Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from August 2, 2016, 3:00 P.M.

>> IF YOU CAN HEAR MY VOICE, CLAP ONCE. (CLAP) ROOM FULL OF EDUCATORS. GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. THIS MEETING FOR AUGUST 2nd, 2016 IS NOW CALLED TO ORDER. IF EVERYONE COULD PLEASE RISE FOR A OF SILENCE AND THEN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY OUR VICE CHAIR MS. CINDY STUART. (MOMENT OF SILENC).

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

>> THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THE WITHDRAWN ITEMS ARE B-  0   3 AND C-4.06. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. STUART, A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT EXCEPT FOR MS. KURDELL WHO HAD A FAMILY SITUATION THAT SHE HAD TO DEAL WITH THIS EVENING. BOARD MEMBERS, YOU HAVE THE MINUTES FROM THE 7-19-2016 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. ARE THERE ANY CORRECTIONS? I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE TO APPROVE THE MINUTES. I HAVE THE MOTION BY MRS. EDGECOMB, A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THE MINUTES PASS. AND IN JUST A MINUTE THE VICE CHAIR IS GOING TO READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES. BUT WE HAVE A 5.01 BUDGET HEARING FOR THE 201617 SCHOOL YEAR AND PUBLIC COMMENT WILL BE HEARD AT THAT TIME. IF ANYONE PRESENT CANNOT STAY UNTIL THE HEARING BEGINS YOU MAY MAKE YOUR COMMENTS DURING REGULAR PUBLIC COMMENTS AND BOARD GUIDELINES WILL NOW BE READ BY THE VICE CHAIR.

>> AS WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON'S 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 APPROVED UPON MOTION AND VOTE UNLESS AN ITEM IS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THE AGENDA AND BACKUP DOCK A ULTIMATATION 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 ARCHIVE. DURING THE MEETING THERE IS A TABLET AVAILABLE AT THE COMMUNICATIONS DESK THAT CAN BE USED TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING. THERE ARE SPEAKERS IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM OF THAT ALLOW BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR THE MEETING SHOULD WE LEAVE THE DAIS. THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 45 MINUTES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. SPEAKERS WILL BE ALLOWED 3 MINUTES FOR A SINGLE AGENDA ITEM OR. 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 RESPECT IT IS PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD, BUT WE CANNOT TOLERATE BEHAVIOR INTENDED TO OPERATE THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THIS MEETING. OUR CIVILITY POLICY IS IN EFFECT.

>> WE HAD NONE OF OUR STUDENTS ENTERTAINING US BEFORE THIS EVENING'S MEETING SO WE DON'T HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEM. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NEW HERE, WE USUALLY HAVE STUDENTS ENTERTAINING BEFORE OUR MEETING JUST AS A REMINDER OF WHY WE ARE HERE, AND WHAT WE ARE DOING THIS JOB FOR, AND THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT MS. VALDES BROUGHT IN UNDER HER CHAIRMANSHIP. SO IF YOU COULD, MISS VICE CHAIR, READ THE AUDIENCE COMMENTS.

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

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT, THE SPEAKERS FOR THIS EVENING ARE MR. MARK KLUTHO AND MR. MARK KLUTHO HAS FIVE MINUTES.

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. YEAH, THE TEACHERS OUT OF FIELD. THERE YOU GO. YOU CAN CHANGE YOUR RULES WHENEVER YOU JUST FEEL LIKE IT. AH, ISN'T IT GREAT ARE?  MAKE THE RULES AS YOU GO ALONG. AND HERE 6.07, YOU ARE GOING TO ACCEPT THE BIDS FOR THE LAWN EQUIPMENT SO YOU CAN DO SOME MUTILATION. YOU ARE GOOD AT THAT. AND 11.03, APPROVE THIS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE. OH, BOY, THAT'S -- THAT'S REALLY GOOD. ONE OF THE LOCAL DENS OF IGNORANCE. YOU KNOW WHERE THAT LEADS?  IT LEADS TO THIS COLUMN BY THIS PROFESSOR AT USF WHERE YOU ALWAYS LIKE TO CHUM. HE WRITES A COLUMN IN YESTERDAY'S PAPER, CLIMATE CHANGE BRINGS NEW THREATS OF DISEASE. AND HE SAYS, I HOPE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT ACTION IS NECESSARY TO MITIGATE GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE REPRESENT ONE OF THE BIGGEST ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE SHOULD NOT MISS. THESE OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO NEW SOLAR AND RENEWABLE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES BASED ON VAST NEW UNDERSTANDING OF NANO MOLECULAR AND BIOTECHNOLOGIES. BUT, SEE, THE PROBLEM IS, HE'S OVER THERE AT USF WITH THAT ARCHITECTURAL SCHOOL, AND ALL OF THE BUILDINGS ARE STUPID DUMB BUILDINGS JUST LIKE WHAT YOU BUILD. IT DOESN'T WORK. AND SO THE PLANET IS GOING TO BURN. AND SO HERE IS THE ARTICLE. SAME ARTICLE IN TODAY'S PAPER. WHERE YOU HAD THE SCHOOL BUDGET KEPT IN DARK, HEADLINE. BELOW THAT, YOU HAVE THIS HURRICANE HORIZONS LOOK SCARY. LONG-TERM FORECASTERS SAY A DIRECT HIT TO TAMPA COULD BE COLUMN US THE. WELL, YEAH, WHEN YOU MAKE STUPID DUMB BUILDINGS. THAT BELCH THE CARBON. AGAIN, IT'S CAUSE AND EFFECT. YOU DON'T GET IT, DO YOU? BECAUSE YOU KEEP DOING THE SAME STUPID THING. LIKE CURLEY SAYS, "WELL, CERTAINLY." IT'S -- YOU KNOW, YOUR SIMPLE THINKING THAT TAKES US TO THIS ONE, THIS LETTER. PLEDGE AS A BUSINESS PLAN. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WAS WRITTEN AS A CLEVER SCHEME TO GET SCHOOLS TO BUY AMERICAN FLAGS. NOT SIMPLY TO GIVE THE NATION THE SENSE OF LOYALTY AS OPINED BY COLUMNIST DAVID BROOKS. IT WAS PUBLISHED IN 1892 AND LEADING CHILDREN PUBLICATION OF THE TIME. TO BOOST CIRCULATION AND AS A PART OF THE CAMPAIGN BY ITS PUBLISHER TO SELL AMERICAN FLAGS TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS. SO, SEE, YOU ARE JUST A BUNCH OF CHUMPS. YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY LIKE A TRUMP. YEAH, PATRIOTISM. THE LAST REFUGE OF A SCOUNDREL. YEAH. PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG. YEAH. AND, YOU KNOW, LIKE TRUMP SAID, SACRIFICE. SACRIFICE. OH. ALL YOU ARE DOING IS SACRIFICING THE PLANET, AND SPECIES THAT DON'T HAVE A SAY. IT'S A DOGGONE CRIME. (BELL SOUNDS).

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS MR. RAY DAVID VELAZQUEZ. AND THEN MR. TERRY KIMPLE. AND THEN BISHOP MALLORY. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING US TO SPEAK. I'M DAVID VELAZQUEZ. I REPRESENT THE SPANISH PASTORS OF TAMPA BAY, OVER 70 CHURCHES IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA. AND WE ARE HERE TO JUST REQUEST THAT THE BOARD CONSIDER A POLICY OR INSTITUTE A POLICY THAT WOULD SAY BOYS IN THE BOYS BATHROOM AND GIRLS IN THE GIRL'S BATHROOM AND EVERYONE ELSE THEY CAN GO TO ANOTHER PLACE OR A FACILITY THAT'S CREATED FOR THAT. AND WE ARE REALLY CONCERNED BECAUSE PERSONAL SAFETY AND PRIVACY ARE THE PRIMARY IMPORTANCE. AND MAKE ENVIRONMENT SAFE FOR ALL STUDENTS, EVEN WITH THE MOST MONITORING, THE LACK OF THE BOARD POLICY ALLOWS A CONDITION THAT COULD LEAD TO UNSAFE CIRCUMSTANCES AND LOSS OF PRIVACY. SO WE ARE REQUESTING THAT WHEN YOU DO DISCUSS THIS AND WHEN YOU DO GO INTO SETTING A POLICY THAT YOU WOULD ISSUE A POLICY THAT WILL SAY BOYS IN THE BOYS FACILITIES AND GIRLS IN THE GIRLS' FACILITIES. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> THANK YOU. MR. TERRY KIMPLE.

>> HELLO, BOARD. AND YOU ALL LEADERS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THE FIRST THING I HAVE TO SAY IS THAT I'M A VETERAN, AND EVERY TIME I HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, I'M EXTREMELY PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN. I FELT I NEED TO SAY. THAT I AM HERE TO BE DON'T ASKING YOU TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN BY MAKING THE PROCEDURE YOU CURRENTLY USE OF HOP USES WHICH BATHROOMS AND SHOWERS INTO A CLEARLY WRITTEN BOARD POLICY. NOT ASKING FOR ANYTHING NEW OR DIFFERENT. JUST ASKING THAT IT BE SET IN CONCRETE. THERE'S CURRENTLY A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY AND CONFUSION IN THE DISTRICT REGARDING THIS ISSUE. AND BASED ON CONVERSATIONS I HAVE HAD WITH DISTRICT EMPLOYEES IN THE PAST WEEK, THE UNCERTAINTY AS TO HOW TO PROPERLY CONDUCT THEMSELVES WHEN SITUATIONS ARISE AROUND THIS ISSUE, WERE ONLY MADE MORE CONFUSING AT THE RECENT STAFF MEETING WHEN CONDUCTED BY CHIEF OF STAFF VAS QUESTIONS WHEN HE SAID, YOU HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR MORALS AT THE DOOR WHEN YOU COME TO WORK. I DON'T KNOW WHAT CONTEXT THAT WAS SAID IN, BUT WHATEVER CONTEXT THAT WAS SAID IN, IT CERTAINLY CREATED ADDITIONAL CONFUSION AND NO SMALL AMOUNT OF ANGST. BY ENACTING THIS SPECIFICALLY WORDED BOARD POLICY, YOU WILL ENSURE THAT EVERYONE, EMPLOYEES, STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE, UNDERSTAND WHAT THE RULES ARE AND WHAT IS EXPECTED. PLEASE PROTECT OUR CHILDREN, ALL OF THEM, AND ESTABLISH A BOARD POLICY THAT SAYS BOYS USE THE BOYS ROOM AND SHOWERS, AND GIRLS USE THE GIRLS ROOM AND SHOWERS AND MAKE A THIRD FACILITY AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO AREN'T CERTAIN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BISHOPRY MAMMALRY. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR GIVING US THIS OPPORTUNITY. I'M THE SENIOR PASTOR AND BISHOP OF KINGDOM LIFE MINISTRIES AT VALRICO, AND WE ALSO HAVE A QUITE A FEW CHURCHES IN THE TAMPA DISTRICT. AND THE REASON THAT WE ARE HERE TODAY, BECAUSE WE ARE HOPING AND ASKING THAT YOU PLEASE ESTABLISH A SPECIFIC BOARD POLICY GOVERNING THE BATHROOMS AND SHOWER USE. WE WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO INSTITUTE A POLICY THAT PUTS THE BOYS IN THE BOYS ROOMS AND LOCKER ROOMS AND SHOWERS IN THE GIRLS, IN THE GIRLS ROOMS, LOCKER ROOMS AND SHOWERS. AND IF YOU HAVE STUDENTS WHO ARE UNCERTAIN THAT YOU WILL PROVIDE THEM WITH A THIRD FACILITY. THIS IS IMPORTANT USE FOR OUR COMMUNITY, AND I WOULD URGE YOU TO MOVE WITH SOMETHING FORWARD AND MOVE QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS LINDA MADEROS, AND THEN STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS AND THEN KAYLA ROBERTS. WELCOME.

>> SCHOOL BOARD, PUBLIC AND TEACHERS, OFFICIALS. MY NAME IS LINDA MADEROS, A SCHOOL BOOSTER. AT CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL. OKAY. I'M SHORT. NOT USED TO TALKING INTO MIKES. I THINK THIS YEAR IS THE ANNIVERSARY OF CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL AND I GOT PICTURES OF WHAT PEOPLE SEE, LIKE THEIR FIRST IMPRESSION OF DROPPING BY OUR SCHOOL. THE SCHOOL MARCH KEY. THIS IS ONE.  THIS IS ANOTHER VIEW OF THE END OF IT. AND THIS IS THE OTHER SIDE THAT DOESN'T WORK AT ALL. SO IT'S NOT USABLE. AND THEY HAD FIXED IT BEFORE, AND THE ONE ON BUSCH BOULEVARD HAS A HOLE IN HAD THE AND DOESN'T HOLD LETTERS EITHER. THE LETTERS FALL OFF. AND I HAVE BEEN TOLD TWO YEARS AGO WHEN MY SON STARTED SCHOOL THERE, THERE WAS MY FIRST CONCERN BECAUSE I'M AN ADVERTISER, AND THAT'S A FIRST IMPRESSION FOR YOUR BUSINESS. AND I BROUGHT THIS ISSUE AND THEY SAID THEY HAD REPAIRED IT MANY -- TWO TIMES, AND STILL THE LETTERS DON'T FIT AND MIGHT FALL OFF, DON'T WORK. AND THEN I ASKED AGAIN THE PRINCIPAL MO SDO AND SHE SAID IT WOULD COST LIKE $50,000 TO FIX. I KEEP ON BRINGING IT UP EVERY MORNING AT THE MEETING. SO I HEAR THAT WE DON'T HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO RAISE THE FUNDS. I'M GUESSING. A BOARD OF A PTA OR SOMETHING AND WE ARE A TITLE 1 SCHOOL. JUST WONDERING, SINCE YOU, KNOW, THEY ARE SPENDING OVER ONE THIRD OF A MILLION DOLLARS ON CHAMBERLAIN STADIUM FOR REPAIRS, BUT NOT UPDATING THE SIGNS TO BRING THE STUDENTS OR NEW STUDENTS OR EVEN VISITORS TO THE GAMES THAT WE DON'T ADVERTISE ON THE SIGNS OR THE BOOSTERS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO EVEN GET INVOLVED WITH THE SCHOOL AND THE STUDENTS, THE MONEY AND FUNDS. AND I'M ONE OF THEM THAT TRIES TO RAISE, AND EVERY TIME I WANT TO HAVE IT POSTED ON THE BOARD OR THE BILLBOARDS, IT'S LIKE, WE CAN'T COULD THAT, WE CAN'T DO THAT. AND IT'S LIKE, WE ARE NOT GETTING THE PUBLIC TO EVEN HELP IN FAVOR TO COME TO OUR EVENTS FOR FUNDRAISING AND HELP THE STUDENTS. AND THEN SCHOOL PRIDE. THE SIGN CAN DO A LOT OF THINGS. IT CAN GET YOU ALL -- THE SIGNS CAN GET YOU ELECTED. WHILE THIS SIGN, I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU THINK THE IMAGE IS BUT IT'S NOT PROMOTING SCHOOL PRIDE. IT'S NOT REALLY PROMOTING THE SCHOOL ENOUGH. IT'S NOT COMMUNICATING TOOLS TO THE PARENTS EITHER. (BELL SOUNDS) JUST LETTING YOU KNOW THAT. THAT'S ALL THE TIME I HAVE.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU SO MUCH. MR. FARKAS, IF YOU COULD EITHER YOURSELF OR HAVE SOME STAFF REACH OUT. SO MR. FARKAS IS THE HEAD OF OUR FACILITIES. THANK YOU. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. SO AS MOST OF YOU KNOW, I THINK TODAY IS THE FIRST DAY BACK FOR THE MAJORITY OF OUR EMPLOYEES, OUR ESPs AND TEACHERS, AND I HAVE BEEN, I FEEL LIKE, ALL OVER THE COUNTY AS PROBABLY MANY OF YOU HAVE TODAY WELCOMING PEOPLE BACK. SO I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO GIVE EVERYBODY A SHOUT OUT AND COMING BACK AND GETTING READY TO WORK IMMEDIATELY. AND I SAW LOTS OF GREAT THINGS GOING ON, WHICH THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS SAID HE WANTS TO HIGHLIGHT WHEN PEOPLE ARE DOING THINGS, SO AT EVERY PLACE I HAVE BEEN FROM THE MIGRANT WORKERS TO THE INSTRUCTIONAL MENTORS AND A BUNCH OF SCHOOLS IN BETWEEN, PEOPLE WERE HARD AT WORK AND HAPPY TO BE BACK, DESPITE THE SHORT SUMMER. BUT SEEING THIS ACTUALLY MADE ME THINK OF SOMETHING WODE TALKED ABOUT MANY TIMES FROM THE UNION PERSPECTIVE. IN TERMS MUCH HIGHLIGHTING THE STORIES OF WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE SCHOOLS, OUR TEACHERS AND ESPs CAN'T REALLY COME AND TALK TO YOU ALL AT A PUBLIC SETTING WITHOUT TAKING PERSONAL TIME OFF FROM WORK, BECAUSE THEY ARE ALL WORKING DURING PUBLIC COMMENT. AND SO I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU TO CONSIDER -- AND I REALIZE -- I DON'T EXPECT YOU TO DO IT TODAY, BUT IN ONE OF YOUR WORKSHOPS, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU ALL WOULD HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT POTENTIALLY HAVING SOME OPTION EITHER AT LEAST ONE OF THE MEETINGS A MONTH HAVING PUBLIC COMMENT AT FIVE WHERE YOUR EMPLOYEES COULD ACTUALLY ATTEND, OR POTENTIALLY HAVING A SPECIAL PIECE THAT WAS AT FIVE IF EMPLOYEES WERE HERE AND WANTED TO SPEAK. JUST BECAUSE I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT. I CAN COME AND TALK TO YOU ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING. BUT I THINK IT'S BETTER OFF TO HEAR FROM THE PEOPLE ACTUALLY EXPERIENCING IT. AND FOR US TO BE ABLE TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE GOOD WORK OUR PEOPLE ARE DOING. SO I WOULD JUST APPRECIATE IT IF YOU ALL FOR THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR WOULD TAKE THAT UNDER CONSIDERATION SO YOU CO-ACTUALLY HEAR FROM THE PEOPLE AT OUR SITES. SO OTHERWISE, THANKS, AND I LOOK WORKING WITH YOU ALL AS THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. BAXTER GENERAL DINS. I THINK THAT WE CAN PROBABLY HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS WITH NO PROBLEM. YOU KNOW, EITHER DURING BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS OR AT AN UPCOMING WORKSHOP.

>> WHAT I THINK SHE REQUESTED COULD BE DONE AND WEEKI WACHEE TO BE CAREFUL, PUBLIC COMMENT NEEDS TO TAKE PLACE BEFORE YOU ALL VOTE ON ITEMS. BUT IF YOU WANTED TO CERTAINLY CREATE A CERTAIN SECTION FOR EMPLOYEES TO SPEAK AFTER A CERTAIN TIME THAT WOULD CERTAINLY BE WITHIN YOUR POWER, THE SUPERINTENDENT'S POWER TO DO, THAT YOU ARE STILL HAVING PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE TIME BEFORE YOU VOTE, AND THIS WILL BE A SEPARATE SORT OF THING. BUT WE COULD WORK ON THAT AND COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT'S APPROPRIATE.

>>April Griffin: AND THIS HAS BEEN A DEBATE FOR AS LONG AS I HAVE BEEN A BOARD MEMBER AS TO WHEN. AND YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, HAVING THE PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING IS IN ORDER TO HELP US SHAPE OUR DECISIONS BEFORE WE MOVE FORWARD AND VOTE ON THINGS. BUT THE SUGGESTION WAS MADE, AND I DON'T KNOW WHEN WE COULD HAVE THIS CONVERSATION, BUT I KNOW WE HAVE SOME MEETINGS COMING UP IN THE NEAR FUTURE WHERE THIS COULD BE A TOPIC OF CONVERSATION. AND MAYBE WE HAVE ONE MEETING A MONTH THAT'S LATER, YOU KNOW. BUT THERE WAS THE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE CONFUSION, ABOUT HAVING AN EARLY MEETING AND THEN LATE MEETING AND PEOPLE NOT KNOWING. SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT AND CONSIDER. BUT I DEFINITELY HEAR THE CONCERNS. THANK YOU. THE NEXT SPEAKER IS KAYLA ROBERTS. AND THEN AL DAVIS. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU ALL BOARD MEMBERS. MY NAME IS KAYLA ROBERTS. MY NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL IS HARNELL MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND I WANT TO GO THERE. I'M HERE FOR TWO FOR ME TO GO TO ATTEND PARLEM MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR 7th AND 8th GRADE.

>> HI. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK. WE ARE HERE TO REQUEST OR MAYBE YOU CAN RECREATE THE AREA TO ANALYZE HOW MANY TEACHERS ARE CERTIFIED FOR ESE, AND RIGHT NOW AS FAR AS I KNOW, SOME PARENTS ARE RUNNING INTO THE SITUATION A STUDENT WANT TO GO TO NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL. HOWEVER, IT IS NOT QUALIFIED, NO QUALIFIED TEACHER AVAILABLE TO TEACH FOR ESE STUDENTS.

>> MR. EAKINS?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. WHAT I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO DO IF YOU COULD PLEASE SPEAK WITH MRS. TYE RIGHT BEHIND YOU. YOU CAN EXPLAIN YOUR PARTICULAR SITUATION AND SHE CAN UNDERSTAND A LITTLE BETTER FOR HER STAFF TO BE ABLE TO GET BACK WITH YOU WITH REGARD TO YOUR REQUEST. OKAY? THANK YOU, KAYLA.

>> THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: YOU DID BETTER THAN A LOT OF ADULTS WHO COME UP HERE TO SPEAK TO US. YOU DIDN'T EVEN HAVE ANY NOTES. MR. DAVIS. WELCOME.

>> MR. SUPERINTENDENT AND MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD, I EXTEND GREETINGS TO YOU AND WISH YOU WELL AS YOU CONTINUE YOUR DUTIES IN YOUR RESPECTIVE PLACES. MADAM CHAIRMAN, FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO COMMENT WITH RESPECT TO THIS LGBT ISSUE. YOU GOT SUFFICIENT, I THINK, SPOKEN ABOUT THAT AND THE END RESULT IS TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. AND I WISH YOU WELL AS YOU DEAL WITH THAT MATTER SO THAT OUR CHILDREN WILL FEEL SAFE, OUR PARENTS WILL KNOW THAT THEY ARE SAFE, AND YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE ON THE JOB. THIS BUDGET THAT WE ARE DEALING WITH IS ONE THAT WE REALLY DO NOT HAVE MUCH OF A CHOICE OTHER THAN TO ENSURE THAT WE COMPLY, YOU KNOW, WITH THE STATE STATUTE. I KNOW SOMETIMES WHEN YOU FEEL THAT WE WANT TO DO OUR OWN THING, BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, OR MAYBE FORTUNATELY, IT'S CONSISTENT WITH PEOPLE'S VISION OF LAW FOR OUR PROTECTION. THE OTHER MATTER THAT I WISH TO COMMENT ON IS, LET'S SEE, YOU HAVE A PERSON THAT'S BEEN VERY, VERY HELPFUL IN PROVIDING, YOU KNOW, THE NECESSARY INFORMATION FOR ME TO BE AS INFORMED AS I CAN. AND WHAT'S MUCH THE NAME, SUSIE CARSIS? I EXTEND KUDOS TO HER. SHE HAS BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE IN PROVIDING THE INFORMATION THAT THIS CITIZEN NEEDS TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY INFORMED. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU AS THE YEAR CONTINUES TO UNFOLD AND WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AGAIN AT THE NEXT PUBLIC HEARING. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. DAVIS. AND YOU ARE MOST CONSISTENTLY OR THE MOST CONSISTENT SPEAKER WE HAVE WHEN IT COMES TO OUR BUDGET. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALWAYS TAKING THE TIME OUT TO COME AND SPEAK TO THAT. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS IT FOR OUR PUBLIC SPEAKERS. AND OUR ONE SPEAKER, MR. DAVIS, WHO CANNOT STAY FOR THE WHOLE HEARING, HE WAS SPEAKING TO THE BUDGET. SO WE ARE NOW INTO PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS AND WE HAVE NONE. WE DO HAVE -- WE ACTUALLY DO. I'M SORRY. WE HAVE A PRESENTATION OF ADVANCED BOARDMANSHIP CERTIFICATION TO MS. SUSAN VALDES. MR. TAYLOR, WELCOME. OUR CHIEF COMMUNITIES RELATIONS OFFICER.

>> MADAM CHAIR, MADAM VICE CHAIR, OTHER BOARD MEMBERS, THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME TODAY. AND SUPERINTENDENT. I'D LIKE TO CALL UP, PLEASE, TINA PICKINGSON, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION WHO IS HERE TO PRESENT AN AWARD TO BE MRS. VALDES. MRS. VALDES, IF YOU QUO COME UP, PLEASE.

>> BOY, DOES BRING BACK MEMORIES WHEN I WAS ON THE SCHOOL BOARD. AND IT'S WONDERFUL TO BE HERE WHEN IT'S YOUR FIRST DAY BACK FOR YOUR TEACHERS AND STAFF, BECAUSE LET ME JUST SAY TO EACH OF YOU AS A FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, AS A FORMER TEACHER, THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR THE STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I DON'T BELIEVE THERE'S ANYTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT YOU ARE DOING. I AM HERE TO PRESENT AN AWARD. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I'M NOT A REALLY GOOD COOK. AND IF I OPEN UP A RECIPE BOOK AND IT IS MORE THAN MAYBE THREE OR FOUR INGREDIENTS, I SAY GONE TO THE NEXT ONE, FIND SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY SHORT. IT'S THIS WAY IF YOU LOOK AT THE ADVANCE BOARD CERTIFICATION. IT IS A TIME CONSUMING TASK. IF YOU ARE GOING TO APPLY FOR THE ADVANCED BOARDSMANSHIP CERTIFICATION, WHICH RECOGNIZES SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WHO DEMONSTRATE EXEMPLARY LEADERSHIP TRAITS THROUGH PROACTIVE WORK AT THE LOCAL AND REGIONAL STATE AND NATIONAL LEVELS, AND WHO HAVE COMPLETED OUR CBM PROGRAM, CERTIFIED BOARD MEMBER PROGRAM AND OUR MASTER BOARD PROGRAM WHICH YOU PARTICIPATED IN WITH YOUR BOARD MEMBERS. A BOARD MEMBER WHO SEEKS THIS DISTINCTION HAS TO SUBMIT A PORTFOLIO TO DOCUMENT THAT THEY HAVE BEEN A CERTIFIED BOARD MEMBER, THAT THEY HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE MASTER BOARD, THAT THEY HAVE DONE EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS, THAT THEY HAVE PERFORMED IN LOCAL, REGIONAL, STATE, NATIONAL LEADERSHIP ROLES, INCLUDING AT LEAST TWO LEADERSHIP ROLES IN THE FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION. SO THIS IS AN ELITE GROUP. THERE WERE ONLY EIGHT PEOPLE WHO HAVE EVER BECOME -- RECEIVED THE ADVANCED BOARDSMANSHIP CERTIFICATION. SO IT IS INDEED MY PLEASURE TO PRESENT TO MRS. SUSAN VALDES YOUR DISTINCTION, THE DISTINCTION OF THE ADVANCED BOARDSMANSHIP CERTIFICATION. SO CONGRATULATIONS ON BEHALF OF NSBA. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO OUR CHILDREN NOT JUST IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BUT ACROSS THE NATION. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU ALL. AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFTENTIMES WE TALK ABOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR OUR TEACHERS, FOR OUR NONINSTRUCTIONAL STAFF, AND THERE IS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AVAILABLE FOR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. AND I'M VERY GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL TO THE FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION TO PROVIDE THAT KIND OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR US AND THE OPPORTUNITIES TO NOT ONLY IMPACT STUDENTS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA BUT COLLECTIVELY GOING UP TO TALLAHASSEE AND LOBBYING THERE WITH OUR STATE LEGISLATORS AS WELL AS THE NATIONAL AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. SO I LOOK FORWARD TO THOSE DAYS IN WHICH WE ARE COLLECTIVELY JOINED FOR THE CAUSE OF ALL THE STUDENTS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. SO THANK YOU. I'M HONORED. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE TRIP HERE. SAFE TRAVELS. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS THE PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS AND CONGRATULATIONS, MRS. VALDES. WE ARE NOW ONTO OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA. AND MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IF I COULD JUST PROVIDE A CLARIFICATION TO A COMMENT THAT WAS MADE DURING PUBLIC COMMENT ABOUT PERHAPS A STATEMENT THAT WAS TAKEN OUT OF CONTEXT AT ONE OF OUR RECENT TRAININGS. I WANT -- THE COMMENT ABOUT LEAVING MORALS AT THE DOOR. LET ME JUST PUT IN THE CONTEXT FOR THE WHOLE CONVERSATION. THAT WAS A TITLE 9 TRAINING ABOUT ALL KIDS, ALL KIDS IN OUR DISTRICT, AND MAKING SURE THAT EVERY SINGLE STUDENT IN OUR DISTRICT, NO MATTER WHAT THEIR BELIEFS ARE, WHATEVER ISSUES THEY ARE FACING, THAT NO CHILD SHOULD EVER BE FEELING HARASSED, FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE IN AN ACADEMIC SETTING. SO THE COMMENT WAS ABOUT EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN BELIEF SYSTEMS, EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN MORALS, EVERYONE HAS THEIR OWN VALES VALUES, AND ABSOLUTELY YOU TAKE THAT WITH YOU EVERYWHERE.  BUT WE CAN'T LET OUR OWN PERSONAL BELIEFS AND OUR OWN PERSONAL VALUES THEN INTERFERE WITH THE TREATMENT OF CHILDREN. AND PERHAPS NEGATIVELY TREAT THEM IN A MAN THEORY THEY FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE OR HARASSED NO MATTER WHAT THE SITUATION. SO OBVIOUSLY, I WANT TO MAKE SURE I PROVIDE CLARIFICATION TO THE SPEAKER AND ALSO CLARIFICATION TO THE PUBLIC THAT IT IS ABOUT MAKING SURE EVERY STUDENT IN OUR DISTRICT RECEIVES THEIR ACADEMICS IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS ONE THEY DON'T HAVE TO HAVE FEAR AND HARASSMENT, ANY KIND OF ISSUES SUCH AS. THAT SO THAT WAS THE CONTEXT. IT WAS BASE CLIP ABOUT THE TREATMENT OF CHILDREN. WE DON'T WANT TO BRING OUR OWN VALUES TO THE TABLE SOMETIMES, AND TREAT SOMEONE IN A MAN THEORY MAKES THEM FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE. SO I DO HAVE A FEW OF OUR AGENDA ITEMS ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA I WANT TO ADDRESS TONIGHT. I WANT TO ADDRESS NUMBER 2, WHICH IS THE ONGOING REPORTS ABOUT THE KINDS OF THINGS BEING DONE AND THE PROGRESS AND ONGOING FEEDBACK AS RELATES TO OUR AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND ALL STUDENTS ACROSS THE DISTRICT. WE DO HAVE AN UPDATE FROM OUR TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT WITH REGARDS TO THE NEW YEAR, AND ENSURING HOW WE ARE COMMUNICATING AND SOME OF THE PROGRESS BEING MADE. AND I DO BELIEVE WE HAVE A KICKOFF TOMORROW AND WELCOME FOR OUR TRANSPORTATION EMPLOYEES AS WELL. AND I DO HAVE AN UPDATE ON SOME MORE RECENT FAITH-BASED ACTIVITY AS WELL. SO I KNOW YOU RECEIVED LAST THURSDAY -- I CALL IT THE FRIDAY REPORT BUT IT WAS A THURSDAY, THE LAST FRIDAY, LAST WEEK, OUR REPORT OF HOW WE ARE DOING. OBVIOUSLY WITH OUR GRADUATION RATE, WE ARE FOCUSING ON ATTENDANCE, BEHAVIOR, COURSE GRADES, ALL THOSE THINGS TO HELP OUR STUDENTS STAY ON TRACK. SO I GAVE YOU KIND OF THE END OF THE YEAR STATISTICS AS IT RELATES TO SOME OF THE BEHAVIOR STATISTICS AND DATA THAT WE REPORT. I DO WANT TO SAY, THOUGH, UP FRONT AS WE GO THROUGH THIS INITIAL YEAR WHERE WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED NEW POLICIES, PROCEDURES, NEW STRATEGIES, THE OTHER PIECE TO THIS IS OTHER KINDS OF DATA. WE ARE TRACKING DATA FROM OUR SKIP SURVEYS. I KNOW WE HAVE BEEN WORKING CLOSELY WITH THAN THE UNION ON GETTING FEEDBACK FROM TEACHERS WITH REGARD TO LEARNING NEW POLICIES. BUT IF WE HAVE TO MAKE COURSE CORRECTIONS ALONG THE WAY WE DO SO. BUT I WANT TO KIND OF SHARE SOME OF THE END OF YEAR DATA SO THE BOARD HAS KIND OF AN UNDERSTANDING ABOUT WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT AT THE DATA AND WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT WITH REGARD TO SOME OF THAT INPUT THAT WE RECEIVED ON MAKING ANY COURTS CORRECTIONS MOVING FORWARD. AT THE END OF LAST YEAR TOTAL DAYS FOR ISS, OSS AND ATOS COMBINED, WE REDUCED BY 20% THE NUMBER OF TIMES, DAYS IN ATOS WERE REDUCED BY 43%, DECREASES IN DAYS SUSPENDED IN ATOS, 39% FOR OUR HISPANIC STUDENTS AND 53% FOR WHITE STUDENTS. DAYS IN ISS WERE REDUCED BY 10% AND DAYS IN ISS REDUCED BY 28%. THERE WERE DECREASES IN DAYS AND OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION OF 28% FOR STUDENTS, 31% FOR WHITE STUDENTS. NUMBER OF STUDENTS ARRESTED FOR 15-16 THERE WAS A DECREASE BY 17%. 19% FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS, 12% FOR HISPANIC STUDENTS AND 21% FOR OUR WHITE STUDENTS. SO OBVIOUSLY LOOKING AT THAT PARTICULAR DATA, ONE OF THE THINGS AS YOU PUT IN PLACE STRATEGIES AND TYPES OF PROGRAMS, OBVIOUSLY IMPLEMENTING EVERYTHING THAT WE ARE DOING AROUND CULTURE IN THE ORGANIZATION, THE FIRST THING WE LOOKED AT IS OVERALL DROPS. AND SO THAT WAS CONSISTENT. AND WHAT WE ARE EVENTUALLY GOING AFTER, BECAUSE ULTIMATELY THE CEILING, THE FLOOR, STARTS TO ALL DROP KIND OF PROPORTIONATELY INITIALLY. AND AS WE GO THROUGH AND START TO REVISE OUR STRATEGIES, GET MORE INPUT FROM OUR TEACHERS AND OUR ADMINISTRATORS AROUND THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE, THE GOAL IS, OVER TIME, TO SEE THE CEILING EVENTUALLY MEET THE FLOOR AS WE DROP, AND CREATE THE GAP TO BE CLOSED. THAT'S OUR ULTIMATE GOAL. OBVIOUSLY, THE STRATEGIES THAT WE PUT IN PLACE LAST YEAR HAVE RESULTED IN SOME POSITIVE OUTCOMES THERE. WE'LL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THAT. BUT ALSO KEEP IN MIND THAT IT'S ABOUT PREVENTION AND EVERYTHING THAT WE NEED TO DO UPFRONT WITH REGARDS TO OUR SERVICES FOR OUR KIDS TO PREVENT ANY POOR CHOICES FROM OCCURRING. SO THAT'S HOW WE STRUCTURE OUR ENVIRONMENTS, HOW DO WE BUILD RELATIONSHIPS FOR STUDENTS. THE SECOND PIECE IS THE PIECE AROUND ADDRESSING CONSEQUENCES WHEN AN ISSUE DOES OCCUR. HOW CAN WE ENSURE -- I KNOW THERE WAS AN IN OUR STUDENT HANDBOOK TOB PROVIDE MORE CONSISTENCY AROUND THOSE DECISIONS. AND THE LAST PIECE, AND REALLY I WAS VERY IMPRESSED, I WAS AT MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL DOING A WALK THROUGH FOR TEACHERS THIS MORNING, AND TAMPA WHOLE SESSION WAS ABOUT RESORE STIFF PRACTICES. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE STUDENTS TO HO REPEAT THOSE POOR CHOICES IT IS ABOUT NOT JUST ADMINISTRATORS APPLYING RESTORATIVE PRACTICES, IT'S ABOUT EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDING WHAT RESTORE TIFF PRACTICES LOOK LIKE. AND THAT'S SOME OF THE DATA THAT YOU RECEIVED LAST THURSDAY, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE GETTING YOU THE DATA ON END OF YEAR ACADEMIC DATA, ATTENDANCE DATA AND SO FORTH AS WE MOVE ALONG.

>> AND BEFORE YOU MOVE ON WE HAVE AN AGENDA ITEM THIS EVENING, TOO, THAT'S GOING TO ADDRESS SOME OF THAT WITH OUR ETHICS CENTERS. I WAS GOING GOING TO SAY, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A TEACH AND LEARN WITH OUR CENTERS ONCE WE GET A LITTLE BIT MORE -- A LITTLE BIT FURTHER OUT ON THAT BUT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT ADDRESSES THAT PARTICULAR SUSPENDED AGENDA ITEM.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: PERFECT. THE NEXT ITEM ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA ITEM WE WILL WANT TO GIVE AN UPDATE IS OUR TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PLAN. MR. BEEKMAN. TRANSPORTATION IS GOING TO PROVIDE US WITH THAT.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, SUPERINTENDENT, BOARD MEMBERS. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. WE WILL GIVE YOU AN UPDATE WHERE WE ARE THIS YEAR AS COMPARED TO THIS TIME LAST YEAR IN TRANSPORTATION SERVICES. FIRST OF ALL, I WOULD LIKE TO START OUT WITH STAFF. AND I WANT TO GO THROUGH A LOT OF THE CHANGES THAT WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED, AND THEN OPEN UP TO ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE AT THE END. STAFF WITH THE WHAT APPROVAL OF THE BOARD LAST MEETING, WE NOW HAVE OUR FULL ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM IN PLACE, ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGERS, WE HAVE ALL OF THEM WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE ARE NEW SINCE I JOINED HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. FOR THE FIVE MANAGERS NOT IN THESE POSITIONS AT THE BEGINNING OF LAST SCHOOL YEAR, ONLY ONE, MR. CULPEPPER, HAS BEEN IN PLACE AND I SHARE WITH YOU THAT HIS TASK OF OVERSEEING PAYROLL CONTROLS AND IMPLEMENTING A HIGHER LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY, WHILE NOT POPULAR, RESULTED IN A DECREASE OF OVER $1 MILLION OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR AND OVER TIME. OUR FLEET MANAGER RODDY MCCALLISTER WAS HIRED FROM D.O.E. AND WAS DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA. WITH HE WE RECEIVED APPROVAL TO HIRE A SAFETY TRAINING MANAGER WE HIRED THE NEW DIRECTOR OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA FOR THAT POSITION. THE MANAGER OF OPERATIONS PAM COLEMAN IS A LONG TIME EMPLOYEE FROM HILLSBOROUGH WHO HAS A HIGH LEVEL OF RESPECT FROM STAFF AND HAS A PROVEN HISTORY OF POSITIVE CUSTOMER SERVICE WITH THE PRINCIPALS AND AREA SUPERINTENDENTS AS SHE'S WORKED WITH. ALTHOUGH THE FULL TEAM HAS NOT BEEN TOGETHER FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR, WE ARE ENTERING THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR WITH THE MOST EXPERIENCED STAFF IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. AND THE ROUTING AND PLANNING, AS YOU RECALL THE DISTRICT WAGS OPERATING UNDER THE OLD VERSION AND WE ARE MOVING TO ITS NEW PLATFORM UNDER SQL. ALTHOUGH THERE WAS A NOT A COST ESTIMATE FOR THE ACTUAL SOFTWARE THERE WERE A LOT OF MOVING PARTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THE SERVER NEEDED TO OPERATE THE SYSTEM WAS CONFIGURED BY OUR IT DEPARTMENT, AND THE STUDENT DATA INTERFACE HAS BEEN SUCCESSFULLY COMPLEMENTED AND TESTED. DATA CLEAN-UP REQUIRED SEVERAL STAFF MEMBERS AND ROUTING AND PLANNING TO IDENTIFY SPECIFIC ADDRESS. SCHOOL CHANGES IN ORDER TO BE COMPATIBLE WITH THE NEW SYSTEM. SEVERAL TRAININGS HAVE TAKEN PLACE AND WE ARE RUNNING THE NEW SYSTEMS IN AREA 1, 3 AND AREA 4 TO START THE NEW YEAR WITH ALL OF THE AREAS MOVING THERE THIS FALL. WE HAVE SECURED GOOGLE MAP OVERLAY THAT WILL ALLOW US TO SNAP THE MAP FOR MORE ACCURATE MAP UPGRADES. IN ADDITION, THERE WERE MANY ISSUES WITH THE CURRENT BUS PASS REQUEST SYSTEM THAT WAS HOUSED IN IDEAS. THESE ISSUES HAVE BEEN MORE PREVALENT DURING THE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF SCHOOL AS THE SYSTEM WAS NOT DESIGNED TO HANDLE THE VOLUME. IF YOU RECALL LAST YEAR, THE SYSTEM CRASHED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. WHAT I FOUND OUT WAS THE PREVIOUS YEAR IT CRASHED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. THE PREVIOUS YEAR IT HAD PROBLEMS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. IT HAS BEEN GREAT. THEY HAVE MOVED THE NEW SYSTEM OVER WITH A WEB-BACK BASED SYSTEM AND WEB CONNECT. SO THAT IS NOW A MORE ROBUST SYSTEM, HAS BEEN LOAD TESTED TO HANDLE THE VOLUME. THE NEW DESIGN SHOULD ALLOW SCHOOL STAFF TO SEE BUS ASSIGNMENTS AND REQUEST TRANSPORTATION SERVICES WITHOUT THE INTERRUPTIONS THAT WE HAVE HAD OVER THE PAST FEW YEARS. GPS, AGREED TO PROVIDE GPS AT THE SAME COST AS THE CURRENT VENDOR. THE GPS WILL NOW BE ABLE TO INTEGRATE WITH THE CURRENT ROUTING SYSTEM, SO WE CAN PROVIDE ANALYSIS ON PLANNED VERSUS ACTUAL ROUTES TO MAKE US MORE EFFICIENT. IT WILL ALSO ALLOW US TO UPDATE THE MAP WITH ACTUAL SPEEDS FOR ROUTES. ONE OF THE MAJOR COMPLAINTS OF DRIVERS OVER THE YEARS IS THAT WE PROVIDE THEM WITH ROUTE SHEETS WITH TIMES THAT ARE NOT ACCURATE BECAUSE THEY DO NOT BUILD END TIMES FOR TRAFFIC IN OUR MAPS. THIS WILL ALLOW US TO DO THAT. ROUTES HAVE ALSO BEEN DESIGNED TO BALANCE LOADS. AS WE MOVED THROUGH THE YEAR LAST YEAR WE ADJUST ADD LOT OF ROUTES ON THE FLY AFTER THE OCTOBER FTE COUNT BECAUSE WE FOUND BUS HEES THAT HAD FEWER THAN 20 KIDS BEING TRANSPORTED WHILE WE HAD A NUMBER OF BUSES OVER CAPACITY. ROUTES WERE BROKEN DOWN THIS YEAR UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP COMPARED WITH SCHOOLS ON COMPATIBLE TIMES AND GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS. LAST YEAR WE HAD ROUTES THAT WERE GOING COMPLETELY ACROSS THE COUNTY PAIRED UP WITH OTHER ROUTES. THEY JUST SIMPLY DID NOT WORK. WE HAVE IDENTIFIED ISOLATED STUDENTS AND UTILIZING SOME CONTRACTED SERVICES TO TRANSPORT IN MINI-VANS RATHER THAN TYING UP A BUS FOR ONE OR TWO STUDENTS. LAST YEAR WE HAD TO DOUBLE BACK BUSES IN ORDER TO GET THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WE HAVE BEEN GIVING COURTESY TRANSPORTATION WHICH CREATED ANGER AND CONFUSION WITH PARENTS BECAUSE THEREIN WERE NOT SET TIMES FOR THIS ISSUE. IT IS A PROCESS WE MUST USE BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A SHORTAGE OF DRIVERS. THIS YEAR WE BUILT ONTO SPECIFIC ROUTES WITH TIMES THAT WILL MAKE IT TRANSPARENT FOR PARENTS EXCEPT OF COURSE IN THE CASE OF EMERGENCIES. WE HAVE ALSO INCORPORATED MORE INCLUSION. THE DISTRICT'S FLEET OF BUSES THAT HAVE TRADITIONALLY SERVED ONLY ESE NOW SERVE REGULAR ED AS WELL RESULTING IN OVER 4600 KIDS BEING PLACED ON UNDERUTILIZED AC BUSES. BUS ASSIGNMENTS HAVE BEEN MATCHED WITH STUDENT LOADS. HCPS STILL HAS A LARGE NUMBER OF NON-AC BUSES THAT MUST BE USED. LAST YEAR WE FINISHED WITH 230 OF THESE BUSES ON THE ROAD.  THIS YEAR SO FAR WE HAVE ONLY ASSIGNED 112 ON THE ROAD. IN PLACING THEM ON ROUTES WE HAVE TRIED TO MATCH THEM WITH THE SHORTEST RUNS. THEY STILL MAY SERVE A THREE-TIER SCHOOL BUT WE STILL TRY TO MINIMIZE THE EXPOSURE FOR BOTH STUDENT AND EMPLOYEES WITH THE SHORTEST TIME ON THE ROAD WITHOUT AC. OPERATIONS, TRANSPORTATION STILL HAS THE HIGHEST MANAGER TO EMPLOYEE RATIO IN THE STATE AT 148 TO 1. THIS MEANS WE MUST USE OTHER PERSONNEL TO HELP MONITOR BUS ACTIVITY IN THE COMMUNITY. WE INSTITUTED A SCHOOL LOG THAT ALLOWS THE OPERATION MANAGER TO MONITOR SCHOOL VISITATIONS AND THE MONITORING OF STUDENT LOADS ON A MONTHLY BASIS. QUICK CHECKS ARE PERFORMED AT SCHOOL TO PERFORM PRETRIP COMPLIANCE, CLEANLINESS AND SEATING CHARTS FOR STUDENTS. TRAINING IS BEING EXPANDED TO INCLUDE ONGOING STAFF DEVELOPMENT FOR DRIVERS AND ATTENDANCE. THE PREVIOUS MODEL THAT THE DISTRICT USED ONLY HAD FOUR TRAINERS WHICH DID NOT AFFORD THEM THE TIME TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM. WE WILL BE EXPANDING THIS FALL NOW THAT WE HAVE MR. LANGTON IN PLACE TO HELP EXPAND THAT CAPACITY. WE HAVE ALSO NOW REQUIRED FIELD SUPERVISORS TO DELIVER TRAINING AT REGIONAL MEETINGS TO EXPAND OUR RESOURCES TO AN ADDITIONAL 4 TRAININGS A YEAR FOR DRIVERS AND ATTENDANTS. STENTS ARE NOW BEING REVIEWED TO IDENTIFY PATTERNS AND TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES THAT PROVIDES A CONTINUAL REFRESH OF OUR TRAINING CURRICULUM. EMPLOYEES ARE NOW BEING REQUIRED TO HAVE SPECIFIC TRAINING THAT GOES HAND IN HAND WITH THE SAFE DRIVER PLAN THAT COINCIDES WITH THE INFRACTION THEY RECEIVE. FLEET. WE STILL STRUGGLE TO KEEP QUALIFIED AC MECHANICS IN PLACE SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE DEMAND OAT INDUSTRY. SOME OF THE CONTRACTORS WHO PROVIDE US WITH SOME OF THE SERVICE ALSO FACE THE SAME CHALLENGES. AC REPAIR ON SCHOOL BUSES IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA CONTINUES TO BE THE NUMBER BUN MAINTENANCE NIGHTMARE FOR DISTRICT ACROSS THE STATE, BOTH IN DOWN TIME AND COSTS. HCPS IS STILL STRUGGLING WITH OUR DECISION TO PURCHASE THE IC BUSES WITH THE VT 365 ENGINES YEARS AGO. THESE ENGINES WERE UNDERPOWERED AND STILL ARE NOT RELIABLE. UP TO THIS POINT I SEE EXTENDED WARRANTY THAT HAS NOW EXPIRED. THE ENGINE ITSELF FOR THESE UNITS ARE AROUND $17,000 EACH WHEN THEY NEED TO BE PREPLACED. THE DISTRICT HAD ABOUT 245 OF THESE BUSES AND WE ARE DOWN TO ABOUT 220 OF THESE SIMPLY BECAUSE OF ENGINE FAILURES. THE ACHILLES HEEL FOR US IN THIS PROCESS IS THEY ARE ALL 77 CAPACITY WITH AIR CONDITIONING. NEW PP PROGRAMS ARE IN PLACE TO HELP MINIMIZE THE IMPACT. HOWEVER, IT WILL STILL CONTINUE FOR SOME TIME TO GET US OUT OF THAT HOLE. COMMUNICATION.  THIS HEAR HAS BEEN FOCUS DOLLARS ON TWO DIFFERENT FRONTS, FIRST FOR THE EMPLOYEE, WE STILL KNOW THAT NOT ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES UTILIZE FIRST CLASS. DRIVERS AND ATTENDANTS MUST SHARE COMPUTERS AT EACH FACILITY FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE ONE AT HOME. WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE AS MUCH ACCESS AS POSSIBLE AND ENTICE THEM WITH WEEKLY NEWS THROUGH THE FIRST CLASS PORTAL. WE WILL BE PILOTING A WEB ACCESS THIS FALL THAT WILL BE POSTED WITH NEWS OF THE WEEK. WE ARE PRODUCING A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER THAT IS E E-MAILED TO EACH EMPLOYEE WITH THE FIELD SUPERVISORS ALSO POSTING A COPY IN THEIR AREA OFFICES. WITH THE NEW TRAINING FACILITY WE WILL BE HOSTING TRAINING FOR FIRST CLASS ALONG WITH THE SMART PHONE APPLICATION. WE ALSO HAVE INTENSIFIED THE NUMBER OF MESSAGES TO OUR EMPLOYEES USING PARENT LINK SYSTEM TO TRY TO REACH AS MANY EMPLOYEES AS POSSIBLE. FOR THE PARENTS, THIS YEAR, OR THIS PAST YEAR, AN OVERALL OF THE PHONE SYSTEM WAS COMPLETED FOR TRANSPORTATION. WE HAD ABOUT 100 PUBLISHED NUMBERS FOR TRANSPORTATION THAT WENT TO PHONES THAT WERE NOT OCCUPIED SUCH AS CONFERENCE ROOMS AND EMPTY OFFICES. THE CHANGE WILL TAKE THE NUMBER DOWN TO 14 WHICH INCLUDES OUR FIELD OFFICE NUMBERS. ALL PRIMARY PHONES AT HARNEY ROAD FACILITY MANAGEMENT, ADMINISTRATION, ROUTING, PLANNING, FLEET AND CALL CENTER EACH WILL BE SERVICED BY A SPECIFIC PHONE NUMBER. WE'LL HAVE VOICE PROMPTS DIRECTING CALLERS TO THE APPROPRIATE LOCATION AND VOICE MAILS. MANY NUMBERS CURRENTLY OWNED WILL BE ABLE TO BE MOVED FROM SERVICE CREATING SOME SAVINGS FOR THE DISTRICT. ROUTE INFORMATION FOR THE START OF SCHOOL WILL BE GOING OUT TWO DIFFERENT WAYS TO EXISTING REGISTERED STUDENTS. THE FIRST WAS A PARENT LINK THAT WILL HAVE AFFORD MESSAGE PROVIDED BY TRANSPORTATION ALONG WITH A STOP AND ROUTE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW. THE FIRST MESSAGE WAS SENT OUT THIS PAST SUNDAY EVENING WITH A 95% MATCH RATE. GREG HART HAS DONE A GREAT JOB IN COMMUNICATIONS, AND HE HAS SENT A FOLLOW-UP MESSAGE THIS AFTERNOON THAT CONTAINED ALL THE ROUTES STOP INFORMATION FOR OUR STUDENTS. THE SECOND PROCESS OR POSTCARDS CARRYING THE SAME INFORMATION THAT WERE MAILED OUT DAP, THAT MILLION ALSO GO TO THE REGISTERED ADDRESS WITH THAT SAME INFORMATION. PHONE SYSTEMS SOFTWARE HAS GIVEN MANAGEMENT STAFF A DASHBOARD THAT WILL ALLOW US TO MONITOR CALLS RECEIVED AND PHONE ANSWERED TO ENSURE A HIGHER LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY. TWO CUSTOMER SERVICE LIAISONS ALSO BEGAN THE PROCESS AT THE END OF LAST YEAR TO FOLLOW UP WITH CALLS TO PARENTS AND CITIZENS TO ENSURE THEIR ISSUE WAS ADDRESSED. THIS IS A SPOT CHECK FOLLOW-UP DUE TO THE VOLUME OF CALLS. PARENT LINK STILL AT TIMES GOES DOWN. IT'S JUST LIKE ANY OTHER TECHNOLOGY THAT THE DISTRICT USES. BUT WE HAVE MOVED THE MAJORITY OF THOSE MESSAGES TO OUR CALL CENTER WHICH IS OCCUPIED NOW FROM 6 A.M. TO 7 P.M. TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY AND 6 A.M. TO 6 P.M. ON MONDAYS SIMPLY BECAUSE THAT'S EARLY RELEASE DAY. WE ARE ALSO TRANSITIONING WITH SECURITY FROM THE OLD SMS NOTIFICATION SYSTEM TO THE READY OP SYSTEM HAS PROVEN MORE ROBUST AS WELL AS MOVES US TO ONE COMMUNICATION PLATFORM IN THE DISTRICT. IT ALSO GIVES GREATER FLEXIBILITY AND NOTIFICATION PROTOCOLS, AND THIS WILL HELP FACILITATE SECURITY WHO NOW OWNS DISPATCH WHO NOTIFIES SCHOOLS WHEN BUS ACCIDENTS OCCUR SO THEY IN TURN CAN NOTIFY PARENTS. AND THAT IS A SUMMATION.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. BEEKMAN. MRS. VALDES.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MEMBER STUART. I APPRECIATE THE COMMENTS ON THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT WE HAVE BEEN SAVING OVER TIME THE LAST YEAR THAT WAS PART OF WHAT WE WERE DISCUSSING WITH THE BUDGET SITUATION. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT. SEVERAL QUESTIONS AS YOU WERE TALKING AND BRINGING US THE UPDATES. AND THIS ONE COULD BE A TWO-FOLD QUESTION. WHAT FORMULAS DO YOU USE TO ASSIGN BUS ROUTES AND HOW ARE WE ASSIGNING BUSES?

>> OKAY. SO LET ME TAKE ASSIGNING BUSES, A PROCESS THAT WE DO UTILIZE. FIRST, THE FIRST THING THAT WE DO IS WE DO LOOK AT THE TIME SPENT AND THE MILEAGE OF THOSE PARTICULAR ROUTES. THE SECOND THING IS WE HAVE TO MATCH CAPACITY. WE HAVE CERTAIN ROUTES THAT GO TO GEOGRAPHIC EXTREMES AND DON'T FILL OUT THE 77 CAPACITY BUS. IN CERTAIN CASES WHAT WE WILL DO IS WE'LL TAKE A 657 CAPACITY BUS, AND IN SOME CASES A FORMER ESE BUS THAT HAS A SMALLER LOAD AND BRING THOSE AND ASSIGN THOSE TO THOSE ROUTES. SO WE GO THROUGH A PROCESS WHERE WE NOW TAKE THAT OUT OF AND END THAT TO FLEET. SO OUR FLEET MANAGERS LOOK AT THE CURRENT MILEAGE ON THE BUS. THEY LOOK AT WHAT'S PROVIDED TO THEM AS WHAT THAT MILEAGE, DAILY MILEAGE IS ASSIGNED BY EDU LOG FOR THAT. AND THE THIRD THING IS WE LOOK AT STUDENTS COUNTS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE MATCHING THE LARGEST CAPACITY WHEREOF WE NEED THE LARGEST CAPACITY. THEN OF COURSE THE LAST THING WE LOOK AT RIGHT NOW IS THOSE TIMES ON THE BUS. EVEN THOUGH THEY MAY SERVE AN ELEMENTARY, A HIGH SCHOOL AND A MIDDLE SCHOOL, THOSE RUNS MAY BE VERY SHORT. SO WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS WE KNOW THAT WE STILL HAVE THAT 112 BUSES THAT ON THE ROAD WITHOUT AC. WE WANT TO GET THOSE THE SHORTEST ROUTES SO OUR EMPLOYEES AND THE STUDENTS THEMSELVES ARE EXPOSED TO THAT AS SHORT AS POSSIBLE.

>>Susan Valdes: AND THEN HOW ABOUT THE -- I GUESS THE ROUTE THAT IS THE DISTANCE.

>> CORRECT. A ROUTE IS MADE OF RUNS. WHEN WE LOOK IF HE ROUTE, WE LOOK AT THE TOTAL ROUTE. SO THAT INCORPORATES ALL THE RUNS THAT IT'S MAKING IN THAT DAY. OUR BIGGEST GOAL IS TO MINIMIZE -- IN THE PAST WHEN YOU DID NOT MANAGE YOUR ASSIGNMENT OF BUSES, YOU COULD HAVE A BUS THAT SERVED A VERY SHORT DISTANCE AS BRAND NEW THAT COULD GO A NUMBER OF YEARS WHILE YOU ARE WEARING OUT OTHER PIECES OF EQUIPMENT. AND SO WHAT WE TRY TO LOOK AT IS TAKE OUR NEWER PIECES OF EQUIPMENT AND PUT IT ON THOSE ROUTES THAT GO THE LONGEST AND THOSE KIDS ARE ON THE LONGEST. SO WE DON'T LOOK AT RUNS. WE LOOP COMPREHENSIVELY AT THE ENTIRE ROUTE TO MANAGE IT.

>> GREAT. THANK YOU FOR THAT. YOU MENTIONED IT TALKED ABOUT THE FLEET. HAVE WE RECEIVED TO DATE ALL OF THE BUSES THAT WE HAVE ORDERED?

>> YES, WE HAVE. AND THAT PROCESS -- I SHOULD HAVE PUT THAT IN THERE -- THAT PROCESS, IF YOU RECALL LAST YEAR, WE SHARED WITH YOU THERE WAS AN EVALUATION PROCESS. WE HAVE IDENTIFIED THOSE BUSES FROM EACH OF THE COMPANIES. WE WILL BE MEETING. EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN COLLECTING SOME DATA FROM STUDENTS, BECAUSE WE ARE GETTING SURVEYS FROM STUDENT INPUT AS WELL AS OUR DRIVERS INPUT. ONE OF THE PROCESSES WE SAID WE WOULD DO IS TRY TO MATCH THE ROUTES AND PUT THEM IN A SIMILAR AREA SO WE COULD SEE FUEL ECONOMY. WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS WE HAVE MODIFIED THAT. AND SO WE ARE TEAMING THEM UP IN GROUPS OF THREE. SO IF ONE DRIVES A BLUEBIRD, ONE DRIVES A THOMAS, ONE DRIVES AN IC, WE ARE GOING TO BE RUNNING THOSE FOR THREE WEEKS AND THEN THEY WILL SWITCH BUSES. THEN THEY WILL SWITCH BUSES. SO THEY WILL ACTUALLY HAVE THE INPUT, THE SAME DRIVING HABITS, THE SAME FUEL ECONOMIES. WE ARE TRYING TO REMOVE ALL THE ARGUMENTS BACK AND FORTH, WELL, THIS DRIVER HAS A HEAVIER FOOT THAN THIS DRIVER. AND THINGS SUCH AS THAT H.IT WILL BE THE SAME DRIVER LOOKING AT THE SAME DATA AND WILL HAVE THE SAME INPUT FROM EACH OF THOSE EMPLOYEES, AS WELL AS THE STUDENT GROUPS. I WILL SHARE WITH YOU, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE HAVE SEEN FROM THE STUDENT GROUPS SO FAR, JUST SOME VERY COLORFUL STORIES THAT WE CAN'T -- PROBABLY SHOULDN'T SHARE HERE. SO IT'S INTERESTING. BUT THE DRIVER'S INPUT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO US BECAUSE THE THINGS WE ARE ASKING IS ADVICE REHABILITATE, DRIVABILITY, YOU KNOW, THEIR SENSE OF BEING ABLE TO SEE THE STUDENTS. AS YOU RECALL, LAST YEAR, A LOT OF COMMENTS CAME FROM DRIVERS TALKING ABOUT THE DIFFICULTY IN SEEING STUDENTS ON THE BUS. 2009 THE NATIONAL STANDARDS CHANGED, RAISED THE HEIGHT OF THE SEATS. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE ELEMENTARY KIDS. ALL YOU CAN SEE IS POSSIBLY THE TOP OF THEIR HEADS OR NOTHING AT ALL. WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN THOSE NEWER BUSES, WE HAVE EXPANDED. ORIGINALLY WE HAD A TWO CAMERA SYSTEM. WE HAVE NOW GONE TO THAN THE CAMERA SYSTEM ITSELF COULD HANDLE UP TO FOUR CAMERAS. WE PILOTED A FOUR-CAMERA SET-UP. SO NOW WE ARE PUTTING SOME THROUGHOUT THE BUS, AND IT'S GIVEN US A BETTER VIEW OF EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON IN THE SEATS OF THE BUSES.

>>Susan Valdes: WONDERFUL. YOU HAD MENTIONED TRYING TO FIND QUALIFIED CERTIFIED AC MECHANICS, AND I AM JUST REALLY, REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP, OR JUST UNDER THE PRINCIPALSHIP OF MR. RYANS OVER AT IRWIN. IT'S VERY EXCITING TO SEE THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE PROGRAMS THAT WILL BE ABLE TO GROW OUR OWN MECHANICS AND COME RIGHT OUT OF SCHOOL, GET THEIR CERTIFICATION, AND ACTUALLY DO THEIR PRACTICUM AT THE SITE. AND WHAT A WIN-WIN SITUATION.

>> ABSOLUTELY. WE ARE EXCITED AS WELL. CAN'T WAIT TILL WE GET IT STARREDED.

>>Susan Valdes: IS AC PART OF THAT? I DON'T KNOW. DO WE CRETE NEED TO CREATE ANOTHER --

>> WE HAVE ALREADY EXPRESSED TO MR. BROOKS -- I THINK EVERY TIME I SEE HIM -- THE NEED FOR AC. AND LIKE WE SAID, EVEN OUR CONTRACTORS WHO HAVE PROVIDED SOME OF THAT SERVICE, THEY STRUGGLE WITH AC MECHANICS. AND IF YOU HAD TO CALL AN AC MECHANIC FOR YOUR HOME RECENTLY, YOU KNOW THAT THEY ARE NOT GOING TO COME TODAY. IT'S GOING TO BE SEVERAL DAYS OUT SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE VOLUME AND THE WORKLOAD. SO I THINK THAT FOR A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE -- WORKING WITH THEIR HANDS, I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT CAREER OPPORTUNITY FOR A NUMBER OF STUDENTS.

>>Susan Valdes: AND HOW MANY BUS DRIVERS? THE REASON I ASK IS YESTERDAY IN AN INTERVIEW WITH TELEMUNDO, THEY WERE ASKING ABOUT THE NEED FOR BUS DRIVERS, AND IF TESS THERE'S STILL A NEED, WHAT IS THE POSSIBILITY OF OBTAINING A JOB WITH THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT? SO I WENT TO THAT. BUT NOT HAVING SPOKEN TO YOU, HOW MANY POSITIONS DO WE HAVE CURRENTLY?

>> WE RIGHT NOW HAVE 943 ROUTES OUT THERE. WE HAVE GOT APPROXIMATELY -- I THINK IT'S 978. WE HAD ONE RESIGN TODAY. 978 DRIVERS. BUT WE ALSO HAVE SOME THAT ARE COMING INTO OUR AUGUST 15th TRAINING. HR HAS BEEN WORKING WITH US. YOU KNOW, HR IS THAT ARM THAT HIRES OUR EMPLOYEES FOR US. THEY HAVE BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THEM AND HOSTING JOB FAIRS ON A MONTHLY BASIS. WE NOTCH THAT GROWTH IS GOING TO HAPPEN. WE KNOW THAT TRADITIONALLY WE LOSE EMPLOYEES AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. AND SO, YOU KNOW, WE ARE STILL -- I WOULD TAKE 100 IF I COULD GET THEM. THE REALITY IS THAT WE'LL HAVE ENOUGH TO COVER, BUT IT'S GOING TO BE TIGHT. AND IF THERE'S ANY ELEMENTS, THINGS SUCH AS THAT H.SO YES, WE ARE STILL IN NEED FOR BUS DRIVERS.

>>Susan Valdes: GREAT. AND YOU MENTIONED THE PHONE SYSTEM AND THE REMOVAL OF SO MANY LINES TO A DEAD ZONE, THAT WAS DOWN TO 14 AND YOU MENTIONED THERE WOULD BE PROMPTS, ALSO PROMPTS IN SPANISH.

>> I DON'T KNOW. I'LL CHECK.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU. YES, LET'S CONSIDER THAT. FINALLY, IF YOU HAD A CRYSTAL BALL AND SAY WE ARE GOING TO HAVE HOW MANY BUSES OUT ON THE ROAD NOW?

>> 943.

>> 94737 BUSES OUT ON THE ROAD. WE KNOW BECAUSE OF ALL THESE IMPROVEMENTS WE WON'T HAVE A SYSTEM CRASH. FOLKS WILL BE ABLE TO -- AND NO PUN INTENDED THERE, BUT WE'LL HAVE PARENTS WILL BE ABLE TO CALL THE DEPARTMENT, FIND OUT WHERE THEIR BUS IS AT, IF IT'S POSSIBLE LATE OR WHAT THE STATUS S.WHAT DO YOU THINK BASED ON YOUR CONVERSATIONS WITH THE TEAM? AND I KNOW THAT THE CULTURE OF YOUR DEPARTMENT HAS REALLY -- BEGINS TO CHANGE, AND I THANK YOU FOR THAT. SO IN CONVERSATION WITH YOUR TEAM, WHAT'S THE FEEL?

>> WELL, I AM GOING TO SHARE WITH YOU, THE GROUP I HAVE THAT'S WORKING THERE, YOU KNOW, I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY A LOT OF TIMES OVER THE YEARS TO WORK WITH A LOT OF GROUPS, BUT THIS GROUP IS THE MOST OPTIMISTIC GROUP THAT I HAVE BEEN. I UNFORTUNATELY WORKED WITH FOLKS IN THE PAST WHO THE SKY WAS FALLING CONTINUOUSLY. THIS GROUP IS VERY OPTIMISTIC. AND I WILL SHARE WITH YOU THEIR HEARTS IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE. AND I'M NOT VERY PATIENT. AND THEY WORKED WITH ME ON THAT. YOU KNOW, THEY TRY TO BE REMIND ME THAT, YOU KNOW, IT DIDN'T GET THIS WAY OVERNIGHT BUT I STILL HAVE THE EXPECTATIONS THAT WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO FIX IT. I WILL SHARE WITH YOU, AND JUST BEING AS HONEST AS I CAN, OUT OF MY -- I STARTED IN TRANSPORTATION IN 1983. LAST YEAR WAS THE WORST OPENING I HAVE EVERY ENDURED IN MY LIFE, IN MY PROFESSIONAL CAREER. I SHARED WITH THEM THERE'S NO WAY WE ARE GOING TO ENDURE THAT AGAIN. SO WE HAVE BEEN PUSHING HARD. BUT IT WAS TOUGH. AND SO -- BUT I THINK THAT NOW WE HAVE THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN THE RIGHT SEATS WITH THE RIGHT LEVEL OF EXPERTISE THAT WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD MUCH QUICKER THAN MAYBE THEY EXPECT.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I AM VERY OPTIMISTIC MYSELF THAT THINGS WILL GO SMOOTHLY AND WE WILL HAVE A SUCCESSFUL DAY. THANK YOU.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. MR. BEEKMAN, I TOO APPRECIATE THE TIME AND SHARING AND UPDATING. MAY I MAKE A REQUEST OF YOU, HOWEVER? MY LEARNING STYLE WAS COMPLETELY AUDITORY AND GOT LOST ALONG THE WAY THERE. SO I AM GOING TO ASK IF YOU COULD TAKE AND PUT THAT INFORMATION SOMEWHERE IN A MATRIX, A HARD COPY, AND MAYBE WOULD YOU PUT IT -- I AM GOING TO MAKE A SUGGESTION. THOSE ACTIVITIES OR STRATEGIES OR ACTIONS THAT YOU INITIATED OR IDENTIFIED, IT LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE A LIST THAT COULD BE TRANSFORMED INTO A MATRIX OF SOME KIND. THE SECOND GROUP MIGHT BE THE ONES THAT ARE ONGOING. BECAUSE I HEARD YOU TALK ABOUT SOME THINGS THAT YOU STARTED, BUT THEY CERTAINLY AREN'T AT THE FINISH LINE. AND THE THIRD WOULD BE THOSE ACTIVITIES THAT YOU HAVE INITIATED AND COMPLETED THEM. SO WE HAVE KIND OF A SPECTRUM OF WHEREIN WE ARE IN TERMS OF THINGS YOU JUST STARTED TO MAKE CHANGES ABOUT, THOSE THAT ARE ONGOING, IF YOU STILL HAVE CHALLENGES AROUND, AND THOSE THAT YOU THINK ARE COMPLETE? IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?

>> UH-HUH.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THE SECOND THING I HAVE HAD DISCUSSIONS, I THINK, I KNOW WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT, AND I THINK WITH MR. RAMSEY, TOO, I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE INITIATED THE TRAINING FOR BE THE MECHANICS THROUGH THE ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM OR CAREER TECH PROGRAM. HOW FEASIBLE COULD IT BE, INSTEAD OF GROWING OUR OWN, THAT WE MATE DO SOMETHING SIMILAR TO DEVELOP OUR BUS DRIVERS? PEOPLE GO TO SCHOOL AND BECOME TRUCK DRIVERS AND LONG DISTANCE DRIVERS, AND CERTIFICATION, THAT KIND OF THING. AND THEN MAYBE ONE OF THE BONUSES AFTER THEY HAVE COMPLETED THEIR WORK THAT THEY GET SOME KIND OF PERK OR BONUS, YOU KNOW, YOU PAY FOR THE UNIFORM, OR PAY FOR SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE AN INCENTIVE IF THEY HAVE COMPLETED THE PROGRAM. AND I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG IT MIGHT TAKE, WHAT IT EVEN LOOKS LIKE, AND I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S A POSSIBILITY, BUT I THINK IF WE COULD PROVIDE THE COURSE WORK FOR SOMEPLACE FOR TRAINING AND OPPORTUNITY TO RECRUIT PEOPLE WITH THE IDEA THAT WHEN YOU FINISH, YOU HAVE A JOB, AND YOU GET SOME BONUS FOR HAVING COMPLETED THE WORK. SO I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S REALISTIC. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR SOME CONVERSATION AT SOME POINT ABOUT THIS POTENTIAL POSSIBILITY.

>> I WILL SHOW YOU THAT DALLAS HAS PARTNERED WITH THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE WHICH IS A BRAND OF THEIR SCHOOL SYSTEM AS WELL, AND HAVE DEVELOPED A CURRICULUM, AND WE HAVE REQUESTED A COPY OF THAT CURRICULUM. SO WE WILL BE WORKING WITH. THAT WE HAVE ALSO EXPANDED, NOW THAT WE HAVE A TRAINING FACILITY AT VARNY ROAD, THAT WE HAVE ALREADY PUT INTO PLACE SOME OF THOSE EXPANSIONS FOR OUR OWN EMPLOYEES AS WELL, BECAUSE WE WANT TO SEE THEM TO HAVE THE CAREER PATH IN TRANSPORTATION.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY. SO THERE IS A POSSIBILITY.

>> YES, MA'AM.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THE LAST THING YOU TALKED ABOUT CHANGING IN PERSONNEL AND POSITIONS. CAN YOU ALSO INCLUDE -- AND I WAS GOING TO ASK YOU ABOUT AN UPDATED COPY OF THE ORGANIZATION OF THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM? BECAUSE I KNOW IN FACT YOU ARE GOING TO, I THINK, TONIGHT, AN ACQUISITION, AND I KNOW OVER THE YEARS IT HAS GROWN AND CHANGED. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR COMMITMENT AND YOUR ABSOLUTE PLEDGE THAT THERE WILL NO NEVER BE A YEAR LIKE LAST YEAR. I THINK WE ARE ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. BUT I THANK YOU. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING THOSE MATERIALS THAT I REQUESTED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, TOO.

>>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THAT WAS A VERY THOROUGH REPORT AND VERY MUCH APPRECIATED BY CERTAIN BOARD MEMBERS. SO THANK YOU. AND I ECHO MRS. EDGECOMB'S REQUEST. I WOULD LOVE TO GET A COPY OF THAT IN WRITING. AND OF A SLEEPING ON IT THIS EVENING AND ALL THE OTHER IDEAS THAT YOU HEARD AND SHARED IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO INCLUDE SOME OF THAT INFORMATION IN THE REPORT AS WELL. THAT WOULD BE VERY APPRECIATIVE TO HAVE THAT IN WRITING. I'M SO HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR YUCATAN PENINSULA GRADE IN COMMUNICATION EFFORTS. I DID GET THE PHONE CALL SUNDAY NIGHT AT MY HOUSE. SO I'M SURE I WILL GET A POSTCARD IN THE MAIL SOON, ANOTHER MESSAGE TODAY. I APPRECIATE THAT COMMUNICATION. I DO ALSO AGREE WITH MRS. VALDES THAT WE SHOULD BE HAVING SPANISH AS AN OPTION FOR THAT AS WELL BECAUSE A THIRD OF OUR DISTRICT IS HISPANIC. AND SO I AM SURE THAT WE COULD BE VERY MUCH MORE ACCOMMODATING TO THOSE WHO PREFER TO SPEAK SPANISH. COULD YOU REPEAT WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT LAST YEAR, THIS YEAR, SO I COULD HEAR IT ONE MORE TIME?

>> PROBABLY THE WORST YEAR I EVER EXPERIENCED IN MY LIFE.

>> AND ABOUT THIS YEAR?

>> NOT GHANA HAPPEN.

>> COULD YOU SAY THAT A LITTLE LOUDER INTO THE MICROPHONE?

>> NOT GHANA HAPPEN.

>> I AM SO GLAD. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HOW THE IMPROVEMENTS THAT YOU HAVE IMPLEMENTED ARE GOING TO POSITIVELY AFFECT THIS YEAR'S TRANSPORTATION. MY QUESTION -- AND I DON'T KNOW IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ANSWERED, IF IT MIGHT BE SOMETHING MORE FOR MR. TAYLOR OR MR. FARKAS, BUT, YOU KNOW, IN CUSTOMER SERVICE THEY SAY YOU SHOULD UNDER PROMISE AND OVERDELIVER, AND I HAVE SAID REPEATEDLY EXPECTATIONS IS ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING JOBS OR ASPECTS OF OUR JOBS. SO WHAT I AM WANTING TO KNOW IS HOW ARE WE GOING WE SETTING THAT EXPECTATIONS AND MANAGING THAT EXPECTATION AHEAD OF TIME BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS WITH PARENTS SO THAT THEY CAN FEEL MORE CONFIDENT BASED ON THEIR EXPERIENCE FROM LAST YEAR TO THIS YEAR? LAST YEAR, THERE WERE KIDS THAT -- OR PARENTS THAT CHOSE AT SOME POINT DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR TO TAKE THEIR KIDS OFF THE BUS AND NOT LET THEM RIDE THE BUS ANY LONGER BECAUSE OF THE NEGATIVE EXPERIENCES THAT THEY WERE HAVING. AND SO WE LOST -- YOU PROBABLY NOTICED WE LOST RIDERSHIP AT SOME POINT LAT YEAR, SOME RIDERSHIP LAST YEAR. I WANT TO ENCOURAGE OUR STUDENTS TO RIDE THE BUS IF THEY HAVE THAT AS AN OPTION AND IT'S AVAILABLE TO THEM. SO HOW DO WE AFTER LAST YEAR'S DEBACLE, BEING KIND, HOW DO WE REPLACE OR REINSTILL THAT CONFIDENCE IN OUR PARENTS SO THAT THEY FEEL BETTER ABOUT THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM AND PUTTING THEIR KIDS ON THE BUS THIS YEAR?

>> I WILL SHARE WITH YOU TOMORROW, WE ARE BRINGING IN OUR 1600-PLUS EMPLOYEES BACK FOR OUR OPENING OF OUR WORKSHOP. THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER THAT'S COMING IN I HAVE KNOWN FOR 25 OR SO YEARS WHO IS GOING TO TALK ABOUT THAT. OUR EMPHASIS IS GOING TO BE ON CUSTOMER SERVICE. I THINK THAT JUST AS I WALK THROUGH THE DOOR, WHEN I CAME TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS, I DIDN'T MAKE ANY PROMISES TO OUR EMPLOYEES BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, TO ME PROMISES, WORD OF MOUTH, THEY HAVE TO SEE IT. AND I KNEW THAT IT WOULD TAKE TIME. IT WAS THE SAME AS WHEN I WAS IN THE PREVIOUS COUNTY, WENT INTO A COUNTY THAT HAD A TRANSPORTATION THAT WAS IN DISARRAY, AND IT TOOK A COUPLE OF YEARS IN ORDER TO GET THAT TURNED AROUND AND WORKING THE WAY IT NEEDED TO WORK. SIMPLY BECAUSE OF A CULTURE OF EMPLOYEES WHO FELT DOWNTRODDEN. THEY FELT LIKE THEY WERE IGNORED. THEY FELT LIKE THEY WERE ABUSED BY UPPER MANAGEMENT. AND I WILL BE HONEST WITH YOU, IT'S NO DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE WALKED INTO HERE. SO IT TAKES TIME TO DO THAT. THE GOAL WOULD BE IS THAT WORD MOUTH WOULD BE, BECAUSE YOU CAN CALL THEM ALL DAY LONG. IT'S JUST LIKE TRYING TO CONVINCE YOUR DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS TO VOTE FOR TRUMP OR YOUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS TO VOTE FOR HILLARY. IT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN. THAT'S GOING TO BE AN INTERNAL PIECE. SO CUSTOMER SERVICE, I THINK, HAS TO START AS ALMOST LIKE A GRASSROOTS TO WHERE THEIR NEIGHBORS CAN EXPERIENCE THAT, AND SHARE THAT IMPORTANT PART OF THAT. SO I THINK IT'S A VERY DELICATE BALANCE. YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW THAT WE COULD CRAFT A MESSAGE THAT WOULD CHANGE THE WAY THEY FEEL UNLESS THEY HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE, OR THEY TALK TO SOMEONE WHO HAS HAD THAT POSITIVE EXPERIENCE.

>> IS THERE A WAY THAT YOU CAN CRAFT A STRATEGY, THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS MORE TANGIBLE FOR US TO FEEL MORE CONFIDENT ABOUT THE COMMUNICATION, YOU KNOW, BETWEEN THE -- NOT JUST BETWEEN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND THE EMPLOYEES, BUT BETWEEN THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND THE PARENT, BETWEEN THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND THE SCHOOL, BETWEEN THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND THE EMPLOYEES. IS THERE A TIERED STRATEGY, COMMUNICATION STRATEGY THAT WE CAN KIND OF CRAFT THAT? BECAUSE IT SOUND GOOD WHAT YOU ARE SAYING. BUT I NEED TO SEE SOMETHING THAT'S TANGIBLE, THAT'S AN ACTUAL COMMUNICATION STRATEGY.

>> THERE'S TWO IMPORTANT THINGS. I WANT TO JUMP IN. TWO IMPORTANT THINGS THAT ARE FACTORED IN HERE. THE FIRST ONE IS LEGALISTIC EXPECTATIONS FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL. ANY OF YOU THAT HAVE BEEN IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THE FIRST DAY OF DISMISSAL, LOADING A BUS IS A CHALLENGE. EVERY SINGLE KID IS ACCOUNTED FOR, BUS DRIVER IS MAKING SURE THEY HAVE APRIL PARENT. SO ESTABLISHING PROTOCOLS, ESTABLISHING THE PROCEDURES IS A BIG PART OF THAT FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL, IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. AS YOU ARE ALL AWARE THAT IS A TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT OF BUSES BEING LATE. SO REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS IN THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL NO MOTTER HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE AT THE CALL CENTER SOMEBODY IS GOING TO -- IT'S GOING TO TAKE LONGER THAN IT WILL TWO WEEKS LATER. SO OUR REALISTIC SPECIAL EXPECTATION IS THE FIRST PART. WE VALUE YOUR CHILD AND WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE SAFE. THAT'S OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. UNDERSTANDING THAT FIRST WEEK THERE'S A LOT OF MOVING PARTS THAT COME ON. ESPECIALLY TRANSPORTATION THE FIRST TIME, THINGS LIKE THAT. WE TALK ABOUT TANGIBLE DATA. THE ADMINISTRATIVE POWER WE HAVE IN THE NEW PHONE SYSTEM IS VERY IMPORTANT. WE CAN LOOK BY AGENT OR PERSON FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, HOW LONG WERE YOU ON THE PHONE, HOW LONG WERE YOU IDLE? WE HAVE AN ABILITY TO SAY HOW MANY CALLS DID IT TAKE? AND OBVIOUSLY DIFFERENT CALLS TAKE DIFFERENT AMOUNTS OF TIME BUT THAT'S IMPORTANT TO SAY WHAT'S BEING DONE BY AREA. ALSO, IF WE HAVE ONE AREA THAT HAS A TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF PHONE CALLS THAN ANOTHER AREA, WHAT'S GOING ON IN THAT AREA THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS? CUSTOMER SERVICE, SURVEY, I THINK THAT'S A MUCH BIGGER CRUISE SHIP TO TURN. BUT I DO THINK THAT ACTUALLY HAVING DATA FOR HOW MANY CALLS COME IN, HAVING TWO PEOPLE TO DO SPOT CHECK FOLLOW-UPS, THAT'S THEIR OWN JOB. CALL SOMEONE THAT HAS CALLED IN, BUT DO CUSTOMER FEEDBACK. ALL OF THOSE ARE GOING TO BLEND TOGETHER TO GET THAT FEEDBACK BUT THE DATA THAT WE HAVE NEEDS TO BE PART OF US MAKING SURE THAT THE CALLS GET ANSWERED. AGAIN THAT FIRST WEEK WILL BE A CHALLENGE.

>> WHICH MAKES ME THINK OF A SECOND PART TO THAT WHICH IS QUANTIFYING THE PHONE CALLS THAT COME IN BECAUSE THAT'S GOING TO OBVIOUSLY BE HELPFUL WHEN IT COMES TO MANAGING PEOPLE AND MANAGING TIME. WHAT ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE PHONE CALLS? HOW ARE WE MEASURING THE QUALITY?

>> THAT AGAIN THE QUALITY ASSURANCE, SPOT CHECKS. THIS TIME LAST YEAR WE DID WE HAD TWO CUSTOMER SERVICE LIAISONS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY WERE HEARD. THAT'S GOING TO BE A BIG PART OF IT. ONCE WE SEE THAT FIRST PROCESS AND THEY FOLLOW, REPORT TO JIM AND THEIR BOSS ABOUT WHAT THAT EXPERIENCE WAS, I THINK WE CAN TARGET IT MORE THAN WHAT WE ARE DOING RIGHT NOW. BECAUSE YOU ARE RIGHT. THE PHONE KAILES MAY BE VERY SIMPLE. THEY CAN COME TO TAMPA TOP TEN MINUTES LATE TOP "WHERE IS MY CHILD?" AGAIN I DON'T WANT TO MISS THE OPPORTUNITY -- RIGHT NOW OUR CALL CENTER, WHERE DIFFERENT PEOPLE FROM THE DEPARTMENTS VOLUNTEER AND LEND SOMEONE TO TAP PHONE CALLS THIS WEEK AND NEXT, THEY ARE THERE RIGHT NOW AND THAT'S A BIG PART TO GET THOSE ANSWERED AS WELL.

>> AND I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE EXTENDED THOSE HOURS. I KNOW YOU HAD TO WORK TO EXTEND THOSE HOURS TO MAKE IT WORK WITH CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS. AND THAT WAS BASED ON FEEDBACK THAT FROM PARENTS THAT I HEARD A LOT LAST YEAR, SCHOOL OUT BY 4:45, IT'S 5:15, I AM TRYING TO GET A CALL TO SEE WHERE MY CHILD'S BUS IS AND NOBODY IS ANSWERING THE PHONE. SO THANK YOU FOR EXTENDING THE HOURS. AND I THINK THAT'S REALLY ALL THAT I HAD. THAT WAS A VERY THOROUGH REPORT. I AM GOING TO SAY A PRAYER FOR ALL OF US, THAT THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS OF SCHOOL GO REALLY WELL, BETTER THAN LAST YEAR. IT SOUND LIKE IT WILL BE BETTER THAN LAST YEAR. I KNOW IT WON'T BE PERFECT. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT. I THINK MY BIGGEST CONCERN IS OBVIOUSLY SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN BUT ALSO MANAGING THE EXPECTATION THAT YOU KNOW WHAT? THERE ARE PROBABLY GOING SOME BLIPS ON THE RADAR ASSOCIATION CHALLENGES FOR TRANSPORTATION THE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF THE YEAR BUT SHOULD BE NOTHING LIKE IT WAS LAST YEAR.

>> AND I DO WANT TO REEMPHASIS WHAT MR. FARKAS DID SAY. RECALL THAT OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ARE THE FIRST ONES TO DISMISS. AND TYPICALLY WE ARE SEVEN TO TEN MINUTES TO GET THOSE STUDENTS ON THE BUS ONCE THE SCHOOL YEAR GETS ROLLING. IN SOME CASES, WE ARE OUT THERE 20, 30 MINUTES DURING THE FIRST COUPLE OF WEEKS OF SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY ARE ENSURING. WE HAVE PARENTS THAT WE CAN'T CONTROL. AND PARENTS WILL DROP THEIR KIDS OFF THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL AND SAY, HAVE A GREAT DAY, RIDE THE BUS, I'LL BE AT THE BUS STOP. SO NOW WE HAVE AN ELEMENTARY STUDENT THAT GOES OUT AND WE SEE EIGHT OR TEN YELLOW BUSES LINED UP. WHICH IS MY BUS? SO WE HAVE A PROCESS. AND SO WE TRY TO MAKE SURE EVERY ONE OF THOSE ELEMENT STUDENTS GET ON THE CORRECT BUS. AND WE HAVE TO IDENTIFY THEN OUR KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS WHO ARE -- THAT PROCESS THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL ABSOLUTELY KILLS US IN THE AFTERNOON BUT IT'S AN A PROCESS TO MAKE SURE THE KIDS GET ON THE RIGHT BUS INTO THE RIGHT NEIGHBORHOODS.

>>Melissa Snively: THE ONLY OTHER CONCERN THAT I HAD AND I THOUGHT OF WHILE YOU WERE SPEAKING ALSO, WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT CAPACITY. AND I JUST WANTED TO BE ASSURED THAT KIDS ARE NOT GOING TO BE RIDING ON THE FLOOR OF THE BUSES. YOU KNOW, BECAUSE WE TALKED ABOUT THIS LAST YEAR, ABOUT THE SEATS PER BUS. IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE THREE TO A SEAT AND WE KNOW IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL THAT BECOMES A HUGE CHALLENGE THAT KIDS CAN'T WEAR THEIR SEAT BELTS EVEN BECAUSE THERE'S NOT ENOUGH SPACE ON THE SEATS. AND SO HOW CAN WE A SURE PARENTS THAT THE KIDS ARE NOT GOING TO BE SITTING ON THE FLOOR OF THE BUS THIS YEAR?

>> WE ARE TELLING THE DRIVERS THAT ONCE THEY REACH CAPACITY AND DON'T HAVE, THAT THEY ARE TO PULL OVER, CALL ON THE AID OWE, AND WE'LL SEND ANOTHER BUS TO TRY TO RELIEVE AND GET THAT AND NOTIFY THOSE STUDENTS. I WILL SHARE WITH YOU, THERE ARE TIMES THAT WE HAVE STUDENTS WHO WILL SAY, I'M NOT SITTING WITH THEM, AND IN THE MIDDLE OF A ROUTE WILL JUMP DOWN ON THE FLOOR AND SIT ON THE FLOOR OF THE BUS. THOSE ARE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE TO HANDLE THROUGH THE DISCIPLINARY PROCESS WITH THOSE STUDENTS. SO IT'S A DOUBLE EDGE SWORD. I CAN'T GUARANTEE, BUT WHAT WE DO DO IS WE DO SHARE WITH THOSE DRIVERS, PULL OVER, AND THEN CALL FOR ASSISTANCE AND WE'LL GET SOMEONE THERE.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THAT'S ALL I HAVE.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, I WANT YOU IF YOU COULD TAKE NOTE OF THE TIME. WE DO HAVE A 501 PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BUDGET. WE ALSO HAVE SOME APPOINTMENTS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE. SO IF WE COULD JUST MOVE THIS ON. THANK YOU. MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WANTED TO JUST HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT YOU AND I SPOKE ABOUT EARLIER TODAY. SO IN LIGHT WHEREOF WE ARE AND WHERE YOU THINK WE ARE GOING, WHAT ARE OUR NEXT STEPS TO IMPROVE EFFICIENCY?

>> WELL, I THINK THAT PART OF THAT IS, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE GOT TO THE GIBSON REPORT THAT WE HAVE TO LOOK AT AND THAT WILL COME BACK AND IDENTIFY THOSE AREAS. OF WHAT WE CAN AND CANNOT DO. FOR EXAMPLE, WE IDENTIFIED THAT WE SHOULD BE PARKING OUR BUSES IN COMPOUNDS VERSUS A HOME. BUT ALSO REMEMBER THAT IN OUR CONTRACT, EIGHTS CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION THAT THE BOARD MADE HOWEVER MANY YEARS AGO TO THAT PROCESS. AND SO THOSE ARE SOME OF THE ITEMS. THE OTHER ITEMS WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSION ABOUT IS WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO IN REGARDS WITH COURTESY BUSING? THAT'S AN ISSUE THAT'S BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD. THAT'S A TOUGH ISSUE TO TALK ABOUT. BUT I THINK THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO SIT DOWN IN A WORKSHOP SETTING AND TALK ABOUT SOME OF THOSE NEXT STEPS AND TO TALK ABOUT SOME PROCESSES THAT I THINK THAT WE COULD FACE AND A SIFTED NOT ONLY THE PARENTS BUT THE DISTRICT IN MOVING TO THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. BUT AT THE SAME TIME TAKING CARE OF OUR STUDENTS AND OUR PARENTS. SO I THINK WE WORKED ON SOME IDEAS TO DO THAT, BUT WE WOULD LIKE TO GET INTO A SETTING. BECAUSE I THINK IT'S ALSO VERY IMPORTANT THAT COLLECTIVELY WE UNDERSTAND WHAT THE STATE IDENTIFIES AS HAZARDOUS WALKING CRITERIA. IT ALSO OUTLINES IN THE FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE 683 WHAT PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES ARE, IN GETTING -- FOR PARENTS GETTING STUDENTS TO AND FROM BUS STOPS, AND TO AND FROM SCHOOL. AND SO I THINK THOSE ARE OUR NEXT STEPS TO IDENTIFY THOSE. BUT I THINK IT NEEDS TO BE A TIME THAT WE CAN JUST HAVE SOME REAL BACK AND FORTH DISCUSSION.

>> SO HE SAID IT, NOT ME. YOU SAID WORKSHOPS. I JUST WROTE MY ASSISTANT A NOTE TO GET IT ON THE SCHEDULE.

>> WHENEVER WE CAN GET THAT. OBVIOUSLY NOT FOR THE 16-17 SCHOOL YEAR BUT I WOULD HOPE FOR 17-18 WE WOULD BE LOOKING AT SOME OF THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS, AND ESPECIALLY -- I KNOW YOU AND I HAD A CONVERSATION ABOUT COURTESY BUSING AND HOW YOU WOULD PHASE OUT THE COURTESY BUSING IN THE AMOUNT THAT WE HAVE AND A PROCESS BY WHICH THAT WOULD HAPPEN.

>> IF YOU WANT 17-18 WE NEED TO START THE PROCESS NOW, THE PARENT MEETINGS NOW SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT THAT TRANSITION SO THE PARENTS CAN GET PREPARED FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.

>>Cindy Stuart: I THINK FOR ME AS A BOARD MEMBER WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT HOW MANY KIDS THAT IS, WHAT IT'S COSTING US AND WHERE WE ARE GOING, WHERE WE ARE DOING COURTESY BUSING AND WHY WE ARE DOING COURTESY BUSING. PART OF OUR CONVERSATION WAS ABOUT WHY SOME ROUTES ARE NOT SAFE AND WHY WE ARE DOING COURTESY BUSING. I THINK IT'S A BROADER CONVERSATION WITH JUST COURTESY BUSING. I WANTED TO ASK YOU, DID YOU MENTION -- AND MAYBE I MISSED IT BUSES AND THE PROCESS THAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH WITH DRIVERS?

>> YES, I DID.

>> I'LL READ YOUR REPORT THEN.

>> IT WASN'T IN A A REPORT. I DID MENTION IT AFTERWARDS, BUT YES, MA'AM, WE DID ADDRESS IT.

>>Cindy Stuart: AND THIS IS JUST A STATEMENT. AND I KNOW -- BY THE TIME A COMPLAINT TYPICALLY GETS HERE TO US, IT'S NOT ONE DAY OR TWO DAYS OR THREE DAYS OF AN ISSUE HAPPENING ON A BUS. IT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR QUITE SOME TIME. SO I AM GOING TO ASK PUBLICLY AS ALL OF OUR ADMINISTRATORS ARE BACK AND ALL OF OUR TEACHERS ARE BACK AND OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS ARE ALL HERE, PLEASE DON'T WAIT UNTIL AN ISSUE GOES ON FOR WEEKS OR MONTHS OR THE WHOLE YEAR BEFORE IT GETS REPORTED, BECAUSE SOMETIMES IT'S A SIMPLE ROUTE CHANGE OR SIMPLE TIME CHANGE THAT CAN FIX AN ISSUE. I HAD PARENTS CALL ME LAST YEAR THAT THEIR KIDS HAD GOTTEN TO SCHOOL THREE, FOUR MONTHS IN A ROW LATE EVERY DAY. AND BY THE TIME IT GOT TO ME, THAT'S A LOT OF TIME FOR A STUDENT TO GET TO SCHOOL LATE EVERY DAY. BUT I THINK THAT IN THE PAST WE HAVE HAD ADMINISTRATORS WHO KIND OF THREW THEIR HANDS UP AND FELT THEY HAD NOWHERE TO GO AND THEY JUST ACCEPTED LATE BUSES AS A NORM. AND I DON'T THINK WE CAN ACCEPT THAT ANYMORE. WE HAVE GOT TO FIND WAYS TO GET KIDS TO SCHOOL ON TIME. BECAUSE TEN MINUTES EVERY SINGLE DAY IS A LOT OF INSTRUCTIONAL TIME THAT STUDENTS ARE LOSING. AND WE CAN SAY, OH, GRAB YOUR BREAKFAST ON THE WAY TO YOUR CLASSROOM AND EAT IT THERE. BUT NOW YOU ARE TRYING TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT YOU ALREADY MISSED IN THE CLASS AND EAT BREAKFAST. IT DOESN'T WORK. SO I ENCOURAGE ADMINISTRATORS TO REPORT THE ISSUES AND NOT HAVE THEM GET ALL THE WAY TO THE BOARD LEVEL. NOT THAT I MIND TAKING THOSE PHONE CALLS, BUT IT CERTAINLY IS EASIER IF IT'S NOT HAPPENED FOR TWO WEEKS OR TWO MONTHS FOR A PROBLEM TO ADDRESSED.

>> I WILL SHARE ONE PART OF THE KPIs THAT OUR FIELD SUPERVISORS ARE REQUIRED NOW IS THAT SCHOOL VISITATION AND SCHOOL VISITATION LAW BEING PART OF THAT IS TO CHECK ON THOSE ISSUES. SO WE HAVE MORE OF A PRESENCE AT THE SCHOOL. IT'S NOT JUST TAMPA FIELD SUPERVISORS. IT'S FIELD COMPLIANCE INSPECTORS, SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE'S 256 SCHOOLS OAR SO. AND SO IT'S TOUGH TO GET AROUND TO GET AROUND TO ALL THOSE SCHOOLS ALL THE TIME. SO IT IS PART OF THE CHECK AND BALANCE SYSTEM AS WELL THAT'S BEEN ADDED TO THEIR KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS THAT THEY ARE REQUIRED TO KEEP.

>>Cindy Stuart: AND CAN YOU JUST ABOUT THIS EARLIER. CAN YOU GO THROUGH THE PROCESS -- AND I KNOW THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT AT A LATER DATE -- BUT THE NOTIFICATION PROCESS FOR ROUTES AND ASSIGNMENT OF BUSES, AND THEN THE CONTRACT, AND THE REASONS WHY NOTIFICATION GOES OUT, BUT THEN THERE'S REALLY NO DISCUSSION WITH DRIVERS, AN AND THE CONFUSION THAT OBVIOUSLY THAT BROUGHT THIS YEAR WITH THE AMOUNT OF CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN DONE TO ROUTES, WHICH I APPLAUD THE CHANGES AND THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TAKEN A HARD LOOK AT ROUTES THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT MAY HAVE ONLY HAD A COUPLE OF KIDS, OR PORTION OF THE BUS FILLED, AND THAT WE ARE REALLY LOOKING HARD AT BEING AS EFFICIENT AS WE POSSIBLY CAN. BUT CAN YOU TALK ABOUT WHY THIS HAPPENED? I WAS ACTUALLY RATHER SURPRISED AT YOUR RESPONSE.

>> SO UNDER THE CURRENT CONTRACT, WE USE A SYSTEM OF BIDDING ON ROUTES. THE EMPLOYEES ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE UNDER THE MOU THAT'S IN THE CONTRACT NOW, BECAUSE THE MOU WAS MOVED INTO THAT, THAT THEY HAVE TO HAVE A WEEK'S NOTIFICATION PRIOR TO THE BIDDING PROCESS. WE DON'T MEET WITH OUR MR. COHEN EMPLOYEES UNTIL TOMORROW MORNING. AND ACTUALLY, LAST YEAR WAS THE FIRST YEAR WE WERE ABLE TO BRING US ALL TOLLING, BRING IN 1600-PLUS EMPLOYEES IN ONE PLACE IS NOT THE EASIEST THING IN THE WORLD TO DO. IT'S BEEN VERY CHALLENGING FOR US TO SET UP MEETINGS IN PLACES THAT WE CAN MEET. SO OUR COMMUNICATION PIECE, EVEN THOUGH WE ADDED TO THAT, I GO BACK TO EARLIER WHERE WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO ENCOURAGE AND GET MORE PEOPLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT FIRST CLASS NOTIFICATION SYSTEM SO WE CAN WORK ON OUR VACATION TO OUR EMPLOYEES, BUT WE WON'T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN THOSE THINGS UNTIL WE SEE OUR DRIVERS TOMORROW BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT UNDER CONTRACT TO START WORK UNTIL TOMORROW. HOWEVER UNDER THE LABOR AGREEMENT WE ARE REQUIRED TO GIVE THEM THOSE NOTIFICATIONS SO THEY CAN SEE THOSE ROUTES. THEY SEE THE ROUTES, AND THEY COME WITH THEIR OWN INTERPRETATIONS IN CERTAIN PLACES. AND SO IT IS CHALLENGING BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT THEM NOT TO HAVE THE PROPER INFORMATION. AND SO A LOT OF THEM CALL US, WHICH IS GREAT, BECAUSE WE CAN EXPLAIN -- AND THEY ARE LIKE, OKAY, I GET IT. OTHERS GO TO OTHER FOLKS WHO DON'T KNOW AND SAY, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? AND THE PERSON WHO DOESN'T NONGIVES THEM THEIR DEFINITION, AND THEREFORE IT'S ON EVERYBODY'S FACEBOOK, THIS IS THE WAY IT IS. AND SO IT'S JUST A REAL CHALLENGE THE WAY THAT CONTRACT PIECE IS IN ORDER TO GET THEM. WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT BIDDING PROCESS EARLY IN THEIR COMING BACK SIMPLY BECAUSE WE HAVE SPECIFIC AREA MEETINGS, AND FOR THOSE, THEY NEED TO KNOW WHAT ROUTES THEY ARE ON, AND WHAT QUESTIONS THEY MAY HAVE DURING THAT INSERVICE OF THOSE FIVE DAYS. SO IT'S LIKE WE ARE BEHIND THE 8 BALL IN TRYING TO GET THINGS CAUGHT UP WITH THE COMMUNICATION PIECE. SO WE'LL BRING THAT TO THE TABLE. WE'LL HAVE SOME DISCUSSIONS TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO. HOPEFULLY CONTRACTUALLY TO MAKE THAT A LITTLE BIT SMOOTHER PROCESS, BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THAT FACE TO FACE WITH OUR EMPLOYEES.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND I APPRECIATE THE EXPLANATION. AND I HOPE THAT AS WE GET INTO NEGOTIATIONS WITH HCFF THAT THIS IS SOMETHING ON THE LIST TO DISCUSS. IT'S BEEN FOR THE FOUR YEARS I HAVE BEEN SITTING HERE, EVERY YEAR IT BECOMES A RELEASE OF INFORMATION, AND LITTLE EXPLANATION BECAUSE YOU ARE CONTRACTUALLY NOT ALLOWED TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION YET, AND IT CREATES MORE CONFUSION THAN I THINK IS NECESSARY. SO IF WE CAN FIND A WAY SOMEHOW TO EITHER HOLD THE INFORMATION UNTIL THEY ARE BACK, OR RELEASE IT WITH A STATEMENT THAT SAYS, THIS IS DIFFERENT AND WE ARE GOING TO EXPLAIN THE MINUTE WE SEE YOU ON YOUR FIRST DAY, BUT SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE. EVERY TIME THAT HAPPENS, I KNOW MY PHONE BLEW UP ON FRIDAY WITH PEOPLE NOT UNDERSTANDING ROUTES, NOT UNDERSTANDING WHAT HAPPENED, NOT UNDERSTAND THE CONSOLIDATION, NOT UNDERSTANDING THE CHANGES THAT WERE BEING MADE. AND I HAD NO IDEA WHAT WE HAD DONE OR WHAT WE WERE DOING. AND I WANT TO BE ABLE TO BE -- THAT CONVERSATION THAT A DRIVER CAN HAVE IF THEY ARE LOOKING FOR THAT INFORMATION, BUT ALL I COULD SAY WAS, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL MONDAY TO GET AHOLD OF SOMEONE AND HAVE THAT CONVERSATION. UNFORTUNATELY, I DIDN'T HAVE THE INFORMATION. I UNDERSTAND NOW THAT WE ARE BEHIND THE 8 BALL. EVERY SINGLE YEAR WHEN THIS HAPPENS. SO I HOPE THAT'S A CONVERSATION WHEN WE GET TO NEGOTIATION WHERE IS THE UNION AND THE DISTRICT ARE TALKING ABOUT HOW WE CAN BETTER COMMUNICATE WITH OUR DRIVERS BECAUSE THAT SEEMS TO BE A BIT OF AN ISSUE.

>> WHEN WE GET THE INFORMATION I'LL MAKE SURE THAT EACH OF YOU DO HAVE MY CELL NUMBER THAT YOU CAN SHARE WITH INDIVIDUALS WHO CALL. I WILL SHARE WITH YOU I HAD A NUMBER OF CONFERENCES ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY WITH EMPLOYEES GOING THROUGH THAT PROCESS. BY ALL MEANS HAVE THEM CALL US. AND WE'LL GIVE YOU THAT LIST.

>> AND I APPRECIATE THAT BUT I DON'T THINK YOU ARE GOING GET TO 1600 EMPLOYEES. AND I DON'T THINK THAT YOU WANT TO BE ON THE PHONE THAT LONG. SO IF WE CAN FIND APRIL BETTER WAY TO MANAGE THE PROCESS, I THINK THAT THAT WOULD BE EASIER. SO THANK YOU FOR THE REPORT. I APPRECIATE IT. I AM HOPING, AS MRS. SNIVELY, THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BETTER YEAR THIS YEAR. I AM CONFIDENT WE HAVE SEVERAL NEW PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT POSITIONS, AND THAT DEPARTMENT, SO I AM EXCITED. THANK YOU.

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

>> DITTO TO WHAT YOU WERE SAYING, MRS. STUART, ON THE BUS DRIVERS AND THE ROUTES. I THINK WE ALL GOT CONNECTED ON FRIDAY WHEN IT CAME OUT. SO THANK YOU FOR WORKING ON THAT. I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I APPRECIATE THE REPORT. AND I APPRECIATE THE CHANGES THAT HAVE HAPPENED THIS YEAR. I DON'T USUALLY SAY ANYTHING BECAUSE I TALKED TO YOU INDIVIDUALLY WHEN I HAVE AN ISSUE. BUT I JUST FELT COMPELLED TO SAY SOMETHING TODAY ON THE FACT THAT THE CULTURE IS DIFFERENT. I JUMPED IN, AS YOU WELL KNOW AND RODE THE BUS. I RODE AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUS FOR THE ENTIRE AFTERNOON. THEN I GOT ON A MIDDLE SCHOOL BUS. AND IT WAS NOT AN EASY MIDDLE SCHOOL BUS. AND ONE ROUTE ON THAT MIDDLE SCHOOL BUS, SHE STOPPED AT THREE LOCATIONS, AND HER BUS WAS PACKED. THREE PLACES. THAT WAS IT. IT WAS FULL. AND SO, YOU KNOW, I FEEL THAT WE HAVE REACHED OUR DRIVERS. THE CONSENSUS AROUND ALL THOSE DRIVERS THAT I TALKED TO WHEN I GOT OFF THE BUS AND TALKED TO THE DRIVERS AT THE CONNECTING ROUTES, AND REALLY SPENT SOME TIME WITH THEM, AND THEY ARE ALL FEELING THE SENSE THAT WE ARE REALLY PULLING THIS TOGETHER. AND I APPRECIATE THAT NEW COMPUTER PROGRAM THAT'S HELPING US, THE STAFF YOU PUT TOGETHER, AND JUST IN GENERAL, LIKE YOU SAID, THE SPEAKER TOMORROW, THE ENERGY IS GOOD AND IT FEELS GOOD AND YOU CAN FEEL THAT IT'S ALL BEGINNING TO WORK. BUT I WILL TELL YOU -- AND I HAVE TO SAY THIS BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I DO WORK IN EARLY CHILDHOOD ON THE SIDE. AND THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL IS A NIGHTMARE FOR THOSE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR DRIVING CHILDREN. AND IN THE PRESCHOOL END OF IT, WE PRAY THAT THE CHILDREN GET ON THE RIGHT BUS, BECAUSE IF THEY WENT TO THE THIS CHILD CARE CENTER LAST YEAR, THEY WILL GO TO THAT BUS, EVEN IF THE PARENTS PUT THEM IN A DIFFERENT ONE. AND EVERY YEAR ACROSS THIS CITY, WE HAVE CHILDREN, CHILD CARE CENTERS, OF A SCHOOL PROGRAMS, AND WE ARE RUSHING TO FIND THE KIDS AND UNFORTUNATELY TAMPA SCHOOLS GET BLAMED 100%, AND YET I HAVE HAD A SITUATION WHERE A TEACHER PUT THEM ON THE BUS, AND THE CHILD JUMPED OFF THE BUS, TOLD THE DRIVER SHE WASN'T SUPPOSED TO GO THERE, WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ON ANOTHER ONE AND I JUST KNOW THAT FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL THAT EVERY SINGLE TEACHER, EVERY SINGLE ADMINISTRATOR IS REALLY OUT THERE BEATING THE PAVEMENT TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN. SAFETY IS IMPORTANT TO ALL OF US. BUT AT NIGHT WHEN THEIR HEADS GO ON THE PILLOW WE GET THE CHILDREN HOME AND THAT'S A GOOD THING. I DO WANT TO ALSO ASK THAT I DO SUPPORT LOOKING AT THIS COURTESY BUSING ISSUE. I KNOW, MR. FARKAS, IT'S A DIFFICULT AREA BUT I KNOW IT'S COSTING THE DISTRICT A LOT OF MONEY. I AM NOT SAYING THAT WE NEED TO STOP THAT. BUT I THINK THAT WE NEED CREDIT THAT WE ARE DOING IT. SO IF WE DO END UP CONTINUING THE COURTESY BUSING, THAT I THINK WE NEED TO MARKET IT SO THAT PEOPLE KNOW THAT THIS IS COSTING US A LOT OF MONEY, BUT WE ARE GOING TO KEEP DOING IT SO THAT THEY UNDERSTAND WHY THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT SOMETIMES IS NOT BALANCED AS FAR AS HOW THE MONEY THAT WE BRING IN AND HOW MUCH WE SPEND. SO I WANT TO ALLOWED YOU. AND THAT WAS THE MAIN THING, JUST I REALLY FEEL THE ENERGY AND I THINK THAT THIS YEAR IS GOING TO BE A GREAT YEAR. AND WE ARE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF GOOD THINGS. THANK YOU.

>> MRS. VALDES?

>>Susan Valdes: MADAM CHAIRMAN, I WILL MAKE THIS QUICK. IN TALKING TO OUR COLLEAGUES I WAS THINKING ABOUT SOME OF THE PROCESSES. WE HAVEN'T EVEN BEGUN SCHOOL, AND I BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE THE SCHOOL YEAR 17-18 THAT WE INCREASE AND OPEN UP REGISTRATION DURING THE SUMMER WITHOUT SET APPOINTMENT TIMES. YOU SEE REGISTRATIONS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. WHAT IS THAT? WHY ARE WE DOING THAT WHEN FOLKS CAN COME IN DURING THE DAY, WHETHER IT'S BEFORE WORK OR AFTER WORK, DEPENDING ON BE THE ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH AND BE ABLE TO REGISTER CHILDREN. I CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE IMPACT THAT THE FIRST DAY, WELL, I KNOW THE IMPACT FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL HAS ON TRANSPORTATION BECAUSE YOU HAVE NEW ARRIVALS COMING IN TO REGISTER ON THAT DAY BECAUSE THEY MAYBE DIDN'T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO REGISTER BEFORE. SO THAT EVEN BRINGS MORE BURDEN ONTO THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT BECAUSE YOU THINK YOU HAVE EVERYTHING PLANNED. NOW HERE COMES X AMOUNT OF STUDENTS THAT NEED RIDERSHIP. SO I THINK THAT MAY BE ACCOMMODATING THAT FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR MIGHT BE A PROCESS, A PROCEDURE THAT WILL MAKE THAT PROCESS A LITTLE BIT SMOOTHER. AND WHEN DO WE ORDER THE NEXT SET OF BUSES? WHEN IS THAT AGENDA COMING?

>> WE WILL GOP THROUGH THE EVALUATION PROCESS LAKE WE COMMITTED TO LAST YEAR. WE HOPE TO HAVE THAT FINALIZED SOMETIME IN OCTOBER. SO TOWARDS THE END OF OCTOBER. AND HOPEFULLY WE WILL BE NO POSITION THAT WE CAN HAVE THAT DISCUSSION IN NOVEMBER.

>>Susan Valdes: THEN WILL THOSE BUSES IN TIME FOR THE AUGUST OPENING?

>> OH, YES, THEY WILL IN TIME FOR THE AUGUST OPENING.

>>Susan Valdes: ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. JUST A COUPLE OF STATEMENTS. AND YOU SAID LAST YEAR WAS THE WORST YEAR. YOU ARE LUCKY YOU WEREN'T HERE IN 2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR. SO WE HAVE A SHORTAGE OF BUS DRIVERS AND WE ARE TRYING TO MARKET TO BRING PEOPLE TO US. I THINK ONE OF THE QUESTIONS WE NEED TO ASK OUR DRIVERS WHO HAVE BEEN WITH US FOR 25-PLUS YEARS, 30-PLUS YEARS, IS WHY? WHY DID YOU WORK FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS FOR SO LONG? I THINK IF WE CAN GET SOME TESTIMONY, SOME VIDEO TESTIMONIES, SOME STATEMENTS, WE CAN USE THAT IN OUR MARKETING. BECAUSE THERE'S A REASON WHY THOSE BUS DRIVERS ARE HERE. IT FOR THE KIDS. AND I CAN GUARANTEE YOU, IT'S MOST LIKELY FOR THE KIDS AND THE IMPACT THAT THEY HAVE ON THOSE KIDS. SO TO BE ABLE TO APPEAL TO THAT, AND PEOPLE MOP HO MAY NOT WANT TO GOP THE FULL ROUTE OF GETTING THEIR TEACHING CERTIFICATION OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THAT THEY CAN STILL WORK WITH KIDS AND BE A PART OF IT. HOPEFULLY ONE DAY WE WILL BE ABLE TO SAVE THE MONEY. WE HAD A TOWN HALL MEETING SCHEDULED DURING GRADUATIONS, AND MOTHER NATURE HAD OTHER IDEAS FOR US SO WE HAD TO CANCEL THAT. MR. FARKAS, WE NEED TO START LOOKING AT SCHEDULING THAT AGAIN TO HAVE SOME TOWN HALL MEETINGS SO THAT THE BUS DRIVERS CAN TALK TO US AGAIN, BECAUSE THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I HAVE BEEN HEARING A BIG REQUEST FOR. IN THIS SUSPENDED AGENDA WE WENT OVER THE DISCIPLINE EARLIER. SO I AM GOING TO PHRASE IT IN THIS WAY. DISCIPLINE VERSUS SUPPORT FOR OUR BUS DRIVERS. WE WERE HEADING IN THAT DIRECTION WHERE WE WERE STARTING TO REALLY PUT SOME PROCESSES IN PLACE AND SOME SUPPORTS IN PLACE WHEN STUDENT WERE MISBEHAVING ON THE BUS. AND FROM MY UNDERSTANDING, WE BACKED OFF OF THAT ONCE THIS WHOLE DISCIPLINE POLICY. SO I'M NOT GOING TO ASK FOR ANY INFORMATION ON THIS RIGHT NOW, BUT I AM GOING TO ASK THAT YOU THINK ABOUT THIS AND FIGURE OUT HOW THOSE TWO WORK HAND IN HAND, HOW WE ARE STILL TRYING TO KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL, BUT YET GIVING THE BUS DRIVERS THE SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED, BECAUSE PA THE STORIES THAT I HEAR ABOUT SOME OF THE BEHAVIORS ON THE BUS, IT'S NOT SAFE, PERIOD. AND WHEN YOU HAVE CHILDREN MISBEHAVING THE SAY SOME OF THESE KIDS ARE AND KNOWING THEY CAN CONTINUE TO BE TAKEN AWAY BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE TAKEN OFF THE BUS THAT CAUSES A MUCH GREATER PROBLEM. AND WE HAVE BUS DRIVERS THAT ARE DRIVING WITH EVERYTHING BEHIND THEM. SO I DON'T WANT ANY ANSWERS NOW. BUT THAT'S AN ISSUE THAT WE HAVE TOP SOMEHOW MAKE. THE DISCIPLINE ISSUES THAT WE ARE TRYING TO RESOLVE AND TRYING TO KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL WORK HAND IN HAND WITH MAKING SURE WE ARE SUPPORTING OUR BUS DRIVERS, TOO. COURTESY BUSING, IS A LARGE PART OF THAT BECAUSE OF OUR MAGNET PROGRAMS OR NO?

>> NO. VERY FEW IS IN THE MAGNET PROGRAM. MOST OF THAT IS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS. THE MAJORITY OF THAT.

>> SO IT IS NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS THAT ARE CAUSING THE BULK OF THE ISSUES?

>> CORRECT, THEY ARE NOT OFF THE MAGNET. WHEN WE LOOK AT DIFFERENT AREAS NOR ROUTES THAT ARE RUN OFF OF, OUT OF THE 12,636 STUDENTS, ONLY 500 WERE IN THE MAGNET PROGRAM.

>> SO THERE WERE 12,000 --

>> 636.

>> COURTESY?

>> YES, MA'AM. AT THE FEBRUARY FTE COUNT.

>> AND THEN YOU SAID 500?

>> 500 AND SOME THAT WERE IN THE MAGNET.

>> OKAY, THAT'S NOT THAT BAD. ALL RIGHT. AND I AM GOING TO LEAVE IT AT THAT. AND MRS. SNIVELY, IF YOU COULD MAKE IT QUICK AND THEN I AM GOING TO MOVE ON.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. I JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY SOMETHING ABOUT THE COURTESY BUSING. I WANTED TO MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND WHY WE USE SOME OF THE COURTESY BUSING THAT WE DO IN OUR DISTRICT. AND THE WAY I HAVE UNDERSTOOD IT IN THE PAST IS EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE A NEIGHBORHOOD THAT MIGHT BE LESS THAN THE TWO-MILE RADIUS AWAY FROM THE SCHOOL, THAT THE CROSSWALKS THAT ARE ADJACENT OR LEADING TO THAT SCHOOL ARE MAYBE NOT CONSIDERED SAFE FOR THE STUDENTS TO BE CROSSING THE ROADWAY OR THE TRAFFIC IN THE MORNING. AM I UNDERSTANDING THAT CORRECTLY?

>> THAT I AM NOT SURE. I WILL SHARE WITH YOU, A LOT WAS PLACED ON FOR DIFFERENT REASONS FROM FOLKS OVER THE YEARS. SO I THINK THAT THE BIGGEST CONVERSATION NEEDS TO BE, YOU KNOW, LET US MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THAT CRITERIA ESTABLISHED THAT'S BEYOND WHATEVER THE STATE IS. AND ONCE THAT IS DONE, THEN YOU CAN APPLY SOMETHING THAT'S CONSISTENT. RIGHT NOW, THERE SEEMS TO BE NO CONSISTENCY WHATSOEVER. SO IN CERTAIN AREAS, YOU KNOW, THERE'S NO RHYME OR REASON. AND IT MAY HAVE BEEN AN AREA THAT WAS HAZARDOUS TEN YEARS AGO, AND THERE'S NOT -- BECAUSE THERE'S NOT A FORMALIZED PROCESS IN PLACE. IT WAS NEVER REMOVED. SO IT JUST CONTINUOUSLY AND CONTINUOUSLY AND CONTINUOUSLY. SO I THINK THAT'S WHY IN THAT TYPE OF A WORKSHOP ENVIRONMENT WE CAN HAVE THOSE DISCUSSIONS, BECAUSE WE ALSO NEED OUR SAFETY DEPARTMENT AT THE TABLE WITH THAT AS WELL. SO MR. LATHERS AND HIS GROUP AT THAT TABLE AS WELL BECAUSE THEY ARE STAKE HOLDERS IN THAT PROCESS.

>> I WOULD DEFINITELY LIKE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION BECAUSE I KNOW THAT IN OUR AREA, IN FISHHAWK RANCH, WE DO SOME COURTESY BUSING OUT THERE, AND THE KID DON'T RIDE THEIR BIKES. THEY DON'T WALK TO SCHOOL. AND A LOT OF IT HAS TO DO WITH BECAUSE OF THE TRAFFIC ON THE MAIN BOULEVARD THERE. AND, HOWEVER, IF WE DIDN'T HAVE COURTESY BUSING, I MEAN, IT'S ALREADY TO A POINT WHERE KIDS ARE DROPPING OFF THEIR CHILDREN AT RANDALL MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, THEY ARE GOING THROUGH THE RANDALL MIDDLE SCHOOL GATE TO GO TO THE DRIVEWAY GETTING AS CLOSE AS THEY CAN, AND THEN THEY ARE CROSSING THE STREET TO GO TO NEW SOME HIGH SCHOOL IN THE MORNING, WHICH IS VERY DANGEROUS AND HOLD UP TRAFFIC FOR THE PEOPLE TRYING TO DROP THEIR CHILDREN OFF THERE AT NEWSOME. SO IT'S ALSO A CLUSTER OUT THERE, AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT TAKING AWAY COURTESY BUSING WOULD MAKE IT MORE OF A CLUSTER OUT THERE THAN IT ALREADY IS. SO THERE'S GOT TO BE SOME SOLUTIONS. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO HAVING -- HAVING THAT CONVERSATION SO WE CAN COME UP WITH --

>> WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A WORKSHOP. I AM GOING TO SCHEDULE THAT H.AND BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE ONE THING I DID FORGET, I DIDN'T CHECK IT OFF. GUIDANCE JUST ISSUED THE VW FUND PROGRAM THAT WILL PAY 25% OF COSTS FOR PROPANE VEHICLES SO WE WOULD SAVE 2.5 MILLION OFF THE TOP OF BUYING THE NEXT ROUND APPROXIMATELY, SOMETHING LIKE THAT. SO WE SAID WE WERE GOING TO LOOK AT DOING THIS WHAT WILL PROGRAM. BUT I THINK IN THE WORKSHOP THAT WE HAVE, WE REALLY NEED TO TALK ABOUT -- AND WE NEED TO ACTUALLY PROBABLY -- YOU ALL NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS SOONER -- Y'ALL -- STAFF NEEDS TO TALK ABOUT THIS SOONER, IS THIS SOMETHING THAT YOU RECOMMEND TO THIS BOARD THAT WE FORGET TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF THESE BUSES, AND WE JUST MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS, BECAUSE THERE'S ALSO 42 CENTS PER GALLON THAT WE WOULD SAVE AS WELL. SO LOOK INTO THAT PROGRAM, STAFF. TALK ABOUT THIS. AND THEN WE PROBABLY NEED TO GET A RECOMMENDATION ON THIS SOONER THAN LATER BECAUSE WE DID SAY WE WANTED TO LOOK AT IT, COMPARING THE PROPANE BUSES. BUT WITH THIS KIND OF COST SAVINGS AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT AND ALL OF THAT, WE MIGHT BE IN A WIN-WIN SITUATION WITH THAT.

>> I WILL SHARE MRS. SAUNDERS GROUP --

>>ARE BUT WE HAVE TO MOVE QUICK.

>> IN GOING BACK, DO YOU KNOW WHEN THE EXPIRATION ON THAT WAS?

>> I DON'T. THEY JUST ISSUED IT LAST WEEK.

>> WE'LL LOOK AT IT.

>> MRS. VALDES?

>>Susan Valdes: I JUST WANT TO PIGGYBACK ON. THAT DURING THE LAST BOARD MEETING OR BEFORE THAT WE APPROVED PURCHASES OF TRUCKS AND I HAD ASKED THE QUESTION ABOUT THEM BEING PROPANE BECAUSE OF THE SHORT DISTANCE OF SOME OF THE ROUTES THAT MAYBE THAT WILL BE A COST EFFECTIVE MEASURE. WE MAY HAVE TO PAY A LITTLE MORE FOR THE VEHICLE. BUT AS YOU VERY WELL POINTED OUT WITH THE 42 CENTS --

>> WELL, AND IF WE ARE TAKING THESE OLD BUSES THAT ARE POLLUTING, BECAUSE THIS HAD TO DO WITH EMISSIONS. SO IF WE ARE TAKING OLD BUSES OFF THE ROAD AND REPLACING THEM, I THINK THAT WE COULD BE -- WE ARE GOING TO BE COMPETING WITH SOME OTHER LARGER DISTRICT. AND I THINK THAT SOME COUNTIES ARE EVEN BUYING PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION BUSES AS WELL THAT ARE PROPANE. SO I'LL PUT THAT IN STAFF'S CAPABLE HANDS AND THEN WAIT TO HEAR BACK FROM YOU ON THAT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. BEEKMAN. APPRECIATE IT. WE'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW MORNING. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, WHAT I WANTED TO SAY IS, CAN YOU DO THE APPOINTMENTS IN TEN MINUTES?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YES.

>> WHAT I WILL DO IS SUSPEND THE REST OF THE SUSPENDED AGENDA TILL AFTER THE PUBLIC HEARING.

>> AND WHAT I WAS GOING TO OFFER IF YOU WANT ME TO, IF YOU WANT ME TO PROVIDE A REPORT AND WE CAN MOVE ONTO THE APPOINTMENTS.

>> WE'LL JUST PICK UP ON IT AFTER. WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO IS SUSPEND THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. AND I AM GOING TO MOVE ON TO -- I KNOW, IT'S REDUNDANT, TRITE AND REDUNDANT. WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ONTO THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

>> THE TWO ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS COMING ON THE AGENDA HAVE BEEN PROPERLY ADVERTISED, INTERVIEWS HELD AND THE HEARING RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS, HRMD ADOPTED BY THE BOARD AS FOLLOWS. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT DAVID SUAREZ, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF ADULT TECH TO THE SUPERVISOR OF ADULT EDUCATION OPERATIONS WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF AUGUST 15, 2016. MR. SUAREZ BEGAN HIS TEACHING CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN 1999, AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER FROM 1999 TO 2006 HE HELD TEACHING POSITIONS AT PROGRESS VILLAGE AND YOUNG MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. FROM 2006 TO PRESENT HE HAS HELD ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL POSITIONS AT MIDDLETON AND PLANT, IRWIN TECHNICAL AND CURRENTLY SERVING AT ADULT AND CAREER SERVICE ITSELF CENTER.

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

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT JOSLYN MELNOGO FOR ADULT EDUCATION TO THE DIRECTOR OF ADULT EDUCATION WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF AUGUST 15, 2016. MRS. MELNOGO BEGAN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER IN 1990. FROM 1990 TO 1997 SHE TAUGHT AT BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL AND STUART MIDDLE SCHOOL FROM.  1997 TO 2002 SHE SERVED AS SCHOOL COMMUNITY SPECIALIST AT VAL DELL MIDDLE SCHOOL AND STUDENT SERVICES. SHE HELD THE POSITION OF STUDENT INTERVENTIONALIST AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL AND THE LETO ADULT SCHOOL. IN 2007 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE COMMUNITY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR SERVING THE WEST REGION. FROM 2010 TO 2013 SHE SERVED AS ADMINISTRATOR AT JEFFERSON AND CHAMBERLAIN ADULT SCHOOLS. IN 2013 SPEAK WAS APPOINTED THE SUPERVISOR OF OPERATIONS FOR ADULT OPERATION AND APPOINTED THE SUPERVISOR OF INSTRUCTION FOR ADULT EDUCATION WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

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

>> I I KNOW YOU WANT TO GO ON. WE HAVE A TIME CERTAIN ACTIVITY. BUT BEFORE I GO ON, I JUST WANT TO HAVE THE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO SAT SO PATIENTLY, QUIETLY, ATTENTIVELY. SOMETIMES YOU ZOOMED IN AND OUT BECAUSE YOU ARE GETTING BORED. BUT YOU WERE REALLY GREAT. CAN YOU JUST STAND UP SO WE CAN APPLAUD YOU FOR JUST BEING SO WONDERFUL? [ APPLAUSE ] I GUARANTEE YOU, YOU HAVE GOT GREAT MANNERS AND PROBABLY HAVE MORE PATIENCE THAN ANY OF US. WE JUST HAVE TO BE ADULTS AND ACT LIKE WE DO. YOU HAVE BEEN REALLY GOOD. THANK YOU. I WANTED TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT.

>>April Griffin: MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>> JUST WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT SO ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS WHO ARE BRAND NEW IN THEIR POSITIONS EFFECTIVE ON AUGUST 3rd. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE JODY PEACE, CURRENTLY THE STUDENT SUCCESS COACH AT STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL TO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT BRANDON HIGH. JOSEPH CAPELLO AT GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL TO BE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. MATHAU TESTONI AT BOMAX. KIM LEE HUNG TO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT TEMPLE TERRACE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. DR. KATHRYN GILMORE AT ROBINSON ELEMENTARY TO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT ROBINSON ELEMENTARY. AND CHARLENA BOUDREAUX, CURRENTLY THE TEACHER ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT FOR RTI IN AREA 6 TO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT JACKSON ELEMENTARY. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWEST APs.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] AND IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING, MS. McMANUS, CAN YOU KIND OF VERY QUICKLY ADDRESS, THESE APPOINTMENTS, WE ARE ARE NOT GOING TO AFFECT THE CLASSROOM AT ALL. BECAUSE WHEN WE HAD OUR CONVERSATION I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED WITH HOW CONSCIENTIOUS YOU WERE ABOUT THAT.

>> WE WERE. AND THIS IS MY FIRST TIME ON IT. WE DEFINITELY WERE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE WERE NOT PREVENTING STUDENT FROM STARTING WITH A TEACHER IN THE CLASS LOOM. SO MOST OF THOSE PEOPLE, ALTHOUGH THERE MAY BE AN IMPACT DOWN THE ROAD DUE TO THEIR POSITIONS BEING FILLED, RIGHT NOW, THERE WILL NOT BE AN IMPACT DUE TO WHERE THOSE PEOPLE ARE COME FROM MOVING INTO THEIR POSITIONS. THERE IS ONE COMING FROM THE CLASSROOM. THAT'S WHY WE DID IT NOW TO MAKE SURE THE PRINCIPAL HAD TIME TO FILL IF THERE WAS A NEED. SO WE REALLY WENT QUICKLY. THANK YOU TOP L TO AREA SUPS AND PRINCIPALS.

>> AND THAT WAS BASED ON THE PRINCIPALS FEEDBACK THAT YOU HAVE GOTTEN OVER THE YEARS.

>> RIGHT.

>> I WANTED TO POINT THAT OUT. I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE BEEN PATIENTLY AWAITING PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE AND ENJOY YOUR EVENING. OR YOU CAN STAY AND WATCH THE REST OF THE BOARD MEETING. WE HAVE A TIME CERTAIN AGENDA ITEM FOR OUR BUDGET HEARING AT 5:01. I AM GOING TO CALL A FIVE-MINUTE RECESS. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE BACK IN FIVE MINUTES.

>>April Griffin: MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: IF YOU COULD PLEASE MAKE YOUR PRESENTATION.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I APPRECIATE IT. SO TO GET TO THIS POINT TONIGHT, TO BE ABLE TO PRESENT A PRELIMINARY BUDGET TO THE BOARD, IT HAS DEFINITELY BEEN A JOURNEY THAT WE HAVE BEEN ON OVER THE LAST YEAR. OF COURSE, FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP BEING ONE OF THE BOARD'S FOUR KEY PRIORITIES TO YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN. OBVIOUSLY, IN ORDER FOR US TO PRESENT A BALANCED BUDGET, A LOT OF WORK HAS BEEN DONE. I JUST WANT TO HIGHLIGHT PRAYER TO THE PRESENTATION SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN HAPPENING. ULTIMATELY, YOU KNOW WHAT OUR BUDGET'S PRIMARY GOAL IS TO PROTECT OUR CLASSROOM PRO, TEXT THE RESOURCES IN OUR CLASSROOM, PROTECT THE KINDERGARTEN THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE IN EVERY DAY TO RECEIVE A GREAT EDUCATION. AND SO WHENEVER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR $100 MILLION IN BUDGET REDUCTIONS OVER THE COURSE OF A YEAR, AND YOU ARE AN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION, YOU HAVE TO ALWAYS BALANCE MAKING THOSE REDUCTIONS WITH ENSURING THAT YOU ARE PROVIDING THE VERY BEST INSTRUCTION FOR STUDENTS EVERY DAY AND NOT CAUSING CHALLENGES TO THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF A LARGE ORGANIZATION. SO OVER THE PAST YEAR LEADING TO THIS DAY WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE SEVERAL MEASURES TO ALLOW US TO BE ABLE TO PRESENT A BALANCED BUDGET. OBVIOUSLY, WE PUT IN PLACE SEVERAL SPENDING FREEZES. WE REVIEWED AND RENEGOTIATED OUR VENDOR CONTRACT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. WE DELAYED ALL MAJOR TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL PURCHASES. WE REVIEWED ACTUARY REPORTS FOR OUR PROPERTY AND GENERAL LIABILITY SAVINGS. WE IMPLEMENTED HIRING FREEZES AND 90 DAY HOLD FOR INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT AND CLERICAL. WE, WITH REGARDS TO INSTRUCTIONAL VACANCIES, WE ONLY WERE FILLING THEM WITH CURRENT STAFF, SO WE WERE ADDING MORE -- WEREN'T ADDING MORE PAYROLL TO OUR BUDGET. SAME THING WITH SUPPORT VACANCIES. OBVIOUSLY OUR INSTRUCTIONAL PEERS WE MOVED AND TRANSFERRED TO OTHER POSITIONS TO REDUCE OVERALL PAYROLL AND ALSO ACCOMMODATE OUR NEW SYSTEM OF SUPPORT FOR OUR TEACHERS. WE CONTINUE, AND WE HAVE BEEN ONGOING BUT CONTINUE AND OBVIOUSLY MR. BEEKMAN REPORT TO MONITOR OVERTIME AND OTHER EXTRA DUTY PAYMENTS. WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED A UNIT REVIEW COMMITTEE WHICH IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON EVALUATING ALL SPECIALTY INSTRUCTIONAL UNITS THAT DO NOT HAVE STUDENT ROSTERS. EVALUATING ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS, EVALUATING ALL OF OUR NONINSTRUCTIONAL POSITIONS SUCH AS CLERICAL AND SECRETARIAL POSITIONS. OF COURSE, WE ARE DOING ONGOING EVALUATIONS OF DEPARTMENTS AND THEIR STRUCTURES AND THEIR BUDGETS AND THEIR STAFFING. AND OF COURSE WE ARE STARTING DOWN THE PROCESS OF BEGINNING TO IMPLEMENT SOME OF THE EFFICIENCIES THAT WERE BROUGHT UP IN OUR FROM THE GIBSON CONSULTING FIRM. ALL THOSE THINGS HAVE BEEN ONGOING. TO BE ABLE TO GET US HERE TODAY WHERE I CAN EVEN PRESENT A PRESENTATION TO THE BOARD, ALL THOSE PIECES HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE OBVIOUSLY TO PROTECT OUR CLASSROOM, PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR STUDENTS. I KEEP REMINDING OUR STAFF AND OUR EMPLOYEES THAT WE GET FTE DOLLARS FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA. EVERY POSITION WE HIRE THAT DOES NOT IMPACT STUDENTS DIRECTLY IN A CLASSROOM IS A SLIVER OFF OF THAT FTE. SO EVERY DECISION THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE AND EVERY DECISION WE HAVE TO MAKE MOVING FORWARD, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT SLIVER THAT WE TOOK OFF OF THAT FTE, THAT THAT'S STUDENT EARNED FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO DELIVER FOR EDUCATION HAS TO BE VALUED AND HONORED AND BE PUT IN THE BEST AND MOST EFFECTIVE PLACE POSSIBLE TO SUPPORT THE DISTRICT. AND IF WE FIND THAT THAT SLIVER IS NOT BEING EFFICIENT, IS NOT BEING EFFECTIVE, IS NOT SERVING THE NEEDS OF THE ORGANIZATION ULTIMATELY OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR STUDENTS, THEN WE HAVE TO MAKE SOME REALLY TOUGH DECISIONS, AND THAT'S THE PROCESS THAT WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH TO BE ABLE TO COME TO THIS POINT. SO I WOULD AT THIS POINT LIKE TO DO THE PRESENTATION AND GO THROUGH A POWER POINT. OBVIOUSLY, AFTERWARDS, MADAM CHAIR, YOU CAN ADJOURN TO THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR COMMENTS AND MOVING FORWARD TO OUR ULTIMATE RECOMMENDATIONS. BOARD MEMBERS, I PROUDLY PRESENT TO YOU AND OUR COMMUNITY THE 2016-17 PROPOSED TENTATIVE BUDGET AND MILLAGE RATES ALSO KNOWN AS THE FIRST PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE BUDGET. OUR BUDGET INCLUDES ALL GOVERNMENTAL AND PROPRIETARY FUNDS OF THE DISTRICT, AND THE PROPOSED TAX RATE. FLAP LAW REQUIRES THE SCHOOL BOARD TO ADOPT A BALANCED BUDGET EACH FISCAL YEAR FOR ALL FUNDS UNDER ITS JURISDICTION.  THIS INCLUDES THE GENERAL FUND, THAT SERVICE FUNDS, CAPITAL OUTLAY FUNDS, SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS AND INTERNAL SERVICE FUNDS. THE LAW IS VERY SPECIFIC IN DEFINING THE PROCESS AND TIMETABLE TO BE FOLLOWED IN ADOPTING THE BUDGET AND AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE RATE. BY LAW, THE SCHOOL BOARD MUST CONDUCT TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE PROPOSED BUDGET AND MILLAGE RATE. JUST A REMAINDER, AND YOU ARE REMINDED OF THIS EVERY YEAR, ARTICLE 9 SECTION 1 OF THE FLAN CONSTITUTION OF THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN IS A FUNDAMENTAL VALUE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA. IT IS THEREFORE A PARAMOUNT DUTY OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA TO MAKE ADEQUATE PROVISION FOR THE EDUCATION OF ALL CHILDREN RESIDING WITHIN ITS BORDERS. ADEQUATE PROVISION SHALL BE MADE BY LAW FOR UNIFORM EFFICIENT AND HIGH QUALITY SYSTEM OF FREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS THAT ALLOWS STUDENTS TO OBTAIN HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION. AND I APPRECIATE THIS BOARD FOR YOUR ADVOCACY TO YOUR LEGISLATURE EVERY YEAR AROUND THAT PARTICULAR ISSUE. THE TRUTH IN MILLAGE OR TRIM PROCESS INFORMS TAXPAYERS AND THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS WHICH DETERMINES LOCAL AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES. THE TRUTH IN MILLAGE OR TRIM LEGISLATION WAS ENACTED IN 1980 AND THE REQUIREMENTS ARE DETAILED UNDER SECTION 200 .0765 OF THE FLORIDA STATUTES. THE STATUTE DICTATES THE NEWSPAPER NOTICE REQUIREMENT, SIZE AND PLACEMENT OF THE ADVERTISEMENT. IT MUST BE ADVERTISED IN A NEWSPAPER OF A GENERAL PAID CIRCULATION IN THE COUNTY OR IN A GEOGRAPHICALLY LIMITED INSERT OF A NEWSPAPER. ADDITIONALLY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ORDINARY OF BUSINESS DURING THE BUDGET HEARINGS IS ALSO MANDATED. SO WHAT IS TRIM? TRUTH IN MILLAGE OR TRIM REQUIRES TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR OPEN DISCUSSION OF THE MILLAGE RATES AND THE PROPOSED BUDGETS OF ALL TAXING AUTHORITIES. THE TRIM PROCESS INVITES TAXPAYERS AND THE PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE IN A LOCAL TRIM PROCESS USED TO LEVY AD VALOREM FOR PROPERTY TAXES. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF TRUTH IN MILLAGE OR TRIM, WE PLACE LEGAL ADVERTISEMENTS IN THE "TAMPA BAY TIMES" ON FRIDAY, JULY 29, 2016, YOU SEE MRS. SAUNDERS THERE WITH THE PROOF, FOLLOWING PUBLIC AND BOARD DISCUSSION, FOLLOWED BY THE BUDGET. ONCE ADOPTED THE MILLAGE RATES ARE CERTIFIED TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THE APPROXIMATE TAX BILLS WILL BE GENERATED. SO WHAT IS THE ROLLBACK RATE?  THE ROLLBACK RATE IS THE MILLAGE RATE THAT WOULD RAISE THE SAME AMOUNT OF REVENUE AS LAST YEAR IF APPLIED TO THE CURRENT TAX ROLL FLORIDA.  STATUTE 200 .065 STATES WHEN THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATES EXCEED THE ROLLBACK RATE THE LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT HAS TO BE A NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE. PLEASE NOTE WHAT YOU WILL BE ASSESSED FOR YOUR PROPERTY TAXES IS A FUNCTION OF THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY. IF YOUR LAND OR PROPERTY WAS ASSESSED OR WORTH MORE THIS YEAR THAN LAST YEAR YOU WILL PAY MORE IN TAXES. AGAIN THE ONLY WAY A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CITIZEN WILL BE PAYING MORE IN SCHOOL BOARD TAXES WILL BE IF YOUR LAND AND/OR YOUR PROPERTY IS VALUED MORE THAN THIS YEAR THAN LAST YEAR. THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016-17 IS 6.39060. THIS IS A ZERO .5245% INCREASE MORE THAN THE ROLLBACK RATE OF 6.8700. SO WHAT IS PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE RATE? THE PROPERTY TAX LEVY OF ONE DOLLAR PER $1,000 OF PROPERTY TAX VALUE OR A MILL IS ONE TENTH OF ONE CENT, ONE MILL LEVY IS A PROPERTY TAX OF ONE DOLLAR PER 1,000 OF THE ASSESSED VALUATION OF PROPERTY. FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE STATE TO RECEIVE FUNDING IN THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM, THEIR SCHOOL BOARDS MUST -- AND I SAY THAT AGAIN, MUST LEVY THE FULL AMOUNT OF THE STATE-REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT OR RLFEE MILLAGE RATE. BY PARTICIPATING IN THE FLASH EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM, OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL RECEIVE ONE BILLION 5705 MILLION 736,533 DOLLARS F.THE STATE REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT MILLAGE RATE DOES NOT PASS OUR DISTRICT WOULD ONLY GENERATE $449,314,752 IN LOCAL REVENUE AND THEREFORE WE WOULD NOT RECEIVE THE ADDITIONAL ONE BILLION 56 MILLION 421,781 DOLLARS. IN OTHER WORDS WE WOULD LOSE OVER ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING TO OPERATE OUR SCHOOLS IF WE DO NOT ACCEPT THE MILLAGE RATES AS PRESCRIBED TO US FROM THE LEGISLATURE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IN THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM SECOND CALCULATION. THE TOTAL PROPOSED MILLAGE RELATED TO SCHOOL FUNDING FOR 2016-17 FISCAL YEAR IS 6.9060 MILLS.  THIS MILLAGE WILL GENERATE DOLLARS FOR THE GENERAL OPERATING CAPITAL OUTLAY FUNDS AS WE WILL DISCUSS FURTHER, THE MILLAGE RATES ARE DETERMINED BY THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE. BASED ON THE 2016 TAX ROLL PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE AND CERTIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION ON JULY 15, 2016, THIS SLIDE IS A SUMMARY OF THE MILLAGES TO BE LEVIED ON THE 2016 TAX ROLL FOR THE 2016-17 FISCAL YEAR. WHAT TYPE OF MILLS MAKE UP THE SCHOOL DISTRICT MILLAGE? THE SCHOOL DISTRICT MILLAGE IS COMPRISED OF GENERAL OPERATING MILLAGE THAT SERVICE MILLAGE AND CAPITAL OUTLAY MILLAGE. THE PROPOSED TOTAL MILLAGE RATE RELATED TO A SCHOOL FUNDING FOR THE 16-17 FISCAL YEAR IS ONCE AGAIN 6.9060 MILLS WHICH REPRESENTS A DECREASE OF 0.340 MILLS FROM THE 2016-17 RATES. THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE AND STATUTES MANDATE THE AMOUNT OF STATE REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT FOR EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT. THIS AMOUNT IS DETERMINED AS A SUM OF MONEY AND THEN THE ESTIMATED MILLAGE RATE NEEDED TO RAISE THAT SUM IS SPECIFIED. THE INITIAL ESTIMATE IS USED IN A PRELIMINARY BUDGET. ON JULY 1, THIS AMOUNT IS RECALCULATED AND BECOMES THE RATE THE SCHOOL BOARD MUST LEVY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FDFP. THE SCHOOL BOARD CANNOT LEVY MORE THAN THE RATE SPECIFIED IN THE RECALCULATION OF THE STATE REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT MILLAGE RATE. THE PROPERTY APPRAISER IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO CERTIFY TO EACH TAXING AUTHORITY IN THE COUNTY TAMPA ASSESSED VALUE OF ALL NONTAXABLE REAL PROPERTY. THE PARROT APPRAISER IS INDEPENDENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD AND REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THIS CERTIFICATION NO LATER THAN JULY 1st EACH YEAR. SO HOW ARE MY TAXES COMPUTED?  THE TAXABLE VALUE EQUALS THE ASSESSED VALUE AS DETERMINED BY THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER'S OFFICE LESS THE $25,000 HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION IF APPLICABLE. IF YOU FEEL THAT THE MARKET VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY IS INACCURATE OR DOES NOT REFLECT FAIR MARKET VALUE OR IF YOU ARE ENTITLED TO AN EXEMPTION OR CLASSIFICATION THAT IS NOT REFLECTED ON YOUR PROPERTY VALUATION STATEMENT, PLEASE CONTACT THE PROPERTY APPRAISER'S OFFICE. THE CONTACT INFORMATION WILL BE ON THE NEXT SCREEN. SO WHAT IS THE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION? THE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION IS PROBABLY THE MOST COMMON TAX EXEMPTION. IT REDUCES FROM THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY AN AMOUNT THAT SHOULD NOT BE TAXED IF YOU HAVE FILED FOR THE EXEMPTION. THE NORMAL EXEMPTION IS $25,000. THE PORTION OF PROPERTY TAX RELATED TO SCHOOL FUNDING EQUALS THE TAXABLE VALUE DIVIDED BY 1,000 TIMES THE SCHOOL DISTRICT MILLAGE RATE. UNDER THE PROPOSED RATE, A HOMEOWNER OF A $200,000 HOME AFTER THE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION DEDUCTION OF 25,000 HAS A TAXABLE VALUE OF $175,000 AND WILL PAY 1,208 .55 OF AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAX TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RELATED TO SCHOOL FUNDING. THIS IS A DECREASE OF $59.67 OVER LAST YEAR. THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY APPRAISER -- THIS INCLUDES REAL ESTATE AND TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY, EQUIPMENT, BUSINESS, MACHINERY OF BUSINESSES. THE PROPERTY APPRAISER PREPARED THE TAX ROLL BUT DOES NOT DETERMINE TAX RATES OR COLLECT TAXES. IN ADDITION TO APPRAISING PROPERTY, THE PROPERTY APPRAISER MUST ADMINISTRATOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS, AGRICULTURAL CLASSIFICATIONS, DETERMINE THE ELIGIBILITY OF CERTAIN RELIGIOUS CHARITABLE AND MUNICIPAL PROPERTY AS WELL AS ADMINISTRATION WIDOW, WIDOWER AND DISABILITY EXEMPTIONS. OF ALL THE REAL PROPERTY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. HERE ARE A FEW TERMS OR DEFINITIONS. MARKET VALUE IN FLORIDA IS ALSO KNOWN AS JUST VALUE AS PROVIDED BY THE CONSTITUTION AND DESCRIBED IN STATE LAW. IT IS THE AMOUNT A PURCHASER IS WILLING BUT NOT OBLIGED TO BUY OR WOULD PAY TO ONE WILLING BUT NOT OBLIGED TO SELL AFTER PROPER CONSIDERATION IN SECTION 1937.011 IN THE FLORIDA STATUTES. ASSESSED VALUE IS THE MARKET VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY MINUS THE AMOUNT OF ANY ASSESSMENT REDUCTIONS. THE ASSESSED VALUE MAY BE DIFFERENT FOR MILLAGE LEVIES MADE BY DIFFERENT TAXING AUTHORITIES. ASSESSMENT REDUCTIONS, PROPERTIES CAN RECEIVE AN ASSESSMENT REDUCTION FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS INCLUDING LIMITS ON HOW MUCH THE ASSESSMENT OF YOUR PROPERTY CAN INCREASE EACH YEAR. AGRICULTURE LAND AND LAND USED FOR CONSERVATION. EXEMPTIONS ARE SPECIFIC DOLLAR OR PERCENTAGE AMOUNTS THAT REDUCE ASSESSED VALUE. THESE ARE USUALLY BRAVED ON CHARACTERISTICS OF A PROPERTY OR PROPERTY OWNER. EXAMPLES INCLUDE THE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION, VETERANS DISABILITY EXEMPTION OR CHARITABLE EXEMPTIONS. TAXABLE VALUE IS THE VALUE USED TO CALCULATE THE TAX DUE ON YOUR PROPERTY. TAXABLE VALUE IS ASSESSED VALUE MINUS THE VALUE OF EXEMPTIONS AND DISCOUNTS. SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU? , THE AVERAGE FAMILY WILL PAY 1,208.55 IN PROPERTY TAXES ON A HOME ASSESSED AT $200,000 EARMARKED FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. OVER THE COURSE OF ONE YEAR THAT AVERAGES OUT TO $3.31 A DAY. THAT'S 1,208.55 DIVIDED BY 3365 DAYS. OVER THE COURSE OF ONE YEAR, YOUR 3.31 PER DAY PAYS FOR TEACHERS, COUNSELORS, SCHOOL STAFF, SUPPORT STAFF, UTILITIES SUCH AS OUR ELECTRIC BILL AND WATER BILL, FUEL FOR OUR SCHOOL BUSES, TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOMS, EQUIPMENT FOR SCIENCE, CLASSES, BUILDING REPAIR, RENOVATIONS AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. AS THIS GRAPH DEPICTS, THE MAJORITY OF OUR DOLLARS ARE 64% OF THE TOTAL BUDGET BELONGS TO THE GENERAL OPERATING FUND. THE GENERAL FUND IS THE OPERATING BUDGET OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF FUNDING IS THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM OR FDFP. THE FUNDING IS EQUALIZED PER STUDENT STATE WIDE. THE REVENUES ARE PRIMARILY FROM STATE SALES TAX AND LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES. THE FEDERAL STUDENT ATTRITION FUND EQUALS ABOUT 12% THAT INCLUDES STUDENT NUTRITION SERVICES, FEDERAL GRANT SUCH AS IDEA, HEAD START, TITLE 1, ET CETERA. THE CAPITAL OUTLAY FUND MAKES UP 9% OF THE TOTAL BUDGET. DOLLARS FOR REPAIRS, MAINTENANCE AND OUR SCHOOL BUSES. THE INTERNAL SERVICE FUND EQUALS 7% OF THE TOTAL BUDGET. THESE DOLLARS INCLUDE OUR HEALTH INSURANCE AND WORKERS' COMPENSATION MONEY. AND THE DEBT SERVICE FUND EQUALS 8% OF THE TOTAL BUDGET. THESE DOLLARS ARE USED TO MAKE BOND OR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS ON OUR SCHOOLS. WE ARE THE LARGEST EMPLOYER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EMPLOYING 30,000 SUBSTITUTE AND PERSONNEL WORKING IN OUR COUNTY. WE HAVE OVER 200,000 K-THE 127 STUDENTS. WE HAVE MORE THAN 387,000 STUDENTS TRAVELING IN 950th SCHOOL BUSES EVERY DAY.  THIS TOTALS OVER 16.9 MILLION MILES DRIVEN EACH YEAR. WE USE OVER 15,000 GALLONS OF DIESEL FUEL EVERY DAY. EVERY DAY. IN SCHOOL IS IN SESSION AND $3 MILLION-DOLLAR -- 3 MILLION GALLONS ANNUALLY. OUR STUART TEAM ALONG WITH THE TRANSPORTATION STAFF PROVIDE EMERGENCY SUPPORT FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN THE OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT. WE HAVE 62 HURRICANE SHELTERS THAT OPEN TO SERVE THE TAMPA BAY AREA IN THE EVENT OF A HURRICANE OR OTHER EMERGENCIES. THESE INCLUDE OUR ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS. THE MAJORITY OF THE DOLLARS IN OUR 2.7 BILLION BUDGET ARE ROLLED BACK INTO THE LOCAL ECONOMY VIA SALARIES AND BENEFITS PAID TO EMPLOYEES, VENDORS WORKING FOR OUR DISTRICT, AND EVERYDAY EXPENSES SUCH AS UTILITIES AND FUEL. SO HOW ARE THE DOLLARS SPENT? THE MAJOR PORTION OF THE GENERAL FUND RESOURCES ARE USED TO MAINTAIN FOCUS ON THE DISTRICT STRATEGIC PLAN. SCHOOL BOARD PRIORITIES AND CARRYING OUT THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS OFFERED TO THE CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND CITIZENS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THE SCHOOL LEVEL SERVICES EXPENDITURES MAKE UP 94.67% OF THE OPERATING BUDGET. OUR CURRICULUM AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS EQUAL 2.82% OF THE OPERATING BUDGET AND FINALLY THE DISTRICT SERVICES PORTION OF THE BUDGET SUCH AS HUMAN RESOURCES, GENERAL ADMINISTRATION, CENTRAL SERVICES, ADMINISTRATIVE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES AND PAYROLL TOTAL 2.51% OF THE OPERATING BUDGET. AND THAT CONCLUDES MY PRESENTATION, MADAM CHAIR.

>>April Griffin: I WILL NOW ADJOURN THIS AUGUST 2nd, 2016 BOARD MEETING. (SOUNDING GAVEL) AND I WILL NOW CONVENE THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR OUR BUDGET, PROPOSED BUDGET. (SOUNDING GAVEL) AND NOW THE FLOOR IS OPEN FOR AUDIENCE COMMENTS. ARE THERE ANY SPEAKERS TO THIS AGENDA ITEM? WELCOME, MR. KLUTHO.

>> THIS IS THE MILLAGE. WE HAVE A SEPARATE HEARING FOR THE BUDGET. THAT'S HOW IT'S SUPPOSED TO WORK.

>> WELCOME, MR. KLUTHO. THANK YOU.

>> YOU SAID IT WRONG. YOU KNOW, FOR THE FIRST YEAR, IN OUR PAPER, WE DIDN'T HAVE THE BUDGET APPEAR ON FRIDAY. WHEN I WAS AT THE PINELLAS BUDGET HEARING, THEY PROVIDED THIS NICE COPY FOR EVERYONE. BUT YOU HAVE CAPITAL OUTLAY THAT YOU HAVE TO COLLECT, AND THE BONDS, AND INTEREST, AND THEN YOU PUT UTILITIES AND FUEL UP THERE AT THE TOP WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT OPERATING. IT GETS TOP BILLING. AND 3 MILLION GALLONS OF FUEL BECAUSE YOU ARE SENDING BUSES ALL OVER KINGDOM COME. AND YOU ARE SAYING THAT THE MILLAGE IS GOING DOWN, AND YOU HAVE THIS SAME REFRAIN ALL THE TIME, THAT THAT $175,000 HOUSE DIDN'T USED TO BE A $175,000 HOUSE. BECAUSE THE APPRAISAL IS GOING UP ON EVERYBODY'S PROPERTY. SO, IN ESSENCE, THEY ARE REALLY PAYING MORE. SO YOU ALWAYS DO THIS LITTLE SMOKE AND MIRRORS THING HERE. OH, IT WENT DOWN. YEAH, NOT REALLY. NOT REALLY. HA, HA. WHAT DID THAT $175,000 HOUSE USED TO BE? YEAH. IT'S A DOGGONE SHAME THE WAY YOU OPERATE THINGS HERE. NOW YOU DO THE BUDGET. THAT'S ACCORDING TO LAW.

>> THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO.  ARE THERE ANY OTHER PUBLIC SPEAKERS? COMMUNICATIONS, HAS ANYBODY SIGNED UP? ALL RIGHT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE MILLAGE RATE AND THE TENTATIVE BUDGET FOR THE 2016-2017 FISCAL YEAR, PLEASE COME FORWARD. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THERE SEEM TO BE NO MORE SPEAKERS DURING PUBLIC COMMENT. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THIS, PLEASE INDICATE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. MS. VALDES.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. YOU KNOW, PINELLAS COUNTY AND SOME OTHER COUNTIES LIKE PALM BEACH COUNTY AND OTHERS, THEY ARE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN WE ARE. FOR INSTANCE, PINELLAS COUNTY HAS NO DEBT. I WISH I COULD SAY THAT. WHY? BECAUSE THEY ARE PROPERTY RICH AND STUDENT POOR. SO WHEN YOU HAVE LOTS OF WATERFRONT PROPERTY, AND THE TAXATION OCCURS, THERE IS MORE MONEY TO BE ABLE TO FIX THAN THE BUDGET, IF PULL, HAVE NO DEBT. UNLIKE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WE ARE THE OPPOSITE. WE ARE STUDENT RICH AND PROPERTY POOR. AND THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. I WISH THAT WE COULD AFFORD -- AND WE HEARD MR. EAKINS TALK ABOUT THINKING ABOUT THAT SLITHER OF FTE THAT WE USE TO BE ABLE TO MAYBE PRINT BROCHURES OR PUT INFORMATION OUT THERE. I WISH THAT WE COULD BE ABLE TO DO THAT. BUT CONSIDERING THAT THAT SLITHER WOULD COME OFF OF DOLLARS THAT ARE GOING TO BE GEARED TO STUDENT ACADEMICS, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. SOME OF MY CONCERNS, I HAVE GOT SOME QUESTIONS FOR YOU. AND AS WE ARE MOVING FORWARD AND TALKING ABOUT THE BUDGET AND WE ARE SETTING OPERATORS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO CONSIDER IS, FOR INSTANCE, WE HAVE RENOVATION PROGRAMS GOING ON, RENOVATION PROJECTS, RATHER, IN THE KITCHENS PRIMARILY, AND MR. EAKINS, A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO WE APPROVED A SERIES OF DIFFERENT KITCHEN RENOVATIONS FOR THEIR SERVING LINES. AND I ALSO HAD MY CONCERNS ABOUT HOW ALL OF THESE SCHOOLS WOULD BE READY FOR NEXT TUESDAY. AND, UNFORTUNATELY, IN SOME AREAS THAT'S NOT HAPPENING. IN WHICH THE CONTRACTORS ARE SAYING WE HAVE TOO MANY SCHOOLS TO DO AND TO COMPLETE. SO I BELIEVE THAT MOVING FORWARD WE COULD LOOK AT THESE, THE CONTRACTS, EXPEDITIOUSLY TO SEE IF THERE'S SOMETHING WE CAN DO TO BREAK UP SOME OF THESE JOBS. BECAUSE NOW THE QUESTION COMES, LIQUIDATED DAMAGES. IF YOU ARE NOT READY ON TIME WHEN YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ON TIME THEN WHAT IS IT? BECAUSE WE ARE PUTTING OUR LUNCHROOM STAFF IN A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION. THAT'S ALL PART OF THE BUDGET, BECAUSE AGAIN WHEN THE CONTRACTORS DO NOT DO THINGS ON TIME, THERE ARE THINGS THAT COME ABOUT IN THE MEANTIME. THIS QUESTION IS FOR MRS. SAUNDERS. EARLIER ON, WE SAW A SLIDE THAT SAID FOR DEBT SERVICE, 0.000.

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM.

>>Susan Valdes: YET WE HAVE TO PAY DO I KNOW OUR DEBT. IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN IT USUALLY COMES OUT OF THE FACILITIES DEPARTMENT.

>> CAPITAL.

>>Susan Valdes: CAPITAL -- OKAY. HELP ME UNDERSTAND, HELP US IN THE PUBLIC UNDERSTAND, COULD WE SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER DESIGNATE A PORTION OF THAT MILLAGE AND SEPARATE WHAT IT IS THAT WE ARE PAYING IN DEBT SERVICE AND LET THAT BE ITS OWN PERCENTAGE? WHY IS IT A 0.000 WHEN WE HAVE $9,375,000,000 IN DEBT THAT WE HAVE?

>>Gretchen Saunders: THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION. THAT DEBT SERVICE FUND AND THAT PERCENTAGE OF THE MILLAGE RATE IS 0.000 DUE TO THE FACT THAT WE DON'T HAVE ANY GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OUT, WE HAVEN'T PUT ANY EXTRA TAXES OUT ON THE TAXPAYERS. SO THAT WOULD BE A REFERENDUM THAT WOULD GO OUT TO THE TAX PAYFERS WE WERE TO DO A REFERENDUM, THEN THAT'S HOW THAT WOULD BE PAID BACK. BUT WE DO HAVE ONE, AND I THINK THE LAST TIME WE PAID IT OFF WAS LIKE EIGHT, NINE YEARS AGO.  SO THAT'S WHY THAT MILLAGE RATE IS AT ZERO BECAUSE THERE ISN'T ANYTHING IN THAT CATEGORY TO BE REPAID.

>>Susan Valdes: SO WHEN WE CONSIDER -- WHAT IS THE USUAL PERCENTAGE THAT WE CONSIDER TAKING OUT OF THAT OTHER FUND IN FACILITIES? HOW DO WE DETERMINE WHAT IS THE PERCENTAGE THAT WE ARE GOING TO PAY TOWARDS OUR DEBT? IS THAT DICTATED BY SOMEONE?

>> FLORIDA STATUTE. IT'S IN THE STATUTE. AND SO MUCH -- AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT, SO MUCH OF YOUR MILLAGE RATE 1.500 HAS TO BE USED TOWARDS PAYING DOWN YOUR DEBT SERVICE. YES, MA'AM.

>>Susan Valdes: SO I ASK THESE QUESTIONS, NUMBER ONE, FOR CLARIFICATION, AND NUMBER TWO, ALSO TO HELP FOLKS UNDERSTAND THAT THESE DOLLARS, WE CAN'T REALLY USE THEM FOR ANYTHING BUT THAT. SO WHEN WE HAVE SITUATIONS WITH MAINTENANCE AND FACILITIES, CLEARLY A CHALLENGE OF HOW WE MUST OPERATE.

>> YES, MA'AM.

>> THIS PARTICULAR QUESTION -- AND YOU TOUCHED ON IT A LITTLE EARLIER, MR. EAKINS -- BUT CONSIDERING THE GIBSON REPORT, AND HOW WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE SECRETARIES AND OTHERS IN OTHER POSITIONS, AS WELL AS RECENTLY, OUT IN THE COMMUNITY, THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF CONVERSATION ABOUT FOLKS THAT MAYBE HAVE BEEN NOW IN NEW POSITIONS BUT THEY HAVE KEPT ON THEIR PREVIOUS SALARIES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO ADDRESS SOME OF THAT TO SEE, IS THIS GOING TO BE A REPUBLICAN MOVING FORWARD THAT WE DO, NUMBER ONE? NUMBER TWO, HOW DID K WE JUSTIFY MOVING IN THE NEAR FUTURE, HOW ARE WE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT WHEN WE ARE NOT REALLY GENERATING A LOT OF REVENUE? THEN MY FINAL QUESTION IS, HOW MANY EMPLOYEES -- I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE THIS INFORMATION HANDY -- BUT OF THE 2.5717%, HOW MANY EMPLOYEES MAKE UP THAT 2.51%?

>> I CAN GET THAT LAST QUESTION ANSWERED FOR YOU. I WILL GET IT OUT TO THE BOARD. THAT WOULD BE MORE OF OUR ADMINISTRATIVE OR CENTRAL SERVICES KIND OF STAFFING. AND I KNOW HR DOES CALCULATE THAT AND HAS SEPARATE REPORTS THAT KIND OF DETAIL THOSE PARTICULAR EMPLOYEES OUT TO BE ABLE TO ARRIVE AT THAT PERCENTAGE. SO I WILL GET THAT FOR EVERYBODY SO EVERYBODY GETS THAT. THE FIRST QUESTION, OBVIOUSLY, IS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE PRACTICE OF THE MAINTAINING, ANYTIME THERE IS A SITUATION WHERE AN EMPLOYEE -- AND THIS IS NOT ANYTHING NECESSARILY MOVING FORWARD.  THIS IS AN HISTORICAL PRACTICE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WE CERTAINLY CAN ADDRESS THAT AND TALK ABOUT IT EITHER WITH THE BOARD AND STAFF ABOUT HOW WE MOVE FORWARD ON THAT. IF AN EMPLOYEE, WHETHER IT'S AN ADMINISTRATOR, IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE, IS MOVED TO ANOTHER POSITION, THAT THAT POSITION IS A LOWER PAY AND IT'S NOT BASED OFF OF MAYBE AN EVALUATION OR ANYTHING SUCH AS THAT, THE TYPICAL PRACTICE HAS BEEN THAT THEY WOULD MAINTAIN THAT SALARY FOR A YEAR, BE NOTIFIED THAT THERE WILL BE A REDUCTION THAT WILL TAKE PLACE AFTER THAT YEAR WITH REGARDS TO THEIR SALARY. SO THAT'S BEEN KIND OF THE PRACTICE, AND WITHIN THE SUPERINTENDENT'S -- I CONSULTED WITH HUMAN RESOURCES SO I WOULD BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE THAT PRACTICE TO ANY EMPLOYEE WE HAD TO MAKE THAT PARTICULAR DECISION ON. OBVIOUSLY EVERY DECISION THAT WE ARE MAKING RIGHT NOW HAS TO BE, YOU KNOW, FRAMED AROUND OUR BUDGET AND AROUND FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP OF THIS BOARD. WE KNOW THAT -- AND AS I WAS SAYING EARLIER, WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT MAKING A MAJOR REDUCTION IN OVERALL BUDGET, YOU ARE TRYING TO LOOK AT WHAT'S THE RIGHT WAY TO DO IT? IN CERTAIN INDUSTRY, YOU CAN SAY I AM GOING TO CLOSE FIVE STORES, I AM GOING TO STOP MAKING THIS PRODUCT, AND YOU CAN CUT YOUR EXPENSES FAIRLY QUICKLY. WE ARE UNIQUE AS AN EDUCATION BODY. WE HAVE STUDENTS THAT WILL STILL COME THE NEXT DAY TO OUR SCHOOLS. WE JUST CAN'T MAKE THOSE KIND OF DECISIONS. SO WE HAVE TO BE VERY THOUGHTFUL AS WE MOVE FORWARD AND ANY DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE KNOWING THAT, YES, THE DOLLARS EARNED FROM EVERY SINGLE CHILD IS THE MAJOR -- THE MAIN PORTION OF THE MONEY THAT WE JUST TALKED ABOUT IN OUR BUDGET. BUT WE KNOW THAT THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUPPORT THOSE STUDENTS ARE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT TO GET THEM TO SCHOOL, THE CLERICAL STAFF THAT'S NECESSARY TO PROVIDE THAT CUSTOMER SERVICE AND THE SUPPORT AT OUR SCHOOLS, OUR ADMINISTRATORS HAVE THE RIGHT LEADERSHIP, ALL THOSE PIECES OF THAT FTE, WE ARE DOING A THOROUGH FORENSICS OF ALL OF THOSE POSITIONS AND MAKING -- WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TOP MAKE SOME REALLY TOUGH DECISIONS. OBVIOUSLY WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IF WE CAN, IF THERE'S VACANCIES HERE IN THIS BUILDING AND IF THERE ARE NO VACANCIES HERE BUT THERE ARE VACANCIES AT SCHOOL, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE OUR SCHOOLS HAVE VACANCIES FILLED. SO WE HAVE TO PUSH OUR EMPLOYEES OUT CLOSER TO OUR STUDENTS SO THAT THEY AND OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR REGIONS, SO WE CAN HAVE THAT SUPPORT THAT OUR SCHOOLS NEED. WE KNOW THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO SURVIVE A DAY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, IF FOR SOME REASON WE DIDN'T COME TO THIS BUILDING. WE KNOW THAT. BUT WITH OUR SCHOOLS, THEY COULD NOT. SO WE HAVE TO FACE ALL THE DECISIONS MOVING FORWARD ARE WITH THAT IN MIND.

>>Susan Valdes: SO, FOR INSTANCE, NOW THERE ARE SCHOOLS THAT ARE IN NEED OF CLERICAL STAFF.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: RIGHT.

>>Susan Valdes: WALK US THROUGH WHAT'S THAT GOING TO LOOK LIKE? IS IT A -- ARE WE JUST ADMINISTRATIVELY PLACING THEM? SO WHEN YOU HAVE THAT ABILITY TO DO THAT, THAT IS YOUR CHARGE.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: RIGHT, SO WHAT WE ARE DOING IS WE ARE LOOKING AT ISSUES AROUND ATTRITION. WE HAVEN'T LAID OFF ANY EMPLOYEES NOR IS THAT OUR PLAN TO LAY OFF ANY EMPLOYEES AT THIS POINT IN TIME. BUM WE NO, MA'AM THIS PAST WEEK SOME OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS OR MIDDLE SCHOOLS THAT MIGHT HAVE A CLERICAL VACANCY. THROUGH DR. VASQUEZ AND WORKING WITH VARIOUS DIVISIONS IDENTIFIED POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES THAT COULD BE TO THOSE PARTICULAR POSITIONS FROM DISTRICT LEVEL TYPES OF POSITIONS. OBVIOUSLY, YOU KNOW, THOSE CONVERSATIONS HAVE BEEN WITH THE EMPLOYEES AROUND THAT DECISION. AND THAT'S WHY WHEN ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS ARE ADVERTISING RIGHT NOW, THEY KNOW THEY CAN ONLY FILL FROM WITHIN THE DISTRICT, BECAUSE WE KNOW AS SOON AS WE HIRE FROM OUTSIDE OF THE DISTRICT IN THOSE POSITIONS WHERE WE JUST ADDED MORE EMPLOYEES TO THE OVERALL EMPLOYEE BASE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. SO THAT IS FUNNELED THROUGH THE CHIEF OF STAFF RIGHT NOW IN WORKING WITH THE DIFFERENT DIVISIONS THAT MAY HAVE IDENTIFIED POSITIONS WHERE THEY ARE OVERALLOCATED AND BE ABLE TO TRANSFER THOSE POSITIONS TO OUR SCHOOLS.

>>Susan Valdes: AND THAT WILL BE ALL FOR RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: OKAY. AND WE HAD DISCUSSION WAS OUR UNIONS ABOUT THE PROCESS TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE BY CONTRACT AND ALL THOSE PARTICULAR ISSUES ARE BEING ADDRESSED AS WELL.

>>Susan Valdes: I GUESS THAT I BELIEVE THAT MAYBE MOVING FORWARD WE SHOULD REALLY LOOK AT THE PAST PRACTICES OF MAINTAINING CERTAIN LEVELS OF SALARIES, JUST BECAUSE IT'S THE NICE THING TO DOUGH. I APPRECIATE THAT. IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE. BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN, IT SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE. SO, FOR INSTANCE, IF AN EMPLOYEE IS REMOVED FOR WHATEVER REASON, AND THEY GET DEMOTED, THEY SHOULD NOT MAINTAIN THAT PREVIOUS SALARY. AND I THINK THAT THESE PRACTICES NEED TO REALLY -- THAT'S HOW WE HAVE GOTTEN INTO TROUBLE TODAY. AND IT'S JUST BEEN LAYERS AFTER LAYERS AFTER LAYERS. AND UNFORTUNATELY I CAN TRULY SAY THIS, THAT DURING MY TENURE, WE REALLY HAVE NOT HAD THESE TYPES OF INTIMATE CONVERSATIONS AS TO WHAT'S DONE, BECAUSE WHEN WE APPROVE POSITIONS AND APPOINTMENTS, WE REALLY DON'T KNOW. WE SEE A SALARY SCHEDULE, BUT WE REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE MAKING. AND WHAT THE BUDGET IMPACT REALLY, TRULY IS. SO WE HAVE TO FIND A WAY. IF WE, AS THE STEWARDS OF THE $2.8 BILLION BUDGET ARE GOING TO BE ASKED QUESTIONS AND GOING TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS BUDGET, WE HAVE TO KNOW WHAT TRULY THE FINANCIAL IMPACT, WHAT IT'S REALLY GOING TO LOOK LIKE IN THE BUDGET, BECAUSE WE CAN NO LONGER OPERATE THIS WAY. SO I AM HOPING THAT YOU CAN REALLY LOOK AT THIS AND SEE HOW WE CAN CHANGE THESE PAST PRACTICES THAT REALLY THEY ARE NOT VERY CONDUCIVE TO SUSTAINABILITY.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH. AND THOSE PROCESSES ARE BEING LOOKED AT MUCH LIKE THE PROCESS THAT YOU BROUGHT UP TONIGHT. WHAT WE WILL DO IN THE FUTURE AND WE WANT TO HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS WITH STAFF AND BOARD AROUND THERE.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE BUDGET, ALMOST EVERY CONVERSATION, PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION, OUR COMMITMENT IS ALWAYS AROUND DOING THE LEAST HARM TO OUR SCHOOLS AND IMPACT TO OUR SCHOOLS. AND YET I AM JUST NOT VERY SURE OR CLEAR -- I THINK I HAVE A SENSE ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN TRANSPORTATION. I THINK I HAVE GOT A SENSE OF THE KINDS OF THINGS WE HAVE BEEN DOING WITH PERSONNEL. BUT I REALLY HAVEN'T -- I DON'T HAVE A REAL SENSE OF THE CORE ABOUT TEACHING AND LEARNING, ABOUT WHAT WE ARE REALLY DOING AROUND THAT TO ENSURE THAT WE STILL HAVE HIGH-QUALITY EXPERIENCE FOR OUR CHILDREN, RELEVANT AND APPROPRIATE KINDS OF RESOURCES IN THE CLASSROOM. AND I KNOW DR. VAS QUESTIONS IS WORKING -- DR. VAZQUEZ IS WORKING IN ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE WHAT IS EFFECTIVE. WHAT MATERIALS DO WE HAVE, REALLY TEACHERS ARE USING. AND SO I HOPE THAT AS WE CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE ARE GOING TO MAYBE BE MORE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE, THAT WE HAVE SOME REAL CONVERSATIONS AROUND WHAT GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN OUR SCHOOLS THAT ARE REALLY GETTING RESULTS, WHAT THINGS WE ARE GETTING RID OF, NOT BECAUSE IT'S BUT FOR THE FACT THAT HITS BEING PRODUCTIVE. SO I THINK THAT'S CRITICAL, IF WE PAT OURSELVES ON THE BACK ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT'S WHERE OUR FUNDS ARE GOING, WE NEED TO KNOW HOW IT'S BEING USED AND WHAT THEY ARE. I WOULD JUST LIKE TO HAVE SOME MORE TIME TO TALK ABOUT WHAT I THINK IS THE CORE OF WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT. THE SECOND THING I AM GOING TO KIND OF GO BACK TO THIS WHOLE THING OF COMMUNICATION. MRS. SOCO TALKED ABOUT IT IN HER ARTICLE TODAY, ABOUT MAYBE THE LACK OF PUBLIC INTEREST, OR MAYBE AWARENESS AND THAT KIND OF THING. AND I KNOW THAT SHE TALKS ABOUT THE FACT THAT MR. DAVIS IS GOING TO BE THE PERSON WHO IS GOING TO SHOW UP. AT LEAST IT'S NOT ZERO INTEREST. AT LEAST WE DO HAVE SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED. AND GETTING THIS INFORMATION OUT TO THE PUBLIC. AND I THINK IT'S KIND OF LIKE THE STUDENT HANDBOOK. IT'S A RESOURCE. PEOPLE LOOK AT IT ONLY WHEN THEY NEED TO LOOK AT IT AND THAT KIND OF THING. THEY AREN'T GOING TO NECESSARILY COME -- AROUND THE TAX MILLAGE. BUT THERE ARE A COUPLE OF THINGS I WOULD LIKE YOU TO CONSIDER ABOUT MAYBE PUBLIC AWARENESS. YOU HAVE GOT A SLIDE PRESENTATION, PUTTING IT ON THE WEBSITE WITHOUT HAVING YOUR VERBIAGE OR NARRATIVE. BUT MAYBE A FACT SHEET WITH SOME KEY POINTS ABOUT WHERE MONEY GOES, HOW IT'S SPENT, WHY WE PUT THAT THE WAY, OR GIVE THE AUDIENCE, IF THEY DON'T COME TO THE HEARING, THEY THINK THEY HAVE A SENSE OF HOW WE ARE SPENDING THE TAXPAYERS MONEY AND THE PUBLIC MONEY. MAYBE THAT MIGHT BE ONE THING. ANOTHER THING IS THE BEGINNING OF SCHOOL, AN OP-ED PIECE AROUND THE BUDGET WHY WE ARE SPENDING THE MONEYS, HOW WE ARE DOING IT, SO THAT PARENTS AND CITIZENS AND TAXPAYERS REALLY FEEL THAT WE ARE BEING GOOD STEWARDS, AND MAY CREDIT SOME INTEREST, THAT KIND OF THING, AND MAYBE RUN IT NEAR THE TIME THAT THE TAX BILLS COME OUT. I DON'T KNOW. BUT I THINK THAT WE OWE IT TO THEM EVEN IF THEY DON'T COME TO US, THAT WE NEED TO GET THE MESSAGE OUT TO THEM. AND SO I EXPECT THAT THIS PIECE THAT YOU GET TODAY, THE WAY IT'S PRESENTED, ON THE WEBSITE, IS THE WAY TO BE DO IT, BUT I THINK WE HAVE TO RESPOND TOP PUT FORTH EVERY MESSAGE AND EVERY IMAGE ABOUT OUR DOING THE BEST FOR KIDS AND OUR EMPLOYEES, BEING PRUDENT TO OUR TAXPAYERS, AND HOW WE HAVE TO BALANCE OUR DEBT. AND IF YOU TALK ABOUT MAKING ADJUSTMENTS AROUND PERSONNEL, I HOPE THAT THE WHOLE IDEA OF ADVERSITY CONTINUES TO BE PART OF THE CONVERSATION. I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT QUOTAS BUT I AM TALKING ABOUT ASSURING THAT WE HAVE A DIVERSIFIED WORKFORCE AS WE CUT BACK ON PERSONNEL. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT STUDENT PROGRESS, A LOT OF TIMES WE DISCUSS, AS OPPOSED TO A SNAPSHOT OF A STUDENT, WHERE THEY ARE AT THE TIME, WE TALK ABOUT GANGS, WE TALK ABOUT -- GAINS, WE TALK ABOUT PROGRESS. SO I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A SUGGESTION ON REPORTING WHEN IT COMBS TO BUDGET PROPOSAL. HONESTLY, IT'S A CHALLENGE TO SIFT THROUGH AND READ THE BUDGET REPORT AS IT'S PRESENTED TO THE BOARD AND TO THE PUBLIC BECAUSE I CAN'T SEE IN ONE REPORT HOW WE COMPARED TO LAST YEAR, FROM LAST YEAR TO THIS YEAR OR FROM PREVIOUS YEARS TO THIS YEAR. IT'S HARD TO SEE THE PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE MADE FROM ONE YEAR TO THE NEXT IF I CAN'T SEE PREVIOUS YEARS. AND I KNOW I TALKED ABOUT TREND IN THE PAST AS WELL. IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR ME. I CAN'T SPEND FOR OTHER BOARD MEMBERS BUT IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR ME TO SEE THE TREND IN THE DATA AND NOT JUST THE SNAPSHOT OF THE BUDGET AND WHETHER IT'S MEETING WITH MRS. SAUNDERS ONE ON ONE, WHICH I WILL BE HAPPY TO YOU, MEETING WITH YOU ONE ON ONE AND TALKING ABOUT LAST YEAR, THIS YEAR, OR THE DIFFERENT FRIENDS TRENDS IN THE DIFFERENT AREA. I THINK IT WOULD BE HELPFUL WHEN WE ARE SHOOTING FOR BEING SO TRANSPARENT, AND, YOU KNOW, I AM STRUGGLING READING THIS AND I IMAGINE A LOT OF PEOPLE, IF WE JUST HANDED THIS 24 PAGES TO THEM, WOULD HAVE A STRUGGLE READING IT, TOO. TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE PROGRESS THAT WE HAVE MADE FROM ONE YEAR TO THE NEXT. AND THAT'S WHAT PEOPLE WANT TO SEE. PEOPLE WANT TO SEE, OKAY, WHERE WERE WE LAST YEAR? SHOW US THE NUMBERS. WHAT HAVE WE DONE DIFFERENTLY TO GET TO THIS YEAR? I DON'T SEE ANYTHING IN HERE ABOUT THE GIBSON REPORT, OR HOW THIS ALIGNS TO ANY OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE SPENT A MILLION DOLLARS TO FIND. AND SO I AM JUST CONCERNED THAT IF WE ARE REALLY TRYING TO PROMOTE THE TRANSPARENCY, WE COULD JUST DO A BETTER JOB. WE COULD DO A BETTER JOB OF LAYING OUT THE INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE SO THEY COULD UNDERSTAND WHAT PROGRESS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS MAKING WITH ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE COLLECTED, ALL OF THE DATA THAT WE HAVE RESEARCHED, WITH THE GIBSON REPORT, FROM LAST YEAR TO THIS YEAR, AND THEN THE OTHER ISSUE OR THE OTHER TOPIC WOULD BE SOMETHING WE HAVE ALREADY DISCUSSED WOULD BE THAT FUND BALANCE, AND HOW WE ARE REPORTING THE FUND BALANCE ON A MONTH TO MONTH BASIS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AND I'LL JUST RESPOND, BECAUSE I THINK A LOT OF WHAT YOU HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT AND MRS. EDGECOMB HAVE SPOKEN BEGUN, WE ARE GETTING VERY CLOSE TO BEING ABLE TO GIVE THAT KIND OF DETAIL. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT, AS WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT COMING IN AND TRYING TO TRY TO RESOLVE SOME OF ISSUES WITH RECURRING COSTS AND BUDGET, A LOT OF IT WAS BECAUSE OF PROCESSES THAT WE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN EMPLOYING, THAT WE COULD HAVE EMPLOYED BETTER, TO BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. I KNOW AS A BOARD MEMBER AND AS A SUPERINTENDENT, I WANT TO KNOW THE NUMBER. YOU WANT TO KNOW THE NUMBER SO YOU CAN SLEEP AT NIGHT AND I CAN SLEEP AT NIGHT AND EVERYONE ELSE CAN SLEEP AT NIGHT. WE HAVE TO DO A BETTER JOB OF BEING ACCURATE. WE HAVE TO BE ESPECIALLY ACCURATE WITH PAYROLL BECAUSE PAYROLL IS THE LARGEST EXPENSE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. YOU HAVE TO KNOW ON A BIWEEKLY BASIS WHEN THE PAYROLL CHECKS GO OUT P.I SHOULD KNOW AND YOU SHOULD KNOW WHERE WE ARE COMPARED TO LAST YEAR, WHERE WE ARE TO OUR PROJECTED OVERALL SALARY PROJECTION FOR THE YEAR, TO BE ABLE TO CHART THAT, AND THEN BE ABLE TO MAKE ACCURATE COURSE CORRECTIONS AS WE ARE GOING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, SO THAT WE CAN, IF WE FEEL LIKE WE HAVE TO MAKE COURSE CORRECTIONS IN PAYROLL. WELL, WE KNOW WE HAVE TO EMPLOY SOME OF THOSE STRATEGIES THAT I JUST MENTIONED EARLIER IN ORDER TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. IF FOR SOME REASON WE ARE SEEING ISSUES IN PROGRAMS, LIKE MRS. EDGECOMB HAD MENTIONED, THAT WE NEED TO SEE BETTER SUPPORTING, THAT WE CAN REALLOCATE AND ENFORCE CORRECTION, MAKE RIO ALLOCATION TO PROVIDE SOMEBODY EXTRA SUPPORT, IN A PARTICULAR CURRICULUM OR SUPPORTS TO SCHOOLS. THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS YOU WANT. THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS I WANT. AND I KNOW STAFF IS WORKING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN GET THAT KIND OF INFORMATION ON A REALTIME BASIS TO ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T COME TONE THESE PARTICULAR TIMES OF THE YEAR AND JUST HEAR THIS INFORMATION NOW. THAT YOU START TO FEEL NOT ONLY DO YOU SEE THE FINANCIALS. YOU SEE THE FINANCIAL WAS SOME SORT OF CONTEXT WHAT WOO WE HAVE BEEN DOING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO GET TO THOSE NUMBERS ON THAT PARTICULAR DAY.

>> I THINK YOU HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD, THAT CONTEXT IS ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY GOING TO BE THE KEY IN THAT, BECAUSE YOU HAVE GOT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THAT RELATE TO THE NUMBER. AND I THINK THAT'S KIND OF WHEREIN MRS. EDGECOMB WAS ALLUDING TO, THERE'S GOT TO BE SOME CONTEXT BEHIND THE NUMBERS IN ORDER TO REALLY PROMOTE THE TRANSPARENCY THAT PEOPLE DESIRE TO BE IN THE SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET.

>> I EVENTUALLY WANT YOU ALL TO SEE THE BUDGET COMPARED TO OUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES. I WANT YOU TO SEE WHERE THE DOLLARS ARE ALIGNING, NOT JUST HOW WE ARE SPENDING ACCORDING TO LAST YEAR BUT LITERALLY HOW WE ARE SPENDING DOLLARS TO GET THAT TO MEET THE PRIORITIES OF THE BOARD REACH THE GOALS OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN, SO THAT WE CAN THEN TELL THE STORY TO THE PUBLIC, TELL THE STORY TO THE MEDIA AROUND WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING, AND ATTACH IT NOT ONLY PROM ATICALLY BUT FISCALLY HOW WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SUPPORT THAT.

>> THANK YOU.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YOU GOT IT.

>> SO I CAN REMEMBER A TIME WHEN WE WERE TOLD THAT WE WERE GOING TO PAY FOR ALL OF OUR SECURITY OFFICERS USING OUR REBATES FROM PEPSI, AND OFFICE DEPOT. OUR OFFICE DEPOT MONEY. AND WE WOULD ASK FOR INFORMATION, AND HOW IS THAT GOING TO HAPPEN? AND WE NEVER GOT IT. SO WE HAVE -- WE HAVE MOVED IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION. ARE WE WHERE WE NEED TO BE? NO. BUT I SEE US MOVING IN THAT DIRECTION. SO I WANT TO START MY COMMENT WAS THAT. BECAUSE KNOWING WHERE WE HAVE BEEN, KNOWING WHERE WE ARE, WHICH IS NOT WRITE BELIEVE WE NEED TO BE, BUT KNOWING WHERE WE ARE GOING. AND MR. SUPERINTENDENT, YOU AND I HAD A VERY, VERY IN-DEPTH CONVERSATION ABOUT JUST THIS VERY FACT IN OUR ONE ON ONE, AND I DID GET MY LIST OF ADMINISTRATORS OWN SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS, AND YOU AND I TALKED ABOUT THAT. AND I THINK THAT IT WAS PROBABLY A VERY GOOD EXERCISE FOR YOU AND YOUR STAFF TO GO THROUGH AS WELL, BECAUSE NOT ONLY DID I WANT TO SEE THE LIST, BUT I WANTED TO KNOW THE WHY. WHY ARE THESE PEOPLE ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT? BECAUSE THERE'S A MYRIAD OF REASONS. SOME OF THEM EXPLAINABLE AND SOME UNDERSTANDABLE, AND SOME NOT. WHAT YOU ASSURED ME WITH THAT IS THAT THIS LIST HAS WHITTLED DOWN. IT'S APPROXIMATELY 20, RIGHT NOW THAT THIS LIST HAS WHITED DOWN. AND WILL YOU PLEASE STATE WHAT YOU SAID TO ME IN OUR MEETING WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT, WHAT YOU ARE SAYING TO YOUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I'LL SAY THAT AND THEN GIVE YOU A BRIEF THUMBNAIL ABOUT THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES ON THE 20. SO AS WE --

>> TO YOUR POINT --

>> YES, DIRECTLY RELATED TO MRS. VALDES' QUESTION. AS YOU LOOK BACK AT THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT THERE HAS BEEN SEVERAL DIFFERENT REASONS. THE LARGEST REASON THAT THAT POSITION WAS CREATED WAS THAT THERE WERE POSITIONS THAT REQUEST GOING TO BE ADVERTISED IN PARTICULAR DIVISIONS BY WHICH MUCH THE KEY CANDIDATE WAS PROBABLY GOING TO BE A PRINCIPAL TYPE OF POSITION. AND BECAUSE OF THAT, WE HAVE IN OUR PRINCIPAL RANKS, ALL PRINCIPALS ARE PAID AT DIFFERENT SALARY SCHEDULES. YOU HAVE ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL AT A CERTAIN SCHEDULE, MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL AT A CERTAIN SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL AT A CERTAIN SCHEDULE. WELL, IF A SUPERVISOR POSITION WAS ADVERTISED, THAT BEING ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL LEVEL PAY. SO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL OR HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL WOULD NOT BE AT ALL INTERESTED PERHAPS IN APPLYING. THAT WOULD BE A PAY REDUCTION. SO THE ADMINISTRATOR ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT POSITION WAS CREATED SEVERAL YEARS AGO TO ALLOW A MORE LATERAL MOVE OF A PERSON ON A SALARY. SO IF A PERSON -- IF A DEPARTMENT WAS TRYING TO HIRE A GREAT PERSON INTO THAT ROLE, THE ADMINISTRATOR ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT POSITION WOULD ALLOWAGE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, A MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL OR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TO MOVE LATERALLY OVER INTO THAT UNIT WITHOUT AFFECTING THEIR PAY. THEREFORE, THE CANDIDATE POOL ENLARGED AND BECAME MORE OF A MORE COMPETITIVE LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT CANDIDATE. SO THE MAJORITY OF -- A PERFECT EXAMPLE, OUR EIGHT PRINCIPAL COACHES RIGHT NOW ARE CONSIDERED OUT OF THOSE 20, EIGHT OF THEM ARE PRINCIPAL COACHES BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT PRINCIPAL COACHES MOVING INTO THAT PARTICULAR UNIT WERE ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE OR HIGH. WE WANTED TO ENSURE THERE WAS MORE OF A LATERAL MOVE OVERTON THAT PARTICULAR POSITION. SOME OF THE OTHER POSITIONS THAT ARE ON THERE, I WOULD SAY WOULD BE EASY TO RETITLE BECAUSE THEY LITERALLY ARE DOING SPECIFIC JOBS, AND WE CAN LOOK AT THOSE TO WHITTLE DOWN EVEN MORE INTO JUST RETITLELING THE POSITION AWAY FROM OUR ADMINISTRATOR ON SPECIAL A SIGN:  WE WOULD BRING THAT TO THE BOARD. THEN THE OTHERS MAY BE ON PARTICULAR POSITIONS BECAUSE THERE WAS NO PLACE. THERE WAS A REMOVAL OF AN ADMINISTRATOR FROM A POSITION THERE, WAS NO PLACE, MAYBE THERE WASN'T AT THAT POINT IN TIME, AN EVALUATION THAT WAS CONDUCIVE TO A DEMOTION OF THAT PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL. SO AN ADMINISTRATOR ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT POSITION WAS CREATED AND THAT POSITION WAS DOING WORK EITHER IN SOME DEPARTMENT OR SOME MECHANISM WITHIN THE DISTRICT UNTIL FURTHER PLACEMENT WOULD BE ASSIGNED. SO IN THE CONVERSATION THAT I HAD, AND WHEN I FIRST MET WITH AREA SUPERINTENDENTS PRIOR TO MR. PETERS COMING ONBOARD, ONE OF THE WAYS TO RESOLVE THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD IS TO ENSURE THAT ANYTIME OUR EVALUATORS, OUR LEADERS AND OUR DISTRICT, THEY HAVE TO KNOW THAT THEIR EVALUATION HAS TO BE ACCURATE, REFLECTIVE OF THE QUALITY OF WORK OF THAT LEADER. OBVIOUSLY WHEN THEY DON GREAT WORK, IT HAS TO BE REFLECTED. WHEN THERE ARE CHALLENGES THAT HAS TO BE REFLECTED. THAT HAS TO BE CONVERSATION THAT HAS TO BE DOCUMENTED. AND THEN EVENTUALLY SUPPORT HAS TO BE GIVEN TO THOSE LEADERS TO IMPROVE. AND WHEN THAT LEADER DOES NOT IMPROVE, AND WE HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION, THAT WE IN A LONGER MAKE A DECISION AROUND A LATERAL MOVE SOMEWHERE, WE MAKE A DECISION AROUND GOING AND RETURNING TO A POSITION BY WHICH THAT PERSON WAS MOST SUCCESSFUL. AND THAT MAY BE IN ANOTHER ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION. THAT MAY BE AN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL POSITION. THAT MAY BE IN AN INSTRUCTIONAL POSITION.

>> OR IT MAY BE OUT AT THE DISTRICT WE TALKED ABOUT.

>> AND SCOTT BE BASED ON CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS OF THE POSITIONS. SO ALL OF THAT BEING SAID, THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS AND I HAD THAT CONVERSATION AROUND THEIR ROLE AND BEING ACCURATELY REFLECTING THE TRUE WORK, DOCUMENTING THAT, PROVIDING SUPPORTS, AND THEN OF COURSE ACCURATELY MAKING THE DECISION ON WHERE TO MAKE A PLACEMENT IF THAT PERSON IS NOT BEING SUCCESSFUL AND NOT CREATING UNIT BUT LITERALLY PUTTING THEM IN A PLACE WHERE THEY KNOW THEY ARE SUPPORTING KIDS AND SUPPORTING SCHOOLS EFFECTIVELY.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND TO GO EVEN FURTHER WITH THAT IN ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT, TEACHER ON SPECIAL A SIGN, THERE WAS A RATIONALE, BUT SOMEHOW IT GOT USED AS A HOLDING PLACE FOR DIFFERENT THINGS. SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT, DIFFERENT PROCESSES IN PLACE, MAYBE THERE'S SOME POLICY THAT WE NEED TO, BUT ALONG WITH THAT, I HAD A CONVERSATION -- AND ONE OF THE PROPOSALS THAT I AM PUTTING FORWARD FOR OUR POLICY DISCUSSIONS IS -- AND YOU HAVE HEARD ME TALKING ABOUT IT HERE AT THE LAST MEETING, I BELIEVE -- IS -- AND WORKING WITH OUR ATTORNEY TO MAKE SURE WE ARE ONE WITHIN THE LAWS, WORKING WITH HUMAN RESOURCES TO MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE, WE ARE THOSE EVALUATIONS ARE DONE, BUT MAKING WHAT WE DO WITH OUR ADMINISTRATORS CONSISTENT WITH WHAT WE ARE DOING WITH OUR TEACHERS AND OUR OTHER EMPLOYEES IN THIS DISTRICT. SO THE TEACHER TO USE MEANS YOU CAN'T TEACH IN FLAP ANYMORE. YOU LOSE YOUR TEACHING CERTIFICATION. THERE ARE SOMETIMES WHEN THEY GET THAT ONE THAT WE COUNSEL THEM AND THEN THEY ARE COUNSELED OUT OF THE DISTRICT. BUT WE ARE ALSO GIVING THEM SUPPORTS ALONG THE WAY. SO WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT IS -- AND JUST FROM A 30,000-FOOT FLY-BY WITHOUT THE LAW, WITHOUT THE ATTORNEY PUTTING THAT LANGUAGE TOGETHER FOR THE POLICY, AND WITHOUT HAVING HAVE THAT, AND ALL INVOLVED PARTIES, AND AGAIN MAKING IT CONSISTENT WITH WHAT WE ARE DOING WITH OUR TEACHERS, AND JUST USING A PRINCIPAL AS AN EXAMPLE, A PRINCIPAL IS NOT SUCCESSFUL IN HIS SCHOOL, AND BEEN GIVEN THEIR EVALUATIONS, AND THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE SUPPORTS THAT THEY NEED TO GROW, IN THAT RECOMMEND, IF THEY DON'T, THEN THEY COULD BE PUT BACK INTO THE PRINCIPAL PIPELINE AS AN AP, AT AN AP SALARY, AND EARN THEIR WAY BACK INTO A PRINCIPALSHIP. OR IF IT'S SO BAD THAT THEY COULD BE COUNSELED OUT OF THE DISTRICT LIKE WE DO WITH SOME TEACHERS, TOO. SO THERE'S ALL KIND OF DIFFERENT THINGS. BUT THE LAW IS GOING TO PLAY INTO THIS, CONVERSATIONS WITH THE ASSOCIATION THAT REPRESENTS THESE EMPLOYEES AND THE PEOPLE WHO ARE GOING TO BE AFFECTED BY THESE DECISIONS, BUT MAKING THINGS CONSISTENT ACROSS THE BOARD WITH ALL OF OUR EMPLOYS. BECAUSE I WILL TELL YOU THAT AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THIS IS WHAT I CONVEYED TO YOU, ONE OF THE BIGGEST COMPLAINTS THAT WE GET FROM OUR EMPLOYEES IN THE TRENCHES IS THAT ONCE YOU GO DOWN TO THE IVORY TOWER, YOU ARE PROTECTED. AND THAT CANNOT HAPPEN. ANYMORE. PEOPLE HAVE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AT ALL LEVELS WITHIN THIS DISTRICT. AND IT'S GOT TO BE ABOUT THE KIDS. AND IF IT'S NOT ABOUT THE KIDS, AND IF YOU ARE NOT SUCCESSFUL AND ALL OF THE COUNSELING THANK WE DO AND ALL OF THOSE SUPPORTS, THEN WE HAVE GOT TO TALK ABOUT A DIFFERENT POSITION OR A DIFFERENT CAREER FOR EVERYONE. AND WE ARE DOING THAT WITH TEACHERS. IT'S FAIR THAT WE DO THAT WITH ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES. SO THAT'S GOING TO BE COMING FORWARD IN OUR CONVERSATIONS AROUND POLICIES. BUT IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LOT OF MOVING PARTS TO PUT IT ALL TOGETHER. AND I HAVE MORE, BUT IF YOU WANT TO JUMP IN ON THIS ONE.

>>Susan Valdes: I WANT TO PIGGYBACK ON. THAT AND THE PERCEPTION IS STILL OUT THERE THAT, YOU KNOW, TO MOVE UP YOU HAVE GOT TO MESS UP, AND YOU GO FIND -- THEY'LL FIND A SPOT FOR YOU WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO BE IN A HOLDING PEN UNTIL THEN AN OPPORTUNITY COMES IN THAT AUTOMATICALLY MAY -- THE JOB DESCRIPTION AND NOW IT'S A LITTLE HIGHER PAY GRADE, AND YOU MAINTAIN YOUR SALARY, AND NOW YOU HAVE ANOTHER JOB BECAUSE YOU APPLIED THAT AND MIRACULOUSLY YOU GET IT AND YOU ARE WONDERFUL. YET HISTORICALLY THERE HAVE BEEN EMPLOYEES THAT REALLY SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN IN THOSE POSITIONS. SO THOSE TYPES OF PERCEPTIONS ARE VERY CHALLENGING TO DEMYSTIFY, FULL.

>>April Griffin: AND WE ARE GETTING DEEP INTO THAT PARTICULAR POLICY. THE REASON I BROUGHT IT UP WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT TODAY -- AND I DON'T MEAN TO CUT YOU OFF. I WANT TO KEEP US ON TRACK. BUT THE REASON I BROUGHT THIS UP IS BECAUSE THIS DOES HAVE A BUDGETARY IMPACT. WHEN WE ARE PAYING PEOPLE AT A PRINCIPAL'S SALARY, OR MORE, BECAUSE THEY HAVE MOVED SOMEWHERE, YOU KNOW. SO IT WAS IN CONTEXT OF THE BUDGET. AND I KNOW WE HAVE AMAZING EMPLOYEES THROUGHOUT THIS DISTRICT. BUT AGAIN IT'S JUST LOOKING IT AT IT FROM A BUDGETARY PERSPECTIVE, AND THEN WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THAT POLICY DISCUSSION AS WELL. AND AGAIN I KNOW WE HAVE AMAZE HAD GONE EMPLOYEES. BUT JUST LIKE TEACHERS WHO DON'T WANT TO TEACH NEXT TO A BRAD TEACHER, ADMINISTRATORS DON'T WANT WANT TO WORK WITH BAD ADMINISTRATORS EITHER. AND MRS. EDGECOMB, IF IT'S IN REFERENCE TO THIS I'LL LET YOU PUT IN YOUR TWO CENTS.

>>Susan Valdes: AND MY LAST COMMENT ON THAT IS WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT IS THAT WE DO NOT DO THAT TO CHILDREN. CHILDREN GET KICKED OUT OF SCHOOL, MOVING FORWARD, BUT THIS IS PART OF THAT CULTURE THAT WE ARE TRYING TO CHANGE THAT'S UNFORTUNATELY IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE MR. HARRISON, WHERE IF WE DISCIPLINE OUR KIDS, AFTER WE TAKE THEIR MONEY, THAT BELONGS TO THEM TO EDUCATE THEM, YET WE DON'T DO ANYTHING TO THE ADULTS IN CHARGE OF MAKING SURE THAT THE STUDENTS ARE SUCCESSFUL AS BEST AS WE CAN. TO YOUR POINT, MEMBER GRIFFIN, THANK YOU.

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: PERCEPTIONS AND POLICIES IN MOVING TOWARD THAT. AS WE MOVE UP THERE THIS DISCUSSION WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE FIRST OF ALL, WHAT DO WE HAVE IN PLACE ALREADY? THERE HAS TO BE SOMEBODY PRACTICES ALREADY IN PLACE. SO WE NEED TO LOOK AT THAT. AND WE SECONDLY NEED TO LOOK TO SEE IF THERE ARE SOME POLICIES ALREADY IN PLACE, AND HOW, IF THEY ARE WORKING OR NOT WORKING, AND THEN IF THERE'S A NEED TO LOOK AT REVISING, ADDING ON, OR NEW ONES. BUT I THINK IT'S REALLY CRITICAL AS WE EXPRESS OUR CONCERNS, AND WE ALL PERHAPS HAVE THEM, THAT WE SPEAK WITH A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF ACCURACY ABOUT WHAT IS IN PLACE. AND MAYBE -- I REALLY DON'T KNOW ALL OF THAT, BUT I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT IN A SYSTEM THIS BIG, WITH MOVING PARTS LIKE WE DO, AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO BE MOVED TO OTHER POSITIONS OR POSITIONS THEY CREATED LOWE NOT CREATE READY, BUT RECONSTITUTED, OR INITIATED, WHATEVER THE REASONS ARE, THAT HOPEFULLY WE DIDN'T JUST DO IT BECAUSE WE WANT TO DO IT, BUT THERE WAS A PROCESS BY WHICH WE DID THAT. I WOULD LIKE TO FIRST OF ALL BE BROUGHT UP TO DATE ON WHAT IT IS AND HOW THAT LEADS TO THE NEXT STEPS, PLEASE.

>>April Griffin: AND MR. PORTER, IF YOU HEARD MRS. EDGECOMB IN THE WORK THAT YOU ARE DOING, TOO, THAT'S PART OF THAT. BUT I DID, MRS. EDGECOMB, ASK FOR THAT INFORMATION AS WELL. AND THERE'S NOT REALLY A WHOLE LOT THAT WE FOUND THUS FAR. WE ARE EATING AN ELEPHANT ONE BYTE AT THE TIME. AND LIKE I SAID AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING, WE KNOW NOW WHAT WE DIDN'T KNOW. AND AS FAR AS THE BUDGET IS CONCERNED, I THINK THAT WE MADE PROGRESS IN THAT REGARD. BUT I'M LOOKING FOR FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN REFERENCE TO THIS PARTICULAR MATTER. WHAT I REALLY WANT TO KNOW -- AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I SAID IT IN STAFF TODAY -- I FEEL LIKE A HORSE THAT'S BEEN AT THE STARTING GATE READY TO GOP SINCE WE CAME UP WITH OUR NEW VISION AND OUR NEW MISSION AND OUR NEW STRATEGIC PLAN, AND ALL OF THE SPORTS THAT WE WANT TO PUT IN PLACE FOR OUR STUDENTS, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND ALL OF THOSE OTHER SUPPORTS, GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, AND THE THINGS THAT -- CAREER COUNSELORS, THINGS LIKE THAT. HOW ARE YOU FILLING THESE BUDGET HOLES THAT WE KNOW WE STILL HAVE?  SO IF YOU COULD GIVE US SOME DETAIL ON THAT, PLEASE.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SO ONE OF THE THINGS ---

>>April Griffin: SO WE CAN MOVE FORWARD ON THIS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: OBVIOUSLY YOUR PRIORITY AS THIS BOARD IDENTIFIED ARE PRIORITIES OF THIS DISTRICT THAT WE HAVE TO MOVE FORWARD. I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS IN A TOUGH BUDGET YEAR THAT WE HAVE EXPERIENCED AND WILL CONTINUE AS WE ARE TURNING, RIGHTING THE SHIP, THIS IS A MULTIYEAR PROCESS TO DO THIS. THE FIRST THING WE HAVE TO DO IS TO ACHIEVE THE GOALS IN THE SCHOOL BOARD AND THE DISTRICT. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT OUR HUMAN CAPITAL AND HOW WE ARE UTILIZING OUR CURRENT HUMAN CAPITAL. SO PART OF THE GOALS AROUND PROVIDING GREAT SUPPORT FOR KIDS IN OUR SCHOOLS. SO LOOKING AT -- IF WE DON'T HAVE THE DOLLARS IN OUR BUDGET, TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF GUIDANCE COUNSELORS PER STUDENT, WHAT ARE WE DOING WITH REGARDS TO THE WAY OF WORK SO WE CAPITALIZE ON THEM? HOW MUCH CAN WE TAKE THIS CULTURE THAT WE ARE ENVISIONING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO CREATE FOR EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR STUDENTS AND TASK 27,000 EMPLOYEES TO EMBRACE IT RATHER THAN JUST EXPECTING CERTAIN INDIVIDUALS TO BE THE ONES TO DO THAT HEAVY LIFT. SO YOU HAVE TO KIND OF PULL EVERYTHING TOGETHER AS A TOTAL SYSTEM AS YOU ARE MAKING THE EFFICIENCY KINDS OF DECISIONS THAT YOU ARE MAKING IN ORDER TO ULTIMATELY START TO MAKE PROGRESS, AND AS YOU ARE IN THAT STARTING GATE AND YOU ARE WANTING TO GET OUT, THE GATE IS NOT OPENING. WHAT YOU WILL SEE IS PROGRESS IS BEING MADE AROUND SOME OF THOSE AREAS WHEN WE DO HAVE THOSE BUDGET DOLLARS TO KIND OF ACCELERATE THE PROGRESS. YEAH, EXACTLY, TO ACCELERATE THAT PROGRESS. THEN YOU ARE GOING TO SEE GREAT PROGRESS BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ALREADY IDENTIFIED AND ADDRESSED THE SYSTEM AROUND THE PRIORITIES OF THIS SCHOOL. I MEAN, I DON'T KNOW -- HAVEN'T BEEN IN THE DISTRICT FOR A LONG TIME -- UNDERSTANDING NOW ABOUT YOUR VISION, ABOUT YOUR MISSION, ABOUT THE STRATEGIC PLAN IN THIS DISTRICT. IT'S VERY CLEAR, IN ALL THE DEPARTMENTS THAT I TALKED TO, THAT THEY ARE STARTING TO ALIGN ALL THEIR KPIs, ALL THEIR PRACTICES. SO WHAT WE HAVE BEEN CHALLENGED WITH FISCALLY, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO KIND OF FLIP AND TAKE CARE OF ALL OF THE OTHER EFFICIENCIES AND THE ALIGNMENT, WHICH BASICALLY IS NECESSARY TO DO, BECAUSE IF WE GO AFTER ADDING MORE TO OUR BUDGET, AND MORE TO OUR PAYROLL AND DON'T ADDRESS THE EFFICIENCIES AND THE ALIGNMENT, WE WILL STILL BE STRUGGLING TO EVER REACH OUR GOALS. SO I BELIEVE EVERYTHING HAS A PURPOSE. AND EVERYTHING HAS OCCURRED FOR A PURPOSE. AND I DO BELIEVE THAT IT HAS ALLOWED US AS A DISTRICT TO TAKE A LOOK AT OWL OF OUR RESOURCES, HOW WE UTILIZE OUR HUMAN CAPITAL IN THIS DISTRICT AND HOW WE CAN FINALLY HARVEST EVERYONE'S ENERGY AROUND YOUR VISION, MISSION AND STRATEGIC PRIORITIES TO ULTIMATELY BE SUCCESSFUL.

>>April Griffin: WE STILL HAVE SOME BUDGET SHORTFALLS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO ADDRESS. THE FUND BALANCE, WE ARE STILL TRYING TO BUILD THAT FUND BALANCE. HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THAT? AND HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THAT, AND AT THE SAME TIME NOW, A YEAR INTO RECALL OF THIS, START TO FILL SOME OF THOSE PRIORITIES THAT THE BOARD HAS SET?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ONE OF THE WAYS YOU DO IT IS GOING THROUGH THESE PROCESSES RIGHT NOW OF PUTTING TOGETHER A BUDGET FOR A BUDGET HEARING, IS WE KNOW WE HAVE OBVIOUSLY EFFICIENCIES THAT WE ARE TARGETING RIGHT NOW, TO CREATE SAVINGS. SO THAT SAVINGS IS GOING TO BE DOLLARS THEN THAT CAN LEAD BACK INTO THE CLASSROOM. WE ARE LOOKING AT THE NEW DOLLARS COMING. IN HE OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF THAT IS GOING TO BE PROJECTED GROWTH. AS A SUPERINTENDENT WORKING WITH THE BOARD IN THE FUND BALANCE, THE FIRST THING THAT WE WOULD DO IS TO TRY TO CREATE A PROTECTION AROUND THAT PARTICULAR DOLLAR FIGURE. AND EVEN LOOK AT HOW WE CAN TAKE SOME OF THE SAVINGS AND PUSH INTO OUR FUND BALANCE TO BE ABLE TO START THE ROAD TO THE GROWTH THAT THIS BOARD HAS BEEN ASKING FOR. BUT WE CAN'T -- WE CAN'T SAY WE ARE GOING TO PUT X AMOUNT OF DOLLARS IN THERE UNTIL I HAVE AN ACCURATE READ ON PAYROLL, I HAVE AN ACCURATE READ OWN ALL THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF PRIORITIES OF OUR PROGRAMS THAT WE ARE ALREADY SPENDING OUR DOLLARS ON. ONCE I KNOW THAT, ONCE THIS BOARD KNOWS THAT, THEN I WOULD BE ABLE TO SAY, I THINK IS THEth IS A REALISTIC NUMB NUMBER TO MOVE INTO FUND BALANCE TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO GROW. THAT I SAID IT LAST YEAR, IF WE CAN STABILIZE THIS FUND BALANCE IN ONE YEAR, THAT WOULD BE A TREMENDOUS FEAT. SO WE ARE WORKING ON THAT H. AND OUR BUSINESS OFFICE IS WORKING FEVERISHLY ON THAT. AND WE MAY HAVE TOP WORK AT TAKING SOME OF OUR NEW REVENUE AND PUTTING IT INTO OUR FUND BALANCE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE START THAT STABILIZATION PROCESS AND THAT GROWTH PROCESS. BUT AS WE DO THAT, YOU KNOW, WE ARE LISTENING TO BE THIS BOARD WITH REGARD TO YOUR PRIORITIES. I THINK, I CAN PRETTY MUCH READ THEM IN MY SLEEP AND STAY THEM IN MY SLEEP. AS I TALK TO THE STAFF AROUND THESE PRIORITIES, OBVIOUSLY WE TALK ABOUT EPIC, WE KNOW THAT MAY NOT BE A BIG NUMBER FINANCIALLY, BUT IT'S A MOVEMENT OF RESOURCES TO FINALLY BE ABLE TO ADDRESS A PRIORITY OF THIS BOARD AROUND PROVIDING STUDENTS THE RIGHT KIND OF SERVICES, SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED IN THEIR TIMES OF -- VERY CHALLENGING TIMES. BUT THAT'S JUST ONE EXAMPLE. AND WE HAVE MULTIPLE EXAMPLES OF HOW WE REALIGN SOME OF THOSE RESOURCE TOES BE ABLE TO ARRIVE AT SOME OF THOSE RESOURCES, HOW WE REALIGNED SOME OF OUR FEDERAL DOLLARS TO ELEVATE SCHEDULES. WE HAVE BARRIERS, AND OBVIOUSLY THERE'S ADDITIONAL DOLLARS TO THE TUNE OF ABOUT 1 PEANUT 8 MILLION ADDITIONAL MONEYS THAT ARE GOING TO GO TO OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS IN THEIR BUDGETS NEXT YEAR TO TAKE CARE OF ADDITIONAL STUDENT SERVICES SUCH AS SOCIAL WORK SERVICESS, PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, MORE ACADEMIC SUPPORT, MORE TRAINING IN THOSE AREAS FOR TEACHERS. OBVIOUSLY, MR. FARKAS HAS WORKED WITH THOSE SCHOOLS AROUND FACILITIES AND MAKING SURE THAT ALL THE FACILITIES ARE UP TO PAR. SO WE ARE ADDRESSING -- AND THE NEED OF THIS BOARD.

>>April Griffin: HOW ABOUT CURRICULUM, TOO?  A LOT OF THE THINGS THAT YOU ADDRESSED ARE THOSE VERY HIGH NEEDS FOR VERY TARGETED STUDENTS. BUT WE HAVE A LOT OF THOSE KIDS IN THE MIDDLE. I CALLED THEM FOR THREE YEARS THE MID KIDS THAT SUFFERING UNDER THE CURRICULUM THAT WE HAVE IN THIS DISTRICT. SO WE HAVE SOMEONE NEW IN THAT POSITION NOW S.THAT SOMETHING WE ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT, TOO, AND MAYBE SOME COST SAVING?

>> OLYMPIAN GRESTA -- SHE'S BEEN DRINKING THROUGH THE FIRE HOSE THE LAST FEW WEEKS. HER DEPARTMENT. ONE OF THE THINGS, NOW THAT WE HAVE A STRUCTURE IN PLACE WHERE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS ARE REALLY WORKING IN COLLABORATION WITH ALL OF OUR MEMBERS OF SENIOR STAFF, AS AREA SUPERINTENDENTS PUT THEIR EYES IN THE CLASSROOM, IN THEIR SCHOOLS, AND MRS. GREST AND HER STAFF PUT EYES IN THE CLASSROOM, THEY ARE LOOKING AT IMPLEMENTATION OF CURRICULUM. IS IT MEETING THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS? IF IT'S NOT, TALKING TO TEACHERS AROUND THOSE PARTICULAR ISSUES. AND NOT GOING IN AND DOING THE WORK OF AN AREA SUPERINTENDENT OF WORKING WITH LEADERSHIP AND LEADERSHIP PRACTICE AND CHANGING THE TRAJECTORY FOR THE OVERALL STUDENT PERFORMANCE, SCHOOL PERFORMANCE. HE OBVIOUSLY, CURRICULUM PLAYS A ROLE IN THAT BECAUSE WITHOUT A GREAT CORE CURRICULUM THEY AREN'T GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THOSE GAINS. WHEN I LOOK AT OUR OVERALL PERFORMANCE OF THE DISTRICT THIS YEAR AND I RECOGNIZED THAT WE HAD MORE SCHOOLS THAT NEED AN EXTRA HOUR OF READING, ALL THAT GOES BACK TO CORE IMPLEMENTATION OF CURRICULUM. I MEAN, THERE'S OBVIOUSLY GREAT GREAT NEEDS OF STUDENTS IN EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE PARTICULAR SCHOOLS. BUT WITH A GREAT CORE CURRICULUM THAT MEANS THEY ARE GETTING SIX HOURS OF GREAT INSTRUCTION EVERY SINGLE DAY F.WE ARE NOT MAKING THE GAINS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE THERE, WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE CORE CURRICULUM IN THOSE SCHOOLS AND START TO ADDRESS IT ALONG WITH THE RESOURCES AND STRATEGIES.

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. AND, I MEAN, WE COULD GO ON ALL NIGHT AND I AM NOT GOING TO DO THAT BUT I WANTED A LITTLE BIT OF DETAIL ABOUT HOW WE ARE GOING TO FILL THOSE HOLES, BECAUSE WE DEFINITELY STILL HAVE SOME ISSUES THERE, AND I THINK THAT THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO HEAR THAT. SO BOARD MEMBERS, I AM THROUGH WITH MY COMMENTS. MRS. STUART?

>>Cindy Stuart: I JUST HAD A QUICK COMMENT. I WAS LOOKING BACK AND I HAVE ASKED FOR THIS FOR SEVERAL YEARS. I KNOW THAT WHAT WE KEEP IN OUR RECORDS FOR BUDGETING, AND BUDGET AMENDMENTS AND MONTHLY FINANCIALS LOOKS VERY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE GET AT END OF YEAR FROM MRS. SAUNDERS FOR THE CARVE. AND I AGREE WITHIN -- CAFR. IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO COMPARE THOSE BECAUSE THE WAY WE COMPARE OUR BUDGET LOOKS VERY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE SUBMIT TO THE STATE. I HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET. I SEE AN IMPROVEMENT OVER WHAT I HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST ONLINE FOR THE LAY PERSON OUT THERE, PARENT TO LOOK AT, BUT I STILL WOULD LIKE TO SEE OUR ANNUAL BUDGET COMPARED TO OUR EXPENDITURES, SIDE BY SIDE, NOT THE MONTHLY UPDATE, BUT SIDE BY SIDE, WHERE DID WE END UP? I SEE THE REPORT FOR SCHOOLS BY PROJECT, BUT THAT'S ONLY TOUCHING A PORTION OF THE BUDGET. SO IT'S DIFFICULT TO SAY, HOW DID WE DO IN TRANSPORTATION LAST YEAR? HOW DO WE BUDGET IF WE DON'T NOT HOW WE DID LAST YEAR OR WHERE WE SPENT OUR DOLLARS LAST YEAR? ESPECIALLY AS A BOARD MEMBER LOOKING HIGH LEVEL AT SOMETHING LIKE THAT. I DON'T NEED NITTY GRITTY DETAILS OF WHAT WE SPENT IT ON. IT WOULD BE NICE TO NOTCH THAT WE SPENT X NUMBER OF DOLLARS LAST YEAR AND HERE WAS OUR SHORTFALL AND HERE IS WHERE WE NEED TO MAKE UP THE GAINS NEXT YEAR. AND I THINK THE PUBLIC WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT TOO AND I THINK WE SHORTCHANGED THE PUBLIC ON PUTTING THAT INFORMATION OUT ON OUR WEBSITE. I KNOW I HAVE ASKED FOR THAT FOR SEVERAL YEARS. IT'S BETTER THAN IT WAS BUT I THINK WE STILL HAVE BEEN SOME MISSING PIECES HERE. AND I AGREE WE HAVE TO REPORT CERTAIN THINGS TO THE STATE BUTT BUT WATCH WE USE INTERNALLY AND WHAT WE REPORT TO THE STATE ARE TWO VERY DIFFERENT THINGS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I COULDN'T AGREE WITH YOU MORE FOR THE NEED FOR THAT TYPE OF INFORMATION AS A SUPERINTENDENT, AS A BOARD TO MAKE THE QUALITY DECISIONS. YOU KNOW, I DO TRUST MY BUSINESS STAFF, THAT THEY HAVE THOSE NUMBERS, BUT WE NEED TO PUT THEM IN A FORM AND IN A FORMAT THAT EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THE WHY BEHIND OUR DECISIONS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, ARE THOSE YOUR FINAL COMMENTS? ALL RIGHT, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. I WILL HANTED BACK OVER TO YOU.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. I WILL NOW MOVE FORWARD WITH RECOMMENDATIONS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD ADOPT THE TENTATIVE BUDGET OF 2 -- LET ME GET THIS RIGHT. THANK YOU. IT IS RECOMMENDED THE BOARD ADOPT THE DISCRETIONARY OPERATING MILLAGE RATE OF 0.7480 MILLS. LET ME GIVE THIS ANOTHER TRY HEAR. IT IS RECOMMENDED THE BOARD ADOPT THE TENTATIVE MILLAGE RATES AS FOLLOWS:  THE STATE REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT MILLAGE RATE OF 4.65   0 MILLS.

>> MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE FISCAL YEAR 2016-20717 TENTATIVE STATE REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT MILLAGE RATE AS PRESENTED? I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS, A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD ADOPT THE DISCRETIONARY OPERATING MILLAGE RATE OF 0.7480 MILLS.

>>April Griffin: MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND TO ADOPT THE FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 TENTATIVE DISCRETIONARY OPERATING MILLAGE RATE AS PRESENTED? I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MRS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD ADOPT THE LOCAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT MILLAGE RATE OF 1.5000 MILLS.

>>April Griffin: MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND TO ADOPT THE FISCAL YEAR 2016-17 TENTATIVE LOCAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT MILLAGE RATE AS PRESENTED?  I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES, A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD ADOPT THE DEBT SERVICE MILLAGE RATE OF 0.0000. MILLS.

>> MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 TENTATIVE DEBT SERVICE MILLAGE RATE AS PRESENTED?  I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES, A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WE WILL NOW MOVE TO THE ADOPTION OF THE BUDGET. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD ADOPT THE TENTATIVE BUDGET OF 2,793,723,991.40.

>>April Griffin: MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 TENTATIVE BUDGET AS PRESENTED? I'M SO GLAD I DIDN'T NEED TO SAY THAT NUMBER. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD APPROVE THE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTING THE TENTATIVE MILLAGE RATES AND THE TENTATIVE BUDGET.

>>April Griffin: MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE RESOLUTION ADOPTING THE TENTATIVE MILLAGE RATES AND TENTATIVE BUDGET AS PRESENTED? MR. PORTER, IT'S BEEN CHALLENGED THAT WE NEED TO HAVE PUBLIC COMMENT AT THIS STAGE IN THE MEETING? FOR BOTH THE MILLAGE AND THE BUDGET? THANK YOU. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HAR HIS. DO I HAVE A SECOND? I HAVE A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD APPROVE THE PROCEDURES FOR THE EXPENDITURE OF LOTTERY FUNDS.

>> MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE PROCEDURES FOR THE EXPENDITURE OF LOTTERY FUNDS AS PRESENTED? I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD AUTHORIZE STAFF TO PERFORM ALL TASKS NECESSARY TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE TRUTH IN MILLAGE OR TRIM REQUIREMENTS OF CHAPTER 200.065 OF THE FLORIDA STATUTES.

>>April Griffin: MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND TO AUTHORIZE STAFF TO PERFORM ALL TASKS NECESSARY TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE TRUTH IN MILLAGE REQUIREMENTS OF CHAPTER 200 .0765 FLORIDA STATUTES AS PRESENTED? I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES, SECOND BY MRS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. BOARD MEMBERS, THANK YOU. MR. SUPERINTENDENT? THAT IS IT? I AM GOING TO ADJOURN THE PUBLIC HEARING AND RECONVENE THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. THIS PUBLIC HEARING IS ADJOURNED. AND OUR REGULAR BOARD MEETING IS RECONVENED. (SOUNDING GAVEL) THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. THE FINAL PUBLIC HEARING ON OUR FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 BUDGET WILL BE HELD TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2016 AT 5:01 P.M. IN THE RAYMOND SHELTON SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE CENTER 901 EAST KENNEDY BOULEVARD, TAMPA, FLORIDA. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I AM GOING TO TURN IT BACK OVER TO YOU SO WE CAN FINISH THE -- WHAT ARE WE ON NOW? SUSPENDED AGENDA.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I'M LIGHT THERE. WAYS GOING TO GIVE A BRIEF UPDATE ON SOME OF OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS. I DID WANT TO MAKE MENTION THAT POTTER ELEMENTARY HAS PARTNERED WITH BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB, THE CROSSING AND NEW HOPE CHURCHES TO HOST BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH NEEDED BACK-TO-SCHOOL ITEMS SUCH AS SHOES, BACKPACKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES. I WANT TO THANK OH OUR PARTNERS FOR REACHING OUT TO POTTER ELEMENTARY AND THE STAFF WORKING WITH THEM VERY COLLABORATIVELY. MYLES ELEMENTARY ONE OF OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS IS STARTING THIS YEAR AS THE STAFF HAS COME BACK  OWNERSHIP AROUND THEIR PROCESSES, STARTING A HOUSE STRUCTURE TO PROVIDE STUDENTS A SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND BELONGING. THAT WAS A VERY POWERFUL IMPLEMENTATION AT FORD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THIS PAST YEAR AND THAT FAMILY STRUCTURE IS IMPORTANT AT MYLES THIS YEAR WITH THEIR IMPLEMENTATION I.WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL IS SHOWING THEIR PRIDE WITH A NEW LOGO AND EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR. THEY WANT TO PROVIDE AN ENVIRONMENT THAT IS WARM AND FRIENDLY FOR FACULTY AND STUDENTS. BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, TO INCORPORATE ALL SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING STRUCTURES, SCHOOL WIDE PROCEDURES AND MANAGEMENT PLANS BASED ON THEIR ELEVEN MASCOT. SO THEY ARE WORKING ON THAT DURING PREPLANNING. I ALSO DID MENTION A LITTLE BIT AGO THAT SOME OF THE BIGGEST SHIFT AT OUR EVALUATE SCHOOLS HAS BEEN THE IDENTIFICATION OF RESOURCES THAT THEY ARE GOING TO NEED TO HELP OVERCOME SOME OF THOSE BARRIERS THAT THE SCHOOL IDENTIFIED AND OBVIOUSLY THE BUDGET I TALKED ABOUT A LITTLE BIT EARLIER DEFINITELY REFLECTS THOSE PRIORITIES AT THE SCHOOLS THAT THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED. DID WANT TO GIVE AN UPDATEWITH REGARD TO OUR PARTNERS ABOUT OUR FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS AND SOME OF THE TRAINING. ON JULY 29th THERE WAS AN INFORM TRAINING FOR SCHOOL STAFF AND DISTRICT LEADERSHIP. THEY ATTENDED THIS TRAINING. 89 WAS AROUND THE EQUAL ACCESS ACT AND FIRST AMENDMENT TRAINING. TODAY SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER TRAINING WAS OVER AT FALKENBURG ROAD. THEY HAD THE TRAINING, VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY PARTNER STEPS TO KEEPING OUR PARTNERS SAFE, FOR COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS WITH THE ONSET OF THE ONLINE PROCESS, THE TWO LEVELS AND THE NAME BADGE ROLL-OUT FOR OUR OUT OF SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS. WE WANTED TO HIKED SURE OUR SECURITY STAFF ARE AWARE OF THOSE CHANGES. ON AUGUST 27, IDLEWILD'S DAY OF SERVICE, IDLEWILD WILL BE PERFORMING A DAY OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE AT 20 SCHOOLS AROUND THE DISTRICT.  THIS IS THE THIRD YEAR OF THIS INITIATIVE. WHICH TYPICALLY OCCURS TWICE A YEAR. PAST PROJECTS HAVE INCLUDED BUS CLEANING, LANDSCAPING, BEAUTIFICATION PROJECTS, STAFF LOUNGE MAKEOVERS. UPCOMING. THE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION AUTOMATED PROCESS BEGINS AUGUST 10th. ONLINE VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS WILL BE LAUNCHED FOR EXTERNAL ACCESS AFTER AUGUST 10th, ALL COMMUNITY PARTNERS INCLUDING OUR FAITH-BASED PARTNERS WILL USE THIS PROCESS FOR ACCESSING SCHOOLS. ONCE THE VOLUNTEER SELECTS FAITH-BASED AND/OR AFFILIATIONS AS A CRITERIA THEY WILL RECEIVE TARGETED TRAINING AND SUPPORT. UPCOMING COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR TRAININGS ARE OCCURRING ON AUGUST 17th, 19th AND 22ND. THE TITLE OF THIS TRAINING IS STRATEGIES, POLICIES AND PROTOCOLS FOR WORKING WITH COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS AND PARTNERS. WE HAVE SIX SESSIONS THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR ALL OF THE SITE CONTACTS AT ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS THAT COVER TOPICS SUCH AS EQUAL ACCESS, THE ROLE OF THE CLUB SPONSOR, COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PROCESSES AND FAITH BASED ASSURANCES. AND THAT CONCLUDES OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA.

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: MR. PORTER? HE'S NOT IN TROUBLE. THE SUSPENDED AGENDA HAD A REAL SPRINGBOARD FOR A LOT OF DISCUSSION. AND WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING FOR ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS. MY QUESTION IS, IF YOU LOOK AT THIS AGENDA, AND I KNOW YOU MADE SOME CHANGES A LITTLE BIT. AND I THINK YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE SOME ADDITIONAL BECAUSE NOW WITH DR. SYKES, THAT'S YET ANOTHER ITEM ON THE AGENDA. IS THERE ANYTHING THAT SAYS THE SUSPENDED AGENDA HAS TO BE AT THIS PLACE IN THE AGENDA?  BECAUSE I THINK WE DO A REAL DISSERVICE TO PEOPLE WHO COME WITH EXCITEMENT OF ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTMENTS. BY THE TIME YOU GET EVERYBODY JUST WISH WE COULD SHUT UP AND LET THEM GET APPOINTED, FRANKLY. SO I HAVE GOT A LOT OF NERVE. THERE'S A REVERSE FOR THAT, YES. SO WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO IS MAYBE FOR STAFF, IF THERE'S AN APPROPRIATE PLACE. I DON'T WANT TO MINIMIZE THE CONVERSATION AROUND IT. BUT I JUST THINK THERE'S MAYBE A BETTER PLACE SO THAT WE CAN CONSIDER BEING COURTEOUS TO PEOPLE HOE ARE HERE FOR THAT REASON. AND ALSO AS WE DO THAT, WE NOW HAVE ADDITIONAL PLACES ON THE AGENDA FOR EACH ONE OF THE DIVISIONS. AND SO THAT INCREASES. SOMETIMES THERE'S NOTHING. BUT THERE WILL BE A TIME, THERE MAY BE ONE UNDER EACH ONE OF THOSE DIVISIONS. SO OBVIOUSLY THE DISCUSSION, BECAUSE I HAVE SEEN MRS. GRIFFIN JUMP? , AND YOU HAVE SOME COMMENTS.

>>April Griffin: ACTUALLY WE HAVEN'T DISCUSSED IT. I WAS SITTING HERE THINKING THE EXACT SAME THING WHEN WE WERE IN THAT VERY LONG DISCUSSION AROUND THE SUSPENDED AGENDA THAT WE NEED TO PROBABLY MOVE THE SUSPENDED AGENDA UP -- I MEAN MOVE THE SUSPENDED AGENDA DOWN IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS UP, SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN TALK ABOUT AT THE NEXT AGENDA REVIEW. SO IF STAFF CAN BE CONSIDERING THAT, I THINK THAT'S A REALLY -- GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: LET ME GO BACK. I AM JUST GOING TO ASK. BECAUSE I THINK AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING, WE TALKED ABOUT -- AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION FOR DISCUSSION AROUND THE CHANGES AND BEHAVIORS AND DATA FROM THAT. BUT THOSE ARE NUMBERS THAT OUT OF CONTEXT OF SOME DISCUSSION, THEY DON'T MEAN VERY MUCH. SO I THINK THAT WE SAID THAT PERHAPS THERE WOULD BE A WORK SHOWN, MRS. GRIFFIN, AM I CORRECT, AROUND -- HIGH PRESSURE YOU NOTED THAT TO PUT IN FOR THE WORKSHOP IN THE FUTURE?

>> I THY THOUGHT WE TALKED ABOUT HAVING THIS INFORMATION, BUT ALSO THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING DISCUSSION AROUND IT. I THINK THE HANDBOOK IS RELEVANT TO THAT, TOO.

>> I DON'T RECALL WHERE IT'S AT RIGHT NOW.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I REALLY THINK IT'S IMPORTANT. IT IS ABOUT THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY, AND WE HAVE SOME NUMBERS HERE. SO WE'LL LOOK INTO WHAT WE WANT IT TO BE. WE WOULD EXPECT IN THE YEAR ONE. BUT I THINK THERE HAS TO BE SOME CONVERSATION A ROUND THESE NUMBERS, BECAUSE THEY REPRESENT THE EFFORTS OF KIDS AND TEACHERS AND STAFF AND SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES, AND WE ARE NOT JUST LOOKING AT THE NUMBER WITHOUT HAVING MORE CONCRETENESS AROUND THE NUMBERS DON'T REALLY MEAN VERY MUCH.

>> I THINK AS WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT AND REVIEWING, AND I KNOW PRINCIPALS HAVE BEEN REVIEWING THAT DATA LONG WITH THEIR SUPERINTENDENTS, YOU KIND OF LOOK AT DIFFERENT PIECES OF DATA. YOU LOOK AT THIS DATA. THEN YOU LOOK AT THE SURVEY DATA. AND YOU LOOK -- THEN YOU KNOW, THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS KNOW BEST PRACTICES THAT HAVE BEEN IN PLACE AT SOME OF THEIR SCHOOLS, THAT THEY CAN THEN POINT TO SOME OF THE RESULTS, THAT POINT TO SOME OF THAT DATA. SO THERE'S A LOT OF THAT KIND OF TRIANGULARIZATION SO TO SPEAK TO HELP US AND INFORM US ON DECISIONS MOVING FORWARD.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. THESE ITEMS HAVE BEEN MOVED UP FOR US TO VOTE ON SEPARATELY. AND I WILL NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THE FIVE FOLLOWING ITEMS PULLED OUT FOR DISCUSSION. AND THEN I AM ALSO GOING TO NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO VOTE ON THESE SEPARATELY. SO THE FOLLOWING ITEMS, 6.075, 6.06 AND 11.02 ALL HAVE BEEN PULLED UP. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THOSE ITEMS PULLED UP. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HAR HIS, A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. ANY DISCUSSION? BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. AND ACTUALLY, WE ONLY HAVE A FEW ITEMS OF ITEMS. I DON'T NEED A MOTION TO VOTE ON THOSE SEPARATELY. WE CAN DO IT AT THE VERY END. SO THE FIRST ITEM IS ITEM 6.05. AND WE ARE GOING TO DO 6.05 AND 6.06 TOGETHER. MISS JENNY HUNTKIN IS GOING TO PRESENT THIS. WELCOME AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

>> MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. IT'S WITH GREAT EXCITEMENT TONIGHT THAT I STAND BEFORE YOU ON BEHALF OF MY ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT WINNIE TYE STUDENT SERVICES TO TALK ABOUT THE PROPOSED PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND JUSTICE WORKS YOUTH CARE. TRUANCY, SUSPENSION, AND ALSO STUDENTS HOP HAVE JUVENILE DELINQUENCY, THOSE THINGS WE KNOW ARE POWERFUL INDICATORS TO PUT OUR STUDENTS ON TRACK FOR EDUCATION. SO OUR GOAL WITHIN THE DIVISION OF STUDENT SERVICES IS TO CONTINUOUSLY IMPROVE AND ENHANCE OUR SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE STRUGGLING WITH BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL AND RELATIONAL, AND WE LEVERAGE THOSE SUPPORTS TO GET OUR STUDENTS BACK ON TRACK. SO WITH THIS PARTNERSHIP, THE GOAL WITH JUSTICE WORKS YOUTH CARE IS TO PROVIDE THOSE STUDENTS THAT ARE ENROLLED AT NORTH TAMPA AND BRANDON ALTERNATIVE WITH NOT ONLY DIRECT CARE PROVIDED BY THE STAFF WITH JUSTICE WORKS YOUTH CARE BUT ALSO CREATE A GREATER HEALTHIER SCHOOL HOME CONNECTION BY INVOLVING PARENTS. SO IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH THOSE GOALS THAT THIS PROJECT IS GOING TO ACHIEVE, WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE, ONE, INCREASING SCHOOL ATTENDANCE, TWO, LIKE I TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, WE ARE GOING TO PREVENT JUSTIFY NAIL DECLINING SY. SO IT'S NOT THAT IT'S OF A THE -- AFTER THE FACT. WE ARE GOING TO SPEND A LOT OF TIME IN THE PREVENTIVE STAGES OF SUPPORT. AND THEN ALSO WITH THOSE STUDENTS WHO HAVE HAD EXPOSURE TO DJJ, THOSE KID, WE WANT TO REZEUS RECIDIVISM SO THEY DON'T CONTINUE TO GO BACK AND FORTH, BACK AND FORTH. AND ULTIMATELY THE GOAL IS THAT WE TRANSITION STUDENTS BACK TO TRADITIONAL SCHOOL SUPPORTS AND KEEP THEM THERE. SO WE WANT TO GET THEM BACK TO THE REGULAR SCHOOL SITE, GET THEM BACK ON TRACK. AND SO SOME OF THE KEY SERVICES, THERE ARE FIVE KEY SERVICES THAT THE JUSTICE WORKS YOUTH CARE PARTNERSHIP WILL PROVIDE. ONE IS THAT ALL OF THE STUDENTS THAT ARE ENROLLED AT THE NORTH THE ALTERNATIVE AND BRANTON ALTERNATIVE WILL BE INVOLVED IN SCREENING. SO THERE WILL BE BLARING SCREENING. EACH INDIVIDUAL STUDENT WILL ACTUALLY BE INTERVIEWED BY STAFF, JUST ADVERTISE WORKS YOUTH CARE, SO THAT WE HAVE REALLY GOOD INFORMATION ON THE STUDENT FOR SELECTING THE BEST INTERVENTION SUPPORTS TO MEET THEIR NEEDS. ALSO, WE ARE GOING TO ENSURE THAT EACH OF THESE STUDENTS BASED ON THE DATA WE RECEIVE GET FORMAL COUNSELING AND TRUANCY PREVENTION. SO WE HAVE GOT TO KEEP THEM IN SCHOOL. WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE SURE EVERY DAY THAT THEY ARE IN THOSE SCHOOL SITES THEY ARE GETTING THE CARE. IF THEY ARE NOT THERE, THEY ARE NOT GETTING THE INTERVENTION. THE TRUANCY COUNSELING SO THAT THEY UNDERSTAND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO ATTEND SCHOOL, AND ALSO HOW IMPORTANT THAT ATTENDANCE IS FOR IMPACTING THE LIKELIHOOD THAT THEY GRADUATE. SO CREATING RAH WEARNESS JUST BY COMBING TO SCHOOL. YOU ARE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO GRADUATE. ALSO, BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION. SO THEY WILL BE USING COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL TYPE STRATEGIES THAT ARE EVIDENCE-BASED WITH A HIGH LEVEL OF FIDELITY. THESE STUDENTS ARE GOING TO GET THOSE TYPES OF COUNSELING GROUPS FOR UP TO 18 WEEKS. SO ALL OF THIS IS GOING TO BE IMPLEMENTED WITH A HIGH LEVEL OF FIDELITY BECAUSE WE ACTUALLY NOW ARE GOING TO HAVE THE STAFF TO DELIVER ALL OF THE INTERVENTIONS IN THE WAY THAT THEY WERE INTENDED TO BE DELIVERED. AND SOMETIMES THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS IS WE MAY NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES TO IMPLEMENT THESE CURRICULUMS IN THE WAY THAT WE KNOW WE ARE WORKING AND NOW WE HAVE THAT. AND DEFINITELY, LAST BUT DEFINITELY NOT LEAST AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, THERE WILL BE TRANSITION SERVICES. SO THE FOLKS WITHIN JUSTICE WORKS WILL ACTUALLY HAVE A FIX-MONTH WINDOW FOR ANY STUDENT THAT IS GOING TO TRANSITION BACK TO THE TRADITIONAL SCHOOL SETTING, THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW UP. AND THAT'S GOING TO BE ONE OF THE KEY PIECES IN BRIDGING THAT GAP BETWEEN TRADITIONAL INTERVENTION SUPPORTS AND WHAT HAPPENS ALONG THAT CONTINUUM WHEN THEY GET TO THE MOST INTENSIVE LEVEL OF SUPPORT. SO WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE TRANSITION TO ENSURE THAT THEY GET BACK, AND SOMEONE THAT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE MONITORING THAT UNTIL THEY ARE IN THAT COMFORTABLE PLACE. I WANT TO MAKE SURE TONIGHT THAT WE SPEND JUST A COUPLE OF MOMENTS RECOGNIZING THOSE FOLKS WHO WILL BE PROVIDING THE SUPPORT AND ARE PART OF THAT PARTNERSHIP. SO THESE FOLKS CAME FROM PENNSYLVANIA, AND THEY WAITED HERE TONIGHT SO PATIENTLY. SO TONIGHT WE HAVE TWO FOLKS I WANT TO INTRODUCE. WE HAVE RENEE CHRISTY, WHO IS THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR JUSTICE WORKS YOUTH CARE. GO AHEAD AND STAND UP, RENEE, PLEASE. YES, PLEASE COME ON UP. [ APPLAUSE ] WE ALSO HAVE MARK MADDIE, THE DIRECTOR FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE AND EVALUATION. MARK, COME ON UP. [ APPLAUSE ] I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE SHAYLY McCRAY, BECAUSE SHE DID SOME TREMENDOUS WORK IN SECURING THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN DJJ AND JUSTICE FOR YOUTH CARE AND OUR DISTRICT. SO MISS McRAE? SHE LEFT. SHE WAS HERE JUST A MOMENT AGO. SO WITHIN THAT, I JUST WANTED TO ADD THAT, YOU KNOW, NOT ONLY WILL WE HAVE A HIGH LEVEL OF, YOU KNOW, ON-SITE SUPPORT, WE'LL HAVE FIVE INTERVENTIONISTS. THE PROJECT WILL PROVIDE BETWEEN THE TWO ALTERNATIVE SITES BUT WE ALSO HAVE THESE PROFESSIONALS WHO WILL WORK TO ENSURE THAT THE WORK THAT IS INTENDED TO BE DONE GETS DONE, IN THAT THERE'S A HIGH LEVEL OF MONITORING. SO ALL OF THAT INVESTMENT DATA THAT RUNS TO INTERVENTION, THERE'S A VERY RIGOROUS MONITORING PROCESS THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN. THAN IS THAT MISS McRAE? THERE SHE IS. WE MISS HER SO MUCH IN STUDENT SERVICES BUT THEY ARE GOING TO -- OVER AND OVER IN AREA 8 BUT SHE PLAYED A HUGE PART IN THAT. SO THANK YOU.

>> AND WOULD YOU LIKE TO SAY SOMETHING? YOU CAME A LONG WAY. YOU DON'T HAVE TO.

>> JUST THAT WE ARE REALLY HONORED TO HAVE BEEN SELECTED AND WE ARE EXCITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROJECT WITH ALL OF YOU GUYS, AND STAFF ARE IN THE ON BOARDING NOW. THEY ARE ON DAY TWO AND EXCITED TO GET STARTED.

>> WONDERFUL. MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THIS IS EXCITING. I HOPE THAT BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN SOME REAUTHORIZATION, THAT EACH YEAR, ONE OF -- A CONVERSATION, WE CALL AT FORUM, BUT A CONVERSATION WITH ALTERNATIVE STUDENTS. AND ALMOST EVERYTHING THAT YOU TALKED ABOUT THOSE CAME OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES, IF PULL. THEY TALKED ABOUT THE TRANSITION, HOW DIFFICULT THAT IS GOING BACK INTO THE REGULAR SCHOOL YEAR. THEY TALKED ABOUT THE KINDS OF SUPPORT THAT THEY NEEDED WHEN THEY ARE IN NORTH TAMPA OR IN BRANDON, TO GUIDE THEM TO BE SUCCESSFUL WHEN THEY GO BACK, AND HOW MANY CASES?  IT WAS BETTER THAN ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY FELT PROTECTED, SUPPORTED, UNDERSTOOD, IF YOU WILL. AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR THOSE SAME KINDS OF THINGS WHEN THEY GO BACK TO THE SCHOOL. SO I AM REALLY GLAD TO HEAR THAT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU TALKED ABOUT, THAT YOU ARE GOING TO PUT IN PLACE, ARE THE THINGS THAT KIDS SAY THAT THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. SO I HOPE THAT WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE THAT FORUM. IT'S MORE LIKE A CONVERSATION WITH THE KIDS. AND THAT YOU WILL BE THERE, BECAUSE I THINK LISTENING TO THEM TALK ABOUT IT, BECAUSE WITH THESE ADDED DIMENSIONS IT'S GOING TO MAKE SOME CHANGES, AND NOW THEY WILL BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE BEING HEARD, BECAUSE YOU ARE PUTTING SOME OF THESE THINGS INTO PLACE. SIR, GIVE ME YOUR NAME AGAIN. I'M SORRY. MARK. I GUESS YOU HAVE ALREADY GOT HOMESTEAD OVER HERE. WHO IS GOING TO DO THE EVALUATION OF THE PERFORMANCE FOR THOSE STAFF MEMBERS THAT ARE BEING PUT INTO THOSE SCHOOLS? WILL THEY USE OUR EVALUATION INSTRUMENT AND PROCESS? OR IS IT SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO BE UNIQUE TO YOUR MONITORING AND EVALUATION?

>> IT WOULD BE UNIQUE TO WHAT WE HAVE AS JUSTICE CENTER, THERE ARE EVIDENCE BASED MODELS, CERTAIN THINGS WE SEE IN PERFORMANCE AND DAY-TO-DAY ACTIVITIES. SO WE'LL TAKE CARE OF THE MONITORING OF THAT AND MY DEPARTMENT WILL HANDLE KIND OF THE OUTCOMES IN TERMS OF THE OVERALL PERFORMANCE BUT DAY TO DAY, WE HAVE AN ON-SITE DIRECTOR AS WELL.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: ALL RIGHT. ONE OF THE THINGS -- AND I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS MAY PLAY INTO IT. STUDENTS TALK ABOUT THIS. AND I THINK THE LAST FORUM -- I AM GOING TO CALL IT A CONVERSATION BECAUSE IT IS MORE LIKE THAT -- MR. EAKINS, DR. SYKES WAS THERE AND SOME OTHER PEOPLE -- BUT NOT EVERY STUDENT WHO HAS BEEN -- I DON'T WANT TO USE ADJUDICATED BUT PLACED INTO THE APPRENTICE PROGRAM NEED TO SPEND THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME. IS THAT GOING TO BE A CONSIDERATION AS WE MOVE TOWARD LOOKING AT A NEW MODEL FOR THIS, THAT NOT EVERYBODY NEEDS TO SPEND NINE WEEKS OR WHATEVER IT IS, THAT SOME OF THE BEHAVIORS DON'T WARRANT THAT, OR KIDS PROGRESS AND THEY GET BET HER FASTER, AND THEY DON'T NEED TO STAY THERE THE ENTIRE TIME, THAT WE OUGHT TO DIFFERENTIATE, IF YOU WILL, HOW LONG THEIR PLACEMENT, BECAUSE NOT EVERY KID NEEDS TO BE THEREIN FOR THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME, BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT THE SPECTRUM OF SOME OF THE BEHAVIORS THAT GOT THEM THERE, THEY AREN'T EQUAL.

>> MRS. EDGECOMB, YOU ARE SPOT ON. AND WE ARE LOOKING AT THAT. THAT WILL BE THE NEXT PHASE OF WHAT WE ARE GOING TO WORK ON WITH OUR HEARING MASTERS. I MET VERY BRIEFLY WITH MR. PETERS TODAY. I WILL BE MEETING WITH AREA SUPERINTENDENTS SO THAT WE CAN HAVE COLLECTIVELY THAT CONVERSATION. AND IF YOU REMEMBER WHEN I MET WITH EACH OF YOU AT THE FAIRGROUNDS AROUND EPIC, WE ALSO CREATED AN EPIC LEVEL 2, SO WE ARE LOOKING AT THE ABILITY OF PERHAPS THE DITCHED, IF THEY ARE NOT SUITED TO GO BACK TO THEIR TRADITIONAL BRICK AND MORTAR, MAYBE LOOK AT ANOTHER ALTERNATIVE. WE WANT TO MAKE THE BEST PLACEMENT DECISION FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL CHILD. SO THAT WILL BE SOMETHING THAT WE WILL BE CONSIDERING AND LOOKING AT IT, INSTEAD OF BEING A HARD FAST NUMBER BASED ON WHAT A HEARING MASTER THOUGHT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: MY LAST QUESTION, AND YOU HAVE BEEN HERE SO LONG, OUR FRIENDS -- WE WELCOME YOU TO TAMPA. SERIOUSLY, BASED ON OTHER MODELS, OTHER PLACES THAT YOU IMPLEMENTED THIS, WHAT CAN WE EXPECT IN YEAR ONE? AT THE END OF YEAR ONE, WHAT CAN WE LOOK BACK AND SAY WE HAVE MET THOSE EXPECTATIONS?  WHAT IS IT THAT YOU REALLY WANT TO BE CELEBRATED AT THE END OF YEAR ONE AS WE PUT THIS INTO PLACE?

>> MARK:  I THINK IN TERMS OF -- THIS PARTICULAR EVIDENCE BASED MODEL, WE HAVE BEEN DOING THAT FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, PREDOMINANTLY IN PENNSYLVANIA, AND WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IS REDUCTIONS IN CRIMINAL THINKING ACROSS A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT KINDS OF SUB SCALES, ATTITUDES AND ORIENTATIONS, JUST ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR, THINGS LIKE THAT. AND SO, YOU KNOW, HOW THAT'S MANIFESTED BEHAVIORALLY, WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE REDUCTIONS IN THAT AREA. AND WITH A RESILIENCY CURRICULUM WE HAVE USED PREDOMINANTLY IN PENNSYLVANIA, WE HAVE SEEN ATTENDANCE INCREASE, WE HAVE SEEN FAMILY INVOLVEMENT IN KIDS EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE INCREASE, SO THAT'S WHAT WE ARE REALLY EXPECTING TO SEE FROM THAT CURRICULUM AS WELL.

>> I CAN PIGGYBACK ON THAT A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE THIS IS A PARTNERSHIP AND WHAT THE JUVENILE JUSTICE ALSO HAS A MAJOR PERFORMANCE GOAL IS THAT 100% OF THE STUDENTS, WHILE THEY ARE RECEIVING DIRECT CARE, THOSE STUDENTS WILL BE CRIME FREE. ALSO, 100% OF THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE RECEIVING CARE WITHIN 12 MONTHS WILL NOT BE ARRESTED. AND SO THOSE ARE JUST SOME MEASURABLE OUTCOMES THAT THIS, YOU KNOW, PROGRAM MOPES TO ACHIEVE. ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS I WANTED TO ADD, TOO, IS THAT IN TERMS OF THE INTERVENTION EFFECTIVENESS, ONE. THINGS THAT WE KNOW IS REAL BEHAVIOR CHANGE TO HAPPEN AND THAT GENERALIZATION TO OCCUR, SOMETIMES IT DOES TAKE 12, 15 WEEKS. AND SO WATCH WE HOPE TO DO WITH IT IS LEVERAGE THE TIME AND THE SPACE THAT WE HAVE WITH THESE STUDENTS NOW, THAT WE ARE NOT NECESSARILY AFFORDED IN THE TRADITIONAL SCHOOL SETTING BECAUSE OF CURRICULAR DEMANDS, BUT WE HAVE THIS NOW TO REALLY HOPE THAT WE CAN MAKE SOME GREAT BEHAVIOR CHANGES, AND THAT ALSO THE SLOW TRANSITION, THAT'S GOING TO LEND TO GENERALIZATION. SO WE REALLY NEED TO TAKE, YOU KNOW, IF ADVANTAGE OF WHAT WE HAVE BEFORE TOP DO SOMETHING THAT THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO HAVE. SO IT'S JUST -- NOT THAT THEY DON'T HAVE SUPPORTS NOW. BUT WE ARE REALLY JUST SUPPLEMENTING IT, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE KNOW WE ARE GOING TO GET, YOU KNOW, THE GREATEST LEVEL OF SUCCESS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND AGAIN THANK YOU FOR STAYING FOR SO LONG. AND I LOVED THE RESILIENCY PIECE OF. THAT I LOVE WHEN I HEAR WE ARE TEACHING THAT TO OUR STUDENTS. BOARD MEMBERS, OUR FINAL ITEM ON THE AGENDA FOR THIS EVENING IS 11.02-R TO APPROVE THE 2015-2016 ANNUAL EDUCATION EQUITY UPDATE. AND DR. HAUGHTON IS GOING TO SPEAK TO THIS. WELCOME.

>> TO THE HONORABLE CHAIR, MRS. GRIFFIN, BOARD MEMBERS, MR. EAKINS, STAFF, VIEWING PUBLIC, IT'S A GREAT PLEASURE THAT I HIGHLIGHT BOARD ITEM 11.02. IT'S THE 20157-16 ANNUAL EQUITY UPDATE REPORT THAT'S COME TO YOU EVERY YEAR -- I'M NOT SURE, MAYBE THE LAST 18, 20 YEARS. THE AUTHORS OF EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY REQUIRE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO SUBMIT AN ANNUAL EDUCATIONAL EQUITY UPDATE FOR ALL DISTRICT IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. THE OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COMPLIANCE, OVERSITE OF SEVERAL FLORIDA STATUTES AND OTHER FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATIONS RELATING TO EQUITY IN EDUCATION. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THE OFFICE LOOKS AT WHEN THEY ARE MONITORING THE DATA THAT THAT THEY REQUIRE FROM US IS CHANGES IN ANY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES THAT WE WOULD HAVE, AND WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY CHANGES FOR THE 15-16 SCHOOL YEAR. THERE MIGHT BE SOME FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. STRATEGIES USED TO INCREASE PARTICIPATION IN ADVANCE COURSE WORK BY UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS, GENDER EQUITY IN ATHLETICS, STRATEGIES USED TO ADDRESS EMPLOYMENT, EQUITY IN UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS, IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF SINGLE SEX SCHOOLS AND CLASSES, AND TREATMENT OF PREGNANT AND PARENTING STUDENTS. THIS MUCH DOCUMENT THAT YOU HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU CAME ABOUT WITH THE COLLECTIVE GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT DEPARTMENTS, FOR STUDENT PARTICIPATION WE HAD MISS PATTY SIMMONS AND ERIC BROCAW. FOR EQUITY IN ATHLETICS WE HAD LANNIS ROBINSON. FOR EMPLOYMENT EQUITY WE HAD MR. MARK WEST. FOR SINGLE SEX SCHOOLS AND CLASSES, DR. CARLA FONT. AND FOR PREGNANT AND PARENTING STUDENT, MISS JESSICA IS SWIFT. I'M OPEN TO COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS. OH, BEFORE, ONE THING. THERE IS A CORRECTION THAT WE NEED TO MAKE TO THE DOCUMENT. IT'S ON PAGE 8, 10 AND 12 OF 2-28. LOOK TO THE BOTTOM OF YOUR DOCUMENT. 28 PINELLAS. SO PAGES 8, 10 AND 12. IT'S CORRECTION TO THE % AND THE DATA THAT COMES IN THIS REPORT IS ACTUALLY OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL EQUITY. EVEN I'M LOOKING ON PAGE 8. IT SAYS RIGHT UNDER -- IT SAYS GRADES 9 THROUGH 12, WHITE, BLACK AND HISPANIC. SO THE SAME THING IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN ALL THREE AREAS. THE HISPANIC NUMBER IS WRONG. IT SAYS 8%. IT SHOULD BE 35%. SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE THAT CORRECTION BE NOTED. ON PAGE WILL 8, 10 AND 12, TO THE TOP.

>>April Griffin: RIGHT HEAR. THANK YOU. MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I LOST MY PAGE NOW. CAN YOU JUST SPEAK TO PAGE 54, THE GENDER EQUITY IN ATHLETICS PIECE WHERE WE ARE NOT IN COMPLIANCE?

>> THEY HAVE A PRETTY RIGOROUS PROCESS. ROBINSON IS NOT HERE. THEY HAVE A PRETTY STRENUOUS PROCESS. BUT WE ARE OUT OF COMPLIANCE. THERE ARE TWO SCHOOLS THAT DIDN'T MEET BASICALLY A CHECKLIST THAT THEY HAVE TO GOP THROUGH. AND THAT WAS BLAKE AND CHAMBERLAIN. BLAKE IS KIND OF HARD BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL AND CHAMBERLAIN JUST HAD SOME HICCUPS. USUALLY WE DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS. AND THEN IF THEY ARE OUT OF COMPLIANCE THEN THEY HAVE TO WRITE AN ACTION PLAN AND BOTH SCHOOLS PROVIDED AN ACTION PLAN.

>>Cindy Stuart: IS THIS THE FIRST YEAR THAT WE HAVE BEEN OUT OF COMPLIANCE AT THOSE PARTICULAR SCHOOLS? IS THIS AN OUT OF THE ORDINARY THING?

>> I WILL HAVE TO DEFER TO -- BUT MR. ROBINSON IS NOT HERE. SO I AM NOT SURE IF WE HAVE EVER BEEN OUT OF COMPLIANCE. NO. IT APPEARS THAT WE ARE NOT SURE IN.

>> I CAN GET THAT QUESTION ANSWERED. THEN MY OTHER --

>> I KNOW WE WEREN'T LAST YEAR.

>> HOW DO WE MONITOR THIS OVER THE YEARS? I MEAN, IS THIS SOMETHING -- I NOTCH IN LOOKING AT IT, THEY MONITOR EVERY SINGLE VARSITY SPORT AND JV AND FRESHMAN SPORT AND B TEAMS. ARE WE MONITORING OVER THE YEAR OR IS THE AP MONITORING AS THE SEASON HAPPENS? HOW ARE WE MONITORING THAT? OR IS IT JUST WE FIND OUT AT THE END OF THE YEAR, BY THE WAY, OOPS, WE ARE OUT OF COMPLIANCE.

>> MS. STUART, MY UNDERSTANDING IS WE MONITOR THE APAs MONITOR THAT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. AND OF COURSE WHEN I SAY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, WHEN CERTAIN SPORTS OCCUR, IT'S TIMELY. SO YOU ARE GOING TO MONITOR WHO IS ON YOUR ROSTERS FOR FLAG FOOTBALL VERSUS VOLLEYBALL, BUT IT IS MONITORED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. AND THEN WE COLLECT THE DATA AS NOW ANNUALLY. IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE DEFINITELY PAY ATTENTION TO, BECAUSE IT HAS THE POTENTIAL, AS DID IT THIS TIME, TO SLIP.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: MY QUESTION IS SIMILAR. IN MY DISCUSSION WITH YOU TODAY, I KNOW THIS IS AN EXERCISE THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR AT LEAST 20-SOMETHING YEARS, AND IT'S VERY PERCEPTIVE. BUT HOW WE BETTER USE THIS TO DO WHAT YOU SAID, MONITOR OUR OWN PRACTICES? MONITOR OUR OWN DATA BEFORE WE HAVE -- SO MONITORING THE DATA FOR BETTER PRACTICES FOR EQUITY AND EQUALITY AND ALL OF THAT. SO IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT DOING -- THAT THOSE PEOPLE FILL IN THE BLANKS, WE SEND IT OFF TO TALLAHASSEE, AND WE TALK ABOUT IT AT THE BOARD MEETING. HOW DO THE GUIDELINES, DOCUMENT -- I THINK THAT OUGHT TO BE THE KEY ABOUT WHAT THESE NUMBERS MEAN.

>> I HAVE BEEN TALKING WITH DR. JOE COCHRAN, BECAUSE AFTER LOOKING AT THE KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS, THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT IS CHARGED WITH, THE DATA THAT IS ACTUALLY LAID OUT IN THIS REPORT ACTUALLY ALIGNS WITH THE DISTRICT'S GOALS AND THE KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS. SO INSTEAD OF US WAITING UNTIL NOW FOR YOU TO SEE THIS, YOU OUGHT TO BE ABLE TO SEE SOME OF THIS DATA -- WELL, SOME OF IT YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO SEE TILL THE END BECAUSE IT'S CUMULATIVE, AND THE DATA ACTUALLY COMES FROM TALLAHASSEE. BUT THERE'S SOME OF THE DATA, SOME OF THE EMPLOYMENT DATA WE CAN LOOK AT THAT OVER TIME, SOME OF THE GRADUATION DATA, THAT NOT ONLY IS HERE, WE CAN ALIGN IT WITH THE STRATEGIC PLAN, AND SOME OF THE KPI. SO IT'S NOT JUST A DOCUMENT THAT HIGH PRESSURE WE PUT TOGETHER AND PUT ON THE SHELF. IT CAN ALL ALIGN. AND OF COURSE THE ATHLETIC DATA, THEY HAVE TO MONITOR THAT AS THE SEASONS GO PROGRESS.

>> AND MY FINAL QUESTION. I DON'T KNOW HOW HER POSITION PLAYS INTO ALL OF THIS BUT I WOULD SUSPECT SOMEHOW LIKE YOU AND THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE KEEPERS OF THE DATA, USING IT TO MONITOR THINGS, IS REALLY GOING TO BE IMPORTANT SO THAT WHATEVER ISN'T CORRECT, APPROPRIATE, IT'S ATTENDED TO AT THAT POINT IN TIME. SO IT SEEMS LIKE THERE SHOULD BE CONVERSATIONS AROUND THE TABLE WITH MULTIPLE PEOPLE HAVING THOSE CONVERSATIONS AND INPUT TO ALL OF THIS SO THAT IT IS EXERCISING GOOD PRACTICE.

>> FROM WHAT WE ARE REQUIRED TO LOOK AT FROM THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS, FOR JUST THE DATA THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT PRESENTS, AT EVERY QUARTER, TO WHAT'S IN THIS REPORT, TO THE KPI, ALL ALIGN SO WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE THINGS THAT ARE JUST KIND OF LIKE OUTLIERS, WE CAN PUT THEM ALL TOGETHER SO THEY CAN BE IN ONE LIVING PLACE AND THEN WE CAN MONITOR OVER TIME AND THEN HAVE ACTION PLANS TO HOW WE MAKE THOSE CHANGES AND HOW TO MAKE THE UPDATES.

>> IF I CAN ADD TO YOUR POINT, MRS. EDGECOMB, THIS DOCUMENT ACTUALLY HAS VALUABLE DATA FOR ALL DIVISIONS TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS MANY OF THE DAY-TO-DAY WORK WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING SURE THERE'S EQUITY, TO MAKING SURE WE HAVE A DIVERSE WORKFORCE, TO MAKING SURE THAT OUR CURRICULUM ALIGNS TO THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENT POPULATION. SO IT'S VALUABLE DATA THAT CAN BE USED IN ALL DIVISIONS. WITH THE CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICE COMING ON BOARD, WE HAD THIS CONVERSATION THIS MORNING ABOUT USING THIS DATA AND MAKING SURE ALONG WITH WORKING WITH THE COMPLIANCE OFFICER, MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE ACCOUNTABLE TO THIS DATA, AND ACTUALLY CHALLENGING EACH DIVISION WITH THE APPROPRIATE QUESTIONS AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY MEETING WHAT'S WHAT'S REQUIRED BY LAW, BUT ALSO WHAT WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE, OR WHAT THE BOARD HAS PUT IN PLACE, THE SUPERINTENDENTS HAVE PUT IN PLACE, MAKING SURE WE HAVE EQUITY ACROSS THE DISTRICT, A DIVERSIFIED WORKFORCE AND ACTUALLY MEETING THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS IN THE POPULATION.

>> MRS. EDGECOMB, JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, TALLAHASSEE, BEFORE THEY WERE REALLY SHORTHANDED WHEN THEY WERE LOOKING AT THIS DOCUMENT, ALL OF THE DISTRICT, SO YOU CAN IMAGINE WHAT IT MIGHT LOOK LIKE IN GOING THROUGH THIS. BUT THEY HAVE STARTED DOING SOMETHING, AND THEY HAVE DONE IT BEFORE, BUT THEY REALLY STARTED TO READ WHAT OUR STRATEGIES ARE, AND THEY HAVE ASKED US IN THE BEGINNING OF THE DOCUMENT, WE CAN KIND OF SEE, MAKE A STATEMENT, BASICALLY LOOKS LIKE THIS DATA IS KIND OF STAGNANT, BUT WHAT ARE WE DOING TO MAKE A CHANGE IN THE DIVISION, ACTUALLY RESPONDED TO THEIR COMMENT, SO THEY WILL BE ABLE TO MONITOR THAT. LESLIE IS IN THE BACK AND SHE HAS SOME REALLY GREAT IDEAS. SO PIGGYBACKING. AND THEY WILL BE USING IT.

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: IN REFERENCE TO THE SECTION OF THE NONCOMPLIANCE, LOOKING AT SOME OF THE BACKUP INFORMATION, THIS APPARENTLY GOES BACK ALL THE WAY TO THE YEAR 2000 AND 2006 AND THEN IT COMES ALL THE WAY UP TO 2011 WHICH IS THE LAST E-MAIL THAT WAS SENT BY THE FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOLS ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION. SO --

>> IT HAS TO DO WITH CHEERLEADING.

>>Susan Valdes: RIGHT. SO IS THIS NONCOMPLIANCE?

>> NO, NO, WE ARE NOT -- NO, MA'AM.

>>Susan Valdes: CHEERLEADING?

>> NO, MA'AM.

>>Susan Valdes: WHAT'S THE PURPOSE OF THIS DOCUMENT? I AM LOOKING AT THIS AND THINKING, OKAY, THIS HAS TO BE REGARDING CHEERLEADING. BUT IT'S INFORMATION WHERE MR. ROBINSON RESPONDS ON MAY 11 OF 2016 TO STUFF THAT HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE 2000. PAGE 57.

>> WE WANT TO COUNT CHEERLEADING.

>>Susan Valdes: SO I WANT -- MY QUESTION IS, THOUGH, WHERE WERE WE NONCOMPLIANT? BECAUSE THIS DOCUMENT GIVES ME THE IMPRESSION THAT WE WERE NONCOMPLIANT IN CHEERLEADING, BECAUSE THAT'S THE DOCUMENT THAT HAS BEEN PROVIDED IN THIS AGENDA. SO WHERE ARE WE NONCOMPLIANT? AND HAVE WE MIX FIXED IT? IT DOESN'T TELL US WHERE THEY ARE NOT COMPLIANT.

>> NO. LANNI IS NOT HERE SO I WILL TRY TO DO THIS PIECE. THE PART THAT DEALS WITH THE CHEERLEADING, SOME DISTRICT OR SOME STATES, THEY COUNT CHEERLEADING AS A SPORT.

>>Susan Valdes: AS IT SHOULD BE.

>> RIGHT. HOWEVER, FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THAT ONE AREA DOESN'T WANT TO COUNT CHEERLEADING AS A SPORT. SO EVERY YEAR, WE HAVE TO PUT THAT DOCUMENT IN TO CONVINCE THEM THAT WE WANT TO COUNT CHEERLEADING AS A SPORT. AND I SPOKE TO -- HER NAME IS LYDIA SOUTHWELL. AND SO SHE'S SUPPOSED TO GET WITH THE OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS, AND TO GET WITH THE ATHLETIC DIVISION AND SAY WE WANT TO COUNT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, BECAUSE THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY DO, CHEERLEADING, BECAUSE THEY MEET THE CRITERIA. SO THEY'LL SAY WE ARE NOT COMPLIANT, AND WE HAVE TO PROVIDE PROOF THAT WE ARE. THAT'S IT. SO THAT'S NOT WHY --

>> NONCOMPLIANT IN WHAT? I STILL DON'T --

>> WELL, IF WE DID NOT COUNT CHEERLEADING --

>> MRS. VALDES, THE ISSUE IS, AND WE CONE OF UNCERTAINTY CHEERLEADING, IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, FOR A LOT OF THINGS IT'S CONSIDERED A SPORT. ON THIS REPORT, THEY WANT TO SAY IT'S NOT, THEY PUSHED BACK. SO EVERY YEAR WE PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION THAT SAYS LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF GIRLS THAT PARTICIPATE IN THIS FLORIDA SPORT CALL CHEERLEADING. BECAUSE WITHOUT THOSE NUMBERS, WE WOULD BE OUT OF COMPLIANCE. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THIS PARTICULAR REPORT, IT'S A MATTER OF INTERPRETATION FOR WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE GOING TO COUNT THE CHEERLEADING OR NOT.

>> I READ NON-NOT COMPLIANT, AND THESE ARE DOCUMENTS THAT GO BACK TO 2000. THE LAST E-MAIL WAS 2011. HOW IS THAT EVEN RELEVANT TO A RESPONSE OF 2016 FROM MR. ROBINSON? I GUESS THEY ARE NOT COMPLIANT BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT RECOGNIZING THAT WE ARE RECOGNIZING CHEERLEADING A AS A SPORT.

>> SOME YEARS I THINK THEY HAVE ACCEPTED IT.

>> SO TO GET BACK ON, THIS NONCOMPLIANT HERE IS NOT BECAUSE OF CHEERLEADING.

>>Susan Valdes: OKAY. WHERE ARE WE NONCOMPLIANT?

>> OKAY, ONE SCHOOL IS NOT COMPLAINT, THEN THE WHOLE DISTRICT IS OUT OF COMPLIANCE.

>> AND IT'S BLAKE AND CHAMBERLAIN. AND GIVE ME A SECOND. OKAY, IF YOU READ ON PAGE 84 OF 228, THAT'S BLAKE.

>>Susan Valdes: I GUESS MAYBE I WISH THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN BEHIND THIS DOCUMENT THAT DESCRIBES WHERE WE ARE NONCOMPLIANT, BECAUSE AGAIN THE FLOW OF THESE DOCUMENTS.

>> BUT THEY DICTATE WHERE WE HAVE TO PUT THINGS AND IF WE DON'T PUT IT IN THE RIGHT PLACE WE HAVE TO SEND IT BACK. WE HAVE A DOCUMENT THAT SAYS WE WANT EVERYTHING ORDERrd A CERTAIN WAY.

>> TEMPLATE.

>> A TEMPLATE. I HAVE THE NICE COVER AND I GET TO PUT YOUR NAME ON IT.

>>Susan Valdes: THIS IS SO MISLEADING THE WAY THE TEMPLATE IS. IF THAT'S THE CASE THEN WE HAVE TO FILL IN THE BOX IN THOSE SPACES. AND THE WAY THAT IT'S PUT TOGETHER.

>> YES, MA'AM.

>>Susan Valdes: AGAIN, IT'S JUST CRAZE. ANYHOW, ENOUGH OF THAT.

>> IT'S BLAKE AND CHAMBERLAIN AND THEY PROVIDED THEIR CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN.

>> AND THIS IS PAGE 54?

>> YES.

>>Susan Valdes: AND IT IS 30 PAGES LATER WHERE WE SEE WHERE WE ARE NOT --

>> AS YOU NOTICE A LOT OF THINGS KIND OF DON'T FLOW IN THE DOCUMENT. BUT I HAVE A MANUAL JUST TO PUT THIS TOGETHER.

>>Susan Valdes: I CAN IMAGINE. I WOULDN'T WANT TO BE DOING THIS BECAUSE I THINK I WOULD GO CRAZY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE IN FIGURING OUT WHAT I NEEDED ANSWERED AS FAR AS THE QUESTION. NOW, INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, WHEN I STARTED READING THE DOCUMENT -- AND I AM GOING TO GONE TO PART 5, THE EMPLOYMENT EQUITY, AND IT'S THAT FIRST PARAGRAPH.

>> WHICH PAGE?

>>Susan Valdes: PAGE 7 OF 228. WHERE IT SAYS THE EMPLOYMENT DATA SUBMITTED BY THE DISTRICT INDICATE THAT HISPANIC AND MALE EMPLOYEES COMPARED TO THE STUDENT POPULATION ARE UNDERREPRESENTED IN ADMINISTRATIVE AND FACULTY POSITIONS. THE DISTRICT SUBMITTED STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE AND SHARED A REPORT ON THE PROGRESS IN THE 2015-16 EQUITY UPDATE. YEAH. THIS IS SO TRUE. IT'S BEEN TRUE FOR 168 YEARS THAT THIS DISTRICT HAS BEEN AROUND. SO IT'S NOTHING NEW. I THINK THAT WE -- I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT STAFF WENT OUT TO PUERTO RICO TO TRY TO SEE ABOUT RECRUITING GREAT TALENT TO COME AND BE HIRED HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. BUT I THINK MAYBE WE CAN DRIVE FOUR HOURS DOWN TO MIAMI AND RECRUIT FOLKS THAT ARE CERTIFIED INDIVIDUALS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA ALREADY AND REALLY DO SOME HEAVY DUTY RECRUITING, BECAUSE THIS IS AN AREA IN WHICH I HAVE BEEN QUESTIONED EVEN MORE SO LATELY ON ABOUT WHEN ARE WE GOING TO SEE HISPANIC LEADERSHIP IN PLACE AND NOT, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, A TOKEN. THAT HURTS. BECAUSE WE HAVE IN LEADERSHIP, TAKE MACE OUT, WE HAVE TWO INDIVIDUALS, AND THEY ARE HERE RIGHT NOW, DR. MONTOS AND MARCOS ARILLO, AND THAT'S IT. THAT'S A PROBLEM. OUR STUDENT POPULATION IS 35% OF THE STUDENT POPULATION, AND GET READY, GUYS, BECAUSE AUGUST 107th WHEN THEY COME IN, THERE'S GOING TO BE MORE. AND ON THE 20th DAY COUNT, I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE TRUE NUMBER IS. AND WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE, THE SAME WAY WE HAVE TREATED AND PAID ATTENTION TO MY AFRICAN-AMERICAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS, THAT WE DO THE SAME FOR THE HISPANIC POPULATION, BECAUSE IT'S NOT EQUITABLE. AND WE HAVE GOT TO FIGURE OUT A WAY HOW TO BE MORE DILIGENT TO GET THIS DONE. WE CAN'T HAVE IT IN A MORE. WE CAN'T. WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVEN THOSE WITHIN THE SYSTEM TO BE ABLE TO RISE UP TO THE OCCASION AND SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT? I CAN DO THIS. AND GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY. BECAUSE MY COMMUNITY DESERVES THAT AS WELL. AND THIS IS GOING TO BE THE YEAR. WE REALLY HAVE TO MAKE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE TRULY -- WE SAY THAT WE ARE DIVERSE. LET'S MAKE IT SO IN ALL ASPECT. FROM THIS DOCUMENT, YOU ARE RIGHT. IT'S LOADED WITH LOTS OF INFORMATION. AND IT'S A CHALLENGE. I DO NOT LIKE THE FORMAT. SO I WILL TELL CR THE FORMAT IS NOT REALLY GOOD BECAUSE IT DOESN'T FLOW WITH THE INFORMATION, AND AFTER REVIEWING THIS DOCUMENT AND THINKING THAT I UNDERSTOOD MORE OR LESS THE DOCUMENT, AND WE ARE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT THE ATHLETICS, IT'S JUST -- IT WASN'T WHAT I WAS PERCEIVED THAT IT WAS GOING TO BE. SO BACK ON THE ATHLETIC SIDE OF THINGS, I DON'T KNOW HOW IN-DEPTH WE DO WITH COMPARING THE ATHLETIC FACILITIES. FOR INSTANCE, I HAVE OF A QUESTION, OUT OF OUR 27 HIGH SCHOOLS, AND MAYBE MR. FARKAS, YOU MIGHT HAVE AN IDEA, OUT OF OUR 27 HIGH SCHOOLS THAT HAVE WRESTLING PROGRAMS, WHO HAS PADS ALONG THE PERIMETER OF THE WRESTLING PRACTICE ROOM? HOW MANY SCHOOLS HAVE THAT? BECAUSE IT'S A SAFETY ISSUE. MY OTHER QUESTION TO THAT IS, WHAT IS SAFETY'S INVOLVEMENT IN THAT? WHO DOES THAT? IS IT MR. ROBINSON? IS IT GLEN LATHERS? IS IT M.J -- I DON'T KNOW. DON'T KNOW WHO IS GOING OUT INTO OUR SCHOOLS TO ASSESS THE FACILITIES EQUITABLY ACROSS THE DISTRICT, AND WHAT THEY HAVE AND WHAT BE THE OTHERS DON'T, AND HOW WE ARE GOING TO ASSESS THIS. I THINK THAT'S REALLY CRUCIAL INFORMATION TO HAVE AND BE ABLE TO REALLY HAVE A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD. NO PUN INTENDED.

>>April Griffin: MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MY QUESTION IS FOR EITHER DR. VELAZQUEZ OR SUPERINTENDENT. IS MUCH THIS PART OF THE PRINCIPAL'S EVALUATION? ARE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS USING IT, THE PRINCIPAL EVALUATIONS OR APA'S?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I DON'T KNOW IF THIS HAS EVER BEEN USED FOR EVALUATION PURPOSES, NO.

>> ANOTHER PIECE OF INFORMATION TO USE.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE PULLED ITEMS FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. STUART, A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? WE ARE VOTING ON THE PULLED ITEMS. SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. BOARD MEMBERS, IT IS AFTER 7:00 AND I AM GOING TO ISSUE MY CHALLENGE TO YOU THAT -- CAN WE BE OUT OF HERE IN 15 MINUTES? WITH OUR COMMENTS? ALL RIGHT. MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I JUST HAVE TWO ITEMS. ONE, I AM GOING TO ASK CHIEF NAUMAN TO COME UP AND TALK A LITTLE BIT. I DID GET AN OPPORTUNITY THIS MORNING TO WELCOME TEACHERS TO MORT ELEMENTARY, THE SCHOOL SCHOOL MET OUT AT BUSCH GARDENS THIS MORNING AND ALL OF THE 25 MEMBERS OF THE NEW COMMUNITY SCHOOL BOARD WERE THERE. SO IT WAS A REALLY GREAT MORNING. THEY WERE VERY EXCITED. IT WAS NICE TO SEE SCHOOLS DOING SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR THEIR FIRST DAY OF PREPLANNING AND BEING OUT. I KNOW A LOT OF TAMPA SCHOOLS HAD DIFFERENT PLANS FOR TODAY. CHIEF NEWMAN IS GOING TO COME UP AND TALK TO YOU. YOU ALL GOT TODAY A COPY OF A PRESS RELEASE AND SOME DOCUMENTATION, AND I AM VERY, VERY EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THAT -- AND I KNOW MRS. GRIFFIN WORKED ON THIS DWIGHT SOME TIME AGO. WE HAVE BEEN WAITING A LONG TIME FOR THIS TO COME THROUGH. BUT THE DELINQUENT DELINQUENT ACT CITATION PILOT PROGRAM IS GOING TO INTO EFFECT AS OF YET WHICH PRETTY MUCH -- AND I WILL READ FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T HAVE IT, THE DELINQUENT ACT CITATION PILOT PROGRAM, IS A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ALTERNATIVE TO ARREST AND POSSIBLE CRIMINAL RECORD FOR JUVENILES FOUND TO BE IN THE POSSESSION OF 20 GRAMS OR LESS OF CANNABIS OR POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. THIS IS HUGE FOR OUR STUDENTS, THE AGE OF 8 TO 17 WHO WILL NO LONGER BE ARRESTED FOR POSSESSION. THIS IS A ONE-YEAR PILOT PROGRAM STARTING AUGUST 1 TO JULY 31, A COOPERATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN THE OFFICES OF THE STATE ATTORNEY, THE PUBLIC DEFENDER, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT, TEMPLE TERRACE POLICE DEPARTMENT, PLANT CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OF THE CLERK AND THE CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT. FIRST TIME OFFENDERS BETWEEN THE AGES OF 8 AND 17 WILL RECEIVE A RISK ASSESSMENT AND BE REFERRED TO A TREATMENT PROVIDER FOR TREATMENT DETERMINATION. THE JUVENILE MUST ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE OFFENSE IN JUVENILE AND THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST AGREE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM. THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES OVER THE COURT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MONITORING THE PROGRAM. THE JUVENILE DIVERSION PROGRAM AND THE JUVENILE DRUG COURT BOTH UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF THE AOC WILL ASSIST JUVENILES FROM THE TIME THEY ARE ISSUED THE CITATION TO SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE TREATMENT PROVIDERS REQUIREMENTS. JUVENILES HOP SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE THE PROGRAM AVOID AN ARREST RECORD. THOSE WHO FAIL TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM OR ARE CHARGED WITH ANOTHER CRIME WHALE IN THE PROGRAM WILL BE REFERRED TO THE STATE'S ATTORNEY'S OFFICE. THIS IS HUGE. I DON'T KNOW. THIS IS -- AND I HAVE TO GIVE A LOT OF CREDIT TO NOT ONLY THE PARTIES THAT ARE INVOLVED BUT TO GINA JUSTICE WHO HAS BARELY BEEN HERE A YEAR. SHE KIND OF TOOK THE BUMS BY THE HORNS. WE WERE NOT IN THE ROOM FOR THE DISCUSSION BUT WE HAVE BEEN INCLUDED OVER THE LAST IT WOULD BE WEEKS ON THE MOU. I WANT CHIEF NUMBER AN TO KIND OF GIVE YOU A RUN DOWN ON HOW THIS IS GOING TO LOOK AND WORK IN OUR SCHOOLS, BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING. THERE WAS A CITY ORDINANCE THAT WAS GOING TO COME THROUGH TO ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN FOR 18 YEARS AND OLDER FOR CITY RESIDENTS, BUT IT WOULD NOT HAVE AFFECTED JUVENILES AND IT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN EFFECTIVE FOR COUNTYWIDE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RESIDENTS. SO WE FOUGHT HARD AGAINST THAT. WE DID NOT WANT TO HAVE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS IN PLACE FOR CITY AND COUNTY. AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE WON. SO I'M VERY HAPPY.  THIS MEANS A LOT TO OUR STUDENTS THAT THERE WILL NOT BE AN ARREST ON THEIR RECORD, WHICH IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO REMOVE FOR SOMETHING AS MINOR AS A FIRST-TIME OFFENSE. SO CHIEF NEWMAN.

>> THANK YOU, MRS. STUART, MADAM CHAIR, MR. EAKINS, BOARD, STAFF MEMBERS. TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY, WE DO HAVE THIS COMING UP IN THE AUGUST 16th WORKSHOP BACK AROUND 2005 WHEN THIS PROGRAM WAS CALLED THE JUVENILE ARREST AVOIDANCE PROGRAM, AND THEN LATER MAP TRICKATED TO THE JUVENILE CIVIL CITATION PROGRAM IN 2011. THE BOARD AND THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION PARTNERED WITH ALL THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE PEOPLE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WHICH IS A HUGE COLLABORATION, BECAUSE YOU HAVE GOT TO GET ALL THOSE FOLKS IN ONE ROOM AND ALL AGREE AT THE SAME TIME. HAD ONE ENTITY DECIDED NOT TO PARTICIPATE, THEN WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH TAMPA CIVIL CITATION. WE ADOPTED NINE MISDEMEANORS TO IMPLEMENT. IT WAS A PILOT PROGRAM IN 05. REALLY IT WAS IMPLEMENTED BY 06. LESS AN YEAR LATER THE ENTIRE SCHOOL DISTRICT WAS DOING IT. SO WE HAD A PILOT PROGRAM ONCE BEFORE WHERE WE WERE NERVOUS BECAUSE IT ONLY IMPACTED SOME OF OUR SITES. PARTICULARLY THOSE WITHIN THE CITY OF TAMPA. WELL, IN 2011 IT WAS SO SUCCESSFUL THE CIVIL CITATION PROGRAM NOW IS COUNTYWIDE. FOR BOTH ADULTS AND JUVENILES. LIKE MRS. STUART SAID THEREth HAS BEEN A THREE YEAR BATTLE. I SHOULDN'T SAY A BATTLE. IT BEEN A THREE YEAR DISCUSSION. LONGER THAT FOR THOSE OF US WHO SIT ON A JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD IN A PREVIOUS LIFE AND NOW MRS. STUART, MR. BECKNER. BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FOLKS INVOLVED, JUDGE FICARROTTA, JUDGE, AND HIS TEAM, WE HAVE SOME GREAT JUDGES, JUDGE TO THER, PIN OZ A, AND POPNANA WERE VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THE RAINY DELINQUENT ACT. AND WE JUST SIGNED THE PILOT PROGRAM ON. IT IS NOT LIKE A THEFT OR DISRUPTING A SCHOOL FUNCTION WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO GIVE A STUDENT A CHANCE TO SELF-CORRECT WITH CIVIL CITATIONS AND MAYBE ASSIGN THEM SOME COMMUNITY HOURS. YOU KNOW, SUBSTANCE ABUSE IS AN ISSUE. AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE CHALLENGES FOR THE JUVENILE JUDGES. THEY WANT TOPPED SEE A THERAPEUTIC MODEL THAT WAS BUILT INTO THIS DELINQUENCY ACT THAT ENSURE THAT THE STUDENT DIDN'T HAVE EMBEDDED SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEMS THAT WOULD NEVER GET CORRECTED JUST BY DOING 50 HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE. SO THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE, BOTH THE JDP, WE HAVE DIVERSION PROGRAM AND JUVENILE COURTS. SO IF A JUVENILE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT, THEY ALREADY HAVE A PROCESS?  PLACE. WE HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH THOSE CIVIL CITATION PROCESSES FOR A LONG TIME F.A JUVENILE IS CAUGHT WITH MARIJUANA OR PARAPHERNALIA, BECAUSE A LOT OF FOLKS DON'T UNDERSTAND IF IT'S A BAGIE, A ROLLING PAPER, A PIPE, THAT'S AN OFFENSE THAT YOU COULD ACTUALLY INCLUDE BY ITSELF. SO POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA UNDER 20 GRAMS, OR POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA RAIL YEAH WAS DEFINED BY 9313 AND 147 IS A CIVIL CITATION BUT THEY DON'T WANT TO USE A DELINQUENCY AT PILOT PROGRAM OFFENSE. WHEN THE STUDENT GETS CAUGHT WITH THE MARIJUANA LAW ENFORCEMENT IS GOING TO REACT IKE IKE LIKE THEN ALWAYS WILL. THEY'LL ENCOUNTER STUDENT AND TAKE CUSTODY OF THE CONE TRA BAND, WHICH THEY WILL PLACE IN EVIDENCE. WE HAVE HAD CIVIL CITATIONS THAT HAVE HAD EVIDENCE BEFORE LIKE THE THEFT OF SOMETHING. SO THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE THE CONTRABAND. THEY ARE GOING TO PLACE IT INTO EVIDENCE. THEY ARE IMMEDIATELY GOING TO NOTIFY THE COURTS AND SCHEDULE THAT STUDENT AND THEIR PARENTS, BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO GET WITH THE PARENTS OR GUARDIAN, SAY THIS IS WHAT THE PROGRAM IS ALL ABOUT. WE CAN PUT YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER OR CHILD INTO THE PROGRAM. EVERYONE HAS GOT TO BE, ONE, THEY HAVE TO BE ELIGIBLE. SO THEY'LL CALL THE JUVENILE ASSESSMENT CENTERS, OR ACCESS THE JUVENILE JUSTICE INFORMATION SYSTEMS TO FIND OUT IF THE STUDENT IS ELIGIBLE. IF THEY HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED A CIVIL CITATION OR HAVE A CRIMINAL HISTORY, OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE NOT.  THIS IS REALLY A ONE BITE OF THE APPLE OPPORTUNITY. AND THEN THEY'LL GIVE THEM AN APPOINTMENT TO SHOW UP AT THE AOC TO MEET WITH MUCH THE JUVENILE DIVERSIONARY PROGRAM BY 5 P.M. THE NEXT BUSINESS DAY. OBVIOUSLY, IF IT'S FRIDAY THEY'LL MEET WITH THEM ON MONDAY. AT THAT TIME, THEY WILL GET A FULL ASSESSMENT TO INCLUDE A DRUG SCREENING. THE DRUG JUDGES THAT WERE IN CHARGE OF THE DRUG COURTS REALLY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE WAS A DEEPER DIVE DONE FOR THOSE STUDENTS THAT MIGHT HAVE A SERIOUS CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE ISSUE. SO AT THAT VETTING, AT THAT TRIAGING, THEY CAN MAKE THE DECISION WHETHER OR NOT THAT PERSON NEEDS TO GONE TO DRUG COURT. WHAT WE ARE REALLY HOPING IS THEY STAY WITH THE JUVENILE DIVERSIONARY PROGRAM SIDE, THEY NEVER GET FINGERPRINTED, NEVER GET PROCESSED, AND THEN THEY GONE TO A COUNCIL SESSION WHERE THEY WILL BE MONITORED. AT THE END OF THAT PROGRAM -- AND THAT PROGRAM'S DURATION WILL BE DECIDED BY THE JDP -- NO CHARGES WILL HAVE BEEN FILED IF THEY SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE IT. THEIR FINGERS WILL NEVER HAVE BEEN ROLLED. THEY WILL NEVER BE ON A REGISTER OR PROCESS THROUGH THE JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER SO THEY HAVE NO CRIMINAL HISTORY. IF THEY SHOULD NOT BE SUCCESSFUL THE CRIMINAL REPORT AFFIDAVIT, THE OFFICERS REPORT WRITE THAT VERY DAY, THE CRA WILL THEN BE ACTIVATED AND THEY WILL GET A SUBPOENA TO SHOW UP IN COURT AND GET HANDLED THROUGH THE REGULAR CRIMINAL PROCEDURE FOR MISDEMEANOR MARIJUANA. TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE IMPACT, WE HAVE, WHAT, MUCHS CAN IN THE STATE. WE ARE ONE OF THE [ LAUGHTER ] COUNTIES TO GET INVOLVED WITH FIRST-TIME MARIJUANA AS A CIVIL CITATION SOLUTION. WE HAD ABOUT 820 ARRESTS LAST YEAR, IF YOU LOOK AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JULY NIL JUSTICE STATS. THEY ARE A LITTLE LOW.  IT'S ABOUT 817 SO THERE MIGHT BE SOME REDUNDANCY. OF THOSE 828 THAT THE STATE RECOLLECTION NIGHTED, 317 WERE FOR MISDEMEANOR DRUG POSSESSION. NOW, THE ONLY MISDEMEANOR DRUG POSSESSION I AM AWARE OF IS MARIJUANA.  EVERYTHING ELSE, YOU KNOW, BANGS OUT RIGHT TO A FELONY. SO BECAUSE WE HAVE WAITED SO LONG IN THIS COUNTY FOR A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT REASONS, A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT VOICES WERE HEARD AT THE TABLE. A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT SUBGROUPS, WORKSHOPS, THINK TANKS, COUNSELORS, YOU NAME IT, EVERYONE THAT YOU CAN THINK OF WAS INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS, BECAUSE WE WAITED SO LONG, WE HAD ALMOST 42% OF OUR STUDENTS WHO LAST YEAR GOT ARRESTED FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION THAT ACTUALLY WILL ENJOY A BITE OF THE APPLE SO WHEN THEY DO GRADUATE THEY CAN GET INTO THE MILITARY. IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO HAUNT THEM FOR FOREVER. THAT'S HUGE WHEN YOU FIGURE WE ONLY HAD 828 ARRESTS. TALKING TO MR. EKE THINGS MORNING WE ARE AT A 7 YEAR LOW WHEN IT COMES TO JUVENILE CRIME. AND THIS COUNTY DOES A VERY GOOD JOB ABOUT TRYING TO FIND ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION AND ARRESTS. BUT WHEN YOU TAKE AWAY ALMOST 317 FIRST TIME MARIJUANA ARRESTS FROM 828 TOTAL JUVENILE ARRESTS THAT'S A HUGE DECREASE THAT WE WILL SEE NEXT YEAR WHEN IT COMES TO HOW WELL WE ARE ADVOCATES FOR OUR STUDENTS ON ALL OF OUR CAMPUSES. ME BACK IN 2005 I WAS A THOUSAND PERCENT AGAINST CIVIL CITATIONS. I'M A LAW AND ORDER COP GUY, RIGHT? NO WAY THIS WORKS. THE RECIDIVISM RATE IS INCREDIBLY LOW. 7, 8% DON'T COMPLETE THE PROGRAM. SO THAT FIRST TIME BITE OF THE APPLE PROVED ME WRONG. SO THERE WAS A LOT OF THOSE PEOPLE SITTING AROUND THE TABLE THAT BELIEVED LIKE I DID 10, 15 YEARS AGO THAT IT WASN'T GOING TO WORK AND SOME OF THAT I THINK WAS STILL AROUND FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS. BUT SOME OF US WHO HUNG IN THEREBY HAVE SEEN THIS PROGRAM GO THROUGH IT, THINK IT'S A GREAT THING FOR OUR STUDENTS. SOMETIMES THEY MAKE POOR DECISIONS. I KNOW I DID WHEN I WAS 15. SOMEBODY BEHIND CAN PROBABLY ATTEST TO THAT. BUT IT'S THE CHANCE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE THAT PERSON THAT FIRST TIME CORRECTION. AND THAT FIRST TIME CORRECTION IS SOMETIMES APPARENTLY ACCORDING TO THE STATISTICS IS ALL THEY NEED. SO THAT'S WHERE WE ARE AT. WE WILL TALK ABOUT IT MORE AT LENGTH IN THE AUGUST 16th WORKSHOP. BULL THE MOU IS EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1st. LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS THE FORMS TO ACTIVATE THAT. THERE'S REALLY NOTHING NEW ON THE LAW ENFORCEMENT SIDE THAT THEY HAVE TO DO. THEY ARE USED TO DOING IT ALREADY.

>> I JUST WANT TO ASK REAL QUICK FOR OUR SITES BECAUSE THIS DOES TOUCH 8 TO 17-YEAR-OLDS FOR OUR SITES THAT WE HAVE OUR STAFF THERE, AND NOT LAW ENFORCEMENT. HOW ARE THEY GOING TO BE TRAINED? OR ARE THEY GOING TO DO WHAT THEY TYPICALLY DO, WHICH IS LAW ENFORCEMENT?

>> YOU KNOW, IT SOUND REALLY SIMPLE BUT WE ARE NOT SEIZING SOMETHING THAT -- YOU CAN'T TAKE MARIJUANA OFF OF SOMEBODY AND SAY I WILL JUST PUT IN THE MY DRAWER AND THROW IT OUT. I HAVE GOTTEN PHONE CALLS FROM ELEMENTARY PRINCIPALS WHO ARE NOT USED TO DEALING WITH CONTRABAND ISSUES OR MAYBE A PRINCIPAL THAT DOESN'T HAVE A DRUG ENFORCEMENT ON THE CAMPUS. LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL COME OUT AND THEY WILL ACTIVATE IF THE CHILD IS ELIGIBLE THE DELINQUENCY ACT PILOT PROGRAM. THAT'S ALL THEY HAVE TO DO. LAW ENFORCEMENT HAS GOT TO BY STATE STATUTE, IF THE STUDENT DOESN'T GET AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY OF THIS PILOT PROGRAM. IT HAS TO BE EXPLAINED IN THE REPORT. MOST OF THE AGENCIES HAVE A QUALITY ASSURANCE MECHANISM TO MAKE SURE THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN. BUT THEY HAVE TO EXPLAIN WHY THAT STUDENT WASN'T A FORWARDED THE -- AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY OF THIS DIVERSION PROGRAM. THAT'S IN THE SUBSTITUTE BEYOND UTAH AND IN ALL THE POLICIES SO FAR. BUT THEY HAVE GOT CONTRABAND. IF THEY CALL ME, I'LL TELL THEM TO CALL LAW ENFORCEMENT. LAW ENFORCEMENT GETS ON SCENE. BUT THAT'S WHAT WE ARE TELLING THEM TO DO.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THE CIVIL CITATION THAT WAS THE NUMBER ONE CRITICISM THAT I HAD FROM PARENTS THAT THEY WERE NEVER OFFERED THE OPPORTUNITY. THEY KNEW NOTHING ABOUT IT. WHEN THEY WERE CALLED -- ACTUALLY, DIDN'T SOMEONE AT THE SCHOOL SITE TALK ABOUT THAT POSSIBILITY? SO I AM GLAD TO HEAR WE HAVE SOME SAFEGUARDS TO ENSURE THAT, BECAUSE THAT WAS THE NUMBER ONE COMPLAINT, THAT IT WAS LIKE PICKING AND CHOOSING WHO IT MIGHT BE OFFERED TO AND OTHERS THEY DIDN'T. SO I JUST HOPE THERE'S GOING TO BE CONSISTENCY AND FAIRNESS, AND THAT WE HAVE A WAY TO MONITOR AND CHECK THAT.

>> I DO KNOW IN 075 BEING THERE IT WAS A PARADIGM SHIFT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE USED TO HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE ARREST, LET TAMPA DIVERSIONARY PROGRAMS GET ACTIVATED THROUGH THE COURTS. HERE WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THESE KIDS NEVER GET PROCESS. IT'S THE PROCESS IN 12th GRADE TRYING TO APPLY SOMEWHERE. SO PREDOMINANTLY THE PATROL FOLKS MAY NOT HAVE BEEN USED TO THIS PROGRAM BUT NOW IT'S ENGRAINED, THEY UNDERSTAND EXACTLY WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO.

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. SO THIS WAS AWESOME INFORMATION AND VERY EXCITING TIMES AND I AM SO THRILLED BECAUSE THIS HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING. AND THANK YOU FOR PICKING UP THE BALL AND CARRYING IT, MRS. STUART. THANK YOU. AND WE WILL BE TALKING MORE ABOUT THIS AT OUR WORKSHOP.

>> YES, MA'AM. RIGHT.

>>April Griffin: THAT BEING SAID, BOARD MEMBERS, THIS WAS SOMEWHAT LIKE AN AGENDA ITEM AND VERY WELL DESERVED, THE CONVERSATION. I KNOW, I FOUND OUT ABOUT IT LAST MINUTE, TOO.  BUT I WOULD LIKE TO REISSUE THE CHALLENGE THAT I INITIALLY ISSUED TO ALL OF US. AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF WE CAN BE DONE IN 15 MINUTES FROM NOW. WHICH SHOULD BE EASIER BECAUSE WE HAVE ONE BOARD MEMBER DOWN. SO MRS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. FIRST OF ALL, MR. EAKINS, I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOUR ENTIRE TEAM TO THEIR VERY FIRST BOARD MEETING. YOU ALL ARE HERE. AWESOME. AND I AM SO LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU GUYS IN ACTION AND SEEING THE RESULTS IN LIFTING OUR COMMUNITY. I CAN'T WAIT. TODAY I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GREET AND WELCOME TEACHERS BACK TO SCHOOL OVER AT WEBB MIDDLE SCHOOL AND LEN DENY HALL, AND IT WAS SO EXCITING AND ANTICIPATING THE KIDS FILL THEIR CLASSROOMS, YOU KNOW, NEXT TUESDAY. IT'S AN EXCITING TIME. I WANTED TO ALSO REMIND EVERYONE THAT THIS SATURDAY, I WILL BE HOSTING MY 11th ANNUAL BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL. SO THE FAIR WILL BE GOING FROM 8:00 UNTIL 1:00 IN THE AFTERNOON. SO YOU-ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND JOIN IN THE FESTIVITIES. AND IF YOU GUYS WANT TO COME AND STUFF BACKPACKS ON FRIDAY NIGHT YOU ARE WELCOME TO. WE'LL HAVE FUN. WELCOME BACK EVERYONE.

>> THANK YOU. MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I THINK AT THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE I TRIED TO EXPRESS TO YOU MY APPRECIATION FOR FIRST OF ALL THE GREAT SURPRISE, AND SECONDLY FOR THE KIND OF WARM RECEPTION AND APPRECIATION FOR THE WORK THAT MRS. KURDELL AND I HAVE DONE OVER THE YEARS. I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW IT WAS A MEMORABLE MOMENT. IT IS ONE THAT I AM GOING REMEMBER FOR A LONG TIME IN MY LIFE. AND I JUST WANT TO AGAIN THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THAT CELEBRATION AND FOR ALL OF YOU WHO HAD SOME PART IN IT. AGAIN, IT WAS MEMORABLE. SURPRISING. BUT MOST OF ALL IT WAS TOUCHING. AND IN CONNECTION WITH THAT, ONE OF THE THINGS, MR. BEEKMAN TALKED ABOUT TRYING TO FIND A PLACE TO HOLD ALL OF HIS PERSONAL ITEMS. I HOPE MAYBE IN THE FUTURE, I WON'T BE HERE, BUT MAYBE IN THE FUTURE HE WILL CONSIDER, INVITING THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS, BECAUSE WE TALKED ABOUT A LEADERSHIP TEAM. AND TO HEAR THE SAME MESSAGE AT THE SAME TIME, THE SAME ENVIRONMENT, THE ENTHUSIASM, A WONDERFUL PRESENTATION BY THE STUDENTS. I THINK THIS REALLY GELS AND MAKES THEM A PART OF -- THAT THEY REALLY ARE A CRITICAL PART OF HOW THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OPERATES. I HOPE MAYBE NEXT YEAR YOU MIGHT CONSIDER INVITING ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS ALONG WITH THE PRINCIPALS TO BE PART OF THAT TEAM. AND IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO THANK THOSE SUPERVISORS WHO WORK SO HARD WITH OUR SCHOOLS. AND SO AGAIN THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES. AND I HOPE THAT

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

>>Sally Harris: HOPEFULLY MY LITTLE SLIDE SHOP IS IN PLACE. JUST VERY QUICK. I WILL TELL YOU THE HOST, HOST A CHESS TOURNAMENT AND LAST YEAR HAD 40 PARTICIPANTS AND THIS YEAR HAD OVER 100 PARTICIPANTS. IT WAS AWESOME. AND THEN MRS. STUART AND I WENT TO THE OFFICE DEPOT BACK TO SCHOOL BAG GIVEAWAY AND THEY GAVE A HUGE TRUCK LOAD TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. IT WAS AWESOME. THEN WE WENT TO THE PRINCIPAL'S WORKSHOP WHICH I FEEL LIKE THERE WASN'T A DRY EYE IN THE ROOM. THAT WAS SPECTACULAR. SUPERINTENDENT, YOU OUTDID YOURSELF. I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU ARE EVER GOING TO COMPETE WITH YOUR OWN SELF. IT WAS REALLY GOOD. AND IT WAS VERY UPLIFTING. AND LIKE YOU SAID, MRS. EDGECOMB, IT REALLY IS SOMETHING I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM SHARE IT WITH THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS, ALSO. THEN WE HAD THE EDS PRESENTATION FROM THE NEXT CLASS. WE HAVE OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS THERE TO POSE FOR ME. I TOOK A SELFIE BUT I DIDN'T PUT IN THE THERE. AND THEN OF COURSE THE TEACHERS ARE BACK RETURNING TO SCHOOL. AND DOBEY ELEMENTARY TOOK THEIR ENTIRE STAFF AND FAMILY TO THE RAYS GAME MONDAY NIGHT AND IT WAS AWESOME. AND I WENT AND JOINED THEM. AND THEN CORE FACULTY WAS THIS MORNING AND THAT WAS VERY GOOD. AND THEN OF COURSE I HAVE TO HAVE THROW IN THE SHORE ELEMENTARY IN THERE BECAUSE I WAS DOING THE GARDENING. SO IT'S BEEN A GREAT BEGINNING. AND I TELL YOU, IT IS SO EXCITING WHEN YOU ARE IN THE SCHOOLS. I HAVE SHARED IN THE HALLWAY THE EXCITEMENT, THE TEACHERS, THE PRINCIPALS, EVERYBODY IS SO EXCITED. THERE'S A REALLY GOOD ENERGY OUT THERE. AND I I HAD THIS WE ARE GOING SEE THIS YEAR BEING A REAL POSITIVE YEAR. SO THANK YOU EVERYBODY. LET'S KEEP IT GOING.

>>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY. I JUST SHOWED HER THE STOPWATCH. NO PRESSURE.

>> I WANT TO WELCOME THE NEW TEACHERS TO OUR DISTRICT AND TO SAY THAT WE ARE SO GLAD TO HAVING NEW TEACHERS WHETHER THEY ARE BRAND NEWSPAPER TO THE PROFESSION OR WHETHER THEY ARE COMBING FROM ANOTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT. IT'S WONDERFUL AND REFRESHING TO SEE THOSE NEW FACES IN THE DISTRICT AND WELCOME BACK TO THE TEACHERS THAT ARE TENURED IN OUR DISTRICT AS WELL. WELCOME BACK TO THE STUDENTS. AND I JUST WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE TO PLEASE, PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY THROUGH THE SCHOOL ZONES. SLOW DOWN. DO WE START PUTTING THOSE BLINKING LIGHTS UP EARLY, MR. FARKAS? WHEN DO WE START FLASHING THOSE? BECAUSE WE NEED TO GET PEOPLE IN THE HABIT OF DOING THAT BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS.

>> WE DON'T. THE COUNTY DOES.

>> THE COUNTY DOES. WHEN DOES THE COUNTY START?

>> USUALLY A DRY RUN SO THE MONDAY BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS.

>>Melissa Snively: WELL, DOESN'T GIVE THEM A WHOLE LOT OF TIME TO GET USED TO IT BUT ESPECIALLY IF YOU WATCH THE KIDS PLAYING POLK MON NOW IN THE STREETS. ALL RIGHT. SO I WILL JUST LEAVE YOU WITH A QUOTE. CHILDREN ARE GREAT IMITATORS. SO GIVE THEM SOMETHING GREAT TO IMITATE. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND, WOW, THIS IS GOOD. VERY BRIEFLY, BOARD MEMBERS, THIS THURSDAY IS YOUR DEADLINE FOR POLICY SUBMISSIONS. PLEASE TRY TO GET THOSE IN ON TIME. HOWEVER, THERE WILL BE A LITTLE BIT OF LATITUDE THERE BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T ADVERTISED ANYTHING. BUT WE ARE TRYING TO STICK TO A DEADLINE. SO IF YOU CO-GET THOSE IN. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I JUST WANT TO ASK A QUESTION IN REFERENCE TO TAMPA POSITIONS BECAUSE WE ARE WANTING TO MOVE A LOT OF PEOPLE BACK INTO THE SCHOOLS. AND I DON'T WANT AN ANSWER NOW BECAUSE WE ARE AT 6 MINUTES 38 SECONDS. BUT PLEASE AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING, COME PREPARED TO ANSWER HOW YOU INTEND TO PUT PEOPLE BACK INTO THE SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE WHO ARE UNION MEMBERS. BECAUSE I THINK THERE'S A PROCESS THAT HAS TO BE LOOKED AT THROUGH THAT. SO I AM GETTING QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT AND WOULD LIKE TO ANSWER THAT H.YOU CAN LET ME KNOW IN OUR ONE ON ONES, TOO.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YES, NOTHING IS HAPPENING WITHOUT FOLLOWING PROPER CONTRACTUAL PROCEDURES.

>> VERY GOOD. WELCOME BACK EVERYBODY. WE HAVE AN EXCITING SCHOOL YEAR THIS YEAR. AND I THINK THAT WE ARE ALL GOING TO FEEL THE DIFFERENCE THIS YEAR. SO MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THE FLOOR IS YOURS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: OKAY. I WILL BEAT YOUR CLOCK THERE. I DO WANT TO MAKE MENTION THAT THE AGENDA TODAY ON THE 4.027 WE DID MISS ONE AP APPOINTMENT, MR. DARRIN AQUIRO AT WILLIAMS MAGNET SCHOOL EFFECTIVE AUGUST 3rd. AS MANY OF YOU HAVE SAID, TEACHERS ARE BACK. AS MANY OF YOU WERE OUT VISITING IN SCHOOLS TODAY. I HOPE THEY HAD A RESTFUL SHORT SUMMER. BUT THEY ARE NOW VERY HARD AT WORK PREPLANNING GETTING READY FOR STUDENTS TO ARRIVE NEXT WEEK. I HAVE BEEN WATCHING TWITTER ALL DAY AND EXCITED TO SEE ALL THE WELCOME BACK POSTS THAT ARE OUT THERE WITH ALL THE SMILING FACES TO DO EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO ENSURE OUR STUDENTS SUCCESS. I KNOW THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE OF THE GREAT STAFF WE HAVE OUT IN OUR SCHOOLS. SPEAKING OF OUR STAFF, I HAVE AN UPDATING WITH HUMAN RESOURCES. I WANT TO GIVE YOU SOME STATISTICS ON SOME VACANCIES. CURRENTLY, I THINK THE LAST BOARD MEETING WAS AROUND 250. WE ARE AT 1507 NOW WITH TEACHER VACANCIES ON OUR WEBSITE. THE PRINCIPALS ARE STILL ACTIVELY HIRING THROUGH THE END OF TODAY. HUMAN RESOURCES HAS PROCESSED OVER 1200 NEWSPAPER EMPLOYEES AND REHIRED SINCE TEACHER INTERVIEW DAY WHICH IS REMARKABLE. THAT'S BUSY. AFTER TODAY THEY WILL COLLECT ALL VACANCIES AND STILL OFFER TEMPORARY CONTRACTS TO TEACHERS UNTIL WE MAKE OUR FALL ADJUSTMENTS IN AUGUST. THEN I WANT TO MAKE SPECIAL SHOUTOUT TO SOME PEOPLE FROM THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVED TWO AWARD AT THE 50th ANNUAL FACTE CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW. IN THE CAREER ACADEMY DIVISION, WE RECEIVED THE ACADEMY INNOVATION AWARD FOR BUILD TAMPA BAY. IF YOU REMEMBER BUILD TAMPA BAY WAS AN EVENT HELD IN FEBRUARY 2016 AT THE AMALIE ARENA WHICH ALLOWED CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION STUDENTS FROM ACROSS TAMPA BAY TO EXPLORE A VARIETY OF EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CTE DEPARTMENT. I KNOW MR. BROOKS, MR. RAMSEY AND MR. JARGO, ALL THOSE FOLKS HAD A LOT TO DO WITH IT OUT THERE. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR ACADEMY AWARD. [ APPLAUSE ] I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO CONGRATULATE ELIZABETH SIMPSON, WHO IS THE LEAD TEACHER AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL AND GREEK OH SCHOOL, WHO RECEIVED THE 2016 SLATE DISTINGUISHED MANUFACTURING SECONDARY EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD. SLATE IS THE FLORIDA ADVANCED TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATION CENTER. SHE WAS RECOGNIZED FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AND KEEPING THE CURRICULUM CLOSELY TIED TO INDUSTRY STANDARDS. I WANT TO SHARE WHAT MAKES HER A WONDERFUL TEACHER AND LEADER IN OUR DISTRICT. SHE DEVELOPED A NATIONAL CAREER ACADEMY STANDARD FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL. SHE WROTE EXAMS AND CURRICULUM FOR MIDDLE HIGH SCHOOL ROBOTICS AND TECH ED COURSES, TAUGHT ROBOTICS ONE WEEK, ALSO LED ROBOTICS CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FOR OTHER TEACHERS. WE WANT TO THANK ELIZABETH SIMPSON FOR HER COMMITMENT TO HER STUDENTS AND CONGRATULATE HER ON THAT AWARD. [ APPLAUSE ] AND HOW MANY MORE MINUTES DO I HAVE? WELL, I'M DONE. YOUR SUPERINTENDENT FINISHED EARLY. OKAY?

>>April Griffin: WITH FOUR MINUTES LEFT, BOARD MEMBERS, THANK YOU SO MUCH. STAFF, THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE WORK THAT YOU HAVE DONE TO MAKE THIS A SUCCESSFUL MEETING.  THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.