Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from March 29, 2016

>> WELCOME, EVERYONE. IF YOU COULD PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE. AND THEN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WILL BE LED BY OUR VICE CHAIR, MS. CINDY STUART. (MOMENT OF SILENCE).

>> THANK YOU. AND NOW THE PLEDGE. (PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE)

>>April Griffin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th STUDENT FORUM MINUTES FOR FEBRUARY 23rd SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP ON DISCIPLINE BEHAVIOR DASHBOARD MINUTES, AND THE MARCH 1st SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION OR ANY AMENDMENTS THAT NEED TO BE MADE? OKAY. SEEING NONE, PLEASE, I NEED A MOTION AND A VOTE TO APPROVE MINUTES THAT HAVE BEEN CALLED. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDEZ AND A SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE MINUTES ARE PASSED. IF OUR VICE CHAIR MS. STUART COULD PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES.

>>Cindy Stuart: AS WE BEGIN OUR MEETING THIS AFTERNOON, PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. THE BOARD AGENDA IS A CONSENT AGENDA. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE APPROVED UPON MOTION AND VOTE UNLESS AN ITEM IS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THE AGENDA AND BACKUP DOCUMENTATION ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE. THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON LIVE WEBCAST, ON CABLE TV AND A VIDEO MONITOR HERE IN THE AUDITORIUM. COUNTY ALSO BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING LATER IN THE VIDEO ARCHIVES. DURING THE MEETING THERE IS A TABLET AVAILABLE AT THE COMMUNICATIONS DESK THAT QUARTERBACK VIEWED TO -- USED TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST WITH CLOSING CAPTIONING. THERE IS A SPEAKER IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM FOR BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR THE MEETING SHOULD WE LEAVE THE DAIS. SPEAKERS WILL BE GRANTED THREE MINUTES TO ADDRESS A SINGLE AGENDA ITEM OR UNTIL FIVE MINUTES TO ADDRESS TWO OR MORE AGENDA 2E78S. WHEN TEN OR MORE SPEAKERS WISH TO SPEAK TO THE SAME AGENDA ITEM, SPEAKING TIME WILL BE REDUCED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER F.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 DON SENT AGENDA. YOUR COMMENTS ARE IMPORTANT. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO YOUR COMMENTS, THE STAFF WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU AND WILL KEEP THE BOARD INFORMED ABOUT THE RESPONSE. THE SCHOOL BOARD RESPECTS PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD BUT WE CANNOT TOLERATE BEHAVIOR INTENDED TO INTERRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THE MEETING. OUR CIVILITY POLICY IS IN EFFECT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE COLONEL BARTELLR BANGLE BEADS. YOU ALL HEARD THE ENTERTAINMENT OUT SIDE. ON A DAY LIKE THIS IT'S A THUNDEROUS DAY SO IT'S APPROPRIATE WE HEARD THEM PLAY. AND WITH THE STUDENTS TODAY ARE TEACHERS TERRY LISI AND SARAH ANN GRIFFITHS. WELCOME. IF YOU COULD COME UP AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND THEN LET YOUR STUDENTS INTRODUCE THEMSELVES.

>> THANK YOU OF THE FOR HAVING US. THIS.

>> I'M SHEA AND I'M IN FOURTH GRADE.

>> HI. MY NAME IS JERRY AND I'M IN FOURTH GRADE.

>> HI. MY NAME IS JOHN AND I'M IN FOURTH GRADE.

>> HI. MY NAME IS CONEIE AND I'M IN FOURTH GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS -- AND I'M IN FOURTH GRADE.

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

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

>> MY NAME IS McKENZIE. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE.

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

>> MY NAME IS JOHN AND I'M IN SIXTH GRADE.

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

>> MY NAME IS ROG AND I'M IN FOURTH GRADE.

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

>> HI. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE.

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

>> MY NAME IS TIKA AND I'M IN FOURTH GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS MALANA IN FIFTH GRADE.

>> MY NAME SINGLE-FAMILY LUCIANA AND I'M IN FIFTH GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS KENDALL. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS RICHARD. I'M IN FOURTH GRADE.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS SARAH ANN GRIFFITH AND I TEACH ELEMENTARY MUSIC. [ APPLAUSE ] WR-6789 THANK YOU FOR COMING OUT THIS EVENING. AND I UNDERSTAND YOUR PRINCIPAL IS ALSO IN THE AUDIENCE. WOULD YOU STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED? OH, THERE YOU ARE. [ APPLAUSE ] WELL, THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING OUT. AND I WAS DANCING AS I WAS COMING TO THE BOARD ROOM SO IT SET THE TONE FOR THIS MEETING. AND HAVE A SAFE TRAVEL HOME. [ APPLAUSE ] WE ARE NOW IN THE AUDIENCE COMMENTS. AND IF CINDY STUART, OUR VICE CHAIR COULD, READ THE STATEMENTS FOR THE AUDIENCE COMMENTS SECTION.

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

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I AM GOING TO CALL YOU IN ORDER THAT HURON MY SCREEN. AND IF YOU COULD COME AND STAND UP TO THE LEFT I WILL CALL THE FIRST THREE SPEAKERS. MR. KLUTHO. MR. KEATS. MISS JENNIFER GROH. AND I'LL CALL FOUR, DANIA KENNINGTON. IF YOU COULD JUST STAND OVER NEXT TO THE WALL. THANK YOU. WELCOME, MR. KLUTHO. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. HERE WE HAVE SIX, APPROVE REORGANIZATION, REDIRECTION, AND JOB DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE BUSINESS DIVISION. WELL, MY QUESTION IS, WERE YOU DOING ANYTHING RIGHT? ANYTHING AT ALL? WITH THIS AGENDA ITEM, ITNOT SOUND LIKE IT. DOESN'T SOUND LIKE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. NOT EVEN CLOSE. NOT EVEN CLOSE. AND 6.04. YOU ARE GOING TO ACCEPT THIS AUDIT. WHAT A JOKE. HAVE WE SEEN THESE BEFORE? AND COULD WE GO OVER THERE TO THE OFFICES OF THIS AUDIT FIRM AND FIND INEFFICIENT LIGHTING? I'LL TAKE ALL BETS. HOW MUCH DO YOU WANT TO BET THAT THOSE STUPID FOOLS ARE WASTING MONEY. THE LAST ELECTRIC BILL THAT I HAVE, $24.42. YEAH. YOU PEOPLE DON'T EVER GET IT RIGHT. AND WHO DO YOU HAVE COME AND MAKE A JUDGMENT? YOU KNOW WHAT I ALWAYS SAY? CONSIDER THE SOURCE. 7.04, APPROVE THE ACCEPTANCE OF A PROJECT FOR HEATING, VENTILATION, AND AIR CONDITIONING. WELL, IT HAPPENS AGAIN, DOESN'T IT? FOR ANOTHER ONE OF YOUR STUPID BUILDINGS. YEAH. YOU'LL DO IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AND THEN 10.02. MONTHLY FINANCIAL POSITION REPORTS AS OF FEBRUARY 29th. OH, YEAH. WELL, IT'S THE SAME THING. ALL YOU DO IS BURN THE MONEY. BURN THE MONEY. ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS LOOK AT THE LIGHTING SYSTEM HERE. LOOK AT THE WEST GLASS DOWN TO THE FLOOR. HOW STUPID IS THAT? SO WHAT HAPPENS? WE HAVE THAT OLD SITUATION, CAUSE AND EFFECT. CORRELATION. JANUARY, THE HOTTEST JANUARY ON RECORD. BUT THEN IF YOU READ ABOUT WHAT THE SCIENTISTS ARE SAYING ABOUT FEBRUARY, WHOA, IT WENT OFF THE SCALE. AND AGAIN, CORRELATION. YOU HAVE THESE DUMB BUILDINGS BELCHING THE CARBON. YEAH. AND WHAT DO THEY SAY? ANTARCTICA'S MELT MAY RESHAPE EARTH. BUT THE EXPERTS ARE WORRIED MORE ABOUT GREEN LAND. IT'S NOT GOING TO BE A PRETTY PICTURE. YEAH. SO WHAT DO YOU CARE? OBVIOUSLY NOT AT ALL. BECAUSE YOU KEEP IGNORING SCIENCE. (BELL SOUNDS) SO WHAT DO WE HAVE THEN? THE BOOK "THE SIXTH EXTINCTION: AN UNNATURAL HISTORY." AND YOU ARE WRITING IT. YEAH. JUST SICK. IT'S TRULY SICK. YEAH. AND, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE HERE THAT DON'T KNOW ROBERTS RULES. YOU SHOULD GET THEM ALL EDUCATED.

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

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS ROBERT KEETS. NOT A PROBLEM AT ALL. MY DAUGHTER IS A FIRST GRADER AT HOWARD ELEMENTARY AND I WANTED TO SPEAK ON THE AGENDA ITEM FOR THE REDISTRICTING. AT THIS POINT, LOOKING AT WHAT'S BEING PRESENTED, IT LOOKS LIKE THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL WAS PULLED AND THE NEW PROPOSAL WILL GET UNDER ITS MAXIMUM NUMBER THE DAY IT OPENS BY. BY CHRISTMAS IT WILL BACK UP TO ALMOST WHERE IT IS TODAY. BY THIS TIME NEXT YEAR IT WILL BE NO SITUATION RIGHT NOW BASED ON THE NUMBER OF HOMES UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW IN FISHHAWK WEST. THE TEACHERS ARE GREAT. THE ADMINISTRATION IS GREAT. BUT IT IS NOT AN ENVIRONMENT CONDITION FOR LENCHT YOU HAVE CHILDREN SITTING IN HALLWAYS USING CLIPBOARDS AND DESKS THAT PULLED OUT FOR ADDITIONAL LEARNING. MY DAUGHTER COMES HOME FROM SCHOOL MULTIPLE TIMES A WEEK, AND THE FIRST THING SHE DOES IS GO TO THE RESTROOM BECAUSE SHE WON'T USE THE RESTROOM LATE IN THE AFTERNOON BECAUSE THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN IN HER TWO CLASSROOMS THAT SHARE THE TWO RESTROOMS ARE SO MANY THAT THEY ARE FILTHY. IT'S NOT THE BEST PLACE RIGHT NOW FOR LEARNING. AND I WOULD ASK -- AND THERE'S OTHER PEOPLE COMING UP TO ASK -- THAT YOU GUYS DON'T APPROVE THE PROPOSAL TODAY, YOU SEND IT BACK TO THE ADMINISTRATION AND ASK TO SEE IF THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE THAT CAN BE DONE. THERE IS MORE SPACE AVAILABLE IN THE OTHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS NEAR STOWERS. THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL AND WHETHER IT'S THAT PROPOSAL OR SOMETHING DIFFERENT DIDN'T MOVE MORE CHILDREN OUT. AND EVEN THAT ONE LEFT STOWERS ALMOST AT CAPACITY IF NOT AT CAPACITY AGAIN. NEXT YEAR PRIOR TO THE NEW SCHOOL BEING BUILT. SO, I MEAN, I KNOW IT'S A LOT TO REWORK. IT WOULD BE INTERESTING WHICH SCHOOL, WE DON'T WANT TO SPLIT NEIGHBORHOODS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT AT THIS POINT THE PROPOSAL THAT'S ON THE TABLE RIGHT NOW IS LESS THAN SUFFICIENT TO DO WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE FOR THE GOOD OF THE CHILDREN SO THAT THEY CAN GET THE EDUCATION THAT THEY NEED. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND I'M PROBABLY PRONOUNCING THIS WRONG. JENNIFER BROUGH? WELCOME.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS JENNIFER BROUGH AND I'M REQUESTING THAT YOU POSTPONE THE VOTE ON THE BOUNDARY CHANGE AND CONDUCT ANALYSIS ON OUR PROPOSAL. THERE IS A SOLUTION TO THIS. YOU HAVE IN THE YOUR HANDS. THE BOARD HAS THE POWER TO TELL THE SUPERINTENDENT TO POSTPONE THE VOTE AND CONSIDER THE PROPOSAL WITH YOUR VOTE. STOWERS IS AT 113%. FACT. COUNTY PLANNERS ALREADY KNOW THAT STOWERS WILL BE AT OR OVER CAPACITY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. FACT. FISHHAWK WEST IS CURRENTLY PROJECTED TO CLOSE 110 MORE HOMES BY THE END OF THIS YEAR AND TO PRESERVE, CONTINUING TO BUILD OUT TO. THE CURRENT PROPOSAL DOES NOT ADDRESS THIS. BUT THERE ARE OTHER FACTS TO CONSIDER. RESEARCH CONDUCTED BY THE NATIONAL EDUCATION POLICY MAKES CLEAR THAT CLASS SIZE MATTERS, AND LEADS TO HIGHER ACHIEVEMENT, INCREASED TIME ON TASK AND TEACHERS CAN TAYLOR THEIR INSTRUCTIONS. BUT I WOULD ALSO ADD TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE EDUCATIONALLY DIVERSE POPULATION OF STUDENTS SUCH AS THOSE WITH AUTISM, ADHD, ADD, ANXIETY, HEARING IMPAIRED, AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED, JUST TO NAME A FEW. I HAVE MANY ANECDOTAL STORIES, BUT LET'S JUST STICK TO THE FACTS. ONE OF 68 KIDS HAS AUTISM. ANOTHER FACT. 11% OF CHILDREN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 4 AND 17 HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH ADHD. DOESN'T INCLUDE THOSE THAT HAVE NOT BEEN DIAGNOSED. YET ANOTHER FACT IS ANXIETY IN OUR YOUNG CHILDREN. AN ESTIMATED 8 TO 10% OF AMERICAN CHILDREN ARE INFECTED WITH ANXIETY. THAT'S YOUNG CHILDREN WHICH MAKES THEIR LIVES THAT MUCH HARDER BUT MANY GO UNDIAGNOSED BECAUSE OF STIGMATISM THAT LINKS TO MENTAL ILLNESS BUT THEY STILL HAVE IT. NOW THAT'S A LOT OF STATISTICS. SO LET ME GIVE YOU A NUMBER, AND THAT'S APPROXIMATELY 250 KIDS REGARDLESS OF DIAGNOSIS OR NOT AT STOWERS. THAT'S 23% OF THE POPULATION. 23%. NOW, YOU ADD OVERCROWDING ON TOP OF THE FACT, A SPECIAL NEEDS AND TRYING TO MANAGE THAT. SO WHAT ABOUT THEM? THEY FALL BEHIND. THEY ACT OUT. THEY WORRY BECAUSE OF FIRE DRILLS. USING THE BATHROOM, NOISE AND MOVEMENT FROM OTHERS, THAT THEY ARE EASILY DISTRACTED BY, THEY CAN'T SEE THE BOARDS OR HEAR THE ASSIGNMENT WHICH ADDS TO STRESS, SPECIALS WITH SOMETIMES TWO CLASSES, YES, TWO CLASSES SQUEEZED INTO ONE ROOM. THESE ARE MY CHILDREN. IT'S THEIR CHILDREN AND IT IS YOUR CHILDREN WHO WE PUT OUR FAITH IN TO ADVOCATE FOR AND CARE FOR. IT'S MORE THAN JUST TABLES AND DESKS. IT'S ABOUT BUTTING A RESOURCE FOR THEM. SO PLEASE PROVIDE FOR THEM NOW. PRO PLAYER FOR THEM TODAY. DON'T OVERLOOK THIS UNIQUE POPULATION. VOTE NO ON THE CURRENT PROPOSAL AND PROVIDE FOR THEIR ACCOMMODATIONS, AND PROVIDE FOR ALL THE KIDS, BECAUSE REGARDLESS OF WHERE THEY LIVE, OVERCROWDING EFFECTS ALL OF THESE KIDS REGARDLESS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>>April Griffin: DANA KENNINGTON?

>> FOR THE BENEFIT OF CHILDREN AT STOWERS I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE BOARD TO VOTE NO ON THE CURRENT BOUNDARY PROPOSAL AND TO FIND A BETTER PLAN TO ALLEVIATE THE PRESENT AND INCREASING OVERCROWDING AT STOWERS FOR THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR. STOWERS IS CURRENTLY AT OR NEAR 113% CAPACITY WITH APPROXIMATELY 1100 STUDENTS. THERE ARE EIGHT MORE TEACHERS THAN THERE ARE CLASSROOMS, AND KINDERGARTEN, I HAVE A DAUGHTER. SHE IS IN A CLASSROOM WITH 21 CHILDREN. IN THIRD GRADE WHERE MY SON IS, SHE HAS 32 CHILDREN. THE AVERAGE CLASS SIZE FOR THIRD GRADE IS 23. 21 FOR FIRST GRADE. 19 FOR SECOND GRADE. 24 FOR FOURTH GRADE. 23 FOR FIFTH GRADE. THESE ARE AVERAGES OF STUDENT-TO-TEACHER RATIOS AND NOT REPRESENTATIVE OF ACTUAL STUDENTS IN CLASSROOMS. OR CORE CURRICULAR COURSES. MY SON HAS TWO TEACHERS IN HIS CLASSROOM. THERE IS ANOTHER CLASSROOM THAT'S CALLED THE HOT TEAM. THEY HAVE 56 KIDS WITH THREE TEACHERS. THERE ARE A FEW OTHER TEENS LIKE THE WILD TEAM AND SMART TEAMS THAT HAVE VERY LARGE NUMBERS WITH MULTIPLE TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOMS. THE FLORIDA STATUTES STATE A MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS ASSIGNED TO EACH TEACHER WHO IS TEACHING CORE CURRICULA IN CLASSROOMS FOR KINDER GARDEN THROUGH THIRD GRADE MAY NOT EXCEED 18 STUDENTS. FOURTH GRADE THROUGH EIGHTH MAY NOT EXCEED 22. THE SCHOOL IS IMPLEMENTING TEAM TEACHING STRATEGIES. KIDS ARE BEING PLACED IN ONE CLASSROOM WHERE ONE TEACHER IS TEACHING A CORE SUBJECTS AND THE OTHER DOES PAPERWORK. THE STATUTE STATES THAT USING TEAM TEACHING HAS REASONABLE LIMITS, BE BE PLACED ON THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS IN A CLASSROOM, SO THAT CLASSROOMS ARE NOT OVERCROWDED. TEACHER STUDENT RATIOS WITHIN A CURRICULAR AREA OR GRADE LEVEL MUST NOT EXCEED CONSTITUTIONAL LIMITS. THE CLASS SIZES ARE IN VIOLATION OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL LAW PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN FROM OVERCROWDED CLASSROOMS. THIS RATIO IS CLEARLY PLACING OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR TEACHERS AT A DISADVANTAGE. CONSEQUENCES WILL BE SUFFERED BY ALL. STUDENTS CAN IEPs REQUIRE SIGNIFICANT ACADEMIC AND BEHAVIOR SUPPORT WHICH IS DIFFICULT TO MEET IN OVERCROWDING. MIDDLE AND LOWER KIDS WILL STRUGGLE AND GET LEFT BEHIND BECAUSE TEACHERS DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THEM. (BELL SOUNDS) CONSIDER ALL OF THESE, AND IT'S NOT A CONDUCIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. I URGE ALL OF THE BOARD MEMBERS TO VOTE NO ON THIS PROPOSAL AND TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT A NEW PLAN TO MAKE CHANGES. IT MAY NOT BE THE POPULAR THING BUT IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. WE OWE IT TO OUR TEACHERS AND THE STUDENTS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT TWO SPEAKERS, MISS ANN JENKINS AND MISS URSULA ODHAM.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS ANN JENKINS. I'M RETIRED FROM THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE. I'M A COLLEGE GRADUATE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA. I GRADUATED A SCHOLAR. AND HERE TODAY, I'M HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT ON ELECTION DAY, THERE WAS A SURVEY PASSED OUT. AND THAT SURVEY WAS COMPARING APRIL GRIFFIN TO MISS DORETHA EDGECOMB. I TOOK IT TO THE NEWS MEDIA BECAUSE I WANT EVERYBODY TO KNOW, YOU CAN'T COMPARE YOURSELF TO DORETHA EDGECOMB. DORETHA EDGECOMB SPENT 26 YEARS TEACHING SCHOOL. SHE WAS 13 YEARS PRINCIPAL. YOU COME FROM THE KITCHEN. YOU DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A GED WHEN YOU CAME HERE. SO WHOEVER DID IT, I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S THE FOUR OF YOU ALL, BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU ALL STICK TOGETHER. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE GOT TO SEPARATE. ALSO, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS REORGANIZATION OF THE TO LEADERS THAT I READ IN THE PAPER THE OTHER DAY. I KNOW THAT YOU ALL ARE AFTER SOMEBODY. I DON'T KNOW WHO IT IS, BUT WE WILL KNOW WHEN THEY ARE INTERVIEWED AND THEY HAVE LOST THEIR JOBS. THAT'S SICKENING. YOU ALL GET WORSE AND WORSE. BUT YOU NEVER ANSWERED ANY OF MY QUESTIONS HOW YOU GET TO BE THE CHAIR OF THIS SCHOOL BOARD WHEN IT WASN'T YOUR TIME. IT WAS MS. EDGECOMB'S TIME. I DIDN'T EVEN HEAR YOU ALL TELL THE PEOPLE TODAY THAT MS. EDGECOMB IS NOT HERE BECAUSE SHE LOST HER MOTHER LAST WEEK. HER MOTHER WAS 100 YEARS OLD. EDGECOMB AND WYNN IS AN ICON IN OUR COMMUNITY. YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT BUT YOU KNOW IT NOW, AND YOU KNOW THAT I AM GOING TO BE HERE UNTIL I GET MY ANSWERS -- MY QUESTIONS ANSWERED. AND IF YOU CANNOT ANSWER MY QUESTION, I WILL BE GOING TO WASHINGTON, D.C. TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT THIS SCHOOL BOARD, BECAUSE YOU ALL ARE NOT TAKING CARE OF OUR CHILDREN. YOU ARE FIGHTING AMONGST EACH OTHER. I WEPT TO THE WORKSHOP THE OTHER DAY. MS. EDGECOMB ASKED A LOT OF QUESTIONS, AND ALL FOUR OF YOU, I WATCHED YOU. YOU PIGGYBACKED OFF OF HER. SO THAT TELLS ME THAT YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHING. YOU NEVER BEEN IN THE SYSTEM. (BELL SOUNDS) YOU NEED TO GET AHEAD OF THE GAME. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MR. PORTER, THE PAST COUPLE OF TIMES THAT MS. JENKINS HAS COME, I HAVE ASKED -- AND STAFF -- IF HER QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED. SHE'S HAD QUITE AN EXTENSIVE LIST OF QUESTIONS REGARDING ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT ISSUES. SO THERE WERE SOME ISSUES TO COME -- OR QUESTIONS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE ANSWERED BY ADMINISTRATION AND MR. PORTNER REFERENCE TO THE QUESTION THAT SHE'S ASKED ABOUT THE WAY THAT THE ELECTION WAS HANDLED FOR OUR CHAIR. IF YOU COULD ADDRESS FIRST.

>> MS. JENKINS ASKED SEVERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT TASK FORCE AND SOME OTHER RELATED QUESTIONS, AND I KNOW DR. BREATH REACHED OUT TO ANSWER SOME OF THOSE QUESTIONS THAT WERE MORE STAFF RELATED.

>>April Griffin: SO THOSE HAVE BEEN ANSWERED? OKAY. AND THEN, MR. PORTER --

>> I HAVE SPOKEN WITH MS. JENKINS. I HAVE TRIED TO ANSWER THEM. I WILL FOLLOW UP WITH HER AGAIN.

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS URSULA ODHAM.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS URSULA ODHAM, AFRICAN-AMERICANS OF TAMPA, BUT TODAY I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF FLORENCE REDDICK WHO IS RECOVERING FROM KNEE SURGERY AND SHE WANTED ME TO DELIVER SOME INFORMATION TO YOU. WHEN SHE WAS HERE LAST IN JUNE, YOU PRESENTED SOME LOVELY ROSES TO HER IN APPRECIATION FOR HER SERVICE. AND AT THAT TIME, SHE SAID THAT SHE HAD NEWS FOR YOU IN THE FORM OF A NEW BOOK THAT'S COMING OUT. THAT BOOK HAS BEEN PUBLISHED AND SHE WANTED ME TO DELIVER ONE FOR YOU AS YOUR INDIVIDUAL COPIES. SO MY MESSAGE IS SHORT. SHE'S DOING WELL. AND SHE'S DELIVERED ON HER PROMISE.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING. AND THAT CONCLUDES -- SORRY. MS. VALDEZ.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BRINGING THIS BOOK TO US. I'M GLAD THAT SHE'S RECUPERATING WELL. TALK ABOUT AN ICON. MS. DORIS ROSS REDDICK WAS THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN COLLECTED TO THE SCHOOL BOARD, AND I THINK THAT SOME OF US -- WELL, ALL OF US BELIEVE OF THAT WE STAND ON SHOULDERS OF WOMEN LIKE THAT WHO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PAVE THE WAY FOR ALL OF US, REGARDLESS OF YOUR RACE, ETHNICITY, AND YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND. OF COURSE, WE JUST GOT THE BOOKS. I HAVEN'T READ IT. BUT I'M WONDERING IF BECAUSE THIS IS -- AND MEMBER EDGECOMB USUALLY TALKS ABOUT WHEN IT'S DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH, AND EVEN WITH THE LEED PROJECT, ABOUT OUR STUDENTS NOT KNOWING LOCAL LEADERS WHO HAVE DONE SO MANY GREAT THINGS, THAT MAYBE MR. BACON, IF YOU WOULD CONSIDER POSSIBLY ADDING THESE BOOKS TO OUR MEDIA CENTER SO THAT THERE IS A HISTORICAL PIECE OF LOCAL HISTORY WITHIN OUR STUDENTS. SO JUST A SUGGESTION, A THOUGHT. MAYBE WE CAN LOOK INTO THAT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. ODHAM FOR BRINGING THIS. WE APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU. WE ARE NOW INTO THE PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS -- OR RECOGNITIONS. THE FIRST ONE IS TO ADOPT A RESOLUTION PROCLAIMING THE MONTH OF APRIL 2016 AS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND MON A -- MYRNA HOAX IS GOING TO READ THE PROCLAMATION. WELCOME.

>> MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUEPT.

>> COULD YOU HOLD FOR ONE SECOND? MS. JENKINS, THERE WILL BE A PROCLAMATION READ A LITTLE BIT LATER IN REFERENCE TO MS. EDGECOMB'S MOTHER AND I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT WANT TO BE HERE FOR THAT.

>>ARE ON BEHALF OF WINNIE AND STUDENT SERVICES, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE MEMBERS OF KEEPING SAFE KIDS PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION IN L IN OUR COMMUNITY. PLEASE STAND. [ APPLAUSE ] MARTHA, ANN DOYLE, JESSE PALMER AND DARRYL CLARK FROM ECKERD, AND SHE HAS SOME LAPEL PINS FOR THE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN THAT'S GOING ON IN OUR COMMUNITY. CAN SHE PRESENT THOSE TO YOU WHILE I READ THE PROCLAMATION? OKAY. IF RESOLUTION FOR CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY'SH K HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY OF THE POSTERITY DEPENDS ON NURTURING THE DEVELOPMENT OF 300,000 CHILDREN CURRENTLY LIVING, GROWING WITHIN OUR DIVERSE COMMUNITIES, THE KEEPING KIDS SAFE PARTNERSHIP THROUGH THE LEADERSHIP OF THE CHILDREN'S BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND IN COLLABORATION WITH PREVENT CHILD ABUSE FLORIDA'S PIN WHILES FOR PREVENTION CAMPAIGN WILL BE ENGAGING COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY IN A COORDINATED EFFORT TO PREVENT CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT BY PROMOTING A WEARNESS OF HEALTHY CHILD DEVELOPMENT. AND WHEREAS RESEARCH SHOWS THAT PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS WHO HAVE SOCIAL NETWORKS AND KNOW HOW TO SEEK HELP IN TIMES OF TROUBLE ARE MORE RESILLIANT AND BETTER ABLE TO PROVIDE SAFE ENVIRONMENT AND NURTURING EXPERIENCE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND WHEREAS WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE MUST WORK TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY TO INCREASE AWARENESS ABOUT CHILD ABUSE AND HOW WE CAN STOP IT, BECAUSE PREVENTION REMAINS THE BEST DEFENSE FOR OUR CHILDREN, AND WHEREAS WE ARE COMMITTED TO REFRAMING THE MESSAGE OF CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION FOR CHILD WELFARE AND OTHER SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES TO A MESSAGE OF EDUCATIONAL, EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL PROSPERITY FOR ALL CHILDREN, AND THAT THIS MESSAGE MUST BECOME OUR COMMUNITY DECLARATION, AND WHEREAS IT TAKES A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT AMONG NEIGHBORS, COMMUNITY GROUPS, FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, SCHOOLS, BUSINESSES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, THE COURTS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO SUCCEED IN THIS EFFORT, AND ALL CHILDREN HAVE THE RIGHT TO GROW AND REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL AND N SAFE AND SECURE HOMES, NEIGHBORHOODS AND COMMUNITIES, IT IS INCUMBENT UPON EACH RESIDENT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO VALUE, NURTURE, SUPPORT AND ADVOCATE FOR OUR CHILDREN'S WELL-BEING NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT ON THIS 29th DAY OF MARCH, 2016, THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA DOES HEREBY DECLARE THE MONTH OF APRIL 2016 AS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH, AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, WE CALL UPON ALL INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS, COURTS, BUSINESSES, AGENCIES AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO MAKE CHILDREN A TO PRIORITY AND JOIN IN THIS OBSERVANCE BY URGING RESIDENTS TO ENGAGE IN ACTIVITIES, THE PURPOSE TO STRENGTHEN FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES, TO PROVIDE THE OPTIMAL ENVIRONMENT FOR HEALTHY CHILD DEVELOPMENT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. VALDES. I HAVE A MOTION TO ADOPT BY MS. VALDEZ WITH A SECOND BY PLZ MS. SNIVELY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. THE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. IT'S ADOPTED. THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WORK IN THIS COMMUNITY. [ APPLAUSE ] BOARD MEMBERS, NEXT ON THE AGENDA IS AN ADOPTION OF PROCLAMATION FOR ART MONTH FOR MARCH 2016. AND MS. JANA WARNER. WELCOME.

>> THE COUNCIL FOR ART EDUCATION HAS DESIGNATED MARCH AS ART MONTH WHICH SERVES AS VALUE FOR EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN AND TO ENCOURAGE SUPPORT FOR QUALITY SCHOOL ART PROGRAMS. YOU HAVE ALSO RECEIVED A COPY OF THE PROCLAMATION SO I WON'T READ IT. BUT AT THIS TIME I WOULD INVITE AMY WEISS TO COME UP TO THE PODIUM, AND SHE WILL INTRODUCE HERSELF AND SAY A FEW WORDS AND THEN WE HAVE SOME GIFTS FOR YOU.

>> GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS AMY WEISS AND I'M ART TEACHER AT BOY YOAT SPRINGS ELEMENTARY, SOON TO BE CENTER FOR GIFTED STUDIES. I AM ALSO THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE HILLSBOROUGH ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, AN ORGANIZATION THAT REPRESENTS AND SUPPORTS ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ART TEACHERS. ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATION AND ALL HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ART TEACHERS WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR THEIR CONTINUING SUPPORT OF ART EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN OUR DISTRICT. AND THANK YOU IN PARTICULAR TO APRIL GRIFFIN AND SALLY HARRIS FOR ATTENDING OUR 2016 ART AWARDS LAST WEEK. ART TEACHERS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, OUR CURRICULUM IS ALWAYS CENTERED ON PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE AND BUILDING STRONG SCHOOL CULTURE. ART EDUCATION PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS THAT WILL BE BENEFICIAL IN MAKING DECISIONS THE SECOND THEY LEAVE THE ART CLASSROOM AS CHILDREN AND BEYOND INTO THEIR CAREERS AS ADULTS. FOSTERING STUDENT CREATIVITY WILL PREPARE OUR STUDENTS TO SUCCEED IN JOBS THAT DON'T EVEN EXIST YET. TO SHOW OUR APPRECIATION FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT, BOYETTE SPRINGS ELEMENTARY ART CLUB STUDENTS HAVE CREATED PORTRAITS FOR EACH OF THE BOARD MEMBERS, THE CHIEF OF STAFF, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT AND SUPERINTENDENT. THANK YOU ALL FOR THE SUPPORT YOU HAVE SHOWN OUR ART EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS, AND ALL THAT WE DO WITH OUR STUDENTS, IT IS ONLY POSSIBLE WITH THE MAINTENANCE SUPPORT WE RECEIVE FROM YOU. AT THE TAIL END OF A SUCCESS SPHLFUL MONTH IN OUR EDUCATION, WE REQUEST THE BOARD ADOPT THE PROCLAMATION AND DESIGNATE THE MONTH OF MARCH AT YOUTH ART MONTH. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>> AND THE TO STUDENTS THAT ARE HERE TO MEET YOU GUYS AND PASS OUT YOUR GIFTS, IN ART EDUCATION IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WE HAVE ANTONE YOP PEREZ, SIXTH GRADE, BOYETTE SPRINGS, AND MARK US CRUMP IN THIRD GRADE AT WII TT ELEMENTARY.

>> IT'S AMY WHITE'S IDEA TO HAVE THESE PORTRAITS DRAWN OF EACH OF YOU. I'M SO GLAD -- THAT'S A GOOD LIKENESS OF YOU. GREAT. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. SORRY. WE ARE DOING OUR SELFIES WITH OUR PICTURES UP HERE. CAN YOU ALL SEE THEM?

>> MS. WARNER, THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU MADE OUR NIGHT. I AM GOING TO SAY SO EVERYBODY CAN HEAR IT. WHEN I SPOKE TO THE TEACHERS, THEM -- FIRST OF ALL, WE WANT TO GIVE THEIR TIME BACK, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. WE ARE WORKING ON THAT, I HOPE. TO GET 45 MINUTES BACK. WE LIVE IN A WORLD WHERE STEM IS THE BUZZ WORD OF THE DAY, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH. AND WHAT I SAID TO THOSE TEACHERS IS THAT I DO NOT WANT TO BE LIKE CHINA OR INDIA OR JAPAN. I DO NOT WANT TO CREATE WORKER BEES. SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH IS NOTHING WITHOUT CREATIVITY, WITHOUT AN OCCASION -- OVATION, A NLD THAT'S WHAT AMERICA IS B.THAT'S WHAT WE WERE FOUNDED ON. SO I ENCOURAGED ALL OF THE TEACHERS THAT WERE IN ATTENDANCE THAT NIGHT TO CORRECT ANYBODY WHO SAYS STEM WITH STEAM, TO ADD THE ARTS INTO THAT, BECAUSE AGAIN, THAT ART AND WITHOUT THAT CREATIVITY AND THAT INNOVATION, STEM IS NOTHING. SO I THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU ALL DO ON A DAILY BASIS WITH OUR STUDENTS. WHAT YOU DO IS YOU GIVE SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS TO LOOK FORWARD TORE WHEN THEY COME TO SCHOOL. AND YOU KEEP KIDS ENGAGED. AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE ABOUT, IS KEEPING KIDS ENGAGED IN THEIR EDUCATION. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR ART TEACHERS IN THE DISTRICT. YOU ARE ALL VERY, VERY TRULY APPRECIATED.

>> THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE NOW ONTO THE NEXT ITEM, WHICH IS 9.03, TO ADOPT A RESOLUTION HONORING THE CHESMGHTS OF SARAH STOUD. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES, SECOND BY MRS. SNIVELY TO APPROVE THE ADOPTION OF THE PROCLAMATION FOR YOUTH ART MONTH 2016. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. THANK YOU, MS. VALDEZ. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. [ APPLAUSE ] MS. DAVIS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO READ THIS RESOLUTION. WHEREAS SARAH STROUD WYNN WAS BORN AND HAS LIVED MOST OF HER 100 YEARS IN TAMPA, WHEREAS SARAH STROUD WYNN GRADUATED FROM NOW BOOKER. THE WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND RECEIVED HER DEGREE FROM FLORIDA A&M COLLEGE AND WAS CERTIFIED TO TEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND WHEREAS SARAH STROUD WYNN TAUGHT AT BEACH HAM AND NOW YOUNG MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL WHERE SHE BEGAN AS A LIBRARIAN, A MEMBER OF THE INAUGURAL STAFF, AND WHEREAS MS. WYNN RETIRED AFTER 39 YEARS AS A DEDICATED EDUCATOR AND ADVOCATE FOR CHILDREN, AND WHEREAS MS. WYNN WAS AN ACTIVITY PARTICIPANT IN THE STRUGGLE FOR EQUAL PAY FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN TEACHERS, AN EFFORT THAT WAS LED BY HILDA TURNER FOR HOME TURNER BARTELL'S IS NAMED, AN A YOUNG LAWYER THAIMED THURGOOD MARSHALL WHO WENT ON TO SERVE ON THE SUPREME COURT, AND MS. WYNN WENT ON TO SERVE AS THE URBAN LEAGUE, NAACP, A LIFETIME MEMBER OF THE OF FLORIDA RETIRED EDUCATORS ASSOCIATION, AND A MEMBER OF SIGMA GAMMA RHO SORORITY, AND IN RETIREMENT PREPARED TAXES, WHEREAS SHE WAS MARRIED TO THE LATE WIN THROW WYNN, AND THE MOTHER OF DORETHA WYNN EDGECOMB AND THE LATE HAZEL WYNN BOZEMAN AS WELL AS A MOTHER, GREAT GRANDMOTHER AND GREAT GREAT MILLIMETER, WHEREAS SHE PASSED AWAY PEACELY IN 2016, NOW THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY APPLY THE LIFETIME HONOR OF ACHIEVEMENT AND RECOGNIZES SARAH STROUD WYNN SUBSTANTIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE STUDENTS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY OVER THE LAST CENTURY.

>> THANK YOU, MS. DAVIS. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDEZ AND SECOND BY MRS. SNIVELY.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. AND BESIDES OUR CHILDREN, THE BIGGEST THING THAT WE HAVE IS OUR MOMS. AND MY HEART GOES OUT TO MS. EDGECOMB AND ALLISON IN REFERENCE TO THIS LOSS THAT SHE HAS HAD. I KNOW THAT THERE AREN'T ANY WORDS THAT CAN HELP TO TAKE AWAY SOME OF THIS ANGUISH AND PAIN, BUT IT IS WITH INGREED GREAT PLEASURE AND HONOR THAT I MAKE THIS MOTION TO ADOPT THIS PROCLAMATION IN HONOR OF MS. EDGECOMB'S MOM, AND HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, THERE'S A MOTION AND SECOND ON THE FLOOR. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THAT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. AND IF WE COULD NOW JUST HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR MS. EDGECOMB'S MOTHER, MS. SARAH STROUD WYNN. (MOMENT OF SILENCE.) THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THERE IS NOTHING ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA FOR THIS EVENING. THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS TEACHING AND LEARNING FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, 2KU89 EDUCATION, AND MR. MARK HUTEC, DIRECTOR OF ADULT EDUCATION. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EKE IN, STAFF. IT A PLEASURE TO COME BEFORE YOU TODAY TO GIVE YOU A BRIEF UPDATE ON WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE ADULT EDUCATION DEPARTMENT. I CERTAINLY STARTED LOOKING AROUND THE ADULT ED STAFF TO SEE IF ANYBODY KNEW HOW TO PAINT BECAUSE WE WERE GOING TO SEE IF WE COULD DRAW PICTURES FOR YOU BUT IT'S ALREADY BEEN DONE SO WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ON. BUT THE ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAS COME A LOPPING WAY, AND I THINK TODAY IS AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THAT WITH YOU. HERE WE GO. SO HOW FAR WE HAVE COME IN ADULT ED. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. YOU KNOW, WE ARE ONE OF THOSE DEPARTMENTS THAT YOU DON'T TEND TO HEAR A LOT ABOUT, YET WE PLAY A HUGE IMPACT IN OUR COMMUNITY. WHO WE ARE IN ADULT EDUCATION IN PREPARING OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE, WE CERTAINLY SUPPORT THE DISTRICT'S MISSION, AND IT'S OUR JOB TO LINK THOSE STUDENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY TO THOSE SKILLS PROVIDING THEM THE EDUCATION THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO BECOME SELF-SUSTAINING WITHIN THE WORKFORCE, AND THAT PROBABLY, THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IN THE ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMS, COMPARED TO WHAT WE EXPERIENCED WITH THE WORKFORCE EDUCATION PROGRAMS. AND THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HI WANTED TO KIND OF FILL EVERYBODY IN ON WHEN WE MADE THIS PRESENTATION, WAS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MY BROTHER DEPARTMENT, MIKE RAMSEY, WHO OVERSEES THE TECHNICAL COLLEGES, AND THE ADULT ED PIECE. WE WORK VERY, VERY CLOSELY. BUT PREDOMINANTLY WHO WE ARE IS WORKING WITH THOSE STUDENTS TO GET THEM THROUGH THEIR ADULT BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAMS, THE ABE PROGRAMS, WHICH BASICALLY CONSTITUTES THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE PIECE, WHICH ALLOWS US TO GO INTO THE GED PIECE, WHICH IS PREDOMINANTLY THE HIGH SCHOOL AND THE HIGH SCHOOL CREDENTIALS. WE ALSO WORK WITH SERVING THOSE STUDENTS AS ESOL MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY, TEACHING THEM HOW TO SPEAK ENGLISH, REGARDLESS OF THEIR LEVEL OF EDUCATION, GETTING THEM THROUGH THAT BARRIER OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, AND OF COURSE WE ALSO WORK A LOT WITH THE CITIZENSHIP PROGRAMS. THESE PROGRAMS DO EMPHASIZE READING, WRITING, MATH, ENGLISH, AND OF COURSE THE CITIZENSHIP PIECE OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. THE ADULT LEARNERS IN OUR COMMUNITY ARE VERY DIFFERENT THAN THE TRADITIONAL K-12 LEARNERS, AND ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE ADULT ED IS THAT WE ARE PERFORMANCE BASED PROGRAM, AND AS PERFORMANCE-BASED PROGRAM WE MEET THE NEEDS OF THE INDIVIDUAL LEARNERS. IN MOVING ON, WE SEE THAT WE SERVE EIGHT PARTICULAR ADULT COMMUNITY SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY. THOSE ARE THE NAMES OF THEM. YOU WILL SEE ALL OF THEM EXCEPT FOR GARY ADULT WHICH IS A SELF-STANDING ADULT HIGH SCHOOL. THE OTHER SEVEN BASICALLY MOVE INTO THE HIGH SCHOOLS WHEN THE STANDARD HIGH SCHOOLS ARE OUT AT THE END OF THE DAY. WE TAKE OVER ON THE ADULT ED PIECE. BUT WHAT'S MORE AMAZING, IF YOU LOOK AT THE BOTTOM THERE, WITH THE HELP OF OUR PARTNERS, 54 ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL SUBSITES IN THE COMMUNITY. THAT IN ITSELF BECOMES REALLY TREMENDOUS. AND WE ARE GOING TO GO THROUGH THOSE IN JUST A MOMENT. BUT WE ALSO PROVIDE SOME EXCEPTIONAL SERVICES TO OUR SPANISH GED INDIVIDUALS, AND OUR SPANISH SPEAKERS. WE HAVE TWO TERRIFIC PROGRAMS IN PLACE, THE BANK OF AMERICA ON THE CORNER OF HILLSBOROUGH AND WEBB, AND WE ALSO HAVE A HIGH POPULATION OF GED SPANISH SPEAKERS AT THE LETO ADULT HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS. OF THE OTHER FOUR THE PLANT CITY ADULT HIGH SCHOOL, DEDRICK DEMENT, SAN JOSE AND TURKEY CREEK PARKS AND REC, THOSE ARE STILL NEW, STILL BECOMING ESTABLISHED BUT WE HOPE THEY WILL TAKE OFF AND BECOME WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THE BANK OF AMERICA AND LETO SITES. WE ALSO HAVE A SIGNIFICANT PRESENCE THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY INVOLVING THE PARTNERSHIPS AND THOSE AGENCIES THAT WE CAME UP WITH -- TEAM UP WITH, PARTICULARLY SOME OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, SOME OF THE FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS, SOME OF THE PARKS RECREATIONS AND PARKS BUILDINGS WHERE TREMENDOUS PARTNERS WITH ALL OF THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE BEHIND THESE NAMES, AND BEHIND EACH OF THESE NAMES, WE HAVE REALLY GROWN INTO A SITUATION WHERE THESE FOLKS HAVE LEARNED TO SUPPORT US VERY, VERY WELL. SO WE ARE INCREDIBLY THANKFUL FOR THE PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE HAVE DEVELOPED, WITH EACH OF THOSE. UNLESS OUR DEPARTMENT WE OBTAIN GRANTS OF OVER THE $4 MILLION A MARK A YEAR, SO BESIDES OUR FUNDING, WE ARE A GOVERNOR'S LINE ITEM, IN WORKFORCE FUNDS. SO THE PROGRAM IN ADULT EDUCATION REALLY COMES FROM A SEPARATE PIECE, BUT WE DO GET INVOLVED WITH SOME PRETTY SIGNIFICANT GRANTS. OUR CAREER RECRUITMENT AND INSTRUCTIONS IN BASIC ENGLISH PROGRAM PREDOMINANTLY SERVES THOSE REFUGEES THAT HAVE FLED THEIR COUNTRY AND HAVE COME TO THE UNITED STATES, AND PARTICULARLY IN FLORIDA. THERE'S ABOUT NINE OF THOSE PROGRAMS PROGRAMS STATE WIDE. AND WE SERVE THE TAMPA COMMUNITY BY GETTING THOSE INDIVIDUALS FROM THOSE COUNTRIES THROUGH SOME EDUCATION PIECES THAT ALLOW THEM TO SPEAK ENGLISH. WE ALSO HAVE PARTNERSHIPS IN THE COMMUNITY THAT ALLOW THEM TO MOVE ON TO SKILLED OCCUPATIONS AND SKILLED JOBS, AND WE HELP SUPPORT GETTING THEM THROUGH THOSE TRAININGS AS WELL. WE WORK WITH THE FARM WORKERS CAREER ADULT PROGRAM, AND THAT'S A GRANT WHERE WE WORK TO ALLOW THOSE FARM WORKERS TO OBTAIN GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT THAT THEY CAN LIVE -- THEY CAN EARN A SUSTAINABLE WAGE AND EARN A LIVING SO THEY ARE NOT TRAVELING THE COUNTRY AS MIGRANTS THE WHOLE TIME. WE ALSO HAVE A FAMILY LITERACY PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS US THE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR STUDENTS THAT ARE ATTENDING THEIR CLASSES TO BRING THEIR STUDENTS AGE 5 AND UNDER WHERE WE TEACH THE PARENTS HOW TO TEACH THEIR KIDS AND HOW TO SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN AND HOW TO BECOME GOOD PARENTS. AND WE ALSO HAVE GRANTS IN THE ADULT GENERAL EDUCATION THAT CAN SERVE ANY OF OUR ADULT ED PROGRAMS, AND OF COURSE OUR ESOL STUDENTS WHO LEARN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND CIVICS TRAINING AS WELL. SO WE DO HAVE SOME SUBSTANTIAL GRANTS THAT WE REPRESENT IN OUR DEPARTMENT. AS THE FOURTH LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICT, LARGEST ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM IN THE STATE, YOU SEE WE HAVE SOME FANTASTIC NUMBERS. WE SERVED LAST YEAR OVER 13,000 STUDENTS HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE BREAKDOWN, THAT'S A PRETTY AMAZING GROUP. THOSE ENROLLED STUDENTS LISTED THERE, THOSE ARE THE INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE CURRENTLY ATTENDING OUR HIGH SCHOOLS, AND THEY MOVE TO OUR ADULT PROGRAMS TO GAIN SOME CREDITS BACK. BUT THE REST OF THOSE ARE ALL ADULT PROGRAMS THAT ARE USED THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY AS WELL. THESE ARE OUR STUDENTS. IF YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE ADULT BASIC EDUCATION COURSES, REMEMBER THOSE ARE THOSE STUDENTS THAT COME TO US WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL OR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE LEVEL. ED DEVELOPMENT ENROLLMENT, THOSE ARE STUDENTS THAT COME TO US TO EARN A HIGH SCHOOL CREDENTIAL AND THOSE ARE HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMING. OUR ADULT HIGH SCHOOL, THOSE ARE STUDENTS THAT COME TO US REGARDLESS OF ANAL, 18, 50, 75, AND THEY WANT TO GET A STANDARD HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR THOSE STUDENTS IN THE HIGH SCHOOLS THAT EARNING CREDITS BACK IN THE ADULT YESTERDAY PROGRAM. AND OF COURSE OUR ESOL STUDENTS THAT COME TO US ALL OVER THE WORLD. AND THOSE INDIVIDUALS COME TO US TO BREAK THE LANGUAGE BARRIER SO THEY CAN GO AFTER SOME GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT IN OUR DISTRICT. WE CONTINUE TO SERVE MORE STUDENTS EACH YEAR. THREE YEARS AGO WAS A TREMENDOUS DEFEAT IN THE STATE WHEN THE LEGISLATURE STARTED CHARGING TUITION FOR THE ADULT ED PROGRAMS. WE HAD A SUBSTANTIAL DECLINE IN ENROLL 789, JUST AS EVERYBODY IN THE STATE HAS, BUT WE ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR STAFF, AND WHAT'S HAPPENED WITHIN THE LAST THREE YEARS, YOU CAN SEE THAT WE GAINED SOME PRETTY SIGNIFICANT GAINS BASED ON WHAT WE HAD SUFFERED FROM THE YEARS BEFORE. SO WE ARE MOVING CERTAINLY IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AND THINGS HAVE GONE WELL. SOME GREAT STATISTICS FOR US. LAST YEAR'S STATISTICS INCLUDE OVER 7,000 GED TESTING CENTERS -- TESTS. OVER 1300 CREDITS EARNED BY OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. OVER 475 CREDITS EARNED BY OUR CO-ENROLLED STUDENTS. AND 3300 ADULT BASIC EDUCATION LITERACY COMPLETION COURSES. AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS THROUGHOUT THE ADULT STUDENTS PROCESS, WE TEST THEM, JUST LIKE WE DO IN THE K-12 SIDE. THEY SHOW GAIN, WHETHER THE GAINS ARE IN READING, WRITING OR MATH, WE ALSO HAVE THOSE KINDS OF GAINS. AND WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF SUCCESS WITH THAT AS WELL. BUT OUR MISSION HAS BECOME FOR OUR DISTRICT AND OUR COMMUNITY TO COUNT ON US TO SUPPORT THE STUDENTS, ALSO, WHO HAVE EARNED A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION. AND I KNOW YOU ARE SMILING ON THIS, MS. VALDEZ. TWO YEARS AGO, LAST SUMMER TWO, SUMMERS AGO, WE IMPLEMENTED SOME AC THEY'RE PREP COURSES AND TO DATE WE HAVE OVER 800 STUDENTS PARTICIPANT IN THOSE ACT PREP COURSES. THAT IS TREMENDOUSLY SIGNIFICANT FOR US. WE DON'T REALLY GET STATISTICS BACK ON HOW MANY OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS PASS THE ACT TEST BECAUSE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS NOT PRIVY TO THAT INFORMATION BECAUSE THEY TEST AN ADULT AND THEY GET THEIR SCORES BACK. BUT BASED ON WHAT OUR COMMUNITY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS HAVE REPORTED, AS OF YESTERDAY, WE HAVE HAD OVER 150 DIPLOMAS COME BACK AS RESPONSE TO THE TRAINING AND SUPPORT THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED THROUGH THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM. SO THAT'S BEEN A GAME CHANGER IN OUR COMMUNITY AS WELL. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PROGRAMMINGS GRADUATED ALMOST 5,000 STUDENTS IN THE LAST THREE YEARS. AND I HAVE BEEN TO MANY STATE CONFERENCES AND ORGANIZATIONS WHERE I CAN STAND UP AND SAY THAT THE FOLKS IN THE ADULT EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAVE TAKEN ALMOST 5,000 INDIVIDUALS OUT OF THAT LINE AND SAY, I DO NOT HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL CREDENTIAL, AND THEY HAVE PLACED THEM IN THE LINE THAT SAYS, I DO HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, AND NOW I AM READY TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT STEP IN MY LIFE. SO WE DO PLAY A TREMENDOUS ROLE IN GETTING THOSE INDIVIDUALS THROUGH AS WELL. HERE IS A GREAT STATISTIC. AND I KNOW THAT OUR SUPERINTENDENT MENTIONED THIS NOT TOO LONG AGO. BUT THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WAS GIVEN TO US BY GED TESTING. IT SHOWS THAT THE TOP STATE IN THE NATION FOR GED TESTING WAS FLORIDA. AND UNDERNEATH THAT, THE TOP FIVE TESTING CENTERS IN THE NATION WITH NUMBER 1 BEING TECHNICAL CENTER IN TAMPA, FLORIDA, THE HOME OF OUR ADULT EDUCATION TESTING LAB. AND DEBBY SASS DOES A PHENOMENAL JOB HAVING OPENED THAT, HAD CREATING THAT, AND SHE SERVES ON MULTIPLE PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE STATE WITH THE DOE SO THAT OTHERS CAN FOLLOW WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. SO SHE'S DONE A GREAT JOB WITH THAT. YOU KNOW, A COUPLE YEARS AGO WE ALSO CAME BACK TO THE BOARD AND OPENED UP THE ADULT AND CAREER SERVICES CENTER, AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS CREATE A ONE-STOP SHOP THAT ALLOWS INDIVIDUALS FROM ANYWHERE IN OUR COMMUNITY TO COME TO US AND TALK TO US ABOUT WHAT THEIR NEEDS MAY BE PERTAINING TO A JOB PLACEMENT OR GETTING AN EDUCATION THAT'S GOING TO GET THEM THROUGH THE HURDLES. AND WE HAVE OPENED THAT UP. AND I KNOW MS. EDGECOMB ISN'T HERE AND I KNOW MS. VALDEZ AS WELL, BUT THREE YEARS AGO WHEN THE BOARD ASKED US HOW WE WERE GOING TO DEAL WITH STUDENTS THAT COULD NOT AFFORD TO PAY THE TUITION THAT THE LEGISLATIVE LEGISLATION IMPLEMENTED, RIGHT OFF THE BAT WE WENT RIGHT TO ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND ASKED THOSE FOLKS HOW THEY CAN HELP SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST GAME CHANGERS FOR US WAS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES. AND THE SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT STEPPED UP A COUPLE YEARS AGO AND THEY GAVE US ABOUT $100,000 TO BE USED FOR STUDENTS TO USE TOWARD THEIR GED TUITION, THEIR GED TESTING, AND ULTIMATELY EVEN INTO THE TECHNICAL COLLEGES, AND WHAT WOUND UP HAPPENING WAS THAT $100,000 TURNED INTO 200,000 LAST YEAR AND THAT 200,000 HAS NOW TURNED INTO 300,000 THIS YEAR. SO WE HAVE EARNED BY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES, AND AUDREY ZEIGLER, WHO IS AN AMAZING INDIVIDUAL TO WORK WITH, THE COUNTY IS REALLY SUPPORTING WHAT WE DO IN THIS COUNTY. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES THAT HAPPENS WITH OUR ADULT CAREER SERVICES IS THAT WE HAVE PLACED CAREER SOURCE OF TAMPA BAY AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES IN THAT BUILDING. SO THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY, IF YOU NEED A SKILL, OR YOU NEED A GED, COME TO US. WE ARE LOCATED AT 20th AND HILLSBOROUGH IN THE ADULT CAREER SERVICES CENTER, AND WE HAVE THE AVAILABILITY TO HELP SUPPORT, GET YOU THROUGH THE ACADEMIC PIECE OF GETTING A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, AND HAVE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO GET YOU INTO TECHNICAL COLLEGES AND/OR TRADE THAT COULD HELP MAKE YOU SUCCESSFUL. SO THAT'S BEEN A TREMENDOUS PARTNERSHIP AS WELL. OUR ADULT CAREER SERVICES CENTER ALSO WORKS VERY CLOSELY WITH OUR HIGH SCHOOLS. WE GO INTO OUR HIGH SCHOOLS EVERY YEAR, AND OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS, TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY KNOW THE AVAILABILITY OF THE PROGRAMS THAT ARE LOCATED IN OUR TECHNICAL COLLEGES. THAT IS A BIG ONE. AND WE HAVE ALSO WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH THOSE CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION STUDENTS WHO HAVE GOTTEN EVERYTHING THEY NEED TO HAVE FOR DIPLOMA OTHER THAN THE SCORES ON THEIR STANDARDIZED TESTS TO COME TO US AS WELL WHEN WE HAVE INDIVIDUALIZED OPPORTUNITIES TO TALK THROUGH THEIR FUTURES AND WHAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE FOR THEM TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL. FINALLY, WE WORK WITH OUR ADULT CAREER SERVICES CENTER TO PROVIDE A PATHWAY AT THE INDIVIDUAL LEVEL FOR ALL OF THE FOLKS THAT WE SERVE. WE ARE VERY BIG IN THIS COMMUNITY. AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT IF THERE'S AN ORGANIZATION OUT THERE THAT CAN TAKE ANYBODY OFF OF THE STREET OR OUT OF AN UNDERPERFORM JOB OR SOMETHING THAT'S NOT ALLOWING THEM TO BE WHERE THEY NEED TO BE, WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO HELP THEM DEVELOP THEIR PATHWAY TO WHERE THEY NEED TO GO SO IT'S A FANTASTIC PROGRAM. OUR ADULT CAREER SERVICES CENTER, SAP, ARE AMAZING, AND WE WE THINK CONTINUE TO DO THOSE. AND THAT'S ALSO A MODEL ACROSS THE STATE THAT THE DOE AND SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS HAVE COME TO US, BECAUSE THEY WANT TO TRY TO IMPLEMENT SOMETHING LIKE THAT AS WELL. ULTIMATELY, OUR PROGRAM IN ADULT EDUCATION HAS BECOME A CRITICAL PARTNER WITH THE STATE DOE. WE ARE IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH THE DIRECTOR AT THE ADULT STATE LEVEL. WE ALSO WORK VERY CLOSELY WITH THE CHANCELLOR FOR CAREER TECHNICAL AND ADULTS IN TALLAHASSEE. ONE OF THE THINGS WE ARE MOST PROUD OF IS OUR CULTURE. OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR TRUST AND APPRECIATION OF OUR EMPLOYEES, AND WE HAVE GOT A GREAT GROUP. AND ULTIMATELY WE ARE COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING OUR SUPERINTENDENT IN PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. SO THAT WAS A QUICK PRESENTATION ON BEHALF OF US, IN SUPPORTING US. AT THIS POINT IN TIME I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE TWO OF OUR SHORT SUCCESS STORIES WHO ARE ALSO SCHOOL BOARD EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE BOTH COME THROUGH OUR ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAMS, AND THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE JUST A MOMENT TO TELL YOU A LITTLE ABOUT THEMSELVESS HAD. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE JERRY BAHA, WHO IS A SCHOOL NURSE FROM LEWIS, ELEMENTARY WHO HAS COME THROUGH OUR PROGRAM, AND MANUEL TADIO FROM THE REPATE PROGRAM WHO IS ALSO AN ADULT YESTERDAY SUCCESS STORY.

>> GERI BAHA: GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS GERI BAHA AND AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN TEMPLE TERRACE. I AM HERE TO TELL YOU WILL HOW I WAS ABLE TO USE THE ADULT EDUCATION SYSTEM TO FURTHER MY MATH AND MY WRITING SKILLS IN ORDER TO GO ON TO NURSING SCHOOL. I'M DISELECTIONIC SO EVERYTHING IS MORE DIFFICULT FOR ME, BUT I STILL LEARN. IT MAY TAKE ME MANY, MANY TIMES TO UNDERSTAND IT, BUT I WILL, AND I AM VERY TIMID PERSON. BOTH OF MY PARENTS HAVE SINCE GONE BOTH DUE TO CANCER. I WAS IN MS. DAWSON'S CLASS IN JUNE OF 2012, AND IN MAY OF 2013, DAD WAS DIAGNOSED WITH MESOTHELIOMA, AND ALTHOUGH I WAS CARING FOR MY DAD, I WAS STILL ABLE TO STUDY. IN SEPTEMBER HE PASSED AWAY, IN 2013. I RETURNED HOME IN OCTOBER OF 2013. I TOOK THE ENTRANCE TEST TO ENROLL INTO COLLEGE. I PASSED THE TEST IN DECEMBER 2013. MY DREAM TO BECOME A NURSE BEGAN. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THAT POWER POINT THAT YOU SEE ALREADY, BECAUSE I CAME WITH THE WHOLE PACKAGE. I CAME FROM CUBA FOUR MONTHS AGO, AND THE FIRST TIME, MY FRIENDS TOOK ME AND THEY TOOK ME TO CAREER PROGRAM, BECAUSE I WAS WILLING TO STUDY, BUT I FOUND THAT MY ENGLISH WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO STUDY. I WAS WRONG. I WAS VERY WRONG. SO IN CAREER PROGRAM, THEY TOOK CARE OF ME. I DID MY TEST AND MY GOALS WERE TO GO TO TECHNICAL SCHOOL, BUT FIRST I NEED ENGLISH. SO MY LANGUAGE SKILLS GO UP A LITTLE AT A TIME. AND OF A THAT I ALSO APPLIED WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND THEY HIRED ME. SO, GREAT. I START TO WORK WITH PEOPLE LIKE ME. SO GOOD BEGINNING, I THOUGHT. SO AFTER A YEAR, I APPLIED TO STUDY THE PROGRAM AT ERWIN TECHNICAL AS MECHANICAL, AND WAS ACCEPTED IN THE PROGRAM BUT DIDN'T HAVE THE MONEY TO AFFORD IT. BY THE TIME THE TRANSITION THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE FUNDS ANYMORE, AND THEY START TO PAY THAT BUT AT THE MOMENT I REALIZE THEY WERE IN THE MIDDLE SO THEY COULD NOT AFFORD IT. SO WHO HELPED BHE? HILLSBOROUGH SOCIAL SERVICES. I WAS IN THE DOOR. THEY PAY FOR MY STUDIES. AT THIS MOMENT, I'M ALMOST A MONTH FROM MY GRADUATIONS. I HAD THE CREDITS IN CUBA SO THEY TRANSFERRED MY CREDITS. SO IN TWO MONTHS, I WILL BECOME A MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST. SO HOPEFULLY, I CAN START TO Y SOMETHING THAT I GOT, AND IT'S GREAT. IT'S REALLY GREAT TO BE HERE. I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL YOUR HELP. THERE IS NO WAY I CAN DO IT BY MYSELF. SO I'M LUCKY. I RECEIVED VERY GOOD THINGS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I KNOW YOU ARE PROBABLY GOING TO WANT TO TALK TO THEM. BUT FOR JUST A MOMENT, IF I COULD, CAN I JUST HAVE THE ADULT EDUCATION FAMILY STAND UP FOR A MOMENT? [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. THEY REALLY DO DESERVE TO BE RECOGNIZED BECAUSE THEY DO A PHENOMENAL JOB. I HAVE GOT A SHORT VIDEO FOR YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO JUST SHOW YOU THIS VIDEO FOR JUST A MOMENT AND THAT WILL GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET A LITTLE MORE OF A SCOPE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY. AND THEN WE WILL BE FINISHED. SO THANK YOU. ∫ ∫ YOU CAN COUNT ON ME LIKE 1, 2, 3 I'LL BE THERE. ∫ AND I CAN COUNT ON YOU ∫ YOU'LL BE THERE. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE SUPPOSED TO DO OOOO-OOO. ∫ ∫ ∫ ∫ YOU CAN COUNT ON ME LIKE 1, 2, 3 I'LL BE THERE ∫ AND IF I NEED IT I CAN COUNT ON YOU ∫ YOU'LL BE THERE. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT FRIEND ARE SUPPOSED TO DO ∫ OOO-OOO.

>> YOU CAN COUNT ON ME AND I CAN COUNT ON YOU. ∫ [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU ALL. WE HAVE GOT AN AWESOME STAFF. AND I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

>> I USUALLY GO LAST. IT WAS MENTIONED EARLIER, AND SINCE IT WAS MENTIONED I AM GOING TO GO AHEAD AND ADDRESS IT AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN ASHAMED OF WRITE COME FROM OR WHAT BROUGHT ME TO THIS PLACE IN MY LIFE SITTING UP HERE AS THE CHAIR OF THE 8th LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE NATION. AS A CHILD I HAD ABSOLUTELY NO CONTROL OVER MY CIRCUMSTANCES. AND MY ONLY PATH TO SURVIVAL WAS MOVING OUT OF MY HOME AT 17 YEARS OLD. AND DOING THAT, AT 17 YEARS OLD, WITH NO HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, I HAD TO WORK MULTIPLE JOBS TO PAY MY BILLS. AND BECOME AN ADULT VERY QUICKLY, OVERNIGHT, AS A MATTER OF FACT. IT WAS -- I WAS 24 YEARS OLD WHEN I DECIDED I NEEDED MY GED BECAUSE I WANTED TO DO MORE. AND SO I WENT BACK, AND MY HUSBAND SAT OUT IN THE AUDIENCE WITH OUR CHILD IN HIS LAP AS I WALKED ACROSS THE STAGE ADD GOT MY GED. SO FOR ALL OF YOU TEACHERS OUT THERE ARE WHO DO WHAT YOU DO ON A DAILY BASIS, THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR HELPING ME TO MOVE TO THE NEXT STEP IN MY LIFE, BECAUSE WITHOUT YOU, I WOULDN'T HAVE DONE IT. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] FROM THAT POINT, I WENT ON AND TOOK VARIOUS COURSES AT ERWIN, TYPING -- WE HAD A TYPEWRITER. I HAD TO DO THE WHOLE THING. AGING MYSELF NOW. BUT TOOK VARIOUS COURSES IN SECRETARIAL COURSES AND THINGS LIKE THAT SO THAT I COULD MOVE UP IN THE COMPANY THAT I WAS WORKING FOR. WENT ON TO COLLEGE. SO THE POINT THAT I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN POLITICS FOR QUITE SOME TIME BECAUSE I BECAME CIVICALLY ENGAGED, BECAME INVOLVED IN POLITICS AND THE BUG BIT ME AND PEOPLE KEPT TELLING ME I NEED TO RUN FOR OFFICE AT SOME POINT. I HAD MY GED AND SOME COLLEGE UNDER MY BELT WHEN I RAN FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD THE FIRST TIME AND WON. I HAVE SINCE GONE ON AND GOTTEN MY DEGREE SUMMA COUPLE LAWED AT ECKERD COLLEGE IN EDUCATIONAL STUDY. SO SOMETIMES OUR TEACHERS AND OUR EDUCATORS AND YOU ALL UNDERSTAND THIS, BUT SOMETIMES PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS, THAT CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CHILDREN'S CONTROL LEAD THEM DOWN A PATH THAT THEY SOMETIMES END UP ON THAT THEY ARE NOT MAYBE IN THE BEST PLACE, BUT YOU ALL HELP TO GET PEOPLE BACK INTO THAT BEST PLACE. AND AGAIN, THANK YOU. SO I AM JUST SO EXCITED THAT WE ARE FINALLY, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, PUTTING EMPHASIS ON ADULT EDUCATION AND CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. AND I LOVE WHAT'S HAPPENING LATELY WITH THE SEAMLESS TRANSITION FROM ADULT ED TO THAT NEXT STEP. SO I GET MY GED. THEN WHAT? WHAT'S NEXT FOR ME? I'M NO CAREER THAT I AM NOT MAKING A LOT OF MONEY, AND YOU ARE TELLING ME I CAN GO TO THIS PROGRAM, YOU ARE GOING TO HELP ME GET FUNDING FOR IT, SIX MONTHS LATER I'M GOING TO GRADUATE AND HAVE A CERTIFICATION WHERE I AM GOING TO EARN $40,000 A YEAR? WOW. THAT IS AMAZING. SO I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. AND I LOVE TO GO INTO OUR ESOL CLASSES AND TALK TO THE STUDENTS AND ASK THEM WHERE THEY ARE FROM. AND I ALWAYS ASK THIS QUESTION. WHAT DID YOU DO IN YOUR OWN COUNTRY? AND YOU WOULD BE AMAZED AT HOW MANY STORIES I HEAR PEOPLE ARE BIOLOGISTS, THEY WERE TEACHERS, THEY HAD SOME SORT OF PROFESSION IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY, BUT THEN THEY COME HERE AND BECAUSE OF THE LANGUAGE BARRIER THEY CAN'T EVEN GO GET THE CERTIFICATION HERE THAT THEY NEED. SO HELPING PEOPLE TO LEARN THE LANGUAGE OF THIS COUNTRY, THANK YOU ALL FOR WHAT YOU DO AGAIN. I AM GOING TO STOP HERE BECAUSE I KNOW MS. VALDEZ WANTS TO SPEAK. BUT IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE DO NOT KNOW WHAT PEOPLE'S CIRCUMSTANCES ARE. AND WHAT YOU ALL DO ON A DAILY BASIS TO HELP PEOPLE GET TO THAT NEXT PHASE IN THEIR LIFE, YOU ARE ANGELS THAT WALK THIS EARTH. THANK YOU SO MUCH. MS. VALDEZ.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I AM YIET FRANKLY GLAD THAT HAD YOU SHARED YOUR STORY, BECAUSE I HAVE ALWAYS LOOKED AT WHAT WE DO AS GIVING INDIVIDUALS A HAND UP, AND HELPING THEM TO BETTER THEMSELVESS HAD. THAT IS WHAT THIS EDUCATION INSTITUTION SHOULD BE ABOUT. WE NEED TO HAVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND HELP OUR OWN EMPLOYEES REACH THEIR HIGHETH HEIGHT. WE TALK ABOUT THIS ALL THE TIME. WE WANT STUDENTS TO LIVE A LIFE OF LEARNING. WELL, WE GOT IT. WE MUST NOT ONLY ACT UPON IT, BUT DO IT, BECAUSE IT'S WHAT WE PREACH AS A DISTRICT TO OUR CHILDREN. AND SO I'M GLAD THAT YOU SHARED YOUR STORY, BECAUSE LIKE YOURSELF, BACK THEN, THERE ARE MANY OF OUR KIDS THAT ARE IN THAT SAME SITUATION, AND YOU DEFINITELY BRING A LIGHT TO THEM THAT IT CAN BE DONE. SO THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT. AND RICHARD -- MR. HUTEK, THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU ARE DOING ALONG WITH THE TEAM, BECAUSE WE CAN'T DO THIS IN ISOLATION. BUT I MUST SAY WHEN WE LOOK AT THE SLIDE, WHERE WE TALKED ABOUT THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION, THREE YEARS AGO, WHEN I CALLED UPON YOU TO MEET ME AT THE LIBRARY SO THAT YOU CAN ASSIST ME WITH MY STUDENTS TO GO ATTEND EITHER ALONSO, LETO OR SICKLES THAT ARE IN MY VOTING DISTRICT AND I REACHED OUT TO THOSE STUDENTS, BECAUSE WHEN OUR KIDS ARE WALKING ACROSS THAT STAGE, THOSE CHILDREN THAT RECEIVE THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION ACTUALLY GET TO PARTICIPATE IN GRADUATION. AND WHEN THEY PARTICIPATE, WE REALLY DON'T KNOW WHO IS WALKING ACROSS THAT STAGE AND EARNING WHAT DEGREE, IF IT'S A COC OR IF IT'S AN ACTUAL DIPLOMA. BUT WE CELEBRATE ALL OF THEM AS THEY HAVE DONE IT. AND AFTER THE FACT WE FOUND E FIND OUT EXACTLY WHO HAS ACTUALLY EARNED A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION, WHICH I SEE THAT CONNIE ROLETO IS HERE. WELCOME BACK HOME, MRS. MOLETO. I KNOW THAT SHE'S BEEN IN CONVERSATION WITH OUR STATE LEGISLATORS ABOUT CHANGING THAT LAW, BECAUSE THAT LAW IS JUST REALLY -- DOES A DISSERVICE TO OUR STUDENTS. AND WHEN I CALLED UPON YOU TO SEE HOW WE CAN HELP THESE STUDENTS GET RETOOLED AND GET THE PRACTICES THAT THEY NEED AND THE STRATEGIES THAT THEY NEED TO ONCE AGAIN SIT DOWN EITHER AT THE TIME OF THE CAT, IN MANY CASES YOU WERE THERE AND YOU FACILITATED THIS COHORT OF STUDENTS IN ORDER TO HELP THEM REACH THEIR GOALS. AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT FROM THE VERY FIRST COHORT, WE HAD OF ALL THOSE STUDENTS, 21 STUDENTS, CONTACTED US, AND WE SAT DOWN WITH THEM AND GOT THEM TOGETHER, AND PRACTICALLY ALL OF THEM WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MAYBE THREE OF THAT PARTICULAR COHORT STILL WORKING ON IT, BUT THE BEAUTY OF IT IS THEY ARE STILL WORKING ON IT. THEY HAVEN'T GIVEN UP. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT, BECAUSE YOU WERE THE STAFF MEMBER AT THE TIME THAT SAID ABSOLUTELY, THIS CAN BE DONE, AND YOU FOUND A WAY. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT. THAT WAS STEP ONE. IN REFERENCE TO THE SPANISH GED, YOU KNOW, BOARD MEMBERS, IT'S AMAZING. HERE WE HAVE A PRIME EXAMPLE OF INDIVIDUALS -- THEY ARE ADULTS NOW, BUT IMAGINE OUR STUDENTS THAT COME FROM A FOREIGN COUNTRY, PRIMARILY SPANISH SPEAKING COUNTRIES, AND THEY ARE 16 OR 17 YEARS OLD, THEY COME INTO OUR SCHOOLS AS A JUNIOR, THEY HAVE TO PASS THAT TEST THAT YEAR. IF NOT, EVENTUALLY, THEY ARE GOING TO WITHDRAW FROM SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT GETTING IT. YET, THIS OPPORTUNITY OF BEING ABLE TO TAKE A SPANISH GED, TO BE ABLE TO OBTAIN THAT HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, SO THAT THEN YOU CAN ENROLL IN OUR ADULT TECHNICAL PROGRAMS IN THE EVENING, AND TAKE THE ESOL CLASSES AND THEN GO AHEAD AND LEARN THE LANGUAGE, AND THEN MATRICULATE INTO THE CAREER TECHNICAL. IT'S A PHENOMENAL WAY OF BEING ABLE TO HELP OUR STUDENTS WHERE THEY ARE AT AND BE ABLE TO REACH THAT NEXT GOAL. THERE ARE CRITICS OUT THERE THAT SAY, WELL, YOU KNOW, YOU ARE TAKING AWAY FROM THAT 16-YEAR-OLD THE OPPORTUNITY OF EXPERIENCING HIGH SCHOOL AND ALL THE THINGS THAT COME WITH HIGH SCHOOL. WELL, YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IF YOU ARE NOT DOING WELL IN SCHOOL, AND YOU ARE NOT GRASPING THE LANGUAGE. THAT CHILD IS REALLY GOING TO BE AT A LOSS. SO THIS IS PHENOMENAL. I REALLY WANT US TO LOOK AT HOW WE CAN POSSIBLY MARKET EVEN MORE SO WHAT WE DO. WE DON'T HAVE MARKETING DOLLARS, AS YOU KNOW. AND I KNOW WE ARE GOING TO GET THERE. BUT WHAT THIS DEPARTMENT DOES, ALONGSIDE WITH OUR CTE, IT'S JUST AN AMAZING WORK FOR THE COMMUNITY THAT WE SERVE. AND I APPLAUD YOU ONCE AGAIN, THE WHOLE TEAM. THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN OUR PEOPLE AND OUR COMMUNITY, AND BEING THERE TO BE ABLE TO LIFT THEM AND SHOW THEM THAT AGAINST ALL ODDS, SI-SE-PUEDA, YES WE CAN, AND FOR ANYONE LOOKING FOR THAT HAND UP AND RETOOLING. NOW, YOU SAID YOU WERE A BIOLOGIST. IN CUBA. (SPEAKING SPANISH) BUT WERE YOU A DOCTOR? WHAT WERE YOU DOING?

>> NO, I JUST WORK IN THE LAB.

>> YOU WERE A RESEARCHER.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH).

>> AND YOU ARE LUCKY IF YOU GOT IT.

>> ABSOLUTELY. HOPEFULLY CHANGE HAS COME. LET'S SEE. HOPEFULLY. SO WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE GOAL?

>> WELL, AS I SAID BEFORE, IN JUNE, JUNE 23rd, I'M GOING TO APPLY FOR MY LICENSE, AND AFTER THAT I THINK I AM GOING TO GO TO USF. A BIOLOGIST IS WHAT I WANT TO THE DO.

>> WONDERFUL. AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DO THAT, I'M SURE. ABSOLUTELY. (SPEAKING SPANISH) HOW ABOUT YOU? WHAT'S YOUR ULTIMATE GOAL? OR DID YOU REACH YOUR GOAL?

>> I REACHED IT. I DID. I GRADUATED FROM CLASS JULY 17th AS LPN.

>> THAT'S WONDERFUL. CONGRATULATIONS. KNOWLEDGE IS POWER. AND SO LIVE THAT LIFE OF LEARNING AND DON'T STOP THERE. KEEP GOING. CONGRATULATIONS.

>> ABSOLUTELY. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, STAFF. YOU'RE AWESOME.

>>April Griffin: DON'T GO ANYWHERE. WE HAVE MS. SNIVELY.

>>

>>Melissa Snively: SORRY ABOUT THAT. WHAT YOU DO IS VERY MEANINGFUL FOR OUR COMMUNITY, OBVIOUSLY. IT CREATES BETWEEN EDUCATION AND CREATING WORKFORCE. LIKE YOU MENTIONED, INDEPENDENT, SELF-SUFFICIENT, CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. SO IT IS SO CRITICAL THAT WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM, AND WE CONTINUE TO FUND THIS PROGRAM APPROPRIATELY. I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS FOR BOTH OF YOU. I AM GOING TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT FOR JUST A MINUTE. EACH OF YOU. IF YOU COULD ANSWER THESE TWO QUESTIONS. ONE, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO MAY BE UNSURE ABOUT MOVING FORWARD WITH THE ADULT EDUCATION, OR MAYBE THE FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN? WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THEM KNOWING NOW WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT GOING THROUGH YOUR EXPERIENCE? WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE CONSIDERING THAT?

>> GERI: WELL, I WOULD TELL THEM, I MEAN, TO GO. BECAUSE IF I WOULDN'T HAVE WENT, I WOULDN'T HAVE DONE WELL ON MY ENTRANCE EXAM, TO MY MATH OR ANYTHING. I MEAN, I WOULDN'T HAVE GOT IT. I WOULDN'T HAVE LEARNED HOW TO DO IT. AND THAT'S WHAT I NEEDED. AND I ALREADY HAD MY DIPLOMA. I JUST NEEDED A LOT OF HELP IN THE MATH, WRITING, AND THEN LIKE, WELL, READING, TOO. BECAUSE WE HAVE TO READ THE MATH PROBLEMS. AND SHE WAS RIGHT. AND THAT HELPED A LOT. ABSOLUTELY. I MEAN, GED, THIS PROGRAM, YOU JUST DON'T -- YOU CAN GO WITHOUT GET YOUR GED, IF YOU NEED JUST HELP WITH ANYTHING, USE IT. IT'S THERE. I MEAN, I USED IT, AND IT'S HELPED A WHOLE LOT.

>>Melissa Snively: AND THE REASON I ASK IS BECAUSE SOMETIMES LIFE GETS IN THE WAY, AND WE GET MARRIED, OR HAVE FAMILIES, OR RAISING CHILDREN, WORKING OTHER JOBS, AND SO SOMETIMES IT'S VERY DISCOURAGING FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE THAT STEP OR TAKE THAT LEAP OF FAITH.

>> RIGHT. WELL, CNA, AND I WENT TO MA, CERTIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANT, AND I WANTED TO MOVE ON. AND I NEEDED THAT. AND I WANTED TO BECOME A NURSE. AND THAT'S WHAT I NEEDED. THAT'S A STEPPING STONE. I DID IT. HEPP HELP FROM MY HUSBAND AS WELL. I NEEDED HIS HELP. YOU HAVE TO HAVE SUPPORT. IF YOU DON'T HAVE THAT, IT'S VERY HARD.

>>Melissa Snively: HOW ABOUT YOU?

>>

>> IF SOMEONE ASKS ME, I WOULD SAY YES, GO AHEAD. FEAR IS NORMAL. BUT DON'T LET FEAR TO BE STOP YOU. IF YOU DON'T GO AHEAD YOU WILL NEVER KNOW IF YOU ARE CAPABLE OR NOT. AN EVERYONE WANTS TO HELP US IN THAT DECISION. SO I HAVE FRIENDS. I'M SINGLE. I DON'T HAVE CHILDREN. SO MAYBE IT'S EASY TO TAKE THINGS. BUT I HAVE STUDENTS WHO ARE MOTHERS AND THEY ARE LEAVING THEIR CHILDRENS. SO IF ONE DID, YOU CAN. IT'S LIKE I'M AFRAID I'M NOT CAPABLE. BUT YES, IF SOMEONE DID BEFORE YOU, IT'S SOMETHING YOU CAN DO. MAYBE LESS, MAYBE MORE. BUT WE ARE ALL HUMANS. WE ARE THE SAME. SO WE HAVE THE SAME POSSIBILITIES. MAYBE LATER, MAYBE TWO YEARS, MAYBE WAY GET IN TWO YEARS, GO FOUR YEARS, BUT IT'S POSSIBLE.

>>Melissa Snively: YOU ARE BOTH AN INSPIRATION. AND I HOPE THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WATCHING FOR YOU TO INSPIRE THEM TO TAKE THAT STEP AND NOT BE AFRAID. SO CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. SO THE MESSAGE I HEARD WAS JUST DO IT. AND WE HAVE MR. EAKINS HAS A COMMENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF, AND JERRY AND MANUEL FOR SHARES THEIR STORIES. THANK YOU I THINK YOU KIND OF CAPTURED IT TONIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO. WHEN I GO OUT AND TALK TO THE COMMUNITY, I TALK TO THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THE VALUE THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BRINGS TO IT. AND BRINGS TO THIS COMMUNITY. AND IN TURN, THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT WE DO THIS, RIGHT? AND SO WE HAVE TO NOT MAKE THIS A SECRET. MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS WE CREATE NOT JUST PREPARING OUR STUDENTS, BUT WE ARE THERE IN ALL THE GAPS ALSO WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, TO MAKE SURE THIS COMMUNITY IS THE VERY BEST COMMUNITY AROUND. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR EXEMPLIFYING OUR MISSION AND VISION TONIGHT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT WERE HERE FOR ANY OF THE PROCLAMATIONS, YOU ARE FREE TO GO. AND PLEASE HOLD UP YOUR SIGNS AS YOU LEAVE. HOLD UP YOUR SIGNS. BOARD MEMBERS WANT TO GET A PICTURE. HAVE A GOOD EVENING. ALL RIGHT. NOW WE HAVE SOME OTHER AUDIENCE MEMBERS THAT ARE AWAITING PATIENTLY. SO WE ARE NOW INTO THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS. AND I WILL TURN THE FLOOR OVER TO MR. EAKINS, OUR SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: BOARD MEMBERS, THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT COMING BEFORE YOU TODAY ON THE AGENDA HAS BEEN PROPERLY ADVERTISED, APPROPRIATE SCREENINGS WERE HELD AND INTERVIEWS BEFORE SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF WERE CONDUCTED. THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS ADOPTED BY THE BOARD IS AS FOLLOWS. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT JOHNNY BURSC TO PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JUNE 2016 H.HE BEGAN AT BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL. FROM 2004 TO 12 HE HELD HIS POSITION AT RIVERVIEW, BRANDON AND ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOLS N.2012 HE WAS APPOINTED PRINCIPAL AT ROBINSON WHERE HE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>April Griffin: I HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR OF THE MS. VALDEZ. AND A SECOND FROM MS. SNIVELY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? I THINK WE HAVE A COUPLE PROTESTING JUST BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT HIM TO GO. BOARD MEMBERS, IF THERE'S NO DISCUSSION, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. CONGRATULATIONS, MR. BUSH. PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. WHEN WE ARE DONE WITH THE APPOINTMENTS, YOU MAY ALL LEAVE TO CELEBRATE. NOT ALL OF YOU. SOME OF YOU HAVE TO STAY. YOU HAVE WORK TO DO. MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I JUST WANT TO REINFORCE JUNE 6th WAS THAT START DATE. I KNOW FOLKS AT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL WANT TO MAKE SURE THIS YEAR GETS FINISHED TO HAVE CORRECT WAY, RIGHT? THAT'S CORRECT. I DO ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE SOMEBODY IN THE AUDIENCE, MS. LINDA KIPLING, OUR GENERAL MANAGER OF PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS, COULD BE HER LAST MEETING OR CLOSE TO IT. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE HER FOR HER SERVICE TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THE STUDENTS HERE. THANK YOU, LINDA. [ APPLAUSE ] MS. GRIFFIN, I ALSO HAVE A COUPLE OF OUR 402-As THAT I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION AT THIS TIME WHO ARE BECOMING BRAND NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS. THEY HAVE GONE THROUGH ALL THE TRAINING NECESSARY TO BECOME OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATORS IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE 402-A, A CURRENT VET EVALUATOR, MENTOR EVALUATOR, TO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT MCLEAN EFFECTIVE 2016 AND TO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT CLEVELAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EFFECTIVE APRIL 11, 2016. WE KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO DO GREAT IN THEIR ROLES. THEY HAD GREAT PREPARATION.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. SO THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE HERE FOR THE APPOINTMENTS, PLEASE FEEL FREAT TO EXIT QUIETLY AND ENJOY YOUR EVENING. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE NOW ONTO ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN MOVED UP ON THE AGENDA TO ACCOMMODATE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT ARE HERE. WAY NEED IS A MOTION AND SECOND TO DISCUSS AND VOTE ON THE ITEMS THAT I AM GOING TO PULL SEPARATELY. C VIII .06, 03, AND C-8.07. I HAVE A MOTION FROM MS. HARRIS. A SECOND FROM MS. SNIVELY. ANY DISCUSSION? BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE JUST VOTING TO HEAR THESE AND VOTE ON THESE SEPARATELY. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THE FIRST ITEM THAT WE ARE MOVING UP IS 8.06 TO APPROVE THE NAMING OF THE SOFTBALL FIELD AT RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. MR. MURILLO, DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT, AREA 8, PLEASE STEP FORWARD.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU FOR HAVING US TODAY. WE ARE HERE TO RECOGNIZE AN AMAZING EDUCATOR, AND I AM GOING TO LEAVE IT TO THE PRINCIPAL OF RIVER VIEW OF HIGH SCHOOL. ZRK ALSO JOINING ME TONIGHT IS OUR APA KEVIN ARTHENA, AND SERVING AS OUR SOFTBALL COACH, MR. RON SLATER.

>> I WOULD LIKE TO READ THE LETTER THAT HI SUBMITTED SO THAT EVERYONE CAN HEAR ABOUT THE CREDENTIALS OF THIS AMAZING WOMAN AND FRIEND THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO DISCUSS TONIGHT. DEAR HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. IT IS MY SINCERE HONOR TO REQUEST ON BEHALF OF OUR RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL FAMILY THAT THE SOFTBALL FIELD AT RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL BE NAMED IN HONOR OF COACH ANDRELL A SLATER AT AS SLATER FAMILY SOFTBALL FIELD. COACH SLATER HERSELF MADE THE REQUEST IF THE FELLED WAS EVER TO BE NAMED IN HER HONOR THAT IT BE NAMED SLATER FAMILY FIELD SINCE HER OWN FAMILY GREW UP THERE AND ALL OF HER ATHLETE FAMILIES POURED THEIR HEARTS AND SOULS INTO SUPPORTING HER TEAM. COACH ANGIE SLATER HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF OUR SHARK FAMILY SINCE WE OPENED OUR DOORS IN AUGUST 1998. SHE WAS HIRED BY OUR FIRST PRINCIPAL MR. THOMPSON, AND ATHLETIC DIRECTOR MR. RON BOARDLOW, SERVED AS OUR FIRST AND ONLY SOFTBALL COACH, PE DEPARTMENT HEAD AND GOLF COACH UNTIL HER DEATH ON FEBRUARY 4th AT THE AGE OF 53 FOLLOWING AN ELEVENTH MONTH BATTLE WITH CANCER. THE IMPACT THAT COACH SLATER HAD OVER THE COURSE OF HER 30-YEAR CAREER IS BEYOND MEASURE. COACH SLATER LED RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL TO TWO STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONS, ONE STATE RUNNER-UP FINISH AND GOT A NUMBER OF ATHLETES TO ACHIEVE THEIR DREAM OF PLAYING COLLEGE SPORTS. SHE EARNED OVER 500 CAREER VICTORIES DURING HER CAREER, AND IS VIEWED AS ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED COACH COACHES NOT ONLY IN OUR COUNTY BUT IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. COACH SLATER STRESSED THAT EACH OF HER PLAYERS WAS A STUDENT FIRST AND USED HER PAST ACHIEVEMENTS AS AN ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN DURING HER TIME PLAYING SOFTBALL AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA AS AN EXAMPLE OF WHAT WAS POSSIBLE THROUGH HARD WORK AND DEDICATION. SHE WAS A COACH WHO TRULY LOVED THE GAME OF SOFTBALL, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY THE LESSONS THAT IT TAUGHT TO EACH AND EVERY ATHLETE THAT PLAYED WITHIN HER PROGRAM. RIVER VIEW OF IS TRULY A FAMILY AFFAIR FOR COACH SLATER. HER HUSBAND RON, MY DEAR FRIEND, SERVED AS A SCIENCE TEACHER AT RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL AND SERVED AS HER ASSISTANT COACH DURING HER ENTIRE 30 YEAR CAREER. HER THREE CHILDREN, CHRISTIAN, RJ AND CODY, ARE ALL PROUD RIVERVIEW GRADUATES AND HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE COACH SLATER DO WHAT SHE LOVED EACH AND EVERY DAY. COACH SLATER'S RESUMÉ SPEAKS FOR ITSELF, AND WE ONLY WISH SELFISHLY THAT WILL WE WERE NOT YET MAKING THIS REQUEST AND THAT SHE WAS STILL HERE COACHING THE GAME OF THAT SHE LOVED AND STRAFING FOR VICTORY 600. I HUMBLY REQUEST THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY NAME THE RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL FIELD AS SLATER FAMILY SOFTBALL FIELD IN HONOR OF COACH ANGIE SLATER WHOSE LEGACY OF NEVER GIVING LESS THAN YOUR BEST HAS BEEN INSTILLED IN THOUSANDS OF ATHLETES AND STUDENTS OVER THE COURSE OF HER 30 YEAR CAREER. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, THERE IS A MOTION AND A SECOND ON THE FLOOR. MOTION FROM MS. SNIVELY. SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? MS. SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: I FIRST WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR MAKING THAT REQUEST, MRS. SHOTWELL. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE HISTORY THAT COACH SLATER HAS WITH YOUR SCHOOL, AND TO OFFER ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD, IF YOU DON'T MIND, I THINK WE ALL FEEL THE SAME, OFFER OUR CONDOLENCES TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, RON. AND YOU HAVE CREATED A WONDERFUL FAMILY OF FACULTY AT RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL, AND SHE HAS CREATED QUITE A LEGACY I FOR YOUR SCHOOL. AND YOU MUST BE VERY, VERY PROUD OF OF WHAT SHE HAS ACCOMPLISHED, AND WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT TO US, TO THE BOARD, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR STUDENTS, AND FOR HER SERVICE TO HER STUDENTS AS WELL. WE ARE HONORED TO BE ABLE TO ENTERTAIN THIS MOTION TODAY. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. BOARD MEMBERS, THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR AND A SECOND. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. AND I'M SORRY TO HAVE TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS, BECAUSE I KNOW THE CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> NOBODY LOVED HER JOB MORE THAN SHE DID. WHETHER SHE WAS WORKING IN THE KITCHEN, SHE TOOK THE SAME APPROACH TO BOTH. SHE COACHED SECOND. AS I SAID SHE LOVED EVERY MINUTE OF IT. SHE LOVED THE GIRLS. SHE LOVED WHAT IT STOOK STOOD FOR. AND ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS SHE TOLD HER GIRLS NEVER TO GIVE UP, NEVER QUIT NO MATTER HOW BAD IT GETS. IF OPPORTUNITY IS KNOCKING, OPEN THE DOOR AND LET IT IN. AND AS I SAID, WINNING AND LOSING WAS NOT THE NUMBER ONE THING, BUT DON'T GET ME WRONG, SHE DID LOVE TO WIN. SHE WAS COMPETITIVE. ANYBODY THAT KNEW MY WIFE, SHE DOES LOVE TO WIN. BUT SHE ALSO LIKED TO BUILD ROLE MODEL CITIZENS TO GO OUT IN THE WORLD AND FACE THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS, WHICH IS WINNING AND LOSING, THERE, TOO, IN THAT MANNER. I HAVE BEEN AN ASSISTANT COACH FOR 30 YEARS. NEVER IN MY LIFE HAD I EVER THOUGHT I WOULD BE A HEAD COACH. BUT HERE I AM 16 GAMES LATER AND I'M A HEAD COACH. BUT MY WIFE ASKED ME WHEN SHE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL, WOULD YOU TAKE OVER? AND I SAID, ABSOLUTELY. I SAID, TO CARRY ON YOUR LEGACY AND HOPEFULLY I CAN BE CLOSE. THERE'S NO WAY I COULD EVER DO WHAT SHE DOES. BUT I WILL FOLLOW IN HER FOOTSTEPS AND TRY TO MAKE EACH AND EVERY ONE PROUD OF RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR DOING THIS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED ATTENDANCE BOUNDARY CHANGES FOR STOWERS, BEVIS AND FISHHAWK CREEK ELEMENTARY BOUNDARIES. AND MS. LORRAINE DUFFEY SUAREZ, GENERAL MANAGER OF GROWTH, PLANNING AND MANAGE MENTD AND PLANNING. WELCOME.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS. I'M HERE TODAY TO TALK TO YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROPOSED ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES TO STOWERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WE HAVE A BRIEF POWER POINT TO KIND OF FAMILIARIZE YOU WITH IT I THINK YOU ALREADY HEARD SOME COMMENTS. I'M SURE YOU HORDE SOMETHING ABOUT THIS ALREADY. STOWERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OPENED IN 2009. AT THE TIME IT OPENED THE FISHHAWK COMMUNITY HAD NOT BEEN DEVELOPED THERE. SO THE SCHOOL WAS FILLED, AND THE COMMUNITY IS NOW BUILDING, AND NOW THE SCHOOL IS OVERFILLED, AND THAT'S BASICALLY HOW WE GOT TO WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. I'M LOOKING AT THE 80th DAY NUMBERS WHICH ARE RIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS, AND 110% OF ITS CAPACITY AT STOWERS. EVERY DAY NEW HOMES ARE BEING BUILT AND OCCUPIED AS STUDENTS ARE MOVING IN. AND INTERESTING SITUATION IS WE HAVE A COUNTYWIDE STUDENT GENERATION RATE, AND THE STUDENTS IN A LOT OF THESE AREAS ARE SURROUNDING STOWERS HAVE, A HIGHER THAN AVERAGE THAN THE COUNTY AVERAGE STUDENT GENERATION WHICH MEANS THE SCHOOL IS FILLING UP FASTER THAN WE COULD HAVE PROJECTED, AND THAT THE OVERALL CAPACITY OF THE SCHOOL IS PROBABLY NOT ENOUGH TO HANDLE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY FOR THE BOUNDARY THAT WAS DRAWN. SCHOOLS IN THE AREA, BEVIS, IS AT 85%, PINECREST 83%, BOYETTE SPRINGS AT 353%. SO IN OUR INITIAL REVIEW, WE DETERMINED THOSE WERE GOOD LIKELY CANDIDATES TO MOVE FROM STUDENTS TO. SIMULTANEOUSLY, THE BOYETTE CENTER FOR GIFTED STUDIES WAS UNDER DEVELOPMENT SO WE WEREN'T QUITE SURE HOW THAT WOULD MERGE WITH THIS PROPOSAL. BUT WE STARTED MOVING AHEAD TO SEE WHERE WE WOULD END UP WITH IT. BUT THE MAIN THING WAS WE WANTED TO BALANCE THE ENROLLMENT FOR CURRENT AND FOR THE FUTURE. WE DID NOT WANT TO HAVE TO COME BACK AND MOVE STUDENTS TWICE. WE DIDN'T WANT TO BREAK UP NEIGHBORHOODS. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WHATEVER DECISION WE CAME TO WAS THE BEST DECISION. SO BACK IN OCTOBER, WE HAD STAKEHOLDERS WITH PRINCIPAL AREA DIRECTORS AND VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS IN THE DISTRICT TO DISCUSS DIFFERENT SCENARIOS OF HOW TO MOVE THE STUDENTS. THAT INTERNAL GROUP SELECTED ONE SCENARIO THAT WE MOVE FORWARD WITH. WE TOOK THAT SCENARIO OUT TO THE PUBLIC IN FEBRUARY. WE HAD QUITE A BIT OF ATTENDANCE. AND I THINK IN GENERAL YOU CAN SUMMARIZE TO SAY NOBODY WANTS TO LEAVE STOWERS. THAT'S WHAT I WILL TELL YOU. NOBODY WANTS TO CHANGE SCHOOLS. THAT'S USUALLY THE CASE IN A MATTER WHERE YOU ARE. WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE AT THIS ONE WHO SAID WE DON'T WANT TO MOVE. BUT, AT THE SAME TIME, THE APPLICATIONS WERE COMING IN FOR GIFTED STUDIES PROGRAM AT BOYETTE SPRINGS, AND WE STARTED LOOKING AT THAT AND TRYING TO MEASURE THAT AGAINST NUMBER OF STUDENTS WE WERE MOVING INTO THAT OR PROPOSING TO AND WE REALIZED THOSE TWO THINGS COULD NOT OCCUR AT THE SAME TIME, THAT COULD PROBABLY OCCUR, BUT NOT RIGHT NOW. THE OTHER THING WE WERE LOOKING AT IS IF WE MOVE THAT MANY STUDENTS AT ONE TIME, STOWERS WOULD BE SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCED IN ENROLLMENT, THEY WOULD LOSE QUITE A BIT OF FACULTY AS WELL, AND THEY WOULD GAIN THAT FACULTY BACK AS NEW STUDENTS CAME EVERY DAY. SO IT CHANGED THE SCHOOL BY IMMEDIATELY MOVING A LARGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS OUT. WE WEREN'T SURE WHAT SCHOOLS THE STUDENTS IN THE GIFTED STUDIES WERE COMING FROM. WE FELT LIKE THERE NEEDED TO BE SOME MORE TIME BEFORE WE STARTED MOVING ANY STUDENTS TO BOYETTE SPRINGS. SO WE ARE GOING AHEAD TODAY. OUR RECOMMENDATION TODAY IS TO MOVE AHEAD WITH THE TWO PIECES THAT WERE IN THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL TO MOVE SOME STUDENTS TO BEVIS, MOVE SOMEBODY STUDENTS TO PINECREST, AND THEN WE WILL LOOK AS SOON AS SCHOOL STARTS NEXT YEAR, WE'LL START MONITORING ENROLLMENT AT BOYETTE SPRINGS, ALSO MONITORING THE GIFTED PROGRAM, SEEING WHERE THOSE STUDENTS HAVE COME OUT OF, AND WHERE THERE MIGHT BE ADDITIONAL ROOM FOR US. WE ARE ALSO BUILDING ELEMENTARY C. WE HOPE TO HAVE THAT OPEN IN 2017. IT WAS NOT INTENTIONALLY BEING BUILT TO SERVE THE STOWERS COMMUNITY. IT WAS BEING BUILT BECAUSE OF CROWDING OR IMPENDING CROWDING AT COLLINS, SUMMERFIELD, SUMMERFIELD CROSSINGS, MAYBE REDDICK. BUT PERHAPS MAYBE WE CAN MOVE SOME STUDENTS THERE. THESE AREAS HAVE NOT BEEN DEFINED BUT WE KNOW IN THE FALL WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO IS COME BACK AND LOOK AT FILLING THE REMAINING SEATS AT BOYETTE SPRINGS, AND POSSIBLY MOVING SOME STUDENTS FOR THE 2017 SCHOOL YEAR TO ELEMENTARY C. THERE'S A MAP IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY. THE AREA IN LINE, THAT'S A LARGE AREA, BUT ACTUALLY ONLY ABOUT 60 STUDENTS THERE, BECAUSE IT'S A VERY RURAL AREA, AND THAT MATCHES GENERALLY WHAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAS AS A RURAL AREA IN THE LONG-TERM, IN THE URBAN SERVICE AREA. THIS AREA IS NOT URBAN. IT'S PROPOSED TO BE A RURAL AREA. SO WE MATCH THAT AND PROPOSED TO MOVE THESE STUDENTS TO PINECREST, WHICH GENERALLY IS A SORT OF A RURAL POPULATION. AND THEN THE AREA IN THE NORTH IS A DOUBLE CROSS-HATCH THERE. THOSE ARE TWO AREAS, OF PRESERVE, AND FISHHAWK RIDGE. AND WE PROPOSE TO MOVE THOSE STUDENTS, IN TOTAL, ONCE THERE'S BUILDOUT AT THE PRESERVE WE THINK ABOUT 150 STUDENTS. THAT WILL GIVE IMMEDIATE RELIEF TO STOWERS. IT WILL NOT BRING THEM WAY DOWN, BUT IT WILL BRING IMMEDIATE RELIEF. NEXT YEAR, WE WILL REVISIT IT AND WE WILL HAVE TO MOVE MORE STUDENTS OUT. IT'S BETTER TO DO THAT, WE THINK, THAN TO MOVE MANY STUDENTS INTO, SAY, BOYETTE SPRINGS AND THEN HAVE TO MOVE THEM AGAIN BECAUSE BOYETTE SPRINGS IS TOO CROWDED. SO IT'S AN INCREMENTAL APPROACH. WE THINK IT WAS BETTER THOUGHT OUT ONCE WE HAD THE INITIAL INFORMATION ON THE BOYETTE SPRINGS GIFTED STUDIES. THAT'S OUR PROPOSAL TO YOU TODAY. AND AS A SECOND PART TO THIS, SOMETHING YOU HAVE NOT SEEN BEFORE, AND THE FINAL NUMBERS, IF YOU WANT TO THE SEE THIS, AGAIN, THE BOTTOM RIGHT HAND CORNER, 99% FOR STOWERS, 93 FOR BEVIS, 77 FOR PINECREST. THOSE ARE PROJECTED NUMBERS. WE DON'T KNOW HOW MANY FIFTH GRADERS MIGHT WANT TO STAY. WE DON'T KNOW HOW MANY OF THE CHOICE STUDENTS WILL ACTUALLY LEAVE, HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL MOVE IN. SO THERE'S A LOT OF VARIATION, VARIABLES WE CANNOT CONTROL FOR IN THIS SCENARIO. BUT THIS IS OUR ESTIMATES FOR YOU. THIS IS A LITTLE BIT MORE INFORMATION. IT WILL ALLOW FIFTH GRADE TOWERS STAY IF THEY WANT. WE WILL ALSO HAVE GENERAL CHOICE HARDSHIP AT THESE SCHOOLS. WE WILL NOT HAVE BOYETTE SPRINGS OPEN FOR GENERAL CHOICE. WE WILL NOT HAVE STOWERS OPEN FOR GENERAL CHOICE. AND BEVIS WILL NOT BE OPEN FOR GENERAL CHOICE. SO THAT WE CAN PRESERVE THE SEATS THAT WE HAVE. THE SECOND PART OF THIS IS SEWING THAT YOU HAVE NOT SEEN BEFORE. IT'S REALLY A MINISTERIAL EFFORT IN THE SENSE THAT WE ARE NOT CHANGING ANY ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES, BUT THE WAY THE ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES HAVE BEEN DRAWN, OFTENTIMES WILL TAKE THE ADDRESS IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE. BUT THE PARCEL IS SPLIT. AND THEN SOMETIMES IF IT'S A BIG PARCEL THAT PARCEL DEVELOPS INTO ANOTHER SUBDIVISION. SO WE ARE GOING TO BE BRINGING TO YOU IN A POLICY WORKSHOP ON APRIL 5th, YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR -- WE ARE CALLING IT CLEAN-UP ITEMS, WE ARE REA LINING THE BOUNDARIES WITH THE PARCELS. IT DOES NOT CHANGE THE GOAL FOR ANY STUDENTS. IN FACT SOME OF THIS IS JUST WETLAND THAT SURROUNDS SOME OF THIS. BUT FOR THE MOST PART, IT'S JUST PARCELS THAT HAVE BEEN SPLIT. DOESN'T CHANGE ANYTHING. THIS WOULD BE THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY FOR US, FOR STOWERS AT THE END OF IT. THIS WOULD BE THE BEVIS. AND THIS WOULD BE THE PINECREST. BEVIS AND PINECREST. THE CLEAN UP EFFORTS REALLY ARE NOT -- THERE ARE DETAILS IN YOUR PACKETS THAT YOU ARE LOOK AT. BUT WE REALLY WANT TO GET YOU TO A SITUATION WHERE WE ARE FOLLOWING PARCEL LINES AND NOT ADDRESSES, BECAUSE THAT CAN LEAD TO CONFUSION WHEN PEOPLE LOOL AT A MAP AND IT SHOWS ONE SCHOOL BUT THE MAP SHOWS THEM SOMEWHERE ELSE. THAT CONCLUDES MY PRESENTATION TO YOU. I CAN ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

>>Melissa Snively: THE TEAM HAS WORKED DILIGENTLY ON THIS PROPOSAL WORK, AND I WANTED TO ASK SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT WERE RAISE READY DURING THE PUBLIC COMMENT SECTION OF THE MEETING, IF YOU COULD ADDRESS SOME OF THOSE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE RESIDENTS THAT ARE HERE THIS AFTERNOON, AND ASK THE BOARD TO EDUCATE US ABOUT THE RATIONALE ON SOME OF THE PROPOSED --

>> WELL, I THINK ONE OF THE COMMENTS WAS DIRECTED TOWARDS WHY DON'T WE MOVE SOME OF THE STUDENTS INTO BOYETTE SPRINGS TODAY? AND I THINK THE REASON WE ARE NOT PLANNING TO DO THAT IS WE NEED TO REVISIT THOSE NUMBERS, IN LIGHT OF WHO IS ACTUALLY ENROLLED IN BOYETTE SPRINGS NEXT YEAR. IF WE DO IT NOW, THERE'S A CHANCE THAT WE WILL BE REASSIGNING STUDENTS A SECOND TIME. I KNOW THE NUMBERS WERE ON PAPER, BUT WE ARE NOT SURE, MAYBE WE CAN PUT MORE STUDENTS THERE. I KNOW I READ SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY GROUP WAS TO MOVE THE STUDENTS WHO YOU ARE GOING TO MOVE TO ELEMENTARY C AND LEAVE THEM AT STOWERS. WE DON'T NOTCH WHICH THOSE STUDENTS ARE. THE ELEMENTARY C IS JUST AN IDEA, BUT WE HAVEN'T IDENTIFIED WHO THOSE STUDENTS ARE SO IT'S PREMATURE TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS AT THIS POINT.

>> I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THAT. CURIOUSLY THERE WAS A NUMBER IN THE PROPOSAL FROM THE COMMUNITY THAT STATED 117 STUDENTS. I'M CURIOUS AS TO WHERE THEY WOULD HAVE GOTTEN THAT NUMBER FOR MOVING THOSE STUDENTS THAT -- OR KEEPING THE STUDENTS AT STOWERS THAT COULD POSSIBLY BE MOVED TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C. WHERE WOULD THEY HAVE GOTTEN THAT?

>> THE COMMUNITY TOOK THE NUMBERS OF STUDENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY LIVING IN BOYETTE CREEK AND SUBTRACTED THEM. I THINK THERE WAS 250 OR SO STUDENTS AT BOYETTE CREEK, AND OUR ORIGINAL PROPOSAL WAS 368. SO THAT WOULD BE 118 STUDENTS. SO ESSENTIALLY THEY SAID THE PROPOSAL PUT FORTH WAGS TO MOVE BOYETTE CREEK TO BOYETTE SPRINGS, AND THEN THE REMAINING AREAS COULD BE GO TO ELEMENTARY C. BUT SINCE WE HAVEN'T EVEN DRAWN A BOUNDARY FOR ELEMENTARY C, I WOULD NOT SAY THAT THAT'S A GOOD SOLUTION BECAUSE WE ARE NOT SURE HOW MANY WE'LL HAVE AT ELEMENTARY C TO TRY TO RELIEVE THE O OTHER SCHOOL BEING BUILT FOR.

>> WHY IS BOYETTE SPRINGS NOT INCLUDED IN THE GENERAL CHOICE PROGRAM FOR FOLKS -- WE KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING TO TAKE ANOTHER STEP NEXT YEAR PROGRESSIVELY AND BE MOVING RESIDENTS OR STUDENTS FROM POSSIBLY BOYETTE CREEK, AND THEY WANT TO GO NOW TO BOYETTE SPRINGS. WHY WOULD WE NOT ALLOW THEM TO BE IN THE CHOICE PROGRAM? WHAT'S THE CHALLENGE THERE? OR PLEASE --

>> I'LL TELL YOU. ABSOLUTELY. THE GENERAL CHOICE OPEN OR ANYBODY WHO WOULD WANT TO GO, WE WOULD WANT, IF THERE IS A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY THAT MAY BE EVENTUALLY MOVING TO THE SPRINGS WE WOULD WORK WITH THAT FAMILY NOW DURING THAT PROCESS.

>> THE OTHER ISSUE THAT I JOTTED DOWN FROM PUBLIC COMMENTS, SOME OF THE CONCERNS THAT ANYONE -- FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN, TO POSSIBLY ANSWER SOME OF THE CONCERNS ABOUT CHILDREN IN THE HALLWAYS, LEARNING IN THE HALLWAYS, CLIPBOARDS FOR DESKS, HAVING FLIP BOARDS, THE RESTROOMS, THE RESTROOM CONDITIONS, AND THEN CLASS SIZE AMENDMENT ISSUES. SO IF SOMEONE COULD ADDRESS SOME OF THOSE AT THIS POINT FOR STOWERS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ABSOLUTELY. FIRST, I WANT TO SAY, I APPRECIATE THE PARENTS' COMMENTS. IT'S A TRUE TESTAMENT TO MS. LEONARD AND HER STAFF, A MAZING CULTURE THAT THEY HAVE AT THEIR SCHOOL, THAT YOU HAVE FAMILIES THAT ADVOCATE FOR THEIR CHILD, THEIR CHILD'S EDUCATION, AND WANTING TO STAY RIGHT THERE. SO I KNOW ALL THE WORK THAT YOU AND THE STAFF WORKING WITH THE PARENTS HAVE WORKED INTO CREATING THAT H.THAT'S A DYNAMIC AS SUPERINTENDENT I LISTEN TO PARENTS AND I LISTEN TO THEIR FRUSTRATION ABOUT THE CURRENT SITUATION, BUT I ALSO IN THAT FRUSTRATION KNOW THAT THEY LOVE THEIR CHILD BEING AT YOUR SCHOOL, AND JUST KNOW THAT IT'S AN INTERESTING DYNAMIC BUT IT DEFINITELY IS HERE TONIGHT. SO SOME OF THE THINGS OBVIOUSLY, CLASS SIZES IS A CALCULATION WE TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY AND CERTAIN RULES THAT GO WITH CLASS SIZE. CERTAINLY THERE IS A CERTAIN DATE OF THE YEAR THAT WE HAVE TO MEET CLASS SIZE, ACCORDING TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT. AFTER THAT PARTICULAR DATE, THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT DOES PROVIDE FLEXIBILITY, JUST FOR CERTAIN NUMBERS OF STUDENTS, THAT YOU CAN BE OVER BY AS MANY AS THREE STUDENTS IN A CLASS, KNOWING THAT YOU CAN'T CONTROL SOME OF THE VARIABLES ONCE THEY HIT THAT CALCULATION BUILT TO GO INTO IT. WE HAVE ALWAYS FOR YEARS UNDERSTOOD THAT. NOW SOME OF THE THINGS THAT PARENTS BROUGHT UP, AGAIN I'M SURE MS. LEONARD WILL ADDRESS, ADDRESS THE PARENTS IF THERE'S A CONCERN AROUND ANY OF THOSE ISSUES WITH REGARDS TO RESOURCES, THE ISSUES AROUND THE BATHROOM, AND I UNDERSTAND THE PRINCIPAL AT A SCHOOL WITH 1100 STUDENTS, VERY SIMILAR TO STOWERS, AND, YOU KNOW, THERE'S SOME DIE UNANIMOUS THAT THAT CREATES. WE DON'T WANT, HOWEVER, THE EDUCATION OF ANY CHILD TO BE HINDERED BY ANY OF THOSE DYNAMICS. SO I'M SURE MS. LEONARD HEARD THOSE COMMENTS AND WILL GO BACK AND ADDRESS THOSE.

>>Melissa Snively: I WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE WERE GETTING INFORMATION FOR THE RECORD AND GETTING IT CLEARLY AND ADDRESSING THE CONCERNS THAT WERE BROUGHT UP BY THE FOLKS WHO TOOK THE TIME TO COME HERE TODAY AND SHARE THAT. THE OTHER QUESTION I WANTED TO ASK, ONE OF THE CONCERNS THEY HAD WAS TESTING CHALLENGES AND THE SCHOOL GRADE. HISTORICALLY, WHAT HAS THE SCHOOL GRADE BEEN FOR STOWERS ELEMENTARY?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: NOTHING BUT AN "A." SO THAT CAN BE SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE IS VERY PROUD OF. CERTAINLY, LIKE I SAID, THEY HAVE A FABULOUS FACULTY. AND IN BEING THOUGHTFUL ABOUT THIS -- AND WE WANT THE SOLUTION TO ULTIMATELY MANY OF OUR PARENTS ARE ADVOCATING HERE FOR TODAY TONIGHT. WE KNOW WE NEED A LONG-TERM SOLUTION AT STOWERS, AND ACTUALLY IN THIS WHOLE PARTICULAR REGION, A SOLUTION AROUND THAT. BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS, NOT JUST IN STOWERS, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBERS BY WHICH WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WAS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C, YOU ARE TALKING HOMES GOING IN, WHERE WE ARE PROJECTING 200 3:HUNDRED FAMILIES COMING INTO MANY OF OUR ELEMENTARIES, NOT JUST STOWERS BUT SOUTH OF THERE. SO IT IS A REGIONAL SOLUTION THAT WE ARE LOOKING TO. CERTAINLY THE ISSUE AT STOWERS, OUTSTANDING SUCCESS FOR KIDS. AND I KNOW THAT MS. SIMMONS AT BOYETTE SPRINGS IS GOING IN THERE AND SHE'S DOING TREMENDOUS THINGS. WE DO KNOW THAT ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT'S BEEN BROUGHT UP ABOUT THE CENTER FOR GIFTED STUDIES AND WHY THAT'S SUCH AN IMPORTANT PIECE TO THIS IS BECAUSE FOR YEARS, WE HAVE -- ONE OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE HEARD FROM FAMILIES, WE DON'T HAVE ANY OFFERING SOUTH OF 0, YOU KNOW, FOR ANY OF OUR -- 60, FOR ANY OF OUR ELEMENTARY FAMILIES, LIKE IB, SCHOOL MODELS OR CENTERS FOR GIFTED. WE HAVE NOTHING. WE HAVE WEST TAMPA. WE HAVE NORTHWEST. ALL THOSE HAVE OPTIONS. BUT WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE -- BECAUSE THE FAMILIES HAVE STRUGGLED OBTAINING VOUCHERS. SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE ENGAGED IN A COUPLE YEARS AGO WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE START TO BUILD THAT CAPACITY IN SOUTH COUNTY, KNOWING THAT THAT'S BEEN SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN REQUESTED BY PARENTS. WHY DO WE HAVE TO HAVE GO ALL THE WAY TO X SCHOOL TO HAVE THEIR TYPE OF OFFERING? SO OBVIOUSLY THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS THAT CAME IN AT BOYETTE SPRINGS, WE KNOW THERE WAS A DEMAND AND THERE WAS THAT. SO WE KNOW ANYTIME YOU IMPLEMENT SOMETHING NEW -- AND MS. SIMMONS IS A MIRACLE WORKER, BUT AS YOU IMPLEMENT SOMETHING NEW, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT'S HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL AND WE KNOW IT WILL BE WITH MS. SIMMONS AND HER STAFF AT THE HELM THERE. AS THEY GET THAT OFF THE GROUND AND AS WE MAKE THESE INITIAL MODIFICATIONS TOTS BOUNDARIES, WE KNOW THEN AS WE GO THROUGH SECOND PHASE OF LOOKING AT MORE REGIONAL SOLUTIONS TO ULTIMATELY GET TO WHERE THINGS ARE ADVOCATED FOR THIS EVENING, THAT WE WILL HAVE A SCHOOL THAT HAS ONE YEAR UNDER THEIR BELT WITH REGARD TO IMPLEMENTATION OF A SCHOOL. THE CENTER FOR GIFTED STUDIES IS NOT JUST FOR 250 STUDENTS. IT IS A SCHOOL WIDE IMPACT OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS, AND THAT'S GOING TO BE A LIFT, IF WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT'S A GREAT START TO THE INITIAL YEAR, AND THEN WE WILL NEED TO LOOK AT HOW THAT ALL PLAYS OUT WITH THE NUMBERS SO THAT WE WILL KNOW THAT IN THE NEXT REAL RM HOW -- WHAT KIND OF NUMBERS WE CAN POTENTIALLY PLACE INTO BOYETTE SPRINGS TO FILL THAT PARTICULAR CAPACITY, KNOWING THAT THAT WILL THEN CREATE THE SPACE, AND LOOK FOR STOW TOWERS CONTINUE TO BUILD OUT AND AT THE SAME TIME HAVE THE REGIONAL SOLUTION FOR SUMMERFIELD CROSSINGS, COLLINS, WHICH IS THEN OVER 1200 STUDENTS DOWN AT COLLINS. WE KNOW THAT'S A HUGE AREA, ALSO. SO THERE'S A LOT AT PLAY HERE THAT WE WANT TO BE VERY THOUGHTFUL ABOUT, TILL WE GET THE COMMENTS OF THE PARENTS. BUT AS I SAID EARLIER, IT'S AMAZING WORKS, AND AMAZING STAFF THAT THEY HAVE NOT JUST AT STOWERS BUT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY DOWN IN THAT AREA. THEY JUST HAVE WONDERFUL OFFERINGS FOR KIDS TO GO TO SCHOOL. AND SO WE ARE BLESSED IN THAT ARENA. AND WE'LL EVENTUALLY GET TO A SOLUTION THAT WILL ULTIMATELY VERY A LONG-TERM IMPACT.

>> OKAY, I HAD A COUPLE MORE QUESTIONS. WAGS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ABOUT POSTPONING THE CENTER FOR GIFTED STUDIES? AND WHAT WOULD BE THE PROS AND CONSEQUENCE OF POSTPONING THAT FOR ANOTHER YEAR?

>> WE DIDN'T THINK OF THAT AT ALL BECAUSE WE KNEW THAT WAS SOMETHING -- THAT WAS TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING. WE THINK DON'T HAVE ANY OTHER SCHOOL. NO OTHER SCHOOL IN THAT AREA SOUTH OF 60 THAT WE COULD EVEN BEGIN TO THINK TO START TO BUILD CAPACITY. THAT BUILD OUR CAPACITY. WE WOULD WANT TO LOOK AT A MIDDLE SCHOOL OFFERING IN THE NEAR FUTURE AND THE POTENTIAL HIGH SCHOOL OFFERING. THAT IT DOESN'T EXIST IN THAT PARTICULAR REGION. AND SO IN BUILDING THAT, WE KNEW WE HAD TO GET STARTED WITH THAT PARTICULAR CAPACITY BUILDING TO MAKE THAT WORK.

>> AND THEN COULD YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SAFETY? ONE OF THE BLESSINGS OF TECHNOLOGY, AND SOMETIMES THE CURSE OF TECHNOLOGY IS THAT WE HAVE SOCIAL MEDIA AND COUNTY COMMUNICATE SEVERAL DIFFERENT WAYS, SO THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF DIFFERENT INFORMATION PASSED AROUND ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER MEDIA OUTLETS. SO JUST WANTING TO HELP SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT. BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY OUR MAIN CONCERN IS MAKING SURE THAT WE PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT, NURTURING ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR STUDENTS. SO TALKING TO ME ABOUT SAFETY AT STOWERS BASED ON THE CAPACITY OF THE STUDENTS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: CERTAINLY E. SAFETY IS A TO CONCERN. I KNOW FROM NOT ONLY THE PARENTS' PERSPECTIVE BUT ALSO MS. LEONARD'S PERSPECTIVE AND HER TSA'S PERSPECTIVE. ANYTIME YOU GO OVER CAPACITY AT A SCHOOL THAT BECOMES PART OF WHAT YOU HAVE TO INSTILL PROCEDURES AROUND. BECAUSE IT CREATES LONGER WAITS AND LINES. IT CREDITS OTHER DYNAMICS THAT WE KNOW THERE COULD BE SOME OTHER CHALLENGES. I KNOW THAT ALL THE AREAS THAT MS. LEONARD IS ADDRESSING, MITIGATING SOME OF THOSE CHALLENGES. I PASSED A LONG SOME OF THE THINGS THAT PARENTS REACHED OUT TO ADDRESS TO ME OR TO OTHERS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA OR OTHERS TO MS. LEONARD SO THEY KNOW THEY CAN ADDRESS THOSE. BUT THAT'S ABSOLUTELY WHY WE HAVE TO HAVE A REGIONAL SOLUTION FOR MULTIPLE SCHOOLS, AND WE KNOW IT. WE BUILD SCHOOLS FOR CERTAIN CAPACITY. BECAUSE OF THAT CAPACITY WE FEEL LIKE WE'LL HAVE THE RIGHT KIND OF INFRASTRUCTURE IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN SAFETY AND SECURITY FOR ALL KIDS AND FOR ALL STAFF. ANYTIME WE START TO INCH OVER THAT MARK, WE HAVE TO PUT EXTRA MEASURES IN PLACE. THAT'S COSTLY ON THE DISTRICT TO DO THAT. AND THAT'S TIME BY STAFF TO LOOK OUT. WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE UNSAFE SCHOOLS. WE HEAR PARENTS LOUD AND ENCLOSURE CLEAR AND I KNOW THAT'S GOING TO BE ADDRESSED.

>> SO IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL OPINION SAFETY IS NOT SERIOUS TO BE AN ISSUE, YOU FEEL THAT THE PROPOSAL YOU ARE BRINGING TO THE BOARD, CONSIDER THAT AS A FACTOR, AND THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ABSOLUTELY.

>> AND TAKING ANY PLEASURES TO MITIGATE ANY POTENTIAL SAFETY CONCERNS THAT YOU HAVE FOR CHILDREN?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ABSOLUTELY. AND WE WILL, AS WE MAKE THE INITIAL RECOMMENDATION TONIGHT, AND THEN LIKE I SAID, A SUBSEQUENT RECOMMENDATION WILL BE FORTHCOMING IN THE FUTURE. ALL THOSE ISSUES WILL BE ISSUES AROUND SAFETY WILL BE CONSIDERED. AND ANYTHING THAT WE FEEL LIKE THAT ARE ADDITIONAL CONCERNS BROUGHT BY PARENTS OR STAFF, WE WILL MAKE SURE THERE ARE RESOURCES IN PLACE TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE CHALLENGES.

>> AND THEN I HAD A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS ABOUT DEVELOPMENT AND THE PROJECTION FOR GROWTH IN THAT AREA. AND COULD YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT FISHHAWK WEST AND ITS BUILDOUT AND WHAT'S ITS POTENTIAL FOR GROWTH OVER THE SUMMER BASED ON WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT AND THE COMMUNITY'S LEADERSHIP THAT YOU HAVE SPOKEN WITH? I KNOW YOU HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH COMMUNITIES ABOUT PROJECTIONS. WOULD YOU TALK A LITTLE ABOUT ANY CONCERNS?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WELL, WE CAN'T BE SURE. I WILL TELL YOU THEY ARE CLOSING HOUSES AND SELLING HOUSES. I CAN'T GIVE YOU AN EXACT NUMBER OF PROJECTIONS, BECAUSE WHAT WE NEVER KNOW IS HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL COME FROM THAT. AND IT'S ABOUT FOUR, FIVE TIMES THE AVERAGE. SO WHEN SCHOOLS START, THEY COULD BE AT 99. THEY COULD BE AT 10E 2. I HONESTLY CAN'T GIVE YOU A VERY GOOD ESTIMATE BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THEY ARE JUST CONTINUALLY CLOSING. THEY EXPECT TO BE COMPLETE IN THREE YEARS. THEY HAVE AN OVER 55 COMPONENT THAT I WISH THEY WOULD BUILD SOONER AND MORE OF. BUT WE DO KNOW AS THEY CONTINUE TO GROW, STOWERS WILL CONTINUE TO GROW. AND I DON'T REALLY HAVE A GOOD NUMBER FOR YOU.

>> I UNDERSTAND THERE'S DIFFICULTIES PROJECTING BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF FACTORS DEPENDING ON WHO --

>> HOW MANY WILL GO TO A DIFFERENT SCHOOL, HOW MANY GO TO A CHARTER, THE NEW SCHOOL THAT'S COMING, SUMMERFIELD, THE SUMMERFIELD CHARTER THERE, AND STUDENTS WHO JUST TAKE -- I THINK ON AVERAGE ABOUT 83% OR 85% OF STUDENTS ASSIGNED TO STOWERS GO TO STOWERS.

>> THE 15% ARE IN --

>> GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE. SO CAN'T SAY.

>> DO YOU HAVE A PLAN FROM YEAR 3 AS FAR AS -- OKAY, SO GRADUATING, WE MOVE SOME OF THE STUDENTS, REZONE NEXT YEAR, THEN NEXT YEAR REZONE ANOTHER GROUP OF STUDENTS, AND THEN ARE WE AS CAPACITY OR OVER CAPACITY AGAIN IN THE THIRD YEAR? WHAT'S THE PLAN FOR THAT?

>> OUR PLAN WOULD BE, THE BEST WE CAN, AT LEAST AT STOWERS, JUST NEXT YEAR, AND PERHAPS SOLVE THEIR PROBLEM NEXT YEAR. AND THEN MOVE ONTO THE OTHER SCHOOLS, AND MAYBE USING ELEMENTARY C, OR OTHER SCHOOLS, BECAUSE THAT'S PART OF THE EQUATION WE HAD NOT DONE. WE HAD JUST USED SCHOOLS IN THE GENERAL AREA BUTT WE MAY HAVE TO COME INOH STUDENTS, FOR INSTANCE, STUDENTS WHO ARE MOVING FROM SUMMERFIELD TO ELEMENTARY C, NOW PERHAPS WE CAN MOVE SOME STUDENTS FROM -- I WILL SAY BOYETTE SPRINGS INTO SUMMERFIELD AND THEN MORE STUDENTS INTO BOYETTE SPRINGS. SO THOSE ARE A LOT OF THE OPTIONS WE HADN'T PLAYED BECAUSE ELEMENTARY C WAS NOT OPEN BUT NOW IT WILL BE OPEN IN 2017. OUR GOAL IS TO TRY TO DO IN THE ONE YEAR AT STOWERS, AND PUT -- FISHHAWK CREEK, BECAUSE THERE'S NO MORE GROWTH COMING INTO BEVIS AND FISHHAWK CREEK. SO IF WE CAN RESOLVE THOSE THREE SCHOOLS, THE ONLY UNKNOWN WILL BE HOW MANY STUDENTS WE GET OUT OF FISHHAWK WEST. SO IF WE NEED A PHASE 3 WE'LL GO TO A PHASE 3 BUT OUR GOAL WILL BE TO ASSESS IT NEXT YEAR.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: MRS. SNIVELY, ONE OF THE OTHER FACTORS ALSO IN SPEAKING WITH MS. LEONARD, AT THE BEGINNING WHEN STOWERS WAS OPENED AND THERE WASN'T NECESSARILY THE GROWTH AT THAT PARTICULAR TIME, WE DID OPEN UP STOWERS FOR CHOICE. AND SO THERE ARE CURRENTLY STILL ABOUT 100 STUDENTS THERE THAT ARE ON CHOICE THAT WILL BE CYCLING OUT OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS. SO THOSE ARE ALSO NUMBERS. NO LONGER OFFERING CHOICE INTO STOWERS. ALONG WITH THE NUMBERS YOU SEE WE DO KNOW THERE WILL BE SOME STUDENTS THAT WILL BE ATTENDING, THAT WE HONOR THE CONCLUSION OF THAT GRADE SPAN THAT THEY WILL NOT BE REENTERING INTO THE SCHOOL.

>>Melissa Snively: THAT'S ALL I HAVE AT THE MOMENT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ANSWERING THOSE QUESTIONS.

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I NOTICED ON SOME OF THE DIAGRAMS, EVEN AT BOYETTE SPRINGS, EVEN THOUGH WE ARE ADDING 200 STUDENTS BY CHOICE AT THE CENTER FOR STUDIES THAT STILL DOESN'T BRING BOYETTE SPRINGS TO CAPACITY, CORRECT?

>> THAT'S CORRECT. IT WOULD STILL BE A LITTLE -- 200, 250, DEPENDING ON HOW MANY STUDENTS THE GIFTED GET THERE. WOULD BE ABOUT 200 MORE SEATS.

>>Cindy Stuart: AND THIS QUESTION MAY BE FOR THE STUNT. IS THERE A REASON WE TAPPED THE GIFTED CENTER AT 200? I'M ASSUMING THAT THE STUDENTS WHO HAVE APPLIED FOR GIFTED CENTER STUDIES ARE COMING FROM THAT AREA. SO THEY ARE EITHER BEVIS STUDENTS, OR DO WE KNOW WHERE THEY ARE COMING FROM?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT'S VERY REGIONAL. WE HAVE STUDENTS, LIKE I SAID, THAT PARTICULAR CHOICE OFFERING WITH SOMETHING THAT'S BEEN CLAMORED FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS REGIONALLY. WE HAVE SEVERAL SCHOOLS REPRESENTED IN THAT PARTICULAR POOL OF APPLICATIONS.

>>Cindy Stuart: SO JUST FOOD FOR THOUGHT. SINCE WE STILL HAVE SPACE THERE, IS IT POSSIBLE FOR US -- THIS IS ERENT CONVERSATION -- EXPAND THE CHOICE OFFERING AT BOYETTE SPRINGS FOR THAT FOR THE GIFTED CENTER STUDIES? AND DO SIMILAR WHAT WE HAVE DONE OTHER SCHOOLS, NOT MANY, WHERE THERE IS A SPECIFIC BOUNDARY IN WHICH WE CHOOSING FROM? LIKE A PRIORITY BACKGROUND FOR IB.

>> WE'LL DEFINITELY TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AND GET THE NUMBERS OF WHAT IT WOULD BE BECAUSE IT WOULD BE NICE -- BASED ON A WIDE RANGE OF SCHOOLS. BUT AS WE HAVE ALLUDED IN A COUPLE OF THE CONVERSATIONS NEXT YEAR WE ARE STILL MOVING SOME OF THE KIDS CURRENTLY AT BOWERS TO BOYETTE SPRINGS. WE MAY FILL THOSE NEXT YEAR WITH THOSE WHO ARE AT STOWERS CURRENTLY.

>> WE DON'T FILL THOSE SEATS WITH STUDENT WHO WOULDN'T BE MOVING OTHERWISE, AND NOW THEY ARE IN -- LET'S JUST SAY STUDENTS FROM MANGO CHOOSE TO COME, BUT WE ARE NOT TRYING TO RESOLVE AN ISSUE IN MANGO.

>>Cindy Stuart: THAT WOULD BE THE REASON FOR THE PRIORITIES --

>> BUT AS FAR AS WHAT AREA IS THE AREA THAT IS GOING TO MOVE?

>>Cindy Stuart: WELL THAT WOULD BE IN THE NEXT PHASE.

>> THAT'S RIGHT, THE NEXT PHASE.

>>Cindy Stuart: SO WE COULD EXPAND THE CENTER FOR GIFTED SENDSERS NEXT YEAR AND THE BOUNDARY MIGHT BE -- HOW MANY SEATS ARE WE FRO JECTED TO HAVE AT ELEMENTARY C, IF AND WHEN WE BUILD? I WON'T SAY IF. WHEN WE BUILD.

>> ARCHITECT. NO, IT'S JUST UNDER A THOUSAND, OUR ELEMENTARY BUILDING. SO IT'S A THOUSAND SEATS.

>> 940.

>>Cindy Stuart: AND ELEMENTARY C, REMIND ME. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO RELIEVE --

>> SUMMERFIELD. SUMMERFIELD CROSSINGS. COLLINS. MAYBE REDDICK. AND MAYBE NOT REDDICK. MAYBE A LITTLE STOWERS. SO IT DEPENDS. I DON'T KNOW THAT SESSUMS COULD BE IN THE MIX W.EXPECTED GROWTH OF 400 MORE STUDENTS AT SESSUMS AND SUMMER FEEFERLD HAS 3-7B 21 MORE STUDENTS EXPECTED. SUMMERFIELD CROSSINGS, 390 MORE STUDENTS. SO THESE ARE AREAS, OTHER SCHOOLS THAT ARE GROWING. AND THAT'S WHAT ELEMENTARY C IS FOR. BUT I THINK WE CAN TRY TO PULL A FEW STOWERS STUDENTS IN THERE. IT'S JUST WHEN WE GET TO THE POINT OF DRAWING THAT ATTENDANCE THING. PLUS WE HAVE TRIP REALLY CREEK. ONLY FOR THE PLAT THAT HAS BEEN APPROVED OR SUBMITTED TO THE COUNTY. DAY SOMEBODY IS SUBMITTING A NEW PLAT, AND THAT'S MORE STUDENTS WE ARE ADDING ON TOP OF THESE STUDENTS.

>> THE LEALITY ON THE FIVE YEAR PLAN WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AT LEAST ONE, IF NOT TWO OR THREE IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY. THE POPULATION GROWTH AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE NUMBERS WE HAVE, AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU GET THESE NUMBERS, WE HAVE SIX SCHOOLS EXPECTING OVER 300 KIDS IN THE COMING YEAR. WE NEED ANOTHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. TWO OR THREE POSSIBLY WHERE THEY ARE COMING. WE HAVE THAT IN THE WORKS AS WELL. SO YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COMING BEFORE YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: MR. FARKAS, COULD YOU SPEAK A LITTLE TO -- WE HAVEN'T TALKED ABOUT AT ALL HOW OR WHAT THIS DOES TO OUR TRANSPORTATION SITUATION OUT THERE. DOES THIS HELP US? I KNOW LIKE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE KIDS FROM THE ONE AREA THAT ARE BEING MOVED FROM STOWERS TO PINECREST, OBVIOUSLY THAT'S GOING TO FREE US UP ON THE BUSING ISSUES THERE. IS IT AFFECTING TRANSPORTATION IN ANY OTHER WAY?

>>Christopher Farkas: MINIMALLY. THE ROUTING, THE KIDS FROM THE PRESERVE WILL HAVE A SHORTER RIDE ACROSS FISHHAWK BOULEVARD TO BEVIS SO IT WILL STILL BE A BUS. JUST BE A SHORTER BUS RIDE. THE KIDS FROM THE RURAL AREA THAT GO CURRENTLY TO STOWERS, THEY ARE STILL GOING TO BE OH ON A BUS. IT WILL BE A SHORTER RIDE THAN WHAT THEY CURRENTLY HAVE GOING DOWN BOYETTE.

>> WE WORK WITH TRANSPORTATION WHEN WE DREW THOSE LINES TO MAKE SURE THAT AREAS WERE ACCESSIBLE TO THEM. THEY STILL COULD PICK UP THE STUDENT AND GET THEM TO SCHOOL IN A TIMELY WAY. SO THERE WAS A LOT OF CARE PUT INTO THAT ASPECT.

>>Cindy Stuart: I KNOW THIS IS PAINFUL. I KNOW THIS IS THE LARGEST GROWING SECTION OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RIGHT NOW. AND I I KNOW THAT WE HAVE BEEN -- AND WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS SINCE I LANDED IN THIS SEAT THAT THIS AREA IS GROWING, AND THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO START LOOKING AT BOUNDARY CHANGES, THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO START LOOKING AT SCHOOLS THAT ARE NOT AT CAPACITY IN SHIFTING STUDENTS, AND IT'S A NECESSITY. WE HAVE TO, AS SCHOOLS, THAT COST ANY LESS TO RUN, WHETHER IT'S 100% CAPACITY OR 50% CAPACITY, STILL HAVE THE LIGHTS ON AND PAY TEACHERS AND HAVE FACILITIES WORKING THERE. SO IT IS IN OUR BEST INTEREST TO MAXIMIZE WHAT IS AVAILABLE TO US. AND I RESPECT AND APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK THAT HUFF DONE, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE LOOKED AT THIS FROM EVERY ANGLE POSSIBLE, AND WITH THE COMMUNITY, AND I APPRECIATE THE COMMUNITY BEING HERE AND SPEAKING TO US.

>> IT'S AN ISSUE. WE RECOGNIZE THAT AND FEEL LIKE WE NEED TO ADDRESS THIS AT THIS TIME. IT'S GOING TO BE -- ARE WE ANTICIPATING TWO, THREE, FOUR YEARS BEFORE WE GET BUILDOUT? WHAT IS THE EXPECTED, I GUESS -- WHAT'S THE EXPECTED END OF BUILDOUT, AT THE ECONOMY STAGE, WHERE IT IS, AND HOW LONG DO WE EXPECT TO BE TRANSITIONING STUDENTS?

>>Christopher Farkas: JUST NOR AREA YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT?

>> NOT GOING INTO OTHER AREAS YET.

>> MOST OF THE GROWTH IS IN FISHHAWK WEST AND THEY HAVE, I THINK, THREE YEAR, 2018 IS I THINK WHAT THEY SAID. MAYBE THE END OF 2018. BUT THEN THERE'S CHANNING PARK THAT HAS MORE UNITS. WE DON'T HAVE A GOOD HANDLE. ANOTHER 200 UNITS. THE PRESERVE, WHICH IS NOT AS MANY UNITS AS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF FISHHAWK, WE ARE MOVING THAT TO BEVIS. THERE'S ONLY 12 STUDENTS THERE. WE GET ANOTHER 50 STUDENTS. SO I WOULD HAVE SAY THE BIG DOG IS FISHHAWK WEST. AND THEY PROBABLY HAVE ANOTHER THREE AND A HALF, TWO AND A HALF, THREE YEARS.

>>Cindy Stuart: I AM GOING TO MAKE AN ASSUMPTION HERE THAT WE ARE IN CONSTANT COMMUNICATION WITH THE COUNTY AS THEY CONTINUE TO ALLOW AND MOVE THIS FORWARD, THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS AS WELL, A AS WELL AS BUILD SCHOOLS. SO MOVING FORWARD, THAT WE ARE COMMUNICATING WITH THEM, AND THE MPO AND THE PLANNING COMMISSION ABOUT HOW THIS AFFECTS NOT JUST COMMUNITIES BUT OUR STUDENTS AND OUR ABILITY TO KEEP UP WITH THE CAPACITY OF WHAT THEY ARE BUILDING. SO I'M SURE YOU ARE IN CONTACT WITH THEM. SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

>> WE MEET WITH THEM ON A REGULAR BASIS, BUT THINGS LIKE FISHHAWK WERE APPROVED IN 1989. AND IT'S FINALLY COMING TO FRUITION. SO A LOT OF OF THIS IS GROWTH THAT WAS ENVISIONED, WATER SET IS DOWN -- THAT WAS MAYBE 1989 AS WELL. YES, I THINK SO, 19 IT. SO NOW THEY COME TOLL FRUITION AND SOME THINGS COME OUT OF THE GROUND AND WE DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT THEY ARE BACK TO LIFE. TRIPLE CREEK. THAT WAS APPROVED 1999. WHO KNEW? SUDDENLY STUDENTS STARTED ARRIVING. WE DON'T HAVE IT ANYWAY TO REVIEW BECAUSE THEY HAVE AN ORIGINAL PLALT THAT THEY WERE BUILDING. SO WE ARE AS BEST WE CAN PLAYING CATCH-UP. AND I THINK WE ARE AT A POINT NOW THAT WE ARE PRETTY CLOSE TO KNOWING. IT'S TAKEN US PROBABLY FOUR YEARS TO GET TO HAVE THAT POINT.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION. I APPRECIATE IT.

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. A FEW MORE QUESTIONS AS WE ARE HAVING THIS DISCUSSION. YOU TALKED ABOUT TWO REALLY DISTINCT AREAS. THERE'S SOUTH COUNTY, BUT THEN THERE'S FISHHAWK. WHAT I WAS GOING TO ASK IS, I KNOW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C REALISTICALLY, HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE REALLY GOING TO BE PULLED FROM STOWERS? TALKING ABOUT THE OTHER SCHOOLS AROUND IT TO RELIEVE THEIR CAPACITIES. HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE WE TALKING FROM STOWERS?

>> HONESTLY LRKS I JUST PLAYED WITH IT A FEW TAMES WITH OUR TOOL AND MODELING. I COME UP WITH 60 OR 70.

>>Melissa Snively: REALLY?

>> 70 TO BE LOGICAL ABOUT IT. BECAUSE I'M NOT SURE WHAT BOYETTE SPRINGS WILL LOOK LIKE. SO I'M SAYING TO BE CONSERVATIVE, THE SMALLEST AREA THAT I CAN THINK OF THAT'S LOGICAL, CAN WE GET THE STUDENTS THERE? SO YOU HAVE TO PICK AN AREA. SO THERE'S A LOT OF MOVING PARTS. SO I CAME UP WITH ABOUT 60 OR 70, NOT 117. BUT WILL ALL THE REMAINING STUDENTS FIT IN BOYETTE SPRINGS? MAYBE NOT. SO MAYBE I NEED TO HAVE A DIFFERENT PLAN. THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW.

>>Melissa Snively: AND YOU TALKED ABOUT ONE MORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BEING BUILT. WHAT'S THE PLAN FOR FISHHAWK? IS THERE ANOTHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COMING TO FISHHAWK?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IN A, WE DON'T SEE THAT BECAUSE THEIR GROWTH ENDS IN ABOUT THREE YEARS. ONCE WE GET THAT NUMBER IT'S PRETTY SOLID. AND IT WILL BE -- THERE'S NO OTHER SPACE TO BUILD THERE. MAY BE OTHER AREAS, TO PUT IN NEW SUBURBIA THAT THEY CAN ALWAYS ADD TO THAT IF THEY CHANGE IT AND IF THE URBAN SERVICE CORRIDOR CHANGES ALL OF OUR PLANS. AND THE ACTUAL FISHHAWK AREA, WHAT THAT COMMUNITY IS. WE ANTICIPATE THAT BUILD YOWFT IN THREE YEARS.

>> BUT NEVER SAY.

>>Melissa Snively: SNIVELY I NEW YORK CITY I KNOW. THAT'S MORE STUDENTS THAN GOING THAN I ANTICIPATED SO I WAS GOING TO ASK THE SUPERINTENDENT, DO WE HAVE THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT INSTRUCTIONAL CONTINUITY AND NOT WANTING TO MOVE STUDENTS TWICE IN TWO YEARS? AND COULD YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR PHILOSOPHY ON INSTRUCTIONAL CONTINUITY OR THE --

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I THINK ANYTIME WE AS AN ORGANIZATION LIKE WE DO WHERE STUDENTS ARE AT THE TOP, THOO THAT'S THE FIRST GROUP THAT WE THINK OF. AND I KNOW THAT OBVIOUSLY, AND OUR PARENTS EXPRESSED THIS TONIGHT, OUR STUDENT' EDUCATION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE ENVIRONMENT IS CONDUCIVE TO GREAT LEARNING, AND OBVIOUSLY THEY DO GREAT THINGS AT STOWERS. I THINK AS WE MAKE -- WE HAVE THIS REGIONAL ISSUE THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ADDRESS, I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WE WANT OH TO BE IS WE WANT TO BE THOUGHTFUL. WE WANT TO BE RESPECTFUL OF THE STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN AT SCHOOLS FOR PERIODS OF TIME. AND I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS -- AND THERE'S A GREAT INVESTMENT AT STOWERS WITH THE INSTRUCTION OF THE KIDS THERE. AND SO IN WORKING THIS REGIONAL SOLUTION, ENSURING THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT SEATS IN THE RIGHT SCHOOLS TO MAKE THE RIGHT MOVES, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE WERE DEFINITELY TALKING ABOUT -- AND TRULY MY PHILOSOPHY IS WHEN YOU HAVE A GREAT TEACHER AND A GREAT STAFF, THEY DO GREAT THINGS WITH KIDS, IS IT'S VERY HARD TO MAKE DRAMATIC CUTS WITH REGARDS TO STAFFING. I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MS. LEONARD HAS BUILT AT STOWERS, AS OTHER SCHOOLS IN THAT REGION HAVE BUILT, IS A GREAT STAFF, TOTALLY INVESTED IN THE SUCCESS OF THESE KIDS. AND WITH A VERY LARGE CUT OF STAFF THAT WOULD ENTAIL, IF WE DID THIS IN ONE YEAR, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT 25 OR MORE STAFF MEMBERS. THAT WOULD BE LOST. AND WE KNEW NEXT YEAR IT WOULD CONTINUE TO GROW, AND YOU WOULD BE GOING DOWN TO STAFF MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN THERE S SINCE THE DAY THAT SCHOOL OPENED. AND THEY ARE INVESTED IN THE SCHOOL, AND THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TRAINING, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ALL TO MAKE GREAT THINGS HAPPEN AT STOWERS HAPPENING. SO AS WE DO THIS IN MORE OF A TWO-STEP PHASE, IT INSTILLS MORE CONTINUITY FOR STAFF WHICH ULTIMATELY, I BELIEVE, PROVIDES THE CONTINUITY OF LEARNING FOR THE SCHOOL, AND IT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR STUDENTS, KNOWING THAT WE HAVE ISSUES THAT WERE BROUGHT UP HERE TONIGHT THAT I KNOW MS. LEONARD AND HER STAFF WILL ADDRESS.

>> REGARDING THE BOUNDARIES, IF THIS PROPOSAL PASSES THIS EVENING, WE TALKED ABOUT MOVING A DIFFERENT NEIGHBORHOOD -- MOVING A NEIGHBORHOOD NEXT YEAR, ANOTHER GROUP OF STUDENTS TO BOYETTE SPRINGS. HOW SOON WOULD WE BE ABLE TO START TALKING ABOUT THAT? IS THIS ONE OF THE ISSUES OR ONE OF THE CONCERNS THIS YEAR WAS THAT THIS DISCUSSION HAPPENED AFTER THE FIRST ROUND OF CHOICE, AND PARENTS WANTED ENOUGH TIME THAT IF THEY WANTED TO MAKE THAT DECISION TO CHOICE THEIR STUDENTS ELSEWHERE THAT THEY WOULD HAVE THAT. SO WHAT KIND OF TIME FRAME ARE WE LOOKING AS FAR AS BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE OUR PLANS FOR THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL YEAR TO THE PARENTS, SO THEY CAN APPROPRIATELY PLAN FOR THEIR STUDENTS?

>> WE PLAN TO START TAKING THE DATA FROM THE 20th DAY OF SCHOOL WHICH WILL BE IN SEPTEMBER. USUALLY, WE WAIT TILL THE 40th DAY. BUTT IN THIS CASE WE ARE GOING TO START THE 20th DAY TO START COLLECTING THE DATA. SO PERHAPS BY OCTOBER OR EARLY NOVEMBER. YOU KNOW, HAD WE GET INTO THE HOLIDAY, AND THAT'S THE DIFFICULT PART. THAT'S WHY WE HAD THE MEETING IN FEBRUARY, BECAUSE WE HAD TO NOTIFY PARENTS, AND WE DON'T WANT TO NOTIFY THEM WHILE WE ARE ON BREAK. BUT WE ARE GOING TO MOVE MUCH QUICKER BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT MORE INFORMATION NOW THAN WE DID LAST TIME. SO WE WILL START EARLIER AND MOVE QUICKER. WE KNOW THAT THIS IS CRITICAL. A LOT OF TIMES THEY ARE, BUT WE ARE NOT OVERth OVER CAPACITY USUALLY. SO WE WANT TO SOLVE IT QUICKLY. WE WILL PROBABLY COME TO YOU IN OCTOBER WITH SOMETHING.

>>Melissa Snively: AND THE ON THE THING I WANT TO MAKE A STATEMENT. FIRST I WANT TO THANK THE PARENTS WHO CAME OUT AND SPOKE. OBVIOUSLY, THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME -- WE KNOW IT'S A VERY EMOTIONAL CHALLENGE, CAN BE A CHALLENGING PROCESS, BUT WE ALSO KNOW WE HAVE TO DO WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR STUDENTS, AND OBVIOUSLY SAFETY WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONCERNS THAT I HAD. THEN ALSO BEING ABLE TO PUT THOSE CHILDREN, PUT THE STUDENTS IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT CAN BE CONDUCIVE TO THEIR SUCCESS. AND KNOWING THAT MS. LEONARD HAS HAD AN A SCHOOL SINCE THE BEGINNING MAKES ME FEEL A LITTLE BIT MORE CONFIDENT, OR A LOT MORE CONFIDENT ACTUALLY IN THE FACT THAT THE STUDENTS ARE GOING TO BE SAFE, AND THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY CAN SUCCEED, AND EVEN IF WE TAKE A COUPLE OF YEARS TO WORK THIS OUT, TWO OR THREE YEARS TO WORK THIS OUT TO ADDRESS THE CAPACITY CONCERNS, THAT THEY ARE IN GOOD HANDS WITH THE CURRENT LEADERSHIP THAT IS SERVING THAT SCHOOL. SO THANK YOU. I KNOW THIS HAS BEEN A LONG ROAD, AND THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF INFORMATION SHARED, AND IT'S IT'S BEEN VERY CHALLENGING. BUT IT JUST SHOWS YOU, IN MY OPINION AS A PARENT, AND AS A FELLOW PARENT, THE PASSION THAT PEOPLE HAVE FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND MAKING SURE THAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE -- THE WELFARE OF THEIR STUDENTS ARE BEING WATCHED OUT. I TRUST YOUR PROFESSIONAL OPINION. AND, THEREFORE, IF THAT IS THE PROPOSAL THAT'S COMING TO THE BOARD TONIGHT, AND THAT IS IN YOUR PROFESSIONAL OPINION THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY OF HANDLING THIS PARTICULAR REZONING ISSUE, THEN I FEEL COMFORTABLE GOING WITH THAT PROPOSAL AND CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THAT COMMUNITY VERY CLOSELY AND MAKING SURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO ADDRESS THE CONCERNS THAT THE PARENTS HAVE SO THAT THE STUDENTS -- THE WELFARE OF THE STUDENTS ARE ALWAYS NUMBER ONE FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. AS A PARENT -- AND MY CHILDREN ARE GROWN AND OUT NOW, THANK GOODNESS -- BUT AS A PARENT, IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME AND MY HUSBAND TO KEEP THAT CONTINUITY AND THE CONSISTENCY WITH THEIR FRIENDS AND THE SCHOOLS AND THE PROGRAMS AND ALL THAT THEY WERE INVOLVED IN. SO I KNOW THAT THIS IS VERY DIFFICULT. IN ANY SCENARIO. AND MY COMMENTS WILL BE BRIEF. BUT I KNOW THAT MS. HODGENS AND I TALKED. WHAT IS THE CAPACITY? WHAT'S THE CAPACITY AT SUM IRFIELD ARE?

>> SUMMERFIELD'S CAPACITY IS 1012. THEY CURRENTLY HAVE 956 STUDENTS ENROLLED. AND THEY ARE EXPECTING 321 MORE STUDENTS FROM THE GROWTH THAT WE ARE AWARE OF. ON AVERAGE USING COUNTY'S AVERAGE GENERATION.

>>April Griffin: SO THE GOOD NEWS WHERE CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE CONCERNED FOR ANYBODY THAT HAS AN OPINION ON CHARTER SCHOOLS, BUT WE HAVE A CHARTER SCHOOL THERE THAT'S SUPPOSED TO OPEN THAT'S AT ABOUT 800, APPROXIMATELY, 800 STUDENTS THAT THEY CAN TAKE IN. SO THAT WILL BE SOME RELIEF, HOPEFULLY, IF THEY ARE A GOOD CHARTER SCHOOL, AND WORKING WITH THEM TO HELP THEM GROW. I KNOW MS. HODGENS DOES REALLY WELL. HER TEAM REALLY WORKED TO HELP SCHOOLS GROCH WHERE THEY NEED TO GROW. SO I WANT TO, YOU KNOW, AGAIN REITERATE THIS, AND HAVE SOME CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS RECENTLY, AND I KNOW THAT WE ARE WORKING MORE CLOSELY WITH CHARTER SCHOOLS TO TRY TO PARTNER WITH THEM A LITTLE BIT MORE. AND THIS IS ONE OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE NEED TO HAVE FOR THEM. SO WHEN WE ARE GOING DOWN THAT ROAD WITH CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT PUTTING IN APPLICATIONS, AND LEGALLY, I UNDERSTAND LEGALLY WE CANNOT TELL THEM WHERE TO PUT THEIR SCHOOL. I ABSOLUTELY UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT IN THE PARTNERSHIP, AND BEING GOOD PARTNER WAS THEM, AND THEM BEING GOOD PARTNERS WITH US, THIS IS AN AREA THAT WE NEED HELP DESPERATELY. SO CHARTER SCHOOLS HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE FLEXIBILITY WITH HOW THEY CAN PUT A SCHOOL IN, HOW QUICKLY THEY CAN GET A SCHOOL PUT TOGETHER, AND THERE'S A LOT MORE FLEXIBILITY THERE. SO JENNA, MS. HODGENS AND SUPERINTENDENT, I'M HOPING THAT MAYBE THAT WILL HELP US IN SOME REGARDS THAT SOME CHARTER SCHOOLS WILL COME DOWN THERE, TOO.

>> AND AS WE KNOW THAT CHARITABLE COMPANIES OR ORGANIZATIONS HAVE AN INTEREST IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AN INTEREST IN APPLICATIONS, THAT'S WHEN WE START TO ENGAGE THEM IN CONVERSATIONS RATHER THAN KIND OF LEAVE IT AT THEIR WILL TO DECIDE WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO GO. SOMETIMES HAVING THOSE UP-FRONT CONVERSATIONS EVEN BEFORE WE ENGAGE IN THE PROCESS OF APPLICATIONS FOR THE CHARTER SCHOOLS, HELPS US TO RESOLVE SOME OTHER ISSUES.

>>April Griffin: WELL, ABSOLUTELY. THIS IS AN AUDIENCE THAT IS READY FOR THEM. I MEAN, THERE'S NOT TOO MUCH MARKETING THAT'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE DONE ON THEIR PART. WE HAVE FAMILIES WHO ARE LOOKING FOR SOME SORT OF RELIEF. AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR SOME SORT OF RELIEF. SO I WANTED TO PHILANTHROPY THAT OUT THERE. AND IF THIS IS APPROVED THIS EVENING, YOU ARE SAYING PHASE 2 THERE'S GOING TO BE A PHASE 2, AND IS THERE A PHASE 3?

>> WE ARE HOPING NOT TO HAVE A PHASE 3. WE HOPE WE CAN FINISH. THE ONLY REASON WE SEE A PHASE 3 IS IF THE STUDENT GENERATION RATE CONTINUES TO BE REALLY HIGH. BUTT THERE IS A DIFFERENT FROM DIFFERENT -- SOME DIFFERENT PRODUCTS COMING IN, SO THAT MIGHT CHANGE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS THAT ARE GENERATED. FOR INSTANCE, THE 5 AND UP, WILL NOT BE APARTMENTS GENERATED, QUITE A FEW STUDENTS. AND WE HAD A BIG BURST OF STUDENTS BECAUSE WE HAD A LOT OF UNITS COME ONLINE AT ONE TIME. NOW THERE ARE IS HOMES. THERE ARE SOME TOWNHOMES COMING IN. SO THERE ARE DIFFERENT PRODUCTS GENERATING FEWER STUDENTS. SOME OF THEM. SO OUR PLAN IS TO TRY TO ADDRESS IT NEXT YEAR. IF NEXT YEAR WE SEE THOSE PRODUCTS HAVEN'T CHANGED WE MAY HAVE TO DO A THIRD PHASE. BUT NOT THE SAME STUDENTS. THAT'S THE KEY. NOT SAME STUDENTS. AND WE WANT TO KEEP THE NEIGHBORHOODS TOGETHER. SO INCREMENTAL TO A CERTAIN DEGREE. BUT WE REALLY JUST WANT PEOPLE TO HAVE SOME SURETY, AND PEOPLE WHO ARE MOVING -- DON'T EVEN KNOW IT YET OF THE BUT THESE OLKS KNOW THAT THEY ARE MOVING. SO IT'S VERY UNSETTLING TO FAMILIES OUT THERE. SO WE LIKE TO GIVE THEM SOME ASSURANCE AS SOON AS WE CAN.

>>April Griffin: IS THIS BABY BOOK ECHO THAT WE TALKED ABOUT YEARS AGO WHEN WE STARTED BUILDING ELEMENTARY C?

>> I THINK IT'S A HOUSING BOOM, REALLY. JUST THE NUMBER OF HOUSES. IT'S A VERY POPULAR COMMUNITY. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS VERY POPULAR, TOO.

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMENTS, BOARD MEMBERS? ALL RIGHT. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THIS ITEM. WE HAVE ALREADY DONE THAT. SO I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. STUART. IS THERE ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.

>> THANKS VERY MUCH R.SEE YOU SOON.

>>April Griffin: THANKS FOR THE THREAT. (LAUGHTER) THAT WAS A PROMISE AND A THREAT. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE NOW ONTO ITEM 8.07 WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE 2016-17 AND THE SENT TIFF 2017-2018 STUDENT ACADEMIC CALENDARS. KELLY, DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION, WELCOME.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, MR. EAKINS AND STAFF, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO HIGHLIGHT THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION FOR THE STUDENT ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR AND THE TENTATIVE CALENDAR FOR 2017-2018. THE CALEN DARRELL COMMITTEE CONSISTS OF 67 MEMBERS REPRESENTING PARENTS, STUDENTS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION, HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION, CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, SCHOOL LEVEL ADMINISTRATORS, AND DISTRICT LEVEL ADMINISTRATORS. THE BOARD APPROVED THE 2016-17 ACADEMIC CALENDAR ON R AND POSTED ON OUR DISTRICT WEBSITE. TODAY YOU WILL BE LOOKING AT THIS TO FINALIZE IT FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. WHEN THE COMMITTEE REVIEWINGS THE CALENDARS THERE'S SOME GUIDELINES THAT THEY ARE CONSIDERING WHEN MAKING A RECOMMENDATION. ONE IS THAT THEY ARE DEVELOPING A STUDENT ACADEMIC CALENDAR. ONCE THAT HAS BEEN APPROVED, THEN HR DEVELOPS THE EMPLOYEE CALENDAR. WE ARE BASING THIS ON 180 DAYS. AS YOU REMEMBER, WE HAD 181 IN THE PAST, AND FOR 16-17 WE ARE MOVING TO 180 DAYS, WHICH IS THE MANDATED NUMBER OF DAYS FROM THE STATE. LOOKING AT 84 DAYS IN A SEMESTER, THE STATE ALLOWS THE DISTRICTS TO BEGIN NO EARLIER THAN AUGUST THE 10th. THIS WAS A CHANGE THAT OCCURRED THIS LAST SUMMER. AND NOW DISTRICT ARE GIVEN THAT OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THAT OPTION. FEDERAL AND STATE HOLIDAY ARE CONSIDERED BUT NOT MANDATED. EVERY DISTRICT DEVELOPS THEIR OWN STUDENT CALENDAR. WE ALSO CONSIDER BREAK, TRADITIONALLY OUR DISTRICT HA A WEEK FOR THANKSGIVING, TWO WEEKS WINTER BREAK, ONE WEEK FOR SEBRING BREAK. TESTING DATES ARE A STRONG CONSIDERATION WHEN WE ARE LOOKING ALSO AT THE DATES IN THE CALENDAR. THE PENDING THE BOARD APPROVAL, EMPLOYEES, PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY ARE NOTIFIED OF THE APPROVED CALENDAR VIA THE DISTRICT AND SCHOOL WEBSITE, PARENT LINK, NEWSLETTERS AND THE MEDIA. THE DISTRICT COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT ALSO ASSISTED LAST TIME ALSO WHEN YOU DID APPROVE IT IN SEPTEMBER, BECAUSE WE WILL BE ENDING THIS YEAR'S SCHOOL ON JUNE 10th, AND BEGINNING, IF YOU APPROVE AUGUST 10th, AND SO WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PARENTS WERE GETTING NOTIFICATION SO THEY CAN PLAN ACCORDINGLY. SO I WOULD LIKE TO, AT THIS TIME, YOU HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU AGAIN THE 2016-2017 AND 2017-2018 CALENDAR. I AM GOING TO SPOTLIGHT SOME OF THOSE DATES VERY BRIEFLY. SOME OF THE DATES THAT ARE UNDER CONSIDERATION. FOR 16-17, THE CALENDAR COMMITTEE DID RECOMMEND THAT THERE ARE NO CHANGES TO THE ONES THAT YOU APPROVED IN SEPTEMBER WHEN WE DEVELOPED THESE CALENDARS AND MAKE THEM TENTATIVE, IT'S BECAUSE WE ARE WANTING TO MAKE SURE IF THERE'S ANY CHANGES FROM THE LEGISLATURE OR TESTING DATES THAT MAY IMPACT IT AND WE HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE THOSE CHANGES. SO AT THIS POINT WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY CHANGES TO CHANGE 16-17. SO WE ARE LOOKING AT STUDENTS FIRST DAY BEING ON AUGUST 10th ENDING THE FIRST NINE WEEKS, OCTOBER 7th, FOLLOWED BY NON-STUDENT DAY. VETERANS DAY ON NOVEMBER 11th. THAT'S A NON-STUDENT DAY. FALL BREAK, NOVEMBER 21-25th. THE SECOND NINE WEEKS ENDING ON DECEMBER 16th AND THIS IS GOING TO BE ALLOWING THE SEMESTER TO END THEN WHERE WE WOULD HAVE THE SEMESTER EXAMS PRIOR TO WINTER BREAK. WE WOULD BE --

>> SAY THAT AGAIN?

>> I KNOW, THAT'S ONE OF THE BEST THINGS FOR US TO SAY. YES, FOR THE 16-17 CALENDAR FOR THE FIRST TIME FOR MANY, MANY YEARS, WE WOULD BE ABLE TO END THE SEMESTER PRIOR TO WINTER BREAK SO EXAMS WOULD BE HELD PRIOR TO GOING FOR WINTER BREAK. WINTER BREAK WOULD BE DECEMBER 19th THROUGH 30th, A NON-STUDENT DAY ON JANUARY 2nd, AS STUDENTS RETURNING ON JANUARY 3rd, MARTIN LUTHER KING JANUARY 16th. THEN WE HAVE OUR FLORIDA STATE DAY FOR THE WESTERN PART OF THE DISTRICT, ON FEBRUARY 10th STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL. FOR OUR AREA 6 SCHOOLS ON THE 6th. NONSTUDENT DAY, PRESIDENT'S DAY ON FEBRUARY 20th. SPRING BREAK BEING MARCH 13 THROUGH 17. AND THEN WE WOULD BE ENDING THE SCHOOL YEAR PRAYER TO MEMORIAL DAY, WHICH WOULD BE MAY 26th. NOT MARCH. THAT WOULD BE REALLY EARLY. MAY 26th. THE TENTATIVE 2016-18 CALENDAR WE HAVE ALONGSIDE THE 16-17. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I KNOW THAT OUR PARENTS REALLY APPRECIATE IS THE CONSISTENCY IN OUR CALENDARS, THAT WE DO TRY TO DO THAT, SO YOU CAN SEE THAT WE ARE VERY CLOSE IN EACH OF THE DATES THAT I HIGHLIGHTED EARLIER FOR 16-17. THIS WOULD BE TENTATIVE. AND THEN WE WOULD BE REVISITING THIS NEXT YEAR AGAIN TO MAKE SURE THERE AREN'T ANY CHANGES THAT COMING FROM THE LEGISLATURE OR IMPACTING WITH TESTING. SO AGAIN, IN 17-18, THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED TO THE SUPERINTENDENT THAT WE BEGIN ON AUGUST 10th. THE VETERANS DAY AGAIN ON DECEMBER THE 10th. THE FALL BREAK, NOVEMBER 20 THROUGH 24th. WINTER BREAK, ONCE AGAIN, BEING ABLE TO -- WE WOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE THE END OF OUR SEMESTER PRIOR TO WINTER BREAK. SO IT WOULD BE DECEMBER 25th THROUGH JANUARY 5th. ACTUALLY, THE END OF THE SEMESTER WOULD BE DECEMBER 22ND. STUDENTS RETURNING ON JANUARY 8th. AGAIN RECOMMENDATION FOR THE STATE FAIR AND THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL DATES ARE INCLUDED IN THERE. AND WE WOULD BE ENDING THE SCHOOL YEAR PRIOR TO MEMORIAL DAY, AND THAT WOULD BE ON MAY THE 25th. ANY QUESTIONS?

>> YES. I AM GOING TO START WITH OUR STUDENT LEADERS.

>> HI. OKAY. SO I'M JEN RIVERS, A SENIOR THIS YEAR. I HAVE BEEN IN ROTC FOR FOUR YEARS. AND RIGHT NOW I AM IN CHARGE OF 32 CADETS, AND THEY KEEP ADDING ON. AND I GET TO TALK TO THEM A LOT ABOUT HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT SCHOOL, BECAUSE I'M STILL ONE OF THE KIDS. EVEN THOUGH I AM IN CHARGE OF THEM TO MAKE SURE THEY DON'T GET IN TROUBLE. SO WE TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING. AND EVERY YEAR FOR ALL FOUR YEARS I HAVE BEEN IN HIGH SCHOOL, WE TALK ABOUT HOW MIDTERMS HAPPEN AFTER WINTER BREAK AND HOW STRESSFUL IT IS DURING THE BREAK, BECAUSE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOUR TEACHERS, ALL SEVEN OF THEM, GIVE YOU A PACKET TO GO THROUGH. EITHER YOU HAVE TO FILL IT OUT OR YOU HAVE TO REVIEW IT, AND MOST PEOPLE FORGET TO GO THROUGH IT. AND THAT CAN COMPLETELY MESS UP YOUR MIDTERMS. AND IT'S VERY SPHRES STRESSFUL BECAUSE THIS YEAR I NEEDED TO PASS AN HONORS CLASS. IF I DIDN'T PASS THIS YEAR, IT'S ONLY HALF A SEMESTER. I HAD TO PASS IT THE FIRST TIME I TOOK IT. THEY GIVE US A REVIEW PACKAGE AT TWO WEEKS WHRVMENT WE REVIEW BEFORE WE LEFT. THEN OVER TWO WEEKS YOUR MIND WANDERS. YOU FORGET A BUNCH OF THINGS. THEN WHEN YOU GET BACK YOU HAVE ONE WEEK TO CRAM EVERYTHING BACK IN. IT'S EXTREMELY STRESSFUL. IF I DIDN'T PASS THAT CLASS, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN HARD TO GET ANOTHER CLASS. I WOULD PROBABLY HAVE TO GO ONLINE TO GO TO THAT CLASS. STRESS ABOUT THE NEXT QUIZ AGAIN. AND HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING ALL OVER AGAIN. SO HAVING OUR EXAMS BEFORE, STARTING EARLY AND GETTING ALL THAT DONE BEFORE SPRING BREAK -- EXCUSE ME, WINTER BREAK IS A BLESSING.

>> AND WE HEARD THAT LOUD AND CLEAR FROM OUR STUDENTS THAT ARE ON THE COMMITTEE, AND WHEN WE HAD OUR STUDENT FORUM AS WE ALWAYS HAVE HAD THAT AS A RECOMMENDATION. SO WE APPRECIATE THAT. THAT WAS A STRONG CONSIDERATION.

>>ARE I'M ABBY OCEAN ARE FROM HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. I'M A SENIOR. AND I'M ALSO TREASURER OF SGH AND SENIOR COUNCIL. I'M SO HONORED TO BE HERE TODAY AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. MY OPINION IS SIMILAR TO HERS. AND I BELIEVE THIS CALENDAR BEING IMPLEMENTED IS BENEFICIAL TO STUDENTS, BECAUSE OF COURSE WINTER BREAK AND NOT HAVING TO CRAM IN. WHEN WE COME BACK FROM WINTER BREAK. ALSO IT'S NOT ONLY BENEFICIAL FOR US AS STUDENTS BUT FOR TEACHERS WHO REALLY DO WORK HARD AND TRY TO TEACH US ALL THE THINGS ON THE LIST TO LEARN. AND THEN WE ARE COMING BACK AND, OH, WE DON'T REMEMBER ANYTHING THAT YOU GUYS TAUGHT US. AND THAT'S REALLY STRESSFUL ON THEM. SO HAVING -- I AM GOING TO BE GRADUATING SO I WISH IT WOULD HAVE BEEN US, BUT HAVING THE STUDENTS HAVING TO TAKE THEIR EXAMS BEFORE WINTER BREAK IS GREAT. BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE TO THINK ABOUT REVIEWS, YOU CAN GONE TO YOUR FAMILIES AND TRANSITION INTO A NEW GRADING PERIOD AND START OFF FRESH. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR IMPLEMENTING THIS CALENDAR. AND HOPEFULLY IT WORKS WELL, BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT IT WILL HELP.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOUR VOICES ARE REALLY IMPORTANT. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT MS. STUART SUGGESTED AND WE STARTED MOVING TOWARDS THIS, AND MR. AYRES MADE THIS HAPPEN. AND WHAT YOU ALL JUST RELATED TO US IS SOMETHING THAT MS. MULLETO, THE WOMAN YOU ARE SITTING NEXT TO -- THERE SHE IS. HI, CONNIE. OH, THROUGH GO. SORRY, I DID NOT PLAN THAT, I SWEAR. MS. MOLITTO IS UP IN TALLAHASSEE AND WAS FIGHTING FOR THIS BECAUSE THE STUDENTS VOICES AND YOUR VOICES TONIGHT HAVE BEEN SO LOUD AND SO CLEAR ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE THAT IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO US. SO WE ARE REALLY EXCITED. THAT WAS THE BEST PART OF THIS CALENDAR. THANK YOU FOR LETTING YOUR VOICES BE HEARD TONIGHT. WE APPRECIATE IT. MS. VALDEZ.

>>Susan Valdes: I HAVE BEEN ADVOCATING FOR THIS FOR 12 YEARS. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT UNFORTUNATELY LAWS MADE US HAVE THESE PARTICULAR EXAMS BE SCHEDULED. HAVING SAID THAT, SUPPLY SUBSEQUENT TO HIGHLIGHT IT WAS TO BRING THAT PIECE OUT, SIDES THE STUDENT FOR UMS. AND THOSE STUDENT FORM UMS -- DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE STUDENT FOR THUMBS YEAR? SO THAT VENUE IS SO IMPORTANT TO US, BECAUSE WE DEFINITELY HEAR WHAT OUR KIDS WANT. AND THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT WE ARE ABLE TO DO WITH STAFF, BUT THERE'S OTHERS LIKE THIS ONE THAT WE NEEDED THE HELP OF OUR LEGISLATORS IN ORDER TO CHANGE THE RULES AND MAKE IT HAPPEN. SO OF THIS HAS BEEN A DREAM COME TRUE FOR ME FOR A LONG TIME, AND I'M GLAD TO HAVE SEE IT HERE, AND ALL THE PRETTY COLORS. THERE'S A LOT OF COLORS ON HERE WHICH I LOVE. SO THANK YOU, MS. MOLITTO FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK UP IN THOSE HALLS. I NOW WORKED VERY, VERY HARD FOR US UP THERE. ALL THE STUDENTS IN FLORIDA ENTHUSIASTICALLILY, NOT JUST THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND YOUR VOICE IS DEFINITELY RESPECTED. AND LISTENED TO. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING THAT VOICE FOR US UP THERE WHEN WE ARE NOT ABLE TO GO AND LOBBY OURSELVES. BUT CONGRATS, KIDS. YOU FINALLY DID IT. THANK YOU.

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK MS. MOLITTO AND THE LEGISLATURE BECAUSE WITHOUT THEM WE COULD NOT HAVE MADE THE CHANGES. I KNOW THERE WERE A LOT OF CHANGES IN THE AREAS OF CALENDARS AND START DATES. AND MOVING -- THIS IS GOING TO DATE ME -- THIS IS THE CALEN DEER I WENT TO AND WE WERE DONE BY MEMORIAL DAY. SO THANK YOU TO BOTH OF YOU HERE TODAY. I APPRECIATE YOUR INPUT. AND LIKE YOUR COMMENTS, YOU SPEAK FOR ALL THE STUDENTS IN THIS DISTRICT, I THINK, ESPECIALLY THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS -- AND PROBABLY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS, TOO -- GO HOME ON WINTER BREAK WITH LARGE REVIEW PACKETS THAT THEY LOOK AT THEIR FAMILY AND SAY, I'M NOT VACATIONING, I HAVE GOT WORK TO DO, WHICH IS DIFFICULT FOR SOME FAMILIES. I KNOW A LOT OF FAMILIES GO OUT OF THE COUNTRY, LEAVE TOWN, DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO THE MATERIALS THAT THEY NEED TO ACTUALLY STUDY. SO I WANT TO ASK A LITTLE BIT, I KNOW THIS IS NOT THE EMPLOYEE CALENDAR. I WANT TO THE ASK ABOUT ON THE 16th, 17 -- THE 16-17 CALENDAR IN MAY, THERE'S AN EXTRA DAY ON THE 29th THAT SAYS NON-STUDENT DAY. A MONDAY. IF I AM READING THIS RIGHT, 180 DAY, 26TH, A FRIDAY, AND THEN ON MONDAY --

>> MEMORIAL DAY. YES. YOU ARE RIGHT. THE POST-PLANNING, THAT WOULD BE WHAT WOULD BE DECIDED BY THE HR. IT WOULD PROBABLY BE THE NEXT DAY WHICH WOULD BE THE 30th.

>>Cindy Stuart: THAT WAS ONE QUESTION. AND I KNOW MS. CAV BRER A, WE DISCUSSED -- CABRERA, I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT THE FACT THAT IN 16-17 CALENDAR -- AND I KNOW WE DON'T HAVE -- WE'LL HAVE RETIME TO REVISIT THIS MUCH -- WE END THE SECOND SEMESTER, AND ON THE 85th DAY, ON DECEMBER 16th. STUDENTS ARE OFF FOR WINTER BREAK FROM THE 19th BUT IN THE 17-18 CALENDAR FOR SOME REASON WE DECIDED TO GO TO SCHOOL FOR 89 DAYS BEFORE WE GO ON BREAK. AND THAT PUTS US LIKE RIGHT UP TO THE FRIDAY BEFORE A MAJOR HOLIDAY. I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED THAT WE ARE GOING THAT LONG, THAT FRIDAY, THAT THURSDAY AND FRIDAY IS GOING TO BE A HEAVY ABSENTEEISM DAY. I KNOW PART OF THE DISCUSSION WE HAD WAS ABOUT ASSESSMENT, AND FINISHING THROUGH THAT WEEK. I'M CONCERNED THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE COMING BACK FROM WINTER BREAK AND HAVING A LOT OF MAKEUP ASSESSMENTS GOING ON, BECAUSE OF ABSENTEEISM, AND FAMILIES ARE NOT GOING TO BE WAITING THAT LONG TO TRAVEL, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE YEAR PRIOR, THEY HAVE ALMOST AN ENTIRE WEEK BEFORE THE HOLIDAY TO TRAVEL. IT ALSO PUTS US BACK TO SCHOOL ON THE 8th OF JANUARY. WHICH IS LATE. VERY LATE. AND MOST WORKING PARENTS HAVE GONE BACK TO WORK BY THAT TIME. AND SO THEIR KIDS ARE GOING TO BE HOME AN ADDITIONAL WHOLE WEEK. SO CAN WE TALK ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT, WHY WE DECIDED TO GO SO LONG? 85 DAYS TO 89 DAYS, I WAS JUST WONDERING IF WE CAN BUTT TESTING WITH TWO WEEKS; IS THERE A PROBLEM WITH THAT?

>> I KNOW THERE WAS DISCUSSION IF WE WANTED TO SPLIT THAT LAST WEEK UP AND HAVE IT NOT GOFF THAT FULL WEEK PRIOR TO GOING TO WINTER BREAK. THE ADMINISTRATORS, THE TEACHERS, IN FACT IT WAS TEACHERS FROM CTA THAT HAD MENTIONED THEY FELT IT WAGS MORE PRODUCTIVE FOR THEM TO HAVE GO THROUGH TO THE 22ND. THE EXAMS WILL BE THAT LAST WEEK. SO FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL IT WOULD BE THE ENTIRE, THAT MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY WILL BE EXAMS. AND FOR HIGH SCHOOL IT WILL BE THAT TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY WILL BE THE END OF THE END OF THE SEMESTER EXAMS.

>>Cindy Stuart: AND MY ANTICIPATION WILL BE THAT IS GOING TO POSE SOME ISSUES FOR US IN THAT YEAR. AND I KNOW IT'S NOT THIS COMING YEAR. IT'S THE FOLLOWING YEAR. BUT I JUST -- I MEAN, WE ARE GOING TO STEP OUT OF SCHOOL ON FRIDAY AND THE HOLIDAY IS MONDAY. IT'S GOING -- AND PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO WAIT TO TRAVEL IF THEY ARE TRAVELING I FEEL LIKE WE ARE GETTING BACK TO THE HOLIDAY WE JUST PASSED WHERE WE TAKE TODAY OFF, WE DON'T CALL IT A RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY, BUT WE TAKE THE DAY OFF BECAUSE WE KNOW ABSENTEEISM IS GOING TO BE EXTREMELY -- I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT STUDENTS. THREE DAYS BEFORE -- TWO DAYS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, OUR BUS DRIVERS, AND I SEE US HAVING SOME SIGNIFICANT CAPTAINED ISSUES GOING THAT FAR INTO THE HOLIDAY. SO I'LL HOLD THE REST OF MY COMMENTS AND SEE WHAT THE REST OF THE BOARD HAS TO SAY.

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDEZ?

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. A FOLLOW-UP TO MEMBER STUART'S CONCERNS. YOU MENTIONED A REASON WHY WE ARE LEAVING ON THE 22ND IS BECAUSE OF TESTING. CAN THAT TESTING BE MOVED UP A WEEK?

>> WELL, WAY SAID WAS THE TESTING WOULD BE DOING THAT WEEK IF WE ENDED ON THE 22ND, THESE WASH WOULD BE HAPPEN. WHEN IT WAS MENTION BOARD OF TESTING-THE WEEK PRIOR TO WINTER BREAK, SPLITTING UP THE WEEK, THE TEACHERS THEMSELVES SAID THEY FELT IT WAS BETTER TO GO THAT ENTIRE WEEK AND DO THE TESTING DURING THAT ENTIRE WEEK INSTEAD OF BREAKING UP THE WEEK.

>> AND HOW MANY TEACHERS ARE ON THE COMMITTEE?

>> I WOULD HAVE TO COUNT. I DON'T HAVE THAT. I MEAN, I HAVE TV NUMBER BUT I WOULD HAVE TO COUNT THEM. WE COULD HAVE THE UNION REPRESENTATIVE THERE. WE ALSO HAD JEAN CLEMENTS THERE. THAT WAS ALL PART OF THAT DISCUSSION.

>> I HEAR THE CONCERNS OF MEMBER STUART WITH POTENTIAL ABSENTEEISM. BUT IS THERE A TECHNOLOGICAL REASON WHY WE COULD NOT MOVE THE EXAMS UP A WEEK FROM THE 11th INSTEAD OF THE 18th TO 22ND, HAVE EXAMS THE WEEK OF 11th THROUGH 15th?

>> AND US HAVE END EARLIER?

>> THE 20th OR THE 19th. IS THERE A TECHNOLOGICAL REASON WHY THESE EXAMS CANNOT BE GIVEN THE WEEK BEFORE?

>> I WOULD HAVE TO ASK ASSESSMENT.

>>Susan Valdes: THERE'S NO ISSUE, DR. BROWN? CAN YOU TURN ON YOUR MIKE?

>> YOU HAVE TO GO THE REQUIRED NUMBER OF DAYS TO CREATE THE SEMESTER. BUT THESE ARE DISTRICT SEMESTER EXAMS AND THERE'S NO ISSUE WITH CHANGING THE ADMINISTRATION DATE. IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, PART OF THE CONVERSATION FROM THE CALENDAR COMMITTEE WAS THAT DEPENDING ON WHEN YOU END THE SEMESTER, THEN IF THERE'S A TWO-WEEK BREAK, TAKE T DATE COMING BACK TO ME -- THAT'S ALL I REMEMBER. YOU COME BACK ON DECEMBER 371st INSTEAD OF -- WHICH DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. BUT AGAIN, THERE'S NO ISSUE MOVING THE TESTS EARLIER AS LONG AS WE HAVE COMPLETED OUR 85 DAYS.

>> PLEASE TURN ON THE MIKE SO WE CAN HEAR YOU. YOU'RE TALKING. CAN'T HEAR WHAT YOU'RE SAYING. WELL, I'M JUST THINKING, BECAUSE I REALLY WOULDN'T WANT TO SEE A LOT OF STUDENTS -- WELL, STAFF EVEN. THIS IS SOMETHING WE CAN RELOOK AT. IF WE APPROVE THESE CALENDARS TODAY, IT GIVES US FOOD FOR THOUGHT. THIS IS TWO YEARS OUT. THAT'S ONE OF THE GREAT REASONS WHY WE PROTECT. AND IT'S TENTATIVE. SO IF THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN CONSIDER, AND LOOKING AT TO BE SEE IF WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN, MAKE IT WORK, THEN GREAT. WE'LL BRING IT BACK FOR CHANGES.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AND THAT'S WHY WE BRING IT IT OUT LIKE THIS, AND A COMMENT THAT YOU MENTIONED TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS MAYBE AS WE BRING BACK SOMETHING FOR FINAL APPROVAL FOR 17-18, THAT SOME OF THOSE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT UP. IT MAY NOT CHANGE THE CALENDAR BUT IT MAY CHANGE THINGS WITH REGARD TO ASSESSMENTS OR HOW WE DEAL WITH THAT H.WE WILL BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH IT DIRECTLY.

>>Melissa Snively: THAT WAS ONE OF MY QUESTIONS. IF WE COULD HAVE FURTHER DISCUSSION ABOUT THE TENTATIVE CALENDAR AT ANOTHER TIME. SO IT SOUNDS LIKE TO CLARIFY, OR POINT OF CLARIFICATION, IT SOUNDS LIKE WE CAN CHANGE THE CALENDAR EVEN THOUGH WE ARE MAKING A MOTION, AND IT MIGHT GET APPROVED AS ATTENTIVE CALENDAR. AND THEN THE OTHER POINT, OR JUST A POINT OF SYNTAX ACTUALLY ON ONE OF THE ITEMS I WAS GOING TO ASK, IF WE COULD CHANGE THE ORDER OF THE WORDS ON PRESIDENT'S DAY. THE OTHER HOLIDAY COME FIRST. THEN IT SAYS NON-STUDENT DAY AFTER THE HOLIDAY ON ALL THE OTHER HOLIDAY, LIKE VETERANS DAY, AND MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HOLIDAY. SO I WAS GOING TO ASK IF WE COULD JUST PUT PRESIDENT'S DAY FIRST, AND THEN NON-STUDENT DAY AFTER THAT. JUST TO BE CONSISTENT WITH THE OTHER HOLIDAY. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. SO MY CONCERNS WERE THE SAME AND I WAS THINKING ABOUT IT FROM A PERSPECTIVE OF ITS GOING TO BE A TIGHT SQUEEZE FOR PARENTS AND EMPLOYEES, AND GETTING READY FOR A MAJOR, MAJOR HOLIDAY ON THE 25th THAT REQUIRES A LOT OF PREPARATION, A LOT OF TRAVEL, A LOT OF FAMILIES ARE TRAVELING OUT OF TOWN, AND YOU AND I HAD THIS CONVERSATION, TOO, ABOUT PUTTING A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A FINANCIAL BURDEN ON FAMILIES, BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TRAVEL ON THE THE WEEKEND, WHICH FLIGHTS ARE USUALLY MORE EXPENSIVE ON FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY. SO I AGREE THAT THAT IS GOING TO BE A TIGHT -- SELFISHLY I THOUGHT I AM GOING TO GET CHRISTMAS OUT OF THE WAY REAL QUICK AND HAVE TWO WEEKS TO DO WAY WANT TO DO, AND I LIKE THAT IDEA. BUT I CAN SEE WHERE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME ISSUES. SO BOARD MEMBERS, IF THIS IS APPROVED -- AND THE REASON WHY WE SAID TENTATIVE A LONG TIME AGO WAS FOR THIS VERY REASON. THINGS CHANGE. TESTING CHANGES. WE HAVE TO BE FLEXIBLE IN THIS COMMUNITY, OR IN THIS JOB. WE DO WANT TO GIVE FAMILIES AS MUCH NOTICE AS POSSIBLE. SO I HOPE HIGHLIGHTING THE WORD TENTATIVE, BOLD, AND HIGHLIGHTING IT, BECAUSE I DO HAVE THE SAME CONCERNS THAT MY FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS DO, AND MR. SUPERINTENDENT, IF YOU COULD LOOK AT THAT AND SEE WHAT CAN BE DONE, TALK TO THE COMMITTEE ABOUT IT, AND MAYBE BRING BACK ANOTHER RECOMMENDATION SOONER THAN LATER, AGAIN SO THAT FAMILIES CAN HAVE AS MUCH NOTICE AS POSSIBLE, BECAUSE PEOPLE PLAN PRETTY FAR OUT. MS. STUART?

>>Cindy Stuart: I JUST HAVE ONE FINAL COMMENT. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE REMAIN CONSISTENT. THINK WE ARE TRYING TO REMAIN CONSISTENT WITH OUR SPRING BREAK DAYS, AND THIS TAKES US A WEEK OUT WITH THE DAYS THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE OFF. AND I WOULD RATHER US DO IT NOW THAN LEAVE IT THE WAY IT IS AND THEN HAVE TO COME BACK AND MAKE A CHANGE THE FOLLOWING YEAR. SO I AGREE. THE SOONER WE CAN GET THIS BACK AND HAVE IT LOOKED AT AGAIN AND PRESENTED SO THAT -- I KNOW I HAVE GOT A COUPLE OF E-MAILS ABOUT WHY WE PUT TENT TIFF ON THERE,. WE HAD SOME PEOPLE COMPLAINING ABOUT THE CALENDAR NEXT YEAR THAT IT'S TENTATIVE AND HASN'T BEEN APPROVED YET, ESPECIALLY IN THE WAY OF HIGH SCHOOLS AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS THAT ARE TRYING TO PLAN MUSIC ASSESSMENTS FOR NEXT YEAR, AND THEY HAVE GOT TO TURN THAT INFORMATION IN, AND OUR CALENDAR IS STILL SAYING TENTATIVE.

>> AND REMEMBER THAT WE HAD A LITTLE BIT OF A DIFFERENT PROCESS THAT WE HAD TO DO THIS LAST YEAR BECAUSE NORMALLY WE HAVE BOTH OF THOSE AT THE END OF THE YEAR. BUT BECAUSE OF HAVING CONSIDERATION AND THE LEGISLATIVE CHANGES THAT CAME UP WITH AUGUST WE HAD TO COME BACK LATER IN THE WEEK AND HAVE THAT TENTATIVE APPROVAL UNTIL SEPTEMBER, NORMALLY IT WOULD HAVE BEEN EARLIER IN THE YEAR.

>> MS. CABRERA, WHEN YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE BOARD GET INFORMATION -- AND WE HAVEN'T DISCUSSED IT YET -- ABOUT HOW TESTING IS GOING TO FACTOR INTO OUR NEW PROPOSED AUGUST START DATE AND GRADUATION AS WE MOVE INTO NEXT YEAR, WITH GRADUATIONS RUNNING ALL THE WAY UP UNTIL THAT FRIDAY BEFORE, AGAIN A HOLIDAY, AND THEN WE ARE OFF. SO I KNOW THAT IT'S A SHORT SUMMER. WE HAVE A LOT TO DO. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION.

>> AND WE STARTED TALKING ALREADY ABOUT THIS POSSIBLE GRADUATION DATE. WE AGREE.

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU. AND YOU UNDERSTAND WHERE THE BOARD'S THOUGHTS ARE ON THIS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE 2016-2017 AND TENTATIVE 2017-2018 STUDENT ACADEMIC CALENDARS. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HAR HIS. A SECOND BY MRS. SNIVELY. ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTES. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. ALL RIGHT. WE ARE NOW ONTO THE ITEMS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN PULLED UP TO THE TOP. IT'S GOING TO, I THINK, ACTUALLY MOVE PRETTY QUICKLY. RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THE PULLED ITEMS WILL BE VOTED ON TOGETHER AT THE END OF DISCUSSION. CONSENT AGENDA 1.02, 4.08, 36.02-R-1, C-6.03, 6.04 AND 6.13. AND THEN 10.02.

>> PRIOR TO STARTING ON THOSE ITEMS, THERE'S A SCRIVENER'S NOTE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE MADE UNDER THE BOARD APPROVAL FOR ITEM 6.10. THERE WAS A STATEMENT THAT SEEMED AS IF WE MIGHT BE GIVING LOTS OF MONEY TO INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS WHEN ACTUALLY IT'S A TOTAL AMOUNT FOR THE DISTRICT THAT WILL BE PROVIDING. SO I'M GOING TO READ THE STATEMENT ON HOW IT SHOULD BE WRITTEN. I'M SORRY, IT'S 6.10. IT SHOULD READ SCHOOL DISTRICT FUNDS TOTALING $150,000 WILL BE ALLOCATED TO OUR SCHOOLS FOR THE PURCHASE OF SCHOOL YEAR 2016-17 PERIODICALS AND SUBSCRIPTIONS, FOR TRACKING PURPOSES, NUMBERS IS 999, AS OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2016, REMAINING BALANCE AND ENCUMBRANCES FOR THAT LINE ITEM UNDER 150. NOT EVERY SCHOOL IS GOING TO GET 150. JUST A TOTAL OF 150,000. WE JUST WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR ON THAT AGENDA ITEM. IF YOU APPROVE THAT SCRIVENER'S NOTE WE WILL MAKE SURE.

>>April Griffin: GOOD CATCH, MS. VALDEZ. MY QUELL IS NOW WE DO NOT NEED TO ADDRESS 6.10. WE ARE GOOD? ALL RIGHT, 6.10 IS DONE. YAY, ONE MORE DOWN. I NEED A MOTION AND A VOTE TO PASS THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THE ITEMS THAT I LISTED PULLED OFF. MOTION AND A SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS. SOAKED BY MRS. VALUE DEZ DEZ. BOARD MEMBERS, ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. AGENDA ITEM 1.072, TO APPROVE THE ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER SYSTEM MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH TAMPA BAY WORK ALLIANCE, CAREER SOURCE TAMPA BAY FOR 2016-2017. AND MR. HUTEC, DIRECTOR OF ADULT EDUCATION, YOU ARE BACK UP.

>> BACK UP. I'LL MAKE IT SHORT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SO THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF FOR ALLOWING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS BOARD AGENDA ITEM. THE ITEM COMING BEFORE YOU TODAY IS A RENEWAL TO THE PREVIOUS MOU THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR YEARS, WITH NEW VERBIAGE ON BEHALF OF THE FEDERAL WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACTED, ALSO KNOWN AS, SCHOOL DISTRICT PROGRAMS ARE REQUIRED TO WORK WITH LOCAL CAREER SOURCE BOARDS IN PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL AND JOB PLACEMENT SERVICES AS A COMBINED EFFORT WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. IN OUR CASE THE DEPARTMENT OF ADULT EDUCATION WORKS VERY WELL AND VERY CLOSELY WITH CAREER SOURCE OF TAMPA BAY. THIS AGREEMENT ALLOWS US THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE PROVIDING OUR FOUR ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES IN THE CAREER SOURCE ONE-STOP FACILITY LOCATED ON THE CORNER OF BUSCH BOULEVARD AND FLORIDA AVENUE. WE HAVE A TERRIFIC PARTNERSHIP WITH ED PEACHEY AND HIS ORGANIZATION, AND LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO MEET THE NEEDS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY. ANY QUESTIONS I CAN ANSWER?

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, ANY QUESTIONS?

>>Susan Valdes: I JUST WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THIS BECAUSE I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE THINGS IT DOES FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND BEING THE FACT THAT WE HAD THE TEACHING AND LEARNING TODAY, I THOUGHT IT WAS ICING ON THE CAKE THAT THIS WAS COMING FORWARD TO CONTINUE OUR VISION AND MISSION. SO REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND THIS IS, I THINK, A REALLY EXCITING PARTNERSHIP. I KNOW WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN DOING A LOT WITH THEM, BUT THIS IS MAKING BETTER USE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM, AND TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH AND FOR ALL YOUR STAFF'S HARD WORK ON THIS. THE NEXT ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS, IS ITEM NUMBER 4.08, WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE AREA SUPERINTENDENT RUBRIC. TRISH McMANUS, WELCOME. AND MARCUS MYRRH REALLY A MURILLA.

>> THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM B.FIVE YEARS AGO WHEN WE STARTED THE PIPELINE INITIATIVE THE FOUNDATION TATTLE SAID YOU ARE GOING TO BE GETTING ALL OF THESE LEADERS PREPARED THROUGH THIS PIPELINE AND ONCE THEY ARE OUT AT SCHOOL PRINCIPALS, HOW DO YOU A DRESS THE WORLD OF YOUR SUPERVISORS? SO THAT WAS ABOUT FIVE YEARS AGO, AND AT THE TIME THEY WERE AREA DIRECTORS, AND THEY LIVED THROUGH THIS, AND THEN BECAME AREA LEADERSHIP DIRECTORS DURING THAT CHANGE. TONS OF TRAINING AT THAT TIME. ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, WE DECIDED WE NEEDED TO CAPTURE THIS WORK. AND A PERFORMANCE RUBRIC. IT WOULD DESCRIBE THE COMPETENCIES NEEDED TO PERFORM AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL THIS ROLE. AT THE SAME TIME, RELEASED A PAPER, THE ROLE OF SUPERVISOR, SO THAT WAS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THIS ROLE. THIS IS A VERY HOT TOPIC ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WHAT IS THE ROLE OF PRINCIPAL SUPERVISOR, HOW DO WE DEFINE IT HOUR, DO WE SELECT THE RIGHT PEOPLE FOR THESE ROLES? SO THIS IS A HOT TOPIC. AND SO ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO WE ACTUALLY STARTED TO CREATE THE RUBRIC. AND WE DID THAT THROUGH FOCUS GROUPS, DISTRICT STAFF, SUPERINTENDENT, PRINCIPALS, THEY WORK HAND IN HAND WORKING WITH OUR CONSULTING GROUP THAT WE WORKED WITH QUITE A BIT TO ACTUALLY DESIGN WHAT THIS RUBRIC WOULD LOOK LIKE. AND THE GREAT PART ABOUT IT IS, IT ALIGNS TO OUR PRINCIPAL SYSTEMS COMPETENCIES. THE ELEMENTS ARE DIFFERENT BUT THE COMPETENCIES OF ACHIEVEMENT, FOCUS, ORIENTATION, INSTRUCTIONAL EXPERTISE, MANAGING AND DEVELOPING PEOPLE, THE CULTURE AND RELATIONSHIP BUILDING AND PROJECT BUILDING THOSE ARE STILL EXPECTATIONS, WITH OBVIOUSLY DIFFERENT ELEMENTS OF WHAT THE GOALS SPECIFICALLY LOOK LIKE. SO ABOUT A YEAR AGO, THE WALLACE FOUNDATION, WORKING WITH THE COUNCIL OF CHIEF STATE SCHOOL OFFICERS, CCSSO, RELEASED FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN OUR COUNTRY, AND IF YOU LOOKED AT THOSE STANDARDS, WHICH I CAN GIVE YOU A COPY, IN OURS THERE'S COMPLETED ALIGNMENT. SO WE HAVE DONE GOOD WORK IN DEVELOPING THIS RUBRIC. I HAVE MARCOS WHO IS GOING TO FILL KNEW ON PERSONAL EXPERIENCES. TO BE ABLE TO SET GOALS AND DEVELOP THEIR OWN SKILLS. AND SO HE'S GOING TO GIVE YOU A COUPLE OF FIRST-HAND EXAMPLES.

>> HELLO AGAIN. WELL, LIKE TRISH SAID, WE HAVE FIVE COMPETENCIES. WE START WITH ACHIEVEMENT FOCUS, ORIENTATION INSTRUCTIONAL EXPERTISE, WE WORK REALLY HARD IN MANAGING AND DEVELOPING OUR PRINCIPALS, AND THAT TRIBLTION DOWN TO THE BUILDING OF OUR BUILDING PRINCIPALS. ALL OF THAT ENTAILS IN OUR RUBRIC. THE PRINCIPALS, AND NOW OURSELVES ACTUALLY TO GET TO THE EXEMPLAR LEVEL AND IT ACTUALLY GUIDES US. THE WORDING THERE ACTUALLY HELPS US DETERMINE EVEN SETTING GOALS WITH THE PRINCIPALS FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, ACTUALLY MONITORING THAT WHEN WE CONTINUE IN INSTRUCTIONAL EXPERTISE, INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERS HOW WE GUIDE THEM FOR BETTER INSTRUCTIONAL AND ACADEMICS IN THE CLASSROOM AND THE SUPPORT SYSTEMS THAT WE PROVIDE, AND EVEN HAVE PARTS IN WHICH WE REFLECT ON OUR WORK, HOW TORE IMPROVE OUR PRACTICE, HOW WE GO BACK WITH OUR AREA LEADERSHIP TEAM, AND WE GUIDE THEM WITH THE SUPPORT AND DIFFERENTIATION OF OUR SCHOOLS DEPENDING ON THE NEEDS OF OUR PRINCIPALS, DEPENDING ON THEIR STRENGTH, THEIR WEAKNESS UZ AND HOW WE ACTUALLY TAKE THAT APPROACH. IT'S ALREADY HERE. THERE ARE ACTUALLY EXAMPLES AND HIGHLIGHTS OF DIFFERENT STRENGTHS THAT I EVEN HIGHLIGHTED TODAY IN CASE YOU NEED SOME EXAMPLES, BUT ALSO REFLECT IN MY PRACTICE, MY FIRST TWO YEARS IN THIS JOB, ACTUALLY HOW I CAN IMPROVE KNOWING THAT THERE ARE ALWAYS AREAS OF IMPROVEMENT FOR US TO ACTUALLY TAR WHEN WE VISIT OUR SCHOOLS.

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDEZ.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU FOR THAT HIGHLIGHT. AND THIS IS A NEW DIRECTION. AND IT FITS SO WELL WITH OUR VISION AND MISSION, AND I WANT TO THANK YOU, MS. McMANUS, FOR THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE ALONG WITH THE WORK OF OLYMPIAN MURILLO AND THIS IS AMAZING. I LIKE THE FACT THAT BOTH MR. EAKINS AND MR. VELAZQUEZ, ONE ON ONE, WE TALKED ABOUT CHANGING THE WORD BUY-IN TO OWNERSHIP OR OWNING WHAT IT IS THAT YOU ARE EXPECTING OTHERS TO DO, AND IT'S JUST AMAZING TO SEE THAT. I APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH. IF WE APPROVE THIS TODAY, WE WON'T BE ABLE TO MAKE REALLY ANY CHANGES. BUT ON PAGE 7, GOAL 5, ELEMENT P, IF WE CAN CHANGE THE WORD BUY-IN THERE. WE MISSED ONE. AND BUILD OWNERSHIP FROM DIVERSE STAKEHOLDERS. THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. WE ARE REAL EXCITED ABOUT THE DIRECTION AND WHERE WE ARE HEADED AND LOOKING AT THIS SYSTEM COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. AND MAINTAINING POSITIONS AT HEART, AND WHAT YOUR POSITIONS AS AREA SUPERINTENDENT'S ROLE IS OUT IN THE COMMUNITY. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS IS RIGHT ON TARGET. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. STUART?

>>Cindy Stuart: I HAVE SIMILAR COMMENTS. I'M GLAD TO SEE US NOW PUTTING A LOT OF EVALUATING GOING ON IN THE DISTRICT, A LOT OF PEOPLE ACTING. THIS IS AN AREA WHERE WE SLIPPED AND IT'S TIME FOR US TO PUT THIS IN PLACE, ESPECIALLY WITH THE DIRECTION THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE BOARD HAVE TAKEN. IT'S THAT TIME TO REALLY MAKE SURE THAT CLASSROOM TEACHERS BE EVALUATED, AND PRINCIPALS TO BE EVALUATED, AND SUPERINTENDENTS TO BE EVALUATED, IT'S TIME FOR THIS LEVEL TO BE EVALUATED AS WELL. SO I'M EXCITED ABOUT THIS. I'M CURIOUS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, WHO IS GOING TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR EVALUATING, MONITORING, HAVING DATA BROUGHT TO THEM, AND SOMEBODY IS POINTING AT DR. SYKES DOWN THERE, BUT I CAN'T IMAGINE DR. SYKES IS GOING TO DO THIS BY HIMSELF. BUT IT'S A BIG -- ESPECIALLY IN THE FIRST YEAR, I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A BIG RISK FOR ONE PERSON TO BE MANAGING ALL THE INFORMATION THAT IS HERE, UNLESS DR. SYKES IS CLONING HIMSELF AND HE'S GOING TO FOLLOW AROUND EIGHT AREAS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT'S A TEAM APPROACH. AND I'LL R I'LL ADDRESS IT A LITTLE BIT MORE. BUT ABSOLUTELY, NUMBER ONE, OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, OF COURSE, HAVE TO BE AT THE TOP OF OUR GAME, FOUR OL' SCHOOL TO BE AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME AND PRINCIPALS TO BE AT THE TOP OF THEIR GAME BULL I THINK MARCOS HIT IT ON IS IT HOW THIS REALLY INCORPORATES THE REFLECTION OF THEIR PRACTICE, AND IT'S REALLY GOT TO BE HOW THEY TAKE THEIR SCHOOLS TO THAT NEXT LEVEL. AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT, WE KNOW THAT THEY ARE DOING A LOT OF SELF-EVALUATION, BUT WE AS A TEAM WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR, WORK WITH THEM, AND AS AS THEY DEVELOP THEIR PLANS FOR IMPROVEMENT NOT ONLY FOR THEMSELVES BUT -- FOR THEIR SCHOOLS BUT FOR THEMSELVES.

>> THANKS. IT SOUND LIKE YOU ARE GOING TO BE OUT OF THE OFFICE A LOT. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD AND FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS AND TO THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, GOOD LUCK.

>> CAN I TELL YOU ONE MORE THING? THIS IS A HEAVY LIFT, VERY SIMILAR TO THE LIFT WHEN THEY ASSESS PRINCIPALS, BECAUSE THAT'S THE SAME TYPE OF RUBRIC. SO IT ISN'T THE HEAVY LIFT FOR EVERYONE. BUT I KNOW DR. SYKES ALREADY HAD GOAL SETTING MEETINGS EARLIER IN THE YEAR WHERE THEY SELF-ASSESSED AND NOW THAT WE HAVE THE OFFICIAL RUBRIC HE'S GETTING OUT THEREBY SHADOWING. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: I THINK THERE'S GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT MORE. I'LL HAND IT OVER NO SECOND. THE SELF-REFLECTION AND THE INTRARESPECTS OF OUR STAFF -- INTROSPECTION, OF OUR STAFF, IS REALLY, REALLY GREAT. I'M LOVING WHERE WE ARE GOING WITH THAT. AND THAT IS DEFINITELY A KEY COMPONENT OF A LEADER. SO AS WE MOVE FORWARD, THOUGH, I WANT TO MAKE SURE, YES, WE ARE APPROVING THIS TODAY. AND I HAVE READ THROUGH THIS, AND THERE'S REALLY SOME GREAT STUFF IN HERE TO HELP PEOPLE GROW IN THEIR ROLES. BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT JUST LIKE WITH THE TEACHER EVALUATION TOOL, WE CAN BE FLEXIBLE, AND LISTEN TO OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS WHEN THEY HAVE ISSUES WITH THAT, TOO. AND, AGAIN, JUST LIKE WITH THE TEACHERS, AND I KEEP MENTIONING THIS, WHAT SAFETY NET EXISTS. AND I KNOW THAT TEACHERS HAVE A DIFFERENT ROLE AND A DIFFERENT -- WITH THE UNION, AND DUE PROCESS AND ALL OF THAT THAT THEY HAVE, I'M NOT SURE GOING IN THIS DIRECTION, WHICH IS BRAND NEW TO US, WHAT SAFETY NETS EXIST FOR DUE PROCESS IF SOMEBODY DOES NOT AGREE WITH THEIR EVALUATION.

>> THANK YOU. MRS. GRIFFIN, TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION, WE HAVE BEEN IN DIALOGUE ABOUT DIFFERENT SCENARIOS THAT CAN HAPPEN WITH DR. ?IEX, MS. McMANUS, AS WELL AS MR. AYRES, INCLUDING SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, ABOUT SITUATIONS THAT MIGHT REQUIRE ONGOING CONVERSATIONS, IF THERE IS A CONFLICT OR A DISAGREEMENT WHEN IT COMES TO THE EVALUATION OF AN AREA SUPERINTENDENT. AND I HAVE BEEN TO MANY OF THEIR MEETINGS, I THINK EVERY OTHER WEEK I GO TO THEIR MEETINGS AND SIT WITH THEM FOR ABOUT AN HOUR TO DISCUSS PROGRESS, WHAT DO THEY SEE IN SCHOOLS TO KIND OF SUPPORT THEM, SO THAT THEY CAN ALSO SEE A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, NOT JUST FROM THE CHIEF OF SCHOOLS BUT ALSO FROM THE CHIEF OF STAFF, WHO HAS BEEN IN THEIR SHOES AS A DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT. SO THEY HAVE SOMEONE ELSE TO GO TO IF THEY DISAGREE WITH THE RECOMMENDATION. AND THAT HAS HAPPENED ALREADY, TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. DR. SYKES IS LAUGHING NOW. BUT WE HAVE HAD THESE CONVERSATIONS WHERE WE AGREE TO DISAGREE, IN A VERY COLLEGIAL MANNER TO COME TO A RESOLUTION FOR WHAT'S BEST FOR THE INDIVIDUAL. THE RUBRIC ULTIMATELY, NUMBER ONE, AND IN THIS ORDER, IS NUMBER ONE, TO CREATE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS THAT, NUMBER ONE, SUPPORT ADMINISTRATORS, AND SECONDLY SUPERVISOR ADMINISTRATORS. AND THAT'S KEY, BECAUSE THAT'S KIND OF THE SHIFT WHERE THE SUPERINTENDENT WANTS US ALL TO GO THAT WE BECOME A SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR THE LOCAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS. AND IT'S THIS RUBRIC THAT WILL GUIDE OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS TO ACTUALLY AFL CHIEF THAT. -- TO ACTUALLY ACHIEVE THAT.

>> THAT YOU KNOW. AND I AM REALLY EXCITED WHERE WE ARE GOING AS A DISTRICT. WE ARE LOOKING AT WHAT LEADERSHIP MEANS AT EVERY SINGLE LEVEL THROUGHOUT OUR DISTRICT, AND UNDERSTANDING THAT WE ARE THERE TO SERVE ONE ANOTHER, TO SERVE THE PEOPLE THAT WORK FOR US, AND TO SERVE THE PEOPLE THAT WORK WITH US. IS, I THINK, SUCH A GREAT THING. SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CONVERSATIONS, AND KNOWING THAT THIS IS A FLUID DOCUMENT AND WE ARE GOING TO BE FLEXIBLE AND LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE THAT THIS AFFECTS ON A DAILY BASIS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I JUST HAVE A FOLLOW-UP QUESTION. BECAUSE AS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT DISAGREEING WITH AN EVALUATION, HOW DOES THAT LOOK FOR OUR PRINCIPALS AND OUR SITES AND OUR APs? I DON'T BELIEVE THERE'S A PLACE FOR THEM TO RECEIVE AN EVALUATION. SO I'M QUESTIONING, ARE WE GOING TO REVISIT THAT AS WE MOVE INTO A VERY DIFFERENT EVALUATION PROCESS FOR TEACHERS AND START TALKING ABOUT HOW WE CAN -- AND WE HAVE SOME GAPS HERE. WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, HAVING THE ABILITY TO HAVE A BROADER CONVERSATION, OR PUT NOTES WITH THEIR EVALUATION, BECAUSE THEY DON'T AGREE. ARE WE GOING TO DO THE SAME? OR MAYBE WE NEED --

>> WE DO THE SAME FOR OUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS, OR OUR PRINCIPALS WHO MAY HAVE THE SAME ISSUE.

>> GREAT QUESTION. WHEN IT COMES TO ALL OF THESE EVALUATIONS, TO DIFFERENT STAKEHOLDERS IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, NOT ONE PROCESS SHOULD BE LOOKED AT IN ISOLATION. AND WITH THAT SAID, WE HAVE BEGUN A CONVERSATION WITH MS. WOODFORD AND HER TEAM, AND THAT'S WHERE DR. WHALEN AND HER TEAM IN HER NEW ROLE IS GOING TO PLAY A CRITICAL ROLE ON HOW SHE IS GOING TO BE KIND OF A GUIDE. AND IF YOU MAKE QUALITY CONTROL IN MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE FOLLOWING THE PROCEDURES THAT ARE SET AND AGREED UPON IN ORDER TO EVALUATE TEACHERS, EVALUATE PRINCIPALS AND SO FORTH. AND THERE IS ROOM FOR CONVERSATION, IF AN AREA SUPERINTENDENT FEELS THAT THE SCORE THAT'S GIVEN TO THE PRINCIPAL, OR TO THE TEACHER, REALLY DOES NOT TELL THE COMPLETE STORY. AND SO IN ORDER FOR THAT TO HAPPEN, CONVERSATIONS NEED TO HAPPEN, DIALOGUE NEEDS TO HAPPEN, AND I THINK WE HAVE LEARNED THAT JUST THE QUANTITATEDIVE NUMBER DOES NOT JUSTIFY THE PERFORMANCE OF AN INDIVIDUAL. IT'S ONE PIECE OF THE PUZZLE. SO WE ARE HAVING THESE CONVERSATIONS ON HOW THAT LOOKS LIKE MOVING FORWARD. IT IS THE DESIRE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT THAT WE LOOK AT EVERYTHING IN A HOLISTIC APPROACH AND NOT IN A ONE DIMENSIONAL APPROACH.

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

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I WAS GOING TO ADD TO SOME COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE. AND I'LL STARTLE WITH THE CHANGE OF THE VERBIAGE, BECAUSE I REALLY LIKE THE CHANGE FROM BUY-IN TO OWNERSHIP BECAUSE THAT IS REALLY WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DEVELOP WITHIN THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION. WHERE DOES THE OWNERSHIP LIE FOR OUR STUDENTS TO BE GREAT? AND THE FIRST ISSUE THAT WE ARE TACKLING IS HOW WE DON'T GO ONE DAY IN THIS DISTRICT WHICH -- BY WHICH A TEACHER THAT FEELS LIKE THEY NEED SUPPORT GETS THE SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED. SO BUILDING THE CAPACITY AT EACH INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL SITE AND HAVING A SYSTEM OF SUPPORT FOR EVERY TEACHER IS CRITICAL. THE SAME THING IS GOING TO BE NEEDED FOR OUR LEADERS WITHIN OUR DISTRICT. AND AS WE KNOW, AS WE ARE MOVING DOWN THIS ROAD, INCREASING ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, INCREASING OUR GRADUATION RATES, BUILDING EXCITEMENT WITH THE ORGANIZATION, WHAT YOU BUILD EXCITEMENT AROUND IS HAVING OWNERSHIP TO WHERE IT REALLY IS GOING TO BE -- IS THE GREATEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK, AND THAT'S AT YOUR SCHOOL SITE OR YOUR REGIONAL LEVEL. SO IT IS ABOUT HAVING THE GREATEST PRINCIPALS IN EVERY SEAT, WORKING WITH THEIR STAFF TO DRIVE THE INNOVATION LOCALLY, AND HAVING THE GREATEST AREA SUPERINTENDENTS IN THIS NATION IN THE SEAT OF AREA SUPERINTENDENT, TO HELP EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEIR SCHOOLS IN THE REGION GET THE SUPPORT THEY NEED TO DRIVE THAT INNOVATION AND THAT ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT. THAT'S WHERE WE ARE GOING KNOWING THAT WE AS A DISTRICT, DISTRICT OFFICES, AND ALL THE DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS THAT ARE THERE TO SUPPORT THAT INNOVATION AND THE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, WE BECOME THE PART THAT THEY ACCESS TO BUILD UPON AT THE LOCAL LEVEL AND HOW WE STAY CONNECTED BETWEEN DISTRICT OFFICE TO AREA SUPERINTENDENT TO THE SCHOOL SITE IS GOING TO BE CRITICAL AS WE BUILD THIS OUT OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS. BUT THIS DOCUMENT WAS SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE APPROVAL TONIGHT, BECAUSE IT DOES PROVIDE FOR OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, ACCOMPLISH AND EXEMPLARY PRACTICE, THERE'S NO QUESTION. THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT EXPECTATION. THERE'S NO QUESTION ABOUT PERFORMANCE. THAT IS THE BAR WE ARE SHOOTING FOR, FOR OUR LEADERS WITHIN OUR DISTRICT. THEY EXEMPLIFY IT AND THEIR SITE BASED PRINCIPALS WILL EXEMPLIFY IT AND THEREFORE WE KNOW WHAT ALLOWS TEACHERS TO FEEL GREAT AT THEIR SCHOOL, AND HAVING AN AMAZING LEADER THAT VALUE THEM, TRUST THEM, ALLOWS THEM TO MAKE DECISIONS ON WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF KIDS. THAT'S EXCITING. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT, WE WANT TO MAKE AT RE-- A REALITY. NOT THAT I DON'T LIKE TALKING ABOUT IT. I WANT TO SEE IT IN ACTION. AND I KNOW OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS ARE EXCITED ABOUT PUTTING THAT INTO ACTION. AND SO THIS DOCUMENT WAS CRITICAL FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY ALL THOSE EXEMPLARY PRACTICES FOR THEIR OWN PRACTICE THAT WILL THEN TRANSCEND THE PRACTICE FOR OUR LEADERS AND ULTIMATELY IMPACT OUR TEACHERS AND OUR STUDENTS AT OUR SCHOOLS. SO THAT'S WHY I JUST APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS, THE RECOMMENDATION COMING BEFORE YOU, AND THE WORK THAT WAS DONE WITH OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS AND OUR STAFF ON THIS RUBRIC BECAUSE I THINK IT REALLY DOES SET THE BAR EXTREMELY HIGH AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE SET FOR OUR LEADERS. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND WE HAVE BEEN TALKING A LOT ABOUT THE SESSION PLANNING, AND WHAT I FOUND IS WE HAVE STARTED THOSE CONVERSATIONS YEARS AGO AND SAID NOT A LOT OF THE JOB DESCRIPTION WERE REALLY WRITTEN DOWN, OR EVEN IF IT WAS A JOB DESCRIPTION, IT WAS FROM SO LONG AGO, AND WITH ALL THE CHANGES, AND K-12 EDUCATION THAT WE HAVE SEEN, IT DIDN'T REALLY QUITE FIT THE JOB THE WAY THAT IT DID. SO WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THIS RUBRIC IS THAT IT IS ALMOST A JOB DESCRIPTION, TOO, SO WE CAN PLAN THAT SUCCESSION PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE. SO THAT'S GREAT. I'M LOVING WHAT I'M SEEING THERE. VERY GOOD. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. AND STAFF. THE NEXT ITEM THAT WE HAVE IS, IN THE BUSINESS DIVISION, AND IT'S 6.02 R-1 TO APPROVE THE ORGANIZATION, REDIRECTION AND JOB DESCRIPTIONS FOR THE BUSINESS DIVISION, AND GRETCHEN SAUNDER, OUR CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER.

>> AS WE STARTED OUR SCHOOL YEAR THE SUPERINTENDENT, CHIEF OF STAFF, GAVE US W CHARGED TO US DO EVERYTHING WE COULD. SO WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE BUSINESS -- OH, LOOK AT THAT H.I GOT ONE OF THEIR SIGNS. HOW APPROPRIATE. ANYWAY, SORRY. SO WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS REORGANIZATION. AND WHAT THE REORGANIZATION, IT DOES A COUPLE OF THINGS. WE STREAMLINED OUR DEPARTMENTS INTO TEAMS, AND WE REALLY WANTED TO CHANGE OUR NAME FROM THE BUSINESS DIVISION TO THE BUSINESS SERVICES TEAM. SO YOU WILL SEE THE THEME AS WE GO FORWARD. SO AS WE ARE GOING FORWARD, THE BUSINESS SERVICES TEAM IS MOVING BEYOND EFFECTIVENESS INTO GREATNESS. THE FOCUS OF OUR NEW LOOK INCLUDES FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY, EXTENDITURE REDUCTIONS AND REDUCTIONS AND A REDIRECTION OF OUR EFFORTS TO BECOME A TOP NOTCH CUSTOMER SERVICE VENUE. OUR GOAL AND STRATEGY WAS TO SET IN MOTION SUCCESSION PLANNING FOR TODAY, TOMORROW AND THE FUTURE. OUR TEAM IS MADE UP OF TALENTED PEOPLE WHO WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE AND HAVE GREAT IDEAS, PLANS AND SUGGESTIONS GOING FORWARD. THIS NEW LAYOUT WAS DESIGNED AFTER RESEARCHING AND STUDYING INDUSTRY LEADERS SUCH AS APPLE, GOOGLE, BOEING AND DISNEY. THE BUSINESSES OR SERVICES TEAM WILL ENSURE THEIR EXPERTISE, COMMITMENT TO GROWING CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS, AND IF YOU WILL NOTE, THIS IS MORE THAN JUST THE BUSINESS SERVICES TEAM. WE HAVE INCLUDED THE AUDITING TEAM IN HERE, JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE KIND OF OUT THERE BY THEMSELVES, AND WE DID A LITTLE SHIFT WITH SOME OF THE FOLKS IN OUR GROUP TO THE AUDITING SERVICES TEAM. SO JUST TO RUN THROUGH IT -- AND I HAVE HIGHLIGHTED MY SECTIONS, BUT ON THE SECOND PAGE, OR PAGE 1 OF THE DOCUMENT ON THE INSIDE, YOU CAN ACTUALLY SEE WHAT THE SAVINGS WOULD BE ANNUALLY, OKAY? SO WITH THESE CHANGES, OF RETIREMENT, WE DID AWAY WITH VACANT UNITS, AND JUST CHANGING AROUND DIFFERENT POSITIONS. IT'S A FULL YEAR SAVINGS, 247, 15,000 -- 247,015.64. THAT'S ON THE FIRST PAGE. E IS -- IF YOU WILL LOOK AT PAGE 11, WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT, THIS WAS THE OLD WAY. AND THIS WAS GOOD AT THE TIME. THIS WAS OKAY AT THE TIME. BUT WE HAVE REFRESHED IT. ON PAGE 12, FOR THOSE IN THE AUDIENCE THAT ARE LOOKING, TOO, OR OUT ON THE WEBSITE, THIS IS OUT THERE, TOO. IT'S JUST REALLY STREAMLINED. SO YOU CAN SEE THE NEW FLAME. THE ACCOUNTING SERVICES TEAM. THE BUDGET CASH MANAGEMENT SERVICES TEAM. PAYMENT SERVICES TEAM. PROCUREMENT SERVICES TEAM. AND UNIT ALLOCATION SERVICES TEAM. SO WE HAVE DONE A LOT ATTACHED BEHIND EACH ONE OF THEIR CHARTS OR JOB DESCRIPTIONS COMING TO YOU. AND I JUST HAVE DO THANK STEPHANIE AND HR. HE DID A WONDERFUL JOB, JUMPED LOOPS TO GET THESE DONE AND GET THEM TO YOU. LIKE I SAID, WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS. THIS IS A GREAT MOVE FORWARD, STREAMLINING AND WORKING WITH EVERYBODY TOGETHER. SO DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? I KNOW WE LOOKED AT IT TOGETHER. SO WE ARE JUST REALLY SO EXCITED.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. HIGHLIGHT OR COMMENTS. THE NEXT ITEM IS YOURS AS WELL. ACTUALLY WE ARE GOING TO DO TWO ITEMS. 6.03 AND 10.02. YOU ARE GOING HIGHLIGHT TOGETHER. AND THAT'S TO APPROVE THE BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR THE PERIOD ENDING FEBRUARY 29th, 2016, AND THEN 10.02 IS THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL POSITION, FEBRUARY 29th. GRECH GRECH THE FIRST ITEM IS THE ACTION ITEM. THIS IS THE ONE WHERE WE BRING TO THE BOARD EVERY MONTH ON THE AMENDMENT. SO WE ARE MOVING MONEY BETWEEN ACCOUNTS THAT WE, BY LAW, BRING TO YOU ALL, AS WE ARE COMING ALONG THERE. ISN'T ANYTHING THAT STICKS OUT, ALTHOUGH IT IS BROKEN OUT BY THE DIFFERENT CHECKBOOKS THAT WE CALL THE DIFFERENT FUNDS, CAPITAL FUND OUTLAY SERVICE, AND THE DETAIL PAGES SO WE CAN SEE WHAT'S COMING IN AND WHAT'S MOVING AROUND. WE ALWAYS ATTACH IT TO THE INFORMATION ITEM WHICH IS 10.072, WHICH IS WHERE WE ARE ON THE UPDATE FOR THE MONTH. MONTHLY FONGSS. AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE, THE BIG FOCUS FROM THE LAST TIME WITH MS. VALDEZ, MS. GRIFFIN, ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS, MS. HARRIS, MS. SNIVELY, REALLY WANTED TO GET AN UPDATE ON THE FUND BALANCE, WHERE ARE WE HAVE COME, WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE THROUGH THE YEAR. IF YOU GIVE ME A SECOND I'LL JUST GO THROUGH THEM. THE FIRST ONE HERE IS JUST THE GENERAL OVERVIEW FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS AND IT'S COLOR CODED. SO THE FIRST PART ON THE LEFT IS DECEMBER 2011, FEBRUARY 2012, AND JUNE 2012. SO YOU CAN REALLY SEE THE BALANCES OF THOSE MONTHS FOR THAT YEAR. AND IT FOLLOWS THROUGH ON THE SAME YEAR. SO YOU CAN SEE 12-13, 13-14, 14-15, AND 15-16. AND WHAT THIS DOES IS, OKAY, WE'LL MOVE AHEAD JUST SO YOU CAN SEE. THIS IS EVERY MONTH FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS. THEN IT BREAKS IT DOWN BY JUST LOOKING AT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS. AND THIS REALLY TELLS THE STORY, BECAUSE WHERE WE ARE AT ON NEGOTIATIONS, WHERE WE ARE AT WITH REVENUE COMING IN. YOU CAN SEE AS OUR FUND BALANCE DURING THE MONTH, IT JUST DEPENDS. SO LOOKING AT THAT FIRST ONE, THE DECEMBER 2011, WE HAVEN'T DONE NEGOTIATIONS YET, SO WE DIDN'T PAY OUT A LOT OF MONEY YET. SO WE HAD MONEY COMING IN LOCALLY FROM THE PROPERTY TAXES. AND THEN YOU CAN JUST SEE THE STORY. GOING FORWARD, THE NEXT IS THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. AGAIN YOU CAN KIND OF SEE WHERE WE ARE AT REGARDING NEGOTIATIONS BECAUSE REMEMBER THE BIGGEST 86% OF OUR BUDGET IS SALARIES AND BENEFITS. SO YOU CAN KIND OF SEE AS IT PROGRESSED ALONG. WE GET THE MAJORITY OF OUR REVENUES IN EARLY ON IN THE YEAR, AND THEN EXPENSES CATCH UP. IT GOES DOWN. THE OTHER ONE IS JUNE. SO THIS IS THE ONE WE REALLY FOCUS ON. I MEAN, WE WATCH IT EVERY MONTH. BUT THIS IS WHAT WE FOCUS. THIS, THE MONTH OF JUNE. WAITS THE RATING AGENCY FOCUSED ON. IT'S WHAT ANYBODY LOOKING TO INVEST IN OUR DISTRICT IS LOOKING AT. SO THIS IS OUR FOCUS. AND ALONG WITH THE TREND DATA IN 10.02, IN THE INFORMATION ON THERE, I MEAN, WE ARE GOING TO KEEP GIVING YOU MORE INFORMATION, GIVING YOU MORE BREAK DOWNS AS THEY COME UP. I'M WORKING WITH MS. HARRIS AND OUR TEAM TO JUST PRESENT CASH FLOW. HOW DID K WE DO FLOW AND BRING IT MAKING IT UNDERSTANDABLE AND JUST TO SHOP THE PUBLIC THIS IS WHAT WE ARE DOING. SO THOSE ARE THOSE TWO ITEMS. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? MS. SNIVELY. I'M SORRY.

>> WHR.

>>Melissa Snively: DO HAVE YOU HAVE A PROJECTION OF WHAT THE FUND BALANCE IS GOING TO BE FOR JUNE 2016?

>> YES, MA'AM. WITH EVERYTHING WE ARE DOING PUTTING TOGETHER, WE WILL BE AT THIS NUMBER OR A SMIDGE OVER. AND THAT'S A TECHNICAL TERM FOR SMIDGE.

>> AND THE 2016 NUMBER?

>> YES, MA'AM. WE ARE RIGHT THERE. AND THAT'S OUR GOAL.

>> WE JUST HAD UNIT MEETINGS. AND THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS KNOW THIS WAS THE FOCUS. WE HAD A GREAT LAST FIVE DAYS OF MEETINGS ON UNITS. AND EVERYBODY IS AWARE OF THIS DISTRICT WIDE.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU.

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ANY OTHER BOARD MEMBERS? SO JUST A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE. ONE OF THE GOOD THINGS WITH THE FUND BALANCE -- AND WE WERE ALWAYS REFERRING TO IT AS THE CONTINGENCY FUND, TORRE SERVES. I'M GLAD TO SAY WE ARE SPEAKING IN COMMON LANGUAGE NOW. THIS BOARD -- AND IT MAY BE DIFFERENT NOW, AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE MAY NEED TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT. WHAT PERCENTAGE IS THAT? BECAUSE I DIDN'T DO THE MATH ON IT.

>> 27.4%.

>> AND THE LAW REQUIRES?

>> NO LESS THAN 3.

>> HOW MANY MONTHS OPERATING EXPENSES IS THIS?

>> A LITTLE OVER 1. WE LOOK AT SALARIES AND ACCOUNTS PAYABLE VENDORS.

>> SO, BOARD, THIS IS MY POINT THAT HI WANTED TO MAKE. YEARS AGO, THIS BOARD REQUESTED THAT OUR FUND BALANCE REMAINS AT TWO MONTHS OF FULL LIQUIDITY. AND WE HAD GOTTEN THERE AND BEYOND, ACTUALLY, AT CERTAIN POINTS. SO I THINK THAT WE NEED TO HAVE A PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT IN THE FUTURE. I WANTED TO JUST PUT THIS OUT THERE. IT'S FOOD FOR THOUGHT. NOW IS NOT THE TIME, I DON'T BELIEVE, THIS EVENING. BUT TO REMIND YOU THAT THERE WERE REASONS WHY WE WANTED DONE, AND THEY WERE, I THINK, VERY, VERY VALUED I HAD REASONS. AND WE STARTED HAVING THIS CONVERSATION AFTER HURRICANE CHARLEY, AND WE TALKED ABOUT IT IN TERMS OF OUR HURRICANE FUND, BECAUSE WE ARE SUCH AN ANCHOR POINT FOR OUR COMMUNITY, AND TO BE ABLE TO GET BACK UP AND OPERATING AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE IN THIS COMMUNITY, BRING STABILITY BACK TO A COMMUNITY, AND SO MANY OTHER THINGS. SO WE WANTED TWO FULL MONTHS OF LIQUIDITY. I WOULD LIKE TO, IF YOU WOULD, AT OUR NEXT BUDGET DISCUSSION, THAT WE HAVE A PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT THIS BOARD'S DESIRES ARE MOVING FORWARD FROM THIS POINT, KNOWING WHERE WE ARE AT NOW, ABOUT A MONTH OF OUR OPERATING EXPENSES. DO HAVE WE WANT TO ASK OUR SUPERINTENDENT FOR TWO MONTHS OF LIQUIDITY IN OUR FUND BALANCE AT ALL TIMES? I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S WHERE WE WANT TO BE NOW. BUT IS IT WHERE WE WANT TO GET BACK TO? SO, AGAIN, IT'S NOT A DISCUSSION FOR TONIGHT. BUT JUST FOOD FOR THOUGHT. MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: AND MY QUESTION IS FOR MR. PORTER, IS THAT HOW LEAN WE SET SO WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A POLICY CONVERSATION.

>>Jim Porter: DURING THE LAST POLICY YOU ACTUALLY DID CONSIDER A POLICY DECISION. AS WE GO FORWARD, PREPARING TO ADOPT THE FIRST ROUND OF POLICIES, HAVING DISCUSSION NEXT WEEK AND IMMEDIATELY BEGIN THE NEXT CYCLE, AND THAT WOULD PROBABLY BE THE APPROPRIATE PLACE TO DO IT. WE CAN SCHEDULE IT AROUND THE NEXT CYCLE OF POLICY DECISIONS, WOULD END UP BEING ADOPTED IN DECEMBER. SO WE'LL SEE. WE CAN START THAT CONVERSATION NOW.

>> BUT WE WILL HAVE A BUDGET DISCUSSION BEFORE THEN. SO I THINK STARTING AT THE BUDGET DISCUSSION FIRST AND THEN TAKING THAT TO POLICY. NOW, MS. STUART, IT WAS NEVER A POLICY. IT WAS AFTER DIRECTIVE FROM THIS BOARD, A VERY, VERY STRONG DIRECTIVE FROM THIS BOARD, BUT IT WAS NOT POLICY BEFORE. AND I AGREE -- I'M POSITIVE. IT'S LAW.

>>>.

>> R.

>>Jim Porter: THE LANGUAGE USED WASN'T A TIME. IT WAS A PERCENTAGE OF WHAT YOU WANTED IT TO BE.

>>April Griffin: WHICH 5% OF HOW MUCH?

>> IT'S A LITTLE LESS THAN THIS BUT IT IS IN POLICY. WE DID APPROVE IT. BUT TO BE NOT LESS THAN 5%.

>> OKAY.

>> SO IT IS THERE. IT IS THERE.

>>Jim Porter: THAT GOES BEYOND WHAT THE FLORIDA STATUTES REQUIRE. BUT YOU CAN DO THAT H.YOUR DISCUSSION WILL BE MORE THAN 5%, AND ACTUALLE TELL US WHAT TWO MONTHS LOOKING LISE LOOKS LIKE.

>> WELL, IT WOULD BE DOUBLE THIS. SO IT WOULD BE 14, 15% WHICH IS WHERE WE WERE AT ONE POINT. I'M SORRY, IT IS COMING UP NEXT WEEK IN THE BUDGET WORKSHOP. AND THE POLICY. WE DO HAVE IT COMING TO YOU ALL, TO CHANGE IT. FUND BALANCE. WE DON'T HAVE TO WAIT TILL JUNE. IT'S PART OF IT.

>> COMING TO US. IT'S NOT ALREADY POLICY.

>> NO, NO. 5%. IT IS POLICY BUT WE ARE JUST EXPANDING THE ITEM TO INCLUDE MORE THINGS.

>>April Griffin: OKAY. ALL RIGHT. BUT IT'S SOMETHING WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT. WHAT DO WE WANT IT TO BE? THE LAW STATES 3%. OUR POLICY SAYS 5%. BUT THAT IS NOT A FULL TWO MONTHS LIQUIDITY. AND WE TALKED ABOUT A FULL TWO MONTHS LIQUIDITY FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE FOR A VERY SPECIFIC REASON. SO FOOD FOR THOUGHT. SO NEXT WEEK, WE CAN HAVE THAT DISCUSSION. THAT I THINK WILL BE A PERFECT TIME. SO BOARD MEMBERS, FOOD FOR THOUGHT. THE POLICY IS THE AFTERNOON DISCUSSION, RIGHT? THE AFTERNOON WORKSHOP?

>> YES, IT'S THE AFTERNOON. MS. VALDEZ.

>>Susan Valdes: I AM GOING TO SEED THAT THOUGHT A LITTLE BIT RIGHT NOW. BECAUSE WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT LIQUIDITY, AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT JUST COVERING ONE MONTH OF EMPLOYEE SALARIES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE THAT KEEP THE DISTRICT GOING, BUT I WANT US TO THINK ABOUT THIS, BECAUSE WE ARE SELF-INSURED AS WELL. SO GOD FORBID THAT SOMETHING AWFUL WERE TO HAPPEN TO OUR FACILITIES, IT COMES OUT OF THAT BUCKET AS WELL. CORRECT?

>> FOR THE PROPERTY INSURANCE? THE PROPERTY INSURANCE COMES OUT OF PART ONE.

>>Susan Valdes: PART ONE. WHAT WAS THAT?

>> WELL, THE WORKER'S COMP IS A SEPARATE FUND, YEAH, YEAH.

>>Susan Valdes: SO WE HAVE TO KEEP THAT INTO CONSIDERATION AS WELL. AND I HAVE BEEN SAYING THAT WE NEED TO HAVE CONSIDERATION FOR IS --

>> WE DO, I'M SORRY, WE DO HAVE BUILDING INSURANCE. OUR BUILDING, THE SHELT INSURANCE AND PROPERTY INSURANCE ARE SEPARATE. BUT ON THE BUILDINGS WE DO HAVE PROPERTY INSURANCE. THAT COMES TO YOU EVERY YEAR IN MAY PRIOR TO HURRICANE SEASON.

>> THE ONLY CASE WE LEAVE OPEN IS WE HAVE A 10 MILLION SELF-INSURED PIECE OF THE EVERYTHING ELSE IS INSURED.

>>Susan Valdes: OKAY, GREAT. MAYBE WHEN WE GET READY TO HAVE THAT BUDGET DISCUSSION IF YOU CAN BRING THOSE NUMBERS TO COMPARE WHAT IT IS, WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE, AND WE GO FROM THERE. BUT THE OTHER ONE THAT WE NEED TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION AS WELL -- AND THIS IS WHERE THE EXPERTISE OF THE BUSINESS TEAM WILL COME IN HANDY, BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WITH OUR BONDING AGENCIES, BECAUSE THEY ALSO LOOK AT HOW MUCH WE HAVE IN RESERVES THAT MAY TRIGGER, WELL, THEY HAVE GOT MONEY, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE LAW SAYS IS 3%, AND WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE TWO MONTHS' WORTH. I KNOW WE HAVE BEEN THERE, BUT WE JUST HAVE TO BE -- JUST HAVE THAT CONVERSATION AND TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION, WHAT WOULD BE A GOOD NUMBER TO BE AT.

>> SIX MONTHS. (LAUGHTER).

>> MS. VALDEZ, YOU ARE RIGHT. THEY LOOK AT EVERYTHING. EVERY DAY THERE'S ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THEY WATCH. THAT'S THEIR JOB.

>> THANK YOU. AND TWO MONTHS OF LIQUIDITY IS ALL OF OUR SALARIES AND ALL OF OUR BILLS.

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>>April Griffin: THAT'S WHATEVER WE TALKING ABOUT. OUR OPERATIONAL EXPENSES. MS. SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: IS THAT WORKSHOP NEXT WEEK?

>> YES.

>>Melissa Snively: I AM GOING TO, UNFORTUNATELY -- WELL, NOT UNFORTUNATELY FOR ME BECAUSE I WILL BE ON VACATION. BUT UNFORTUNATELY I WILL BE MISSING THE WORKSHOP FOR THAT H.I AM GOING TO PUT MORE FOOD FOR THOUGHT LIKE MS. VALDEZ GAVE, THINKING ABOUT A CORRECTIVE PIECE OF THIS, WHAT DOES 7.5 LOOKS LIKE PERCENT. BECAUSE THIS IS 7.5%. SO WE KNOW 7.5. AND WE MAY BE LOOKING AT 9. AND THEN 11 OR 12. AND HEARING IT AS A PLAN PROGRESSIVELY OVER THE COURSE OF TIME, MAYBE FIVE YEARS PLAN AND TAKING A LOOK AT IT THAT WAY AS OPPOSED TO JUMPING TO A LARGER NUMBER. JUST AN IDEA.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP IS ONE OF THOSE PILLARS. WE ALSO HAVE MAJOR PRIORITIES IN THE PLAN. IF WE ADDRESS THAT ONE ALL AT ONCE, ALTHOUGH I KNOW MS. SAUNDERS WOULD WANT US TO LOOK DO THAT, WE WOULD BE LACKING SOME OF THE OTHER PRIORITIES IN OUR PLAN. SO OBVIOUSLY AS WE MOVE FORWARD, RIGHT TO YOUR POINT, MS. SNIVELY, WOULD YOU PROBABLY DEVELOP A PLAN. ONCE THE BOARD ESTABLISHES WHAT THAT THRESHOLD, WHAT WE NEED TO BE AT, WHAT'S THE TIMING TO MAKE SURE WE TAKE CARE OF ALL THE NEEDS OF OUR PRIORITIES, EMPLOYEES, OUR STUDENT NEEDS AND SO FORTH AS WE HIT THAT NUMBER.

>> AND IT WOULD ABSOLUTELY BE PROGRESSIVE, BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO BALANCE WHAT WE ARE WANTING TO DO TO MEET OUR FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN, AND EDUCATING THE WHOLE CHILD, AND ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT WE ARE WANTING TO DO. IT'S DEFINITELY -- IT'S GOING TO BE A BALANCING ACT. AND IT WILL BE A PROGRESSION FOR SURE. BUT AGAIN, THE RATIONALE FOR WHY WE DID IT WAS VERY, VERY GOOD RATIONALE. WHY WE SAID WE WANTED TO BE AT THAT TWO MONTHS LIQUIDITY. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT CONVERSATION. I'M SORRY YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BE THERE. IF YOU WANT TO SEND ANY THOUGHTS, I'LL MAKE SURE THAT I READ THEM AT THE WORKSHOP. BECAUSE WE ALSO HAVE THAT DAY OUR GENERATION GAP, TOO. AND I WANT TO BE A PART OF THAT CONVERSATION. ALL RIGHT. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS -- OOPS. NUMBER ITEM NUMBER JUST COMPLETED THIS JUST COMES AS TWO PIECES. AND I HAVE TO SAY A SHOUTOUT TO STEPHANIE WHO IS SICK AND WE ARE NOT LETTING HER TALK BACK THERE. THE ACCOUNTING SERVICES TEAM HAS JUST BEEN PHENOMENAL. WITH ALL OF THE CHANGES COMING FORWARD. EMGS ANYTHING ELSE, TODD, GO AHEAD.

>> THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING US TONIGHT'S. I'LL TALK ABOUT THE SINGLE AUDIT BUT ALSO TALK ABOUT THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT AUDIT BECAUSE I DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO TALK TO YOU AT THE TIME WE ISSUED. THAT SO I WILL GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF HIGHLIGHTS N.AUDIT THERE ARE SEVERAL THINGS THAT GO INTO AN AUDIT THAT ARE REQUIRED IN THE STATE STANDARDS. WE FOLLOW THE GOVERNMENT AUDITING STANDARDS AND GENERALLY ACCEPTED AUDITING STANDARDS WHEN WE DO OUR AUDIST OF THE DISTRICT. THE FIRST THING THAT THE STANDARD REQUIRES TO US DO IS TO ISSUE AN AUDIT OPINION ON THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AS A WHOLLY. THOSE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS ARE PREPARED BY MANAGEMENTS. AND WE LOOK AT THEM TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE MATERIALLY CORRECT, WE ALSO LOOKATES THEM FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF IF THERE'S CONTROLS THAT WE LOOK RELY ON. JUST A FEW THINGS THAT GO INTO AN AUDIT. WE ARE HERE ON-SITE FOR 10 TO 2013 WEEKS ANNUALLY. A LITTLE BIT MORE DEPENDING ON WHETHER OR NOT IT'S A SINGLE AUDITS AND HOW THAT OCCURS. WE HAVE ALONG WITH OUR AUDIT STAFF, WE HAVE SPECIALISTS INVOLVED, IT SPECIAL EFFORTS, ACTUARIES, EVALUATION SPECIAL EFFORTS TO DEAL WITH DRIVE TIFFS IN THE INVESTMENTS. SO IT'S A PRETTY EXTENSIVE LOOK. WE ALSO SHARE A PLAN WITH MANAGEMENT PRIOR, AN AUDIT PLAN WITH MANAGEMENT, AND WITH THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE BOARD PRAYER TO STARTING THE AUDIT. AND WE DO GO THROUGH THAT AND HOPEFULLY WE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THAT. IF WE DON'T WE WOULD CERTAINLY LETS YOU KNOW. AS PART OF THAT PLAN, WE SPEND TIME TALKING ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANT RISKS THAT WE ARE GOING TO TOOK US ON. WE TALK ABOUT THE RISKS -- THE AUDIT AREAS WITH BOW TENSION ISSUES AND THINGS LIKE THAT, ESTIMATION. CERTAIN AREAS LIKE THAT. SO ONCE WE DO THAT, I CAN TELL YOU WE HAVE HAD NO DISAGREEMENTS WITH MANAGEMENT THROUGHOUT OUR AUDIT WHICH I'M HAPPY TO REPORT. AND WE DO HAVE NO SIGNIFICANT OR UNUSUAL TRANSACTIONS TO REPORT ON. WE HAVE NO SIGNIFICANT OR UNUSUAL AUDIT DIFFERENCES TO REPORTS ON AS WELL. SO WHAT WE DO, AT THAT TIME, ONCE WE ARE FINISHED WITH THE AUDIT, WE MAKE AN ASSESSMENTS BASED ON OUR AUDIT RESULTS AND WE HAVE ISSUED AN UNQUALIFIED OR CLEAN OPINION WHICH IS WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE. THAT'S NOT GUARANTEED AT THE OUTSET. BUT THAT IS TYPICALLY OF WHAT WE STRIVE FOR. YOU WILL SEE IN THAT AUDIT OPINION THERE, WAS AN EMPHASIS OF MATTER PARAGRAPH. WHAT THAT IS IS THE DISTRICT ADOPTING GASBY 68 THAT GIVES OPINION STANDARDS. SO THAT WAS SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH \THAT\THATCH WE WANTED TO DRAW THE READER'S ATTENTION TO THAT FAT NOTE IN THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. AND I'M SURE YOU ARE AWARE BUT THAT'S WHERE THE NET PENSION LIABILITY FOR THE PLANS THAT THE DISTRICT IS INVOLVED IN IT IS S REQUIRED TO BE RECORDED OTHER DISTRICT'S FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, WHICH THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN RECORDED AS PART OF THE FINANCIALS. THEY HAVE BEEN DISCLOSED IN THE NOTES BUT NOT AS PART OF THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. BIG CHANGE NOT JUST FOR THE DISTRICT BUT FOR ALL GOVERNMENT AS CROSS THE COUNTRY THAT EVERYBODY IN THE GAS BY 68. SO THAT LED TO CHALLENGES FOR ALL GOVERNMENTS. WE WORKED THROUGH THAT, AND GOT THROUGH IT, AND THANKS TO STEPHANIE AND GRETCHEN'S TEAM THAT WAS A BIG CHALLENGE AND THEY STEPPED UP. BUT THAT'S PROBABLY THE BIGGEST STANDARD THAT WE HAVE HAD TO ADOPT SINCE GATSBY 34. SO THAT WAS A BIG DEAL. SO KUDOS TO THEM FOR GETTING THAT DONE U. THEY WERE THE -- AS OF 6-30 YEAR END THEY WERE ONE OF THE FIRST TEAMS TO GO THROUGH THAT. THE 9-30 HAVE THE BENEFIT OF SEEING WHAT THE 6-30 GO THROUGH. THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE BENEFIT OF THAT. SO KUDOS TO THEIR TEAM. THE SECOND THING WE DO AS PART OF THE GOVERNMENTAL AUDITING IS WE ISSUE A REPORT ON ENTERAL CONTROLS AND COMPLIANCE. THAT'S REQUIRED BY THE GOVERNMENT AUDITING STANDARDS. SO WE DON'T DO IT AUDIT OF INTERNAL CONTROLS LIKE A PUBLIC COMPANY MAY DO. BUT WHAT WE DO TO THE EXTENT WE RELY ON CONTROLS IN CERTAIN AREAS, WE WILL REPORT TO YOU IF THERE IS DEFICIENCIES OF ANY KIND. THERE WEREN'T ANY DEFICIENCY. WE DIDN'T IDENTIFY ANYTHING THAT WE FELT WE NEEDED TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION. WE ALSO HAVE NOTHING TO REPORT FROM A NONCOMPLIANCE PERSPECTIVE. EVERYTHING APPEARED TO BE IN COMPLIANCE AS IT RELATES TO FINANCIAL REPORTING. SO AGAIN THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE STRIVING TO SEE. THE THIRD THING THAT WE DO IS WE REPORT ON THE SINGLE AUDIT WHICH GRETCHEN MENTIONED. AND THE SINGLE AUDIT IS REALLY A REPORTS, A SUMMARY OF YOUR FEDERAL AWARDS, AND WE LOOK THROUGH THAT, AND WE ISSUE AN OPINION ON THAT. JUST LIKE WE WOULD THE AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. AS PART OF THAT, WE LOOK AT GRANT COMPLIANCE, MAJOR PROGRAM COMPLIANCE. AND WE ARE REQUIRED TO LOOK AT AT LEAST 25% OF THE DISTRICT'S EXPENDITURES, BECAUSE YOU ARE A LOOK-RISK ODDITY. IF YOU WEREN'T THAT NUMBER COULD BE HIGHER. BASED ON CERTAIN STANDARDS THAT WE GO THROUGH IN RISK ASSESSMENT, WE ENDED UP LUGE AT EIGHT PROGRAMS, AUDITING PROGRAMS, WHICH EQUATED TO ABOUT 352% OF YOUR $296 MILLION OF EXPENDITURES. THAT'S A PRETTY GOOD NUMBER. THE REASON WHY THAT IS, YOU HAVE GOT A HANDFUL OF GRANTS THAT ARE VERY LARGE, AND THOSE ARE ONES TYPICALLY RUN THROUGH THIS CYCLE EVERY COUPLE OF YEARS. SO WE GENERALLY GET A PRETTY SITUATION CAN'T NUMBER OF THOSE GRANTS. WE FOUND NO ISSUES, NO FINDINGS, NO QUESTION COSTS TO REPORT TO YOU. AND AGAIN THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE STRAFING FOR. WE DO SPEND ALLOTS EVER TIME IN THAT AREA IN LOOKING AT GRANTS COMPLIANCE. AGAIN. SO THAT'S A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT. THE LAST THING THAT WE DO, OR ACTUALLY THE SECOND TO LAST THING THAT WE DO IS WE ISSUE A MANAGEMENT LETTER AS REQUIRED BY THE AUDITOR GENERAL. I CAN TELL YOU THOUGHT MANAGEMENT LETTER THAT WE PROVIDED INCLUDES ALL OF THE REQUIREMENTS THAT THE AUDITOR GENERAL REQUIRES. WE ALSO ISSUE A SEPARATE EXAMINATION ON YOUR COMPLIANCE WITH ASCENSION OF THE AUDITOR GENERAL, THE FLORIDA STATUTES REGARDING INVESTMENT COMPLIANCE. AND BOTH IN THE MANAGEMENT LETTER AND IN THAT INVESTMENT COMPLIANCE, WE HAVE NOTHING TO REPORT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF NONCOMPLIANCE. IN OTHER WORDS, \WEAVER\WE ARE AN UNMODIFIED OPINION ON THOSE THINGS. SO AGAIN, A CLEAN OPINION. THE FINAL THING THAT WE DO IS WE ISSUE WHAT WE CALL REQUIRED COMMUNICATION WAS THOSE CHARGED WITH GOVERNANCE THAT'S REQUIRED BY OUR AUDITING STANDARDS. EVERYTHING THEY'VE JUST MENTIONED BRIEFLY IS INCLUDED IN THAT DOCUMENT THAT WAS PROVIDED. INCLUDED IN THAT AS WELL AS THE ENGAGEMENT LETTER AND THE MANAGEMENT REPRESENTATION LETTER. SO THERE'S NOTHING REALLY TO GO INTO DETAIL ON THAT BECAUSE I REALLY HIT THE HIGH POINTS OF THAT LETTER TO THIS PRESENTATION. I AM HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE. AGAIN, I JUST WANT TO SAY, THIS IS MY FIRST YEAR ON. THISDY WORK IN 2007-2008 AS THE SENIOR MANAGEMENT ON THIS ENGAGEMENT. WHEN I CAME BACK FROM NEW YORK I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME BACK ON THIS ONE. AND JUST VERY EXCITED ABOUT. WE HAVE BEEN HAPPY TO BE PART OF THIS, AND A PRODUCT OF THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT, HAVING KIDS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS I AM VERY HAPPY TO BE PART OF THIS AUDIT. AGAIN, I ENJOYED WORKING WITH GRETCHEN AND STEPHANIE'S TEAM. AGAIN, ANY QUESTIONS I WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER FOR YOU.

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS? THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND I'M SO SORRY I SKIPPED OVER YOU. IT WAS NOT INTENTIONAL, MR. WEBBSTER. BUT WE WENT THROUGH ALL OF THIS. THE WORK THAT STAFF HAS DONE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED ON THIS. I KNOW THAT IT WAS A LOT OF WORK. BUT THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK WITH US. WE APPRECIATE IT. ALL RIGHT. VERY GOOD. NOW, BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE AT 6 .13 WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH COMPASS LEARNING, JOSHUA HOUSE, METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES AND THE CHILDREN'S HOME AND THE SPRING. WELCOME.

>> MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, AND ALL ASSEMBLED. GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT COMPASS LEARNING, ACADEMIC AND COMPUTER BASED INTERVENTION FOR STRUGGLING STUDENTS AND TEACHER TRAINING. THE DISTRICT SEEKS TO PURCHASE COMPASS LIGHTING USING TITLE 1 PART B GRAND FUNDS. THE DISTRICT WILL RECEIVE K-12 CONTENT BUNDLES IN MATH AND READING FOR 100 STUDENTS STUDENTS TO BE SPLIT AMONG FOUR LOCALLY SUPPORTED NEGLECTED SITES. AND THESE ARE SITES THAT WE ALSO HAVE AFTER-SCHOOL TUTORING. S? THOSE ARE EVERYDAY BLESSINGS, JOSHUA HOUSE, CHILDREN'S HOME, AND THE SPRINGS. WILL ALSO RECEIVE AN UNLIMITED SITE LICENSE FROM METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES. METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES HAS THE HIGHEST STUDENT COUNT SO THAT'S A STAND-ALONE UNLIMITED SITE LICENSE. FINALLY, WE WILL RECEIVE THREE DAYS OF ON-SITE TARGETED TEACHER TRAINING TO ENSURE CONTENT SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE OF INSTRUCTIONAL BEST PRACTICES. ARE PA WE HAVE INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL AND SUPPORT STAFF TO ASSIST WITH THE TRACKING AND MONITORING OF STUDENT-BASE. EFFECTIVENESS MEASUREMENTS FOR THIS ACTIVITY WILL INCLUDE THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENT SCORES FROM PRETEST TO POST TEST FOR ALL SKILLED ON COMPASS LEARNING ST. ACTIVITY AND MEASURE WAS APPROVED BILL DOE AND OUR 2015-16 TITLE 1 PART B APPLICATION. JUST TO GIVER YOU A BRIEF OF HOW WE REACHED THIS POINT, WE CONVENED A COMMITTEE IN 2015, A COMMITTEE OF TEACHERS THAT SERVE OUR STUDENTS RESIDE IN DELINQUENT FACILITIES, REVIEWED OUR EXISTING SOFTWARE PLATFORM, SUPPLEMENTAL SOFTWARE PLATFORM AS WELL AS THE UTILIZATION REPORT FOR OUR SKILLS. AND SO WE ARE STILT COLLECTING DATA. BUT AS FAR AS ENGAGEMENT, A SELECT GROUP OF THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS TOOK THE ADAPTIVE SCREENER, WHICH STATED EACH LEVEL STUDENT WAS PERFORMING AND GIVEN DIAGNOSTICS AND LEARNING PATH FOR THE DESIGNATED LEARNING RATE LEVEL. THE UTILIZATION REPORT SHOWS THAT 84 STUDENTS HOP USE THE PROGRAM COMPLETED OVER 2 THAT YOU LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND WERE QUITE SUCCESSFUL WITH AN AVERAGE SCORE OF 81%. THEY TOOK AN AVERAGE OF 7 TO 8 MINUTES TO COMPLETE. EACH ACTIVITY. THE CURRENT CONTRACT AT FOR EFFORT HILLS EXPIRES MARCH 31st. THIS WEEK. AND A FINAL REPORT WILL BE COMPILED OF THE PRE- AND POST TEST DATA. ANY QUESTIONS?

>>April Griffin: ANY QUESTIONS, BOARD MEMBERS? NO. GREAT PRESENTATION. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. WE APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE PULLED ITEMS. I HAVE A MOTION FROM MS. STUART. A SECOND FROM MS. VALDES DEZ. ANY MORE DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. WE ARE NOW ONTO OTHER BUSINESS. BOARD COMMENTS AND SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS. I'M GOING TO CHALLENGE US THIS EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS, THAT WE COULD BE OUT OF HERE AT -- IT'S FIVE TILL SEVEN. IF WE COULD BE OUT OF HERE BY -- WELL, MY WATCH IS WRONG. SO ARE IF WE COULD BE OUT OF HERE BY 7:15? CAN WE DO THAT, DO YOU THINK? ALL RIGHT. VERY GOOD. PLEASE PRESS YOUR BUTTON IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK. MS. VALDEZ.

>>Susan Valdes: I WILL MAKE THE COMMENTS BRIEF. A COUPLE OF THINGS. I WANTED TO REQUEST, EVERYTHING HAD THE TEACHING AND LEARNING TODAY, AND LISTENING TO THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT. I'M REQUESTING THAT AT THE NEXT RECOGNITION MEETING THAT WE INVITE AND RECOGNIZE THE COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND OUR ADULT DEPARTMENT AS WELL, AND INVITE AUDREY LEAGUELER, THE SUPERVISOR FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES, AND EXTEND GRATITUDE OF APPRECIATION FOR THE WAY THAT THEY ARE WORKING TOGETHER WITH OUR COMMUNITY. THAT'S IT. OF.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, MS. VALDEZ, GET THE INFORMATION TO.

>> AND THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS.

>>April Griffin: MS. HARRIS.

>> AND I AM GOING TO GO FAST. WE HAVE IT ON A FOUR SECOND. AND I GOT WORDS IN THERE SO I DON'T HAVE TO TALK A LOT ABOUT IT. BUT WE HAVE DONE A LOT OF VISITING IN THE COMMUNITY AND THE SCHOOLS AND THINGS THAT GOING ON. AFTER OUR LAST BOARD MEETING WORKSHOP, I DID GO OUT AND I KNOW A FEW OTHER BOARD MEMBERS, MS. GRIFFIN, AND I THINK MS. EDGECOMB, AND WE VISIT THE SPRINGBOARD CLASSROOM AT WILL LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL AND GOT A GREAT PRESENTATION. WE HAD THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL. I WENT TO ROLE LAND PARK WITH THE FINE ARTS FESTIVAL AND I VISITED ONE MY VERY DEAR FRIENDS, MS. FARRA. I VISITED DID CHARTER SCHOOL, BRUCE DEBARTOLO DALE MABRY TALENT SHOW, MARCH MADNESS. LO MA AX HAD A FOLK TALE BOWL. AND THEY MADE ME GO SEE THEIR GARDENS. WHAT A GARDEN THEY HAVE GOT GOING ON THERE AND THEN WE ALSO HAD THE ADVANTAGE OF BEING PART OF THE MacDILL AIRFEST, WHICH WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COMMUNITY. THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION HAD A GOLF TOURNAMENT THAT WAS VERY WELL SUPPORTED BY OUR DISTRICT. SINCE WE ARE THE BENEFITS OF THAT GOLF TOURNAMENT, IT'S A GREAT THING TO SUPPORT. IT WAS REALLY A LOT OF FUN BEING A PART OF THE M OOH SI MUSEUM HONOR -- MOSI MUSEUM HONORING DIANE McKEE WHEN SHE WAS GOING OUT AS OUR REPRESENTATIVE AS TEACHER OF THE YEAR AND THEY PUT HER ON -- WHAT WAS IT CALLED? ZIP LINE, OKAY. AND SHE WAS IN HER CAPE. AND IT WAS JUST A REALLY GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HER IN THAT EVENT. AND SHE JUST REPRESENTED US SO WELL. THEN WE HAD THE NEW TEACHER OF THE YEAR EVENT GOING ON. AND THAT WAS A GREAT EVENING. AND IT WAS REALLY FUN TO PARTY AND ENJOY TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS AND EACH OTHER. WE HAD SO MUCH FUN AT THAT EVENT. IT WAS SO MUCH LAUGHTER AND JUST SHARING AND CAMARADERIE, TEAM BUILDING. IT WAS REALLY A GREAT EXPERIENCE TO BE A PART OF IT. AND THEN I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH ALL THE AREA 8 PRINCIPALS, WITH MR. MARCUS, AND IT WAS REALLY A HARD DAY FOR HIM BECAUSE HE THOUGHT HE WAS JUST GOING TO HAVE ME VISITING, AND THEN HE ENDED UP HAVING AN ENTIRE EVALUATION TEAM VISITING. SO BLESS HIS HEART, HE REALLY GOT IT THAT DAY. BUT HE HELD HIS OWN AND WAS VERY PROUD. AND HE DIDN'T SHOW THAT HE WAS NERVOUS. IF IT HAD BEEN ME, I WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY NERVOUS. BUT HE DID A GOOD JOB. AND THEN WE WENT TO THE MIDDLETON STEM PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION MEETING, AND GOT TO SEE SOME ROBOTICS THINGS, AND TWO RACE CARS THAT THEY BUILT. IT WAS REALLY GREAT. WE HAD THE ART EVENT THAT WAS THE SCHOLASTIC ARTS AND WRITING AT BLAKE. IT WAS AN AWARDS NIGHT. WITH THEN I WENT TO MIDDLETON. I KNOW HE WAS HERE AT THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND WE VOTED ON. THAT BUT IT WAS REALLY TOUCHING TO GO TO THAT EVENT AND BE PART OF IT. AND THEY PITCHED THE FIRST BALL THAT WENT OUT. AND ALL HIS COMRADES WERE THERE. IT WAS REALLY NATE TO BE SEE SOME OF THOSE COMRADES AND JUST BE PART OF THAT GREAT EVENT. ONE OF THE PICTURES - SEE, WE HAD FUN AT THAT EVENT. D THEN I I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT I GUILT TO GO TO THE MASS AWARDS EVENT E.AND HANG OUT WITH A LOT OF THE CALCULUS KIDS. AND I JUST WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT ONE OF THE FINALISTS WAS FROM TAMPA BAY TECH. AND I KNOW A LOT OF VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS GET A LITTLE BIT OF NEGLECT AS FAR AS SUPPORT. BUT I WAS SO PROUD OF THEM, BECAUSE ONE OF OUR TAMPA BAY TECH STUDENTS WAS -- I THINK HE GOT FOURTH OR FIFTH PLACE OVERALL IN THE COUNTY. SO THAT WAS KIND OF A HIGHLIGHT PLACE TO BE. AND THEN FOR POOR JOHNNY BUSH, HE AGREED TO DO SOMETHING THAT HE NEVER THOUGHT WAS GOING TO BE AS BIG AS IT WAS. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HEARD HOW BIG IT WAS. BUT IT WAS A COMMUNITY EVENT, A GROUP OF PEOPLE, LISA MANN FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THEY HAD AN END DROP. AT THAT DROP THERE WERE 50,000 EGGS BEING DROPPED AND IT LOOKED LIKE THERE WERE 50 THAT YOU PEOPLE THERE. IT WAS VERY CROWDED. RAN OUT OF PARKING COMPLETELY. AND IT WAS LIKE MAYBE 10 TO 20 PEOPLE DEEP. THEY HAD TO KEEP THE ADULTS OFF THE FIELD TO KEEP THEM FROM GETTING THE EGGS. AND THEN THEY HAD TO VERY QUICKLY PUT TOGETHER A STRATEGIC PLAN ON HOW NOT TO HAVE ANYBODY TRAMPLED \WHILE\WHALE GETTING THE EGGS. BUT IT WAS A GREAT EVENT. AND WAY WANT TO SAY, JUST ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I SAY ALL THE TIME, IS ANYTHING THIS DISTRICT DOES TO BUILD FAMILY, WE ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING. AND AT THAT EVENT, I'M NOT KIDDING YOU WHEN I TELL YOU IT WAS LIKE MAYBE 10 THAT YOU PEOPLE, AND IT WAS ALL FAMILY. IT WAS A FAMILY EVENT. EVERYBODY WAS -- EVERYTHING WAS FREE. PEOPLE WERE LAUGHING AND HOLDING THEIR KIDS. IT WAS JUST A GREAT EVENT. AND THEY HAD OVER 200 -- 220, I THINK, VOLUNTEERS, BUT WORK-A-BEE VOLUNTEER WORK. WHEN I GOT THERE AT NINE, AND MORE VOLUNTEERS JUST KEPT COMING. SO THEY HAD PLENTY OF PEOPLE. IT WAS GREAT THEN FINALLY, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT OWENS, AND I VISITED TECH. SO I HAVE BEEN BUSY.

>> YOU ARE ALWAYS BUSY. AND I AM GOING SAY THIS. WE WERE ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL TOGETHER, AND SHE PROMISED THAT SHE WAS GOING TO BE IN OUR SCHOOLS, AND, BOY, YOU ARE. I REMEMBER WHEN I FIRST STARTED, SOMEBODY SAID TO ME, ONE OF THE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS SAID TO ME, YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN, YOU ARE MAKING THE REVERT US LOOK BACK. AND I'M THINKING, I NEED TO KEEP UP. SO I SAID TO MY HUSBAND THE OTHER NIGHT, I SAID, SHE IS A BALL OF ENERGY. AND SHE'S MOTIVATING ME TO DO MORE, SO I HAVE BEEN A BIT MORE ACTIVE IN MY SCHOOLS AND OUT THERE BECAUSE OF YOU. SO THANK YOU. MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. SAND SALLY TOOK THEM OFF NOW BUT I CAN HARDLY LOOK AT HER WITH HER FLASHY GLASSES ON. I KNOW YESTERDAY WAS YOUR BIRTHDAY. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. AND I ALSO WANT TO CONGRATULATE MS. SNIVELY WHO WAS RECOGNIZE DAD AS THE GIRL SCOUT WOMAN OF DISTINCTION LUNCHEON. AND I JUST HAVE A QUICK SHOUT OUT TO THE ED FOUNDATION. THEY REALLY PULLED OUT ALL THE STOPS FOR US THE OTHER NIGHT. AND FOR OUR TEACHERS AND FOR OUR PRINCIPALS, AND THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO COMMENTED ON THE NIGHT'S EVENT THE OTHER NIGHT. IT WAS A VERY DIFFERENT FEELING FOR SOME REASON. BUT IT WAS A REALLY GREAT EVENT. THERE WAS A LOT OF LAUGHTER. WE HAD A GREAT TIME. AND THE KIDS, OF COURSE, THAT PRESENTED THEIR TEACHERS DID AN AMAZING JOB, AS ALWAYS. IF WE COULD JUST TAKE THAT AND BUNDLE IT, WE COULD TUNNEL IT INTO A TV SHOW, I THINK. SO I WANT TO THANK THEM -- TURN IT INTO A TV SHOW. AND I KNOW WE CONTAINED OF CONQUERED AND DIVIDED THAT DAY. AND SALLY AND I WENT FOR THE LUNCH PORTION. OTHER BOARD MEMBERS WENT TO THE DINNER. BUT THANK YOU TO THE PARTNERS WHO WERE THERE AND SPONSORED AND PARAMEDIC, BECAUSE THOSE DOLLARS COME RIGHT BACK TO THE DISTRICT IN MANY FORMS FOR OUR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. SO I WANT TO THANK PHIL JOHNSON AND HIS TEAM FOR WHAT THEY DID FOR US THAT DAY. THAT HE'S THAT'S IT. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND I AM WAS GOING TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS, MS. NAIVE LIMIT A WOMAN OF DISTINCTION. AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY MS. HARRIS. GLAD TO HAVE YOU BOTH ON BOARD. I DO WANT TO JUST TAKE A MOMENT, THOUGH, TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF THE EDUCATION REPORTERS THAT WE HAD FOR A VERY LONG TIME WITH "THE TAMPA TRIBUNE" AND THEN SHE WENT ON TO, I THINK, FREELANCE WITH THE "ST. PETE TIMES," MS. SHERRI ACKERMAN PASSED AWAY ON FRIDAY. SHE WAS 52 YEARS OLD. AND SO I DID WANT TO JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE HER. AND ANOTHER JUST WONDERFUL WOMAN IN THIS COMMUNITY, HILDA GARCIA JUST PASSED AWAY AS WELL. I KNOW THAT A LOT OF YOU KNOW MS. ACKERMAN, AND SO I DID WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE HER. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I HAD ASKED A WHILE BACK ABOUT OUR VISION, PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE, BEING PART OF OUR LOGO. HAS THERE BEEN ANY MOVEMENT ON THAT?

>> SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE ARE IN DISCUSSION, AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE I BRIEF ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS AROUND THAT. A PARTNER THAT WE HAVE ENGAGED WITH AROUND OUR COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIC PLAN WILL ALSO BE KIND OF ENGAGING AROUND SOME OF THE SOLUTIONS OF THAT. AND I'M PROVIDE SOME OPTIONS FOR THE BOARD, COMMUNICATIONS HAS ALREADY DEVELOPED, BUT WE ARE KIND OF WAITING ON THAT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, I WANT TO REMIND YOU THE SUPERINTENDENT INTERIM EVALUATION IS DUE. SO IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY, IF YOU COULD GET THAT IN. AND IT'S BEEN A VERY, VERY BUSY, BUSY TIME. AND I THINK PEOPLE ARE GLAD TO BE GETTING TOWARDS THE END OF THE YEAR. MS. STUART, YOU ARE GOOD? ALL RIGHT. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. YOU HAVE SIX MINUTES.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: OKAY. BONUS POINTS? SO I HAVE A FEW ITEMS I WANT TO MAKE MENTION OF, UPDATES, AND I GUARANTEE YOU WE WILL BE OUT OF HERE BY 7:15. FIRST I WANT TO DISCUSS THE TEACHER TALENT DEVELOPER AND THE COMMITTEE THAT HAS BEEN WORKING ON THAT SYSTEM OF SUPPORT FOR OUR TEACHERS, FOR 2016-17. THE MESSAGE ABOUT TEACHER TALENT POSITION, INSTRUCTIONAL MENTORS, WENT OUT DISTRICT WIDE AT THE BEGINNING OF MARCH. SINCE THEY'D THEN WE HAD 450 TEACHERS APPLY AND INTERVIEWS ARE TAKING PLACE IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. SO REAL POPULAR THERE. PLANNING FOR THE TALENT DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE IS UNDERWAY. THAT'S GOING TO BE THE FOCUS OR OUR LEADERSHIP AND HOW EVERY SINGLE SITE PROVIDES THAT ON-SITE SYSTEM OF SUPPORT FOR OUR TEACHERS, COMMITTEE OF PRINCIPALS MET LAST WEEK TO TALK ABOUT THAT DAY AND WAITS GOING TO LOOK LIKE WITH BREAKOUT SETTINGS. THE GROUP WILL MEET FROM NOW UNTIL JUNE TO FINAL ADVERTISE PLAN. WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE IT'S A GREAT, VERY PRODUCTIVE, MEANINGFUL DAY FOR OUR SCHOOL LEADERS. YESTERDAY THE OPERATES FROM THE PILOT SITES FOR THE TEACHER TOWN DEVELOPMENT UNIT MET, AND TO DISCUSS THE EXPECTATIONS FOR THE ROLES AND HOW THEY WILL UTILIZE THEIR STAFF FOR NEXT YEAR. TOMORROW IT'S RAD NATION. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GIVE A SHOUTOUT. THE COMMUNITY SUMMIT THAT WILL EXAMINE THE CHALLENGES AND SOLUTIONS TO RAISING THE GRADUATION RATES, STUDENTS FROM 12 HIGH SCHOOLS FROM PINELLAS AND HILLSBOROUGH, SOME OF THE BARRIERS STUDENTS ARE PRESENTING, PRESENT RESEARCH AND ALSO WAY FORCE COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO GET INVOLVED. LISA ERICSON WAS THE -- A GREAT PARTNER, ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE WANT TO HEAR FROM OUR STUDENTS TO KNOW WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO THEM, AND WHAT NEW INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS WILL HELP THEM SUCCEED. SO DR. DEGREG OWE AND I PARTNERED WITH OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR STUDENTS ARE GOING TO BE LEADING THE WAY TOMORROW. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE GOVERNOR'S SHINE AWARD. JEFFRY GALUCIAN IS BEING HONOR DAD AND GOVERNOR SCOTT ASKED TO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL. HE'S AT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL, AFTER 28 YEARS IN THE MILITARY, RETIRED ACE A COLONEL WITH THE U.S. AIR FORCE, INCORPORATES HIS LOVE OF FLYING IN THE CURRICULUM. THE STUDENTS USE FLIGHT SIMULATORS AND DRONES AND INSTRUCTION AND ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL HAS TEAMED UP WITH EMBRY-RIDDLE FOR COLLEGE CREDIT FOR THIRD AND FOURTH YEAR STUDENTS. IF THERE IS SOMETHING YOU ARE INTERESTED IN DON'T TAKE THE EASY WHAT YOU O WAY OUT. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE JEFF ON THIS VERY DESERVING AWARD. FINALLY, JUST TO PIGGYBACK ON WHAT'S ALREADY BEEN SAID ABOUT THE EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARD, A GREAT NIGHT. IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO BE THERE TO HONOR SOME GREAT TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF ACROSS THE DISTRICT. I DO WANT TO MAKE KNOWN THE WINNERS, FOR THOSE WATCHING OUT THERE, FOR OUR INSTRUCTION SUPPORT EMPLOY OF THE YEAR, OFFICER WAYNE MOORE FROM JEFF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. TEACHER OF THE YEAR WAS MARY BETH RADDIGAN. AND ANGEL McKINNON FROM YOUNG MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL. AND IN THREE MINUTES, THAT CONCLUDES MY -- [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU EVERYBODY. THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED. (SOUNDING GAVEL)