Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from July 19, 2016, 3:00 P.M.

(SOUNDING GAVEL).

>> IF EVERYONE COULD PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THEN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY OUR VICE CHAIR CINDY STUART. (MOMENT OF SILENCE).

>> PLEASE JOIN ME IN THE PLEDGE. [ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ]

>> THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. THE WITHDRAWN ITEMS ARE C-4.06, C-6-11, AND I NEED TO ADVICE YOU THAT THERE IS A SCRIVENER'S NOTE TO AGENDA ITEM C-6.06 AND THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY LINE 1 SHOULD READ:  THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION AWARDED $27,736,000 TO USF. THERE WAS A PERIOD INSTEAD OF A COMMA IN THE DOLLAR AMOUNT. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS, A SECOND BY MRS. STUART. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. THE AGENDA IS ADOPTED. ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT. I NEED TO GET A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE JUNE 28, 2016 SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING MINUTES, THE JUNE 28th, 2016 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, THE JULY 12, 2016 SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP BUDGET MORNING SESSION. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. EDGECOMB, A SECOND BY MRS. STUART. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? ANY MORE CHANGES? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. MRS. KURDELL? AND ALL MINUTES ARE APPROVED. MRS. STUART, WILL YOU PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES?

>>Cindy Stuart: ABSOLUTELY. AS WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON'S BOARD MEETING LET ME QUICKLY REVIEW THE FORMAT OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS. PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. THE BOARD'S AGENDA IS A CONSENT AGENDA. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE IMPROVED 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 WEBCAST ON CABLE TV AND ON THE VIDEO MONITOR HERE IN THE AUDITORIUM. IT CAN ALSO BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING LATER IN THE VIDEO ARCHIVES. DURING THE MEETING THERE IS A TABLET AVAILABLE AT THE COMMUNICATIONS DESK THAT CAN BE USED TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING. THERE ARE SPEAKERS IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM OF THAT ALLOW BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR THE MEETING SHOULD WE LEAVE THE DAIS. THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 457 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 TIME WILL BE REDUCED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER.  IF THERE ARE STILL SPEAKERS AFTER THE 45-MINUTE ALLOTTED TIME ENDS THE REMAINDER OF THE SPEAKERS WILL BE HEARD PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. YOUR COMMENTS ARE IMPORTANT. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO YOUR COMMENTS, THE STAFF WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU AND WILL 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.

>> THANK YOU. WE ARE NOW IN THE SECTION OF THE AGENDA FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. AND THERE IS ONE SPEAKER SIGNED UP TO SPEAK THIS EVENING. I'M SORRY. WE HAVE A COUPLE OTHERS. MR. JOSEPH ROBINSON FIRST. PLEASE COME UP. AND YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, CHAIR, SUPERINTENDENT. I AM HERE TO TALK ABOUT FOUR ITEMS. 6-27, THE LEGAL SERVICES BETWEEN McFARLAND FERGSTON AND THE DISTRICT. 502, THE CLINICAL CHIEF OF SCHOOLS. ITEM C-4.04, TEACHERS CONSIDERED OUT OF FIELD. THEN FINALLY 4.05-R-2 NOW, APPROVING DISCIPLINARY ACTION, PROVISION 2. LET ME SAY THIS. I HAVE BEEN HEARING A LOT OF THINGS IN THE COMMUNITY. THE BIGGEST ISSUE IS NOW ABOUT THE GRADES, THE FAILING SCHOOLS, THIS AND THAT. LET ME JUST READ TO YOU SOME THINGS THAT PEOPLE ARE TELLING ME. AND THEY WANT TO GET MORE INVOLVED INTO THE STATUTES. I WANT TO QUOTE STATUTE 1001.4, PARAGRAPH 2-1, POWERS AND DUTIES OF SCHOOL BOARD, ITEM 21. AUTHORITY TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY. THE BOARD MAY DECLARE A EMERGENCY IN CASE ONE OR MORE SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT ARE FAILING OR IN DANGER OF FAILING AND NEGOTIATE SPECIAL PROVISION OF ITS CONTRACT WITH THE APPROPRIATE BARGAINING UNITS TO FREE THESE SCHOOLS FROM CONTRACT RESTRICTIONS THAT LIMIT THE SCHOOL'S ABILITY TO IMPLEMENT PROGRAMS, TO IMPROVE STUDENT PERFORMANCE. I SAY THAT WHEN WE NEGOTIATING WITH THE UNION TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE A LAWYER SUCH AS FERGUSON AT THE TABLE DURING THE NEGOTIATIONS, NOT AFTER THE NEGOTIATIONS ARE DONE AND REVIEW WHAT HAS BEEN DONE BUT THERE SHOULD BE A LAWYER BECAUSE WE ARE AT CRITICAL TIMES. THE OTHER STATUTE THAT REFERS TO THE ITEMS I TALK ABOUT IS STATUTE 1012.23-15 ABOUT THE LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS, THAT THERE IS DISPARITIES BETWEEN TEACHERS ASSIGNED TO TEACH THE MAJORITY OF SCHOOLS THAT DO NOT NEED IMPROVEMENT AND SCHOOLS THAT DO NEED IMPROVEMENT PURSUANT TO 1008 .33. DISPARITIES MAY BE FOUND IN THE SIGN OF AN TEMPORARY CERTIFIED TEACHERS, TEACHERS IN NEED OF IMPROVEMENT, AND TEACHERS IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THE STUDENTS. AND THE SCHOOL BOARDS HAVE FLEXIBILITY THROUGH THE HEALTH COLLECTIVE BARGAINING PROCESS ONCE AGAIN MORE EQUITABLY AGAINST THE SCHOOLS AND THE DISTRICT. PLEASE HAVE YOUR LAWYER MAKE SURE THAT YOU NEGOTIATE THAT NOW BASED ON OUR SCHOOL GRADES AND BASED ON WHERE WE ARE. AND I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS LAST ONE. COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, FLORIDA STATUTE 112-2.2315 (4). NOT WITHSTANDING THE PROVISIONS OF CHAPTER 447, TO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, COLLECTIVE BARGAINING PROVISIONS MAY NOT PRECLUDE A SCHOOL DISTRICT FROM PROVIDING INCENTIVES TO HIRE QUALITY TEACHERS AND A SY INTHOUGH TEACHERS TO LOWER PERFORMING SCHOOLS. I HAVE BEEN DOING RESEARCH. I DON'T HAVE THE STATISTICS BECAUSE IT GOES IN SOME OTHER PARAGRAPHS AND TALKS ABOUT ASSIGNMENT TO SCHOOLS, SCHOOLS WITH Ds AND Fs, BUT I KNOW THERE IS A COMBINATION OF THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT, OF THE FAILING SCHOOLS, AND A COMBINATION OF THAT SUPERINTENDENT, BUT TO MAKE A CHANGE. WITH THAT I WANT TO SAY THAT WE HAVE GOT TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. IT CAN BE SOLVED. IT VERY COMPLEX. BUT IT REQUIRES A REAL SERIOUS LOOK AT THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING THAT'S GOING ON. SO IT'S TIMELY. AND I SUGGEST THAT THE FERGUSON, THE ONE THAT YOU HIRED, IS THE ONE THAT'S SITTING THERE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS THAT YOU HAVE TO RELIEVE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT BE LOOKED AT. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT HAS NOT BEEN CONCERNED OR LOOKED AT, BUT WE ARE IN THAT SITUATION WHERE WE WERE AN A, NOW WE ARE B, NOW YOU CAN SAY IT'S ABOUT THE TESTS, IT'S ALL OF THAT, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT THE SCHOOLS ARE FAILING, ITS IT'S HARD TO GET GOOD HIGH QUALITY TEACHERS IN OUR LOW PERFORMING SCHOOLS. AND THERE'S A PERCENTAGE THERE. AND THERE'S SOME NUMBERS THERE. BUT I HAVE YET TO SEE THE STATISTICS THAT SHOW WHERE WE ARE PURSUANT TO THE STATUTE. SO I AM THROWING THAT ON THE TABLE, NOW THAT IT'S A STATUTORY REQUIREMENT THAT THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING UNIT HAS TO ALLOW FOR THOSE HIGH PERFORMING TEACHERS TO GO INTO THESE LOW PERFORMING SCHOOLS, BECAUSE IF YOU CAN GET -- AND PRINCIPALS, TOO, MR. VICE PRESIDENT -- IF YOU CAN GET THOSE PEOPLE INTO THE LOOK PERFORMING SCHOOLS YOU WILL START TO SEE MEASURE USUALLY INCREASE IN THE PERFORMANCE RATE OF OUR STUDENTS, AND THAT'S WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE, ALL 200,000 SOME, AND I AM JUST SAYING JUST TAKE A LOOK AT THAT JUST CONSIDER THAT AND MAKE SURE THE LAWYERS ARE AT THE TABLE, IN THE ROOM, BECAUSE THOSE ARE THE GUYS THAT CAN DEAL WITH THESE STATUTES AND DEAL WITH THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. I SAY THAT TO SORT OF HELP MOVE THIS FORWARD BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE ASKING ME AND I'M SAYING LET'S JUST SEE WHAT HAPPENS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>> THANK YOU, MR. ROBINSON. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. MARK KLUTHO.

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. 4. YOU ARE GOING TO CHANGE THE RULES. YOU ARE GOOD AT THAT, AREN'T YOU? YEAH. CHANGE THOSE RULES. AND GO TO USF FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING. A DEN OF IGNORANCE. THEY HAVE A SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND ENGINEERING, BUT NOT ONE HIGH-PERFORMANCE, SUSTAINABLE BUILDING ON THEIR CAMPUS. NOW, YOU HAVE TO BE REALLY STUPID TO GO TO THEM FOR A SOURCE WHEN THEY ARE NOT PROVIDING ANY GUIDANCE FOR THIS COMMUNITY WHEN THE PLANET IS BURNING. AND ACCORDING TO THE 6.24-R, THE PAPER, YOU ARE HAVING THE HEARING ON THE BUDGET. NOW, THIS DOESN'T READ AS SUCH. ADVERTISEMENT FOR FRAMEWORK. IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A BUDGET HEARING TO ME. SO I ADOPT NOTCH WHAT GOING ON HERE. MAYBE SOMEBODY CAN GIVE AN EXPLANATION. NOW, YOU KNOW, GOING ON 20 YEARS COMING IN HERE WITH MY SATCHEL, ALL KINDS OF SCIENCE. NO, NOT ACTUALLY THE SAME ONE. THEY HAVE GONE THROUGH, YOU KNOW, WEARING, AND IT'S BEEN REPLACED. BUT NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY HAVE TO BE SEARCHED. YEAH. THIS IS SOMETHING. THEY HAVE TO BE SEARCHED. IT'S REALLY SOMETHING. YET YOU DON'T GET IT, DO YOU? YOU CAN'T GET THE SCIENCE. IT'S HERE. AND IT'S POWERFUL. BUT YET YOU IGNORE IT. YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE THESE COPS OUT HERE. YOU DON'T EVEN FIND A BUTTER KNIFE. THIS ISN'T MAKING US SECURE. MAYBE YOU OUGHT TO READ THE SHIRT. YOU HAVE A SICKNESS HERE, REAL SICKNESS. AND I'M JUST WAITING FOR YOU TO OVERSTEP YOUR BOUNDS. THE LAWYER IS READY, WILLING FOR YOUR STUPIDITY. HILLSBOROUGH TEACHERS TOLD, WE ALL HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT WE CAN BE THE ONE FOR SOMEBODY. THIS IS THE SUPERINTENDENT. WELL, SEE, IT'S NOT REALLY GOING TO HAPPEN. BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL GOING TO TEACH THE CHILDREN IN THE STUPID DUMB BUILDINGS THAT YOU PROVIDE, AND AS A RESULT, THE PLANET BURNS. AND, YOU KNOW, I HAVE HAD THIS HERE. THE BIRD WATCH LIST, 432 OR 37% OF THE 1,154 BIRD SPECIES IN NORTH AMERICA QUALIFY AS HIGHLY VULNERABLE TO EXTINCTION. NOW, WHEN YOU MAKE THE STUPID DUMB BUILDINGS, THERE'S A CAUSE AND EFFECT. NOW, SEE, THIS IS A BIG FAT LIE. THAT'S WHAT IT IS, A BIG FAT LIE. BECAUSE THESE TEACHERS ARE ALL GOING IN TO SICK BUILDINGS. WHAT DID WINSTON CHURCHILL SAY? HE SAID WE SHAPE BUILDINGS, THEREAFTER THEY SHAPE US. SO THESE TEACHERS, THE FUTURE FOR THESE LITTLE CHILDREN IS DIM, VERY, VERY DIM. (BELL SOUNDS)

>> THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO.  THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. TERRY TEMPLE.

>> HI. I'M TERRY KIMPLE, COMMUNITY ISSUES COUNCIL OF BRANDON AND I WAS ACTUALLY GOING TO GIVE YOU A MEETING OFF. BUT A FRIEND SENT ME A COPY OF A SCREEN SHOT OF A FACEBOOK POST AND I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE IT WITH YOU. TERRY KEMPLE, THE HATE MONGER, SAYS WE WANT SEXUAL ORIENTATION REMOVED FROM THE POLICY. HEAR ME LOUD AND CLEAR, MR. KEMPLE, I WILL NOT BE BULLIED INTO PUTTING OUR STUDENTS OR EMPLOYEES INTO HARM'S WAY BY YOU AND YOUR FOLLOWERS. I WILL NOT VOTE TO REMOVE THE TERM SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR SEXUAL IDENTITY FROM OUR ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY. YOU HAVE COME AT ME WITH ALL YOU HAD MORE THAN ONCE AND HAVE LOST. YOUR BARK IS WAY BIGGER THAN YOUR BITE, AND I WILL NOT LET FEAR AND HATRED WIN. I JUST WANT TO SAY TWO THINGS. I DON'T BELIEVE THAT ANY ONE OF YOU HAS EVER HEARD THE WORD "HATE" COME OUT OF MY MOUTH EXCEPT WHEN I JUST READ IT THERE AND I DON'T THINK ANY OF YOU EVER HEARD ME INCITING ANYONE TO HATE. I HAVE STOOD UP SOME THINGS BUT I NEVER EVER PROMOTED HATRED. AND IF BULLYING IS HAVING THE PASTORS AND ASSOCIATION LEADERS OF MORE THAN 200 CHURCHES THAT REPRESENT OVER 100,000 PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY, IF THAT'S BULLYING, THEN I DON'T KNOW WHAT PUBLIC COMMENT IS. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. THAT CONCLUDES OUR PUBLIC SPEAKING. WE ARE NOW ONTO THE PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS. AND THE FIRST IS A PROCLAMATION FOR HILLSBOROUGH 100 CONSERVATION CHALLENGE AND WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS. AND MR. CHRIS JARGO, DIRECTOR OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IS GOING TO PRESENT THIS.

>>Christopher Jargo: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. AT THE JUNE 14, 2016 MEETING, THE SCHOOL BOARD RECEIVED AN INFORMATION ITEM RELATED TO THE HILLSBOROUGH 100 CONES VATION CHALLENGE. THEY REQUESTED A PROCLAMATION BE BROUGHT IN SUPPORT OF THIS INITIATIVE. I WILL READ AN EXCERPT FROM THIS PROCLAMATION AND INTRODUCE MISS BELTTY JO TOMPKINS FROM THAN THE HILLSBOROUGH SOIL AND WATER DISTRICT TO PROVIDE SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. WHEREAS THE HILLSBOROUGH SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT WAS ORGANIZED AUGUST 5, 1946 BY THE PEOPLE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND WHEREAS THE DISTRICT WILL HOST THE FIRST HILLSBOROUGH 100 CONSERVATION CHALLENGE FROM APRIL 22ND THROUGH THE 30th OF 2017, AND WHEREAS THE PURPOSE OF THIS CHALLENGE IS TO PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM TO COMPLETE 100 CONSERVATION PROJECTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND WHEREAS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSERVATION TO THE FUTURE OF OUR ENVIRONMENT, AND STRIVES TO BRING GREATER AWARENESS SO THAT EVERYONE CAN BE COMMITTED TO CONSERVATION AND MAKE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY A NATIONAL MODEL IN THIS EFFORT. NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FLORIDA SUPPORTS THE GOALS AND EFFORTS OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT AND SENDS ITS BEST WISHES TO THE HILLSBOROUGH 100 CONSERVATION CHALLENGE. NOW MISS BETTY JO TOMPKINS.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, CHRIS. COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, CHAIRMAN, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR THE FACT THAT YOU ARE RECOGNIZING AN EFFORT THAT WE CREATED SEVERAL MONTH AGO AND IT HAS TAKEN OFF LIKE WILDFIRE. WE ARE THRILLED THAT THE HILLSBOROUGH 100 CONSERVATION CHALLENGE WILL PROVIDE THE TEMPLATE FOR CONSERVATION PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE UNIVERSITIES. THIS IS THE BIGGEST PROJECT EVER ATTEMPTED BY AN INDIVIDUAL COUNTY, AND I AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT JUST A DAY AGO WE WERE NAMED THE NATIONAL WINNER OF THE AGRICULTURAL INITIATIVE CONSERVATION GRANT PROGRAM AND THAT WILL HELP FUND A LOT OF THE PROGRAMS, PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES. OUR CONSERVATION CHALLENGE IS SOMETHING THAT WILL BRING TOGETHER BUSINESS, CIVIC, GOVERNMENTAL, YOUTH, AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS IN A GOAL TO BRING FURTHER EMPHASIS OF CONSERVATION TO THE URBAN, SUBURBAN AND RURAL COMMUNITIES. I PROVIDED TO YOU A PAMPHLET THAT SHOWS YOU WHAT WE HAVE DONE JUST IN THE LAST SEVEN MONTHS AND IT SHOWS YOU SOME OF THE MANY ACTIVITIES THAT WE ENGAGE IN WITH STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH'S PUBLIC-PRIVATE, PAROCHIAL AND HOME SCHOOL PROGRAMS. EACH OF THESE IS A SEPARATE COMPETITION. EACH OF THESE IS A LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE. AND THROUGHOUT THE ACTUAL CHALLENGE ITSELF, WE HAVE MANY, MANY MORE ACTIVITIES PLANNED. AND I AM PLEASED TO SAY THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED, AS I SAID, ALREADY NATIONAL RECOGNITION -- RECOGNITION, BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT PART IS THAT WE TEACH YOUNG PEOPLE, AS WELL AS OUR ADULTS, THE ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL NATURE OF CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES. WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT 2 MILLION PEOPLE DIE ANNUALLY FROM POLLUTED WATER, WITH OVER 20 MILLION PEOPLE, DEBILITATED, THIS IS ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, WHEN YOU FURTHER REALIZE THAT IN FIFTY YEARS WE WILL HAVE TO ABSOLUTELY DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF FOOD PRODUCED TO FILL -- TO FEED OUR POPULATIONS. THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS, AND EVERYONE ABSOLUTELY NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED. ONE OF OUR ADVISER COMMITTEE MEMBERS, SUSAN DONE IF I, IS HERE THIS AFTERNOON. -- DUNFYY. THE REST OF THE BOARD IS OUT OF TOWN BUT THEY QUANTITY TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTSND R, AND WE WILL BE BACK TO REPORT THIS TO YOU AFTER NEXT APRIL. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. DON'T GO GO ANYWHERE.  WEEKI WACHEE SOME COMMENTS. MRS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: JUST A MOTION.

>>April Griffin: A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES, A SECOND BY MRS. STUART. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR? THEN THAT MOTION IS TO APPROVE -- TO ADOPT THE PROCLAMATION. I WILL LEAVE MY COMMENTS FOR AFTER WE VOTE. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. CONGRATULATIONS. I AM REALLY EXCITED TO SUPPORT THIS, AND TO LEND OUR PROCLAMATION AND WHATEVER OTHER SUPPORT WE CAN GIVE YOU IN THIS ENDEAVOR. WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENING DOWN IN SOUTH FLORIDA, WE HAVE SOME MAJOR PROBLEMS WITH THE ALGAE AND THE WATER DOWN THERE. THIS IS A TOURISM STATE. AND ASIDE FROM OUR POTABLE WATER AND OUR DRINKING WATER, WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO COME HERE TO ENJOY OUR BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL STATE. AND THAT IS AT RISK RIGHT NOW. SO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO HELP IN THAT WE APPRECIATE. SO LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN HELP YOU EVEN FURTHER.

>> WELL, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I THANK ALL OF YOU FOR APPROVING THE PROCLAMATION. AND I WANT YOU, IF YOU HAVE TIME LATER, LOOK THROUGH THE PACKET I HAVE GIVEN YOU. AND YOU WILL SEE THE MANY WAYS WE ALREADY ENGAGE STUDENTS. AND WE WANT TO INCREASE THAT ENGAGEMENT. IN FACT, OUR FUND WHICH WE HOLD FOR ALL THE HIGH SCHOOLS -- AND WE ACTUALLY SPONSOR FOR NOT ONLY HILLSBOROUGH BUT WE INVITE PINELLAS COUNTY TO PARTICIPATE -- THAT IS GOING TO BE NOT ONLY HAPPENING AGAIN THIS YEAR, BUT WE HAVE CREATED A BRAND NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL, BECAUSE WE THINK THE YOUNGER WE TEACH PEOPLE THE IMPORTANCE OF CONSERVATION AND PROTECTING NATURAL RESOURCES, THE BETTER. AND A LOT OF ADULTS COULD LEARN THAT LESSON, TOO. SO AGAIN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: ABSOLUTELY. AND I'M SO GLAD MR. JARGO IS HERE, TOO. ONE OF THE THINGS I WAS READ BEING WITH THE PROBLEMS WE ARE HAVING DOWN IN SOUTH FLORIDA ARE THE OLD SEPTIC TANKS THAT HAVE DISINTEGRATED AND ARE LEAKING. SO AS WE ARE MOVING FORWARD, WE HAVE A LOT OF VERY IMPORTANT JOBS IN THIS COMMUNITY, PLUMBERS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, EDUCATING PEOPLE ON THEIR SEPTIC SYSTEMS, TOO, WAS SOMETHING THAT I WAS THINKING ABOUT AS I WAS READING THAT, BECAUSE WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF OLD ONES AND MAYBE IT'S TIME TO TALK TO SOME OF OUR CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS AND THE PEOPLE THAT YOU KNOW TO LOOK AT SOME SORT OF RESOURCES TO HELP PEOPLE REPLACE THEM. BUT WE NEED A WORKFORCE IN ORDER TO DO THAT. SO THE DIRECTION THAT WE ARE MOVING IN IS TO TRY TO MAINTAIN THOSE VERY IMPORTANT JOBS IN THIS COMMUNITY.

>> THANK YOU. AND I DO WANT TO SAY THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD, AS THE COUNTY COMMISSION, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, THE USDA AND RCF AND SO MANY OTHER GROUPS ARE INTEGRATE TO -- INTEGRAL TO THE OVERALL SUCCESS OF THIS PROGRAM. AND WE HAVE HAD SO MANY UNIQUE PROJECTS. WE HAVE GOT 60-SOME OF OUR PROJECTS ALREADY COMMITTED. WE FEEL LAKE WE WILL GO WAY BEYOND 100. BUT THEY ARE ALL EXCITING, THEY ARE ALL DIFFERENT, AND THEY SHOW THE MANY DIFFERENT WAYS PEOPLE CAN APPROACH CONSERVATION. AND I THINK YOUR POINTS ARE VERY WELL TAKEN ABOUT THE ISSUES OF WATER AND THE ISSUES OF SEPTIC, ET CETERA, IN THIS STATE. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BE SAFE TRAVELING HOME. THANK YOU, MR. JARGO. THE NEXT ITEM ON OUR AGENDA IS, OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I HAVE A COUPLE OF UPDATES THIS EVENING. ONE, I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS AND WHAT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THEY ARE DOING TO GET READY FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR. FIRST OF ALL JUST KNOW THAT THE MAIN FOCUS RIGHT NOW WITHIN OUR ALL-DAY SCHOOLS ARE THE ISSUES AROUND OUR CORE INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS. THAT'S GOT TO BE THE BEST INSTRUCTION EVERY SINGLE MINUTE OF EVERY SINGLE DAY IN EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS ACROSS THIS DISTRICT, IN PARTICULAR. OF COURSE, FILLING VACANCIES, I KNOW THAT OUR HR PARTNERS ARE WORKING RIGHT BESIDE OUR ELEVATE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL COMES THAT WE HAVE VACANCIES FILLED. THAT'S GOING TO BE CRITICAL FOR OUR STUDENTS TO HAVE THE VERY BEST INSTRUCTOR IN FRONT OF THEM. SO I WANT TO THANK THE RESOURCES PARTNERS, WORKING SIDE BY SIDE, INTERVIEWING FOR OUR PRINCIPALS, GETTING THEM GREAT LEADS AND GETTING THEM GREAT CANDIDATES. THEY ARE NOT SETTLING FOR JUST ANYBODY IN ANY ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS. THEY ARE MAKING SURE THEY SCREEN THE VERY BEST AND SEND THE VERY BEST TO OUR SCHOOLS TO BE INTERVIEWED AND HIRED. WE DO HAVE SOME STRATEGIES THAT THEY ARE ALSO ADDING TO THEIR PLATE THIS YEAR. OBVIOUSLY, SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL LEARNING HAS BEEN A KEY, THE SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING BLOCK TO HELP MAKE OUR STUDENTS MAKE THAT CONNECTION BETWEEN CHOICES THEY ARE MAKING EACH AND EVERY DAY, NOT JUST ACADEMIC BUT IN BEHAVIORS. ANOTHER IS BRINGING THE COMMUNITY IN, ACTUALLY HELPING THE PARENTS TO SEE THAT THERE IS A POTENTIAL HOPE FOR THEM. ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS IS BRINGING GED CLASSES FOR PARENTS TO THE CAMPUS. ONCE AGAIN TRY TO GET THE COMMUNITY THERE, GET THE PARENTS THERE, HELP THEM TO SEE THAT THEY ARE NOT JUST A PLACE TO SERVE THEIR STUDENTS BUT ALSO TO SERVE THE ENTIRE FAMILY AND COMMUNITY. ONE OF THE -- SOME OF THE SCHOOLS ARE OFFERING NEW CLUBS TO PIQUE STUDENT INTEREST ESPECIALLY AROUND THE ARTS INSTRUCTION AND THE ARTS PROGRAMS. SO I WANTED TO MAKE SURE -- THAT'S A BIG PRIORITY OF THIS BOARD, SO JUST KNOW THAT. FINALLY, WE HAVE MANY OF OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS REACHING OUT TO OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS TO HELP THEM ALONG THE WAY AS THEY OPEN THIS NEW SCHOOL YEAR AND HAVE THAT SCHOOL. SO I WANT TO THANK THE COMMUNITY PARTNERS. WE NEED MORE. JUST KNOW THAT. BUT ALL THE COMMUNITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS ARE DOING TO KIND OF COME WITH OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. THE OTHER FEM I WANT TO MENTION IN THE SUSPENDED AGENDA IS DEALING WITH FAITH BASED UPDATES SO THAT YOU CAN SEE WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE OUR LAST MEETING. ON JULY 11, AND THEN TOMORROW, JULY 20, WE HAVE A COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY TOOLS AND NEW POLICIES TRAINING FOR SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TRAINING. THIS TARGETS COMMUNITY GROUPS AND FAITH BASED VOLUNTEERISM. LAST WEEK THE TITLE 1 PRINCIPALS TRAINING, IT WAS AN -- ENHANCING COMMUNITY PARTNER BASED, HIGHLIGHTED BEST PRACTICES WHEN WORKING WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS INCLUDING FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS. UPCOMING, WE HAVE, IN AUGUST, STRATEGIES, POLICIES AND PROTOCOLS FOR WORKING WITH COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS AND PARTNERS. WE HAVE SIX SESSIONS THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SITE CONTACTS, AND THIS COVERS TOPICS LIKE EQUAL ACCESS AND FAITH BASED ASSURANCES. THEN STARTING AUGUST 10, THIS IS A BIG ITEM WE TALKED A FEW BOARD MEETINGS AGO, THE VOLUNTEER AUTOMATED PROCESS BEGINS. SO ONLINE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR EXTERNAL ACCESS AFTER AUGUST 10. ALL COMMUNITY PARTNERS INCLUDING FAITH BASED WILL USE THIS PROCESS FOR ACCESSING SCHOOLS.

>>April Griffin: ONCE VOLUNTEER SELECT FAITH BASED AND/OR AFFILIATIONS AS CRITERIA THEY WILL RECEIVE TARGETED TRAINING AND SUPPORT. SO THAT WILL BE OUR INFORMATION THAT WE WILL RECEIVE IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT WE GET WITH THOSE FAITH BASED PARTNERS RIGHT AWAY BEFORE ANYONE FROM THOSE ORGANIZATIONS GO ON OUR CAMPUSES.

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU FOR THOSE UPDATES. ONCE THE OBSERVATION, PERHAPS PERSONNEL RESPONSIBLE FOR SOME OF THESE ITEMS YOU MAY WANT TO -- AND MAYBE YOU ARE ALREADY ON THAT. MY SECOND REQUEST IS JUST A REQUEST. IT WILL BE ONE YEAR SINCE WE IMPLEMENTED SOME NEW CHANGES IN THE CODE OF CONDUCT IN OUR STUDENT HANDBOOK, ALL THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AND STRUCTURES AND ACTIVITY. I THINK IT WOULD BE HELPFUL IF WE COULD GET A MORE COMPREHENSIVENESS. WE HAVE HAD THE QUARTERLY REPORTS. BUT ASKING HERE, THE QUESTION I WOULD HAVE, WHAT DIFFERENCES HAVE BEEN MADE OR WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE WORKING, WHAT ARE STILL SOME OF THE CHALLENGES, WHERE ARE WE GOING NOW IN YEAR TWO? I KNOW THE WORKSHOP IS THE BEST PLACE TO GET THIS DONE. AND I DON'T -- THE FINAL REPORT MAY BE ONE WAY, BUT I THINK IT COMPELS US TO HAVE SOME DISCUSSION AROUND IT BECAUSE IT WAS A BIG ACTIVITY. IT WAS A BIG INITIATIVE. AND AN IMPORTANT ONE. AND SO AT THE END OF THE DAY, MY QUESTION WOULD BE AFTER ONE YEAR, WHERE ARE WE?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SHE GOOD QUESTION, MRS. EDGECOMB. MR. AYRES IS WORKING TO GATHER ALL THE END OF YEAR DATA SO WE CAN SEE LAST YEAR, END OF YEAR, NEXT YEAR END OF YEAR. THAT'S ONE OF THE COMPONENTS AROUND BEHAVIOR. SO WE'LL PUT IT WITH -- THAT WAS ONE OF THE FEMMES ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA THAT I WANTED TO CLOSE THE LOOP ON FOR OUR STUDENTS THAT WE HAVE BEEN FOCUSING ON. YES, IT'S A NOTE TO THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS OFFICES. THEY ARE MEETING WITH SITE BASED LEADERS RIGHT NOW TO KIND OF GATHER SOME OF THE END OF THE YEAR -- JUST KIND OF SURVEY WHERE WERE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WENT WELL? WHAT WERE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THAT WERE OCCURRING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR? OBVIOUSLY HEARING THINGS FROM TEACHERS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, WHAT WERE SOME OF THEIR CHALLENGES? WE HEARD SOME OF THOSE. WHERE DO WE NEED TO MAKE COURSE CORRECTIONS?  ANYTIME YOU IMPLEMENT ANYTHING NEW THERE'S GOING TO BE CHECKS AND BALANCES TO ULTIMATELY DO COURSE CORRECTIONS THAT CAN BETTER MEET OUR STUDENTS' NEEDS. SO THAT'S CURRENTLY IN PLACE. SO THAT'S VERY TIMELY. SO WE'LL GET SOMETHING SET UP SO WE CAN GET THAT INFORMATION OUT AND YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE COMPREHENSIVE.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: TO THE COMMENT THAT YOU MADE, MAYBE WHAT DOES YEAR TWO LOOK LIKE OR FUTURE TIMELINES OF IMPLEMENTATION AND CHANGING? THAT WILL BE PART OF THE CONVERSATION.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YES.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU.

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR W.SCHOOL GETTING READY TO BEGIN VERY SHORTLY, I WOULD LOVE -- I KNOW THE BOARD WOULD LOVE TO HEAR A TRANSPORTATION UPDATE FROM EITHER YOU OR MR. BEEKMAN OR MR. FARKAS, BECAUSE WE HAVE SOME CONCERNS WITH -- THERE WERE SEVERAL TRANSPORTATION ISSUES LAST YEAR. I THINK WE ARE CURIOUS TO KNOW WHERE WE ARE, WHAT HAS CHANGED, WHAT HAS IMPROVED, WHAT CHANGES HAVE WE IMPLEMENTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE SOME OF THE SAME ISSUES THAT WE HAD LAST YEAR FOR THIS PARTICULAR SCHOOL YEAR. THANK YOU.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SHE TIMELY AGAIN BECAUSE MR. FARKAS AND I HAVE HAD DISCUSSED THAT. AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING THERE WILL BE AN UPDATE PROVIDED TO THE BOARD.

>>April Griffin: WE ARE NOW TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS, SECTION B. AND I WILL TURN IT OVER TO YOU AGAIN, MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MRS. GRIFFIN. I JUST WANT TO SAY UP FRONT AFTER I DO APPOINTMENTS TODAY, TODAY MARKS KIND OF THE LAST APPOINTMENT THAT I WILL HAVE FOR CABINET. AND SO I FELT LIKE THIS WOULD BE A GOOD TIME WHEN I DO ALL THE APPOINTMENTS AT THE END, TO GIVE YOU A RUN-THROUGH FROM BEGINNING TO END KIND OF THE COMPREHENSIVE CHANGES SO THAT EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY KIND OF SEES BEGINNING TO END WHERE WE WERE, WHERE WE ARE NOW, SO WE CAN KIND OF KNOW MOVING FORWARD, YOU KNOW, WHO THE TEAM IS, AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT IT. SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE AWARE AT THE CONCLUSION. I WANT TO GIVE A QUICK SUMMARY. BUT THE BOARD MEMBERS, FIVE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS COMING BEFORE YOU TODAY ON THE AGENDA HAVE BEEN PROPERLY ADVERTISED, APPROPRIATE SCREENINGS WERE HELD, AND INTERVIEWS BEFORE SUPERINTENDENT STAFF WERE CONDUCTED. THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS ADOPTED BY THE BOARD WAS FOLLOWED. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT VALERIE NEWTON, CURRENTLY THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT WALKER MIDDLE SCHOOL TOTE PRINCIPAL OF GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JULY 20th, 2016. MRS. NEWTON BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AT BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL IN 2001. IN 2006 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT MARTINEZ MIDDLE SCHOOL AND IN 2002 WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT WALKER MIDDLE SCHOOL WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

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

>> I AM GOING TO GO TO THE 03 AND COME BACK TO 0 THE. IT IS IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT JARED HANNA LON TO THE PRINCIPAL OF BAILEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JULY 20, 2016. MR. HANNA LAN BEGAN HIS CAREER IN 2005 AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER. FROM 2005 TOP 2011 HE HELD TEACHING POSITIONSALITY BELLAMY AND REDDICK ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. IN 2011 HE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT BRIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHERE HE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>> THANK YOU. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS, A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES.  IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. HANLON PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIEND. [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT MICHELLE MCCLELLAN FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT ROBINSON TO THE PRINCIPAL OF JACKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JULY 20, 2016. MS. McCLELLON BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN 2004 AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER AT APOLLO BEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IN 2010 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT ROBINSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHEREBY SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

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

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT ELIZABETH M. TUTON AT CURRICULUM AT SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL, EFFECTIVE DATE OF JULY 20, 2016. DR. TUTON BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER IN 1999. FROM 1999 TO 2004 SHE TAUGHT AT EAST BAY AND FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOLS. IN 2004 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL. IN 2006 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR CURRICULUM AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL. IN 2012 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR CURRICULUM AT SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

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

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT HARRISON PETERS, CURRENTLY THE SCHOOL SUPPORT OFFICER IN THE SECOND OFFICE AT HOUSTON ISD TEXAS TO THE CHIEF OF SCHOOLS WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JULY 20, 2016. FROM 1993 TO 1995 MR. PETERS SERVED IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY. FROM 1999 TO 2009 HE HELD VARIOUS POSITIONS IN ORLANDO, FLORIDA. HE TAUGHT FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE AT PHYLLIS LEVY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AT WENDY RIDGE K-8, VICE CAN PRINCIPAL, AND PRINCIPAL AT ROBBINS WOOD MIDDLE SCHOOLS. IN 2009 HE WAS APPOINTED THE PRINCIPAL OF AUDREY TELL HIGH SCHOOL IN CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA. FROM 2010 TO 2014 HE HELD THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS WITH THE CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS. HE WAS THE CHEF AREA OFFICER, THE CHIEF OF SCHOOLS FOR THE SOUTH SIDE, CHIEF OF SCHOOLS FOR NETWORK 9. FROM 2014 TO THE PRESENT HE SERVED AS CHIEF OF SCHOOLS AND CURRENTLY SERVING AS SCHOOL SUPPORT OFFICER IN THE SECONDARY OFFICE FOR THE HOUSTON ISD SCHOOL SYSTEM IN TEXAS.

>>April Griffin: I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES AND SECOND BY MRS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. PETERS, PLEAS STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOU HAVE COME A LONG WAY SO I DON'T THINK YOU HAVE ANY FAMILY AND FRIEND BUT YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. OH, THERE YOU GO. [ APPLAUSE ] WELCOME TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: BEFORE I GIVE MY REVIEW, I DO HAVE SOME FOLKS THAT HAVE BEEN APPOINTED ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR THE FIRST TIME, TOO, THAT I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY GET A SHOUTOUT TONIGHT. WE HAVE MISS KELLY SIMMONS WHO IS CURRENTLY AN ESE SPECIALIST TO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT NEW SOME EFFECTIVE JULY 20, 2016. CURRENTLY THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT TAMPA BAY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL. JANA LAMOUR, CURRENTLY A TEACHER AT FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL IS THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF STUDENT AFFAIRS. BRITTANY WILHELM AT SHIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL IS GOING TO BECOME THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS. LINDA HYATT TO BE ASSISTANT AT SLIGH MIDDLE MAGNET. AND THE TEACHER AT BENITO MIDDLE SCHOOL TO STUDENT AFFAIRS AT BENITO. AND STUDENT AFFAIRS AT JUNTA MIDDLE SCHOOL. RITA ANN IRVING, CURRENTLY THE RESOURCE TEACHER AT FOLLOW SOME ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT DICKINSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EFFECTIVE JULY 20, 2016. AND MICHELLE PEREZ, CURRENTLY THE TEACHER AT SULLIVAN PARTNERSHIP ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT TAMPA BAY BOULEVARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. AND JASON FILLPOCK IN AREA 1 WILL BECOME THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT DOROTHY THOMAS SCHOOL EFFECTIVE JULY 20. SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GET ALL OF OUR VACANCIES, ALL OF OUR FOLKS FILLED OUT AT OUR SCHOOLS, OUR APs. SO WE CONGRATULATE THOSE APs, THEIR VERY FIRST JOB AT AP. OBVIOUSLY THEY WILL HAVE BEEN THROUGH OUR PIPELINE, AND SO THEY ARE READY AND EQUIPPED TO BE SUCCESSFUL LEADERS OUT IN OUR SCHOOL. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE, TOO, AS I MENTIONED AT THE MEETING ON THE LAST MEETING I DID ALL THE APPOINTMENTS TWO WEEKS AGO THAT DR. SYKES WILL BE TAKING THE HELM OF THE NEW DIVISION OF COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT. SO HE WILL BEGIN THAT POSITION EFFECTIVE JULY 20th. SO THAT ROUNDS OUT THE ENTIRE CABINET. I WANT TO KIND OF GO BACK AND GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF REVIEW SO THAT EVERYONE KNOWS. IT HASN'T BEEN EASY. IT HASN'T BEEN EASY ON A LOT OF PEOPLE. AND I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT WE HAVE SOME AMAZING PEOPLE IN PLACE TO LEAD THIS DISTRICT. AND I AM JUST HUMBLED AS THE SUPERINTENDENT TO HAVE A GREAT TEAM AROUND ME. BUT I DO WANT TO KIND OF GIVE SOME STATISTICS SO EVERYONE KIND OF IS AWARE WHEN YOU GO THROUGH CHANGE. AND MANY OF YOU KNOW, SOME OF YOU STUDY, YOU HAVE TO KEEP YOUR THUMB ON THE PULSE OF THE ORGANIZATION, YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU DON'T GET THEINS INSTITUTE OF KNOWLEDGE BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE REALLY UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF KIDS IN THE COMMUNITIES. BUT YOU ALSO HAVE TO BALANCE THAT WITH GREAT IDEAS AND PEOPLE MAY BE BRINGING A NEW PERSPECTIVE TO THE ORGANIZATION. IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY I KNOW THAT HASN'T BEEN THE NORM.  SO AS WE HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS TIME PERIOD, I GUARANTEE YOU, I HAVE HEARD A LOT OF INFORMATION, SUGGESTIONS, OPINIONS ABOUT THAT. ALL I KNOW IS I HAVE GREAT PEOPLE. AND THAT'S WHAT MAKES THE NEEDS OF THE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES, GREAT PEOPLE AND GREAT LEADERS. AND I WANT TO MAKE YOU AWARE RIGHT NOW FROM JULY 1 LAST YEAR TO TODAY, WE NOW HAVE 13 PEOPLE IN POSITIONS THAT ARE NEW IN THEIR POSITIONS ON THE SENIOR STAFF. ALL 8 AREA SUPERINTENDENTS ARE SERVING IN A DIFFERENT AREA. THAT ALONE, I WILL TELL YOU, WOULD PROBABLY SHAKE THE EARTH BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT LEARNING NEW AREAS, LEARNING THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE 30 TO 35 SCHOOLS AND NOW YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR, THAT TAKES A HEAVY LIFT. AND IN ORDER FOR THEM TO DO THAT, I KNOW THEY ARE ALREADY OUT THERE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES GETTING TO KNOW THE MAIN ORGANIZATIONS, THE PRINCIPALS, THE STAFFS, AT THOSE SCHOOLS, AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT AREA SUPERINTENDENTS ARE TO DO. THAT'S ONE OF THEIR EXPECTATIONS. BACK TO THE IDEA OF HAVING PEOPLE MAYBE THAT AREN'T FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WHEN I CAME INTO THIS ROLE, I WENT BACK AND REALIZE IT SOME OF THE HISTORY OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND NOT ANYTHING BAD, JUST THE NORM. THAT'S WHY WHEN YOU OPEN UP FOR A NATIONAL SEARCH, WHEN YOU OPEN UP TO TRY TO FIND THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT SEATS, YOU SOMETIMES HAVE TO GET THOSE FRESH PERSPECTIVES. AND LOOKING BACK FOR THE LAST 30, 40 OR 50 YEARS, I DON'T KNOW OTHER THAN THE CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER FOR THE DISTRICT IF THEREIN HAD BEEN ANYONE FROM OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT HAD EVER COME INTO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO SERVE ON THE CABINET. NOW CERTAINLY WE HAD GREAT LEADERS DURING THAT TIME. I THINK IN A TIME OF TRANSITION ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAD TO KEEP OPEN IS WE HAD TO KEEP OPEN, IF WE HAD PLATEAUED WITH OUR PROGRESS, IF WE HAD SCHOOLS THAT FACING GREAT CHALLENGES AND OVERCOMING AND BUSTING THROUGH THAT CEILING OF SUCCESS, WE HAVE TO BRING IN PEOPLE THAT REALLY UNDERSTAND THEIR NEEDS BUT ALSO MAYBE HAVE THOSE FRESH PERSPECTIVES. SO FROM LAST YEAR JULY 1 TO NOW WE HAVE SEVEN INDIVIDUALS SERVING ON OUR SUPERINTENDENT STAFF THAT WORK FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND THAT BRINGS IN A PERSPECTIVE THAT I KNOW THAT WE WILL VOLUME, AND BALANCE THAT WITH A GREAT INSTITUTIONAL KNOWLEDGE INTERNALLY AS WE MOVE FORWARD. OBVIOUSLY THE NATIONAL SEARCH PROCESS WAS DEFINITELY A CHALLENGE. I WANT TO ONCE AGAIN COMMEND ALL OF MY STAFF, MY CHIEF OF STAFF, MY DEPUTY, MY GOVERNMENT RELATIONS OFFICER, MS. MacMANUS AND OTHERS WHO SERVED ON THE COMMITTEES IN ORDER TO REALLY GO THROUGH SOME VERY STRESSFUL INTERVIEW PROCESSES, AS I MENTIONED AT THE OTHER MEETING. AND, YOU KNOW, WHEN I OPENED THIS UP TO SAY I WAS GOING TO REINTERVIEW 13 POSITIONS ON MY STAFF, I RECEIVED LOTS OF -- LOTS OF VERBIAGE, I GUESS, SOMETIMES DISAPPOINTING FROMOUT SIDE OR FROM INSIDE, BUT EVERYTHING FROM YOU ARE TARGETING EMPLOYEES TO THE FACT THAT, YOU KNOW, THIS IS NOT TRADITION. I GET THAT. I UNDERSTAND THAT. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS BOARD HIRED ME TO FIND THE VERY BEST PEOPLE TO LEAD THIS DISTRICT. AND SO THAT'S WHAT I SET FORTH TO DO. AND I KEPT THAT COMPLETELY IN THE CENTER, AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN THIS. I KNOW THAT PEOPLE CAN RATTLE YOU. I CHOSE TO NOT LET MY STAFF OR ANYONE ELSE BE RATTLED IN THIS PROCESS. AND BECAUSE OF THAT, I DO BELIEVE WE HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB IN FINDING AMAZING CANDIDATES. THE OTHER THING I PROMISED THIS BOARD IS I THINK OOH LOT OF VOICES OUT IN THE COMMUNITY THINK, WAIT A MINUTE, YOU BROUGHT IN 13 PEOPLE IN NEW POSITIONS. YU HAVE INFLATED THE BUDGET. THIS HAS ALL BEEN DONE IN A COST NEUTRAL PROCESS. BY THE WAY, THERE HAVE BEEN THREE CABINET POSITIONS CUT DURING THIS PROCESS. THERE HAVE BEEN MULTIPLE GENERAL DIRECTORS AND GENERAL MANAGERS AND DIRECTORS AND ADMINISTRATORS ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT THAT HAVE BEEN CUT DURING THIS PROCESS. AND THE REASON WE DID THAT, IF YOU GO BACK TO THE WHOLE PREMISE OF THE REORGANIZATION, RESTRUCTURING, IT IS TO PUSH MORE RESOURCES OUT TO SCHOOLS. IT'S NOT TO BRING A HOST OF PEOPLE INTO THIS BUILDING. IT IS TO PUSH MORE RESOURCES OUT TO OUR SCHOOLS, AND THEREFORE YOU SAW IN THIS REORGANIZATION THE REASON ALL THOSE OTHER POSITIONS WERE CUT WAS TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS TO START TO HAVE THE ASSISTANCE THAT THEY NEED IN THEIR AREAS, TO BE ABLE TO CARRY OUT THEIR WORK, AND THEN BE ABLE TO FREE THEM UP TO GET IN OUR SCHOOLS AND PUSH LEADERSHIP PRACTICE AND SUPPORT LEADERSHIP PRACTICE AND UNDERSTAND EVERY SINGLE NUANCE THAT IS PERHAPS CREATING THE CHALLENGES AT SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS, AND CREATING SOME OF THE SUCCESSES AT SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS. THE AREA SUGGESTIONS WE HAVE ALREADY MET. I HAVE MADE IT VERY CLEAR TO THEM WHAT THEIR ROLE IS. THEY ARE AT THE HELM IN THEIR REGIONS. I SECRETARY EXPECT THEM TO KNOW EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL. I EXPECT THEM TO ENSURE THAT THEIR PRINCIPALS KNOW EVERY SINGLE STUDENT. IF THEY HAVE GOT TO UNDERSTAND WHY THAT HAPPENED. THEY HAVE GO TO GO RIGHT BACK AND FIND OUT WHAT IT IS THEY NEED TO DO, WHO ARE THE STUDENTS THAT THEY NEED TO GET THE HELP TO. THERE SHOULD BE NO MORE EXCUSES ANYMORE. NO MORE. SO AS I HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS PROCESS, I HAVE MADE IT VERY, VERY CLEAR, IT'S ULTIMATELY TO GET TO A STRUCTURE OF ACCOUNTABILITY IN THIS DISTRICT. THIS IS NOT ABOUT JUST RANDOM ACTS OF SUPPORT.  THIS IS ABOUT A CLEAR INTENTIONAL STRUCTURE, PLAN, GOING FROM OUR SITE-BASED PRINCIPALS TO OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS TO OUR CHIEF OF SCHOOLS NOW THAT ARE COMPLETELY ALIGNED WITH WHAT GREAT LEADERSHIP PRACTICE LOOKS LIKE AND ULTIMATELY WHAT GREAT SUCCESS IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE IN OUR SCHOOLS. AND SO IN ORDER TO DO THAT, AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT IN A VERY COST NEUTRAL PROCESS WE HAD TO GO THROUGH SOME PAINFUL PROCESS OF ELIMINATING SOME POSITIONS AND MOVING THINGS AROUND. BUT I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THE COMMUNITY IS VERY AWARE, IT WAS ALL ON PURPOSE, NOT DONE BY ACCIDENT. AND I APPRECIATE THIS BOARD'S SUPPORT AS I HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS PROCESS, AND I THINK COMMUNITIES WILL BE VERY, VERY WELL PLEASED AND THRILLED WITH THE SUPPORT THAT YOU WILL RECEIVE, AND THE RESPONSIVENESS THAT THEY WILL RECEIVE FROM THEIR AREA SUPERINTENDENT OFFICE AND ULTIMATELY AT THE SITE. I THINK IT ALL BOILS DOWN TO CLEAR ACCOUNTABILITY. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT. WE GOT INTO THIS ROLE BECAUSE WE WANTED TO MAKE AN IMPACT ON KIDS. THERE IS NOT GOING TO BE NOISE ABOUT ADULTS IN THIS ORGANIZATION. MY STAFF KNOWS WE WANT TO HAVE THAT. IT WILL BE ABOUT THE KIDS, EVERY DAY THAT WE SERVE IN OUR SCHOOLS. OUR STAFF IS NOW COMPLETELY ALIGNED WITH THE CULTURE THAT THIS BOARD HAS ADVOCATED FOR UP HERE. THINGS THEY HAVE CLEAR ACCOUNTABILITY, AND THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE MEASURED AGAINST. THEY HAVE A STRATEGIC PLAN THAT GIVES THEM A CLEAR ROAD MAP. IN FACT YOU WILL BE PROUD OF ME, BOARD, THE VERY FIRST THING THAT I DID MEETING WITH THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS IS I PASSED OUT THE STRATEGIC PLAN. AND THE FIRST THING THAT I SAID IS, YOU OWN THIS. YOU OWN THE SUCCESS OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN ALONG WITH YOUR PRINCIPALS. EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW IT. EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW THE METRICS THAT WE ARE GATHERING IN ORDER TO REACH THAT SUCCESS. AND I KNOW WE'LL ACHIEVE THAT. WE HAVE TO STAY THE COURSE. WE ARE GOING TO HEAR VOICES RIGHT NOW THAT WILL SAY, IT'S NOT GONNA WORK. WE ARE GOING TO HEAR VOICES THAT ARE GOING TO SAY, YOU KNOW, THIS MAY BE TOO MUCH CHANGE. AND I AM JUST GOING TO SAY WE HAVE TO STAY THE COURSE. CHANGE IS NOT EASY. CHANGE IS NOT EASY. YOU HAVE TO BE EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY COURAGEOUS TO MAKE THIS KIND OF CHANGE. AND SO I JUST WANT TO COMMEND THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE STEPPED UP, THAT ARE WILLING TO TAKE THESE ROLES AND TO LEAD THESE ORGANIZATIONS. AND I WANT TO ESPECIALLY THANK THIS BOARD FOR YOUR SUPPORT AS WE MOVE THROUGH THIS PROCESS KNOWING THAT IT WASN'T EASY. I SAID THIS TO MY STAFF AT CYPRESS CREEK WHEN I CAME IN AS A PRINCIPAL, AND I SAY TO THE MY STAFF NOW, TO NEVER MISTAKE -- ALTHOUGH I WANT EVERYONE TO LEAD WITH KINDNESS, NEVER MISTAKE MY KINDNESS TO MISTAKE YOU BEING ACCOUNTABLE. IT MEANS RESPECTFUL. IT MEANS HANDLING SITUATIONS IN A WAY THAT DOES NOT UNDERMINE SOMEONE'S AUTHORITY. IT'S ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT THING AND MODELING FOR THIS BOARD, MODELING FOR THIS COMMUNITY THE RIGHT WAY TO TREAT PEOPLE, BUT DO IT IN A MAN THEORY WE KNOW WHAT OUR FOCUS S.AND THAT'S OUR KID. SO THAT IS WHAT WE ARE ABOUT. AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE DOING MOVING FORWARD. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] I WANT TO TAG ONTO WHAT YOU SAID. AND THIS A CELEBRATION, A TIME FOR CELEBRATION, AND A TIME FOR CONCERN FOR SOME PEOPLE. I UNDERSTAND THAT. CHANGE IS VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. AND WE HAVE SEEN A LOT -- A LOT OF CHANGE OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, ACTUALLY. AND WHEN I SUPPORTED YOU FOR SUPERINTENDENT INSTEAD OF DOING A NATIONAL SEARCH I UP IN YOU COULD BRING STABILITY AND CULTURAL CHANGE. I KNEW THAT MOVING FORWARD. I KNEW THAT WE HAD A LOT OF PROBLEMS INSIDE THIS DISTRICT. I KNEW THERE WERE FINANCIAL PROBLEMS, THAT THERE WERE BOARD MEMBERS THAT WERE SPEAKING ON A REGULAR BASIS. I KNEW THAT WE HAD PROBLEMS WITH OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR ACADEMIC SUCCESS. WE HAVE STUDENTS FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS. WE HAVE SPENT A YEAR DIGGING INTO A LOT OF AREAS AND FINDING A LOT OF THINGS. SO WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME WHAT THE BIGGEST CHANGE IS OVER THE LAST YEAR -- AND BY THE WAY, CHANGE MANAGEMENT, THE TIMELINE IS TWO AND A HALF YEARS TO THREE YEARS TO BE ABLE TO REALLY, REALLY SEE THE CHANGE. THAT'S THE TIMELINE FOR IT. AND I TOLD YOU IN THE VERY BEGINNING, AND I HAVE SAID IT TO YOU PRIVATELY AND SAID TO THE YOU PUBLICLY, THAT YOUR WINDOW WAS MUCH SHORTER BECAUSE OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT WE WERE IN WHEN WE WENT ABOUT MAKING THESE CHANGES. BUT I TELL PEOPLE WHEN THEY ASK WHAT THE BIGGEST CHANGES ARE THAT WE HAVE SEEN OVER THIS PAST YEAR, BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT THAT'S HAPPENING UNDER THE SURFACE. WE ARE DUCKS. UNDERNEATH THE WATER, WE ARE PADDLING, AND THERE'S SO MUCH THAT'S HAPPENING THAT YOU DON'T EVEN SEE. AND I KNOW THAT IT'S THERE. BUT THE CHANGE IN CULTURE IN THIS DISTRICT, I THINK, IS SOMETHING THAT IS NOT QUANTIFIABLE, BUT I FEEL IT, OTHERS FEEL IT. IT'S THERE. AND ANECDOTALLY, I WAS HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS A LOT OF CLIENTS WHO ARE TEACHERS, AND APs AND PRINCIPALS AND DISTRICT PEOPLE, AND SHE SAID TO ME THAT ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT SHE WAS DEFENDING ME TO OVER A YEAR AGO ARE NOW TALKING ABOUT HOW GOOD EVERYTHING FEELS. HOW MUCH THEY LOVE THEIR JOBS. HOW DIFFERENT IT IS. AND THAT MAKES ME FEEL REALLY GOOD, BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT I KNEW NEEDED TO HAPPEN IN ORDER TO MOVE US FORWARD TO RESOLVE ALL THESE ISSUES THE OTHER THING THAT I FEEL IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS ASIDE FROM OUR NEW VISION AND OUR NEW MISSION AND OUR FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN IS THAT WE ARE FINDING OUT WHAT I THINK SOME OF US KNEW, BUT WE ARE FINDING OUT WHAT WE DIDN'T KNOW, SO THAT WE CAN ADDRESS IT AND MOVE FORWARD IN CHANGE. WE HAVE PROBLEMS. AND WE CAN'T SAY, OH, LOOK AT THIS LITTLE SHINY OBJECT OVER HERE AND DISTRACT PEOPLE FROM WHAT THE REALITY S.WE HAVE TO OWN THOSE ISSUES. WE HAVE TO SAY THAT THIS IS A PROBLEM FOR OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR SUCCESS. OUR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR SUCCESS AND THEIR HAPPINESS, AND LET'S FIX IT AND MOVE ON. AND I FEEL LIKE WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF DOING THAT. I WILL SAY TO YOU PUBLICLY, AS I HAVE SAID PRIVATELY, WE HAVE NOT AGREED ON EVERY SINGLE DECISION THAT YOU HAVE MADE WHERE YOUR CABINET IS CONCERNED. I WILL TELL PEOPLE PUBLICLY THAT WE HAVE SOME VERY, VERY IN-DEPTH, ENGAGED DISCUSSIONS AROUND THAT. AND THERE IS TALK ABOUT YOU FOLLOWING CERTAIN BOARD MEMBERS AND DOING ONLY WHAT CERTAIN BOARD MEMBERS TELL YOU TO DO AND THAT YOU ARE BULLIED AND THIS AND THAT AND THE OTHER. I WILL SAY THAT YOU AND I HAVE AGREED IN SOME ARENAS AND WE HAVE DISAGREED IN SOME ARENAS. I SHARE WITH YOU MY THOUGHTS, MY CONCERNS, BUT IT'S ULTIMATELY UP TO YOU TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS. I WANT YOU TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THIS DISTRICT, THESE STUDENTS, THESE EMPLOYEES NEED YOU TO BE SUCCESSFUL. SO I WILL SAY TO YOUR TEAM THAT SITS AROUND YOU, WHATEVER HAS HAPPENED IN THE PAST, WHATEVER WAS CONDONED, WHATEVER WAS REWARDED, WHATEVER WAY OF WORK THAT WE HAD IN THIS DISTRICT, WE ARE MOVING FORWARD IN A NEW DIRECTION. IT IS FOR THE CHILDREN OF THIS COMMUNITY. IT IS FOR THE KIDS. EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. THESE HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TIMES. AND I KNOW THAT THEY HAVE BEEN. AND I KNOW THAT YOU ALL HAVE FELT WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING IN THIS DISTRICT FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS. I OWN MY ROLE IN THAT. I DID WHAT I BELIEVED WAS RIGHT, WHAT NEEDED TO HAPPEN, AND I'M SO SORRY THAT EVERYTHING THAT WE DID HAVE H TO PLAY OUT SO PUBLICLY. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS WHERE WE SIT, ANDED THIS IS WHERE WE HAVE TO DO THAT SORT OF THING. AND I WILL OWN THAT SOME OF THE PROBLEMS THAT WE ARE FACING RIGHT NOW ARE BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE DISCORD THAT WAS GOING ON IN THIS DISTRICT AMONGST THE LEADERS. AND IT WAS NOT JUST THE BOARD AND OUR FORMER SUPERINTENDENT, IT WAS EMPLOYEES WHO CHOSE SIDES, IT WAS EMPLOYEES WHO GOT INVOLVED AND CHOSE SIDES, AND PROBABLY LOST SIGHT OF THE BALL. TOOK THEIR EYE OFF THE BALL. SO WE ARE NOW IN A POSITION WHERE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US AS LEADERS HAS TO TAKE OWNERSHIP OF OUR ROLES AND OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AND OUR ACTIONS AND OUR BEHAVIORS AND MOVE FORWARD AND HELP OUR SUPERINTENDENT TO BE SUCCESSFUL SO THAT HE CAN THEN HELP YOU ALL TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN HELPING OUR CHILDREN TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THAT'S THE ULTIMATE GOAL. AND I HOPE THAT MOVING FORWARD, YOUR TEAM UNDERSTANDS THAT, THAT ALL OF THE NOISE THAT WE HAVE HEARD OVER THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS -- ACTUALLY MUCH LONGER THAN. THAT IT WAS A LONG, LONG TIME. THAT NOISE CONTRIBUTED TO SOME OF THE FAILURES THAT WE ARE SEEING RIGHT NOW AND SOME OF THE PROBLEMS. SO. LET'S ALL MOVE FORWARD HELPING OUR SUPERINTENDENT BE SUCCESSFUL. AND I BELIEVE THAT YOU ALL ARE ABSOLUTELY PERFECTLY CAPABLE OF BEING THE BEST THAT THEY CAN BE SO OUR KIDS CAN BE THE BEST THAT THEY CAN BE. I'M SORRY THAT I WENT ON, BUT THIS IS SOMETHING I HAVE BEEN SITTING BACK WATCHING AND WAITING, AND THIS IS THE TIME. SO, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I WISH YOU GOD'S SPEED AND THE VERY BEST OF LUCK IN EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE HOPING TO ACCOMPLISH. MS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. AND I ECHO YOUR SENTIMENTS. AS YOU WERE SPEAKING -- YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS FOR QUITE SOME TIME AND IT IS VERY REFRESHING. MR. EAKINS, CONGRATULATIONS. I KNOW IT'S BEEN A VERY TAXING TIME IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE BECAUSE YOU HAD TO DEAL WITH A LOT OF HOT PAY TO THEOS AT THE SAME TIME, AND THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH, YOU COULDN'T DO THAT WITHOUT THE HELP OF YOUR EXECUTIVE TEAM OF DR. VASQUEZ, MR. AYRES AND DR. SYKES AS WELL. SO I'M VERY EXCITED. SCHOOL IS ABOUT TO START. IN TWO AND A HALF WEEKS. AND YOU HAVE A GREAT TEAM. I AM EXTREMELY EXCITED ABOUT THIS SCHOOL YEAR. I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU AN IDEA, BECAUSE I HAVE GOT TO HAVE ONE, RIGHT? WE ARE GOING TO START A NEW SCHOOL YEAR, AND I'M GOING TO CHALLENGE YOU TO SEE IF MAYBE -- BOARD MEMBERS, I HAVE AN IDEA THAT I AM GOING TO SEE IF THE SUPERINTENDENT WOULD CONSIDER UTILIZING A THERMOMETER. IN AREAS AND BUILD SOME FRIENDLY COMPETITION. YOU KNOW, LIKE AN ORGANIZATION THAT THEY ARE GOING TO SET A GOAL FOR FUNDRAISING, RIGHT?  SO THEY HAVE THIS THERMOMETER, BAROMETER TYPE THING AND EVERY SO OFTEN CHECK TO SEE WHERE THEY ARE AT. SO BECAUSE WE HAVE A NEW TEAM, AND IT'S A NEW TEAM THAT'S NEW TO THEIR AREA. SO IT'S A GREAT, I BELIEVE, IF YOU WOULD CONSIDER DOING THIS, USING THIS THERMOMETER IDEA AND MAYBE SET GOALS WITHIN THE GOALS TO REACH OUR GOALS FOR THE STRATEGIC PLAN. WHATEVER THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU ARE WILLING TO DO THAT, BUT I THINK WE COULD PROBABLY HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF FUN AND INVOLVE THE KID, INVOLVE THE PRINCIPALS, INVOLVE THE SCHOOL SITES. I DON'T KNOW. I WILL LEAVE THAT UP TO YOU GUYS IF YOU ARE WILLING TO DO THAT. I BELIEVE THAT SOMETHING LIKE THAT WILL HELP TO HELP CHANGE THE CULTURE AT THE SCHOOL SITE. I BELIEVE THAT MIDDLE MANAGEMENT IS SO CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS ORGANIZATION. WE HAVE OUR TEAM IN PLACE. WE HAVE -- WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME TOGETHER WHERE WE TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON IN OUR COMMUNITIES, AND WE SHARE WHAT THE COMMUNITY BRINGS TO US AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE, AND WE BRING THEM BACK. BUT WE DON'T HAVE A LOT OF CONTROL -- I DON'T NONIF THAT'S THE WORD I WANT TO USE. JUST BEAR WITH ME AS I AM TRYING TO EXPRESS MYSELF HERE. BUT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT AT THE SCHOOL SITE, WE HAVE CULTURE -- CULTURE SHIFT IN WHICH THE SCHOOLS ARE WELCOMING. MIDDLE MANAGEMENT I THINK IS WHAT WE BOTTLENECK A LOT OF THE PROGRESS. SO THIS SCHOOL YEAR, I BELIEVE IN THIS TEAM. I BELIEVE IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT. I BELIEVE THERE'S A LOT OF BRAINPOWER HERE. AND WE CAN UTILIZE ALL OF THOSE CELLS TO BENEFIT OUR CHILDREN. AN EXAMPLE OF THAT IS RYE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND THE WORK THAT OWEN DID WITH HIS TEAM AND LOOKING AT LASER LIKE HOW TO THE IMPACT THAT SCHOOL, AND IT'STON PHENOMENAL. WAS IT DIFFICULT?  YES. DID YOU HAVE SOME TOUGH TIMES? I'M SURE YOU DID. WE WEREN'T APART OF THAT. BUT CHANGE IS TOUGH. BUT LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN ONE YEAR. SO IMAGINE WHAT THIS SCHOOL YEAR WILL LOOK LIKE WITH SUCH GREAT TALENT OUT HERE, WITH FRESH NEW IDEAS, FRESH MINDS, AND BEING ABLE TO LOOK AT OUR COMMUNITIES WITH THE POTENTIAL THAT THEY HAVE WITH MUCH GREATNESS. I AM VERY HOPEFUL. AND YOU GUYS GOT A JOB TO DO. AND I KNOW THAT YOU ARE UP TO IT, GET EXCITED BECAUSE IT, BECAUSE OUR KIDS NEED THAT EXCITEMENT IN ORDER TO DO WELL. SO I WILL LEAVE MY COMMENTS TO GO DO WHAT YOU DO BEST, AND LET'S BRING THOSE RESULTS BACK TO OUR KIDS THAT REALLY DO SHOW THAT OUR KIDS ARE TRULY THE BUSINESS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN MAKING THEM SUCCESSFUL AND PREPARING THEM FOR LIFE. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: MR. SUPERINTENDENT, TODAY AND YESTERDAY WHEN YOU MADE COMMENTS ABOUT WHAT IS THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, WHAT YOU WERE SAYING TO THE TEACHERS AND YOU WERE SAYING TO US TODAY AND TO THIS AUDIENCE, THERE ARE THREE THEMES THAT I HEARD. POSSIBILITIES, POTENTIAL, AND PROCESS. AND I EMBRACE THOSE, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, I EMBRACE THEM BECAUSE YOU TALK WITH SUCH GREAT OPTIMISM ABOUT THE FACT THAT ALL OF THESE THINGS GET ACCOMPLISHED AND HAPPEN. ACROSS THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT AND ACROSS THIS COMMUNITY, I HEAR PEOPLE CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT MOVING FORWARD. AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT YOUR GOAL IS, AND WHAT SHOULD BE THE GOAL OF ALL OF US. BUT MUCH TOO OFTEN WE TALK ABOUT MOVING FORWARD, I HEAR US DRAGGING THE PAST INTO THE CONVERSATION. AND I SAW A POST OR A QUOTE THE OTHER DAY THAT TALKED ABOUT LETTING GO OF THE PAST, NOT LOOKING BACK, BECAUSE THAT'S NOT WHEREIN WE ARE GOING. WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR EYES FORWARD TO GET THERE. AND SO I HOPE THE RHETORIC ABOUT MOVING FORWARD TRANSFORMED ITSELF INTO ACTIONS THAT MOVE FORWARD. YOU LEARN FROM YOUR PAST. YOU CONTINUE TO BUILD ON YOUR PRESENT, SO THAT THE FUTURE IS BETTER AROUND OTHER THINGS THAT YOU SAID. IF WE CAN JUST ALL MAKE A COMMITMENT PERSONALLY, QUIETLY, OPENLY, IN SMALL WATCH GROUPS, THAT WE WILL USE THE PAST AS LEARNING, NOT AS A REMINDER, NOT A WAY TO POINT FINGERS, NOT AS A WAY TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WAS GOOD, BAD OR UGLY, BUT JUST AS A REMINDER THAT THE PAST GIVES US A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE WANT TO DO DIFFERENTLY. I APPRECIATE BOTH OF YOUR COMMENTS TODAY, AND ON YESTERDAY, IS THE POSITIVE SPIN, A POSITIVE APPROACH, THAT YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE AS OUR LEADER, AND I CLEARLY BELIEVE HOW WE MODEL THAT AS A BOARD, AND SUPERINTENDENT, AND A LEADERSHIP TEAM IS THE WAY THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT IS GOING TO RESPOND TO YOUR MESSAGE. AND MY HOPE IS THAT THERE ARE ONLY THREE Ps, POSSIBILITY, POTENTIAL AND PROMISE. AND THESE ARE IN THE PAST.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. EDGECOMB. AND THE APPOINTMENTS ARE THROUGH NOW. EVERYONE IS ABSOLUTELY WELCOME TO STAY FOR THE REMAINDER OF OUR BUSINESS MEETING, IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND LEAVE NOW. WE ARE NOW INTO TAMPA RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL. AND THERE ARE TWO ITEMS THAT WE ARE MOVING UP, BOARD MEMBERS. ITEM 6.20 AND ITEM 8.03 ARE GOING TO BE MOVED UP TO THE TOP OF THE AGENDA BECAUSE WE HAVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS HERE FOR THOSE ITEMS. THE ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN PULLED FOR DISCUSSION AND A SEPARATE VOTE ARE 4.075 R-2, 6.04, 6.05, 6.18, 6.20, 6.24, 6.25, 7.01-A, 7.04-R, 7.05, 8.04, AND 12.02. AND ALSO LIKE I SAID, 6.20 AND   .036789 AND I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THOSE ITEMS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION AND SEPARATE VOTE. AND I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS, A SECOND BY MRS. STUART. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. MRS. KURDELL IS IN THE BACK SO YOU CAN TALLY VOTES. MRS. KURDELL IS IN THE BACK. IT'S UNANIMOUS. ITEM 6.20, TO ACCEPT THE REPLY SUBMITTED BY HUMANA MEDICAL PLAN. AND TRACY, WELCOME.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. HOW ARE YOU? NEW TEACHER ORIENTATION TALKING ABOUT BENEFITS AND WELLNESS. AND WE ARE VERY EXCITED. CAN YOU HEAR ME OKAY?  DO ME A FAVOR AND LET ME KNOW IF I NEED TO TAKE IT UP OR BRING IT DOWN A NOTCH. GOOD AFTERNOON, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. I AM VERY, VERY PLEASED DAN TO BRING FORWARD TO YOU HEALTH INSURANCE RENEWAL FOR 2017. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK OUR COMMITTEE WHO WORKED TOGETHER OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS TO SELECT OUR CARRIER. IF THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE WILL STAND, WE WOULD LOVE TO APPLAUD YOUR EFFORTS. SOME ARE HERE AND SOME ARE NOT. CONY McPEEK, BOARD MEMBERS OF HILLSBOROUGH ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS. JEAN CLEMENTS, PRESIDENT OF HILLSBOROUGH CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION. GLENN RATHERS, DIRECTOR OF RISK MANAGEMENT. JACKIE McCALLISTER, LIAISON FROM HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL EMPLOYEES FEDERATION. MICHAEL MILLETT, MANAGER EMPLOYEES BENEFIT. JAN SCHUP, TECHNOLOGY. LORRAINE -- THERE'S LORRAINE JAFFE SUAREZ. MARY LOU ELLY, COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. SOPHIA, EMPLOYEE BENEFITS. MARK WEST, GENERAL MANAGER. AND EMPLOYEE RELATIONS. GOOD GRACIOUS. I HOPE IT'S NOT AS BAD FOR YOU AS IT IS FOR ME. WE ALSO DID HAVE A FEW OTHER ADVISORS IN THE GROUP. STEPHANIE JENKINS. I ONLY WISH THIS WOULD HELP, MICHAEL, BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH. PTA. DR. BILL ORR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND EILEEN JOSE. I MUST THANK THE PROCUREMENT DEPARTMENT, CHLOE MURPHY, DIXON, AND IWAMONTE IN LEADING OUR INVITATION TO NEGOTIATE PROCESS. HUMANA IS THE CARRIER THAT WAS SELECTED BY THE ITM COMMITTEE FOR 2017. TODAY'S AGENDA IS PARTICULARLY POSITIVE. WE RECOGNIZE THAT ACROSS THE NATION INSURANCE RATES ARE GOING UP AND UP. THE NATIONAL TREND IS ABOUT 7%. OUR DISTRICT, AS A MATTER OF FACT, OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS HAS SEEN INCREASES IN 2017. HOWEVER, AS A RESULT OF OUR RTM, AND SUBSEQUENT NEGOTIATIONS WITH HUMANA, I'M HAPPY TO LET YOU KNOW THAT OUR DISTRICT AND EMPLOYEES WILL SEE NO RATE INCREASE. THAT CAME THROUGH CLEARLY. DID YOU HEAR THAT? NOW I KNOW YOU ARE ASKING YOURSELVES, BUT WAIT, WE MUST BE GIVING UP SOMETHING IN ORDER TO HAVE OUR RATES STAY THE SAME. I'M HAPPY TO LET YOU KNOW THE ANSWER IS WE ARE NOT GIVING UP ANYTHING. EVERYTHING IS STAYING THE SAME. PRESCRIPTION COSTS, CO-PAYMENTS, HOSPITALIZATIONS. WE CONTINUE TO HAVE A FREE PLAN FOR OUR EMPLOYEES. WE DO HAVE ONE CHANGE. OUR EMPLOYEES WILL SEE AN INCREASE IN BENEFIT ALLOWANCE ON THE COVERAGE VERSUS LOCAL PLAN. RIGHT NOW THE ALLOWANCE IS $750. IN 2017 IT WILL BE INCREASED TO $1,000 FOR EMPLOYEES SO IT'S A RICHER BENEFIT AT THE SAME COST. AS WE TALK ABOUT A PREMIUM, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT I MENTION THE THINGS THAT REALLY IMPACT OUR CLAIMS. WE CONTINUE ABOUT 15% OF OUR PLAN MEMBERS THAT ARE NOT PARTICIPATING IN THE PREVENTIVE CARE. THE PREVENTIVE CARE. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT OUR EMPLOYEES GO TO THE DOCTORS SO OF THAT IF THERE ARE PROBLEMS WE IDENTIFY THEM EARLY ON WHILE THEY ARE STILL MINOR AND THEY DON'T BECOME LARGE CLAIMS. WE ALSO CONTINUE TO SEE LARGE INCREASES IN OUR PRESCRIPTION BENEFITS ESPECIALLY OUR SPECIALTY DRUGS. AND I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T MENTION OUR EMPLOYEE WELLNESS PROGRAM. OUR DISTRICT HAS THE KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR AND WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT MEASURABLE. OUR KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS IS 30% OF OUR EMPLOYEES ENGAGE IN WELLNESS. WE ARE WELL WITHIN OUR WAY AT THIS POINT LAST YEAR WE WERE 5% -- I HAVE OF NO DOUBT BY FAR OUR 30% INDICATOR. I WANT IT TO KEEP GOING. IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED ENGAGED, THAT MEANS OUR EMPLOYEES HAVE GONE ONLINE, AND THEY ARE ENGAGING IN HEALTHY LIVING ACTIVITIES LIKE GOING TO THE DOCTOR, SETTING WELLNESS GOALS, NOT ONLY IS IT THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR THEIR HEALTH, IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EMPLOYEES TO EARN POINTS THAT THEY CAN USE TOWARDS GIFT CARDS, TOWARDS AMAZON, TARGET, MACY, FIT BIT. WE ARE GOING TO SEE A REBRAND IN JANUARY OF VITALITY WHICH WILL BRING EVEN MORE BUYING CHOICES TO OUR EMPLOYEES THAT ARE ENGAGED IN WELLNESS. FINALLY I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO THE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL HOE CURRENTLY HAVE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF ENGAGEMENT OF PERCENTAGE. WESTSHORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. YAY. WALKER MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL. I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THOSE SCHOOLS AND A BIG THANK YOU TO THOSE PRINCIPALS. IT'S OBVIOUS THAT THEY ARE VERY ENGAGED IN THEIR EMPLOYEES' WELLNESS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. AND I WANT TO AGAIN THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR PARTICIPATION ON THIS PROCESS. I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY AND THANK SOMEONE THAT WORKS SO VERY HARD FOR OUR EMPLOYEES. AND I REALLY DON'T KNOW THAT SHE REALIZES THE KIND OF ASSISTANCE THAT SHE GIVES, AND THAT'S OKANA. SHE IS JUST AN AMAZING ASSET TO OUR DISTRICT STAFF. AND I'M HAPPY TO HAVE HER HOUSED HERE IN AMONGST US BECAUSE SHE'S RIGHT THERE ALWAYS WILLING, READY AND ABLE TO HELP WITH WHATEVER PROCESS OR ANY OTHER CHALLENGE THAT OUR EMPLOYEES MAY HAVE. SO THANK YOU, MISS CANTANA FOR WHAT YOU DO TO HELP OUR EMPLOYEES AND REPRESENT. YOU ARE VERY LUCKY, HUMANA REPS. WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE HER. WE RECOGNIZE YOU GUYS FOR WHAT YOU DO AND FOR WORKING WITH OUR DISTRICT FOR MANY YEARS. LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEW HUMANA VITALITY --

>> GOAL 365. IT'S GOING TO BE SMOOTH. IT'S GOING TO BE GREAT. YEP. COULD WE ASK OUR HUMANA FOLKS TO STAND SO WE CAN THANK THEM? [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES. IN A YEAR OF SO MUCH CHANGE IT'S GOOD TO HEAR THERE'S NO CHANGE FOR OUR EMPLOYEES. I HAVE TWO COMMENTS, REALLY. CAN YOU GIVE US AN UPDATE ON THE PROPOSED AETNA HUMANA MERGER AND WHERE THAT IS?  IT'S BEEN IN THE NEWS A LOT LATELY AND I'M SURE OUR EMPLOYEES ARE WONDERING WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IF AND WHEN THAT MERGER DOES HAPPEN. CAN YOU JUST GIVE US A QUICK UPDATE ON THAT?

>> ABSOLUTELY. TO MY KNOWLEDGE AT THIS POINT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS DOING ITS RESEARCH IN DETERMINING WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE GOING TO APPROVE THE MERGER. I SAW AN ARTICLE TODAY THAT SAYS THEREIN MAY BE SOME LAWSUITS TO TRY TO STOP THE MERGER. BUT REALLY IT'S UNDER REVIEW. TOMORROW IT COULD CHANGE. AT THIS POINT NO EMERGENCIERS HAVE TAKEN PLACE. WE DO KNOW THAT EVEN IF WE DO MERGE, IF HUMANA AND ET NAP WERE TO MERGE, RATES ARE COMMITTED SO WE ARE IN GOOD SHAPE. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, WHETHER OR NOT THEY WILL APPROVE THE MERGER.

>> THEN MY OTHER QUESTION OR COMMENT OR SUGGESTION IS, IS THERE A WAY FOR US TO, SINCE WE HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE IN THE ROOM ON THURSDAY AT GAITHER, IS THERE ANY WAY FOR US TO PROMOTE THESE THREE SCHOOLS AND DO A LITTLE COMPETITION AT THE PRINCIPAL MEETING ON -- JOINT PRINCIPALS ON THURSDAY?

>> THAT SOUNDS WONDERFUL. WESTSHORE ELEMENTARY, WALKER MIDDLE SCHOOL AND STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL. I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE OUR SUPERINTENDENT POINT THAT OUT.

>> I THINK THAT WOULD BE A GREAT PROMOTION AS WE ARE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS AND PRINCIPALS IN THE SAME AUDITORIUM. AND REALLY MAYBE FUEL THE WHOLE VITALITY CHALLENGE THAT WE ARE TRYING TO PUT OUT THERE.

>> IT'S A GREAT IDEA.

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

>>Melissa Snively: ALONG THOSE LINES, SPEAKING OF PROMOTING THE WELLNESS PROGRAM, SO WE HAD A 5% INCREASE OVER LAST YEAR. WHAT'S THE NUMBER OF ENGAGEMENTS AS FAR AS PERCENTAGEWISE?

>> WE ARE AT ABOUT 19% RIGHT NOW. GOAL IS 30. YES, MA'AM.

>>Melissa Snively: CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW YOU PLAN TO PROMOTE THE WELLNESS PROGRAM SO THAT WE CAN INCREASE OUR PERCENTAGE OF ENGAGEMENT AS FAR AS THAT GOES? AND THEN POSSIBLY ALONG WITH WHAT MS. ARE STUART WAS SAYING, I THINK IT IS FUN TO A LITTLE FRIENDLY COMPETITION AMONG THE SCHOOLS FOR THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT AND HOW WE CAN COMMUNICATE THAT OUT TO THE SCHOOLS, WHETHER IT'S AT THE PRINCIPALS JOINT MEETING OR THINK ABOUT POTENTIAL WAYS OF COMMUNICATING THAT, TO CREATE SOME FRIENDLY COMPETITION AS WELL.

>> SURE. I CAN TELL YOU, RIGHT NOW, WE ARE DOING SOME EXCITING THINGS HERE. IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS WE ARE GOING TO START A WEIGHT WATCHERS GROUP SO HUMANA HAS STEPPED IN TO SAY WE ARE GLAD TO SUPPORT THAT. SO WE ARE WORKING ON GETTING INFORMATION IN OUR PRINCIPAL NEWSLETTERS AND WORKING WITH HUMANA'S COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE TO PUT OUT A MONTHLY WELLNESS NEWSLETTER SO IT'S GOING TO HAVE TIPS ON HOW TO GET POINTS, TIPS ON HOW TO BE WEALTHY -- HEALTHY -- AND WEALTHY. BECAUSE WELLNESS AS WELL. SO WE'LL WORK ON THOSE NEWSLETTERS. WE REALLY WANT TO GRAB THE GREAT STORY THAT WE HAVE OUT THERE. OUR EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE ENGAGED IN WELLNESS, AND REALLY LOWERED THEIR CHOLESTEROL. REALLY LOST WEIGHT, AND THEY WANT TO TELL US SOME STORIES. WE ARE GOING TO DO A LOT OF THAT. AND WE WILL BRING TO THE MONTHLY MEETINGS, THE SUPERINTENDENT, WHERE THEY ALL COME TOGETHER FOR THE PRINCIPALS THAT COMPETITION TO TALK ABOUT WHO IS DOING WHAT, SO THAT WE CAN GET THE FRIENDLY COMPETITION GOING. ALSO, WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR HUMANA VITALITY COORDINATOR AND TO REALLY ROLL OUT A TARGETED APPROACH OF A COMBO OF FLU SHOTS AND BIOMETRIC SCREENINGS AT THE SCHOOL. SO THEY ARE DOING A TAG TEAM TO GET OUR FACULTY HEALTHY.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. IS THERE A WAY WHETHER THROUGH YOUR DEPARTMENT OR MRS. WOODFORD'S DEPARTMENT TO KIND OF SEE SOME TREND ANALYSIS ON ABSENTEEISM DUE TO ILLNESS AND IF WE ARE SEEING AN IMPROVEMENT THAT CORRELATES TO ENGAGEMENT IN THE WELLNESS PROGRAM? BECAUSE I WOULD BE CURIOUS. I KNOW AS AN EMPLOYER, EVERY TIME ONE OF MY EMPLOYEES IS OUT SICK IT CAUSES STRESS AND STRAIN ON EVERYONE ELSE, AND IT BECOMES MORE DIFFICULT TO PROVIDE REMARKABLE CUSTOMER SERVICE TO OUR CLIENTS. AND OF COURSE I'M ON A MUCH SMALLER SCALE. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT BECAUSE PROBLEM MOATING WELLNESS OBVIOUSLY IS A PRIORITY FOR KEEPING PEOPLE HEALTHY AND AT WORK. WHAT KIND OF IMPACT IS THIS HAVING ON OUR ATTENDANCE, AND ABSENTEE RATE DUE TO ILLNESS? PLEASE. THANK YOU.

>> AND WE HAVE TO PAY FOR SUBSTITUTES IN THE CLASSROOM AND OUR SCHOOL BUSES. SO, YEAH, THERE'S A COST TOED THAT HIGH ABSENTEEISM.

>> WE ARE SO FAR AHEAD WHEREOF WE WERE LAST YEAR I WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY THIS RUNS FROM JANUARY UNTIL DECEMBER. SO ALTHOUGH IT LOOKS LIKE WE ARE NEAR THE END OF THE YEAR WE ARE ACTUALLY HALFWAY THROUGH THE YEAR, ALREADY 5 OR 6% AHEAD WHEREOF WE WERE BEFORE. WE ARE REALLY TRYING TO TAP INTO THE SCHOOLS, GO OUT TO THE SCHOOLS, SIGN THEM UP, AND DO A LOT OF THOSE THINGS SITE-BASED SO THAT IS A PRIORITY. HOPEFULLY WE GET THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS TO START COMPETING WITH EACH OTHER. I DON'T THINK THERE'S A MORE COMPETITIVE GROUP THAN THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS. SO HOPEFULLY RIGHT NOW THEY ARE THINKING, I WANT THAT MIDDLE SCHOOL OR HIGH SCHOOL THAT NEVER WON, AND RIBBING EACH OTHER TO GET THE SCHOOLS GOING.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 8.03. TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT RENEWAL FOR COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL. JENNA HODGES.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THE STORY OF COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE WITH YOU TODAY AND I PROMISE I WILL BE VERY BRIEF. IT OPENED WITH A MANAGEMENT COMPANY. IN 2011 THEY EXTENDED THEIR SCHOOL FROM A K-5 SCHOOL TO A K-8 SCHOOL. AND THEY HAD MANY, MANY CHALLENGES ALONG THE WAY. THEY SERVE A HIGH POVERTY POPULATION. THEY MOVED NUMEROUS TIMES. SOME OF THOSE MOVES NOT WHAT THEY REALLY WANTED TO DO BUT BASED ON WHAT THE LANDLORD WANTED. AND THEY CAME TO A POINT WHERE THEY REALIZED THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY WAS NOT PROVIDING THEM THE RESOURCES THAT THEY NEEDED, BUT THEY WERE ACTUALLY HINDERING THEM FROM GETTING DONE WHAT THEY WANTED TO DO FROM THE STUDENTS. SO THEY TOOK A STEP ON FAITH WHICH WAS REALLY SCARY BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN WITH A MANAGEMENT COMPANY, AND THEY FIRED THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY AND DECIDED TO RUN THEIR SCHOOL ON THEIR OWN WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THAT. AND I THINK THAT WAS A TIME WHEN IT WAS A REALLY TURNING POINT. LAST YEAR I CAME TO THE SUPERINTENDENT WITH A RECOMMENDATION FOR A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT RENEWAL AND I WAS VERY APPREHENDS ARRIVE ABOUT IT BECAUSE I WATCHED THE SCHOOL REALLY STRUGGLE WITH MOVES, WITH ACADEMICS, AND I WASN'T SURE IT WAS GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE IT. BUT BECAUSE OF THE COMMITMENT THAT THE PRINCIPAL HAD AND THE NEW BOARD, THEY WERE PUTTING TOGETHER HAD, I FELT IT WAS WORTH GIVING THEM ONE YEAR. SO THIS PAST YEAR, WITH YOUR GRACE WE APPROVED THEM FOR A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT, PUT OUT A CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN FOR THE SCHOOL WHERE WE LOOKED AT THINGS, AND WE LOOKED AT FACILITIES, GOVERNING BOARD, ADMINISTRATION, CURRICULUM, ESE, ELL, ASSESSMENT, FINANCE AND ENROLLMENT AND LOOKED AT THEM ON A MONTHLY BASIS. WE HAD DISTRICT CHARTER STAFF THAT WENT OUT TO THE SCHOOL, WORKED WITH THE PRINCIPAL, WORKED WITH BOARD MEMBERS WHO CAME TO MEET WITH US, OVER THE YEAR, AND I WANT TO TELL YOU RIM SO PROUD OF THIS SCHOOL BECAUSE NOT ONLY HAVE THEY RAISED THE GRADES FROM AN F TO A C BUT ALSO MADE A COMMITMENT ON THEIR BOARD. NOW CHARTER BOARDS ARE VOLUNTEERS. AND THEY ALSO VOLUNTEER A CERTAIN NUMBER OF HOURS TO THE STUDENTS EACH YEAR, AS WELL AS TO PROVIDE SOME TYPE OF FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITIES, THAT THEY CAN RAISE FUNDS FOR THESE STUDENTS. SO I HAVE TO TELL YOU THEY REALLY MADE SOME A NASING CHANGES. THEY HAVE IMPROVED THEIR ACADEMICS, OF COURSE, WHICH IS MOST IMPORTANT TO US, BUT THEY HAVE ALSO IMPROVED THE CULTURE OF THEIR SCHOOL, THE STRATEGIES THAT THEY USE FOR THE STUDENTS AND THEIR OPERATIONS. AND THEY ARE HERE TONIGHT. I'M REALLY PROUD OF THEM AND I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO INTRODUCE THEM TO YOU. MATT TE RANO TOOK THE LEAD AND THIS MAN HAS A BE NEW BABY AND HE PUT IN HOURS AND HOURS OF TIME WEEKS ENDS AND NIGHT AND I'M VERY PROUD OF MATT. AND THEN WE HAVE JENNIFER VERSAGGI, THE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD. THANK YOU. AND JASON ALBERT WHO HAS BEEN ON THE BOARD FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND IS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD NOW. HE ALSO WAS VERY INTEGRAL AT THE TIME THEY FIRED THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY AND I REALLY THOUGHT THERE WAS NO HOPE AND HE KEPT SAYING, JENNA, HANG IN THERE, WE ARE GOING TO GET THIS DONE. THANK YOU, JASON. [ APPLAUSE ] SO THE RECOMMENDATION TONIGHT IS TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A FIVE YEAR CONTRACT. AND AS I SAID THEY HAVE IMPROVED THEIR GRADE AND WE WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THEM THAT CONTRACT SO THEY CAN ACTUALLY SECURE A BETTER FACILITY FOR THEIR SCHOOL.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A COMMENT. I WAS JUST LOOKING THROUGH THE PERFORMANCE CRITERIA WHICH I THINK IS SOMETHING THAT WE DON'T TYPICALLY DO THIS WITH EVERY ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS, AND IT DOESN'T COME BEFORE THE BOARD FOR EVERY ONE OF OUR TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS TO BE EVALUATED AND LOOKED AT, SCRUTINIZED IN SUCH A WAY, AND THEN HAVE TO COME BEFORE THIS BOARD FOR APPROVAL. AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU OF ALL THE CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT HAVE COME BEFORE US FOR RENEWAL, THIS IS THE KLEINEST PERFORMANCE EVALUATION I HAVE EVER SEEN. AND I KNOW JENNA PRETTY WELL, AND SHE'S TOUGH AND HER TEAM IS TOUGH. SO I APPLAUD YOU ON THAT. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO NEXT YEAR TO COME FROM AN F TO A C, IN THE TIMES THAT WE ARE AGAIN WITH THE REQUIREMENTS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO DO THAT, WITH MOVING TO A NEW TEST AND A NEW GRADING FORMULA. THAT'S COMMENDABLE. AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. AND GOOD LUCK TO YOU NEXT YEAR.

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. THIS ISN'T A TYPICAL INTERACTION BUT I WANT TO ASK THE PRINCIPAL IF HE WILL COME UP FOR JUST A SECOND. BECAUSE AS WE TALKED ABOUT PROGRESS AND MAKING CHANGE AND DOING THINGS DIFFERENTLY, AND VYING FOR SUCCESS AND IMPROVEMENT, IF YOU COULD JUST TALK ABOUT ONE THING THAT I'M SURE YOU HAVE GOT A WHOLE NOTEBOOK FULL OF THINGS. BUT IF THERE'S ONE THING THAT YOUR SCHOOL WOULD DO THAT YOU THINK MADE A DIFFERENCE, WHAT IS IT?

>> HIRE REALLY, REALLY GOOD TEACHERS. THAT WOULD BE THE ONE AND ONLY THING, I WOULD SAY, THE NUMBER ONE TURNING POINT WAS TO MAKE A COMMITMENT TO HIRE PASSIONATE EDUCATED TEACHERS. THAT WAS THE DIFFERENCE. AND ONCE YOU GOT THEM ONBOARD AND ONCE THEY BOUGHT INTO WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO DO, AND THEY BELIEVED -- BECAUSE IT WAS A HARD SELL. A SCHOOL THAT WAS AN F, ONLY GIVEN A ONE-YEAR RENEWAL FROM THE DISTRICT, HAVING JUST FIRED THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY, TO DRON VINCE ANYBODY TO COME WORK AT OUR SCHOOL WAS A TALL TASK. NOT ONLY THAT BUT CONVINCING QUALITY TEACHERS WHO REALLY TRULY CARED AND WANTED TO SERVE THE POPULATION THAT WE DO. THAT WAS THE ONE THING. I COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT ANY OF THEM.

>> HOW MANY OF THOSE TEACHERS ARE COMING BACK? AND IF YOU RETAIN THEM, WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO RETAIN THEM?

>> WELL, ALL BUT TWO DECIDED TO RETURN. ONE RETIRED. THE OTHER ONE MOVED. HAD THAT NOT OCCURRED, WE WOULD HAVE HAD 100% RETENTION. THAT WOULD BE ALL OF OUR INSTRUCTORS. CONVINCING THEM ACTUALLY WAS EASY. BECAUSE ONCE YOU GET A SUCCESSFUL STORY, EVERYBODY WANTS TO CONTINUE TO BE A PART OF THAT. SO GOING FROM AN F TO A C, AND YOU ARE REWARDED FOR YOUR BELIEF, ONCE YOU BUY INTO THAT, AND YOU SEE THE SUCCESS, KEEPING THAT GOING. EVERYBODY WANTS TO CONTINUE TO BE A PART OF THAT, KEEPING TEACHERS EMPLOYED WHEN TIMES ARE TOUGH IS PROBABLY THE MUCH MORE DIFFICULT SCENE. GOING FROM AN F TO A C AND KEEPING EVERYBODY ACTIVE AND INVOLVED. SHORT IN SUMMER, SURE, HAD BUT IT'S LIKE MOST OF THE TEACHERS ON THE FACULTY AND STAFF. I ONLY GOT THE RESULTS BACK FROM IF SCHOOL GRADE THIS YEAR. SO KEEPING THOSE GOOD VIBES GOING HAS BEEN THE KEY.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT. AND CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING A NEW DAD.

>> THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY?

>>Melissa Snively: I TOO HE CAN O.I JUST WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS, MR. TER RAN OH, FOR HELPING TO TURN IT AROUND, AND VERY GARAGE I FOR BEING A LEADER OF YOUR BOARD. -- VERSAGGI. I KNOW IT'S HARD TO CHANGE. IT CAN BE SCARY. I COMMEND YOU FOR RECOGNIZING AT THE POINT WHERE YOU KNEW THAT THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY WASN'T GOING TO WORK OUT AND BE THE BEST MANAGEMENT COMPANY FOR YOUR SCHOOL, AND THEN TAKING THE LEAD TO MAKE THAT CHANGE, BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY IT'S ABOUT WHAT'S BEST FOR THE STUDENTS. AND SOMETIMES THOSE DECISIONS ARE REALLY HARD TO MAKE WHEN YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO BE IN YOUR FUTURE. BUT OBVIOUSLY YOU CARE DEEPLY ABOUT YOUR SCHOOL AND YOU CARE DEEPLY ABOUT THE STUDENTS, AND ANY IMPACT YOU MAKE ON THEM. SO I CONGRATULATE YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS OF TURNING THE SCHOOL AROUND. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THAT. SO THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND CONGRATULATIONS. MS. HODGES, THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, DO BEE WANT TO GO AHEAD WHILE THIS GROUP IS HEAR VOTE ON THIS SEPARATELY? THEN I NEED A MOTION TO DO THAT. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. SNIVELY, A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. AND THIS MOTION IS TO VOTE ON THIS ITEM AT THIS TIME. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON THE MOTION THAT'S ON THE FLOOR? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. THIS IS TO PULL IT. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS WITH MRS. EDGECOMB BEING IN THE BACK. SO NOW I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE OR DENY, WHATEVER THE MOTION IS GOING TO BE. MRS. SNIVELY, WHAT IS YOUR MOTION?

>> MY MOTION IS TO APPROVE THE CHARTER, FOR THE RE-CHARTER.

>>April Griffin: TO APPROVE THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION ON RENEWAL. SO WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR FROM MRS. SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MRS. STUART TO APPROVE THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION FOR RENEWAL. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT PASSES 6 TO 1 WITH MRS. KURDELL AS A NAY. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. AND CONGRATULATIONS. ALL RIGHT. THE NEXT ITEM ON OUR AGENDA IS ITEM 4.05 R-2. AND MRS. VALDES, YOU HAVE A COMMENT?

>>Susan Valdes: YES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I'M REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR LIST AND THE AMOUNT OF TEACHERS THAT ARE ON THIS LIST. ALSO NOTING THAT THERE IS A LOT OF WHAT APPEARS TO BE HISPANIC TEACHERS AND POTENTIAL LEADERS IN OUR DISTRICT. AND I'M NOT SURE HOW THEY GET TO THIS PARTICULAR LIST. MAYBE THEY HAVEN'T TAKEN TESTS OR THINGS OF THAT NATURE. BUT I WANT TO KNOW BECAUSE THIS IS A CRITICAL NEED, IN MY OPINION, THIS IS A CRITICAL NEED. OUR STUDENT POPULATION, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, IS NOW 35% HISPANIC. WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT. AND I AM CONCERNED OF THIS LIST OF WHAT I AM SEEING HERE. AND WHAT ARE WE DOING TO ASSIST THESE INDIVIDUALS TO GET THEIR CERTIFICATIONS, WHATEVER THEY NEED TO DO, DONE? AND I'M JUST VERY CONCERNED, EXTREMELY CONCERNED.

>> SO WE HAVE A VARIATION OF PEOPLE ON THE LIST FROM SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE ATTEMPTED -- IT'S ALL THE GENERAL KNOWLEDGE TEST THAT IS REQUIRED FROM THE STATE. THERE'S IN A OPTION AROUND THAT. THE STATE PROVIDES FOR ONE YEAR FOR OUR EMPLOYEES TO PASS THE TEST. WE ALLOW THE MAXIMUM TWO. WE PROVIDE TUTORING AND CLASSES WITHIN THE DISTRICT. BUT I WILL TELL YOU THERE ARE SOME WHO DON'T ATTEMPT TO TAKE THE TEST, AND DECIDED NOT TO REMAIN TEACHING, AND SO THEY DON'T FULFILL THEIR REQUIREMENT. THEY ARE ON THE LIST BUT I STILL HAVE TO BRING THEM FORWARD. WE HAVE A FEW WHO WERE CERTIFIED IN SOME AREAS. THEY WERE OUT OF FIELD. WE PUT THEM IN FIELD. SO WE MOVED THEM. SO WE DO NOT LOSE THEM. THE ONES THAT ARE ON THE LIST, THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NO OPTIONS FOR THEM IN THE CLASSROOM UNTIL THEY PASS THAT TEST. SO WE LOOK AT ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE WE CAN PLACE THEM. ANYTHING WE CAN DO WITH THEM. WE EXTEND THE AMOUNT OF TIME. THERE IS NO OTHER EXTENSION PAST THIS POINT OTHER THAN APPROVAL THROUGH THE STATE. AND IN MY THREE YEARS I HAVE HAD ONE APPROVED. BUT IT IS A VARIATION OF SOME PEOPLE WHO JUST DIDN'T TAKE THE TEST OR GET TO TAKE THE TEST. THEY CAN ACTUALLY TAKE IT EVERY MONTH. AND IT'S ELECTRONIC AND THEY GET IMMEDIATE RESULTS. THERE IS A COST TO IT, WHICH CERTAINLY THEY HAVE TO SHOULDER, BUT THEY CAN TAKE THE TEST MORE THAN ONCE TO BE ABLE TO PASS.

>> THEN I UNDERSTAND WHY THIS LIST IS THE WAY IT IS. SO WHAT ARE WE DOING TO ADDRESS THIS CRITICAL NEED? BECAUSE IF I CANNOT AFFORD TO TAKE THIS MUCH PARTICULAR TEST ON A MONTHLY BASIS, THAT'S A CHALLENGE. SO UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE CRITICAL NEED IS. AND IT IS A CRITICAL NEED.

>> WELL, WE ACTUALLY WORK WITH SOME GROUPS THAT HELP PAY FOR THAT AS WELL. SO THERE ARE SOME OPTIONS. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THE DISTRICT PAYS FOR, TO TAKE IT MULTIPLE TIMES. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THEY END UP, YOU KNOW, THAT'S THEIR CERTIFICATION. SO THEY HAVE TO DO THAT. BUT THIS IS, AGAIN, THAT GENERAL KNOWLEDGE PIECE, NOT WHERE WE HAVE CHANGED THE AREA WHERE WE ARE ASKING THEM TO TEACH. IT'S THE FOUNDATION CERTIFICATION THAT'S REQUIRED.

>>Susan Valdes: GENERAL KNOWLEDGE TEST. I AM JUST AGAIN TRYING TO FIND A WAY HOW WE CAN SUPPORT -- AND I DON'T KNOW -- YOU KNOW THE DATA BANK MORE SO THAN I DO -- BUT I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS THAT WE ARE DOING TO HELP ENCOURAGE, HELP ADDRESS WHATEVER THEIR NEEDS MAY BE P.I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEIR BARRIERS ARE. I DON'T KNOW. I DON'T KNOW -- ALL I KNOW IS THIS IS SCARY WITH THE AMOUNT OF STUDENTS THAT WE HAVE IN OUR DISTRICT AND THEY ARE NOT HAVING ENOUGH INDIVIDUALS THAT LOOK LIKE THEM IS A CONCERN. AND TRULY TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THEY ARE COMING FROM AS WELL. SO I UNDERSTAND, OF COURSE, WE HAVE TO HAVE THE CERTIFICATION. I'M JUST TRYING TO FIND THE ROOT CAUSE OF IT AND HOW WE CAN BEST HELP. THAT WAS MY CONCERN. VERY ALARMING TO ME.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.04, WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE SUBAGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA FOR COLLEGE BEHAVIORAL AND COMMUNITY SCIENCES AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING. AND MRS. EDGECOMB, YOU HAD COMMENTS ON THIS?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. MY COMMENTS AREN'T DIRECTLY AROUND THE AGREEMENT, OR SUBAGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA AND OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, BUT IN A BROADER PICTURE THAT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD AND SCHOOL. THE SUPERINTENDENT AND I HAVE HAD SEVERAL CONVERSATIONS, AS I SUSPECT MANY OF YOU, THAT WE TALKED ABOUT GRADUATION RATES. AND HE SAID IT YESTERDAY AND HE SAID IT MANY TIMES BEFORE, THAT THE URGENCY AND THE WORK DOESN'T BEGIN IN MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL, THAT IT REALLY BEGINS AT PRETEEN AND KINDER GART FENN WE WANT TO IMPROVE THE GRADUATION RATES. AND I THINK ALL OF US KNOW THAT AND WE EMBRACE THAT AND WE SUPPORT IT. I THINK IF PEOPLE WERE TO ASK ME WHAT WE ARE DOING IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS FIRST THROUGH FIFTH GRADE AND HAVE AROUND OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS, I CAN TALK ABOUT EVEN HIGH SCHOOLS. BUT THE ONE PIECE THAT I DON'T THINK I HAVE A GOOD GRASP OF IS THE PRESCHOOL ACTIVITY EXPERIENCES, SUPPORT AND PARTNERSHIPS. SO WHAT I AM ASKING YOU, IF YOU CAN PROVIDE FOR US KIND OF A COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT WHAT ARE WE DOING AT THE PREK? WHAT ARE THOSE EXPERIENCES THAT WE PROVIDE OUR STUDENTS? AND WHAT PARTNERSHIPS WE MAY HAVE LIKE THE ONE WE HAVE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA OR ANY OTHERS. AND WHAT DOES OUR KINDER GARDEN LOON LIKE? I KNOW WE HAVE REGULAR KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOMS. WE HAVE -- AS AN OLD KINDERGARTEN TEACHER, LOOKING LIKE THIS. BUT OVER THE YEARS THAT HAS CHANGED. I KNOW ONE OF THE BIG CHANGES THAT WE MADE WHEN WE TOOK AWAY OUR PARAPROFESSIONALS OUT OF THOSE CLASSROOMS THAT REALLY, I THINK, HAD A NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE GROWTH THAT WE WOULD EXPECT FROM OUR STUDENTS. SO WHAT I AM ASKING, NOT AS A RESULT OF THIS, BUT A MORE GLOBAL COMPREHENSIVE LOOK AT WHAT DOES PRE-K EXPERIENCES LOOK LIKE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE HAVE TO SUPPORT THOSE EXPERIENCES? AND WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CONFIGURATIONS THAT WE HAVE? BECAUSE I THINK THEY LOOK DIFFERENTLY IN ALL SCHOOLS. AND THE NUMBER OF HEAD START CLASSROOMS OR SITES. BECAUSE I THINK -- AND I THINK WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF GRADUATION RATES. WE HAVE GOT TO START EARLY WITH THE STRONG FOUNDATIONAL EXPERIENCES AND SKILL SETS, SKILLS, AND ALL THE THINGS WE NONTHAT WILL MAKE KIDS SUCCESSFUL. THAT'S MY REQUEST. ABSOLUTELY. THE REQUEST SOUND LIKE IT MIGHT BE EITHER A PERFECT TEACHING LEARNING OPPORTUNITY HERE TO COME TALK TO THE BOARD TO GIVE YOU SOME SORT OF COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW SO THE BOARD KIND OF HEARS IN THE THAT WAY, OR PERHAPS A WORKSHOP. I DON'T KNOW THAT WE CAN CAPTURE EVERYTHING IN WRITTEN FORM TO -- YOU ALMOST HAVE TO HEAR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THAT TO TALK ABOUT THE SCOPE WHETHER IT'S HEAD START, PPK, PARTNERSHIPS. WHAT WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR, WHAT OUTSIDE AGENCIES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR. LEARNING COALITION. I MEAN, THERE ARE A LOT OF PIECES TO THAT SPACE. I THINK IT DUNCE KIND OF MAKE YOUR HEAD SPIN A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY PLAYERS IN THAT SPACE. WHAT WE CAN CONTROL, WE DO OUR BEST. WE CAN GIVE YOU WILL THAT PRESENTATION. BUT WE MATE WANT TO -- MAYBE ACROSS THE DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE THAT SPACE AND HOW WE ALL KIND OF COME TOGETHER TO COLLABORATE AROUND THAT AREA.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I AM GOING TO ASK YOU MAYBE -- I THINK TEACHING AND LEARNING IS A GOOD ONE, BUT I THINK ALSO HAVING A HARD COPY OF SOMETHING. AND WHAT ARE THE GAPS? I KNOW MANY OF OUR KIDS WHO DON'T GET THAT FORMAL KINDERGARTEN EXPERIENCE OF PRE-K COME TO SCHOOL AND THOSE THINGS WE HAVE LITTLE OR NO CONTROL OVER BUT I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT AS A COMMUNITY, UNDER PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER AGENCIES, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE REALLY HAVE SOME SERIOUS CONVERSATIONS ABOUT, BECAUSE IN EXPERIENCE WITH ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT KIDS COME TO SCHOOL FOR, SO MUCH AHEAD OF THEM, IT IS A STRUGGLE FOR THEM. SO IF WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT GETTING TO THAT 90 PERCENT, WE HAVE GOT TO BEGIN EARLIER.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AND I WILL HAVE THE TEAMWORK ON SOMETHING AND COME BACK TO THE BOARD WITH SOME SORT OF PRESENTATION AND INFORMATION IN HARD COPY INFORMATION FORM.

>>April Griffin: MRS. HARRIS.

>>Sally Harris: MRS. EDGECOMB, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT UP. NOW YOU ARE TALKING MY LANGUAGE. I JUST WANTED TO KIND OF EXPAND A LITTLE BIT ON RIGHT NOW, I KNOW THAT THE CHILDREN'S BOARD WITH KELLY HARRIS AND OUR OWN TRACYE BROWN HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY DILIGENTLY ON TRYING TO COMPILE SOME OF THAT INFORMATION THAT YOU ARE REQUESTING, AND I KNOW THAT ONE OF THE STATISTICS THAT'S STARTING TO SURFACE IS THAT SOME OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN THAT POSSIBLY NEED THE EARLY CHILDHOOD AND PPK ARE NOT ATTENDING. AND WHAT'S HAPPENING IS THEY THOUGHT, WHEN THEY DEVELOPED THE PPK PROGRAM, THAT IT WOULD HELP THE STUDENTS ENTERING KINDERGARTEN, AND THE STATISTICS ARE SHOWING THAT THEN IT'S NOT. AND WHAT'S HAPPENING IS IT'S BECAUSE THE PROGRAMS ARE NOT IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS. SO WE ARE ALL LOOKING AT THOSE KINDS OF THINGS TO START ADDRESSING THAT RIGHT NOW. SO I LOVE THE IDEA THAT WE CAN PULL TOGETHER, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THEY HAVE ALREADY STARTED TALKING AND COLLECTING THAT INFORMATION. AND TALLAHASSEE IS LOOKING VERY DILIGENTLY AT THE PPK SCORES, AND WHAT HAS HAPPENED AS THEY TRANSITION INTO KINDERGARTEN. SO IT'S VERY CRITICAL TO POTENTIALLY FUNDING AND EVERYTHING. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT INTEREST.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.05, WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF AMSCO PREPARING FOR ACT AND SAT, EVIDENCE-BASED READING AND WRITING STUDENT EDITION ARE FROM PERFECTION LEARNING. AND MRS. REIDEL. I WAS ASKING SUPERVISOR OF SECONDARY READING, WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR. OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. I AM VERY PLEASED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT TO YOU OUR NEW EDITION TO OUR 11th AND 12th GRADE READING PROGRAMS FOR THE 16-17 SCHOOL YEAR. THE BOARD AGENDA PROVIDES INFORMATION ON TWO ADDITIONAL RESOURCES PREPARING THE NEW SAT EVIDENCE BASED READING AND WRITING PUBLISHED BY PERFECTION READING AND THE AMSCO ENGLISH READING AND WRITING ALSO PUBLISHED BY PERFECTION LEARNING. DURING THE 2016-17 -- 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR THE ASSESSMENTS WERE REVISED TO MEET THE NEW CURRENT COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS SKILLS AND THEY WANTED TO -- OR THE EXPECTATIONS. SORRY. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE ARE IMPLEMENTING THE MOST UP TO DATE RESOURCES TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS' SUCCESS IN MEETING GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS. WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 3500 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN OUR IS THEth GRADE READING COURSE AND 5600 STUDENTS IN OUR 11th GRADE READ ITING COURSE. THESE COURSES ARE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO OUR JUNIOR AND SENIOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY MET THE READING GRADUATION BENCHMARKS BASED ON THEIR PERFORMANCE OF THE STANDARDS ASSESSMENT, OR BY EARNING A CONCORDANT SCORE ON THE SAT AND ACT. THE MARCH 2016 SCHOOL DAY ADMINISTRATION AT THE SAT WE HAD 1581 STUDENTS WHO HAD NOT MET PREVIOUSLY THE ELA-FSA EXPECTATIONS, AND THEY EARNED A CONCORDANT SCORE ON THE SAT DURING THAT SCHOOL DAY ASSESSMENT. SO THAT ALLOWED THEM TO MEET THE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS AT THAT TIME. BOTH THE JUNIOR AND THE SENIOR READING COURSES ARE DEVELOPED TO PROVIDE CONCENTRATED SUPPORT IN THE SKILLS NEEDED FOR THE ELA-FSA AND THE SAT AND ACT. THE FIRST SIX WEEKS OF THE COURSE IS FOCUSED GROUP CAMP TO PROVIDE INDIVIDUAL SKILL SUPPORT, PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE ELA-FSA, THAT IS OFFERED IN OCTOBER. THEN ONCE THE STUDENTS HAVE COMPLETED THE ELA-FSA IN OCTOBER, THE COURSE SHIFTS TO PREPARING STUDENTS FOR THE SAT AND/OR THE ACth.  THIS IS WHERE THE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR THE ACT AND SAT MATERIALS WILL BE UTILIZED TO SUPPORT THE STUDENTS NEEDS IN BUILDING BUILD NECESSARY SKILLS TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON THE ACT AND THE SAT. STUDENTS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK IN BOTH HOLE GROUP, INSTRUCTIONAL SETTINGS AND SMALL GROUP ROTATIONAL SUPPORT GROUPS. THIS WILL ALLOW THE TEACHER TO PROVIDE INDIVIDUAL STUDENT SUPPORT WITH INTENSE DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION. AT THIS TIME, THE JUNIOR COURSE IS FOCUSED ON THE SAT PREPARATIONS TO SUPPORT THE SAT SCHOOL DAY ASSESSMENT THAT'S IN MARCH. THE SENIOR READING COURSE EMPHASIZES ON BOTH THE SAT AND THE ACT PREPARATIONS TO SUPPORT STUDENTS IN PURSUING ALL POSSIBLE PATHWAYS -- SORRY -- IS TO PREPARE THE STUDENTS PURSUING ALL POSSIBLE PATHWAYS TO EARN CONCORDANCE SCORES ON EITHER THE SAT OR THE ACT THUS MEETING THE REQUIRED STUDENT READING BENCHMARK. FOR THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR, STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT PREVIOUSLY MET THE READING GRADUATION BENCHMARK WILL BE PROVIDED FOUR ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES. THEY WILL HAVE TWO OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE THE ELA-FSA, ONE IN THE FALL AND ONE IN THE SPRING, AND THEN THEY WILL ALSO HAVE AN ADDITIONAL SAT DAY AND AN ADDITIONAL ACT DAY THAT WILL BE DURING THE SCHOOL DAY FOR ANY STUDENT WHO HAS NOT PREVIOUSLY MET EXPECTATIONS AT THAT POINT. IN ADDITION I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU THAT WE ARE OFFERING A NEW HONORS READING ELECTIVE COURSE FOR OUR 10th, 11th AND 12th GRADERS WHO HAVE ALREADY MET GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS BY EARNING THE SATISFACTORY ON THE ELA-FSA.  THIS IS A SEMESTER LONG COURSE THAT WILL FOCUS ON ENRICHING AND CHALLENGING OUR ADVANCED STUDENTS AS THEY PREPARE FOR THE SAT-ACT ASSESSMENTS TO SUCCESSFULLY MEET COLLEGE ADMITTANCE REQUIREMENTS AND ENHANCING SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY.

>> MRS. VALDES, WHEN I SAW THIS BEFORE YOU EVEN PULLED IT, I THOUGHT MRS. VALDES IS GOING TO PULL THIS ONE. MRS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS AGENDA ITEM BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO REALLY HELP OUR STUDENTS WITH THAT CONCORDANT SCORE, AND HOPEFULLY NOT HAVING A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION IN THE DISTRICT, OUT OF ALL OF OUR 27 CRIER HIGH SCHOOL CENTERS BECAUSE I REALLY BELIEVE ALL OF OUR STUDENTS CAN ACHIEVE. THEY JUST ACHIEVE DIFFERENTLY AND WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO A AFFORD THOSE OPPORTUNITIES.  THIS AGENDA ITEM WAS ALSO MOST REFRESHING BECAUSE WE ARE NOT JUST TALKING ABOUT TAKING CARE OF ONE COHORT OF KIDS. HERE WE ARE USING THE SAME TO DIFFERENTIATE INSTRUCTION. HEAR WE ARE USING THE SAME TOOL TO BE ABLE TO HELP OUR ACHIEVING STUDENT TO REACH THAT NEXT LEVEL WHILE WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR STUDENTS THAT ARE STRUGGLING WITH A SPECIFIC PORTION OF THE CURRICULUM, AND THEY CANNOT REACH THEIR BENCHMARK. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, STAFF, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, MR. EAKINS, FOR LISTENING TO THIS PLEA OF FINDING A WAY OF BEING ABLE TO GIVE OUR STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE ACT AND THE SAT FOR THE CONCORDANT SCORE IN A MORE STRUCTURED HAS BEENER. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M REALLY EXCITED. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE DATA COMING IN FROM THIS YEAR AFTER WE IMPLEMENT THIS THIS SCHOOL YEAR. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THIS ITEM. VERY POPULAR. I AM SO -- TELL ME AGAIN, JUST REPEAT FOR ME BECAUSE I'M VERY INTERESTED TO SEE HOW PRINCIPALS ARE GOING TO CHOOSE STUDENTS TO BE IN THESE CLASSES AND HOW THEY ARE GOING TO -- AGAIN WE CAN'T JUST BE LOOKING AT STUDENTS WHO ARE LOW PERFORMING, BELOW 2.0 OR HAVING OTHER DIFFICULTY, BECAUSE I KNOW WE DEALT WITH THIS YEAR SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO WERE HONOR STUDENTS WHO STILL COULDN'T GET PAST THIS. SO HOW ARE GUIDANCE AND APCs CHOOSING STUDENT TO BE IN THESE COURSES, AND HOW MUCH -- HOW MANY COURSES ARE THERE GOING TO BE PER SCHOOL FOR US TO FOCUS ON?

>> IT VARIES FROM SCHOOL SITE TO SCHOOL SITE BASED ON THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS. TRADITIONALLY WHAT I HAVE SEEN FOR THIS YEAR SO FAR WITH THE PROJECTED NUMBERS, OUR HIGH SCHOOLS ARE STILL ATTENDING, JUNIOR READING 3 COURSE AND THE SENIORS WHO HAVE NOT MET CONCORDANCE SCORE. SO THEY ARE READING 4 COURSE. AND THE TITLE HAS CHANGED SO IT IS LISTED AS AN ACT-SAT COURSE. THAT'S MORE OF A SELLING POINT TO THE STUDENTS AND NOT FEELING LIKE A NEGATIVE TO BE PLACED IN THESE COURSES. IT'S A SUPPORT COURSE TO ENRICH AND MOVE YOU TO THE NEXT LEVEL WHERE YOU NEED TO BE. THE ADVANCED HONORS COURSE DOES HAVE HONORS WEIGHT WITH IT SO THAT IS AN OPTION. BECAUSE WE KNOW JUST AS YOU SAID, OUR JUNIORS AND SENIORS, WE DO HAVE STUDENTS IN AP COURSES BUS FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER HAVE HIGH PRESSURE DIFFICULTY MEETING THE FSA-ELA EXPECTATIONS. THOSE ARE STUDENTS THAT COULD POTENTIALLY BE PLACED IN THE INTO THE 11th AND 12th GRADE HONORS, ACT SAT COURSE IS AN OPTION, BUT WITH THAT CAUTION IS ONLY A SEMESTER COURSE. SO IF, FOR EXAMPLE, I'M A JUNIOR PARENTS AND GIVEN THEM BOTH SIDE OF THE OPTION AND MOST OF THEM TEND TO GO WITH THE YEAR LONG COURSE BECAUSE THEY GET MORE OPPORTUNITY. AS A JUNIOR, IF I TAKE THE FSA IN THE FALL AND I PASS THEN I AM SCHEDULED OUT OF READ 3 COURSE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND SEMESTER WHEN THOSE SCORES COME IN AND I AM SCHEDULED INTO AN ELECTIVE OR ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE COURSE OF MY CHOOSING. BUT A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS ON OCCASION ARE THE ONES THAT ARE IN AP OR HIGHER HONORS COURSES. AND SO THAT GIVES THAT OPTION WITH THAT YOU ARE SEMESTER COURSE. NOW, WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM IN THAT SEMESTER COURSE AS A JUNIOR AND I DON'T PASS WITHIN THAT SEMESTER? I COULD ROLL INTO THE READING 3 COURSE SECOND SEMESTER AND STILL BE GIVEN THAT SUPPORT.  SO THERE ARE OPTIONS IN HOW THEY ARE SCHEDULING. SO THAT IS A DIFFERENCE.

>> AND MY OTHER QUESTION, IS THIS CLASS GOING TO IDENTIFY STUDENTS WHO ALSO -- AND IS THIS CLASS GOING TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR REGISTERING STUDENTS TO ACTUALLY TAKE AN A ACT-SAT?

>> IN THE PAST THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN OUR JUNIOR RETAKE COURSES, THEY COME IN WITH THE SCHOOL SUCCESS COURSE OR COUNSELOR OR EVEN READING COACH WILL COME IN AND WORK TO SCHEDULE THOSE STUDENTS AND FILL OUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS, FILL OUT THE WAIVERS. IF NECESSARY. SO IF I AM A STUDENT THAT QUALIFIES FOR THE WAIVER, THEY DO IT THROUGH THE COURSE THAT I AM ALREADY IDENTIFIED. THEY WILL TAKE THEM TO A COMPUTER LAB TO FILL OUT ALL THE APPLICATION PROCESS TO REGISTER FOR THE ACT AND SAT, ABSOLUTELY.

>> WHAT I FOUND PERSONALLY THIS YEAR WAS STUDENTS COMING TO ME WHO WERE TAKING THIS COURSE, WE WERE HOPING THEY WERE GOING TO PASS FSA AND BY THE TIME WE FOUND OUT THEY DIDN'T PASS FSA IT WAS TOO LATE TO GET THEM INTO AN SAT OR ACT AND GET SCORES BACK BEFORE GRADUATION DAY. SO I'M HOPING THAT IN 11th GRADE IF ARE NOT MAKING IT IN THIS CLASS SOMEONE IS REGISTERING YOU FOR A DIFFERENT TEST, BY 11th GRADE, YOU ARE ALREADY ON TRACK TO START TAKING A DIFFERENT TEST AND NOT STILL TRYING TO PASS THAT FSA-ELA SECTION. SO VERY EXCITING STUFF. THANKS FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD. GOOD LUCK.

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. I SUSPECT THE ANSWER BUT I AM GOING TO ASK IT ANYWAY. BEYOND THE TYPICAL KINDS OF THINGS IN PREP COURSES WHERE WE TEACH KIDS, ALL THE MECHANICS OF GOOD TEST TAKING, WHO IS SPENDING TIME WITH THEM TALKING ABOUT GETTING OVER -- I NOTICED THE CODE WORD, TEST PHOBIA. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS BUT I AM JUST GOING TO CALL IT TEST PHOBIA FOR A MINUTE. DO WE SPEND ANY TIME WITH THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR, OR SOMEONE TO TALK TO KIDS ABOUT BOOTHING -- BREATHING TECHNIQUES OR OTHER KINDS OF THINGS THAT PREPARE THEM PSYCHOLOGICALLY? DO WE SPEND ANY TIME IN THESE COURSES?

>> THERE ARE SOME PIECES OF THAT, NOT NECESSARILY BREATHING TECHNIQUES.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I JUST THINK

>> ABSOLUTELY, I THINK THAT VARIES FROM TEACHERS -- TEACHER TO TEACHER, TOO, BUT WE DO PROVIDE SUGGESTIONS AS TO WHEN WE ARE GETTING READY FOR THE TEST. BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS IS ALSO FAMILIARIZING THE STUDENTS OF WHAT TO EXPECT LIKE WHAT KINDS OF QUESTIONS SO THEY DO REPUBLICAN SCENARIOS, WHERE THE STUDENTS ARE GIVEN TIME TEST, BECAUSE THAT'S ANOTHER BIG TEST ANXIETY PIECE IS WHEN STUDENTS KNOW I'M UNDER A TIME FRAME, I HAVE TO ANSWER SO MANY QUESTIONS WITHIN THE 25 MINUTES THAT SAT ASKS THEM BECAUSE IT'S BROKEN DOWN IN SEGMENTS. SO THE THEY DO A LOT OF THAT PREP BECAUSE THE STUDENTS WONDER WHAT IS IT LIKE TO HAVE 25 MINUTES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS. IF MORE STUDENTS ARE FAMILIAR WITH IT, THE LESS ANXIETY BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE APPROACHING. SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE DO AS PART OF THE TRAINING WITH THE TEACHERS WHEN WE WORKING WITH CURRICULUM IS BUILDING IN WHAT IS THE TEST, HOW DO WE KIND OF DESTRESS AS WE ARE GETTING READY FOR IT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I HEARD YOU SAY, I THINK, SCHOOL TO SCHOOL, BUT MAYBE SOME CONSIDERATION THAT MIGHT BE A CRITICAL PART OF HELPING KIDS WORK THROUGH THIS. BUT SOME ARE SMART KIDS BUT THEY HAVE TENSION ANXIETY. MY SECOND IDEA, AND IT MAY HAVE SOME VALUE. I KNOW THESE TEACHERS TALKING TO KIDS, BUT MAYBE THEY ALREADY DO IT IN SOME SCHOOLS, BUT MAYBE AT THE SAME TIME HAVE SOME OF THEIR PEERS COME IN TO TALK ABOUT HOW THEY APPROACH IT, HEARING FROM ANOTHER STUDENT MIGHT BE A WAY, YOU KNOW, THAT SOME KIDS RELATE, NOT THAT WE ARE MINIMIZING THE IMPACT OF EMPLOYMENT, BUT SOMETIMES HEARING IT FROM YOUR OWN PEER CAN BE ANOTHER WAY OF HELPING KIDS KIDS, YOU KNOW, WALKING IN YOUR SHOES KIND OF THING. SO I DON'T KNOW, AGAIN, YOU PROBABLY HAVE A FRAMEWORK. I KNOW YOU HAVE X AMOUNT OF TIME TO SPEND ON THE MECHANICS OF IT, BUT I THINK SO MUCH OF KIDS' INABILITY TO PASS IS NOT SO MUCH THE LACK OF THE CONTENT, IT'S SOME OF THE THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT, BUT SOMEHOW BEING ABLE TO BRING THAT IN FOR GREAT SUCCESS.

>> AND YOU ARE EXACTLY RIGHT. I WILL SAY MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS DID, DURING THE DAY, AS PART OF THE CLASS CURRICULUM WITHIN THAT 50 MINUTES BUT MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS, WITH I IS ONE OF THE REASONS WE SAW THE SUCCESS WE DID IN THE FALL RETAKE AND THEN ALSO WITH OUR SAT SCHOOL DAY WITH JUNIORS, IS MANY OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS DID WHAT IS CALLED A THROUGH THE DAY, SO THEY WOULD PULL THE STUDENTS FOR TWO TO THREE HOURS AND DO A FOCUSED BOOT CAMP WITH THE SKILLS NECESSARY, BUT DURING THAT TIME THEY WOULD PULL ADDITIONAL STUDENTS TO COME IN AND SPEAK AS LIKE INSPIRATION, AND SOME OF THE SCHOOLS WOULD DO A PEP RALLY BEFORE THAT TIME AND BRING IN STUDENTS WHO MIGHT HAVE BEEN REPEAT, RETAKER, WHERE MAYBE IT'S UNTIL THEIR SENIOR YEAR TO PASS BUT THEY DID, AND SO THE INSPIRATION THAT "ALL IS NOT LOST BECAUSE YOU ARE STILL A SENIOR AND I WAS IN THIS CLASS, I WAS IN YOUR SAME SHOES AND I DID DO IT." SO I WILL CONTINUE TO SHARE THAT AS A WAY OF INCREASING STUDENTS' INSPIRATION OR WILLINGNESS TO CONTINUE SO THAT THEY ARE NOT JUST SHUTTING DOWN AND FRUSTRATED. ABSOLUTELY.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU SO MUCH. THE NEXT ITEM ON OUR AGENDA IS ITEM 6.18 WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT WITH EDUCATIONAL LOGISTICS INCORPORATED, EDU LAW FOR VEHICLE LOCATER SERVICES. MR. JIM BEEKMAN, THE GENERAL MANAGER OF TRANSPORTATION. HE WILL ADDRESS THIS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF. THIS BEFORE YOU IS A CONTRACT THAT WILL MOVE US FOR THE GPS UNITS. CURRENTLY THE DISTRICT USES OF SNOW YEAH, WHICH IS A SOFTWARE. EDU LOG IS ALSO A SOFTWARE. CURRENTLY THE BUS UZ HAVE ON THEM THE ACTUAL UNITS THEMSELVES. THIS IS JUST A FLASH UPGRADE TO THOSE AVL UNITS. WHAT THIS WILL ALLOW US TO DO, IT WILL ALLOW US NOW TO BACK FEED THE EDULOG MAPPING SYSTEM WITH REAL LIVE GPS DATA THAT WILL UPDATE OUR MAPS, OUR SPEEDS AND LOCATIONS. SO IT'S A TRUE INTEGRATION, WHEREAS BEFORE WE ONLY HAD A SLIGHT INTEGRATION THAT GAVE US BITS OF DATA. NOW WE ACTUALLY GET TO USE IT AS A TOOL FOR EFFICIENCY.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. FINALLY THE TWO SYSTEMS ARE TALKING TOGETHER.

>> YES, MA'AM.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. BEEKMAN. HOLD ON. DON'T GO ANYWHERE.  SORRY.

>> I WAS GOING DO COMMENT THERE'S ONE IMPROVEMENT FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.

>>April Griffin: JUST COMMENTING THERE'S ONE IMPROVEMENT SO FAR FOR THE BEGINNING OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR. CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR ALL OF THE OTHER ONES. NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. BEEK BEEK YES, MA'AM.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM -- TO APPROVE THE ADVERTISEMENT FRAMEWORK FOR THE 2016-2017 FISCAL YEAR PROPOSED MILLAGE RATES. NOTICE OF BUDGET HEARING, PROPOSED TAX INCREASE, AND NOTICE OF TAX FOR SCHOOL CAPITAL OUTLAY. AND TO ALLOW STAFF TO MAKE MODIFICATIONS AND UPDATES, INFORMATION, UPDATED INFORMATION AS RECEIVED FROM TALLAHASSEE. AND GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER. THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU. SO WE ARE GOING TO SHARE A MICROPHONE. THAT WAS MAKING A LITTLE BIT OF NOISE AND I DON'T KNOW WHY. I THINK BECAUSE THE BUDGET IS SO HOT AND YOU ARE SO EXCITED. A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT I WANTED TO TOUCH BASE WITH YOU GUYS ON. SORRY. I WILL MOVE THIS AROUND. SORRY. OKAY. TODAY'S AGENDA ITEM IS JUST THE TENTATIVE BUDGET, AND WANTED TO TOUCH BASE WITH YOU ALL ON BRINGING THAT TO THE BOARD. WE HAVE TO HAVE APPROVAL FOR THE FRAMEWORK, FOR THE NEWSPAPER ADVERTISEMENT, FRIDAY, JULY 29th IN THE "TAMPA BAY TIMES." IF YOU WILL REMEMBER, IT LOOKS LIKE THIS. THERE'S THREE ADVERTISEMENTS AND IT IS THIS AGENDA ITEM. I KNOW THIS IS REALLY HARD TO READ BUT IT GOING TO LOOK LIKE THIS IN THE PAPER. AND WE COULDN'T PREPARE THE AGENDA PRIOR TO YESTERDAY BECAUSE WE HAD TO WAIT FOR THE SECOND CALCULATION ARE FROM THE STATE. SO FRIDAY AFTERNOON LATE WE RECEIVED THE SECOND CALCULATION FROM THE STATE, AND THE NUMBERS DID CHANGE. JUST REMEMBER AT THE BOARD WORKSHOP LAST WEEK WE TALKED ABOUT THE NUMBERS THEY HAD USED WEREN'T THE FOURTH CALCULATION FROM LAST YEAR, THEY WERE THERE THE THIRD. SO WE UPDATED OUR NUMBERS AND HAVE THE FIRST PRORATION BASED ON THOSE NUMBERS. THROUGHOUT THE STATE THERE WAS A $5 MILLION APPROACH RATION. OUR SCHAUER WAS 435,875. ADDITIONALLY SOME OF OUR NUMBERS WENT UP AND DOWN DEPENDING ON NUMBERS WE TURNED IN FOR FTE OR CHEEKS IN THE SEATS. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FIRST CALCULATION RECEIVED FROM THE LEGISLATURE AND OUR SECOND CALCULATION BASED ON THE CERTIFIED TAX ROLLS, THE POTENTIAL FUNDING FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WENT DOWN $3.6 MILLION. AGAIN THERE'S GOING TO BE ADJUSTMENTS ALONG THE WAY BECAUSE WE HAVE TAMPA SURVEY 2 COUNT, AND THEN SURVEY 3 IN THE SPRING. SO AGAIN THOSE ARE BASED ON THE NUMBERS OF OUR STUDENTS IN THE SEATS. ONE OF THE THINGS I WANTED TO POINT OUT WAS OUR MILLAGE RATE DID GO DOWN, BECAUSE PROPERTY TAXES -- PROPERTY TAX ROLLS WERE CERTIFIED HIGHER. SO WE HAVE A LITTLE OVER 86 BILLION DOLLARS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ON THE PROPERTY ROLLS. IT'S ABOUT $6 BILLION MORE THAN LAST YEAR.  ANYWAY, WE HAVE OUR FIRST PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BUDGET ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 2nd AT 5:01 P.M. IN THIS BUILDING THEN THE FINAL HEARING ON THE BUDGET WILL BE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 AT 5:01 IN THIS BUILDING. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. MRS. SAUNDERS, WHAT IS THE PERCENTAGE OF THE BUDGET OF LOCAL DOLLARS THAT'S NOT FEDERAL DOLLARS OR -- IF YOU DON'T HAVE THAT RIGHT OFF THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD, IF YOU COULD JUST LET US KNOW.

>>Gretchen Saunders: I WILL. I HAD THEM ON THE POWERPOINT LAST WEEK AND I DIDN'T USE IT. I JUST DON'T HAVE IT OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.25 WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT WITH EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY TO CONTINUE THE AEROSPACE CAREER ACADEMY WITH DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES AT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. DIRECTOR OF -- MR. CHRIS JARRING O.

>>Christopher Jargo: THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT ITEM 6.25 TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT WITH EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY F.OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROGRAM IS TO INTRODUCE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO COLLEGIATE CURRICULUM WITH A FOCUS ON PROFESSIONAL AERONAUTICAL TOPICS LEADING TO BOTH HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE CREDIT. AS PART OF THIS PROGRAM OUR STUDENTS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THREE CREDIT COURSES IN FLIGHT PHYSIOLOGY, UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS, AS WELL AS A 5 CREDIT COURSE IN PRIVATE PILOT OPERATIONS. OUR COURSES ARE TAUGHT BY CURRENT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER WHO IS QUALIFIED UNDER THE CRITERIA FROM THE SOUTHERN SOARINGS OF COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS. EMBRY-RIDDLE PROVIDES OUR STUDENTS WITH ONGOING TRAINING MATERIALS NEEDED TO IMPLEMENT THIS PROGRAM. THE ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM BEGAN IN 2002 AND INCLUDED AS PART OF THE TAMPA BAY REGIONAL AVIATION INITIATIVE. WE RECENTLY PROVIDED FUNDING FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO OUTFIT NEW FLIGHT SIMULATORS, DRONES AND A WIND TUNNEL.  THIS SUMMER TWO FEMALE STUDENTS TOOK PART IN THE AIRPORT MANAGEMENT INTERNSHIP AT THE TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS FIVE OF THE GRADUATES HAD ENROLLED WITH EMBRY-RIDDLE IN ENGINEERING OR PILOTING PROGRAMS. OUR DISTRICT IS BUILDING A STRONG PIPELINE FOR THE FUTURE OF AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION WITH NEW TEXAS INSTALLED FOR AEROSPACE RELATED PROGRAMS AT SOME OF OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS INCLUDING BURNS, MADISON, MONROE, RANDALL AND STEWART MIDDLE SCHOOLS AS WELL AS A SUMMER AEROSPACE AND TECHNOLOGY CAMP AT LOCKHART ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN WHICH STUDENTS EARN 14 STOOL CERTIFICATES IN FUNDAMENTAL TECHNOLOGY SCHOOLS SKILLS. WE GREATLY APPRECIATE THE SCHOOL BOARD'S SUPPORT AND ARE CONFIDENT THIS WILL HELP PREPARING OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE.

>> I HAVE A QUESTION. WE HAVE A PROGRAM AT STEWART MIDDLE SCHOOL. I KNOW THEY ARE VERY FAR AWAY. BUT ARE WE DOING -- IS THERE ANY COLLABORATION BETWEEN ROBINSON AND STEWART AT ALL THAT WE KNOW OF?

>>Christopher Jargo: SOME OF THE SCHOOLS MAY CHOICE INTO ROBINSON. ROBINSON IS ON THE CHOICE PROGRAM. SO IT IS AN OPTION FOR THEM. BUT DIRECT CORRELATION --

>> I'M TALKING ABOUT DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR. THIS IS A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE OF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO ARE ALREADY ENGAGED IN THE AERONAUTICAL INDUSTRIES. AND LIKE I SAID, I KNOW THEY ARE A GOOD DISTANCE A PARTED BUT I WAS CURIOUS IF THERE WAS ANY INTERACTION BETWEEN THE TWO IN THE COURSE OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

>> I AM NOT AWARE OF ANY BUT WE CAN LOOK INTO BUILDING SOME ARTICULATION INITIATIVES THAT WILL ALLOW STUDENTS TO SEE WHAT'S GOING ON WITH SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS AT ROBINSON:  THANK YOU. MRS. KURDELL.

>>Carol Kurdell: THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION IS THE ONE AT STEWART IS A SPACE PROGRAM, AND THEY ACTUALLY TALK TO THE ASTRONAUTS, HAD ARE INVOLVED WITH THE ASTRONAUTS OWL YEAR LONG ON THE SPACE STATION. THE ONE AT ROBINSON STARTED OUT AS THE AERONAUTICAL PROGRAM TO WHERE THEY COULD BUILD AN AIRCRAFT. THEY WERE LOOKING FOR CAREERS AND THAT KIND OF SKILL SET, AND HAS GROWN INTO WHAT YOU ARE DOING NOW. SO I CAN'T THINK OF ANY TIME WHERE THEY ACTUALLY HAVE, BUT IT'S A GOOD QUESTION IN THAT THE KIDS COULD SEE THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT. IT'S INTERESTING TO GO TO STEWART WHEN THEY ARE HAVING THEIR PROGRAM AND CELEBRATING SPACE STATION BECAUSE THE KIDS ARE IN BLUE JUMPSUITS, LIKE THE SPACE STATION, THEY GO TO CAPE KENNEDY, AND THAT KIND OF THING. AND THEY ACTUALLY TALK TO THE GUYS ON THE SPACE STATION. SO IT'S JUST AN INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE KIDS.

>>Christopher Jargo: WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS FOR OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS TO SEE HOW TO GET PREPARED AND GET STEWART CONNECTED, ROBINSON, AND SOME OF THESE OTHER MIDDLE SCHOOLS BECAUSE THE EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, THEY TEND TO INCREASE AS THEY GO FROM THE ELEMENTARY TO THE MIDDLE TO THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL SO STUDENTS WILL GET TO SEE WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO AS THEY ARTICULATE.

>> AND WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT PROGRAMS LIKE WE HAVE AT BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL AND JEFFERSON, THEY ARE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR PORT THERE. MIGHT BE -- MIGHT BE AN INTEREST IN ONE AREA, AND THEY GO TO THE PORT AND THEY SEE THOSE OTHER -- SO THERE'S AN UNDERLYING INTEREST THERE, AND SOMETHING ELSE MIGHT SPARK THAT DESIRE TO MAYBE GO GO INTO A DIFFERENT FIELD. IT WAS A THOUGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ALL RIGHT, MRS. SAUNDERS, YOU HAVE THOSE NUMBERS NOW?

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM, THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: WE ARE NOW, BOARD MEMBERS, GOING BACK TO 6.247-R.

>> YES, MA'AM. AND THE QUESTION FROM MRS. VALDES WHAT'S THE SPLIT FOR STATE AND LOCAL DOLLARS? WE ARE PROPERTY POOR AND STUPID RICH AND WE RECEIVE 70% OF OUR MONEY FROM THE STATE AND 30% FROM LOCAL REVENUE, LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES. SO WE ARE ONE OF THOSE DISTRICTS THAT 70-30 SPLIT. THANK YOU. THANK YOU, DR. VAS QUESTIONS.

>> IF NEXT ITEM IS 7.01-A. NOW WE ARE INTO OPERATIONS. AND THIS IS 7.01-A TO APPROVE THE REVISED BELL SCHEDULES FOR THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR MR. CHRIS -- OKAY. (LAUGHTER) LORRAINE DUFFEY SUAREZ. BLOW. OR MR. BEEKMAN. SOMEBODY. FIGURE IT OUT. THERE WAS A MOMENT BECAUSE I WAS SUPPOSED TO CALL ON CHRIS FARKAS AND MY BRAIN NEEDED A SECOND TO PROCESS THAT.

>> SHE DOES THE SAME THING EVERY MONDAY AT STAFF MEETING AS WELL. (LAUGHTER) THIS UPDATE IS BROUGHT TO YOU AS REFLECTIVE OF THE ERT SCHOOLS SO WE HAD TO CHANGE THE SCHOOLS THAT CAME DOWN WITH THE ADDITIONAL HOUR THAT WE HAD TO ADD. TO THOSE PROGRAMS. SO WE HAD TO TO MAKE AN ADJUSTMENT BASED ON THAT LIST THAT WAS PREVIOUSLY APPROVED. I BELIEVE THAT OFFICIAL LIST CAME ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO SO WE HAD TO BRING THOSE FORWARD TO YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB? I WAS WAITING TO SEE WHO PUSHED THEIR BUTTON FIRST.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WE HAD ALONG DISCUSSION LAST WEEK ABOUT THE IMPACT WHAT IT MEANS WHEN WE HAD THE BUDGET WORKSHOP. I RECOGNIZE THAT WE HAVE SOME FLEXIBILITY IN THE READING PROGRAM OR STRATEGIES THAT WE USE AS PART OF THE WAY TO IMPROVE THE READING SKILLS OF THESE STUDENTS. AM I CORRECT -- AND THIS MAY BE RELATED TO IT, BUT SOMEWHAT, A LITTLE DIFFERENT CONVERSATION. BECAUSE I WAS THINKING ABOUT SOME OF THE CONVERSATION WE HAD LAST TIME. WE HAVE NO LOCAL CONTROL ABOUT HOW WE DO THIS. AM I CORRECT? BEEK BEAK WE ARE MANDATED BY THE STATE. THE STATUTE THAT WE HAVE TO NOW TAKE OUR SCHEDULES WITHIN THESE SCHOOLS AND ADJUST THEM SO THEY GET AN EXTRA HOUR OF READING. SO THAT IS MANDATED. THE LANGUAGE IS VERY CLEAR.

>> WE HAVE 30 DAYS OF SCHOOLS. THERE'S TWO CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT HAVE TO OFFER IT THIS YEAR AS WELL SO THEY WILL BE UNDER THE SAME REQUIREMENTS. THEY EVERYONE MAY HAVE A MOWER UNIQUE WAY BASED ON THEIR SCHEDULES AND START TIMES BUT THEY ARE NOT PART OF THIS AGENDA ITEM. BUT WITHIN THE EXTRA HOUR, THAT IS WHERE OUR STAFF LOOKS AT HOW WE DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT, ON DIFFERENT TYPES OF STRATEGIES TO ENHANCE THE READING IN THE SCHOOLS.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. NOW, WHAT IS THE STRAIN OR THE IMPACT ON OUR TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, IF ANY? BEEK BEEK WELL, THE STRAIN COMES FOR YOUR OTHER TIER OF SCHOOLS. IN THE MORNING WE SERVE THE HIGH SCHOOL FIRST. THEN WE HAVE TO GEOGRAPHICALLY GET OUT WITH THOSE BUSES AND COME BACK AND PICK UP ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. SO NOW WE IMPACTED THOSE 38 SCHOOLS THAT WE HAVE TO ADD TIME TO. SO WE LOOK AT WHERE WE CAN ADD THOSE TIMES SO WE DON'T IMPACT THE OTHER SCHOOLS. AND THEN THE SAME WAY IN THE AFTERNOON. IN THE AFTERNOON, NOW WE HAVE TO ADD SOME TIME IN THE AFTERNOON, AND THEN PICK UP THOSE, BECAUSE WE PICK UP ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS FIRST, SO WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THAT TIME FRAME GETTING BARK TO THE HIGH SCHOOLS. IN A PERFECT WORLD, WE CAN GIVE THEM MORE FLEXIBILITY, BUT HOLISTICALLY WE HAVE TO LOOK AT BECAUSE IT ALSO IMPACTS THE OTHER TIERS OF SCHOOLS SO WE HAVE TO LOOK AT IT IN THOSE TIMES.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I AM GOING TO BOUNCE AROUND. AS WE TALKED ABOUT THIS IN TRYING TO HELP OUR LEGISLATORS THINK ABOUT THIS DIFFERENTLY, I'M SURE THE CONVERSATIONS HAVE BEEN NOT ONLY WHEN YOU MAKE THESE KIND OF DECISIONS ABOUT THE EXTRA HOUR, TALK ABOUT THE SCHOOL'S INSTRUCTIONAL DAY, THE IMPACTS ON TRANSPORTATION, AND PROBABLY OTHER OPERATIONAL KINDS OF THINGS IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT EAKINS, AND OTHERS HAVE GONE AND TRADE TO PERSUADE, INFORM AND EDUCATE ABOUT THIS. IS THERE ANY LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL THAT MAY BE PEOPLE TO THINK OF THIS MANDATE IN SUCH A WAY -- I THINK WE ASKED THIS QUESTION THE OTHER DAY, BUT I AM TRYING TO BUILD A CASE FOR -- FOR WHY NOT ALLOW US TO LOOK AT EACH DISTRICT, GIVE IT SOME FLEXIBILITY TO DO IT DIFFERENTLY, BECAUSE OF ALL THE WAYS THAT IT IMPACTS THOSE KIDS AND THOSE SCHOOLS THAT HAS DIFFERENT IMPLICATIONS ACROSS THE DISTRICT. AND I'M ASSUMING THAT THEY ARE AWARE OF HOW THOUGHTLESS IN SOME WAYS THIS MANDATE IS.

>> YES, IT WORKS. ACTUALLY THANKS TO POPO. HE RAN BACK QUICKLY AND GOT THE MIKE, TOO. SO HE'S PABLO ON THE SPOT. THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL BECAUSE IT'S BEEN A NUMBER OF YEARS NOW, THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON. AND DISTRICTS -- (BACKGROUND AUDIO).

>>Doretha Edgecomb: MAYBE YOU BETTER GET TO ANOTHER MIKE. (LAUGHTER).

>> THESE ARE THE FIRST STEPS THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, ALL STUDENTS, FEEL SAFE WHEN THEY COME TO SCHOOL AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY FEEL WELCOME AND THAT THEY ARE NO LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. SO WHAT WE WERE DOING IS -- (AUDIO ENDS) (LAUGHTER).

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THAT MUST BE A FIRST. (HUMMING "TIE LIGHT ZONE THEME").

>> THAT WAS VERY DISTURBING BECAUSE I WAS TALKING AND THERE WERE OTHER NOISES COMING OUT. GLAD THAT WASN'T ALL IN MY HEAD. (LAUGHTER) OKAY. LET US REFOCUS. ON THE EXTRA HOUR OF READING. THIS HAS BEEN AN ISSUE FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. AND WE GOT TOGETHER WITH NOT JUST THE LARGE SCHOOL DISTRICTS BUT WE ALSO BROUGHT IN SOME OF THE DISTRICTS THAT DIDN'T HAVE ANY SCHOOLS AT THE TIME FOR ADDITIONAL READING. SCHOOLS IN THAT ADDITIONAL HOUR OF READING. NOW, WITH WHAT'S HAPPENED THIS YEAR, BECAUSE OF THE CHANGES AND HOW THEY ARE TESTING, WE ARE SEEING ACROSS THE STATE VERY DIFFERENT OUTCOMES IN THE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS, NOT THE NUMBER, BECAUSE THAT'S SET, BUT WHAT SCHOOLS HAVE FALLEN INTO IT. NOW, IN TERMS OF WHEN YOU LOOK AT TRYING TO COMMUNICATE CHANGING SOME OF THE THINGS, THAT'S GOING TO HELP US. ALSO NOT JUST HILLSBOROUGH BUT A LOT OF SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE WORKED IN CONJUNCTION WITH A LOT OF FOLKS TO TRY TO COMMUNICATE.  THIS ISN'T JUST ABOUT IT'S AN UNFUNDED MANDATE.  THIS IS REALLY WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT, WHAT THE BOARD COMMUNICATED EARLIER AT THE % NOT BENEFICIAL TO KIDS. SO I THINK WE WILL HAVE SOME LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. AND ONE OF THE WAYS TO FOCUS ON IS WHAT WE DISCUSSED AS A BOARD TO BEGIN TO SAY, CAN WE TALK ABOUT THINGS SUCH AS ALLOW US TO SUBMIT A PLAN WITH OPTIONS ON HOW WE ARE GOING TO APPROACH IT? OR EXPLAIN HOW WE HAVE BEEN DOING IT AND WHAT WE HAVE TO PUT ASIDE. BECAUSE THAT'S THE THING I THINK THAT I REALLY CAME TO A REALIZATION ON WHY IT WAS HURTFUL, IS THAT WE HAD TO ACTUALLY STOP SOME PRETTY GOOD THINGS WE HAD GOING OWN, GRANTS THAT WERE WRITTEN, INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS THAT HAD CREATED THEIR OWN PLAN, HAD OWNERSHIP OF IT. SO IT GOING TO BE TOUGH. I'M NOT GOING TO SAY IT GOING TO BE EASY. BUT OUR LOCAL DELEGATION ACTUALLY UNDERSTANDS WHAT WE ARE COMMUNICATING BUT IT WAS WAY BIGGER THAN THAT. I FEEL BETTER NOW THAN I HAVE IN THE PAST.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. MY LAST COMMENT. I DON'T -- THOSE WHO WORK SO HARD AT THIS, REALLY WORK HARD AT IT, AND BECAUSE SCHOOLS, THE RESULTS AS QUICKLY AS WE WANT THEM, I DON'T WANT PEOPLE THINKING THAT THEIR HARD WORK ISN'T APPRECIATED. THIS IS NOT AN EASY ISSUE WHEN WE TALK ABOUT GETTING OUR MOST STRUGGLING SCHOOLS TO A DIFFERENT PLACE. THAT'S A HARD CONVERSATION. IF WE KNEW THE ANSWERS, THOSE SCHOOLS IN THAT PLACE FOR STUDENTS TO FAIL, FOR SCHOOLS TO FAIL, AND THE COMMUNITY IS A FAILURE, IF WE WOULD DO SOMETHING TODAY AT THIS MOMENT TO MAKE THAT CHANGE. SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WHO WORK SO HARD AT THIS, THE SCHOOLS, AND PEOPLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THAT THEY ARE REALLY STRUGGLING TO FIND ANSWERS, AS WE ALL ARE. AND I DON'T KNOW, BUT IF THERE ARE SOME OTHER TUBS TO BE CREATIVE. BUT I DO WANT TO APPLAUD THOSE SCHOOLS WHO WORK HARD AT IT, AND KNOW EVERYTHING DOESN'T COME OUT LIKE WE WANT IT, BUT I DON'T THINK THAT'S GOING TO STOP US. AND IF WE FIND THE ANSWER, ABSOLUTELY.

>> NONE OF US WANT CHILDREN TO FAIL.

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES?

>>Susan Valdes: MY QUESTION IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT. MR. BEEKMAN, LOOKING AT -- HAVE YOU LOOKED AT TRANSPORTATION IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, IN A DIFFERENT KIND OF WAY? FOR INSTANCE, HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT WHAT WOULD IT LOOK LIKE IF SCHOOLS STARTED EVERYWHERE AT A SPECIFIC TIME, AND IT END AT A SPECIFIC TIME? RATHER THAN HAVING TIERED? WHAT WOULD THAT LOOK LIKE? WOULD THAT BE FEASIBLE?

>> WELL, I WILL SHARE WITH YOU -- THE REALITY OF IT IS, YOU COULD DO THAT. I DON'T KNOW THAT YOU COULD AFFORD TO DO THAT. THE REALITY IS THAT YOU WOULD, ON THE AVERAGE, ABOUT 2.8 RUNS PER BUS. SO REALISTICALLY WE WOULD NEED PROBABLY ANOTHER 2,000 BUSES TO AND ANOTHER 2 THAT YOU EMPLOYEES TO ACCOMPLISH THAT.

>> OR WE CAN SUB IT OUT AND USE OUR SMALL BUSINESSES. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THINGS DIFFERENTLY. I'M JUST THINKING WHEN YOU HAVE THIS MASSIVE SYSTEM IN WHICH WE RUN SHORT ON BUS DRIVERS, WE ARE WORKING ON REPLACING OUR FLEET. I WISH I HAD THAT MAGIC WAND AND JUST DO IT, RIGHT? BUT THOSE ARE THE REALITIES THAT WE FACE. SO AS WE ARE MOVING FORWARD WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT DIFFERENT WAYS IN ORDER TO MAXIMIZE INSTRUCTION AND AFFORD THAT OPPORTUNITY. AS A PARENT, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN PHENOMENAL IF I KNEW THAT ALL OF MY KIDS WOULD BE GETTING OUT OF SCHOOL AT A SPECIFIC TIME, AND HAVING ONE IN ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH ALL AT THE SAME TIME, WOW, IT WAS VERY CHALLENGING TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN AFTER SCHOOL EVENTS FOR EACH OF THE KIDS AND ATTEND PTA MEETINGS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. SO I'M JUST THINKING ABOUT WHAT ARE THE POSSIBILITIES? HAVE WE DONE THOSE FEASIBILITY STUDIES? WHAT ONE THAT LOOK LIKE? AND JUST REALLY RETHINKING EVERY ASPECT THAT WE DO IN OUR DISTRICT IN A DIFFERENT WAY TO SEE IF THERE'S A BETTER OUTCOME. I'M NOT SAYING THAT THAT WOULD BE IT. BUT JUST FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

>>April Griffin: MRS. STUART?

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY TWO THINGS, THAT THIS IS A 30-MINUTE TIME CHANGE, NOT AN HOUR TIME CHANGE.

>> SO THE STATE SAYS AN EXTRA HOUR OF READING. WE ALREADY HAVE ADDITIONAL MINUTES BUILT INTO OUR SCHEDULE DURING THE ELEMENTARY DAY, WITH OTHER TYPES OF INSTRUCTION. IN THESE SCHOOLS, WE HAVE TO DO A LOT OF INTEGRATION OF MORE SUBJECTS DURING THE DAY. BUT THIS HAS ALLOWED US TO BACK OFF ON SOME OF THOSE EXTRA THINGS WE WERE ALREADY DOING AND EMBED PART OF THE HOUR WITHIN THE DAY EXTEND ET ONON THE FRONT AND BACK END.

>> I JUST WANTED THAT TO BE CLARIFIED IN THE PUBLIC. AND THEN THE DISTRICT IS NOT LOSING $6 MILLION BECAUSE OF THESE 40 SCHOOLS THAT HAVE TO DO EXTRA BUT IT'S COSTING US APPROXIMATELY $6 MILLION. THERE'S A LOT OF TALK OUT THERE ABOUT THIS, ABOUT THE 40 SCHOOLS THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED IN THE LAST WEEK OR SO, ESPECIALLY IN THE PRESS, ESPECIALLY WITH ELECTIONS COMING UP, AND I JUST WANTED TO MAKE THAT VERY ENCLOSURE THAT WE ARE NOT TAKING MONEY AWAY FROM THIS DISTRICT BECAUSE OF THESE 40 SCHOOLS, BUT THAT WE ARE HAVING TO SPEND THESE DOLLARS. I JUST WANTED THAT TO BE MENTIONED PUBLICLY. I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS ON A COUPLE OF SPECIFIC SITES, BECAUSE FOR EXAMPLE, SULPHUR SPRINGS, IT LOOKS LIKE THAN THE ORIGINAL. A M. TIME WAS 8 TO 2:15 AND THE NEW TIME IS 8 TO 2:45. SO THERE'S IN A TIME CHANGE FOR THEM. SO WE ARE NOT ADDING ANY. SO THE SCHOOLS ON THE LIST LAST YEAR ARE EXACTLY THE SAME?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YES. THEY WOULD MAINTAIN THE SAME TIME. SOME OF THE SCHOOLS THAT WE AREN'T IMPACTED BY BUSES, SULPHUR SPRINGS IS ONE OF THOSE SCHOOLS, WE CAN HAVE A DIFFERENT STARTING TIME FOR SULPHUR SPRINGS BECAUSE I THINK THERE'S ONE OTHER SCHOOL ON THE LIST THAT THAT MATE AFFECT. WE HAD ALREADY ADDED ADDITIONAL TIME. IN SULPHUR SPRINGS, I THINK WE ARE BACKING OFF THAT A LITTLE BIT THIS YEAR SO THAT MIGHT BE WHY THE SLIGHT CHANGE IN SULPHUR SPRINGS.

>> AND DID WE HAVE SITES THAT CAME TO HAVE LIST FOR LAST YEAR?

>> GO AHEAD, TRACY. I THINK TOUGH EXACT NUMBER.

>> YES, WE HAVE SIX THAT CAME OFF. DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHO THEY ARE? WE HAD SIX THAT CAME OFF.

>> IT'S HARD TO SEE ON THE GRAY WHICH DARK GRAY AND WHICH IS LIGHT GRAY.

>> THERE ARE SIX THAT CAME OFF. BUT THEY ARE LOCKHART, DESOTO, CYPRESS CREEK, WEST TAMPA, PLANT CITY -- GOT ONE MORE.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I HAVE SIX FINGERS UP. THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

>> THINK OF THE FINGERS, NOT THE NAMES OF THE SCHOOL.

>> I JUST WANT THAT KNOWN THAT THERE ARE SITES THAT CAME OFF OF THAT.

>> AND TRAPNELL.

>> HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE THAT BACK AND FORTH TO PARENTS? HOW WILL THIS BE COMMUNITIED TO PARENTS THAT THIS SCHOOL SITE NOW HAS AN ADDITIONAL HALF HOUR BELL TIME, AND WE HAVE OTHER SCHOOLS THAT HAVE NOW COME OFF OF THAT BELL TIME?

>> FOR ME, IT'S CONFUSING FOR AN ELEMENTARY PARENT ESPECIALLY THIS BACK AND FORTH. AGAIN, MS. MOLITO, IF YOU ARE LISTENING, FOR US TO HAVE TO CHANGE DOCUMENTATION OF THE SCHOOL, KEEP REAP ITERATING TO PEOPLE WHEN SCHOOL STARTS AND WHEN IT ENDS, FIVE AND SIX YEARS OF EARLY RELEASE AND WE ARE STILL HAVING TO COMMUNICATE THAT ON MONDAY TO PARENTS. I JUST WONDER HOW MUCH ANXIOUS WE GO THROUGH TO TRY TO COMMUNICATE THIS BACK AND FORTH. AND I DON'T NEED AN ANSWER. IT'S FOR MRS. MOLITO'S BENEFIT. YOU'RE WELCOME.

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT, VERY GOOD. THANK YOU, MR. BEEKMAN. THE NEXT TWO ITEMS BOARD MEMBERS WE ARE GOING TO TAKE TOGETHER. WE ARE GOING TAKE 7.04-R AND 7.05. 7.04 IS TO APPROVE TAMPA TENTATIVE 2016-17 FACILITIES FIVE YEAR WORK PLAN AND 7.05 TO APPROVE THE 2016-17 PECO AND MILLAGE PROJECTS. AND DUFFEY SUAREZ. I KEEP EXPECTING CHRIS AND I LOOP AND HE'S NOT THERE.

>> I HAVE A POWER POINT. THE FIRST SLIDE WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO SEE. FIRST OF ALL AS YOU KNOW EVERY YEAR IN JULY WE BRING YOU THE TENTATIVE WORK PLAN. THIS IS THE PLAN THAT USES PRELIMINARY NUMBERS THAT WE GET FROM THE STATE. AND THEN ALL OF OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FOR THEIR REVIEW. AND WE HAVE IT APPROVED BY YOU. AND THEN IN THE INTERIM PERIOD TIME WE'LL CONSIDER THE COMMENTS WE RECEIVE BACK. AND THEN THE FINAL PLAN WHERE WE HAVE HARD NUMBERS FROM THE STATE FOR OUR ENROLLMENT AND FOR OUR FINANCING COMES TO YOU AND WILL COME TO YOU IN SEPTEMBER. FOR YOUR APPROVAL. IT MUST BE APPROVED PRIOR TO OCTOBER 1st. EACH YEAR.

>> SO THIS LIST IN FRONT OF YOU IS THE LIST OF SCHOOLS AND ADDITIONS THAT WILL OPEN DURING THIS FIVE-YEAR PERIOD. THE ADDITION IS ALONZO HIGH SCHOOL, NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL, SULPHUR SPRINGS, THE ADDITION THERE, ELEMENTARY C AT PEBBLE CREEK, WILL OPEN IN 2017, EAST BAY HIGH ADDITIONAL OPENING IN 2017, THE NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL D, SOMEWHERE IN SOUTH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO HELP WITH SESSOMS AND COLLINS, AND PERHAPS EVEN SOME OF THE CROSSINGS. ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL, AN ADDITION THERE. IT'S ONE OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS WITH 1600 SEATS AND THEY ARE ALREADY OVERCAPACITY, AND IF YOU HAVE BEEN DO I KNOW IN THAT AREA THERE IS MORE GROWTH. AMOUNTS APARTMENTS IN THAT AREA, SOME REDEVELOPMENT. SO WE ARE ANTICIPATING A SMALLER ADDITION ABOUT THE SIZE OF ALONZO. HIGH SCHOOL OF 12 CLASSROOMS. THEN ELEMENTARY E, ANOTHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DOWN IN SOUTH HILLSBOROUGH PROBABLY IN THE WATER SET OR THE BELMONT COMMUNITIES IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH THOSE. PABLO?

>> THANK YOU. AND THESE ARE THE PROJECTS THAT WE ANTICIPATE HAVE FUNDING IN THE YEARS FOLLOWING THIS FIVE-YEAR PERIOD, IN THE NEXT SIX TO TEN YEARS. MIDDLE SCHOOL ON BALM ROAD, WE HAD THE SITES. ANTICIPATED THAT WE WOULD CONSTRUCT THAT SCHOOL SOONER. BUT WHAT WE SEE IS THE GROWTH OF MIDDLE SCHOOLS, MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVEN'T BEEN AS GREAT AS ANTICIPATED SO WE HELD OFF ON CONSTRUCTING THAT. ALSO IN ENCORE, THAN THE MADESON MIDDLE SCHOOL AS WELL. WE DON'T HAVE THE MEANS TO SUPPORT THAT SCHOOL YET. BASED ON PROJECTIONS BY THE STATE WE BELIEVE WE'LL NEED ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL ADDITION AND A NEW HIGH SCHOOL. AND IN THAT NEW HIGH SCHOOL, WE ARE ALREADY ANTICIPATING STARTING TO FUND THAT AT THE END OF THE CURRENT FIVE-YEAR PERIOD WITH SOME OF THE IMPACT MONEY. SO EVERY YEAR, WE REEVALUATE. BUT BASED ON THE PROJECTIONS ON THE GROWTH, WE THINK WE'LL NEED THAT SCHOOL SOONER THAN LATER. THE NEXT SLIDE SHOWS YOU -- DID WE MISS ONE THERE, PABLO?  NO, THAT'S IT. THE TOTAL COST 2,868,764,714 IS THE AMOUNT OF MONEY WE EXPECT TO SPEND ON MAJOR MAINTENANCE AND NEW CONSTRUCTION IN THE FIVE-YEAR PERIOD. THE 87,097,992 ACTUALLY ANTICIPATED TO BE IMPACT FEE FUNDS THAT ARE PROJECTED TO BE SOMEWHERE SOME IN THE BANK AND SON WE PROJECT TO BE COLLECTED. THESE ARE THE SCHOOLS AND CAPACITIES THAT WE EXPECT TO EITHER PARTIALLY FUND OR -- THE OTHER LIST ALSO SHOWS YOU THE NEW HIGH SCHOOL. THAT WE ANTICIPATE FUNDING. THE NEXT SLIDE SHOWS YOU FIVE ADDITIONS TO EXISTING SCHOOLS, THREE OF WHICH WILL OPEN NEXT YEAR, AND THEN ANOTHER, AND POSSIBLY ANOTHER. AND THEN WE HAVE OUR BUS PURCHASES, $55 MILLION PARTIALLY FUNDED FROM THE INVESTMENT TAX AND PARTIALLY FUNDED FROM MILLAGE. AND THEN SITE PURCHASES OF 13 MILLION, NEED TO BUY PROPERTY FOR SCHOOLS OR OTHER FACILITIES DURING THIS FIVE YEAR TIME FRAME. AND THEN WHAT YOU SEE HERE IS THE 198 IS FOR MAINTENANCE. THOSE ARE FOR YOUR MAJOR REPAIRS THE FUNDING SOURCES FOR THESE ARE LOCAL MILLAGE, IMPACT FEES, PECO MAINTENANCE REVENUE AND BOND REVENUE. WHAT OUR NEEDS ARE THOSE -- THAT AMOUNT, PLUS 47 UNFUNDED REMODELING PROJECTS. AGAIN, ANOTHER YEAR GOES BY WHERE WE HAVE IN A FUNDING FOR REMODELING AT OUR SCHOOLS. SO 47 PROJECTS THAT ARE NOT FUNDED WHERE WE HAVE ANTICIPATED NEEDS. AND THEN THE NEXT SLIDE SHOWS YOU THE 266 SITES. WE HAVE -- THAT'S OUR MAJOR MAINTENANCE PROJECTS. AND THEN THE NEXT SLIDE IS OUR DEBT, WHICH LAST YEAR YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED SLIPPED UNDER $1 BULLION, NOW 918 MILLION. SO THAT NUMBER IS FALLING EACH YEAR. IT'S NICE TO SEE IT UNDERSTOOD A BILLION DOLLARS ANYWAY. AND THAT CONCLUDES THAT. I CAN ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

>>April Griffin: MRS. KURDELL.

>>Carol Kurdell: LET'S GO BACK TO THE SLIDE WHERE IT'S MAINTENANCE, ABOUT THREE BACK. YOU NEED TO GO BACK ONE MORE. SEE, THERE ARE THINGS THAT ARE CROSSED OUT.

>> THOSE DOLLARS ADOPT COME TO US.

>>Carol Kurdell: IF MRS. MOLITO WERE IN THE ROOM I WOULD ENCOURAGE HER TO GET THAT MONEY BACK BECAUSE CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE USING OUR CONSTRUCTION DOLLARS TO BUILD THEIR SCHOOLS. THE INTENT OF CHARTER SCHOOLS, THEY WOULD BE SELF-SUFFICIENT. AN AWFUL LOT OF YEARS DOWN THE ROAD AND THEY ARE NOT. THEY ARE QUASI-PUBLIC SCHOOLS THAT ARE PRIVATE. NOT THAT YOU CAN DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. STEPHANIE SUAREZ, IF WE COULD WAVE OUR MAGIC WANDS WE WOULD BUT I BELIEVE IT'S SOMETHING THAT MS. MOLITO NEEDS TO WORK ON VERY HARD. DOWNTOWN CARE HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT CHARTERS. IT'S NOT RIGHT. SO THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. IS THAT IT? ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE NEXT ITEM, WE HAVE NO MORE ITEMS SO I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO VOTE ON THE PULLED ITEMS.

>> BEFORE WE GET THERE, I HAVE ONE QUESTION.

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES, GO AHEAD.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU FOR THAT. HOW MANY VACANT STUDENT STATIONS CHANGE BOUNDARIES, WHAT WOULD THAT DO TO THE LIST OF PROJECTS? SPECIFICALLY, WHAT I AM SAYING ABOUT ALONZO HIGH SCHOOL, WE SAW THAT WE HAD $13 MILLION IN PURCHASES OF NEW SITES, WHEN IN ACTUALITY I THINK WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN GET RID OF SOME SITES, NOT SCHOOLS, BUT BUILDINGS THAT I WONDER, YOU KNOW, REALLY WHAT DO THEY DO FOR US? BUT WHAT WOULD THAT IMPACT BE?

>> WELL, AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL?

>>Susan Valdes: WELL, YES, OR THE BOUNDARIES.

>> WE DOUGH HAVE A LOT OF CAPACITY AT THE MIDDLE AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. AT THE HIGH SCHOOL CAPACITY --

>> WE ACTUALLY HAVE VERY LITTLE CAPACITY. IT WAS UNDER 4,000 SEATS. WHEN YOU DIVIDE THAT OVER 27 SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTY, I KNOW IT SOUND LIKE A LOT BUT IT'S NOT. CONSIDERING THAT WE ARE EXPECTING FROM GROWTH AND THIS IS JUST THE GROWTH WE KNOW TODAY, NOT EVEN TODAY, FROM MARCH, OVER 3200 STUDENTS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL ANTICIPATED IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ALONE, THOSE NUMBERS ARE PROBABLY LOW.

>> I AGREE.

>> SO 3200 STUDENTS, A LITTLE OVER 4,000 EMPTY SEATS. WE HAVE A LITTLE ADDITION HERE, SO HIGH SCHOOL, I THINK, WE ARE FULL. MIDDLE AND ELEMENTARY IS SOMETHING WHERE IF THERE WERE SOME CHANGES IN BOUNDARIES, WE MIGHT GET HAIR UTILIZATION. BUT I WOULD SAY WE WOULD FIRST NEED TO DO SOME CAREFUL PLANNING OF THE FUTURE AND WHAT'S COMING INTO THE DISTRICT AT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LEVEL. AGAIN, A VERY LOW CALCULATION. I THINK 5,000 STUDENTS COMING IN FROM NEW GROWTH AS OF MARCH, AND EVERY DAY SINCE THEN, I PROBABLY GET A NEW PROJECT. SO THAT'S A BIGGER QUESTION AS TO PLANNING FOR HOW YOU WOULD CHANGE THOSE. COULD YOU DEFINITELY -- AND, IN FACT, I HAD ONE TODAY ON THE AGENDA TO CHANGE THE BOUNDARY TO USE THE EMPTY SEATS. AND WE HAVE BEEN DOING SOME INCREMENTAL CHANGES ON THAT.

>>Susan Valdes: BUT I BELIEVE THAT AGENDA ITEM IS JUST A PIECE OF PROPERTY. IT HAS NO GROWTH IN IT YET.

>> APPROVED PROJECT.

>> BUT AN APPROVED PROJECT DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN THIS SCHOOL YEAR WE ARE GOING TO HAVE STUDENTS.

>> NO.

>>Susan Valdes: SO THAT TO ME IS THIS PARTICULAR COMMENT BECAUSE THE STUDENTS ARE NOT THERE YET, RIGHT? SO I AM THINKING ABOUT WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE NORTHWEST END OF TOWN, ALL OF THE HIGH SCHOOLS OVER THERE, AT LEAST IN DISTRICT 1, WHICH ENCOMPASSES PART OF AREA 2 AND AREA 4 -- I WISH WE COULD CHANGE THAT SOMEHOW AND MAYBE ALIGN IT WITH THE DISTRICT, WITH THE VOTING DISTRICT. I THINK THAT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL. BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT ALONZO, LETO AND SICKLES, THERE'S NOT A LOT OF ROOM FOR STUDENTS STATIONS THERE. NOW, WE ARE ADDING WINGS TO ALONZO, AND I BELIEVE YOU SAID 12 CLASSROOMS?

>> YES, 300 STUDENTS.

>> WE ARE GOING TO RUN SHORT. SO HOW DO WE KEEP UP WITH THIS PARTICULAR GROWTH WHEN WE DON'T HAVE, A, SITES OVER IN THAT APPEAR, B, NOT BUILDING ENOUGH STUDENT STATIONS TO ACCOMMODATE THE GROWTH. SO IT'S A SHELL GAME, IF YOU WILL. AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE ARE REALLY FORWARD THINKING AS TO HOW WE ARE GOING TO ADDRESS THIS IN THE NEAR FUTURE. ON A MONTHLY BASIS, THERE ARE 6,000 FAMILIES COMING FROM PUERTO RICO, AND 5,000 FAMILIES COMING FROM CUBA TO FLORIDA. THAT'S NOT COUNTING THE MIGRATION THAT'S COMING FROM MEXICO, COMB BA, VENEZUELA, PERU, HONDURAS. AND THEY ARE ALL COMING INTO THE I-4 CORRIDOR. AND NEVER MIND ORLANDO ANYMORE. ORLANDO IS BUSTING OUT OF ITS SEAMS. IT'S VERY EXPENSIVE FOR THEM TO LIVE THERE SO THEY ARE NOT EVEN MIGRATING MUCH TO ORLANDO. THEY ARE MOVING MORE INTO THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AREA. SO I AM VERY CONCERNED THAT OUR DISTRICT IS REALLY TRULY NOT PREPARED FOR THE INFLUX OF THE STUDENTS THAT ARE GOING TO BE COMING INTO OUR DISTRICT. THAT'S FACILITIESWISE. ACADEMICALLY IT'S GOING TO BE ANOTHER CHALLENGE, BECAUSE AGAIN WE DON'T HAVE THE AMOUNT OF TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF THAT WE NEED IN ORDER TO HELP THESE STUDENTS AS THEY COME INTO OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM. SO THIS IS, AS YOU VERY WELL POINTED OUT, MS. DUFFEY SUAREZ, THIS IS A MUCH BIGGER CONVERSATION THAT I BELIEVE WE REALLY NEED TO HAVE A REALLY IN-DEPTH CONVERSATION AS TO HOW IT IS THAT WE ARE GOING TO ACCOMMODATE AND SERVICE ALL THE CHILDREN THAT ARE COMING IN. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES. BOARD MEMBERS, MY APOLOGIES. WE DO HAVE ONE MORE ITEM LEFT, ITEM 8.04 TO APPROVE MUCH THE 2016-2017 STUDENT HANDBOOK. MRS. CAN BER OH, DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION.

>> AFTERNOON BER OH:  GOOD MORNING. THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT AGENDA ITEM C 8.04 REQUESTING APPROVAL OF THE 2016-2017 STUDENT HANDBOOK. OUR BOARD WORKSHOP WAS HELD ON MAY 3rd TO REVIEW SOME OF THOSE CHANGES THAT ARE BEING PUT, INCLUDED INTO THE HANDBOOK. THE HANDBOOK IS REVIEWED ANNUALLY BY DIVISION, PRINCIPAL COUNCIL ASND BOARD ATTORNEYS. THAN REVISIONS ARE MADE DUE TO LEGISLATIVE CHANGES, OR PROCEDURAL CHANGES. IF APPROVED TODAY, IT WILL THEN GO TO CENTRAL PRINTING FOR US TO PRINT AND START GETTING THE HARD COPIES DELIVERED TO OUR SCHOOLS BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS. ONCE AGAIN THE DISTRICTS -- THE DISTRICT WILL BE DOING ELECTRONIC HANDBOOKS, PLACING IT ON THE DISTRICT WEBSITE, AND ALSO THROUGH MYSPOT HUB. A PARENT LETTER WILL BE PLACED IN FIRST DAY PACKETS GIVING PARENTS THE OPTIONS. HARD COPIES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE SCHOOL SITE UPON REQUEST. THE STUDENT HANDBOOK IS COMMUNICATED TO STAKEHOLDERS IN A VARIETY OF WAYS INCLUDING DURING HOME ROOM ASSEMBLES, MORNING SHOWS, PARENT INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS, PTA, NEWSLETTERS, WEBSITES, AND THIS IS AN ONGOING PROCESS. WE ARE CONTINUOUSLY TRYING TO REFER TO THE HANDBOOK AND GIVING THOSE REMAINDERS TO ALL THE STAKEHOLDERS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

>>April Griffin: MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. CABRERA AND I SPOKE ABOUT THIS THIS AFTERNOON AND THEN I SUBSEQUENTLY SPOKE TO MRS. MORRIS, AND DR. SYKES TODAY. I HAVE A COUPLE OF CONCERNS ABOUT THE HANDBOOK. AND I KNOW IT'S GOING ONLINE NOW AND I KNOW THAT WE HAVE HAD CONVERSATIONS AND WORKSHOPS THAT WE WISH EVERY PARENT -- I HOPE EVERY PARENT READS IT COVER TO COVER, BUT WE KNOW THAT'S NOT REALITY. AS A PARENT WE DON'T HAVE TIME FOR THAT. SO WE USUALLY REFER TO IT WHEN WE HAVE AN ISSUE. AND THERE IS A SECTION IN HERE ON BEHAVIOR MATRIX THAT IS VERY, VERY DIFFERENT THAN IT WAS LAST YEAR. AND MY CONCERN IS HOW ARE WE COMMUNICATING THIS TO OUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS, AND NOT JUST COMMUNICATING, BUT HEY, IT'S HERE, LOOK AT IT, BUT THAT IT'S VERY DIFFERENT, AND HOW ARE WE COMMUNICATING SITUATION ALLEY HOW THEY ARE GOING TO MANAGE STUDENT BEHAVIOR BASED ON THIS MATRIX VERSUS WHAT THEY HAD LAST YEAR? MS. MORRIS AND I DISCUSSED -- I THINK SHE'S PLANNING WITH MRS. MacMANUS SOME TRAINING FOR SITUATIONAL -- AP SITUATIONAL TRAINING AND SAY GIVE ME THE DISCIPLINE, BECAUSE I THINK YOU ARE GOING TO GET A LOT OF DIFFERENT THINGS. BUT TALKING ABOUT HOW AGAIN, DISRESPECTFUL, AND THERE'S IN A DEFINITION. SO DISRESPECTFUL IN THE STUART HOME MAY NOT BE DISRESPECTFUL IN THE GRIFFIN HOME AND VICE VERSA, GIVING THEM SOME CONCRETE DEFINITIONS AND SITUATIONAL THINGS. THE OTHER THING I NEED TO KNOW HOW WE ARE GOING TO COMMUNICATE THIS TO PARENTS. AND WE TALKED ABOUT THAT AS WELL REACHING OUT TO PTAs AND HAVING OPEN HOUSE NIGHT. BUT IT'S VERY IMPORTANT I THINK THAT PARENTS GET A FIRM GRASP ON THE CHANGES WE HAVE MADE. THERE'S A LOT OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS HERE FOR AN AP OR PRINCIPAL TO MAKE FOR A STUDENT BASED ON WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THEM. AND I THINK THE ONUS IS GOING TO BE NOT JUST ON PRINCIPALS BUT OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS TO HOLD PRINCIPALS ACCOUNTABLE. DID YOU HAVE A PARENT MEETING? BECAUSE I THINK IT'S VERY CLEAR WE WANT EVERY STUDENT WHO IS HAVING ISS OR OSS, THAT APPARENTLY IS HAPPENING SO A PARENT -- AND NOT JUST AS A PARENT COMES THROUGH THE DOOR AND YOU HAND THEM THE PAPERWORK AND SAME PLEASE TAKE YOUR CHILD HOME NOW, HE'S BEEN SUSPENDED. THAT IS NOT A PARENT MEETING. AND IF WE HAVE TO WRITE IN POLICY FACE TO FACE MEETING IN THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE WE WILL, BECAUSE IT'S NOT HAPPENING. AND WE NEED FOR THAT TO HAPPEN, FOR PARENTS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THEIR CHILD. BUT PUTTING IT ON THE AREA SUPERINTENDENT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE HOLDING PRINCIPALS ACCOUNTABLE, THAT WE ARE NOT OVERDISCIPLINING OUR STUDENTS. AND WE DON'T HAVE TO GET THOSE PHONE CALLS THAT PEOPLE ARE BEING -- OR STUDENTS ARE BEING OVERDISCIPLINED. SO I HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THAT, AND HOW THIS GETS COMMUNICATED OUT. THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES HERE BASED ON LAST YEAR.  THIS LOOKS VERY DIFFERENT. AND I KNOW IF WE PUT IT OUT THERE, I DON'T WANT THE FIRST TIME FOR AN AP TO LOOK AT IT TO BE WHEN THEY HAVE A STUDENT WITH A SERIOUS SITUATION IN THEIR OFFICE. AND NOW HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE. ACTUALLY FOR HIGHLIGHTING WHERE THE CHANGES ARE THIS TIME. THAT MADE IT MUCH MORE HELPFUL FOR US TO FOLLOW.

>> WE'LL GET THAT INFORMATION TO YOU.

>> AND THERE ARE STILL SOME ISSUES WITH IT. I KNOW THERE WAS A SECTION. I SPOKE TO MR. GREENWICH ABOUT IT. SHE SAID THE WHOLE SECTION IS HIGHLIGHTED. BUT HER AND I DID HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT YESTERDAY.

>> PART OF THE COMMENT WAS THERE WERE ORDER OF CHANGES IN THE HANDBOOK. WE WANT YOU TO KNOW IT'S SOMETHING THAT LOOKS DIFFERENT IF YOU ARE COMPARING LAST YEAR'S HANDBOOKS.

>> I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE OWNERSHIP OF PARTS OF THIS, AND GLAD TO SEE THAT WE HAVE FINALLY MADE ONE PERSON HAS OWNERSHIP OF THE ENTIRE THING SO IT'S WRITTEN SUCCINCTLY AND ALL PUT TOGETHER, AND YOU ARE NOT RUNNING AROUND TO DIFFERENT SECTIONS LOOKING FOR HOW A CHILD IS GOING TO GET A GRADE FOR A PARTICULAR CLASS. SO I APPRECIATE THAT. I KNOW THIS HAS BEEN A LONG PROCESS. THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR THAT WE ARE DOING IT, THEN PUTTING IT ONLINE AND ACTUALLY HAVING THAT PROCESS COME TOGETHER. I LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING MORE ABOUT THE TRAINING THAT APs ARE GOING TO GET.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. EDGECOMB. DID YOU WANT TO COMMENT?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I THANK YOU FOR THE WAY YOU HIGHLIGHTED THOSE CHANGES. IT MAY BE EASIER TO GO THROUGH. EVERY TIME WE TALK ABOUT COMMUNICATING WITH PARENTS, WE KIND OF DO IT GENERICALLY WITHOUT REALLY COMPARTMENTALIZING IN A WAY WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR TAKING OWNERSHIP OF SOME OF IT. AS A DISTRICT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT ALL THE MULTIPLE WAYS THAT WE COMMUNICATE. PTA, OPEN HOUSE, SO FORTH AND SO ON. HAVE WE EVER TALKED TO PARENTS ABOUT THE BEST WAY TO COMMUNICATE WITH THEM TO GET THEM INFORMATION TO THEM, THAT THEY RESPOND TO? I KNOW WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT -- AND PERHAPS WE HAVE. BUT, I MEAN, IF WE SURVEY, YOU KNOW, PARENTS WHO ARE REALLY INVOLVED AND ENGAGED KIND OF THING, AND SURVEYS OF PARENTS, BECAUSE THEY HAVE THREE OR FOUR JOBS, ALL THOSE KIND OF THINGS. BUT PARENTAL VOICES MATE HELP US TO TALK ABOUT HOW TO RESPOND TO BE THEIR NEEDS WITHOUT US TRYING TO FIGURE IT OUT BY GOING TO THE SOURCE AND ASKING THEM TO GET FEEDBACK FROM THAT. NOW, I DON'T WANT YOU TO LAUGH WHEN I ASK THIS QUESTION. HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT USING YOUTUBE TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE CHANGES? I MEAN, EVERYBODY USES IT FOR --

>> I DON'T KNOW WHAT HE'S DOING BEHIND MY BACK, BACK THERE.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I'M JUST KIDDING. LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE NOW RESPOND TO. THE WEBSITE, I DON'T KNOW IF EVERYBODY -- THAT USED TO BE THE BIG DEAL. MORE INFORMATION, EVERYBODY WAS GOING TO GO THERE. I AM NOT SURE THAT'S THE WAY. BUT HAVE WE THOUGHT ABOUT SOME NONCONVENTIONAL WAYS TO GET THIS INFORMATION OUT? AND MAYBE ASKING PARENTS AGAIN, WHICH OF THESE THINGS REALLY WOULD ENGAGE YOU IN SOME OF OF THIS?  BUT GO AHEAD.

>> YES, MA'AM. WE HAVE ASKED PARENTS SPECIFICALLY WHAT WAYS THEY LIKE TO COMMUNICATE. ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR ITEM, WE HAVE NOT. HOWEVER, THAT'S DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO INFORMALLY OR MORE FORMALLY. BUT THE FACT THAT ONCE WE HAVE THIS DONE AND READY TO GO, AND IF WE CAN POST THAT, WE CAN THEN COMMUNICATE ABOUT THAT OVER SEVERAL DIFFERENT MEDIA, SEPARATE MEDIA THAT WE HAVE. OF COURSE, TRADITIONAL NEWS MEDIA, BUT ALSO OUR WEBSITE, YU TAUB, WE HAVE A NEW APPLICATION TO COMMUNICATE WITH PARENTS THAT WILL BE USED THIS YEAR. MULTIPLE DIFFERENT WAYS. AND GENERALLY WHAT WE HEARD FROM PARENTS IS THAT THEY ENJOY E-MAIL COMMUNICATION, BUT E-MAIL COMMUNICATION MIGHT BE A GOOD WAY TO DO THIS AND SEND A LINK TO WHERE IT IS ON OUR WEBSITE. AND THAT'S VERY SIMPLE TO DO. BUT WHAT WE'LL DO WITH THIS IS WE'LL DO IT OVER MULTIPLE MEANS SO THAT PEOPLE THAT DON'T PARTICULARLY LIKE ONE CAN STILL GET IT ANOTHER WAY. INCLUDING A STORY ON IT THAT WILL GO ON OUR WEBSITE AS WELL.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT MULTIPLE WAYS, DO PARENTS TYPICALLY KNOW THE MULTIPLE WAYS?  IS THERE SOME PLACE THEY CAN GO AND SAY HERE ARE THE MULTIPLE WAYS WHICH YOU CAN -- YOU NOBODY, ARE WE JUST THROWING IT OUT THERE HOPING THEY WILL GET IT? BUT IS THERE A PLACE THAT THEY CAN GO AND LOOK AT IT AND SAY HERE ARE THE WAYS THAT I CAN GET A COPY, OR I CAN GET INFORMATION? IS THERE ANY PLACE?

>> ONE OF THE WAYS IN THE PACKET THAT WE GIVE TO PARENTS WE GIVE THEM THE LOCATION WHERE THEY CAN FIND THE HANDBOOK. THAT'S ONE WAY THAT WE CAN GET THAT INFORMATION OUT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU FOR THAT INFORMATION.

>>April Griffin: MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: I'M JUST WONDERING IF THERE'S A WAY WHEN WE PUSH THIS OUT NOT A TWO-PAGE BULLETIN BUT JUST THE MAJOR SECTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN CHANGED. I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO TELL ADMINISTRATION THAT, YOU KNOW, TAMPA CHOICE LINKS HAVE BEEN CHANGED, BUT JUST THE MAJOR BULLETED PIECES THAT THEY NEED TO FOCUS ON AS THEY COMMUNICATE TO THEIR FAMILIES AND TO THEIR STAFFS ABOUT WHAT'S CHANGED IN THE HANDBOOK. MAYBE A LINK THAT THESE ARE THE CHANGES YOU NEED TO HIGHLIGHT AS WE MOVE FORWARD INTO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR. JUST AN IDEA.

>> TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION, YES, WE CAN DO A SUMMARY OF THOSE CHANGES. WHAT YOU HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU WAS A REQUEST FROM A PRIOR BOARD MEETING THAT WAS REQUESTED FROM THE BOARD MEMBERS OF HIGHLIGHTING THE CHANGES. SO WE WERE A LITTLE MORE COMPREHENSIVE. BUT ABSOLUTELY, WE CAN DO A SNAPSHOT, WITH A COUPLE OF CHANGES, SO THE GENERAL PUBLIC CAN ACTUALLY SEE THE CHANGES BY PAGE NUMBER OR JUST BY TOPIC OR EVEN JUST BY HIGHLIGHTING THE TABLE OF CONTENTS.

>> THANK YOU. MRS. SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WOULD BE HAPPY AS A PARENT WITH THREE JOBS TO WORK WITH YOU IN FINDING WAYS TO ENCOURAGE PARENTS TO READ THE STUDENT HANDBOOK, BECAUSE UNTIL I BECAME A BOARD MEMBER, I NEVER READ THE STUDENT HANDBOOK. AND I KNOW, I JUST SAID THAT ON PUBLIC RECORD. BUT IT TRUE. IT'S TRUE. AND YOU ARE RIGHT, MRS. STUART IS RIGHT, USUALLY THE ONLY TIME PARENTS OPEN THE STUDENT HANDBOOK IS SOMETHING HAS OCCURRED OR AN ISSUE IS ON THE TABLE AND PARENTS NEED A LITTLE BIT OF GUIDANCE ON WHAT TO DO. BUT YOU ARE RIGHT, THAT SHOULD NOT BE THE ONLY TIME THAT THEY LOOK AT THE HANDBOOK. AND WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS IN A WORKSHOP PREVIOUSLY, HOW TO TAB THAT PROACTIVE APPROACH, AND MR. TAYLOR, E-MAIL IS PROBABLY THE BEST WAY TO BE PROACTIVE, AND NOT EXPECTING PEOPLE TO GO FISHING FOR THE INFORMATION AND FINDING IT ON OUR WEBSITE BUT PUTTING OUR LINK OUT THERE UNANIMOUS PROACTIVE E-MAIL APPROACH. BUT I WOULD BE HAPPY TO BE A GUINEA PIG WITH POSSIBILITIES ON WAYS THAT WE CAN GET THIS HANDBOOK IN FRONT OF OUR PARENTS, AND AT LEAST GET THEM THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION. IF THEY DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ THROUGH ALL OF IT, AT LEAST GET THEM THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT IS RELEVANT TO THEIR STUDENTS. AND GETTING WITH COMMUNICATION ON IDEAS.

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NOW, BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE PULLED ITEMS. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. STUART, A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. ALL RIGHT. WE HAVE FINISHED WITH THE AGENDA. SO WE ARE NOW INTO THE OTHER BUSINESS, BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE PRESS YOUR BUTTON IF YOU HAVE COMMENTS. MRS. KURDELL.

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IN LIGHT OF WHAT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT ALL WEAK WITH SCHOOLS STARTING IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS, WE FOCUSED ON GRADUATION RATE WITH JUST PRIORITY FOR THE DISTRICT. SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE RECOGNIZE THE ONES THAT HAVE ALREADY PERFORMED AND HAVE CONSISTENTLY PERFORMED IT FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS. THE ONLY ONES I KNOW ABOUT AT THIS POINT, AND I APOLOGIZE TO ANY HIGH SCHOOLS THAT MAY HAVE DONE THIS. WE'LL FIND OUT. BUT IT'S OUR INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS AT FOUR HIGH SCHOOLS, HILLSBOROUGH, ROBINSON, KING, AND STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL. THEY WERE ALL OVER 9 FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS AND I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO KNOW AND RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE. WE CAN TALK ABOUT THE 76 ALL YOU WANT, WITH YOU THERE ARE KIDS OUT THERE PERFORMING AT PEAK LEVELS ACROSS THE DISTRICT. AND HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL HAD A 96% PASS RATE AND INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM. YOU ALL KNOW HOW RIGOROUS THAT PROGRAM IS. IT'S INCREDIBLY RIGOROUS. IF YOU CAN PASS IT, YOU GET TO GONE TO ANY COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD, NOT JUST IN THE U.S. ROBINSON HAD 95. STRAWBERRY CREST, THE BABY OF THE GROUP, HAD 94. SO I AM JUST INCREDIBLY PROUD OF THE STAFF, THE STUDENTS THAT GRADUATED THIS PAST YEAR WITH THAT KIND OF PERCENTAGE. THAT IS A LOT OF HARD, HARD WORK. AND I'LL BE GLAD TO RECOGNIZE ANY HIGH SCHOOL. JUST CALL ME THAT WAS WAY UP OVER THE 76% BECAUSE I THINK WE SHOULD CELEBRATE THAT. THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. BEEKMAN, I JUST WANT TO SAY PUBLICLY THAT YOU HAVE MADE MANY IMPROVEMENTS IN YOUR DEPARTMENT THAT HAS HAD AN IMPACT NOT ONLY ON THE BUDGET BUT IN THE CULTURE OF YOUR DEPARTMENT. AND SOMETIMES IT NECESSARILY DOESN'T COME THROUGH TO US SO THE BOARD CAN CERTAINLY CELEBRATE THOSE. I WANTED TO SHARE THAT WITH YOU PUBLICLY BECAUSE YOU HAVE MADE SOME TREMENDOUS STRIDES IN YOUR DEPARTMENT. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT. MOVING FORWARD, TODAY WE APPROVED TWO CONTRACT THAT WE PURCHASED VEHICLES FOR, FOR OUR FLEET, TO REPLACE OUR FLEET. I UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF THESE FLEETS -- SOME OF THESE VEHICLES MAY BE AVAILABLE IN PROPANE. I ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT SOME OF THESE -- THAT THESE VEHICLES ALSO COST A LITTLE BIT MORE MONEY BECAUSE THEY ARE PROPANE. BUT I'M WONDERING IF WE ARE DOING -- MAYBE MR. EAKINS, YOU CAN GET A FEASIBILITY STUDY OR SOME INFORMATION IN REGARDS TO THE POSSIBILITIES THAT THE SAVINGS LONG-RUN, IF WE WERE TO CHANGE SLOWLY OUR FLEET INTO PROPANE, IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN, WE ARE GETTING PROPANE FUEL FOR LIKE 49 CENTS A GALLON OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

>> IT'S A DOLLAR SIX.

>>Susan Valdes: A DOLLAR SIX. SO I AM WONDERING WHAT THE FEASIBILITY WOULD BE, AND POTENTIALLY THERE COULD BE A COST SAVINGS IN THE LONG RUN. SO I WONDER WHAT THAN THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE.

>> MRS. VALDES, I JUST LEARNED SOME INFORMATION ABOUT VW HAS SOME SORT OF ISSUES, AND THERE WAS A SETTLEMENT WHEREIN VW, WHERE THEY HAVE TO PAY, I FORGET HOW MUCH IT IS. IT'S A LOT OF MONEY TO THE STATE OF FLORIDA FOR EMISSIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. AND I CAN SEND YOU THE INFORMATION THAT I HAVE ON IT. BUT IT'S GOING TO BE MANAGED THROUGH ADAM PUTNAM'S OFFICE. AND TAMPA DOLLARS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED THAT WAY TO AREAS. SO OUR STAFF SHOULD PROBABLY START LOOKING AT THAT NOW. AND I'LL GET THE INFORMATION FOR THE BOARD MEMBERS AND ELECTED OFFICIALS OFFICIALS CAN START TALKING TO THE COMMISSIONER ABOUT POSSIBLY BRINGING SOME OF THAT MONEY BACK TO BE HIS OWN COUNTY, BECAUSE THOSE MONEYS ARE GOING TO BE DISTRIBUTED THROUGH HIS OFFICE. AND IF WE ARE LOOKING AT DOING PROPANE, THEIR LOWER ADMISSIONS, AND THAT'S WHAT THE MONEYS ARE GOING TO BE ALLOCATED FOR. SO I WILL GET THAT INFORMATION TO ALL OF YOU. AND THEN MR. BEEKMAN, I WILL GET TO THE YOU AS WELL.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU FOR THAT. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. I THINK THIS IS THE LAST BOARD MEETING BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS. ONE MORE?

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

>>Sally Harris: I HAVE A SMALL SLIDE SHOW TO SHOW YOU. BECAUSE IT'S SUMMER I AM NOT GOING TO AS MANY PLACES. BUT I WILL TELL YOU THAT WE HAVE HAD A VERY ACTIVE TIME. WE DID HAVE TWO GRADUATIONS. WE HAD THE SUMMER SCHOOL GRADUATION FIRST I WENT TO ROOSEVELT, WE'LL START WITH THAT, AND VISITED THE ROOSEVELT SUMMER READING CAMP, AND GOT TO SEE SOME REAL ACTIVE LEARNING TAKING PLACE. IT WAS EXCITING. OUR SUMMER READING CAMPS ARE REALLY DYNAMITE. THEY REALLY ARE. THEY ARE PRODUCING EVERY CLASSROOM I WENT INTO, THERE WAS INTERACTION. THE KIDS WERE REALLY INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITIES. AT MITCHELL, AS YOU SEE IN THE CENTER PICTURE, THE TEACHERS WERE INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY. IT'S EXCITING TO SEE. I WENT OUT TO CYPRESS CREEK AND THEY HAD A PPK PROGRAM THAT WAS VERY HUGE, OVER 100 STUDENTS. IT WAS GREAT. THAT COALITION THAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT, PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHILDREN'S BOARD, THAT TOOK PLACE FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNERS, AND TRACYE BROWN WAS THERE SPEAKING TO THEM. THEN WE HAD OUR SUMMER SCHOOL GRADUATION WHICH WE HAD TO SPLIT UP BECAUSE THERE WERE THREE OF THEM AT EXACTLY THE SAME TIME SO WE DIDN'T GET TO GOP TOM ALL THREE. THEN WE HAD OUR PRINCIPAL'S PIPELINE TRAINING FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE DISTRICT, AND THAT WAS REALLY EXCITING, AND THE TEACHERS WERE SO EXCITED TO COME BACK AND GET INVOLVED AND START PLANNING THEIR TIME. AND THAT'S ANOTHER GRADUATION THAT WAS SEMINOLE HEIGHTS, WEST UNIVERSITY, TOWN AND COUNTRY CHARTER SCHOOLS. THEN THE GREAT EVENT THAT ENDED THE WEEK WAS THE NEW TEACHER WELCOME. AND I JUST WANT TO PUBLICLY SAY THAT MRS. GRIFFIN, YOU DID A VERY GOOD JOB ON TALKING TO THE NEW TEACHERS, AND I THINK THAT YOU REPRESENTED US VERY WELL. AND THANK YOU FOR THAT. IT WAS A GREAT EVENT. THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR WHAT YOU DID.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. HAR HIS. I APPRECIATE THAT. MRS. SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: I'LL ECHO MRS. HARRIS. THAT WAS A NICE EVENT YESTERDAY WITH THE NEW TEACHER ORIENTATION AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO WELCOME OUR NEW TEACHERS TO THE DISTRICT. I THOUGHT JEFF DID A VERY NICE JOB TALKING YESTERDAY. HE TOLD UNIQUE STORIES AND KIND OF WEAVED THE STORY INTO A NICE MESSAGE FOR THE TEACHERS, AND I ENJOYED HEARING YOU SPEAK YESTERDAY. AND ALSO WANTED TO THANK SOME OF OUR PTA VOLUNTEERS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THE PTA-PTF LEADERSHIP THIS PAST WEEK IN INNISBROOK. AND WE HAVE SOME REALLY WONDERFUL VOLUNTEERS THAT ARE DEDICATED TO OUR SCHOOLS AND THE STUDENTS, AND ROBIN, OF COURSE, IS OUR PTA PRESIDENT FOR THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COUNCIL, AND JUST WANTED TO EXTEND A THANKS TO HER AND THANKS TO ALL THE PARENTS WHO ARE ENGAGED IN PTAs AND ENCOURAGE OTHER PARENTS TO BE ENGAGED AND BE MEMBERS OF THE PTA OR PTFA AT THEIR CHILDREN'S SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY DO SO MUCH. AND THEN ON AUGUST 2nd, I WILL FAR WARN YOU, ACTUALLY THERE ARE A MULTITUDE OF BOY SCOUTS HERE, ON AUGUST 2nd. BECAUSE I PUT IT OUT ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT THIS WILL BE THE LAST BOARD MEETING BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS, AND THERE ARE 2001 MERIT BADGES THAT REQUIRE THEM TO COME TO PUBLIC MEETINGS. ONE IS THE COMMUNICATIONS MERIT BADGE AND THE OTHER IS THE CITIZENSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY. SO YOU MIGHT SEE SOME EXTRA KIDS AT THE AUGUST 2nd SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, IN UNIFORM. PLEASE BE ON YOUR BEST BEHAVIOR. (LAUGHTER) EVERYBODY. BUT I DID EXTEND THAT OUT AND I AM TRYING TO GET AS MANY YOUNG GENTLEMEN HERE TO WORK ON THOSE MERIT BADGES BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS. IT'S HARDER FOR THEM TO GET HERE WHEN SCHOOL BEGINS. THENAL THEN FINALLY I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE THE SUPERINTENDENT ON ALL THE EFFORTS. I KNOW IT FEELS GOOD TO FINALLY ROUND OUT ALL OF YOUR LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AND GET THAT SQUARED AWAY. AND I UNDERSTAND CHANGE CAN BE DIFFICULT, BUT IT'S ALSO -- IT TAKES BRAVERY AND TAKES COURAGE TO MAKE SOME OF THE CHANGES THAT YOU INITIATED IN OUR DISTRICT FOR THE GOOD OF OUR STUDENTS. AND I KNOW I APPRECIATE THAT AS A BOARD MEMBER, AND TRUST YOU IMMENSELY THAT YOU ARE MAKING THE BEST DECISIONS FOR OUR STUDENTS AND WANTED TO JUST, YOU KNOW, MAKE SURE THAT PART OF THE FRUSTRATING THINGS, I THINK SOMETIMES WE ENCOUNTER IN A LARGE ORGANIZATION, IS THE PERCEPTION OF BUREAUCRACY OR THE EXISTENCE OF BUREAUCRACY, AND JUST WANTED TO -- I CAN SAY THAT I AM NOTICING THAT THERE'S A CHANGE OF CULTURE HAPPENING, AND I'M HOPING, AND I THINK THAT YOU ARE ON THE PATH TO THE LEAST AMOUNT OF BUREAUCRACY IN ORDER TO REALLY GET THINGS DONE. ALBERT EINSTEIN SAID BUREAUCRACY IS THE DEATH OF ALL SOUND WORK. AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR SOUND WORK CONTINUES TO HAPPEN, AND WE ELIMINATE OR DEFINITELY MITIGATE BUREAUCRACY IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT SO THAT WE CAN DO WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND THEN DON'T MISTAKE MY KINDNESS FOR INABILITY TO HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABILITY, SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I TOTALLY GET THAT.

>> I KNOW YOU DO. I HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITH YOU AND HAVING OUR ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO BUILDING A GREAT DISTRICT AS A TEAM OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND LEADERSHIP IN THIS DISTRICT, BUILDING A GREAT SCHOOL SYSTEM FOR OUR STUDENTS. SO THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. EACH YEAR, THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS FOR -- (MICROPHONE OFF) -- STUDENT AFFAIRS CONDUCT AN ANNUAL CONFERENCE WHERE THEY SPEND SOME TIME DOING SO MANY THINGS THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, BEING PREPARED FOR CHANGES. DAP THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO DO THAT AGAIN AT KAISER UNIVERSITY. IT'S A GREAT WAY FOR FELLOWSHIP BUT IS ALSO A WAY TO GET ENGAGED IN NEW INFORMATION AND TO SHARE IT AND BECOME INFORMED AND PREPARED AS WE GET READY FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR. EACH OF THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS MET WITH APs. I HAPPENED TO SIT WITH MR. PURDUE IN AREA 4, AND MR. WASHINGTON, AND HEARD SOME OF THE CONVERSATIONS. I THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT. SOME OF THE CONCERNS THAT ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS HAVE ABOUT THE KIND OF TRAINING IDEAS, CREATIVE APPROACHES TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE MANY PROBLEMS THAT WE SEE ACROSS OUR SCHOOLS. IN ADDITION TO THAT, I WANT TO SAY ON BEHALF -- AND I THINK MRS. KURDELL DID IT AT THE MEETING TODAY, AND I WANT TO THANK THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS FOR RECOGNIZING FOR TIME ON THE BOARD AND THE FACT THAT WE DID NOT SEEK REELECTION AND WILL BE EXITING THE BOARD IN NOVEMBER, AND THEY ALSO RECOGNIZED THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS WHO WILL BE LEAVING AT SOME POINT IN TIME IN THE FUTURE. AND SO ON BEHALF -- I GOT INVOLVED IN TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE. I DIDN'T SPECIFICALLY THANK YOU. IT WAS SORT OF A REMAINDER OF THE FACT THAT RECOGNIZING THE WORK OF THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS. SO I WANT TO WHEREIN THANK CARLA WHITE WHO IS THE AP OF FERRELL MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR HER LEADERSHIP AND ALL THE OTHER APs WHO DO A GOOD JOB EVERY YEAR. IT IS NO LONGER ABOUT JUST GETTING TOGETHER BUT IT IS ABOUT GETTING TOGETHER TO BE BETTER. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WAY THINK THE WHOLE MORNING WAS ABOUT. I ALMOST HAVE TO APOLOGIZE TO THE SPEAKER BECAUSE AS HE WAS INTRODUCED, A LOAD OF US GOT UP AND WALKED OUT. AND IT DIDN'T LOOK -- IT LOOKED LIKE WE WEREN'T THEREIN TO LISTEN TO HIM BUT WE HAD OTHER KIND OF COMMITMENTS. AGAIN TO ALL THE APs, THANK YOU FOR THINKING ABOUT US, AND WE REALLY DO APPRECIATE ALL THE WORK THAT HE DO. YOU ARE PART OF TAMPA GLUE THAT HOLD OUR SCHOOLS TOGETHER. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: I WILL BE VERY BRIEF. I JUST WANTED TO -- TO WISH GOOD TRAVELS TO THE MEN OF VISION GROUP WHO LEFT LAST WEEK, LATE LAST WEEK. I GOT TO SEE THEM OFF TO HEAD OFF TO TENNESSEE WITH MR. ANDERSON FOR THEIR ANNUAL PILGRIMAGE TO WORK WITH THE SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS AT TAMPA CAMP. TODAY I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO BY THE SUMMER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE THAT IS BEING RUN BY MR. ERICSON WITH STUDENTS FROM OUR FIVE DIFFERENT HIGH SCHOOLS. THEY HAVE A LOT OF GREAT IDEAS. I WOULD ENCOURAGE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS TO REACH OUT TO THE STUDENTS WHO ARE INVOLVED FROM THESE SCHOOLS AND LISTEN TO SOME OF THE STUFF THAT THEY ARE COMING UP WITH. THEY HAVE GOT SOME REALLY GREAT SOLUTIONS TO STUDENT-BASED ISSUES AT THEIR SCHOOLS, AND I'M SURE MOST WILL BE HAPPY TO SHARE THAT GROUP WITH YOU, BUT THEY REALLY -- IF THEY ARE GETTING ROADBLOCKED BY THEIR PRINCIPALS FOR SOME REASON OR ISSUES THAT THEY ARE COMING UP AGAINST, THEY REALLY HAD SOME REALLY UNIQUE CHALLENGES THAT THEY ARE FACING BE, INCLUDING GRADUATION RATES AND HOW TO HELP THEIR PEERS. BUT I WOULD ENCOURAGE TO YOU GET INVOLVED WITH THAT GROUP OF KID. THERE'S PROBABLY FOUR OR FIVE AT EACH HAPE SCHOOL OF THE FIVE OR SIX THAT WE ARE WORKING WITH. THEN I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE MRS. SNIVELY REPRESENTED US THERE, BUT I KNOW WE HAD TWO PRINCIPALS WHO WERE RECOGNIZED AT THE AWARDS LUNCHEON FOR THE FLORIDA PTA, FOR STATE PTA. MISS FRICK FROM MABRY ELEMENTARY AND THEN -- MR. BARTOW WERE BOTH RECOGNIZED AS ELEMENTARY PRINCIPALS OF THE YEAR BY FLASH PTA. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, I JUST WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT AUGUST 4th IS OUR DEADLINE FOR POLICY SUBMISSIONS. SO IF THERE'S ANY POLICIES THAT YOU ARE CONSIDERING, THEY NEED TO BE SUBMITTED BY AUGUST 4. I ALSO WANTED TO ADDRESS THE E-MAIL THAT WE GOT IN REFERENCE TO OUR GRADUATIONS. I KNOW THAT A COMMITTEE MET BEGUN THAT. BUT SOMETHING THAT I THINK THAT WE NEED TO CONSIDER ASIDE FROM HAVING GRADUATIONS AT TWO SEPARATE VENUES, AND THE CONFUSION THAT ENSUES WITH THAT. ANYBODY WHO HAS BEEN A PART OF OUR GRADUATIONS KNOWS THAT AT USF, IT IS MISERABLE FOR THE KIDS WHO ARE AWAITING GRADUATION THERE. WELL, IT'S DIFFICULT PARKING FOR PEOPLE WHO -- EVEN THE PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, ELDERLY, PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING. IT'S VERY, VERY, VERY DIFFICULT FOR THEM. BUT THE STUDENTS THEMSELVES WHEN THEY ARE AWAITING GRADUATION, THEY ARE IN A CIRCLE, AND HALLWAY, THAT THEY ARE LINED UP BOTH SIDE OF THE HALLWAY, AND OF COURSE THE TIME OF YEAR THAT WE ARE HAVING GRADUATIONS IS SUMMERTIME, AND IT'S STIFLING HOT. I MEAN THESE KIDS ARE SWEATING. AND I HATE TO SAY IT, IT'S SMELLY. THEY HAVE TO MAKE ROOM FOR PEOPLE AS YOU ARE WALKING THROUGH. IT REALLY, FOR THE KIDS, IT'S NOT A PLEASANT EXPERIENCE. AND I KNOW THAT THAT WAS THE RECOMMENDATION THAT WAS MADE BY THE COMMITTEE. BUT I THINK THERE ARE MORE FACTORS THAT WE NEED TO CONSIDER IN MAKING THIS DECISION. SO BEFORE YOU COME FORWARD WITH A RECOMMENDATION, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I WANTED TO GIVE YOU SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT IN THIS REGARD, BECAUSE, AGAIN, WHEN WE ARE LOOKING AT THESE TYPES OF DECISIONS, THERE'S MORE THAT WE NEED TO CONSIDER. AND I DON'T KNOW IF THE CONDITIONS THAT THE STUDENTS HAVE TO BE UNDER ARE CONSIDERED -- IT IS REALLY, REALLY TOUGH IN THAT HALLWAY WHEN THEY ARE DOING THAT. AND I STILL HAVE SOME MORE COMMENTS BUT I'LL YIELD THE FLOOR TO YOU SINCE IT'S IN REFERENCE.

>> I WANT TO ADD TO THAT. COULD WE HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS, THEN ADD TO WHAT THE COMMITTEE CAME UP WITH? BECAUSE I THINK WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH BEING THAT WE SIT PROBABLY MORE THAN MOST PEOPLE NEXT TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AT THOSE GRADUATIONS AND WE SEE THE DIFFERENT LEVELS AND THE DIFFERENT STUDENTS THAT COME IN AND HOW THOSE KIDS ARE INTERACTING BACK AND FORTH WITHIN THE GETTING THEIR DIPLOMAS, LEAVING, THE WEATHER, ALL OF THOSE THINGS COMBINED, I'D LIKE TO SEE THE BOARD HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS AND ADD TO WHAT BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD BY THE COMMITTEE. I KNOW IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, WE HAVE MADE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES TO OUR GRADUATIONS. AND A LOT OF THOSE COMMENTS AND A LOT OF THOSE ISSUES CAME FROM PARENT COMMENTS, FROM BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE ASKED FOR THINGS TO BE ADDED OR CHANGED, TO MAKE THE PROGRAM A LITTLE MORE -- AND I'M CURIOUS OF THAT, TOO, AND I DIDN'T LOOK AT IT IN TOO MUCH DETAIL, BUT THE SCHEDULE. I'M NOT SURE WHY WE NEED TWO VENUES. ARE WE HAVING ISSUES WITH THE EXAM SCHEDULE BECAUSE OF THE CHANGE IN CALENDAR? BECAUSE WE DIDN'T LOSE ANY TIME. SO I AM NOT SURE WHY WE ARE HAVING TO PUT EXAMS SO LATE AND MOVE TO A ONE-WEEK OF GRADUATION. SO I WOULD JUST LIKE TO HAVE SOME MORE CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT IF WE CAN. I DON'T KNOW IF WE HAVE A WORKSHOP COMING UP THAT WE CAN TACK ON A HALF HOUR TO THIS.

>> WELL COULD -- I DIDN'T MEAN TO STIR UP, BUT I DID. (LAUGHTER) I STIRRED THE POT. I THINK THAT THIS IS A CONVERSATION THAT IS WORTHWHILE. BUT I THINK THAT WE NEED TO HAVE IT IN A VENUE WHERE WE CAN HAVE MORE TIME. AND I KNOW SOME OF US NEED TO GET ON THE ROAD TO GO BEFORE THE DOE. SO IF I CAN LOOK AT OUR CALENDARS AND SEE A WORKSHOP THAT THIS WOULD FIT ONTO, WE CAN HAVE A HALF HOUR DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS, AND BOARD MEMBERS CAN COME PREPARED AND STAFF CAN COME PREPARED TO DISCUSS THIS. BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT BRINGING THIS FORWARD AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING, ARE YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT? OKAY. SO WE HAVE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF LEEWAY AND A LITTLE BIT OF TIME. SO IS THAT OKAY WITH EVERYBODY? AND YOU CAN CHIME IN.

>> JUST DUE TO A TIMING ISSUE ABOUT TRYING TO LOCK THE DATES AND CONTRACT AND NEGOTIATING CONTRACTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, THE PURPOSE OF MY E-MAIL WAS ACTUALLY TO INFORM AND TO GET FEEDBACK FROM THE BOARD OF THE CONCERNS SO I CAN BRING IT BACK TO THE COMMITTEE. I HAVE TO SAY THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN SENSITIVE TO THESE CONCERNS, AND OUR CHIEF OF SECURITY TAKE HIS DRONE OUT THROUGH THE PARK PARKING SITUATION, THINGS LIKE THAT, AND THE USF HAS DONE RETROFITTING TO ACCOMMODATE AND KIND OF DO UPGRADING AND THINGS LIKE THAT. BUT IF YOU CAN PROVIDE FEEDBACK AND QUESTIONS SO THAT WE CAN PREPARE FOR A MEETING, THAT WILL HELP US AS WELL, BECAUSE WE'LL PROBABLY HAVE A LOT OF ANSWERS TO MANY OF THE CONCERNS. BUT, YES, IN THAT E-MAIL, IT IS A SCHEDULE OF EXAMS AND WHY WE ARE DOING IT AND THE RATIONALE BEHIND WHY WE, THE COMMITTEE AND THE PRINCIPALS, RECOMMENDED THE TWO VENUES. AND IF WE DO IT ONE VENUE, I ALSO PUT THAT SCENARIO AS WELL, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN FINANCE WE GO TO ONE VENUE, AND WHAT WOULD HAPPEN TO THE EXAM SCHEDULES IF WE GO THAT ROUTE.

>>April Griffin: SO BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE AN E-MAIL FROM DR. VASQUEZ. RESPOND TO THE E-MAIL WITH YOUR CONCERNS, QUESTIONS, THOUGHTS, AND THEN I WILL LOOK AT OUR CALENDAR AND GET IT ONTO ONE OF OUR EXISTING WORKSHOPS. SO I DIDN'T MEAN TO STIR UP A HORNET'S NEST THERE. BUT IT WAS SOMETHING THAT I THINK I WANTED THE BOARD TO HEAR AND DISCUSS AND GIVE THEIR THOUGHTS ON. AND THEN JUST A COUPLE ITEMS. WE ARE NEARING THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR -- OR THE SEND OF THE -- END OF THE SUMMER. AND BACK-TO-SCHOOL FAIRS HAVE ALREADY STARTED. THERE IS A LIST OF THEM ON OUR WEBSITE. SO I ENCOURAGE ANYBODY THAT NEEDS SUPPLIES, IMMUNIZATIONS, ANY OF THAT, TO GOP ON LINE. WE HAVE THEM ALL OVER THE COUNTY. I THINK MRS. VALDES HAS ONE AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL ON AUGUST 6th. AND THEN THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER ONES IN TOWN. SO IF YOU KNOW OF ANY FAMILIES WHO ARE IN NEED, BACKPACKS ARE USUALLY GIVEN OUT, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, UM00IZATIONS GOVERNMENT TO OUR WEBSITE AND CHECK THAT OUT. THEN LASTLY, MRS. SAUNDERS, I JUST WANT TO SAY TO YOU -- AND I'LL USE ITEMS 6.05 AS AN EXAMPLE -- IN THE FINANCIAL IMPACT PORTION, WOW, JUST WOW. TO SEE -- AND I AM JUST GOING TO READ IT. FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF 47,754 FOR PREPARING THE NEW S. A T., BLAH-BLAH-BLAH. BUT IT TALKS ABOUT FOR TRACKING PURPOSES THE PROJECT NUMBERS SPECIFIC TO THIS AGENDA ITEM IS 9395 AS OF JUNE 27. THE REMAINING BALANCE LESSEN COUPLE BRANS FOR THIS LINE ITEM EQUALS -- AND JUST THE DETAIL THAT YOU HAVE IN THIS PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM IS WONDERFUL. I CAN TELL YOU IN YEARS PAST, SOMETHING THAT THIS BOARD HAS REQUESTED TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO GET MORE SPECIFIC DETAILS. THEY HAVE BEEN SO BLAND. AND NOT VERY DETAILED OVER THE YEARS. SO JUST KUDOS. I WANTED TO SAY THAT TO YOU.

>> THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN.  THIS HAS REALLY BEEN A GROUP EFFORT AND EVERYBODY HAS JUMPED ON BOARD WITH THIS. WE STARRED IT JUST LAST FALL. AND EVERYBODY HAS JUMPED ON BOARD WITH IT. SO THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY FOR THE HELP.

>>April Griffin: AND KEEP IT UP. AND SPREAD THE WORD. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. I JUST HAVE A FEW ITEMS I WANT TO HIGHLIGHTED. THIS EVENING AS MANY OF YOU KNEW ON FRIDAY, MY LAST DAY OF VACATION, I SHOULD SAY, THE STATE RELEASED THE GRADES, SO THAT ALL OF A SUDDEN ENDED MY VACATION, AND PROBABLY A FEW OTHER SUPERINTENDENTS VACATIONS ON THAT PARTICULAR DAY, I SHOULD SAY. BUT I DO WANT TO JUST MAKE A FEW COMMENTS ABOUT THEM. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK ALL OF OUR TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS AND SUPPORT STAFF FOR THE HARD WORK. WHAT YOU JUST SAW THAT PRODUCED GRADES THIS YEAR ARE FIRST OF ITS KIND GRADING SYSTEM. ALTHOUGH WE HAVE HAD GRADING SYSTEMS, THIS IS A NEW ONE. IT HAS NUANCES THAT'S VERY DIFFERENT, MUCH MORE RIGOROUS. I JUST THINK WE NEED TO BE UPFRONT ABOUT THAT. OBVIOUSLY, THAT'S NOT GOING TO DETER OUR EFFORTS TO EXPECT EXCELLENCE FROM ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS, FROM ALL OF OUR LEADERS. I KNOW OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS. THEY ARE WITH THEIR PRINCIPALS RATE NOW GOING THROUGH ALL OF THAT PARTICULAR DATA, TRYING TO UNLOCK SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT THEY FEEL LIKE THEY NEED TO UNLOCK IN ORDER TO IMPROVE FOR NEXT YEAR. BUT JUST A COUPLE OF THE NUANCES THAT HAD YOU NEED TO BE AWARE. JUST REALIZE WHEN OFF GRADING SYSTEM THAT ONLY 3 OUT OF 67 SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA GET AN A ON, YOU KNOW IT'S PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT RIGOROUS. SO THAT IS A CHALLENGE THAT WE HAVE TO HIT HEAD ON. THE OTHER BIGGEST ISSUE OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT IT'S A NEW ASSESSMENT MUCH MORE ON LINE ASSESSMENT ESPECIALLY FOR OUR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS, TAKING ASSESSMENTS ON LINE, A WHOLE FEATURE TO IT THAT MIGHT FOR SOME STUDENTS CREATE A LITTLE BIT OF A BARRIER. WE DO HAVE IT IS GAINS. SO THE BIGGEST ISSUE A CROSS THE STATE IS REALLY HOW THINGS ARE CALCULATED. SO REMEMBER LEARNING GAINS IS THE LEVELER FOR SCHOOLS THAT MIGHT NOT HAVE THE STUDENT PROFICIENCY BUT THEY ARE MAKING THOSE NECESSARY GAINS IN THE PAST. WE SAW MANY OF OUR HIGH NEEDS SCHOOLS, MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS THAT MAY NOT HAVE BEEN IN THAT HIGH NEED CATEGORY GET 70%, 380%, 90% IN THOSE GAINS CATEGORIES. IF YOU LOOK AT ALL THE DIFFERENT CELLS FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'  CELLS ARE DEFLATED AND AREN'T OUR SCHOOLS MAKING THE GAINS, OUR SCHOOLS MAKING THE GAINS?  WELL, JUST BECAUSE YOU ARE A LEVEL 3 STUDENT, WHICH IS PROFICIENT, BY THE WAY, ACCORDING TO THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND YOU GET A LEVEL 3 THIS YEAR DOESN'T MEAN YOU WILL COUNT POSITIVELY FOR THE SCHOOL'S GRADE. IF YOU DIDN'T MAKE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS WITHIN THE LEVEL 3. SO NOW IT'S NOT ABOUT STAYING PROFICIENT. IT'S ABOUT ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD WITH PROFICIENCY IN A MATTER WHERE YOU ARE AT, LEVEL 3 OR LEVEL 4, YOU HAVE TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT GAINS OR YOU WILL NOT COUNT POSITIVELY. A LOT OF PEOPLE, PARENT MAY THINK, MAY HEY, MY STUDENT DID GREAT ON LEVEL 4 AND MAY FIND OUT THEIR STUDENT MAY NOT HAVE COUNTED IN A POSITIVE WAY FOR SCHOOL GAINS. THOSE ARE JUST SOME OF THE NUANCES SCHOOLS ARE DIGESTING. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO LOOK AT EVERY CELL AND KNOW EVERY KID BEHIND EVERY CELL. AND THAT'S WHAT THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS ARE DOING WITH THEIR SCHOOLS AS THEY ENTER INTO THIS YEAR. FOR INSTANCE, BOTTOM QUARTILE GAINS, FOR SOME VERY SCHOOLS THAT HE COULD BE ONLY 20 STUDENTS THAT COUNT FOR THAT PARTICULAR CELL SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO KNOW THAT. JUST SO YOU KNOW, EVEN WE DID HAVE 14 FEWER AP SCHOOLS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SO WEEKI WACHEE TO LOOK AT THE FACT WE DID DECREASE THAT NUMBER. WE STILL HAVE NINE SO WE HAVE WORK TO DO IN THOSE SCHOOLS AND THOSE PRINCIPALS AND OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, AND OF COURSE THE TEACHERS THAT GOING TO BE WORKING VERY HARD DILIGENTLY AS THEY MOVE FORWARD THIS YEAR. WE HAD 51 "A" SCHOOLS, 43 "B" SCHOOLS, 43 "D" SCHOOLS AND THEN THE NINE. AND THAT WAS FAIRLY CONSISTENT AND PROPORTIONAL ACROSS THE STATE OF FLORIDA THERE. SEEMED TO BE A LOT MORE Cs THIS YEAR THAN ANY OTHER GRADE. SO AS YOU GET QUESTIONS FROM YOUR CONSTITUENTS, BECAUSE A LOT OF SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY SCHOOLS THAT WERE USED TO GETTINGAs, AND I SAW SOME SCHOOLS THAT RECEIVEDDAS FOR 16 STRAIGHT YEARS, AND THIS WAS THE YEAR THEY DROPPED TO THE B AND IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE GAINS ISSUE. SO THE PRINCIPALS ARE VERY EDUCATED ON THE NEW SYSTEM. DR. BINDER HAS DONE A GREAT JOB ASSESSING AND REALLY TRAINING ON. PRINCIPALS AROUND THIS AND OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, SO YOU CAN DIRECT YOUR PARENTS MIGHT HAVE QUESTIONS TOTE PRINCIPAL TO MAYBE ASK FOR FURTHER DIALOGUE ABOUT THAT. BUT THAT IS A SYSTEM, AND WHETHER WE KNOW -- WE NOW KNOW IT'S RIGOROUS. WE NOW KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT AND WE KNOW HOW THEY ENGAGE OUR SCHOOLS IN EVERY CLASSROOM TO MOVE FORWARD OF COURSE, TO BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD SUCCESSFULLY WE HAVE TO HAVE TEACHERS. I YOU WANT A LITTLE STATISTIC ON WHERE WE ARE AT WITH HIRING TEACHERS THIS YEAR. WE'LL CONTINUE OF COURSE THROUGH AUGUST 2nd. THAT'S WHEN TEACHERS ARE RETURNING. AS OF TODAY WE HAVE HIRED 850 TEACHERS FROM THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR. THERE ARE STILL SOME VACANCIES TO FILL. WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 300 CLASSROOM VACANCIES THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY PREPARING FOR AT OUR SITES. THAT'S A LITTLE OVER ONE PER SCHOOL IF YOU DO AN AVERAGE. I WOULD SAY THERE ARE SOME SCHOOLS THAT HAVE MORE THAN THAT. THAT WOULD PROBABLY MEAN MANY SCHOOLS HAVE ALL OF THEIR VACANCIES TAKEN CARE OF BUT AS I SAID EARLIER, MRS. WOODFORD AND HER STAFF ARE WORKING DILIGENTLY WITH THE SITE BASED PRINCIPALS TO FILL THOSE VACANCIES. WE ARE STILL HIRING BUS DRIVERS. AND WE DEFINITELY WANT A FEW MORE. WE ARE LOOKING FOR ABOUT 100 MORE STILL TO HIRE. WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO APPLY. AND WHETHER IT'S A TEACHER, BUS DRIVER, REMEMBER THE ROLES ARE SUPPORTING KIDS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WE ARE CREATING THAT CULTURE IN EVERY DEPARTMENT TO HELP ANY OF OUR EMPLOYEES NO MATTER WHAT THEIR ROLE IS TO BE FULFILLED. OF COURSE YOU ALREADY MENTION BOARD OF DIRECTOR NEW TEACHER ORIENTATION. AND LIKE I SAID YESTERDAY, IT TOOK ME BACK 27 YEARS TO WHEN I WAS SITTING AT ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL. SO I KNOW HOW EVERYONE FELT YESTERDAY, A LITTLE BIT ANXIOUS I'M SURE ABOUT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. BUT IT'S GOING TO BE HERE SOONER THAN LATER SO THEY WILL HAVE A LOT OF TIME TO BE ANXIOUS. WE'LL BE COMING BACK IN JUST A COUPLE OF WEEKS. I DO WANT TO SHOW YOU -- WE HAD SOME STUDENTS, A GROUP OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS ATTENDED THE NATIONAL HISPANIC INSTITUTE COLLEGIAL WORLD SERIES FOR THEIR OPENING CEREMONY.  THIS IS THE THIRD SUM NECESSARY ROW THAT WE HAVE SENT STUDENTS TO THIS PROGRAM THAT FOCUSES ON LEADERSHIP FOR LATINO STUDENT. IT WAS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR INCOMING SENIORS. STUDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SHARE WHAT THEY LEARN WITH THEIR PEERS IN REGARDS TO ESSAY WRITING FOR COLLEGE ADMITTANCE, RESUMÉ WRITING, PERSONAL FINANCE AND TIME MANAGEMENT. YOU CAN SEE THE 12 STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATED ALONG WITH MRS. LINAGAR WHO IS OUR LEADER. I THIS I THE NEXT BOARD MEETING WE WILL WILL BE OUR FIRST DAY BACK FOR TEACHERS. I KNOW THAT THE BUILDINGS ARE ALREADY BUZZING OUT THERE ACROSS OUR DISTRICT. IT ISN'T JUST BECAUSE TEACHERS TECHNICALLY COME BACK, YOU KNOW, AT THE BEGINNING OF AUGUST. THAT MEANS AS YOU HEARD FROM THE PRINCIPAL APT CAN COMMUNITY CHARTER, THEY ARE ALREADY IN THERE, THEY ARE ALREADY WORKING, OF COURSE SETTING UP THEIR RAMS FOR SUCCESS FOR OUR KIDS. I WANT TO THANK THOSE TEACHERS WHO ARE DOING THAT BECAUSE I KNOW THAT'S A SACRIFICE BUT I KNOW THEY DO THIS WORK BECAUSE OF WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO GET FROM THEIR STUDENTS THIS YEAR AND WHAT PERFORMANCE THEY'LL GET. THAT'S MY COMMENTS. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. EVERYBODY HAVE A WONDERFUL EVENING. THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.