Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from April 26, 2016

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THIS TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 3 P.M. BOARD MEETING IS NOW CALLED TO ORDER. IF EVERYBODY COULD PLEASE TAKE THEIR SEATS. AND WE WILL NOW STAND FOR A MOMENT OF SIGH LOANS FOLLOWED BY THE PLEDGE LED BY OUR VICE CHAIR MS. CINDY STUART. (MOMENT OF SILENCE) [ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE INTRODUCE OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES THIS EVENING. SHE'S A MEMBER OF OUR CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL REPRESENTING STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL. AND SHE WILL BE SERVING AS OUR STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVE. MS. LINDSAY FROM STEINBRENNER. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THE WITHDRAWN BOARD ITEMS BOARD MEMBERS ARE C-405, C 602, DR. 608 AND C 704. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE TO APPROVE -- TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. MOTION BY MS. HARRIS. SECOND BY MRS. STUART. ANY DISCUSSION? BOARD MEMBERS, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSES. WE HAVE ADOPTED THE AGENDA. ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT. BOARD MEMBERS, YOU RECEIVED THE MINUTES FROM MARCH 31ST, TERMINATION, APRIL 5TH A.M. WORKSHOP, APRIL 5TH P.M. WORKSHOP, APRIL 12 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND APRIL 19TH RECOGNITION MEETING. ARE THERE ANY CHANGES, ANY DISCUSSION? I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE ALL OF THOSE MINUTES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS. AND A SECOND BY MS. VALDEZ. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE MINUTES PASSED. PLZ STUART, COULD YOU PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES?

>>CINDY STUART: AS WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON'S MEETING LET ME QUICKLY REVIEW THE FORMAT OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. THE BOARD AGENDA IS A CONSENT AGENDA. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE APPROVED UPON MOTION AND VOTE UNLESS AN ITEM IS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THE AGENDA AND ALL BACKUP DOCUMENTATION ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE. THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON A LIVE WEBCAST, ON CABLE TV AND ON THE VIDEO MONITOR HERE IN THE BACK OF THE AUDITORIUM. YOU CAN ALSO BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING LATER IN THE VIDEO ARCHIVES. DURING THE MEETING THERE IS A TABLET AVAILABLE AT OUR COMMUNICATIONS DESK THAT CAN BE USED TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING. THERE ARE SPEAKERS IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM THAT FAR ALLOW BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR THE BOARD MEETING SHOULD WE LEAVE THE DAIS. THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 45 MINUTES ALLOWED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. SPEAKERS WILL BE GRANTED THREE MINUTES TO ADDRESS SINGLE AGENDA ITEMS OR 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 THE BOARD INFORMED ABOUT THAT RESPONSE. THE SCHOOL BOARD RESPECTS PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD, BUT WE CANNOT TOLERATE BEHAVIOR INTENDED TO INTERRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THIS MEETING. OUR CIVILITY POLICY IS IN EFFECT.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS -- ACTUALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE TODAY'S ENTERTAINMENT PRIOR TO THE BOARD MEETING, YOU ALL HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR SOME AMAZING MUSIC PRESENTED BY MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL JAZZ BAND, AND THEY ARE ACCOMPANIED BY JAY GADON THE DIRECTOR OF THE BAND. PLEASE COME FORWARD AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I'M IN 8TH GRADE. I PLAY FRENCH HORN.

>> I PLAY ALTO SACKS A PHONE AND I'M IN THE 7TH GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS AUSTIN. I PLAY ALTO SAXOPHONE.

>> MY NAME IS DOMINICK MORENO, 7TH GRADE, PLAY THE ALTO SAX.

>> MY NAME IS MADISON. I'M IN 7TH GRADE.

>> I'M IN 8TH GRADE.

>> I'M IN 8TH GRADE AND I PLAY THE TENOR SAX.

>> I AM IN 7TH GRADE AND I PLAY TENOR SAX.

>> I PLAY TRUMPET AND I'M IN 7TH GRADE.

>> I'M IN 7TH GRADE AND I PLAY THE TROMBONE.

>> MY NAME IS ANDREA GONZALEZ AND I PLAY THE TRUMPET.

>> MY NAME IS ZACHARY AND I PLAY TRUMPET.

>> MY NAME IS DAVIS AND I PLAY FRENCH HORN.

>> I PLAY THE DRUM SET, AND I'M IN 8TH GRADE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MY NAME IS DE OON. WE HAD A BLAST. THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: BEFORE YOU LEAVE, I ACTUALLY HAD THE PRIVILEGE TO COME OUT AND VISIT YOU, AND I WAS THERE ON A VERY SPECIAL DAY. WILL YOU TELL US HOW WELL YOUR STUDENTS DID?

>> YES. YOU CAME OUT THE DAY, THE MORNING OF OUR JAZZ MUSIC PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT, AND WE WENT ABOUT 30 MINUTES YOU LEFT THE ROOM WE WENT JUMPED ON A BUS AND SCORED STRAIGHT EXCELLENTS FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW AND SECOND TIME IN HISTORY. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND EVERYBODY STAY THERE FOR A PICTURE. THERE WE GO. BOARD MEMBERS, DO YOU WANT TO STAND? COME GRAB THIS AND I'LL SEND IT TO YOU. TANYA. THANK YOU, STUDENTS. YOU DID AN EXCELLENT JOB AND THERE WERE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT WERE COMMENTING ON YOUR PLAYING AND HOW PROFESSIONAL YOU ALL SOUNDED. YOU DO NOT SOUND LIKE A MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND. MS. VALDEZ.

>>SUSAN VALDES: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I JUST WANTED THE BAND TO WAVE BECAUSE YOU ARE ON TV. SO YOU CAN WAVE TO EVERYONE OUT THERE. THIS WAY. THROUGH GO.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: GREAT JOB. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] WE ALWAYS LIKE TO START OUR MEETINGS OFF WITH STUDENT ENTERTAINMENT TO HAVE REMAINED US OF WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO EVERY SINGLE DAY. AND THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT MS. VALDEZ BROUGHT FORWARD WHEN SHE WAS OUR CHAIR. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT. WE ARE NOW IN THE SECTION OF OUR AGENDA FOR AUDIENCE COMMENTS. AND I AM GOING TO CALL FORWARD MR. MARK KLUTHO. OH, HOLD ON A SECOND. I HAVE BEEN CORRECTED. WE ARE GOING TO READ OUR GUIDELINES.

>> THE BOARD 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 THAT YOU MAY RAISE DURING PUBLIC COMMENT, IT IS THE BOARD'S PRACTICE TO NOTE YOUR COMMENT AND HAVE THE APPROPRIATE DISTRICT STAFF RESPOND TO YOU AFTER YOUR QUESTION HAS BEEN RESEARCHED. TO THAT END THE BOARD WILL NOT TYPICALLY RESPOND TO YOUR COMMENTS FROM THE DAIS.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. MR. MARK KLUTHO. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. 6.07. YOU ARE TEACHING ENGINEERING IN K-8. WHAT A JOKE. IT REMINDS ME OF WHAT AMORY LEVIN SAID. THE ENGINEERS IN THIS COUNTRY NEED TO BE REEDUCATED. AND YOU THINK YOU ARE EDUCATING GRADE SCHOOL STUDENTS? AND LOOK AT YOUR STUPID SCHOOL BUILDINGS. IN FACT, HERE, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A SETTLEMENT WITH SOMEBODY THAT MADE A BAD BUILDING OR A COUPLE OF BAD BUILDINGS? OH, BOY, YOU DO A GOOD JOB. AND THEN WE HAVE ANOTHER H-BACK. OF COURSE. HVAC. THEN THE HEADLINES. HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADERS MUST REAPPLY FOR JOBS. WELL, HOW DID THEY GET THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE? WHO ARE THE WIZARDS THAT GIVE THEM THESE JOBS? AND HERE IS A HEADLINE. HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL BOARD TO HIRE OUTSIDE AUDITOR. ANOTHER JOKE. AND THIS HEADLINE. HOW GRANT BUSTED THE BUDGET. OH, YOU PULLED A GOOD ONE THERE, DIDN'T YOU? AND THIS ONE FROM TODAY ABOUT THE STUDY ON THE SCHOOL BUSES. WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT IT DOES, IT ALL GOES BACK TO YOU MAKING THE STUPID SCHOOL BUILDINGS. THE BUS DRIVERS DON'T GET PAID ENOUGH. WELL, WHEN YOU MAKE STUPID BUILDINGS, AND YOU HAVE BIG GIANT UTILITY BILLS, AND, I MEAN, HERE IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THESE BUILDINGS. AND THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME IT HAPPENED. I MEAN, IT IS JUST UNBELIEVABLE. HEADLINE CARBON DIOXIDE AT DAUNTING LEVMENT EXPERTS CALL FEBRUARY HEAT ASTRONOMICAL. STUDIED SEA LEVELS COULD RISE TWICE AS MUCH AS EXPECTED. STUDY SEAS RISING AT RECORD PACE. AND THEN BETTER BUILDINGS BY DESIGN, WE SHAPE OUR BUILDINGS, THEREAFTER THEY SHAPE US. SO EVERY TIME WE HAVE A DILEMMA HERE, IT'S BECAUSE YOU'RE STUPID AND YOU HAVE MADE STUPID BUILDINGS. AND MONEY IS BEING SQUANDERED. IT'S THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. YOU CAN'T EVEN GET THE LIGHTING SYSTEMS RIGHT. REMEMBER WHEN YOU HAD TO FIX THIS BUILDING BECAUSE YOU ONLY HAD ONE LIGHT SWITCH FOR EACH BUILDING -- EACH FLOOR. WHO WOULD MAKE SUCH A STUPID BUILDING? HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. I MEAN, HOW PATHETIC. YOU DON'T EVER PUT GLASS DOWN TO THE GROUND. AND LET ALL THAT SOLAR RADIATION COME GLARING INTO THE BUILDING. I MEAN, IT'S JUST NOT GOING TO WORK. IT WON'T WORK. THINGS ARE JUST GOING TO GET WORSE, AND THEN WORSER, AND ALL THESE CHILDREN THAT YOU THINK YOU ARE GOING TO SAVE, NAH. NAH. IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. (BELL SOUNDS) AND PEOPLE THAT ARE IN POSITION LIKE I'M IN CHARGE OF BUILDING SCHOOLS. WHERE ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS? YOU PEOPLE DIDN'T COME UP WITH ANY VALID REASONS REASON TO PUT THE PERSONS YOU CHARGE -- OH, BY THE WAY. (BELL SOUNDS).

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO.

>> BRYAN BETHUNE. AND THEN AFTER MR. BETHUNE, CANCHITA JONES AND THEN MR. DAVIS.

>> MY NAME IS MUCH BRYAN BETHUNE, THE NEWLY APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF HIGH SCHOOLS AND WANTED WANTED TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT ITEM 9.02 APPROVING A CONTRACT FOR THE CHARTER SCHOOLS. FIRST OFF I WANT TO THANK JEN AND HER TEAM WHO HAVE BEEN A WONDERFUL TEAM. IT'S NOT AN EASY PROCESS BRINGING IN A NEW SCHOOL AND TRYING TO OPEN IT. BUT I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SAY THAT THROUGHOUT THAT PROCESS, YOU KIND OF LEARN A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF, LEARN A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR OWN TEAM. AND KNOWING THAT THEY WORK TOGETHER WITH THE COUNTY, YOU KNOW YOU ARE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT. SO I WANT TO THANK THEM FOR DOING A MIRACULOUS JOB ON HELPING US GET THROUGH THIS PROCESS. I'M ALSO EXCITED ABOUT THIS, BECAUSE NOW WE ARE ABLE TO OFFER SOMETHING TO OUR PARENTS. THEY HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR, WISHING FOR, DREAMING ABOUT SINCE THE BEGINNING. WE HAVE HAD PARENTS THAT HAVE BEEN WITH US FOR QUITE SOME TIME. I MYSELF HAVE KIDS IN KIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE EARLIER, BUT FROM PRESCHOOL, THREE YEARS OLD, UP THROUGH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NOW THROUGH MIDDLE SCHOOL, THEY HAVE BEEN ASKING FOR A HIGH SCHOOL, NOW WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE THAT TO THEM. SO OUR PARENTS ARE ELATED ABOUT THAT FACT, AND THAT EVIDENCE IS WE WERE ABLE TO HOST THAT BECAUSE WE HAD MORE KIDS APPLYING THAN WE HAD SEATS AVAILABLE, SO THAT'S A GREAT SHOWING THERE. WE ALREADY HAVE A WAITING LIST FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL. SO AGAIN I WANTED TO COME UP AND SAY THANK YOU ALL FOR ALL YOU HAVE DONE, AND THANK YOU JEN AND ALL THEY HAVE DONE AND WE THANK YOU FOR GOING FORWARD INTO THE FOUGHT.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU, MR. BETHUNE. AND GOOD LUCK. MS. CANCHITA JONES. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, STAFF. I AM CANCHITA JONES, THE COORDINATOR OF FULL SERVICE CENTER WHERE WE PREPARE PARENTS TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THAT'S WHAT WE DO. BUT WE ALSO LOVE ON OUR PARENTS. SO I WANTED THEM TO COME UP WITH ME, BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS I WANTED TO SHARE IS WHAT IS RIGHT WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT. MANY TIMES, I KNOW YOU ALL HEAR THE NEGATIVES, AND I WOKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT, AND I HAD AN AHA MOMENT. I SAID, KNOW WHAT? OUR BOARD MEMBERS AND OUR SUPERINTENDENT NEEDS TO HEAR WHAT IS RIGHT WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. SO WHAT IS RIGHT IS THE FULL SERVICE CENTER. WE HAVE OUR OLYMPIC PARENTS HERE, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DO IN OUR PROGRAM, WE VISIT -- THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR THAT WE PILOTED A PROGRAM WITH THE SUPPORT OF MY LEADERS. THEY ALLOWED ME TO PILOT THIS PROGRAM. OUR PARENTS COME TOGETHER, AND WE TALK ABOUT DIFFERENT TOPICS. AND BEHAVIOR, AS WELL AS WE HAVE THINGS CALLED HOT TOPICS THAT THEY DECIDE ON WHAT THEY WANT TO DISCUSS. SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT IS COMMUNICATION. SO THIS IS OUR FIELD TRIP TO THE BOARD. MANY OF THEM HAVE SAID TO ME, MS. JONES, I REALLY WANT TO SHARE WHAT YOU DO, AND I THE WONDERFUL THINGS YOU DO, AND THAT'S GREAT. BUT THE AHA MOMENT, I SAID, KNOW WHAT? THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME THAT OUR PARENTS CAN SHARE WHAT IS RIGHT WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WE HAVE WHAT IS RIGHT WITH TAMPA BAY. LET'S START A TREND OF WHAT IS RIGHT WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN OUR PROGRAM, OUR PARENTS, THEY GET TO EARN BUCKS DURING EACH MILESTONE, THEY ATTEND TRAININGS, THEY BRING IN THEIR REPORT CARDS, AND THEY DO ALL THESE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT HI SORT OF NUDGE SOME OF THEM. WE HAVE A VERY DIVERSE GROUP. SOME OF OUR FAMILIES ARE MARRIED, SOME OF OUR FAMILIES HAVE FIANCÉES, SOME OF OUR PARENTS ARE SINGLE PARENTS. WE EVEN HAVE A PARENT THAT HAS TEN CHILDREN THAT IS PART OF OUR GROUP. SO WHAT I WANTED TO DO TODAY IS TO MODEL AND SHOW THEM THAT YOU ALL DO NOT BITE. SO THEY UNDERSTAND THEY HAVE TO GO BACK, AND THEIR NAME WILL BE CALLED. BUT I JUST WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK OUR BOARD MEMBERS, OUR SUPERINTENDENT, FOR ALLOWING ME TO PREPARE OUR PARENTS TO PREPARE THEIR STUDENTS FOR LIFE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU SO MUCH. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MS. ROSE A LIND DAVIS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. I'M HERE ON THE BEHALF OF THE SCHOOL CENTER AND I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE YOU MY EXPERIENCE IN THE PROGRAM THEY'VE TWO KIDS THAT WENT TO SCHOOL THERE, AND I COME FROM THE OLD SCHOOL. I HAVE LEARNED HOW TO REALLY -- MY KIDS USED TO BE BUT I HAVE LEARNED A LOT. AND MY KIDS GET ALONG TOGETHER. I AM A GRANDMOTHER. I'LL BE 69 NEXT MONTH. AND I RAISE THREE GRANDCHILDREN. I HAVE ADOPTED THEM. AND SANCHEZ HAS TAUGHT ME A LOT. AND THE CHILDREN GO TO SCHOOL THERE. AND THIS JUST HAS BEEN WONDERFUL. AND JUST A GOOD THING. OKAY? THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING OUT. [ APPLAUSE ] MS. RODRIGUEZ.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH).

>> SHE SAYS GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS RODRIGUEZ.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH)

>> SHE SAYS THAT SHE'S VERY EXCITED AND VERY GRATEFUL TO THE SANCHEZ FULL SERVICE CENTER.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH)

>>SUSAN VALDES: SHE CAME TO TAMPA IN 2014 AND DID NOT HAVE IT ANYWHERE TO GO.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH)

>>SUSAN VALDES: SHE HAS TWO CHILDREN, ONE OF WHICH IS 16, ONE OF WHICH IS 19, ONE HAS AUTISM AND AHD. THE VERY FIRST LADY THAT OFFERED HER ASSISTANCE. (SPEAKING SPANISH).

>>SUSAN VALDES: SHE RECEIVED MANY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENTS FOR PARENTS IN REFERENCE TO ACADEMICS AND DISCIPLINE AND HOW TO HELP RAISE HER CHILDREN. SHE PARTICIPATED IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY WAS INVOLVED. (SPEAKING SPANISH)

>>SUSAN VALDES: IT'S BEEN VERY IMPORTANT TO HER BECAUSE IT BROUGHT THE FAMILY TOGETHER, HAS MOTIVATED THE FAMILY AND THEY ARE WORKING CLOSER TOGETHER. AND TODAY IN 2016 I FEEL VERY STABLE, I FEEL STRENGTHENED, MOTIVATED AND EMPOWERED. AND VERY HONORED FROM THE HELP THAT THEY RECEIVED. (SPEAKING SPANISH) I APPRECIATE ALL OF THE SUPPORT THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS OFFERED ME, ESPECIALLY CANTHY JONES WHO HAS BEEN VERY INSPIRATIONAL AND LOTS OF SUPPORT. THANK YOU, GRACIAS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I WAS GOING TO OFFER HER MORE TIME IF SHE WANTED MORE TIME BUT IT SEEMED LIKE SHE GOT IT ALL OUT. THANK YOU. GRACIAS. I WAS GOING TO OFFER A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME SINCE YOU HAD TO TRANSLATE. BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH. IT'S NICE TO HEAR SOME GOOD THINGS ONCE IN A WHILE. THE NEXT PERSON IS MISS ELIZABETH THOMPSON.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I BRING GREETINGS TO THE BOARD. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. IN AUGUST OF LAST YEAR, THE BOARD APPROVED A MANAGEMENT THAT INVOLVED CHANGING THE BOUNDARIES OF SOME OF THE HIGH SCHOOLS IN RIVERVIEW. THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT THAT AREA OF THE COUNTY IS GROWING AT A VERY BRISK PACE. AS A MEMBER OF KIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, I REPRESENT THEM ON TWO CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE. SO ON A DAILY BASIS, I FIRST-HAND WITNESS THE BUSINESSES THAT OPEN, THE HOMES THAT ARE BEING BUILT, THE FAMILIES THAT ARE RELOCATING AND CHOOSING TO CALL THAT AREA OF THE COUNTY HOME, AND AS MORE FAMILIES CHOOSE THAT AREA TO CALL HOME, THERE IS A GROWING NEED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL EDUCATION FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND THEIR STUDENTS. HAVING SERVED THE RIVERVIEW COMMUNITY FOR MORE THAN A DECADE, IT IS THE GOAL OF KIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO HELP WITH THESE NEEDS BY OFFERING KIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL. FOR THE PAST 13 YEARS, THE ORGANIZATION HAS DEMONSTRATED A DEDICATION, AN APTITUDE AND EXCELLENT IN ESTABLISHING AND OPERATING ACCREDITED, HIGH PERFORMING, HIGH QUALITY EDUCATIONAL CAMPUSES. OVER THE YEARS, WE HAVE NOT ONLY PROVIDED PREMIER EDUCATION TO THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS, BUT WE HAVE PROVIDED EMPLOYMENT TO HUNDREDS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RESIDENTS. WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF TAMPA BAY'S TO WORKPLACES FOR MORE THAN NINE CONSECUTIVE YEARS. WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE BEST RIVERVIEW BUSINESSES FOR OVER SIX YEARS. OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM HAS BEEN GIVEN THE SCHOOL CHOICE LEADERSHIP AWARD, AND RECENTLY WE WERE SECOND PLACE AT A BRIGHT HOUSE BUSINESS AWARD. OUR ATHLETIC PROGRAMS HAVE WON FIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS, AND AFTER RIGOROUS APPLICATION AND REVIEW, AUDIT PROCESS, WE WERE ADVISED THAT KCC CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL MAY BE ONE OF THE FIRST FUNDED SCHOOLS WHEN THE STATE CSP FUNDS ARE RELEASED. AND AS OUR GRANTS ADMINISTRATOR TOLD US THOSE ARE SIGNIFICANT BRAGGING RIGHT AND WE ARE VERY HAPPY. EVERY AWARD, EVERY RECOGNITION, HAD EVERY ACCOLADE IS NOT JUST A SOURCE OF PRIDE FOR US BUT IT SERVES AS CONFIRMATION THAT WE ARE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT, AND AT KCC WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO BE PART OF WHAT IS WORKING AND PART OF WHAT IS GOING WELL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EDUCATION. SO IT IS WITH THAT, THAT I ASK THE BOARD APPROVE THE CHARTER CONTRACT FOR KIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THAT CONCLUDES THE AUDIENCE COMMENTS PORTION. AND WE ARE NOW INTO PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS. WE HAVE ONE PROCLAMATION TONIGHT, AND THAT'S THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS TELECOMMUNICATIONS WEEK APRIL 25-29. AND CAPTAIN O'DAY IS GOING TO PRESENT. YES, MA'AM, I'M SO SORRY, I DID NOT SEE YOU.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: I JUST WANT TO COMMEND TAMPA TWO LADIES WHO CAME UP AND SPOKE THIS AFTERNOON. THIS IS AN INTIMIDATING PROCESS, AND YOU DID SUCH A GREAT JOB. THANK YOU FOR HAVING AN AHA MOMENT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. BECAUSE I THINK IT STATES A COUPLE OF THINGS. THE IMPORTANCE OF INCLUSION IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT WHERE PARENTS, NO MATTER WHERE THEY LIVE, WHERE THEY ARE, THEIR BACKGROUND, THEIR SIMILARITIES AND THEIR DIFFERENCES, CAN COME AT ANY POINT IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT SEEKING HELP AND THEY CAN FIND IT. SO I AM JUST SO PLEASED THAT -- YOU ARE PROBABLY TRYING TO TRANSLATE FOR HER, AND I CAN'T HELP OTHER THAN HABLA ESTA, OKAY? THAT YOU ARE ABLE TO FIND A PLACE TO FIND YOUR VOICES, TO FIND SUPPORT, TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS, AND TO GROW PROFESSIONALLY AND PERSONALLY IN YOUR OWN SPECIAL WAYS. AND SO I THINK IT IS ABOUT HAVING PARENTS, WHEREVER THEY MAY LIVE, WHEREVER THEY COME FROM, FIND A PLACE IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT WHERE THEY FEEL ENGAGED AND INVITED AND MOST OF ALL SUPPORTED. SO I JUST WANT TO THANK BOTH OF YOU FOR COMING THIS AFTERNOON. THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING THOSE SERVICES BOTH AT SANCHEZ, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S ALL ABOUT HOW WE EMBRACE OUR PARENTS AND INCLUSION, AND THAT'S WHAT THIS DISTRICT IS ALL ABOUT. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. AND I'M SURE ALL OF US WOULD SAY DITTO TO THAT. THE NEXT ITEM IS OUR PROCLAMATIONS. AND IT IS CAPTAIN O'DAY, RIGHT? WELCOME.

>> MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, SUPERINTENDENT STAFF, THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY, BRINGING THIS FORWARD TO YOU. JUST TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE HISTORY, COMMUNICATIONS FROM TRANSPORTATION, SECURITY WERE ALWAYS KEPT SEPARATE. BACK IN 2014, WE CAME UP WITH A CONCEPT OF TRYING TO PUT THEM TOGETHER, TRYING TO STREAMLINE OUR COMMUNICATION SO THAT WE HAVE BETTER COMMUNICATIONS, MORE ACCURATE, AND MORE TIMELY COMMUNICATION WITH OUR BUSES AND OUR SECURITY PERSONNEL TO ENSURE SAFETY FOR OUR STUDENTS, STAFF AND ALL THAT GOES AROUND. THE STAFF THAT MAKES EVERYTHING WORK FOR OUR DEPARTMENT. THESE ARE SOME OF OUR DISPATCHERS THAT DO JUST AN OUTSTANDING JOB EVERY DAY, HOLDING THE COMMUNICATIONS CENTER TOGETHER, ENSURING RESPONSE FROM EMERGENCY PERSONNEL, OUR SECURITY PERSONNEL, VEHICLE ASSISTANCE, COMMUNICATION GOES OUT IN A TIMELY FASHION AND IS ACCURATE. SO WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD AND WANT TO LOOK AT DOING A 911 TYPE INFORMATION CENTER FOR THE DISTRICT TO HAVE AN AREA THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL FUNNEL THROUGH THIS HUB. SO THESE ARE THE ONES RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING IT SUCCESSFUL. AND FOR BRINGING FORWARD THAT PROCLAMATION FOR YOU FOR THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS WEEK FOR APRIL 25-29, 2016. WE WILL READ THE PROCLAMATION. WHEREAS THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF ALL OF OUR STUDENTS, FACULTY, BUS DRIVERS, PARENTS AND VISITORS REMAIN THE HIGHEST DEPARTMENT OF SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND WHEREAS IT IS RECOGNIZED AND ESTABLISHED THAT THE CENTRALIZATION OF TRANSPORTATION, TELECOMMUNICATORS AND SECURITY, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, TELECOMMUNICATORS IS A BEST PRACTICE, AND WHEREAS EMERGENCIES CAN OCCUR AT ANY TIME THAT REQUIRES THE SERVICE OF PUBLIC PUBLIC SAFETY AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, AND WHEREAS WHEN AN EMERGENCY OCCURS, THE PROMPT RESPONSE OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS IS CRITICAL TO THE PROTECTION OF LIFE AND PRESERVATION OF PROPERTY, AND WHEREAS THE SAFETY OF OUR SECURITY OFFICERS, PUBLIC SAFETY PARTNERS, FACULTY AND TRANSPORTATION PERSONNEL IS DEPENDENT ON THE QUALITY AND ACCURACY OF INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THOSE WHO CONTACT THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SECURITY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTER, AND WHEREAS THE WELL-BEING AND SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AND VISITORS WHILE ON OUR CAMPUSES IS ALSO DEPENDENT UPON THE QUALITY AND ACCURACY OF INFORMATION OBTAINED FROM THOSE WHO CONTACT THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT, TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTER, AND WHEREAS THESE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TELECOMMUNICATORS ARE A VITAL LINK FOR ALL OF OUR PUBLIC SAFETY AFFECTS BY MONITORING THE ACTIVITIES OF OUR TRANSPORTATION FLEET AND SECURITY SERVICE PERSONNEL BY RADIO, PROVIDING THEM INFORMATION, AND ENSURING THEIR SAFETY, AND WHEREAS THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TELECOMMUNICATORS HAVE CONTRIBUTED SUBSTANTIALLY TO ENSURING THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF OUR STUDENTS, FACULTY, BUS DRIVERS, STAFF, AND VISITORS ON A DAILY BASIS, AND WHEREAS EACH DISPATCHER IS EXPECTED TO UPHOLD THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF COMPASSION, UNDERSTANDING, AND PROFESSIONALISM DURING THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR JOBS, NOW, THEREFORE, THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, HEREBY PROCLAIMS THE WEEK OF APRIL 25TH-29TH, 2016, AS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TELECOMMUNICATIONS WEEK IN HONOR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHOSE DILIGENT AND PROFESSIONALISM KEEP OUR CAMPUSES AND BUS ROUTES SAFE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDEZ AND A SECOND BY MS. HAIRS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS?

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: DO YOU MIND INTRODUCING GUESTS SINCE THEY PLAY SUCH A CRUCIAL PART IN ALL OF THIS?

>> I HAVE BEEN WITH THE DISTRICT FOR TEN YEARS. I HAVE BEEN IN SECURITY FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS NOW. THANK YOU.

>> I'M CINDY FULLWITH. I AM A BUS DRIVER. I HAVE BEEN IN DISPATCH FOR THREE YEARS.

>> ROD GAREEN, BEEN WITH THE DISTRICT FOR TWO YEARS, ALL IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

>> HE'S OUR FUTURE DISPATCHER.

>> MY NAME IS JUSTIN. I HAVE BEEN WITH THE DISTRICT FOR ABOUT TWO AND A HALF YEARS NOW. AND THANK YOU.

>> MY NAME IS KEVIN FAULKNER. I HAVE BEEN WITH THE COUNTY ALMOST SIX YEARS NOW. ALL WITH DISPATCH.

>> WHAT YOU SEE IS A MIX OF SOME SECURITY DISPATCHERS AND ONE THAT CAME OVER FROM TRANSPORTATION. SO IT'S A LOT FOR THEM TO COME OVER AND THEY HAVE EMBRACED IT AND BECOME A FAMILY AND GONE WITH THE CONCEPT OF ONE TEAM, ONE MISSION. I DID WANT TO THANK MR. FARKAS AND MR. BEEKMAN. THEY DID SUPPORT THIS AND HELP US OUT IN THIS TRANSITION, AND TO LET YOU KNOW THAT TOMORROW FROM 10:00 TO 1:00 YOU ARE WELCOME TO COME BY OUR DEPARTMENT. WE HAVE AN OPEN HOUSE TO TOUR OUR INFORMATION CENTER AND LOOK AROUND, ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MR. PORTER, THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. WE DON'T NEED TO PULL THIS SEPARATELY. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THERE'S A MOTION AND SECOND ON THE FLOOR. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTONS. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] AND CAPTAIN O'DAY, IF YOU COULD SEND US A QUICK E-MAIL WHERE THAT IS, WE WOULD APPRECIATE THAT. THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. AND I AM GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO OUR SUPERINTENDENT.

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: WE HAVE SEVERAL BRIEF UPDATES THIS AFTERNOON FOR THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. THE FIRST ONE I WOULD LIKE TO CALL MR. ROBINSON UP TO GIVE YOU A BRIEF UPDATE WITH REGARD TO THE PROGRESSION OF LACROSSE.

>> IT'S MY PLEASURE TO COME GIVE YOU THE LATEST ON LACROSSE. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS NOW. WE JUST COMPLETED THE THIRD SEASON ON THE FIELD. WE HAVE 12 TEAMS, BOYS AND GIRLS, PARTICIPATE THIS YEAR. EVERY YEAR, THE COMPETITION LEVEL KEEPS IMPROVING. WE HAD THE TEAM MAKE IT TO THE REGIONAL FINALS. SO WE ARE ONE STEP AWAY FROM BEING IN THAT FINAL FOUR. SO THE ON-FIELD PRODUCT CONTINUES TO GROW AND OBVIOUSLY WE CONTINUE THE DISCUSSION AS FAR AS THE CONTINUATION OF THE PROGRAM INTO THE FUTURE. AND I'M SURE YOU WANT TO KNOW WHERE WE ARE WITH AN AGREEMENT, BECAUSE I HAVE GOT A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS THE LAST TIME I SAW YOU BOARD MEMBERS AT A SCHOOL. SO THE ORGANIZATION THAT WE HAVE PROVIDED AN INITIAL AGREEMENT FOR US TO REVIEW, AND MYSELF, MS. TYE, WE GOT WITH MR. GIB SEASON AND REVIEWED THAT. AS A RESULT WE KIND OF WENT BACK WITH A COUNTERAGREEMENT, SO TO SPEAK, BECAUSE THERE WAS SOME LANGUAGE IN THERE THAT WE NEEDED TO ADDRESS AS WELL AS SOME FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS THAT WE NEEDED TO CLEAR UP. FROM THAT POINT FORWARD, MR. GIBSON HAS BEEN DEALING WITH THE REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE HALIX GROUP AND THAT COMMUNICATION HAS BEEN ONGOING. SINCE THEN, THE DISTRICT STAFF HAS GOTTEN TOGETHER AND TALKED ABOUT SOME OF THOSE ISSUES THEY HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING AND THE ONE QUESTION THAT KEEPS COMING UP ARE SOME DIRECT CALLS THAT MIGHT BE ASSOCIATED WITH THE OPERATION OF THE PROGRAM. SO AS WE GO THROUGH, WE HAVE A MEETING SET TOMORROW WITH THE HALIX REPRESENTATIVE SO THAT WE CAN TALK ABOUT FINALIZING THE AGREEMENT, AND HOPEFULLY HAVE SOMETHING TO PRESENT TO YOU FOR THE COMING YEAR AT THAT POINT. I WILL BE GLAD TO ENTERTAIN ANY QUESTIONS.

>> I HAVE A QUESTION. I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH MS. TYE EARLIER TODAY, AND MR. SUPERINTENDENT, WAY ASKED HER, WE HAVE A NEW BOARD. BUT WHAT I WOULD LIKE TOE DO IS LOOK BACK AT OUR MINUTES FROM ALL OF THE DISCUSSIONS THAT WE HAVE HAD SO THAT WE CAN DISCUSS WHERE WE ARE AT AND WHERE WE WANT TO GO, BECAUSE I CAN'T RECALL IF WE WANTED TO KEEP THIS THE WAY IT IS, KIND OF OUT OF THE BOX FOREVER, OR IF WE AT SOME POINT ARE GOING TO TAKE THIS TO, DEPENDING ON HOW THINGS WENT TO THE A DISTRICT WIDE IMPLEMENTATION. SO WE NEED SOME HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE. AND THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL CONVERSATIONS FROM THE BEGINNING. AND THEN WE HAD CONTRACT RENEWALS. WE HAVE HAD SOME OF THESE UPDATES WHERE THERE WERE SOME DISCUSSIONS THAT TOOK PLACE. IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF RESEARCH TO FIND THAT. BUT WE ALSO HAVE NEW BOARD MEMBERS NOW. AND TO GET SOME FEELING ON WHERE THEY WANT TO BE ON IT FROM A PHILOSOPHICAL STANDPOINT. BUT THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS THAT WAS OUT OF THE BOX FOR US. IT WAS VERY, VERY -- IT WAS A NEW CONCEPT. AND FROM A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, THE FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION SANCTIONED LACROSSE, AND IT HAD ONLY BEEN A CLUB SPORT AND IN ORDER FOR THE STUDENTS TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THESE TOURNAMENTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, WE HAD TO SANCTION IT SO THEY COULD PARTICIPATE. SO THAT WAS THE REASONING BEHIND WHY WE DID THIS. BUT AGAIN IT WAS ONE OF THOSE, IN A TIME WHEN WE HAD A BUDGET CRISIS, IT WAS A NEW CONCEPT. SO I TALKED TO MS. TYE AND SAID WE NEED TO GET THAT HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE ON IT AND TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHAT WE ARE WANTING TO DO IN THE FUTURE. SO I HAVE SOME OTHER BOARD MEMBERS THAT HAVE COMMENTS. MS. VALDEZ.

>>SUSAN VALDES: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. YOU BRING UP -- IT'S TIMELY BECAUSE YOU ARE RIGHT, WE HAVE GONE THROUGH MANY DIFFERENT CONVERSATIONS, AND NOW WE ARE IN THE THIRD YEAR. MAYBE WE SHOULD SEE ABOUT POSSIBLY SCHEDULING A MORNING OR AFTERNOON WORKSHOP ONCE THIS INFORMATION IS GATHERED AND WE CAN HAVE CONVERSATION AT A WORKSHOP IN REFERENCE TO THE FUTURE OF THIS PROGRAM IN A SESSION. THANK YOU.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: I THINK THE IDEA OF PROVIDING HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE IS REALLY TIMELY AND APPROPRIATE, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE THERE ARE NEW BOARD MEMBERS. BEFORE WE MOVE FORWARD WITH DISCUSSION -- AND I DON'T KNOW BASED ON THE SCHEDULE -- SINCE EVALUATION, SOME OF THE OUTCOMES THAT WE IN FACT -- THE THINGS THAT WE PROPOSE, THAT WE EXPECTED TO HAPPEN, AND WE TALKED ABOUT A VARIETY OF THINGS THAT WE WANT TO BE PART OF THIS AGREEMENT. AND SO MY QUESTIONS WOULD BE THINGS THAT WE POINT OUT SPECIFICALLY, HOW DID THEY PAN OUT? WHAT WERE THE RESULTS? DID WE MEAT THOSE EXPECTATIONS? IF WE DIDN'T, WHY NOT? IF WE ARE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD, WHAT WOULD BE SOME OF THE REASONS TO CONTINUE? SO I THINK THE CONVERSATION ABOUT CONTINUING IT IS AN IMPORTANT ONE, BUT I THINK IT HAS TO BE BASED AROUND EVIDENCE THAT WE DID IN FACT MEET THE GOALS THAT WE HAD STATED AS PARTED OF OUR ABILITY TO DO THAT. SO IT DON'T KNOW WHETHER FORMALLY OR INFORMALLY. YOU MAY HAVE TALKED TO STUDENTS AS I HAVE ABOUT IT. BUT I AM NOT SURE IF WE PUT SOMETHING IN PLACE SO THAT WE CAN MEASURE, OR SHOW SOME EVIDENCE THAT THE THINGS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE, AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS, DID WE MEET THOSE GOALS? SO I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE EITHER THAT CONVERSATION AT THE WORKSHOP OR MAYBE PREPARE SOMETHING AS PART OF THE WORKSHOP. BUT I THINK IT HAS TO BE BASED AROUND SOME EVIDENCE OF HOW THIS HAS BEEN AN EFFECTIVE PART OF THE EXPERIENCE FOR OUR STUDENTS.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. MS. SNIVELY?

>>MELISSA SNIVELY: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I HAVE TO ECHO MS. EDGECOMB WITH THE NECESSITY FOR SOME FEEDBACK AND FOR SOME INFORMATION AND DATA, AND OF THE I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING MORE OF THE HISTORICAL ASPECT BECAUSE I WAS NOT A BOARD MEMBER WHEN THE ORIGINAL AGREEMENT WAS APPROVED, AND I WAS ALSO GOING TO ASK, HOW DO YOU GET FEEDBACK FROM PARENTS AND STUDENTS ABOUT THE PROGRAM? IS THERE A PROCESS BY WHICH YOU GET FEEDBACK FROM PARENTS? AND WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? AND MAYBE THAT'S PARTED OF OUR WORKSHOP DISCUSSION AS WELL. SO I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING THAT INFORMATION.

>> I GRIN A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE MOST OF THE FEEDBACK COMES WHEN THERE'S AN ISSUE.

>> RIGHT. AND THAT'S WHY I SAID FEEDBACK, BECAUSE GETTING UNSOLICITED FEEDBACK, WHICH WE ALL SEEM TO GET OCCASIONALLY, MAYBE IF WE HAD SOME TYPE OF EVALUATION PROCESS IN PLACE THAT WE CAN GET CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK FROM OUR PARENTS WHEN THERE'S NOT NECESSARILY -- BUT THANK YOU.

>>CINDY STUART: THANK YOU. AND I WOULD ASK, WHAT IS THE EXPECTATION OF WHEN THE CONTRACT IS COMING FORWARD? BECAUSE WE ARE ASKING FOR A LOT RIGHT BEFORE THE CONTRACT COMES FORWARD TO US. I'M JUST WONDERING ABOUT THE TIME FRAME HERE.

>> OBVIOUSLY, IN HEARING SOME OF THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE THE FINALIZED AGREEMENT READY TO BASICALLY AS IS. BUT I GUESS WE NEED TO HAVE MORE DISCUSSION.

>>CINDY STUART: HOLD ON A SECOND. LET ME CLARIFY. WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT IS THE FUTURE.

>> OKAY. OKAY.

>> BOARD MEMBERS, HAD I WAS NOT IN ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM TRYING TO HOLD UP THE PROCESS TO GET TO US THIS NEXT STEP. BUT BEYOND THAT NEXT STEP, WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GO? BECAUSE I THINK THIS IS EXPANDING, AND WE NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.

>> YES.

>> AND I GUESS MY COMMENT WOULD BE IN THAT CONTRACT THAT'S COMING FORWARD, IS THERE AN EXPANSION PLAN?

>> WE HAVE AN EXPANSION PLAN AFTER THE FIRST YEAR. AND ACTUALLY THOSE TWO SCHOOLS PARTICIPATED THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. SO THAT WILL BE IN THERE AND CONTINUE TO BE A PART OF IT.

>> SO WHAT IS THE TIME FRAME FOR WHEN YOU ARE COMING TO THE BOARD?

>> IS THERE ANY WAY POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO ANSWER SOME OF -- I THINK YOU CAN GET THE HISTORICALS TOGETHER. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT SURVEYING PARENTS, STUDENTS PRIOR, BUT I'M SURE WE CAN GET HISTORICAL DATA TOGETHER FAIRLY QUICKLY. THERE'S ONLY 12 TEAMS. AND I ALSO WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THE HAYLINKS GROUP AND THAT BOARD FOR PARTNERING WITH US, AND REALLY THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DOING THIS WORK IN THE SCHOOLS AND COACHING THESE KIDS ARE REALLY TAKING ON SOMETHING THAT IS GROWING FASTER THAN ANY OTHER SPORT IN THIS STATE. AND WE HAVE SEEN, I THINK, THE FRUITS OF THAT LABOR, AND THAT SEVERAL OF OUR TEAMS MADE IT VERY FAR THIS YEAR, AND WE ALSO HAVE POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE HERE TODAY WHO HONORED ONE OF OUR LACROSSE KIDS THIS YEAR. SO I'M VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE BY THE DISTRICT AND BY HALIX SO FAR, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT YOU BRING FORWARD.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MS. VALDEZ.

>>SUSAN VALDES: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. AND AS WE WERE PREPARING FOR THIS PARTICULAR WORKSHOP, INQUIRE OF HOW MANY SCHOLARSHIPS, WHAT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES BEEN FOR OUR STUDENTS BY PARTICIPATING?

>> THAT WAS PART OF THE PROCESS.

>>SUSAN VALDES: WE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE. THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. IS OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE A LA CROSS PLAYER, BY ANY CHANCE? NO.

>> SHE GAVE YOU THE UNIVERSAL SIGN.

>> YEAH, NO, NOT ME. YES, MA'AM, MS. EDGECOMB.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: MY REQUEST FOR DATA IS IN THE TOAP OF THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM. IT IS IN IN A WAY TO INDICATE THAT IT HAS NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL, BECAUSE I THINK IT HAS BEEN, BECAUSE FROM WHAT I AM HEARING AND THE FACT THAT IT'S GROWN. BUT A I THINK AS WE TALK ABOUT IT AS A PAY FOR PLAY, IN A DIFFERENT MODE, LIKE OUR OTHER TRADITION OF SPORTS, I THINK THE COST FACTOR IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO CONSIDER AND LOOK AT, AS WE TALK ABOUT MAKING A JUDGMENT FINANCIALLY, NOT THAT I THINK THAT IT HAS A PARTICULAR IMPACT, BUT BECAUSE IT WAS A NEW THING FOR US. AND I THINK IT'S JUST AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM THIS, WITH OTHER SPORTS THAT MAY WANT TO BE PART OF OUR SYSTEM. I'M LOOKING AT ACCEPTING THINGS, THE POSITIVES ABOUT IT, BUT ALSO NEED TO RECOGNIZE THAT THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN SOME CHALLENGES, AS EVERY NEW THING, WE CAN LEARN SOMETHING FROM IT. SO THAT'S MY REQUEST. THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. AND I KNOW THAT WHEN MS. TYE AND I SPOKE TO THE SCHOLARSHIPS PART OF THAT, AND WHAT SUCCESSES OUR STUDENTS HAVE SEEN THROUGH THAT, I KNOW THAT WE HAVE GOTTEN SOME REPORTS BACK ON SOME STUDENTS THAT HAVE GOTTEN SOME SCHOLARSHIPS. AND I KNOW THIS BOARD WAS VERY, VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPOSE OUR STUDENTS TO MORE OPPORTUNITIES LIKE THAT. AND I KNOW THAT YOU PUT A LOT INTO THIS. AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THIS HAS BEEN, AGAIN, ONE OF THOSE OUTSIDE THE BOX, BUT IT WAS MORE WORK ON YOUR PLATE AT A TIME WHEN --

>> FORTUNATELY THERE WEREN'T ANY.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THAT'S GOOD TO HEAR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS. EDGECOMB, YOU ARE DONE? MR. SUPERINTENDENT?

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. A COUPLE OF ITEMS WITH BRIEF UPDATES. WHEN WE GET TO 10.03 TODAY PROBABLY A LOT OF DISCUSSION FROM THE GREAT CITY SCHOOLS REPORT WILL DOVETAIL SO WE WILL HOLD OFF UNTIL WE GET TO THAT POINT. I WANTED TO LET THE BOARD KNOW WITH REGARD TO NUMBER 6, THE COMPLAINT LETTER DATE FROM OCR, AS YOU CAN RECALL, WE DID RESPOND TO THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS WITH OUR LETTER AND OUR PLAN AND THE THINGS THAT WE AS A DISTRICT ARE IMPLEMENTING IN RESPONSE TO THAT PARTICULAR LETTER. WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED BACK ANY COMMUNICATION FROM THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS ON THAT PARTICULAR LETTER BUT WE ARE CONTINUING TO IMPLEMENT ALL THE STRATEGIES AND ALL THE THINGS THAT WE PLACED IN OUR DOCUMENT TO THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHT. I JUST WANT YOU TO BE RAH WEAR OF THAT WITH REGARD TO NUMBER 8, AUDITOR GENERAL INFORMATION, I DO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT SOMETHING. WE JUST RECEIVED SOME FEEDBACK WITH REGARD TO AN FEP AUDIT TO THE AUDITOR GENERAL'S OFFICE. NOW THAT IS A VERY TOUGH AUDIT BECAUSE IT LOOKS AT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOUR TEACHERS, STUDENT SCHEDULES, STUDENT EDUCATION, THINGS LIKE THE LEARNER PROGRAMS, ALL THE PARTICULAR REQUIREMENTS WE MUST MEET AS A DISTRICT, AND IF WE DON'T MEET THOSE REQUIREMENT, WHETHER THERE'S CERTIFIED TEACHER IN ONE CLASS IN ONE SCHOOL IN OUR DISTRICT, WE GET PENALIZED AND WE HAVE TO PAY BACK MONEY TO THE STATE. THAT'S A HUGE AUDIT ON OUR STAFF. I KNOW MRS. SPENCE AT ONE TIME, TRANSPORTATION WAS INVOLVED IN THAT, WE GET FDE AUDITS IN TRANSPORTATION. THIS PAST YEAR WE HAD THE LOWEST EVER RETURN RATE AS FAR AS AN AUDIT THROUGH OUR FT AUDIT THAN EVER BEFORE. IF YOU PUT THIS INTO PERSPECTIVE, ABOUT 13 YEARS AGO OUR DISTRICT HAD TO PAY BACK ABOUT $2.8 MILLION BASED TO HAVE FDE AUDIT. THIS YEAR WE WERE DOWN TO JUST A LITTLE OVER $200,000. AND THAT'S EVERYTHING ACROSS YOUR ENTIRE DISTRICT DURING THAT PERIOD OF TIME. I WANTED TO KNOW UNDER THE AUDITOR GENERAL WAS HERE EARLIER THIS WEEK, WITH OUR BUSINESS STAFF, WITH OUR STAFF GIVING THEM THE REPORT BACK, AND KIND OF ONCE AGAIN COACHING THEM ON HOW TO GET TO THAT PERFECTION, WHICH IS VERY HARD H.I DON'T KNOW IF ANY DISTRICT HAS GOTTEN THERE WITH THE AUDITOR GENERAL BECAUSE THEY ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE ABLE TO FIND CERTAIN THINGS. BUT I WANT TO COMMEND THE STAFF THAT REALLY WORKED ON THAT PARTICULAR AUDIT WITH THE AUDITOR GENERAL. BECAUSE THAT'S A TOUGH ONE. THAT'S ONE THAT COULD BE POTENTIALLY A BIG FINANCIAL RISK TO THE DISTRICT. WE WANT TO ALLOW DR. BROWN TO GIVE A WREF UPDATE ON ONGOING UPDATES.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE ARE THEEP PROVIDE THIS UPDATE. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANKS FOR THE TIRELESS EFFORTS OF NUMEROUS, NUMEROUS SCHOOL STAFF, OUR STUDENTS THEMSELVES WHO TAKE THESE ASSESSMENTS, AND THE DISTRICT STAFF HAS BEEN INVOLVED AND HAPPY TO TELL YOU THAT ALL OF THE PAPER TESTING AND N GRADES 3 AND PART OF GRADE 4 HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. IT'S ALREADY BEEN SENT IN FOR SCORING. BECAUSE OF THAT WE DO HOPE TO RECEIVE THOSE GRADE 3 RESULTS BEFORE THE END OF MAY. I'M VERY HAPPY TO TELL YOU THAT OUR ONLINE TESTING HAS BEEN EXTREMELY SMOOTH THIS YEAR. WE HAVE OVERALL APPROXIMATELY 105,000 STUDENTS WHO SUCCESS COMPLY SPLET COMPLETED ALMOST 1,606,000 ONLINE ASSESSMENT N.GRADE 4, THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR THAT ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS WAS ON THE COMPUTER, AND WE TESTED NEARLY 15,000 STUDENTS SUCCESSFULLY, AND THAT HAS BEEN COMPLETED. GRADE 5 ALSO COMPLETED THE BILL MCCOLLUM OF THEIR TESTS -- BULK OF THEIR TESTS ONLINE. GRADES 6, 7 AND WILL COMPLETED THE MAP ONLINE AND GRADES 9 AND 10 HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AS WELL. WE DO HAVE A FEW MAKEUP TESTS HERE OR THERE BUT FOR THE MOST PART WE ARE COMPLETE. WE ARE ACTUALLY MOVING INTO EOC TESTING. WE HAVE ROUGHLY 11,000 U.S. HISTORY TESTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED AND WE HAVE STARTED TESTING GEOMETRY THIS WEEK. SINCE WE HAVE MOVED FORWARD WITHOUT ANY GLITCHES, AND IT APPEARS THAT THE STATE HAS FOLLOWED SUIT WITH US, WE DO EXPECT AND HOPE TO RECEIVE OUR FSA RESULTS MUCH EARLIER THIS YEAR THAN WE DID LAST YEAR. AGAIN WE ARE HAPPY. AND WE THANK THE SCHOOL STAFF FOR ALL OF OUR EFFORTS TO MAKE THIS SUCCESSFUL.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, IN REFERENCE TO THE TESTING, WE HAVE HAD SOME PRETTY POIGNANT CONVERSATIONS LATELY ABOUT EVERY STUDENT WE ARE DOING TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE AND ALL THESE OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE ARE EXPOSING STUDENTS TO, AND THEN THIS ONE TEST ON THIS ONE DAY CAN SIDETRACK A STUDENT'S GRADUATION. SO WHAT DO YOU FORESEE AS OUR FUTURE DISCUSSIONS? AND I'M SORRY TO MUTT YOU ON THE SPOT BECAUSE WE DID NOT DISCUSS THIS AHEAD OF TIME. AND BY THE WAY, THANK YOU. BECAUSE I KNOW PAST YEARS WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF GLITCHES. AND I KNOW A LOT WAS THE STATE, TOO. BUT IT SEEMS TO BE RUNNING MUCH MORE SMOOTHLY ON OUR END. BUT WHERE FSA IS CONCERNED, A LOT OF PARENTS ARE WANTING US TO MAKE SOME STATEMENTS AND TAKE SOME STANDS ON THIS.

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: WELL, I CERTAINLY AGREE THAT ALL THE ISSUES AROUND THE FSA TESTING, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO THAT HIGH PRESSURE MOMENT FOR NOT ONLY OUR STUDENTS BUT OUR TEACHERS AS WELL. I MEAN, THIS IS IN MANY CASES VERY HIGH STAKES FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: I THINK IT'S WORKING ONCE AGAIN VERY COLLABORATIVELY WITH OUR DELEGATION. WE HAVE GOT TO GET THE MESSAGE VERY ALIGNED WITH REGARD TO OUR DELEGATION ON WHERE OUR STAND IS WITH REGARD TO THAT MOMENT. ACCOUNTABILITY HAS TO BE MUCH BROADER THAN JUST A TEST. THERE'S SO MANY THINGS THAT THIS COMMUNITY WANTS AS FAR AS FOR THEIR SCHOOL SYSTEM, AND FROM THEIR SCHOOLS, AND IT'S MUCH MORE THAN JUST TESTING. WE HAVE TO COMMUNICATE THAT MESSAGE, I BELIEVE, VERY CLEARLY ACROSS THE STATE. I THINK WE HAVE TO DO IT WITH COLLABORATION. I THINK WE HAVE TO DO IT NOT JUST UNILATERALLY BUT COLLABORATIVELY WITH MANY ORGANIZATIONS. BECAUSE I THINK MANY ORGANIZATIONS FEEL THE SAME WAY. IT'S MUCH MORE THAN JUST A TEST. AND I THINK THE OTHER THING THAT WE DO -- AND NOIP DR. BROWN AND HER STAFF WORKING WITH ALL OF OUR CURRICULUM STAFF, LET'S TAKE CARE OF OUR SIDE OF THE HOUSE AS WELL, AS FAR AS OUR OWN INTERNAL ASSESSMENTS, OUR PROGRESS MONITORING OF OUR STUDENTS, HOW CAN WE MAKE SURE THAT THAT DOESN'T CREATE HIGH ANXIETY OUT THERE ACROSS THE DISTRICT? HOW CAN WE MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE PROVIDING AUTONOMY TO OUR SCHOOLS AND TO OUR TEACHERS, AND NOT PROVIDING THAT ANXIETY THAT COMBS WITH, YOU MUST ASSESS STUDENTS ON THIS DAY IN YOUR CLASSROOM WITH THIS TEST, WHICH PERHAPS HAS BEEN DONE IN THE PAST. I KNOW THERE'S SOME GREAT WORK BEING DONE THROUGH DR. BROWN AND CURRICULUM INSTRUCTION DEPARTMENT AROUND. THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE GETTING TO OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS MONITORING. SO WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF OUR INTERNAL ASSESSMENT PIECE. AND I THINK WE ARE GOING TO DO THAT. WE'LL GET THAT DONE. AS WE TALK, THE GREATER CONVERSATION HAS TO BE AROUND WHAT IS TRUE ACCOUNTABILITY LOOK LIKE? AND IT'S GOT TO LOOK LIKE MORE THAN A TEST. AND I THINK WE KNOW WHAT THOSE THINGS ARE THAT WE SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR. I THINK THE COMMUNITY KNOWS WHAT THEY WANT TO HOLD THEIR SCHOOLS ACCOUNTABLE FOR. I THINK WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THOSE ARE LOUD THROUGH VARIOUS PORTIONS OF THE STATE.

>> AND THE GROWTH MODEL, THE LAST BATCH OF SCORES THAT CAME OUT, THAT'S WHAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE GRADED ON BUT THEY TOOK OUT THE GROWTH WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE A BIG PART OF THAT SCORE. AND THAT REALLY HURT A LOT OF OUR SCHOOLS. SO WHAT I AM WONDERING -- AND WE DO OUR OWN ACCOUNTING ONCE THE GRADES COME BACK, BECAUSE WE HAVE CHALLENGED THE SCORES BEFORE. BUT I'M WONDERING, SO THERE'S THE STATE -- AND THIS IS JUST ME THINKING OUTLLOYD AND I PROBABLY SHOULD NOT DO THIS HERE -- BUT WE HAVE THE STATE SCORE THAT WE GET, AND THEN THERE'S ALSO THAT OTHER ACCOUNTING THAT WE DO, WHERE WE ADD IN ALL OF THOSE OTHER BANDS, AND THE LEARNING GAMES AND OTHER THINGS K.WE HAVE LIKE A SIDE BY SIDE, AND EXPLAIN TO PARENTS? BECAUSE IT'S COMMUNICATING. WHEN PEOPLE SEE THAT ONE A-B-C, D, F SCORE, OUR REALTORS IN THIS COMMUNITY, THE BUSINESSES IN THE COMMUNITY, THAT MEANS A LOT TO THIS COMMUNITY, BUT THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND ALL OF THOSE INTRICACIES THAT GO THERE. SO I AM WONDERING IF WE CAN HAVE OUR OWN SET OF SCORING NEXT TO THE STATE SCORING. THERE'S NOTHING ILLEGAL ABOUT THAT, IS THERE?

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: I THINK AS THEY MOVE FORWARD, WE WILL HAVE MORE EXPLAINED TO THIS NEXT ROUND THAT COMES THROUGH SO THAT WILL BE A GOOD THING. THIS COMING YEAR WE'LL FINALLY GET BACK ON TRACK TO WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING IN THE PAST, WHICH IS PROFICIENCY AND LEARNING GAMES. THIS PAST YEAR WAS THE ONLY YEAR THAT DIDN'T GET INCLUDED. AND YOU ARE RIGHT, IT CREATED AN UNLEVEL PLAYING FIELD FOR OUR SCHOOLS.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: I AM NOT GOING TO BELIEVE IT TILL I SEE IT WITH ALL OF THAT. MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: AS WE TALK ABOUT -- AND YOU MENTIONED IT, MR. SUPERINTENDENT -- THAT ACCOUNTABILITY GOES WAY BEYOND A SINGLE TEST OR GROUP OF TESTS. SO AS WE TALK ABOUT HELPING OUR PARENTS AND OUR STUDENTS, AND OUR TEACHERS, AND STEVE, AND TALK ABOUT SUCCESS AROUND THE TESTS THAT WE ARE MANDATED TO TAKE, I ALSO HOPE THAT WE ARE SENDING A STRONG MESSAGE ABOUT THE HARD WORK, THE DEDICATION, THAT GOES INTO HELPING OUR STUDENTS, AND THE GRADE IS ONLY ONE ASPECT, AND I REALIZE THAT REALTORS UTILIZE THAT TO SELL HOUSES. I KNOW PARENTS LOOK AT THAT, THAT THIS IS THE SCHOOL THAT I WANT MY KIDS TO GO TO, AND THEY MAY NOT BE SIMILAR. I THINK ALL OF THAT IS IMPORTANT. AND FOR THE PARENTS, I CERTAINLY UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT I THINK TO DO THOSE JUSTICE, AND TO SHOW APPRECIATION FOR THE HARD WORK THAT GOES INTO EVERY STUDENT'S SCHOOL EVERY SINGLE DAY, WE HAVE GOT TO TALK ABOUT FACTORS FOR SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS, BECAUSE THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME SCHOOLS THAT WILL HAVE A MORE DIFFICULT TIME BECOMING AN "A." BUT THE HARD WORK THAT GOES INTO EVERY DAY INTO THOSE SCHOOLS IS INCREDIBLE. SOMETIMES THEY ARE MIRACLES. AND I THINK IF WE DON'T SHOW AND APPLAUD AND VALUE THOSE WHO WORK SO HARD, WE SHORTCHANGE OUR STUDENTS, WE DON'T GIVE A FULL PICTURE TO OUR COMMUNITY, AND MOST OF ALL, WE ARE DOING INJUSTICE TO OUR STUDENTS WHO DON'T ALWAYS COME AT THE SAME LEVEL WHEN THEY COME TO OUR SCHOOLS, AND ALL OF THEM DESERVE GOOD EDUCATION, AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE TRYING TOE PROVIDE, AND I REALLY FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT THAT.

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: I THINK IN THIS ROOM WOULD PROBABLY AGREE RIGHT ALONG WITH THAT. I COULDN'T AGREE WITH YOU MORE, MRS. EDGECOMB. I THINK THAT'S THE BEAUTY OF HAVING OUR STRATEGIC PLAN. WE HAVE SOAMENT METRICS THAT WE CAN HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR COMMUNITY AND ALL STAKE HOLD AREAS ROUND. THOSE SUCCESSFUL THINGS GOING ON IN ALL THOSE VARIOUS AREAS, NOT JUST ONE GRADE, ONE TIME. THIS IS REALLY ABOUT ONGOING INFORMATION FLOW OUT TO OUR COMMUNITIES, TO OUR SCHOOLS AND TO ALL THE STAKEHOLDERS. ALL THE PEOPLE THAT DOING THAT GOOD WORK.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT I WAS GETTING AT, TOO, AND I WONDER WITH THE STRATEGIC PLAN AND METRICS IF WE CAN HAVE THAT SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON. BECAUSE THAT'S A ONE SNAPSHOT GRADE, AND IT DOES NOT SHOW ALL THE AMAZING THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN OUR SCHOOLS ON A A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS. WONDERFUL. THANK YOU.

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: I DON'T HAVE AN UPDATE FOR NUMBER 10 TONIGHT BUT WE ARE WORKING ON THE -- WE'LL HAVE AN JUST UPDATE IN ONE OF THE NEXT FEW BOARD MEETINGS ABOUT THE ELEVATE SCHOOLS. RIGHT NOW, MR. YOUNG, HIS STAFF, AND THE SEVEN PRINCIPALS, THEIR STAFF, AND DISTRICT STAFF ARE WORKING COLLABORATIVELY ON IDENTIFYING KEY RESOURCE FORCE OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS SO WE WILL BE COMING BACK TO YOU WITH KIND OF AN OVERALL PLAN ONCE THOSE ARE FINALIZEDED. BUT THAT IS ON OUR RADAR VERY SOON.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE NEXT SECTION IS THE TEACHING AND LEARNING. AND TONIGHT WE ARE GOING TO BE LEARNING ABOUT THE POSITIVE COACHING ALIGNMENT. DIRECTOR OF ATHLETES, WELCOME BACK.

>> IT IS A PLEASURE TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE INFORMATION TODAY ABOUT A PROGRAM THAT WE ARE VERY PROUD OF AND IN THE DEPARTMENT. WE REGULARLY PRESENT WINNERS, AWARD WINNERS, WHETHER IT BE A TEAM OR INDIVIDUALS, BUT TODAY I AM HERE TO PROVIDE YOU ABOUT DIFFERENT TYPE OF INFORMATION. LET ME SET THE STAGE FOR YOU A LITTLE BIT OF THE EARLY IN MR. EAKINS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, WE HAD A MEETING, AND WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT CHANGING IN POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE, AND HE SAID IT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEAL IF I CAME AND TALKED TO YOU ABOUT IT. SO YOU MIGHT ASK WHY POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE? WELL, IT DIDN'T TAKE LONG FOR HIM TO REALIZE THAT POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE IS TIGHTLY ALIGNED WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS STRATEGIC BUILDING STRONG COACHING RELATIONSHIPS. IN FACT, THE STATED MISSION OF POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE IS TO TURN AMATEUR SPORTS INTO COACHES WHERE STUDENT ATHLETES DEVELOP INTO BETTER ATHLETES, AND BETTER PEOPLE. THEY'RE PROVIDE THE DETAILS OF HOW HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE ARE WORK ON THAT GOAL IS MARK SACALOWSKI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE TAMPA BAY, AND HE WILL INTRODUCE OTHER MEMBERS OF HIS STAFF, AS WELL AS SOME INDIVIDUALS THAT PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM IN OUR SCHOOLS. E.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HERE TODAY. IT GIVES ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRIEF YOU ALL ON SOME OF THE WORK WE ARE DOING WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. IT'S A PLEASURE TO BE HERE. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE A COUPLE MEMBERS OF MY STAFF THAT ARE HERE WITH ME TODAY. ALLISON FRAGA IS OUR PARTNERSHIP MANAGER. AND TODD KRINETI IS OUR TRAINING MANAGER. POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE IS A NATIONAL NOT FOR PROFIT FOUNDED IN 1998 AT STANFORD UNIVERSITY. WE FOCUS ON CHARACTER AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT THROUGH YOUTH SPORTS. WE BELIEVE THAT YOUTH AND HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BE ONE OF THE GREATEST VEHICLES TO TEACH NON-POSITIVE SKILLS TO STUDENT ATHLETES. LIKE DILIGENCE, DETERMINATION, DISCIPLINE, OVERCOMING ADVERSITY, SELF-CONTROL, TEAMWORK, AND RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY. THESE LESSONS, THESE SKILLS ARE LEARNED EVERY DAY IN REALTIME THROUGH PRACTICES AND THROUGH GAMES, WITH COACHES SERVING AS MENTORS TO THESE STUDENT ATHLETES. AND IT'S THESE NONCOGNITIVE SKILLS THAT ARE GOING TO BENEFIT THE STUDENT ATHLETES, REGARDLESS OF THE CAREER OR PROFESSION THEY ULTIMATELY CHOOSE TO PURSUE. 99.99% OF THEM WHICH WILL BE PURSUING CAREERS NOT IN PROFESSIONAL SPORTS. SO IT'S THOSE SKILL SETS THAT STUDENT ATHLETES CAN LEARN THROUGH YOUTH AND HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS THAT WE FOCUS ON. I SHOULD SAY THAT OUR LOCAL CHAPTER OF POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE WAS FOUNDED HERE IN 2014. IT WAS FOUNDED THROUGH SEED FUNDING PROVIDED BY THE TAMPA BAY RAYS, THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING, AND THE TRIAD FOUNDATION. WE BELIEVE THAT COACHES, PARENTS AND STUDENTS ATHLETES WORKING TOGETHER CAN FORM THIS DEVELOPMENT ZONE CULTURE THAT EVENTUALLY LEADS TO BETTER ATHLETES AND BETTER PEOPLE. OUR WORK REALLY REVOLVES AROUND THREE MAIN AREAS. THE FIRST AREA IS WORKSHOPS, TOOLS AND RESOURCES. THOSE ARE ACTUALLY INFORMED BY LEADERS FROM THE WORLD OF SPORTS, PEOPLE LIKE PHIL JACKSON, JULIE F -- UTY, STEVE KERR, BUT MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT, QUITE FRANKLY, ARE THE LEADERSHIP WE HAVE AN OUR NATIONAL ADVISORY WORLD OF THE SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY AS WELL AS K450EU8DHOOD PSYCHOLOGY. I KNOW THAT DR. CAROL DUETTE IS SOMEONE THAT'S VERY POSITIVE HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SHE WROTE THE BOOK "MIND-SET" ON FACULTY ADMINISTRATION. SHE SERVES ON OUR NATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD. SHE'S A PROFESSOR AT STANFORD AND FOCUSES ON CHILD PSYCHOLOGY. SHE HAS DONE SOME PIONEERING WORK IN MIND-SET AND WE INCORPORATE THIS IDEA OF GROWTH MIND-SET INTO EVERYTHING WE DO AT PCA. THE SECOND AREA OF OUR WORK IS RECOGNIZING COACHES THAT DOING OUTSTANDING JOBS, MENTORING STUDENT ATHLETES. WE HAVE A PROGRAM, NATIONAL PROGRAM, CALLED THE DOUBLE GOLD COACH AWARDS. WE ACTUALLY REWARD AND RECOGNIZE COACHES THAT ARE EMBODYYING THE PRINCIPLES OF BEING A DOUBLE GOLD COACH. DOUBLE GOLD COACH IS OUR LANGUAGE. WHAT WE ENCOURAGE COACHES TO DO TO TEACH KIDS TO COMPETE TO WIN. WE BELIEVE THAT COMPETING TO WIN IS A CRITICAL LIFE LESSON, AND EVERY COACH SHOULD TEACH STUDENT ATHLETES, BECAUSE NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO IN LIFE, ULTIMATELY YOU HAVE TO COME TO WORK EVERY DAY, PREPARE TO COMPETE TO WIN. HOWEVER, YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WILL BE WINNERS, THERE WILL BE LOSERS AND THERE'S AN APPROPRIATE WAY TO BEHAVE IN BOTH CIRCUMSTANCES. SO THE FIRST GOAL IS COMPETING TO WIN. THE SECOND GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE THAT SPORTS ULTIMATELY ARE ABOUT LEARNING THOSE LIFE LESSONS THAT WILL ALLOW STUDENT ATHLETES TO BE SUCCESSFUL. SO WE RECOGNIZE COACHES ACROSS THE NATION WHO EMBODY OUR PRINCIPLES. WE RECOGNIZE 50 OF THOSE COACHES. THE THIRD COMPONENT OF OUR WORK NATIONALLY IS STUDENT ATHLETICS RECOGNITION AND WE DO THAT THROUGH A SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM CALLED THE TRIPLE IMPACT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. TRIPLE IMPACT TET COMPETITOR EMBODIES THE PRINCIPLES OF WHAT WE ENCOURAGE STUDENT ATHLETES TO BE WHICH IS SOMEBODY WHO WORKS TO MAKE THEMSELVES BETTER, THEIR TEAMMATES BETTER AND ULTIMATELY THE GAME GAME BETTER, HELP THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS MORE THAN JUST ABOUT THEMSELVES. WITH THAT AS A QUICK INTRODUCTION TO THE WORK THAT WE DO BROADLY, I WOULD LIKE TO TALK SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THE WORK WAVE DONE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS OVER THE LAST YEAR. WE ACTUALLY HAVE A SIX YEAR RELATIONSHIP. WE ARE IN THE SIXTH YEAR OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND THE GOAL OF OUR WORK, NUMBER ONE, IS TO BE A TRUSTED RESOURCE TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, TO HELP BUILD A CULTURE IN ATHLETES THAT CONTRIBUTES TO THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS, AND SUPPORTS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S PRIMARY GOALS AND OBJECTIVES. WE WANT TO BE A TRUSTED RESOURCE AND HELP THE ATHLETIC PROGRAM ACHIEVE THOSE GOALS. IN 2015-16, WE PROVIDED WORKSHOPS TO COACHES, PARENTS AND STUDENT ATHLETICS AT MULTIPLE HIGH SCHOOLS. WE WILL DO A QUICK RUNDOWN OF WHAT THOSE WORKSHOPS WERE. AN YEAIALLY, EVERY HIGH SCHOOL COACH MUST PARTICIPATE IN AT LEAST ONE DOUBLE GOLD COACH WORKSHOP IN ORDER TO QUALIFY TO RECEIVE THEIR STIPEND. THAT MEANS THAT THIS YEAR, WE ACTUALLY TRAINED OVER 1200 HIGH SCHOOL COACHES HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE SECOND TYPES OF WORKSHOPS OVER THE PAST YEAR IS LAST FALL, DURING PRESEASON FOOTBALL, WE ACTUALLY MARINED WITH NINE HIGH SCHOOLS TO DELIVER STUDENT THREAK WORKSHOPS AND PARENT WORKSHOPS PRIOR TO THEIR SEASON BEGINNING. THOSE NINE HIGH SCHOOLS THAT WE PARTNERED WITH WERE BLAKE, PLANT CITY, RIVER VIEW, LENNARD, GAITHER, KING, LETO, STRAWBERRY CREST, AND MIDDLETON. AND THOSE WORKSHOPS WERE PROVIDED ON A GRAND BY THE TRIAD FOUNDATION. IN THE LAST YEAR WE PARTNERED WITH 12 LACROSSE PROGRAMS. WE TALKED ABOUT LACROSSE EARLIER ON THE AGENDA TODAY. WE ACTUALLY DELIVERED STUDENT ATHLETIC WORKSHOPS AND PARENT WORKSHOPS, THOSE WITH LACROSSE PROGRAMS. THEY ARE PLANT, ROBINSON, JEFFERSON, TAMPA BAY TECH, BLOOMINGDALE, DURANTE, STEINBRENNER, NEWSOME, ALONZO, WHARTON, SICKLES AND FREEDOM, AND THE FUNDING FOR THESE WORK SHOPS IS ACTUALLY PROVIDED BY GRANT FOR U.S. LACROSSE FOUNDATION AS WELL AS AREA LACROSSE REFERRED TO EARLIER AT HALIX. AND THEN THE MOST EXTENSIVE PROGRAM THAT WE PUT IN PLACE THIS YEAR, WE ACTUALLY PARTNERED WITH FIVE HIGH SCHOOLS TO PILOT A CHARACTER AND LEADER SHM DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. IT'S A PROGRAM WE ARE VERY PROUD OF. EACH OF THE HIGH SCHOOLS, NOMINATED 100 STUDENT ATHLETES ATHLETICS WHO DEMONSTRATED INTO THE PROGRAM, GIRLS AND BOYS ACROSS FRESHMEN THROUGH SENIORS. THIS CHARACTER LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM CONSISTED OF SIX WORKSHOPS DELIVERED OVER A SIX-MONTH PERIOD, SO ONE WORKSHOP PER MONTH. THE TOPICS COVERED IN THESE WORKSHOPS WERE OUR FOUNDATIONAL WORKSHOP, BECOMING A TRIPLE IMPACT COMPETITOR, HONORING THE GAME THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA, DEFINING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TRADITION, BULLYING AND HAZING, TALKED ABOUT BEING A LEADERSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY, THE COMMUNITY DEFINED AS YOUR TEAM, THE ATHLETIC PROGRAM, THE SCHOOL AND THE BROADER TAMPA BAY COMMUNITY AND THEIR ROLE ON EACH. WE TALKED ABOUT EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE DURING A WORKSHOP, HOW THEY COULD USE THAT TO BECOME A BETTER ATHLETIC, MORE IMPORTANTLY A BETTER PERSON. THEN WE TALKED ABOUT GOAL SETTING, SOMETHING THAT THEY COULD USE, NOT ONLY FOR THEIR SEASON BUT FOR THEIR ACADEMIC PURSUITS AND HOPEFULLY LIFE-LONG. THIS CHARACTER IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM WAS PILOTED THIS YEAR IN RIVERVIEW, LENNARD, PLANT CITY, KING, AND MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOLS. THE FUNDING NOR PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY THE TRIAD FOUNDATION AND THE SPURLINO FOUNDATION. WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING WITH OUR FRIENDS AT THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION TO DEVELOP FUNDING TO ROLL THIS PROGRAM OUT TO ALL 27 HIGH SCHOOLS DURING NEXT ACADEMIC YEAR. SO THAT COVERS THE FIRST AREA OF THE WORK THAT WE DO, WHICH IS THE WORKSHOPS, SCHOOL RESOURCES THAT WE PROVIDE DIRECTLY TO STUDENT ATHLETICS, PARENTS AND COACHES. I WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT OUR PROGRAM REFERENCED EARLIER. WE HAD OUR NATIONAL COACH REFERENCE PROGRAM, THE NATIONAL DOUBLE COACH AWARDS. WE HAD OVER 2400 NOMINATIONS AROUND THE NATION FOR COACHES TO BE NAMED A DOUBLE GOLD COACH. ONLY 50 WERE NAMED DOUBLE GOLD COACHES ACROSS THE ENTIRE NATION. ONE OF THEM CAME FROM RIGHT HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THAT WAS JANE CHAPMAN. SHE IS THE HEAD GIRLS LACROSSE COACH AT PLANT HIGH SCHOOL. SHE RECEIVED AWARDS FROM THE RAYS, THE LIGHTNING LOCALLY, AS WELL AS THE STIPEND. MANY OF YOU WERE TO CELEBRATE WITH JANE. THANK YOU FOR ATTENDING IT AT PLANT HIGH SCHOOL. IT FILLS MY OWN HAD EMOTIONAL TANK WHEN WE THANK COACHES FOR THEIR GREAT WORK. THE LAST PART OF WHAT WE DO IS THE STUDENT ATHLETIC RECOGNITION PROGRAM. AGAIN THAT'S THE TRIPLE IMPACT COMPETITOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. THIS PAST YEAR WE HAD OVER 4800 APPLICATIONS FROM THE CLASS OF 2016 FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. WE NAMED 24 FINALISTS FROM RIGHT HERE IN THE TAMPA BAY COMMUNITY. OUT OF THOSE 4800 APPLICATIONS, 11 OF THOSE STUDENTS FROM THE CLASS OF 2016 WERE FROM RIGHT HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE WILL BE AWARDING THE SCHOLARSHIPS THIS FRIDAY EVENING AT THE TAMPA BAY RAYS GAME IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO FIRST PITCH, ON THE FIELD AT TROPICANA FIELD PRIOR TO THE RAYS TAKING ON THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS. AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE ONE OF OUR FINALIST ITSELF HERE WITH US TODAY. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK KATIE CASSIDY TO COME UP, A LA CROSS PLAYER AT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. WE TALKED EARLIER ABOUT WANTING TO GET SOME FEEDBACK FROM LACROSSE PLAYERS. MAYBE WE CAN PROVIDE THAT FOR YOU TODAY, TOO. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO PLAY A SHORT VIDEO OF KATIE THAT WAS PROUD PRODUCED AND NARRATED FROM J.D.PETITIONER SON, A GOOD FRIEND OF OUR NOT FOR PROFIT. THE VIDEO IS COMING UP ON THE SCREEN NOW.

>> KATIE CASSIDY, ANOTHER SIX WEEKS TO CORRECT A BONE GROWTH CONDITION. SO TO SEE HER NOW SPRINT THE FIELD AND CAPTAIN LACROSSE AT ROBINSON HIGH IS AN INSPIRING EXAMPLE OF INCREDIBLE PERSEVERANCE AND DETERMINATION, SEWING SHE NOZZLE SERVE HER WELL IN LIFE.

>> IT RILEY TAUGHT ME TO PERSEVERE AND TO PUSH MYSELF. I KNOW I HAVE TO WORK REALLY HARD A LOT OF TIMES, ESPECIALLY IN ATHLETICS, AND I HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT I CAN'T ALWAYS COMPARE MYSELF TO OTHERS BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE NATURAL RUNNERS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE CAN RUN A 5.5 MINUTE MILE, AND I'M NOT THAT PERSON. SO IT'S A LOT ABOUT ME REMINDING MYSELF THAT I DO ALWAYS HAVE TO JUST DO MY BEST. IF I AM PUSHING MYSELF AT BEING THE BEST PERSON I CAN BE, THAT'S ALL I CAN ASK.

>> KAY KATIE IS A STUDENT AT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL AND COMLS IN GAMES IN AB LATIN. KATIE NEVER SHIRKS HER RESPONSIBILITY AS A LEADER ON THE FIELD, AND WHEN HER TEAM COMMITTED AN ACT OF UNSUPPORTSMAN LIKE CONDUCT, SHE MOVED QUICKLY TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND MAKE THINGS RIGHT.

>> ONE OF THE THINGS OF INTEREST TO ME IS RESPECT, AND I BELIEVE IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE RESPECTING THE OTHER TEAM AND YOU ARE NOT THEM NASTY GLARES OR RUDE COMMENTS. THERE IS ONE GAME WHERE ONE OF OUR PLAYERS ACTUALLY HAD ONE OF THE OTHER TEAM'S BEST PLAYERS THAT WE HAD, AND GOES OUT TO THE NEXT GAME, AND I COULD TELL THE OTHER TEAM WAS STILL NOT VERY HAPPY ABOUT IT. AND THERE WERE A FEW SNEERS AND A FEW HUFFS AND PUFFS, BUT UP WITH OF THE GIRLS ACTUALLY HIT THE OTHER ONE IN THE HEAD, AND WE WENT OVER AND SAID, HEY,EN, WE ARE REALLY SPORE ABOUT THIS, WE DIDN'T MEAN FOR THIS TO HAPPEN, WE DON'T WANT ANY HURT FEELINGS, AND WE DON'T WANT ANYTHING BAD TO COME OUT OF THIS. WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE PLAY A GOOD GAME. AND WE ARE REALLY SORRY. AND I THINK THE OTHER TEAM REALLY APPRECIATED THAT.

>> KATIE TOOK PART IN A WORKSHOP TO HELP BETTER HERSELF AS AN ATHLETE AND PERSON, AND HELPED HER BOUNCE BACK FROM MISTAKES AND INCREASE RESILIENCE.

>> BACK IN THE SPRING LAST YEAR, THEY HAD A CLINIC FOR US AND MY TEAM WENT. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT REALLY STUCK WITH ME WAS THE GUYS TALKED ABOUT WHEN HE MADE A MISTAKE, WE PICK UP THE GROUND -- AND THROW HIS MISTAKE AWAY. AND ONE THING THAT'S BEEN REALLY GOOD FOR ME IS JUST REMEMBERING THAT I NEED TO SHAKE OFF MY MISTAKES. ∫

>> SO WE ARE VERY PROUD TO HONOR KATIE CASSIDY WHO WE WILL BE HONORING THIS FRIDAY. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I GUESS I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME HELP REPRESENT PCA, BECAUSE PCA HAS MEANT SO MUCH TO ME THROUGH MY HIGH SCHOOL CAREER. I WENT TO MY FIRST WORKSHOP MY JUNIOR YEAR, AND EVERYTHING HAS STUCK WITH ME SO MUCH, AND THIS IS THE TYPE PERSON I WANT TO BE ON THE FIELD. AND I SAW THAT THE WORKSHOP STARTED TO ROLL THE BALL ON HOW MY TEAM ACTED ON THE FIELD. AND WE STARTED TO IMPROVE, BECAUSE WE BECAME MORE UNIT, AND WE BECAME BETTER PLAYERS, AND WE TREATED EACH OTHER BETTER, AND WE ATTENDED ANOTHER WORKSHOP THIS YEAR, AND IT BECAME VERY HE HAVE LENT HOW FAR WE HAVE COME FROM LAST YEAR. SO PLAYING LACROSSE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAS BEEN GREAT AND I AM VERY THANKFUL TO PCA ALONG THE RIDE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU. I ALSO WANT TO INTRODUCE COACH GREG MEYER FROM THE PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM. IT WAS ONE OF THE FOOTBALL TEAMS THAT WE WORKED WITH LAST YEAR DURING PRESEASON. AND I WANTED TO SEE HIM. HE WEIGHS KIND ENOUGH TO VOLUNTEER TO COME AND GIVE HIS IMPRESSION OF THE VALENTINE OF THE PCA PROGRAM.

>> WE TOO ON AN INDIVIDUAL PLAYER WHEN IN OUR PCA, AND I THINK THE COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH INVOLVING THE PARENTS, HAVING WORKSHOPS TO BRIDGE THAT GAP BETWEEN PARENT AND COACH IS EXTREMELY BENEFICIAL. WE THINK PCA IS FANTASTIC, AND OUR STAFF AND COACHES AS WELL. WE THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING IT TO BE IN OUR SCHOOLS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU, COACH MIRE. SO WITH THAT, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND OPEN UP THE FLOOR TO ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE OF MYSELF OR KATIE OR COACH OF MEYER.

>>MELISSA SNIVELY: I DON'T HAVE A QUESTION AS MUCH AS I HAVE A COMMENT OR A FEW COMMENTS. AFTER HEARING YOU SPEAK ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL EXPERIENCES THAT YOU HAVE HAD AND WHAT YOU ARE DOING AT YOUR HIGH SCHOOL, WITH THE LACROSSE TEAM, AND ALSO WITH THE FOOTBALL TEAM, IN THIS DAY AND AGE, WHAT WE ARE SEEING AS A TREND, UNFORTUNATELY, IS A LACK OF RESPECT BETWEEN PEOPLE, BETWEEN HUMAN BEINGS, AND A LACK OF SPORTSMANSHIP. AND SO PCA OBVIOUSLY HAS TAKEN THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR TEACHING PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND TEACHING RESPECT BETWEEN PEOPLE, BASIC RESPECT BETWEEN PEOPLE, AND YOU ARE SHOWING THAT IN YOUR DAY TO DAY INTERACTION WAS YOUR PLAYERS, WITH YOUR TEAMMATES, WITH OTHER TEAMS, WITH PARENTS, ESPECIALLY, AND SO I JUST WANT TO COMMEND YOU FOR TAKING THAT RESPONSIBILITY OF TEACHING. ONE OF THE IMPORTANT PARTS OF OUR OCTAGON IS PROMOTING AND LEVELING GREAT CHARACTER. AND THAT IS WHAT PCA IS HELPING US TO DO FOR OUR STUDENTS AND FOR EVERYONE WHO IS INVOLVED IN OUR ATHLETIC PROGRAM. THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT.

>> THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THAT OPPORTUNITY.

>>CINDY STUART: THANK YOU. AND I JUST WANT TO THANK THE SUPERINTENDENT AND OUR ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT BECAUSE I THINK THIS IS A CONVERSATION THAT AS A BOARD HOW WE REACH NOT ONLY OUR COACHES WHICH IS BEING ADDRESSED THIS UPCOMING YEAR WITH THE POLICY AND TALKING ABOUT ETHICS, AND ETHICS TRAINING, AND WHAT'S APPROPRIATE AND WHAT'S NOT APPROPRIATE, BUT HOW DO WE ALSO REACH OUR STUDENTS? SO I APPRECIATE THAT WE ARE MOVING INTO THAT ARENA FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR, AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MS. EDGECOMB.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: I APPLAUD YOU, TOO FOR THE GREAT OPPORTUNITY. ONE OF THE THINGS, MAYBE YOU SAID IT. I AM LOOKING AT THE MISSION STATEMENT. IT TALKS ABOUT YOUTH IN HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS. YOU KNOW, FOR ME, A NEW WAY OF WHO WE BECOME CAN'T JUST START IN HIGH SCHOOL. AND SO HOW FAR CAN YOU REACH DOWN? BECAUSE I THINK OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS COULD BENEFIT FROM THIS EXPERIENCE. I THINK BY THE TIME WE GET TO HIGH SCHOOL WE KNOW PRETTY MUCH WHO WE ARE GOING TO BE FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES. WE CAN GET RESHAPED IN SOME WAYS. I THINK LIFE EXPERIENCES WILL DO. THAT BUT WHAT'S THE POSSIBILITY OF ENGAGING, INVOLVING AND PROVIDING THIS WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS?

>> WE WOULD VERY MUCH LIKE TO WORK WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS. WE ACTUALLY AT P CL A, IN TAMPA BAY, WITH AS YOUNG AS CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS FOUR YEARS OLD. FRIDAY NIGHT LAST WEEK WE WERE AT A SOCCER CLUB WITH THEIR RECREATIONAL SOCCER PLAYERS, SOME AS YOUNG AS FOUR. WE TAUGHT THEM A TECHNIQUE TO OVERCOME A BRIEF BOUNCE BREAK. SO MISTAKES HAPPEN A LOT WITH FOUR-YEAR-OLDS ON A SOCCER FIELD. AND SOMETIMES THAT BECOMES OVERWHELMING FOR A FOUR-YEAR-OLD. TALK ABOUT OVERCOMING ADVERSITY WHEN YOU SWIMMING AT A BALL THAT'S NOT MOVING. SO WHAT WE TEACH THEM IS A QUICK TECHNIQUE. TAKE A DEEP BREATH. BREATHE. CLAP YOUR HANDS. BREAK. YOU ARE NOW MOVING FORWARD. ONCE YOU HEAR THE HANDS CLAP YOU ARE FORGETTING ABOUT THE PAST AND FOCUSING ON THE NEXT PLAY. THAT'S RIGHT. SO THAT WAS LITERALLY FIVE MINUTES THAT WE TOOK TO TEACH A TECHNIQUE TO A GROUP OF CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS FOUR, WHICH IS GOING TO -- IT'S REALLY AN EMOTIONAL LEARNING TECHNIQUE TO HELP THEM MANAGE THEIR OWN EMOTIONS IN WHAT TO THEM IS A STRESSFUL SITUATION. WE FIRMLY BELIEVE EVEN THROUGH THOSE FIVE AND TEN MINUTE OPPORTUNITIES TO INTERACT WITH CHILDREN, WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE START HAVING POSITIVE IMPACT WHICH CAN INFLUENCE THEM FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. SO WE WOULD LOOK FORWARD TO ENTERTAINING THIS OPPORTUNITY.

>> IT SOUNDS LIKE I AM TRYING TO AUGMENT THE FOCUS OF YOUR PROGRAM. THERE ARE A LOT OF HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES, BUT WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM THESE KIND OF EXPERIENCES? SO IF IT STARTS IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS WORKS THOSE PARTICIPANTS HAVE TO BE ATHLETICS? COULD IT BE OTHER STUDENTS WHO LEARN SOME OF THE TECHNIQUES THAT YOU JUST TALKED ABOUT? BECAUSE IT IS -- I SAW SOMETHING ABOUT THE WHOLE CHILD. SO NOT EVERYBODY IS GOING TO BE A STAR, OR EVEN HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO -- BUT THEY ARE GOING TO BE A CITIZEN IN OUR COMMUNITY. SO IS IT LIMITED JUST TO ATHLETICS?

>> I AGREE THAT EVERY CHILD CAN BENEFIT FROM THE TECHNIQUES, THE THINGS THAT WE DO TEACH. THE FOUNDATION OF OUR PROGRAM IS TO REACH CHILDREN, COACHES, PARENTS, THROUGH YOUTH SPORTS. THE SAME WAY THAT, SAY, BOY SCOUTS REACH PARENTS AND CHILDREN, OR GIRL SCOUTS REACHES PARENTS AND CHILDREN THROUGH WHATEVER VEHICLES, OUTDOORS, OR COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES. SO THE FOUNDATION OF OUR PROGRAM IS SPORTS. THERE ARE A HUGE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUALS THAT PARTICIPATE IN YOUTH IN HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS. THAT BEING SAID, I UNDERSTAND YOUR COMMENT THAT EVERY CHILD CAN BENEFIT FROM SOME OF THE TECHNIQUES THAT WE ARE TEACHING. PERHAPS ONE WAY THAT WE COULD REACH CHILDREN THAT AREN'T PARTICIPATING IN SPORTS IS MAYBE THROUGH THE PE PROGRAM. ALL CHILDREN PARTICIPATE IN A PE PROGRAM AT SOME LEVEL, RIGHT? IF WE WERE ABLE TO PROVIDE FIVE AND TEN MINUTES OF MATERIAL WHICH A PE TEACHER COULD TEACH IN THAT PE CLASS THAT WOULD BE A WAY TO REACH ALL CHILDREN. THAT MIGHT BE ONE VEHICLE.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: THANK YOU FOR YOUR DIPLOMATIC WAY OF SAYING NO. (LAUGHTER).

>> I'M SORRY IT SOUNDED LIKE KNOW. I HONESTLY WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH THE PE PROGRAM. I THINK IT WOULD BE A GREAT WAY TO REACH EVERYBODY.

>> I HEARD A LITTLE BIT OF "YES" IN THERE. MR. EAKINS.

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: MARK, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE THIS AFTERNOON. AS I STARTED MY CONVERSATIONS WITH MARK, AND OF COURSE HAD THIS RELATIONSHIP FOR SIX YEARS, AND IT WAS THE FIRST TEN MINUTES I WAS SO -- BECAUSE OF THIS, WE HAVE A STRATEGIC PLAN, CLEAR ABOUT WHAT'S IMPORTANT, CULTURE AND RELATIONSHIPS ARE CRITICAL F.WE ARE GOING TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON GRADUATION RATES, WE HAVE TO HAVE KIDS ENGAGED THE RIGHT WAY. SO THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE STRATEGIC PLAN, OUR CULTURE ICON, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT, MS. SNIVELY, CERTAINLY ADDRESSES SO MANY THINGS OF THAT PCA OFFERS OUR STUDENT ATHLETICS. AND IN GETTING AT SOME OF THE COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS, AND I HEARD A LITTLE "YES" IN THERE, TOO, BY THE WAY, A LITTLE BIT.

>> I HEARD A LITTLE BIT OF YES, TOO.

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: I THINK PART OF THIS IS HOW -- IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE FOOTPRINT THAT OUR STUDENT ATHLETES HAVE IN THEIR HIGH SCHOOLS, OKAY, AND TO THINK OF THE IMPACT AND INFLUENCE OUR STUDENT ATHLETES HAVE IN THEIR HIGH SCHOOLS, THIS IS REALLY ABOUT BUILDING GREAT CHARACTER IN OUR ATHLETES THAT THEY HAVE TO DEMONSTRATE ON THE FIELD. IT DOESN'T STOP ON THE FIELD. WHEN KATIE IS DONE PLAYING LACROSSE, SHE'S IMPACTING OTHER KIDS AROUND HER. THAT'S RIGHT. SHE'S IMPACTING OTHER KIDS AROUND HER AT ROBINSON. SO THIS IS REALLY ABOUT UTILIZING SOME STUDENTS THAT MANY OF OUR STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOLS LOOK UP TO. THEY ARE WATCHING. THEY GOT THEIR EYES ON KATIE. AND SHE KNOWS THAT. AND I THINK THEY'LL BUILD THAT INTO THE PROGRAM. BUT WHAT HAPPENS IS WHEN THEY SEE THESE STUDENTS THAT THEY MIGHT ANTICIPATE HAVING AN EGO AND MAYBE MAKE SOMETHING POOR CHOICES AND THEY SEE THEM MODELING THAT GREAT CHARACTERS IT SENDS A GREAT MESSAGE TO THE OTHER STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOLS AND ITS HE WOULD BE A BEAUTIFUL THING FOR OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS TO HAVE THIS. I KNOW THE COACH WOULD LOVE TO SEE ALL HESS ATHLETICS COMING TO THEM PREPARED THE RIGHT WAY IN ALL THESE AREAS. SO THANK YOU, MARK, FOR YOUR PRESENTATION. IT'S MAKING A HUGE IMPACT. AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS ROLLING OUT IN ALL OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS NEXT YEAR WHEREBY ALL OF OUR ATHLETICS HAVE THAT ABILITY TO LEARN ALL THE GREAT THINGS YOU HAVE TO OFFER AT PCA.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE PARTNERSHIP. FOR THE RECORD, THIS IS A SECULAR PROGRAM? OKAY. I ASKED THAT QUESTION EARLIER. SORRY. COULDN'T HELP MYSELF. BUT I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THIS, BECAUSE IT IS REACHING A REALLY LARGE GROUP OF OUR STUDENT POPULATION, AND THAT IS SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE VERY MUCH FOCUS DOLLARS ON WITH ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT PROGRAMS. WE WENT TO THE LUNCHEON THE OTHER DAY WITH FRAMEWORKS. WE ARE BRINGING ALL OF THESE THINGS TOGETHER. IT'S A COHESIVE MESSAGE ACROSS THE BOARD. AND WE ARE REACHING STUDENTS WHERE THEY ARE. AND THAT'S WAY LOVE ABOUT IT. SO THE ATHLETICS ARE THERE. AND THEY ARE FOCUSED ON THEIR ATHLETICS. AND WE ARE GETTING THEM WHERE THEY ARE AT. SO I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE PARTNERSHIP. I LOOK FORWARD TO EXTENDING IT. AR MORE ABOUT THE IDEA OF OUR PE COACHES, BECAUSE THEY ARE COACHES, THAT HAVE A REALLY LARGE LARGE IMPACT IN OUR DISTRICT AS WELL. AND WHAT WE CAN DO THERE. AND THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE SKILLS SET ANALYSIS THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE HAVING A WORKSHOP ON, AND LOOKING AT WHAT IT IS THAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE BEEN LACKING FOR A WHILE. WHAT WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO REALLY TEACH THEM ON A BROADER LEVEL. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE INTERWEAVING INTO THEIR ENTIRE EDUCATION. THE MESSAGES WE ARE GETTING THERE, AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE PARTNERSHIP H.ATHLETICS IS SUCH A HUGE PART OF THESE STUDENTS' LIVES. AND WAY REALLY LIKE TOO IS THE PIECE THE PARENTS. BECAUSE I KNOW A LOT OF COACHES WILL TELL YOU THAT CERTAIN TIMES THE PARENTS ARE THE MOST DIFFICULT OBSTACLE TO OVERCOME WHEN IT COMES TO THE STUDENTS ON THE FIELD. SO THAT'S REALLY, I THINK, A CRUCIAL PIECE.

>> AS A YOUTH SPORTS PARENT, I CAN AGREE WITH THAT.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: I HAVE SEEN PARENTS CLIMBING THE FENCE YELLING AT PEOPLE. ANYWAY, BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE APPRECIATE IT.

>> THANK YOU. I WANT TO SAY EMPHATICALLY, YES, WE WOULD LIKE TO WORK WITH THE PE TEACHERS.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: I THINK THERE'S SOME CONVERSATIONS THAT WILL BE TAKING PLACE NOW AS WE MOVE FORWARD. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> THANK YOU FOR THE TIME. I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO SAY WE HAVE HAD SOME GREAT PARTNERS IN THE COMMUNITY, TRIAD FOUNDATION BEING ONE OF THEM, HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION IS NOW WORKING WITH ACQUIRING OTHER PARTNERS. SO THIS IS SOMETHING WHERE PARTNERS IN OUR COMMUNITY COME FINANCIALLY TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THIS. SO IT'S BEEN ONE OF THOSE THINGS ON A DISTRICT LEVEL, IT HASN'T BEEN ANYTHING ON OUR END, AND IT'S BEEN MORE OF THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT, ZERO DOLLARS, AND PCA HAS DONE A GREAT JOB WITH THIS, AS A STEWARD OF THE DOLLARS.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND NOT TOO LONG FROM NOW WE ARE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL AND SOMETHING WE ARE DOING THERE, AND SOMETHING THAT POSITIVELY IMPACTED OUR STUDENTS AND OUR COMMUNITY. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO STICK AROUND FOR THAT OR NOT. THANK YOU. WE ARE DONE WITH OUR TEACHING AND LEARNING. THE NEXT SECTION IS OUR ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS. AND I AM GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THE FOUR ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS COMING TO YOU TODAY ON THE AGENDA HAVE BEEN PROPERLY ADVERTISED, APPROPRIATE SCREENINGS WERE HELD AND INTERVIEWS BEFORE SUPERINTENDENT STAFF WERE CONDUCTED. HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT PROCESSES ADOPTED BY THIS BOARD WAS FOLLOWED. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT ESSIE JOHNSON WILSON TO THE PRINCIPAL OF BRANT HILL CHARTER SCHOOL MAIMENT 9, 2016. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER IN EDUCATION IN 2000 IN MOBILE COUNTY SCHOOLS AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER, FROM 2000 TO 2012 SHE WAS A CLASSROOM TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATIVE INTRERN AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND PRINCIPAL. SHE TAUGHT AT THE MENDEZ EXCEPTIONAL CENTER. IN 2013 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE ADMINISTRATOR AT THE MENDEZ CENTER WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. STUART, A SECOND BY MS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, PLEAS INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTONS. IT IS UNANIMOUS. MS. WILSON, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT JENNIE HUNKNS TO THE SUPERVISOR OF MTSS, RESPONSE INTERVENTION, TO SUPERVISOR OF MTSS RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF MAY 9. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN 2006 AS A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST, FROM 2006 TO 2014 SHE WAS A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST AT SESSUMS, BROOKER, POTTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE AREA 4 OFFICE N.2014 SHE WAS APPOINTED COORDINATOR OF PROJECT CLIMATE WHERE SHE CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES AND SECOND BY MRS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. MS. HUNKINS, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT PHILIP FRANCIS, CURRENTLY THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT ROGERS MIDDLE SCHOOL TO THE SUPERVISOR OF ELEMENTARY GUIDANCE WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF MAY 9, 2016. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER IN EDUCATION IN 1995 AS A DISTRICT TEACHER IN MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. IN 1998 HE WAS APPOINTED THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR OF ALACHUA COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. HE WAS APPOINTED BEHAVIOR SUPPORT SPECIALIST IN BROWARD COUNTY SCHOOLS N.2002 HE BEGAN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL N.2004 HE WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT KING HIGH SCHOOL FROM 2005 TO 2015 HE HELD ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS OUT OF STATE. HE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT ROGERS MIDDLE SCHOOL WHERE HE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES, A SECOND BY MRS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. MR. FRANCIS, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>SUSAN VALDES: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I WOULD LIKE TO JUST MENTION IN MY CONVERSATION WITH MS. TYE IN REFERENCE TO MR. FRANCIS, I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU SPEAK FOUR LANGUAGES? THREE. AND YOU ARE ORIGINALLY FROM HAITI. SO THIS IS SO MEANINGFUL, BECAUSE THE HAITIAN POPULATION IS GROWING TREMENDOUSLY, AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO BE ABLE TO HELP THESE FAMILIES AND STUDENTS REALLY NAVIGATE AND LEARN HOW TO NAVIGATE AND COMMUNICATE IN THEIR LANGUAGE. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SHARING THAT WITH US TODAY. I DIDN'T MEAN TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT. BUT AS MUCH AS I AM SUPPORTIVE OF DIVERSITY AND UNDERSTANDING THE STUDENTS' NEEDS OF OUR DISTRICT, IN OUR DISTRICT, ACROSS THE DISTRICT, I KNOW THAT THE HAITIAN POPULATION WILL DEFINITELY -- THEY SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF THE FACT THAT YOU ARE IN THIS POSITION NOW AND BEING ABLE TO REALLY HELP THE COMMUNITY AS WELL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

>> IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT JAMIE JOHNSON, PREVIOUSLY THE DIRECTOR OF EARLY LEARNING FROM PROVINCE SCHOOLS IN JACKSONVILLE FLORIDA TO THE PRINCIPAL OF DOROTHY THOMAS SCHOOL WITH AN EFFECT TICH DATE OF MAY 9, 2016. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER IN 1993, FROM 93 TO 99 SHE TAUGHT AT LUTZ, DALE MABRY AND HUNTER SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLINGS N.1999 SHE WAS APPOINTED ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCE TEACHER AT HUNTERS GROAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL N.2000 SHE WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT PRIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IN 2004 SHE WAS APPOINTED PRINCIPAL, AND IN 2009 SERVED AS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, PRINCIPAL AND DIRECTOR IN DUVAL AND BAKER COUNTIES.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. KURDELL AND SECOND BY MRS. STUART. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. MS. JOHNSON, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> YOU HAVE SO MANY FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS, I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE TO SAY IT. BUT GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY YOUR RETIREMENT. SOME BIG SHAWS TO FILL FROM A LITTLE LADY.

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, NELL. BOARD MEMBERS, I DO HAVE SOME ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS THAT I WANT TO RECOGNIZE VERY QUICKLY HERE. THIS IS THEIR FIRST JOB APPOINTED AS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL IN OUR DISTRICT. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE MATTHEW JOHNSON, CURRENTLY THE LEAD TEACHER TO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF STUDENT AFFAIRS AT ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL. STACIE CLEARY CURRENTLY A TEACHER AT NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL TO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL. JESSICA MCNEMAN TO THE ASSISTANT CENTRAL AT BURNS MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL. LIFT RANDALL HIGH SCHOOL. JULIE MENTOR, CURRENTLY A GIFTED TEACHER AT DUNBAR TO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT FOSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. AND MICHELLE PEREZ RIN ALDO, CURRENTLY A MENTOR AT MENDENHALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WE WANT TO CONGRATULATE THESE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS FOR THEIR INITIAL APPOINTMENTS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THAT CONCLUDES THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS SECTION B. WE ARE NOW MOVING ONTO THE REGULAR AGENDA. BOARD MEMBERS ASSOCIATION ITEMS HAVE BEEN MOVED UP ON THE AGENDA TO ACCOMMODATE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT ARE HERE. C-806, C-3902 AND D-01. AND COULD I HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THESE ITEMS AND APPROVE THEM SEPARATELY I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. STUART. A SECOND BY MRS. SNIVELY. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THAT'S UNANIMOUS. SO EACH ONE IF I COULD JUST HAVE A MOTION -- WELL, WE HAVE ALREADY DONE THAT. WE'LL JUST VOTE ON THEM. THE FIRST ONE IS ITEM 8.06 TO APPROVE THE NAMING OF THE GYMNASIUM AT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. MARY BETH BROOKS, SUPERINTENDENT, WELCOME.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EKE INAND STAFF. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO BE HERE TONIGHT TO HONOR AND INTRODUCE MR. JOHNNY BUSH FROM ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL WHO WILL BE COMING UP TO GIVE YOU INFORMATION ON THE PULLED AGENDA ITEM THIS EVENING. AND WITH HIM IS NICKY LOCKETT, HIS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ADMINISTRATION WHO WILL BE ASSISTING.

>> MADAM CHAIR, HONOR RAB RAL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EKE INAND STAFF. THANK YOU FOR MOVING THIS ITEM UP ON YOUR AGENDA THERE, AS WE ARE GOING TO BE GETTING OUT OF HERE AS SOON AS WE ARE DONE. WE ARE HONORED TO HAVE COACH VALDES, FAMILY AND FRIENDS JOINING US HERE TODAY. AND WITHOUT FURTHER DELAY, I AM GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO MRS. LOCKETT WHO HAS BEEN DOING AN AMAZING JOB GETTING US SITUATED WITH EVERYTHING. SHE'S OUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ADMINISTRATION. AND SHE WILL READ THE REQUEST FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. THANK YOU ALL AGAIN.

>> GOOD EVENING MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT EKE INAND STAFF. THOMAS J. VALDES -- HERMAN VALDES HAS BEEN AN ASSET TO OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR SCHOOL. HE HAS HAD A POSITIVE IMPACT IN THE LIVES OF OR STUDENTS, PARENTS, TEACHERS, OVER HIS VAST YEARS OF SERVICE IN OUR FINE SCHOOL DISTRICT. MR. VALDES HAS HELD POSITIONS AS A TEACHER, COACH, HUMAN RELATIONS SPECIALIST, DEAN, AND PRINCIPAL AT THE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL. HIS HUMBLE AND GENTLE NATURE WITH STUDENTS DURING POSITIVE AND DIFFICULT TIMES WAS ALWAYS PLEASING AND REASSURING. IN 1969, MR. VALDES WAS NAMED HEAD BOYS BASKETBALL COACH AT TR ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL AND PRODUCED SOME OF THE AREAS MOST TALENTED PLAYERS SUCH AS ALL AMERICAN CHARLIE BRADLEY AND DARRYL PATTERSON. MR. VALDES MADE TWO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCES IN BOYS BASKETBALL DURING HIS TENURE AT TR ROBINSON AS A HEAD COACH, HE AMASSED AN IMPRESSIVE WIN-LOSS RECORD OF 567 WINS, 173 LOSSES, WITH 7 TRIPS TO THE FINAL FOUR IN BOYS BASKETBALL. MR. VALDES MOTIVATED HIS TEAM TO ACQUIRE A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP IN 1978 AND WAS VOTED STATE VOLLEYBALL COACH OF THE YEAR. THE SAME YEAR. HE HAS WON NUMEROUS COACHING AWARDS BY SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS WITHIN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM. MR. VALDES LEFT AN IMMEASURABLE IMPRESSION ON THE LIVES OF SO MANY AROUND ROBINSON FAMILY SINCE HIS RETIREMENT FROM OUR SCHOOL IN 2005. WE WILL NEVER FORGET HIS SENSE OF HUMOR, PRIDE, CHARACTER, DIGNITY AND WILLINGNESS TO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS, TEACHERS AND THOSE IN NEED. THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING THE NAMING OF OUR GYMNASIUM AFTER BELOVED GENTLEMAN AND FRIEND OF TR ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL, HERMAN J. VALDES.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. I HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR BY MRS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU.

>> I STARTED THIS JOURNEY AS A YOUNG GUY WITH A LOT OF HAIR. IT'S BEEN AN AMAZING JOURNEY. IF I HAD MY CAREER TO DO ALL OVER AGAIN, I WOULD NOT DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT. THERE'S VERY FEW MEN AND WOMEN THAT CAN CITE THAT. THERE'S GOT TO BE SOME OF MY BOYS HERE. I THINK THEY LEFT. THIS IS MY WIFE BETTY OF 56 YEARS. [ APPLAUSE ] MY OLDEST DAUGHTER DEBBIE. MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER NELLY. MY GRANDDAUGHTER A MANNED. A WE HAVE FOUR GENERATIONS BETWEEN US. AND WE ARE MISSING A DAUGHTER. SHE'S A HIGH LEVEL ADMINISTRATOR WITH ARE VERIZON AND LIVING IN NEW JERSEY. OF COURSE YOU KNOW THERE'S A BIG STRIKE GOING ON SO MANAGEMENT HAS TO BE ALL OVER THE PLACE. 35 YEARS IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, 15 IN THE PRIVATE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL. I RESPECT THE CHALLENGES THAT YOU AS A BOARD HAVE WITH OUR COMMUNITY. THIS IS AN AWESOME HONOR. I'M GLAD YOU DIDN'T WAIT TO MAKE IT A MEMORIAL. (LAUGHTER) I GREW UP AT ROBINSON. ROBINSON MOLDED ME INTO THE MAN THAT I AM TODAY. AT LOUD ME TO CHANGE THE LIVES AND INVEST IN THE LIVES OF SO MANY YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN. AND WE STAY IN TOUCH TODAY. MANY DIVISION ONE PLAYERS, PLAYERS PLAY PROFESSIONALLY OVERSEAS, THREE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, TWO AT FLORIDA STATE, AND TULANE, AND SOME BIG SCHOOLS. DURING THE 70S, BASKETBALL REND AT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL AND WE DID IT WITHOUT A GYMNASIUM AT FIRST. IT WAS A SMALL COMMUNITY. 27 HIGH SCHOOLS TODAY. BACK THEN, YOU KNOW, WHEN I GREW UP, WE HAD JEFFERSON, ROBINSON AND PLANT. THERE WAS THREE. AND THEN SOME OF THE OTHER CHAMBERLAIN CAME ONBOARD. AND THEN ROBINSON AND KING. WE USED TO HAVE HAD TO TRAVEL, MR. EAKINS, TO PLAY WINTER HAVEN, WE HAD TO GO SOUTH TO SARASOTA IN ORDER TO FULFILL THE SCHEDULE. AND THOSE WERE FUN DAYS. I STARTED COACHING AND TEACHING AT 4200 DOLLARS A YEAR. 4,200 A YEAR. I HAD A NICE NEW APARTMENT. I DROVE A NEW CAR. I HAD MY OLDEST DAUGHTER, DEBBIE. TODAY IT TAKES ME 4200 TO TAKE MY GRANDCHILDREN TO BURGER KING. BUT EVERYTHING IS RELATIVE. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THIS HONOR. I WANT TO THANK MR. BUSH AND HIS STAFF FOR WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH THROUGH MY GIRLS AND E-MAILS AND SUCH. I WANT TO SAY THAT I AM BLESSED AND HUMBLED AND I THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GOD BLESS YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MS. HARRIS.

>>SALLY HARRIS: I JUST WANT TO SAY, MR. VALDES, THAT YOU DID INFLUENCE A LOT OF PEOPLE, AND OF COURSE YOU AND I HAVE TALKED, BUT I AM EVEN ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE. YOU HAVE BEEN A LEGEND TO ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL, BUT TO MANY SCHOOLS. YOU HAVE BEEN A LEGEND TO MANY, AND WE CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR DEDICATING YOUR LIFE AND SHARING YOUR FAMILY TIME WITH ALL THOSE MANY STUDENTS. AND WHAT'S REALLY NEAT ABOUT COACH VALDES WAS IT WASN'T JUST ON THE FIELD. IF YOU NEEDED HIM, HAD HE WAS IN YOUR HOME. IF YOU NEEDED A RIDE, YOU NEEDED GAS MONEY, THE MAN HELPED YOU OUT. ANYTIME YOU NEEDED IT. HE WAS ALWAYS THERE. AND EVEN WHEN HE LEFT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM FOR A FEW YEARS AND WENT OVER TO BAYSHORE CHRISTIAN, HE STILL WAS RIGHT THERE AT ALL THOSE SCHOOLS. AND I REMEMBER HIM ALL THE WAY BACK TO MONROE. SO THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE. AND I AM VERY HAPPY TO BE A PART OF THIS DAY FOR YOU.

>> THANK YOU, SALLY. MY YEARS MOST PERSONAL WERE THOSE TEN YEARS SPENT AT MONDAY ROW. THOSE MIDDLETON KIDS CAN BE A HOOT. I FOUND MYSELF SKATEBOARDING DOWN THE HALLS. I FOUND MYSELF BEING CHALLENGED ON THE BASKETBALL COURT. SO I ACCEPTED THE CHALLENGE ONE DAY AND I REMEMBER THESE TWO LITTLE BOYS. I WALKED WITH MY SHORTS AND SHOES ON AND A BASKETBALL BALL IN MY HAND AND I TOOK THEM OUT OF THE CLASSROOM BOO INTO A BEAUTIFUL GYMNASIUM THAT WE NOW PROVIDE AT OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS, AND THE LIGHTS WERE NOT ON. SO THE LIGHTS WHEN YOU TURN THEM ON, THEY COME ON DIM. AND THEY GET BRIGHTER. WHILE THEY WERE GETTING BRIGHTER, I THEIR EYES GOT BEFORE -- THEY SAID CAN BOTH OF US PLAY AGAINST YOU? I SAID ABSOLUTELY. ONE OF THOSE FUN MOMENTS. THANK YOU.

>> I'M GLAD WE DIDN'T MAKE THIS A MEMORIAL, TOO. YOU MADE US LAUGH THIS EVENING. CONGRATULATIONS, MR. VALDES. ALL RIGHT. THAT IS 8.06. THE NEXT ITEM IS 9.02 TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT FOR KIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL. MS. HODGKIN'S.

>> TONIGHT, BEFORE YOU, YOU HAVE A CONTRACT FOR KIDS COMMUNITY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL, A 9TH GRADE SCHOOL THAT WILL BEGIN WITH 9TH AND 10TH GRADERS, RIVERVIEW SOUTH SCHOOL THAT THEIR CONTRACT WAS APPROVED FOR A TEN-YEAR PERIOD EARLIER THIS YEAR. WE ARE LOCATED AT BON RIVERVIEW AND MCMULLEN BOOTH ROAD, AND THE CONTRACT HAS BEEN NEGOTIATED AND AGREED UPON BETWEEN THE SCHOOL AND DISTRICT, AND THIS IS FROM THE APPLICATION.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS, BOARD MEMBERS? I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES, A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS 6 TO 1 WITH MRS. KURDELL AS A NO. IT PASSES.

>> WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO INTRODUCE THE ONE BOARD MEMBER WHO IS HERE?

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: YES.

>> MRS. HIGHSON IS HERE. AND THEN YOU MET IT THE OTHER TWO EMPLOYEES WHO SPOKE.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. AND CONGRATULATIONS. THE NEXT ITEM -- AND WE ARE -- I ASKED EARLIER IF THIS WAS A TIME CERTAIN, AND THEY ARE USUALLY AT 5:00 AND WE ARE PRETTY DARN CLOSE TO THAT. THE NEXT ITEM IS A PUBLIC HEARING WHICH IS PUBLIC HEARING TO ADOPT A RESOLUTION TO IDENTIFY AND APPROVE PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED DURING THE 2016 THROUGH 2021 PERIOD BY THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX PROCEEDS. AND I AM GOING TO RECESS THIS BOARD MEETING.

>> MS. GRIFFIN, CAN WE CALL UP STEVE MILLER SO HE CAN WALK US THROUGH?

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: YES. I WAS GOING TO DO THAT BUT GO AHEAD AND COME UP, MR. MILLER. ET I LOVE YOUR NAME. GREAT BAND. (LAUGHTER).

>> I THINK YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: I HAVE RECESSED THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND I AM NOW GOING TO OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING. AND MR. MILLER, PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT WE ARE GETTING READY TO DO.

>> THANK YOU. STEVE MERRIL, WE ARE BOND COUNSEL FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. I'M FILLING IN FOR MR. PATEL AND MR. STOKES WHO YOU SEE MORE OFTEN THAN ME AND THEY BOTH HAD CONFLICT TODAY. IN ANY EVENT, AS YOU PROBABLY ARE AWARE, MOST OF YOU WOULD BE -- COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX WAS APPROVED BACK IN 1996. THE ORDINANCE THAT THE COUNTY ADOPTED, THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT THAT WAS ENTERED INTO BETWEEN THE COUNTY, THE SCHOOL BOARD, TAMPA, TEMPLE TERRACE AND PLANT CITY, REQUIRED EACH OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS THAT WERE GOING TO GET A PIECE OF THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX TO EVERY FIVE YEARS HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING AND APPROVE THE USAGE OF THE TAX FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. KIND OF LAYERING ON PROJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN APPROVED. SO THE FIVE YEARS IS UP AND IT'S TIME TO ADOPT A RESOLUTION AGAIN APPROVING AN ADDITIONAL LIST OF ITEMS, FOR COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. I BELIEVE THE RESOLUTION EXHIBIT A TO BE ADDED TO THE APPROVED LIST OF SCHOOL BUSES AND SECURITY VEHICLES. SO THE ONLY ACTION NEEDED TODAY, AGAIN, PUBLIC HEARING, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC COULD BE HEARD, BUT THE ONLY ACTION REQUIRES THE ADOPTION OF THAT RESOLUTION.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: I WOULD LIKE TO ASK IF THERE ARE ANY MEMBERS FROM THE PUBLIC THAT WOULD LIKE TO COME UP AND SPEAK, AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS OFFICE, IS THERE ANYBODY THAT HAS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO THIS AGENDA ITEM? MR. PEPPY? OKAY, ONE MORE TIME, IS THERE ANYBODY FROM THE PUBLIC THAT WOULD LIKE TO COME UP AND SPEAK TO THIS AGENDA ITEM? SEEING NONE.

>> FOR THE FOR THE RESOLUTION.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: I NEED A MOTION. I'M SORRY MR. KLUTHO? YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES, MR. KLUTHO.

>> YEAH, HERE YOU ARE WITH THE TAXPAYERS MONEY AGAIN. THE ONLY THING I SEE HAPPENING, ANOTHER DEBACLE. IT HAPPENS OVER AND OVER AGAIN. LOOK AT THE ARTICLE ABOUT THE STUDY IN THE PAPER. TODAY. OF COURSE, WE HAVE GOOD OLD COMMISSIONER TURANCHIK IN HERE, RAFFLING. YOU KNOW, YOU ALWAYS DO THE RIGHT THING HERE. YOU HAVEN'T GOTTEN THE LIGHTING SYSTEM RIGHT HERE YET. AND YOUR BUILDINGS WITH YOUR NEWEST SCHOOLS IS SUPPOSED TO BE GREEN. YOU HAVE BUILDINGS THAT ARE PERPENDICULAR. WHICH ONE IS ALREADY BEING CORRECTED. ALL OF THEM CAN'T BE RIGHT. SO AGAIN, HERE WE HAVE MORE TAXPAYERS' MONEY. AND IT'S OBVIOUSLY IN THE WRONG HANDS. YEAH. THAT'S A DOGGONE SHAME. JUST REALLY IS A BIG SHAME. IT IS AMAZING HOW PEOPLE GET SO UPSET WHEN I COME HERE AND EXPOSE FRAUD AS THOUGH EVERYTHING IS OKAY. WELL, THE BOYS FOLLOW ORDERS.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO. ARE THERE ANY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THIS? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE RESOLUTION. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MRS. STUART. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? MRS. SNIVELY.

>>MELISSA SNIVELY: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AND I APOLOGIZE FOR NOT GETTING WITH YOU AHEAD OF TIME, MR. FARKAS, BUT I JUST WANTED TO SEE FROM A HIS TORQUAL ASPECT IF YOU COULD EXPOUND A LITTLE BIT ON THE TWO ITEMS LISTED ON THE SCOPE OF WORK. OBVIOUSLY YOU KNOW, BUT THE PURCHASE OF THE SCHOOL BUSES. I'M ASSUMING THAT'S PART OF THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN THAT WAS APPROVED PRIOR TO ME BEING ON THE BOARD. BUT THEN ON THE PURCHASE OF SECURITY VEHICLES AS WELL. COULD YOU JUST EXPOUND A LITTLE BIT ON THOSE TWO ITEMS? OR GRETCHEN SAUNDERS?

>>GRETCHEN SAUNDERS: IN A, NO, THIS IS PERFECT. WE WORKED ON THIS TOGETHER. IT'S AN ADDITIONAL FUNDING SOURCE BECAUSE WE KNOW PART ONE IS TAPPED. THE GENERAL FUND, WE ARE STRETCHING THE LIMITS. SO WE WERE LOOKING AT THIS COMING UP, WE SAID, WE KNOW WE NEED ADDITIONAL SCHOOL BUSES. THAT'S PART OF OUR PLAN, TO REPLACE THE 100 SCHOOL BUSES EVERY YEAR, TO TAKE THE OLD ONES THAT AREN'T RUNNING VERY WELL AND INEFFICIENT OFF THE STREET. AND THEN THE SAME THING WITH THE SECURITY VEHICLES. WE DID NOT HAVE A FUNDING SOURCE FOR OUR SECURITY VEHICLES SOAVMENT SO WHEN WE APPROACHED THE SUBJECT, THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS WE COULD USE THESE MONEYS ON. AND IT WAS PERFECT BECAUSE WE HAD TO ADVERTISE IN THE PAPER AND GET THAT INFORMATION OUT THERE. SO THIS IS HUGE FOR US.

>> THANK YOU FOR EDUCATING ME ON THAT BECAUSE I AM JUST NOT FAMILIAR WITH WHAT THAT CAN BE USED FOR. OBVIOUSLY THESE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE CAN USE. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE THAT --

>>GRETCHEN SAUNDERS: AT THIS TIME, WE HAVE NOT USED IT FOR ANYTHING ELSE.

>> THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: SO BOARD MEMBERS, THERE IS A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE RESOLUTION. IS THERE ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ALL RIGHT. I AM CLOSING NOW THE PUBLIC HEARING AND RECONVENING THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. (SOUNDING GAVEL) ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS IT FOR THE ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN PULLED UP. SO GOING ON TO THE AGENDA. RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL OF THE THESE ITEMS HAVE BEEN PULLED FOR DISCUSSION OR HIGHLIGHT. C-1.036789 C-402 A, C 603, C 605, C 606, C 607, C 6 10:C 612, C 1002, C 1003. AND 4.02-A HAS ALREADY BEEN COVERED. SO THE NEXT ITEM IS APPROVE CONTINUING -- I'M SORRY, MR. PORTER?

>> WE ALSO NEED A MOTION TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITHOUT THOSE PULLED AT THIS TIME.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA. MOTION MS. VALENTINE DECEMBER. SECOND BY MRS. HAIRS. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. MRS. VALDES?

>>SUSAN VALDES: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, FOR RECOGNIZING ME. I WOULD LIKE TO, IF IT'S OKAY WITH YOU, TO ADD AGENDA ITEM 9.03, WHICH IS THE JOB DESCRIPTION FOR THE FLORIDA BUILDING CODE MANAGER. FOR A HIGHLIGHT.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: I HAVE NO ISSUE WITH THAT BUT IT'S ALREADY BEEN APPROVED. SO YOU ARE JUST WANTING A HIGHLIGHT ON THAT. OKAY. SO STAFF, THERE IS A HIGHLIGHT ON 9.03. MOVING ON NOW. WE ARE ARE ON ITEM 1.30 TO APPROVE FOR 2016-2017. MRS. EDGECOMB, AWED COMMENT?

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: I HAVE A COMMENT AND IT GOES BACK TO DISCUSSION TONIGHT ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE EVALUATIONS ESPECIALLY AS WE APPROVE AND REAPPROVE ITEMS THAT COME BEFORE US. OVER THE YEARS I HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE NEEDS EVALUATION PORTION, TO PROVIDE SOME DATA, SOME BACKGROUND, SOME NUMBERS THAT WOULD HELP ME BETTER UNDERSTAND THE SUCCESS OF AN INITIATIVE OR A PROGRAM, ESPECIALLY COMING FOR REAPPROVAL FLVMENT THIS CASE, I JUST WANT TO COMMEND THOSE WHO WORK ON THIS PARTICULAR ACTIVITY OR AGENDA ITEM FOR PROVIDING SOME NUMBERS. CURRENTLY, THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS THAT ARE BEING SERVED THROUGHOUT THE BASE PROGRAM, TWO THINGS THAT WE ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING TO ATTRACT -- BUT ALSO IN EXECUTIVE SUMMARY, THE STATEMENT IS MADE EVERY EFFORT IS MADE TO KEEP THESE COSTS AT A MINIMUM, WHICH I THINK IS SO IMPORTANT AS WE TRY TO ENCOURAGE OUR STUDENTS TO COME INTO OUR PROGRAMS, AND SO THIS DOES NOT BECOME A BARRIER FOR THEM TO FURTHER OR ENHANCE THEIR SKILLS IN ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT AND OTHER KIND OF ACTIVITIES. SO I JUST WANT TO COMMEND MR. RAMSEY, I GUESS, PERHAPS, FOR CONTINUING TO ADHERE TO MY REQUEST OR MY CALL FOR PROVIDING SOME EVALUATION WHICH HELPS ME AS A BOARD MEMBER TO UNDERSTAND THE VALUE OF THE PROGRAM, ONE; SECONDLY, TO TALK ABOUT THE OUTCOMES THAT YOU ARE EXPECTING; AND IT ALSO GIVES ME SOME IDEAS THAT AS YOU TALK ABOUT THE FISCAL EFFICIENCY AND THE COSTS, AS YOU TALK ABOUT TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE GETTING THE RETURN ON OUR EFFORTS AND THAT KIND OF THING. SO MY COMMENT IS MOSTLY KUDOS AND APPRECIATION TO YOU FOR CONTINUING TO DO THIS. THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.03. BOARD MEMBERS, AT MS. SAUNDERS REQUEST, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE 6.03, AND I THINK MRS. STUART, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE 6.03 AND 10.02 TOGETHER. THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

>>GRETCHEN SAUNDERS: WE JUST WANTED TO WRAP THESE TWO ITEMS AGAIN. 6.037 IS THE MONTHLY BUDGET AMENDMENT AS OF MARCH 31ST. THIS IS WHAT WE BRING TO YOU EACH MONTH. WE HAVE TO BRING THIS TO YOU BY THE BUDGET AMENDMENT BECAUSE WE TRACK ANY REVENUES OR EXPENSES, WHERE WE TOOK IN ADDITIONAL REVENUE, OR WE ARE JUST MOVING EXPENSES AROUND SUCH AS PAYROLL OR THE VENDOR PAYMENTS. AGENDA 10.02 IS THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL POSITION, AGAIN AS OF MARCH 31ST. JUST A BRIEF HIGHLIGHT OF THE MONTHLY FINANCIALS. AS OF MARCH 31ST WE HAVE RECEIVED 79% OF OUR REVENUES THAT HAVE BEEN WE BASED ON DISCUSSION WAS THE SCHOOL SITE ADMINISTRATOR WITH FACULTIES AND KEGAN WAS NATURALLY REQUESTED BY ALL SCHOOL SITES. SO THIS WILL INCLUDE FOUR DAY WORKSHOPS COMING UP IN JUNE FOR 7 TRAINERS WHO IN TURN WILL BE TRAINERS FOR WORKSHOPS OF THE TEACHERS AT THEIR SITES USING THAT TRAIN THE TRAINER MODEL. AND THOSE TRAINERS WILL ALSO SERVE AS COACHES TO SUPPORT THEIR SCHOOLS, AND OTHERS IN NEED OF KEGAN. WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SPREAD THAT TRAINING AND KNOWLEDGE.

>> THANK YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING THIS ITEM. I WANT TO BRING ATTENTION TO IT FOR A SPECIFIC PHILOSOPHY AND THE WAY THAT CERTAIN STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO LEARN AND MAYBE DEVELOP IN A DIFFERENT TYPE OF ENVIRONMENT. AND THE CONNECTION THAT I SEE BETWEEN WHAT WE ARE DOING AND PREPARING OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE IS THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU DO -- WHEN YOU DO ACQUIRE A CAREER, WHEREVER THAT MIGHT BE, THERE ARE CERTAIN SKILLS THAT YOU NEED TO WORK TOGETHER IN COLLABORATIVE FASHION WITH OTHER PEOPLE. AND THAT'S SUCH AN IMPORTANT SKILL THAT WE NEED TO TEACH OUR STUDENTS SO THAT THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE CAREER OF THEIR CHOICE. JUST SPEAKING AS A BUSINESS OWNER, I SEE EVERY DAY THE EFFECTS OF BEING ABLE TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY OR NOT. AND USUALLY THE FOLKS WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO DO THAT DON'T LAST. AND OF THIS IS WHERE WE CAN REALLY PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR THAT TYPE OF FUNCTIONALITY. AND SUCCESS IN THEIR CAREERS IN THE FUTURE. THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: ANY OTHER BOARD MEMBERS? MRS. EDGECOMB?

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: I TALKED A LOT ABOUT EVALUATION. YOU PROVIDED SOME EXTENSIVE INFORMATION TO HELP LEAD US TO WHAT SUCCESSES YOU HAD IN TERMS OF REDUCTION OF SUSPENSIONS, REDUCTIONS IN ABSENTEEISM AND THAT CONTAINED OF THING. I THINK IT SPEAKS WELL TO WHAT THE GOALS ARE. AND YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, IF WE TALK TO PEOPLE IN THE INDUSTRY, FROM A TO Z, ALWAYS THIS NEED TO TALK ABOUT PROVIDING TRAINING AND READINESS FOR FUTURE EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER, COLLABORATE, TO BE CRITICAL THINKERS, TO NEGOTIATE SOLUTIONS AND THAT CONTAINED OF THING. SO I THINK HAVING THIS VERY EARLY ON FOR OUR STUDENTS IS SO ESSENTIAL. AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE ARE DOING A PRETTY GOOD JOB OF HELPING KIDS UNDERSTAND TO APPLY WHAT THEY ARE LEARNING. AND THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. ANY OTHER BOARD MEMBERS? ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, I HAVE BEEN REQUESTED BY MRS. STUART TO MOVE UP 6.12 BECAUSE OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE, MISS SNELLGROVE WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND THIS PARTICULAR ITEM. AND I THINK SHE HAS TO GET HOME TO STUDY. IS IT OKAY, BOARD MEMBERS? DO WE HAVE CONSENSUS? OKAY. SO WE ARE NOW GOING TO SEE 6.12. MR. LENO, WELCOME.

>> THIS RFP WAS ISSUED BY THE PROCUREMENT DEPARTMENT IN THE DECISION TO EXPAND WIRELESS COVERAGE TO SUPPORT THE GROWTH OF THE DISTRICT LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS IN EACH OF OUR K-12 SITES. ALL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROGRAM WERE FOLLOWED. 12 PROPOSALS WERE RECEIVED AND EVALUATED. PROPOSALS WERE SOUGHT FOR MANAGED AND TURN-KEY WIRELESS SOLUTIONS. MANAGED SOLUTIONS IS WHERE THE EQUIPMENT IS LEASED TO THE DISTRICT AND DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE IS PROVIDED BY THE VENDORS. TURN KEY SOLUTIONS IS WHERE ALL EQUIPMENT IS OWNED AND MAINTAINED BY THE DISTRICT. THE TURN KEY SOLUTION WAS DETERMINED TO BE THE BEST SOLUTION. THE IMPLEMENTATION IS SCHEDULED WITHIN 12 MONTHS. THIS TURN KEY OPTION WILL PROVIDE UPGRADED EQUIPMENT TO ALL OUR DISTRICT K-12 SCHOOLS, EXISTING EQUIPMENT WILL BE EVALUATED AND REPURPOSED IN NON-SCHOOL SITES WHEREVER BENEFICIAL AND COST EFFECTIVE THEY ARE ELIGIBLE UNDER CATEGORY 2 OF THE ERAY PROGRAM 23,875,108. THE DISTRICT WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR 20% OF THE COST NOT TO EXCEED 44,750,292. THE AGREEMENT IS CONTINGENT ON E-RATE FUNDING FOR THE APPROVAL ALREADY ESTABLISHED FOR THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR. THE VENDOR WILL INVOICE THE PORTION DIRECTLY TO E-RATE PORTION AND THE DISTRICT FOR ONLY THE 20%. WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO PRESENT THIS OPPORTUNITY TO UPDATE AND EXPAND THE WIRELESS COVERAGE FOR ALL OUR K-12 SITES. OULD LIKE LIKE TO ADD ROLAND AND HIS EXECUTIVE TEAM IS HERE TO SHOW THEIR SUPPORT AND ENTHUSIASM FOR THE PROJECT AS WELL. I CAN ENTERTAIN ANY QUESTIONS.

>> MISS SNELL I THINK GROVE.

>> I THINK IT'S A GOOD THING FOR OUR SCHOOLS, BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE INCLUDING DON'T HAVE UNLIMITED DATA SO WHEN TEACHERS ASK TO TAKE OUT YOUR PHONES FOR EDUCATIONAL USE, IN CIRCUMSTANCES, SOME CLASSES DON'T HAVE THAT WI-FI. SO I THINK THAT GETTING WI-FI FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL CLASS THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL WILL BE BENEFICIAL, BECAUSE EVERY STUDENT CAN USE THEIR PHONE. AND AT MY SCHOOL, WE HAVE LAPTOPS. AND THE LAPTOPS ARE PRODUCTIVE. BUT IT'S EASIER JUST TO WHIP OUT YOUR PHONE WHEN INSTRUCTED TO, AND GO ON THE WI-FI, AND IT'S JUST QUICKER AND IT'S MORE BENEFICIAL FOR THE TEACHERS AND FOR THE STUDENTS. SO I THINK THAT IT'S A GREAT IDEA. AND I THINK IT SHOULD BE APPROVED. THANK YOU.

>>CAROL KURDELL: HOW MUCH MONEY ARE YOU SAVING BY MOVING FROM BRIGHT HOUSE TO THIS COMPANY?

>> THEY PROVIDE OUR LAN SERVICE CURRENTLY. THIS IS FOR WAY FAY WITHIN THE SCHOOLS THAT WILL CONNECT TO OUR LAN. THIS IS ABOUT 19 MILLION THAT THE E RATE PROGRAM WILL FUND.

>> AND HOW MANY SCHOOLS DO WE HAVE TO DO?

>> 218 ON THIS AGENDA ITEM THAT WE ARE DOING. AND THEN ANY EQUIPMENT THAT WE FIND OUT THAT WE CAN MAKE AND REPURPOSE THAT SOME OF IT DOES HAVE SOME EQUIPMENT OUT THERE, WE'LL LOOK AT IT, EVALUATE IT AND PUT IN THE SOME OF THE NONSCHOOLS SO IT'S ACTUALLY MORE THAN 218.

>>CAROL KURDELL: YOU HAVE GREAT CONFIDENCE?

>> YES. THEY CAME WITH GREAT REFERRALS. PINELLAS COUNTY AS WELL. SO WE CAN SEE HOW WELL THEY DID. HAD GOOD FEEDBACK.

>> SO YOU DID AN EVALUATION FIRST?

>> PART OF THE RFP.

>>SUSAN VALDES: AND IN REFERENCE TO THE PAST WHEN WE HAVE DONE THESE TYPES OF PROJECTS FOR AND USED E RATE, WE WOULD HAVE TO WHAT I WOULD CALL FRONT LOAD. ON THIS AGENDA ITEM, HOW ARE WE MANAGING THAT?

>> NO WHAT YOU ARE REFERENCING IS THE SMALLER BILLS LIKE THE TELEPHONE BILLS. WE'LL PAY THE TELEPHONE AND REBATE BACK AT THE END OF THE YEAR, INVOICE AND PROCESS. THIS IS A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF MONEY. WE CAN'T AFFORD TO FORK THAT MONEY UP FRONT. THAT'S WHY IT'S A BURDEN, AND THE BENEFIT TO US WHERE THE VENDOR WILL BILL DIRECTLY TO THE E RATE PROGRAM AND BILL US SEPARATELY SO IT WILL BE TWO INVOICES, ONE WITH THE E RATE PORTION SO WE DON'T HAVE TO UPLOAD THAT.

>>SUSAN VALDES: IT SEEMS LIKE A MUCH CLEANER PROCESS AS WELL.

>> IT CERTAINLY SENIOR.

>> E RATE HAS VARIOUS LEVELS TO APPLY FOR SERVICES IN THE REIMBURSEMENT. THERE ARE SERVICES LAKE TELECOMMUNICATIONS THAT YOU ACTUALLY -- YOU WOULD HAVE TO PAY FIRST, AND THEN IT WOULD ACTUALLY BE CREDITED TO YOUR ACCOUNT. BACK IN THE DAYS YOU ACTUALLY RECEIVED A CHECK IN THE MAIL. AS LAWS CHANGE, THE REGULATIONS AND THE PARAMETERS FOR OBTAINING E RATE ELIGIBILITY CHANGES FROM YEAR TO YEAR OF THE SO THIS TEAM A GOOD JOB WITH LAWS CHANGING AND REGULATIONS CHANGING AND MAKING SURE WE DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY. BECAUSE THIS AGENCY CHANGES FROM YEAR TO YEAR, AND THIS OPPORTUNITY MIGHT NOT BE THERE NEXT YEAR. SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO KIND OF BE AHEAD AND PROACTIVE AND MAKE SURE THAT WE DO GET WHAT IS ALLOWED FOR US TO PARTICIPATE AS A DISTRICT FOR OUR SCHOOLS.

>> THIS IS A MUCH CLEANER PROCESS AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD THIS NEXT YEAR BEING ABLE TO INCREASE THE WI-FI OPPORTUNITIES. AND I AGREE WITH YOU, EVERY CLASSROOM SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO WI-FI, BECAUSE IF YOU USE UP ALL OF YOUR DATA, IT BECOMES A CHALLENGE. AND THE PARENTS WON'T BE VERY HAPPY ABOUT THAT ON THEIR BILL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE HIGHLIGHT.

>>CINDY STUART: CAN YOU WALK US THROUGH -- EVERY TIME I SEE, THIS I LOOK AT IT AND, RELIABLE COVERAGE FOR ALL WIRELESS DEVICES FOR THE GROWTH OF THE DISTRICT. AND I HAVE BEEN DOWN THIS ROAD. AND HOW MANY TIMES ARE WE GOING TO GO DOWN THIS ROAD AND WHEN ARE WE GOING TO GET TO A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE HAS WIRELESS ACCESS? IT JUST DOESN'T SEEM THAT DIFFICULT. AND I REMEMBER GETTING LISTS OF SCHOOLS THAT WERE GOING TO HAVE, YOU KNOW, WI-FI INSTALLED AND EVERYONE WAS GOING TO HAVE -- CAN YOU TELL US WHAT DOES THIS ADD TO THE CONVERSATION? AND WHEN ARE WE GOING TO FINALLY REACH THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL?

>> THIS IS THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. I CAN TELL YOU WHAT WE HAVE CURRENTLY RIGHT NOW IS PRETTY MUCH WHAT WE SAID A YEAR AGO, WIRELESS IN EVERY OTHER CLASSROOM AND NO COMMON AREAS. WHAT YOU ARE REFERRING TO, WE DID GO THROUGH THE BID PRO LAST YEAR AND LOOKING AT SERVICES BUT THAT WAS LIMITED TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND HIGH SCHOOLS. WE DIDN'T ACTUALLY ENGAGE THAT ONCE WE STARTED DOING THE DUE DILIGENCE AND NEGOTIATION WITH THE VENDOR. THAT'S WHAT STOPPED IT. WE WENT BACK OUT AND SAID ACROSS THE BOARD WHAT CAN WE DO FOR ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL. AND WITH THE CHANGES IN E RATE GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THIS YEAR TO GET THE FUNDING UP FRONT TO GET COVERED IN ONE YEAR. NOW WE ARE ABLE TO TAKE THIS BACK IN ITS ENTIRETY WHICH WILL COVER ALL THE SCHOOLS THAT WE CAN DO, AND IT'S GOING TO BE MUCH MORE EFFICIENT. THIS WILL GIVE THE SAME WHAT WAS PRESENTED TO YOU THE FULL CAPACITY COVERAGE SO THAT WE WILL HAVE THE COMMON AREAS IN EVERY CLASSROOM WILL BE COVERED TO ADD MORE CAPACITY SO WE CAN HANDLE IT WITH THE INITIATIVE.

>> THANK YOU FOR PULLING THAT OUT. I DIDN'T PULL THIS ITEM FOR CONVERSATION, SO WE DIDN'T HAVE THIS CONVERSATION PRIOR. BUT I APPRECIATE THAT. WHEN DO WE RECEIVE E RATE DOLLARS?

>> I CAN ANSWER. THAT WE RECEIVE IT ANNUALLY. WE DO REIMBURSEMENT SO IT'S USUALLY THE TELEPHONE AND \TAMPA\THE INTERNET CONNECTION. THESE AND PAST EXPERIENCES WENT WIRELESS. THEY ARE GETTING MUCH MORE EFFICIENT NOW SO WHEN YOU TURN IN AN INVOICE, THE E RATE PROGRAM WILL GIVE IT BACK TO THEM IN 30 DAYS. BUT IT'S USUALLY ON AN ANNUAL BASIS FOR THE SMALLER TICKETED ITEMS.

>> MY CONCERN IN THAT CONVERSATION IS WHERE WE TALK ABOUT IF THE FULL E RATE IS NOT AVAILABLE, ARE WE FUNDING THAT SO --

>> THEY A PROFIT UP FRONT FOR THE ENTIRE AMOUNT SO WE'LL GET APPROVAL FOR THAT $23 MILLION. HOW WE PUT IT FORWARD AS WE PAY, THAT'S HOW WE CONTROL IT IN THE CONSTRUCTION.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: LINDSAY, I KNOW YOU HAVE GOT TO RUN TO STUDY FOR YOUR EXAM. BEFORE YOU DO, IN YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT WHY WE SHOULD APPROVE THIS, YOU TALKED ABOUT THAT YOUR TEACHERS SAY GET YOUR PHONE OUT. I HEARD YOU EMPHASIZE THAT IN YOUR COMMENTS. BUT TALK TO THE BOARD JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT'S THE GREATEST UTILIZATION OF THIS TECHNOLOGY WITH YOUR PHONE, AND WHAT CLASSES AND IN WHAT WAYS DO YOU USE -- YOU HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE YOUR PHONE OR YOUR LAPTOP? IT SOUND LIKE A PRIORITY WOULD THE PHONE. BUT HOW OFTEN YOU USE IT AND ALSO WHAT KIND OF EXPERIENCES DO TEACHERS ASK YOU TO UTILIZE YOUR PHONE?

>> SURE. FOR EXAMPLE, THIS WEEK IN MY MARINE SCIENCE CLASS, WE HAVE BEEN LEARNING ABOUT MARINE BIRDS.

>> WHAT?

>> MARINE BIRDS LIKE SEAGULLS, BIRDS LIKE THAT. AND WE HAD TO USE OUR PHONES. OUR TEACHER SAID WE COULD. WE GOT THAT. WE HAD TO USE OUR PHONES TO LOOK UP LIKE THE DIFFERENT COLORS OF THE FEATHERS AND THE DIFFERENT SHAPES THAT THE BIRDS ARE, AND JUST DESCRIPTIONS OBVIOUSLY. SO IT WAS EASIER JUST TO TAKE OUT OUR PHONES. IN THAT CLASS THE WI-FI DOES WORK AT A GOOD SPEED. BUT IN SOME OF THE CLASSES THE WAY FAY ISN'T AS STRONG OR ISN'T PRESENT. SO IF WE DIDN'T HAVE THE WI-FI, SOME PEOPLE COULDN'T GO ON THEIR PHONES BECAUSE OF DATA. AND ALSO IN MY PHILOSOPHY CLASS, MY TEACHER LET'S THEM USE THEIR PHONES A LOT TO RESEARCH, AND I THINK IT'S REALLY BENEFICIAL BECAUSE WITHOUT OUR PHONES, YES, WE COULD USE A LAPTOP FROM THE LIBRARY, BUT IT'S JUST AT A SLOWER SPEED AND IT'S EASIER TO JUST TAKE OUT OUR PHONE AND GET EVERYTHING DONE WITHIN THE 50-MINUTE PERIOD, AND SOMETIMES WHEN WE USE THE LAPTOPS, IT JUST TAKES LIKE HALF A PERIOD. SO WE DON'T GET AS MUCH WORK DONE, WHICH ISN'T GOOD, OBVIOUSLY.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: THANK YOU. SO YOU ARE DOING IT FOR THE TEACHING AND LEARNING ENVIRONMENT BUT WHAT HAPPENS TO A STUDENT HOP MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE A PHONE? THIS IS AN ALTERNATIVE \TOE\TO USE A LAPTOP, WHAT CAN HAPPEN? I KNOW MOST STUDENTS HAVE THEM BUT OCCASIONALLY A STUDENT LEAVES THE PHONE AT HOME OR DOESN'T HAVE ONE. WHAT HAPPENS IN YOUR CLASSROOM SETTING?

>> WELL, SOME TEACHERS HAVE COMPUTERS, PCS IN THEIR CLASS, SO YOU CAN USE THEIR COMPUTERS, OR SOMETIMES, I KNOW IN MY HEALTH CLASS MY TEACHER WILL RUN OUT OF LAPTOPS BUT MOST PEOPLE CHOOSE TO USE THEIR PHONES FOR THE LAPTOPS. BUT MOST OF THE TIME KIDS JUST SHARE THEIR PHONES WITH ONE ANOTHER BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO GET THE SAME INFORMATION EITHER WAY. SO LEARNING ABOUT THE SAME TOPIC. SO IT'S GOOD. IF I HAVE MY PHONE, OR IF I BROUGHT MY IPAD -- I DON'T A LOT, BUT IF SOMEONE NEEDED IT, I WOULD LEND TO THE THEM AND THEY CAN USE THE SCHOOL WI-FI WHICH WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO THEM.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: BEYOND THE TECHNOLOGY PART, HOW TO SHARE AND GOOD CITIZENSHIP AND WORK IN COLLABORATION ALSO. THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: AND I KNOW WHEN I AM ON DISTRICT WI-FI I CAN'T STREAM PANDORA. WE HAVE LIMITS. AND I ONLY SAID THAT BECAUSE -- AND THAT WAS THE REASON FOR THAT, BECAUSE WE ARE LIMITING WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO DO AND WHAT THEY ARE ABLE TO LOOK FOR. SO USING A REAL LIFE EXAMPLE THERE. MR. VASQUEZ. DR. VASQUEZ. VAS VAS I WANTED TO COMMENT ON MRS. STUART'S OF THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. WHEN IT COMES TO TECHNOLOGY, IT'S AN ONGOING EVALUATION. SO THIS MILLION NOT BE THE LAST TIME YOU WILL SEE AN AGENDA ITEM LIKE THIS IN FRONT OF THE BOARD, BECAUSE AS OUR STUDENT POPULATION GROWS, SO IN ORDER TO ACTUALLY MEET THE NEED OF THE STUDENTS AS WELL AS THE TEACHERS IN ORDER TO DELIVER INSTRUCTION. MANY OF OUR TEXTBOOKS ARE MOVING TOWARDS THE DIGITAL ARENA. WE ARE NOW TALKING ABOUT VIDEO CONFERENCING IN CLASSROOMS AND SO FORTH. SO WITH ALL OF THAT, AND ALL THOSE REQUIREMENTS THAT COMING, AND REQUESTS THAT ARE COMING FROM OUR STUDENTS, THIS WILL NOT THE LAST TIME YOU WILL SEE THESE TYPE OF AGENDA ITEMS COMING IN FRONT OF YOU. IT'S AN ONGOING EVALUATION. AND CONVERSATION BETWEEN I.T., CURRICULUM, AND PRINCIPALS, AS WELL AS STUDENTS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THE BEST EQUIPMENT IN OUR SCHOOLS IN ORDER TO DRIVE INSTRUCTION. SO YOU WILL PROBABLY SEE THIS AGAIN.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MS. KURDELL.

>>CAROL KURDELL: THAT'S MY CAUTION, THE REASON I ASKED THE QUESTION. AND YOUR EXPLANATION TO MRS. STUART CLARIFIES IT BECAUSE WE ARE GOING FROM MANAGED CARE -- SOUND LIKE HEALTH CARE -- WHICH THEY OWN THE EQUIPMENT AND THEY MANAGE THE SYSTEM, BUT IT'S IN OUR SCHOOLS, CORRECTED?

>> NO. PART OF THE VALLEYS WAS WE HAD A MANAGED OFFERING WE WERE LOOKING AT, OR TURN KEY. WE SELECTED THE TURN KEY WAS MORE COST EFFECTIVE. WE HAVE NEVER HAD A FULL MANAGED SERVICE WHERE SOMEBODY IS ACTUALLY MONITORING IT AND WATCHING IT. WE HAVE ALWAYS WORKED OUR OWN AND MANAGED OUR STAFF.

>>CAROL KURDELL: SO THAT WILL CONTINUE.

>> THAT'S GOING TO CONTINUE UNDER THIS SYSTEM.

>>CAROL KURDELL: MY CONFUSION. I THOUGHT WE HAD OTHER PEOPLE THAT MANAGED IT FOR US.

>> AND MAYBE SINCE WE CONFUSED THE TWO, BRIGHT HOUSE DOES MANAGE THAT SEGMENT SO THE CONNECTIVITY OF THE SCHOOLS IS MANAGED. THIS IS JUST WI-FI IN THE SCHOOLS.

>>CAROL KURDELL: SO THAT'S WHERE MY CONFUSION WAS. THANKS FOR CLEARING THAT UP. BUT WE ARE GOING TO BE DOWN THE ROAD AND YOU ARE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT HAVING TO UPDATE US, HAVING PEOPLE TO FIX IT, REPAIR IT, REPLACE IT. IT'S A CONVERSATION THAT WILL NEVER GO AWAY.

>> AND TECHNOLOGY WILL CHANGE, TOO. IN FIVE YEARS FROM NOW YOU WILL SEE THIS AGAIN BECAUSE IT WILL BE A DIFFERENT TECHNOLOGY.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MRS. STUART.

>> I'M SORRY. I'M HOPING THAT OUR ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOLS ARE ON THAT LIST AS WELL?

>> YES.

>> BECAUSE I WAS RECENTLY AT ONE AND THEIR WI-FI SITUATION WAS ABYSMAL. AND THEY SPENT SOME OF THEIR OWN DOLLARS ON GETTING THAT TAKEN CARE OF. AND IT IS AN ONGOING CONVERSATION BECAUSE IT WILL CHANGE. AS TEACHERS CHANGE IN SCHOOLS, TOO, AND ONE TEACHER IN PART OF THE SCHOOLMATE NOT BE USING TECHNOLOGY AND COMPLAIN BECAUSE THERE'S NO WIRELESS THERE, AND THEN THERE'S A NEW TEACHER IN THAT CLASSROOM IS USING IT AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MANAGE THAT ALL THE TIME. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE IT. AND GOOD LUCK ON YOUR EOCS. ALL RIGHT. THE NEXT ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS, IS ITEM 6.06 WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ELECTRONIC RESOURCES, ASSOCIATION SUPERVISION AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, ASCD. AND TAMALA JACKSON, DIRECTOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

>> MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, AND STAFF. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS AGENDA ITEM FOR THE PURCHASE OF DICKS ADDITIONAL ELECTRONIC RESOURCES, WHICH ALLOW EASY ACCESS TO CURRENT PROFESSIONAL TITLE, TO SUPPORT THE PRESCRIPTIVE LEARNING, NEEDS OF ALL OF OUR TEACHERS, OUR LEADERS, AND SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT. THE COLLECTION CONTAINS FULT TEXTS AND PERIODICALS AND CAN BE ADDRESSED THROUGH THE INTERNET THROUGH HOME, SCHOOL OR MOBILE DEVICES. NOT ONLY CAN EMPLOYEES ACCESS THESE TITLES ON THEIR OWN, BUT WE HAVE SEVERAL TRAININGS, BOTH TEACHER TRAINING AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING THAT UTILIZE THESE ELECTRONIC BOOKS AS A RESOURCE WITHIN THE TRAINING. THE TITLES IN THE BUNDLE INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT, INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES, WORKING WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS, CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE TEACHING, STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP. WITH THE ADDITION OF THIS NEW BUNDLE, WE WILL HAVE ACCESS TO 330 PROFESSIONAL TITLES. OVER THE LAST YEAR, THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 10,000 SEARCHES AND OVER 17,000 RETRIEVALS.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MRS. STUART, PULLED THIS FOR HIGHLIGHT. DO YOU HAVE A COMMENT?

>>CINDY STUART: I D.I WANT TO BRIEFLY V MRS. JACKSON TALK ABOUT THE BENEFITS THAT THIS PROVIDES TO OUR TEACHERS AND STAFF FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, AND THE DOLLARS THAT ARE BEING SAVED BY NOT ACTUALLY PURCHASING THE HARDBACK TEXTBOOKS WHEN WE DO THIS, AND THEY ARE ABLE TO AT THEIR LEISURE DOWNLOAD THESE ITEMS AND USE THEM. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT HIGHLIGHT.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MRS. VALDES? VERY GOOD. ANY OTHER COMMENTS? THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE IN AND OUT AT 6.07 TO APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM AGREEMENT WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH FOUNDATION TO EXPAND ENGINEERING EDUCATION IN K-8 SCHOOLS. SUPERVISOR OF ELEMENTARY SCIENCE.

>> MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THE INITIATIVE TO EXPAND AND ENHANCE ENGINEERING EDUCATION IN K-8, OR K-4-K-8 PROGRAMS WHICH IS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN HILLSBOROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND HILLSBOROUGH FOUNDATION, 100 AND THEIR FUNDERS. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE ENJOYED A ROBUST EXPANSION OF ENGINEERING LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR STUDENTS OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS, ESPECIALLY THAT IN ALL OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS THROUGH ITSELF INQUIRING MONDAYS OF THE LATER THE ENGINEERING PRACTICE STANDARDS OF NTSS, MULTIPLE K-5 LESSONS WERE DEVELOPED AND IMPLEMENTED IN ELEMENTARY THIS WORK WAS FOLLOWED BY INTEGRATED STEM LESSONS FOCUSED ON ENGINEERING IN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS. WE NOW HAVE MULTIPLE PARTNERSHIPS. THOSE INCLUDE POST-SECONDARY PARTNERS TO MEASURE THE IMPACT OF THESE LESSONS UPON STEM TEACHING AND LEARNING. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS ALSO WORKING WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA TO ENSURE THAT K-8 PRESERVICE TEACHERS RECEIVE FOUNDATION EXPERIENCES IN OUR SCHOOLS WITH ENGINEERING LESSONS THROUGH TWO RESIDENCY PROGRAMS, RESIDENCY PROJECT. THE LATTER OF THE TWO CULMINATE FOR PRESERVICE TEACHERS WHICH IS CO-TAUGHT BY BOTH COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING FACULTY. EXPANSIONS OF FULL IMPLEMENTATION IN EACH OF OUR MATH AND SCIENCE CLASSROOM IN THE DISTRICT HAVE BEEN CHALLENGING DUE TO OUR EXPANSIVE SIZE. WE ARE NOW AT AN IMPORTANT CROSSROADS IN OUR IMPLEMENTATION, AND IN NEED OF A STRATEGIC PLAN, K-8 LEADERS THAT CAN BE CONVEYED TO SCHOOLS, AND TO SUPPORT TEACHERS AT SCHOOL SITES. THIS PROJECT ALLOWS THE DISTRICT TO CREATE THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION TO REACH OUR GOALS. THE GOAL OF THE E-4-K-8 PROJECT IS TO DEVELOP A DISTRICT STRATEGIC PLAN TO ENHANCE AND EXPAND ENGINEERING IN OUR K-8 SCHOOL SITES, TO INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO, ONE, STRENGTHENING THE WORKING KNOWLEDGE OF DISTRICT LEADERSHIPS OF BEST PRACTICES IN K-8 ENGINEERING AND STEM EDUCATION, TWO, DEVELOPING INDIVIDUALIZED PLANS OF ACTION FOR EACH CONTENT AREA IN GRADE LEVEL BANDS, AND, THREE, CREATING A DISTRICT WIDE STRATEGIC PLAN FOR IMPLEMENTATION DURING THE FIRST SEMESTER OF THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR. FUNDING WILL BE PROVIDED FROM 100 TO THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION WHO WILL DISPERSE FUNDS DIRECTLY TO THE DISTRICT FOR GRANT RELATED ACTIVITIES. THESE ACTIVITY INCLUDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISTRICT STAFF TO LEARN FROM EXPERTS IN THE FIELD OF ENGINEERING AND EDUCATION SUCH AS THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING AND THE NATIONAL SCIENCE EDUCATION LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATION. FUNDS WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT THE 2016 STEM LEADERSHIP ACADEMY TO BE HELD IN THE FALL. DURING WHICH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WILL BE PROVIDED TO DISTRICT COACHES, RESEARCH TEACHERS AND CLASSROOM TEACHERS TO SUPPORT IMPLEMENTATION. MRS. EDGECOMB, I KNOW YOU REQUIRED HOW THIS WORKS WITH IMPACT. I CAN SAY CURRENTLY TEACHERS ARE HAVING RICH CONVERSATIONS ABOUT EVALUATING STUDENT PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS OF PROBLEM SOLVING THROUGH SCIENCE NOTEBOOKS AND OTHER ARTIFACTS. OUR K-8 TEAM FEELS THAT THIS CONTINUED WORK WILL ONLY ENHANCE OUR PLCS AND OFFER STUDIES AND VERTICAL PLANNING ALL CENTERED AROUND STUDENTS. EDGE EMG KIND OF A CONTINUATION OF THAT CONVERSATION. THE LESSONS ARE DEVELOPED BY TEACHERS IN OUR SCHOOLS. WHAT DOES THAT MIX LOOK LIKE? BECAUSE THIS IS WHY I AM ASKING. IF WE HAVE EXPERIENCED TEACHERS WHO LEARNED CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT, THEY HAVE A LEVEL -- AN UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE, AND HOW ARE WE INCORPORATING MAYBE NEW TEACHERS WHO HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF IMPLEMENTING THESE BUT DON'T HAVE THE SAME LEVEL OF EXPERIENCE OF WORKING ON THAT PLAN? SO I'M JUST CONCERNED ABOUT THE FACT THAT -- I TALKED ABOUT THIS YESTERDAY -- THAT I HOPE WE ARE INTEGRATING THIS IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT'S IN ADDITION TO THE PART OF HOW WE TEACH ENGINEERING, MATH AND SCIENCE IN OUR CLASSROOMS.

>> ABSOLUTELY. THE TEACHERS THAT ARE CREATING THESE LESSONS ARE A MIXTURE OF TEACHERS. WE HAVE VETERAN TEACHERS, BRAND KNEW TEACHERS, WE HAVE MANY OF OUR RESIDENTS THAT WORKING AT USF. SO THROUGH OUR GRANT WE HAVE FIVE PARTNERSHIP SCHOOLS, AND THIS HAS BEEN PART OF THEIR WAY OF WORK, WORKING WITH THE USF PROFESSORS, KNOT MATH AND SCIENCE AND WORKING WITH OUR DISTRICT TEAM TO COMB SHARE THOSE IDEAS AND COLLABORATE. THEN THEY JUST COMPLETED A LESSON STUDY SO THEY WERE WATCHING EACH OTHER PERFECT THEIR CLASS WHERE THEY TAUGHT A LESSON AND THEY TRAVELED FROM CLASSROOM TO CLASSROOM TO ENHANCE THROUGH TEACHER FEEDBACK AND INPUT. SO IT'S AN ONGOING PROCESS AND WE ARE INVOLVING ALL OF THOSE STAKEHOLDERS AND INCORPORATING THE STANDARDS THAT OUR TEACHERS ARE CURRENTLY TEACHING SO IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S IN ADDITION. IT'S ANOTHER WAY.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: MY FINAL QUESTION IS, ARE THERE OPPORTUNITIES -- I GUESS I KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT -- WE TEST OR UTILIZE IN THE CLASSROOM THAT THEY MAY BE MODIFIED, DELETED OR CHANGED FROM YEAR TO YEAR?

>> ABSOLUTELY. THAT'S AN ONGOING PROCESS, SOMETHING THAT'S VERY EXCITING BECAUSE WE ARE ALWAYS SEEKING TEACHER INPUT, SEEKING STUDENT INPUT AS WELL, LOOKING AT SCIENCE NOTEBOOKS, LOOKING AT THE ARTIFACTS, LOOKING AT THE STUDENT'S LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING AND GOING BACK AND REVISING THOSE LESSONS ON A CONTINUING BASIS. ONE OF THE WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES WE HAVE TO RAE POST LESSONS ON A YEARLY BASIS SO THOSE CORRECTIONS OR EDITS CAN THEN BE INTEGRATED IN THE CLASSROOM IN THE NEXT YEAR.

>> IT SOUND LIKE WE ARE KIND OF AHEAD OF THE GAME AND FORWARD THINKING SO THAT'S SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS ITEM 6.10. TO ACCEPT THE LOWEST RESPONSIVE RESPONSIBLE BID SUBMITTED BY MULTIPLE VENDORS, INVITATION TO BID FOR DST COMMODITY FOOD PROCESSING. MARY KAY.

>> THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME TALK ABOUT COMMODITY PROCESSING FOR A FEW MONTHS. JUST TO BE CLEAR ON WHAT COMMODITY PROCESSING IS ALL B.IT'S USDA ALLOWS US TO TAKE RAW FOOD ITEMS AND PROCESS THEM INTO PRODUCTS THAT ARE VERY SIMILAR TO THE ONES THAT WE PURCHASE, AND WE DO THIS BY TAKING OUR ENTITLEMENT DOLLARS, WHICH ARE GIVEN TO US HERE FROM USDA, AND WE USE THOSE TO PROCESS INTO PRODUCTS SUCH AS PIZZA, OR HAMBURGERS, OR CHICKEN ITEMS. NEXT YEAR WE'LL GET $6.8 MILLION IN COMMODITY DOLLARS THAT WE CAN SPEND AND WE SPEND 80% OF THOSE DOLLARS ON PROCESSING ITEMS. EVERY SPRING WE PUT OUT A BID FOR PROCESSED ITEMS, A LINE ITEM BID, WHICH WE WILL AWARD DIFFERENT PRODUCTS TO DIFFERENT MANUFACTURERS, AND THE APPROVED GRANTS ON THIS BID MUST BE APPROVED BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA. THAT'S A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN ANY OF OUR OTHER FOOD BIDS OR FOOD CONTRACTS, THOSE APPROVED BRANDS DO NOT HAVE TO TO BE APPROVED, BUT IN THIS CASE THE STATE OF FLORIDA GOES THROUGH A VETTING PROCESS FOR ANY VENDOR WHO BIDS ON OUR PROCESSED ITEMS. SO EVEN DURING THE BID PROCESS, WE OPENED UP THIS TO ALLOW OTHER VENDORS TO BID ON THESE PRODUCTS. THEY CAN SUBMIT PRODUCT INFORMATION FORMS, AND WE WILL BE GLAD TO LOOK AT THEM, PROVIDED THAT THEY HAVE BEEN APPROVED BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA. EVERY ONE OF OUR FOOD PRODUCTS, WHETHER IT'S ON THE COMMODITY PROCESS BID, OR WHETHER IT'S ON A PROCESSOR BID, GOES THROUGH OUR PRODUCT EVALUATION PROCESS. IT'S A THREE PRONG APPROACH WHERE WE GO THROUGH AND WE EVALUATE THE PRODUCT WITH A FOOD SERVICE, EVERYTHING FROM WHERE THE -- WHETHER THE BOX IS SEALED, HOW IT'S SEALED, WHAT KIND OF COOKING INSTRUCTIONS ARE ON THE BOX, MAKING SURE THAT IT'S APPROPRIATELY LABELED, TO HAVING OUR STUDENTS APPROVE THE ITEM AS WELL. SO WE ALSO LOOK AT THINGS LIKE COST AND PORTION SIZE. THOSE ARE ALL THINGS WE DO TO NOT ONLY APPROVE THESE VENDORS, BUT ON ALL OF OUR FOOD BIDS. I'LL BE GLAD TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE ON THIS BID.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MRS. VALDES?

>>SUSAN VALDES: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I WANT TO -- I HAD A CONVERSATION EARLIER WITH MRS. SAUNDERS IN REFERENCE TO THE BID ITSELF AND THE COMMODITIES. HOW DID WE COMPARE TO THE INDUSTRY OUT THERE? FOR INSTANCE, I AM GOING TO THROW THIS OUT THERE. YOU GO TO BURGER KING. YOU GO TO MCDONALD. YOU GO TO TACO BELL. YOU GO TO ANY OF THESE FOOD CHAINS. ANYONE. YOU KNOW WHAT THE MENU IS GOING TO BE. THEY TASTE GOOD. THEY ARE THE SAME, YOU KNOW, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. I HAVE SOME CONCERNS IN REFERENCE, PARTICULARLY SINCE I JUST PRESENTED AT THE NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION ON IN REFERENCE TO HOW WE ARE INCREASING AND DOING THINGS TO INCREASE STUDENT PARTICIPATION, NOT ONLY IN OUR LUNCH PROGRAM BUT ALSO IN OUR BREAKFAST PROGRAM. THE MENUS GET POSTED IN THE NEWSPAPER, BUT THE MENUS ARE NOT CONSISTENT CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO IF WE ARE ANNOUNCING THAT WE ARE DOING ELEMENTARY BREAKFAST IS GOING TO BE WHATEVER IT IS, REST ASSURED THAT YOU GO TO THE DIFFERENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, AND IT'S GOING TO BE A DIFFERENT MENU OFFERED. WHEN TALKING WITH STUDENTS, IF THERE'S SEWING THAT YOU HAVE A MAGIC WAND, WHAT WOULD IT BE? SOMETIMES NINE OUT OF TENSE LUNCH IS PART OF IT. EVEN WHEN WE WERE KIDS WE SAID LUNCH. NOW I SAY THAT LUNCHROOM IS NOT BAD. IT'S A HOT MEAL. ANYWAY, A GOOD MEAL. SO I'M LOOKING AT THIS AND WONDERING ABOUT THE COMMODITIES, AND OF COURSE THESE, I ASSUME, HAVE IN A FLAVOR TO THEM. WHEN THEY ARE PACKAGED AND BROUGHT IN. SO THEN, OF COURSE, YOU GO TO MCDONALD, BURGER KING, TACO BELL, YOU ORDER A BURRITO, IT'S GOING TO TASTE LIKE A BURRITO ALL THE TIME. YOU GET A QUARTER POUND WE ARE CHEESE AT MCDONALD, IT'S GOING TO TASTE LIKE A QUARTER POUND WE ARE CHEESE. YOU GO TO BURGER KING AND YOU GET A WHOPPER. GUESS WHAT, THAT WHOPPER YOU COULD MAKE IT YOUR WAY AND GET WHAT YOU WANT ON IT. SO IT WOULD VARY WHAT IT TASTES LIKE. IN AN ATTEMPT TO INCREASE STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN ALL OF OUR MEALS, HOW CAN WE USE THESE PRODUCTS AND SERVE THEM IN A WAY THAT THEY ARE CONSISTENT THROUGHOUT ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS, IN OUR DISTRICT, AS WELL AS THE MENUS BEING HONORED FOR WHAT THEY ARE, NOT SAYING WE RAN OUT OF THIS, BECAUSE WE COULDN'T GET THAT PRODUCT. I MEAN, I BELIEVE THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT WHEN WE ARE TRYING TO FEED ALL OF OUR CHILDREN. AND IF WE ARE GOING TO POST CERTAIN MENUS IN THE NEWSPAPERS, THIS IS WHAT YOUR CHILD SHOULD BE EXPECTED TO HAVE THIS WEEK, AND IT'S NOT -- I MEAN, I HAVE CONCERNS WITH HOW THE PRESENTATION OF OUR FOOD, THE TRAINING THAT GOES BEHIND IT, HOW DO WE PREPARE OUR LUNCHROOM MANAGERS, OUR PRODUCTION COORDINATORS, TO REALLY ORDER ENOUGH TO MEET THE MENU, AND UTILIZE THESE PRODUCTS IN A WAY THAT IT WILL BE A SCRUMPTIOUS MEAL TO EAT. BECAUSE AGAIN A LOT OF OUR KIDS, WHAT THEY EAT AT OUR SCHOOLS MAY BE THE ONLY MEAL THAT THEY RECEIVE. AND I'M WONDERING ABOUT HOW DO OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT HAVE AN IN-HOUSE STUDENT NUTRITION DEPARTMENT AND NOT OUTSOURCE TO THE ARAMARX, AND THE MENU IS STABLE. SO I AM JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW CAN WE GET THERE? AND HAVE OUR CHILDREN PARTICIPATE INCREASING NUMBERS BOTH IN THE BREAKFAST PROGRAM AS WELL AS IN THE LUNCH PROGRAM? THANK YOU.

>> THAT WAS A LOT, MRS. VALDES. WHERE DO YOU WANT ME TO START IT?

>> WHEREVER YOU WANT TO.

>> WELL, I'LL REACT TO A COUPLE OF COMMENTS. ITWE HAVE A MENU THAT'S STANDARDIZED. WE USE WHAT WE CALL OUR FALL MENU, WINTER MENUS, SPRING MENUS. WE ARE INTO SPRING RIGHT NOW. AND THOSE MENUS CHANGE SOMEWHAT. EVERY LUNCH HAS WHAT WE CALL A CHEF INSPIRED ITEM. A FAVORITE, AND PERHAPS SOMETHING LIKE A SALAD AND THINGS LIKE GRAB AND GO, PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY, AND YOGURT. SO OUR INTENT IS CERTAINLY FOR THE SCHOOLS TO FOLLOW THOSE MENUS. AND THEY SHOULD BE DONE, AND THEY SHOULD BE FOLLOWED. THAT'S WHAT WE TELL PEOPLE TO DO. WE HAVE PROOF OF THAT BY LOOKING AT THINGS LIKE PRODUCTION RECORDS. WE LOOK AT OUR ORDERING TO SEE THAT THE PROPER THINGS ARE BEING ORDERED. WE HAVE A WAY TO. AUDIENCE: IT THOSE ITEMS AND TO LOOK AT PRODUCTION RECORDS AND LOOK AT ORDER RECORDS. IF WE ARE CONCERNED THAT A SCHOOL MIGHT NOT BE FOLLOWING THE MENUS CORRECTLY, WE TAKE A LOT OF PRIDE IN OUR RECIPES. WE DO A LOT OF RECIPE TESTING. WE HAVE OF A NEW CHEF WITH US NOW, HAS A LOT OF EXPERIENCE IN THE CORPORATE RESTAURANT WORLD, AND I BELIEVE HE'S GOING TO BRING A LOT OF THINGS TO THE TABLE TO HELP IMPROVE OUR RECIPES. WE TRY TO DO A LOT OF TRAINING IN WORKING WITH OUR EMPLOYEES SO THEY KNOW HOW TO PREPARE THINGS. WE BELIEVE THAT THE THINGS THAT WE BUY, OUR RAW PRODUCTS, ARE GOOD PRODUCTS. WE HAVE TO START OFF WITH GOOD PRODUCTS. SO THAT'S WHY WE DO A LOT OF PRODUCT TESTING BEFORE WE PUT OUT OUR BIDS. WE ARE VERY CONSCIENTIOUS ABOUT THAT AND I THINK WE HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB WITH THAT. AS FAR AS PARTICIPATION INCREASES -- VALUE.

>>SUSAN VALDES: BEFORE YOU START WITH THAT EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT YOU CONSIDER A RAW PRODUCT TO BE BECAUSE A LOT OF THE STUFF HERE IS COOKED.

>> YES, IT IS. WELL, RAW PRODUCT COULD BE THINGS LIKE OUR GROUND BEEF, CHICKEN, GROUND PORK. I WOULD SAY ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO, WE MADE A DECISION NOT TO BRING ANY RAW MEAT PRODUCTS INTO OUR KITCHEN BECAUSE OF SANITATION AND SAFETY CONCERNS. AND THAT WAS ONE REASON WE STARTED LOOKING AT THE COMMODITY PROCESS OPTION THAT WAS GIVEN TO US, THAT THEY COULD TAKE THESE PRODUCTS, PROCESS THEM TO OUR SATISFACTION, GIVE US BACK THOSE PRODUCTS. WE WERE KIND OF TAKING THAT CONCERN ABOUT THE SAFETY AND SANITATION OF USING A RAW PRODUCT. YEARS AGO, AND I'M TALKING A LONG TIME AGO, WE GOT RAW CHICKEN FROM THE GOVERNMENT, AND THAT WAS A LOT OF CHICK TONE PROCESS IN THE KITCHEN TO GET IT READY FOR THE NEXT DAY. SO THISS THAT HAS HELPED TREMENDOUSLY WITH EFFICIENCY AND THAT TYPE OF THING. THESE PRODUCTS THAT WE GET THAT ARE COMMODITY PROCESSED ARE THE SAME PRODUCT THAT I WOULD BUY COMMERCIALLY. AND THAT IS AN ADVANTAGE WE HAVE. AND IT'S GOOD. WE RUN OUT OF THE PRODUCTS. LET'S SAY WE RUN OUT OF HAMBURGER. I CAN GO BUY THAT COMMERCIAL HAMBURGER. IT'S THE SAME HAMBURGER SO STUDENTS WILL KNOW IT'S THE SAME PRODUCT THEY ARE GETTING. SO BACK TO YOUR COMMENTS ON BEING CONSISTENT. AND IF I CAN JUST SPEAK TO PARTICIPATION. IN OUR PROGRAM, OUR HIGH SCHOOL PARTICIPATION HAS GONE UP, I WOULD SAY, CLOSE TO BETWEEN 7 AND 8%. WE ARE OVER 50% NOW FOR OUR REIMBURSEMENT SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAM. WE HAVE ABOUT 15% MORE OF OUR SCHOOL A LA CARTE MEALS. IN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL, I BELIEVE WE ARE ABOUT 08% P.OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL \WARE\WE ARE ABOUT 70% FOR LUNCH.

>>SUSAN VALDES: WHAT IS A LA CARTE?

>> A LA CARTE COULD BE A NUMBER OF THINGS, LIKE AN EXTRA SLICE OF PIZZA, IT COULD BE SOME THINGS LIKE CHICKEN TENDERS, SWEET POTATO FRIES, AND THAT KIND OF THING.

>>SUSAN VALDES: ARE THOSE ALSO PURCHASED ON THESE COMMODITY LISTS?

>> I DON'T BELIEVE ANY OF THOSE ITEMS ARE PROCESSED BUT THERE'S NOTHING THAT WOULD PREVENT ME FROM TAKING THOSE PRODUCTS AND SELLING THEM A LA CARTE. IF YOU USE YOUR COMMODITY PRODUCTS AND COMMODITY DOLLARS IN ANY OF YOUR MEAL PRODUCTS. IT GOES BACK TO FEEDING CHILDREN. THE WAY OUR COMMODITY ENTITLEMENT WORKS, WE DO GET CREDITS FOR EVERY LUNCH WE SERVE. UNFORTUNATELY, USDA GIVES IN A CREDITS FOR BREAKFASTS WE SERVE. SO THE ENTITLEMENT IS GREATER THAN IT WAS. WE HOPE SOME DAY THAT WILL CHANGE AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. BUT WE ARE ALLOWED TO USE COMMODITIES AT ANY PLACE IN OUR PROGRAM. CAN I CLARIFY ANYTHING ELSE? I KNOW THAT WAS A LOT.

>>SUSAN VALDES: YES, IT WAS A LOT AND WE'LL CONTINUE THIS CONVERSATION OFF-LINE TO SEE HOW WE CAN INCREASE THAT UTILIZATION ACROSS THE BOARD AND HOPEFULLY BE ABLE TO STABILIZE THE MENU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. ANY OTHER BOARD MEMBERS? ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU, MRS. HARRISON. THE NEXT ITEM IS GOING TO BE NUMBER 9.036789 MR. FARKAS, IF YOU COULD HIGHLIGHT. THIS IS TO APPROVE THE REVISED FLORIDA BUILDING CODE MANAGER JOB DESCRIPTION.

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: THANK YOU. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, WE PULL OUR PERMITS. WE DON'T GO THROUGH THE CITY TORE COUNTY DEPENDING WHERE WE ARE BUILDING. WE WEE ACTUALLY HAVE A BUILDING CODE MANAGER N.MY DIVISION WE HAVE A LOT OF DIFFERENT EXPERTISE. AND BE A CERTIFIED BUILDING CODE MANAGER. WE HAVE ONE AND HE HAS WORKED HERE FOR 27 YEARS, BUILDING MANAGER FOR THE LAST 13 YEARS. HE WILL RETIRE IN THE NEXT TWO MONTHS. THE REASON YOU ARE SEEING THE BUILDING CODE MANAGER JOB CHANGE IN FRONT OF YOU IS BECAUSE CERTIFICATION HAS CHANGED A LITTLE BIT AND THE REQUIREMENTS IN THE STATE HAVE CHANGED A LITTLE BIT. THIS IS JUST KEEPING IN LINE WHAT OTHER BUILDING MANAGERS DO AND THIS ALLOWS US TO SEE THE QUALIFICATIONS BEFORE THE BUILDING CODE MANAGER. SO IT SHOULD BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO FIND SOMEONE TO CONTINUE THE GREAT WORK THAT MR. JOHANNES HAS DONE. IT WILL BE BIG SHOES TO FILL BECAUSE HE WAS A PROJECT COORDINATOR BEFORE THAT. WE ARE EXCITE BOARD OF DIRECTOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF OVERLAP OF WHAT WE DO HERE.

>> AND MR. FARKAS, WHERE EXACTLY ARE YOU ADVERTISING FOR THIS POSITION?

>> GREAT QUESTION. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS -- WE WANT TO GET IT APPROVED FIRST. THERE'S A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT MAGAZINES THAT GO OUT THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING TRADE, AND EDUCATION, SO WE'LL ADVERTISE IN THOSE SETTINGS AS WELL AS HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.

>>SUSAN VALDES: I HAVE A SUGGESTION. I THINK MAYBE WE SHOULD CONSIDER -- AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE ADS COSTS, BUT MAYBE WE SHOULD CONSIDER SOME OF THE SMALLER LOCAL NEWSPAPERS SUCH AS LA GACETA, THE FLORIDA SENTINEL, AND POSSIBLY EVEN WITH THE TIMES. THANK YOU H.IT WILL HELP US CAST A LARGER NET, I BELIEVE, AND HOPEFULLY THROUGHOUT THOSE APPLICANTS, YOU MAY FIND OTHER INDIVIDUALS FOR FUTURE POSITIONS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. AND I NOW NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE PULLED ITEMS THAT WE PULLED FROM THE CON GENT SENT AGENDA ITEMS. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HAIRS. SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTONS. IT PASSES. NOTE FOR THE RECORD THAT MRS. KURDELL AND MRS. STUART ARE NOT AT THE DAIS. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE NOW TO THE INFORMATION ITEMS. AND MR. FARKAS. IF YOU COULD PLEASE GIVE US A HIGHLIGHT OF THE COUNCIL'S GREAT CITY SCHOOLS REPORT.

>> IT'S 45 PAGES LONG SO WE WILL TRY TO GIVE YOU THE HIGHLIGHTS AND THEN GIVE TIME FOR QUESTIONS IF WE CAN DO ANY CLARIFICATIONS FOR ANYBODY ON THE BOARD. I'LL TRY TO READ A LITTLE MORE THAN I NORMALLY DO TO MAKE SURE I COVER THE POINTS I WANT TO COVER. I WANT TO THANK FOR BILL THOMPSON FOR THE TEAM TO REVIEW AND MR. BEEKMAN AND HIS STAFF FOR ALL LEVELS OF THE ORGANIZATION AND ALL THE EMPLOYEE GROUPS. ALSO, THANK YOU TO MEMBERS AND TEAM FOR ARRANGING THE LOGISTICS OF THE VISIT AND THANK YOU TO THE BOARD FOR FUNDING FOR THAT SIMPLE THE TEAM HAD A LOT OF THINGS TO SAY ABOUT THE RECOMMENDATIONS. AND ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT TO POINT OUT, WHEN I ASSUMED THIS POSITION ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO AT THE HEIGHT OF SOME OF THE DRAMA AND EXCITEMENT THAT WAS GOING ON IN TRANSPORTATION, AND ONE OF THE -- ALMOST A DAILY BASIS THERE WERE REPORTS OF SAFETY ISSUES, WHERE TRAINING, WHATEVER THE CASE MAY BE THAT WAS A REGULAR OCCURRENCE THAT TOOK PLACE. IF YOU LOOK THROUGH THE 45 PAGES OF THIS REPORT, YOU WON'T FIND THAT. YOU WON'T FIND THE AREAS WHERE THEY SAID, HEY, YOU ARE NOT HANDLING THIS RIGHT, THE BUSES AREN'T SAFE. THERE ARE STILL ISSUES THERE, AND I DON'T THINK ANYBODY IN MY DIVISION WILL TELL YOU THAT THE TRANSPORTATION IS WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE, BUT I THINK THAT'S AN IMPORTANT PART AS WE TAKE ON THE NEXT STEP AND THE NEXT CHANGE IN TRANSPORTATION, THAT WE UNDERSTAND WE WILL ALWAYS WORK ON SAFETY. WE HAVE A THOUSAND BUSES ON THE ROAD. I THINK THAT THERE'S ALWAYS A CHANCE FOR AN ACCIDENT. I DON'T WANT TO SAY -- YOU CAN'T BE TOO COCKY WHEN IT COMES TO THINGS LIKE THAT. SAFETY IS A PRIMARY CONCERN FOR US. WE ARE GOING \TOE\TO PUT UP A GRAPHIC. I WON'T GOP THROUGH THE WHOLE THING. BUT THIS IS THE 2013-14 TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN FOR THOSE WHO OF YOU THAT WERE ON THE BOARD AT THAT TIME. THE REASON I'M THROWING THAT UP THERE IS BECAUSE EVEN THEY THEN WHEN WE FIRST STARTED WITH THIS CHALLENGE YOU COULD SEE IT GO DOWN TO 2018-19. WE KNEW THAT WAS GOING TO BE A LONG-TERM CHALLENGE, A LONG-TERM CULTURE CHANGE I.WANTED TO MAKE SURE YOU KNEW. ALSO OTHER THINGS ON THERE. I AM GOING TO GET A COUPLE MORE HIGHLIGHTS. MANY OF THE THINGS I AM GOING TO TALK ABOUT ARE ON THAT TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN THAT WE WROTE A FEW YEARS BACK. SOMEONE IN THE MEDIA WANTED TO FOLLOW UP ON IT BUT ON PAGE 9 A COUPLE OF IMPORTANT QUOTES FROM THE REPORT. THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IS ACUTELY AWARE OF THE TRANSPORTATION ISSUES IDENTIFIED IN THIS REPORT, AND WERE PROACTIVE IN ATTEMPTING TO BRING RESOLUTION. THAT'S FROM MR. EKE IPSE ALL THE WAY DOWN TO MR. BEEKINS, AWARE OF SOME OF THE CHALLENGES. THEY ALSO RECOGNIZE MR. BEEKMAN FOR INITIATING ITEMS LIKE DRIVER OF THE MONTH, PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY EVENTS LIKE PARADES, BRINGING BACK THE ROD, WHY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR DRIVERS ALREADY ON THE ROAD, AND THEN THE FINANCIAL BEST PRACTICES, INTRODUCING KPI, SCORECARDS AND THE UPDATING OF THE DRIVER HANDBOOK ANOTHER IMPORTANT POINT ON PAGE 10 IS A DOWNWARD TREND OF DISTRICT VEHICLES INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT CLAIMS. WE HAVE HAD LESS ACCIDENTS. THERE ARE MANY REASONS WHY THAT COULD TAKE PLACE BUT NONE OF THEM ARE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE ON THAT. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MR. BEEKMAN DOES ON A QUARTERLY BASIS, HE GOES OVER THE AREA OFFICE. ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES WILL BE COMMUNICATION IN TRANSPORTATION WHERE IT'S ALWAYS A CHALLENGE TO DO THAT. MR. BEEKMAN HAS DONE ALL HE CAN TO MAKE HIMSELF AVAILABLE TO THE STAFF. SO HE GOES TO EVERY AREA ON A QUARTERLY BASIS. WEIGHS IN AREA 2, I THINK, THIS MORNING AND HEADED OUT TO ANOTHER ONE TOMORROW SO WE CAN GET SOME OF THE FEEDBACK AND PEOPLE ARE COMFORTABLE TALKING ABOUT THAT. ONE OF THE QUOTES THAT WAS MISCONSTRUED ON PAGE 11, IN MY OPINION, THE GENERAL MANAGER, TO ADDRESS THE CULTURE OF THE DEPARTMENT MOVING FORWARD. STAFF LIKES WHAT IT SEES BUT ARE TAKING A WAIT-AND-SEE APPROACH. I THINK THAT IS UNDERSTANDABLE. IF I WAS IN TRANSPORTATION AS A DRIVER OR MECHANIC OR SOMEONE THAT'S AN AID, I WOULD HAVE THE SAME APPROACH, A LOT OF CHANGE, A LOT OF PROMISES. SO I WOULD TAKE A WAIT-AND-SEE APPROACH TOO TO SEE IF WE ARE HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION W.6800 EMPLOYEES YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO MAKE EVERY SINGLE PERSON HAPPY BUT OUR ROLE IS TO HAVE A SAFE CULTURE AND I THINK WE ARE HEADED IN THAT DIRECTION. PAGE 20, THERE'S AN IMPORTANT PART. PAGE 20 IT TALKS ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT HAVE APPEARED IN EACH ONE OF THE PLANS THAT WE HAVE HAD. NOW, IT BEGAN OVER TEN YEARS AGO WITH THE REVIEW, SCHOOL BUS CONSULTANTS, AND OTHER PEOPLE HAVE COME IN TO REVIEW TRANSPORTATION. COUPLE OF AREAS. DRIVER SHORTAGE. HR AND TRANSPORTATION HAVE MET ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE CAN STREAMLINE THE APPLICATION PROCESS. IT TOOK US ALMOST TWO MONTHS TO GET FROM WHERE WE STARTED TO WHERE SOMEONE GOT BEHIND THE WHEEL. WITH THE HELP OF STAFF WE HAVE GOTTEN THAT DOWN TO ALMOST 19 DAYS. WE HAVE TO GET THE DRIVER RECORDS FOR EVERY PLACE THEY HAVE EVER BEEN AND MAKE SURE THERE'S NO DRIVER HISTORY THERE AND REVIEW ALL THE STUFF AS WELL. WE HAVE GONE THROUGH THAT PROCESS. ANOTHER IMPORTANT PART ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF, TRANSPORTATION VOLUNTEER ONE SATURDAY A MONTH TO ACTUALLY HAVE A JOB AT HONEY ROAD SO THEY GET MORE OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE JOBS TO COME TO THE COMPLEX AND APPLY FOR JOBS. HR STAFF AS WELL, THEY ARE THERE TO STREAMLINE THE APPLICATION PROCESS. COMPENSATION. STILL AN ISSUE. DRIVER WAGES HAVE RISEN OVER 15% THANKS TO BOARD APPROVAL. IT'S CURRENTLY 12.75. MANY PEOPLE SAY THAT'S STILL TOO LOW AND I COULDN'T ARGUE BASED ON WHAT THEY DO, WITH BETWEEN 50 AND 07 KIDS ON A BUS AND HAVING TO NAVIGATE THAT THROUGH SOME OF THE TRAFFIC YOU SEE IN \TAMPA\THE ON A DAILY BASIS. I THINK THEY COULD MAKE AN ARGUMENT THAT THEY DESERVE MORE COMPENSATION WITH THAT. A QUICK SIDE NOTE. PALM BEACH HAS AN ISSUE WITH TRANSPORTATION. THEY WERE PAYING ABOUT 12, MIDDLE 12 AN HOUR. THEY RAISED THEIR PAY RATE TO $14 AN HOUR. BECAUSE THEY HAD A DRIVER SHORTAGE. THEIR FIRST JOB FAIR HAD 836 APPLICANTS. WE ARE GOING TO FOLLOW UP. THE CONVERSATION ESPECIALLY FOR ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT. FLEET REPLACEMENT ANOTHER ONE. 300 BUSES HAVE ALREADY BEEN PURCHASED. WE'LL DO ANOTHER 100 THIS FALL. THE REPORT SAYS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU YOU ARE GOING TO DO THAT, MAKE SURE YOU ACTUALLY DO IT. COURTESY RIDESTERS NEXT TOPIC. THAT IS A MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE TOPIC TO TALK ABOUT. WE HAVE A FEW PLANS TO WORK WITHIN THAT. ONE OF THESE IS TO MAKE THE COURTESY RIDERS THE SECOND RUN SO THAT AFTER THEY TAKE THEIR TRADITIONAL RUNS, THEN THEY COME BACK AND GET THE ONES WE ARE GIVING COURTESY RIDES TO. EITHER WAY WE DO IT IT'S A SIGNIFICANT COST TO OUR DISTRICT. THE COST IS KIND OF HARD TO PUT THEM ON REGULAR BUSES. BUT I THINK YOU WILL SEE IT -- YOU SEE IN THE EVERY SINGLE -- THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS WE NEED TO ADDRESS AS A TEAM AND FIGURE OUT WHAT THE BEST WAY TO FINANCIALLY DO THE BEST FOR THE DOLLAR. I FORMED A COMMITTEE. WE HAVE REPRESENTATION FROM HR, ADMINISTRATION, TRANSPORTATION, INSTRUCTION. WE HAVE ALREADY MET TWO OR THREE TIMES THIS YEAR. THIS YEAR WE ARE GOING TO MAKE NUMEROUS SMALL ADJUSTMENTS. SUPERINTENDENT TO MAKE SURE IF THEY ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT. THERE ARE A FEW LARGER ADJUSTMENTS, SCHOOLS THAT DIDN'T FIT INTO WHAT WE WERE DOING SO WE MADE SO ADJUSTMENTS THERE WITH THE GOAL BEING THAT NEXT YEAR IT WILL BE A LITTLE BIGGER. WE NEED AN HOUR BETWEEN EACH ONE, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL. ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ARE 45 MINUTES SHORTER THAN THE HIGH SCHOOL DAY. SO BY LOGISTICS THAT'S NOT GOING TO WORK OUT SO WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO WORK THAT UP, EITHER LATE BUSES OR EARLY PICKUPS. WE WILL CONTINUE WITH THAT BELL TIME, BELL SCHEDULE, AND MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE BEST THING WE CAN FOR OUR KIDS. ONE OTHER CHALLENGE OF THE ERT SCHOOLS, SO OF THE PROJECTIONS -- PROJECTION VERSUS A LARGE NUMBER OF ERT SCHOOLS. THAT PUTS THEM IN THE SAME TIME AS HIGH SCHOOL. AND CAUSE AS HUGE PROBLEM FOR US IN TRANSPORTATION. I BELIEVE WE HAVE 35 OR 40 SCHOOLS FOR NEXT YEAR.

>> WHAT DOES ERT STAND FOR?

>> EXTENDED.

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: IT'S THE EXTRA HOUR THAT WE HAD TO BUILD IN BASED ON STATE STATUTE.

>>SUSAN VALDES: I REMEMBER THE ACRONYM.

>> THE OATS WAS RECURRING GARAGE FACILITY. WE HAVE EXPANDED ALREADY THE PLANT CITY GARAGE. WE ALSO WITH THE MOVE OF LOIS AND THE I.T. DEPARTMENT ON LOIS AVENUE CREATED A SPACE FOR ANOTHER LEE PRAYER FACILITY OUT IN THE LOIS AREA WHICH MEANS THAT BUSES THAT SOUTH \TAMPA\THE, PORT TAMPA SIDE, WEST SIDE, DON'T TRAVEL TO HONEY ROAD TO GET REPAIRED. SO WE WILL GET THERE. A COST ASSOCIATED WITH EACH ONE OF THOSE. A FEW OTHER AREAS OF NOTE BEFORE WE OPEN UP FOR QUESTIONS. WE STILL HAVE AN AMBITIOUS GOAL OF PUTTING DEVICES ON BUSES IN THE NEAR FUTURE. WE ARE WORKING WITH IT TO GET THIS ACCOMPLISHED WITH THE GOAL OF BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH BUSES, TRACK BUSES SO PARENTS KNOW WHEREBY THEIR KIDS ARE, AND MAKE SURE WE KNOW WHAT STUDENT LOADS ARE, BUT ALSO ALLOW DRIVERS TO ACCESS E-MAIL, THINGS LIKE THAT, WHEN THEY GO INTO A SCHOOL SITE WHICH GOES INTO WITH THE NATURE OF TRANSPORTATION. ALSO A NEW AND UPGRATED SYSTEM IS A HUGE PROCESS. WE WILL RUN TWO SYSTEMS TO START THIS FALL. WE WILL NOT HAVE SOME OF THE MISTAKES THAT PLAGUED THE COUNTIES AROUND US WHERE WE DON'T HAVE PROPER ROUTING SO WE WILL RUN TWO SYSTEMS TO MAKE SURE THOSE REDONE DANCES WORK AND WE DON'T HAVE ANY CHALLENGES, DON'T WANT ANY MORE CHALLENGES THAN WE ALREADY HAVE. ANOTHER REPORT IS PLANNING. AND THIS IS DIRECTLY FROM MR. BEEKMAN. WE MOVED UP OUR ROUTING AND PLANNING FROM THE SUMMER ACTIVITY WE USED TO DO IN JUNE AND JULY TO NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER AND JANUARY. THEY ARE ALREADY WORKING ON ALL OUR FALL RIGHTS RIGHT I KNOW AND ARE PRETTY MUCH FINISHED WITH WHAT WE ARE DOING EXCEPT FOR OUR ERT SCHOOLS BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THOSE ARE. BUT THAT'S GOING TO BE A BILLING BIG CHALLENGE AND CHANGE FOR US TO GET IN FRONT OF THE PROCESS. WE ARE CONDUCTING A SURVEY OF OUR EMPLOYEES RIGHT NOW. I THINK IT GOES OUT IN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS FOR THE ROUTE BIDDING PROCEDURE. BOARD MEMBERS, I KNOW THAT'S A BIG PUSH FOR YOU GUYS, PROS AND CONS OF HOW THOSE ARE DONE. MR. BEEKMAN AND I HAVE BEEN VERY TRANSPARENT ABOUT THAT. WE DON'T HAVE A VESTED INTEREST. THE REALITY IS WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THEM VOTE ON THAT, THE MAJORITY OF DRIVERS WANT TO DO, THAT'S WHAT WE'LL DO. WE HAVE GIVEN THEM THREE OPTIONS OF HOW THEY CAN PICK THEIR ROUTE. EACH ONE VERY CLOSE TO BEST PRACTICE NATIONALLY AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE RESULTS OF THAT. SO THAT'S OWNED BY THE DRIVERS AS OPPOSED TO BEING DIRECTED BY ADMINISTRATION. ANOTHER BIG PART OF THE SUPPORT FOR TRANSPORTATION, WE HAVE A HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, JACKIE SKAG LOAN TO MAINTENANCE OF TRANSPORTATION. JACKIE HAS BEEN A VALUABLE ACCENT WHEN IT COMES TO PROCEDURE, DOCUMENTATION, INTERVIEWING. SHE'S BEEN WONDERFUL. \A\APP NEW EVALUATION TOOL. OUR EVALUATION TOOL ACTUALLY MIRROR WAS WE DO IN TRANSPORTATION. EVERYTHING BRIEFLY -- AND I AM ALMOST DONE -- I WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT SENIOR STAFF. NO ONE IS IN THE CURRENT POSITION THEY WERE IN WHEN MR. BEEKMAN TOOK OVER. WE HIRED CORY CULPEPPER TO HANDLE BUILDING AND FIELD TRIPS. RONNIE MCCALLISTER WE WERE ABLE TO HIRE AWAY FROM TALLAHASSEE AND MADE BROAD CHANGES TO MAKE SURE EFFICIENCY IS MOVING FORWARD. JAMIE STARTED ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF AGO FOR SAFETY, IN TALLAHASSEE AS WELL. SHE'S RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF EVALUATING THE TURNING PROGRAM, SAFETY, HAZARDS, ALL THE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE HONEYED, AND WHEN MR. BEEKMAN GOT HERE WAS ABLE TO ASSESS THE PROGRAM, REALIZE IT'S ONE OF THE BIG ISSUES WE NEED TO ADDRESS. WE HAVE A POSITION UP THERE, ONE JOB. JAMES ILL IS HERE. WHAT THAT PRACTICE IS AND WHAT WE ARE CURRENTLY DOING. WE HAVE ONE OPEN POSITION LEFT OUT OF THE WHOLE TEAM. IT'S A VERY IMPRESSIVE TEAM THAT MR. BEEKMAN WAS ABLE TO PUT TOGETHER. IT'S OPERATIONS MANAGER. THAT'S A BIG POSITION. THAT'S THE ONE THAT SUPERVISES EACH ONE OF THE AREAS AND HAS A DIRECT IMPACT ON DRIVERS' LIVES EVERY DAY. THAT'S BEEN ADVERTISED. IT CLOSES NEXT FRIDAY. WE LOOK FORWARD TO BRINGING THAT PERSON ON BOARD AS SOON AS WE POSSIBLY CAN. MR. BEEK M.A.P. AND I WANT TO RERATE -- REITERATE WE WELCOME FEEDBACK. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THE GOAL THAT MR. BEEKMAN AND I HAVE NO MATTER WHO YOU GO TO YOUR GOING TO GET THE SAME ANSWER AND THE SAME SENSE OF URGENCY. I DON'T THINK WE ARE THERE YET. WE ARE ON THAT PATH. THE GOAL IS WHETHER THEY COME TO MR. EAKINS OR MRS. GRIFFIN OR MRS. VALDES OR TO MYSELF, THEY ARE GOING TO GET THE SAME RESPONSE AND SAME RESPONSIVENESS OF WHAT WE DO. I'M A VERY IMPATIENT PERSON. I THINK THAT'S ONE OF MY WEAKNESSES. AND THE PROCESS CHANGING AND TAKING 18 MONTHS HAS BEEN A PAINFUL ONE FOR ME. WE ARE NOT WHERE WE NEED TO BE. ONE OF THE BIGGEST ONES WHEN I TALK ABOUT SAFETY AND THINGS LIKE THAT BUT ALSO THE CULTURE OF WHAT WE DO, WHEN YOU SEE OUR STAFF AT A PARADE AND YOU SEE CAMARADERIE AND GO TO A ROD, WHY I THINK IT'S A WONDERFUL THING. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE KEEP IN PERSPECTIVE WHAT I MENTIONED EARLIER. THERE ARE 1600 IN TRANSPORTATION. THAT'S THE EQUIVALENT OF 7 OR 8 HIGH SCHOOLS. I THINK IF YOU TOOK 7 OR 8 HIGH SCHOOLS YOU WOULD FIND TEN PEOPLE THAT AREN'T HAPPY. OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE WE ARE DOING THINGS THE RIGHT WAY, BEING EFFICIENT AND BEING GOOD STEWARDS OF WHAT WE ARE DOING. WHEN DO YOU THAT I THINK IT BECOMES A GOOD PLACE TO WORK. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE. WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE A WORSE SENSE WHEREOF WE ARE NOW. WE ARE NOT WHERE WE NEED TO BE. UNFORTUNATELY WE STRUGGLE ON A DAILY BASIS BUT WE ARE COMMITTED TO HEADING THE SHIP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WE'LL OPEN FOR QUESTIONS. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME TO HIGHLIGHT IT. WE ALWAYS WELCOME FEEDBACK FROM EXPERTS IN THE FIELD.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. MRS. STUART.

>>CINDY STUART: I HAVE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS AND THEN QUESTIONS. I DIDN'T HEAR YOU MENTION IT BUT AS A MEMBER OF THE MPO, MR. FARKAS AND I HAVE WORKED REALLY CLOSELY WITH THE STAFF AND MISS SUAREZ AND WHEELER TO FORM WHAT WE CALL TRANSPORTATION WORK GROUP, THAT WE WILL LOOK -- IT'S A SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION WORK GROUP THAT WILL UTILIZE MPOS STAFF AND FUNDING TO LOOK AT A MAPPED OUT DISTRICT AND TALK ABOUT WHERE WE CAN IMPROVE TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY IN AND AROUND OUR SCHOOLS. I'M REALLY EXCITED. MY COMMITTEE MEETS TOMORROW AT 3:00 OVER AT THE BOCC OFFICES. WE ARE HEAVILY, HEAVILY STAFFED BY DISTRICT EMPLOYEES WHO ARE WORKING ON THIS TOPIC AS WELL AS COUNTY EMPLOYEES, CITY EMPLOYEES, THAT WILL ALSO, AS WE LOOK AT ISSUES AROUND THIS COUNTY AND SAY, THAT'S A PROBLEM, BUT WE CAN'T FIX IT AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE WILL BE PARTNERING WITH PEOPLE THROUGH THE MPO THAT CAN MAKE THOSE ADJUSTMENTS. SO I'M REALLY APPRECIATIVE OF THAT AND THANK YOU FOR THE LENDING OF YOUR STAFF. THERE ARE QUITE A FEW OF THEM THAT WILL BE THERE. SO THAT IS PART OF THIS PROGRAM AND WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT. I WANTED TO ASK YOU, TOO, AND I DIDN'T ASK THIS BEFORE, HOW CLOSELY IS WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT ALIGNED WITH THE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN THAT CAME AS A RESULT OF BUYING BUSES A FEW YEARS AGO? WHAT IS DIFFERENT? I KNOW THERE ARE MANY PIECES. A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, WE HAVE ALREADY FLUSHED OUT. SO I'M WONDERING, ONE WAS DIFFERENT, AND TWO, WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR IMPLEMENTATION ON SOME OF THE STEPS? I'M WONDERING IF S THERE A TIMELINE NOR WHEN WE GO OUT FOR RFP FOR REGULAR EDUCATION CHOICE AND IDENTIFYING STUDENTS ON THE BUSES?

>> YES IS THE SHORT ANSWER TO THAT. I WILL SEND YOU A COPY OF THE UPDATED TIMELINES. WE STILL KEPT THAT FROM THE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN AND A LOT OF WORK WENT INTO THAT. SO WE FOLLOWED IT. MANY THINGS ARE VERY SIMILAR. THE THINGS THAT HAVE FALLEN OFF ARE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. FOR INSTANCE, ON THAT TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN THAT WE PUT UP EARLIER THERE ARE THINGS FROM THE GARAGE, THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN COMPLETED. I'LL MAKE SURE YOU GUYS HAVE A COPY OF THAT. WHEN THINGS ARE COMPLETED THEY FALL OFF. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY WE GOT ONE OF THE BEST TRANSPORTATION DIRECTORS IN THE COUNTRY TO COME IN WHO CAN TELL US WHAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT FROM TERMS OF BEST PRACTICE, AND NOW WE HAVE SOMEONE WHOSE SOLE JOB IS SAFETY. THE OTHER PART OF IT IS THE GAP BETWEEN WHAT WE CONSIDERED SAFE WALKING CONDITIONS AND WHAT WE GET FUNDED FOR. WE WERE FUNDED FOR ONLY ABOUT 50% FOR TRANSPORTATION, SO I THINK PART OF IT IS WE FOUND SOME NEW THINGS THAT WERE ADDED TO THE TIMELINES AND WE'LL MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN GET TO THE YOU ON A REGULAR BASIS SO YOU ARE COMFORTABLE WITH B SOME OF THE THINGS ARE YOU ARE WORKING ON. SOME THINGS WILL NEVER CHANGE. WHEN REDOING TRAINING, WHEN WE LOOK AT THE EFFICIENCY OF PURCHASING BUSES IS SOMETHING WE DO FOREVER. THAT'S PART OF IT. THAT'S OUR CAPITAL INVESTMENT. AND WHAT WE NEED TO SPEND TIME ON. SO THEY ARE DIRECTLY ALIGNED. THE TWO YEARS AGO PLAN. THERE ARE THINGS THAT HAVE FALLEN OFF THAT HAVE BEEN COMPLETED AND SOME THINGS ADDED THAT NEEDED TO BE ADDED.

>>CINDY STUART: AND I'M SURE MRS. SNIVELY WILL GO HERE, BUT WE WERE SPECIFICALLY LOOKING -- I WAS LOOKING FOR A LARGER PIECE OF THE HR DRIVER SHORTAGE TO BE ADDRESSED IN THIS. AND I'M NOT SURE I'M SEEING THAT.

>> WE ADDRESSED. THAT WE JUST WENT TO THE COUNCIL OF GREAT CITIES SCHOOLS TWO WEEKS AGO WITH ALL THE OTHER TRANSPORTATION DIRECTORS. AND MR. BEEKMAN, HE RUNS THAT MEETING FOR ALL THE DIRECTORS IN THE COUNTRY. IT'S A NATIONAL ISSUE PART OF THE PROBLEM. I THINK GREAT CITIES SCHOOLS DOESN'T HAVE A SILVER BULLET. COMPENSATION IS A BIG PART OF IT. AND THAT'S ONE CHALLENGE OF FUND BALANCE AND THINGS THAT WE HAVE ALL BEEN STRUGGLING WITH THESE PAST SIX OR NINE MONTHS, HAS A DIRECT CORRELATION. IF YOU PAY MORE MONEY YOU ARE GOING TO GET MORE PEOPLE TO COME AND WORK FOR YOU. I FEEL THAT WE HAVE MADE STRIVES. BUT MR. BEEKMAN WAS OUT AT THE AREA OFFICE TODAY, THE NUMBER ONE TOPIC THAT CAME UM WAS THE DRIVERS COMPENSATION. I THINK THAT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE ONE THAT WE STRUGGLE WITH. HOPEFULLY WE'LL GET THERE THE OTHER PART I WILL SAY IS THAT THEY INTERVIEWED TRANSPORTATION ANT THEY THEY INTERVIEWED HR SEPARATELY. LET'S GET OUR STAFF TOGETHER, BECAUSE I THINK THAT MR. CULPEPPER WAS SEEING SOME DIFFERENT THINGS ON ONE SIDE AND WHERE CAN OUR DAYS BE CUT? A LOT OF THAT WAS GOING DOING SIMULTANEOUSLY. WE WAITED UNTIL YOU GOT THIS BEFORE WE GO TO STEP TWO AND NOW WE ARE ABLE TO DO SOME OF THE THINGS AT THE SAME TIME. BUT A BIG PART OF IT IS US WORKING OUR OWN INTERNAL BARRIERS.

>> FOR EXAMPLE, WAITING FOR SOMEBODY'S DRIVERS WHICH WE CAPTAIN PUT THEM ON THE ROAD, BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THAT COMPLETED. BUT HOW ABOUT IF WE GO AHEAD AND HIRE THEM NOW, HAVE THEM RIDE ALONG WITH ANOTHER DRIVER, WATCH WHAT A GOOD DRIVER DOES WHILE WE ARE WAITING TO COME ON SO WE DON'T LOSE A GOOD DRIVER THAT TAKES ANOTHER JOB OUTSIDE OF THE DISTRICT BECAUSE WE ARE WAITING FOR THAT. WHEN WE GOT IN THE ROOM TOGETHER, THERE WERE THINGS THAT WE COULDN'T ELIMINATE. WE HAVE TO HAVE THE FULL DRIVING RECORD FROM EVERYWHERE THEY HAVE EVER WORKED. BUT WHILE WE ARE WAITING ON THAT, WHY DON'T WE GET THEM DOING SOMETHING INSIDE THE DISTRICT? SO I THOUGHT ONCE WE GOT TOGETHER WE WERE VERY LINEAR. WE STOPPED TRYING TO LOOK AT IT THAT WAY, CUT THE TIME DOWN TO WHERE WE COULD DO THINGS TO GETTING SOMEBODY ON THE ROAD QUICKLY. SO EVEN AT THE JOB FAIRS AND THINGS NOW, WE HAVE TAKEN OUT OUR STAFF TO HIRE THEM, PROCESS THEM. WE EVEN HAVE THEIR PHYSICALS ON-SITE SO BEFORE THEY LEAVE, THEY ARE AN EMPLOYEE AND ALL WE ARE WAITING FOR IS A COUPLE OF PIECES OF DOCUMENTATION. SO I DO THINK THE TWO DIVISIONS ARE TRYING TO ELIMINATE A LOT OF THE BARRIERS THAT WE PUT IN PLACE THAT WE DON'T WANT THERE.

>> AND YOU WILL HEAR FROM TRANSPORTATION AND HR. SOME OF THE THINGS THINGS WHICH I WISH I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF EARLIER L.HAD A CONTACT EACH PERSON IN EACH STATE, THE DRIVER, IT WAS PUT UPON THEM TO GO CONTACT MASSACHUSETTS OR NEW MEXICO OR PUERTO RICO OUTSIDE THE COUNTRY, WHICH WE HAVE A BUNCH OF THOSE AS WELL, ON THE MASTER LIST, HERE IS THE NUMBER FOR TO YOU CALL, HERE IS THE WEB STATE GO TO, AND TRY TO MAKE IT AS USER FRIENDLY AS POSSIBLE. AND NOW IT ON THE APPLICATION.

>>CINDY STUART: ONE OF THE COMMENTS I WOULD MAKE TO THE DRIVER SHORTAGE, AND WE CAN'T KEEP PUTTING MORE BUSES ON THE ROAD. OBVIOUSLY WE DON'T HAVE THE DRIVERS, NOR DO WE HAVE THE FUNDING TO KEEP BUYING NEW BUS TOWS REPLACE OLD BUSES BUT WE AREN'T BUYING NEW BUS TOWS PUT ADDITIONAL BUSES ON THE ROAD. SO I WOULD LOVE TO SEE, MR. FARKAS, A PLAN FOR HOW WE ARE GOING TO START TALKING ABOUT OTHER OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS, WHETHER THAT IS PARTNERSHIP WITH HART, WHICH WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED TO SOME DEGREE, BUT HOW WE START, REMOVING SOME OF THESE PAIN POINTS IN THE SYSTEM BECAUSE WE ARE NEVER GOING TO HIRE ENOUGH DRIVERS. EVERY DAY I HAVE BEEN HERE WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH DRIVERS, WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH EMPLOYEES IN THAT DIVISION. HOW DO WE FIND SOME SOLUTIONS TO GET -- IF THE END GOAL IS TO GET THESE STUDENTS FROM POINT A TO POINT B ON TIME \WAVE\WE HAVE TO START THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX, HOW WE FIND DIFFERENT SOLUTION HRS. I KNOW WE WORKED ON A COUPLE OF THOSE BUT HOW DO WE AS A DISTRICT START HAVING A BROADER CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE IN THE COMMUNITY AND WITH FAMILIES FOR -- I DON'T KNOW IF WE START CONSIDERING AND DISCUSSING FURTHER THE CHOICE OF MAGNET OPTIONS, WHICH I KNOW WE HAD THAT CONVERSATION AS WELL, WHICH IS A HUGE PAINT POINT FOR US, AND SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH HART RATE RIGHT NOW IS VERY LIMITED, BUT I KNOW THAT THAT POTENTIALLY IS SOMETHING WE COULD LOOK AT FURTHER FOR OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.

>> WE ARE SHORT 40 TO 50 DRIVERS RATE NOW, AND WE HAVE A THOUSAND DRIVERS ON THE ROAD, THAT'S ANOTHER 100 DRIVERS. SO WE ARE SHORT 50 DRIVERS. BUT IN REALITY THERE'S 50 DRIVERS THAT OUT. THE BASIC IDEA, WE NEED TO HIRE MORE THAN WE HAVE. WE HAVE LOOKED ATOS OTHER THINGS AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO LOOK AT OTHER THINGS ACROSS THERE. THERE ARE DEFINITELY SOME PAIN POINTS THAT GOING TO TAKE THE COMMUNITY EXACTLY WHAT YOU JUST SAID SO WE CAN SAY, HEY, THIS IS PART OF THE PROBLEM, AND WE CAN HAVE THIS. IT'S GOING TO COST THIS OR THAT. AND NAG NET CHOICE AND COURTESY RIDERSHIP ARE DEFINITELY THREE OF THE BIG AREAS THAT COST A LOT OF MONEY AND HAVE AN EFFECT ON THE SCHOOLS.

>>CINDY STUART: I THINK SOME OF IT IS AS WE MAKE CHANGES TO SCHOOLS AND MAKE THEM A K-8 OR MAKE THEM A NAG NET AND IT'S NEXT TO AN ELEMENTARY, NOW YOU HAVE TWO SCHOOLS ON THE SAME TIME ZONE, AT THE SAME TIME, CUSHING'S ON A TWO-LANE ROAD WHERE NO ONE CAN GET IN AND OUT OF THE TWO SCHOOLS ON ANY GIVEN DAY. I'M LOOKING FOR MORE CROSS COMMUNICATION ACROSS DIVISIONS AS WE MAKE THOSE DECISIONS. WE CAN'T DO THOSE IN SILOS ANYMORE BECAUSE THEY DO MAKE A MAJOR IMPACT ON THE COMMUNITY.

>> THE MPO COMMITTEE IS GOING TO BE A BEG PART OF THAT FROM THE COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE BUT ALSO TALKING ABOUT BELL TIMES, THAT'S A STANDING COMMITTEE, THAT REPRESENTATION FOR ALL THE PEOPLE THAT AFFECTED, WHETHER IT'S HR, WE HAVE TO MAKE CHANGES TO BELL TIMES, IT'S GOING TO AFFECT TEACHERS. THAT'S GOING TO BE SOMETHING WE TALK ABOUT ON A REGULAR BASIS. BECAUSE EXACTLY AS YOU SAID THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES THAT AFFECT SOMEBODY IN A NEGATIVE WAY. WE DEFINITELY SEE BOTH OF THOSE COMMITTEES AS BEING SOUNDING BOARDS ON BELL TIMES. BELL TIMES ARE USUALLY TAKEN UP WITH THE BOARD IN JULY. WE USUALLY GIVE THEM TO PEOPLE IN JUNE. WE GOT BELL TIMES THIS YEAR IN MARCH. WE ARE TRYING TO DO IT IN ADVANCE SO THEY KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE SCHOOLS TO HELP US WITH SOME OF THE CHALLENGES, AND MAKE SURE THE PARENTS KNOW THE CHALLENGES, TOO.

>>CINDY STUART: THANK YOU.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: THANK YOU. I HAVE FOUR THINGS. A COUPLE OF THEM ARE QUESTIONS. OTHERS ARE JUST OBSERVATIONS. I REALLY APPRECIATE GETTING MY TIMELINE. THIS IS VERY HELPFUL. I THINK I REQUESTED IT A COUPLE OF BOARD MEETINGS AGO. AND I KNOW THINGS CHANGE IN TERMS OF THE PROGRESS. IT'S NOT THE SAME DOCUMENT THAT WE GET TODAY THAT MAY LOOK DIFFERENTLY. BUT I THINK HAVING THAT TIMELINE IN MY POSSESSION WOULD HAVE HELPED ME REFUTE SOME OF THE COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE ABOUT THINGS HAVING NOT BEEN DONE, BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SAY, WELL, NO BUT SEE HERE, THIS IS WHERE WE ARE. IT'S IN PROGRESS, IT'S COMPLETED, SO I THINK THE TIMELINE PROVIDES A VARIETY. ONE, IT KEEPS US INFORMED AS CLOSE TO THE ACTION AS POSSIBLE. AND IT HELPS US TO ADDRESS CONCERNS THAT PEOPLE COME AND SAY, WELL, WHY HASN'T THIS BEEN TAKEN OF? SOMETIMES I CAN'T ANSWER THAT BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW, BUT IF I HAD THAT BEFORE ME, I MIGHT BE ABLE TO TALK WITH THEM A LITTLE MORE ACCURACY. AND SO I'M GLAD WE ARE GOING TO GATE OUT OF THE WAY. YOU MADE A COMMENT WHERE THE CHALLENGES WE FACE IN TRANSPORTATION, IN THE DEPARTMENT. IT HAPPENS ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTRY. BUT I SUSPECT THERE ARE OTHER DISTRICTS THAT WILL HAVE SUCCESSES AND SOME OF THESE FAILURES. FOR INSTANCE, I AM GOING TO JUST PICK ONE OF THESE. MAYBE THE DRIVER SHORTAGE. BUT I THINK THAT'S KIND OF A DIFFICULT ONE. BUT COURTESY RIDERS, THAT KIND OF THING. HAVE WE COMMUNICATED INTERACTIVELY, EXPLORED SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THEY HAVE DONE SUCCESSFULLY, SO THAT WE HAVE -- THERE'S A POSSIBILITY WE COULD REPLICATE SOME OF THOSE? ALL I'M SAYING IS WE DON'T MAKE TO REMAKE THE WHEEL IF PEOPLE HAVE DONE HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN OTHER PLACES, OR IS THERE COLLABORATION? I GUESS THAT'S WHAT CONFERENCES ALLOW TO YOU DO. BUT OTHERS OUTSIDE WHO HAVE SIMILAR PROGRAMS, HAVE WE TALKED ABOUT WAYS OF INVESTIGATING HOW THEY RESOLVED SOME OF THESE ISSUES?

>> YES, MA'AM. AND THE FIRST IS CONTRACTOR SERVICES AND UNIQUE SKILL SETS. SO THEY GET CONTRACTED SERVICES. WE DO THAT ON A LIMITED BASIS. MR. BEEKMAN AND I DISCUSSED EXPANDING THAT. THE OTHER BIG CHALLENGE FOR THE DEPARTMENT, THERE'S LOT A LOT OF DIFFERENCE WHAT WE DO IN TRANSPORTATION. I WOULD SAY THAT WE HAVE THE LARGEST COURTESY RIDERSHIP OF ANY BIG SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE COUNTRY.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: WHATEVER THE ISSUES ARE, THAT SIMILAR CONCERNS ACROSS SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO COLLABORATE AND SEEK INFORMATION, OR A DECISION OR SOLUTIONS FROM THEM. THAT WAS -- I JUST PICKED THAT OUT.

>>CHRISTOPHER FARKAS: AND BECAUSE HE IS A FACILITATOR FOR THE CONFERENCE, HE RUNS IT FOR ALL THE OTHER TRANSPORTATION DIRECTORS, IT AFFORDS HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO FACILITATE THE CONVERSATIONS THAT TAKE PLACE. AND PEOPLE THAT HAVE THE SAME APPROXIMATE WE DO, SO WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT WE LOOK FOR OUR BEST WAY TO DO IT. AND DRIVER SHORTAGE. AS THE ECONOMY GOES DOWN THE DRIVER SHORTAGES GETS LESS. WHEN THE ECONOMY GOES UP WE STRUGGLE UNFORTUNATELY.

>> SO WE GOT THE TO GUY.

>> I BELIEVE SO. TRANSPORTATI TRANSPORTATI ON IS A SUBSET OF OPERATIONS. AND I DON'T KNOW IF -- MR. BEEKMAN, MAYBE YOU CAN TALK ABOUT THIS IN A LITTLE BIT. BUT IS THERE ANY VALUE OF HAVING THIS DEPARTMENT INDEPENDENT OUT OF THE OPERATIONS BEING THE DEPARTMENT IN AND TO ITSELF? AND I DON'T KNOW THE PROS OR CONS. I'M LOOKING AT THE ORGANIZATION CHART. I'M LOOKING AT HOW BIG THE OPERATIONS DIVISION IS, AND COMPLICATING ALL THE THINGS THAT MAKE THIS AND ALL OF THAT. IS THERE ANY VALUE HAVING ITS OWN BODY?

>> TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, OVER THE YEARS, TYPICALLY, TRANSPORTATION, I HAVE WORKED FOR EVERY DIVISION HEAD, AND MOST OF THEM ARE INTRODUCED AND SAID THEY SHOWED UP TO THE SUPERINTENDENT'S REORGANIZATION LATE AND THEY GOT STUCK WITH TRANSPORTATION BECAUSE NOBODY WANTS TRANSPORTATION. (LAUGHTER) SO FEELING GOOD ABOUT THAT, BUT THE TRUTH IS, YOU KNOW, IN OUR WORLD, WE JUST NEED A CHAMPION TO COMMUNICATE FOR US. AND SO WHEN YOU MOVE THAT POSITION TO THAT LEVEL, YOU KNOW, WE STILL HAVE THE ACCOUNTABILITY WHERE WE ARE AT. BUT IF WE MOVE THAT, IT REALLY KIND OF BOGS DOWN THAT PERSON YOU WOULD BE A DIRECT REPORT TO. SO IF IT COMES UP TO THAT LEVEL IT JUST CREATES OTHER ISSUES FOR THEM, THAT PROBABLY HAVE THE COO LEVEL. NATIONWIDE IT'S TYPICALLY AT THE COEO REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE COO. NATIONWIDE YOU SEE THAT'S THE MODEL. AND THAT'S THE CURRENT MODEL THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS IN THIS ORGANIZATION, AND THAT'S A ATYPICAL OF THE ENTIRE COUNTRY REPORTING TO THE COO.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: I DON'T KNOW, IN THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY, PAGE 5, THAT HAS ORGANIZATIONAL CHART, AND IT'S PREVIOUS TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT STUDY. I WANT TO ASK A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. I KNOW THE ANSWER PERHAPS TO WHY THERE IS -- IT TALKS ABOUT THE STANDARDS AT THE TIME OF THE 2015 GREAT CITY SCHOOLS. IS THAT PAGE 5? WELL, MY 5. 55TH IN THE THIS DOCUMENT, THE AGENDA ITEM. I DON'T WANT YOU TO SPEAK TO ALL OF THEM, BUT SOME OF THEM. FOR INSTANCE, WHAT ARE THE MAJOR BARRIERS OF ORGANIZATION FACTORS FOR SOME OF THESE? BECAUSE LIKE DRIVERS -- I THINK I UNDERSTAND WHAT THOSE FACTORS ARE. BUT LET'S GO DOWN TO BUSES NOT PARKED -- WHAT ARE THE BARRIERS -- WHAT ARE THE CAUSATION FACTORS? MOVING OUT TO ANOTHER LEVEL?

>> WELL, THAT IS A BUDGET FIGURE, SIMPLY BECAUSE HILLSBOROUGH HAS HAD THE PRACTICE OF PARKING BUSES AT HOMES FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. ESPECIALLY IF YOU GO DRIVE PLANT CITY AND GO TEN BLOCKS YOU ARE GOING TO SEE A YELLOW BUS SOMEWHERE. AND SO THERE IS JUST FLOAT THE CAPACITY AT ANY OF OUR FACILITIES. WE CURRENTLY PARK BUSES AT SEVERAL DIFFERENT SCHOOL SITES. YOU WILL SEE THREE BUSES HERE, FIVE BUSES HERE, TEN BUSES HEAR. WE PARK SOME BUSES DOWN IN SOUTH COUNTY. WE PARK BUSES AT DIFFERENT LOCATIONS. SO YOU WILL SEE THIS. THIS IS A REPORT IN THIS, AND I BELIEVE PROBABLY CAME O OUT OF THE GIBBS REPORT, TOO. THEY LOOK AT BEST PRACTICE AND BEST PRACTICE IS TO HAVE YOUR BUSES COMPOUNDED BECAUSE THERE'S AN ASSOCIATED COST WITH HAVING THEM OUT. THAT DRIVER IS OUT SICK, THEN YOU NEED TO HAVE A SPARE BUS OR YOU ARE SHIPPING THAT PERSON OUT TO THEIR HOME, AND TRYING TO GET THAT BUS. SO THERE'S A LOT OF SAFETY FACTORS THAT'S TIED IN WITH THAT. BUT IT'S A BUDGET ITEM UNTIL YOU CAN GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU CAN BAY THE PROPERTY, DEVELOP THE PROPERTY, FIND SOMEONE, ALLOW US TO HAVE THE PROPERTY NEXT TO THEM. YES, NOBODY WANTS TO BE PARKED NEXT TO A BUS. EVERYBODY WANTS THEM BUT THEY DON'T WANT THEM PARKED NEXT TO THEIR HOUSE.

>> AND PLANT CITY, WE STABILIZED A PARKING LOT, OUR FIRST COMPOUND AREA WHERE WE HAVE AN AREA WHERE WE CAN PARK BUSES. BUT HONESTLY, IT'S A PROPERTY. AND YOU HAVE A PAYMENT ON TOP OF IT. AND A LOT OF NEIGHBORS DON'T WANT IT. WE GOT CALLS FROM SOME OF THE NEIGHBORS THAT SAID THEY ARE UPSET THAT BUSES FIRE UP AT 4:45 IN THE MORNING.

>> BUT THEN BEYOND THAT FOR HILLSBOROUGH, IT'S A NEGOTIATED POSE, TAKE, BECAUSE IT'S ACTUALLY BENDED IN THE LABOR CONTRACT SO WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BRING THAT TO THE TABLE TAKE AS FAR AS NEGOTIATING THAT ITEM AND WORKING GETTING THAT OUT WITH A CONTRACT.

>> IT'S NOT JUST HOME PARKING. WE PUT A LIMIT ON IT. EVEN THAT, I KNOW YOU GOT SENT SOME E-MAILS ON ISSUES LIKE THAT. IT WAS SOMETHING WHERE WE HAVE TO TAKE STEPS. WE ARE ACTIVELY LOOKING FOR PLACES TO PARK. PLANT CITY WILL BE OUR FIRST COMPOUND THAT WE DESIGNED FOR THAT REASON. AND WE WILL LOOK FOR OTHERS. IT'S KIND OF A HEY TICKET ITEM.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: I'M IMPRESSED -- AND I GUESS I SHOULDN'T BE BECAUSE I KNOW HOW DEDICATED YOU ARE TO THIS JOB AND TRYING TO PROBLEM SOLVE AND THAT CONTAINED OF THING -- BUT YOU THREW OUT SOME EXAMPLES, BEING VERY SPECIFIC ABOUT WHAT ARE CAUSING THE PROBLEMS. ISN'T THAT A STRATEGY THAT MAYBE AS WE LOOK AT THE TOP TEN ISSUES THAT WE THINK THAT HUFF DONE SIMILAR KINDS OF THINGS, YOU HAVE LOOKED AT THE PROBLEM. TALK ABOUT THE CAUSATION FACTORS AND THAT KIND OF THING. AND THEN SOME OF THE STRATEGIES YOU HAVE USED TO SOLVE OR MOVE US FORWARD. BECAUSE I THINK AS YOU TALKED NOW ABOUT -- IF YOU ARE ABLE TO PINPOINT VERY CLEARLY WHAT THOSE FACTORS ARE, THE PLAN AND ALL THAT. IF YOU KNOW WHAT THE BARRIERS ARE, WHERE YOU CAN GET CLOSE TO SOLUTIONS, NOT OVERTIME TO DO THAT. IS THAT KIND OF THE WAY YOU APPROACH SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED AS BEING REALLY, REALLY SEVERE, THE TOP TEN ISSUES? HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT TRYING TO RESOLVE SOME OF THESE?

>> SO IN REALITY, THERE'S A LOT ON THE PLATE. AND THERE'S A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES HERE FOR IMPROVEMENT. BUT REALITY IS, OUR FOCUS AND WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO IS TRY TO TURN AROUND THE CULTURE ON OUR EMPLOYEES, TO TAKE CARE OF OUR KIDS, BECAUSE KIDS HAVE GOT TO COME FIRST. AND SO WE WANT TO GET -- WE KNOW THAT WE WILL MAKE TERRIFIC GAINS IN A LOT OF THESE AREAS ONCE WE GET THE BUY-IN FROM OUR EMPLOYEES, BUT THEY HAVE TO SEE THAT WE ARE SINCERE, AND ALL WE WANT TO DO IS TAKE CARE OF THEM. AND ONCE WE ESTABLISH THAT AND CONTINUE TO WORK THROUGH THOSE ISSUES AND THAT TRUST FACTOR, BECAUSE THEY ARE STAKEHOLDERS INTO THIS COMMUNITY, AND STAKE HOLDERS INTO THIS ORGANIZATION, AND ONCE WE GET THAT, OVER THAT HUMP HUMP, I THINK MOST OF THIS WILL ACCELERATE VERY QUICKLY I ALSO THINK IT WILL ALSO HELP BECAUSE THEY'LL UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF PARKING BUSES AND THE SAFETY FACTOR. BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE DRIVERS WHO GO OUT TO DIFFERENT PLACES, AND SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO CONTEND WITH VANDALISM ON BUSES, BECAUSE SOMEONE HAS GOTTEN -- GOTTEN IN THERE AND LET OFF A FIRE EXTINGUISHER OVER THE WEEKEND WE HAVE ALSO HAD TO HAVE SECURITY SOMETIMES ON RARE CASES COME OUT TO OUR BUSES BECAUSE WE HAVE PEOPLE THERE THAT DON'T BELONG THERE. SO I THINK ONCE WE GET TO THE THAT POINT, I THINK THAT ONCE WE GET MORE OF THAT BUY-IN, SO FOR US, IN OUR PRIORITIES, IS GETTING THE PROCESSES IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR EMPLOYEES ARE TREED FAIR, THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THEY ARE STAKEHOLDERS IN THE ENVIRONMENT. WE ARE WORKING WITH THE NEGOTIATIONS TO WORK THROUGH THOSE PROCESSES, TO TRY TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN FOR COMPENSATION. YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS WE WANT TO SHOW THEM IS IN OUR KPI, KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS, TO SHOW THEM THE ACTUAL COST SAVINGS THAT WE ARE DOING IN SO OF OUR PROGRAMS, BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO COME BACK AND SAY WE WANT TO REINVEST THOSE SAVINGS BACK INTO OUR EMPLOYEES. BUT RIGHT NOW WE ARE JUST TAKING. AND NOW WE NEED TO GIVE BACK SO WE CAN REINVEST, NOT JUST GIVE IT BACK TO BE ABLE TO REINVEST FROM THEM, AND ONCE WE CAN GET TO THAT POINT AND DO THAT, I THINK THAT WE'LL TURN THE CORNER ON A LOT OF ISSUES THAT WILL TAKE CARE OF THAT. A LOT OF THESE ARE BUDGET ISSUES.

>> I THINK THAT'S THE OTHER PART THROUGHOUT, IS THE ROLE AND IF BUSES ARE LATE FOR A VARIETY OF REASONS YOU ARE NOT GETTING -- OR YOU ARE STAYING AFTER SCHOOL. SO WE SEE THE BUS DRIVERS HAVE A WONDERFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH KIDS. AND THEN YOU SEE THE BUS DRIVERS THAT ARE TRYING TO COLLECT A CHECK. YOU WANT A LOT MORE BUS DRIVERS THAT KIDS ENJOY GETTING ON THE BUS. WE WANT TO RAISE THOSE PERCENTAGES UP AS WELL. AND FOR EVERYONE IN TRANSPORTATION.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: I'M IMPRESSED BY THE FACT THAT THERE'S GREAT EMPHASIS ON CHANGING THE CULTURE WHICH CAN HAVE AN EFFECT ON OTHER KINDS OF THINGS. THE HUMAN SIDE OF THE OPERATION OF THE DEPARTMENT. FIRST IS WHAT I AM GOING TO CALL MECHANICAL SIDE. BUT I HEAR YOU SAYING IF WE CAN CREATE A CULTURE, THERE IS TEAMWORK, ALL THE THINGS THAT NEED TO BE DONE, THE LEVEL OF TRUST, YOU HEAR THEIR VOICES HEARD AND ON AND ON, AND THAT WASN'T LISTED HERE, AND I JUST USED THIS AS KIND OF A LIST, MAYBE PRIORITY AREAS. BUT IT'S REFRESHING TORE KNOW THAT IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT HAVING BUSES BUT HAVING THE RIGHT PEOPLE ON THE BUSES WITH THE RIGHT ATTITUDE, WITH THE CULTURE THAT HAS THE IMPACT ON ALL OF THESE. SO THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ASK THE QUESTIONS TO GET A BETTER UNDERSTANDING. AND I THINK AGAIN AT THAT TIMELINE, THE DOCUMENT IS DEVELOP, KNITS PROGRESS, BUT I THINK HAVING IT FOR ME PERSONALLY WOULD HELP ME GET DETAILS BUT A VERY GLOBAL VIEW. SO THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MS. VALDES?

>>SUSAN VALDES: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. WHEN I WENT OVER THIS REPORT FOR ME IT WAS NOT A SURPRISE BECAUSE THESE ARE THINGS WE HEARD DURING OUR TOWN HALL MEETINGS, AND THEY WERE, YOU KNOW, EVIDENT AT THE TIME, AND THIS IS JUST A REAFFIRMATION OF THE DATA, I BELIEVE, THAT WE COLLECTED. AND I WANTED TO SHARE JUST PUBLICLY SOME OF THE COMMENDATIONS THAT WERE GIVEN. AND I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT, BECAUSE I HAVE SEEN A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF IMPROVEMENT IN MANY AREAS. YES, IT'S NOT PERFECT. BUT IT'S BEEN A DEPARTMENT THAT HAS BEEN -- WELL, LET'S JUST SAY IT HASN'T BEEN RECEIVING THE LOVE AND ATTENTION THAT IT DESERVES. YET IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO WHAT MR. FARKAS JUST ALLUDED TO OF GETTING OUR KIDS TO SCHOOL ON TIME. BUT SOME OF THE COMMENDATIONS -- AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT YOU CREATED THE DRIVER OF THE MONTH AND DRIVER OF THE YEAR RECOGNITION. THAT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR EMPLOYEE MORALE. I UNDERSTAND THAT THE $12.71 IS NOT ALWAYS CONSIDERED TO BE A LIVING WAGE. IT'S REALLY NOT CAPTURING THE VALUE THAT THE BUS DRIVERS BRING TO THE ORGANIZATION. AND I WANT US TO START THINKING ABOUT ALSO CHANGING THAT WORD BUY-IN TO OWNERSHIP. IF OUR BUS DRIVERS FEEL THAT THEY OWN THAT BUS, AND THEY OWN -- THEY HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENTS IN THAT BUS, AS IF IT WERE THEIR OWN, I THINK THAT ALSO MORALE WILL ALSO BOOST, BECAUSE AS MUCH AS WE ARE TRYING TO HURRY UP AND MAKE UP FOR A LOT OF TIME IN WHICH, QUITE FRANKLY, NOT REALIZING THAT OUR ORIGINAL STRATEGIC PLAN, OR THE TRANSPORTATION PLAN WAS NOT BEING CARRIED THROUGH, IT WAS PUT ON THE BACK BURNER. AND WE ARE TRYING TO HURRY UP AND CATCH IT UP. IT'S GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT TO DO THAT. AND LIKE MR. FARKAS, PATIENCE IS NOT ONE OF MY VIRTUES BUT I UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES WE FACE IN TRYING TO GET THINGS UP TO DATE. OBVIOUSLY, I PARTICIPATED WITH THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT BOTH AT THE CHRISTMAS PARADE AND THE MLK PARADE, WHICH AGAIN WAS A FIRST AFTER MANY, MANY YEARS OF IT GOING AWAY, AND I THINK THOSE ARE JUST JUST LITTLE THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT THAT THEY ARE ALSO OUT IN THE COMMUNITY, BECAUSE THEY ARE PUBLIC SERVANTS AS WELL. AND I BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO LET THEM KNOW HOW IMPORTANT FROM ALL LEVELS OF THEIR PUBLIC SERVICE. I'M HOPING THAT COMMUNICATION AND SUPPORT, WHICH I'M REALLY SURPRISED THAT THERE WASN'T A LOT OF ELABORATION IN THE REPORT, ABOUT THE SUPPORT FROM THE SITE BASES WITH THE BUS DRIVERS. I HOPE WE GET TO THE POINT IN WHICH THEY ARE CONSIDERED PART OF THE FABRIC OF THAT, OF THAT SITE, AND BEING ABLE TO SHOW THE CHILDREN THAT WE ARE A COLLECTED FAMILY, THAT WE ARE A -- THAT WE ARE TOGETHER, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN. SO EVENTUALLY, I HOPE TO SEE THAT DAY WHERE THE RESPECT IS ALSO GIVEN FROM PRINCIPALS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS TO THE WORK THAT THE BUS DRIVERS DOUGH, BECAUSE QUITE FRANKLY, I DON'T KNOW IF THERE MIGHT BE A PRINCIPAL OUT THERE THAT MIGHT BE ABLE TO DRIVE 66 OR 67 STUDENTS WITH THEIR BACKS TURNED. I SAID IT BEFORE. I WOULD NOT BE A GOOD BUS DRIVER. YOU WOULD PROBABLY HAVE TO SAY YOU WERE LATE SEVERAL TIMES. BUT UNTIL THEY ACT WELL AND KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO TOLERATE CERTAIN BEHAVIORS, IF IT MEANS BEING LATE, THEN I DON'T KNOW. THERE'S CERTAIN THINGS THAT I THINK THAT WE HAVE TO SUPPORT OUR BUS DRIVERS IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. THEN THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THAT I THINK SHOULD BE CENTRALIZED IN THE DISTRICT SUCH AS ONE THAT SEEMS LIKE WE ARE WORKING TOWARDS IS HR, WHERE HR IS JUST SUCH A KEY COMPONENT, AND IT'S SUCH AN AVENUE FOR US TO BE ABLE TO FILL THE POSITIONS THAT WE HAVE, THAT I THINK EVENTUALLY WE'LL GET TO THE POINT WHERE HR WILL BE CENTRALIZED ANOTHER AREA THAT I THINK SHOULD BE CENTRALIZED IS WE CONSIDER ALL TYPES OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES, IS THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT. I THINK SOMETIMES WE WORK IN ISOLATION AND IN DIFFERENT SILOS BECAUSE OF THE SPECIALTY. BUT I ALSO BELIEVE THAT SOMETIMES BY WORKING IN THOSE PARTICULAR SILOS THAT WE ALSO MISS THINGS AS WELL. SO I'M GLAD TO SEE IN THE COMMENDATION SECTION OF PAGE 9 THAT IT WAS RECOGNIZED THAT WE HAVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CLASSES FOR THE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEES, PARTICULARLY, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT A MECHANIC. WE HAVE SHORTAGES OF MECHANICS. AND IS IT ASC? ASC? THAT CERTIFICATION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. AND IF WE ARE ABLE TO HELP OUR MECHANICS TO REACH THAT CERTIFICATION, THAT IS CORRECT WILL GIVE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR SUCCESSION PLAN AND I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT TO LOOK FOR THOSE OPPORTUNITIES AS WELL. AND I'M JUST REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE THINGS THAT YOU ARE DOING. THERE WAS A COMMENT -- ALTHOUGH THE COMMENDATION, IT SEEMS WHEN YOU SEE COMMENDATIONS ABOUT THE TRACKING OF THE BUSES BEING TRACKED IN SCHOOLS, THE CAMERAS ON THE BUSES, THE FIELD INSPECTORS, THESE ARE ALL THINGS WE ARE WORKING ON. BUT THEN IT AUTOMATICALLY GOES INTO SOME THINGS IN WHICH WE NEED TO ADDRESS. SO I GOT A LITTLE BIT OF CONFUSED WHEN I'M READING THIS THE WAY IT WAS REPORTED BY THE COUNCIL THAT THEY DID NOT SEPARATE THE COMMENT COMMENDATIONS WITH FURTHER RECOMMENDATIONS, SO IT WAS ALL OVER THE PLACE. SO I HAD TO WITH A FINE TOOTH COMB TRY TO PICK THOSE OUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WANT TO COMMEND YOU AND WHICH I HAVE DONE IN THE PAST IS THE STRONGER CONTROLS THAT HAVE BEEN PLACED FOR OVERTIME. THE TIME SHEETS THAT WE DO, YOU KNOW, THEY ARE ALL WRITTEN, AND IT'S AN AMAZING JOB TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT WHEN IT APPEARS TO BE INCORRECT. AND HOW MUCH HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO SAVE IN OVERTIME, UNNECESSARY OVERTIME EXPENDITURES?

>> IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OVER $600 THAT YOU.

>> HAVE WE REASSESSED THAT SINCE, MRS. SAUNDERS? DO WE KNOW?

>>GRETCHEN SAUNDERS: IT'S REALLY TARGETING RIGHT AROUND THAT SAME AMOUNT. BUT --

>>SUSAN VALDES: A TOTAL RATE OR ANOTHER?

>> NO, NO, WE ARE RIGHT AROUND $625,000.

>>SUSAN VALDES: SO THAT'S A VERY BIG COMPONENT. AND I KNOW THAT'S BEEN A VERY DIFFICULT THING TO GET TO. I'M WONDERING IF IN YOUR COMMUNICATION, HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT A SYSTEM OF BEING ABLE TO TRACK EMPLOYEE TIMES IN REALTIME? AND WHAT WOULD THAT LOOK LIKE?

>> WE WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT IT YESTERDAY, WHICH IS GPS, FILL OUT THE ACTUAL TIME SHEET.

>> CORRECT. RIGHT NOW THEY ARE FILLING OUT THEIR TIME STUDY BY HAND W.THE NEW CONVERSION OVER TO THE INTERLOK SYSTEM, THE NEW SQL SYSTEM, COUNTY AUTOMATICALLY GENERATE THOSE. SO WE HAVE BEEN RUNNING TESTS ON THAT TO GENERATE THOSE, AND RUN A COMPARISON BETWEEN PLAN MILES AND GPS. SO THAT'S ONE OF THE PIECES THE OTHER PIECE, THE TRACKING COMPONENT WITH THE DEVICES THAT WOULD ALSO BE A SIGN-ON SO THEY COULD ACTUALLY GET AWAY FROM THE MANUAL TO FILL OUT THOSE TIME SHEETS AND GET AUTOMATED. CAPTURE THEIR ACTUAL TIME FOR THE DAY.

>>SUSAN VALDES: SO WHEN WOULD THAT COME BEFORE US?

>> WE ALWAYS LOOK AT DIRECTION.

>>GRETCHEN SAUNDERS: WHEN WE BUILD IT IN THE BUDGET. SO IT ON THE LIST.

>>SUSAN VALDES: WE WILL BE HAVING THAT CONVERSATION AT OUR BUDGET WORKSHOP?

>>GRETCHEN SAUNDERS: I CAN, YES. PUT IT ON THE LIST.

>>SUSAN VALDES: I THINK WE NEED TO COME TO A POINT IN WHICH WE ARE USING TECHNOLOGY TO OUR BEST -- IT'S JUST MORE EFFICIENT, I BELIEVE. AND YOU CAN ALSO CAPTURE TRENDS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. IF THE NEED IS THERE, ABSOLUTELY. BUT WE HAVE TO ALSO BE VERY CAREFUL BECAUSE THERE OH COULD BE SOME FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY, AND PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, LOSE THEIR BENEFITS IN THE LONG RUN. SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT OUR EMPLOYEES UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF IT. AND THE LAST THING, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HAPPEN TO ANY ONE OF OUR EMPLOYEES BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT WE VALUE THEM. I KNOW I VALUE THEM AND I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT WE VALUE OUR EMPLOYEES, IS THAT WHATEVER SITUATION THAT THEY WIND UP, YOU KNOW, BEING HURT IN THE LONG RUN. SO I THINK THAT WILL BE A TOOL THAT WILL BE VERY BENEFICIAL TO THE EMPLOYEES, AND ALSO FOR US FOR EFFICIENCY. I HAVE ONE QUESTION. ACTUALLY TWO QUESTIONS. IN REFERENCE TO THE DRIVERS THAT WE ARE HIRING WHILE \WARE\WE ARE WAITING FOR THEIR DRIVER'S LICENSE TO COME BACK CLEARED AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE, ARE THEY BEING COMPENSATED THEIR DRIVER RATE? BECAUSE THEY CAN'T GET BEHIND THE WHEEL UNTIL THAT COMBS THROUGH. SO WHAT KIND OF SHADOWING -- WHAT WOULD THEIR SALARY BE AT THAT POINT?

>> IT MAY BE TRAINING A DRIVING COMPONENT OF IT SO THEY WOULD BE PAID THEIR SAME DRIVER RATE. IT WHEN SOMEONE GOES TO LOOK FOR A JOB THAT TWO WEEKS MAY MAKE A DIFFERENCE OF WHETHER THEY GO SOMEWHERE ELSE TO GET A JOB. THAT'S WHY WE ARE LOOKING AT THE 10 TO 14 DAY DIFFERENCE. THEY WOULD BE PAID THE SAME AMOUNT.

>>SUSAN VALDES: AND THEN MY OTHER QUESTION IS, IN REFERENCE TO OUR WORKING WITH THE UNION, THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A VERY DIFFERENT VIEWS AS TO HOW SENIORITY IS FIGURED OUT. AND EVERY YEAR AROUND THE SAME TIME OF CHOOSING YOUR GROUP, THINGS OF IN A NATURE, THAT COMES UP. HOW ARE WE SOLIDIFYING OR CLARIFYING HOW WE CONSIDER SENIORITY, OR HOW DOES THAT WORK? HOW ARE WE GOING TO FIX THAT ASPECT SO THAT --

>> SENIORITY IS DEFINED BY THE CONTRACT. SO LAST SUMMER WE SAT DOWN WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF HCSF AND WEPT THROUGH THE ENTIRE LIST. THE DISCONNECT CAME WHERE WE HAD EMPLOYEES THAT SAID, NO I HAVE GOT MORE SENIORITY THAN THAT. WE WENT THROUGH OUR LAWSON, AND AS OUTLINED, THE PIECE WAS, WHEN PEOPLE HAVE THE SAME HIRE DATE. SO IF WE HAVE A CLOSE OF 20-SOME INDIVIDUALS, AND THEY ARE HIRED AT THE SAME TIME, AND THEY WERE AT SOME S POINT IN TIME, WHAT THE CONTRACT LANGUAGE SAYS IS THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME SORT OF LOTTERY SYSTEM TO DETERMINE WHO IS WHERE IN THAT PROCESS. SO IT'S REALLY LUCK OF THE DRAW. AND SO THAT'S WHAT THE CONTRACT LANGUAGE ACTUALLY SAYS. AND SO THAT'S WHERE WE APPLIED THAT CONTRACT LANGUAGE, AND WE USED THE CARD SYSTEM TO DRAW WHO GOT WHAT, AND THAT CREATED SOME DISCORD. WE HAVE GOT THAT DOWN ON OUR NOTATION TO BRING THAT BACK. AND WHEN WE SIT DOWN AT THE TABLE FOR NEGOTIATIONS WE TALK ABOUT THAT WE ARE TRYING TO IDENTIFY ALL THOSE PIECES THAT HAVE COME UP AND REARED THEIR HEADS AND SAID, WE HAVE GOT A GROUP OF DRIVERS THAT ARE DISCONTENT WITH THIS PARTICULAR PROCESS, SO WE CAN SIT DOWN WITH OUR NEGOTIATOR ON OUR SIDE AND TALK ABOUT THESE ARE ISSUES, WE'LL TALK ABOUT THIS WHEN WE COME TO THE TABLE AND TRY TO GET THIS CLEANED UP.

>>SUSAN VALDES: AND AS YOU MENTIONED THAT EXAMPLE, WHICH I DID NOT REALIZE THAT WAS PART OF THE CONFUSION, IS THAT HIRE DATE. BEING THAT WE ARE AN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION, AND WE TEACH THE ABCS AND 1, 2, 3S, MAYBE IF THERE'S A LIST OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS, LET'S SAY HIRED TODAY, THAT MAYBE THE LIST IS DETERMINED BY ALPHABETICAL ORDER, I THINK JUST A SUGGESTION, JUST AN IDEA, TO WAY THINK IS FAIR IN A SENSE --

>> SOMETIMES WE GO BACK AND LOOK FOR THE TRAINING RECORDS. WE HAVE SOME EMPLOYEES -- WE HAVE A GROUP OF EMPLOYEES THAT HAVE BEEN HERE AN EXTREMELY LONG PERIOD OF TIME, AND FINDING THOSE RECORDS, THIS PAST SATURDAY WE RECOGNIZED ELIZABETH WILKINSON, 37 YEARS DRIVING A SCHOOL BUS. SHE'S RETIRING. FRIDAY IS HER LAST DAY. AND YOU TALK ABOUT PAY. THEY WERE GETTING PAID BACK THEN $91 A MONTH TO DRIVE A SCHOOL BUS. SO A LOT OF THE PAST RETIREES CAME INTO THAT PROCESS. BUT WHEN WOO GO BACK AND LOOK AT SOME OF THOSE RECORDS, THEY JUST WEREN'T CLEAN RECORDS THAT WERE KEPT. SO DATES WEREN'T AS EXACT AS THEY ARE NOW.

>> AND A BIG PART THAT'S BEEN FRUSTRATING TO MR. BEEKMAN AND MYSELF, SENIORITY SHOULDN'T BE SOMETHING -- WE GOT THE LIST. THIS IS WHERE SENIORITY LIES. IT SHOULD IN AND OUT BE A BATTLE ON A REGULAR BASIS. SO THE SAME FRUSTRATION WHEN YOU READ THOSE E-MAILS IS THE SAME FRUSTRATION WE FEEL BECAUSE WE DON'T DETERMINE SENIORITY. THAT'S WHY IT'S BEEN A CHALLENGE. THAT'S WHERE A LOT OF THE CONFUSION COMES IN. OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE SURE WE CAN GET THOSE THINGS FERRETED OUT. BUT OUR ISSUE IS THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN HERE FOR 25 YEARS. THAT SHOULDN'T CHANGE BASED ON SENIORITY THEY HAD LAST YEAR OR THE YEAR BEFORE. THAT'S ONE OF THE FRUSTRATIONS WE FELT.

>> EVENING AT THE BEGINNING OF LAST YEAR WE POSTED ALL THE SENIORITY LISTS BY AREA, AND SAID IF YOU HAVE A CONCERN THAT THIS DATE IS INCORRECT, COME SEE US. SO WE DID HAVE SOME, AND WE STRAIGHTENED THOSE PIECES OUT, AND NOTHING CHANGED ON THAT LIST. SO AS WE WENT THROUGH THE YEAR, THEN WE GOT THE SAME LIST BACK OUT. NOW WE HAD DIFFERENT PEOPLE WHO HAD DIFFERENT ISSUES.

>>SUSAN VALDES: I REALLY DO AGAIN, KNOW IT TO BELABOR THE CONVERSATION, BUT I REALLY DO APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT YOU GUYS HAVE DONE AND THE LEADERSHIP THAT HUFF SHOWN TO TRY TO REALLY TACKLE THIS IMPORTANT DEPARTMENT. AND OVERALL, I BELIEVE THAT A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT, AGAIN, WE READ ON THIS REPORT, IT WAS NO SURPRISE TO THIS BOARD MEMBER. AND I KNOW THAT MOVING FORWARD, I BELIEVE THAT THIS WILL BE TURNED AROUND, AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TO GET THERE. BECAUSE WHEN YOU DON'T TEND TO SOMETHING FOR A LONG TIME, IT TAKES A LITTLE WHILE TO GET IT GOING SO ROME WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY. SO HERE WE GO WE CAN'T FIX THIS IN ONE DAY. BUT YOU GUYS HAVE MADE SOME TREMENDOUS STRIDES AND CONTINUE THE HARD WORK. AND I APPRECIATE EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR THE EFFORTS THAT YOU HAVE BEEN PUTTING INTO IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MS. SNIVELY.

>>MELISSA SNIVELY: I WILL ECHO MS. VALDES IN THE FACT THAT I DO APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK AND EFFORT AND DEDICATION THAT YOU ALL HAVE PUT TRYING TO TURN THIS THING AROUND. I AM NOT GOING TO BEAT YOU UP OVER THE REPORT, BUT THAT BY ITSELF, THE MOST EXPENSIVE BLACK EYE YOU EVER PURCHASED HOWEVER, HOWEVER, I WILL TELL YOU AS A BOARD MEMBER -- AND SPEAK A LITTLE AS A BOARD MEMBER AND A PARENT AT THE SAME TIME WHO HAS CHILDREN WHO RIDES SCHOOL BOSSINESS THIS COUNTY. I WILL JUST TELL YOU WHAT MY EXPECTATIONS ARE AS A BOARD MEMBER, AND TRY TO HELP MANAGE THAT I LOOK TO YOU, JEFF, FOR RESULTS. AND THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THAT I IDENTIFIED IN THIS REPORT THAT YOU PROBABLY ALREADY KNEW. THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT POINTS OUT TO ME IS THE MORALE OF THE BUS DRIVERS, AND IT'S NOT A NEW PROBLEM. I WAS LOOKING AT ARTICLES IN THE PAST, AND THERE'S AN ARTICLE IN THE NEWSPAPER FROM 2012 ENTITLED HILLSBOROUGH OFFERS FINANCIAL INCENTIVES TO RECRUIT BUS DRIVERS, AND IT TALKS ABOUT THE SHORTAGE OF BUS DRIVERS AND COMPARES THEM TO OTHER COUNTIES AND HOW LARGE THE SHORTAGE IS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMPARATIVELY THEN THERE'S ANOTHER ARTICLE FROM 2014. BUS DRIVERS SCHOOL BOARD PROBLEMS, LOW MORALE. NOW WE ARE HERE IN 2016 PRETTY MUCH THIS REPORT TELLING US THE SAME THING. AND SO THE ONLY ISSUE -- I WILL GIVE YOU MY SUGGESTION ON TODAY IS IMPROVED MORALE, WHATEVER IT TAKES, TO IMPROVE THE MORALE. AS LONG AS IT'S LEGAL, AS LONG AS IT'S ETHICAL, YOU HAVE GOT TO DO THAT. PEOPLE, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HUMAN RESOURCES. AND IT'S NOT ALWAYS COMPENSATION THAT MAKES A PERSON FEEL GOOD ABOUT WHAT THEY DO EVERY DAY. THE WAY TO FIND OUT WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO OUR BUS DRIVERS AND WHAT MAKES THEM FEEL LIKE THEY ARE MOVING THAT NEEDLE EVERY DAY FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IS TO ASK THEM WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO THEM. WE TEND TO ASK EVERYBODY ELSE EXCEPT THE PEOPLE WHO MATTER MOST. AND SO THAT'S THE ONLY THING THAT I DIDN'T SEE IN THIS REPORT, AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE, IS A PLAN TO TALK TO THE BUS DRIVERS AND FIND OUT FROM THEM WHAT IS IT THAT MOTIVATES THEM TO NOT JUST COME TO WORK EVERY DAY BUT TO SERVE OUR STUDENTS IN THE MOST EXCELLENT WAY POSSIBLE. THEY ARE NOT GETTING A WHOLE LOT OF SUPPORT WHEN IT COMES TO DISCIPLINE. I HEAR THIS FROM BUS DRIVERS ALL THE TIME. THEY ARE NOT GETTING RESPECTED. THEY ARE NOT GETTING SUPPORT FROM THE ADMINISTRATION SOMETIMES WITH DISCIPLINARY ACTION. THAT CAN BE SO DEMORALIZING AS A BUS DRIVER WHEN YOU ARE NOT FEELING THAT YOU ARE RESPECTED IN YOUR JOB. WHO WANTS TO COME TO WORK EVERY DAY WHEN THEY CAN'T FEEL RESPECTED FOR WHAT THEY DO? SO THAT WOULD BE THE ONLY PIECE OR THE ONLY SUGGESTION I WOULD HAVE, WOULD BE FOCUS ON THE PEOPLE, BECAUSE IT'S THE PEOPLE THAT MAKE THE DIFFERENCE FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND THIS IS THE PART WHERE I AM GOING TO SPEAK AS A PARENT. I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU DO TO FIX THE PROBLEM, AS LONG AS IT'S LEGAL AND ETHICAL, BUT IF WE HAVE THE SAME PROBLEMS IN AUGUST THAT WE HAD LAST AUGUST, I WILL BLOW A GASKET, BECAUSE THERE IS NO WAY THAT WE CAN CONTINUE DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND EXPECTING DIFFERENT RESULTS. THAT IS THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY. AND THAT IS THE LAST THING THAT I WANT TO HEAR. AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER IN THIS REPORT IT TALKS A FEW TIMES ABOUT HOW SPENDING SO MUCH TIME RESPONDING TO BOARD MEMBERS AND THE COMPLAINTS THEY ARE GETTING. WE DON'T WANT TO GET COMPLAINTS. WE REALLY DON'T. WE ARE HAPPY TO LISTEN. WE ARE HAPPY TO HELP OUR CONSTITUENTS. WE ARE HAPPY TO HELP OUR PARENTS. BUT WHEN IT GETS TO US, THAT USUALLY MEANS THEY HAVE REACHED SOME LEVEL OF FRUSTRATION BECAUSE OF SOME WALLS THAT THEY CAN'T GET BEYOND. SO WAY DON'T WANT TO HAPPEN IS I DON'T WANT TO BE GETTING PHONE CALLS THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF SCHOOL WITH THE SAME EXACT ISSUES THAT WE WERE HAVING THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF SCHOOL LAST YEAR. SAFETY IS OBVIOUSLY THE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE. AND WE CANNOT -- WE JUST CANNOT ALLOW THAT TO BE -- FOR THAT RISK ON BEHALF OF OUR STUDENTS. THEY HAVE TO -- I AM STILL HEARING OF OVERCROWDED BUSES, BUSES NOT SHOWING UP, KIDS SITTING ON THE FLOOR STILL, PERPETUAL. IT'S PERPETUAL. AND SOMETIMES IT SEEMS THE PERCEPTION TO ME AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER AND A PARTICIPANT IS THAT STUCK IN A WHIRLWIND AND THEY CAN'T STEP OUT TO DEAL WITH SOME OF THE HIGHEST PRIORITY. IT'S ALL REACTION, REACTION, REACTION, ALL THE TIME. I'M NOT SAYING THAT'S EXACT, THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING. I'M JUST TELLING YOU THAT'S THE PERCEPTION. THE PERCEPTION FROM THE PUBLIC, PERCEPTION FROM THE PARENT, PERCEPTION FROM ME AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER IS YOU GUYS CAN'TST STEP OUT OF THE WHIRLWIND AND TAKE CARE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT HAS TO TAKE CARE OF SO HELP. PLEASE HELP CHANGE THE PERCEPTION OF THAT, FOR THE SAKE OF OUR STUDENTS, AND THE SAKE OF OUR SANITY I DO KNOW THAT YOU ARE COMMITTED TO DO IT. I DO KNOW THAT. I DO HAVE FAITH IN YOU. I JUST NEED TO SEE IT. AND PARENTS NED TO SEE IT, TOO. AND SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU ARE PLANNING TO DO WITH YOUR PLAN SO THAT WE CAN SEE THAT IMPROVEMENT ON A MUCH FASTER SCALE. WE TALK ABOUT ORGANIZATION MOVING AT THE SPEED OF TRUST. SO THE MORE TRUST WE HAVE, THE FASTER OUR ORGANIZATION CAN SUCCEED. THAT'S WHAT I AM LOOKING FOR. THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. I HAVE SOME QUESTIONS. AND THEN I HAVE A COUPLE OF STATEMENTS. TRANSPORTATION HAS BEEN THE RED-HEADED STEPCHILD OF THIS DISTRICT. I AM A RED-HEADED STEP CHILD. I CAN SAY THIS. IT HAS BEEN THE RED-HEADED STEPCHILD OF THIS DISTRICT FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER, AND I AM STARTING TO FEEL LIKE I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME UNDER MY BELT WITH THIS DISTRICT THAT I USED TO NOT HAVE. BUT IT USED TO BE UNDER ADMINISTRATION AT ONE POINT. THEN AFTER THAT WAS UNDER I.T. AND THAT WAS BECAUSE THEY WERE PUTTING GPS ON THE BUSES. AND THEN IT WAS UNDER -- IT'S NOW UNDER FACILITIES AND HAS BEEN FOR QUITE SOME TIME NOW. AND TO MRS. EDGECOMB'S POINT, HAVING STUDIED ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE IN DEPTH AS I HAVE, I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE SITTING AROUND THE ROOM GOING, WELL, THAT SOUNDS FAMILIAR, BECAUSE TIME AND TIME AGAIN I HAVE BROUGHT UP THE IDEA, BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE OPERATION, WORK CHART, TRANSPORTATION IS VERY -- AND YET WE ARE SPENDING SO MUCH MONEY IN THIS DIVISION. AND WE TALK ABOUT SAFETY. ESPECIALLY OUR STUDENTS. THIS IS ONE OF THE AREAS WHERE WE CAN REALLY, REALLY MISS THE BOAT. AND WHAT KIND OF ORGANIZATIONAL STANDPOINT IF I WERE KING FOR A DAY, IF WE PULLED ALL OF OUR FLEET INTO ONE UMBRELLA, WE HAVE GOT MAINTENANCE FLEET, WE HAVE GOT SECURITY FLEET, WE HAVE GOT STUDENT TRANSPORTATION. I THINK WE EVEN HAVE SOME OTHER FLEETS SOMEWHERE IN THE DISTRICT. STUDENT NUTRITION FLEET OF THE WE HAVE A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF FLEET IN THIS DISTRICT, THAT IF THIS FLEET WAS ITS OWN DIVISION, THAT I THINK IT WOULD BE A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT CONVERSATION THAT WE ARE HAVING. BECAUSE WE ARE IN A REACTIVE STATE. WE HAVE BEEN IN A REACTIVE STATE SINCE THIS STARTED BECOMING AN ISSUE, RIGHT BEFORE YOU, ACTUALLY IN 2007 WHEN I WAS ELECTED IN 2006, WE WERE DEALING WITH THAT REPORT BACK IN 2006, AND EACH ONE OF THE REPORTS LAID SIDE BY SIDE, THEY LOOK ALIKE. YOU CAN PULL VARIOUS THINGS FROM EACH REPORT FROM 2006, THEN OUR LATEST REPORT, 2014, THIS MOST RECENT ONE, AND I'M SURE WHEN WE GET OUR RESULTS BACK FROM GIBSON, WE ARE GOING SEE SOME OF THE SAME THINGS. SO IT'S THE SAME THINGS OVER AND OVER. SO IF WE COULD LOOK -- AND I KNOW YOU SAID WE ARE DOING WHAT OTHER DISTRICTS ARE DOING WITH THIS, BUT I ALSO HEARD US SAY THAT WE ARE DOING TRANSPORTATION LIKE IN A OTHER COUNTY IS DOING IT. SO THAT'S WHERE WE NEED TO STEP OUTSIDE OF WHAT OTHER DISTRICTS ARE DOING AND LOOK AT IT FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE FROM. AN ORGANIZATIONAL STANDPOINT, IT REALLY DOES MAKE SENSE TO PULL THIS OUT AND MAKE IT ITS OWN DIVISION AND NOT A DEPARTMENT, BECAUSE IT REALLY DOES NEED THAT TYPE OF ATTENTION. AND THE PERSON IN CHAMPIONSHIP REALLY DOES NEED TO GO STRAIGHT TO CHIEF OF STAFF OR SUPERINTENDENT WITH THE ISSUES, AND HAVE THAT DIRECT REPORT THERE. SO FROM AN ORGANIZATIONAL STANDPOINT, THAT'S SOMETHING I REALLY HOPE WE LOOK AT. AND SAFETY HAS BEEN A CONCERN OF MINE FROM THE VERY BEGINNING OF ALL OF THIS. AND WE STILL HAVE KIDS SITTING THREE TO A SEAT, AND SITTING ON THE FLOORS, AND THAT'S AND HERE I AM GOING COME INTO SOME OF MY QUESTIONS WE PURCHASED THESE BUSES. WIEST TAKEN HOW MANY BUSES OFF? HOW MANY BUSES HAVE WE PURCHASED THUS FAR? REFRESH MY MEMORY.

>> TOTAL WE PURCHASED 300 SINCE YOU STARTED BUYING THE NEW BUSES.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: AND WE PUT HOW MANY ON THE ROAD?

>> I THINK WE STILL HAVE ABOUT 40.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: SO 206 ON THE ROAD.

>> MAYBE 50 BECAUSE WE ARE WAITING ON TAGS BECAUSE SOME OF THEM ARE JUST NOW FINISHING UP DELIVERY.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: SO 250 ON THE ROAD NOW. HOW MANY BUSES HAVE WE PULLED TO HAVE ROAD?

>> WELL, WE PULLED THE ORIGINAL 1700 OFF. THOSE WENT TO AUCTION. I THINK THEY ARE NOW AT 75 AUCTION TO DATE OF THIS LAST GROUP, AND WE GOT MORE COMING OFF.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: HOW MUCH ARE WE TRACKING, HOW MUCH WE ARE SAVING ON MAINTENANCE COST, BECAUSE WE ARE PULLING THOSE BUSES OFF? IS THAT PART OF OUR CALCULATIONS IF WE ARE LOOKING AT COST SAVINGS?

>>GRETCHEN SAUNDERS: YES, WE ARE. BUT I DON'T HAVE IT THAT WITH ME.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: I'M REALLY INTERESTED IN SEEING THOSE NUMBERS. SO WE ARE SPENDING ALL THIS MONEY ON THE NEW BUSES. WHAT ARE WE SAVING IN THE MAINTENANCE COSTS? THE TOWING COSTS. THAT'S THE OTHER THING. AND WHAT SURPRISES ME IS AS MUCH AS I HEARD ABOUT TOWING AND ALL OF THE TOWN HALLS AND EVERYTHING WE HEARD FROM OUR EMPLOYEES, I HAVE NOT SEEN ANYTHING ABOUT TOWING AND HOW MUCH WE ARE SPENDING ON TOWING. SO THOSE, BY THE WAY, ARE NUMBERS THAT I HAVE ASKED FOR ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS THAT TO DATE I STILL HAVE NOT GOTTEN I WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH WE ARE SPENDING ON TOWING OUR BUSES. SO I NEED THOSE NUMBERS. AND I AM GOING PUT THIS ON MY ACTION ITEM THAT I NEED TO FOLLOW BACK UP WITH THAT. AS FAR AS THE REPORT WAS CONCERNED, AND THE COMMENTS ABOUT EMPLOYEES GOING TO BOARD MEMBERS, AND A LOT OF TIME BEING SPENT DEALING WITH BOARD MEMBER ISSUES, BY THE WAY, THIS IS BY STATUTE A PART-TIME JOB. IT IS A PART-TIME JOB. I DON'T WANT TO TAKE ALL THESE CALLS. BECAUSE LET ME TELL YOU WHEN THE PHONE CALLS COME. SPRING BREAK. FRIDAY NIGHT. SATURDAY. SUNDAY EVENING WHEN THE BUS DRIVERS ARE OFF THE ROAD AND WHEN THEY ARE OFF. SO THOSE ARE THE TIMES THAT I DON'T WANT TO BE DOING THAT, BUT WE DO. TEXT MESSAGES, THINGS LIKE THAT. AND WE DON'T WANT TO DEAL WITH IT. SO I UNDERSTAND CHAIN OF COMMAND. I COME FROM A MILITARY FAMILY. I WAS AN ARMY SPOUSE. I GET CHAIN OF COMMAND. AND THAT'S THE WAY IT NEEDS TO BE. BUT UNTIL WE GET TO THAT PLACE WHERE PEOPLE FEEL COMFORTABLE AND THE TRUST IS AN ISSUE, THAT WE HAVE GOT TO OVERCOME. AND YOU HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB, MR. BEEKMAN. I CAN TELL YOU THAT YOU HAVE CONVERT ADD LOT OF PEOPLE. AND THAT'S A GOOD THING, BECAUSE YOU CAME IN AT A DEFICIT WHEN YOU TOOK THE JOB, AND YOU HAVE CONVERTED A LOT OF PEOPLE. SO UNDERSTAND THAT WE DON'T WANT TO BE IN THE WEEDS. I KNOW, I DON'T WANT TO BE TAKING THESE CALLS. I DON'T WANT THE PROBLEMS TO RISE TO OUR LEVEL. IT DOESN'T NEED TO. IT NEEDS TO BE -- AND WHEN I SAY THAT IT DOESN'T NEED TO RISE TO OUR LEVEL, IT NEEDS TO BE RESOLVED. NOT SQUASHED. NOT BRUSHED UNDER THE RUG BUT RESOLVED SO THAT IT DOESN'T MEET OUR LEVEL OF INVOLVEMENT. DO WE HAVE A SHORTAGE IN MECHANICS? BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW IF I MISSED THAT OR NOT.

>> WE DO HAVE A SHORTAGE IN LEVEL 2 MECHANICS. WE ARE TRYING TO WORK WITH THE MECHANICS. IN NOVEMBER WE ASKED FOR SIX ADDITIONAL MECHANICS. WE ARE TRYING TO WORK IN GETTING THOSE IN PLACE. PART OF OUR RATIO PROBLEMS THAT YOU SAW 46 TO 1 RATIO, BECAUSE THEY ACTUALLY COUNTED THE OLD BUSES THAT WERE HERE, AND AGAIN WORKING ON IDENTIFYING GETTING RID OF THOSE. SO SOME OF THAT IS THAT RATIO ISSUE IS BECAUSE WE DIDN'T HAVE TOO MANY OLD BUSES SITTING AROUND. SO THEY ACTUALLY LOOK AT TOTAL OWNERSHIP VERSUS NUMBER OF MECHANICS. AND SOME OF THAT OWNERSHIP IS GOING AWAY TO SURPLUS BUSES? ALSO KNOW THAT AS WE GET THE NEWER BUSES IN, AND THE WARRANTY THEY HAVE AND THE RELIABILITY THAT THEY HAVE, THAT SOME OF THOSE ISSUES WILL HELP THAT AS WELL. OUR BIGGEST DEFICIT RIGHT NOW HAS BEEN IN LEVEL 2 MECHANICS, ESPECIALLY LOOKING FOR AC REPAIR. ACROSS THE BOARD, ONE OF THE THINGS YOU WILL FIND WHEN YOU LOOK AT A VERY, VERY OLD BUS, WE HAVE SOME BUSES THAT DON'T HAVE AIR CONDITIONING. AND SO THEIR MAINTENANCE COST IS NOT GOING TO BE AS HIGH AS THE BUSES THAT ARE THE LATE 3,000 SERIES, 4,000 SERIES. THE AIR CONDITIONING COSTS, THE NUMBER ONE MAINTENANCE ISSUE ON THE SCHOOL BUSES IS STATE WIDE, THOSE ARE THE HIGHEST REPAIR TYPES THAT WE HAVE IN THE SYSTEM. AND SO YOU ARE GOING TO SEE A HIGHER COST REPAIRING THOSE TYPE OF UNITS VERSUS BUSES THAT DON'T HAVE AC.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: LET ME ASK THIS QUESTION. I AM GOING TO CHANNEL MRS. VALDES RIGHT NOW. MR. BROOKS, YOU ARE HERE. WHAT PROGRAMS DO WE OFFER IN THIS DISTRICT FOR AC MECHANICS FOR BUSES, FOR -- CAN YOU ADDRESS THIS? FOR OUR POST-SECONDARY CAREER TECH PROGRAMS?

>> I'LL BORROW THE MIKE HERE. MR. CULPEPPER ROACHED REACHED OUT. WE CURRENTLY DON'T HAVE ANY PROGRAM IN OUR DISTRICT FOR DIESEL OR AUTOMOTIVE AC. WE ACTUALLY HAVE INDUSTRIAL AIR CONDITIONING AT IRWIN, AND WE HAVE GOT SOME OTHER PROBLEMS TO GET STARTED. SO WE WERE TRYING TO SEE IF THERE'S SOME KIND OF OVERLAP. SO WE ARE PLANNING A MEETING TO TALK AND FIND OUT BETWEEN OUR DIESEL APPRENTICESHIP, OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. THERE'S A LOT OF REQUIREMENTS AND A LOT OF ISSUES THAT WE HAVE DISCUSSED WHEN MR. BEEK M.A.P. WAS FIRST HIRED AND WE THINK WE MAY BE ABLE -- AS A MATTER OF FACT, WHEN I GOT HERE EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON WE HAD THIS CONVERSATION, AND WE FOLLOWED UP TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT, ARE THERE SOME OVERLAPS AND SOME OF OUR STUDENT MAY BE ABLE TO GO HELP OUT IN SOME OF THOSE AREAS? AND WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DO ALL OF THEM. BUT WHAT WE ABLE \TOE\TO DO IS REPLACE SOME OF THE LABOR SO THAT CAN BE REASSIGNED. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT ANSWERS.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: WELL, THIS IS WHAT I AM THINKING. SO MRS. STUART IS PART OF THE MPO AND I'M GLAD SHE IS BECAUSE I KNOW SHE'S GOING TO PICK UP THIS BALL AND CARRY IT AND CHAMPION THIS ISSUE. BUT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT DOWN THE ROAD HAVING SOME PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE COUNTY AND HART AND SOME OTHER TRANSPORTATION OPTION. THEY HAVE AIR CONDITIONING NEEDS, TOO I'M SURE. I'M SURE THEIR AIR CONDITIONERS BREAK DOWN ON THEIR BUSES. WE HAVE AIR CONDITIONING HEY NEED AND AIR CONDITIONING. WE REALLY SHRUB GROWING OUR OWN AND HAVE A PROGRAM THAT OFFERS THE CERTIFICATION FOR THAT PARTICULAR JOB SKILL, SO THAT WE ARE THEN PUTTING THESE PEOPLE RIGHT TO WORK. I MEAN, IF WE WANT TO HAVE SOME GOOD NUMBERS ON HERE IS YOUR CERTIFICATION, NOW HERE IS YOUR JOB, AND WE ARE LOOKING IT IN THE EYE RIGHT NOW. SO I AM WANTING TO FOLLOW UP ON THIS ONE AND SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM INTERNALLY. WE HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO DO IT. WE HAVE THE KNOW-HOW. I MEAN, IT'S SOMETHING THAT I THINK IS A NO BRAINER. SO WE'LL TALK MORE BUT I'M GLAD THAT YOU ALL ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT. I'M HOPING WE CAN MOVE ON THAT SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. MR. FARKAS, THERE WERE SOME ISSUES WHEN I VISITED EAST BAY A WHILE BACK WITH THE HOSES BEING TOO SMALL AND TAKING A LONG TIME TO DO OIL CHANGES -- AND BY THE WAY, I HAVE TO SAY THAT HAVING VISIT THAT FACILITY ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS, IT IS SO FAR ABOVE WHAT IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING. I MEAN, A LOT OF WORK HAS BEEN DONE THERE. THERE'S A LOT MORE BAYS. I THINK THEY USED TO ONLY HAVE TWO BAYS THERE, AND NOW THEY HAVE GOT SIX OR EIGHT.

>> YES, SIX.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: SO IT'S A BIG IMPROVEMENT. BUT WAS THAT PROBLEM EVER RESOLVED?

>> IT WAS. ACTUALLY, I BROUGHT IT TO STAFF. THEY HAVE ALREADY DOWN THE ROAD FIXED IT.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: SO THOSE ARE SOME OF THE SIMPLE FIXES, TOO, AND THAT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST COMPLAINTS I GET IS THESE DRIVERS ARE WAITING A REALLY LONG TIME TO GET THEIR BUSES BACK. SO THAT'S BEEN SOLVED. WHEN WE ARE TAKING SOMEBODY OFF THEIR BUS BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN A COMPLAINT, SO HERE IS ANOTHER THING THAT DEALS WITH THE SHORTAGE. ISSUE. WHEN SOMEONE IS TAKEN OFF THEIR BUS, HOW LONG IS IT BEFORE THAT INVESTIGATION CAN BE COMPLETED AND THAT DRIVER IS ALLOWED BACK ON THAT BUS?

>> IT DEPENDS ON WHAT THE ALLEGATION IS AND WHAT THE SITUATION IS AND WHETHER WE HAVE THE VIDEO. I WILL SHARE WITH YOU TYPICALLY THE SCHOOL IS VERY QUICK IN RESPONDING. SO WE TRY TO GET THAT RESOLVED AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. SOMETIMES IT TAGS A LITTLE LONGER DEPENDING ON WHAT THAT ISSUE IS. BUT WE TRY TO FACILITATE THAT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT THEM OFF THE BUS.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: AND I HAVE SPOKEN TO MRS. WOODFORD ABOUT IT, AND THERE IS SOME MOVEMENT AND SOME PROGRESS IN THAT. BUT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE GOT TO MOVE ON. AND I'M REALLY HAPPY ABOUT THE APPLETRACK. I GOT A GOOD LESSON ON THAT LAST WEEK. WE DO HAVE A LOT OF COURTESY RIDERS, BUT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE CREATED. WE HAVE CREATED THIS BEAST BECAUSE WE HAVE SO MANY CHOICES FOR OUR STUDENTS, AND WE CUT COURTESY RIDING BACK IN 2007 AND IT WAS A HUGE ORDEAL. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT PAINFUL. THAT WAS ONE OF THE MOST PAINFUL THINGS THAT THIS BOARD CAN DO AND STAFF. SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CUTTING THOSE COURTESY RIDERS, THAT'S GOING TO BE A REALLY DIFFICULT DISCUSSION. AND THAT'S A HARD ONE. BECAUSE WE ARE ALSO TALKING ABOUT MAGNET PROGRAMS AND ALL KIND OF OTHER THINGS. AND THAT'S TAKING AWAY THOSE CHOICE AS WAY FROM STUDENTS. AND I DON'T THINK THAT WE WANT TO DO THAT. SO THAT'S ONE WHEN I HEAR THAT OH, GOSH, THAT'S GOING TO BE ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT THINGS THAT WE EVEN LOOK AT. BUT I'M WITH MRS. SNIVELY ON THE MORALE ISSUE AND RESOLVING THOSE ISSUES, BECAUSE WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO GO DOWN THAT ROAD. SO A WHILE BACK, I GUESS THE LAST TIME THAT WE HAD THIS DISCUSSION BACK IN 2014, WE WERE GIVING -- THE SUPERINTENDENT STARTED MAKING SURE THE, IF THERE WAS A BEHAVIORAL SHALL -- ISSUE, THAT THE BUS DRIVERS WERE SUPPORTED, AND THEN HEAR WE COME WHERE WE START LOOKING AT THE NEW DISCIPLINE. SO NOW WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL. AND THAT, I'M SURE, PUT A STOP TO THAT. SO WHAT DO WE DO IN THAT ANYTHINGS BECAUSE HERE WE ARE, WE START TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUE WHERE THE BUS DRIVERS SAY THEY ARE NOT BEING SUPPORTED, THEY ARE NOT BEING RESPECTED WHEN THERE ARE DISCIPLINE ISSUES ON THE BUS, SO THE KIDS KNOW THAT THEY CAN ACT UP, AND THEN THEY ARE STILL GOING TO GET BACK ON THAT SAME BUS IN THE AFTERNOON AND THE NEXT DAY AND THE NEXT DAY, AND THEN WE CHANGE THE DISCIPLINE POLICY TO ADDRESS THINGS THAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE, BUT HOW DO THOSE TWO WORK IN CONJUNCTION?

>> YES, IT IS A CHALLENGE. I MEAN, THE PIECE WITH THE SCHOOL'S RELUCTANCY TO ACT UPON. WHAT WE DO SHARE WITH THEM, THOUGH, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE ON A HEALTH SAFETY WHEN A CHILD IS DISRUPTIVE AS OPPOSED TO MAYBE DISRESPECTFUL. AND SO WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT IS A PROGRAM CALLED CPI THAT ACTUALLY DOES BEHAVIOR TRAINING FOR DRIVERS. SO WE ARE EVALUATING THAT PROCESS, THAT THEY GO THROUGH AND GIVE THEM THE SKILL SET TO WORK WITH THOSE STUDENTS. THE OTHER PIECE, IF YOU RECALL, WE TALKED ABOUT THOSE 25 DRIVERS COMING IN. MR. WARNIC, NOW THAT HE'S COME IN, IS WORKING ON GETTING THOSE FOLKS. WE HAVE BETTER DRIVERS, WE HAVE ZERO ISSUES. THEY HAVE THAT PRESENCE. THEY KNOW HOW TO CERTAIN KIDS. THEY GOT IT. THEY KNOW HOW TO HANDLE KIDS AND WORK WITH KIDS AND THEY HAVE GREAT CONTROL OF THEIR BUS. WE WANT THEM TO BE THAT ROLE MODEL AND TEACHING THAT TO OUR DRIVERS, TO GIVE THEM THE SKILL SKILL SETS, SO THEY HAVE THE TOOLS THAT THEY NEED TO HANDLE THE ISSUES VERSUS LET'S JUST THROW THE KID OFF. BECAUSE WE JUST THROW THE KID OFF, THE KID IS NOT IN SCHOOL, GOT A LOT OF SINGLE FAMILIES THAT JUST CAN'T GET THEM THERE OR DON'T GET THEM THERE. SO OUR GOAL IS TO USE THAT CPI, LOOK AT THAT PROGRAM. PLUS TAP INTO OUR OWN RESOURCES, TO USE OUR OWN BETTER DRIVERS, WHO KNOW HOW TO HANDLE YOU HAVE GOT SOME DRIVERS, THEIR RUNS ARE BACK TO BACK AND THEY ARE JUST GOING DOWN THE ROAD AND THEY ARE AWESOME. WE HAVE ALSO SEEN SOME NEW DRIVERS THAT COMB THROUGH, AND TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, IT'S LIKE MARDI GRAS. THERE'S GOT TO BE A MEDIAN IN THERE. SO WE HAVE TO HELP THEM BUILD THAT SKILL SKILL SET TO HANDLE THAT THEMSELVES.

>> THAT'S AWESOME. AND BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT, I MEAN, BUT I KNOW IT'S DIFFICULT BECAUSE WE HAD JUST STARTED SAYING WE REALLY WANT TO SUPPORT THESE BUS DRIVERS. AND BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT IS HUGE. AND LOOKING AT BEST PRACTICES AND TRAINING, THAT'S GREAT. BUT I UNDERSTAND THIS H.YOU CAN HAVE THE BEST TEACHER IN THE CLASSROOM WHO KNOWS CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT, AND YOU GET THAT FIX OF KIDS, AND ONE YEAR OF THAT MIX OF KIDS, AND IT'S CHAOS. JUST BECAUSE OF THE PERSONALITIES, AND MAYBE SOME OF THE BEHAVIORAL ISSUES THAT ONE CHILD MIGHT HAVE OR TWO CHILDREN, AND THEY GET TOO TWO BEHAVIORAL ISSUES IN A CLASSROOM, AND IT'S PURE CHAOS. SO I JUST WANT TO, YOU KNOW, FIND OUT WHAT WE ARE DOING WITH THAT. KEEP ME IN THE LOOP ON THAT BECAUSE I'M REALLY INTERESTED IN THAT PIECE OF IT. AND I AM GOING TO END WITH THAT BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF TIME AND I'M HOPING YOU HAVE COMFORTABLE SHOES ON BECAUSE I KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN STANDING THERE FOR A LONG TIME. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS AND MY QUESTIONS. AND I'LL LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE IN THE FUTURE. BUT I'M WITH MRS. SNIVELY, IT'S TIME. WE HAVE REALLY GOT TO DO SOME MAJOR, MAJOR THINGS TO TURN THIS AROUND, BECAUSE I'M TIRED OF HAVING THE CONVERSATION. I'M TIRED OF READING ABOUT IT IN THE PAPER. I'M TIRED OF GETTING THE PHONE CALLS. ALL RIGHT. WELL, THAT'S IT FOR THIS AGENDA ITEM. AND THAT CLOSES OUR GENERAL. THANK YOU, MR. BEEKMAN. THAT CLOSES OUR AGENDA NOW. WARRANTEE OTHER BUSINESS AND BOARD COMMENTS. AND I AM GOING TO DO SOMETHING I DID A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND CHALLENGE US. IT'S 7:30 RIGHT NOW. 7:27. CAN WE DO THIS BY 7:45? ALL RIGHT. MRS. STUART.

>>CINDY STUART: THANK YOU. I JUST HAVE A COUPLE OF ITEMS. I WANTED TO RECOGNIZE THREE TEACHERS TONIGHT THAT RETIRED THIS WEEK FROM HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. COLLECTIVELY, THESE TEACHERS HAVE 117 YEARS OF SERVICE. ONE TEACHER ALONE, DR. TUBB HAS 50 YEARS TEACHING. SO MR. PACKARD, MRS. REYNOLD AND DR. TUBB, ALL THREE IV TEACHERS, VERY WELL LOVED AT THAT SCHOOL, RETIRING THIS WEEK FROM HILLSBOROUGH, AND THEY CELEBRATED YESTERDAY. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT AND PARTICIPATED IN THE EDUCATION OUT AT THE MUSEUM. WE HAD SEVERAL OF OUR STUDENTS AND A TEACHER RECOGNIZED, AND CONGRATULATIONS TO CARRY AMON, AND OUTSTANDING STUDENT I VAN A RIDGE AT WHARTON ELEMENTARY. AND THANKS TO FRAMEWORKS FOR HAVING US OUT TO THE HART LUNCH, WE GO EVERY SINGLE YEAR AND THE FANTASTIC WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING. ONE OF OUR STUDENTS DID WIN THE AWARD THERE FROM PLANT HIGH SCHOOL, LIENA DEUPDIE. AND WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE AT THE ART HEROES LUNCHEON WHERE A NUMBER OF OUR STUDENTS WON SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FROM THE ORGANIZATION, FROM THE QUAIL SITE FOUNDATION, AND THREE THEM FROM GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL, ROBERT BAXTER, MADDIE AND GABRIELLE DALLAS, FROM GAITHER, AND BENNIE HALL VIRTUAL SCHOOL. THEN WE HAVE SEVERAL OTHERS FROM NEWSOME. I WON'T NAME THEM ALL BELLE BULL WE WERE SITTING THERE THRILLED HEARING THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND G G.P.A.S AND FORTUNATE TO GET THAT SCHOLARSHIP. I WANT TO WISH ALL THE STUDENTS WHO ARE BEGINNING EOC DEFENDANTING, GOOD LUCK THIS WEEK. AND TO THE IB STUDENTS WHO ARE SENIORS. THEIR LAST DAY IS OFFICIALLY THURSDAY, AND START IB TESTING NEXT WEEK. THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: I AM GOING TO GO THROUGH MINE. WE HAVE SO MANY ACTIVITY GOING ON. SO IT'S HARD TO SHOWCASE ANY PARTICULAR ONES. BUT I JUST WANT TO SAY NORTH TAMPA ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS FOR HAVING WHAT THEY CALL THE GIFT OF GIFT IT WAS A GREAT CEREMONY TO SUPPORT THE KIND OF ACTIVITY GOING ON IN NORTH \TAMPA\THE ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS, AND I THINK BECAUSE OF THE WORK OF THE STAFF AT NORTH \TAMPA\THE, AND THE CONCERN IS FOR STUDENTS THAT WE DON'T OFTEN GET A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT IN VERY POSITIVE WAYS. I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU ARE DOING. ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OFFICE FOR ITS CONTINUATION OF THE MASTER PLANS PROGRAM, INTRODUCING SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS TO WAYS TO BECOME BUSINESS OWNERS AND WITH THE KINDS OF SKILLS AND SKILL SETS AND OPPORTUNITIES SO THEY CAN GROW. WE HAVE ALREADY MENTIONED FRAMEWORK. ONE OF THE ACTIVITY THAT I HAVE, A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY ON SATURDAY TO ATTEND WAS YNTA MIDDLE SCHOOL, SOMETHING CALLED THE SPRING FLING. A LOT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT GROW AND THRIVE. BUT THERE IS INCREASING NEED TO HELP OUR YOUNG WOMEN GROW AND THRIVE. AND INITIATING ACTIVITIES. ONE OF THE SPEAKERS FOR A DAY IN WHICH THEY HAD MULTIPLE SESSIONS, BUILDING TO CREATING AND ALSO THE YOUNG LADIES ARE INTERESTED IN AND BUT PRESENTING THEM IN HOW THEY CONVERGE FROM BEING A YOUNG LADY TO CONFIDENT WOMEN. AND I JUST WANT TO THANK THE STAFF FOR HAVING THIS AS PART OF THAT. EVERYTHING TO SUPPORT OUR KIDS. THEY REALLY GO OUT OF THEIR WAY TO INVESTIGATE, CREATE, AND NEGOTIATE THE FINE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM. WE HAVE SOME WONDERFUL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO SEE THE NEEDS TO COME AND SUPPORT US IN THE KIND OF THINGS THAT WE ARE DOING. SO SUPPORT FOR OUR STUDENTS, OUR FACULTY AND STAFF, AND IS NOT JUST INTERNAL BUT IS ALSO OUT IN THE COMMUNITY COMING TO HELP US GROW, STUDENTS, MAKE THEM SUCCESSFUL, AND CONGRATULATIONS ON AN ACTIVITY ABOUT DREAMING, INSPIRING, LOOKING AT YOUR VALUES AND YOUR ATTITUDES. I JUST WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE DEVAS THAT I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH. IT WAS A GREAT MORNING. I LEARNED AS MUCH ABOUT MYSELF AS I HOPE IN SOME WAYS THAT I MADE AN IMPRESSION ON THEM. THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MRS. HARRIS.

>>SALLY HARRIS: WELL, I JUST HAD A SHORT TWO WEEKS SINCE THE LAST MEETING, BECAUSE I WAS OUT OF TOWN. BUT I STOPPED BY SHERAMONTE AND TALKED TO BETTY, A CROSSING GUARD, AND I CROSS BY THIS CORNER QUITE OFTEN AND THAT WOMAN IS ALWAYS SMILING AND BEING GENTLE WITH OUR CHILDREN. IT'S AWESOME. THEN I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET CLARENCE FORT, ONE OF THE FIRST BLACK BUS DRIVERS. MAYBE WE NEED TO TALK TO HIM ABOUT MORALE. AND HE WAS AT JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL. AND THE MAN IS JUST SO IMPRESSIVE. HE WAS A PART OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, THE FREEDOM MOVEMENT, AND HE WAS PART OF THE DESTINATION DIVERSITY BUS TOUR. AND THE KIDS WERE ASKED QUESTIONS AND IT WAS A FUN THING THEN I WENT TO THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION EVENT FOR THEIR SUPPORTERS. AND MRS. GRIFFIN AND I WERE THERE AND SUPPORTED THAT. AND THEN TEACHERS SUPPLY STORE. AND THERE WAS A PICTURE IN THE SLIDE SHOW THAT REPRESENT IT IS TEXTING, AND I THINK WE ALLUDED TO THAT EARLIER IN THE FACT THAT THE TEACHERS HAVE BEEN THROUGH A LOT WITH THE TESTING, AND IT IS JUST NICE TO APPRECIATE THEM AT THIS TIME OF YEAR FOR THE GOOD JOB THEY HAVE DONE, AND THE PASSING OF THE TEST, AND THEY HOORAH AT THE SCHOOLS WHEN THE TESTER IS DRIVEN OFF. IT'S REALLY NEAT WE ALSO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HONORED AS TEACHERS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT AT THE RAYS GAME. IT WAS A FUN TIME FOR EVERYONE. AND THEN IN THE SLIDE PICTURES THERE IS A TREE OF LIFE. AND I WAS AT THE CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK. AND I WILL TELL YOU, THE TREE OF LIFE WAS THE ONLY LIVING TREE THAT MADE IT THROUGH 911. BUT THERE IT IS. AND IT'S STILL ALIVE TODAY. IT'S THE MOST FASCINATING STORY TO READ ABOUT THAT TREE AND THEN WE HAD THE COACHES WITH THE STEINBRENNER FOUNDATION. THEY GAVE SO MUCH TO OUR COACHES. IT WAS JUST FUN TO SEE THE COACHES THERE WITH THEIR SPOUSES DRESSED UP IN THEIR SUITS. AND THE COMPETITION OF COACHES NEVER ENDED. AND YET WHEN ONE WOULD WIN, THE SUPPORT THEY WOULD LET THE COMPETITION DOWN BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WIN IT AND THEY SUPPORT EACH OTHER. IT WAS GREAT THEN WE HAD OUR HEROS LUNCHEON TODAY. AS MRS. STUART SAID IT WAS SUCH AN HONOR TO SEE SO MANY OF OUR STUDENTS RECEIVING THOSE SCHOLARSHIPS. OILED CHEW EACH CHILD THAT WON TODAY WON $2 THAT YOU PLUS A COMPUTER TO START THEIR COLLEGE CAREERS WITH. AND THEY ALL WERE GOING TO COMPETITIVE CLEOMES. IT WAS A GREAT EVENT. SO THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MRS. SNIVELY.

>>MELISSA SNIVELY: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I MADE UP FOR YOU THIS WEEK. I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE NOW. OKAY. I HAVE A LIST OF PEOPLE TO THANK REAL QUICK. I WANT TO THANK -- I'M EXCITED TO WORK WITH BILL RICHARDSON FROM STRATEGIC COMMUNICATION. I SPENT SOME TIME WITH THEM AND SPENT SOME TIME WITH CHET CULVER SON FROM FRAMEWORKS AND LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH FRAMEWORKS. THANK YOU TO JANET CARMEL A AND HER LEADERSHIP AT TEAM AT JOSHUA HOUSE FOR SHOWING WHAT WE DO FOR THE KIDS AT JOSHUA HOUSE. THANK YOU TO THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MUSIC TEACHERS FOR PUTTING ON A WONDERFUL BANQUET. WE APPRECIATE THE ELEMENTARY MUSIC SCHOOLTEACHERS VERY, VERY MUCH. MARY ANN PARKS TOOK ME AROUND, SOME OF OUR LEADERS, AND WANTED TO PERSONALLY THANK MARY ANN. WE LOOKED AT SOME SPECIFIC ESE PROGRAMS AND WHAT WE ARE DOING FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND THANK YOU FOR SCOTT MAIDEN FROM TAMPA BAY ARTS NETWORK ANN MARIE COURTNEY FOR COORDINATING LEADERSHIP DAY AND SPENT A WONDERFUL DAY WHERE THE LEADERSHIP CLASS LEARNED ALL ABOUT EDUCATION IN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND MR. EAKINS WAS THERE ALSO TO KICK TO HAVE CLASS IN THE MORNING. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME FOR THAT BUD HERMAN AND HIS TEAM FROM COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CENTERS, THEY OPENED A BRAN NEW FACILITY IN BRANDON TO SERVICE OUR BRANDON COMMUNITY WHEN IT COMES TO HEALTH CARE THAT'S NEED FORD FAMILIES AND CHILDREN BUT ESPECIALLY PEDIATRIC NEEDS AS WELL AS DENTISTRY. THEY ARE THE FOLKS THAT HELP WITH OUR DENTAL SEALANT PROGRAM AND EDUCATION PROGRAM FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. SOMEONE MENTIONED HEAD TO HEAD HART AWARD LUNCHEON THAT WAS FANTASTIC. AN AMAZING COURAGEOUS STORY THAT I THINK WE ALL WERE TOUCHED BY HIS STORY THANK YOU FORMER TPD OFFICER JOHN BLAZES IN OUR DRIVER EDUCATION CLASS. HE HAS CONTINUEDOUSLY AND VALIANTLY FOUGHT FOR DUI AND DESTRUCTIVE DRIVING FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO COME VISIT AND TOUR AND JENNIFER WEST AND HER AMAZING STUDENTS AT LINCOLN MAGNET SCHOOL. AND FINALLY, LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, AND SHEERING PROBABLY NOT EVEN WATCHING, SHE'S PROBABLY PACKING, BUG VALERIE PENNYPACKER WAS OUR SECRETARY FOR DISTRICT IN THE SCHOOL BOARD. SHE JUST RETIRED ON FRIDAY. HOW MANY YEARS SINCE SHE'S BEEN? 35. 35 YEARS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND SHE KIND OF SPRUNG HER LAST DAY ON US. OTHERWISE, I WOULD HAVE RECOGNIZED HER AT THE LAST SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. AND SHE REALLY DIDN'T EVEN WANT TO BE RECOGNIZED AT ALL BEFORE SHE LEFT. SHE'S SUCH AN AMAZING PERSON BUT WE FORCED AN APPRECIATION OPEN HOUSE FOR HER SO THAT WE COULD ALL TELL HER HOW MUCH WE ADORED HER WHILE SHE WAS WITH US AND HOW MUCH GOOD WE WISHED HER IN HER NEW ENDEAVORS I.WANT TO PUBLICLY THANK VALERIE PENNYPACKER FOR HELPING THE SCHOOL BOARD BE AS AMAZING AS POSSIBLE. THAT'S IT. THANK YOU. SEE, I'M BUSY, MRS. HARRIS.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MRS. EDGECOMB?

>>DORETHA EDGECOMB: CAN'T GO OUT WITHOUT CONGRATULATING OUR SEMINOLES FOR 100 YEARS OF EDUCATING IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. THERE WAS THREE GENERATIONS OF FAMILIES THERE, AND STUDENTS DID A WONDERFUL JOB OF EMCEEING AND TAKING CONTROL OF THE PROGRAM. AND SO THE CAMPUS WAS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. MR. WASHINGTON, I HEARD YOU HAD A BIG HAND IN MAKING SURE THAT HAPPENED. BUT IT WAS JUST A GREAT TIME. AND 100 YEARS OF CELEBRATING SOMETHING DESERVES SOMETHING AND THE SCHOOL DID A GREAT JOB. SO DR. MASTERS AND THE FAMILY IN SEMINOLE, OFF LOT TO BE PROUD OF. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN. THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: MRS. VALDES?

>>SUSAN VALDES: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK MR. LEFTLER FOR HAVING ME OVER AND HELPING THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE WITH THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY STUDENTS. HE ALSO DID SOMETHING VERY UNIQUE THAT THE 8TH GRADERS THAT WERE ALSO ACCEPTED INTO THE HILLSBOROUGH IB PROGRAM, HE ACTUALLY HONORED THEM AS WELL, AND IT WAS STUDENTS THAT WERE GOING TO THE IB PROGRAM. SO THAT'S A GOOD JOB, GREAT JOB. AND HE HAD ABOUT 80-SOMETHING KIDS BEING INDUCTED INTO THE NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY AND THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY, FOR PUBLICLY RECOGNIZING OUR SECRETARY VALLEY. YES, SHE'S DEFINITELY A GREAT ASSET TO THE SYSTEM, AND 35 YEARS IS A LONG TIME. AND I WISH HER ALL THE BEST IN THE WORLD, BECAUSE SHE DESERVES IT. HAVING SAID THAT, I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME MISS VIRGINIA VAZQUEZ TO THE TEAM. AND I KNOW THAT SHE WILL BRING A BREATH OF FRESH AIR TO OUR DEPARTMENT, AND OUR AREA, AND I'M SURE THERE'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF GREAT THINGS TO COME. THANK YOU.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THANK YOU. I AM NOT GOING TO GO THROUGH ANYTHING THAT WE HAVE DONE OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS BECAUSE YOU ALL PRETTY MUCH COVERED IT. WHAT I DO WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS SOMETHING THAT KEEPS REARING ITS UGLY HEAD, AND THAT'S THE ISSUE OF RELIGION IN OUR SCHOOLS. AND THROUGH THIS MOST RECENT SITUATION -- AND I KNOW THAT WAVE DONE A LOT, AND WAY WOULD LIKE TO DO AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING, BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT, AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING, IF YOU COULD JUST HAVE SOMETHING -- AND I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY WORKED ON THAT -- BUT TO LAY OUT WHERE WE WERE. BECAUSE THESE RELATIONSHIPS EXISTED FOR YEARS AND HAVE JUST RECENTLY COME TO OUR ATTENTION. SO A LOT, WE HAVE DONE A LOT OF THINGS. BUT BOARD MEMBERS, RECENTLY, WITH THE SITUATION WITH THE FCA, AND OUR POLICY HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION, AND THAT IS THAT THE LUNDSFORD ACTED DOES NOT APPLY TO VOLUNTEERS AFTER-SCHOOL HOURS. SO WE CAN GO ABOVE AND BEYOND THE LAW. AND I HAVE ALREADY HAD MR. PORTER RESEARCH THIS, AND IT'S ON OUR LIST OF ITEMS THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT AND TAKE CARE OF AT THE NEXT ROUND OF CONVERSATIONS SURROUNDING THE POLICIES FOR THIS DISTRICT. SO THAT'S ONE THAT WE DEFINITELY NEED TO HAVE A TALK. BUT WE REALIZE THAT THERE'S SOME ISSUES THAT WE NEED NEED TO ADDRESS WITH NOT ONLY OUR POLICY BUT OUR SCREENINGS AS WELL. I WAS VERY CONCERNED AT SOMEONE BEING ABLE TO ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON DECIDE THAT THEY JUST WANT TO WALK AROUND OUR CAMPUSES AND TRY TO FIND KIDS TO GIVE GATORADE TO. VERY, VERY DISTURBING. ANYWAY, WE WILL BE ADDRESSING THAT H.I HAVE ALREADY GIVEN THAT TO OUR ATTORNEY FOR THE NEXT ROUND OF CONVERSATION. BUT IN LIEU OF THAT, I KNOW THAT THE TRAINING IS, BEFORE THAT CONVERSATION TAKES PLACE WITH THE BOARD, THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT, PROCEDURES BEING PUT IN PLACE, AND HAD THE TRAINING WITH THE COACHES. SO I WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THE MINUTE THAT THESE ISSUES WERE BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION, WE DEALT WITH THEM SWIFTLY, I KNOW, DR. VAS QUESTIONS DEALT WITH THEM AS WELL. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS AND I WILL TURN IT OVER TO YOU NOW, MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>JEFFREY EAKINS: I'M TOLD I HAVE TWO MINUTES. OH, ONE AND A HALF. THERE YOU GO. THAT'S OKAY, I THINK I WILL BE PRETTY BRIEF HERE. THE FIRST ITEM YOU ALREADY MENTIONED THE GREAT WORK OF OUR TELECOMMUNICATIONINGS TEAM AND HOW WE KIND OF BROUGHT TOGETHER TRANSPORTATION, SERVICES TO THE VERY BEST WE CAN ACROSS THE DISTRICT. WE APPRECIATE ALL THE HARD WORK. WE HAD, JUST SO YOU KNOW, COLLEGE SIGNING. IT WAS AN EXCITING DAY. STUDENTS ACROSS THE NATION ARE PARTICIPATING IN NATIONAL COLLEGE SIGNING DAY AS FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA'S INITIATIVE. IT CONTINUE -- ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO CONTINUE IN COLLEGE, OR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM. WE HAVE OVER 60 STUDENTS WHO DECIDED WHERE THEY ARE HEAD AFTER GRADUATION, WALKED ACROSS THE STAGE AND RECEIVED A CERTIFICATE. THEY THEN SHOWED THEIR PRIDE FOR THE SCHOOL THEY WILL BE HEADED TO IN THE FALL. AND THE OHIO STATE, WE'LL HAVE TO WORK ON THAT. JUST SOME OF THE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES THEY WILL BE GOING TO INCLUDE USF, UCF, FLORIDA, POLYTECH, BETHUNE COOKMAN, ACC, RIVER HILLS ELEMENTARY MAGNET FOR NATIONAL STUDIES HAS BECOME AN AUTHORIZED IB WORLD SCHOOL PROGRAM. AFTER A THREE YEAR PROCESS AND VISITS FROM THE IB ORGANIZATION, THEY RECEIVED THEIR AUTHORIZATION LETTER YESTERDAY. THEY JOINED THREE OTHER PRIMARY YOUTH PROGRAMS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TEACHERS, STUDENTS AND STAFF AND PARENTS FOR THE HARD WORK THAT YOU ALL PUT IN TO MAKE THIS SCHOOL A LEADER IN THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY. AND I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT, I WENT OUT TO VISIT RIVER HILLS ELEMENTARY MALLING NET A COUPLE WEEKS AGO, AND SEE THE GIRLS IN PIGTAILS RIGHT THERE. OKAY. SHE'S GOING TO BE FAMOUS SOME DAY. I GOT THERE. MR. CONLEY, THE PRINCIPAL WAS THERE. I'M NOT SURE WHAT MR. CONLEY DOES AT THE SCHOOL, BECAUSE THIS YOUNG LADY TOOK ME, FROM THE MOMENT I WALKED IN THE DOOR, AND SHE WALKED WITH ME FOR AN HOUR ACROSS THE ENTIRE SCHOOL, SHOWED EVERY CLASSROOM, EXPLAINED EVERY PROGRAM, SHE KNEW EVERY TEACHER, WHAT KIDS LIKED, WHAT THEY DIDN'T LIKE. IT WAS AMAZING. SHE TOTALLY RUNS THE SCHOOL, I BELIEVE. I'M JUST KIDDING. MR. CONLEY DOES A GREAT JOB OVER THERE IN HIS LEADERSHIP WITH HIS TEAM. BUT THEY ARE STUDENT AMBASSADORS TO A WONDERFUL JOB. THEY REALLY HAVE BOUGHT INTO THE IDEA OF GIVING KIDS A VOICE IN THEIR SCHOOL AND IT'S PRETTY POWERFUL I DO WANT TO GIVE THE BOARD AN UPDATE JUST FINALLY ON THE SYSTEM, SUPPORT NEXT YEAR FOR OUR TEACHERS AND THE PROCESSES THAT WE HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH SO AS WE MAKE THAT TRANSITION TO OUR STRUCTURAL MENTORS FOR NEXT YEAR, I DO WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE HAD 450 APPLICATION WERE SUBMITTED FOR OUR INSTRUCTIONAL MENTORS, AND 330 OF THOSE CANDIDATES QUALIFIED FOR SCREENING INTERVIEWS, INSTRUCTIONAL MENTOR, AND THE TEACHER TALENTED DEVELOPER, ON-SITE SUPPORT WERE HELD ON MARCH 30TH AND 31ST, AND APRIL 11 THROUGH 13. ON TWO DAYS WE RAN TWO ROOMS SIMULTANEOUSLY. WE WANT TO THANK HCH STAFF AND REPRESENTATIVES SELECTED AND WE WANT TO THANK OUR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR PUTTING THOSE SCREENING COMMITTEES TOGETHER. THE TEACHER TALENT DEVELOPER ROLES RECEIVED A LIST OF SCREENED CANDIDATES ON FRIDAY, APRIL 15TH. THE OFFERS WENT OUT ON MONDAY APRIL 18TH AND THE TRANSFER BEGINS ON MONDAY APRIL 25TH. SO I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF FOR PUTTING THAT ALL TOGETHER OUT OF SOME OF THE CONCERNS, ARE WE GOING TO HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO DO ALL THE INTERVIEWS AND GET ALL THE TRANSITION IN PLACE? IT IS ALL DONE. SO WE ARE MOVING IN THAT DIRECTION. AS A FINAL NOTE, BECAUSE OF THAT SYSTEM OF SUPPORT HOW CRITICAL THAT'S GOING TO BE IN SUPPORTING OUR TEACHERS AND THE NEEDS OF OUR TEACHERS NEXT YEAR, MRS. MCMANUS AND HER TEAM HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH A COMMITTEE TO PLAN OUR TALENT DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE. THAT'S GOING TO BE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE FOR PRINCIPALS AND LEADERS -- LEADERS THIS SUMMER SO IT WILL DOVETAIL TO REALLY DEVELOP THEIR SYSTEM OF SUPPORT AND HOW THEY UTILIZE ALL THE SKILLS OF NOT ONLY THE TEACHER TOWN DEVELOPERS AND MENTORS BUT THE COACHES AND THE WONDERFUL TEACHERS THAT THEY ALL HAVE EXISTING ON THEIR CAMPUSES RIGHT NOW TO CREATE A SYSTEM OF SUPPORT SO THAT NOT ONE TEACHER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CAN SAY THEY CAN GO A DAY WITHOUT KNOWING WHO TO GO TO AT THEIR SITE IN ORDER TO GET THAT SUPPORT THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THAT'S HEAD NAG GREAT DIRECTION. AND THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS.

>>APRIL GRIFFIN: THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.