Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from June 14, 2016

>>April Griffin: THIS JUNE 14, PINELLAS COUNTY P.M. BOARD MEETING IS NOW CALLED TO ORDER. LET THE RECORD SHOW THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT EXCEPT FOR MS. KURDELL WHO IS NOT GOING TO BE HERE DUE TO A FAMILY EMERGENCY. IF EVERYONE COULD PLEASE STAND FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THEN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY OUR VICE CHAIR MS. STUART.  

>> THANK YOU, AS YOU KNOW, THIS WEEK HAS BEEN A VERY HARD WEEK FOR THIS COMMUNITY. OUR NEIGHBORS IN ORLANDO AND ACROSS THE NATION. ADDITIONALLY MS. KURDELL LOST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW YESTERDAY. OUR CONDOLENCES TO YOU AND TO YOUR FAMILY. WE STAND TODAY IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REMEMBER THE LIVES LOST AND THOSE WHO ARE INJURED IN ORLANDO THIS PAST WEEKEND. WE HAVE ALL BEEN TOUCHED BY THIS TRAGEDY AND WE SEND OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES AND COMFORT TO THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF THAT'S THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED.  

>> FORMER PRINCIPAL AND HARRY MASTER JOHN OWENS. [MOMENT OF SILENCE]  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]  

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. BOARD MEMBERS, THE WITHDRAWN ITEMS ARE B 4. 03, B .04, B .05. B .06. C .405 AND C 406. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS, SAID BY MS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON.  

>> MS. GRIFFIN, IF I COULD INTERJECT. B 01 WAS ON THE AGENDA, A PROBLEM NATION FOR OUR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY BEE WINNER. SO THERE WAS AN ILLNESS IN THE FAMILY. SO WE ARE GO TO WITHDRAW THAT ITEM AS WELL FROM THE AGENDA.  

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, MR. PORTER, SINCE I DID NOT INCLUDE B .01, DO WE NEED TO VOTE TO INCLUDE B 01 IN THE WITHDRAWN ITHE TERMS?  

>> NO, YOU DON'T NEED TO DO THAT.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. VALDEZ?  

>> WAS THERE ANOTHER AGENDA ITEM? WAS IT 702 THAT WAS WITHDRAWN?  

>> 7.02 IS ALSO WITHDRAWN.  

>>April Griffin: THAT WILL ALSO INCLUDE WITHDRAWN 7.02. ALL RIGHT. AND I ASK THAT STAFF MAKE SURE THAT THIS IS CORRECT. THANK YOU.  

>> AND I WILL, IT ACTUALLY IS NOT B 01 BECAUSE THAT'S ONE OF OUR APPOINTMENTS. BUT IT IS THE PROCLAMATION.  

>> O 1. LET THE RECORD STAND CORRECTED THAT IT IS 01. I'M GOING TO CALL THESE AGAIN. B 03, B 04, B 05, B 06, C 405, C 406, 01 AND 702. IS THAT CORRECT? ALL RIGHT. THE AGENDA HAS BEEN ADOPTED. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES OF THE MAY 17th, 2016 SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MEETING. AND THE MAY 24th, 2016 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS, SECOND BY MS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, ANY AMENDMENTS? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSES. ALL RIGHT. VERY GOOD. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE NO PROCLAMATIONS OR RECOGNITIONS, AS WE JUST DISCUSSED. AND WE ARE GOING TO NOW HAVE AUDIENCE COMMENT. AND AT THIS POINT, BEFORE I START CALLING NAMES, I'D LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING. I'M SORRY, YES, MS. STUART, GO AHEAD.  

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

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. SO AT THIS POINT I'M GOING TO SAY SOMETHING AS YOUR CHAIR. AND I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW THAT AS A PASSIONATE SUPPORTER OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT AND THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK, THERE ARE TRUTH TO POWER, WE HAVE ALL SAT SILENTLY AND LISTENED AS WE HAVE BEEN PERSONALLY ATTACKED DURING PUBLIC COMMENT. THAT'S FINE. IT COMES WITH THE JOB AND WE CAN TAKE IT. HOWEVER, IN LIGHT OF WHAT HAPPENED IN ORLANDO, I'M ASKING YOU TO BE MINDFUL OF THE IMPACT THAT YOUR WORDS CAN HAVE. PEOPLE ARE HURTING. PEOPLE HAVE LOST FRIENDS AND LOVED ONES. AND WE ARE ALL STUNNED AT THE HORRIFIC ACT OF TERROR DIRECTED AT OUR LGBT COMMUNITY. OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS. IN ORLANDO. THIS NEEDS TO BE A TIME OF HEALING, NOT FURTHER ATTACKS. SO I INVITE YOU TO SPEAK YOUR TRUTH TO POWER BUT BE MINDFUL OF THE WORDS THAT YOU SAY. THE FIRST PERSON IS MRS. KLUTHO. MR. KLUTHO, YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.  

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. B-2. CODE MANAGER, OPERATIONS. WELL, I JUST DON'T SEE SOMETHING COMING THAT WILL WORK. LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENED IN THE PAST. 705, 707, 7-09. WE HAVE TO FIX LINTELS. AND THE HVAC AGAIN. YOU A, YEAH. WELL, IF A BUILDING IS RIGHT IN FLORIDA, IT DOESN'T HAVE A HEATING SYSTEM. IT'S A STRAIGHTFORWARD PROPOSITION. YEAH. DOG GONE SHAME. AND THEN 10-03. HILLSBOROUGH 100 CONSERVATION CHALLENGE. CONSERVATION. AGAIN, THE WRONG WORD. EFFICIENCY, THAT IS THE WORD. THAT IS THE WORD. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, I HATE TO SOUND LIKE A BROKEN RECORD. BUT THINGS JUST DON'T CHANGE. AND SO TODAY'S PAPER, YOU KNOW IT'S A SHAME WHAT HAPPENED IN ORLANDO. BUT HERE'S U.S. AND DAY TODAY, THE BIRD WATCH LIST. 432, OR 37% OF 1 THOUGH 154 BIRD SPECIES IN NORTH AMERICA QUALIFIED AS HIGHLY VULNERABLE EXTINCTION. NOW, HUMANS AREN'T CLOSE TO BEING EXTINCT. IT'S THE SPECIES THAT'S OVERRUNNING THE PLANET. AND AGAIN, THAT WORD YOU DON'T SEEM TO UNDERSTAND IS CORRELATION. YOU KEEP MAKING THE STUPID BUILDINGS, YOU'RE GOING TO PUERTO RICO TO GET TEACHERS. AND ACCORDING TO THE AUDIT, YOU HAVE WAY MORE PEOPLE WORKING HERE THAN ARE NECESSARY. WELL, I THINK I'VE BEEN AT MANY, MANY BUDGET HEARINGS. WHEN I SAID LOOK AT THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT'S BEING SPENT FOR THE ADMINISTRATION. FOR HOW MANY YEARS NOW? YEAH. THOSE AUDITS A JOKE. AND SCHOOLS GRADING GATES EFFECT? HMM. WHAT A JOKE. BUT WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM A POUR RYA LIVING IN A HOUSE THAT COVERS SOMETHING LIKE AN ACRE AND A HALF. YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE ADVICE FROM SOMEBODY LIKE THAT? I DON'T THINK SO. AND THEN TODAY WHAT HAPPENS HERE? WE HAVE SOMETHING LIKE 12 OR 13 COPS AT THIS MEETING. AND YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH A METAL DETECTOR, WHICH NOBODY KNEW WOULD BE HERE, AND THEY DIDN'T FIND ONE THING. TALK ABOUT A WASTE OF TAXPAYER'S MONEY. I MEAN, THIS IS BEYOND BELIEF. I MEAN, YOU PEOPLE ARE LITERALLY OUT OF CONTROL. THIS IS INEXCUSABLE. I MEAN, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO HAVE HERE? FASCISM? HUH? IS THIS NAZI GERMANY? HUH? IS THAT WHAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE?  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. CLOUT THOUGH. MR. CLOUT TOW.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I APOLOGIZE, WE WERE LATE IN GETTING THE LIST OF SPEAKERS BUT IT APPEARS THAT WE HAVE SPEAKER TIME THAT IS GOING TO GO WELL BEYOND 45 MINUTES. SO I'M GOING TO ASK THIS BOARD TO PUT IN PLACE AN EXTENSION OF THE TIME TO ALLOW ALL SPEAKERS TO BE HEARD THIS EVENING. SO IF WE CAN SUSPEND THE RULE, I BELIEVE THEY'LL STILL GET THEIR TWO MINUTES BUT WE'LL EXTEND THE RULE BEYOND THE 45 MINUTES.  

>> I'LL SECOND THAT.  

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. STUART TO EXTEND THE TIME BASED ON OUR RULES THAT WE HAVE, SECOND BY MS. VALDES. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION BOARD MEMBERS ON SUSPEND IS THE RULES? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THANK YOU, MS. STUART. ALL RIGHT. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. TERRY KEMPLE.  

>> BOARD MEMBERS, MY NAME THE IS TERRY KEMPLE, PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY ISSUES COUNCIL IN BRANDON. AND FIRST THING IS, I HAVE A QUESTION FOR EVERYONE IN THE ROOM. DO YOU LOVE CHILDREN? AND IF YOU DO, RAISE YOUR HAND. ANYONE WHO LOVES CHILDREN, RAISE YOUR HAND. AND THERE SHOULDN'T BE A HAND NOT UP IN THIS ROOM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE THAT. THIS ISN'T A TRICK. I KNOW THAT I'M HERE BECAUSE I LOVE ALL CHILDREN. NOW IN RELATION TO NEXT MEETING'S POLICY VOTE, WOULD ANY PASTOR OF A LOCAL CHURCH WHO IS HERE, BECAUSE YOU WANT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS TO STOP DISCRIMINATING AGAINST STUDENTS WHOSE OPINIONS ARE BASED ON SCIENTIFIC FACTS AND THEIR FAITH, PLEASE STAND. WOULD ANY PASTOR WHO'S IN THE ROOM BECAUSE YOU WANT THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM TO STOP DISCRIMINATING AGAINST STUDENTS WHOSE OPINIONS ARE BASED ON SCIENTIFIC FACTS AND THEIR FAITH. PLEASE STAND. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND ANYONE ELSE IN THE ROOM WHO FEELS THAT WAY, PLEASE STAND. JUST REAL QUICKLY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, THIS ISN'T A TRICK OR SLEIGHT OF HAND. THIS IS THE PEOPLE FROM YOUR COMMUNITY TALKING WITH YOU. I WANT TO SAY ALTHOUGH YOU PULLED IT FROM THE AGENDA, RISHI NAIR WINNING THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE IS A TESTAMENT TO WHAT CAN HAPPEN WHEN STUDENTS LEARN THE FACTS. IF HE WERE HERE, I WOULD CONGRATULATE HIM. AND I CONGRATULATE YOU. I MEAN, IT'S JUST -- IT'S OUTSTANDING. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE EXODUS OF STUDENTS FROM THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM SHOWS THAT THE MORE YOU INDOCTRINATE THEM WITH THE LATEST SOCIAL FADS INSTEAD OF TEACHING THEM FACTS, THE MORE PARENTS WILL REMOVE THEM FROM YOUR SCHOOLS. WE DON'T WANT YOU TO ADD GENDER EXPRESSION TO YOUR POLICY BECAUSE BY ITS VERY NATURE IT DISCRIMINATES AGAINST STUDENTS WHOSE VIEWS ARE INFORMED BY FACTS AND BY FAITH. AND WE'RE GLAD YOU HAVE OVERSIGHT OF OVERNIGHT TRIPS. IT'S A VERY REAL CONCERN FOR US. I'M SURE THAT YOU ALL KNOW THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS ISSUED AN EDICT THAT EVERY SCHOOL IN AMERICA HAS TO LET BOYS WHO SAY THEY THINK THEY'RE GIRLS IN THE GIRLS BATHROOMS AND THE GIRLS SHOWERS. AND VICE VERSA FOR THE GIRLS WHO SAY THEY THINK THEY'RE BOYS. WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW IS THAT IF YOU FOLLOW THAT POLICY, YOU'LL BE FORCED TO LET THOSE SAME BOYS WHO SAY THEY THINK THEY'RE GIRLS, ROOM IN THE HOTEL WITH THE GIRLS ON OVERNIGHT FIELD TRIPS. AND THE SAME FOR GIRLS WHO SAY THEY THINK THEY'RE BOYS. AND THERE'S NO PROOF REQUIRED. THAT'S WHY WE'RE ASKING YOU TO CODIFY A WRITTEN POLICY THAT DOES WHAT YOU'RE ALREADY DOING. HAVING BOYS USE THE BOYS FACILITIES, GIRLS USE THE GIRLS FACILITIES. AND GENDER CONFUSED, USE GENDER NON-SPECIFIC FACILITIES. PLEASE BE SURE THAT ALL OF THE CONCERNED PEOPLE HERE AND THE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT ARE REPRESENTED BY THE PASTORS WHO STOOD, ARE GOING TO BE AWARE OF HOW YOU RESPOND TO OUR CONCERNS. AND OUR VOTING DECISIONS THIS YEAR AND AGAIN IN TWO YEARS WILL BE LED BY YOUR VOTING DECISIONS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: MR. MIKE WESTON. MR. WESTON? SORRY, THERE WAS TOO MUCH NOISE. AND IF WE COULD REFRAIN SO WE CAN MOVE. WE DO HAVE A LOT OF SPEAKERS. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU. AND GOOD AFTERNOON. I'VE BEEN OUT OF TOWN FOR BETTER PART OF 7 OR 8 MONTHS NOW. AND ON MY RETURN, I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW DISAPPOINTED I AM AT THE PROGRESS THAT THIS DISTRICT HAS NOT MADE DURING THAT TIME. WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR MR. EAKINS GRAND ORGANIZATION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE RANKS OF THIS DISTRICT. SOMETHING THAT'S LONG OVERDUE. HOWEVER, IT LOOKS LIKE THE GOOD OLE BOY CRONYISM IS STILL LARGELY IN PLACE. IT APPEARS THAT ONE POSITION HAS ALREADY BEEN EXEMPTED FROM THIS REARRANGING THE DECK CHAIRS. AND THE PERSON OCCUPYING THAT POSITION'S JOB IS PERFECTLY SAFE. THIS IS A PERSON WHO HAS ABSOLUTELY NO REAL WORLD EXPERIENCE IN THE JOB THAT SHE CURRENTLY HOLDS. THIS IS A PERSON WHO CAME BEFORE THIS BOARD AND TOLD YOU THAT OVER 90% OF DISTRICT EVALUATORS RETURN TO THE CLASSROOM, SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN UNTRUTHFUL TO THIS BOARD. THIS IS ALSO A PERSON WHO IS THE POSTER CHILD OF EET. WHO CONTINUED DAN VALDES' PRACTICE OF CLOSED DOOR DENIAL OF DUE PROCESS, WHEN TEACHERS ARE BEING FORCED OUT OF THEIR POSITIONS. I'M VERY DISAPPOINTED THAT THE 7 OF YOU HAVE ALLOWED THIS TO TAKE PLACE. ADDITIONALLY, I HAD HOPED THAT WITH THE EXODUS OF MRS. ELIA AND MR. HEGARTY, THAT THE PUBLIC RELATIONS JUGGERNAUT RUN BY THIS DISTRICT WOULD FINALLY COME TO AN END. I SEE THAT THAT IS INDEED NOT THE CASE. MARLENE SOAKDLE'S ARTICLE FROM SUNDAY RECAPPING THE GATES TRAIN WRECK, WE HAVE A STATEMENT IN HE DISTRICT SPOKESPERSON TALKING ABOUT WHETHER TEACHERS APPRECIATED THE EVALUATION SYSTEM OR NOT. ONLY 20% OF HILLSBOROUGH TEACHERS FOUND THE PROCESS FAIR TO ALL TEACHERS. HILLSBOROUGH OFFICIALS DISAGREED WITH THE NOTION THAT THE SYSTEM WAS UNFAIR. TEACHERS SAY THE FEEDBACK THEY RECEIVE PROMPTED THEM TO MAKE CHANGES IN THEIR PRACTICE, WHICH HAS IMPACTED STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. SO YOU'RE STANDING BY THE GATES PROCESS AFTER ALL OF THIS. IS THIS HOW YOU RESTORE FAITH AND TRUST WITH YOUR TEACHERS? BY TELLING THE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS WHO FELT TOTALLY DISENFRANCHISED THAT EVERYTHING WAS FINE. NO, IT IS NOT. STOP THE LIES.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. WESTON. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MICHAEL MILLER.  

>> WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. MY NAME IS MICHAEL MILLER. I OF COURSE RESIDE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. IN FACT I WAS BORN HERE, RAISED HERE AND I'D LIKE TO SAY FIRST OF ALL, THAT I WENT TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL BEFORE AND I'M VERY GRATEFUL FOR YOU GIVING ME EDUCATION THERE. I SCARCELY CAN THINK OF A GREATER GIFT THAT YOU CAN GIVE ANYONE THAN AN EDUCATION. SO, PARDON MY STUTTERING, I'M A LITTLE ANXIOUS AT THIS MOMENT. BUT, CONCERNING SOME OF WHAT IS ON THE AGENDA TODAY, I DESIRE TO SPEAK WITH DEEPEST EMPATHY FOR THE TRANSGENDER STUDENTS CONCERNING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S POLICY REGARDING OVERNIGHT TRAVEL AND HIS TRANSGENDER BATHROOM POLICY IN GENERAL. IT IS WELL DOCUMENTED THAT STUDENTS WHO STRUGGLE WITH GENDER IDENTITY FREQUENTLY EXHIBIT CONCURRENT DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, SUICIDAL IDEATION, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND RISKY SEXUAL BEHAVIORS. A POLICY OF STUDENTS USING LAVATORY FACILITIES THAT ALIGN WITH THEIR SEXUAL IDENTITY WILL EXACERBATE THESE OTHER CONDITIONS, FOR EXAMPLE, IF A TRANSPLAN, THAT IS A PERSON BORN WITH FEMALE ANAM MY THAT IDENTITIES AS A MAN ENTERS SHOWER ROOM WITH OTHER MALES PRESENT, THE OTHER MEN WILL NOT EVEN NEED TO SPEAK BEFORE THE TRANSMAN WILL FEEL BULLIED. FACES SOMETIMES CAN SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. THE DISTINCT OF THE TRANSMAN'S ANATOMY AS COMPARED TO THE OTHER MEN IN THE ROOM WILL EXACERBATE THE TRANSMAN'S FRUSTRATION OVER THE DISPARITY BETWEEN HIS SEXUAL IDENTITY AND HIS BODY. THE TRANSMAN WILL ULTIMATELY FEEL MORE DEPRESSED AND MORE ANXIOUS AS A RESULT OF THIS WRONG HEADED POLICY. SO I WOULD SUBMIT TO YOU THE QUESTION, WOULD YOU NOT BE WILLING TO DO ANYTHING WITHIN YOUR POWER TO PREVENT SUCH ABJECT HUMILIATION FOR THOSE STUDENTS? THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MR., I'M SORRY, PASTOR DON TANNER. AND DANIEL McGEE WILL BE NEXT. DANIELLE.  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRMAN. AND TO ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS. AND PEOPLE WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT FUTURE OF OUR STUDENTS IN THIS COUNTY. I SPEAK TO THIS ISSUE 8.04 AS WELL. AND I COME REPRESENTING A CONGREGATION IN THIS COUNTY. I AM A PASTOR. MY CONCERNS HAVE TO DO WITH THE MANDATES THAT ARE BEING PRESSED UPON YOU AS A SCHOOL BOARD AND UPON THE PRINCIPLE PRINCIPALS OF SCHOOLS AND THE CHILDREN. NOT TO MENTION THE PARENTS WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN. AND WHILE WE SAY WE MAY ALL BE CONCERNED ABOUT THE CHILDREN, IT SEEMS THAT WE'RE FOCUSED ON JUST A FEW OF THE CHILDREN. AND THAT TROUBLES ME. ALL THE CHILDREN SHOULD BE IMPORTANT. BUT SOMEHOW IT SEEMS THAT THE FOCUS ON A FEW SEEMS TO WANT TO, IN THE EYES OF SOME, MAKE THE PLAN FOR EVERY STUDENT COME UNDER THE PURVIEW OF WHAT THEY WANT. MY HEART TODAY GOES OUT TO THOSE ALSO WHO LOST LOVED ONES IN THIS TRAGEDY. HOWEVER, MY HEART GOING OUT TO THEM DOES NOT APPROVE OF THEIR LIFESTYLE. THAT THEY HAVE CHOSEN. MY HEART GOES OUT TO THEM BECAUSE THEY TOO WERE CREATED BY GOD JUST LIKE ME. AND THAT DESERVES RESPECT FROM EVERYBODY. AND I GIVE THEM RESPECT AND MY HEART'S CONDOLENCES. HOWEVER, THIS ISSUE THAT JUST BARELY A YEAR AGO WAS INITIATED BY OUR SUPREME COURT, WHICH MANY OF US TRIED TO, TRIED TO SAY THAT THERE WOULD BE PROBLEMS COMING AFTER IT. WE HAVE BEEN CORRECT IN OUR FORWARD LOOKING AND OUR HEARTS ARE TROUBLED BECAUSE THE PROBLEMS ARE IS YOUR MOUNTING AND SEWER MOUNTING AND GETTING WORSE. CONSIDER THIS VERY DEEPLY BEFORE YOU APPROVE SOMETHING LIKE THIS. IT'S TROUBLING. THANK YOU.  

>> THANK YOU. DANIEL McGEE.  

>> FIRST OF ALL, WANT TO THANK YOU GUYS FOR PROTECTING ME AND ALL THESE GOOD PEOPLE THAT WALKED IN THE ROOM WITH THAT METAL PROTECTOR. I'M A UNITED STATES AIR FORCE VETERAN AND I UNDERSTAND PROTECTING PEOPLE, SO I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU GUYS HAVE DONE FOR US HERE TODAY. THIS IS CRYSTAL ORTIZ, SHE IS AGE 13. WE HAVE NOAH, AGE 12, SAMANTHA, TEENAGE 12 AND ARIANA, AGE 13. I HAVE A GREAT PRIVILEGE TO PASTOR NEARLY 300 CHILDREN IN THIS CITY, AGES 6 THROUGH 13 YEARS OLD. AND THAT'S JUST OUR CHILDREN'S MINISTRY SIDE. OUR CONGREGATION IS AROUND 1700 MEMBERS AND WE HAVE AROUND 3,000 ATTENDEES FROM THE CITY. WE ARE SIMPLY HERE TODAY TO STAY AS THE REVEREND TAMPA BAY CHURCH THAT WE FULLY SUPPORT AND AGREE WITH BROTHER TERRY KEMPLE AND THE STAND HE HAS MADE AND THE PROCLAMATION HE HAS MADE BEFORE YOU GUYS TODAY AND THAT OUR CHURCH WITH OUR NEARLY 3,000 ATTENDEES, AND 1,700 MEMBERS WILL BE WATCHING ON WHAT TAKES PLEASE OVER THESE NEXT FEW WEEKS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS TONY SMART. AND THEN DAN REED.  

>> GOOD EVENING, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. MY NAME IS TONY SMART. I AM THE PASTOR OF VICTORY BAPTIST CHURCH. ON SOUTH MacDILL IN TAMPA. AND I'M HERE TO SAY THAT I AM DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE DIRECTION THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD IS MOVING IN AND OUR GOVERNMENT. IN PARTICULAR. THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S POLICY REGARDING OVERNIGHT TRAVEL REQUIRES THAT BOYS WHO MAY THINK THAT THEY'RE GIRLS, MAY BE ALLOWED TO SHARE ROOMS WITH GIRLS OR VICE VERSA. AND SO I'M ASKING YOU ON BEHALF OF MY CONGREGATION AND THE MANY THOUSANDS OF CONCERNED CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTY, THAT YOU PROTECT ALL OF OUR CHILDREN. IF YOU ADD GENDER EXPRESSION BY SUPPRESSING THE FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH AND THE RIGHT TOW SHARE RELIGIOUS CONVICTIONS, BECAUSE STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS ISSUE ONCE YOU IMPOSE THIS LAW, THIS REGULATION, THEN THEIR SINCERELY HELD MORAL AND SPIRITUAL BELIEFS WILL BE SUPPRESSED. AND UNJUSTLY. OUR CONGREGATION IS EXTREMELY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS DIRECTION AND WILL HAVE A LONG MEMORY ABOUT THE WAY HOW YOU VOTE ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE. IN AS MUCH AS YOU HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO BE THE GUARDIANS OF GOOD ORDER IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, I URGE YOU TO DO THE RIGHT THING IN THE SIGHT OF GOD AND MAN AND PROTECT ALL OF OUR CHILDREN. THANK YOU. GOD BLESS YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS DAN REED.  

>> THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US A CHANCE TO SPEAK. I'M A GRADUATE OF CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL FROM WAY BACK IN THE DAY. APPRECIATE ALL YOU GUYS DO. I AM A PASTOR HERE IN THE BRANDON AREA, JOURNEY CHURCH. AND OUR CONGREGATION TOO, I WILL ECHO WHAT MANY HAVE ALREADY SAID. WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE RIGHTS TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. TO MAKE A DEFINITION OF WHAT, WHAT YOU'RE CONSIDERING WILL ACTUALLY DO DAMAGE TO OTHER CHILDREN? I WANT YOU TO REALLY SERIOUSLY CONSIDER WHAT YOU GOT BEFORE YOU. AND AS TERRY HAS SAID, I'LL JUST ECHO THAT AND THANK HIM FOR SUCH A FINE STATEMENT. CLEARLY SPOKEN. WE AGREE WITH HIM. OUR CHURCH IS CONCERNED. AND WE WANT TO KNOW THAT YOU'RE PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN. NOT JUST THIS VERY SMALL PERCENT OF A POPULATION, BUT EVERYBODY. ALL OF OUR CHILDREN. I'M GRADUATING MY THIRD FINALLY, THIRD AND LAST THIS NEXT YEAR. AND SO I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR CARE OVER PROTECTING ALL CHILDREN IN THIS PROCESS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS KATHY SODMONT. AND THEN CHARLES RICHARD.  

>> MY NAME IS HATE SODMONT. I'M PASTOR OF BAY WARD MINISTRIES IN BRANDON. ALSO FOUNDER OF CITY PLAN. WE REALLY LOVE THE SCHOOLS AND WORKING TO TRY TO DO MENTORING TO HELP STUDENTS. I COME TODAY ON BEHALF OF THE CHILDREN. I HAVE A SON THAT IS RIGHT NOW GETTING READY TO ENTER MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND I GUESS IF I COULD JUST SAY SOMETIMES WE SAY WORDS BUT WE DON'T ACTUALLY THINK ABOUT THE IMAGERY. I CAN'T IMAGINE BEING IN SCHOOL IN MY DAY AND HAVING THIS GOING ON IN THE SHOWER ROOMS AND BATHROOMS. IF ME AS AN ADULT CAN IMAGINE NOT EVEN THE IMAGERY OF WHAT WOULD TAKE PLACE, I SEE THAT THIS WOULD CREATE A LOT OF CHAOS. A LOT OF PARENTS THAT WOULD WANT TO PULL THEIR CHILDREN OUT OF THE SCHOOLS. A LOT OF KIDS THAT WOULD WANT TO WEAR GYM CLOTHES ALL DAY BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T FEEL SAFE. I'M VERY CONCERNED. I DO NOT SEE THIS AS HELPING ANY TRANSMAN. I SEE THAT IT WOULD BE CREATING EVEN MORE BULLYING FOR THAT SITUATION AS WELL. SO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. GOD BLESS YOU.  

>>April Griffin: CHARLES RICHARD. AND THEN ALFONSO SANTIAGO.  

>> I'M CHARLES RICHARD. KINGS AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH IN BRANDON, FLORIDA. I AGREE WITH TERRY KEMPLE AND WHAT HE WAS SAYING ABOUT THIS. AND I'D ALSO LIKE TO SAY ABOUT PRESIDENT OBAMA ISSUED AN EDICT THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND EDUCATION THAT EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN AMERICA HAS TO ALLOW BOYS TO USE THE GIRLS BATHROOMS AND SHOWERS AND ALLOW GIRLS TO USE THE BOYS BATHROOMS AND SHOWERS. IF WE DON'T DO THIS, THERE'S THE POSSIBILITY THAT THEY WITHHOLD FEDERAL FUNDS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT DO NOT COMPLY. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SEEMS TO BE USING PRESSURE TO THE STATES AND ADOPTING THIS POLICY THAT MAY NOT BE DESIRED IN THE STATES' BEST INTERESTS. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND JUSTICE, NATIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS CONCERNING RESTROOMS AND LOCKER ROOMS ACCESSIBILITY FOR THE TRANSGENDER STUDENTS, PLEASE LOOK AT HIS WORDS AND HEAR HIS VOICE, HEART. THIS IS A PARENT THAT SAID FATHER, IF A BOY IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL SHOWS A GIRL PORNOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHS, IT WOULD BE GROUNDS FOR SUSPENSION OR DISMISSAL. IF MR. OBAMA WANTS BOYS TO SHOWER AND UNDRESS WITH THE GIRLS, CHILDREN, THAT IS YOU SOMEHOW A CIVIL RIGHT? QUESTION. WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. IN JANUARY 2016, BREVARD COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD REFUSED TO ALLOW THE POLICY TO COME INTO THEIR SCHOOLS BECAUSE THE CHURCHES STOOD UP AND SAID NO. IN APRIL, THE MARION COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD PASSED A POLICY THAT SAYS BOYS IN THE BOYS ROOM, GIRLS IN THE GIRLS ROOM. BECAUSE THE CHURCH AROSE AND SPOKE OUT. MISSISSIPPI AND TEXAS ISSUED STATEMENTS THAT THEY WILL NOT COMPLY WITH THE FEDERAL DICTATE REGARDING THIS POLICY BECAUSE CHURCHES STOOD UP AND SAID NO. NINE OTHER STATES HAVE ALSO SAID THE SAME. AS A GRAND FATHER, SIX CHILDREN, HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS, I WOULD LIKE THEM TO BE PROTECTED AND NOT TO BE PUT FORTH AND MAKING THIS DECISION AND HAVING TO GO THROUGH THIS. IT SEEMS AMAZING THAT THIS EVEN COMES OUT. BUT YOU ALL HAVE TO MAKE THE CHOICES FOR US. AND WE TRUST AND HOPE THAT YOU WILL THINK ABOUT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND WHAT IT'S GOING TO DO TO THOSE KIDS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>> GOOD EVENING, MY NAME IS ALFONSO GAG, I'M A PASTOR HERE IN NORTH NEBRASKA AVENUE. I REPRESENT A LARGE SPANISH-SPEAKING CONGREGATION. I'VE BEEN HERE AROUND ABOUT THREE YEARS ALREADY. I'M HERE TO VALIDATE WHAT MR. TERRY KEMPLE SAID AND WE ARE VERY CONCERNED IN THIS ISSUE. AND ALL THE SPANISH CONGREGATIONS AROUND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WILL BE WATCHING THE RESULTS OF THIS ISSUE AND I ASK YOU TO PLEASE LET ALL OF OUR HISPANIC CHILDREN'S BE SAFE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: I APOLOGIZE. WE GOT THIS LIST LATE. AND WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S APPROPRIATE. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS PASTOR DAN TANNER.  

>> ALREADY SPOKEN.  

>>April Griffin: SORRY. RAY DAVID VAZQUEZ AND STEVE MORRIS IS NEXT.  

>> GOOD EVENING. I'M PASTOR RAY VAZQUEZ. I'M ALSO THE PRESIDENT OF THE HISPANIC BAPTIST SONGS OF TAMPA BAY. WE'RE HERE ON BEHALF OF OUR CHURCH AND THE CHURCHES THAT WE REPRESENT IN THE HISPANIC AREA IN AGREEMENT WITH TERRY KEMPLE. AND WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS ISSUE AND WILL BE WATCHING YOU VOTE ON THIS ISSUE. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. STEVE MORRIS AND THEN STEVE WYLER.  

>> THANK YOU TO THE BOARD FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. MY NAME IS STEVE MORRIS. I'M PRIVILEGED TO SERVE AS A PASTOR AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF PLANT CITY. A CHURCH OF APPROXIMATELY 3,000 MEMBERS. NINE OF WHOM ARE WITH ME TODAY. WE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY. WE HAVE STUDIED THIS ISSUE A LOT. RECENTLY. WE CONCUR WITH THE THINGS THAT TERRY KEMPLE HAS ALREADY STATED. AND MOST OF WHAT I'VE HEARD FROM ALL THE OTHERS THAT HAVE COME FORWARD TODAY. WE WERE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS. A SIMPLE SMALL CHANGE OF A WORD HERE OR THERE CAN HAVE TREMENDOUS CONSEQUENCES, AS YOU KNOW. SO, WE WOULD URGE THE BOARD TO MAKE THE PROPER DECISION ON THIS. TO US IT'S VERY CLEAR. WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL TAKE THIS VERY SERIOUSLY. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. WELCOME. AND THE NEXT SPEAKER IS JONAS AL DAY.  

>> MY NAME IS STEVE WYLER. I'M THE RABBI OF CHERISH DAVID MESS ANIC SYNAGOGUES. SITUATE REPRESENT FIVE SYNAGOGUES IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND THIS ISSUE CONCERNING THE TRANSGENDER IS, AND THE BATHROOMS IS A VERY DIFFICULT ONE BECAUSE WE'RE CALLED TO LOVE EVERYBODY. BUT WE, AND WE HAVE TO BE EMPATHETIC TO EVERYBODY'S PLIGHT. BUT THIS IS NOT THE WAY TO CONTINUE BY CREATING MORE HAVOC AMONG ALL THE KIDS. I BELIEVE VERY STRONGLY AND I REPRESENT THESE CONGREGATIONS AND I'VE COME HERE FOR THIS REASON TO TELL YOU THAT THIS IS AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ISSUE TO US. THIS IS NOT GOING TO GO AWAY. AND IT'S NOT ABOUT DISCRIMINATION. IT'S NOT ABOUT NOT HAVING A HEART FOR TRANSGENDERS. IT'S, IN FACT, IT'S REALLY SOMEBODY ELSE SAID IT ALREADY, IT'S HAVING A HEART FOR THEM. THERE HAS TO BE OTHER WAYS TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. IF WE TAKE A QUICK SOLUTION, WE COULD CREATE SO MANY MORE PROBLEMS AND LOOK, WE'RE IN THE SAME BUSINESS. YOU WANT TO RAISE KIDS UP TO BE GREAT CITIZENS. AND WE WANT TO RAISE KIDS UP. IF WE DON'T RAISE KIDS UP, WOULD NO LONGER HAVE CHURCHES AND SYNAGOGUES. AND SO, OUR DESIRE IS THE SAME AS YOURS. SO I WOULD ASK AT THE VERY LEAST, AT THE VERY LEAST TO TABLE ANY CHANGES UNTIL YOU SEE WHAT THE COLLATERAL DAMAGE COULD BE. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. JONAS ALDAY AND THEN DAVID SIMPSON.  

>> I'M FROM A CROSSING IN TAMPA. I'M TAMPA CAMPUS PASTOR, JONAS ALDAY. I THINK THIS IS GOING TO CAUSE A COUPLE OF PROBLEMS. ONE, FOR THE TRANSGENDER CHILDREN, THEY'RE GOING TO BE RIDICULED EVEN MORE. AND I MEAN, LET'S JUST CUT THROUGH IT ALL. ALL THE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS. AS SOON AS SOMETHING LIKE THIS GOES INTO PLAY, EVERY HETEROSEXUAL MALE IS GOING TO CLAIM TO BE TRANSGENDER. AND IS GOING TO GO IN THE GIRLS BATHROOM AND LOCKER ROOM. I'VE BEEN RAISED AROUND FOOTBALL PLAYERS, ATHLETE ALSO, THAT'S JUST GOING TO HAPPEN. SO I ENCOURAGE -- I AGREE WITH TERRY KEMPLE AND PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING ELSE THAT'S BEEN SAID HERE. I REPRESENT A CONGREGATION OF ABOUT 5,000. AND ABOUT 400 KIDS. AND I HAVE MY OWN KIDS. I HAVE TWO STUDENTS THAT GO TO PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL. THEY'RE HERE WITH ME TODAY. THE LAST THING I WANT IS A LITTLE GIRL, A GIRL TO BE ABLE TO GO IN THEIR LOCKER ROOM AND UNDRESS IN FRONT OF THEM. THAT'S THE LAST THING I WANT. BECAUSE THAT WILL INFRINGE ON THEIR RIGHTS RELIGIOUSLY. BECAUSE THEY'RE TRYING TO KEEP THEMSELVES PURE FOR MARRIAGE AND FOR THE FUTURE. AND FOR THAT TO HAPPEN, AND FOR YOU TO ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN, THAT CAN'T PASS BY WITHOUT BEING CHECKED. SO PLEASE, WE ASK, JUST TABLE IT. LET'S FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN HELP BOTH SIDES. BECAUSE TRANSGENDER KIDS DO NEED TO BE PROTECTED. I AGREE WITH THAT COMPLETELY. BUT OUR KIDS NEED TO BE PROTECTED ALSO. AND THE RIGHTS OF ONE SHOULD NOT INFRINGE ON THE RIGHTS OF ANOTHER. SO I ENCOURAGE YOU, JUST LET'S NOT PASS IT NOW. PUT TOGETHER A GROUP OF PEOPLE, NOT JUST YOURSELVES BUT FROM THE COMMUNITY, THAT COULD HELP SPEAK INTO THIS AND CREATE SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO HELP EVERYBODY. THANKS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: DAVID SIMPSON AND THEN KEVIN WELLS.  

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. I'M DAVID BRENT AM SIMPSON, REPRESENT ASSEMBLY OF GODS IN EAST HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THAT I OVERSEE. ROUGHLY ABOUT 7,000 ADHERENTS IN THAT AREA. JUST WANT TO THANK YOU GUYS FIRST AND FOREMOST FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR STUDENTS. JUST WENT TO A BUNCH OF GRADUATIONS AND SAW MANY OF YOU THERE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR. BUT AS WELL AS IT'S ALREADY BEEN SAID BY MANY PEOPLE AND TERRY AND PASTORS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS HERE, I AM ALSO CONCERNED WITH WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THESE SEXUAL EXPRESSION, THE BATHROOM BILL, THE LOCKER ROOMS, THE OVERNIGHT STAYS, ALL OF THAT, WHICH SEEMS TO ME TO BE BOTH COMMON SENSE AND GO INTELLECTUAL SENSE. THIS IS PUTTING OUR CHILDREN IN DANGER. AND IF YOU VOTE FOR THIS IT IS PUTTING OUR CHILDREN IN DANGER. I GO BACK ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS A YOUTH PASTOR AT A CAMP AND THERE WAS A 16-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO WENT INTO A GIRLS LOCKER ROOM AND WE HEAR ALL THE GIRLS SCREAMING AND YELLING. OBVIOUSLY, HE COMES RUNNING OUT AND WE GOT HIM AND HAD TO TAKE HIM AWAY FROM THE CAMP AND THINGS LIKE THAT. HE WAS NOT TRANSGENDER OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT. HE SIMPLY WAS BRAVE ENOUGH TO GO INTO THE GIRLS LOCKER ROOM. THAT EXACT SAME BOY IN A FEW YEARS COULD JUST SAY I FEEL LIKE A GIRL, THEREFORE I SHOULD BE ABLE TO GO IN THE GIRLS LOCKER ROOM. I DON'T THINK THAT'S FAIR FOR THE GIRLS. I THINK THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT IT'S PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN. SO, WE AS A COMMUNITY ARE VERY CONCERNED AND WATCHING AND BELIEVING THAT YOU WILL MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. SO, THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: KEVIN WELLS AND THEN RON, REVERENDRON SMITH.  

>> HELLO, BOARD, I'M KEVIN WELLS. PASTOR NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH IN BRANDON, FLORIDA. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND WHAT YOU DO HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I'M A GRADUATE OF TAMPA BAY TECH. I'VE BEEN A RESIDENT HERE SINCE 1968. AND I WANT TO SAY PLEASE, PLEASE TAKE SERIOUSLY ALL THE PASTORS, CHURCHES AND OTHER CONCERNED CITIZENS THAT AREN'T REPRESENTED, WHETHER THEY'RE A CHURCH MEMBER OR NOT, WHETHER THEY PROFESS THE CHRISTIAN FAITH OR NOT, IT'S ABOUT PROTECTING ALL OF THE CHILDREN. AND SO, I URGE YOU TO CONSIDER WHAT TERRY KEMPLE HAS STATED AND I PRAY THAT YOU ALL WILL PRAYERFULLY AND DEEPLY CONSIDER YOUR DECISIONS IN THIS MATTER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MR. MILLER AND THEN JOHN MARTIN.  

>> MADAM CHAIRMAN, BOARD MEMBERS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SERVICE ON BEHALF OF ALL THE BELIEVERS IN THE ROOM, WANT TO LET YOU KNOW YOU'RE PRAYED FOR AS YOU EXECUTE YOUR DUTIES. WE DON'T TAKE LIGHTLY THE RESPONSIBILITY THAT YOU HAVE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO. I'M PASTOR RON SMITH OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BRANDON, FLORIDA. AND I AM ALSO A PARENT OF A STUDENT THAT IS ATTENDING HIGH SCHOOL, PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL WITHIN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. MY OLDEST SON JUST GRADUATED FROM DURANT HIGH SCHOOL. SO AS A CONCERNED PARENT BUT TODAY I REPRESENT FIRST BAPTIST BRANDON AND MEMBERSHIP OF MORE THAN 4,000. WITHIN THAT SIZE MEMBERSHIP, WE HAVE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, SCHOOL TEACHERS, WE HAVE PRINCIPALING, WE HAVE PARENTS THAT ARE CONCERNED. WITHOUT FAIL ALSO I HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH THEM AS THIS ISSUE HAS COME UP. THEY ALL THINK THAT IT IS A BAD IDEA. THEY'RE ALL CONCERNED GRAVELY ABOUT WHAT THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THIS COULD BRING. I'M HERE TO SAY AND AFFIRM WHAT TERRY KEMPLE AND OTHERS HAVE CEDE. IF YOU DETERMINE TO ADD GENDER ARE DEPRESSION TO YOUR DISCRIMINATION POLICY, YOU'LL ACTUALLY BE DISCRIMINATING AGAINST OUR CHILDREN. I ASK YOU TO PROTECT THE FIRST AMENDMENTS RIGHT OF ALL OUR CHILDREN. THANK YOU, GOD BLESS YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I WAS MISTAKEN. MR. MILLER ALREADY SPOKE. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS JOHN MARTIN. AND THEN DAVID JASPER.  

>> THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. I'M PASTOR AT BELL SHOALS BAPTIST CHURCH IN BRANDON. WE'RE GOING TO BE HOSTING A CANADA FORUM HERE IN AUGUST. WE'RE INVITING IS SPECIFICALLY SUSAN VALDES AND CINDY STEWART. YOU ALL ARE UP FOR ELECTION. WE REALLY WOULD LOVE TO HAVE YOU BE A PART OF THAT OPPORTUNITY TO COMMUNICATE TO THE COMMUNITY HERE. I HAVE A DEEP, DEEP LOVE FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. I GREW UP WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AND I GOT FOUR KIDS, THEY WENT TO DURANT AND BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL ALSO. AND OUT OF THE FOUR KIDS, WE GOT NINE ADVANCED DEGREES. THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE, WONDERFUL FOUNDATION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR DILIGENCE IN PROVIDING GREAT EDUCATION IN OUR COMMUNITY HERE. AND I JUST WANT TO COMMUNICATE, PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT ADD GENDER EXPRESSION TO YOUR NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY. THIS WOULD NOT BE A GOOD THING IN OUR COMMUNITY. GOD BLESS YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. DAVID JASPER. AND THEN RAFFLE McINTOSH AND THEN SUSAN McINTOSH.  

>> GOD BLESS YOU ALL. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO SPEAK. MY NAME IS DAVID JASPER. I'M THE PASTOR FROM CALVARY CHURCH IN RIVERVIEW. I'M HERE TO ASK YOU TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN, ALL OF OUR CHILDREN. AND THAT YOU DO NOT ADD GENDER EXPRESSION TO YOUR NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY. I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT MY CONGREGATION, WHICH IS A SMALL CONGREGATION, BUT THEY STILL HAVE VOICES AND CONCERNS, WILL BE WATCHING HOW YOU VOTE. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: RALPH McINTOSH. AND THEN SUSAN McINTOSH.  

>> BLESS YOU ALL AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. I'M THE FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF AN INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY THAT DOES A LOT OF THINGS BUT WE HAVE CHOSEN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS ONE OF THE AREAS OF OUR SERVICE. AND WE TRAVEL INTERNATIONALLY FROM HERE. BUT WE HAVE SEEN THE EFFECTS OF SOME OF THESE TYPES OF ACTIONS FOR TRANSGENDERISM AND OTHER THINGS ON AN INTERNATIONAL BASIS. WE SAT IN PARLIAMENT A FEW YEARS AGO IN ENGLAND AS THEY VOTED ON LOWERING THE AGE OF CONSENT FOR SEX TO 12 YEARS OLD. THE EFFECT OF THIS WOULD'VE RELEASED A BUNCH OF PEOPLE FROM PRISON WHO WERE CHILD MOLESTERS. GOING DOWN THIS PATH IS NOT PARTICULARLY HELPFUL TO ANYONE. AND I THINK BASING OUR DECISIONS ON HOW A GROUP OF PEOPLE FEEL IS UNSTABLE GROUND AS WELL. IF I FEEL LIKE A LAWYER, I'M NOT ALLOWED BY THE BAR TO GO AND REPRESENT SOMEBODY IN COURT. IF I FEEL LIKE I WORK FOR THE ACLU, THEY WON'T LET ME REPRESENT THEM IN A CASE. IF I FEEL LIKE RUNNING A STOP SIGN, THE SHERIFF LOCALLY IS NOT GOING TO BE TOO KIND TO ME. AND I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, AGREEING WITH A SMALL GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO FEEL LIKE THEY WANT TO EXPRESS THEIR PHYSICAL ATTRIBUTES TO OTHER STUDENTS, COULDN'T BE HELPFUL. AND I JUST WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO REALLY CONSIDER THIS CAREFULLY. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. SUSAN McATTORNEY. McINTOSH. THEN TRAVIS SMITH.  

>> THANK YOU. I'M PASTOR SUSAN McINTOSH AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION. I BELIEVE IN IT WHOLEHEARTEDLY. MY PARENTS STARTED A SCHOOL 64 YEARS AGO, TO PROTECT THE FIVE OF US CHILDREN. IF THEY WERE HERE TODAY, THEY WOULD BE AMAZED THAT THIS SUBJECT IS EVEN ON THE TABLE. I'M 69 BUT WHEN I WAS FIVE YEARS OLD, MY PARENTS KEPT US VERY SAFE. I WAS PLAYING IN THE FRONT YARD. A COUPLE OF TEENAGE BOYS PICKED ME UP, TOOK ME UP THE STREET. BEFORE MY FOLKS COULD FIND ME, THEY HAD MOLESTED ME AND I WANT TO TELL YOU, GOD HAS HEALED ME, BUT THERE IS ALWAYS THOSE PICTURES. THANK YOU FOR PROTECTING EDUCATION, BUT I'M ASKING YOU TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. WE HAVE EIGHT GRANDCHILDREN. THREE SONS. PROTECT OUR CHILDREN, SPIRITUALLY, EMOTIONALLY, PHYSICALLY. YOU HAVE THAT JURISDICTION. THAT'S BEEN HANDED YOU. AND WE'RE ASKING YOU TO THINK WISELY AND THINK OF THE TOTAL PICTURE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: TRAVIS SMITH AND THEN RICK FERNANDEZ. AND LENA GREEN.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I FOR ONE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SECURITY AND FOR THE METAL DETECTOR COMING IN. LAST MONTH YOU DIDN'T HAVE IT. I THOUGHT BOY, THIS IS, I'D LIKE SECURITY. SO I APPRECIATE YOUR INVESTMENT IN THAT. I'M TRAVIS SMITH, SENIOR PASTOR OF BAPTIST CHURCH IN CITRUS PARK. I SEVERELY IDENTITIED AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER LAST MONTH AND I'M COMING BACK IN FRONT OF YOU AGAIN ABOUT THE SAME ISSUE. AND THIS WHOLE ISSUE OF TRANSGENDER SELF-IDENTIFICATION. AND I'M HERE TO VOICE THE CONCERNS AND OPPOSITION OF MY CONGREGATION TO THE SCHEDULED TRANSGENDER VOTE ON JUNE 28th. AND THE MORAL AND SPIRITUAL DILEMMA YOU'RE FORCING UPON OUR CHILDREN. I HAVE MANY PUBLIC SCHOOL KIDS, I HAVE TEACHERS, I HAVE STAFF, ALL WHO WORK IN YOUR JURISDICTION. AND YOU'RE PUTTING THEM IN JEOPARDY WITH THIS RULE. ADDING GENDER EXPRESSION TO YOUR NONDISCRIMINATORY PUNISHMENT DEFIES THE LAWS OF PATIENTS BIOLOGICAL UNSCIENTIFIC AND DEMANDS WE SET ASIDE COMMON SENSE. THE SCHOOL BOARD IS CHARGED WITH OVERSEEING THE EDUCATION OF OUR YOUTH AND NOT ATTACKING THE SENSIBILITIES OF PARENTS WHO EXPECT OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM TO BE ENGAGED IN EDUCATION. NOT RADICAL MILITANT SOCIAL CHANGE. SO AS THE PASTOR OF HILLS DALE BAPTIST CHURCH, WE'LL NOT FORGET HOW YOU VOTE ON JUNE 28th. PLUS PLUS.  

>> RICK FERNANDEZ. AND THEN LENA GREEN.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS RICK FERNANDEZ. I'M THE PRESIDENT OF THE TAMPA HEIGHTS CIVIC ASSOCIATION. I'M NOT HERE ON THE TOPIC YOU'VE BEEN HEARING ABOUT FOR THE LAST HOUR OR SO. I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND THAT. THERE'S NO MISUNDERSTANDING. I'M OFF AGENDA. I'M HERE TODAY TO SPEAK TO YOU ABOUT THE TAMPA BAY EXPRESS PROJECT, A SIX TO $9 BILLION HIGHWAY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT THAT THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS PROPOSING FOR THIS COUNTY. THAT WILL BE RUNNING EXPRESS TOLL LANES THROUGH INTERSTATE 275 AND I-4. THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE THAT ISSUE UP OR -- TAKE THAT ISSUE UP ON JUNE 22 FOR VOTE. I KNOW AT LEAST ONE OF YOU IS VERY FAMILIAR WITH THAT ISSUE. MS. STUART SITS ON THAT BOARD. AS TO THE REST OF YOU, I DON'T KNOW HOW FAMILIAR YOU ARE WITH THE TBX PROJECT. THERE ISN'T ENOUGH TIME TO GET INTO ALL THE DETAILS. I WANTED TO BRING IT TO YOUR ATTENTION AND GET IT ON YOUR RADAR BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME SIGNIFICANT SAFETY ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROJECT AND WITH THE TIME PERMITTED, I'M ONLY GOING TO BE ABLE TO TOUCH MAYBE ON A COUPLE OF THEM. THE FIRST IS FOCUSED ON THE NORTH BOULEVARD CORRIDOR. WHICH NOW IS SCHEDULED FOR RETOOLING AND THERE WILL BE EXITS OFF OF THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM THAT WILL BE DUMPING TRAFFIC ONTO THE NORTH BOULEVARD CORRIDOR, BOTH OFF GENERAL USE LANES AND OFF OF THE EXPRESS TOLL LANES. I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE MULTIPLE SCHOOLING VENUES IN THAT CORRIDOR, INCLUDING BLAKE, STEWART MIDDLE, TAMPA PREP, UL, OF COURSE THERE'S JB LANE PARK AND THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB. THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN AND THOUSANDS OF CARS COMING TOGETHER IN A PLACE THAT IS BEING SET UP POTENTIALLY FOR ACCIDENTS, INJURIES AND FATALITIES. IF THIS IS NOT ON YOUR RADAR NOW, IT CLEARLY NEEDS TO BE FOR THE SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN. I ASK THAT YOU PLEASE CONSIDER ASKING SERIOUS AND IN-DEPTH QUESTIONS OF FDOT AND ANYONE ELSE YOU CAN GET A HOLD OF REGARDING THIS ISSUE. ALSO, I UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS AN ISSUE WITHIN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM REGARDING WAY THINK YOU CALL COURTESY PICKUPS. PROVIDING BUS TRANSPORTATION FOR CHILDREN WITHIN THE TWO MILE RADIUS OF THEIR TARGET SCHOOL. BECAUSE THE SCHOOLS ARE IN AREAS AND SURROUNDED BY ROADWAYS THAT ARE NOT CONSIDERED SAFE FOR EITHER WALKING OR BIKING, THIS PROJECT DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO PROVIDE TRANSIT ALTERNATIVES FOR CHILDREN OR TO PROVIDE FURTHER SAFETY ON THE ROADWAYS. IN FACT, IF ANYTHING, AS IN THE CASE WITH NORTH BOULEVARD, IT WILL IN MANY INSTANCES ACTUALLY PRODUCE MORE VEHICULAR TRAFFIC IN AREAS WHERE THESE CHILDREN WILL BE. SO PLEASE CONSIDER THE ISSUE, STUDY IT. IF YOU ARE INCLINED TO, PLEASE MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE MPO TO REJECT TBX AND REMOVE IT FROM THE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS LENA GREEN. AND MS. GREEN, YOU ARE THE FINAL SPEAKER FOR THE EVENING.  

>> GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU. I WOULD WANT TO SAY THAT I'VE COME TO YOU TO TALK ABOUT ONE OF YOUR MOST GREATEST EMPLOYEES IN MY OPINION, BUT I'M NOT HERE FOR THAT TODAY. I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO TALK ABOUT THE TBX PROJECT. THE TBX PROJECT IS PROJECTED NINE BILLION DOLLAR PROJECT. NOW, YOUR BUDGET RIGHT NOW IS CLOSE TO 3 BILLION. AND THE STATE'S BUDGET FOR TRANSPORTATION IS ABOUT 10 BILLION. WITH THAT DIVIDED THROUGHOUT THIS STATE OF FLORIDA, YOU COULD IMAGINE THAT THE IMPACT OF THIS PROJECT IS VERY HIGH. WE DON'T HAVE THAT MUCH MONEY TO COVER THIS PROJECT, UP TO $9 BILLION. SO WHERE DOES THE MONEY COME FROM? IS THE MONEY COMES FROM BONDING AND FROM LOANS. LOANS BASED ON THE PROJECTION FOR ORLANDO THAT WILL CARRY THE BURDEN ON TAXPAYERS UP TO 30 TO 45 YEARS. IF OUR STATE HAS TO PUT MONEY INTO A PROJECT LIKE THIS THAT WILL ONLY SERVE A SMALL PERCENT OF RESIDENTS AND WILL BUILD MORE ROADS THAT THEY THEMSELVES HAVE ADMITTED DOES NOT SOLVE CONGESTION, THEN WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE DOLLARS IS WHEN WE NEED MONEY FOR EDUCATION, WE WILL BE PAYING BACK BONDS AND EDUCATION AND ALL OTHER SERVICES WILL BE HURT BY A PROJECT LIKE THIS. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT IT FROM A BIG PERSPECTIVE. WE DON'T WANT TO BURDEN OUR CHILDREN INTO GENERATIONS IN THE FUTURE WITH A PROJECT THAT ADMITTEDLY WILL ONLY SERVE A SMALL PERCENT AND WILL DISADVANTAGE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE URBAN CORE. THIS PROJECT WAS ORIGINALLY AN ENGINEER PROBLEM. YOU DON'T FIX AN ENGINEERING PROBLEM WITH ADDING MORE TO IT. YOU HAVE TO PULL BACK AND CHANGE IT. FOR BUS, THE COST OF THE BUSES, HARTLINE GETS 88 MILLION A YEAR. 88 MILLION A YEAR, AND WE ARE HAVING A PROJECT THAT'S SUPPOSED TO COST UP TO $9 BILLION FOR ONLY A SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE. THE INTEREST RATE THAT'S BEING GUARANTEED BASED ON THE ORLANDO'S PROJECT IS BETWEEN 10 TO 12 PERCENT FOR UP TO 45 YEARS BASED ON THE ORLANDO PROJECT. SO I URGE YOU TO SUPPORT YOUR COLLEAGUE WHO IS GOING TO BE ONE OF VERY IMPORTANT 16 MEMBERS THAT WILL VOTE ON THIS PROJECT NEXT WEEK. PLEASE ASK HER AND SUPPORT HER THAT SHE VOTES AGAINST THIS PROJECT SO THAT WE CAN LOOK AT BETTER TRANSPORTATION FOR OUR COMMUNITY. WE DESERVE THIS.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND THERE IS ACTUALLY ONE MORE SPEAKER WHO SIGNED UP ONLINE BUT DIDN'T SIGN IN. MS. CRYSTAL HUCK.  

>> I DON'T KNOW IF I SAID THAT RIGHT OR NOT. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, MY NAME IS CRYSTAL HAWKE. I'M CURRENTLY A SENIOR IN THE PUBLIC POLICY ADMINISTRATION PROGRAM. AT ST. PETERSBURG COLLEGE. I'M ACTUALLY COMING TO SPEAK ON A DIFFERENT AGENDA ITEM. IT'S GOING TO BE AGENDA ITEM NUMBER 6.13. I'M ALSO A MOTHER OF THREE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STUDENTS. ONE OF WHOM IS IN THE ESC PROGRAM. AS A PARENT OF A SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENT, I'M HERE TO SPEAK IN FAVOR OF THE PROPOSAL TO SUBMIT A GRANTS APPLICATION TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE ACCEPTANCE OF FUNDS FOR THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITY EDUCATION ACT. COINCIDENTLY I'M CURRENTLY WORKING ON A CASE STUDY TO IMPLEMENT TECHNOLOGY IN SPECIAL NEEDS CLASSROOMS WITHIN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WITHIN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WITH A CONCENTRATION ON NON-VERBAL AUTISTIC STUDENTS. THE PROPOSAL FOR THE IIDEA GRANT. FIRST MAJOR FOCUS LISTED IS FOR TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIZED EQUIPMENT, FURNITURE AND MATERIALS, WHICH THE GRANT REQUEST IS FOR $3 MILLION. GIVING STUDENTS TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT SUCH AS SPEECH APPLICATIONS AND AC DEVICES THAT CAN BE DOWNLOADED ON DEVICES SUCH AS iPADS WOULD MINIMIZE THE AMOUNT OF EQUIPMENT NEEDED IN THE CLASSROOM AND WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO OUR ESC STUDENTS. iPADS CAN BE USED IN MANY AREAS OF THE ESC PROGRAM, SUCH AS SPEECH AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AS WELL AS IN THE CLASSROOM. THEY PROVIDE A FUN AND ALTERNATIVE FORM OF LEARNING. I CAN SEE THE APPROVAL OF THIS GRANT BEING ABLE TO ALLOW SUCH ADVANTAGESMENTS FOR OUR STUDENTS. THE MAJOR FOCUS BEING CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE EVERY STUDENT CAN SUCCEED. THOUGH IT DOES TAKE TIME TO INTEGRATE ANY NEW SYSTEM OR TECHNOLOGY INTO THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, THIS GRANT IS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR IMPROVING EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WHO FALL UNDER THE INDIVIDUALS WITH EDUCATION ACT. I'D JUST LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. HAVE YOU SPOKEN WITH ANYBODY IN OUR ESC DEPARTMENT?  

>> NO, MA'AM.  

>>April Griffin: SOMEONE'S GOING TO TALK TO YOU AND MAYBE WE WORK TOGETHER. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. THAT IS THE LAST OF OUR PUBLIC SPEAKERS. BOARD MEMBERS, SO WE ARE NOW -- ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO LEAVE, PLEASE FEEL FREE. BECAUSE WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF BORING BUSINESS TO TAKE CARE OF NOW. THE NEXT ITEM IS OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA. AND MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO YOU. WE'LL GIVE IT JUST A MINUTE. LET'S TAKE A TWO MINUTE BREAK.  

>>April Griffin: CLAP ONCE, IF YOU CAN HEAR MY VOICE, CLAP TWICE. WORKS EVERY SINGLE TIME. LOVE EDUCATORS. ALL RIGHT. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THE FLOOR IS YOURS FOR THIS SUSPENDED AGENDA.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. I JUST HAVE TWO UPDATES. I DO WANT TO GIVE UPDATE TO THE BOARD ON THE ITEM, ANY TIME IN BETWEEN BOARD MEETINGS, IF THERE'S BEEN EITHER COMMUNICATION OR INFORMATION FLOW BETWEEN US AND OUR FAITH BASED PARTNERS, I WANTED TO MAKE SURE YOU ALL GOT THAT INFORMATION. SO, JUST WANTED TO LET THE BOARD KNOW THAT ON MAY 31st, THERE WAS A COMMUNICATION THAT WAS SENT BECAUSE RIGHT AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING I THINK WE TALKED ABOUT THE FACT WE HAD HAD A TRAINING THAT WAS DONE WITH HUD THE TOUCH. AND LEGACY AND DREAM CENTER, SOME FAITH BASED PARTNERS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT WORK IN PARTNER WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO WE COMMUNICATED TO THE SCHOOLS AFTER THAT TRAINING ABOUT THE INFORMATION THAT WAS SHARED AND THAT CERTAIN, IF THEY KNEW OF ANYBODY ELSE IN THOSE PARTICULAR ORGANIZATIONS THAT NETWORKED WITH THEIR SCHOOL, THAT THEY WERE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER TRAINING. I ALSO WANT YOU TO KNOW WE HAVE AN UPCOMING TRAINING FOR COMMUNITY FAITH LEADERS. THIS WAS REQUESTED BY REVEREND DR. RUSSELL EL MEYER, HE SPEAKS TO THE BOARD. HE REQUESTED A TRAINING WITH SOME COMMUNITY FAITH LEADERS. SO THAT'S TAKING PLACE MONDAY, JUNE 20th, 11:00 A.M. AND THE OTHER ITEM ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA I WANTED TO MAKE YOU AWARE OF. TOMORROW OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS ARE PARTICIPATING IN THEIR OWN E SET 2 CONFERENCE. WHERE WE HAVE BEEN DOING THAT FOR ALL OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. BUT THIS IS SPECIFICALLY ONE CATERED TO THEM. THE TOPIC IS OUT OF THE BOX THINKING. SO THAT'S GOING TO BE WHAT THEY'RE FOCUSED ON. OBVIOUSLY, NOT MAYBE NONTRADITIONAL STRATEGIES THEY FEEL LIKE AS LEADERS, AS TEACHER LEADERS WITHIN THE SCHOOL THAT THEY WANT TO BRING TO BEAR ON IMPROVING THE SUCCESS, NOT ONLY THE SCHOOL BUT THE INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS. SO THAT'S GOING TO BE TAKING PLACE TOMORROW. AND MISS BROWN IS WORKING WITH MS. MILLER AND OTHERS TO COORDINATE THAT. THANK YOU, MISS BROWN. THAT CONCLUDES MY UPDATE.  

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: TRADITIONALL FOR OUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, AT THE END OF THE PRESENTATION OF THE TRAINING, WE ISSUE OR HALF PARTICIPANTS COMPLETE SOME FORM OF EVALUATION. ARE WE FOLLOWING THAT SAME PROCEDURE HERE? TWO QUESTIONS. THAT'S THE FIRST ONE. AND SECONDLY, WHAT KIND OF FEEDBACK ARE WE GETTING IF WE ARE DOING THAT? THAT WILL HELP US EVEN IMPROVE, OLD ON, DELETE, EXPAND. SO THERE ARE TWO THINGS. ARE WE DOING SOME KIND OF EVALUATION? AND ARE WE TAKING IN CONSIDERATION ANY FEEDBACK AS WE CONTINUE TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF THE TRAINING?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I KNOW THE FEEDBACK WE HAVE GOTTEN INITIALLY FROM FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS HAS BEEN VERY, VERY POSITIVE AND VERY APPRECIATIVE. A LOT WAS JUST PROVIDING CLARITY AROUND WHAT THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT ARE, WITH REGARDS TO OUR SCHOOLS. IT'S WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW SOMETIMES THAT, NOW THAT THEY'RE VERY AWARE OF SOME OF THOSE ITEMS, THEY TOTALLY UNDERSTAND AND THEY GET IT. SO IT'S BEEN MUCH OF AN APPRECIATION AFTER THE TRAINING. BECAUSE THEY WANT TO CONTINUE TO WORK AND SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS AND OUR SCHOOLS, OUR TEACHERS, OUT, ACROSS THIS DISTRICT. SO ANYTHING THAT BRIGGS BETTER CLARITY SO THEY CAN BETTER ENGAGE AND SUSTAIN THAT RELATIONSHIP IS A GOOD THING. WITH REGARD -- I WILL FIND OUT THE ANSWER TO YOUR FIRST QUESTION THOUGH ABOUT THE EVALUATION. I'M ASSUMING WE DO HAVE AN EVALUATION WE GIVE POST THE TRAINING. I WILL MAKE SURE OF THAT AND GIVE THE INFORMATION TO THE BOARD.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THERE IS NO TEACHING AND LEARNING, SO, I THINK WHAT MOST OF YOU ARE HERE WAITING ON, THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS. AND I WILL AGAIN TURN IT OVER TO YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ONE PERSON IS ESPECIALLY GLAD I DIDN'T WITHDRAW IT FROM THE AGENDA. SO BOARD MEMBERS, THREE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS COMING BEFORE YOU TODAY ON THE AGENDA THAT HAVE BEEN PROPERLY ADVERTISED. APPROPRIATE SCREENINGS WERE HELD AND INTERVIEWS BEFORE SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF WERE CONDUCTED RMD PROCESS WAS FOLLOWED. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT JULIE McCLOUD, CURRENTLY SUPERVISOR OF EVALUATION AND ACCOUNTABILITY AND ASSESSMENT TO SENIOR DATA STRATEGIST IN THE OFFICE OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT, JULY 1, 2016. MS. McLEOD BEGAN HER CAREER AS SUPERVISOR EVALUATION IN ACCOUNTABILITY DEPARTMENT IN 2006, WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.  

>>April Griffin: THERE'S A MOTION BY MS. EDGECOMB AND SECOND BY MISS HARRIS. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MS. McLOAD, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: MR. SUPERINTEND MR. SUPERINTEND ENT?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT SCOTT ANDERSON, CURRENTLY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS BUILDING CODE INSPECTOR TO THE FLORIDA BUILDING CODE MANAGER WITH EFFECTIVE DATE JUNE 20, 2016. MR. ANDERSON BEGAN HIS CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN 2006 AS AN EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES INSPECTOR AND CURRENTLY SERVING IN THAT POSITION. FROM TS TO 2006 HE HELD VARIOUS POSITIONS IN PINELLAS COUNTY AND PRIVATE INDUSTRY AS FOLLOWS. BUILDING DEVELOPMENT INSPECTOR FOR THE CITY OF PINELLAS PARK. ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR FOR PINELLAS COUNTY GOVERNMENT, COMBINATION INSPECTOR DEPUTY, BUILDING CODES ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE CITY OF ST. PETERSBURG AND THEN OPERATED HIS OWN BUSINESS, THE ANDERSON BUILDING CONSULTANTS.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MOTION BY MS. VALDES, SECOND BY MS. STUART. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. ANDERSON, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I DO WANT TO TAKE THIS MOMENT BECAUSE I KNOW MR. JIM JOHANNESSEN IS WITH US, RETIRING FROM THE BUILDING CODE MANAGER. EAST BEEN EXCEPTIONAL IN THAT POSITION. RETIRING AFTER 26 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH OUR DISTRICT AND 31 YEARS IN EDUCATIONAL SERVICE. JIM, WE APPRECIATE IT, IF YOU'D PLEASE STAND, WE'D LIKE TO RECOGNIZE YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RETIREMENT. I HOPE YOU HAVE SOME BIG PLANS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THE FLOOR IS YOURS.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT SHERRY BOWLING YEAR. THE PRINCIPAL OF SHORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, EFFECTIVE DATE OF JUNE 27th, 2016. MS. BOWLINGER. IN 2005, SHOW WAS APPOINTED RESOURCE TEACHER AT MORTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. FROM 2009 TO PRESENT, HELD ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION POSITIONS AT SHAW, MOORE AND CURRENTLY SERVING TAMPA BAY BOULEVARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.  

>>April Griffin: I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALUE DECEMBER AND SECOND BY MS. STUART. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING IS YOUR BUTTON. ARE YOU ABSTAINING? MR. PORTER, MS. HARRIS IS ABSTAINING.  

>> IF YOU COULD STATE THE REASON FOR YOUR ABSTENTION ON THE RECORD. I BELIEVE, ALTHOUGH I BELIEVE YOU HAVE EVERY ABILITY TO BE IMPARTIAL, I THINK THIS IN THIS CASE.  

>> AS ELECTED OFFICIAL, I CAN BE UNBIASED. HOWEVER, SINCE IT IS MY DAUGHTER, I'M NOT GOING TO VOTE.  

>> I THINK THAT'S FAIR ENOUGH.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. HARRIS. YOU CAN TALLY THE VOTES. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MS. BOWLING YEAR, CONGRATULATIONS. PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: CONGRATULATIONS MR. SUPERINTENDENT?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. I JUST CAN'T WAIT FOR THEM TO HEAR YOU SING AT SHORE. JUST SO YOU KNOW. THERE ARE A FEW 402 TRANSFERS I JUST WANT TO MAKE MENTION. WE ARE FILLING A COUPLE OF PRINCIPAL POSITIONS. TONIGHT, FIRST OF ALL ANTHONY SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT ADMINISTRATION, BEING PLACED AS PRINCIPAL OF FROST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, EFFECTIVE JUNE 27th, 2017. AND MARVIN BELL, CURRENTLY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF STUDENT AFFAIRS AT CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL IS BEING APPOINTED TO THE SITE ADMINISTRATION FOR MENDEZ EXCEPTIONAL CENTER.  

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. SO THAT IS ALL OF THE APPOINTMENTS. AND ADMINISTRATIVE TRANSFERS. SO FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE READY TO GO CELEBRATE, PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY AND HAVE A WONDERFUL EVENING. WE HAVE A LOT OF BUSINESS THAT I'M SURE YOU DON'T WANT TO STICK AROUND FOR.  

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, SOME ITEMS HAVE BEEN MOVED UP TO ACCOMMODATE COMMUNITY MEMBERS HOE ARE THERE FOR THOSE ITEMS. AND THOSE ITEMS ARE 2.03, 6.09, 76.23. 10.03 AND 10.04, THOSE, INFORMATION ITEMS. WE DON'T NEED TO VOTE. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO MOVE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS UP AND VOTE ON THEM SEPARATELY. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. STUART. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. MS. STUART? IF WE WERE IN THE LEGISLATURE, I'D VOTE FOR YOU. [ LAUGHTER ]  

>>April Griffin: THAT'S ALLOWED IN THE LEGISLATURE. IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. FIRST ITEM, 203, APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH THE CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA. MS. STUART ASKED FOR HIGHLIGHT. MRS. HOLLY SAIA DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES.  

>> BOARD MEMBERS, WHAT I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO DO, IF YOU PULLED AN ITEM AND WANT TO SPEAK TO IT, IF YOU COULD JUST PRESS YOUR BUTTON SO I KNOW. OTHERWISE I'LL ASSUME YOUR QUESTIONS WERE ANSWERED. WELCOME, MRS. SAIA.  

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. I AM PROUD TO PRESENT FOR YOUR APPROVAL THE PROPOSAL TO ESTABLISH MORT ELEMENTARY AS A COMMUNITY SCHOOL. THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL MODEL USED THROUGHOUT THE NATION CAN BE DEFINED AS A SCHOOL'S ALLIANCE WITH COMMUNITY RESOURCES, WITH AN INTEGRATED FOCUS ON ACADEMICS, HEALTH ISSUES, SOCIAL SERVICES AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT TO IMPROVE STUDENT LEARNING, BUILD STRONGER FAMILIES AND CREATE HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES. THE CREATION OF THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL MODEL AT MORT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WILL AFFORD ITS STUDENTS AND FAMILIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE WIDELY NEEDED WRAP AROUND SERVICES THAT WILL ASSIST FAMILIES IN ACCESSING RESOURCES TO OBTAIN AND SECURE HOUSING, FOOD, CLOTHING, EMPLOYMENT AND OTHER NEEDED SERVICES. THE FACULTY AND STAFF WILL STRIVE TO PROVIDE FOR THE IMMEDIATE NEEDS OF FAMILIES BY EXPANDING THE CAPACITY OF THE EXISTING RESOURCES AVAILABLE ON CAMPUS, SUCH AS THE FOOD PANTRY AND CLOTHING CLOSET. A PARENT RESOURCE CENTER WILL BE ESTABLISHED, WELLNESS ACTIVITIES AND CLASSES WILL BE PLANNED BASED ON INPUT FROM THE STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY. A LEADERSHIP COUNCIL COMPRISED OF PROGRAM PARTNERS WILL OVERSEE THE DEVELOPMENT AND ONGOING MAINTENANCE OF THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL MODEL OF MORT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. TO MEET THE EVOLVING NEEDS OF STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY BEING SERVED. IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE TO COLLABORATE WITH THE MANY COMMUNITY PARTNERS INTERESTED IN HELPING US TO PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE. I WILL NOW TURN IT OVER TO DR. ELIZA McCALL HORNE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE GULF COAST DIVISION OF THE CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY SO SHE CAN SHARE WITH YOU SOME OF THE PARTNERS THAT ARE HERE TODAY.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. ONCE AGAIN MY NAME IS DR. ELIZA McCALL HORNE, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WITH CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY. WE ARE SO VERY PLEASED TO BE HERE TODAY TO ENTER INTO THIS PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, MORT ELEMENTARY, CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY OF FLORIDA AND OF COURSE OUR CORE PARTNERS. I'D JUST LIKE TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES AND INTRODUCE THOSE WHO ARE HERE TODAY TO JOIN US IN THEIR PLEDGE TO HELP CHILDREN SUCCEED HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. FROM CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY, WE HAVE ANNIE SCHMIDT, OUR COMMUNITY SCHOOL DIRECTOR WITH TAMPA FAMILY HEALTH, WE HAVE DESHANELL REED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA. WE HAVE DR. TORRES, DR. DAVID, DR. REBECCA BURNS. WE ALSO HAVE WITH THE UNDER AREA CDC, SARA COMBS. NESTER ORTIZ -- LONG LINE BACK HERE. FLORIDA HOSPITAL, WE HAVE STEVE RAMS OR. TAMPA INNOVATION ALIGNS. WE HAVE MARK SHARPE AND WITH VAN DYKE CHURCH, WE HAVE PASTOR MATTHEW HARTSFIELD. AND CAMPAIGNA ROBINSON. ALSO, NOT TO FORGET, ABOUT WITH MORT ELEMENTARY, WE HAVE OUR VARIOUS THEME PRINCIPAL WHITLAND JACKSON AND LA TISHA HALEY BROWN. AS WE MENTIONED, WE'RE JUST SO THRILLED TOW ENTER INTO THIS PARTNERSHIP. WE DO BELIEVE THAT THIS VENTURE THAT STARTED 25 YEARS AGO IN NEW YORK IS REALLY GOING TO HELP US IN IMPROVING STUDENT LEARNING, INCREASING PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT, BUILDING STRONGER FAMILIES AND A HEALTHIER COMMUNITY HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. SO ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. [ APPLAUSE ]  

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

>>Cindy Stuart: I'M NOT GOING TO SAY TOO MUCH BECAUSE THIS GROUP KNOWS I'VE ALREADY BEEN AROUND AND INVOLVED AND I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF AT THE DISTRICT HERE, MS. SAIA AND DR. VAZQUEZ, WE HAVE RUN INTO ROAD BLOCKS AT THE BEGINNING AND WE HAVE WORKED EXTREMELY HARD TO MAKE SURE THIS STILL HAPPEN ALSO FOR THIS COMMUNITY. SO I APPLAUD ALL OF YOU WHO ARE INVOLVED. THIS MLU CAME TOGETHER RATHER QUICKLY AND WITH MR. JOHNSON'S NUDGING, WE ARE HERE TODAY. SO THAT ALL THE PARTNERS HAVE SIGNED ON AND WE'RE READY TO MOVE FORWARD. I AM SO EXCITED FOR NOT JUST THE STUDENTS AT MORT, BUT FOR THE COMMUNITY AND FOR THE FAMILIES THERE AND THE ADULTS THERE, AND FOR THIS DISTRICT. I THINK THIS IS HUGE CHANGE IN A VERY DIFFERENT WAY FOR THIS COMMUNITY AND I'M JUST SO EXCITED. THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE. IT MEANS A LOT TO SEE YOU ALL STANDING. I KNOW I SEE YOU AT THE MEETINGS, BUT IT MEANS A LOT SEEING YOU STANDING IN FRONT. US. THANK YOU, MS. SAIA, FOR YOUR WORK.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU ALL FOR TAKING THE TIME OUT OF YOUR VERY BUSY DAYS AND VERY BUSY LIVES TO SUPPORT US IN THIS VERY, VERY SPECIAL PROJECT. MR. SUPERINTENDENT?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I CAN'T LET THEM ALL GO WITHOUT SAYING SOMETHING. I'VE GOT THEM ALL LINED UP. AN BEHALF OF THE DISTRICT AND THE BOARD, I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW HOW SO IMPORTANT IT IT  IS FOR PARTNERS TO COME TOGETHER AROUND OUR KIDS. SO THIS IS JUST PERFECT EXAMPLE OF HOW WE HAVE A VARIETY OF RESOURCES HERE. BUT WE HAVE THEM RIGHT HERE IN TAMPA BAY. AND SO, THIS IS AN EXAMPLE TO THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, HOW WE HARNESS OUR RESOURCES. WE ALL ALIGN WHAT WE THINK IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR KIDS. AND WE HAVE AMAZING PEOPLE AT SCHOOLS THAT WE KNOW WILL MAKE THINGS WORK AND WORK WELL ON BEHALF OF THE STUDENTS AND FAMILIES. I JUST WANTS TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU. BECAUSE I THINK IT'S A START OF SOMETHING BIG IN THIS COMMUNITY. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MS. EDGECOMB.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. MR. A LOT OF REASONS TO CELEBRATE THIS. AMONG THEM, HOPEFULLY, ABOUT THE GREAT SUCCESS WE CAN ANTICIPATE. PRIMARILY BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO CHANGE THE LIVES OF STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. BUT I'M ALSO HOPING THAT IT BECOMES AN OUTRAGEOUS, AWESOME, TREMENDOUS SUCCESS SO WE CAN REPLICATE IT IN OTHER PLACES IN OUR COOL DISTRICT. BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY SCHOOLS IN OUR DISTRICT VERY MUCH LIKE MORT WHERE CHANGE IS NECESSARY, WHERE HOPE WITH DESPAIR CAN BE SUBSTITUTED WITH HOPE AND WHERE LIVES CAN BE CHANGED AND IF THIS WORKS, WE CAN DO IT IN OTHER PLACES. SO HERE'S MY CHALLENGE. MAKE IT WORK. [ LAUGHTER ]  

>>April Griffin: I AGREE WITH THOSE SENTIMENTS. WE DEFINITELY ARE MOVING FORWARD IN A NEW DAY AND AGE WHERE WE AS A PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM CANNOT EXIST WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF OUR COMMUNITY. WE HEARD IT A THOUSAND TIMES IF WE HAVE HEARD IT ONCE, IT TAKES A VILLAGE. THIS IS REALLY IN RECENT YEARS SOMETHING THAT I'VE SEEN MORE OF, THAT IT REALLY DOES MY HEART GOOD AND I CANNOT EXPRESS MY APPRECIATION ENOUGH. THE REST OF THE BOARD I KNOW FEELS THE SAME WAY. SO THANK YOU. MS. STUART? THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. AND THERE IS A SECOND BY MS. EDGECOMB. SO MS. STUART IS THE MAKER OF THE MOTION. MS. EDGECOMB THE SECOND TO APPROVE THE STUDENT'S RECOMMENDATION ON 2.03. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: NEXT, BOARD MEMBERS, IS 6.09, WHICH IS TO APPROVE SERVICE AGREEMENT WITH ECKERD YOUTH ALTERNATIVES. AND MS. MYRNA HOGUE, SUPERVISOR OF SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK SERVICES IS GOING TO PRESENT THIS AND MS. HARRIS ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT.  

>> MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, ON BEHALF OF WINNIE THAI AND THE DIVISION OF STUDENT SERVICES, I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT OUR AGREEMENT BETWEEN ECKERD AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. ECKERD AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE PARTNERED THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES TO STUDENTS WHO ARE INVOLVED IN THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM. THROUGH THIS COLLABORATION, BOTH AGENCIES HAVE INVESTED FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO FUND THREE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS AND TWO SOCIAL WORKERS. THE PARTNERSHIP PROVIDES THESE STUDENTS WITH ADDITIONAL RESOURCES THAT ENSURE THEIR ACADEMIC SUCCESS. AS YOU KNOW, CHILDREN IN THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM BY VIRTUE OF THE TRAUMA THEY'VE ENDURED AS WELL AS OTHER FACTORS REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND RESOURCES THAN THOSE OF THEIR PEERS. BECAUSE OF THIS PARTNERSHIP, CHILDREN IN THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM HAVE TREMENDOUS EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES. CURRENTLY, 98% OF THE CHILDREN SERVED HAVE NO UNEXCUSED ABSENCES, 99% OF THE CHILDREN SERVED HAVE NO SUSPENSIONS. 75% OF THE CHILDREN SERVED ACHIEVE THEIR READING BENCHMARKS AND 67% OF THE CHILDREN SERVED HAVE A 2.0 OR HIGHER GRADE POINT AVERAGE. WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THIS DATA. SO I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE KEITH PHILLIPSON, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES WITH ECKERD. WE WORK VERY CLOSELY TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THIS PARTNERSHIP IS SUCCESSFUL.  

>> I JUST, ON BEHALF OF ECKERD COMMUNITY ALTERNATIVES, WHICH IS CIRCUIT 13, COMMUNITY BASED CARE ORGANIZATION THAT WE OPERATE, ON BEHALF OF THE KIDS THAT WE SERVE THAT ARE SCHOOL AGED, THIS REALLY IS A NATIONAL MODEL THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO EXECUTE. EVERYONE HAS IDENTIFIED THE BARRIERS TO KIDS, GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL, THAT ARE IN FOSTER CARE. AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS ACTUALLY WE HAVE PUT A SYSTEM IN PLACE TO GENERATE SOME PHENOMENAL OUTCOMES THAT HAVE PROVEN OUTSTANDING AGAINST NATIONAL NORMS IN TERMS OF THE COMPARABLES. WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT ARE KIDS DOING THAT ARE NOT GETTING THESE SERVICES. SO WE JUST WANT TO EXPRESS OUR SINCERE APPRECIATION FOR PARTNERING WITH US AND BEING A THOUGHT LEADER IN REALLY DEVELOPING A NATIONAL MODEL THAT DEFINITELY CAN BE REP REPLY INDICATED IN OTHER DISTRICTS. SO, IT'S JUST GREATLY APPRECIATED.  

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

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR LETTING US HIGHLIGHT THIS. I KNOW I'VE WORKED WITH YOU CLOSELY. HAD A COUPLE GIRLS AT YOUR PLACE. AND I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW SUCCESSFUL I'VE WATCHED THE PROGRAM WORK. AND AS CHILDREN AND FOSTER CARE MOVE FROM HOME TO HOME AND SCHOOL TO SCHOOL, THAT SOCIAL WORKER THAT FOLLOWS THE CHILD HAS JUST BEEN A FABULOUS ASSET TO THEIR EDUCATIONAL PROCESS. AND I KNOW THAT IT IS CHANGING OUR GRADUATION RATE FOR FOSTER CHILDREN, AS YOU JUST GAVE STATISTICS THAT ARE SHOWING THAT AND I KNOW THAT MAKES OUR SUPERINTENDENT HAPPY. SO, I WANT TO APPLAUD YOU AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS. THIS HAS REALLY BEEN AN ASSET TO OUR DISTRICT.  

>> THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: BEFORE YOU GO, COULD YOU REPEAT THAT INCREASE IN GRADUATION RATE? BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S WORTH REPEATING.  

>> NATIONALLY, WHAT THE COMP ALSO ARE, 49% AVERAGE GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL. LAST YEAR WE, ELIGIBLE STUDENTS THAT WERE IN A COHORT TO GRADUATE, 84% OF YOUR KIDS GRADUATED. THIS YEAR, WE HAVEN'T YET HAD, HAVEN'T RUN THE NUMBERS YET.  

>>April Griffin: THAT'S WONDERFUL.  

>> DEFINITELY WE'RE EXPECTING ANOTHER EXCELLENT YEAR IN TERMS OF MOVING THE NEEDLE AND CHANGING LIFE TRAJECTORY FOR THESE KIDS. BECAUSE YOU GUYS KNOW MORE THAN ANYONE THAT'S WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE. IT IS ONE OF THE NUMBER ONE RISK FACTORS IS EDUCATION IN TERMS OF CHANGING THEIR LIVES.  

>>April Griffin: ABSOLUTELY.  

>> PHENOMENAL WHAT YOU ALL DO.  

>>April Griffin: WELL, THANK YOU FOR REPEATING THAT. I FELT THAT WAS WORTH REPEATING. MRS. VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. HOW DO YOU WORK WITH THE CHILDREN'S SERVICES BOARD?  

>> WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY? AS FAR AS WITH A FOSTER CARE KIDS?  

>>Susan Valdes: CORRECT.  

>> WE MAINLY PARTNER WITH ECKERD. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DOES PROVIDE DIFFERENT SERVICES. WE CAN ALWAYS REFER KIDS TO THOSE SERVICES.  

>>Susan Valdes: WE MAY HAVE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION.  

>> I SERVE ON THE COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD, SO I DO MEET REGULARLY WITH ADMINISTRATORS FROM THE COUNTY AND SOCIAL SERVICES. AND I KNOW WE HAVE HAD PARTNERSHIP ALSO AS FAR AS THEY JUST DID A BIG LAP TOP OF GIVEAWAY TO MANY OF THE FOSTER CARE STUDENTS. THEY HAVE THEIR COMMUNITY ACTION BOARD SCHOLARSHIP THAT THE STUDENTS CAN APPLY FOR.  

>>Susan Valdes: CHILDREN SERVICES BOARD IS A DIFFERENT BOARD THAN THE CHILDREN'S BOARD?  

>> RIGHT.  

>>Susan Valdes: SO IT'S -- IN THIS PARTICULAR BOARD ALSO WORKS DIRECTLY WITH FOSTER KIDS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE, SO I'M WONDERING IF WE MAY NEED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION TO SEE HOW WE CAN EXPAND THIS. AND POSSIBLY IF YOU'RE NOT REAL FAMILIAR WITH THIS PARTICULAR BOARD, BRING YOU ON BOARD AND MAKE THAT INTRODUCTION TO SEE HOW WE CAN BEST HELP ALL OF OUR FOSTER KIDS IN THE SYSTEM.  

>> THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD, MS. HARRIS. THANK YOU -- MRS. EDGECOMB?  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THE NUMBERS THAT YOU QUOTED ARE IMPRESSIVE. SO OBVIOUSLY YOU'VE GOT SOME SECRETS, OR SOME ANSWERS THAT WE'RE SHARING, AND I'M SURE THAT YOU DO. BUT I WOULD JUST LIKE TO MAYBE HAVE SOME CONVERSATION AROUND, WHAT ARE YOU DOING VERY INTENTIONALLY AND MAYBE DIFFERENTLY TO SUPPORT THESE STUDENTS TO SUCCESS, THAT WE CAN LEARN FROM OUR GENERAL POPULATION? BECAUSE I THINK IT'S WORTH THE CONVERSATION. AND I'M SURE THAT THERE ARE SOME FACTORS THIS YEAR THAT WE COULD REPLICATE MAYBE TO A BIGGER AUDIENCE. WE CERTAINLY COULD TAKE PIECES OF IT AND TAKE AND BUILD UPON IT. BUT I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHAT SEEMS TO BE WORKING, WHAT SEEMS TO BE HAVING THE GREAT, THE MOST IMPACT AND HOW CAN WE SOMEHOW PULL FROM THAT SOME THINGS THAT WE CAN USE IN OTHER POPULATIONS WITH STUDENTS ARE STRUGGLING TO MEET, TO GRADUATE. I'D LIKE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION.  

>> THANK YOU. CAN I MAKE A COMMENT TO THAT VERY QUICKLY? WHAT WE HAVE DONE AND WHY THIS PROGRAM IS SUCCESS, WE KIND OF DO PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS AND TAKEN ALL THE BEAR USE AND REDUCED IT TO BASICALLY NINE THINGS THAT WE KNOW ARE IMPEDING THE KIDS FROM GRADUATING. AND WE FOCUS NOT ON A BROAD ARRAY OF THINGS. WE FOCUS ON VERY TARGETED SPECIFIC BARRIERS THAT ADDRESS MOVING THE NEEDLE FOR THESE KIDS. SO I THINK THAT'S REALLY IN A SIMPLE WAY WHAT WE HAVE DONE, WE HAVE IDENTIFIED RISK FACTORS AND THEN JUST HYPER FOCUSED ON THOSE AREAS.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I SAW YOUR EARS PERK UP, SO I'M SURE YOU'RE GOING TO BE TALKING.  

>> CAN I ASK SOMETHING? I THINK ONE OF THE HUGE THINGS IS THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR THERE, RATIO OF STUDENTS. THEY HAVE A CASE LOAD OF ABOUT 100 STUDENTS, WHICH IS VERY MANAGEABLE. TO BE ABLE TO REALLY FOLLOW THOSE KIDS. THEY STAY WITH THEM FROM WHEN THEY'RE IN CARE TILL THEY GO OUT. AND AS SOMETIMES INTO INDEPENDENT LIVING. SO HAVING THAT SMALL COUNSELOR TO STUDENT RATIO IS AMAZING IN WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS. AND THE RELATIONSHIPS YOU CAN BUILD.  

>> EVERY COUNSELOR IN THE DISTRICT IS APPLAUDED. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: OKAY --  

>>April Griffin: IS THERE A SECOND? ALL RIGHT. THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR BY MISS VALDES. SECOND BY MRS. STUART. WE ARE NOW IN THE DISCUSSION MODE. MS. HARRIS IS THE SECOND ON THAT THAT. WE ARE DOING SOME THINGS AND STAFF MEMBERS JUST MET WITH BOARD MEMBERS RECENTLY, CHANGING THE WAY THAT WE'RE LOOKING TOW ALTERNATIVES TO OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION. AND I THINK DR. VAZQUEZ, ONE OF THE THINGS HE HIT ON IS IDENTIFYING THOSE NINE COMPONENTS. HOWEVER MANY IT IS THAT WE LOOK AT WITH THE EPIC CENTERS. I THINK THAT THAT IS A GREAT IDEA. SO I DON'T KNOW IF MAYBE SOME CONVERSATIONS CAN TAKE PLACE. I THINK THAT THIS MIGHT BE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP AND SOME GOOD SYNERGY THERE. BECAUSE YOU HAVE THE NUMBERS. YOU'RE PROVING THAT IT WORKS. WE TALKED, MS. TY, WE TALKED ABOUT PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS AND WHAT THEY DO WITH THEIR SMALL GROUPS AND GETTING THE GIRLS IDENTIFIED FOR TISSUES THAT THEY'RE DEALING WITH AND SO ON. SO I THINK THIS IS ANOTHER GOOD RESOURCE. IF YOU'RE WILLING TO SHARE, WE EDUCATORS LOVE TO SHARE AND BORROW FROM ONE ANOTHER. SO, IF YOU'RE WILLING TO SHARE, THANK YOU SO MUCH. THOSE WERE MY ONLY THOUGHTS. SO THE MOTION IS ON THE FLOOR. BOARD MEMBERS, ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE. THE MOTION IS TO SUPPORT THE RECOMMENDATION FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT. AND IT IS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD.  

>>April Griffin: THE NEXT ITEM [INAUDIBLE]  

>>April Griffin: TO APPROVE THE LIGHTNING FOUNDATION TO IMPLEMENT MULTIPLE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS. AND TEACH TAYLOR CHIEF COMMUNITY RELATION ALSO OFFICERS. MS. STUART ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. BOARD, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO GREET AND INTRODUCE THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY HOCKEY DEPARTMENT OF THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING. JOINING US THIS AFTERNOON, WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED, JAY FEASTER TO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY HOCKEY DEVELOPMENT. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> CHRISTEN TOM, JOSH AND JULIAN, WHO ARE COMMUNITY HOCKEY COORDINATORS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> JUST A COUPLE OF HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE GROUP AND FOR THE CROWD HERE. THIS YEAR'S PROGRAM IS A FIVE YEAR MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT THAT WILL AFFECT INCOMING 7th 7th GREBE, PIERCE AND WEBB MIDDLE SCHOOLS THROUGH JUNIOR YEAR AND HIGH SCHOOL. FORMALITY LIGHTED ADVOCACY PROGRAM THAT TRANSITIONS WITH SAME STUDENTS FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. AND PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING SUPPORT. AT ALL ITER TOKING WITH DISTRICT CERTIFIED TEACHERS, SCHOOL-LED COORDINATION, 31 PRIVATE ICE HOCKEY LESSONS WITH EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING MEALS AND TRANSPORTATION. SCHOOL SUPPLIES, UNIFORMS, PHYSICALS, AND EYEWEAR AS NEEDED. THIS PROGRAM IS ALSO GOING TO AFFECT OUR FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADERS DISTRICT-WIDE WITH THEIR STREET HOCKEY PROGRAM THROUGH PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASSES. THEY'LL RECEIVE HOCKEY STICKS, BALLS AND GAME VOUCHERS WITH NO LIMITS ON THE NUMBERS AFFECTED. MIDDLE SCHOOL HOCKEY SKILLS INTEGRATION INTO P.E. CURRICULUM, WHICH IS SUPPORTED BY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WITH PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS. IT TRULY DOES TAKE A VILLAGE TO ENSURE OUR STUDENTS SUCCEED INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM. AND THE TOOLS YOU ARE PROVIDING FOR OUR STUDENTS WILL DO JUST THAT. THANK YOU FOR GENEROUSLY INVESTING IN OUR CHILDREN AND THE LASTING COMMUNITY IMPACT THIS WILL HAVE. THE TOTAL COST OF THIS PROGRAM IS $636,000. SO WE REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. WE ALSO WANT TO THANK STEVEN VENOR, SUPERVISOR FOR PHYSICAL EDUCATION. BEEN INTEGRAL PART OF THIS PROCESS, ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO CURRICULUM INTEGRATION. THANK YOU, STEVE. WITH THAT THAT'S ALL I HAVE.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. STEWART?  

>>Cindy Stuart: I JUST HAVE A BRIEF COMMENT. IN YOUR FINANCIAL IMPACT, I JUST WANTED TO NOTE THAT IT SAYS THERE IS NO COST TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR THIS. SO, I APPRECIATE THAT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

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

>>Susan Valdes: MOTION.  

>>April Griffin: MOTION BY MRS. VALUE DECEMBER AND SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. WE'RE NOW IN THE DISCUSSION PART. YOU'RE GETTING AHEAD OF ME. AGAIN, THIS HAS BEEN A REALLY GREAT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. AND TO OUR STAFF, WHO IS OUT THERE WORKING SO DILIGENTLY TO CREATE THESE PARTNERSHIPS AND TO GROW THESE PARTNERSHIPS FOR OUR STUDENTS' SAKE, I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. AND TO THE LIGHTNING, FOUNDATION, THANK YOU SO MUCH, BECAUSE AGAIN, AS I SAID EARLIER, WE CANNOT DO THIS ALONE. AND OUR STUDENTS ARE GOING TO BENEFIT SO MUCH IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS FROM LEARNING SPORTSMANSHIP TO EDUCATIONAL GAMES THROUGH TUTORING. THIS IS A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL PARTNERSHIP. AND WE REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATE YOU. IT'S SO FUNNY BECAUSE WE LIVE IN A VERY HOT STATE, YET HOCKEY IS REALLY, REALLY POPULAR IN TAMPA, IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA. AND IT'S BECAUSE WE HAVE AN AMAZING TEAM AND AN AMAZING FOUNDATION THAT SUPPORTS THIS COMMUNITY AND GETS OUT AND GIVES BACK TO THIS COMMUNITY. AND I THINK IT'S ALSO ALL THE TRANSPLANTS THAT COME HERE FROM UP NORTH TOO THAT BRING THEIR LOVE OF HOCKEY WITH THEM. SO AGAIN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND MS. STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: JUST PROMISE ME YOU WILL INVITE NOT JUST MOO EAKINS TO COME PLAY HOCKEY AND THAT YOU INVITE THE REST OF US. ALTHOUGH WE WOULD LOVE TOW SEE MR. EAKINS PLAY HOCKEY AGAIN. THAT WAS CERTAINLY AN ENTERTAINING MORNING OUT AT FERRELL MIDDLE SCHOOL. BUT, WE'RE ALL HAPPY TO COME. I WAS THERE. I WATCHED. BUT WATCHING MR. EAKINS PLAY WAS EVEN MORE ENTERTAINING.  

>>April Griffin: I THINK A COUPLE OF US, IT WOULD BEHOOVE US TO TAKE STICKS TO ONE ANOTHER. IT WOULD KIND OF EASE SOME TENSION OCCASIONALLY. THERE IS A MOTION AND A SECOND ON THE FLOOR. IS THERE ANY MORE DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON.  

>>April Griffin: IT'S UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT, THE NEXT ITEM IS 10.03, AN INFORMATION ITEM. THE HILLSBOROUGH 100 CONSERVATION CHALLENGE. AND MR. CHRIS JARGO, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CTE. AND MS. STUART ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT. I SEE WE ALSO HAVE A VERY SPECIAL GUEST HERE.  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. HILLSBOROUGH SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT HAS ANNOUNCED THE HILLSBOROUGH 100 CONSERVATION CHALLENGE FOR APRIL 22nd THROUGH 28th OF 2017. THE GOAL OF THE PROGRAM IS TO BRING GREATER AWARENESS TO HOW EVERYONE CAN BE COMMITTED TO CONSERVATION THROUGH 100 PROJECTS ACROSS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THIS WILL INVOLVE YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS, THE TAMPA BAY STEM NETWORK, FFA FROM OUR AGRA BIG AREA, INDIVIDUALS WORKING TOGETHER TO BRING THIS CONSERVATION MESSAGE. I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE MS. BETTY JOE TOMKINS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FROM HILLSBOROUGH SOIL WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT AND SHE'LL DISCUSS THE PROGRAM AND HOW IT WILL BE PROMOTED ACROSS THE COMMUNITY.  

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CHRIS. MADAM CHARM, BOARD MEMBERS, I'M THRILLED TOBY HERE TODAY TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING PROGRAMS YOU CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE. AND WHEN YOU SAID OH, DON'T STAY, BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS BORING. ABSOLUTELY NOT. THIS IS SOMETHING I WISH EVERY CHURCH WOULD SIGN UP FOR. WE PROBABLY WILL HAVE MOST OF THEM BEFORE IT'S OVER. THE CONCEPT IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAME UP WITH LAST NOVEMBER. AND THAT WAS, WE HAD SEEN FAR TOO OFTEN THAT AGRICULTURAL AND CONSERVATION TYPE ISSUES ARE THE STEPCHILDREN OF EVERYTHING NOWADAYS. THEY'RE PUSHED OFF TO THE KIDDY TABLE WHERE THE HOT DOGS AND TATER THE OTHER ARE. WE HAVE PICKED UP OUR PLATES AND MOVED THEM TO THE BIG BOY TABLE WHERE ALL THE MEAT AND POTATOES TAKE PLACE. WE CAME UP WITH THIS PROJECT, THE LARGEST OF ITS KIND IN THE UNITED STATES, PRESENTED IT TO THE U.S. SECRETARY OF AGRICULTURE, TOM VILSACK EARLIER THIS YEAR AT THE AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION CONVENTION, AND HE BELIEVES THAT WE WILL CREATE THE TEMPLATE FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. NOW, YOU MAY SAY WHAT IS IT YOU'RE GOING TO DO? THE FACT IS, THAT BETWEEN EARTH DAY, APRIL 22nd, AND ARBOR DAY, APRIL 28th, AND WE'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO THE END IT BECAUSE WE ALREADY HAVE SO MANY PROJECTS, TO THE 30th. SO WE'LL ENCOMPASS TWO FULL WEEKENDS. WE'LL DO 100 TYPES OF CONSERVATION PROJECTS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. WE HAD OUR KICKOFF TODAY. JUST TO SHOW YOU, WE HAD A LOT OF BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND GOVERNMENTAL LEADERS THERE. I KNOW YOU ALL WERE BUSY SO YOU COULDN'T MAKE IT. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, WE THOUGHT WE WERE HAVING 40 TO 50 PEOPLE ATTEND. WE HAD OVER 100 PEOPLE COME OUT TO THE LUNCH. AND IT FEATURED AND ALL HILLSBOROUGH HARVESTED LUNCH. BY THE WAY, IF YOU LOOK AT THE BACK OF THE PACKET I GAVE YOU, THERE'S ADORABLE PICTURE. THIS YOUNG LADY WAS JUST NAMED THE NATIONAL WINNER. SHE'S A 7-YEAR-OLD GIRL FROM CLAYWELL ELEMENTARY. SHE WON THE COUNTY CONTEST LAST YEAR, THE DISTRICT LEVEL. THEN THE AREA, THEN THE STATE. AND THEY JUST NAMED HER THE NATIONAL WINNER. SO YOU MAY BE SEEING THIS IN BILLBOARDS AND A LOT OF PUBLICATIONS. THE IDEA IS QUITE SIMPLE. WE NEED TO SHARE THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR GOOD CONSERVATION WITH THE URBAN SUBURBAN COMMUNITIES AS WELL AS THE AGRICULTURAL COMMUNITY. SO WE HAVE SOUGHT TO BRING EVERYBODY TO THE TABLE AND EVERYBODY TO WORK TOGETHER. WE WERE ENDORSED UNANIMOUSLY BY THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION. COMMISSIONER ADAM PUTNAM WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, AND OUR CSUSDA AND ON AND ON AND ON. WE HAVE THE BACKING OF FARM BAUER, THE FAIRS, MULTIPLE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. CIVIC GROUPS LIKE KIWANIS, ROTARY, LIONS, CIVITAN AND ALL THE REST. WE ALSO HAVE A LOT OF YOUTH GROUPS. 4-H, FFA. WE HAVE SCOUTING GROUPS, DOING SOME OF THE MOST ADORABLE PROJECTS. AND TODAY'S PROGRAM, WE ACTUALLY HEARD FROM A LOT OF GROUPS ABOUT WHAT THEIR PLANS WERE. AND THEY'RE SO UNIQUE THAT EVEN ONE, THE NAUI GREEN DIVER INITIATIVE, THAT'S A NATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR SCUBA DIVING. LOCATED RIGHT HERE IN TAMPA BAY. AND THEY'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO GO DOWN IN THE BAY DURING THAT WEEK AND CLEAN UP ALL THE GASPARILLA BEADS. THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THAT. THEY DID SOME TELLS DIVES AND THEY FOUND STUFF GOING BACK TO EVEN 2008. I'M THRILLED TO SAY THAT WE HAVE MAJOR AGRICULTURAL REPRESENTATIVES FROM THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA. AND AT THE LUNCHEON TODAY, ONE OF THESE MAJOR COMPANIES, AND I CAN'T ANNOUNCE THIS YET, BUT ONE OF THEM SAID THEY WERE WILLING TO PUT, I'LL JUST GIVE YOU A CLUE, THE BIGGEST TOMATO PRODUCER IN THE STATE, PACKING 3 MILLION POUNDS OF TOMATOES A DAY. SO YOU KNOW THESE ARE MAJOR PLAYERS. AND THEIR PROJECT, THEY WOULD LIKE TO DO A GARDEN TO MAKE IT AVAILABLE FOR EVERY SCHOOL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND THEY'LL GIVE THEM ALL THE SUPPLIES. THEY'LL GIVE THEM ALL THE KNOWLEDGE. AND THEN WE'LL HAVE A COMPETITION. YOU MIGHT SAY OKAY, HOW ARE THE SCHOOLS GOING TO BE INVOLVED? LITERALLY IN EVERYWAY, SHAPE OR FORM. THE F OF A CHAPTERS I SPOKE TO A COUPLE MONTHS AGO, THEY THOUGHT WHEN THEY READ THE THING I HAD MISPRINTED 2017. AND SEVERAL FFA CHAPTERS ALREADY WENT OUT AND DID PROJECTS IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR. ONE WENT TO ASSISTED LIVING AND WITH THE CLIENTS THERE, THEY WENT OUT AND RELANDSCAPED THE OUTDOORS. EVERY KIND OF PROJECT WILL BE A PART OF THIS. WE'LL HAVE COMPETITIONS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, MIDDLE SCHOOLS, HIGH SCHOOLS. WE EVEN HAVE HCC BRANDON AND WE'LL HAVE ALL THE OTHER CAMPUSES INVOLVED. IT IS REALLY UNIQUE. WE'RE THRILLED AND I COULD'VE BROUGHT AN ENTOURAGE BUT THEY, I LEFT THEM PARTYING. THEY, WE HAD SUCH A GREAT TURNOUT. BUT YOU CAN READ ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THIS, JUST SO YOU KNOW. IN THE 1930s, WE FACED THE LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER IN THIS COUNTRY EVER. AND PEOPLE FORGET ABOUT THAT. THAT WAS THE DUST BOWL. AND THE DUST BOWL LITERALLY DISPLACED HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. AND THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS, THE CLOUDS OF DUST, IF YOU WOULD PICTURE THIS, ACTUALLY FLOATED ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, OVER 200 MILES INTO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. AND WHEN CONGRESS WAS DEBATING WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT, THEY PULLED BACK THE CURTAINS AND IT WAS PITCH BLACK DARK AND IT WAS THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY. AND THEY VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO CREATE THE SOIL CONSERVATION SERVICE. AND THAT WAS THE REASON AND IF WE DIDN'T HAVE THAT TODAY, WE WOULDN'T HAVE QUALITY AGRICULTURE. AND WITHOUT QUALITY AGRICULTURE, FOLKS, WE WOULDN'T HAVE THE STANDARD OF LIVING THAT WE ALL ENJOY. SO, WE HOPE THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WILL GET ON BOARD. WE FEEL LIKE WE HAVE LITERALLY DOZENS OF PROJECTS THAT SCHOOLS CAN DO. SOME ARE ALREADY ENGAGED IN THESE ACTIVITIES FOR US. AND THEY'VE SHOWN A TREMENDOUS ONE TO DO. I DO WANT TO SAY I'VE ATTACHED IN YOUR PACKET A CHALLENGE FOR YOU AND WE ACTUALLY HAVE A LOT OF PUBLIC OFFICIAL ALSO HAVE SIGNED UP AS WELL AS THE HISTORY AS WELL AS PARTICIPATION FORM. AND THEN OUR PROPOSAL FORM WHICH WAS ALREADY SUBMITTED TO THE COUNTY. SO I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS. IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT.  

>>April Griffin: MS. STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I JUST HAVE A COMMENT. I WANT TO THANK YOU, MISS TOMKINS, FOR BEING HERE TODAY AND BRINGING THAT FORWARD. I KNOW MR. JARGO AND -- NAME FLEW OUT OF MY HEAD.  

>> SCOTT BROOKS.  

>> HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS SINCE FEBRUARY, SINCE I SAW YOU AT THE TRAUMA. I APOLOGIZE, I DID NOT MAKE THE LUNCHEON. I HAD AN EMERGENCY AT THE OFFICE I HAD TO DEAL WITH.  

>> THAT'S OKAY. WE WERE, LIKE I SAID, THRILLED. ALL OF THE FOOD THAT WAS THERE WAS HILLSBOROUGH HARVESTED EXCEPT THE CUBAN SANDWICHES. BECAUSE WE COULDN'T FIND ANY PIGS TO SLAUGHTER. BUT DID BREAD WAS BAKED IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. BUT THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER WAS, EVERYTHING FROM THE BLUEBERRY COULD BE LERS TO PEACH CRIMSON AND SHORT CAKES, EVERYTHING WAS CREATED RIGHT HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.  

>> I APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE AND BRINGING THIS FORWARD. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE PROJECTS NEXT YEAR AS THEY COME FORWARD. DON'T LET US FORGET THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE COMING UP. GET IT ON OUR CALENDAR EARLY.  

>> SO WE CAN GO AHEAD AND PROMOTE THIS IS ENDORSED NOT ONLY BY THE COUNTY BUT ALSO BY YOUR SCHOOL BOARD.  

>> THANK YOU.  

>> MS. SNIVELY, IF YOU COULD ALLOW ME. WHAT I'D LIKE TO ASK BOARD MEMBERS IS, I WOULD LIKE TO GET BEHIND THIS I KNOW, I HAVE A FEELING THAT EVERYBODY UP HERE WOULD. CAN WE BRING A PROCLAMATION TO THE NEXT BOARD MEETING SUPPORTING THIS? AND SIGNING ON AS AN ENTIRE BOARD? IT WOULD HAVE TO COME TO THE NEXT BOARD MEETING. HOW ABOUT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING? OKAY. NOT THE 28th. THE JULY BOARD MEETING. WE'LL BRING A PROCLAMATION FORWARD. WHAT DATE IS THAT? CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME? JULY 19th. SO JULY 19th, OUR SUPERINTENDENT WILL BRING FORWARD A PROCLAMATION AND WE WILL VOTE ON IT. WE WOULD DO IT TONIGHT BUT THE LAW PROHIBITS THAT.  

>> I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY.  

>> WE WILL ON THE 19th HAVE A PROCLAMATION COMING FORWARD THAT WE WILL VOTE ON AND THEN IF IT PASSES, THEN IT WILL BE THIS BOARD'S ENDORSEMENT. AND I CAN'T FORESEE THAT IT WOULDN'T.  

>> THANK YOU. I'D LIKE TO SAY ONE OTHER THING. WE HAVE RECEIVED TREMENDOUS COOPERATION FROM FROM INDIVIDUAL ADMINISTRATORS, SOME PRINCIPAL PRINCIPALS, SCHOOL TEACHERS. WE'RE EVEN GOING TO BE PRESENTING BEFORE ALL THE SCIENCE TEACHERS IN AUGUST. SO, WE FEEL VERY GRATIFIED. WE HAVE HAD TREMENDOUS SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE SYSTEM. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MS. SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: HI, BETTY JO. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BRINGING THIS TO US TODAY. THIS IS VERY EXCITING. AND I JUST WANTED -- I WAS LOOKING, TRYING TO SCAN THE LIST OF THE PARTICIPANTS WHO HAVE ALREADY MADE A COMMITMENT TO THIS FOR 2017. I DIDN'T NOTICE THAT THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA OR GIRL SCOUTS OF AMERICA ARE ON THIS LIST. SO I'M JUST GOING TO ASSURE YOU THAT I WILL BE TAKING THIS TO BOTH ORGANIZATIONS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY'RE VERY AWARE THAT THIS PROJECT IS HAPPENING AND PROMOTE IT THROUGHOUT THE BOY SCOUTS AND GIRL SCOUTS OF THIS AREA OF TAMPA BAY AREA, BECAUSE SO MANY PROJECTS THAT THE SCOUTS DO, WHETHER THEY'RE CUB SCOUTS OR BOY SCOUTS, GIRL SCOUTS, THEIR PROJECTS, WHETHER IT'S THE GOAL AWARD OR EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT, ARE HUGELY RELATED MOST OF THE TIME TO CONSERVATION. I THINK IT WOULD BE A GREAT PROJECT FOR THEM TO DIG INTO AND GET -- NO PUN INTENDED -- AND GET THEIR HANDS ON, TO SUPPORT AND PROMOTE.  

>> MELISSA, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ACTUALLY, ONE OF THE SPEAKERS AT THE LUNCHEON WAS A LITTLE GIRL SCOUT. A VERY YOUNG LADY. AND THE BOY SCOUTS AND GIRL SCOUTS HAVE SIGNED UP. BUT WE DON'T HAVE ALL OF THE TROOPS YET. BUT WE HAVE QUITE A NUMBER OF GIRL SCOUT TROOPS. WE'D LOVE TO WORK WITH YOU ON THAT.  

>>Melissa Snively: GLAD TO HEAR THAT. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BETTY JO, I KNOW YOU ARE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH AND IT'S REAL HARD TO SAY NO TO YOU. THANK YOU FOR TAKING ON THIS PROJECT. WE KNOW YOU'RE MAKING A BIG IMPACT. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS 10.03. THE NEXT ITEM IS 10.04, WHICH IS THE SWIM SAFETY INITIATIVE PROGRAM FOR THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HEAD START PROGRAM. AND MRS. CINDY STUART, YOU PULLED FOR A HIGHLIGHT ON THIS ONE. MS. SNIVELY PULLED A HIGHLIGHT. AND MS. EDGECOMB. I'M SORRY. YOUR NAME'S NOT ON HERE.  

>> THIS IS JUST A LITTLE BIT OF AN UPDATE. MS. BROWN IS GOING TO BRING FORWARD FOR US, WE PARTNERED WITH THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONS TOW DO SWIMMING LESSONS FOR 500 OF OUR HEAD START STUDENTS THIS YEAR. AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO OUT TO TWO SITES ACTUALLY AND ACTUALLY SEE THE KIDS IN THE POOL AND WATCH THEM DO THEIR SWIMMING LESSONS. SO, I WANTED TO BRING YOU JUST A LITTLE BIT OF THAT SO YOU CAN EXPERIENCE WHAT IS HAPPENING. THE VIDEO'S ACTUALLY FROM BRANDON AQUATICS OUT IN THE BRANDON AREA. WHICH ACTUALLY HAS A HUGE NUMBER OF OUR KIDS THAT COME THROUGH HERE. I THINK THESE ARE DOVER ELEMENTARY KIDS.  

>> I THINK LESSONS ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FREE LESSONS TO 500 KIDS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ALONG WITH THE CHILDREN, PROVIDING MOBILE LESSONS ALONG WITH THE BOCC PROVIDING LESSONS TO THE REST OF THE HEAD START KIDS. I THINK THAT THAT'S CRUCIAL. FOR ME, WE TEACH OUR CHILDREN, WE'RE PREPARING THEM FOR LIFE RIGHT NOW. WE'RE PREPARING THEM TO DRIVE. WE TEACH THEM HOW TO COOK IN CULINARY CLASSES. WHY WOULD WE NOT TEACH THIS LIFESAVING SKILL? IT IS KIND OF A NO-BRAINER.  

>> ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HOPE THAT THEY LEARN IS HOW TO STAY SAFE IN AND AROUND THE WATER. THERE ARE MANY INSTANCES HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WHERE CHILDREN'S ACCIDENTALLY FALL INTO THE POOL AND IF THEY HAVEN'T BEEN TAUGHT HOW TO KICK OR SCOOP OR HOLD THEIR BREATH, THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET THEMSELVES BACK TO THE SIDE. SO, ABOVE EVERYTHING, IT'S HOW TO BE SAFE IN THE WATER AND IF THEY DO FALL IN, HOW TO GET THEMSELVES BACK TO THE SIDE AND GET OUT OF THE POOL.  

>> SO I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW, THANK ONE, DR. BROWN'S DIVISION AND EVELYN McFADEN, SHE WAS HERE. IS SHE BACK THERE? AND ERIN, WHO HAVE WORKED SO HARD IN COORDINATING NOT ONLY THE STUDENTS BUT THE BUSING AND THE TRANSPORTATION AND I BELIEVE THEY EVEN BOUGHT SMALL BAGS FOR THE KIDS SO THAT THEY HAD SOME PLACE TO PUT THEIR TOWEL AND SWIMSUIT ONCE THEY GOT IN THE WATER. AND EACH SITE DOES THINGS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY. THIS SITE HAPPENS TO HAVE A SMALL WAIST DEEP POOL WHERE THE YMCA AND MY END OF TOWN, AT BOB SIERRA, THEY PUT THEM IN A REGULAR SIZE POOL AND DO THINGS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY. BUT IT GAVE ME GOOSEBUMPS TO STAND THERE AND WATCH THESE KIDS GETTING -- DOVER KIDS, SOME OF THEM HAVE NEVER EVEN BEEN IN THE POOL. SO PARENTS WERE REALLY EXCITED. WE ARE ALREADY TALKING WITH THE BOCC, OUR CONTACTS THERE, ABOUT NEXT STEPS FOR THE UPCOMING 16-17 SCHOOL YEAR. SO I JUST WANTED TO BRING THAT TO YOU SO YOU CAN SEE THAT THESE, WE'RE WRAPPING UP NOW, I THINK, IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS, WRAPPING UP WITH OUR HEAD START DIVISION AND FINISHING SWIMMING FOR ALMOST 500 KIDS. SO, THANK YOU AGAIN.  

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: YOU MENTIONED THIS TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR STUDENTS. HAS BEEN A CRITICAL PART IN ALL THIS I KNOW THIS IS JUST THE FIRST STEP. BUT WHAT I THINK IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS CAN BE EMBRACED AND EVEN EXPANDED, BUT I THINK HAVING SOME OF THE PARENTS WHO DON'T FOR THEMSELVES HAVE A PARENT DATE, A COUPLE OF DAYS BECAUSE I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THEY FIRST OF ALL CAN APPRECIATE THE SKILLS THAT THEIR STUDENTS, THEIR CHILDREN ARE LEARNING, BUT IF THEY DON'T KNOW SOME OF THE BASIC RUDE AMOUNTS ABOUT SWIMMING THEMSELVES, THEY'RE AT A DISADVANTAGE. SO, I KNOW THAT'S ANOTHER LAYER. IT'S PROBABLY ANOTHER EXPENSE. BUT I THINK IT'S WORTH INTRODUCING AND INCLUDING A PARENT VISITATION DAY, HAVING PARENTS GET IN THE WATER TO DO THAT KIND OF THING. I THINK IF WE TALK ABOUT SAVING LIVES, THE ADULTS WHO CARE FOR OUR STUDENTS CERTAINLY NEED TO HAVE THE SKILLS TOO. I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT CONVERSATION CAN GET STARTED. I SEE YOU SHAKING YOUR HELD. BUT I HOPE IT DOES. THANK YOU.  

>> THANK YOU, MS. EDGECOMB. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS IT FOR THE ITEMS THAT WE PULLED UP. THAT DID NOT NEED A VOTE BECAUSE IT'S INFORMATION ITEM. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THE FOLLOWING ITEMS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION AND SEPARATE VOTE. C-103. C 69 609. C 6.158. C 903 AND C 10.02, WHICH IS AN INFORMATION ITEM. I HAVE A MOTION -- DID I MISS ONE?  

>> 6.09 HAS BEEN APPROVED ALREADY. WITH A SEPARATE VOTE.  

>>April Griffin: WE HAVE GOT TO WORK ON THIS LIST, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. ALL RIGHT. SO, 1.03, 6.15 R, 6.22, 9.03 AND 10.02, IS THAT CORRECT? ALL RIGHT. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS, SECOND BY MS. EDGECOMB. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. ALL RIGHT. THE FIRST ITEM PULLED OFF THE CONSENT AGENDA IS 1.03. WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR CAREER PATHWAYS. MR. CHRIS JARGO, WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU. MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, THE DEPARTMENT OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IS PARTNERED WITH HIKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO COORDINATE A SERIES OF CAREER PATH WAYS EVENT DESIGNED TO EDUCATE OUR STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND COUNSELORS ON HCC'S CAREER AND TECHNICAL PROGRAMS. THESE EVENTS ARE CALLED CAREER QUEST, COLLEGE AND CAREER CONNECTIONS AND WINGS OF IMAGINATION. WE'RE REQUESTING APPROVAL OF A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH HCC TO RECEIVE $15,000 OF CARL D. PERKINS FUNDING FOR THE PURPOSE OF TRANSPORTATION, INSTRUCTOR STIPENDS AND SUPPLIES USED FOR THESE EVENTS. AS THE YEARS PAST, OUR DEPARTMENT WILL WORK DIRECTLY WITH HIKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE'S ACADEMIC AFFAIRS DIVISION TO ADVANCE PLANS FOR IMPLEMENTING AND COORDINATING THESE THREE EVENTS. THE EVENTS WILL SHOW CASE HCC'S CAREER TECH PROGRAMS AND MAY INCLUDE TOURS, DEMONSTRATIONS AND INFORMATION SESSIONS FOR STUDENTS AND FACULTY AND STAFF. REPRESENTATIVES FROM BOTH OF OUR ORGANIZATIONS WILL MEET AND COMMUNICATE REGULARLY TO ENSURE THAT NIECE ARE HIGH QUALITY EVENTS WHICH OCCUR IN A TIMELY FASHION. WE GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT OF THESE EVENTS.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS. STUART,.  

>>Cindy Stuart: NOPE.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. JARGO. APPRECIATE IT. ALL RIGHT. THE NEXT ITEM IS 6.15. AIS APPROVE CONTRACTUAL FOR THE FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM. AND MS. KIM WORKMAN,. WELCOME FOR YOUR FIRST BE -- IS THIS YOUR FIRST PRESENTATION?  

>> NO.  

>>April Griffin: IN THIS POSITION.  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF MEMBERS, THANK YOU FOR THE TONIGHT TO HIGHLIGHT THE SENIORS AND SERVICE OF TAMPA BAY AND THE FOSTER GRANDPARENTS PROGRAM. THROUGH A LONGSTANDING RELATIONSHIP, OUR DISTRICT HAS CONTRACTED WITH SENIORS IN SERVICE FOR FOSTER GRANDPARENTS OVER THE LAST 37 YEARS. FOSTER GRANDPARENTS VOLUNTEERS WORK WITH SELECTED SCHOOLS, INCLUDING EXCEPTIONAL CENTERS. THEY ARE ROLE MODELS AND FRIENDS TO STUDENTS WITH EXCEPTIONAL NEEDS AND STRUGGLING STUDENTS. THE NURTURING AND SUPPORT THAT A FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROVIDES CAN HELP BUILD CONFIDENCE AND STABILITY, FOSTER GRANDPARENTS NOT ONLY TUTOR AND MENTOR STUDENTS, THEY TAKE THE TIME TO LISTEN, OFFER FRIENDSHIP AND SHARE KNOWLEDGE GAINED THROUGH A LIFETIME OF EXPERIENCE. THEY DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS THAT SPAN THE GENERATIONS, SOMETIMES THEY -- THIS IS FOR CHILDREN THAT MISS OUT ON THE OPPORTUNITY BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE GRANT PARENTS THAT ARE CLOSE BY. THERE ARE MANY BENEFITS WHEN A FOSTER GRANDPARENT GETS INVOLVED. THEY BUILD AN OVERALL POSITIVE SCHOOL CULTURE AND CLIMATE, HELP STUDENTS IMPROVE THEIR ACADEMIC SKILLS. FOSTER GRANDPARENTS GIVE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTERACT AS WELL AS PRACTICE THEIR COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL SKILLS. THEY HELP STUDENTS IMPROVE THEIR SELF-ESTEEM AND ULTIMATELY FEEL MORE CONNECTED TO THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY. BUT THE BENEFITS ARE NOT JUST FOR STUDENTS. BEING A FOSTER GRANT PARENT GIVES ENHANCED MEANING TO THE LIFE OF THE SENIORS WHO MIGHT MISS OUT ON THIS AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TO IMPACT AND ENRICH THE LIVES OF STUDENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS WONDERFUL PROGRAM.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. STUART. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT HIGHLIGHT. ALL RIGHT. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.22, TO APPROVE PAYROLL SCHEDULES FOR THE 2016-17 FISCAL YEAR. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER.  

>> THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. YOU GAVE US A CHARGE LAST YEAR, OR ACTUALLY THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS TO COME BACK WITH PAYROLL SCHEDULE THAT WAS UNDERSTANDABLE. SO, OUR FOLKS IN PAYROLL DID JUST THAT. AGENDA ITEM 6.22 IS OUR PAY ROM SCHEDULES THAT INCLUDE PAY DATES THE DIE DUCKS SCHEDULES FOR YOUR PAYCHECKS. THE ESCROW ON WHEN THAT'S GOING TO BE COMING OUT DURING THE YEAR AND WHEN IT WILL BE PAID BACK AND SICK LEAVE ACCRUALS. THE INFORMATION IS EASIER TO READ AND INTERPRET. WE HAVE TAKEN OUT INFORMATION THAT WAS JUST REDUNDANT. WE HAVE PUT IT IN A COUPLE PLACES AND IT WAS A REALLY BIG PACKET AND JUST NOT UNDERSTANDABLE. SO COMING TO YOU, WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU KNEW THE FIRST WORKDAY FOR TEN MONTH INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL WILL BE TUESDAY, AUGUST 2nd. AND THE FIRST PAYDAY WILL BE FRIDAY, AUGUST 19th, FOR THOSE FOLKS COMING BACK TO SCHOOL THEN. THE LAST WORKDAY FOR TEN MONTH INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL WILL BE TUESDAY, MAY 30th, 2017. AND THEIR LAST PAYDAY WILL FOLLOW ON JUNE 9th. SO IT'S GOING FORWARD INTO THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. MS. STUART HAD REALLY GOOD QUESTION. SHE WANTED TO KNOW HOW WE WERE GOING TO COMMUNICATE THIS OUT TO OUR EMPLOYEES. WE'RE GOING TO DO IT A COUPLE WAYS. WE HAVE TALKED TO OUR FOLKS, PAULA ROMANO TO MAKE SURE WE CAN DO AN AUTO OPENER TO. PUT IT ON OUR DISTRICT WEB SITE UNDER THE PAYROLL SECTION. ADD IT TO THE PRINCIPAL'S NEWSLETTER TO COME OUT, SO THE PRINCIPALS CAN SHARE IT WITH THEIR STAFF. PROBABLY EVERY WEEK NOW UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST, JUST TO MAKE SURE WE GET THE WORD OUT. THE PAYROLL TEAM ALSO COMMUNICATES WITH THEIR FOLKS AT THE SCHOOL, INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL SITES VIA EMAIL AND TELEPHONE CALLS. WE HAVE HAD A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS FROM TEACHERS ALREADY, SO WE HAVE ANSWERED THEM, TELLING THEM ONCE IT'S APPROVED TONIGHT, WE WILL BE SENDING IT OUT AGAIN. I WANTED TO JUST FOLLOW-UP ON TWO THINGS. WE DID MEET WITH THE UNIONS AND WALK THROUGH WITH THEM. AND ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS I WAS GOING TO TALK ABOUT WITH COMMUNICATION, THE EXTENDED YEAR PAYMENTS THAT SOME OF OUR LESS THAN 12-MONTH PEOPLE SIGN UP FOR, WHICH IS, THEY TAKE MONEY OUT OF THEIR PAYCHECK DURING THE YEAR AND PUT IT INTO A LITTLE SAVINGS ACCOUNT. THIS IS TO COVER THEM OVER THE FOUR, THERE'S FOUR PAY PERIODS OVER THE SUMMER WHERE THEIR MONEY SAVED UP IS DIVIDED AMONGST FOUR PAYCHECKS. AND WE JUST DID AND AN AUTO OPENER OUT TO THOSE FOLKS. THOSE PAYMENTS WILL BE ON JUNE 24th, JULY 8th, JULY 22nd AND AUGUST 5th. IF ANYBODY HAS ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL PAYROLL. THE NUMBER IS 813-272-4317. AND WE HAVE LOTS OF WONDERFUL LADIES AND GENTLEMEN IN PAYROLL THAT CAN HELP OUR FOLKS ANSWER QUESTIONS. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?  

>>April Griffin: MS. EDGECOMB?  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: YOU ANSWERED THE VARIOUS WAYS IN WHICH YOU'RE GOING TO COMMUNICATE THIS. LET ME TALK ABOUT A GROUP OF, THE NEWBIES, NEWCOMERS. I DON'T KNOW IF ANYBODY WHO IS HERE WHO IS PART OF THE NEW TEACHER ORIENTATION COULD ANSWER THIS QUESTION. BUT THAT'S A CATEGORY OF TEACHERS WHO HAVE REAL CONCERNS ABOUT MY VERY FIRST PAYDAY. AND I DON'T KNOW ANY PLACE WHERE THAT'S COMMUNICATED. HOW IT'S COMMUNICATED. EVEN HOW TO READ -- ANY OF THIS INFORMATION, BECAUSE THEY'RE OVERWHELMED, THE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF SCHOOL AND DOING THE ORIENTATION. BUT ALWAYS AT THE CENTER OF THEIR CONCERNS IS WHEN IS MY FIRST PAYCHECK? SO I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S PART OF THEIR ORIENTATION, WHETHER IT CAN BE INFUSED IN WHAT'S GOING, ALREADY BEING DONE AS PART OF THE PRESENTATION. BUT I THINK THERE ARE SOME VALUE IN HELPING THEM TO KNOW WHEN THE FIRST PAYDAY IS AND FUTURE DATES AND THAT KIND OF THING. MAYBE YOU CAN TALK WITH MS. JACKSON,.  

>> GREAT SUGGESTION. THANK YOU, WE'LL DO THAT.  

>>April Griffin: I HAVE A QUESTION IN REFERENCE TO THE ESCROW AND HOW THAT'S COMMUNICATED. WHERE DO THOSE PERIODS FALL? DID I MISS IT?  

>> SO WHEN FOLKS LOOK AT THE PAY SCHEDULES, YOU CAN SEE -- I'M LOOKING AT PAGE TWO RIGHT NOW. THIS IS JUST FOR THE A PAYROLL. INSTRUCTIONAL, LESS THAN 12-MONTH. YOU CAN SEE THE FIRST TIME YOU'RE GOING TO SEE ESCROW, WILL HAVE BEEN PAID BACK AFTER THE THANKSGIVING BREAK. BUT THE FIRST TIME WE'LL SEE A SHORTAGE WILL BE JANUARY 6th, WHICH IS THE DAY, THE WEEK WE COME BACK FROM THE WINTER BREAK. SO WE'LL HAVE A SMALLER PAYCHECK RIGHT THEN. BUT FOR THE TEACHERS, THAT WILL BE THE ONLY TIME THAT THEY HAVE A SMALL PAYCHECK BECAUSE OF THE WAY, WE HAVE GOT EARLIER START THIS YEAR.  

>> I UNDERSTAND -- WE HAVE HAD MANY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE ESCROW. THE TIMING OF THAT ONE IS UNFORTUNATE, BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAYS. SO, I URGE YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, TO ENSURE THAT COMMUNICATION PRIOR TO THIS, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO GO A MONTH OUT AND START, YOU KNOW, DOING POP-UPS TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT THEY'RE GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT SHORT THERE, BECAUSE AROUND THE HOLIDAYS, A TWO DAY SHORT PAYCHECK, TO SOME PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY OUR CUSTODIANS AND STUDENT NUTRITION SERVICE WORKERS, THAT'S HUGE.  

>> WE'LL DO THAT WE'LL ALSO FOLLOW-UP -- PAM HENDRIKSEN IS REALLY PHENOMENAL WHEN SHE DOES THE POP-UPS. WE'LL FOLLOW-UP AND ADD IT TO THE PRINCIPAL'S NEWSLETTER.  

>> I THINK MORE THAN ONCE.  

>> WE CAN DO THAT MULTIPLE TIMES.  

>> STARTING OUT AND THEN OFTEN.  

>> YES, MA'AM.  

>>April Griffin: JUST SO THERE'S NO SURPRISES. WE WILL THEN GET THE PHONE CALLS IF PEOPLE ARE SURPRISED BY THAT AND I DON'T WANT THOSE PHONE CALLS. ALL RIGHT. 41 MS. STUART?  

>>Cindy Stuart: IS THERE A WAY FOR US TO DO SOMETHING OTHER THAN JUST THE POP-UP EMAILS? WE HAVE EMPLOYEES IN THE FIELD WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO -- THEY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO OWE MAIL DURING THE DAY. MAY NOT HAVE ACCESS TO EMAIL AT HOME. PARENT LINK, WHATEVER WE CAN DO TO TEXT MESSAGE, THE TEXTING THAT WE CAN DO THROUGH PARENT LINK, SOMETHING WE CAN DO TO TO REMIND PEOPLE WE'RE COMING UP ON ESCROW WEEK OR SHORT WEEK BECAUSE OF PAYROLL, BECAUSE OF THE HOLIDAYS. THE POP-UPS ARE GREAT, I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH THEY'RE GETTING USED OR READ. BUT WE HAVE PEOPLE IN THE FIELD THAT DO NOT HAVE ACCESS. AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE GETTING, I DON'T KNOW IF WE PRINT THIS IN THE NEWSPAPER WHEN OUR PAYROLL DATES ARE. THOSE ARE WHERE THE ISSUES START AND END, ARE TYPICALLY WITH PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO EMAIL ALL DAY LONG. SO, WHATEVER WE CAN DO TO BETTER COMMUNICATE THAT TO THOSE EMPLOYEES WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL.  

>> PAM IS LOOKING INTO THE PARENT LINK AND WORKING ON THAT. SO THAT WILL BE PERFECT. ALSO AS A FOLLOW-UP, PAYROLL DID ATTEND TEACHER ORIENTATION LAST YEAR AND WERE THERE FOR THE WHOLE THING. THAT THEY'RE GOING TO DO THAT AGAIN. THEY'LL BE IN ATTENDANCE.  

>>April Griffin: MR. TAYLOR?  

>> ARE JUST WANTED TO LET EVERYBODY KNOW, WE'LL TAKE THIS ON IN THE COMMUNICATION OFFICE. WE'LL WORK DIRECTLY WITH GRETCHEN AND MAKE SURE WE HAVE REDUNDANT MEANS OF COMMUNICATION WITH THE EMPLOYEES ON THIS.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND VERY GOOD POINT, MS. STUART. MAYBE, WE HAVE A LIST OF WHICH EMPLOYEES HAVE COMPUTERS THAT WE GIVE THEM. SO WE KNOW THEY CAN GET THE POP-UP. BUT THERE ARE EMPLOYEES WHO DON'T HAVE THE COMPUTERS. TRANSPORTATION, STUDENT NUTRITION SERVICES, MECHANICS, WE KNOW THE GROUPS. AND IN TWO LANGUAGES. WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO A ROBUST COMMUNICATION ON THIS. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. BOARD MEMBERS, THE LAST ITEM THAT IS GOING TO REQUIRE A VOTE IS ITEM 9.03, WHICH IS APPROVE THE CONTRACT RENEWAL FOR PIVOT CHARTER SCHOOL. JENNA HODGENS, WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU. TODAY I'M GOING TO PRESENT TO YOU THE CONTRACT RENEWAL FOR PIVOT CHARTER SCHOOL. AS YOU KNOW, DURING THE YEAR AT CHARTER SCHOOL CONTRACT IS EXPIRING. WE DO EXTENSIVE REVIEW OF THAT CHARTER SCHOOL. AND A TEAM OF EXPERTS FROM THE DISTRICT WENT OUT TO THE SCHOOL, COVERING AREAS FROM FRA SITS, HUMAN RESOURCES, CURRICULUM, THE CHARTER OFFICE ESY AND ELL. WE LOOK AT ALL THE INFORMATION BASED ON A RUBIK. WE ALSO LOOK AT THE PERFORMANCE OF THAT SCHOOL OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, IF THAT IS THE LENGTH OF THEIR CONTRACT. IN ORDER FOR A SCHOOL TO BE RENEWED, THEY HAVE TO MEET THE CRITERIA 1000.273 A, CRITERIA FOR AN APPLICATION. SAME CRITERIA WE USE TO APPLY IS WHAT WE USE TO RENEW THEM. WHAT WE DO IF WE ARE NOT GOING TO RENEW THEM, WE TALKED ABOUT THIS LAST BOARD MEETING AND WANT TO MAKE SURE IT'S CLEAR. FOR NONRENEWAL OR TERMINATION, WE NEED TO PUT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AT THE FRONT. THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR. THEN WE CAN NONRENEW THEM OR TERMINATE THEM IF THEY FAIL TO PARTICIPATE IN STATE'S EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM, THE TESTING WE DO. FAILURE TO MEET GENERALLY ACCEPTABLE STANDARDS OF FISCAL MANAGEMENT, VIOLATION OF LAW OR OTHER GOOD CAUSE. AND THAT RECOMMENDATION WOULD COME WITH A 90 DAY NOTICE. SO THEY WOULD HAVE 90 DAYS OF DUE PROCESS TO CHANGE OR FIX THE AREAS THAT WHEN WERE WEAK IN. SO THIS SCHOOL THAT I HAVE BEFORE YOU, AND I THINK, I HAD SOME REALLY, REALLY GREAT BOARD QUESTIONS. I REALLY DO APPRECIATE THEM. WHENEVER I CHANGE A FORMAT OF HOW I PRESENT THINGS TO YOU, YOU GIVING ME FIELD BACK HELPS ME MAKE IT BETTER FOR THE NEXT STEP. I WANT TO PROVIDE THE INFORMATION THAT ALLOWS THE SUPERINTENDENT TO GIVE YOU THE BEST RECOMMENDATION POSSIBLE. SO, THE QUESTIONS I RECEIVED, IN THIS RUBRIC, IF THEY PARTIALLY MEET, IF THEY HAVE PARTIALLY MEETS, DOES THAT MEAN SHE SHOULD BE KNOT RENEWED? THAT WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR US TO DO. PARTIALLY MEETS MEANS WE GO TO THE SCHOOL, REVIEW THE INFORMATION WE HAVE OVER THE FIVE YEARS, INCLUDING THE REVIEW THE DAY THAT WE GO WITH OUR TEAM. AND THEIR INFORMATION IS IN ORDER TO SOME DEGREE. SO MAYBE -- I'LL GIVE YOU A FOR EXAMPLE. THERE WERE EMPLOYEE FILES THAT WERE THERE, THEY HAD EMPLOYEE FILES BUT NOT EVERYTHING THAT WE REQUEST OR THAT WE THINK IS BEST PRACTICE WHERE ARE IN THOSE FILES. SO WE MARKED AS PARTIALLY MEETS, NOT THAT IT MAKES THEM NOT A GOOD SCHOOL BUT IT'S SOMETHING THEY'RE GOING TO WORK ON TO DO BETTER AT. SO I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE RUBRIC WE'RE USING IS CLEAR TO YOU. AGAIN, BECAUSE IT'S KNEW, BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T USED IT IN THE PAST, THE QUESTIONS I GOT FROM BOARD MEMBERS WERE VERY HELPFUL TO ME. WHAT WE DO THEN IS ALSO WE PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS ON WHAT WE WANT TO SEE THOSE SCHOOLS DO TO IMPROVE TO MAKE THAT A MEETS WITH THE CRITERIA. WE'LL WORK WITH THE SCHOOL OVER THE FIVE YEARS, SOME OF THEM ON SHORTER TIMELINE, SOME LONGER TIMELINE, TO ENSURE THEY MEET THOSE CRITERIA. JUST REAL BRISTLE ON PIT, SIXTH THROUGH TWELFTH GRADE SCHOOL. TARGET STUDENTS BY OFFERING CLASSES TO HELP THEM CATCH UP, DO CREDIT RECOVERY AND MOVE AHEAD IN THEIR SCHOOL ALONG WITH ANY KIND OF ACCELERATED LEARNERS. THEY HAVE PLACED EMPHASIS ON FOSTER CARE AND HOMELESS STUDENTS DUE TO NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH LUTHERAN SERVICES OF FLORIDA. THEY STARTED THEIR SCHOOL IN 2011 WITH 81 STUDENTS AND THEY CURRENTLY HAD 293 STUDENTS ENROLLED RIGHT NOW. THEY HAVE AL FIVE MEMBER BOARD WITH THREE MEMBERS LOCAL, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE ASKED CHARTER SCHOOLS TO DO, IS HAVE LOCAL BOARD MEMBERS. AND THE FIRST TWO YEARS THEY OPERATED THEY DID RECEIVE A SCHOOL GRADE OF D IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, THEY'VE HAD A SCHOOL GRADE OF C. SO THEY HAVE INCREASED ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE. ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS?  

>>April Griffin: ANY QUESTIONS, BOARD MEMBERS? VERY GOOD.  

>> MAY I INTRODUCE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE HERE TODAY?  

>>April Griffin: PLEASE, GO AHEAD.  

>> DR. CHRIS CARD, WITH LUTHERAN SERVICES AND WORKS WITH THE SCHOOL. WE HAVE LIZ BRET, THE PRINCIPAL. AND ALSO MATT ROSSEN, THE BOARD ATTORNEY.  

>>April Griffin: WELCOME. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. THAT IS THE FINAL ITEM THAT WE NEED TO VOTE ON. SO I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE PULLED ITEMS. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS, SECOND BY MS. VALDES. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. WE HAVE ONE MORE ITEM TOW HEAR. AND THAT IS AN INFORMATION ITEM. NUMBER SOME .02, THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL POSITION REPORTS AS OF MAY 31st, 2016. MS. SAUNDERS.  

>> THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. IN REACHING OUT, WE'RE JUST GOING TO GIVE YOU ANOTHER MONTHLY UPDATE. JUST REMIND OUR PUBLIC, THE BUDGET IS A PICTURE OF OUR RESOURCES AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION. THE BUDGET ITSELF IS NOT STATIC. IT'S NOT A ONE-TIME EVENT PREPARED AND PUT ON THE SHELF. IT'S A WORKING DOCUMENT THAT WE USE EVERY DAY. THE FINANCIALS THAT YOU'RE SEEING TODAY ARE PREPARED AND PRESENTED MONTHLY. OUR FOCUS TODAY IS JUST QUICKLY OVER THE GENERAL FUND. AS OF MAY 31st, WE HAVE RECEIVED 92% OF OUR BUDGETED REVENUES AND WE HAVE EXPENDED 87% OF OUR BUDGETED COMMITMENTS. THIS RESULTS IN A FUND BALANCE OF $96.4 MILLION AS OF MAY 31st. PLEASE REMEMBER, WE STILL HAVE THE MONTH OF JUNE. WE HAVE REVENUES COMING IN IN THE MONTH OF JUNE. AND ALSO EXPENDITURES GOING OUT. JUST AS A REMINDER, THIS IS THE TIME OF YEAR IT GETS REALLY, REALLY CRAZY. I MEAN WE KNOW IT'S CRAZY DURING THE YEAR BUT THIS IS REALLY CRAZY. WE HAVE ACTUALLY TWO BUDGETS GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME. AS WE WORK IN THE MONTH OF JUNE, WE'RE ENDING ONE FISCAL YEAR AND JULY 1, IT STARTS THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR. TECHNICALLY THE 15-16 SCHOOL YEAR WILL CONTINUE INTO THE WHAT'S CALLED THE 13th AND 14th MONTH, INTO JULY AND AUGUST. WE'LL ALSO THERE WAS AN AGENDA ITEM TODAY THAT WENT THROUGH THAT WAS A CONTINUATION BUDGET THAT GIVES US APPROVAL TO GO FORWARD BY STAR. WE HAVE TO GO FORWARD BECAUSE WE WON'T HAVE A BUDGET APPROVED BEFORE SEPTEMBER. FOR NEXT YEAR. SO, AGAIN, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TWO BUDGETS GOING AT THE SAME TIME. WE WANTED TO BRING YOU SOME CHARTS AGAIN JUST TO SHOW YOU HOW FUND BALANCE. AS YOU CAN SEE THE FUND BALANCE PLUNGES WAITS EVERY MONTH BECAUSE REMEMBER IT'S A SNAPSHOT. IT'S A PICTURE OF A POINT IN TIME. AND AS REVENUES COME IN AND EXPENDITURES GO OUT, AGAIN, IN DECEMBER, MONEY COMING IN AND JANUARY AND FEBRUARY, AND OUR EXPENSES CATCH UP AFTER THE FACT. SO SHEERS JUST AN OVERVIEW OF DECEMBER FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF FILLS CAL YEARS. THAT'S JUNE. I'M SORRY. I THINK I NEED GLASSES. ANYWAY, YOU CAN SEE WHERE WE'RE AT FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS WITH JUNE, WHERE WE ENDED LAST YEAR. SO AGAIN OUR GOAL IS TO BE RIGHT AT THE $146 MILLION FUND BALANCE. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?  

>>April Griffin: MS. SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. JUST FOR TRANSPARENCY, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT'S ONE OF THE GOAL ALSO THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE COMFORTABLE WITH OUR BUDGET AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION THAT WE SHARE WITH THE PUBLIC. COULD YOU JUST KIND OF GO OVER SLIDES 29 AND 30 AND JUST TALK ABOUT THAT, THE TREND THERE AND MAYBE JUST A BRIEF EXPLANATION OF THE DOWNWARD TREND AND THE DIP COMPARED TO THE PREVIOUS YEAR? JUST FOR FULL ON TRANSPARENCY. WHICH IS BASICALLY THE LAST TWO SLIDES. THE BAR GRAPHS.  

>> I JUST THINK WHEN PEOPLE SEE THE BAR GRAPH, THAT THEY WILL BE CONCERNED AND THEY WILL WANT SOME ADDITIONAL EXPLANATION OF THAT.  

>> SO, JUST FOR THE PUBLIC, PAGES 29 AND 30, 29 IS A MONTH OF DECEMBER. AND REMEMBER, YOU RECEIVE YOUR PROPERTY TAX PAYMENTS, OR BILLS IN THE MONTH OF OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER. AND THAT AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT OR ANY GOVERNMENT ENTITY, WE START RECEIVING OUR TAX DOLLARS IN THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. SO, WHEN YOU LOOK AT DECEMBER, A LOT OF TIMES OUR NUMBERS ARE, FUND BALANCE WILL BE UP BECAUSE WE RECEIVE MORE REVENUES THAN WE HAVE EXPENDITURES COMING OUT. SO, OUR EXPENDITURES HAPPEN EVERY MONTH AND WE RECEIVE REVENUE EVERY MONTH. IT JUST DEPENDS ON THE SCHEDULE COMING IN. THE OTHER ONE IS THE MONTH OF MAY. IT IS THE SAME THING. WE DON'T -- RIGHT UP FRONT WE GET MOST OF OUR LOCAL DOLLARS, OUR TAX DOLLARS IN THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, DECEMBER, JANUARY. AND YOU'LL KNOW IF YOU PAY EARLY ON YOUR PROPERTY TAXES, YOU GET A DISCOUNT. SO THAT'S WHY THEY WANT TO TRY AND GET IN AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE. BUT AGAIN, THE EXPENDITURES FOLLOW. THEY JUST, THEY CATCH UP WITH WHERE WE'RE AT.  

>> THANK YOU. I THINK THE DOWNWARD TREND IS WHAT FRIGHTENS PEOPLE.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AS YOU LOOK AT THAT, YOU CAN SEE LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME, DOWNWARD TREND WAS PRETTY SIGNIFICANT. AND SO THAT WAS ONE OF THE ISSUES AS WE HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH THIS YEAR, TO TRY TO NOT ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN, BECAUSE THAT WAS WHAT THE CONVERSATION WAS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. IF WE CONTINUE TO DO NOTHING, YOU WOULD'VE SEEN THAT SAME TREND THIS YEAR. SO, WHEN YOU'RE TRYING TO LOOK AROUND 80 TO $100 MILLION OF SAVINGS AS YOU'RE GOING THROUGHOUT A FISCAL YEAR, THIS IS -- IT'S KIND OF THE RESULT, STARTING TO SEE THE RESULT OF THE LEVELING OUT RATHER THAN THAT DOWNWARD DIP LIKE YOU SAW BETWEEN 2013 AND 2015. SO WE'RE CONTINUING TO WORK THROUGH THAT AS WE KNOW WE HAVE ADDITIONAL REVENUE COMING IN THIS MONTH. WE'RE MONITORING THAT VERY CAREFULLY TO TRY TO HIT OUR TARGET OF 146.  

>>April Griffin: MS. EDGECOMB?  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: MS. SAUNDERS THANK YOU ALWAYS FOR TAKING A COMPLEX, COMPLICATED SET OF NUMBERS AND SOMETIMES I GET IT AND SOMETIMES I DON'T. BUT THERE'S ALWAYS AN EFFORT ON YOUR PART TO MAKE IT COMPREHENSIVABLE AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND IT. AND YOU DID SOMETHING THAT JUST, THAT'S LEADING ME TO THIS QUESTION AND THIS REQUEST. YOU WENT THROUGH THESE PAGES BUT YOU SUMMARIZED IN SOME WAYS SOME CRITICAL POINTS. IN THE FUTURE, AND I'M LOOKING AT TWO PERSPECTIVES. NEW PEOPLE COMING TO THE BOARD, THIS IS ALWAYS I THINK PROBABLY THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN UNDERSTANDING THE OPERATION OF THIS DISTRICT, THE MONEY. AND HELPING THEM AS MAYBE TO ACCELERATE THEIR LEARNING. BUT ALSO I THINK WHAT YOU JUST DID, IT TAKES CRITICAL PIECES OF ALL THESE PAGES AND YOU GAVE THEM AND SUMMARIZED THEM. THAT MAY BE IN ADDITION TO WHAT YOU'VE DONE HERE, WHAT YOU'RE DOING ONE TO ONE. BUT THERE COULD BE A PAGE WHERE YOU SUMMARIZE THE KEY POINTS THAT YOU WOULD WANT PEOPLE TO GLEAN FROM THIS. SO I THINK IT WOULD SERVE, IF YOU WOULD KIND OF CLIFF NOTES, IF YOU WILL. I THINK WILL HELP FUTURE BOARD MEMBERS TO GET ON TRACK FASTER TO ABOUT THIS. I THINK IT WILL HELP THE PUBLIC EVEN TO BETTER UNDERSTAND IT BECAUSE LOOK AT THESE NUMBERS WITHOUT SOME EXPLANATION LIKE YOU JUST GAVE, REALLY DON'T MEAN ANYTHING. SO I THINK IF YOU COULD ADD JUST A SUMMARY PAGE WITH THOSE KEY ELEMENTS, THE MOST IMPORTANT POINTS, THAT YOU'D WANT ANY READER TO GET FROM THIS I THINK IT WOULD BE A REALLY ADVANTAGE.  

>> GREAT SUGGESTION. THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. EDGECOMB. ALL RIGHT. BOARD MEMBERS, ARE THERE ANY MORE QUESTIONS? ANY MORE DISCUSSION? ALL RIGHT. WE ARE NOW INTO THE SECTION OF OUR AGENDA FOR OTHER BUSINESS. WE HAVE NO SCHEDULED HEARINGS OR POLICIES. AND WE'RE NOW INBOARD. AND SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS. IF YOU'D LIKE TO SPEAK, PLEASE PRESS YOUR BUTTON. MS. HARRIS?  

>>Sally Harris: IT'S SHORT. IT'S VERY SHORT. I WILL TELL YOU I HAD ONLY TWO WEEKS TOW VISIT THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE THEN WE STARTED OUR GRADUATION CEREMONIES. AND I WANT TO AT THIS TIME COMPLIMENT AND I HOPE I'M NOT TAKING THIS FROM YOU, MS. GRIFFIN, OUR SUPERINTENDENT SHOOK EVERY SINGLE HAND AT GRADUATION. AND BOARD. OUR BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT SHOOK EVERY HAND. I WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE NUMBERS, AND IT'S WELL OVER 20,000, I THINK. IF YOU TAKE THE NUMBERS OF GRADUATES. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW MANY. I HAPPEN TO KNOW HE ALMOST WORE THE SKIN OFF HIS HAND. BUT WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO SAY THAT IN THIS DISTRICT. I WOULD WONDER IF ANYBODY ELSE IN THE WHOLE NATION HAS DONE THAT BUT I JUST THINK IT'S GREAT THAT WE DID IT. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DIDN'T KNOW, I DID NOT TAKE -- I DID TAKE PICTURES AFTER EVERY GRADUATION AND I POSTED THEM. BUT FOR THIS SLIDE SHOW, I APOLOGIZE OPENLY THAT ALL I DID WAS TAKE A PICTURE OF ALL THE PROGRAMS. SO THAT YOU WOULD KNOW THAT WE DID ATTEND THOSE GRADUATIONS. AND THERE THEY ARE RIGHT THERE. IT WAS FABULOUS. IT WAS A FABULOUS THING. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR AN AWESOME 11 DAYS OF GRADUATIONS. AND IF YOU DIDN'T PARTICIPATE, I HIGHLY SUGGEST YOU PARTICIPATE NEXT YEAR. WE GOT TO PLEAT ALL THE FACULTY. WE GOT TO MEET ALL THE SECURITY PEOPLE. AND IT WAS JUST FUN GETTING TO KNOW OUR DISTRICT'S EMPLOYEES. WE REALLY GOT TO TALK ONE ON ONE WITH THEM AND MEET THEM AS THEY CAME IN IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE. SO THANK YOU, BOARD. I EVEN HAD FUN WITH THE BOARD. WE PLAYED, WE TEASED EACH OTHER. AND WE JUST HAD A GREAT TIME CELEBRATING OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND ALL THOSE GRADUATES.  

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. HARRIS FOR YOUR SLIDE SHOW. I DIDN'T BRING MINE TODAY. I WANT TO ECHO NOT ONLY ACCOMPLICE HARRIS' COMMENTS BUT THANK THE FAIR AUTHORITY AND ALL THE STAFF OUT THERE AS WELL AS OUR SECURITY STAFF WHO DID A FANTASTIC JOB THIS YEAR. IN MEETING THE NEEDS NOT ONLY OF THE BOARD BUT OF ALL THE PRINCIPALS WHO CAME IN AND THE STUDENTS. IT WAS A WELL-RUN SHOW THIS YEAR. PARENTS WERE VERY IMPRESSED. THANK YOU TO THE CTE GROUP AND DR. VAZQUEZ FOR MAKING BIG SCREENS HAPPEN THIS YEAR. WE GOT A LOT OF COMMENTS. A LOT OF COMPLIMENTS AND A LOT OF COMMENTS ABOUT THE FACT THAT PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO SEE THEIR STUDENT CROSS THE STAGE AND TAKE REALLY GREAT PICTURES. SO I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT AND THANK YOU TO THE FAIR AUTHORITY FOR AGAIN BEING OUR PARTNER IN THIS AND MEETING EVERY NEED THAT, EVERYTHING THAT WE COULD COME UP WITH THIS YEAR I THINK THEY MET. SO, I APPRECIATE THEM AND I APPRECIATE THE LIVE STREAMING, WHICH IS STILL OUT THERE FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO GO BACK AND WATCH PORTIONS OF IT. SO THANK YOU TO OUR TEAM AND THE TEAM WHO HANDLED THAT. IT WAS REALLY A GREAT COUPLE OF WEEKS OUT THERE. EXHAUSTING. THE SHAKING OF THE HANDS THING WAS EXHAUSTING. TWO OR THREE GRADUATIONS IN A ROW AND YOU'RE LIKE, MY GOSH, I HAVE TOW STAND UP THERE AGAIN. SO, BUT IT WAS GOOD. IT WAS REALLY GOOD. SO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THAT.  

>> COULD I PIGGY BACK? I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT WE HAD ONE GRADUATION WHERE THE FAMILY WAS IN AFGHANISTAN AND THEY ACTUALLY WATCHED IT LIVE AND JAPAN, AND WE GOT FACEBOOK PICTURES OF THE PARENTS CRYING WATCHING THEIR CHILDREN GRADUATE.  

>>April Griffin: MS. SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MR. DAM CHAIR. KIND OF DOVETAIL ON THAT I GOT A LOT OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK FROM RESIDENTS ABOUT THE ONLINE LIVE GRADUATION CEREMONY. SO I THINK THAT WAS A GREAT IDEA, WHOEVER THOUGHT OF THAT. GIVE THEM CREDIT FOR COMING UP WITH THAT, BECAUSE PEOPLE COULD REALLY ENGAGE IF THEY COULDN'T BE AT THE CEREMONY. THEY COULD STILL ENGAGE, LIKE MS. HARRIS SAID. AND CONTINUE TO WATCH IT AGAIN AND AGAIN IF THEY WANT TO, FOR THEIR RELATIVES. I ALSO LIKE THE JUMBO SCREENS. DID WE HAVE THE JUMBO SCREENS BEFORE? BECAUSE THAT WAS A REALLY NICE ADDED FEATURE AS WELL. AND IT JUST WENT REALLY SMOOTHLY. THE WHOLLY, ALL THE GRADUATION CEREMONIES I THOUGHT WERE DONE VERY, VERY WELL. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE GRADUATES OF OUR SCHOOLS OUT THERE. AND GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE. THE OTHER THING I WANTED TO MENTION BECAUSE THIS ACTUALLY WAS BROUGHT UP AND I DON'T WANT TO BE NEGATIVE BECAUSE IT'S FLAG DAY. SO, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE SOME EDUCATION ON FLAG DAY ABOUT HOW TO SALUTE OUR FLAG AND WHEN TO SALUTE OUR FLAG. BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH THE BOARD HAS FIGURED IT OUT AFTER THE FIRST COUPLE OF CEREMONIES. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT STILL DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO DURING A FLAG CEREMONY. SO I'M GOING TO READ YOU A LITTLE SNIPPET FROM THE FLAG ETIQUETTE WEB SITE AT U.S. FLAG.ORG. AND TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE SALUTE. AND THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. SO TO SALUTE ALL PERSONS COME TO ATTENTION, THOSE IN UNIFORM GIVE THE APPROPRIATE FORMAL SALUTE. CITIZENS NOT IN UNIFORM SALUTE BY PLACING THEIR RIGHT HAND OVER THEIR HEART. MEN WITH HEAD COVERS SHOULD REMOVE IT AND HOLD IT TO THE LEFT SHOULDER. HAND OVER THE HEART. MEMBERS OF ORGANIZATIONS IN FORMATION SALUTE UPON COMMAND OF THE PERSON IN CHARGE. DURING THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND NATIONAL ANTHEM, BECAUSE THIS IS WHERE WE SEE A LOT OF CONFUSION, AND LOOKING OUT INTO THE AUDIENCE WHERE THE STUDENTS WERE STANDING AND WHERE THEIR FAMILIES WERE STANDING, YOU COULD STILL TELL PEOPLE REALLY WEREN'T SURE WHAT THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO BE DO DOING DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE SHOULD BE RENDERED STANDING AT ATTENTION FACING THE FLAG AND A SATURDAY LOOKING. WHEN THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IS PLAYED, CITIZENS SHOULD STAND AT ATTENTION, SALUTE, PUTTING YOUR HAND OVER YOUR HEART OR IN THE MILITARY, THE SALUTE FOR MILITARY PERSONNEL. WHEN THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IS PLAYED OR SUNG, CITIZENS SHOULD STAND AT ATTENTION AND SALUTE AT THE FIRST NOTE AND HOLD THE SALUTE THROUGH THE LAST NOTE. SALUTE IS DIRECTED TO THE FLAG IF DISPLAYED. OTHERWISE TO THE MUSK. SO I THOUGHT I'D SHARE THAT WITH YOU BECAUSE TODAY IS FLAG DAY. AND IT'S A GREAT EDUCATION FOR THOSE WHO AREN'T REALLY SURE, FEEL A LITTLE AWKWARD SOMETIMES AS TO WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING DURING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. NOW WE KNOW WHAT TO DO. RIGHT? AND I -- I'M NOT GOING TO SING. I COULD SING FOR YOU. BUT I WILL SAVE THAT FOR ANOTHER BOARD MEETING. MAYBE. SO THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE UNITED STATES FLAG AND HAPPY FLAG DAY, EVERYONE.  

>>April Griffin: MENTION COMB?  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. YOU'VE ALREADY, ECHOED MY PERSONAL SENTIMENTS ABOUT HOW IMPORTANT THIS GRADUATION WAS AND HOW IMPRESSIVE THE SCHOOLS WERE. AND ESPECIALLY FOR ME SINCE THIS IS MY LAST ONE. IT TOOK ON A DIFFERENT MEANING. AND I ESPECIALLY WANT TO THANK THE MIDDLETON TIGERS AND THE SCHOOL STAFF AND THE COMMUNITY FOR THE WONDERFUL TRIBUTE AND THE BEAUTIFUL GIFTS AND FOR RECOGNIZING THE FACT THAT THIS WAS MY LAST GRADUATION. I THINK THERE ARE A FEW, LIKE WHEN I SAID THIS WOULD'VE BEEN MY 56-YEAR GRADUATION. , AND YOU'RE STILL ALIVE TO TELL US ABOUT IT. THAT WAS KIND OF THE LOOK ON THEIR FACES. BUT WHAT I WANTED TO SAY THEM TO THEM, I WAS ONLY 16 WHEN I GRADUATED, SO I'M NOT AS OLD AS I MIGHT APPEAR. BUT IT WAS VERY SPECIAL AND I'VE ALREADY INDICATED THAT TO MS. MOORE AND THE STAFF AT MIDDLETON. THE RECOGNITION, BECOMING A TITAN, HONORARY TITAN AT TAMPA BAY TECH WHEN I SPOKE AT THEIR CAPPING CEREMONY. SO I'M A TITAN ON ONE DAY AND A TIGER ON ANOTHER DAY. BUT I'LL ALWAYS BE A TIGER. BUT ESPECIALLY THE GRACIOUS WAY PEOPLE RECOGNIZE MY WORK AS A MEMBER OF THIS SCHOOL BOARD, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY AS A GRADUATE OF MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. SO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR MAKING SHY SWAN SONG A REALLY SPECIAL TIME. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: I COULD NOT NOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT GRADUATIONS BECAUSE IT'S DEFINITELY THE FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR. TO SIT THERE AND WATCH ALL OF OUR STUDENTS WALK ACROSS THE STAGE AND REALLY JUST SEE THEIR DIFFERENT EXPRESSIONS AND WHERE THEY'RE HEADED. I'D LIKE TO KNOW HOW MANY ACTUALLY WINDED UP WALKING ACROSS THE STAGE. I WAS TRYING TO KEEP A TALLY AS ALL THE SCHOOLS WERE COMING IN AND TRYING TO WRITE THEIR NUMBERS AND TOTAL IT. BUT I LOST THAT ONE. OF A I JUST COULDN'T GET THE NUMBERS. MEMBER SNIVELY, YOU KNOW, IT'S FLAG DAY. YOU'RE RIGHT. AND I'M REALLY CONCERNED WITH, AT A VERY YOUNG AGE, I WAS TAUGHT NOT ONLY BY MY TEACHERS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND NEW YORK CITY, BRONX ACTUALLY, BUT ALSO BY MY BROTHER HOE IS ALSO VIETNAM VET, AND IT CONCERNS ME WHERE WE'RE HEADED WITH HONORING THE MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THE SALUTING OF THE FLAG, EVEN THE ETIQUETTE OF OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM. AND WHAT IT TAKES, SO I THINK THAT REAL SOON WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ON WHAT WILL BE THE EXPECTATIONS, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO BE DOING IN THE NEAR FUTURE WITH IT, BECAUSE IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THERE'S A PICTURE THAT I TOOK WITH, I BELIEVE WAS ALONSO HIGH SCHOOL. THEY'RE ALL COMING TOGETHER. BUT I BELIEVE IT WAS ALONSO HIGH SCHOOL. AND AS I WAS GOING AROUND TAKING PICTURES WITH THE STUDENTS, THE BOY SAID MISS, HOW ABOUT IF WE TAKE A SERIOUS SELFIE? I SAID OKAY, BOYS, WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? WE ARE GOING TO HOLD OUR FLAGS, WE'RE GOING TO LOOK DOWN. I SAID OKAY, FINE. WE TOOK IT, OUR STUDENTS REALLY TAKE IT TO HEART, PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THE JROTC PROGRAMS. SO I THINK THAT FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR, MAYBE AT ANOTHER, AT A TIME WHEN WE ARE MEETING TOGETHER FOR A WORKSHOP, THAT WE DISCUSS SOME OF THESE THINGS AND WHAT IS OUR EXPECTATION AND HOW ARE WE GOING TO BE TEACHING THIS AND INCORPORATING THIS IN OUR CIVICS COURSES AS WELL. ALTHOUGH IN CIVICS IN 7th 7th GRADE IT'S A LITTLE BIT TOO LATE. I THINK WE SHOULD HAVE THIS TYPE OF CONVERSATION FROM WHEN THEY ARE TINY BITS AND GO FROM THERE. BUT I THINK IT'S REALLY THIS POINT, A PHILOSOPHICAL DECISION. THAT WE REALLY NEED TO TALK ABOUT. AND SEE WHERE WE'RE HEADED. BUT TO ALL THE GRADUATES, JUST, GOSH, GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF THEM. AND I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE ALL THE THINGS, THE WONDERFUL THINGS THAT THEY'RE DOING. SO, TO THE REST OF THE STAFF, HAPPY SUMMER. IT'S A SHORT ONE. ENJOY IT WHILE YOU CAN.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND JUST A COUPLE COMMENTS. THE LIFE LIVE STREAM AND THE ARCHIVED VIDEO IS GREAT, EXCEPT FOR ONE GRADUATION. AND I JUST WANT TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO ADDRESS THAT. BECAUSE THERE'S ONE PARTICULAR GRADUATION THROUGHOUT THAT I'M NOT REAL HAPPY THAT PEOPLE CAN GO BACK AND VIEW AGAIN. AND I WANT TO EXTEND MY DEEPEST APOLOGIES TO PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL. I ACTUALLY CONFERRED THE GRADUATES AS PLANT HIGH SCHOOLS. I OWN IT AND I APOLOGIZE FOR IT. I HAD BEEN ON THE PHONE PRIOR TO THAT GRADUATION FOR THE ENTIRE TIME BETWEEN THE TWO GRADUATIONS, AND HAVING ATTENDED EVERY SINGLE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION, WE WERE EXHAUSTED, I WILL TELL YOU. BUT I'D BEEN ON THE PHONE DEALING WITH A PLANT ISSUE. FOR THAT ENTIRE TIME, SO I HAD PLANT ON THE BRAIN. AND IT WAS IN ANY ANY WAY MEANT IN DISRESPECT. BUT I JUST HAD PLANT ON THE BRAIN. AND I CONFERRED PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL AS PLANT HIGH. AND WAS BOOED BY 3,000 PEOPLE. AND SO, BEING THAT WAS A FIRST FOR ME AND HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE A LAST. BUT I DID JUST WANT TO SAY MY DEEPEST, DEEPEST APOLOGIES. THERE WAS NO DISRESPECT EXPENDED TO PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES. AND I QUICKLY FIXED THAT AS SOON AS I REALIZED WHAT I HAD DONE. AS FAR AS THE GRADUATIONS AND EVERYTHING THAT WE DO I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU, STAFF. THIS IS THE CULMINATION OF EVERYTHING THAT WE DO. WE'RE TRYING TO GET OUR GRADUATES RATES TO 90% BY 2020. AND SO I'M HOPING THAT THERE WILL BE MANY, MANY, MANY MORE HANDS TO SHAKE AS THOSE STUDENTS CROSS THE STAGE. BECAUSE THIS WAS A HISTORIC YEAR FOR THIS DISTRICT, WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE BOARD STANDING UP THERE SHAKING EVERY SINGLE GRADUATES' HANDS THAT CROSSED THAT STAGE I THINK THAT'S THE COMMITMENT OF OUR SUPERINTENDENT AND THIS BOARD TO SAY THAT THESE STUDENTS MATTER TO US. AND WE WANT TO TOUCH EACH ONE OF THEIR LIVES. AND WE DID IT THIS YEAR LITERALLY. WE TOUCHED EVERY SINGLE CHILD'S LIFE THAT CROSSEDED THAT STAGE. SO, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, YOU DID AN EXCELLENT JOB. BUT I ALSO WANT TO SAY TO YOU PUBLICLY THAT YOUR STAFF DID AN AMAZING JOB TOO. WITH GRADUATIONS. AND AS QUICKLY AS SOME OF THEM HAVE TO MOVE, THEY DID IT WITH A DECORUM I FELT WONDERFUL. TO THAT END, THE FAIR AUTHORITY DID AN EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT JOB. AND THEY REALLY HAVE STEPPED UP THEIR GAME. AND FROM MY UNDERSTANDING, THERE'S MORE TO COME. BUT I DID HEAR SOME RUMORS THAT THERE ARE TALKS ABOUT GOING BACK TO USF SUN DOME. THEY'RE RUMORS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS THOSE RUMORS PUBLICLY BECAUSE I'D LIKE TO PUT MY OPINION OUT THERE PUBLICLY TO THIS BOARD AND HAVE YOUR THOUGHTS ON IT TOO. I REMEMBER THE DAYS OF DRIVING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN THE USF SUN DOME AND THE FAIRGROUNDS. AND I THINK THAT WE DID TRY TO LUMP THE GRADUATIONS, DEPENDING ON WHERE THE STUDENTS WENT TO SCHOOL, WHAT AREA. I THINK THEY DID THAT. BUT AS A COUNTYWIDE -- TRIEDED. BUT AS A COUNTYWIDE REP I WAS BACK AND FORTH. IT WAS REALLY, REALLY DIFFICULT. SOMETIMES WE WOULD HAVE BOARD MEMBERS SHOW UP AT THE WRONG PLACE, STAFF MEMBERS SHOW UP AT THE WRONG PLACE. I AM VERY PLEASED WITH THE FAIR AUTHORITY. AND I'D LIKE US BEING STATIONARY. SO, IF THOSE CONVERSATIONS ARE TAKING PLACE, IF YOU COULD TALK TO BOARD MEMBERS ABOUT IT AND GET SOME FEEDBACK ABOUT THATTING AHEAD OF TIME, BEFORE YOU GET TOO DEEP IN THOSE CONVERSATIONS.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THAT ACTUALLY IS AN ANNUAL ISSUE WITH BIDS. YOU KNOW, AND CERTAINLY WE GO THROUGH THAT PROCESS. THAT WAS JUST NOT THIS YEAR, BUT WE HAVE DONE THAT ANNUALLY. CERTAINLY THERE WAS A PORTION OF TIME WHERE THE SUN DOME GOING THROUGH RENOVATIONS AND THERE WAS NO OTHER OPTIONS. SO CERTAINLY IS NO SECRET THAT UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA WANTS BUSINESS. WANTS OUR BILLS. AND THEY'RE VERY INTERESTED IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS THEY ARE IN OTHER COUNTIES AROUND THE COMMUNITY. BUT WE DID RESPECT THE WORK THAT THE FAIR AUTHORITY ALWAYS DOES FOR US ANNUALLY. WE'RE IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT PROCESS, THAT WE GO THROUGH ANNUALLY WITH BOTH THE FAIR AUTHORITY AND ANY OTHER VENUE THAT WANTS TO BID ON THAT.  

>>April Griffin: I THINK THAT THIS IS A CONVERSATION NOT JUST ABOUT FINANCES BUT ABOUT CONVENIENCE FOR OUR FAMILIES TOO. AND CONVENIENCE FOR STAFF. IT REALLY DOES HELP THAT WE'RE ALL IN ONE PLACE. THAT'S JUST MY OPINION. I THINK THAT THIS IS, IF IT COMES FORWARD, BUT STAFF IS ULTIMATELY THE ONE THAT'S GOING TO BRING YOU THE RECOMMENDATION. AND THEN YOU'RE GOING TO BRING US THIS RECOMMENDATION, SO, KNOWING WHERE WE STAND AHEAD OF TIME I THINK IS PROBABLY A GOOD IDEA BEFORE YOU GET TOO, TOO DEEP INTO THOSE CONVERSATIONS. BECAUSE IT IS MORE THAN ABOUT JUST THE MONEY. WE HAVE HAD YEARS IN THE PAST WHERE THEY HAVE -- THEY HAD THEIR ISSUES WITH THEIR SECURITY PERSONNEL. NOT OURS. BUT FORCING PEOPLE OUT AND KIND OF MOVING THINGS TOO QUICKLY AND NOT HONORING WHAT THAT CEREMONY IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT. AND WE SOLVED THOSE ISSUES. THEY WORKED WITH US AND SOLVED THOSE ISSUES. THEY WORKED WITH US IN REFERENCE, WE WERE GOING TO HAVE A TOWN HALL MEETING, TWO TOWN HALL MEETINGS AND THEY WERE GOING TO WORK WITH US ON THAT. THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN BECAUSE OF THE RAIN. I'VE JUST SEEN THEM WORK. I'M GOING TO LEAVE IT AT THAT I'LL LET STAFF DO THEIR JOB BUT MY OPINION ON IT AND STAFF AND BOARD MEMBERS CAN SHARE THEIR OPINIONS. AND THEN THAT IS IT. AND I WILL TURN IT OVER TO YOU MR., MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. NO SHOCK, MY LEAD STORY IS GRADUATIONS. I JUST WANTED TO GRADUATE THE CLASS OF 2016. GRADUATION SEASON IS A BUSY TIME. 41 GRADUATIONS IN JUST A LITTLE OVER 14 SCHOOL DAYS. AS YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE PICTURES FROM OUR GRADUATIONS. OUR GRADUATES DEFINITELY SHINE IT. I WAS VERY PROUD, AS YOU'VE SAID ALONG WITH THE BOARD TO BE ABLE TO SHAKE THE HANDS OF ALL THE STUDENTS THAT WALKED ACROSS THE STAGE. I WAS ALSO PRIVILEGED WITH THE BOARD TO HEAR ABOUT SOME OF THEIR STORIES. SO THE STUDENTS THAT YOU SEE IN THESE PICTURES, WE ASKED EVERY SCHOOL PRIOR TO THE GRADUATION TO GIVE US A STUDENT OR PERHAPS A FEW STUDENTS FLAIR GRADUATING CLASS THAT THEY FEEL LIKE THAT DAY OF GRADUATION IS A SPECIAL DAY FOR THEM. FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER. SO AS MANY OF YOU AT THE BOARD, AND MYSELF GREETED THOSE PARTICULAR STUDENTS PRIOR TO GRADUATION, YOU HEARD A LOT ABOUT THE TRAITS THAT THOSE STUDENTS POSSESSED TO GET TO THAT DAY. SOME OF IT WAS PERSEVERANCE, SOME WAS OVERCOMING TRAGEDY. SOME OF IT WAS JUST THEY HAD A GREAT MENTOR. THEY HAD A GREAT COACH THAT REALLY SPURRED THEM ON. ULTIMATELY THE COMMON THEME WAS THEY ULTIMATELY HAD TO MAKE THE CHOICE OF HOW THEY WERE GOING TO GET TO THAT PARTICULAR DAY. I WANT TO POINT OUT ESPECIALLY YOUNG LADY IN THE BOTTOM RIGHT HAND CORNER OF THIS SHOT. TIA BROWN FROM OUR SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL. MANY OF YOU MAY NOT KNOW THE STORY. TIA WAS SUPPOSED TO GRADUATION IN 2015 WITH HER GRADUATING CLASS, TOP OF HER CLASS. SHE WAS INVOLVED IN AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT IN JANUARY OF 2015, WHICH KEPT HER FROM GRADUATING WITH HER COHORT. SHE, THREW OUR HOSPITAL HOME BOUND PROGRAM AND SERVICES THAT ARE PROVIDED IN OUR HOSPITAL HOME BOUND PROGRAM, THEY CAME AND SHE EARNED HER LAST THREE CREDITS THIS YEAR AND MADE IT TO THAT DAY. NOW, LITTLE DID WE KNOW THAT TIA HAD BEEN DOING SOME PRACTICING PRIOR TO THIS EVENT. SO, SHE IS IN HER WHEELCHAIR THERE IN THE PICTURE. BUT WHEN SHE WAS WHEELED UP ON STAGE, TYRA STOOD UP. WITH ASSISTANCE FROM ONE OF HER FAMILY MEMBERS OR A TEACHER, SHE WAS ABLE TO WALK ACROSS THE STAGE AND GET HER DIPLOMA. THAT'S THE KIND OF STUDENTS WE HAVE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THAT'S THE TRAITS WE WANT EVERY SINGLE STUDENT TO POSSESS. THAT GRIT, PERSEVERANCE, WE KNOW TYRA CAN DO JUST THAT, WE KNOW THAT ANY STUDENT CAN DO THAT. THAT'S REALLY ONE OF THE REASONS WHY I WANTED TO HEAR THE STORIES ALONG WITH THE BOARD OF SOME OF THESE STUDENTS, OF THE THINGS THAT THEY, KNOW THEY WENT THROUGH BUT DIDN'T ALLOW THOSE THINGS TO HINDER THEIR PROGRESS AND TO ULTIMATELY GET THEM TO THAT SHINING MOMENT ON STAGE. TO BE ABLE TO KNOW THEIR STORIES, TO BE ABLE TO TOUCH THEIR HANDS AS THEY WENT ACROSS, BEING IT WAS THE BOARD'S PRIORITY OF GRADUATION RATES IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS ON TO IMPROVE. OUR NEXT, MY NEXT, IN TWO OR THREE YEARS, HERE'S THE GOAL. WE WALK ACROSS THE STAGE AND WE ASK THEM, WHAT'S NEXT AND THEY ALL TELL US. BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PLAN AND WE KNOW THAT EVERYTHING THAT THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO GET THROUGH THEIR EDUCATION, THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE HERE, EDUCATORS, PARTNERS, THEY'RE OUT ON THAT DAY AND THEY HAVE A PLAN. WITH THAT I JUST WANTED TO ONCE AGAIN THANK ALL OF THE SCHOOLS, THE STAFFS OUT THERE IN OUR SCHOOLS AND FOR THE AMAZING WORK THEY DO TO PREPARE THESE STUDENTS FOR THIS PARTICULAR DAY. WE HAD A WINNER ON SUNDAY. JUST SO YOU KNOW. WE HAD, CONGRATULATIONS TO JENNIFER VAZQUEZ. BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE WHO WON A BRAND NEW SCION. SHE PULLED THE WINNING KEY IN THE PERFECT CAR FOR PERFECT ATTENDANCE AT TOYOTA OF TAMPA BAY. JENNIFER WILL BE HEADING TOW HCC IN THE FALL AND WILL THEN TRANSFER TO USF, WHERE SHE PLANS TO BE A PREHE MED STUDENT. I WANT TO THANK TOYOTA OF TAMPA BAY. THIS IS THE MORGAN AUTO GROUP WAS BEHIND ALL THIS. THIS IS THE SIXTH YEAR THEY'VE GIVEN A NEW CAR FOR A WELL HELP DESERVED STUDENT IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.  

>> AND THEY PAID TAX, TAG AND TITLE. NORMALLY WHEN SOMEONE WINS A VEHICLE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THEY HAVE TO PAY TAXES ON IT. AND TOYOTA OF TAMPA BAY PAYS THOSE FOR THEM.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ABSOLUTELY. IT WAS HOT OUT THERE THAT DAY TOO. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SO WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING NUTRITIONALLY BALANCED MEALS TO CHILDREN DURING SUMMER VACATION. JUST WANT TO MAKE EVERYONE AWARE OF THREE OPPORTUNITIES, EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAM OFFERS STUDENTS BREAKFAST OR LUNCH AT NO COST. AT SCHOOLS THAT PROVIDE SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMS. MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY, FROM NOW UNTIL AUGUST 5th, ALL CHILDREN 18 YEARS AND YOUNGER CAN COME TO AN OPEN SCHOOL REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE CHILD IS ENROLLED IN SUMMER SCHOOL. FOR THE FIFTH YEAR NOW WE ALSO HAVE OUR MOVING MEALS FOOD BUSES. OUR STAFF IS DELIVERING FOOD INTO THE MIGRANT COMMUNITIES ON FOUR OF OUR RETIRED AND RENOVATED SCHOOL BUSES. STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO SIT ON THE AIR CONDITIONED BUSES AND EAT THEIR MEALS. WE HAVE ALSO RENTED 13 REFRIGERATED TRUCKS TO DELIVER BOXED MEALS TO COMMUNITY SITES WITH SUMMER PROGRAMS. THIS INCLUDES THE YMCA, CC SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR KIDS, WIC LOCATIONS, THREE LIBRARIES AND ALL THE PARKS AND REC CENTERS. WE ENCOURAGE OUR FAMILIES TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY. SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT, WANT TO CONGRATULATE DETAIL WILL BE 0 MARCH SMALL WOOD FROM STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL. WE JUST LEARNED DALE WILL BE IS ONE OF FOUR GRADUATING SENIORS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY SELECTED TO RECEIVE THE 2016 EXXON MOBILE BERNARD HARRIS MATH AND SCIENCE SCHOLARSHIP. DEY LYNN WILL RECEIVE $5,000 FOR CONTINUE EDUCATION AND STEM RELATED FIELD. DALE LOW PRESSURE AND OTHER SCHOLARS WERE CHOSEN AMONG SEVERAL HUNDRED APPLICANTS FOR THEIR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, LEADERSHIP QUALITIES AND. PLANS TO STUDY BIO PHYSICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA ON A FULL ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP. HE ALSO HAS ASPIRATIONS TO BE A PHYSICIAN. [ APPLAUSE ] I ALSO WANT TO CONGRATULATION EDWIN CORTEZ, WHO HAS BEEN NAMED THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 2016 MIGRANT EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR. HE WAS HONORED FOR HIS DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT TO MIGRANTS FAMILIES. HE IS A DISTRICT SOCIAL WORKER IN PLANT CITY AREA AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: HE HAS BEEN WITH THE DISTRICT FOR NINE YEARS AS ADVOCATE FOR THE MIGRANT EDUCATION PROGRAM AND HAS BEEN A SOCIAL WORKER FOR 18 YEARS. HE SAYS HE BECAME A SOCIAL WORKER TO MAKE A POE DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE THAT SOMETIMES ARE VOICELESS OAR ARE MISREPRESENTED. THANK YOU, MR. CORTEZ, FOR ALL YOU DO FOR OUR STUDENTS AS WE PREPARE THEM FOR LIFE. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IN MY FINAL COMMENT IS JUST, THIS THURSDAY, I KNOW MS. MacMANUS ALONG WITH SEVERAL STAFF AND STAFF FROM SCHOOLS HAVE PLANNED OUR FIRST TALENT DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE. WE HAVE ONE IN JUNE AND ONE IN JULY. SO HALF OF OUR SCHOOLS WILL BE THERE TO WORK ON THEIR PLAN WORKING WITH LEADERS, ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHER LEADERS AT THEIR SCHOOLS TO DEVELOP THEIR SYSTEM OF SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS. SO THAT NOT ONE SINGLE TEACHER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY GOES A DAY WITHOUT THAT SUPPORT THAT THEY FEEL WILL BENEFIT THEM IN THE CLASSROOM AND THEIR KIDS. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT DAY ON THURSDAY. AND THAT'S MY COMMENTS.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ANY OTHER COMMENTS, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.   

 

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