERE'S WHAT I GOT OUT OF THE MEETINGS, A GREAT LEVEL OF ENTHUSIASM. YES, THERE WAS SOME APPREHENSION. THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO WERE WAITING TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY WERE HEARING WHAT WOULD BE DIFFERENT. THERE WERE THOSE WHO PERHAPS WERE SITTING THERE WAITING TO SAY, YOU STILL YET HAVE TO PROVE IT TO ME. BUT WHAT I SAW MOST OF ALL BOTH IN QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS AND IN THE INFORMAL CONVERSATIONS THAT FOLLOWED SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS' PRESENTATION WAS EMBRACING AN IDEA THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE A REAL EFFORT TO CHANGE SOME THINGS, BUILD ON WHAT'S ALREADY GOING ON IN THOSE SCHOOLS, BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME GOOD THINGS GOING ON IN THOSE SCHOOLS ALREADY, AND THAT THERE WILL BE SUPPORT FOR THEM THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS, NOT TO THE NEGLECT OF OTHER SCHOOLS AND OTHER FACULTIES OR EVEN OTHER GROUPS OF STUDENTS, BUT WE HAVE TO FACE THE FACT THAT THERE ARE GROUPS OF SCHOOLS WHO HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING, WHO NEED A DIFFERENT KIND OF SUPPORT, AND THIS IS OUR EFFORT, I THINK, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE AREN'T GOING TO BE DOING SOME OF THE SAME OLD THINGS, BUT WE ARE GOING TO LEARN FROM OUR EXPERIENCES OF THINGS THAT WILL WORK FROM THE PAST, BUT THE GREATER VOICE WE'RE GOING TO BE LISTENING TO WILL BE THOSE FACULTY STAFF, SCHOOLS, SCHOOL FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO LIVE IT EVERY DAY IN THOSE SCHOOLS AND CAN TELL THEIR STORY BETTER THAN ANY OF US COULD EVER DO HERE OR ANYPLACE ELSE, BUT WITH THE HELP OF THOSE AT THIS DAIS, WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT, AND MR. YOUNG AND HIS STAFF, THAT WE ARE GOING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE SO THAT -- MR. YOUNG, I HOPE YOU WORK YOURSELF OUT OF A JOB AND THAT YOUR STAFF WILL BE MINIMIZED AND SENT ON TO DO OTHER THINGS. THESE STUDENTS NOT ONLY DESERVE THE KIND OF SUPPORT THAT I THINK YOU PROMISED THEM YESTERDAY. SO I'M GOING TO LOOK AT IT THIS WAY, IT'S NOT JUST OUR RESPONSIBILITY, BUT IT IS, IN FACT, OUR PROMISE TO THEM. THANK YOU, MR. EAKINS FOR THE COMMITMENT AND THE ASSURANCE THAT THIS STAFF IS THERE TO WORK IN SUPPORT. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. EDGECOMB. THE NEXT SECTION IS TEACHING AND LEARNING. AND WE HAVE NONE THIS EVENING. SO WE ARE NOW ON TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS IN SECTION B. MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. BOARD MEMBERS, THE 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 MARK GAL LARD, CURRENTLY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT EDISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO THE PRINCIPAL OF EDISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF FEBRUARY 15th, 2016. MR. GALLARD BEGAN HIS TEACHING CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN 1998. FROM 1998 TO 2006 HE TAUGHT AT OAK PARK, PATEL CHARTER, EASTSIDE MULTICULTURE CHARTER AND EASTSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. HE SERVED AS ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCE TEACHER AT EDISON AND JUST ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. IN 2008, HE WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT EDISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WHERE HE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, THANK YOU. I HAVE A MOTION FROM MS. EDGECOMB. A SECOND FROM MS. STUART. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS WITH MS. KURDELL BEING AWAY FROM THE DAIS. CONGRATULATIONS, MR. GALLARD. PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ] MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. ON THE 4.02A AGENDA, I DO WANT TO MAKE SOME RECOGNITIONS. FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT WE HAVE MR. BEN MOORE WHO HAS BEEN LEADING THE CHARGE IN THE OFFICE OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY. WE ARE APPOINTING HIM THIS EVENING TO THE FACILITIES MAINTENANCE SUPPORT MANAGER. AND MR. MOORE, YOU ARE IN THE ROOM, SO I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE. I KNOW YOU WILL DO AN AMAZING JOB THERE WITH THE MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT. BUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK IN THE OFFICE OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY. YOU DID A WONDERFUL JOB.

>>April Griffin: AND HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SORRY. WE HAVE SOME FRIENDS OUT THERE. YEAH. [ APPLAUSE ] I'LL PASS THAT BACK TO MS. GRIFFIN. SHE KNOWS THE ROUTINE BETTER THAN I DO. A FEW OF OUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS WHO ARE BEING APPOINTED FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THEM. SHANE DAVID IS BEING APPOINTED ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL. CURRENTLY A PEER EVALUATOR. MARYANNE COLEMAN IS BEING APPOINTED ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT STEINBRENNER HIGH, CURRENTLY ESE SPECIALIST AT WHARTON. GLENDA LYNN HODGE APPOINTED STUDENT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT CARVER CENTER. CURRENTLY A TEACHER AT MIDDLETON MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL. SHANNON HAYES, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION IS BEING APPOINTEDDAL BALLAST POINT. CURRENTLY, SHE WAS A TEACHER AT BALLAST POINT ELEMENTARY. RACHEL WEAVER IS BEING APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT BRYANT ELEMENTARY, AND RACHEL IS CURRENTLY A TEACHER AT TURNER/BARTELS. SO OUR PIPELINE IS DEFINITELY COMING TO FRUITION NOW WITH ALL OF THESE AMAZING LEADERS COMING OUT AND JOINING THE FORCES IN THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL RANK. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO THOSE APPOINTMENTS TONIGHT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND I LIKE THAT YOU DO THAT BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THE PEOPLE THAT YOU'RE MENTIONING IN THE PIPELINE HAVE DONE A LOT OF WORK TO GET TO THIS STAGE. AND IT IS DEFINITELY A BIG STEP FOR THEM. SO I LIKE THAT WE RECOGNIZE THEM NOW. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. EAKINS. OKAY. BOARD MEMBERS, THE ITEMS THAT -- I'M SO SORRY. MS. VALDES -- OKAY, I CAN'T SEE IT. THAT'S MY PROBLEM.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MR. MOORE, I JUST WANT TO PERSONALLY CONGRATULATE YOU FOR YOUR MANY YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. YOU'RE SUCH A GREAT EXAMPLE TO SO MANY STUDENTS OUT THERE OF WHAT GREAT LEADERSHIP CAN DO AND YOU'RE AN EXAMPLE OF THAT. YOUR HARD WORK AT MAINTENANCE WEST. YOUR WHOLE TRAJECTORY OF HISTORY, AND YOUR HARD WORK AS THE OFFICER FOR THE OFFICE OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY HAS BEEN IMPECCABLE. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. I'M VERY PROUD OF YOU AND WHERE YOU'RE HEADED AND CONGRATULATIONS. YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF YOUR DAD. HE'S A GREAT GUY. AND YOU LAUGH JUST LIKE HIM, TOO. THAT'S AWESOME. CONGRATULATIONS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. VALDES. THE NEXT SECTION IS THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL, SECTION C. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THESE ITEMS WILL THEN BE VOTED ON TOGETHER AT THE END OF DISCUSSION. THE CONSENT AGENDA IS -- WE ALREADY ADOPTED IT, BUT THESE ITEMS HAVE BEEN PULLED. C 1.02R. C 2.02. C 6.03. 60.04, 6.08, 6.14R, C 7.02, AND THEN THE INFORMATION ITEMS, C 10.02R, WHICH IS GOING TO BE PULLED UP. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO PULL THESE ITEMS. I HAVE A MOTION FROM MS. STUART. A SECOND FROM MS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, ANY DISCUSSION? PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE MOTION PASSES WITH MS. KURDELL BEING AWAY FROM THE DAIS. BOARD MEMBERS, WE CAN GO AHEAD AND PASS THE CONSENT AGENDA NOW, IF WE WANT OR DO WE WANT TO WAIT UNTIL THE END? COULD I HAVE A MOTION TO PASS THE CONSENT AGENDA? I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS. A SECOND BY MS. SNIVELY. BOARD MEMBERS, ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. WE ARE MOVING UP ITEM 10.02 R, WHICH IS AN INFORMATION ITEM. MS. STUART ASKED THAT THIS BE MOVED UP. THIS IS THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN HILLSBOROUGH AREA REGIONAL TRANSIT AND THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. IN THE AUDIENCE WITH US TODAY, WE'RE FORTUNATE WE HAVE COMMISSIONER KEVIN BECKNER WITH US. IF YOU COULD PLEASE COME UP AND KATHRYN EGAN. FROM HART. THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR. WELCOME. I BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE SOME COMMENTS FOR US, AND THEN MR. FARKAS IS GOING TO GIVE A PRESENTATION.

>> YES, MADAM CHAIR. MADAM CHAIR AND BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE HERE TO BRING GREETINGS FROM THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AS WELL AS YOUR HILLSBOROUGH AREA REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITY. AND WE ARE SO EXCITED TO BE HERE TODAY TO INTRODUCE TO YOU WHAT WE BELIEVE IS GOING TO BE AN EXTRAORDINARY PARTNERSHIP THAT'S GOING TO HAVE A POTENTIALLY DRAMATIC IMPACT ON TRANSIT IN THE FUTURE OF OUR COMMUNITY. AND THIS PARTNERSHIP HAS BEEN FORMED IN ABOUT OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF. AND AS MANY OF YOU ARE AWARE, OUR COUNTY HAS AN EXTRAORDINARILY -- EXTRAORDINARY NEED FOR AN IMPROVED TRANSIT SYSTEM. HART HAS DONE AN EXTRAORDINARY, GREAT JOB IN PROVIDING TRANSIT WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY, BUT TRANSIT NEEDS TO BE EXPANDED THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITY. ONE OF THE LARGEST CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE AS A COMMUNITY IS THAT WE ARE CAR CENTRIC. AND WE NEED TO CHANGE THAT CULTURE. AND WHAT BETTER WAY TO CHANGE THAT CULTURE THAN THROUGH OUR CHILDREN. SO OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF, WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD AND THE DISTRICT AS WELL AS WITH HART AND THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO COME UP WITH A PLAN TO INTRODUCE TRANSIT TO OUR STUDENTS AND TO GET THEM USING TRANSIT, NOT ONLY TO HELP SOLVE SOME OF THE SHORTER TERM TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGES THAT THEY AND THEIR PARENTS MIGHT FACE, BUT ALSO TO GET THEM TO EMBRACE THEMSELVES IN THE CULTURE OF TRANSIT FOR THE FUTURE. SO WE'RE EXCITED TO BE PART OF THIS PARTNERSHIP. AND WITH THAT, I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF OF YOUR SCHOOL BOARD, OF HART FOR WHAT I BELIEVE, AGAIN, IS GOING TO BE AN AMAZING PARTNERSHIP IN THE FUTURE. SO WITH THAT, MADAM CHAIR, I THINK MR. FARKAS WOULD PRESENT TO YOU THE PLAN, AND WE'LL BE HERE TO STAND TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU.

>> I'LL TRY TO BE AS BRIEF AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE WE WANT TO KEEP IT AS SIMPLE AS POSSIBLE AS WE SPREAD THE MESSAGE OF THE STAY-CATION. FOR THE PAST FIVE OR SIX YEARS, HART HAS BEEN VERY GRACIOUS AND DURING OUR SPRING BREAK MONTH HAS OPENED IT UP SO ALL SCHOOL STUDENTS CAN RIDE HART FOR FREE. THIS YEAR WE EXPANDED UPON THAT. THERE IS A PowerPoint, BUT I'LL KEEP GOING WHILE WE LOOK FOR THE PowerPoint. ALL MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH A VALID ID FROM MARCH 1st TO JUNE 10th, 2016, WILL RIDE HART FOR FREE. AS COMMISSIONER BECKNER STATED, AN IMPORTANT PART OF THIS IS NOT JUST THAT WE'RE CAR CENTRIC BUT THE IDEA THAT WE START WITH OUR YOUNGEST CHILDREN AND WE TEACH THEM HOW TO RIDE PUBLIC TRANSIT AND MAKE THEM LIFELONG RIDERS. STAY-CATION IS A PROGRAM. WE HAVE ABOUT 30 TO 40 THOUSAND TRIPS EACH YEAR DURING THE MONTH OF MARCH. THIS YEAR HOPING MUCH MORE. TOMORROW MORNING, KATHRYN AND I WILL BE IN FRONT OF THE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT HOW TO GET THE WORD OUT TO STUDENTS AND TALK ABOUT IT. WE HAVE PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS IN BOTH ENGLISH AND SPANISH AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING THAT WITH ALL STUDENTS SO DURING MARCH WE'LL GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE WHERE THEY ARE RIDING FROM AND RIDING TO. HART HAS DONE SOME OF THEIR MARKETING EFFORTS THROUGH THE TAMPA TRIBUNE AND TBO.COM, Facebook, BUT ALSO THE NONPAID AND THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE AT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT WILL BE IMPORTANT. YOU'LL SEE IT ON DISTRICT WEBSITES AND SCHOOL WEBSITES. PARENT LINK CALLS ON THE NEWS DESK AND PARENT LINK AND E-MAIL BLASTS THAT WILL TALK ABOUT THE PROMOTION OF THE STAY-CATION THROUGH THE MONTH OF MARCH. WHAT ARE THE LONG-TERM GOALS? COMMISSIONER BECKNER ALLUDED TO IT, BUT IT'S MAKING SURE THAT WE TALK ABOUT MASS TRANSIT AND WHAT WE NEED HERE IN THE TAMPA AREA. WE WANT INCREASED RIDERSHIP. WE'LL WORK TOGETHER WITH ROUTING AND PLANNING AND HART HAS BEGUN, AS COMMISSIONER BECKNER SAID, OVER A YEAR AGO, TALK ABOUT WHERE WE NEED TO EXPAND ROUTES NEAR OUR SCHOOLS. THERE ARE OTHER AREAS AND OTHER PLACES IN FLORIDA WHERE THEY TALKED ABOUT MAGNET CHOICE BUSING BEING A BIG PART OF THAT BUT ALSO STUDENTS WHO MAY NOT GET HOME FROM AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS, WHETHER TUTORING OR OTHER ACTIVITIES, HART CAN HELP THEM BE IN AN INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL STUDENTS AND INCREASED AWARENESS AMONG STUDENTS ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION EXPANDS IN THE AREA. WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS PARTNERSHIP AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HART FOR YEARS TO COME.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. FARKAS. BOARD MEMBERS, DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? MS. EDGECOMB, YOU WERE UP FIRST. PLEASE, GO AHEAD. AND YOU SHOULD SEE HOW BIG THIS IS. PABLO MADE IT REALLY, REALLY BIG. I CAN SEE IT NOW.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY IN TALKING WITH OUR SUPERINTENDENT YESTERDAY. WE TALKED ABOUT, AND YOU KIND OF ALLUDED TO IT IN YOUR COMMENTS, ABOUT HOW WE WILL MAYBE MOVE THIS FROM A ONE-TIME MARCH KIND OF ACTIVITY TO MORE LONG TERM. AND LOOKING AT CATEGORIES OF WHERE WE CAN FILL IN THE GAP, IF YOU WILL, FOR PROVIDING TRANSPORTATION FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND YOU ALLUDED TO SOME OF THEM FOR AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, FOR OTHER KINDS OF REASONS, PARENTS MAKE THAT CHOICE. MY CONCERN, AND YOU ALLUDED TO IT A LITTLE BIT IN YOUR COMMENTS, MR. FARKAS, ABOUT TEACHING KIDS HOW TO RIDE THE BUS. WE TALK ABOUT PEDESTRIAN SAFETY. WE'VE TALKED ABOUT BICYCLE SAFETY. WE'VE TALKED ABOUT ALL KINDS OF WAYS. AND FOR THIS, TO BE HONEST, I WOULD NEED A COURSE, ALMOST, IN HOW TO DO THAT WELL AND TO DO IT SAFELY AND TO DO IT APPROPRIATELY. SO, ARE THERE PLANS TO DEVELOP SOME KIND OF PROGRAM OR OUTREACH OR VIDEO OR SOMETHING --

>> YOU SET US UP.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY. I DIDN'T KNOW THAT. BUT I REALLY THINK IT'S AN IMPORTANT THING. BECAUSE I THINK AS WE OFFER THIS, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT -- I WOULD WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT MY CHILD WHO IS GOING OUT IS GOING TO BE SAFE, UNDERSTANDING THE LAWS AND THE RULES OF RIDING THE BUS, AND THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT THEY NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR AS THEY ENCOUNTER THIS NEW EXPERIENCE. I SEE YOU JUST BITING AT THE BIT TO TALK ABOUT IT. GO AHEAD.

>> YES, MA'AM. BOARD MEMBER EDGECOMB, THAT IS AN EXCELLENT POINT. AND AS SOMEBODY'S WHOSE KIDS ARE SMALLER BUT WILL ULTIMATELY BE ON THE BUS BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR CAR INSURANCE, I UNDERSTAND ABSOLUTELY. OUR P.I.O. HAS BEEN WORKING ON VIDEOS, BILINGUAL VOTERS, VERY STUDENT FOCUSED. HER DAUGHTER IS AT BROOKS DEBARTOLO. SHE TOLD ME I HAD TO SAY THAT TODAY. SHE'S USING HER DAUGHTER AS PART OF THE TEST AUDIENCE BUT DOING VIDEO CONTENT, SHORT VIDEO CONTENT THAT WE CAN PUSH OUT THROUGH TWITTER. YOU HAVE AN EXCELLENT TWITTER FEED. YOUR NEWEST PRINCIPAL IS GETTING ACCOLADES ON THE TWITTER FEED. YOU ARE WELL AHEAD OF THE CURVE. PUSHING OUT CONTENT IN BITE-SIZE PIECES. HOW TO FIGURE OUT WHERE YOUR BUS IS. HOW TO FIGURE OUT WHERE IT TAKES YOU. WALK YOU THROUGH THAT PROCESS AND ALSO FOR PARENTS SO YOU CAN SEE WHERE THAT BUS IS. WE HAVE GREAT TECHNOLOGY, SO A PARENT CAN SEE WHERE THE BUS IS, CLOSE TO THE HOUSE, CLOSE TO THE SCHOOL. WE HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY WHERE YOU CAN ROUTE PLANET. WE'LL BE PUSHING THIS INFORMATION STARTING TOMORROW MORNING WITH THE PRINCIPALS. ALSO OUT WITH ALL THE MEDIA THAT WE HAVE AVAILABLE, BUT REALLY FOCUSING ON THE GRASSROOTS OF A CUSTOMER EDUCATION CAMPAIGN, DOING WHAT WE ALREADY DO AROUND THE COUNTY, BUT TARGETING IT SPECIFICALLY TO WHAT MAKES SENSE TO MIDDLE SCHOOLERS AND HIGH SCHOOLERS. PREVIOUS YEARS, ANYWHERE FROM 45 TO 60 THOUSAND KIDS HAVE BEEN ON THE BUS IN SPRING BREAK MONTH SO A LOT OF KIDS USE IT. IF I'M A PARENT, I DON'T CARE WHAT EVERY OTHER KID DOES. I NEED TO KNOW THAT MY CHILD IS SAFE AND THAT THE RESOURCES ARE THERE AND THE ATTITUDE THAT WE'RE TAKING. WE HAVE ANOTHER MONTH THAT WE'RE PUSHING THE INFORMATION OUT AND WE'LL KEEP THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF KIDS AT THE VERY FOREFRONT OF EVERYTHING THAT WE'RE DOING FOR THE EDUCATION COMPONENT.

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

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. THIS IS EXCITING. JUST TO MAKE SURE THE RIDERSHIP IS MARCH 1st THROUGH JUNE 10th, CORRECT? GREAT. OKAY. AND THE ID, THE VALID ID THAT WE TALKED ABOUT IS THAT SCHOOL ID?

>> YES, MA'AM. IT SURES -- SURE IS. WE'LL FIELD THE QUESTIONS TOMORROW WHEN WE TALK TO THE PRINCIPALS, BUT EVERY SCHOOL WILL HAVE THAT INFORMATION. WE ALSO KNOW SOME STUDENTS WILL LOSE THOSE, AS MY THREE DAUGHTERS HAVE. SO THE OPPORTUNITY OF WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO REPLACE THAT IS WHAT WE'LL TALK ABOUT WITH THE BRAIN PALS.

>>Susan L. Valdes: GREAT. I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS. AS EXCITING AND PROGRESSIVE AS THIS IS, I STILL HAVE MY CONCERNS ABOUT THE WALKABILITY. I MEAN, JUST IN OUR DISTRICT, GUNN HIGHWAY, AND YOU KNOW, JUST THIS PAST FRIDAY, IN 24 HOURS WE HAD TWO CHILDREN THAT WERE STRUCK BY VEHICLES. AND I'M STILL VERY CONCERNED ABOUT SIDEWALKS AND THESE CROSSWALKS AND JUST PEOPLE TRYING TO GET STUDENTS TO UNDERSTAND. I PUT SOMETHING ON Facebook THE OTHER DAY FOR KIDS THAT ARE WALKING AT NIGHT. DON'T WEAR DARK CLOTHES. WHERE SOMETHING THAT BLINGS SO THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY BE SEEN. AND SOMETHING NEON, SOMETHING TO BE ABLE TO. THE OTHER KIDS, YOU KNOW, SLOW DOWN A LITTLE BIT. I'M STILL VERY CONCERNED WITH NOT ALL OF OUR AREAS HAVE SIDEWALKS OUT IN THE COUNTY WHERE THERE IS A BUS ROUTE. SO WE HAVE TO BE REALLY COGNIZANT OF THAT AND VERY CAREFUL. THE LAST THING I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS ANOTHER SOMETHING TO THAT NATURE HAPPEN WHEN WE'RE TRYING TO DO SOMETHING THAT I BELIEVE AND I SUPPORT, STRONGLY SUPPORT BE THE UTILIZATION OF OUR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. I DON'T KNOW HOW WE'LL KEEP TABS ON THAT OR HOW WE'RE GOING TO MONITOR THAT, BUT THIS IS VERY EXCITING. THANK YOU.

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

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. I WANT TO COMMEND YOU FOR THIS. THIS WAS VERY DEAR TO MY HEART. AS A NEED IN OUR COMMUNITY, AS A PERSON WHO HAS WORKED WITH THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM FOR OVER 30 YEARS, I WILL TELL YOU THAT THEY HAVE A GOOD HANDLE ON THIS, THE INDEPENDENT LIVING COUNSELORS ACTUALLY GET ON THE BUS AND TEACH THE CHILDREN HOW TO RIDE THE BUS. I'VE GONE ON SEVERAL BUS TRIPS. IT IS FASCINATING TO ME THE APP THAT YOU HAVE THAT ACTUALLY TELLS THE STUDENTS WHERE THE SUBSTATIONS ARE, WHERE TO GET OFF, WHICH BUS TO RIDE. I GUARANTEE YOU THAT THAT AGE GROUP CAN TELL ME HOW TO RIDE THE BUS. AND I THINK IT'S GREAT THAT WE'RE GOING TO DO THIS AS A COUNTY AND A DISTRICT TO WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM. I REALLY FELT THIS WAS IMPORTANT. IT'S GOING TO OPEN UP SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES, JOB OPPORTUNITIES OPPORTUNITIES. I HAVE ONE OF MY GIRLS RIGHT NOW WHO WANTS TO GET A JOB. UNTIL SHE GETS A JOB, I'M NOT WILLING TO SUPPORT A CAR JUST FOR THE CAR INSURANCE PURPOSE. AND I TOLD HER, IF YOU GET THE JOB, I'LL HELP YOU WITH THE CAR. HOWEVER, SHE DOES HAVE TO TAKE THE BUS TO GET THE JOB. SO I THINK THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. I REALLY WANT TO CAUTION AND YOU APPARENTLY HAVE A HANDLE ON IT. OUT OF ALL OF MY CHILDREN LIVING IN MY HOME RIGHT NOW, NOT ONE OF MY -- ONE OF THEM HAS THE ID PICTURE AT THIS POINT IN LIFE. I DON'T KNOW HOW WE CAN GET THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THAT IN THEIR HANDS, REISSUING IT, ALMOST MAKE IT LOOK LIKE A BUS PASS. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO THAT, BUT THAT WILL BE A HICCUP IN THE SITUATION, JUST BEING A MOM AND KNOWING WHAT GOES ON WITH THE KIDS. BUT THIS IS GREAT. I THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE A BIG CHANGE IN THE COMMUNITY WITH OUR YOUNG PEOPLE BEING ABLE TO HAVE THAT TRANSPORTATION FREEDOM. IT WILL GIVE THEM A WHOLE LEVEL OF FREEDOM THAT THEY HAVEN'T EXPERIENCED YET.

>>April Griffin: MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AND I JUST WANT TO THANK COMMISSIONER BECKNER AND MS. EGAN AND OUR STAFF, CHRIS FARKAS, AND OUR STAFF WHO HAVE WORKED ON THIS. CHAIRWOMAN GRIFFIN AND MYSELF BOTH HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THESE MEETINGS. WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT -- THIS IS A PILOT SO WE'LL LEARN SOME THINGS FROM THIS, WE HOPE. WE'RE GOING TO HOPEFULLY INCREASE RIDERSHIP. IT WILL BE OUR GOAL, AND EDUCATE KIDS ON HOW THEY CAN USE MASS TRANSIT IN THIS COUNTY WITH A LONG-TERM GOAL OF OBVIOUSLY MOVING KIDS OFF OF INDIVIDUAL CARS AND INTO A MASS TRANSIT SITUATION. SO I'M EXCITED. I'M EXCITED FOR THE PUSHOUT TOMORROW TO OUR PRINCIPALS. I KNOW THEY WILL PROBABLY BARRAGE US WITH A TON OF QUESTIONS, ONE OF THOSE BEING HOW DO WE REPLACE THOSE IDs. SO WE'LL HAVE TO MANAGE THAT, BUT WE HAVE THOUGHT ABOUT THAT. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT STUDENT VIDEOS AND TEACHING KIDS HOW TO RIDE THE BUS, WHAT IS BUS-FRIENDLY BEHAVIOR? WHAT ISN'T. WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET IN A SITUATION THAT YOU'RE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH. WE HAVE TACKLED A LOT OF THOSE THINGS. I LOOK FORWARD TO MOVING FORWARD. WE HAVE A PRETTY DECENT WINDOW SHOUT BETWEEN NOW AND MARCH 1st. THANK YOU, AGAIN, FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON THIS. AND WE WILL BE IN FRONT OF THE PRINCIPALS TOMORROW AND THEN IN FRONT OF THE COUNTY COMMISSION TOMORROW AFTERNOON -- I'M SORRY, WEDNESDAY MORNING. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON THIS.

>>April Griffin: MS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: IF I COULD, WE HAVE OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES, AND I DON'T WANT TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT, BUT THIS SEEMS TO ME REALLY PERSISTENT AND RELEVANT IN -- PERTINENT AND RELEVANT BECAUSE YOU WILL BE THE RIDERS WE WANT TO TRACK. DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS ABOUT THIS OR IF THERE WAS A NUMBER ONE QUESTION THAT YOU WANT ANSWERED ABOUT THIS, WHOLE NEW EXPERIENCE, WHAT WOULD IT BE? ANY COMMENTS. YOU CAN DECIDE HOW YOU WANT TO ADDRESS IT. IF YOU WANT TO SAY NO, YOU CAN SAY NO.

>>April Griffin: MS. EDGECOMB, WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THAT. WE HAVE ALREADY TALKED TO THEM ABOUT THIS.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THEY LOOK LIKE THEY HAVE SMILES ON THEIR FACES AND READY TO GO.

>> I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO SAY THAT PERSONALLY ME, I KNOW I HAVE USED IT BECAUSE SOMETIMES TRANSPORTATION FOR SCHOOLING, THEY LEAVE EARLY. AND FOR ME, I LIKE BEING LIKE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. I LOVE SPORTS. SO I ALWAYS HAVE TO STAY AT SCHOOL LONGER THAN THE BUS IS THERE. THERE IS ALWAYS A SAFE RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION NEEDED, AND I WOULD USE THE BUS.

>> I DO RIDE THE BUS SOMETIMES WHEN I HAVE TO. IT'S REALLY BENEFICIAL, AND I THINK THIS IS AN EXCELLENT IDEA. THANK YOU.

>> IS THERE SOMETHING ELSE YOU WANT TO ADD?

>> IT CAN ALSO BE USED TO GO TO WORK, AS YOU SAID. I KNOW AS A STUDENT, YOU KNOW, MOM ALWAYS TELLS YOU, YOU HAVE TO HAVE LIKE A SAFE HOME. THEY DON'T TRUST ANYONE. SO THE FACT THAT I COULD RIDE THE BUS PROBABLY TELLS YOU A LOT THAT IT IS SAFE AND IT IS HELPFUL FOR STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY WITH THE STRICT MOM LIKE MINE. YES, IT'S VERY HELPFUL, AND I WAS VERY BLESSED TO ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO USE IT BEFORE I GOT A CAR. I DO PAY CAR INSURANCE. IT'S REAL EXPENSIVE.

>> SHE ALSO OWNS AN INSURANCE AGENCY. THAT'S WHAT THAT IS ALL ABOUT. MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. WE'LL MAKE SURE I THINK THROUGH MR. FARKAS' OFFICE THAT WE'LL BRING REGULAR UPDATES. AND MS. EGAN WILL BRING US NUMBERS AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE PROCESS.

>>April Griffin: I WAS REALLY, REALLY EXCITED WHEN WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT THIS. I KNOW MR. BEEKMAN IS IN THE AUDIENCE AND HE'S LISTENING WITH BATED BREATH JUST WAITING. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY. THIS IS JUST ONE SMALL OPPORTUNITY. AND WE'VE TALKED ABOUT SOME OTHER PROGRAMS TO GET THE STUDENTS FROM AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS THAT MIGHT BE STRUGGLING WITH THAT DOWN THE ROAD AS A PILOT. BUT THEN TO WORK IN PARTNERSHIP, THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR. BECAUSE THIS IS SO OUTSIDE THE BOX FOR US IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WHERE WE HAVE URBAN SPRAWL AND A THOUSAND SQUARE MILES TO GET FROM ONE PART OF THE COUNTY TO ANOTHER. AND TO BE ABLE TO WORK IN PARTNERSHIP AND LOOK TO THE E TO SAY HOW CAN WEES WE WE EASE SOME OF OUR TRANSPORTATION NEEDS, WE TRANSPORT A HUNDRED THOUSAND STUDENTS A DAY. AND WE'RE HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME HIRING BUS DRIVERS, BUT THIS IS WHERE COLLABORATION IS AT ITS FINEST. WHEN WE CAN SAY, WHAT ROUTES CAN WE PLAN TOGETHER? THESE ARE OUR TIMES THAT WE NEED IT. AND TO KNOW THAT YOU'RE GOING TO INCREASE YOUR RIDERSHIP, TO KNOW THAT THIS IS GOING TO HOPEFULLY MOVE US INTO THE FUTURE WHERE WE HAVE PEOPLE, LIKE IN SOME OTHER AREAS, LIKE WASHINGTON OR NEW YORK, WHERE THEY HAVE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, AND I'VE SEEN IT WORKING. AND TO SEE YOUNG PEOPLE GET ON A BUS OR GET ON A SUBWAY -- WE WON'T HAVE SUBWAYS, BUT SOME SORT OF MASS TRANSIT, TO GET ON A BUS AND TO GET FROM POINT A TO POINT B ON THEIR OWN, TO GET TO A JOB OR TO GET TO SCHOOL OR AN AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM, THAT JUST OPENS A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES FOR THEM AND FOR THEIR PARENTS. SO I WANT TO SAY FOR THE COLLABORATION, THIS HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL PROJECT. AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE IN THE FUTURE. MR. FARKAS, I KNOW YOU'VE PUT A LOT OF HOURS INTO THIS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND EFFORT AS WELL. AND WE'LL WAIT TO SEE THE NUMBERS AFTERWARDS, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WHAT LIES AHEAD. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ANY OTHER COMMENTS? VERY GOOD. THANK YOU SO MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE NOW INTO OUR REGULAR AGENDA. ITEM 1.02R, WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS FOR PROVIDING BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS AT MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL. THIS WAS ASKED TO BE HIGHLIGHTED BY MS. STUART AND HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENT BY MS. VALDES. WELCOME.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, SUPERINTENDENT'S CABINET AND STAFF, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS AND THE CITY OF TAMPA IN PROVIDING A UNIQUE AND ENGAGING BEFORE AND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM FREE OF CHARGE FOR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES AT MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL. I HAVE WITH ME TODAY, MR. MICHAEL BROWN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS TAMPA BAY. COME ON UP, MICHAEL. HEATHER WOLF ERICKSON, MANAGER OF THE CITY OF TAMPA PARKS AND RECREATION. SHANA LOGAN, PROGRAM MANAGER, TAMPA PARKS AND RECREATION. AND MR. HENRY LOEFFLER, PRINCIPAL, PROUD PRINCIPAL OF MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND WE ARE ALL HERE THIS EVENING TO HIGHLIGHT THE PARTNERSHIP AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

>>April Griffin: WHO IS GOING TO HIGHLIGHT? DON'T BE SHY.

>> MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING US THIS OPPORTUNITY TO COME AND TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE. I KNOW I HAVE SPOKEN WITH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER MS. STUART ABOUT SPECIFIC QUESTIONS AND SOME CONCERNS, AND I HOPE THAT WE'VE ADDRESSED THOSE. BUT ONE THING THAT I WILL SAY, ONE OF THE THINGS I TOOK AWAY FROM OUR MEETING WAS THE NEWNESS OF THIS ORGANIZATION, AND THAT WE WANTED TO SLOW DANCE, IF YOU WILL, BUT WHAT I SHARED IN THAT MEETING, WHILE THE ORGANIZATION MAY BE NEW TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS, THE INDIVIDUALS STANDING UP HERE AT THE PODIUM, WE'RE NOT NEW TO AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMMING. AND SO IT IS WITH THOSE EXPERIENCES AND KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THAT WE BRING TO MEMORIAL. SO WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO PARTNER WITH MR. LOEFFLER AND HIS TEAM.

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES, DID YOU HAVE COMMENTS?

>>Susan L. Valdes: I HAVE A MOTION TO PULL THIS FROM THE PULLED ITEMS LIST FOR A SEPARATE VOTE.

>>April Griffin: THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. IS THERE A SECOND? WE HAVE A SECOND FROM MS. STUART. ANY DISCUSSION ON PULLING THIS FOR A SEPARATE VOTE? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT'S UNANIMOUS.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MY QUESTION STEMS AROUND SUSTAINABILITY. HOW IS THIS GOING TO WORK WITH, IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR HOST PROGRAM. THERE ARE CERTAIN DIFFERENCES WITHIN OUR AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS, AND THAT CONCERNS ME. I'M LOOKING AT EQUITABLE. SO I HAVE THOSE TYPES OF CONCERNS. CAN YOU ELABORATE ON THAT?

>> YES. WE ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH DEBBIE ZANG THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF BRINGING THIS PARTNERSHIP TO MEMORIAL. DEBBIE AND I HAVE MET AND TALKED SEVERAL OCCASIONS, AND THEN AS MICHAEL SPOKE ABOUT, WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH MEMBER STUART LAST WEEK AND REALLY TALK ABOUT WHAT WE ALREADY DO, BECAUSE WE HAVE A GREAT AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM ALREADY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WITH HOST, AND HOW THIS PROGRAM IS JUST A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR US AT MEMORIAL TO REALLY MEET A SPECIFIC NEED IN TERMS OF PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH FREE BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOLCHILD -- I WOULDN'T SAY CHILD CARE, WITH AFTER-SCHOOL CARE. THAT'S PROBABLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCES. I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS TO NOTE AS A PART OF THIS PARTNERSHIP AS A FORMER PRINCIPAL MYSELF AND HENRY AND I HAVE TALKED A LOT ABOUT THIS, IS THAT MR. LOEFFLER WILL HAVE FULL DISCRETION ON THE DAILY WORKINGS OF THIS PROGRAM. SO THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE ARE SIMPLY TURNING OVER, IF YOU WILL, TO AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS, AND THEY ARE RUNNING THE PROGRAM AS THEY SEE FIT. IT'S QUITE THE OPPOSITE, WHERE HENRY IS WORKING HAND IN HAND AND SHANA WILL BE HIS CONTACT TO DEVELOP THE PROGRAM IN A WAY MEETS THE NEEDS OFFENSIVE OF HIS STUDENTS AT MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL. I KNOW ONE OF THE THINGS WE'VE SPOKEN ABOUT IS THE AMOUNT OF STUDENTS HE HAS THAT GO ACROSS THE STREET TO THE PUBLIC LIBRARY RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE A VIABLE OPTION FOR BEFORE AND AFTER-SCHOOL CARE.

>> LIBRARY IS A GOOD PLACE FOR KIDS --

>> IT IS. IT IS. BUT RIGHT NOW UNFORTUNATELY THERE'S NOT A PROGRAM AT THE LIBRARY, SO THEY ARE JUST HANGING AROUND OUTSIDE OF THE LIBRARY, AND THE LIBRARY CAN'T ACCOMMODATE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO REMAIN ON THEIR GROUNDS AFTER SCHOOL. SO WE ACTUALLY TALKED ABOUT HOW WE CAN BRING THEM INTO THE PARTNERSHIP AND SEE HOW THEY CAN HELP SUPPORT WHAT AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS WILL BE DOING AT MEMORIAL. BUT I THINK THAT THOSE ARE SOME IMPORTANT THINGS TO NOTE THAT THIS WILL BE SOMETHING THAT MR. LOEFFLER HAS A COMPLETE ROLL IN IN TERMS OF DETERMINING NOT JUST THE BEST METHOD OF PROGRAMMING, BUT ALSO THE BEST TEACHERS AND PEOPLE THAT HE WILL HIRE TO WORK WITHIN THE PROGRAM AS WELL.

>>Susan L. Valdes: TALK TO ME ABOUT THE PROGRAM. WHAT WILL WE BE OFFERING BEFORE SCHOOL? WHAT WILL OFFER AFTER SCHOOL? WHAT WILL MAKE ME WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL THAT MUCH EARLIER.

>> I'LL SHARE MY THOUGHTS AND THEN HAVE MICHAEL AND SHANA ELABORATE ON THE PIECE. ONE COMPONENT WILL BE AN ECONOMIC COMPONENT. WE WANT TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH TUTORIAL SERVICES AFTER SCHOOL. BUT ANOTHER I THINK UNIQUE COMPONENT OF THIS IS ACTUALLY ASKING THE STUDENTS AT MEMORIAL, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU'RE REALLY INTERESTED IN? SO, FOR EXAMPLE, WE TALKED IN SOME OF OUR BRAINSTORMING SESSIONS ABOUT STUDENTS MACE -- MAY SAY THEY HAVE A REALLY GREAT INTEREST IN DANCE OR IN A DRAMA LINE. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE MORE POPULAR THINGS THAT WE'VE NOTED WITH OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS. SO THOSE COULD BE OPPORTUNITIES THAT AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS CAN BRING TO THEM. SO THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO THEN WORK WITH ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN TAMPA TO FIND SOMEONE WHO CAN TEACH DANCE OR BRING A DRUM LINE. AND IT CAN BE SOMEONE WITHIN, OF COURSE, MAYBE MEMORIAL, WHERE THERE IS SOMEONE THERE, THEIR BAND TEACHER OR SOMEONE WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN DOING THAT IN THE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM. IT'S REALLY ABOUT TALKING TO THE KIDS AND SEEING WHAT KINDS OF ENRICHMENT EXPERIENCES THEY WANT.

>>Susan L. Valdes: HAVE THEY SPOKEN TO THE KIDS ALREADY?

>> YEAH. THERE'S BEEN SOME TALK WITH THE STUDENTS TO GAUGE INTEREST. I CAN CERTAINLY LET HENRY SPEAK A LITTLE MORE TO THAT. BUT WE HAVE NOT, BECAUSE IT HAS NOT COME TO THE BOARD AND BEEN APPROVED YET, THERE HAS NOT BEEN AN EXTENSIVE INVOLVEMENT IN TERMS OF SPEAKING TO STUDENTS ABOUT SPECIFICALLY WHAT THEY WOULD WANT. WE WANT BOARD APPROVAL BEFORE WE START TO FORMALLY ANNOUNCE THE PROGRAM.

>>Susan L. Valdes: WELL, I WOULD E BEFORE YOU -- BEFORE YOU BRING SOMETHING FOR US TO APPROVE, THAT WE WOULD KNOW WHAT THE STUDENTS WANT TO MAKE SURE WHAT WE'RE APPROVING IS GOING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENT. SO I WOULD HOPE THAT CONVERSATIONS BEFORE THAT CONVERSATIONS BEFOREHAND -- I'M THINKING THERE COULD BE PROGRAMS WE'RE ALREADY OFFERING THROUGH HOST. I GUESS MY BIGGEST CONCERN IS, WHAT IS SO DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS THAN WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW OTHER THAN IT'S FREE, WHICH THAT'S THE INEQUITABLENESS OF THIS BECAUSE EVERYBODY ELSE IS NOT FREE. AND THAT'S A CONCERN. THE TEACHERS, ARE THEY GOING TO BE PAYROLL --

>> THE TEACHERS, AND THAT IS IN THE MEMORANDUM AGREEMENT. THE TEACHERS WILL ACTUALLY BE PAID THROUGH THE CITY OF TAMPA, WHICH IS PART OF THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY. SO THAT'S WHERE HEATHER AND MICHAEL WORK TOGETHER. THEY WILL ACTUALLY BE EMPLOYEES OF THE CITY OF TAMPA FOR THE AFTER-SCHOOL PORTION.

>>Susan L. Valdes: ARE THESE TEACHERS ALSO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL EMPLOYEES AS WELL?

>> YES. THAT IS -- AGAIN, THAT'S HENRY'S DISCRETION. SO HE CERTAINLY, I'M SURE, IS GOING TO BE OFFERING THESE OPPORTUNITIES TO HIS TEACHERS. AND I KNOW WE'VE SPOKEN THAT YOU ALREADY HAVE TEACHERS THAT ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH THE MEMORIAL STUDENTS IN THIS PROGRAM.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, STAFF, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WHEN THIS OPPORTUNITY CAME ACROSS MY DESK, AND I LIVE WITH MY STUDENTS DAY IN AND DAY OUT. I KNOW THEIR NEEDS. I KNOW WHAT THEY LACK AND WHAT SUPPORTS THEY ARE -- IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL. WHEN THIS OPPORTUNITY WAS BROUGHT ACROSS MY DESK, I FOUND I WANTED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT IT. I NEED TO ASK THESE QUESTIONS. WHEN THE INFORMATION WAS BROUGHT TO ME WHERE I COULD HIRE MY TEACHERS OR I PICK THE TEACHERS INTERESTED IN PARTAKING IN THIS PROGRAM, AND I HAVE THE FIVE OR SIX TOP TEACHERS THAT ARE INTERESTED IN MY SCHOOL INTERESTED IN THE PROGRAM. THEY ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST TO WORK WITH THE KIDS WITH THE MOST NEED. AND THE STUDENTS THAT FREQUENTLY ING A -- OR MAY GO DOWN THE ROAD IDLE, NOT ENGAGED, IS NOT AN EFFECTIVE PROCESS. IT'S NOT BEST FOR THEM. SO HAVING THESE STUDENTS BE ENGAGED IN SOME SORT OF MEANINGFUL ACTIVITY, SOME FORM OF INTEREST TO THEM AND THERE HAVE BEEN INFORMAL CONVERSATIONS WITH THE KIDS BY ALL MEANS. IT'S VITAL FOR THEIR SUCCESS. GETTING THEM READY FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND ULTIMATELY PREPARING THEM FOR LIFE. IT IS ULTIMATELY -- THIS PROGRAM HERE IS UNIQUE, AND IT ALSO -- IT WILL ALSO BRING TO THEM A CONNECTION WITH THE EXISTING TEACHERS THEY HAVE AT THE SCHOOL. I KNOW HOST, MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE THE SAME TEACHERS OR HIRED OUTSIDE PEOPLE, BUT THEY ARE WORKING WITH THOSE TEACHERS THAT ARE THE BEST IN MY SCHOOL. IF THAT HELPS YOU --

>>Susan L. Valdes: MR. LOEFFLER, YOU USED THE WORD "UNIQUE." THAT'S WHERE I'M STUCK. WHAT IS SO UNIQUE ABOUT AFTER-SCHOOL CARE? WHAT IS SO UNIQUE? WHAT IS SO UNIQUE THAT WE IN OUR HOST DEPARTMENT CANNOT OFFER? WHAT IS THE UNIQUENESS, OTHER THEN IT'S FREE. IT'S NOT FREE BECAUSE SOMEBODY IS PAYING FOR IT.

>> MY SCHOOL IS AT 95% FOR REDUCED LUNCH. AND ONE OF THE DRAWBACKS IS HAVING PARTICIPATION. FINANCIALLY, PARENTS ARE LIMITED. AND WHEN WE CAN OFFER SOMETHING FOR PARENTS FOR THEIR CHILDREN, AND I TALKED TO THESE PARENTS EVERY DAY. I SEE THEM. AND I KNOW DAY IN AND DAY OUT THEY ARE LIVING PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK. MAYBE WORKING TWO, THREE JOBS, MAYBE RELUCTANT TO COME AND TALK TO US BECAUSE OF JUST THE SHEER WORK, THE AMOUNT OF RESPONSIBILITY. BUT FINANCIALLY, IT HELPS THAT THE BURDEN -- RELIEVES THE BURDEN OF THE PARENTS, AND IT ALLOWS THEIR CHILDREN TO BE ENGAGED IN SOMETHING THAT THEY LIKE.

>>Susan L. Valdes: I UNDERSTAND. LIKE MEMORIAL'S POPULATION, I HAVE SEVERAL SCHOOLS IN MY DISTRICT THAT FALL INTO THE SAME CATEGORY, AND THEY DON'T GET NOTHING FOR FREE. YOU KNOW, SO THAT'S -- I'M REALLY -- I'M REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE MESSAGE THAT WE'RE SENDING HERE.

>> WELL, I KNOW SHANA WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AS WELL, BUT I ALSO WANTED TO MENTION THAT THIS OPPORTUNITY IS INDEED AVAILABLE TO OTHER SCHOOLS. SO WE ARE STARTING WITH MEMORIAL.

>>Susan L. Valdes: ONLY IN THE CITY. IF YOU'RE OUTSIDE THE CITY SCOPE, THEN, YEAH, THE CITY LIMITS, IT'S NOT AVAILABLE. I'LL JUST LEAVE IT AT THAT.

>> NO, I UNDERSTAND YOUR CONCERN IN TERMS OF BECAUSE OF THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CITY, IT DOES NOT INCLUDE ALL 47 OF OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS, BUT THEN WHEN WE WERE CONSIDERING WHICH SCHOOLS TO REALLY THINK ABOUT PARTNERING WITH, MY FIRST -- ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I TALKED ABOUT WITH MICHAEL WAS, WELL, FIRST, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE WE LOOK AT SCHOOLS THAT HAVE A NEED IN TERMS OF THEIR STUDENT POPULATION, BUT ALSO SCHOOLS THAT DON'T ALREADY HAVE AN EXISTING BEFORE AND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM. WE WOULD CERTAINLY NEVER APPROACH OR INVOLVE A MIDDLE SCHOOL THAT ALREADY HAS OUR COUNTY HOST PROGRAM, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT'S RIGHT GETTING TAKEN CARE OF. THAT IS WHY MEMORIAL BECAME A UNIQUE FIT BECAUSE OF THE NEED, BECAUSE IT IS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT ALREADY HAVE AN EXISTING HOST PROGRAM, AND SO THIS WAS A GOOD WAY FOR US TO PARTNER WITH THE CITY AND WITH AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS TO BRING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THEIR STUDENTS. I KNOW SHANA WANTED TO SAY A FEW WORDS AND ADDRESS YOUR CONCERN ABOUT THE UNIQUENESS OF AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK THAT MAKES THIS PROGRAM VERY UNIQUE IS THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO PAY TEACHERS A LITTLE BIT HIGHER THAN WHAT THEY ARE PAID IN HOST. SO WE PAY THE TEACHERS A LITTLE BIT MORE. AND THEN ALSO, WE ARE ABLE TO WITH THE CITY, WE ARE ABLE TO PUT OUT A LOT MORE AND OFFER SEVERAL ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES IN AND BRING DIFFERENT THINGS IN THAT HOST MAY NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO. WE CAN BRING IN ANYTHING. FOR EXAMPLE, ONE OF THE THINGS I'M TALKING ABOUT IS WITHIN THE CITY PARKS AND REC, THEY DO A KICK-BALL LEAGUE. I WOULD BE ABLE TO PRODUCE A KICK-BALL TEAM AT MEMORIAL AND THEN THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO PLAY OTHER PARKS, KICK-BALL TEAMS. AS THE PROGRAM GROWS AND ADD MORE SCHOOLS, IT COULD BECOME ANOTHER INTRAMURAL PROGRAM FOR FOR -- AND THE KIDS --

>>Susan L. Valdes: IF THAT WERE TO COME TO FRUITION, HOW WOULD WE HANDLE TRANSPORTATION?

>> WE WOULD BE THE ONES THAT WOULD COVER THE COST. WE WILL PROVIDE VANS OR BUSES OR WHATEVER NEEDS TO TRANSPORT THE STUDENTS. WE'RE ABLE TO BRING DIFFERENT, THROUGH FUNDING, WE ARE ABLE TO BRING DIFFERENT PROGRAMS TO THE SCHOOL -- BUT GIVING STUDENTS EXPOSURE TO DIFFERENT THINGS THAT THEY DIDN'T KNOW THEY WANTED. THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS WITHIN THE CITY THAT WE HAVE CONNECTIONS TO AND AGREEMENTS WITH AND ACCESS TO THAT -- I MEAN, PRIOR TO ME WORKING WITH THE CITY, I HAD NO IDEA WHAT WAS OUT THERE TO OFFER. HAVING THAT RELATIONSHIP, WE'RE ABLE TO BRING THINGS IN. THERE IS A FEMALE FLAG FOOTBALL TEAM IN THE CITY OF TAMPA. IT'S A PROFESSIONAL FEMALE FOOTBALL TEAM. WE'RE ABLE TO BRING THEM IN BECAUSE THEY USE OUR FIELDS TO PRACTICE. SO THEY'LL COME OVER TO THE SCHOOL AND BE ABLE TO PUT ON A CLINIC AND EXPOSE TO DIFFERENT THINGS THAT THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN EXPOSED TO. IF THE STUDENTS BUY INTO IT, GREAT, WE CAN GIVE THEM A LITTLE BIT MORE, AND WE HAVE THE ABILITY, BECAUSE I CAN REACH OUT TO SOMEBODY ELSE AND SAY, HEY, I HAVE THIS STUDENT WHO IS REALLY INTERESTED IN THE FIRE ACADEMY. COULD THEY SEE IT? IT'S SOMETHING THEY CAN ALSO USE AS AN INCENTIVE TO THE STUDENT. WHEN THE STUDENT IS NOT DOING THE HOMEWORK AND NOT PASSING AND DOING WELL IN SCHOOL. AND TRY TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN FOR THE STUDENT. SOMETHING ELSE, LIKE WITH THE TUTORING WITH THE TEACHERS, IT'S HOMEWORK HELP AFTER SCHOOL. ONE THING I NOTICED FROM BEING IN TITLE ONE SCHOOLS, THEY DON'T HAVE ANYBODY AT HOME THAT SITS DOWN WITH THEM, HEY, JOHNNY, WHERE IS YOUR HOMEWORK. LET ME REVIEW IT, -- DOING HOMEWORK HELP WITH THE STUDENTS STUDENTS -- THE SECOND HOUR IS DEDICATED TO ENRICHMENT. THEY'LL HAVE AN ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY AND HOMEWORK HELP EVERY DAY.

>>Susan L. Valdes: IN REFERENCE TO THE COMPARISON AS TO WHAT WE ARE ABLE TO DO WITH HOST, WHAT TYPE OF BUDGETS DOES HOST HAVE? ARE WE ABLE TO DUPLICATE THIS IN OTHER AREAS OUTSIDE OF THE CITY. I JUST WANT US TO BE REAL CAREFUL THAT WE'RE NOT EQUITABLE AND JUST LEAVE IT AT THAT.

>>April Griffin: MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MS. VALDES, LIKE YOU, I HAD MANY CONCERNS ABOUT THIS. AND, IN FACT, DID SPEND ALMOST TWO HOURS MEETING WITH MR. BROWN AND MS. PRITCHARD AS WELL AS MS. ZEIK WHO I INVITED TO THE MEETING UNBEKNOWNST TO THEM BECAUSE I FELT THE SAME AS YOU. WE HAVE AFTERCARE AND BEFORE CARE PROGRAM. WHAT IS SO UNIQUE ABOUT THIS THAT WE CAN'T JUST PUT A HOST PROGRAM THERE. THE UNIQUENESS I THINK IS THAT IT IS FREE. IT IS BEING SUPPLEMENTED IN TAMPA AND THE AFTERSCHOOLS ALL-STARS FOUNDATIONS. I HAVE A LOT OF CONCERNS AND WE DISCUSSED A LOT OF THAT STUFF WITH MS. ZANK IN THE ROOM, SHE IS OUR AFTER-SCHOOL AND BEFORE-SCHOOL CARE EXPERT IN THE DISTRICT. WE DISCUSSED THIS WOULD BE A SLOW ROLLOUT FOR THIS SEMESTER, BECAUSE WE ARE ALREADY IN FEBRUARY AND MOST FAMILIES HAVE ALREADY MADE PLANS FOR THEIR CHILD. BUILD UP FOR THE SUMMER PROGRAM AND INTO THE FALL. I HAD A LOT OF CONCERNS ABOUT THE TEACHERS THAT WERE GOING TO BE HIRED TEACHERS BY THE END OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL DAY OR EXHAUSTED. I DON'T CARE HOW MUCH MONEY YOU'RE GOING TO PAY THEM. THEY ARE EXHAUSTED BY 4:00, AND THEY WANT TO GO HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES AS MUCH AS THE REST OF US. I ALSO SEE THE NEED FOR -- I HAVE A STUDENT NEXT DOOR. I SEE WHERE THE KIDS ARE HANGING OUT. I DO HAVE CONCERNS, AND WE DIDN'T TALK ABOUT THIS, ABOUT THE STUDENTS WHO ARE ARRIVING AT MEMORIAL DAILY ON A BUS, AND HOW THEY WILL THEN GET HOME AT 6:00 IF THEY STAY FOR THIS AFTERCARE. THE CONTRACT CALLS FOR UP TO 150 STUDENTS TO BE RECRUITED FOR THIS PROGRAM, WHICH MEANS YOU'RE REALLY GOING TO HAVE TO RECRUIT ABOUT 200 AS WE TALKED ABOUT JUST TO MAINTAIN THE 150 MARK. WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR TRANSPORTATION AT THE END OF THE DAY? I DON'T SEE ALL OF A SUDDEN PARENTS DECIDING I'M GOING TO DRIVE TO MEMORIAL AND I DON'T KNOW THE BOUNDARIES OF MEMORIAL, BUT I'M GOING TO DRIVE THERE AND PICK THEM UP ALL OF A SUDDEN. SO HAVE WE TALKED ABOUT THAT AT ALL?

>> SO AT THIS TIME, THERE IS NOT TRANSPORTATION BEING PROVIDED, BUT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF THAT AS SHANA ALLUDED TO, IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT REALLY BECOMES A NEED IN TERMS OF TRYING TO WORK WITH PROVIDING THE TRANSPORTATION. CERTAINLY, I KNOW THAT THE CITY AND MICHAEL BOTH HAVE TALKED ABOUT BEING VERY OPEN TO THAT CONVERSATION. IN TERMS OF THEIR BOUNDARIES, I KNOW THAT, OF COURSE, MR. LOEFFLER COULD SPEAK TO THAT. BUT MY UNDERSTANDING IN OUR CONVERSATIONS IS THAT MANY OF THEIR STUDENTS WHO ARE HANGING AROUND THE LIBRARY, PARTICULARLY BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL ARE STUDENTS WHO ARE WALKERS OR WHO ARE BEING DROPPED OFF BY THEIR PARENTS VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING, BEFORE THEY GO TO WORK, BECAUSE OF OUR LATE START, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, OFTENTIMES, WE ACTUALLY DEAL WITH ON THE FRONT END MORE THAN PEOPLE MAY THINK ABOUT, BECAUSE WITH THAT 9:00 START, PARENTS ARE HAVING TO BE AT WORK THE 7, 7:30 IN SOME CASES AND DROPPING THEIR STUDENTS OFF EARLY. I DON'T KNOW IF MR. LOEFFLER YOU WANTED TO ADD TO THAT.

>> IN TERMS OF THE TRANSPORTATION PIECE RIGHT THERE THERE, AND PARENTS ARE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLAN AND AGAIN AS LONG AS WE COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY, MANY OF OUR STUDENTS PARTAKE IN THE EXTRA MURAL PROGRAM, AND WHEN IT'S TIME TO GET PICKED UP, THEY DO GET PICKED UP, HOWEVER WE DO HAVE TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE PARENTS. CURRENTLY, WE DO HAVE STUDENTS THAT ARRIVE, THEY ARE AT THE LIBRARY WAITING, BUT WE ALSO, WE KNOW THAT THE PARENTS ARE HAVING TO DROP OFF BECAUSE OF THE SCHEDULES. AND OUR AREA PRETTY MUCH IS THE ARMENIA, HILLSBOROUGH AREA, AROUND SLIGH, WATERS, AND IT GOES -- IT PRETTY MUCH GOES TO THAT DISTANCE THERE FOR DISTANCE-WISE.

>> I KNOW ONE OF THE CHALLENGES IS THAT WE DON'T DO FREE. WE HAVE NEVER DONE FREE. SO, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE GOING TO BE CONSTANTLY -- THERE'S NO, IF JOHNNY DOESN'T GO TO AFTERCARE TODAY, THERE'S NO HARDSHIP ON ME, BECAUSE I'M NOT PAYING ANYWAY. SO YOU'RE GOING TO BE CONSTANTLY DANGLING THE CARROT TO GET JOHNNY TO GO TO NOT ONLY AN AFTERCARE PROGRAM WHERE THAT'S GOING TO BE COOL FOR A LITTLE WHILE, BUT IT MIGHT NOT BE COOL VERY LONG FOR A MIDDLE SCHOOLER, BUT ONCE JOHNNY FIGURES OUT IT'S AN HOUR OF TUTORING AND THEN AN HOUR OF SOMETHING ELSE, HE MAY DECIDE HE DOESN'T WANT TO GO ANYMORE. I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THAT, AND I KNOW WE TALKED ABOUT THAT, AND MAYBE YOU CAN ADDRESS HOW YOU INTEND TO CONTINUE TO DANGLE THAT CARROT OUT THERE TO KEEP THESE KIDS ENGAGED, AND COMING TO YOUR PROGRAM. I KNOW WE TALKED ABOUT SIGN-IN AND SIGN-OUT PROCEDURES. WHAT HAPPENS IF STUDENTS ARE NOT SHOWING UP AND HOW THAT'S GOING TO BE ADDRESSED. AGAIN, WE DON'T DO FREE. I KNOW THAT -- I KNOW IT'S POPULAR IN ORANGE COUNTY, AND I KNOW IT'S POPULAR IN MIAMI-DADE, BUT IT'S VERY NEW TO US.

>> CORRECT.

>>Cindy Stuart: I APPRECIATE THAT WE DID MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO THE CONTRACT. THIS ORIGINALLY CAME AS A FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT. THROUGH MS. ZINC'S OFFICE, WE DISCOVERED WE HAVE REALLY NO ONE WHO HAS FIVE-YEAR CONTRACTS. THEY ARE TWO-YEAR CONTRACTS. SO WE BACKED THAT DOWN, AND I KNOW THAT -- I KNOW THAT YOUR BOARD IS ANXIOUS TO PUSH THIS, TO GET THIS THROUGH. I KNOW YOU'RE ANXIOUS TO START. I'M GOING TO RESERVE THE REST OF MY COMMENTS AND SEE WHAT THE REST OF MY BOARD MEMBERS HAVE TO SAY. THANK YOU.

>> I JUST WANTED TO MENTION, AND AGAIN, MEMBER STUART, OF COURSE, YOU AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET LAST WEEK, AND SO THE THINGS YOU MENTIONED AS POTENTIAL OBSTACLES AND CHALLENGES ARE SPOT ON. AND THEY ARE THE SAME OBSTACLES AND CHALLENGES THAT ANY AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM FACES, INCLUDING HOST. YES, THERE IS, OF COURSE, A DIFFERENCE BECAUSE I'M A PAYING PARENT. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT. I PAY FOR HOST FOR MY OWN PERSONAL CHILD IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. IF I'M PAYING FOR IT, BELIEVE YOU ME, HE'S GOING TO BE THERE. SO I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY WHERE YOU'RE COMING FROM THERE. BUT WE DO HAVE IN SOME OF OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS RIGHT NOW A MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM THAT THE STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT IS FREE OF CHARGE. AND I KNOW ONE OF THE OTHER SCHOOLS THAT I HAVE A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH IS SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL, WHO THROUGH A DIFFERENT PARTNERSHIP IS ABLE TO OFFER AFTER-SCHOOL SERVICES FOR THEIR STUDENTS FREE OF CHARGE. AND THEY ARE SEEING VERY STRONG AND REGULAR ATTENDANCE IN THAT. AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT THE THING THAT KEEPS THE STUDENTS COMING IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU AGAIN ALREADY HAVE ALLUDED TO, WHICH IS, IT'S GOT TO BE AN EXCITING PROGRAM THAT THEY ENJOY. AND SO IT'S GOT TO BE THINGS THAT THEY WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT WE DID THERE IN TERMS OF REALLY TALKING TO THE STUDENTS ABOUT THE THINGS THAT THEY WOULD LIKE. AND HAVING THE RIGHT TEACHERS, SO THAT THEY ARE EXCITED ABOUT WORKING WITH THESE TEACHERS AND TEACHERS THAT TRULY HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN WANTING TO HELP THE STUDENTS. SO WE DO HAVE A COUPLE OF SCHOOLS THAT WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH IN DIFFERENT WAYS, ALTHOUGH NOT WITH AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS FOR AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS THAT ARE FREE OF CHARGE. BUT I KNOW MICHAEL QUICKLY WANTED TO ADDRESS THAT AS WELL.

>> I WAS GOING TO ADD JUST A COUPLE OF QUICK POINTS TO THE TRANSPORTATION. WE'VE ALREADY AGREED THAT TRANSPORTATION WOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE. THAT WOULD NOT BE A HURDLE OR OBSTACLE FOR US PROVIDING SERVICE TO ANY SCHOOL THAT WE'RE SERVING. I THINK THE SECOND THING IS, IF YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE SCALABILITY, WE DO HAVE, AND WE HAVE DISCUSSED THIS AT A NATIONAL LEVEL, IF THERE IS OTHER INTEREST WITHIN THE REGION OR WITHIN THE COUNTY, HOW DO WE PROVIDE THAT. AND MY POSITION HAS BEEN, WELL, FIRST THINGS FIRST. LET'S ESTABLISH A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE DISTRICT, THROUGH THE CITY, AND UTILIZING THEIR RESOURCES, BECAUSE WE ARE A NONPROFIT, IT DOESN'T STOP US OR HINDER US FROM HAVING OTHER PARTNERS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. AND TO UTILIZE THAT REACH. SO WE HAVE MODELS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE'RE IN 11 STATES, 21 CHAPTERS NOW SUCCESSFULLY. 21 CHAPTERS AND EXPANDING. NEW YORK LIFE HAS STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE AND ALLOWED US THE ABILITY TO EXPAND. SIX MORE CHAPTERS. AND WE HAVE THREE OR TWO SUCCESSFUL CHAPTERS IN THE STATE RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK. WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT FIU'S PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR CHAPTER DOWN IN MIAMI. 17 MIDDLE SCHOOLS THAT THEY ARE IN. AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE, 325. RIGHT ACROSS I-4, OVER IN ORANGE COUNTY, EIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL SITES THAT THEY ARE IN, AVERAGE DAILY ATTENDANCE, OVER 300 KIDS IN THOSE PROGRAMS. SO WE HAVE MODELS. AND THAT'S JUST HERE IN THE STATE. I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. WE HAVE MODELS OUT THERE THAT WE HAVE BEEN GLEANING FROM, AND THAT WE'VE BEEN LEARNING FROM AND WAYS TO DO IT. NOT TO COUNT THE EXPERIENCES AGAIN THAT WE BRING AS PROFESSIONALS ALREADY FROM OUR CAREERS COMING THROUGH. SO WE HAVE -- I MEAN, WE'RE FULLY AWARE OF THOSE CHALLENGES. I GET THE WHOLE FREE THING. IF YOU REMEMBER EARLY ON IN OUR MEETING, I SAID THE SAME THING. WE'VE GOT TO GET SOME SKIN IN THE GAME FROM SOME OF THE PARENTS, BECAUSE I GREW UP IN HOUSING, AND I GET THE WHOLE FREE GAME. IF IT'S FOR FREE, THERE COULD BE SOME ABUSE OR SOME LACK OF INTEREST AND CONCERN. BUT SERIOUSLY, WE HAVE SAT AROUND THE TABLE AND WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THAT. WE'VE STRAT GIZED AROUND IT, AND SOME OF WHAT SHANA WAS OUTLINING EARLIER SOME OF THE INTERESTS, WHETHER IT'S ENRICHMENT OR WHETHER IT'S CLUBS, WE ALREADY TRIED TO ENGAGE HILLSBOROUGH HIGH FOR A TRANSITION FOR THOSE STUDENTS THAT ARE GOING OVER. SO WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CLUBS, AND WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THOSE STUDENTS ARE DOING AT A HIGH LEVEL, AND HOW DO WE BUILD THAT BRIDGE TO HELP THEM TRANSITION? DO WE BRING SOME OF THOSE CLUBS AND SOME OF THOSE ACTIVITIES AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL TO HELP WITH THE TRANSITION? SO SOME OF THESE DISCUSSIONS HAVE ALREADY TAKEN PLACE. AGAIN, WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTNER TO THE NEEDS OF THE COUNTY, BUT FIRST THINGS FIRST FOR US, AND I'LL BE HAPPY IF YOU PUT ON THE TABLE TODAY THAT YOU WANT US TO LOOK AT OTHER SCHOOLS OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO TAKE THAT BACK TO MY TEAM AND SIT DOWN AND STRATEGIZE RIGHT AWAY TO HOW WE WOULD HELP TO ADDRESS THAT PARTICULAR CONCERN.

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, ONE OF THE THINGS I'VE HEARD CONSISTENTLY FROM THIS BOARD, AS WE TALKED ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS IS TO START THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX. AND I THINK THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO JUST THAT. I SUSPECT, AND I WASN'T HERE WHEN THE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOST STARTED, BUT I SUSPECT THAT THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE SAME KINDS OF CONCERNS, MAYBE IN A DIFFERENT MANNER, BUT OVER TIME, YOU ADDRESSED THEM. YOU IMPROVED ON THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS, AND NOW IT IS BECOMING AN EVERYDAY OCCURRENCE IN OUR SCHOOLS. WE TALK ABOUT SAFETY FOR OUR KIDS BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL AND DURING SCHOOL. HERE IS THAT OPPORTUNITY. I AM A REAL BELIEVER, AS I'M SURE MOST OF YOU AROUND THIS DAIS ARE, THAT EXPOSURE TO EXPERIENCES KIDS WOULD NEVER, EVER GET IF JUST LEFT, YOU KNOW, WITHOUT HAVING A WELL-DEFINED, WELL-STRUCTURED PROGRAM IN AN ATMOSPHERE THAT THEY ARE FAMILIAR WITH, WHAT A GREAT LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR THEM. AND SO EVEN IF THERE ARE THINGS THAT WE DON'T HAVE THE ANSWERS FOR, BECAUSE IT'S OUR FIRST ENGAGEMENT IN THE WAY, AND I THINK THAT'S APPROPRIATE, BECAUSE IF IT IS A FIRST-TIME EXPERIENCE, WE WANT TO ENSURE IT'S GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL. BUT I THINK THAT FOR ME, HEARING ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY, MEMORIAL BEING IN THE DISTRICT THAT I REPRESENT. MEMORIAL BEING ONE OF THE SCHOOLS I PASS BY OFTEN AND I SEE EARLY IN THE MORNING, YOU START AT WHAT TIME IN THE MORNING?

>> 9:00.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: 9:00. KIDS ARE OUT THERE WAITING AT 7:30 IN THE MORNING. I KNOW THAT'S BEFORE SCHOOL, AND I SEE THEM AFTER SCHOOL. MY SUPPORT FOR THIS IS, LET'S DO IT. IT MAY BE DIFFERENT, BUT DIFFERENT ISN'T ALL BAD. IF IT IS WELL PLANNED, IT CERTAINLY CAN EXPAND TO OTHER PLACES. IT MAY BE FOR US A MODEL, WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT WITH PRIORITY SCHOOLS, I CAN SEE THAT THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE KIDS AND THOSE PARENTS TO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING NEW, AND MAYBE BEING FREE HAS ITS POSITIVES AND NEGATIVES. BUT WHAT I HEAR AT THE CORE OF THIS, ENGAGING STUDENTS, HAVING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT. HAVING A RELATIONSHIP WITH TEACHERS THAT THEY ALREADY KNOW. BEING IN THEIR SCHOOL THAT THEY ARE FAMILIAR WITH, SAME THINGS I'M SURE HOST IS ALL ABOUT. THE ONLY DIFFERENCE THAT I SEE IS, IT'S JUST TIME TO GET THIS STARTED AND LET'S APPROVE IT AND MOVE ON. THANK YOU.

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

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. LOEFFLER, YOU MENTIONED THAT THE SCHOOL STARTS AT 9 IN THE MORNING. SO WHEN YOU GET THERE, WHAT ARE WE DOING NOW FOR THE KIDS WHEN WE GET THERE AND YOU SEE THAT THE KIDS ARE HANGING OUT AT 7:30 IN THE MORNING?

>> WHAT I HAVE DONE IS FOR -- AND THIS IS FOR SAFETY AND SUPERVISION, IS I HAVE A COUNSELOR, WHICH NEXT YEAR I WILL NOT HAVE. I HAVE THREE COUNSELORS CURRENTLY. NEXT YEAR, I'LL HAVE TWO. AND FOR THE TIME BEING, HIS SCHEDULE IS BEING FLEXED FROM 7:30 IN THE MORNING TO BE THERE TO RECEIVE STUDENTS IN THE CAFETERIA. THAT'S WHAT I'M DOING AT THIS GIVEN MOMENT, JUST FOR THE MORNING SO STUDENTS CAN COME IN RATHER THAN HANG OUT OUTSIDE DOING, YOU KNOW, JUST WAITING.

>>Susan L. Valdes: IN THE AFTERNOON?

>> AFTERNOON AT 4:30, STUDENTS, THEY EITHER WALK HOME, GO TO THE PUBLIC LIBRARY ACROSS THE STREET OR IF THEY ARE ENGAGED IN ANY ATHLETIC EXTRA MURAL PROGRAM.

>> EO --

>> WE HAVE THAT ON SATURDAYS.

>>Susan L. Valdes: BETA CLUB. WOULD YOU HAVE A SPONSOR FOR BETA CLUB? ONE OF THE THINGS I'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR MANY YEARS, IS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WE ALWAYS GET INDUCTIONS INTO THE BETA CLUB. THEN WHEN THEY GO INTO MIDDLE SCHOOL, THERE'S NO BETA CLUB. THEN IN HIGH SCHOOL, ALL OF A SUDDEN THE BETA CLUB APPEARS. AND THAT AND THAT TRANSITION OF NOT HAVING BETA CLUBS IN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN -- I THINK WE HAVE A HANDFUL OF SCHOOLS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL THAT HAVE BETA CLUBS. TO YOUR POINT, YOU SAID YOU REACHED OVER TO HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL TO TRY AND GET INFORMATION AND WHATNOT.

>> I THINK IT'S AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY.

>>Susan L. Valdes: BUT THAT MIGHT BE AN OPPORTUNITY. DON'T GET ME WRONG, I DO APPRECIATE THE FACT, I KNOW, BECAUSE THE CHILDREN THAT GO TO MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE IN MRS. EDGECOMB'S DISTRICT, THEY LIVE IN MY DISTRICT AND THEY ARE ALL OUR KIDS, AND WE WANT WHAT IS BEST FOR THEM. WE WANT THEM TO BE SAFE IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT'S CONDUCIVE TO LEARNING AND HOPEFULLY OFFER THEM THOSE OPPORTUNITIES THAT MAYBE THEY MAY NOT GET. BUT I AM SKEPTICAL ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY. I'M SKEPTICAL ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF TRANSPORTATION, THINGS OF THAT NATURE. WE'VE HEARD TODAY THAT TRANSPORTATION WOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE. I JUST DON'T WANT ANY SURPRISES, BECAUSE I DO NOT LIKE THOSE KINDS OF SURPRISES. AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE TALK ABOUT THESE CONCERNS UP FRONT AND TALK ABOUT THEM AND HASH THEM OUT. SO THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. THANK YOU.

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I CONCUR WITH MS. EDGECOMB BECAUSE I DO THINK WE NEED TO BE THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX WHEN IT COMES TO ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS FOR OUR STUDENTS AND DOING WHAT IS IN THEIR BEST INTEREST. SO I'M WILLING TO SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM IN ITS EARLY STAGE, JUST BECAUSE OF -- WELL, TWO REASONS, ONE, BECAUSE YOU DO HAVE SOME TRACK RECORD. PREVIOUS SUCCESS IN DIFFERENT DISTRICTS, AND SO THAT'S, YOU KNOW, VERY POSITIVE. AND THEN THE SECOND ONE IS BECAUSE JUST, AGAIN, WHAT MS. EDGECOMB SAYS, WE HAVE TO EXPAND THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT DIFFERENT PROGRAMS THAT ARE GOING TO HELP OUR STUDENTS. WHAT ILL LIKE TO KNOW FROM YOU, BECAUSE -- WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW FROM YOU BECAUSE I READ THROUGH THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING AND THE AGREEMENT, THERE'S A LOT OF INFORMATION IN HERE ABOUT ACTIVITIES, THE ONE PORTION OF THE AGREEMENT THAT, IN MY OPINION, IS GLARINGLY MISSING IS THE ACCOUNTABILITY PORTION. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW FROM YOU IS HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS, HOW DO YOU MEASURE THAT? HOW DO WE KNOW AT THE END OF THE YEAR WHETHER THIS PROGRAM WAS AS IMPACTFUL AS YOU WANTED IT TO BE, AS YOU ENVISIONED IT TO BE. WHAT IS THE GOAL? WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE? WHAT IS THE MEASUREMENT, THE TOOL, THE METRICS THAT TELL US THIS IS WORKING AND WE SHOULD CONTINUE DOING IT AND THE PROSPECT OF HAVING OTHER SCHOOLS PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM IS VERY ENTICING, ESPECIALLY WITH OUR PRIORITY SCHOOLS. SO THAT WOULD BE MY QUESTION IS, HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS AND HOW DO YOU MEASURE THAT? THANK YOU.

>> SO, ONE OF THE THINGS IS, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE STUDENTS ARE SUCCESSFUL AT THE END OF THE DAY. WHEN THEY GO TO CLASS, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY GET THEIR LANGUAGE ARTS, THE MATH, THE SCIENCE, THE SOCIAL STUDIES AND HAVE ALL THEIR CREDITS TO BE PROMOTED. WE DON'T WANT TO SEE STUDENTS IN ELP OR IN SUMMER SCHOOL. THAT WILL BE OUR FOCUS THAT THEY ARE GETTING THEIR HOMEWORK DONE AND THEY ARE PREPARED FOR SCHOOL THE NEXT DAY AND THAT THEY ARE GETTING THE EDUCATION THAT THEY NEED. WHEN WE INTERVIEW TEACHERS, WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE WE GET TEACHERS THAT HAVE A PASSION FOR STUDENTS AND WANT THEIR STUDENTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL. IT DOESN'T DO ME ANY GOOD TO HAVE SOMEBODY THERE TO GET THE EXTRA PAYCHECK OR BOOST THEIR RETIREMENT. THAT DOESN'T HELP ME. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE TEACHERS IN PLACE THAT GENUINELY CARE ABOUT THE KIDS AND WANT THEM SUCCESSFUL. IN INTERVIEWING THEM, I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THEY DO IN THE CLASSROOM WHEN THEY HAVE A STUDENT THAT'S NOT SUCCESSFUL. WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO REACH THOSE STUDENTS? WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO GO THE EXTRA MILE TO BE SURE THOSE STUDENTS ARE SUCCESSFUL? WE'LL BE TRACKING THEIR GRADES, AND IT WILL BE DIFFICULT, YOU KNOW, FROM YEAR TO YEAR, IT'S NOT APPLES TO APPLES, IT'S APPLES TO ORANGES, AND WE ALL KNOW THAT, BUT WE'LL BE ABLE TO SEE DO WE HAVE FEWER STUDENTS FAILING FROM YEAR TO YEAR, FEWER STUDENTS IN ELP. THEN WHEN IT COMES TIME FOR THE EXAMS THAT WILL BE OUR CHANCE TO SIT DOWN WITH THE STUDENTS AND HUNKER DOWN AND STUDY WITH THEM. CHANCES ARE, A LOT OF THEM ARE NOT STUDYING AT HOME ON THEIR FREETIME SO THAT WILL BE OUR OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT AS WELL AS BEFORE THE EOCs, BEFORE THE FSA. AND WHAT WE WOULD LIKE TO DO IS HIRE TEACHERS, AND IT DOESN'T NECESSARILY HAVE TO BE TEACHERS FROM THAT SCHOOL, THOUGH. IT COULD BE, BUT HIRE TEACHERS WHO MAYBE DON'T WANT TO WORK YEAR-ROUND BUT ARE GOOD AT ALGEBRA AND THEY'LL COME IN AND TUTOR TWO OR THREE WEEKS BEFORE THE EOC AND GIVE THE STUDENTS THE SUPPORT AND HELP THEY TRULY NEED THAT THEY ARE NOT GETTING ANYWHERE ELSE. THAT'S WHAT WE'LL LOOK AT. WHAT ARE OUR STUDENTS FAILING AND HOPEFULLY NOT FAILING AND ARE THEY PERFORMING BETTER ON THE EOC, THE EXAMS, THE FSA, ALL OF THOSE TYPE OF ASSESSMENTS AND BE ABLE TO TRACK IT THAT WAY TO SEE THAT THEY ARE DOING WELL.

>> THANK YOU. SO AT THE END OF THE YEAR, HERE'S WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE AS A BOARD MEMBER AND I WOULD HOPE THAT OTHER BOARD MEMBERS WOULD AGREE, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A BASELINE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED WITH THE STUDENTS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO ENROLL IN THE PROGRAM, AND THAT WE CAN SEE A MEASURABLE IMPROVEMENT FROM THAT BASELINE AT THE END OF THE YEAR SO WE CAN SEE IF YOUR PROGRAM IS TRULY SUCCESSFUL FOR THOSE STUDENTS. I'D LOVE TO SEE IN WRITING SOME TYPE OF SET GOALS, MEASURABLE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THIS PROGRAM. I'M SURE THAT THEY EXIST SOMEWHERE. THEY ARE JUST NOT IN FRONT OF ME RIGHT NOW, BUT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE THAT AS WELL. AND IF THOSE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES WERE MET BY THE END OF THE YEAR.

>> THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD CREATE. MEMORIAL BEING OUR FIRST SCHOOL WE LAUNCH AT BUT HOPEFULLY EXPANDING, AND THAT WOULD BE A GOAL THAT WE SIT DOWN WITH THE PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL, AND IT SHOULD MIRROR THEIR SET PLAN. SO WHATEVER THEIR GOALS IN THAT, THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE SHOULD BE MIRRORING AND HOPING THAT WE'RE MIRRORING WHAT THEIR GOALS ARE THERE AT THE SCHOOL. AND SOMETHING ELSE I WANTED TO THROW IN THERE IS THAT ONE THING WE'RE GOING TO DO IS WE'RE INVITING OUR INCOMING SIXTH GRADERS INTO THE PROGRAM. SO THIS GIVES FOR SUMMER PROGRAM, THIS GIVES OUR INCOMING SIXTH GRADERS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO STEP FOOT ON THE CAMPUS. WHEN THEY START SCHOOL, SIX WEEKS LATER, IT WILL BE EIGHT WEEKS LATER, WHEN THEY START SCHOOL, THEY'LL BE FAMILIAR WITH SOME OF THE TEACHERS, ALREADY CONNECTIONS WITH THE ADULTS. THEY'LL BE FAMILIAR WITH THE CAMPUS. THEY'LL KNOW WHERE EVERYTHING IS, AND WE'LL WORK WITH THE SCHOOL TO GET THOSE STUDENTS BETTER PREPARED TO START SCHOOL. SO THAT WILL BE, I THINK, A HUGE HELP FOR US IN GETTING THE STUDENTS TO PERFORM BETTER. AND THEN ALSO PREPARING THE STUDENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL. SO ME MEETING WITH THE HIGH SCHOOLS, WHAT ARE THEIR NEEDS, WHAT DO THEY NEED ME TO DO TO HELP GET THOSE STUDENTS BETTER PREPARED? SO I'VE ALREADY MET WITH THE APC AT HILLSBOROUGH, ONLY BECAUSE SHE'S A FORMER -- NOT A FORMER FRIEND, BUT SHE'S A FRIEND OF MINE, AND I MET WITH HER. WHAT ARE YOUR NEEDS? WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP YOU? SHE'S LIKE, OH MY GOSH, YOU'RE AWESOME. WE'LL DO WHATEVER WE CAN. AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL THEY NEED SOMETHING FOR THEIR FRESHMEN TO BE BETTER PREPARED WHEN THEY WALK IN THE DOOR IN AUGUST.

>> ABSOLUTELY. AND I SUGGEST BECAUSE I HAVE TWO MIDDLE SCHOOLERS AND STILL TWO TO GO, THE TWO MAIN PIECES OF CURRICULUM THAT THEY ARE SO IN NEED OF ARE ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS AND STUDY SCHOOLS. IF YOU'RE GOING TO CONCENTRATE ON ANY CURRICULUM PRIOR TO THEM GOING INTO SIXTH GRADE, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THOSE TWO SPEAKING FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. THANK YOU.

>> WE WILL ABSOLUTELY WORK ON PROVIDING YOU ALL OF THAT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. I KNOW, OF COURSE, NOT TO STEAL MICHAEL'S THUNDER, IN TERMS OF OF THE MISSION AND VISION OF AFTER-SCHOOL ALL-STARS ITSELF IS REALLY AROUND, OF COURSE, THE SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN FIRST AND HELPING MAKE THEM SUCCESSFUL IN SCHOOL AND IN LIFE. SO HOW WE MEASURE SUCCESS IN SCHOOL CAN BE DONE LOTS OF DIFFERENT WAYS. IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WE CERTAINLY HAVE WONDERFUL ACCESS TO AMAZING AMOUNTS OF STUDENT DATA, AND ALL OF THIS HAS ALSO BEEN VETTED THROUGH TED AND HIS DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE THAT AS WE START TO COLLECT DATA TO TRACK EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, THAT WE'RE ALSO WITHIN THE PROTOCOLS THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS REQUIRES. ONE LAST COMMENT THAT I WANTED TO MAKE, BECAUSE, AGAIN, I THINK IT SPEAKS TO THE UNIQUENESS IS SHANA. BECAUSE WE HAVE A UNIQUE SITUATION HERE WHERE WE HAVE A PROGRAM MANAGER IN ADDITION TO THE SCHOOL LEVEL SUPPORT. SO MEMORIAL WILL HAVE A LEAD TEACHER WHO AGAIN WILL BE UP TO HENRY'S CHOOSING, WHO WILL HELP TO ADMINISTER THE PROGRAM THERE AND HAVE OVERSIGHT AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL. BUT THEN WE HAVE A DEDICATED CITY OF TAMPA EMPLOYEE WHOSE ENTIRE ROLE IS TO SUPPORT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROGRAM, AND SHE JUST HAPPENS TO BE A FORMER MIDDLE SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT UNIQUE, WE REALLY HAVE A WONDERFUL SUPPORT SYSTEM BUILT IN THAT WE WOULD NOT NORMALLY HAVE IN AN AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM. SO I THINK HAVING SUCH DEDICATED SUPPORT FROM SOMEONE WHOSE FULL-TIME ROLE WILL BE TO MANAGE THIS IS ALSO A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I WANT TO MOVE THE CONVERSATION ALONG A LITTLE BIT SO IF THERE ARE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS THAT ARE ASKED, IF YOU COULD ANSWER THOSE, AND I'M SURE THERE WILL BE THOSE. MS. KURDELL.

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'LL MAKE THIS SHORT. I APPRECIATE YOUR ANSWER ON THE ACCOUNTABILITY. THAT WAS ONE OF MY QUESTIONS, AND YOU'VE ANSWERED MY OTHER QUESTIONS AS YOU MOVED THROUGH THE PRESENTATION. AND I'D ASK THE BOARD TO REMEMBER, WE GOT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL DATA AND WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. YOU BETTER BE THINKING OUT OF THE BOX. BECAUSE IT'S NOT GOOD SO, FOR ME, THIS IS TERRIFIC. YOU'VE GOT TO CHANGE THE CULTURE OF YOUR SCHOOLS IF IT'S NOT WORKING LIKE IT IS, HOW WILL DO YOU THAT? YOU STEP OUTSIDE THE BOX AND THINK DIFFERENTLY. I'M EXCITED BECAUSE IT'S MEMORIAL, AND YOU ALL DIDN'T HAVE A PROGRAM. SO IT'S FREE TO US, LOVE THAT, SO WE CAN SAVE SOME MONEY THERE. BUT WHAT THAT TELLS ME IS, THAT EXTENDS THE HOST MONEY TO A SCHOOL THAT NEEDS IT ALSO. SO FOR ME, THAT'S A WIN. THE OTHER THING IS, WE JUST STEPPED OUT OF THE BOX ON THE BUS PARTNERSHIP. SO THIS IS NO DIFFERENT TO ME. IT'S JUST A DIFFERENT WAY OF LOOKING AT IT. AND WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE AND OFFERING THIS OPPORTUNITY AND CERTAINLY THE CITY. I'M SURE THE COUNTY WILL GET ON BOARD. THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT WHEN THEY SEE HOW SUCCESSFUL IT'S GOING TO BE. JUST LOOK AT THE PEOPLE STANDING UP HERE. THERE'S NO QUESTION IN MY MIND THAT YOU WILL MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING IT FORWARD.

>>Cindy Stuart: MADAM CHAIR, THAT'S A MOTION TO APPROVE THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION.

>>April Griffin: MAY I HAVE SOME COMMENTS, FIRST?

>> SURE.

>>April Griffin: I WAS WAITING FOR EVERYBODY. SO, THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR BY MS. STUART. A SECOND BY MS. HARRIS, AND THEN WE'RE IN DISCUSSION, HAS EVERYBODY HAD THEIR DISCUSSION? I KNOW THAT THIS HAS BEEN AN UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATION. I WOULD NOT WANT TO BE STANDING THERE, BUT YOU ALL HAVE ANSWERED QUESTIONS SO WELL. BUT THEY'VE BEEN GREAT QUESTIONS FROM MY BOARD MEMBERS UP HERE. AND MOST OF MY QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED. I DO HAVE ONE QUESTION, THOUGH, AND SUSTAINABILITY WAS MENTIONED. BUT ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO ABSORB SOMETHING AT THE END OF THIS RELATIONSHIP? SO THE END OF THIS TWO-YEAR RELATIONSHIP. I KNOW IT WAS FIVE YEARS ORIGINALLY, THE END OF THE TWO-YEAR RELATIONSHIP IS COMING UP, AND WE'RE GOING, THIS HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL. AT THAT POINT, ARE WE GOING TO EXTEND IT AND THE CITY, ICK UP -- SO WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE TO ABSORB.

>> CORRECT. IF YOU WANT HER TO SPEAK FURTHER.

>>April Griffin: YOU JUST ANSWERED MY QUESTION. THAT'S FINE. BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF RELATIONSHIPS THAT ARE GREAT FOR THE KIDS, AND WE'RE ALL EXCITED AND WE GO FOR IT, AND THEN THEY END AND WE END UP TO CONTINUE BECAUSE IT'S SO GOOD AND THAT FAMILY AT THAT SCHOOL HAS GOTTEN SO USED TO IT, THE COMMUNITY AT THE SCHOOL HAS GOTTEN SO USED TO IT THAT THEN YOU'RE TAKING SOMETHING AWAY. I JUST DON'T WANT TO GET US TO A PLACE WHERE WE IMPLEMENT SOMETHING THAT'S SUCCESSFUL AND THEN END UP HAVING TO TAKE IT AWAY. SO YOU ANSWERED MY QUESTION THERE. I THINK PERSONALLY THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. I KNOW THERE ARE CONCERNS AND I UNDERSTAND. BUT WE HAVE HAD OTHER PILOT PROGRAMS, AND I WANT TO TAKE US BACK TO A CONVERSATION ABOUT LACROSSE AND MS. EDGECOMB'S CONCERN ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE WERE ONLY PUTTING IT AT CERTAIN SCHOOLS AND THEN GROWING IT SLOWLY, MAKING SURE THAT THERE'S EQUITY. WE WANT OUR STUDENTS TO HAVE OPPORTUNITIES, BUT WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES IN THIS DISTRICT THAT GO ACROSS THE GAMUT. WE'VE GOT MAGNET SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES. WE'VE NOW STEPPED OUTSIDE THE BOX ON LACROSSE. BECAUSE WE HAVE DONE THAT WE HAVE STUDENTS WHO ARE NOW GETTING COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS THAT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE HAD OPPORTUNITIES. SO MENTIONING LACROSSE, WE HAVE A LACROSSE TEAM AT HILLSBOROUGH -- NO, WE DON'T HAVE ONE AT HILLSBOROUGH? WE NEED TO GET ONE AT HILLSBOROUGH. SO YOU NEED TO GET WITH HALAX. OKAY, HERE WE GO. MS. EDGECOMB.

>> ACTUALLY HAVE HIRED A FULL-TIME LACROSSE. THAT'S ALL HE DOES IS PROMOTE LACROSSE. IT WAS A LITTLE DOVETAIL ON WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD. WE DID WORK WITH THE ORGANIZATIONS. WE WANTED TO GO INTO THE NEXT SCHOOLS, AND WE WENT INTO THE REC CENTERS. AS A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE CITY OF TAMPA PARKS AND REC, THIS ISN'T REALLY A PILOT IN OUR EYES. THIS IS JUST DOING SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT OUT OF THE BOX FOR US AS WELL. WE HAVE 26, 27, 29 DIFFERENT REC CENTERS ALL AROUND THE CITY, AND REALLY MERGING PARKS AND REC AND THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, WE'RE MUCH BETTER TOGETHER, AND WE'RE MUCH STRONGER TOGETHER.

>>April Griffin: WELL, AND WE HAVE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HALAX, AND I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'VE CONNECTED WITH THEM YET. OKAY. BECAUSE THAT IS SOMETHING THAT HAS GIVEN SOME WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES TO STUDENTS, AND I WEAR I THOUGHT WE HAD ONE AT HILLSBOROUGH.

>> WE WILL.

>>April Griffin: BUT THAT'S A GREAT RECRUITING GROUND FOR LACROSSE. SO I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT, AND I'LL WAIT TO HEAR ABOUT THAT. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE. WE'VE DONE -- HOST WAS A PILOT IN THE BEGINNING. AND THAT'S OFFERED OPPORTUNITIES TO -- AND I KNOW YOU'RE HAVING AN ISSUE WITH THE WORD "PILOT" BUT FOR US, I CAN TELL --

>> THE GRAY HAIR.

>>April Griffin: BUT FOR US, THAT'S HOW -- IT'S OUR TERMINOLOGY. THIS IS A PILOT PROGRAM. SO WE PUT IT HERE, HOW DOES IT WORK? WE GET THE DATA BACK. WE GET THE RESULTS BACK, AND THEN WE SAY, DO WE WANT TO EXPAND THAT? AND THAT'S HOW WE PILOT PROGRAMS HERE. SO I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY. I UNDERSTAND MY FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS' CONCERNS, BUT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE RESULTS, AND I'LL COME AND VISIT THE PROGRAM ONCE IT'S FULLY IN PLACE AND SEE. BUT I ALSO HAVING A HOME IN SEMINOLE HEIGHTS THAT I HAVE TO VISIT QUITE REGULARLY, I DRIVE BY THAT SCHOOL, AND I'M COUNTYWIDE. MS. KURDELL IS COUNTYWIDE. IT'S IN OUR DISTRICT. I DO SEE THOSE KIDS OUT THERE BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL. AND IT'S A GREAT NEW LIBRARY, BUT THEY HAVE A CERTAIN CAPACITY THAT THEY HAVE TO HAVE. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE RESULTS FROM THIS. AND WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. OOPS, WE HAVE MORE CONVERSATION.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I'LL MAKE MY COMMENT VERY QUICKLY. TYPICALLY WHENEVER WE START SOMETHING THAT RESEARCH SAYS IT TAKES THREE TO FIVE YEARS FOR ANY INNOVATION TO WORK, BECAUSE WE HAVE DONE IT IN OTHER PLACES BEFORE, THE TWO YEARS WON'T BOTHER ME, BUT IF WE WERE DOING THIS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, I THINK WE WOULD BE SHORTCHANGING OF OURS IF WE WERE LOOKING OVER A TWO-YEAR PERIOD, WE WOULD NEED THREE YEARS REALLY TO WORK THROUGH AND MOVE FORWARD FROM THAT DEVELOPMENT STAGE TO THE POINT WHERE WE HAVE IT IN PLACE. BUT BECAUSE YOU'VE TALKED ABOUT SUCCESS IN OTHER PLACES, I GUESS I CAN BE COMFORTABLE WITH TWO YEARS. PUT -- DON'T SHORTCHANGE OF OURS TO BE SUCCESSFUL. I'M OKAY WITH THE TWO.

>>April Griffin: AND IT NOT BEING A PILOT PROGRAM BECAUSE IT'S SUCCESSFUL IN OTHER AREAS. LET'S CLARIFY THAT. BUT FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, IT'S A PILOT. WE HAVE HAD OUR DISCUSSION. I THINK THAT YOU'VE ANSWERED ALL OUR QUESTIONS. THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR WITH A SECOND, AND I AM CALLING THE VOTE. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. THE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU. I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR RELATIONSHIP. [ APPLAUSE ] MS. STUART. MS. STUART HAS ONE MORE COMMENT.

>>Cindy Stuart: I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR TIME. I DON'T SEE MR. GIBSON. DID HE LEAVE THE ROOM? MR. GIBSON SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THIS CONTRACT AND I JUST WANT TO THANK HIM FOR THE EXTRA TIME THAT HE DID SPEND.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 2.02, WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND PROCEDURES DOCUMENT FOR THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR. MS. VALDES, YOU HAD SOME COMMENTS ON THIS ITEM?

>>Susan L. Valdes: YES, I HAD -- I DON'T KNOW IF MS. PARKS IS HERE, BUT I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH HER IN REFERENCE TO A DIAGNOSIES THAT IS -- THAT WE'RE HEARING A LOT ABOUT NOW IN RECENT TIMES, AS WELL AS AUTISM IS DYSLEXIA. AND WE HAD THIS PARTICULAR CONVERSATION IN REFERENCE TO THIS PARTICULAR TEMPLATE, WHICH I UNDERSTAND IT IS MANDATED BY THE STATE THAT WE USE THIS PARTICULAR FORMAT. MRS. PARKS, IF YOU WOULD, PLEASE JUST -- WELL, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME UP HERE, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, MR. EAKINS AND STAFF. THE SP & P BEFORE YOU TODAY IS A DOCUMENT THAT'S ALIGNED WITH FEDERAL LAW AND THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. STATE BOARD RULES AND STATE STATUTES. IT IS RELEVANT TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND GIFTED. WE'VE BROUGHT IT HERE EVERY YEAR OR SOMETIMES IT COMES EVERY COUPLE OF YEARS DEPENDING ON HOW BUSY THEY ARE UP IN TALLAHASSEE. THIS PARTICULAR DOCUMENT THAT WE'VE PUT BEFORE YOU HAD CHANGES BASED ON SOME LATEST LEGISLATIVE ISSUES THAT OCCURRED LAST YEAR. YOU KNOW IT TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF TIME FOR THE REGS TO GO THROUGH. THE QUESTION THAT YOU HAD, MS. VALDES, HAS TO DO WITH DYSLEXIA. DYSLEXIA IS A NATIONAL CONVERSATION OF IMPORTANCE. IT SAYS, 17 TO 20 PERCENT OF THE GENERAL POPULATION HAS DYSLEXIA. IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, DYSLEXIA FALLS UNDER STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES. SLD. AND IT'S COVERED UNDER THAT ELIGIBILITY, ALONG WITH OTHER FORMS OF DISABILITIES THAT -- LEARNING DISABILITIES. SO DYSLEXIA IS NOT THE ONLY ONE. BUT IT IS DEFINITELY RISING TO THE TOP. CONVERSATIONS HAVE BEEN HAD, AND WITH THAT -- AND I'VE MET WITH YOU ABOUT THIS BEFORE, WE HAVE PUT IN A LOT OF TRAININGS AND HAVE WORKED CONTINUALLY WITH THE READING DEPARTMENT TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON IDENTIFYING THOSE STUDENTS WHO HAVE DYSLEXIA AND PUTTING THE MATERIALS AND THE CURRICULUM AND THE TRAINING IN FRONT OF OUR TEACHERS TO BETTER SERVE. BUT I MADE THAT PHONE CALL LIKE YOU ASKED ME TO. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO PUT DYSLEXIA BY ITSELF AS A CATEGORICAL AT THIS POINT. AND IF ANY NEW LEGISLATION CHANGES, THEY WILL ADDRESS THE EVEN PUT -- AND MAYBE PUT OUT A TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PAPER.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THERE IS NO SPACE IN THIS PARTICULAR FORMAT OF DOCUMENT THAT WE HAVE TO FILL IN THE BLANKS, IF YOU WILL, THAT WILL ALLOW US TO BE A LITTLE BIT ABOVE AND BEYOND IN DISCUSSING WHAT WE DO WITH OUR DYSLEXIC STUDENTS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE.

>> THAT'S RIGHT. IN THE DEFINITION OF SLD, IT DOES MENTION DYSLEXIA, ALONG WITH THE OTHER. THAT'S WHERE IT'S HOUSED BUT THERE IS NO OTHER PLACE FOR US TO PUT IT AT THIS TIME. BUT I ASSURE YOU THAT WE ARE TRAINING AND WILL CONTINUALLY TRAIN OUR TEACHERS TO BETTER SERVE OUR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS NUMBER 6.03 TO APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD OF PASCO COUNTY FOR SERVICES ASSOCIATED WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TAMPA BAY REGIONAL AERONAUTIC/SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS GRANT PROJECT AND ASSOCIATED EXPENDITURES.

>> THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT 6.03, WHICH IS A MEMORANDUM WITH PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA, FOR THE SECOND YEAR OF OUR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TAMPA BAY AERONAUTICS ACADEMY INITIATIVE. WE HAVE A STRONG PARTNERSHIP WITH PASCO'S CTE, CAREER TECH DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING THEIR PARTICIPATION IN TODAY'S EVENT, BUILD TAMPA BAY AT THE AMALIE ARENA, AND THAT WAS OUR FIRST EVENT OF CTE MONTH. THIS PROJECT FOR AEROSPACE IS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT WITH NOT ONLY PASCO BUT ALSO PINELLAS COUNTY AND THE TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROJECT BEGAN IN THE SUMMER OF 2015 WHEN $211,000 WAS INVESTED IN THE AEROSPACE RELATED PROGRAMS AT LOCKHART ELEMENTARY, MADISON, AND MONROE MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. ITEMS PURCHASED WITH THESE FUNDS INCLUDE FLIGHT SIMULATORS, PLANE-BUILDING KITS AND A WIND TUNNEL AMONG MANY OTHERS. THIS AGREEMENT BEFORE YOU TODAY WILL COVER THE SECOND YEAR OF THIS PROGRAM, WHICH PROVIDES $90,000 FOR EQUIPMENT AND CONSUMABLE SUPPLIES FOR A VARIETY OF OUR AEROSPACE PROGRAMS THAT WERE PART OF PHASE ONE WILL BE CONTINUING TO FUND SOME OF THOSE PROGRAMS AS WELL AS NEW FUNDING AT BURNS, BARRINGTON, AND RANDAL MIDDLE SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE AEROSPACE RELATED CURRICULUM. IN ADDITION TO THE PURCHASES, WE'RE WORKING WITH OUR AVIATION ACADEMY MANAGER AND EMBRY-RIDDLE TO OFFER AN AIRPORT MANAGEMENT COURSE THAT'S GOING TO GO TO 20 QUALIFIED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THIS SUMMER THAT ARE PART OF THE TRI-COUNTY AREA OF PASCO, HILLSBOROUGH, PINELLAS, SO WE'LL HAVE APPROXIMATELY A THIRD OF THE SPOTS IN THAT PROGRAM. THIS COURSE OF INSTRUCTION NEXT SUMMER WILL BE, HAVE AN INTERNSHIP INITIATIVE. IT WILL BE HELD AT TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. AND IT WILL LEAD TO AN INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION FOR STUDENTS IN WHAT IS CALLED THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF AIRPORT EXECUTIVES. SO THEY WILL BE LEARNING CURRICULUM TOWARDS THAT CERTIFICATION. IT'S GOING TO BE FOR SIX WEEKS OVER THE SUMMER, AND THE STUDENTS WILL BE ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN DAY-TO-DAY OPERATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND THE CLASSES WILL BE RIGHT THERE ON-SITE. SO WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT SOME OF THE ITEMS PURCHASED WITH THE FUNDING, IT WILL ALLOW STUDENTS TO ENHANCE THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF THE AEROSPACE INDUSTRY AND PERHAPS BE ABLE TO MOVE THROUGH THE VARIOUS PROGRAMS WE HAVE AND MAYBE PARTICIPATE IN THIS INTERNSHIP PROGRAM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HIGHLIGHTING THIS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. WONDERFUL. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THE NEXT ITEM IS 6.04, WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE AFFILIATION AGREEMENT WITH KEISER UNIVERSITY, LAKELAND CAMPUS, TO NTERNS TO -- DIETETIC INTERNS TO COMPLETE A PART OF THE REQUIRED EDUCATION ROTATION WITH STUDENT NUTRITION SERVICES DEPARTMENT. IT HAS BEEN PULLED BY MS. EDGECOMB FOR HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENT.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING, BOARD CHAIRWOMAN GRIFFIN, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, THANK YOU FOR ASKING ME TO HIGHLIGHT THIS PROGRAM. KEISER UNIVERSITY'S BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN DIETETIC AND NUTRITION PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM THAT PROVIDES A CURRICULUM AND SUPERVISED PRACTICE, AND IT PREPARES STUDENTS TO TAKE THE REGISTERED DIETICIAN EXAM FOLLOWING GRADUATION. STUDENT NUTRITION SERVICES WILL PROVIDE STUDENTS REQUIRED PRACTICE IN THE AREA OF FOOD SERVICE MANAGEMENT. BUT NOT ONLY TEACHING STUDENTS ABOUT THE BEST BUSINESS PRACTICES USED IN MANAGING A FEEDING PROGRAM, BUT BY ALSO GIVING THEM THE CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING CHILDREN GOOD NUTRITION IN ORDER TO GIVE THEM LIFELONG OPPORTUNITIES. OUR HOPE IS THAT MANY OF THESE STUDENTS WILL SEE STUDENT NUTRITION SERVICES AS A BIBLE IN FULFILLING CAREER CHOICE. AND FOR THOSE STUDENTS, WE'VE ALREADY WORKED WITH, THEY ARE SOMETIMES OVERWHELMED BY HOW BIG STUDENT NUTRITION IS AND ALL THE POSSIBILITIES WE HAVE. SO, AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME HIGHLIGHT THIS IMPORTANT PARTNERSHIP.

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I JUST HAD ONE QUESTION, AND I WAS HOPING YOU WOULD SAY IT IN YOUR COMMENTS BUT YOU'RE PROBABLY TOO MODEST TO SAY THIS. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I ASKED, WAS THIS THE FIRST TIME THIS HAS BEEN DONE IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, PARTICULARLY WITH HIGHER ED INSTITUTION, AND I THINK YOUR ANSWER WAS --

>> YES. IT IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE PARTNERED, EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH OTHER PROGRAMS OFFERING SUPERVISED PRACTICE FOR REGISTERED DIETICIANS. BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME, AND WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THAT TO MAKE THIS SOMETHING FORMAL AND WE FEEL LIKE IT WILL BE A LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WELL, THAT'S MY EXCITEMENT ABOUT THIS, THAT IT IS KIND OF GROUNDBREAKING, IF YOU WILL. SECONDLY, I THINK YOU'RE ALREADY PREPARING FOR CAREER OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE IN PLACE AND IN LINE, READY TO TAKE ON AS WE HAVE PEOPLE ENJOYING THEIR CAREER NOW AND EXITING TO RETIREMENT THAT WE PERHAPS HAVE IN PLACE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO COME IN. SO I'M EXCITED ABOUT THIS POSSIBILITY, THE FACT THAT IT IS A FIRST TIME. AND I THINK WE WILL HOPE FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, AFTER IT'S ROLLED OUT AND IMPLEMENTED THAT YOU'LL BE ABLE TO GIVE US FEEDBACK. I SUSPECT WITH THE SUCCESS THERE WILL BE OTHERS KNOCKING ON OUR DOORS TO JOIN THE PARTNERSHIP. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR ABOUT IT AND I'M EXCITED.

>> THANK YOU, MEMBER VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM VICE-CHAIR. HOW ARE WE SELECTING THE GROUP?

>> IT IS TOTALLY LEFT UP TO KEISER. WE WORK WITH KEISER, AND THEY GET INTERESTED STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN COMING OVER TO WORK WITH CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAMS. IT'S KIND OF A MUTUAL AGREEMENT. THEY HAVE A WHOLE GROUP OF STUDENTS THAT THEY ARE WORKING WITH.

>>Susan L. Valdes: AND HOW ARE WE ENCOURAGING OUR PEOPLE?

>> ENCOURAGING OUR PEOPLE TO?

>>Susan L. Valdes: TO GET RETOOLED. I MEAN, I LIKE THE IDEA THAT THEY ARE PARTNERING FOR US TO GIVE THEM THE INTERNSHIP, BUT HOW ABOUT GROWING OUR OWN AND, YOU KNOW, EXPANDING THOSE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR CURRENT EMPLOYEES WHO MAY WANT TO PROGRESS, SOMETHING SIMILAR TO WHAT WE DO WITH OUR TEACHERS. THAT WE HAVE A TEACHING GRANT, AND AFTER 60 HOURS, YOU GO TO SCHOOL AND BECOME A TEACHER. SO I'M WONDERING HOW WE CAN RECIPIENT -- RECIPROCATE THIS AND OFFER IT TO OUR EMPLOYEES AS WELL. A LOT OF STUFF THAT'S FREE TO US, AGAIN, THE FINANCIAL IMPACT, SAYS THERE'S NO FINANCIAL IMPACT. I LIKE FREE STUFF, BUT THEY ALSO WORRY ME. BECAUSE NOTHING IS REALLY FOR FREE. I JUST WANT TO SEE WHAT THE RECIPROCATIONS MIGHT BE WITH HAVING OUR CURRENT EMPLOYEES GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY AND GROW AND HAVE A SUCCESSION PLAN FOR THEM AS WELL AND NOT JUST THROUGH OUR INTERNAL MANAGEMENT PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM. I THINK THAT THAT'S ANOTHER WAY OF THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX WHEN IT COMES TO THE NONINSTRUCTIONAL SIDE AND BEING ABLE TO AFFORD THOSE OPPORTUNITIES TO EMPLOYEES AS WELL. I LOOK AT THIS AGENDA ITEM AS A ONE-WAY STREET. WE'RE PROVIDING THE SERVICES FOR KEISER UNIVERSITY TO FULFILL THEIR PROGRAM NEEDS, BUT I DON'T THINK THEY ARE GOING TO STICK AROUND THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE SALARY THAT WE PAY. I MEAN, BE REAL. BUT JUST HOPING THAT MAYBE WE CAN IN TURN RECIPROCATE AND HAVE OUR EMPLOYEES MAYBE GO TO KEISER. I DON'T KNOW, JUST THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND GIVE OUR PEOPLE AN OPPORTUNITY.

>> I THINK WE DO A LOT FOR OUR OWN EMPLOYEES. WE HAVE A LOT OF EMPLOYEES IN OUR PROGRAM THAT HAVE BEEN PROMOTED AND HAVE BEEN MOVED TO NEW JOBS, AND BEEN ABLE TO IMPROVE THEIR SKILL SETS AND GIVE BACK TO OUR PROGRAM IN A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT WAYS. WE'RE ALWAYS, I THINK, PREPARING OUR PEOPLE BOTH AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL AND THE SCHOOL LEVEL TO MOVE INTO OTHER POSITIONS. OUR MANAGER AND TRAINING PROGRAM HAS BEEN A VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAM TO GROW OUR OWN MANAGERS.

>>Susan L. Valdes: I THINK YOU'RE MISSING MY POINT. THIS IS A BACHELORS, RIGHT? THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE EARNING BACHELORS, RIGHT? IF I UNDERSTAND THIS CORRECTLY, THIS AGENDA ITEM, THEY ARE IN SCHOOL TO EARN THEIR BACHELORS.

>> RIGHT, UM-HUM.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THAT IS A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE. THAT IS SOMETHING THEY CAN HANG ON THEIR WALL THAT THEY HAVE ACCOMPLISHED. NOT DOWNSIZING OUR MANAGEMENT TRAINING PROGRAM, BUT IT'S NOT A BACHELORS, IF YOU WILL. SO TRYING TO HELP LIFT OUR NONINSTRUCTIONAL STAFF TO BE ABLE TO REACH THAT HEIGHT IN THE NEW PROFESSION THAT THEY HAVE CHOSEN. BUT WE HAVE MANY IN OUR STUDENT NUTRITION DEPARTMENT THAT ARE PHYSICIANS, THAT ARE NURSES, THAT ARE LAWYERS, THAT ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT PROFESSIONS THAT UNFORTUNATELY BECAUSE OF A LANGUAGE BARRIER, AND OTHER SITUATIONS, THEY HAVE NOT GONE BACK TO COLLEGE, BUT THAT DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN THAT THEY DON'T, BY THIS TIME, THEIR ENGLISH SKILLS ARE MUCH BETTER. IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY AND MAYBE SINCE WE HAVE THIS PARTNERSHIP WITH KEISER THAT MAYBE WE CAN BUILD UPON ANOTHER PARTNERSHIP TO OFFER OUR EMPLOYEES THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN A BACHELOR'S DEGREE AND HAVE AN ARTICULATION AGREEMENT JUST LIKE THEY HAVE WITH US THAT WE CAN HAVE WITH THEM IN PROVIDING OUR PEOPLE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN THEIR BACHELORS IN NUTRITION.

>> WELL, IT'S SOMETHING WORTH LOOKING AT AND PURSUING AND SO THERE COULD BE A FURTHER JOINT PARTNERSHIP THAT COULD BE EXPLORED IN THE FUTURE THAT WOULD ALLOW SOME OF OUR EMPLOYEES TO GO AND GET THEIR DEGREE.

>>Susan L. Valdes: WE ALSO HAVE A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH ARGUE SEE WITH THE -- ARGOSY WITH THE MASTERS PROGRAM TRYING TO RECRUIT MORE DIVERSE TEACHERS. THAT'S ON THE INSTRUCTIONAL SIDE. I HOPE WE BEGIN TO THINK THAT WAY IN A NONINSTRUCTIONAL SITE TO BE ABLE TO REALLY HELP RETOOL OUR EMPLOYEES --

>> I TURNED MY LIFE ON AND OFF THREE TIMES NOW. THIS IS FIELD EXPERIENCE FOR PEOPLE WHO WILL BE REGISTERED DIETICIANS AND NUTRITIONISTS, AND THAT'S A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE, AM I CORRECT?

>> YES. IT'S AN UNUSUAL PROGRAM IN THAT IS ALLOWS SOMEONE GETTING THEIR FOUR-YEAR DEGREE TO ALSO GET THEIR FIELD EXPERIENCE. OFTEN AFTER A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE YOU HAVE TO SPEND A ONE-YEAR INTERNSHIP ELSEWHERE TO GET THE EXPERIENCE. THIS IS UNIQUE IN THAT IT COMBINES BOTH.

>> SO HOPEFULLY, IF WE'RE GOING TO DO THIS, WHICH I ASSUME WE ARE, THEN PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THE NUTRITION PROGRAMS CAN HAVE INTERACTION WITH THESE FOLKS AND REALIZE THAT YOU CAN GO GET A FOUR-YEAR DEGREE AND HAVE OPPORTUNITIES BEYOND WHAT YOU'RE DOING WITH US IN OUR NUTRITION PROGRAM. THAT WOULD BE MY HOPE. AND I WOULD ASSUME, AND I KNOW YOU WOULD HAVE THESE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE UNIVERSITY ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE TO DO THAT.

>> I AGREE. AND I THINK IT'S A GOOD EXAMPLE. AND I THINK THE GOOD PART IS WE'RE ATTRACTING MORE AND MORE PEOPLE IN MANAGEMENT WHO HAVE THEIR COLLEGE DEGREES AND WE'RE ABLE TO ALSO GIVE AN INCENTIVE FOR THAT. SO I THINK THAT IS CERTAINLY THE DIRECTION WE WANT TO GO IS TO ENCOURAGE MORE OF OUR OWN PEOPLE TO GET DEGREES AND TO ATTRACT MORE THAT HAVE THEM.

>> GREAT. SOUNDS WONDERFUL. AS YOU MOVE ALONG, I'M SURE YOU CAN TALK TO KEISER. I DON'T KNOW WHAT OUR POLICY IS AT THE MOMENT ON PUTTING INFORMATION ON THE BOARDS IN THE BREAK ROOMS, THAT THOSE KINDS OF PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE, AND WE HAVE SOMEBODY THAT'S VERY CLOSE THAT HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. THANKS, I APPRECIATE IT, MS. HARRISON.

>> THANK YOU, MS. HARRISON.

>> GORMS BOARD MEMBERS, WE'LL MOVE TO 6.08, APPROVE THE RESEARCH SUBAWARD AGREEMENT BETWEEN FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND SCHOOL BOARD HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. CHRISTINE HENSLEY WILL DO THE HIGHLIGHT.

>> THANK YOU. MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, I'M HAPPY TO PRESENT THIS HIGHLIGHT FOR THE SUBAWARD FOR THE CHECK AND CONNECT PROGRAM. CHECK AND CONNECT IS AN EMPIRICALLY SUPPORTED AND -- DROPOUT INTERVENTION REVIEWED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THEIR DIVISION OF THE WHAT WORKS CLEARINGHOUSE AND HAS SHOWN EVIDENCE OF POSITIVE EFFECTS FOR STUDENTS STAYING IN SCHOOL. CHECK AND CONNECT IS TARGETED FOR USE AS A TIER TWO AND TIER THREE INTERVENTION IN THE IDENTIFIED SCHOOLS, WHICH ARE MEMORIAL, PIERCE, LETO, AND MIDDLETON. CHECK AND CONNECT IS A STRUCTURED MENTORING INTERVENTION THAT UNDERSCORES BOTH THE NEED FOR A STRUCTURED SET OF PROCEDURES AND ELEMENTS FOCUSED ON IMPROVING STUDENT'S EDUCATIONAL PERFORMANCE BY COLLECTING NECESSARY STUDENT DATA TO DRIVE DECISIONS REGARDING THE STUDENT AND FOR BUILDING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE STUDENTS. BASED ON EVIDENCE TO DATE, CHECK AND CONNECT AS A SUSTAINED INTERVENTION IMPROVES STUDENT ATTENDANCE AND INCREASES ODDS FOR STUDENTS WHO GRADUATE WHO OTHERWISE WERE DISENGAGED IN THE SCHOOL. THE MENTORS INVOLVED IN THIS PROGRAM RECEIVE IN-DEPTH TRAINING AND SUPPORT FROM THE STATE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT PROJECT DIRECTOR FROM FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIVERSITY AND THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT COORDINATORS THROUGHOUT THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAM. THE TRAINING IS DESIGNED TO ENSURE PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION BECOMES SYSTEMIC WITHIN THE SCHOOLS, THUS BOLSTERING THE SUSTAINABILITY AFTER THE SEED MONEY FROM THE GRANT PROJECT ENDS. CHECK AND CONNECT HAS A HEAVY EMPHASIS ON INCREASING BOTH STUDENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT AS PARENT INVOLVEMENT OFTEN INCREASES AS A RESULT OF STUDENT'S PARTICIPATION IN THE PROGRAM. THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR THE DISTRICT HAS RECEIVED THE SUBAWARD TO BOLSTER THE SUSTAINABILITY OF CHECK AND CONNECT AT THESE PARTICULAR SCHOOLS. AS A FEDERAL PASS-THROUGH GRANT OPPORTUNITY FOR FLORIDA GULF COAST, THE DISTRICT JOINED SEVERAL OTHER DISTRICTS IN FLORIDA WITH PARTICIPATING IN THE STATEWIDE INITIATIVE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY.

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES, DID YOU HAVE COMMENTS?

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT.

>> YOU'RE WELCOME. THANK YOU.

>>Susan L. Valdes: SAY AGAIN WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF SEPTEMBER OF 2016.

>> OKAY, ONE OF TWO THINGS WILL HAPPEN AT THE CONCLUSION OF SEPTEMBER 2016. ONE, IF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO FUND THIS PROGRAM THROUGH THE STATE OF FLORIDA, WE MAY RECEIVE CONTINUATION GRANT FUNDS TO CONTINUE THE PROGRAM. HOWEVER, IF THAT DOES NOT OCCUR, CHECK AND CONNECT EXISTS IN SCHOOLS AROUND THE DISTRICT. THE SEED MONEY HAS HELPED GARNER INTEREST IN THE PROGRAM AT THE SITE, SO WHEN THE FUNDING ENDS, THE PROGRAM WILL SUSTAIN. IT HAS SUSTAINED SUCCESSFULLY AROUND THE DISTRICT WITH NO FUNDING.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU.

>> YOU'RE WELCOME.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS 6.14R, WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THE SHERIFF OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RELATING TO SCHOOL RESOURCE DEPUTIES IN OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. AND MS. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS.

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. WE ARE SO EXCITED. WE'VE BEEN GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AGAIN TO SUPPORT OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE APPLIED FOR AND WAS AWARDED THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES GRANT. THE GRANT COVERS THE EXPENSES FOR FIVE OFFICERS, SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS FOR THREE YEARS PLUS ADDITIONAL 12 MONTHS. THIS HAS BEEN -- WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THEM FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS. WE'VE HAD CONFERENCE CALLS, TALKING TO THEM. A LOT OF THE QUESTIONS WERE ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY. WE WERE ABLE TO WORK WITH THESE FOLKS, AND THEY PICKED UP -- THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE PICKED UP THE WHOLE AMOUNT. THERE'S NO MATCHING. WE DON'T HAVE TO MATCH ANYTHING, WHICH IS KUDOS TO MR. NEWMAN AND MR. GIBSON AND THE SUPERINTENDENT. THEY WERE ABLE TO WORK THEIR MAGIC, SO SUSTAINABILITY AT THIS POINT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD THAT WE'VE GOT SUCH A GREAT PARTNER WITH THIS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING. WE TRIED TO ANSWER A LOT OF YOUR QUESTIONS IN THE E-MAIL. AT THIS POINT, WE STILL DON'T KNOW THE NAMES OF THE SCHOOLS. THEY ARE WORKING ON THOSE BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF DATA THEY HAVE TO CRUNCH. CHIEF, ANY NEWS?

>> GOOD EVENING, I SPOKE TO COLONEL BURTON EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON. THERE WAS A LIST THAT CAME OUT TENTATIVELY. THERE WAS ABOUT 15, 16 SCHOOLS ON IT. SOME OF THEM ALREADY HAD EXISTING ASSETS ON IT. WE'LL PULL THOSE OFF THE LIST BUT THEY HAVEN'T FINALIZED ANY OF THE TEN SITES, WHICH FIVE DEPUTIES WOULD CALL TWO SITES APIECE LIKE THEY HAVE IN THE LAST TWO COPS GRANT PROPOSALS. SO ONCE HE GETS THAT, USUALLY WHAT HAPPENS, WE'LL HAVE -- BEFORE THAT, COLONEL PREVITERA, WE'LL SIT DOWN AND SEE IF WE HAVE ANY CONCERNS ABOUT THE SCHOOLS AND HAVE INPUT. THEY LIKE TO DO THEIR ANALYSIS INDEPENDENT OF WHAT WE DO, AND THEN WE SIT DOWN AND LOOK AT THE LIST. THERE ARE A LOT OF VARIABLES IN THAT. SOME OF IT COMES RIGHT DOWN TO GEOGRAPHY. THE DEPUTIES WILL COVER TWO SITES SO WE DON'T WANT THE SITES TO BE THAT FAR APART. THEN EXISTING ACCESS, LIKE I MENTIONED, DEPUTY OR CITY OF TAMPA POLICE OFFICER CLOSE BY AT ANOTHER SCHOOL, THEY TRY TO BRING UP THE SITES THAT ARE A LITTLE BIT FARTHER AWAY. FINALLY, LOOK AT CALLS FOR SERVICE LOAD NOT JUST AT THE SITE, BUT PRIMARILY IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS. MOST OF YOU ARE AWARE, A LOT OF LOCKDOWNS OR MODIFIED LOCK DOWNS OR PROTOCOLS COME AS A RESULT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITY IN THE SCHOOLS THAT CAUSES SCHOOLS TO GO ON SOME SORT OF PROTOCOL. AND THEY LOOK AND SEE, YOU KNOW, IF THERE ARE CERTAIN SCHOOLS THAT TREND IN THAT FAVOR AND WHETHER OR NOT IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA TO PUT THE DEPUTY OR THE DEPUTIES AT THAT SITE. ONCE THEY ARE DONE WITH THAT, I'LL GET AN ADVANCE COPY AND THAT'S WHERE WE ARE AS OF THIS AFTERNOON BEFORE I CAME HERE.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. IS THAT IT? WAS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANTED TO ADD?

>> THAT WAS ALL.

>>April Griffin: WE HAVE SOME BOARD MEMBERS THAT PULLED THIS. MS. STUART ASKED FOR HIGHLIGHT, MS. EDGECOMB ASKED FOR HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENT. AND MS. VALDES ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENT. IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK, PUSH YOUR BUTTON. MS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MS. SAUNDERS, AND MR. NEWMAN, FOR BOTH YOUR RESPONSES, SERIES OF QUESTIONS THAT I HAD. THE ONLY ONE THING THAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING ABOUT, ARE SOME OF THE LESSONS THAT WE'VE LEARNED FROM WHAT WE PUT IN THE COMMUNITY SPECIALISTS IN OUR SCHOOLS. I KNOW YOU'VE BEEN COLLECTING DATA ABOUT THE KINDS OF CALLS, THE KINDS OF RESPONSES, THE KINDS OF ACTIVITIES. I THINK THAT FOR ME, THIS WAS AN INITIATIVE I'VE SUPPORTED FROM THE BEGINNING, AND I WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT, BUT I ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT HAVE BEEN THE POSITIVES ABOUT THIS, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES, AND HOW WE IMPROVING ON WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW IS GOOD, IN TERMS OF BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS, BECAUSE I THINK THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS. SAFETY WAS CERTAINLY ONE OF THEM, BUT THE OTHER WAS ABOUT THIS WHOLE APPRECIATION BETWEEN OUR STUDENTS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OUR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE AT SOME POINT IS SOME EVIDENCE ABOUT WHAT HAS THIS DONE TO THE CULTURE OF THE SCHOOL IN SOME WAYS? HOW HAS IT IMPROVE THAT RELATIONSHIP INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY, BECAUSE I THINK SOMETIMES SOME OF THE FEARS OUR KIDS HAVE ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT ARE REAL AND OTHERS ARE MAYBE PERCEIVED, AND IT MAY BE WHAT THEY BRING INTO THE SCHOOL AS THAT KIND OF THING. E THAT THAT BEEN A WAY TO CHANGE ATTITUDE ON BOTH SIDES? I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, AS WE TALKED ABOUT THIS INITIALLY WAS AROUND SAFETY. BUT I THINK THAT THE TRAINING THAT I UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE AND THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT ARE BEING DONE AND RESPONDED TO GO WAY BEYOND THAT, AND IT IS ABOUT RELATIONSHIP BUILDING.

>> IT IS. REALLY, THERE ARE TWO GROUPS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. RIGHT ABOUT THIS TIME LAST YEAR, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT A SURVEY FOR THE COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICERS THAT ARE IN MY CHARGE, THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SCHOOL SECURITY. OBVIOUSLY, I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT OFF THE BAT, THE RELATIONSHIP WITH SCHOOL SECURITY ON THE ELEMENTARY SIDE WAS WORK IN PROGRESS FOR THE ADMINISTRATORS NOT BEING USED TO HAVING LAW ENFORCEMENT ON THE CAMPUS. IT WAS A GOOD EXPERIENCE, BUT EACH ONE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEIR EXPECTATIONS WERE. I WALK AROUND, I GO TO THE CAMPUSES A LOT. I HAVEN'T HEARD ANYONE SAY ANYTHING BUT POSITIVE THINGS ABOUT IT. EVERYTHING FROM DEALING WITH BASIC THINGS LIKE MOVEMENT OF TRAFFIC AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY TO SOME OF THE RELATIONSHIPS THEY HAVE WITH THE KIDS IN THE HALLWAYS. WE HAVE NEVER SEEN AN UPTICK IN ANY KIND OF ENFORCEMENT OR ARREST AT THE ELEMENTARY SITE. THAT NEVER MANIFESTED ITSELF. I CAN TELL YOU FROM THE SECURITY SIDE AND THE LAW ENFORCEMENT SIDE, ALL THE FEEDBACK I GET IS VERY POSITIVE. EVERY YEAR, WE HAVE A ROBUST IN-SERVICE TRAINING WITH ALL THE AGENCIES, AND QUITE FRANK WITH YOU, THERE ARE FOLKS THAT FIGHT TO GET ON THE AGENDA TO HAVE THE TRAINING, EVERYTHING FROM MENTAL HEALTH TO MARCHMAN ACT TO BAKER ACT TO THE CIVIL CITATION PROGRAM AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN IS HIGHLIGHTED IN THAT IN-SERVICE TRAINING AND WE ALL DO IT TOGETHER. I'M AT THE IN-SERVICE TRAINING ALONG WITH THEIR LEADERSHIP AND WE'RE TELLING THEM HOW WE FEEL ABOUT CERTAIN THINGS. THE STUDENT HANDBOOK WAS A ROBUST CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW THAT MAY IMPACT THEIR WORK. SOMETIMES I HAVE FOUND FOLKS AREN'T USED TO WORKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT KNEE HIGH AND THEY MAY HAVE COME FROM A HIGH SCHOOL OR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND IT'S AN ADJUSTMENT PERIOD. EVERYTHING HAS BEEN CONSTRUCTIVE. WE HAVE NOT SURVEYED ANYONE. WE ONLY HAD THREE MONTHS OF DATA WHEN WE WERE ABOUT TO SURVEY PARENTS AND SITE ADMINISTRATORS SO WE DECIDED TO PUT THAT OFF. MY FOLKS COLLECT THEIR PERFORMANCE INDICATORS IN A SEPARATE DATABASE THAN OBVIOUSLY THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE OR TPD. THEY HAVE THEIR OWN BENCHMARKS, AND WE CAN GET THAT INFORMATION. IT'S WHENEVER YOU GUYS WANT TO HAVE THAT SURVEY PUSHED OUT AND WHAT THAT HAS TO LOOK LIKE, I'LL MAKE IT HAPPEN. BUT WE HAVE NOT DONE ANY SURVEYING AT ALL. WE STOPPED THAT DECEMBER OF LAST YEAR, BECAUSE WE ONLY HAD THREE MONTHS AND WE'RE COMING UP ON WHETHER OR NOT WE WANT TO ROLL OUT THE SECOND PHASE. WE ONLY HAVE THREE MONTHS' WORTH OF DATA. WE SAID LET'S HOLD OFF. WE'RE STILL COLLECTING THE DATA. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE SECURITY DATA FROM OUR OFFICERS, IT WAS ACTUALLY DESIGNED ABOUT IN THE FIVE MISSION OBJECTIVES THAT YOU HAD IN THE ORIGINAL SECURITY PACKAGE, BUT WE CAN DOVETAIL HSO GRANT OFFICERS IN THE ELEMENTARY SITES THE SAME WAY. WE JUST HAVE TO GET WITH THEM AND SAY THIS IS WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR. ARE YOU CAPTURING THIS DATA AND I'M CERTAIN THEY ARE.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: -- HAVE TO GIVE MY TIME UP TO THE FLOOR AT THIS TIME, BUT MAYBE AT THE TIME WE TALK ABOUT STUDENT DISCIPLINE, THAT MIGHT BE A TIME TO ROLL IN SOME OF THIS INFORMATION, BECAUSE I THINK IT GOES HAND IN HAND. I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE NOT HAD IT STRUCTURED IN SUCH A WAY. IT SEEMS TO ME YOU HAVE BEEN CAPTURING INFORMATION THAT I THINK CAN BE EYE OPENING, INFORMATIVE AND INSIGHTFUL. I THINK FEBRUARY IS THE TIME WE TALK ABOUT PERHAPS THAT WORKSHOP IS THAT RIGHT? THE WORKSHOP AROUND STUDENT DISCIPLINE?

>> DR. BRINSON AND I, WE SIT DOWN AND CRUNCH THE NUMBERS AND LOOK AT EACH OTHER'S DATA AND RECONCILE AND MAKE SURE WE'RE BOTH GETTING THE CORRECT DATA INDEPENDENT FROM EACH OTHER AND WE'RE IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATIONS.

>>April Griffin: THAT IS FEBRUARY, MS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THE IMPACT. AND I THINK FROM WHAT YOU'RE SAYING AND WHAT I'VE HEARD AND SEEN AND BEEN IN SCHOOLS, IT HAS BEEN A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE.

>> THANK YOU, MA'AM.

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. SAUNDERS, CAN YOU CLARIFY, I'M READING THIS, AND IT SAYS THE GRANT -- IT'S ON PAGE 3 AT THE TOP OF 8, IT SAYS, THE GRANT ALLOWS FOR FIVE SHERIFFS TO BE HIRED TO REPLACE -- FIVE ENTRY LEVEL DEPUTIES TO REPLACE FIVE EXISTING -- SO FIVE EXISTING DEPUTIES CAN BE ASSIGNED AS SRDs IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, BUT THAT THE GRANT AWARD WAS CONTINGENT UPON LOCAL COMMITMENTS FOR FUNDING COST AT PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS NOT PAID FOR BY THE GRANT FOR THREE YEARS AND AT LEAST 12 MONTHS IN THE FOLLOWING THREE-YEAR PERIOD.

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM. WHAT THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS, THEY ARE PICKING UP ALL OF IT. THEY ARE PICKING UP THE TOTAL COST. WE DON'T HAVE TO PUT ANYTHING UP TO MATCH AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.

>> WHERE IS THAT STATED IN THE INTERLOCAL? THAT'S PRETTY CLEAR ON PAGE 3 THAT IT LOOKS LIKE THERE'S SOME LOCAL COMMITMENT -- SOME COMMITMENT FROM US AT THE TOP.

>> OF THE NEXT PARAGRAPH, THE PARTIES AGREE THAT THE SHERIFF WILL COVER THE COST OF THE SALARIES AND BENEFITS OF THE FIVE SRDs ASSIGNED TO THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS NOT COVERED BY THE MONIES AWARDED IN THE GRANT. THAT NEXT PARAGRAPH. SO THEY ARE GOING TO COME UP WITH THE MATCHING FUNDS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: LOCALLY, THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS GOING TO COME UP WITH THE MATCHING. THEIR LOCAL DOLLARS WILL BE MATCHING THE GRANT DOLLARS.

>> NOT THAT I DON'T HAVE FAITH IN THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE COMING UP WITH THE MONEY, BUT WHAT IF THEY DON'T COME UP WITH THE MATCHING MONEY? FOR ME TO READ THAT AND THEN READ A STATEMENT RIGHT FOLLOWING IT THAT THEY ARE GOING TO COVER THE COST IS STRANGE. I'M NOT SURE WHY EVEN THE PARAGRAPH IS THERE.

>>April Griffin: IF I REMEMBER OUR CONVERSATION CORRECTLY, THAT WAS PART OF THE GRANT SUBMISSION, THAT THE GRANT WAS CONTINGENT UPON --

>> WE HAVE TO HAVE A PARTNERSHIP.

>>April Griffin: RIGHT. IT NEEDED A PARTNERSHIP.

>> THEY COULDN'T JUST PUT BE IN OUR SCHOOLS WITHOUT US SAYING WE WANT TO PARTNER.

>> BUT WE HAVE AN ESTABLISHED PARTNERSHIP. SO I'M NOT SURE -- I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP. I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE STATEMENTS THAT SAY THAT THE GRANT IS FOR THREE YEARS, AND THE 12 MONTHS FOLLOWING THE THREE YEARS, THERE IS A DIFFERENT RESPONSIBLE PARTY, AND IT SAYS THAT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR, BUT I'M JUST NOT SURE WHAT THE POINT OF THE STATEMENT IS. UNLESS THAT WAS, UNLESS THE AGREEMENT IS PART OF THE GRANT. UNLESS THIS CONTRACT WAS PART OF THE GRANT-WRITING MATERIAL AND THEY HAD TO STATE IT THAT WAY.

>> THAT COULD VERY WELL BE. WE WERE ON THE RECEIVING END OF THE GRANT. WE WEREN'T PART OF WHEN THEY ORIGINALLY INTAKE THE GRANT. SO THEY SAID WE RECEIVED, AND IT WASN'T THE SAFE CAMPUS GRANT LIKE THE OTHER TWO WERE. THIS WAS A PERSONNEL GRANT FROM COP. SO WE FOUND OUT ABOUT AFTERWARDS WHERE THEY SAID, HEY, WE WANT TO PARTNER WITH YOU. IT COULD VERY WELL BE THE LANGUAGE OR THE VERBIAGE THAT HAS TO BE IN THERE.

>> CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, ON THE OTHER GRANT, WE HAVE TO AGREE TO KEEP THE SHERIFFS ON FOR SO MANY YEARS AT OUR EXPENSE, CORRECT?

>>Gretchen Saunders: CORRECT, CORRECT. ALSO ON PAGE 7 OF 8, IT SAYS BOTH PARTIES, THIS SHALL REMAIN IN FULL FORCE UNTIL EITHER PARTY NOTIFIES THE OTHERS NOT LESS THAN 30 DAYS IN ADVANCE IF THEY WANT TO WITHDRAW FROM THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT. WE HAVE THE 30-DAY OUT CLAUSE IN THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT.

>> THANK YOU FOR THE CLARIFICATION.

>>Gretchen Saunders: YOU'RE WELCOME.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. HAVING SPOKEN TO STAFF AT GREAT LENGTH ABOUT THIS, KUDOS. KUDOS TO YOU, STAFF, BECAUSE WE WERE ON THE HOOK ORIGINALLY FOR THE THIRD YEAR, WAS IT.

>> I THINK IT WAS EITHER THE THIRD OR THE SUSTAINMENT YEAR.

>>April Griffin: OR THE FOURTH AND FIFTH. SECOND, THIRD AND FOURTH. YES, IT WAS -- BUT WE TALKED TO THEM, OUR STAFF TALKED TO THEM ABOUT THE SITUATION THAT WE'RE IN NOW FINANCIALLY AND LOOKING AT ALL OF OUR DOLLARS, AND IT WAS IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO THEM THAT THEY WANTED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS GRANT, AND THEY AGREED TO TAKE ON THE ENTIRE THING. I JUST WANT TO SAY KUDOS TO STAFF FOR REALLY NEGOTIATING THE WAY I LIKE TO SEE NEGOTIATIONS TAKE PLACE. AND WE DO WANT TO BE GOOD PARTNERS WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND CONTINUE THAT RELATIONSHIP, BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN A GOOD PARTNERSHIP. AGAIN, KUDOS FOR NEGOTIATING LIKE REAL NEGOTIATORS.

>> THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU SO MUCH. THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA, BOARD MEMBERS, IS ITEM NUMBER 7.02. AND THIS IS TO APPROVE THE PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMENT AND INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT FOR LAND EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THE TAMPA HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR THE PROPOSED WEST RIVER PROJECT ON PROPERTY LOCATED EAST OF STEWART MIDDLE SCHOOL AND JUST ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND SOUTH OF SPRUCE STREET. MR. FARKAS. FAR FAR YES --

>>Christopher Farkas: IT'S A LONG 75-PAGE DOCUMENT BUT I'LL TRY TO GET TO THE HIGHLANDS OF AT YOU GUYS NO, HE NEED TO KNOW. THERE ARE A COUPLE OF IMPORTANT POINTS TO LAY AS GROUNDWORK. FIRST, THE CONTINGENCY OF THE CLOSING IS THAT THEY ARE AWARDED THE CHOICE GRANT. SO THEY ARE NOT AWARDED THE GRANT OR DON'T HAVE THE FUNDS TO DO THE WEST RIVER PROJECT, THIS AGREEMENT AUTOMATICALLY TERMINATES. THAT'S IN THE WRITING ON PAGE 4, SO YOU CAN REFERENCE THAT. ALSO, IF NOTHING HAPPENS, THE GRANT DELAYED, IF NOT BY DECEMBER 31st OF 2017, IT'S ALSO FINISHED, FROM THAT STANDPOINT. ANOTHER IMPORTANT POINT IS THE LAND EXCHANGE. THE PARCEL WE'RE GIVING THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IS A LITTLE LARGER THAN THE ONE THEY ARE GIVING US IN EXCHANGE FOR THE BALL FIELDS. THERE WILL BE AN INDEPENDENT EVALUATION AND APPRAISAL OF THAT LAND. IF OUR LAND IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THEIRS OR VICE VERSA, THE CASH CONSIDERATIONS ARE GIVEN FOR THE OTHER PART OF IT. WE WILL NOT GIVE AWAY FREE LAND. THAT'S NOT PART OF THE PROGRAM. WE DON'T DO THAT. SO OUR LAND IS ABOUT 14 ACRES, THEIRS IS ABOUT 9. THEY'LL PAY US CASH FOR THE DIFFERENCE IN WHAT THOSE TWO LAND COSTS ARE. I WANT TO LAY THE GROUNDWORK BECAUSE THAT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE COMMUNITY TO KNOW THAT WE'RE NOT JUST GIVING AWAY LAND AND THAT THE AGREEMENT IS CONTINGENT ON THE WEST RIVER BEING REDONE. WE WANT TO BE COMMUNITY PARTNERS, BUT WE ALSO HAVE A BANK ACCOUNT AND WE'RE PUBLICLY FUNDED AS WELL SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE GOOD STEWARDS OF THE DOLLARS AS WELL. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THEM GETTING AWARDED THE GRANT AND WEST RIVER BECOMING A REVITALIZED AREA AND US BECOMING A GREAT PART AND STEWART AND BLAKE WILL BE A POSITIVE THING FOR THE COMMUNITY.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WOULD YOU REPEAT THAT PART ABOUT WE AREN'T GIVING AWAY ANYTHING? BECAUSE MY PHONE CONTINUES TO RING. PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY HAVE A LOT OF CONCERNS. WE TALK ABOUT GOOD WORKING PARTNERSHIPS AND WE ALL WANT TO MAKE SURE OF THAT, AND WHAT WE DON'T WANT IS TO CREATE A FEAR, AND WE CERTAINLY WANT TO ENHANCE ACCURACY AND CORRECT INFORMATION.

>>Christopher Farkas: YES, MA'AM.I CAN GIVE YOU REFERENCE POINT. IT IS PUBLIC RECORD AND ON THE BOARD AGENDA. THE PURCHASE PRICE AND MAKING SURE IT IS EQUAL AND NOT GIVING ANYTHING AWAY IS ON THE BOTTOM OF PAGE ONE OF THE AGREEMENT. AND THEN AS I SAID BEFORE, IN THE MIDDLE OF PAGE FOUR IS THE PART ABOUT IF THEY DON'T GET THE GRANT IT REVERTS BACK TO US. BOTTOM OF PAGE ONE WHERE IT TALKS ABOUT THE FINANCIAL PART AND NOT GIVING AWAY LAND AND MIDDLE OF PAGE FOUR IS WHERE IT TALKS ABOUT THE AGREEMENT AND IT REVERTING BACK TO US IF THEY DON'T GET THE GRANT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I'M NOT SURE WHETHER OR NOT, WHEN I TALK -- WE TALK ABOUT THE POSSIBILITIES OF A MAP AND I DON'T KNOW WHETHER YOU WERE ABLE TO DO THAT OR NOT BECAUSE I THINK THEM, YOU CAN -- I THINK PEOPLE -- YOU CAN HEAR AND TALK ABOUT IT, BUT VISUALIZING IS A DIFFERENT THING. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO KNOW WHERE THIS LOOKS LIKE AND WHERE IT IS. DO WE HAVE A MAP? IF NOT, MAYBE AT SOME OTHER -- OTHER -- -- IT CAN'T BE PROJECTED AT THIS POINT.

>> WE HAVE A LITTLE COLORED MAP, WHICH IS A LITTLE BETTER THAN THE EXHIBIT, BECAUSE IT'S BLACK AND WHITE.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: YOU WANT TO GO ON TO PAGE 75 SINCE WE'RE WAITING. [ LAUGHTER ] BUT I THINK -- YOU'VE HEARD THE CONVERSATION OVER TIME, AND THERE IS A REAL NEED FOR REASSURANCE. AND THAT'S MY ONLY QUESTION ABOUT ASKING FOR THE MAP FOR CLARIFYING SOME THINGS SO THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD, IF THIS COMES TO FRUITION, THAT PEOPLE KNOW ALREADY AHEAD AND HAVE SOME EXPECTATIONS ABOUT WHAT IT IS THAT WE'LL BE APPROVING TONIGHT.

>>Christopher Farkas: YES, MA'AM. I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT, ESPECIALLY AS WE TALK ABOUT CAPITAL DOLLARS BEING SO SCARCE AND CONVERSATIONS IN THE MEDIA LATELY, EVEN MORE SO NOW, THEY REALIZE WE'RE NOT GOING TO SPEND MONEY ON THINGS THAT ARE NOT NECESSITY. THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY IS GROWING SO QUICKLY, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE SPEND OUR DOLLARS AS CLOSELY AS WE CAN, AND THIS IS OBVIOUSLY ONE OF THOSE AREAS WHERE IT IS VERY EXPLICIT IN ALL THE AGREEMENTS THAT THAT'S THE CASE. THE MAP WILL SHOW YOU THE TWO AREAS YOU ARE GOING FOR BUT WORD FOR WORD VERY EXPLICIT ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE WILL NOT BE GIVING AWAY ANY LAND THAT IS NOT THERE.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: NONE OF OUR SCHOOLS HAVE A FOR SALE SIGN IN FRONT OF THEM.

>>Christopher Farkas: NO, MA'AM. NO, MA'AM. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE 14.7 ACRES THAT'S RIGHT AT THE TOP IN BLUE, THAT IS THE AREA THAT IS CURRENTLY WHERE THE TRACK AND THE BASEBALL FIELDS FOR BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL AND STEWART ARE CURRENTLY LOCATED. WHERE THEY WILL MOVE IS TO THE TWO AREAS IN PURPLE. THE THREE ACRES. THEY'LL BE COMBINED THERE. 9.5 ACRES RIGHT THERE AND THE FIELDS, IF YOU CAN SEE IT NOW, THE FIELDS AND THE TRACK WILL BE REBUILT AT NO COST TO THE DISTRICT IN THAT AREA. ANOTHER IMPORTANT PART OF THIS AGREEMENT IS THE FACT THAT WE REQUIRED THEM TO SAY THAT THERE IS A CLEAR SPOT WHERE THEY HAVE A PASSOVER FOR OUR KIDS TO GET TO THE FIELDS FROM BOTH STEWART AND FROM BLAKE. SO THAT'S AN AGREEMENT THAT WE HAVE TO APPROVE FOR THAT TO TAKE PLACE.

>> JUST SO YOU CAN SEE ON THE MAP OUTLINED IN RED IS THE 14.7-ACRE PARCEL THAT WE'RE SWAPPING WITH THEM. AND THERE IS THE OUTLINED IN RED AND PURPLE. SO WE'RE GOING TO SWAP, AND THEY ARE GOING TO CONSTRUCT OUR FIELDS ON THEIR ACREAGE, AND THERE ARE A FEW DIFFERENT CONCEPTUAL PLANS OUT THERE. SO IN ONE, THERE IS A PARK ON OUR PROPERTY OR THEIR EVENTUAL PROPERTY. AND ALSO, THERE IS A MULTIFAMILY BUILDING AND ONE CONCEPTUAL. BUT I THINK THAT'S A LOT OF THE COMMUNITY BUZZ BECAUSE IT'S SUCH A FLUID PLAN. SO THIS JUST KIND OF NAILS DOWN THE SWAP ALONE.

>> SHOW THEM WHERE THE SCHOOLS ARE BECAUSE IF YOU'RE NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE AREA, AND I AM, YOU HAVE TO SHOW THEM WHERE THE SCHOOLS. THAT'S STEWART.

>> BLAKE IS OFF THE MAP.

>> ACROSS NORTH BOULEVARD. BUT YOU WALK YOU DID THE OVERPASS. -- BUT YOU WALK UNDER THE OVERPASS.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: A LITTLE BIT OF NOSTALGIA, IF YOU TAKE YOUR FINGER OVER TO THE END WHERE BLAKE IS, RIGHT HERE, THAT WAS MY GRANDMOTHER'S GARDEN IN AGES PAST. SO I HAVE SOME PERSONAL INVESTMENT IN THAT, BUT I ALSO HAVE A VOICE IN THE COMMUNITY, BUT THAT WAS HER GARDEN THAT SHE SHARED WITH MANY PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY, THE FRUITS OF HER LABOR. SO, YES, THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MAYBE YOU SHOULD GET THE TAMPA HOUSING AUTHORITY AND GET IT NAMED AFTER OR DEDICATED TO YOUR GRANDMOTHER. MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. OKAY. WALK ME THROUGH HOW THIS IS GOING TO LOOK CONCEPTUALLY. WE HAVE TWO SCHOOLS THAT CURRENTLY HAVE FIELDS BEHIND THEM, WHICH ARE NOT DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO GET TO AND NOW THEY ARE GOING TO WALK DOWN NORTH BOULEVARD TO THOSE SITES, AND THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A CROSSOVER. AND MY SECOND QUESTION IS WHAT'S THE TIME FRAME FOR, AND WHAT IS THE TIME LOSS FOR STUDENTS? ARE THEY BUILDING THOSE SITES FIRST AND THEN SWAPPING WITH US?

>>Christopher Farkas: YES. IT'S ACTUALLY IN THE AGREEMENT THAT THEY TEAR DOWN THEIR SITES WHEN THE OTHER SITES ARE BUILT. THEY HAVE US CONCEPTUALIZE AND APPROVE WHAT THE WALKOVER LOOKS LIKE. THEY HAVE PLAY FIELDS THERE. STEWART USES THE TRACK MORE OFTEN AND BLAKE WALKS OVER THE OVERPASS. THE REALITY IS, IT WON'T BE A HUGE EFFECT. LITTLE CLOSER FOR BLAKE. LITTLE FURTHER AWAY FOR STEWART BUT SAFE PASSAGE TO THE FIELDS IS PART OF THE AGREEMENT. THEY HAVE TO CREATE THAT AND PAY FOR THAT.

>>Cindy Stuart: I'LL TAKE IT A LITTLE FURTHER. ON THE OTHER SIDE WHERE BLAKE IS, IS THERE NOT TALKS OF US DOING SOMETHING SIMILAR WITH THE BLAKE SIDE?

>>Christopher Farkas: NO, NOT THAT I'M AWARE OF. AND I'VE BEEN IN MOST OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS. BLAKE IS STAYING EXACTLY WHERE IT IS.

>>Cindy Stuart: SHOULD IT COMPLETE THE RIVERWALK PROJECT, THAT IS THE LAST OF THE LAND SWAP AND BUILDOUT.

>>Christopher Farkas: CORRECT. THEY GOT THE 15 FEET WE DID A FEW YEARS AGO ON THE OUTSIDE OF BLAKE THAT'S ALREADY BEEN DONE. BUT THERE'S NO OTHER LAND THAT THEY ARE GETTING FROM US THAT'S IN AGREEMENT AND NO OTHER LAND FROM THERE THAT'S OURS AS WELL.

>> THE TIME FRAME?

>>Christopher Farkas: THAT'S ALL DEPENDENT ON GRANT FUNDING. THAT IS 100% ON THE HOUSING AUTHORITY. IF NOTHING IS DONE BY DECEMBER OF 2017, THIS COMES OFF THE TABLE. THAT'S WHEN THEY HAVE TO START AND HAVE THE PLAN IN PLACE AND AGREEMENT WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

>>Cindy Stuart: I REALIZE THAT. I'M TALKING ONCE THEY HAVE THE PLAN IN PLACE, WHICH I ASSUME THEY WOULD PUT THE PLAN IN PLACE, WHAT IS THEIR BUILD-OUT TIME FRAME?

>>Christopher Farkas: THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF DIFFERENT PLANS ON THAT. I WOULD LOVE TO ANSWER THE QUESTION. I CAN SHOW YOU IDEAS. THEY DON'T KNOW THAT YET.

>>Cindy Stuart: AGAIN, I AGREE, WE'RE GETTING THE COMMUNITY ALL IN AN UPROAR AND NOTHING HAS BEEN STARTED OR PROJECTED YET.

>>Christopher Farkas: CORRECT. FOR THEM TO APPROVE, IN ALL REALITY, FOR THEM TO EVEN APPLY FOR THE GRANT AND HAVE A REALISTIC CHANCE OF GETTING IT, WE NEED TO HAVE SOMETHING CONCRETE SAYING IT WASN'T JUST AN IDEA OR HANDSHAKE AGREEMENT. WE'RE SAYING, IF YOU GET THE GRANT, YES, WE'RE WILLING TO MAKE THE SWAP FOR THE COMMUNITY. THAT'S WHY IT'S IN FRONT OF YOU. FOR THEM TO APPLY FOR THE GRANT, THEY NEED SOMETHING IN BLACK AND WHITE THAT YES, THE SCHOOL BOARD IS AGREEING AND THE SEVEN MEMBERS WILL SAY, YES, WE'LL MAKE THE AGREEMENT IF YOU GET THE GRANT.

>> IT'S A BIG IF. MS. VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WE HAVE 14.7. WE'RE GETTING 9.56. WHERE IS MY OTHER FIVE AND A QUARTER?

>>Christopher Farkas: CASH THAT THEY GIVE US. WE CAN AGREE WITH THE ASSESSMENT OR BRING IN OUR OWN. WE'LL PROBABLY BRING IN OUR OWN TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE RIGHT DOLLAR FIGURE. IF 14.7 IS WORTH $5 MILLION AND 9.56 IS WORTH, THE DIFFERENCE IS WHAT THEY'LL PAY FOR US. THAT'S IN THE AGREEMENT.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: WELL, AND WITH THE ASSESSMENT THAT'S COMING, WE'RE NOT ONLY GIVING THEM MORE ACREAGE, WE'RE GIVING THEM WATERFRONT ACREAGE.

>> THAT IS 100% CORRECT. I REMIND THEM OF THAT EVERY SINGLE MEETING WE HAVE.

>>April Griffin: RIGHT, WHICH IS WHY THEY WANT THE ACREAGE SO BAD BECAUSE IT'S WATERFRONT ACREAGE AND IT'S GOING ALONG WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING ON THAT WATERFRONT ALONG THE WAY. I THINK IT'S A GOOD SWAP, BUT AGAIN WE NEED TO GET OUR FAIR COMPENSATION FOR IT. I APPRECIATE THE CONVERSATION SO WE CAN LET THE COMMUNITY KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING, BECAUSE I'VE GOTTEN THE PHONE CALLS, TOO, AND THE PUBLIC, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE AFRAID THAT THEIR SCHOOLS ARE GOING TO BE SHUT DOWN AND WE'LL GIVE THE SCHOOLS AWAY AND THEY'LL BUILD HOUSES THERE, AND WE'RE TELLING THEM THAT IS NOT WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT.

>>Christopher Farkas: THAT'S THE PLAN YOU SEE IN FRONT OF US. THERE IS NO PLAN TO CLOSE THE SCHOOLS UNLESS SOMEBODY WANTS TO DONATE 80 TO $100 MILLION TO BUILD A NEW ONE, THAT WILL NOT HAPPEN.

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS? THAT WAS OUR FINAL PULLED AGENDA ITEM. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE PULLED ITEMS. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES, AND A SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY WITH MS. SNIVELY BEING AWAY. WE ARE NOW INTO THE SECTION OF THE AGENDA FOR BOARD MEMBER AND SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE PRESS YOUR BUTTON IF YOU'D LIKE TO SPEAK. MS. VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS EVENING, I'D LIKE TO BRING A COUPLE OF THANK-YOUS. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK GARY BAILEY, JOHNNY PORTO, AND THE TEAM AT MAINTENANCE WEST FOR THEIR HARD WORK HELPING TO PREPARE FOR LETO'S 50 YEARS OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. TOMORROW EVENING, JOHN PIZZIO IS HOSTING A BASEBALL EVENING ALUMNI, AND HAS INVITED ALUMNI FROM THE YEARS PAST, TO COME IN AND TAKE THE FIELD IN THE POSITIONS THEY PLAYED AND HAVE A REALLY NICE THROWBACK. AND I'M PARTICULARLY HAPPY ABOUT ONE PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL WHO WILL BE COMING BY. HE'S CLAIM TO OF MINE FROM THE CLASS OF '82 IN LETO, IN WHICH HE WAS A BASEBALL PLAYER AND HE IS A MAJOR LEAGUE COACH FOR THE CINCINNATI REDS AS WELL. SO OUR KIDS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET SPOTTED BY THE COACHES AS WELL. I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. PLEASE COME OUT TOMORROW EVENING AROUND 6:00 AND COME AND ENJOY THE FESTIVITIES. THEY BORKED, THE MAINTENANCE -- THEY WORKED, THE MAINTENANCE CREW WORKED VERY, VERY HARD ON THE FIELDS AND ALSO, I CAN'T BE REMISSED IF I DO NOT THANK ALSO THE ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND LANNESS FOR BEING ABLE TO COVER SOME OF THE NEEDS THAT THEY'VE HAD. ALSO, I DIDN'T DO WHAT SALLY NORMALLY DOES AND OUR SLIDE SHOW, BUT SALLY, I'M SURE YOU WILL PUT OUR FLOAT UP IN A PICTURE, RIGHT? YOU DON'T HAVE THE FLOAT. OH, MY GOSH. ANYWAYS, WE HAD OUR VERY OWN FLOAT FOR THE MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. PARADE, AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT PARADE FLOAT MADE ITS DEBUT IN THE 27th ANNUAL CITY OF TAMPA MARTIN LUTHER KING KING DAY PARADE ON MONDAY, JANUARY 18th AND HOPEFULLY WILL BE SEEN IN MANY MORE EVENTS TO COME. OVER A HUNDRED ART STUDENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES USED CREATIVE SKILLS IN DECORATING PARTS OF THE FLOAT, SPECIFICALLY THE PAINTINGS ON THE BOARD MEMBERS' SEATS CRAFTED BY DISTRICT CARPENTRY AND UPHOLSTERY WORKERS. I WOULD GO WITH THE NAMES OF THE STUDENTS, BUT FOR THEIR PROTECTION, I WILL NOT. BUT THERE WERE A LOT OF LITTLE HANDS THAT WERE REALLY WORKING ON THE ARTWORK OF THIS PARTICULAR FLOAT. ADDITIONALLY, I'D LIKE TO THANK SEVERAL PEOPLE FOR ACCOMPLISHING SUCH A TASK. AND, GUYS, SEVEN DAYS. IT WAS A WEEK'S NOTICE, AND THIS PROJECT COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE WORK OF THE CARPENTERS, PAINTERS, UPHOLSTERY WORKERS AND DRIVERS. THE CARPENTERS WERE PEDRO TAYLOR, ALONSO MENDOZA, CHUCK McFAN, LOUISE GONZALEZ, DAVID HERNANDEZ, THE PAINTERS NANCY COSTA, DANA BRIT, MARIO CASTILLO, KELLY HUSKY, AND WANDA PARRILLA. FLOAT DRIVERS, TERRANCE. THE UPHOLSTERY GUYS, WHO ARE SAY SOSA, RAFAEL CRUZ AND WADE VANVELKENBERG. AMENITIES SERVICES HOLTEN AND KEVIN MACK. KEVIN WAS THE MOST EXCITED OF THIS PARTICULAR EVENT OR TASK, AND HE TOOK A LOT OF PRIDE ON IT AND SO DID WE. ALSO, I CAN'T NOT GO WITHOUT THANKING THE ART TEACHER FROM RIVERHILLS ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL, BRITTANY WEGMAN FOR -- WELL, JUST PROVIDING THE ARTWORK. IT WAS A -- A -- A SIGHT. AS A MATTER OF FACT, MANY ALONG THE PARADE ROUTE WERE ACTUALLY -- OH, MY GOD, IT'S THE SCHOOL BOARD. THEY HAVE A FLOAT. IT WAS VERY -- VERY WELL NOTED, AND THANK YOU FOR MAKING THAT HAPPEN, GUYS. WE REALLY TRULY APPRECIATE IT. I CAN ONLY SAY FROM -- FROM THE BOARD MEMBERS THANK YOU AND THANK YOU, DR. VAZQUEZ AS WELL AND CHRIS FOR JUST COORDINATING IT AND MAKING IT HAPPEN BECAUSE IT REALLY MADE A DIFFERENCE. ALSO, I'D LIKE TO TO -- TO CONGRATULATE 48% OF THE PRINCIPALS IN MY DISTRICT USED THE PRINCIPAL'S ICON, RANGING FROM AS LITTLE AS SPENDING WITH SMALL BUSINESSES AS LITTLE AS $38.75 SPENT BY WOODBRIDGE TO $26,751.15 THAT WERE SPENT AT WALKER MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT OUR PRINCIPALS UNDERSTAND, AS WE HEARD EARLIER TODAY, IN THE PLEA OF BEING ABLE TO GIVE A FREE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM, THE SAME PARENTS THAT MR. LOEFFLER POKE ABOUT -- SPOKE ABOUT, HAVE SMALL BUSINESSES, ARE SELF EMPLOYED, THEY ARE READY, WILLING AND READY TO WORK. ONCE THEY GO THROUGH OUR PROCESS OF BEING ABLE TO SIGN UP ON VENDOR BID AND THEN GO SEE THE FUTURE BEN MOORE OF THE OFFICE OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY AND UNDERSTAND HOW TO GET REGISTERED WITH THE OFFICE OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY AND DO BUSINESS WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ALONG WITH PROCUREMENT, WE ARE ACTUALLY HELPING MANY OF THOSE SAME FAMILIES THAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKED ABOUT TO APPROVE AN AGENDA ITEM TO OFFER FREE AFTER-SCHOOL CARE. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE PRINCIPALS. I HAVE 33 SCHOOLS IN MY DISTRICT, SO 48% OF THAT IS 16 SCHOOLS, SO I CHALLENGE ALL THE OTHER SCHOOLS. LET'S MAKE IT A COMPETITION. AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, I CHALLENGE YOU AND YOUR LEADERS AND YOUR SCHOOLS. NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL HAD THE BIGGEST. THEY DID GOOD. I APPRECIATE NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL VERY MUCH. NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL HAD AN EXPENDITURE OF $40,545.84. SO THANK YOU, NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL FOR REALLY, REALLY THINKING ABOUT YOUR SMALL BUSINESSES IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND GIVING THAT HAND UP TO THOSE THAT -- WELL, THEY LIVE, WORK AND PLAY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THANK YOU. AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, THE CHALLENGE IS ON. LET'S SEE, YOU KNOW, LITTLE COMPETITION ALWAYS GOES A LONG WAY. SO LET'S SEE IF THERE IS A COMPETITION, WHICH AREA SUPERINTENDENT WILL BRING UP THE MOST MONEY IN THE USE OF THE PRINCIPAL'S ICON. LET'S HAVE A LITTLE FUN WITH THAT. BOARD MEMBERS, THANK YOU FOR THE CONVERSATION EARLIER TODAY ABOUT PUTTING THE PRIORITY SCHOOLS ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. AS WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER TODAY IN LOOKING AT DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY AND USING OTHER THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX. I HOPE THAT WHEN WE ARE CONSIDERING THESE PRIORITY SCHOOLS, THAT WE REALLY CONSIDER EVERY ASPECT OF THE BUSINESS OF THAT SCHOOL. STUDENT KNEW TRIRKS CUSTODIAL SERVICES STUDENT NUTRITION, CUSTODIAL SERVICES, WHAT'S GOING TO BE SO DIFFERENT AND UNIQUE. TODAY, THE WORD "UNIQUE" HAS BEEN USED QUITE A BIT, AND I GO BACK TO THAT AGENDA ITEM WITH THE AFTER-SCHOOL CARE. WHAT WAS SO UNIQUE ABOUT THAT ONE IS IT WAS FREE. AS WE MOVE FORWARD LOOKING AT THESE PRIORITY SCHOOLS, LET'S REALLY, REALLY LOOK AT THINGS DIFFERENTLY AND THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX IN ALL ASPECTS OF THE BUSINESSES, MIDDLE SCHOOLS. YOU KNOW, THESE SCHOOLS ARE ALL LITTLE INDIVIDUAL FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES. AND WE HAVE TO TREAT THEM AS SUCH, JUST UNDERSTANDING THAT THE BUSINESS, THOUGH, IS THE BUSINESS OF EDUCATING OUR KIDS, WHICH IS NOTHING TO PLAY WITH, AND THOSE DOLLARS NEED TO BE USED EXTREMELY WISE AND LASER-LIKE TO BE ABLE TO BENEFIT AND REACH THE GOAL OF THE STUDENTS. SO THIS WEEK IS THE BEGINNING OF THE FAIR. SO HAPPY FAIR DAY, EVERYONE. AND LET'S CELEBRATE AN EARLY SPRING BECAUSE THE GROUNDHOG DID NOT SEE HIS SHADOW TODAY. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BEFORE I HAND IT OVER TO MS. HARRIS, ONE OF THE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE HAD IN REFERENCE TO THE FLOAT IS THAT -- AND WE KEEP SAYING THIS WE ARE NO LONGER THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN. SO IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO MARKET THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO THE COMMUNITY AND TO LET THEM SEE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND PIQUE PEOPLE'S INTERESTS IN WHAT WE HAVE TO OFFER. YOU KNOW, AGAIN, THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX AND NOT JUST PUTTING POLITICIANS IN A CAR AND LETTING THEM WAVE, THIS IS WHAT OUR -- AND I LOVE THAT THE OCTAGON OF OPPORTUNITY IS ON IT AND OUR VISION IS ON IT. IT'S A GREAT WAY TO HIGHLIGHT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IN UNIQUE WAYS TO OUR COMMUNITY. AGAIN, I WANT TO SAY THANKS TO THE STAFF, TOO. MS. HARRIS.

>> I WILL CONTINUE THAT, YES. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THAT HAPPEN. IT WAS REALLY A BEAUTIFUL FLOAT. WE COULDN'T HAVE ASKED FOR A BETTER FLOAT. I JUST WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU, YOU KNOW, YES, I DO ENJOY MY SHOW AND TELL TIME. AND I DO GET EXCITED EVERY TIME I GO OUT IN THE COMMUNITY AND SEE WHAT'S GOING ON AND VISITING THE SITES OF THE DISTRICT AND WHAT HAVE YOU. TO START THE WEEK OFF, WE HAD THE GOVERNOR'S WIFE, MRS. SCOTT WITH US. AND THAT WAS A VERY EXCITING EVENT. IT WAS AT STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL. AND WOW, DID THEY DO A GOOD JOB. MR. PABLO? WE HAD QUITE A BIT OF OPPORTUNITY. THEY HAD A LOT GOING ON AT THE EVENT, AND THIS ONE I'M SHOWING YOU THAT THE STUDENTS WERE -- WE HAD THE CHEERLEADING SQUADS. WE HAD ALL OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. IT WAS JUST A FASCINATING EVENT, AND IT WAS REALLY GOOD TO SHARE THAT DAY WITH THEM. THEN I WENT OVER TO GRECO AND GOT TO SEE FIRST TEE IN ACTION WITH OUR SCHOOL AND BUILDING COMMUNITY WITH THOSE STUDENTS AND BEING ABLE TO SHARE WITH THEM. THEN I VISITED CARROLLWOOD ELEMENTARY, AND I JUST HAPPENED TO BE THERE WHEN OUR HEARING MOBILE UNIT WAS THERE, SO I GOT A FREE HEARING TEST AND WAS ABLE TO SEE HOW THEY WORK WITH OUR STUDENTS WITH THAT AND VISIT THAT SCHOOL CAMPUS. THEN MOVING INTO AN EVENT THAT WAS UNBELIEVABLE IS THE DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY. IT WAS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH US, AND THEY PUT TOGETHER A PROGRAM CALLED "TAMPA TEEN IDOL." AND I COULD NOT BELIEVE THE TALENT OF THOSE STUDENTS. AND THE GENTLEMAN THAT WON WAS KENSY WHEELER, AND THERE WERE TEN CAN IT. HEN THIS TEN CANNOT CONTESTANTS. WHEN HE BEGAN TO SING, WE THOUGHT WE WERE LISTENING TO McGRAW OR TOBY KEITH. HE CAME OUT ON STAGE, KIND OF SHY, SHUFFLING HIS FEET WITH A BASEBALL HAT ON. HE LOOKED LIKE A FOOTBALL PLAYER, A DEFENSIVE TACKLE. HE REALLY LOOKED HUGE. AND THEN WHEN HE OPENED HIS MOUTH, IT WAS JUST INCREDIBLE. HE WON A THOUSAND DOLLARS PERSONALLY, AND $500 FOR HIS SCHOOL AND HIS SCHOOL WAS STRAWBERRY CREST. SO STRAWBERRY CREST CAME OUT AHEAD ALL WEEKEND. AND THEN FINALLY, WE WERE ABLE TO SHARE WITH THE FIRST TEE AND WITH ALL OF THESE EVENTS THAT WENT ON DURING THE WEEK, WAS JUST THE CAMARADERIE GOING ON WITH THE STUDENTS. WHEN WE WERE AT STRAWBERRY CREST AND THEY WERE SHARING ALL THE COURSES AND OFFERINGS THAT THEY HAD, THE FFA GAVE A PRESENTATION, AND I WILL TELL YOU, THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA HAS A SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER WHO DOES BUSINESS PLANS. I TOOK THE BUSINESS PLAN FROM FFA AND GAVE IT TO MR. SYKES AND SAID, YOU'VE GOT TO TAKE THIS OVER TO THE TAMPA UNIVERSITY, BECAUSE THIS REALLY IS OUTSTANDING. IT LOOKS LIKE IT WAS DONE BY COLLEGE STUDENTS. SO I JUST LOVE SHARING AND LETTING YOU KNOW, THIS DISTRICT IS FASCINATING WITH ALL THE EXPERTISE COMING OUT OF STUDENTS. WE ARE DOING A FABULOUS JOB, AND I LIKE THAT TO BE SAID UP HERE ON THE DAIS, BECAUSE I KNOW WE HAVE SO MANY THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN OUR DISTRICT THAT SOMETIMES ARE CHALLENGING FOR US AND MAKING THOSE DECISIONS, THAT I LIKE THE COMMUNITY TO KNOW THAT WE STILL ARE EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN ONE CHILD AT A TIME. SO THANK YOU.

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I'LL BE BRIEF, SINCE MS. HARRIS ALREADY MENTIONED THE EVENTS OUT AT STRAWBERRY CREST TODAY, THANK YOU TO DAVE BROWN AND HIS TEAM OUT THERE, BECAUSE THEY REALLY DID DO A GREAT JOB AT BOTH EVENTS AND THE OTHER SCHOOLS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THOSE EVENTS. I HAVE TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO THE BUS DRIVERS AND THE AREA SUPERVISORS WHO ALSO BROUGHT A BUS OUT TO THE PARADE. THE AREA 5 AND AREA 8 DRIVERS AND SUPERVISORS WHO WERE THERE, THERE WERE PROBABLY ABOUT 30 PEOPLE THERE WITH MR. BEEKMAN ON A SATURDAY. THEY WERE MUCH FURTHER AHEAD SOMEHOW IN THE PARADE ROUTE THAN WE WERE, BUT THANK YOU TO MR. BEEKMAN AND TO THOSE AREAS FOR BRINGING OUT DRIVERS AND SUPPORTING THE DISTRICT. AND I KNOW THAT THEY HAVE PLANS TO EXPAND THAT IDEA OF BRINGING A BUS TO THE PARADE AND PARTICIPATING. THE ONLY OTHER SHOUT-OUT THAT I HAVE TODAY IS AN EVENT THAT HAPPENED TODAY. BUILD TAMPA BAY HAPPENED TODAY. I HAVE TO TELL YOU, SCOTT BROOKS, CHRIS JARGO, THE PEOPLE IN THIS DISTRICT WHO COORDINATED THAT EVENT WITH STEVE CONA, AMAZING EVENT. I GOT THERE LATE. I KNOW OTHER BOARD MEMBERS WERE THERE FOR THE OPENING. AND I HAD ANOTHER BOARD MEETING THIS MORNING, BUT I GOT THERE ABOUT 11:30. THE KIDS WERE STARTING TO EAT LUNCH, AND THAT'S LATE LUNCH FOR HIGH SCHOOLS. THEY ARE USED TO BRUNCH AT 10:00, SO THEY WERE GETTING A LITTLE ANTSY. BUT I WAS WATCHING SOME OF THE VENDORS WHO WERE THERE, AND SOME OF THE UNIONS THAT WERE THERE, AND THE WAY THAT THEY WERE SPEAKING TO THESE KIDS AND TALKING TO THEM ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE OUT THERE FOR THEM, THAT I THINK A LOT OF THESE KIDS WERE NOT EVEN AWARE EXISTED. SO JUST THE EXPOSURE AND FOR A BUSINESS OR A UNION MEMBER TO COME OUT AND SPEND THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT THEY SPENT TODAY IN THAT ARENA, TALKING TO KIDS, KNOWING THAT THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE NEXT WEEK OR THE NEXT MONTH, POSSIBLY NOT EVEN IN THE NEXT YEAR, THAT THEY WOOZ THE FRUITS OF THEIR -- WOULD SEE THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABOR. THEY HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE KIDS TO GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL AND THEN MOVE INTO A DECISION PROCESS WHERE THEY MIGHT PICK DOING SOMETHING ALONG THESE LINES. IT'S REALLY INCREDIBLE. I SAW THE JEFFERSON WELDING TEAM THERE WITH THEIR TEACHER. I HAVE TO TELL YOU, A COUPLE OF THOSE GUYS ARE GOING TO BE VISITING JEFFERSON, I'M SURE. THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT HAVING THEM COME OUT AND SPECIFICALLY SHOW THEM DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES. AND IT WAS VERY INTERESTING TO WATCH THE UNION REPRESENTATIVE QUIZZING THEM ON SOME OF THE THINGS AND GIVING THEM TIPS ABOUT THINGS THEY COULD DO DIFFERENTLY AT THEIR SITE. SO THANK YOU TO BOTH THE COMMUNITY PARTNERS THAT WERE INVOLVED. THERE WERE A NUMBER OF THEM, AND TO THE DISTRICT AND MR. VINIK AND STEVE CONA FOR COORDINATING THE WHOLE THING. I KNOW STEVE WAS WALKING AROUND ALL DAY WITH A MICROPHONE IN HIS HAND ANNOUNCING THINGS, BUT CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU. I THINK IT WAS VERY SUCCESSFUL. THE STUDENTS THAT I SPOKE TO WHO ARE NOT STUDENTS THAT I SEE GOING ON THAT TRACK. THEY ARE COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS, BUT THEY ARE ENGINEERING STUDENTS WHO WANTED TO SEE WHAT WAS OUT THERE FOR THEM ONCE THEY GOT AN ENGINEERING DEGREE. SO VERY POWERFUL DAY FOR THEM. THEY WERE ALL HAVING A GREAT TIME. THANK YOU, AGAIN, TO THEM. I HAVE TO GIVE TWO SHOUTS OUT TO ONE OF MY SCHOOLS THAT HAD PRETTY BIG THINGS HAPPEN THIS WEEK. GAITER IS MOVING ON TO STATE SOCCER -- GAITHER IS MOVING ON TO STATE SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS. THE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY LARGE TEAM WON STATE THIS YEAR, CHEERLEADING. THEY HAVE A BRAND-NEW BABY COW AT THE SCHOOL AS OF YESTERDAY. THE FAIR DOES OPEN ON FRIDAY. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO STUDENT DAY. STUDENTS, PLEASE REVIEW THE RULES. PARENTS, PLEASE REVIEW THE RULES OF GETTING INTO THE FAIR AFTER 6 P.M., AND YOUR SAFETY IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO US. HAPPY FAIR DAY.

>>April Griffin: MS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. I WANT TO EXTEND THE CONVERSATION ABOUT PROVIDING REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE AS FAR AS STUDENTS, AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL ON ITS GRAND OPENING. A RIBBON-CUTTING. THESE STUDENTS CREATED A BUSINESS PLAN, A MARKETING PLAN. THE SERVICES THEY PROVIDED FOR EVERYTHING FROM WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DO IN A REAL SALON, YOU CAN GET AT MIDDLETON. AND I JUST WANT TO SALUTE ALL OF THOSE STUDENTS AND MS. GROOMS WHO IS THE TEACHER THERE AND MS. MOORE AND HER STAFF. IT WAS A WONDERFUL GRAND OPENING, RIBBON CUTTING, RECEPTION, AND THANKS TO CHANNEL 13 FOR THE GREAT COVERAGE THEY HAD. EARLY THIS MORNING AT THE 12:00 NEWS, AND BAY NEWS 9 I THINK ALSO WAS THERE. IT IS ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE POSITIVE STORIES ABOUT OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR STUDENTS. SO IF YOU NEED A HAIR CUT, EYEBROWS PLUCKED, NAILS DONE, GO TO MIDDLETON AND GET IT DONE AT A REASONABLE COST. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU. YOU COULDN'T GET IT. AW-SHUCKS. I WAS JUST HOPING THAT I COULD GET THE PICTURES TO BOB LOWE SO YOU GUYS COULD SEE THE FLOAT. BUT ANYWAYS, HERE'S ANOTHER ONE, PLUG ON COLLEGE READINESS, COLLEGE PREPARATION LIST AS WELL AS CDs THAT WE HAVE IN OUR GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT FOR OUR STUDENTS TO KNOW HOW TO GO. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT KIDS AND PARENTS KNOW THAT THESE EXIST. THANK YOU.

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

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IF YOU KEPT GOING, YOU WERE GOING TO FINISH ALL MY POINTS. YOU PRETTY WELL TOOK CARE OF THEM. THANK YOU. I'LL MOVE IT ALONG HERE. ONE OF MY COMMENTS, OF COURSE, WAS THE FAIR THIS FRIDAY. I WANT TO THANK ALL THE WORK OF STAFF, WORKING WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE FAIR AUTHORITY TO ENSURE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A GREAT DAY FOR OUR KIDS. ON FRIDAY, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF INFORMATION GETTING OUT TO STUDENTS ABOUT THE REQUIREMENTS AND SO FORTH, BUT WE JUST -- AND I APPRECIATE. I BELIEVE ALL THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS WILL BE OUT THERE ON FRIDAY AS WELL SO WE'LL HAVE LOTS OF FOLKS OUT THERE HAVING EYES ON OUR STUDENTS AND SUPPORTING THEM. YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE GOING TO DO THAT? I'M SORRY. JUST KIDDING. [ LAUGHTER ] OF I DO WANT TO LET YOU KNOW WE HAVE A PARENT UNIVERSITY COMING UP. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20th AT BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL. IT'S FROM 7:30 A.M. TO NOON. THIS PARENT UNIVERSITY IS S.T.E.M. FOCUSED AND YOU CAN REGISTER. PARENTS, OF COURSE, YOU CAN STILL REGISTER TO ATTEND. PARENT UNIVERSITY IS A FREE INFORMATIONAL SESSION DESIGNED TO GIVE YOU TOOLS TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD ACADEMICALLY. WE ALREADY DISCUSSED, MS. STEWART DISCUSSED BUILD TAMPA BAY TODAY. WE DID HAVE 700 STUDENTS THERE. OVER 50 LOCAL EMPLOYERS. AS YOU SAID, OUR LEADERSHIP AND OUR CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION, WORKFORCE CONNECTION OFFICER REALLY DID A GREAT JOB PARTNERING WITH ASSOCIATED BUILDERS HERE IN TAMPA AND JUST ALL THE OTHER PARTNERS THAT KIND OF CAME TOGETHER TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE THERE, THAT WAS KIND OF -- IT WAS A GREAT MOMENT TO SEE ALL THE STUDENTS ENGAGED WITH OUR LOCAL PARTNERS AND POTENTIAL FUTURE JOB OPPORTUNITIES. I DID WANT TO MAKE MENTION REAL QUICK ABOUT A DATE CHANGE. YOU MAY HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED THIS. AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING, THERE WAS A REQUEST TO GET ALL OF THE THREE BOARDS TOGETHER. THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION BOARD, THE SCHOOL BOARD AND THE CHILDREN'S BOARD. THERE WAS A TENTATIVE DATE LLY SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 17th. THE CHAIR OF THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION APPROACHED US EARLIER THIS WEEK. THERE WAS ALREADY A SCHEDULED DATE ON FEBRUARY 22nd. IT WAS ALREADY ON THE CALENDAR. THERE WAS A TASK FORCE MEETING THAT NIGHT. MR. PATEL, FROM THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION IS ENCOURAGING HIS BOARD TO BE THERE THAT NIGHT SO THERE'S NOT TWO SEPARATE NIGHTS THAT THEY HAVE THE CONVERSATION AND THEY'LL USE THE TASK FORCE MEETING NIGHT TO HAVE THE CONVERSATION. OUR STAFF WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY ALONG WITH THE STAFF FROM EARLY LEARNING COALITION TO AS AN ORGANIZATION IN SUPPORTING THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION AND THEN WHAT THE POTENTIAL PLAN IS WITH REGARD TO THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION ON ANY KIND OF SERVICES AND TAKING IN THE SERVICES, WHAT TRANSITION WOULD LOOK LIKE AND SO FORTH. I WANTED TO MAKE MENTION.

>> AND BOARD MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO SIT AT THE TABLE AND ASK ANY QUESTIONS THAT THEY HAVE. 22nd.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: MONDAY THE 22nd AT 5:30.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: -- TALKING ABOUT THIS. AND I KNOW THAT THIS TRANSITION REALLY IS ABOUT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND EARLY LEARNING COALITION. BUT THE CHILDREN'S BOARD HAS A REALLY IMPACTFUL INVESTMENT IN THIS. AND I HOPE THAT THEY WILL BE INVITED --

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THEY ARE. I'M SORRY. THEY WILL BE INVOLVED.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: CORRECT. AND JUST THE LAST THING, SINCE YOU MENTIONED CHEERLEADERS, MS. STUART, I'M SURE STRAWBERRY CREST WOULD WANT ME TO ALSO BALANCE OUT WEST WITH THE EAST HERE THAT STRAWBERRY CREST CHEERLEADERS ALSO WON STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS THIS PAST WEEK AS WELL. SO THIS IS THEIR -- THEY ARE REPEAT CHAMPIONS. WITH THAT, THAT'S ALL MY COMMENTS. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND WITH THAT, THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED. ∫ ∫