Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from April 19, 2016


>>APRIL GRIFFIN: GOOD EVENING. THIS RECOGNITION MEETING FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 19TH, IS NOW CALLED TO ORDER. IF EVERYBODY COULD PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THEN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY OUR VICE-CHAIR, MS. CINDY STUART. [MOMENT OF SILENCE] PLEASE JOIN US IN THE PLEDGE. [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT EXCEPT FOR MS. SALLY HARRIS. THIS IS GOING TO MOVE ALONG PRETTY QUICKLY, SO IF EVERYBODY COULD PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE YOU'RE AT ON THE AGENDA. THERE ARE NO SPEAKERS THIS EVENING BECAUSE THERE IS NOT A BUSINESS MEETING, SO WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND DISMISS READING THE GUIDELINES. EVERYBODY KNOWS WE'RE HERE TO RECOGNIZE AND APPRECIATE SOME WONDERFUL THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN THIS DISTRICT. WE'RE GOING TO GO ON TO NUMBER 1 ON THE AGENDA, WHICH IS RECOGNITION OF ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, AND SECONDARY WINNERS OF THE 2016 HILLSBOROUGH REGIONAL SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS, STEM FAIR AND PARTICIPANTS OF THE 2016 STATE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR. MR. LARRY PLANK, WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND SENIOR STAFF, IT IS MY PLEASURE TO SHARE WITH YOU TONIGHT OUR FIVE BEST OF FAIR WINNERS IN OUR STATE OF FLORIDA SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING TEAM. THE HILLSBOROUGH REGIONAL STEM FAIR IS THE LARGEST ACADEMIC EVENT IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND IS THE SINGLE LARGEST SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR IN FLORIDA. THIS YEAR'S FAIR FEATURED OVER 1,950 PROJECTS FROM NEARLY 2,400 STUDENTS REPRESENTED OVER 200 SCHOOLS. IN MOST CASES, THE STUDENTS AT THE REGIONAL FAIR HAD ALREADY BEEN SELECTED AS A FINALIST FROM THEIR RESPECTIVE SCHOOL SITE. ALL STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATE IN THE REGIONAL FAIR RECEIVE RECOGNITION FOR THEIR EFFORTS AND ARE AWARDED A COMMEMORATIVE STEM FAIR PEN. ADDITIONAL AWARDS ARE GIVEN TO FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD PLACE WINNERS AT EACH GRADE LEVEL AND CATEGORY. SPECIAL AWARDS CONSISTING OF CASH AND PRIZES ARE PROVIDED BY INDIVIDUALS AS WELL AS OUR ACADEMIC, BUSINESS, AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN S.T.E.M. WHILE WE HAVE MANY OF THOSE ACADEMIC BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS WHO SUPPORT OUR S.T.E.M. FAIR IN A VARIETY OF WAYS, INCLUDING THOSE AWARDS, BUT ALSO GIFTS FOR OUR STUDENTS, OUR MOST IMPORTANT PARTNER IN S.T.E.M. EDUCATION IS THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION. IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING THE REGIONAL S.T.E.M. FAIR WITH LOGISTICAL SUPPORT, THE FOUNDATION SUPPORTS A VARIETY OF S.T.E.M.-RELATED GRANTS TO SCHOOLS TO AFFORD STUDENTS AND TEACHERS TO EXPLORE AND EXPERIMENT IN WAYS IMPOSSIBLE WITHOUT SUCH FUNDING. THIS YEAR'S PRIMARY SPONSOR OF THE S.T.E.M. FAIR WAS BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB WHO ALSO HOSTED EACH OF OUR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL FINALIST ON THEIR CAMPUS PRIOR TO THE STATE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR TO SHARE THEIR RESEARCHER WITH BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB EMPLOYEES AND LEARN ABOUT THE VAST ARRAY OF CAREERS AVAILABLE IN THE BMS COMPANY. AS YOU KNOW, COMPLETING A S.T.E.M. FAIR PROJECT IS A CULMINATION OF ALL WE HOPE TO TEACH OUR STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS. IT REQUIRES READING, WRITING, MATHEMATICAL SCHOOL, CREATIVITY, INNOVATION AND PROBLEM SOLVING THROUGH LOGICAL AND CRITICAL THOUGHT. AND ALSO CONSIDERATION OF SOCIALLY IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC ISSUES. WHILE WE KNOW THAT CUTTING-EDGE RESEARCH IS ONGOING AT INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING, WE ARE RELIANT ON SCIENTISTS, TECHNOLOGISTS AND ENGINEERS THAT ANSWER THE CHALLENGES THAT LIE AHEAD. OUR MOST VALIANT SCIENTIFIC EFFORTS ARE TAKING PLACE IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS WHERE THE IDEAS OF FUTURE SCIENTISTS, DOCTORS, AND ENGINEERS ARE BORN AND NURTURED. FOR THIS REASON, THE FAIR REPRESENTS NOT ONLY THE DEDICATION OF THE AREA SCHOOLS TO S.T.E.M., BUT ALSO THE VIABILITY, FUTURE ECONOMIC STABILITY AND OVERALL QUALITY OF LIFE FOR THOSE LIVING IN THE TAMPA BAY REGION. WE ENCOURAGE PARENTS TO TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN THEIR CHILD'S EDUCATION, AND THE S.T.E.M. FAIR PROVIDES FAMILIES WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE IDEAS AND WORK TOGETHER TO BUILD STUDENT SELF-ESTEEM AND REINFORCE POSITIVE ATTITUDES TOWARDS SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS, SOMETHING THAT LIES AT THE CENTER OF THEIR ACADEMIC SUCCESS THROUGHOUT THEIR ACADEMIC CAREER. I WOULD NOW ASK THAT ALL PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND ADMINISTRATORS WHO HAVE SUPPORTED OUR S.T.E.M. FAIR STUDENTS TO STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] NOW ON TO THE KIDS. EACH YEAR, WE RECOGNIZE FIVE BEST OF FAIR WINNING PROJECTS. ONE FOR EACH GRADE, THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH, AS WELL AS A JUNIOR DIVISION AND SENIOR DIVISION PROJECT WINNER. THE WINNING PROJECTS ARE SELECTED BY A COMMITTEE OF SCHOOL DISTRICT PERSONNEL, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND S.T.E.M. PROFESSIONALS. SO, OUR THIRD GRADE BEST OF FAIR PROJECT FROM CHILES ELEMENTARY WAS RIA APTE. HER PROJECT WAS ENTITLED "THE TRUTH ABOUT ROOFS: MATERIALS MATTER." AND THAT TROPHY IS AS BIG AS SHE IS. OUR BEST OF FAIR TROPHIES ARE ACTUALLY ROTATING TROPHIES, SO RIA'S NAME WILL BE PLACED ON THE TROPHY AND WILL BE IN HER SCHOOL'S TROPHY CASE OR IN THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE, HOPEFULLY, AND IT WILL BE REAWARDED AT NEXT YEAR'S FAIR. OUR FOURTH GRADE BEST OF FAIR WINNER FROM TAMPA PALMS ELEMENTARY IS KAMALELDIN KAMALELDIN WITH A PROJECT ENTITLED "WHICH MIXTURE PRODUCES MORE CARBON DIOXIDE TO ATTRACT MOSQUITOES, SEASHELLS AND VINEGAR OR EGGSHELLS AND VINEGAR OR BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR?" [ APPLAUSE ] OUR FIFTH GRADE BEST OF FAIR WINNER FROM BELLAMY ELEMENTARY IS MELISSA FRAGA. MELISSA'S PROJECT WAS ENTITLED "POWERFUL PLANTS #EXTRACTING CARBON DIOXIDE"." [ APPLAUSE ] OUR JUNIOR DIVISION BEST OF FAIR WAS FROM WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL. AARUSH PRASAD WITH THE PROJECT "CAN ALGAE SAVE THE WORLD?" [ APPLAUSE ] OUR SENIOR DIVISION BEST OF FAIR FROM CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL IS MARGARET PARRISH WITH HER PROJECT ENTITLED "OPTIMIZATION AND FIELD TESTING OF A LOW-COST PORTABLE ENTEROCOCCI TEST OR PET KIT." [ APPLAUSE ] IT'S LIKE THE STANLEY CUP. IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED THAT EACH OF OUR BEST OF FAIR WINNERS RECEIVED A CASH AWARD FROM THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY. ELEMENTARY AWARD WINNERS RECEIVED $250 CASH. OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNER RECEIVED $500 CASH AND OUR HIGH SCHOOL WINNER RECEIVED $1,000 CASH FROM MOSI. [ APPLAUSE ] IN ADDITION TO OUR BEST OF FAIR WINNERS, THE WINNING PROJECTS FROM 13 CATEGORIES IN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL EARN A PLACE AT THE STATE ENGINEER AND SCIENCE FAIR. THIS YEAR'S FAIR TOOK PLACE DURING THE LAST WEEK OF MARCH IN LAKELAND WHERE STUDENTS COMPETED WITH OVER 700 OTHER STUDENTS FROM AROUND THE STATE FOR CASH AND PRIZES VALUED AT NEARLY $1 MILLION. OUR TWO TOP STUDENTS WILL ALSO COMPETE IN THE INTELINTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR IN MAY IN PHOENIX WHERE THEY WILL COMPETE AGAINST STUDENTS REPRESENTING ALL 50 STATES AND OVER 70 COUNTRIES FROM AROUND THE WORLD. SO I'D NOW LIKE TO INTRODUCE TEAM HILLSBOROUGH. FROM BUCHANAN MIDDLE SCHOOL, MAKAYLA EASTER. HER TITLE, "THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE GOLDEN RATIO AND NET WORTH." [ APPLAUSE ] FROM WILLIAMS MIDDLE, TEAM PROJECT, SRIVARSHA KATOJU AND RIYA PATEL. "OH, MY GOD, IT'S A TEST." [ APPLAUSE ] THIS TEAM ALSO FINISHED THIRD IN THEIR CATEGORY AT THE STATE SCIENSZ AND ENGINEERING FAIR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR. ALSO FROM WILLIAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL, AARUSH PRASAD WITH "CAN ALGAE SAVE THE WORLD?" FOURTH PLACE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA AT THE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR. [ APPLAUSE ] ALSO FROM WILLIAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL, ASHWATHA SURESH WITH THE TITLE "THE ELIXIR OF YOUTH" ALSO FOURTH PLACE. CASSANDRA COLACO AT WILLIAMS MIDDLE, WITH THE PROJECT, SWISH YOUR WAY TO GREAT HEALTH. NEXT, SAMUEL GLOW FROM WILLIAMS MIDDLE, COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF AQUATIC FLORA FOR WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT IN THE HILLSBOROUGH RIVER BASIN, HONORABLE MENTION FROM THE STATE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR. ROSHAN JAYARAMAN FROM STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL. MATHEMATICAL ALGORITHMS TO PREDICT FANTASY FOOTBALL OUTCOMES. I PROBABLY NEED HELP WITH THAT. WE'LL BE LOOKING INTO THAT PROJECT. EXACTLY. NOT ON WORK TIME, THOUGH. FROM MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, RUCHI KORDE, AN INVESTIGATION OF DRINKING WATER FOUNTAINS AS A SOURCE OF POTENTIALLY PATHOGENIC ORGANISMS POSING A THREAT TO PUBLIC HEALTH. [ APPLAUSE ] FROM NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL, MARK LAURIE, THE DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING OF A POSSIBLE NEW PROMISING DEVICE THAT CAN DETECT EARLY STAGES OF RENAL CANCER. [ APPLAUSE ] MARK FINISHED FOURTH IN THE STATE IN HIS CATEGORY AND WILL ALSO BE REPRESENTING OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AT THE INTEL INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR. MATTIE LINDLEY, MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, MAGNETIC LIFE: HARNESSING THE POWER OF ATTRACTION. [ APPLAUSE ] ABRAHAM MATTHEW FROM STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL, FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE PHOTO SYNTHETIC RATE OF AN AQUATIC PLANT. BRYNNA MCFARLAND, DURANT, THE EFFECT OF MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE ON CERCAL NERVE CONDUCTION IN GRYLLODES SIGILLATUS. [ APPLAUSE ] ASHLYN MILLER, DURANT HIGH SCHOOL, MOSQUITO CONTROLLED WATERING TROUGHS. MARGARET PARRISH FROM CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL, OPTIMIZATION OF FIELD TESTING OF A LOW-COST PORTABLE ENTEROCOCCI TEST. MAGGIE FINISHED SECOND IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA IN HER CATEGORY. CARLY RODRIGUEZ FROM CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL. WHICH RHETORICAL APPEAL IS MOST EFFECTIVE IN PERSUADING ADOLESCENTS TO PURCHASE CONTRACEPTIVES. CARLY FINISHED FOURTH PLACE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA AT THE STATE ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE FAIR. OMAR GONZALEZ, STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL, ENERGY THROUGH SOLAR THERMAL UPDRAFT. LAUREN HAGGERTY FROM MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. BIOMIMETIC DEW, HARVESTER. SAKETH KATTA, STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL. THE EFFECT OF A NATURAL FILTER AND AQUAMIRA CHLORINE DIOXIDE DROPS ON THE MASS OF SOIL. [ APPLAUSE ] SAYYADA KAZ IM FROM TAMPA BAY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL. DISCOVERY OF CANCER STEM CELL DEATH AND INHIBITION OF COLON CANCER METASTASIS BY VITAMIN E DELTA-TOCOTRIENOL. GOT IT. [ APPLAUSE ] FINISHED THIRD PLACE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA AT THE STATE SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR AND ALSO WAS AWARDED AN $84,000 SCHOLARSHIP TO FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY. [ APPLAUSE ] THE LAST MEMBER OF THE HILLSBOROUGH REGIONAL S.T.E.M. FAIR TEAM, SIDNEY SWARTMAN FROM STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL. THE EFFECT OF MACRONUTRIENTS OVERDOSE ON AQUATIC PLANTS. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. DID YOU DO NUMBER 2 YET?

>> NOT YET.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: ALL RIGHT. CONGRATULATIONS, STUDENTS. AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR REPRESENTING THIS DISTRICT AS WELL AS YOU HAVE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE SUNSHINE STATE SCHOLARS PROGRAM FOR 2015/2016. AGAIN, LARRY PLANK, DIRECTOR OF K-12 SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH.

>> ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE SUNSHINE STATE SCHOLARS PROGRAM PROVIDES THE OPPORTUNITY FOR EACH DISTRICT IN FLORIDA TO SHOWCASE EXCELLENT STUDENT PERFORMANCE IN MATHEMATICS AND SCIENCE. THE CRITERIA FOR SELECTION AS A SUNSHINE STATE SCHOLAR INCLUDES OVERALL STUDENT GPA, BOTH WEIGHTED AND UNWEIGHTED. S.A.T. AND A.C.T. SCORES. THE NUMBER OF ADVANCE PLACEMENT MATH AND SCIENCE COURSES COMPLETED, THE NUMBER OF ADVANCED PLACEMENT MATH AND SCIENCE ASSESSMENTS WITH A SCORE OF 3 OR HIGHER. PARTICIPATION IN MATH AND SCIENCE OR S.T.E.M. COMPETITIONS. AND PARTICIPATION IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES THAT ARE MATH AND SCIENCE OR CTE RELATED, SUCH AS CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS. THE 2015-16 SUNSHINE STATE SCHOLARS FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE WAU KIN BORGGIO OF STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL AND SIMONE BURGEON OF PLANT HIGH SCHOOL. JOAQUIN BORGGIO. WOULD YOU PLEASE STEP FORWARD. [ APPLAUSE ] JOAQUIN COMPLETED AP STATISTICS AND AP PSYCHOLOGY WITH PASSING SCORES OF 5 ON EACH EXAM. HE IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN AP CALCULUS, AP CHEMISTRY, AP COMPUTER SCIENCE AND AP PHYSICS. HE EARNED A GRADE OF A IN ALL OF HIS PREVIOUS MATH, SCIENCE AND CTE RELATED COURSE WORK. HE IS A MEMBER OF MEW ALPHA THETA AND A FINALIST AT THIS YEAR'S COMPETITION. HE ALSO VOLUNTEERED FOR OVER 160 HOURS TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY THROUGH SPORTS MENTORING, TUTORING, AND HIS OWN ORGANIZATION, FILLING NEEDS INCORPORATED. HE HOPES TO ONE DAY BECOME A CHEMICAL OR NUCLEAR ENGINEER, AND HIS PARENTS ARE GONZALO AND MYRA. PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] SIMONE HAS COMPLETED AP BIOLOGY WITH A PASSING SCORE OF 5 AND IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN AP CHEMISTRY, AP CALCULUS AND DUAL ENROLLMENT ASTRONOMY. SHE HAS EARNED A GRADE OF A IN ALL OF HER PREVIOUS MATH AND SCIENCE COURSES AS WELL, AND HAS VOLUNTEERED FOR OVER 150 HOURS AT THE HUMANE SOCIETY. SHE HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED WITH THE HIGHEST MATHEMATICS QUALIFICATION BY DUKE TIP AND SERVES HER SCHOOL AS TREASURER OF THE MEW ALPHA THETA CHAPTER. SHE ASPIRES TO WORK IN THE FIELDS OF ASTROPHYSICS, OR QUANTUM ELECTRODYNAMICS. SIMONE'S PARENTS ARE ELIZABETH AND SCOTT. PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] THIS YEAR, THE SUNSHINE STATE SCHOLARS FROM AROUND THE STATE WERE BROUGHT TOGETHER FOR TWO DAYS IN FEBRUARY WHERE THEY WERE MET WITH PROFESSIONAL SCIENTISTS, ENGINEERS. THE EVENT WAS SPONSORED BY LOCKHEED MARTIN, AND THEY LEARNED ABOUT THE VARIETY OF CAREERS AVAILABLE IN S.T.E.M. FIELDS. NOT TO MENTION BEING RECRUITED BY EVERY SINGLE STATE UNIVERSITY. SO CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. AND CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU, STUDENTS. THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS AGENDA ITEM NUMBER 3, WHICH IS RECOGNITION OF THE 2016 WORLD LANGUAGES SPANISH STATE COMPETITION WINNERS. AND MELISSA MORGADO, SUPERVISOR OF WORLD LANGUAGES, K-12. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, DR. VAZQUEZ, MR. AYRES AND EVERYONE LOVELY HERE TONIGHT RECOGNIZING THESE STUDENTS. I AM PROUD, ONCE AGAIN, TO BE HERE TO CELEBRATE AND RECOGNIZE OUR STATE CHAMPIONS FOR SPANISH, OUR SPANISH COMPETITION. THIS IS A VERY RIGOROUS EVENT, BUT WE HAVE DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE COMPETING AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. AND TAMPA BAY TECH, AS YOU MAY ALREADY BE FAMILIAR WITH, HAS WON THIS AWARD NUMEROUS YEARS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. SO WE TAKE VERY GREAT PRIDE IN THEIR AWARD AND THEIR RECOGNITION. SO I'D LIKE YOU TO JOIN ME THIS EVENING IN RECOGNIZING THESE WONDERFUL STUDENTS AND THEIR WONDERFUL TEACHERS. WE HAVE MRS. ANNETTE SUAREZ AND SEÑORA CAMILLA CARLOTTA. I WOULD LIKE FOR THEM TO STEP FORWARD FIRST, PLEASE. [ APPLAUSE ] HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DOES A REALLY GOOD JOB ABOUT RECRUITING. CAMILLA IS A YOUNG -- ONE OF OUR NEWER TEACHERS THAT JUST JOINED THE RANKS OF OUR WONDERFUL VETERAN TEACHER WHO IS BRINGING HER RIGHT ALONG. HER MOTHER IS A SPANISH TEACHER AS WELL AT PLANT HIGH SCHOOL. SO WE'RE VERY PROUD TO HAVE THESE FOLKS ON WITH US. AT THAT POINT, I'M GOING TO -- MS. SUAREZ, I'VE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE, BUT I'D LIKE TO YOU ANNOUNCE YOUR STUDENTS BECAUSE I THINK THAT WOULD MEAN A LOT TO YOU.

>> GRACIAS. THANK YOU. CHRISTOPHER ASENCIO. [ APPLAUSE ] RONAY VENTA. [ APPLAUSE ] GARBRIELA CORREA. [ APPLAUSE ] ALEXANDRA SCHWARTZ. [ APPLAUSE ] BEATRIZ GARCIA. [ APPLAUSE ] NYJERIA KELLY. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I THINK THE STUDENTS MIGHT HAVE BEEN A LITTLE BIT DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE SEÑORA SUAREZ AND SEÑORA CARLOTTA HAVE A LOT ON THEIR MINDS AND THEY FORGOT THE TROPHY AT SCHOOL. [ LAUGHTER ] THE TROPHY, I ASSURE YOU IS A HUGE, VERY FABULOUS TROPHY THAT THESE STUDENTS HAVE AWARDED. IN FACT, IF YOU EVER GET A CHANCE AND GO BY TAMPA BAY TECH IN MS. SUAREZ'S CLASSROOM, I THINK WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT EXPANDING CLASSROOMS AND PUTTING IN SOME FUNDS, WE MAY THINK ABOUT THAT, BECAUSE THOSE TROPHIES ARE STARTING TO TAKE OVER, BUT CONGRATULATIONS, STUDENTS. THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: I DO WANT TO RECOGNIZE MR. IPPOLITO, THE PRINCIPAL, WHO IS ALSO HERE TONIGHT.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU, MR. EAKINS. [ APPLAUSE ] MS. VALDES.

>>SUSAN L. VALDES: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WHILE THEY ARE TAKING THE PICTURE, I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE TAMPA BAY TECH FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AND FOR BRINGING THAT TROPHY BACK HOME. BUT I DO HAVE A QUESTION FOR MRS. MORGADO. MRS. MORGADO, HOW MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS ATTEND THIS COMPETITION?

>> THERE ARE THREE SCHOOLS IN OUR DISTRICT. THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY A THOUSAND STUDENTS THAT PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION OVERALL. BUT WE HAVE CURRENTLY THREE SCHOOLS THAT PARTICIPATE.

>>SUSAN L. VALDES: POTENTIALLY HOW MANY SCHOOLS IN OUR DISTRICT CAN PARTICIPATE IN THIS COMPETITION?

>> REALLY ANY SCHOOL THAT WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IS ABLE TO. IT DOES TAKE A GREAT AMOUNT OF TIME AND INVESTMENT ON THE PART OF THE TEACHER. THERE ARE SOME COSTS INVOLVED AS WELL. AND TRADITIONALLY, I DON'T THINK THIS YEAR, BUT IT HAS FALLEN ON SPRING BREAK. SO SOMETIMES IT PRESENTS ITSELF SOME LOGISTICAL COMPLICATIONS, BUT DEFINITELY, WE WOULD ENCOURAGE MORE BECAUSE, IF YOU REMEMBER, I THINK IT WAS LAST YEAR OR THE YEAR BEFORE, WE HAD JEFFERSON WAS SECOND PLACE IN TBT, SO I'M CONVINCED THAT THE CALIBER AND RIG THEY'RE WE HAVE, AND THAT THE QUALITY OF STUDENTS THAT WE -- THEY MAY NOT INVITE US BACK BECAUSE WE REALLY PROBABLY WILL SWEEP ALL -- I'M PRETTY BOLD IN SAYING THAT. BUT I'M SURE OF THAT. WE'RE WORKING TO FIND A WAY TONE COURAGE MORE SCHOOLS TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE AND OFFER SOME ASSISTANCE.

>>SUSAN L. VALDES: THAT'S WONDERFUL. IF THERE'S ANYTHING I CAN DO TO HELP PROMOTE THAT AND ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO THAT, PLEASE LET ME KNOW, BECAUSE I THINK IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR STUDENTS AND JUST LOOKING AT THE DIVERSE STUDENT POPULATION THAT WAS PRESENTED HERE TODAY, CLEARLY, CLEARLY SHOWS THAT THE INTEREST IS THERE. AND NOW WITH THE BILITERATE SEAL BEING IN PLACE AS STATE LAW NOW, IT'S REALLY EVEN MORE IMPACTFUL FOR THE STUDENTS. CONGRATULATIONS, KIDS. YOU GUYS JUST ROCK. THANK YOU. AND MS. CAMILLA, VERY PROUD OF YOU. I CAN SAY I KNEW YOU WHEN.

>> THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS NUMBER 4, HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION. AND THEY WILL BE RECOGNIZING PARTNERS FOR SUPPORT OF PUBLIC EDUCATION. AND DR. PHIL JONES, PRESIDENT OF THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION. WELCOME.

>> MADAM CHAIRMAN, DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, STAFF, GATHERED HERE IN THE AUDIENCE AS WELL AS LOYAL SUPPORTERS OF PUBLIC EDUCATION THAT ARE HERE TODAY. IT'S FITTING THAT WE'RE GOING TO RECOGNIZE OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS FROM THE TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER. IT'S THE SITE OF OUR ANNUAL S.T.E.M. FAIR, HILLSBOROUGH REGIONAL S.T.E.M. FAIR THAT WE HOLD EACH YEAR. AND IT'S QUITE A LOGISTICAL CHALLENGE. S.T.E.M. FAIR WITH 2400 CHILDREN DOING THEIR VARIOUS DISPLAYS OF THEIR PROJECTS AS WELL AS 5,000 PARENTS THAT COME THAT NIGHT FOR THE AWARD CEREMONY. AND SO ALL OF THAT TAKES A LOT OF BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOGISTICS AND SUPPORT AND OUR PARTNERS WITH THE CONVENTION CENTER DO A GREAT JOB. I LOVE TO TEASE LARRY PLANK. HE LIKES BIG TROPHIES, AND IF THE TROPHIES FOR THE S.T.E.M. FAIR GET ANY LARGER, WE'LL HAVE TO START RENTING HEAVY EQUIPMENT TO GET THEM IN THE BUILDING, BUT WE'RE UP FOR THE CHALLENGE. IT'S GREAT TO SEE S.T.E.M. RECOGNIZED IN THIS WAY. WE'RE PLEASED TODAY TO RECOGNIZE MS. UNA GARVEY, A MEMBER OF THE TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER EXECUTIVE STAFF, WHO SERVES AS THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR. AND MS. SUZANNE CEDAR, THE TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER DIRECTOR OF CONVENTION SERVICES. THE TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER'S PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATIONS HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN MAKING THE HILLSBOROUGH REGIONAL S.T.E.M. FAIR A GREAT SUCCESS YEAR AFTER YEAR. UNA GARVEY HAS BEEN THE LEAD ADVOCATE FOR THE PARTNERSHIP WITH HEF AND WITH OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO AN EVEN STRONGER RELATIONSHIP AS WE BUILD THE NEW S.T.E.M. ECOSYSTEM, WHICH WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT COMING UP. WE ARE ALSO HONORED TO BE GREETING SUZANNE CEDAR TODAY, WHO HAS BEEN A LOYAL AND PASSIONATE SUPPORTER NOT ONLY OF THE EVENTS THAT HAPPEN AT THE CONVENTION CENTER, BUT ALSO OUR TEACHING TOOLS STORE PROGRAM WHERE WE GIVE AWAY FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES. AND SHE'S HELPED TO ESTABLISH A LONG-LASTING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HEF AND THE TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER. YOU KNOW, PARTNERSHIPS SUCH AS THESE WITH THE CONVENTION CENTER, IS THE WAY OUR COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER TO SUPPORT PUBLIC EDUCATION, OUR STUDENTS AND OUR TEACHERS IN A GREAT SCHOOL DISTRICT LIKE WE HAVE. IT'S A COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP THAT'S REALLY EMBODYIED IN THIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CONVENTION CENTER AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO WE'RE VERY, VERY PLEASED TO INTRODUCE UNA GARVEY AND SUZANNE CEDAR TO PRESENT THEM AN AWARD FOR THIS PARTNERSHIP. [ APPLAUSE ] UNA. AND SUZANNE. THE PLAQUE READS, FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND COMMITMENT TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU. ON BEHALF OF THE CITY OF TAMPA AND THE TAMPA CONVENTION CENTER, WE APPRECIATE THIS RECOGNITION, AND WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD BOARD, NOT IN ADDITION TO THE S.T.E.M. FAIR THAT WE HOLD, WE ALSO HAVE THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS COMING UP, AND WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT ANYTIME THE CHILDREN COME INTO OUR ENVIRONMENT AND THEY KIND OF ENERGIZE EVERYBODY AROUND US. SO WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITIES AND THAT OF THE FOUNDATION THAT HELPS SUPPORT IT. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS RECOGNITION. WE APPRECIATE IT. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> JUST TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BACKGROUND, ABOUT 12 YEARS AGO, I WAS APPROACHED ABOUT THE PROGRAM. IT WAS CALLED "A GIFT FOR TEACHING" AT THE TIME, AND IT WAS ALSO RECYCLING OPPORTUNITY FOR US. SO WE EMBRACED IT, AND WE APPROACHED EVERY CONVENTION THAT CAME INTO THE CENTER, TOLD THEM ABOUT THE PROGRAM, AND WE WENT TO EVERY EXHIBITOR. WE CREATED FLYERS AND TOLD THEM IF THEY HAD ANY LEFTOVER PROMOTIONAL ITEMS, INSTEAD OF IT GOING INTO THE LANDFILL THAT WE HAD A GREAT PROGRAM AVAILABLE TO HELP THE CHILDREN OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND THESE ITEMS COULD BE USED AS REWARDS IF THEY DID THEIR HOMEWORK. IT COULD BE USED IN CLASSROOMS, ART PROJECTS, AND WE WERE ABLE TO DONATE TRUCKLOADS OF ITEMS EVERY YEAR. AND WE RECEIVED BEAUTIFUL LETTERS FROM THE TEACHERS AND STUDENTS AFTER EVERY DONATION. SO IT'S BEEN OUR PLEASURE AND HONOR TO BE PARTNERS WITH YOUR ORGANIZATION. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> AND SHE'S REALLY NOT KIDDING. WE LAST TIME RECEIVED FIVE TRUCKLOADS OF BRAND-NEW SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENT. SO IT'S A GREAT PARTNERSHIP. THANKS FOR THE TIME LETTING US PRESENT TODAY. AND THANK YOU, AS ALWAYS, FOR RECOGNIZING STUDENT EXCELLENCE AND ALL THE WAYS THAT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN CHILDREN'S LIVES. SO YOU ARE TO BE COMMENDED.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MS. EDGECOMB.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: THANK YOU. DR. JONES AND TO THE LADIES, AS THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER THAT SITS ON THE FOUNDATION'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AND AS A FORMER PRINCIPAL OF A SCHOOL THAT REALLY BENEFITS FROM YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS AND THE GENEROSITY OF THE COMPANIES, LET ME TELL YOU HOW PLEASED WE ARE THAT YOU'RE SO WILLING TO SHARE YOUR WEALTH AND YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND YOUR SPACE AT THE CONVENTION CENTER AND YOUR ENTHUSIASM ABOUT HELPING SCHOOLS WHO ORDINARILY WOULD HAVE TO STRUGGLE FOR SOME OF THOSE THINGS. DR. JONES, YOU REALLY DO A GREAT JOB IN SUPPORTING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. WHAT YOU ARE REALLY GOOD AT IS FINDING THE OTHER PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO CAN HELP US. SO YOU KEEP ON SPREADING THAT NET. WE NEED EVERYBODY. IF YOU KNOW SOME PEOPLE WHO WANT TO HELP, YOU GET THEM, TOO. SO WE REALLY DO APPRECIATE YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU SO MUCH. THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS NUMBER 5, WHICH IS THE RECOGNITION OF BOWLING CENTERS OF TAMPA BAY. WALT SHAFFNER, DIRECTOR OF NONTRADITIONAL PROGRAMS, WELCOME.

>> GOOD EVENING. IT'S A COLD. GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, STAFF MEMBERS, AND GUESTS. I COME TONIGHT TO SHARE WITH YOU A THREE-DECADE TRADITION THAT HAS FAITHFULLY AND CONSISTENTLY CELEBRATED EXACTLY WHAT WE WANT FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS, NAMELY STUDENT IMPROVEMENT AND ACHIEVEMENT. THIS YEAR'S 30TH ANNUAL TURNAROUND AWARDS BREAKFAST ONCE AGAIN RECOGNIZED MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO HAVE SHOWN THE MOST IMPROVEMENT IN THEIR RESPECTIVE SITES. OVER THE YEAR, THIS EVENT HAS INVOLVED OVER 1600 STUDENTS, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENTS, DISTRICT STAFF, SITE-BASED ADMINISTRATORS. THIS YEAR, SURROUND ALUMNI AND PROUD FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE GATHERED AT BOWLING ALLEYS, SCHOOL CAFETERIAS, AND PRESTIGIOUS VENUES TO PARTICIPATE IN HONORING THESE STUDENTS AND THEIR REMARKABLE TURNAROUNDS. THEIR STORIES REFLECT SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES AND HARDSHIPS, AND YET THEY SOMEHOW FIND THEIR WAY THROUGH HELP FROM THEIR FAMILY, SCHOOL FACULTY OR MENTOR THAT TOOK THE TIME TO INVEST THEIR ENERGY INTO A STUDENT THAT HAS POTENTIAL. THROUGHOUT THE JOURNEY THAT NOW SPANS MORE THAN A QUARTER OF A CENTURY, WE HAVE ENJOYED AN ASSOCIATION WITH THE BOWLING CENTERS OF TAMPA BAY. IT HAS BEEN THROUGH THEIR SUPPORT BOTH FINANCIALLY AND LOGISTICALLY THAT THESE TREASURED CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE TO THIS VERY DAY. I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME IN THANKING THIS DEDICATED AND FAITHFUL BUSINESS PARTNER TONIGHT. IT IS NOW MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE TO YOU ONE OF THE ORIGINAL ARCHITECTS OF THIS ANNUAL RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS. IN DOING SO, I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY ON BEHALF OF THE SUPERINTENDENT, OUR BOARD, AND ALL WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THESE EFFORTS TO PRESENT A COUPLE OF SINCERE TOKENS OF OUR APPRECIATION FOR THE SUPPORT THESE LOCAL BUSINESSES HAVE PROVIDED FOR OUR STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, REPRESENTING THE BOWLING CENTERS OF TAMPA BAY, GREG PETES. [ APPLAUSE ] WE HAVE A CERTIFICATE FOR GREG AND A VERY SPECIAL -- WE HAVE USUALLY GIVEN HIM A PLAQUE WHEN WE DO THESE THINGS. WE THOUGHT IT'S THE 30TH. THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS GOT $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS TO OUR TECHNICAL COLLEGES. A STUDENT FROM TWO YEARS AGO DID A 30-YEAR DOCUMENTARY ON THE PROGRAM INTERVIEWING ALUMNI FROM PAST YEARS THAT WE FOUND THIS LAST SUMMER. AND THE YOUNG MAN IS PLANNING TO USE HIS PROJECT AS HIS EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT. HE WILL BE FINISHING HIS REQUIREMENTS AND HE WILL BE DOING A CEREMONY HERE IN ABOUT A MONTH. SO WE'RE REALLY PROUD OF THAT. THE INSCRIPTION INSIDE THIS VERY UNIQUE THING, IT'S AN ITEM FOR GREG'S DESKTOP. NOT FOR THE WALL. IT'S LIKE A WOODEN BOOK THAT OPENS UP WITH A CLOCK AND PLAQUE INSIDE. THE PLAQUE INSIDE READS, IN APPRECIATION FOR THREE DECADES OF COMMITMENT TO THE TURNAROUND ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS AND THE 1600 STUDENTS' LIVES THAT YOU HAVE FOREVER TOUCHED. GREG PETES. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE ARE MORE THAN HAPPY TO CONTINUE ON AND ON OVER THE YEARS. TIME RISE IN SO FAST WHEN YOU'RE HAVING A GOOD TIME. WE CERTAINLY LOOK FORWARD EVERY YEAR TO THE TURNAROUND PROGRAM AND OUR CHANCE TO DO SOMETHING WITH THE COMMUNITY AND TO WORK WITH GREAT PEOPLE. WE HAVE GREAT PEOPLE THAT WE WORK WITH EVERY YEAR. COULD NOT BE WHAT IT IS WITHOUT THEM. SO THANK YOU FOR THE RECOGNITION. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MS. KURDELL.

>>CAROL KURDELL: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WHILE THEY TAKE THAT PICTURE, BOARD, I'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE WALT SHAFFNER BECAUSE HE IS RETIRING AS OF FRIDAY, AND THIS IS THE LAST MEETING WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HIM BECAUSE NONTRADITIONAL PROGRAMS I BELIEVE IS GOING AWAY, BUT YOU'VE PUT IN, WHAT 40 YEARS? 38 YEARS? A LONG TIME. TOUCHED LOTS OF LIVES JUST LIKE OUR BOWLING PROGRAM HAS. AND WE'LL MISS YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU FOR THAT, MS. KURDELL.

>>CAROL KURDELL: YOU'RE WELCOME.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6, WHICH IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF TAMPA BAY AND THE PARTNERSHIP WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND MARCOS MURILLO. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING. I WOULD LIKE, IF POSSIBLE, TO COMBINE 6 AND 9. IT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH THE RECOGNITION TODAY. FIRST OF ALL, THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, I WAS A PRINCIPAL AND AREA SUPERINTENDENT, I BELIEVE THAT THE ORGANIZATION JUST HELPS STUDENTS SO MUCH, AND THEY ARE SO CONSISTENT IN PROVIDING MANY THINGS. AND IN THIS CASE, IT'S THE SUMMER PROGRAM. WE KNOW WE TRY TO KEEP THE KIDS BUSY DURING THE SUMMER PROGRAM. AND WE WERE TRYING TO IMPLEMENT THE PROGRAM IN THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL AS WELL AS THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL. AND THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB HAS ACTUALLY ORGANIZED THE PROJECT. IT INVOLVES REDDICK ELEMENTARY AND WIMAUMA ELEMENTARY IN THE BETHUNE PARK AREA WITH SOME HELP OF DISTRICT PERSONNEL LIKE MARYLOU WHALEY HELPED ME OUT TO GET THE BETHUNE PARK AVAILABLE. BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB STEPPED UP TO THE POINT THEY REACHED OUT TO 84 STUDENTS THE ENTIRE DAY DURING THE SUMMER PROVIDING BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND EVEN DINNER. THEY PROVIDE SOME ACADEMICS TO KEEP THEM MOTIVATED AND KEEP THEM ON TRACK. AND AT THE SAME TIME, BUILDING THAT TRIDGE TOWARDS MIDDLE SCHOOL, THEY PROVIDE SIMILAR PROGRAM IN A DIFFERENT WAY, BECAUSE IT'S WHAT SHIELDS MIDDLE SCHOOL AND THEY PROVIDE THE PROGRAM TO 60 STUDENTS OF SHIELDS MIDDLE SCHOOL AND PROVIDE THE EXPERIENCES THAT THE WIMAUMA STUDENTS ACTUALLY DO NOT PARTICIPATE ON A NORMAL BASIS. THEY ACTUALLY HAVE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM DURING THE DAY AT SHIELDS AS WELL. I WOULD LIKE TO BRING UP CHRIS LETSOS, THE PRESIDENT OF BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF TAMPA BAY RIGHT NOW. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> JUST COMPLETELY HONORED TO BE HERE. YOU KNOW, WE SERVE 15,000 STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND WE'RE ON THE EVE OF CELEBRATING 90 YEARS OF SERVICE TO KIDS WHO NEED US THE MOST. AND WE'RE JUST PRIVILEGED TO PARTNER WITH OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. IT'S AN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING EXPERIENCE, AND WE SEE IT EVERY SINGLE DAY IN SOUTH COUNTY. WE SEE IT EVERY SINGLE DAY IN EAST TAMPA AND TOWN N' COUNTRY. THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION INVESTED IN US AND BELIEVED IN US THANKS TO YOUR EFFORTS AND THANKS TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, AND WE'RE SERVING 84 KIDS IN A FACILITY THAT PROBABLY FITS 75, BUT SAFELY WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. YOUR BELIEF AND TRUST IN US HAS ALLOWED US TO REPLICATE WHAT WE STARTED IN TOWN N' COUNTRY AND SOUTH COUNTY AT NUCCIO PARK AND DOVER, AND WE'RE EAGER TO DO MORE WITH YOU AND THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE. THIS IS A UNIQUE TIME IN THIS COUNTRY AND HERE IN TAMPA BAY. THIS IS THE FIRST GENERATION OF KIDS THAT AREN'T GOING TO DO AS WELL AS THEIR PARENTS. AND THEN WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR CHILDREN WHO ARE FAR WORSE OFF WHO OFTENTIMES DON'T KNOW WHERE THEIR NEXT MEAL IS GOING TO COME FROM, THIS PARTNERSHIP HELPS US TO ELEVATE THEM. IT HELPS US TO ENSURE THAT SUCCESS IS WITHIN REACH OF EVERY SINGLE CHILD IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND WE ARE BEYOND PROUD TO PARTNER WITH THE DISTRICT, AND THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR THIS RECOGNITION. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> WITH THAT SAID, THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION TAMPA BAY, WE HAVE HERE THE CHAIR OF THE SOUTH SHORE COUNCIL, MR. RICK RIOS. ACTUALLY, HE WAS THE ONE THAT STARTED BELIEVING IN THE WIMAUMA BETHUNE PARK WITH REDDICK ELEMENTARY AND WIMAUMA ELEMENTARY. MR. RICK RIOS. [ APPLAUSE ] WITHOUT THEIR SUPPORT AND BELIEF IN THE VISION AND THE PURPOSE, WHY WE NEEDED THE KIDS, TOO OFTEN CONSISTENT EDUCATION AND MOTIVATION THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, THIS WOULDN'T BE POSSIBLE. SO THEY STARTED EVERYTHING FOR US. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF TAMPA BAY SOUTH SHORE COUNCIL COULDN'T BE HAPPIER TO PARTNER WITH ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AND THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE GREAT WORK BEING DONE BY ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT MURILLO DOWN IN AREA 8, HIS PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS AND STAFF. DURING THE LAST YEAR, WE HAVE HAD A CLOSER RELATIONSHIP THAN EVER BEFORE WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO MAKE SURE THAT ANY FUNDS GRANTED TO THE DISTRICT WILL BE USED AS EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE AND IN THE BEST LOCATION POSSIBLE TO GET THE BIGGEST IMPACT FOR OUR DOLLAR GIVEN. SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE DISTRICT ON THESE INITIATIVES AND OTHER INITIATIVES, INCLUDING THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL INITIATIVE THAT'S JUST GETTING OFF THE GROUND IN WIMAUMA AS WELL AS THE HILLSBOROUGH COLLEGE ACCESS NETWORK THAT COVERS ALL OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF TAMPA BAY LOOKS FORWARD TO SITTING DOWN WITH EACH OF THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS TO GIVE THEM AN UPDATE ON THAT INITIATIVE ON THE INITIATIVE AND THE BENEFIT TO THE STUDENTS HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, ESPECIALLY IN AREA 8. EVERYTHING SOUTH OF THE ALAFIA DISTRICT, WHERE WE CONTINUE TO GIVE GRANTS TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO SUPPORT GREAT PROGRAMS LIKE THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AND OTHER DISTRICT PROGRAMS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU.

>> BESIDES THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, I JUST WANT TO SHARE A LITTLE BIT. THEY HAVE DONATED TO ELEMENTARY A LAPTOP CARD. DONATED $25,000 TO DOBY ELEMENTARY AS WELL. AND EISENHOWER MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND I HAVE THE PRINCIPALS AND STAFF HERE ALSO. IF YOU WOULD, PLEASE STAND. [ APPLAUSE ] IT'S A WONDERFUL PARTNERSHIP. THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. I HAVE A COUPLE OF BOARD MEMBERS WHO WANT TO SPEAK. MS. STUART.

>>CINDY STUART: THANK YOU. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO EXTEND THANKS TO THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS AND MR. LETSOS FOR THE WORK IN THE TEMPLE TERRACE AREA AT GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL. YOU'RE ALL OVER THE DISTRICT, SO THANK YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING WITH OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS. I APPRECIATE IT.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. MS. VALDES.

>>SUSAN L. VALDES: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND, YES, THE WORK BEING DONE IN TOWN N' COUNTRY IS AMAZING. AND ONCE THAT INTRODUCTION WAS MADE BETWEEN MYSELF AND MR. MURILLO WHEN HE WAS THE CHIEF SPIDER, IF YOU WILL, AT WEBB, IMMEDIATELY HE EMBRACED THE COMMITMENT. IT WAS JUST A WONDERFUL PARTNERSHIP THAT STILL EXISTS TODAY AND IN SO MANY WAYS, THE COMMUNITY IS MUCH BETTER FOR IT. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE PARTNERSHIP. BUT ALSO, TO THE PRINCIPALS OUT THERE, THANK YOU FOR THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX AND REALLY BEING ATTUNED TO THE NEEDS OF YOUR COMMUNITY AND THAT WAS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF MR. MURILLO'S LEADERSHIP AT WEBB MIDDLE SCHOOL, RECOGNIZING THE NEEDS OF THAT COMMUNITY AND FINDING A WAY OF BE ABLE TO -- BEING ABLE TO BRING RESOURCES TO THE FAMILIES AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TO THE KIDS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP. AND FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN FOR OUR KIDS. AND THANK YOU, MR. MURILLO, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. I APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MRS. SNIVELY.

>>MELISSA SNIVELY: THANK YOU. I WANTED TO ECHO WHAT MRS. VALDES SAID ABOUT RECOGNIZING THE NEEDS OF A COMMUNITY AND THANK YOU, EXTEND OUR THANKS TO YOU AND FOR RECOGNIZING THAT, MR. MURILLO. WHEN I FIRST MET YOU, YOU HAD NO GRAY HAIR. [ LAUGHTER ] SO I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE WORKING REALLY, REALLY HARD OR TIME HAS JUST FLOWN, BUT THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING IN THE SOUTH SHORE AREA AND FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF TAMPA BAY. IT PLEASES ME AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER FOR YOU TO REITERATE THAT. YOU'RE FINDING GRANT DOLLARS, AND YOU'RE USING THEM THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO BRING RESOURCES TO THE COMMUNITY, AND I KNOW -- KNOWING YOU AND KNOWING OUR VOLUNTEERING TOGETHER IN THE PAST, I'M VERY CONFIDENT THAT YOU ARE MAKING THAT HAPPEN FOR THAT COMMUNITY. SO THANK YOU BOTH FOR THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE REALLY APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'RE DOING FOR OUR STUDENTS.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. AND YOU JUST STARTED THIS JOB, SO, WAIT, YOU'LL GET SOME GRAY HAIRS, TOO. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS NUMBER 7, WHICH IS RECOGNITION OF THE 2015 SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS. HOLLY MOONEYHAN AND THEA WALKER.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD CHAIR GRIFFIN, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. HOLLY AND I ARE SO EXCITED TO BE HERE TONIGHT. WE FEEL HONORED TO PRESENT THE 2015 SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS. THE SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP IS FUNDED THROUGH THE SUNCOAST CREDIT N AND FLAILED FACILITATED BY THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION. THE SCHOLARSHIPS ENABLE CURRENT DISTRICT PERSONNEL TO APPLY FOR AND RECEIVE FUNDING NECESSARY FOR THEM TO ATTAIN THEIR GOALS OF BECOMING A CLASSROOM TEACHER. IT GIVES THE ABILITY TO GROW OUR OWN WITHIN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND HIRE WITHIN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. WE HAVE PROVIDED FOR YOU A BRAND-NEW COPY OF OUR TEACH IN TAMPA BOOKLET. IF YOU OPEN THE FRONT OF THE BOOKLET, WE HAVE INSIDE IT A LIST OF OUR RECIPIENTS TONIGHT.

>> SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS MAY RECEIVE FINANCIAL AWARDS BASED ON FULFILLING THE FOLLOWING MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: THEY MUST HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED WITH THE DISTRICT FOR A MINIMUM OF THREE YEARS. THEY MUST SUBMIT THE LAST THREE YEARS' EVALUATION INDICATING SATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE RATINGS, ONE WHICH HAS TO BE FROM THE CURRENT PRINCIPAL. THEY MUST HAVE HAVE COMPLETED AT LEAST 60 CREDIT COLLEGE HOURS AND COMMITTED TO ATTAINING A DEGREE AND CERTIFICATION IN EDUCATION WITHIN THREE YEARS. SINCE SUNCOAST SCHOOLS UNION HAS BEGUN FUNDING THIS SCHOLARSHIP, THERE ARE OVER 15 RECIPIENTS WHO ARE NOW TEACHERS IN OUR DISTRICT. FOR THE 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR, 8 RECIPIENTS HAVE RECEIVED THE FUNDING. AND THE RECIPIENTS ARE: MARIAN ALVAREZ-CABRERA. [ APPLAUSE ] TONIGHT IS HER BIRTHDAY AS WELL.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

>> ARMANDO BRINGUIER, BARBARA COTTO. [ APPLAUSE ] SONIA EBERHARDT. LAVETTA POPE, KAYLA RODRIGUEZ, AND BETH ROSHAVEN. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. AND CONGRATULATIONS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU IN THE CLASSROOM. [ APPLAUSE ] THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS NUMBER 8, WHICH IS THE RECOGNITION OF LEAREY TECHNICAL COLLEGE GRADUATES RANDALL GRIFFIN AND DUANE MORROW FOR THEIR HEROISM IN SUPPORT OF OUR COMMUNITY. MR. MIKE RAMSEY, DIRECTOR OF WORK FORCE AND CONTINUING EDUCATION, WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, AT THIS TIME, I'D LIKE TO INVITE DR. JAMES GOOD, THE PRINCIPAL OF LEAREY TECHNICAL COLLEGE UP TO THE PODIUM FOR THIS SPECIAL RECOGNITION.

>> GOOD EVENING, HONORABLE MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, DR. VAZQUEZ, MR. AYRES AND SENIOR STAFF. MY NAME IS JAMES GOOD. I AM THE PROUD PRINCIPAL OF LEAREY TECHNICAL COLLEGE. LEAREY TECHNICAL COLLEGE'S EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN PROGRAM OR EMT, BEGAN IN 2001 TO MEET THE COMMUNITY'S NEEDS FOR LOCAL TRAINED EMT PERSONNEL. IT'S MY HONOR THIS EVENING TO PRESENT TO YOU TWO FINE EXAMPLES OF GRADUATES FROM LEAREY'S TECHNICAL COLLEGE EMT AS WELL AS FIREFIGHTER PROGRAMS. FIRST, I'D LIKE MR. DUANE MORROW, WHO IS ACCOMPANIED BY HIS FATHER, TO STEP UP. MR. DUANE MORROW IS A 2011 GRADUATE FROM LEAREY'S TECHNICAL COLLEGE FIREFIGHTER ACADEMY. MR. MORROW RECENTLY PARTICIPATED IN PUTTING OUT A CAR FIRE ON I-275 AT THE BUSCH BOULEVARD EXIT, JUST BEHIND CAREERSOURCE TAMPA BAY BUILDING. MR. MORROW'S ACTIONS PERFORMED IN THE LINE OF DUTY DEMONSTRATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE FIREFIGHTER PROGRAM AND THE SERVICE THAT THESE GRADUATES PROVIDE TO OUR COMMUNITY ON A DAILY BASIS. MR. MORROW IS THE SON OF DUANE MORROW SENIOR, A CURRENT CITY OF TAMPA FIREFIGHTER. SO WE HAVE TWO IN THE FAMILY. AND HE IS WITH HIM TODAY. WHEN I SPOKE TO DUANE JUNIOR ASKING HIM TO COME TODAY AND BE RECOGNIZED, HIS RESPONSE WAS, I WAS JUST DOING MY JOB. DUANE? [ APPLAUSE ] SECONDLY, MR. RANDALL GRIFFIN, A RECENTLY TECHNICAL COLLEGE GRADUATE OF THE EMT EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN PROGRAM WHO IS ALSO CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN THE FIREFIGHTER ACADEMY. MR. GRIFFIN WAS PART OF AN INCIDENT THIS PAST FALL WHERE HE SAVED THE LIFE OF A FRIEND WITH WHOM HE WAS HAVING DINNER. HIS FRIEND BEGAN CHOKING ON A PIECE OF CHICKEN. HIS FRIEND DID REQUIRE SUBSEQUENT SURGERY TO REMOVE THE LAST PIECES OF CHICKEN. RANDY PERFORMED THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER AND THAT DISLODGED THE CHICKEN AND THE GENTLEMAN WENT TO SURGERY. IN SPEAKING TO MR. GRIFFIN REGARDING THE INCIDENT, HE TOLD ME HE WAS JUST DOING WHAT HE HAD BEEN TAUGHT IN THE LEAREY EMT PROGRAM. HE ALSO ASKED THAT I HIGHLIGHT HIS TEACHERS OF THE EMT PROGRAM. [ APPLAUSE ] I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE MS. CINDY WELLS. AND MR. BILL WADE HERE WITH US TONIGHT AND MR. STEVE FOR THIER WHO HAD ANOTHER OBLIGATION AND RANDY MUSSY, RANDY'S LIAISON WITH THE FIRE FIGHTING ACADEMY. [ APPLAUSE ] IT WAS UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THESE TEACHERS THAT RANDY SUCCESSFULLY FINISHED THE EMT PROGRAM AND HAS BEEN SUBSEQUENTLY ACCEPTED TO THE FIREFIGHTER ACADEMY. MR. GRIFFIN, PLEASE ACCEPT THIS CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION FROM THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD FOR YOUR DILIGENT ACTIONS TODAY. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> CAN YOU WAIT FOR MS. GRIFFIN TO COME DOWN THERE? PLUS A [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

>> NEVER TO MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO THE ADMINISTRATION TO LET THEM KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE BOTTOM. FIRST OFF, I'VE HAD FOUR CHILDREN GO THROUGH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. ONE OF THEM WAS PART OF THE TAMPA DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP SCHOOL BEFORE THEY MOVED OVER HERE TO RAMPELLO AND HE SPENT SOME TIME AT RAMPELLO ALSO. SO I THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO TO PROVIDE THE STUDENTS AND THE TEACHERS WITH WHAT THEY NEED TO GET THE WORK DONE. AT THE TECHNICAL COLLEGES, WHAT I FOUND IS, THERE'S A LOT OF PROGRAMS THAT ARE OFFERED TO THE STUDENTS, WHETHER IT BE PLUMBING OR CARPENTRY OR ELECTRICIAN, AND IF YOU NEED YOUR CAR REPAIRED OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, YOU GET AN OPTION. YOU GET TO GO ONTO GOOGLE. YOU GET TO CHECK OUT WHO YOU WANT TO WORK ON YOUR CAR, WHO YOU WANT TO WORK ON YOUR PLUMBING. IF YOUR FATHER IS HAVING A HEART ATTACK, IF YOUR MOTHER IS HAVING A STROKE, IF YOUR FRIEND IS CHOKING, YOU DIAL 911, YOU DON'T GET A CHOICE. YOU GET THEM. AND WE HAVE A VERY, VERY GOOD PROGRAM AT THIS SCHOOL, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AS WE TRY TO GROW IT AND REACH OUT FURTHER IN THE COMMUNITY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU CAPTAIN WADE. I KNOW YOU HAVE A VERY LONG AND DISTINGUISHED CAREER. IT WAS THE TAMPA FIREFIGHTERS YOU WERE WITH, AM I CORRECT IN THAT?

>> YES, MA'AM. MY CAREER STARTED BACK ABOUT 1973 FROM 1981 TO 2011 I WAS WITH TAMPA FIRE RESCUE. I ALSO TAUGHT EMT AND PARAMEDIC FOR QUITE A WHILE OVER AT HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE BEFORE MS. WELLS OFFERED ME CANDY, POACHED ME FROM HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO COME OVER TO WORK OVER HERE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, MR. MORROW SENIOR AND HIS BROTHER, ARE ALSO PRIOR EMT STUDENTS OF MINE. SO WE'VE GOT A GOOD PROGRAM. WE'VE GOT A LOT OF HISTORY. WE JUST NEED TO CONTINUE TO GET THE SUPPORT THAT WE NEED TO GROW THE PROGRAM AND MAKE IT BETTER FOR OUR COMMUNITY. BECAUSE ONCE AGAIN, YOU DON'T HAVE A CHOICE. THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU CALL 911. THESE ARE TWO FINE EXAMPLES OF SOME OF THE STUDENTS WE TURN OUT. AND THANK YOU FOR TAKING A MINUTE TONIGHT TO HONOR THEM AND THANK THEM FOR WHAT THEY DID.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: WELL, PART OF THE HONOR GOES TO YOU, THE INSTRUCTORS AS WELL, AND MS. WELLS. SO THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: I GUESS ANYBODY COULD GUESS, AND I'LL TAKE A MOMENT OF PRIVILEGE, THAT RANDALL IS MY SON. THAT'S HIS ADULT NAME. I CALL HIM RANDY. BUT WE, HIS FATHER AND I BELIEVE ENOUGH IN THE SYSTEM TO ENCOURAGE HIM TO GO TO THIS PROGRAM, AND WHAT IT'S DONE FOR HIM AND OUR FAMILY IS AMAZING. SO I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. AND I KNOW THAT THE QUALITY OF THE INSTRUCTION THAT HE'S RECEIVED HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING. I'M ALSO THE PRESIDENT OF THE FLORIDA CAREER PATHWAYS NETWORK, SO I NETWORK WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE STATE IN REFERENCE TO CAREER PATHWAYS AND CAREER AND TECHNICAL TRAINING. BAR NONE, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS LIGHT YEARS AHEAD OF OTHER DISTRICTS IN THIS STATE. OUR ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS WE HAVE, AND I KNOW MS. WELLS POACHED CAPTAIN WADE FROM HCC, BUT THE ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS THAT WE HAVE WITH OUR COMMUNITY COLLEGES ARE OUTSTANDING. AND THAT MEANS THAT THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE ARE NOT IN COMPETITION WITH THEM. WE ARE PARTNERS WITH THEM. SO WE START THE TRAINING AND THEN HCC FINISHES THE TRAINING AND TAKES THE STUDENTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL. SO I WANT TO SAY, AND I CALLED RANDY, AND I GOT THE E-MAIL FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, STEVE BRYANT, WHEN HE HAD HEARD WHAT HAPPENED AND ASKED IF RANDY WOULD WANT TO BE RECOGNIZED. WHEN I CALLED HIM HE SAID NO, NO, I DON'T WANT TO BE A SHOW BOAT. BUT I SAID YOUR TEACHERS WILL BE RECOGNIZED. AND HE THEN AGREED TO DO IT. BUT THE TEACHERS AT THIS PROGRAM ARE ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING FOR WHAT YOU DO. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS. VALDES.

>>SUSAN L. VALDES: I JUST WANTED TO GIVE RANDY A HEARTFELT JUST CONGRATULATIONS. THIS IS NOT HIS FIRST TIME GETTING AN AWARD FOR HIS BRAVERY. I REMEMBER WHEN HE WAS A LITTLE GUY AND HE WAS BEFORE THE BOARD AT THE TIME AS WELL. YOU GUYS DID GOOD. CONGRATULATIONS. RANDY, I LOVE YOU, BABE. CHASE, YOU, TOO.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THERE IS A THING CALLED A CALLING, AND I THINK SOMETIMES OUR TEACHERS ANSWER AND SO DO OUR FIRST RESPONDERS. ANYWAY, LET'S MOVE ALONG NOW. THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS ITEM NUMBER 10. WE'VE ALREADY DONE NUMBER 9, WHICH IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE INSTITUTE OF ELECTRONIC AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERS FOR THE FLORIDA WEST COAST SECTION AND LARRY PLANK. YOU'RE BACK UP. AND WE WERE JOKING IN AGENDA REVIEW THIS WAS THE LARRY PLANK SHOW.

>> THE TV RATINGS CERTAINLY WILL BE DOWN THEN. MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND SUPERINTENDENT STAFF, ARLIER I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR S.T.E.M. STUDENTS. NOW I'M PLEASED TO HONOR THREE OF OUR VERY BEST S.T.E.M. TEACHERS. EACH YEAR, THE LOCAL CHAPTER OF THE INSTITUTE OF ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONICS ENGINEERS, THAT'S IEEE RECOGNIZES THREE HIGH SCHOOL S.T.E.M. TEACHERS FROM 12 DISTRICTS IN THE WEST CENTRAL AREA OF THE STATE FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRECOLLEGIATE AND PRE-CAREER TEACHING IN S.T.E.M. SUBJECTS. THESE TEACHERS SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT THE LIVES OF THEIR STUDENTS THROUGH HIGHLY ENGAGING S.T.E.M. INSTRUCTION AND CREATE AUTHENTIC LEARNING ACTIVITIES BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM. FOR THE THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SWEPT THE IEEE LIGNELL AWARDS. KYLA DONFILA AND TIFFANY OLIVER, PLEASE COME FORWARD. OUR THIRD RECIPIENT, ROBERT TAIT OF PLANT HIGH SCHOOL COULD NOT BE WITH US THIS EVENING. KYLA HAS A DEGREE IN SECONDARY SCIENCE EDUCATION FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA AND A MASTER'S DEGREE IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP FROM ST. LEO UNIVERSITY. SHE TEACHES AP ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND BIOLOGY HONORS AT DURANT HIGH SCHOOL. SHE HAS IMPACTED AND INFLUENCED STUDENTS OF DURANT IN MANY WAYS, INCLUDING HER TEN YEARS OF -- OR DURING HER TEN YEARS OF TEACHING. SHE WAS A VARSITY BECOME THIS COACH FOR EIGHT YEARS, AND IS NOW CURRENTLY THE SENIOR CLASS ADVISOR, SPONSOR OF THE MARINE SCIENCE CLUB AND ENVIRO THON COMPETITION TEAM. HER GOAL IS TO GET STUDENTS EXCITED ABOUT SCIENCE, WHICH IS ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH A VARIETY OF S.T.E.M.-RELATED LABS AND ACTIVITIES. SHE WORKS WITH LOCAL ENGINEERS AT TECO, VIPER, THE FLORIDA SOLAR AND ENGINEER CENTER AND OTHERS TO BRING REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCES AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES TO HER STUDENTS. SHE LOVES TEACHING ABOUT RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES AND ENCOURAGES HER STUDENTS TO MAKE WISER CHOICES WHILE PRACTICING SUSTAINABILITY TOWARD MOTHER EARTH. KYLA. [ APPLAUSE ] TIFFANY OLIVER IS A BIOLOGY TEACHER AT THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM AT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. BACHELOR DEGREE IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON AND A MASTER'S DEGREE IN BIOLOGY FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA. MS. OLIVER HAS BEEN PUBLISHED IN MANY PEER-REVIEWED SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS AND IS STILL CURRENTLY CONDUCTING RESEARCH ON HER FAVORITE ORGANISMS, ECHINODERMS, STAR FISH AND -- MS. OLIVER WAS SELECTED AS TEACHER OF EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE IN 2008. A NOBLE EDUCATOR OF DISTINCTION IN 2012 AND 2014 AND ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL'S TEACHER OF THE YEAR IN 2014. LAST YEAR, 100% OF MS. OLIVER'S STUDENTS PASSED THE RIGOROUS IB HIGHER-LEVEL BIOLOGY EXAM. [ APPLAUSE ] THESE TEACHERS WOULD NOT BE SUCCESSFUL WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF EXCELLENT ADMINISTRATORS, SO I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ROB NELSON OF PLANT HIGH SCHOOL, JOHNNY BUSH OF ROBINSON WHO IS HERE WITH US TONIGHT AND PAM BOWDEN OF DURANT HIGH SCHOOL FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF EXCELLENCE IN S.T.E.M. [ APPLAUSE ] IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT ALL THREE TEACHERS WERE HONORED AT THE TAMPA BAY ENGINEERING AWARDS BANQUET AT THE T. PEPIN SPECIAL CENTER ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MS. VALDES.

>>SUSAN L. VALDES: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. YOU KNOW, THERE IS A LOT OF EXCITEMENT. THERE'S SOMETHING LEFT THAT MRS. OLIVER HAS NOT SHARED WITH US. MS. OLIVER, I HEAR SOMETHING ABOUT IN MAY, WHITE HOUSE, COME UP TO THE MIKE AND TELL US ABOUT IT, PLEASE, PLEASE. BECAUSE I WANT TO BE IN THE KNOW. WHAT'S GOING ON? TELL ME.

>> I'M SO EXCITED, I'M SO HONORED AND SO THRILLED TO HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO REPRESENT S.T.E.M. EDUCATION. I'VE BEEN INVITED BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO THE WHITE HOUSE. I'LL BE THERE MAY 3RD. I'M SO EXCITED TO BRING THE EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION IN ALL THE SUBJECTS FROM ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL AND THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT AND REPRESENT US ON A NATIONAL LEVEL. I'M SO EXCITED. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING KNOW REPRESENT YOU. I HOPE I MAKE YOU PROUD. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>SUSAN L. VALDES: SO TAKE PICTURES AND BRING THEM BACK AND SHARE THEM WITH US, OKAY? PROUD OF YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO EACH AND EVERY DAY.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: AND MR. PLANK, I SAW THROUGH OUR SECRETARY OF EDUCATION FROM THE FEDERAL DOE WAS JUST IN, I THINK, LAS VEGAS, AND GAVE A SPEECH RECENTLY ABOUT IMPORTANCE OF SEEM TO S.T.E.A.M. JUST PUTTING THAT BUG IN YOUR EAR. I KNOW YOU HEAR IT HERE BUT NOW IT'S UP AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL AND THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF ARTS AND THOSE OTHER HISTORY AND THE OTHER THINGS, TOO, AND INCORPORATING THEM INTO S.T.E.A.M. OR INTO S.T.E.M.

>> EXCELLENT. THANK YOU. I'LL LOOK INTO THAT SPEECH. AS WE'RE GETTING NEW BUSINESS CARDS, I'LL MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE SPACE FOR THE A IF THAT'S WHAT THE DISTRICT WOULD LIKE TO HAVE.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: WELL, IT WAS LAST WEEK THAT THEY GAVE THAT SPEECH. THEY SAID WHAT I'VE BEEN SAYING FOR QUITE SOME TIME NOW.

>>SUSAN L. VALDES: MEMBER GRIFFIN, TO THAT POINT, BEING THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE REVIEWING JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND JOB TITLES, MAYBE THAT'S ANOTHER ONE FOR MRS. WOODFORD TO CONSIDER. OF COURSE, UNDER THE INSTRUCTION OF MR. EAKINS TO ADD THE ARTS IN S.T.E.A.M. SO, YEAH, YOU'LL NEED A BIGGER BUSINESS CARD.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: AGAIN, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WITHOUT INNOVATION IS NOTHING. THE NEXT ITEM IS NUMBER 11. ACTUALLY, THE JOKE WAS THAT THIS WAS THE PLANK/MURILLO SHOW. IT IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE ALLEGANY FRANCISCAN MINISTRIES TAMPA BAY REGION FOR PROVIDING FUNDS TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. MR. MARCOS MURILLO AGAIN. WELCOME.

>> HELLO. AND BEFORE I CONTINUE WITH MS. CHERI WRIGHT JONES, THE CEO OF THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF TAMPA BAY. SHE DROVE ALL THE WAY HERE.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: WELCOME. DO YOU WANT HER TO SAY A WORD OR TWO? WELCOME. GLAD YOU COULD MAKE IT.

>> SHE IS A VITAL PART ALSO OF EVERYTHING WE'VE BEEN IMPLEMENTING IN SOUTH COUNTY.

>> THANK YOU. I KNOW RICK RIOS, OUR REGIONAL COUNCIL CHAIR SPOKE PROBABLY VERY ELOQUENTLY, HE USUALLY DOES, ABOUT HOW EXCITED WE ARE TO PARTNER WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS, AND ALL THE OTHER AGENCIES THAT ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE EDUCATION AS SUCCESSFUL FOR HILLSBOROUGH KIDS AS POSSIBLE. THANKS FOR ALL YOU DO BECAUSE I KNOW THAT'S SUBSTANTIAL. SO THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. AND THE BOARD MEMBERS HAD SOME VERY WONDERFUL THINGS TO SAY IN THANKING YOU FOR THE PARTNERSHIP SO THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT HERE. I KNOW IT WAS A LONG DRIVE.

>> OKAY. THIS IS ANOTHER PARTNER THAT HAS DONE A FABULOUS JOB. WE HAD KIDS IN WIMAUMA ELEMENTARY AND REDDICK ELEMENTARY WITH OUR COVERED COURTS. AND WE HAD A MEETING, AND WE ACTUALLY SPOKE ABOUT THE NEEDS OF THE WIMAUMA AREA. AND MS. CHERI WRIGHT-JONES RIGHT NOW IS THE REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT OF THE ALLEGANY FRANCISCAN MINISTRIES. AND HER WONDERFUL WAY OF UNDERSTANDING THE PURPOSE AND THE VISION. THEY HAVE PROVIDED $20,000 FOR EACH SCHOOL FOR A COVERED COURT. AND OVER $5,000 COMBINED FOR SUPPLIES. THEY HAVE IMPLEMENTED THE SPORTS AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR THE BENEFIT OF KIDS IN THEIR ACADEMICS. WITH THAT, MS. CHERI. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD DAY. ON BEHALF OF ALLEGANY FRANCISCAN MINISTRIES, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU DO AS WE ARE A GRANT-MAKING ORGANIZATION FILLED WITH CATHOLIC ROOTS, IT IS ALWAYS THAT WE HAVE THE HEART OF THE COMMUNITY AT THE CENTER OF EVERYTHING THAT WE DO. I WAS DELIGHTED TO MEET WITH MR. MURILLO, ALONG WITH THE OTHER LEADERSHIP FROM WIMAUMA AND REDDICK ELEMENTARY. THEY EMBRACED OUR COMMON-GOOD INITIATIVE. AND SO WE'RE SO EXCITED THAT WE'LL CONTINUE A PARTNERSHIP FOCUSED AROUND OUR CHILDREN TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE HEALTHY. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I DO WANT TO RECOGNIZE MR. ROTH AND MS. ROBO FROM WIMAUMA AND REDDICK ELEMENTARY HERE TONIGHT, TOO.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU SO MUCH. THE LAST AGENDA ITEM IS RECOGNITION OF THE 2016 KEEP TAMPA BAY BEAUTIFUL ANNUAL PARTNERSHIP AWARD. AND MS. DEBBIE EVENSON. DID I SAY YOUR NAME CORRECTLY?

>> YOU DID. THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING TO EACH OF YOU TONIGHT, AND THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THIS AWARD TO MR. PLANK FOR HIS SUPPORT OF OUR YOUTH PROGRAM. LARRY HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN CONNECTING THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN KEEP TAMPA BAY BEAUTIFUL AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY S.T.E.M. DEPARTMENT. LARRY HAS BEEN THE DRIVING FORCE AND WITH HIS HELP, KEEP TAMPA BAY BEAUTIFUL HAS COLLABORATED WITH S.T.E.M. TEACHERS TO CREATE A CURRICULUM TO ENHANCE THE S.T.E.M. EDUCATORS EDUCATION AND PRACTICAL HANDS-ON APPLICATION. I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE BECKY, MY STAFF, WHO IS OVER THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM TO EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW THE PARTNERSHIP HAS WORKED.

>> THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU GUYS FOR HANGING OUT TILL THE LAST AGENDA ITEM FOR THE EVENING. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND LIKE YOU SAID, THIS IS THE LARRY PLANK SHOW. LARRY HAS BEEN AMAZING AT BEING ABLE TO CONNECT TAMPA BAY BEAUTIFUL. WE ARE AN ENVIRONMENTAL NONPROFIT HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND JUST ALL THE SCHOOLS THAT WE CAN REACH IS ALWAYS OUR GOAL. AND SO THROUGH THIS CONNECTION, WE HAVE REALLY BEEN ABLE TO MEET MORE TEACHERS AND MEET MORE STUDENTS AND WE'VE ACTUALLY BEEN ABLE TO RECEIVE GRANT MONEY TO TAKE STUDENTS OUT ON SOME FIELD TRIPS TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE WAY THAT THE KNOWLEDGE FROM THE CLASSES THAT THEY ARE TAKING AWAY CAN BE USED TO HELP IMPROVE OUR COMMUNITY HERE ON ALL LEVELS, ESPECIALLY THE ENVIRONMENT THAT WE HAVE HERE IN TAMPA BAY. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST FRAGILE ECOSYSTEMS IN FLORIDA, AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT OUR STUDENTS FROM THE S.T.E.M. FAIR WINNERS EARLIER ARE ALREADY DOING AN INCREDIBLE JOB AT HELPING TO MAKE OUR WHOLE WORLD BETTER. WE KNOW THESE INNOVATORS AND THIS CREATIVITY SPURRED IN THE S.T.E.M. COURSES IS WHAT WILL BRING US INTO THE FUTURE INTO A SAFE AND HEALTHY PLACE FOR EVERYONE TO LIVE HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I CAN'T EXPRESS HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE LARRY FOR CONNECTING US WITH THE DISTRICT AND HOW MUCH THE SUPPORT OF THE DISTRICT HAS BEEN AMAZING FOR US TO BE ABLE TO HELP RECEIVE GRANTS TO HELP REACH MORE STUDENTS AND TRY TO MAKE THIS WHOLE AREA A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. SO THANK YOU, LARRY.

>> YOU KNOW, WORKING WITH OVER 16,000 VOLUNTEERS EVERY YEAR, OVER HALF OF THEM ARE STUDENTS HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THE PARTNERSHIP HAS GROWN TREMENDOUSLY, AND WE REALLY, TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT AND LARRY'S SUPPORT IN THE PARTNERSHIP. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> IF I COULD, I JUST WANT TO THANK KEEP TAMPA BAY BEAUTIFUL BEING A KEY PARTNER IN ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP, AND I KNOW THAT WE HAVE TOSSED AROUND THE IDEA OF BUILDING A S.T.E.M. ECOSYSTEM IN TAMPA BAY, AND UNDOUBTEDLY, YOU GUYS WILL BE A PILLAR OF STRENGTH AS WE CONTINUE TO EDUCATE KIDS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR FRAGILE ECOSYSTEM FROM A BIOLOGICAL SENSE, BUT UNDERSTANDING THAT S.T.E.M. LEARNING TAKES PLACE EVERYWHERE, AND IT'S NOT JUST IN THE REGULAR SCHOOL DAY AND WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF PARTNERS LIKE KEEP TAMPA BAY BEAUTIFUL, WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO EDUCATE KIDS OUTSIDE OF OUR SCHOOLS. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. AND CONGRATULATIONS, LARRY. [ APPLAUSE ] AND AS A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF THE TAMPA BAY AREA AND SOMEONE WHO QUITE ENJOYS THE OUTDOORS, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO. BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THE WORK IS INVALUABLE TO OUR ENVIRONMENT. THIS CONCLUDES THE RECOGNITION MEETING OF TUESDAY, APRIL 19TH, AND THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED. HAVE A NICE EVENING. [ SOUNDING GAVEL ] ∫ ZS