Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from April 12, 2016

>> THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING OF TUESDAY, APRIL 12th, WILL NOW BE CALLED TO ORDER. MS. SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: AT THIS TIME, PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THEN JOIN ME IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. [MOMENT OF SILENCE] [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]

>> THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. I WANT TO TAKE A SECOND TO INTRODUCE THIS AFTERNOON OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES WHO ARE HERE FROM OUR CITIZENS ADVISORY ADVISORY.COUNCIL. FROM ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL AND WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL, ALLISON DAHL FROM ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL AND GABRIELLA GONZALEZ FROM WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL. WELCOME, LADIES. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. I'M ALLISON DAHL, ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL. I AM THE VALEDICTORIAN. I PLAN TO ATTEND USF IN THE FALL TO STUDY BIOLOGY. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> HI. GABRIELLA, THE SENIOR CLASS PRESIDENT AND SALUTATORIAN AND ATTEND METHODIST ON A FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP AND STUDY FINANCE. THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU, AND WELCOME LADIES. BOARD MEMBERS, WITHDRAWN ITEMS FOR TODAY'S AGENDA ARE ITEMS C 4.05, C 4.06, AND C 8.06. CAN I HAVE A MOTION TO ADOPT THE AGENDA? I HAVE A MOTION BY SALLY HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. VALDES. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE. AND THE MOTION CARRIES WITH MS. GRIFFIN ABSENT.

>>Susan L. Valdes: MADAM CHAIR?

>>Cindy Stuart: YES, MA'AM.

>>Susan L. Valdes: OUR BOXES ARE SWITCHED. I'M ACTUALLY RECORDING MEMBER EDGECOMB'S VOTE.

>>Cindy Stuart: WE'LL GET THAT TAKEN CARE OF. THANK YOU. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MS. GRIFFIN. AT THIS TIME, WE'RE GOING TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM THE FEBRUARY 23rd, 2016 WORKSHOP, THE MARCH 8th, 2016 RECOGNITION MEETING, AND THE MARCH 29th SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MEMBER EDGECOMB. BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU COULD CAST YOUR VOTES. AGAIN, THE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY WITH MS. GRIFFIN NOT AT THE DAIS. MEMBER SNIVELY, IF YOU COULD NOW PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES BEFORE WE START PUBLIC COMMENT.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MS. STUART. AS WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON'S MEETING, LET ME QUICKLY REVIEW THE FORMAT OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS. PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. THE BOARD'S AGENDA IS A CONSENT AGENDA. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE APPROVED UPON MOTION AND VOTE UNLESS AN ITEM IS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THE AGENDA AND BACKUP DOCUMENTATION ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE. THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON THE LIVE WEBCAST, ON CABLE TELEVISION, AND ON VIDEO MONITOR HERE IN THE AUDITORIUM. IT CAN ALSO BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING LATER IN THE VIDEO ARCHIVE. DURING THE MEETING, THERE IS A TABLET AVAILABLE AT THE COMMUNICATIONS DESK THAT CAN BE USED TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING. THERE ARE SPEAKERS IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM THAT ALLOW BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR THE MEETING. THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 45 MINUTES ALLOWED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. SPEAKERS WILL BE GRANTED THREE MINUTES TO ADDRESS A SINGLE AGENDA ITEM OR A TOTAL OF FIVE MINUTES TO ADDRESS TWO OR MORE AGENDA ITEMS. WHEN TEN OR MORE SPEAKERS WISH TO SPEAK TO THE SAME AGENDA ITEM, SPEAKING TIME WILL BE REDUCED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER. IF THERE ARE STILL SPEAKERS AFTER THE 45-MINUTE ALLOTTED TIME ENDS, THE REMAINDER OF THE SPEAKERS WILL BE HEARD PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. YOUR COMMENTS ARE IMPORTANT. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO YOUR COMMENTS, THE STAFF WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU AND KEEP -- AND WILL KEEP THE BOARD INFORMED ABOUT THE RESPONSE. THE SCHOOL BOARD RESPECTS THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD BUT WE CANNOT TOLERATE BEHAVIOR INTENDED TO INTERRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THIS MEETING. OUR CIVILITY POLICY IS NOW IN EFFECT.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY. AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE ENTERTAINMENT THAT WAS PROVIDED TODAY PRIOR TO THE BOARD MEETING BY McKITRICK ELEMENTARY ROCK BAND. WILLIAM WHITING AND PRINCIPAL ALLISON KLEIN. SO COME ON UP, KIDS AND TELL US YOUR NAME AND WHAT GRADE YOU'RE IN.

>> MY NAME IS BETSY PARDO. FOURTH GRADE, ELECTRIC GUITAR.

>> MY NAME IS TABITHA PONSET. FOURTH GRADE, I PLAY THE ELECTRIC GUITAR.

>> MY NAME IS KYLE PINKERTON. I AM IN FOURTH GRADE, AND I PLAY THE ELECTRIC GUITAR.

>> MY NAME IS RILEY SHEEN. I'M IN FOURTH GRADE. AND I'M A VOCALIST.

>> MY NAME IS SOPHIE RONAN. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE, AND I PLAY THE ACOUSTIC GUITAR.

>> MY NAME IS NICHOLAS GIBSON. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE. I PLAY THE BASS AND UKULELE.

>> MY NAME IS KYLE CASTELLANO. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE, AND I PLAY DRUMS.

>> MY NAME IS MILES BERGS. I AM IN FIFTH GRADE AND I PLAY THE BASS.

>> MY NAME IS TAYLOR GOTALL. FOURTH GRADE AND I PLAY THE BASS.

>> MY NAME IS SANJI RAJA. I PLAY A GOLDEN ELECTRIC GUITAR.

>> MY NAME IS MACY. I'M IN FOURTH GRADE. I PLAY THE KEYBOARD.

>> MY NAME IS MICHAEL WARREN. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE AND I PLAY THE DRUMS.

>> MY NAME IS AVERY BROADSKI. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE. I AM A VOCALIST.

>> MY NAME IS BILLY WHITING. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO TEACH THESE KIDS AT McKITRICK ELEMENTARY.

>> THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE MS. KLEIN IS IN THE BACK, THEIR FEARLESS PRINCIPAL. THESE KIDS COME INTO SCHOOL EARLY EVERY DAY TO PRACTICE. THIS IS NOT A DURING-THE-DAY CURRICULUM THAT WE PROVIDE. BUT THEY COME IN AND THEY WORK FROM 7:40 IN THE MORNING UNTIL 8:15 OR 8:20. KUDOS TO YOU FOR THE EXTRA EFFORT, AND THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY. [ APPLAUSE ] I'M GOING TO ASK MEMBER SNIVELY TO READ OUR AUDIENCE COMMENTS STATEMENT.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBER STUART. REGARDING PUBLIC COMMENTS, THE BOARD VALUES AND APPRECIATES YOUR COMMENTS. THIS IS YOUR 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 THE BOARD'S PRACTICE TO NOTE YOUR COMMENT AND HAVE THE APPROPRIATE DISTRICT STAFF RESPOND TO YOU AFTER YOUR QUESTION HAS BEEN RESEARCHED. TO THAT END, THE BOARD WILL NOT TYPICALLY RESPOND TO YOUR COMMENTS FROM THE DAIS. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT MADAM CHAIR GRIFFIN HAS ARRIVED, SO WE WILL TURN THE MEETING OVER TO HER AT THIS TIME.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, VICE-CHAIR STUART. I'M SO SORRY. I HAD A FLAT TIRE. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE A LITTLE BIT LATE. WE ARE NOW IN THE AUDIENCE COMMENTS SECTION. AND SPEAKING THIS EVENING, MS. ANN JENKINS, MR. JOSEPH ROBINSON, AND MR. ANDREW JOSEPH. YOU CAN EACH COME UP HERE STARTING WITH MS. JENKINS.

>> HELLO. MY NAME IS ANN JENKINS. I'M RETIRED FROM THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE. I HAVE A SCHOLAR'S DEGREE FROM UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA. I DON'T HAVE MY GLASSES TODAY, SO YOU-ALL WILL HAVE TO BEAR WITH ME. I'M SPEAKING ON 9.04. TODAY, LIKE MANY IN THE COMMUNITY, I HAVE COME TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE REORGANIZATION PLANNED, THE CHANGES AND THE REASON BEHIND THE CHANGES. IT HAS BEEN LESS THAN A YEAR WHEN YOU MADE OTHER MAJOR CHANGES, SO I AM CURIOUS ABOUT WHY THE CHANGES NOW, AND WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO FIX? HOW WILL OUR STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM THESE CHANGES? WHAT DIFFERENCES WILL OUR TEACHERS SEE? HOW WILL THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE SEE A BETTER SCHOOL SYSTEM? WHY ARE SOMINGS TOES BEING -- WHY ARE SOME POSITIONS BEING ASKED TO REAPPLY AND GO THROUGH AN INTERVIEW PROCESS AND NOT OTHERS? ACCORDING TO THE PAPER, A COMMITTEE WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS PROCESS. THE PROCESS ON THE COMMITTEE, WHO ARE THE PERSONS ON THE COMMITTEE? THERE ARE MANY QUESTIONS, AND THOSE OF US WHO ARE INTERESTED IN QUALITY OF EDUCATION FOR ALL OUR CHILDREN ARE WAITING ANSWERS. I HOPE THAT FAIRNESS HAS BEEN A PART OF YOUR DECISION MAKING. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THE LAST MEETING WHEN CHAIR MEMBER GRIFFIN ASKED YOU TO HAVE -- HAVE YOU ANSWERED ANY OF MY QUESTIONS, YOU TOLD HER YES, YOU MET WITH ME AND ANSWERED MY QUESTIONS. THAT WAS A BALD-FACED LIE. I HAVE NEVER SPOKEN WITH YOU. I HAVE NEVER -- YOU HAVE NEVER SPOKEN WITH ME OR ANSWERED ANY OF MY QUESTIONS. I AM STILL WAITING. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YEAH, I WANT TO CLARIFY MY RESPONSE LAST BOARD MEETING. DR. BRINSON, I ASKED DR. BRINSON TO REACH OUT TO MS. JENKINS. HAT DR. BRINSON ANSWERED ALL THE QUESTIONS YOU HAD AND HE REPORTED BACK TO ME HE HAD. IF THAT HASN'T TAKEN PLACE, I WILL GET BACK TO DR. BRINSON AND YOU TO FIND OUT WHAT QUESTIONS HAVE NOT BEEN ANSWERED YET.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. JOSEPH ROBINSON.

>> POINT OF CLARIFICATION, I HAVE FIVE MINUTES?

>>April Griffin: YES, SIR.

>> OKAY. MY NAME IS JOE ROBINSON, PRESIDENT AND SECOND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE NAACP OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST AND A FOLLOWER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD'S ISSUES. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MRS. STUART. I ALREADY SUNG HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU. SUPERINTENDENT, CHIEF OF STAFF VAZQUEZ, MR. SYKES AND MR. AYRES. WE ARE A WORK IN PROGRESS. THERE IS NO SURPRISE THAT THIS ORGANIZATION IS GOING TO BE REORGANIZED. THAT'S NOT A SURPRISE. IT WAS SAID IN THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS BACK IN JUNE THE 9th AT A BOARD MEETING I ATTENDED. OKAY? EVERYBODY KNEW THAT. THERE WAS GOING TO BE A PHASE TWO. LET THE SUPERINTENDENT DO HIS JOB, FEARSOME FOURSOME. LET HIM SINK OR SWIM ON HIS OWN MERIT. LET HIM DO WHAT HE NEEDS TO DO. IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, YOU CAN ALWAYS EVALUATE HIM AT THE END OF THE YEAR. SO IT WILL GIVE HIM AN OPPORTUNITY. WE GAVE THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST SEVERAL YEARS AND PAID A LOT OF MONEY FOR IT. LET THIS MAN COME IN AND DO WHAT IT SAYS YOU'RE GOING TO DO IN YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN, YOUR VISION, YOUR VALUES OF PRACTICE, RELATIONAL, INTEGRITY, SAFETY, MOTIVATION, YOUR PRIORITIES OF INCREASING GRADUATION RATES THAT HAVE YET TO BE DONE, COMMUNICATE WITH STAKEHOLDERS LIKE MYSELF AND THE COMMUNITY, BUILDING STRONG CULTURE AND RELATIONSHIPS AND A FOUNDATION OF FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP. YOU CANNOT DO IT WITH THE RULES, REGULATIONS, PEOPLE OF THE PAST. IT'S TIME TO MOVE FORWARD. WE'VE COME TOO FAR TO GO BACKWARDS. WE'VE COME TOO FAR TO SAY NO. YES, THERE'S PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY COMPLAINING AND ON THE RADIO SHOWS. YOU KNOW WHY? THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON. THEY HAVE NOT READ THE DOCUMENTS. THEY ARE MISINFORMED. THANK GOD WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE POSITION FILLED WITH THE APPOINTMENT OF A CHIEF COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER. THAT'S BEEN YOUR PROBLEM. GET SOMEBODY OUT THERE IN THE COMMUNITY START RELATING A LITTLE BIT, SO LET THEM GET THAT PERSON. THAT PERSON IS ON THE AGENDA TO BE APPROVED. EVEN THE SECRETARIES ARE GETTING ASSIGNED TO AREA SUPERINTENDENTS AS EXECUTIVE SECRETARIES. AND WE LIKE THAT. WE LIKE THE FACT THAT YOU'VE GOT ALL THESE PHASE ONE, PHASE TWO, YES, IT'S A VERY LARGE COMPLEX REORGANIZATION, BUT WE GOT A SUPERINTENDENT THAT WAS PUT THERE BY A BOARD, AT LEAST FOUR PEOPLE ON THE BOARD, SAW FIT TO HAVE HIM THERE. LET HIM MAKE HIS DECISION WITH HIS STAFF AND PICK WHO HE WANTS, AND LET US GET OVER WITH IT. STUDENTS ARE NOT GRADUATING AT 91%, MRS. EDGECOMB, IN DISTRICT FIVE. THAT'S AN ISSUE. THANK GOD EDISON, McCLAIN AND BOOKER T. GOING TO BE RENOVATED SO YOU DON'T HAVE HOLES IN THE WALL. SO YOU HAVE EQUAL FACILITIES WHICH IS BROWN V. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION IS ALL ABOUT. 2016, WE STILL DON'T HAVE THAT. CHILDREN NEED THAT. THE ENVIRONMENT IS VERY IMPORTANT, AND THE EDUCATION OF A CHILD, MUCH AS IT IS THE PEOPLE, THE STUDENTS, THE COMMUNITY AND THE SUPPORT PEOPLE, AND THE CUSTODIAN. IT TAKES ALL OF THEM TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE. AND IT TAKES RESOURCES, MS. KURDELL, TO DO SO. SO LET'S GIVE UP THE RESOURCES. LET'S DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO. LET'S MEET THAT GOAL, THAT AMBITIOUS GOAL HE SET. HE SET THE BAR HIGH. WHEN YOU SET THE BAR HIGH ON ANY, THERE WILL BE DISGRUNTLEMENT. PEOPLE DON'T LIKE CHANGE. PEOPLE DON'T LIKE A VISION THAT IS BOLD. I TELL YOU, WITHOUT HAVING THAT BOLD VISION, WITHOUT ALLOWING THAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT TO MAKE THESE CHANGES, TO INTERVIEW PEOPLE, TO SEE WHERE WE ARE, SOME OF THE PEOPLE INTERVIEW SAY I WANT TO BE INTERVIEWED. I THINK I STAND TALL AMONG THE NATION'S BEST, BECAUSE WE ARE THE BEST DISTRICT. ARE WE NOT? WE'RE 8th IN THE NATION, MAYBE GOING ON 7th IN THE NATION. ARE WE NOT? I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS THOUGHT, AND IT'S THE ONLY THOUGHT I WANT TO SAY, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, ABOUT 5:00, I WILL BE MAKING A DECISION ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. I'M TIRED OF WAITING FOR SOMEBODY ELSE TO MAKE A DECISION. ALL I'LL LEAVE YOU WITH IS THIS. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM IS THAT KNOWLEDGE IS KNOWING WHAT TO DO. JOE ROBINSON WILL BRING WISDOM TO THIS DISTRICT BECAUSE WISDOM IS HAVING KNOWING WHAT TO DO AND DOING IT. AND I JUST DID IT BECAUSE I WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. ROBINSON. MR. ANDREW JOSEPH.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS ANDREW JOSEPH. I'M A FATHER OF A 14-YEAR-OLD THAT WAS KILLED AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR IN 2014. AS WE GO ALONG WITH THIS TRANSFORMATION, I WANT HIS NAME, I WANT HIS -- I DON'T WANT HIS NAME, HIS LEGACY TO BE FORGOT THIS WAS A MESS OF THE LAST ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS NEVER BEEN ADDRESSED. I'M STILL WAITING ON ANSWERS FOR. I'VE ASKED PLENTY OF QUESTIONS, PLENTY OF QUESTIONS. NEVER RECEIVED ANSWERS FROM THE BOARD, BY MOUTH, BY E-MAIL, VIA A TELEPHONE CALL, AND IT'S BEEN TWO YEARS, AND NOT ONE WORD ABOUT MY SON'S DEATH. AND THE INCIDENTS THAT HAPPENED BEFORE THE STATE CREATED DANGER. NOT ONE WORD ABOUT THE OTHER 98 KIDS THAT WAS RELEASED A HUNDRED YARDS FROM THE HIGHWAY WITH NO NOTIFICATION TO ANYBODY. PREDOMINANTLY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CHILDREN. NOT ONE WORD FROM THE SHERIFF. I SUBMITTED A LETTER FROM THE U.S. REPRESENTATIVE, THE SECOND CONGRESSMAN ASKED FOR AN INVESTIGATION ON THIS SITUATION, THE SECOND ONE, AND WE AS THE SCHOOL BOARD HAVEN'T TAKEN THE FIRST STEP OF ASKING WHAT HAPPENED THE NIGHT FEBRUARY 7, 2014? EVERYBODY'S MISSION STATEMENT THAT SAFETY IS THE BIGGEST CONCERN. YEAR AFTER YEAR, SIGNED UP WITH THIS FAIR WHO HAS BEEN PROVEN TO BE EVERYTHING BUT SAFE. THERE'S GUNS. THERE'S ALCOHOL. THERE'S GANG ACTIVITY. IT'S AN ATOM BOMB WAITING TO EXPLODE. AND IT'S -- THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT HAS A LONG HISTORY OF THE RACIAL PROFILING AND DRAGGING THE NAME THROUGH THE MUD ON THE TELEVISION WHEN THEY ARE GIVING A STATEMENT. AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, IF YOU LIE KNOWINGLY ON THE POLICE REPORT, IT SHOULD BE A FELONY. IF YOU ABANDON A CHILD ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, IT SHOULD BE A FELONY. YOU SHOULD GO TO JAIL. I AS A PARENT, IF I LEFT MY SON ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AND HE WOULD HAVE DIED, THE FDLE WOULD BE KNOCKING ON MY DOOR AS AN UNFIT PARENT. WHEN THE SHERIFF TOOK CUSTODY OF MY CHILD, HE ASSUMES PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES AND WE HAVE NO ANSWERS. I'M ASKING FOR ANSWERS. I NEED ANSWERS. I NEED AN INVESTIGATION. YOU SHOULD BE SPEARHEADING THE INVESTIGATION. FOR OUR KID'S SAFETY.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. JOSEPH. MR. PORTER, JUST FOR THE SAKE OF PUBLIC RECORD THIS IS IN LITIGATION.

>>Jim Porter: YOU ARE IN LITIGATION RIGHT NOW. SO THIS IS THE -- THE COURTS ARE LOOKING AT THIS ISSUE.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. ADAMS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS EDDIE ADAMS.

>>April Griffin: I'M SO SORRY.

>> JUNIOR.

>>April Griffin: MY BAD.

>> THAT'S OKAY. WE GOOD. THE REASON I'M HERE TODAY IS TO SPEAK TO THE ISSUE THAT'S ISSUE AND ISSUES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT'S BEEN HAPPENING OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS THAT HAS, I GUESS, PEOPLE IN AN UPROAR. PART OF THAT IS WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE AT THE SCHOOL BOARD AND JEFF. FOR THE MOST PART, EVERYTHING I'VE HEARD AND READ HAS NOT BEEN GOOD. AND YESTERDAY I HAD A MEETING WITH JEFF, AND WE TALKED ABOUT IT. SO I KNOW HIS DOOR IS OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY AND ANYBODY THAT IS A CONCERNED CITIZEN AND WANT ACCESS, ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS SET UP AN APPOINTMENT AND DO IT. SO WHEN PEOPLE CAME TO ME ASKING ME ABOUT WHAT WAS HAPPENING, I REALLY WAS UNINFORMED BECAUSE, I HATE TO SAY IT LIKE THIS, BUT THE LAST PLACE YOU CAN GET REAL INFORMATION IS FROM THE NEWSPAPER. I'M JUST SAYING. BEING A PERSON THAT'S DEALT WITH SOME OF THAT MYSELF. I THINK WHAT'S GOT EVERYBODY IN AN UPROAR ARE THE CHANGES THAT ARE COMING. NOW, TRADITIONALLY, I'M A COUNTRY BOY, SO I'LL SAY IT LIKE THE OLD FOLKS WHO SAY IT, NEW KING USUALLY GET A NEW COURT. SO THAT WAS ALMOST A YEAR AGO, AND HE DIDN'T DO THAT. HE INHERITED SOMEONE ELSE'S COURT. HE'S HAD TO WORK WITHIN A SYSTEM AND WITH PEOPLE WHO HE INHERITED. SO YOU DON'T KNOW, AND HE DIDN'T KNOW WHETHER IT WAS GOOD OR BAD. THE FACT THAT IT'S TAKEN ALMOST A YEAR FOR HIM TO GET TO THIS POINT IS A STATEMENT TO HIS TENACITY IN WORKING WITH WHAT HE HAD. AGAIN, HE DIDN'T PICK THEM. AND TO COME IN AND FIRE EVERYBODY, THEN THAT WOULD HAVE HAD EVERYBODY IN MUCH MORE OF AN UPROAR SOONER. SO ALMOST A YEAR LATER, HE'S GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS OF IMPROVING THE SYSTEM. THIS IS ABOUT THE KIDS. THIS IS NOT ABOUT GROWN-UPS AND ADULTS. THIS IS ABOUT HOW WE GET A BETTER SCHOOL SYSTEM. AND BECAUSE THE NEED IS THERE AND I'VE COME AND TALKED TO YOU BEFORE. MY PRIMARY INTEREST HAS BEEN BLACK AND HISPANIC MALES MAKING A DIFFERENCE BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THE SYSTEM HAS BEEN FAILING OVER A LONG PERIOD OF TIME AND HAD NOT BEEN IMPROVING. I'M LOOKING AT THIS AS HE'S MAKING THE EFFORT NOT ONLY TO IMPROVE MY TARGET FOLKS, PEOPLE I'M LOOKING OUT FOR AND TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE BUT THE ENTIRE SYSTEM. AND BECAUSE HE'S DOING THAT, THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME FEATHERS THAT GET ROUGHED. THE FACT THAT HE'S GOING TO BE EVALUATED IN A YEAR BY YOU GUYS ON WHAT HE DID IN THIS TIME PERIOD HE HAD ALLOWED, HE NEEDS THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT HIS WAY BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT GOING TO EVALUATE HIM BASED UPON THE OTHER FOLKS AND ALL THE FOLKS THAT HE INHERITED. YOU'RE GOING TO BASE THAT UPON HOW HE PERFORMED IN THE TIME YOU GAVE HIM TO PERFORM. SO THAT BEING SAID, HE'S GOING TO DO IT HIS WAY, AND I THINK HE WILL DO A GREAT JOB. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AGAIN, PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR MISPRONOUNCING YOUR NAME. I KNOW BETTER. MS. SUSAN DAVIS.

>> WELL, IT'S GOOD TO SEE ALL OF YOU YOUNG FACES UP HERE. A FEW OF YOU ARE NEW, BUT NOT THAT NEW. I'M INTERESTED IN THE REORGANIZATION PLAN. I'D LOVE TO SIT DOWN AND TALK ABOUT IT, BUT I HEAR MY NEWS MORE FROM BAY NEWS 9 THAN THE NEWSPAPER. AND THEY ALERTED ME THAT THE TERM AREA DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT WOULD BE USED. AND FROM MY KNOWLEDGE, 67 COUNTIES HAVE ONE SUPERINTENDENT SUPERINTENDENT. AND I CAUTION USING THE TERM SUPERINTENDENT. USE SOME OTHER TERM SO THAT WE'RE NOT LEGALLY BOUND TO PAY THEM A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY ACCORDING TO FLORIDA STATUTES, UNLESS THEY'VE CHANGED, TOO. BACK WHEN I WAS MORE INVOLVED, THERE WERE ONLY SEVEN AREA DIRECTORS. NOW I UNDERSTAND FROM BAY NEWS 9 THERE ARE EIGHT. SOMEWHERE WE ACCUMULATED AN EXTRA AREA WHICH MEANS ANOTHER $100,000 PAID PERSON, AND I'M NOT FAMILIAR WITH THEIR REAL TRUE SALARY. BUT A $20,000 INCREASE IN SALARY IS QUITE A LOT. I'D PREFER THAT IT BELIEVED A PER DEE -- IT WOULD BE A PER DIEM PROMOTION. I LOVE THE IDEA THAT OUR NEW SUPERINTENDENT IS WANTING TO HAVE THEM REAPPLY, BECAUSE THEN YOU DO WAKE UP SOME TALENT THAT'S BEEN SITTING STILL IN THE DISTRICT. SO I LIKE THE IDEA OF REAPPLYING, BUT KEEP THEM ON THE JOB SIX MONTHS AND PAY THEM PER DIEM. I KNOW THE MAJOR CORPORATION, ONE OF THE TOP TEN IN THE COUNTRY YEARS AGO, THAT'S HOW THEY ALWAYS PROMOTE THEIR SUPERINTENDENTS. AND PROMOTED THEIR SUPERVISORS. THEY PAID THEM PER DIEM, WATCHED THEM FOR SIX MONTHS, AND THEN A LOT OF TIMES THEY HAD A COMMONLY PUT THEM DOWN A NOTCH TO SEE HOW THEY HANDLED IT AND MOVE THEM BACK. SO THEY GAVE THEM SIX MONTHS TO OBSERVE SOMEBODY ON THE JOB. GOING THROUGH AN INTERVIEW, YOU MIGHT FIND SOME REAL TRUE TALENT IN THE DISTRICT BUT OBSERVE THEM A WHILE. DON'T GIVE THEM A $20,000 RAISE. I KNOW MY PROPERTY TAXES WENT UP LAST YEAR, AND IT WAS ONLY IN THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT MILLAGE INCREASE. THE STATE DIDN'T RAISE IT. SO I'D PREFER YOU ALL WATCH THE MONEY AMOUNT AND AVOID THE WORD SUPERINTENDENT. CALL THEM AREA CEOs OR SOME OTHER TERM, OR JUST THE PAST TERM THAT WE HAVE BEEN USING. BUT I LIKE THE IDEA OF POSSIBLY A REORGANIZATION. SO I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND YOUR CONSIDERATION, AND PLEASE AVOID THE WORD SUPERINTENDENT AND PLEASE DON'T INCREASE MY TAXES. I AM ON A FIXED INCOME LIKE MANY OTHERS IN THIS DISTRICT. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND THIS IS AN ITEM THAT'S GOING TO BE DISCUSSED. WE'RE PULLING IT UP TO THE TOP OF THE AGENDA, NEAR THE TOP. SO IF YOU WANT TO WAIT AND HEAR THE CONVERSATION WHEN WE HAVE THAT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INPUT. MS. MILITO, WHEN WE GET TO THAT POINT, IF YOU COULD CHIME IN ABOUT THE PROPERTY TAXES AS WELL. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE PUBLIC COMMENTS. MS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: POINT OF CLARIFICATION, MR. PORTER, WOULD YOU TALK ABOUT THE SUPERINTENDENT'S EVALUATION. I THINK BASED ON A COUPLE OF COMMENTS REGARDING IT, ONE IS COMING UP. IT WON'T BE A YEAR BEFORE HE GETS AN EVALUATION. WOULD YOU TALK ABOUT THE SEQUENCE AND WHEN THE EVALUATION IS GOING TO TAKE PLACE SO THE PUBLIC IS AWARE?

>>Jim Porter: SURE. PER THE CONTRACT THAT THE BOARD ENTERED INTO WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT, THE BOARD IS BOUND TO EVALUATE THE SUPERINTENDENT BEFORE MAY 1st OF EVERY YEAR. THERE ARE INTERIM EVALUATIONS BUILT INTO THAT SO HE CAN GET INPUT. HE DOES A SELF-EVALUATION. CONTRACTUALLY AND LEGALLY THE ONLY OBLIGATION ON THE PART OF THIS BOARD IS PROVIDE AN EVALUATION PRIOR TO MAY 1st. THERE IS A TIMELINE IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE THAT HAPPENS.

>>April Griffin: WAS THAT IT, MS. EDGECOMB?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: IF I UNDERSTOOD MR. ADAMS' COMMENTS, I THINK HE WAS THINKING THAT HE WOULD NOT BE EVALUATED WITH WHAT HE CALLED THE OLD GUARD OR A GROUP OF PEOPLE HE INHERITED. HE, IN FACT, WILL BE FOR THE PAST SIX MONTHS, FOR THE LAST YEAR, THAT HE WILL BE PRESENTLY BE EVALUATED. AND WE WON'T DO ANOTHER UNTIL A YEAR LATER. SO THE FIRST TIME HE WILL BE VEILED EVALUATED WILL NOT BE A YEAR LATER. BUT PRESENTLY, NOW. SO I WANT TO CLARIFY THAT FOR BOTH YOU AND THE PUBLIC. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS OUR -- THERE ARE NO PROCLAMATIONS OR RECOGNITIONS. SO THE NEXT ITEM IS OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA. MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. WE HAVE ONE ITEM THAT I'D LIKE TO GIVE AN UPDATE. IT IS FROM OUR INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY DIVISION. YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN THIS YESTERDAY. IT WAS KIND OF OUT THERE IN SOCIAL MEDIA. A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY WAS HELD MONDAY OFFICIALLY OPENING THE NEW TAC OPERATIONS CENTER AT SILO BEND. STAFF FROM CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SUPPORT AND ROSSAC RODE SCHOOL BUSES OUT TO THE NEW SITE AND PARTICIPATED IN A RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY AND OFFICIAL TOUR OF THE BUILDING. INFRASTRUCTURE AND SHARED SERVICES TEAMS FROM THE CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SUPPORT SIDE AND ROSSAC BEGAN MOVING TO THE NEW BUILDING THIS WEEK. IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING A SECONDARY SITE FOR DISASTER RECOVERY FOR CORE INFORMATION AND PROCESSING, THE NEW BUILDING WILL HOUSE OUR TECHNOLOGY CALL CENTER, WHICH WILL ANSWER A PROJECTED 60,000 CALLS THIS YEAR. OUR TECH REPAIR WHICH SERVICED OVER 13,000 TICKETS IN 2015. OUR SYSTEM SUPPORT MANAGING 420 TERABYTES OF STORAGE. I THINK THAT'S A LOT OF STORAGE, EQUIVALENT TO 560,000 CD ROMS IF YOU CAN EMERGENCY THAT. IMAGING AND REPORT DISTRIBUTION SCANNING OVER 50,000 DOCUMENTS YEARLY AND PROCESSING REPORTS REQUIRING OVER 2,400 BOXES OF PAPER. AND, OF COURSE, IT'S GOING TO BE USED FOR OUR NEW TECH TRAINING FACILITY. IT'S A WONDERFUL SITE. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO SCHEDULE A TIME TO GO OUT AND VISIT, BUT IT IS, ONCE AGAIN, PART OF OUR PLAN, OUR INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY DIVISION, AS WE KIND OF DO THE REORGANIZATION IN THAT AREA AS WELL. THANK YOU.

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND I JUST WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE I.T. DIVISION AND THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THIS BOARD FOR MOVING IN THIS DIRECTION. I THINK THIS IS A LONG TIME COMING. MS. HARRIS AND I GOT AN OPPORTUNITY YESTERDAY TO VISIT AND TOUR THE SITE WITH DR. BROWN'S TEAM. AND THEY WERE ALL -- I HAVEN'T SEEN A MORE PROUD EMPLOYEES IN A WHILE, I THINK ESPECIALLY OUR EMPLOYEES WHO WERE AT THEIR LOIS AVENUE SITE WERE VERY EXCITED TO BE AT THE NEW BUILDING WITH THE TOP-OF-THE-LINE AMENITIES, AND REALLY THEIR OWN SPACE, A SPACE TO CALL THEIR OWN FOR TRAINING AND DATA STORAGE AND ALL THE INFORMATION THAT COMES TO THIS DISTRICT. IT REALLY IS THE BEATING HEART OF THIS DISTRICT. BECAUSE IF SOMETHING WERE TO HAPPEN IN THAT DIVISION CATASTROPHICALLY, I THINK IT WOULD BE A VERY DIFFERENT DAY HERE. SO I'M EXTREMELY EXCITED TO HAVE THAT DIVISION BEING RELOCATED OFF-SITE AND NOT ALL IN THE SAME BUILDING HERE. AND COMING TOGETHER, I THINK IT'S THE FIRST TIME YOU'VE ALL BEEN IN THE SAME BUILDING TOGETHER. SO BRING A LITTLE BIT MORE OF THAT CULTURE CHANGE TO YOUR DIVISION AS WELL. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU, MS. BROWN, AND TO THE ENTIRE I.T. DIVISION. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. STUART. THE NEXT ITEM, WE HAVE NO TEACHING AND LEARNING THIS EVENING. SO THE NEXT ITEM IS ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS. I WILL TURN THIS OVER TO MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. BOARD MEMBERS, THE THREE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS COMING BEFORE YOU TODAY ON THE AGENDA HAVE BEEN PROPERLY ADVERTISED. APPROPRIATE SCREENINGS WERE HELD AND INTERVIEWS BEFORE SUPERINTENDENT STAFF WERE CONDUCTED. THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT, DEVELOPMENT HMD APPROVES ADOPTED BY THE BOARD WAS FOLLOWED. SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT ANGELA HAZARD, CURRENTLY CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER OF SERVICE AND SUPPORT TO THE MANAGER OF SERVICES AND SUPPORT WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF APRIL 25th, 2016. MS. HAZARD BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN 1990 AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER. FROM 1990 TO 1998 SHE TAUGHT AT SULPHUR SPRINGS AND WEST TAMPA ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. 1998 TO 2005, SHE WAS THE TECHNOLOGY RESOURCE TEACHER IN EDUCATION, MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY, TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, AND THE TECHNOLOGY CALL CENTER. FROM 2005 TO 2012, SHE WAS APPOINTED TO THE BUSINESS PROCESS -- SHE WAS APPOINTED BUSINESS PROCESS SPECIALIST IN BUSINESS AND RESEARCH AND BUSINESS PROCESSING IMPROVEMENT. IN 2012, SHE WAS APPOINTED THE CUSTOMER SERVICE MANAGER TO SERVICES AND SUPPORT WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

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

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT MELANIE HILL CURRENTLY THE ASSIST PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT BING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO THE PRINCIPAL OF POTTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF APRIL 25th, 2016. MS. HILL BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN 1999 AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER. FROM 1999 TO 2007, SHE TAUGHT AT SHORE, PIZZO AND LOCKHART MAGNET ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. IN 2007, SHE WAS APPOINTED AN ACADEMIC INTERVENTION SPECIALIST AT TEMPLE TERRACE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. AND IN 2008, SHE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT SHORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IN 2012, SHE WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT BING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. EDGECOMB AND A SECOND BY MS. KURDELL. ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. MS. HILL, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. SORRY. [ APPLAUSE ]

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

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SORRY ABOUT THAT, MS. GRIFFIN. THE NEXT APPOINTMENT BEFORE I MAKE THE APPOINTMENT, I JUST WANT TO MAKE THE PUBLIC KNOWN, THIS NEXT APPOINTMENT WAS OUR COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER, WHICH IS OUR CHIEF COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER, WHICH IS A MEMBER OF CABINET. THIS WAS A POSITION THAT WAS APPROVED AT THE REORGANIZATION IN JUNE OF 2015. AND WE'RE DEALING WITH A FEW CHALLENGES, SO WE HAD -- I FIRST WANT TO RECOGNIZE OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM WHO HAVE DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS AS WE'VE BEEN WORKING AS REALLY A TEAM. IT'S BEEN A TEAM EFFORT. EVERYONE STEPPED UP AND DONE A WONDERFUL JOB IN OUR COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT AS WE'VE BEEN ANXIOUSLY AWAITING THE POSITION TO BE APPOINTED. AND SO BEFORE I APPOINTED THIS POSITION, I JUST WANTED TO THANK OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM. THEY'VE DONE A FABULOUS JOB.

>>April Griffin: MR. EAKINS, COULD YOU ALSO REALLY SPEAK TO THE NATIONAL SEARCH THAT WAS DONE AND HOW MANY APPLICANTS WE HAD FOR THIS POSITION.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ABSOLUTELY. WE KNEW THIS WAS A CRITICAL POSITION. THIS IS ONE OF YOUR FOUR PILLARS IN THE STRATEGIC PLAN. ONE OF THE PRIORITIES OF THE BOARD IS COMMUNICATIONS, SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST, SO WE DID A NATIONAL SEARCH FOR THIS POSITION. WE RECEIVED CLOSE TO A HUNDRED HIGHLY QUALIFIED APPLICANTS INTO THIS POSITION. IT WAS VETTED SEVERAL TIMES. THERE WERE A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS THAT TOOK PLACE, AND WE HAVE THE RIGHT GUY IN THIS POSITION. I'M EXCITED TO MAKE THIS APPOINTMENT TONIGHT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT TEGE TAYLOR, CURRENT MANAGER OF STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS AT LAW FIRM HOLLAND AND KNIGHT WITH EFFECTIVE DATE OF MAY 15th, 2016. AS I ALREADY STATED, THIS POSITION IS PART OF PHASE ONE REORGANIZATION APPROVED IN JUNE OF 2015. AND AFTER A NATIONAL SEARCH, IT IS MY RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT TEGE TO THIS POSITION. FROM MARCH 2005 TO MARCH 2006, HE WORKED WITH COMBINED FORCES, COMMAND IN AFGHANISTAN, KABUL AS COMMAND INFORMATION CHIEF. FROM MAY 2006 TO MAY 2008, HE ATTENDED COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY IN FORT COLLINS, COLORADO, AS A GRADUATE STUDENT PURSUING A MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION IN THE JOURNALISM DEPARTMENT. FROM 2008 TO FEBRUARY 2011, HE SERVED WITH THE FOURTH BRIGADE, FOURTH INFANTRY DIVISION OUT OF FORT CARSON, COLORADO, AS THE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER. FROM FEBRUARY 2011 TO MAY 2013, HE SERVED IN THE U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND AT MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE AS DIRECTOR OF MEDIA OPERATIONS. FROM MAY 2013 TO NOVEMBER 2015, HE WORKED AS DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS PLANS AND STRATEGY AT U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE. TEGE BRINGS A VAST POOL OF KNOWLEDGE AND TO THE DISTRICT. EXPERIENCE WEEKLY NEWS MAGAZINE DISTRIBUTED TO MILITARY TROOPS THROUGHOUT AFGHANISTAN. AWARDED KAPPA TAU ALPHA, HIGHEST GPA WHILE OBTAINING MASTERS OF SCIENCE IN TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION AND JOURNALISM DEPARTMENT. HE HAS VAST EXPERIENCE IN MEDIA RELATIONS, COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND INTERNAL COMMUNICATION AT HOME STATION AND DEPLOYED IN AFGHANISTAN. HE BUILT AND MAINTAINED RELATIONSHIPS WITH KEY MEDIA AND SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS TO ENSURE MESSAGE ALIGNMENT WITH TRIPS ON TROOPS ON THE GROUND. MANAGE A TEAM OF 12 STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION PLANNERS FROM COMMUNICATION PLANNING FOR THE CENTRAL COMMAND AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY. THESE PLANS INCLUDED MEDIA RELATIONS AND INFORMATION OPERATIONS, COMMUNITY RELATIONS, AND PARTNER NATIONAL CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT. HE'S ALSO WEST POINT GRAD. WE WELCOME TEGE AND HIS EXPERIENCE TO CONTINUE MOVING OUR COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT TO MEET OUR DEMANDS. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: AND I HAD ORIGINALLY -- I WAS TRYING TO BEAT MS. SNIVELY TO MAKE THE MOTION, SO I'M CHAIR AND I WITHDREW. WE HAVE A MOTION BY MS. SNIVELY. SECOND BY MS. STUART. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? MS. SNIVELY?

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS I NOTICED AS A NEWER BOARD MEMBER COMING INTO THIS DISTRICT WAS THAT WE HAD SEVERAL CHALLENGES WITH COMMUNICATION. IT WAS ONE OF THE FIRST ISSUES I IDENTIFIED COMING IN. SO THIS IS VERY HIGHLY ANTICIPATED POSITION THAT YOU HAVE JUST FILLED. AND THANK YOU FOR READING HIS ENTIRE RESUMÉ TO THE GROUP. VERY IMPRESSIVE. COULD YOU JUST SHARE BRIEFLY, BECAUSE I KNOW WE WANT TO VOTE, IF YOU CAN SHARE BRIEFLY WHAT YOUR VISION IS FOR THIS PARTICULAR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER. FOR THE DISTRICT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WELL, THIS IS PERFECT TIMING TO BRING MR. TAYLOR ON BOARD BECAUSE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR STRATEGIC PLAN WITH OUR COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIC PLAN, HE'S GOING TO BE RIGHT AT THE SEAT WITH OUR CONSULTANT, TUCKER HALL AND OUR STAFF TO REALLY START TO DRIVE WHAT THIS BOARD HAS ENVISIONED OF BEING AN ELITE COMMUNICATIONS ORGANIZATION. THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE'RE FOCUSED ON. I LOVE, AS -- BY THE WAY, HE WAS THE TOP RECOMMENDATION NOT ONLY OF OUR COMMITTEES BUT ALSO OF OUR CONSULTANT. SO THERE WAS NO DOUBT THIS WAS GOING TO BE THE PERSON THAT IS GOING TO TAKE US TO THAT NEXT LEVEL AS FAR AS COMMUNICATION. I LOVED AS I WAS TALKING WITH HIM IN MY ONE-ON-ONE INTERVIEW WITH HIM, HOW HE TALKED ABOUT HOW WE COMMUNICATE AS AN ORGANIZATION. MY FIRST QUESTION IS, SO YOU'VE BEEN HEARING ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION FROM ANOTHER SIDE. SO HOW AM I DOING, YOU KNOW, FROM THAT SIDE? I THINK ONE OF THE GREATEST ANSWERS THAT I COULD EVER GET AND I GOT FROM HIM, ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO REALIZE AS A COMMUNITY RELATIONS OFFICER, I HAVE TO BE AT THE TABLE. I HAVE TO BE AT THE TABLE ALL THE TIME BECAUSE WE NOT ONLY COMMUNICATE VERBALLY, AND A LOT OF TIMES WE THINK ABOUT WHAT WE COMMUNICATE VERBALLY OR IN PRINT ACROSS THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION TO ALL OUR STAKEHOLDERS, BUT EVERY DECISION WE MAKE -- AND THIS IS HIS ANSWER -- EVERY DECISION WE MAKE AS AN ORGANIZATION IS COMMUNICATION. AND SO WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE FROM THE BEGINNING WHEN AN INITIATIVE OR DECISIONS ARE BEING DISCUSSED TO THE TIME THAT WE FINALLY MAKE THAT DECISION UNTIL ALL THE DECISIONS IN BETWEEN THAT TO IMPLEMENTATION, I HAVE TO BE AT THE TABLE TO ENSURE THAT AS AN ORGANIZATION, WE ARE NOT ONLY VERBALLY COMMUNICATING TO OUR STAKEHOLDERS AND CONSTITUENTS, BUT OUR DECISIONS ARE ALIGNING EVERY SINGLE BIT ALONG THE WAY TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE COMMUNICATING THROUGH THAT AS WELL. BECAUSE YOU CAN'T POSSIBLY HAVE, SAY ONE THING, AND DO ANOTHER. SO IT WAS CRITICAL FOR US AS WE DEVELOPED THE STRATEGIC PLAN, AND ALL THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MEDIA FORMS THAT THERE ARE OUT THERE. AND HE HAS EXPERIENCE IN ALL OF THOSE AS WELL, THAT WE ARE ALIGNED. THAT WE'RE AN ALIGNED ORGANIZATION, THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING OUR INTERNAL, OUR EXTERNAL STAKEHOLDERS, WE HAVE GREAT RELATIONSHIPS AS A GOVERNANCE TEAM THROUGH OUR COMMUNICATION OUTLET. WE HAVE GREAT RELATIONSHIPS WITH OUR MEDIA OUTLETS. HE HAS STRONG CONNECTIONS NATIONALLY AND GLOBALLY, YOU KNOW, WITH REGARDS TO MAJOR MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS THAT HE'S HAD TO INTERACT AND INTERFACE WITH IN HIS CURRENT ROLE. WE KNOW WE HAVE TO -- YOU KNOW, BECAUSE OF OUR BEING THE 8th LARGEST DISTRICT IN THE NATION, PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW HOW ARE WE DOING. WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN, BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PROMOTE ALL THE GREAT THINGS HAPPENING ACROSS THIS ORGANIZATION ACROSS STAKEHOLDERS AND ABROAD. I THINK ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE BEEN ENVISIONING, ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE THREE-LEGGED STOOL, YOU KNOW, THAT WAS DRAWN, TEGE HAS ALL THOSE PIECES. HE WILL BUILD THAT STOOL AND IT WILL BE A BEAUTIFUL STOOL FOR COMMUNICATIONS. I DON'T KNOW THAT ANYONE ELSE KNOWS WHAT THAT MEANS, BUT YOU ALL KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS.

>> I APPRECIATE YOU TAKING A MOMENT TO EXPLAIN THAT. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR OUR STAKEHOLDERS TO UNDERSTAND THE VISION THAT WE AS A BOARD HAVE AND YOU AS A SUPERINTENDENT HAVE, THAT WE WANT TO SUPPORT THIS, AND WE KNOW THAT IN THE LONG RUN, I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHATEVER THE IMPROVEMENTS ARE. I WANT TO COMMEND THE STAFF IN THE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE FOR HOLDING DOWN THE FORT FOR QUITE A WHILE. THERE'S BEEN A LOT HAPPENING OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, AND THEY HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB DOING THAT. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT. THIS IS A VERY WELL-PAID JOB. I THINK IT'S FAIR FOR THE STAKEHOLDERS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS POSITION IS, WHY YOU'RE DOING IT AND WHAT THE VISION IS OF THE BOARD AND THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR THE DISTRICT. SO THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND NOT TO BELABOR, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT MR. TAYLOR IS OUT THERE PROBABLY HOLDING HIS BREATH RIGHT NOW, BUT HE'S WORKED WITH THE MILITARY, SO HE'S USED TO IT. THIS IS JUST GIVING HIM A TASTE OF WHAT IT'S GOING TO BE LIKE. PUBLIC SERVICE. BUT I WANT TO SAY WHAT IS MOST IMPRESSIVE IS THAT THE LIST OF CANDIDATES THAT WE HAD AND HOW HE ROSE TO THE TOP, AND THAT HIS EDUCATION AND HIS CREDENTIALS AND HIS EXPERIENCE ALL ALIGN AND MATCH. SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO MEETING WITH HIM FOR THE FIRST TIME AND TALKING ABOUT WHAT EACH OF OUR -- I WANT EACH OF US TO MEET WITH HIM, TOO. I'M SURE THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, TO TALK ABOUT THE COMMUNICATIONS PLAN. WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR, AND A SECOND. BOARD MEMBERS, IF THERE'S NO MORE DISCUSSION, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. MR. TAYLOR, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. I WILL TURN IT BACK OVER TO YOU, MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I DID JUST WANT TO STATE THIS IS MR. TAYLOR'S FIRST MEETING, BUT HE DOES HAVE OTHER COMMITMENTS THIS EVENING, SO I WILL GO AHEAD AND RELEASE HIM TONIGHT FOR THE MEETING. HOW'S THAT?

>>April Griffin: AND ANYBODY ELSE WHO WAS HERE FOR AN APPOINTMENT, IF YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD AND LEAVE QUIETLY WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS SO THAT YOU CAN CELEBRATE. WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE WITH THE BUSINESS OF THIS DISTRICT. BOARD MEMBERS, SOME MEMBERS HAVE BEEN PULLED UP ON THE AGENDA TO ACCOMMODATE COMMUNITY MEMBERS. WE'RE GOING TO VOTE ON THESE SEPARATELY. SO THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PULLED UP FOR DISCUSSION. C 9.02. C 9.03. C 9.04 R 3 AND C 10.02. I WILL NEED A MOTION TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THE ABOVE ITEMS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION AND A SEPARATE VOTE. MOTION BY MS. STUART AND SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. MS. FERNANDEZ, IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY, THE CONSENT AGENDA. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. WE ARE NOW MOVING ON TO C 9.02.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU TODAY. BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT. TODAY I'M COME BEFORE YOU WITH TWO ITEMS, BOTH FOR CONTRACTS BASED ON APPROVED APPLICATIONS THAT CAME TO YOU IN DECEMBER. THE FIRST ITEM 9.02 IS THE APPROVAL OF THE CONTRACT FOR SUNLAKE ACADEMY OF MATH AND SCIENCE. THIS IS A K-8 CHARTER SCHOOL. IT WILL OPEN WITH KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 6th GRADE. IT WILL BE LOCATED ON NORTH DALE MABRY JUST NORTH OF IDLEWILD BAPTIST CHURCH, AND IT IS MANAGED BY CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATES. AT THIS TIME, IT CURRENTLY HAS APPROXIMATELY 500 APPLICATIONS FOR ITS OPENING, AND THEY HELD NUMEROUS COMMUNITY MEETINGS. AND I WANT TO JUST TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE COMMUNITY MEETINGS AND THE ADVERTISING THEY HAVE DONE TONIGHT BECAUSE I KNOW SEVERAL OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS HAVE RECEIVED MANY PHONE CALLS. SO WHEN I SPOKE WITH THE TEAM THAT IS OPENING THE SCHOOL EARLIER TODAY, THEY'VE HAD SEVEN PARENT MEETINGS IN THE LUTZ AREA, MOST OF THEM HELD AT THE LUTZ LIBRARY WHERE THEY HAVE INFORMED PARENTS OF THEIR OPENING AND OF INFORMATION REGARDING THE SCHOOL IF THEY ARE INTERESTED. THEY ALSO HAVE ADVERTISED BY SENDING OUT 15,000 POSTCARDS DIRECT MAIL THROUGH MAILING LISTS THAT THEY HAVE PURCHASED. AND THAT BEGAN THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 1st. SO I'M SAYING THIS BECAUSE SOMETIMES WE GET CALLS ON THESE NEW SCHOOLS, AND IT'S NOT BECAUSE THE SCHOOL IS NOT COMMUNICATING, BUT IT'S BECAUSE WE ARE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO THEY COME TO US THINKING THAT WE HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION. ANY CALLS THAT COME TO YOU, PLEASE REFER THEM TO ME AND I WILL REFER THEM TO THE ORGANIZATION THAT IS OPENING THE SCHOOL SO THAT WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT PARENTS HAVE THAT CHOICE IF THEY WOULD LIKE THAT. ALSO, THERE WILL BE A POSTING, A LARGE POST-IT SIGN COMING UP IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. 4/13 IS THE ANTICIPATED DATE. AND THAT'S DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE SCHOOL IS ON DALE MABRY, BUT IT'S ACTUALLY SET BACK ON THE PROPERTY, AND SO THERE IS AN EASEMENT. SO THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO EASILY ERECT A SIGN ON THAT EASEMENT UNTIL NOW. ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS ON THAT ONE?

>>April Griffin: NO, MA'AM.

>> OKAY. MOVING ON TO 9.03. 9.03 IS THE APPROVAL OF THE CONTRACT FOR SOUTHSHORE CHARTER ACADEMY. AND THAT IS ALSO A K-8 SCHOOL THAT IS GOING TO BE OPENING K-6. IT'S GOING TO BE LOCATED ON BIG BEND ROAD JUST A LITTLE BIT EAST OF 301. IT'S RIGHT IN THE SUMMERFIELD, SUMMERFIELD CROSSING AREA. THEY ARE GOING TO OPEN WITH APPROXIMATELY 800 STUDENTS, AND THEY RECEIVED APPROXIMATELY 1400 APPLICATIONS AT THIS TIME. THAT IS A SCHOOL THAT IS MANAGED BY CHARTER SCHOOLS USA.

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, ANY DISCUSSION? MS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WITH THE POTENTIAL APPROVAL OF THESE SCHOOLS, WHAT WILL BE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CHARTER SCHOOLS WE HAVE IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT NOW?

>> WELL, WE APPROVED -- WE HAVE -- WE HAVE 41 SCHOOLS OPERATING, AND WE ALREADY APPROVED THE APPLICATIONS FOR 12 NEW SCHOOLS BETWEEN DEFERRALS FROM LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR. SO THAT BRINGS US TO A TOTAL OF 53 CHARTER SCHOOLS. THESE TWO CONTRACTS, THIS IS WHAT SOLIDIFIES THEM ACTUALLY OPENING. BECAUSE, REMEMBER, THE APPLICATION MEANS THAT WE APPROVE THEM. THEY HAVE A PLAN THAT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL WORK. WE FEEL IT WILL WORK AND MEET STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS. THIS CONTRACT IS NOW YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM WHERE THEY CAN NOW BEGIN TO OPERATE WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO WITH THESE TWO APPROVALS TONIGHT, WE'LL HAVE 43 OPERATING, BUT JUST KNOW THAT I'LL BE COMING FORWARD WITH SEVERAL OTHER APPLICATIONS OR SEVERAL OTHER CONTRACTS IN THE COMING BOARD MEETINGS.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: YOU MAY HAVE DONE THIS IN THE PAST OR THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION, BUT IS THERE ANY WAY YOU CAN PROVIDE A MATRIX FOR US OF ALL THE CHARTER SCHOOLS WE HAVE MAYBE BY GRADE LEVEL THAT THEY SERVE AND WHAT THEIR THEME EMPHASIS IS.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: BECAUSE, I THINK IT GIVES US A GLOBAL PICTURE OF WHAT PARENTS ARE INTERESTED IN, MAYBE EVEN WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED. SO IT GIVES A FULL SCOPE OF OUR CHARTER SCHOOL STRUCTURES THAT WE HAVE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I WOULD FIND IT VERY HELPFUL IF YOU WOULD GET THAT.

>> CAN I SEND THAT TO DR. VAZQUEZ TO YOU. BARBARA HANCOCK CHALLENGED ME TO DO THAT SEVERAL YEARS AGO FOR HER STAFF. EVERY YEAR I UPDATE THAT. IT GIVES THE SCHOOL, THE LOCATION, THE GRADE LEVEL SERVED, THE PRINCIPAL AND THEN THE THEME AND IF THEY HAVE A MANAGEMENT COMPANY OR NOT. I WOULD ABSOLUTELY BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THAT TO YOU. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. COULD YOU TALK TO US -- SORRY. AND THEN WE'LL HAVE TO APPROVE. CAN YOU TALK TO US ABOUT WHAT THE TREND IS ACROSS THE STATE OF FLORIDA? ARE WE IN LINE? ARE WE ABOVE? ARE WE BELOW? WHERE ARE WE?

>> YOU KNOW, IT'S HARD TO REALLY GIVE YOU A TREND IN CHARTER SCHOOLS. REMEMBER, EVERY DISTRICT BOARD HAS AUTHORITY WITHIN THEIR REGION, AND THIS BOARD HAS -- AND IT'S CLEARLY DUE TO THE SENIOR STAFF AND THE SUPERINTENDENT, WE ARE VERY, VERY CLEAR ON IF A SCHOOL MEETS THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS, THEN WE'RE GOING TO APPROVE IT, BUT WE ALSO HAVE A VERY, VERY STRENUOUS PROCESS AND I THINK MAYBE TWO OF THE BOARD MEMBERS WILL SPEAK TO THIS, IF NOT NOW, LATER, THAT WE WORK WITH OUR POTENTIAL APPLICANT. SO WE WORK WITH THE APPLICANTS TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE INFORMATION IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL. NOW, IF THEY ARE ABLE TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS, CREATE AN APPLICATION THAT I LOOK AT AS AN EDUCATIONAL AND BUSINESS PLAN, IT'S GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND MEET THE REQUIREMENTS, THEN THEY WILL BE APPROVED AND WE FEEL THAT IS THE LOWEST RISK IN OUR DISTRICT IN ORDER FOR THEM TO OPERATE. IF THEY CAN'T MAKE IT THROUGH THE PROCESS, WHICH IT IS A TOUGH ONE AND WE HAD AN ALL-DAY MEETING YESTERDAY TALKING ABOUT IT, THEN THEY ARE NOT APPROVED IN OUR DISTRICT. USUALLY THOSE PEOPLE WILL COME BACK AND WORK WITH US OR THEY DON'T WANT TO PUT THE EFFORT IN AND THEY GO AWAY. I DON'T KNOW IF I CAN REALLY GIVE YOU A TREND. I CAN TELL YOU THAT THIS PAST YEAR, WE APPROVED 10 OUT OF 12 APPLICATIONS, WHICH IS A HIGH NUMBER. YESTERDAY, MANY PEOPLE WANTED TO KNOW, SO WHAT PERCENTAGE OF APPLICATIONS DO YOU APPROVE? THE PRIOR YEAR, WE ONLY APPROVED THREE APPLICATIONS. EVEN IN OUR OWN DISTRICT, DEPENDING ON THE ONES THAT MEET REQUIREMENTS IS WHAT WE APPROVE. IT'S NEVER A SET NUMBER OR PERCENTAGE.

>>April Griffin: I'M CURIOUS WHAT'S HAPPENING ACROSS THE REST OF THE STATE. IF YOU HAVE THOSE NUMBERS SOMEWHERE, I CAN RESEARCH THEM MYSELF. I'M CURIOUS, LIKE, WITH BROWARD. SO THE THREE OF US, BROWARD, HILLSBOROUGH, AND MIAMI-DADE ARE THE THREE LARGEST STATES -- THREE LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE STATE. I'M WONDERING WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE WITH THEIR CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS, TOO,.

>> CAN I GET THE NUMBERS. TELL YOU HOW MANY APPLICATIONS WERE RECEIVED, HOW MANY WERE APPROVED AND HOW MANY OPENED. THE OTHER THING, A LOT OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE A LOT OF DEFERRALS. WE USUALLY HAVE A LOWER NUMBER OF DEFERRALS, ALTHOUGH THIS YEAR WE DO HAVE MORE THAN USUAL. DO I NOT NECESSARILY LOVE DEFERRALS, BUT WE ACCEPT THEM FOR ONE YEAR AND THE NEW STATUTE WILL ALLOW THEM TO DEFER FOR TWO YEARS.

>>April Griffin: VERY GOOD. YOU CAN SHARE THAT WITH ME WHEN WE TOUR. MS. SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: I HAD A GENERAL QUESTION. IF YOU WANT TO ANSWER BRIEFLY OR TAKE IT OFF-LINE IT MIGHT BE BETTER FOR DISCUSSION ONE ON ONE, BUT I WANTED TO KNOW, IS THERE A GRADING SYSTEM FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS OR, YOU KNOW, HOW ARE THEY EVALUATED BASED ON PERFORMANCE? WHEN PEOPLE COME AND ASK ME AS A BOARD MEMBER, WELL, WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS CHARTER SCHOOL OR THAT CHARTER SCHOOL AS FAR AS THEIR PERFORMANCE, WHERE CAN WE GO FOR THAT INFORMATION?

>> OKAY. SO THEY ARE GRADED BY THE STATE JUST LIKE ANY TRADITIONAL SCHOOL IS IN THE DISTRICT. SO WE CAN GO TO THE DOE WEBSITE AND LOOK IT UP. IT IS LINKED TO OUR WEBSITE. IF ANYONE CALLS MY OFFICE, I CAN GIVE GRADES FOR EVERY ONE OF THE SCHOOLS IN OUR DISTRICT. THANK YOU.

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

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU. JUST REMIND PEOPLE HOW IT STARTED AND DO WE HAVE THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CHARTER SCHOOLS IN THE STATE? AT ONE TIME WE DID, STARTED AS SCHOOLS TO BE SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND CREATIVE AND MEET A NEED, AND WE'VE FAR EXCEEDED THAT AND WE HAVE NO OPPORTUNITY TO SAY NO BECAUSE THEY CAN GO TO THE STATE AND GET APPROVAL WITHOUT ANY TROUBLE WHATSOEVER. IS THAT CORRECT? IS THAT STILL CORRECT?

>> WELL, LET ME TELL YOU, IT DID START OUT WITH THE SCHOOLS HAVING TO BE INNOVATIVE AND THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO DO THINGS FOR BETTER THAN US AND FOR LESS MONEY THAN US. AND THAT IS I THINK THE INITIAL THOUGHTS BEHIND CHARTER. I THINK THAT CLEARLY THE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS INCREASED AS THEY FOUND THAT BY LETTING THEM GO AND DO THEIR OWN THING THAT WASN'T REALLY THE BEST WAY OF DOING IT BECAUSE SOME SCHOOLS FAILED, AND THEN THAT MEANT THAT CHILDREN WERE IMPACTED. AND THAT WAS NOT WHAT THE INTENT WAS. SO THEIR ACCOUNTABILITY INCREASED AND THEREFORE SOME OF THAT INNOVATION AND THOSE THINGS I DON'T THINK WERE AS IMPORTANT IN THE LEGISLATURE AS THEY WERE IN THE VERY BEGINNING. SO NOW THEY DO NOT HAVE TO BE INNOVATIVE. THEY MAY BE INNOVATIVE, AND WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT THAT WORD YESTERDAY, AND I DID SAY WE ARE ALLOWED TO SAY WHAT OUR DISTRICT PRIORITIES ARE, AND I DID SAY DISTRICT PRIORITIES HERE ARE THAT THEY DO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAN OUR SCHOOLS. BECAUSE OTHERWISE, WHAT IS THE TRUE NEED, AND WHAT ARE THEY OFFERING CHILDREN OTHER THAN A DIFFERENT SCHOOL BUILDING TO GO TO, DIFFERENT FACILITY, SO TO SPEAK. AND WE DON'T HAVE THE MOST IN THE STATE, I WILL TELL YOU. WE'RE PROBABLY FOURTH RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE MIAMI-DADE, AND I HOPE -- I'M PROBABLY CLOSE ON THESE NUMBERS, MAYBE NOT EXACT, BUT THEY HAVE ABOUT 125 CHARTER SCHOOLS. THE DIFFERENCE THERE IS THEY DO HAVE A LOT OF CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT COHABITATE. WE HAVE NONE THAT DO THAT IN OUR DISTRICT, AND I DISCOVERED THAT VERY MUCH, BECAUSE -- I DISCOURAGE THAT VERY MUCH BECAUSE I DON'T THINK THAT IS THE BEST WAY OF DOING SCHOOLS. THEY'LL HAVE A CHARTER SCHOOL IN A BUILDING, AND THEN THEY WILL INCUBATE OR COHABITATE ANOTHER SCHOOL WITHIN THAT BUILDING SO THAT THEY CAN SHARE PRACTICES AND THEN GO OFF ON THEIR OWN. SOME OF THAT 125 IS ACTUALLY MAYBE LIKE 72 LOCATIONS. BROWARD COUNTY HAS 72 CHARTER SCHOOLS, AND I BELIEVE PALM BEACH HAS 56. AND I THINK WE'RE NEXT.

>>Carol Kurdell: GREAT. THANK YOU. APPRECIATE IT.

>> YOU'RE WELCOME.

>>April Griffin: MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MS. HODGES, YOU USUALLY BRING SOME PEOPLE WITH CONTRACTS. DID YOU BRING ANYONE TO INTRODUCE TO US TODAY?

>> YOU KNOW, I HAVE TO TELL YOU I DID ASK THEM TO COME, BUT WE WEREN'T SURE EXACTLY WHAT TIME IT WOULD COME UP. I DID NOT SEE ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WHEN I GOT UP TO SPEAK. CHARTER SCHOOLS USA IS HERE. HE DID DRIVE FROM MIAMI AND DID TEXT ME TO TELL ME -- HIS GPS WAS TELLING HIM HE WAS BEHIND. SO HE IS HERE. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO OPEN ANOTHER CHARTER SCHOOL. IT'S UNDER CONSTRUCTION AND WILL OPEN IN AUGUST. [LOW AUDIO]

>> I HAVE TO TELL YOU, TIFFANY FROM -- THANK YOU, DERRICK. TIFFANY FROM CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATES FROM THE SUNLAKE SCHOOL, SHE IS AT HER SCHOOL AT CHANNELSIDE, AND I WAS TEXTING HER AND I SAID I THINK WE MIGHT BE TILL LATE. I SAID HOLD ON AND I'LL TEXT YOU. I DIDN'T BACK GET. SHE MIGHT COME LATER AND IF SHE DOES, I'LL HAVE HER WAVE AND THEN SHE CAN LEAVE. SORRY ABOUT THAT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ANY MORE DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? WELL, WE HAVE TWO CHARTER SCHOOLS, AND IF THE MOTION IS TO APPROVE BOTH 9.02 AND 9.03, WE COULD APPROVE THESE WITH ONE VOTE.

>>Susan L. Valdes: SO MOVED.

>>April Griffin: IS THAT A SECOND, MS. HARRIS? I HAVE A MOTION FROM MS. VALDES TO APPROVE BOTH 9.02 AND 9.03 TOGETHER WITH A SECOND FROM MS. HARRIS. ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT -- THEY BOTH PASSED 6-1 WITH MS. KURDELL AS A NO. YOU GOT THAT, MS. FERNANDEZ? THANK YOU. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS 9.04R3. I'M GOING TO TURN THIS OVER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT. THIS IS TO APPROVE THE SECOND PHASE OF THE DISTRICT REORGANIZATION PLAN TO INCLUDE THE SUPERINTENDENT'S CABINET.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. I WILL TELL YOU THIS IS GOING TO BE KIND OF DIVIDED INTO SOME PARTS. I'LL GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF AN OVERVIEW FIRST. I WILL THEN PROBABLY TALK THROUGH THE ORGANIZATIONAL REALIGNMENT A LITTLE BIT MORE SPECIFICALLY, AND THEN THE LAST PART I WILL HAVE SOME APPOINTMENTS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE AT THAT POINT IN TIME. SO THERE'S GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT OF A THREE PARTS TO THIS. BOARD MEMBERS, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT PHASE TWO OF THE REORGANIZATION PLAN THAT'S BEFORE YOU THIS EVENING. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT I HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TALK THROUGH THE PLAN. OBVIOUSLY, WE NEED CLARITY. ANYTIME THERE IS CHANGE, PEOPLE START TO ASSUME WHAT THAT CHANGE, AND HOW IT MIGHT AFFECT THEM. AND I WANT TO PROVIDE SOME ASSURANCES AND SOME REASSURANCES TONIGHT AS I GO THROUGH THIS PLAN BECAUSE IT'S MUCH MORE THAN JUST ORGANIZATIONAL CHARTS. IT'S MUCH MORE THAN JOB TITLES. IT'S MUCH MORE THAN JOB DESCRIPTIONS. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE BOARD, STAFF, EMPLOYEES, PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY UNDERSTAND THE WAY OF WORK THAT WILL RESULT FROM THIS PHASE AND ANY ADDITIONAL PHASES OF THIS ORGANIZATION. I'M GOING TO RESTATE THAT. THIS IS THE SECOND PHASE, AND I WILL TALK THROUGH A LITTLE BIT LATER HOW THE SECOND PHASE WILL PROBABLY THEN BRING FORTH A THIRD PHASE THAT WILL COME BACK TO THE BOARD. I WON'T GIVE ANY DATES THIS TIME BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW. I WILL SAY THERE WILL BE A THIRD PHASE AT SOME POINT THAT WE WILL BRING BACK. BUT I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. IT'S CRITICAL THAT STAKEHOLDERS HAVE CLARITY REGARDING THE ROLES OF INDIVIDUALS AND THE DEPARTMENTS WITHIN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SO THAT WE ULTIMATELY ARE VIEWED AS AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS BOTH USER FRIENDLY AND STUDENT FOCUSED. YOU WILL SEE THAT EVERY DECISION MADE IN THIS REORGANIZATION IS PURPOSEFUL. DECISIONS WERE MADE WITH THE FOLLOWING IN MIND, MUCH LIKE THE FIRST REORGANIZATION LOOKED AT SCHOOL BOARD AND STRATEGIC PLAN PRIORITIES, LOOK AT OUR ACCREDITATION IMPROVEMENT PRIORITIES, HOW DO WE ENHANCE CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SUPPORT TO OUR KEY STAKEHOLDERS? HOW DO WE ADDRESS CRITICAL DISTRICT AND COMMUNITY ISSUES? HOW DO WE BRING CLARITY REGARDING HOW THE ORGANIZATION SUPPORTS SCHOOLS, AND HOW DO WE ENHANCE COMMUNICATIONS BOTH INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY? PHASE TWO OF THIS REORGANIZATION PLAN WILL INCLUDE SOME REALIGNMENTS OF DEPARTMENTS, SOME CLARITY AROUND INDIVIDUAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES. THERE WILL BE SOME RE-GRADED POSITIONS AND RE-GRADED POSITIONS WITH NEW JOB TITLES. THERE WILL BE ELIMINATED POSITIONS. THERE WILL BE DEPARTMENTS THAT WILL MOVE TO OTHER DIVISIONS. AND THERE WILL BE INDIVIDUAL POSITIONS THAT WILL MOVE TO OTHER DIVISIONS. ONE THING I AM ADDING IN THIS PARTICULAR REORGANIZATION IS SOME MORE SUCCESSION PLANNING THAT I KNOW THE BOARD HAS TALKED A LOT ABOUT. LET ME FIRST OF ALL SAY EVEN THOUGH THERE WAS A DELAY FROM OUR INITIAL PLAN TO IN JUNE COME BEFORE, AS I DID, WITH PHASE ONE AND THE NEXT GOAL WAS TO COME BACK ABOUT TWO TO THREE MONTHS LATER WITH A PHASE TWO, EVERYTHING ALWAYS HAPPENS FOR A REASON AND FOR A PURPOSE. AND I'M ACTUALLY VERY GRATEFUL THAT WE PAUSED AS LONG AS WE DID. FIRST OF ALL, WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF SOME VERY CHALLENGING ISSUES, AND I THINK WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE VERY SUCCESSFULLY. BUT IT GAVE ME MORE TIME TO LISTEN TO THE ORGANIZATION, TO LISTEN TO THE COMMUNITY, AND ALSO FOR THE COMMUNITY TO LISTEN TO THE BOARD AND LISTEN TO ISSUES THAT ARE ARISING FROM THIS DISTRICT AND FROM THE BOARD. SO IT GAVE TREMENDOUS -- A GREAT AMOUNT OF ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I WOULDN'T HAVE HAD THREE MONTHS INTO BEING THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS THAT I NOW HAVE. I AM VERY GRATEFUL. BEFORE I REVIEW THE ORGANIZATIONAL CHART AND POSITIONS, WHICH SOME ARE CURRENTLY UNDER NATIONAL SEARCH PROCESS, LET ME FIRST ADDRESS THE WAY OF WORK, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT EVERYONE NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND. THIS IS NOT ABOUT PEOPLE. I THINK IT WAS STATED BY ONE OF THE SPEAKERS. THIS IS ABOUT LOOKING FIRST AT WHAT DO OUR KIDS NEED? WHAT DO OUR SCHOOLS NEED? WHAT DO OUR TEACHERS NEED? WHAT DOES OUR COMMUNITY NEED? THAT'S WHERE WE ONLY EXIST BECAUSE THERE'S SOMEONE OUT THERE THAT NEEDS US. SO IF WE DON'T LOOK AT THAT FIRST, IT WON'T EVEN MATTER. THERE WON'T BE ANY PEOPLE TO TALK ABOUT BECAUSE THERE WON'T BE AN ORGANIZATION THAT WE'LL BE THE SERVE. WE HAVE TO, FIRST OF ALL, IN ANY REORGANIZATION, LISTEN AND KNOW WHAT PEOPLE NEED. SO THAT'S DEFINITELY BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING. I KNOW WHAT THE BOARD HAS BEEN DOING OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS. I WANT TO REEMPHASIZE THE FACT THAT OUR POSITIONS ONLY EXIST TO SERVE SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS. WITHOUT PARENTS OF THE STUDENTS CHOOSING ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS TO ATTEND OUR ROLES, AS I SAID, ARE UNNECESSARY. SO WE'RE GOING TO EMBRACE THE CONCEPT THAT EACH OF OUR ROLES MUST BE FOCUSED DAILY ON ENSURING A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR OUR STUDENTS AND PROVIDING A QUALITY EDUCATION. THIS MEANS WE MUST CONTINUE TO SHOW GREAT SUPPORT TO OUR EMPLOYEES THAT HAVE THE GREATEST DIRECT IMPACT ON OUR STUDENTS. SO I'D LIKE TO, AS I STARTED TO KIND OF DISCUSS THIS WITH VARIOUS GROUPS, PRINCIPALS, COUNCILS AND I'LL BE GOING BEFORE THE ELEMENTARY COUNCIL TOMORROW, I'D LIKE TO EXPLAIN TO THE BOARD, WHERE WE START. THAT'S WITH WHAT STRUCTURE BASED OFF OF WHAT WE HEAR. WHAT STRUCTURE NEEDS TO EXIST AS AN ORGANIZATION, WHAT STRUCTURE WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION, AND WHAT THAT NEEDS TO LOOK LIKE IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS. SO HERE'S WHAT I'VE BEEN HEARING OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, AND IT DEALS WITH ONE WORD, AND THAT WORD IS "OWNERSHIP." AND I'VE TALKED TO A LOT OF PEOPLE ABOUT THIS. A LOT OF THIS ABOUT WHERE DO WE WANT OWNERSHIP TO LIE WHEN GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING FOR OUR KIDS? I HEAR OVER AND OVER AGAIN FROM PARENTS AND FROM TEACHERS ABOUT THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF THEIR COMMUNITIES. I HEAR ALL THE TIME ABOUT THE FACT THAT TEACHERS WANT THAT PROFESSIONAL DECISION MAKING ABILITY BASED OFF OF THE FACT THAT THEY KNOW THEIR STUDENTS BEST. I HEAR FROM PRINCIPALS THAT TALK ABOUT THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES THAT THEY FACE WITHIN THEIR SCHOOLS AND WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITIES. AND WE CANNOT BE AN ORGANIZATION IF WE HAVE UNIQUE NEEDS ACROSS A VERY DIVERSE COMMUNITY. WE CAN'T BE A ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL ORGANIZATION. WE CAN'T BE A CENTRALLY CONTROLLED ORGANIZATION. WE MUST BE A VERY BALANCED ORGANIZATION AROUND THAT WORD "OWNERSHIP." THAT MEANS THAT WE HAVE TO SOMETIMES GIVE TRUST. THAT MEANS WE HAVE TO SHOW TRUST. WE HAVE TO BELIEVE IN THE PEOPLE THAT WE'VE HIRED AS PRINCIPALS IN OUR SCHOOLS. WE HAVE TO BELIEVE IN THE TEACHERS THAT WE PLACED IN CHARGE OF OUR STUDENTS EVERY DAY, THAT THEY ARE THE EXPERTS OF THEIR CRAFT. AND WE HAVE TO HAVE GREAT AREA SUPERINTENDENTS WHO ARE MASTERS OF THEIR REGIONS, THAT KNOW ALL ABOUT THE BEST PRACTICES AROUND HOW TO DRIVE INNOVATION, HOW TO IMPROVE SCHOOLS, HOW TO IMPROVE PRACTICE, HOW TO BE GREAT COMMUNICATORS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES. AND THEN WE HAVE TO HAVE A CENTRAL STAFF THAT KNOWS HOW TO RESPOND. KNOWS HOW TO BE RESPONSIVE TO THE NEEDS, THEN, OF THE ORGANIZATION. AND SO AS I'VE BEEN LISTENING AND TALKING IN SEVERAL VENUES, WHETHER TEACHER TOWN HALL MEETINGS OR WHETHER IT'S BEEN COUNCIL MEETINGS, WHETHER IT'S BEEN INDIVIDUAL MEETINGS WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS, I DO HEAR THE FACT THAT MANY OF THEM DESIRE THAT OWNERSHIP OF DECISION MAKING, MORE LOCAL DECISION MAKING. NOW, I WANT TO PREFACE THAT BY SAYING THAT WE WILL NEVER BE AN ORGANIZATION WHEN YOU THINK OF THE WORD DECENTRALIZATION, THAT DECENTRALIZES RESOURCES, AS LONG AS I'M THE SUPERINTENDENT, BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CENTRAL CONTROL MECHANISM TO KEEP ALL THOSE THINGS IN ALIGNMENT. YOU CAN'T THEN CREATE THE ABILITIES TO HAVE SUCH INDEPENDENT DECISION MAKING MADE BY WHICH SOME POPULATIONS DESERVE RESOURCES DON'T HAVE RESOURCES BECAUSE OF AN INDIVIDUAL'S DECISION. THERE HAS TO BE A CHECKS AND BALANCES ALONG THAT ENTIRE CONTINUUM. SO THIS IS NOT ABOUT DECENTRALIZING. THIS IS ABOUT BALANCING OWNERSHIP. AND SO SHIFTING THE STRUCTURE OF THAT -- OF THE ORGANIZATION IS CRITICAL, AS WE MOVE FORWARD. SO AS I'VE BEEN TALKING TO STAFF ABOUT THIS, AND I'VE BEEN TALKING TO OUR LEADERS ABOUT THIS, THIS REALLY IS ABOUT A SKILL SET SHIFT, TOO. EVERYONE IS HIRED AT CERTAIN TIMES BASED OFF OF CERTAIN SKILL SETS FOR THE NEEDS OF THAT TIME. SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT AS WE MAKE STRUCTURAL SHIFTS TO THE ORGANIZATION THAT WE ALSO MUST ASSESS EVERYONE IN THEIR POSITION WITH REGARD TO THAT. SO I DO WANT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROCESS THAT I'M GOING THROUGH WITH THE REINTERVIEWING, BECAUSE I WOULD NOT HAVE ASKED TO REINTERVIEW HAD I NOT KNOWN WE HAD TO MAKE THE SHIFT IN THE ORGANIZATION AND, THEREFORE, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT SKILL SETS IN ORDER TO MEET THE NEEDS OF SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND SO FORTH. SO I WANT TO GO RIGHT UP FRONT AND LET EVERYONE KNOW PUBLICLY, STAFF THAT I HAVE WORKED WITH OVER THE LAST YEAR ARE HIGHLY SKILLED IN WHAT THEY DO. I MEAN, THAT HAS TO BE KNOWN. I WOULD HAVE LET THEM KNOW A LONG TIME AGO IF THAT WAS THE CASE. THEY ARE HIGHLY SKILLED. BUT AS WE LOOK AT THE SHIFTING OF AN ORGANIZATION, WE HAVE TO ASSESS THE SKILL SETS OF EVERYBODY TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY UNDERSTAND HOW THOSE -- HOW RESOURCES, HOW DO WE ALLOCATE RESOURCES AS WE MOVE INTO THIS STRUCTURE? HOW DO WE LISTEN DIFFERENTLY? HOW DO WE RESPOND DIFFERENTLY? ALL THAT IS SO IMPORTANT AS WE ADDRESS THE SKILL SETS. THE OTHER ISSUE IS AROUND THE EXPECTATIONS OF THE ROLE. I MEAN, AS YOU MOVE INTO THE SHIFTING OF OWNERSHIP AROUND BEST PRACTICES, SOLUTIONS, INNOVATION, THEN WE MUST, AND WE KNOW THAT THOSE HAVE TO BE DRIVEN MORE LOCALLY, MORE AT OUR SCHOOL OR REGIONAL LEVEL BASED OFF OF OUR COMMUNITIES, THEN THERE HAS TO BE INDIVIDUALS IN POSITIONS THAT UNDERSTAND HOW TO THEN DRIVE IT TO THAT FINAL FINISH LINE OF SOLUTION. AND SOMETIMES THAT TAKES A HIGHLY SKILLED COMMUNICATOR. MANY TIMES THAT WILL TAKE A GREAT NAVIGATOR OF RESOURCES, BUT IT TAKES A LEADER. IT TAKES A LEADER TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. AND NOT A MANAGER OF RESOURCES, BUT A LEADER OF PEOPLE, A LEADER OF THEIR COMMUNITIES, A LEADER OF THEIR REGIONS AND A LEADER OF THEIR DIVISION. SO AS WE GO THROUGH THE SHIFT IT REALLY WILL BE ABOUT LOOKING AT SKILL SETS OF STAFF, GOING THROUGH THE REINTERVIEW PROCESS IS DOING THAT, AND THAT'S BEEN SOMETHING THAT I'VE TALKED INDIVIDUALLY WITH STAFF MEMBERS ABOUT. WE'VE HAD SOME REALLY GREAT DIALOGUE. AND THERE'S BEEN GREAT PROFESSIONAL CONVERSATION AROUND THAT. AS FAR AS I THINK EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THE SHIFT AND THE STRUCTURAL SHIFT THAT I'M TALKING ABOUT NEEDS TO TAKE PLACE. BECAUSE ULTIMATELY MANY MEMBERS OF STAFF HAVE BEEN IN THOSE SEATS AS PRINCIPAL OR IN THOSE SEATS AS TEACHER, AND THEY KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE WHEN IDEAS, GREAT IDEAS THAT ARE VERY LOCALLY DRIVEN, THAT THEN YOU GET THE SUPPORT FROM A DISTRICT ENTITY, A DISTRICT DEPARTMENT OR A DISTRICT DIVISION TO HELP YOU DRIVE THAT SOLUTION, TO ULTIMATELY INCREASE ACHIEVEMENT FOR KIDS. I MEAN, THAT'S THE ULTIMATE AS AN EDUCATOR. I REALLY FEEL LIKE THE ORGANIZATION NEEDS THAT ENERGY. WE NEED THAT ENERGY AT THE LOCAL LEVEL, AT THE REGIONAL LEVEL IN ORDER TO DRIVE WHAT YOU WANT AS A BOARD, A GREAT CULTURE ACROSS THIS ENTIRE ORGANIZATION. YOU WANT THAT 76% GRADUATION RATE TO GO TO 90. THAT IS OUR GOAL AND BEYOND. IN ORDER TO DO THAT, YOU HAVE TO ASSESS WHAT WE ARE CURRENTLY DOING, BECAUSE WE ARE THERE. THAT IS WHERE WE ARE AT. TO GO TO THAT NEXT LEVEL, WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES, DO WE DO THE SAME THINGS AND EXPECT DIFFERENT RESULTS? YOU KNOW, WE CAN'T DO THAT. WE HAVE TO AS AN ORGANIZATION STEP UP OUR GAME AND THEREFORE WE HAVE TO THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT HOW WE ALLOCATE RESOURCES AND HOW WE SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR SCHOOLS. SO IT'S REALLY THAT VISION THAT I'M PAINTING THAT STARTS THE CONVERSATION AROUND A REORGANIZATION OF THE DISTRICT STAFF. IT'S NOT ABOUT STARTING THERE FIRST AND THEN HAVING EVERYONE NOW GET IN LINE, SCHOOLS, COMMUNITIES, WITH WHAT WE'RE -- WHAT YOU'RE SEEING US DO AS A REORGANIZATION. THIS IS ABOUT RESPONDING, MUCH LIKE I'M GOING TO BE ASKING AS WE MOVE FORWARD FOR DISTRICT STAFF AND AREA SUPERINTENDENTS TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF THE ORGANIZATION OR THEIR COMMUNITIES OR THEIR SCHOOLS. THE SAME WAY WE HAVE TO LOOK AT HOW WE STRUCTURE THE ORGANIZATION, TO BE MORE CUSTOMER SERVICE -- CUSTOMER FRIENDLY. HOW PEOPLE CAN NAVIGATE THE ORGANIZATION MUCH QUICKER. THERE MAY BE LAYERS AS WE -- OR THERE MAY BE -- THERE MAY BE -- AND I'VE HEARD THIS FROM LEADERS OR PEOPLE WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION SAY, WHEN I NEED A QUESTION ANSWERED, SOMETIMES I END UP GOING TO FOUR DIFFERENT PLACES, BECAUSE EVERY PLACE HAS A LITTLE DIFFERENT HELP TO THAT ANSWER. SO PART OF THAT IS FRUSTRATING, CAN BE FRUSTRATING. SO WE HAVE TO -- THAT'S BEEN HEARD QUITE OFTEN. SO IN LOOKING AT REORGANIZING DEPARTMENTS, HOW DO YOU CONSOLIDATE SO THERE IS MORE OF A ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ANSWERS OR MAYBE A COUPLE OF DEPARTMENTS WORKING MORE IN COLLABORATION AROUND SOLUTIONS RATHER THAN PERHAPS THREE OR FOUR PLACES THAT ULTIMATELY WOULD DRIVE THE SOLUTION OR HELP WITH THE ANSWER. I HEARD ONE OF OUR SPEAKERS SAY, SO, HOW DOES THIS HELP OUR STUDENTS? HOW DOES THIS HELP OUR TEACHERS? HOW DOES THIS HELP OUR COMMUNITY? WELL, IF YOU WERE AT THE TEACHER TOWN HALL MEETINGS, AND I HEARD, WHAT I HEARD, STAFF WERE THERE, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT TEACHERS ARE ASKING FOR IS THEY ARE ASKING FOR THEIR ABILITY TO MAKE PROFESSIONAL DECISIONS AROUND THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF THEIR STUDENTS. SO ONE OF THE THINGS I KNOW IS KIDS' NEEDS ARE GOING TO BE MET BETTER IN THIS STRUCTURE, BECAUSE THE PEOPLE THAT KNOW THEM THE BEST, THAT SEE THEIR FACES EVERY SINGLE DAY WILL ULTIMATELY BE DRIVING MORE OF THE SOLUTIONS AROUND THE TYPES OF RESOURCES THAT ARE NEEDED TO SUPPORT THEM. THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE HAVEN'T BEEN PREDICTING MANY OF THOSE THINGS AS AN ORGANIZATION, BUT STILL, ACROSS 270 SITES WE HAVE TO HIT A HOME RUN AT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. WE CAN'T HIT A HOME RUN AT 80% OF THEM, AND HIT A SINGLE AT 20%. WE'VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL THE VOICES ARE BEING HEARD APPROPRIATELY AT THAT LOCAL LEVEL. FOR STUDENTS, THE BENEFITS TO ANY RESTRUCTURING IN THIS REORGANIZATION IS REALLY ABOUT THEM DRIVING THE SOLUTIONS OVERALL FOR THE ORGANIZATION. TEACHERS I BELIEVE WILL HAVE GREATER ENTHUSIASM AND ENERGY. LAST NIGHT, I WAS VERY PRIVILEGED TO TALK -- I MEET QUARTERLY WITH THE NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHER ADVISORY COUNCIL. LAST NIGHT, I TALKED TO THEM A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE RECOMMENDATION THAT WAS GOING TO BE COMING BEFORE THE BOARD THIS EVENING. AND THEY FELT IT. YOU COULD SENSE JUST THAT ROOM ALREADY BEING REENERGIZED BECAUSE THEY HAVE GREAT IDEAS AROUND THAT TABLE. IT WAS HOW DO WE LISTEN TO FOR THOSE GREAT IDEAS? AND THEN HELP THOSE IDEAS AND ULTIMATELY COME TO FRUITION TO HELP OUR KIDS IN OUR SCHOOL. SO I THINK THAT'S PART OF, YOU KNOW, HAVING A VERY RESPONSIVE AREA SUPERINTENDENT WHO CAN HELP NAVIGATE AND BE ABLE TO GO TO THE RIGHT DIVISION, THE RIGHT DEPARTMENT WITHIN THAT DIVISION, TO GET THE SUPPORT. AND YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR ABOUT A SPECIAL DEPARTMENT THAT WE'RE CREATING UNDER THIS REORGANIZATION THAT SPECIFICALLY SCHOOLS WILL GO TO WHEN THEY HAVE REALLY CREATIVE IDEAS AND THEY JUST DON'T KNOW WHERE TO GO NEXT WITH THAT. I THINK THAT YOU'RE GOING TO HEAR SOME OF THAT AS WE TALK THROUGH THIS AS WELL. HOW IS THIS GOING TO HELP THE COMMUNITY? WELL, IT'S GOING TO HELP THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE THERE'S OWNERSHIP ONCE AGAIN, THERE IS NO BETTER FEELING AS AN EDUCATOR, TO KNOW THAT YOUR COMMUNITY IS 100% IN SUPPORT OF WHAT YOU'RE DOING. YOU KNOW, MANY TIMES, I DO BELIEVE SOME OF OUR COMMUNITIES MAY NOT EVEN KNOW WHY WE'RE DOING WHAT WE'RE DOING, YOU KNOW, WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS. WE HAVE TO HELP THEM FEEL LIKE -- THEY ARE ANOTHER KEY STAKEHOLDER IN THE SOLUTIONS THAT WE DRIVE FOR EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS. AND ONCE AGAIN, HAVING A REGIONAL CEO WHO IS TOTALLY ENGAGED WITH ALL OF HIS OR HER SCHOOLS, ALL THE NEEDS OF HIS OR HER SCHOOLS, CAN TALK IT, WALK IT, CAN DRIVE INNOVATION, CAN DRIVE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AT THOSE SCHOOLS, YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE A COMMUNITY THAT'S GOING TO BE -- COMMUNITIES ACROSS THIS DISTRICT THAT WILL BE PROUD OF EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL WITHIN THEIR COMMUNITY. I DO WANT TO ADDRESS THE OTHER COMMENT THAT WAS ASKED OR QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED. I DON'T KNOW IF THE SPEAKER IS STILL HERE OR NOT. I DO HAVE, AS I GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS OF REINTERVIEWING, I DO HAVE A STRATEGY AROUND THAT. FIRST OF ALL, SOME OF MY EXECUTIVE TEAM WILL BE INVOLVED IN THOSE REINTERVIEWS. WE ARE ALSO ASKING A CONSULTANT THAT WORKS WITH US ON A REGULAR BASIS THROUGH OUR WALLACE FOUNDATION GRANT TO ASSIST US WITH THE REINTERVIEW PROCESS OF OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS. I BELIEVE HAVING A LOT OF DIFFERENT EYES AND EARS WORKING ALONGSIDE US TO ULTIMATELY FIND THE VERY BEST PEOPLE FOR EVERY SINGLE POSITION IS CRITICAL. I MEAN, THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY THAT WE HAVE. AND REMEMBER, THE REAPPLICATION IS REALLY NOW -- NOW THAT THE STRUCTURE IS DEFINED A LITTLE BIT BETTER FOR EVERYONE, NOW IN INTERVIEWING, THE QUESTIONS WILL AND THE PROCESS WILL LOOK VERY DIFFERENT BECAUSE IT WILL HELP US UNDERSTAND THE PEOPLE IN THE ORGANIZATION THAT CAN WORK NOW, CAN LEAD WITHIN THAT STRUCTURE THE VERY, VERY BEST. ULTIMATELY, OUR KIDS ARE THE WINNERS IN THAT. SO THERE WILL BE AN EXECUTIVE TEAM. THERE WILL BE CONSULTANTS THAT WORK WITH US DURING THIS INTERVIEW PROCESS. FOR INSTANCE, AREA SUPERINTENDENT INTERVIEWS WILL NOT BE SITTING AROUND A TABLE INTERVIEWING. THERE WILL BE AN ACTION INTERVIEW. THERE WILL BE VISITS TO SCHOOLS. THERE WILL BE SCENARIOS PROVIDED. THERE WILL BE WALK-THROUGHS. THERE WILL BE CONVERSATIONS. THERE WILL BE PRESENTATIONS THAT WE ASK OUR CANDIDATES TO MAKE. ALL THAT IS ABOUT BEING A CEO. AS A CEO AND I THINK EARNEST HOOPER IN THE COLUMN THAT HE WROTE THIS PAST WEEK, YOU KNOW, HE MENTIONED THIS. WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORD "CEO" AND I THINK IT WAS MENTIONED BY ONE OF OUR SPEAKERS, THERE IS A DIFFERENT CONNOTATION WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THAT. THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS WILL BE. THEY WILL BE THOSE REGIONAL CEOs. THEY WILL BE IN THE CHAMBERS TALKING TO THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. THEY WILL BE IN OUR COMMUNITIES TALKING WITH VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS. BUT THEY WILL BE DRIVING THE INNOVATION. THEY'LL BE DRIVING THE IMPROVEMENTS WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS AS WELL. WE WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE A TEAM EFFORT AS WE GO ALONG. I BELIEVE A GREAT TEAM MUST BE ASSEMBLED FROM HIGHLY QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE EMBRACED THE VISION AND THE MISSION SET FORTH BY THE SCHOOL BOARD AND STAFF. AFTER CONSULTATION WITH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, DISTRICT EMPLOYEES, LEGAL COUNSEL, FEEDBACK FROM TEACHERS AT TOWN HALL MEETINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM OUR CONSULTING AGENCY DURING OUR AUDITING PROCESS AND OTHER VARIOUS COUNCILS IS IT IS MY RECOMMENDATION TO IMPLEMENT PHASE TWO OF A DISTRICT REORGANIZATION PLAN. ADDITIONALLY, I WILL BE MAKING SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FOR APPOINTMENTS TONIGHT. I'VE MADE IT CLEAR ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS BEING A STRONG TEAM MEANS WE MUST MODEL EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A STRONG TEAM. WE WILL CARE FOR EACH OTHER. WE WILL HELP AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER, AND WE WILL ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER. WE WILL RESOLVE ISSUES PROFESSIONALLY AND WE WILL NEVER DO ANYTHING, ANYTHING TO UNDERMINE THE PROFESSIONAL REPUTATION OF THE OTHERS OR ANYONE IN THE ORGANIZATION. THIS WAY OF WORK ENSURES THAT OUR ENTIRE FOCUS CAN BE ON THE NEEDS OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHOSE PRESENCE EVERY DAY GIVES US OUR AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE. AND THOSE INDIVIDUALS, OF COURSE, ARE OUR STUDENTS AT OUR SCHOOLS. SO I'M EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO SERVE THIS TEAM, AND I KNOW THAT THEY ARE EXCITED TO SERVE THE NEEDS OF THE DISTRICT. WHAT I'D LIKE TO DO NOW IS TO START TALKING TO THE BOARD A LITTLE BIT MORE SPECIFICALLY ABOUT SOME OF THE CHANGES, THE REALIGNMENTS AND SOME OF THE DIVISIONS. AFTER I'M DONE WITH THIS PORTION, I'LL PAUSE, BECAUSE THERE MAY BE SOME COMMENTS THAT SOME OF THE BOARD MEMBERS WOULD LIKE TO MAKE. LET ME TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE DEPARTMENTS AND POSITIONS BASED OFF OF THE ORGANIZATIONAL CHART. SOMETIMES LOOKING AT AN ORGANIZATIONAL CHART DOESN'T TELL ALL -- THE STORY DOESN'T ANSWER ALL YOUR QUESTIONS. YOU NEED A LITTLE BIT MORE OF AN EXPLANATION. I TOTALLY GET THAT. SO IN ONE OF OUR MOVES, THE OFFICE OF SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT CURRENTLY UNDER PRIORITY SCHOOLS WILL MERGE WITH OUR BUSINESS PROCESS IMPROVEMENT TEAM AND BECOME THE OFFICE OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT UNDER THE DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT. NOW, HERE IS WHY THAT'S KEY AND IMPORTANT TO THE STRUCTURE I JUST EXPLAINED. WE WANT THERE TO ALWAYS BE A GO-TO LOCATION FOR OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS THAT HAVE THESE WONDERFUL IDEAS AND SOLUTIONS THAT THEY BELIEVE THE COMMUNITY AND THE EMPLOYEES WILL EMBRACE. THIS PARTICULAR OFFICE, THE OFFICE OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT UNDER MR. AYRES WILL BE THAT GO-TO OFFICE. IT WILL BE THE OFFICE THAT OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS WILL GO TO, OUR SCHOOL LEADERS WILL GO TO WHEN THEY HAVE A GREAT IDEA AND THEY ARE KIND OF STUCK MAYBE. THEY NEED SOME HELP. THEY NEED, HOW DO I BRING THIS TO THE FINISH LINE? WE'VE DONE THE RESEARCH. WE KNOW THIS WILL WORK. MAYBE THEY ARE NOT SURE ABOUT RESOURCES. MAYBE THEY ARE NOT SURE ABOUT TRAINING THAT MIGHT BE NECESSARY. THERE COULD BE A NUMBER OF ISSUES. AND MAYBE THEY JUST NEED HELP WITH NAVIGATING THE SYSTEM, YOU KNOW, AND GETTING THIS TO THE FINISH LINE. SO THAT OFFICE WILL BE THAT GO-TO OFFICE. OF COURSE, IT'S CONNECTED RIGHT TO THE PERSON WHO IS TAKING THE LEAD IN OUR ORGANIZATION ON A STRATEGIC PLAN, MR. AYRES. SO THERE WILL BE A CLEAR ALIGNMENT THEN. SO ANY IDEAS, ANY CREATIVE SOLUTIONS WILL BE ALIGNED AND WILL BE ALLOWED TO BE ALIGNED THROUGH THAT OFFICE AND OUR STRATEGIC PLAN. SO WE KNOW THAT NO GREAT IDEA WILL BE NOT ALIGNED ULTIMATELY TO THE STRATEGIC PLAN IN THE ORGANIZATION. WE ARE ALSO MERGING IN OUR ORGANIZATION, MERGING THE CURRICULUM INSTRUCTION DEPARTMENT WITH PART OF OUR CHIEF INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY OFFICE. OUR INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT. WE KNOW THAT RIGHT NOW, AROUND THE ISSUES OF INSTRUCTION, INSTRUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY ARE ALMOST HAND IN HAND NOW. WE HAVE -- THEY HAVE TO BE TOGETHER IN THE CONVERSATION AROUND THAT. SO WE ARE GOING TO BE RENAMING THE CURRICULUM INSTRUCTION OFFICE. IT WILL BE RENAMED THE OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING, AND WILL MOVE UNDER THE CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER. THAT WILL BE A NEW POSITION IN OUR DISTRICT, AND THAT -- THE GENERAL MANAGER FOR INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY WILL REPORT THROUGH THE CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER TO THE CHIEF OF STAFF, BUT IT ALLOWS ALL OF OUR KEY PIECES OF TECHNOLOGY THAT WE NEED TO HAVE AN EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM, AN ACADEMIC PROGRAM, WHETHER ACADEMIC INSTRUCTION OR WHETHER IT'S ASSESSMENT, IT WILL NOW ALL RESIDE AROUND RESOURCES IN OUR CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICE. OUR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT WILL BE RENAMED THE OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CURRENTLY IS UNDER STUDENT SERVICES, AND IT WILL MOVE UNDER THE OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. I THINK WHEN I WAS EXPLAINING THIS LAST NIGHT TO THE NATIONAL BOARD TEACHERS, THIS IS THE ONE THAT THEY WERE MOST EXCITED ABOUT, NOT THAT THEY WERE NOT EXCITED ABOUT OTHER THINGS, BUT WHAT THEY SAW IN MERGING EVERYTHING IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FROM LEADERSHIP TO INSTRUCTION, TO NONINSTRUCTION. NOW, EVERYTHING AROUND TRAINING, ANYTHING AROUND INITIATIVES WITHIN OUR DISTRICT WILL HAVE A COMPLETE -- WILL HAVE CONTINUITY ACROSS EVERY SINGLE TYPE OF EMPLOYEE GROUP IN OUR ORGANIZATION. SO IF THERE IS SOMETHING THAT IS CRITICAL IN THE AREA OF IMPROVING TEACHER PRACTICE, NOW WE KNOW IT COULD INFORM WHAT LEADERSHIP NEEDS TO BE TRAINED ON IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THAT TEACHING PRACTICE. SO THERE IS THIS CONTINUITY IN HAVING ALL OF OUR PIECES OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TOGETHER, THAT WILL CREATE GREAT SYNERGY. I FELT OUR TEACHERS LAST NIGHT SAID THAT THAT WAS WONDERFUL FOR THEM AND IT'S WONDERFUL TO KNOW THAT THEIR LEADERS WOULD ALSO BE ALIGNED WITH HOW ALL THAT TRAINING IS THEN ROLLED OUT. OUR WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS OFFICE CURRENTLY UNDER CURRICULUM INSTRUCTION WILL MOVE UNDER THE DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT AS ITS OWN DIVISION. THE GENERAL DIRECTOR OF CHARTER SCHOOLS CURRENTLY UNDER THE CHIEF OF STAFF WILL MOVE UNDER THE CHIEF OF SCHOOLS. THE DIRECTOR OF STUDENT PLANNING AND PLACEMENT WILL WORK DURING THE NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR TOWARDS MERGING MAGNET SCHOOLS UNDER THE CHIEF OF SCHOOLS. OUR PARENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, CURRENTLY UNDER ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS WILL BE RENAMED THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND PHILANTHROPY AND MOVE UNDER THE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE NOTED AROUND MS. WHALEY'S WORK IN COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS IS THE NEED -- ANYTIME YOU REACH OUT TO ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THE COMMUNITY TO BE PARTNERS WITH THIS DISTRICT, THERE IS ALWAYS AN ELEMENT OF NETWORKING, COMMUNICATION, PROMOTING, ENSURING THAT ALL OF OUR PARTNERS NOT ONLY KNOW ABOUT OUR PARTNERSHIP, BUT THE COMMUNITY KNOWS ABOUT OUR PARTNERSHIPS AND HOW WE VALUE THOSE PARTNERSHIPS. SO THAT'S GOING TO BE CRITICAL, AND AS OUR REGIONAL AREA SUPERINTENDENTS AND AS OUR SCHOOLS CREATE WONDERFUL SOLUTIONS TO MEET NEEDS OF STUDENTS, WE NOW HAVE A GO-TO DEPARTMENT THAT CAN HELP TO CONNECT RESOURCES IN OUR COMMUNITY WITH THOSE SCHOOLS. WE KNOW, MS. EDGECOMB AND I ARE ON THE BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EDUCATION FOUNDATION, WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY THAT WANT TO DO SOME INCREDIBLE -- THEY WANT TO INCREDIBLY SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS. SOMETIMES THEY DON'T KNOW HOW. SOMETIMES THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE TO GO. SOMETIMES THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. WITH SOME OF THEIR RESOURCES. SO THIS PROVIDES A CLEAR SOLUTION TO THAT. ALSO, I'M GOING TO BE CREATING SOME SUCCESSION PLANNING IN THIS PARTICULAR REORGANIZATION. THERE MAY BE SOME SUCCESSION PLANNING THAT I DO AROUND OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENT OFFICES AS WE KNOW THERE ARE SOME RETIREMENTS COMING IN OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS OFFICES. I CAN TALK THROUGH THAT OR ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS TO THAT. WE ALSO KNOW THAT -- ONE OF MY MOST KEY PEOPLE IN THE ORGANIZATION, MS. MILITO, SHE MAY NOT WANT TO -- I DON'T WANT HER TO, BUT SHE IS GOING TO BE RETIRING VERY, VERY SOON, STILL WITH US A COUPLE MORE YEARS. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT, THAT IS A CRITICAL SPACE. WE TALKED AT OUR LAST WORKSHOP ABOUT GETTING THE WORD TO OUR LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION, HOW DO WE BECOME A PLAYER IN CERTAIN AREAS? WELL, THAT IS THE PERSON THAT HELPS US BE A GREAT PLAYER. WE HAVE TO PROVIDE SOME SUCCESSION PLANNING THERE. SO JUST IN A QUICK REVIEW AND THEN I'LL OPEN UP FOR DISCUSSION, SOME OF OUR NEW POSITIONS THAT I WILL LET YOU KNOW THAT ARE GOING TO BE ADDED AND ALL OF THIS, OF COURSE, IS JULY 1, WOULD BE JULY 1 WOULD BE OUR CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER. WE WILL HAVE AN ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. THERE WILL BE A MANAGER OF LEGISLATIVE SERVICES WORKING WITH MS. MILITO. THERE WILL BE A DEPARTMENT MANAGER OF POLICY AND RESEARCH, WHICH WILL ALSO BE WORKING WITH MS. MILITO. THERE WILL BE AN ASSISTANT DEPARTMENT MANAGER FOR COMMUNITY AND HISPANIC OUTREACH. THAT WILL BE WORKING WITH OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS AND PHILANTHROPY, OUR COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND PHILANTHROPY DEPARTMENT. THERE WILL BE A PROGRAM MANAGER OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND THERE WILL BE A SENIOR DATA STRATEGIST THAT WILL BE PART OF THE TEAM THAT WILL BE WORKING WITH MR. AYRES. WE DO HAVE A RE-GRADED POSITION TONIGHT, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. THE RECOMMENDATION IS TO MOVE THAT POSITION TO A DIRECTOR OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. THERE WILL BE A FEW RETITLED POSITIONS. THE GENERAL MANAGER OF BUSINESS PROCESS IMPROVEMENT WILL BE RETITLED TO GENERAL MANAGER OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT. DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AND PARENT INVOLVEMENT WILL BE RETITLED TO THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AND PHILANTHROPY. THE MANAGER OF EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS WILL BE RETITLED THE DEPARTMENT MANAGER OF PUBLIC RELATIONS. AND THE MANAGER OF CHOICE MARKETING WILL BE RETITLED THE DEPARTMENT MANAGER OF CHOICE MARKETING. THERE ARE SOME ELIMINATED POSITIONS. THE CHIEF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY OFFICER AND THE ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR CURRICULUM INSTRUCTION. OF COURSE, THOSE TWO WILL BE MERGED UNDER THE CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER. THERE WAS AN ELIMINATION OF AN EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP DIRECTOR AND A MANAGER OF COMMUNICATIONS, A DIRECTOR OF NONTRADITIONAL PROGRAMS, ASSISTANT MANAGER OF EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS, A BUSINESS PROCESS IMPROVEMENT SPECIALIST, AND THERE IS ALSO SOME ELIMINATION OF SOME OTHER CLERICAL POSITIONS AND SOME OTHERS. I DO WANT TO ALSO, I FORGOT TO MENTION THIS. ALSO, AS FAR AS NEW POSITIONS ARE CONCERNED, UNDER THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, THERE WILL BE A DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, A DIRECTOR OF PRINCIPAL PIPELINE, SUPERVISOR OF PRINCIPAL PIPELINE AND SUPERVISOR OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT. SO THAT'S ALL GOING TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE CAPACITY FOR THAT PARTICULAR DIVISION TO DO ALL THE WORK NECESSARY TO CONTINUE THE GREAT WORK WITH OUR DEVELOPING LEADERS ACROSS THIS DISTRICT. BEFORE I GO ON, I WILL PAUSE RIGHT THERE AND BE ABLE IF I CAN CLARIFY ANYTHING I PRESENTED OR HAVEN'T PRESENTED, I WILL BE GLAD ADD TO.

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I DON'T KNOW IF THIS WOULD BE THE APPROPRIATE TIME TO DO THAT, BUT I WAS GOING TO PROPOSE A MOTION TO PULL THIS AGENDA FOR A SEPARATE VOTE.

>>April Griffin: WE'VE ALREADY DONE THAT.

>>Susan L. Valdes: OKAY, GREAT. MY QUESTION IS REALLY LOOKING AT THE FINANCIAL IMPACT. AND THE AGENDA ITEM REFLECTS THAT THERE WILL BE A COST SAVING OF $236,208.49 WITH WHAT YOU ARE PRESENTING HERE TODAY. YET AS PART OF THE AGENDA ITEM THERE IS A SPREADSHEET THAT TALKS ABOUT ALL OF THE POSITIONS AND THE NEGATIVES AND THE POSITIVES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. BUT ONE THING THAT I FIND HERE. I'M GOING TO QUESTION THE CHIEF OF STAFF'S SALARY COMPONENT WHEN THAT REALLY DOES NOT REFLECT ANYTHING ON THIS AGENDA ITEM BECAUSE THAT WAS TAKEN CARE OF IN THE PREVIOUS BOARD AGENDA. AND IF THAT'S THE CASE, WHY WASN'T THE CHIEF OF SCHOOLS SALARY INCLUDED IN THERE? WHY WASN'T THE DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT'S SALARY INCLUDED THERE, BECAUSE THIS ACTUALLY GIVES IT A SKEW. SO I DON'T KNOW WHY THE EMPHASIS ON THE CHIEF OF STAFF'S POSITION IN THIS AGENDA ITEM, WHEN CLEARLY THAT HAS BEEN APPROVED AND VOTED ON ALREADY WHICH RESULTED IN ALSO IN THAT AGENDA ITEM A SAVINGS DURING THE FIRST REORGANIZATION THAT YOU DID OF YOUR IMMEDIATE CABINET. WHY IS THAT IN THERE? WAS THAT A TYPO? WAS THAT SOMETHING THAT -- HELP ME UNDERSTAND THAT, PLEASE.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WE LISTENED TO EVERYONE, JUST FOR CLARITY. LET ME HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THIS A LITTLE BIT. ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS -- GIBSON CONSULTING CAME ON IN THEIR ROLE, ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS THEY TACKLED WAS OUR ORGANIZATIONAL CHART. ONE OF THE THINGS THEY LOOKED AT VERY CLEARLY, OUR ORGANIZATIONAL CHART HAD LOTS OF LINES BUT IF YOU LOOK AT IT, YOU WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY A CLEAR REPORTING STRUCTURE FOR EVERY POSITION ON THAT PARTICULAR ORGANIZATIONAL CHART. SO THEY BENCHMARKED OUR ORGANIZATIONAL CHART IN COMPARISON TO OTHERS. THEY LOOKED AT WHAT OTHERS THAT HAD A VERY SIMILAR POSITION, LIKE DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENTS, CHIEFS OF STAFF AND SO FORTH ACROSS OTHER ORGANIZATIONS. SO ONE OF THE THINGS AS A RECOMMENDATION AND WE'VE INCLUDED IT IN THIS PARTICULAR REORG, AND IF YOU THINK ABOUT WHERE WE WERE AT IN JUNE IN MAKING MY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR -- I MEAN, WE DIDN'T HAVE MANY OF THOSE PEOPLE IN POSITION. SO WE WERE TRYING TO GET TO WHERE WE FELT COMFORTABLE AS A STAFF ON REPORTING STRUCTURES. WE'VE WORKED ON THAT OVER THE COURSE OF THE LAST EIGHT TO TEN MONTHS. SO IN THAT REORG, OR IN THAT REORGANIZATION OF THE ORGANIZATIONAL CHART, THERE'S CLEAR DELINEATION NOW BASED OFF OF THE FACT THAT A CHIEF OF STAFF IS TYPICALLY THE MEMBER OF STAFF THAT PEOPLE REPORT THROUGH TO THE SUPERINTENDENT. THAT WAS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE CLARIFIED THAT ON THE ORGANIZATIONAL CHART. DR. VAZQUEZ WAS ON AT THE JUNE MEETING, WAS ON AN ADMINISTRATIVE SALARY X-14 LEVEL 4 DOCTORATE LEVEL. THAT WAS HIS LEVEL ACCORDING TO COMING INTO THIS ORGANIZATION. AND, OF COURSE, YOU KNOW, NOW WE HAVE A CLEAR REPORTING STRUCTURE, IT WAS RECOMMENDED BY LEGAL. IT WAS RECOMMENDED BY HR, THAT WE DELINEATE THE CHIEF OF STAFF SALARY SCHEDULE IN COMPARISON TO OTHER MEMBERS OF CABINET. THAT DID NOT CHANGE THE SALARY OF OUR CHIEF OF STAFF. OUR CHIEF OF STAFF WAS ON A LEVEL 4 ON THE X-14. HE WAS ON A LEVEL 4. WHEN HE MOVED TO AN X-15, HE WENT TO A LEVEL 2. HE GAVE UP TWO YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND CREDIT BASICALLY TO DO THAT. BUT IT WAS A LATERAL SHIFT ONTO THAT SALARY STRUCTURE. ALL IT DID ON THE OVERALL ORGANIZATIONAL CHART WAS NOW IT CLARIFIED DEPUTY CHIEF OF SCHOOLS. THEY WORKED THROUGH THE CHIEF OF STAFF, TO THE SUPERINTENDENT. EVERYONE ELSE THEN WORKS THROUGH THE DEPUTY, THE CHIEF OF SCHOOLS, THROUGH THE CHIEF OF STAFF TO THE SUPERINTENDENT. IT WAS MORE OF A CLARITY FOR OUR REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE ON SALARY, BUT JUST TO MAKE IT CLEAR, WE JUST WANTED FOLKS TO SEE THAT.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU FOR THAT CLARIFICATION, BUT WE ALSO HAD AN AGENDA ITEM A FEW MONTHS AGO THAT PERTAINED TO THE CHIEF OF SCHOOLS AS WELL WHICH RESULTED IN ALSO A CHANGE IN SALARY. SO CLEARLY IF WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON ONE CABINET MEMBER AND THE REGRADING, SEE, THIS SKEWS THE SAVINGS, AND IT SHOWS THAT BY DOING THIS WE ARE IN THE HOLE $78,711 ON THIS REORGANIZATION WHICH IS NOT ACCURATE.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT ACTUALLY DOESN'T. IT'S REALLY AN IN-OUT. IT'S NOT NECESSARILY CAUSING ANY LESS SAVINGS TO THE OVERALL PICTURE.

>>Susan L. Valdes: I UNDERSTAND. BUT FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE LOOKING AT THESE AGENDA ITEMS AND THE ATTACHMENTS, IT MIGHT SEND A MIXED MESSAGE. AND JUST FOR THE FAIRNESS AND CONSISTENCY, AND THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT THAT WE WANT TO SEE IN THE ORGANIZATION IS CONSISTENCY OF HOW WE DO THINGS. I APPRECIATE THE CLARITY OF THE COST, BUT BECAUSE IT'S A WASH AND IT'S JUST A REGRADING AND DR. VAZQUEZ, THANK YOU FOR TAKING TWO YEARS' HIT OF EXPERIENCE. THAT SPEAKS THE WORLD, OKAY? SO THANK YOU FOR THAT. BECAUSE IT'S A WASH AND ALREADY VOTED AND, IT'S BEEN A RECLASSIFICATION -- WELL, NO, BECAUSE THE SECRETARIES WILL RECEIVE A RAISE. THE AGENDA ITEM IN WHICH WE'RE RECLASSIFYING THE SECRETARIES TO EXECUTIVE SECRETARIES. IN THAT WE HAVE A FINANCIAL IMPACT. I JUST WANTED TO UNDERSTAND A LITTLE BIT MORE WHY DIDN'T WE INCLUSIVELY ADD YOUR OTHER CABINET MEMBERS TO MAKE THIS PARTICULAR SHEET A LITTLE BIT MORE TRANSPARENT ABOUT THE WHOLE, BECAUSE THIS IS PART OF A REORGANIZATION THAT WE APPROVED. SO I JUST THINK IT SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE. AND I DON'T KNOW WHY, AGAIN, THE FOCUS IS ON ONE PARTICULAR CABINET MEMBER WHEN -- I JUST DON'T SEE THE REASON FOR IT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AND THANK YOU, MS. VALDES. APPRECIATE THAT. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IF PEOPLE WERE TO LOOK AT THE BOARD ITEM IN JUNE AND THEN LOOK AT THE BOARD ITEM THAT'S COMING BEFORE YOU TODAY THAT THERE WAS A DIFFERENCE, THAT IT SHOWED THERE MIGHT BE AN INCREASE IN SALARY, WE JUST WANT THERE TO BE CLARITY, THERE WAS NO INCREASE IN SALARY DURING THAT TIME. IT WAS JUST A MOVING TO A DIFFERENT SALARY SCHEDULE IN ORDER TO HAVE CLARITY AROUND THE REPORTING STRUCTURE.

>>Susan L. Valdes: I APPRECIATE THAT. HMM. IT'S NOT WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING, IN MY OPINION. IF WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON ONE AND IT REFLECTS SOMETHING THAT WAS DONE IN THE PAST AND VOTED ON, THEN SO WERE THE OTHER POSITIONS. AND IT JUST GIVES -- THIS IS REALLY -- AND I UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THE RECLASSIFICATION. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO APPROVE AS WELL, ALTHOUGH IT'S A WASH. BUT I GUESS MAYBE THAT SHOULD HAVE COME AS A SEPARATE AGENDA ITEM JUST LIKE WE DID FOR THE CHIEF OF SCHOOLS AND SHOW THAT THERE WAS NO FINANCIAL DIFFERENCE, JUST A RECLASSIFICATION TO THE JOB LEVEL AND ALLOW THIS PARTICULAR DOCUMENT THAT ATTACHES TO THIS PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM REFLECT THE TRUE COST SAVINGS OF THIS REORGANIZATION. IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT -- I DON'T KNOW, I'LL LEAVE IT AT THAT. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. I'M GOING TO PREFACE MY QUESTIONS AND MY CONCERNS IN THE SAME LIGHT THAT YOU DID, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THAT WHEN I ASKED THEM, IT IS NOT ABOUT ANY PERSON, BUT ABOUT POSITION. SO THAT MY QUESTIONS WON'T FEEL THAT IT'S ABOUT ANY PERSON, TARGETED OR MENTIONED OR CRITICIZED OR ANYTHING. IT IS ABOUT THE POSITION. AND YOU WERE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THAT IN YOUR OPENING REMARKS, TOO. YOU BEGAN WITH SOME OF THE QUESTIONS I HAD ABOUT THE BIG WHY ARE WE DOING THIS. AND YOU GAVE SOME CLARITY ABOUT THAT.3/AND MY NEXT QUESTION WAS, WAS -- AND MY NEXT QUESTION WAS THE BIG WHAT. WHAT WENT INTO THE DECISION MAKING TO GET US TO THIS POINT? AND MY THIRD IS, AND I THINK IN TALKING TO DR. VAZQUEZ AND YOU LAST MONDAY, IT'S ABOUT HOW DO WE KNOW THAT THIS IS WORKING? AND HE DID INCLUDE IN EVALUATION SOME VERY SPECIFIC STEPS ABOUT OVERTIME, WE ARE GOING TO BE DOING THESE THINGS IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THE RESULTS THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE, AND I'M GOING TO REPEAT IT SO I MAKE SURE I HEARD IT, THAT SCHOOLS WILL FEEL CLOSER SUPPORTED BY THE PEOPLE AROUND THEM IN THIS RESTRUCTURE. SO I HOPE THAT ANSWERS THE QUESTION ABOUT HOW WE'RE GOING TO DO IT, SCHOOLS AS A WHOLE, BUT IMPORTANT TO ME ALSO HOW WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THIS PLAN WORK FOR TEACHERS WHO WORK CLOSELY, MOST CLOSELY WITH OUR STUDENTS. HOW WOULD THIS IMPACT GUIDANCE COUNSELORS WHO WE CONTINUE TO SAY NEED MORE TIME AND RESOURCES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS? HOW WOULD THIS SUPPORT PEOPLE LIKE SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS, SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS AND THAT KIND OF THING SO THAT IF ALL OF THIS IS DESIGNED TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR SCHOOLS TO GET THE SUPPORT, THE RESOURCES, THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THEIR CREATIVE -- CREATIVITIES OR IDEAS, THIS IS, IN FACT, THE GOAL AS YOU PRESENTED TODAY. I WANT TO TRY AND KEEP THIS AS STRAIGHT AS I CAN, BECAUSE IT'S KIND OF ALL OVER THE PLACE WITH THIS VOLUMINOUS AMOUNT OF MATERIAL. SO I'LL TRY TO DO THAT. I THINK I HEARD AND UNDERSTOOD WHY THIS DECISION, HOW YOU HAVE PLANNED TO EVALUATE IT, WHAT WENT INTO YOUR DECISION MAKING, AND THEN I GUESS THE NEXT QUESTION IS ABOUT IMPLEMENTATION. COME JULY 1, DO WE ROLL ALL OF THIS OUT IN ONE BIG SWOOP? THAT'S MY FIRST QUESTION.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. EDGECOMB. SO ALL OF THIS REORG IS TO GO INTO EFFECT JULY 1. I'M GLAD YOU ASKED THAT QUESTION, BECAUSE IT WILL KIND OF LEAD ME TO TALK ABOUT WHAT MIGHT BE A THIRD PHASE TO THIS. FIRST OF ALL, THE APPOINTMENTS BEING MADE, THE REALIGNMENT TO GO IN JULY 1 AND THE -- AND I WILL COME BACK TO THE BOARD IN JUNE WITH APPOINTMENTS FOR MANY OF THE POSITIONS THAT I AM READVERTISING AND ANY NEW POSITIONS THAT MIGHT BE ON THIS PARTICULAR REORGANIZATION, SUCH AS THE CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER. SO ALL OF THOSE PIECES ARE GOING TO BE IN PLAY COME JULY 1 AS WE MOVE INTO OUR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. WE'LL HAVE EVERY AREA SUPERINTENDENT IN PLACE. WE'LL HAVE ALL OF CABINET IN PLACE. THE ONE SPACE, HOWEVER, THAT WE HAVE TO THEN PAUSE, BECAUSE REMEMBER, THE GIBSON CONSULTING GROUP WILL BE WITH US THROUGHOUT THE BEGINNING OF NEXT YEAR AND THROUGH MOST OF NEXT YEAR IN ASSESSING ALL OF OUR VARIOUS DIVISIONS. WE KNOW THAT THE CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICE WILL BE CRITICAL, YOU KNOW, TO THE SUCCESS OF THE ORGANIZATION. SO IN THINKING ABOUT WHAT THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE, WHOEVER IS APPOINTED INTO THAT ROLE OF CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER, WE'LL WANT SOME TIME TO DO SOME EVALUATION OF THE STRATEGIC PRIORITIES OF THE ORGANIZATION, HOW WE RESPOND DIFFERENTLY PERHAPS, ALLOCATE RESOURCES DIFFERENTLY, HOW WE HANDLE CURRICULUM AND SO FORTH MOVING FORWARD. HOW DO VARIOUS OFFICES IN THE -- IN THAT SPACE, WE ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT OTHER OFFICES OR DEPARTMENTS MAY NEED TO MERGE WITH THE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS OFFICE. FOR INSTANCE, YOU KNOW, IN THINKING ABOUT ASSESSMENT, ASSESSMENT IS A KEY COMPONENT OF THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM. CURRENTLY, THAT DOES NOT RESIDE IN OUR CURRICULUM INSTRUCTION DIVISION. WE MAY HAVE A CONVERSATION ON HOW THAT MIGHT MERGE. THAT WOULDN'T COME -- THAT DOESN'T COME IN THIS PARTICULAR REORGANIZATION. THAT MAY COME LATER AS WE ASSESS ALL THE DIFFERENT PIECES. WHAT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE ACADEMIC OFFICE HAS ALL THE PIECES ONCE AGAIN THAT THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, THAT SCHOOLS KNOW THAT ALL THE KEY RESOURCES FOR DELIVERING ACADEMIC PROGRAMS ARE RIGHT THERE. SO, YES, THIS IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING, THEN, THAT WILL BE IN EFFECT IN SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOLS BEGINNING JULY 1, BUT THERE IS GOING TO BE A CONTINUED ASSESSMENT AROUND SOME OF THE PIECES OF THAT TO MAKE SURE ALL THE RIGHT PIECES ARE TOGETHER. WE'LL CONTINUE TO ASSESS DIVISIONS, YOU KNOW, IN OUR ORGANIZATION TO SEE IF ALL THE PIECES OF DIVISIONS ARE NECESSARY MOVING FORWARD IN THAT PARTICULAR DIVISION. MAYBE SOMETHING WE MIGHT BELIEVE TO BE MISALIGNED AFTER JULY 1, AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE IS BETTER ALIGNMENT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: GOING BACK F JULY 1 IS THE MAJOR TARGET FOR MOST OF THIS, MOVEMENT, ARE YOU GOING TO DEVELOP THE MATRIX PRIOR TO THAT SO YOU HAVE A SENSE AS THIS IS ROLLED OUT SO THAT YOU CAN START ALMOST IMMEDIATELY LOOKING AT YOUR QUARREL EFFECTIVE -- QUARTERLY EFFECTIVENESS. WHAT IS YOUR TIME LINE, IF YOU GIVE SOME THOUGHT ABOUT THAT, OF DEVELOPING THE MATRIX SO THAT YOU HAVE A SENSE -- OR THE BOARD HAS A SENSE OR EVEN THE COMMUNITY AND TEACHERS THEMSELVES AND SCHOOLS WILL HAVE A SENSE OF WHAT IS IT THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE MEASURING TO MAKE THE DETERMINATION ABOUT EFFECTIVENESS?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AND THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN. BECAUSE NOW THAT WE HAVE OUR FIVE-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN, WE ALREADY HAVE THE METRICS, THE KEY METRICS IN PLACE THAT WE KNOW WE'RE GOING TO START MEASURING MOVING FORWARD. WE ALSO, THOUGH, WILL NEED TO GET FEEDBACK. SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU'LL SEE IN THE EVALUATION COMPONENT IS YOU'LL SEE THE NEED TO CUSTOMIZE SOME OF OUR SURVEYS AROUND PERHAPS ASKING DIFFERENT QUESTIONS, NOW THAT WE HAVE MAYBE A DIFFERENT STRUCTURE TO THE ORGANIZATION OR DIFFERENT SUPPORT SYSTEMS IN PLACE, THAT MAY NOT BE ASKED CURRENTLY TO OUR STAKEHOLDERS, WHETHER THROUGH THE TELE SURVEY OR SKIP SURVEY OR OTHER KINDS OF MEANS OF GATHERING THAT INPUT FROM OUR STAKEHOLDER.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: IN ITEM NUMBER 5, THE DEPARTMENTS OR POSITIONS MOVING OR NAME CHANGES CHANGES, WHAT I'D LIKE TO SEE OR REQUEST OF YOU IF, FOR INSTANCE, FOR ALL OF OUR DIVISIONS, IF YOU COULD TALK ABOUT -- SOME DESCRIPTION OF THEIR MAJOR FUNCTIONS. CURRICULUM INSTRUCTION NOW IS GOING TO BE CALLED TEACHING AND LEARNING. SO THERE WAS A REASON FOR THE RENAMING OF THAT. IT WASN'T SO THAT IT SOUNDS FOREVER. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU TO DO, THE SAME FOR THE OFFICE OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT, TO AN OUTSIDER, MAYBE EVEN INTERNALLY, WHAT'S THE FUNCTION OF THAT OFFICE? THE TEACHING AND LEARNING, WHAT IS IT THAT THIS CONCEPT NOW CHANGES ITS FUNCTION IN SOME WAYS. AND SO I THINK IT BEHOOVES US TO DO THAT FOR ALL OF THEM, FROM HUMAN RESOURCES TO STUDENT SERVICES TO THE OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP TO TALK ABOUT THEIR PRIMARY FUNCTIONS, ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITY. NOT THE JOB RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PEOPLE DOING THE WORK, BUT THE FUNCTION OF THE OFFICE OF THE DIVISION ITSELF. I THINK IT GIVES CLARITY, AND THAT'S A WORD THAT YOU'VE USED A LOT, TOO, AS YOU'RE GOING THROUGH THIS DISCUSSION. SO WHEN I HEAR THE WORD OFFICE OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT, WHAT DO I ENVISION THAT OFFICE DOING? SO THAT'S -- THE OTHER QUESTION I HAVE -- I HAVE SEVERAL SHEETS OF PAPER HERE. WHEN I LOOK AT THE ORGANIZATION CHART AND LOOK AT PEOPLE ON THE SAME SALARY SCHEDULE OR HAVING THE SAME TITLE OR POSITION, I SEE A LITTLE BIT, AND MAYBE THERE IS A REASON FOR THAT AND THAT'S WHY I'LL ASK THE QUESTION. SOMEWHAT IMBALANCE IN THE NUMBER OF THE WORK RESPONSIBILITIES, IN THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT THEY SUPERVISE OR WHAT I'M GOING TO CONSIDER THEIR WORKLOAD IN SOME PLACES. IF YOU LOOK AT THREE OF THREE UNDER EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, FOR INSTANCE, WE'VE GOT A DIRECTOR WHO IS A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WITH ONE, TWO, FOUR, FIVE PEOPLE UNDER, AND THEN THERE IS THE SAME PERSON HAVING THAT SAME TITLE -- [STATIC] ASSUME THE SAME SALARY -- SIMILAR SALARY IN SOME WAYS, AND YET I DON'T SEE THE SAME BALANCE OF WORKLOAD AND PEOPLE THAT THEY SUPERVISE AND RESPONSIBLE FOR. AND SIMILARLY, IF YOU LOOK AT THE CHART UNDER THE WORKFORCE, NOW THE NEW PERSON WHO IS BECOMING THE DIRECTOR, THAT POSITION, THE POSITION HAS ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN PEOPLE UNDER HIS SUPERVISION. SO HOW DO YOU -- TELL ME YOUR THINKING ABOUT WHERE I SEE IMBALANCE -- SAME TITLE. I ASSUME MAYBE SAME SALARY, BUT BIGGER WORKLOAD, FOR INSTANCE, THIS WHOLE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IS GOING TO BE -- THE RESPONSIBILITY WILL BECOME EVEN MORE INTENSE BECAUSE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT STAFF DEVELOPMENT AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL, WHICH CHANGES THE WAY WE'VE DONE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PRIMARILY IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT. I THINK YOU KNOW WHERE I'M GOING, WHAT I'M ASKING.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I THINK I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE ASKING. YOU'LL CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG. YOU LOOK AT A COUPLE OF THINGS. FIRST OF ALL, NUMBER OF PEOPLE DOES NOT NECESSARILY DEFINE SCOPE SOMETIMES. I THINK YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT TWO THINGS. YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT PEOPLE ARE DOING IN PARTICULAR SPACES OF DIVISIONS. AND THEN YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE SCOPE OF WORK AND THE IMPACT ON ORGANIZATIONS. LIKE, FOR INSTANCE, THE EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. THAT'S A DISTRICT-WIDE SCOPE THAT IF YOU THINK ABOUT 27,000 EMPLOYEES, KEEPING ALL THAT IN ALIGNMENT ACROSS THE ORGANIZATION. WE ALSO HAVE, ISN'T EVEN ON THAT PARTICULAR ORGANIZATIONAL CHART, YOU HAVE ALL OF OUR PRINCIPAL COACHES THAT WORK WITH OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, BUT REALLY WILL BE WORKING KEY INGREDIENTS TO THE SUPPORT OF THE OVERALL LEADERSHIP SYSTEM WITHIN OUR DISTRICT. AND BENEATH SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT YOU SEE ON THOSE -- ON THAT CHART, THERE ARE HUGE ORGANIZATIONAL IMPACT. SO I THINK, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU LOOK AT IS YOU LOOK AT DIVISIONS AS FAR AS THEIR SIZE AND THE PEOPLE THAT THEY SUPERVISE, BUT THEN YOU ALSO LOOK AT SCOPE AND IMPACT ON THE OVERALL ORGANIZATION. I DEFINITELY KNOW, FOR INSTANCE, MS. MILITO, HER IMPACT HAS RAMIFICATIONS ACROSS ENTIRE ORGANIZATION WITH REGARDS TO HER SPACE AND HOW WE FOLLOW LEGISLATION, HOW WE IMPACT LEGISLATION, HOW WE BRING A VOICE TO IT. THAT'S CRITICAL. MAY NOT BE A LOT OF SUPERVISING, BUT THE SCOPE OF THE WORK, THE IMPACT ON THE ORGANIZATION IS HUGE. SO THERE ARE A COUPLE OF VARIABLES THAT WE LOOK AT AS I WAS CONSIDERING THIS PARTICULAR REORGANIZATION.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I THINK, AGAIN, MY ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE TO MY CONSTITUENTS, PEOPLE WHO ASK A QUESTION, REALLY RELIES ON AND DEPENDS ON THE MATERIAL THAT I HAVE BEFORE ME TO DO THAT. AND WITHOUT HAVING -- BROKEN DOWN SIMILARLY FOR THIS, THE WAY YOU'VE DONE IT HERE UNDER THESE OTHERS, I DON'T GET THE FULL PICTURE, AND THEN I'M SOMEWHAT AT A DISADVANTAGE OF BEING ABLE TO TALK ABOUT IT AT THE LEVEL OF CLARITY THAT YOU'VE DONE. I DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET THAT, BUT I'M MAKING THE CHART MORE COMPLICATED, BUT I THINK YOU SAY SCOPE IS A CONSIDERATION, NOT JUST THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE. I'LL TRY TO REMEMBER THAT. I'M NOT FULLY CONVINCED, BUT I'LL TRYING TO THINK THROUGH THAT TO -- TRY TO THINK THROUGH THAT TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND IT. MY LAST, THERE WERE A COUPLE OF THINGS ON THE JOB RESPONSIBILITIES THAT GOT LOST, I THINK, MAYBE WHEN IT WAS BEING TYPED OR CUT AND PASTE OR HOWEVER IT WAS DONE. LET ME JUST TALK ABOUT ONE EXAMPLE, AND THEN I HAVE A COUPLE MORE. I KNOW PEOPLE ARE WAITING TO ASK QUESTIONS. BEFORE I DO THAT, WOULD YOU LOOK AT THE STATEMENT THAT'S MADE ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE SUMMARY, THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY, WHERE YOU BREAK DOWN THE FINANCIAL IMPACTS OF WHERE EACH OF THE FORMS COMING FROM FOR EACH OF THE CHANGES. FEDERAL FUNDS TO CAREER AND TECH TO GRANTS, AND THEN THERE IS THE STATEMENT THAT SAYS IT WILL BE USED TO COVER THE REMAINING COSTS. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THAT, PLEASE?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SO ONE OF THE KEY PARTS OF THE FINANCIAL IMPACT IS THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO BE AWARE OF THAT THIS PARTICULAR REORGANIZATION WILL HAVE A COST SAVINGS TO THE DISTRICT IN THE PART ONE. THAT IS THE GENERAL REVENUE BUDGET, WHICH IS THE ONE THIS BOARD IS MONITORING VERY CLOSELY. SO THE COST SAVINGS WILL BE 236,208.49. HOWEVER, THAT'S GENERAL REVENUE. WE HAVE OTHER FUNDING SOURCES THAT COME IN AND SUPPORT OUR DISTRICT. OUR FEDERAL FUNDS, CAREER TECH FUNDS, GRANT FUNDS. SO WHAT IT WAS BASICALLY TALKING ABOUT IS THOSE FUNDS WOULD ALSO BE PARTICIPATING COVERING THE REMAINING COSTS.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OH, OKAY.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IF WE PUT IT IN ONE SENTENCE, PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN CRYSTAL CLEAR.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I'M GOING TO WALK GINGERLY FOR MY NEXT QUESTION BECAUSE I DO NOT WANT IT TO APPEAR THAT I'M CRITICIZING ANY PARTICULAR GROUP OF STUDENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY. BUT I JUST NEED TO BETTER UNDERSTAND, THE NEW POSITION -- ASSISTANT DEPARTMENT MANAGER IN HISPANIC OUTREACH. I CLEARLY UNDERSTAND THAT OUR GROWING POPULATION IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY ARE HISPANIC STUDENTS. AND THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS VERY MUCH TAILORED TO MEETING THE NEEDS OF THOSE STUDENTS. I GET THAT ALSO. BUT LET ME ASK YOU, WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FUTURE IF THE POPULATION SHIFT CHANGES? SYRIANS, ETHIOPIANS, AMERICAN SAMOAS, WHOMEVER. THAT IS THE GROWING POPULATION. DO WE CHANGE THAT TITLE? DO WE ADD ANOTHER WHOLE -- ANOTHER PERSON TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT. DO WE BETTER MAYBE RETITLE THIS AND TALK ABOUT OUTREACH TO ANY GROUP OF STUDENTS WHO COME INTO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT? BECAUSE AS I GO THROUGH SOME OF THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THAT PERSON, I CAN INSERT OTHER GROUPS OF STUDENTS WHERE THERE ARE SIMILAR KINDS OF NEEDS. AND I THINK WE ALMOST LIMB -- ALMOST ELIMINATE THE IDEA THAT ALL GROUPS OF STUDENTS HAVE NEEDS AND ARE IMPORTANT IF WE JUST FOCUS -- I THINK WHAT THE JOB IS SUPPOSED TO DO IS AN AWFUL IMPORTANT PIECE, BUT I THINK MAKING IT BROADER RATHER THAN MORE SPECIFIC ALLOWS FOR FLEXIBILITY. IT TAKES INTO CONSIDERATION DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES. IT TAKES INTO CONSIDERATION THAT EVEN AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME, IF WE DON'T TALK ABOUT THE FUTURE, THAT YOU CAN INSERT OTHER GROUPS, ZIP CODES, GROUPS OF STUDENTS, OTHER NEEDS. IN THIS JOB DESCRIPTION. WE HAVE A CULTURATION CENTER AT DICKERSON. IF WE WANT TO BE VERY, VERY SPECIFIC ABOUT OUR GROWING POPULATION OF HISPANIC STUDENTS AND I'M SAYING OUR HISPANIC STUDENTS BECAUSE IT IS PART OF THIS DISTRICT, COULD A SIMILAR POSITION OF A PERSON ALREADY DOING SOME OF THE WORK BE TAILORED TO DO SIMILARLY TO GET TO THESE NEEDS AND MAKE THIS POSITION A MUCH BROADER ONE?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ONCE AGAIN AS I SAID, RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY IS A KEY INGREDIENT OF THIS ORGANIZATION. WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE -- OUR LATINO POPULATION IS GROWING VERY QUICKLY. THEY HAVE VERY UNIQUE NEEDS THAT WE HAVE TO ENSURE THAT PARENTS ARE AWARE THAT THEY HAVE A COMFORT LEVEL. BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS WE DO KNOW IS MANY TIMES OUR PARENTS AREN'T COMFORTABLE WITH THE INTERACTION. COULD BE LANGUAGE BARRIER. CHALLENGES, IMMIGRATION CHALLENGES. THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT CREATE BARRIERS FOR OUR LATINO POPULATION. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THROUGH THIS POSITION, THERE IS A PLACE THAT OUR FAMILIES FEEL VERY, VERY COMFORTABLE OR A PERSON THAT OUR FAMILIES FEEL VERY, VERY COMFORTABLE IN ADDRESSING SOME OF THOSE VERY, VERY PRIVATE OR MAYBE PERSONAL CHALLENGES THAT THEY ARE FACING. WE KNOW IT'S OUR ROLE TO EDUCATE EVERY CHILD. THAT'S WHY ONE OF THE REASONS THIS PARTICULAR POSITION WAS ASSIGNED TO OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS AND OUR -- AND PHILANTHROPY. IT WAS REALLY ABOUT WE DO HAVE SUPPORT THROUGH OUR SANCHEZ AND FULL SERVICE SCHOOLS INTO OUR COMMUNITIES. WE FEEL LIKE THAT'S AN OUTREACH WITHIN OUR COMMUNITIES. WE FEEL LIKE THIS WILL BE AN OUTREACH EFFORT, YOU KNOW, WITH REGARDS TO OUR HISPANIC STUDENTS. THE CULTURATIONER C, YOU'RE RIGHT, SERVES A VERY SPECIFIC NEED FOR OUR FAMILIES COMING AND TRYING TO NAVIGATE THE SYSTEM AND FACING ALL KINDS OF OTHER PARTICULAR CHALLENGES. WE'VE GOT TO ENGAGE PARENTS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE SO THAT THEIR CHILDREN'S NEEDS, THEY FEEL LIKE THEIR CHILDREN'S NEEDS ARE BEING MET. THIS WAS A POSITION BASED OFF OF OUR LARGEST DEMOGRAPHIC. BASED OFF THE FACT THAT THERE ARE ALSO SIGNS THAT MANY -- THAT'S ONLY GOING TO GROW, THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE'S ALWAYS AN OUTREACH EFFORT GOING WITH OUR LATINO POPULATION BECAUSE IT'S VERY MUCH ALL ACROSS THIS COMMUNITY. IT'S NOT NECESSARILY IN ONE LOCATION. IT'S EVERY CORNER, EVERY AREA OF THE ORGANIZATION -- OF THE COMMUNITY AND THIS REALLY IS A NECESSARY POSITION TO GET THAT COMFORT LEVEL BUILT WITH OUR FAMILIES TO HELP THEM NAVIGATE BETTER, HELP THEM GET THE RESOURCES THEY NEED AND CERTAINLY WORKING ALONGSIDE SOME OF THE OTHER PLACES I JUST MENTIONED, ALONG WITH OUR MIGRANT PROGRAMS AND ELL PROGRAMS. THAT'S CRITICAL. BUT MANY TIMES WHAT I HEAR IS THAT FAMILIES MAY NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE REALLY KNOWING HOW TO NAVIGATE THOSE RESOURCES. THIS IS REALLY TO DEVELOP AN OUTREACH FOR PARENTS TO FEEL COMFORTABLE ABOUT ENGAGING WITH THE RESOURCES WE HAVE AVAILABLE HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FOR THEIR FAMILY AND FOR THEIR CHILDREN.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I CLEARLY UNDERSTAND THAT. EVERYTHING YOU SAID, I PREFACED IT IN MY OPENING REMARKS FOR CLARITY. I'M NOT TRYING TO SAY HISPANIC STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES DON'T NEED THE KIND OF THINGS THAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED. BUT I ALSO ASK, HOW WOULD THIS TRANSFORM OR CHANGE IF THE POPULATION CHANGES OVER TIME, WHAT DO WE CREATE THEN? ANOTHER LAYER, OR DO WE EXPAND THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THIS PERSON AND THIS DEPARTMENT. THAT'S THE --

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I'M SORRY. I DIDN'T ANSWER THAT. YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT. OBVIOUSLY, ONCE AGAIN, THIS REORGANIZATION IS RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY. IF THAT COMMUNITY DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGED DRAMATICALLY, WE WOULD ASSESS CURRENT POSITIONS. WE WOULD ASSESS ORGANIZATIONAL NEEDS, FAMILY NEEDS AND HOW WE CAN SUPPORT THAT. YES, WE COULD END UP COLLAPSING A POSITION, MERGING POSITIONS, WE COULD ADD A POSITION, BASED ON THE FACT THAT MAYBE THERE ARE CERTAIN DEMOGRAPHICS THAT ARE INCREASING AT THE SAME RATE, AND THEY ALL HAVE A SPECIAL NEED THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY. I'M HEARING THAT WE'LL CONTINUE TO LOOK AS YOU TALKED ABOUT AT A WORKSHOP THE OTHER DAY, ALL DEMOGRAPHICS, HOW THEY CHANGE, HOW THEY IMPACT THIS DISTRICT AND OUR ABILITY TO RESPOND TO NOT ONLY THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS BUT ALSO THE NEEDS OF OUR FAMILY AND WE'LL KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THAT, AND THAT THIS ROLE MAY EXPAND, ITS EMPHASIS MAY CHANGE BASED ON THAT. I WANT TO JUMP QUICKLY OVER TO, AND I'M ALMOST THROUGH, TO THE COST AUDIT MATRIX. WHICH IS THE CHART WITH THE ORGANIZATIONAL CHART I THINK IS ATTACHED -- ATTACHMENT 3. THE DEPUTY DIRECTORS, THREE OF THEM, ONLY THREE?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YEAH. WE'LL HAVE PROBABLY EIGHT OR NINE THAT WE WILL ULTIMATELY FILL. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE KNOW THAT THOSE DEPUTY DIRECTORS WERE APPROVED IN THE JUNE PHASE ONE OF THE REORGANIZATION. THOSE WERE ALL PUT ON HOLD, AS WE'VE MOVED THROUGH THIS FIRST YEAR, BUT AS I DESCRIBED THE ROLE OF THE AREA SUPERINTENDENT, AS WE MOVE INTO THE FUTURE, THERE IS NO WAY THE AREA SUPERINTENDENT CAN BE THAT ROLE WITHOUT THE DEPUTY DIRECTORS. SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I'VE ASKED FOR THROUGH THIS REORGANIZATION, AND WE STILL HAVE COST SAVINGS, SO THERE COULD BE WAYS TO ADD OTHERS AS WE GO ALONG, BUT THE GOAL THAT I'VE SET IS DURING THE '16-17 SCHOOL YEAR, BY THE END OF THAT YEAR, WE'LL HAVE ALL OUR DEPUTY DIRECTORS IN PLACE. HOW WE GO ABOUT DOING THAT, RIGHT NOW ON JULY 1, I WANT TO HAVE AT LEAST THREE IN PLACE. AND THEN AS WE MOVE FORWARD, BE ABLE TO FILL THE REMAINDER FOR THE '16-17 SCHOOL YEAR.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I TALKED TO DR. VAZQUEZ ABOUT THIS BECAUSE I WASN'T SURE WHO THE RSOs THAT WILL BE ELIMINATED AND HOW THIS FITS INTO THE REORGANIZATION.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WE HAVE FOR MANY YEARS -- THESE ARE ACTUALLY PART-TIME SRDs IN OUR DEPARTMENT THAT WORK WITHIN OUR ATA CENTERS. WE'RE REDEPLOYING RESOURCES TO COVER THAT AND NOT DEPEND ON THE PART-TIME RESOURCE DEPUTIES. SOMEBODY ASKED ME THAT QUESTION EARLIER. WE'RE NOT TAKING RESOURCE DEPUTIES OUT OF MIDDLE SCHOOLS OR HIGH SCHOOLS. WE'RE NOT DOING THAT. THIS IS ALL ABOUT PART-TIME RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE REMOVING.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THAT'S WHY I'M ASKING THE QUESTION. JUST LOOKING AT THE SHEET, THAT DOESN'T COME ACROSS CLEARLY. I'LL GO BACK TO YOUR COMMENT ABOUT CLARITY. THIS ISN'T ABOUT BEING CRITICAL OR CRITICIZING. IT IS BETTER TRYING TO UNDERSTAND SOME OF THIS. SOME OF THE CHANGES. UNDER THE CHANGE FROM ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR THE CTE TO THE DIRECTOR OF CTE, YOU PUT ADDITIONAL SALARY COST, INCREASE, WOULD GO FROM $14,492. WHAT WOULD THAT TOTAL SALARY BE NOW? IT'S NOT ON THIS CHART. IN SOME PLACES, IT WAS KIND OF INCONSISTENT. SOMETIMES TOTAL SALARY WAS THERE. AND SOMETIMES IT'S NOT. I'M JUST ASKING THE QUESTION. WHAT WOULD THAT BE? IT WON'T AFFECT THE BOTTOM LINE. I UNDERSTAND THAT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WE'LL MAKE SURE THE BOARD GETS THAT INFORMATION. THANK YOU.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY. I'VE GOT SOME MORE. I'LL WAIT AND COME BACK. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. HARRIS.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS REORGANIZATION. I FEEL I'M GOING TO REPEAT, IF YOU KEEP DOING THE SAME THING, YOU'RE GOING TO GET THE SAME RESULTS. I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE REMEMBER THAT IN EVERYTHING WE DO. CHANGE IS GREAT. I LOVE CHANGE. I JUST LOOK AT MYSELF AS A CHANGE ENGINE. I LIKE TO SEE THINGS CHANGE. IF YOU THINK ABOUT TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM, THEY CHANGE THEIR CLASSROOMS UP ALL THE TIME. IF YOU'RE SITTING IN THE FRONT AND THEN THE NEXT NINE WEEKS COME, YOU'LL FIND YOURSELF IN THE MIDDLE. AND WHAT ENDS UP HAPPENING, WHEN I WAS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND I'VE SAID THIS BEFORE, ON PICTURE DAY, THE KIDS DRESSED UP, WE HAD NO INCIDENTS IN THE SCHOOL BECAUSE KIDS WERE DRESSING UP. IT'S ALMOST LIKE YOU'RE DRESSING US UP AND GETTING US CHARGED AGAIN, AND THIS CHANGE, IT FEELS GOOD. IT MEANS THAT WE'RE ALL WORKING TOGETHER. WE ARE MAKING CHANGES. THE WHOLE WORLD IS CHANGING, AND WE CANNOT KEEP DOING IN THIS DISTRICT THE THINGS THAT WE'VE DONE YEAR AFTER YEAR AFTER YEAR. AND I CAN SAY THAT BECAUSE I'VE BEEN INVOLVED IN IT FOR MANY OF THOSE YEARS. SO I REALLY THINK THAT THE GROWTH COMES IN CHANGE, AND THAT WE HAVE TO KEEP UP WITH IT. AS THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, I WILL TELL YOU, AS A BOARD MEMBER, AND I KNOW I GET TEASED ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME, BUT I LOVE GOING OUT IN THE COMMUNITY AND SEEING WHAT OUR DISTRICT IS DOING THAT IS GOOD. AND I WORK PROBABLY A TEN-HOUR DAY EVERY DAY THAT I'M DOING THIS AND HAVE FOUND THAT IT'S EVEN ON SATURDAYS AND IN SOME CASES ON SUNDAY, WE HAVE SOMETHING GOING ON IN THIS DISTRICT. THERE IS NO WAY THE PEOPLE SITTING AROUND THIS ROOM RIGHT HERE, THERE'S NO WAY THAT FIRST ROW OF PEOPLE THAT WE CAN GO TO EVERYTHING, AND THOSE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS ARE GOING TO BE VITAL BECAUSE HAVING THEM IN THE COMMUNITIES, GOING TO THE CHAMBER MEETINGS, GOING TO THE COMMUNITY ROTARIES, AND BEING A REAL PICTURE WHEN WE WENT AROUND AND I WENT TO MANY OF THE TEACHER FORUMS THAT YOU DID, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS VERY UNANIMOUS ALL THE WAY AROUND WAS THAT THEY WANTED TO BE ABLE TO TOUCH AND TALK TO SOMEONE FROM THE DISTRICT. HAVING THOSE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS OUT IN THE COMMUNITY IN THEIR AREAS IS GOING TO BE VITAL TO GETTING THE INFORMATION BACK. AND THAT'S WHERE WE CAN DO A BETTER JOB UP HERE IN MAKING THE DECISIONS TO HELP OUR STUDENTS AND CHANGE THAT GRADUATION RATE. BECAUSE IF EVERYBODY IS DY IS DOING -- COMMUNICATING AND EVERYBODY IS DOING THEIR JOB AND WE HAVE A POSITIVE INFLUENCE, THEN WE'LL INFLUENCE THE STUDENTS TO DO BETTER. I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I FEEL LIKE IN MOST CASES, I FEEL THAT WE'RE VERY SUPPORTIVE. I KNOW THAT THE COMMUNITY HAS HAD MIXED MESSAGES ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON. WHEN YOU HAVE TO REAPPLY FOR YOUR JOB, IT'S JUST LIKE DRESSING UP ON PICTURE DAY, GUYS. YOU HAVE TO PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD AND BE ABLE TO SAY, YOU KNOW, I'M THE BEST FIT FOR THIS JOB. BUT EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT THE BEST FIT FOR THAT JOB, IT'S OKAY, BECAUSE WE HAVE ANOTHER PLACE THAT YOU MIGHT FIT BETTER AND YOU'LL SHINE. IT IS GROWTH. IT'S GROWING. AND I THINK THIS IS JUST GREAT, AND I REALLY APPLAUD YOU AND YOUR CABINET FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER. SO THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THE GREEK PHILOSOPHER HERCUKLIDES BELIEVED THAT ALL THINGS WERE IN PERPETUAL FLUX. HIS FAMOUS QUOTE WAS THE ONLY THING THAT IS CONSTANT IS CHANGE. WE HEAR IT A LOT. DO WE UNDERSTAND IT? DO WE LIVE BY IT? IT IS THE ONLY CONSTANT. SINCE BEING ELECTED AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER REPRESENTING THIS DISTRICT, THAT'S THE ONLY THING I'VE EVER EXPERIENCED. I KNOW NOTHING ELSE. SO TO ASK YOU A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT YOU'VE WORKED VERY DILIGENTLY ON THIS PLAN FOR A VERY LONG TIME, AND I SHARE THE SENTIMENT WITH MRS. HARRIS THAT I'M EXCITED ABOUT IT, TOO. I THINK THAT IF YOU RECALL, ANYBODY READ THE BOOK BY JIM COLLINSES "GOOD TO GREAT" AND I REFER TO THIS IN A LOT OF OUR PRIVATE -- NOT PRIVATE, BUT OUR ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATIONS WE HAVE, WE TALK ABOUT GETTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE ON THE BUS AND THEN GETTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE SEATS ON THE BUS. THAT'S WHAT WILL TAKE AN ORGANIZATION FROM GOOD TO GREAT. AND I FEEL LIKE THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE DOING WITH THIS REORGANIZATION IS MAKING SURE THAT NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE THE RIGHT PEOPLE ON OUR BUS, BUT THAT WE'RE GETTING THE RIGHT PEOPLE WITH THE RIGHT SKILL SETS IN THE RIGHT SEATS SO THAT THEY -- NOT ONLY CAN WE FULFILL OUR OBLIGATION TO OUR STUDENTS, BUT THAT THEY CAN FEEL FULFILLED IN THEIR ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS WELL. THAT'S CRITICAL BECAUSE IF THEY ARE NOT FEELING -- IF YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE YOU'RE MOVING THAT NEEDLE, YOU CANNOT FILL FULFILLED IN HELPING OUR STUDENTS. YOU TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MANAGEMENT VERSUS LEADERSHIP. YOU REFERENCED THAT IN YOUR PRESENTATION. SO I WANTED TO SEE IF YOU COULD EXPOUND A LITTLE BIT ON YOUR VISION FOR WHAT YOU SEE AS MANAGEMENT VERSUS LEADERSHIP IN OUR DISTRICT, AND HOW IT ALIGNS WITH WHAT YOU'RE DOING WITH THIS REORGANIZATION.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ABSOLUTELY. THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION. AND I THINK BEING A TEACHER, A SITE-BASED LEADER, YOU WANT TO TO -- WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT FULFILLMENT AND PEOPLE SEEING THEMSELVES EVERY DAY MAKING AN IMPACT AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE, IF YOU'RE JUST MANAGING RESOURCES, IF YOU'RE JUST MANAGING INFORMATION, THERE'S NOT A LOT OF FULFILLMENT THAT COMES WITH THAT. NOW, SOME PEOPLE MAY LIKE TO DO THAT. SOME PEOPLE LIKE MAYBE HAVING A SET OF DIRECTIONS AND MANAGING THEIR WAY OF WORK AROUND THOSE SET OF DIRECTIONS, BUT GREAT ORGANIZATIONS ARE LEADERS, LEADERS WHO THINK ON THEIR FEET, LEADERS WHO KNOW WHAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO AT THE RIGHT TIME TO DO IT. THEY FEEL EMPOWERED. THEY FEEL INNOVATIVE. THEY FEEL LIKE I CAN MAKE A DECISION AND PEOPLE TRUST ME. THAT'S WHAT I WANT ACROSS THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION FOR LEADERSHIP. I WANT AREA SUPERINTENDENTS TO BE EMPOWERED, TO HEAR WHAT THEIR COMMUNITIES HAVE TO SAY ABOUT CHALLENGES THEY ARE FACING OR GREAT SOLUTIONS THAT THEY ARE HEARING IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND I WANT THEM TO SAY TO ANY GREAT IDEA, WE CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN FOR YOUR CHILD. WE CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN FOR YOUR COMMUNITY. AND HERE'S HOW WE'RE GOING TO DO IT. AND NOT STOP AND BE GRIPPED AND THINKING, WOW, THAT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF PEOPLE AGREEING THAT THIS IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. I WANT AN AREA SUPERINTENDENT. I WANT A PRINCIPAL. I WANT A CHIEF. I WANT A AN ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT TO SAY THAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. WE'RE GOING TO DO IT ON BEHALF OF OUR CLIENTS, OUR KIDS, OUR FAMILIES, AND OUR EMPLOYEES AND I WANT THEM TO FEEL EMPOWERED ABOUT HOW TO NAVIGATE THE ORGANIZATION TO MAKE SURE THAT ISSUE IS RESOLVED OR THAT IDEA COMES TO FRUITION. AND I KNOW THERE ARE PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, IN THIS ORGANIZATION, WHO ARE GREAT LEADERS. AND I FEEL LIKE THERE MAY BE SOME PEOPLE IN THE ORGANIZATION THAT MAY BE OKAY WITH MANAGING. AND I WANT TO HELP THEM MOVE TO THAT LEADERSHIP THAT GOOD TO GREAT, THAT ULTIMATE FULFILLMENT WHEN YOU GET TO THAT POINT, THAT IT'S HITTING ON ALL CYLINDERS, YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE THE TRUST LEVEL TO MAKE GREAT DECISIONS WHEN YOU HEAR ABOUT GREAT IDEAS, THAT'S WHERE WE'RE HEADED. SO I WANT SITE-BASED LEADERS. I WANT TEACHERS, I WANT STAFF TO FEEL LIKE THEY CAN DEVELOP THOSE SOLUTIONS, THAT THEY CAN BE HEARD, THEY HAVE GREAT PRINCIPALS AND AREA SUPERINTENDENTS TO ADVOCATE FOR THEM, AND THEN ULTIMATELY NAVIGATE RESOURCES ACROSS THIS ORGANIZATION TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN, KNOWING THAT WE HAVE AN ORGANIZATION THAT HAS TO HAVE A STABLE BUDGET. WE HAVE TO HAVE -- WE HAVE TO FOLLOW STATUTE. WE HAVE TO FOLLOW POLICY. WE HAVE TO DO ALL THE THINGS THAT ARE NECESSARY. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO HAVE A CENTRAL SYSTEM OF CONTROLS, BECAUSE WE CAN'T DERAIL ON THOSE PARTICULAR ISSUES. BUT WE HAVE TO HAVE THE ENERGY BUILT IN OUR LEADERSHIP TO BE ABLE TO KNOW THEY CAN BE TRUSTED TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS.

>> YOU MENTIONED A WORD THAT RESOUNDS I THINK GREATLY WITH US IN THIS DISTRICT AND IT'S THE WORD "TRUST." AND I TRUST YOU, WHICH EMPOWERS YOU, AND I KNOW THAT I CONVEY THAT AND PRETTY CERTAIN THAT I CONVEY THAT TO YOU ON A PRETTY REGULAR BASIS. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO MANAGE THAT TRUST? HOW ARE YOU GOING TO CONVEY THAT? WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO CULTIVATE THAT TRUST SO THAT THOSE LEADERS CAN FEEL THAT EMPOWERMENT THAT YOU'RE SUGGESTING?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WELL, YOU HAVE TO SPOTLIGHT WHEN TRUST IS GIVEN, AND THEN GREAT IDEAS COME TO FRUITION. SO YOU HAVE TO SHINE THE SPOTLIGHTS WHEN THOSE THINGS HAPPEN AND MAKE OTHERS RECOGNIZE THOSE THINGS. AND I THINK SOMETHING I SAID EARLIER AROUND THE APPOINTMENT OF TEGE TAYLOR TO THE POSITION IS ONE OF THE THINGS YOU HAVE TO DO IS REALIZE THAT JUST SAYING YOU'RE GOING TO TRUST A LEADER IS ONE THING. BEING ABLE TO TRULY SHOW TRUST MEANS THAT SOMETIMES YOU'RE GOING TO GIVE THAT SPACE TO ALLOW THEM TO TAKE THE RISKS THEY NEED TO TAKE, AND IT MAY NOT BE A HUGE RISK, BUT THEY NEED TO TAKE THOSE STEPS KNOWING THAT THEY HAVE ULTIMATE OWNERSHIP FOR THOSE DECISIONS. AND THEN WE HAVE TO MODEL EVERY DECISION WE MAKE IN THE ORGANIZATION TO REFLECT THAT WE'RE TRUSTING THE PEOPLE THAT WE'VE HIRED IN POSITIONS AS LEADERS TO DO THE WORK THAT THEY'VE BEEN ASKED TO DO. ONE OF THE THINGS I WILL SAY, AND I MENTIONED THIS AT THE PRINCIPALS MEETING THE OTHER DAY, IS THAT I HAVE -- THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW PEOPLE THAT SAID WE LIKE THE MESSAGE AROUND TRUST. WE LIKE THE MESSAGE AROUND AUTONOMY. WE LIKE THAT MESSAGE, BUT THERE ARE TIMES THAT THAT MESSAGE DOES NOT RESOUND TO US THROUGH MAYBE OTHERS' ACTIONS. SO WHAT WE HAVE TO BE CLEAR ABOUT IS FROM EVERY SPACE IN THE ORGANIZATION THAT WE'RE CONSISTENT AROUND HOW WE SHOW TRUST, HOW WE BELIEVE IN PEOPLE. BELIEFS ARE IMPORTANT, YOU KNOW. SO IF SOMEONE IS NOT BELIEVING THAT THEY CAN MAKE A DECISION, THEN THEY'LL GET IN A REAL SAFE ZONE AND A REAL SAFE ZONE MAY NOT TAKE TO US A 90% GRADUATION RATE. I KNOW IT WON'T TAKE TO US A 90% GRADUATION RATE. WHAT WILL TAKE US THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT HAVE GREAT IDEAS THAT HELP GET SUPPORTED WITH THE GREAT IDEAS.

>>Melissa Snively: TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW THIS REORGANIZATION SPECIFICALLY ALIGNS WITH SOME OF THE CORE VALUES OR THE CORE VALUES THAT WE HAVE, WHICH ARE PROACTIVE, RELATION, INTEGRITY, SAFETY AND MOTIVATION. WE DETERMINED AS A DISTRICT THOSE ARE OUR CORE VALUES. AND TALK A LITTLE, IF YOU COULD, PLEASE, HOW THAT ALIGNS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I THINK IT ALIGNS PERFECTLY, STARTING WITH PROACTIVE. OBVIOUSLY, THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE A WAITING AROUND IN THIS ORGANIZATION FOR GREAT IDEAS TO COME TO FRUITION, FOR GREAT SOLUTIONS TO BE DRIVEN HOME FOR OUR KIDS. WE'RE GOING TO EMPOWER THE ORGANIZATION TO BE ABLE TO DEVELOP THOSE. THAT MEANS THAT THE RESULTS ARE GOING TO COME FASTER. THEY ARE GOING TO BE MORE GREATLY OWNED BY THE INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE THAT. I THINK PART OF BEING PROACTIVE IS THAT IN A LARGE -- AND WE GET CALLED A BUREAUCRACY SEVERAL TIMES, IT'S ABOUT THE LAYERS. IT'S ABOUT HOW YOU GET SOMETHING DONE. IF YOU HAVE TO SIFT THROUGH MULTIPLE LAYERS AND YOU HAVE A CERTAIN TIMELINE TO GET SOMETHING DONE, IT BECOMES -- YOU GET VIEWED AS A VERY REACTIVE ORGANIZATION OR ONE THAT JUST STUNTS REALLY GREAT SOLUTIONS. SO I WOULD SAY IT'S VERY PROACTIVE IN SHIFTING THE STRUCTURE OF THE ORGANIZATION AND EMPOWERING YOUR LEADERS ACROSS THE DISTRICT ARE MOE MORE LOCALLY. DEFINITELY RELATIONAL. PART OF THIS IS ABOUT COMMUNITIES FEELING CONNECTED TO THE SOLUTIONS AND ENSURING THAT THE SCHOOLS ARE MEETING THE UNIQUE NEEDS OF THEIR CHILDREN AND THEIR POPULATION. THIS IS ALL ABOUT RELATIONS. THIS IS ALL ABOUT HAVING THE RIGHT RELATIONSHIPS. IT'S HARD TO HELP SOMEONE WANT TO IMPLEMENT SOMETHING AT A SITE LEVEL WHEN MAYBE IT'S BEEN DIRECTED FROM A DIRECTORATE LEVEL TO DO THAT. THEY WON'T OWN IT. THEY MIGHT STRUGGLE WITH IMPLEMENTING IT. SO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE CLOSEST TO IMPLEMENTING SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE THE ONES THAT ARE THE DEVELOPERS OF SOME OF THOSE SOLUTIONS. SO THAT BECOMES -- IT'S A MORE RELATIONAL AND LESS DISTANT. I THINK, OBVIOUSLY, INTEGRITY IS CRITICAL FOR THE CORE VALUE. THAT MEANS WHAT WE SAY IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO. SO AS WE COME FORWARD WITH THE REORGANIZATION, IT TALKS ABOUT SHIFTING THE STRUCTURE, AND WE TALK ABOUT EMPOWERMENT. WE TALK ABOUT TRUST. WE TALK ABOUT OWNERSHIP, WE TALK ABOUT ALL THE RIGHT THINGS TO GET THE ORGANIZATION FROM GOOD TO GREAT. WE HAVE TO BE TRUE TO OUR WORDS. THAT'S ALL ABOUT INTEGRITY. OBVIOUSLY, THE PEOPLE THAT KNOW KIDS THE BEST ARE YOUR TEACHERS, YOUR LEADERS, YOUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, SAFETY IS OBVIOUSLY A CORE VALUE OF THE ORGANIZATION, AND SO ENSURING THAT EVEN LOOKING AT HOW OTHER DEPARTMENTS MAY NEED TO REGIONALIZE THEIR RESOURCES, IN TALKING WITH CHIEF NEWMAN ALREADY ABOUT LOOKING AT HIS SECURITY DEPARTMENT, HOW, YOU KNOW, KNOWING THAT WE HAVE KEY REGIONS, HOW DO RESOURCES IN OUR SECURITY DEPARTMENT GET REGIONALIZED AND GET DEPLOYED. AND OBVIOUSLY, THERE IS NO GREATER MOTIVATOR FOR ANY ORGANIZATION THAN FOR THE PEOPLE WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION TO FEEL LIKE THEY ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION. I THINK AS YOU HEAR TEACHERS, AND YOU HEAR ABOUT THEIR ENERGY AND EXCITEMENT AROUND WANTING TO BE THE KIND OF AUTHORS OF THE SCRIPT, TO HELP CHANGE THE LIVES OF THEIR STUDENTS RATHER THAN JUST THE READERS OF THE SCRIPT, I MEAN, I THINK THAT BRINGS A DIFFERENT ENERGY AND A DIFFERENT ENTHUSIASM AND MOTIVATION ACROSS THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION. DID I GET ALL FIVE?

>>Melissa Snively: YOU GOT THEM. IT'S BEEN DISCUSSED A LITTLE BIT AMONGST THE BOARD MEMBERS ALREADY ABOUT THIS BEING A FINANCIALLY SOUND BUSINESS DECISION. YOU'LL GET US MORE DETAILED INFORMATION. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE MOST ACCURATE INFORMATION THAT'S AVAILABLE. THE THING I ALWAYS LIKE TO KEEP IN MIND IS LEADERSHIP COMES IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT STYLES. YOU AND I AND OTHER BOARD MEMBERS DON'T ALWAYS SEE EYE TO EYE ON THE WAY THAT YOU MIGHT CHOOSE TO DO SOMETHING OR THE UNIQUENESS OF IT. I DON'T KNOW NECESSARILY THAT I WOULD HAVE DONE THIS THE SAME WAY THAT YOU'RE DOING IT, BUT THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF HAVING DIFFERENT LEADERSHIP STYLES IS THAT THAT'S WHO YOU ARE, AND THAT IS THE IMPRESSION AND THE LEGACY THAT YOU WANT TO LEAVE YOU'RE CREATING THROUGH YOUR OWN LEADERSHIP STYLE. WE AS A BOARD CHOSE YOU. THIS IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. I TRUST YOU AS THE PROFESSIONAL, AND I'VE SAID THAT BEFORE. OUR JOB IS TO HOLD YOU ACOUNTABLE. THAT'S HOW I SEE MY JOB AS A BOARD MEMBER IS TO COACH YOU, IS TO LISTEN TO YOU, IS TO WATCH YOU, AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE DOING THE JOB TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY, THAT YOU HAVE THE RESOURCES DATA JOB FOR OUR -- TO DO THE JOB FOR OUR STUDENTS. IF YOU DON'T, THAT'S ALSO A PART OF OUR JOB IS TO LET YOU KNOW. COACH YOU UP OR COACH YOU OUT, RIGHT? SO I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'RE DOING HERE, AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HOW THIS EVOLVES, AND WHAT IT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE SIX MONTHS FROM NOW AND 12 MONTHS FROM NOW AND 18 MONTHS FROM NOW. IT WILL CHANGE OVER TIME. SOME OF THE THINGS BROUGHT UP BY MS. EDGECOMB ARE EVEN CONSIDERATIONS THAT ARE PROBABLY GOING TO CREATE CHANGE OR CAUSE CHANGE IN THE FUTURE AS WELL. CHANGE CAN BE SCARY, A LITTLE BIT. CHANGE CAN BE UNCOMFORTABLE. BUT CHANGE IS NOT SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS TO PEOPLE. IT JUST IS. CHANGE HAPPENS WITH OR WITHOUT US. AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT I FEEL WHAT MATTERS THE MOST IS THE ATTITUDE THAT WE HAVE ABOUT CHANGE AND EMBRACING IT IS WHERE WE FIND SUCCESS. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND THERE'S BEEN SO MUCH SAID ALREADY ABOUT THIS PLAN AND THIS REORGANIZATION THAT I'M NOT EVEN SURE THAT I CAN ADD MUCH, ESPECIALLY FOLLOWING MS. SNIVELY. THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. BECAUSE WE HAVE DONE A LOT OF WORK OVER THE LAST YEAR. IT'S BEEN ALMOST A YEAR SINCE OUR FIRST RETREAT. A YEAR. AND THE WORK THAT WE DID THAT LONG WEEKEND AND THE FOLLOWING RETREAT THAT REALLY FOR ME IS THE FRAME WORK -- FRAMEWORK THAT GOES WITH THIS PLAN. AND I JUST WANT TO COMMEND YOUR STAFF AND YOU FOR WHAT I THINK RY AGGRESSION AGGRESSIVE MOVE ON THIS DISTRICT'S PART, HISTORICAL MOVE, AND I'M EXCITED, BECAUSE I THINK IT SPEAKS TO EVERYTHING THAT WE FORMULATED AS A BOARD A YEAR AGO. AND THAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT KIDS. THIS IS NOT ABOUT PERSONALITIES. IT'S NOT ABOUT PEOPLE. IT'S NOT ABOUT YOUR JOB OR YOUR TITLE, IT'S ABOUT STUDENTS AND DOING EVERY DAY IN THIS DISTRICT WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR STUDENTS. I COMMEND YOU AND YOUR STAFF. I'M EXCITED TO SEE THE REORGANIZATION AND HOW THIS PLAYS OUT, LIKE MS. SNIVELY SAYS IN SIX MONTHS, IN A YEAR, AND SEE WHERE OUR PROGRESS IS. I'M EXCITED FOR THE APPOINTMENTS YOU'VE ALREADY MADE TODAY AND THAT YOU CONTINUE TO MAKE WITH NEW STAFF IN PLACE AND THE ONES MADE TONIGHT. I'LL LEAVE IT AT THAT.

>>April Griffin: MS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: AS THESE BECOME OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS, THE JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND SO FORTH, AND I THINK PROBABLY SOME INFORMATION LEFT OFF, I JUST WANT TO BRING IT TO YOUR ATTENTION SO IF THERE ARE EDITS AND THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE THAT YOU'RE AWARE OF IT. MY NEXT STEP IS JUST TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF IT. IF YOU LOOK ON PAGE 125, NO, BEFORE THAT -- ON 123 OF THE JOB DESCRIPTIONS, MAYBE I'M NOT READING IT RIGHT, BUT IT SAYS LEAD BIWEEKLY TEAM MEETINGS UNDER THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TO ENSURE ALL INTERNAL, EXTERNAL COMMUNITY PROGRAMS, TO ENSURE WHAT ABOUT THEM? IT'S ON PAGE 123, PAGE 2 OF THE PROGRAM MANAGER'S COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I SEE IT. WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT IT. OBVIOUSLY THERE IS A WORD LEFT OFF AT THE END.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: NEXT ONE IS ON 125 AT THE VERY BOTTOM OF THE JOB DESCRIPTION FOR THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT MANAGER OF HISPANIC OUTREACH. IT SAYS BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH KEY COMMUNITY LEADERS WITHIN THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY TO INCREASE OUR ENGAGEMENT TO ENSURE -- SOMETHING IS LEFT OFF THERE.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT THAT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: SINCE THIS BECOMES THE OFFICIAL IN WHICH -- JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND HOW PEOPLE WILL BE EVALUATED, THAT CERTAINLY NEEDS TO BE. AND THERE WAS ANOTHER ONE. I'M NOT SURE AS I GO THROUGH IT. I'LL BRING IT TO YOUR ATTENTION. THOSE ARE ONLY EDITS. I'M GOING TO CONCLUDE MY COMMENTS ABOUT THE REORG IN THIS MANNER, AND I THINK SOME PEOPLE TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CHANGE, AND IT CAN BE FRIGHTENING, AND IT CAN BE UNSETTLING. IT CAN CREATE A LOT OF EMOTIONS, THAT KIND OF THING. TO HELP ALLEVIATE THAT OR EASE THAT OR TO LIMIT THAT, MY QUESTIONS WERE ASKED SPECIFICALLY BECAUSE YOU, IN MY CONVERSATION, AND WHAT YOU SAID TONIGHT, CLARITY WAS AT THE CORE OF WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO DO IN YOUR PRESENTATION. FOR THOSE THAT MIGHT SEE THAT THE QUESTIONS I ASKED CRITICAL OF THIS, THAT'S OKAY IF THEY WANT TO BELIEVE. THAT WAS NOT MY RATIONALE AND MY REASON FOR DOING IT. HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE THIS TO PEOPLE. ASK ME QUESTIONS, AND I NEED TO KNOW YOUR THINKING PAIRED WITH MY THINKING SO I CAN DO THAT. ONE OF THE BIG THINGS YOU SAID OVER AND OVER AGAIN WAS ABOUT OWNERSHIP CLOSER AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL. AND I THINK THAT IS AN ADMIRABLE WAY SO PEOPLE CAN BUY INTO IT, GIVE THEIR BEST, BECAUSE IF THEY OWN IT, THEY ARE GOING TO WORK AT IT. BUT ALONG WITH THAT OWNERSHIP COMES GREATER RESPONSIBILITY. AND ON PART OF THAT RESPONSIBILITY BECOMES GREATER ACCOUNTABILITY. SO HOW DO WE ENSURE THAT AS WE ASK SCHOOLS AND TEACHERS AND STAFFS AND EVERYBODY TO BECOME GREATER OWNERS OF WHAT THEY ARE DOING AT THEIR SCHOOLS WITH GREATER RESPONSIBILITY, THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT -- BECAUSE THERE IS GREATER ACCOUNTCT, HOW DO WE -- ACCOUNTABILITY, HOW DO WE SUPPORT THEM SO IT IS SUCCESSFUL IN WHAT THEY ARE DOING? I THINK THAT'S REALLY CRITICAL TO ALL OF THIS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS. BECAUSE, ULTIMATELY, WHEN SOLUTIONS ARE GROWN MORE LOCALLY, AND YOU'RE RIGHT, THERE IS A HEIGHTENED LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY. I REMEMBER AS A BUILDING LEVEL PRINCIPAL AND A TEACHER, WHEN YOU TALK TO OUR PRINCIPALS AND OUR TEACHERS, THEY WANT THAT ACCOUNTABILITY. THEY DO. IT'S TOUGHER FOR THEM TO ACCEPT DOING SOMETHING THAT THEY KNOW ULTIMATELY THEY DON'T BELIEVE IN. THEY MAY NOT BELIEVE IN COMPLETELY. THEY ARE NOT INVESTED IN OR THEY MAY NOT HAVE THAT STRONG OWNERSHIP. SO I THINK THAT'S PART OF ANYONE WILL HAVE A GREATER SELF ACCOUNTABILITY WHEN THEY KNOW THEY HAVE INPUT IN SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WILL DRIVE THE SOLUTIONS FOR STUDENTS. BUT YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THAT'S WHY IN OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENT OFFICE IN PROVIDING SUPPORT, WHETHER THROUGH OUR PRINCIPAL COACH OR THE TEAMS CREATED AROUND OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, YOU KNOW, OUR SCHOOLS, THERE WILL BE A HEIGHTENED PERHAPS LEVEL OF, AS WE MAKE THIS TRANSITION, HEIGHTENED LEVEL OF ANXIETY AROUND ACCOUNTABILITY, HOW YOU NOT JUST CORRECTLY MESSAGE THAT, BUT HOW YOU SHOW YOUR SUPPORT, HOW YOU ARE QUICK TO GIVE THAT SUPPORT, HOW YOU ARE QUICK TO GIVE THAT ENCOURAGEMENT, AND ALSO, SOMETIMES SAY IT'S OKAY TO NOT GET IT RIGHT, PERFECT THE FIRST TIME. EVERYONE GOES THROUGH THAT PROCESS WHEN WE'RE TRYING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS, IS MAYBE THAT STRATEGY DIDN'T QUITE WORK. I THINK IT'S AN ENCOURAGING, YOU KNOW, IT WILL BE SPACE AND TIME WHEN WE WILL NEED TO INVOKE A GREAT AMOUNT OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO OUR LEADERS. GREAT AMOUNT OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO OUR SCHOOLS AND TO OUR TEACHERS AND TO OUR STAFFS, BECAUSE AS THEY DEVELOP THE PLANS FOR SUCCESS FOR THEIR KIDS AND HAVE THAT ULTIMATE OWNERSHIP, THEY ARE GOING TO WANT TO KNOW THAT EVERYONE IS BEHIND THEM 100%. AND SO IN DOING THAT, WE WILL NEVER LOSE -- NOT EVER LOSE THE PULSE OF ACCOUNTABILITY. WE'LL NEVER LOSE THE PULSE OF BEST PRACTICES. WE WON'T LOSE THE PULSE OF THE STRATEGIC PRIORITIES OF THIS BOARD LIKE FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP AND MAKING SURE WE'RE DOING THE RIGHT THINGS ALONG THE WAY. AND THAT IS WHAT OUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM HAS GOT TO THEN DO, HAS GOT TO ENSURE ALONG THAT LINE WE COULD KEEP OUR THUMB ON THE PULSE TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE ALL THE PIECES IN PLACE, THAT BALANCED OWNERSHIP, NOT THAT DECENTRALIZATION, BUT THAT BALANCED OWNERSHIP FROM SCHOOL SITE THROUGH THE REGIONAL SUPERINTENDENT DO THE DISTRICT OFFICE.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I IMPLORE YOU TO MAKE THAT THE MESSAGE THAT YOU SEND, BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT OF ANXIETY, UNSETTLEDNESS, AND PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW THAT IT'S NOT -- I MEAN, IT IS FRIGHTENING, BECAUSE IT CHANGES. BUT THEY HAVE TO KNOW THAT THE SUPPORT IS THERE AND THAT THEY ARE ALLOWED TO MAKE MISTAKES WITHOUT BEING RETALIATED OR CRITICIZED FOR, BUT SUPPORTED SO THAT THEY CAN MOVE FROM THAT POSITION TO ONE OF SUCCESS. BECAUSE AT THE MIDDLE OF ALL OF THIS, ALL ABOUT KIDS. SO THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, BEFORE WE GO TO THE SECOND PHASE OF WHAT -- OF POINTING THE INDIVIDUALS, JUST I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND FOR BRINGING THIS PARTICULAR REORGANIZATION. IT IS TRULY EXCITING. IT REALLY TRULY IS EXCITING BECAUSE IT IS DEFINITELY ALIGNED WITH WHAT THE WORK THAT WE SEVEN BOARD MEMBERS DID OVER THE LAST SUMMER IN OUR RETREATS, AND WE ALL SUPPORTED OUR VISION AND MISSION AND OUR STRATEGIC PLAN. IT WAS A 7-0 VOTE. AND MR. EAKINS, YOU HAVE REALLY AND DR. VAZQUEZ, JUST THE WHOLE TEAM, HAS REALLY LOOKED AT THIS AND REALLY PUT A LOT OF THOUGHT PROCESS. I WANT TO COMMEND YOU ON SOMETHING THAT I WISH I HAD MORE OF, AND THAT'S PATIENCE. BECAUSE THIS OVERHAUL HAS BEEN NEEDED FOR FAR TOO LONG. AND I APPLAUD YOU FOR THAT. I NEED SOME OF THAT PATIENCE FROM YOU. BECAUSE IN THE MEANTIME, HOW MANY CHILDREN HAVE WE NOT AFFECTED NEGATIVELY? AND, YES, THIS IS ALL ABOUT OUR KIDS, AND THAT'S OUR CORE MISSION IS TO PROVIDE THOSE SUPPORTS AND TO HELP THEM BE SUCCESSFUL AND PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS OF OUR SOCIETY. HAVING SAID THAT, I AM MOST EXCITED ABOUT ALL OF THE POSITIONS, BUT I ALSO AM VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THE LIAISON POSITION THAT YOU HAVE CREATED TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF THE HISPANIC STUDENTS. THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENCES OUT THERE AMONGST THE HISPANIC POPULATION THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE GIVE THEM THE SUPPORTS THAT THEY HAVE, TOO. SOMETHING SIMILAR TO WHAT MS. JONES DOES OVER IN THE FULL-SERVICE CENTER. THAT'S BEEN THERE FOR A LONG TIME, AND IT'S HELPED THAT COMMUNITY AND IT HAS SERVED THAT COMMUNITY VERY, VERY WELL. THE ACCULTURATION CENTER. THEY ARE ALL OVER THE COUNTY AS WELL. THEY HELP OUT WITH THE MIGRANT SERVICES AND THEY WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH THE OTHER COMMUNITIES AS WELL. BUT THAT HAS A DIFFERENT SPECIFIC NEED THAT SERVES THAT COMMUNITY. AND NOW HAVING THIS PARTICULAR POSITION IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT WHEN A HISPANIC PARENT WANTS TO GO SEE [SPEAKS SPANISH] AND CANNOT COMMUNICATE, THAT'S A PROBLEM. THEY DO NOT KNOW HOW TO NAVIGATE THE SYSTEM. AND IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THEY UNDERSTAND HOW THEY ARE ABLE TO BE SUPPORTED AND LIFTED WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, OUR STUDENT POPULATION IS 34.2% HISPANIC, OUR WHITE POPULATION IS 34.9%. STATISTICALLY, WE'RE TIED. AND NEXT YEAR, IT'S GOING TO GET BIGGER. AND IT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE ALL OF OUR KIDS NEED TO DO WELL, ABSOLUTELY. BUT WHEN YOU HAVE LANGUAGE DEFICIENCIES AND YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW TO NAVIGATE, AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE CHILD, THE STUDENT, THE VERY CORE THING THAT WE TALK ABOUT IS GOING TO GET HURT. AND IT IS VERY WELL NEEDED. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR RECOGNIZING THAT, AND I APPLAUD YOU IN YOUR EFFORTS. AND I'M REALLY EXCITED. I CAN'T WAIT FOR JULY 1st, TO SEE ALL OF THIS PUT IN PLACE. AND, YOU KNOW, I HAVE THE LIST OF ALL OF THESE APPLICANTS, AND WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO ASSESS YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM AND YOUR CABINET. YOU COULD HAVE DONE THINGS DIFFERENTLY. WHEN YOU WERE APPOINTED, YOU COULD HAVE DONE THINGS SO DIFFERENTLY, BUT YOU HAD THE PATIENCE AND TO SAY, NO, LET'S SEE IF WE CAN WORK TOGETHER AND MAKE SURE THAT THE NEEDS ARE ALIGNED WITH OUR STRATEGIC PLAN AND WHAT THE BOARD AND SENIOR STAFF, WE DID THE WORK TOGETHER. SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE REALIZE THAT THIS IS NOT A SURPRISE. THIS HAS BEEN TALKED ABOUT. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE SOONER IF IT WEREN'T FOR SOME MISHAPS WE HAD EARLY ON. THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN ALREADY A DONE DEAL, IF YOU WILL. BY THE SAME TOKEN, I KNOW THAT ANOTHER ONE IS COMING. IT'S NO NEWS ANOTHER ONE IS COMING BECAUSE IT HAS TO ALL ALIGN, AND REORGANIZATIONS ARE GOOD, CHANGE IS GOOD, AND I BELIEVE THAT OUR STUDENTS AND OUR COMMUNITY WILL BE MUCH BETTER OFF FOR IT. SO THANK YOU, MR. EAKINS, FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK, AND I KNOW THAT IT'S BEEN A HEARTACHE AT TIMES AS WELL. SO CONGRATULATIONS. I AM MOST SUPPORTIVE OF WHAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. KURDELL.

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. UNFORTUNATELY, I'VE MISSED THE CONVERSATIONS OVER THE LAST MONTH WITH PEOPLE IN THIS ORGANIZATION ABOUT THIS PLAN. I UNDERSTAND IT BECAUSE I'VE HEARD ABOUT IT A LOT AND I'VE LIVED MULTIPLE PLANS OVER THE YEARS, AND I WILL REMIND YOU THAT FOR SPANISH-SPEAKING STUDENTS, THERE WAS A TIME WHEN MULTILINGUAL STUDENTS CAME TO THIS COUNTRY, AND YOU DIDN'T GET THE KIND OF SERVICES WE HAD TODAY, BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? THEY SURVIVED. THEY SURVIVED WELL. AND I HAVE LUNCH WITH A GREAT DEAL OF THEM EVERY WEDNESDAY AND HEAR THEIR STORIES. SO THERE IS A BALANCE IN HERE. THAT'S KIND OF WHERE I COME DOWN IN THIS WHOLE THING. WE HAVE A BRAND-NEW SUPERINTENDENT WHO IS GROWING INTO HIS ROLE BY THE WORDS HE CHOOSES IN THIS PLAN AND THE WAY THE PLAN LOOKS, YOU CAN TELL HIS HEART IS A CLASSROOM TEACHER. AND THAT'S A GOOD THING. I HAVE SOME DIFFERENT PHILOSOPHIES THAN MR. EAKINS, AND WE TALK ABOUT THOSE, AND THAT'S THE WONDERFUL THING ABOUT HIM. HE'S WILLING TO LISTEN. I DO HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THIS PLAN. IT IS MASSIVE. IT'S A HUGE UNDERTAKING, DOING IT ALL AT ONE TIME, YOU'LL HAVE TO EVALUATE HOW THAT LOOKS LIKE, BUT I HAVEN'T HEARD THAT NEXT STEP. HOW DO YOU EVALUATE WHEN YOU HAVE AN AREA SUPERINTENDENT THAT HAS A GREAT IDEA, PARTICULARLY FOR THAT COMMUNITY AND YOU'VE GOT GATEKEEPERS THAT SAY, NO, WE CAN'T DO THAT, FOR WHATEVER REASON, HOW IS THAT GOING TO ROLL OUT? I THINK THOSE ARE THE UNANSWERED QUESTIONS, AND YOU HEARD SOME OF THOSE QUESTIONS ASKED TONIGHT. THAT'S A HUGE, HUGE LOAD FOR YOU TO CARRY. I WOULD ASK YOU TO LOOK AT HOW THAT'S GOING TO MOVE FORWARD, BECAUSE IT WILL COME ALL AT ONE TIME AS A FLOOD, AND I GUESS WE'LL ALL SINK OR SWIM. IT'S INTERESTING TO LOOK AT THIS BECAUSE WE'VE COME FULL CIRCLE ON SOME THINGS. ATHLETICS, WHO WAS IN ONE DIVISION AND THEN MOVED TO ANOTHER IS BACK IN THAT DIVISION AGAIN. SO THAT'S FINE, BECAUSE YOU WANT TO TRY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF TODAY. I HAVE A DIFFERENT PHILOSOPHY ABOUT HOW I WOULD HAVE KIND OF BUILT THIS AND MANAGED IT. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE YOUR SENIOR STAFF. YOU'VE KNOWN THOSE PEOPLE FOR A LONG TIME. CONCERNS ME THAT EVERYBODY -- ALMOST EVERYBODY HAS TO REAPPLY FOR THEIR JOB. I UNDERSTAND YOUR NEED FOR THAT. I'M JUST NOT SURE IT'S THE WAY I WOULD HAVE DONE IT. I'M GOING TO SUPPORT YOU IN THIS MASSIVE CHANGE, BECAUSE I THINK YOU DESERVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. I HAVE SOME MAJOR CONCERNS ABOUT AREA SUPERINTENDENTS. MOST OF YOU DON'T KNOW WHO RANDY POINDEXTER IS AND DON'T CARE, BUT WHEN I FIRST CAME ON THE BOARD, HE AND I HAD THAT CONVERSATION ABOUT AREA DIRECTORS, BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT FIVEDOMS TO HAPPEN -- FIEFDOMS TO HAPPEN IN THIS COUNTY. WHEN WE RAN FOR OFFICE, THEY ARE ALL OUR CHILDREN. THEY DON'T BELONG TO YOU BECAUSE YOU LIVE IN A DISTRICT. THAT'S PAROCHIAL THINKING, AND IT WILL GET US IN TROUBLE. THAT'S STILL MY CONCERN BECAUSE YOU THE GAME WITH THAT. AREA SUPERINTENDENTS THINK ABOUT IT LONG AND HARD. THAT'S AN EXTRA LAYER THAT WE'RE PUTTING ON YOU. NOT THAT YOU CAN'T DO IT, BECAUSE I THINK EVERY ONE OF YOU OUT THERE CAN. YOU ALWAYS HAVE. PEOPLE HAVE NO CLUE WHAT AREA DIRECTORS DO ON A DAILY BASIS. THERE'S NOT ENOUGH OF THEM IN THAT SINGLE PERSON TO GO AROUND. THAT'S WHY WE LOOK AT DEPUTY DIRECTORS. SOMEBODY WHO CAN HELP CARRY THAT LOAD. AND YOU'RE GOING TO ASK THEM TO DO MORE, SO I'M WONDERING HOW THAT'S GOING TO WORK WHEN THEY HAVE, WHAT, 30 TO 50 SCHOOLS APIECE NOW AND WE'VE ONLY GOT EIGHT OF THEM. SO HOW IS THAT GOING TO WORK? BECAUSE OUR POPULATION OF STUDENTS IS GOING UP AGAIN. ISN'T THAT A WONDERFUL THING AND AREN'T WE GLAD THEY ARE IN OUR SCHOOLS? BUT THERE IS A LOT OF HARD QUESTIONS THAT ARE GOING TO HAVE TO REMAIN AT THE TOP OF YOUR LIST TO ASK AND HAVE ANSWERS FOR. AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THAT. I LIKE SOME OF THE CHANGES. THEY MAKE A LOT OF SENSE. WE ALL HAVE OUR POSITIONS AND THINGS THAT WE WORK WELL WITH AND THINK THE WORLD OF, BUT I DON'T HAVE TO LIVE WITH THEM EVERY DAY. YOU DO. SO I ASK YOU TO TAKE GREAT CARE IN YOUR NATIONAL SEARCH, AND WHO YOU HAVE INTERVIEW BEFORE THEY GET TO YOU. THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE. IT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE. AS WE ALL KNOW. SO I HAVE A CONCERN ABOUT THE HISPANIC OUTREACH, AND THE ONLY REASON I SAY THAT, MS. SUSAN, IS BECAUSE IT SAYS HISPANIC IN FRONT OF IT RATHER THAN JUST OUTREACH. YOU THINK OF WHAT'S GOING ON IN EUROPE AND THOSE LARGE POPULATIONS THAT ARE MOVING INTO IT COUNTRY, AND THEY ARE ASKING -- INTO THIS COUNTRY AND THEY ARE ASKING GOVERNMENTS TO BE PLACED IN COMMUNITIES. THAT WOULD BE AN OUTREACH. THOSE PEOPLE COME WITH NO LANGUAGE SKILLS IN ENGLISH. WHILE RIGHT NOW IT'S THE HISPANIC POPULATION FOR US, AND THAT'S BEEN GROWING, BUT THOSE OF US THAT ARE NATIVE TO TAMPA, WE'VE LIVED THAT ALL OUR LIVES. SO WHAT I HEARD WHEN MS. EDGECOMB WAS TALKING ABOUT THAT WAS THAT -- YOU MAY HAVE TO LAYER ONTO THAT AS YOU MOVE ALONG. IT MAY BE SERBIAN. IT MAY BE SOMETHING ELSE. BUT I THINK YOU HAVE TO HAVE A CAUTION WHEN YOU'RE DOING THAT, AND I THINK YOU'LL LEARN THAT AS YOU GO ALONG. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS. BECAUSE I WISH YOU WELL WITH THIS. WE'LL SEE HOW IT GOES OVER THE NEXT EIGHT MONTHS, AND I REALLY WISH PEOPLE WELL WITH THIS, AND I HOPE IT WORKS. AND IT GOES WHERE YOU WANT IT TO GO. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: MEMBER KURDELL, I RESPECT YOUR COMMENTS, AND I AM VERY CONFIDENT THAT AS WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THE CHANGE IN DEMOGRAPHICS, THAT IF BY ANY CHANCE, ANOTHER GROUP, YOU KNOW, COMES UP THAT THERE WILL BE A FOCUS, BECAUSE THE CHALLENGE IS THAT CULTURALLY UNDERSTANDING, TODAY'S WORLD IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN BACK IN THE DAY. THINGS WERE A LITTLE BIT MORE SIMPLER. IT'S A LITTLE BIT HARDER RIGHT NOW. IT'S JUST DIFFERENT. IT'S REALLY DIFFERENT, AND THE THINGS THAT OUR COMMUNITIES ARE GOING THROUGH. AND I JUST -- I UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT, AND WE NEED TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS OF ALL OF OUR CHILDREN, BUT WHEN YOU HAVE A VERY LARGE GROUP OF STUDENTS THAT THINK ABOUT IT, OUR TEACHERS ARE EVALUATED ON. THERE'S A LOT OF FOLKS THAT GET GRADED ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, AND IF WE DO NOT FOCUS AND PROVIDE THE SUPPORTS TO THE PARENTS AND UNDERSTANDING WHAT IT IS THAT'S REQUIRED AND JUST LEARNING ABOUT THE SYSTEM AND BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY, IT'S IMPORTANT. THERE'S A LOT AT STAKE. SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE PUT RESOURCES WHERE THEY -- USE A WORD -- LASER-LIKE TO BE ABLE TO IMPACT A COMMUNITY THAT IS THE LARGEST GROWING AND WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AT A RAPID RATE. AND I'M REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND THEIR SUCCESSES AND THEIR ETHNICITY. SO IT'S IMPORTANT.

>>Carol Kurdell: IT IS IMPORTANT. BUT IT WAS IMPORTANT A LONG TIME AGO, TOO, AND IT WORKED. WE'LL SEE IF THIS WORKS. I HOPE IT DOES. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I'VE GOT SOME NOTES. AND I AM -- I'M A PROPONENT FOR CHANGE, AS MS. HARRIS SAID, AND, BY THE WAY, I COMMEND YOU FOR BEING IN YOUR SCHOOLS AS MUCH AS YOU ARE. I HEARD YOU ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL, AND YOU KEPT THAT PROMISE. I KEEP SAYING THAT. IT'S ADMIRABLE, AND LIKE I SAID, SOMEBODY SAID TO ME A WHILE BACK, SLOW DOWN, YOU'RE MAKING THE REST OF US LOOK BAD WHEN I WAS FIRST ELECTED. AND YOU HAVE IGNITED A FIRE IN ME TO BE MORE ACTIVE AND MORE ENGAGED AND MORE OUT THERE. BECAUSE THIS JOB IS TIRING. BUT MR. EAKINS, UNLESS, AND YOU MENTIONED IT AT ONE OF OUR WORKSHOPS LAST WEEK, AND I WANT TO TALK MORE IN-DEPTH ABOUT THAT, BECAUSE THAT HAS INTRIGUED ME EVER SINCE TO TALK ABOUT THE ASSESSMENT WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN, BECAUSE EVERYTHING THAT WE DO, EVERYTHING THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT DOING, ALL OF THESE SUPPORTS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT PUTTING INTO PLACE, IF WE DON'T ADDRESS THAT ASSESSMENT PIECE, ALL OF IT IS FOR NAUGHT. BECAUSE WE WILL DO ALL OF THIS, WE'LL BUILD ALL OF THESE GREAT THINGS AND THEN WE'LL BOTTLENECK OUR KIDS IN ONE DAY. SO AS WE CONTINUE THIS CONVERSATION, I'M REALLY WANTING TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION MORE AND MORE. OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS I THINK THEY WORK HARD. AND PEOPLE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO WORK HARD, AND I KNOW MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO TRANSITION INTO THAT JOB AS WE MOVE FORWARD FORWARD, TOO, BUT I GUESS WHAT I'M UNDERSTANDING THAT YOU'RE DOING WITH THAT AND IT'S ALMOST LIKE WHAT WE DO IN A SENSE, BUT WAY MORE IN-DEPTH AND MORE DETAILED, WE'RE GENERALISTS WITH SOME SPECIALTY -- SOME, US. BUT THEY ARE GOING TO BE GENERALISTS IN A SENSE, BUT ALSO SPECIALISTS IN CERTAIN AREAS, CURRICULUM AND THINGS LIKE THAT. AND VERY MUCH KNOWING THE NEEDS OF THEIR COMMUNITY, WHICH THEY ALREADY DO. AM I UNDERSTANDING THAT CORRECTLY?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: CORRECT. SO EXPECTATION OF A LEADER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS THEY NOT ONLY HAVE GREAT LEADERSHIP QUALITIES, BUT THEY UNDERSTAND INSTRUCTION. THEY UNDERSTAND GREAT STRATEGIES. THEY UNDERSTAND INNOVATION. THEY UNDERSTAND HOW TO IMPROVE PRACTICE AND HOW TO NAVIGATE ORGANIZATIONS AS WELL. THE EXPECTATION AND THE RUBRIC WAS APPROVED AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING FOR OUR AREA RINTENDENTS IS OUR THAT AND THEN SOME. IF YOU THINK ABOUT, YOU HAVE TO AS AN AREA SUPERINTENDENT, YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO TALK WITH EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOUR SITE-BASED LEADERS AND HAVE CONVERSATIONS TO HELP SUPPORT WHAT THEY SEE AS ULTIMATE SOLUTIONS TO ISSUES OR WAYS THAT THEY CAN SUPPORT THEIR STUDENTS BETTER. AND YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO BE THE ONE, THEN, THAT HELPS TO DRIVE THAT SOLUTION. SO YOU HAVE TO, MAYBE YOU CAN DO THAT INDIVIDUAL COACHING YOURSELF. MAYBE THAT AREA SUPERINTENDENT, THAT EXPECTATION, THEY WOULD BE THE PERSON WHO COULD HELP THEM GET TO THAT FINISH LINE. IF THEY ARE NOT, THEN THEY KNOW HOW TO NAVIGATE THE SYSTEM TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE RESOURCES TO GET THAT.

>>April Griffin: WELL, THERE ARE A LOT OF SUPPORTS THAT HAVE TO BE PUT IN PLACE FOR THAT, TOO. AND I THINK THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I RECOGNIZED IS THAT WE HAVE -- PUBLIC EDUCATION, AND WE IN THIS DISTRICT, THERE'S BEEN JUST A GREAT AMOUNT OF CHANGE OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES. AND PUBLIC EDUCATION ITSELF HAS CHANGED. YOU'VE HEARD ME SAY IT A HUNDRED TIMES, IF I'VE SAID IT ONCE, THAT PARENTS ARE MORE ENGAGED NOW BECAUSE THEY HAVE MORE OPTIONS THAN THEY ONCE DID. IT USED TO BE PUBLIC SCHOOL OR PRIVATE SCHOOL, AND THAT WAS IT. WE USED TO BE LIKE THE DMV BACK IN THE DAY. I HATE TO SAY THAT, BUT IT'S TRUE. AND CUSTOMER SERVICE IS SOMETHING THAT WE DIDN'T START TALKING ABOUT UNTIL ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO. I MEAN, REALLY TALKING ABOUT CUSTOMER SERVICE AND IMPLEMENTING, THAT I HEARD, MS. EDGECOMB. I SEE YOU SHAKING YOUR HEAD THERE, BUT IT REALLY, I THINK, MAYBE FOR A WHILE, WE'VE BEEN SO ENGAGED IN TRYING TO JUST MEET ALL OF THESE UNMANDATED STATUTES AND ALL OF THESE CHANGES THAT HAVE JUST BEEN FORCED DOWN OUR THROAT, THAT WE HAVE BARELY BEEN KEEPING OUR HEAD ABOVE WATER. AND IT HAS REALLY CAUSED US A LOT OF HEARTACHE OVER THE YEARS. THE MEDIA IS MORE ENGAGED NOW, I THINK, THAN THEY HAVE EVER BEEN. THEY ARE MUCH MORE INTERESTED IN WHAT'S BEEN GOING ON NATIONALLY, STATE AND HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I LOVE THE EMPHASIS ON LEADERSHIP, THOUGH. I THINK THAT'S BRINGING US MORE IN LINE WITH THE NEW MILLENNIA, WHEN YOU LOOK AT BUSINESSES AND BUSINESS STRUCTURES AROUND THE WORLD AND WHAT'S HAPPENING IN FORTUNE 100 COMPANIES, LEADERSHIP IS WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT MORE THAN ANYTHING ANYTHING. AND TO ADDRESS SOMETHING THAT I HEARD MS. EDGECOMB TALKING ABOUT, BECAUSE IT GOT ME THINKING ABOUT PEOPLE MIGHT NOT BE SUPERVISING AS MANY PEOPLE, AND I'LL USE JPMorgan CHASE AS AN EXAMPLE, THEY HAVE SOMETHING CALLED AN INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR WITHIN THEIR ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE. THAT PERSON CAN HAVE A HUNDRED PEOPLE THAT REPORT TO THEM OR NONE. BUT WHAT ARE THEY CONTRIBUTING? WHATEVER THEIR ROLE IS. SO WHEN THEY GET THAT TITLE OF AN INDIVIDUAL CONTRIBUTOR, IT MEANS SOMETHING IN THAT ORGANIZATION, AND IT'S A LEADERSHIP ROLE THAT IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE THEY HAVE SOME SORT OF ABILITY TO CONTRIBUTE. I HATE TO SAY IT, BUT FIEFDOMS ALREADY EXIST IN THIS ORGANIZATION. THEY ARE HERE. I'VE SEEN IT TIME AND TIME AGAIN, UNFORTUNATELY. I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS IN REFERENCE TO SOME OF THE JOB DESCRIPTIONS, THOUGH. I DON'T KNOW IF APPROVING THEM TONIGHT, IF WE CAN DO THAT AND MAKE THE CHANGES LATER, IF THE SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS STAFF AND THIS BOARD AGREE, I DON'T KNOW THAT THEY ARE SCRIVENER'S. THEY ARE ACTUAL SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES, CAN WE DO THAT?

>>Jim Porter: I THINK THE SUPERINTENDENT -- THE SUPERINTENDENT IS BRINGING FORWARD TO YOU JOB DESCRIPTIONS. YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO APPROVE THOSE. I THINK WE NEED TO HEAR WHAT YOUR CHANGES ARE. EITHER SOMETHING YOU CAN VOTE UP OR DOWN OR ASK TO COME BACK AT A LATER TIME.

>>April Griffin: OKAY. MINE IS ALL ONLINE, SO PARDON MY NUMBERS, PAGE NUMBERS. BUT FLIPPING THROUGH IS NOT AS EASY AS LOOKING AT THAT. BUT I HAVE SOME NOTES HERE. I'M ONLY LOOKING AT JOB DESCRIPTIONS THAT REALLY REQUIRE VERY SPECIFIC INDUSTRY EXPERTISE EXPERTISE. A LOT OF THEM ARE ACADEMIC OR THE ED LEADERSHIP IS A GREAT DEGREE TO HAVE FOR THOSE. SO CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER. THAT'S ONE OF THOSE THAT HAS EDUCATION AS A MASTERS IN ED LEADERSHIP OR SOME ADMINISTRATION EXPERIENCE, CLASSROOM TEACHER, CERTIFICATION, LICENSURE, AGAIN, EDUCATION DEGREE. THERE'S NOTHING THERE ABOUT ARCHITECTURE. THAT'S JOB NUMBER 10106. HUMAN RESOURCES, THAT'S THE SAME THING. AND I'M JUST GOING THROUGH THESE HUMAN RESOURCE. SAME THING, ED LEADERSHIP. NOTHING ABOUT HR IN THERE. SAME THING FOR CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER. SAME FOR CHIEF OFFICER OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS. I CAN SEE WITH THAT ONE SOMEONE WITH A POLYSY DEGREE OR EXPERIENCE IN THE HOUSE OR SENATE OR AS AN AIDE OR LOBBYIST SOMEWHERE THAT WOULD SERVE THERE. THOSE ARE JUST A COUPLE OF THE EXAMPLES. I SEE A LOT OF THEM. ED LEADERSHIP WOULD BE GREAT. BUT I THINK THAT NOT TAKING THE ED LEADERSHIP OUT, AND THIS IS WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR. I'M NOT LOOKING TO TAKE THAT ED LEADERSHIP OUT, BUT I THINK HAVING THE SPECIFIC DEGREE OR CERTIFICATION IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE IN THERE.

>> MRS. GRIFFIN, WE HAVE STARTED THOSE CONVERSATIONS ALREADY WITH THE COMMITTEE THAT'S KIND OF LOOKING AT THE CANDIDATES THAT ARE COMING IN. I GUESS I WOULD NEED GUIDANCE KNOWING THAT WE ARE MAKING THOSE CHANGES AS WE SPEAK BECAUSE FOR THOSE NONEDUCATIONAL POSITIONS LIKE HR, POSSIBLY THEY'LL HAVE A MASTERS IN HUMAN RESOURCES INSTEAD OF ED LEADERSHIP DEGREE WHICH WOULD QUALIFY FOR THE POSITION.

>>April Griffin: I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT FOR THE FUTURE. THIS IS WHAT I'M WILLING TO DO. YOU TALKED ABOUT TRUST, AND WITH TRUST COMES ACCOUNTABILITY AS WELL, AND THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND, TOO. THIS IS WHAT I'M WILLING TO DO. BECAUSE THE BOARD BY LAW HAS TO APPROVE THE JOB DESCRIPTIONS. THAT'S PART OF OUR STATUTORY OBLIGATION. I'M WILLING TO APPROVE THESE OBLIGATIONS -- THESE JOB DESCRIPTIONS THIS EVENING BECAUSE IT'S OUR OBLIGATION TO DO SO TO MOVE THIS FORWARD. BUT I'M WILLING TO APPROVE IT WITH THE CAVEAT THAT YOU AND I CAN SIT DOWN AND BOARD MEMBERS CAN SIT DOWN WITH YOU ON THESE PARTICULAR JOB DESCRIPTIONS THAT YOU'RE BRINGING FORWARD AND HAVE SOME CONVERSATIONS AND LOOK TO CHANGES, AND THEN I GUESS, MR. PORTER, THEY WOULD HAVE TO COME BACK FOR APPROVAL AGAIN WITH THAT CHANGE.

>>Jim Porter: THAT WOULD BE UP TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AFTER A CONVERSATION WHETHER TO BRING BACK A RECOMMENDED --

>>April Griffin: WELL, I MEAN, IF HE DECIDES TO CHANGE IT.

>>Jim Porter: I THINK HE SUMMED UP -- THE SUPERINTENDENT RECOMMENDS AND YOU ALL VOTE THE RECOMMENDATION UP OR DOWN. AND I THINK THAT'S WHERE YOU ARE TONIGHT. YOU OBVIOUSLY HAVE THE ABILITY TO GIVE HIM INPUT AND THEN HE WOULD FORMULATE ANOTHER RECOMMENDATION.

>>April Griffin: MR. PORTER, I UNDERSTAND THAT. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, THE BOARD USED TO BE ABLE TO MAKE CHANGES AT THE DAIS FROM TIME TO TIME BEFORE THE LEGISLATURE CHANGED THAT. AND IN A WORST-CASE SCENARIO, THE BOARD COULD BRING THAT THROUGH THE SUPERINTENDENT A RECOMMENDATION IF WE WANTED TO. THAT'S NOT THE ROUTE THAT I'M WANTING TO GO. WHAT I'M SAYING, I THINK WITH TRUST, LETTING YOU KNOW THAT THESE ARE CONCERNS THAT I HAVE, AND THIS IS MY DEGREE. I MEAN, I'VE SPENT A LOT OF TIME STUDYING THIS. TO HAVE THOSE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS IN THE JOB DESCRIPTION AND THE LICENSING REQUIREMENTS IS VERY IMPORTANT AS WE MOVE FORWARD. AGAIN, I'M NOT SAYING TAKE OUT THE ED LEADERSHIP, BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO DISQUALIFY SOMEBODY INTERNALLY THAT HAS THOSE, BUT I'M ALSO WANTING TO EXPAND THAT AS WE'RE LOOKING AT SOME POSITIONS THAT HAVE VERY SPECIFIC INDUSTRY EXPERTISE.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I CLEARLY UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU'RE SAYING. WHAT WE'LL DO IS POSSIBLY REVIEW THESE, AND WHAT I HEAR YOU SAYING IS SOME OF THE JOB DESCRIPTIONS MIGHT BE EXCLUSIONARY, MAY CREATE A CHALLENGE, IF THERE'S SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T HAVE AN ED LEADERSHIP, BUT LIKE DR. VAZQUEZ SAYS, HAS SOME OTHER SPECIFIC CERTIFICATION OR DEGREE IN A CERTAIN AREA SUCH AS BUSINESS, LET'S SAY, THAT THOSE -- AND WE DO HAVE -- THERE IS A PATTERN IN OUR DISTRICT THAT WE DO SUBSTITUTIONARY TYPES OF CERTIFICATIONS WHEN WE MAY NOT HAVE AN ED LEADERSHIP. SO WE'LL LOOK AT THAT SPECIFICALLY TO ADD THOSE TYPES OF THINGS TO IT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE NOT EXCLUSIONARY FOR CANDIDATES.

>>April Griffin: THAT'S WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR. BECAUSE IF I'M OUT LOOKING FOR A JOB, AND I'M READING THE JOB DESCRIPTION, AND I HAVE A DEGREE IN BUSINESS OR MBA, WHATEVER, AND I'M READING IT AND I DON'T SEE THAT AS A REQUIREMENT, I MIGHT NOT THINK I'M QUALIFIED, AND I THINK THAT WE MIGHT BE LOSING OUT IN THE FUTURE. SO I'M -- LIKE I SAID, I'M WILLING TO SUPPORT THIS WITH, YOU KNOW, THE TRUST THAT WE'LL BE MOVING ON -- OH, MS. MILITO, THEY MASSED ME A NOTE I CANNOT READ.

>> I DON'T HAVE ONE OF THOSE NOTIFY BUTTONS HERE. JUST TO ADD ON TO THAT BECAUSE I HEARD THE BOARD MENTION THIS MANY TIMES FROM EACH OF YOU, BUT I'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT AND CHIEF OF STAFF AND THE OTHER SENIOR EXECUTIVE TEAM IS THAT WE KNOW THAT THOSE THINGS ARE IN THERE AND NEED TO BE REMOVED. SO IT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL FOR US TO DO THIS AND TO SIT DOWN, AND IF YOU GIVE US OUR TRUST TO GO THROUGH IT, BECAUSE WE PICKED UP ON THAT, DR. VAZQUEZ BROUGHT IT TO MY ATTENTION JUST AGAIN TODAY ABOUT SOME OF THE ONES THAT WHILE WE ABSOLUTELY WANT TO INCLUDE ANY OF OUR STAFF IN THE SCHOOLS OR AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL, WE ALSO WANT TO BE ABLE TO CAPTURE THOSE OUTSIDE. PART OF IT, JUST SO THOSE LISTENING WILL KNOW, IS THAT WHEN THE BOARD ASKED US ABOUT GOING THROUGH BEFORE AND UPDATING THEM, PART OF THIS IS BECAUSE OF THE UPDATING THAT IS HAPPENED. THERE ARE PIECES THAT REMAINED IN THERE THAT NOW WE'RE PICKING UP ON. SO THAT WAS A VERY GOOD CATCH. I CAN TELL YOU FROM ONE OF THE STAFF MEMBERS HERE THAT WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO CONTINUE WITH THAT AND THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS SUPPORTING US ON THAT.

>>April Griffin: AGAIN, I'M NOT SAYING TAKE IT OUT. I'M JUST SAYING LET'S ADD SOMETHING TO SO WE CAN BROADEN OUR NET AS WE'RE DOING THAT. BUT, YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT SOME GOOD THINGS WILL COME FROM THIS. WOULD MS. KURDELL -- WITH MS. KURDELL, CAUTIOUS IN MOVING FORWARD, BUT I'M OPTIMISTIC AS WELL. I THINK WE'LL SEE SOME AMAZING THINGS. I DO WANT TO SAY THAT WE HAVE A VISION AND A MISSION AND A LEADERSHIP TEAM, WHETHER PEOPLE AGREE OR NOT, IT IS WHAT IT IS AT THIS POINT. THE PAST, REGARDLESS OF HOW PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT IT, IS THE PAST, AND WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD. AND I FEEL VERY CONFIDENT IN THE CHANGES THAT WE'RE IMPLEMENTING THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE WHAT'S BEST FOR KIDS. AND THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY IS DOING THE SAME THINGS OVER AND OVER AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS. AND I'M TIRED OF DOING THE SAME THINGS OVER AND OVER. SO I'M VERY THRILLED ABOUT THIS, BUT AGAIN, OPTIMISTICALLY CAUTIOUS WITH EVERYTHING. I'M READY TO MOVE THIS FORWARD. MS. VALDES, ONE MORE TIME.

>>Susan L. Valdes: I JUST WANTED TO ADD TO YOUR REQUEST OF THE JOB DESCRIPTION THAT SOMETIMES ALSO WOULD BRING CLARITY TO THESE POSITIONS IS WE HAVE A SALARY SCHEDULE, BUT IT DOESN'T GIVE YOU THE RANGE OF WHAT THAT SALARY IS SUPPOSED TO BE. THAT WOULD ALLEVIATE A LOT OF THIS AS WELL. SO AS WE'RE LOOKING AT THAT, IF MAYBE WE CAN TAKE THAT INTO CONSIDERATION AS WELL SO THAT THEN THE JOB DESCRIPTION, EVERYTHING PERTAINING TO THAT PARTICULAR JOB DESCRIPTION IS SPELLED OUT, THAT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. BOARD MEMBERS. I'M GOING TO TURN IT BACK OVER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THEN ARE WE -- WE ARE GOING TO BE VOTING ON EACH ONE OF THESE SEPARATELY.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WHAT I'M GOING TO DO --

>>Jim Porter: I'M NOT SURE IF THE SUPERINTENDENT IS DONE. YOU'RE VOTING ON SEVERAL THINGS TONIGHT. YOU'RE VOTING ON HIS PROPOSED NEW POSITIONS AND JOB DESCRIPTIONS, ALSO VOTING ON SOME APPOINTMENTS. YOU SAID YOU WERE TAKING A PAUSE. DO YOU WANT THEM TO VOTE ON THIS NOW? DO YOU WANT THEM TO VOTE --

>>April Griffin: NO. IT'S SEPARATE ITEMS. MY SUGGESTION, BOARD MEMBERS, WE VOTE ON THE RECOMMENDATION FOR THE ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES AND THEN WE VOTE ON THE PEOPLE.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I AGREE.

>>Jim Porter: I AGREE. UNLESS YOU HAVE MORE TO ADD.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: NO. I WAS GOING TO SAY EXACTLY WHAT MS. GRIFFIN STATED. IF THE BOARD APPROVES THE REORGANIZATION, THEN GO FORTH WITH THAT MOTION, THAT APPROVAL. ONCE THAT'S APPROVED, THEN I'LL COME BACK WITH THE INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS.

>>April Griffin: SO THIS IS MS. STUART'S -- AND I THINK THIS IS A GOOD CATCH.

>>Jim Porter: I UNDERSTAND. YOU HAVE TWO RESPONSIBILITIES HERE AS BOARD. YOU'RE APPROVING THE NEW JOBS AND THE JOB DESCRIPTIONS, WHICH YOU HAVE TO DO UNDER THE LAW. THEN YOU HAVE TO APPOINT NEW PEOPLE. THOSE NEED TO BE SEPARATE VOTES REGARDLESS OF HOW THEY ARE ON HERE. IT'S MY RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU DO WHAT THE SUPERINTENDENT RECOMMENDED, THAT YOU VOTE ON THE REORGANIZATION PLAN AND THEN COME BACK ON THE INDIVIDUALS.

>>April Griffin: FROM A LOGISTICAL STANDPOINT, THIS PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE BEEN BROKEN DOWN INTO MORE THAN ONE AGENDA ITEM. BECAUSE IT'S ONE AGENDA ITEM DOES NOT NECESSARILY NEGATE THAT WE CAN VOTE ON THESE ACTIONS SEPARATELY.

>>Jim Porter: RIGHT.

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. IS THAT OKAY, MS. STUART? SO, BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE REORGANIZATION THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS RECOMMENDED. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. VALDES. IS THERE ANY MORE DISCUSSION ON THE REORGANIZATION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. I'LL TURN IT BACK OVER TO YOU TO START TALKING ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN THE POSITIONS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. I HAVE THREE NEW POSITIONS THAT I WOULD LIKE TO APPOINT THIS EVENING. CURRENTLY TRISHA McMANNIS, THE EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP DIRECTOR, I WOULD LIKE TO APPOINT HER TO THE ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2016. MS. McMANNIS BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN 1990 TO '95, A CLASSROOM TEACHER AT FOREST HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IN 1995, SHE WAS APPOINTED AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCE TEACHER AT LAKE MAGDALENE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, IN 1997 GIFTED TEACHER AT LAKE MAGDALENE. IN 1998 APPOINTED ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT SHORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IN 1999, SHE WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT DUNBAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. 2003 TO 2008, SHE SERVED AS THE PRINCIPAL AT TWIN LAKES AND JUST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND IN 2009, SHE WAS APPOINTED THE DEPARTMENT MANAGER OF LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT. AND IN 2011, SHE WAS APPOINTED THE DIRECTOR OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT. AND IN 2015, SHE WAS APPOINTED THE EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR. WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>April Griffin: THERE IS A MOTION BY MS. STUART AND A SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. AND THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF A FINAGLING FOR THAT UP HERE. BOARD MEMBERS IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. MS. McMANNIS, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND BEFORE I ASK -- I SEE YOUR DAUGHTER WITH YOU, BEFORE I ASK YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED AND SHOW THEIR SUPPORT, I WANT TO RECOGNIZE YOUR MOTHER AND FATHER WHO COULD NOT BE HERE WITH US THIS EVENING, BUT I KNOW THAT THEY ARE HOME WATCHING, AND I JUST WANTED TO RECOGNIZE THEM BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THEY ARE EXTREMELY PROUD OF YOU. IF YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS COULD PLEASE STAND. [ APPLAUSE ] MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. MY NEXT APPOINTMENT IS FOR DR. JASON PEPE CURRENTLY THE COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER TO THE MANAGER OF LEGISLATIVE SERVICES EFFECTIVE JULY 1st, 2016. DR. PEPE BEGAN HIS TEACHING CAREER AT ALEXANDER BATCHO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN NEW JERSEY IN 1993. IN 1995, BEGAN HIS CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER AT CYPRESS CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. FROM 1998 TO 2000, HE TAUGHT AT TAMPA PALMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. AND IN 2000 APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT BROOKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. FROM 2003 TO 2009, HE HELD PRINCIPAL POSITIONS AT BROOKER AND BOOKER T. WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. AND IN 2009, HE WAS APPOINTED THE MANAGER IN THE DIVISION OF HUMAN RESOURCES, AND IN 2013, HE WAS APPOINTED THE MANAGER OF COMMUNICATIONS WHERE HE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>April Griffin: I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. STUART. BOARD MEMBERS IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED, MR. PEPE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I WILL NOT TALK ABOUT MS. MILITO BECAUSE THAT'S NOT COMING FOR QUITE SOME TIME. THIS IS SUCCESSION PLANNING RIGHT HERE. SO THANK YOU. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AND IN CONTINUING IN THAT SUCCESSION PLAN, MY NEXT APPOINTMENT IS TO APPOINT MS. KRISTEN DAVIS, CURRENTLY THE ASSISTANT MANAGER OF EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS TO THE DEPARTMENT MANAGER OF POLICY AND RESEARCH EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2016. MRS. DAVIS BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN 2004 AS SENIOR PUBLIC INFORMATION SPECIALIST FROM 2006 TO THE PRESENT, SHE HAS SERVED AS ASSISTANT MANAGER FOR EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

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

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. WE DO HAVE A FEW OTHER MOVES THAT I WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE TONIGHT, AND SOME OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS ARE HERE WITH US. I DO WANT TO APPOINT THE PROGRAM MANAGER OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, MS. DESIREE MARSICANO. I DON'T KNOW IF DESIREE IS HERE THIS EVENING OR NOT. SHE'S ALREADY GONE. I DO WANT TO ANNOUNCE AS IT WAS MENTIONED EARLIER REGRADING POSITION, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION TO THE DIRECTOR OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION THAT'S CURRENTLY BEING FILLED BY MR. CHRIS JARGO AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE FILLED BY MR. CHRIS JARGO. I BELIEVE HE IS HERE. [ APPLAUSE ] WE DO HAVE FOUR RETITLED POSITIONS I WANT TO MAKE MENTION OF. THE GENERAL MANAGER OF BUSINESS PROCESS IMPROVEMENT IS BEING RETITLED TO THE GENERAL MANAGER OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT, AND THAT IS DR. JOE COCHRAN. I DON'T KNOW IF JOE IS HERE OR NOT. [ APPLAUSE ] THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AND PARENT INVOLVEMENT IS RETITLED TO THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AND PHILANTHROPY, AND THAT'S MRS. MARYLOU WHALEY. [ APPLAUSE ] THE MANAGER OF EXTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS IS BEING RETITLED THE DEPARTMENT MANAGER OF PUBLIC RELATIONS, AND THAT'S MS. TONYA ARJA. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THE MANAGER OF CHOICE MARKETING IS BEING RETITLED TO THE DEPARTMENT MANAGER OF CHOICE MARKETING AND THAT'S MRS. TERRY DODSON. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THAT CONCLUDES MY APPOINTMENTS. BOARD, I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT TONIGHT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTIONS. I'M EXCITED AS WE MOVE FORWARD, EXCITED FOR KIDS. SO THAT'S THE DIRECTION WE'RE MOVING. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL YOUR COMMENTS AND SUPPORT THIS EVENING.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE HERE FOR THE APPOINTMENT, YOU ARE FREE TO LEAVE. YOU'VE BEEN VERY PATIENT. HAVE A WONDERFUL EVENING. BUT IF YOU COULD DO SO QUIETLY, THAT WOULD BE LOVELY. ALL RIGHT. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS IT FOR OUR CONSENT AGENDA AND OUR PULLED ITEMS. MS. FERNANDEZ, THOSE HAVE ALL BEEN VOTED ON APPROPRIATELY?

>>Jim Porter: THE BOARD VOTED INDIVIDUALLY ON THE PULLED ITEMS.

>>April Griffin: YEAH, WE VOTED ON EACH OF THEM INDIVIDUALLY. SO NOW IT'S ON TO INFORMATION, 10.02R WHICH IS THE EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM. MS. QURAN JOHN, SUPERVISOR OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS. WELCOME. WELCOME AND THANK YOU FOR BEING SO PATIENT.

>> GOOD EVENING, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. THE EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM PROVIDES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO RECEIVE ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC AND ENRICHMENT SERVICES DURING THE SUMMER. COORDINATION AMONG VARIOUS DISTRICT DEPARTMENTS HAS STREAMLINED THE PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF SERVICES AS WELL AS THE COMMUNICATION TO SCHOOLS AND TO PARENTS. ACADEMIC CLASSES OFFERED THROUGH THE EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTION FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE STRUGGLING TO MEET ACADEMIC STANDARDS FOR GRADE PROMOTION OR FOR GRADUATION. SO I'D LIKE TO LIST, HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE PROGRAMS THAT WE'RE OFFERING THIS SUMMER WITH OUR EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM. WE HAVE THE VOLUNTARY PREKINDERGARTEN, VPK PROGRAM THAT WE'RE OFFERING. WE HAVE READING CAMP FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS. CREDIT RECOVERY COURSES, AND ALGEBRA ONE END-OF-COURSE EXAM REVIEW COURSES FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. WE HAVE A TRANSITION CAMP AT ALL OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS FOR INCOMING NINTH GRADE STUDENTS. WE HAVE VARIOUS CAREER AND TECHNICAL TRAINING PROGRAMS AND DIFFERENT CAMPS AT MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS. WE HAVE ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES FOR EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION STUDENTS, ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS AND MIGRANT STUDENTS. WE ALSO HAVE CREDIT RECOVERY FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THROUGH OUR HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL SCHOOL AND THROUGH THE ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM. WITH RESPECT TO COMMUNICATION, I'D LIKE TO ADD THAT OUR DISTRICT MEETING FOR ALL EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR SITES IS SCHEDULED FOR APRIL 21st, WHICH IS NEXT WEEK, I BELIEVE. INFORMATION ABOUT THE EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE DISTRICT'S WEBSITE FOR EMPLOYEES AND FOR PARENTS, AND ALSO COMMUNICATED TO PARENTS THROUGH THE SCHOOLS. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING THIS ITEM TO BE HIGHLIGHTED.

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

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AND MS. JOHNS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. MR. EAKINS, IN THE FUTURE, I DON'T KNOW HOW WE GO ABOUT CHOOSING THE SCHOOLS. I KNOW THAT TRANSPORTATION IS PART OF THE EQUATION, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT, BUT I'M LOOKING AT SCHOOLS THAT MIGHT BE IN HIGH NEED OF ASSISTANCE. ONE THAT COMES TO MIND MIGHT BE TOWN N' COUNTRY ELEMENTARY WHERE THERE IS A LARGE POPULATION OF STUDENTS THERE THAT NEED THE ENRICHMENT AND THEY ARE GOING TO ANOTHER SPECIFIC SCHOOL. I'M NOT SURE IF IT'S MORGAN WOOD.

>> I BELIEVE IT'S MORGAN WOODS.

>>Susan L. Valdes: I DON'T KNOW HOW LOGISTICALLY IT'S DONE, BUT SOME OF THE SCHOOLS THAT MIGHT NOT BE AN ELEVATE SCHOOL THAT HAVE SOME OF THE CHARACTERISTICS OF IT, BUT THEY DO JUST ABOUT A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND DON'T MEET THAT CUSP, IF YOU WILL, HOW CAN WE LOOK AT THOSE PARTICULAR CAMPUSES AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO OFFER SOME MORE OF THESE OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS. THIS IS EXTREMELY EXCITING. I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU ALSO CORRECTED SOME OF THESE THAT HAD, YOU KNOW, NO LUNCH OR BREAKFAST ONLY, AND, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SUMMER MEALS AS WELL THAT DR. HARRIS IS IN CHARGE OF. SHE HAS THE SUMMER MEALS AS WELL. INCORPORATING, EVEN IF THEY ARE GIFTED OR IN THE GIFTED PROGRAM WHERE HISTORICALLY THEY WERE TO BRING THEIR OWN LUNCH, I BELIEVE THAT THAT'S AN OPPORTUNITY WHERE WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT WE OFFER TO ALL OF THE STUDENTS BEING THE FACT THAT WE DO HAVE THOSE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE TO US, TO ALL THE KIDS THAT ARE IN SUMMER PROGRAMS, WHETHER THEY ARE ENRICHMENT OR THAT THEY CHOOSE TO GO TO. BUT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT WE CAN POSSIBLY DO FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR AND HOW WE CAN INCORPORATE INCREASING THE AVAILABILITY OF THESE SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMS FOR ALL OF OUR SKIDS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MS. JOHNS.

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I JUST HAD A COUPLE OF QUICK QUESTIONS. SO THIS PROGRAM IMPACTS OUR BUDGET. IT'S ABOUT $9.5 MILLION. AND I JUST WAS CURIOUS HOW MANY DAYS OF INSTRUCTION THERE ARE, HOW MANY TOTAL DAYS OF INSTRUCTION THERE ARE, AND HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE SERVED BY OUR DISTRICT IN THIS PROGRAM, APPROXIMATELY.

>> WELL, IT VARIES GREATLY DEPENDING ON IF IT'S ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE OR HIGH. FOR ELEMENTARY, THIS YEAR, IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, IT IS A FOUR-WEEK PROGRAM. I BELIEVE THEY COME FOR FOUR AND A HALF HOURS A DAY. MIDDLE SCHOOL, I THINK THEY MIGHT START A WEEK LATER. IF IT'S COURSE RECOVERY, THEY GO A CERTAIN NUMBER OF WEEKS. IF IT'S THE STEP PROGRAM, THEY MIGHT GO A LITTLE LONGER. SAME WITH HIGH SCHOOL, THE ALGEBRA REVIEW, SO YOU WERE ASKING ME HOW MANY DAYS -- WELL, GENERALLY, WE START, LET'S SEE, JUNE 13th IS THE FIRST MONDAY AFTER THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL. WE HAVE A PROGRAM THAT STARTS THAT DAY AT OUR HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL. WE HAVE A CREDIT RECOVERY CAMP THAT STARTS THAT DAY, JUNE 14th, WE START ALGEBRA ONE. THE FOLLOWING WEEK, WHICH I THINK IS JUNE 20th, WE'RE STARTING ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE, I BELIEVE. AND WE DO HAVE A SHORT SUMMER THIS YEAR. WE ONLY HAVE SEVEN WEEKS TO WORK WITH. SO WE DID REALLY TIME IT OUT. AND THEN THE REST, MANY OTHER PROGRAMS, WE HAVE DIFFERENT CAMPS. THEY ARE HAPPENING AT DIFFERENT TIMES THROUGHOUT THAT SEVEN WEEKS WE HAVE TO OPERATE. YOU MIGHT HAVE A ONE-WEEK CAMP, CERTAIN WEEK IN JUNE, AND THEN MAYBE ANOTHER ONE IN JULY. VERY, VERY -- IT VARIES A LOT.

>>Melissa Snively: I WAS CURIOUS HOW MANY OPERATING DAYS. SOUNDS LIKE THE WHOLE SUMMER.

>> WE ARE. WE HAVE SOMETHING OPEN ALMOST THE WHOLE SUMMER. VPK IS PROBABLY ONE THAT GOES THE LONGEST. I BELIEVE THEY GO UNTIL AUGUST 3rd. AND THEN, OF COURSE, HOST IS RUNNING ALL SUMMER AS WELL. THEY ARE PRETTY MUCH 12 MONTHS, SO THEY GO ALMOST THE WHOLE SUMMER, TOO.

>>Melissa Snively: MY OTHER QUESTION IN RELATION TO SOME OF THE FUNDING, SO THESE INCLUDE -- THE 9.5 MILLION COMES FROM SIA CATEGORICAL FEDERAL TITLE ONE, I.D.E.A., MIGRANT PROGRAM AND IT SAYS VARIOUS GRANTS AND INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION FUNDING. VARIOUS GRANTS, HOW SOLID ARE THESE AS FAR AS SUSTAINABILITY GOES? WHAT'S THE CONTINGENCY PLAN? ARE THEY GUARANTEED EVERY YEAR, IS FUNDING GUARANTEED EVERY YEAR OR IS THERE ANY QUESTION AS TO WE HAVE THE FUNDS THIS YEAR BUT WON'T HAVE THE FUNDS NEXT YEAR. WHAT IS THE CONTINGENCY PLAN FOR SUSTAINABILITY? EVERY TIME I SEE THE WORD GRANT, I GET WORRIED.

>> I DON'T KNOW THAT I CAN SPEAK TO EVERY SINGLE ONE. I ACTUALLY WOULD HAVE TO RESEARCH TO GET AN EXACT LIST. BUT JUST MY EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH THE EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR COMMITTEE THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, IT'S BEEN PRETTY RELIABLE. THE AVAILABILITY OF THE FUNDS. I HAVEN'T SEEN THAT THERE WAS A RISK OF NOT HAVING IT.

>> LOW VOLATILITY.

>> AND A LOT OF THE PROGRAMS ARE INCORPORATED INTO THE BUDGET OF THOSE GRANTS. SO IT'S EXPECTED IN A LOT OF THEM. THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOMETHING IN THE SUMMER. I MEAN, THEY ACTUALLY FUND A LOT OF WHAT WE'RE DOING IN THE SUMMER.

>>Melissa Snively: THAT MAKES ME FEEL A LITTLE BETTER TO KNOW THAT HISTORICAL ASPECT AND SOME OF THE CONSISTENCY IN FUNDING SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO RELY ON THAT FOR FUTURE. BECAUSE I KNOW THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAM. I HAVE FRIENDS WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED, THEIR STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM. AND WE'RE VERY SUCCESSFUL IN SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS, SO I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE FROM A SUSTAINABILITY STANDPOINT, WHEN IT COMES TO TO FINANCIAL IMPACT, WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THAT PLAN IN PLACE OR IF IT'S EVEN NECESSARY. BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE IT IS A PRETTY STEADY, CONSISTENT, AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS.

>> IT HAS BEEN WITH MY EXPERIENCE. AND I DON'T KNOW THAT WE COULD ALWAYS GUARANTEE THE MONEY WILL BE THERE. YOU NEVER KNOW ONE YEAR SOMEBODY MIGHT TELL US WE HAVE TO CUT. BUT LOW RISK.

>> IT IS LOW RISK AND IT'S A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME WE'RE TALKING ABOUT. COMPARED TO WHAT WE SPEND DURING THE NORMAL YEAR. IT'S NOT AS MUCH.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MR. EAKINS, I SAW YOU WITH YOUR HAND ON YOUR MICROPHONE.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WOW. I WAS ACTUALLY LOOKING AT MS. TY, BECAUSE SHE LOOKED LIKE SHE WAS ABOUT READY TO POUNCE.

>> SO YOUR QUESTIONS WERE GREAT, BECAUSE I'VE HAD A LOT OF EXPERIENCE WITH THE SUMMER PROGRAM. WE LOOK AT THE PROGRAMS THAT ARE REQUIRED. THIRD GRADE RETENTION. THE CREDIT RECOVERY THAT MS. JOHNS SPOKE ABOUT, THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT YOU LOOK AT FIRST. SOME OF THE OTHER PROGRAMS THAT WE'VE ADDED OVER THE YEARS ARE THOSE INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS. SO IN SCOTT BROOKS' WORLD, HE'S LOOKED AT USING THOSE INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION DOLLARS THAT WE GET, AND THEN SUPPORTING THOSE PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES FOR THOSE STUDENTS THAT CAN THEN EARN THEM AND CATCH THEM UP IN THE SUMMER. SOME OF THE OTHER GRANTS THAT GOES TO USF, SO THAT GRANT HAS BEEN AROUND, ALLOWS STUDENTS TO GO TO A COLLEGE CAMPUS, COMPREHENSIVE READING PLAN, SOME OF THE OTHER CATEGORICALS WILL SUPPORT READING PROGRAMS. SO IT IS FLUID IN THE SENSE THAT MS. SNIVELY IF THERE ARE DOLLARS AVAILABLE FOR A PARTICULAR TOPIC OR CONTENT, YOU MAY NOT SEE THAT REPLICATED, BUT SOMETHING ELSE WILL BUBBLE UP. AND THEN WE'VE ALSO VERY MUCH INCREASED PARTICULARLY IN THE ELEMENTARY SPACE, FEE-BASED PROGRAMS. AND UNDER, AGAIN, SCOTT BROOKS AND WORK FORCE, WE'VE REALLY BEEN ABLE TO GET MORE SCHOOLS, TRYING TO PLAN THINGS FOR STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, BECAUSE PARENTS ARE WILLING TO SUPPORT THOSE PROGRAMS, TO KEEP THE KIDS IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS, KEEP THEM IN THEIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. SO WE HAVE AN AWFUL LOT OF FEE-BASED PROGRAMS.

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AND I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS, BECAUSE I KNOW EVERY YEAR WE GO THROUGH THIS CALENDAR CYCLE WHERE WE ENDAR FOR -- A CALENDAR FOR THIS UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR AND THEN A TENTATIVE CALENDAR FOR THE NEXT YEAR, AND I'M ALWAYS PUZZLED BY WHY THIS IS NOT PART OF THAT. SUMMER SCHOOL HAPPENS EVERY YEAR, AND FOR CERTAIN DIVISIONS, EVEN THE DELAY OF OUR CALENDAR APPROVAL CAUSES PROBLEMS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE FINE ARTS DIVISION WHERE THEY ARE TRYING TO SCHEDULE MPAs AND DISTRICTS AND STATES FOR NEXT YEAR, AND OUR CALENDAR STILL ISN'T FINAL. SO I WOULD LOVE TO SEE US INCLUDE THIS AS WE PUT THE STUDENT ACADEMIC CALENDAR TOGETHER, BECAUSE THERE'S SO MUCH THAT RIDES ON SUMMER, ESPECIALLY FOR THE POPULATION WHERE IEPs ARE BEING WRITTENNED. IT'S MID APRIL AND DATES ARE JUST GETTING APPROVED AND ASKING TEACHERS TO GO THROUGH AN IEP PROCESS AND MEET WITH PARENTS. AND I KNOW MS. PARKS, AND I APPRECIATE HER PROVIDING ME SOME N HOW TO -- FOR TEACHERS TO MOVE THROUGH THAT PROCESS, BUT IF THESE DATES WERE TO CHANGE TONIGHT, I BELIEVE THAT -- I BELIEVE THAT OUR ESE TEACHERS WOULD STILL HAVE TO REGROUP WITH THEIR IEPSs WITH THESE STUDENTS AND PARENTS IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE STATE LAW FOR THE DOCUMENTATION THAT THEY HAVE TO -- I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US, AND I KNOW IT'S JUST A PLANNING, BUT INCLUDE IN THE ACADEMIC CALENDAR, INCLUDE SUMMER OR HAVE A SEPARATE CALENDAR THAT INCLUDES SUMMER SO THAT EVEN THOUGH MY CHILD HAS TO POTENTIALLY ATTEND SUMMER SCHOOL OR CHOOSES TO ATTEND SOMETHING IN WORKFORCE, MOST LIKELY MY FAMILY WILL WANT TO PLAN A VACATION SO WE'LL WANT TO KNOW WHAT THOSE DATES ARE, EVEN IF WE JUST SAY IT'S A RANGE OF DATES AND ONE OR TWO DAYS ON THE FRONT END OR BACK END MAY CHANGE, BUT I'D LIKE TO SEE US GET INTO THAT PLACE WHERE EVEN FOR OUR DRIVERS, I KNOW TRANSPORTATION, WE USUALLY END UP TALKING ABOUT TRANSPORTATION PRETTY HEAVILY WHEN WE TALK ABOUT SUMMER, BECAUSE IT'S SUCH A MAJOR SHIFT FOR OUR TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT. EVEN THOSE FOLKS AND THOSE EMPLOYEES, REMINDING THEM THAT WE'RE SHIFTING TO SUMMER. WE'RE SHIFTING TO A FOUR-DAY, TEN-HOUR WORK DAY. THAT'S A BIG CHANGE, A LOT OF BIG INDUSTRY DOESN'T DO THAT, ESPECIALLY HERE IN DOWNTOWN TAMPA. THEY DON'T SHIFT TO THAT FOUR-DAY WORK DAY. BUT I'D LIKE TO SEE US DO A TENTATIVE CALENDAR AS WE MOVE FORWARD SO THAT WE AT LEAST ARE PUTTING THAT OUT THERE FOR THE NEXT YEAR, AND THAT WAY, JUST LIKE WE DO NOW, IF THERE IS A CHANGE IN FUNDING, WE CHANGE THE CALENDAR. WE SAY THAT IT'S TENTATIVE. BUT I KNOW IT'S A BIG PART OF PARTICULAR PEOPLE AND CERTAIN SITES. THIS IS A BIG PART. THEY ARE WAITING. THEY ARE SITTING AND WAITING ON THIS DAY AND FOR US TO END THE MEETING AND HAVE THIS APPROVED. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: GOING TO BEGIN MY COMMENTS WITH "BACK IN THE DAY," IN A SENSE. WE HAVE BROADENED THE RANGE OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS, WHERE IT'S NOT STRICTLY ACADEMIC. PROGRAMS THAT INCLUDE AND INVOLVE EXPOSURE EXPERIENCES THAT ARE MORE ENRICHING. MANY OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO NEED OPPORTUNITIES FOR NEW EXPERIENCES AND EXPOSURE AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES ARE THE VERY FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WHO CAN'T AFFORD OUR FEE-BASED PROGRAMS. AND YET HAVING THEM PLACED IN SAFE PLACES WHERE THERE IS A STRUCTURE PROGRAM, WHERE THEY GET A CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE WHERE THEY WOULDN'T HAVE EXPERIENCED OTHERWISE, THEY DON'T GET THE OPPORTUNITIES BECAUSE OF FUNDING. I KNOW THAT'S PROBABLY THE GREATEST LIMITATION. BUT WHEN WE THINK ABOUT HOW CAN WE DO MULTIPLE THINGS, SAFE PLACES. KEEPING KIDS OUT OF TROUBLE. GIVING THEM WAYS TO USE THEIR CREATIVE ENERGIES, HAVING SUPERVISION, ALL OF THAT, MAYBE ONE WAY TO DO THAT, PARTNERING WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS WHO ARE INVESTED IN KEEPING KIDS OUT OF TROUBLE. OTHER PLACES, THE COMMITTEE, THE SAFE AND SOUND GROUP. SOME OF OUR BIG BUSINESSES, I MEAN, I THINK WE NEED TO -- THE TIME IS SHORT -- BROADEN THIS. BUT I THINK WHAT WE MIGHT SEE IS KIDS NOT ON THE STREET, VULNERABLE TO ALL KINDS OF THINGS, KIDS ALLOWED TO EXPERIENCE THINGS SO THEY CAN DREAM BIGGER AND BETTER AND HAVE OPPORTUNITIES. IT CAN BE ACADEMIC ENRICHING THROUGH THE ENRICHMENT. I JUST HOPE THAT WE CAN START TO FIND SOME WAYS, LIKE WE USED TO DO BACK IN THE DAY, WHEN SUMMER SCHOOL WAS REALLY AROUND A LOT OF ENRICHMENT. AND I KNOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED. NOT AFRAID OF CHANGE. I KNOW MONEYS ARE SHORT. I WAS HOPING MS. MILITO WAS HERE --

>> SHE'S JUST --

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OH. CALL ATTENTION TO OUR LEGISLATORS ABOUT THE VALUE OF THIS. I THINK WE CAN CRIME REDUCING, A LOT OF THINGS HAPPENING IF WE GET OUR KIDS IN PLACES WHERE THEY AREN'T AT HOME BY THEMSELVES. THEY AREN'T IN THE STREET WITHOUT SUPERVISION. THEY ARE IN SAFE PLACES, AND THEY CAN LEARN TO READ, BRIGHT, THINK, DO CRITICAL THINKING AROUND ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES. I HOPE SOMEDAY THAT BECOMES SOMETHING WE CAN BEGIN TO LOOK AT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR PRESENTING THAT. ALL RIGHT. BOARD MEMBERS. THAT'S IT FOR OUR AGENDA. THAT'S THE FINAL INFORMATION ITEM. WE ARE NOW INTO BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS. SO IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK, PRESS YOUR BUTTON. MS. VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I WANTED TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY AND THANK MR. EAKINS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AND FOR LISTENING TO THE CONCERNS REGARDING THE STUDENTS OF PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL AS WELL AS LISTENING TO THE PARENTS AND STUDENTS WHO CALLED AND WROTE E-MAILS IN REFERENCE TO THE PRINCIPALSHIP OVER THERE. AND MR. PABLO GEE SAN DIEGO IS A MAN OF INTEGRITY WHO HAS STEPPED UP TO THE PLATE AND CONSIDERING ALL THE TURMOIL THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON, THAT HAS HAPPENED SINCE MR. FERNANDEZ RETIRED OR ACTUALLY WAS PROMOTED TO LETO HIGH SCHOOL, THREE PRINCIPALS IN TWO YEARS HAVE WALKED THROUGH THOSE HALLS OF PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND ONE THING THAT HAS BEEN A CONSTANT, HAS BEEN, MR. GUYAGO, AND I'M THANKFUL FOR THE FACULTY AND STAFF THAT WAS THE CEMENT THAT KEPT THAT CAMPUS AND THE STUDENTS GOING, AND CONSIDERING THE CHALLENGES THAT THE STUDENTS AND THE FACULTY WAS FACING ALL ALONG, THEY WERE STILL MAKING GAINS IN THEIR ACHIEVEMENT. MR. GUYAGO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY EXCESSIVELY -- EXTENSIVELY. THIS GENTLEMAN HAS BEEN THERE TO BUY FOOD FOR FAMILIES, TO HELP BUY CLOTHES. WHEN WE HAD A TRAGEDY OF A CHILD THAT UNEXPECTEDLY WAS GONE, I WAS RIGHT THERE IN THE HOSPITAL WITH THE PARENTS UNTIL THE VERY LAST MOMENT AND HELPED THEM THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE FUNERAL AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. HE HAS THE PULSE OF THE COMMUNITY AND THE RESPECT OF HIS FACULTY, THE FACULTY AND MR. GUYAGO HAS BEEN THERE FOR QUITE A WHILE AND HAS REALLY DONE A GREAT JOB. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, BECAUSE THE FACULTY AND THE STAFF IS JUST THRILLED AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE STUDENTS, I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THEM TODAY, AND STUDENTS CAME UP TO ME AND THANKED ME FOR MR. GUYAGO. I SAID, NO, WE REALLY NEED TO THANK MR. EAKINS FOR DOING THAT. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX AND HELPING TO PROMOTE AGAIN THE HISPANIC LEADERSHIP THAT WE SO DESPERATELY NEED IN ORDER TO ADDRESS THE CULTURAL CONCERNS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE AND BEING ABLE TO RELATE TO THE COMMUNITY. AND I'M HOPING THAT UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MRS. McMANNIS THAT MAYBE WE CAN LOOK AT, FOR INSTANCE, CRITICAL NEEDS, IF YOU WILL. WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE A CRITICAL NEED IN DEVELOPING OUR MINORITY POPULATION IN LEADERSHIP. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE LOOK AT, BECAUSE THINK ABOUT IT, YOU GO TO SCHOOL. YOU GET YOUR ED LEADERSHIP, AND THEN YOU GO THROUGH OUR PRINCIPAL'S PIPELINE. IT'S ALMOST LIKE ANOTHER MASTER'S DEGREE. THAT MEANS WHAT? THERE'S NO MORE TRAINING THAN ON-THE-JOB TRAINING WHERE YOU HAVE TO GO INTO THE TRENCHES AND MAKE IT HAPPEN. AND I THINK THAT ONE WAY THAT WE CAN HELP TO PROMOTE -- BOTH INCREASE THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN LEADERSHIP AS WELL AS THE HISPANIC LEADERSHIP IS, FIRST OF ALL, FIND OUT HOW MANY HAVE MASTERS DEGREES IN ED LEADERSHIP AND SEE WHERE THEY ARE AT. AND WE'VE GOT TO GET AWAY FROM THE CLUB MENTALITY. IF YOU GO THROUGH THIS, THEN YOU'RE PART OF THE CLUB, AND NOW YOU CAN MOVE FORWARD TO HAVE AN APPOINTMENT TO A SCHOOL WHERE YOUR MASTER'S DEGREE IN ED LEADERSHIP, IF YOU'VE EARNED THAT DEGREE, THAT SAYS THAT YOU'RE ABLE TO DO IT. I GUESS MAYBE LOOKING AT A WAY OF BEING ABLE TO PUT A VERY STRONG COACH, PRINCIPAL, COACH NEXT TO THAT INDIVIDUAL AND GIVING THEM THAT FEEDBACK, I THINK THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO HELP NARROW THAT GAP IN LEADERSHIP AND REALLY -- THERE ARE A LOT OF DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH OUT THERE THAT WE HAVE NO IDEA EXIST. AND UNLESS WE REALLY REACH OUT AND SEE WHERE THEIR GOALS -- THEY WANT TO BE IN THE FUTURE, AND TO MAYBE ENCOURAGE THEM TO BECOME LEADERS AND BEGIN TO GROW OUR OWN. SO I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. I ALSO WANTED TO REMIND US THAT FOR THE NEXT -- JUST WONDERING IF THE NEXT BOARD MEETING, IF WE WERE GOING TO HAVE THE UPDATE ON OR TEACHING AND LEARNING ON THE STATUS OF THE BLACK EDUCATORS FOR CHANGE AS WELL AS THE HISPANIC EDUCATORS FOR CHANGE. THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT WE HAD DISCUSSED A WHILE AGO. I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WERE ABLE TO BRING A TEACH AND LEARN ON THAT. AND BY THE SAME TOKEN, THIS THURSDAY, SOMETHING REALLY EXCITING IS GOING TO BE HAPPENING, COMING TO OUR DISTRICT, ACTUALLY, THIS HAS BEEN, AS YOU ALL KNOW, I REPRESENT THE BOARD ON THE COUNCIL OF URBAN BOARDS OF EDUCATORS, AND THROUGH THE COMMUNICATIONS TASK FORCE UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MY COLLEAGUE, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER WRIGHT OUT OF ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, WE DEVELOPED A VIRTUAL CLASS ON CIVIL RIGHTS. AND IT WAS SO SUCCESSFUL AND IT'S BEING DONE THROUGH MS. EV WASHINGTON OUT OF JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL. AND I'M WAITING TO RECEIVE THE NAME OF THE TEACHER OUT IN -- BECAUSE I HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO SEE THEM IN ACTION, GILBERT ROSA OUT OF ROCHESTER, NEW YORK, THOSE TWO CLASSES HAVE ACTUALLY STUDIED TOGETHER, AND WORKED TOGETHER AND HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE CIVIL RIGHTS, AND IT WAS DONE ON A KEY DAY. IT WAS DONE ON JANUARY 15th, 2015, WHICH WAS DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.'S BIRTHDAY. AND IT CAUGHT THE ATTENTION OF THE WHITE HOUSE THAT THEY EVEN HAD THE INVITATION FOR BOTH CLASSES TO DO A WHITE PAPER, A MOCK PRESENTATION WITH THE WHITE HOUSE. WHAT A GREAT OPPORTUNITY, AND THAT WAS PART OF THE COMMUNICATIONS TASK FORCE, AND WHEN ATTORNEY VAN WRIGHT SAID, SUSAN, LET'S DO SOMETHING COLLABORATIVELY, AND WE BROUGHT IT IN, AND NOW THIS COMING THURSDAY, WE'RE GOING TO BE HAVING A CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUM ON WHEELS, AND IT'S GOING TO BE ARRIVING THIS COMING THURSDAY. AND AT 10:30 IN THE MORNING, WHERE THE KIDS ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR THIS PARTICULAR BUS AND RELIVE AND LOOK AT SOME OF THE THINGS FROM THE MUSEUM. SO THIS COMES OUT OF A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE COUNCIL OF URBAN BOARDS OF EDUCATORS AND TWO LARGE DISTRICTS COLLABORATING AND HELPING THE STUDENTS TO UNDERSTAND AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. AND THIS PARTICULAR BUS IS GOING THROUGH DIFFERENT CITIES. IT SHOULD BE COMING NOW FROM ATLANTA. SO IT WILL ARRIVE. YEAH. AND IT'S REALLY EXCITING. SO I HOPE THAT WE CAN COME OUT AND GO LOOK AT THIS PARTICULAR MUSEUM BUS. AND, BOARD MEMBERS, THIS PAST WEEK, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT AT THE NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION ON TWO TOPICS. ONE WAS THE AFRICA PRESENTATION, WHICH HAS TO DO WITH THE BREAKFAST PROGRAM, AND HOW WE ARE INCREASING BREAKFAST AND GIVING OPPORTUNITIES TO STUDENTS TO HAVE SECOND-CHANCE BREAKFASTS AND WHAT WE DID TO INCORPORATE AND INCREASE STUDENT NUTRITION, THE STUDENT NUTRITION PROGRAM. AND IT WAS A PRETTY AMAZING, THE QUESTIONS ASKED BY SOME OF THE OTHER DISTRICTS, IS JUST HOW WE'RE ABLE TO DO THAT, AND WHAT IT'S VALUES ARE. AND THE ACTUAL STATISTICS OF THE BENEFITS OF, OF COURSE, HAVING A VERY GOOD BREAKFAST AND STARTING YOUR DAY OUT WITH FOOD IN THE BELLY. IF YOU FEED THE BELLY, YOU FEED THE MIND, AND THAT'S HOW WE ARE ABLE TO GET OUR STUDENTS TO BE ENGAGED. AND YOU SEE THE TREND OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT MOVING, GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AND I ALSO HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT FROM THE BOARD MEMBER'S PERSPECTIVE ON THE PROPANE BUSES. SO THAT WAS PRETTY INTERESTING CONVERSATION, BECAUSE I LEARNED A LOT MORE ABOUT PROPANE BUSES THAN I REALLY THOUGHT I WOULD BE LEARNING ABOUT, BUT ALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND ACTUALLY HOW THE EMISSIONS, WHAT YOU SEE IN THE OLD DIESEL BUSES, HOW THE SOOT WAS JUST STUCK TO THE BACK OF THE BUS, THE EXHAUST AREA AND HOW THE TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED. AND WHEN YOU ACTUALLY LOOKED AT THE ONE FROM THE PROPANE, IT WAS STILL SO SHINY AND PRETTY. IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE YOU ACTUALLY TURNED ON A BUS. SO THE BOSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT, THAT'S ALL THEY HAVE. THEY HAVE A FEW DIESEL STILL, BUT THEY ARE MOVING AWAY FROM THAT. OF COURSE, THEY HAVE A SMALLER AREA TO TRANSPORT KIDS IN, BUT IT WAS VERY INFORMATIVE. AND MY LAST COMMENT IS THAT THIS IS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL APPRECIATION WEEK. TO ALL THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS OUT THERE, MY HEARTFELT THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO EACH AND EVERY DAY ON A DAILY BASIS TO SUPPORT OUR CHILDREN, OUR FAMILIES, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, OUR COMMUNITIES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS.

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. ON SATURDAY -- THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS A GREAT AND EXCITING AND MEMORABLE DAY. I WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK THE FACULTY AND STAFF AND LEADERSHIP AT LAMB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MR. SIMS AND HIS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND HIS FACULTY AND STAFF AND THE COMMUNITY FOR MAKING THIS AMONG THE BEST DEDICATIONS THAT I'VE EVER ATTENDED. I'VE ATTENDED A LOT OF THEM. IT WAS SMOOTHLY DONE. IT WAS WELL DONE. IT WAS THE CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND THE LEGACY AND THE CAREER OF DR. LAMB, WHICH IS KIND OF, YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT A LEGACY BEING THE PAST, BUT IT WAS ALSO CELEBRATION OF THE FUTURE AND THE KIDS AND THE FACULTY AND THAT STAFF. THE FACT -- THE GROUNDS WERE BEAUTIFUL. THE SCHOOL WAS IMMACULATE. THERE WERE A LOT OF SUPPORTERS PAST AND PRESENT THERE TO HELP DR. LAMB CELEBRATE THIS, AND IT WAS FOR HIM, I THINK THE CROWNING TOUCH FOR HIS CAREER, AND IT WAS WELL DESERVED. BUT I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK THE FACULTY AND STAFF. IT WAS JUST SO, SO WELL DONE. BOARD MEMBERS MS. HARRIS AND MS. KURDELL AND I, BUT THERE WERE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN A PART OF THIS DISTRICT FOR A LONG, LONG TIME THAT YOU HAD NOT SEEN. SO IT'S KIND OF A REUNION IN A SENSE WHEN YOU GOT A CHANCE TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH THEM, BUT I THINK THE PROUDEST PERSON IN THAT ENTIRE AUDITORIUM WAS DR. LAMB AND DESERVINGLY SO. AGAIN, TO MR. SIMS AND YOUR STAFF, YOU COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT ANY BETTER. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WILL ADD TO THAT, MS. EDGECOMB. IT WAS A VERY NICE, TOUCHING EVENT. AND I DO HAVE SOME SLIDES TO GO WITH THAT. YOU'LL SEE THEM IN A SECOND. IT WAS EMOTIONAL, BECAUSE SEEING SOME OF THE TEACHERS AND FACULTY FROM THE PAST, IT WAS GREAT. MY SLIDES REPRESENT SOME VERY BUSY ACTIVITIES THAT HAVE BEEN A VERY POSITIVE INFLUENCE IN OUR DISTRICT THIS LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. THE GRAD NATION, WHICH WAS A SPECTACULAR EVENT. MANY OF US WERE IN ATTENDANCE. OUR OWN MR. EAKINS WAS A SPEAKER, AND THE STUDENTS QUESTIONED HIM. HE HAD TO BE ON HIS TOES BECAUSE THEY WERE ACTUALLY TOUGH QUESTIONS. SO HE DID A GOOD JOB WITH THAT. THEN WE HAD THE MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND WITH OUR COMMISSIONERS AND THAT WAS A REALLY GREAT EVENT THAT I'M SURE MS. GRIFFIN IS GOING TO MENTION, BUT, YOU KNOW, WHEN SHE TALKED ABOUT COMPETITION, MS. GRIFFIN AND I HAD TO COMPETE ON THE WELDING, AND HER SCORE WAS A 74, AND MY SCORE WAS A 54. SO NEEDLESS TO SAY, SHE WON.

>> YOU DID BETTER THAN I DID THE FIRST TIME, THOUGH.

>>Sally Harris: BUT IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE, AND IT WAS JUST GREAT SEEING OUR STUDENTS AT TAMPA BAY TECH. JUST SO YOU KNOW, THEY LED THE TRAINING SESSION, AND WE HAD ALL THOSE COMMISSIONERS AND BOARD MEMBERS AND PEOPLE IN SUITS, AND THOSE GUYS WERE NOT INTIMIDATED. THEY JUST WENT RIGHT ON AND TOLD YOU HOW TO WELD. I MEAN IT WAS GREAT. IT WAS AN ABSOLUTELY GREAT PRESENTATION AND THEN THERE WAS ONE PICTURE, I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S ALREADY GONE UP THERE, BUT I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF ATTENDING A FOSTER CARE PICNIC, WHICH REPRESENTS OVER A THOUSAND FOSTER CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY. AND, OF COURSE, I'M NOT ALLOWED TO PUT PICTURES OF THE CHILDREN UP, SO I PUT PICTURES. CHARACTERS -- SO I PUT PICTURES OF THE CHARACTERS UP. I ALSO WENT TO ANN BROWN'S GREAT EVENT, THE RIBBON CUTTING. AND IT WAS TOUCHING. MS. STUART MENTIONED HOW JUST THE SMILES, THE EYES. EVERYBODY'S EYES WERE SO ALIVE. AND YOU COULD FEEL THE ENERGY, THEY WERE SO EXCITED TO BE GIVEN THIS GREAT BUILDING. nd MOE, I'M TELLING YOU, THEY ARE GOING TO BE SO HAPPY TO GO TO WORK COME MONDAY MORNING. THEY'LL BE TIRED FROM ALL THAT BENDING AND PACKING, BUT THEY ARE GOING TO LOVE IT. AND THEN, YOU KNOW, WE WENT TO THE FLORIDA COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC EDUCATION, TRAINED ONE AND TEACH THOUSANDS. AND WHILE WE WERE THERE, WE WERE ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKINGLY TAKEN AWAY THAT ONE OF OUR NEWSOME STUDENTS, KYLE PENROD AND HIS TEACHER, HIS SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER, JOSH, WHAT IS IT -- JOEL GOODRICH, LET ME TELL YOU, KYLE HAD TO DO A COMPETITION, AND IT WAS ON INVESTMENT. AND IT WASN'T REAL MONEY, JUST SO YOU KNOW THAT. BUT HE HAD TO DO THIS. AND HE ENDED UP WITH A SCORE OF 164% RETURN ON HIS MONEY. HE DID A FABULOUS JOB. SO THIS MEETING WHERE THEY ARE GIVING AWARDS TO SOME OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS BUSINESS PARTNERS IN THE WHOLE CITY OF TAMPA, BRYAN GLAZER WAS ONE OF THEM, BUT THE WHOLE JOKES THE REST OF THE NIGHT WAS GRAB THAT KID. GRAB THAT KID. SO IT WAS REALLY EXCITING TO KNOW THAT THAT -- AND AFTER THE MEETING, THE REALLY NEAT THING WAS, EVERYBODY WAS GOING OVER AND TALKING TO HIM AND HANDING HIM HIS CARD. I DON'T KNOW IF HE WAS A SENIOR. NO, HE WASN'T. IT WAS REALLY NEAT. THAT'S ONE OF OUR STUDENTS THAT IS THAT SUCCESSFUL. AND THEN I WENT TO THE CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION PROCESS, WHICH WAS GREAT. JENNA DOES A GREAT JOB, BUT IT WAS REALLY NEAT TALKING TO THOSE CHARTER SCHOOLS AND UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY ARE FILLING A NEED THAT WE NEED. ONE OF THEM WAS GOING TO WORK WITH AUTISTIC CHILDREN. WE DESPERATELY NEED MORE SCHOOLS FOR AUTISTIC CHILDREN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. IT TOUCHES MY HEART WHEN I KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WILLING TO REACH OUT TO THAT POPULATION. JENNA AND HER STAFF DID A GREAT JOB. AND THEN ENDING IT TODAY, THE STATE OF CITY ADDRESS BY OUR OWN MAYOR BUCKHORN. AND THE PARTNERSHIPS THAT ALL OF THE CITY PEOPLE AND ALL OF THE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING THE SCHOOL BOARD PLAY IN THE OPERATION AND SUCCESS OF THE CITY OF TAMPA. SO THAT'S MY STORY. AND I'M GOING TO TELL YOU, I'LL BE OUT OF TOWN NEXT WEEK, SO MY SLIDE SHOW IS GOING TO DEPEND ON MY FRIENDS TO SEND ME PICTURES.

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I WON'T REPEAT FOR THE SAKE OF TIME SOME OF THE EVENTS THAT MS. HARRIS AND I WERE AT TOGETHER. WE WERE REALLY TAKEN BACK BY KYLE AT THAT EVENT, BECAUSE WE HAD NO IDEA THAT HE WAS GOING TO BE HONORED THE WAY THAT HE WAS. WHEN YOU'RE IN A ROOM WITH THE MAGNITUDE OF PEOPLE THAT WE WERE IN, AND THEY START HANDING OUT THEIR BUSINESS CARDS TO A 16-YEAR-OLD FOR WHEN HE GRADUATES, IT WAS REALLY IMPRESSIVE. I DO WANT TO MENTION AND GIVE KUDOS TO HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND PRINCIPAL GARY BRADY AND HIS STAFF FOR THE AMAZING, AMAZING DAY THAT THEY HAD ON SATURDAY FOR THE 130th CELEBRATION. MY ORIGINAL INTENT WAS I WAS NOT GOING TO MAKE IT TO THAT EVENT, AND I GOT THERE. IT WAS ACTUALLY KIND OF GOOD. I THINK DISTRICT STAFF WHO WERE THERE, WE KIND OF SPACED OURSELVES OUT DURING THE DAY. I GOT THERE AT THE VERY END AND WAS ABLE TO CATCH UP WITH THOSE ALUMNI WHO HAD STAYED BEHIND FOR THE ROTC PRESENTATION, WHICH WAS REALLY VERY TOUCHING. KUDOS TO THEM FOR AN AMAZING DAY. I THINK THAT THE ALUMNI THAT WERE THERE AND THE STUDENTS WHO WERE THERE WERE REALLY APPRECIATIVE OF THE HISTORY AND THE DISTRICT'S DEDICATION TO THAT SCHOOL. SO THANK YOU, MR. BRADY, AND YOUR STAFF. AND THEN I WANTED TO ALSO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO DR. LARRY PLANK, WHO IS IN CHARGE OF OUR K-12 STEM, WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED WITH, AND IT'S NOT JUST HIS PROJECT, BUT THE STEM ECOSYSTEM WORK THAT IS BEING DONE. I SAT IN -- I'VE BEEN INVITED TO SEVERAL OF THE MEETINGS, BUT I SAT IN ON A MEETING LAST WEEK, AND I KNOW THAT HE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY, MR. AYRES WAS THERE AND MYSELF AND MELISSA ERICKSON WAS THERE FROM THE ALLIANCE. I KNOW THAT THEY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO FINALLY GET IN FRONT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT AND TALK ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE. SO I AM A VERY EXCITED FOR THE THINGS THAT ARE COMING THROUGH THE STEM ECOSYSTEM AND THE PARTNERSHIPS AND THE COLLABORATION WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE OTHER BIG PLAYERS OF BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY, SO I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING DR. PLANK COME AS WE WORK THROUGH THIS AND HAVE HIM PRESENT THIS TO THE BOARD SO THAT THEY CAN SEE THE FULL MAGNITUDE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING AS WE BUILD A STEM ECOSYSTEM HERE IN THE BAY AREA WITH SOME PRETTY BIG COMMITMENTS NATIONALLY. AND THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I JUST WANT TO SAY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MS. STUART, HAVING TO WORK ON YOUR BIRTHDAY, BUT HAPPY BIRTHDAY. AND REMIND EVERYBODY THAT THIS COMING SATURDAY NIGHT IS THE RAYS' SPIRIT NIGHT AT THE TROPICANA FIELD. WHAT TIME DO WE HAVE TO BE THERE, MR. SUPERINTENDENT? I THINK THE GAME IS AT 6:00. I KNOW THAT MYSELF AND THE SUPERINTENDENT ARE SPEAKING ON THE FIELD, AND LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING A LOT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EMPLOYEES THERE. GO RAYS', AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE BECAUSE THEY ARE SUPPORTING THIS DISTRICT IN A BIG, BIG WAY. AND I WILL NOW TURN IT OVER TO YOU, MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MS. GRIFFIN. I JUST HAVE A FEW COMMENTS THIS EVENING. IF I CAN GO AHEAD AND PUT THE SLIDES UP THERE. FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL. THEY WERE JUST NAMED AS AN AVID SCHOOLWIDE SITE OF DISTINCTION. THE SCHOOL WAS ALREADY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY'S ONLY AVID NATIONAL DEMONSTRATION SCHOOL. SCHOOLWIDE SITE OF DISTINCTION HONOR IS A WAY TO VALIDATE AND RECOGNIZE SCHOOLS IMPLEMENTING AVID WITH HIGH LEVELS OF FIDELITY AND DEMONSTRATES SCHOOLWIDE IMPACT. AVID IS SCHOOLWIDE. STRONG AVID SYSTEM TRANSFORMS THE INSTRUCTION, SYSTEM, LEADERSHIP AND CULTURE OF A SCHOOL ENSURING COLLEGE READINESS FOR ALL AVID ELECTED STUDENTS AND IMPROVE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE FOR ALL STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL DUE TO INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES. CONGRATULATE FOR THE HARD WORK. THAT IS AN AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT. I, TOO, WANTED TO THANK OUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS. THEY DO AN AMAZING JOB OUT IN OUR SCHOOLS. AND THEY ARE THE ROCK. IF I WERE THE PRINCIPAL, THE AP IS MY ROCK. ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S ROCK. VERY TIMELY. WE HAVE TWO MAGNET SCHOOLS THAT ARE FINAL IT'S FOR NATIONAL MAGNET SCHOOLS IN THE NATION FOR THE YEAR. TWO OF OUR SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN NAMED FINALISTS, RIVER HILLS AND MULLER MAGNET. THEY ARE AMONG THE TOP SIX MAGNET SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY. TOP AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THE CONFERENCE IN MAY. I VISITED A MAGNET SCHOOL TODAY, I WAS A GUEST ON THE MORNING SHOW AND WAS ABLE TO THANK STAFF FOR THE WORK THEY DO EVERY DAY. FRIDAY, ALSO VISITING RIVER HILLS MAGNET SCHOOL TO CONGRATULATE THEM IN BEING NAMED A FINALIST. FRIF WAS AN INSPIRATIONAL DAY, THE INCREDIBLE -- INCREDI BULL GAMES BROUGHT MORE THAN A HUNDRED STUDENT ATHLETES OUT TO COMPETE. FIVE SCHOOLS REPRESENTED BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL, EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL, NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL, PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL AND GIUNTA MIDDLE SCHOOL. NIGHTS OF COLUMBUS AND TECO WERE OUR SPONSORS. AND WE WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ATHLETES. I WANT TO THANK SUPER CAT, THE PRINCIPAL OF BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL AND HER STAFF FOR HOSTING THIS EVENT. APRIL WAS THE MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS HOME TO ABOUT 5,000 MILITARY CONNECTED FAMILIES. WE HAVE SUPPORTS AND RESOURCES AT OUR SCHOOLS FOR THESE FAMILIES, AND SO TO REMEMBER TO PURPLE UP ON APRIL 15th. WEAR PURPLE TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR OUR MILITARY CHILDREN. WE THANK OUR FAMILIES AND OUR YOUNGEST HEROES, THEIR CHILDREN FOR THEIR SACRIFICES. AND I ALSO WANT TO ECHO SOME OF THE THINGS ALREADY SAID. JUST AN AMAZING DEDICATION FOR THE JACK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ON SATURDAY. GRAD NATION. I WANT TO THANK MELISSA ERICKSON, UNITED WAY, ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THAT. IT WAS A COMBINED EFFORT BETWEEN PINELLAS COUNTY AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, BUT OUR STUDENTS WERE THE STARS THAT DAY. AND THAT AND THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS FOR TONIGHT.

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