Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from May 10, 2016

>>April Griffin: THIS TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016 3 P.M. MEETING IS NOW CALLED TO ORDER. IF EVERYONE WOULD PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THEN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY OUR VICE-CHAIR, MS. STUART. [MOMENT OF SILENCE]  

>> I'M MOMENTARILY GOING TO STEP OUT OF LINE HERE AND LET MR. HOLLAND LEAD US IN THE PLEDGE TODAY. [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. STUART. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE TWO STUDENT MEMBERS OF OUR CITIZEN ADVISORY COUNCIL REPRESENTING ALONSO AND LETO HIGH SCHOOL WHO WILL BE SERVING AS OUR STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVES THIS EVENING. ZACH SMAGOWITZ AND AJ MOLINA. WELCOME. [ APPLAUSE ] AND FEEL FREE TO, YOU HAVE IT WORKED OUT, IF YOU HAVE ANY POINT IN THE CONVERSATION THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN AND GIVE YOUR INSIGHT, PLEASE, FEEL FREE. AND MR. EAKINS, I SEE WE HAVE ANOTHER STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE WITH US TODAY. WOULD YOU LIKE TO INTRODUCE YOUR GUEST?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: CERTAINLY, THIS IS NOT JUST ANY GUEST. THIS IS YOUR SUPERINTENDENT FOR THE DAY, MS. GRIFFIN. THIS IS KATE HOLLAND. KATE IS A FIRST GRADER AT TURNER/BARTELS K-8 SCHOOL. HE WAS SHADOWING ME AS SUPERINTENDENT FOR THE DAY. INDICATED IS A -- CADE IS A SMART, WELL-ROUNDED STUDENT. HE AGREES WITH THAT. HE'S GOTTEN REAL COMFORTABLE WITH THIS ROLE, JUST SO YOU KNOW. [ LAUGHTER ] EVERY MONTH, TURNER/BARTELS HIGHLIGHTS A STEM TRADE. CADE WAS NOMINATED FOR THE INQUIRY TRAIT BY HIS TEACHER BECAUSE HE ASKS GREAT QUESTIONS THROUGHOUT THE DAY AND IS ALWAYS CURIOUS TO LEARN MORE. HE LOVES TO PLAY BASKETBALL AND WATCH SPORTS. HIS FAVORITE TEAM IS THE USF BULLS. GO BULLS. ON SUNDAY, CADE CELEBRATED HIS 7th BIRTHDAY WITH A STAR WARS THEMED PARTY. CAN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THAT. I BELIEVE CADE'S PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS ARE ALSO HERE TODAY. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR JOINING US, IF YOU COULD PLEASE STAND SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] SO, JUST SO YOU KNOW, GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND. YOU SEE SOME PICTURES ON THE SCREEN. HE WAS INVOLVED. HE WAS A VERY INVOLVED SUPERINTENDENT TODAY. SO IN HIS DAY, OBVIOUSLY, THERE WAS A LOT OF HAND SHAKING GOING ON. SO HE DID THAT VERY, VERY WELL. HE HAD -- HE AND I LED THE AGENDA REVIEW TODAY. YOU CAN SEE US THERE AT THE BOTTOM LEADING THE AGENDA REVIEW, AND THEN HE HAD HIS ONE-ON-ONE MEETING WITH MS. KURDELL TODAY. I THOUGHT HE WAS ABLE TO GIVE GOOD INPUT TO MS. KURDELL IN THAT PARTICULAR MEETING. WE DEFINITELY WERE ABLE TO TOUR THE FACILITY TODAY. HE WAS ABLE TO GREET HIS EMPLOYEES. OBVIOUSLY, HE HAS HIS VERY OWN BADGE, AND HE GOT REAL COMFORTABLE IN THAT CHAIR TODAY. I WANTED TO JUST GIVE CADE A LITTLE OPPORTUNITY, FIRST OF ALL, JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, AS HE WAS WALKING AROUND THE BUILDING, OUR DAY STARTED TODAY WITH A MEETING WITH THE ATTORNEY. AND IN THAT MEETING, WE EXPLAINED THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ATTORNEY IS TO HELP US FOLLOW THE RULES. SO CADE WAS TALKING A LITTLE BIT IN THAT MEETING ABOUT SOME WAYS THAT HE FEELS LIKE IN HIS CLASSROOM THAT THE STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO FOLLOW RULES. SO HE SUGGESTED AND RECOMMENDED THAT WE THINK ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR PROCEDURE FOR OUR BUILDING HERE. CADE, DO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK WE SHOULD BE DOING?  

>> IF YOU HAVE AN OFFICE OUTSIDE WHERE THE DOOR IS, IT IS A COLOR SYSTEM. GREEN MEANS YOU ARE DOING EXCELLENT. YELLOW MEANS YOU HAVE A WARNING. RED MEANS YOU ARE OUT. [ LAUGHTER ]  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SO WE WENT AROUND AND WE PROMOTED THAT PLAN ALL AROUND THE BUILDING TODAY. WE'RE STILL CONSIDERING IT RIGHT NOW. BUT HE SAYS IT WORKS FAMOUSLY IN HIS FIRST GRADE CLASS. OBVIOUSLY, YOU'VE BEEN TALKING TO ME, BOARD, ABOUT SUCCESSION PLANNING, I THOUGHT WE WOULD START RIGHT HERE. OKAY? SO LET'S GIVE A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO CADE. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Susan L. Valdes: MADAM CHAIR?  

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: IN SPEAKING WITH HIM EARLIER TODAY, HE WANTS TO BE A PRINCIPAL. AND I WONDER AFTER SUPERINTENDENT, RIGHT? SO IT WAS GREAT HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH HIM AND SEEING WHAT HIS GOALS ARE. HE'S VERY CLEAR ON WHAT HE WANTS TO DO.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: HE WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE HIS PRINCIPAL AND LET EVERYONE KNOW WHO YOUR PRINCIPAL IS OUT THERE.  

>> DR. JONATHAN GRANTHAM.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: COULD YOU PLEASE STAND, DR. GRANTHAM? [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. KURDELL, I'M SO SORRY.  

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU. GIVEN THE COMMENTS MADE BY MR. HOLLAND, I'D LOVE TO MAKE A MOTION TO CONSIDER HIS RECOMMENDATION FOR THE SYSTEM. IS IT A SYSTEM OF DISCIPLINE, BEHAVIOR? WHAT DO YOU CALL THAT?  

>> BEHAVIOR.  

>>Carol Kurdell: BEHAVIOR, THAT WE CONSIDER DOING THAT IN THIS BUILDING. IT IS A MOTION. [ LAUGHTER ]  

>>Susan L. Valdes: I'D LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THE PROCEDURES ARE GOING TO BE.  

>>April Griffin: WELL, MR. PORTER, WE ARE NOT ABLE, SINCE IT WAS NOT PUBLICLY NOTICED, TO CONSIDER VOTING ON THIS RECOMMENDATION AT THIS BOARD MEETING, ARE WE?  

>>Jim Porter: WELL, I THINK THE APPROPRIATE MOTION, IF MS. KURDELL WOULD NOT MIND, YOU COULD DIRECT ME TO INVESTIGATE THAT. AT MR. HOLLAND'S DIRECTION, I ALREADY STARTED MEETING WITH MS. WOODFORD ON THIS ISSUE. WE CAN BRING IT BACK TO A FUTURE BOARD MEETING FOR AN ACTUAL VOTE IF THAT IS THE BOARD'S PLEASURE.  

>>April Griffin: THERE ARE SOME NEGOTIATIONS THAT WOULD HAVE TO TAKE PLACE, BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME REPRESENTATIVE EMPLOYEES.  

>>Jim Porter: WE WILL INVOLVE UNIONS IN THIS AS WELL.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU.  

>>Carol Kurdell: IF I HAVE CONSENSUS FROM THE BOARD, I WOULD BE GLAD TO PASS THIS ON TO MR. PORTER FOR CONSIDERATION AND BRING IT BACK FOR THE 24th.  

>>April Griffin: WELL, I WILL DO THAT. BEING THAT I HOLD THE AGENDA, SO MR. PORTER, YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN YOUR INSTRUCTIONS. WE DO HAVE A CONSENSUS FROM THE BOARD.  

>>Jim Porter: UNDERSTOOD.  

>>April Griffin: BY THE WAY, THAT IS A LESSON IN HOW DIFFICULT IT IS TO GET ANYTHING DONE AROUND HERE. [ LAUGHTER ] MRS. EDGECOMB, WAS THAT YOUR SECOND?  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: IT'S ACTUALLY A QUESTION FROM OUR PRESENT SUPERINTENDENT WHO HAS THE AMBITION OF BECOMING A PRINCIPAL. IF YOU WERE TO BE CALLED TO BE THE PRINCIPAL OF YOUR SCHOOL TOMORROW, WHAT WOULD BE THE FIRST ACTION YOU WOULD TAKE? WHAT WOULD BE THE FIRST THING THAT YOU WOULD DO AT YOUR SCHOOL? YOUR PRESENT PRINCIPAL -- SO WHAT WOULD YOU DO?  

>> I WOULD DO -- I DON'T KNOW.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: LET ME ASK IT ANOTHER WAY, WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL THAT YOU WOULD ABSOLUTELY CHANGE?  

>> MATH.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY. MATH. THAT MEANS I WON'T BE ABLE TO ATTEND YOUR SCHOOL BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE YOUR ANSWER AND CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. SO IF THERE'S SOMETHING THAT YOU COULD DO TO MAKE YOUR SCHOOL A LOT BETTER, WHAT WOULD IT BE IF YOU WERE PRINCIPAL?  

>> I WOULD -- LET ME THINK ABOUT IT.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: OKAY. THAT'S A GOOD SIGN.   

>>April Griffin: THAT'S VERY MUCH LIKE OUR CURRENT SUPERINTENDENT. [ LAUGHTER ]  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I'VE BEEN THINKING A LOT LATELY.  

>>April Griffin: ANY OTHER BOARD MEMBERS? MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SO AS ALL GOOD SUPERINTENDENTS MUST DO, HE ALSO HAS SOME OTHER THINGS TO ATTEND TO THIS EVENING. SO AT THIS TIME, MR. HOLLAND HAS TO GO DO SOMETHING VERY IMPORTANT. I THINK HE WAS GOING TO PLAY BASKETBALL THIS SEASON. I'LL ALLOW MR. HOLLAND TO BE DISMISSED AT THIS TIME FROM THE DAIS. HE'S HAD AN AMAZING DAY. THANK YOU, CADE, SO MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: I KNOW IT'S DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO STAY BEHIND AND ATTEND TO THE BUSINESS OF THE DISTRICT KNOWING THAT IT'S BASKETBALL, MR. EAKINS. BOARD MEMBERS, THE WITHDRAWN ITEMS ARE B 01, C 4.06, AND C 6.02. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. STUART. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. MS. SNIVELY HAS STEPPED AWAY FROM THE DAIS. ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT. LET THE RECORD REFLECT. BOARD MEMBERS, YOU RECEIVED THE MINUTES FROM THE APRIL 26th, 2016 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE. I HAVE A MOTION FROM MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND FROM MS. VALDES. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE MINUTES PASS UNANIMOUSLY WITH MS. SNIVELY AWAY FROM THE DAIS. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING ON ADOPTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR ELEMENTARY MUSIC, HIGH SCHOOL, PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND IB SOCIAL STUDIES, AND THAT'S A TIME CERTAIN OF 5:01 P.M. AT THAT POINT, WE'RE GOING TO ADJOURN AND CONDUCT THE PUBLIC HEARING. IF YOU WILL PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES, MADAM VICE-CHAIR.  

>> AS WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON'S MEETING, LET ME QUICKLY REVIEW THE FORMAT FOR SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS. PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. THE BOARD AGENDA IS A CONSENT AGENDA. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE APPROVED UPON MOTION AND VOTE UNLESS SOME ITEM IS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THE AGENDA AND BACKUP DOCUMENTATION ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE. THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON THE LIVE WEBCAST, ON CABLE TV AND ON A VIDEO MONITOR HERE IN THE AUDITORIUM. IT CAN ALSO BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING LATER IN THE VIDEO ARCHIVE. DURING THE MEETING, THERE IS A TABLET AVAILABLE AT THE COMMUNICATIONS DESK THAT CAN BE USED TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING. THERE ARE SPEAKERS IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM THAT ALLOW BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR THE MEETING SHOULD WE LEAVE THE DAIS AT ANY TIME. THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 45 MINUTES ALLOWED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. SPEAKERS WILL BE GRANTED THREE MINUTES TO ADDRESS A SINGLE AGENDA ITEM OR A TOTAL OF FIVE MINUTES TO ADDRESS TWO OR MORE AGENDA ITEMS. WHEN 10 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 THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD BUT WE CANNOT TOLERATE BEHAVIOR INTENDED TO INTERRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THIS MEETING. OUR CIVILITY POLICY IS IN EFFECT.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND EVERYBODY WHO CAME IN, WE HEARD SOME MUSICIANS OUTSIDE, AND I'D LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE TONIGHT'S ENTERTAINMENT THAT WAS PERFORMED PRIOR TO THE BOARD MEETING. IT WAS CRESTWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RECORDER ENSEMBLE. ACCOMPANYING THE STUDENTS TODAY N CONS AT CONSTABLE, THEIR MUSIC TEACHER. WELCOME, PLEASE COME UP AND INTRODUCE YOURSELVES.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS ROBERT CONSTABLE. I AM A MUSIC TEACHER AT CRESTWOOD. AND I'M THE DIRECTOR, PROUD TO BE THE DIRECTOR OF THIS RECORDER ENSEMBLE. WE HAVE A GUITAR ENSEMBLE AND WORLD DRUM ENSEMBLE AND AN ORPM INSTRUMENT ENSEMBLE AS WELL AS A CHORUS. WE ARE REALLY INTO OUR MUSIC AT CRESTWOOD ELEMENTARY. IT WAS OUR GREAT PLEASURE TO PERFORM FOR YOU GUYS THIS AFTERNOON, AND I'M JUST GOING TO LET OUR PERFORMERS INTRODUCE THEMSELVES TO YOU.  

>> HELLO. MY NAME IS NATASHA. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE, AND WHEN I GET OLDER, I WANT TO PLAY THE VIOLIN.  

>> HELLO. MY NAME IS ISAIAH. I PLAY THE SOPRANO RECORDER. AND WHEN I GET OLDER, I WANT TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY THE ALTO SAXOPHONE.  

>> MY NAME IS DAWSON. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE, AND I PLAY THE ALTO RECORDER FOR CRESTWOOD'S RECORDER ENSEMBLE.  

>> HELLO. MY NAME IS SAMANTHA. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE AND MY SCHOOL IS CRESTWOOD. I PLAY THE ALTO AND SOPRANO RECORDER. AND WHEN I GROW UP, I HOPE TO PLAY THE ALTO RECORDER.  

>> MY NAME IS HANLI. FIFTH GRADER AT CRESTWOOD. I PLAY SOPRANO RECORDER.  

>> HI. MY NAME IS LILY. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE FROM CRESTWOOD. I PLAY THE SOPRANO RECORDER AND THE ALTO RECORDER.  

>> HI. I'M JUAN. I LIKE PLAYING THE TENOR RECORDER. AND THIS IS A GOOD SCHOOL THAT I REALLY LOVE.  

>> I'M GOMEZ. I PLAY THE SOPRANO RECORDER.  

>> HI. MY NAME IS SAVANNAH. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE AND I PLAY THE TENOR RECORDER.  

>> MY NAME IS DAISY. I PLAY THE ALTO RECORDER AND SOPRANO RECORDER.  

>> MY NAME IS CARLA. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE. I PLAY THE SOPRANO RECORDER. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I JUST WANTED TO HAVE THE KIDS WAVE ON THE SCREEN. COME IN THE MIDDLE SO YOU CAN WAVE AND SAY HI. THERE YOU GO. THERE WE GO. NOW WE CAN SHOW THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD WHAT CRESTWOOD IS DOING. THERE YOU GO.  

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING US. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, STUDENTS. YOU DID A GREAT JOB. NOW WE ARE GOING TO HAVE AUDIENCE COMMENTS. MADAM VICE-CHAIR, IF YOU COULD PLEASE READ THE STATEMENT PREPARED BY OUR ATTORNEY.  

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

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I'M GOING TO CALL THE FIRST THREE SPEAKERS. I'LL CALL THE FIRST TWO SPEAKERS BECAUSE THEY HAVE FIVE MINUTES. MR. JOSEPH ROBINSON, AND MR. KLUTHO. WELCOME, MR. ROBINSON. YOU'VE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO 10.03, 6.04, 7.02 AND 7.04.  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, AND FIRST GRADER SUPERINTENDENT CADE HOLLAND, CHIEF OF STAFF, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT, AND MR. SYKES IS OUT. I'M HERE TO SPEAK ON ITEM 6.04, WHICH IS THE AUTHORIZATION OF $100 MILLION LINE OF CREDIT. USED TO BE 89. NOW IT'S A HUNDRED. WE NEVER USED IT. THAT'S GOOD THINKING, JEFF, TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A BACKUP PLAN. 7.02, WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE LEASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD AND THE HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR THE USE OF THE MEACHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL SITE FOR AN URBAN FARM. ALSO, ITEM 7.04, APPROVE THE ENERGY CONSERVATION REPORT, WHICH IS PRETTY MUCH A LOT OF SAVINGS THAT WE STARTED BACK IN 2005 AND '06 EVEN THOUGH SOME PEOPLE TODAY PROBABLY WON'T AGREE WITH THAT. BUT BEING THE LICENSED PROFESSIONAL AND ENGINEER, I CONDONE IT. THE FINAL THING IS MATCHING FUNDS. IT'S GOOD FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND IT'S KEEPING WITH THE 2015 TO 2020 FIVE-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN GOALS, WHICH ARE STUDENT LEARNING, TALENT MANAGEMENT, CULTURAL RELATIONSHIPS, PROCESSES AND FINANCIALS. AND THIS ITEM UNDER HUNDRED MILLION DOLLAR LINE OF CREDIT FALLS UNDER THAT CATEGORY OF PROCESS FINANCIALS. WE HAVE NEVER USED IT, ALTHOUGH WE ARE GOING THROUGH A TIGHT, TIGHT, FREEZING THIS, FREEZING THAT, DRILLING DOWN, AUDITING THIS AND AUDITING THAT. AND ONCE WE GET THROUGH DOING ALL OF THAT, THEN WE'LL TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN THE FUTURE. BUT HAVING A LINE OF CREDIT IS A GOOD FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT. JUST DON'T USE IT UNLESS YOU HAVE TO. THE OTHER ITEM IS THE HOUSING AUTHORITY. HOUSING AUTHORITY IS GOING TO TAKE THE OLD MEACHAM -- THE NEW MEACHAM SITE WHICH IS VACANT. I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY PUTTING THE CHILL WATER PIPES IN. THIS WILL BE AN URBAN ORGANIC FARM. IT'S GOING TO BE GROWING VEGETABLES. I GROW MY COLLARD GREENS. EVERYBODY KNOW THAT. SO I SUPPORT THIS EFFORT BECAUSE ALSO AN EDUCATIONAL PIECE FOR ANY CHILDREN. THEY DON'T HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING. THE ST. PETE URBAN FOOD PARK INC., A NOT-FOR-PROFIT TO BASICALLY SUBLEASE AND MANAGE IT. I THINK IT WILL BE A GREAT IDEA FOR BRINGING SOME VEGETABLES AND ORGANIC FOODS TO THE URBAN CORE OVER AT CENTRAL PARK VILLAGE AREA. THAT IS A GOOD REPORT. THAT IS A WIN-WIN. AND IT ALSO ALLOWS STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE AND HAVE SOME EDUCATION ISSUES. THE ENERGY CONSERVATION REPORT THAT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR SEVERAL YEARS, YOU KNOW, WE'VE -- WE HAVE ALMOST A MILLION SQUARE FEET OR MORE, AND WE'RE ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT LEAVING THE LIGHTS ON, TURNING THE LIGHTS OFF, WELL, ONE WAY YOU CAN INCREASE MONEY FOR THE DISTRICT IS TO REDUCE THE BILL TO TECO. SEE, IF WE CAN PAY TECO LESS, THEN THAT'S GOING TO BE MORE FUNDS FOR OTHER PROGRAMS BECAUSE THAT'S COMING OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND. ALSO IN HERE, THERE'S ALSO A PENALTY FOR SCHOOLS THAT DIDN'T PERFORM A MODEST PENALTY THAT THEY PAY. IT'S ALSO A REWARD. SO I WANT TO THANK YOU, MR.  MR. CHRIS FARKAS FOR KEEPING THAT PROGRAM GOING AND MONITORING OUR ENERGY USE, BECAUSE WE SPEND MILLIONS, 30 TO 40 MILLION A YEAR TO TAMPA ELECTRIC COMPANY. SO I JUST WANT TO ADD THAT. FINALLY, ONE THING THAT WE NEED TO MAINTAIN, AND THAT IS THAT WHEN SCHOOLS PUT TOGETHER FUND-RAISERS AND WHEN SCHOOLS WANT TO PUT A COVERED PATIO, WHEN SCHOOLS WANT TO DO SOMETHING THAT WE CANNOT AFFORD TO DO IN OUR BUDGET, THEY GO OUT AND THEY RAISE FUNDS AND THESE MATCHING FUNDS PROGRAM IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL OF THE VARIOUS SCHOOLS, BOYETTE, DOBY, FISHHAWK, GORRIE, I MIGHT MISS SOME, ROBINSON HIGH, TURNER/BARTELS, WHICH OUR ACTING SUPERINTENDENT WAS FROM. I APPRECIATE HIM BEING STEM MYSELF BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE I DID MY GREAT AMERICAN TEACH-IN LAST YEAR. I WAS OVER AT TURNER/BARTELS. VERY GOOD SCHOOL OVER THERE. VERY GOOD PROGRAM. SO WITH THAT, I JUST WANT TO SAY, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONTINUE TO DO THE MATCHING FUNDS AND THAT WE GET EVERY SCHOOL AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO MATCHING FUNDS. SOME MAY NOT KNOW HOW TO DO IT, BUT HOPEFULLY THEY CAN LEARN FROM THE GUYS THAT KNOW HOW TO DO IT AND SO THEY CAN ENHANCE THEIR PROGRAM. AND I JUST WANT TO SAY, I GUESS WE ARE SMARTER THAN A FIRST GRADER. OKAY?  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. ROBINSON. MR. KLUTHO. WELCOME. YOU'VE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO 7.04, 7.07 AND 7.08.  

>> YEAH, YOU DID IT AGAIN. ENERGY CONSERVATION REPORT. ENERGY CONSERVATION IS NOT THE WORD. IT'S EFFICIENCY. SO THE WHOLE THING IS ALL WRONG. IT'S NOT WHAT YOU'RE DOING WHAT A JOKE. AND THEN THIS 7.07, YOU'RE GOING TO DO THE BUILDING ENVELOPE. WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE FIRST ONE? [ LAUGHTER ] APPROVE ACCEPTANCE FOR THE CANNELLA SCHOOL. YEAH, ANOTHER MISTAKE. ANOTHER MISTAKE. WHAT DID WINSTON CHURCHILL SAY? 1960, WE SHAPE OUR BUILDINGS. THEREAFTER THEY SHAPE US. AND, BOY, IS IT EVIDENT HERE. AND THE SUPERINTENDENT SAYS THE LEADERS MUST REAPPLY FOR JOBS, SCHOOLS SHAVE COSTS AS BIG ITEMS LOOM. OH, DO THEY EVER. WHAT DID THE SUPERINTENDENT SAY EARLIER WHEN HE HAD THE LITTLE BOY UP THERE? REAL COMFORTABLE. WELL, HE'S IN THE RED. ADVERB. REALLY COMFORTABLE. NOW, HOW CAN THIS GUY BE A SUPERINTENDENT WHEN HE DOESN'T KNOW THE DIFFERENCE AND CAN'T GET THE ADVERB RIGHT. I MEAN, HOW PATHETIC. IT KIND OF REMINDS ME WHEN THEY HAD THE NEW LAWYER IN THE PAPER, AND HIS DESTRUCTION OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. YEAH, HOW DOES HE WORK IN COURT WHEN HE DOESN'T EVEN KNOW THE LANGUAGE? SCHOOL CHIEF ACLU AT ODDS. YEAH, THESE ARE THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS HERE. THIS IS IN THE CHURCH, YOU START OUT WITH A PRAYER BEFORE THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. YEAH, AND THEN WE HAVE THE HEADLINE, ANTARCTICA MELT MAY RESHAPE EARTH. STUDIES, SEA LEVELS COULD RISE TWICE AS MUCH AS EXPECTED. STUDY, SEAS RISING AT RECORD PACE. SO YOU'RE DOING THESE AUDITS AGAIN. WHAT A JOKE. WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I WAS IN THE BATHROOM A COUPLE OF MEETINGS AGO? YOU HAVE A SCHOOL BOARD EMPLOYEE FLUSH THE URINAL BEFORE HE PEES. FLUSHES IT ONCE WHEN HE PEES AND ONCE AFTER HE PEES. NOW, WHAT KIND OF STUPID PEOPLE DO YOU HAVE WORKING HERE? AND, YOU KNOW, AN AUDIT. FIVE COPS IN THIS BOARD MEMBER MEMBER -- FIVE COPS IN THIS BOARDROOM. TALK ABOUT THE TAXPAYER'S MONEY BEING WASTED, NOT COUNTING THE ONES THAT YOU HAVE OUTSIDE. AND THAT'S NOT COUNTING THE CHIEF IF HE'S STILL HERE. YOU PEOPLE JUST SQUANDER THE TAXPAYER'S MONEY HAND OVER FIST. YEAH, AND I GOT REMOVED A SECOND TIME IN VIOLATION OF YOUR RULES. YOUR ROBERT'S RULES. YOU MAKE THE RULES, BUT YOU DON'T PLAY BY THEM. I GUESS IT'S TIME FOR A SIT-DOWN WITH MY LAWYER, BUT, YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAY, YOUR SUPERINTENDENT DOESN'T EVEN KNOW THE LANGUAGE ADVERB, L-Y. CAN'T GET THAT RIGHT. YOU WASTE MY TIME BRINGING THAT LITTLE KID UP HERE. I MEAN, THIS, THIS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING HERE IS WORSE THAN A CIRCUS.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS DR. RUSSELL MEIER. AFTER THAT WILL BE KATHY JAMES. WELCOME, REVEREND. YOU'RE SPEAKING TO 10.04?  

>> I AM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU ALL AGAIN. AS YOU KNOW, I'VE DONE ADVANCE DOCTORATE WORK IN INTERRELIGIOUS RELATIONS. I THOUGHT I MIGHT SPEND A COUPLE OF MOMENTS SPEAKING ABOUT IT WITH YOU TODAY. WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY IN TAMPA IS A RELIGIOUS COMMUNITY OF A GLOBAL REACH THAT HAS ONLY WOMEN ON ITS LEADERSHIP COUNCIL, KIND OF LIKE THE SCHOOL BOARD. THE CA MARRIES HAVE A MANDATE FROM THE UNITED NATIONS TO MEDITATE AND PRAY FOR HARMONY AND PEACE IN THE WORLD. AMAZING MANDATE. THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN ASKED TO COME INTO THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. I KNOW THEM VERY CLOSELY, TO JUST TALK ABOUT THEIR PUBLIC FACE IN THE WORLD. 82% OF OUR FAMILIES ARE VERY MUCH CONCERNED THAT WHEN THEIR CHILDREN COME TO OUR SCHOOL, THEY MAY BE SUBJECTED TO SOME KIND OF RELIGIOUS COERCION DURING LUNCH OR ON THE PLAYGROUND. AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY. I SAY 82% BECAUSE THE LARGEST SINGLE RELIGIOUS BLOC IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS 18% OF THE POPULATION. THEY HAVE THE GREATEST AMOUNT OF COORDINATED RESOURCES. THEY'VE GOT AUXILIARIES THAT HAVE BEEN SET UP TO PROSELYTIZE TO STUDENT CLUBS ON OUR WATCH. AND I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING REALLY HARD TO TRY AND DIAL THIS BACK AND CREATE A FAIR SET OF RULES. I'M VERY MUCH CONCERNED THAT THE RICH RELIGIOUS CULTURE AND HUMANIST CULTURE THAT IS PRESENT IN THIS COUNTY DOESN'T GET MUCH OF A FAIR HEARING BEFORE OUR CHILDREN IN WHAT THEY ACTUALLY TEACH AND PRACTICE. BUT INSTEAD, THERE SEEMS TO BE AMPLE OPPORTUNITY FOR A SEGMENT THAT ONLY REPRESENTS ONE OUT OF FIVE PEOPLE TO BE ABLE TO TRY AND CONVINCE THE OTHER FOUR OUT OF FIVE THAT THEY SHOULD JUMP OVER TO THE OTHER SHIP. AND THAT IS A VIOLATION OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT. DEAR CHAPLAIN FRIEND, METHODIST PASTOR, COLONEL IN THE ARMY, AND HE SAYS HIS PRIMARY JOB IS TO DEFEND THE FIRST AMENDMENT, THE FREE EXPRESSION OF RELIGION. AND NOT TO HAVE IT MANDATED IN ANY KIND OF WAY. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO DEFEND THE FIRST AMENDMENT AND MAKE A PLACE FOR ALL OF OUR CHILDREN TO LEARN ABOUT ALL OF THE RICH RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL HERITAGE THAT'S IN OUR COUNTY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BLESSINGS TO YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS. KATHY JAMES.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS KATHY JAMES. I AM THE PARENT OF A 10th GRADER AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. THE MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL PTSA TREASURER AND A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE APPOINTED BY CHAIR APRIL GRIFFIN. I'M HERE TODAY TO SPEAK ON THE FAITH-BASED INQUIRIES UPDATE. ONE OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES I HAVE AS A PARENT IS TO MAKE SURE THAT MY CHILD IS NOT PREYED UPON. I EXPECT THE SCHOOL STAFF TO MONITOR THE STUDENTS, TO MAKE SURE THAT MY CHILD IS SAFE. I EXPECT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO MONITOR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS THAT PARTNER WITH THE DISTRICT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE U.S. AND FLORIDA CONSTITUTIONS ARE BEING FOLLOWED. THE VOLUNTEER SERVICES FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIP GUIDELINES, SLASH, PROCEDURES AND ASSURANCES, CREATED IN NOVEMBER 2015 AND UPDATED IN APRIL 2016, IS A GOOD FIRST DRAFT. THE GUIDELINES SHOULD NOT BE SO NARROW. IT SHOULD BE FOR ALL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, PARTNERSHIPS, NOT SPECIFICALLY FAITH-BASED GROUPS. IT SHOULD ADDRESS INDIVIDUALS AS WELL AS ORGANIZATIONS. THE FORM SHOULD NOT BURY THE LEAD. POLICIES ABOUT INITIATING OR ENCOURAGING PRAYERS WITH STUDENTS, FAMILIES, AND/OR STAFF IS BURIED ON PAGE 2, NUMBER 8. SCHOOLS SHOULD SUBMIT THE FORMS TO THE VOLUNTEER SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR INVESTIGATION, REVIEW, AND APPROVAL. ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS SHOULD BE LISTED ON THE DISTRICT WEBSITE, BOTH THE APPROVED AND THE REJECTED, AND IT SHOULD BE EASILY SEARCHABLE. AS A PARENT, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE WHO HAS ACCESS TO MY CHILDREN. PLEASE DON'T MISUNDERSTAND ME. I'M NOT SAYING PARENTS SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO GIVE PERMISSION TO THEIR CHILD TO BE IN A CLUB. I'M SAYING THAT IF I SEE THE FRIENDS OF CHARLES MANSON ON THE APPROVED LIST OF COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, I'LL HAVE A TALK WITH MY CHILD AND ENCOURAGE HIM TO AVOID ANY CONTACT WITH THAT GROUP, EVEN IF THEY ARE HANDING OUT PIZZAS. I CONSIDER OFFERING STUDENTS FOOD IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION TO BE PREDATORY. THE PHRASE THAT COMES TO MIND IS, HEY, LITTLE GIRL, I'LL GIVE YOU SOME CANDY, YOU RIDE IN MY CAR. THAT'S WHAT I THINK ABOUT WHEN I HEAR FOOD FOR PARTICIPATION. THEY ARE ALL OVER OUR DISTRICT. WE NEED TO TRAIN OUR DISTRICT PERSONNEL. WE NEED TO TRAIN OUR COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS TO COMPLY WITH THE CONSTITUTION. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. JAMES. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. TERRY KEMPLE. AND MR. KEMPLE, YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES. THE NEXT SPEAKER WILL BE ADRIENNE FENNEL. WELCOME, MR. KEMPLE, YOU'RE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO 8.06 AND 10.04.  

>> AND ACTUALLY ONE OTHER THAT I DIDN'T SEE ON THE AGENDA, A NON-ITEM. THANK YOU. 8.06 IS ABOUT ADDING THE WORDS "GENDER EXPRESSION TO YOUR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES." THERE ARE TWO REASONS THAT I'VE HEARD FOR DOING THIS. ONE, I'VE BEEN TOLD THAT YOU'VE BEEN TOLD THAT IT'S NECESSARY TO MAKE THE CHANGE IN ORDER TO COME INTO CONFORMITY WITH TITLE IX AND THE FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS ACT. AND THE OTHER IS TO PROTECT BOYS WHO WANT TO COME TO SCHOOL DRESSED AS GIRLS FROM BEING TEASED. ACTUALLY, IF YOU ADD THESE WORDS, WHAT YOU ARE DOING ON BOTH COUNTS, ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PEDIATRICIANS AND DR. PAUL McCUE FORMER HEAD OF PSYCHIATRY AT JOHN HOPKINS HOSPITAL IS COMMITTING CHILD ABUSE. I QUOTE FROM THE COLLEGE'S STATEMENT, "THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF PEDIATRICIANS URGES EDUCATORS AND LEGISLATORS TO REJECT ALL POLICIES THAT CONDITION CHILDREN TO ACCEPT AS NORMAL A LIFE OF CHEMICAL AND SURGICAL IMPERSONATION OF THE OPPOSITE SEX. FACTS, NOT IDEOLOGY DETERMINE REALITY. AND THEN THEY SAY,EN CANNING CHILDREN INTO BELIEVING A LIFETIME OF CHEMICAL, SURGICAL IMPERSONATION OF THE OPPOSITE SEX IS NORMAL AND HELPFUL IS CHILD ABUSE. ENDORSING GENDER DISCORDANCE AS NORMAL VIA PUBLIC EDUCATION AND LEGAL POLICIES WILL CONFUSE CHILDREN AND PARENTS LEADING MORE CHILDREN TO PRESENT TO GENDER CLINICS WHERE THEY WILL BE GIVEN PUBERTY BLOCKING DRUGS. THIS IN TURN VIRTUALLY ENSURES THAT THEY WILL CHOOSE A LIFETIME OF CARCINOGENIC AND OTHERWISE CROSS-SEX WHO WON'T HORMONES AND LIKELY CONSIDER SURGICAL MUTILATION OF THEIR HEALTHY BODY PARTS. THE 1964 CIVIL RIGHTS LAW, I WANT TO SAY FIRST WHEN THE STATE LEGISLATURE SAYS YOU ALL NEED TO DO SOMETHING, YOU COMPLAIN ABOUT UNFUNDED MANDATES. SO WHY WOULD IT BE ANYTHING DIFFERENT WHEN THE FEDS SAY YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING? SECOND, I HAVE TO ASK YOU, DID YOUR ATTORNEY ADVISE YOU THAT THERE ARE ALREADY THREE FEDERAL LAWSUITS IN PROCESS TESTING THIS REDEFINITION OR REINTERPRETATION OF THOSE LAWS BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS? I WANT TO KNOW IF HE MADE IT CLEAR TO YOU THAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT HAS NOT -- I REPEAT -- HAS NOT BEEN AMENDED BY CONGRESS TO INCLUDE SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY. I ENCOURAGE TO YOU REFRAIN FROM GIVING AN OFFICIAL AIR OF LEGITIMACY TO WHAT THE EXPERTS CLEARLY CONSIDER CHILD ABUSE. INSTEAD OF ADDING GENDER EXPRESSION, PLEASE REMOVE GENDER IDENTITY, AND THE THREAT LETTER FROM THE ANTIDEFAMATION LEAGUE MAKES IT CLEAR THAT THIS WON'T BE THE END OF THE MATTER. SEXUAL REDEFINITION ACTIVISTS WON'T BE SATISFIED UNTIL WE'RE ALL FORCED TO NOT JUST TOLERATE, BUT TO PROMOTE THEIR UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLES. CHURCH AND STATE, FAITH-BASED, THERE IS NO LAW THAT PROHIBITS RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS FROM VOLUNTEERING IN SCHOOLS. THE SUPERINTENDENT SPOKE WELL WHEN HE SAID THAT IN TODAY'S SCHOOL ECONOMY, YOU NEED VOLUNTEERS WHO CAN PASS THE BACKGROUND CHECK NO MATTER WHAT COMMUNITY THEY COME FROM. FAULTY COURT INTERPRETATIONS OF THE CONSTITUTION, NOT THE CONSTITUTION, AIMED AT STIFLING THE SHARING OF THE CHRISTIAN GOSPEL HAVE OUTLAWED ADULT LEADERSHIP AND RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES FROM ACTIVITIES THAT MIGHT BE CONSIDERED PROSELYTIZING. EVEN WITH THAT, ADULTS, INCLUDING DISTRICT EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE ASKED QUESTIONS THAT ARE BEST ANSWERED BY SHARING RELIGIOUS -- QUESTIONS BY STUDENTS, LET ME QUALIFY THAT, THAT ARE BEST ANSWERED BY SHARING RELIGIOUS BELIEFS ARE PERMITTED TO DO SO ACCORDING TO LAW. AND REAL QUICKLY, ON STD EDUCATION, THERE ARE SEVEN STATUTES IN FLORIDA LAW THAT REQUIRE SEX ED TO TEACH SEXUAL ABSTINENCE UNTIL MARRIAGE AND THE PROMOTION OF MONOGAMOUS HETEROSEXUAL MARRIAGE. REGARDLESS OF YOUR POLITICAL POSITION, I'M SURE YOU KNOW THAT THE ONLY SEXUAL PLAN THAT IS 100% EFFECTIVE IN ELIMINATING SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES IS  EXUAL ABSTINENCE UNTIL MARRIAGE AND MONOGAMY OF BOTH PARTNERS AFTER MARRIAGE. ANYTHING YOU DECIDE TO TEACH YOUNG PEOPLE THAT GOES OUTSIDE THE PLAN WILL SEEM TO BE AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO HAVE SEX. IF THEY HAVE SEX, YOU KNOW MANY WILL CONTRACT STDs. PLEASE DON'T TRY TO PROMOTE CONDOMS. CONDOMS OFFER VIRTUALLY NO PROTECTION AGAINST SOME OF THE MOST COMMON STDs. UNLESS USED PROPERLY AND DON'T BREAK, OFFER LITTLE TO NO PROTECTION AGAINST ANY STDs. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. KEMPLE. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS ADRIENNE FENNEL, AND THEN SAM MOSMOL. I'M SO SORRY, I BUTCHERED THAT NAME. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. YOU'RE SPEAKING TO 8.06.  

>> YES, MA'AM. THANK YOU. I WANTED TO FIRST THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ALLOW ME TO SPEAK ON THIS PARTICULAR SUBJECT. AND I'M REALLY BROKENHEARTED AS I LOOK AT THE PUBLIC SCHOOL. AGAIN, HERE WE ARE AGAIN EXPANDING UPON A PARTICULAR ISSUE WHERE IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK VERY UNBALANCED AS IT RELATES TO ANTIDISCRIMINATION AND BULLYING AND THESE TYPES OF THINGS WHERE WE'RE TAKING ONE MATTER AND EXPANDING A DEFINITION ON IT AND THEN EXPANDING THE DEFINITION ON IT AGAIN, AND THEN EXPANDING A DEFINITION ON IT AGAIN FROM SEXUAL ORIENTATION TO GENDER IDENTITY TO NOW GENDER EXPRESSION. WHEREAS, ALL OF THOSE WERE ORIGINALLY PROTECTED UNDER THE ORIGINAL -- UNDER THE ORIGINAL RIGHTS OF PROTECTIVE RIGHTS. OUR GOAL HERE IS TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FOR SEVERAL HOURS OF THE DAY, NOT TO PROTECT A VERY SPECIFIC GROUP THAT IS WANTING EXTRA PROTECTION. AS A WOMAN WHO LIVED A LIFE AS A LESBIAN FOR OVER TEN YEARS, I WAS VERY ATHLETIC, TOTALLY BELIEVING AND FEELING, BECAUSE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT EXPRESSION, WHICH IS ABOUT A FEELING HERE, TOTALLY FEELING AND BELIEVING THAT I SHOULD HAVE BEEN A BOY. I DRESSED LIKE A BOY. I HUNG OUT WITH GUYS, AND ALL OF THESE THINGS, FOR TEN YEARS, I LIVED A LIFESTYLE THAT I FELT WAS RIGHT FOR ME. AND I DRESSED THE PART, AND I WALKED THAT WALK. STILL IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF IT, I WAS STILL NOT COMFORTABLE IN MYSELF. I ONLY HUNG OUT WITH GUYS IN THAT TIME FRAME, AND NEVERTHELESS, THEY STILL REMINDED ME THAT I WAS A WOMAN. STILL REMINDED ME THAT I WAS A GIRL THROUGH SEXUAL ABUSES AND ASSAULTS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. SO ULTIMATELY I STILL WAS NOT PROTECTED IN THAT RESPECT. TODAY AS A MATURE ADULT WOMAN WHO YEARS LATER, AFTER SCHOOL IS OUT AND CLASSES ARE OVER, HAS COME NOT ONLY TO LOVE MYSELF IN MY BODY AS A WOMAN, BUT TRULY COME TO APPRECIATE TO KNOW AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE FULL BEAUTY OF WHO I AM AS A WOMAN. WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH AND WHAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IS DEVELOPMENT, LIFE DEVELOPMENT IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>> THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THE NEXT SPEAKER AND, AGAIN, I'M SO SORRY, I AM BUTCHERING THE LAST NAME, SAM. YOU'RE SPEAKING TO ITEM 10.04.  

>> IT'S SAM MOUNTSJOE. I'M A SENIOR AT PLANT HIGH SCHOOL, AND I'M THE PRESIDENT OF THE CLUB FIRST PRIORITY THERE. IN SCHOOL, BECAUSE I'M PROTECTED BY MY FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS, I'M ABLE TO EXERCISE THOSE RIGHTS BY COMING TOGETHER WITH FELLOW BELIEVERS, DOING THINGS LIKE PRAYING IN FRONT OF OUR SCHOOL BEFORE CLASS TIME OR ATTENDING WEEKLY MEETINGS WHICH ARE LED BY STUDENTS. THIS CLUB HAS GIVEN ME AND MANY OTHER STUDENTS A COMFORTABLE COMMUNITY WHERE WE CAN CONTINUALLY SUPPORT AND PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, NO MATTER WHO WE ARE OR WHERE WE HAVE COME FROM, I'M THANKFUL THAT THE EQUAL ACCESS LAW MAKES IT POSSIBLE SO THAT WE CAN LIVE OUT OUR FAITH WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION. SINCE FIRST PRIORITY IS A STUDENT-LED, STUDENT-RUN CLUB, AND IT'S GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AS A LEADER ALONGSIDE MY PEERS. ALL OF OUR GATHERINGS ARE ORGANIZED AND LED SOLELY BY STUDENTS, AND THIS HAS INSPIRED STUDENTS MORE TO LIVE OUT THEIR FAITH WITHOUT FEAR. AND BECAUSE OF THE RIGHTS OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM, ALL OF US HAVE, ESPECIALLY AS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO FEAR WHEN I EXPRESS MY FAITH BECAUSE IT'S THERE IN THE CONSTITUTION. I HAVE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM EVEN WITHIN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I SHOULD BE ABLE TO COME TOGETHER WITH FELLOW STUDENT BELIEVERS AND EXERCISE THAT FREEDOM WITHOUT RIDICULE. THERE ARE, AND I KNOW THE CONCERN IS THAT CHRISTIANS OR CERTAIN GROUPS ARE PUSHING THEIR BELIEFS ON YOUR CHILDREN AND EVERYONE'S CHILDREN, BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT WE'RE JUST LIVING OUT OUR FAITH, AND WE'RE NOT -- WHAT WE HAVE, WE WANT TO EXPRESS THAT. AND WE WANT A COMMUNITY. AND IF YOU DON'T WANT YOUR CHILD TO GO THROUGH THAT, THEN -- I'M NOT SURE. BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MARK CULLIGAN. WELCOME, MR. CULLIGAN, YOU'RE SPEAKING TO 8.06.  

>> THAT'S RIGHT. INDEED I AM. GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS MARK CULLIGAN. I RESIDE IN SOUTH TAMPA, FLORIDA. FIRST, I WANT TO SHARE I WAS A FORMER HOMOSEXUAL. I LIVED AS A CLOSET GAY MAN FOR 20 YEARS AND NOW HAVE BEEN OUT OF SAME-SEX ATTRACTION FOR OVER 30 YEARS. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT THOSE WHO DEAL WITH SAME-SEX ATTRACTION VERY OFTEN HAVE ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, ALSO FAMILY OF ORIGIN ISSUES THAT SET THEM UP FOR THIS CONDITION. THAT WAS THE CASE IN MY SITUATION. THE VERY FACT THAT I AM WITH YOU TODAY SUGGESTS THAT CHANGE IS POSSIBLE FOR THOSE WITH A HIGH DEGREE OF MOTIVATION, COUNSELING, AND PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT. FOR 16 YEARS, I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH AN ORGANIZATION THAT ENCOURAGES FOLKS WHO HAVE UNWANTED GENDER IDENTITY ISSUES TO SEEK LICENSED COUNSELING AND NEEDED SUPPORT THROUGH LIKE-MINDED COMMUNITY. AND A SIGNIFICANT PERCENTAGE FIND SATISFYING LIFE-CHANGING RESTORATION AND GO ON TO MARRY AND HAVE A WIFE AND FAMILY. WE ARE CURRENTLY CELEBRATING 11 MARRIAGES IN OUR ORGANIZATION. LAST, I'D LIKE TO REFER YOU TO THIS BROCHURE THAT YOU WERE HANDED AND PLEASE REFER TO THE CENTER PANEL, THE LAST ITEM IN THE CENTER PANEL. YES. AND I WANT TO REFLECT ON THIS QUESTION. IS HORMONE THERAPY AND SEXUAL REASSIGNMENT SURGERY A SUCCESSFUL AND SAFE TREATMENT? I READ THE RESPONSE. NO. WHAT DR. PAUL McCUE -- WHEN DR. PAUL McCUE BECAME THE PSYCHIATRIST IN CHIEF AT JOHN HOPKINS HOSPITAL, HE STUDIED THE OUTCOMES OF SUCH SURGERIES. HIS STUDY FOUND THAT WHILE MOST CLIENTS SAID THEY WERE HAPPY WITH THE OUTCOME, THE PHYSICAL CHANGES THEY WERE HAPPY WITH, THE PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS THAT ACCOMPANIED THE FEELING THAT THEY WERE OF THE OPPOSITE SEX DID NOT CHANGE. THEY STILL HAD THE SAME TROUBLES WITH RELATIONSHIPS, WORK, AND EMOTIONS. DR. McCUE CONCLUDED TO PROVIDE A SURGICAL ALTERCATION -- ALTERATION TO THE BODY OF THESE UNFORTUNATE PEOPLE WAS TO COLLABORATE WITH A MENTAL DISORDER RATHER THAN TO TREAT IT. HORMONE THERAPY HAS SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS AND SO ON.  

>>April Griffin: YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS.  

>> IF YOU WANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PLEASE COME TO OUR LUNCHEON, WHICH WE'RE HAVING THURSDAY. I GAVE YOU A POSTCARD THERE. WE'D LOVE TO HAVE YOU. IT'S A FREE EVENT, AND WE'D LOVE TO HAVE YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS I'LL CALL UP TOGETHER. THEY ARE GRANT BONATI, SHAWN BORDEI. AGAIN, SORRY, I BUTCHERED THE LAST NAME. DAVID ROSELLO. WELCOME. YOU'LL EACH COME UP AND SPEAK TWO MINUTES AND THEN HAND OVER TO YOUR MATE. WELCOME. OUR NAMES ARE ESHAN, GRANT AND MANNY. WE ARE FROM McFARLAND ELEMENTARY. BEFORE YOU BEGIN, WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR LETTING US HAVE THIS TIME TO TALK TO YOU AND EXPRESS OUR CONCERNS ABOUT GMOs. EXHIBITION PROJECT ON GMO OR GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS. IT IS A PROJECT IB FIFTH GRADERS DO AT THE END OF THE YEAR TO DEMONSTRATE THEIR UNDERSTANDING AND DEMONSTRATE THE LEARNER PROFILES THAT THEY HAVE LEARNED THROUGHOUT THEIR YEARS IN IB. GMOs ARE A SERIOUS ISSUE. AS STUDENTS FROM MacFARLANE PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WE WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS TO OFFER MORE NON-GMO LABELED PRODUCTS IN OUR SCHOOL BREAKFAST, LUNCHES, AND SNACKS. WE HAVE GONE ON THIS DISTRICT'S FOOD DEPARTMENT WEBSITE, AND WE WERE NOT ABLE TO FIND ANY LABELS THAT SHOW WHETHER A PRODUCT CONTAINS GMOs OR NOT. AN EXAMPLE OF AN ACTION WE HAVE TAKEN TO GAIN SUPPORT FOR BETTER LABELING OF GMO PRODUCTS TO SHOW THAT GMOs IMPACT THE WORLD IN A NEGATIVE WAY IS A PETITION WE STARTED ON CHANGE.ORG. IN TWO WEEKS, WE ALREADY HAVE 112 SUPPORTERS. GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS ARE IMPACTING THE WORLD AROUND US, THE FOOD WE EAT AND ANIMAL HEALTH. IF WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE CHOICES WE HAVE FOR SCHOOL BREAKFAST, LUNCHES AND SNACKS, WE BELIEVE WE WILL SEE A DIFFERENCE IN THE HEALTH OF OUR STUDENTS. EARLIER TODAY, WE SPOKE WITH MS. MARY KATE HARRISON, GENERAL MANAGER OF STUDENT NUTRITION SERVICES FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. WE LEARNED THAT THE DISTRICT HAS WORKED VERY HARD TO SWITCH TO MILK WITHOUT GROWTH WHO WON'T TO ADD CALCIUM TO ORANGE JUICE TO ELIMINATE MSG AND REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF TRANSFATS SERVED. WE ALSO LEARNED THAT IT IS VERY COSTLY AND DIFFICULT TO TRACE GMOs IN EVERY PRODUCT, EVEN THOUGH WE REALIZE ADDRESSING THE GMO ISSUE WILL BE DIFFICULT, WE FEEL WE CAN DO BETTER THAN THE ONE NON-GMO LABELED SNACK WE CAN CURRENTLY FIND IN OUR CAFETERIA. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, WELCOME.  

>> HELLO. MY NAME IS GRANT BONETTI. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU SOME OF THE DATA WE HAVE COLLECTED ON THE TOPIC OF GMOs. GMO OR GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISM IS THE PRODUCT OF A SCIENCE TAKING GENE FROM ONE ORGANISM AND SPLICING THEM TOGETHER WITH GENES FROM ANOTHER ORGANISM. THIS CREATES A GENETICALLY MODIFIED VICTIM OR VECTOR.  THIS NEW PRODUCT MAY CONTAIN A HOST OF UNPREDICTABLE SIDE EFFECTS. THE PROCESS OF CREATING GMO PLANT CAN RESULT IN PRODUCING NEW TOXINS, ALLERGENS, CARCINOGENS AND NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES. MANY GMO PLANTS ARE CREATED TO BE HERBICIDE RESISTANT. THIS LEADS TO EXTRA PESTICIDES TO BE USED ON THE PLANTS. THEREFORE, THAT PESTICIDE RESIDUE ENDING UP IN OUR FOOD. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT HEALTH ISSUES RELATED TO THESE TOXINS INCLUDE HORMONE DISRUPTION, BIRTH DEFECTS AND CANCER. THE NUMBER OF LAWSUITS AGAINST GMO-PRODUCING COMPANIES CONTINUES TO INCREASE DUE TO ONGOING RESEARCH FINDING ON THEIR NEGATIVE EFFECTS.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. WELCOME.  

>> HELLO. MY NAME IS MANNY ROSELLO. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU THE CURRENT STATUS OF GMO LABELING REQUIREMENTS. MANY GRASS ROOT ORGANIZATIONS HAVE PETITIONED TO FORCE MANUFACTURERS TO ACCURATELY LABEL THEIR PRODUCTS AS EITHER NON-GMO OR AS CONTAINING GMOs. CONSUMERS HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW WHAT IS IN THE FOOD THAT THEY ARE EATING. OTHER PLACES IN THE WORLD, SUCH AS EUROPE AND FAR BEYOND AMERICA WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR GMO LABELING. SOME COMPANIES CHOOSE TO LABEL THEIR NON-GMO PRODUCTS TO LET THE CONSUMER KNOW THAT THE PRODUCT HAS NOT BEEN MODIFIED. CURRENTLY, 64 COUNTRIES HAVE POLICIES REQUIRING THE LABELING OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS. WE ARE ASKING THAT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT SEEK OUT PRODUCTS THAT ARE LABELED NON-GMO FOR US TO SELECT IN OUR CAFETERIA BREAKFASTS, LUNCHES, AND SNACKS. WE REALIZE WITH THESE CHOICES, STUDENTS WILL BE EDUCATED ON WHAT GMOs ARE AND THEIR EFFECTS. WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE POSTERS -- AND PROGRAMS THAT WILL ALERT KIDS TO THE GMO ISSUES AND POINT OUT THE NON-GMO OPTIONS AVAILABLE IN THE CAFETERIA. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO OUR CONCERNS ON THIS ISSUE TODAY. WE HOPE THAT YOU'LL BE THE SEE A CHANGE IN THE -- YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE A CHANGE IN THE CHOICES WE HAVE IN OUR CAFETERIA. WE WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE YOU WITH INVITATIONS TO EXHIBITION CELEBRATION ON MAY 26th. PLEASE JOIN US TO HEAR MORE ABOUT OUR PROJECT AS WELL AS OTHER PROJECTS OF CLASSMATES. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, GENTLEMEN. THAT IS IT, BOARD MEMBERS, FOR OUR PUBLIC COMMENT. WE WILL NOW MOVE ON TO OUR AGENDA, AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE A BORING MEETING. WE HAVE NO PROCLAMATIONS, SO THE NEXT ITEM IS THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO YOU.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. I HAVE A COUPLE OF BRIEF UPDATES FOR THE SUSPENDED AGENDA THIS EVENING. FIRST OF ALL, JUST NOTE, NUMBER 5 ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA DEALS WITH OUR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN. I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO SEE A COUPLE OF ITEMS COMING TO THE BOARD THIS AFTERNOON THAT ARE DIRECTLY RELATED TO THAT PARTICULAR PLAN. I BELIEVE THEY WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED LATER ON IN THE BOARD MEETING BY MR. FARKAS. AS WE GET TO THOSE, JUST KNOW THOSE ARE PART OF THE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN PIECE. BUT I DO WANT TO, AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING, I STATED I WAS GOING TO GIVE THE BOARD A LITTLE BIT OF AN UPDATE ON THE PROGRESS WITH REGARD TO OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS. I WANT TO SPEND A LITTLE BIT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT THAT. FIRST OF ALL, THANK MR. YOUNG AND HIS TEAM WORKING WITH OUR SEVEN PRINCIPALS AT OUR SEVEN SCHOOLS AND THEIR STAFFS TO REALLY START THIS PROCESS, AND THIS INITIAL PROCESS IS REALLY ABOUT UNDERSTANDING CURRENT BARRIERS TO, ONCE AGAIN, REMIND YOU OF THE GOAL FOR ELEVATE IS TO IN FIVE YEARS CREATE SUSTAINABLE, SUCCESSFUL SCHOOLS IN OUR URBAN CORE. AND THAT'S A LOT OF WHERE WE FELT LIKE MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN ON A LITTLE BIT OF A ROLLER COASTER RIDE WITH REGARD TO OVERALL SUCCESS. SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE CREATE SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS. I KNOW HIS TEAMS AND THE SCHOOLS ARE ENGAGED RIGHT NOW IN THE PROCESS OF IDENTIFYING BARRIERS THAT PERHAPS THEY HAVE FELT LIKE THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO OVERCOME IN THE PAST TO -- THEY STILL HIT THAT CEILING OF SUCCESS, AND THEY JUST CAN'T BUST THROUGH THAT CEILING. WHAT IS IT MANY OF THOSE SCHOOLS ARE GOING TO NEED? THAT IS KIND OF THE CONVERSATION HAPPENING AT THE SCHOOLS RIGHT NOW. I DO WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THAT PROCESS IS CARRIED OVER TO OUR STAFF. I WILL MENTION SOME OF THE THINGS STAFF HAS BEEN WORKING ON FROM THE VARIOUS DIVISIONS. ONE OF THE THINGS WE'VE TALKED ABOUT IN STAFF, WHENEVER WE START TALKING ABOUT THE WORD ELEVATE, ELEVATE SCHOOLS, IT'S ABOUT BEING RESPONSIVE RIGHT NOW, TO BE ABLE TO SET THEM UP NEXT YEAR TO BE ABLE TO LEVEL SOME OF THE PLAYING FIELD AND START THE SCHOOL YEAR OFF WITH GREAT ENERGY AND FOCUS. SO WITH THAT, JUST SO YOU KNOW, AND YOU'VE SEEN SOME OF THESE APPOINTMENTS COME TO THE FORWARD, WE CURRENTLY NOW HAVE ALL SEVEN PRINCIPALS IN PLACE AT OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS. WE HAD SEVERAL REAPPLICATIONS AND FILLINGS OF THOSE POSITIONS. WE HAVE ALMOST ALL OF OUR NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS APPOINTED AT OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS. AS FAR AS SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON RIGHT NOW, OF COURSE, THIS IS A TIME OF YEAR WHERE YOU NEED TO FILL VACANCIES. YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE RECRUITING THE VERY BEST TEACHERS. I KNOW MANY OF THOSE AND I KNOW SOME OF THE BOARD HAS BEEN OUT VISITING OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS AND YOU TALKED TO SOME OF THE PRINCIPALS ABOUT SOME OF THE CURRENT VACANCIES. THEY ARE WORKING WITH MR. YOUNG AND HIS TEAM. THEY ARE ALSO WORKING WITH MS. WOODFORD AND HER TEAM. I KNOW THERE IS AN HR PARTNER ASSIGNED TO WORK WITH OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS. ONE OF OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS WENT OUTSIDE THE COUNTY FOR A RECRUITMENT TRIP TO BRING THE VERY BEST TO HILLSBOROUGH AND RECRUIT OUT IN OTHER PARTS OF THE REGION. I DO ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT THE ACADEMIC SUPPORT DIVISION, MS. BROWN AND HER STAFF HAVE WORKED WITH MR. YOUNG AND THE PRINCIPALS WITH REGARDS TO TO RESOURCES, BECAUSE SOME OF THE KEYS AROUND STARTING TO BREAK DOWN SOME OF THOSE BARRIERS IS TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE RESOURCES AT THOSE SCHOOLS THAT CAN HELP THEM OVERCOME THE BARRIERS. THE FIRST COUPLE OF YEARS IS REALLY ABOUT HOW TO CATCH UP. AS WE KNOW, WE HAVE STUDENTS ENTERING INTO KINDERGARTEN IN MANY OF OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS AND NOT AT THE KINDERGARTEN READINESS LEVEL. WE HAVE SOME STUDENTS, MANY STUDENTS, LARGE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS THAT ARE BEHIND A GRADE LEVEL OR TWO. IT'S REALLY ABOUT ENSURING THAT WE HAVE ALL THE RIGHT TYPES OF STAFFING PATTERNS AT OUR SCHOOLS, NOT JUST ACADEMICALLY, BUT ALSO FOR THE WHOLE CHILD. THAT'S WHERE MS. TYE AND HER STAFF HAVE COME IN WORKING WITH THE SCHOOLS AND ENSURING WE HAVE FULL-TIME PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, SOCIAL WORK SERVICES THAT WE PROVIDE THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF GUIDANCE SERVICES FOR OUR SCHOOLS IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THAT ASSISTANCE. I DO ALSO WANT TO MAKE MENTION OF OUR OPERATIONS DIVISION, MR. FARKAS, AND HIS -- I WAS OUT AT THE SCHOOL JUST YESTERDAY, AND THEY SAID ANYTIME WE HAVE ANY ISSUE, WHETHER MR, IT'S LIKE THE NEXT DAY. WE ARE GETTING THAT KIND OF SERVICE TO ENSURE AS WE LOOK AT THE ENTIRE PLANT, THE FUNCTIONALITY OF THE ENTIRE PLANT, I REALLY APPRECIATE THE TEAMS WORKING WITH OUR SCHOOLS TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE ADDRESSING ALL OF THE ISSUES THAT THE PRINCIPALS HAVE IDENTIFIED AND MR. YOUNG'S TEAM IDENTIFIED AS POTENTIAL BARRIERS STRUCTURALLY IN THE FUNCTIONALITY OF THE BUILDINGS. I DO ALSO WANT TO MENTION COLLABORATION WITH OUR CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AND ALL THESE CONVERSATIONS TO ENSURE THAT, YOU KNOW, AS THEY ARE REALLY PARTNERING WITH OUR SCHOOLS IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE THAT SUSTAINABLE SUCCESS. I REALLY WANT TO LET THEM KNOW HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE THEIR COLLABORATION AND SUPPORT IN THIS EFFORT. NEXT STEPS IS REALLY STARTING TO LOOK AT ISSUES LIKE EARLY CHILDHOOD, HEAD START. PART OF OVERCOMING AND OVERCOMING BARRIERS IS ENSURING THAT WE HAVE ALL THE RIGHT KIND OF SERVICES THAT STUDENTS ARE GOING TO RECEIVE BEFORE THEY EVEN GET TO OUR DOOR. I KNOW THE HEAD START PROGRAMS ARE LOOKING AT HOW THEY CAN EXPAND SERVICES, ESTABLISHING CONVERSATIONS THAT WITHIN THE COMMUNITY OF HOW WE CAN EXPAND SERVICES WITHIN THOSE COMMUNITIES TO ENSURE OVER TIME WE HAVE THE CAPACITY BUILT FOR OUR SCHOOLS IN ORDER FOR OUR COMMUNITIES TO HAVE THAT KIND OF EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES. ALSO LOOKING AT WRAPAROUND SERVICES TO MAKE SURE THE DAY IS FILLED WITH SUPPORT NOT ONLY BEFORE SCHOOL BUT AFTER SCHOOL IN THOSE PARTICULAR COMMUNITIES AND FAMILIES, WE'RE LOOKING AT WAYS TO HAVE GREATER ACCESSIBILITY TO THOSE PROGRAMS AS WELL. THAT'S MY UPDATE AT THIS VENTURE. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ANY QUESTIONS? MS. EDGECOMB.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THAT UPDATE, BECAUSE DURING THE TIME THAT MR. YOUNG AND HIS STAFF AND YOU WERE GOING OUT TO VISIT THE SCHOOLS AND TALK ABOUT THIS JOURNEY -- AND THAT'S WHAT I'LL CALL IT, A JOURNEY -- TO SUPPORT AND SUSTAIN SUCCESS IN THE SCHOOLS, I SAW TEACHERS AND STAFF EMBRACE IT, HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT IT, EAGER TO SEE WHERE THEY WERE GOING, AND WILLING TO STAY, IN SOME CASES, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY WERE A PART OF THE JOURNEY AND ULTIMATELY PART OF THE SUCCESS STORIES. YOU JUST ITEMIZED SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE BEING DONE TO MOVE FORWARD. WHAT I'D LIKE TO SUGGEST, AND I DON'T KNOW HOW POSSIBLE THIS IS, THAT IF WE KNOW SCHOOL DISTRICTS OR A SCHOOL THAT HAVE SOMEHOW TRAVELED THE SAME JOURNEY AND HAS HAD SUCCESS, SUSTAINED SUCCESS, I'D LIKE TO CONSIDER INVITING THEM IN AND HAVING A WORKSHOP WITH US AND THE STAFF OF THOSE SCHOOLS TO SHARE WHAT THEY DID. WHAT WERE SOME OF THE BARRIERS AS YOU IDENTIFIED, HOW DID THEY OVERCOME THEM. WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT IS AS WE LOOK FOR NEW TEACHERS TO COME INTO OUR SCHOOLS, ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I HAVE IS, WHAT ARE WE DOING DIFFERENTLY TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE TEACHERS STAY? HAVING BEEN A PRINCIPAL IN SUCH A SCHOOL, WE HIRED THEM. THEY COME, BUT THEY DON'T STAY. AND SO MY QUESTION IS, WHAT ARE WE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT TO SUPPORT THEM, TO ENCOURAGE THEM, TO MOTIVATE THEM, TO STAND BY THEM, TO GIVE THEM THE KIND OF SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED. SO I'M REQUESTING TWO THINGS. ONE, THE CONSIDERATION OF HAVING THE PRINCIPAL OR SUPERINTENDENT OR SOMEONE FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WHO HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL, COME AND TALK TO US. GIVE US A REAL HARD TALK ABOUT WHAT IT IS THAT WAS NEEDED AND WHAT WAS DONE AND WHAT PROBABLY STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE. SECONDLY, I'D LIKE FOR YOU TO TALK A LITTLE MORE, MAYBE NOT AT THIS BOARD MEETING, MAYBE IN A FRIDAY REPORT OR IN SOME OF THE COMMUNICATION ABOUT WHAT'S THE PLAN, BUT HAVE THEM STAY.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I CAN ADDRESS A LITTLE BIT OF THAT RIGHT NOW. THE PLANS OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, BUT YOU'RE RIGHT, WE CAN PUT TOGETHER A MORE COMPREHENSIVE DOCUMENT FOR THE BOARD SO YOU CAN KIND OF GET CLARITY AROUND THAT. FOR INSTANCE, JUST IN A WEEK OR SO, I BELIEVE JUST THE ELEVATE SCHOOLS, SPECIAL ESAT CONFERENCE JUST FOR ELEVATE. I DON'T KNOW IF BOARD MEMBERS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEND THE CONFERENCES. PRETTY POWERFUL FOR TEAMS OF TEACHERS TO GET TOGETHER. BUILD A LOT OF ENERGY AROUND SOLUTIONS DRIVEN ONCE AGAIN BY THE EDUCATORS IN THAT BUILDING. ESAT 2 WILL BE PART OF KIND OF THE LAUNCHING PAD TO BUILD SOME OF THE ENERGY, AGAIN, AROUND THE SOLUTIONS, THE SITE-BASED SOLUTIONS AND HOW THEY SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER. CERTAINLY, AS WE GO THROUGH IDENTIFYING INSTRUCTIONAL MENTORS AND THE PEOPLE THAT WILL BE WORKING WITH OUR BRAND-NEW TEACHERS OR NEW TEACHERS TO THOSE PARTICULAR BUILDINGS OR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, REMEMBER, WE'RE EXPANDING THE ROLES OF INSTRUCTIONAL MENTORS NEXT YEAR TO INCLUDE TEACHERS THAT ARE MAYBE NEW FROM OTHER DISTRICTS THAT WE MIGHT BE RECRUITING, MAYBE ONES STRUGGLING A LITTLE BIT OR NEED THAT EXTRA SUPPORT. WE KNOW AROUND THE ELEVATE SCHOOLS, WE'LL NEED TO MAKE SURE WE'RE STRATEGIC WITH THE SUPPORT WE GIVE TO OUR TEACHERS THROUGH THE INSTRUCTIONAL MENTOR PROGRAM. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO BE VERY LASER-FOCUSED AROUND THOSE SEVEN SCHOOLS. YOU'RE RIGHT, THERE USUALLY IS HIGH ENERGY, AND THEN COMES THAT POINT IN TIME THAT THE ENERGY GETS SAPPED. WE HAVE TO PREDICT THAT AND FIGURE OUT WHAT WE HAVE TO DO TO REINVIGORATE THE STAFF WHETHER THROUGH TRAINING, CELEBRATIONS. WE HAVE TO DO LOTS OF CELEBRATIONS FOR ELEVATE SCHOOLS TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE RECOGNIZING THE GROWTH OCCURRING AT THE SCHOOL FOR THE STUDENTS.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WITH THAT CONSIDERATION, HAVE WE EVER BROUGHT A GROUP OF -- I'M SURE WE HAVE, BUT LET ME ASK ANOTHER WAY. WHAT IS THE VALUE OF BRINGING TEACHERS WHO STAY IN SUCH SCHOOLS, OUR STRUGGLING SCHOOLS AND TALK TO THEM ABOUT WHAT IT IS THAT HAS KEPT THEM THERE? HAVE THEM GIVE US SOME STRATEGIES ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES. WE KNOW MONEY ISN'T THE ANSWER. WE KNOW FEELING GOOD ABOUT AND BEING VALUED IS SO IMPORTANT. WE KNOW IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A STRONG SUPPORT SYSTEM TO ENCOURAGE THEM. THE TEAMWORK IS IMPORTANT, THE COLLABORATION. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE IT, MAYBE YOU HAVE, BUT I'D LIKE TO HEAR BACK FROM THAT, BECAUSE I THINK AS THOSE OF US WHO ARE PART OF THIS LEADERSHIP TEAM, WE HAVE TO BE PART OF THAT SUPPORT SYSTEM, TOO.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THAT IS A GREAT SUGGESTION. WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO THAT. I WILL TELL YOU, WHEN I WAS IN MY FORMER ROLE AS GENERAL DIRECTOR FOR FEDERAL PROGRAMS AND WE HAD OUR RENAISSANCE SCHOOLS, WE DID A SURVEY VERY SIMILAR TO THAT, LIKE ESPECIALLY WANTING TO KNOW, IF YOU'RE STAYING, WHAT IS IT THAT LED YOU TO THAT DECISION TO STAY AT A SCHOOL WHERE OTHERS MAY HAVE NOT MADE THAT DECISION IN OTHER SCHOOLS? NUMBER ONE, WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE LEADER OF THE SCHOOL. THAT'S WHY WE TOOK THAT OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY TAKE A LOOK AT ALL THE REALLY GREAT CANDIDATES AND MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE VERY BEST LEADER IN OUR SCHOOLS. THOSE LEADERS, THEY DRIVE THAT TEACHER SUPPORT MECHANISM AND HOW TEACHERS FEEL. THEY BUILD THOSE RELATIONSHIPS WITH STAFF, WITH COMMUNITY, WITH KIDS. ALL THAT COMBINED IS WHATOLOGICAL TEACHERS ARE LOOKING FOR. THEY ARE LOOKING FOR THAT COMMUNITY THAT ENVIRONMENT IN A SCHOOL, THEY KNOW EVERYONE IS ON THE SAME PAGE. EVERYONE IS ALIGNED WITH WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE KIDS AND IT STARTS WITH HAVING THE VERY BEST LEADER IN PLACE.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: DID I HEAR YOU SAY YOU'RE GOING TO BRING SOME TEACHERS TOGETHER TO DO THAT? ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I APPRECIATE THE UPDATE ON THE STATUS OF THE ELEVATE SCHOOLS AND WHERE WE'RE HEADED WITH THEM. MY QUESTION IS, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO TO PREVENT SCHOOLS FROM BECOMING THAT ELEVATE SCHOOL?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I'LL TELL YOU ONE OTHER THING IS THAT WE'RE GOING TO LEARN A LOT FROM THIS PROCESS. THAT IS THE FIRST AND FOREMOST. THIS IS ABOUT FINALLY DOING TO SCALE WHAT WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN WANTING TO DO. WE JUST COULDN'T DO IT WITH THE DOLLARS OR RESOURCES TO BE ABLE TO DO IT WELL ACROSS BELIEVE IT OR NOT, 150 SCHOOLS ACROSS THE DISTRICT. TO DO IT VERY WELL IN SEVEN SCHOOLS, AND MR. YOUNG AND HIS TEAM HAVE GONE AND DONE SOME RESEARCH IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY ABOUT SOME OTHER MODELS THAT HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY SUCCESSFUL. BUT ONCE WE START TO LEARN THE THINGS THAT ARE WORKING, WE CAN'T JUST KEEP THEM SECRET AT THOSE SCHOOLS. WE HAVE TO START ENSURING THAT WE SPREAD THAT WORD TO OTHERS. ONCE AGAIN, HAVING 250 GREAT PRINCIPALS IN EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL IS THE BEST START TO ANY TEMPLATE OF SCHOOL SUCCESS. SO WE KNOW THAT'S GOT TO BE CRITICAL, SUPPORTING OUR LEADERS TO CONTINUE TO GROW. I BELIEVE SOME OF THE STRUCTURES WERE KIND OF SHIFTING IN THE ORGANIZATION TO BRING ENERGY AROUND PROVIDING SUPPORT TO THOSE LEADERS TO BE INNOVATIVE WITH THEIR FACULTIES AND STAFF IS KEY. I THINK THAT'S GOING TO HELP COME UP WITH MAYBE SOME DIFFERENT AND MORE BETTER SOLUTIONS THAN ONES THEY HAVE BEEN ASKED TO DO. ABOUT LEARNING ALONG THE WAY. LEARNING AND SHARING. WE HAVE TO BECOME A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS AS A GROUP OF SCHOOLS IN THIS DISTRICT. AS SOON AS WE KNOW THINGS THAT ARE WORKING, WE HAVE TO SHARE IT. WE HAVE TO NOW NOT SHARE IT, SAY NOW DO THIS. IT'S SHARE IT AND FIGURE OUT A WAY IF THIS IS SOMETHING YOU VALUE TO OWN IT WITHIN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY AND YOUR OWN SCHOOL.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND THAT'S IT FOR THE SUSPENDED AGENDA? THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. THE NEXT ITEM, WE HAVE NO TEACHING AND LEARNING, BUT, BOARD MEMBERS, IN AGENDA REVIEW, WE TALKED ABOUT ITEM 10.05, THE ASPIRE PROGRAM. THE ASPIRE PROGRAM INITIATIVE IS THROUGH THE INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY DIVISION. SABRINA GATES OF DRT FOR CTECH ED IS GOING TO SPEAK TO THIS. THIS HAS BEEN HIGHLIGHTED BY MS. EDGECOMB AND MS. SNIVELY. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, AMY BALANCE LANCE IS JOINING ME.  

>> I'M AMY BALANCE, LEAD MENTOR BUT ALSO WORK IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS IN THE DISTRICT.  

>> WHICH MAKES US A JOINT PROPOSITION FOR THE MOMENT. I SPEAK TO TEACHERS ALL OVER THIS DISTRICT. I'VE TRAINED IN THIS DISTRICT. THIS IS MY 27th YEAR, AND I DON'T THINK I HAVE EVER FELT MY STOMACH THIS KNOTTED UP. I HAVE TO BREATHE. GOOD LORD. OKAY, SO HAVING SAID THAT, WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO SHARE AND INTRODUCE -- SHARE WITH YOU AND INTRODUCE ASPIRE. THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES TEACHERS WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENHANCE THEIR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE, TO EARN IN-SERVICE CREDIT AND PROFESSIONAL LEARNING BADGES AND TO HAVE INTENSIVE SUPPORT WHILE EARNING NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION.  

>> OUR DISTRICT HAS A LONG HISTORY OF VALUING THE NATIONAL BOARD FOR PROFESSIONAL TEACHING STANDARDS. HOWEVER, OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS, THERE'S BEEN A DECLINE IN APPLICATIONS FROM OUR DISTRICT AND MANY OF OUR PREVIOUS ACHIEVERS HAVE RIDER.  

>> WE'RE IN A PRIME TIME FOR REINTRODUCING NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION FOR A FEW REASONS. WE WOULD LIKE TO OUTLINE THOSE FOR YOU. FIRST, NATIONAL BOARD ITSELF HAS MADE SOME SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE PROCESS. WE'RE EXCITED TO HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH STACIE HICKS WHO IS HERE TODAY, JOINING US AND NANCY SCHWARTZ FROM NATIONAL BOARD, TO GAIN INSIGHTS INTO THE CHANGES AND SHIFTS IN THE NATION BOARD FOCUS. SO LET US DESCRIBE THESE CHANGES THAT ARE SO INSTRUMENTAL FOR OUR TEACHERS AND FOR THE SUCCESS OF THIS PROGRAM. FIRST, THE LATEST RESEARCH HAS BEEN INCORPORATED INTO THE REVISED PROCESS. IF YOU DON'T REDO SOMETHING ALONG THE WAY, THEN YOU BECOME OLD AND STALE AND THEY ARE AVOIDING THAT FOR SURE. THE NUMBER OF PORTFOLIO ENTRIES HAVE BEEN REDUCED FROM TEN ORIGINALLY, BACK IN THE DAY WHEN I DID THIS, TO FOUR. THE COST OF THE PROCESS HAS BEEN GREATLY REDUCED, AND THE FEE CAN ACTUALLY BE PAID FOR IN AN ENTRY-BY-ENTRY PROCESS. REGISTRATION IS MORE FLEXIBLE WITH A BROADER TIMELINE, AND THE NATIONAL BOARD ENCOURAGES CANDIDATES TO FOCUS ON ONE ENTRY A YEAR. NATIONAL BOARD ALSO RECOGNIZES AND FOR ME, THIS IS A REAL BIG ISSUE THAT THE APPLICATION PROCESS ITSELF IS VALUABLE AS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.  

>> SECOND, OUR DISTRICT IS FOCUSED ON TEACHER GROWTH THROUGH THAT EMBEDDED TEACHER DEVELOPMENT. THE NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION PROCESS IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE SINGLE BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR A TEACHER TO PARTICIPATE IN PERSONALIZED, PROFESSIONAL LEARNING THAT'S ALIGNED TO THEIR DAILY PRACTICE. AND THEN FINALLY, WE'RE IN A POSITION TO OFFER TEACHERS UNPARALLELED SUPPORT THROUGH THE ASPIRE PROGRAM, WITH THE ADDED BONUS OF PROMOTING ENHANCED INSTRUCTIONAL SKILLS, RECOGNIZING TEACHERS WITH IN-SERVICE CREDIT, PROVIDING OPPORTUNITY TO EARN PROFESSIONAL LEARNING BADGES. WE CAN GIVE THEM SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES.  

>> PROVIDING TEACHERS WITH THIS OPPORTUNITY, PARTICIPATION IN THE ASPIRE PROGRAM, AND GROWING THE NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION PRESENCE IN OUR DISTRICT, IS A WIN-WIN PROSPECT AS THERE IS MUCH RESEARCH TO SHOW THAT NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS, CANDIDATES AND ACHIEVERS ARE MORE EFFECTIVE AT PROMOTING STUDENT LEARNING GAINS. THAT'S IMPORTANT TO EVERY PERSON IN THIS ROOM.  

>> ADDITIONALLY, THE ASPIRE PROGRAM PROVIDES ALREADY CERTIFIED TEACHERS WITH LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES WHICH CONTRIBUTE TO STRENGTHENING OUR EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY. TEACHERS WHO HAVE ALREADY EARNED NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN A VARIETY OF ROLES. AS TRAINERS, CANDIDATE MENTORS, ONLINE LEARNING COMMUNITY FACILITATORS, AND THIS ALIGNS WITH ANOTHER DISTRICT FOCUS, GROWING TEACHERS AS LEADERS.  

>> SO LET'S CHECK OUT THESE FOLDERS WE GAVE YOU. ATTACHED TO YOUR FOLDERS ARE SOME VERY SPECIAL CARDS THAT WE'RE GOING TO EXPLAIN IN JUST A MOMENT. THEY LOOK LIKE THIS. IF YOU HAVE THEM, WE'LL TALK ABOUT THEM, BECAUSE WE THINK THEY ARE THE COOLEST THING EVER. BUT IN THE MEANTIME, IN YOUR FOLDERS, YOU'RE GOING TO FIND A VARIETY OF RESOURCES GIVING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ASPIRE PROGRAM, INCLUDING A TIMELINE OF ACTIVITIES ALONG WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF THE DIFFERENT IN-SERVICE AND CANDIDATE SUPPORT ACTIVITIES PLANNED. KNEW GENEROUS SUPPORT FROM PHIL JONES -- WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU, PHIL -- AND THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION, WE ARE ABLE TO LAUNCH ASPIRE THIS SUMMER WITH OUR FIRST ASPIRE ACADEMY TAKING PLACE IN JULY. THANKS TO HCTA FOR CONNECTING US WITH THE NEA JUMP START PRE-CANDIDACY CURRICULUM, WHICH WILL BE A BASIS FOR THIS FIRST ACADEMY AND FOR SUMMER TRAINING SPACE. ADDITIONALLY, ADDITIONAL LEARNING AND SUPPORT OPPORTUNITIES ARE GOING TO BE FOLLOWING IN THE FALL.  

>> SO SABRINA ASKED TO YOU FIND THE LITTLE CARD. NOW IS THE TIME TO TALK TO YOU BOASTS. -- ABOUT THOSE. THESE ARE ASPIRE SHOULDER TAPPING CARDS. ONE OF THE MOST POWERFUL EXPERIENCES FOR ANYONE IS WHEN THEY ARE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR POTENTIAL. THESE CARDS WERE SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO PERSONALLY RECOGNIZE A TEACHER. IT IS SIMPLE. IT IS POWERFUL. IT IS MEMORABLE. WHAT YOU DO IS YOU SIGN YOUR NAME TO THE BACK OF THE CARD AND THEN WRITE THE NAME OF THE TEACHER THAT YOU ARE INVITING TO ASPIRE ON THE OTHER LINE YOU SEE THERE. YOU GIVE THE CARD TO THE TEACHER AND EXPLAIN THAT YOU SEE THEM AS A GREAT CANDIDATE FOR NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION. SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND THE BENEFITS TO PARTICIPATION.  

>> THESE CARDS ARE LIMITED EDITIONS. OKAY? WE ONLY HAD A CERTAIN NUMBER PRINTED AND THAT WAS WITH PURPOSE. SO IT IS A VERY SPECIAL MOMENT FOR SOMEONE TO RECEIVE THIS CARD. THAT'S WHY THERE IS A LIMITED AMOUNT OF THEM. ALONG WITH YOU, THE SUPERINTENDENT, AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, PRINCIPALS AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL LEADERS IN OUR DISTRICT, YOU HAVE ALL RECEIVED CARDS. YOU ALL HAVE RECEIVED THE MOST CARDS THAT WE'VE GIVEN OUT, JUST AS AN FYI. SO WHEN WE THINK ABOUT THIS, THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO SHOULDER TAP SOMEONE. I CANNOT IMAGINE WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE TO BE THE TEACHER THAT RECEIVED A CARD FROM ONE OF YOU. THAT WOULD BE FOREVER MEMORABLE, TO SAY THE LEAST. WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO SHARE ASPIRE WITH OUR TEACHERS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO PARTNERING WITH PRINCIPALS AND SCHOOL SITES TO BRING HIGH-QUALITY LEARNING AND GROWING OPPORTUNITIES TO TEACHERS, AND TO CONTINUE TO COLLABORATE WITH OUR PARTNERS WHO HAVE MADE THIS OPPORTUNITY A REALITY. AND I'D LIKE YOU TO KNOW THERE HAS BEEN A FIERCE AMOUNT OF COLLABORATION THAT HAS TAKEN PLACE IN ORDER TO GET THIS TO THE POINT WHERE WE ARE LAUNCHING NOW. SO WE'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED TO ASPIRE AND TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT. JEFF EAKINS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR SUPPORTING US AND ENCOURAGING US AND YOUR STAFF ANNA BROWN AND JASON, YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN AWESOME TO US, MOST DEFINITELY. AMY, I APPRECIATE THAT YOU HAVE CONTRIBUTED FIERCELY WITH THE NATIONAL BOARD ADVISORY BOARD TO THE SUPERINTENDENT BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THIS CONVERSATION REALLY GOT ITS LIFT WHEN SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS CHALLENGED US TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX. FAY COOK AND THE HILLSBOROUGH NATIONAL BOARD COUNCIL HAS CONTRIBUTED, AS HAS STACY HICKS AGAIN FROM THE NATIONAL BOARD. SHE TRAVELED TODAY FROM PHOENIX, ARIZONA, TO BE HERE WITH US. AND NANCY SCHWARTZ. THE CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY AND EDUCATION IS ABSOLUTELY INTEGRAL IN MAKING THIS LAUNCH POSSIBLE. PHIL JONES AND THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS AND JEAN CLEMEN WHOSE REALLY CONNECTED US WITH CURRICULUM AND OFFERED US THAT TRAINING SPACE FOR THE SUMMERTIME SO WE COULD HOST TEACHERS. SO WE ALSO APPRECIATE BEING ABLE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE AT ANY TIME TO TALK WITH YOU FURTHER. AND WE'RE EXCITED TO SEE WHO YOU INVITE TO ASPIRE. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU, LADIES, FOR THAT ENTHUSIASTIC, PASSIONATE COMMITMENT TO WHAT HAS LONG BEEN IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT A POINT OF PRIDE. TEACHERS WHO PUT THEMSELVES THROUGH THIS RIGOROUS PROCESS DO IT -- SEVERAL REASONS, ONE, TO BE BETTER. ONE, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE THE BEST THEY CAN BE FOR THE STUDENTS THEY TEACH AND BECAUSE I THINK IT IS A KIND OF CELEBRATION, IF YOU WILL, OF THE PROFESSION THAT EDUCATION AND QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS WHO CONTINUE TO GROW ARE SO ESSENTIAL TO PROVIDING THE BEST EDUCATION WE CAN IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SO YOUR COMMENTS TODAY WERE AN EASY SELL BECAUSE I THINK I HAVE SEEN THE BENEFITS OF THE KIND OF WORK YOU DO. I WANT TO THANK THOSE WHO ARE PARTNERS FOR HELPING TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE SUCCESS. I'M GLAD AS WE LOST FUNDING, AS WE LOST SUPPORT OVER THE YEARS, THAT WE ARE YET FINDING A DIFFERENT WAY TO GET BACK TO THAT SAME PLACE, AND HOPEFULLY CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD. SO THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE PRESENTATION AND AGAIN FOR ASPIRING, AND INSPIRING, OTHERS TO MAYBE WANT TO ACHIEVE THE SAME KIND OF SUPPORT TO FULFILLING THEIR DREAMS, AS YOU HAVE CERTAINLY DONE IN THIS CASE. AS YOU MADE YOUR PRESENTATION, I'M GOING TO SWITCH FOR A MOMENT OVER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT, I THOUGHT ABOUT ALL THE VARIOUS WAYS THAT WE'VE HAD THE BOARD COME TO US DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR AND IN THE PAST THAT ARE CENTERED AROUND SUPPORTING GROUPS OF EMPLOYEES, TEACHERS AND OTHERS. I'D LIKE TO, IF YOU WOULD, PROVIDE US A LIST -- PROVIDE A LIST OF ALL THE WAYS IN WHICH WE DO THAT KIND OF SUPPORT, LIKE WE'VE DONE FOR NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS. WE SAW LAST WEEK, SOME OF THE PARTNERS THAT JOIN US. WE SAW HOW SUNCOAST HAD SUPPORTED OUR PARAPROFESSIONALS WHO WANT TO GO ON TO BECOME TEACHERS. AND I KNOW THERE MUST BE OTHER PROGRAMS IN THE DISTRICT -- I KNOW A FEW OF THEM, BUT I THINK A LIST OF HAVING THEM TO SHOW WHO THE CATEGORIES OF EMPLOYEES ARE, WHAT THOSE PROGRAMS ARE, WHAT THEIR GOALS ARE, AND WHO MIGHT BE LIKE THIS VAST NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPORTING THEM IN THE DISTRICT, DO WE SUPPORT IT INDEPENDENTLY OR DO WE COLLABORATE WITH OTHERS? I THINK IT WOULD GIVE US A GOOD LIST OF HOW WE TALK ABOUT SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT, NOT JUST FOR OUR CLASSROOM TEACHERS, BUT EVERYBODY UP AND DOWN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. AGAIN, LADIES, THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT AND YOUR ENTHUSIASM, AND I'VE GOT A COUPLE OF TEACHERS ALREADY IN MIND. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, I SHARE SIMILAR SENTIMENTS WITH MS. EDGECOMB. THANK YOU FOR PRESENTING TODAY. YOU DID A PHENOMENAL JOB. I KNOW YOU WERE NERVOUS. HOWEVER YOU DID A GREAT JOB PRESENTING THE INFORMATION. I ESPECIALLY LIKE SOME OF THE STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES AND HOW THEY ALIGN WITH WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE FACT THAT WE KNOW THAT EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT WE CAN IMPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT BY HAVING MORE TEACHERS WHO GO THROUGH THIS PROGRAM AS WELL AS SCHOOL CULTURE, ENHANCING SCHOOL CULTURE AS TEACHERS COLLABORATE AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO ACHIEVE IS CHANGING THE CULTURE. I'M A PROPONENT OF LIFELONG LEARNING. I THINK IT MODELS GOOD BEHAVIOR FOR OUR STUDENTS TO SEE THAT OUR TEACHERS ARE CONTINUING TO EVOLVE IN THEIR PROFESSION AND THEIR PRACTICE. AND THAT SENDS A GOOD MESSAGE TO OUR STUDENTS THAT IT DOESN'T END. IT'S LIFELONG LEARNING AND EDUCATION. IT NEVER ENDS, IF WE DON'T EVOLVE, WE DIE SLOWLY. SO WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO PROMOTE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR OUR TEACHERS SO THAT OUR STUDENTS CAN SEE THAT IT IS THE MATTER OF LIFELONG LEARNING. AND ESPECIALLY LIKE THE CAREER LATTICE, THE CAREER LATTICE PHILOSOPHY, I GUESS, ENABLING TEACHERS TO MOVE IN SEVERAL DIRECTIONS INSTEAD OF JUST UPWARD INTO ADMINISTRATION, BUT BECOMING LEADERS IN THEIR CLASSROOM BECAUSE THAT'S TRULY WHAT WE NEED IN THE FRONT OF EACH CLASSROOM OR AROUND THE STUDENTS ARE NOT JUST EDUCATORS, BUT LEADERS FOR OUR STUDENTS. SO IF THE CAREER LATTICE CONCEPT HELPS WITH THAT, THEN I THINK THAT WE ARE GOING TO SEE A MAJOR DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY THAT NOT ONLY OUR TEACHERS ARE TEACHING TO OUR STUDENTS, BUT AS A RIPPLE EFFECT, I THINK WE'RE GOING TO SEE AN IMPROVEMENT OF HOW THE TEACHING PROFESSION IS PERCEIVED, AND WE WILL ATTRACT MORE QUALITY CANDIDATES, BECAUSE AS WE KNOW, WE HAVE A CHALLENGE ATTRACTING PROFESSIONALS INTO TEACHING. AND SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IF WE'RE MODELING THIS, IT BECOMES A MORE ATTRACTIVE PROFESSION TO BECOME A TEACHER AND AN EDUCATOR AND A LEADER IN THE CLASSROOM. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING SOME DATA AND RESULTS. I KNOW THAT THERE'S NOT NECESSARILY A FINANCIAL IMPACT TO OUR BUDGET REGARDING THIS ITEM, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF WE SEE A DIFFERENCE IN THE AMOUNT OF TEACHERS THAT ARE ROLLED IN THIS AND GO THROUGH THE PROGRAM OVER THE COURSE OF TIME THAT THIS IS ROLLED OUT. I'D LOVE TO SEE SOME RESULTS OF YOUR EFFORTS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION TODAY.  

>>April Griffin: MS. STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION, LADIES. I APPRECIATE IT. I ACTUALLY GOT TO GO TO THE DINNER THAT YOU HELD LAST YEAR, SO I GOT TO MEET SOME OF THE TEACHERS THAT PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM. AND THERE HAVE BEEN SOME QUESTIONS RAISED I KNOW TO ME, NOT SO MUCH WITH FIRST-TIME TEACHERS GOING THROUGH THE PROGRAM BUT RECERTIFICATION AND THE COST THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH RECERTIFICATION. AND I KNOW THAT MAYBE NOT ALL THE PARTNERS THAT ARE HERE, BUT SOME OF OUR PARTNERS PROVIDE SOME SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, BUT I THINK WE STILL HAVE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO RECERTIFY BECAUSE OF THE COST THAT'S ASSOCIATED WITH BECOMING A RECERTIFIED NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHER. I'M JUST WONDERING IF WE CAN LOOK AT THAT AND TALK ABOUT OTHER WAYS THAT WE CAN HELP THESE TEACHERS. WE CERTAINLY DON'T WANT THEM TO LOSE THE CERTIFICATION. BUT I KNOW THERE ARE SOME OUT THERE. WE CAN SPEAK OFF-LINE ABOUT THE ONES WE HAVE THAT COME COME TO ME AND SAID THEY REALLY WANT TO CONTINUE THE PROGRAM, GREAT TEACHERS, BUT I KNOW THAT THERE IS FUNDING THAT IS ASSOCIATED -- THERE IS A COST ASSOCIATED WITH THIS THAT THEY ARE STRUGGLING WITH ON THE SALARY THAT THEY ARE ON AND OTHER LIFE CHALLENGES THAT THEY HAVE. SO THE OTHER THING THAT I WANT TO DO IS I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE PARTNERS WHO ARE HERE TO PLEASE STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED. PHIL JONES FROM ED FOUNDATION. STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS FROM CTA AND STACIE HICKS FROM NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MR. EAKINS.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. SABRINA AND AMY, THANK YOU FOR COMING. TO GIVE THE BOARD A LITTLE MORE ON HOW THEY HAVE BEEN TIERING THEIR PITCH THE LAST WEEK OR SO THEY DID PRESENT SUPERINTENDENT STAFF. DR. BROWN HAS BEEN KIND OF ASKED TO BE THEIR POINT PERSON. BY THE WAY, TWO OF OUR OWN STAFF, DR. BROWN AND DR. BROOKS ARE NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED. THEY PRESENTED IT AT STAFF, MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS AND HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS. AND CERTAINLY, THIS IS A PERFECT TIMING FOR THIS CONVERSATION. THIS IS WHEN WE HAD THE NATIONAL BOARD ADVISORY GROUP THAT THEY LEAD, THE GROUP OF TEACHERS. REALLY WE TALKED ABOUT THE TIMING IS PERFECT TO KIND OF REENERGIZE THE CONVERSATION AROUND NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION SIMPLY BECAUSE WE NEED TO ESTABLISH WHAT THAT EXPECTATION, WHAT THAT BAR IS IN OUR ORGANIZATION FOR TEACHING EXCELLENCE. SO THE PROCESS BY WHICH OUR NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS GO THROUGH AND WHAT THEY ACHIEVE IS THAT. SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IS OUR CURRENT SYSTEM OF SUPPORT. CERTAINLY, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE MORE JOB EMBEDDED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, ON-SITE SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT, THAT'S WHAT OUR LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE WILL BE ALL ABOUT THIS SUMMER. DOVETAIL THAT WITH THE INSTRUCTIONAL MENTOR PROGRAM THAT COLLABORATES WITH INSTRUCTIONAL MENTORS CONNECTING WITH OUR SCHOOLS TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THE TEACHERS THAT THEY NEED. YOU ADD THIS AS ANOTHER COMPONENT TO THAT FOR TEACHERS WHO HAVE GOTTEN TO A POINT IN THEIR CAREER THAT THEY ARE READY TO TAKE IT TO THAT NEXT LEVEL. THIS IS A PERFECT ENTRY POINT FOR THE ASPIRE PROGRAM AND TO START TO GET MORE OF OUR TEACHERS ACROSS THE DISTRICT GOING THROUGH THAT PROCESS. AND JUST GOING THROUGH THAT PROCESS WILL BE A TREMENDOUS LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR THEM AND THEY WILL GROW PROFESSIONALLY AND GROW IN THEIR CRAFT. WE EVEN TALKED ABOUT HOW WE LOOK AT THIS AT SCHOOL SITES AND COHORTS OF TEACHERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS AND HOW THIS BECOMES THEIR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. AS I SAID AT THEIR DINNER THE OTHER NIGHT, I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANY PARENT WHO WOULD EVER NOT WANT TO SEND THEIR CHILD TO SCHOOL THAT HAS THEIR CLASSROOMS FILLED WITH TEACHERS WHO ARE NATIONALLY BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS WHO HAVE GONE THROUGH THE PROCESS. OBVIOUSLY WILL GET GREAT INSTRUCTION EVERY DAY. IT IS THE PERFECT TIMING FOR THE PRESENTATION AND TO THE LADIES, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.  

>>April Griffin: I'M GOING VERY BRIEFLY SAY IT WAS A VERY SAD PAYING FOR THE NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS. I KNOW THAT FOR A WHILE, THIS DISTRICT CARRIED THAT WEIGHT, THAT FINANCIAL WEIGHT FOR A LITTLE WHILE AFTER THAT. I'M CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT THE FINANCIAL IMPACT WOULD BE, AGAIN, IN THE FUTURE. AND I'M NOT TALKING NOW, BUT MS. SAUNDERS, IF YOU CAN ADD THAT TO THE LIST OF INFORMATION I'D LIKE TO HAVE TO SEE HOW THIS BOARD COULD SUPPORT THAT. THE RESEARCH IS THERE. WE KNOW IT. THERE'S JUST NO DENYING IT. IF WE ARE REALLY GOING TO PUT OUR MONEY WHERE OUR MOUTH IS WHEN IT COMES TO PUTTING THE BEST TEACHERS IN FRONT OF OUR STUDENTS SO THAT WE CAN INCREASE THE GRADUATION RATE TO 90%, THEN THIS IS ONE OF THOSE AREAS THAT WE COULD LOOK AT. I KNOW THAT THAT WOULD BE A NEGOTIATED ITEM, BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT I WOULD DEFINITELY LIKE TO SEE THE NUMBERS ON. I'D LIKE TO KNOW HOW MUCH THE CERTIFICATIONS HAVE GONE DOWN SINCE THE STATE STOPPED PAYING FOR THAT. BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT'S GONE DOWN TREMENDOUSLY. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE NUMBERS OF WHAT IT WAS AND HOW IT'S GONE DOWN SINCE WE STOPPED FUNDING THAT AS A STATE. AND THEN EVENTUALLY AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT, WE STOPPED FUNDING IT AS WELL. SO I WOULD BE VERY CURIOUS TO SEE THAT INFORMATION AND THEN LOOK AT WHAT THE FINANCIAL IMPACT WOULD BE TO THIS DISTRICT. BECAUSE I THINK THAT IF WE CAN GET TO THAT POINT, AND WE CAN NEGOTIATE IT AND WE CAN ALL AGREE ON IT, THAT IT IS ONE OF THOSE AREAS WHERE IT WILL BE MONEY WELL SPENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO LOOK AT IT. WE STILL HAVE IN THE BUDGET AS PART OF NEGOTIATIONS, WE ARE STILL PAYING A PORTION OF THE BONUS BASED OFF MENTORING AND SO FORTH THAT'S REQUIRED FOR NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS. OF COURSE, NOT GETTING THE STATE SHARE OF THAT. STILL IN OUR HIGH-NEED SCHOOLS, STILL HAVE A -- I FORGET WHAT THE AMOUNT IS. USED TO BE $4500 FOR ANY OF THE NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS TEACHING SOMEWHERE HIGH NEED SCHOOLS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. ONE OF THE CONVERSATIONS THAT BECOMES A BARRIER IS THIS WHOLE ENTRY POINT. WHEN SOMEONE WANTS TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS, THE FIRST STEP THEY GET TO, THEY SEE DOLLARS SIGNS IN FRONT OF THEM. THAT IS THE FIRST HURDLE WE HAVE TO FLATTEN FOR THEM. OBVIOUSLY, THERE ARE SOME WAYS, WE TALKED ABOUT THROUGH, THAT THE SUNCOAST AND OTHERS HAVE SAID THEY WOULD HELP US WITH A LITTLE BIT ON THAT SIDE. CERTAINLY, OUR FOUNDATION HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL IN THIS PROCESS. THANK YOU, PHIL, FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS, BUT I ALSO THINK WE HAVE TO RECOGNIZE, IF THIS IS A PRIORITY, THEN WE HAVE FUNDING THAT WE GET THROUGH OUR FEDERAL GRANTS. AND IF WE SAY THIS IS A PRIORITY, THIS IS OUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS THEY MENTIONED IS WE HAVE NOT PROVIDED IN-SERVICE CREDIT POINTS TO OUR TEACHERS WHEN THEY GO THROUGH THE PROCESS, JUST BY GOING THROUGH THIS PROCESS. AND IF WE DO THAT, YOU COUPLE THAT WITH PRIORITIZING THIS IN SOME OF THE FEDERAL GRANTS SUCH AS TITLE II, TITLE I OR OTHER GRANT FUNDS THAT COME IN AND UTILIZE THE FUNDS TO REDUCE THE COST OF THE PROGRAM FOR TEACHERS, THEN THAT JUST ACCELERATES WHAT THEY HAVE JUST BEEN TALKING ABOUT.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. WE REALLY KNOW -- WELL, WE KNOW WHAT THIS DOES. SO I DON'T THINK THERE'S A WHOLE LOT MORE DISCUSSION THAT WE NEED TO HAVE THERE. BUT, AGAIN, WE'RE AT A PLACE WHERE WE'RE STARTING TO RECRAFT OUR PRIORITIES AND LOOK AT WHAT WE FIND WORKS, AND THAT'S THE BEST PRACTICES THAT WE'RE TRYING TO PUT INTO PLACE EVERYWHERE THROUGHOUT THIS DISTRICT. SO I'M VERY CURIOUS TO SEE THOSE NUMBERS, AND THEN WE CAN START HAVING THAT CONVERSATION AS A BOARD AND AS THE TEACHERS IN THE TEACHERS UNION.  

>> MADAM CHAIR, JUST AS A POINT OF PRIDE AND A POINT OF CONCERN, WHEN I WAS GATHERING DATA, AND I'LL BE SURE TO SEND IT TO ALL OF YOU. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE I EVER TAUGHT SO HERE WE GO, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS IN THE TOP 30 OF HAVING ACHIEVERS IN THE NATION. THAT'S THE POINT OF PRIDE. THAT'S AWESOME. HOWEVER, IF YOU LOOK IN THE LAST YEARS, WE HAVE LESS THAN HALF THE NUMBER THAT WE ONCE HAD. SO POINT OF CONCERN. MOST DEFINITELY WE'LL SHARE SOME OF THAT INFORMATION WITH YOU.  

>>April Griffin: YEAH, I KNOW THOSE NUMBERS HAVE GONE DOWN. I'VE BEEN WATCHING THEM. IT IS CONCERNING, AND I HAVE THESE -- THANK YOU FOR THESE CARDS. I WAS ALREADY THINKING OF SOME PEOPLE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THESE CARDS TO, BUT THEN I THOUGHT ABOUT THE FINANCIAL COST AND WOULD THEY BE ABLE TO DO THAT. I WAS WEIGHING THAT AS YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THEM.  

>> SO THIS IS INTERESTING, AND I'LL ADD THIS IN ALSO. WHEN WE WERE EXPLAINING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT HAS CHANGED. IT'S $450 TO REGISTER FOR AN ENTRY. AND NATIONAL BOARD ABSOLUTELY ENCOURAGING PEOPLE THAT YOU SHOULD DO IT ONE ENTRY AT A TIME. I BELIEVE WITH THE HELP OF STEPHANIE WOODFORD AND THE SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION, THAT WE'LL HAVE A WAY THAT YOU CAN HAVE THAT TAKEN OUT OF YOUR PAYCHECK OVER LITTLE TEENY, TINY PAYMENTS. IF IT'S 10 OR 15 DOLLARS A PAYCHECK IT MAKES IT FEASIBLE FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO NAVIGATE THAT. IN ADDITION, THERE ARE SOME GRANT FUNDS OUT THERE. PHIL JONES DEFINITELY HAS BEEN HELPFUL, BUT THERE ARE SOME OTHER PLACES THAT WE'RE ALSO INVESTIGATING TO BE ABLE TO CONNECT PEOPLE TO MAKE THAT FINANCIAL IMPACT AS MINIMAL AS POSSIBLE.  

>>April Griffin: AND HOW MANY ENTRIES ARE THERE TOTAL?  

>> FOUR. SO THE TOTAL COST OF THE ENTIRE PORTFOLIO HAS BEEN REDUCED AS WELL AS THAT FACTOR OF BEING ABLE TO DO IT. YOU USED TO HAVE HAVE TO PAY ALL UP FRONT AT THE FRONT SIDE. NOW IT IS A PAY-AS-YOU-GO DEAL.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: WHAT IS THE TOTAL COST?  

>> $1800. $1900. 450 TIMES FOUR, $1900. THANK YOU, MATH TUTOR. IT USED TO BE $2500. AND YOU HAD TO -- YOU HAD TO PAY THAT 2500 UP FRONT, AND IT WAS IN SEPTEMBER. SO YOU'VE BEEN WITHOUT A PAYCHECK ALL SUMMER LONG AND SCHBAM, HERE THEY COME. YOU TALK ABOUT FEAST OR FAMINE, GOOD GOD. SO NOW, MUCH MORE DOABLE.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: WHO DID THAT GET PAID TO?  

>> TO NATIONAL BOARD. IT GOES TO GRADING THE PORTFOLIOS, WHICH IS QUITE EXTENSIVE, ALL THAT STUFF.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AGAIN, WE'LL BE CONTINUING THIS CONVERSATION BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO BE GETTING SOME INFORMATION ON THIS, SO WE CAN FURTHER THESE TALKS. THANK YOU. YOU GUYS DID A GREAT JOB.  

>> THANK YOU BOARD. THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, DO WE WANT TO VOTE ON THIS ITEM SEPARATELY OR DO WE WANT TO SAVE IT FOR THE END? WE'LL JUST WAIT TILL THE END, THEN. ALL RIGHT. THE NEXT ITEM IS SECTION B, WHICH IS ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS. THERE ARE NO APPOINTMENTS, MR. EAKINS.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: CORRECT. I BELIEVE 4.02A WAS PULLED TYPICALLY TO RECOGNIZE ANY APs. WE DON'T HAVE ANY APs MOVING INTO NEW POSITIONS TONIGHT.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, ITEMS MOVED UP ON THE AGENDA TO ACCOMMODATE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE HERE, THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN MOVED UP. 7.02 AND 10.04, WHICH IS AN INFORMATION ITEM, AND THERE'S NO VOTE REQUIRED ON THAT, BUT WE DO HAVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS HERE SPECIFIC TO THAT. THE NEXT ITEM THAT WE'LL BE SPEAKING TO IS 7.02, WHICH IS TO APPROVE LEASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF TAMPA TO USE MEACHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL SITE FOR ENCORE URBAN FARM. MS. EDGECOMB PULLED THIS FOR A HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENT. MR. FARKAS.  

>>Christopher Farkas: ACTUALLY, MR. ROBINSON STOLE A LITTLE BIT OF THE THUNDER. HE'S EXACTLY RIGHT. IT IS A GREAT LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND GREAT LEARNING TOOL FOR US IN THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE MEACHAM AREA AND TRIO DEVELOPMENT. WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT IN SOME OF THE BOARD ITEMS IT LOOKED LIKE WE WERE GIVING UP THE MEACHAM SITE WHICH IS COMPLETELY INACCURATE. THE REALITY IS THAT MEACHAM SITE WILL BE THERE WHEN THE KIDS COME. AS BUILDINGS BUILT AND FAMILIES MOVE, IN THE SCHOOL WILL BE THERE. UNTIL THAT TIME, IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE DISTRICT TO HAVE A FARM TO LEARN. AND SOME KIDS WHO MAY NOT HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE ON THE FARM TO LEARN ABOUT THE PROCESS. MY ONLY CONCERN WITH THE PROCESS, AT SOME POINT IN TIME WE WILL BE BUILDING A SCHOOL THERE, WHICH CONCERNS ME A LITTLE BIT. BECAUSE I HAVE A FUNNY FEELING IT WILL BE A REAL SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM. HOPEFULLY WE'LL CONTINUE IT SO THE STUDENTS AT THAT SCHOOL CAN LEARN FROM THAT FARM. I WANTED TO MAKE SURE IT WAS CLEAR IT WAS NOT GIVING UP ANY ACCESS TO THE SITE. IT IS JUST A TEMPORARY FIRM UNTIL WE BUILD THAT ACTUAL SCHOOL SITE. WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THE AGREEMENT WITH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY. HOPEFULLY BY THE TIME WE'RE READY TO BUILD THE SCHOOL, THEY'LL BE ABLE TO TRANSITION THE FARM TO ANOTHER LOCATION SO WE'LL HAVE THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR BOTH SITES.  

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU, MR. FARKAS. I APPRECIATE YOU REEMPHASIZING THE FACT THAT WE AREN'T GIVING UP THE LAND, THAT IT IS, IN FACT, THE AGREEMENT THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THAT IS TEMPORARY SPACE FOR THE HOUSING AUTHORITY UNTIL THE SCHOOL IS BUILT. AS YOU INDICATED AND MR. ROBINSON IN HIS COMMENTS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS BEING A CONTINUATION OF A LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR OUR STUDENTS. I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. AND IN LIGHT OF SOMETIMES THE MISCOMMUNICATION AND THE FEAR AND MAYBE THE UNCERTAINTY MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY MAY HAVE ABOUT THIS, I'M GOING TO ASK IF YOU WOULD MAYBE DRAFT A LETTER, WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT TO THE MEACHAM FAMILY. BECAUSE I THINK SOMETIMES THEY HEAR, AND IF THEY AREN'T WATCHING THE BOARD MEMBERS OR GETTING DIRECT COMMUNICATION FROM THE DISTRICT, THEY MAY BE BOTHERED BY THIS. SO I WOULD HOPE THAT YOU WILL AGAIN REEMPHASIZE THAT WHEN WE MADE THAT COMMITMENT SEVERAL YEARS AGO, TO NAME THAT SCHOOL AT THAT SITE, THAT THAT IS STILL PART OF THE PLAN, AND THAT OUR AGREEMENT WITH THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, AS YOU TALKED ABOUT IN THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY, IN THE MONTHS THAT WE CAN PULL OUT OF THAT AGREEMENT IS STILL WELL -- MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE IDEA OF HAVING THIS DONE, THAT THE SCHOOL IS STILL GOING TO BE BUILT THERE. BECAUSE I THINK THE COMMUNITY AGAIN IS LISTENING FOR A STRONG MESSAGE ABOUT THE BOARD SUPPORT. THIS IS ONE I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE THAT WE TAKE FROM THE AGENDA AND VOTE ON SEPARATELY, BECAUSE I THINK THAT REALLY SHOWS THE VALIDATION THAT WE ARE COMMITTED TO THIS.  

>>Christopher Farkas: MS. EDGECOMB, IF YOU DON'T MIND --  

>>April Griffin: MR. FARKAS, THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR, IF YOU DON'T MIND. THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE A SECOND? THERE IS A SECOND FROM MS. KURDELL, AND WE ARE JUST VOTING ON WHETHER OR NOT WE'RE GOING TO VOTE ON THIS SEPARATELY RIGHT NOW. SO, BOARD MEMBERS, IF THERE'S ANY DISCUSSION TO THAT, PLEASE INDICATE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IS THAT TO SPEAK -- MS. STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND I'D LIKE TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION BEFORE WE VOTE ON ANYTHING. I APPRECIATE THE CLARIFICATION THAT WE ARE NOT GIVING UP ANY LAND, AND I ALSO APPRECIATE, MS. EDGECOMB, A LETTER BEING DRAFTED TO THE MEACHAM FAMILY, BECAUSE I DO AGREE. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE ARE CLEAR THAT THIS SITE IS DEDICATED TO BUILDING A SCHOOL FOR THAT NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN THE TIME COMES FOR THAT TO HAPPEN. I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF RESERVATION ABOUT THIS PROJECT, THOUGH, AND NOT FROM A LEARNING STANDPOINT.  

>>April Griffin: IF YOU DON'T MIND, MS. STUART, AND I JUST WANT TO KEEP THESE ON TASK. I'LL CALL ON YOU IMMEDIATELY AFTER. WE'LL VOTE ON THIS TO VOTE SEPARATELY. IF YOU DON'T MIND. I APOLOGIZE FOR CUTTING YOU OFF. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR AND THE SECOND THAT WE GET THAT CLEARED AND THEN THE FLOOR IS YOURS AND THEN WE'LL VOTE ON IT. BOARD MEMBERS IS THERE ANY MORE DISCUSSION ON VOTING ON THIS ITEM SEPARATELY? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE BY PRESSING -- YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE, MS. STUART. GO AHEAD.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. THERE ARE SOME SITUATIONS CURRENTLY HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTY IN WHICH SIMILAR LEASES ARE BEING GIVEN. THEY ARE TEMPORARY SITUATIONS, BUT AS TIME GOES ON, PEOPLE FORGET AND THEY ONLY REMEMBER THE GREAT WORK THEY ARE DOING. I'M NOT DENYING, THIS WILL BE A VERY SUCCESSFUL PROJECT. I HAVE NO DOUBT. MY CONCERN IS DOWN THE ROAD AS PEOPLE BEGIN TO NOT REMEMBER THE LEASE AND NOT REMEMBER OUR OPPORTUNITY TO GET OUT OF THE LEASE WHEN WE'RE READY TO BUILD A SCHOOL SITE THAT WE MAY RUN INTO SOME ISSUES HERE. AND I DON'T WANT TO NAME NAMES, BUT THERE IS A COMMUNITY CENTER RIGHT NOW THAT HAS A HUGE INVESTMENT IN ARE A -- IN A SIMILAR AREA THAT THERE IS A DISCREPANCY ABOUT WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH THAT PROPERTY. AND I AM VERY CONCERNED FOR THE COMMUNITY AND FOR THE ORGANIZATION THAT THAT OWNS THE PROPERTY. I DON'T WANT TO PUT US IN THAT SITUATION, SO I JUST WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR THAT THE CONTRACT, THE LEASE THAT'S SIGNED, IS SOLID, AND THAT WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE COMMUNITY UNDERSTANDS THAT WHEN IT COMES TIME TO BUILD THE SCHOOL OR IF WE DECIDE WE NEED TO BUILD SOMETHING ELSE THERE, THAT THE PROPERTY WILL BE VACATED OR WHAT'S BEING DONE ON THE PROPERTY CAN BE USED AND IS NOT A PERMANENT FIXTURES -- FIXTURE THERE. MR. PORTER, I APPRECIATE YOURS AND MR. GIBSON'S WORK ON THE CONTRACT. I KNOW WE HAD A CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS EARLIER TODAY. I FEEL IT'S NECESSARY TO EXPRESS TO THE MEACHAM FAMILY THAT WE ARE GOING TO BUILD A SCHOOL THERE AND I HAVE A BIT OF A RESERVATION ABOUT THIS KIND OF AN AGREEMENT IN THAT WE WILL BUILD A SCHOOL THERE ONE DAY. AND I DON'T WANT HURT FEELINGS OR PEOPLE TO BECOME TOO EMOTIONALLY ATTACHED TO SOMETHING THAT WE MAY HAVE TO REMOVE AT A LATER DATE. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. STUART. MR. PORTER.  

>>Jim Porter: TO ADDRESS MS. STUART'S COMMENTS AND UNDERSCORE WHAT MS. EDGECOMB AND MR. FARKAS SAID THIS LEASE PROVIDES SPECIFIC LANGUAGE THAT ALLOWS TO US TERMINATE WITH 180 DAYS' NOTICE AND ALSO REQUIRES UPON TERMINATION THAT THE HOUSING AUTHORITY -- I'LL READ FROM THE LEASE. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO HEAR. UPON TERMINATION, THE LESSEE, WHICH IS THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, MUST WE MOVE ALL OF ITS PERSONAL PROPERTY AND IMPROVEMENTS FROM THE PROPERTY, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY STRUCTURES, BUILDINGS, IRRIGATION SYSTEMS AND VEGETATION IN CONNECTION WITH THE URBAN FARM. SO THAT SPECIFIC LANGUAGE, BECAUSE THAT IS A CONCERN, THAT HAS BEEN A CONCERN, IT DOESN'T TOTALLY ADDRESS YOUR CONCERN, MS. STUART, BUT THERE IS VERY STRONG LEGAL LANGUAGE IN THIS CONTRACT TO ADDRESS WHAT MS. EDGECOMB RAISED AND WHAT MR. FARKAS RAISED AS WELL. AND EVERYONE SHOULD BE ON NOTICE THAT THAT'S IN THERE NOW AND IN THE FUTURE.  

>>April Griffin: CAN I ADD MAYBE A SUGGESTION AS WE MOVE FORWARD, IF THIS MOTION PASSES AND WE DECIDE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS PARTNERSHIP, COULD WE PLACE A SIGN ON THE PROPERTY THAT STATES THAT THIS IS THE FUTURE SITE OF MEACHAM ELEMENTARY, THAT THIS IS TEMPORARY AGREEMENT IN ORDER TO PROMOTE AN URBAN GARDEN AND TEACHING. I MEAN, THE LANGUAGE IS SOMETHING THAT THE GENIUSES OUT THERE CAN COME UP WITH, BUT I'M WONDERING, JUST PUTTING A SIGN AT THE SITE, AS THAT DAILY REMINDER. WE HAVE THE CONTRACT. THAT'S ALL LEGAL, BUT NOT EVERYBODY IS GOING TO SEE THAT CONTRACT ON A DAILY BASIS. SO IF WE JUST PUT SOMETHING THERE I THINK THAT COULD HELP SET THE EXPECTATIONS MOVING FORWARD. IF PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS REMINDED OF THAT. ALL RIGHT. BOARD MEMBERS, THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO VOTE ON THIS AGENDA ITEM, 7.02 SEPARATELY. THE MOTION WAS BY MS. EDGECOMB. THE SECOND WAS BY MS. KURDELL. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE MOTION PASSES, SO WE WILL ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. ALL RIGHT. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM NUMBER 10.04 WHICH IS AN INFORMATION ITEM THAT I HAD ASKED MR. EAKINS TO BRING FORWARD AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING. I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO MR. EAKINS. THIS HAS BEEN PULLED BY MRS. EDGECOMB FOR HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENT AND MRS. SNIVELY FOR HIGHLIGHT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. I WILL ALSO PROBABLY HAVE AVAILABLE MS. WHALEY AND MR. GIBSON AS WE GO THROUGH THE PROCESS IN CASE THERE ARE ANY CLARIFICATIONS THAT NEED TO BE MADE. I'LL TRY TO DO THE MAIN PORTION OF THE PRESENTATION. THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN, FOR ALLOWING US TO BRING THIS FORWARD, JUST TO GET MORE CLARITY AROUND WHAT'S BEEN DISCUSSED A LOT OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS. I APPRECIATE YOU GIVING ME THAT OPPORTUNITY. AS A BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT STAFF, WE STRIVE TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS OF OUR NEW STRATEGIC PLAN. OBVIOUSLY, OUR GOALS ARE LOFTY, AND THERE'S GREAT EXPECTATIONS AROUND MEETING THOSE GOALS. WE KNOW AND WE TALKED ABOUT THIS AT THE DAIS AND ALL THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY AND ALL OF THE SCHOOLS THAT WE CAN'T DO THIS WORK ALONE. WE HAVE TO HAVE TREMENDOUS SUPPORT. WE HAVE TO HAVE ENCOURAGEMENT. WE HAVE TO HAVE PARTNERSHIPS ALL THROUGHOUT THIS COMMUNITY ALIGNED WITH OUR VISION OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. AND ULTIMATELY ACHIEVING THE GOALS WITHIN OUR STRATEGIC PLAN. I THINK IF ANY ONE OF US SAID IT ONCE, WE PROBABLY SAID IT MANY TIMES, IT TAKES A VILLAGE FOR US TO DO THIS WORK SO WE MUST ALL STRIVE TO WORK TOGETHER AND COLLABORATIVELY TO DO IT. SO WITH THAT IN MIND, WE'LL ENTER INTO THE CONVERSATION TONIGHT AROUND 10:04 -- 10.04, WHICH IS THE DOCUMENT THAT DISCUSSES SOME OF THE INQUIRIES THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON, WORKING THROUGH, AS WE HAVE GONE THROUGHOUT THIS YEAR. I, FIRST OF ALL, WANT TO THANK ALL THE VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS WHO WE HAVE MET WITH THIS YEAR. I THINK THAT'S ONE OF THE POWERFUL PIECES TO THIS CONVERSATION, BECAUSE MANY TIMES, THERE'S ONLY ONE FORM OF COMMUNICATION OR ONE STORY THAT'S OUT THERE. THERE'S BEEN A MULTITUDE OF MEETINGS THAT WE'VE HAD, BOTH WITH FAITH-BASED AND NON-FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS AROUND THIS TOPIC. NOW, HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS. IN THAT -- IN THOSE PARTICULAR CONVERSATIONS, 90% OF WHAT WE TALK ABOUT, WE ARE ON COMMON GROUND WITH REGARD TO AGREEING ON THE ISSUES. AND I THINK THAT'S THE GOOD NEWS BECAUSE NO ORGANIZATION THAT WE'VE EVER MET WITH, WHETHER FAITH-BASED OR NON-FAITH BASED, WANTS TO AT ALL SAY THAT WE DON'T NEED PARTNERSHIPS, WE DON'T NEED RELATIONSHIPS WITH ORGANIZATIONS IN ORDER TO SUPPORT OUR KIDS, SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS, AND TO ULTIMATELY ACHIEVE OUR GOALS. AND SO I JUST WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION TO ALL THE ORGANIZATIONS WE'VE MET WITH. THEY'VE BEEN VERY FRANK CONVERSATIONS, BUT THEY'VE BEEN VERY COLLABORATIVE CONVERSATIONS, AND THAT THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO BE AWARE OF. AND CERTAINLY, IN THE COURSE OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS, HERE'S WHAT'S BEEN INTERSECTING. A LOT OF INTERSECTION AROUND STATUTE AND LAW. INTERSECTION AROUND POLICY, AN INTERSECTION AROUND PROCEDURES, RIGHTS, AND LEGAL INTERPRETATIONS. AND SO IN THE COURSE OF ESTABLISHING OUR CONVERSATIONS AND ESTABLISHING COMMON GROUND, ALL THOSE THINGS THAT I JUST MENTIONED HAVE BEEN INTERSECTING IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT WHEN WE FINISH OUR COMPLETE REVIEW AND ALL THE INQUIRIES, THAT WE CLEARLY ESTABLISH GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES THAT WE ALL CAN AGREE ON. NOW, CERTAINLY, THERE ARE 10%, AS I SAID, IT WASN'T A FULL 100% COMMON GROUND, BECAUSE THERE ARE STILL QUESTIONS OUT THERE AND A LOT OF THOSE THINGS DEAL WITH LEGAL INTERPRETATIONS AROUND SOME OF MAYBE THE SPECIFIC SCENARIOS THAT CAME UP THROUGHOUT THIS PARTICULAR YEAR. MANY OF THE SCENARIOS HAVE BEEN HISTORICAL. MANY OF THEM ACTUALLY DON'T OCCUR IN 2015-16. THEY MIGHT HAVE OCCURRED THREE YEARS AGO OR FIVE YEARS AGO OR SEVEN YEARS AGO, BUT IT CAME UP IN OUR CONVERSATION. SO WE FEEL THAT WE'RE REQUIRED TO ADDRESS THOSE THINGS AND ENSURE THAT THOSE THINGS ARE NOT OCCURRING. THE BIGGEST PORTION OF THE COMMON GROUND IN THE FRONT AND CENTER IS AS ADULTS, ENGAGING WITH KIDS ON OUR CAMPUSES, WE MUST BECOME -- WE MUST ENGAGE IN A SECULAR FASHION. WE MUST SUPPORT OUR KIDS WITH OUR CHARACTER, YES, WITH MAKING GREAT CHOICES, YES, WE WANT THAT, TUTORING THEM AND PROVIDING THEM ACADEMIC SUPPORT. TAKING IN FROM OUR PARTNERSHIPS ACROSS THIS DISTRICT ACTS OF CHARITY FOR OUR FAMILIES. WE ABSOLUTELY APPRECIATE THAT AND VALUE THAT. BUT ALL THINGS MUST BE DONE IN A FASHION BY WHICH WE'RE NOT CROSSING THAT LINE, GOING OUTSIDE OF THAT COMMON GROUND THAT WE HAVE TO ENDORSE OR SAY THAT WE AS AN ORGANIZATION ARE PROMOTING A PARTICULAR FAITH. ANYONE THAT ENGAGES ON OUR CAMPUSES, THEY BRING THEIR PERSONALITIES, THEY BRING EVERYTHING THAT THEY ARE THAT'S BEEN WOVEN INTO THEM INTO THAT SCHOOL OR THAT SETTING TO SUPPORT KIDS. BUT AS YOU ENGAGE WITH STUDENTS, YOU HAVE TO BE VERY, VERY CLEAR ABOUT THE CONVERSATIONS, HOW YOU PRESENT YOURSELF. YOU ARE THERE TO SUPPORT THEM, SUPPORT THEIR ACADEMIC NEEDS, TO MENTOR THEM, TO HELP THEM, BUT YOU MUST STAY WITHIN THE SECULAR REALM. THAT'S VERY CLEAR FOR ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES, OUR VOLUNTEERS. AND AS WE MOVE FORWARD, AND I WILL THEN DISCUSS THE INQUIRIES, AS WE MOVE FORWARD, THAT'S REALLY WHERE WE ARE ENSURING THAT WE HAVE CLEAR GUIDELINES FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS, ALL OF OUR ORGANIZATIONS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ALSO CLEAR AROUND RIGHTS AND STUDENT RIGHTS THAT ARE VERY CLEAR WITHIN THE LAW, SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SUPPORTED WITH REGARDS TO THAT PARTICULAR PART OF THE LAW. SO I JUST WANTED TO PUT THAT UP FRONT. THE DOCUMENT REALLY IS, AND ALL THE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE HAVE HAD WITH THE ORGANIZATIONS, HAVE LED US TO CREATE THE GUIDELINES AND SUPPORTS THAT WE NEED TO PUT IN PLACE. THOSE SUPPORTS BEING NOT ONLY MEETINGS AND CONVERSATIONS WITH INDIVIDUAL ORGANIZATIONS, BUT TRAININGS WITH ORGANIZATIONS, TRAINING WITH FACULTY, TRAININGS WITH COACHES, TRAININGS WITH PRINCIPALS, TRAINING WITH OUR EMPLOYEE GROUPS SO THAT EVERYONE IS VERY CLEAR WITH REGARD TO THIS. BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T HAVE THAT -- ONE THING YOU HAVE TO HAVE IS TRAINING, YES. BUT THEN YOU HAVE TO HAVE VIGILANCE. ONCE THE TRAINING IS IN PLACE, ONCE THE LINES ARE DRAWN AND ARE CLEAR, AND ONCE EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS WHAT THOSE LINES ARE, WE MUST ENSURE THAT WE'RE EQUIPPING EVERYONE WITH THE APPROPRIATE VIGILANCE TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE MONITORING ALL THAT ALONG THE WAY. I THINK EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR ORGANIZATIONS BOTH FAITH-BASED AND NON-FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS ARE SAYING THE SAME THING. THEY ARE SAYING WE WANT TO GET THIS RIGHT. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE AS WE SUPPORT KIDS IN THIS COMMUNITY AND WE SUPPORT THE BOARD'S STRATEGIC PLAN AND THE VISION OF THE SCHOOL BOARD, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE ABLE TO DO IT AND DO IT WITHIN THE CONFINES OF THE LAW AND THE CONFINES OF POLICY AND ENSURING THAT WE ARE DOING THE THINGS APPROPRIATE NOT TO INFRINGE ON THE RIGHTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL OR ANY GROUP. I JUST HAVE TO LEAD WITH THAT BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION FOR ALL THE GROUPS WE HAVE MET WITH AND WE HAVE ESTABLISHED THAT COMMON GROUND. SO AS WE LOOK AT THE DOCUMENT THAT YOU SEE IN FRONT OF YOU. IT'S KIND OF DIVIDED UP INTO SEVERAL, AND I'LL KIND OF HIGHLIGHT THEM AS I GO THROUGH. SOME OF THE ISSUES DEAL WITH COMMUNICATION, HOW THAT IS HANDLED ACROSS VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS, DRESS CODES, FOOD AND GIFTS AND ACTS OF CHARITY, TRAINING, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, VOLUNTEERISM AND THEN THE ISSUE AROUND STUDENT-LED CLUBS, AS ONE OF OUR SPEAKERS HAD SPOKEN ABOUT THIS EVENING. A COUPLE OF THE ITEMS THAT KIND OF LEAD OFF THIS PARTICULAR DOCUMENT ARE ITEMS THAT WERE BROUGHT UP AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. ONE ITEM AROUND OUR STAFF SPIRIT SHIRTS AT SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS. ONCE AGAIN, OUR FAITH-BASED PARTNER HAD WANTED TO DO SOME THINGS FOR OUR SCHOOLS, TO SUPPORT THE SCHOOLS, WHETHER IT'S BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS AND OTHER SUPPORTS FOR 30 SCHOOLS IN OUR DISTRICT, THERE WAS A T-SHIRT THAT WAS PRESENTED. AFTER LOOKING AT THAT T-SHIRT, I WILL TELL YOU, WE HAVE LOOKED AT THE WORDING. SPECIFICALLY, AS WE HAVE MET WITH MANY OF THE ORGANIZATIONS, I THINK THE WORD THAT KIND OF STUCK OUT THAT WE WILL GO BACK AND READDRESS IS THE WORD "PARTNER." THAT WAS ON THAT PARTICULAR SHIRT. THERE WERE SUGGESTIONS MADE BY SOME GROUPS, IF THE T-SHIRT HAD SAID "DONATED BY" THAT'S ONE THING. BUT THE WORD "PARTNER" MAY HAVE SIGNIFIED SOMETHING ELSE. SO THOSE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS AS WE GET FEEDBACK FROM THE ORGANIZATIONS, AS WE START TO LOOK AT THE OVERALL PIECE OF -- ALL THE DIFFERENT PIECES THAT WE START TO -- ARE ABLE TO FORMULATE OUR GUIDELINES. CERTAINLY, THERE WAS AN INQUIRY WITH REGARDS TO THE T-SHIRTS THAT ARE -- THAT OUR GREAT VOLUNTEERS FROM IDLEWILD. AND THEY HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING THE PAST SEVEN, EIGHT YEARS, PROVIDING TREMENDOUS SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS, ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND MENTORING. THERE IS A T-SHIRT THAT DOES HAVE A PARAPHRASE OF A BIBLE VERSE ON THE SHIRT. BUT IN LOOKING -- THIS IS ONE THING WHERE WE LOOKED AT OUR LEGAL COUNSEL TO TALK ABOUT, WHAT IS THAT LINE. THAT'S PROBABLY STILL ONE OF THOSE GRAY AREAS THAT WE'LL CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT. BECAUSE WE HAVE MANY PEOPLE THAT COME INTO OUR SCHOOLS EVERY SINGLE DAY WITH SHIRTS, WITH SAYINGS, WITH THINGS ON THEM. SO HOW WE HANDLE THOSE PARTICULAR THINGS. I KNOW ONE OF THE THINGS MARYLOU AND HER DEPARTMENT HAS REALLY WORKED ON IS TRYING TO COORDINATE GUIDELINES AROUND DRESS CODE AND HOW WE CAN HAVE A CONSISTENCY WITH REGARDS TO THAT. SO THAT'S GOING TO BE OUR GO-FORWARD PLAN ON HOW WE ESTABLISH A CONSISTENT DRESS CODE AND THE KIND OF TRAINING AROUND THAT, AND HOW WE INFORM AND COMMUNICATE THAT OUT TO THE ORGANIZATION. THERE WAS AN ITEM EARLIER THIS YEAR THAT WAS MENTIONED ABOUT A COFFEE CARD FLYER THAT WAS ON THE TABLE, WHICH AN ORGANIZATION, FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION WAS SERVING COFFEE. OBVIOUSLY, THAT'S A PASSIVE FORM OF COMMUNICATION. NOW, WE DO ALLOW PASSIVE FORMS OF COMMUNICATION IN SEVERAL -- FOR SEVERAL OF OUR PARTNERS, BOTH FAITH-BASED AND NON-FAITH-BASED. WE TYPICALLY TAKE THE ALL OR NOTHING APPROACH WHEN WE HAVE THE ALLOWABILITY FOR PARTNERS TO PUT FLYERS ON A TABLE FOR A NON-FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION. WE DO ALLOW THAT AS A PASSIVE FLYER FOR A FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION, AND THAT PARTICULAR ONE WAS FOR, I BELIEVE, TEACHERS AT THE SCHOOL, SOME SORT OF PROVIDING COFFEE. WE HAVE HAD THE EPIC TRAIN FOR OUR LEADERS THIS YEAR. THAT HAS BEEN A VOLUNTARY TRAINING. MENTIONED FROM THE VERY START THAT THAT WAS VOLUNTARY. IT'S NOT REQUIRED FOR OUR TEACHERS TO ATTEND, I MEAN, OUR LEADERS TO ATTEND THAT. THOSE EPIC THEMES HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED IN COORDINATION WITH OUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, OUR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENTS. AND THEY HAVE BEEN QUITE -- GETTING RAVE REVIEWS OUT THERE WITH OUR LEADERS WHO HAVE ATTENDED. I BELIEVE ONE OF THEM I WAS ON A PANEL WITH MYSELF, THE MAYOR, THE CHIEF OF POLICE, JUST TO TALK ABOUT LEADERSHIP. SO ALL THOSE PARTICULAR TOPICS HAVE BEEN SECULAR. THEY'VE BEEN -- THEY HAVE NOT BEEN FAITH-BASED TOPICS. THEY HAVE ALL BEEN WOVEN INTO THE REALM OF LEADERSHIP. AND IT REALLY IS ABOUT OUR PARTNER AT IDLEWILD SAYING, YOU KNOW, WHAT CAN BE DONE TO HELP THE BOARD AND THE SUPERINTENDENT PROMOTE THE CULTURE THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO CREATE? WELL, IT'S GOING TO TAKE OUR LEADERS ACROSS THE ORGANIZATION THAT KNOW WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE AND FEELS LIKE IN ALL OF THEIR BUILDINGS. THE WAY TO DO THAT IS GET GREAT LEADERS ACROSS THE COMMUNITY TO TALK TO OUR PRINCIPALS, TO TALK TO OUR LEADERS. THAT IS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW THEY CAME AND SAY, HOW CAN WE HELP YOU DO THAT? SO THEY WERE IN THE REALM OF TRYING TO HELP SUPPORT THAT PARTICULAR PART OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN.  

>>April Griffin: MR. EAKINS, AND I JUST WANT TO REMIND YOU OF THE TIME. WE HAVE A 5:01 TIME CERTAIN.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WE'LL TAKE A BREAK AT THAT POINT IN TIME. I'LL BE GLAD TO STOP NOW IF YOU WOULD LIKE.  

>>April Griffin: CONTINUE ON.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. THE NEXT PORTION IS REALLY DEALING WITH SOME OF THE ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS YOUNG LIFE, FIRST PRIORITY AND FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES AND THEIR PRESENCE ON THEIR SITE. THIS IS ONE OF THE ITEMS THAT I KNOW MS. WHALEY AND HER DEPARTMENT WORKING WITH OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, AS WE CREATED A FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIP GUIDELINES AND IT WAS REFERRED TO BY ONE OF OUR SPEAKERS THAT HAS PROCEDURES AND ASSURANCES TO PROPERLY SUPPORT AND TRAIN OUR FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS OF WHAT IS PERMISSIBLE ON CAMPUS. THE CONTENT OF SERVICES MUST BE SECULAR, NEUTRAL AND NONIDEOLOGICAL. THAT HAS TO BE SOMETHING WHEN THEY SIGN THAT PARTICULAR ASSURANCE THAT THEY UNDERSTAND. ONCE AGAIN, THAT CAN BE A DOCUMENT SOMEONE SIGNS. WE HAVE TO ENSURE ON OUR SIDE, IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A DISTRICT TO BE VIGILANT AND MAKE SURE WE UPHOLD THEIR ASSURANCES. STUDENT-LED CLUBS, THEN, IS SOMETHING THAT IS VERY, VERY DIFFERENT, HOWEVER. BECAUSE AS THE YOUNG LADY SPOKE FROM PLANT HIGH SCHOOL TONIGHT, STUDENTS THROUGH THE EQUAL ACCESS LAW HAVE RIGHTS WITH REGARDS TO ORGANIZING, PRAYING IN FRONT OF THEIR SCHOOLS, ORGANIZING IN A COMMUNITY AT THEIR SCHOOLS IF DONE PROPERLY. AND WE HAVE GUIDELINES AROUND THAT IN THIS ORGANIZATION, AND IT'S JUST NOT FOR OUR FAITH-BASED CLUBS. IT IS FOR ALL CLUBS. ALL CLUBS MUST BE STUDENT LED. THAT IS GOING TO BE VERY, VERY CLEAR FOR WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. YES, MANY OF OUR CLUBS, WHETHER FAITH BASED OR NON-FAITH BASED ARE PERMITTED TO INVITE SPEAKERS TO SPEAK AT THEIR MEETINGS, BUT IT MUST NOT BE A REGULAR OCCURRENCE. IT MUST BE JUST THAT. YOU'RE INVITED TO COME, INVITED TO SPEAK. THAT COULD HAPPEN AT THE FFA, BETA CLUB OR AT ONE OF OUR FAITH-BASED CLUBS IN OUR ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS. THERE ARE SPONSOR. THE SPONSOR ARE ADULTS, BUT THEY ARE NOT SPONSOR AT THE SCHOOL THAT THEY ARE DOING NOTHING BUT SUPERVISING TO MAKE SURE, WE HAVE TO HAVE A TEACHER IN THE ROOM, WHERE THEY MEET IN THAT AREA TO SUPERVISOR THE ACTIVITY -- TO SUPERVISE THE VENT. DO YOU WANT ME TO TAKE A BREAK AT THIS POINT?  

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. WE'RE GOING TO COME BACK TO THIS, BOARD MEMBERS, BUT WE DO HAVE A TIME CERTAIN. MARYLOU, IF YOU CAN STEP DOWN. IS IT 5:01 RIGHT NOW? [ SOUNDING GAVEL ]  

>>April Griffin: THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING IS ADJOURNED, AND I WILL NOW OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ADOPTION PROCESS. THIS IS A NEW REQUIREMENT PURSUANT TO STATE LAW AND BOARD POLICY. THIS IS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC TO SPEAK ABOUT THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS THAT ARE RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION BY THE BOARD AND TO PROVIDE INPUT TO THE BOARD. THE MATERIALS HAVE BEEN ADVERTISED AND HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW. I WILL ASK MS. KARINE JOHNS TO PRESENT THIS ITEM. AFTER HER PRESENTATION, ANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY SPEAK TO PROVIDE INPUT TO THE BOARD ON THE PROPOSED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS. I WILL NOW OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. SO THIS EVENING, WE'RE CONDUCTING A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ADOPTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS. WE HAVE THREE SUBJECT AREAS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT TONIGHT. ELEMENTARY MUSIC, HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND IB SOCIAL STUDIES. BEGINNING APRIL 19th THROUGH MAY 9th, THESE MATERIALS WERE ADVERTISED ON THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WEBSITE FOR THE PUBLIC TO REVIEW. THEY COULD ACCESS THEM DIGITALLY TO REVIEW THEM, OR WE HAD A PRINT COPY IN THE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATION THAT WAS AVAILABLE. SO TONIGHT, WILL JUST BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ANYBODY FROM THE COMMUNITY THAT WOULD LIKE TO MAKE COMMENTS REGARDING THESE MATERIALS, THEY CAN DO SO AT THIS TIME. YOU WON'T BE MAKING A DECISION TONIGHT ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT TO ADOPT. THAT WILL BE COMING TO YOU AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING ON MAY 24th.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ARE THERE ANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT WISH TO SPEAK ABOUT THE PROPOSED ADOPTION OF THE INSTRUCTION MATERIALS? PLEASE STEP UP TO THE PODIUM. ONE LAST CALL, ANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE PROPOSED ADOPTION OF THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS. ALL RIGHT. SEEING NONE, THE BOARD WILL CONSIDER THE ADOPTION OF THE MATERIAL AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING, WHICH IS ON MAY 28th. AND THIS PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW ADJOURNED. [ SOUNDING GAVEL ] AND THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING IS NOW OPENED. [ SOUNDING GAVEL ] IT'S ALL YOURS.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ALL RIGHT. PART TWO HERE. HERE WE GO. THANK YOU. WHAT I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT NEXT IS WITH REGARD TO COLLECTION OF STUDENT DATA. THERE WAS AN INQUIRY THAT WE RECEIVED AROUND ADULTS ACTUALLY BEING ABLE TO GATHER DATA. AND THAT'S PART OF ONCE AGAIN, IT KIND OF CAME UP IN SEVERAL MEDIA, IN VIDEOS, OLDER VIDEOS THERE WAS INFORMATION WITH REGARD TO COLLECTING STUDENT INFORMATION. THAT'S ABSOLUTELY SOMETHING AS WE MOVE FORWARD AND AS WE ESTABLISHED VERY CLEAR WITH OUR GUIDELINES THAT THE ONLY STUDENT DATA THAT'S BEING COLLECTED IS ATTENDANCE BY STUDENTS. SO THERE'S ABSOLUTELY IN ANY PART OF OUR GUIDELINES, THERE WILL BE NO ADULTS THAT WILL BE RECEIVING ANY PARTICULAR DATA OF ANY -- FROM ANY STUDENT ATTENDANCE FROM WITHIN ANY CLUB. IF THAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING OR SOMETHING OF AN ISSUE IN THE PAST, WE'LL MAKE THAT VERY CLEAR MOVING FORWARD. THAT IS TYPICAL OF ALL CLUBS, THAT THERE IS SOME SORT OF ATTENDANCE TAKEN AND STUDENTS, THOUGH, WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE TO STUDENT LEADERS WITHIN THE CLUBS WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DOING THAT. OUTSIDE OF THAT, THERE SHOULD BE NO DATA OF ANY PARTICULAR STUDENT LEAVING THAT SCHOOL OR EVEN THE CLUB. WE HAD AN INQUIRY WITH REGARD TO A VIDEO BY ONE OF OUR FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, FIRST PRIORITY, AND THAT VIDEO DEPICTED -- AND THIS WAS ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO, A COUPLE OF OUR PRINCIPALS THAT WERE TALKING ABOUT, NOW, IF YOU JUST WATCH THE VIDEO, THE VIDEO IS TALKING ABOUT THE CLUBS, AND IT COULD BE INTERPRETED AS PERHAPS ANY CLUB THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT, BUT IT WAS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FIRST PRIORITY CLUB SPECIFICALLY WITH REGARDS TO THE MENTIONING ON THE VIDEO. THAT WAS ALSO UP ON A WEBSITE THAT WAS ALSO ON THE FIRST PRIORITIES WEBSITE. I DID MEET WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF FIRST PRIORITY. THEY TOOK IT DOWN FROM THEIR WEBSITE. THEY TOTALLY UNDERSTOOD THE REASONING. LIKE I SAID, THAT WAS THREE TO FOUR YEARS AGO, BUT IT WAS STILL ON THE WEBSITE. WE HAD A GREAT MEETING WITH THE LEADERSHIP OF FIRST PRIORITY AND THEIR GOAL IS TO ENSURE THAT AS THEY SUPPORT STUDENT-LED CLUBS, IT REALLY IS A SUPPORTING LEADERSHIP. THEY FOLLOW THE EXACT SAME GUIDELINES AS ANY OTHER CLUBS THAT HAVE NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS OR LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS.  THIS HAPPENS TO BE A LOCAL ORGANIZATION THAT HAS A NATIONAL CONNECTION. BUT IT'S MORE OF A LOCAL ORGANIZATION WITH LOCAL LEADERSHIP. I WILL TELL YOU THAT LEADERSHIP LOCALLY IN TAMPA IS COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT ALL OF THE CLUBS ARE STUDENT LED, STUDENT RUN AND THEY STAY WITHIN THE GUIDELINES AND ANYTHING THAT IS OUT THERE ON A NATIONAL LEVEL OR AT OTHER PLACES THAT PEOPLE GO AND RETRIEVE INFORMATION, THAT ABSOLUTELY WILL BE NOT THE CASE HERE IN TAMPA. I REALLY APPRECIATE THE LEADERSHIP THERE, AND THAT IS PART OF THE TRAINING, PART OF NOT ONLY OUR TRAINING TO OUR FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS BUT THAT IS TRAINING TO OUR STAFFS BECAUSE ONE OF THE KEY PEOPLE ON EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR CAMPUSES IS THAT LEAD THAT MARYLOU'S STAFF WILL TRAIN, THAT HAS SOME SORT OF RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE OVERSIGHT TO ENSURE THE THINGS THAT WE SAY SHOULD HAPPEN ARE ACTUALLY HAPPENING, AND THAT -- AND WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING ON THAT CAMPUS, THAT DOESN'T LOOK RIGHT, FEEL RIGHT, THEN THAT HAS TO BE REPORTED, AND WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE ISSUES RIGHT AWAY. THE SPONSOR'S ROLE I ALREADY ADDRESSED. THE VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK IS SOMETHING THAT THE DISTRICT HAS DEVELOPED WITH SEVERAL GUIDING DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING FAQ. AT THE START OF THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR, THE VOLUNTEER SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS PROJECTING A ROLLOUT OF THE APPLICATION AUTOMATION, AUTOMATED APPLICATION AS WELL AS COORDINATED RESOURCES INCLUDING TRAINING MATERIALS, HANDBOOK, INSURANCE DOCUMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES. SO THIS WILL BE A FULLY AUTOMATED SYSTEM, THERE SHOULD BE NO EXCUSE FOR SOMEONE TO GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS, TO ENSURE THAT WE HAVE EVERYONE THAT IS COMPLETELY UNDERSTANDING THEIR ASSURANCES AND HAS STATED THAT. ONE OF THE OTHER INQUIRIES WE RECEIVED WAS WITH REGARD TO A PRACTICE AT ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS THAT WAS LABELED JESUS PIZZA DAY. I DO WANT TO YOU KNOW THAT DOES NOT OCCUR AND HASN'T BEEN OCCURRING THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT IT WAS. IT DID OCCUR AS A DAY ON ONE OF OUR CAMPUSES AT A LOCAL SCHOOL. IT WAS NAMED BY A STUDENT AT THE SCHOOL. WE DEFINITELY KNOW THAT IS NOT SOMETHING AS WE MOVE FORWARD, WE TALKED TO AND THAT IS NOT OCCURRING BUT IT WAS A SITUATION OCCURRING AT ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS. SECURING GIFTS TO THE DISTRICT AND GESTURES IN APPRECIATION OF TEACHERS. ONCE AGAIN, THAT IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE WE RECEIVE THAT FROM ALL ORGANIZATIONS. WE RECEIVE FROM THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION TO ALL TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS, SO FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS THAT WANT TO PROVIDE SOME SORT OF APPRECIATION GIFT FOR OUR TEACHERS OR OUR STAFF, WE WELCOME THAT. AS WE TALK TO THE ORGANIZATIONS, THAT'S SOMETHING WE ALL FEEL WE HAVE COMMON GROUND ON. THEY ARE ACTS OF CHARITY, SUPPORTING KIDS, SUPPORTING THE GREAT WORK OF TEACHERS, BUT WE MUST BE EQUITABLE AROUND THAT ISSUE. THE ISSUE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS POLICIES ON SEPARATION OF GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE RELIGIOUS GROUPS UNDER THE FIRST AMENDMENT, THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS MUST BE NEUTRAL CONCERNING RELIGION AND ALL THEIR ACTIVITIES, AND VOLUNTEERS CAN'T BE ENDORSING ON OUR CAMPUSES. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE MOVING FORWARD IN OUR TRAINING THAT IS VERY CLEAR. THE POLICY ON ORGANIZED GROUPS VOLUNTEERING IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM SO ALL VOLUNTEERS ARE EXPECTED TO COMPLETE A VOLUNTEER APPLICATION AND BE REVIEWED UNDER THE DISTRICT'S THREE-TIERED SYSTEM. THERE ARE DIFFERENT LEVELS THAT PEOPLE WANT TO ENGAGE ON OUR CAMPUS. SOMETIMES IT IS A SPEAKING EVENT. SOMETIMES TO TUTOR. SOMETIMES IT'S TO TRAVEL WITH OUR STUDENTS TO GO ON FIELD TRIPS AND OVERNIGHTS. THERE ARE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF CLEARANCE THAT WE HAVE TO ENSURE THAT ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS, AND WE HAVE TO KNOW WHAT IT IS THAT THEY HAVE TO BE CLEARED ON, IF THEY ARE GOING TO PARTICIPATE IN EACH ONE OF THOSE ACTIVITIES AND THEY ARE EXPECTED TO DO THAT. THERE WAS AN INQUIRY EARLIER ON THIS YEAR ABOUT MY INVITATION TO ATTEND VARIOUS FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS TO SPEAK. AND AS STATED IN THE FIVE-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN, THE SCHOOL BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT HOLDS THE DISTRICT ACCOUNTABLE IN DEVELOPING CULTURAL RESPECT. AS I'VE GONE OUT, WHETHER IT'S BEEN TO A FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION OR TO A NON-FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION, TYPICALLY, YOU WILL SEE THE CULTURE ICON, AND YOU WILL HEAR ME TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES AROUND THAT CULTURAL ICON, AND HOW WE ENSURE THAT ALL OF OUR ORGANIZATIONS UNDERSTAND WHAT THE VISION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS, WHAT THE EXPECTATION IS TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS, HOW WE BELIEVE WE CAN HELP STUDENTS ACHIEVE THAT ABILITY TO GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL. BUT EVERYONE HAS TO BE ALIGNED IN DOING IT RIGHT. SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE, AS I TALK TO ALL THE VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS THAT I'M VERY CONSISTENT IN THE WAY THAT I PRESENT THAT PARTICULAR INFORMATION. SOME OF THE BOARD MEMBERS HAVE BEEN AT SOME OF THE PLACES WHERE I PRESENTED THAT PARTICULAR, WHETHER IT'S FAITH-BASED OR NON-FAITH-BASED. AND YOU HAVE SEEN A VERY SIMILAR PRESENTATION. ANOTHER INQUIRY, ANY FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS AND/OR AGREEMENTS WITH SCHOOL DISTRICTS? YES, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OPERATES UNDER ALL OR NOTHING PREMISE. SO WE INVITE ALL FAITHS TO BE, IF THEY CHOOSE TO WANT TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS AND OUR SCHOOLS IN THE ORGANIZATION, AS LONG AS THEY ARE AGREEING ON THE GUIDELINES, AND THEY FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES, AND WE ARE VIGILANT WITH REGARDS TO HOLDING EVERYONE ACCOUNTABLE, THEN ABSOLUTELY. WE WELCOME THE SUPPORT OF ANY FAITH TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT OUR KIDS ON OUR CAMPUSES. NUMBER 17, I JUST ADDRESSED FIRST PRIORITY DID INVITE ME, FIRST PRIORITY INVITED FORMER SUPERINTENDENTS TO SPEAK AT THEIR EVENT. IN DOING SO, I HAD THE SCHOOL CULTURE ICON UP AND I SPOKE TO THAT PARTICULAR ISSUE AROUND BUILDING STRONG CHARACTER, LEADERSHIP, SERVICE LEARNING, AND THE OTHER COMPONENTS OF OUR SCHOOL CULTURE MODEL. THE ISSUE AROUND VOLUNTEER SCREENING AND AFTER HOURS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. SO THAT'S ONE OF OUR MORE RECENT INQUIRIES, AND CERTAINLY THAT IS ONE THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE EXTRA VIGILANT ON, BECAUSE AS ANY SYSTEM DISCOVERS PARTS, WHETHER THERE MIGHT BE SOME GAPS, IT'S DEFINITELY IN OUR AFTER HOURS AND OUR LATE EVENING TYPES OF PRACTICES AND EVENTS AND SO FORTH. SO I KNOW THAT'S GOING TO BE TRAINING THAT WE ARE GOING TO EXPEDITE AND EMBED WITHIN OUR COACHES' TRAINING, WITHIN OUR SCHOOL PRINCIPALS' TRAINING, AND WE ALSO ALREADY TRAINED THE ORGANIZATION THAT WAS HIGHLIGHTED IN THAT PARTICULAR INQUIRY, THE FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES. WE HAD A SPECIFIC TRAINING FOR THAT ORGANIZATION, FOR THOSE MEMBERS SO THAT THEY WOULD HAVE CLEARANCE. THEY WOULD HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING. THEY WOULD SIGN AND COMPLETE UNDERSTAND BEFORE ENGAGING ON OUR CAMPUSES. IN ENGAGING THE FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS IN THE TRAINING, THEY ARE EXTREMELY APPRECIATIVE. THEY HAVEN'T HAD SOME OF THAT. WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE SOME OF THAT GUIDANCE OR TRAINING IN THE PAST, THEY ARE NOW VERY, VERY CLEAR WITH REGARDS TO HOW THEY CAN MOVE FORWARD AND SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS BUT DO SO IN A NEUTRAL AND NONIDEOLOGICAL FASHION. CAN SCHOOLS USE THEIR SCHOOL SIGNS TO ADVERTISE CHURCH HOLIDAY PROGRAMS? IT'S NOT ACTUALLY -- THAT ISN'T MEANT TO BE ADVERTISING OF A PROGRAM IN A LOCAL CHURCH. THAT MEANS SOMETIMES OUR BUILDINGS LACK THE CAPACITY TO HOLD THE EVENT ON OUR SITE. SO SOMETIMES WE DO -- SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS IN THE PAST AND CURRENTLY HAVE A CHURCH THAT IS VERY CLOSE TO THE SCHOOL IN SOME SORT OF AUDITORIUM AND THEY WILL HOLD THAT PROGRAM. THAT IS WHAT THE ADVERTISEMENT SHOULD BE. IT ONLY SHOULD BE ABOUT THE PROGRAM THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS DOING AT THAT PARTICULAR SITE AND NOT A CHURCH PROGRAM THAT WE ARE PROMOTING THAT A CHURCH IS DOING ACROSS THE STREET. AND THEN HOW CAN YOU BE ASSURED THAT PARTNERSHIPS AND VOLUNTEERS ARE NOT SELF-PROMOTING? AND THIS REALLY COMES DOWN TO THE TRAINING AND THE VIGILANCE THAT IS NECESSARY IN MOVING FORWARD. ONCE AGAIN, AS I STATED, THERE IS COMPLETE COMMON GROUND ON THE ABILITY FOR OR THE WANT AND THE DESIRE FOR ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT THIS DISTRICT AND SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS. BUT IF WE'RE GOING TO DO IT, WE HAVE TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE CLEAR ABOUT THE GUIDELINES. IT'S BEEN DONE IN A VERY CONSISTENT TRAINING METHOD, AND THAT WE ARE VIGILANT ON OUR SITES AND EVERY PLACE OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE AT TO ENSURE THAT IS DONE CORRECTLY. THAT IS MY UPDATE. AND WE'RE FREE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS. I DON'T KNOW, MR. GIBSON, IF YOU HAD ANY CLARIFICATIONS.  

>>April Griffin: MR. PORT, DO YOU WANT TO WAIT UNTIL -- MR. PORTER, DO YOU WANT TO WAIT UNTIL BOARD MEMBERS SPEAK OR IS IT IMPERATIVE THAT YOU SPEAK NOW? THANK YOU.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. I'M NOT ASKING FOR PERCENTAGES, BUT JUST MAYBE THINKING, IF YOU THINK ABOUT HOW THE MAJORITY OF OUR VOLUNTEERS COME INTO OUR SCHOOLS, DO MOST OF THEM COME AS A RESULT OF AN APPEAL THAT WE MAKE, OR DO THEY COME PRIMARILY I AM INDEPENDENTLY AND OFFER THEIR SUPPORT? DO YOU HAVE ANY SENSE OF THAT?  

>> WE TYPICALLY DO THE ASK, WHICH STARTS AT THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. WE SCREENED 55,000 APPLICATIONS LAST YEAR, JUST SO YOU KNOW. THERE'S SOME DUPLICATE IN THAT BECAUSE EVERY SCHOOL REQUIRED A SEPARATE APPLICATION PROCESS, BUT I KNOW IN THE FIRST-DAY PACKETS THAT APPLICATION USED TO BE THE SERVE APPLICATIONS, VOLUNTEER SERVICE APPLICATION GOES HOME. AND THERE IS THAT PRINCIPAL DESIGNEE, WE CALL THEM THE VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR AT THE SCHOOL SITE, AND THEY ARE CHARGED WITH ENSURING THAT PEOPLE ARE INVOLVED, THE COMMUNITY INVOLVED IN THE SCHOOL. PART OF THE FIVE STAR PROCESS. THAT STATE DESIGNATION, WE WANT THAT. THEY WANT THEM TO BE SILVER AND GOLD STAR SCHOOLS. THEY HAVE TO DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF HOURS AS STUDENTS THAT ARE IN ATTENDANCE AT THE SCHOOL. THEY ARE VERY STRICT CRITERIA THAT STATES ENDORSING AND WE WOULD LIKE TO BE A PART OF THAT. WE KNOW PARTNERSHIPS WORK. IT MAKES THE SCHOOL A BETTER PLACE. WE DO SEEK INVOLVEMENT, VERY HEAVILY SEEK INVOLVEMENT, OUTSIDE OF THOSE ONE AND DOZENS.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: AND YOU, AS I THINK I HEARD YOU SAY, GREAT CLARITY ABOUT EXPECTATIONS, ABOUT COMING TO OUR SCHOOLS, THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT YOU CAN DO, CANNOT DO, AND THINGS YOU ABSOLUTELY NEED TO AVOID.  

>> I BELIEVE WE'RE GETTING BETTER. I SAY THAT LOVINGLY BECAUSE WE HAVE NOW EMBRACED THE VOLUNTEER SERVICES WITHIN OUR OWN WALLS. IT'S US. BEFORE THEY WERE A THIRD PARTY AND WE ALLOWED THEM TO BE INDEPENDENT. WE ALLOWED THEM TO DO THE WORK THEY DID FOR US. BUT NOW THEY ARE OURS, AND WE ARE THEM. IT'S OUR VOLUNTEER SERVICES DEPARTMENT. SO IT DOES REQUIRE MORE VIGILANCE. IT DOES REQUIRE MORE TRAINING. IT DOES REQUIRE MORE SUPPORT. WE'RE TAKING IT VERY SERIOUSLY AND WE HEAR THE COMMUNITY AND WE KNOW WE HAVE FOUND LOOPHOLES AND OPPORTUNITIES TO IMPROVE. I THINK AS A RESULT, I THINK WE'RE JUST IMPROVING OUR PRACTICES.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I WENT DOWN THE LIST AS I LOOKED AT THE DOCUMENT AND LISTENED TO MR. EAKINS TALK ABOUT WHAT WE'VE PUT INTO PLACE TO PROVIDE THE GREATEST SAFETY ZONES, APPROPRIATENESS, THE SAFETY NET SO THAT ANY VOLUNTEERS COMING TO OUR SCHOOLS, OUR CHILDREN FEEL PROTECTED. FAMILIES DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BEING INFLUENCED. I DIDN'T HEAR ONE THING, AND MAYBE IT'S HERE. I HEARD THAT THERE'S VERY STRICT SCREENING. WE GO THROUGH A CLEARANCE PROCEDURE, THAT THERE IS TRAINING, AND I SEE NOW THAT THE VOLUNTEER HANDBOOK IS POSTED. ARE THERE ALSO HARD COPIES AVAILABLE?  

>> THAT'S IN DEVELOPMENT. WHAT WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE IS PROVIDED THE SCHOOL WITH THAT RESOURCE. SO WE NOW ARE POSTING OR DEVELOPING AND POSTING THE VOLUNTEERS HANDBOOK. WE'VE HAD TRAINING DOCUMENTS, BUT NOT SO MUCH AS A HANDBOOK FOR THEM.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I CALL THIS SOMETHING ELSE, BUT I THINK YOU CALL IT A STATEMENT OF ASSURANCE.  

>> ASSURANCES.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WHICH DOES WHAT AND SAYS WHAT?  

>> THE ASSURANCES, I UNDERSTOOD ONE OF THE PARENTS SPEAKING VERY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THE NATURE OF THE VOLUNTEERISM AT THE SITE. SPECIAL ASSURANCES FOR FAITH BASED, SPECIAL ASSURANCES FOR MENTORS AND POST SECONDARY. THOSE ARE PEOPLE THAT COME ON-SITE WITH VERY SPECIFIC PURPOSES. THERE IS A CLOSENESS OR PROXIMITY WITH THE STUDENT. WE WANT TO ENSURE WHAT THEY ARE DOING ON THOSE OCCASIONS THAT THEY ARE BEING MOTIVATIONAL AND SUPPORTIVE TO THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENT AND NOT SELF-PROMOTING D ROOTING REGULATING THEMSELVES. THEY BECOME REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SCHOOL AND THEY HAVE TO TAKE THAT NEUTRAL SENSE. WE HAVE ENSURED THAT IT BECOMES LESS ABOUT THEM AND MORE ABOUT THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY. IT'S SIGNED. IT'S SIGNED BY THE LEADER OF THEIR ORGANIZATION, AND IF THEY HAVE PEOPLE, THEY DO THEIR ONGOING TRAINING AS WELL AND THEY ARE REQUIRED TO SIGN IT, THAT'S ALONG WITH THE APPLICATION PROCESS.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: YOU TALKED ABOUT VIGILANCE. WHAT'S THE MECHANISM FOR MONITORING ONGOING ACTIVITIES, WHETHER IT'S BY MENTOR OR AN ORGANIZATION, SECULAR, RELIGIOUS, HOW DO WE -- TWO QUESTIONS -- MONITOR THAT? AND THROUGH THE MONITORING, WHATEVER THAT PROCEDURE IS, IF WE FIND THAT THERE IS A VIOLATION, WHAT HAPPENS THEN? TWO QUESTIONS I HAVE, DO WE SEND THEM A LETTER, KIND OF A WARNING, DEPENDING ON THE SEVERITY OF THE VIOLATION, AND DO WE SEND THEM A DISMISSAL IF THEY HAVE ABSOLUTELY VIOLATED ALL OF THE THINGS THEY WERE EXPECTED TO DO. FIRST, HOW DO WE MONITOR IT AND THEN HOW IF WE SEE A VIOLATION, HOW IS THAT HANDLED?  

>> WE HAVE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF MONITORING. WE HAVE DIFFERENT LEVELS OF SCREENING. SO BASED ON THE LEVEL OF SCREENING THAT THEY ARE COMING INTO THE SCHOOL UNDER, WHETHER LEVEL ONE, TWO, OR THREE, DEPENDING ON THE NATURE OF THEIR INVOLVEMENT. LEVEL ONE COULD BE JUST BEING A SPEAKER ON SITE. THEY ARE IN EYE AND EARSHOT OF A STAFF MEMBER ALWAYS. THEY ARE IN THE COMPANY OF A TEACHER IF PRESENTING TO A CLASSROOM. IF THEY ARE A LEVEL TWO, THEY KIND OF LEAD INTO MORE REQUIREMENTS AND OVERSIGHT AS THE LEVEL OF SCREENINGS REQUIRED. LEVEL TWO, IF YOU'RE MENTORING ON-SITE, AGAIN OPEN SPACE, EYE AND EARSHOT OF THE FACULTY. IT COULD IN THE MEDIA SPECIALIST AREA. ALL THE THINGS ARE PREDETERMINED BY THE PRINCIPAL DESIGNEE ON-SITE, THE COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR, AP OR WHOEVER THEY CHOOSE. RELATIVE TO THE STUDENT-LED CLUBS, THE SPONSORING TEACHER HAS CUSTODIAL AND OVERSIGHT OF THAT CLUB TO ENSURE WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THAT ARENA DOESN'T OVERSTEP OR THE ADULTS, RATHER, DON'T OVER-LEAD OR DIRECT. SO WE DO HAVE SOME LAYERS. AGAIN, WE'RE DEVELOPING. A LOT OF THESE THINGS WE'RE NOT AS CONCRETE, BUT WE DO ABSOLUTELY HAVE A STRUCTURE IN PLACE. WE REPEATEDLY COMMUNICATED WITH OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS WHO ARE CHANNELING THE INFORMATION TO THE PRINCIPALS, AND WE UNDERSTAND THAT THAT'S THE NEWEST FORM OF COMMUNICATION, BECAUSE ESSENTIALLY COMMUNITIES LOOK DIFFERENT. THE ASKS ARE DIFFERENT. THE VOLUNTEERS ARE DIFFERENT. SO WE REALLY HAVE TO ADJUST THOSE PRACTICES TO MAKE SENSE FOR THE PEOPLE THAT WE ARE ADDRESSING. AND I THINK WE'RE REALLY GETTING BETTER AT THAT. WE'RE NOT THERE YET, BUT I THINK COMPARATIVE, I KNOW THAT THAT'S KIND OF INTERESTING, SURROUNDING DISTRICTS DON'T DO THIS LEVEL OF SUPPORT OR TRAINING AND SCRUTINY, IN FACT. SO TALKED ALSO ABOUT DO WE RELEASE PEOPLE OF THEIR DUTIES. WE SAY VOLUNTEERISM IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT. WE ABSOLUTELY ASK PEOPLE TO DISSOCIATE SOMETIMES. AND THAT'S OKAY. WE'RE OKAY WITH THAT. WE HAVE SUPPORTED AND TRAINED, AND THERE'S A CONTINUANCE OF WHATEVER WE BELIEVE NOT TO BE APPROPRIATE, WE STOP, WE END.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AND WHEN THERE ARE ISSUES, AND WE'VE HAD A FEW THIS YEAR, THAT WE FEEL LIKE THERE HAS BEEN A LINE CROSSED AND THERE HAS BEEN -- AND WE'VE SEEN THAT HAPPEN AND WE'VE REPEATEDLY, THEN WE HAVE DISMISSED ORGANIZATIONS OR INDIVIDUALS FROM A SITE AND SAID YOU ARE NOT TO COME BACK ON OUR SITES. SO I KNOW DR. VAZQUEZ HAS WORKED WITH A COUPLE OF SITUATIONS THIS YEAR IN WHICH THE LINE WAS CROSSED. THE PRINCIPLE.  A I BELIEVE SPOKE WITH THE INDIVIDUAL. SPOKE WITH THE PRINCIPAL. THE INDIVIDUAL WAS TOLD NOT TO COME BACK. YOU'RE ASSURED BUT YOU'RE NOT BEING VIGILANT YOURSELF. YOU'RE NOT SELF-REGULATING. THAT IS THE COURSE THAT PEOPLE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND. THERE ARE GOING TO BE CONSEQUENCES TO THAT.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: MY LAST, I GUESS, QUESTION AND KIND OF OBSERVATION, IT APPEARS THAT YOU'VE BEEN GOOD LISTENERS. THE DISTRICT HAS BEEN A GOOD LISTENER CONCERNING THE CONCERNS OF THE COMMUNITY WHEN THEY FEEL THAT THINGS AREN'T BEING FOLLOWED BY THE LAW, OUR OWN POLICIES OR OUR OWN PROCEDURES THAT YOU SEEM TO BE WORKING TOWARD IMPROVING THE PROCESS. AS YOU CONTINUE TO LISTEN TO THE VOICES OUT THERE AND THEIR CONCERNS AND PUT INTO PLACE THOSE SAFE-GUARDS, WHAT STILL MIGHT BE AN AREA WHERE WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO WORK ON. YOU TALKED ABOUT THINGS LIKE THE HANDBOOK, HOW DO YOU SEE AND WHAT HAVE YOU HEARD THAT MAY STILL BE A GAP IN SOME WAYS?  

>> THANKS FOR THAT. I KNOW MS. STUART AND I HAD A CONVERSATION. IN THE COULD YOU TELL OF TIMES SPACE, THE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES THAT HAPPEN ON-SITE, THE CAMPUS IS CLOSED ESSENTIALLY. YOU DON'T SWIPE IN AND DON'T CHECK-IN OR SIGNING IN. YOU'RE GOING DIRECTLY TO A FIELD. YOU'RE GOING DIRECTLY TO THE OUTSIDE ARENA WHERE THE KIDS ARE GATHERING. THIS COULD BE FROM A THIRD PARTY REG RENTING OUR FACILITY, HAVING AN ACTIVITY. IT COULD BE A VARIETY OF THINGS. I THINK OUR HIGH SCHOOLS AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS ARE NEVER CLOSED. SO IN THOSE CASES, WE ARE NOW IMPROVING THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU ATTEND A TRAINING, YOU RECEIVE A CLEARANCE, AND THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A CARD, THAT THE PEOPLE IN THE OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME SPACE, WHETHER A HOST PERSON OR A COACH OR BAND BOOSTER OR PTA, THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE OR ASK FOR THE CARD, WHERE IS YOUR VOLUNTEER CARD? AT LEAST THERE'S SOME LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY RELATED TO THAT. THAT IS THE BEGINNING, BUT WE ARE WORKING BEEN BEHALF OF SEEKING THOSE OPPORTUNITIES FOR IMPROVEMENT. IT'S HARD TO ASK A COACH TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE SCREENED WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE THE MECHANISM OF CHECKING. SO WE'RE INCLUDING SOME LEVEL OF CARD, LIKE THEY DO WITH THE PTA OR OTHER MEMBERSHIP OF CARDS, THEY WILL BE OUR VOLUNTEER CARD.  

>> THIS IS AN ISSUE I BELIEVE THAT WE REALLY WANT TO RESOLVE AND WE WANT TO PUT IT MORE IMPORTANTLY TO PROTECT OUR STUDENTS. AND WITH THAT IN MIND, I DON'T THINK WE HAVE IT ON OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA, BUT I'D LIKE TO CONSIDER THAT, THERE WILL BE ONGOING UPDATES IN SOME WAYS SO WE KNOW, BECAUSE YOU TALKED ABOUT SOME THINGS THAT ARE STILL IN PROGRESS, OTHERS THAT HAVE BEEN COMPLETED, OTHERS IN A SENSE, WE ARE TRYING OUT TO SEE HOW THEY ARE WORKING. I THINK KEEPING THE BOARD INFORMED OVER TIME ABOUT THOSE VARIOUS PIECES WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL.  

>>April Griffin: IS THAT A MOTION? SO THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR.  

>> WE'RE GOING TO AN APPLICATION AUTOMATION PROCESS. MUCH WILL CHANGE JULY 1, WE HOPE. A LOT OF THE INFORMATION WILL BE ONLINE AND AVAILABLE. SO THE MORE IMMEDIATE PIECES AND RETURN TO HOW WE'RE IMPROVING WON'T BE AS EASY TO DEFINE AND SHOW YOU UNTIL WE HAVE SOME OTHER THINGS IN PLACE. SO THAT'S GOING TO BE KIND OF THE JULY TIME PERIOD. I DIDN'T KNOW IF YOU NEEDED A TIME --  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WE CAN START WHERE WE ARE AND SEAT PROGRESS OVERTIME TO SEE HOW WE'RE MEETING THE NEEDS.  

>>April Griffin: THE SUSPENDED AGENDA BRINGS FORWARD ISSUES ON WHATEVER BASIS THAT THE BOARD REALLY REQUIRES AND JUST GIVES US UPDATES. SO, YEAH. SO THERE IS A MOTION. WAS THAT A SECOND, MS. STUART? THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR BY MS. EDGECOMB. A SECOND BY MS. STUART. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON ADDING THIS TO THE -- AND IF YOU COULD WRITE THAT MOTION DOWN, MS. EDGECOMB, WHAT WE'RE DOING IS WE'RE ADDING THIS TOPIC TO OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA TO GET UPDATES ON WHAT PROCESSES ARE BEING PUT INTO PLACE. IS THAT CORRECT.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: AND HOW WELL THEY ARE WORKING.  

>>April Griffin: AND HOW WELL THEY ARE WORKING.  

>> AS WE MAKE CHANGES?  

>>April Griffin: AS WE MOVE FORWARD. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE MOTION PASSES. SO WE'RE GOING TO ADD THIS TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA, MS. EDGECOMB, AND WE'LL GET REGULAR UPDATES FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT. WAS THAT IT FOR YOUR COMMENTS?  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: YES. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MS. HARRIS.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. THIS IS A VERY HUGE DISTRICT, AND THERE ARE GOING TO BE LOOPHOLES AND INCONSISTENCIES AS WE MOVE ON. BEING I'M AWARE OF HOW SERVE WAS WORKING MANY YEARS AGO AND THRILLED THAT IT'S NOW PART OF THE DISTRICT I'VE WATCHED IT GROW AND CHANGE AND JUST REALLY DEVELOP. I WANT TO APPLAUD YOU MR. EAKINS FOR ADDRESSING EACH ONE OF THOSE ISSUES AS QUICKLY AS YOU DID AND REALLY MAKING IT A POINT TO TRY TO BE FAIR AND CONSISTENT IN THE WAY THAT WE DID THINGS. BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE ARE WANTING IS THE FAIRNESS AND THE EQUITY INVOLVING THE ISSUE AT HAND. WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET IN THIS DISTRICT, WHETHER IT BE FROM ANY ORGANIZATION WHATSOEVER, FAITH-BASED, NON-FAITH BASED, WITHOUT OUR VOLUNTEERS, WE WOULD LOSE THOUSANDS OF TUTORS AND MENTORS TO OUR STUDENTS, COACHES WHO VOLUNTEER AND THEIR TIME, AND I FEEL THAT THIS IS A VERY DELICATE ISSUE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I REALLY THINK THAT WE HAVE A GREAT HANDLE ON IT. I THINK YOU'RE DOING A WONDERFUL JOB, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING IT. I'M GLAD, MS. EDGECOMB, THAT YOU DID PUT THIS ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA, BECAUSE I DO WANT TO CONTINUE HEARING HOW IT'S GOING AND HOW IT'S MOVING. I THINK YOU'RE GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION BEING FAIR AND CONSISTENT WITH EVERY ORGANIZATION. SO THANK YOU.  

>> I'D LIKE TO ADD, IF I CAN, AS YOU MENTIONED, THE AMOUNT OF RESOURCES AS CALCULATED AND DEBORAH WILL BE ABLE TO HELP ME OUT HERE. WHEN WE LOOKED AT THE TIME -- RD OF $22 AN HOUR BASED ON EVERY VOLUNTEER HOUR, IT'S IN ESTIMATE OF $20 MILLION BROUGHT INTO THE DISTRICT OF UNPAID RESOURCES. THAT'S EXCEPTIONAL EVERY START OF THE TRAININGS, WE ASK OUR VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS, THE PRINCIPAL DESIGNEES, WE SAY HOW IMPORTANT ARE THEY TO YOU? MANY CASES, THE SCHOOLS DON'T FEEL LIKE THEY CAN PERFORM AS WELL AS THEY CAN OR DO WITHOUT THE VOLUNTEERS.  

>>April Griffin: MS. SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. YOU ANSWERED ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I HAD FOR YOU, WHICH IS IS WHAT IS THE FINANCIAL IMPACT THAT OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE ON OUR DISTRICT. THAT IS A HUGE FINANCIAL IMPACT $20 MILLION IN UNPAID RESOURCES TO OUR DISTRICT. I AGREE WITH MS. HARRIS AND HER COMMENT ABOUT HOW INTEGRAL THE VOLUNTEERS ARE IN OUR DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS AND HOW MUCH EFFORT THEY SAVE US, BUT HOW MUCH THEY GIVE BACK TO OUR STUDENTS. REALLY AT THE END OF THE DAY, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT. WE'RE LOOKING AT WHAT IS THIS DOING FOR OUR STUDENTS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. EAKINS, FOR RESPONDING TO ALL OF THOSE CONCERNS. I THINK THE MAIN CONCERN THAT I HAVE IS, WELL, ONE, THAT YOU POINTED OUT IS BEING FAIR AND BEING CLEAR. I MENTIONED TO YOU, AND I MENTIONED THIS PROBABLY ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS THAT WE TALKED, THAT THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR JOB IS MANAGING EXPECTATIONS. THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF OUR JOB IS MANAGING EXPECTATIONS AND BEING VERY CLEAR ON WHAT WE EXPECT. AND, UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S DIFFICULT. THAT'S A BIG CHALLENGE TO DO. THERE'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT OF GRAY AREA, AND THAT'S USUALLY WHERE WE LEARN. AS YOU MENTIONED, THAT'S WHERE YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN AND MAKE THOSE ADJUSTMENTS. WE HAVE TO DEVELOP -- WE HAVE TO REALIZE THAT OUR STUDENTS CANNOT LEARN IN A VACUUM. NO MATTER HOW HARD WE TRY TO CREATE A VACUUM OF SAFETY FOR THEM AT THE SCHOOL SITE SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE THE BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, THAT THAT'S JUST NOT REALISTIC. IT'S JUST NOT. AND SO I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE WE HAVE IS MAKING SURE THAT WE'RE CLEAR ON WHAT OUR CPTIONS ARE, AND THAT WE'RE -- EXPECTATIONS ARE AND THAT WE'RE CLEAR WITH OUR POLICY. THE MESSAGE THAT I DON'T WANT TO SEND, BECAUSE I COME FROM AN INDUSTRY THAT'S VERY HIGHLY REGULATED, AND A LOT OF TIMES, ONE OR TWO BAD APPLES CREATE A LOT OF REGULATION AND WORK AND DISCOURAGE PEOPLE FROM PARTICIPATING, AND THAT'S THE MESSAGE I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE NOT SENDING IS WE DON'T HAVE KNEE-JERK REACTION AND CREATE ADDITIONAL POLICIES OR ADDITIONAL REGULATION WHERE THOSE INSTEAD, THOSE LOOPHOLES THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, THOSE ARE JUST LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES. OBVIOUSLY, WE TEAR ABOUT THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS. THAT'S OUR MAIN CONCERN IS MAKING SURE THEY ARE SAFE. ALSO DON'T WANT TO HAVE A PARTICULAR KNEE-JERK REACTION, OVERREGULATING AND CREATING ADDITIONAL POLICIES WHERE THEY MAY NOT BE NECESSARY. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO TAKE OUR SHOES OFF WHEN WE GO TO THE AIRPORT. YOU KNOW -- IN MY INDUSTRY AS FAR AS INSURANCE AND FINANCIAL SERVICES, EVERYONE THINKS ANYONE WHO SELLS STOCKS AND BONDS IS THE WOLF ON WALL STREET. FOR THE MOST PART, THAT IS A MINUTE GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT ARE CREATING A BAD PERCEPTION. SO I DON'T WANT TO CREATE THIS PERCEPTION THAT WE'RE GOING TO MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE TO VOLUNTEER OR THAT WE'LL MAKE THEM JUMP THROUGH MORE HOOPS OR THAT WE DON'T WANT FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS AS PART OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND I GUESS THAT'S THE MESSAGE THAT I WANT TO BE CLEAR TO THE STAKEHOLDERS IN OUR DISTRICT, WE STILL WANT VOLUNTEERS AND WE DON'T WANT TO DISCOURAGE PEOPLE FROM VOLUNTEERING. WE'LL MAKE SURE WE'RE DOING THINGS RIGHT, CONTINUE MONITORING THE PROCESSES IN PLACE AND I THINK WE ARE DOING A VERY GOOD JOB OF THAT. I GUESS THAT'S REALLY THE CONCERN THAT I HAVE, IS JUST MAKING SURE THAT WE DON'T DISCOURAGE ANY OF THE FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS FROM VOLUNTEERING AND ANY OF THE VOLUNTEERS FROM GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S WORKING. THANK YOU.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM USED IT REALLY BE HOUSED UNDER THE SERVE, WHICH WAS THE VOLUNTEER ARM OF THE DISTRICT IN WHICH, AND ALSO THE SPEAKERS BUREAU AS WELL WAS ALL HANDLED THROUGH THERE. SO CONSIDERING NOT REALLY TRULY UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWING AND HAVING ANY JURISDICTION, FULL, ON WHAT THE CRITERIA WAS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE TO BE ABLE TO VET, FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, OF OUR VOLUNTEERS AND WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE BRINGING TO THE TABLE I SEE NOW BEING UNDER THE AUSPICE AND THE WATCH OF THE BOARD AND THE SUPERINTENDENT WE DISCOVERED THAT THINGS WERE KIND OF DONE DIFFERENTLY, IF YOU WILL, IN WHICH, MAY I REMIND US THAT WE THE BOARD DIDN'T REALLY HAVE ANY JURISDICTION OVER THAT. SO NOW THAT IT'S UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THINGS HAVE COME ABOUT THAT HAS BROUGHT US TO BECOME AWARE OF THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING OUT IN OUR SCHOOLS, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT FIRST AND FOREMOST. THE SECOND ASPECT, I CAN ATTEST TO THE VALUE OF HAVING VOLUNTEERS IN OUR SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITY. BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, OFTENTIMES, WE ALWAYS HEAR IT, IT TAKES A VILLAGE. THIS IS JUST NOT THE VILLAGE RIGHT HERE. THE VILLAGE IS THE COMMUNITY AS WELL. AND THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO PUT INTO CONTEXT THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING THAT COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AS WELL. AND, BOARD MEMBERS, AS YOU ALL KNOW FOR THE LAST 11 YEARS, I HOSTED A BACK-TO-SCHOOL FAIR, WHICH IS FOR THOSE OUT THERE, IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD SELF, BUT IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE VOLUNTEERS OF THE COMMUNITY, I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO SERVE 5,000 FAMILIES. AND THAT'S THE IMPACTED IT HAD LAST YEAR. I CAN PERSONALLY ATTEST TO THE GOODNESS OF THE INTENT OF BEING ABLE TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY TO PROVIDE SERVICES TO OUR COMMUNITY AT LARGE, PARTICULARLY WHEN IT COMES TO BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE THOSE ESSENTIAL PIECES THAT OUR STUDENTS NEED IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN SCHOOL. AND I WILL SAY THAT I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO IN OUR COMMUNITY AND TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD -- WHAT'S THE EXPRESSION -- THE HEAD START, IF YOU WILL, FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD OF BEING ABLE TO BE READY ON DAY ONE WITH IMMUNIZATIONS, WITH THE PHYSICAL, WITH THE BACKPACK FULL OF SUPPLIES, TICKET TO NOT HAVE -- FOR YOU NOT TO START SCHOOL ON THE FIRST DAY FRESH, TO BE ABLE TO BE READY FOR SCHOOL. SO HAVING SAID THAT, AND I KNOW THAT YOU'VE IDENTIFIED SEVERAL DIFFERENT THINGS THAT ARE DIFFERENT NOW. I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS. IF YOU CAN IN A SUMMATIVE WAY SHARE WHAT IS COMPLETELY NEW IN THE VETTING PROCESS, AND THEN ALSO, WE HAVE THE JESSICA LUNSFORD ACT IN WHICH THE JESSICA LUNSFORD ACT IS SPECIFIC TO CONSTRUCTION WORKERS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE THAT GIVE YOU PERMISSION WITH A SPECIFIC YELLOW BADGE THAT SAYS YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH A LEVEL TWO SCREENING, AND THAT YOU'RE SAFE TO BE ON CAMPUS. I'M WONDERING, WILL WE HAVE TO GET TO THAT POINT WHERE DO WE HAVE TO EXPECT THAT OF OUR VOLUNTEERS AS WELL? CONSIDERING THAT WE'VE HAD JUST -- ANYWAYS, JUST THAT EXTRA PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE OF HAVING FOLKS VOLUNTEER IN OUR SCHOOLS THAT HAVE BEEN VETD THOROUGHLY TO ENSURE -- VETTED THOROUGHLY TO ENSURE THAT FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS, THAT EVERYTHING IS OKAY. THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT, BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN, I REALLY WANT TO EXTEND MY SINCERE THANKS TO ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS THAT REALLY DO THIS OUT OF THE GOODNESS OF THEIR HEART TO COME IN AND SAY, THIS IS A NEED AND LET'S HELP FILL THAT GAP. AND THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE WE CANNOT DO IT ALONE, AND WE ARE PART OF THE VILLAGE, AND SO ARE THE VOLUNTEERS. SO THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO FINDING A CLEAR RESOLUTION. WE'RE NOT HERE AND TRYING TO -- WELL, INSTILL ANY PARTICULAR FAITH OF ANY KIND. ON THE CONTRARY. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT OUR CHILDREN AND THE ADULTS AS WELL LEARN TO BE ABLE TO COHABITATE, IF YOU WILL, WITH THE RICH, DIVERSE COMMUNITY THAT WE HAVE. IN MY DISTRICT ALONE, DISTRICT ONE, I HAVE A MOSQUE, I HAVE A JEWISH TEMPLE, A BUDDHIST TEMPLE, HINDI TEMPLE. I HAVE ALL THE DENOMINATIONS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH. WE HAVE IT ALL, AND YET IT'S A BEAUTIFUL THING THAT WE'RE ABLE TO REALLY LEARN FROM EACH OTHER, AND NUMBER ONE IS RESPECT EACH OTHER AND RESPECT EACH OTHER'S OPINIONS AND THOUGHTS AND THE RIGHT TO -- WELL, FIRST AMENDMENT, RIGHT? IT'S SO IMPORTANT. MY OTHER THING I WANTED TO ASK IS OF OUR STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD REP, WHAT THEY THINK ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE AS IT PRNZ PERTAINS TO STUDENTS. WE HEARD ONE DURING PUBLIC COMMENT, BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO HEAR THE DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES FROM STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT. AGAIN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE HOURS BECAUSE, YES, MEMBER SNIVELY, THE FINANCIAL IMPACT THAT THEY REALLY HAVE IN HELPING TO STEER OUR CHILDREN AND HELP GUIDE THEM AND HELP REACH THEIR GOALS IS SO IMPORTANT. BECAUSE, AGAIN, WE CANNOT DO IT ALONE. THANK YOU, DR. EAKINS AND DR. VAZQUEZ FOR THE WORK THAT BOTH OF YOU HAVE PUT IN IN RESPONDING TO THE CONCERNS OF THE COMMUNITY TO ENSURING WE ARE, NUMBER ONE, CONSISTENT, AND ALSO FAIR AS WE MOVE, AND I DON'T MEAN TO SAY THIS TO BE CHEESY, BUT IN PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE, BECAUSE THIS IS PART OF LIFE, OF BEING ABLE TO CONVERSE WITH EACH OTHER AND TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES IN OPINIONS OR BELIEFS AND THAT IS PART OF THE CULTURE CHANGE, THAT IT'S OKAY TO TALK ABOUT THESE DIFFERENCES AND PUT FORWARD A PLAN THAT WILL BE AMENABLE TO ALL TO BE ABLE TO HELP ALL OF OUR KIDS, ALL OF OUR 216,000 KIDS. IT IS A MASSIVE DUTY, AND I APPRECIATE IT ALL.  

>>April Griffin: MS. STUART.  

>>Jim Porter: YOU'RE CORRECT, MS. VALDES THAT APPLIES TO VENDORS, IT DOES NOT APPLY TO VOLUNTEERS. SO VOLUNTEERS ARE SCREENED AT A DIFFERENT LEVEL. THEY ARE SCREENED AGAINST THE SEXUAL REGISTRY. AGAINST -- MS. GRIFFIN HAS ASKED THAT WE LOOK AT AMENDING OUR POLICIES TO REQUIRE THAT FOR VOLUNTEERS, AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THE BOARD WILL BE LOOKING AT THE NEXT POLICY ROUND TO SEE WHETHER THAT'S SOMETHING YOU WANT TO DO. THE LAW DOES NOT REQUIRE IT, BUT IT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO DO THAT IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO THAT. AGAIN, THAT WILL BE PART OF YOUR NEXT POLICY ROUND FOR THE SCREENING OF VOLUNTEERS AND WHAT LEVEL YOU WANT THEM TO BE SCREENED AT.  

>> NATURALLY, WITH VOLUNTEER SERVICES INTERNAL, WE'VE HAD THE ADDED ADVANTAGE OF BETTER COMMUNICATION. WE HAVE A FOLDER AND IDEAS, THE CONFERENCE SITE WHERE WE PUT THE RESOURCES. WE TRAIN DIFFERENTLY, BECAUSE THERE IS AN EXPECTATION THAT SCHOOLS NOW COMPLY MORE EASILY, BECAUSE IT'S US. SO I THINK THAT'S THE ADDED ADVANTAGE. I THINK THEY WERE VERY RESPONSIVE TO SCHOOLS AND SCHOOLS TO THEM. WE CAN SEE JUST IN THE PROCEDURAL THINGS THAT WE DO, WE'VE HAD TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF INTEREST IN THE FIVE-STAR SCHOOLS AND THOSE TYPES OF THINGS. THAT HASN'T WANED. IT'S INCREASED. I FEEL THAT WE HAVE A BETTER SENSE AND SUPPORT TO OUR SCHOOLS. I THINK -- THE IMPROVEMENT HAS TO DO WITH COMMUNICATION. AND ACTUALLY KNOWING IT'S A PART OF US. MRS. SNIVELY, I DID WANT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT OVERCORRECTING IS SOMETHING THAT I KNOW SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND I KNOW YOU HAVE EXPRESSED, IF WE DON'T -- IF WE DO OVERCORRECT, ESSENTIALLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN, WE CLOSE OUR CAMPUSES. I KNOW ON AN AVERAGE HIGH SCHOOL SITE THERE MIGHT BE 65, 68 STUDENT-LED CLUBS. WE TALK ABOUT ADVOCACY, WE TALK ABOUT THE NEED FOR KIDS TO FEEL LIKE THEY BELONG, THAT WOULD ESSENTIALLY GO AWAY. I KNOW TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR KIDS, TO DO WHAT IS FAIR IS HARD WORK. IT'S A LOT EASIER TO SHUT IT DOWN THAN TO FIND THE COMMON GROUND. I KNOW THAT'S THE GOAL IN ALL OF THIS. WE JUST WORK A LITTLE BIT HARDER AND MAKE IT WORK.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THAT SOUNDS LIKE IN THE OLD DAYS, IN ORDER TO GET RID OF THE BAD TEACHER, YOU GOT RID OF THE UNIT OR YOU GOT RID OF THE PROGRAM. THAT IS A LOT EASIER TO DO, BUT THEN AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHO YOU ARE HURTING ARE THE CHILDREN. I REALLY LIKE THAT ANALOGY MS. WHALEN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AJ, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS?  

>> I WANTED TO COMMENT BRIEFLY ON HOW VOLUNTEERS ARE ESSENTIAL TO STUDENT GROWTH, CLUBS AND SCHOOLS, SPORTS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, MY BOSS, HE IS AN EX-WRESTLER, COLLEGIATE WRESTLER AT I THINK LEHI UNIVERSITY IN PENNSYLVANIA, HE HELPED MY TEAM LEARN CERTAIN THINGS. HE CAME ON CAMPUS. I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT VOLUNTEERS ARE ESSENTIAL. WE DON'T WANT TO MAKE IT TOO HARD FOR THEM TO BE PART OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE WANT THEM TO BE PART OF OUR COMMUNITY AND WANT TO BE ABLE TO BE INVOLVED WITH OUR COMMUNITY. THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO SAY.  

>>April Griffin: MS. STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. WHALEY AND SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS FOR THE DOCUMENT AND CLARIFYING, BECAUSE I THINK A LOT OF WHAT IS COMING OUT OF THIS IS CLARIFICATION OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING, AND CLARIFICATION OF SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD THAT HAVE HAPPENED, SOME A FEW WEEKS AGO AND SOME MANY YEARS AGO. SO CLARIFICATION AND THE MESSAGE I AGREE WITH MS. SNIVELY NEEDS TO BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THE MESSAGE THAT WE'RE SENDING OUT TO THE COMMUNITY, BOTH WHAT WE WANT AND WHAT OUR EXPECTATIONS ARE. SO I APPRECIATE BOTH OF THOSE. I'M WONDERING IF THERE IS A WAY FOR US TO PUT THE DOCUMENT FURTHER THAN WHERE WE HAVE IT ON OUR BOARD AGENDA, BUT POTENTIALLY POST IT ON THE FRONT PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE. YOU KNOW, NOT FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME, BUT FOR A PERIOD OF TIME FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT IN THIS ROOM OR WATCHING THE MEETING SO THEY HAVE ACCESS TO THIS SO IF THERE ARE QUESTIONS IT CAN BE REFERRED TO. YOU CAN GO TO THE FRONT PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE. IT'S ON THE FEED THERE, AND THEY CAN PULL UP WHATEVER THE ISSUE IS AND BE REFERRED DIRECTLY TO THE DOCUMENT. I DO HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. I APPRECIATE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT BADGES AND I APPRECIATE THE POLICY CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT, BECAUSE I DO THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THERE ARE SOME GAPS. THEY WERE IDENTIFIED QUITE SOME TIME AGO. WE NEED TO FILL IN THOSE GAPS. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT PRINCIPALS ARE VIGILANT AND THEIR ADMINISTRATIONS ON THEIR SITES OF KNOWING WHO IS ON THEIR CAMPUS AND NOT JUST KNOWING, BUT MAKING SURE THAT THAT APPLICATION HAS BEEN COMPLETED, FILLED OUT AND THERE'S BEEN SOME TURNAROUND. KNOWING WHO IS ON YOUR CAMPUS IS ONE THING, BUT IF THEY HAVEN'T COMPLETED THAT APPLICATION, THE FACT THAT THEY ARE THERE DOESN'T MEAN THAT THEY ARE CLEARED.  WAY -- TWO THINGS, REPORTING OF ISSUES, AND DO WE HAVE A CLEAR PROCESS FOR REPORTING OF ISSUES? DO WE HAVE SOME PLACE ON THE WEBSITE WHERE WE CAN REFER PEOPLE TO REPORT ISSUES? I DON'T WANT TO BE GIVING MS. WHALEY'S NUMBER OUT TO EVERYONE, BUT I THINK WE NEED TO FIND, IF THERE ARE ISSUES ON CAMPUSES, AND RATHER THAN HAVING MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY CALL JUST BOARD MEMBERS THAT THERE IS A CLEAR PROCESS FOR REPORTING AN ISSUE SO IT CAN BE INVESTIGATED. AND ALSO, NEW PARTNERS, HOW ARE WE, YOU KNOW, IF A SCHOOL HAS A NEW PARTNER COMING ON BOARD THAT WE HAVE A CLEAR, I KNOW YOU HAVE A PROCESS FOR DISTRICT REVIEW, BUT I DON'T KNOW HOW -- HOW MUCH EXPOSURE THAT GETS TO THE EVERYDAY PERSON WHO SAYS, OH, YEAH, SO AND SO FROM THIS VENDOR, SO AND SO FROM THIS PLACE WILL START TO COME AND HELP THIS SCHOOL OR HELPING THROUGH THE PTA. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE IS A CLEAR PROCESS FOR THAT, FOR HOW NEW PEOPLE ARE COMING ON BOARD, NEW PARTNERS TO NEW SCHOOLS. AND THEN I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO SEE US HAVE A CONVERSATION, AND I'M SURE WE HAVE, WITH CTA AND HCEF ABOUT COMPLAINTS THAT MAY HAVE COME THROUGH THEIR OFFICES, BECAUSE I WAS UNAWARE, AND IN A CONVERSATION WITH ONE OF THEM, I HEARD THAT THERE WERE TEACHERS AND OTHER EMPLOYEES THAT WERE UPSET ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WERE HAPPENING. I HAD NO IDEA. THEY DID NOT COME THROUGH ME. SO I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SURE WE ARE INCLUDING AND LOOPING THE UNION IN ON THIS CONVERSATION SO THAT IF THERE ARE ISSUES THAT ARE BEING REPORTED TO THEM THAT WE KNOW ABOUT THEM AND WE ARE HAVING AN OPEN DIALOGUE ABOUT ISSUES AT POTENTIAL SCHOOLS. AND IF THERE ARE -- AGAIN, AROUND THE REPORTING PROCESS, I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE HAVE A WAY TO REPORT THAT THERE IS AN ISSUE, AND THAT WE HAVE A SET OF PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO INVESTIGATE AND GO OUT AND CLARIFY FOR EITHER THE SCHOOL OR THE VENDOR, HOW THEY SHOULD BE BEHAVING. SO I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT VOLUNTEERS FOR THE DISTRICT ARE DOING, AND THAT THE PEOPLE WORKING IN YOUR DIVISION NOW, WHO USED TO BE SERVE ARE DOING AND THAT THE APPLICATION PROCESS WILL FINALLY COME ONLINE JULY 1. I KNOW THAT'S SOMETHING WE'VE BEEN PUSHING FOR A WHILE IN ORDER TO FREE UP THE MANUAL CHECKING OF THE DATABASE. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. I APPRECIATE IT. THANKS.  

>>April Griffin: MR. PORTER.  

>>Jim Porter: JUST A FEW POINTS I THINK NEED TO BE MADE ON THE RECORD. I THINK THE REPORT THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT PROVIDED YOU REFLECTS LONG-STANDING RELATIONSHIPS THAT THE DISTRICT HAS HAD WITH MANY ORGANIZATIONS THAT PREDATE HIS ADMINISTRATION AND PREDATE MANY OF YOUR TERMS OF OFFICE. THE BOARD DOES HAVE POLICIES IN PLACE TO ADDRESS THESE SORTS OF ISSUES. WE TAKE FROM A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE, THE FIRST AMENDMENT OBVIOUSLY VERY SERIOUSLY. WE'LL CONTINUE TO MONITOR ANY SORT OF INCIDENTS OR QUESTIONS THAT COME UP. IT'S BEEN MY EXPERIENCE THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT WHEN THEY ARE RAISED ADDRESSES THEM QUICKLY. THAT DOESN'T MEAN TO SAY THAT THERE COULDN'T BE MORE POLICIES. MS. GRIFFIN RAISED ONE -- SOMETHING LIKE PROCEDURES, BUT WE'LL CONTINUE TO MONITOR OUR EXISTING POLICIES, IF THEY ARE WORKING, IF THEY ARE NOT WORKING, NOW THAT WE HAVE, TAKING ON THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT SERVE HAD PREVIOUSLY PERFORMED, I THINK WE'LL LOOK EVEN MORE CLOSELY AT THOSE. YOUR POLICY CYCLE WILL BEGIN AGAIN IN JULY ONCE YOU FINISH VOTING ON THIS ROUND. SO THAT IS THE OPPORTUNITY, IF WE DO NEED TO TIGHTEN UP OR CREATE EXISTING POLICIES, THAT EITHER YOU AS BOARD MEMBERS CAN BRING FORWARD, STAFF OR THAT I COULD RECOMMEND TO YOU. WE'LL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE SITUATION AND AS ISSUES COME UP, WE'LL ADDRESS THEM SWIFTLY.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I'M NOW GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME. WE HAVE FOUND HOLES IN OUR POLICY, AND WE'LL BE ADDRESSING THAT. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING UP THE CENTRALIZED REPORTING BECAUSE THAT WAS SOMETHING I WANTED TO ASK ABOUT. NOT WANTING TO OVERBURDEN STAFF, BUT I DO THINK IT WOULD BE A GOOD THING IF WE COULD HAVE EASY FOR THE COMMUNITY REPORTING MECHANISM THAT IT GOES STRAIGHT TO THE DISTRICT OFFICE SO THAT THE ISSUES CAN BE DEALT WITH SWIFTLY. I DO WANT TO COMMEND YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT AND DR. VAZQUEZ ON HOW QUICKLY YOU RESOLVED THE ISSUE WITH FCA AND THAT, BECAUSE THAT WAS VERY TROUBLING, AND THAT'S WHAT HIGHLIGHTED FOR ME SOME OF THE GAPING CONCERNS WE HAVE WHERE VOLUNTEERS ARE CONCERNED COMING ONTO OUR CAMPUSES AND THE LACK OF OVERSIGHT THAT WE HAVE THERE. BUT I DO WANT TO SAY THAT WHATEVER WE DO MOVING FORWARD, WE HAVE -- WE'VE HAD SOME SPEAKERS COME FORWARD THAT WERE OUTSPOKEN AGAINST ANOTHER RELIGIOUS GROUP OR SOMEBODY FROM ANOTHER RELIGION COMING INTO OUR SCHOOLS, AND WE WENT EIGHT MONTHS HAVING THAT CONVERSATION AT BOARD MEETINGS. SO WE NEED TO BE DILIGENT ACROSS THE BOARD AND CONSISTENT ACROSS THE BOARD. MESSAGES NEED TO BE SECULAR. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE IN ADULTS TALKING ABOUT RELIGIOUS HISTORY, WORLD HISTORY, AND TALKING SPECIFICALLY ABOUT ONE RELIGION AND PROSELYTIZING. AND WE'VE GOT A MAKE SURE -- GOT TO MAKE SURE FROM ALL OF OUR PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS, COACHES, ALL OF OUR STAFF NEEDS TO BE RETRAINED SOONER THAN LATER ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS. WHAT IS PROSELYTIZING? IF A STUDENT IS DOING IT, IT'S ONE THING. I'VE GOTTEN COMPLAINTS FROM PEOPLE AT GRADUATIONS BECAUSE A STUDENT THANKED GOD FOR WHERE THEY ARE IN THEIR LIFE AND HOW SUCCESSFUL THEY'VE BEEN, AND I HAD TO SAY TO THAT COMPLAINANT THAT THAT IS THE STUDENT'S SPEECH. WE DID NOT WRITE IT. WE DID NOT APPROVE IT. WE DID NOT TELL THEM WHAT THEY CAN OR CANNOT SAY WITHIN CERTAIN GUIDELINES. I KNOW WE DO GIVE THEM SOME GUIDELINES, BUT THAT IS NOT ONE OF THEM. AND I HAD TO SAY TO THEM, I'M SORRY THAT YOU WERE OFFENDED, HOWEVER, THAT IS THE STUDENT'S FEELINGS AND THE STUDENT'S RIGHTS TO STATE THAT. SO WE ARE WALKING A VERY FINE LINE. THE FIRST AMENDMENT DOES ALLOW FOR FREEDOM OF RELIGION, BUT IT ALSO TALKS ABOUT NOT ESTABLISHING A RELIGION. AND THIS IS WHERE I FEEL LIKE WE'VE MADE SOME ERRORS AND NEED TO CORRECT THEM. OUR TEACHERS AND OUR EMPLOYEES AND OUR PRINCIPALS, OUR COACHES NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHEN YOU ARE IN AN OFFICIAL CAPACITY, WHEN YOU ARE SITTING AS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, YOU'RE REPRESENTED AS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND YOU ARE ENDORSING A PASTOR OR YOU ARE ENDORSING A CHURCH, THAT CAN BE SEEN AS ESTABLISHMENT. AN ENDORSEMENT. AND WE CANNOT DO THAT. WE'VE GOT TO BE VERY CAREFUL, AND OUR EMPLOYEES NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT. WE CANNOT ENDORSE ONE RELIGION OVER ANOTHER -- ENDORSE ONE RELIGION OVER ANOTHER. THE TRAINING, I'M VERY INTERESTED IN THE TRAINING AND WHAT THAT PD LOOKS LIKE AS WE MOVE FORWARD. NOW, I KNOW THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE WHO WANT SOME WRITTEN REPRIMANDS FOR THIS. I UNDERSTAND THEIR CONCERN, BUT WHERE I'M AT IS I WANT TO START FROM SCRATCH, AND THERE DO NEED TO BE SOME SANGZ IN THE FUTURE, SANCTIONS IN THE FUTURE BUT AS WE'RE MOVING FORWARD DOING THE TRAINING AND LETTING EVERYBODY KNOW WHAT THE GUIDELINES ARE, BECAUSE WE OBVIOUSLY HAVE SOME PEOPLE THAT DON'T QUITE KNOW WHAT THAT IS. THERE IS A GROUP, HUDDLE, THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT. I JUST RECEIVED AN E-MAIL ON THAT TODAY. AND THERE WERE SOME THINGS IN THAT THAT WERE A LITTLE BIT TROUBLING TO ME IN A WAY THAT SOME OF OUR ADULTS ARE PARTICIPATING. SO, MR. EAKINS, YOU AND I BOTH GOT THAT SAME E-MAIL.  

>> WE HAVE A MEETING SCHEDULED WITH THEM ON FRIDAY.  

>>April Griffin: OKAY. WE NEED TO TAKE THAT SERIOUSLY. AS FAR AS THE PASSIVE SHARING, THAT'S A CONVERSATION WE NEED TO HAVE. THE PASSIVE SHARING OF INFORMATION, TOO. I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN SOME FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS AND EVEN NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, LIKE FITNESS COMPANIES OR THINGS LIKE THAT THAT WANT TO COME IN AND DO FITNESS WITH OUR STUDENTS. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SHARE THEIR MATERIALS FOR THEIR PARTICULAR GYMS. I REMEMBER A WHILE BACK, WE HAD SOMEONE WHO WANTED TO DO SOME COACHING AND TRAINING WITH STUDENTS IN FITNESS AND NUTRITION AND ALL THAT, AND THIS PERSON WAS NOT ALLOWED TO SHARE ANY INFORMATION ABOUT THE SIM THAT HE OWNED, AND HE WAS WANTING TO DO IT AS A FREE THING. IF WE'RE GOING TO WALK THAT WALK, WE NEED TO BE CONSISTENT IN THAT WALK. DO I WANT TO STATE FOR THE RECORD I IN NO WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM WANT TO HAVE PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY CANNOT COME INTO OUR SCHOOLS AND PROVIDE ACTS OF CHARITY. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE DESPERATELY NEED. AND I KNOW THAT. BUT ACTS OF CHARITY, IT CANNOT BE PROMOTING THEMSELVES. YOU AND I HAD THE CONVERSATION WHERE THE T-SHIRTS ARE CONCERNED. WHAT ABOUT IF IT'S A PLUMBER? WELL, THERE'S NOTHING IN OUR CONSTITUTION ABOUT A PLUMBING COMPANY OR ABOUT CAPITALISM. THERE IS SOMETHING SPECIFIC TO RELIGION, SO WE'VE GOT TO LOOK AT THAT, TOO. I'VE SPOKEN TO MR. PORTER ABOUT LOOKING AT THAT AS A POLICY OR DRESS CODE FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS AS WELL. BUT I DO WANT TO COMMEND YOU, MR. EAKINS, FOR TAKING THIS ON, AGAIN, AND ACTING AS QUICKLY AS YOU DID WITH THE LAST INCIDENT THAT CAME TO OUR ATTENTION. IT WAS HANDLED VERY, VERY SWIFTLY. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. THE ONLY THING I WANT TO SAY IS THAT WE DO NEED PEOPLE, BUT WE NEED PEOPLE TO COME IN, BECAUSE I DON'T BELIEVE THERE'S ANY FAMILY WHO RAISES THEIR CHILD IN ANY PARTICULAR BELIEF OR RELIGION THAT WOULD WANT SOMEBODY PROSELYTIZING TO THEM, WHETHER IT BE CHRISTIAN TO CHRISTIAN, BECAUSE EVEN WITHIN THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY, THERE ARE VERY, VERY DIFFERENT DIVERGENT BELIEFS OR CHRISTIAN TO MUSLIM OR MUSLIM TO CHRISTIAN OR JEWISH TO MUSLIM. AND THE LIST COULD GO ON AND ON. OUR CHILDREN NEED TO RECEIVE THEIR RELIGION AT HOME. PERIOD. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR WORK ON THIS. I'M VERY GLAD THAT WE ARE NOW DOING THIS IN-HOUSE. THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THAT IS SUCH A GOOD THING. IF THERE ARE NO OTHER COMMENTS IN REFERENCE TO THIS, BOARD MEMBERS, WE WILL CLOSE OUT THIS INFORMATION ITEM, AND IT IS NOW ATTACHED TO OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA. WE'LL BE GETTING RUG UPDATES ON THAT. -- REGULAR UPDATES ON THAT. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. WE ARE NOW ON TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS OF SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL, SECTION C. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA, WITH THE FOLLOWING ITEMS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION AND A SEPARATE VOTE. 1.02, 4.02A, 6.04, 6.06R, 7.03, 7.04, 7.05, 7.06, 8.06R, AND 10.03. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES, SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THE FIRST ITEM IS TO APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH CORNERSTONE SOLUTIONS. THIS WAS ASKED TO BE HIGHLIGHTED BY MS. VALDES AND MS. SNIVELY. MIKE RAMSEY, DIRECTOR OF WORKFORCE AND CONTINUING ED. I SEE YOU HAVE A CADRE WITH YOU. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, STAFF. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING TONIGHT. WHAT THIS IS REALLY IS A BY-PRODUCT, A MANDATE THAT SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS HAS GIVEN TO OUR DEPARTMENT TO REACH OUT TO OUR COMMUNITY AND TO MAKE INROADS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE THAT LIVE IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA. SO LEAREY TECHNICAL COLLEGE, LEADERSHIP OF DR. GOOD AND SOME OF HIS STAFF MEMBERS HAVE REALLY TAKEN THAT MESSAGE TO HEART AND REALLY HAVE DONE IT -- AN EXCELLENT JOB OF REACHING OUT AND MAKING CONNECTIONS TO MAKE OUR SCHOOLS GREAT. IN PARTICULAR, TWO OF THOSE STAFF MEMBERS, MRS. ANA McGILL AND STEVE BRYANT HAVE KNOCKED ON DOORS LITERALLY, AND REACHED OUT TO PARTNERS THAT WERE HOUSED AT THE CAREER SOURCE BUILDING ON NORTH FLORIDA AVENUE. THEY KNOCKED ON THE DOOR OF CORNERSTONE SOLUTIONS, WHICH HAS THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CONTRACT TO ADMINISTER THE JOB CORPS PROGRAM HERE IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA. I WANT TO THANK THEM SO MUCH. 17 OF THEIR MEMBERS FROM THE REGION, AS FAR AWAY FROM ATLANTA GEORGIA WHERE THE CEO, MR. RONALD JONES HAS TRAVELED FROM, BEGINNING AT 4 A.M. THIS MORNING. THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR COMING OUT AND BEING PATIENT WITH US TONIGHT. YOUR PRESENCE IS GREATLY APPRECIATE. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] WHAT THIS PARTNERSHIP DOES, IT PROVIDES ANOTHER PATHWAY FOR STUDENTS AS THEY EXIT THE JOB CORPS PROGRAM TO ENTER TECHNICAL COLLEGES IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AS THEY RECEIVE THEIR TRAINING AND LOOKING FOR THE NEXT STEP, THE NEXT PHASE IF THEIR -- IN THEIR LIFE, WE WANT TO BE A RESOURCE FOR THEM TO GET TO THE NEXT PLACE THEY WANT TO GO. IT HELPS US TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT WHO WE ARE IN THE COMMUNITY AND HELPS THEM TO HAVE ANOTHER PATHWAY. WE WOULD LIKE FOR RETIRED ARMY COLONEL JONES TO COME UP.  

>>April Griffin: ABSOLUTELY. PLEASE, COME ON UP. I'M SO SORRY, I WISH WE WOULD HAVE MOVED THIS UP ON THE AGENDA. YOU ALL HAVE BEEN WAITING VERY, VERY PATIENTLY. THANK YOU.  

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO STAND BEFORE YOU. I MUST ADMIT, I PRESENTED BEFORE BOARDS IN THE PENTAGON AND OTHER PLACES BUT NEVER BEFORE SCHOOL BOARD. I AM HONORED NOT ONLY BECAUSE OF WHAT WE'VE BEEN LISTENING TO FOR THE LAST TWO HOURS, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, PERHAPS WHAT THE MOU BRINGS TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE THAT YOU ALL SERVE. I SPENT SOME TIME LAST NIGHT BEFORE FLYING DOWN IN THE MORNING TO REVIEW YOUR WEBSITE. I WAS REALLY STRUCK BY YOUR MISSION AND VISION, AND WHAT I'VE HEARD SO FAR THIS EVENING PRETTY MUCH EPITOMIZES THAT, ESPECIALLY THE PART THAT TALKS ABOUT ENABLING EACH STUDENT TO EXCEL AS A SUCCESSFUL AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN AND PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. WE BELIEVE WORKING WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM, THE MOU WOULD DO EXACTLY THAT. IN FACT, WE BELIEVE IT REALLY INTERSECTS AND AS MR. RAMSEY SAID, IT REALLY PROVIDES A PATHWAY FOR THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO FOR WHATEVER REASON MIGHT NOT MOVE ON TO COLLEGE FROM YOUR SYSTEM OR MAY JUST WANT TO DO SOMETHING ELSE, THE WORK THAT WE DO ON BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PROVIDES THAT PATHWAY. IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE ALL KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME STUDENTS FOR WHATEVER REASON WHO MIGHT NOT MAKE IT TO THAT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION DAY. THE PROGRAM THAT WE OPERATE ALSO HAS CONNECTIONS OR OPPORTUNITIES FOR THAT GROUP OF YOUNG PEOPLE. SO WORKING TOGETHER, WE BELIEVE THE MOU, YOUR STAFF AND OUR STAFF, CAN DEFINITELY NOT ONLY PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES THAT MAY OTHERWISE NOT BE POSSIBLE BUT ACTUALLY LEVERAGE ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE. AGAIN, WE BELIEVE THAT THE INTERSECTION OF YOUR MISSION AND VISION WITH THE WORK THAT WE DO. NOW, A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHO CORNERSTONE IS. WE ARE HEADQUARTERED IN THE ATLANTA, GEORGIA, AREA, ON THE SOUTH SIDE, A FEW MILES UP THE ROAD FROM THE AIRPORT. I AM A NATIVE OF FLORIDA. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA. WHAT WE DO IN FLORIDA REALLY IS PERSONAL TO ME AND ALWAYS HAS BEEN. CORNERSTONE WAS FOUNDED IN DECEMBER 16, 2004, AND WE'VE OPERATED IN FLORIDA SINCE 2005. WE ARE A SMALL OPERATION BUT WE OPERATE IN 49 LOCATIONS. WEST VIRGINIA, ARIZONA, SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, SOUTHEAST TEXAS. COLLECTIVELY, WE HAVE ABOUT 120 EMPLOYEES WHO WILL BE ON THE PAYROLL TOMORROW. AS I MENTIONED, WE'RE IN 49 LOCATIONS. IN FLORIDA, WE HAVE IN ADDITION TO THE TAMPA, ST. PETERSBURG AREA, WE HAVE 19 OTHER LOCATIONS THROUGHOUT THE STATE, UP IN THE PANHANDLE, OVER IN THE FIRST COAST AND CERTAINLY DOWN IN SOUTH FLORIDA AND CENTRAL FLORIDA. SO IN A NUTSHELL, WE'RE PRETTY MUCH ALL OVER THE PLACE. OUR STAFF ARE VERY VESTED IN THE WORK THAT WE DO. WE HAVE FOUR SPECIFIC CORE CAPABILITIES THAT WE BELIEVE, AGAIN, INTERSECT DIRECTLY WITH WHAT THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DOES, SCHOOL SYSTEM DOES. THAT INCLUDES YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND SERVICES, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES, OUTREACH RECRUITMENT AND MARKETING, AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT FACILITATION. WE'VE HEARD THE WORD VILLAGE MENTIONED SEVERAL TIMES, AND WE ACTUALLY USE THAT IN A LOT OF WAYS IN THE WORK THAT WE DO ALSO, BECAUSE WE KNOW IT REALLY TAKES MORE THAN ONE PROGRAM OR MORE THAN ONE SYSTEM FOR KIDS, FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TO REALLY GROW UP AND BE ALL THAT THEY CAN BE. AND THAT'S WHAT WE REALLY TRY TO DO. WE'VE ALSO HEARD ABOUT LEADERSHIP AND STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND ALL THAT. AND, YOU KNOW, I ASKED MYSELF A LOT OF TIMES, WHY DO OUR PEOPLE STAY WITH US? YOU KNOW, 16 OR 17 OF THEM ARE HERE TODAY, AND YOU CAN ASK THEM YOURSELVES WHY THEY STAY. I REALLY BELIEVE IT'S A LOT ABOUT LEADERSHIP. IT'S A LOT ABOUT VALUES AND IT'S A LOT ABOUT WHAT'S IN THEIR HEART. THEIR CREDENTIALS, THEY COULD GO AND WORK FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT COMPANIES AND EVEN IN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM. THEY HAVE OPTED TO DO THE WORK. CORNERSTONE, AND THEY DO IT IN A VERY BIG WAY. WE ARE JUST DELIGHTED AGAIN TO BE A PART OF WHAT YOU DO, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO EXECUTING WHAT WE HAVE IN THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING. THANK YOU AGAIN. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. WE MIGHT HAVE SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU, SO STICK AROUND. I HAVE A FEELING YOU'RE GOING TO GET A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. MS. VALDES.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. AND FOR ME, THIS DAY IS JUST -- IT'S A REALLY EXCITING DAY TO SEE THIS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING COMING BEFORE US. THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT THANK YOU TO THE LEADERSHIP OF BOTH MR. STEVE BRYANT AND MRS. SUSAN MIGUEL TRAINA FOR LITERALLY KNOCKING ON DOORS. THEY WERE OVER AT THE OLD FLORILAND MALL. THEY WENT TO A SPECIFIC PLACE. LO AND BEHOLD, THEY WEREN'T THERE. WELL, LET'S GO SEE WHAT THIS IS. THEY KNOCKED. WHEN THEY HAD THE CONVERSATION, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF SITTING IN LAST SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER, IN  AND -- AND THE TAMPA FOLKS, AND WE HAD JUST THIS PHENOMENAL CONVERSATION OF THE POSSIBILITIES OF WHAT THIS PARTNERSHIP CAN BRING ABOUT. HERE WE ARE WHERE THIS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING IS REALLY GOING TO HELP LOUVER A LOT OF OUR YOUNG ADULTS TO BE RETOOLED IN A PUBLIC SETTING AND LET'S KEEP THAT IN MIND, IN A PUBLIC SETTING WHERE THEY WON'T BE IN DEBT, IF YOU WILL, FOR OBTAINING A DEGREE THAT OTHERWISE THEY WOULD HAVE TO GO TO THE PRIVATE ENTITY, WHICH IS ALSO VERY COSTLY AND NOTHING AGAINST THEM, BUT CONSIDERING HOW GRANT DOLLARS ARE LOW, MINIMIZED, AND THE FACT THAT WE AS A PUBLIC ENTITY OFFER MANY, MANY, MANY DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS TO CHOOSE OR OUR YOUNG ADULTS TO CHOOSE A MYRIAD OF OPPORTUNITIES OF DIFFERENT CAREERS, THIS IS JUST A GREAT PARTNERSHIP. I'M REALLY SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THIS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING, AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE RESULTS. I'D ASK FOR THE GROUP THAT'S HERE, ALL 16 OF YOU TO PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. THIS IS HISTORICAL. I BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE ONLY CONTRACT IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN, THAT HAS THIS KIND OF PARTNERSHIP WITH THEM. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU -- [ APPLAUSE ] I REALLY WANT TO THANK STAFF AND CSI FOR SEEING THE VALUE OF THIS PARTNERSHIP AND WHAT WE CAN BRING TO OUR DISTRICT AND OUR COUNTY IN ORDER TO PROMOTE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND REALLY GIVING FOLKS FOLKS THE OPPORTUNITY TO LIVE, FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, LIVING IN POVERTY IS NOT FUN, AND IT'S NOT SEXY AT ALL, IF YOU WILL. AND JUST BEING ABLE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REACH OUT TO THESE FAMILIES AND IT'S A POPULATION THAT OTHERWISE WE WOULD NOT KNOW OF WITHOUT THIS PARTNERSHIP. BOTH TO MRS. BRYANT AND MS. TRAINA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD, BECAUSE THERE IS A PURPOSE FOR LEAREY BEING AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL. THERE IS A TRUE PURPOSE FOR THAT. I REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT LETO HIGH SCHOOL IS THE LIGHTHOUSE OF THAT COMMUNITY, TO BRING PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY. AND THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF BEING ABLE TO TEACH A PERSON HOW TO FISH. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MR. EAKINS, FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD.  

>> I JOINED THE JOB CORPS PROGRAM IN 2001. BEFORE THAT, I WAS AT A UNIVERSITY IN TEXAS, AND I ENDED UP BEING THE VICE PRESIDENT OF STUDENT AFFAIRS AND ENROLLMENT SERVICES, WHICH INCLUDED ADMISSIONS, RECRUITING FINANCIAL AID AND ALL THOSE OTHER STUDENT SERVICES, SO THE MOU THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, EVERY WORD IN IT IS IN IT FOR A SPECIFIC REASON. THE POINT YOU JUST MADE IN TERMS OF HOW THIS KIND OF AN OPPORTUNITY CAN SORT OF BRING PEOPLE, TAKE PEOPLE TO PLACES THEY PROBABLY WOULDN'T IMAGINE, YOU KNOW, IT'S ABOUT DREAMING, AND IT'S ABOUT MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE. AND THAT'S REALLY WHY WE ARE SO PASSIONATE ABOUT IT, AND THAT'S WHY I'M UP HERE IN FRONT OF YOU. WE REALLY BELIEVE IN IT. WE ARE THE ONLY CONTRACTOR IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA WHO DOES WHAT WE DO. AND WE DO -- WE'VE BEEN DOING IT SINCE 2005 IN THE STATE. WE'RE VERY PLEASED WITH WHAT WE'VE DONE. WE'RE CONFIDENT WORKING WITH YOU ALL THAT WE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF SO MANY YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES. THANK YOU AGAIN.  

>>April Griffin: DON'T GO AWAY. WE HAVE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS.   

>>Susan L. Valdes: I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO PULL THIS ITEM OFF THE CONSENT AGENDA TO VOTE ON IT SEPARATELY. THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. IS THERE A SECOND?  

>>April Griffin: THERE IS A MOTION AND A SECOND. ANY DISCUSSION ON VOTING ON THIS ITEM SEPARATELY? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. I WILL NEED, ONCE WE'RE DONE WITH CONVERSATION, A MOTION TO APPROVE. MS. SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU, MR. JONES, SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO COME ALL THE WAY DOWN HERE TODAY. THAT IS VERY MEANINGFUL FOR US, AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR TIME, AND I HOPE WE HAVE MADE IT WELL WORTH YOUR TIME BEING HERE. [ LAUGHTER ]  

>> MY GRANDDAUGHTER MIGHT NOT AGREE, BUT I DO. TODAY IS HER BIRTHDAY.  

>>Melissa Snively: OKAY. SO WE'LL GET YOU OUT.  

>> WE'RE GOOD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WOULDN'T HAVE MISSED IT FOR ANYTHING. LIKE I SAID, IT'S WHAT WE DO. AND I REALLY DO MEAN IT WHEN I SAY I THINK EVERYTHING WE DO -- FLORIDA IS MY HOME. WHAT WE DO WITHIN CORNERSTONE REPRESENTS ME, AND THAT DRILLS DOWN TO ALL OF OUR FOLKS AS WELL. BECAUSE EVERYBODY WHO IS WITH US THIS EVENING, MANY OF THEM ARE ACTUALLY CITIZENS OF TAMPA, HILLSBOROUGH, AND LIVE IN THIS AREA. IT'S NOT SO MUCH THAT WE CAN PAINT A PICTURE THAT, YOU KNOW, IS FUZZY OR PUTS SOME FALSE EXPECTATIONS UP. IT'S AGAINST OUR VALUES, AND WE JUST BELIEVE TOTALLY IN WHAT WE DO, AND WE'RE JUST CONFIDENT THAT THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY THAT YOUNG PEOPLE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AND WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES AND THE LIVES OF THEIR FAMILIES. WE'RE ALL HONORED TO BE HERE.  

>>Melissa Snively: WE APPRECIATE YOUR COLLEAGUES TAKING THE TIME TO BE HERE AND LOOKING AT OUR MISSION AND OUR VISION AND REALIZING HOW THEY ALIGN WITH WHAT YOU DO, THIS REALLY IS HISTORICAL, AND IT IS SUPER EXCITING, AS MS. VALDES INDICATED FOR ALL OF US. I THINK THAT -- I SPEAK FOR MANY OF THE BOARD MEMBERS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE WANT TO HELP PEOPLE CREATE FOR THEMSELVES, IF THEY CHOOSE NOT TO TAKE A PATH TO A COLLEGE FUTURE OR ANOTHER PATH, AND WE'RE VERY PASSIONATE, LIKE YOU ARE, ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT WE MAKE THAT CONNECTION BETWEEN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE WORKFORCE FOR THOSE FOLKS. THAT'S ONE THING WHEN I WAS CHAIRWOMAN FOR THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND I WOULD GO OUT AND I WOULD SPEAK TO EMPLOYERS AROUND THE AREA ALL THE TIME, THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW CAN WE AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT, YOU KNOW, HOW CAN WE PREPARE OUR STUDENTS BETTER FOR LIFE, BEING RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS AND GIVING BACK, CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. AND WHAT YOU'RE DOING HERE IS JUST THAT. YOU ARE CREATING, HELPING TO CREATE A MORE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, MORE OPPORTUNITY AND A BETTER SENSE OF CITIZENSHIP AND RESPONSIBILITY FOR OUR STUDENTS AND FOR OUR CITIZENS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WHAT YOU'RE DOING, AND I'M SO GLAD THAT WE HIGHLIGHTED THIS ITEM TONIGHT.  

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

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. EAKINS, I JUST WANTED TO, AND DR. VAZQUEZ AND SENIOR STAFF, I JUST WANTED TO JUST -- HOPEFULLY YOU CAN SEE THE VALUE OF WHAT OUR TECHNICAL CAREER COLLEGES BRING TO OUR COMMUNITY AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO EMPOWER THEM AS WELL, TO BE ABLE TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND KNOCK ON DOORS, AND IF ONE DOOR CLOSES, ANOTHER ONE OPENS AND JUST TO CONSTANTLY BE VIGILANT OF WHAT IT MEANS, BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT NOT EVERYBODY, NOT EVERYBODY IS HEADED IN THAT ACADEMIA WORLD. IT'S JUST SO IMPORTANT THAT WE CONTINUE TO EMPHASIZE THE MANY DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES -- ANYWAYS, I'M GOING TO JUST STOP. I'D LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS AGENDA ITEM. I'LL MAKE A MOTION.  

>>April Griffin: I'LL COME TO YOU, MS. VALDES, WHEN EVERYONE IS DONE SPEAKING.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I'LL SECOND YOUR MOTION. SHE TOOK THE WORDS OUT OF MY MOUTH. I JUST WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU NOT ONLY ON THE PARTNERSHIP IN THE MOU BUT ON YOUR CREATIVITY AND THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX AND GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND -- I CHALLENGE EVERYONE IN OUR DISTRICT TO SIMILARLY THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND BE CREATIVE. AND I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I KNOW THE BOARD IS STRIVING FOR. THE SUPERINTENDENT IS WORKING TO HOW DO WE THINK DIFFERENTLY, AND NOT THE WAY WE ALWAYS HAVE, AND BE CREATIVE IN OUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE ACADEMIC SERVICES FOR OUR KIDS. I JUST WANT TO CONGRATULATE ALL FOUR OF YOU, ALL FIVE OF YOU STANDING THERE AND THE PARTNERSHIP FOR BEING HERE AND CONGRATULATE YOU FOR SITTING THROUGH NOW ALMOST THREE HOURS OF A MEETING. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.  

>>April Griffin: YOU KNOW I CAN'T LET THIS ONE GO. MY SON JUST TOOK HIS FINAL EXAM FOR THE FIREFIGHTER ACADEMY. HE'S NOT DONE YET. HE STILL HAS A COUPLE OF WEEKS. HE'S ONE OF THOSE, LIVING ON HIS OWN AND NOT HAVING A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY WAS ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SERVICES AND GET HIS GEAR PAID FOR AND EVERYTHING. MY FAMILY IS LIVING IT, AS FAR AS WHAT IT CAN DO. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, BECAUSE I KNOW WHAT THIS CAN MEAN TO PEOPLE FIRSTHAND. BUT I WANT TO ASK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT -- WELL, FIRST OF ALL, WE ARE BETTER THAN A LOT OF THOSE OTHER FOR-PROFITS. I'M JUST GOING TO SAY IT BECAUSE WE ARE ACCREDITED. AND EVERYWHERE I GO, BECAUSE I'M THE PRESIDENT OF THE FLORIDA CAREER PATHWAYS NETWORK, AND I SPEAK TO FLORIDIANS WHO ARE EDUCATORS AND PEOPLE FROM THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. THERE IS NOBODY ELSE REALLY THAT DOES IT AS WELL AS WE DO, WHERE ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS ARE CONCERNED. SO SOMEONE WILL FINISH THE FIRE ACADEMY AND THEN THEY'LL GO ON TO PARAMEDICS, AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO COMPETE WITH THEM ON THAT ALTHOUGH WE DO COMPETE ON THE FIRE ACADEMY. I THINK OURS IS BETTER. BUT WE DO REALLY WORK HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE WORKING IN TANDEM WITH OUR COMMUNITY COLLEGES, AND MAIRKD THAT IS A GOOD TRANCE -- MAKING SURE THAT THAT IS A GOOD TRANSITION. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I'M HOPING WE CAN REALLY IMPACT ON OUR STUDENTS AS WE'RE MOVING FORWARD AND YOU'VE HEARD ME TALK ABOUT THIS IS FINANCIAL LITERACY. THERE IS A VERY SIMPLE QUESTION THAT A STUDENT CAN LEARN TO ASK WHEN THEY GO TO A COLLEGE OR A TECHNICAL COLLEGE OR WHATEVER, BECAUSE THERE ARE THOUSANDS OF THEM OUT THERE FOR THEM TO CHOOSE FROM. BUT ARE YOU ACCREDITED. WE NEED TO TEACH OUR STUDENTS WHAT THAT ACCREDITATION MEANS, THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY COULD GO TO A FOR-PROFIT SCHOOL AND GET ALL OF THE PELL GRANTS AND GET ALL OF THE SAME FUNDING THAT WE CAN GET THEM IN OUR PUBLIC INSTITUTION, BUT THEY HAVE TO FINISH EVERY SINGLE COURSE AT THAT SCHOOL. BECAUSE THOSE CREDITS WILL NOT TRANSFER ANYWHERE ELSE. SO THOSE ARE THE TYPES OF THINGS THAT I'M HOPING AS WE'RE MOVING FORWARD AND WE'RE TALKING MORE AND MORE ABOUT CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE FOR OUR STUDENTS, BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS TO THEIR FUTURE SUCCESS, AND WE KNOW THAT, AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT AND WE'RE MOVING IN THAT DIRECTION. SO I'M HOPING WE CAN SEE SOME FINANCIAL LITERACY IN REGARDS TO EDUCATION ONCE A STUDENT LEAVES OUR SCHOOLS. BUT THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR BEING SO PATIENT AND THANK YOU. AGAIN, I WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT YOU ALL WERE SITTING HERE WAITING FOR THIS PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM, BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE PULLED IT UP FROM THE DAIS. BY THE WAY, STAFF, IF THAT HAPPENS AND IT'S AN OVERSIGHT ON OUR PART, SAY SOMETHING TO US, PLEASE, THAT YOU HAVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS HERE WAITING, AND I WILL PULL IT UP FROM THE DAIS. SO, AGAIN, THANK YOU. MS. VALDES, WHAT IS IT YOU WANT TO DO?  

>>Susan L. Valdes: I MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE AGENDA ITEM C 1.02.  

>>April Griffin: AND THERE IS A SECOND FROM MS. STUART. WRITE DOWN YOUR MOTION. BOARD MEMBERS. THE MOTION IS TO APPROVE C 1.02. IS THERE ANY MORE DISCUSSION ON THIS PARTICULAR ITEM? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK, STAFF. [ APPLAUSE ] AGAIN, STAFF, COULD YOU PLEASE INTRODUCE THE STAFF MEMBERS THAT ARE WITH YOU, MR. RAMSEY.  

>> OUR STAFF MEMBERS. DR. JIM GOOD, PRINCIPAL OF LEAREY TECHNICAL COLLEGE. [INTRODUCTION OF STAFF MEMBERS]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I BELIEVE THAT YOU ALL ARE INVITED. WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU COME UP FOR A PICTURE WITH OUR STAFF AND THE BOARD. SO IF YOU'LL COME UP HERE AND LINE UP, WE'RE GOING TO DO A PICTURE, BECAUSE THIS IS, AS STATED EARLIER, A VERY HISTORIC MOMENT.  

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM ON THE LIST IS 6.04 WHICH IS TO AUTHORIZE THE SUPERINTENDENT TO ESTABLISH A $100 MILLION LINE OF CREDIT IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 WITH WELLS FARGO BANK IN THE EVENT OF ANY OPERATIONAL CASH FLOW DEFICITS. AND THIS WAS PULLED FOR HIGHLIGHT BY MRS. STUART AND MRS. SNIVELY. AND MRS. SAUNDERS, OUR CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER, THE FLOOR IS YOURS.  

>> THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN.  THIS IS JUST SOMETHING WE BRING TO YOU ALL EVERY SCHOOL YEAR. WE HAVE DONE THIS FOR 31 YEARS. AND IT'S IMPORTANT BEST -- BEST BUSINESS PRACTICE AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT WAVE DONE, AND WE HAVE BEEN WRITTEN UP BY THE RATING AGENCIES AS SOMETHING -- THIS IS REALLY GOOD THAT WE NEED TO DO. OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE ALSO FOLLOWED SUIT. AGAIN, THIS LINE OF CREDIT IS IN CASE WE HAVE ANY CASH FLOW DEFICITS. IT IS $100 MILLION THAT WAS RAISED THIS YEAR, TO 100 MILLION, FOR THE LAST MANY YEARS IT WAS 80 MILLION. AND WHY IT'S $100 MILLION, THAT'S WHAT OUR PAYROLL IS PUSHING EVERY MONTH NOW. SO BETWEEN PAYROLL AND WHAT WE OWE OUR VENDORS, IT'S PUSHING 100 MILLION. SO IF WE NEED A MONTH, WE CAN GO BACK TO WELLS FARGO WITH OUR LINE OF CREDIT APPROVAL.  

>> AND IT'S NEVER BEEN UTILIZED.  

>> AS A POINT OF CLARIFICATION, HAVING SAID WHAT YOU JUST SAID, WE ARE NOT GOING OUT TO BORROW MONEY TO PAY OUR PAYROLL.  

>> NO, MA'AM.  

>> THANK YOU. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE THAT CLEAR.  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. YOU ACTUALLY ANSWERED THE QUESTION THAT I HAD IN THE BACK WHICH WAS MOVING FROM 80 TO 100; AND WHEN DID WE APPLY FOR 100 MILLION?  

>> 13 YEARS.  

>> AND WE NEVER USED IT. AND I LOVE THAT. SO THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME -- OR THANK YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING THAT.  

>> THANK YOU.  

>> THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.06 TO APPROVE EXTENDED SUPPORT AND SOFTWARE MAINTENANCE, AND MRS. HARRIS ASKED FOR THIS TO BE PULLED FOR COMMENT. MRS. HARRIS?  

>> THANK YOU. SINCE I BECAME A MEMBER OF THE DISTRICT, I WHAT WAS SURPRISED WHEN I FIRST FOUND OUT WHERE OUR TECHNOLOGY WAS. AND SO I'M VERY HAPPY TO SEE THAT THE MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT CONTRACT IS COMING THROUGH ON THE AGENDA TODAY, AND THIS STARTS TO MOVE US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MRS. BROWN, FOR GETTING US HERE, AND MR. EAKINS, AND MR. VASQUEZ. I WOULD LIKE TO CHALLENGE OUR IT DEPARTMENT TO AGGRESSIVELY WORK ON A BUDGET FOR A FIVE TO SEVEN-YEAR PLAN TO BRING THE EIGHT LARGEST DISTRICT IN THE COUNTRY FORWARD TO WHERE WE HAVE BECOME A LEADER IN THE I.T. INDUSTRY AND TECHNOLOGY THE WAY WE USE IT AS WELL AS THE WAY WE TEACH IT. SO I WOULD LIKE TO PUT THAT CHALLENGE OUT TO YOU SO THAT WE CAN -- WE CAN MOVE FORWARD IN A FORWARD THINKING MANNER FOR THIS. THANK YOU.  

>> THANK YOU. WE ACTUALLY HAVE TWO ITEMS THAT GOING TO BE TAKEN TOGETHER, 7.03 TO APPROVE LICENSE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND STEIN PROPERTIES FOR TEMPORARY BUS PARKING, AND APPROVE, AND THEN 7.05 TO APPROVE AWARD OF CONTRACT FOR BUS PARKING STABILIZATION AT AIRPORT ROAD. AND THIS HAS BEEN PULLED BY MRS. STUART. BOTH OF THESE. AND MR. FARKAS IS GOING TO HIGHLIGHT THESE TWO TOGETHER.  

>> AS YOU JUST MENTIONED, 7.05 IS STABILIZATION OF PARKING LOT IN PLANT CITY. ONE OF THE CHALLENGELE CHALLENGES IS THE PROPERTY IT TAKES TO DO. THAT AS YOU CAN SEE BUILT ITEM AND THE COST, THIS IS A BIG FIRST STEP FOR US TO STABILIZE AND HAVE A PARKING LOT WHERE IT WOULD COMPOUND ALL OF OUR BUSES. 7.03 IS THE ITEM, AND WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY IT'S GOING TO PROVIDE FOR OUR BUS DRIVERS. MANY OF THEM HAVE BEEN DRIVING TO GET BACK NOW TO STABILIZE AND GET THE MONEY IN A STABLE PLACE WHERE TO PARK THE BUSES AND WE ARE EXCITED TO BRING FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TON BRING 7.05 AND 7.04.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT AND FOR THIS AGENDA ITEM. I DON'T KNOW WHEN THIS WAS PUT IN THE WORKS IN COMPARISON, AND THE GREAT CITY SCHOOLS FEEDBACK THAT WE GOT. BUT I THINK THIS SHOWS NOT ONLY TO OUR EMPLOYEES BUT TO OUR PARENTS AND OUR STAKEHOLDERS THAT WE ARE INVESTING IN TRANSPORTATION, AND THAT WE ARE INVESTING IN BEST PRACTICES FOR THE DISTRICT IN THIS DIVISION. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY BOXES THIS CHECKS OFF ON THE LIST ON YOUR TIMELINE. I HOPE A FEW. BUT I'M SURE THAT THIS WILL MAKE SOME DRIVERS HAPPY THAT THEY ARE NOT, ONE, A SAFER ENVIRONMENT FOR THEM TO PARK BUSES, BUT MAYBE POTENTIALLY A SHORTER DRIVE FOR SOME OF THEM. SO THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. THANK YOU, MR. FARKAS. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 7.04 TO APPROVE THE 2014-2015 ENERGY CONSERVATION REPORT, AND THIS WAS ASKED FOR HIGHLIGHT BY MRS. VALDEZ, MRS. STUART AND MRS. EDGECOMB WHO ALSO HAS A COMMENT. I AM GOING TO CALL MR. JIM DERING GER DEPARTMENT MANAGER FOR ENERGY MANAGEMENT. WELCOME.  

>> WELCOME, THANK YOU, GOOD EVENING. ACTUALLY, WAYS GO GOING TO SAY GOOD AFTERNOON BUT WE HAVE MOVED INTO THE EVENING TIME. SUPERINTENDENT, BOARD MEMBERS, SENIOR STAFF. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THE ENERGY CONSERVATION PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE IN THE DISTRICT. I'M PULLING OUT MY WRONG GLASSES TO READ SO LET ME GET THE CORRECT ONES OUT. AS ALWAYS, WE PROVIDE YOU WITH AN ANNUAL REPORT WITH MANY CHARTS AND ANALYSES. AS WE HAVE IN THE PAST, WE HAVE DIVIDED THE INFORMATION INTO TWO CHARTS THAT ENCOMPASS OUR EFFORTS. THE FIRST CHART THAT YOU CAN SEE ILLUSTRATES OVERALL ENERGY CONSUMPTION, KILOWATT HOURS PER SQUARE FOOT. WE ORIGINALLY USED A BASELINE OF 10.4-KILOWATT HOURS PER SQUARE FOOT WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED IN 2005. AFTER GOING THROUGH THIS FOR MANY YEARS, WE HAVE NOW REESTABLISHED A NEW TARGET GOAL TO 10-KILOWATT HOURS PER SQUARE FOOT. WE WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT THE DATA THAT YOU ARE SEEING IS RAW BILLING DATA OF THE IT DOES NOT TAKE IN ANY ADJUSTMENTS FOR WEATHER, FOR CONSTRUCTION, FOR OPERATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS, AND ET CETERA. SO AS YOU CAN SEE BY THE CHART, WE HAVE REDUCED OUR CONSUMPTION FROM 13.4 TO 12.5-KILOWATT HOURS PER SQUARE FOOT. THIS SAVINGS IS DOING DUE IN GREAT PART TO THE EXPANSION OF OUR MENTOR PROGRAM WHERE WE HAVE DEDICATED MENTORS TO EACH OF THE EIGHT AREAS. SO THEY ARE OUT THERE ON A DAILY BASIS AND IN THE EVENINGS TALKING WITH THE SCHOOLS AND LOOKING AT EVERY SCHOOL IN THEIR AREA TO SEE HOW THEY CAN HELP THEM REDUCE THEIR ENERGY COSTS. THE SECOND SLIDE SHOWS THE ANNUAL SAVED DOLLARS AS MEASURED FROM 2005 BASELINE. NOTE THAT WE HAVE SAVED $1.6 MILLION FOR THE 14-15 SCHOOL YEAR AS COMPARED TO THE 12-13. FROM 2005 THE DISTRICT CONSERVATION EFFORTS SAVED OVER $20 MILLION FOR THE DISTRICT, AND THAT CONTINUES TO GROW. THE FINAL TABLE THAT YOU WILL SEE, SINCE THE LAST REPORT, WE HAVE ADDED THREE THERMAL ICE PLANTS, ONE IN CANELLA, MINTS AND THOMPSON LENNARD SITE WHICH CONTRIBUTES ANOTHER 80,000 A YEAR IN ANNUAL AVOIDED COST. SO WE WANTED TO BRING THIS INFORMATION TO YOU AND LET NOW THAT WITH THESE ICE PLANTS AND WITH WHAT WE ARE DOING IN ENERGY CONSERVATION WE ARE ACTIVELY AND CONTINUALLY MAKING EFFORTS TO CONTROL THE COST AND BRING OUR ENERGY COSTS DOWN.  

>> AN IMPORTANT PART OF THAT IS THIS IS PART ONE MONEY, THAT GOES INTO SALARIES AND CLASSROOMS, NOT CAPITAL DOLLARS, IT'S THE PART ONE BUDGET. SO WE ARE VERY EXCITED THAT WE CAN HAVE AN IMPACT IN THE CLASSROOM IN THIS WAY.  

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

>>Susan Valdes: MR. FARKAS, EARLIER TODAY, I WAS ASKED ABOUT WHAT WOULD BE THE POSSIBILITY BASED ON PUBLIC COMMENT, SOME OF THE PARENTS OF CHILDREN THAT SPOKE IN REFERENCE TO THE FOOD AND NUTRITION, THEY ACTUALLY HAD A VERY GOOD QUESTION, NOW THAT SOLAR IS SO POPULAR, HOW CAN WE LOOK INTO BUILDING OUR SCHOOLS WITH -- WELL, WE DON'T HAVE SCHOOLS TO BUILD ANYTIME SOON, BUT IN THE MEANTIME IN OUR NEXT PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION, WHAT WOULD BE THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO BE ABLE TO USE SOLAR PANELS TO CHARGE OUR SCHOOLS?  

>> AN IMPORTANT PART WITH SOLAR IS THE UPFRONT COST. THERE IS A PAYBACK RETURN ON INVESTMENT. RIGHT NOW THE STATE OF FLORIDA SENIOR A COST PER STUDENT ALLOWABLE THAT WE HAVE THROUGH THE STATE. SO IT WOULD BE A CHALLENGE FOR US TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. THAT BEING SAID, WE TRY TO BE DO PILOT SITES THAT ARE OUT THERE, IF YOU HAVE BEEN TO MIDDLETON, YOU HAVE SEEN WHAT WE HAVE THERE, AT LENNARD WE HAVE AN ARRAY IN A PARTNERSHIP WITH TECO.  WE WANT TO SPOONED ON THAT BUT THERE'S AN UPFRONT COST. IT'S NOT EVEN OUR CHOICE RIGHT NOW. IT'S A STATE ALLOWABLE ON THAT.  

>>Susan Valdes: WHY I ALLUDED TO THEM, THERE ARE CERTAIN SCOPES THAT WE HAVE TO ABIDE BY. SO FOR THE PARENTS, FOR ME TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE BACK TO THEM, IS IT BASICALLY LEGISLATION?  

>> WELL, THAT'S A BIG PART OF IT IS THE COST, THAT IS A STATE MANDATE, NOT A LOCAL POLICY. THE OTHER PART OF THAT IS THAT WE HAVE ALWAYS LOOKED FOR WAYS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE SAVE ENERGY, WHETHER THAT'S THROUGH THE WAY WE HEAT OUR BUILDINGS TO THE -- THE SOLAR IS JUST ONE LARGE SCALE. IT'S HARDER FOR US. IT'S NOT JUST THE PANELS. IT'S SOME OF THE OTHER COMPONENTS FOR STORAGE THAT ARE SOME OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S OFF THE TABLE BUT RIGHT NOW THE RETURN INVESTMENT IS TOO MUCH FOR US UP FRONT TO BE ABLE TO GET THAT BACK IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME BUT IS SOMETHING WE WILL DEFINITELY KEEP OUR EYES ON AS WE MOVE FORWARD.  

>> ONE OF THE THINGS WE LOOK AT WHEN WE LOOK AT ANY TYPE OF ENERGY CONSERVATION IS THE TURN AROUND TIME ON PAYBACK. SO WE ARE LOOKING AT THE FIVE TO SEVEN YEAR RANGE, NOT 10 TO 20 YEARS, WHERE SOLAR IS GOING TO BE A LONGER TIME FRAME BEFORE WE GET THE PAYBACK THAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR. BUT THE COMBINATION OF THAT AND THE UPFRONT COST, UNTIL THAT COMES THROUGH, IT'S NOT REALLY COST BENEFICIAL TO US.  

>>Susan Valdes: SO BASICALLY TO CHANGE AND MAKE IT MORE AFFORDABLE FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO DO, PARENTS SHOULD ADVOCATE WITH THEIR STATE LEGISLATORS TO BE SEE ABOUT CHANGING THE PER-PUPIL STATION FORMULA AND WHAT IS AFFORDED SO THAT WE NOT ONLY HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BUT ALL THE OTHER 66 COUNTIES IN THE STATE COULD POSSIBLY LOOK INTO BEING ABLE TO BUILD GREENER SCHOOLS BY THE USE OF SOLAR, AND MAYBE MRS. ALY LTO COULD TELL US WHAT THAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE AND TO HELP THEM IN THEIR ADVOCACY FOR BUILDING GREENER SCHOOLS. THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND MY QUESTION IS AROUND THE INCENTIVES. ON PAGE 78, CAN YOU TELL ME WHICH COLUMN ON THIS IS INCENTIVES AND WHICH IS PENALTIES? AT THE TOP OF 8.  

>> LET ME FLIP TO THAT PAGE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I'M GOING TO ASSUME THAT THE LAST COLUMN IS THE PENALTIES? I COULD BE WRONG.  

>> YES, THE SECOND ONE SHOULD BE THE PENALTIES. YES, THE SMALLER NUMBER.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THE SMALLER NUMBER IS THE PENALTY. SO THE INCENTIVES, THEY ARE NOT VERY LARGE. HAVE WE EVER DONE ANYTHING BEYOND -- HAVE WE EVER DONE ANY SORT OF INCENTIVES DISTRICT WIDE, HIGH SCHOOL, MIDDLE SCHOOL, ELEMENTARY, AMONG THE GROUPS TO DO JUST A RECOGNITION, SIMILAR TO I KNOW WE USED TO DO -- IT DON'T KNOW IF WE STILL DO THE RECYCLING PROGRAM INCENTIVES AND COMPETITIONS AMONG SCHOOLS. DO WE DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT AROUND THIS?  

>> WELL, THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE WE HAVE, ESPECIALLY THE ONES THAT ARE PENALIZED IS THE COST OF WHY THE COST IS THERE. SO IF YOU HAVE COMMUNITY MEETINGS, THINGS LIKE THAT, FOR USAGE, WE TRY TO ACCOUNT FOR IT AND YOU WILL SEE SOME NOTES ON THE SIDES, USAGE CREDIT. BUT IT'S A BIG CHALLENGE BECAUSE YOU CAN'T ISOLATE SYSTEMS AS TO WHERE THAT ENERGY IS USED FROM.  SO WE USE IT AS A GENTLE PUSH AND GENTLE REWARD FOR WHAT WE ARE DOING. BUT THE PROBLEM WITH PUTTING TOO MUCH MONEY BEHIND IT IS WE LOSE SOME OF THE SAVINGS WE HAVE LEFT. BUT JUST LIKE A RECYCLING PROGRAM, RECYCLING PROGRAM WE DO MANY REWARDS, KNOW IT THE LARGE ONES, BECAUSE THE DETAILS IN THAT ARE A LITTLE MORE OFF CHALLENGE, HOW WE WEIGH RECYCLING AND THINGS LIKE THAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES.  

>>Cindy Stuart: UNDERSTOOD. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ALL RIGHT BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS 7.06 TO APPROVE DEMOLITION OF EXISTING BUILDING AND AWARD OF CONTRACT FOR PARKING EXPANSION AT STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL. MRS. STUART ASKED FOR THIS TO BE HIGHLIGHTED, AND MR. FARKAS, THE FLOOR IS YOURS.  

>> THIS IS AN ITEM THAT MRS. STUART AND I SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON, PARKING AT STEINBRENNER. AT MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS WE ARE LANDLOCKED AND IT'S HARD PRESSED TO FIND ADDITIONAL AREAS TO PUT PARKING IN. STEINBRENNER WE HAVE A DAYCARE IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL CLOSED AND WE HAVE AN ADDITIONAL TO PURCHASE THAT PROPERTY. UNFORTUNATELY THERE'S BEEN SOME PRIVATE LOTS AROUND THAT SCHOOL THAT HAVE HAD STUDENTS PARK THERE, AND THAT'S A CONCERN FOR US. THIS IS GOING TO ALLOW US 177 ADDITIONAL SPOTS AT STEINBRENNER. YOU CAN SEE ON THE SCREEN A PICTURE OF WHAT THAT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE. WE ARE ALSO IN THE MIDDLE OF PETITIONING THE COUNTY TO ALLOW AN ADDITIONAL EXIT, RIGHT EXHIBIT THAT WILL KEEP OUR TRAFFIC SEPARATE FROM OUR STUDENT TRAFFIC WHICH IS ANOTHER POSITIVE. AND PARKING IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL, AND DISCUSSING WITH THE PRINCIPAL, SHE HAS A LARGE NUMBER OF STUDENTS ON ALTERNATIVE SCHEDULE, WHERE THEY HAVE A FIRST PERIOD OFF WHERE HEY ARE DOING AN ONLINE COURSE.  THIS IS GOING TO ALLOW THEM TO NOT IMPACT THE DAILY TRAFFIC IN THE BACK OF THE SCHOOL WHERE WE HAVE THE ALTERNATIVE STUDENTS PARK UP FRONT AND GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO NOT IMPACT AND DISRUPT THE SCHOOL DAY. SO WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADD ADDITIONAL PARKING. WE STILL HAVE AWAIT LIST. THIS WILL NOT HAVE EVERY SINGLE KID THAT WANTS TO DRIVE TO SCHOOL TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT BUT DEFINITELY SOME ADDITIONAL PARKING THAT CAME TO US BECAUSE OF A CLOSURE OF THAT DAYCARE THAT USED TO BE ON THAT PROPERTY. SO THE DEMOLITION OF THAT BUILDING THAT WAS ON THERE WAS THE DAYCARE THAT WAS THERE PREVIOUSLY. THESE ALL PART OF THE PRICE THAT YOU SEE IN FRONT OF YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. STUART?  

>>Cindy Stuart: AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO MR. FARKAS AND THE TEAM AT THE COUNTY COMMISSION THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH, AND TO THE STEINBRENNER FAMILY WHO HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY PATIENT. THE SCHOOL SETTING IS EXTREMELY TIGHT. WE HAVE A LOT OF STUDENT DRIVERS AND A LOT LOT OF MOVEMENT DURING THE DAY OF STUDENTS, AND SO I'M EXCITED FOR THEM, AND MR. FARKAS HAD TO PUT UP ANOTHER SIGN IN THAT PARKING LOT JUST SO THAT PARENTS KNOW THAT THIS IS THE ROUTE WE ARE GOING TO, AND THAT ALTERNATE LOTS AROUND THE SCHOOL WILL NOT BE ENDORSED, NEVER HAVE BEEN ENDORSED, BUT WE WON'T BE INTERFERING IN ANY SORT OF WAY WITH LOTS THAT MAY BE AROUND, BECAUSE IT CAUSES GREAT HEADACHES FOR US WITH SOME OF THE LOT OWNERS. SO A APPLAUD THE EFFORTS THAT THE DISTRICTS HAVE MADE TO EXPAND PARKING THERE AND ALLEVIATE SOME OF THE ISSUES AND THE ADDITION OF THE ADDITIONAL EXIT, BECAUSE THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SIGNIFICANT CONCERN OF BOTH MINE AND FAMILIES WHO ARE THERE. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. KURDELL?  

>>Carol Kurdell: THANKS VERY MUCH. LET'S TALK ABOUT THE COST. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT EVERYTHING BUT AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW EXPENSIVE THIS IS FOR US. THE FINANCIAL IMPACT ON STEINBRENNER IS GOING TO BE $616,000, 814.18. AND THEN YOU GO TO THE BUSING. AND THOSE ARE WELL OVER A MILLION. ONE IS A MILLION FIVE. I THINK THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE DON'T UNDERSTAND. BECAUSE THIS COMES OUT OF OUR BUDGET. THIS IS THE KIND OF THING WE HAVE TO ACCOUNT FOR. STEINBRENNER MAY HAVE TO GO TO SENIORS ONLY DRIVING TO SCHOOL AND PARKING. I KNOW THAT'S WHAT PLANT HAD TO DO BECAUSE THEY ARE LANDLOCKED, TOO. SO I THINK WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THESE THINGS, YOU HAVE TO TALK ABOUT THE COST. IT'S WONDERFUL TO BE CONVENIENT FOR KIDS TO DRIVE TO SCHOOL, BUT GUESS WHAT, WE CAN'T BUY THAT MUCH LAND FOR THEIR CONVENIENCE. SO I THINK AS YOU MOVE ALONG IN THIS, THE COMMUNITY HAS GOT TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE DOLLAR ISSUES, WE HAVE BUDGET ISSUES, SO THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT THEIR CONVENIENCE. WE HAVE TRANSPORTATION ISSUES AS A COUNTY. I JUST THINK AS WE CONTINUE TO TALK THESE ISSUES THAT WE TALK ABOUT COSTS, BECAUSE YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, WHAT, OVER $3 MILLION HERE FOR LAND. AND WITS NOT GOING TO GET ANY CHEAPER. SO THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I JUST WANTED TO -- IN THE VEIN OF WHAT MRS. KURDELL HAS STATED THAT AREA IS JUST GROWING TREMENDOUSLY, AND I BELIEVE THAT WHEN WE CITED FOR THAT, YOU KNOW, WE ALWAYS LOOK AT THE PLATFORM OF WHAT'S -- AND THERE WAS NOTHING THERE. NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN, EVERYTHING IS POPPING UP LIKE MUSHROOMS, AND IT'S VERY DIFFICULT, I BELIEVE, TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE WHAT THE FUTURE GROWTH IS GOING TO BE IN A SPECIFIC AREA. AND EVEN IN THE SMALL AREAS OF WESTCHASE, THESE LOTS THAT ARE BEING BUILT OUT. MEMBER KURDELL, IT'S CRAZY HOW THEY ARE FITTING APARTMENT COMPLEXES IN SPACES AND JUST -- I MEAN, IT'S WILD. SO I UNDERSTAND THAT AS WE ARE MOVING FORWARD AND PLANNING FOR FUTURE SITES, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW HOW WE CAN PLAN AHEAD FOR THE WHAT-IFS OF WHAT THE GROWTH COULD BE AND MIGHT BE TO BE ABLE TO PLAN ACCORDINGLY. AND CONSIDERING HOW OVERCROWDED OR -- I DON'T WANT TO SAY OVERCROWDED BUT JUST A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF STUDENTS AT BOTH LET OH, ALANZO AND SICKLES, AND PRETTY SOON IT'S GOING TO MATRICULATE OVER TO THE STEINBRENNER AREA AND WE ARE LANDLOCKED EVERYWHERE WE TURN AROUND SO, I DON'T NOT WHEREIN WE ARE WITH THE ABILITY TO ACQUIRE FUTURE SITES IN THE NORTHWEST END OF TOWN TO BE ABLE TO ALSO ALLEVIATE SOME OF THE GROWTH THAT IS REALLY HAPPENING. AND THAT'S NOT EVEN CONSIDERING THE PROJECTED GROWTH, JUST FROM WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW. TO YOUR POINT, I UNDERSTAND WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL, WE HAD NOT ONLY DOUBLE SESSIONS BUT WE ALSO HAD SENIOR AND JUNIOR PARKING AT THAT TIME AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL AS WELL. SO THESE ARE THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO BE TOUGH TO THINK ABOUT AND TO BE ABLE TO SORT OUT, BECAUSE WITH ALL THE TRANSPORTATION, I DON'T WANT TO CALL THEM ISSUES, BUT MORE SO CHALLENGES OF BEING ABLE TO GET THE DRIVERS IN PLACE, AND MAYBE EVEN SHORTEN THE ROUTES. AND IF WE COULD HAVE ENOUGH BUS DRIVERS TO HAVE SHORTER ROUTES AND BE ABLE TO UTILIZE THEM MORE SO. IMAGINE.  

>> IMAGINE IF WE HAD A COUNTY SYSTEM THAT A KID COULD GET ON A BUS AND GET FROM POINT A TO POINT B.  

>> AND THIS IS WHERE THE PARTNERSHIP --  

>> JUST TALKING ABOUT THAT.  

>> AND IN CONJUNCTION WITH NOW WITH MEMBER STUART BEING ON THE MPO, HOPEFULLY, WE WILL BE ABLE TO SHED LIGHT TO THAT. BUT THAT'S ANOTHER ENTITY. AND THAT'S ANOTHER CONVERSATION FOR ANOTHER DAY.  

>> STILL GOING TO BE A PARTNER.  

>> ABSOLUTELY. AND I THINK WE ARE GETTING THERE. BUT JUST TO REITERATE THE EXPENSE THAT IT INCUR, THAT IT COSTS TO BE ABLE TO DO THESE THINGS, AND THE LACK OF DOLLARS BEING AFFORDED TO US AS WELL, YOU KNOW, WE ARE HOLDING UP A LOT OF MAINTENANCE ISSUES AT SOME OF OUR OLDER SCHOOLS THAT REALLY, REALLY NEED THOSE TO BE ABLE TO PUT IN A PLACE FOR KIDS TO PARK CARS. YOU KNOW, WHAT DO WE WEIGH IN? I UNDERSTAND THE NEED AND I'M SUPPORTIVE OF IT, BUT MOVING FORWARD, BUT I THINK IT REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE LOOK AT OUR PRIORITIES AND SEE HOW WE CAN PLAN AHEAD WHEN ACQUIRING PROPERTY AND THINGS THAT WE MAY NEED TO PLAN AS BEST WE CAN CONSIDERING THE INFORMATION THAT WE GET. SO THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I HAVE A QUESTION FOR MR. FARKAS. I KNOW WE CHARGE STUDENTS FOR PARKING PASSES. IS THAT ADMINISTERED BY EACH SCHOOL? AND DOES THE MONEY THAT'S COLLECTED FOR THAT GO DIRECTLY TO THE SCHOOL OR DOES THAT COME BACK TO THE DISTRICT? AND HOW LONG HAVE WE BEEN CHARGING $5?  

>> THE LAST QUESTION I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO.  AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER. THE FIVE DOLLARS. NO, IT STAYS AT THE SCHOOL. 100% OF THAT STAYS AT THE SCHOOL. WE DON'T GET ANY OF THAT. AND I WANTED TO MAKE ONE OTHER POINT WHILE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THIS. THERE ARE TWO DIFFERENT PROJECTS THAT I WANT TO BE SURE HE WOULD KEEP SEPARATE. THE PARKING COMPOUND WE HAVE IN PLANT CITY IS TO HELP TAKE CARE OF OUR CAPITAL COSTS, THAT'S GOING OVER DIRT ROADS, AND RUTS HURTS OUR BUSES. SAFETY OF OUR EMPLOYEES IS THE OTHER SUBJECT. THE OTHER THING I WANT TO SAY, THE DAYCARE IN FRONT OF STEINBRENNER WAS A HOLDOUT.  WE FIRST TRIED TO GET THAT PROPERTY. IT WAS A HOLDOUT. IT WASN'T UNTIL THEY WENT OUT OF BUSINESS AND PUT IT UP FOR SALE OR WE WOULD HAVE PUT A PARKING LOT THERE TO START W. IT'S NOT JUST CONVENIENCE. SOMETIMES IT'S A SAFETY ISSUE THAT DEALS WITH CHANGING SCHEDULES. BUT YOU ARE EXACTLY RIGHT. THE DOLLARS, THERE'S NO QUESTION ON THAT ONE, TOO. IT'S DEFINITELY A CHALLENGE WE FACE IN THAT DILEMMA BUT, YES, IT FIVE DOLLARS AND STAYS AT THE SCHOOL.  

>> SO I WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE THAT A LITTLE BIT. BECAUSE IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO PARK ON SCHOOL PROPERTY FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND I KNOW OUR STUDENTS WHO DO DRIVE TO SCHOOL AND ARE ABLE TO PARK IN THE SCHOOL PARKING LOT LEGITIMATELY ARE APPRECIATIVE OF THAT. AND I LOVE THE FACT THAT THAT FIVE DOLLARS GOES BACK TO THE SCHOOL DO.  WE HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MUCH MONEY WE ARE TALKING PER SITE, OR GROSS?  

>> HERE IS THE ISSUE. IT'S ONLY FIVE DOLLARS FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR. SO THROWS USUALLY 4 TO 500 PARKING SPOTS SO $2500. IT'S NOT A LOT.  

>> IT'S NOT, IS IT?  

>> TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF SOME OF THE PRIVATE LOTS ARE CHARGING 50 TO $100 A MONTH.  

>> DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH IT COSTS TO PARK AT THE AIRPORT PER DAY? OKAY. SO THAT'S ONGOING TO SAY -- ALL I AM GOING TO SAY ON THAT BUT I THINK THAT MIGHT BE EYE PLACE TO EXPLORE SOME REVENUE TO ASSIST US WITH FUNDING SOME OF THESE ADDITIONAL PARKING SPACES THAT ARE HIGHLY IN DEMAND, AND FROM AN ECONOMIC STANDPOINT, SUPPLY-DEMAND, NOW, HOW COSTS WORK. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN, IT'S $20 THAT WE CHARGE. THIS YEAR IT'S GOING TO BE $20 TO PARK INSTEAD OF $5. SO -- AND THAT NEEDS TO BE UPDATED. BUT ALSO WHAT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO KNOW, BOARD MEMBERS, IS THAT THESE DOLLARS THAT ARE COLLECTED GOES BACK INTO THE SCHOOLS INTERNAL ACCOUNT, SO THOSE $20 WILL GO BACK TO THE SCHOOLS, SO I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KNEW THAT IT WAS $20 AND DEFINITELY WE NEED TO UPDATE THIS WITH THE HANDBOOK.  

>> THANK YOU FOR THE CORRECTION. BECAUSE I DID SEE THE HANDBOOK, IT STILL HAD $5 LISTED IN THERE. SO I AM HAPPY THOSE GOING BACK --  

>> AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO OUR CUT OF THAT $20. (LAUGHTER).  

>> I'M TRYING.  

>> I APPRECIATE IT.  

>> THANK YOU. PLAINTIFF AYRES. MR. AYRES.  

>> WANTED TO ADD IN THE DISCUSSION.  

>> I CAN VOUCH BECAUSE I AM CURRENTLY PARKING RIGHT NOW AS WE SPEAK. I HAVE MY CAR OUTSIDE. I DRIVE IT EVERY DAY TO SCHOOL. I JUST WANTED TO MENTION THROW THINGS. MEMBER KURDELL SAID COST. COST IS ESSENTIAL. YOU KNOW, WE DO HAVE BUDGET WE HAVE TO LIVE BY A BUDGET, YOU KNOW, DAY BY DAY. THE COUNTY OF COURSE HAS TO GO BY THIS BUDGET. BUT CONVENIENCE FOR THE STUDENTS IS ALSO THE BIGGEST THING WE NEED TO MENTION, NOW. CONVENIENCE FOR THE BUS DRIVERS, FOR THE STUDENTS AND THE BUS DRIVERS. YOU HAVE GOT TWO VERSUS ONE. NOW WHAT I'M SAYING?  YOU HAVE GOT OPPORTUNITY COSTS LIKE MEMBER SNIVELY SAID, YOU KNOW, ECONOMICS COMES INTO THIS, COMES INTO PLAY WITH THIS. AND YOU ALSO HAVE IS IT NECESSARY? IS IT NECESSARY THAT WE HAVE SOMETHING DONE LIKE THAT FOR THE STUDENTS TO HAVE, FOR THE STUDENTS TO MAKE IT SEEM LIKE IT'S NECESSARY? OR IF IT'S CONVENIENT TO THEM, TO YOUR BUS DRIVERS, TO EVERYONE BEING INCLUDED IN THIS? AND THIS IS NOT JUST FOR THIS PARKING LOT.  THIS IS FOR EVERYTHING FOR THE STUDENTS, FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES, AND FOR US IN GENERAL, BECAUSE WE ARE THE STUDENTS. YOU GUYS HELP US SUCCEED IN LIFE. THAT'S THE MOTTO HERE. BUT I JUST WANTED TO MENTION THAT CONVENIENCE, IS IT NECESSARY? AND THE COST. BUT OVERALL, I WANTED TO SAY THAT BASICALLY, THE CONVENIENCE OF THE STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES SHOULD BE A TOP PRIORITY. SO FITS GOING TO HELP THE STUDENTS, GOING TO HELP THE STUDENTS AND THE EMPLOYEES FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE, IS IT GOING TO DO BETTER THINGS FOR THE STUDENTS AND YOUR EMPLOYEES?  I FEEL THAT SHOULD BE SOMETHING TO BE TALKED ABOUT AND TO BE IN THE TALKS. SO THANK YOU.  

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

>>Susan Valdes: AND I THINK WHAT. A J. IS ALLUDING TO IS SOME OF OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE PART TIME JOBS RIGHT AFTER SCHOOL. SOME OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE OJT AS WELL. SO WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE FLEXIBILITY OF BEING ABLE TO GO TO RIGHT AFTER SCHOOL TOE THEIR PART-TIME JOB, AND A LOT OF THE PART TIME JOBS THAT THE STUDENTS HAVE ARE REALLY ESSENTIAL TO BE ABLE TO HELP FAMILIES SURVIVE. SO KEEPING THAT IN MIND, I CAN SEE, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT JUST A PRIVILEGE OR A CONVENIENCE, BUT IT'S ALSO SOMETHING THAT WE ARE HELPING OUR FAMILIES TO BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN. AND THAT'S JUST THE WAY IT IS IN SOME OF OUR COMMUNITIES WHERE OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO WORK AS WELL TO BE ABLE TO HELP THE FAMILY SURVIVE. AND WITH THAT IN MIND, YOU KNOW, IT'S A VALUE. BUT I UNDERSTAND. I GET IT. SO IT'S JUST LOOKING AT THINGS HOLISTICALLY AND KEEPING ALL OF OUR FAMILIES IN MIND AND WHAT THE NEEDS ARE WITH THE COMMUNITY.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM ON THE LIST IS ITEM 8.06 WHERE TO ADOPT NEW AND REVISED POLICIES.  THIS WAS ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT BY MRS. VALDES AND MRS. STUART, AND DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION IS GOING TO HIGHLIGHT THIS. THANK YOU.  

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, MR. EAKINS, STAFF. THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT C-8.06 APPROVING THE ADVERTISEMENT TO ADOPT NEW AND REVISED POLICIES FOR THE DIVISIONS OF BUSINESS, STUDENT SERVICES, OPERATIONS, HUMAN RESOURCES, AND CNI, WHICH IS GOING TO BECOME TEACHING AND LEARNING. DIVISION REPRESENTATIVES HAVE REVIEWED CURRENT LAWS AND POLICIES TO COME TO CONSENSUS AS TO POLICY LANGUAGE. REVISIONS WERE PROVIDED TO AND DISCUSSED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD AT THE WORKSHOP ON APRIL 5th, 2016. THE POLICY AS ATTACHED REFLECT THE WORK DURING THAT MEETING. THE RULE MAKING IS EXPECTED TO BE LISTED IN THE FLORIDA SENTINEL BULLETIN, LA GACETA AND THE "TAMPA BAY TIMES" ON MAY 13th. 2016. THE AS PROPOSED POLICIES WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE WEBSITE FOR REVIEW. ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO PRESENT ARGUMENT OR EVIDENCE MUST SUBMIT A WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE SUPERINTENDENT WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE NOTICE, SO THE DATES WOULD BE MAY 13th THROUGH JUNE 3rd. FINAL APPROVAL AND THE HEARING IS SCHEDULED TO GO TO THE BOARD ON JUNE 28th, 2016.  

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS IT FOR OUR AGENDA ITEMS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. MOTION BY MRS. VALDES, SECOND BY MRS. KURDELL. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. THE LAST ITEM THAT WE ARE GOING TO HEAR IS AN INFORMATION ITEM, WHICH IS ITEM 10.03, MATCHING FUNDS PROJECT AT 16 SCHOOLS. AND I AM NOT GOING TO NAME ALL THE SCHOOLS. MRS. SNIVELY ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT, AND MR. FARKAS IS GOING TO HIGHLIGHT THIS.  

>> THIS WILL BE QUICK. THE MAGIC FUND PROGRAM IS ONE THAT HAS BEEN IN PLACE FOR YEARS, WAS A VERY POSITIVE PROGRAM THAT ALLOWS US TO MATCH THE FUNDS THAT RAISED BY SCHOOLS, AND YOU CAN SEE FROM THE LIST OF SCHOOLS THE VARIETY OF SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS, IN EACH ONE OF THOSE SCHOOLS, THAT UTILIZED IT. JUST QUICK INFORMATION. IT IS ONE THAT WE PUT OUT FUNDS IN JULY AND THEN AGAIN IN JANUARY. TWO DIFFERENT SETS OF ALLEGATIONS TO HAVE MATCHING FUND. FOR THE PRINCIPALS, THOSE BOARD MEMBERS THAT INTERESTED ON THE WEBSITE UNDER PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION, RIGHT UNDERNEATH THE WHOLE PROCESS, THE APPLICATION WILL BE FOR MATCHING FUNDS. SO FOR ALL THE PRINCIPALS THAT LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR EVERYTHING FROM TECHNOLOGY TO MARQUEE SIGNS, WE ARE HAPPY TO TRY TO MATCH ANYTHING YOU CAN. QUICKLY THERE'S A $50,000 RULE EVERY THREE YEARS THE WAY THE FUNDS ARE SET UP NOW BUT WE ARE EXCITED TO HELP OUT A LOCALITY OF THE SCHOOLS THAT ON THE LIST AND LOOK FORWARD TO OUR NEXT ALLOCATION.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. MOVING RIGHT ALONG. WE ARE NOW, BOARD MEMBERS, INTO THE PORTION OF THE AGENDA TO HEAR FROM BOARD MEMBERS AND THE SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS. AND I HAVE GOTTEN A LOT OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK, BOARD MEMBERS, FROM STAFF AND DIFFERENT PEOPLE ABOUT THE CHALLENGE THAT I HAVE ISSUED AT THIS POINT IN THE MEETING, ESPECIALLY AFTER A LONG MEETING. SO I WOULD LIKE TO CHALLENGE US, COMING UP ON 7:00. CAN HAVE WE BE OUT OF HERE BY 7:15? ALL RIGHT. MRS. HAIRS.  

>>Sally Harris: BEING THAT I TALKED MORE TONIGHT THAN I USUALLY DO, I AM GOING TO ASK MR. PABLO IF HE WOULD JUST PLAY THE VIDEO -- NOT THE VIDEO BUT THE SLIDE SHOW. AND I HAVE LABELED IT SO YOU CAN JUST LOOK AT IT. I CAN TELL YOU THAT I HAVE BEEN A BUSY LITTLE BEAVER ACROSS THIS DISTRICT AND THERE IS LOTS GOING ON, AND IT'S ALL GOOD. SO I'M DONE TALKING.  

>> WE WANT TO THE SEE YOUR SLIDE SHOW.  

>>Sally Harris: HERE IT IS.  

>> MIX IN MUSIC NEXT TIME.  

>> I HAVE A SCHOOL THAT'S GOING TO DO THAT FOR ME. NEWER FOR A TREAT AND SOON. THIS WAS A LOT OF FUN, THE DANCE. STUART MIDDLE SCHOOL, MAKERS FAIR, WOW, WAS THAT A LOT OF FUN. THE BANANA PLAYED A TUNE. THAT WAS REALLY COOL. AND BREWSTER, THEY REALLY PULLED OUT THE RED CARPET TREATMENT WHEN I WAS THERE. AND THEN, OF COURSE, OUR AREA 5 AND 8 TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT CHALLENGE GAME, AND THERE'S THE CHEERLEADING SQUAD. THEY WERE GREAT. THE BANQUET, THAT WAS A LOT OF FUN. OUR STUDENTS SANG THERE. IF YOU LOOK REAL CLOSE YOU CAN SEE THE CHECKERS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD. IT'S A HUGE CHECKERS GAME. OF COURSE THE FOOD. IF YOU WENT TO THE FRESH FLAVOR FOOD, YOU GOT TO TASTE ALL THE WONDERFUL FOOD. PROJECT PROMISE. WE HAD ELVIS THERE. FRANK SINATRA AND MARILYN MONROE. OUR ATHLETIC BANQUET, HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL WAS WELL ATTENDED. EVERYBODY WAS REALLY REAL POSITIVE. AND WHAT WAS REALLY NEAT, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I REALLY FOCUSED ON WAS THAT MOST OF THE STUDENTS HAD TWO PARENTS ATTENDING THE EVENT WHICH TO ME SAID A LOT ABOUT FAMILY. I LOVE TO FOCUS ON THE FAMILY. THE ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL, THEY WERE AWESOME. THEIR PERFORMANCE BROUGHT TEARS TO YOUR EYES. IT WAS REALLY A GREAT PERFORMANCE. THAT ART RIGHT THERE IS FOR SALE AND IT WAS DONE BY ALL OF THE STUDENTS. AND THEN WE HAD THE SUMMER READING CHALLENGE. THAT WAS A GREAT EVENT AT THE CHILDREN'S BOARD. AND YOU CAN SEE OUR MAYOR AND OUR SUPERINTENDENT WERE ALL PART OF THAT. READING CHALLENGE. AND THEN I VISIT SIMS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND GOT TO TOUR THE SCHOOL. I GOT TO GO TO SPOTO AND MEET THE PROGRAM THERE, AND LOOK AT THIS.  THAT'S GOING TO BE THE NEXT SLIDE SHOW. LOOK AT THAT. THEY ARE GOING TO HELP ME. THEY ARE GOING TO HELP ME. AND KINGSWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. AND ONE OF THE KINDERGARTENER TEACHERS GOT ME TO READ TO THE CLASS THERE UNEXPECTEDLY. IT WAS GREAT. AND THEN I WENT TO GIBSONTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, RISING STAR BANQUET LAST NIGHT. AND THAT'S ALL THE RISING STARS FROM THAT SCHOOL WITH THEIR TEACHERS. AND AGAIN THAT'S A GREAT EVENT AND TEAR JERKING EVENT. AND THIS MORNING, BEFORE THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, MRS. STUART AND I WENT TO THE MOSAIC EDUCATION CENTER AND DID NOT KNOW WE WERE GOING TO BE IN THE WATER, IN THE WOODS, AND WE WERE NOT DRESSED APPROPRIATELY.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. MRS. VALDES.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I HAD SEVERAL CONGRATULATIONS TO SHARE TODAY. FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATIONS GRADUATE THE LADY RAVENS SOFTBALL TEAM FOR REACHING THE FINALS IN VERO BEACH THIS PAST WEEK. THEY REACHED THE FINALS. THEY DID NOT GET -- BUT NOW WHAT? YOU MADE THAT THE FAR, AND THAT WAS PHENOMENAL. AND AS WELL AS TO OUR LADY CHARGERS, STRAWBERRY CREST SOFTBALL TEAM MADE IT TO THE SEMI-FINALS, ALSO IN VERO BEACH. AND THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER FINALISTS, OUR SPORTS FINALISTS GOING ON THIS WEEK AS WE SPEAK, AND EVEN NOW THERE'S A COUPLE OF TOURNAMENTS GOING ON. SO WE'LL KNOW A LITTLE BIT MORE. LAST NIGHT, AT THE -- OH, GEE, WHAT WAS THAT PLAY? WHAT WAS IT CALLED? THE FIDDLERS. I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO BILL ROBINSON, WHICH IS THE TEACHER FOR THE AIR FORCE, ROTC FOR SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL AND I SHARED SOME PHENOMENAL NEWS OF SOME OF THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE LIEUTENANT COLONEL MORASCRO FOR THE AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC. HE IS THE INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR IN SIX REGIONS VERSUS 150 OFFICERS IN THE REGION. SO CONGRATULATIONS. AND ALSO MASTER SERGEANT ROBINSON, THE AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC FOR OUTSTANDING INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR WHICH IS A TOP 10% OF ALL INSTRUCTORS IN THE STATE. LIEUTENANT MO RSSCO AND SERGEANT ROBINSON WOULD HAVE HAD SETH EXCELLENCE IN ACTION AWARDS FOR THEIR WORK WITH OUR ESE STUDENTS AS WELL. THE UNIT RECEIVED THE JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT HALL OF FAME 2016 ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YEAR AWARD. THEY ALSO RAISED $4,000 FOR RELAY FOR LIFE AS A SILVER SPONSOR. THE UNIT HAS PROVIDED NEARLY 2,000 COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS TO THE TAMPA BAY AREA, AND THE UNIT RECEIVED AN EXCEEDS STANDARDS IN THIS YEAR'S HQ AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC INSPECTION. AND THE UNIT ALSO RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED UNIT AWARD WITH MERIT AWARD, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST AWARD IN THE AIR FORCE, AND IT'S AWARDED TO THE TOP 5% OF THE UNITS IN THE WORLD. AND THERE ARE 887 TOTAL UNITS. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO THESICLES GRIFFIN AIR FORCE, JR. ROTC FOR THEIR MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AND WHAT THEY HAVE PROVIDED, IT'S PHENOMENAL THE WORK THEY ARE DOING. AND LAST NIGHT AT THE FDLRS EVENT, MEMBER SNIVELY, YOU WERE THERE, AND THE EAST BAY -- THE STUDENT THAT PERFORMED THE HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL WAS JUST PHENOMENAL. THE WAY THEY INCORPORATED THE ESE STUDENTS, AND THE GEN ED STUDENTS AND HOW THEY EACH PLAYED A PART WAS EXTREMELY HEARTWARMING AND JUST GREAT WORK. IT WAS A VERY NICE EVENT. I ALSO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY LAST WEEK OF VISITING THE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM AT SULPHUR SPRINGS. AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WE ARE DOING AT THE ELEVATE SCHOOLS AND WITH THE PARTNERSHIP FOR THE YMCA, THERE IS A PROGRAM THAT THE KIDS ARE USING IN THE AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM CALLED TUNE INTO READING, AND WHEN YOU WALKED INTO THE MEDIA CENTER, YOU JUST HEARD THE KIDS SINGING AT THEIR OWN DIFFERENT PACE, SINGING, AND IT SHOWS YOU HOW THE TONE AND THE MOMENTUM OF THE STUDENTS, HOW THEY ARE READING AND SINGING AND IT'S JUST PHENOMENAL. AND THE KIDS, THEY WOULD TAKE AN ASSESSMENT AT THE END, AND THEY WERE ALL ELATED ONCE THEY REACHED THAT 100 THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO COMPREHEND THE STORY AND ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS ACCORDINGLY. THEY WOULD WIND UP GETTING A TREAT. IT'S A LITTLE DUM-DUM LOLLIPOP WHICH THE KIDS LOVED IT. AND LET ME TELL YOU THEY WERE ALL BOYS IN THIS PARTICULAR AFTER-SCHOOL SETTING, AND BOARD MEMBERS, LET ME TELL YOU THE LEVEL OF OF ENGAGEMENT. THE KIDS ARE LIKE, DO WE HAVE THE GO TO SUPPER? CAN WE FINISH THIS? THEY WERE SO ENGAGED AND FEELING GOOD ABOUT WHAT THEY WERE LEARNING. IT'S SOMETHING THAT I ENCOURAGE STAFF TO REALLY LOOK INTO AND SEE HOW WE CAN INCORPORATE MORE OF THESE, AGAIN THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX, USING INNOVATIVE WAYS. IF YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT OUR KIDS, AND THEY ARE IN THE BACK SEAT OF THE CAR AND YOU ARE DRIVING, AND THEY ARE SINGING RAP SONGS, AND THEY KNOW THESE LYRICS, AND THAT'S THAT CARROT, AND IT ENABLES THEM TO REALLY FIND A WAY OF BEING A ABLE TO ENJOY READING. SO THAT WAS JUST PHENOMENAL EXPERIENCE. AND ALSO THE HIGH SCHOOL AND THE MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETIC AWARDS CEREMONY WAS JUST WONDERFUL. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY AS WELL YESTERDAY TO BE ABLE TO BRING GREETINGS TO THE URBAN TEACHER RESIDENCY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM, AND THE PASSION THAT YOU SAW WITHIN THE GRADUATES THAT WERE THERE WAS JUST AMAZING, AND, WELL, THEY ARE JUST TAKING THAT NEXT LEADERSHIP STEP, AND IT'S JUST AMAZING TO SEE WHAT THAT PARTNERSHIP WITH USF AND THE URBAN TEACHER RESIDENCY PARTNERSHIP IS REALLY DOING ON BEHALF OF URBAN EDUCATION. SO THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS THIS EVENING, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF I'D LIKE TO WISH EVERY NURSE, NURSE ASSISTANT, A HAPPY, HAPPY NURSE'S WEEK. THE WORK THAT THEY DO REALLY IMPACTS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, AND I KNOW THAT SOMETIMES THEY FEEL VERY UNAPPRECIATIVE BECAUSE WE ARE ALWAYS THINKING ABOUT THE ACADEMICS AND THE END OF GETTING TO THAT POINT OF GRADUATING. BUT LET ME TELL YOU FOLKS, AND TO THE PRINCIPALS OUT THERE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO EVERYTHING THAT YOU CAN TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE HEALTH SIDE OF OUR STUDENTS, BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT IF THEY ARE NOT HEALTHY, IF THEY ARE NOT WELL FED, THEY CANNOT LEARN, SO THEY IMPACT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT TREMENDOUSLY. SO MY HAT GOES OFF TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU BECAUSE YOU HAVE OPTIONS OF BEING ABLE TO EARN A VERY NICE LIVING OUTSIDE OF THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT, BUT YET YOU CHOOSE TO COME INTO OUR DISTRICT AND REALLY HELP OUR STUDENTS SUCCEED. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I APPRECIATE YOU VERY MUCH FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND I AM GOING TO EXTEND OUR TIME.  

>> I CAN DO THIS.  

>>April Griffin: SO I DON'T RUSH YOU GUYS TOO MUCH. BUT LET'S TRY FOR 7:20. MRS. SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: I WILL TRY AND HURRY SINCE MRS. VALDES CUT INTO MY TIME. JUST KIDDING. I JUST HAD A FEW THANK-YOUS AND CONGRATULATIONS. I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE FROM LAST NIGHT SOME OF THE FOLKS THAT ONE SOME AWARDS. PARKS, WINNIE TYE, THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE AND HELPING TO COORDINATE AND SUPPORT. IT WAS AN AMAZING EVENT. THE FDLRS EXCELLENCE AWARDS, AND SUPER CATTED WHO IS PRINCIPAL AT BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL WON THE CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE AWARD. THEY SENT OUT AN AMAZING SPECIAL OLYMPICS AT THEIR SCHOOL. AND I WANTED TO RECOGNIZE WE ARE VERY EXCITED FOR HER. THEN SOMEONE IN OUR COMMUNITY OVER IN BRANDON, BRENDA SPRINGER FROM BELL SHOALS BAPTIST CHURCH AND HER HOPE SPECIAL NEEDS MINISTRY, AND THAT WAS AWESOME FOR HER TO GET RECOLLECTION NIGHTED FOR ALL OF THE EFFORTS THAT THEY HAVE WITH OUR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT. I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE FAITH CLARK WHO DOES DRAMA KIDS OUT IN THE AREA. SHE JUST WON THE FRANCHISE FOR THE WHOLE DISTRICT, AND SO I HOPE TO SEE DRAMA KIDS OUT THERE IN MORE SCHOOLS, BECAUSE IT'S A GREAT PROGRAM, AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR KIDS, AND WE NEED TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS FOR KID. I WANT TO THANK THE REPS. UNFORTUNATELY I HAD A BOARD MEETING AT THE HOSPITAL AND COULDN'T MAKE THE END OF YEAR RECEPTION BUT I KNOW THEY WORK HARD AND DILIGENTLY TO BE BRING INFORMATION BACK TO THE DISTRICT AND BRING INFORMATION TO SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS IN ORDER FOR US TO HELP BE US MAKE DECISIONS. SO THANK YOU TO THE CAC REPS OUT THEREBY THAT VOLUNTEER. THANK YOU TO HASSA FOR SPONSORING LUNCH FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS RECENTLY. WE HAD SOME REALLY GOOD DISCUSSION WITH THE LEADERSHIP FROM HASTA AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING AND CIRCUMSTANCE WILLINGER BACK WITH CONVERSATIONS THAT WE HAD ASSOCIATION REALLY GREAT IDEAS WENT AROUND THE TABLE THERE. I WANTED TO ALSO THANK KEVIN MARTIN, THE PRINCIPAL AT LITHIA SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR TOURING ME AGAIN FOR PROJECT INNOVATE, AND PROJECT INNOVATE, I LOVE TO GO AND SEE THE PROGRESS THAT THE STUDENTS ARE MAKING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THEY ARE SPONGES. THEY ARE AMAZING TO SEE HOW THEY WORK WITH THEIR OWN LAPTOPS AND DIGITAL DEVICES. IT'S JUST INCREDIBLE TO SEE HOW THEY PROGRESSED. THANK YOU TO RICHARD GEORGE AND DENNIS HOLT WHO TOURED ME AROUND. EVEN THOUGH I HAVE BEEN TO AJ A COUPLE OF TIMES WITH MY OWN KIDS IT'S KIND OF FUN TO SEE A DIFFERENT GROUP OF KIDS THERE AND REALLY LEARN ABOUT SOME OF THE HISTORY AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT JA PLANNED IN THE FUTURE FOR OUR STUDENTS, WHICH INCLUDES OF COURSE THE FINANCIAL PART THAT'S COMING SOON ADJACENT TO THEIR CURRENT PROPERTY IN TAMPA. SO THAT'S EXCITING TO HEAR ABOUT. AND THANK YOU TO MRS. MOBLEY AT PINECREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR HOSTING THE VOLUNTEER AND BUSINESS PARTNER LUNCHEON. AND WE APPRECIATE THAT. IT WAS REALLY, REALLY CUTE BECAUSE THEY HAVE THIS THING ABOUT, OH, GOSH, I KNOW I AM NOT GOING TO REMEMBER THIS RIGHT, BUT IT WAS A MOVIE THEME, KIND OF ROLLING OUT THE RED CARPET AND BEING CENTER STAGE. IT WAS JUST A REALLY NEAT THEME AND THEY WRAPPED UP LITTLE HOTDOGS IN TUXEDOS AND IT WAS COOL. SO THANK YOU TO HER AND HER TEAM OF LEAD EARTH'S AT PINECREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. AND I THINK THAT MIGHT BE IT FOR MY THANK-YOUS. SO BACK TO YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB.   

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. IT HAS BEEN MANY DAYS, WEEKS AND MONTHS OF TREMENDOUS CONTEMPLATION, REFLECTION AND PRAYER THAT I HAVE DECIDED NOT TO SEEK REELECTION. TO COME TO THIS MOMENT HAS NOT BEEN EASY. IT COMES AFTER SERIOUS CONVERSATIONS WITH MY DAUGHTER AND OTHER MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY, WITH OTHERS WHO LOVE AND SUPPORT ME. BE ASSURED THAT NO ONE EVENT OR SERIES OF EVENTS HAS LED ME TO THIS DECISION. DESPITE THE RAMPANT RUMORS WHIRLING AROUND ABOUT WHETHER I WOULD RUN OR NOT, MY DECISION TO RUN DID NOT COME FROM A PLACE OF FEAR. NEITHER AM I NOT RUNNING BECAUSE I AM BEING PUSHED OUT OR BECAUSE I HAVE NO MORE FIGHT LEFT IN ME. THOSE WHO CREATOR PERPETUATE SUCH NONSENSE OBVIOUSLY DON'T KNOW ME. THERE HAVE EITHER BEEN ISSUES THAT I AM NOT RUNNING AGAIN BECAUSE OF THE RECENT PASSING OF MY MOTHER. FRANKLY, IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE WAY MY MOTHER LIVED HER LIFE THAT HELPED ME TO CLEARLY TAKE THE DIRECTION THAT HIM TAKING. SHE LIVED THE LIFE OF PURPOSE, AND STRONG CONVICTIONS, A LIFE OF SUBSTANCE, OF TREMENDOUS FAITH AND COMMITMENT. THESE ARE AMONG THE VALUES THAT I CONSIDERED AND HONORED AS I HAVE COME TO THIS DECISION. AS WITH MANY THINGS IN LIFE THERE'S A BEGINNING AND AN ENDING, AND OPENING AND CLOSING, A POINT OF ENTERING AND A TIME FOR DEPARTURE. I CALL IT THE SEASONS IN ONE'S LIFE. AND SO IT IS MY SEASON TO END THIS CHAPTER OF ALMOST 42 YEARS AS AN EDUCATOR. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO DO, SO THE JOURNEY DOES NOT END WITH THIS DECISION. I AM STILL COMMITTED TO MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR HELPING TO CHANGE LIVES, TO SUPPORTING AND WORKING TO ENSURE THAT EVERY CHILD, ALL CHILDREN, HAVE THE BEST EDUCATION AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY SO RIGHTLY DESERVE. IT IS ALSO CRITICAL THAT I CONTINUE TO SUPPORT VALUE IN ALL THOSE WHO WORK IN OUR DISTRICT WHO MAKE THESE THINGS HAPPEN EVERY DAY. AND THAT INCLUDES ALL OF YOU. EMPLOYEES IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. MY MISSION REMAINS THE SAME. THE FIGHT CONTINUES, AND MY VOICE WILL CONTINUE TO BE AMONG THOSE WHO SPEAK OUT FOR CHANGE IS JUST THE PLACE, THE SPACE, OR THE BATTLEGROUND, IF YOU WILL. LIKE MANY OF YOU, I AM A PRODUCT OF THIS DISTRICT, AND IN MANY WAYS A CHILD OF IT. AS MY MOTHER WAS A FIFTH GRADE TEACHER AT HOME ACADEMY. IT IS WHERE I ALSO BEGAN MY OWN FORMAL EDUCATION AT AGE FIVE. THREE OF THE FOUR GENERATIONS OF EDUCATORS IN MY FAMILY HAVE SERVED AND CONTINUE TO SERVE IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. FOR ME, MY LIFE AS AN EDUCATOR GO WAY BEYOND THAT OF A JOB, A POSITION, OR A CAREER. I CONSIDER IT A CALLING, ONE THAT I TAP SERIOUSLY AND COMPEL TO ANSWER. THIS IS THE DISTRICT WHERE MY FAMILY FOR YEARS HAS CHOSEN TO EDUCATE OUR OWN CHILDREN BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IN IT AND WE BELIEVE AND SUPPORT PUBLIC EDUCATION. WHEN I TOOK THIS POSITION IN 2004, I PLEDGED THAT I WOULD SERVE WITH INTEGRITY AND DIGNITY, WITH DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT, THAT I WOULD COME PREPARED, THAT I WOULD LISTEN, THAT I WOULD BE YOUR VOICE, AND STAND UP FOR WAY BELIEVE IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. I WILL CONTINUE TO DO THOSE THINGS UNTIL I LEAVE IN NOVEMBER. I WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK THOSE OF YOU WHO SUPPORTED, ENCOURAGED AND BELIEVED IN ME OVER THE YEARS. I AM HONORED BY THAT TRUST AND CONFIDENCE. THANK YOU FOR STANDING WITH ME AND STANDING UP FOR ME, FOR I COULD NEVER HAVE DONE IT ALONE. THANK YOU FOR CARING ABOUT CHILDREN AND WANTING THE BEST FOR THEM. BECAUSE THROWS STILL IMPORTANT WORK BEFORE US, THIS IS GOING TO BE WHAT I AM GOING TO CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON AND GIVE MY TIME AND ENERGY TO IT. AND SO THIS WILL BE THE ONLY STATEMENT I WILL BE MAKING AND ADDRESSING ABOUT MY DECISION. LIKE AN EAGLE, PERHAPS A ROBLES EAGLE, I KNOW WHEN I SHOULD TAKE FLIGHT WITH ASSURANCE THAT THERE WILL BE YET ANOTHER PLACE FOR ME TO LAND, NEW PLACES TO EXPLORE, AND OPPORTUNITIES TO FULFILL FOR WHAT I WAS CALLED TO DO. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: PLAINTIFF SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YES, MA'AM. THAT'S GOING TO BE A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW, MRS. EDGECOMB. I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY AFTER THAT. YOU SAID IT ALL. AND DEFINITELY I APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE, AS A TEACHER, AS A LEADER, IN THE TITLE 1 DEPARTMENT, AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, YOU SERVED THIS DISTRICT SO TREMENDOUSLY, AND THE CHILDREN OF THIS DISTRICT AS YOU MENTION, THAT'S BEEN YOUR FOCUS. SO I JUST WANT TO COMMEND YOU. AND I KNOW EVEN IN READING THAT STATEMENT THERE WAS A LOT OF THINGS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND AS YOU WERE READING IT AND I'M SURE THERE WERE A LOT OF THINGS GOING THREW PEOPLES MINDS AS YOU WERE READING IT BUT YOUR INSPIRATION AND FOCUS ON THE KIDS HAS BEEN THE HALLMARK OF YOUR CAREER. SO CONGRATULATIONS ON THAT. AND LIKE I SAID, I HAVE NO DOUBT TO THE VERY LAST MEETING THAT YOU ARE HERE THAT YOU ARE GOING TO ADVOCATES FOR THOSE KIDS. SO I DO HAVE JUST A FEW COMMENTS AND I WILL MAKE THEM BRIEF. AND I AM OVER TIME. ALL RIGHT. SO I JUST HAVE A COUPLE OF ITEMS I WANT TO GO OVER WITH YOU IN THE UPDATES. FIRST OF ALL, JUST SO YOU KNOW, I THINK I MENTIONED THIS AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING, WE HAD SOME SCHOOLS THAT WERE FINALISTS FOR MAGNET SCHOOL OF THE YEAR AND THAT EVENT OCCURRED DOWN IN MIAMI LAST WEEK. THERE WERE ALL KINDS OF TWEETS GOING OUT FRIDAY NIGHT. BUT WE HAVE GO OF OUR SCHOOLS, MULLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS NAMED THE MERIT AWARD WINNER, THE NUMBER 2 MAGNET SCHOOL IN THE NATION. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO MULLER. [ APPLAUSE ] RIVER HILLS ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL WAGS NAMED THE NEW AND EMERGING MAGNET SCHOOL OF THE YEAR, WHICH MEANS THEY ARE THE NUMBER ONE NEW MAGNET SCHOOL IN THE NATION. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO RIVER HILLS. [ APPLAUSE ] WE ARE SO PROUD OF THE STAY TUNED AND STAFF OF THESE TWO SCHOOLS. THEY WORKED TIRELESSLY TO APPEAR FOR THE VISITS OF THE MAGNET SCHOOLS OF AMERICA AND SHARE THE SUCCESSES OF THEIR SCHOOLS AND INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS THEIR PREPARING THEIR STUDENTS FOR LIFE IN. I HAVE A REALLY NEAT PICTURE OF MULLER. SO I DON'T KNOW IF ANY OF YOU SAW THIS ON THE "TAMPA BAY TIMES" SECTION OVER THE WEEKEND, AND THEY WERE BEING HELD AT THE IGM ACADEMY. AND AS I WAS READING, I WAS LIKE, OKAY, IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING? BUT WE HAD A STUDENT THAT WAS A RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL SHARK RUNNING. HER NAME IS BAILEY HERTENSTINE, RUNNING THE 1600-METER RACE AND SHE FELL IN THE MIDDLE. AND SHE WAS A FAVORITE TO WIN. SHE'S A SOPHOMORE. SHE WAS ABOUT TO TAKE THE LEAD IN THE RACE GOING AROUND ENTERING INTO THE LAST LAP. AND SHE TRIPPED. AND SHE FELL. AND SHE SKINNED UP HER KNEES, AND THE OTHER RUNNERS WERE JUMPING OVER TOP OF HER AND OF COURSE SHE WAS JUST LAYING THERE ON THE TRACK, AND SHE GOT UP AND CONTINUED TO RUN. AND DESPITE THE FACT THAT IS CORRECT SHE WAS NOW IN 8th PLACE AND EVERYONE ELSE WAS GOING THEIR FULL SPEED AHEAD OF HER WITH, SCRAPES ON HER LEGS, ARMS AND SHOULDERS, BAILEY DID NOT GIVE HUPP UP. SHE TOOK OFF SPRINTING AND ONE BY ONE SHE PICKED OFF THE RUNNERS AHEAD OF HER. BAILEY CROSSED THE FINISH LINE IN FIRST PLACE, STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, WITH A TIME OF FIVE MINUTES 14 SECONDS. [ APPLAUSE ] SHE TOLD A REPORTER AFTERWARDS, ALL I KNEW WAGS THAT I HAD TO GET UP AND GO. SO YOU JUST NEVER GIVE UP. CONGRATULATIONS TO BAILEY. I'M SURE YOU WILL PROBABLY SEE HER, IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN, AT A RECOGNITION MEETING NEXT WEEK BECAUSE I THINK WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME OF THE WINNERS IN OUR ATHLETICS COMING BUFF. I WANTED TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE PRELUDE OF HER STORY. SO BAILEY, THANK YOU FOR SETTING A GREAT EXAMPLE OF PUSHING AHEAD DESPITE THE STUMBLES THAT COME UP IN LIFE OF COURSE, IT WAS ALREADY MENTIONED ABOUT THE FRESH FLAVORS. I WENT AND TRIED ALL THE DIFFERENT RECIPES. I THINK THAT IS SO COOL THAT OUR KIDS GET A VOICE ABOUT WHAT THEY HEAT. EAT.  SO I WANT TO THANK MRS. HARRIS AND THE TRANSPORTATION STAFF FOR GETTING THE KIDS THEREBY THAT DAY. THEY SAID IT WAS THE BEST FIELD TRIP EVER. THAT IS WHAT THEY SAID. SO FINALLY, IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE GRADUATION IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. AND WE ARE KICKING OFF A SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN WITH THROWBACK THURSDAYS. BE AWARE OF.  THIS WE ARE ASKING OUR PRINCIPALS, OUR TEACHERS AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND SENIOR STAFF AND OTHER STAFF MEMBERS TO TWEET OUT THEIR SENIOR PICTURE OR A PICTURE FROM GRADUATION DAY. WE ARE ALSO ASKING COMMUNITY MEMBERS, LOCAL MEDIA AND ANYONE ELSE WHO WANTS TO GET IN ON THE FUN. SO, YES, I HAVE MY GRADUATION PICTURE. I LOOK TEN, OKAY, JUST SO YOU KNOW.  I AM ALREADY PREPARING YOU FOR THAT. USE THE HASHTAG HCPS PROUD AND HERE IS EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR. SO FROM THE CLASS AND THE PRIDE OF THE 1993 CLASS IN NEW YORK, WE HAVE OUR VERY OWN CHIEF OF STAFF. (LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE) OF COURSE THE ONE AND ONLY VAZQUEZ. THERE YOU GO. SO WITH THAT, I AM DONE WITH MY COMMENTS TONIGHT. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: WERE YOU DRINKING SOME CHOCOLATE MILK THERE? WERE THOSE WHY ARE COMMENTS, MR. SUPERINTENDENT? WOW! THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.