Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from May 17, 2016

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EDUCATION FOR THE AND OUR VISION IS WHAT? SAY IT WITH ME. PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THANK YOU. IF WE COULD ALL RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THEN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY OUR VICE CHAIR MRS. STUART. (MOMENT OF SILENCE). [ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE STUDENT MEMBER ON OUR CITIZEN ADVISORY COUNCIL THIS EVENING. REPRESENTING BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL, WHO WILL BE SERVING AS OUR STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER THIS EVENING, IS VICTORIA HOLLAND. WELCOME. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOU HAVE SOMETHING WORKED OUT SO THAT IF YOU WANT TO ADDRESS AN ITEM THAT YOU WILL INDICATE. AT ANY POINT IN THE CONVERSATION THAT YOU WANT TO JOIN IN, PLEASE, WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR VOICE. THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THE WITHDRAWN ITEMS ARE C-405, C 406, C 607 R AND C 617. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. STUART. A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. WE HAVE ADOPTED THE AGENDA. ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MRS. SNIVELY WHO IS IN WASHINGTON RIGHT NOW ADVOCATING FOR CHILD LITERACY. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE MAY 10th, 2016 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, THE MAY 12, 2016 GRIEVANCE HEARING AND THE MAY 12, 2016 LEVEL 3 GRIEVANCE HERE. MOTION BY MRS. STUART, SECOND BY MRS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? ANY AMENDMENTS? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSES. THEY PASS UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU. MADAM VICE CHAIR, IF YOU WILL PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES.

>> THANK YOU. AS WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON'S MEETING LET ME QUICKLY REVIEW THE FORMAT OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. PLEASE LICENSE ALL ELECTRONIC ITEMS. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE APPROVED UPON MOTION AND VOTE UNLESS AN ITEM IS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THE AGENDA AND ALL BACKUP DOCUMENTATION ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE. THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON THE LIVE WE SHALL CAST ON CABLE TV AND THE VIDEO MONITOR HERE IN THE AUDITORIUM OF THE COUNTY ALSO BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING LATER IN THE VIDEO ARCHIVES. DURING THE MEETING THERE IS A TABLET AVAILABLE AT OUR COMMUNICATIONS DESK THAT CAN BE USED TO VIEW THE LIVE BROADCAST WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING. THERE ARE SPEAKERS IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM TO HAVE BEEN ALLOW BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR THE MEETING SHOULD WE LEAVE THE DAIS. SPEAKERS WILL BE GRANTED THREE MINUTES TO ADDRESS A SINGLE AGENDA ITEM OR A TOTAL OF FIVE MINUTES TO ADDRESS TWO OR MORE AGENDA ITEMS. WHEN TEN OR MORE SPEAKERS WISH TO SPEAK TO THE SAME AGENDA ITEM, SPEAKING TIME WILL BE REDUCED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER. IF THERE ARE STILL SPEAKERS LEFT AFTER THE 45-MINUTE ALLOTTED TIME ENDS, THE REMAINDER OF THE SPEAKERS WILL BE HEARD PRIOR TO A 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 OPERATE THE ORDERLY CONDUCT. OUR CIVILITY POLICY IS IN EFFECT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. IF I HEAR SOME DISSENSION FROM THE AUDIENCE, THEN I WILL CONTINUE WITH THE AGENDA AS IT IS. BUT I JUST WANT TO FIND OUT. WE HAVE A RECOGNITION OF OUR STATE CHAMPIONS FOR BASEBALL. WOULD ANYBODY WHO SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT TAKE ISSUE IF WE LET THESE YOUNG GENTLEMEN GET OUT OF HERE QUICKLY? BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THAT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT BEFORE PUBLIC COMMENT. IF THERE'S ANYBODY WHO OBJECTS TO THAT, STATE IT AND WE'LL MOVE WITH THE AGENDA AS IT IS. ALL RIGHT, WE ARE GOING TO PULL THAT FORWARD. II WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE GUEST WHO ENTERTAINED US PRIOR TO THE MEETING. TODAY'S ENTERTAINMENT WAS PRESENTED BY ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHORUS. AND ACCOMPANYING THEM TODAY IS ERNESTO CHICKALOWSKI. [ APPLAUSE ] JUST SAY YOUR NAME, SWEETIE.

>> MACEIE. 4th GRADE.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. WELCOME.

>> MY NAME IS GRACE. I'M IN 4th GRADE. AND I LIKE TO SING AND ACTED.

>>April Griffin: AWESOME. KEEP MOVING.

>> I'M 4th GRADE AND I LOVE TO DANCE.

>> MY NAME IS ADDISON. I'M IN 4th GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS TATUM. I'M IN 4th GRADE. I LOVE TO ACT.

>> MY NAME IS EMMA. I'M IN 4th GRADE AND I LOVE ANIMALS.

>> MY NAME IS SOPHIA AND I'M IN 4th GRADE.

>> I'M ELANA IN FOURTH GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS MORGAN STEPHANIE AND I LOVE TO DANCE.

>> MY NAME IS KILEY AND I'M IN 5th GRADE.

>> I'M IN 5th GRADE.

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

>> MY NAME IS ALICE AND I'M IN FIFTH GRADE. I LIKE SOCCER AND MUSIC.

>> MY NAME IS JOSHUA. I LIKE SOCCER.

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

>> I LIKE TO PLAY SOCCER AND I'M IN FOURTH GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS ASHLEY PLAYED SOCCER FOR SEARCH YEARS.

>> MY NAME IS BOOKER.

>> MY NAME -- I'M IN FIFTH GRADE.

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

>> I'M THEIR MUSIC TEACHER AND I LIKE KIDS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> AND I'M CHRIS DICKENS FROM ROOSEVELT AND I'M GLAD SHE LIKES KIDS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> YOU DID A GREAT JOB. TURN AROUND THIS WAY.

>> MRS. CHICKA LOWSKI NEEDED TO BE UP FRONT. MAYBE THEY CAN WAVE. BYE. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. WE ARE GOING TO MOVE THE PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS UP. NUMBER ONE IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE 2016 FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION STATE CHAMPIONS FOR BASEBALL, AND LANIS ROBINSON, DIRECTOR FOR ATHLETICS, WELCOME.

>>ARE THANK YOU. THAT'S A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW. GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF. IT'S A PLEASURE TO COME AND BE ABLE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU TWO TEAMS THAT WERE STATE CHAMPIONS. I HAVE TO TELL YOU, WE HAD A RECOGNITION LAST WEEK. WE THINK COULDN'T DO IT THEN BECAUSE THIS EVENT JUST CONCLUDED ON SATURDAY. SO WE WANTED TO BRING THEM AND BE ABLE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEM TODAY. AND THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO DO THAT. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU TWO SCHOOLS ABOUT SEVEN MILES APART. THEY BOTH WON STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS. I ASKED THE QUESTION -- I HAD THE QUESTION ASKED, AND THAT'S A SIMPLE QUESTION, WE HAD CLASSIFICATIONS AND THOSE ARE BASED ON STUDENT ENROLLMENT. SO THE STUDENT ENROLLMENT FOR THESE TWO SCHOOLS ARE NOT EXACTLY THE SAME, AND IT'S BROKEN DOWN AS SUCH. SO WE HAVE THE 7-A AND THE 8-A STATE CHAMPIONS THAT WILL PRESENT TODAY. AND FIRST UP WE HAVE OUR 7-A STATE CHAMPION FROM GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL, HERE TO INTRODUCE THE COACH, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ADMINISTRATION FOR GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL, JODY WOODS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> IT'S MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE OUR SECOND YEAR HEAD COACH NELSON MILLER. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> WELL, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. I'LL START RIGHT NOW AND BRING IN MY FIRST ASSISTANT COACH HUNTER HENDERSON. [ APPLAUSE ] PITCHER ROD. ANDREW. MARTIN.

>> IF WE COULD HOLD OUR APPLAUSE TILL THE END SO WE CAN HEAR ALL THE NAMES. THANK YOU.

>> FIRST BASEMAN, RICARDO GONZALEZ. GAVIN GILLESPIE. RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER THEY'RE J MASSIC. OUTFIELDER JORDAN WILLIAMS. JULIAN LOPEZ. CATCHER ADDISON DUBIN. INFIELDER PITCHER ALEX SANTIAGO. PITCHER ANTHONY ALVAREZ. OUTFIELDER KENNY RODRIGUEZ. TIRE TIPTON. CATCHER DANNY GOTCHER. JOSE GADANIS. LYLE MORALES. DERRICK CRUM. RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER SPENCER YELNON. CAMERON WILLIAMS. OUTFIELDER AJDRISDON. EDGAR NUNEZ. INFIELDER JASON GONZALEZ. INFIELDER CHIPPER HOLLAND. INFIELDER KOBEY HARFIELD. DRISCOLL. JOSH JORDAN. AND THERE'S THE TEAM. [ APPLAUSE ] I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE BOARD FOR ALLOWING US TO BE HERE. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. ROBINSON FOR HIS GUIDANCE, OUR FIRST YEAR AD, JODY WOODS AND PRINCIPAL TOMMY MORALE. WE APPRECIATE ALL THE SUPPORT FROM THE COUNTY. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY WHAT A GREAT COUNTY THIS IS FOR THE SPORT OF BASEBALL. THERE WERE A LOT OF TEAMS IN THE REGIONALS WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO CONGRATULATE OUR NEIGHBORS STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL ON THEIR STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AS WELL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Doretha Edgecomb: COACH, BEFORE YOU -- OH, OKAY. WHILE YOU ARE TAKING THE PICTURE, FIRST OF ALL, YOUNG MEN, CONGRATULATIONS. BUT I ALSO WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU. YOU TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF RELATIONSHIPS. YOU CALLED EVERY NAME AND EVERY POSITION WITHOUT A SINGLE NOTE. AND THAT SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THESE GREAT PLAYERS AND THE FACT THAT YOU KNOW THEM, NOW THEM WELL, NOW WHAT THEY PLAY, AND I JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT'S WHAT GRADUATION -- MAKES A GREAT TEAM. SO CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDEZ.

>>Susan Valdes: BOYS, BEFORE YOU GUYS LEAVE, A SHOW OF HANDS. WHO ARE OUR SENIORS OUT THERE? WOW, WHAT A WAY TO END THE SENIOR YEAR. CONGRATULATIONS. SEE YOU AT GRADUATION, BOYS. MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: I JUST WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN BECAUSE I KNOW THIS IS A BIG FIRST FOR YOU. AND RECOGNIZE MR. KUMULLI, HE'S IN THE HOUSE AS WELL, A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR HIM AS YOUR FORMER COACH. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I'M GLAD YOU ASKED ABOUT THE SENIORS, BECAUSE I HEARD THAT SOME OF THE SENIORS SINCE THEY ARE OUT AT SCHOOL THEY WERE AT THE BEACH AND THEY CAME BACK FOR THIS TODAY. SO OUR NEXT TEAM THAT WE ARE GOING TO PRODUCE, I GUESS, TODAY FOR YOU THE CLASS 8-A STATE CHAMPION, AND COACH, THERE'S NO PRESSURE ON ANNOUNCING THE NAMES. HERE TO INTRODUCE THE COACH PRINCIPAL STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL MISS KELLY KING.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU. IT'S AN HONOR TO BE HERE TODAY. IF YOU HAVEN'T HAD A CHANCE YET I WANT TO TELL YOU TO CHECK OUT THE 7th INNING OF OUR GAME. IT WAS AMAZING COMEBACK. OUR HEAD COACH AND ONLY HEAD COACH IN STEINBRENNER HISTORY, MR. JOHN CRUMBLY. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU, BOARD. THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT. MY NAME IS JOHN CRUMBLY. I FORGOT WHAT GRADE I AM IN BUT I LOVE BASEBALL AND I LOVE THESE GUYS. FIRST UP, WE HAVE NUMBER ONE CATCHER JOEY TORINO. NUMBER 5 CATCHER MILLER LUKE. NUMBER 7 FRESHMAN, SHORT STOP, DANIEL BATISTA. NEXT WE HAVE NUMBER 8, FRESHMAN JESSE O'ROURKE. NUMBER 9, SENIOR, LEFT FIELDER, RYAN RUSSELL. NUMBER 10, SENIOR CATCHER, NICHOLAS ALESSI. NUMBER 12, SENIOR THIRD BASEMAN BRADLEY HESHAM. NUMBER 13, STARTING PITCHER IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, LEFT-HANDED PITCHER FIRST BASEMAN PATRICK PKBORIS. JR., NUMBER 14, CENTER FIELDER CAM COAKLEY. FIRST BASEMAN, OUTFIELDER, LEFT-HANDED PITCHER, SOPHOMORE, NUMBER 15, JACOB BAKER. NUMBER 16, SOPHOMORE INFIELDER OUTFIELDER ERIC CINCINNATI. NUMBER 17, JUNIOR, RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER, UTILITY PLAYER, CJ CORNELIUS VAN IKE. JUNIOR FIRST BASEMAN, NUMBER 20, RYAN GLASS. NUMBER 21, SENIOR, SIDE ARMER, NICHOLAS PERRY. UT SIGNEE, SENIOR, OUTFIELDER, DREW BURKHARDT, NUMBER 22. NUMBER 23, RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER, WINNING PITCHER IN A STATE FINAL, DAVID CRAWFORD, JR. WE HAVE, IF YOU WATCHED THE BRIGHT HOUSE, WE HAVE OUR LINE-UP READER, SENIOR NUMBER 24, EXCELLENT YOUNG MAN GOING TO OL' MISS, KYLE LANGIATTA. NUMBER 29, RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER, SENIOR, AL ALBURGER. I COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT THE NEXT THREE GUYS COACHING STAFF, JASON HORTON HAS THE DISTINCT, I GUESS, HONOR OF KNOWING MANY OF THE GAITHER KIDS BECAUSE HE WAS OVER AT GAITH TER LAST TWO YEARS AND HELPED COACH, AND HE'S BACK WITH US THIS YEAR AND HELPING US. SO THAT'S JASON GORDON TEACHER AT STEINBRENNER. NEXT THE ORIGINAL COACHING STAFF, SEAN FOWLER, HISTORY TEACHER AT STEINBRENNER. AND MY WING MAN CAME WITH ME A LONG TIME AT THE OTHER SCHOOL THAT I WAS AT THAT WE DON'T TALK ABOUT MUCH, STEVE MORGAN. [ APPLAUSE ] BETTER KNOWN AS STICK.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: ALL I CAN SAY YOU ARE ON IT. CONGRATULATIONS, GENTLEMEN. AND THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ALL THE EXTRAS OF THIS GREAT TEAM. HOW LONG HAS IT BEEN SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN AT STEINBRENNER?

>> I OPENED IT UP. I'M THE OLD GUY.

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES, (.

>>Susan Valdes: A PERSONAL PRIVILEGE TO REMEMBER TOWN AND COUNTRY PONY BASEBALL DAYS, AND SOME THINGS JUST DON'T CHANGE. CONGRATULATIONS. WHAT YOU SAW HERE TODAY, THIS AFTERNOON, MEMBER EDGECOMB, HE'S BEEN THAT WAY, KNOWS HIS KIDS, KNOWS THE NUMBERS, KNOWS THE POSITION AND HE TROWEL LASS THE LOVE, AND IT'S SHOWN RIGHT HERE. THANK YOU. CONGRATULATIONS, BOYS. VERY PROUD OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: I WANT TO CONGRATULATE STEINBRENNER AGAIN. I KNOW IT WAS A ROUGH SATURDAY DOWN SOUTH FOR THIS WEEKEND, BUT I ALSO WANT TO CALL UP MR. PUMULLA WITH A SPECIAL PRESENTATION.

>> YES. THIS AWARD IS FROM THE BAY AREA BASEBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION, WHICH JOHN IS A MEMBER. WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER MEETING THIS YEAR SO I THINK IT WOULD BE VERY A RAH POSITIVE TO PRESENT THIS AWARD TO HIM. THIS IS ACTUALLY THE PICTURE THAT CAME OUT IN THE PAPER, IN THE WRITE-UP IN THE PAPER, AND HIS 700th WIN. I THINK HE ADDED A FEW SINCE. I KNOW HE HAS. AND HE IS THE WINNINGEST COACH IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> CONGRATULATIONS, GENTLEMEN.

>> AS THEY LEAVE, JOHN WON TWO STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS WHEN HE WAS A COACH AT JESUIT, WAS THERE FOR MANY, MANY YEARS BEFORE HE OPENED STEINBRENNER. THREE? SORRY! (LAUGHTER).

>>April Griffin: MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. WE PROVIDE AN AMAZING EDUCATION FOR OUR KIDS BUT WE PROVIDE UNBELIEVABLE PROGRAMS FOR OUR KIDS AND ATHLETIC PROGRAMS, AND SO COACH CRUMBLY, CONGRATULATIONS. THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. AT THE END OF THE DAY WE PROVIDE NOT ONLY IN CLASS EVERY DAY WHAT THE KIDS NEED BUT ON THE FIELD THE SAME KIND OF SUPPORT TO BUILD THE GREAT CULTURE WE ARE GROWING ACROSS THIS DISTRICT. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. NOW WE ARE ONTO THE AUDIENCE COMMENTS. MADAM VICE CHAIR, IF YOU COULD PLEASE READ THE STATEMENT PREPARED BY OUR ATTORNEY.

>> THE BOARD VALUES AND APPRECIATES YOUR COMMENTS. THIS IS YOUR TIME TO TELL THE BOARD WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY RAISE DURING PUBLIC COMMENT, IT IS THE BOARD'S PRACTICE TO NOTE YOUR COMMENT AND 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 YOUR COMMENTS FROM THE DAIS.

>> THANK YOU. I AM GOING TO CALL THE FIRST TWO SPEAKERS UP AND EACH ONE OF THESE SPEAKERS HAS FIVE MINUTES BECAUSE THEY SIGNED UP FOR MORE THAN ONE ITEM. PATRICIA HALL. YOU SIGNED UP FOR C 904 AND C 905. WELCOME. AND THEN MARK KLUTHO WILL BE NEXT.

>> MR. EAKINS AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL COOPERATION OF YOUR STAFF AND THE LADIES IN THE PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE. YOU HAVE TERRIFIC EMPLOYEES. THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTE CERTIFIES NONPARTISAN. WE NEVER SUPPORT OR ENDORSE CANDIDATES. OUR MISSION IS TO PROMOTE, ACTIVE AND INFORMED PARTICIPATION OF CITIZENS AND GOVERNMENT. WITH THAT IN MIND, THE STATE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HEADED A STUDY TWO YEARS AGO FOCUSED ON CHARTER SCHOOL DATA, DEMOGRAPHICS, SCHOOL GRADES, AND TEACHER TURNOVER, INCLUDING VARIATIONS OF CHARTER SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. OUR EDUCATION COMMITTEE HAS FOUND MANY GOOD CHARTERS LOCALLY, AND RECENTLY MET WITH AND BEGAN ADVISING THE TWO PINELLAS COUNTY LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ORGANIZATIONS. EXCUSE ME. WE BECAME REACTIVATED BY STORIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY OF BAD CHARTER SCHOOLS. HUGE IMBALANCE OF PUBLIC DOLLARS ARE NOW USED FOR REAL ESTATE DEALS. TODAY WE ARE HERE TO BRING YOU UP TO DATE ABOUT OUR CONTINUING STUDY OF CHARTER SCHOOL FINANCES AND FACILITIES. A LONG-TERM LEASE EXTENSION FOR WINTHROP IS ON YOUR SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA TODAY. WHAT DOES THE SCHOOL BOARD GET FOR THE 15-YEAR EXTENSION OF THE CONTRACT? USUALLY EACH PARTY IN A CONTRACT BENEFITS IN SOME WAY. DO CHARTER SCHOOLS RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDS? WHAT KIND OF FEDERAL ASSISTANCE DO CHARTER SCHOOLS GET FOR FACILITY DEVELOPMENT? ONE LAWYER OUR OUR TEAM FOUND NEW MARKET TAX CREDITS FOR LOOK-INCOME COMMUNITIES, AND I SUSPECT THAT HAS HAPPENED HERE BUT WE CAN'T GET THOSE RECORDS BECAUSE CHARTER SCHOOLS USA IS A FOR-PROFIT COMPANY. USING THE 2015 AUDIT FROM YOUR VERY EFFICIENT BUDGET DEPARTMENT, WE DISCOVERED QUITE A RANGE OF COSTS IN THE 41 CHARTER SCHOOLS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THE LOWEST FACILITY COST FOR RENTS, LEASES AND INTEREST WAS INDEPENDENCE ACADEMY SHILOH AT 93,950 A YEAR. THE HIGHEST FACILITY COST, WINTHROP, 27,325,619 DOLLARS. 25% OF THE SCHOOL REVENUE FOR FACILITIES. WHAT IS THE REASON CHARTER SCHOOL USA CHARGES THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SUCH EXCESSIVELY HIGH LEASE RATES PLUS MONTHLY RENT CHARGES? THESE CHASSAHOWITZKA ARE BETWEEN THE LANDLORD, RED A LT. WOODMONT WHICH IS A SUDDEN BESIDERY OF JOHN HAIGE WHO IS THE CEO OF CHARTER SCHOOLS USA. WHAT CAN WE DO -- EXCUSE ME, I LEFT THE SECOND PART, THE CONTRACTS BETWEEN RED APPLE AND BAY AREA CHARTER FOUNDATION HEADED BY KEN HIKO WHO IS CONSIDERED THE TENANT. WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP THE DISTRICT LIMIT THESE EXORBITANT FACILITY COSTS? THESE TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE SPENT ON RENTS, LEASES AND INTEREST. THEY ARE NOT INSTRUCTING STUDENTS OR RETAINING THE BEST TEACHERS OR BUYING CLASSROOM MATERIALS AND CURRICULUM OR TEXTBOOKS. FLORIDA LAW IS VERY CHARTER FRIENDLY, AND AS A RESULT THE TAXPAYERS AND SCHOOL DISTRICT HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED FROM FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY WITHOUT APPROPRIATE INPUT. JOHN HAIGE HAS BRAGGED THAT HE WROTE THE LAW AND HIS SCHOOLS ARE DUPLICATING TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS BUT WITHOUT LIBRARIES, MUSIC FACILITIES, LARGE PLAYGROUNDS, CAFETERIAS, AND WITH MINIMAL TRANSPORTATION. WOODMONT WAS THE VERIZON CALL CENTER IN TEMPLE TERRACE. THE LAND AND BUILDING WERE PURCHASED BY RYAN CONSTRUCTION FOR 3.7 MILLION IN MARCH OF 2011. THE BARELY RENOVATED BUILDING WAS SOLD TO RED APPLE DEVELOPMENT FOR 9.7 MILLION IN SEPTEMBER OF 2011. RED APPLE SECURED A MORTGAGE FROM CHURCH LOANS AND INVESTMENTS AND TRUST IN TEXAS FOR 9.8 MILLION. THEY PAID OFF THE MORTGAGE IN 16 MONTHS. JANUARY 2013. WOODMONT HAS BEEN GRADED DFCD IN 2015. THAT'S FOUR GRADES. THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS BEING CHARGED OVER $30 A SQUARE FOOT IN THE AFOREMENTIONED LEASE WITH WINTHROP, $TAKE A SQUARE FOOT AT WOODMONT AND 21.50 AT HENDERSON HAM ROCK. DOWNTOWN GLASS TOWERS CHAMPIONSHIP $20 A SQUARE FOOT. THE LEASE FEES ARE EXORBITANT, AND WE ASK YOU, WHAT CHOICE DO TAXPAYERS HAVE? THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. HAUL. JUST FOR YOUR INFORMATION, WOVE PULLED UP THOSE TWO AGENDA ITEMS YOU ARE SPEAKING TO, TO THE TOP OF THE AGENDA.

>> TERRIFIC. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MR. KLUTHO.

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. 9.04, 05, HAD 06. THE PUBLIC MONEY GOING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS, NOT -- I MEAN, WHAT CAN I ADD TO WHAT SHE JUST SAID? IT'S A RACKET. THAT'S WHAT IT IS. IT'S A RACKET. UNCONSTITUTIONAL. GO OVER HERE TO 7.06, 7.07, 7.08. YOU HAVE TO DO THE ROOFS ON THESE SCHOOLS. I'LL BET THEY WON'T BE RIGHT. BUT THE BIG ONE HERE, 7.03, YOU ARE GOING TO DEDICATE THE SITE OF THIS NEW SCHOOL, TRIPLE CREEK SUBDIVISION. I GUARANTEE YOU, THIS WILL BE ANOTHER DEBACLE. YOU JUST DID ONE THAT -- OH, ONE THIS WAY, ONE THIS WAY. AND IT'S GREEN. AND IN 2016 WHEN YOU CAN'T GET THAT RIGHT,. HOW IN THE WORLD, AFTER MAY 29, 1998, BILL BROWNING HERE, THE AUTHOR OF SUSTAINABLE BUILDING, CAN ANYONE EXPECT YOU TO GET IT RIGHT? SO LOOK AT MAY 17th. THE USA TODAY. THE GLOBAL THERMOSTAT. JUST KEEPS RISING. THE CORAL AT THE GREAT BARRIER REEF. WHAT IT SAYS HERE, 93% OF IT HAS SUFFERED SOME LEVEL OF BLEACHING. ABOUT 81% OF THE REEFS NORTHERN THIRD HAS SEVERE BLEACHING. NOW, AGAIN, THE WORD, WHICH I DON'T THINK YOU UNDERSTAND, IT'S CORRELATION. YOU KEEP IGNORING THE SCIENCE OF HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING, AND YOUR STUPID BUILDINGS BELCH THE CARBON INTO THE ATMOSPHERE, AND AS A RESULT THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO THE WORLD. THIS IS CRIMINAL. AND YET WHAT HAPPENS HERE AT THE MEETING? OH, LIKE EVERY MEETING BEFORE, WE CAN HAVE ALL THIS BACK SLAPPING AND GLAD HANDING AND CELEBRATING LIKE THERE'S NO TOMORROW. WELL, LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING. ALL THESE CHILDREN THAT WERE HERE EARLIER, LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING, THE FUTURE FOR THEM IS GOING TO BE VERY, VERY, VERY DIM. AND LET ME TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK OVER AT THE PINELLAS SCHOOL BOARD. VERY CONTENTIOUS MEETING. YOU MAY HAVE HEARD ABOUT IT WITH THEIR CHARTER SCHOOLS. THEY HAD NEARLY 40 SPEAKERS ON THOSE CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT THEY DECIDED WERE GIVING THEM KNOW. THEY ALL GOT THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK. OH, YOU CAN'T DO THAT HERE. AND GUESS WHAT. TWO OFFICERS, TWO OFFICERS IN THE MEETING. AND THEN THE CHIEF LEFT AND THERE WAS ONLY ONE OFFICER THERE. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT A WASTE OF TAXPAYERS MONEY HERE. WE HAVE SIX OFFICERS IN THIS BOARD ROOM. (BELL SOUNDS).

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS TRAVIS SMITH, AND THEN MR. FRED HEARNS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS TRAVIS SMITH. I'M SENIOR PASTOR AT HILLSBOROUGH BAPTIST CHURCH IN CITRUS PARK. AND FIRST TIME I HAVE BEEN IN FRONT OF YOU IN A LONG TIME, AND WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY. AND I REALIZE THAT THESE MEETINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS EASY OR FUN. I DO WANT TO START WITH THIS. I DID ASK YOUR GUARD IF I MIGHT SELF-IDENTIFY TODAY AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER. I SAID I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A SEAT AND SIT UP THERE WITH YOU. AND HE SAID, WELL, IF I DID THAT, I WOULD BE REMOVED. SO SELF-IDENTIFICATION APPARENTLY DOESN'T WORK, AT LEAST IN YOUR BOARD MEETINGS. BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S BEING CONSIDERED IN THE SCHOOL. AND I'M REFERRING TO SEXUAL SELF-IDENTIFICATION. AND IF I MIGHT JUST TO SAVE TIME READ WHAT I PUT IN FRONT OF ME AND I WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT TO YOU. THIS AFTERNOON, I WOULD LIKE TO SELF-IDENTIFY AS A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER WHO WHOSE DULY ELECTED FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IS NOT OVER THE FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT OF THE 8th LARGEST SCHOOL SYSTEM IN THE COUNTRY BUT ALSO THE SAFETY AND EDUCATION OF OVER 200,000 STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES. AS A SELF-IDENTIFYING SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, I UNDERSTAND I AM FOREMOST AN EMPLOYEE OF CITIZENS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I AM ENTRUSTED WITH THEIR MOST PRECIOUS POSSESSIONS, THE LIVES AND WELFARE OF THEIR CHILDREN AS THEY FALL UNDER MY JURISDICTION. AS A SELF-IDENTIFYING SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, I UNDERSTAND MY DUTY IS TO UPHOLD THE LAWS AND REGULATIONS OF OUR NATION. AND MY OVERSIGHT IN TITLE 9 IS NO MORE AND NO LESS TO ENSURE THAT, AND I QUOTE, NO PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES SHALL ON THE BASIS OF SEX BE EXCLUDED FROM IN, BE DENIED THE BENEFITS OF OR BE SUBJECTED TO DISCRIMINATION UNDER ANY EDUCATION PROGRAM OR ACTIVITY RECEIVING FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, AND THAT IS THE END OF THE QUOTE. AS A SELF-IDENTIFYING SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER I UNDERSTAND MY SWORN DUTY AS IS THE EDUCATION OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CHILDREN AND I AM INCENSED THAT PRESIDENT HUSSEIN OBAMA WOULD THREATEN FINANCIAL FUNDING OF THE SCHOOL MILLS PROGRAM OF OUR MOST NEEDY CHILDREN TO BE ACHIEVE SUBMISSION TO A BASELESS INTERPRETATION OF TITLE 9. AND THEREFORE I WILL NOT COWER OR ACCOMMODATE TO THE FAN ATTISM OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ENTITIES OR EMPLOYEES THAT ARE WILLING TO SACRIFICE THE WELL-BEING OF OUR CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND EMPLOYEES TO DICTATE A SOCIAL PLATFORM THAT IS NOTHING SHORT OF A SOCIAL ENGINEERING AT THE SACRIFICE OF THE SPIRITUAL, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND MORAL WELL-BEING OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CHILDREN. AND FINALLY, AS A SELF-IDENTIFYING SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, I ACKNOWLEDGE MY ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOD AND THE CARE AND WELFARE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CHILDREN, AND THAT IT BEARS ETERNAL CONSEQUENCES. SO I URGE THIS BOARD TODAY TO EMBRACE DECENCY AND COMMON SENSE. DO NOT SACRIFICE OUR CHILDREN'S MORAL INNOCENCE AS PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING, DO NOT INCENTS PARENTS WHO EXPECT TO DO WHAT IS LAWFUL AND IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THEIR SONS AND DAUGHTERS UNDER YOUR CARE, AND DO NOT PUT SCHOOL EMPLOYEES IN A POSITION WHEREBY THEY ARE FORCED TO ACCOMMODATE THE PRESIDENT'S TRANSGENDER BATHROOM EDICT THAT IS MORALLY REPREHENSIBLE. SINCERELY, PASTOR TRAVIS SMITH, SELF-IDENTIFYING SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. HEREINS, WELCOME. FREDDIE MITCHELL WILL BE NEXT.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, TO THE BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. I AM HERE THIS EVENING AS A COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WORKING WITH A NEWLY FORMED COMMITTEE, ACTUALLY JUST BEING PUT TOGETHER NOW THAT WE HOPE WILL SUPPORT THE DISTRICT IN THE FUTURE AS YOU WORK WITH THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THIS FIRST YEAR OF HAVING THAT PARTNERSHIP. THE EXHIBITS WERE GREAT. WE AS COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS AND PEOPLE WHO LOVE THE HISTORY OF BLACK PEOPLE, AFRICAN-AMERICANS, AND LOVE THE STUDENTS IN THIS DISTRICT, WOULD LIKE TO SEE STUDENTS INVOLVED NEXT YEAR, IN THE FUTURE, AS WELL AS DISTRICT STAFF AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND THE FLAN STATE FAIR AUTHORITY. WE JUST THINK THAT THE FUTURE IS LIMITLESS. WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME 30 OR 40 SCHOOLS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY NAMED FOR OUTSTANDING AFRICAN-AMERICANS. WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT IF ALL OF THESE KIDS, NOT ONLY THE BLACK KIDS BUT ALL THE STUDENTS IN OUR COUNTY, KNEW SOMETHING ABOUT THOSE PEOPLE? WHY THE SCHOOLS WERE NAMED FOR THEM. WHAT IS THAT THE THEY DID THAT WAS SO SIGNIFICANT TO WARRANT HAVING ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS NAMED IN THEIR HONOR? SO THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS WE LIKE TO SEE DEVELOPED AS WE MOVE FORWARD. WE ARE GOING TO BE MEETING DURING THE SUMMER. WE WOULD LIKE TO COME BACK AND PRESENT TO YOU A PROPOSAL, PLAN FOR HAVING FORWARD, WORKING WITH THE FAIR AUTHORITY. THEY ARE CHANGING LEADERSHIP RIGHT NOW AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW, BUT WE HAVE HAD SOME CONVERSATIONS WITH SOME KEY FOLK, AND WE THINK THAT THIS CAN BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO EDUCATE NOT ONLY OUR STUDENTS BUT ALL OF THE PEOPLE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ABOUT AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY IN THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. HEARNS. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS FREDDIE MITCHELL, AND THEN MR. TOLER.

>> THANK YOU, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD. FREDDIE MITCHELL. I JUST WANT TO COMMEND YOU GUYS THAT YOU SERVE AND THROUGHOUT THE STATE I WILL BE GOING AND PRESENTING THE WORK OF STRESS FREE WORKPLACE. AND AS I NOTICE HERE TODAY, SUCH AN EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER FOR MYSELF BECAUSE THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS I'M ORIGINALLY FROM POLK COUNTY, AND THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS OF FLORIDA HAS SUCH A TREMENDOUS THING TO MY FAMILY, HAVING THREE, I GUESS, ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETES OUT MIGHT HAVE FAMILY, ONE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL, ONE PLAYING WITH THE DEVIL RAYS, AND IT'S BEEN A REMARKABLE EXPERIENCE. AND I KNOW THAT WENT WITH ALL THE SCHOOL BOARDS TO BE ABLE TO SEE THAT HAPPEN AND IT JUST A TREMENDOUS EXPERIENCE. SO WHAT I AM PRESENTING HERE TODAY TO THE SCHOOL BOARD, I THINK, IS GOING TO BE VERY IMPACTFUL. A LOT OF TIMES, PEOPLE TALK THE NEGATIVES ABOUT OUR TEACHERS. BUT TO ME AS AN INDIVIDUAL, MY TEACHERS, MY MOTHERS, MY FATHERS, MY PASTORS, WAS EVERYTHING TO ME. WHEN WE BEGAN TO LOOK AT THE STRESS-FREE WORKPLACE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, THIS IS WHAT IS VERY POWERFUL ABOUT IT AND I AM GOING LEAVE A SHEET SO EACH ONE OF YOU ALL CAN SEE WHAT WE ARE DOING. FLORIDA WAS DESIGNATED AS THE NUMBER ONE STRESSED OUT STATE IN THE COUNTRY. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT TEACHERS HAVE TO GO THROUGH, WHEN YOU GOT THE NUMBER ONE STRESSED-OUT STATE MAINTAINING THE NUMBER ONE STRESSED-OUT HOUSEHOLD WITH THE NUMBER ONE STRESSED OUT PARENTS AND THE NUMBER ONE STRESSED OUT STUDENTS AND THEN YOU HAVE GOT A TEACHER THAT'S GOT TO EDUCATE 20 TO 30 OF THOSE STRESSED OUT KIDS, THAT'S A PRETTY STRESSED OUT SITUATION TO BE INVOLVED IN. SO A LOT OF TIMES, YOU KNOW -- AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF TAKING MY SON OUT OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM FOR TWO WEEKS, AND I WAS LIKE, LORD, PLEASE DELIVER ME FROM THIS, YOU KNOW. IT IS NO EASY TASK. AND I COMMEND ANY TEACHER IN THE HIGHEST OF THE TASKS THAT THEY HAVE TO BE GO THROUGH EVERY DAY TO DO THIS. SO OUR AGENDA IS BRINGING THE STRESS-FREE WORKPLACE INTO THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS, AND WE ARE GOING TO GO THROUGH THE NECESSARY PROTOCOLS. BUT I WANTED TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD AND JUST REALLY THANK YOU GUYS FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING. A LOT OF TIMES WE FOCUS SO MUCH ON THE NEGATIVES WE DON'T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO FOCUS ON THE POSITIVES, AND IT'S JUST SUCH A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE FOR MYSELF TO BE ABLE TO COME BEFORE YOU ALL. NUMBER ONE, OUR PROGRAM WILL BE ABLE TO REDUCE 30% OF THE STRESS, AND ONE 40% OF THE STRESS WITH EIGHT MINUTES A DAY FOR EACH ONE OF MY TEACHER SO WHEN MY TEACHER GETS INTO THE SYSTEM FOR EIGHT MINUTES A DAY IT'S GOING TO REDUCE THEIR STRESS BY 70%. SO I'M EXCITED ABOUT THAT. AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM. SO WHO MAY I GIVE THESE TO? AND THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. PLAINTIFF TOLLER. MR. TOLLER. AND THEN MRS. URSULA ODHAM.

>> MY NAME IS RANDY TOLLER FROM SEFFNER. HELLO EVERYONE IN THE ROOM. ALL THE FOLKS IN TV LAND. I'M THE FATHER OF THREE STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT. ONE IS A SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENT. I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS EACH BOARD MEMBER INDIVIDUALLY AND GET TO THE POINT OF MY COMMENTS. START WITH DOROTHEA. HATS OFF TO YOU. WONDERFUL JOB. ALL YOUR YEARS OF DEDICATION AND BEST OF LUCK TO YOU IN THE FUTURE. APRIL GRIFFIN, I GOT TO KNOW YOU WELL TWO YEARS AGO WITH ALL THE PUBLIC MEETINGS AND FORUMS AND I'M HOPEFUL YOU WILL HEED MY CALL TO SHIFT THE BUDGET AND ADDRESS THE STRESSED OUT SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS AS WELL AS STUDENTS IN GENERAL. AND MELISSA SNIVELY, CERTAINLY LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE JUGGLE HOT PA TATEOS IN SOUTH COUNTY AND REALIGNMENT. SUSAN VALDEZ, BEST OF LUCK TO YOU. SALLY HARRIS. I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT YOU DIDN'T RETURN MY CALL AND AUTISTIC GROUPS. I'M HOPEFUL IT'S A MISCOMMUNICATION. CINDY STUART, MY WIFE ALICIA AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK AT ARMWOOD. IT SHOWS YOU CAN PUT POLITICS ASIDE AND FOCUS ON GOOD GOVERNMENT. THANK YOU. KURDELL, WHAT A CAREER, LONG CAREER, BEST IN YOUR POST BORDEN DEFERS. FINALLY, JEFF EAKINS. THANKS FOR YOUR FRESH AND ENERGIC APPROACH. THANKS FOR FOLLOWING ME ON TWITTER. MY WIFE AND I REALLY ENJOY RETREATING YOUR TWEETS, ALL THE STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND TEACHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS. I THINK THAT'S GREAT. THANKS TO ALL THE VIEWERS OUT THERE AND THE 10,000 PEOPLE FOLLOWING ME ON TWITTER. I DEFINITELY WANT TO KEEP TWEETING ALL THESE TWEETS ON HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. NOW FOR THE REASON FOR MY APPEARANCE. IN CONVERSATION AFTER CONVERSATION, WITH HILLSBOROUGH PARENTS, MY WIFE FELICIA AND I BELIEVE THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STUDENTS AND PARENTS ARE TREATED LIKE SECOND CLASS CITIZENS. I THINK FEW OUT THERE ONE ATTEST TO THIS AS WELL. I'M CALLING FOR INCREASED STAFFING AND OMBUDSMAN TO ADDRESS THE MANY COMPLAINTS AND CONCERNS. MY WIFE AND I HAD AN EYE POPPING EXPERIENCE THREE YEARS AGO, WHAT A WAKE-UP CALL AND PARTLYIE STAND BEFORE YOU TODAY, AND ANY FUTURE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION SHOULD ADDRESS SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS, VERY IMPORTANT FROM A STATE PERSPECTIVE. I'M HOPEFUL THE NEW ESE HAS NEEDED CREDENTIALS. THIS WAS AN ISSUE BEFORE. AND I'M SURE THAT'S THE CASE THAT IT'S GOING TO BE A GOOD CHOICE. ON A BROADER BRUSH, ALICIA AND I WERE DISAPPOINTED NO ONE CAUGHT, MY NINE-YEAR-OLD HAD TUT TOWERING INTERRUPTED BECAUSE OF HIS BUDGET ISSUES. TUTORING THE MIDDLE CLASS CAN'T AFFORD IT, THE RICH CAN. BY THE WAY I'M WEARING MY GREEN JACKET NOT BECAUSE I WON THE MASTERS BECAUSE I WANT TO YOU TO INCORPORATE GREEN ISSUES THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT AND SAVE MONEY AS WELL. FINALLY THANKS FOR MOVING OUR TESTING. ALICIA AND I BELIEVE YOU MUST MOVE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL, TO ELIMINATE THE TESTS. MY WIFE ALICIA AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. ODHAM?

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>> SCHOOL BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU. LAST EVENING I RECEIVED AN AWARD FOR BEING PART OF THE FAIR EXHIBIT, AND THAT WAS A THRILLING EXAMPLE OF WHAT CAN BE DONE TO MOTIVATE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY. I AM AT ANY TIME AUTHOR OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS OF TAMPA, AND YEARS AGO I SAT BEFORE SOME YOUNG PEOPLE SHOWING THEM HOW TO CREATE SCRAPBOOKS, AND THEY LOOKED AT ME RATHER DAZED. AND I SAID, OH, YOU ARE WONDERING WHY I AM DOING THIS, RIGHT? AND THEY SAID, YEAH. I SAID TURN TO THE NEXT PERSON NEXT TO YOU AND SAY YOU ARE GOING TO BE FAMOUS ONE DAY. THEN I SAID POINT TO YOURSELF AND SAY, I AM GOING TO BE FAMOUS ONE DAY. AND THEN DID THAT WITH SUCH ENERGY. I SAID, IS THAT ALL IT TAKES TO MAKE THEM FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES, GIVE THEM A POSITIVE IMAGE? SO TO BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME, TO RECEIVE THE CALL FROM MRS. EDGECOMB, THANK YOU. AND THEN TO RECEIVE DIRECTION, TO PUT TOGETHER AN EXHIBIT, AND WATCH YOUNG POEM COME THROUGH THERE AND SEE ON THE WALL N AND IN PERSON DO A DOUBLE TAKE AND THEN KIDNAP HER AND SHOW HER AROUND. THAT WAS A WONDERFUL FEELING. SO WE EXPECT THIS TO BE CONTINUOUSLY. AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW HOW EXCITING IT IS TO BE A PART OF HISTORY, BECAUSE I KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME AND I FEEL LIKE I HAVE BEEN IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT THE RIGHT TIME. SO THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS IT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. WE ARE GOING TO GO TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. BUT I DO WANT TO SET AN EXPECTATION BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU DON'T MIND. WE ARE AT THAT TIME OF YEAR WHERE THERE ARE A LOT OF EVENTS AND WE HAVE SEVERAL PEOPLE IN THE ROOM THAT HAVE DIFFERENT EVENTS TO GO TO AFTER THE BOARD MEETING WHO MAY HAVE TO LEAVE EARLY IF WE DON'T GET OUT OF HERE QUICKLY. SO IF STAFF AND BOARD MEMBERS, IF WE COULD JUST KEEP OUR COMMENTS AS BRIEF AS POSSIBLE THIS EVENING, IT WOULD BE GREAT BECAUSE IT IS THAT TIME OF YEAR. SO I APPRECIATE IT. MR. EAKINS, THE FLOOR IS YOURS. TOUGH SUSPENDED AGENDA.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AND I WILL BE BRIEF BECAUSE I HAVE 2001 UPDATES ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. FIRST I WILL TURN IT OVER TO MS. TYE. WE WANT TO GIVE -- I'M SORRY, MR. ROBINSON IS GOING TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON THE CROSS. I KNOW WE HAVE SO MOVEMENT ON THAT.

>> I COULD GIVE YOU A BRIEF UPDATE. WE MET, SINCE THE LAST TIME I CAME HERE TO SPEAK TO YOU BEFORE LACROSSE, WE HAVE HAD A MEETING AGAIN WITH THE HALEX GROUP, AND CONCEPTUAL DESIGN, AND AT THIS POINT WE ARE WORKING ON SOME EDITORIAL CHANGES AND WE EXPECT TO HAVE TO YOU A FINALIZED AGREEMENT AT THE BOARD MEETING AT THE END OF JUNE. THAT'S KIND OF THE UPDATE AT THIS POINT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ANY COMMENTS, BOARD MEMBERS? THANK YOU, MR. ROBINSON, WE APPRECIATE THAT. MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING IT WAS ADDED ONTO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA TO PROVIDE THE BOARD UPDATES WITH REGARDS TO ANY ACTIVITY OR GUIDANCE AROUND THE FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS. I JUST WANT TO GIVE YOU, SINCE OUR LAST BOARD MEETING, SOMEBODY OF THE LAST THINGS THAT OCCURRED. LAST BOARD MEETING WAS MAY 10. ON MAY 12, DR. VAZQUEZ SENT AN INTEROFFICE COMMUNICATION ADDRESSED TO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS FOR ADMINISTRATION AND CC'ED OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS THERE WOULD BE AN UPCOMING MEETING AND THEY WOULD BE ATTENDING. MARY LOU WHALEY AND DEBRA BLOSSOM MET WITH OUR APA'S TO DISCUSS THE ROLE OF THE COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS, STUDENT-LED CLUBS ON CAMPUS AND THE UPCOME CHANGES TO THE VOLUNTEER AUTOMATION PROCESS. AND I BELIEVE THAT MRS. WHALEY ALSO E-MAILED THE BOARD TO KIND OF ADVISE YOU ON SOME OF THE PROGRESS IN THAT PARTICULAR AREA. BASED OFF A LETTER WE RECEIVED, I THINK ON THE DATE OF THE LAST BOARD MEETING FROM THE ACLU, THERE WAS SOME INFORMATION WITH REGARD TO THE ORGANIZATION HUDDLETOUCH. I WANT TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON. THAT THERE WAS A SCHEDULED MEETING WITH HUDDLE TOUCH LEADERSHIP AND THEY MET WITH DR. VAZQUEZ ABOUT MEETING AS A COMMUNITY FAITH BASED ORGANIZATION AS WELL AS PROVIDING FOOD TO OUR FOOTBALL, BASEBALL AND BASKETBALL TEAMS. ON MAY 23rd THERE WAS A FOLLOW-UP TRAINING WITH HUDDLE TOUCH AND LEGACY AND THEY ATTENDED THE DISTRICT'S MANDATORY VOLUNTEER TRAINING TO BE PROVIDE INDIVIDUAL TRAINING TO THOSE PARTICULAR VOLUNTEERS TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE WAS ENCLOSURE ON THE EXPECTATIONS MOVING FORWARD. SO THAT HAS TRANSPIRED SINCE OUR LAST BOARD MEETING. I JUST WANTED TO PROVIDE AN UPDATE TO THE BOARD.

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS? I DID HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH MRS. WHALEY, AND SHE JUST FEELS LIKE THEY ARE NOT FAMILIAR, THESE VOLUNTEERS ARE JUST NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE LAW, AND WHAT'S EXPECTED OF THEM. AND I THINK THE SAME APPLIES TO SOME OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS. SO I AM REALLY CURIOUS ABOUT WHAT WE ARE GOING TO BE DOING WITH STAFF MOVING FORWARD. SO IF YOU COULD MAKE THAT PART OF THE UPDATE AS WE MOVE FORWARD. THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THAT. WE HAVE AND A HALF TEACHING AND LEARNING FOR THIS BOARD MEETING. NOW WE ARE ON TO ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS. AND I WILL AGAIN TURN IT OVER TO YOU, MR. EAKINS. BOARD MEMBERS, THE 7 ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS COMING BEFORE YOU TODAY ON THE AGENDA HAVE BEEN PROPERLY ADVERTISED, APPROPRIATE SCREENINGS WERE HELD AND INTERVIEWS BEFORE SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF WERE CONDUCTED. THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS ADOPTED BY THE BOARD WAS FOLLOWED. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO HAVE APPOINT MARTINEZ, CURRENTLY PRINCIPAL OF FROST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO THE SUPERVISOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GENERALIST IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF MAY 30, 2016. MS. MARTINEZ BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER FROM. 19383 TO 2006 SHE TAUGHT AT LANIER, SULPHUR SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS N.2006 SHHH SHE WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND IN 2009 APPOINTED THE PRINCIPAL OF BT WASHINGTON N.2013 SHE WAS APPOINTED PRINCIPAL OF FROST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. EDGECOMB AND A SECOND BY MRS. VALDEZ. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. MRS. MARTINEZ, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND NEXT YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT MICHAEL MCMAHONIS, CURRENTLY SENIOR ANALYST IN THE INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY DIVISION TO THE MANAGER OF PLANNING AND RELATED SERVICES IN THE BUSINESS SERVICES DIVISION WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JULY 1st, 2016. FROM 1991 TO 2000 MR. McMANNIS SERVED AS MILITARY POLICE OFFICER FOR THE U.S. ARMY AND SHERIFF'S DEPUTY. HE BEGAN HIS EMPLOYMENT AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL. IN 2010 HE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT TAMPA TECH HIGH SCHOOL N.20147 APPOINTED THE SENIOR ANALYST IN INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY WHERE HE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>April Griffin: I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. STUART AND A SECOND BY MRS. KURDELL. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. McMANNIS, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS. MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT MICHAEL RAMSEY CURRENTLY THE DIRECTOR OF WORKFORCE AND CONTINUING EDUCATION TO THE GENERAL DIRECTOR OF CAREER TECH NHL ANY CAL AND ADULT EDUCATION AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JUNE 6, 2016. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER AT PLANT HIGH SCHOOL FROM. JANUARY TO AUGUST 2008 HE SERVED AS AN ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCE TEACHER AT BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL N.AUGUST OF 2008 HE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF TAMPA BAY TECH HIGH SCHOOL FROM 2011 TO 13 HE WORKED AS A PRINCIPAL FOR FLORIDA VIRTUAL SCHOOLS RETURNING IN JANUARY OF 2013 AS A SUPERVISOR IN CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION N.20157 HE WAS APPOINTED THE DIRECTOR OF WORKFORCE AND CONTINUING EDUCATION WHERE HE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>April Griffin: I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. EDGECOMB AND SECOND BY MRS. VALDEZ. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. RAMSEY, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS. MR. CHAIRMAN EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS IS SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT AMY BALANS TO THE SUPERVISOR OF PERFORMANCE EVALUATION WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JUNE 13, 2016. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER IN 2002. FROM 2002 TO 2008 SHE TAUGHT AT DURANTE AND SPOTO HIGH SCHOOLS. SHE WAS APPOINTED AVID ACADEMIC TEACHER AT SPOTO AND IN 2010 AN EVALUATOR WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>April Griffin: I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. KURDELL AND SECOND BY MRS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE DISCUSSION? PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT UNANIMOUS. PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. CONGRATULATIONS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT KIMBERLY WORKMAN, CURRENTLY THE SUPERVISOR FOR INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT AND ASSESSMENT IN THE EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TO THE GENERAL DIRECTOR FOR EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JUNE 5th, THE 2016. MRS. WORKMAN BEGANNER WHO CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER. FROM 1983 TO 2002 SHE WAS AN SLD TEACHER AT LOCKHART, BRYAN AND BALLAST POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. SHE WAS THE ESE SPECIALIST AT ROOSEVELT N.2003 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE ACADEMIC SPECIALIST AT ADDISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE FROM 2005 TO PRESENT SHE SERVED AS A DISTRICT RESOURCE TEACHER AND ESE SUPERVISOR AND IS CURRENTLY SERVING AS SUPERVISOR FOR SUPPORT AND ASSESSMENT FOR ESE.

>> I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS, SECOND BY MRS. KURDELL. BOARD MEMBERS MEMBERS, ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MRS. WORKMAN, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ] YOU CAN TELL THE ESE DIVISION IS IN THE HOUSE. CONGRATULATIONS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I WOULD BE REMISS HAVING JUST APPOINTED THE ESE GENERAL DIRECTOR TO NOT RECOGNIZE OUR CURRENT GENERAL DIRECTOR FOR EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION WHO HAS DONE AN AMAZING JOB, AND THAT IS MRS. MARIAN PARKS. [ APPLAUSE ] WORKED WITH A LOT OF INDIVIDUALS BUT NO ONE WITH THE DETERMINATION TO SEE THAT EVEN CHILD SUCCEEDS MORE THAN MARY ANN. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT JENNIFER SPORAONO AT TAMPA TECH HIGH SCHOOL TO BRANDON WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JUNE 13, 2016. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS A DROPOUT READING RESOURCE TEACHER FOR OUR ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN 1998. IN 2001 SHE WAS APPOINTED AS CLASSROOM TEACHER AT KING HIGH SCHOOL. FROM 2006 TO 2012 SHE SERVED AS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AND CURRICULUM AT EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL AND APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR MAGNET CURRICULUM AT TAMPA TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

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

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT ROBERT GULIE FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT WILLIAMS MIDDLE NAG NET SCHOOL TO THE PRINCIPAL OF ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JUNE 13, 2016. HE BEGAN HIS CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN 2007 AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER FROM. 2007 TO 2011 HE TAUGHT AT TURRET I CREEK. IN 2014 HE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL AND IN 20714 HE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL WHERE HE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>>April Griffin: I HAVE A METEOROLOGIST BY ROBINSON ALUM MRS. KURDELL AND A SECOND BY ROBINSON ALUM MRS. HARRIS. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. GULEI, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I SEE CONGRATULATIONS FOR SOMETHING MORE HAS JUST BEEN ORDERED. (LAUGHTER) MR. EAKINS. THANK YOU. THERE'S A FEW FOLKS ON THE FLOOR THAT I WANT TO RECOGNIZE AS WELL THIS EVENING. FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE DODY DAVENPORT, HERE THIS EVENING. CURRENTLY THE PRINCIPAL OF LAKE MAGDALENE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, POINTING HER TO THE PRINCIPAL AND SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT FOR PERFORMANCE EVALUATION EFFECTIVE JUNE 13013, 2016. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN 19909 TO 199 SHE TAUGHT TAUGHT AT CAHOON AND CLAYWELL, AND APPOINTED THE RESOURCE ADMINISTRATIVE TEACHER AT LAKE MAGDALENE, IN ARE TWO ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT ROLAND PARK K-8 SCHOOL AND IN 2009 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE PRINCIPAL OF LAKE MAGDALENE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING. AND SHE MAY STAND. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS IF THEY SHALL IN THE ROOM. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THERE'S A COUPLE OTHER FOLKS I WANT TO RECOGNIZE. KELLY STALLMAKER AT KING HIGH SCHOOL. WE ARE POINTING HER TO THE COORDINATOR OF ADVANCED ACADEMICS THIS EVENING EFFECTIVE JUNE 13, 2016. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE A BRAND NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL WHO IS STARTING OUT THERE ON A PATHWAY FOR LEADERSHIP IN OUR DISTRICT, WANT TO RECOGNIZE EMILY TURELLI TO ASSISTANT INSTRUCTION FOR POTTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND HER EFFECTIVE DATE JUNE 13, 2016. CONGRATULATIONS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. CONGRATULATIONS. NOW, WE HAVE A PRETTY PACKED AGENDA. AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE HERE FOR THE APPOINTMENTS, YOU ARE FREE TO LEAVE AND ENJOY YOUR EVENING. AND I WILL JUST GIVE YOU A MINUTE. BOARD MEMBERS, HAD I AM GOING TO DO A TWO-MINUTE RECESS. (MEETING IN RECESS FOR TWO MINUTES).

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. BOARD MEMBERS, THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN MOVED UP ON THE AGENDA TO ACCOMMODATE COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT ARE HERE. C 902. C 904. C 905. C 906. AND I WILL CALL FOR A MOTION IN A SECOND TO VOTE ON THOSE ITEMS SEPARATELY. THE FIRST ITEM IS ITEM 904 TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT FOR RENEWAL FOR WINTHROP CHARTER. AND MRS. JENNA HODGENS, CHARTER SCHOOLS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YOU DID ASK MOTION AND SECOND. IF YOU COULD VOTE ON THAT TO VOTE ON THEM SEPARATELY.

>>April Griffin: I WAS GOING TO DO THAT BUT IF WE HAVE A MOTION NOW. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES, SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. TO VOTE ON THESE ITEMS SEPARATELY. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, WE HAVE A QUORUM UP HERE, MR. PORTER. SEEING NONE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THAT'S ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS THAT ARE UP HERE. AND IT PASSES. THANK YOU. GO AHEAD.

>> THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TONIGHT TO BE SPEAK WITH YOU REGARDING THESE ITEMS. THE FIRST TWO ITEMS I AM GOING TO SPEAK ABOUT IS 904 AND 905 WHICH ARE CONTRACT RENEWALS FOR TWO OF OUR CHARTER SCHOOLS. BEFORE I START I WANT TO BRIEFLY GO OVER WHAT THE PROCESS IS SO THAT YOU REMEMBER BECAUSE WE ONLY DO THIS ONCE A YEAR AROUND THIS TIME. SO THE CHARTER SCHOOL CONTRACT IS EXPIRING, WE GO WITH A TEAM OF EXPERTS TO THE SCHOOL AND WE DO A SITE VISIT AND MAKE SURE THAT WE EVALUATE ALL OF THE PROCESSES WITHIN THE SCHOOL BUILDING. NOW, THE PREVIOUS YEARS, WE STILL LOOK AT ALL THE INFORMATION THAT'S PROVIDED TO US THROUGH DOCUMENTS, THROUGH OUR STAFF THAT GO OUT TO SCHOOLS TO WORK WITH THEM ON ESELL, ALSO MONTHLY FINANCIALS OF THOSE SENT TO US AS WELL AS GOVERNANCE ISSUES, LOOKING AT BOARD MINUTES, AND ALSO BOARD MEMBERS, AND MAKING SURE EVERYONE IS IN COMPLIANCE. I WANT YOU TO KNOW IT TAKES THIS FIVE-YEAR PERIOD WITH A VERY FORMAL PERIOD WITHIN THAT FINAL YEAR. MY STAFF AND I WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CHARTER SCHOOLS AUTHORIZERS TO COME UP WITH A NEW RENEWAL PORT THAT YOU ARE SEEING TODAY, SO THIS DOES LOOK DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU HAVE HAD IN THE PAST BUT IT'S MUCH MORE DATA BASED AND I HOPE MUCH MORE HELPFUL TO YOU IN MAKING YOUR DECISION ON THESE CONTRACT RENEWALS. THE FIRST PAGE YOU WILL SEE IS SCHOOL PROFILE AND IT GIVES GENERAL INFORMATION ALONG WITH FINANCIAL AND ACADEMIC DATA, AND THEN THE FOLLOWING PAGES ARE THE RUBEICK RICK THAT HE WOULD USE TO SHOW IT DOES MEET STANDARD PERFORMANCE CRITERIA. SO WITH THAT BEING SAID I AM GOING TO GO TO WINTHROP FIRST, 9.04, A KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 8th GRADE SCHOOL MANAGED BY CHARTER SCHOOLS USA. THEY OPENED IN 2011 WITH APPROXIMATELY 800 STUDENTS, AND THEY CURRENTLY HAVE 1280 STUDENTS ENROLLED. THEY HAVE A WASTING LIST OF OVER A THOUSAND STUDENTS AT THAT SCHOOL. THE BOARD IS COMPOSED OF FOUR MEMBERS ALL OF WHOM ARE LOCAL WHICH IS ALWAYS VERY IMPORTANT TO THIS BOARD AND TO OUR SUPERINTENDENT. THE SCHOOL EARNED A GRADE OF C IN ITS FIRST YEAR, B IN THE SECOND YEAR, AND AN A THE LAST TWO YEARS. BY RECEIVING TWO As AND A B IN THREE CONSECUTIVE YEARS THE SCHOOL HAS BEEN DESIGNATE ADD HIGH PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL BY THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION. THIS DESIGNATION ALLOWS THEM THE RIGHT TO A 15 YEAR CONTRACT. AND THAT'S IN FLORIDA STATUTE 1002.31. SO OTHER THAN THOSE, THAT INFORMATION I SHARED WITH YOU JUST NOW, THE FOLLOWING PAGES ARE ALL THE CRITERIA, THE PERFORMANCE CRITERIA THAT THEY EITHER MET OR DID NOT MEET. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON THAT I WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM. BOARD AMERICAS THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS? MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: ON PAGE 3 OF 39.04, WHERE IT SAYS -- IT GOES THROUGH THE PERFORMANCE CRITERIA, SAYS PARTIALLY -- DOES NOT MEET. OH, I SEE, THEY ARE HIGHLIGHTED. HARD TO READ ON OUR COPY. I'M SORRY.

>> I APOLOGIZE.

>>Cindy Stuart: IT'S HIGHLIGHTED. SO IT'S HARD TO SEE WHAT IS PARTIALLY MET AND WHAT'S MET.

>> WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO GOP THROUGH THOSE WITH YOU?

>>Cindy Stuart: NO, I GOT IT NOW. I DIDN'T SEE THAT IT WAS HIGHLIGHTED. THE COLUMN IS HIGHLIGHTED.

>> AND ACTUALLY IF YOU LOOK ON YOUR COMPUTER, IT'S YELLOW FOR PARTIALLY MET AND RED FOR DID NOT MEET. SO WE THOUGHT WE WERE BEING FANCY.

>>Cindy Stuart: NOT A PROBLEM. MY BAD FOR NOT LOOKING AT IT AHEAD OF TIME. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: AM I CORRECT THAT IN SOME CASES THE ABILITY OF A LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCY IS LIMITED TO TAKE AWAY LEGISLATIVE BECAUSE OF LEGISLATION. AM I CORRECT?

>> YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WOULD YOU TALK ABOUT WHAT ARE THOSE LIMITATIONS AND THOSE BOUNDARIES THAT WOULD NOT GIVE US MUCH LEEWAY OR FLEXIBILITY TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY?

>> SO OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE TO FOLLOW THE 1002.33 OF THE FLORIDA STATUTE. WE ALSO HAVE TO FOLLOW THE REQUIREMENTS OR I THINK AS WE AGREED TO IN OUR CONTRACT. SO I THINK THAT MAYBE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ON THIS ITEM IS THE 15 YEAR CONTRACT, THE 15 YEAR CONTRACT IS VERY CLEARLY STATED IN STATUTE. IF A SCHOOL MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF A 15 YEAR CONTRACT AS A HIGH PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL, THEN THAN THE SCHOOL BOARD DOESN'T HAVE AN OPTION TO NOT PROVIDE THEM THAT 15 YEAR CONTRACT. I'M BEING SPECIFIC BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT I SPOKE ABOUT. BUT IF THERE'S OTHER THINGS WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO SPEAK TO, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO.

>> I HAD THAT IN THE LETTER EARLIER BURR YOU KIND OF ANTICIPATE WADE WAS GOING TO SAY, AND THE LEAD SPEAKER SAID IT AS WELL. THE LEGISLATURE GIVES A VERY STRONG -- THE LAW OF THAT THIS BOARD -- IF THEY MEET THE CRITERIA THAT THEY NEED TO BE APPROVED OR THE CONTRACT -- THROWS A WHOLE LOOK PROCESS YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH AND YOU HAVE TO LIST THE REASONS WHY YOU ARE NOT APPROVING IT. IF THEY MEET THE CRITERIA IN THE STATUTE, , YOU APPROVE IT. SO MRS. EDGECOMB IS ENTIRELY CORRECTS THE FLEXIBILITY TO APPROVE OR DENY THESE. AND MRS. HODGEENS PROVIDES THAT INFORMATION TO YOU IF THE CRITERIA IS MET, THEN THE LEGISLATURE -- OR RENEW IN THE THIS CASE.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I TOO -- THERE WOULD BE SOME STEPS THAT WE WOULD HAVE TO TAKE IN ORDER TO --

>> IT'S A VERY SPECIFIC PROCESS, CORRECT. THERE IS A PROCESS YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW IF YOU WANT TO.

>> I JUST WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR ABOUT WHAT WE ARE BOUND BIB, WHAT THE RESTRICTIONS ARE, WHAT THE PARAMETERS ARE, AND IF NOT, THEN WHAT WOULD BE THE CONSEQUENCES OR THE FOLLOW-UP, IF NOT SUPPORTING THIS RECOMMENDATION? I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE. THANK YOU.

>> MRS. HODGENS, I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU AFTER 904, 905, TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE BY THE SPEAKER SO THAT THOSE QUESTIONS COULD BE ANSWERED. BUT I AM GOING TO DO IT NOW BECAUSE WE ARE VOTING ON EACH ONE OF THESE SEPARATELY. SO DID YOU HEAR THE COMMENT?

>> I DID, YES.

>> ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC RESPONSES THAT YOU HAVE TO THE COMMENTS THAT WERE MADE BY THE SPEAKER?

>> WELL, THE MAIN RESPONSE I CAN GIVE YOU IS THAT WE ARE NOT INVOLVED IN THE NEGOTIATION OF A LEASE OF A CHARTER SCHOOL. THAT'S BETWEEN THE BOARD OF THE CHARTER SCHOOL AND THE LESSOR, SO WE DON'T HAVE ANY RESPONSIBILITY OR RIGHT TO INTERVENE IN THAT PROCESS. THE ONLY TIME I CAN SEE IT WOULD BE SOMETHING HE WOULD COULD ACTUALLY ADDRESS IF IT CAUSED THE SCHOOL TO BE IN A DETERIORATING FINANCIAL CONDITION OR A FINANCIAL EMERGENCY, AND THAT WOULD BE THE FINANCIALS OR AN ANNUAL AUDIT THAT WOULD BE REVIEWED BY OUR FINANCE DEPARTMENT AND PAT HEARNS DOES THAT FOR ME VERY, VERY WELL, AND WE HAVE A NEW ACCOUNTANT IN MY OFFICE WORKING WITH PAT TO DO THAT. AT THAT POINT WE MAY BE ABLE TO LOOK AT IT BUT IT WOULD HAVE TO BE SPECIFICALLY -- IT WOULD PROBABLY BE OTHER REASONS THAT THEY WERE IN A DETERIORATING FINANCIAL CONDITION OR FINANCIAL EMERGENCY. OTHER THAN THAT THAT'S THE ONLY WAY WE COULD ADDRESS IT. THERE'S NOTHING IN STATUTE THAT ALLOWS ME OR OUR OFFICE OR YOU AS BOARD MEMBERS TO INTERVENE IN LEASES.

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THE LAW CHANGES ALMOST EVERY LEAVING SESSION IN MANY CASES. A LOCAL EDUCATION AGENCY TO MOD TORE AND SUPPORT, APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE CERTAIN THINGS. AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT THOSE CATEGORIES ARE. BUT A SCHOOL'S APPLICATION, ONCE IT'S APPROVED AND OPERATIONAL, FOR INSTANCE, YOU SAID WE HAVE NO INPUT OR DECISION MAKING OR RESPONSIBILITY, OR WHATEVER WORD YOU USED, JURISDICTION OVER FACILITIES. BUT WE DO HAVE JURISDICTION OVER THE CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION AND THAT KIND OF THING. AM I CORRECT?

>> WELL, WE HAVE IT TO A DEGREE.

>> WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE DURING THE APPLICATION PERIOD THAT IT'S ALIGNED TO THE STANDARDS. BUT AS FOR WHAT MATERIALS THEY USE, HOW THEY PRESENT THE CURRICULUM, WHAT CORE THEY USE, WHAT SUPPLEMENTS THEY USE, WE DON'T HAVE ANY AUTHORITY OVER THAT OTHER THAN THROUGH THE APPLICATION PROCESS. AND AGAIN WE HAVE THE MEET THE STANDARDS IN ORDER TO BE BROUGHT TO YOU FOR APPROVAL. AND IF IT DIDN'T, THEN IT WOULD BE BROUGHT TO YOU FOR DENIAL OR THEY WOULD WITHDRAW THE APPLICATION. BUT ONCE IT'S APPROVED, THEN THEY USE THEIR CURRICULUM THE WAY OF THAT THEY FEEL IT IS FIT IN THEIR SCHOOL. SO IT'S DIFFERENT. WE DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TOE GO IN AND SAY WE DON'T THINK THAT'S WORKING, YOU NEED TO CHANGE IT. NOW, WE COULD GO IN AND ASSIST THEM AND SUPPORT THEM AND SAY IT DOESN'T LOOK LIKE YOUR GRADES ARE DOING AS WELL AS THEY SHOULD BE, YOU MAY LOOK AT SOME DIFFERENT OPTIONS, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY IT'S THEIR CHOICE WHAT STRATEGIES THEY USE, WHAT CURRICULUM THEY USE AND HOW THEY PRESENT THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: SO THE STRENGTH OF THIS DISTRICT'S ABILITY TO MAKE DECISIONS AROUND IT IS AT THE APPLICATION PROCESS, AND AT THE POINT IN WHICH WE AS A BOARD DO. THAT OTHER THAN IT'S MONITORING TO CERTAIN DEGREE, LOOKING FOR THOSE THINGS IN STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND GRADES AND THAT KIND OF THING. BUT EVEN THAT COMES WITH CERTAIN LIMITATIONS. AM IT CORRECT?

>> YOU ARE CORRECT.

>> AND THE REASON I WAS ASKING THE QUESTION THE WAY I AM, I AM JUST TRYING TO THINK OF ALL THE CATEGORIES THAT OR FEATURES OF A SCHOOL'S OPERATION, AND WHERE DO WE FIT -- IF YOU HAD TO PLUG IN THE PIECESS, WHERE WE HAVE SOME JURISDICTION OR SOME INPUT HAVING SOME IMPACT ON IT, AM I CLEAR THAT IT REALLY IS IN THE FORMATIVE STAGES, WHERE THE APPLICATION IS BEING DEVELOPED APPROVAL, AFTER THAT, OUR ABILITY TO MAKE AN IMPACT DIMINISHES AS IT BEGINS TO OPERATE?

>> RIGHT. IT'S MORE SUPPORT AND COLLABORATION. BEING PARTNERS TOGETHER, TO DO WHAT'S BEST FOR STUDENTS, AND THEN ALSO IT WOULD BE BASED ON OUTCOMES. SO IF CURRICULUM PLAN WAS NOT APPROPRIATE OR DID NOT MEET THE STANDARDS, THEN THEIR GRADE WOULD SHOW THAT. THAT WOULD BE THE OUTCOME. AND THEN IF THEY HAD TWO Fs THEN -- IF YOU HAVE TWO Fs YOU MUST BE SHUT. BUT OTHERWISE, NO, IT WOULD BE MORE OUTCOME BASED RATHER THAN DAY TO DAY. WE MAY NOT LIKE THE CURRICULUM THEY USE. WE CAN TALK WITH THEM. WE CAN WORK WITH THEM. WE CAN PARTNER WITH THEM. BUT WE CAN'T IMPACT THEM TO MAKE THEM CHANGE CURRICULUM UNLESS THERE'S A BAD OUTCOME.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: GOING BACK TO THE SPEAKER'S COMMENTS AND THE QUESTIONS THAT MRS. GRIFFIN ASKED REGARDING THE SPEAKERS' CONCERNS, I AM GOING TO KIND OF SUMMARIZE AS MUCH AS THOSE FIGURES MAY BE -- MAY BE ALARM, OR INTERESTING, OR INFORMATIVE, WE HAVE NO JURISDICTION IN THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL AND THE PERSON THEY LEASE THE BUILDING OR FACILITY FROM. AM I CORRECT?

>> THAT IS CORRECT.

>> THANK YOU.

>>Susan Valdes: IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN, THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS EXTREMELY SCRIPTED, AND IT REALLY TELLS THE APPLICANTS WHAT THEY NEED TO DO. BUT I HAVE A QUESTION FOR MR. PORTER. MR. PORTER, WHAT WOULD BE OUR JURISDICTION AS THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WHAT IS OUR JURISDICTION AND WHAT CAN WE DENY AN APPLICATION FOR AND/OR OPEN IT TO APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE A CHARTER? BY THE SAME TOKEN, WHAT JURISDICTION DO WE HAVE TO CLOSE AN EXISTING CHARTER?

>> LET'S START WITH THE SECOND ONE FLORIDA. STATUTES PROVIDES VERY CLEAR GUIDANCE ON WHAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT DO. THIS IS FOUND IN FLORIDA STATUTE 1002.33 SUBSECTION 8, CAUSES FOR NONRENEWAL OR TERMINATION OF THE CHARTER, AND SPECIFIC REASONS WHEN YOU CAN DO THAT, RENEW OR NOT RENEW, SHALL MAKE STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR WHEN DETERMINING WHETHER TO RENEW OR TERMINATE A CHARTER. THE SCHOOL BOARD MAY CHOOSE NOT TO RENEW AND TERMINATE FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING REASONS -- I WILL JUST READ THEM TO YOU. FAILURE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM AS REQUIRED IN THE SECTION, OR FAILURE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT PERFORMANCE STATED IN THE CHARTER, NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO, FAILURE TO MEET GENERALLY ACCEPTED STANDARDS OF FISCAL MANAGEMENT. 3, VIOLATION OF THE LAW. 4, OTHER GOOD CAUSE SHOWN. SO THAT'S WHAT THE LEGISLATURE HAS PROVIDED THE GROUNDS YOU WOULD HAVE TO IDENTIFY IF YOU WANTED TO DO IT. THEN THERE'S A PROCESS YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW IF YOU FOUND ONE OF THOSE THINGS HAD OCCURRED. AND WE COULD GO THROUGH THAT PROCESS, INVOLVES WRITTEN FINDING AND INVOLVES A HEARING. IT'S A WELL THOUGHT-OUT PROCESS. ON THE FRONT END, THAT'S FOR RENEWAL. ON THE FRONT END, THERE ARE SPECIFIC GUIDELINES AS WELL, THAT THEY HAVE TO DEMONSTRATE. THEY DEMONSTRATE TO THE SATISFACTION OF THE STAFF. THEY BRING TO THE YOU FOR THE APPROVAL. AND AGAIN IF THEY DON'T MEET THEM -- AND YOU HAVE HAD INSTANCES IN THE PAST WHERE THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO MEET THE CRITERIA, AND MAYBE HAVE BEEN DENIED OR WITHDRAWN, AND TYPICALLY MRS. HODGENS WORKS WITH THEM AND THEY COME BACK WITH A BETTER PRODUCT FOR YOU TO APPROVE.

>>April Griffin: MS. KURDELL.

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU FOR READING THE LAW TO US. BUT I'M GOING TO VOTE AGAINST THIS ON THE MOST BASIC THING. IT'S PHILOSOPHICAL. WHEN WE STARTED THIS CHARTER SCHOOL INITIATIVE WITH THE LEGISLATURE -- AND THAT'S BEEN A LONG TIME -- I DIDN'T LIKE IT THEN. I DON'T LIKE IT NOW. BUT I WAS WILLING TO TRY FOR THE SAKE OF STUDENTS, BECAUSE WHERE THE STUDENT BELONGS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TOE A PARENT AND YOU SHOULD GET TO CHOOSE. WE HAVE NOW GROWN TO OVER 50-PLUS CHARTERS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THERE ARE SOME CHARTERS IN THIS COUNTY THAT I WOULD STAND NEXT TO, BECAUSE THEY ARE THE EPITOME OF THE PHILOSOPHY ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS, WHICH IS TO BE DIFFERENT TO MEET THE NEEDS OF A CERTAIN GROUP OF STUDENTS. AND WE HAVE SOME THAT DO THAT. BUT THEN YOU HAVE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD WHO SEE, WELL, I CAN MAKE MONEY OFF OF THIS, AND THEY HAVE, AND THEY DO. AND THEY WILL CONTINUE TO DO THAT. I AM NO LONGER WILLING TO DO THAT. I WILL VOTE AGAINST A CHARTER EVERY SINGLE TIME. BECAUSE WHAT IT'S GROWN INTO IS WRONG. IT'S WRONG FOR THE STATE. IT'S WRONG FOR US LOCALLY. THEY ARE SYPHONING OFF PUBLIC DOLLARS AND HAVE BEEN. AND, YOU KNOW, A HEALTHY PERCENTAGE OF THE PUBLIC DOLLARS TO TRY SOME NEW INITIATIVE IS WONDERFUL. BUT TO BECOME THE BIGGEST DRAIN ON OUR BUDGET, WHETHER IT'S IN THE CLASSROOM OR IN CONSTRUCTION, IS WRONG. WE ARE ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION. PUBLIC EDUCATION. AND THAT'S WHERE WE SHOULD BE STANDING. I DON'T CARE WHAT THIS LAW SAYS. THAT LAW CAN BE CHANGED. IT GOT THERE BECAUSE SOMEBODY WANTED TO PROMOTE CHARTER SCHOOLS AND WHAT THEY CAN DO FOR PEOPLE. AND FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE CLOSE TO CHARTER SCHOOLS, I FIND THAT AN INTERESTING BALANCING ACT BEING IN THE PUBLIC EDUCATION ARENA. AND I TRIED. I TRIED TO SUPPORT IT. BUT THIS HAS GROWN INTO A MONSTER THAT I CAN NO LONGER SUPPORT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: AS I HAVE LISTENED TO COMMENTS, THINGS COME TO MY MIND. 15 YEARS SEEMS A PRETTY LONG TIME. EVERY YEAR, THERE'S SOME EFFORT TO CHANGE THE LAW, MAGNIFY IT, IMPOSE UPON SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO ADHERE TO THINGS THAT SOMETIMES AREN'T IN THE BEST OPERATION OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT, OF THE SCHOOL, OR A TRADITION OF PUBLIC SCHOOL. SO 15 YEARS, WE GIVE OUR I COULD, AND EVERYTHING GOES WELL IN THAT SITUATION. WHAT HAPPENS -- AND THIS CAN BE A PROJECTION. BUT NEXT YEAR, THE LAW CHANGES, AND SAYS, NO, WE ARE GOING TO REDUCE IT BACK DOWN TO FIVE YEARS. WELL, THOSE SCHOOLS WHO NOW HAVE BEEN GRANTED 15 YEARS WOULD PROBABLY BE GRANDFATHERED IN?

>> ONCE A CONTRACT IS VALID AND IF THE LAW CHANGES IT WOULD APPLY TO NEW CHARTERS COMING IN, NOT ONES YOU HAVE ALREADY APPROVED.

>> YOU MAY NOT KNOW THIS BUT I AM GOING TO ASK ANYWAY. 15 YEARS, WHAT'S MAGIC ABOUT THAT?

>> I THINK THEY WANTED A LONGER TERM FOR SCHOOLS THAT WERE LOOKING TO GET INTO CONSTRUCTION AND LONG-TERM LEASES, THAT THEY COULD GET BETTER RATES ON LONG-TERM LEASES. THAT WAS THE THOUGHT BEHIND IT. IT EVEN SAYS FOR SCHOOLS LOOKING AT CONSTRUCTION AND LONG-TERM FINANCING THAT THAT WAS WHY IT WAS PUT IN. FOR A SCHOOL THAT MEATS THE HIGH PERFORM CRITERIA, THEY ARE GIVEN THAT RIGHT. FOR A SCHOOL THAT IS LOOKING INTO LONG-TERM CONSTRUCTION THAT HAS GOOD ENOUGH GRADES, AS AND Bs, YOU CAN HAVE TWO Bs AND AN A, YOU CAN BRING IT TO THEM BUT YOU DON'T HAVE TO. SO I THINK IT IS REALLY ABOUT FACILITY.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: USING THE VERN KNACK LAR, SO IT ISN'T ABOUT KIDS?

>> I THINK IT'S ABOUT FACILITIES.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WELL, 15 YEARS IS A LONG TIME, FIRST OF ALL. SECONDLY, AND YOU ARE PROBABLY ALONG THIS LINES, PEOPLE AROUND IT IS THIS ISSUE OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. AND I AM NOT BUTTERING YOU UP. I THINK YOU ARE WELL RESPECTED, AT THE STATE LEVEL AND THROUGHOUT THE STATE. AND SO WE ARE GRANTING 15 YEARS, NOT ABOUT A LONG-TERM OPPORTUNITY TO SUSTAIN GOOD INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS, TO ENSURE THAT KIDS -- THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS WHOSE FAMILIES CHOOSE TO COME TO THOSE SCHOOLS BECAUSE THEY MAY HAVE SPECIFIC NEEDS, OR SPECIALIZED NEEDS, NOT BECAUSE WE THINK THAT 15 YEARS GIVES AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROWING AND DEVELOP AND ALL THAT. THIS 15 YEARS IS REALLY ABOUT FACILITIES?

>> WELL, I THINK IT WAS PUT INTO PLACE PRINCIPALLY FOR FINANCING BUT I THINK THE SCHOOLS HAVE TO PERFORM IN ORDER TO STAY OPEN. SO I DON'T WANT THE BOARD TO THINK TODAY IF YOU DO A 15 YEAR CONTRACT THEY ARE HERE FOR 15 YEARS AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO LOOK AT THEM UNTIL 15 YEARS FROM NOW BECAUSE BY THEN I THINK SOMEBODY ELSE WILL BE GONE AND SOMEBODY ELSE WILL BE UP HERE SPEAKING TO YOU. BUT WE DO HAVE THINGS IN PLACE, AS I SAID, DURING THE CONTRACT RENEWAL, WE DID AN ON-SITE VISIT. FOR A 15 YEAR CONTRACT WE DO THAT EVERY FIVE YEARS, WE DO A REVIEW, THOROUGH REVIEW OF THE SCHOOL. AND I WANT YOU TO NOBODY THAT EVERY YEAR -- AND I REALLY FEEL THAT I CAN SAY EVERY DAY, WE ARE MONITORING AND OVERSEEING THESE SCHOOLS. WE MEET WITH PRINCIPALS ON A MONTHLY BASIS. I HAVE OPEN COMMUNICATION WITH EVERY BOARD -- OF ALL THE 41 SCHOOLS THAT ARE OPERATING IN OUR DISTRICT RIGHT NOW. WE COLLECT DOCUMENTS. WE HAVE MONTHLY FINANCIALS. WE HAVE ANNUAL AUDITS. WE HAVE COMPLIANCE DOCUMENTS. I HAVE A YEARLY LIST OF COMPLIANCE DOCUMENTS THAT COME INTO OUR OFFICE ON A MONTHLY BASIS. SO I DON'T WANT YOU TO THINK THAT IT'S A 15 YEAR CONTRACT IS GIVEN THAT WE DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO THEM FOR 15 YEARS. THESE NOT THE CASE.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: AND MY COMMENTS AREN'T DIRECTED AS YOU, BECAUSE YOU ARE FOLLOWING THE LAW. AND I KNOW THERE ARE COMPREHENSIVE JOBS THAT YOUR STAFF DO IN TERMS OF THE JOBS THAT YOU DESCRIBE. BUT WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE GENESIS OF, THE FOUNDATION AROUND, THE REASON FOR IT, IT'S ALL ABOUT FINANCES, AND FACILITIES, IN A SENSE. I MEAN, THAT'S WHAT THE LAW BASICALLY LOOKS AT. AND THEN IT SOUND LIKE SECONDARILY, ALL OF THOSE OTHER THINGS COME IN TO PLAY, BUT THE WHOLE REASON -- AND PLEASE, DON'T PERSONALIZE IT BECAUSE IT'S NOT ABOUT YOU. IT IS ABOUT THE FRUSTRATION, SUGARCOATING A LITTLE BIT SOME OF THIS IN A WAY. AND I'M NOT SURE THAT WE HAVE -- AND I MAY BE WRONG. MR. PORTER, TELL ME. DO WE HAVE ANYTHING BASICALLY IN THE JURISDICTION OF WHICH WE HAVE SOME RESPONSIBILITY FOR THAT GIVES US ALMOST AN ETERNITY?

>>Jim Porter: NOT THAT I AM AWARE OF.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY, THANK YOU. AGAIN, THIS IS NOT ABOUT IT YOU. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT. THANK YOU.

>>Carol Kurdell: THANKS VERY MUCH. THE KICKER IS YOU GET 15 YEAR CONTRACT, BUY THE PROPERTY WITH PUBLIC MONEY, FIVE YEARS YOU DECIDE, WELL, WE ARE DONE, I DON'T WANT TO DO THIS ANYMORE, YOU HAVE BOUGHT THE PROPERTY, ENHANCED IT, AND THEN YOU CLOSE THE SCHOOL DOWN. YOU STILL GET TO BE OWN THE PROPERTY. DIME OF IT DIDN'T COME OUT OF YOUR POCKET OTHER THAN PUBLIC MONEY, WHICH EVERYBODY CREATES. IS THERE PRECEDENT IN THE STATE FOR 15 YEAR CONTRACT? IS THERE ANYBODY ELSE THAT'S DRIED IT YET?

>> WE CURRENTLY HAVE SEVEN -- EXCUSE ME, I THINK SIX 15 YEAR AND ONE 10-YEAR CONTRACTS. WE HAVE OTHER SCHOOLS THAT HIGH PERFORMING. I WANT TO SAY THREE OF THE HIGH PERFORMING STATUTES. SO WE HAD OTHER SCHOOLS THAT MET THAT REQUIREMENT EARLY ON WHEN THE STATUTE FIRST CAME ABOUT. SO WE DO HAVE OTHER CONTRACTS AT THIS POINT IN OUR DISTRICT NOW AND WE ARE MONITORING THEM AS I SAID YEARLY, AND THEN EVERY FIVE YEARS WE DO A DEEPER REVIEW. WE HAD TYLER COMMUNITY.

>>Susan Valdes: AND THE LAST TWO SCHOOLS YOU MENTIONED TO DO HAVE 15 YEAR CONTRACTS?

>> YES.

>>Susan Valdes: OKAY. HAVE WE EVER CONSIDERED, BASED ON THAT COMMENT THAT THE YOU JUST MADE IN REFERENCE TO IF A CHARTER SCHOOL, YOU KNOW, DOESN'T WANT TO DO THIS ANYMORE, AND THEY HAVE THIS BUILDING AND THIS PROPERTY, HAVE WE EVER THOUGHT ABOUT THE NET NEGOTIATIONS THAT MAYBE WILL BUY IT BACK FOR A DOLLAR? I MEAN, I'M THINKING CONTRACTUALLY DIFFERENT WAYS TO BE ABLE TO NEGOTIATE IN THAT VEIN.

>> MOST OF THE SCHOOLS LEASE THE PROPERTY. THEY DON'T OWN IT. SO WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO BUY IT BACK FROM THEM BECAUSE THEY HAVE A LEASE WITH SOMEBODY ELSE. AND THIS LESSO IS GOING TO OWN THE PROPERTY. WE HAVE A FEW SCHOOLS THAT DO OWN THEIR PROPERTY, AND THOSE SCHOOLS THAT OWN THEIR PROPERTY, THAT PROPERTY WOULD REVERT BACK TO THE DISTRICTS WITH THE DEBT THAT WAS LEFT ON THE COPIES. AND THEN WE HAVE THE GO TO MR. FARKAS AND WE HAVE TO ASK HIM IS IT WORTH HAVING HIS PROPERTY OR NOT? BUT WHEN A CHARTER SCHOOL CLOSES, ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING BOUGHT WITH PUBLIC FUNDS REVERTS BACK TO THE DISTRICT. BUT A RENTAL, A LEASE, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN'T REVERT, OBVIOUSLY.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU. THAT'S GREAT CONVERSATION. THANK YOU.

>> YES, IT IS GOOD CONVERSATION. SO IF YOU APPROVE THIS FOR DOES IT REVERT BACK TO US?

>> ACTUALLY THE CONTRACT, EIGHT NOT FOR PROFIT COMPANY. THEY HAVE A FOR MANAGEMENT COMPANY. BUT THE NOT-FOR-PROFIT THAT WE ARE GOING INTO CONTRACT WITH LEASES THAT FACILITY SO THAT WOULD NOT COME BACK TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. THAT WOULD NOT.

>> IT I KNOW IT'S COMPLICATED. BUT DO YOU A GREAT JOB WITH IT.

>> THANK YOU, MRS. KURDELL. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, I NEED A MOTION AND A VOTE. THE MOTION CAN EITHER BE TO UPHOLD THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION OR TO DENY THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION. MRS. VALDES?

>>Susan Valdes: I MAKE A MOTION TO UPHOLD THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION.

>>April Griffin: IS THAT A SECOND, MRS. NURTURE I HAVE A MOTION FROM MRS. VALDES TO UPHOLD THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION AND A SECOND BY MRS. STUART. ANY MORE DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE MOTION PASSES 4 TO 2 WITH MRS. KURDELL AND MRS. EDGECOMB AS NOs. THANK YOU. YES, MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE CONVERSATION AND THANK YOU, JENNA FOR BEING HERE, AND MRS. LETO, I KNOW, IS HANGING IN THE WINGS OVER THERE. THIS LEGISLATION, I KNOW WE ARE BOUND BY THE LEGISLATIVE STUFF THAT COMES TO US FROM TALLAHASSEE. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF US TO GO TO TALLAHASSEE AND HAVE THIS SAME CONVERSATION WITH OUR LOCAL DELEGATION AS WELL AS WITH OUR LOCAL DELEGATION WHEN THEY ARE HERE IN TOWN. THESE ARE THINGS THAT ARE BINDING THE HANDS OF THE BOARD, AND WE ARE NO POSITION THAT IS-IT'S AN UNFAIR POSITION FOR THIS DISTRICT WHEN WE SEE FUNDING FOR FACILITIES, HALF OF IT GO TO A CHARTER SCHOOL DESIGNATION AND THE OTHER HALF GO TO A DISTRICT WHEN WE KNOW WE HAVE THE MAJORITY OF THE SCHOOLS IN THIS DISTRICT WE HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM. SO I ENCOURAGE US TO TAKE THOSE CONVERSATIONS FURTHER THAN THIS BOARD ROOM TO OUR LOCAL DELEGATION WHO IS RIGHT HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH AND PINELLAS AND PASCO COUNTY AS WELL AS TO TALLAHASSEE. I'M NOT SURE WHAT IT IS WE DO TO MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND OUR SITUATION AND WHAT THIS IS DOING TO THE DISTRICT. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE BEFORE THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS THAT'S HAPPENING HERE AND HOW IT'S AFFECTING LARGE DISTRICTS. JENNA, I KNOW YOU DO A MASSIVE AMOUNT OF WORK ON THIS STUFF, AND WE APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE STAYING IN LINE WITH WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO ACCORDING TO THE LAW. BUT I DO THINK THERE NEEDS TO BE A HEAVY CONVERSATION WITH THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN TALLAHASSEE AND WHO ARE PUSHING THE GREEN BUTTON ON THE OTHER SIDE AND PUTTING IT TO THIS SITUATION. SO THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: DO YOU MIND JOINING MRS. HODGENS A MINUTE? ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ABOUT THE ABILITY FOR THIS CONVERSATION TO GO BEYOND THIS BOARD. AND WE TALKED ABOUT THIS. THIS ISN'T THE FIRST TIME WE HAD THIS CONVERSATION. BUT I AM NOT SURE REALISTICALLY WHAT KIND OF POWER HOUSES WE CAN BE. WE ARE UP AGAINST SOME VERY STRONG VOICES WHO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE THESE KINDS OF DECISIONS. AND I KNOW THAT THIS CONVERSATION ISN'T JUST RELEGATED TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY I HAVE BEEN PART OF THE FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARD FOR YEARS AS A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT AND WE HAD MULTIPLE CONVERSATIONS. SO I DON'T WANT IT TO BE PIE IN THE SKY. I ADOPT WANT IT TO BE CONVERSATION FOR THE MOMENT. WHAT'S THE REAL DEAL FOR MAKE SOMETHING REAL IMPACT, MAKING SOME OF THESE CHANGES?

>> THANK YOU. ARE WE ON? OKAY. A BREAK IN THE PODIUM. AND HOPEFULLY YOU CAN SEE ME ABOVE THE PODIUM. FIRST, THERE'S A VERY GOOD AND SERIOUS QUESTION. BELIEVE IT OR NOT I'M ON THE BACK OF MY SHOES. AND THE ANSWER IS COMPLEX BECAUSE IT'S A COMPLEX ISSUE. ONE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS EARLIER TALKED ABOUT EVERY YEAR THERE BEING CHANGES. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. I WAS THERE WHEN IT PASSED THE FIRST LAW, AND THERE HAS NEVER BEEN LESS THAN ONE BILL EVERY SESSION DEALING WITH CHARTER SCHOOLS. AND IT'S COMPLICATED, BECAUSE WE HAVE SOME EXCELLENT CHARTER SCHOOLS. THEY DO A GREAT JOB FOR KID. THE 15 YEAR CONTRACT, IF I MAY THAT IS STRICTLY BECAUSE THEY STRUGGLE, THEY, THE CHARTER SCHOOLS, STRUGGLE WITH BORROWING MONEY, BONDING MONEY, ALL KINDS OF THINGS AND THE LEGISLATURE TRIED TO HELP BOARDS OUT BY SAYING WE'LL THEM MAYK THEM HIGH PERFORMING BECAUSE THAT GIVES THEM SOME LEVEL OF CONFERST COMFORT. YOU HAVE MANAGEMENT COMPANIES THAT SHALL PART OF THE DEBATE AND THAT'S A LOT WHAT YOU HEAR ABOUT IN TALLAHASSEE FRANKLY. YOU HAVE SOME MANAGEMENT COMPANIES THAT DON'T GET INVOLVED WITH WHAT GOES ON POLITICALLY AT ALL. SOME OF THEM GET VERY INVOLVED. YOU HAVE THE INDEPENDENTS. I USED TO CALL THEM MOM AND POPS UNTIL THEY SAID THAT SOUNDS LIKE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. SO THEY ARE INDEPENDENTS BECAUSE WE HAVE SOME EXCELLENT PEOPLE RUNNING OUR SCHOOLS OUT THERE. AND THEY ARE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND WE NOBODY THAT. BUT SOME OF THEM BEGIN TO OPERATE. AND WHAT YOU ARE SEEING IS THEY FALL OUTSIDE THE REALM. SO WHAT ARE THE REALITIES? I HONESTLY DON'T KNOW. I THINK IT'S GOING TAKE A LOT OF CONSISTENT CONVERSATION, BECAUSE THERE ARE STRUGGLES ABOUT HOW DO CHARTERS FUND THEIR FACILITIES? WHEN WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY IN TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS RIGHT NOW. AND FRANKLY WE ARE GOING TO SEE IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR, THAT THE CHARTER SCHOOLS WOULD LIKE A PIECE OF OUR MILLAGE MONEY, AND FRANK REPLY, WE DON'T HAVE TO THE GIVE. AND SOME SCHOOL DISTRICTS WILL END UP IN DEFAULT IF THEY DO REQUIRE US TO DO IT. OPAGA RIGHT NOW IS DOING A SURVEY ON FACILITIES USE AND THE COST OF FACILITY. AND THAT'S BECAUSE PART OF THE BATTLE THIS YEAR, MRS. EDGECOMB IN TALLAHASSEE -- AND MANY OF NOW THAT -- THANK YOU, WE HAVE LOTS OF BOARD MEMBERS THAT SPEND TIME IN TALLAHASSEE OR CONTACT OUR LEGISLATORS. AND OUR LEGISLATORS HONESTLY NONTHIS AND WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH US IN TRYING TO BE DELICATELY BALANCE IT. BECAUSE THEY ARE THERE NOW. IT'S THE LAW. SO YOU HAVE TO APPROVE THEM IF THEY FOLLOW THE LAW. BUT AT THE SAME TIME HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE WELL WITH HOW IT'S HURTING OUR TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS? AND I HONESTLY DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER AS TO WHETHER OR NOT WE HAVE POWER HOUSES TO GET THAT DONE, BECAUSE IT'S AN INTERESTING UP THERE. I CAN TELL YOU THAT WE ARE VERY LUCK ANY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN THAT OUR DELEGATION WORKS SIDE BY SIDE WITH US. BUT THEY ALSO WORK SIDE BY SIDE WITH EVERYONE ELSE, AS THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO. SO DON'T TAKE THAT AS A CRITICISM. SO WE JUST HAVE TO KEEP OPEN THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION. JENNA HAS ACTUALLY DONE A VERY GOOD JOB OF WORKING WITH OTHER CHARTER ORGANIZATIONS AND CHARTER SCHOOLS, BECAUSE UNLESS WE HOLD HANDS WHEN WE DO THIS TO COME UP WITH THE LAWS, IT'S GOING TO BE EVEN TOUGHER, BECAUSE MOST OF THE SCHOOLS OUT THEREBY KNOW ABOUT TRADITIONAL AS WELL AS CHARTER, IS WE WANT TO RUN, AND WE CAN'T GET THINGS DONE BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE MONEY. SO WE ARE ALL KIND OF STRUGGLING FOR MONEY. I GUESS THE BIG THING WAS IF WE HAD A BUNCH OF MONEY TO SPRINKLE IT WOULD BE A LOT EASIER BUT WE ARE ALL KIND OF STRUGGLE FOR THE SAME DOLLARS. SO I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT, AS MRS. STUART SAID, TO KEEP COMMUNICATING. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO GET ACCURATE INFORMATION OUT AND JUST BE HONEST WHEN WE DISCUSS IT. THIS IS NOT ABOUT WE DON'T LIKE THEM, THEY DON'T LIKE US. THIS IS REALLY ABOUT HOW DO WE CREATE LAWS THAT DO THE BEST THINGS FOR KIDS? BECAUSE THAT'S WHY YOU ALL ARE HERE. AND I DON'T ENVY YOU, YOUR POSITION, BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO MAKE SOME DIFFICULT DECISIONS. AND I UNDERSTAND THE DECISIONS THAT YOU MAKE EITHER ON ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER. SO I DON'T KNOW IF THAT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTION. BUT JUST TO KIND OF GIVE YOU SOME INFORMATION, WHICH IS, DON'T KNOW IF WE CAN MAKE A BIG IMPACT NEXT YEAR, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE DON'T CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER TO BE TRY TO BE COMMON INDICATIVE.

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES, WOULD YOU MIND IF MR. PORTER SPOKE?

>>Jim Porter: I JUST WANT TO REACT TO THE CONVERSATION, BECAUSE I THINK OBVIOUSLY THE BOARD IS VERY INTERESTED IN THIS. OBVIOUSLY IT'S A VERY BIG ISSUE. AND YOU ARE HERE TODAY TO APPROVE AGENDA ITEMS. THIS CONVERSATION, I THINK, MIGHT BE A GOOD TOPIC FOR A WORKSHOP, WHERE YOU COULD HEAR AND GO THROUGH SOME OF THE QUESTIONS THAT MRS. EDGECOMB AND MRS. VALDES ASKED ABOUT HOW YOU CAN APPROVE, HOW YOU CAN DENY A CHARTER SCHOOL. MRS. LETO COULD PROVIDE GUIDE ON ON DALLAS TALLAHASSEE, AND MR. PORTER AND I, AND THEN DECIDE HOW YOU WANT TO GO FORWARD WITH THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION, BECAUSE REALLY THE CONVERSATION ABOUT WHETHER TO APPROVE OR NOT APPROVE IS TAKEN OUT OF YOUR HANDS BECAUSE OF THE WAIT LEGISLATURE HAS ACTED IN THE PAST. SO FOR PURPOSES OF TONIGHT IF YOU HAVE AGENDA ITEMS BUFF, YOU NEED TO VOTE THEM UP OR DOWN, TAKE A STEP OF WHAT THEY SAID AND FOLLOW THE LAW. BUT THE CONVERSATIONS THAT CONTINUE, IT SEEMS TO ME IT MIGHT MAKE SENSE TO HAVE AN ACTUAL WORKSHOP WHERE WE CAN PUT ALL THE INFORMATION IN FRONT OF YOU AND EMPOWER TO DO WHAT YOU WANT TO DO ONCE YOU HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.

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

>>Susan Valdes: THIS SOUND LIKE TO ME, AND YOU CAN ATTEST TO THIS, LIKE IN TALLAHASSEE TO TRY TO CHANGE THE LAW THAT REQUIRES THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO GIVE STUDENTS A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION, BECAUSE THEY DID NOT PASS THE STANDARDIZED TEST OF CHOICE, BUT STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. SO I WILL CONTINUE TO BE THAT SQUEAKY WHEEL, MRS. EDGECOMB, IN REFERENCE TO THAT, BECAUSE I THINK THAT IN ITSELF IS MORE A DISSERVICE TO OUR STUDENTS, EVEN MORE SO. BUT BECAUSE OF WHAT MRS. MOLITO HAS JUST DESCRIBED AND TALKED ABOUT, THAT'S WHY, BOARD MEMBERS, THIS IS REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF MR. EAKINS AND DR. VAZQUEZ IN REFERENCE TO THE BUDGET, IN REFERENCE TO THE TRUE FACILITIES NEED WE HAVE WITH AN ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF THE FIVE YEAR PLAN, BECAUSE, LIKE ALL OF US, WE HAVE VOTED MANY YEARS ON FIVE YEAR PLANS. BUT SOME OF THOSE SCHOOLS, THEY HAVE BEEN ON THE FIVE YEAR PLAN. THEY HAVEN'T REALLY BEEN ON THE PLAN BECAUSE THEY GET SHIFTED, DOLLARS ARE SHORT. SO WE DON'T HAVE A CLEAR PICTURE AS TO WHAT OUR TRUE FACILITIES' NEEDS ARE. SO THAT'S WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT, CHIEF OF STAFF, AND SENIOR STAFF, IN REFERENCE TO FINDING OUT WHAT ARE THE EXACT NEEDS, AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO IN ORDER TO MORE CONCRETELY SHOW THE STATE LEGISLATURE THE TRUE IMPACT. SO I CAN'T WAIT FOR ALL OF OUR AUDITING, ALL OF OUR TRUE INVESTIGATIONS, TO SEE WHAT IS THE TRUE STATUS OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, FINANCES AND NEEDS, MORE SO THE NEEDS THAT WE HAVE AND WHAT THE IMPACT HAS BEEN. IT'S A HUGE TOLL. IT'S SOMETHING THAT I DON'T -- AT LEAST IN MY TENURE HAS NEVER BEEN DONE. AND THIS WILL BE MY 12th YEAR ON THE BOARD. SO IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME TIME, I KNOW. IT'S FRUSTRATING BECAUSE AS I SAID BEFORE, PATIENCE IS NOT ONE OF MY VIRTUES AND IT'S CHALLENGING BECAUSE THIS IS INFORMATION WE NEED NOW TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A REAL CONVERSATION AROUND US WITH REAL NUMBERS THAT ARE TRUTHFUL AND PROVABLE, IF YOU WILL, NOT JUST THROW A NUMBER OUT THERE AND SAY THIS IS WHAT THE NEEDS ARE. AND WE MIGHT BE SHORTCHANGING OURSELVES WHEN WE DO THAT. SOCIETY I CAN'T WAIT TO GET THAT INFORMATION AND HAVE THAT WORKSHOP SO THAT WE CAN TALK ABOUT THIS A LITTLE MORE.

>>April Griffin: ARE YOU SUGGESTING WE HAVE A WORKSHOP AND GET A SECOND ON THAT?

>>Susan Valdes: FUL WE NEED A MOTION I SHALL. I MAKE A MOTION TO HAVE A WORKSHOP ON CHARTER SCHOOLS IN GENERAL AND ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AND WHAT MAY BE SOME OF THE NEXT STEPS. BUT I AGREE, THE LAW IS THERE. THE LAW IS EXPLICIT AS TO WHAT WE CAN AND CANNOT DO. AND WE HAVE TO ABIDE BY THE LAW AS CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS.

>>April Griffin: IS THAT A SECOND, MRS. EDGECOMB, FOR A WORKSHOP?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: [OFF MICROPHONE.]

>>April Griffin: THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR AND A SECOND. I THINK WE CAN DO THIS BY CONSENSUS TO HAVE A WORKSHOP. OR DO HE WOULD NEED A VOTE? BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ABOUT A WORKSHOP? SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT PASSES. WAY WAS GOING TO SUGGEST -- AND I WILL CALL ON YOU IN A SECOND IN REFERENCE TO THE WORKSHOP IS THAT -- MRS. FERNANDEZ, COULD YOU MAKE SURE THIS GETS ON MY ACTION MEETING LIST FROM THE MEETING SO THAT MRS. KING AND I CAN FOLLOW UP ON THIS TO SCHEDULE IT? BUT I THINK MAYBE NO WORKSHOP SETTING, WHAT I WAS KIND OF ENVISIONING, THAT MR. FARKAS GET SOME OF OUR FACILITIES THAT ON THAT FIVE YEAR PLAN THAT ARE IN THE HIGHEST NEED, AND WE MAYBE HAVE THE WORKSHOP OUTSIDE OF THIS BUILDING HERE, AND MAYBE INVITE SOME OF OUR LEGISLATORS TO THAT SO THAT THEY CAN SEE WHAT WE ARE OPERATING WITH. I THINK THAT THAT WOULD BE A REALLY GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THOSE DISCUSSIONS. SO WE'LL START TO PLAN THAT.

>>Susan Valdes: AND MAYBE JUST TO BE MORE INCLUSIVE, AND, RIGHT, SOME OF THE CHARTER SCHOOLS IN ON THAT CONVERSATION AS WELL, SO THAT WE HAVE ALL VOICES AT THE TABLE, BECAUSE WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER.

>>April Griffin: WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT. BUT AT THIS POINT THIS IS OUR WORKSHOP AND WE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH LACK OF FUNDING.

>>Susan Valdes: I UNDERSTAND THAT TOTALLY RESPECT. THAT IT'S JUST A WORKSHOP, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL OF US TO HAVE A CANDID CONVERSATION WITH ALL PLAYERS, AND WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE OTHER MEETINGS. JUST A THOUGHT.

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: YOU ALREADY STATED WAY WAS GOING TO ASK, AND DO IT AT A TIME THAT OUR STATE LEGISLATORS ARE AVAILABLE. BECAUSE IN THE SPRING OF THE YEAR, IT DOESN'T GIVE US TIME TO EVEN TALK TO THEM. SO PLEASE, AN EFFORT TO DO IT AROUND THAT TIME.

>>April Griffin: ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY. THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAD A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS. I THINK THE NEXT ONE, YOU COULD DO A VERY, VERY QUICK HIGHLIGHT OF AND THEN WE CAN VOTE AND MOVE ONTO THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM. 9.05.

>> 349.075 IS KINDERGARTEN SITE, CHARTER SCHOOLS USA, CURRENTLY HAS 792 STUDENTS ENROLLED. THEY ARE A TITLE 1 SCHOOL SERVING APPROXIMATELY 390% FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH STUDENTS. ALL OF WHOM ARE LOCAL RESIDENTS. THEIR PERFORMANCE HAS NOT BEEN QUITE AS GOOD. THEY HAD A D THE FIRST YEAR ARRANGES F THE SECOND YEAR WHICH PUT THEM INTO SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT. THEN THEY RAISED THAT GRADE TO A C. AND THIS PAST YEAR, THEY HAD A D. AGAIN, THIS WAS FIVE YEAR CONTRACT BASED ON MEETING REQUIREMENTS IN STATUTE. ALL THE BACKUP IS ATTACHED, AS I SAID.

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES, IS THAT A MOTION?

>>Susan Valdes: MY MOTION IS TO UPHOLD THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION.

>>April Griffin: THAT'S A SECOND, MRS. HARRIS?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: [OFF MICROPHONE.]

>> YES, MA'AM.

>>April Griffin: I WANT TO DISCUSS THIS BRIEFLY. I JUST WANT TO ASK A QUESTION ABOUT. BECAUSE THE GRADES AT THIS SCHOOL ARE VERY, VERY DIFFERENT. AND WE TALK ABOUT HIGH-PERFORMING. D IS NOT HIGH PERFORMING. F IS NOT HIGH-PERFORMING. I KNOW THEY BROUGHT IT UP FROM AN F. C IS NOT HIGH-PERFORMING. HOW ARE WE ABLE TO DO THAT WITH A D?

>> IN ORDER TO CLOSE A SCHOOL FOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE THE SCHOOL MUST HAVE TWO Fs, TWO CONSECUTIVE Fs. EVEN IF THEY HAVE A D AND AN F, THEY HAVE TIME TO IMPROVE. IF THEY HAVE DONE LESS, THEY GET CLOSED BY THIS BOARD BUT THEY MAY APPROACH THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR A WAIVER. SO I DON'T THINK, YES, YOU ARE RIGHT, THE GRADES AT THE SCHOOL ARE LOWER PERFORMING. THEY ARE TITLE 1 SCHOOL. THEY ARE WORKING HARD TO BRING IN MORE CURRICULUM, MORE SUPPLEMENTAL THINGS. STRATEGIES FOR THESE STUDENTS. AND WE MEET WITH THEM REGULARLY. AND WE TRY TO WORK WITH THEM THE BEST WE CAN TO HELP THEM IMPROVE THAT PERFORMANCE. BUT ABSOLUTELY LOWER PERFORMANCE THAN WINTHROP AND THE FIVE YEAR CONTRACT WILL BE MONITORED VERY CLOSELY ALSO.

>>April Griffin: I PERSONALLY BROUGHT SOME ISSUES TO YOU WITH THIS SCHOOL. AND YOU HAVE WORKED THROUGH THOSE ISSUES.

>> YES.

>>April Griffin: DO YOU FEEL CONFIDENT THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO RAISE THIS GRADE WITH WHAT THEY ARE DOING?

>> WHAT WE SAW AT THEIR SCHOOL, WHEN WE WENT THERE, THEY DO HAVE GOOD INSTRUCTION METHODS GOING ON IN THE CLASSROOM. WEED A CURRICULUM SPECIALIST WHO WENT WITH US THROUGH THE CLASSROOMS. ONE OF THE BIGGEST ISSUES AT THE SCHOOL IS TURNOVER OF TEACHERS. AND THEY HAD MORE THAN I WOULD LIKE TO BE SEE SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS IN CLASSROOMS, IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THEIR MIDDLE SCHOOL IS MUCH MORE STABLE. SO AGAIN, ALL THIS INFORMATION IS SHARED WITH THE SCHOOL, NOT JUST WITH THE PRINCIPAL OF THE SCHOOL BUT ALSO WITH THE BOARD. AND THEN, YOU KNOW, WE WORK WITH THEM TO GIVE THEM IDEAS ON GETTING BETTER, BUT ULTIMATELY AT THE END OF THE DAY THEY HAVE TO MAKE THE CHANGES IN THEIR SCHOOL. THEY HAVE TO GET A BETTER GRADE.

>>April Griffin: HAVE THEY SHOWN YOU A PLAN OF ACTION TO ADDRESS THOSE CONCERNS THAT YOU RAISED?

>> WE ACTUALLY MEET WITH THEM AFTER WE COME TO THE BOARD WITH THIS DETAILED REPORT. THEY HAVE THE REPORT CARD. BUT WE GO SIT WITH THEM AFTER THIS MEETING. BUT WE WILL ASK THEM FOR A PLAN OF ACTION.

>>April Griffin: I'M STRUGGLE WITH THIS ONE FOR SURE. BUT THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR AND A SECOND. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY MORE DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT PASSES 4-2 WITH MRS. KURDELL AND MRS. EDGECOMB AS NOs. MRS. HUDGENS.

>> THE LAST AGENDA ITEM IS 9.06, TO APPROVE THE NONRENEWAL OF THE CONTRACT WITH RICHARDSON MONTESSORI ACADEMY. I WANTED TO BRIEFLY GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF INFORMATION BECAUSE RICHARD IS OUR FIRST SCHOOL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THEY BEGAN IN 199 AND THEY ARE THE ONLY MONTESSORI SCHOOL THAT WE HAD IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. OBVIOUSLY THIS IS A DIFFERENT INNOVATIVE METHOD FOR WHAT WE USE IN OUR TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS. DUE TO SOME OF THE STANDARDS CHANGING OVER THE YEARS, THEY HAD TO KIND OF DO A BLEND OF MODEL DIRECTED BECAUSE OTHERWISE THEY COULDN'T MEET ALL THE STANDARDS THAT ARE REQUIRED. THEN IN 2013 THEY WERE GIVEN A VERY SHORT TIME FRAME TO MOVE IT FROM THE FACILITY THAT THEY HAD BEEN IN FOR SEVERAL YEARS INTO A NEW FACILITY. AND THIS IMPACTED THEIR ENROLLMENT WHICH CAUSED FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS. AND I WANTED TO JUST BRING THIS UP TO YOU TODAY. THE BOARD HAS CHOSEN -- THE CHARTER SCHOOL BOARD HAS CHOSEN TO NOMINATE A SCHOOL. THEY WROTE THE SUPERINTENDENT, THANKING THEM FOR THE TIME SERVED IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. BUT I JUST WANT TO SAY TONIGHT, I WANTED TO THANK THE BOARD FOR ALL THAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BECAUSE THEY WERE A VERY VALUABLE OPTION FOR A LONG TIME. HAD IT NOT BEEN NOR NEW, I DON'T BELIEVE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IMPACTED SO MUCH BUT I THINK THEY MADE A GOOD CHOICE AND PUT STUDENTS FIRST AND WE ARE WORKING WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE THE STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED IN ANOTHER SCHOOL, DISTRICT, CHARTER SCHOOL OR PUBLIC SCHOOL, AND MAKE SURE IT'S A SMOOTH TRANSITION FOR THEM. I WANT TO THANK THEM.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU S.THAT A MOTION, MRS. VALDES?

>>Susan Valdes: TO UPHOLD THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION.

>>April Griffin: IS THAT A SECOND, MRS. KURDELL? I HAVE ONE QUESTION IN REFERENCE TO THIS. HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO ABSORB WITH THIS?

>> THEY HAVE 27 CURRENTLY.

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, THERE IS A MOTION. I'M SORRY? BEFORE WE VOTE? THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR AND A SECOND TO UPHOLD THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION FOR THE NONRENEWAL OF THE CONTRACT WITH RICHARDSON MONTESSORI ACADEMY. ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. THE MOTION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU. MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I WANTED TO ALSO THANK JENNA. I KNOW SHE'S WORKED FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS WITH THIS SCHOOL. I REMEMBER I WENT THERE TO VISIT THEM RIGHT AFTER THEY MADE THIS -- AND IT WAS PAINFULLY OBVIOUS THAT THEY WERE STRUGGLING AND THAT THE MOVE HAD CAUSED A GREAT AMOUNT OF STRESS ON BOTH THE FACULTY AND THE STUDENTS, AND THERE WAR LOT OF STUDENTS WHO DID NOT RETURN. AND I THINK THEY HAVE SINCE LOST EVEN MORE STUDENTS. BUT I WANTED TO THANK THE TEACHERS AND THE R FOR THE WORK THEY HAVE DONE. THIS IS ONE OF THE UNIQUE CHARTERS THAT HAD BEEN IN THIS DISTRICT FOR A VERY LONG TIME AND SERVED STUDENTS WITH UNIQUE NEEDS. IT IS RATHER TRAGIC THAT THEY ARE LEAVING THE DISTRICT AS ONE OF THE FIRST CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT WE HAD. I JUST WANT TO THANK THEM AGAIN FOR INVITING ME IN TO MEET THEIR STUDENTS AND STAFF AND BE A PART OF THAT. AND IT'S SAD. I AM GOING TO DRIVE BY THEIR FACILITY OFTEN, AND IT'S JUST SAD FOR THEM. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, MOVING ON. I'M SORRY, MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I GUESS IT SOUNDS LIKE A CONTRADICTION BECAUSE I AM GO B TO COMPLIMENT THE SCHOOL, TOO, IN A SENSE. BUT I HAVE SEEN SINCE ITS BEGINNING, HAD MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO GO AND VISIT. I KNOW THE STUDENTS WHO STARTED OUT, THE ELEMENTARY EDUCATION IN THE SCHOOL, AND SO MY VOTE PREVIOUSLY WASN'T SO MUCH PHILOSOPHIC ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS HAVING A PLACE, OR THROUGHOUT THE STATE TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE LAWS. IS THIS IS A SITUATION AND MRS. BROWNFIELD, I KNOW SHE'S MY SORORITY SISTER SO IMI HAVE KNOWNLY HER PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY.

>> THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS 9.02. AND DR. VAS VASQUEZ, THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

>> THIS IS A FOLLOW-UP TO THE WORKSHOP THAT WAS HELD ON THURSDAY, MAY 3rd, 2016, AND THE SCHOOL BOARD REQUESTED THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS BEGIN A DISTRICT-WIDE STUDY ON THE AREAS THAT LISTED IN THE AGENDA ITEMS, WHICH ARE SCHOOL HEALTH POLICIES RELATED TO TOBACCO USE, SEXUAL BEHAVIORS, THAT CONTRIBUTE TO UNINTENDED PREGNANCY AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES, BEHAVIORS THAT CONTRIBUTE TO UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES AND VIOLENCE AND UNHEALTHY DIETARY BEHAVIORS AND FISS PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. THEREFORE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS HAD COMMITTED TO ADMINISTERING A LOCAL EUFARAIS KNOWN TAKES YRBS. ORIGINALLY BY THE SEPTEMBER INFORM DISEASE CONTROL THIS IS FOR SCHOOL-AGE YOUTH GRADES 6 THROUGH 12, MEASURES 6 CATEGORIES OF RISK BEHAVIORS THAT PROVIDE ACTIONABLE -- SEEKING TO PREVENT INJURIES, VIOLENCE, DISEASE, ILLEGAL BEHAVIORS AMONG YOUTH, BUT ALSO HELPING STAKEHOLDERS ADVOCATE FOR ADOLESCENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS. THE SURVEY, NATIONALLY VALIDATED INSTRUMENT THAT IS ADMINISTERED IN 47 STATES AS WELL AS 21 OF THE LARGEST URBAN SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE UNITED STATES. RESULTS OF THE YRBS HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN GUIDING POLICY CHANGE AND PROGRAMMING FOR SCHOOL SYSTEMS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SPECIFICALLY HERE IN FLORIDA, ON OTHER LARGE DISTRICTS LIKE BROWARD, DUVAL AND ORANGE, HAVE USED THIS INSTRUMENT AND SHARE THE DATA WITH STAKEHOLDERS, FOR EXAMPLE, PARENTS, AGENCIES, TEACHERS, TO INCREASE AWARENESS. IT HELPED DEVELOP TRAINING MATERIALS TO HELP EDUCATORS RESPOND TO IDENTIFY STUDENT NEEDS, AND REVISE POLICIES TO ADDRESS BEHAVIORS REPORTED BY SCHOOL AGE YOUTH. THERE IS CONSIDERABLE RESEARCH OF RISK STRATEGIES AND SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING ON STUDENT SUCCESS. ALL SECONDARY STUDENTS WILL BE ASKED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SURVEY. PARENTS WILL PROVIDE -- WILL BE PROVIDED A CONSENT THROUGH A PASSIVE CONSENT OR OPT-OUT PROCESS, AND TRULY THE DISTRICT BELIEVES THAT THE DATA RESULTING FROM THE YRBS WILL HELP US FULFILL OUR MISSION IN PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE BY ADDRESSING THE WHOLE CHILD.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? MRS. KURDELL?

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I KNOW WE TALKED ABOUT THIS AT A WORKSHOP BRIEFLY, AND YOU WERE GOING TO BRING IT FORWARD AS CHAIR. AND I WAS GOING TO BE OPPOSED TO. THAT BUT I LIKE THIS APPROACH BECAUSE WE CAN WORK FROM THE POINT OF DATA AND INFORMATION RATHER THAN JUST PHILOSOPHIES AND HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT IT. SO I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE TO MOVE THIS FORWARD, AND I'LL VOTE FOR IT.

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: DR. VAZQUEZ, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I HEARD ABOUT WHERE WE ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH UTILIZATION OF THE DATA FOR THE SURVEY. BECAUSE ONE OF MY CONCERNS WAS SIMILAR TO MS. KURDELL BUT MAYBE NOT EXACTLY. I NEEDED TO KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO BE THE NEXT STEP. BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL KIDS CAN EXAGGERATE ABOUT WHAT THEY DO OR DON'T DO, AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S VALIDATED. I WANT TO MAKE SURE IT VALIDATED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE INFORMATION THAT IT ACTUALLY TESTS FOR, SURVEYED FOR, IS INTENDED TO DO. BUT HERE IS THE QUESTION THAT I WANT TO MAKE SURE, IS THAT WHAT ARE OUR OPTIONS ABOUT WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO WITH THIS DATA? I DON'T WANTED TO US JUST COLLECT IT AND SAY, OKAY, HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW. BUT WHAT ARE SOME OF THE POSSIBLE ACTIONS? AND THE OTHER THING, WOULD THAT INCLUDE HAVING MORE SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND DECISION MAKING CHOICES? PERSONAL CHOICES? MAYBE THE HEALTH ASPECT. BUT I'M TALKING ABOUT EMOTIONAL HEALTH TO BEING A CRITICAL PIECE. SO WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS ABOUT ONCE WE GET THIS DATA, WHERE DOES IT LEAD US? THAT'S THE QUESTION THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR ME TO SUPPORT THIS.

>> THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION, MRS. EDGECOMB. THE DATA CAN ADDRESS SO MANY LAYERS TO AN ADOLESCENT'S LIFE FROM SOCIAL TO EMOTIONAL TO HIGH-RISK BEHAVIORS. IN REVIEWING THE QUESTIONS THAT ARE GOING TO BE ASKED OF THE STUDENTS AND ALSO TALKING TO OUR COLLEAGUES IN OTHER COUNTIES. THE DATA BEGINS A CONVERSATION, NUMBER ONE, AT THE LOCAL LEVEL WITH THE PARENTS AND THE ADMINISTRATION AND GUIDANCE AND SOCIAL WORKERS. AT A DISTRICT LEVEL IT ALLOWS US TO BEGIN TO CREATE PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER AGENCIES TO PROVIDE OUTREACH PROGRAMS, TO ADDRESS NEEDS THAT CAN SURFACE THROUGH THE DATA, AND WE SEE COMMON THEMES AND THE DATA DISTRICTWISE WIDE OR EVEN JUST IN AN AREA. BUT IT ALSO ALLOWS US TO PLAN AND BE PROACTIVE IN SEEING KIND OF THE RESPONSES THAT COME FROM THE DATA IN OUR STRATEGIC PLAN IN ALIGNING THE KPIs TO AREAS OF SOCIAL OR EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND HOW CAN THAT BE ACTUALLY IMPLEMENTED IN CURRICULUM, OR HOW CAN IT ACTUALLY HELP CREATE POSSIBLE JOB DESCRIPTION FOR THE NEEDS OF FUTURE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS BASED ON THE CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS IN OUR COUNTY? BUT IT ALSO HAS STARTED CONVERSATIONS WITH AGENCIES SUCH AS USF SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH AS WELL AS THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, AND KIND OF COMPARING DATA WITH THOSE AGENCIES AND MAKING SURE THAT OUR DATA IS TELLING KIND OF SIMILAR STORIES, OR IT BRINGS A CONVERSATION WHY THEIR DATA IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT FROM OURS, AND WHO ARE THEY ACTUALLY ASKING THE QUESTIONS OF? SO IT BEGIN SEVERAL LAYERS OF CONVERSATION BUT IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY PLAN, BUT USE THE DATA IN ITS APPROPRIATE WAY TO BE EFFECTIVE, AND ALSO TO SUPPORT STUDENTS IN HOLISTIC APPROACH, NOT JUST ACADEMICALLY BUT ALSO PHYSICALLY, EMOTIONALLY AND SOCIALLY.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I HAVE A LITTLE CONCERN BEGUN THE CONTINUATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAVING TO BE ALL THINGS TO ALL PEOPLE. SOMETIMES WE JUST NEED TO STAY REALLY FOCUSED AND CENTERED ON -- AND I KNOW THE MISSION, THE VISION, AND I'M JUST SAYING THIS IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS. BUT I THINK WE REALLY HAVE TO BE CAREFUL THAT WE DON'T TAKE ON THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT SOMETIMES BELONG TO OTHER INSTITUTIONS. AND TALKING ABOUT ABILITY AND CAPACITY OF FAMILIES TO ALWAYS DO THIS, BUT I AM TALKING ABOUT OTHER INSTITUTIONS, THAT YOU TALK ABOUT PARTNERSHIPS, AND THOSE IMPORTANT, BECAUSE I DON'T WANT US TO BE TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR PROVIDING WHATEVER THE SOLUTIONS TO -- SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO MAYK MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN SAY THAT WE HAVE GOT THE AUDIENCE THERE. THIS IS WHAT THIS IS DIRECTED TO. BUT HERE IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO STOP IN TERMS OF HOW MUCH WE ARE GOING TO TAKE ON TO MAKE THIS OUR RESPONSIBILITY. AND AS GOOD AS WE ARE AND AS BIG AS WE ARE, WE CAN'T BE PART OF EXCELLENCE EVERYTHING WE TRY TO DO FOR EVERY KID. I THINK OUR NUMBER ONE RESPONSIBILITY IS EDUCATING -- AND I KNOW THIS IS PART OF EDUCATING OUR STUDENTS, BUT I HAVE TO SAY, WE HAVE GOT TO REALLY BE CAREFUL THAT WE DON'T BECOME THE FORCE IN THIS COMMUNITY OR IN THE WORLD FOR EVERYTHING THE WHERE THERE'S AN ISSUE OR PROBLEM OR CRISIS THAT IT NOW BECOMES OUR RESPONSIBILITY. I THINK WE CAN'T IGNORE IT. I DON'T THINK WE CAN TURN A BLIND EYE TO IT. I DON'T THINK WE CAN SAY, NO IT'S NOT OUR DEPARTMENT. BUT I THINK WE HAVE TO SAY ONLY THIS MUCH OF IT BELONGS TO US TO DEAL WITH IT. WE HAVE GOT TO INCLUDE ALL OTHER ANALYSIS THAT ARE MORE PREPARED, THAT COMBINED TO DO THAT, OR INSTITUTION IFS THAT'S WHAT THEIR MISSION AND VISION IS ALL ABOUT. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT AS WE DO THIS, WE USE THE DATA, WE HAVE THIS CONVERSATION, BUT ALSO I THINK WE HAVE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT HOW MUCH WE WANT TO TAKE OWN AS OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE.

>> I AGREE.

>>April Griffin: MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: I HAVE TWO QUICK QUESTIONS. HAVE WE DONE THIS SURVEY BEFORE?

>> IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT WE HAVE DONE IT IN THE PAST, BUT NOT RECENTLY.

>>Cindy Stuart: WE DON'T KNOW HOW LONG AGO IT WAS THAT WE DID THIS? OKAY. AND IS THE PLAN TO DO THIS SURVEY NEXT YEAR, AND THEN DO IT AGAIN THE FOLLOWING YEAR? IS THIS A REPETITIVE THING? OR IS THERE A TIMELINE FOR --

>> THE GOAL IS ACTUALLY TO DO THIS NEXT YEAR, SO THAT WE CAN HAVE DATA TO COMPARE, CONSECUTIVE FOR TWO YEARS AT LEAST AND THEN EVALUATE THE NEXT STEPS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. I THINK WE ARE PUTTING OUR SUPERINTENDENT IN A VERY PER CARE USE POSITION IF WE DON'T ALLOW HIM TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES BECAUSE WE ARE SAYING WE WANT 90% GRADUATION RATE BY 2020. AND REGARDLESS OF THE PERCENTAGE. AND I HEARD THE QUESTION ASKED, WELL, WHAT PERCENTAGE ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? WHAT PERCENTAGE OF OUR STUDENTS ARE WE TALKING ABOUT? 3% OF OUR STUDENTS. AND THAT'S, BY THE WAY, LOW. IF THEY ARE DEALING WITH THESE ISSUES, ARE AT HIGHER RISK FOR DROP-OUT. AND THAT'S PUTTING HIM IN A VERY AWKWARD POSITION AND NOT BEING ABLE TO ADDRESS THESE ISSUES I.DON'T BELIEVE OF THAT WE NEED TO BE THE LEADER ON THIS WHERE CURRICULUM IS CONCERNED BECAUSE WE DO HAVE SOME AMAZING PARTNERS IN THIS COMMUNITY WITH OUR HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND WITH USF AND OTHER AGENCIES THAT HAVE BEEN CLAMORING TO GET TO THE TABLE TO BE A PART OF EDUCATING OUR YOUTH IN THIS COMMUNITY, BUT THE DOORS HAVE BEEN CONTINUALLY SHUT. EVERY SINGLE TIME THEY COME THE DOORS ARE SLAMMED IN THEIR FACE. L FOR THIS. AND I HAVE WATCHED IT TIME AND TIME AGAIN. THIS SURVEY WAS -- LAST TIME WE DID IT WAS ABOUT EIGHT YEARS AGO. SO IT'S BEEN A WHILE. BUT THIS IS WHERE I AM AT ON IT, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. WE HAVE THE DATA. THE YRBS IS GREAT, AND WE NEED THAT BECAUSE IF WE DON'T THE YRBS SURVEY -- BY THE WAY, I THINK WE WERE DOING THE YRBS BUT EXCLUDED THE QUESTIONS REGARDING SEX. I SAID SEX. WE HAVE THE DATA. AND I HAVE SOME STATISTICS THAT I AM GOING TO QUOTE. AND ACCORDING TOTAL CDC, REGARDLESS OF RACE OR GENDER, DATA SHOWS THAT SEXUALLY ACTIVE ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS ARE AT INCREASED RISK FOR STDs WHEN COMPARED TO OLDER ADULTS. AND IF WE DON'T ACKNOWLEDGE THE DISPARITIES IN THE RATE AS ONE OF THE FIRST RATE, THEN WE ARE NOT GOING TO AFFECT THIS COMMUNITY IN A POP WAY. AND WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THE PROBLEM IN HELPING THE PUBLIC HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO HELP OUR STUDENTS SUCCEED AND PREPARING THEM FOR LIFE. INCIDENTS AND PREVALENCE ESTIMATES SUGGEST THAT YOUNG PEOPLE AGE 15 TO 24 YEARS ACQUIRE HALF OF ALL STDs. HALF. OF ALL STDs. AND THAT ONE IN FOUR SEXUALLY ACTIVE ADOLESCENT FEMALE HAVE AN STD COMPARED WITH OLDER ADULTS. SEXUALLY ACTIVE ADOLESCENTS AGE 15-19 YEARS OLD AND YOUNG ADULTS AGE 20-24 YEARS OLD ARE AT HIGHER RISK ACQUIRING STDs FOR A COMBINATION OF BEHAVIORAL, BIOLOGICAL AND CULTURAL REASONS. THAT'S WHY THE CDC. I HAVE ALL THIS DATA TO BACK THIS UP. FLORIDA IS SEEING THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF NEW HIV CASES IN THE NATION. RIGHT NOW, IN THIS STATE OF FLORIDA. WHEN YOU LOOK AT FLORIDA ADOLESCENT REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH FACTS, AND I DID SOME MATH ON THIS, FEMALES, NUMBER OF BIRTHS TO FEMALES UNDER 20 YEARS OF AGE, IN THE UNITED STATES, IT WAS 3098. IN FLORIDA IT WAS 165. THAT'S UNDER 15 YEARS OLD. 3098 DIVIDED BY 50 -- AND I AM JUST GOING TO DO AN AVERAGE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. 3098 DIVIDED BY 507 IS 61.96. SO LET'S SAY 62. SHOULD BE 62. WE ARE 165 IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. 15 TO 17, 74,820. NATIONWIDE DIVIDED BY 50. THAT SHOULD BE 1,496 PER STATE. STATE OF FLORIDA, 3,699. 18 TO 19, BIRTHS TO FEMALES, 198,285 NATIONWIDE. DIVIDE THAT BY 50. THAT'S 3,965. THAT SHOULD BE PER STATE. LET JUST SAY AVERAGE. FLORIDA, 10,263. 15 TO 19, 273,105. IN THE UNITED STATES. DIVIDE THAT BY 50. SHOULD BE -- LET'S SEE, 5,462 APPROXIMATELY. STATE OF FLORIDA, 13,962. THERE'S SOME OTHER STATISTICS HERE THAT SHOW THAT THE PERCENTAGE OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO REPORT THAT THEY HAVE EVER HAD SEXUAL INTERCOURSE, WE ARE PRETTY HEY ON THAT, BUT AGAIN THESE NUMBERS ARE SKEWED BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T BEEN INCLUDING THE SEXUAL QUESTIONS IN THE YRBS. SO WE DON'T EVEN KNOW THE REAL NUMBERS. BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT STUDENTS WHO HAVE REPORTED THAT, THEY HAVE HAD SEX BEFORE THEY WERE 13 YEARS OLD, WERE 2% ABOVE THE REST OF THE UNITED STATES. FOR MALES, AND 1% ABOVE THE REST OF THE UNITED STATES FOR FEMALES. THE NUMBERS GO ON AND ON. THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS THAT ARE REPORTING THAT THEY ARE NOT USING ANY METHOD OF PREVENTION WE ARE ABOVE ON THAT AS WELL. THIS IS WHAT'S STAGGERING, THOUGH. THE 25 U.S. CITIES WITH THE HIGHEST RATES OF HIV INFECTION TAMPA IS NUMBER 18. IN THE ENTIRE NATION, TAMPA IS NUMBER 18. WE HAVE MIAMI, JACKSONVILLE AND ORLANDO. MIAMI IS NUMBER 1. JACKSONVILLE NUMBER 10. ORLANDO NUMBER 11. AND TAMPA IS NUMBER 18. SO I AM EXCITED THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE DOING THE YRBS AGAIN. I ADDED THOSE QUESTIONS INTO THE YRBS AGAIN. BECAUSE AGAIN THAT WILL OPEN THE DOORS TO SOME GRANTS. AS WE MOVE FORWARD FOR WHATEVER WE DECIDE THAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR OUR STUDENTS, WITH INPUT FROM OUR COMMUNITY, TOO. AND THAT'S WHY THIS IS A GOOD DISCUSSION TO HAVE BECAUSE IT ALLOWS THAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS TO ENGAGE IN THIS. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS I SEE IT, WE HAVE THE NUMBERS ALREADY TO TELL US THAT OUR YOUTH ARE AT RISK. OUR YOUTH ARE AT RISK RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW. AND IF WE DON'T ACT NOW, THEN WE ARE GOING TO LOSE MORE OF OUR KIDS. SOCIETY CONTINUE TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT ARE WE DOING AND WHERE ARE WE GOING IS ONLY PUTTING MORE KIDS AT RISK. AND I AM HAVING A REAL HARD TIME WITH THAT. SO I'M VERY PLEASED WITH THIS, BUT I BELIEVE THAT THE NEXT STEPS -- AND I THOUGHT THAT THE NEXT STEPS WERE THAT THE NEXT STEP SOON, SOONER THAN LATER, NOT TWO YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, WOULD BE THAT RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD BE COMING FORWARD FOR SOME EDUCATION AND SOME PARTNERSHIPS WITH THAT.

>> NO, NO, THE QUESTION I UNDERSTOOD WAS HOW MANY TIMES WE ARE GOING TO ADMINISTER THIS SURVEY. SO I SAID TWO YEARS.

>> THAT'S EVERY TWO YEARS THEY GIVE THAT.

>> BUT ONCE WE GET THE DATA, WE START PUTTING THINGS IN MOTION, AND RECOMMENDATIONS.

>>April Griffin: BUT THE SURVEY IS NOT GOING TOE TAKE PLACE UNTIL NEXT YEAR.

>> THE FALL OF THIS COME ACADEMIC YEAR.

>>April Griffin: RIGHT. SO MY POINT IS, THOUGH, YES, I AGREE THAT WE NEED TO DO THIS, AND IMPROVE THOSE QUESTIONS BACK IN THE YRBS, BUT WITH ALL OF THE DATA THAT WE HAVE FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, WITH ALL OF THE DATA THAT WE HAVE FROM THE CDC, FROM ALL OF THE DATA FROM USF AND THOSE PARTNERSHIPS MOVING FORWARD, ARE THERE GOING TO BE RECOMMENDATIONS COMING FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT PRIOR TO GETTING THE INFORMATION BACK FROM THE YRBS.

>>

>>Alberto Vazquez: TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION, YES, BECAUSE THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH AT USF HAS ASKED FOR OUR CURRENT INFORMATION OF WHAT WE DO WITH AT-RISK, HIGH-RISK BEHAVIORS OR AT-RISK BEHAVIORS SUCH AS SUICIDE, MENTAL HEALTH, EMOTIONAL, ALL THE SURVEYS THAT WE HAVE KIND OF CONDUCTED IN THE PAST TO BEGIN DIALOGUE, AND THIS WEEK, I DID SEND IT TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE DEPARTMENT TO BEGIN THAT DIALOGUE, AND ALSO START A CONVERSATION WITH MRS. SEIA TO WHAT WE CAN DO TO ACTUALLY BEGIN CONVERSATIONS, AND POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATIONS ON IMPLEMENTING THINGS AND NOT JUST SOLELY ON THIS SURVEY. BECAUSE THIS SURVEY COVERS DIFFERENT AREAS. BUT USING WHAT WE HAVE, AND SEEING HOW THEY CAN HELP AND PARTNER WITH THEIR WORK.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND THIS CONVERSATION, BY THE WAY -- AND I AM BRINGING UP A LOT OF THESE FACTS THAT WE HAVE NOT BEEN ADDRESSING HOLISTICALLY, BECAUSE THE NUMBERS ARE STAGGERING. BUT THERE ARE ALL THESE OTHER RISK BEHAVIORS THAT WE ARE DEALING WITH. AND WE A ADDRESSED THOSE, BY THE WAY. WE HAD THE MENÉNDEZ FOUNDATION COMB IN AND TALK TO STUDENTS ABOUT DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE. WE HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR KIDS ABOUT TEAM VIOLENCE, DATING VIOLENCE, AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THERE ARE ALL KIND OF CONVERSATIONS THAT WE ARE HAVING WITH OUR KIDS AND PREPARING THEM FOR LIFE. BUT THIS IS ONE, THAT BECAUSE IT IS A DIFFICULT CONVERSATION TO HAVE, WE HAVE BEEN AVOIDING IT. AND I AM NOT WILLING TO DO THAT ANYMORE. AND AGAIN, BOARD MEMBERS, I SAID THAT AT THE WORKSHOP. I APOLOGIZE TO ALL OF YOU FOR MAKING THIS CONVERSATION ONE THAT WE HAVE TO HAVE. I KNOW THAT IT'S NOT A PLEASANT CONVERSATION. IT'S NOT ONE THAT PEOPLE TO TALK ABOUT BUT IT'S ONE THAT I BELIEVE WE HAVE TO TALK ABOUT. SO THEN THE NEXT STEP, THOUGH, TOO, ASIDE FROM THE CONVERSATION ABOUT EDUCATION WOULD BE THAT THIS BOARD WOULD NEED TO CREATE SOME POLICY LANGUAGE AROUND THIS, VERY SPECIFIC POLICY LANGUAGE AROUND. THAT IS THAT CORRECT, MR. PORTER?

>>Jim Porter: THAT THE WOULD BE AN OPTION FOR THE BOARD TO DO. IT COULD BE WHAT THE DATA SHOWS AND THE SORT OF DISCUSSIONS YOU HAVE, IT MIGHT TAKE A DIFFERENT DIRECTION BUT YOU WOULD ALWAYS HAVE THE DIRECTION OF CREATING A POLICY, AND THE NEXT ROUND BEGINS IN JULY. AND THEN END OF JANUARY.

>>April Griffin: WELL, WE ARE APPROVING THIS WHAT WE --

>> THE APPROVAL IN JUNE FOR ROUND 2 OF THE -- OR ROUND 1 OF 2015 POLICY. THE NEXT CYCLE STARTS IN JULY WHERE YOU INITIATE POLICIES AND YOU WILL HAVE WORKSHOPS FOR APPROVAL IN DECEMBER. AND THEN THE ROUND FOR 2017 BEGINS IN JANUARY.

>>April Griffin: IN JANUARY. RIGHT. THANK YOU FOR THAT CLARIFICATION. SOING FOR THE YRBS QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED. OTHER THAN THAT, THOUGH, THESE ARE SOME PRETTY STAGGERING NUMBERS. AND I WILL GET YOU ALL OF THIS INFORMATION TOMORROW. MRS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. EDUCATION IS SO IMPORTANT. SEVERAL YEARS AGO, A VACCINE CAME OUT. THE HUMAN PAPILLOMA VACCINE. BETTER KNOWN AS HPV. UNFORTUNATELY WHEN IT WAS ROLLED OUT, IT WAS NOT ROLLED OUT, IN MY OPINION, WITH THE BEST INFORMATION DECLARING WHAT THE PURPOSE OF THIS VACCINE IS. IT'S NOT MANDATORY. BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, IF I HAD CHILDREN WITH THE AGE OF -- THAT THEY COULD ACTUALLY GET THIS IMMUNIZATION, I WOULD DO IT IN A HEARTBEAT, BECAUSE THIS IS AN IMMUNIZATION THAT COUNTERACTS CERVICAL CANCER, AND THAT IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT VACCINE, JUST LIKE A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO THE HEPATITIS B IMMUNIZATION WAS ONE THAT WAS, WELL, YOU CAN GIVE IT IF YOU WANT, BECAUSE INSURANCE COMPANIES WEREN'T COVERING IT. NOW IT'S PART OF THE IMMUNIZATION THAT STUDENTS NEED IN ORDER TO REGISTER TO SCHOOL. SO TO YOUR POINT ABOUT COMMUNICATION AND ABOUT EDUCATION, ABOUT THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS, I THINK THAT BRINGING IN THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND, WELL, DR. MARIA WRIGHT AS WELL AS DR. CLAPPER CAN REALLY GIVE US SOME INPUT AS WELL IN REFERENCE TO THIS. BUT THIS PARTICULAR VACCINATION, TO YOUR POINT OF TRYING TO ADDRESS THINGS OF THIS NATURE -- THINK ABOUT IT. WHEN WOMEN GO AND HAVE TO HAVE THEIR WELL WOMAN EXAM, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR. AND HAVING THIS IMMUNIZATION IT'S A CANCER ANTIDOTE. UNFORTUNATELY IT WAS NOT ROLLED OUT WITH THAT INFORMATION. BUTT I JUST WANT TO THROW THAT PLUG IN THERE BECAUSE I THINK THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT PARENTS KNOW THAT THERE ARE IMMUNIZATIONS OUT THERE. THERE'S ONE IMMUNIZATION THAT WE CAN GIVE TO OUR KIDS THAT WILL PREVENT A DISEASE LATER ON WHEN THEY ARE ADULTS AND I THINK THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS A GIFT THAT WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE OUR PARENTS TO RE-LOOK INTO AND MAYBE PROVIDE INFORMATION TO OUR PARENTS REGARDING THIS PARTICULAR IMMUNIZATION. OH, SHE LEFT. OUR STUDENT. IS SHE HERE? I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM HER. SHE IS AB CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, AND WE ARE HAVING A CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS. I WOULD REALLY LOVE TO SEE WHAT HER THOUGHTS ARE IN REFERENCE AND HAVE SOME INSIGHT. IF SHE'S NOT GONE MAYBE WHEN SHE GETS BACK, MAYBE SHE CAN TALK TO US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT. THANK YOU.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I AGREE THAT INFORMATION IS POWERFUL. , AND ALMOST EVERY STUDENT HAD ACCESS TO INFORMATION, WHICH MEANS THAT INFORMATION IN ITSELF OR ACCESS TO THE ISN'T JUST ENOUGH F.THAT'S THE CASE THOSE NUMBERS WOULDN'T LOOK LIKE THAT SO YOU TALK ABOUT PUTTINGENINGS PLACE. AND I KNOW THAT RIGHT NOW, THAT CAN'T BE VERY CONCRETE BECAUSE YOU DON'T NOBODY WHEN YOU ARE GOING TO BE GETTING BACK. BUT I THINK GLOBALLY, YOU HAVE SOME IDEAS WHAT THE NEXT STEPS WOULD BE. THAT'S IMPORTANT TO LOOK AT OTHER MODELS. THEY HAVE DONE THAT. I DON'T THINK ANYBODY IS AFRAID TO ADDRESS IT OR EVEN TALK ABOUT IT. WHAT I AM JUST LOOKING FOR IS THAT WE APPROACH THIS THIS SOME REALISTIC MAN OAR. I KNOW WHAT THE DATA MAY LOOK LIKE. ALSO A 13 OR 14-YEAR-OLD, A LOT OF STUFF, THAT'S EXAGGERATED, AND I'M NOT DOUBTING, BUT I DO NOBODY THAT KIDS WILL EXAGGERATE THINGS, ESPECIALLY TALK ABOUT IT AFTER SCHOOL ABOUT WHAT THEY PUT ON THIS. I WANT US TO BE CLEAR ABOUT CERTAIN KINDS OF THINGS, THAT WE HAVE GOT SOME ACTION PLANS, LONG-TERM PLANNING THAT WE ARE GOING PUT IN PLACE THAT WE LOOK AT MODELS, THAT HAVE RESULTS, AND WE PUT THIS IN THE BIG PICTURE, AND THAT WE DO THIS IN SUCH A WAY OF THAT WE DON'T INFRINGE ON THE RIGHTS OF PARENTS TO BE THE LEAD FORCES ABOUT THIS, THAT WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL THAT WE DON'T GET INTO RELIGIOUS IMPLICATIONS FOR HOW PEOPLE MAKE CHOICES, THAT WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL THAT THOSE WHO COME BEFORE OUR STUDENTS WITH THE RIGHT INFORMATION IN THE WAY WE WANT IT PRESENTED. AND I AM GOING TO SAY IT AGAIN THAT IN THE CONTEXT OF WHAT WE PERHAPS ALREADY HAVE, WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO TAKE ON EVERY ISSUE AND STAY AT THE TOP OF OUR GAME. THAT'S ALL. THANK YOU.

>> MRS. EDGECOMB, JUST TO ECHO WHAT YOUR LAST STATEMENT ABOUT NOT TAKING ON RESPONSIBILITIES THAT WE CANNOT DELIVER IN SERVICES, IS ONE OF THE KIND OF COMMON THEMES WHEN YOU DO THE RESEARCH AMONG SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT HAVE BEEN TRIED TO TACKLE THE MONUMENTAL TASK OF OUTREACH OR SERVICES. THE KEY, I THINK, HERE IS NUMBER ONE, THAT WE USE THE INFORMATION THAT'S GOING TO BE PRESENTED, JUST LIKE YOU SAID, TO CREATE A PLAN THAT WILL ALLOW US TO CROAT PARTNERSHIPS WITH INDIVIDUALS, EITHER STUDENTS OR FAMILIES, CAN HAVE ACCESS TO THE RESOURCES NEEDED AT A DIFFERENT AGENCY, AND BUILD THOSE PARTNERSHIPS. OUR GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, SOCIAL WORKERS AND NURSE WAS THAT INFORMATION SO THAT THEY CAN MAKE QUOTE-UNQUOTE REFERRALS TO THESE INSTITUTIONS TO PROVIDE THOSE SERVICES AS WELL. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT ALL STUDENTS AND OUR ENTIRE SCHOOL COMMUNITIES ARE AWARE THAT THESE SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO THEM, WHETHER IN OUR BUILDINGS OR IN OTHER INSTITUTIONS THAT CAN ACTUALLY PARTNER TO ADDRESS MANY OF THE NEEDS. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE SAMPLE OF LAST YEAR'S SURVEY, IT ALSO TALKS ABOUT -- AND ONE OF THE CONCERNS I HAVE HEARD EVEN HERE IN CONVERSATIONS WITH MANY OF THE DISTRICT COUNSELORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS, IS THE ISSUE OF MENTAL ILLNESS, AND HOW DO WE ADDRESS THAT AS WELL IN OUR SCHOOLS?

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? AND JUST LET ME SAY FOR THE RECORD, I AM WANTING TO FOLLOW THE STATE GUIDELINES ON THIS WHICH IS AN ABSTINENCE-PLUS PROGRAM, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THE SURE FIRE WAY, BUT THAT BEING SAID, I THINK THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE INFORMATION. AND WE DO HAVE SOME GREAT COMMUNITY PARTNERS WHO ARE JUST REALLY WILLING AND ABLE TO COME TO THE TABLE. AND AS FAR AS THE DOLLARS ARE CONCERNED, A LOT OF IT IS GRANT FUNDED THROUGH THEM. WE CAN DO SOME POSTERS AND ALL. THAT BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. WHAT'S YOUR MOTION?

>>Susan Valdes: WATCH DO YOU NEED A MOTION FOR?

>>April Griffin: I NEED A MOTION SO WE CAN VOTE ON THIS, TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION OR NOT TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION.

>>Susan Valdes: TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION.

>>April Griffin: THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO APPROVE. A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION. SECOND BY MRS. HAR HIS. ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS, AND THANK YOU, MR. VAZQUEZ FOR ALL YOUR WORK ON THIS. WE ARE NOW ONTO THE RECOMMENDATION AND REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL. AND I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THE FOLLOWING ITEMS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION AND A SEPARATE VOTE. THE ITEMS PULLED ARE 1.02, 4.02 A, 6.05, 7.30, 9.07 AND INFORMATION ITEM 10.02. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE CONSENT AGENDA PASSES. THE FIRST TEM AGENDA ITEM IS ITEM 1.02 TOP APPROVE IT THE STATE OF FLORIDA STATE WIDE VOLUNTARY PRE-K PROVIDER CONTRACT, AND MRS. LISA BLACK, SUPERVISOR OF KINDERGARTEN AND HEARTNESS, SUPERVISOR, AND MRS. STUART ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT ON THIS.

>> MY NAME IS LISA BLACK. I SUPERVISE KINDER GARDEN AND THE VOLUNTEER PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM BETSER KNOWN AS MICROPHONE CPK, AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT PROVIDES THEY OFFER CPK IN THE SUMMER AND IF THE SCHOOL DISTRICTCHASES TO OFFER IT DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR AND WE DO. EVERY YEAR WE BRING THIS CONTRACT TO THE BOARD AS AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. IN THIS CASE, WE ARE HERE SERVING AS A BPK PROVIDER JUST LIKE ANY OTHER PRIVATE PROVIDER THAT YOU WOULD SEE. WE ARE TIED TO EXACTLY THE SAME RULES AND REGULATIONS. WE ARE JUST A VERY, VERY BIG PROVIDER. MY ROLE IS TO OVERSEE OUR COMPLIANCE WITH THE VPK REGULATIONS AT THE VARIOUS SITES WHEREBY WE OFFER VPK. THIS CONTRACT SPELLS OUT WHERE WE PLAN TO OFFER THESE SERVICES FOR THE 16-17 SCHOOL YEAR. NOW, SINCE THE INCEPTION OF VPK THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE OVERSIGHT AGENCY. IN THE PAST, THE COALITION CONTRACTED WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PROVIDE THE MAJORITY OF SERVICES AS THEY RELATE TO STUDENT ELIGIBILITY, ENROLLMENT, STAFF CREDENTIALS AND REIMBURSEMENT. AS YOU ARE ALL AWARE, THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION HAS RECENTLY TAKEN THESE SERVICES BACK IN-HOUSE, AND WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE MARINA HEARTNESS, SUPERVISOR FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD AND READINESS PROGRAMS, TO GIVE YOU A BRIEF UPDATE AS TO BE HOW THIS TRANSITION IS GOING.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE SOME OF THE UPDATES OF WHAT HAPPENED AS A RESULT OF THE VOTE THAT WAS TAKEN BY THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ON APRIL 7th. EFFECTIVE I'M SORRY, MARCH 7th, EFFECTIVE MARCH 8th. THEY TOOK THE VPK PROCESS OF A PROVING PROVIDERS, THEIR ELIGIBILITY TO PROVIDE VPK SERVICES AS WELL AS APPROVING ELIGIBILITY OF VPK CHILDREN. SINCE THEN, WE HAVE CONTINUED TO PROCESS ANY PENDING ACTIONS THROUGH THE END OF MARCH. WE DISTRIBUTED FLYERS TO FAMILIES, TO DIRECT THEM TO APPLY AT THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION OR THROUGH THE FAMILY PORTAL. SCHOOL DISTRICT STAFF HAS CONTINUED TO PROCESS PAYMENT, DISPLACED STAFF AS AGREED ON WORKED WITH THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERVIEW FOR COALITION POSITIONS FOR VPK OR FORMER VPK STAFF WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ARE IN FACT EMPLOYED BY THE EARLY COALITION NOW. THEY WERE HIRED. THE TRANSFER WILL BE FINALIZED AS WE WILL ALSO TRANSFER PAYMENT, AND THAT WILL BE TRANSITIONED TO THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION EFFECTIVE JULY 1st. IT.

>>April Griffin: ANY QUESTIONS? THANK YOU. NO QUESTIONS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THE NEXT ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS, IS ITEM NUMBER 6.05. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE 6.05 AND 10.02 TOGETHER. MRS. SAUNDERS.

>> THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. JUST BRINGING TO YOU UPDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION AS OF APRIL 30, 2016. THE TWO ITEMS WE ARE BRINGING TO YOU, THE BUDGETED MONTHLY FINANCIALS AND THE BUDGET AMENDMENTS ARE PART -- ONE OF THE FOUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES OF THE DISTRICT IS THE FOUNDATION OF FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP. SO PART OF THE FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP INCLUDES THE PREPARATION AND PLANNING OR BUDGETING AND REPORTING OF OUR REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES. THE BUDGET AMENDMENTS AND MONTHLY FINANCIALS ARE MONITORING OF OUR REVENUES AND EXPENSES BY MONTH. THESE REPORTS PROVIDE OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND CITIZENS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ONGOING VISIBILITY AND TRANSPARENCY INTO OUR FINANCIAL DATA. AS OF APRIL 30, 2016 WE HAVE RECEIVED 86% OF OUR BUDGETED REVENUES, AND WE HAVE JUST UPDATED THE LEDGERS WITH THE LATEST FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM FOR CALCULATION. THAT'S OUR STATE MONEY. WHEN WE VIEWING THE FINANCIAL DATA, PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THERE ARE SEPARATE FUNDS, AND THEY SHOULD BE JUST THOUGHT OF AS SEPARATE CHECKBOOKS AND ARE REPORTED THAT WAY. WE HAVE INCLUDED AND CONTINUE TO EXPLORE TREND DATA AND COMPARISON DETAILS. WE ARE GOING TO SHOW UP ON THE SCREEN SOME OF THE FUND BALANCES INFORMATION SO WE HAVE GOT A COUPLE OF SLIDES. THE FIRST ONE IS JUST AN OVERVIEW -- LET ME SEE WHERE WE ARE. THE LAST TWO YEARS, THE FINANCIAL FUND BALANCE -- AND YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THE VARIOUS MONTHS BY YEAR STARTING IN DECEMBER OF 2014, AND TO THE LATEST TO THE RIGHT-HAND SIDE OF APRIL 2016. THE NEXT ONE IS BY MONTH. YOU CAN SEE ALL OF THE DECEMBERS FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS WOO WHERE WE WERE WITH FUND BALANCE. REMEMBER, AGAIN, FUND BALANCE IS OUR DEFINITION IS THE REVENUES LESS EXPENDITURES COMPLETED AS OF THAT TIME, PERIOD IN TIME. THE NEXT ONE THAT WAS DECEMBER. THE NEXT ONE SHOULD BE FEBRUARY FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS. APRIL IS THE NEXT SLIDE. AND THEN JUNE. SO, AGAIN, THE INFORMATION BEING PRESENTED IS ON THE FUND BALANCES THAT ARE SET IN TIME. AND THEN THE MONTHLY FINANCIALS AND THE BUDGET AMENDMENTS ARE AS OF APRIL 30th, 2016. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

>>April Griffin: MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: I HAVE A QUESTION. BACK ON PAGE 1 OF ITEM 6075, TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS IS THE FOURTH CALCULATION, BUT IT SHOWS A HUGE DECREASE IN FUNDING UNDER DISCRETIONARY STATE LOTTERY, AND SCHOOL.

>> WHAT HAPPENED WAS WHEN THE FOURTH CALCULATION CAME OUT, REMEMBER WE SPOKE AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING THERE WERE OVER 8500 NEW STUDENTS IN THE STATE IN DECEMBER WHEN WE RECEIVED THE THIRD CALCULATION, TILL THE FOURTH CALCULATION CAME OUT, AND THEY HAVE TO BE DO WITH JOCKEYING OF FUNDS BECAUSE THERE AREN'T NIP MORE DOLLARS AVAILABLE. SO WE ACTUALLY HAD DISTRICTS HAD A PRORATION, AND SO WITH OUR TEST SCORES COMING IN FOR OUR SCHOOL RECOGNITION, WE DIDN'T GENERATE AS MUCH AS THEY THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO GENERAL RATE WHEN WE RECEIVED OUR INITIAL INFORMATION FROM TALLAHASSEE. AND THE LOTTERY DOLLARS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO COME TO US WERE ALSO TAKEN BACK TO REDISTRIBUTE AMONGST ALL THE 67 SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN THE STATE. SO THAT'S WHY WE HAVE DIFFERENT NUMBERS.

>>Cindy Stuart: SO DO WE HAVE ANY IDEA UNDER LOTTERY DOLLARS WHAT IS GOING TO COME BACK TO US?

>> NO, MA'AM. THE FINAL COUNT WON'T COME UNTIL OCTOBER.

>> THEY GIVETH AND THEY TAKE AWAY.

>> YES, MA'AM. AND THE SCHOOLS DISTRICTS HAVE ALREADY GIVEN OUT A LOT OF THEIR MONEY TO THE SCHOOLS SO IT PUTS THEM IN A SITUATION WHERE THEY HAVE TO PULL IT BACK, SO IT'S ONE OF --

>>Cindy Stuart: ONE OF THE QUESTIONS WE GET ASKED, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE LOTTERY MONEY? IT'S GREAT TO KNOW THAT THEY GIFT, AND THEN THEY TURN AROUND AND TAKE IT BACK. BUT IT'S NEVER VERY CLEARLY COMMUNICATED FROM TALLAHASSEE HOW THAT HAPPENS. BECAUSE I GET ASKED THAT QUESTION A LOT. WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE LOTTERY FUNDING THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO, YOU KNOW, SUPPORT EVERYTHING ELSE THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS WERE DOING? SO THAT'S VERY INTERESTING. ON THE RECOGNITION MONEY, WE WERE SUPPOSED TO BE GETTING A VERY LARGE NUMBER. IT'S BEEN REDUCED QUITE SIGNIFICANTLY. HOW DID THAT EFFECT SCHOOL RECOGNITION PAYOUTS THAT WE ARE PLANNING TO?

>> IT'S THE SAME, IF THE GRADES CAME IN DIFFERENTLY THAT'S HOW IT'S ALLOCATED SO THE SCHOOLS THAT ALREADY HAD THEIR PLANS PUT OUT AND WE HAD TO HAVE THEM BACK BY FEBRUARY 1st. SO WHAT THE SCHOOLS THAT RECEIVING THE MONEY, WE --

>> THEY CONTROL THE GRADES AND THEN THEY CONTROL THE MONEY.

>> GREAT QUESTION.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. SAUNDERS. THE NEXT ITEM IS, 7.03, FOR TRIPLE CREEK AND RIVERVIEW, FLORIDA, SOUTH COUNTY. MRS. LORRAINE DUFFEY SUAREZ, GROWTH MANAGER, AND MRS. VALDES ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT ON THIS.

>> GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, STAFF. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CITE C WAS ACTUALLY APPROVED IN 1999 BY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTIES AS PART OF REZONING. FAST FORWARD TO TODAY IN 2016 THAT WE ARE NOW FINALLY WORKING WITH A DEVELOPER TO ACQUIRE THE SITE, AND THIS ITEM IS BEFORE YOU TODAY TO APPROVE THAT SITE AND PROVIDE IMPACTING CREDITS, AND THE SCHOOL IS INTENDED TO OPEN IN 2017.

>>April Griffin: JUST REFERENCING THE GROWTH. THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, AND THE FINAL ITEM IS ITEM 9.07, WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE REQUEST TO RESEARCH ADDITIONAL FUNDING RELATED TO SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS IN OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AS YOU REMEMBER, I AM GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO CHIEF NEWMAN. AS YOU REMEMBER THE BOARD HAS ALWAYS ASKED WHEN THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE OR ANY OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ARE LOOKING TO MOVE FORWARD APPLYING FOR A GRANT, WE LIKE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION HERE WITH THE BORED. JUST SO YOU CAN KIND OF SEE WHAT THE POTENTIAL FINANCIAL IMPACT IS, AND SO WE HAVE CHIEF NAUMAN HERE IS GOING TO KIND OF RENEW -- REVIEW THIS WITH YOU AND THEN HAVE DISCUSSION.

>> THANK YOU. MADAM CHAIR, SUPERINTENDENT, BOARD MEMBERS. WE WERE REQUESTED BY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO PARTNER ONCE AGAIN IN A UNIVERSAL HIRING GRANT FOR FIVE ADDITIONAL DEPUTIES TO BE DEPLOYED ON OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SITES, AS WE HAVE DONE PREVIOUSLY. THIS IS USUALLY A TWO STAGE PROCESS. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THEY HAVE ASKED US TO PARTNER SO THAT CAN BE PART OF THE GRANT APPLICATION FOR THE ASK SHERIFF'S OFFICE, AND THEN WE COME BACK IF THE GRANT GETS
AWARDED TO DISCUSS HOW THAT'S
GOING TO LOOK.
SO WE ARE HERE IN THE FIRST PART
OF THAT PROCESS.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU,
CHIEF.
I WANT TO THANK THE
SUPERINTENDENT FOR THIS
RECOMMENDATION WHICH IS TO
RESEARCH THE ADDITIONAL FUNDING.
I MEAN, THAT'S A HUGE STEP IN
THIS PROCESS.
CONSIDERING THIS AGENDA ITEM, I
WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST A "W," A
WORKSHOP, REGARDING, BRING
INFORMATION, TO SEE HOW OUR OWN
PROGRAM IS GOING, AND EVALUATE
IT AND SEE IF IT FITS, THE
DISCUSSION YOU HAVE, TO SEE IF
WE CAN DO THIS A LITTLE LESS
SPEELING EXPENSIVELY.
AS I WAS LOOKING AT THE
FINANCIALS AND JUST LOOKING AT
THOSE DIPS AND THE MATRIX, EVERY
TIME I SEE THAT SLIDE, IT REALLY
BOTHERS ME.
SO I AM PLANNING TO MAKE A
MOTION IN A SECOND.
WE'LL GO THROUGH THAT.
BUT I WAS HOPING WE COULD HAVE
CONSENSUS TO HAVE A WORKSHOP TO
REALLY TALK ABOUT AN IN-DEPTH
ASSESS.
AS TO OUR PROGRAMS, HOW IT'S
WORKING, CAN WE DO THIS LESS
EXPENSIVELY?
WE CAN GROW OUR OWN JOB SKILLS
WITHIN THE DISTRICT AS WELL IF
THAT'S THE CASE, AND GROW OUR
OWN PROGRAM AS WELL.
SO THAT'S MY REQUEST, BOARD
MEMBERS.

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES HAS
ASKED CONSENSUS ON A WORKSHOP
REGARDING OUR CURRENT PROGRAM,
CURRENT SECURITY PROGRAM.
IS THERE CONSENSUS THAT'S
SOMETHING WE WANT TO DO?
ALL RIGHT.
MRS. FERNANDEZ, WILL YOU PLEASE
PUT THAT ON MY ACTION ITEMS SO
THAT MRS. KING AND I CAN DISCUSS
THIS AND GET IT ON THE SCHEDULE?
AND MRS. EDGECOMB AND MRS.
STUART, WOULD YOU MIND IF MR.
EAKINS SPOKE NOW?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: JUST WANT TO
CLARIFY OF WHAT THE
RECOMMENDATION HERE, SO THAT
EVERYONE IS CLEAR.
SO MRS. VALDES ASKED A WORKSHOP
TO KIND OF ANALYZE.
I KNOW CHIEF HUMAN AND HIS STAFF
HAVE BEEN COLLECTING DATA FOR
THE CURRENT SCOPE OF WHAT OUR
CURRENT IMPLEMENTATION.
WE ARE DELIGHTED TO DO THAT.
WITH REGARD TO THIS ITEM, THE
VERBIAGE RESEARCH ADDITIONAL
FUNDING, IF APPROVED TONIGHT, IF
WE APPROVE THIS, IT WOULD BE
SENDING THE MESSAGE TO THE
SHERIFF'S OFFICE TO CONTINUE
DOWN THE PATH OF APPLYING FOR
FURTHER GRANT.
SO I WANTED YOU TO JUST BE AWARE
OF THAT SO AS WE TALK ABOUT THIS
OVER THE NEXT FEW MINUTES, THAT
WE NEED TO COME TO PROBABLY A
POINT IN TIME WHERE WE EITHER
HAVE SOME SORT OF MAYBE SEPARATE
MOTION ON WHAT WE WANT TO DO IN
THAT PARTICULAR ARENA BASED OFF
THE FACT YOU HAVE ASKED FOR A
WORKSHOP ON THAT PARTICULAR
DATE.
AND I SEE COLONEL BURTON IN THE
AUDIENCE.
HE CAN CORRECT ME.
BUT I BELIEVE THERE'S A JUNE
23rd OR 23th CUT-OFF OF
THE APPLICATION.
SO THERE IS A HARD DATE ATTACHED
TO THE APPLICATION PROCESS.
IT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: IN OTHER
WORDS THIS WILL BE A COMMITMENT
TO SUPPORT THEIR EFFORTS TO --
TOP -- OKAY.

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES,
THE FLOOR IS STILL YOURS.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU.
SO WHAT BOARD MEETING DO WE HAVE
THEN IN JUNE?
BECAUSE JUNE 23rd, I MEAN,
WE ARE KIND OF DONE WITH
GRADUATIONS.

>> JUNE 14 IS OUR NEXT BOARD
MEETING AND THEN THE NEXT WON'T
WON'T BE UNTIL THE 28th.

>>Susan Valdes: WOW.
OKAY.
BECAUSE I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO
SEE ABOUT HAVING -- THE
INFORMATION BEFOREHAND, AND
MAYBE HAVE ONE ON ONE, AND -- I
AM NOT SURE HOW, MR. PORTER,
WHAT WOULD THE BEST WAY FOR US
TO HAVE -- WITHOUT VIOLATING
SUNSHINE.

>> YOU COULD HAVE A WORKSHOP SO
THAT YOU ARE ALL RECEIVING
INFORMATION AT THE SAME TIME.
IF THERE IS MORE INFORMATION YOU
ARE REQUESTING, COULD YOU NOT
VOTE ON THIS ITEM TODAY.
COULD YOU PUT IT ON THE AGENDA
FOR JUNE 14th.
IN THE MEANTIME INDEPENDENT
LIMIT REVIEW THE INFORMATION
THAT'S PROVIDED TO YOU.
YOU CAN'T TALK ABOUT IT AMONG
YOURSELVES.
YOU CAN INDEPENDENTLY REAP VIEW
THAT INFORMATION.
YOU CAN BEING BRIEFED BY
SUPERINTENDENT OR CHIEF NEWMAN
ABOUT THAT BUT YOU COULDN'T HAVE
ANY CONVERSATIONS BECAUSE OF THE
SUNSHINE LAW.
SCHEDULED SOMETIME BEFORE JUNE
14th AND PUT THIS ON THE
AGENDA FOR JUNE 14th, OR TO
HAVE Y TO RECEIVE WHATEVER
INFORMATION YOU NEED TO HELP YOU
REACH A DECISION.
ACTUALLY A THIRD OPTION, TO VOTE
ON THIS TONIGHT AND APPROVE IT
OR DENY IT.
THOSE ARE YOUR THREE OPTIONS.

>> I THINK I MIGHT HAVE A FOURTH
OPTION MAYBE.
WE ARE GOING TO BE AT
GRADUATIONS.
MAYBE BETWEEN GRADUATIONS, WE
COULD HAVE A WORKSHOP AT THE
FAIRGROUNDS.
MAYBE.
I DON'T KNOW. I JUST THINK THAT
IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US BEFORE WE
MAKE THIS COMMITMENT THAT WE
REALLY TRULY ANALYZE WHAT WE
ALREADY HAVE, WHERE WE ARE AT
FINANCIALLY, AND IF WE ARE ABLE
TO SUSTAIN THIS.
BECAUSE REMEMBER, WE ARE GOING
TO WIND UP OWNING THIS.
AND CAN WE REALLY AFFORD TO OWN
SOME MORE RIGHT NOW?
IT'S A HUGE COMMITMENT.
SO THAT WAS OUTSIDE OF THE NORM.

>> YOU COULD DO THAT LEGALLY.
YOU WOULD HAVE TO NOTICE IT JUST
LIKE ANY OTHER WORKSHOP OR BOARD
MEETING, AND ALL THE SAME RULES
ONE APPLY, MEETINGS BE KEPT,
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, FIND SPACE
BIG ENOUGH TO HOLD EVERYONE THAT
WOULD BE INTERESTED IN COMING.
LEGALLY COULD YOU DO FOUNTAIN
YOU FOLLOWED CERTAIN PARAMETERS,
AND THE LON GIST CAL ISSUES.
IF THAT'S THE BOARD WISH, WE'LL
HAVE TO FIGURE OUT, BUT IT WOULD
BE POSSIBLE TO DO WITHIN CERTAIN
PARAMETERS.

>>Susan Valdes: AGAIN JUST A
SUGGESTION.
WHATEVER THE BOARD WOULD LIKE TO
DO IS FINE WITH ME BUT I THINK
IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE
KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THE
RAMIFICATIONS ARE BEFORE WE TAKE
A LEAP OF FAITH AND SAY, OKAY,
LET'S DO THIS, AND THEN WE CAN'T
SUSTAIN IT.

>> AND I CAN REALLY, REALLY TRY
TO WORK TO GET A WORKSHOP MAYBE
AT THE FAIRGROUNDS OR SOMETHING
LIKE THAT.
THEN WE WOULD HAVE TO WORRY
ABOUT PARKING, AND MAKES IT A
LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT FOR THE
PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE.
BUT IF YOU WILL COME TO THE END
OF THE DISCUSSION, SO LET'S HEAR
THE DISCUSSION, AND THEN WE CAN
COME BACK TO THAT, IF YOU DON'T
MIND.
MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: CHIEF, THIS
IS AN EXTENSION OF THE PROGRAM
OF THAT WE APPROVED.

>> IT WOULDN'T BE EXTENSION
EXTENSION.
IT WOULD BE IN ADDITION.
SO THE ORIGINAL GRANT THAT WE
RECEIVE, AND WE PARTNER WITH,
WITH HSO, IS FOR TEN DEPUTIES ON
20 OF OUR SITES.
THEN LAST YEAR, THE EXTENSION OF
THAT, WE RECEIVED ANOTHER GRANT
FOR FIVE DEPUTIES GIVING US A
TOTAL OF 15.
AND THEN IF YOU RECALL BACK IN
JANUARY, COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
COMPLETELY FUNDED FIVE OTHER
DEPUTIES ON ANOTHER GRANT THAT
WE JUST PARTNERED WITH ALLOWING
THEM ON OUR SITES, BUT WE
WEREN'T FINANCIALLY ATTACHED TO
THE.
SO CURRENTLY THERE'S 20 DEPUTIES
ON THREE DIFFERENT GRANTS.
ONLY TWO OF THOSE ARE AN
EXTENSION OF EACH OTHER.
THE FIRST AND THE SECOND.
THE THIRD WAS A COMPLETELY
DIFFERENT GRANT THAT THEY ARE
FUNDING COMPLETELY.
SO IT WOULDN'T BE IN ADDITION
TO.
IT WOULD BE A WHOLE NEW GRANT.
THAT DOESN'T HAVE THE
BENCHMARK -- IT'S DIFFERENT THAN
THE OTHER TWO APPLICATIONS BUT
IT STILL PROVIDES FIVE DEPUTIES.

>> IT WAS DIFFERENT FROM THE
OTHER IT WOULD BE?

>> WELL, THEY ARE NOT CONNECTED
IN ANYWAY EXCEPT FOR ANOTHER
GRANT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: ALL RIGHT.
THE GOALS AND ACTIVITIES ARE
VERY SIMILAR.

>> OH, YES.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY.
IN TALKING TO THE SUPERINTENDENT
ABOUT THIS, MY QUESTION IS WHAT
DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF
THE OTHER TWO GRANTS, AND HOW IS
THAT WORKING FOURS, AND THE DATA
THAT WE ARE ALL KIND OF
CLAMORING TO GET MORE
INFORMATION ABOUT BEFORE WE MOVE
FORWARD WITH THIS.
SO WE HAVE GOT A HARD DECISION
ABOUT AROUND A COUPLE OF THINGS.
THEY CAN'T MOVE FORWARD UNTIL WE
MAKE SOME COMMITMENT.

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: FOR ME
PERSONALLY AND SOUNDS LIKE SOME
OTHER BOARD MEMBERS, WE WANT TO
KNOW MORE ABOUT THE SUCCESS IN
SOME WAYS BEFORE WE MOVE
FORWARD.
WHEN WE LOOK AT THE FINANCIAL
IMPACT, EACH YEAR, A PORTION
INCREASES, BECAUSE -- AM I
CORRECT?

>> THAT'S CORRECT, YES, MA'AM.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: BECAUSE WE
TAKE ON MORE FINANCIAL
RESPONSIBILITY, AND WHAT OTHER
RESPONSIBILITIES DO WE ALSO TAKE
ON?
BECAUSE FINANCIAL IS JUST A
PORTION OF IT.
WHAT OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES COME
WITH THAT?

>> WELL, THE GRANT -- I CAN
CHECK WITH COLONEL BURTON.
I BELIEVE THERE'S A ONE-YEAR
SUSTAINMENT, MOST GRANTS ARE.
IN MOST CASES WE FALL DOWN TO
THAT 50-50 PARTNERSHIP.
SO WE DO HAVE A ONE-YEAR
SUSTAINMENT ON THE FIRST, SECOND
AND THIRD GRANTS.
I HAVE TO ASK HIM COLONEL BURTON
DO WE HAVE OUR SUSTAINMENT PLAN
FOR THIS ONE OR IS THERE A
REQUIREMENT FOR SUSTAINMENT?
THAT'S REALLY ALL -- UNLESS WE
WANT TO GO KNOW N PERPETUITY, 5,
6 OR 7.
AND THEN THAT WOULD ALWAYS, I
THINK, BE PART OF BIGGER
DISCUSSION THAT YOU ALL ARE
REFERRING TO, WHERE ARE WE GOING
POST-GRANT REQUIREMENTS WITH
THESE DEPLOYMENTS?
OF THE I THINK WE HAVE ABOUT A
YEAR AND A HALF LEFT TO GO ON
THE FIRST GRANT BECAUSE IT BEGAN
IN THE SPRING OF '14.
AND THEN THIS ONE WOULD START A
WHOLE NEW CLOCK.
THREE YEARS.
I BELIEVE THERE IS A ONE-YEAR
SUSTAINMENT.
I JUST HAVEN'T CONFIRMED IT WITH
THE COLONEL.
SO I AM AT EVERY ONE OF THOSE
WONDERFUL COMMENCEMENTS.
I WILL BE THERE ON THE
FAIRGROUNDS.
SO BEING EMBARGOED IN ONE ROOM
IS NOT SOMETHING LOGISTICALLY WE
CAN DO. I CAN BE THERE FOR ONE
ON ONE DISCUSSIONS AND HAVE ANY
DATA THAT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE
CAN PROVIDE ON THEIR BENCHMARKS
AND OBVIOUSLY THE BENCHMARKS
THAT WE HAVE BEEN COLLECTING FOR
ELEMENTARY OFFICERS SINCE THE
DEPLOYMENT OF THAT FIRST PHASE.
WHATEVER YOU NEED I WILL MAKE
SURE THAT YOU HAVE.
SO WE CAN'T DO IT WITH ONE BIG
MEETING.
I WILL BE OUT THERE THE WHOLE
TIME, EXCEPT, I BELIEVE, FOR THE
FIRST COMMENCEMENT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: YOU KNOW,
TALKING TO PRINCIPALS AND
TALKING TO THE COMMUNITY, I
THINK THEY ARE THERE IS SUPPORT
FOR THIS.
ON SCIENTIFIC iGUESS I DON'T
HAVE THE DATA TO SEE HOW IT'S
WORKING.
I THINK WE OUGHT TO TALK
ABOUT -- WE TALK ABOUT -- I
THINK THIS IS ONE WAY TO TALK
ABOUT THE REDUCTION OF THE FIRE
AND SO ON.
BUT BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS,
COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS, AND ALL
THE KIND OF THINGS THAT I THINK
THIS CAN IMPACT.
BUT, YOU KNOW, I STILL WANT TO
MAKE SURE THAT OUR COMMITMENT IS
BASED AROUND NOT WHAT FEELS GOOD
OR WHAT SEEMS TO BE WORKING, BUT
ACTUALLY WHAT IS WORKING, AND
WHAT THOSE OUTCOMES ARE.
AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
LOOK AT IT IN MULTIPLE WAYS.
AND FOR ME, I THINK IT IS
IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE SOME
DISCUSSION AROUND THIS BEFORE WE
MOVE FORWARD INTO SOME REAL
COMMITMENT.
BECAUSE THAT BEING SAID, WE HAVE
GOT AN OBLIGATION JUST ON THEIR
ABILITY TO MOVE FORWARD.
SO I'M OPEN TO A WORK SHOW. I
DON'T KNOW IF I WANT TO HAVE IT
AT THE FAIRGROUNDS.
AND MAYBE -- THE TIMELINE PUSHES
US INTO HAVING TO MAKE A
DECISION.
SO IF TONIGHT, THOUGH, WE
APPROVE THIS, WE ALMOST ARE
COMMITTING TO IT.
WITHOUT HAVING ANY DATA.
SO I AM JUST TRYING TO SEE
CHOSEN IN MY HEAD.
IF WE DECIDE TO HAVE A WORKSHOP,
THEN IT CAN COME BACK TO THE
JUNE SOMETHING MEETING, 14
MAYBE, AFTER HEARING THAT DATA
TO SAY YAY OR NAY.
IS THAT KIND OF THE JOURNEY WE
ARE ABOUT TO TAKE?
OKAY.
COLONEL, DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO
SAY?
AND I WOULD HATE TO HAVE YOU
SITTING HERE AND NOT HAVE A
CHANCE TON SAY ANYTHING.

>> NO, TRUST ME, YOU TOOK ME
AWAY FROM A TERRORIST ATTACK ON
THE TAMPA BAY EXERCISE, VERY
STRESSFUL SITUATION, SO I HAVE
APPRECIATED SITTING OUT HERE,
TRUST ME.
THANK YOU.
THANK YOU.
I CAN CERTAINLY ANSWER ANY
QUESTIONS YOU HAVE FROM THE
SHERIFFS STANDPOINT.
WE HAVE ALWAYS SEEN THIS AS A
WIN-WIN SCENARIO FOR US,
PARTICULARLY, IN THE ELEMENTARY
SCHOOLS, WHEN WE STARTED THIS
PROGRAM WITH AN OVERTIME DETAIL,
WHEN THE SANDY HOOK EVENT
OCCURRED.
AND THE SUPPORT FROM THE
COMMUNITY WAS OVERWHELMING.
THE PARENTS.
AND THE INTERACTION WITH THE
KIDS.
ONE OF THE OF THE PHILOSOPHIES
IS IMPACTING YOUNGER KIDS, AND
IN PARTICULAR OUR PARTNERSHIP
WITH THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS
WHERE WE ARE NOW WE HAVE
DEPUTIES IN THE BOYS AND GIRLS
CLUBS, WHERE WE ARE INTERACTING
WITH THESE KIDS IN THE
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SETTING.
SO IT'S REALLY PART OF A MUCH
BIGGER PHILOSOPHY FOR US, A MUCH
BIGGER PLAN TO ULTIMATELY IMPACT
LONG-TERM CRIME CEE REDUCTION.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU
FOR GIVING THAT INFORMATION AND
THOSE INSIGHTS.
THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU.
I WILL TRY TO BE VERY BRIEF.
I GO BACK TO WHEN WE FIRST
STARTED PUTTING PEOPLE IN OUR
ELEMENTARY SITES, AND WE LOOKED
AT THIS GRANT, BUT WE ALSO PUT A
LARGE NUMBER, OR A PERCENTAGE OF
THOSE, OUR OWN SECURITY
OFFICERS.
SO WHEN YOU COME BACK TO US,
CHIEF NEWMAN, WHAT I WOULD LIKE
TO SEE IS THE WHOLE PACKAGE.
WHAT ARE WE SPENDING FOR
ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH,
WHAT ARE WE SPENDING TOTAL
PACKAGE ON SECURITY OF OUR
SITES, AND ON TOP OF THAT THE
DATA THAT'S COMING OUT OF THE
SITES, ESPECIALLY ELEMENTARY,
HOW MANY CALLS ARE THERE, WHAT
ARE THE NATURE OF THE CALLS,
WHAT THINGS -- WHAT ARE THE
POSITIVES AND THE NEGATIVES
EVERYONE THAT ARE IMPACTING
STUDENTS AND PRINCIPALS AND
TEACHERS ON THOSE SITES.
SO I TOO QUO BE LOOKING FOR MORE
DATA, BECAUSE I SEEM TO REMEMBER
WHEN THIS CAME BEFORE US A FEW
YEARS AGO, THIS WAS A PRETTY BIG
TICKET ITEM IN '14 WHEN WE
STARTED, AND IT SEEMS TO ME THAT
NONE OF THAT HAS GONE AWAY.
SO WE ARE JUST ADDING ON TO THE
AMOUNT OF MEAN WE ARE ACTUALLY
SPENDING TO SECURE OUR SITES.
SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE BOTH,
WHAT WE ARE DOING WITH THE
SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND ANY OTHER
INTERLOCALS WE HAVE, PLUS WHAT
WE ARE DOING ON OUR SIDE FROM
YOUR OFFICE AND WHAT YOUR PEOPLE
ARE DOING AND WHERE WE ARE WITH
THAT.

>> OKAY,VILLE THAT PREPARED FOR
THE FIRST WEEK OF COMMENCEMENT
JUST IN CASE YOU WANT TO SEE THE
DATA, I'LL GET IT TO YOU.
WE HAVE MOST OF IT READY TO GOP
ANYWAY.

>>April Griffin: IS THAT IT?
MRS. HARRIS?

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU.
I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH A
SOUTH TAMPA COMMUNITY GROUP,
WHICH I KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN
INVOLVED WITH, WITH MRS. BROOKS,
AND THEY HAVE BEEN VERY
PATIENTLY WAITING FOR THEIR TURN
TO HAVE AN OFFICER IN THEIR
SCHOOLS, AND THEIR COMMENTS HAVE
BEEN NOTHING BUT POSITIVE.
I KNOW THEY HAVE BEEN COLLECTING
DATA, ALSO.
I'M NOT QUITE PREPARED TO GIVE
SOME OF THE INFORMATION, BUT
THEY HAD A WHOLE LIST OF REASONS
WHY THIS PROGRAM IS SO
SUBSTANTIALLY STRONG AND GOOD
FOR OUR DISTRICT AND FOR OUR
COMMUNITY.
AND I KNOW THAT WE PUT OUR
OFFICERS IN OUR HIGH RISK
SCHOOLS FIRST AND THE OTHER
SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN PATIENTLY
WAITING AND WHAT HAVE YOU.
MY CONCERN IN THE GRANT
WRITING -- AND I WANT TO ASSIST
IN THE FACT THAT I KNOW THIS IS
A TOUGH DECISION FOR US
FINANCIALLY, BECAUSE IT IS A
COMMITMENT, AND I REALLY FEEL
STRONGLY THAT WE NEED TO HAVE A
WORKSHOP QUICKLY RATHER THAN
LATER BECAUSE IN WRITING THIS
GRANT, WE ARE PUTTING A LOT OF
PRESSURE ON TAMPA SHERIFF'S
OFFICE TO DO THE FINALIZATION OF
IT, AND YET TO LOSE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR HELP
WITH THIS GRANT AND THEN SHARE
THE COST OF IT FOR THE BEGINNING
PART OF IT, I THINK THAT WE
REALLY NEED TO CAUTIOUSLY MOVE
INTO IT, BUT AT THE SAME TIME
NOT CAUTIOUSLY TO THE POINT
WHERE WE LOSE THE OPPORTUNITY TO
HAVE THIS.
SO I JUST WANTED TO SHARE THAT
BIT OF INFORMATION AND TELL YOU
THAT I NOT THE SOUTH TAMPA
SCHOOLS ARE ANXIOUSLY WAITING
AND EXPECTING AN OFFICER IN
THEIR SCHOOLS.

>> YES, MA'AM.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU. THIS
HAS BEEN A REALLY GOOD
DISCUSSION.
AND I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A
MOTION TO CONTINUE THIS ITEM
UNTIL JUNE 14th AND MAKE A
DECISION ON THAT DATE.
I BELIEVE THAT LIFTING THE
INFORMATION AHEAD OF TIME,
HOWEVER WE DO IT, ONE ON ONE, AT
A WORKSHOP THERE OR TBT, WE HAVE
TO GO TO TBT FOR OTHER REASONS,
SO WHATEVER WORKS, SO THAT THEN
WE CAN HAVE A BETTER
UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT IS WE
ARE GOING TO BE VOTING ON AND
WHAT OUR TRUE COMMITMENT IS,
BECAUSE IT'S ONE THING THAT ONCE
WE SIGN UP FOR SOMETHING, I WANT
TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE
CAN COMPLETELY KEEP OUR END OF
THE BARGAIN, BECAUSE WE CANNOT
AFFORD TO JUST -- YOU NOVEMBER
WHAT I AM GETTING AT.
SO MY MOTION IS TO CONTINUE THIS
ITEM UNTIL JUNE 14th.

>>April Griffin: IS THAT A
SECOND?
THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR,
BOARD MEMBERS, AND A SECOND BY
MRS. STUART.
ANY DISCUSSION?
I HELD MY COMMENTS TOWARDS THE
END SO I WILL INSERT THEM HERE.
I HAVE A QUESTION N.REFERENCE TO
OUR SUPPORT FROM A LAW
ENFORCEMENT PERSPECTIVE IN OUR
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, MR. NEWMAN,
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
THE CITY AND THE COUNTY?
BECAUSE IT SEEMS LIKE THEY HAVE
A LOT MORE FOCUS ON THE COUNTY
SCHOOLS.

>> THERE'S THAT'S A GREAT
QUESTION.
WHEN IT COMES TO THE GRANTS THE
COUNTY IS APPLYING FOR THE
GRANTS.
THE CITY IS NOT. SO ANY GRANT
OPEN -- ANY OFFICERS THAT WE GET
FUNDED FOR THE GRANT OBVIOUSLY
WOULD NOT BE WITHIN THE CITY OF
TAMPA BECAUSE THAT USUALLY IS
COVERED BY THE TAMPA POLICE
DEPARTMENT, NOT BY HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY.
SO THEN I'LL SIT DOWN WITH
COLONEL BURTON.
PREVIOUSLY WE LOOKED AT SCHOOLS.
THEFT RUN THE DATA FOR CALLS FOR
SERVICE.
OBVIOUSLY, TO BE EQUITABLE WITH
THEIR DISTRICTS, WITH REGARD TO
MANPOWER, EVERY DISTRICT HAS
ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT OF
DEPUTIES AND WE LOOK TO SEE
WHERE THE BEST FIT WOULD BE TO
HAVE THE DEPUTIES BUT IT
WOULDN'T BE IN THE SCHOOL SITES
BECAUSE THE CITY IS NOT APPLYING
FOR THESE GRANTS GRANTS NOT
WITHSTANDING IT'S ABOUT TWOΩ TO
ONE BECAUSE THIS IS NOT AS BIG
AS THE UNINCORPORATED COUNTY.
SO THE CITY OF TAMPA POLICE
DEPARTMENT WE PARTNERED WITH
ABOUT 27 OFFICERS AND
SUPERVISORS W.THE HILLSBOROUGH
COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE I
BELIEVE THE NUMBER IS EITHER 66
OR 67.
QUITE HONESTLY IT COMES DOWN TO
WHERE THE BOUNDARIES BEGIN AND
END FOR THE CITY AND THE COUNTY.
THE COUNTY IS THAT MUCH BIGGER.
BUT THERE ARE NO GRANT OFFICERS
FOR THE CITY OF TAMPA POLICE
DEPARTMENT.
JUST WITH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.
SO MOVING FORWARD, IT WOULD BE
REASONABLE FOR US TO BE SAY,
HEY, THANKS FOR APPLYING FOR THE
GRANT.
NOW PUT IT IN THE CITY
JURISDICTION.
SO THEY ARE GOING TO PUT IN THE
THEIR JURISDICTION WHERE
OBVIOUSLY THEY HAVE THE MOST
CONTROL.

>> AND I GET THAT.
I WAS CURIOUS WHAT THE NUMBERS
LOOK LIKE BECAUSE THESE GRANTS
HAVE BEEN WITH THE SHERIFF'S
OFFICE.

>> NOW, I WILL TELL YOU BEFORE I
CAME OVER HERE I WORKED ON THE
SAME GRANT WITH THEN
MAJOR PRIVATERA, DOJ OR THE COPS
OFFICE DON'T LIKE TO GIVE THEM
BOTH AT THE SAME TIME SO IT WAS
OUR DECISION BACK IN DECEMBER 13
WHEN I WAS STILL THE ASSISTANT
CHIEF NOT TO APPLY FOR THIS
GRANT, IT WOULD BE BETTER SUITED
FOR THE COUNTY, THEY WERE ASKING
FOR BIGGER NUMBERS AT THAT TIME.
IT WAGS 15.
AND WE DIDN'T WANT TO BE IN
COMPETITION FOR THE SAME
GRANTED.
SO HAVING DISCUSSIONS THEN WITH
MAJOR PRIVATERA, THE CITY TOOK A
STEP BACK.
SINCE THEN I CAN'T ANSWER BUT
THAT DOESN'T MEAN THE STIPP
ISN'T INTERESTED IN COMPLYING
WITH THE GRANTS.
THEY DO. BUT NOT TOP BE
COMPETING FOR GRANT.

>> I AM LOOKING AT THE COUNTY
SCHOOLS VERSUS THE CITY SCHOOLS.
SO FOR ME, THE APPREHENSION THAT
I HAVE MOVING FORWARD, WE HAD
OUR DISCUSSIONS AT GREAT LENGTH
IN REFERENCE TO THE SCHOOL
RESOURCE OFFICERS AND OUR
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, AND I SAID
THAT I WOULD PREFER THEM TO BE
ARMED LEOs FROM ONE OF OUR
AGENCIES FROM THE BEGINNING.
THAT BEING SAID THAT'S BEFORE WE
FOUND THE FUND BALANCE ISSUES
THAT WE HAD, THAT WE JUST
RECENTLY FOUND.
SO LOOKING AT ALL OF OUR ACTIONS
AS WE MOVE FORWARD AND THE
SUSTAINABILITY OF ANYTHING THAT
WE DO, I MEAN, THIS IS A GREAT
OPPORTUNITY, AS MRS. EDGECOMB
SAID, AND MRS. HAIRS SAID, TOO,
BUT TO BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN THIS
IN THE LONG RUN, I DON'T KNOW
THAT WE ARE CAPABLE OF THAT
RIGHT NOW WITH EVERYTHING THAT
WE HAVE.
IN FRONT OF US THAT WE HAVE TO
DEAL WITH, AND WE DON'T KNOW
WHAT IT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE OUT
OF TALLAHASSEE, EITHER.
FOR FUTURE FUNDING.
SO I AM JUST REALLY CONCERNED.
AND ONCE YOU HAVE SOMETHING IN
PLACE LIKE THIS, IT'S VERY
DIFFICULT TO PULL THAT BACK FROM
SCHOOLS, BECAUSE THEY GET TO IT
AND IT SOMETHING THAT THEY RELY
ON AND SOMETHING THAT THEY BUILD
THEIR CULTURE AROUND.
AND ALL OF THEIR PROCEDURES,
EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING TO BE
BUILT AROUND THAT.
AND THEN TO TAN AT WAY IF WE
CAN'T FINANCIALLY SUSTAIN IT IS
JUST FOR ME WHAT I AM LOOKING
AT.
SO I DON'T KNOW -- SO THOSE ARE
MY COMMENTS IN REFERENCE TO THIS
IN GENERAL.
I DON'T KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING
TO BE ABLE TO LOGISTICALLY HAVE
A WORKSHOP BEFORE THE NEXT BOARD
MEETING
WHAT I WILL ASK IS THAT THE
INFORMATION -- AND YOU MIGHT
HAVE TO REWATCH THIS TO SEE WHAT
QUESTIONS BOARD MEMBERS ARE
ASKING IN REFERENCE TO THE
INFORMATION THAT THEY ARE
LOOKING FOR TO BE ABLE TO REALLY
VOTE ON THIS AT THE NEXT,
BECAUSE IF THIS PASSES, AND MRS.
VALDES' MOTION PASSES, THEN YOU
ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GET WITH
EACH BOARD MEMBER INDIVIDUALLY
BETWEEN GRADUATIONS.
YOU ARE GOING TO BE THERE, SO
YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE
THAT HAPPEN.
SO WATCH BACK AND SEE WHAT THE
QUESTIONS ARE SO YOU CAN HAVE
ALL OF THAT INFORMATION FOR ALL
BOARD MEMBERS AT THAT TIME.
WE ARE NOT GOING TO DO IT.
I AM NOT EVEN GOING TO TRY.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: [OFF
MICROPHONE.]

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I THINK THE
FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS, WE HAVE
SOME NUMBERS HERE, BUT IT HAS TO
BE CAPTURED INTO THE BIGGER
PICTURE.
SO IT IS BOTH THE DATA ON THE
BENEFITS VERSUS THE FINANCIAL
IMPACT, AND THE LARGER PICTURE.

>>April Griffin: RIGHT.
SO ALL OF THIS INFORMATION --
AND MRS. SAUNDERS, YOU ARE GOING
TO HAVE TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS
AS WELL.
SO THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR -- SO
YOU ARE GOING TO GET WITH BOARD
MEMBERS IF THIS PASSES,
ESPECIALLY.
THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR, MRS.
VALDES, COULD YOU REPEAT YOUR
MOTION?

>>Susan Valdes: THE MOTION ON
THE FLOOR IS TO CONTINUE THIS
ITEM UNTIL JUNE 14, 2016 WHICH
IS OUR NEXT SCHOOL BOARD
MEETING.

>>April Griffin: IF COULD YOU
WRITE WRITE THAT DOWN.

>> WAITING ON THE VOTE.
AND THE SECOND WAS FROM MRS.
STUART.
BOARD MEMBERS, ANY OTHER
DISCUSSION ON THE MOTION THAT'S
ON THE FLOOR TO CONTINUE THIS TO
THE JUNE 14th MEETING?
SEEING NONE, INDICATE YOUR
DECISION BY PRESSING YOUR
BUTTON.
THANK YOU. THIS ITEM HAS BEEN
CONTINUED TO BRING IT BACK AT
THE NEXT BOARD MEETING.
YOU WILL BE GETTING WITH BOARD
MEMBERS INDIVIDUALLY, WITH THE
INFORMATION THAT HAS BEEN
REQUESTED IN THE COURSE OF THIS
CONVERSATION, MRS. SAUNDERS WILL
WORK WITH YOU TO GET THAT
FINANCIAL INFORMATION MOVING
FORWARD, AND WE WILL MAKE A
DECISION, BOARD MEMBERS, THON
ITEM AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING,
WHICH IS JUNE 14th.
AND THEN I KNOW THAT YOU ARE
GOING TO BE ON A VERY TIGHT
TIMELINE AT THAT POINT.

>> THAT'S NOT A PROBLEM.
THIS IS BOILERPLATE INFORMATION.
I'LL JUST HAVE MY STAFF GO AHEAD
AND PREPARE IT.
IF WE USE IT FINE, IF WE DON'T,
THAT'S OKAY, TOO. IT'S KIND OF
A CUT AND PASTE.

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT,
THANK YOU SO MUCH.
AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME THIS
EVENING.
THANK YOU.

>>Susan Valdes: WE MAY BE ABLE
TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS
ON JUNE 14th.
WE HAVE A BUDGET WORKSHOP THAT
DAY.

>>April Griffin: WELL, WE'LL
DISCUSS IT IF THE MOTION PASSED
AND --

>>Susan Valdes: I UNDERSTAND.
BUT IF WE HAVE A BUDGET WORKSHOP
THAT MORNING, WE MAY BE ABLE TO
JUST HAVE A DISCUSSION, EVEN IF
IT'S A HALF HOUR DISCUSSION ON
THE INFORMATION THAT WE
RECEIVED.
EVEN WHILE WE HAD OUR ONE ON
ONES SO THAT WE HAVE AN
OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THAT
DISCUSSION.

>>April Griffin: OKAY, WE CAN
ASK --

>>Susan Valdes: JUST ADD A TOPIC
TO THAT AGENDA AND NOT HAVE A
FULL-BLOWN AGENDA, AND AT LEAST
HAVE THAT PORTION DONE AND BE
ABLE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION
BETWEEN THE SEVEN OF US BEFORE
WE COME TO THE BOARD MEETING TO
VOTE ON THAT AGENDA ITEM.

>>April Griffin: MR. PORTER?

>>Jim Porter: YOU CAN ALSO DO
THAT AND YOU CAN DO IT AT THE
BOARD MEETING AS WELL BECAUSE IT
WILL BE AN AGENDA ITEM, YOU WILL
ALL BE TOGETHER, IT WILL BE ON
THE AGENDA, AND YOU WILL HAVE
THE BACKUP MATERIAL TO BE
EXPERIENCE IT AT THAT TIME.
OR YOU CAN JUST WAIT TILL THE
BOARD MEETING.
IT.

>>April Griffin: MRS. FERNANDEZ,
IF YOU COULD TAKE THIS NOTE THAT
WE ARE GOING TO ADD SOME TIME
ONTO THE BUDGET WORKSHOP, MRS.
GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, WE ARE GOING
TO ADD THIS ONTO THE BUDGET
WORKSHOP.
WE WILL HAVE A HALF HOUR
DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS IN THE
BUDGET WORKSHOP, AND THEN IF IT
CARRIES OVER, WE'LL HAVE THE
REST OF THE DISCUSSION HERE AT
THE BOARD MEETING HERE AT THE
DAIS.
ALL RIGHT?
SO THAT WILL GIVE US A LITTLE
BIT OF LATITUDE.
MR. SUPERINTENDENT, IS THAT
OKAY?
ALL RIGHT.
BOARD MEMBERS, THAT CONCLUDES
OUR PULLED ITEMS.
I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO
VOTE ON THE PULLED ITEMS FROM
THE CONSENT AGENDA.
I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HAIRS
AND -- MOTION BY MRS. VALDES,
SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS.
ANY DISCUSSION?
SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR
VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON.
THAT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY.
WE ARE NOW ON TO THE BOARD AND
SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS.
BOARD MEMBERS?
IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK, GO AHEAD
AND PRESS YOUR BUTTON.
MRS. VALDES?

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
JUST WANTED TO TAKE THIS MOMENT.
THIS IS THE LAST BOARD MEETING
BEFORE -- WELL, WE ARE ALREADY
IN GRADUATION MODE.
WE HAD FOUR GRADUATIONS SO FAR.
THEY HAVE ALL BEEN FABULOUS.
I'M SURE THAT MEMBER HAR HIS
WILL HAVE A SLIDE SHOW IN A
LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR PICTURES.
BUT IT'S BEEN VERY MEMORABLE.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF
2016.
WE'LL SEE YOU ON STAGE AT THE
FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS.
AND PLAINTIFF EAKINS, I WOULD
JUST LIKE TO ASK THAT ON THE
AGENDA ITEMS, IF WE CAN -- THE
EVALUATION SECTION OF THE AGENDA
ITEMS -- AND I WAS GOING TO TAKE
SOME TIME TO GET INTO THAT MANED
SET.
BUT WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN
THAT EVALUATION SECTION IS AN
ACTUAL EVALUATION OF THE PRODUCT
OR WHATEVER IT IS THAT WE ARE
ADDRESSING.
FOR INSTANCE, IN SOME AGENDA
ITEMS, THE PROCESS OF HOW WE ARE
GOING TO BE EVALUATING THIS
AGENDA ITEM, OR THAT PARTICULAR
TOPIC, IT JUST TELLS ME WHAT THE
PROCEDURE IS, AND IT'S ONE THAT
I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO KNOW WHAT
THE PROCEDURES ARE, BUT I
BELIEVE THAT THAT PARTICULAR
SECTION IS MORE INTENDED TO WHAT
IS THE ACTUAL EVALUATION, AND
WHAT IT SAYS.
SO MOVING FORWARD IF WE COULD
SEE ABOUT POSSIBLY, OUT OF THOSE
ITEMS THAT WE ARE EVALUATING,
WHAT IS THE ACTUAL TRUE
EVALUATION AND EXPLAIN TO US WHY
WE SHOULD RECONSIDER THIS
PARTICULAR ITEM, AS WELL AS
MAYBE WHERE IT FITS WITHIN OUR
STRATEGIC PLAN, SO THAT WE CAN
START CONNECTING THE DOTS.
AND I KNOW THAT THERE'S BEEN A
LOT OF WORK IN PROGRESS THAT
WAY.
AND I JUST WANTED TO JUST
REITERATE MOVING FORWARD SO THAT
ALSO STAFF CAN REALLY SEE WHERE
I AM TRYING TO HEAD WITH HAVING
THAT EVALUATION, AND WHAT AN
EVALUATION REALLY TRULY SHOULD
LOOK LIKE.
BUT I KNOW IT'S A WORK IN
PROGRESS.
AND WE'LL GET THERE.
BUDGET I WANTED TO THANK
EVERYONE FOR THEIR HARD WORK.
AND IT'S GOING TO BE A VERY BUSY
TIME THIS NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS
OVER AT THE FAIRGROUNDS, AND
AGAIN CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE
GRADUATES.
THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. KURDELL?

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY
MUCH.
I AM GOING TO TAKE THIS
OPPORTUNITY TO BRAG ON TOMLIN
MIDDLE SCHOOL AGRI SCIENCE.
I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT
TODAY.
I TOLD THEM AT THE STRAWBERRY
FESTIVAL I WOULD AND I IMAGINED
TO KEEP THAT BEFORE SCHOOL COT
GOT OUT.
YOU NEED TO GO SEE IT IF YOU
DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT FFA.
FUTURE FARMERS OF AMERICA.
AND CERTAINLY AGRI SCIENCE AND
OUR SCHOOLS.
JASON STEWART KALOR, GEORGIE AND
KELLY GOFF ARE THE TEACHERS AT
TOMLIN.
THEY HAVE SUCH A BIG PROGRAM.
THAT CHAPTER CONSISTS OF 2713
FFA MEMBERS MAKING IT THE
LARGEST TRADITIONAL MIDDLE
SCHOOL AGRI SCIENCE PROGRAM IN
THE STATE OF FLORIDA.
THEY ARE ALSO RECOGNIZED AS A
PREMIERE CHAPTER IN FLORIDA, A
3-STAR NATIONAL CHAPTER, AND IN
2013 WERE RECOGNIZED AS A MODEL
OF INNOVATION FINALIST ITSELF
FOR THE NATIONAL OUTSTANDING
MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAPTER AWARD.
TERRANCE DORTER AND HANNA MANLY
AND ANOTHER YOUNG WOMAN WERE MY
GUIDES TODAY, AND WE COVERED ALL
THE CLASSES, CERTAINLY THE BARN
WHO HAD SEVEN BABY LAMBS.
THAT WAS LOTS OF FUN.
CHICKENS AND STUFF BUT LET ME
TELL YOU OF WHAT THEY WROTE
DOWN.
THIS IS WHAT THEY WROTE FOR ME
SO I AM GOING TO READ IT BECAUSE
YOU ARE GOING TO BE AMAZED.
IN 2015 AT THE STATE CONVENTION,
THEY HAD SEVEN STATE TITLES,
THREE IN ORNAMENTAL HORTICULTURE
DEMONSTRATION, PARLIAMENTARIAN
PROCEDURE, AGRI SCIENCE FAIR,
TWO IN THOSE, AGRICULTURAL
ELECTROIFICATION ESSAY, IN 2013
NATIONAL CONVENTION HE THEY WERE
FOURTH PLACE FOR THE AGRI
SCIENCE, 2016 STATE TITLES, 6
STATE TITLE BEFORE THE STATE
CONVENTION, FORESTRY, HORSE
EVALUATION, FLORI CULTURE AND
HORTICULTURE DEMONSTRATION
AGAIN.
THEY HAD FIVE TEAMS COMPETING IN
STATES, OPENING, CLOSING
CEREMONIES, AGRI SCIENCE TEAMS,
AGRI ELECTROIFICATION, PUBLIC
SPEAKING AND CREATIVE SPEAKING.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED AND
HAVE BEEN SEEN IT, AT THIS
PODIUM, FAA MEMBERS, THEY ARE
PREPARED, THEY SPEAK WELL, THEY
EXCEL IN THEIR CLASSES, AND THEN
THE CLASSES THAT I WAS IN TODAY,
THEY WERE ALL INCREDIBLY
ENGAGED, LARGE CLASSES.
ONE WAS ABOUT THE FOOD THAT'S
GENETICALLY MODIFIED, GMOs.
THEY HAD A DISCUSSION ABOUT
THAT, A DONATE THEIR CLASS, AND
THEY HAD TO RESEARCH IT AND
EVERYTHING ELSE.
SO IT'S TRULY ABOUT WHAT'S
HAPPENING, AND FOR THOSE OF US
THAT LIVE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
WE KNOW THAT WE ARE AN
AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY, AND ONE
LAST THING FOR THE AG STUDENTS.
THEY HAVE THE GRAND CHAMPION PIG
FOR THE 2016 STRAWBERRY
FESTIVAL, AND IT WAS RAISED IN
THE TOMLIN LIVESTOCK BARN.
THAT'S QUITE AN ACCOMPLISHMENT
FOR THOSE SHOWS.
SO CONGRATULATIONS TO TOMLIN AS
A WHOLE, AND CERTAINLY FOR THE
AGRI SCIENCE PROGRAMS.
THEY DO OUTSTANDING WORK WITH
THOSE STUDENTS, AND WE ARE VERY,
VERY PROUD OF THEM.
APPRECIATE THEM SHARING WITH ME
TODAY.
THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WELL, GOING
TO A HUNDRED THINGS DURING THE
PAST WEEK, BUT I AM GOING TO
TAKE FOUR OF THEM THAT I HAVE
ATTENDED BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL
VERY DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WAYS.
I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE TAMPA
CHAPTER OF THE GROUP OF LOCAL
WOMEN IN OUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE
WORKING WITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
FIFTH GRADERS, SPECIFICALLY IN
DEVELOPING SELF-CONFIDENCE,
ETIQUETTE, POSITIVE BODY IMAGE,
GOOD GROOMING, HEALTHY, THEIR
LIVE AROUND FOOD AND EXERCISE,
AND WORKING MONTHLY WITH THESE
YOUNG LADIES, AND THEY CULMINATE
EACH YEAR WITH THE MOTH AND
DAUGHTER TEAM, WHERE THE YOUNG
LADIES WEAR HATS, AS TO ALL THE
WOMEN WHO ATTENDED, AND GLOVES
AND PEARLS, AND IT'S DONE AROUND
HAVING TEA TIME, AND IT'S A
WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY.
THE YOUNG LADIES ARE SO PROUD.
THEY TAKE OVER THE ENTIRE
PRESENTATION.
MANY OF THE MOTHERS ARE ABLE TO
ATTEND.
TRANSPORTATION IS PROVIDED FROM
THE SCHOOL OVER TO TAMPA --
WHERE THEY DECORATE.
THE TABLES ARE ABSOLUTELY
WONDERFUL.
BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS
TO HEAR THE YOUNG LADIES, WHAT
THEY TALK ABOUT INSECURE FIFTH
GRADERS, NOW THEY WERE ABLE TO
STAND AND TALK, TALK ABOUT THE
EXPERIENCE, BUT MOST OF ALL,
KNOW HOW TO HOLD A CUP OF TEA
WITH THE FINGER OUT.
THEY TOLD ME ABOUT THE NAPKIN
AND ALL THAT KIND OF THING.
SO YOU SEE THE RESULTS OF FIFTH
GRADERS, YOUNG LADIES WHO
STARTED OUT NOT SURETY ABOUT WHO
THEY ARE AND HOW TO THE ACT IN
THIS KIND OF SETTING TO TELL YOU
HOW TO DO IT, BUT MOST OF ALL
FEEL CONFIDENT NAB.
MY OTHER CONGRATULATIONS TO THE
NINE STUDENTS AT BLAKE HIGH
SCHOOL, PART OF THE URBAN
TEACHING ACADEMY.
THEY STARTED AS FRESHMEN.
IN 2012 AND 2013, AND THEY ARE
NOW SENIORS.
ALL NINE OF THEM CONTINUE IN THE
PROGRAM R.GLENN WILLIAMS IS AN
AMAZING TEACHER WHO HAS REALLY
DONE A LOT OF WORK, WITH THE
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, TO
MAKE SURE THAT THE KIND OF
COURSE ACTIVITIES AND
EXPERIENCES ARE IN LINE WITH THE
UNIVERSITY'S, WHAT THEY WANT FOR
TEACHERS TO BE ABLE TO LEAD WHEN
THEY LEAVE THE COLLEGE OF
EDUCATION.
SO SHE WORKS CLOSELY WITH THEM.
THEY ALSO TUTOR WITH STUDENTS AT
DUNBAR ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL,
FIRST GRADERS, AND HERE IS THE
GOOD NEWS.
EVERY ONE OF THE NINE STUDENTS
THAT THEY WORK WITH INCREASED
THEIR READING, SO THEY FELT VERY
HAPPY ABOUT BEING CONTRIBUTING
TOTAL SUCCESS OF THESE STUDENTS.
TWO OF THE STUDENTS WHO ARE IN
THE UTA PROGRAM WOULD BE THE
VALEDICTORIANS, ABSOLUTE OATORUI
ME, GOING TO SCHOOL AT THE
UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, GOING
ON TO HCC, JUST IMPRESSIVE YOUNG
EDUCATORS.
WHAT WAS ALSO, I THINK,
NOTEWORTHY ABOUT THIS GROUP OF
STUDENTS IS THIS IS THE FIRST
CLASS WHERE THERE WAS NO
SCHOLARSHIP MONEY ALIGNED TO
PART OF THE PROGRAM, AND YET
EVERY ONE OF THEM STAYED IN THE
PROGRAM.
SO I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THEM,
THANK THEM FOR THE GREAT ICE
CREAM SOCIAL, AND MRS. WILLIAMS
FOR JUST BEING SUCH AN
OUTSTANDING PROGRAM AND
PRODUCING FUTURE EDUCATORS.
I THINK WE COULD HAVE GONE IN
AND GIVEN THEM PRECONTRACT
BINDERS.
I DON'T KNOW, BUT WE SHOULD
HAVE.
THAN THE STORIES THEY WERE
TELLING, AND LENGTH AFTER
LISTENING TO THEM, YOU THOUGHT
YOU WERE LISTENING TO TEACHERS
READY TO GO INTO THE CLASSROOM.
I WANT TO THANK THE CHEF FOR
THEIR AMAZING CULINARY ARTS
ACADEMY, AND THOSE STUDENTS TOO
OFTEN ARE OUTSTANDING, GETTING
FULL RIDE, KAISER UNIVERSITY,
AND JUST WONDERFUL EXAMPLES OF
STUDENTS WHO-OPEN IF IT'S NOT
JUST ABOUT THE CLASS AND THE
WORKING AS A GROUP TOGETHER, BUT
IT'S THE RELATIONSHIP THAT THEY
HAVE FOR EACH OTHER.
GENERALLY CELEBRATING THE
SUCCESS OF EACH ONE OF THE
STUDENTS AS THEY RECEIVE
SCHOLARSHIPS AND THAT CONTAINED
OF THING.
SO I WANT TO JUST THANK CHEF
ERIC FOR NOT ONLY PROVIDING THE
BASIS FOR BEING GREAT STUDENTS,
BUT GREAT HUMAN BEINGS, AND THE
KINDS OF THINGS THAT THEY ARE
GOING TO BE LOOKING FORWARD TO
IN THE FUTURE.
AND OF COURSE THE MEN OF VISION
HAVE THEIR MOTHER'S DAY EVENT
AND IT WAS ONE IN WHICH, AGAIN,
OUTSTANDING STUDENTS, YOUNG MEN
WHO MAY BE WITHOUT THIS KIND OF
SUPPORT MIGHT HAVE BEEN WRITTEN
OFF AS NOT BEING ABLE TO ACHIEVE
THOSE KINDS OF THINGS, BUT THE
MEN OF VISION PROGRAMS FROM THE
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND THE MOST
OUTSTANDING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
PROGRAM IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY,
WITH INNOVATION WAS CLAIR MEL
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND IT WAS A
GREAT CELEBRATION FOR THEM.
BUT I THINK IT WHAT WE SEE IN
THESE YOUNG MEN AND THEM WHOLE
VISION IS JUST ABOUT HOW CAPABLE
THEY ARE AND WHAT CAPACITY THEY
HAVE TO BE GREAT YOUNG MEN AND
ALL THE THINGS THAT WE WANT FOR
ALL OF OUR STUDENTS.
I TOO LOOK FORWARD TO
GRADUATION, BUT, YOU KNOW, AS WE
CLOSE THE YEAR, AND WE DON'T
HAVE TIME TO SAY THANK YOU TO
ALL OUR EMPLOYEES AND TO OUR
SCHOOLS AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING
AND TO OUR STUDENTS, AND REMIND
THEM ABOUT THAN THE IMPORTANCE
OF SAFETY OVER THE SUMMER.
THAT IS MUCH SO CRITICAL.
THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. HARRIS?

>>Sally Harris: WELL, IT'S
REALLY NEAT TO HEAR ALL THESE
GREAT THINGS THAT'S GOING AROUND
IN THE DISTRICT AND HOW WE ARE
PREPARING OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE.
IT'S SO EXCITING.
AND AS PROMISED, LAST BOARD
MEETING, SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL WITH
CHRISTINE WOLF AND HER MEDIA
PRODUCTION CLASS, A SLADE SHOW
AND WE DID IT.
SO YOU ARE GOING TO SEE IT.
I APOLOGIZE, IT'S A LITTLE
LONGER THAN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN.
BUT WE WILL PLAY IT.
(MOTION MUSIC)

>> LOVE THE MUSIC.

>> IF YOU HAVE CLOTHES OR SHOES,
BE SURE TO TAKE THEM TO THE GARY
ADULT CENTER.

>> I KNOW IT WAS LONG BUT THEY
DID A GOOD JOB PUTTING IT
TOGETHER.
AND I PROMISE WHEN WE DO IT
AGAIN IT WILL BE A LOT SHORTER.

>> I THINK, MRS. HARRIS, IT WAGS
LONG BECAUSE YOU DON'T STOP, IS
WHY.
I JUST WANT TO BE SAY WE ARE
HEADING INTO -- WE ARE IN THE
GRADUATION SEASON, AND WE HAVE
BEEN DOING THE ESE CENTERS, AND
THOSE ARE SOME OF THE MOST
TOUCHING, HEARTWARMING
GRADUATIONS, AND I BELIEVE -- SO
WE HAVE GOT THREE TOMORROW, AND
THEN ON THURSDAY WE START WITH
THE VIRTUAL, AND OUR CAREER
CENTERS, AND GOING ON, AND THEN
THE FOLLOWING WEEK WE START WITH
OUR TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS.
SO IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR, AND
EVERYBODY, GREAT JOB THIS YEAR.
IT'S COMING TO AN END VERY, VERY
QUICKLY, AND THEN THE
SUMMERTIME, THAT'S WHEN THE WORK
AND THE WORK OF PEOPLE THAT WORK
IN THIS ROOM DO A LOT OF THEIR
WORK.
SO AS THE YEAR ENDS, THANK YOU
SO MUCH AND ENJOY GRADUATIONS.
WE WILL ALL SEE YOU THERE.
MR. EAKINS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU,
MRS. GRIFFIN.
I'LL WRAP IT UP HERE.
I ECHO ALL ABOUT THE
GRADUATIONS.
I HAVE ALREADY STARTED GOING TO
THIS WEEK.
THEY HAVE BEEN VERY SPECIAL FOR
THOSE STUDENTS AND FOR THE
TEACHERS AND THE FAMILIES, AND
THAT WILL JUST THE NEXT TWO
WEEKS MAGNIFIED.
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE AND ALL
THE STAFF BEING THERE KIND OF
THE CULMINATION OF THE HARD WORK
OF SO MANY PEOPLE ALONG THE WAY,
SUPPORTING KIDS, AND ALSO
STUDENTS MAKING GREAT CHOICES IN
THEIR LIVES AS WELL TO GET TO
THAT POINT IN THEIR LIFE WHERE
THEY ARE GRADUATING.

>> I WANT TO GO OVER A FEW
THINGS WITH YOU.
FIRST OF ALL, GOOD NEWS. WE
HAVE SOME IN-FLOW INTO OUR
REVENUE THAT WE WEREN'T QUITE
EXPECTING.
JUST SO YOU KNOW THE DISTRICT
RECEIVED A REBATE FOR 78025 FOR
THE VEHICLE REBATE PROGRAM.
THE PROGRAM IS RUN THROUGH THE
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER
SERVICES AND ASSISTS GOVERNMENT
ENTITIES PURCHASING OR LEASING
EITHER COMPRISED NATURAL GAS OR
PROPANE BUSES AFTER JULY
1st, 2013 SO THE FLORIDA
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
COLLECTS DATA FOR NUMBER OF
MILLS PER YEAR FOR BUS, TOTAL
GALLONS OF FUEL PER YEAR PER BUS
AND ANNUAL COSTS OF FUEL PER
YEAR PER BUS.
A BIG THANK YOU TO JIM BEEKMAN,
OUR TRANSPORTATION TEAM, AND OUR
PROCUREMENT TEAM FOR SUPPLYING
THE DATA AND APPLYING FOR THE
REBATES.
SO THANK YOU, GUYS, FOR DOING
THAT.
[ APPLAUSE ]
CAN YOU GET ABOUT 20 MORE OF
THOSE FOR US?
THAT WOULD BE GREAT.
SO OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE BEEN ON
SINCE SCHOOL VISITS LIKE THE
BOARD HAS BEEN OVER THE LAST
SEVERAL WEEKS.
I MET WITH PRINCIPALS AND SAW
SOME WORK IN OUR SCHOOLS AND
THEY BUILD STRONG FOUNDATION FOR
OUR STUDENTS.
OUR STAFF IS CREDITING STUDENT
LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND AS
THEY GO INTO SCHOOLS, MANY OF
THE SCHOOLS ARE HAVING ME SIT
DOWN WITH STUDENTS AND THE
STUDENTS ARE THE ONES THAT LEAD
THE CONVERSATION AND TALK TO ME
ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING TALL
WAY DOWN INTO OUR ELEMENTARY
SCHOOLS.
I DID STOP BY CRESTWOOD
ELEMENTARY YESTERDAY AND SAT IN
ON THE REHEARSAL FOR THEIR
CHORUS.
THE CHORUS AT CRESTWOOD IS MADE
UP OF THE ENTIRE FIFTH GRADE
CLASS.
MRS. SANCHEZ HONOR JUST BECAME
PRINCIPAL THERE A FEW MONTHS
AGO, SHE TOLD ME HOW SHE DOESN'T
HAVE ONE BEHAVIOR PROBLEM WITH
ONE OF THE STUDENT BECAUSE SHE
SAID THEY ALL WANT TO BE PART OF
THE MUSIC PROGRAM.
THAT TELLS YOU THE IMPORTANCE OF
THE ARTS AND MUSIC IN OUR
SCHOOLS AND HOW IT DOES IMPACT
CHOICES OF KIDS BECAUSE THEY
HAVE SOMEBODY AMAZING MUSIC
TEACHERS THAT OUT THERE AT
CRESTWOOD DOING AN AMAZING JOB
WITH THOSE STUDENTS.
YOU CAN JUST SEE THE LOVE OF
MUSIC, THE ENERGY PLAINTIFF
STRAWBRIDGE AND MR. CONSTABLE.
THEY LOVE THE KIDS, BUT
ULTIMATELY THESE KIDS ARE SO
WELL-BEHAVED AND SO RESPECTFUL
OF THE ADULTS, THAT IT'S BECAUSE
OF ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT
THEY GET FROM THERE, AND ONE OF
THOSE OPPORTUNITIES IS IN THE
MUSIC PROGRAM.

>>April Griffin: AND NOT TO
IMPEDE YOUR PRESENTATION BUT CAN
I ASK YOU A QUESTION IN
REFERENCE TO THAT?
ARE WE WORK ON GETTING THOSE 15
MINUTES BACK TO ELEMENTARY FOR
THE NEXT YEAR?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I DON'T KNOW
IF WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO
MAKE IT NEXT YEAR BUT KNITS OUR
PLANS, THAT'S THE GOAL
ULTIMATELY TO BE ABLE TO ASSIST
WITH OUR ARTS PROGRAMS, AND
MUSIC PROGRAMS TO MAXIMIZE THE
TIME THAT WE HAVE.
CERTAINLY WE ARE ANALYZING
EVERYTHING IN REGARDS TO OUR
BUDGET.
BUT IT'S THE INFUSION OF ALL OF
THESE THINGS.
A LOT OF THESE WERE NOT EVEN
DONE IN THE MUSIC CORE PROGRAM.
SOME OF THIS WAS DONE IN
WRAP-AROUND PROGRAMS, OUTSIDE
SERVICES, OR THINGS THAT THEY
BUILT INTO THE SCHOOL DAY THAT
ULTIMATELY IMPACT THE OVERALL
CLIMATE AND CULTURE OF THE
SCHOOL.
SO IT'S HOW THE REALLY GREAT
TEACHERS AND LEERSERS AT OUR
SCHOOLS ARE VERY CREATIVE TO
INFUSE MORE THAN JUST THE 30
MINUTES OR MORE THAN JUST THE 45
MINUTES INTO THEIR DAY.
THEY ACTUALLY FIND OTHER PARTS
OF THE DAY TO INFUSE N.SO WE ARE
STILL ON THAT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I ALSO V HAD
THE PLEASURE OF VISITING EDISON
AND MILES ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS,
AND MET WITH STAFF, AND JUST GET
A ROLE GOOD FEEL AS YOU WALK
THROUGH THOSE TWO CAMPUSES.
AT OWED I SON I HAD THE PLEASURE
OF MEETING A PARENT WHO IS ALSO
AN ALUM OF EDISON, SHOWING US
THAT WE REALLY DO HAVE A GREAT
IMPACT ON ENTIRE GENERATIONS OF
FAMILIES, AND SHE JUST RAVED AND
RAVED ABOUT THEIR LEADER THERE
AND THE TEACHERS AND THE WAY HER
CHILD BEING SUPPORTED.
AT MILES I WENT TO THE
KINDERGARTEN CLASS AND MET A
TEACHER ALICIA OLIVIA, AND A
BUNNY RUNNING AROUND THE
CLASSROOM AND JUST PART OF THE
ENVIRONMENT.
ANYWAY, IT WAS FUN TO SEE THE
KIDS JUST TAKE THAT THE PET, AND
IT'S JUST PART OF THEIR CULTURE
IN THEIR SCHOOL, IN THEIR CLASS
ROOM. I ALSO ATTENDED A LAUNCH
OF THE ALL STARS PROGRAM IN
MILES MIDDLE SCHOOL, THANKS TO
THE $4 MILLION GRANT FROM NEW
YORK LIFE FOUNDATION, THAN THE
SITE OF THE FIRST AFT SCHOOL ALL
STARS PROGRAM AND IS THE
41st FLORIDA SCHOOL TO
RECEIVE THIS COMPREHENSIVE
PROGRAM HELPING STUDENTS A CHEF
IN SCHOOL AND LIFE, AND IT WAS A
VERY DYNAMIC ACTIVITY GOING ON.
SO THANK YOU, MR. LEFLER FOR
HAVING THAT PROGRAM FOR THE
STUDENTS.
THAT WAS ONE OF THE ITEMS THAT
CAME TO THE BOARD A WHALEBACK
AND I WAS ABLE TO SEE KIND OF
THE KICKOFF ON FRIDAY.
VERY VALUABLAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR
OUR KIDS
AND OF COURSE WE HAVE ALREADY
HIGHLIGHTED OUR BASEBALL TEAMS,
BUT WE DO HAVE SOME AMAZING
ATHLETES AND COACHES OUT
THEREBY, AND THIS IS A FUN
PICTURE OF STEINBRENNER, STATE
CHAMPIONSHIP.
WHAT MANY PEOPLE DON'T KNOW IS
THEY ACTUALLY WERE BEHIND 4-1
GOING INTO THE LAST INNING AND
THEY CAME IN AND SCORED EIGHT
RUNS IN THE LAST INNING AND WON
9 TO 4.
THEY HAD TO PLAY TWO GAMES THAT
DAY BECAUSE OF A RAINOUT EARLIER
OR THE DAY BEFORE.
ALSO I WANT TO CONGRATULATE, IF
YOU HAVEN'T GONE OUT, IT WAS ON
TWITTER, BUT JUST SEE THE
REACTION OF THE STUDENT ATHLETES
WHEN THEY WIN.
OF COURSE, YOU OBVIOUSLY SEE THE
PILE-UP THERE BY THE GAITHER
TEAM AFTER THEY WON THE 7-A
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.
BEING A FORMER STUDENT ATHLETE
THEY ARE BONDED FOR LIFE NOW
BECAUSE THEY WILL NEVER FORGET
THAT MOMENT IN THEIR LIFE.
AND WITH THAT, THAT CONCLUDES MY
COMMENTS.

>>April Griffin: AND THIS
MEETING IS ADJOURNED.