Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from February 16, 2016

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THIS IS TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 3 P.M. BOARD MEETING IS NOW CALLED TO ORDER. IF EVERYBODY COULD PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THEN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGE JONES, LED BY OUR VICE CHAIR, CINDY STUART.

>> THANK YOU. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE, TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

>> THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR TWO STUDENT MEMBERS ON OUR CITIZEN ADVISORY COUNSEL, STRAWBERRY CREST AND WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL, WHO WILL BE SERVING AS OUR SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVES THIS EVENING. MISS MAGANNA CHOPALAMUDUGU. [ LAUGHTER ] AND SHE IS A SENIOR AT STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL AND GABRIELLA GONZALEZ, WHO IS A SENIOR AT WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL, WELCOME. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I DID NOT MESS YOUR NAME UP TOO MUCH, DID YOU? CAN YOU PRONOUNCE IT FOR ME?

>> IT'S PRONOUNCED MEGANA CHOPALAMAGUDU.

>> I TRIED. I'M SO SORRY. WELCOME AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING YOUR INPUT. BOARD MEMBERS, OUR WITHDRAWN ITEMS ARE B 01, C 405 AND C 406. I NEED A MOTION AND A VOTE TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A POSITION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. VALDES. BOARD MEMBERS, ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS, WITH ALL BOARD MEMBERS EXCEPT FOR MS. KURDELL, WHO IS NOT HERE YET. WE HAVE A QUORUM WITH SIX BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT AND MS. KURDELL IS NOT HERE, I KNOW SHE IS IN THE BUILDING. OH, THERE SHE IS. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, YOU HAVE THE MINUTES FOR THE FEBRUARY 2nd SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. I NEED A MOTION AND A VOTE FOR APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. EDGECOMB, A SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, ANY DISCUSSION? ANY CORRECTIONS? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS WITH MS. KURDELL BEING AWAY FROM THE DAIS. MS. STUART, WOULD YOU PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES? >Cindy Stuart: AND WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON'S MEETING, LET ME QUICKLY REVIEW THE FORMAT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS. PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICE. THE BOARD'S AGENDA IS A CONSENT AGENDA. IT IS APPROVED FOR MOTION AND VOTE UNLESS IT IS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THE AGENDA AND BACKUP DOCUMENTATION ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONS ON THE LIVE WEBCAST, CABLE TV AND A VIDEO MONITOR HERE IN THE AUDITORIUM AND ALSO JUDE CLOSED CAPTIONING LATER IN A VIDEO ARCHIVE. DURING THE MEETING THERE IS A TABLET 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 GET UP AND LEAVE THE DAIS THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 45 MINUTES ALLOWED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. SPEAKERS WILL BE GRANTED THREE MINUTES TO 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, STAFF WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU AND KEEP THE BOARD INFORMED ABOUT THE RESPONSE. THE SCHOOL BOARD RESPECTS THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD BUT WE CANNOT TOLERATE BEHAVIOR INTENDED TO INTERRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THIS MEETING. OUR CIVILITY POLICY IS IN EFFECT. >April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE ARE NOW IN THE AUDIENCE COMMENT SECTION. EX, YES, THANK YOU. WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE SOME GUESTS, THANKS TO MY CHAIR REA REMINDING ME, ENTERTAINED US BEFORE THE BOARD MEETING. FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT ATTENDED A BOARD MEETING WE LIKE TO START OUR MEETINGS OUT WITH STUDENT PERFORMANCES OR HAVING STUDENTS SPEAK OR DO A TEACHING AND LEARNING BECAUSE IT IS A REMINDER OF WHY WE ARE HERE. THIS IS A BUSINESS MEETING BUT THERE'S THAT REMINDER OF WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO. SO, THIS EVENING, I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE RAMPELLO STEEL DRUMS WITH MARK JENKINS, THEIR TEACHER, AND THE POTTER DRUM LINE, WITH KEVIN LYONS, WHO IS THEIR TEACHER. ARE THEY IN THE ROOM? DID THEY COME IN? USUALLY, WE LIKE TO INTRODUCE THEM AND HAVE THEM COME UP AND SAY THEIR NAME. WELCOME. IF YOU COULD JUST STATE YOUR NAME, YOUR SCHOOL AND WHAT INSTRUMENT YOU PLAY.

>> MY NAME IS SAFE MOHAMMED AND I GO TO RAMPELLO, I AM NEE THE EIGHTH GRADE AND I PLAY LEAD AND STEEL DRUMS. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS MANNY DIAZ. I'M IN EIGHTH GRADE AND I PLAY LEAD STEEL DRUM. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS CAMERON SHERMONTE, I'M IN THE EIGHTH GRADE AND I PLAY THE STEEL DRUMS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS TODD ALEXANDER, I'M IN THE EIGHTH GRADE AND I PLAY THE STEEL DRUMS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS RICHARD ROBINSON, I AM IN THE EIGHTH GRADE AND I PLAY LEAD DRUM. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS BRIANNA DURHAM AND I PLAY THE STEEL DRUMS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS HOLLY MATHY, I'M IN THE EIGHTH GRADE AND I PLAY STEEL DRUMS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS ASHLEY EVANS AND I PLAY -- EIGHTH GRADE AND I PLAY STEEL DRUM. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS CASSIDY WILLIAMS, I'M IN EIGHTH GRADE AND I PLAY STEEL DRUMS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS MEGAN DAVISSON, I'M IN EIGHTH GRADE AND I PLAY STEEL DRUMS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS EDWARD AND I PLAY STEEL DRUMS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS CAMOM DAN, I'M NOT EIGHTH GRADE AND I PLAY STEEL DRUMS.

>> MY NAME IS JOSHUA CLARKS, I'M IN THE EIGHTH GRADE, I PLAY STEEL DRUMS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> NICK FAVATA, GRADE EIGHT, STEEL DRUMS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS JANE DO, I'M IN THE EIGHTH GRADE AND I PLAY STEEL PAN.

>> MY NAME IS OLIVIA MIDLER AND I'M IN FIFTH GRADE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS JAMILL HOLLOWAY, I'M IN THE FOURTH GRADE AND I PLAY THE CYMBALS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS SHANIYA HOUSE AND I'M IN THIRD GRADE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS SHEMIYA AND I AM IN THE FIFTH GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS OMARI AND I'M IN FIFTH GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS LAKAYLA HOPSON, I'M IN THIRD GRADE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS JOMARI AND I'M IN THIRD GRADE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS TYLER FRYES AND I PLAY SNARE AND I'M IN FOURTH GRADE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS KEVONTE AND I PLAY -- AND I PLAY THE SNARE AND I'M IN FOURTH GRADE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS JALEN AND I PLAY -- AND I PLAY THE SNARE AND I'M IN THIRD GRADE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS CHAUNCEY, I'M IN FOURTH GRADE AND I PLAY THE SNARE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS JOSHUA, I'M IN FIFTH GRADE AND I PLAY THE SNARE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS MICHAEL AND I'M IN FOURTH GRADE AND I PLAY, UM, THE TINDERS.

>> MY NAME IS SAMARI, I'M IN FOURTH GRADE AND I PLAY THE TINDER. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS KENDRICK AND I'M IN FOURTH GRADE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS NAJIA AND I'M IN FIFTH GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS KIMMORA I PLAY THE TINDER AND I'M IN FIFTH GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS JAMEEL MERRY, I AM IN THE FOURTH GRADE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS AMARE AND I PLAY BASS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS TAVARES , I'M IN FOURTH GRADE AND I PLAY BASS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS LENIYA, BASS AND I'M IN FOURTH GRADE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS GARY HALE AND I'M IN THE FOURTH GRADE, I PLAY BASS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> AND MY NAME IS KEVIN LYONS AND I PLAY THE PERCUSSION INSTRUCTOR. [ APPLAUSE ] [ LAUGHTER ] >April Griffin: WELL, I THINK AFTER EVERYBODY'S LUNCH THIS AFTERNOON, THAT WAS THAT LITTLE JOLT OF CAFFEINE INSTEAD OF THE CAFFEINE, THEY GOT A WAKEUP CALL FROM THE DRUM LINE. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING OUT HERE AND PLAYING THIS AFTERNOON. WE APPRECIATE IT. WE ARE NOW IN THE AUDIENCE COMMENTS AND MS. STUART, IF YOU COULD PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. >Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, THE BOARD VALUES AND APPRECIATES THE PUBLIC COMMENT THIS IS THE 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 NOT -- TO NOTE YOUR COMMENT AND TO HAVE THE APPROPRIATE DISTRICT STAFF RESPOND TO YOU AFT YOUR QUESTION HAS BEEN RESEARCHED. TO THAT END, THE BOARD WILL NOT TYPICALLY RESPOND TO YOUR COMMENTS FROM THE DIAS. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. I'M GOING TO CALL THE NAMES, THE FIRST THREE PEOPLE UP AND IF YOU COULD COME UP AND STAND TO THE SIDE, MR. MARK KLUTHO, MS. CINDY FARRIOUS AND MARY YOCAM. RIGHT HERE.

>> MARK CLUTHO, LARGO. GOING TO THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FOR TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS, WHERE I HAVE BEEN OVER THERE AND NO LIKE USF AND THE OTHER COLLEGES AROUND HERE, THEY CAN'T EVEN GET THE LIGHTING SYSTEMS RIGHT. TECHNOLOGY? WHAT A JOKE. A FARCE. WHAT DID STEPHEN HAWKING SAY? THE END OF US ALL. 602, OH, BEST SUBMITTED BID FOR YOUR LANDSCAPE AND LAWNS. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS, DON'T YA? MUTILATION. JUST LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENING AROUND THIS BUILDING. OVER AND OVER AGAIN, TRIES TO GROW, MUTILATED. MUTILATED. MUTILATED. AND THEN CARBON GOES INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. 612, YOU'RE GOING TO APPROVE BUDGET AMENDMENTS. AS I'VE SAID BEFORE, FOR YOU TO USE THE WORD "BUDGET" HERE, IT'S AN OBSCENITY. LAST ELECTRIC BILL AT OUR HOUSE WAS $24 AND CHANGE. THAT'S BUDGETING. THAT'S BUDGETING. OH, AND THEN THE CHARTER SCHOOLS, DID YOU SEE THE STUFF WRITTEN ABOUT THE CHARTER SCHOOLS? WHAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE GOAL WAS THAT IT WAS GOING TO HELP THE DISADVANTAGED. AND ACCORDING TO THE COLUMN, IT'S THE RICH KIDS THAT ARE GETTING INTO THE CHARTER SCHOOLS. AND THEN, THAT SNAKE REPUBLICAN IN THE HOUSE, HIM AND HIS SISTER AND BROTHER-IN-LAW, LOOK WHAT THEY'RE DOING. AND HE IS SOME KIND OF CONSULTANT FOR CONSTRUCTIONIST -- CONSTRUCTION COMPANY OR ARCHITECTURAL FIRM. OH, MAN, YOU KNOW THAT THEY ARE DOING NOTHING BUT HIGH-PERFORMING SCHOOLS, RIGHT? HA HA. NOT. OH, BOY. IT'S SICK, REALLY SICK. SO, WHERE DOES THAT BRING US? 2015, THE HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD. THE PLANET'S BURNING AND SO, HERE'S THE HEADLINE. I HAVE TO LAUGH. "AIKENS CAST CRITICAL EYE ON HIRES." OH, MAN, THIS IS GREAT. AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING? WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING? HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I SAID YOU HAD THESE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN POSITIONS THAT DON'T HAVE ANY QUALIFICATIONS. TALK ABOUT ELIA, IN CHARGE OF BUILDING SCHOOLS? AND HOW MANY BILLIONS WERE MADE THAT ARE PURE PIECES OF -- HOW MANY BUILDINGS WERE MADE THAT ARE PURE PIECES OF JUNK. YEAH. AND THIS ONE THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE GREEN, WITH ONE BUILDING ORIENTED THIS WAY AND ONE ORIENTED THIS WAY, WHICH ONE'S RIGHT? THERE'S AN -- ATMOSPHERE THAT'S BEYOND PALE. I MEAN, YOU PEOPLE ARE LITERALLY SCOUNDRELS. TAKING THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY AND BURNING IT. AND THE PLANET THEN'S BURNING. IT'S INEXCUSABLE. WE ARE GETTING, AS A RESULT, "THE SIXTH EXTINCTION" AN UNNATURAL HISTORY. CAUSE AND EFFECT. SIMPLY MALFEASANCE. >April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. KLUKO. CINDY FARRIOUS.

>> HELLO. MY NAME IS CINDY FAREAS. I RETIRED FROM TEACHING AT BALLAST POINT ELEMENTARY AFTER 35 YEARS OF SERVICE. I AM SPEAKING TODAY ON BEHALF OF JONATHAN JONES. IT HAS COME TO MY ATTENTION THAT JONATHAN'S INTEGRITY HAS BEEN QUESTIONED. I HAVE KNOWN JONATHAN SINCE HE WAS NO MORE THAN 5 YEARS OLD. MY DAUGHTER AND HE GREW UP PLAYING TOGETHER AT THE INTERBAY BRANCH OF THE YMCA, WHERE HIS MOTHER WAS THE DIRECTOR AND MY HUSBAND AND I WORKED OUT AND PLAYED RACQUETBALL. I CAME IN CONTACT WITH JONATHAN AGAIN AS AN ADULT WHEN HE CAME TO BALLAST POINT, WORKING AS A CLINICAL CASE MANAGER FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE. IT WAS THEN THAT HE REALIZED THAT HIS PASSION WAS TEACHING. IN ALL OF THE YEARS THAT I HAVE KNOWN JONATHAN, HE HAS HANDLED HIMSELF ABOVE REPROACH. HE IS A PERSON OF HONOR AND PURE CONSCIENCE. HE HAS ALWAYS STRIVED TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT AND REBUKED THAT WHICH WAS NOT. I KNOW THAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE SITUATION HAVE LEFT A QUESTION MARK IN THE MINDS OF SOME PEOPLE. CLEARLY, THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT KNOW JONATHAN JONES. I ASSURE YOU THAT HE IS SOMEONE WHO SHOULD BE HELD IN HIGH REGARD. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE LIFE OF A YOUNG MAN WHO DEDICATES HIMSELF NOT ONLY TO BEING A GREAT HUSBAND, FATHER AND SON, BUT ALSO HAS DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO SERVE THE STUDENTS TO WHICH HE IS ASSIGNED. HE PUTS HEART AND SOUL INTO WHAT HE DOES. YOU AND I BOTH KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO FIND POSITIVE MALE ROLE MODELS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE DISTRICT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS FORTUNATE TO HAVE SOMEONE OF JONATHAN JONES' HIGH CHARACTER AS A MALE ROLE MODEL FOR THE STUDENTS HE TEACHES. PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO DO YOUR RESEARCH BEFORE THE WRONG DECISION IS MADE. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT YOU WILL FIND THAT MR. JONES DESERVES TO REMAIN IN THE CLASSROOM. HIS CURRENT AND FUTURE STUDENTS WILL THRIVE UNDER HIS TEACHING AND POSITIVE EXAMPLE. THE LIFE OF A YOUNG MAN, HIS FAMILY AND ALL OF THE STUDENTS HE HAS A CHANCE TO POSITIVELY INFLUENCE HANG IN THE BALANCE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT DECISION. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. YOAKUM.

>> HI, GOOD AFTERNOON. I'M MARY YOAKUM. I'M A PARENT AT BALLAST POINT ELEMENTARY. I'M ALSO HERE TO SPEAK IN REGARDS TO JONATHAN JONES AND THE SITUATION THAT'S OCCURRED WITH HIM AT SCHOOL. I HAVE BEEN A PARENT AT BALLAST POINT ELEMENTARY FOR NINE YEARS NOW. I HAVE SUBSTITUTED AT THE SCHOOL FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, NOT THIS CURRENT YEAR. I KNOW THIS MAN AS A CO-WORKER, AS A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY AND AS A TEACHER. MY SON IS IN EIGHTH GRADE NOW AND EXPERIENCED HIM AS A TEACHER. MY DAUGHTER'S IN FIFTH GRADE NOW AND HAD HIM AS A HOME ROOM TEACHER. THE LOVE THAT SHE HAS EXPERIENCED FOR EDUCATION THIS YEAR, THE CONFIDENCE SHE HAS BEEN BUILDING WITH INSIDE HER SHE HAVE YEAR, I HAVE NOT SEEN. ON DECEMBER 14th, HE WAS REMOVED FROM THE CLASSROOM AND, UM -- I'M SORRY, I GOT OFF MY NOTES, HE DOES HIS JOB EXTREMELY WELL. HE IS A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHER WHO HAS CREATED THE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT THAT FOSTERS LEARNING AND RESPECT. HE HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF DOING SOMETHING HE DIDN'T DO. I BELIEVE THAT'S BEING TREATED UNFAIRLY. I HAVE SPOKE WITH HIS FAMILY ON THIS MATTER. THEY BELIEVE HE IS BEING TREATED UNFAIRLY. HE IS BEING UNFAIRLY ACCUSED AND IT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT OCCURRED ONE-TIME SITUATION, WHICH DID HE NOT DO. I ASK YOU TO PLEASE REVIEW THE SITUATION, LOOK INTO IT FURTHER AND SEE, I HAVE NEVER KNOWN THIS MAN TO BE ANYTHING MORE BUT INTEGRITY. HE DEMONSTRATES THAT FOR THE KIDS EVERY DAY IN THE CLASSROOM. THE LOSS THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED WITH HIM NOT BEING IN THE CLASSROOM IS TREMENDOUS. THIS DECISION HAS AFFECTED 58 FIFTH GRADERS, ALL THE FIFTH GRADER AT BALLAST POINT ELEMENTARY, THEY ARE IN A CLASSROOM MUCH LARGER THAN 18 -- EXCUSE ME, 22 CHILDREN, AS THE CLASS SIZE AMENDMENT DICTATES. WE ARE MOVING INTO SUCH A CRITICAL PART OF THEIR LIFE WHERE THEY ARE ADJUSTING AND BECOMING PREPARED FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL. THEY ARE FACING THE FSA TESTING. THERE'S SO MUCH STRESS THAT THESE CHILDREN ARE EXPERIENCING. AND TO HAVE THIS HAPPEN, FOR THE CHILDREN, IS JUST NOT FAIR. AND HE DIDN'T DO IT. SO, I ASK, PLEASE, PLEASE REVIEW THE SITUATION BEFORE A MISTAKE IS MADE. HE IS A WONDERFUL ROLE MODEL TO HAVE IN THE CLASSROOM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. I'M GONNA CALL THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS UP. MS. KATE GRANTHAM AND MS. ELIZABETH BOLLANT AND MS. ANN JENKINS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME ADDRESS THE BOARD TODAY. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, WELCOME TO THE NEW ROLE IN A CHALLENGING AND LARGE DISTRICT. MY NAME AGAIN IS KATE GRANTHAM. I HAVE TWO CHILDREN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. ONE AT THE EXCEPTIONAL CENTER, SHE WILL BE THERE A WHILE, ONE AT BALLAST POINT. REASON FOR BEING HERE TODAY IS ALSO ON BEHALF OF JONATHAN JONES. MR. JONES HAS HAD SUCH A GREAT IMPACT ON MY SON, KEVIN. HAVING A CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, ONE LOSES A LITTLE BIT OF FOCUS, YOU KNOW, IN BEING ABLE TO DO BOTH, TAKE CARE OF BOTH. AND KEVIN IS AN AVERAGE STUDENT. KEVIN HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TUTOR WITH MR. JONES. THERE WAS, YOU KNOW, ONE THING THAT GOT HIM EXCITED, WELL, TWO THINGS THAT GOT HIM EXCITED FOR FIFTH GRADE. THE FIRST WAS MR. JONES AS A TEACHER, THE SECOND GRADE WAS THE FIFTH GRADE BANQUET. HE DIDN'T GET MR. JONES AS HIS PRIMARY TEACHER, HOWEVER, HE DID GET SOME TUTORING EXPERIENCE WITH MR. JONES. THE PAST FOUR WEEKS, MR. JONES HAS TUTORED KEVIN, HIS GRADES IN MATH ALONE HAVE GONE FROM A 70 TO A 90. SO, HE HAS HAD A HUGE IMPACT ON MY SON, MY FAMILY. HIS SUCCESS RATE WITH THE STUDENTS IN HIS CLASS ON A DAILY BASIS, THE PEOPLE THAT GET HIM FULL TIME, IMAGINE WHAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH. I ECHO MARY'S COMMENTS ON THE FACT THAT WE WENT FROM A DECENT-SIZED CLASSROOM RATIO TO AN OVERFLOW CLASS. SO, I REALLY URGE YOU TO REVIS SILT HIS CIRCUMSTANCE. DON'T YOU AGREE THAT OUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION SHOULD BE THE HIGHEST PRIORITY? THIS WHOLE INCIDENT WAS BASED ON A CONTINUING EDUCATION, YOU KNOW, PROTOCOL THAT YOU HAVE TO DO. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE WAY HE TEACHES AND THE WAY HE AFFECTS OUR CHILDREN. I'M TOLD THAT'S BEING TARGETED AND ACCUSED OF SOMETHING THAT HE'S NOT. IT'S A ONE-TIME INCIDENT. I CHALLENGE YOU, AS A BOARD, TO REVISIT HIS CASE. HE IS AN EXCEPTIONAL TEACHER. GREAT TRACK RECORD. WE STAND STRONG IN OUR SCHOOLS WITH ANTI-BULLYING FOR OUR KIDS. I THINK WE SHOULD STAND STRONG ABOUT ANTI-BULLYING FOR OUR TEACHERS AND I FEEL THAT MR. JONES IS BEING BULLIED. THANK YOU. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. BOLIN.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, I RESPECTFULLY ADDRESS THE BOARD. I'M TALKING TO YOU ALSO ABOUT MR. JONES, WHICH IS ITEM 402 IN YOUR INSTRUCTIONAL HR SECTION. I HAVE A DOCTORATE DEGREE AND HAVE HAD A LONG AND SUCCESSFUL CAREER BUT I CREDIT A GREAT PART OF THAT, FIRST TO MY PARENTS, AND SECONDLY, SURPRISINGLY ENOUGH TO SOME EARLY YEARS JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS. MS. WEST, WHO TAUGHT ME ENGLISH DIAGRAMMING AND MR. SANCHEZ, WHO TAUGHT MATH. THEY HAD AN IMPACT REACHING MUCH FURTHER AHEAD IN TIME THAN THEY COULD POSSIBLY KNOW. THEY JUST DIDN'T TEACH TOPICS, THEY TAUGHT ME HOW TO LEARN. WHEN I LEFT THEIR CLASSES, I FELT LIKE I COULD LEARN ANYTHING. I READ SOMEWHERE THAT TEACHING ISN'T -- THAT EDUCATION IS NOT ABOUT TEACHING, BUT ABOUT SETTING THE MIND ON FIRE. IF WE ARE LUCKY, IN OUR LIVES, WE MEET A FEW OF THOSE TEACHERS WHO SET US ON FIRE AND AFFECT THE COURSE OF OUR LIVES. MY SON'S BEEN ATTENDING BALLAST POINT ELEMENTARY SINCE KINDERGARTEN. HE IS NOW IN THE FIFTH GRADE. HE IS 11. WHILE HE HAS HAD MANY GOOD TEACHERS, HE NEVER LIKED SCHOOL VERY MUCH. PERHAPS IT IS BECAUSE HE HAD SOME BULLYING INCIDENTS AND CAME HOME WITH SKINNED KNEES AND TEARFUL EYES AND COMMENTS THAT WERE MEAN TO HIM. WE ALL KNOW CHILDREN CAN BE CRUEL. HOWEVER, IN THE FIFTH GRADE, SOMETHING CHANGED. HE BECAME EXCITED ABOUT SCHOOL. AND ASKED ME TO TAKE HIM TO SCHOOL EARLY SO HE COULD GOO GO INTO THE CLASSROOM AND READ. HIS TEACHER ALSO WENT INTO SCHOOL EARLY. HE BEGAN TO DO HIS HOMEWORK WITHOUT RESISTANCE. WOW. I WAS PLEASED, EVEN SHOCKED, AND I HAD TO MEET THE TEACHER THAT CHANGED MY SON'S ATTITUDE. HE CHANGE HIDE SON INTO A JOYFUL LEARNER. HIS TEACHER WAS MR. JONES. I FOUND MR. JONES TO BE ENGAGED, INTELLIGENT, KIND AND COMPASSIONATE, IN A VERY THOUGHTFUL WAY. I WAS IMPRESSED. HE HAD INSPIRED MY SON TO NOT ONLY DO MORE BUT TO BE MORE. MR. JONES HAS THAT CHARISMA, THAT CERTAIN MAGIC, THAT PASSION OF CURIOSITY OF TEACHERS WHO OPEN DOORS IN YOUR MIND. I THINK YOU ALL KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. MR. JONES GOT IT ABOUT THE EMPOWERMENT OF OTHERS AND EVEN THESE LITTLE KIDS COULD FEEL IT. IT SEEMS THAT YOU HERE ON THIS BOARD BECAUSE YOU ALSO HAVE A PASSION FOR THE FIRE OF EDUCATION. IT SEEMS THAT SINCE YOUR PRIME DIRECTIVE IS TO ENABLE AND ENCOURAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING ABOVE ALL ELSE, ABOVE ALL THE ADMINISTRATIVE PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES IS THE FIRE OF A TURNED ON YOUNG MIND. IT SEEMS THAT YOU COULD OVERLOOK ANY NEGATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS BY YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF ABOUT MR. JONES BY THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW HIM OR OBSERVE HIS EFFECT ON HIS PUPILS. YOU COULD RECOGNIZE THAT'S A GIFTED TEACHER, WHICH IS WHAT TEACHING AND LEARNING IS ALL ABOUT. YOU COULD PUT HIM BACK IN THE CLASSROOM WHERE HE BELONGS. I ASK YOU, WE ASK YOU, PLEASE PUT MR. JONES BACK IN THE CLASSROOM AND THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO US, YOUR CONSTITUENTS. >April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS. JENKINS AND THEN THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE GONNA BE CHRISTINA COSTA, VALERIE JONES AND RICHARD O'BRIEN AND THEN WE HAVE ONE MORE, REBECCA MITCHELL. WELCOME, MS. JENKINS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. ANN JENKINS. RETIRED UNITED STATES AIR FORCE. I'M OUT IN THE COMMUNITY EVERY DAY. BACK IN NOVEMBER, I CAME TO THIS BOARD TO CONGRATULATE MS. DORETHA EDGECOMB FOR BECOMING THE CHAIRPERSON. WELL, THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN. NOW, I NEED YOU ALL TO KNOW SOMETHING. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THESE KIDS ARE WATCHING THE UGLY THINGS THAT GOES ON HERE. WE HAVE FOUR WOMEN THAT STICK TOGETHER, THEY GO OUT AND THEY HAVE DINNER, LUNCH OR WHATEVER, AND THEY MAKE THEY DECISION WITHOUT TAKING THE OTHER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WITH THEM. THAT'S WHAT'S GOING ON. AND THEY ARE THE FOUR THAT COMES IN AND THEY -- WHEN THEY COME IN, THEY HAVE THEY VOTE, NO DOUBT IN MY MIND. IF TWO OF -- OF THESE YOUNG LADIES ON THE BOARD VOTE FOR MR. JONES, AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW HIM, THE OTHER FOUR WILL VOTE AGAINST THEM. THERE'S A LOT THAT YOU ALL DON'T KNOW. I DO A LOT OF RESEARCH. I'VE CAME DOWN HERE AND I HAVE ASKED QUESTIONS. NONE OF MY QUESTIONS HAS BEEN ANSWERED. AND I WILL NOT LEAVE HERE UNTIL THEY ARE ALL ANSWERED. SO, THAT MEANS YOU-ALL GONNA HAVE ME FOR A LONG TIME. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT ROBERT ROUSSEAU OR MAYBE Y'ALL MAYBE Y'ALL NEED TO TEACH ME ABOUT ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER, BECAUSE WHEN I WAS HERE IN NOVEMBER, IT DIDN'T GO RIGHT. BUT NOBODY ANSWERED MY QUESTIONS. IT SEEMS LIKE THERE'S A FIGHT AMONGST THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. OUR KIDS ARE LOOKING AT THAT. OUR KIDS NEED YOU. BUT YOU DON'T CARE. WE GONNA HAVE TO DO SOMETHING TO SPLIT THOSE FOUR LADIES UP, BECAUSE THEY HAVE DONE SOME AWFUL, AWFUL THINGS. AND WE GONNA HAVE TO SPLIT YOU UP. I'M SORRY. THAT'S ALL I HAD TO SAY TODAY AND I HOPE AND PRAY FOR MR. JONES, BECAUSE IF IT COMES OUT THAT WAY, YOU WILL SEE THAT THE FOUR LADIES IS VOTED AGAINST IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. JENKINS. MS. ACOSTA.

>> GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK IN ANTICIPATION OF THE STUDENT SAFETY VIDEOS YOU WILL SOON SEE. I'M CHRISTINE ACOSTA, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF WALK BIKE TAMPA, THE CITIZENS ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION STRIVING TO MAKE TAMPA A SAFER PLACE. AND WE WISH TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD FOR SUPPORTING THIS INITIATIVE, THIS IMPORTANT INITIATIVE TO BRING ATTENTION TO EDUCATION FOR MAKING SURE THAT STUDENTS CAN WALK AND BIKE AND GET TO SCHOOL SAFELY ON OUR ROADWAY SYSTEM. I REMIND YOU OF THE RESOLUTION THAT YOU PASSED IN DECEMBER CALLED VISION ZERO AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THIS, TODAY'S PROGRAM THAT YOU'RE GONNA SEE, AS A MEANS TO CONTINUE THE PURSUIT OF SAFER ROADWAYS FOR OUR CHILDREN AND ALL OF OUR CITIZENS. SOME OF THE MOST FREQUENTLY USED TECHNIQUES BY VISION ZERO CITIES IN THE UNITED STATES AND AROUND THE WORLD TO IMPROVE SAFETY, ESPECIALLY AROUND SCHOOLS, INCLUDE THE REDUCTION OF SPEEDS. THAT WOULD BE THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT I WOULD URGE YOU TO PURSUE. IT'S NOT AS SIMPLE AS POSTING A CHANGE OF THE SPEED LIMIT. WE ALL KNOW, IF IT LOOKS AND FEELS LIKE A HIGHWAY, WE WILL DRIVE UPON IT AS IF IT WAS A HIGHWAY. MIDBLOCK CROSSINGS WILL BE VERY VALUABLE. A LOT OF TIMES WE DON'T USE CROSS WALKS WHEN THEY ARE AT AN INTERSECTION BECAUSE THERE'S SO MANY THINGS WE HAVE TO LOOK OUT FOR, WE ACTUALLY FEEL LESS SAFE. A WAY TO MAKE INTERSECTION CROSSWALKS SAFER IS TO ELIMINATE THE RIGHT ON RED FOR MOTORISTS. SO, JUST THREE IDEAS FOR YOU. I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE TALK TIME AND THE NEXT PERSON YOU WILL HEAR FROM IS VALERIE JONES, WHO IS THE MOTHER OF ALEXIS MIRANDA. THANK YOU. >April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS. JONES.

>> HELLO AND THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SPEAK. AS MS. ACOSTA SAID, MY NAME IS VALERIE JONES AND MY DAUGHTER WAS ALEXIS MIRANDA. SHE DIED GETTING HIT BY A CAR CROSSING THE STREET TO GO TO CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL IN OCTOBER. AND I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO THANK THE MPO FOR DOING THE EDUCATION VIDEOS. I THINK IT WAS A GREAT IDEA. I KNOW WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL, I ALWAYS LOOKED UP TO THIS -- THE OLDER STUDENTS AND I FEEL LIKE EDUCATION FROM OLDER STUDENTS TO THE YOUNGER STUDENTS IS A REAL KEY. I BELIEVE THAT THEY LOOK UP TO THE HIGH SCHOOLERS, YOU KNOW, AND MIDDLE SCHOOLERS AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLERS LOOK UP TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOLERS AND I BELIEVE BY THEM EDUCATING THEM, THEY WILL SEEM TO LISTEN A LITTLE BIT MORE AND NOT BE LECTURED. AND I SUPPORT VISION ZERO GREATLY. I DO BELIEVE, LIKE, A MIDBLOCK CROSSWALKS, THAT'S -- I MEAN, SOMETHING SIMPLE TO DO, AND, UM, KIDS, ESPECIALLY HIGH SCHOOLERS, WE THINK THAT THEY ARE MORE RESPONSIBLE BUT THEY ARE ALSO MORE FEARLESS. SO, IF THEY LOOK AND THEY SEE A CROSSWALK, THAT'S GONNA BE 1,000 YARDS UP, WHAT ARE THEY GONNA DO? MOST LIKELY, THEY ARE JUST GONNA CROSS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE BLOCK SO WHY NOT, YOU KNOW, PUT MORE UP. MAKE TRAFFIC SLOW DOWN. PEOPLE ARE IN A HURRY GOING TO WORK IN THE MORNING EVEN THOUGH THEY KNOW THAT IT'S A SCHOOL ZONE, IF IT'S NOT MARKED ONE BECAUSE IT'S A HIGH SCHOOL, WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO? THEY ARE GOING TO TRY TO TAKE THE EXTRA SECOND TO GET WHERE THEY NEED TO GO FASTER AND SOMETIMES, UNFORTUNATELY, IT CAUSES A DEATH LIKE IT DID WITH MY DAUGHTER. SO I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU GUYS FOR HEARING ME OUT AND THANK THE MPO AGAIN FOR THAT VIDEO CONTEST. THAT'S AWESOME. THANK YOU. >April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. RICHARD O'BRIEN.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I -- WHILE THIS SITUATION IS CERTAINLY NOT NEAR AS IMPORTANT AS THE SAFETY OF OUR KIDS, IT ALMOST DIMINISHES THIS A LITTLE BIT, BUT I'M HERE WITH THIS -- IN RELATION TO AN UPCOMING ISSUE YOU GUYS WILL BE VOTING ON WHICH IS THE STOWERS REZONING PLAN AND THERE HAVE BEEN PROPOSALS. THERE WAS AN ORIGINAL PROPOSAL BY THE COUNTY TO ESSENTIALLY REZONE THE KIDS TO TRY TO BALANCE ENROLLMENTS. AND I DID DO, YOU KNOW, SOME RESEARCH AND THERE -- IT WAS PRETTY CLEAR THAT STOWERS WAS ABOUT 9 OR 10% OVER CAPACITY AND THE SCHOOL RIGHT NEXT TO IT WAS ABOUT 45% UNDER CAPACITY. SO WHEN I KIND OF SAW THAT, IT MADE PRETTY SIMPLE SENSE WHAT YOU GUYS DID, PLANNING OVERALL. THE ONLY CAVEAT SEEMED TO BE THE GIFTED CENTER, WHICH WAS KIND OF POTENTIALLY COULD -- IF THAT WAS FULLY PUT INTO PLACE, COULD PUT THEM OVER CAPACITY IN BOYETTE SPRINGS. BUT THE REASON I'M HERE IS BECAUSE THERE WAS A LOT OF FIGHTING AMONG THE COMMUNITIES THAT WERE -- THAT WERE VERY CLOSE TO BOYETTE TO BE SHIFTED AND THEY WERE TRYING TO TAKE COMMUNITIES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FISHHAWK AREA AND THROW THEM OUTSIDE OF THAT SCHOOL, WHILE KEEPING THEIRS IN. AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE ESSENTIALLY WHAT WAS A COUNTERPETITION AND? THE ONLINE VERSION, WHICH THE NEXT SPEAKER ACTUALLY HAS HANDWRITTEN VERSIONS THAT IS GETTING CLOSE TO ABOUT 780 SIGNATURES, WHERE WE ACTUALLY SUPPORTED WHAT YOU GUYS WERE DOING. NOW, SINCE THEN, THE COUNTY HAS COME UP WITH AN UPDATED PLAN, WHICH KIND OF LOOKS LIKE A -- MAYBE A ONE-YEAR FIX. WHILE WE SUPPORT IT IN GENERAL, AND OUR COMMUNITY ACTUALLY MET LAST NIGHT, WHICH REPRESENTED ABOUT 360 HOMES, WHICH ONCE IT'S BUILT OUT, WILL BE ABOUT 545 HOMES, WE DO SUPPORT IT, IN GENERAL, THE SECOND PROPOSAL, BUT WE STILL MORE SUPPORT THE FIRST ONE BECAUSE IT WAS MORE OF A PERMANENT SOLUTION. NOW, OBVIOUSLY, MODIFICATIONS MAY HAVE TO BE DONE BECAUSE OF THE GIFTED PROGRAM, BUT IT ALMOST SEEMS LIKE THEY ARE MOVING SO FEW KIDS OUT OF STOWERS THIS NEXT YEAR, 'CAUSE THE GROWTH IS COMING IN SO QUICKLY, THAT THEY WILL ACTUALLY BE OVER CAPACITY NEXT YEAR, TOO. AND NUMBERS-WISE, ALTHOUGH THE NUMBERS ARE ONLY AS GOOD AS WHAT YOU GET AT THE TIME, IF THEY WERE TO MOVE JUST BOYETTE CREEK OVER AND LEAVE THE RURAL AREA FOR THE POTENTIAL OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C, THAT WOULD PUT BOYETTE SPRINGS AT APPROXIMATELY 100 TO 101%, WITH THE GIFTED PROGRAM. SO, WHILE WE DO SUPPORT THE ORIGINAL PLAN, IN GENERAL, WE WOULD PREFER IF MORE OF IT WAS MOVED QUICKER RATHER THAN PUSHING IT OFF A YEAR. THANK YOU. >April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. REBECCA MITCHELL AND THEN MS. DEBBIE HORSY.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MY NAME IS REBECCA MITCHELL. AS MR. O'BRIEN STATED WORK DOUGH LIVE IN THE CHANNING PARK COMMUNITY. I ALSO HAVE A SECOND GRADER WHO ATTENDS STOWERS. WHEN THE FIRST PROPOSAL CAME OUT, OUR COMMUNITY WAS IN AGREEMENT THAT WE DID STAY AT STOWERS BECAUSE OF OUR LOCATION AND BECAUSE OF WHEN THE COMMUNITY WAS BUILT UP AT THE SAME TIME THAT STOWERS WAS BUILT UP. NOW, WITH THE PROVIDED CHANGE THAT YOU-ALL HAVE PRESENTED, AGAIN, WE ARE STILL ON BOARD WITH THAT, BUT AS MR. O'BRIEN SAID, LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE, IT DOESN'T LOOK VERY CALM AS FAR AS THE TRANSITION. AS MR. O'BRIEN STATED, THERE HAS BEEN QUITE A BIT OF BICKERING BETWEEN COMMUNITIES WITHIN THE FISHHAWK, BOYETTE AND CHANNING AREA. I DO HAVE IN MY HAND, FROM MS. HIXON WHO IS NOT ABLE TO SPEAK TODAY, 600 SIGNATURES FROM THE STARLING COMMUNITY MAINTAIN THEM AT STOWERS, EXCUSE ME AND I ALSO HAVE AN ADDITIONAL NEARLY 100 HANDWRITTEN SIGNATURES ON TOP OF WHAT OUR PET BROUGHT TO KEEP US AT STOWERS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE POSITION YOU'RE IN IS A VERY DIFFICULT ONE BECAUSE YOU CANNOT APPEASE EVERYONE. BUT WHAT WE DO HOPE THAT IN THE NEXT FUTURE, AS FAR AS 2017-2018 GOES, FOR THOSE REZONING DISTRICTS, THAT THEY LOOK AT ALL COMMUNITIES, NOT JUST BOYETTE OR CHANNING PARK. THERE IS FISHHAWK THAT ALSO NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT AS FAR AS THOSE SCHOOLS. WE DO ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT THE SCHOOLS THAT HAVE BEEN BUILT ARE NOT NECESSARILY FOR THOSE SPECIFIC COMMUNITIES. THEY ARE COUNTY SCHOOLS. SO THEY DO NEED TO BE LOOKED AT AS A WHOLE VERSUS WELL BECAUSE THEY LIVE IN FISHHAWK, THEY GET THESE TWO SCHOOLS. AS AN OUTSIDER, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THAT AND THROW UP THE ARGUMENT IN REGARDS TO THEY ARE COUNTY SCHOOLS. SO WE -- WHILE WE DO ACCEPT AND AGREEMENT WITH THE CURRENT PROPOSAL, WE JUST HOPE THAT IN THE NEAR FUTURE, YOU LOOK AT ALL COMMUNITIES, NOT JUST THOSE TWO SPECIFIC ONES. THANK YOU. >April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WELCOME.

>> HI. I'M SORRY FOR NOT SIGNING IN CORRECTLY AND I THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SPEAK ANYWAY. MY NAME IS DEBBIE HORSY AND I ALSO AM A PARENT AT BALLAST POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH A STUDENT IN THE FIFTH GRADE. I'M SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF MR. JONES AS WELL. YOU'VE ALL HEARD FROM MY FELLOW FAMILY MEMBERS WHAT A GREAT MAN OF INTEGRITY MR. JONES IS. MR. JONES HAS BROUGHT OUT SOME OF THE BETTER QUALITIES IN MY SON AS WELL. HE TUTORS HIM ONCE A WEEK AND HAS BEEN DOING SO FOR SEVERAL MONTHS NOW. WHAT I WANT TO REITERATE TO YOU IS THAT I'M NOT SURE THAT THE INVESTIGATION THAT LED TO HIM BEING REMOVED FROM THE CLASSROOM WAS CONDUCTED FAIRLY OR REVIEWED PROPERLY. I URGE FOR YOU, WHEN MAKING YOUR DECISION, AND I WILL KEEP IT SHORT AND SWEET, TO REVIEW THE FACTS AND MAKE SURE THAT SOMEBODY DID ACTUALLY REVIEW THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND WHAT IS GOING TO BE DONE. AS YOU HEARD FROM SOMEBODY PREVIOUSLY, WE AREN'T PRIVY TO ANY OF THE INFORMATION. I DON'T BELIEVE MR. JONES IS COMPLETELY PRIVY TO THE -- TO ALL OF THE INFORMATION HELD AGAINST HIM EITHER. AND I DON'T WHETHER HE WAS EVER OFFERED A CHANCE TO RESPOND OR DEFEND HIMSELF. IT SEEMS TO ME, IF WE WANT TO SET A GOOD EXAMPLE FOR OUR CHILDREN THAT WE WOULD ALLOW THAT TO BE DONE. HAVING SAID THAT, IF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU IS NOT 100% SURE THAT HE SHOULD YOU CAN REMOVED FROM HIS CLASSROOM, I URGE THAT YOU LET HIM GO BACK AND FINISH THE YEAR WITH OUR STUDENTS. THANKS. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT CONCLUDES OUR AUDIENCE COMMENTS. WE ARE NOW INTO OUR AGENDA. AS WE SPOKE BEFORE, WE ARE GONNA BE MOVING SOME ITEMS UP ON THE AGENDA TO ACCOMMODATE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT HAVE COME TO ADDRESS CERTAIN AGENDA ITEMS. THE ITEMS MOVED UP ARE INFORMATION ITEM C 1002 AND C 1003. AND BECAUSE OF THE TIME, WE ARE GOING TO MOVE 1003 UP TO THE VERY TOP, AND THIS IS THE SWIM SAFETY INITIATIVE PROGRAM FOR THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HEAD START PROGRAM AND TRACYE BROWN, ASSISTANT ASSUME OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS. WELCOME.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS VERY SPECIAL INITIATIVE THAT WE ARE AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN. TODAY, WE WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE SWIM SAFETY INITIATIVE PROGRAM FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS' HEAD START PROGRAM. AND I WOULD LIKE TO CALL FORWARD THREE SPEAKERS WHO WILL ADDRESS US TONIGHT. CHUCK BURR JERKS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BRANDON SPORTS AND AQUATICS CENTER, ALONG WITH COMMISSIONER KEN HAGAN, DISTRICT 5, BOB HENRIQUEZ, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER AND HIS WIFE, CARRIE. IF THEY WOULD COME FORWARD, PLEASE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD EVENING, HOW WE DOING TONIGHT? THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. WE ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT THE INITIATIVE OF THE YOUTH PREVENTION AND LEARNING TO SWIM WITH THE HEAD START PROGRAM. THIS STARTED LAST YEAR, I'M GOING TO LET COMMISSIONER HANG AND BOB HENRIQUEZ AND HIS WIFE, CARRIE, TO TALK ABOUT THAT I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP THOUGH BETWEEN THE ENTITIES THAT REALLY DEDICATED THEIR ORGANIZATIONS AND A LOT OF THE LEADERSHIP THERE TO PREVENTING DROWNINGS IN OUR COMMUNITY. IT IS THE NUMBER ONE KILLER OF OUR CHILDREN 4 AND UNDER IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO DROWN IS ABOUT 300 TIMES LARGER IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA THAN ANY OTHER STATE. SO, MUCH-NEEDED ATTENTION, EXPOSURE TO THE NEED FOR LEARNING TO SWIM AND SO, A PARTNERSHIP WAS FORMED, THE WHY MC As, THE CITY OF TAMPA, TEMPLE TERRACE AND THE BRANDON SPORTS AND AQUATIC CENTER CAME TOGETHER TO TEACHER OF 1,000 HEAD START CHILDREN IN THE COUNTY THIS PAST YEAR, AS A PILOT PROGRAM. AND SO, WE WANT TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM. WE HAD SO MUCH SUCCESS WITH T EXCITED ABOUT WORKING WITH THE BOARD OF COMMUNICATIONS PARKS AND REC AND RICK VALDEZ AND LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO MAKE IT AN EVEN BIGGER IMPACT. SO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

>> WELL, GOOD AFTERNOON. IT'S A REAL HONOR FOR ME TO BE HERE IN FRONT OF -- IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND I JUST WANT TO THANK THE SCHOOL DISTRICT? FOR PARTNERING WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ON THIS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE. UNFORTUNATELY, AS CHUCK STATED, THE STATE OF FLORIDA LEADS THE NATION IN DROWNING DEATHS AMONG OUR YOUTH. AND THIS WAS HIGHLIGHTED MEMORIAL DAY 2014 WHEN THREE CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY DROWNED. THIS TOUCHED THE HEART OF CARRIE AND BOB HENRIQUEZ AND THEY CAME TO ME AND WE MET AND ASKED IF THERE WAS ANYTHING THE COUNTY COULD DO TO HELP REALLY ERADICATE THIS PROBLEM IN OUR COMMUNITY. AS THE FATHER OF TWO YOUNG CHILDREN, I WAS IMMEDIATELY INTERESTED IN HELPING. I DID A LITTLE RESEARCH AND FOUND OUT IN THE PAST, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAD SET ASIDE FUNDING FOR SWIMMING LESSONS AND DROWNING PREVENTION, WITH THE DROWN TURN, THE ECONOMY, WE STOPPED FUNDING THAT. WE IMMEDIATELY WENT TO WORK AND REACHED OUT TO MANY PARTNERS, AS CHUCK ALLUDED TO, WITH THE CITY OF TAMPA, TEMPLE TERRACE, THE YMCA, BRANDON SPORTS AND AQUATICS. AND REALLY GOT THEM INVOLVED, GOT THEM ENGAGED AND DECIDED THAT -- REALLY MADE THE MOST SENSE TO OFFER THE PROGRAM TO THOSE THAT WERE AT SIGNIFICANT RISK. AND THAT WAS OUR HEAD START PROGRAM. SO I BROUGHT IT TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. OUR BOARD APPROVED THE FUNDING AND THE PROGRAM. IT WAS EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL, OVER 1,000 CHILDREN BEING INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM. INTERESTED IN EXPANDING IT. AT THAT TIME, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER CINDY STUART WAS INTERESTED IN THE PROGRAM AND EXPANDING IT THROUGH THE DISTRICT'S HEAD START PROGRAM. SO, I WANT TO THANK CINDY FOR HER LEADERSHIP AND I HAVE HAD THE HONOR OF CHAMPIONING MANY PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES IN MY TIME IN OFFICE, BUT THIS ONE'S SPECIAL BECAUSE SIMPLY PUT, IT WILL SAVE LIVES. AND SO I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU AND THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR PARTNERING WITH US ON THIS PROGRAM. AND AGAIN, AS A FATHER OF TWO YOUNG CHILDREN IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO TO EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. SO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE PARTNERSHIP.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. IT'S CERTAINLY A PLEASURE TO BE HERE AND SPEAK ABOUT AN INITIATIVE AND A PARTNERSHIP THAT WE FORMED TO ADDRESS A SERIOUS NEED AND ISSUE IN OUR COMMUNITY. YOU MAY ASK WHY IS THE PROPERTY APPRAISER HERE TALKING ABOUT THIS ISSUE, BUT REALLY, THIS DOESN'T HAVE TO DO WITH OUR OFFICE IN PARTICULAR BUT IT REALLY HAD -- HAD TO DO WITH THE FACT THAT OUR LIVES WERE TOUCHED IN AN INDIRECT -- INDIRECT WAY BY THE DROWNING OF A YOUNG MAN IN OUR SON'S CLASS RIGHT HERE ACROSS THE STREET AT RAMPELLO. IT IS INTERESTING IN THE ABSTRACT, A FORMER LIFE, WHEN I WAS WORKING FOR THE DEPARTMENT AND FAMILIES, RUN A LARGE AGENCY AND YOU HEAR ABOUT ALL THE HORRIBLE THINGS THAT GO ON FROM TIME TO TIME IN PEOPLE'S FAMILIES BUT YOU'RE ALWAYS SORT OF ONCE REMOVED. BUT WHEN I HEARD THAT THIS YOUNG MAN THAT I WOULD SEE LITERALLY ON DAILY BASIS WHEN I DROPPED MY SON OFF AT SCHOOL, THAT I WOULD SEE MY SON PLAY WITH AND HUG AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW, MY SON'S BEING COUNSELED BY A GRIEF COUNSELOR, IT TOUCHED US AND REALLY, IN PARTICULAR, TOUCH HIDE WIFE AND SHE HAS MORE TO DO WITH THIS THAN I DO BECAUSE SHE SAID, WE HAVE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT. THIS YOU KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE, LET'S DO SOMETHING. I SAID, WELL, YOU KNOW AS MANY AS I DO, SO, LET'S GO TOGETHER. AND WITH THE HELP OF COMMISSIONER HAGAN, OBVIOUSLY, MS. STUART AND SO MANY OTHERS HAVE WORKED ON THIS INITIATIVE TOGETHER AND WE -- IF 1,000 HAVE BEEN HELPED AS A RESULT OF THIS, WE MAY HAVE ACTUALLY PREVENTED DROWNINGS, WE DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT WE ALREADY HAVE. THERE ARE MANY MORE THOUSANDS THAT NEED TO. I WILL TELL THAT YOU OUR OFFICE HAS BEEN VERY INVOLVED IN THIS. I HAVE A VERY GENEROUS OFFICE AND I'M VERY OF MY TEAM. THEY HAVE COLLECTED HUNDREDS OF SWIMSUITS TO DONATE TO THOSE THAT MAY NOT HAVE THOSE THAT ARE PART OF THIS PROGRAM AND WE PLAN TO CONTINUE TO DO SO. WITH THAT, I WILL INTRODUCE MY WIFE, CARRIE, AND SHE IS REALLY THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND THIS THE SPIRIT OF MY LIFE AND THE SPIRIT BEHIND THIS EFFORT, SO, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HAVING US HERE TODAY. THE END RESULT IS FANTASTIC, BUT THE WAY THIS BEGAN WAS REALLY, REALLY, REALLY HEARTBREAKING, I'M SORRY. IT IS STILL A LITTLE EMOTIONAL. OUR SON, DREW, WAS IN KINDERGARTEN AT RAMPELLO AND HIS CLASSMATE, TORI DAVIS, PASSED ON MOTHER'S DAY WEEKEND IN 2014. WE GOT A PHONE CALL AROUND LUNCH THAT MONDAY MORNING THAT -- AUTHORIZING GRIEF COUNSELORS TO TALK TO THE KIDS, FOR KINDERGARTNERS. GRIEF COUNSELORS. AND I WAS SO THANKFUL FOR THE SUPPORT FROM THE DISTRICT AND GETTING THE FOLKS OUT THERE, BECAUSE IT MADE A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE, TRYING TO EXPLAIN WHERE TORI IS. AND MY SON, WHEN I PICKED HIM UP FROM SCHOOL THAT DAY AND THE GRIEF DOWNERS DID A WONDERFUL JOB, WHEN I PICKED HIM UP, HE SAID, MOMMY, TORI IS NOT GOING TO COME BACK TO CLASS. AND I SAID, I KNOW, DREW, I'M REALLY SORRY. AND HE SAID, BUT HE IS SWIMMING WITH GOD NOW. AND -- AFTER THE WATER WORKS AND EXCUSE ME, SORRY ABOUT THAT AGAIN, BUT AFTER THE WATER WORKS, WE REALLY JUST KIND OF DUG DEEP AND THOUGHT WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NEXT? THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THAT WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO NEXT? AND COMMISSIONER HAGAN HAS BEEN AMAZING AND WONDERFUL AND THE PARTNERSHIPS WITH BSAC AND THE Y AND THE CITY OF TAMPA AND TEMPLE TERRACE AND NOW HEAD START, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH, BUT I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T INTRODUCE MS. FERN DORSEY, THAT IS TORI'S GRANDMOTHER AND A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL LADY, PART OF THE RAMPELLO FAMILY, SHE IS AMAZING AND, YOU KNOW, I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT HER. AND ALSO PRINCIPAL LIZ UPPERCUE COULDN'T BE HERE BECAUSE OF AN EMERGENCY WITH HER FAMILY BUT HER WONDERFUL ASSIST TANT PRINCIPAL IS IN THE BACK AS IS THE LEAD TEACHER AND WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THE PARTNERSHIP. TO THAN NOTE, I WILL ROLL UP THE WATER WORKS, BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANKS AGAIN AND REALLY, IF WE HAVE SAVED ONE LIFE, WE HAVE SAVED 1,000 LIVES. WE MAY NOT KNOW, BUT MY GOODNESS, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE LADIES IN PUBLIC COMMENT SAID, YOU KNOW, THE YOUNGER KIDS LOOK UP TO THE OLDER KIDS AND WHEN SOMEBODY SEES THEIR BIG BROTHER LEARNING TO SWIM, WELL, THEY MIGHT BE A LITTLE BIT SCARED, BUT THEY ARE LEARNING TO SWIM, TOO, THEY ARE GONNA MODEL AFTER THAT CHILD. AND THAT'S GOOD KIND OF MODELING. WE LIKE THAT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] >April Griffin: THANK YOU AND ARE WE GOING TO BE SEEING VIDEO AS WELL?

>> YES, WE DO HAVE A VIDEO. AND WHILE THE VIDEO IS BEING CUED, I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO INTRODUCE A FEW OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. TORI'S FAMILY. WE HAVE WITH US, ALONG WITH MS. FERN DORSEY, TORI'S GRANDMOTHER, WE HAVE CYNTHIA DORSEY AND SAVANNAH DORSEY, HIS AUNTS, ALONG WITH HIS GREAT-GRANDMOTHER, MS. LILY TOOMS. [ APPLAUSE ] WE ALSO HAVE A COUPLE OF OTHER GUESTS HERE WITH US TODAY, RICK VALDEZ FROM THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION, PEGGY LENNY FROM THE AQUATICS PROGRAM AT CITY OF TAMPA PARKS AND RECREATION. AND NOW WE WILL GET TO THE VIDEO.

>> RIGHT HERE, EVERYBODY. THAT WAS GREAT. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE RECOGNIZING A FEW OTHER FOLKS, IF YOU CAN STAND UP, IF YOU ARE IN THE AUDIENCE, FOLKS WHO ARE ALSO GOING TO CONTINUE HELPING TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. AND I WILL SAY AGAIN, RICK VALDEZ, OPERATIONS MANAGER, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION, PEGGY LENNY, SUPERVISOR, AQUATICS PROGRAMMING, CITY OF TAMPA, PARKS AND RECREATION, DAWN WILLIAMS, AQUATICS SUPERVISOR, CITY OF TEMPLE TERRACE, AMANDA WALKER, AQUATICS EXECUTIVE, TAMPA METROPOLITAN AREA YMCA, THERESA HICKEY, AQUATICS DIRECTOR, BRANDON SPORTS AND AQUATICS CENTER, DR. JACQUELINE JENKINS, BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, HEAD START DIVISION DIRECTOR, AND MS. EMMA McFADDEN, OUR OWN SUPERVISOR OF HEAD START AND ERIN PORTER, HEAD START FACILITIES AND SAFE ENVIRONMENTS MANAGER. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. AGO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS. STUART? >Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU AND I JUST HAVE TO THANK, AGAIN, THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION FOR TAKING THIS PROJECT UNDER THEIR WING AND EXPANDING IT TO 500 OF OUR STUDENTS. COMMISSIONER HAGAN AND I TALKED ABOUT THIS A LONG TIME AGO WHEN THIS FIRST STARTED AND RICK VALDEZ AND HIS TEAM AND THE TEAM OF PARTNERS THAT ARE FROM THE DIFFERENT AREA POOLS HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND. THERE'S ONE PERSON THAT WE DIDN'T MENTION HERE AND IT'S OUR COO, CHRIS FARKAS AND OUR TEAM, AND I KNOW HE IS TO YOU THE OF THE ROOM. BUT CHRIS FARKAS AND HIS TEAM, AS WELL AS EVELYN AND HER TEAM, HAVE GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKE SURE THAT TRANSPORTATION HAPPENS FOR EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THESE KIDS TO GET THEM TO AND FROM THE POOLS. THE COORDINATION OF EFFORTS, IF YOU CAN IMAGINE, FROM OUR HEAD START FACILITIES TO POOL SITES TO GET THESE KIDS NOT ONLY THEIR TOES IN THE WATER, BUT A CLASSROOM SETTING, WHERE THEY ARE ACTUALLY LEARNING ABOUT WATER SAFETY, HAS JUST BEEN -- I HAVE BEEN TO A COUPLE OF RICK'S MEETING WHERE THEY TALK ABOUT COORDINATION AND IT HAS BEEN A GRAND EFFORT ON ALL PARTS. SO, THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR EFFORTS. AND THANK YOU TO THE HENRIQUEZES FOR BEING HERE, I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE. I'M EXCITED TO SEE THE KICKOFF OF THIS EVENT AND SEE WHAT KIND OF NUMBERS WE COME BACK WITH FOR PHASE TWO. SO, THANK YOU. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. EDGECOMB. >Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. I THINK WE ALL UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF LEARNING HOW TO SWIM, ESPECIALLY IF YOU LIVE IN FLORIDA. IT IS ALSO -- IT IS A THAT I DID IS LIFE SAVING BUT IT IS ALSO A LIFE-LONG SKILL THAT WE ALL NEED TO KNOW HOW TO DO. THANK YOU AGAIN AND MAY I ADD MY CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU FOR THIS WONDERFUL INITIATIVE. I HAVE SEEN SOMETHING SIMILAR WITH OUR CHILDREN'S BOARD AND THE KINDS OF THINGS THEY HAVE DONE OVER THE PAST SUMMER TO ENSURE THOSE SAME KIND OF EXPERIENCES FOR CHILDREN THROUGHOUT THE -- OUR COUNTY. AND THE FACT OF PROVIDING A VIDEOTAPE TO HOMEOWNERS WHO ARE BUILDING NEW HOUSES OR SWIMMING POOL SO THEY UNDERSTAND ABOUT SAFETY AS OWNERS OF POOLS, WHICH IS SECONDARY TO THIS HAVING KIDS LEARN HOW TO SWIM IS FIRST ITS MOST IMPORTANT THING. AS WE TALK ABOUT TOUCHING THE LIVES OF CHILDREN AND PROVIDING SKILLS, I HOPE YOU MIGHT CONSIDER THE VALUE OF PERHAPS HAVING THE PARENTS OR THE SIGNIFICANT ADULT IN THOSE CHILDREN'S LIFE SPEND SOME TIME MAYBE AT THE POOL, BUT IN A SETTING WHERE THEY, TOO, KNOW HOW THEY NEED TO RESPOND IN CASE OF AN INCIDENT OR AN ACCIDENT, GIVING THEM SOME TIPS, HAVING OUR CHILDREN LEARN HOW TO SWIM IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL, BUT IT'S THE ADULTS WHO WE LOOK TO FOR PROVIDING SAFETY AND SUPPORT AND BEING KNOWLEDGEABLE, THERE MIGHT BE JUST THE WAY TO CONSIDER AS PART OF THIS PILOT OR EXPANDING IT, HOW DO WE TOUCH THE ADULT IN THE LIVES OF THOSE CHILDREN SO THEY KNOW HOW TO RESPOND OR TO REACT IF THEY ARE EVER, UNFORTUNATELY, WOULD BE AN ACCIDENT OR INCIDENT. WE CAN'T SAY ENOUGH ABOUT WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE EVERY CHILD IS SO IMPORTANT. AND THE LIVES OF THOSE CHILDREN REALLY DEPEND ON HOW WELL WE PREPARE THEM AND THE KINDS OF EXPERIENCES THAT WE PROVIDE FOR THEM. AND SO, THIS INITIATIVE BETWEEN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE COUNTY -- COUNTY IS ONE THAT WE CAN ALL CELEBRATE IN, 'CAUSE ONE LIFE SAVED REALLY IS SIGNIFICANT AS 100 LIVES BEING SAVED. SO, WE LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING THE FEEDBACK AND IF YOU WOULD CONSIDER MAYBE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW DO WE INVOLVE THE ADULTS IN THE LIVES OF THESE CHILDREN IN THIS PILOT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. EDGECOMB. I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO REACH OUT TO PEOPLE AND TO PUSH THIS INITIATIVE FORWARD. I KNOW YOUR PASSION FOR THIS COMMUNITY, I KNOW ALL OF Y'ALL'S PASSION FOR THIS COMMUNITY. SO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE TIME AND COMMITMENT THAT YOU'VE GIVEN TO THIS AND THANK YOU FOR COMING TODAY. WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE. THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND NOW, MOVING ALONG, THE NEXT ITEM IS GOING TO BE MEMBER STUART IS GOING TO SHOW US A VIDEO FOR THE MPO CONTEST WINNERS. >Cindy Stuart: ACTUALLY, I AM GOING TO CALL GINA TORRES TO THE PODIUM AND SHE IS GOING TO INTRODUCE THE WINNERS OF THE VIDEO AND SHOW THE VIDEO AND COUNCILWOMAN MON TELL LEONE IS HERE FOR THIS PRESENTATION AS WELL AND I BELIEVE SANDY MURMAN WAS HERE AND HAD TO LEAVE.

>> THAT'S RIGHT. THANK YOU, GINA TORRES, MPO STAFF, I JUST WANT TO GIVE A LITTLE CONTEXT THERE'S JUST A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE AND PROGRAMS, LOCAL AND STATE AND TRY TO MAKE OUR ROADS SAFER AND THEY ARE DOING GREAT JOBS, NEVER KNOW HOW MANY LIVES THEY SAVE, BUT A NUMBER OF BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES LAST YEAR, CONCERNED, MET AT THE MPO OFFICES AND WANTED TO COME ONE SOMETHING DIFFERENT WE HADN'T TRIED BEFORE TO MAKE IT EVEN SAFER FOR EVERYBODY USING OUR ROADWAYS. SO, WE SETTLED ON THE IDEA TO HOST A STUDENT TRAFFIC SAFETY VIDEO CONTEST. THE MESSAGES THAT WE GIVE AS ADULTS COULD BE EFFECTIVE BUT THEY ARE REALLY PROBABLY NOT AS EFFECTIVE, RESONATING WITH TEENAGERS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A TEENAGER, YOU PROBABLY KNOW THAT, THAN HAVING A PIER-TO-PEER KIND OF MESSAGE WE THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A GOOD WAY TO REACH THE KIDS. WITH THE HELP OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND CITY COUNCIL AND THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THE MPO BOARD AND OTHERS, THE CONTEST WAS KICKED OFF AND HAD A PRETTY SHORT TURN AROUND TIME BUT WE HAD 32 SUBMITTALS, 32 VIDEOS WERE SENT IN FOR THE CONTEST, THEY WERE REALLY GREAT AND THEY WERE FROM HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AROUND THE COUNTY. THE VIDEOS ARE 30 SECONDS OR SHORTER, SO THAT WAS ONE OF THE RULES. STUDENTS FROM THE HCC MEDIA PRODUCTIONS CLASS, THEY WERE -- ARE JUDGES SO WE USED THEM AS OUR -- KIND OF IMPARTIAL JUDGES, SO THEY JUDGED THE VIDEOS FOR US. I -- BEFORE WE INTRODUCE THE TWO VIDEOS IF LISA WOULD LIKE TO SAY ANYTHING, I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE A GOOD TIME AND THEN HAVE THE TWO VIDEOS SHOWN.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS, MADAM CHAIR, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO SPEAK TODAY AND FOR ALL OF THE HELP THAT YOUR STAFF PUT IN BECAUSE WE COME UP WITH THESE IDEAS ON HOW TO TACKLE BIG PROBLEMS, BUT IT'S THE PEOPLE THOUGHT IN THE FIELD WHO CARRY OUT THE MISSION. AND, YOU KNOW, ADDING SOMETHING TO THE PLATE OF A TEACHER IS NOT SOMETHING WE LIKE TO DO BECAUSE THEY ARE SO BUSY ALREADY. BUT FLORIDA IS THE NUMBER ONE DEADLIEST STATE IN THE COUNTRY FOR PEDESTRIAN AND BICYCLE DEATHS. TAMPA, FLORIDA AND THE METROPOLITAN AREA, IS NUMBER TWO IN THE COUNTY, BEHIND ORLANDO, WHICH IS NUMBER ONE. SO THIS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM AND I THINK IT MIGHT BE OUR NUMBER ONE PROBLEM TO TACKLE. AND HOW BEST TO TACKLE THAT IS WITH OUR CHILDREN, JUST LIKE WE LEARNED TO WEAR SEAT BELT HE IS AND RECYCLE AND NOT TO SMOKE, IT ALL STARTS WITH EDUCATING THE CHILDREN. SO, AFTER THE DEATH, THE TRAGEDY ON BUSCH BOULEVARD OF ALEXA MIRANDA PASSING, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET HER MOTHER AND PARTNER WITH WALK BY TAMPA, WHO CAME TO US WITH THE VISION ZERO CONCEPT AND THANK YOU TO BOARD MEMBER STUART FOR BRINGING IT HERE AND AS CHRISTINE SAID, WE PASSED IT IN THE CITY, THEY PASSED IT IN THE COUNTY, WORKING ON TEMPLE TERRACE AND PLANT CITY SO WE CAN ALL GET ON BOARD WITH SAVING LIVES IN OUR CITY AND OUR COUNTY AND OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE WHERE I'M AFRAID IT HAS TO START AND TEACHING THEM. SO, WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF TALENTED PEOPLE WHO CAME UP WITH VIDEOS, LIKE GINA SAID, IN A SHORT TURN AROUND. SO I GUESS THEY ARE CUEING THE VIDEOS AND SEE HOW WONDERFUL TALENTED THESE STUDENTS ARE.

>> I WILL INTRODUCE THEM. START WITH THE RUNNER UP, RUNNER UP VIDEO.

>> AND SPONSORS.

>> I WILL. THEY ARE FROM SPOT TOE HIGH SCHOOL, THEIR TEACHER WAS MS. WOLF AND THEIR PRINCIPAL WAS MR. NEW, I THINK THEY WILL BE HERE, LIKE TO STAND UP, WESLEY THOMAS, ROBERT EWING AND CRAIG JONES, THE VIDEOGRAPHERS, THE PRIZE FOR THE RUNNER UP WAS DONATED BY THE LIGHTNING ORGANIZATION AND THREE TICKETS TO THE MARCH 25th LIGHTNING GAME, REALLY GREAT SEATS IN A SUITE. AND I THINK WE ARE GOING TO ROLL THAT RUN UPPER VIDEO NOW. ARE THEY COMING UP?

>> YEAH. NEEDED A LITTLE PROMPTING.

>> CONGRATULATIONS.

>> THANK YOU.

>> CONGRATULATIONS.

>> THANK YOU.

>> COULD BE GRADUATIONS. [ TYPING SOUND ]

>> IT'S GOING. [ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ] [ CRASHING ] [ APPLAUSE ]

>> DID YOU GUYS WANT TO SAY ANYTHING? NO. OKAY. I GUESS WE WILL HAVE THE -- AND BY THE WAY, THE JUDGES FROM COMMUNITY COLLEGE, EVEN THEIR TEACHER WAS GOING, THESE GUYS DID A REALLY GOOD JOB, LIKE THIS IS SOMETHING TO ASPIRE TO. SO, THANK YOU. WITHER GOING TO CALL THE WINNING TEAM UP. THAT WAS ETHAN HUGGINS AND CRAIG JONES FROM BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL, WITH THEIR TEACHER, MR. PHILLIPS, AND THEIR PRINCIPAL, MR. SALTERS, I BELIEVE IS HERE. THEY RECEIVED FOUR LIGHTNING TICKETS DONATED BY THE COLUMBIA RESTAURANT'S GONSMART FAMILY, CENTER ICE, THAT GAME IS. SHOULD BE GREAT. WE WILL ROLL THE FIRST PLACE VIDEO. THANKS, GUYS. [ ALARM BUZZING ]

>> HI, MY NAME IS AIDEN BREW, I'M 18 YEARS OLD AND TODAY IS GOING TO BE A BIG DAY I JUST GOT ACCEPTED INTO JEWEL YARD. I CAN'T WAIT TO GO AND --

>> PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IS ONE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY'S BIGGEST PROBLEMS. AND THEREFORE, ONE OF ITS BIGGEST CONCERNS. EVERY DAY, PEOPLE JUST LIKE AIDEN FAIL TO USE A CROSSWALK. DON'T BE STUPID U USE A CROSSWALK. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> AS I SAID, WONDERFULLY TALENTED STUDENTS. AND IF YOU DON'T WATCH THAT, AND I SAW ALL OF YOU JUMP, I SAW IT -- I WATCHED IT A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO AND WAS SWORN TO SECRECY NOT TO TELL ANYBODY HOT WINNER WAS, BUT I DID THE SAME THING. YOU STOP IN YOUR TRACKS. AND HOW I'D LIKE TO SEE THIS MOVING FORWARD AND IT'S GONNA TAKE, AGAIN, YOUR HELP AND THE HELP OF ALL OF YOUR PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, IS SOMETHING THE TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS STARTED WORK ON. AND THAT'S PEER-TO-PEER MESSAGING, BECAUSE AS THREE SPEAKERS, I THINK, SAID ALREADY HERE THIS AFTERNOON, KIDS LISTEN TO OTHER KIDS. THEY DON'T LISTEN TO US. THEY ARE NOT GONNA LISTEN TO THEIR PARENTS, TO THE SCHOOL SECURITY OR THEY ARE NOT GONNA LISTEN TO CROSSING GUARDS. THEY WILL LISTEN TO EACH OTHER. AND I REALLY HOPE THAT THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A LONG COLLABORATION. SO, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME. THANK YOU TO THE STUDENTS, THE TEACHERS AND THE PRINCIPALS. HAVE A GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU, COUNCILWOMAN. AND THIS IS PART OF -- THANK YOU, MS. STUART, FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD, BUT THIS IS PART OF A PARTNERSHIP THAT IS NEW. THE BOARD -- THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD JUST GOT A POSITION ON THE MPO RECENTLY AND IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE, SINCE WE ARE THE LARGEST EMPLOYER IN THE COMMUNITY, WE HAVE 200,000 STUDENTS WHO CROSS OUR DOORS EVERY SINGLE DAY. WE ARE TRANSPORTING 100,000 STUDENTS EVERY SINGLE DAY. SO, FOR THIS SCHOOL BOARD TO BE A PART OF THAT CONVERSATION WITH THE MPO MAKES ABSOLUTE SENSE AND MS. STUART IS OUR REPRESENTATIVE ON THAT BOARD. SO THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE ON THAT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING FORWARD. WE APPRECIATE IT. THE NEXT ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS, IS ITEM 1002 WHICH IS RECOGNIZE THE L.E.A.D. STUDENT CONTEST WINNERS AND MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>> WE HAVE RECOGNIZED AMAZES STUDENTS, GREAT PARTNERSHIPS AND COMBINATION OF BOTH, PERFECT THAT WE ARE GOING OVER TONIGHT OUR LEAD CONTEST WINNERS, LAST NIGHT, WE HOSTED THE RECEPTION AT THE TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART FOR THE L.E.A.D., LEARN, EMPOWER, ADVOCATE AND DREAM STUDENT CONTEST WINNERS. IT WAS A FANTASTIC EVENING. AS YOU REMEMBER BACK IN NOVEMBER, I ANNOUNCED THE L.E.A.D. STUDENT CONTEST TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH I WANTED TO GIVE STUDENTS IN GRADE THESE THROUGH 12 A CHANCE TO USE THE ARTS TO EXPRESS HOW THEY HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY A LOCAL AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADER. THE LOCAL COMPONENT OF THIS CONTEST ALLOWS OUR STUDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT INFLUENTIAL LEADERS IN OUR OWN BACKYARD AND CELEBRATE THE IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. STUDENTS ENTERED ONE OF THREE CATEGORIES, LITERATURE, PERFORMING ARTS OR VISUAL ARTS AND WERE JUDGE PRIDE MERELY ON ORIGINALITY, CREATIVITY AND HOW WELL THE STUDENT USED HIS OR HER ARTISTIC VISION TO PORTRAY THE THEME. WE'D TREMENDOUS RESPONSE. MORE THAN 1,200 STUDENTS COMPLETE AND ARTISTIC STATEMENT IN AN ONLINE ENTRY FORM. JUDGES HAD THE TASK OF SELECTING ONLY NINE WINNERS, ONE PER CATEGORY, FROM EACH DIVISION, INTERMEDIATE, GRADES THREE THROUGH FIVE, MIDDLE SCHOOL, GRADES SIX THROUGH EIGHT AND HIGH SCHOOL, GRADES NINE THROUGH 12. FIRST, I WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK OUR SPONSORS, ONCE AGAIN COME ALONG AND PARTNER WITH US TO MAKE THESE TYPE OF EVENTS REALLY BE A SUCCESS. HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION WAS OUR PREVENTING SPONSOR, WE HAD TECHNICAL COLLEGE, BREWSTER, BRIGHT HOUSE NETWORKS, CURRICULUM ASSOCIATES, ERWIN, HILLSBOROUGH ALLIANCE BLACK SCHOOL EDUCATORS, HILLSBOROUGH ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR, KELLY SERVICES, LARRY TECHNICAL, SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION, SCHOLASTIC, CINDY HELTON WAS THERE EARLIER, ARE YOU THERE? THANK YOU, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING AND TAMPA BAY STORM AND TAMPA BAY MUSEUM OF ART AND TECH LINK CAME TOGETHER TO MAKE LAST NIGHT A REALITY U TILT, I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE AND THANK SOME MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY WHO SERVED AS LEAD JUDGES. WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME, PLEASE COME TO THE PODIUM TO RECEIVE A SPECIAL CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION, MR. GRAZE WILL BE THERE WITH YOUR CERTIFICATE. WE HAVE A FEW OF THEM HERE THIS EVENING. DR. MARGARET FISHER, FORMER PRINCIPAL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I BELIEVE SHE IS HERE TONIGHT. MARGARET IF COULD YOU PLEASE COME FORWARD, THANK YOU, MARGARET, FOR BEING ONE OF OUR JUDGES. [ APPLAUSE ] WE HAVE MR. ERNEST HOOPER FROM THE TAMPA BAY TIMES WAS ONE OF OUR JUDGES. THANK YOU, ERNEST, REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. [ APPLAUSE ] MS. JULIE HARTMAN WAS ONE OF OUR JUDGES. [ APPLAUSE ] JULIE. MARY JAMES. [ APPLAUSE ] AND MR. FRED HEARNS. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU SO MUCH. THEY HAD A TOUGH, TOUGH JOB, GOING THROUGH ALL THAT GREAT ART OF OUR STUDENTS AND BUT YOU WILL SEE, THEY HAD SOME PRETTY TREMENDUS WINNERS OUT THERE LAST NIGHT. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE MR. FRED HEARNS, IF HE WOULD PLEASE, FROM THE ROBERT W. SAUNDERS LIBRARY FOUNDATION TO COME TO THE PODIUM. HE'S A SPECIAL PRESENTATION FROM THE FOUNDATION. MR. HEARNS. OH, FIRST OF ALL, PHOTO ON. [ LAUGHTER ] THANK YOU, MR. HEARNS.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, BOARD CHAIR, BOARD MEMBER, STAFF, IT'S STILL FEBRUARY, SO, ONCE AGAIN, HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH. IT WAS REALLY OUR PLEASURE FOR THE THIRD YEAR AS THE ROBERT W. SAUNDERS LIBRARY FOUNDATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE L.E.A.D. CONTEST. THESE ARE SOME EXTRAORDINARILY TALENTED YOUNG PEOPLE. AND UNFORTUNATELY, WE COULD ONLY HAVE ONE WINNER IN EACH CATEGORY FOR INTERMEDIATE, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL. I WANT TO THANK THE PARENTS, THE PRINCIPAL, TEACHERS AND EVERYONE WHO WORKED WITH THESE YOUNG PEOPLE. YOU CAN TELL THEY HAVE REALLY BEEN TRAINED WELL. FIRST OF ALL, THE RISING STAR AWARD FOR THE INTERMEDIATE LEVEL WINNER. AND THIS STUDENT IS A STUDENT AT BRYANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THEIR INSPIRATION WAS DEBRA BLOSSOM. AND THIS AWARD IS NAMED FOR DR. FRANKIE A. BERRY. I KNOW THAT'S NAME THAT IS FAMILIAR TO MRS. EDGECOMB AND MAYBE OTHERS HERE TODAY. AND I ACTUALLY BROUGHT HER PICTURE. I BROUGHT HER PICTURE BECAUSE THE OTHER TWO PERSONS WHO THE AWARDS ARE NAMED FOR ACTUALLY HAVE SCHOOLS NAMED FOR THEM, SO YOU'RE VERY FAMILIAR WITH THEM, I WOULD THINK. THIS ONE, FOR OVER 35 YEARS, WAS HEAD OF THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL AND A REAL TREASURE TO THIS COMMUNITY. AND SO THE WINNER OF THE DR. FRANKIE A. BERRY AWARD FROM BRYANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, UNDER MEET YACHT SCHOOL DIVISION IS AINSLEY AMENDOLA. [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS. AND THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CATEGORY, THIS AWARD IS NAMED FOR BLANCHE ARMWOOD AND WE ARE VERY FAMILIAR WITH ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL IN SEFFNER. YOU MAY NOT KNOW BLANCH ARMWOOD, WHO ATTENDED PUBLIC SCHOOLS HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL AT THE AGE OF 12. AT THE AGE OF 16, SHE GRADUATED FROM COLLEGE, SPELMAN COLLEGE IN ATLANTA, AND EARNED HER TEACHER CERTIFICATE AT THE AGE OF 16. SHE WAS THE FIRST EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TAMPA URBAN LEAGUE. SHE LATER WAS THE SUPERVISOR FOR NEGRO SCHOOLS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN THE EARLY 1920s IF THAT WASN'T ENOUGH, LATER ON, EARNED A LAW DEGREE AND PRACTICED LAW HERE IN TAMPA BEFORE HER DEATH. SO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARD GOES TO A STUDENT AT PROGRESS VILLAGE MIDDLE MAGNA SCHOOL, KENDA SHEPHERD. [ APPLAUSE ] AND OUR HIGH SCHOOL AWARD GOES TO A STUDENT AT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. THIS AWARD IS NAMED FOR CHRISTINA MIAMI CHUM. WE CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE A MIAMI CHUM SCHOOL IN OPERATION IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, BUT IT'S OUR HOPE THAT ONE DAY, I BELIEVE WE WILL HAVE A MIDDLE SCHOOL NAMED FOR CHRISTINA MIAMI CHUM, REPLACE THE FORMER MIAMI CHUM EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER AT THE ENCORE DEVELOPMENT. I BELIEVE THERE WAS A LAND SWAP BETWEEN THE HOUSE AUTHORITY AND THE SCHOOL BOARD. SO ONE DAY, WE HOPE TO AGAIN HAVE A MIAMI CHUM SCHOOL. THIS AWARD FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORY GOES TO A STUDENT AT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. THEIR INSPIRATION WAS MRS. PAT HARRELL. AND BY THE WAY, THE INSPIRATION FOR KENDA SHEPHERD, I DIDN'T MENTION THAT WAS HER GRANDMOTHER. WE DON'T WANT TO LEAVE GRANTED MA OUT. SO KYLE JOHNSON IS THE WINNER FROM ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR. [ APPLAUSE ] >Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MR. HEARNS, VERY MUCH. WE HAVE SOME WINS, WE ARE NOT DONE YET. IN ADDITION TO THE LITERATURE WINNERS, I WANT YOU TO MEET SOME OTHERS, WE HAVE SIX MORE. WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME, PLEASE COME TO THE PODIUM TO BE RECOGNIZED. THE FIRST CATEGORY THAT MR. HEARNS JUST WENT OVER WAS LITERATURE. NOW MOVE ON TO THE PERFORMANCE CATEGORY. INTERMEDIATE GRADES, FROM HAMMOND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, THE WINNER WAS LOGAN WATTINGTON AND HIS INSPIRATION WAS MARCUS PARKER. LAST NIGHT, WE SAW A NICE INTERVIEW THAT LOGAN DID WITH MARCUS. HE IS A BASKETBALL COACH. AND SO, IT WAS VERY WELL DONE. CONGRATULATIONS, LOGAN WATTINGTON FROM HAMMOND. [ APPLAUSE ] IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL -- THE MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER FOR PERFORMANCE WAS AMANI HOWARD FROM ORANGE GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL. HER INSPIRATION WAS HER FATHER, EBU HOWARD. SO, AMANI. PLEASE COME FORWARD. [ APPLAUSE ] SHE PERFORMED A WONDERFUL DANCE. THEN IN THE HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORY, WE HAD MS. JENNA KALLISON FROM HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND HER INSPIRATION WAS PATRICIA, JENNA'S FRIEND. JENNA. [ APPLAUSE ] JENNA DID A WONDERFUL PRESENTATION WITH REGARD TO BUDDY BASEBALL AND HOW HER FRIEND WAS INVOLVED WITH THAT AND TOUCHED ANOTHER YOUNG STUDENT'S LIFE. VERY WELL DONE DOCUMENTARY. NOW WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ON TO THE VISUAL ARTS, IN OUR INTERMEDIATE CATEGORY, THE WINNER WAS DOMINIC BETTENCOURT FROM MINTZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND HIS INSPIRATION WAS JOHN R. NELSON. [ APPLAUSE ] YOU HAVE AN AMAZING WORK OF ART. AND BY THE WAY, JOHN R. NELSON IS HIS FATHER. AND MR. NELSON, IF YOU WOULD STAND UP SO WE CAN SEE, YOU SIR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] SO WE LEARNED LAST NIGHT THAT YOU CAN GO ON YOUTUBE THAT'S WHAT DOMINIC DID AT THE AGE OF 5, HE LEARNED HOW TO DRAW AND HE HAS TAKEN IT TO GREAT HEIGHTS SINCE THEN. THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CATEGORY, WE HAVE RILEY TUBBS WAS OUR WINNER FROM PROGRESS VILLAGE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HER INSPIRATION WAS TED McNAIR. REILLY. [ APPLAUSE ] SHE HAD A WONDERFUL WORK OF ART. AND OUR HIGH SCHOOL WIN WAS DIANA GONZALEZ VIDELLA. SHE IS FROM BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL AND HER INSPIRATION WAS THE REVEREND DR. LOWERY. DIANA. [ APPLAUSE ] AS THEY ARE GOING THROUGH THIS FINAL PHOTO OPPORTUNITY, LET ME TALK TO YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE WONDERFUL PRIZES THAT THE STUDENTS AND THIS WAS LIKE THE MOST EXCITING PART OF THE NIGHT. IT WAS LIKE THE -- IT WAS DONE, ONCE THE BOXES GOT OPENED AND WE WENT THROUGH THE PRIZES SO EACH OF THE STUDENTS RECEIVED A TAMPA MUSEUM OF ARTICLE ANNUAL FAMILY PASS, A SCHOLASTIC BOOK COLLECTION FOR THE HOME LIBRARY, A TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING GIFT BAG AND COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS TO A LIGHTNING GAME, TAMPA BAY STORM TICKETS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY, AN AMAZON KINDLE FIRE, A DELL LAPTOP COMPUTER AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, A $1,500 POSTSECONDARY SCHOLARSHIP FOR EACH OF OUR STUDENTS. [ APPLAUSE ] EACH OF OUR STUDENTS TRULY EMBODIES THE MEANING OF THIS CONTEST AND I HOPE THAT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS CONTINUE TO LEAD AND BECOME AN INSPIRATION TO SOMEONE ELSE, JUST AS MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY HAVE INSPIRED THEM. SO, ONCE AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR WONDERFUL WINNERS AND THOSE OUT THERE IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT INSPIRE THEM. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] >April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, STUDENTS FOR LOOKING BACK AT OUR HISTORY OR EVEN OUR PRESENT AND EDUCATING US ABOUT IT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. ALL RIGHT, THE NEXT ITEM IS PROCLAMATIONS, WE HAVE NONE TODAY. SO, WE ARE NOW ON, BOARD MEMBERS, TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA AND AGAIN, MR. ASSUME, THE FLOOR IS YOURS. >Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN, I JUST HAVE A FEW UPDATES THE SUSPENDED AGENDA TONIGHT. ITEM TWO ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA, ONGOING REPORTS ABOUT THE KINDS OF THINGS BEING DONE AND PROGRESS WITH REGARD TO OUR AFRICAN-AMERICAN, HISPANIC STUDENTS, I DO JUST WANT TO MAKE AN UPDATE ON THAT I FLOW HAS BEEN SOME RECENT PRESS AND EDITORIALS WITH REGARD TO THE LETTER THAT WAS SENT TO THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS, I JUST WANTED TO UPDATE THE BOARD AND THE PUBLIC ON THAT, JUST TO MAKE SURE THERE'S CLARITY AROUND THAT PARTICULAR LETTER. ONCE AGAIN, THAT LETTER, IF IT EVER -- IT WAS A LETTER THAT WE, AS A DISTRICT, ARE SAYING WE WANT TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE T IS A LETTER WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE STARTING TO BUILD A FRAMEWORK AROUND ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LEVERS WE HAVE IN PLACE TO BEGIN TO NOT ONLY REDUCE THE OVERALL DISCIPLINE RATES IN OUR SCHOOLS BUT THE OVERALL GAP THAT CURRENTLY EXISTS. SO, THAT WAS A LETTER, IT WAS NOT A LETTER AT ALL TO STATE THAT ANY ISSUES HAD BEEN FIXED, IT WAS A LETTER TO SAY WE WANT TO ENTER INTO AN ACCOUNTABILITY RESOLUTION AROUND THE LEVERS WE PUT IN PLACE RIGHT NOW THE FRAMEWORK WE ARE BUILDING TO REDUCE OVERALL DISCIPLINE LATE, DISCIPLINE SUSPENSIONS, INCIDENT AND ULTIMATELY CLOSE THE GAP OVER TIME AS WE MOVE FORWARD. SO I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THERE WAS CLARITY AROUND THAT OUT THERE FOR THE COMMUNITY. I DO WANT TO UPDATE THE FAIR. WE HAD THE FAIR A COUPLE OF FRIDAYS AGO. I WANTED TO REPORT, FIRST OF ALL, THAT THERE WERE MINIMAL ISSUES AT THE FAIR THIS YEAR, SO THAT WAS A VERY GOOD THING. THAT WAS ALL RESULT OF GREAT PARTNERSHIPS ACROSS OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE FAIR AUTHORITY, JUST WANT TO THANK EVERYONE OUT THERE, CAME TOGETHER THAT EVENING, SUPERINTENDENTS AND STAFF WERE OUT THERE AT THE FAIR. WE APPRECIATE EVERYONE'S EFFORTS TO MINIMIZE ANY ISSUES BUT ALSO THANK OUR STUDENTS FOR MAKING GREAT CHOICES OUT THERE AS WELL, BECAUSE ULTIMATELY, IT IS THEIR CHOICE AND THEY MAKE CHOICES THAT DAY OBVIOUSLY TO HAVE FUN AT THE FAIR, WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THE FAIR IS SUPPOSED TO BE ALL ABOUT. THE ONLY OTHER UPDATE EFFORT SUSPENDED AGENDA, THE LAST BOARD MEETING, MS. VALDES ADDED TO THE AGENDA PROGRESS OF IDENTIFYING PRIORITY SCHOOLS AND UPDATE THE BOARD BY ANSWERING ANY QUESTIONS WHAT IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT FOR THE SCHOOLS. WHAT I WOULD DO FOR THE BOARD IS FOR EACH OF THE NEXT MEETINGS, UNPACK THAT A LITTLE BIT, ONE OR TWO ITEMS AT A TIME, SO THE FIRST ITEM, WE DISCUSSED AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING, HAD VISITS NOW TO SIX OF THE SEVEN SCHOOLS. AND I BELIEVE YOU RECEIVED NOTICE I'M GOING OUT TO A SEVENTH SCHOOL TOMORROW, THAT IS ACTUALLY SLIGH, SLIGH CAME ON TO US EARLY BUT I WANT TO GO OUT AND HAVE A SIMILAR CONVERSATION WITH THE SLIGH FACULTY, AS WELL AS ALL THOSE VISITS I FEEL HAVE -- HAVE BEEN VERY POSITIVE. A LOT OF ENERGY IN THE ROOM AROUND THE DIRECTION. SO, WHAT IS DIFFERENT AND THAT IS THE QUESTION I KNOW WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT. SO, FIRST AND FOREMOST, ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW, IT KIND OF CAME OUT IN AN ARTICLE YESTERDAY, BUT I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE BOARD TONIGHT, ONE OF THE ITEMS IS AROUND THE NAMING OF THE PROJECT OF PRIORITY SCHOOLS. SO, ONE OF THE CHALLENGES WE HAVE WITH THE WORD IS AS WE HAVE KIND OF GONE THROUGH THIS PROCESS AND MR. YOUNG AND HIS TEAM HAVE WORKED WITH OUR COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT IS THE WORD "PRIORITY" IS USED IT HE STATE LEVEL FOR OVERSEEING CERTAIN TYPES OF SCHOOLS AND EVEN SOMETIMES AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL AND ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT I TOLD STAFF AT EACH ONE OF THE SCHOOLS I WANTED THEM TO ERASE FROM THEIR HARD DRIVES ANY KINDS OF MISCONCEPTIONS THEY PLAY IS AROUND ANY TYPE OF MONITORING THIS OCCURRED IN OUR DISTRICT OVER THE PAST YEARS, WHETHER IT IS THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OR OTHERWISE. SO THE FACT THAT THAT SAME WORD WAS ALSO BEING USE TED STATE LEVEL FOR TO OVERSEEING SCHOOLS THAT THEY MONITOR WE FELT LIKE WE NEEDED TO TAKE A -- MAKE A SHIFT AND ALSO THIS IS ABOUT LIFTING AND HELPING SCHOOLS TO GROW AND GROW IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION ACADEMICALLY AND ALSO BE KIND OF A SHINING LIGHT IN THAT COMMUNITY. SO THE WORD "ELEVATE" IS THE WORD THAT CAME TO THE -- WITH THE COMMUNITY WITH US, OUR COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT, OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, SO YOU WILL NOW START TO HEAR THOSE SCHOOLS BE DESCRIBED AS OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS. WE ARE ELEVATING NOT ONLY JUST THE ACADEMICS BUT EVERYTHING, MAKING SURE THAT THOSE STUDENTS ARE RECEIVING ALL THE RIGHT RESOURCES. WE ARE BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS AND THAT IS THE FIRST UNIQUE DIFFERENCE THAT WE ARE REALLY WORKING STAFFS ON THIS IS AN ORGANIC PROCESS, SOMETHING WE FEEL LIKE IN ORDER TO HAVE THE RIGHT OWNERSHIP IN MAKING TURN AROUNDS WITH OUR SCHOOLS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE OWNERSHIP AT THAT SITE LEVEL WITH OUR STAFF WHO ARE DOING THE VERY TOUGH WORK EVERY SINGLE DAY AND IT IS TOUGH WORK. SO ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THAT ALL OF OUR STAFFS AT THESE SCHOOLS IDENTIFY CITY THERE'S LOTS OF BARRIERS TO PRESENT THAT SUCCESS. ACROSS 250 SCHOOLS, WE HAVE BARRIERS AT EVERY SITE IN SOME FORM OR FASHION BUT MANY OF OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS HAVE MULTIPLE BARRIERS. SOME OF THOSE BARRIERS, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ELIMINATE OR PARTIALLY ELIMINATE, BUT THIS IS REALLY ABOUT TOTAL ELIMINATION TO CREATE A MORE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR SUCCESS. IT ISN'T JUST ABOUT SEVEN SCHOOLS MOVING FORWARD INTO THE FUTURE THIS IS ABOUT WHEN WE LEARN ABOUT ALL THE GREAT THINGS THAT ARE BEING PUT IN PLACE AT THESE SCHOOLS, WE COULD START TO DO THINGS IN OTHER SCHOOLS ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY WHEN WE SEE BEST PRACTICES AND THINGS MOVING IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION. THE TEACHERS AND THE STAFF HAVE RECEIVED THAT MESSAGE VERY, VERY WELL ABOUT THEM IDENTIFYING THE BARRIERS, THEM OWNING THE SOLUTIONS TO SOME OF THOSE CHALLENGES BECAUSE THEY DO SEE THOSE BARRIERS FIRST HAPPENED. SO I APPRECIATE MR. YOUNG AND HIS TEAM, THEIR RESPONSIBILITY AND THEIR CHARGE IS NOW TO WORK WE HAVE SINGLE ONE OF OUR DIVISIONS BECAUSE TO SOME OF THOSE DIVISION, SOME OF THOSE BARRIERS MAY BE ALLOCATION OF SOME SORT, RESOURCES, STAFFING, SOME OF THEM MAY BE SERVICE WES NEED TO INCREASE BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE NEEDS IN THE COMMUNITY OR NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS. SOME OF THE CHALLENGES MAY BE FACILITIES. SOME OF THE CHALLENGES MAY BE THINGS WITH REGARDS TO COMMUNITY SUPPORT. ALL THOSE THINGS ARE BARRIERS IF THE STAFF STARTS TO IDENTIFY THOSE AND THE COMMUNITY IS GOING TO BE PART OF THIS AS WELL, THEN WE DEFINITELY WANT TO GET THOSE ELIMINATED. OUR STAFF AT EACH DIVISION LEVEL IS ENGAGED AROUND THIS PROCESS TO HELP THROUGH THAT -- HELP MR. YOUNG AND HIS TEAM AND THE SCHOOLS OVERCOME THOSE BARRIERS, ULTIMATELY, AS WE HAVE OTHER BOARD MEETINGS START TO IDENTIFY, ONE OF THE THINGS WE WANT TO PAUSE IS WE DO WANT THE SCHOOLS RIGHT NOW BE IN THE WORK. WE WANT THEM TO BE IN THE WORK OF IDENTIFYING THOSE BARRIERS. WE HAVE IDEAS, AS MR. YOUNG AND HIS TEAM WENT IN AND DID SOME EVALUATIONS PRIOR TO THE WINTER BREAK. WE ALREADY STARTED TO IDENTIFY SOME OF THOSE BARRIERS BUT RIGHT NOW, IS REALLY ABOUT ALLOWING THE STAFF TO HAVE THEIR VOICE BE HEARD AROUND SOME OF THOSE ISSUES AND THEN SEEING HOW WE RESPOND AS A DISTRICT IN SUPPORTING THEM. THAT IS MY UPDATE PRIORITY SCHOOLS TONIGHT AND I LOOK FORWARD AT THE NEXT MEETING TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE YOU SOME MORE INFORMATION. >April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. VALDES. >Susan Valdes: VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR AND THANK YOU FOR THAT UPDATE PORTION OF THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. MY QUESTION TO YOU IN REFERENCE TO THE STAFFING, ARE THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN POLICE FOR THOSE PARTICULAR SCHOOLS? I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY AT THIS POINT, BEING THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE PRIORITY SCHOOLS AND SUSPENSIONS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE OR THE ELEVATE SCHOOLS TO SAY THIS AND CONGRATULATIONS AN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL THAT REALLY -- SHE'S ROOKIE. IF THERE WERE A ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, IT WOULD HAVE INDIA WHITE'S NAME WRITTEN ON IT IN BOLD, FLASHING LETTERS. THIS YOUNG LADY MADE A DECISION LAST WEEK TO ALLOW A STUDENT THAT WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE BEEN SUSPENDED IN ATOS OR OUT OF SCHOOL FOR TWO OR THREE DAYS FOR DOING SOMETHING I THINK EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM HAS DONE, SKIPPING. AND THE DECISION WAS MADE NOT TO DO THAT AND HE SHADOWED MR. ANDERSON FOR THE DAY. HE CAME, ACTUALLY, AND VISITED US HERE AT ROSAC AND GOT MEET SEVERAL OF US THAT ARE SITTING HERE AND I THINK THAT THAT DAY THAT SPENT WITH MR. ANDERSON, LOOKING AT THE POTENTIAL OF WHAT COULD BE, SEEING SOMETHING DIFFERENT, OTHER THAN BEING PUNISHED AND STAY AT HOME, SOMETHING COMPLETELY OUT-OF-THE-BOX THINKING MAY HAVE TURNED THAT KID'S LIFE AROUND THAT DAY. I WAS THE LAST PERSON THAT HE SAW BEFORE HE WENT HOME. AND HE ACTUALLY SHARED WITH ME THAT HE FELT IMPORTANT FOR THE FIRST TIME. THE KID'S IN HIGH SCHOOL. AND THIS IS A YOUNG MAN THAT POTENTIALLY WANTS TO EITHER BE A POLICE OFFICER AND/OR A TEACHER. HISTORY TEACHER AT THAT H HE REALLY EVEN PINPOINTED IT. SO, THOSE ARE THE KIND OF COURAGEOUS INDIVIDUALS THAT I BELIEVE REALLY UNDERSTAND THE MISSION AS TO WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO. AND PRINCIPLES THOUGHT HAVE TO BE OPEN AND -- TO THIS KIND OF INTERVENTION BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW SUSPENSIONS DOESN'T ALWAYS WORK. AND WE ARE TOO QUICK TO PULL THAT TRIGGER. I'M NOT SAYING THAT, YOU NOW NOT DISCIPLINE OUR STUDENTS BUT REALLY GIVE THAT CHILD AN OPPORTUNITY. SO, I SAY -- I GIVE THAT EXAMPLE TO SHARE THAT YOU HAVE TO FEEL AND WANT TO BE AN ELEVATE SCHOOL AND REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT'S GONNA TAKE TO TURN THAT SCHOOL AROUND, THAT COMMUNITY AROUND AND HOPING THAT MORE OF WHAT MS. WHITE HAS DONE, WHICH, BY THE WAY, WAS NOT POPULAR, I MAY ADD, WAS NOT POPULAR, BUT IT WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AND I CONGRATULATE AND COMMEND MS. WHITE FOR THAT. SO, I'M WONDERING, ARE WE, AT THESE PARTICULAR SCHOOLS, REALLY LOOKING AT THE RIGHT FIT? HOW ARE WE HANDLING THAT? >Jeffrey Eakins: GREAT QUESTION, MS. VALDES. WHEN THEY WENT OUT TO DO REVIEWS, THEY INTERVIEW PARENTS, FACULTY, LEADERSHIP TO GET AN UNDERSTANDING OF KIND OF WHERE EVERYONE WAS WITH REGARD TO THEIR FEELING ON THOSE PARTICULAR ISSUES. AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PROCESS, RIGHT NOW, THERE IS, AND I ANNOUNCE THIS BECAUSE TEACHERS WERE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROCESS. THEY SAID ONE OF THEIR -- THREE OUT OF THE SIX MEETINGS WAS ARE WE GONNA LOSE OUR JOBS? AND THAT WAS NOT THE MESSAGE THAT IS NOT THE VISION OUT THERE THAT I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HEARD OR WAS THE REALITY. THE REALITY IS RIGHT NOW, WE KNOW THAT PEOPLE ARE AT OUR -- SOME OF OUR HIGHEST NEED SCHOOLS FACING GREETED CHALLENGE AND WORKING WITH STUDENTS WHO MIGHT BE FACING THOSE GREAT CHALLENGES, WE HAVE TO, FIRST OF ALL, SHE BELIEF EVERYONE IS THERE AND GOING TO BE ABLE TO WORK IN THIS ENVIRONMENT OF IDENTIFYING BARRIERS AND REALLY WORKING AROUND PROBLEM SOLVING AND DRIVING SOLUTIONS TO HELP STUDENTS ACHIEVE. THAT IS WHERE THAT FULFILLMENT COMES ULTIMATELY IN OUR HIGH-NEED SCHOOLS TAKE THAT OWNERSHIP AND TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL, SO THERE IS NOT GOING TO BE ANY KIND OF INITIAL REINTERVIEW, THE REASON OF GOING OUT AND HAVING THESE MEETINGS WAS TO HELP EVERYONE SEE THE VISION, UNDERSTAND IT'S GONNA TAKE WORK, IT'S GONNA TAKE HARD WORK ALONG THE WAY AND ALSO SOME -- TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE HEAR THAT AND WANT TO BE PART OF THAT. I MEAN, THAT'S -- THE FIRST THING IS PEOPLE HAVE TO WANT TO. THEY HAVE TO WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT JOURNEY. CERTAINLY, WE ARE LOOKING THE ADMINISTRATIVE, THE QUESTIONS I RECEIVED WAS MORE TEACHERS THAT WERE CONCERNED ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THEIR PROCESS OF RE-INTERVIEWING SO WE ARE NOT DOING ANY FULL RE-INTERVIEWS OF STAFF THERE, BUT WE ARE, LINING THE WAY, GOING TO BE MONITORING, YOU KNOW, PROGRESS OF STAFF TOWARD THAT VISION, YOU KNOW, THAT WE ARE CREATING AND REALLY CREATING SUSTAINABLE, SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS FOR OUR STUDENTS. WE ARE LOOKING AT LEADERSHIP POSITIONS. MAY DO REINTERVIEWING OF LEADERSHIP POSITIONS CERTAINLY BUT IT REALLY IS ABOUT A FIVE-YEAR AND BEYOND COMMITMENT, YOU KNOW, IF WE REALLY WANT TO LOOK TO SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS, YOU HAVE TO HAVE THAT LONG-TERM VISION IN MIND AND THAT WILL TAKE EVERYONE KIND OF PULLING TOGETHER AND HAVING ALL THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN PLACE. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. EDGECOMB. >Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. I AM REALLY PLEASED THAT THE NEWLY NAMED SCHOOLS WILL BE A CONTINUED PART OF OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA, PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF A SITUATION WHICH I FOUND MYSELF IN ON YESTERDAY IN WHICH -- AND I WANT TO THANK THOSE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS WHO WENT TO THE TWO SCHOOLS TO TALK TO THE FACULTIES ABOUT SOME POTENTIAL CHANGES IN HOW THINGS ARE GOING TO BE OPERATIONAL OR PERHAPS WITH THE DESIGNATION OF THE PRINCIPALSHIP. WHILE TEACHERS WERE PRETTY TAKEN BACK, UPSET AND SURPRISED BY THE INFORMATION THAT THEY SHARED, BUT AGAIN, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENTS WERE MESSENGERS. AND I THINK APPROPRIATELY SO, SO THAT PEOPLE WOULDN'T BE TAKEN BACK AS I WAS IN A POSITION THAT WHEN I GOT THE CALLS FROM SEVERAL OF THESE TEACHERS ASKING ME ABOUT IS IT TRUE THAT OUR PRINCIPAL MAY HAVE TO REAPPLY PORE THE POSITION, WAS I AWARE OF IT, DID I KNOW IT, AND WHY WAS THAT THE CASE WHEN, I GUESS, AT THE MEETINGS, THAT WASN'T SAID WITH SUCH CLARITY. YOU DID TALK ABOUT THE FACT THAT THINGS WERE NOT GOING TO BE DONE AS THEY HAVE BEEN DONE IN THE PAST, OR THE WHOLE SCHOOL HAD, IN SOME CASES, HAD TO REAPPLY FOR THE POSITIONS OF PRINCIPALS AND I THINK TEACHERS FELT BETTER BY THAT. I KNOW SOMETIMES INFORMATION HAS TO BE GIVEN WHEN IN BETWEEN, WHEN DECISIONS ARE MADE, LIKE TODAY, WE DID GET INFORMATION REGARDING THE NAME CHANGE AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS APPROPRIATE. SO, WHAT I'M ASKING IS THAT WE CONTINUE THE PROCESS OF THE DALE DELISH OF THE UPDATES ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA BUT ALSO WHEN MAJOR CHANGES ARE MADE REGARDING THIS -- THESE SCHOOLS OR ANY OTHERS, THAT BOARD MEMBERS NEED TO BE AWARE OF WE ARE, OR I WAS IN THIS CASE, NOT PURPOSE -- WAS NOT AWARE OF AND FELT INADEQUATE, TAKEN BY SURPRISE, BECAUSE WHEN TEACHERS ASKED, I HAD NO ANSWERS. I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THAT WE HAD CHANGED THE NAME TO ELEVATE. I DIDN'T KNOW, IN THIS INSTANCE, THAT THERE HAD BEEN SOME CHANGES MADE -- OR I DON'T KNOW CHANGES MADE, THAT THERE WAS GOING TO BE A NEW PROCESS FOR SOME OF THESE PRINCIPALS. I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT SEVERAL OF THE QUESTIONS THAT WERE ASKED AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO KNOW ME PRETTY WELL, I LIKE BEING PREPARED. I LIKE TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND AND IF I DON'T KNOW, I LIKE TO BE ABLE TO KNOW WHERE I CAN GO TO GET THE ANSWERS. AND I FELT AT A REAL DISADVANTAGE BECAUSE TEACHERS WERE UPSET AND I WAS NOT ABLE TO CALM THEIR FEARS, 'CAUSE I HAD NOTHING TO RESPOND BACK TO THEM. I FELT INADEQUATE BECAUSE, ABSOLUTELY, I DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT ANY OF THIS. AND I SAY ME PERSONALLY BECAUSE I HAVE HAD THE ADVANTAGE OF GOING TO AT LEAST THREE OF THOSE PRESENTATIONS AND THOSE TEACHERS AND THOSE SCHOOLS I VISIT QUITE OFTEN AND SO THEY KNOW ME BY NAME AND FACE AND HOPEFULLY, THEY KNOW ME AS BEING A VOICE FOR THEM. AND SO I HOPE AS WE MOVE FORWARD, A COUPLE THINGS OCCUR -- THAT WE CONTINUE TO -- [ INAUDIBLE ] UPDATING THAT IN BETWEEN, IF THERE ARE MAJOR DECISION AROUND THESE SCHOOLS, THAT WE SHOULD BE AWARE OF SO THEY CAN WE CAN BE INFORMED AND ACCURATE INFORMATION THAT WE BE ABLE TO RESPOND AND THAT WE BE GIVEN THAT INFORMATION. DISAPPOINTED IS ONE WAY I HAVE TO DESCRIBE THE POSITION THAT I FELT THAT I WAS PUT IN. AND SECONDLY, I JUST WANT TO ASSURE THAT THERE IS, YOU USED THE WORDS IN YOUR PRESENTATION A LOT, TRANSPARENCY AND I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT CLARITY. SINCE WE HAVE GONE THROUGH, I THINK, FIVE OR SIX OF THESE, I THINK YOU CAN ALMOST ANTICIPATE WHAT THE QUESTIONS ARE GOING TO BE. SO WHEN THEY AREN'T ASKED DIRECTLY BY TEACHERS, I WILL TELL YOU TODAY, SOME TEACHERS CALLED AM I GOING TO GET IN TROUBLE BECAUSE I RESPOND OR REACT TO THEM, I TRY TO ASSURE THEM THEY WOULDN'T BE SO MAYBE THERE MAY BE QUESTIONS TEACHERS ASK THEY MIGHT BE FEARFUL ASKING, SO WITH THE ANSWERS OF KNOWING WHAT PEOPLE MIGHT BE FEELING OR WANTING TO KNOW, I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO BE REFLECTIVE AND THINK ABOUT WHAT IT IS YOU MAY WANT TO ADDRESS. THIS MIGHT BE ONE OF THEM. I HOPE ON A PERSONAL BASIS. THERE ARE A LOT OF SCHOOLS, WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT AROUND THIS DAIS BUT THEY ARE PRIMARILY IN THE AREA IN WHICH I REPRESENT, VOTERS VOTE ME INTO THAT POSITION. I HAVE A COMMITMENT, NOT BEYOND THE FACT THAT I'M IN THOSE -- TO REPRESENT THOSE SCHOOLS BUT I HAVE A COMMITMENT TO STAY INVOLVED AND COMMITTED TO ENSURE THAT I SHARE WITH THEM THE MOST ACCURATE INFORMATION AND THAT IF I DON'T KNOW, I CAN ASK THEM, TELL THEM WHERE TO SEEK OUT THAT INFORMATION. BUT I THINK I HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO BE AN INFORMED VOICE AND YESTERDAY, I WASN'T. >April Griffin: MS. KURDELL, I THINK MR. EAKINS WANTS TO RESPOND, BUT BEFORE YOU DO, MS. EDGECOMB, WE ARE GOING TO BE HAVING A DISCUSSION LATER IN THE AGENDA ABOUT WAY OF WORK AND I THINK THAT PART OF THAT DISCUSSION CAN BE ABOUT THE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE SUPERINTENDENT AND BOARD MEMBERS AND INDIVIDUALLY, HOW WE WANT TO BE COMMUNICATED WITH, BECAUSE I THINK THAT WE EACH APPROACH OUR JOBS IN DIFFERENT WAYS SO I THINK THAT'S GOOD CONVERSATION TO HAVE IN LOOKING AT HOW WE -- HOW WE MOVE FORWARD AS A LEADERSHIP TEAM. MR. SUPERINTENDENT? >Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN AND MS. EDGECOMB, I APOLOGIZE IF THAT -- YESTERDAY DID NOT YOU DID NOT RECEIVE A COMMUNICATION AROUND THAT ISSUE. I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH STAFF AND UNDERSTAND EXACTLY THE WAY IT WORK AND HOW YOU WANT TO BE COMMUNICATED PRIOR TO THAT. WHAT I GO KNOW, OUR STAFF HAD A CONVERSATION THROUGH CHIEF OF SCHOOLS, AREA SUPERINTENDENT AND HAD BEEN HAVING AROUND DECISIONS WITH REGARDS TO ANY ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGES, NOT JUST IN OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS BUT ALL SCHOOLS AND HOW WE GO ABOUT DOING THAT. CERTAINLY, EMPOWER OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS AND CHIEF OF SCHOOLS, AS THEY HAVE THOSE DISCUSSIONS, TO KNOW ABOUT TIMING OF ISSUES AND THEY MAY VERY WELL KNOW ABOUT THE TIMING OF SOME OF THE ISSUES AND HOW THAT COMMUNICATION USED TO GO OUT TO OUR SCHOOLS TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNE DATE BACK TO OUR TEACHERS. I TRUST THEM. I THINK ONE OF THE ISSUES, THEY MAKE THAT PARTICULAR DECISION, WE WILL HAVE THAT DECISION WITH REGARD TO YOUR COMMUNICATION THAT YOU DID NOT RECEIVE ON SOME OF THAT, THAT'S ON ME AS A SUPERINTENDENT, IF THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT YOU WANTED TO BE COMMUNICATED ABOUT, THEN THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE WILL TALK ABOUT AS STAFF TO KNOW HOW YOU GET THAT INFORMATION, BUT ALSO, MAKE ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS AWARE OF THAT INFORMATION. IT IS A PROCESS WE HAVE GONE THROUGH IN THE PAST WITH SCHOOLS AND READVERTISING AND RE-INTERVIEWING OUR READERS AT SOME OF THE SCHOOLS, BASED OFF THE INFORMATION THAT YOU HAVE OR DON'T HAVE WITH REGARD TO THOSE FINAL DECISIONS BUT DEFINITELY MAKE SURE THAT'S CLEAR IN THE FUTURE. >April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. KURDELL. >Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU. I THINK THIS IS FOR THE -- I GUESS FOR THE ATTORNEY, CERTAINLY FOR THE SECRETARY. I BELIEVE I WAS HERE AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING AND ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA, IT SAID I WAS ABSENT FOR THE VOTE. I BELIEVE I WAS IN THE BACK AND IF MEMORY SERVES ME UNDER ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER, IF YOU ARE ATTENDING A MEETING AND YOU STEP TO THE RESTROOM, THAT IF YOU HAVE A VOTE, YOU'RE VOTING YES, 'CAUSE YOU CAN HEAR IT IN THE BACK, UNLESS YOU SPECIFICALLY STATE THAT YOU ARE VOTING IN THE NEGATIVE. WOULD YOU JUST DOUBLE CHECK -- YOU DON'T HAVE TO TELL ME NOW, JUST DOUBLE CHECK THAT FOR ME, IF I'M INCORRECT, LET ME KNOW

>> WE WILL LET YOU KNOW. THANK YOU. >Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU. >April Griffin: AND I THINK YOU'RE RIGHT, MS. KURDELL, I BELIEVE THAT TO BE RIGHT. IS THAT IT FOR THE SUSPENDED AGENDA? ALL RIGHT. MOVING ON. OUR NEXT SECTION IS TEACHING AND LEARNING. AND WE ARE GONNA BE HAVING A TEACHING AND LEARNING ABOUT ADVANCEMENT VIA INDIVIDUAL DETERMINATION, AVID, IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND GISELLE BROWN, SUPERVISOR OF ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, AND MS. SNIVELY PULLED THIS. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. WE HAVE A POWER POINT THAT'S GONNA COME UP HERE IN JUST FEW MINUTES ON AVID, THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN FOR ALLOWING US TO HIGHLIGHT THE WONDERFUL WORK WE HAVE BEEN DOING HERE IN AVID HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE MISSION IS TO CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP BY PREPARING ALL STUDENTS FOR A COLLEGE READINESS AND SUCCESS IN A GLOBE A.M. SOCIETY. SINCE WE BEGAN THE AVID IMPLEMENTATION IN 2004 AT MASH SHALL, TOMLIN AND PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL, WE HAVE BEEN DOING JUST THAT. WE QUICKLY MOVED AN IMPLEMENTATION OF ALL OUR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS AND WE CURRENTLY HAVE MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PRINCIPAL DAPHNE BLANTON AND AVID COORDINATOR LISA HUMPHRIES AS OUR NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION SITE. THIS PAST YEAR, WE BEGAN SHARING THOSE AVID STRATEGIES THREE OF OUR K 8s, WE ARE VERY PROUD OF TINKER, ROLAND PARK AND RAMPELLO FOR COMING ON BOARD AND REALLY WANTING TO TAKE AVID TO THE PRIMARY GRADES. IN 2011, WE ALSO BEGAN SHARING AVID WITH OUR ELL STUDENTS, ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS, MAKING SURE WE PROVIDE THEM WITH STRATEGIES THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL THROUGH THE AVID EXCEL CLASS AT SHIELDS, PIERCE, TURKEY CREEK AND MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL. CURRENTLY, WE HAVE OVER 9,000 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE AVID ELECTIVE CLASS, SIXTH THROUGH 12th GRADE AND BECAME SIGNIFICANTLY IMPORTANT LAST YEAR AS THE STATE STARTED AWARDING AVID DISTRICTS 31 OF OUR DISTRICTS HERE IN THE STATE HAVE AVID, AWARDING THEM ADDITIONAL FUNDING, SO, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RECEIVED 32% OF THAT ADDITIONAL FUNDING AND THAT'S BASED ON OUR STUDENTS THAT ARE SUCCESSFUL ON EOC AND AP EXAMS SOME WHAT IS AVID? I TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE AVID ELECTIVE CLASS AND I WILL GO MORE DEEP NEAR THAT PIECE BUT AVID IS REALLY A SCHOOL-WIDE COLLEGE READINESS SYSTEM THAT'S STRUCTURED APPROACH TO RIGOROUS CURRICULUM. PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH STRUCTURES THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESS ENVELOPE RIGOROUS COURSES, WHERE THAT'S DUAL ENROLLMENT OR AP OR HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL COURSES IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND IT'S PROVIDING OUR TEACHERS WITH VALUABLE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT THEY CAN TAKE BACK, SHARE WITH OTHER PEOPLE AT THEIR SCHOOL AND REALLY HELP SUPPORT THEIR STUDENTS. EACH AVID PROGRAM AT OUR SCHOOLS IS CERTIFIED ANNUALLY THROUGH THE AVID 11 ESSENTIALS AND WE MAKE SURE WE ARE PROVIDING OUR DISTRICT STEAM PROVIDING OUR SCHOOLS WITH THAT SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED. SO, ONE OF THE BIGGEST PIECES THAT'S IMPORTANT WHEN YOU LOOK AN AVID CLASSROOM IS THE POSITIVE PEER GROUP THAT IS DEVELOP IN THE AVID ROOM, SHARED SCHOOL WIDE AS THE STUDENTS SPEAK WITH THEIR PIERCE AND GET THEM INVOLVED IN WHAT AVID A HAS TO OFFER. YOU EVER WALK INTO THE AVID CLASSROOM, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU WILL NOTICE IS THE STUDENTS TALK ABOUT THE AVID FAMILY AND THAT SUPPORT THAT'S CREATED IN THAT CLASSROOM. SO, WHAT IS A SAMPLE WEEK IN THE AVID CLASSROOM LOOK LIKE? TWO DAYS A WEEK, ITS THESE AVID STRUCTURED CURRICULUM. YOU WILL NEVER HEAR AN AVID STUDENT TELL THAT YOU AVID IS EASY OR THAT IT'S SO MUCH FUN, THEY ARE NEVER DOING ANY WORK. THERE'S REALLY A CURRICULUM THAT GOES ALONG WITH IT AND BASED ON THE WRITING, COLLABORATION, READING SKILLS, THE BIGGEST PIECE BEING THOSE ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS THAT OUR STUDENTS JUST AREN'T NATURALLY BORN W WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE REALLY HONING THOSE SKILLS WITH THEM AS EARLY AS SIXTH GRADE. THE OTHER TWO DAYS ARE PROBABLY MY FAVORITE DAYS IN THE AVID CLASSROOM BECAUSE THAT'S REALLY STUDENT FOCUSED AND STUDENT CENTER AND THAT'S THE TUTORIAL DAYS, STUDENTS ARE WORKING WITH OUR AVID TUTORS IN THEIR CLASSROOM AND THEY COME FROM THE LOCAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES AND WE TRAIN THEM IN THE AVID TUTOROLOGY METHOD, NOT YOUR TRADITIONAL ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING THAT SOME OF US ARE USED TO TAKING, REALLY HELPING THE STUDENTS, A FACILITATIVE PROCESS, HELP THE STUDENTS SOLVE THE PROBLEM ON THEIR OWN A GREAT SKILL FOR THEM TO HAVE AS THEY MOVE FORWARD IN HIGH SCHOOL, GETTING THE STUDY GROUPS TOGETHER AND ALSO IN COLLEGE AND THE WORKFORCE, WE WANT THEM TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH THEIR PEERS SO THEY CAN SOLVE PROBLEMS AND THEN FRIDAY IS OUR BINDER CHECK, OUR FIELD TRIP, GUEST SPEAKER, ANYTHING OF THOSE ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES WE WANT OUR STUDENTS TO HAVE THAT LEADERSHIP COMPONENT, WE HAVE SOME OF OUR AVID SCHOOLS WORKING ON REALLY STRONG SERVICE LEARNING PROJECTS RIGHT NOW, LETO HIGH SCHOOL IS ONE OF THEM AND I ACTUALLY HAVE A STUDENT FROM LATE THEE IS GOING TO SPEAK WITH YOU AND WHEN THEY WOULD GET A LOT OF THAT WORK DONE. SO, WHO THIS AN AVID STUDENT? WE GET THIS QUESTION ASKED VERY REGULARLY. AVID ITSELF, AVID CENTER, AVID NATIONALLY, HAS THEIR CRITERIA OF WHAT AN AVID STUDENT IS. AS YOU CAN SEE IT CAN BE EVERY WITHIN AVERAGE TO HIGH TEST SCORES, A 2.0 TO 3.5 GPA, COLLEGE POTENTIAL WITH SUPPORT AND PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE IS THAT DESIRE AND DETERMINATION, AS LONG AS THE STUDENT HAS THAT AND THEY ARE WILLING TO NUT THAT HARD WORK AND REALLY STRETCH THEMSELVES AND CHALLENGE THEMSELVES BY BEING IN RIGOROUS COURSES, WE DEFINITELY WANT TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THEM IN AVID. OF COURSE, WE LOOK AT THEIR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH STATUS AND WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE HISTORICALLY UNDERSERVED IN POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST PIECE GOES AS A DISTRICT TEAM IS MAKING SURE WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR SCHOOLS, AVID COORDINATORS TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE LOOK AGENT THEIR DATA, STUDENT DATA SO THEY ARE LOOKING AT THEIR ACADEMIC MIDDLE AT THEIR SCHOOL THAT MIGHT LOOK DIFFERENT AT SOME OF OUR SITE BUS MAKE SURE THAT AS LONG AS A STUDENT DOES HAVE THAT DESIRE AND POTENTIAL, THEY ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY IN THE AVID CLASS. OUR STUDENTS FALL IN THE BUBBLE? ABSOLUTELY. BUT AGAIN, IT'S ALL SOMETIMES TAKEN ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS. SO THE DEMOGRAPHICS IN THE AVID CLASSROOM, REALLY PROUD TO SAY THAT THEY DO MIRROR CLOSELY OUR DISTRICT DEMOGRAPHICS, WITH 34% OF OUR AVID STUDENTS BEING HISPANIC OR LATINO, 27% AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND 30% WHITE. 63% OF OUR STUDENTS ARE CURRENTLY ELIGIBLE OR RECEIVING FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH. AND EVEN THOUGH CURRENTLY, OUR FEMALES OUTNUMBER OUR MALES, WE ARE WORKING TO ADDRESS THAT AND THAT'S SNAG AVID SEES NATIONALLY ACROSS OUR AVID PROGRAM, SOME OF THE THINGS WE ARE DOG TRYING TO RECRUIT SOME REALLY DYNAMIC MALE TEACHERS AND OUGHT TO SOURCE THAT THEY CAN BE THAT POSITIVE SUPPORT TO OUR AVID BOYS. THIS IS DATA THAT WE ARE REALLY PROUD OF, OUR 2015 AVID SENIOR DATA THIS IS BASED ON 604 AVID SENIORS, AS YOU CAN SEE, 98% OF THEM GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL. 85% COMPLETED FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS. THIS MEANS ONCE THEY COMPLETED HIGH SCHOOL, THEY REALLY HAD AN UPSHOT ON WHERE TO GO, WHETHER IT WAS ONE OF OUR LOCAL TECHNICAL COLLEGES, A TWO YEAR OR FOUR YEAR, OUR KIDS AT LEAST HAD AN OPTION, 77% OF OUR STUDENTS COMPLETED ONE OR MORE AP COURSE THIS IS FANTASTIC BECAUSE WITH THEM TAKING AVID, THEY ARE TAKING MORE AND MORE AP COURSES, THEY ARE BEING CHALLENGED AND THEY KNOW THAT AVID GOING TO SUPPORT THEM THAT PROCESS AND 80% OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE BEEN IN AVID THREE OR FOUR YEARS, WE TAKE THAT AS A GREAT COMPLIMENT IN OUR DISTRICT, WE KNOW AS THEY MOVE THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, THEY HAVE ATTRACTIVE ELECTIVE OPTION BUS CONTINUING TO CHOOSE TO BE IN THE AVID ELECTIVE CLASS AND THE AVERAGE GPA IS A 3.68. THE GRADUATION DATA THAT YOU SEE ON THE BOTTOM COME FROM THE '13, '14 GRADUATING COHORT AND BASED ON STUDENTS, WHETHER OR NOT THEY HAD AVID IN THEIR SCHEDULE. AS YOU CAN SEE IF THE STUDENT HAD AT LEAST ONE YEAR OF AVID, THEIR GRADUATION RATE INCREASED TO 84% WITH THREE YEARS OF AVID BEING 94%. SO I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE A STUDENT THAT SOME OF YOU MIGHT FIND FAMILIAR. SHE WAS ACTUALLY HERE AS A SEVENTH GRADER FROM PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND BEFORE I INTRODUCE HER, I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW YOU JUST A SHORT CLIP OF WHEN SHE WAS HERE. AND IT SHOULD PLAY.

>> I'M A SEVENTH GRADER AT PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. I'M IN THE ESL PROGRAM. MY CAREER GOAL IS TO BE A PEDIATRICIAN, UP UNTIL NOW, I WASN'T SURE I WOULD EVEN GET COLLEGE I DID SPOT SPEAK ENGLISH AS WELL AS SOME OTHER STUDENTS. I CAN ACHIEVE ANYTHING IF I PUT HARD WORK INTO IT. THIS PROGRAM HAS TAUGHT ME HOW TO BE MORE ORGANIZED BY USING A BINDER FOR ALL OF MY CLASSES, HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR MYSELF AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT HAS GIVEN ME THE CONFIDENCE THAT I NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. EVEN THOUGH I MAY BE NERVOUS, I AM STANDING HERE THERE FRONT OF YOU TO SHOW YOU HOW IMPORTANT THIS HAS BEEN FOR ME. THE SKILLS THAT I HAVE LEARNED WILL CARRY ME --

>> SO NOW I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU LETO HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR, LIDAROSA PEREZ. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> HELLO, SUPERINTENDENT AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS IT IS A PLEASURE TO BE HERE AGAIN. BACK WHEN I WAS IN SEVENTH GRADE, I HAD HOPES AND DREAMS OF BEING ABLE TO TAKE CLASSES WHEN I GOT TO HIGH SCHOOL. THANKS TO OUR SCHOOL, I WAS GIVEN TRADITIONAL AVID IN HIGH SCHOOL. I HAVE GAINED IMPORTANT LIFE SKILLS OFF AS PLANNER, BINDER AND NOTE TAKING. TUTORIALS HAVE TAUGHT ME A COLLABORATIVE AND INCREASED SKILLS. THIS HAS BEEN VERY ESSENTIAL TO MY SUCCESS IN HIGH SCHOOL. I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND I WAS STRUGGLING WITH THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, I ONLY DREAMED OF BEING ABLE TO DO THINGS THAT I'M DOING TODAY, LIKE TAKING AP. THE AVID FAMILY HAS PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN MY HIGH SCHOOL CAREER BECAUSE THEY ARE PROVIDING ME WITH THE RESOURCES AND SUPPORT THAT I NEED NOT ONLY TO BE SUCCESS ENVELOPE HIGH SCHOOL BUT IN MY LIFE. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> SO I NEED TO BRAG ON HER. SHE IS CURRENTLY TAKING THREE AP CLASSES. SHE TOOK TWO LAST YEAR AND SHE PLANS ON TAKING THREE NEXT YEAR AND TWO DUAL ENROLLMENT. YES. SO I DO WANT TO RECOGNIZE -- [ APPLAUSE ] AVID COORDINATOR AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL, SONJA LUTZ. THANK HER FOR BRINGING HER AND BEING A GREAT SUPPORT. GREAT. SO, NOW WE HAVE HEARD FROM A STUDENT. I TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE AVID ELECTIVE CLASS AND THE SYSTEM OF AVID, I WOULD LIKE TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT GOES ALONG WITH AVID THAT BEING A STRONG COMPONENT OF WHAT MAKES AVID SO SUCCESSFUL, OBVIOUSLY, OUR TEACHERS, THEY ARE THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR PROGRAM. WE TRAIN OUR TEACHERS ANNUALLY AT THE AVID SUMMER INSTITUTE. FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS IN A ROW, THAT HAS BEEN HELD AT THE TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER. WE TRAIN ROUGHLY 450 TO 500 TEACHERS EVERY SINGLE SUMMER AND THOSE TEACHERS GO BACK AND SHARE THEIR STRATEGIES FACULTY AND STAFF, AND DO PATHWAY TRAININGS IN THE DISTRICT AND WE HAVE PRINCIPALS, DISTRICT STAFF AND TEACHERS BEING NATIONALLY TRAINED AVID STAFF DEVELOPERS THAT WORK HERE WITH US AND MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE QUALITY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT YEAR ROUND. AND SINCE 2007, WE HAVE TRAINED 2,898 TEACHERS IN AVID STRATEGIES. THAT'S TEACHERS, COUNSELORS ADMINISTRATORS THAT HAVE BEEN AVID TRAINED. WE ALSO WITHIN OUR DEPARTMENT HAVE MONTHLY AVID COORDINATOR MONTHLY MEETINGS, FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS THIS YEAR, WE WANTED TO MOVE AWAY WITH THAT AND HAVE VIRTUAL MEETINGS WITH OUR TEACHERS, WEREN'T PULLING THEM OUT A HALF DAY, FULL DAY MEETING WITH THEM VIRTUALLY AND PROVIDE AVID STRATEGIES TRAINING, IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE ARE NOT ONLY PROVIDING IT TO OUR 72 AVID SITES WE HAVE IN THE DISTRICT BUT PROVIDING THEM TO ABSOLUTELY ANYONE THAT WANTS TO BE AVID TRAINED. WE WILL WORK WITH OUR ALTERNATIVE CENTERS, CAREER CENTERS AND RECENTLY, LAST WEEK, WE TRAINED HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL ON AVID STRATEGIES THAT THEY CAN WORK WITH THEIR STUDENTS AT HOME ON ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS, THEY REACHED OUT TO US AND WE WERE MORE THAN HAPPY TO ACCOMMODATE THEM WITH A FULL FACULTY TRAINING. OUR AVID DEPARTMENT CAN BE FOUND AT EVERY PARENT UNIVERSITY. WE CONDUCT SESSIONS IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH FOR OUR PAR.

>>S TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE -- HAVE ANY RESOURCES THAT THEY NEED AND WE ARE ALSO AVAILABLE FOR OUR SCHOOLS FOR FAMILY NIGHT AND OTHER EVENTS. I CAN GO ON AND ON ABOUT AVID PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT BUT WHAT I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO HEAR FROM AN AVID COORDINATOR FROM ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS, SO I WILL INTRODUCE MS. JENNY GLOR, AVID ELECTIVE TEACHER AND COORDINATOR AT MANN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND AVID STAFF DEVELOPER AND '15-'16 MANN TEACHER TO OF THE YEAR. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. LIVE THE PLEASURE OF BEING THE AVID COORDINATOR AND ELECTIVE TEACHER THE MANN MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR THE PAST EIGHT YEARS, SINCE THE SECOND ROLLO hcsb2016-03-08.mp4UT, THE OFFICIAL ROLLOUT WAS EARLY ON. BUT THEN THE FULL ROLLOUT OF AVID CAME IN THE DISTRICT AND I WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL COORDINATORS IN THAT ROLLOUT. AND THAT EIGHT YEARS, I HAVE SEEN A TRUE CULTURE CHANGE AT MANN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND THAT HAS BEEN MY PRIVILEGE TO BE A PART OF THROUGH THE CORE STRATEGIES AND THROUGH TEACHING CHILDREN ORGANIZATION, TEACHING CHILDREN HOW TO WORK TOGETHER AND TEACHING CHILDREN,THINK AT A HIGHER LEVEL AND ALL OF THAT IS PREPARING OUR STUDENTS FOR A COLLEGE OR CAREER TRACK IN THE FUTURE AND WHAT I FEEL AT MANN, WHEN YOU WALK ON TO OUR CAMPUS, YOU TRULY SEE THAT COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS. YOU SEE BINDERS. YOU SEE IN EVERY CLASSROOM AND YOU SEE THAT COLLEGE AND CAREER INPUT IN THESE STUDENTS' LIVES THAT THEY MAY NEVER HAVE SEEN BEFORE. AND WHY IS THAT POSSIBLE? THAT'S POSSIBLE BECAUSE -- THAT'S POSSIBLE BECAUSE THE TRAINING THAT OUR STAFF HAS RECEIVED, OVER 50% OF OUR STAFF IS TRAINED IN AVID STRATEGIES, WHETHER IT'S THROUGH AVID SUMMER INSTITUTE OR WHETHER IT'S THROUGH THE PATH TRAININGS OR EVEN THE APSI SUMMER INSTITUTE UP AT USF. THEY GET EXPOSED TO THESE STRATEGIES AND THEY ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT AVID, THEY TAKE THESE STRATEGIES BACK TO MANN AND THEY LITERALLY HELP OUR STUDENTS FIND THEIR FUTURE. AND WITH OUR STAFF, OUR ADMINISTRATION, OUR FACULTY, WE HAVE SO MUCH SUPPORT AND THAT CULTURE THAT YOU FEEL THE MINUTE YOU WALK ON OUR CAMPUS IS ONLY POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THAT FAMILY SUPPORT THAT WAS SPOKEN OF EARLIER. WE HAVE AN AVID FAMILY. THEY CALL ME MOMMY G. IT IS NOT JUST MY AVID ELECTIVE STUDENTS. WE SAY AT MANN EVERY STUDENT ON CAMPUS IS AN AVID STUDENT AND EVERY STUDENT THAT HAS ME FOR AN AVID ELECTIVE STUDENTS. YOU CAN HAVE AN AVID SCHOOL AND A SCHOOL WITH OF A INDIVIDUAL AND AT MANN, WE ARE TRULY AN AVID SCHOOL, WHAT WE ARE DOING, WE ARE TRULY PREPARING OUR STUDENTS NOT JUST FOR THE NEXT STEP, THEY HAVE OF THE SKILLS TO BE SUCCESS ENVELOPE HIGH SCHOOL BUT ALSO PREPARING THEM FOR LIFE. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU, JENNY. SO AS WE MOVE FORWARD, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALLOWING US THIS OPPORTUNITY. WITH AVID, WE ARE NOT ONLY INCREASING OUR GRADUATION RATE WITH -- WORKING WITH OUR SCHOOL'S DISTRICT PRIORITIES, WE ARE HELPING STUDENTS BE SUCCESSFUL IN THOSE RIGOROUS COURSES AND CULTURE AND CAREER WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS BUT LIKE JENNY SAID, AVID IS PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] >April Griffin: THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU FOR THE CHAIR AND THE HIGHLIGHT, A WONDERFUL PRESENTATION. FIRST, I JUST WANTED TO CONGRATULATE DAPHNE BLANTON AT MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR BEING A NATIONAL DEMONSTRATE SITE. CAN YOU EXPLAIN ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS FOR THAT PARTICULAR LOCATION?

>> ABSOLUTELY. SO THE SCHOOLS HAVE TO GO THROUGH A RIG LOUSE PROCESS,'S AROUND AN 18-MONTH PROCESS WHERE THEY HAVE TO MEET CERTAIN METRIX WITH THE AVID CENTER NATIONALLY, DIFFERENT PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY WILL COME IN AND VISIT THEIR SITE AND DEEM THEM WORTHY OF HAVING A NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION RECOGNITION. THIS IS THE EIGHTH YEAR IN A ROW THEY HAVE RECEIVED THAT MIST WOW, THAT'S WONDERFUL A LOT OF GREAT COMPONENTS TO THIS PROGRAM YOU MENTIONED THROUGHOUT THIS PRESENTATION. JENNY I CAN SEE WHY YOU'RE TEACHER OF THE YEAR, BY THE WAY. SO I JUST WANT TO UNDERSTAND, AS FAR AS THE STUDENT ENROLLMENT, WE HAVE OVER 9,000 STUDENTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN THE AVID PROGRAM. YOU HAD MENTIONED THAT WE JUST RECEIVED ADDITIONAL FUNDING, DOES MA MEAN WE ARE ABLE TO EXPAND THE AVID PROGRAM TO MORE STUDENTS?

>> THE FUNDING IS BASED ON KIDS ENROLLED THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND SUCCESSFUL ON THEIR EOC OR AP EXAMS, THAT MONEY IS DIRECTLY TIED TO THAT PARTICULAR SCHOOL, SO WE USE IT IN THE PAST, THIS PAST YEAR WHEN WE RECEIVED IT, TO RENEW THEIR AVID MEMBERSHIP, CERTIFICATION AND PAY FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OUT OF THOSE FUNDS THAT GOES TO THE SCHOOLS THAT ALREADY HAVE OF A INDIVIDUAL.

>>Melissa Snively: I WAS JUST CURIOUS, SEEMS LIKE JUST A WONDERFUL PROGRAM, WANT AS MANY STUDENTS THAT COULD BENEFIT FROM IT TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT, SOME OF THE COMPONENTS THAT YOU MENTIONED, I KNEE IT'S PERCEIVED A LOT OF TIMES AS BEING A COLLEGE READINESS TYPE OF PROGRAM BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT JENNY MENTIONED IS IT IS COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS AND I AM SO GLAD THAT YOU ADDED THAT TO THE DESCRIPTION, IT IS COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS, BECAUSE THE SKILLS THAT THESE STUDENTS ARE LEARNING THROUGHOUT THE COURSE ARE REALLY TRULY PREPARING THEM TO BE WHETHER THEY GO TO COLLEGE OR GO INTO THE WORKFORCE, THE COLLABORATIVE SKILLS THAT THEY NEED, THEY ARE THE ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS THAT THEY NEED, THEY ARE THE DETERMINATION SKILLS THAT THEY NEED, AND SO I'M VERY, VERY GLAD THAT WE HAVE THIS PROGRAM AND I WOULD LOVE TO SEE US EXPAND IT TO MORE STUDENTS, IF IT'S POSSIBLE, MAYBE QUO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW THAT WOULD LOOK. EVEN IF IT'S JUST TAKING SOME OF THAT CURRICULUM, LIKE THE ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS, I KNOW A LOT OF STUDENTS ARE CHALLENGED WHEN THEY MOVE FROM FIFTH GRADE SIXTH GRADE. AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES PERSONALLY THAT MY TWO OLDER CHILDREN FACE WHEN THEY -- WHEN THEY WENT FROM FIFTH GRADE SIXTH GRADE WAS THAT ELEMENT OF STAYING ORGANIZED. AND THE STUDY SKILLS THAT COULD BENEFIT THEM WHEN THEY TRANSITION FROM FIFTH GRADE SIXTH GRADE. SO EVEN IF WE COULD EVEN PULL SOME OF THOSE COMPONENTS OUT OF AVID AND TEACH OUR STUDENTS THOSE, THAT WOULD HELP BEN GUILT WITH THAT TRANSITION FROM FIFTH GRADE TO SIXTH GRADE AND HELP THEM THROUGHOUT THEIR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. SO I WOULD LOVE TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF THAT AND EVEN TAKING IT -- I MENTIONED THIS ALREADY, I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH ASSUME EAKINS ABOUT STARTING EVEN IN FIFTH GRADE, TOWARD THE END OF FIFTH GRADE, GETTING THEM PREPARED FOR SIXTH GRADE THOSE -- SOME OF THOSE AVID SKILLS THAT ARE GOING TO BE NECESSARY TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN SIXTH GRADE. I ALSO LIKE THE TEACHER TRAINING COMP MONTH AND HELP ME UNDERSTAND, I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND IT RIGHT, SO THE TEACHERS COME BACK FROM THOSE SUMMER SESSION AND THOSE ARE THE TEACHERS THAT TEACH OR THEY TEACH OTHER TEACHERS, IS THAT LIKE TRAINING THE TRAINER OR --

>> THAT'S GREAT WAY TO THINK ABOUT IT, BECAUSE THE TEACHERS ARE TAKING SPECIALIZED SESSIONS AND THEN THEY WILL GO BACK AND WHEN WE SEND THEM TO SUMMER INSTITUTE, THE GOAL IS THAT THEY WILL GO BACK AND SHARE THEIR STRATEGIES WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THEIR STAFF. I KNOW WHEN I WAS IN THE CLASSROOM, WOE GO BACK AND PREPLANNING, SHARE THE STRATEGY WES LEARNED AT SUMMER INSTITUTE WITH THE REST OF THE FACULTY. ONE OF THE COMP MONTHS OF THE SUMMER INSTITUTE ALSO HAS A SITE TEAM PIECE WITH IT AND SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND MISS VAL THEY A CHANCE TO SEE THIS IN ACTION LAST SUMMER, WHERE THE SCHOOLS WORK TOGETHER, THEY LOOK AT THEIR GOALS, WHERE THEY WANT TO GO FOR NEXT YEAR AND TIE THIS IN WITH THEIR SIT PLAN AS WELL AND ALSO WORK WITH THEIR FEARED SCHOOLS AS WELL, WE SEPARATE THE ROOM BUYS SPEEDERS TO THEY CAN ALL COLLABORATE DURING SITE TEAM TIME.

>> THAT'S WONDERFUL. I'M SO GLAD. THAT CAN MEAN SO MUCH TO TEACHERS AS WELL TO STUDENTS WHEN IT COMES TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND FEELING THAT THEY ARE, YOU KNOW, ABLE TO MOVE THE NEEDLE, SO TO SPEAK. THANK YOU AGAIN. THAT WAS A WONDERFUL PRESENTATION. ILIYA ROSA, THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK AND SPEAKING TO THE BOARD. I WASN'T HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME YOU SPOKE BUT I'M GLAD THEY WERE ABLE TO SHOW THE VIDEO AND YOU ARE VERY PROFESSIONAL YOUNG WOMAN AND BEST OF LUCK TO YOU AND BEST WISHES TO YOU FOR A SUCCESSFUL CAREER AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING KNOW HIGHLIGHT. >April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. EDGECOMB.

>> >Doretha Edgecomb: LET ME ADD TO YOU THE COMMENT MS. SNIVELY GAVE TO YOU. YOU ARE THE POSTER CHILD, IN MANY CASES, AVID, I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND AN AVID AWARENESS ACTIVITY LAST WEEK AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. AND IT WAS CALLED DINING WITH DIGNITY TEARS. I SAT AT THE TABLE WITH THE DIGNITARIES, SO I ASSUME I WAS AMONG THOSE BUT WHAT IT GAVE ME WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO INTERACT WITH SOME OF THE STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL AND MET A YOUNG MAN NAMED JOE WHO SHE AND I SHARE A PASSION FOR POETRY AND HE WAS TALKING ABOUT THE POETRY HE HAS WRITTEN. SO I WAS INVITED TO SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL AS PART OF THEIR AFRICAN-AMERICAN TEACH-IN, READ-IN. I INVITED JOE TO COME INSTEAD OF MY GOING TO READ TO THE KIDS BECAUSE -- TO HIS STUDENTS, HIS PEERS, I THOUGHT THEY WOULD RELATE TO HIS PORTRAIT, THEY WOULD SEE WHAT POSSIBILITIES THAT THEY COULD ACHIEVE. I THINK IT WAS A REAL BIG HIT H WE INVITED TO YOU TALK TO SOME OF OUR YOUNGER STUDENTS, YOU WOULD BE THE STAR OF THE DAY, TOO. ON THE WAY BACK, I SAY, JOE, TELL ME ABOUT YOUR MOST CHALLENGING AND RIG LOUSE COURSE, HE SAID AP PHYSICS. COULD I IDENTIFY WITH THAT I SAID BUT TELL ME ABOUT THE COURSE OR COURSES THAT YOU REALLY ENJOY, YOU FIND FULFILLING AND THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND OVER TO SCHOOL, EVERY STUDENT TO TAKE AND WITHOUT A HESITATION, HE SAID OF A INDIVIDUAL AND I SAID TELL ME Y HE SAID, FIRST OF ALL, IT'S A SAFE PLACE. IT FEELS LIKE FAMILY AND YOU SAID THAT TODAY. THE SECOND THING HE SAID, IT'S AN ATMOSPHERE THAT CREATES A HUNGER FOR ME TO CONTINUE TO WANT TO LEARN. I'M STIMULATED. I'M CHALLENGED. THERE ARE HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR ME AND I WANT TO LIVE UP TO THOSE EXPECTATIONS. HE SAYS IT'S A RESOURCE OF SUPPORT THAT I'M NOT AFRAID ASK FOR HELP. I'M NOT AFRAID TO EXPRESS MY OPINIONS. AND MY OPINION IS HEARD AND VALUED. THESE ARE HIS EXACT WORDS AND HE SAID ALSO THAT WE ARE SURROUNDED BY BOTH TEACHERS, STAFF AND STUDENTS WHO HELP US STAY FOCUSED ON WHAT IT IS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE. AND MRS. BROWNING, WHO IS THE AVID COORDINATOR AT MIDDLETON SHOULD BE COMMENDED FOR -- AND HER STAFF FOR CREATING THAT KIND OF ATMOSPHERE, BECAUSE WE TALK ABOUT OUR KIDS FEELING SAFE, A PLACE WHERE THERE'S A MENTOR AND ROLE MODELS, A PLACE WHERE THEY ARE CHALLENGED, A PLACE WHERE THEY FEEL THAT THEY CAN -- THEY FEEL VALUED AND COULD ASK QUESTIONS AND ALL OF THAT'S -- THE KINDS OF EXPERIENCES THAT SO MANY OF OUR STUDENTS IN AVID EXPERIENCING. SO IT'S A PROGRAM THAT'S BEEN AROUND A WHILE I HOPE IT'S GOING TO CONTINUE. AND IN MANY SCHOOLS, THE AVID CULTURE AND ATTITUDE IS NOT JUST IN THE AVID AMONG THE STUDENT, IT IS EMBRACED THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL AND I THINK THAT'S WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE. SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AN AVID STUDENT, YOU JUST HAVE TO ACT LIKE ONE AND WANT TO BE LIKE ONE AND EMBRACE THE KIND OF EXPERIENCES THAT THEY HAVE. SO, THANK YOU FOR COMING THIS AFTERNOON, BOTH OF YOU. YOU REPRESENT SO WELL THE WHOLE AVID MOVEMENT, IF YOU WILL, OF THE CLIMATE AND THE ATTITUDE. AND TO JOE, WHO WAS THAT STUDENT YESTERDAY, YOU, TWO WOULD MAKE A GREAT TEAM. ABSOLUTELY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. I BELIEVE OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES WANT TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE.

>> HELLO, SO I'M A SENIOR AT STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL, EVEN THOUGH I'M IN THE AVID PROGRAM AID CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH STUDENTS THE MY SCHOOL. EVERYONE IS SAYING SO FAR, REALLY, REALLY ENCOURAGED THE PROGRAM, BECAUSE THEY VALUED THE SKILL IT IS GAVE THEM, BECAUSE IT ALLOWS THE STUDENTS SHALL AT LEAST IN HIGH SCHOOL, EVEN IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, A SUPPORT PROGRAM WHICH THEY ARE GUIDED THROUGH ALL THE IMPORTANT STEPS OF THEIR EDUCATION PROCESS. AND IT REALLY ALLOWS THEM TO DEVELOP THE SKILLS THAT THEY WOULD NEVER DEVELOP IN OTHER MAYBE ACADEMIC CLASSES AND IT EQUIPS THEM WITH THESE ABILITIES THAT THEY CAN THEN APPLY TOWARD THEIRS FURTHER EDUCATION AND THEIR CAREER GOALS. AS MS. SNIVELY WAS SAYING, WE SHOULD REALLY SEEK TO KIND OF EXPAND THIS PROGRAM AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE OF THE BENEFITS THAT IT HAS SHOWN TO GIVE THE STUDENTS AND AS MS. EDGECOMB WAS SAYING, I KNOW THAT ONE OF OUR KEY POINTS WE ARE ADDRESSING THIS YEAR IS SCHOOL CULTURE AND WE NEED TO REALLY CREATE A SAFER LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS TO FEEL COMFORTABLE LEARNING IN AND I THINK AVID IS ONE OF THE KEYWAYS THAT WE CAN DO THIS BECAUSE IT REALLY PREPARES THE STUDENTS FOR LIFE. SO I KIND OF WANTED TO FLOW THAT STUDENT PERSPECTIVE. [ APPLAUSE ] >April Griffin: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, GRETCHEN. MS. SNIVELY, YOU ECHOED THINGS THEY'VE BEEN SAYING FOR YEARS IN REFERENCE TO THIS PROGRAM. THE ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS, THE CRITICAL THINKING, THE SELF-ADVOCACY, THE COLLABORATION, THOSE ARE ALL THINGS THAT I WOULD LOVE TO HAVE TAUGHT ACROSS THE BOARD WITH ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. I MEAN, WE HAVE AVID PROGRAM AND WE HAVE AVID SCHOOLS, LIKE YOU TALKED ABOUT, AND I'VE BROUGHT UP THE TRAIN THE TRAINER MODEL AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE LEGALITIES ARE OR THE CONTRACT ISSUES ARE WITH TAKING THE CURRICULUM AND PUTTING THAT IN A BROADER SENSE OF TEACHING THOSE SKILLS BECAUSE THOSE THINGS WILL PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE AND PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE WORKFORCE, FIRST AND FOREMOST, BECAUSE REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY GO, AS MS. SNIVELY SAID, WHETHER ITS TEASE A POSTSECONDARY CAREER, A TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, THE MILITARY, THERE ARE DIFFERENT OPTIONS BUT THEY WILL ULTIMATELY BE IN THE WORKFORCE HOPEFULLY, BECAUSE THIS IS OUR GOAL TO CREATE TAX PAYING, PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS. SO I DON'T KNOW, AND I'VE ASKED THIS QUESTION BEFORE, BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW WE CAN GET THESE SKILLS AS PART OF OUR OVERALL, AND I THINK THAT ONCE WE AND I DON'T KNOW IF MR. BROOKS IS HERE, GOING TO BE HAVING A WORKSHOP ON OUR SKILLS GAP ANALYSIS IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND I THINK THAT THESE ARE ALL THINGS RIGHT HERE THAT WE ARE GOING TO HEAR ARE ISSUES THAT EMPLOYERS FEEL ARE LACKING, THE ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS, THE CRITICAL THINKS SKILLS, THE COLLABORATION, THOSE ARE THINGS THAT I HAVE A FEELING THAT WE ARE GOING TO HEAR AS PART OF THAT SKILLS GAP ANALYSIS, AS PART OF WHAT WE NEED TO TEACH TO OUR STUDENTS, SO, I ECHO WHAT MS. SNIVELY HAS SAID IN LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN BROADEN THIS AND AGAIN, I KNOW THAT THERE ARE MAYBE SOME CONTRACT ISSUES THAT WE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT, YOU KNOW, 'CAUSE THERE'S, I GUESS, LICENSES THAT WE HAVE TO PAY FOR WITH CURRICULUM AND THINGS LIKE THAT BUT WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BROADER THINGS, UNIVERSAL SKILLS THAT WE CAN DRAW FROM THIS AND SOME OF THE SKILLSET THAT OUR TEACHERS HAVE THAT THEY ARE LEARNING WITH THIS TRAIN THE TRAINER MOLD TO GO INTO A SCHOOL AND MAKE SURE THAT EVERY STUDENT THAT CROSSES OUR DOORSTEPS IS LEARNING THESE THINGS. SO, DITTO TO WHAT MS. SNIVELY SAID. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION. IT WAS A GREAT PRESENTATION AND THANK YOU FOR COMING AGAIN. IF YOU COULD COME BACK UP TO THE PODIUM, 'CAUSE I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU. YOU -- AND I MAY HAVE MISSED IT, BUT DID YOU SAY WHAT YOUR GOALS ARE FOR YOUR CAREER IN THE FUTURE, YOU SAID THEM THE LAST TIME YOU WERE HERE.

>> OH, YES, I HOPE TO GET ACCEPTED INTO UF, AND I DON'T WANT TO BE PEDIATRICIAN ANYMORE. I WOULD LIKE TO BE A CARDIOLOGIST. >April Griffin: A CARDIOLOGIST?

>> YES. >April Griffin: WONDERFUL. I LIKE TO HEAR THOSE UPDATES, SO FUNNY THE TRANSITION THAT KIDS GO THROUGH, I WANTED TO BE A MARINE BIOLOGIST WHEN I WAS YOUNG AND THEN I WANTED TO BE A COUPLE OTHER THING ALSO, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP UNTIL I WAS WAY OLD, PART OF KNOWING WHAT YOU WANT TO BE IN LIFE, TOO I KNOW IS SNAG AVID TEACHES, IS KNOWING WHAT YOU DON'T WANT TO BE, SO THAT'S GOOD THING. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING BACK AGAIN. WE ALWAYS, ALWAYS -- IT'S SUCH A PLEASURE TO HEAR FROM THE STUDENTS. AND TO OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES, THANK YOU FOR YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS AS WELL.

>> MY PLEASURE. THANK YOU. >April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. THAT CONCLUDES OUR TEACHING AND LEARNING AND WE ARE NOW INTO THE STAGE THAT I KNOW SOME PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR NOW, THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS. WE HAVE TO APPROVE THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT OF SUPERVISOR SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND HEARING SERVICES. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. >Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. BOARD MEMBERS, THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT COMING BEFORE YOU TODAY ON THE AGENDA HAS BEEN APPROPRIATELY ADVERTISED, APPROPRIATE SCREENINGS ARE HELD AND INTERVIEWS WITH STAFF WERE CONDUCTED. THE HRMD PROCESS ADOPTED BY THE BOARD WAS FOLLOWED IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT MARY ANDERSON, CURRENTLY THE COORDINATOR FOR SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND HEARING TO THE SOUP HE WERE VISOR OF SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND HEARING WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF FEBRUARY 29, 2016. MS. ANDERSON BEGAN HER CAR YEAR IN 1992 IN LANCASTER COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA, FROM 1992 TO 1994, SHE HELD POSITION AS A SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST FOR THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, HHS AND McDONALD GREEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, EMPLOYED WITH BETH INGRAM ASSOCIATES IN TAMPA N 1995, SHE BEGAN HER EMPLOYMENT WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, FROM '95 TO 2012, SHE WAS A SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST AT LIMONA AND COLSTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND IN 2012, SHE WAS APPOINTED AS A DISTRICT RESOURCE TEACHER IN THE SPEECH, LANGUAGE AND HEARING PROGRAM N 2013, SHE WAS APPOINTED AS COORDINATOR OF THE SPEECH LANGUAGE AND HEARING PROGRAM, WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING. >April Griffin: I HAVE A MOTION FROM MS. EDGECOMB AND A SECOND FROM MS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, ANY DISCUSSION. SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT IS UNANIMOUS WITH MRS. VALDES BEING AWAY FROM THE DAYS WHY. CONGRATULATIONS, MS. HARRIS. COULD YOU PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. I AM SORRY, MS. ANDERSON. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE, WE HAD A LONG AGENDA. I KNOW YOU PROBABLY WANT TO CELEBRATE NOW. YOU CAN QUIETLY LEAVE, IF YOU DON'T WANT TO STAY FOR THE REST OF OUR BUSINESS MEETING AND ENJOY THE REST OF YOUR EVENING. THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, INTO THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING APPROVAL, THE FOLLOWING ITEMS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION, THESE PULLED ITEMS VOTE OLD ALL TOGETHER AT THE END OF DISCUSSION. THE CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS, THE ITEMS PULLED ARE C 702, C 902 R, THE INFORMATION ITEMS ARE C 1004 AND C 1005. AND I NOW, BOARD MEMBER HE IS NEED A POSITION AND A SECOND TO PASS THE COP SENT AGENDA. >Jeffrey Eakins: 605 DID COME UP, DIDN'T MAKE IT UP THERE 605 BEING PULLED ALSO. >April Griffin: 605 AS WELL IN THANK YOU. SO 605. SO I MADE A POSITION TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THESE ITEMS PULLED. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES, A SECOND BY MS. KURDELL. ANY DISCUSSION? ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS, SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. THE CONSENT AGENDA PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THE FIRST ITEM IN THE PULLED ITEMS IS 605 TO IMPROVE ADVANCED REFUNDING OF THE ADVANCED CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION. MS., GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, CHIEF BUSINESS OFFER.

>> THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN ARE, WE ARE REALLY EXCITING ABOUT THE REFUNDINGS, AS ALWAYS, SAVINGS, SAVINGS, SAVINGS, WE LIKE TO SAY, SAVINGS, SAVINGS, SAVINGS, SO I WANT TO CALL JERRY FORD UP TO THE PODIUM AND JUST GIVE YOU A LITTLE OVERVIEW, THE ADVANCED REFUNDING OF THE CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION SERIES 2007 WILL RESULT IN A REDUCTION OF OUR DEBT SERVICE PAYMENTS AND WILL ULTIMATELY PROVIDES A SAVING YOUS TO OUR CAPITAL OUTLAY MILLAGE REVENUES, DON'T GET TOO EXCITED, CHRIS. THE PROJECTED $7 MILLION IN SAVINGS IS OVER 14 YEARS AND THAT'S ROUGHLY ABOUT $600,000 A YEAR. JERRY? THANK YOU

>>. GOOD EVENING, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO BE HERE TONIGHT, I'M JERRY FORD WITH FORD AND ASSOCIATES WITH ME IS JOHN STOKES, NEIGHBORS GUILD AND NICKERSON WHO IS YOUR BOND COUNCIL COUNSEL. ABOUT A YEAR AGO, WE LOOKED AT THE 2015 REFINANCING, REREFINANCING YOUR OUTSTANDING DEBTS. THIS 7 SERIES IS ONE YOU CONSIDERED. BASED ON THE RECOMMENDATION, YOUR CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER HELD OFF AND WAITED ON THAT ONE. AT THE TIME, SAVING YOUS WERE ABOUT PRESENT VALUE BASIS OF $1.3 TO $1.4 MILLION. TODAY, THOSE SAVING YOUS ON A PRESENT VALUE BASIS ARE ABOUT $7 MILLION THAT ADVICE WAS GOOD AND THAT WAIT WAS WORTHWHILE. AS WHICH GO INTO THE MARKET THE NEXT FEW WEEKS, PROBABLY ABOUT THREE WEEKS FROM NOW THE PROCESS WILL BE SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST, OUR UNDERWRITERS, LED BY BANKAMERICA, MERRILL LYNCH, WILL PLACE THE BONDS INTO THE MARKET AND WE WILL PLACE THOSE BONDS WITH INVESTORS AND AT THAT POINT IN TIME, YOUR INTEREST RATES WILL BE LOCKED, THEY WILL FLOAT BETWEEN NOW AND THEN. RATES HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY GOOD OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS. AND THEY HAVE -- OWN LITTLE BIT IN THE LAST WEEK OR TWO BUT EXTREMELY STRONG AND SO WE ARE LOOKING FOR A VERY, VERY GOOD TONE IN THE MARKET. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FINANCING ITSELF, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM IF NOT, SKILL MR. STOKES TO COME UP AND WALK YOU THROUGH THE DOCUMENTS. >April Griffin: WELCOME, MR. STOKES.

>> MADAM THEIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARDS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. IT IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO COME BEFORE YOU TO -- WITH A SET OF DOCUMENTS TO REALIZE THESE KINDS OF SAVINGS. JUST BY WAY OF BACKGROUND, WHAT JERRY WAS SAYING, YOU ACTUALLY APPROVED THIS REFUNDING A YEAR AGO, TOGETHER WITH YOUR '05s AND '06s, WHEN THE MARKET CAME AROUND, THE '07s JUST DIDN'T MAKE ANY SENSE, AND SO WE WENT FORWARD WITH THE 2006s AND 2007s. AS JERRY SAID, THE MARKET HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY. WHAT WE CALL NEGATIVE ARBITRAGE HAS BEEN BURNED OFF AND SO WE DIDN'T FEEL LIKE WE HAD, EVEN THOUGH YOU HAD APPROVED THE REFUNDING OF THESE CERTIFICATES LAST YEAR, WE DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT WE HAD THE ADEQUATE AUTHORITY FOR THE OTHER DOCUMENTATION THAT'S RELATED TO THE REFUNDING, SO, THAT'S WHY WE ARE BACK TO HERE WITH YOU TODAY. ITS CERTIFICATE RESOLUTION IN FRONT OF THE BOARD IS ONE THAT YOU SHOULD BE FAMILIAR WITH. IT APPROVES NOT TO EXCEED $66 MILLION IN ISSUANCE OF CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION IN ORDER TO REFUND THE -- THE TARGETED 2007 COPs THAT MR. FORD JUST DISCUSSED. IT DELEGATES AUTHORITY TOS OF THE BOARD AND STAFF TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE REFUNDING UPON ADVICE OF YOUR FINANCIAL ADVISER. BY ADOPTING THIS RESOLUTION, YOU ARE DELEGATING THAT AUTHORITY AND APPROVING MOVING FORWARD WITH THE REFUNDING. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE BOARD CERTIFICATE RESOLUTION AND I WILL READ THAT MOTION. TO ADOPT THE BOARD CERTIFICATE RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE REFUNDING OF THE REFUNDED CERTIFICATE -- I'M SORRY, AUTHORIZE AND USE OF BANK -- OF AMERICA, MERRILL LYNCH, CITIGROUP, RAYMOND JAMES & ASSOCIATES AS THE UNDERWRITERS FOR THIS TRANSACTION AND AUTHORIZE STAFF TO WORK WITH THE DISTRICT FINANCIAL ADVISOR AND BOND COUNSEL TO PROCEED WITH REFUNDING AS LONG AS THE MARKET CONDITIONS REMAIN FAVORABLE. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AUGUST SECOND BY MS. KURDELL. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. THE RESOLUTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

>> MADAM CHAIR, AT THIS TIME, IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO TEMPORARILY RECESS THE MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD AND CONVENE THE MEETING OF THE HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL BOARD LEASING CORPORATION. >April Griffin: THIS BOARD MEETING IS TEMPORARILY CONVENED -- I'M SORRY, ADJOURNED AND I'M CONVENING THE SCHOOL BOARD LEASING CORPORATION MEETING. [ GAVEL BANGS ]

>> MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL BOARD LEASING CORPORATION, MR. SECRETARY, THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAS APPROVED MOVING FORWARD WITH THE REFUNDING WITH THE ISSUANCE OF NOT TO EXCEED $66 MILLION, REFUNDING CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION IN ORDER TO REFUND ALL OR A PORTION OF THE OUTSTANDING SCHOOL BOARD 2007 CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION. BY ADOPTING THIS CORPORATE RESOLUTION, YOU ARE VOTING TO WORK WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD IN ORDER TO CONSUMMATE THIS TRANSACTION AND DELEGATE AUTHORITY TO OFFICERS OF THE CORPORATION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE NECESSARY DOCUMENTATION TO COMPLETE THE TRANSACTION. >April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE CORPORATE RESOLUTION. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. THE CORN PRATT RESOLUTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. I WILL NOW ADJOIN THE SCHOOL BOARD LEASING CORPORATION AND RECONVENE THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. >April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. STOKES. BOARD MEMBERS ITEM C 902 WILL BE HEARD AT THIS TIME. AND MS. MARY LOU WHALEY.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. ALSO, RANDY GOALERS OF THE CITY WITH ME TONIGHT. GOOD EVENING, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THE TAMPA PROMISE ZONE MOU. THE CITY OF TAMPA, IN COOPERATION WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE TAMPA HOUSING AUTHORITY IS APPLYING FOR A FEDERAL PROMISE ZONE DESIGNATION. HUD DEFINES PROMISE ZONES AS HIGH-POVERTY COMMUNITIES WHERE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PARTNERS WITH LOCAL LEADERS TO INCREASE ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, IMPROVE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, LEVERAGE PRIVATE INVESTMENT, REDUCE VIOLENT CRIME, ENHANCE PUBLIC HEALTH AND ADDRESS OTHER PRIORITIES IDENTIFIED BY THE COMMUNITY. THE PROGRAM IS NOT A GRANT AND DOES NOT PROVIDE DIRECT FUNDING ASSISTANCE. HOWEVER, AS A RESULT OF THE PROMISE ZONE DESIGNATION, WE MAY BE GIVEN PRIORITY ACCESS TO FEDERAL INVESTMENTS THAT MEET THE GOALS OF THE PROMISE ZONE. AS A PARTNERING AGENCY, THE DISTRICT HAS AGREED TO COLLABORATE WITH THE CITY OF TAMPA AND THE TAMPA HOUSE AUTHORITY FOR A TEN-YEAR DESIGNATION PERIOD. SOME OF THE AREAS WE CURRENTLY SUPPORT THROUGH THE TAMPA HOUSE AUTHORITY IN SIMILAR ACTIVITIES THAT WE CAN EXPECT NEIGHBOR THIS PARTICULAR MOU AS WE MOVE FORWARD IS OFFSITE ADULT EDUCATION, EARLY PRE-K ED, EARLY LITERACY EDUCATION, DATA SHARING AGREEMENTS WITH PARENTS, COMMUNITY-BASED EXTENDED LEARNING OPTIONS AND SUPPORT TO FACILITATE CASE MANAGEMENT FOR STUDENTS AND RANDY IS HERE IN CASE YOU HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS. >April Griffin: ARE THERE QUESTIONS, BOARD MEMBERS? ALL RIGHT. MS. EDGECOMB. >Doretha Edgecomb: IN OUR CONVERSATION, LET ME SEE IF I CAN ARTICULATE THIS WELL ENOUGH SO THAT WHEN THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT IT, THAT THIS IS KIND OF A STATEMENT OF SUPPORT BETWEEN THE THREE ENTITIES, THE CITY, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE HOUSING AUTHORITY.

>> YES. DAY CARE IT IS NOT A COMMITMENT TO ANYTHING BEYOND WE ARE LEARNING TO BE PARTNERS IN THIS EFFORT, THAT IF AND WHEN THERE IS A GRANT AWARDED, THE REAL DISCUSSIONS WILL COME AROUND ABOUT WHAT THINGS WE ARE REALLY GOING TO COLLABORATE AROUND AND ON AND I THINK YOU CALLED IT A SEAL OF --

>> IT WAS A COMMITMENT. I THINK -- >Doretha Edgecomb: THE COMMITMENT THEN. ALL RIGHT.

>> COLLABORATE. >Doretha Edgecomb: CO-WILL BE A BORE RAY. AND MAKE THAT VERY CLEAR, BECAUSE AS IN THE PREVIOUS BOARD MEMBERS, TALKING ABOUT THE LAST LOP AND THAT KIND OF THING WITH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AROUND THE FIELD AND THAT KIND OF THING, THE COMMUNITY WANTS TO BE REALLY CLEAR THAT WE AREN'T MAKING COMMITMENTS TO AND PROMISES ABOUT AND AROUND THINGS THAT THEY FEEL THAT THEY WANT -- FIRST OF ALL, A VOICE ABOUT, TO BE INFORMED ABOUT AND THAT WE ALWAYS KEEP IN THE FOREFRONT OF ALL THAT DO WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR DISTRICT AND OUR STUDENTS AND I'M SURE THE HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS THAT SAME KIND OF COMMITMENT, BUT WHAT I UNDERSTAND ABOUT TODAY'S APPROVAL FOR THIS AGENDA ITEM IS TO TALK ABOUT AN AGREEMENT AND COMMITMENT TO COLLABORATE.

>> TO COLLABORATE FOR FURTHER GRANTS AND OPPORTUNE THAT'S COME FORTH. >Doretha Edgecomb: ALL RIGHT. DID I GET IT RIGHT?

>> YES, ABSOLUTELY YOU DID. >Doretha Edgecomb: ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU. >April Griffin: ANY QUESTIONS?

>> THANK YOU. >April Griffin: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, MR. GOERS. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 702 AND MS. LORRAINE DUFFY SUAREZ WILL PRESENT. APPROVE PROPOSED ATTENDANCE BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENTS FOR TINKER K 8 AND MONROE MIDDLE SCHOOL.

>> GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF. WE CONVERTED TINKER INTO A K 8 SCHOOL AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR, WE HAVE ADDED CLASSROOMS AND AT THIS POINT, WE ARE PROPOSING TO CHANGE THE ATTENDANCE BOUNDARY SO THAT THE MIDDLE GRADES, SIX, SEVEN AND EIGHT WILL NOW BE ASSIGNED TO THE TINKER K 8 SCHOOL AS OPPOSED TO BEING PLACE THERE HAD THROUGH A CHOICE PROCESS, THAT THIS WILL BE THEIR ASSIGNED SCHOOL, THEY ARE, OF COURSE, ABLE TO CHOICE OUT TO ANY SCHOOL OF THEIR CHOICE, JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER STUDENT, BUT THEIR ASSIGNED SCHOOL NOW BE THE TINKER K 8 SCHOOL THIS REQUIRES A CHANGE TO THE TINKER BOUNDARY AS WELL AS TO THE MONROE BOUNDARY WHERE THOSE STUDENTS ARE CURRENTLY ASSIGNED FOR GRADES 6 THROUGH 8. >April Griffin: MS. EDGE COMB DOESN'T HAVE QUESTIONS. MS. KURDELL. >Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. HOW MANY KIDS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT?

>> APPROXIMATELY 130 STUDENTS, DEPENDING ON WHICH DAY YOU COUNT, 134 ON THE 40th DAY AND ABOUT 127 WERE ACTUALLY ATTENDING THE K 8 SCHOOL ALREADY. ALMOST ALL OF THE STUDENTS ARE GOING. >Carol Kurdell: ALMOST ALL THE STUDENTS ARE GOING.

>> SIX THROUGH EIGHT, THEY ARE ATTENDING >Carol Kurdell: TINKER? OKAY. COOL. THANKS.

>> THANK YOU. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA --

>> I'M SORRY. I DO HAVE A QUESTION I JUST BUT NOT IT. >April Griffin: MS. EDGECOMB. >Doretha Edgecomb: THOUGHT YOU HAD GONE. THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE TRANSPORTED FROM THE WEST TAMPA AREA PRIMARILY INTO MONROE IS THAT CORRECT?

>> THAT'S CORRECT. THERE IS A MAP AND -- RIGHT IN THE AGENDA ITEM, SO, YES. THOSE STUDENTS UP IN THE WEST TAMPA, ALONG THE RIVER, IN FACT, IN THE WEST RIVER GENERAL AREA, YES. >Doretha Edgecomb: MANY OF THOSE FAMILIES MOVING OUT, HOW DOES THAT IMPACT THE ENROLLMENT OF THOSE STUDENTS WHO WILL ONLY BE ASSIGNED TO GO TO MONROE AND WHAT WILL THAT DO TO THE ENROLLMENT IN THAT SCHOOL?

>> WELL, THE MIDDLE GRADES ARE GOING TO -- WE ARE MONITORING THE -- THAT. IT'S NOT ONLY THE NORTH BOULEVARD COMMUNITY THAT IS ASSIGNED TO MONROE, SO THERE ARE OTHER STUDENTS ALREADY THERE THAT ARE NOT MOVING OUT, BUT WE ARE MONITORING THAT AND I THINK MR. FARKAS MAY HAVE SOME IDEAS ON -- AS TIME GOES ON, HOW TO LOOK AT MONROE. >Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY. SO, HERE IS WHAT I THINK I HERE YOU SAY IT HAS BEEN IMPACTED TO SOME DEGREE BY THE MOVEMENT OF STUDENTS FROM NORTH BOULEVARD, IS THAT CORRECT?

>> THAT'S TRUE. >Doretha Edgecomb: MR. FARKAS, YOU'RE SAYING YES?

>> YES. >Doretha Edgecomb: WHICH MEANS THAT THERE ARE OTHER STUDENTS WHO MAY LIVE OUTSIDE -- THAT THIS ZONED AREA BUT THEY DON'T LIVE IN THE MONROE AREA, AM I CORRECT. , THAT STILL --

>> THEY LIVE IN THE MONROE BOUNDARY BUT NOT ON NORTH BOULEVARD. DOWN TO CYPRESS AND SOUTH OF THE INTERSTATE AND THAT AREA. >Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY. ALL RIGHT. THAT IS WHAT WE WILL BE MONITORING, THOSE STUDENTS, SO TO TALK ABOUT CAPACITIES, I THINK THAT COMES UP, I HATE TO SAY THE WORD AND ASK THE QUESTION AND USE THE WORD BOUNDARIES BUT I'M GOING TO HAVE TO DO IT, BUT SOME POINT, WILL WE SEE THAT WE HAVE THIS EXODUS OF STUDENTS, WE HAVE SOME STUDENTS WHO ARE REMAINING, WE ARE UNDER CAPACITY, WILL THERE BE DISCUSSION ABOUT DRAWING BOUNDARIES DIFFERENTLY TO MEET THE CAPACITY OF THE SCHOOL?

>>, IN SHORT. WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED THOSE DISCUSSIONS. WE HAVE A LOT OF MIDDLE SCHOOLS THAT HAVE CAPACITIES, NOT JUST MADISON AND MONROE, BUT SLIGH AND VAN PURE OPINION, OTHER SCHOOLS 50 AND 60%, SOME AT THAT CAPACITY, SO ALWAYS LOOKING THE WAYS TO UTILIZE SEATS IT IS NOT FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE TO RUN A SCHOOL AT 40%. YES, WE HAVE HAD SOME INTERNAL STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS, THE FIRST STEP OF THAT, LOOKING TO MAKE SURE THE REM CHASING MR. EAKINS MAKES IS ONE YOU CAN FULLY SUPPORT IT IS A CHALLENGE, A BIG CHALLENGE AND WE ARE WORKING THROUGH THAT NOW AND HOPEFULLY IS A PROPOSAL TO YOU. >Doretha Edgecomb: AND I THINK I REMEMBER, AS WE TALKED ABOUT MOVING THE KIDS FROM TINKER AND ATTRACTING MORE STUDENTS INTO MONROE AND MADISON, WE DID SOME THINGS ABOUT ATTRACTORS OR PUTTING IN PROGRAMS THAT WOULD INVITE AND RECRUIT PARENTS I GUESS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT IS IT -- IS THAT CORRECT OR JUST IN LIMITED WAYS?

>> NO IT IS ACTUALLY IN A MYRIAD OF WAYS, WHETHER THE MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL GOING TO ELEMENTARY FEEDERS MAKE SURE THERE IS THAT CONNECTION THERE I KNOW MONROE AND MADISON, THEY HAVE ALREADY STARTED THAT PROCESS BUT LOOKING A WHAT THE ATTRACTERS ARE NEED THERE HAD, I DON'T THINK WE HAVE ACTUALLY IMPLEMENTED THOSE ATTRACT EATERS MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS NOW, THAT IS SOMETHING WE ARE IN PROCESS. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THOSE ARE STRATEGIC. TWO OR THREE DIFFERENT GROUPS LOOKING AT TOGETHER, WHERE WE CAN PLACE THE ATTRACTORS, BUT THOSE HAVE NOT BEEN PLACED YET. >Doretha Edgecomb: I THINK I SHOULD KNOW THIS BUT I'M GOING TO ASK ANYWAY, HOW DO WE DETERMINE, LOOK AT, IDENTIFY POTENTIAL ATTRACTORS, DO WE ASK SURVEY, PARENTS AND STUDENTS WHAT ARE YOU INTERESTED IN? LOOK AT WHAT IS PROMISING, STUDENTS WHAT IS INTERESTED IN TERMS OF CAREER, COLLEGE AND CAREER OR LOOK ACROSS THE NATION AND SAY IN MONTANA THIS IS -- THIS HAS A BENEFIT THAT SEEMS TO BE INVITING AND WE SAY WHY DON'T WE TRY HERE? HOW DO WE LOOK AT MAKING DECISIONS AT IT SO WE CAN MAXIMIZE POTENTIALLY OF HAVING PEOPLE RESPOND TO THOSE ATTRACTERS? A GREAT QUESTION, FEEL FREE TO JUMP IN, HAD CONVERSATIONS FROM THAT. YES. >Doretha Edgecomb: WENT FROM YOU TO --

>> MR. AARONS IS HEADING UP THE COMMITTEE, PLEASE, IF I MISSPEAK, ANSWER TO THE QUESTION, INPUT FROM THE KIDS AND COMMUNITY BUT ALSO LOOK ACT IDEAS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, THE STATE, CHARTER SCHOOLS, THINGS LIKE THAT, PROGRAMS THAT WORKED TO SEE WHAT WOULD FIT INTO OUR ATTRACTIVE PROGRAMS TO OUR SCHOOLS. THE REALITY IS WE NEED TO SERVE OUR COMMUNITY. WE HAVE LOOKED A EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE THINGS AND IT TON LOOK AT THOSE PROGRAMS TO SEE WHAT WOULD FIT BEST IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

>> I WILL ADD, PIGGYBACK ON THAT, WHAT YOU JUST SAID, ONE OF YOUR STATEMENTS WAS VERY ACCURATE AS WELL. MR. BROOKS IS INVOLVED IN THIS ALSO. AS WE GO THROUGH MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE EDUCATION IS VERY INTENTIONAL, VERY PURPOSEFUL, ALSO AROUND THAT WORKFORCE OPPORTUNITY, WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY, SO, HOW OUR PARTNERS BECOME ENGAGED AND HOW THAT LOOKS FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR KIDS, WE KEEP THAT ON THE RADAR AS WELL AS SOME OF THOSE OTHER GREAT IDEAS TO MAKE SURE THAT STUDENTS ARE NOT JUST GETTING SOMETHING THEY ARE INTERESTED IN, SOMETHING THEY ARE INTERESTED IN THAT WILL ALSO LEAD TO SOME SORT OF POTENTIAL CAREER OR FORK FORCE AS WELL. >Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. >April Griffin: MS. KURDELL. >Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MY QUESTION HAS BEEN ALL OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS ARE UNDER CAPACITY. I CAN'T THINK OF ONE THAT'S OVER CAPACITY. SO MY QUESTION IS TO THE STAFF IS HOW ARE YOU LOOK AGENT THIS DIFFERENTLY AS A WHOLE ACROSS THE COUNTY? YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO SOMETHING WE HAVEN'T DONE, WHICH IS MAYBE LOOK AT COMBINING MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND CLOSING SCHOOLS. NOW, THOSE ARE MY QUESTIONS TO STAFF. DON'T START A PANIC OUT THERE. IT'S A CONVERSATION THAT I THINK WE HAVE TO HAVE WITH STAFF INDIVIDUALLY ABOUT WHAT'S THAT GONNA LOOK LIKE, WHAT OUR IDEAS ARE FROM LISTENING TO THE COMMUNITY AND MOVE FROM THERE. BUT YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT, FOLKS, 'CAUSE IT'S NOT WORKING. IF IT WAS WORKING, OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS WOULD BE 100%. WE LOSE THEM AT MIDDLE SCHOOL. SO, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO DIFFERENT? THAT'S ALL I GOT. >April Griffin: MS. SNIVELY.

>> I'M VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS BUT I THINK PERHAPS, PERHAPS WE COULD HAVE A WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS SOME OF THE IDEAS THAT YOU'RE HEARING FROM PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY, BECAUSE THIS IS AN ISSUE. WE HAVE A VERY HIGH ATTRITION RATE FROM FIFTH GRADE TO SIXTH GRADE. THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF ENGAGEMENT, STUDIES SHOW, IS FIFTH GRADE AND WE LOSE THEM SIXTH, SEVENTH AND EIGHTH AND GAIN THEM BACK NINTH THROUGH 12th. YES, MAYBE WE GET THEM. WE GET MOST OF THEM BACK.

>> THIS IS WHERE OUR COMPETITION IS FROM. WE ARE A PUBLIC SCHOOL ENTITY. THIS IS WHERE WE LOSE TO CHARTER A AND PRIVATE. SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO AS A PUBLIC SCHOOL ENTITY TO GET IT BACK UP? BECAUSE OUR KIDS WANT TO BE HERE. THEY DO. BUT YOU GOT TO GIVE THEM SOMETHING THAT THEY ARE GONNA STAY INTERESTED IN. YOU HEARD IN AVID. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, YOU TEACH THAT IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, THEN YOU GOT A KID COMING IN MIDDLE SCHOOL WITH COLLEGE READY, CAREER READY, OUTSOURCING. WHAT IS THAT GOING TO LOOK LIKE? WHAT ARE THE CAREERS WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT DO PEOPLE WANT? YOU HAVE GOT TO STAY AHEAD OF THE BALL AND KNOW WHAT THE CAREERS ARE COMING DOWN THE PIKE AND THEY AREN'T ANYTHING THAT I KNOW ABOUT. THAT'S FOR SURE. PERHAPS MY CHALLENGE TO STAFF IS LOOK AT IT DIFFERENTLY AND THEORIZING TO THAT I KNOW THOSE CONVERSATIONS HAVE TO BE GOING ON BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE WE ARE GOING TO GO. >April Griffin: MS. SNIVELY USED THE W-WORD.

>> I DID. >April Griffin: SO I THINK THAT COULD BE A REALLY -- A GREAT DISCUSSION FOR THE BOARD AND STAFF TO HAVE -- TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THE FUTURE LOOKS LIKE BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, AS I'VE SAID FOR MANY YEARS NOW, WE ARE NOT THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN ANYMORE AND YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THAT'S WHEN WE LOSE THEM. SO, BOARD MEMBERS, IF I COULD GET CONSENSUS, WE COULD SCHEDULE A WORKSHOP ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE.

>> WHEN IS THE NEXT WORKSHOP DATE AVAILABLE? >April Griffin: WE ARE INTO JUNE. AND WE MIGHT SLOW IT DOWN IN THE SUMMER MONTHS, 'CAUSE WE HAVE A VERY SHORT SUMMER. SO IT'S GONNA PROBABLY BE A LITTLE BIT LATER. SO I THINK IT WOULD GIVE STAFF TIME TO DO SOME RESEARCH ON THAT. MR. PORTER. >Jim Porter: YOU HAVE SEVERAL BOARD MEMBERS THAT WANT TO SPEAKERS YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC AGENDA ITEM. BOARD MEMBERS WANT TO WAIT UNTIL THE WORKSHOP OR SPEAK TO THE AGENDA ITEM OR SPEAK GENERALLY NOW. >April Griffin: I'M GOING TO CALL ON EVERYBODY, BUT I WANTED TO -- WHILE MS. SNIVELY HAS ADDRESSED THE ISSUE OF A WORKSHOP, I WANTED TO GET CONSENSUS FROM THE BOARD. SO, YEAH, WE ARE INTO JUNE NOW. BUT BEFORE, AND THAT WOULD GIVE STAFF TIME TO PUT SOME THINGS TOGETHER, DO I HAVE CONSENSUS FROM BOARD MEMBERS TO SCHEDULE A WORKSHOP? ALL RIGHT. VERY GOOD. WAS THAT IT, MS. SNIVELY?

>> REALLY, JUST IN AGREEMENT WITH YOU THAT WE NEED TO GIVE STAFF SOME TIME TO MAYBE DO SOME OF THE RESEARCH THAT WILL BE TELLING FOR OUR WORKSHOP AND MAYBE EXPLAIN THE REASONS BEHIND WHY THE ATTRITION OCCURS AND SO, YES, THANK YOU. >April Griffin: AND MAYBE EVEN A SURVEY TO PARENTS AND I KNOW MS. STUART HAS, ON MANY OCCASIONS, BROUGHT UP AN EXIT SURVEY, FIFTH GRADE, FOR FAMILIES. THAT CAN BE ALL PART OF THE DISCUSSION AS WELL. BUT WERE THOSE YOUR COMMENTS. SO I DO HAVE CONSENSUS, GOING TO HAVE A WORKSHOP, WE WILL GET THAT SCHEDULED. SO, MS. KING, YOU'RE IN THE AUDIENCE, YOU GOT IT. MS. EDGECOMB. >Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE AND IT SEEMS TO BE, FOR SOME PARENTS, NOT ALL, BECAUSE WE INDUSTRIAL MIDDLE SCHOOLS WITH KIDS IN THEM WITH PARENTS AND MANY PARENTS, A TRANSITION TIME AND PERHAPS THEY CHOOSE OTHER PLACES TO EDGE KATE THEIR CHILDREN FOR THAT FIFTH, SIXTH, SEVEN, EIGHTH GRADE YEAR, SIXTH, SEVENTH EIGHTH GRADE YEAR IN A DIFFERENT SETTING BECAUSE THEY ARE LOOKING FOR MAYBE SMALLER ENVIRONMENTS. SAFER, MORE SECURE ENVIRONMENTS IN SOME WAYS AND SO MAYBE THE CHOICES AREN'T SO ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE AREN'T OFFERING WHAT PEOPLE WANT AND NEED, IT MAY BE PARENTS DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND PERHAPS WHAT OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS CAN OFFER. MAYBE WE NEED TO CREATE A PR PROGRAM AROUND WHY MIDDLE SCHOOL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS IS A GREAT BIG -- A DEAL IS A GOOD DEAL. AND SO, GIVING PARENTS A SENSE OF SECURITY ABOUT THE SCHOOL, ABOUT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE IN OUR DISTRICT, LOOKING AT, AS YOU HAVE TALKED ABOUT, INTERESTING AND PERTINENT AND RELEVANT EXPERIENCES AND ATTRACTERS THAT WOULD LEAD THEM TO STAY IN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS. SO I THINK THE CONVERSATION HAS TO BE A BALANCE AND WE HAVE TO KNOW WHY PARENT DON'T DO THAT MAYBE THE EXIT SURVEY IS TO DO THAT, MAYBE DON'T DO THAT WHEN PEOPLE LEAVE, MAYBE WE OUGHT TO DEVELOP A SURVEY, GEAR THE RECORD TO MIDHALL -- TO FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS, PARENTS OF SIXTH GRADE COMING TO OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS AROUND WHY DO YOU OR WOULD YOU OR WHAT ARE THE REASONS THAT YOU ARE CHOOSING TO EDUCATE YOUR CHILDREN OTHER PLACES. SO NOT -- NOT WHEN THEY LEAVE, LET'S BE PROACTIVE AND GET AHEAD OF THE GAME AND FIND A WAY TO GET THE ANSWERS TO THAT BECAUSE I THINK IT WOULD BE TELLING, IT WOULD BE INSIGHTFUL, IT WILL PROVIDE US SOME ANSWERS THAT GIVE US DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO MOVE FORWARD. SO, I WOULD SUSPECT THE THREE THINGS WOULD BE I WANT MY CHILD, WHO I'M STILL NOT SURE ABOUT THEIR READINESS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL IN A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT, A SMALLER ENVIRONMENT, THAT'S WHY SOME PARENTS, BECAUSE WE DO HAVE BIG MIDDLE SCHOOLS. SECONDLY, IT MAY BE BECAUSE THEY AREN'T SURE OF WHAT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE IS LIKE AND WHAT SOME DETRACTORS MAY BE. THIRDLY, WE HAVEN'T DONE ENOUGH AS A DISTRICT TO HIGHLIGHT THE SCHOOLS CAN BE POSITIVE EXPERIENCES FOR OUR STUDENTS. BUT I THINK THAT WE NEED TO LISTEN TO THEM TO FIGURE OUT WHAT IT IS THAT WE NEED DO TO KEEP OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS IN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS. THANK YOU. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. MISS HARRIS. >Sally Harris: AS I SPENT MANY YEARS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL IN MY CAREER, I WOULD LIKE TO JUST CHALLENGE US TO LOOK BACK AT WHEN WE HAD SPORTS AND ARTS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, IF THAT HAD ANY INFLUENCE ON THE CHANGE OF ATTENDANCE. SO, I FEEL THAT THERE'S A STRONG CORRELATION THERE THAT WE OUGHT TO LOOK AT. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. STUART. >Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND I WOULD SAY THAT MS. SNIVELY ANDY PROBABLY COMPLETE A LOT OF THE SURVEY THAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT AND GIVE YOU VERY VALID INFORMATION SINCE WE BOTH HAVE MIDDLE SCHOOLERS AND HAVE OUR CHALLENGES AT THAT LEVEL. I WOULD ASK, TOO, LIKE WE ARE LOOKING AT PRIORITY SCHOOLS OR ELEVATE SCHOOLS, WE ARE CALLING THEM NOW, THAT WE DO SOMETHING VERY SIMILAR WITH OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS. WE DO HAVE SOME MIDDLE SCHOOLS THOUGHT THAT ARE REALLY KNOCKING IT OUT OF THE PARK AND I THINK WE NEED TO LOOK AT WHY THEY ARE POPULAR AND WHEN PEOPLE CAN'T CHOICE INTO THOSE SCHOOLS, THAT'S WHEN THEY GO ELSEWHERE. THAT'S WHEN THEY EXIT AND THEY LOOK FOR ANOTHER OPTION. IT'S WHY WE SEE CHARTER SCHOOLS EXPANDING FROM WHAT WAS K 5 TO NOW, OH, NO, WE ARE GOING TO ADD SIXTH GRADE AND MOVE TO SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE, BECAUSE THEY HAVE A K 8. I THINK US MOVING INTO THE K 8 MODEL HAS SAVED US A LITTLE BIT THERE BUT I THINK WE NEED TO DO MORE, IN LOOKING AT WHAT IS KEEPING KIDS AT OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS. SIXTH GRADE IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR KIDS. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR A CHILD COMING OUT OF FIFTH GRADE, IF YOU ARE NOT SUPER ORGANIZED AND YOU GO FROM BEING IN A LINE, WALKING DOWN THE HALLWAY A TEACHER TO NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN, THE TEACHER IS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND AND YOU HAVE GOT TO FIND YOUR WAY TO A CLASSROOM, NOT ONE CLASSROOM, NOT TWO, BUT SIX OR SEVEN AND ALL THE THINGS THAT GO ALONG WITH THAT SOME OF OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS HAVE LOCKERS, SOME DON'T, STUDENTS ARE CARRYING ALL THEIR BELONGINGS WITH YOU AND IF YOU DON'T COME FROM AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND USED A PLANNER AND THAT ORGANIZATIONAL SKILL WELL, YOU ALL OF A SUDDEN HAVE THAT THROWN IN FRONT OF YOU AND HAVE YOU TO LEARN HOW TO ORGANIZE YOURSELF AND TURN THINGS IN. THE TEACHER NO LONGER ASKS YOU, TURN YOUR HOMEWORK IN TODAY, JOHNNY, YOU JUST HAVE TO KNOW THAT THERE'S THE BASKET, TURN IT IN. SO, THERE'S A LOT OF SKILLS THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE MISSING WHEN THEY HIT SIXTH GRADE SO THEY SUFFER. I KNOW MS. SNIVELY IS SHAKING HER HEAD 'CAUSE WE SHARE THESE -- THESE GRAY HAIRS, I'M SURE. WE NEED TO LOOK AT ACROSS THE BOARD WHAT IS WORKING. WE HAVE SOME MIDDLE SCHOOLS, LIKE I SAID THAT ARE KNOCKING IT OUT OF THE PARK AND PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING TO GO THERE AND CHOOSING TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN AND IF THEY CAN'T GET IN THERE, IT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST COMPLAINTS I GET AS AN ELECTED, I CAN'T GET MY CHILD INTO THIS SCHOOL WHAT OTHER OPTION DOES I HAVE? AND I SAY, WELL THIS IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL, AND I DON'T WANT TO GO THERE. I HAVE TO DO TRANSPORTATION THAT'S NOT GOING TO WORK, SCHOOL DOESN'T START UNTIL 9:00. SO EVEN AS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CAPACITY AND WE ARE TALKING TALK ABOUT THE SCHEDULE, THAT 9:00 START SOMETIME VERY DIFFICULT FOR PARENTS HAVING A HOST PROGRAM IN THE MORNING OR SOMETHING ELSE THE STUDENT CAN COME IN AND DO IN THE MORNING, WHETHER IT IS AN ORGANIZATIONAL CLASS LIKE AN AVID CLASS, SEVERAL MIDDLE SCHOOLS THAT HAVE A TEACHER DEDICATED TO ALLOW STUDENTS TO COME IN, BAND TEACHERS AND ORCHESTRA TEACHERS THAT ALLOW THEIR STUDENTS TO COME IN HALF AN HOUR EARLY AND PRACTICE ON CAMPUS, THEY COME IN AND A HALF HOUR FOR THEM TO PRACTICE, SO WE NEED TO LOOK AT ALL OF THOSE THINGS AS WE ARE TAKING A GLOBAL LOOK AND WE ARE GIVING, I THINK, QUITE A BIT OF TIME FOR THAT TO HAPPEN AND WHAT OTHER DISTRICTS ARE DOING, NOT JUST IN FLORIDA, BUT NATIONALLY, WHAT ARE WE MISSING? I THINK WE ARE MISSING. THOSE ARE MY COMMENT, THANK YOU. >April Griffin: MS. SNIVELY.

>> MADAM CHAIR, THANK YOU. I'M GOING TO ADD ONE MORE THING AND SAVE IT FOR THE WORKSHOP, I KNOW WE ARE TRYING TO MOVE THIS ALONG, JUST -- IF WE ARE THINK BUG DOING A SURVEY AND GATHERING SOME INFORMATION PRIOR TO THE WORKSHOP, KEEP IN MIND THAT IT'S USUALLY NOT THE STUDENT WHO DECIDES NOT TO GO TO A MIDDLE SCHOOL IT IS THE PARENT THAT CHOOSES TO NOT PUT THEIR DIED IN THAT PARTICULAR MIDDLE SCHOOL. SO IF WE ARE DOING A SURVEY, I AGREE MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA NOT ONLY TO SURVEY STUDENTS WHO ARE HAVING A MIDDLE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE, BECAUSE THEY REALLY DON'T KNOW ANYTHING IN FIFTH GRADE ABOUT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE UNTIL THEY ACTUALLY EXPERIENCE IN SIXTH GRADE, BUT THEN ALSO SURVEY THOSE PARENTS OF FIFTH GRADERS AS TO WHAT ARE THE A APPREHENSIONS THAT THEY HAVE ABOUT MIDDLE SCHOOL, BECAUSE IT IS PSYCHOLOGICAL, IT IS SOCIAL, THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT FACTORS THAT PARENTS, GO THROUGH PARENTS' MIND, THEIR OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCE THEY MA HAVE HAD IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. I AGREE WITH MS. HARRIS ABOUT TAKING A LOOK AT EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND CLUB AND THE IMPACT THOSE HAVE ON KEEPING A CHILD'S INTEREST IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AS WELL AND GIVING THEM SEVERAL OPPORTUNITIES TO JUST EXPLORE, YOU KNOW, DIFFERENT TALENTS AND CREATIVITY AND INTERESTS. SO, THAT'S JUST ONE COMPONENT, I THINK, THAT WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT WHEN WE ARE COLLECTING THAT INFORMATION, IS TO BE MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE INCLUDING THOSE PARENTS AND FINDING OUT WHAT IS IT ABOUT OUR PUBLIC MIDDLE SCHOOLS THAT MAKE YOU WANT TO PUT YOUR CHILD SOMEWHERE ELSE AND I AGREE -- I VISITED DR. BERETTA WILSON, STUART MIDDLE SCHOOL, THEY ARE DOING IT RIGHT. THEY ARE DOING IT SO RIGHT THERE. AND IF WE CANNOT HAVE TO REINVENT THE WHEEL AND START LOOKING AT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THEY ARE DOG IS WELL AT THAT MIDDLE SCHOOL, MAYBE NOT EVERY SINGLE THING BUT SOME OF THE COMPONENTS THAT MAKE IT -- MAKE IT SUCCESSFUL, THEN ABSOLUTELY, TAKE SOME OF THOSE AND LET'S USE THOSE FOR OUR OTHER MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT. THANK YOU. >April Griffin: MR. SIKES -- DR. SIKES, WOULD YOU MIND IF I JUST ADD ONE COMMENT OR A COUPLE OF COMMENTS? YOU KNOW, MS. STUART BROUGHT UP A POINT ABOUT THE START TIMES OF OUR SCHOOLS AND HOW MANY YEARS HAVE WE SAT UP HERE AND HEARD FROM HIGH SCHOOLERS AND WE KNOW THE RESEARCH THAT TALKS ABOUT FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS, THE LATER START TIME IS BETTER. YET WE HAVE GOT OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS STARTING AND PARDON THE PUN, BUT TRANSPORTATION IS DRIVING OUR SCHEDULING FOR OUR SCHOOLS RIGHT NOW AND WHEN WE CAN GET OUT OF THAT MODE, I THINK A LOT OF -- A LOT OF THOSE PROBLEMS WOULD BE SOLVED AROUND -- AROUND THE SCHEDULING. SO, THAT'S ANOTHER DISCUSSION THAT WE NEED -- THAT WE NEED TO HAVE. AND HOPEFULLY, SOME OF THESE PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE ARE STARTING TO DEVELOP WITH HART AND THINGS LIKE THAT, SEE A DIFFERENT TYPE OF TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, BUT FOR PARENTS, THE HARDEST GRADES FOR THE PARENTS EVEN MORE THAN THE STUDENTS I THINK IS KINDERGARTEN, SIXTH GRADE AND NINTH GRADE. THOSE ARE ALL TRANSITION TIMES FOR NOT JUST THE STUDENTS BUT THE PARENTS. SO, WHAT CAN WE DO THAT THE CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE DOING? AND SEE THE CHARTER SCHOOLS CAN REQUIRE PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT AND WHAT'S HAPPENING IS THOSE PARENTS THAT ARE GOING TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS ARE GOING TO BE THOSE PARENTS THAT ARE GOING TO BE MORE INVOLVED ANYWAY, SO WE ARE LOSING NOT ONLY THAT STUDENT BUT WE ARE LOSING THAT PARENT, TOO, THAT'S GOING TO BE MORE INVOLVED. WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO IN THAT REGARD, SO I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE WORKSHOP ENVIRONMENT WHERE WE CAN SIT DOWN AND TALK THIS THROUGH AS A BOARD AND STAFF, BUT WHAT WE HAVE SAID HERE, HOPEFULLY YOU-ALL WILL TAKE AND MOVE FORWARD WITH. DR. SIKES.

>> BOARD MEMBERS, JUST TO ADD THAT WE HAVE HAD A MIDDLE SCHOOL TASK FORCE, IF YOU ALLOW ME TO SAY THAT WE HAVE DATA FOR YOU THAT'S MOST OF THE THINGS SAID TONIGHT, DATA SHOWS WE HAVE DONE A SURVEY WITH THE PARENTS, WE HAVE DONE A SURVEY WITH THE TEACHERS, JUST LAST SUMMER, SEPTEMBER, WE DID THE SURVEY. SO THE INFORMATION IS THERE TO PRESENT TO YOU WHEN HAVE YOU THIS WORKSHOP. AND MRS. SPENCE HAS TAKEN OVER MIDDLE SCHOOL NOW AND SHE HAS RECEIVED SOME OF THE DATA BUT WE HAVE SOME DATA AND THE THINGS YOU HAVE SAID TONIGHT HERE, YOU'RE RIGHT. AND THE DATA SHOWS IT. SO WE HAVE IT AND READY TO PRESENT IT TO YOU WHENEVER YOU HAVE THE WORKSHOP. >April Griffin: EXCELLENT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND I PUT MY KIDS THROUGH MIDDLE SCHOOL AND I'M TELL YOU, THEY ARE ROUGH YEARS. THEY ARE ROUGH YEARS. ALL RIGHT. IF THERE'S NOTHING ELSE ON THIS AGENDA ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS, COULD I PLEASE HAVE A POSITION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE ITEMS THAT WERE PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA, I HAVE A MOTION FROM MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND FROM MS. STUART. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THEY PASS UNANIMOUSLY. THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS INFORMATION ITEM 1004 FOR THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL POSITION REPORTS, AS OF JANUARY 31, 2016. MS. SNIVELY ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENT ON THIS AND MS., GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, OUR CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER, IS GOING TO ADDRESS. THIS

>> THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. AS WE HAVE WORKED WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT, CHIEF OF STAFF TO ANSWER THEIR QUESTIONS AND IMPLEMENT THEIR SUGGESTIONS, WE HAVE ENHANCED THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL POSITION REPORTS WITH -- TO PROVIDE GREATER DETAIL WITH INCREASED TRANSPARENCY AND CLARITY. AND I KNOW THAT SOUNDS CHEESY, BUT IT'S TRUE. SO, JUST -- I JUST WANT TO WALK YOU THROUGH JUST QUICKLY, ESPECIALLY THE GENERAL FUND. THAT'S EVERYBODY'S QUESTION WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE GENERAL FUND. SO, JUST AS AN OVERVIEW, AS OF JANUARY 31st WHICH IS WHAT THESE ARE THROUGH, SO, JULY 1st THROUGH JANUARY 31st WE HAVE COLLECTED 67% OF OUR GENERAL FUND REVENUES AND WE HAVE EX-SPENDED 48% OF OUR BUDGETED GENERAL FUND EXPENDITURES. SO, THAT'S GOOD, TO THIS POINT. AND REMEMBER, AS OF FEBRUARY 1st, WE HAD 151 DAYS LEFT OF THE FISCAL YEAR. SO, THAT'S SOMETHING WE NEED TO REMEMBER, FIVE MONTHS. ONE OF THE THINGS WE WANTED TO TOUCH BASE ON, AS YOU WALK THROUGH THE REPORT THAT'S ONLINE, PAGES ONE OR TWO, IT'S THE OVERVIEW OF THE GENERAL FUND AND IT BREAKS IT NOW THE A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT WAYS. YOU CAN SEE IT BY FUNCTION AND OBJECT. I'M GONNA FLIP TO PAGE NINE AND THAT GIVES DETAIL -- THE DETAIL SECTION ON THE FUNCTION INFORMATION. AND AGAIN, THAT BREAKS IT DOWN BY INSTRUCTION. JUST THE CATEGORIES THAT GIVE EVERYBODY A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW WE SPEND OUR MONEY. THE INSTRUCTION FUNCTION, POO PUPIL SERVICES, INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA IT REALLY GIVE USE BETTER DIVE INTO HOW THE DOLLARS ARE EXPENDED. PAGES 10 THROUGH 12 ARE BY OBJECT. AND BY OBJECT, WE BREAK IT DOWN EVEN TO A SMALLER AMOUNT TO SALARIES, EMPLOYEE BENEFITS, PURCHASED SERVICES, ENERGY SERVICES, MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES, CAPITAL OUTLAY AND OTHER. PAGES 13 THROUGH 15 ARE OUR DETAIL, OUR THREE-YEAR TREND DATA ON REVENUE. PAGES 16 THROUGH 19 ARE OUR THREE-YEAR TREND DATA FOR EXPENSES, AGAIN, BROKEN DOWN BY OBJECT. PAGES 20 AND 21, WE HAVE RUN A PIE CHART FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF PAGES TO BREAK DOWN THE SALARY EXPENSE. A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC WANT TO KNOW HOW ARE WE SPENDING OUR SALARY MONEY. AGAIN THIS IS FOR THE GENERAL FUND AND IT'S BROKEN DOWN A COUPLE OF WAYS. YOU CAN SEE THE PERCENT EXPENDED BY FUNCTION, WHETHER IT'S INSTRUCTION, POP PUPIL SERVICES, TO THE VARIOUS CATEGORIES, PAGES 22 THROUGH 23 IS THE BREAKDOWN OF BENEFITS, A LARGE PART OF OUR BUDGET IS SALARY AND BENEFITS, WE HAVE BROKEN THEM DOWN THERE AND PAGES 24 AND 25 IS THE COMBINED TOTAL OF EACH SALARY AND BENEFITS. THIS IS -- WE KEEP BRINGING THIS BACK BECAUSE WE DO GET QUESTIONS SO I'M GLAD WE WERE ABLE TO BRING IT UP TODAY. WE DO GET QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC ON THIS, PROBABLY EVERY COUPLE OF WEEKS. JUST SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE PREPARING FOR WITHIN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, WE HAVE OUR FTE, OUR FULL-TIME EQUIPMENT STUDENT COUNT FOR SURVEY THREE COMING UP HERE AND WHAT WE DO IS WE TAKE OUR A POINT IN TIME, WE REPORT IT TO THE STATE OF HOW MANY STUDENTS WE HAVE IN CLASS OR CHEEKS IN THE SEATS, WE REPORT THAT TO TALLAHASSEE AND THAT'S HOW WE EARN OUR FUNDING, SO WE DO ONE IN THE FALL, ONE IN THE SPRING, WE ARE GETTING READY TO DO THAT RIGHT NOW. WHAT WILL HAPPEN THEN IS WE WILL GET THE FEFP OR THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM INFORMATION FOR THE FOURTH CALCULATION, OKAY THERE'S FIVE CALCULATIONS A YEAR, WE WILL GET THE FOURTH ONE THAT WILL GIVE US OUR UPDATED NUMBERS, JUST NOT FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IT IS FOR EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE STATE. SO, THOSE ARE TWO BIG THINGS WE ARE LOOKING FOR. WHEN YOU SEE THESE NEXT MONTHS SHALL THE MONTHLY FINANCIALS WILL INCLUDE AS OF -- WILL BE AS OF FEBRUARY 29th, 'CAUSE REMEMBER THIS IS A LEAP YEAR, SO WE HAVE ANOTHER DAY ADD, BUT THOSE WILL HAVE THAT RAISE EXPENDITURES IN THERE FOR THE RAISE PACKAGE. SO, WE WILL HAVE, YOU KNOW, MORE INFORMATION PROVIDED, A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO SUSAN GARCIA, KRISEL HOLMES, BECKY RYANKY, AND STEPHANIE HEATON, BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL THE ONES THAT MEET WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO ANSWER THEIR QUESTIONS AND REALLY GIVE US A DEEPER DIVE ON OUR REPORTS. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? >April Griffin: MS. SNIVELY.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THANK YOU FOR THE REPORT. I WANTED TO JUST KIND OF EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT OF THE WHY I DECIDED TO PULL IT FOR HIGHLIGHT AND COME THIS EVENING. AS I'M GOING THROUGH WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT, HIS EVALUATION, PART OF HIS EVALUATION, AS YOU MIGHT KNOW, IS HIS FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP. WE GOT INTO A CONVERSATION ABOUT NUMBERS FOUR AND FIVE ON HIS EVALUATION, WHICH ARE TRANSPARENTLY COMMUNICATES FINANCIAL STATUS AND PROACTIVELY BRIEFS/CONSULTS BOARD ON FINANCIAL NEEDS AND EXPENDITURES AND NUMBER FIVE, PROVIDES ONGOING PROGRAM GREGG GROWS UPDATES ON DISTRICT FINANCES AND I THOUGHT WHAT BETTER WAY TO BE MORE TRANSPARENT ON A REGULAR BASIS THAN TO TALK ABOUT FINANCES AT THE BOARD MEETINGS WHEN THE MONTH-END REPORTS ARE AVAILABLE. SO, THANK YOU FOR PULLING THAT I THINK IT'S REALLY WONDERFUL HOW YOU HAVE THE TRENDING BALANCES AND HOW YOU HAVE BROKEN THEM DOWN. AND HAVE NOW ADDED THE PIE CHARTS FOR BENEFITS THAT ENLIGHTENS NOT JUST US AS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS BUT STAFF AND PUBLIC AS WELL. THE ONLY OTHER THING I MIGHT SUGGEST WHEN IT COMES TO MONTH-END BALANCE TO EVEN HAVE JUST MAYBE ONE SLIDE THAT KIND OF SHOW HE IS THE TREND OF THE FUND BALANCE, FROM MAYBE SAY WHERE IT -- WHERE WE CAME FROM LAST YEAR, AT THE END -- THE BEGINNING OF THE FISCAL YEAR, 2015, START THERE AND THEN SHOW THE TREND BALANCE MONTH TO MONTH ON MAYBE A LINE CHART SO THAT WE CAN SEE THE PROGRESS OF THE FUND BALANCE ON A MONTH-TO-MONTH BASIS, JUST ONE SLIDE WOULD PROBABLY DO T THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. I HAVE A QUESTION. THIS HAS BEEN A LONG, ARDUOUS PROCESS. HOW MR. SUPERINTENDENT AND MR. CHIEF OF STAFF, HOW IS THIS HELPING YOU IN YOUR JOB? >Jeffrey Eakins: WOW. UM, SLEEP. I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS, IT'S REALLY ALL STAFF AND REALLY, IF YOU REMEMBER, IT WAS EBB GAUGING ALL LEADERS ACROSS THE ORGANIZATION. THAT WAS KEY AND CRITICAL INITIALLY, BUT I THINK WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW IS WE WANT TO BE A VERY -- BE VERY GOOD PREDICTORS, NOT ONLY GOOD STEWARDS OF OUR DOLLARS, VERY GOOD PROJECTORS ABOUT OUR FUTURE WITH REGARD TO OUR BUDGET. OF COURSE A LOT OF THAT DEPENDS ON LEGISLATIVE ISSUES THIS COME UP ANNUALLY, STUDENTS IN SEATS AND MAKE SURE OUR STUDENTS, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH ARE ACROSS THE BOARD, TAKE CARING OF THOSE FTE COUNTS, THE WAY THE FUNDING OUR STUDENTS EARN, IN ORDER TO SERVE THEM. ALL THOSE THINGS HAD BEEN KEY AS SAUNDERS, OUR CHIEF OF STAFF AND OUR STAFF HAVE REALLY WORKED THROUGH THOSE PROCESSES. I WOULD THINK THE BIGGEST THING THAT HAS ALLOWED US TO CREATE THE PROJECTION AND PREDICTORS IS DEVELOPING THE PROCESSES, DEVELOPING THE CLEAR PROCESSES WITH STAFF RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE ENGAGING IN WORKING WITH DR. VASQUEZ AND MS. SAUNDERS AND THEY ARE CREATING THE BUDGETS FOR NEXT YEAR, LITERALLY GOING THROUGH THAT PROCESS AND HAVING THESE KINDS OF CONVERSATIONS SO THAT, TRULY, WE ARE LOOKING AT THE NEEDS OF THE DIVISIONS, NOT NECESSARILY WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR, GOING TO ROLL FORWARD THIS YEAR, LOOKING AT THE NEEDS OF EACH OF OUR DIVISIONS. I WANT TO COMPLIMENT DR. VASQUEZ AND MS. SAUNDERS AND STAFF FOR DOING AN AMAZING JOB. YES, SOMETIMES IT FEELS LIKE YOU'RE IN THE WEEDS, WITH TO HAVE GET INTO THE WEEDS TO KNOW WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. DONE A FANTASTIC JOB DOING THAT DR. VAZQUEZ, ANYTHING WANT TO ADD TO THAT? >April Griffin: DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU SHOWED ME LAST WEEK? >Alberto Vazquez: SURE, THAT'S WHAT I SHOWED YOU LAST WEEK WAS PART OF THE PROCESS THAT, YOU KNOW, IN WORKING WITH THE FINANCE TEAM, WHEN WE MEET, YOU KNOW, THEY ASK WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED? SO, AND THAT'S BRAVE QUESTION TO ASK BECAUSE THE GOAL HERE IS ACTUALLY TO HAVE EVERY DIVISION ENGAGED IN THE BUDGET PROCESS OF THE CREATION OF THE BUDGET. WHY? BECAUSE THEY BECOME -- THEY BECOME OWNERS OF THEIR DIVISIONAL BUDGETS. AND THEY ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO THOSE, TO THAT BUDGET, BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONES THAT YOU KNOW IT BEST WHEN THEY NEED TO SERVE THE STUDENTS OR THE SCHOOLS THAT THEY WORK WITH. SO NEFF BEEN MEETING FREQUENTLY AND ACTUAL AFTER HAVING VERY LIVELY CONVERSATIONS AND MRS. SAUNDERS AND HER STAFF HAVE BEEN PHENOMENAL IN TRYING TO CREATE THE PROCESS, CREATING CLEAR AGENDAS AND EXPECTATIONS AND TEMPLATES FOR THEM TO START ACTUALLY LOOKING AT THE BUDGETS AND ACTUALLY STARTING TO POPULATE IT WITH REAL NUMBERS THAT MEAN SOMETHING TO THEM. SO, IF THEY ARE GOING TO DO A PD, THEY HAVE TO ALREADY PLAN THE NUMBER OF PDs THAT THEY HAVE TO -- THAT THEY WANT TO ACTUALLY PARTICIPATE IN NEXT YEAR. THE OTHER -- THE OTHER ELEMENT TO THIS IS ACTUALLY THE ACCESSIBILITY TO DATA INSTANTLY AND THAT WAS NOT THERE. SO, WITH THAT SAID, THE FINANCE TEAM, WORKING WITH DR. BROWN, CREATED ACTUALLY A PLATFORM WHERE NOW WE CAN ACTUALLY -- THESE REPORTS THAT YOU'RE SEEING ARE GOING TO GO LIVE AND YOU CAN ACTUALLY -- ANY STAFF MEMBER AND BOARD MEMBERS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO THAT, TO ACTUALLY SEE IT IN REALTIME AND ACTUALLY SEE THE TRENDS. AND GOING DOWN TO -- AND THE LAST OBSERVATION I DID AND FEEDBACK IS NOW LET'S GO INTO IT DEEPER SO THAT WE CAN SEE, YOU KNOW, THE COSTS AND WHO DO WE PAY THIS TO AND SEE KIND OF THE BALANCE DECLINING AND SO FORTH AND THEN KIND OF PROJECT OUT. SO GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPEN OUT OF THIS. I WAS NOT EVERYONE'S FAVORITE, I WILL BE HONEST. SO, PROBABLY STILL NOT. BUT -- BUT -- WE SEE -- WE SEE PROGRESS AND WE SEE COLLABORATION AND THE FEEDBACK I GOT THE LAST SET OF FEEDBACK I GOT FROM THE STAFF WAS VERY POSITIVE AND THEY APPRECIATED THE FACT THEY WERE BROUGHT TO THE TABLE TO DISCUSS THEIR BUDGETS AND HAVE BEEN PUT TO THEIR DIVISION OF BUDGET SO IT ACTUALLY HAS MEANING TO THEM. >April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS. SNIVELY.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, I JUST HAVE ONE FOLLOW-UP AND THIS IS THE REASON THAT WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH BECAUSE WE KNOW THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT JOB. SO I JUST WANTED TO TALK ABOUT A LITTLE -- SOME RESULTS AND JUST GOING TO READ NUMBERS AND I THINK YOU WILL AGREE THAT WE HAVE MADE A LOT OF HEADWAY THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS. SO THIS IS FUND, GENERAL FUND BALANCE FOR THE MONTH ENDING DECEMBER 31, 2015, I'M GOING TO ROUND. 291 MILLION. FIRST QUARTER, MARCH 31, 2015, 292 MILLION. SECOND QUARTER, JUNE 30, I'M SORRY, NOT GOING FISCAL, NOT CALENDAR, JUNE 30, 2015, 146, 146 MILLION. THESE ARE WHEN THE SIRENS STARTED TO GO OFF, OCTOBER 31, 2015, 63 MILLION. JANUARY 31, 216, 333 MILLION, 834,65. THAT'S RESULTS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] >April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. ALL RIGHT, IF THERE'S NO OTHER DISCUSSION ON THIS ITEM, WE ARE NOW ON TO INFORMATION ITEM 1005, WHICH IS THE SCHOOL BOARD WAY WORK. AND MS. STUART, MS. SNIVELY AND MS. EDGECOMB WANTED TO TALK ABOUT THIS, SO WHAT I WILL DO IS I WILL YIELD THE FLOOR AND LET BOARD MEMBERS SHARE THEIR THOUGHTS AND THEN WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE WAY OF WORK. MS. STUART. AND THEN I WILL CALL AN ORDER OF PEOPLE PRESSING THEIR BUTTONS. >Cindy Stuart: CAN I ASK A PROCESS QUESTION? >April Griffin: YES, MA'AM >Cindy Stuart: DO WE HAVE SOME BOUNDARIES FOR THIS CONVERSATION? WE COULD BE HERE TILL MIDNIGHT. THIS IS FROM -- JIM'S GOT HIS FINGER UP, BECAUSE FOR ME, THIS IS WORKSHOP STUFF AND IT'S COME AS AN AGENDA ITEM AND THERE'S NO MATERIAL WITH IT. SO I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE BOUNDARIES ARE. >April Griffin: AND -- AND ABSOLUTELY, I'M GLAD YOU ASKED THAT. IT IS A WORKSHOP, FRANKLY, BUT SOMEBODY SAID BOARD MEETING, SO WE ARE HERE. >Jeffrey Eakins: ENTIRELY UP TO YOU HOW YOU WANT TO HANDLE THIS, SET THIS FOR A WORKSHOP, THE GENESIS OF THIS WAS A DISCUSSION AMONG BOARD MEMBERS OF WHETHER TO HAVE A WAY OF WORK OR NOT. TRADITIONALLY THIS BOARD HAS CHOSEN, BY THIS BOARD, I DON'T MEAN YOU SEVEN INDIVIDUALS, I MEAN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAS CHOSEN TO HAVE A WAY OF WORK DOCUMENT THAT GUIDES YOU IN HOW YOU ADDRESS THINGS LIKE DEALING WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT, DEALING WITH STAFF, PROTOCOLS AT THE BOARD MEETING. IT IS NOT STATE STATUTE, IT IS NOT BINDING IN THE SENSE THAT THE FLORIDA STATUTES ARE, BUT IF YOU COLLECTIVELY AGREE TO CONDUCT YOURSELVES BY YOUR WAY OF WORK, THEN YOU COLLECTIVELY AGREE TO DO THAT IF YOU DON'T DO IT, THERE'S NO PENALTY. THERE WAS A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHETHER TO HAVE A WAY OF WORK, WHETHER TO HAVE A COMMITTEE, WHETHER TO BRING THE DOCUMENT FORWARD. Y'ALL DECIDED YOU WANTED TO HAVE IT ON THE AGENDA FOR A DISCUSSION, YOU CAN CERTAINLY -- WE CAN SCHEDULE FOR A WORKSHOP IF THAT'S HOW YOU WANT TO DO IT AND DO IT AT THAT TIME. I MEAN THERE'S NO -- IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS, ONE OF THE FEW AREAS THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT DOESN'T REALLY HAVE AN OPINION ON, LEGALLY, YOU CAN DO IF YOU WANT, REALLY UP TO YOU TO DECIDE HOW YOU WANT TO CONDUCT YOURSELVES AND HOW YOU WANT TO BE GUIDED. IF IT'S -- MAKES MORE SENSE, MS. KURDELL, TO HAVE IT IN A WORKSHOP, WORK WITH THE CHAIR HAVING IT SCHEDULED, YOU WANT TO HAVE A DISCUSSION TONIGHT, YOU CAN DO THAT IF YOU DON'T WANT TO HAVE A DISCUSSION, COMPLETELY UP TO YOU ALL.

>> MY CONCERN IS THE DISCUSSION TONIGHT, HOW LONG THAT COULD GO ON, FOR A BUSINESS MEETING. SO, THAT'S WHY I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE PARAMETERS ARE. WE CAN ACT ACCORDINGLY. >April Griffin: AND I TEND TO AGREE WITH YOU, MS. KURDELL, THAT THIS IS A WORKSHOP DISCUSSION. MORE OF A -- IT'S MORE OF A DISCUSSION THAT BELONGS IN A WORKSHOP SETTING, I WOULD SAY.

>> WANT ME TO MAKE A MOTION TO THAT EFFECT, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO, AND THEN HAVE COMMENTS TO THE MOTION. OR WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

>> I CAN GET CONSENSUS LIKE I HAVE FOR OTHER WORKSHOPS, IF YOU-ALL WANT AND THEN WHAT WE CAN DO IS WE HAVE TWO STAYS THAT WE ARE NOT IN BOARD MEETINGS SET ASIDE FOR WORKSHOPS, NOW WE ARE INTO JUNE WITH OUR WORKSHOPS. I CAN WORK WITH OUR SECRETARIES TO SEE IF THERE'S ANOTHER DAY AVAILABLE, MAYBE A THURSDAY OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THAT WE CAN SIT DOWN AND HAVE A DETAILED DISCUSSION ABOUT WAY OF WORK. I PERSONALLY AGREE WITH YOU, I THINK THIS IS A WORKSHOP SETTING BECAUSE IT COULD GO ON FOR A COUPLE HOURS. SO, DO WE WANT TO -- >Carol Kurdell: YOU WANT ME TO MAKE A MOTION, SOMEBODY ELSE WANT TO MAKE A MOTION? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? I KNOW YOU HAVE COMMENTS IF I PUT A MOTION ON THE FLOOR, WE CAN SPEAK TO THE MOTION. AND THEN YOU CAN VOTE IT OUT.

>> WHY DON'T DO YOU THAT MAKE A MOTION, MAKE IT CLEAN THAT WAY. >Carol Kurdell: I MAKE THE MOTION THAT WE MOVE THIS PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM, THE SCHOOL BOARD WAY OF WORK DISCUSSION TO A WORKSHOP SETTING AND THAT'S IT.

>> FIRST OF ALL, THAT'S SECOND.

>> OKAY, SO WE --

>> SUSAN.

>> SO WE HAVE A MOTION BY MS. KURDELL, A SECOND BY MS. KURDELL, BY ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER IS IT POSSIBLE FOR SOMEONE TO OFFER A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT, BEING THAT IT HAS BEEN SECONDED?

>> YES.

>> MS. SNIVELY, LIKE TO OFFER A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT?

>> YES. I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT IF WE CAN NOT FIND A WORKSHOP DATE UNTIL LATER THIS YEAR, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT OUR SCHEDULE IS BACKED UP UNTIL JUNE, WE CONTINUE THE WAY OF WORK AS WE HAVE BEEN WITH OUR COMMITTEES, OUR COMMITTEE MEETING, CONTINUE THAT PROCESS UNTIL WE HAVE MADE THAT DECISION UPON A WORKSHOP, HOW WE WANT TO MOVE FORWARD. >April Griffin: DOES THE MAKER OF THE MOTION AND THE SECOND -- >Carol Kurdell: FINE. YOU ALREADY HAVE A COMMITTEE THAT'S ESTABLISHED.

>> THAT'S THE QUESTION THOUGH, BECAUSE THE COMMITTEE WILL NOW CONSISTENT OF THE NEW CHAIR, THE NEW VICE CHAIR, AND THE -- I JUST WANT TO DISH JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KNOW THE TRUE ESTABLISHED COMMITTEE, WHAT IT IS. SO LONG AS IT IS UNDERSTOOD IS THE CURRENT CHAIR, VICE CHAIR AND NEWEST BOARD MEMBERS, ONE OF THE NEWEST BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS.

>> FLIP A COIN.

>> WHO WANTS TO DO T

>> WHO WANTS TO DO IT.

>> I'LL DO T

>> OKAY.

>> I LOVE POLICY AND PROCEDURE.

>> BUT THAT'S NOT A POLICY AND NOT A PROCEDURE.

>>> IT IS A PROCEDURE, BUT THAT'S -- A PROCESS. YEAH, I'M GOOD WITH THAT, IF SUSAN'S GOOD WITH IT, THAT THE COMMITTEE -- THAT, YOU KNOW, THE COMMITTEE MOVES FORWARD AND THE COMMITTEE IS THE CURRENT CHAIR, VICE CHAIR AND MS. SNIVELY.

>> I'M GOOD WITH THAT

>> ALL RIGHT. SO, THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR WITH A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT ACCEPTED BY BOTH THE MAKER AND THE SECOND. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON THE MOTION THAT'S ON THE FLOOR? >Doretha Edgecomb: I HAVE COMMENTS. >April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. WE ARE FINE. JUST MAKING SURE WE ARE GOOD ON THIS MOTION. ALL RIGHT. SO DID YOU CAPTURE THE NAMES AS THEY WERE ON THE BOARD? ALL RIGHT. SO, MS. STUART, THE FLOOR'S YOURS. >Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND AS MUCH AS I APPRECIATE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A WORKSHOP CONVERSATION, THIS IS AN ITEM THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD, IT WAS BROUGHT FORWARD ON THE AGENDA AND IT WAS MOVED FROM THE AGENDA AND IT'S JUST AN UPDATE. I'M NOT SURE WHY WE ARE HAVING ANOTHER BIG WORKSHOP CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS.

>> IF I COULD INTERJECT. IT'S -- THIS AGENDA ITEM AND THE WORKSHOP IS NOT ABOUT THE SUBSTANCE OF WHAT THE WAY OF WORK SAYS, IT IS WHETHER YOU WANT TO HAVE A WAY OF WORK. THAT'S MY UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE BOARD WANTED TO DISCUSS. AND SO THAT'S -- HAVING -- WHAT'S IN IT IS SOMETHING -- YOU HAVE AN EXISTING WAY OF WORK, I MEAN, THAT'S THERE. THE QUESTION IS WHETHER YOU WANT TO CONTINUE TO HAVE A WAY OF WORK DOCUMENT. THAT'S MY UNDERSTANDING.

>> MY CONCERN IS WE SIT IN A WORKSHOP FOR TWO OR THREE HOURS AND NEVER GET TO THAT PLACE WE AGREE OR DISAGREE WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE A WAY OF WORK, WHY NOT MAKE THAT THE MOTION HERE AND NOW THEN WE CAN HAVE A WORKSHOP AND THE COMMITTEE CAN CONVENE. I DON'T WANT TO SPEND HOURS WORKING ON A WAY OF WORK WITH TWO OTHER BOARD MEMBER TOES GET TO A WORKSHOP AT THE END OF THE SUMMER AND THEN HAVE THE BOARD SAY, NO, WE DON'T WANT TO DO THAT. THAT'S NOT AN EFFICIENT USE OF OUR TIME. WE HAVE A WAY OF WORK. IT WAS ESTABLISHED BY THIS BOARD. WE WERE GONNA HAVE A WAY OF WORK AND THAT WE WERE GOING TO CONTINUE TO REVIEW IT EVERY YEAR. IF THAT'S NOT WHAT THE BOARD WANTS, THE MOTION SHOULD BE WE CHOOSE NOT TO HAVE A WAY OF WORK VOTE READY UP OR DOWN. NOT WE ARE GONNA HAVE A WORKSHOP ON IT. I JUST DON'T SEE THAT AS AN EFFICIENT USE OF OUR TIME. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE WAY OF WORK, YOU DON'T HAVE TO USE THE WAY OF WORK, NOTHING BINDING IN POLICY OR LAW THAT SAYS YOU HAVE TO USE THE WAY OF WORK. THIS WAS PUT TOGETHER, IT WAS MY SUGGESTION WE PUT IT TOGETHER SO THAT BOARD MEMBERS WOULD HAVE A GUIDELINE OF WHERE TO GO AND WHAT TO GET AND WHO TO GET IT FROM IF THEY NEEDED IT. IT IS NOT ANYTHING THAT ANYONE'S GOING TO GO TO THE ETHICS COMMISSION ON YOU OR COMPLAIN TO THE PRESS, IT IS -- IT IS SIMPLY A DOCUMENT BY WHICH NEW BOARD MEMBERS, IF THEY COME ON BOARD, HAVE SOMETHING TO USE TO GET THE INFORMATION THAT THEY NEED. WE ALL WORK DIFFERENTLY. WE SOMETIMES ABIDE BY THE WAY OF WORK AND SOMETIMES WE DON'T, FOR SAKE OF EMERGENCY, WHATEVER THE SITUATION MAY BE. BUT I DON'T WANT TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME WORKING WITH THE CHAIR AND ANOTHER BOARD MEMBER THROUGH THE SUMMER THEN TO HAVE A TWO ON THREE-HOUR WORKSHOP WHERE WE STILL DON'T CAM CO-TOMORROW A PLACE WHERE WE USE WHATEVER IT IS WE COME UP WITH. SO I WOULD MAKE A SEPARATE MOTION, I'M SORRY, MS. KURDELL THAT WE EITHER VOTE THIS UP OR DOWN AND DECIDE IF WE ARE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD AND HAVE A WAY OF WORK OR WE DECIDE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE IT IN AND HAVE A WORKSHOP AT A LATER DATE TO DISCUSS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO PUT IN THE WAY OF WORK.

>>Carol Kurdell: I'M GOOD EITHER WAY. >April Griffin: RIGHT NOW, WE ARE SPEAK TO BE THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR WITH A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT. >Carol Kurdell: VOTE THAT ONE UP OR DOWN, TOO. >April Griffin: IN DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT. MS. SNIVELY.

>> POINT OF INQUIRY. HAD THE IS IT APPROPRIATE TO ASK MS. KURDELL TO WITHDRAW HER MOTION AT THIS TIME? DO YOU MINDING WITH YOUR MOTION TO VOTE IT UP OR DOWN?

>> >Carol Kurdell: HAVE YO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT IF MS. VALDES DOESN'T. SHE IS THE SECOND. I AM, TOO. SO, GREAT, WE WILL WITHDRAW THE MOTION. LET'S SEE WHAT HAPPENS. >April Griffin: ALL RIGHT, PLEASE CAPTURE THE NAMES AS THEY ARE ON THE BOARD. >Carol Kurdell: I'M TRYING TO SHORTEN THE TIME. >April Griffin: THE MOTION HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN. THE NEW MOTION ON THE FLOOR IS --

>> I WILL MAKE A NEW MOTION THAT THIS BOARD VOTE AT THE PRESENT TIME TO DECIDE WHETHER WE WANT TO CONTINUE WITH A WAY OF WORK OR NO >Jim Porter: I THINK THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE TO DISCUSS, YOU SAID YOU WERE GOING TO MAKE A MOTION TO HAVE A WAY OF WORK COMMITTEE OR NOT HAVE A WAY OF WORK COMMITTEE.

>> A COMMITTEE OR A WAY OF WORK? >Jim Porter: THE WAY OF WORK.

>> THE WAY OF WORK DEVELOPS THE -- SO I WILL MAKE A MOTION THAT THIS BOARD CONTINUE ITS PRACTICE OF A SCHOOL BOARD WAY OF WORK.

>> I WILL SECOND THAT.

>> POINT OF INQUIRY. IF THAT MOTION PASSES, THEN WE HAVE TO GET INTO A DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW THAT WAY OF WORK IS DEVELOPED. >Jim Porter: THAT'S UP TO YOU ALL, WE COULD HAVE MS. KURDELL'S MOTION TO HAVE A WORKSHOP. THE FUNDAMENTAL POINT OF THE MOTION WAS WHAT MS. STUART MADE, ALL THAT WAS ANTICIPATED, NOT THE SUBSTANCE OF IT, NOT ANYTHING OTHER THAN WHETHER YOU WANT TO HAVE A WAY OF WORK DOCUMENT. THE MOTION PASSES, YOU CAN DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO DO NEXT, IT FAILS, YOU CAN DO YOUR BOARD COMMENTS AND GO HOME BECAUSE IT'S DONE.

>> ALL RIGHT, SO THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR BY MEMBER STUART IS TO CONTINUE THE WAY OF WORK. CONTINUE TO HAVE A WAY OF WORK. SECONDED BY MS. SNIVELY.

>> YES, MA'AM. >April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. DISCUSSION ON THE CURRENT MOTION THAT'S ON THE FLOOR, THE POINT OF CLARIFICATION FROM MS. STEWART. >Cindy Stuart: A POINT OF CLARIFICATION, THE SUBSTANCE OF HOW WE DEVELOP AND CHANGE AND EDIT IS PART OF THE WAY OF WORK. IT'S WRITTEN IN THERE, WHO SITS ON THE COMMITTEE AND WHO -- AND WHEN AND HOW WE HAVE THIS CONVERSATION BEFORE.

>> WE CAN HAVE THAT DISCUSSION ONCE -- ONCE THIS IS VOTED ON. >Jim Porter: THE WORKSHOP. >April Griffin: THE WORK SHOT.

>> YOU VOTED -- WHETHER YOU VOTE IT -- IF YOU VOTE IT DOWN, OBVIOUSLY, YOU WOULDN'T HAVE A WAY OF WORK, YOU VOTE IT UP, THE CHAIRMAN JUST ASSIGNS THE COMMITTEE TO GET THE WORK DONE AND BRING IT BACK, WHATEVER VENUE, REALLY WOULD BE THE EASIEST WAY TO DO T >April Griffin: SO THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR, MS. VALDES. >Susan Valdes: I JUST HAVE A QUESTION ON WHAT PROMPTED THIS TO BE ON THE AGENDA? I MEAN, 'CAUSE, YES THIS IS THE SECOND TIME ON THE AGENDA. WHY? HOW DID THIS -- WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THIS? YEAH, BUT I MEAN -- WHY IS IT ON HERE IF WE ARE NOT GOING TO DISCUSS IT? HOW DID IT GET ON THE AGENDA TO BEGIN WITH? WHAT WAS THE -- >Carol Kurdell: OBVIOUSLY, SOMEBODY ASKED FOR IT AND THAT WAS PUT ON THE AGENDA. >Susan Valdes: I KNOW BUT WHO, HOW, WHAT'S SO -- ANYWAYS. I'M JUST CONFUSED. >April Griffin: MS. STUART, DO YOU HAVE COMMENTS? MS. SNIVELY? THANK YOU. I WILL JUST MAKE A COMMENT IN FAVOR OF THE WAY OF WORK BECAUSE I FELT AS A NEW BOARD MEMBER, IT WAS VERY HELPFUL IN UNDERSTANDING HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT, HOW TO COMMUNICATE WITH HIS STAFF. YOU KNOW, THERE'S DEFINITELY A FLORIDA STATUTE THAT WE FOLLOW AS FAR AS POLICY GOES WHEN IT COMES TO THE GENERAL POWERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD VERSUS THE GENERAL POWERS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT. IT'S FLORIDA STATUTE 1,0001.41 VERSES 1.52, 52.

>> QUIT SHOWING OFF.

>> BUT JUST LIKE WE HAVE OUR POLICY, OUR DISTRICT POLICY, OUR DISTRICT POLICIES THAT ARE FOR OUR STUDENTS AND OUR STAFF AND OUR EMPLOYEES, RIGHT UNDER, IF YOU PULL IT UP ONLINE, RIGHT ARE UNDER THE DISTRICT POLICY, YOU WILL FIND PROCEDURES THAT FOLLOW IT AND TO ME, THE WAY I UNDERSTAND IT IS, YES, THERE ARE STATUTES, THAT IS POLICY, THIS HELPS US WITH THE PROCESS. THIS HELPS US WITH THE PROCEDURE. THIS HELPS US FIGURE OUT HOW TO INTERPRET THE POLICY INTO THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE SCHOOL BOARD. IT HELP US UNDERSTAND WHAT LANE TO STAY IN BY STATUTE. AND THAT'S WHY I FIND THIS VERY HELPFUL, ESPECIALLY AS A NEW BOARD MEMBER AND I'M THANKFUL THAT IT WAS HERE, WAITING FOR ME, WHEN MY FIRST MEETING WITH THE CHAIR OCCURRED AS A GUIDE. SO, I'M VERY MUCH IN FAVOR OF THIS, JUST BECAUSE IT REALLY CREATES CLARITY AS TO WHAT THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES AND AUTHORITIES OF THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENTS ARE. THANK YOU. >April Griffin: ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMENTS? MS. EDGECOMB. >Doretha Edgecomb: I'M GOING TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF CONTINUING TO HAVE A WAY OF WORK. I THINK IF WE MOVE TO A SETTING WHERE WE WANT TO DISCUSS WHY WE HAVE IT, I THINK THERE ARE SOME CRUCIAL, CRITICAL QUESTIONS WE SHOULD ASK. WHY IS THERE A WAY OF WORK, THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE NEED TO ASK. THE SECOND IS HOW IT -- HOW WILL IT BE USED AND HOW DOES IT MAXIMIZE AN EFFECTIVE WAY THAT THIS BOARD OPERATES? WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WITHIN THE LAW, BUT OPERATION. FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS, FOR HOW THE BOARD COMMUNICATES, WHAT THE SUPERINTENDENT OR STAFF HOW WE MAKE DECISION AROUND THINGS THAT AREN'T POLICY DRIVEN BUT REALLY HAVE TO -- HOW THEY AFFECT -- HOW WE WORK EFFECTIVELY. IT ISN'T BINDING, AS YOU TALKED ABOUT BUT DOES PROVIDE US GUIDELINES TO HELP US UNDERSTAND EXPECTATIONS, OUR RESPONSIBILITIES, SOME RAISE, OUR ROLE AND HOW WE FACILITATE THAT AS BOARD MEMBERS, NOT LEGALLY SO MUCH, BUT IN OTHER WAYS, BECAUSE WE UNDERSTAND WHAT THE LAWS ARE AND HOW WE OPERATE THAT, BUT WE DON'T ALWAYS UNDERSTAND HOW TO WORK IN A COLLABORATIVE WAY THAT FITS IN THESE GUIDELINES THAT MAKE US A MORE PRODUCTIVE BOARD AND I THINK THAT'S ALL THAT THIS REALLY LENDS ITSELF TO. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMENTS? WELL, I AM PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST VOCAL BOARD MEMBERS TO SAY THAT I DON'T KNOW IF I'VE ALWAYS AGREED WITH THREE MEMBERS CREATING A WAY OF WORK FOR THE ENTIRE BOARD. NOW I KNOW THAT WE VOTE ON IT COLLECTIVELY, BUT THREE BOARD MEMBERS SIT IN A ROOM AND COME UP WITH THIS WAY OF WORK AND IT DEPEND ON WHICH THREE BOARD MEMBERS HAPPEN TO BE IN THE ROOM, WHAT THEIR PRIORITIES ARE, WHAT THEIR THOUGHTS ARE, WHAT THEIR EXPERIENCES ARE THAT LEAD THEM TO SOME OF THE DECISION AND SOME OF THE WORDS OF THIS. SO FOR ME, IT IS NOT SO MUCH THAT I HAVE AN OBJECTION TO THE WIFE WORK. I THINK I HAVE AN OBJECTION TO THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A COMMITTEE OF THREE THAT'S DECIDING FOR ALL SEVEN OF US. SO WHAT I WOULD PROPOSE IS THAT WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE WAY OF WORK. I WOULD SUPPORT HAVING THE WAY OF WORK, BECAUSE I DO THINK THAT IT IS A COMMON LANGUAGE OF A WAY TO GO TO SOMEONE AND FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THE INFORMATION BUT AGAIN, ONE OF MY FIRST PIECES OF ADVICE I WOULD GIVE ANY NEW BOARD MEMBER IS UNDERSTAND THE FLORIDA STATUTES THAT GOVERN YOU AND THE CONSTITUTION THAT HAVE YOU TO ABIDE BY. OTHER THAN THAT, IT IS A RECOGNIZED PROFESSIONALISM THAT EACH ONE OF US SHOULD OPERATE WITH ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS, HOW WE COMMUNICATE WITH OUR SUPERINTENDENT, HOW WE COMMUNICATE WITH STAFF, BUT THE WHO DO WE GO TO FOR INFORMATION I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT, TOO. SO WHAT I WOULD PROPOSE IN VOTING TO CONTINUE WITH THE WAY OF WORK, WHICH IS THE MOTION ON THE TABLE, IS THAT A SECOND MOTION BE MADE THAT WE MOVE INTO THAT WORKSHOP SETTING AN THE SEVEN OF US DISCUSS THE WAY OF WORK FROM THIS POINT FORWARD, IT NOT BE THE COMMITTEE OF THREE THAT DECIDES FOR ALL SEVEN OF US. SO, THOSE WOULD BE MY COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF CONTINUING WITH THE WAY OF WORK. AND THEN I WILL MAKE -- I WILL ASK THEN FOR A MOTION FROM A BOARD MEMBER TO CHANGE THE WAY THAT WE CREATE AND EDIT OUR WAY OF WORK. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. MS. STUART. >Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, AND MADAM CHAIR, RESPECTFULLY WE DID DO THAT, THE COMMITTEE MET AND THEN THE COMMITTEE BROUGHT THIS DOCUMENT BACK TO THE BOARD FOR A FULL WORKSHOP IN WHICH THE BOARD HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE ANY EDITS THAT WE WANTED. THAT'S HOW THIS WORKED, IT WASN'T JUST THREE BOARD MEMBERS WHO BROUGHT FORWARD WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS THE BEST FOR THIS BOARD AND ASKED YOU ALL TO EAT IT. WE ASKED FOR INPUT. WE BROUGHT THIS BACK AND WE HAD A LENGTHY DISCUSSION ABOUT THE CHANGES AND WE CAN HAVE THAT AGAIN. I'M NOT DISAGREEING WITH YOU, BUT I DON'T THINK ASKING SEVEN OF US TO SIT IN A ROOM AND TRY TO REHASH THIS DOCUMENT ALL TOGETHER IS AN EFFECTIVE USE OF OUR TIME. A LOT OF BOARDS USE COAST TO DO A LOT OF WORK. AND BRING IT BACK TO THE BOOED FOR A FULL DISCUSSION AND THAT'S HOW I SEE THIS WORKING. IF THERE THINGS IN HERE THAT YOU AS A BOARD CHAIR DON'T AGREE WITH, THOSE THINGS CAN BE DISCUSSED AT THE FULL WORKSHOP. I SEE US GOING TO A WORKSHOP ONCE THE COMMITTEE CONVENES -- FINISHES AND GETS THEIR WORK DONE AND MAKE WHAT IS EVER EDITS BUT I DON'T WANT TO SEE US THROW THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATH WATER HERE AND I DEFINITELY AGREE WITH YOU. WE ARE UNDER A NEW SUPERINTENDENT, SINCE THIS WAS DEVELOPED, NOW WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A NEW COMMITTEE WHO IS GOING TO LOOK AT THIS AND WE MIGHT FIND OTHER EXAMPLES OF THINGS OUT THERE OR OTHER WAYS OF WORK THAT FIT BETTER IN THE THIS MODEL BUT I DON'T SEE THIS AS THREE BOARD MEMBERS SITTING IN A ROOM AND DEVELOPING -- DEVELOPING SOMETHING AND THEN BRINGING IT STRAIGHT TO THE BOARD FOR A VOTE. THIS IS A WORKSHOP THAT WE ALL PARTICIPATE IN AND I WOULD HOPE THAT WE ALL PUT OUR -- ADD INPUT. >April Griffin: AND I THINK IT WOULD BE A WASTE OF TIME FOR THREE MEMBERS TO MEET AND THEN TO BRING FORWARD INFORMATION TO EDIT AS A WHOLE ANYWAY. I'M SAYING BYPASS THAT STEP AND THE BOARD MEET, NOT THROW THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATH WATER, BUT WE HAVE THIS DOCUMENT ALREADY THAT WAS CREATED AND WE CAN GO FROM HERE. TO HAVE THE COMMITTEE OF THREE MEET AND THEN BRING IT BACK WITH THE EDITS I THINK IS A WASTE OF -- IT WOULD BE A WASTE OF MY TIME. IT WOULD BE A WASTE OF YOUR TIME AND IT WOULD BE A WASTE OF MS. SNIVELY'S TIME SINCE THIS IS ALREADY DEVELOPED. IF WE VOTE TO CONTINUE WITH THE WAY OF WORK AS IT IS, THEN TO MOVE STRAIGHT INTO A WORKSHOP SETTING, THIS TOOK A LOT OF WORK AND A LOT OF EFFORT. MY SUGGESTION WOULD BE BRING THIS DOCUMENT FORWARD AND LET THE BOARD TALK ABOUT THIS AS A WHOLE BOARD. AND MAYBE MY COMMENTS WERE EXPERIENCES WITH NOT JUST THIS ONE COMMITTEE BUT WE CAN TALK ABOUT A TRAVEL COMMITTEE THAT WAS IN PLACE A LONG TIME AGO THAT NOT A VERY FRUITFUL ENDEAVOR, IN MY OPINION, BUT THIS DOCUMENT HERE, IF WE VOTE TO KEEP THIS, I THINK THAT JUST HAVING A FULL WORKSHOP IS THE NEXT BEST STEP, BECAUSE WE HAVE IT ALREADY. YOU-ALL DID THE WORK. SO IF MY COMMENTS WERE IN ANY WAY OFFENSIVE AND I DID NOT MEAN THEM TO BE, I THINK THE FULL BOARD NEEDS TO REALLY JUST DECIDE WHAT WE ARE GONNA DO WITH THIS. MS. SNIVELY.

>> I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION, IF THESE APPROPRIATE. CALL THE QUESTION.

>> TAKE A VOTE.

>> WHEN SHE CALLS THE VOTE -- >Jim Porter: CALL FOR THE VOTE.

>> REQUIRES A SECOND. >Jim Porter: A SECOND TO VOTE ON THAT AND THEN IT STOPS DEBATE AND YOU VOTE ON THE MOTION. OKAY. WELL.

>> I WILL SECOND IT. >Jim Porter: THERE'S NO DEBATE. [ INAUDIBLE ] >April Griffin: THERE'S A MOTION TO CALL THE QUESTION WITH A SECOND. BOARD MEMBERS. CAST YOUR VOTE. >Jim Porter: THE MOTION IS TO CALL THE QUESTION, IF YOU VOTE YES, THAT MEANS THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, YOU WILL VOTE ON THE MAIN MOTION, TO HAVE A WAY OF WORK, IF THE MOTION FAILS, YOU WILL CONTINUE TO DEBATE THE MAIN MOTION. A VOTE YES MEANS NO FURTHER DISCUSSION. >Doretha Edgecomb: WAY OF WORK.

>> THEN WE CAN VOTE. >April Griffin: INDICATE WHETHER YOU WANT TO IS CLOSE DEBATE. AND DEBATE IS CLOSED. >Jim Porter: NOW YOU MUST VOTE ON THE MAIN MOTION ON THE FLOOR. THE MAIN MOTION IS ON THE FLOOR IS MADE BY MS. STUART AND THAT IS TO CONTINUE HAVE TO HAVE A WAY OF WORK DOCUMENT. >April Griffin: THE MAIN MOTION ON THE FLOOR IS TO CONTINUE WITH THE WAY OF WORK. AND I'M SORRY, MS. EDGECOMB. CAST YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. >Jim Porter: A YES VOTE MEANS YOU CONTINUE THE WAY OF WORK. A NO VOTE MEANS YOU DO NOT CONTINUE THE WAY OF WORK.

>> NOW WE ARE VOTING ON THE ORIGINAL MOTION TO HAVE THE WAY OF WORK COMMITTEE? >Jim Porter: WAY OF WORK. >April Griffin: THE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. SO WE WILL CONTINUE A WAY OF WORK. NOW, THE NEXT CONVERSATION AND THE NEXT QUESTION -- MISS VALDES. >Susan Valdes: MAKE A MOTION TO HAVE A WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS THE WAY OF WORK. >April Griffin: THERE IS A MOTION TO HAVE A WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS THE WAY OF WORK AND A SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? MS. SNIVELY.

>> CAN -- CAN YOU PLEASE CLARIFY WHAT YOUR EXPECTATIONS ARE, IF WE HAVE A WORKSHOP, TO DISCUSS THE WAY OF WORK? WHAT WILL YOUR EXPECTATIONS BE?

>> WELL, MY EXPECTATION IS TO CLEAR IT UP. THAT'S WHAT THE EXPECTATION IS AND ALL OF US BE ON THE SAME PAGE. NOW, HOW WE GET THERE, THAT'S UP TO THE COMMITTEE. 'CAUSE THERE'S A FORMED COMMITTEE OF CHAIR, VICE CHAIR AND THE NEWEST BOARD MEMBER. SO, BE UP TO THE COMMITTEE, IF THE COMMITTEE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE AS OUR CHAIRMAN MEMBER GRIFFIN HAS REQUESTED WE REVIEW THE DOCUMENT WE ALREADY HAVE AND COME TO THE WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS THE CHANGES WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE DONE THAT WOULD BE THE PLACE TO DO IT.

>> SO WE MEET AS A COMMITTEE FIRST AND PRESENT AT THE WORKSHOP OUR SUGGESTIONS FOR ANY CHANGES TO THE WAY OF WORK. AT THAT TIME, THE BOARD DISCUSSES IT. >Susan Valdes: IF THAT'S WHAT THE COMMITTEE DECIDES TO DO, YES, BUT YOUR CURRENTLY, RIGHT NOW THE STATUS OF THE WAY THIS WAY OF WORK COMMITTEE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED HAS BEEN CLEARLY WITH THE CHAIR, THE VICE CHAIR AND THE NEWEST MEMBER. THAT IS THE WAY IT HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED IN THAT DOCUMENT, THAT IS THE PROCEDURE THAT THE BOARD HAS DECIDED IT WAS GOING TO TAKE. SO UNLESS THE COMMITTEE DECIDES IT WANTS TO BYPASS THAT AND BRING THE EXISTING DOCUMENT TO A BOARD WORKSHOP FOR ALL SEVEN OF US TO DISCUSS, I'M GOOD THAT, TOO. I JUST WANT IT DONE AND OVER WITH.

>> SO, JUST TO CLARIFY AND I'M AMENABLE TO THAT THAT WE MEET AS A COMMITTEE, IF THERE ARE ANY CHANGES THAT ARE MADE TO THE WAY OF WORK, WE BRING THOSE TO THE WORKSHOP AND THE REST OF THE BOARD CAN DISCUSS THOSE CHANGES AND DECIDE WHETHER THEY WANT TO ACCEPT THEM OR NOT. >Susan Valdes: HOWEVER IT IS THAT, TO CLARIFY, AGAIN, HOWEVER IT IS THAT THE COMMITTEE WANTS TO HANDLE IT, BUT I DON'T WANT TO ALSO IMPEDE THE FOUR BOARD MEMBERS THAT ARE NOT PART OF THAT COMMITTEE TO NOT WANT TO BRING AND EXERCISE A CHANGE ON SOMETHING THAT MAYBE WAS OVERLOOKED BY THE COMMITTEE. SO, IN THE COMMITTEE CHOOSES TO MEET AND GO THROUGH THE DOCUMENT, AS THE COMMITTEE WAS SET UP ORIGINALLY AND THEN BRING IT BACK TO A WORKSHOP WITH THOSE CHANGES, AND/OR WE GIVE INPUT, WHICHEVER WAKE THE WORKSHOP WILL TAKE CARE OF ALL OF THESE COBWEBS.

>> POINT OF INFORMATION. IN THE WAY OF WORK, AT THE VERY LAST PAGE, ON 19, IT SAYS ANNUAL REVIEW OF DOCUMENT THIS DOCUMENT SHALL BE REVIEWED AT LEAST ANNUALLY BY THE BOARD AT THE BOARD'S FIRST MEETING IN OCTOBER, THE BOARD OR CHAIR MAY CONVENE A COMMITTEE MADE UP OF THE CHAIR, THE VICE CHAIR AND ONE OTHER MEMBER TO REVIEW THE DOCUMENT AND TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE ENTIRE BOARD. SO THAT'S WHERE WE ARE GOING WITH THIS, RIGHT? >Susan Valdes: I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE ARE SAYING, YEAH, THAT'S WHAT WAS ESTABLISHED. NOW, IF THE COMMITTEE DECIDES, BALLS THE COMMITTEE AT THIS POINT WOULD BE COMPRISED OF OUR CHAIRMAN, MEMBER GRIFFIN, OUR VICE CHAIRMAN, MEMBER STUART, AND YOU THAT YOU HAVE VOLUNTEERED, MEMBER SNIVELY, IF YOU THREE GET TOGETHER AND SAY YOU KNOW WHAT WE ARE GOING TO BRING BACK TO THE DOCUMENT AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THIS DISCUSSION AT THE WORKSHOP WHERE ALL SEVEN OF US THAT'S FINE, IF THE COMMITTEE DECIDES THEY WANT TO CONVENE AND GO OVER THE DOCUMENT AND MAKE RECOMMENDATION AND THEN BRICK IT TO A WORKSHOP TO US FOR US TO REVIEW THOSE AND BRING OTHERS, FINE. EITHER WAKE THE WORKSHOP IS GOING TO TAKE CARE OF IT, SO WHICHEVER WAY THE COMMITTEE WANTS TO DO IT I'M GOOD WITH THAT, I'M JUST LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WORKSHOP AND TO PUT IT TO END, BED, ONCE AND FOR ALL AND GET IT DONE. IT'S SIMPLE. IT SHOULD NOT BE THIS DIFFICULT.

>> I WOULD AGREE AND THE GUIDELINES ARE PRETTY CLEAR ABOUT THE EXPECTATIONS OF REVISITING YOU THE DOCUMENT. >Susan Valdes: THEN THERE'S NO MORE DEBATE. IF THE DOCUMENT IS CLEAR, LET THE COMMITTEE DECIDE WHICH WAY IT WANTS TO GO AND WE GO FROM THERE SIMPLE. NOT A PROBLEM. >April Griffin: MS. SNIVELY IS THAT YOUR COMMENTS? MS. HARRIS? >Sally Harris: I WILL AGREE WITH MS. SNIVELY IN THE FACT THAT AS A NEW MEMBER, THE WAY OF WORK WAS VERY HELPFUL. HOWEVER, OUR CULTURE HAS CHANGED, OUR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF HAS CHANGED, OUR LEADERS HAVE CHANGE AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE WAY OF WORK, THERE'S A LOT OF DISCREPANCIES IN THE WAY WE USED TO DO THINGS AND THE WAY OF WORK SAYS. I AGREE WITH THE IDEA OF SENDING IT TO COMMITTEE TO TRY TO GET THAT DONE, HOWEVER, YOU KNOW, MS. SNIVELY SPOKE UP BEFORE I DID, SO I'M GLAD, SHE IS VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT POLICY, BUT I'M INTERESTED IN POLICY. SO, MY SUGGESTION WOULD BE AS THE COMMITTEE OF THREE GATHER THAT IT ALSO BE OPEN TO ANY OF THE OTHER SEVEN OF US TO ATTEND TO BE A PART OF THE COMMITTEE AND THEN WE TAKE IT TO THE ALL SEVEN AT A WORKSHOP. >Jim Porter: IF I COULD SPEAK TO THAT THE MEETING BECAUSE IT WILL BE THREE BOARD MEMBERS IT WILL BE NOTICED, IT WILL BE OPEN TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO ATTEND, NOT JUST THE THREE COMMITTEE MEMBERS, THE ONLY WAY YOU CAN HAVE A COMMITTEE OF THIS BOARD IT BE SUBJECT TO THE SUNSHINE LAW, SO ANYBODY CAN ATTEND THE COMMITTEE MEETING. PROPERLY NOTICED LIKE ANY NOTICE OF THE BOARD. >Sally Harris: WENT TO THE PRIORITIES SCHOOLS, IT WAS ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF TIME, OPENED TO ALL OF US, YOU JUST LET US KNOW, HAVE AN INTEREST, WE CAN ATTEND THAT MEETING. WHAT I'M HEARING FROM YOU, MS. HARRIS, ASIDE FROM THE TRADITIONAL WAY OF NOTICING, BECAUSE IT'S A PUBLICLY NOTICED MEETING, THAT YOU WANT US TO SEND OUT A NOTICE TO BOARD MEMBERS TO LET YOU KNOW AS WELL IN CASE YOU WANT TO ATTEND. >Sally Harris: YES, ABSOLUTELY. >April Griffin: ABSOLUTELY. WE CAN DO THAT. MS. EDGECOMB. >Doretha Edgecomb: ALL SEVEN VOICES TO BE HEARD AS A WAY OF CONTRIBUTING YOU TO THIS, PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE COMMITTEE, THE COMMITTEE CHAIR COULD SEND OUT TO THE BOARD MEMBERS WHAT OTHER ADDITIONS WOULD YOU LIKE TO REVIEWED OR ENTERED, WHAT OTHER CONCERNS DO YOU HAVE ABOUT THE PRESENT DOCUMENT, WHAT OTHER THINGS DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE COMMITTEE SHOULD CONSIDER AS IT BEGINS TO UPDATE ITS -- THE NEWEST VERSION OF THE WAY OF WORK. SOLICIT THAT FROM ALL OF US HAVE IT PREPARED, THEN WE SUBMIT IT TO THE COMMITTEE TO WORK OUT A DRAFT OF WHAT THAT LANGUAGE LOOKS LIKE AND THEN WHEN IT COMES TO THE WORKSHOP, WE WILL HAVE ALL HAD AN OPPORTUNITY, OKAY. OKAY. HERE'S SOMETHING I DID CREATE THAT WE COULD GO, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING IT. WHAT'S THE CURRENT LANGUAGE THERE, ARE THERE ANY PROPOSED CHANGES, YOU GIVE A RATIONALE FOR IT OR COMMENTS OR YOU CAN JUST MERELY STATE, HERE ARE SOME ITEMS OR ISSUES THAT I THINK OUGHT TO BE PART OF THE NEWEST EDITION OF THE WAY OF WORK. GIVING IT IN TIME TO THE COMMITTEE, LET THE COMMITTEE WORK OUT THE LANGUAGE, ANY CHANGES, WHEN WE COME TO THE WORKSHOP, EVERYBODY HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO WEIGH IN ON IT. WE DON'T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS CHANGES. WE DON'T HAVE TO JUST RELY ON THE COMMITTEE TO COME UP WITH ANY ADDITIONS. WE CAN ALL CONTRIBUTE PRIOR TO THE COMMITTEE'S MEETING AND PROVIDE OUR INPUT, THAT WAY, ALL SEVEN VOICES HAVE BEEN HEARD. I THINK THAT'S FAIR WAY. I THINK IT'S A STEP TOWARD HAVING EVERYBODY MAKE A CONTRIBUTION TO THIS DOCUMENT. >April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. EDGECOMB AND I CAN DEFINITELY DO THAT. AND I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT MY GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL SEVEN VOICES ARE HEARD AND AS AN EXAMPLE OF THAT, WHEN MR. EAKINS AND I WENT TO OUR EDITORIAL INTERVIEWS, I INSTRUCTED HIM TO MAKE SURE THAT HE REACHED OUT TO EACH ONE OF YOU INDIVIDUALLY BECAUSE I COULDN'T, TO REACH OUT TO YOU INDIVIDUALLY TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONVERSATION THAT WE WERE HAVING WITH OUR EDITORS SO THAT WE COULD SHARE YOUR CONCERNS, YOUR THOUGHTS WHAT YOUR PRIORITIES AND WHAT WAS IMPORTANT TO YOU IN OUR DISCUSSIONS. SO, THAT IS MY GOAL, IS TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL SEVEN VOICES ARE HEARD. AND I THINK THAT WE HAVE WORKED TO YOU THE HOW THAT CAN HAPPEN VERY EASILY WITH THE SUGGESTIONS FROM MS. HARRIS AND MS. EDGECOMB, SO, MOVING FORWARD, WE CAN DO THOSE THINGS, BOARD MEMBERS, I THINK IT'S NOW TIME TO VOTE ON THIS ISSUE FOR A WORKSHOP. SO THAT WHAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO IS SCHEDULE A WORKSHOP, BUT PRIOR TO THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO SCHEDULE THE COMMITTEE MEETING, WHICH IS IT'S ALREADY PART OF THE WAY OF WORK ANYWAY. BUT, ALL RIGHT, BOOED MEMBERS CAN YOU CAST YOUR VOTES, PLEASE. ALL RIGHT. IT PASS, IT'S UNANIMOUS. WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT, YOU-ALL WILL GET AN E-MAIL ASKING YOU TO GIVE ANY THOUGHTS OR INPUT. THE COMMITTEE, WAY OF WORK COMMITTEE, WILL MEET, THAT WILL BE A PUBLICLY NOTICED MEETING BUT WE WILL ALSO SEND OUT A NOTICE TO EACH ONE OF, LETTING YOU KNOW THE TIME AND DATE, IT'S AN OPEN MEETING, ANYBODY CAN ATTEND. ALL RIGHT. MOVING ON. WE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA, WITHER GOOD ON THAT. THERE ARE NO SCHEDULED HEARINGS ON POLICIES AND/OR BUSINESS ITEMS AND WE ARE NOW INTO OTHER BUSINESS AND BOARD COMMENTS, BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU COULD INDICATE YOUR DESIRE TO SPEAK. MS. KURDELL. >Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE THAT YOU RECOGNIZED THE STUDENTS FOR LEAD. THAT WAS A WONDERFUL EVENT. I WASN'T ABLE TO ATTEND IT I WAS ATTENDING THE CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS DINNER FOR STUDENTS WHO PRACTICED THE ARTICLE OF AGRICULTURE. THIS WAS THE TIME THAT THEY CHOSE FROM ACROSS THE STATE AND IT'S ALWAYS A WONDERFUL CONVENIENT THERE'S FIVE CATEGORIES FOR HOW THE STUDENTS -- THEY ARE TESTED ON HOW WELL THEY KNOW THE ANIMAL AND IT'S PRETTY GRUELING, IT'S A COUPLE-HOUR TEST THAT THEY GO THROUGH. AND IT'S DOGS, LLAMAS, SHEEP, POULTRY, PORK AND BEEF. AND IT IS ALWAYS AMAZING TO SEE THE LEVEL OF EXPERTISE IN THOSE STUDENTS, SO I CAN CONGRATULATE ALL OF THEM. I HOPE AT SOME POINT, WE WILL RECOGNIZE THE WINNERS THAT ARE FROM TAMPA AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WE HAD SOME LAST NIGHT. THE OTHER WINS ARE, LIKE I SAID, ACROSS THE STATE. AND DOLE CARLTON, AS ALWAYS, HIS FAMILY IS A HUGE SPONSOR FOR THAT AND WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR WHAT HE DOES FOR AGRICULTURE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND CERTAINLY, ADAM PUTNAM WAS THERE TO ALSO CONGRATULATE THEM. SO I CONGRATULATE THEM FOR PRACTICING THE ART OF AGRICULTURE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND MR. ASSUME, HAVE WE BROUGHT THOSE STUDENTS FORWARD FOR RECOGNITION AT ANY OF OUR RECOGNITION MEETINGS IN THE PAST? >Jeffrey Eakins: I BELIEVE WE'D RECOGNITION MEETING LAST YEAR WHERE WE HAD SEVERAL THAT WERE WINS AT THE FAIR AND OTHER AGRICULTURE EVENTS, CAME BOARD THE BOARD. >April Griffin: WE CAN EXPECT THAT WE WILL DO THAT AGAIN THIS YEAR? I KNOW WE HAVE A MEETING ON THURSDAY, BUT THIS IS TOO SHORT A NOTICE. >Jeffrey Eakins: ORCHESTRATED THAT LAST YEAR FOR US. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. EDGECOMB. >Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. THE SUPERINTENDENT TALKED ABOUT THE SAFETY FACTOR AROUND THE FAIR AND THE FACT THAT WE HAD MINIMIZED OR REDUCED THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS FOR MISBEHAVIOR. I ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT'S THE OUTSTANDING, PHENOMENAL WORK OF THE SCHOOLS -- AT THE SCHOOLS EXHIBIT AT THE FAIR. ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. TALENTED, GIFTED, THOUGHTFUL, CREATIVE, ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU WOULD WANT TO SEE AND LEARN ABOUT WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE EXPOSED IN OUR SCHOOLS, SCHOOLS K THROUGH 12, ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING, BUT IT WAS ALSO AN HISTORIC MOMENT FOR THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR AND OF US WHO ARE NATIVES TO TAMPA PERHAPS HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF WHAT THE FAIR HAS BEEN OVER TIME AND HOW IT HAS GROWN AND IMPROVED. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED THROUGH THE WORK OF DR. BENSON AND SOME OTHER PEOPLE WAS THE VERY FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THE FAIR WAS A SALUTE TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY, AS PART OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH. IT MAY SOUND SELF-SERVING BUT IT ISN'T INTENDED TO BE THAT WAY BUT THE EXHIBIT THERE, ALSO THE EXHIBIT TALKED ABOUT THE HISTORY OF HOW DOES THE SCHOOL BOARD EVOLVED OVER TIME, HOW WE MOVE FROM A SEGREGATED SCHOOL SYSTEM TO AN INTEGRATED ONE AND ABOUT THE CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP, BEGINNING WITH DR. LOWERY, FOLLOWED BY MRS. REDDICK AND PRESENTLY ME. THAT WAS PART OF THE SHOWCASE THAT TALKED ABOUT HOW THIS EXCHANGE OVER TIME. BUT IN ADDITION TO THAT, IT WAS SUPPORTED BY THE WONDERFUL WORK OF STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS ABOUT BLACK HISTORY AND A SALUTE TO THAT AND I JUST HAVE TO TELL YOU, THEY TOLD THE STORY IN VERY INVITING WAYS AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE FAIR ON STUDENT DAY, MEET PEOPLE WHO CAME THROUGH THE EXHIBIT AND LISTEN TO HOW MUCH THEY RAISED AROUND ABOUT OUR STUDENT WORK. AND SO, THAT WAS AT THE CENTERPIECE OF THAT, BUT ALSO FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MAY NOT REALIZE, IT WAS AN HISTORIC MOMENT FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FAIR AND THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS IN PORTRAYING NOT ONLY HISTORY AROUND THE SCHOOL BOARD, BUT AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY IN THIS -- IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND SO I WANT TO SALUTE THOSE MEMBERS OF -- LED BY MR. -- BY DR. BENSON AND FOR THE FAIR FOR ACCEPTING THIS AS A CHANGE IN THE WAY BUSINESS IS USUALLY DONE. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE ROBLES ELEMENTARY IN ALL-GIRL INITIATION OF ITS ELEMENTARY HONOR SOCIETY AND CONGRATULATE THOSE YOUNG SCHOLARS AND THEIR PARENTS AND THEIR TEACHERS WHO ARE SO PROUD OF THE FACT THAT THESE STUDENTS HAD ACHIEVED THIS STATUS. L.E.A.D. WAS AN EXCITING NIGHT AND I WANT TO THANK THE COMMITTEE AND ALL THE PEOPLE INVOLVED FROM THE CULINARY ARTS STUDENTS FROM ARMWOOD TO OUR SPONSORS WHO PROVIDED AMAZING GIFTS TO PROUD PARENTS AND STUDENTS WHO WERE TO THE WINNERS OF THAT AND JUST FOR THE WHOLE ATMOSPHERE OF L.E.A.D. IT WAS A NIGHT THAT WE COULD ALL CELEBRATE AND PEOPLE DID. AND FINALLY, IN MY COMMENTS AROUND MY CONCERNS ABOUT THE ELEVATE SCHOOLS, AND PERHAPS IN MY HASTE TO EXPRESS MY DISAPPOINTMENT AND SHARE MY CONCERNS, I FORGOT TO THANK MR. OWEN YOUNG FOR GETTING BACK TO ME AND WHEN I CALLED SEEKING INFORMATION, THAT HE DID RESPOND AND HE FILLED IN THE GAP FOR ME AND ANSWERED SOME QUESTIONS. AND SO I DON'T WANT TO GO WITHOUT SAYING THAT WHEN I REACHED TO DOUBT GET ANSWERS, I GOT THEM ANSWERED AND MR. YOUNG, THANK YOU FOR DOING SO. THANK YOU. >April Griffin: MS. VALDES. >Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I'D FIRST LIKE TO, UM, TALK A LITTLE BIT TO BOARD MEMBERS ON SOCIAL MEDIA, WE HEAR -- WE READ A LOT OF THINGS AND WE HAVE A LOT OF INDIVIDUALS THAT WILL TALK SPECIFICALLY ABOUT CERTAIN DEPARTMENTS OR CERTAIN CHALLENGES OR THINGS OF THAT NATURE THAT OUR EMPLOYEES ARE HAVING. DOING THINGS INTENTIONAL TO OUR EMPLOYEES, SO I BEGAN TO ASK QUESTIONS AND BOARD MEMBERS, I'M GOING TO SHARE SOME INFORMATION ABOUT YOU AND I REALLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO REACH OUT TO MR. BEEKMAN AND HIS STAFF, IF YOU HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS, BUT THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. IF YOU RECALL A FEW MONTHS AGO WHEN MR. BEEKMAN CAME AND SPOKE TO US ABOUT THE BUS AND THE TECHNOLOGY AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE, WE TALKED ABOUT A SINOVIA SYSTEM AND THE FACT THAT SOME OF -- LIKE EDULOG IS NOT CONNECTING WITH THE OTHER SYSTEM 'CAUSE THEY ARE NOT -- THEY ARE NOT COMPATIBLE. SO, HAVING SAID THAT, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE REALIZE THAT THAT IS A CHALLENGE AND I HOPE THAT WE CAN GET TO THE POINT IN WHICH WE CAN SUPPORT THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND REALLY UPDATING ITS TECHNOLOGICAL NEEDS AND BE ABLE TO MAXIMIZE ON THAT. BUT CLEARLY, ON PAGE 26 OF THE UNION CONTRACT, THERE'S A SECTION 13.9.3 THAT SPEAKS DIRECTLY TO EARLY RELEASE DAYS ON EXAM DAYS. AND STATES HERE, AND I READ VERBATIM, "WHEN HIGH SCHOOLS RELEASE EARLY ON EXAM DAYS, DRIVERS TRANSPORTING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SHALL BE PAID FOR THE HOURS WORKED BETWEEN THEIR LAST SCHOOL IN THE MORNING AND THEIR FIRST SCHOOL IN THE AFTERNOON, BUT NO MORE THAN TWO HOURS." IN SOME CASES, I WANT TO SAY THAT WE VIOLATED THE CONTRACT, BUT ONLY BECAUSE WE HAD TO PAY PEOPLE FOR THE TIME WORKED. IN OTHER WORDS, IF THEY WORKED THREE HOURS, WE ARE NOT GONNA VIOLATE LABOR LAWS. IF THEY WORKED THREE HOURS, THEY GET PAID FOR THREE HOUSE, YET THE CONTRACT SAYS THEY WILL NOT GET PAID, NO MORE THAN THE TWO HOURS. WELL, WE CAN'T DO THAT. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT THAT I HOPE THAT YOU TAKE INTO INTEREST AND REALLY REACH OUT BECAUSE THE WORK THAT THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT HAS DONE IN MY QUESTIONING HAS REALLY ENLIGHTENED MY PERSPECTIVE WHEN HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE HAD THESE CONCERNS. AND THE TIME STUDIES THAT THEY DO AND TIME SHEETS, THEY ARE STILL FILLING OUT TIME SHEETS. WE ARE IN 2006. WE SHOULD HAVE THIS AUTOMATED. WE SHOULD HAVE THIS IN SUCH A WAY THAT WE COULD PROBABLY EVEN -- IT WOULD BE USEFUL FOR FTE DAYS AND THE COUNTS AS WELL. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY NOT ONLY FOR THE SAFETY OF THE STUDENTS AS WELL BECAUSE IF THEY, THEY, YOU KNOW, THEY SNAP, ONCE THEY GET ON THE BUS AND THERE'S A WAY OF COUNTING THAT THAT CHILD IS THERE, WE KNOW FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE'S ASPECT THAT IF A PARENTS CALLS THAT TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND SAYS WHERE'S MY CHILD, YOU CAN, YES, YOUR CHILD GOT ON THE BUS AND THEY SHOULD YOU CAN AT THEIR -- BEING DROPPED OFF AT THEIR BUS STOP. SO, I REALLY -- I REALLY DO THINK THAT THE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF AT TRANSPORTATION HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THE DESIRES OF ITS SENIOR STAFF, LED BY OUR SUPERINTENDENT AND THE CHIEF OF STAFF, TO MAXIMIZE, TO I'VE TEMPT TO MAXIMIZE AND -- THE BUDGET DOLLARS. AND IN THIS -- IN THE FIRST -- SINCE JULY, COMPARED FROM JULY 1 OF 2014 TO DECEMBER 31, 2014, THE TRANSPORTATION'S OVERTIME EXPENSES ARE DOWN BY NEAR $607,000. BY JUST CHECKING THE TIMES THAT PEOPLE ARE WORKING AND VERIFYING. FOLKS HAVE GOT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL WHEN THEY ARE FILLING THESE THINGS OUT. WE. CAN'T ADJUST TIME SHEETS AND JUST ASSUME THAT YOU'RE GOING TO GET PAID FOR WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU WRITE IN. WE DON'T HAVE A LARGE BUCKET OF DOLLARS AND WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAXIMIZE THE SAVINGS SO WE CAN DO MANY OTHER THINGS. WE HEAR THE POSSIBILITIES OF TRYING, WHICH I COMMEND STAFF, TRYING TO, TRYING TO FIND WAYS IN WHICH WE PAY OUR NON-INSTRUCTIONAL FOLKS A BETTER SALARY. WELL, BY FINDINGS THESE KINDS OF SAVINGS, AT ALMOST $607,000, IN HALF A YEAR, HALF A YEAR, THEY COULD REINVEST THOSE DOLLARS IN UPDATING THEIR TECHNOLOGY AND BEING ABLE TO PAY OUR PEOPLE FOR THE WORK THAT THEY DO AND BE A LITTLE BIT MORE COGNIZANT OF HOW OUR NON-INSTRUCTIONAL DOLLARS ARE BEING SPENT. AND I BELIEVE THAT IF YOU READ THE -- THE SUMMARY FROM GIBSON CONSULTING, AED THROUGH THAT AS WELL. SO, I WANT TO COMMEND THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT FOR -- FOR THEIR WORK, FOR THEIR DILIGENCE. I'M SEEING SUCH A DIFFERENT SHIFT IN THE CULTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT AND WHERE PEOPLE ARE ACTUALLY FEELING A LITTLE MORE RESPECTED BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THE CHANGE IN CULTURE IS HAPPENING AND PEOPLE ARE BEING REWARDED FOR THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING. SO, BOARD MEMBERS, I REALLY DO ENCOURAGE YOU TO REACH OUT TO MR. BEEKMAN, MR. CULPEPPER AND OTHERS IN THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT TO REALLY LOOK AT THESE THINGS SO THAT YOU CAN TRULY UNDERSTAND THE BIGGER PICTURE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING AND HOW WE COLLECTIVELY CAN GET THESE THINGS FIXED. ANOTHER SUGGESTION THAT I DO HAVE IS I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS A CONTRACT, IF THIS YEAR'S A LANGUAGE CONTRACT, BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR UNION CONTRACT DOES NOT ALLOW US TO VIOLATE, NOT THAT WE WOULD, BUT DOES NOT CONTRADICT WHAT LABOR LAW IS STATING AND THAT PARTICULAR ONE IS DEFINITELY CONTRADICTING, IN MY OPINION. MR. PORTER. AND I'M NOT AN ATTORNEY, BUT I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THAT >Jim Porter: IF MADAM CHAIR AND BOARD MEMBERS, WE WILL CERTAINLY LOOK AT THAT, BUT THE PRESUMPTION IS ANYTHING THAT THE CONTRACT THAT YOU ADOPTED SAYS COMPLIES WITH LABOR LAW AND IF IT DOESN'T, IT WILL TAKE A LOOK WITH THAT THAT IS THE PRESUMPTION THAT IT DOES AND I WILL BE HAPPY TO WORK WITH OUR TEAM TO LOOK AT THAT >Susan Valdes: GREAT. ANOTHER CONCERN THAT I HAD HAS TO DO WITH TRANSPORTATION BUT NOT ANYTHING THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT IS DOING OR NOT DOING. I HAVE A CONCERN WITH, AND WE SPOKE EARLIER, WE HAD FOLKS FROM VISION ZERO COME IN AND TALK ABOUT THE PEDESTRIANS AND HOW MANY ACCIDENTS AND HOW WE ARE THE SECOND ONE IN THIS -- IN THIS CATEGORY. BUT I KNOW THAT OUR BUS DRIVERS -- I ACTUALLY WAS ON WATERS AVENUE AND A BUS WAS STOPPED, WITH ITS FLAGS OUT, A CAR JUST RACED RIGHT PAST THAT STOPPED BUS. THANK GOD THAT THERE WAS NO KID RUNNING ACROSS WATERS AVENUE TO GET TO THE OTHER SIDE. IF NOT, WE HAVE HAD ANOTHER FROGGER SITUATION. AND IT'S -- SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE, SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE WITH THIS. AND I HEARD THE PLIGHT OF THE SPEAKERS EARLIER TODAY, BUT WE HAVE NO JURISDICTION OVER THESE -- THESE CROSSWALKS AND I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET THE TOY IS COME OUT ACROSS FROM ALEXANDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND FIX THE -- THAT PAVEMENT AND ALSO BE ABLE TO REPRINT ON THE PAVEMENT, YOU KNOW, SCHOOL ZONE. AND IT'S VERY DIFFICULT. TRYING TO GET, RIGHT NOW AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL, ACROSS THE STREET, THERE WAS A KID THAT GOT HIT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO ON HESPERDES AND SLIGH. INSTEAD OF PUTTING ANOTHER FLASHER, THEY JUST PUT ANOTHER SIGN THAT SAYS, THESE ARE THE SCHOOL ZONES AND WHAT. YOU KNOW, ALL THAT'S FINE AND DANDY, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT'S NOT REALLY FIXING THE SITUATIONS WITH OUR KIDS AND THEIR SAFETY. SO I GUESS SOME OF OUR BUS DRIVERS ARE FINDING UNIQUE WAYS TO STOP DRIVERS FROM CROSSING AND IF IT MEANS, I HOPE THAT OUR BUS DRIVERS DO NOT GET IN TROUBLE, IF THEY HAVE TO KIND OF SORT OF IN A SECTION KIND OF GET ON AN ANGLE SO THAT KIDS CAN GET ON A BUS SAFELY, IT'S HORRIBLE. PEOPLE ARE NOT RESPECTING THESE RED FLAGS. AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE CAN DO WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT IN SEEKING THEIR HELP IN TRYING TO GET THIS AND THEN, OF COURSE IF WE HAPPEN TO REPORT IT, NOTHING CAN BE DONE BECAUSE WE ARE NOT LAW ENFORCEMENT. YET IT'S QUICK TO LAMENT AFTERWARDS, A KID GETS HIT AND THEN WE HAVE A FUNERAL TO ATTEND. SO, ANYWAYS, THANK YOU AGAIN, TRANSPORTATION FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK AND FOR HELPING US THROUGH TRANSITION AND MAKING OUR TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT A HECK OF A LOT BETTER. ON A POSITIVE NOTE, MORT ELEMENT, WE HAD AN EVENT THAT MEMBER STUART KIND OF SORT OF PUT TOGETHER AND IT WAS JUST, WELL, IT WAS -- IT WAS YOUR -- YOUR -- YOUR -- WELL, YOU STARTED THE BALL ROLLING AND THAT'S IMPORTANT. ARE THANK THEM FOR THEIR LEADERSHIP AND REACHING OUT TO THE COMMUNITY AND BUILDING A BETTER COMMUNITY SCHOOL THERE. THIS PAST SATURDAY, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF HELPING TO ASSIST THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT, WHICH SUPPORTS THE GREATER TAMPA BAY POP WARNER LITTLE SCHOLARS AND THESE ARE STUDENTS THAT ARE BOTH -- THEY ARE IN DIFFERENT CATEGORIES, FLAG FOOTBALL, FOOTBALL, CHEERLEADING, DANCE, AND THE MAJORITY OF THE -- ALL OF THESE THIS CASE WERE THERE TO RECEIVE AWARDS, THEY HAD, ALL OF THEM HAD A GPA OF OVER 96%. IT WAS JUST PHENOMENAL, THE STUDENT ATHLETES THAT WERE THERE. AND IT WAS A REALLY NICE AWARDS CEREMONY AS WELL. I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE THE LETO HIGH SCHOOL'S CULINARY ARTS DEPARTMENT FOR ONCE AGAIN, FOR FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW, SEVEN TIMES THOUGH, BUT SEVEN-TIME WINS BUT FOUR YEARS IN A ROW, FOR WINNING THE STATE COMPETITION. SO, PROUD OF MY FALCONS. AND ALSO, THIS FRIDAY, PLEASE COME ONE, COME ALL, LET'S COME OUT TO CELEBRATE LETO'S 50th BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY AND IT'S BEEN 50 YEARS OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. AND THAT'S GONNA BE HAPPENING THERE AS WELL THIS FRIDAY. AND MY LAST COMMENT THAT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IS IN REFERENCE TO LEERY AT LETO. MR. EAKINS, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT SOMETIMES A LEADERSHIP CHANGE HAPPENS. AND WHAT IT DOES FOR THAT COMMUNITY. THE WORK THAT DR. GOOD, MR. BRYANT, AND MISS MIGUEL AT THE TIME. RENNA ARE DOING, REACHING OUT, COMING ONE BUSINESS PARTNERS AND BRINGING DIFFERENT PROGRAMS THAT THE COMMUNITY ARE REALLY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF, I -- THEY ARE TO BE COMMENDED. MR. BROOKS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AS WELL. SINCE NOVEMBER OF 2015 TO DATE, TWO NEW CLASSES, PHLEBOTOMY AND CHILD CARE AND GED AS A CONTENT CLASS AS WELL, FIREFIGHTER, AUTO MOTIVE, MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH JOB CORPS IS IN PROCESS AND SOON TO BE HERE. BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS, APPLEBEE'S, HARDEE'S, WORRELL ELECTRIC, HONDA AND TOYOTA, DUAL ENROLLMENT IN THE AUTO. WE HAVE INCREASED CLASSES, TWO CLASSES FOR THIS COMING SCHOOL YEAR FOR A TOTAL OF FOUR CLASSES THAT OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO MATRICULATE. COSMETOLOGY, WE ARE ADDING NAILS, FACIAL CLASSES THIS SPRING. RESIDENTIAL LEAK TRYING CLASSES IN THE EVENING TIME, FORKLIFT OPERATIONS. THESE ARE ALL JOBS THAT ARE HIGH-PAYING JOBS THAT WILL TAKE A SMALL AMOUNT OF TRAINING, THAT WOULD HELP GIVE OUR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY A HAND UP. AND PENDING APPROVAL, WE ARE WAITING ON A COUPLE OF ONE THAT I HOPE TO BE ABLE TO SHARE WITH YOU, BUT THEY ARE EVEN REACHING OUT TO THE HIGH-FUNCTIONING ESE POPULATION TO RETOOL THESE YOUNGSTERS AND GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE SUCCESS ENVELOPE LIFE. SO, EVEN TO OUR ESE STUDENTS WE ARE PREPARING THEM FOR LIFE AS WELL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO STAFF FOR ALL OF THEIR HARD WORK AND FOR LISTENING TO THE PILOT OF MY COMMUNITY AND TRYING TO BRING A LITTLE -- A LITTLE RAY OF HOPE OF SUNSHINE TO A COMMUNITY THAT HAS BEEN IN DIRE NEED FOR A VERY LONG TIME. AND THAT SCHOOL THAT I LOVE DEARLY, AP LATE TOE COMPREHENSIVE HIGH SCHOOL IS DEFINITELY THE LIGHTHOUSE OF THAT COMMUNITY AND I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR REALLY LISTENING TO THE PLIGHT AND UNDERSTANDING THAT WHEN WE BEGIN FROM LITTLE LETO ALL THE WAY UP THROUGH OUR TECHNICAL COLLEGES, OUR CAREER COLLEGES, REALLY MAKES AN IMPACT. THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. I APPRECIATE YOU VERY MUCH. >April Griffin: MS. HARRIS. >Sally Harris: I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY. AND I'M GOING TO BE A LITTLE SHORT, BUT I DO HAVE A TWO-MINUTE VIDEO THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU FROM THE MOST EXCITING WEEKEND I SPENT IN A LONG TIME.

>> THIS WEEKEND, 20 GIRLS FROM AROUND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAVE GOTTEN TORQUE, THANKS TO A PARTNERSHIP WITH MOST CIRCUMSTANCE "NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC" AND THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM, AS WELL AS GIRLS UNDERWATER ROBOT CAMP, TO BUILD UNDERWATER DRONES WITH HANDS-ON SAULTERING, HANDS ON ACRYLIC WELDING AND PLAN AND RUN THEIR OWN MICROEXPEDITION AND DEPLOY THEIR ROW BOLTS OUT IN TAMPA BAY OFF OF FLORIDA AQUARIUM'S TRIMARAN.

>> WELL, TODAY, I LEARNED THAT IT DEFINITELY TAKES MORE THAN ONE PERSON TO WELD SOMETHING LIKE YOU SCOOP SOMETHING ELSE TOGETHER AND IT'S REALLY HELPED BECAUSE YOU REALIZE YOU CAN'T DO EVERYTHING ALONE. YOUR GOING TO ALWAYS NEED HELP AT SOME POINT IN LIFE. AND IT'S A GOOD LESSON TO LEARN. [ CHEERING ]

>> WHAT I SEE AS THE BIGGEST VALUE AT THE END OF GIRLS UNDERWATER ROW BOLT CAMP IS THE GIRLS REALIZE THAT THEY ARE ALREADY CONFIDENT EXPLORERS AND ENGINEERS. THEY DIDN'T KNOW THEY WERE CAPABLE OF SUCH COMPLEX SKILLS. AND TO SEE THEM REALIZE THEIR OWN TALENT AND KNOW THAT THEY CAN APPLY THAT TO OTHER PARTS OF THEIR LIFE IS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING PARTS OF THIS, THAT YOU THOR AND COMPLETE CONFIDENCE IN THEMSELVES.

>> THANK YOU, THAT WAS GREAT. I WILL SAY THAT ON THAT FRIDAY AFTERNOON, THESE 20 STUDENTS, GIRLS, WERE BROUGHT TOGETHER AT MOSI AND IT WAS FASCINATING BECAUSE NOBODY KNEW EACH OTHER, THEY WERE JUST CHOSEN AND THEN YOU SAW THE TEAM WORK THAT WAS BUILT. ON SATURDAY NIGHT, THEY SPENT THE NIGHT IN THE AQUARIUM AND THEY GOT TO ACTUALLY SUBMERSE THEIR ROBOTS FOR THE FIRST TIME, ALL FOUR ROBOTS WORKED, THEY BUILT AND THEY LITERALLY, YOU SAW, IT WAS A LITTLE BOX THAT CAME IN A BOX AND THEY BUILT THIS ROBOT. AND THEY ALL WORKED. AND THEN ON SUNDAY, AGAIN, BECAUSE BUILDING FAMILIES IS WHAT I AM REALLY HOPING THAT THIS DISTRICT DOES THIS YEAR, AND ON SUNDAY, IT WAS FAMILIES, THAT APPLAUSE YOU HEARD WAS PROBABLY ABOUT 100 FAMILY, CHILDREN, MOMS, DADS, GRANDPARENT, WHO WERE INVITED TO GO ON THE LAUNCH TO WATCH THE GIRLS IN ACTION. WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE. WE HAD TO SIT THERE, AS YOU SAW, WE ALL SAT THERE, AND THE GIRLS COMMUNICATED, IT WAS 42 DEGREES, BY THE WAY. AND WE SAT THERE WHILE THE GIRLS DID ALL THE WORK AND SUBMERGED THEIR ROBOTS. AND IT WAS ALL VERY SUCCESSFUL. BUT IT WAS THE COMRADE RIB, THE FAMILY INVOLVEMENT, AND JUST THE EXCITEMENT. ALL THE PARTNERS INVOLVED IN THAT OPPORTUNITY WERE FABULOUS. MOVING ON TO THE SLIDE SHOW I CREATED, WE ALSO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY THAT WE ATTENDED -- OH, I FORGET, MISS VALDES, THIS PICTURE, YOU GUYS WANTED TO SEE THE FLOAT, THERE'S THE FLOAT. SO, THAT WAS US AT THE MARTIN LUTHER KING PARADE. AND THE PEOPLE GETTING INVOLVED YOU CAN SEE HOT HAMS ARE GETTING ALL THE PICTURES. ERICA BERGMAN WAS THE PERSON WHO CAME AND WORKED AS THE ENGINEER FOR "NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC"S TO PUT THAT WEEKEND TOGETHER FOR THE STUDENTS AND SHE WAS JUST A DOLL TO WORK WITH. SHE WAS FABULOUS, LARRY FRANK PUT THAT TOGETHER WITH HIS CAMARADERIE GROUP AND IT WAS JUST UNBELIEVABLE. THAT IS AT THE TOP AQUARIUM WHERE THE SHARK TANK WAS. I THOUGHT THAT WAS FASCINATING. I GOT TO SEE THE TOP OF THE SHARK TANK. THEN SHE PRESENTED AT JEFFERSON TO ALL THEIR S.T.E.M. PROGRAM CHILDREN AND WAS ABLE TO GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY. THEN I WAS -- HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF GOING TO THE WOMEN OF THE YEAR AGRICULTURE LUNCHEON HONORING LISA HINTON FOR THE JOB SHE HAS BEEN WITH THE AGRICULTURAL AND THEN WENT TO THE SCIENCE FAIR. AND AT THE SCIENCE FAIR, YOU CAN SEE THE PARTICIPANTS AND THE CONVENTION CENTER WAS JUST FULL OF PRESENTATIONS. AND WE GOT TO HEAR A LOT OF THE PRESENTATIONS WITH THE STUDENTS AND I HAVE TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT ONE OF THE STUDENTS FROM TAMPA BAY TECH TOOK A WHOLE YEAR ON HER PROJECT AND SHE CONTACTED MOFFITT CANCER CENTER. SHE CREATED A STEM CELL RESEARCH AND I'VE NEVER HEARD -- SHE IS ONLY A JUNIOR, BY THE WAY, AND I HAD HEARD SO MUCH, I WILL JUST TELL THAT YOU WITHOUT ALL HER BIG TERMS, TAKE VITAMIN E. THAT IS A GOOD VITAMIN TO TAKE IF YOU WANT TO HELP YOURSELF NOT HAVE CANCER. SHE HAD ALL THE CREDENTIALS, ALL -- I MEAN, SHE HAD THE WHITE BLOOD CELL COUNT, THE RED CELL COUNT, SHE HAD IT ALL, STATISTICALLY LINED OUT AND SHE WAS GIVING HER CONCLUSION. IT SURE GOT ME CONVINCED. I WENT OUT AND BOUGHT A BOUGHT THAT WILL DAY. SO, IT HAS BEEN A GREAT WEEK AND MS. SNIVELY AND I WENT TO A WORKSHOP TO LEARN ABOUT POLICIES, THAT'S WHY SHE IS SO PSYCHED ABOUT IT AND SO WE SPENT THREE DAYS LEARNING TO BE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AGAIN. SO, THANK YOU. >April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. HARRIS. MS. STUART. >Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND I'M GOING TO BE BRIEF, 'CAUSE A LOT OF THINGS I WAS GOING TO MENTION HAVE ALREADY BEEN MENTIONED. I DO HAVE TO THANK THE CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY AND THE CASTERS, BETTY CASTOR, KATHY CASTOR, SAM BELL AND KAREN CASTOR DENTAL WHO ARE ALL PART OF THIS MOVEMENT AND THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR SAYING YES TO THIS, TO MAKE MOORE A COMMUNITY SCHOOL. THE STUDENTS THERE, THE FACULTY THERE, THE STAFF THERE, ARE SO EXCITED THAT THE COMMUNITY IS STEPPING OUT TO WRAP THEIR ARMS AROUND THE NEED AT THAT SCHOOL. SO, GREAT EVENT LAST WEDNESDAY. THANK YOU TO MY COLLEAGUES WHO WERE ABLE TO JOIN ME AND THE SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS STAFF. THE S.T.E.M. FAIR WAS GREAT. THANK YOU TO LARRY PLANK FOR ALL THE ORGANIZATION THAT YOU PUT INTO THAT EVENT, GETTING THAT MANY MIDDLE -- ELEMENTARY, MILD AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ALL IN ONE ROOM FOR AN ENTIRE DAY AND -- AND THE -- IT'S ALMOST ORGANIZED CHAOS TO HAVE THEM BE JUDGED AND THEN COME BACK THE NEXT DAY FOR PUBLIC VIEWING AND THEN ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT FOR THE VERY LONG AWARDS CEREMONIES. BUT I KNOW WE HAVE TEAMS OF KIDS GOING ON TO STATE. SOME ARE REPEAT TEAMS. SO -- AND EVEN ONE OF THE PRESENTERS FROM THE BREAKFAST WAS ONE OF OUR OWN, WHO IS A VERY ACCOMPLISHED STUDENT. NEED TO SAY THANK YOU TODAY FOR THE PRESENTATION TO JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT FROM SUNTRUST FOUNDATION. I KNOW MS. SNIVELY'S VERY INVOLVED IN THIS ORGANIZATION, BUT I WAS NOT AWARE, UNTIL TODAY, OF THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING AND ARE GOING TO DO OVER IN THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY AREA. SO, THANK YOU TO THEM FOR COMING OUT AND BEING HERE FOR THAT. I JUST HAVE A COUPLE OF REMINDERS. SATURDAY IS THE PARENT UNIVERSITY OUT AT BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL. SO I HOPE THAT FAMILIES WHO ARE LOOKING TO LEARN MORE, I BELIEVE THIS IS A S.T.E.M.-FOCUSED PARENT UNIVERSITY SO WE KEEP HEARING MORE AND MORE ABOUT S.T.E.M., SO AS PARENTS ARE LOOKING FOR OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS AND LOOKING TO LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT THIS DISTRICT CAN PROVIDE, THAT THEY COME OUT TO THAT, STARTS AT, I BELIEVE, OUT AT 8:00 OUT AT BLOOMINGDALE. THANK YOU TO MELISSA ERICKSON FOR ORGANIZING AND STACY BROWN, FOR ALL THE WORK THAT THEY DO. THAT'S IT. THANK YOU. >April Griffin: MS. SNIVELY.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I HAD TO LEAVE THE LAST COUPLE OF BOARD MEETINGS A LITTLE BIT EARLY SO I'VE GOT A FEW PEOPLE TO THANK, BUT I PROMISE I'M GOING TO GO AS FAST AS I CAN, 'CAUSE I LIKE TO HEAR JEFF. FIRST, I WANT TO SEND MY CONDOLENCES ON BEHALF OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO RIVER VIEW HIGH SCHOOL. THEY LOST ONE OF THEIR MOST RENOWNED SOFTBALL COACHES, COACH SLATER, AND SHE, UNFORTUNATELY, LOST A BATTLE WITH CANCER, SHE WAS ONLY 53 YEARS OLD, BUT SHE SURPASSED OVER 500 CAREER WINS FOR THE LADIES SOFTBALL TEAM AND WAS JUST A LEGEND AND JUST WANTED TO SEND CONDOLENCES OUT TO THE FACULTY AND THE STUDENTS AT RIVER VIEW HIGH SCHOOL. I DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO THANK SCOTT BROOKS FOR BUILD TAMPA BAY. YOU PROBABLY ALREADY HEARD THIS AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING BUT I THOUGHT THAT WAS A FANTASTIC EVENT AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO OTHER OPPORTUNITIES WHERE WE CAN PARTNER WITH PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS, LIKE STEVE KONA'S ORGANIZATION, TO DO OTHER FAIRS LIKE THAT, OTHER CAREER FAIRS IN DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES IN ADDITION TO THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, BUT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO DEVELOPING THOSE IDEAS AND DOING WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR STUDENTS TO CONNECT, MAKE THAT CONNECTION BETWEEN SCHOOL AND CAREER. SO I THOUGHT THAT WAS A REALLY GREAT STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND OWN YOUNG, FOR ALLOWING ME TO JOIN YOU AT McCLAINE MIDDLE SCHOOL. THAT'S AN ELEVATE SCHOOL AND ALLOWING ME TO SAY A FEW WORDS TO THE TEACHER AND STAFF THERE. I THOUGHT THAT WAS A VERY GOOD PRESENTATION AND I THINK THAT THEY ARE REALLY ON BOARD. AND SO I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO ATTEND THAT. I WANTED TO THANK THE BOUNDARY STAFF, CHRIS FARKAS AND LORRAINE AND AMBER. BOUNDARY CHANGES ARE OBVIOUSLY ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT PARTS OF OUR JOBS AS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. AND THERE HAVE BEEN AN OUTPOURING, AN OVERWHELMING OUTPOURING OF INPUT AND FEEDBACK IN OUR COMMUNITY OUT IN THE LIT YA, FISHHAWK, RIVER VIEW AREA AND I ASSURE ALL OF THE STILTS THAT WE ARE PAYING ATTENTION. WE ARE LISTENING. WE ARE TAKING ALL THAT INFORMATION. WE HAD A WONDERFUL FORUM. IT WAS EXTREMELY WELL ATTENDED. THERE WERE HUNDREDS OF PARENTS THERE. AND WE ARE DOING OUR BEST TO GET AS MUCH COMMUNICATION OUT TO THOSE FOLKS AS MUCH AS WE CAN WITH THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY CHANGES. SO, BUT WE FEEL -- WE FEEL YOU. AND WE GET YOU. AND WE ARE TRYING TO DO THE BEST THAT WE CAN. SO, THANKS, CHRIS, I APPRECIATE YOU AND YOUR TEAM. I WANTED TO THANK DR. KIRSH AND TAMEKA SIMMONS, THE CENTER FOR GIFTED STUDIES IS SOMETHING NEW IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I DON'T THINK THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS HAD SOMETHING LIKE THIS BEFORE. IT'S. ING THAT IS INNOVATIVE AND IT'S DEFINITELY BASED ON A NEED THAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE IN THAT PARTICULAR AREA, SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THAT DEVELOP ALSO AND HOPEFULLY HAVE A VERY SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR AND MAYBE EVEN EXPAND OR GROW IN THE FUTURE. THANK YOU TO OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DELEGATION. SOME OF US WENT TO TALLAHASSEE RECENTLY AND SPENT SOME TIME WALKING WITH CONNIE MELITO WHO IS STILL IN TALLAHASSEE, SO, THANK YOU TO CONNIE FOR THE WORK THAT SHE DOES. LET ME TELL YOU, THAT IS TIRELESS WORK THAT SHE DOES IN TALLAHASSEE AND FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DELEGATION, THAT'S TOUGH JOB, TOO. THOSE FOLKS THAT REPRESENT US HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT JOB, IT'S VERY TIME CONSUMING, IT'S VERY COMPLEX AND THERE ARE A LOT OF MOVING PARTS TO IT AND WE SHOULD PROBABLY APPRECIATE THEM A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN WE DO SOMETIMES. BUT THANKS FOR THE TIME THAT OUR DELEGATION ALLOWED US TO SPEND WITH THEM WHILE SOME OF US WERE UP IN TALLAHASSEE. THANK YOU TO THE FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION FOR THAT THREE DAYS OF POLICY GOVERNANCE. I WILL NEVER GET THOSE BACK. BUT NOW I KNOW MORE ABOUT FLORIDA STATUTES. SO, I'M A BETTER PERSON FOR IT AND HOW TO BE A GOOD BOARD MEMBER. AND THEN JUST A QUICK THANK YOU AGAIN TO JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT. THE PRESIDENT OF JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT IS RICHARD GEORGE. I WANT TO THANK HIM AND THE BOARD FOR COMING OUT AND MAKING THEIR ANNOUNCEMENT TODAY ABOUT THEIR EXPANSION. I THINK JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT IS ONE OF THE BEST PROGRAMS, AGAIN, CONNECTING TO STUDENTS WITH OPPORTUNITY FOR THEIR CAREER AS EARLY ON AS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IF ANYBODY HAS KIDS WHO HAVE BEEN IN JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT'S FACILITY, THEY KNOW THAT'S ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF FIFTH GRADE IS WHAT WAS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE PARTS OF FIFTH GRADE BESIDES THE FIELD TRIP TO WHATEVER THEME PARK, IT'S ALWAYS THE JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT. I GOT TO BE THE CFO FOR TECO FOR A DAY OR I GOT TO BE THE MANAGER AT McDONALD'S FOR THE DAY. SO IT'S ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS THEY HAVE AND IT INSPIRES THEM, GIVES THEM HOPE AND ALLOWS THEM TO ENVISION THEMSELVES IN A CAREER IN THE FUTURE. SO, THANK YOU, JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT, TO ALL THAT YOU DO FOR OUR STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. >April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE GONE THAT GO OVER THE ORGANIZATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS VERY BRIEFLY, BUT I HAVE A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT I WANTED TO GO OVER FIRST. ASSUME, OUR LOGO STILL SAYS EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AND I'VE BROUGHT IT UP TO CHANGE, I KNOW OTHER BOARD MEMBERS AS WELL, TO CHANGE IT TO PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE AND THERE JUST SEEMS TO BE A LITTLE BIT OF HESITATION ON IT AND I THINK WHAT WE ARE DEALING WITH IS A LITTLE BIT OF A SUNK COST FALLACY TO WITH IT BECAUSE SO MUCH MONEY WAS SPENT ON DEVELOPING THAT, BUT WE HAVE A MISSION AND A VISION, OUR VISION NOW IS PRETTY MUCH A LOGO. SO, UM, I DON'T KNOW -- YEAH, WE NEED TO KIND OF MOVE ON THAT. BOARD MEMBERS, I WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT ON FEBRUARY 22nd, NEXT MONDAY NIGHT, AT 5:30, THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION SERVICE AND EFFICIENCY TASK FORCE MEETING IS AT THE CHILDREN'S BOARD AND THAT IS OPEN TO ALL BOARD MEMBERS AND OUR STAFF TO ATTEND THAT. MS. BROWN?

>> IT IS A DIFFERENT LOCATION. IT IS PROVIDED IN THE COMMUNICATION TOUGH. >April Griffin: SO MS. BROWN WILL SEND US THAT OTHER LOCATION, I HAVE NOT SEEN THAT YET. BUT I DID WANT TO JUST REMIND YOU THAT MONDAY NIGHT IS THAT MEETING AND I THINK THAT WE ARE ALL PRETTY INTERESTED IN THIS ISSUE AND THIS TOPIC. SO I ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO GO. I WOULD ALSO ON BEHALF OF DALE McCULLAN, WHO IS THE OWNER OF M & B PRODUCTS DAIRY FARM, TO INVITE YOU THIS COMING FRIDAY NIGHT TO THE FIRST EVER TEMPLE TERRACE FARM NIGHT BARBECUE, WHICH IS GOING TO BE HOSTED AT HIS FARM AT 8601 HARNEY ROAD AT 5:30 IN THE EVENING. I WILL BE DOING WHATEVER THEY TELL ME TO DO. I'M WORKING IT OF. I'M EITHER WORKING WITH THE KIDS OR I'M SERVING OR I'M DOING SOMETHING. SO, COME LET ME WAIT ON YOU. AND THE -- THE MONIES RAISED ARE GONNA GO TO THE GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL FARMS -- THE FARM THAT THEY HAVE THERE, THE COMMUNITY FARM THAT THEY ARE USING AS A FARMS-TO-SCHOOL PROGRAM. SO, THAT FARM IS A COMMUNITY FARM AND THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY AND WITH THE SCHOOL AND THEY ARE NOW CONNECTED TO THE FARM BUREAU AND THE FOOD THAT THEY GROW THEY USE IN THE LUNCHROOM. SO, IT'S REALLY -- IT'S A GREAT PROGRAM. I ENCOURAGE ANY OF YOU TO GO OUT THERE AND VISIT THAT AS WELL. I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE ALL OF YOU TO THAT. AND THOSE ARE MY ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THE MOST PART. ALL OF THE OTHER EVENTS EVERYBODY HAS TALKED ABOUT, IT HAS BEEN A BUSY COUPLE OF WEEKS. BUT NOW WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT ORGANIZATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS.

>> CAN I DO ONE MORE. >April Griffin: AFTER MS. SNIVELY ADDS ONE MORE THING TO HER LIST.

>> I CAN'T BELIEVE I FORGOT. THIS THE NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL BAND IS ON THEIR MARCH TO MACY'S. AND THEY ARE HAVING AN ARCTIC PLUNGE COMPETITION ON SUNDAY AND WE HAVE TWO TEAMS, IT'S THE TEACHERS AGAINST THE REST OF US. AND WE ARE TRYING TO RAISE FUNDS. WHOEVER RAISES THE MOST MONEY GETS TO NOT HAVE TO JUMP IN THE POLAR WATERS OF THE AQUATIC CENTER. AND SO, I KNOW THAT SOME OF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE ME GET PLUNGED INTO THE AQUATIC CENTER WATERS, HOWEVER, I THINK MORE PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEIR TEACHERS TAKE THE PLUNGE. SO, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN HELPING THE SCHOOL GET TO THE BAND AND THE COLOR GUARD GET TO MACY ANTHRAX IS A GO FUND ME WEBSITE, WE'RE TEAM POLAR BEAR, SO IF YOU GO ON AND -- I'M SORRY, THE OTHER TEAM, DOESN'T MATTER. I DON'T KNOW THEIR NAME. IT'S ACTUALLY TEAM PENGUIN. TEAM PENGUIN ARE THE TEACHERS AND THE TEAM POLAR BEAR ARE THE LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS. SO IF YOU GO ON, YOU CAN CHOOSE WHICHEVER ONE YOU WANT, BUT THERE'S A GO FUND ME WEBSITE FOR IT, IT'S GOFUNDME.COM BACKLASH NEWSOME HS BAND. AND IT WILL ALLOW YOU TO PUT IN THE COMMENT SECTION WHICH TEAM YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR DONATION TO GO TOWARD. SO, PLEASE HELP NEWSOME WITH THEIR FUND RAISING EFFORTS AT -- AND IF YOU WANT TO COME OUT AND SEE THE DUNKING OR THE PLUNGING, IT'S FEBRUARY 21st AT 3 P.M. AT THE FISHHAWK AQUATIC CENTER. AND I'M NOT WEARING A BATHING SUIT, BUT I AM WEARING SOMETHING. IT'S JUST NOT A BATHING SUIT.

>> GOOD TO KNOW.

>> I'M WEARING CLOTHES.

>> THAT IS GOOD TO KNOW. THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBER, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT OUR ORGANIZATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS, EACH OF YOU GOTTEN A E-MAIL AND WERE ASKED WHAT ASSIGNMENTS YOU WANTED TO CONTINUE, WHICH ONES THAT YOU WERE WILLING TO RESIGN AND SO LET'S MOVE FORWARD ON THIS. DID EVERYBODY GET A COPY OF THIS? DOES EVERYBODY HAVE A COPY HERE? ALL RIGHT. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON THIS? ANY QUESTIONS? ANY ASKS? AND THEN WHAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DO I THINK ARE A COUPLE OF ITEMS WE WOULD HAVE TO BRING FORWARD AT THE NEXT AGENDA TO VOTE ON 'CAUSE THERE'S SOME THAT WE HAVE TO VOTE ON, AM I CORRECT IN THAT? OKAY. SO WHATEVER WE DECIDE TONIGHT.

>> I HAVE A QUESTION. THERE'S SEVERAL, PEOPLE SAID THEY ARE INTERESTED IN A POSITION ON A DIFFERENT BOARD, HOW IS THAT GOING TO BE HANDLED IF THEY EXPRESSED AN INTEREST AND TWO PEOPLE HAVE -- HAVE THE SAME INTERESTS IN THAT BOARD? >April Griffin: FIRST OF ALL, IS SOMEBODY WILLING TO GIVE UP THEIR BOARD, THAT'S THE FIRST QUESTION, THE SECOND QUESTION TO BE ABOUT TWO PEOPLE HAVE EXPRESSED AN INTEREST, THEN WE CAN DISCUSS THAT YOU AND USUALLY SOMEONE WILL SAY, WELL, DOYLE IT OR I WILL BE THE ALTERNATE OR WE USUALLY ARE PRETTY GOOD ABOUT THIS. SO THE FIRST STEP IS WHAT -- WHAT ARE PEOPLE WILLING TO GIVE UP? AND I KNOW THAT I'M WILLING TO RESIGN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD FOR THE 13th CIRCUIT AND MISS STUART HAS BEEN THE ALTERNATE AND SHE WOULD LIKE TO BE THE APPOINTEE INSTEAD OF THE ALTERNATE AND I BELIEVE MS. HARRIS HAS EXPRESSED AN INTEREST IN BEING THE ALTERNATE ON THAT, IF NOBODY ELSE IS INTERESTED, THAT'S AN EASY FIX FOR THAT ONE. IS ANYBODY ELSE INTERESTED IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD? ALL RIGHT. SO, YOU'RE BOTH WILLING, YOU'RE WILLING TO SERVE AS ALTERNATE AND YOU'RE WILLING TO SERVE ON THAT AS THE APPOINTEE. OKAY. THEN THE NEXT ONE THAT I WAS WILLING TO GIVE UP WAS THE COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS, WHICH I HAPPEN TO BE THE CHAIR OF. AND THAT I JUST -- I DON'T KNOW WHY. BUT I'M WILLING TO GIVE THAT ONE UP. IS ANYBODY INTERESTED IN COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS? IN SERVING ON THAT? ARE YOU THE ALTERNATE ON THAT ONE? YES. WELL, YOU'RE NOT --

>> I CAN MOVE UP TO THE NORMAL. >April Griffin: OKAY. SO I'M GOING TO TAKE THAT ONE OFF AND --

>> YOU'RE THE CHAIR? >April Griffin: I'M THE CHAIR, BUT Y'ALL CAN FIGURE THAT OUT. YOU'RE PROBABLY NOW THE CHAIR. SO, MS. SNIVELY WANTS IT. ANYBODY ELSE -- ANYBODY ELSE INTERESTED IN COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS. ALL RIGHT, SO, MS. SNIVELY, THAT IS YOURS. SO, THOSE ARE THE TWO THAT I WAS WILLING TO GIVE UP AND THOSE ARE TAKEN CARE OF. SO, NOW GOING TO ANYBODY ELSE WHO WAS WANTING TO BE REASSIGNED OR SWITCH BOARDS OR WHATEVER. MS. STUART HAS SOME THAT THE SERVE IS NO LONGER AN OUTSIDE ENTITY, SO THAT WE NEED TO JUST DELETE THAT ONE. SHE'S WILLING TO STEP DOWN AS THE ALTERNATE ON THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION. MS. HARRIS WOULD LIKE THAT ONE IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE? ALL RIGHT. AND YOU STILL WANT TO SERVE ON THAT ONE AS THE -- ON HILLSBOROUGH. OKAY. 'CAUSE I THINK THEIR BYLAWS ARE THE BOARD CHAIR OR DESIGNEE, SO I WOULD MAKE YOU MY DESIGNEE. AND THEN YOU WOULD BE THE ALTERNATE, MS. HARRIS. AND MS. KING, ARE YOU GETTING ALL THIS? OKAY. AND THEN THE VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD, MS. STUART IS THE ALTERNATE ON THAT ONE, IS ANYBODY WANTING TO BE ON THE VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD? AS THE ALTERNATE? WOULD YOU -- WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXPLAIN WHAT THE VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD IS, MS. SNIVELY IS ASKING.

>> ABSOLUTELY, THE VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD IS THE BOARD THAT APPROVES THE TAX ROLLS.

>> APPROVES WHAT?

>> THE TAX ROLLS. YEAH, WE DON'T --

>> QUARTERLY?

>> DEPENDING.

>> I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO A MEETING. >April Griffin: SO, MS. SNIVELY WILL BE THE ALTERNATE ON THAT ONE. ALL RIGHT. AND THEN WE TOOK CARE OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD, MS. HARRIS IS THE ALTERNATE ON THAT ONE. AND YOU ARE THE ACTUAL APPOINTEE. MS. VAL DID HE INTERESTED IN THE CHILDREN'S BOARD, MS. EDGECOMB IS THE REPRESENTATIVE ON THE CHILDREN'S BOARD. ARE YOU STILL WANTING TO BE ON THAT BOARD? >Doretha Edgecomb: I'M PRESENTLY THE CHAIR, I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE THE END OF MY TERM. >Susan Valdes: ABSOLUTELY. >April Griffin: IS THERE AN ALTERNATE ON THAT ONE OR HOW DOES THAT WORK? >Doretha Edgecomb: THE SUPERINTENDENT AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS THERE IS NO ALTERNATE. >April Griffin: ALL RIGHT THEN -- >Susan Valdes: I'M GOOD. >April Griffin: MS. VAL DID HE INTERESTED IN THAT ONE WHEN YOU'RE NO LONGER INTERESTED IN THAT ONE AND THEN THERE ARE SOME OTHER ASSIGNMENTS THAT WE ALL HAVE. I'M GONNA STEP DOWN FROM THE SAFE AND SOUND AND YOU'RE STILL INVOLVED IN THAT ONE? YEAH. MS. STUART? >Cindy Stuart: I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THAT THERE'S BEEN SOME CHANGE HERE IN THE BYLAWS THAT WERE WRITTEN AND THAT ORIGINALLY, IT WAS AN APPOINTED -- IT WAS AN ELECTED -- ALL THE ELECTED OFFICIALS WERE ON THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL BUT WE ARE STARTING TO GET TO A PLACE WHERE THEY NOW HAVE EITHER THE APPOINTEE OR THEIR MEMBER THAT THEY CAN CHOOSE. WHAT I'M FINDING WITH THIS GROUP IS THAT AS MUCH AS I'M TRYING TO GO TO, LIKE, THE MEETING WAS TODAY FROM 1 TO 3 AND I HAD TO LEAVE EARLY AND TUESDAYS HAPPEN TO BE OUR BOARD DAYS ARE DAYS THAT THEY ARE MEETING. HOOK HUGHTECH IS ALREADY ON THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL AND SITS WITH SARAH COMBS AS ONE OF THE COMMITTEES BUT I WOULD LIKE TO -- I DON'T MIND HAVING AN ALTERNATE BUT ON THE DAYS THAT THERE ARE BOARD MEETING, LIKE THEY HAVE TWO MEETINGS IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS THAT ARE -- ONE IS OUT AT PLANT CITY AT THE TRINKLE CENTER AND ONE IS -- THERE'S NO WAY THAT I'M GOING TO MAKE -- ANY OF US SITTING UP HERE ARE GOING TO MAKE A MEETING AND THEN GET HERE BY 3:00 BOARD MEETING. SO I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO ASK IF WE CAN FIND SOMEONE ON STAFF THAT WE COULD APPOINT THAT CAN GO IN OUR ABSENCE THAT IS -- MARK'S ALREADY THERE AND HE IS VOTING FOR A DIFFERENT BUT THERE NEEDS TO BE SOMEONE WHO WOULD GO AND VOTE IN THE PLACE OF MY SPOT OR WHOEVER THE ALTERNATE IS. >April Griffin: DO THE BYLAWS ALLOW FOR THAT? >Cindy Stuart: YES, THEY DO >April Griffin: SO DO YOU WANT TO -- YOU WANT TO MAINTAIN THAT POSITION AND THEN WORK WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT TO SEE WHAT STAFF MEMBER WOULD BE A DESIGNEE? >Cindy Stuart: THAT'S FINE. WE CAN STILL NAME AN ALTERNATE IN CASE I CAN'T MAKE A MEETING BUT I WOULD ALSO LIKE FOR THERE TO BE SOME STAFF MEMBER WE COULD CALL UPON IF WE WERE IN A POSITION LIKE WE WILL BE IN MARCH AND APRIL WHERE THEY HAVE MEETINGS THAT ARE -- THEY ARE TRYING TO ROTATE THE MEETINGS AROUND TO THE DIFFERENT AGENCIES INSTEAD OF ALWAYS HAVING THEM AT THE CHILDREN'S BOARD, WHICH IS FINE BUT WHEN IT'S OUT IN PLANT CITY IT'S JUST NOT PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE TO BE IN BOTH PLACE. >April Griffin: A BOARD MEMBER INTERESTED IN BEING ON THE SAFE AND SOUND COLLABORATIVE? DO WE NEED TO APPOINT AN ALTERNATE OR JUST LET YOU WORK WITH -- 'CAUSE NOBODY'S INTERESTED.

>> I WOULD HAVE BEEN INTERESTED BUT JUST THE MEETING DAYS, I'M NOT GOING TO MISS A BOARD MEETING. IT AIN'T GONNA HAPPEN. >April Griffin: I THINK YOUR SUGGESTION IS A GOOD ONE FOR YOURSELF AND THEN TO HAVE A STAFF MEMBER REPRESENTING THIS BOARD IN LIEU OF YOU BEING THERE, BECAUSE OF THE TIMING YOU OF THE MEETINGS. ALL RIGHT. SO I WILL LET YOU WORK WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT ON THAT. IS THERE ANY OTHER CHANGES IN THE ORGANIZATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS, BOARD MEMBERS, AS WE ARE SITTING HERE DISCUSSING?

>> [ INAUDIBLE ] >Sally Harris: OH, SORRY. >April Griffin: WHERE IS THAT ONE? >Sally Harris: IT IS MY FIRST ONE, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN SERVICES.

>> MEMBER HARRIS, WHEN DO THEY MEET? WHEN DO THEY MEET? >Sally Harris: THURSDAYS. AT NOON. >Susan Valdes: HOW OFTEN? >Sally Harris: EVERY MONTH. >Susan Valdes: OH, OKAY. >Sally Harris: AND THEY MEET AT LAKE MAGDALENE. >Susan Valdes: WHERE? >Sally Harris: LAKE MAGDALENE.

>> WHAT DO THEY DO? >Sally Harris: A COMBINATION OF DCF, A COMBINATION OF THE POLICE, SHERIFF, CHILD CARE LICENSING, ALL THE AGENCIES, FOSTER CARE, IT'S ALL THE AGENCIES THAT COME TOGETHER AND THEY TALK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, UM, DROPOUT PREVENTION, THINGS LIKE THAT. >Susan Valdes: OH, I'LL DO THAT. >April Griffin: OKAY, SO MISS VALDES IS GOING TO TAKE THAT ONE. NOW IS THAT A BYLAWS PERSON? DO WE HAVE TO VOTE ON THAT ONE? >Sally Harris: YES, WE DO. >April Griffin: WE WILL HAVE TO VOTE ON THAT WHAT WE WILL HAVE TO DO IS WE WILL HAVE TO BRING THAT ONE FORWARD TO THE NEXT MEETING AND THEN THERE WAS A COUPLE OTHER ONES THAT WE NEED TO BRING FORWARD, BOARD MEMBERS, WHICH ONES WOULD THOSE BE THAT WE HAVE TO VOTE ON? DO WE HAVE TO VOTE ON THE VALUE ADJUSTMENT REPRESENTATIVE? >Susan Valdes: THE ONLY ONES WE WOULD NEED TO VOTE ON IN THE FUTURE WOULD BE THE FSBA LEGISLATIVE LIAISON AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS. >April Griffin: WE JUST RECENTLY DID THAT ONE. >Susan Valdes: COMES IN NO >April Griffin: THE ONLY ONE WE NEED TO BRING FORWARD ON THE NEXT AGENDA IS THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN SERVICES. >Susan Valdes: MM-HMM. >April Griffin: AND MISS VALDES IS INTERESTED IN THAT ONE. OKAY. ALL RIGHT. AM I MISSING ANYTHING, BOARD MEMBERS? EVERYBODY'S HAPPY WITH THEIR ASSIGNMENTS? WANT TO GIVE THEM UP? WANT TO TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT TAKING ONE? ALL RIGHT. VERY GOOD. THAT'S DONE. WE HAVE ONE TO BRING FORWARD AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING AND THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. YOURS. >Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN, I WILL WRAP IT UP HERE THIS EVENING, WITH REGARD TO JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT TODAY AND JUST SO -- JUST TO THINK, THE PURPOSEFUL NATURE AS WE MOVE FORWARD, YOU BROUGHT UP A COUPLE OF THINGS IN YOUR COMMENTS WITH REGARD TO TAMPA BAY AND THEN TODAY'S EVENT, ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IS BUILDING A PIPELINE ACROSS THE ENTIRE K 12 AND BEYOND. SO, PART OF JBIS TOWN IS INTRODUCING THEM TO CAREERS, J PARK, HAVE ALL OF OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE SOME INVOLVEMENT IN THEIR MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS WITH REGARDS TO ONCE AGAIN MORE PERSONAL BUDGET AND FINANCE BUT ALSO HOW THOSE INNOCENCE IMPACT THEIR LIFE, THEIR INCOME, THEIR DECISION AROUND FINANCES AND ULTIMATELY THEIR CAREERS WHICH THEN FEEDS INTO SOME THINGS WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT WITH REGARD TO PILOTING WITH OUR FUTURE PLANS, FOR TWO OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE PILOTING, FUTURE PLANS TO REALLY IDENTIFY FOR OUR STUDENTS IN HIGH SCHOOL, THE TYPES OF THINGS THAT INTEREST THEM THAT ALSO THEN WE CAN START TO PROVIDE MORE COUNSELING AND PROGRAMMING FOR STUDENTS THAT ULTIMATELY LEAD TO AN EVENT LIKE BUILD TAMPA BAY, WHICH STARTS TO EXPOSE OUR STUDENTS FINALLY TO THOSE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, SO, MR. BROOKS, ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT YOU SAW IN BUILD TAMPA BAY WAS IF WE COULD RECREATE THAT PIPELINE WORKING BACKWARDS WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT INDUSTRIES OUT THERE AND BUILD BACK THROUGH OUR FUTURE PLANS IN HIGH SCHOOL WHERE WE REALLY START TO NAVIGATE, HELP THE STUDENTS NAVIGATE THEIR FUTURE, THEIR POSTSECONDARY, ON TO THEIR CAREERS, START TO THEN OUT LIZ BIZ TOWN AND FINANCE PARK AND ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS BUILD A FOUNDATION FOR THEM, SO IT IS VERY PURPOSEFUL WORK AND I JUST APPRECIATE SUNTRUST COMING TO THE TABLE HERE WITH THAT $1.7 MILLION DONATION TO START THE WORK THOUGHT TO ULTIMATELY HELP US TO ACHIEVE THAT FINANCE PARK DESTINATION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS. I JUST HAVE TWO ITEMS ON MY COMMENT THIS EVENING. I WANTED TO -- I KNOW MR. -- DR. HOLT TOUCHED ON THIS A LITTLE BIT LAST BOARD MEETING, A LITTLE IMPROMPTU BUT I WANTED TO GIVE A LITTLE BIT MORE FACTS SINCE IT IS OUR BLACK HISTORY MONTH AROUND OUR AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES AND OUR PROGRESS THERE FIRST OF ALL IN OCTOBER, 2014, IF YOU REMEMBER THE BOARD APPROVED THE DISTRICT PURSUING EXEMPLARY STATUS FOR TEACHING AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES, ACHIEVING SUCH AN HONOR REQUIRES SEVERAL THINGS SHALL INCLUDING DEFUSING PLANS FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES CURRICULUM ACROSS ALL GRADE LEVELS. AND WORK WITH THE NAACP AND UNIVERSITIES LIKE USF TOWARD REACHING EXEMPLAR RATHER STATUS. WE HAVE COMPLETED THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROCESS. WE HAVE TRAINED DOZENS OF EDUCATORS IN HOW TO USE THE CURRICULUM AND WHO WAS AT THE WORKSHOPS FOR MORE THAN A THOUSAND MILD AND HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS. OUR GOAL IS TO DO MORE THAN MEET THE FLORIDA STATUTE THAT REQUIRES THE INCLUSION OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY IN INSTRUCTION. WE WANT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS TO LEARN ABOUT AFRICAN-AMERICAN HIST TRAINED THE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE LOCALLY AND IN THIS COUNTRY. MY SECOND TOPIC IS ON TRACK TO GRADUATION. SO, WE -- WE HAVE BEEN, OF COURSE, WITH OUR STAFF AND MR. AYERS BRINGING DATA TO OUR STAFF, WORKING WITH MR. -- DR. BROWN IN IT ON COLLECTING A ALL RIGHT OF THIS DATA THROUGH OUR ED CONNECT PROGRAM. WE ARE -- WE WANT TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF AN UPDATE WHERE WE ARE A REMEMBER, IT IS NOT ABOUT WAITING AROUND FOR DATA TO FINALLY COME IN IT IS ABOUT ALREADY PREDICTING HOW OUR STUDENTS ARE ON TRACK TOWARD GRADUATION SO WE CAN ALREADY INTERVENE IN A VERY PROACTIVE WATCH I WANT TO SHARE SOME DATA WITH YOU FROM OUR SECOND QUARTER REGARDING OUR ON TRACK TO GRADUATION PERFORMANCE. END OF THE SECOND QUARTER, 79% OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE A GPA OF A 2.0 OR ABOVE, WHICH IS 3% ABOVE OUR 14-15 GRADUATION RATE OF 76%. REMEMBER NINTH GRADE ON TRACK TO GRAD SITUATION A STRONG PREDICTOR FOR OUR GRADUATION PERFORMANCE AND IF OUR GOAL IS ULTIMATELY GOING TO BE GO GET 90%, WE NOW HAVE TO NOW FOCUS ON GETTING ABOUT THE STUDENTS AT 21% NOT ON TRACK BACK ON TRACK TO HIT THAT 90% MARK. IT IS NOW HOW OUR SCHOOLS ARE INTERVENING AND I HAVE BEEN OUT IN THE SCHOOLS AND THEY ARE UTILIZING THAT TOOL AND JUST NOT KNOWING THE DATA, KNOWING HOW TO RESPOND APPROPRIATELY TO THEM, SO WE HAVE GREAT EXAMPLES HOW OUR SCHOOLS ARE DOING THAT ACROSS THIS DISTRICT? , SO WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON THAT RIGHT NOW, WE ARE TRENDING AND TRACKING HIGHER THAN RIGHT NOW FOR OUR FUTURE GRADUATION RATES, KNOWING 79% IS NOT WHERE WE WANT TO BE BUT ONLY THE HALFWAY POINT. RATHER THAN WAIT TILL THE END OF THE YEAR AND JUST SET WELL THAT, WE NOW HAVE THE ABILITY TO INTERVENE, BRING THAT 79% UP TO 80, 81, 82 BARS BY THE END OF THE YEAR AND THAT STARTS TO PREDICT FOR OUR FUTURE GRADUATION RATES. OUR ATTENDANCE, ANOTHER KEY COMPONENT, 90% ATTENDANCE RATE, KEY INDICATOR THAT WE ARE TRACKING, ALL THE WAY FROM ELEMENTARY ALL WAIT THROUGH HIGH THIS IS HOW WE HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR ELEMENTARY PIN PALS ABOUT TRACKING GRADUATION DATA. AT THE END OF THE FIRST SEMESTER, WE ARE AT 87% OF OUR STUDENT VIEWS AT LEAST A 90% ATTENDANCE RATE COMPARED TO 84% LAST YEAR, ONCE AGAIN, UP 3% IN OUR OVERALL ATTENDANCE RATES. AND THE LAST INDICATE THEY'RE WE ARE MONITORING VERY CLOSELY IS OUR -- IS OVERALL BEHAVIOR, THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS WITH ZERO SUSPENSIONS, WE KNOW HOW THAT ALSO HAS TREND STUDENTS TOWARDS A HIGHER GRADUATION RATE. 94% OF OUR STUDENT POPULATION WITH ZERO SUSPENSIONS, COMP BE PAIRED TO 88% LAST YEAR, A 6% UPTICK. ALL THE INDICATORS ARE SHOWING IF WE NOT ONLY UNDERSTAND THE DATA BUT INTERVENE NOW AND KNOW HOW TO RESOLVE ISSUES, FOR INSTANCE, THE 6% OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE A SUSPENSION WHAT ARE OUR SCHOOLS DOING DIFFERENTLY? THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS I KNOW WE WILL TALK ABOUT AT THE WORKSHOP THAT'S COMING UP HERE NEXT WEEK, IS WHAT SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE DOING TO ENSURE THAT STUDENTS GET BACK ON TRACK, RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROGRAMS AT OUR SCHOOLS TO HELP STUDENTS NOT MAKE THAT POOR CHOICE AGAIN. SO ALL THAT IS GOOD NEWS AND JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE ARE PLEASED WITH HOW WE ARE NOT ONLY ABLE TO HAVE DATA BUT KNOW HOW WE UTILIZE IT OUT IN OUR SCHOOLS TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS ON TRACK TO GRADUATION. >April Griffin: MR. SUPERINTENDENT, CAN I ASK YOU A QUESTION IN REFERENCE TO THE DAT THAT WE ARE COLLECTING AND WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SUSPENSION RATES, TRYING TO CUT DOWN ON THOSE SUSPENSION RATES, HOW ARE WE HOLDING OUR PRINCIPALS ACCOUNTABLE FOR REALISTIC DATA, BECAUSE, AGAIN, I THINK ONE OF THE BIG CONCERNS THAT WE HEARD FROM TEACHERS AND FROM SOME PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY WAS THAT THEY WERE -- THEY WERE AFRAID AND I WILL JUST USE THAT WORD, THEY WERE AFRAID THAT STUDENTS, THAT TEACHERS WEREN'T GOING TO GET SUPPORT IN THEIR SCHOOLS AND THAT THE NUMBERS WERE GOING TO BE PLAYED AROUND WITH. HOW ARE YOU HOLDING PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE FOR REALISTIC DATA?

>> FIRST OF ALL, THE MESSAGE HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR THAT WILL NOT BE THE PRACTICE. AND THAT'S NOT ONLY MY MESSAGE, THAT'S THE MESSAGE OF OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS TO OUR PRINCIPALS. I THINK SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE NEXT WEEK AT THE WORKSHOP WILL SHOW HOW SOME OF THAT, HOW STAFFS ARE FEELING SUPPORT IN THOSE ENVIRONMENT AND ARE DOING IT RIGHT AND SO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS WE HAVE TO SHARE THOSE BEST PRACTICES WITH OTHER SCHOOLS THAT MIGHT HAVE -- WE MIGHT BE HEARING HAD CONCERNS, BUT THAT'S AN ISSUE THAT KEEPING A THUMB ON THE PULSE OF OUR TEACHER VOICE OUT ACROSS OUR DISTRICT, WE HAVE TO KNOW THAT THEY HAVE TO HAVE CLASSROOMS THAT ARE ORDERLY, THAT WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE STUDENTS ARE MAKING THE RIGHT KINDS OF CHOICE AND HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE TO THAT WE CAN'T HAVE A TEACHER FEEL LIKE THEY ARE -- HE OR SHE IS NOT BEING SUPPORTED IN THAT, SO IT'S BEEN A CLEAR MESSAGE FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, I KNOW THAT'S THE TALK THAT STARTS TO HAPPEN OUT THERE WHEN YOU DISCUSS REDUCING SUSPENSION RATES OR REDUCING OVERALL BEHAVIOR INSTANCES, THAT'S WHY YOU HAVE TO TAKE A VERY PROACTIVE APPROACH, AROUND CULTURE AND YOU WILL SEE SOME OF THINGS AND HEAR SOME OF THE THINGS THAT SCHOOLS HAVE DONE VERY DIFFERENTLY. WE WERE JUST OUT THIS WEEK, OUR STAFF, AT VAN BUREN MIDDLE SCHOOL, SO, VAN BUREN, MR. WILLSON, THE PRINCIPAL OVER THERE, TAKING A LOOK AT OUR CULTURE OCTAGON AND JUST TAKING YOU THE ONE ELEMENT OF PROCEDURES AND ROY TEENS, HOW MR. WILSON HAS INCORPORATED CLEAR PROCEDURES AND ROUTINES FROM THE VERY MINUTE THE BELL RINGS FOR STUDENTS TO BE DISMISSED FROM THE BREAKFAST ROOM IN THE MORNING TO TRANSITION TO THE FIRST CLASS TO DO SO IN A VERY ORDERLY ENVIRONMENT SO TEACHERS CAN BE ABLE TO TEACH AND THEY DON'T HAVE STUDENTS COMING INTO THEIR CLASSROOMS THAT ARE OUT OF CONTROL, YOU KNOW, AND ALREADY DELAY THE INSTRUCTIONAL TIME. THAT'S PERFECT EXAMPLE ABOUT JUST ONE OF THOSE ELEMENTS THAT HE FOCUSED ON AT VAN BUREN TO REALLY CUT DOWN ON THE BEHAVIOR INCIDENCES THAT OCCURRED DURING TRANSITION AND MAXIMIZE INSTRUCTIONAL TIME AND THE FEELING OF SUPPORT FROM TEACHERS. THOSE ARE THE KIND OF PRACTICES THAT WE NOW HAVE TO SHARE ACROSS THIS DISTRICT TO ENSURE THAT EVERY SINGLE CLASS ROOM, EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL HAS THOSE CLEAR PROCEDURES AND ROUTINES SO TEACHERS FEEL SUPPORTED AS STUDENTS COME INTO THOSE ROOMS.

>> SO, PRIOR TO OUR MEETING, 'CAUSE I HAVE BEEN -- I HAVE BEEN DRILLING DOWN INTO THE DATA, AND I SEE SOME SCHOOLS THAT AND YOU CAN LOOK AT THE NUMBERS AND TELL THE ONES THAT REALLY HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO AND YOU CAN TELL THE ONES THAT REALLY HAVE SOME BEST PRACTICES IN PLACE. BUT THEN THERE'S ONE OR TWO THAT I QUESTION THE DATA BECAUSE YOU'RE LOOKING AT ZERO ON SOME OF THE DATA POINTS. AND I JUST DON'T KNOW HOW YOU CAN HAVE ZERO, AND I'VE HEARD RUMORS. SO, YOU AND VERY HAD DISCUSSIONS ABOUT SOME OF THOSE, SOIL BRING THOSE TO YOU AND I WOULD LIKE SOME SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON THOSE PARTICULAR ONES, 'CAUSE AGAIN, THERE'S -- YOU HAVE A SPECTRUM AND THEN, YOU KNOW, SOME ARE HERE, SOME ARE HERE BUT WHEN THERE ARE NONE, IT'S A LITTLE BIT -- A LITTLE BIT DISTURBING. WE WILL TALK ABOUT THAT. MS. VALDES >Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND I APPRECIATE THE CONVERSATION AND IT SPARKED A QUESTION AS I WAS LISTENING TO THE CONVERSATION. WHEN WE ARE LOOKING AT THE SUPPORTS THAT WE PROVIDE OUR STUDENTS AND HOW THEY WORK, I JUST -- I WANTED TO CLARIFY A RUMOR, IF YOU WILL, THAT PRINCIPALS WILL BE NOW EVALUATING PSYCHOLOGISTS AND THE NURSES AND FOLKS OF THOSE -- AND I REALLY WANT US TO CAUTION THAT PRACTICE, THAT CONVERSATION, BECAUSE THEY HAVE SPECIFIC LICENSES THAT THEY MUST PROTECT. AND A PRINCIPAL, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, HAS NO JURISDICTION OVER AN MD OR A NURSE PRACTITIONER. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DOES A PRINCIPAL HAVE THAT AUTHORITY. THEY KNOW THE BEST PRACTICES FOR HANDLING THE BEHAVIORS OF STUDENTS AND MEDICALLY -- MEDICAL ASPECTS THAT THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH. SO I WANT US TO DEMYSTIFY THAT PARTICULAR RUMOR, THAT THIS IS NOW A NEW EVALUATION TOOL, A NEW PROCESS THAT THE PRINCIPALS ARE GOING TO BE -- IT'S NOT IN THEIR JURISDICTION TO DO SO AND I CAUTION, I CAUTION US BECAUSE THEY HAVE SPECIFIC RULES THAT THEY HAVE TO GO BY AND THEY CAN'T CROSS THAT LINE BECAUSE WE CAN HELP THEM LOSE THEIR LICENSE AND THAT'S THEIR LIVELIHOOD. AND THEY CANNOT OBTAIN A JOB ELSEWHERE. IT'S NOT -- YOU KNOW, ONCE YOU'RE ORDAINED A PRINCIPAL, YOU'RE A PRINCIPAL. YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE NO MORE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE ANY MORE CEUs. NO. THESE INDIVIDUALS HAVE LICENSES TO PRO-PROTECT AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE DOING THAT. >Jeffrey Eakins: I CAN CLEAR THAT UP FOR YOU, SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT. >Susan Valdes: 'CAUSE THEY ARE FLIPPING OUT OVER IT. >Jeffrey Eakins: SO, OBVIOUSLY, THE PRINCIPALS A HIRE OF MANY OF THE POSITIONS AT THE SITES, IT IS ALWAYS AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE A COLLABORATIVE PROCESS AROUND THE EVALUATION FOR ANY OF OUR STUDENT SERVICES STAFF, INCLUDING THE EXPERTS IN THE FIELD THAT HAVE -- THAT PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR OUR -- WHETHER THERE ARE HEALTH SERVICES STAFF, OUR SOCIAL WORK STAFF, OUR GUIDANCE, OUR PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES STAFF. SO, THAT'S -- EVEN THOUGH THE PRINCIPAL HAS INPUT WITHIN THAT PROCESS, THE OTHER STAFF, THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE A MORE CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR ROLE WILL ALSO BE PART OF THAT COLLABORATIVE. >Susan Valdes: AND I CAN SEE THE INPUT FROM THE PRINCIPAL BEING DO THEY COME TO WORK ON TIME, HOW'S THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE, YOU KNOW, CERTAIN ASPECTS BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THEM DOING THEIR JOB, IF YOU DON'T REALLY PRACTICE THEIR JOB, YOU REALLY HAVE NO BUSINESS EVALUATING WHAT THEY DO, BECAUSE THEY COULD VERY WELL BE THE PROCEDURE THAT THEY HAVE TO DO BASED ON THEIR TRAINING. SO, THAT'S ALL I'M SAYING IS THAT WE ARE VERY CAREFUL AS TO THE INPUT OF I MEAN, A NON-PROFESSIONAL FROM THAT PARTICULAR FIELD OF WORK. I -- IT -- THANKS. >April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.