Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from September 6th, 2016, 3:00 P.M.

>>GOOD EVENING. THIS SEPTEMBER 6th, 3 P.M. BOARD MEETING SENIOR NOW CALLED TO ORDER. IF EVERYBODY COULD PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE THEN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY OUR VICE CHAIR MRS. CINDY STUART. (MOMENT OF SILENCE).  

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

>>THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. THE WITHDRAWN ITEMS ARE B-01, C 4.06. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS, A SECOND BY MRS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. COULD YOU PLEASE RESET IT? IT'S NOT COUNTING MRS. EDGECOMB. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. BOARD MEMBERS, YOU HAVE THE MEETING MINUTES FROM THE 23rd BOARD MEETING. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. TO APPROVE. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS, A SECOND BY MRS. STUART. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE MINUTES PASS UNANIMOUSLY. AT 5:01 THE FINAL PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MILLAGE RATES AND THE BUDGET FOR THE 2016-2017 FISCAL YEAR WILL BEGIN. PUBLIC COMMENT REGARDING THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE HERALD AT THAT TIME. IF ANYONE PRESENT CANNOT STAY UNTIL THE PUBLIC HEARING BEGINS, YOU MAY MAKE YOUR COMMENTS REGARDING THE BUDGET DURING THE REGULAR AUDIENCE COMMENTS. MRS. STUART, WILL YOU PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES?  

>>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 THE BACKUP MATERIAL ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE. THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON THE LIVE WEBCAST, ON CABLE TV AND ON A VIDEO MONITOR HEAR IN THE AUDITORIUM. IT CAN ALSO BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING LATER IN THE VIDEO ARCHIVES. DURING THE MEETING THERE IS A TABLET AVAILABLE AT THE COMMUNICATIONS DESK THAT CAN BE USED TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING. THERE ARE SPEAKERS IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM THAT ALLOW BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR THE MEETING SHOULD WE LEAVE THE DAIS. THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 45 MINUTES ALLOWED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. SPEAKERS WILL BE GRANTED 3 MINUTES TO ADDRESS A SINGLE AGENDA ITEM OR A TOTAL OF 5 MINUTES TO ADDRESS TWO OR MORE AGENDA ITEMS. WHEN TEN OR MORE SPEAKERS WISH TO SPEAK TO THE SAME AGENDA ITEM, SPEAKING TIME WILL BE REDUCED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER. IF THERE ARE STILL SPEAKERS AFTER THE 45 MINUTE ALLOTTED TIME ENDS, THE REMAINDER OF THE SPEAKERS WILL BE HEARD PRAYER TO THE VOTE ON ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. YOUR COMMENTS ARE IMPORTANT IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO YOUR COMMENTS, THE STAFF WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU AND KEEP THE BOARD INFORMED ABOUT THAT RESPONSE. THE SCHOOL BOARD RESPECTS THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD BUT WE CANNOT TOLERATE BEHAVIOR INTENDED TO INTERRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THIS MEETING. OUR CIVILITY POLICY IS IN EFFECT.  

>>MS. STUART, WOULD YOU PLEASE ALSO READ THE GUIDELINES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT? >>Cindy Stuart: SURE. THE BOARD VALUES AND APPRECIATES YOUR COMMENTS. THIS IS YOUR TIME TO TELL THE BOARD WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY RAISE DURING PUBLIC COMMENT, IT IS THE BOARD'S PRACTICE TO NOTE YOUR COMMENT AND TO HAVE THE APPROPRIATE DISTRICT STAFF RESPOND TO YOU AFTER YOUR QUESTION HAS BEEN RESEARCHED. TO THAT END THE BOARD WILL NOT TYPICALLY RESPOND TO YOUR COMMENTS FROM THE DAIS. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. WE ARE NOW INTO THE PUBLIC COMMENT SECTION. AND OUR FIRST SPEAKER IS MARILYN WILLIAMS. AND THEN OUR SECOND SPEAKER IS MR. MARK KLUTHO. WELCOME. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.  

>>OKAY, THANK YOU. I'M HERE TODAY TO RAISE QUESTIONS REGARDING PERSONNEL ISSUES INCLUDING STANDARDS THAT ARE USED FOR HIRING, DEMOTING, FIRING SCHOOL DISTRICT PERSONNEL. I'M RAISING THESE QUESTIONS HERE AND NOW BECAUSE IT IS MY BELIEF THAT THE SUCCESS OF THE DISTRICT AND THEREFORE ULTIMATELY THE SUCCESS OF EDUCATION OF ALL STUDENTS AS WELL AS THEIR SAFETY IS AT STAKE IF PEOPLE ARE NOT PROPERLY PLACED. I WILL GIVE YOU EXAMPLES OF THE DECISIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE THAT HAVE RAISED MY CONCERNS. IT WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION RECENTLY THAT THE CONTRACT OF A RECENT HIRE FOR THE POSITION OF DIVERSITY OFFICER HAD RECENTLY BEEN TERMINATED FROM HER PREVIOUS SCHOOL DISTRICT DUE TO POOR PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS. TWO. A STUDENT WHO WAS ASSAULTED BY A SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER AND ULTIMATELY CHARGED WITH TWO MISDEMEANORS AND A FELONY THAT WAS ULTIMATELY DISMISSED BY THE JUDGE WAS ASSAULTED BY AN SOR WHO PRIOR TO HIS EMPLOYMENT WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WAS CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE. THE CHARGES WERE DROPPED. HOWEVER, ACCORDING TO HIS PERSONNEL RECORD, HE ACKNOWLEDGED THE VORACITY OF THE CHARGE. THREE. A DECISION WAS MADE BY CENTRAL OFFICE SCHOOL DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TO REMOVE THE 2014-15 SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, HIS ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF, AND CORE TEACHERS IN SPITE OF THE FACT DURING HIS SHORT TENURE, ONE SCHOOL YEAR, HE HAD MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS BY POSITIVELY AFFECTING SCHOOL CLIMATE, REDUCING THE RATE OF OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION AND IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION, AND IMPROVING SCHOOL PERFORMANCE. YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SOME ACCUSATIONS THAT HE WAS ARTIFICIALLY REDUCING THE RATE OF IN AND OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION. HOWEVER, THERE IS A CONNECTION TO SCHOOL PERFORMANCE, AND THERE WAS AN IMPROVEMENT IN SCHOOL PERFORMANCE, AND THE SCHOOL WENT FROM AN F TO A D. BEFORE THIS ASSESSMENT BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WAS OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED, IT WASN'T EVEN CONFIRMED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, HE WAS TRANSFERRED, DEMOTED TO ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND HIS SALARY WAS CUT BY $7,000. HE WAS DEMOTED IN SPITE OF CLEAR IMPROVEMENTS THAT WERE MADE. HE WAS DEMOTED IN SPITE OF SIGNIFICANT STAFF SUPPORT, AS WELL AS THE SUPPORT OF THE BOARD MEMBER THAT REPRESENTS THE DISTRICT THAT HIS SCHOOL IS LOCATED IN. HE WAS DEMOTED IN SPITE OF THE PUBLIC STATEMENT MADE BY THE SUPERINTENDENT THAT, QUOTE, THE DECISION OF TRANSFER -- TO TRANSFER JACKSON SHOULD NOT SEND A MESSAGE THAT HE WASN'T A GOOD ADMINISTRATOR. IF HE WASN'T DEMOTED BECAUSE OF PERFORMANCE, THEN WHY WAS HE DEMOTED? WHAT KIND OF IMPACT HAVE THESE DECISIONS -- ARE THESE DECISIONS HAVING ON THE EDUCATION OF SLIGH STUDENTS AS WELL AS OTHER STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT? THERE IS CLEARLY A PROBLEM HERE, AND I HAVE INCLUDED THAT IN THE PACKET THAT I PASSED AROUND TO YOU, AND I HOPE THAT YOU WILL ALLOW THE DATA TO SPEAK. AND TO QUOTE JAMES BROWN -- JAMES BALDWIN, EXCUSE ME, THERE HAVE BEEN SUPERFICIAL CHANGES WITH RESULTS AT BEST THAT ARE AMBIGUOUS AND AT WORSE ARE DISASTROUS. AND ANOTHER QUESTION THAT I HAVE IS HOW MANY COMPLAINTS DO YOU NEED? HOW MANY OCR COMPLAINTS DO YOU NEED? HOW MANY COMPLAINTS DO YOU NEED TO BE FILED AT EEOC? AND YOU ALL ARE THE FIDUCIARY MANAGERS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. HOW MANY SUITS ARE YOU GOING TO HAVE TO PAY OUT BECAUSE OF NONSENSE THAT'S HAPPENING IN THE DISTRICT? >>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. WILLIAMS. MR. KLUTHO.  

>>MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. 4.04. AGAIN, YOU ARE CHANGING THE RULES, THE TEACHERS GET TO WORK OUT OF FIELD. OH, WELL. YEAH, SO WHAT? 6 .16. YOU ARE GOING TO ACCEPT THE BIDS FOR ALL TYPES OF MULCH. WELL, WAIT A MINUTE. ALL TYPES? ISN'T THERE ONE THAT SHOULD BE THE RIGHT ONE TO USE? WHO IS DECIDING? I THINK A DECISION SHOULD BE MADE WHICH ONE IS THE PROPER ONE TO USE, NOT ALL TYPES. 7.02. APPROVE THE STATEMENT OF WORK FOR TINDALE-OLIVER AND ASSOCIATES. THAT SOUNDS GOOD. TO KWON DUCT A LONG-RANGE SCHOOL PLANNING STUDY. OH, THIS IS REALLY GOOD. YEAH. YOU ARE GOOD AT LONG-RANGE, LIKE THAT MOST RECENT SCHOOL WITH BUILDINGS THAT ARE PERPENDICULAR TO EACH OTHER, AND THEN IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A GREEN BUILDING? NOT! YEAH. CAN'T BE. CAN'T BE. AND THIS HEARING YOU HAVE PLANNED, IT DOESN'T SOUND RIGHT. FINAL PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MILLAGE RATES AND BUDGET. NO, THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE DISTINCT HEARINGS, NOT MILLAGE RATES AND BUDGET. BY LAW. AND, YOU KNOW, TO TAKE THE ADVICE OF THIS LAWYER HERE, IF YOU REMEMBER THE ARTICLE THAT I HAD FROM THE PAPER, WHEN HE WAS HIRED, THIS GUY DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A GRASP OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. SO YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE HIS WORD AS GOLDEN? YOU ARE MAKING A BIG, BIG MISTAKE. YOU KNOW, NEXT WEEK WILL BE THE PINELLAS SCHOOL BOARD HEARINGS. AND I SUGGEST THAT YOU WATCH HOW THOSE ARE HEARD. AS THE FIRST READING WAS. THEY DON'T DO IT LIKE THAT FOR THE FUN. YOU DON'T GET SOME SPECIAL DISPENSATION. AND IT DIDN'T USED TO BE THAT WAY HERE. AND I'M JUST WAITING TO HEAR WHAT HAPPENS TODAY. THE HEARING BEFORE THE LAST ONE, THAT ONE LAST YEAR. SOMEBODY IS GOING TO PAY A PRICE. YEAH, YOU CAN SIT THERE LIKE "I'M MR. BIG" BUT IT DOESN'T WORK. IT DOESN'T WORK. LOOK AT THIS. THINK IT'S HOT? JUST WAIT. THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR STUPID SCHOOL BUILDINGS. THIS IS WHAT IS COMING. AND, OF COURSE, I GUESS YOU PROBABLY DON'T CARE. AND THEN HERE IS THE BIG ARTICLE SHOWING WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN ALONG THE COASTLINE. NOT PRETTY. NOT PRETTY. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE. OR SHOULD I SAY IRRESPONSIBLE? >>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO.  ALVIN SHARIFF.  

>>GOOD AFTERNOON. MADAM CHAIR AND THE REST OF THE BOARD. I'M HERE TODAY AS A CONCERNED FATHER. LOOKING ACROSS THIS BOARD ARE SEVEN MOTHERS. I HAVEN'T SHOWED UP HERE ON PURPOSE. I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS FOR YOU. IS 5 A.M. OKAY FOR YOUR LITTLE GIRL TO BE PICKED UP? IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR DAUGHTER TO COME HOME 3 OR 4 HOURS AFTER THEY WERE SCHEDULED TO COME HOME? MORE IMPORTANTLY, IS IT OKAY WHEN YOU CALL THE OFFICE AND THE HOTLINE AS PRESENTED AND THE SUPERVISORS HAVE GONE HOME, AND YOUR BABY GIRL IS NOT HOME? THIS IS SOMETHING THAT OCCURRED TO ME. I REACHED OUT. I'M BEYOND TICKED. AS A FATHER, AS A CITIZEN, I THINK I HAVE GOT THREE KIDS GOING THROUGH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. ONE IS ALREADY GONE. IT I DIDN'T SHOW UP AT FIRST BECAUSE IT WAS A BOY W.MY SON I DIDN'T COME OUT HERE. I GOT TWO LITTLE GIRLS. THOSE TWO LITTLE GIRLS, MY HEART SAYS LESS THAN TWO OR THREE MINUTES TO THEIR SCHOOL. SO THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN ON A SCHOOL BUS. NOW, LET ME GIVE YOU MY BACKGROUND SO YOU UNDERSTAND. AEROSPACE UNDERGRAD. MBA-RT. SO LOGISTICALLY I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE LOGISTICS OF TRANSPORTATION, THAT IT APPEARS TO ME THAT SEVEN WOMEN -- I'M HOPING YOU ALL ARE MOTHERS, RIGHT? SEVEN WOMEN NEED TO LOOK AT IT. THREE WEEKS OR FOUR WEEKS TO THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT AND KIDS ARE STILL GETTING HOME. I HAVE GOT THE RESOURCES. I WAS ABLE TO HAVE MY WIFE PICK UP MY DAUGHTER. I GREW UP IN A SINGLE-FAMILY HOME, LADIES. MY MOTHER DIDN'T HAVE THAT RESOURCE, LADIES. WHAT IF A KID GOT SICK? AT 6 P.M. MY WIFE PICKED UP MY DAUGHTER AT A BUS DEPOT. SO ARE WE TALKING ABOUT HUB AND SPOKES? ARE WE TALKING ABOUT IRRESPONSIBILITY? SO 30 SECONDS. HOW DO YOU GUYS EXPECT A CHILD TO STUDY WHEN YOU ARE GONE AT FIVE IN THE MORNING AND HOME AFTER SEVEN? I WOULD LIKE TO SEE AN ANSWER FROM EACH ONE OF YOU MEMBERS. I'LL KEEP COMING UP HERE TO ASK. WHAT ARE THE CONTINGENCY PLANS? AND DO YOU THINK ONE DAY IN ADVANCE WAS SUFFICIENT FOR PLANNING PURPOSES? HOW DID YOU ALL EXPECT THAT TO GET FIXED? I EXPECT AN ANSWER FROM ALL OF YOU AGAIN. THANK YOU. (BELL SOUNDS). >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. RAY RUDE.  

>>THANK YOU. I SENT A LETTER TO THE BOARD ABOUT TWO MONTHS AGO ABOUT READING. IT WOULD BE OKAY FOR ME TO RE-READ IT FOR THE PUBLIC? AND WHICH IS THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT? GOOD TO MEET YOU. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU GOT A COPY OR NOT BUT I HAVE ONE FOR YOU. WHAT I AM GETTING READY TO TELL YOU, IT SOUNDS LIKE DONALD TRUMP, OF COURSE, BUT IT'S TRUE. WHAT I AM GETTING READY TO TELL YOU IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ALL THE COMMITTEES THAT YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR ON EDUCATION. IT'S MORE IMPORTANT THAN ALL THE YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR ON EDUCATION. YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME BUT IT'S TRUE. BOARD MEMBERS AND FRIENDS, IT'S SAD BUT I WAS NOT SURPRISED TO READ THAT 40 OF THE 3712 LOWEST PERFORMING SCHOOLS IN THE STATE ARE HERE IN THE COUNTY. IT'S THE SAME ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT THE STUDENTS IN THOSE CRISIS OF BEING TAUGHT THEIR SOUNDS -- SOUNDS THAT BLENDS, BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW, EVEN THOUGH ENGLISH IS HORRIBLE, IT IS STILL 85% PHONE NETTICS. THUS ANY STUDENTS WHO KNOWS SOUND SHOULD BE READ AS FOLLOWS, AND I WILL GIVE YOU SOME EXAMPLES. I HOPE SOME OF YOU WILL VISIT SOME OF THE REMEDIAL CLASSES IN THOSE SCHOOLS AND ASK THE TEACHER FOR PERMISSION TO USE YOUR 3 TO 5 ALPHABET CARDS, GO AROUND THE ROOM AND SHOW A DIFFERENT CARD TO EACH STUDENT AND ASK THEM FOR THE SOUNDS OF THAT LETTER. IF THEY SAY A, B, C, D, YOU KNOW YOU HAVE GOT THE WRONG PERSON. THEY DON'T KNOW THEIR SOUNDS. IF THEY SAY AH, BA, CAB -- I DO NOT BELIEVE THEY ARE BEING TAUGHT THE SOUNDS AND BLENDS. OTHERWISE THEY WOULD BE ABLE TO READ. DOROTHEA IS CORRECT. DO YOU KNOW DOROTHEA? SHE IS CORRECT. WE DON'T NEED A LONGER SCHOOL DAY. WE NEED SOMEONE TO LEARN THEIR SOUNDS. AFTER YOUR VISIT, YOU WILL KNOW WHY THE KIDS CAN'T READ. IT'S THE SAME ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. AS YOU KNOW, WE ARE 27th -- IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE, WE ARE 27th. BEFORE SHE DIED I VISITED MY FIRST GRADE TEACHER AND SAID, ROSA, DID YOU TEACH US PHONICS? SHE SAID THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AT THAT TIME, 1941, WAS PUSHING HER TO TEACH BUT, YES, SHE DID TEACH US PHONICS. I AM SO GLAD AT 81, I AM STILL ENJOYING READING SO MUCH AND HOPE YOU WILL BE ABLE TO HELP A LOT OF KIDS IN THE COUNTRY LEARN TO READ. AS ALL OF YOU KNOW. (BELL SOUNDS) IS IT THAT TIME? OKAY, SORRY.  

>>YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS.  

>>IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE WHY JOHNNY CAN'T READ WAS WRITTEN 40 YEARS AGO BUT NO ONE WANTS TO LISTEN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IF YOU WANT ANY COPIES, I HAVE GOT THEM. IF YOU WANT MY E-MAIL, I HAVE GOT THAT. IT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN THE WORLD. THANK GOD I LOVE TO READ. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. RUDE. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS IT FOR PUBLIC SPEAKERS. I WAS REMISS IN THE ROLL CALL. AND LET ME STATE FOR THE RECORD THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT. WE ARE NOW IN THE SECTION FOR PROCLAMATIONS AND BOARD MEMBERS. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE ADJUSTED THE AGENDA IN THE ABSENCE OF HAVING SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS MADE BY BOARD MEMBERS, OUR ATTORNEY IS MEETING WITH DR. VASQUEZ IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE TO ADDRESS THAT. AND WE DON'T HAVE ANY ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS THIS EVENING. SO THERE ARE NO MEMBERS. MRS. EDGECOMB. >>Doretha Edgecomb: IN THE COMMENTS THAT MRS. STUART READ REGARDING HOW WE RESPOND, OR DON'T RESPOND TO CONCERNS, THE CONSTITUENTS COME FORWARD. BUT WE DID SAY THAT IF THERE IS SOMEONE HERE FROM ONE OF THOSE AREAS OF CONCERN THAT YOU WOULD ASK THE SPEAKER AND SOMEONE FROM STAFF TO SPEAK WITH THEM. I DON'T KNOW IF MR. BEEKMAN IS HERE. OKAY. AND THAT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO TRY TO IDENTIFY STAFF MEMBERS WHO ARE HERE WHO COULD ADDRESS IMMEDIATELY THE CONCERNS OF THE SPEAKERS THAT HAVE COME FORWARD. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND ANY OF THE SPEAKERS WHO WERE SPEAKING, IF THERE'S A STAFF MEMBER HERE WHO COULD ADDRESS THEM. >>Jeffrey Eakins: MR. SHARIFF, MR. BEEKMAN, WHO IS OUR GENERAL MANAGER FOR TRANSPORTATION, IS HERE. AND I WOULD LIKE FOR HIM TO SPEAK WITH YOU A LITTLE MORE. >>April Griffin: I'LL BE WATCHING AND RESPOND. COULD YOU FOR THE RECORD COME UP AND GIVE ME YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS? I ALREADY HAVE IT THEN. YEAH, I HAVE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS THEN. I HAVE THAT. THANK YOU. SORRY. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE NOW IN THE PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. AND THE FIRST PROCLAMATION WE HAVE IS NATIONAL WELCOMING WEEK, WHICH IS SEPTEMBER 16th THROUGH SEPTEMBER 25th, AND MRS. SAUNDRA ROSARIO, SUPERVISOR OF PROGRAMS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IS GOING TO PRESENT THIS PROCLAMATION. WELCOME.  

>>GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. IT IS MY PLEASURE THIS AFTERNOON TO READ A PROCLAMATION FOR NATIONAL WELCOMING WEEK. IF YOU WOULD INDULGE ME, I HAVE REPRESENTATION FROM THE TASK FORCE THAT ARE PART OF THE NATIONAL WELCOMING WEEK, IF I COULD JUST HAVE THEM STAND. THEY ARE IN THE BACK OF THE AUDITORIUM. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] WHEREAS TAMPA BAY HAS BECOME A WELCOMING COMMUNITY FOR IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES AND ASAILEES WHO FLED THEIR HOME COUNTRIES BECAUSE OF PERSECUTION OR FEAR OF PERSECUTION DUE TO RACE, RELIGION, NATIONAL, OR POLITICAL OPINION OR MEMBERS OF A SOCIAL GROUP AND WHEREAS THE TAMPA BAY AREA REFUGEE TASK FORCE IS JOINING WELCOMING AMERICA AND COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE NATION IN CELEBRATING NATIONAL WELCOMING WEEK FROM SEPTEMBER 16th, 2016 TO SEPTEMBER 25th, 2016, WITH AN EVENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th, 2016, AND WHEREAS THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA WISHES TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF EXTENDING A SINCERE WELCOME TO ALL IMMIGRANTS, REFUGEES AND ASAILEES IN THE COMMUNITY BY ACKNOWLEDGING THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO MAKING HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STRONGER AND MORE CULTURALLY VIBRANT, NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA HEREBY PROCLAIM THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16th, 2016 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 25th, 2016, AS NATIONAL WELCOMING WEEK. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, WHAT I AM GOING TO ASK FOR FIRST BEFORE WE HAVE MOTIONS AND SECONDS TO VOTE ON THESE PROCLAMATIONS SEPARATELY, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON PROCLAMATION 1, 2, 3 AND 4 SEPARATELY. I JUST SPOKE TO OUR ATTORNEY AND THAT'S WHAT HE SUGGESTED. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES. A SECOND BY MRS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. I NOW NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE ADOPTION OF PROCLAMATION TO MAKE SEPTEMBER 16 THROUGH 25 NATIONAL WELCOMING WEEK. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. EDGECOMB AND A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 2, ADOPTION OF PROCLAMATION FOR NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WHICH IS SEPTEMBER 15th THROUGH OCTOBER 15th. AND MRS. MELISSA MOGATO, SUPERVISOR FOR K-12 LANGUAGES, WELCOME BACK.  

>>THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THE BOARD TO RECOGNIZE NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, WHICH IS FROM SEPTEMBER 15th THROUGH OCTOBER 15th. WHEREAS THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY HAS A LONG AND IMPORTANT HISTORY OF COMMITMENT TO OUR NATION'S CORE VALUES AND WHEREAS WE APPLAUD THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF HISPANIC AMERICANS, NOW THEREFORE THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FLORIDA PROCLAIMS THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 15th, 2016, THROUGH OCTOBER 15th, 2016, AS NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, AND ENCOURAGES ALL CITIZENS TO JOIN THE CELEBRATION OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH AND TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANT ROLE OF HISPANICS IN CREATING AND BUILDING THIS GREAT NATION. I HUMBLY COME BEFORE YOU TO REQUEST THAT THIS AS EVERY YEAR YOU HAVE DONE RECOGNIZE THIS MONTH IN OUR SCHOOLS DURING THIS TIME, WITH OUR SPANISH TEACHERS ENGAGE STUDENTS IN EMBRACING THE LANGUAGE AND EMBRACING THE CULTURE. IN ADDITION, TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH THEIR INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLEAGUESS SO THEY CAN PARTAKE IN THE IMPORTANCE OF SHOWCASING THE POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS OF HISPANICS IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY AND CERTAINLY IN OUR SCHOOLS. AND I THINK THIS IS INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT AS OUR HISPANIC POPULATION CONTINUES TO INCREASE IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY, AND MOST DEFINITELY WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS. IT ALLOWS OUR HI HISPANIC STUDENTS TO FEEL PRIDE FOR THEIR CULTURE AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AS WELL AS ALLOWS OUR NON-HISPANIC CULTURE OF STUDENT TO ALSO EMBRACE OTHER CULTURES IN ORDER TO MAKE THEM GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE. SO I APPRECIATE THIS RECOGNITION AND HOPEFULLY YOUR APPROVAL ON THIS PROCLAMATION. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? MRS. VALDES? >>Susan Valdes: I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE DR. VAZQUEZ, WHICH HE'S NOT HERE THIS EVENING, BUT HE HAS BEEN GIVEN THE HONOR OF THE RECIPIENT OF THE TAMPA HISPANIC HERITAGE INCORPORATED 2016 EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD. SO CONGRATS. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. IS THERE ANY MORE DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEAS INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THE THIRD PROCLAMATION IS ATTENDANCE AWARENESS MONTH WHICH IS SEPTEMBER 2016, AND MR. MARK ACKETT, SUPERVISOR OF ATTENDANCE. WELCOME.  

>>GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. IT'S MY HONOR TO BRING A RECOMMENDATION THAT IS CORRECT YOU PROCLAIM SEPTEMBER STUDENT AWARENESS MONTH AND BRING AWARENESS TO REDUCING CON I CAN -- CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM AND IMPROVING ATTENDANCE AS WE PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU TO ADOPT THAT PROCLAMATION. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? I WILL SAY WE ALL NOR IF STUDENTS AREN'T IN SCHOOL THEY AREN'T GOING TO LEARN AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE LEARNED WITH OUR NEW DISCIPLINE POLICY IS TO MAKE SURE THAT KID ARE IN SCHOOL. SO THIS BOARD HAS BEEN VERY, VERY SUPPORTIVE OF ENSURING THAT WE HAVE OUR STUDENTS IN SCHOOL, BECAUSE OTHERWISE THEY ARE NOT LEARNING. SO THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS WITH MRS. SNIVELY BEING AWAY FROM THE DAIS. THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THE FOURTH PROCLAMATION THIS EVENING IS THE ADOPTION OF THE PROCLAMATION CELEBRATING THE 100th BIRTHDAY OF FORMER EDUCATOR MAYME HARRIS HARGRETT. AND MR. TAYLOR IS GOING TO PRESENT THIS ONE.  

>>GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR AND DISTINGUISHED BOARD MEMBERS. TODAY I HAVE THE HONOR OF PRESENTING A PROCLAMATION HONORING A DEDICATED EDUCATOR, MRS. MAY ME HARRIS HARGRETT AS SHE PREPARES TO CELEBRATE HER 1THS LTHS BIRTHDAY. FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO CALL UP SENATOR HARGRETT, MAYME'S SON WHO I BELIEVE IS WITH US TODAY. THANK YOU. MRS. HAR RECEIPT -- HARGRETT SERVED THE CHILDREN TEACHING PHYSICAL EDUCATION AT MIDDLETON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL FOR TEN YEARS THEN AS A PHYSICAL EDUCATION ENGLISH TEACHER AT BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, ALSO TAUGHT ENGLISH FOR SEVEN YEARS AT OAK GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL. SHE AND HER HUSBAND JAMES HARGRETT, SR. HAVE BEEN A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THIS COUNTY AND WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THEIR COMMIT ULTIMATE TO STUDENTS. THE PROCLAMATION READS:  WHEREAS MAYME HARRIS HARGRETT WAS BORN IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, FLORIDA IN 1916 AND WHEREAS SHE RECEIVED HER BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE FROM FLORIDA A&M COLLEGE, AND WHEREAS UPON GRADUATION SHE TAUGHT STUDENTS IN SAMFORD, FLORIDA AND TAMPA, FLORIDA WHERE SHE BECAME THE FIRST GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, AND WHEREAS SHE CONTINUED TO SERVE THE STUDENTS OF THE COUNTY FOR 37 YEARS BEFORE RETIRING IN 1975, AND WHEREAS SHE AND HER HUSBAND JAMES T HARGRETT SR. SUPPORTED THE COMMUNITY, SUPPORTING THE BELMONT HEIGHTS LITTLE LEAGUE, AND WHEREAS MRS. HARGRETT IS CELEBRATING HER 100THS BIRTHDAY ON SEPTEMBER 28th, NOW, THEREFORE, THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FLORIDA PROCLAIMS THAT MRS. MAYME HARRIS HARGRETT DESERVES HONOR AND RECOGNITION AS SHE CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF LIFE AND SERVICE TO OTHERS. DATED THIS 6th DAY OF SEPTEMBER 2016 BY THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FLORIDA. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. TAYLOR. [ APPLAUSE ] BOARD MEMBERS, I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. EDGECOMB AND A SECOND BY MRS. KURDELL. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS WITH MRS. SNIVELY BEING AWAY FROM THE DAIS. CONGRATULATIONS. DID YOU WANT TO ADDRESS THE BOARD?  

>>I WOULD JUST LIKE TO EXPRESS MY THANKS FROM MYSELF AND MY FAMILY. ONE OF THE BENEFITS OF SERVING IN THE FLORIDA HOUSE AND SENATE FOR 18 YEARS IS THAT ON A REGULAR BASIS, I GOT A CHANCE TO MEET SO MANY PEOPLE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THAT TOLD ME WHAT A POSITIVE, SIGNIFICANT IMPACT MY MOTHER HAD ON THEIR LIVES. AND TO ME THAT WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST COMPLIMENTS THAT A TEACHER CAN RECEIVE, IS TO HAVE STUDENTS WHO RETURN YEARS LATER TO TALK ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANT IMPACT THAT THEY HAD IN CHANGING THEIR TRAJECTORY OF THEIR LIVES. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS RECOGNITION. [ APPLAUSE ] >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. EDGECOMB. >>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. SENATOR HARGRETT, I AM GOING TO STRUGGLE WITH CALLING YOU THAT SINCE WE GREW UP TOGETHER. I JUST KNOW YOU AS JIMMY. BUT I JUST WANT TO CONGRATULATE MRS. HARGRETT. THOUGH SHE WAS NEVER ONE OF MY TEACHERS, AS PEOPLE WHO LIVED IN THE SAME NEIGHBORHOOD WHO GREW UP TOGETHER, SHE WAS ONE OF THE ROLE MODELS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WHO ENCOURAGED US, TAUGHT US WE COULD BE ANYTHING WE WANTED TO BE, WHO SET THE BAR HIGH FOR US SO THAT WE COULD FULFILL OUR DREAMS, AND SO IT IS MY HONOR TO BE PART OF THIS BOARD AS WE RECOGNIZE HER FOR 100 YEARS. AND I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE HER GREAT NIECE CARLA SUNDY, AN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT HARRELLS ALL GIRLS ACADEMY. I HAVE KNOWN THE HARGRETTS FOR A LONG TIME AND IF I CAN TAKE THE HONOR OF TELLING YOU, WE WERE KING AND QUEEN AT THE ACADEMY. PEOPLE SAY, WHY WERE YOU LOOKING LIKE THIS? AND I SAID WHO AT THIRD GRADE WANTED A BOY HANGING ONTO HER?  

>>IF I MAY WE WERE ALSO MARRIED  

>>I WAS GOING TO TELL THAT STORY. AND IT WAS LEGALLY MARRIED AT 18. THE SENATOR AND I WERE MARRIED IN A TOM THUMB WEDDING. SO WE GO A LONG WAY BACK. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO YOUR FAMILY.  

>>THANK YOU FOR THAT, MRS. EDGECOMB. CONGRATULATIONS. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. WE ARE NOW INTO OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA. AND I WILL TURN IT OVER TO YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. >>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. I JUST HAVE A COUPLE OF UPDATES ON THIS BOARD MEETING SUSPENDED AGENDA. FIRST OF ALL, I KNOW WE HAVE A WORKSHOP SCHEDULED NEXT TUESDAY. I BELIEVE IT'S AT 10:00 FOR LACROSSE. SO WILE PROVIDE AN UPDATE TO THE BOARD AT THAT POINT IN TIME. AND I BELIEVE THE GOAL IS AT OUR FIRST BOARD MEETING IN OCTOBER TO COME WITH THAT PARTICULAR CONTRACT.  THIS WAS ON MY CALENDAR SO WE'LL DOUBLE CHECK. SO TWO OTHERS. FIRST OF ALL, WE HAD THREE OF OUR PRINCIPALS FROM ELEVATE SCHOOLS SUBMIT SOME ITEMS FOR THIS MONTH'S BOARD MEETING. MILES -- FIRST I WANTED TO MAKE A NOTE. I SAID AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING ABOUT POTTER SPECIFICALLY HAVING ALL THEIR VACANCIES FILLED OR HAVING EVERY STUDENT HAVE A CERTIFIED TEACHER TEACHING THEM, AND THAT SEEMS TO BE THE THEME REOCCURRING ACROSS ALL THE ELEVATE SCHOOLS, AND I WANT TO ONCE AGAIN THANK OUR PRINCIPALS, HR, AREA SUPERINTENDENTS FOR THEIR WORK AND COLLABORATION TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. WE KNOW THAT THAT SETS STUDENTS UP FOR SUCCESS ON DAY ONE WHEN THEY HAVE THE VERY BEST IN FRONT OF THEM. AT MILES, THEY HAVE COMPLETELY REVAMPED ALL THEIR PROCEDURES AND PROVIDED MORE STRUCTURE FOR STUDENT ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL. WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT? STUDENTS SHOW UP ON TIME, RIGHT, MR. ACT EARTH? AND THEN YOU -- ACKETT? THEY ARE TRYING TO MAXIMIZE STUDENT INSTRUCTION AT MILES. TIME IS CRITICAL THERE. THEY ARE CONCENTRATING MORE ON FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS AND VOCABULARY BUILDING. I THINK OUR SPEAKER TODAY ABOUT READING WOULD APPRECIATE THAT. PROVIDE MORE SOLID FOUNDATION FOR STUDENTS. VERY HEAVILY FOCUSED ON STANDARD BASED PLANNING AND INSTRUCTION BASE FOR STUDENTS. MRS. GRIFFIN, I WENT TO THE STATE BOARD BACK IN JULY. THAT'S ONE OF THE THEMES THAT THE STATE BOARD TALKED ABOUT, IS THEY WANTED TO HEAR SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND SPECIFICALLY HIGH NEEDS SCHOOLS BE VERY LASER FOCUSED AROUND TEACHING TOTAL STANDARD. AND SO WE HAVE OUR PRINCIPALS AND OUR TEACHERS AND OUR LEADERSHIP OUT THERE FOCUSING ON THAT ACROSS ALL OF OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS AND ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS. THIS IS GOING TO BE FAMILIAR TO SOME OF YOU. MILES HAS ALSO STARTED A HOUSE SYSTEM WITH THREE HOUSES, INTEGRITY, LEADERSHIP, EXCELLENCE, TAKEN FROM THE MIDDLE OF THE WORD MILES. AND SO RECENTLY SOME OF THE BOARD MEMBERS STAFF ATTENDED SULPHUR SPRINGS, THAT THEY KIND OF HAVE DEVELOPED A HOUSE SYSTEM AND THEY KIND OF TOOK THAT FROM MORT WHO DEVELOPED THAT AS WELL. SO CREATING MORE FAMILY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN THAT FAMILY. THE LAST HOUR OF EVERY DAY IS A HOUSE LESSON WHICH INVOLVES SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL LEARNING, COMMUNITY BUILDING, BULLYING AWARENESS, AND SO THAT'S ONCE AGAIN KIND OF INFUSE WITHIN THE ACADEMIC DAY, MORE ABOUT THE SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SKILLS FOR THEIR STUDENTS. McLANE MIDDLE SCHOOL IS WORKING TO ENGAGE STUDENTS EARLY IN THE YEAR. WE ALL KNOW THAT THEY WERE AT NATURE'S CLASSROOM, ONEST VERY FIRST SCHOOLS TO HAVE THEIR STUDENTS AT NATURE CLASSROOM GETTING THEIR STUDENTS AROUND AN EXCITING ENGAGING FELLED TRY. SO ADMINISTRATORS ARE UTILIZING THE MIKE RUTHERFORD 30 SECOND FEEDBACK APPROACH LEAVING STICKY NOTES FOR FEEDBACK FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS DURING THEIR DAILY WALK THROUGH. STUDENTS, THEY ARE GREATLY PRESSURING THIS APPROACH AND HAVE SHOWN ADMINISTRATORS HOW THEY ARE KEEPING AND REFLECTING ON ALL THESE NOTES THAT ARE LEFT ACROSS THE SCHOOL. THE WORK ON SCHOOL CULTURE HAS RESULTED IN THE FOLLOWING COMMENTS FROM STUDENTS THIS YEAR. THE SCHOOL FEELS LIKE A FAMILY. MY TEACHERS ARE CONSISTENT WITH RULES AND EXPECTATIONS. AND I APPRECIATE THAT. SEE, IF WE KNEW KIDS APPRECIATED THAT WE WOULD BE CONSISTENT ALL ALONG. AND McLANE HAS SEEN A HUGE INCREASE IN PARENT INVOLVEMENT ON THEIR CAMPUS THIS YEAR SO WE APPRECIATE THE PARENTS WHO ARE OUT THERE CONNECTING WITH SCHOOLS AND SUPPORTING THEIR STUDENTS THERE. AT SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL, THEY OPENED UP THE YEAR NO VACANCIES. THEY HAVE IMPLEMENTED THE CHANCE AND PBI INTERVENTION SCHOOL SUPPORT SCHOOL WIDE. THEY HAVE ALSO IMPLEMENTED AND INTENSIFIED MTSS, MULTI-TIER SYSTEM OF SUPPORT PROCESS, WHICH IS LEADING TO A DECREASE IN REFERRALS. WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT? THIS IS NOT ABOUT JUST SETTING UP RULES AROUND DECREASING REFERRALS. THIS IS ABOUT SETTING UP THE INTERVENTIONS FOR STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL SO THAT THEY CAN GET THE SUPPORTS NECESSARY SO THEY ARE ACCOMMODATED AND MAKING BETTER CHOICES THEREFORE. THEY ARE ALSO IMPLEMENTING TRUE MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAMING. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THE BOARD HAS TALKED A LOT ABOUT WITH THE TRANSITION FROM ELEMENTARY TO MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND MIDDLE SCHOOL KIND OF GOT AWAY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, AWAY FROM THAT TEAMING MODEL WHICH WAS A BIG JUMP FOR STUDENTS GOING INTO SIXTH GRADE. THEY WERE ALMOST LIKE IN A MINI HIGH SCHOOL. ALL OF A SUDDEN THAT CHANGED THEIR WORLD DRAMATICALLY. SO HAVING OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS GETTING MORE BACK TO THAT MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAMING WHEREBY THE STUDENTS HAVE FOUR CORE TEACHERS A DAY. THEY AREN'T MOVING ALL ACROSS THE BUILDING AND THIS HELPED BUILD COMMUNITY AND RELATIONSHIPS AT SLIGH. I WANT TO THANK THE MIDDLE SCHOOL DEPARTMENT FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF THE SCHOOLS. THIS IS ONE OF THE FOCUSES THAT I HEARD FROM THIS BOARD MAKING THAT TRANSITION AND KEEPING OUR STUDENTS IN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS MEANS WE HAVE TO PROVIDE A VERY SAFE AND CARING AND NURTURING ENVIRONMENT AS THEY MAKE THAT TRANSITION OUT OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS ABOUT ELEVATE. I JUST TO QUICKLY GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON THE FAITH BASED PARTNERSHIPS. IDLEWILD, WE WANT TO FIRST OF ALL THANK THEM FOR THEIR DAY OF SERVICE ON AUGUST 27th. THEY HAD 500 VOLUNTEERS THAT ATTENDED AND SUPPORTED VARYING PROJECTS AT 24 SCHOOLS ACROSS THIS DISTRICT. THE PROJECTS RANGED FROM BUILDING A GARDEN, DESIGNED BY BOOKER T. WASHINGTON FIFTH GRADE. I HAVE PICTURES LATER ON ABOUT THAT. AND PROJECTS THAT INCLUDE BEAUTIFICATION AND CLEAN-UP. CURRENTLY THE ONLINE VOLUNTEER APPLICATION PROCESS, WE HAVE 15,870 APPLICATIONS RECEIVED TO DATE. THIS INCLUDES 601 VOLUNTEERS THAT SELF-IDENTIFIED AS FAITH BASED ORGANIZATION VOLUNTEERS, WHICH MAKE IT ANOTHER LEVEL OF TRAINING. WE WANTED THE FAITH BASED AFFILIATES, FAITH BASED STUDENT LED CLUBS AND PROGRAMS HAVE COMPLETED APPLICATIONS, AND ASSURANCES, FIRST PRIORITY, A FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES, LEGACY, YOUNG LIFE, DREAM CENTER, GRACE FAMILY, GOOD NEWS, AND IDLEWILD HAVE ALL COMPLETED APPLICATIONS AND ASSURANCES THAT THEY HAVE GONE THROUGH THAT PROCESS FOR TRAINING. THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS HAVE BEEN E-MAIL SPECIFIC TO PROGRAMS THAT OCCUR OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL DAY SUCH AS FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES ADD HUDDLE TOUCH PROGRAMS THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED VOLUNTEER BADGES SO THEY KNOW TO LOOK FOR THOSE BADGES NOW AS THOSE VOLUNTEERS COME ON THEIR CAMPUS. AS I SAID AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING EPIC COMMUNITY PRINCIPALS, LEADERSHIP TRAINING SERIES SPONSORED BY IDLEWILD GETS KICKED OFF ON SEPTEMBER 26th AS WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE ON NOVEMBER 14th, FEBRUARY 6th AND APRIL 4th. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS FOR THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. >>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB? >>Doretha Edgecomb: MR. EAKINS, EACH TIME YOU HAVE GIVEN US SOME INTERESTING AND I GUESS HOPEFUL INFORMATION REGARDING ELEVATED SCHOOLS. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS TO UNDERSTAND HOW YOU ARE CAPTURING THIS INFORMATION INTO THE ONE CENTRALIZED PLACE, HOW YOU ARE RECORDING IT, OR HOW IS IT BEING DOCUMENTED OR EVEN ARCHIVED SO THAT AS WE GO ALONG THIS APPROACH WE CAN USE THAT AS A SOURCE OF REFERENCE, IT CAN BE USED TO LOOK AT WHAT MADE A DIFFERENCE OR DID NOT MAKE A DIFFERENCE, WHAT HAS BEEN THE PROGRESS SO THAT THERE IS MAYBE ONE CENTRALIZED PLACE, AND AS WE ADD OTHER ELEVATE SCHOOLS IT CAN BE A SOURCE FOR THEM, A RESOURCE FOR THEM, IN TURN TRY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR SCHOOL. SO HOW IS IT BEING CAPTURED AND ARCHIVED? >>Jeffrey Eakins: ABSOLUTELY. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK TEACH TAYLOR AND THE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE. TERRY HAS BEEN OUR PERSON THAT'S CONNECTED WITH ALL OF OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS. IT'S BEEN THAT WAY FOR OVER EVEN INTO LAST YEAR. SO TERRY IS THE ONE THAT NOT ONLY TALKS TO THE PRINCIPALS WEEKLY TO GET THOSE UPDATES, BUT TALKS TO AREA SUPERINTENDENTS ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING OUT IN THEIR ELEVATE SCHOOLS. SO ALL THAT INFORMATION IS BEING COLLECTED SO THAT WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN SHARE, COMPILE THAT INFORMATION AS WE GO ALONG. WE DON'T WANT TO REINVENT ANY WHEEL IF WE ARE CREATING A REALLY GOOD WHEEL.  

>>THANK YOU. IN ADDITION TO ARCHIVING IT, ARE WE ALSO CREATING SOME STANDARDS IN SOME WAY OF MEASURING SUCCESS, PUTTING THOSE THINGS IN PLACE, ARE THERE SOME BENCHMARKS, ARE THERE SOME STRUCTURES PUT IN PLACE FOR MEASURING THE SUCCESS, SO AGAIN THAT CAN BE CAPTURED, TO LOOK PRESENTLY AND THEN IN THE FUTURE? >>Jeffrey Eakins: ABSOLUTELY. AND WE ARE DOING DIRECTLY ALONG THE STRATEGIC PLAN SO EVERYTHING YOU HEARD IN THERE AROUND CULTURE, RELATIONSHIPS, THAT ULTIMATELY LEAD TO BETTER CHOICES BY STUDENTS, ALL THAT'S GOING TO BE CAPTURED IN DATA THAT MR. AIRS AND HIS STAFF ARE COLLECT COLLECTING FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL. TOMORROW WE HAVE OUR FIRST PRINCIPAL'S COUNCIL MEETING OF THE YEAR. THAT WILL BE PART OF THEIR OPENING SESSION WILL BE TO LOOK AT ALL -- WE ARE GOING TO REVIEW THE DISTRICT LEVEL DATA FOR ALL OF OUR -- THE ENTIRE DISTRICT ON HOW WE HIT OFF THE DIFFERENT BENCHMARKS ON THE STRATEGIC PLAN. BUT THEN THE SCHOOLS IN THE AFTERNOON WILL GET A SCHOOL LEVEL DATA TO GO OVER SO THEY CAN KIND OF SEE WHERE THEY ARE POSITIONING THEMSELVES AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR AND THAT SAME DATA WILL BE MONITORED, COLLECTED AND SHARED WITH PRINCIPALS AND AREA SUPERINTENDENTS TO KIND OF HOLD THAT ACCOUNTABILITY IN PLACE.  

>>THANK YOU. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I HAVE A QUESTION IN REFERENCE TO THE RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS IN THE SCHOOLS. AND THIS IS IN REFERENCE TO THE VOLUNTEER DAVID GAS KILL. AND BEING ABLE TO GO TO A SCHOOL-SPONSORED EVENT AND TALK TO OUR STUDENTS WHILE THEY ARE ON A SCHOOL SPONSORED TRIP OR PTA EVENT OR WHATEVER. AND IT WAS JUST RECENTLY STATED THAT HE WAS ALLOWED TO GO TO THESE DIFFERENT EVENTS BECAUSE IT WAS OFF OF CAMPUS AND PRAY WITH THE STUDENTS, AND IT BE AN ADULT-LED PRIOR. I HAVE TO TAKE ISSUE WITH THAT. IT IS A SCHOOL-SPONSORED EVENT. SO CAN YOU SPEAK TO THAT, PLEASE? >>Jeffrey Eakins: WE DID GET THAT PARTICULAR COMPLAINT ON MR. TAYLOR WANTS TO ADD TO WHAT I AM ABOUT TO SAY, BUT I KNOW THAT WAS RESEARCHED, AND I BELIEVE WE DISCUSSED THIS OF COURSE WITH LEGAL, LOOKING AT IT TO BE A PTA SPONSORED EVENT. EST LIP IT WAS A CAR WASH. HE DID SHOW UP. I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF WE KNEW HE WAS GOING TO SHOW UP THERE.  

>>IT WAS A BOOSTER EVENT. SO IT WAS THE PEOPLE THAT SUPPORT THEIR SPORTS TEAMS. SO THERE WERE STUDENTS THERE, BUT THEY WERE -- IT WAS NOT A SCHOOL EVENT. IT WAS A BOOSTER EVENT.  

>>WE NEED SOME CLARIFICATION ON THIS. BECAUSE IF IT IS A SCHOOL SPONSORED FUNCTION, PERIOD, IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING AND MY INTERPRETATION, AND NOTE BEING A LAWYER, BUT HAVING TO UNDERSTAND THE LAW QUITE WELL IN THE POSITION THAT WE SERVE IN, THAT THIS IS NOT APPROPRIATE. AND WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT IN THE TERMS OF RELIGION BEING ONE THING, BUT WHAT IF IT WAS SOMETHING ELSE? THE STUDENTS ARE THERE. IT WAS ADVERTISED TO THE STUDENTS THROUGH OUR NETWORK OF E-MAIL AND COMMUNICATIONS THROUGH THE SCHOOL. THEY WERE BROUGHT THERE BY THE SCHOOL, BY THE BOOSTER CLUB. SO THAT'S -- I MEAN, WE ARE TREADING ON SOME VERY DANGEROUS WATER THERE WITH ALLOWING STRANGERS TO COME TO AN EVENT THAT WE ARE ADVERTISING ON BEHALF OF THE BOOSTERS AND TALKING TO OUR STUDENTS. WE CAN PUT IT IN THE TERMS OF RELIGION OR WE CAN PUT IT IN TERMS OF SOMETHING ELSE. AND AS A PARENT, I WILL TELL YOU, I WOULD TAKE GREAT EXCEPTION WITH SOMEBODY COMING TO WHAT I WOULD SEE AS A SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENT AND TALKING TO MY CHILD, IF IT WAS NOT A TEACHER OR SOMEONE WHO WAS PART OF THAT PROGRAM. SO I JUST NEED SOME ANSWERS FOR THE COMMUNITY ON THIS, TOO, BECAUSE I DEFINITELY RECEIVED A LOT OF QUESTIONS. >>Jeffrey Eakins: WELL, I'LL GET SOME MORE SPECIFICS FOR YOU AND WE'LL FOLLOW UP. >>April Griffin: OKAY. AND WHEN YOU GET THE SPECIFICS I WANT TO HAVE THIS AS A PUBLIC CONVERSATION SO THE PUBLIC CAN HEAR WHAT WE ARE SAYING. >>Jeffrey Eakins: NO PROBLEM. >>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. ARE THEREOF ANY OTHER COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS IN REFERENCE TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA? ALL RIGHT. SEEING NONE, WE HAVE NO ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS THIS EVENING. AND WE ARE NOW INTO OUR AGENDA. AND THE ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN MOVED UP ON THE AGENDA, THERE ARE NONE THIS EVENING, SO WE ARE GOOD THERE. AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL ARE C-1.02, C 2.02, C 4.07, C 6.03, 6.05, 6.06, 6.08, 6.11, 6.13, 6 .17, 6.23, 6.25, 7.02, C 8.07, C 12.02, 12.03 AND 12.04.  

>>8.07 IS TAKEN OFF.  

>>DO YOU NEED IT ON THIS LIST?  

>>NO. >>April Griffin: OKAY. OKAY. SO NOT C 8.07. ALL RIGHT. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THOSE ITEMS PULLED. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS, A SECOND BY MRS. STUART. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? DY MISS ANYTHING, BOARD MEMBERS? ALL RIGHT. SEEING NONE, PLEAS INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. ALL RIGHT. THAT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. VERY GOOD. THE FIRST ITEM IS ITEM C 1.02 TO APPROVE THE 2016-2019 ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS ELL PLAN. AND MRS. SAND ORPHAN ROSARIO, SUPERVISOR OF EVENING -- SANDRA ROSARIO. AND THIS WAS PULLED FOR HIGHLIGHT BY MRS. STUART.  

>>GOOD AFTERNOON ONCE AGAIN. THE ELL PLAN IS REQUIRED BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION EVERY THREE YEARS. IT ENSURES THAT DISTRICTS ABIDE BY A SET OF ASSURANCES WHEN IMPLEMENTING PROGRAMS FOR SERVICES FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS. THE PLAN ITSELF SPEAKS TO THE IDENTIFICATION, ASSESSMENT, MONITORING OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS. IT OUTLINES THE INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY MODEL THAT IS USED FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS. IN OUR DISTRICT WE HAVE ESOL SO WE TEACH TAMPA ENGLISH LANGUAGE IN CONTEXTB TACT, ALSO PROVIDE SUPPORT THROUGH OUR ESOL AND OUR PARAPROFESSIONALS BUT THE TEACHER OF RECORD IS THE INDIVIDUAL WHO HAS THE WEIGHT OF THAT INSTRUCTION. IT ALSO STIPULATES THE TRAINING COMPONENTS REQUIRED BY SCHOOL DISTRICT PERSONNEL, AND IT DELINEATES THE RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS, STUDENTS AND DISTRICTS FOR THE CONSENT DECREE. IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA WE HAVE A CONSENT DECREE THAT PROVIDES THE SERVICES AND PROGRAM THAT WE PROVIDE FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE EQUITABLE, AND THAT THEY ARE PROVIDED SERVICES, FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. VALDES. >>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU FOR OUTLINING THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF PROGRAMS THAT WAVE TO HELP OUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS. ONE THAT I KNOW WE ARE IN CONVERSATION WITH STAFF, THAT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO BE SEE IN THE FUTURE ADDRESSED IN THIS PARTICULAR REPORT IS THE EFFICACY OF THE DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM. THAT IS A PROGRAM OF THAT WE DO, AND WE FAILED TO REPORT THAT. AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE, BECAUSE THE RESEARCH SHOWS IT. AND THE DATA SHOWS IT AND IT'S THERE. YET WE DON'T SEEM TO EVER CAPTURE THAT IN THIS REPORT. AND I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE DOING THE DEPARTMENT A DISSERVICE BY NOT LETTING THEM KNOW THAT THIS IS ALSO SOMETHING ELSE THAT WE OFFER THAT IMPACTS ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS. AND AS WE KNOW THE DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM CAN BE DUPLICATED IN ANY LANGUAGE. SO AS OTHER LANGUAGES BECOME MORE PREDOMINANT, IT'S NOT JUST NECESSARILY SPANISH, BUT IF WE HAVE A PREDOMINANTLY HAITIAN CREOLE POPULATION THAT NEEDS ASSISTANCE THEN THAT PROGRAM CAN BE MODIFIED AND USED IN THE SAME FASHION AS WE DO WITH THE SPANISH LANGUAGE IN HAITIAN CREOLE. SO WE SHOULD BE REALLY ASSESSING ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE DO AND REPORTING WHAT WE DO. IN THE FUTURE I WOULD LIKE TO SEE, AS WE EXPAND THE DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM, THAT IT GETS ALSO REPORTED AS A PROGRAM THAT WE DO. THANK YOU.  

>>WE DO HIGHLIGHT IT AS ONE MODEL THAT'S PRACTICED AT ONE OF THE SCHOOLS. BECAUSE I NEED TO IDENTIFY ALL THE MODELS THAT USED PER SCHOOL. BUT SINCE THE APPRAISE DOMINANT ONE IS THE ENGLISH TO ESOL THAT'S THE ONE THAT IS HIGHLIGHTED PREDOMINANTLY IN THE PLAN, BUT I HAVE TO IDENTIFY FOR EACH SCHOOL WHETHER THEY USE SHELTERED INSTRUCTION WHICH IS WHAT WE USE AT MIDDLE OR HIGH AND IF THERE'S ANY OTHER PROGRAM WE USE, AND WE DO HIGHLIGHT BY SCHOOL THE ONE SCHOOL THAT DOES HAVE THE DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAM. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE NEXT ITEM IS C-2.02 TO APPROVE THE 2016 THROUGH 2018 SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES PLAN. AND MRS. HOLLY SAIA IS PRESENTING THIS. THIS WAS PULLED FOR HIGHLIGHT BY MRS. SNIVELY.  

>>HELLO.  MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. ON BEHALF OF STUDENT SERVICES, I AM HAPPY TO HIGHLIGHT OUR DISTRICT'S SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES PLAN. OUR SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES PLAN IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO BE COMPLETED EVERY TWO YEARS. IT IS A JOINT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND OUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT. THE PLAN OUTLINES THE PROVISIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES TO PROVIDE MANDATED BASIC HEALTH SERVICES AND ENHANCED SERVICES TO HIGH-RISK CHILDREN WITH LIMITED ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES FOLLOWING OUR FLORIDA LAWS. IN GRADES K-1, 3 AND 6, WE PROVIDE HEARING SCREENINGS, VISION SCREENINGS, HEIGHT AND WEIGHT SCREENINGS, SCHOOL OWESSIES SCREENINGS. IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WE RELY TREMENDOUSLY ON THE ASSISTANCE OF OUR BUSINESS PARTNERS WITH MEETING AND EVEN EXCEEDING THESE LEGISLATIVE MANDATES. FOR EXAMPLE, OUR DENTAL SEALANT PROGRAM THAT IS ONE OF THE PROGRAMS WE ARE ONLY REQUIRED TO HAVE OUR EDUCATION ON THE HEALTH ASPECT, WHICH MORE HEALTH DOES HELP US WITH, BUT WE ALSO THANKS TO UNIS COAST FAMILIES CENTER AND THE TAMPA FAMILY HEALTH CENTER, THEY ALSO GIVE US SEALANTS FOR OUR SECOND GRADERS AND THEN FOLLOW UP WITH THIRD GRADERS AS NEEDED. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR LETTING US HIGHLIGHT THE WORK THAT WE ARE DOING. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 4.07 WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE HILLSBOROUGH EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK, PERSONNEL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES. AND MRS. GINA COLLINS, GENERAL MANAGER OF PERSONNEL SERVICES, PULLED FOR HIGHLIGHT BY MRS. STUART.  

>>MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT OUR NEW EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK. THIS RESOURCE IS JUST ONE PIECE OF THE NEW EMPLOYEE ON BOARDING PROCESS. THE HANDBOOK WILL ASSIST EMPLOYEES WITH NAVIGATING IMPORTANT BOARD POLICY, CONTRACT LANGUAGE AND IMPORTANT EMPLOYEE INFORMATION SUCH AS PAYROLL SCHEDULES, SALARY SCHEDULES AND WORK CALENDARS. MOST IMPORTANTLY, IT PROVIDES ADDITIONAL CONTACT AND RESOURCE INFORMATION TO OUR NEW EMPLOYEES. THE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR THE CONTRACT OR POLICY BUT AN ENHANCEMENT TOTAL CONTRACT AND BOARD POLICY INFORMATION. THE HANDBOOK WILL HOUSE INFORMATION READILY IN ONE PLACE AS AN EASY REFERENCE TOOL. FOLLOWING THE FIRST WELCOME E-MAIL WHICH STARTS EMPLOYEE PROCESSING, HUMAN RESOURCES WILL THEN PROVIDE THIS HANDBOOK ALONG WITH A SHORT YOUTUBE VIDEO LINK THAT INCLUDES A PREWELCOME TO THE DISTRICT. DURING THE WELCOME VIDEO, THE EMPLOYER RECEIVES A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT, VERY NICELY DONE. WITH IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT THE DISTRICT, OUR VISION AND MISSION, AND AN OVERVIEW OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT, AN ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES ALONG WITH NEXT STEPS IN BECOMING AN EMPLOYEE OF THE DISTRICT. DURING PROCESSING, THE EMPLOYEE ALSO RECEIVES A FACE-TO-FACE ORIENTATION PROVIDED BY HUMAN RESOURCES STAFF MEMBER. THE ORIENTATION PROVIDES A NAME AND A DIRECT CONTACT IN THE DISTRICT DURING THE FIRST FEW WEEKS OF EMPLOYMENT. IN ADDITION, THE ORIENTATION REVIEWS MUCH OF THE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK AND SPENDS TIME HIGHLIGHTING BOARD POLICIES AND WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT. THROUGH THIS NEW ONBOARDING PROCESS ALONG WITH THE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK AND WELCOMING MESSAGE FROM THE DISTRICT, WE ANTICIPATE A SMOOTH TRANSITION FOR NEW EMPLOYEES ENTERING OUR DISTRICT. >>April Griffin: MRS. STUART? >>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION, MRS. COLLINS. I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT THIS, FOR AS LONG AS YOU HAVE WORKED ON THIS. I THINK IT'S BEEN TWO YEARS THAT MRS. GRIFFIN AND I ARE GOING TO HIGH FIVE NOW SINCE WE FINALLY HAVE A HARD DOCUMENT. I REMEMBER DISTINCTLY ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK THAT CAME FROM THE DISTRICT AND NOT ONE THAT WAS GENERATED BY PRINCIPALS OF SCHOOLS, BECAUSE I THINK WHAT WE HEAR AND SEE IS THAT THEY ARE VERY DIFFERENT AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL. AND SO WHAT I WANT TO MAKE SURE -- AND I KNOW MRS. COLLINS AND I TALKED ABOUT THIS THIS AFTERNOON -- THAT PRINCIPALS UNDERSTAND THAT THIS COMES FIRST. AND ANYTHING THAT THEY HAD IS SECOND TO THIS, BUT THAT THERE'S NO CONFLICTS BETWEEN WHAT IS -- THEY PROVIDED TO THEIR EMPLOYEES AT THEIR SCHOOLS AND WHAT THE DISTRICT IS PROVIDING. SO I KNOW THAT'S STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS. I'M ANXIOUS TO COME OVER AND SEE THE ONBOARDING PROCESS AND SEE AS WE BRING EMPLOYEES THROUGH THIS, AND HOW THIS IS WORKING, BUT I'M REALLY EXCITED. I KNOW YOU WORKED A LONG TIME ON THIS, INCLUDING MR. PORTER GETS SOME CREDIT HERE TOO BECAUSE I KNOW HE WORKED WITH YOU ON SOME OF THIS STUFF. BUT I APPRECIATE THAT WE FINALLY HAVE SOMETHING IN WRITING FOR OUR EMPLOYEES THAT IS NOT JUST WHAT THE SCHOOL GIVES OUT. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY. >>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I TOO AM EXCITED ABOUT THIS TO SEE THE ONBOARDING PROCESS. THIS IS A FANTASTIC TOOL. I DID HAVE ONE QUESTION ABOUT IT. I WAS GOING THROUGH IT, AND IN CASE I MISSED IT, THE THIRD PAGE THAT THE NEW EMPLOYEE SIGNS WHERE THEY SAY THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY HAVE READ. THAT'S IN FROM, TOO, RIGHT?  

>>SO WHAT HAPPENS IS PART OF THE ONBOARDING PROCEDURES, WAY BACK LONG AGO, FOR THOSE WHO REMEMBER, WE USED TO HAVE A CLEARANCE CARD. SO WHAT HAPPENS IS THROUGH EACH STEP OF THE PROCESSING SO WHEN THEY MEET WITH CERTIFICATION, THEY DO THEIR ETHICS, THEY HAVE THE ORIENTATION, SOMEONE SIGNS OFF THAT THEY RECEIVED THAT PIECE. AND THEN AT THE END, THE EMPLOYEE SIGNS THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED ALL OF THAT INFORMATION. THEY WALK AWAY WITH A COPY OF THAT IT GOES TO THEIR SITE. IT GOES TO THEIR PERSONNEL FILE AND THEN IMAGED.  

>>THAT'S WONDERFUL BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY WE HAD SOME SITUATIONS IN THE PAST WHERE THERE HAD BEEN, YOU KNOW, SOME EMPLOYEES THAT THEY'D SAID THAT THEY DIDN'T UNDERSTAND OR THEY DON'T REMEMBER READING THAT IN A POLICY OR HANDBOOK ANYWHERE AND THAT CREATE SOD LIABILITY FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS. SO I AM GLAD TO HAVE NO THAT THERE IS A DOCUMENT THAT WILL BE SIGNED BY THE EMPLOYEE THAT SAYS THEY UNDERSTAND THE POLICIES AND THE HANDBOOK AND THEY HAVE COMPLETED THAT ORIENTATION AND TRAINING. THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB. >>Doretha Edgecomb: MRS. COLLINS, I SEE IN THE PRESENTATION IN THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY THAT THIS INFORMATION OF COURSE IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO OUR NEW EMPLOYEES. BUT THERE IS A COUPLE OF SENTENCES THAT TALKS ABOUT HOW THAT WE ARE GOING TO INFORM CURRENT EMPLOYEES BY HAVING ACCESS TO THE EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK THROUGH THE REMEMBER SITE AND THROUGH INTERNAL COMMUNICATIONS. IS THERE GOING TO BE SOME UNVEILING, MAYBE, TO DRAW ATTENTION TO IT? BECAUSE I THINK E CAN PUT IT THERE. WE CAN EXPECT PEOPLE MAYBE TO REFER TO IT, AND MAYBE NOT. SO IT MIGHT BE IMPORTANT TO SEND OUT SOMETHING VERY SPECIFIC INTRODUCING THIS, ESPECIALLY FOR OUR CURRENT EMPLOYEES. I SEE YOU SHAKING YOUR HEAD.  

>>NO, NOT JUST OUR SCHOOL SITES THAT WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE WE INFORM OF THIS SITUATION. BUT THROUGH OUR HUMAN RESOURCES THERE'S ANOTHER 10,000 EMPLOY THAT'S WORK FOR OUR DISTRICT THAT DON'T NECESSARILY WORK IN OUR SCHOOL SITES. SO WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT THROUGH ALL OF OUR CHIEFS, OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, THAT THAT INFORMATION GOES OUT COLLECTIVELY, THAT WE PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION TON THEM, AND WE PROVIDE RESOURCES ON HOW TO COMMUNICATE THIS INFORMATION WITH THEIR CURRENT EMPLOYEES AS WELL. >>Doretha Edgecomb: AND I KNOW -- I THINK IT GOES BACK TO THE QUESTION, I THINK, MRS. SNIVELY ASKED REGARDING MAYBE VALIDATING OR RECORDING SOME WAY THAT NEW EMPLOYEES ACTUALLY READ THIS. AND I KNOW WITH THE SIZE OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, IT WILL BE A TREMENDOUS TASK TO VALIDATE THAT CURRENT EMPLOYEES, BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE HAVE SEEN ISSUES WHERE PEOPLE SAY, I WASN'T AWARE OF THAT, I DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THIS, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE HAVE COME TO US AND SO IS THERE ANY WAY TO CAPTURE, TO FIND A WAY THAT THEY NOT ONLY KNOW WHERE IT IS, BUT -- WELL, MAYBE TO NOBODY WHERE IT IS BECAUSE IT IS A RESOURCE. YOU DON'T GO AND LOOK AT IT AND READ IT LIKE YOU DO A NOVEL, OF COURSE. BUT I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE SOMEHOW THAT WE HAVE COMMUNICATED VERY WELL, AND COMMUNICATION IS A TWO WAY STREET, THAT THEY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO. SO I'M PUTTING IN AN ARGUMENT AND DOING A COUNTERARGUMENT HERE, BUT I AM TALKING ABOUT THE REALIZATION OF IT. SO IN MY SCRAMBLE KIND OF DISCUSSION HERE, CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HOW MIGHT WE ENCOURAGE OR A SURE THAT EMPLOYEES AT LEAST NONWHERE IT IS? WE DON'T EXPECT TO SAY THAT YOU HAVE READ IT.  

>>SO MRS. WOODFORD CAN SPEAK TO THAT.  

>>WELL, WE DID A MINI INTRODUCTION JUST RECENTLY, SENT OUT AN E-MAIL WITHIN SOME HIGHLIGHT FROM THE HANDBOOK, ASKING ALL OUR SITES TO GO OVER THOSE, KIND OF OUR HOT SPOTS, IF YOU WILL, AND HAVE THEM SIGN FOR THAT. AND ALSO INTRODUCED THE HANDBOOK. SO THAT WAS OUR INTRODUCTION THAT JUST WENT OUT. BUT OUR PLAN IS IN THE OCTOBER PRINCIPAL'S MEETING WE HAVE TIME ON THE AGENDA TO GO OVER IT AS WELL. WE'LL GET ON MR. FARKASES AGENDA, MRS. TYE'S AND A COUPLE OF DIVISIONS THAT HAVE EMPLOYEES THAT ARE SITE BASED TO TALK ABOUT A ROLL-OUT THERE. >>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY? >>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. SO MRS. EDGECOMB, YOU MADE ME THINK ABOUT THE NEXT QUESTION BEING GOING BACK -- AND LET ME MAKE SURE I AM UNDERSTANDING. YOU ARE GOING TO GO BACK TO THE CURRENT EMPLOYEES AND A SURE THAT THEY HAVE READ THIS, AND THEY ALSO SIGN OFF ON THIS AS WELL USING A SIMILAR TYPE OF FORM, OR SIMILAR TYPE OF PROCESS? AM I UNDERSTANDING THAT RIGHT?  

>>YOU ARE. INSTEAD OF BEING IN THE INDIVIDUAL FORM, THOUGH, THAT WE ARE DOING THROUGH PROCESSING, THIS WAS ALMOST LIKE A CLASS ROSTER BY FACULTY, THAT THEY WOULD SIGN IN ON THAT. WE ASK THE PRINCIPAL TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE FROM THE CUSTODIAN TO EVERY EMPLOYEE WAS PROVIDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THOSE POINTS AND SIGNED OFF ON THOSE.  

>>SO THEY ARE NOT ACTUALLY SIGNING A DOCUMENT THAT STATES AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THIS PARTICULAR HANDBOOK. THEY ARE JUST SIGNING INTO A CLASS?  

>>WELL, NO, THE DOCUMENT SAYS SPECIFICALLY WHAT WAS GONE OVER, AND THAT THEY WERE AWARE OF IT, AND WE PROVIDED THE DOCUMENT TO EACH OF THEM AS WELL.  

>>OKAY. I JUST WANTED TO COVER ALL OF OUR BASES THERE WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING SURE THAT EACH EMPLOYEE ACKNOWLEDGES THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THESE POLICIES.  

>>AND THAT'S GOING TO BE OUR CHALLENGE IS GETTING THE 30,000 THAT ARE ALREADY WORKING HERE, I'LL TELL YOU, I SAT THROUGH THE FIRST ONBOARDING SESSION AND WATCHED IT LIVE, INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT. JACKIE SCAGLIONE, AND I CAN'T THANK JACKIE AND DENA ENOUGH. BUT ESPECIALLY CINDY AND APRIL ARE GOING TO BE VERY, VERY HAPPY. THAT'S BEEN A PASSION OF THEIRS. I THINK WHEN YOU SIT THROUGH THAT, YOU ARE GOING TO BE VERY HAPPY WITH THE PROCESS. BUT GOING BACKWARDS IT'S GOING TO BE A CATCH-UP. BUT WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED WITH OUR FIRST STEP. AND I FEEL LIKE THAT'S A GOOD FIRST STEP. OCTOBER WILL BE OUR SECOND STEP. AND THEN WE'LL MOVE ON. BUT WE HAVE A LOT OF EMPLOYEES TO MAKE AWARE OF THE HANDBOOK AND GET IT OUT THERE.  

>>SO WHAT IS YOUR TIMELINE FOR COMPLETION ON RETROACTIVE?  

>>I WOULD SAY IT'S PROBABLY GOING TO BE NOVEMBER BEFORE WE CAN ROLL OUT TO ALL GROUPS AND DO IT RIGHT INSTEAD OF JUST HOPE THEY DO IT, WHERE MY STAFF CAN GET OUT THERE AND GET IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY AND GO OVER IT. BUT IT'S GOING TO TAKE US A COUPLE MONTHS.  

>>OKAY, BY THE END OF THE YEAR WE'LL HAVE EVERYBODY ON BOARD.  

>>RIGHT. >>Melissa Snively: WITH AN ACKNOWLEDGMENT.  

>>AND I THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE A WORK IN PROCESS. II WANT TO THANK BOTH UNIONS. THEY WERE GREAT WORKING WITH US ON PUTTING THIS TOGETHER. IT ISN'T SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE HAD BEFORE. SO GETTNG EVERYONE'S INPUT TOOK QUITE A BIT OF TIME. DR. VAS HE QUESTIONS WAS -- VAZQUEZ WAS HUGE IN WORKING THROUGH THIS. BUT HOPEFULLY NOVEMBER, DECEMBER. I CAN PROVIDE ALL OF UP WITH STEPS AS WE DO EACH THING SO YOU KNOW WHERE WE ARE WITH THE PROCESS.  

>>THAT WOULD BE GREAT. THANK YOU.  

>>THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES? >>Susan Valdes: WILL IT BE AVAILABLE IN SPANISH?  

>>SI. YES. AND OUR YOUTUBE IS ALSO IN SPANISH. >>Susan Valdes: THAT'S THE WAY TOCK DO IT. THANK YOU.  

>>THANK YOU. I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. I'M REALLY, REALLY HAPPY TO SEE THIS, BECAUSE LIKE MRS. STUART, THE CONSISTENT CONSISTENCY WAS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE, BECAUSE WHAT YOU SAW AT ONE SCHOOL OR ONE SITE, THERE WAS NOT A LOT OF CONSISTENCY THERE. SO THAT'S WHAT WE WERE WORKING ON WAS TRYING TO GET THAT CONSISTENCY. I KNOW YOU ALL PUT A LOT OF WORK INTO THIS. MR. PORTER, THANK YOU.  

>>VERY, VERY SMALL PART. I DON'T WANT TAKE CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS NOT DUE. IN THE EARLY DAYS WE WORKED TOGETHER BUT THEY TOOK IT AND REALLY RAN WITH IT. >>April Griffin: YOU HAD A PART IN IT. SO MY NEXT QUESTION -- AND I READ THROUGH THIS WITH GREAT EXCITEMENT. AND I MIGHT HAVE MISSED IT. WHERE CONTRACT LANGUAGE CANNOT BE OVERRIDDEN, CAN YOU TALK TO ME ABOUT HOW WE MADE THAT BOLD, HOW WE HIGHLIGHTED?  

>>IT'S THE FIRST PAGE. FIRST OR SECOND PAGE OF THE HANDBOOK, THERE'S A STATEMENT THERE THAT SAYS THAT THIS HANDBOOK CANNOT SUPERSEDE -- >>April Griffin: RIGHT, OKAY. BUT I'M TALKING ABOUT SPECIFIC PLACES. SO AND WE CAN APPROVE THIS TONIGHT. BUT MOVING FORWARD AND LOOKING AT PRINTING THEM OR PUTTING THEM ONLINE OR WHATEVER WE ARE DOING WITH THEM. AND I GUESS THIS GOES MORE TO MY NEXT QUESTION. SO THIS IS FOR THE EMPLOYEE. NOW, THE NEXT STEP IS AN HR HANDBOOK FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES SO THAT THERE'S CONSISTENCY ACROSS ALL DIFFERENT REALMS WHEN YOU ARE DEALING WITH HR ISSUES. AND SO THAT WOULD BE FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES, OUR DIRECTORS, OUR ADMINISTRATORS AT SITES, THINGS LIKE THAT.  

>>RIGHT. THAT'S ALMOST DONE. WHAT WE DID IS WE TOOK THAT ADDITIONAL OPS MANUAL AND WE HAVE STARTED TO EXPAND THAT TO INCLUDE ALL THINGS HR. THAT'S BEEN VETTED BY DR. VAZQUEZ ALREADY, AND IT'S WITHIN MY STAFF TO START LOOKING AT. BUT THEN THE NEXT STEP WOULD BE THAT YOU WILL SEE THAT DRAFT AS WELL. >>April Griffin: AWESOME. I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS. BUT WITH THE PLACES IN OUR HANDBOOK WHERE THE CONTRACT SUPERSEDE, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THIS BOARD VOTES ON. AND THAT'S THE BOARD'S WILL, IS THE CONTRACT. IT'S THE UNION'S WILL AND THE BOARD'S WILL. SO THERE ARE PLACES WHERE, REGARDLESS OF ANYTHING, THAT CONTRACT SUPERSEDES JUST ABOUT ANYTHING. THE LAW AND THE CONTRACT. SO IN THE PLACES WHERE YOU ARE DEALING WITH THE PRINCIPALS OR THE DIRECTORS OR WHOEVER IS SUPERVISING, IS THERE GOING TO BE A PLACE WHERE IT'S BOLDED, NOT IN THE BEGINNING STATEMENT, BECAUSE I GET THAT, BUT IN SPECIFIC INSTANCES WHERE IT'S THE CONTRACT SUPERSEDES EVERYTHING? AND YOU CANNOT VEER FROM THIS. SO I HAVE TALKED ABOUT THAT IN WORKSHOPS BEFORE WHEN WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS.  

>>WE CAN LOOK AT ADDING SOME KIND OF ASTERISK ON THE PAGES THAT GOES BACK TO THAT LINE ON THE FRONT COVER BUT PUTTING IT IN THE FOOTER.  

>>OR BOLDING THAT PARTICULAR ITEM OR HYPER LINKING IT TO THE CONTRACT. YOU ALL ARE THE PROFESSIONALS IN THAT REGARD. I JUST THINK REALLY WE NEED TO HAVE SOMETHING IN THERE. AND THEN THE NEXT QUESTION -- AND I DIDN'T SEE THIS EITHER -- WAS MORE OF WHAT RIGHTS ARE FOR EMPLOYEES. IS THERE A SECTION IN HERE FOR THE EMPLOYEES' RIGHTS? AND IF THERE IS AN INVESTIGATION OR SOMETHING, WHAT ARE THEIR RIGHTS? WHAT ARE THE EMPLOYEE RIGHTS?  

>>I THINK YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ADDRESS THAT A LOT IN THE OTHER HANDBOOK.  

>>WELL, THAT'S REALLY A LARGE PART OF OUR NEXT HANDBOOK, BUT REALLY FROM THE VIEW, YOU ARE RIGHT, OF MANAGEMENT.  

>>THE DUE PROCESS.  

>>THAT MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT WE WANT TO ADD INTO THAT ONE, BECAUSE THE OTHER ONE, IT WOULDN'T TOUCH ON THAT. >>April Griffin: FOR AN EMPLOYEE, THOUGH, IS THERE ANY STATEMENT IN HERE THAT I MAY HAVE MISSED ABOUT AN EMPLOYEE'S RIGHTS, LETTING THEM KNOW WHAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE IN A SITUATION WHERE THERE IS AN INVESTIGATION?  

>>NO, THERE ISN'T. SO WE CAN CERTAINLY LOOK INTO --  

>>IT'S IN THE CONTRACT. BOTH CONTRACTS, RIGHT? WE COULD ADD THAT IN THERE. >>April Griffin: YEAH, IF WE COULD HAVE A REFERENCE TO THE CONTRACT IN THERE ABOUT EMPLOYEES' RIGHTS. BUT THIS IS FABULOUS. I MEAN, YOU ALL NEED TO BE MEMBEREDED FOR THIS. AND I KNOW THAT IT'S BEEN A LONG, LONG, ARDUOUS PROCESS GETTING TO THIS POINT.  

>>REACH OUT FOR ONBOARDING. >>April Griffin: I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT.  

>>W WHEN YOU SEE PIECES LIKE THAT MISSING LET US KNOW. WE KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE A WORK IN PROCESS SO THAT WE CAN IMPROVE. >>April Griffin: IT'S GOING TO BE A LIVING BREATHING DOCUMENT BECAUSE LAWS CHANGE, THIS IS GOING TO HAVE TO BE A LIVING BREATHING CONTRACT. BUT YOU ALL HAVE DEFINITELY DONE A GREAT JOB. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. MRS. STUART. >>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND I LIKE THE IDEA OF THE HYPERLINKING. IF WE ARE GOING TO PUT THIS ONLINE WE CAN HYPERLINK BOTH THE SCHOOL BOARD POLICIES AND THE CONTRACT. IS THE CONTRACT ONLINE CURRENTLY? IF WE CAN HYPERLINK THAT, I THINK THAT WOULD BE A HUGE PLUS. FOR BOTH US -- I DON'T THINK IT'S HARD TO DO, BUT I THINK IT WILL BE A HUGE PLUS FOR US. SO WHEN AN EMPLOYEE IS LOOKING AT THIS AND THEY SAY, OH, THIS REFERENCES HACTA CONTRACT SECTION, AND THEY CAN CLICK ON THAT AND GO RIGHT TO THE CONTRACT. THE OTHER ISSUE THAT I AM CONCERNED ABOUT -- AND I DON'T KNOW HOW WE ADDRESS THIS -- IS THE INTERPRETATION OF CONTRACT. AND I SEE MARK BACK THERE. BUT, YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SECTIONS WHERE WE HAVE ISSUES WITH INTERPRETATION OF THE CONTRACT AMONG EMPLOYEES, AMONG DISTRICTS AND AMONG THE UNION. HOW ARE WE GOING TO ADDRESS THAT WITH THIS AND WITH THE CONTRACT?  

>>AND THAT'S A STICKY TOPIC. I'M HOPING SOME OF THIS CLEARS IT UP. BUT IS THIS GOING PAST THE UNION FOR APPROVAL AS WELL? IT HAS. OKAY.  

>>RIGHT. WE WORKED WITH BOTH UNIONS, DENA DID. WE WORKED WITH HCAF AND STEPHANIE BAXTER FROM CTA. I THINK WE WERE IN AGREEMENT ON CERTAINLY CTA WOULD LIKE WHAT MRS. GRIFFIN JUST SAID ABOUT TALKING ABOUT THE CONTRACT, AND SHE MENTIONS THAT TO US AS WELL, ADDING THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE. BUT OTHERWISE, WE WERE IN AGREEMENT ON EVERYTHING ELSE.  

>>AND I AGREE WITH MRS. GRIFFIN. I THINK THERE ARE GOING TO BE SECTIONS OF THAT WHAT WE STARTED TO CALL THE OPS MANUAL AND NOW WE ARE CALLING SOMETHING DIFFERENT. THERE ARE GOING TO BE SECTIONS OF THAT, THAT AN EMPLOYEE WOULDN'T SEE BUT NEEDS TO KNOW. AND IT'S INFORMATION THAT THEY ARE GOING TO NEED TO KNOW THAT WE MAY NEED TO INCORPORATE. SO THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU SO MUCH. VERY GOOD WORK. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.073 AND 12.03, WHICH WE ARE GOING TO TAKE TOGETHER. TORQUE APPROVE BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDING JUNE 30 AND 12.037 WHICH IS MONTHLY FINANCIAL POSITION REPORTS AS OF JUNE 30th. MRS. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, OUR CFO, IS GOING TO HIGHLIGHT BOTH OF THESE. AND THIS WAS PULLED BY MRS. STUART FOR A HIGHLIGHT.  

>>MRS. GRIFFIN, THANK YOU. I JUST WONDERED ALSO IF WE COULD PULL ONE MORE AT THE SAME TIME SO WE CAN KIND OF MULTITASK. 6.05 IS ACTUALLY SUPERINTENDENT'S ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT AS OF JUNE 30th SO --  

>>AND MRS. SNIVELY PULLED THAT ONE FOR GO FOR IT. I LIKE THAT. >>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU SO MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT. THIS IS A CULMINATION OF A WHOLE YEAR OF LOTS OF WORK. WE HAD SO MANY PEOPLE HELPING US GIVING US GREAT IDEAS, WORKING WITH YOU ALL, WORKING WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT AND DR. VAZQUEZ. THE DEVELOPMENTS HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL. WE HAVE GOTTEN SO MUCH HELP FROM TRANSPORTATION, FROM FACILITIES, EVERYBODY IN THE BUSINESS SERVICES TEAM HAS JUST BEEN KNOCKING THEMSELVES OUT AS WELL AS EVERYBODY IN THE DISTRICT. SO WHAT DOES THIS TELL? THIS IS AS OF JUNE 30th. WHERE ARE WE AT? THE AMENDMENTS HAVE TO COME TO YOU AGAIN MONTHLY, JUST TO SHOW YOU WE ARE MOVING MONEY AROUND, THE MONTHLY FINANCIALS GIVE YOU INFORMATION ON REALLY OUR SPENDING OUR MONEY BY CHECKBOOK. REMEMBER, WE CALL THEM FUNDS, BUT WE GO BY THE DIFFERENT CHECKBOOKS. SO YOU CAN SEE WHERE SPENDING IT BY SALARIES, BENEFITS, MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES, AND BY FUNCTION. SO SOME OF THE THINGS WE HAVE DONE, THE BIG QUESTION, WHERE ARE WE AT IN FUND BALANCE? WELL, JUST SO YOU KNOW, I WILL GIVE YOU -- IF WE CAN PUT THAT UP THERE NOW. WE WERE ABLE TO RAISE FUND BALANCE BY $51,000. WHICH IS HUGE. ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THAT, BECAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN PROBABLY, WHAT, ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR YEARS THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE A NEGATIVE IN FRONT OF THE NUMBER. SO AGAIN WITH ALL OF THE HELP FROM THE DIFFERENT DIVISIONS AND DEPARTMENTS, WE WERE ABLE TO PULL THAT OFF. AGAIN, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WE CHANGED OUR WAY OF WORK WHEN WE STARTED LAST JULY, WE HAD NEW SUPERINTENDENT, WE HAD A NEW WAY OF WORK, WE HAD A NEW CULTURE, WE HAD NEW PROTOCOLS, AND WE HAD EVERYBODY LOOKING ON HOW WE COULD NOT NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE CLASSROOM. SO ALL OF THAT COMING IN TO PLAY ALONG WITH -- WE DID HAVE MORE REVENUE LAST YEAR. BUT WHEN WE SEE MORE STATE, WE SEE LESS LOCAL AND VICE VERSA. SO IT WAS JUST KIND OF THE MONEY MOVED AROUND ON THE SHIP. WE DID NOT RECEIVE ANY LOTTERY DOLLARS LAST YEAR. SO THAT WAS INTERESTING. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE POINTED THAT OUT, BECAUSE AS THE GENERAL PUBLIC THINKS THE LOTTERY WAS THERE TO HELP WITH THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM, FEFP. AGAIN OUR FUND BALANCE GREW. WE WERE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. A LOT OF THE THINGS WE DID LAST YEAR WITH BUDGET CUTS AND FINANCIAL IMPACTS TO THE BUDGET. WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE ON TO THIS YEAR, BECAUSE OUR FUNDING IS UP A LITTLE BIT. HOWEVER, WE DID SEE ALREADY A PRORATION FROM THE STATE IN JULY. SO WITH THE SECOND CALCULATION. AND WE ARE JUST GOING TO SEE MORE OF THAT AS THERE'S MORE STUDENT IN THE STATE. SO WITH THAT BEING SAID, THOSE ARE A WRAP-UP OF THOSE THREE AGENDA ITEMS. ANY QUESTIONS? >>April Griffin: ANY QUESTIONS, BOARD MEMBERS? COMMENTS? THANK YOU, MRS. SAUNDERS. I'M SORRY, MRS. VALDES? >>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU. JUST PHENOMENAL. THANK YOU, MR. EAKINS, FOR YOUR HARD WORK. AND I KNEW THAT WE COULD GET IT DONE. THANK YOU. >>Jeffrey Eakins: I'LL JUST RESPOND TON THAT AND THIS IS A LITTLE PRECURSOR, I GUESS, TO OUR BUDGET HEARING LATER ON. SO THAT WAS A GREAT FIRST -- THAT WAS OUR GOAL. WE WENT INTO THIS YEAR, WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO LEVEL THE FUND BALANCE. WE CAN'T CONTINUE THAT PARTICULAR TRAJECTORY. YET WE ALL KNEW, AND I WANTED TO JUST SAY A HUGE THANK YOU. I KNOW KNOW GRETCHEN SAID IT TO STAFF BUT THIS WAS ACROSS THE ENTIRE DISTRICT THAT WE HAD TO ENGAGE TOGETHER AROUND THIS, AND I WILL GIVE KUDOS AND THANKS TO THE PRINCIPALS AS WE MEET WITH THEM. IT WAS A LOT OF HAND HOLD HAD GONE. WE ALL HAD TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE ISSUE WAS TO REALLY ATTACK IT TOGETHER. AND SO OBVIOUSLY ONE YEAR DOES NOT NECESSARILY FIX A TRAJECTORY LIKE THIS. WHAT IT DOES IS START TO STABILIZE FOR GROWTH. AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT YEAR TWO, YEAR THREE COMING UP WILL BE CHALLENGING, TOO. BECAUSE THERE'S STILL A LOT OF EXPECTATIONS. THERE'S STILL RECURRING COSTS FROM YEARS PAST. WE ARE STILL LOOKING AT HOW WE CATCH UP TO HAVE THAT. BUT WE DID EVERYTHING, I THINK, KNOWN TO MAN KIND TO DO A LOT OF GREAT PROCESSES, IMPLEMENTING GREAT PROCESSES. A LOT OF ONE-TIME ADJUSTMENTS THAT WE MADE THIS YEAR. BUT I WILL TELL YOU ANOTHER THING. WE LEARNED TREMENDOUSLY FROM PAST PRACTICES, MAYBE WHY WE GOT A LITTLE OFF TRACK. AND THAT'S WHAT YOU HAVE TO LEARN FROM. MAYBE IT WASN'T DONE INTENTIONALLY BUT WE GOT OFF TRACK MAYBE BECAUSE WE WERE IN A LITTLE BOAT -- BETTER POSITION FISCALLY AND MAYBE DIDN'T KEEP OUR EYE ON CERTAIN THINGS. NOW WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR EYE ON EVERYTHING MOVING FORWARD TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO STABILIZE IT AND BUILD IT FORWARD. I KNOW THAT'S A PRIORITY OF THIS BOARD AND YOU TASKED ME TO DO IT AND THAT'S WHAT MY GOAL IS, TO DO IT.  

>>BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO ITEM NUMBER 6.06. WHICH WILL ALSO BE HIGHLIGHTED BY OUR CFO MRS. SAUNDERS WHICH WAS PULLED BY MRS. SNIVELY. I'M SORRY, MRS. EDGECOMB. I'M ON 6.05 STILL. THERE IS A SCRIVENER'S NOTE?  

>>YES, PLEASE. WE NEED TO MAKE A CHANGE IN THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY WHERE IT TALKS ABOUT FLORIDA'S SCHOOL LAW SECTION 10.13.34 (2) IT'S ACTUALLY .35. 10.13.  

>>THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE BRINGING THIS TO YOU AS THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICE WAS KING AND WALKER, CPA FIRM. EVERY FIVE YEARS, OR IF WE COULD DO IT MORE DURING THE FIVE YEARS PER OPAGA LEGISLATION AND THE FLORIDA SCHOOL LAW, WE HAVE TO PROVIDE AN AUDIT OF OUR CAPITAL PROGRAM. SO WE ARE ENGAGING CHRIS FARKAS AND HIS FOLKS ALONG WITH KING AND WALKER TO PROVIDE THIS AUDIT OF OUR FACILITIES PLAN, OUR FIVE YEAR CAPITAL PLAN. THEY COME IN AND DO AN AUDIT. WE'LL BRING IT BACK TO YOU. NORMALLY, THIS WOULDN'T NEED TO COME TOLL YOU BUT BECAUSE IT'S OVER 10,000 WE NEED TO BRING IT TO YOU SO THAT'S JUST APPROVAL TO PROCEED. THANK YOU. >>Cindy Stuart: MRS. EDGECOMB. >>Doretha Edgecomb: I APPRECIATE HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH YOU, AT LEAST YOUR VOICE MESSAGE, ABOUT HOW OFTEN WE DO THIS AND WHY IT'S DONE. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU ALLUDED TO THE FLORIDA STATUTE. I'M JUST THINKING AHEAD FOR ESPECIALLY NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. AS WE TALK ABOUT STATUTES, MAYBE REFERRING TO THE PAGE NUMBER IN THE FLORIDA SCHOOL LAW BOOK, OR EVEN INCLUDING IT IN THE MATERIALS. BECAUSE I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT; THAT YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS, AND I THINK IT GIVES MORE CREDENCE AND HELPS TO CLARIFY WHY IT'S DONE. SO ANYTIME I THINK THAT THERE MIGHT BE AN OPPORTUNITY WHERE WE CAN QUOTE IT OR REFER TO THE PAGE NUMBER, IF IT'S LONG AND LABOUROUS AND THAT KIND OF THING BUT I THINK IT HELPS TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS AND WHY WE ARE COMPELLED TO COMPLY TO THAT.  

>>THAT'S A GREAT SUGGESTION. WE WILL DO THAT. THANK YOU. >>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU.  

>>THANK YOU. MOVING ON, THE NEXT ITEM IS 6.08 WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF DISTRICT LICENSE FROM FUTURE PLANS USA, SOLE FORCE PROVIDER FOR CAREER AND PLANNING. THIS IS WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS. MR. SCOTT BROOKS. WELCOME.  

>>THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. I'M EXCITED TODAY TO BRING BEFORE YOU AN ITEM THAT WILL GIVE OUR DISTRICT THE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE A DISTRICT LICENSE FOR ALL OF OUR SOPHOMORES TO CREATE -- TO GO ONLINE AND CREATE FUTURE PLAN, WHICH IS AN INDIVIDUALIZED PLAN. EVERY ONE OF OUR STUDENTS WILL NOW BE ABLE TO GO ONLINE AND DO. AND IT'S AN ONLINE ASSESSMENT THAT GOES THROUGH MULTIPLE PERSONALITY TYPES AND DIFFERENT BATTERIES OF TYPES OF THINKING,AL JA BREAK SKILLS, THESE TYPES OF TESTS. AND IT ALSO THEN WILL GIVE THEM AN ASSESSMENT TOOL AT THE END THAT SHOWS THEM OVER 900 DIFFERENT CAREERS THAT ARE LOCATED IN FLORIDA THAT THEY MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN PURSUING. SO ONE OF THE REALLY NICE THINGS ABOUT THIS IS JUST RECENTLY WE HAD A BOARD WORKSHOP WHEREOF WE TALKED ABOUT SKILLS GAP, AND TALKED ABOUT SKILLS AND THINGS THAT STUDENTS NEEDED. BUT ONE OF THE KEY COMPONENTS THAT'S MISSING, A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT'S OUT THERE. THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT'S AVAILABLE. A LOT OF TIMES OUR STUDENTS ARE ONLY AWARE OF JOBS THAT THEIR PARENTS OR SOMEONE VERY CLOSE TO THEM MAY HAVE TALKED TO THEM ABOUT. THEY REALLY MISS A LOT OF THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT MAY BE OUTSIDE OF THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD BUT STILL MAY BE IN OUR COUNTY. SO THIS LICENSE WILL ALLOW US TO PURCHASE THIS. WE DID A PILOT PROJECT THIS YEAR AT TAMPA BAY TECH AND ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. WE HAD SOME GREAT FEEDBACK. IT WAGS IN COOPERATION WITH MRS. TYE'S GROUP WITH, GUIDANCE SERVICES, OUR CURRENT COUNSELORS, WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH US, THEY ATTENDED MEETINGS, FOLLOWING THROUGH. WE HAD GREAT FEEDBACK FROM STUDENTS. WE DID SOME FOCUS GROUPS AFTERWARDS TO REALLY MAKE SURE THAT THE STUDENTS, WHEN YOU HEAR FROM VENDORS THEY TELL YOU CERTAIN THINGS. REREALLY WANT TO KNOW WAS THIS RIGHT FOR OUR KIDS? WHEN WE SIT AND TALK ABOUT PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE, CONSISTENTLY OUR STUDENTS TOLD US THAT THEY REALLY ENJOYED THIS PROGRAM, THEY LIKED LEARNING ABOUT THEMSELVES. ONE OF THE YOUNG MEN FROM TBT THAT I TALKED TO TOLD ME HE DIDN'T KNOW ANY OF THESE JOBS EVEN EXISTED. I SAID WHAT DID YOU DO? HE SAID I WENT HOME AND GOOGLED ALL OF THEM AND STARTED RESEARCHING AND NOW GOT SOME IDEAS OF MAYBE WHAT I WANT TO DO. I THINK IT'S A GREAT COMPONENT. I THINK THE BOARD IS TALKING ABOUT THE STRATEGIC PLAN. I THINK IT PLAYS RIGHT INTO THAT. AND WE ARE EXCITED TO IMMEDIATELY GET STARTED. >>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB. >>Doretha Edgecomb: I HAVE GOT FIVE QUESTIONS. YOU ANSWERED NUMBER FIVE ALREADY. ABOUT THE BENEFIT, WHAT INFORMATION DID YOU LEARN FROM IT? THE LESSONS LEARNED. BUT YOU ALREADY CAPTURED THOSE. IS THIS AN INVENTORY? BECAUSE I HEARD YOUR DESCRIPTION, AND I LOOKED AT THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY, AND I AM NOT REALLY CLEAR ABOUT WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE. SO ONE OF MY QUESTIONS IS, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE KINDS OF QUESTIONS THAT STUDENTS ARE ASKED ON THIS -- I'M CALLING IT AN INVENTORY S.THAT A CORRECT TERMINOLOGY FOR IT? OKAY. SO WHAT KINDS OF QUESTIONS ARE ASKED? FOR EXAMPLE?  

>>OKAY. SO I HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE THE TEST MYSELF THINKING THIS WOULD BE VERY EASY. AND I REALIZED IT'S BEEN A WHILE SINCE I HAVE DONE SOME OF MY ALGEBRAIC THINKING WHICH IS WHY I HIGHLIGHTED THAT.  

>>I HEARD YOU SAY THAT. THESEIE ASKED THE QUESTION. GO AHEAD.  

>>YES, MA'AM. ONE OF THEM IS A PERSONALITY FOLLOWING THE BRIGGS PROFILE LEARNING TO LEARN ABOUT THEMSELVES. THERE WAS DIFFERENT SPATIAL, DIFFERENT RELATIONSHIPS. THERE'S A WHOLE LIST OF PSYCHE ROW METRIC MEASURES THEY USE. I WON'T EVEN PRETEND TO BE ABLE TO DISCUSS THOSE WITH YOU BUT THEY WENT THROUGH AND LOOKED AT THOSE AND DID THE CORRELATION TOES DIFFERENT JOBS ACROSS THE DISTRICT. AND THEY DID A TON OF RESEARCH THROUGH THE ILIAS GRANT. THE INDIVIDUALS WORKED ON THOSE TO CREATE THOSE CONNECTIONS AND FIND THOSE OCCUPATIONS AND JOBS THAT MAY BENEFIT CERTAIN PERSONALITY TYPES OR CERTAIN TYPES OF THINKERS.  

>>AND WE IMPLEMENT THIS WHERE AND WHAT GRADE?  

>>QUEIL BE DOING IN THE TENTH GRADE. WE DID SOME NINTH GRADERS, A COUPLE TENTH GRADERS AND ELEVENTH GRADERS. THE THING WITH TENTH GRADE, THEY STILL HAVE TIME IN THEIR SCHEDULE, IF THEY REALLY FIND A CAREER, FIND SOMETHING THAT INTERESTS THEM. WHAT WE HOPE IS DURING THE ELEVENTH GRADE AND 12th GRADE YEAR THEY WILL STILL HAVE OPPORTUNITY SCHEDULED TO GET INTO SOME OF THESE CLASSES. TO SCHEDULE SOME OF THE CLASSES THEY MAY BE INTERESTED IN.  

>>DURING WHAT PERIOD OF OF THE  AND WHERE IN THE STUDENT'S SCHEDULE WILL THIS BE IMPLEMENTED?  

>>GREAT QUESTION. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS WE HAVE CREATED A LIST, AND WE HAVE LOOKED AT IT. THERE ARE SEVERAL DISTRICTS THAT IMPLEMENTED IT. SO WE ARE GOING TO PROVIDE OUR PRINCIPALS PENDING A APPROVAL FROM OUR BOARD A LIST OF HERE ARE THE TO WAYS DIFFERENT SCHOOLS IMPLEMENTED THIS. SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS LIKE ONE OF THEM I WILL GIVE AN EXAMPLE, WE HAVE SOME STUDENTS THAT ARE OUT ON CLINICAL ROTATIONS. SO THEY BROUGHT THEM INTO A COMPUTER LAB AND THEY USED FUTURE LANCE. ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS USED THAT WITH THEIR MAGNET STUDENTS WHEN THEY WERE OUT DOING DIFFERENT ROTATIONS FOR STUDENTS. THEY WERE REMAINING AS SCHOOL. THEY USE IT AS PART OF THE SUBPLAN. THAT WORKED WONDERFULLY. ONE OF THE SCHOOLS BROUGHT STUDENTS DOWN WITH A CLASS IN THEIR CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION CLASSES, WENT THROUGH THOSE, AND DID ALL OF THOSE FIRST, AND THEN BROUGHT THE OTHER KIDS IN LATER. ONE OF OUR GROUPS DID A HOME ROOM SCHEDULE SIMILAR TO LIKE A CLUB PERIOD OR CLUB SCHEDULE. AND THEY WENT IN AND DID THE ASSESSMENT, THREE DIFFERENT PIECES OF THAT TO CONCLUDE THAT. SO WE HAD SOME FLEXIBILITY BUILT IN FOR OUR PRINCIPALS. SO THAT AT THEIR INDIVIDUAL SITES, I THINK THEY KNOW WHAT'S BEST. AND WE'LL WORK WITH THEM AND SUPPORT THEM AS WE MOVE FORWARD.  

>>IS THE GOAL TO HAVE EVERY STUDENT IN TENTH GRADE AND ALL THE HIGH SCHOOLS, CAREER CENTERS ALSO, TO TAKE THIS INVENTORY?  

>>YES, MA'AM.  

>>HOW ARE YOU GOING TO TRACK, AT LEAST YOU GET 99.8% OF OUR KIDS.  

>>YES, MA'AM. WE DO GET DATA BACK ON HOW MANY COMPLETED. THERE IS A SURVEY AT THE END THAT THEY DISCUSS WHETHER THEY FELT LIKE IT WAS BENEFICIAL OR NOT. ONCE WE GO THROUGH ALL OF THAT, WE'LL TRACK DATA AND THEN BE ABLE TO DETERMINE, OKAY, WEIGHS THIS A WISE RESOURCE, AS WE MOVE FORWARD WILL WE CONTINUE?  

>>TWO OTHER QUESTIONS. WHAT KIND OF FOLLOW-UP ACTIVITIES OR CONVERSATIONS ARE STUDENTS ENGAGED IN ONCE THEY TAKE THIS INVENTORY AND THEY GET THE RESULTS BACK? WHAT HAPPENS? ONE, WITHIN WHOM, AND THEN HOW ARE FAMILIES SOMEHOW ENGAGED, OR INVOLVED IN THIS INFORMATION?  

>>SO ONCE THEY COMPLETE IT, THEY GET A PRINTOUT. THEY WILL GET INDIVIDUALIZED PRINTOUT THAT TELLS THEM THEIR SKILLS, THEIR JOBS, THEIR PERSONALITIES, AND THEY WILL BE ABLE TO TAKE HOME AND SHARE WITH THEIR PARENTS. AND OUR HOPE IS WHEN THEY SIT DOWN WITH THEIR COUNSELORS THE FOLLOWING YEAR OR SIT DOWN TO DO THEIR PROGRAMMING, WE CAN SAY MAYBE I AM INTERESTED IN MEDICAL FIELD OR MAYBE INTERESTED IN ENGINEER OR PHLEBOTOMY IS SOMETHING I MAY BE GOOD AT. SO WHEN HOPE THE COUNSELOR WILL BE ABLE TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT EITHER OPPORTUNITIES AT SCHOOL OR ALSO POST-SECONDARY. SOME OF THE JOBS STUDENTS MAY REQUIRE A FOUR YEAR DEGREE. SOME OF THEM MAY REQUIRE OUR TECHNICAL COLLEGE CERTIFICATION. SO HOPEFULLY OUR COUNSELORS WILL BE ABLE TO WORK WITH THEM. AND THEN THE COLLEGE AND CAREER COUNSELORS THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH ALSO HAVE KIND OF BEEN OUR CONDUIT FROM OUR TECHNICAL COLLEGES TO OUR SCHOOLS, SO AS STUDENTS HAVE AN INTEREST THERE, THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO HELP KIND OF BRIDGE THAT GAP WITH TAMPA STUDENTS. >>Doretha Edgecomb: MY LAST QUESTION. I'M REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT A GROUP OF STUDENTS, THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE KIND OF DISENGAGED, HOW MIGHT WE USE THIS AS A RESOURCE TO RECONNECT THEM TO THE SCHOOLS, MAYBE TO USE THE SUCCESS -- MAYBE TO USE SOME OF THIS INFORMATION TO TALK TO KIDS ABOUT POSSIBILITIES? I THINK SOMETIMES STUDENTS ARE TURNED OFF BY SCHOOL EDUCATION BECAUSE THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND WHERE IT'S GOING TO LEAD THEM. BUT IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THIS COULD BE A GOOD WAY TO HELP KIDS UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY ARE GOOD AT, WHAT THEIR INTERESTS ARE, AND IF WE CAN LOOK AT -- I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT IS ANYMORE. THE FIRST YEAR WE HAD 100 STUDENTS UNDER THE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT OF THE CORTEX, BUT THEN 100 KIDS WHO WERE TURNED OFF BY SCHOOL, OF COURSE. BUT I AM JUST WONDERING HOW CAN WE MAKE THIS VERY STRATEGIC FOR THOSE STUDENTS SO WE CAN HAVE HEART TO HEART CONVERSATIONS, IF YOU WILL, EXPOSURE TO THINGS, AS YOU SAID, A YOUNG PERSON, STUDENT SAID THEY DIDN'T KNOW SUCH CAREERS EVEN EXISTED. AND I HAVE SAID THIS 100 TAMES. YOU CAN'T DREAM BEFORE WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW. SO HOW CAN WE USE THIS INSTRUMENT SOMEHOW OF ALL STUDENTS, YOU KNOW, GENERALLY, BUT PARTICULARLY FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO WE KNOW THAT WE WANT THEM TO STAY IN SCHOOL, WE HAVE GOT TO REALLY CAPTURE THEIR INTEREST, AND THIS MIGHT BE ONE OF THE WAYS.  

>>YES, MA'AM. I THINK THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AT IT, I THINK IT QUIPS OUR STAFF WHETHER YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT GUIDANCE, TALKING ABOUT COACHES, TALKING ABOUT SUCCESS COACHES, I THINK A TOOL LIKE THIS GIVES OUR STAFF AN OPPORTUNITY TO -- THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND ALL THE JOBS AND ALL THE CAREERS AND ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT ARE AVAILABLE. SO I THINK WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT STRUGGLING STUDENT OR THAT DISENFRANCHISED STUDENT, WHAT WE ARE HOPING IS THAT IF WEEK CREDIT A SPARK, THERE WAS A YOUNG MAN THAT I SPOKE TO THAT WANTED TO BE A FIREFIGHTER. HE DIDN'T KNOW HE WANTED TO BE A FIREFIGHTER UNTIL HE DID THE ASSESSMENT. SO THE FIRST TIME IN HIS LIFE HE THOUGHT MAYBE THIS IS A CAREER OPTION I WANT TO GO. SO THEN HE BEGAN, HOW DO I RESEARCH? WHAT DO I DO? WHERE DO I GO? THAT'S WHEN OUR COUNSELORS, OUR TEACHERS, ARE ALL THERE TO HELP SUPPORT IT, AND HOPEFULLY GUIDE IN A YOUNG MAN DOWN THAT PATH. >>Doretha Edgecomb: THIS IS REALLY MY FINAL QUESTION, FOR REAL. HOW MIGHT THIS INFORMATION PLAY INTO -- DON'T WE HAVE AN ANNUAL CONTRARY FAIR? HOW MIGHT THE INFORMATION LEAD US TO BRINGING IN THOSE CAREERS THAT STUDENTS ARE REALLY INTERESTED IN FOR REPRESENTATION AT THE CAREER FAIR? IS THIS ANOTHER WAY THAT THIS INFORMATION CAN BE USED?  

>>YES, MA'AM. AND ACTUALLY EVEN TO GO ONE STEP FURTHER, FOR PROGRAMMATIC PLANNING FOR US, IF WE KNOW WE HAVE GOT A VERY LARGE GROUP OF STUDENTS THAT ARE INTERESTED IN FIREFIGHTING, THEN MAYBE WE NEED TO LOOK AT MAKING SURE WE HAVE RESOURCES AT THE POST-SECONDARY LEVEL. SO INSTEAD OF KIND OF THINKING OR, YOU KNOW, HOPING WE ARE GOING TO PUT SOMETHING HERE STUDENTS LIKE, WE NOW WILL HAVE DATA THAT WILL BE AT OUR DISPOSAL OF CAREERS AND THINGS THE STUDENTS ARE INTERESTED IN. SO AS WE PLAN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL, POST SECONDARY PROGRAMS, AND LOOK FOR ALIGNMENT, I THINK THIS DATA GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITYING SOMETHING WE HAVE NEVER HAD BEFORE, AND SOME TANGIBLE DATA ABOUT WHAT STUDENTS ARE TRULY INTERESTED IN. >>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY. >>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MRS. EDGECOMB, YOU HAVE ASKED SOME REALLY GREAT QUESTIONS AND MADE ME THINK OF EVEN MORE QUESTIONS TO ASK, AND SOME OF THEM YOU HAVE ALREADY ASKED. SO AS ALWAYS, YOU ARE ALWAYS ONE STEP AHEAD. MR. BROOKS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS IS VERY EXCITING, BECAUSE THIS IS REALLY WHAT'S GOING TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THOSE KIDS LIKE MRS. EDGECOMB SAID THAT ARE NOT NECESSARILY ENGAGED IN GETTING THEM ENGAGED IN SCHOOL, BECAUSE WHEN WE CAN HELP POINT THEM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AND GIVE THEM SOME HELP AND SOME INSPIRATION, THAT'S WHEN THEY STAY IN SCHOOL. SO MY QUESTION, I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS IS, THIS IS GOING TO BE FOR ALL TENTH GRADERS LAKE COMING UP. SO WHY DID WE CHOOSE TENTH GRADE AND NOT A YOUNGER AGE? WHY NOT NINTH GRADE OR EVEN MIDDLE SCHOOL WHERE WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE SOME ATTRITION IN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASS, IN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS. WHY TENTH GRADE?  

>>WHEN WE MET WITH TEACHER PLANS, AND PINELLAS COUNTY IMPLEMENTED THIS A YEAR AGO AND THEY WERE THE PILOT DISTRICT. AND ONE IN GEORGIA AND A COUPLE OTHERS, THIS IS THE RECOMMENDED AGE WHEN THEY WENT THROUGH THAT. IN TERMS OF MATURITY. AT TENTH GRADE REALLY BEGINNING TO THINK ABOUT I'M STARTING TO DRIVE, I'M STARTING TO GROW UP, I'M STARTING TO MATURE, STARTING TO THINK ABOUT WHAT DO I WANT TO DO NEXT? BUT THERE'S STILL TIME TO GET YOU INTO SOME ELECTIVES. ELEVENTH OR GRETH GRADE. 12th GRADE SEEMED LIKE THE LOGICAL PLACE THEN. SO WE ARE GOING TO START THERE. WHEN WE LOOKED AT OUR PILOTS, SOME OF THE NINTH GRADERS, IT WAS SUCH A TRANSITION TO HIGH SCHOOL AT THAT POINT, WE KIND OF FELT THAT WAS FOR US WHEN WE HAD PILOT GROUPS THAT WAS THE GROUP WE IDENTIFIED. THEN OF COURSE TALKING TO OUR COLLEAGUES IN OTHER DISTRICTS THAT WAS THEIR RECOMMENDATION WHEN THEY HAD SET OUT AND LOOKED AT IT WAS TO GO WITH THE SOPHOMORE GROUP.  

>>SO OFTEN ONCE WE ARE TRACKING DATA, IS THERE ANY WIGGLE ROOM FOR GOING BACK AND SAYING, NOW WHAT, LET'S PILOT THIS WITH 9th GRADE AND SEE IF IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN OUR GRADUATION RATES OR CAREER PLACEMENT. IS THERE A WAY TO DO THAT IN THE FUTURE? AND WHAT KIND OF SUSTAINABILITY DO WE HAVE WITH REGARD TO THE GRANT? I SEE THAT WE HAVE FUNDS FOR THIS RIGHT NOW THROUGH A PARTICULAR GRANT. IS THAT RIGHT?  

>>CORRECT.  

>>AND IS THAT APPLIED FOR EVERY YEAR?  

>>THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT UP. IT WAS ONE OF MY HIGHLIGHTS. IT'S ACTUALLY IT'S THROUGH OUR FEDERAL PURCHASE GRANT. THAT'S WHAT WILL HELP FUND THIS FOR OUR CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION STUDENTS. THEN THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION ALSO WENT OUT AND RECEIVED A $5,000 GRANT THAT THEY PARTNERED WITH US, AND THAT WILL HELP US WITH SOME OF THE TRAINING EXPENSES, SOME OF THE TRAINERS TO COME IN AND SOME OF THE DATA COLLECTION THAT WE HAVE TO DO. AND THEN THOSE GRANTS WE HOPE WILL BE THERE EVERY YEAR, WE WILL BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN IT. ONCE THE STUDENT GETS THEIR LOG-IN AND THEY CREATE THEIR OWN AVATAR AND THEY GO THROUGH THIS, THEY HAVE ACCESS TO THAT EVEN THROUGH COLLEGE. AND IF THEY EVEN WANT TO GO BACK AND TAKE ASSESSMENTS LATER IN LIFE MAYBE AS A SENIOR, AND SEE IF THERE ARE OTHER JOBS THAT MAYBE SPARKED AN INTEREST, THEY STILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THAT. WE PURCHASED ONE YEAR.  THIS WILL BE A ONE-YEAR LICENSE TO KIND OF SEE, COLLECT THAT DATA AND LOOK AT NEXT YEAR EXPANDING IF WE NEED TO. BUT WE COULD ABSOLUTELY LOOK AT SOME OTHER GRADE LEVELS IF WE HAD A SPECIFIC INSTANCE WHEREBY WE HAD A GROUP OF STUDENTS THAT WERE INTERESTED IN PILOTING THAT.  

>>AND THAT WOULD JUST BE OF INTEREST TO SEE IF IT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH 9th GRADE IMPORTANT EVEN STARTING IN 8th GRADE. AND MINER BRIGGS, YOUR PERSONALITY IS YOUR PERSONALITY. AND IT WOULDN'T MAKE MUCH DIFFERENCE THAN TAKING IT IN 10th GRADE. IT'S YOUR PERSONALITY. IT'S YOUR TALENTS THAT YOU ARE BORN WITH. SO ABOUT THE GRANT THEN. WHAT'S PLAN B? LET'S SAY THIS WORKS REALLY WELL THIS YEAR AND NEXT YEAR WE FIND THE GRANT IS NOT THERE. WHAT'S YOUR PLAN B FOR KEEPING THIS EFFECTIVE PROGRAM IN PLACE WITH WITHOUT GRANT MONEY?  

>>WE ARE PRETTY CONFIDENT, I MEAN THAT GRANT HAS BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO FUND THAT JUST ABOUT IN THE ENTIRETY. I MEAN, IF WE FIND THAT IT'S A WORTHWHILE VENTURE.  

>>THAT'S A GOOD THING TO KNOW. AND THEN THAT WAS ALREADY -- ASKED BY MRS. EDGECOMB. THOSE ARE MY QUESTIONS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. HARRIS. >>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. WHEN YOU TOOK THE TEST, ARE YOU IN THE RIGHT CAREER? (LAUGHTER).  

>>I WASN'T SCORED QUITE AS HIGH AS I WANT TO. I'M A PRETTY COMPETITIVE GUY SO THAT WAS TOUGH. I MUST ADMIT, IT WAS A LITTLE TOUGHER THAN I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE. >>Sally Harris: I HEAR YA. I WANT TO KIND OF PIGGYBACK ON WHAT MRS. SNIVELY HAD MENTIONED. I REALLY AM EXCITED TO SEE THAT WE ARE DOING THIS.  THIS IS ACTUALLY GOING TO HELP US TO, I THINK, RETAIN SOME OF OUR STUDENTS THAT MAYBE GET ON THE WRONG TRACK, AND I THINK IT'S REALLY GOING TO ANSWER A LOT OF OUR POTENTIAL DROPOUT AND CHANGING THE STATISTICS THERE. HOWEVER, I ALSO WANT TO ENCOURAGE MIDDLE SCHOOL -- MAYBE NOT NECESSARILY FOR THAT TEST, BUT LIKE A TEASER INTEREST, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT IF WE CAN GET THEM FOCUSED, AND I THINK MIDDLE SCHOOL -- I'M REALLY GETTING TO BE AN ADVOCATE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLS. AND I THINK THAT WE NEED THE CARROT TO KEEP THOSE KIDS GOING TO OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS, AND IF THEY HAD THE POTENTIAL OF TAKING THAT, GETTING EXCITED ABOUT THE TRACK THAT THEY ARE GOING TO GO INTO IN HIGH SCHOOL, IT WOULD GIVE US A GREAT DIRECTION AND WOULD GIVE THE STUDENTS MORE OPPORTUNITY JUST LIKE YOU SAID, IF WE HAVE A LOT THAT WANT TO GO INTO FIREMAN ACADEMY, THEN WE CAN PRODUCE THAT. I DID TALK TO A COUPLE OF THE ROBINSON STUDENTS, AND IT WAS FUNNY. YOU SAID IT EXACTLY:  YOU CAPTURED IT. THEY HAD NO IDEA, IN TAMPA, FLORIDA, THAT THOSE CAREERS WERE AVAILABLE. AND I THINK THAT ALONE SAYS A LOT ABOUT THE POTENTIAL THAT THIS HAS THE VALUE, BECAUSE WE ARE CONSTANTLY ASKING YOU, COMPLETE YOUR COLLEGE, GO BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY. I THINK THIS IS ANOTHER KEY THAT'S GOING TO EVEN BE COMMUNITY BASED WHERE WE ARE ACTUALLY DOING THAT FOR THE STUDENTS. SO I APPLAUD YOU. BUT I DO WANT YOU JUST TO PUT IN THE BACK OF YOUR THINKING CAP, LET'S NOT FORGET OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS, BUT THIS IS A GREAT CARROT FOR THEM AND IT REALLY MIGHT HELP THEM TO STAY IN SCHOOL, STAY FOCUSED, AND THEN MOVE INTO THE HIGH SCHOOL READY TO GO.  

>>THERE IS ANOTHER MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM WE ARE LOOKING AT. WE JUST HAVEN'T VETTED IT OUT YET. BUT WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF VETTING ONE OF THOSE OUT NOW, SEEING WHERE IT IS AND FINDING OUT SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THAT. SO THAT MAY BE COMING IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE.  

>>AWESOME. THAT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD. THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: MRS. STUART. >>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND MY QUESTIONS ARE KIND OF ALONG THE SAME LINES SO I'M THINKING DOWN THE ROAD STRATEGIC PLANNING. HOW ARE WE GOING TO TALK ABOUT -- SAY YOU HAVE A STUDENT WHO DOES THIS IN TENTH GRADE AND THEY FIND OUT THE NUMBER ONE THING THAT THEY SHOULD BE DOING IS CULINARY. THAT'S A FOUR YEAR TRACK. SO THAT'S NOT SOMETHING YOU JUMP INTO AS ARISING JUNIOR. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE DONE AT 9th GRADE BECAUSE THAT'S HOW THAT PROGRAM WORKS CURRENTLY IN THIS DISTRICT. SO I HAVE CONCERNS THERE, THAT WE MOVE THIS DOWN TO PRE9th GRADE, LATE 8th GRADE AS WE ARE DOING SCHEDULING FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND TALK TO STUDENTS ABOUT WHAT IS THEIR TRACK, SO IF THEY DO FIND SOMETHING AND WE DO HAVE A PROGRAM THAT THEY CAN MOVE INTO THAT. THE SECOND QUESTION OR COMMENT I HAVE, WHO IS GOING TO BE MANAGING THIS? IS THIS MANAGED OUT OF GUIDANCE SERVICES OR INDIVIDUALLY MANAGED BY THE STUDENT AND THEIR TEACHER?  

>>IT'S GOING TOB A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN ALL THREE OF US, CAREER EDUCATION, WORKING WITH THE REALLY THE CAREER COUNSELORS AND WORKING WITH OUR SCHOOLS AS THEY IMPLEMENT EACH ONE OF THESE. SO IT'S NOT NECESSARILY A DUMP THIS OAT GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, ONE ONE MORE THING FOR THOSE INDIVIDUALS TO DO. FOR US IT'S REALLY MORE OF A TOOL TO HELP THEM. YOU KNOW, THAN JUST SAY, OKAY, WE ARE GOING TO BUY THIS, WALK AWAY NOW. SO OUR STAFF WILL BE WORKING HAND IN HAND WITH THOSE INDIVIDUALS.  

>>SO BASED ON THAT, I AM CURIOUS THEN HOW WE ARE GOING TO TRACK THE PROGRAMMING AND THE USAGE OF THIS, BECAUSE WE HAVE A PROGRAM THAT WE JUST RECENTLY STOPPED PURCHASING BECAUSE IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WE ROLLED OUT, IT WASN'T BEING USED, VERY SIMILAR, GO ON STUDENT-LED, PUSH BY GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, KIND OF LOOK AT WHAT SCHOOLS THEY COULD GO TO AND EXPLORE, BUT NO ONE WAS REALLY USING IT. SO I AM VERY INTERESTED IN HOW WE ARE GOING TO TRACK PROGRESS, HOW WE ARE GOING TO TRACK THE NUMBER OF KIDS GETTING ON, HOW STUDENTS AND GUIDANCE COUNSELORS AND CAREER COUNSELORS ARE USING THIS. IF WE ARE GOING TO BUY IT, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO ACTUALLY USE IT AND IT'S GOING TO BE BENEFICIAL FOR THE STUDENTS THAT ARE USING IT, BUT FOR THE DISTRICT AS A WHOLE. SO I AM CURIOUS ABOUT HOW WE ARE GOING TO TRACK THAT INFORMATION. AND ACCESS. I THINK ACCESS NEEDS TO START EARLIER. I THINK 10th GRADE, I'M NOT SURE. DID WE DO ANY PILOTING WITH ANY YOUNGER STUDENTS?  

>>WE DIDN'T, BUT SOME OTHER DISTRICTS DID. AND ONE OF THE QUESTIONS IS THE ACTUAL -- THE QUESTIONS ARE PRETTY DIFFICULT. SO I THINK WHEN YOU GO AND READ THE MAP, YOU READ THE DIFFERENT QUESTIONS AND THINGS THAT THEY ARE GATHERING, YOU START TALKING ABOUT 7th, 8th GRADE, YOU HAVE GOT SOME GROUP OF STUDENTS WHO WILL PROBABLY BE COMFORTABLE DOING THAT BUT I DON'T NOBODY THAT IT WILL BE FOR THE MAJORITY OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS. THAT'S WHY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE ACTUAL QUESTIONS, IT'S NOT JUST PICK A CAREER, WHICH CAREER DOCK YOU LIKE? IT'S REALLY BIG. SO IT'S MUCH DEEPER TYPE OF EQUATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS. I FORGET THE WORD.  ANYWAY, THAT'S WHY THEY WENT FOR THAT MORE AGE APPROPRIATE GROUP.  

>>AND I AM FAMILIAR, IT AT LEAST EXPOSEES STUDENTS TO OTHER THINGS OUT THERE.  THIS IS NOT JUST FOR THEIR TRACK BUT FOR POST-SECONDARY AS WELL. IF WE ARE LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD, NOT TODAY, NOT NEXT YEAR, BUT DOWN THE ROAD AND USING THIS AS A HIGH SCHOOL PLANNING TRACKER, PLANNER FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE COMING IN AND MOLDING WHAT WE OFFER AS A DISTRICT AFTER -- WE CAN'T OFFER EVERYTHING. OBVIOUSLY, WE CAN'T OFFER EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING TO BE EXPLORED IN THIS PROGRAM. SO HOW DO WE MODEL OR MIMIC WHAT IS COMING OUT WHAT STUDENTS ARE ACTUALLY SELECTING, THAT IS UPON TENSIONALLY GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY, AND IS HERE LOCAL, BUT TRACKING WHAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY CHOOSING, AND HOW AND WHERE THEY ARE ENDING UP. SO DOWN THE ROAD, OBVIOUSLY. >>April Griffin: I WAS GOING TO CALL ON MRS. EDGECOMB FIRST. >>Doretha Edgecomb: I THINK YOU REFERRED TO IT, YOU TALKED ABOUT THE COMPLEXITY AND THE DIFFICULTY. WHAT ABOUT OUR STRUGGLING READERS? HOW DOES THIS PROVIDE FOR US VALID INFORMATION IF YOU TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT ITS COMPLEX, THAT REQUIRES THINKING. HOW DO WE SUPPORT OUR STRUGGLING READERS, THE BE VERY KIDS THAT I AM CONCERNED ABOUT, THAT I HOPE WILL FIND WITHIN THEMSELVES THEIR OWN TALENTS AND GIFTS AND THEIR INTEREST. HOW ARE WE GOING TO SUPPORT THEM THROUGH THIS EXERCISE?  

>>SPECIFICALLY, WHAT WE'LL DO IS WE'LL REACH OUT TO THE OTHER DISTRICT,KIND FIND OUT HOW THEY HAVE DONE IT. IT IS SELF-PACED. THERE ARE PICTURES. THERE ARE SEVERAL ONES WHERE THERE ARE PICTURES AND YOU HAVE TO IDENTIFY COMMON COMPONENTS AND GROUPS. I MAY BE WEAK IN A SKILL, MATH MAY NOT BE MY STRENGTH, BUT I MAY BE STRONG IN A COUPLE OF OTHER SKILLS. AND THAT MAY COME THROUGH IN ASSESSMENTS. IT'S JUST BECAUSE THERE'S A LANGUAGE DOESN'T MEAN I AM NOT SMART AND I CAN'T DO THE MATH AND PICTURES. AND I AM ABLE TO PIECE THEM TOGETHER VERY QUICKLY. I THINK THAT AS WE GO THROUGH WILL DIFFERENTIATE ITSELF OUT. BUT WE ALSO REACH OUT TO OUR DISTRICTS AND DOUBLE CHECK AND SEE IF THERE WAS ANYTHING THEY DID. >>Doretha Edgecomb: I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. BECAUSE IF WE WANT THIS TO BE A REAL TOOL THAT WE ARE GOING TO USE -- IN SOME REAL WAY TO BENEFIT STUDENTS, WE HAVE TO HELP EVERY -- IF WE ARE GOING TO USE THIS INFORMATION, AND I AM GOING TO LET MR. EAKINS TALK. BUT I WASN'T SURE. MAYBE YOU WANT TO THINK ABOUT THIS. AND OTHER DISTRICTS MAY HAVE ALREADY. THIS MIGHT BE A QUESTION HOW YOU ENGAGE PARENTS. HOW DO YOU GET THOSE RESULTS? BECAUSE THE MESSAGE NEEDS TO GET HOME TON PARENTS, TOO.  IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT KIDS MAKING SOME DECISIONS BUT, YOU KNOW, THEY TALK ABOUT FOUGHT PLANNING, YOU KNOW, FINANCIAL PLANNINGS, CAREER TRACK AS FAR AS WHAT HAPPENS POST-SECONDARY, THAT KIND OF THING. SO I THINK WE HAVE GOT TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE PARENTS A CRITICAL PIECE OF THIS CONVERSATION. SO THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. EAKINS? >>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MR. BROOKS. I WANT TO SEE THE SCORE, BY THE WAY, JUST SO YOU KNOW. (LAUGHTER) IN A, I APPRECIATE YOU GOING. YOU DID A REALLY NICE JOB KIND OF TALKING ABOUT THE INTENTIONALITY BEHIND THE SELECTION. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THIS ALL STARTED ON MY VERY FIRST DAY AS ACTING SUPERINTENDENT. I WAS AT ROBINSON AND WE WERE DOING AROUND TABLE WITH SOME OF THE LOCAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND TALKING TO A SENIOR WHO WAS GOING OFF TO AN IVY LEAGUE SCHOOL AND I ASKED HER THE QUESTION, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO MAJOR IN? AND SHE SAID ENGINEERING. AND OBVIOUSLY SHE'S GOING TO BE GOOD AT IT. I SAID HAVE YOU EVER CONNECTED ANYWHERE IN TAMPA WITH ANY OF THE ENGINEERING COMPANIES HERE? SHE SAID IN A, I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT MIGHT BE AVAILABLE HERE. THAT KIND OF SPARKED THE THOUGHT. IF A STUDENT IS GOING TO GRADUATE VALEDICTORIAN AT ROBINSON MAY NOT KNOW THE TYPE OF WORKPLACES OUT HERE AROUND THEM, I HAVE A FEELING THAT THERE'S A LOT OF OTHER STUDENTS HOP MAY NOT BE AWARE OF THAT. SO ENTER MR. BROOKS' WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS. WHAT I WANT TO FOCUS ON FOR A MINUTE, WE TALKED ABOUT HOW OUR COUNSELORS, NOT JUST ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO BUT HOW DO WE HELP YOU GET THERE, YOU KNOW, THROUGH PROGRAMMING, THROUGH BETTER INFORMATION ABOUT POST-SECONDARY SO THEY DON'T GET INTO THIS ISSUE, THEY GO TO POST-SECONDARY AND THEY GRADUATE AND THEY DON'T HAVE A CAREER THEY ARE CONNECTED W.WE WANT THEM CONNECTED SO WHEN THEY DO WALK ACROSS THE STAGE AND GET THAT DIP LOTTERY NUMBER, A NOT JUST SHAKE THEIR HAND BUT SAY WHAT'S NEXT? AND THEY WILL KNOW BECAUSE THEY ARE ON THIS VERY INTENTIONAL PATH. THE OTHER PART THAT WE HAVEN'T TALKED ABOUT TONIGHT IS WE HAD THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY. SCOTT IS ALL ABOUT WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS. SO THE WORKFORCE COMMUNITY NOW, WE NOW WILL HAVE DATA ROUND ALL OF OUR STUDENTS, AFTER THIS ASSESSMENT, THAT WILL SHOW THE CAREER PATHS THAT OUR STUDENTS THAN AT WHARTN HIGH SCHOOL, I SEE OLYMPIAN WOODS BACK THERE, OR OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS, ARE LEANING FOR WITH REGARD TO THEIR FUTURE. WE HAVE OTHER BUSINESSES COMING TO THEM SAYING WE WANT TO HELP, WHAT CAN WE DO? HOW CAN YOUR COMPANY REALLY HELP US? YOU KNOW, THIS STARTS THE CONVERSATION TO ALLOW OUR STUDENTS TO BECOME THE FUTURE WORKFORCE IN THE TAMPA BAY REGION. AND THAT'S REALLY ANOTHER PIECE TO THIS THAT ULTIMATELY WILL COME OUT OF THISIT'S NOT JUST TH IN SCHOOL. IT'S CONNECTING THEM TO WHAT THEIR FUTURE HOLD FOR THEM. THUS FUTURE PLANS. >>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY. >>Melissa Snively: AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THAT CONCEPT. I AM GOING PLAY THE DEVIL'S ADVOCATE FOR JUST ONE SECOND. SO I'M A PARENT WHO THINKS THAT MY SON IS GOING TO BE A BRAIN SURGEON. AND MY SON TAKES THE ASSESSMENT AND DECIDES HE IS NOT INTERESTED IN BEING A BRAIN SURGEON. HE'S INTERESTED IN BEING AN ENGINEER OR CONSTRUCTION WORKER, WHATEVER. NOT A BRAIN SURGEON. HOW ARE WE GOING TO MANAGE EXPECTATIONS SO THE PARENTS DON'T THINK WE ARE TRYING TO PIGEON HOLE THE STUDENTS INTO CAREERS THAT MAY NOT BE WHAT THEIR PARENTS EXPECT OF THEM? I THINK THAT'S REALISTIC. I THINK YOU ARE GOING TO GET A LITTLE BIT OF THAT FROM PARENTS. SO HOW DO WE MANAGE THANK SO WE CAN SHOW THEM, THAT WE ARE TRYING TO OPEN A WORLD, WE ARE TRYING TO OPEN A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY FOR THESE STUDENTS. AND LIKE MRS. EDGECOMB SAID ABOUT ENGAGING FAMILY, MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE WITH THE FAMILY, ENGAGING THE FAMILY SO THEY UNDERSTAND WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER AS A TEAM. AND IT'S NOT US AGAINST YOU. WITH YOUR STUDENT STUCK IN BETWEEN.  

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  SO I THINK REAL WORLD EXAMPLES OF HOW THAT HAPPENS AND WITH SOME OF THE STUDENTS COMING BACK INTO CHANGING CAREERS IS PRETTY COMMON NOW. IT'S NOT LIKE SEVERAL YEARS AGO WHEN YOU WENT TO WORK FOR ONE COMPANY YOU STAYED THERE TILL YOU RETIRED. THAT'S A LITTLE MORE COMMON NOW WITH GENERATIONS OF STUDENTS. SO WE'LL WORK ON THAT. >>Melissa Snively: ALONG THE LINES OF WHAT MRS. STUART SAID, NOT THAT WE ARE GOING TO DUMP MORE ON GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, BUT LET ME TELL YOU, I THINK OF THIS IS ONE ITEM THEY WOULD LIKE TO BE DUMPED ON, TAKE OFF CAFETERIA DUTIES AND PROCTORING EXAMS OR SOME OTHER WORK. SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE SOMEPLACE FOR THE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS TO BE IN THESE CONVERSATIONS SO THAT EVERYBODY IS ON THE SAME PAGE. AND THAT'S MY MAIN CONCERNING IS MAKING SURE WE AREN'T ADDING MORE TO THE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS-PLATE BUT ACTUALLY GIVING SOMETHING THAT THEY WANT TO DO. BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT THEY CAME ON FOR. THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. THEY WANT TO HAVE THESE CONVERSATIONS WITH STUDENTS. THESE ARE THE TYPES OF CONVERSATIONS THEY WANT TO HAVE.  

>>ONE OF THE COUNSELORS THAT WE SPOKE TO SAID THE NATIONAL AVERAGE FOR COUNSELORS TON STUDENTS IS 500 TO 1. SO THEY DON'T ALWAYS GET OPPORTUNITY TO DO A LOT OF THE COUNSELING THEY LOVE. SO I THINK WHAT THEY SEE THIS AS A TOOL TO HELP THEM, NOT KIND OF PULL THEM AWAY, BUT TO GIVE THEM MORE RESOURCES BECAUSE THEIR TIME TIME IS SO VALUABLE, TO KIND OF ARM THEM WITH SOME RESOURCES TO HELP OUR STUDENTS. >>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: I PATIENTLY WAITED FOR EVERYBODY ELSE TO TALK ON THIS AGENDA ITEM. THIS IS AN EXCITING ONE. I DO LIKE THE IDEA OF LOOKING AT SOMETHING, MAYBE NOT THIS. THIS MIGHT BE ANOTHER INVESTMENT THAT WE MAKE IN THE FUTURE. INTO SOMETHING AT THE EARLIER LEVELS TO HELP OUR STUDENTS KIND OF GUIDE THEM DOWN THEIR PATH. AND I DO NOT WANT TO SEE THIS GO TO THE WAYSIDE LIKE THE -- WHAT WAS IT WHERE THEY HAD TO PICK THEIR MAJORS. HOW LONG DID THAT LAST?  WAS THAT A YEAR? ONE TERM? YOU KNOW, I THOUGHT THE CONCEPT WAS A GOOD CONCEPT. AND I WAS EXCITED ABOUT WHAT THE POSSIBILITIES THAT THAT COULD OPEN UP BECAUSE IT STARTED A CONVERSATION AROUND WHAT A STUDENT'S STRENGTHS WERE, AND COMING FROM A STRENGTHS PERSPECTIVE ON THAT, BUT THAT WENT TO THE WAYSIDE AFTER A LOT OF MONEY WAS SPENT ON THAT. SO I WANT TO. MOTION MAKER:  SURE THAT THIS IS SUSTAINABLE. WE NEED TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT WE DO TO MAKE SURE THIS IS SUSTAINABLE. AND I DO LIKE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT IT BEING EARLIER. AND PART OF WAITING UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE AS EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT YOUR POINTS, BUT IT'S A GOOD POINT THAT HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THOSE DISAPPOINTMENTS WITH NOT ONLY THE STUDENTS. I MEAN, IF I WERE TO TAKE IT, IT WOULD TELL ME I WANT TO BE A TRUST FUND BABY BUB THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. HERE I AM WORKING. SO AT THE END OF THE DAY WE ARE GOING TO HAVE PEOPLE WHO IDEAS. STUDENTS WHO IDEAS ABOUT WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. PARENTS WHO IDEAS ABOUT WHAT THEY WANT THEIR CHILD TON DO. AND THAT MATE NOT BE WHAT THEIR STRENGTHS ARE. SOMEBODY MIGHT NOT BE A BRAIN SURGEON. THEY MIGHT BE SOMEONE WHO ENDS UP WORKING WITH THEIR HANDS. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS TELLS THEM TO DO. SO, YOU KNOW, HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THAT? AND I THINK PART OF THAT -- AND MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I THINK THIS IS GOING TO COME INTO A FUNDING ISSUE, TOO. WE ARE TURNING A CORNER WHEN IT COMES TO CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. THANK GOODNESS THAT PENDULUM IS FINALLY SWINGING. AND IT'S NO LONGER A BAD THING TO SAY THAT MY CHILD IS AT A CAREER AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE, OR MY CHILD IS GOING TO BE A FERRET, OR MY CHILD IS GOING TO BE A MECHANIC, BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY IF WE SHOW THEM THE MONEY AND THIS IS WHAT I THINK WE NEED TO ATTACH TO THE POINT OF HOW DO WE DEAL WITH THOSE FRUSTRATIONS?  I KNOW WHEN YOU BECOME A FIREMAN AFTER -- OKAY, SO IT'S EMT SCHOOL AND THEN FIRE ACADEMY SO IT'S OVERALL NINE MONTHS OF EDUCATION? AND HOW MUCH IN MONEY TO SPEND ON IT? ABOUT 5,000, $6,000 TOTAL. YOU GRADUATE FROM. THAT AND WHEN YOU GET YOUR JOB YOU WALK IN MAKING WHAT A TEACHER MAKES AFTER GOING TO SCHOOL FOR FOUR YEARS. AND THEN SOME, YOU KNOW. AND ALL OF THE CERTIFICATION, TESTING AND ALL OF THAT. SO I THINK JUST AS AN EXAMPLE, BUT WHEN WE ATTACH THE SALARY SCHEDULES TO SOME OF THESE. SO I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE DONE THAT ALREADY OR NOT. BUT GETTING WITH THE INDUSTRY IN THIS AREA SO IT'S COMPARABLE TO WHAT THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RESIDENTS ARE MAKING IN THOSE PARTICULAR INDUSTRIES. ATTACHING INDUSTRY SALARY TO THAT, BECAUSE WHEN YOU SHOW SOMEONE, A MECHANIC, AT BMW, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE BIG DEALERS, THEY MAKE $80,000 A YEAR. THAT'S NOT A BAD LIVING. SO IF WE CAN ATTACH THAT, I THINK OF THAT WOULD BE REALLY GOOD. AND WHAT WHAT WE CAN DO AS A BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT TO SUPPORT THAT, PLEAS LET US KNOW BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. BUT I THINK THAT ALONG WITH REACHING OUT TO THOSE BUSINESSES AND ASKING FOR THE MENTORSHIPS, THE INTERNSHIPS, TOO, BECAUSE THAT'S THE BIG, BIG PROBLEM THAT I HAVE HEARD, IS THAT THAT'S THAN THE LINK THAT'S REALLY, REALLY MISS HAD GONE, ARE THOSE INTERNSHIPS FOR OUR STUDENTS WHEN THEY ARE GOING THROUGH ONE OF OUR CAREER PATHWAY PROGRAMS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. AND, YOU KNOW, PART MUCH LEARNING WHAT YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP IS LENGTH LEARNING JUAN DON'T WANT TO BE. THIS MUCH I HAVE HEARD A LOT OF STUDENTS SAY THEY WANT TO BE A DOCTOR, OR NURSE OR SOMETHING IN THE MEDICAL FIELD, AND THEN WHEN THEY WENT THROUGH ALL HIGH SCHOOL, WENT DOWN THAT PATH, AFTER GRADUATION, STARTED COLLEGE, AND THEN REALIZED THAT THEY DON'T LIKE BLOOD. AND THEN THEY ARE LIKE, WHAT DO I DO NOW? BECAUSE THEY HAVE INVESTED SO MUCH AND NOW THEY HAVE TO GO A DIFFERENT PATH. SO HELPING THE STUDENTS BEFORE THEY GET TO THAT POINT I THINK IS ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL. AND I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS. THANK YOU. BUT LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO AT THE EARLIER STAGES TO MAYBE ASSESS INTEREST, MAYBE NOT GOP SO FAR AS THIS, AND MAYBE NOT BE AS IN-DEPTH AND DIFFICULT AS THIS BUT TO LOOK AT SOME SORT OF INTEREST INVENTORY WITH OUR STUDENTS. AND IT IS 501. AND I AM GOING TO STOP THIS RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU. I TALKED TWO SECOND LONGER. ALL RIGHT. WE ARE NOW IN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ADOPTION -- HOLD ON A SECOND -- THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE MILLAGE RATES AND THE BUDGET. AND I AM GOING TO TURN THIS OVER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT. >>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. MAY I HAVE THE POWER POINT? WE PROUDLY PRESENT TO YOU AND OUR COMMUNITY THE 2016-17 FINAL PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING TO ADOPT THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATES AND TENTATIVE BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEARS 2016-17. OUR BUDGET INCLUDES GOVERNMENTAL AND PROPRIETARY FUNDS OF THE DISTRICT. FLORIDA LAW REQUIRES THE SCHOOL BOARD TO ADOPT THE BALANCED BUDGET EACH FISCAL YEAR FOR ALL FUNDS UNDER ITS JURISDICTION. THIS INCLUDES THE GENERAL FUND, DEBT SERVICE FUND, CAPITAL OUTLAY FUND, SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS AND TAMPA LAW IS VERY SPECIFIC IN DETERMINING THE PROCESS AND TIMETABLE TO BE FOLLOWED IN ADOPTING THE BUDGET. AND AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAX RATES BY LAW THE SCHOOL BOARD MUST CONDUCT TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE PROPOSED BUDGET AND MILLAGE RATES. JUST A REMINDER REGARDING ARTICLE 9 SECTION 1 OF THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION THE EDUCATION OF CHILDREN IS A FUNDAMENTAL VALUE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IS THEREFORE A PAR A RANT MOUNT DUTY OF THE STATE TO MAKE ADEQUATE PROVISION FOR THE ALL CHILDREN RESIDING WITHIN ITS BORDERS, ADEQUATE PROVISION SHALL BE MADE BY LAW FOR A UNIFORM, SUFFICIENT, SAFE, SKEW FORM OF EDUCATION THAT ALLOWS STUDENTS TO OBTAIN A HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION. THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL CHARGED WITH THE DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO APPRAISE ALL OF THE PROPERTY IN THE COUNTY. THIS INCLUDES REAL ESTATE AND TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY SUCH AS THE EQUIPMENT, MACHINERY AND FIXTURES OF BUSINESSES. THE PROPERTY APPRAISER PREPARES THE TAX ROLL BUT DOES NOT COLLECT TAXES OR DETERMINE TAX RATES. IN ADDITION TO APPRAISING PROPERTY THE PROPERTY APPRAISER MUST ADMINISTRATOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS, AGRICULTURAL CLASSIFICATIONS, DETERMINE THE ELIGIBILITY OF CERTAIN RELIGIOUS, CHARITABLE, EDUCATIONAL AND MUNICIPAL PROPERTY FOR TAX EXEMPTION AS WELL AS ADMINISTRATOR WIDOW, WIDOWERS AND DISABILITY EXEMPTIONS. THE PROPERTY APPRAISER ALSO MAINTAINS CURRENT AND UP-TO-DATE OWNERSHIP TAX MAPS OF ALL THE REAL PROPERTY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THE TRUTH IN MILLAGE OR TRIPLE PROTEST INFORMS TAXPAYERS AND THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS TO DETERMINE LOCAL AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES. THE TRUTH IN MILLAGE TRIM LEGISLATION WAS ENACTED IN 1980 AND REQUIREMENTS ARE DETAILED UNDER SECTION 200.56 OF FLORIDA STATUTES THAT DICTATES THE NEWSPAPER NOTICE REQUIREMENTS, FORM, SIZE AND PLACEMENT OF BUDGET ADVERTISEMENT. IT MUST BE ADVERTISED IN A NEWSPAPER OF GENERAL PAY CIRCULATION IN THE COUNTY OR GEOGRAPHICALLY LIMITED INSERT OF THE NEWSPAPER. ADDITIONALLY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ORDER OF BUSINESS DURING THE BUDGET HEARINGS IS ALSO MANDATED. SO WHAT IS TRIM? TRIM IS 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 THE LOCAL TRIM PROCESS USED TO LEVY AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAXES. THE TRIM LEGISLATION WAS ENACTED TO REDIRECT TAXPAYERS CONCERNS OVER RISING TAXES FROM THE PROPERTY APPRAISER WHO DOES NOT CONTROL THE LEVYING OF TAXES TOWARD THE GOVERNMENTAL TAXING AUTHORITIES THAT DO SET THE TAX RATES. THE TRUTH IN MILLAGE OR TRIM NOTICE INDICATES WHAT YOUR PROPERTY, PROPOSED PROPERTY TAXES ARE VALES VALUED AT. IT IDENTIFIES TAXING AUTHORITIES AND ANY EXEMPTIONS ON YOUR PROPERTY. EACH PROPERTY OWNER HAS 25 DAYS FROM THE MAILING DATE OF THE 2016 TRIM NOTICE TO FILE AN APPEAL OF YOUR EVALUATION OR EXEMPTION STATUS. FLORIDA LAW PROVIDES SPECIFIC EXEMPTIONS TO REDUCE THE VALUE OF PROPERTY SUBJECT TO TAXATION. THE COMPLETE LIST CAN BE FOUND ON THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISERS' WEBSITE. WHAT IS THE ROLLBACK RATE? THE ROLL BACK RATE IS THE MILLAGE RATE THAT WOULD RAISE THE SAME AMOUNT OF REVENUE A AS LAST YEAR. FLORIDA STATUTE 200 .065 STATES WHEN THE CURRENT PROPOSED MILLAGE RATES EXCEED THE ROLLED BACK RATE THE LEGAL FISS ADVERTISEMENT MUST BE A NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE. PLEASE REMEMBER 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 TAXES. AGAIN, THE ONLY WAY A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CITIZEN WILL BE PAYING MORE IN SCHOOL BOARD TAX HE IS LBS. IF YOUR LAND AND/OR PROPERTY IS VALUED HIGHER THIS YEAR THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016 IS 6.9060. THIS IS 0.256745% MORE THAN THE ROLLBACK RATE OF 6.8700. JUST AS A POINT OF NOTE, LAST YEAR'S MILLAGE RATE WAS 7.24370 WHICH IS A DECREASE OF .3411 FROM LAST YEAR. THE ROLLBACK RATE IS THE NEW YEAR TAX LEVY AFTER VALUE OF NEW CONSTRUCTION IS DEDUCTED PRODUCE THE SAME AMOUNT OF REVENUE AS THE PREVIOUS YEAR IF APPLIED TO THIS YEAR'S TAX ROLL. IN 2016 THE PROPERTIES VALUED IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ARE CERTIFIED AT 86,000,000,673 MILL 3,770,401 DOLLARS. THE ROLLBACK RATE EQUALS 6.8700 AND WOULD GENERATE LOCAL DOLLARS OF 5383 MILLION 9,144 DOLLARS. ADDITIONALLY BASED ON THE PROPERTY VALUES THAT REQUIRE LEGISLATIVE MILLAGE RATE IS 6.9060 AND WOULD GENERATE LOCAL DOLLARS OF $5,774,591,008. THE PROPERTIES VALUED IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAVE INCREASED THIS YEAR BY APPROXIMATELY 6.2 BILLION. DUE TO THE REQUIRED LEGISLATIVE MILLAGE RATE BEING MORE THAN THE ROLLBACK RATE, WE DO HAVE A TAX INCREASE. THE PROPERTY TAX REFUSE I OF MILLAGE RATE, PROPERTY TAX LEVY OF ONE DOLLAR PER $1,000 OF PROPERTY TAX VALUE EQUALS A MILL. A MILL IS ONE TENTH OF ONE CENT. A ONE MILL LEAVE IPSA APPROXIMATE TAX OF ONE DOLLAR PER 1,000 OF ASSESSED VALUATION OF PROPERTY. FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE STATE TO RECEIVE FUNDING IN THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM, THEIR SCHOOL BOARDS MUST LEVY THE FULL AMOUNT OF THE STATE REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT. OR THE RLE MILLAGE RATE. BY PARTICIPATING IN THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM, OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WILL RECEIVE 1,000,000,505 MILLION, 533 DOLLARS F.THE STATE REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT MILLAGE RATE DOES NOT PASS TONIGHT OUR DISTRICT WOULD GENERATE $449,314,752, IN LOCAL DOLLARS AND NOT RECEIVE THE ADDITIONAL $1,056,421,781. 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 RATE TO SCHOOL FUNDING FOR THE 2016-17 FISCAL YEAR IS 6.39060 MILLS.  THIS MILLAGE WILL GENERATE DOLLARS FOR THE GENERAL OPERATING FUND AND CAPITAL OUTLAY FUNDS AS WE WILL DISCUSS FURTHER THE MILLAGE RATES ARE DETERMINED BY THE FLAP LEGISLATURE. BASED ON THE 2016 TAX ROLL PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE AND CERTIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION ON JULY 15th, 2016, THIS SLIDE IS A SUMMARY OF THE MILLAGES TO BE LEVIED ON THE 2016 TAX ROLL FOR THE 2016-2017 FISCAL YEAR. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT MILLAGE IS COMPRISED OF THE GENERAL OPERATING MILLAGE, DEBT SERVICE MILLAGE AND CAPITAL OUTLAY MILLAGE. THE PROPOSED TOTAL MILLAGE RATE RELATED TO SCHOOL FUNDING FOR 2016-17 FISCAL YEAR IS AS I SAID 6.39060 MILLS WHICH REPRESENTS AN DECREASE OF .3410 MILLS FROM LAST SCHOOL YEAR'S 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 THE PRELIMINARY BUDGET. ON JULY 1, THIS AMOUNT IS RECALCULATED AND BECOMES THE RATE THE SCHOOL BOARD MUST LEVY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FPFP. THE SCHOOL BOARD CANNOT LEVY MORE THAN THE RATES CALCULATED IN THE STATE REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT MILLAGE RATE. THE HOW ARE MY TAXES COMPUTED?  THE TAXABLE VALUE OF A HOMEOWNER'S PROPERTY EQUALS THE ASSESSED VALUE AS DETERMINED BY THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY APPRAISERS OFFICE LESS THE 25,000 HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION IF APPLICANT. YOUIST MUST FILE YOUR PETITION WITHIN 25 DAYS OF THE TRIM NOTICE FLOORED FOR YOUR PETITION TO BE HEARD BY THE EVALUATION ADJUSTMENT BOARD. ANOTHER QUESTION THAT COMES UP IS WHAT IS A HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION? A HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION IS PROBABLY THE MOST COMMON TAX EXEMPTION. IT REDUCES FROM THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY AN TAMIAMI TRAIL THAT SHOULD NOT BE TAXED IF YOU 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 CITIZEN 200 THAT YOU HOME AFTER THE DEDUCTION OF THE $2ndAND THOUSAND HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION HAS A TAXABLE VALUE OF CITIZEN 175,000 AND WILL PAY 17,208.0575 OF AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAX TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RELATED TO SCHOOL FUNDING. THIS SAP DECREASE OF $59.67 OVER LAST YEAR. IF YOU THINK THE MARKET VALUE SHOWN ON YOUR TRIM OR TRUTH IN MILLAGE NOTE IS NOT CORRECT YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT THE PROPERTY APPRAISERS OFFERS AND SPEAK REQUEST A REPRESENT WHO WILL BE ABLE TO SHOW YOU THE INFORMATION THAT WAS USED TO DETERMINE YOUR PROPERTY'S VALUE. YOU MAY FILE A PETITION FOR VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD REVIEW. THE BUDGETARY ACCOUNT OF THE DISTRICT ARE GROUPED INTO FUNDS IN ACCORDANCE WITH GENERALLY ACCEPTED CONTRIBUTING PRINCIPALS AND STANDARD PRESCRIBED BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. THE FINANCIAL AND PROGRAM COST ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING FOR FLORIDA SCHOOLS MANUAL HAS ESTABLISHED A MODIFIED A CRUEL BASIS OF ACCOUNTING AS THE STANDARD FOR GOVERNMENTAL FUND BUDGETING AND REPORTING. ALL FLORIDA SCHOOL DISTRICTS MUST ADHERE TO THIS BASIS. THE BUDGET CONTAINS INFORMATION FOR EACH OF THE FUNDS OR FUND GROUPS OF THE DISTRICT FOR WHICH A BUDGET MUST BE ADOPTED. BUDGETARY CONTROL IS MAINTAINED AT THE FUNCTION OBJECT LEVEL. AS WITH ANY PROJECTION, HOWEVER, CHANGES TO APPROPRIATIONS ARE NECESSARY IN ORDER TO MEET CRITICAL NEEDS AS THEY ARE IDENTIFIED. THEREFORE, BUDGET AMENDMENTS ARE PREPARED ON A MONTHLY BASIS AND SUBMITTED TO THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR APPROVAL. THE PROPOSED BUDGET FISCAL YEAR 2016-17 YEAR IS AS FOLLOWS. THE GENERAL OPERATING FUND IS 1,802,747,186.23. THIS SERVES A A DAILY OPERATING FUND FOR THE DISTRICT. THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR THE GENERAL FUND OR OPERATING BUDGET IS THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM. THE REVENUES ARE GENERATED FROM STATE SALES TAX AND LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES. DAILY OPERATING COSTS SUCH AS PERSONNEL, SALARIES AND BENEFITS FOR OUR OVER 25,000 PERMANENT EMPLOYEES, TEXTBOOKS, SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS, TRANSPORTATION, UTILITIES, ARE REFLECTED IN THIS FUND. THE SPECIAL NEW FUND IS $339,731,642.38 AND IS USED TO ACCOUNT FOR THE PROCEEDS OF SPECIFIC REVENUE SOURCES THAT LEGALLY RESTRICTIVE OR COMMITTED TO EXPENDITURES FOR SPECIFIC PURPOSES. THE DISTRICT USES THESE FUNDS TO ACCOUNT FOR THE SCHOOL FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES PROGRAM AND TO ACCOUNT FOR FUNDS RECEIVED FROM FEDERAL SOURCES THAT USED FOR SPECIFIC EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS ADMINISTERED BY THE DISTRICT. THE DEBT SERVICE FUND IS 205,657,330.48. AND IS USED TO ACCOUNT FOR THE ACCUMULATION OF RESOURCES FOR AND PAYMENT OF GENERAL LONG-TERM DEBT PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST. THESE DOLLARS ARE GENERATE FROM STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION BOND ISSUES, TRANSFERS FROM THE CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND, COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX COLLECTIONS AND MOTOR VEHICLE REVENUE BONDS. THE CAPITAL OUTLAY FUND IS 251 YOU KNOW, 761 AND INCLUDES SCHOOL FACILITIES IN THE RENOVATION AND/OR REMODELING OF OUR EXISTING SCHOOLS. OTHER USES OF CAPITAL FUNDS INCLUDE CAPITAL MAINTENANCE, EQUIPMENT, SITE ACQUISITION AND VEHICLES. THE CAPITAL FUNDS DOLLARS ARE GENERATED FROM BOND ISSUES, PUBLIC EDUCATION, CAPITAL OUTLAY FUNDS KNOWN AS PICO AND MILLAGE DOLLARS. THE INTERNAL SERVICE FUND IS 182,495,053.69. AND COVERS OUR HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM AND SELF-SHARD PROGRAMS FOR PROPERTY, CASUALTY LIABILITY AND WORKERS' COMPENSATION. ALL THESE FUNDS TOTALED A PROPOSED BUDGET OF 2,782,128,980.39. THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF FUNDING FOR THE GENERAL FUND ARE OPERATING BUDGET AS I SAID EARLIER IS THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM. THE REVENUES ARE GENERATED FROM STATE SALES TAX AND LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S DAILY OPERATING EXPENSES SUCH AS SALARIES AND BENEFITS MAKE UP 74% OF THE GENERAL OPERATING FUND AND NONSALARY ITEMS SUCH AS TEXTBOOKS, SUPPLIES, MATERIALS, FALL, UTILITIES, AND TECHNOLOGY TOTAL 18%. THE FUND BALANCE AND TRANSFERS EQUALS 8% OF THE DOLLARS. WITHIN THE FUND BALANCE ARE ASSIGNED AND UNASSIGNED DOLLARS. THE ASSIGNED RESTRICTED ARE DOLLARS THAT CAN ONLY BE SPENT IN AREAS SUCH AS INVENTORY, FEDERAL DOLLARS IN GRANTS, ET CETERA, OH ARE THAT HAS BEEN COMMITTED VIA PURCHASE ORDERS, CONTRACT. THE UNASSIGNED DOLLARS ARE THE DISTRICT'S CONTINGENCY FUND DOLLARS. THESE ARE THE DOLLARS WE HOLD ASIDE PER SCHOOL BOARD POLICY. THE TOTAL FUND BALANCE EQUALS $146 MILLION. THE FUND BALANCE ASSESSES THE FISCAL HEALTH OF A BUSINESS SWEAT BY EXAMINING THE ORGANIZATION'S ABILITY TO MEET UNEXPECTED DEMANDS. A HAIR PERCENTAGE OFTEN MEANS GREATER FISCAL HEALTH. THE GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION IT OR THE GFOA TYPICALLY RECOMMENDS THAT LARGE GOVERNMENT ENTITIES MAINTAIN AN UNRESERVED FUND BALANCE IN THEIR GENERAL FUNDS OF BETWEEN 5 AND 15% OR BETWEEN 1 AND 2 MONTHS OF GENERAL OPERATING EXPENSES. THE AVERAGE FUND BALANCE AROUND THE COUNTRY IS 8%. TO DEFINED FUN BALANCE ANY REMAINING DOLLARS ROLLED FORWARD FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR PLUS ALL REVENUES LESS EXPENDITURES. IN THE FISCAL YEAR 2015-16 OUR FUND BALANCE TOTAL WAS 146,074,969 OR 9.5% OF OUR BUDGET. THE FUND BALANCE INCREASED 52,101 OVER THE PREVIOUS FISCAL YEAR. TO CONTINUE OUR 5 YEAR FISCAL RECOVERY PLAN WE WILL BASE OUR FOUNDATION ON TRACKING. LEGISLATIVE MANDATES, BOTH FUNDED AND UNFUNDED, CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS, NEGOTIATED OBLIGATIONS, PROGRAM AND GRANT SUSTAINABILITY. HOW ARE WE DOING THIS? DAILY WE ARE REKLEUG MANDATES, VACANCIES, PROGRAM NEEDS AND DISTRICT LEVEL REVIEW OF EACH DEPARTMENT. ALSO UTILIZATION OF OTHER FUNDS TO COVER EXPENDITURES, TECHNOLOGY OR RIGHT SIZING OF OUR PROGRAMS. SO WHERE ARE THE DOLLARS SPENT? THE MAJOR PORTION OF OUR GENERAL FUND DOLLARS ARE COMMITTED TO SCHOOL LEVEL SERVICES, OR 96%. THIS INCLUDES CONSTRUCTION, COUNSELING, PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, MAINTENANCE, TRANSACTION. OUR CURRICULUM AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS EQUAL 2% OF THE BUDGET AND THE DISTRICT SERVICES PORTION MAKES UP 1% OF THE BUDGET AND THIS INCLUDES OUR HUMAN RESOURCES INFORMATION SERVICES AND OUR FINANCE DEPARTMENTS. FOR MORE INFORMATION CAN BE LOCATED WITHIN THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL POSITION REPORTS, THE MONTHLY BUDGET AMENDMENTS, THE DISTRICT WEBSITE, OR BY CONTACTING US. MRS. GRIFFIN, AT THIS TIME WE ARE READY TO ADJOURN THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING. (SOUNDING GAVEL). >>April Griffin: THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING IS ADJOURNED AND THE PUBLIC HEARING IS NOW OPEN. BOARD MEMBERS, ONCE THE PUBLIC COMMENTS HAVE CONCLUDED WE WILL OPEN THE FLOOR FOR BOARD MEMBER DISCUSSIONS AND COMMENTS. MR. PORTER, COULD YOU PLEASE ADDRESS SOME OF THE CONCERNS THAT WERE RAISED AT THE LAST HEARING?  

>>SURE. NOT ONLY THIS HEARING BUT THE LAST MEETING THE FIRST READING CONCERNS WERE RACED ABOUT THE PROCESS WE ARE FOLLOWING. IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT MRS. SAUNDERS PREPARES THE ADVERTISEMENT, THE PROCESS PURSUANT TO STATE LAW AND ALSO PURSUANT TO GUIDANCE FROM THAN THE STATE, PARTICULARLY THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE. MRS. SAUNDERS AND MR. GIBSON IS THE ATTORNEY FOR THE DISTRICT AND I MET WITH YOU. THE QUESTIONS THAT WERE ASKED, AND WE LOOKED AT THE SATURDAY YACHT FOR GUIDANCE FROM THE STATE. IT'S OUR UNDERSTANDING THIS IS A PROCESS THAT WE HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND IS CONSISTENT WITH THE STATE LAW. THAT IS YOU WILL HAVE ONE PUBLIC HEARING WITH TWO SEPARATE VOTES AND HEAR PUBLIC COMMENT PRIOR TO THOSE VOTES. THAT BEING SAID YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ALLOW MORE PUBLIC COMMENT IF THAT'S THE BOARD'S WILL BUT IT'S NOT LEGALLY REQUIRED. THE PROCESS THAT YOU HAVE IN PLACE IN OUR OPINION COMPLIES WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE FLORIDA STATUTE. >>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SO THE PUBLIC THAT COMES UP AND SPEAKS WILL BE SPEAKING TO BOTH THE MILLAGE AND THE PROPOSED BUDGET.  

>>UNLESS THE BOARD WISHES OTHERWISE, YES. >>April Griffin: AS WE DID LAST TIME. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ARE THERE ANY SPEAKERS TO THE PROPOSED BUDGET AND MILLAGE? MR. KLUTHO.  

>>MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. NO, YOU ARE WRONG. STATE STATUTE SAYS YOU HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE MILLAGE, AND THEN YOU HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE BUDGET. AND ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS WATCH NEXT WEEK WHEN PINELLAS COUNTY HAS THEIR FINAL HEARINGS. AND IT USED TO WORK HERE. AND THERE'S AN EXAMPLE OF WHY YOU COULDN'T POSSIBLY BE DOING A BUDGET THAT MAKES ANY SENSE. SEE, ALL THOSE LITTLE BOTTLES OF WATER THAT ARE SITTING THERE IN FRONT OF YOU? THEY ALL TAKE MORE WATER TO MAKE THAN THEY HOLD. THAT IS SICK. AND YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE WISE BUDGETARY DECISIONS? IMPOSSIBLE. I HAVE BEEN AT MORE BUDGET HEARINGS THAN YOU HAVE. AND STATE STATUTE PROP SCRIBES HOW IT WORKS. YOU HAVE ONE FOR -- PROSCRIBES HOW IT WORKS. YOU HAVE ONE FOR MILLAGE. THERE IS A VOTE TAKEN. AND THEN THERE IS A BUDGET HEARING FOR THE BUDGET. AND A VOTE TAKEN. TWO SEPARATE DISTINCT VOTES. AND I'LL BE MEETING WITH MY LAWYER. I WILL BE GOING TO THE ETHICS COMMISSION ON THE QUESTION, WILL IT BE ME OR MY LAWYER? AND THE BAR. BUT YOU PEOPLE ARE LITERALLY SCOUNDRELS. AND IT AMAZES ME, AS LONG AS SOME OF YOU HAVE BEEN SITTING HERE, THAT IN THE PAST WHEN I HAVE BEEN HERE FOR THESE HEARINGS, THAT YOU DID THESE HEARINGS AS I JUST DESCRIBED, AND TO SOMEHOW SAY YOU DON'T HAVE A MEMORY OF THEM? THAT ALSO SAYS I DON'T THINK YOU SHOULD BE IN ANY WAY RUNNING THE SCHOOL BOARD, BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN TO MANY BUDGET HEARINGS HERE, AND IT'S ONLY BEEN IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS THAT THERE'S BEEN THIS ALTERATION. BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T LIKE THAT WHEN THE ATTORNEY BEFORE THIS GUY TOOK CHARGE. FACTS ARE FACTS. I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE YOU PEOPLE. AND THE FACT STILL REMAINS THAT YOU SCAN DERED THE TAXPAYERS MONEY. THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE. IT GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON. IGNORING SCIENCE, AND, YOU KNOW, AS I SAID BEFORE, YOU HAVE THIS. (BELL SOUNDS) YOU THINK IT'S HOT. WELL, THIS IS THE ONE THAT'S COMING AT THE END OF THE CENTURY. YEAH. YOU WON'T BE AROUND BUT YOU WILL BE THIS. AND THEN WHAT WILL THE SCHOOLS THAT YOU BUILT COST? (BELL SOUNDS). >>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO.  

>>MAYHEM. >>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS? OH, I'M SO SORRY.  

>>IF ANYONE ELSE IS TO SPEAK. >>April Griffin: I'M SO SORRY. WELCOME.  

>>THANK YOU.  

>>AND IF THERE'S ANYBODY ELSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK, PLEASE COME UP TO THE LEFT.  

>>JO COLLINS, TAX PAYING, VOTING, SERIOUSLY COMMITTED TO THE EDUCATION OF OUR STUDENTS HERE IN TAMPA, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I WATCHED THE LAST MILLAGE RATE AND THE BUDGET, AND I WANTED TO WATCH TO CLEARLY UNDERSTAND SO THAT'S WHY I AM STANDING HERE BEFORE YOU TODAY. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT AMERICA SPENDS OVER 550 BILLION A YEAR ON PUBLIC ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES. I WISH I KNEW HOW MUCH THEY SPENT AT POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION. HOWEVER, THAT'S IN ONE OF THE ESTIMATES. AND ON AVERAGE IN AMERICA IT IS ALSO SUGGESTED THAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS RANGE BUT GIVE AN AVERAGE BEFORE 10,658 FOR INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS KNOWING THAT THAT VERY BASED ON THE PUPIL EXPENDITURES, BASED ON THE STATE, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND EVEN WITHIN THE DISTRICTS. ALSO LEVELS OF GOVERNMENT AS HAS BEEN SO WELL PRESENTED BY SUPERINTENDENT CONTRIBUTE, AND IF WE LOOK AT THE AVERAGE IN THE UNITED STATES, ABOUT 44% IS PROVIDED BY BOTH THE STATE AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT WITH ABOUT 12% COMING FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. IT'S CALLED GOVERNMENT AND CITIZENS ACCOUNTABILITY. THERE ARE VERY LARGE DISPARITIES IN THE AMOUNT OF FUNDING THAT SCHOOLS RECEIVE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WHICH CREATE A SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE IN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS, SPECIFICALLY HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND AS YOU AS A BOARD AND THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE STAFF TRY TO ACHIEVE THE MISSION OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THEREFORE, AS THIS IS THIS BOARD PREPARED TO PASS THIS BUDGET, AND PASS IT ONTO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE STAFF TO EXECUTE IT, LEADING OUR DISTRICT TO EDUCATE OUR YOUNG PEOPLE. I AM SIMPLY STANDING HERE TODAY TO DECLARE MY PERSONAL COMMITMENT AND RESOLUTION TO MONITOR AND TO SPEAK OUT FOR ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE AREA OF EDUCATION, TO ANSWER MY QUESTION OF ACCOUNTABILITY, WHO IS READY ON THE BOARD, WHO IS READY WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE STAFF TO TRACE THE BUDGET THAT YOU ARE GOING TO APPROVE TODAY, TO THE SCHOOL BUILDING AND TO THE CLASSROOM. AND THAT'S IMPORTANT TO ME AND PROBABLY MANY OTHER CITIZENS AS WELL I'M SURE TO YOU, BECAUSE IT'S HOW WE TAKE RESOURCES AND CONVERT IT TO SERVICE. AND TON ME THAT'S HOW WE TAKE TEACHING AND CONVERT IT TO GRADUATION. THAT'S GRADUATION TO ME, DIPLOMA, NOT A CERTIFICATE, AFFECTING STUDENTS' PERFORMANCE. SO AS YOU PREPARE TO PASS THIS BUDGET AND PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE FOR THE 2016-17 YEAR, I SUGGEST, I COMMEND, AND I LEND MY PERSONAL SUPPORT TO MAKE SURE THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD WE MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE HOLDING ALL OF OURSELVES ACCOUNTABILITY AND VETTING EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE SPEND IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ON OUR BABIES. IT'S NOT ABOUT ME. I'M JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT. UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S NOT ABOUT ANY OF YOU. YOU GUYS ARE NOT THAT IMPORTANT. IT'S ABOUT OUR BABIES THAT ARE YET UNBORN AND THOSE IN K-12 WAITING FOR US TO DO THE RIGHT THING. THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ARE THERE ANY OTHER SPEAKERS TO THE BUDGET OR THE MILLAGE? LAST CALL. ARE THERE ANY SPEAKERS TO THE BUDGET OR THE MILLAGE? ALL RIGHT. SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE BUDGET OR THE MILLAGE, PLEASE PRESS YOUR BUTTON. MRS. EDGECOMB. >>Doretha Edgecomb: MRS. COLLINS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR COMMENTARY, YOUR COMMITMENT, AND YOUR INTEREST IN HOW WE ARE EFFECTIVELY TOUCHING THE LIVES OF OUR CHILDREN BY PUTTING MONEYS AND FUNDS AND RESOURCES IN THE RIGHT PLACE FOR THE RIGHT REASONS AT THE RIGHT TIME. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR A WHILE, AND DR. VAZQUEZ ISN'T HERE. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS -- I'M BECOMING MORE AND MORE ANXIOUS -- IT'S NOT ANXIOUS -- IMPATIENT A LITTLE BIT IS HOW DO WE MAKE -- HOW ARE WE GETTING TO ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS ABOUT SOME OF THE PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES THAT WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED OVER TIME THAT ARE AFFECTING THIS, AND WHETHER WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO IMPLEMENT THEM, WHAT'S THEIR COST, AND AS WE LOOK AT SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY, WHAT THAT MIGHT COST, AND ARE WE GETTING BANG FOR THE BUCK? ARE WE GETTING WHAT WE WANT IN TERMS OF THE EXPENDITURES FOR THOSE PROGRAMS? SOME THINGS I KNOW THAT WE ARE STILL IMPLEMENTING EVEN WHEN I WAS A PRINCIPAL. MAYBE THEY ARE AFFECTED. BUT WHERE ARE WE IN MAKING SOME DETERMINATION ABOUT WHAT THINGS ARE WE GOING TO CONTINUE TO UTILIZE, WHAT THINGS ARE WE GOING TO CONTINUE TO INVESTIGATE, AND WHERE ARE WE IN THAT INVESTIGATION? >>Jeffrey Eakins: MRS. EDGECOMB, I KNOW EVERYONE IS IMPAIRMENT. I'M IMPATIENT ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS BECAUSE AS WE SAID VERY LOFTY GOALS, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE WE GET ALL OF OUR RESOURCES IN LINE. RESOURCES AREN'T JUST BOOKS AND SUPPLIES. THERE ARE PEOPLE. THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT GO INTO RESOURCES. MANY OF YOU PROBABLY ALREADY KNOW THAT AS WE HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS PROCESS, WE HAVE MADE THE ADJUSTMENTS. FOR INSTANCE, AS THIS WAS A CONVERSATION ONGOING LAST YEAR, I KNOW OUR ELEMENTARY AND TEACHING AND LEARNING DEPARTMENT WERE EVALUATING PROGRAMS, AND MADE SOME SLIGHT ADJUSTMENTS TO IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMS, RESOURCES BASED OFF OF THAT VERY ANALYSIS. OBVIOUSLY, DATA LAGS SOMETIMES SO YOU CAN'T ALWAYS MAKE THOSE DECISIONS IN REALTIME IF YOU DON'T HAVE THAT DATA. BUT CERTAINLY MAKING ADJUSTMENTS TO PROGRAMS SUCH AS TAKING ONE SNAPSHOT AT OUR OVERALL SYSTEM OF SUPPORT FOR OUR TEACHERS. THAT WAS AN ADJUSTMENT THAT WAS MADE, TO TRY TO TAKE A LOOK AT HOW WE HAD A PARTICULAR PROGRAM THAT WE IMPLEMENTED TO SUPPORT OUR TEACHERS ALL ACROSS THE DISTRICT, HOW WE MADE SOME ADJUSTMENTS, STILL TO SUPPORT ALL OF OUR TEACHERS ACROSS THE DISTRICT, BUT MAYBE DO IT IN A MORE COST EFFICIENT WAY. SO I THINK WE HAVE TO KIND OF CATEGORIZE THINGS, AND INTO SOME PROGRAMS THAT MIGHT BE MORE CORE MATERIALS, THOSE KIND OF THINGS. THEY TAKE LONGER TO MAKE THOSE KIND OF DECISIONS. OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVE TO GET A LOT OF INPUT, ANY KIND OF CORE PROGRAMS. OUR TEACHING AND LEARNING DEPARTMENT HAS MADE SOME ONGOING ADJUSTMENTS TO SOME OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL PROGRAMS OR INITIATIVES OR IMPLEMENTATIONS. WHILE WE ARE ALSO LOOKING AT OVERALL RESOURCES, HUMAN RESOURCES, AND HOW WE POSITION ALL OF OUR HUMAN RESOURCES ACROSS THE DISTRICT TO MAKE SURE ITS ALIGNED MORE TO SUPPORT OUR TEACHERS MORE DIRECTLY, TO SUPPORT OUR TEACHERS IN OUR CLASSROOMS. >>Doretha Edgecomb: AND MAYBE BECAUSE I AM A VISUAL LEARNER, WAY DON'T HAVE BEFORE ME OR HAVEN'T SEEN, AND MAYBE IT'S STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS, ARE SOME COPIES OF SOMETHING THAT GIVES A SENSE OF THAT. FOR INSTANCE, THE MENTORING AND THE PEER MENTORING. AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT. SO IT'S KIND OF LIKE, FOR INSTANCE, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S BEEN DONE ABOUT THOSE, AND THE COST SAVING, AND IS THERE SOME WAY THAT WE CAN SEE IT AND REFER TO IT? AND YOUR UPDATE CERTAINLY CAN HAVE PROVIDED US OF INFORMATION BUT TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AT IT, REVIEW IT, AND SEE IT IN SOME DOCUMENT THESE EASY IS PERHAPS WHAT I EXPECT I AM LOOKING FOR AND MAYBE THAT'S WHAT YOU ARE MOVING TOWARD. COULD YOU SPEAK TO THAT? >>Jeffrey Eakins: YES, AND THAT'S ULTIMATELY WHAT WE ARE WORKING TOWARD. I THINK SOME OF OUR REALIGNMENT, RAE ORGANIZATION, WE KIND OF HAVE BEEN SOME NEW DAI EYES ON THINGS AS WELL. THAT'S PROBABLY GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE MORE TIME TO GET THAT INFORMATION FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE MAYBE MORE NEW INTO THEIR ROLES. I THINK THAT'S ULTIMATELY WHAT WE ARE GETTING TO, MRS. EDGECOMB. WE HAVE A COMPILATION OF A LOT OF EITHER STRATEGIES OR DECISIONS THAT WE HAVE MADE TO BECOME MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE IN LINE WITH OUR RESOURCES. OBVIOUSLY BEING ABLE TO MAINTAIN THE FUND BALANCE IS KIND OF PROOF OF THAT INITIAL STEP FORWARD IN DOING. THAT BUT AS WE MOVE FORWARD, THERE'S MORE HUGE STEPS TO MAKE. BECAUSE NOW WE HAVE TO REPOSITION ALL OF THOSE RESOURCES IN ORDER TO MEET THOSE GOALS THAT THIS BOARD HAS SET WHICH ARE VERY, VERY AGGRESSIVE AND LOFTY GOALS. AND OBVIOUSLY, THAT ONE-PAGE DOCUMENT WOULD BE NICE TO PROBABLY END UP CREATING -- MAYBE MORE THAN ONE PAGE. I SEE WHERE YOU ARE GOING WITH THAT. THAT WILL BE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN EVENTUALLY PUT TOGETHER. >>Doretha Edgecomb: MY TIME IS RUNG OUT. BUT IF YOU SAY YOU ARE WORKING ON IT, THEN AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN I WILL BE LOOKING TO SEE THAT. THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: MRS. KURDELL. >>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET ME JUST EXPAND ON THAT A LITTLE BIT. BECAUSE I KNOW WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT IT FOR A LONG TIME. AND THE EXAMPLE IS THE READING PROGRAMS. YOU KNOW, WE TALK ABOUT OUR CHILDREN NOT BEING ABLE TO READ. AND THIS BOARD OVER THE YEARS HAS SAID, TELL ME WHAT READING PROGRAMS WE HAVE, TELL US HOW THEY ARE ASSESSED, AND ARE THEY PRODUCTIVE? IF WE HAVE GOT KIDS THAT CAN'T READ STILL, THEN SOMETHING IS NOT PRODUCTIVE. SO IF I WAS GOING TO START SOMEWHERE, THAT WOULD BE IT, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE WANT. YOU CAN'T DO IF THEY CAN'T READ. SO WE HAVE ASKED FOR THAT A LONG TIME. WE KNOW WE SPEND A LOT OF MONEY ON READING PROGRAMS. WE DO. I WOULD SAY TO YOU THAT MULTIPLE READING PROGRAMS ARE EFFECTIVE, BECAUSE ALL OF US LEARN IN A DIFFERENT WAY. WE SEE THAT AT THE BOARD LEVEL OBVIOUSLY. SO I WOULD HOPE, EVEN THOUGH WE ARE SHORT TIMERS, THAT YOU WOULD FIND A WAY TO DO THAT. AND START WITH READING. I MEAN, IF YOU WANT PEOPLE TO GRADUATE, AND THEY CAN'T READ BY THIRD GRADE, THEN LOOK AT THAT PART. LOOK AT THAT PART. YOU CAN TRACK THE MONEY ON THAT. I KNOW GRETCHEN CAN. WE HAVE REFINED THE SYSTEM OF REPORTING THE DOLLARS TO INCREDIBLE LEVELS. AND SO I WOULD THINK YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO ANSWER THAT QUESTION IN SHORT ORDER. >>Jeffrey Eakins: READING IS A VERY COMPLEX TOPIC. >>Carol Kurdell: YES, IT IS. >>Jeffrey Eakins: AND A LOT OF VARIABLES. AND YOU ARE RIGHT. BUT I THINK THE ONE ISSUE, WE TALK A LOT ABOUT PROGRAMS, REMEMBER, WE TEACH THE STANDARDS. STANDARDS ARE OUR CURRICULUM ACROSS THE STATE OF FLORIDA. SO IT'S HOW WE MAKE SURE THAT WHATEVER THE RESOURCES ARE THAT WE PUT INTO OUR CLASSROOMS ARE IN LINE WITH THE STANDARD. AND OF COURSE OUR TEACHERS HAVE TO BE WELL TRAINED AND WELL VERSED AND TEACHING AND UTILIZING THOSE RESOURCES. IT'S COMPLICATED SO YOU MAY END UP HAVING A TEACHER WHO USES -- TEACHERS WHO USE FOUR OR FIVE DIFFERENT RESOURCES, GET THE SAME GREAT RESULTS BECAUSE THEY KNOW HOW TO TAKE THOSE RESOURCES AND APPLY THEM TO TEACHING THE STANDARDS. AND HAVE STUDENTS BE SUCCESSFUL. I KNOW THAT IF ANY TEAM CAN DO IT, OUR TEAM IN TEACHING AND LEARNING CAN DO IT SO I KNOW MS. AGRESTA HAS YOUR SUGGESTION WRITTEN DOWN.  

>>I WOULD EXPECT THAT A TEACHER WOULD HAVE THOSE PROGRAMS IN TWO BLOCKS OR MORE, SO WHATEVER THE STUDENT NEEDS, THAT'S WASH THEY GET. BUT THAT'S ALSO, YOU KNOW, THAT THERE ARE SIX PROGRAMS THAT ARE BEING USED, AND, YOU KNOW, HAD WE KNOW WHAT THOSE COST. AND WHAT'S THE ASSESSMENT AT THE END OF THE YEAR? DID THE CHILD MAKE PROGRESS? THAT'S YOUR ASSESSMENT. YOU KNOW, IF THEY DIDN'T, THEN WHAT ABOUT THE PROGRAM THAT'S NOT WORKING? FOR ME IT'S JUST PREDICT STRICT. I KNOW THAT'S A SIMPLISTIC VIEW OF THINGS. BUT I THINK SOMETIMES THAT'S BETTER, THAT YOU JUST LOOK AT IT STRAIGHTFORWARD. AND KNOWING THAT YOU HAVE ALL THESE, YOU KNOW, CAPABILITIES IN THE TEACHERS TOOL BOX, AND OUR TEACHERS ARE WELL TRAINED. THERE'S NO DOUBT BEGUN THAT. THERE ISN'T ANY QUESTION ABOUT THAT. THEY HAVE ACCESS TO ALL OF THAT. THE QUESTION IS, WHAT'S THE ASSESSMENT AT THE END OF THE YEAR? I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT. >>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB. >>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. IT IS A COMPLEX TO INVESTIGATE AND TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS ABOUT. AND SO I DON'T WANT TO BE PRESUMPTUOUS. TALK TO ME A LITTLE BIT OR TO THE BOARD A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT THAT PROCESS LOOKS LIKE. BECAUSE MAYBE I DON'T KNOW HOW IT'S BEING DONE TO BETTER UNDERSTAND WHY AT THIS POINT WE DON'T HAVE A SENSE OF WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT, HOW WE ARE MAKING SOME DECISIONS, AND WHEN WE CAN LOOK ULTIMATELY AS NOT THE ONE-PAGE DOCUMENT, BUT I EXPECT SOMETHING THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS. SO JUST TALK ABOUT WHAT THE PROCESS THAT TEACHING AS LEARNING IS GOING TO LEAD US TO WHAT YOU ULTIMATELY THINK THE BOARD NEEDS TO HAVE. >>Jeffrey Eakins: FIRST OF ALL, OBVIOUSLY WE LOOK AT OUTCOMES. THAT'S ONE PIECE OF IT. BUT YOU HAVE TO DRILL BACK OUTCOMES TO IMPLEMENTATION AND EXECUTION, WHETHER IT'S FIDELITY OF A PROGRAM THAT YOU ARE IMPLEMENTING, TO THE TEACHER AND THE EXPERTISE THE TEACHER UTILIZES IN IMPLEMENTING OR INSTRUCTING WHETHER THEY WERE MAYBE USING A PROGRAM. MAYBE THAT PROGRAM WAS NOT IMPLEMENTED WITH GREAT IF I AT THE TIME. IT'S CONTAINED OF GOING BACK AND AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING WE HAD SOME SUPERVISORS UP HERE TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE PURCHASES. YOU KNOW, A LOT OF IT IS TAKING A LOOT AT THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS. THAT'S WHAT STARTS EVERYTHING. SO TAKING A LOOK AT THAT. I THINK YOU HAVE YOU CAN PUT THE SIX PROGRAMS AND SAY HERE ARE THE STUDENTS THAT DID IT. HERE ARE THE OUTCOMES.  THIS PROGRAM GETS BETTER BUT YOU HAVE TO REALLY GO BACK AND DIG A LITTLE DEEPER. MAYBE SOME OF THE OTHER PROGRAMS WERE REALLY WELL IMPLEMENTED IN FOUR OR FIVE SCHOOLS, BUT BECAUSE 20 OF THEM DIDN'T IMPLEMENT THEM WITH US WITH AS MUCH FIDELITY IT WASN'T AS SUCCESSFUL. SO YOU REALLY HAVE TO DO THAT LEVEL. IT'S NOT AN EASY PROCESS. BUT OUR FOLKS OBVIOUSLY TAKE A LOOK AT FINAL OUTCOMES, EXECUTION, FIDELITY OF IMPLEMENTATION, IF THAT WAS AN ISSUE THEN MAYBE IT'S NOT THE PROGRAM. MAYBE IT'S MORE OF THE TRAINING THAT NEEDS TO BE IMPLEMENTED TO HELP THAT CLASS RAM TEACHER TO GET BETTER. AND THAT'S WHY ARE PLACING THAT SYSTEM OF SUPPORT RIGHT THERE LOCALLY AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL SO THOSE TEACHERS CAN GET THAT SYSTEM OF SUPPORT AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO HELP, YOU KNOW, MAKE REVISIONS TO THEIR INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES OR BETTER IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR OVERALL PROGRAMMING. SO IN THE CASE OF READING, WE OBVIOUSLY HAVE A READING COACHES AND OTHER ADMINISTRATORS AND STAFF THAT ARE THERE KIND OF MONITORING THOSE IMPLEMENTATIONS. SO I CAN GIVE YOU THE HERE IS THE NICE CUT AND DRIED FINAL OUTCOME STATISTICS. AND I COULDN'T TELL YOU IF EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE ARE EFFECTIVE. THEY COULD BE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE IN THE PLACES THAT WE ARE IMPLEMENTING THEM EFFECTIVELY. NOT THE ANSWER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BECAUSE I KNOW YOU ARE STILL LOOKING FOR THE ONE-PAGER. YEAH. AND I THINK THE OTHER THING IS THEN YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH A PROCESS BECAUSE YOU ARE IMPLEMENTING, NOW IF YOU ARE FINDING THERE ARE ONE OR TWO PROGRAMS, WE CAN START ELIMINATING THEM AT LEAST. WE CAN START TO ELIMINATE THE THINGS THAT AREN'T BEING AS SUCCESSFUL. THEN THERE'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE A PROCESS OF WHAT THEN NEXT? AND MAYBE THESE ARE NOT THE ONES THAT WORKING. WHAT DO WE GO TO NEXT? IT REALLY BECOMES THE PROCESS OF GETTING THE RIGHT INPUT, TEACHER INPUT, OBVIOUSLY PEOPLE THAT ARE EXPERTS IN THE CURRICULUM, THEIR INPUT ON THAT PROCESS. >>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY? >>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. FIRST, I WANT TO COMMEND YOU, SUPERINTENDENT, FOR STARTING TO WORK TOWARDS MORE TRANSPARENCY IN THE REPORTING PROCESS. AND I THINK I MIGHT TOUCH A LITTLE BIT ON WHERE MRS. EDGECOMB EXPRESSED SOME CONCERN ABOUT THE PROCESS OF DETERMINING HOW -- HOW EFFECTIVE THESE PROGRAMS ARE, AND OUR DECISION, OUR FIDUCIARY RESPONSIBILITY AS BOARD MEMBERS TO MAKE SURE THAT WHAT COMES TO US AT EVERY BOARD MEETING IS SUBSTANTIATED BY DATA, BY EFFECTIVENESS, AND I THINK WHERE THE DISCONNECT MIGHT STILL BE -- AND LET ME TELL YOU, IT'S A LOT BETTER THAN IT PROBABLY HAS BEEN IN THE PAST, AND, YOU KNOW, JUST FROM MY EXPERIENCE FROM GOING FROM LAST YEAR TO THIS YEAR, LOOKING AT THE COVER MEMOS, OR THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARIES OF EACH OF THESE AGENDA ITEMS, BECAUSE NOW IN EACH AGENDA ITEM, WE CAN SEE WHERE THE FINANCIAL IMPACT IS, HOW MUCH IT'S GOING TO COST US. WE ARE GETTING THERE. I THINK WE ARE GETTING TO A BETTER PLACE WHERE WE CAN AS FIDUCIARIES, WE CAN LOOK AND SAY, OKAY, NOW I UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH THIS IS GOING TO COST. THERE'S STILL A LITTLE BIT OF DISCONNECT, THOUGH, BETWEEN HOW YOU GET TO THIS DECISION AND HAVING US MAKE THAT YAY OR NAY DECISION FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. I THINK THERE COULD BE A LITTLE MORE TRANSPARENCY, A LITTLE MORE DETAIL ABOUT LIKE SOME OF THE QUESTIONS -- AND WILL PROBABLY MAKE THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS RUN A LITTLE BIT SHORTER, TOO -- IS GIVING US A LITTLE BIT MORE INFORMATION ON THESE COVER MEMOS AS TO LIKE WHEN I ASKED MR. BROOKS EARLIER, WELL, TALK TO ME ABOUT THIS GRANT. I DIDN'T KNOW HISTORICALLY THIS GRANT HAD SUSTAINABILITY. SO I AM GOING TO ASK ABOUT SUSTAINABILITY. BUT THAT COULD HAVE BEEN ON THIS MEMO TO TALK ABOUT, OKAY, SO TELL ME ABOUT THIS GRANT AND WHERE YOU ARE GETTING THE MONEY FROM AND HOW IS IT GOING TO IMPACT THE BUDGET IN THE LONG-TERM WAY, AND IF THIS GRANT IS NOT SUSTAINABLE, WHAT'S PLAN B GOING TO BE FINANCE THIS PROGRAM IS SUCCESSFUL? SO I THINK THAT SOME OF IT COMES WITH TRANSPARENCY. SOME OF IT COMES WITH TRUST. BECAUSE THE MORE THAT WE BEGIN TO TRUST YOU AND WE CULTIVATE THAT TRUST BETWEEN YOU AND THE BOARD, THE MORE WE TRUST THAT THESE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT YOU ARE BRINGING TO US FOR APPROVAL ARE SUBSTANTIATED. THEY ARE LEGITIMATELY GOING TO PROVIDE WHAT WE NEED FOR OUR STUDENTS. BUT I COULD SEE WHERE THERE'S STILL A LITTLE BIT OF A DISCONNECT BETWEEN THIS INFORMATION THAT WE ARE GETTING AND HAVING THE RESPONSIBILITY OF SPENDING THIS MONEY. I MEAN, EVERY ITEM, ESPECIALLY ON GRETCHEN'S SECTION OF THE AGENDA, IS TAID TO THE MONEY. AND THAT'S EVERY DOLLAR WE ARE LOOKING AT, THAT WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR. SO WE NEED TO REALLY KNOW THAT YOU USE THE STRATEGIC PLAN AS A MATRIX IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE ARE APPROVING FOLLOWS THAT STRATEGIC PLAN. AND THEN THAT CONTAINED OF LEADS ME TO MY SECOND RECOMMENDATION WOULD BE TO ALWAYS WE NEED TO TALK MORE ABOUT THE STRATEGIC PLAN AND HOW THAT STRATEGIC PLAN ALIGNS, CONTINUES TO ALIGN WITH OUR BUDGET, BECAUSE THAT'S REALLY WHAT IT'S ABOUT. IT'S GETTING TO THAT END GOAL THAT WE ALL DECIDED THAT WE WERE TRYING TO GET TO FOR OUR STUDENTS, BUT THE BUDGET TALKS. THE BUDGET SPEAKS TO OUR PRIORITIES. AND THAT STRATEGIC PLAN SHOULD BE THAT MATRIX. AND IT'S GOOD THAT YOU ARE INCLUDING SOME OF THE STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES IN HERE, TOO, BECAUSE I SEE WHERE THOSE TIE INTO THE STRATEGIC PLAN. IT PROBABLY WOULD BE NICE AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH OR ONCE A QUARTER TO SEE HOW THAT BUDGET CONTINUES TO ALIGN WITH OUR STRATEGIC PLAN. SO THOSE ARE JUST SOME THINGS THAT I THINK ONE PROMOTE SOME ADDITIONAL TRANSPARENCY BETWEEN THE DISTRICT AND THE BOARD. AND THAT WOULD HELP US IN OUR DECISION-MAKING PROCESS WHEN IT COMES TO THAN THE FIDUCIARY OBLIGATION THAT WE HAVE TO OUR TAX-PAYING CITIZENS. THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES. >>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. DR. COLLINS SPOKE ABOUT THE DISPARITIES AROUND THE NATION OF HOW SCHOOLS ARE FUNDED AND THE LEVEL OF FUNDING. AND IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN, MRS. SAUNDERS, WE RECEIVED 7071 -- >>Gretchen Saunders: 7048.  

>>OH, I EVEN GAVE IT A BOOST.  

>>THAT WAS AFTER THE PRORATION. >>Susan Valdes: THERE WE GO AGAIN. BUT TO YOUR POINT, THAT'S WHAT EVERY CHILD RECEIVES PLUS THAT YOU HAVE WHATEVER NEEDS THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE WILL BE TAGGED ONTO THAT. SO CONSIDERING THOSE DOLLARS, AND HOW WE ARE FUNDED AS IT RELATES TO THE BUDGET, IN LISTENING TO THE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE ACCOUNTABILITY ASPECT AND ALL OF THE AGENDA ITEM HAS THE JOB NUMBER ALONG WITH -- OR THEIR ACCOUNT NUMBER ALONG WITH THEIR TOTAL, I WONDER IF IT WOULD NOT BE -- I DON'T KNOW HOW SIMPLE THIS WOULD BE OR DIFFICULT, EITHER WAY, BUT YOU CAN FIGURE OUT A WAY THAT MAYBE THIS AGENDA, FOR INSTANCE, WE ARE APPROVING X AMOUNT OF WHATEVER DOLLARS AT THIS BOARD MEETING. I THINK THAT COULD ALSO BE USEFUL. BECAUSE EVERY BOARD MEETING, WE APPROVE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF SUPPORTS, OF THINGS THAT SHOULD IMPACT OUR KIDS AND THEIR EDUCATION. SO I THINK THAT THAT WILL BE HELPFUL AS WELL. IN REFERENCE TO THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETIONS, TO YOUR POINT, DR. COLLINS, WE WANT OUR KIDS TO WALK ACROSS THE STAGE WITH AN ACTUAL DIPLOMA AND NOT A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION. SO ALTHOUGH THIS IS NOT REALLY TIED TO THE BUDGET CONVERSATION, BUT IT IS KIND OF IN A WAY, BECAUSE LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS WILL BE COMING UP REAL SOON. AND I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD REALLY THINK ABOUT HOW WE CAN BRING MORE AWARENESS WITH OUR LOCAL DELEGATION IN REFERENCE TO THE BUDGET, THE AMOUNT OF STUDENTS THAT HAVE RECEIVED A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION, WHICH IN ONE GRADUATING CLASS, THERE'S A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE. BUT THAT SMALL PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS THIS YEAR, NEXT YEAR, THE FOLLOWING YEAR, AND THEREFORE MOVING ON, THERE'S A LOT OF CHILDREN, A LOT OF STUDENTS THAT WE DID NOT REACH. SO I APPLAUD THE EFFORTS THAT YOU ARE DOING IN TRYING TO CAPTURE THE STUDENTS AHEAD OF TIME IN THAT WORK. BUT IF WE CAN ALSO SEND A MESSAGE COLLABORATIVELY TO OUR LEGISLATORS ABOUT THE DISPARITIES WITHIN THE DIFFERENT FUNDING THAT WE HAVE THROUGHOUT THE NATION, TIED ALONG TO THE COCs AND THE RETURN OF BAD INVESTMENT, I THINK IT WILL BE AN EYE OPENER. BUT I AM VERY APPRECIATIVE OF WHERE WE ARE HEADED AND THE DIRECTION, THIS AGENDA AND THESE AGENDA ITEMS HAVE BEEN A WORK IN PROGRESS, SINCE YOUR INITIAL SUPERINTENDENCY AND YOU HAVE DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB WITH THE AGENDA. IS IT PERFECT? NO. WILL WE BE LOOKING FOR MORE DETAIL AND I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THAT PROCESS OF THE READING PROGRAMS TO COME TO AN END AND SEE WHERE WE ARE. BY THE SAME TOKEN, SPRINGBOARD IS ANOTHER ONE THAT WE NEED TO REALLY -- I JUST WISH WE COULD GET RID OF THAT THING AND JUST DO AWAY WITH IT. I JUST DON'T SEE THE RETURN ON THAT INVESTMENT. I REALLY DON'T. BUT YOU AND YOUR TEAM ARE DOING A GREAT JOB. IN REFERENCE TO TRYING TO GET A GRIP ON OUR BUDGET. BUT NOW THAT WE HAVE A GRIP ON THAT BUDGET, I THINK WE DO HAVE A GRIP ON THE BUDGET, IT'S GOING TO BE MORE WORK AND PROGRESS. BUT NOW THAT WE HAVE THAT GRIP, I REALLY DO THINK THAT WE NEED TO -- PATIENCE IS JUST NOT MY VIRTUE -- WE NEED TO SOMEHOW OR OTHER SPEED UP THE PROCESS SO WE CAN REALLY GO AHEAD AND FOCUS ON WHAT IS BEST FOR CHILDREN AND NOT JUST APPROVING MULTIPLE CONTRACTS EVERY -- EVERY BOARD MEETING THAT, YOU KNOW, HERE IT COMES AGAIN, THAT SAME CONTRACT, AND MAYBE THE EVALUATION IS STILL NOT A TRUE EVALUATION TO MEMBER EDGECOMB'S POINT IN REFERENCE, WELL, IT WILL BE EVALUATED AT THE END OF -- AND WE NEVER SEE THE VALLEYS, WE DON'T KNOW BEGUN THE EVALUATION, ITS OUTCOMES. SO I THINK THAT AS YOU ARE WORKING WITH YOUR TEAM, WHICH IS HOW OLD? HOW OLD IS YOUR TEAM? >>Jeffrey Eakins: SOME ARE JUST FLEDGLING LIKE A MONTH OR TWO. SOME HAVE BEEN ON STAFF A LITTLE LONGER THAT. >>Susan Valdes: SO THAT'S WHERE THE PATIENCE COMES IN AND I WILL BE PATIENT. I WILL REALLY TRY TO BE PATIENT. BUT IT JUST COMES TO THE POINT IN WHICH WE NEED SOME SOMEHOW OR OTHER, WE HAVE GONE SLOW IN SOME AREAS TO MOVE FAST. SO I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT DATE REAL SOON. THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: MRS. STUART? >>Cindy Stuart: I WILL BE REALLY QUICK. WE TALK A LOT ABOUT EVALUATING PROGRAMS AND EVALUATING, AND THIS SECTION OF THE AGENDA THAT TALKS ABOUT EVALUATION. I'M WONDERING -- AND I HAVE ASKED FOR THIS TODAY, AND I HAVE ASKED FOR IT IN THE PAST -- BUT I AM WONDERING IF -- FOR EXAMPLE, ANOTHER AGENDA ITEM OWN TODAY AND I ASKED FOR IT -- AND EVALUATION OF A PROGRAM THAT WE ARE GOING TO HOPEFULLY RENEW TONIGHT, BUT HOW MANY OF THESE ARE OUT THERE LIKE THIS, AND HOW DIFFICULT WHEN I ASKED, I GET -- -- WHETHER IT'S EXTERNAL OR EXTERNAL, ON A PROGRAM OF THAT WE ARE WORKING OR EVERYBODY WORKING FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS IN THE DISTRICT THAT CAN BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE BOARD SO THAT WE CAN -- FOR ME THIS IS JUSTIFICATION FOR WHY WE ARE SPENDING THE DOLLARS THAT WE ARE SPENDING. BECAUSE THERE IS JUSTIFICATION HERE IN DOING WHAT WE ARE DOING. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT TAKEN A LITTLE FURTHER, AND FOR OUR FOLKS TO ADD TO THIS, HOW STUDENTS WERE AFFECTED BY THIS, AND WHERE THEY ARE NOW. BUT I KNOW SOME OF THIS IS AVAILABLE. I DON'T THINK WE ASKED FOR IT A LOT OF TIMES. IT'S NOT PROVIDED. SO JUST MY TWO CENTS, AS WE ARE TALKING EVALUATION OF PROGRAMS. >>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. AND I WILL PIGGYBACK ON ON MRS. OUTERT RECOMMENDATION. YOU ARE RIGHT. WE WEREN'T REALLY SURE WHAT THIS WAS. AND NOW I KNOW WHAT THIS IS, THIS IS ESSENTIAL TO BOARD MEMBERS IN ORDER TO HAVE THE INFORMATION TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION. SO I THINK THAT -- BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO CREATE MORE WORK FOR STAFF. HOWEVER, IF WE COULD GET LIKE A ONE-PAGE SNAPSHOT OF PREVIOUS PROGRESS OR RESULTS THAT SUBSTANTIATE THE RENEWAL OF THE CONTRACT, THAT ALIGNS WITHIN THAT MATRIX THAT YOU MENTIONED ABOUT THE STRATEGIC PLAN, MORE OF WHAT'S ON THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND THE COVER MEMO OF OUR AGENDA ITEMS, BUT JUST MORE IN A LITTLE BIT MORE DETAIL ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF THE PROGRAM AND THE SUCCESS OF THE PROGRAM AND WHY SHOULD WE, OR WHY ARE YOU RECOMMENDING THE RENEWAL OF THE CONTRACT? I'M SORRY? BUT IT HAS TO BE, LIKE I SAID, NOT TO CREATE MORE WORK FOR STAFF. IT'S GOT TO BE REALLY JUST A ONE-PAGE SNAPSHOT. IT CAN'T BE THIS IS NICE, BUT I AM NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN READING 20 PAGES OF EVERY AGENDA ITEM OF WHY WE SHOULD RENEW THAT. BUT A ONE-PAGE SNAPSHOT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL TO SEE THE PROGRESS THAT THIS PARTICULAR INITIATIVE HAD MADE, AND LIKE I SAID, TO SUBSTANTIATE THE RENEWAL OF THE CONTRACT. >>Jeffrey Eakins: ABSOLUTELY. AND I WILL JUST RESPOND TO A COUPLE THINGS MRS. GRIFFIN AND I WILL BE DONE. NUMBER ONE, WITH REGARDS TO THAT, SOMETIMES WHAT YOU DON'T SEE IS ALL THE FOLKS THAT ARE SITTING RIGHT HERE, OF GETTING THINGS ASKED OF THEM TO RENEW AND YOU NEVER SEE IT BECAUSE THEY MAKE A DECISION THAT THAT'S PROBABLY NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST FOR THEM TO DO SOMETHING. SO THERE IS SOME OF THAT THAT STAFF DOES AND THEY STOP IT AT THEIR LEVEL AND BECAUSE THEY DON'T SEE THE DATA OR THEY DON'T SEE THAT TYPE OF INFORMATION TO COME TO YOU AND THEY DON'T WANT TO PUT SOMETHING IN FRONT OF YOU. I DEFINITELY AGREE THAT IF SOME OF THE CONTRACT RENEWALS HAVE TO TAKE PLACE PRIOR TO LIKE LAGGING DATA INDICATORS MIGHT COME OUT SO WE HAVE TO DO A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORICAL DATA FOR YOU. STAFF CAN ABSOLUTELY DO THAT. I EVEN REMEMBER WHEN I DID AGENDA ITEMS AS DIRECTOR OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS I WOULD WANT TO INCLUDE THAT FOR THE BOARDS AND HISTORICAL DATA. I THINK THE OTHER THING THAT PROVIDER MRS. EDGECOMB, YOU WANT SOMETHING IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS. I THINK WHAT I CAN DO FOR YOU ON THAT -- BECAUSE I THINK WHAT MRS. AGRESTA AND HER TEAM CAN DO, THEY HAVE ALREADY MADE SOME ADJUSTMENTS AND DECISION AS ROUND SOME OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMS BASED OFF OF SOME OF THE DATA THEY HAVE ALREADY SEEN. SO I AM GOING TO ASK MRS. AGRESTA AND HER TEAM TO PUT SOMETHING FOR THE BOARD THAT SHOWS MAYBE SOME DECISIONS THAT THEY HAVE MADE AROUND IMPLEMENTATION OF PROGRAMS BASED OFF OF DATA THAT THEY HAVE ALREADY LOOKED AT THIS YEAR, AND IT MAY NOT BE THAT WE DIDN'T MOVE FORWARD WITH A PURCHASE. THEY DID MOVE FORWARD WITH A PURCHASE BUT WE DID SO IN A MANNER THAT IT'S GOING TO BE IMPLEMENTED DIFFERENTLY OR THERE'S NEW PROVISIONS WITH THE WAY THAT TEACHERS UTILIZE OR SCHOOLS UTILIZE THAT PARTICULAR SET OF MATERIALS. SO I WILL HAVE HER PUT SOMETHING TOGETHER FOR THE BOARD SO YOU CAN ALREADY SEE SOMETHING, SOME OF THE DECISION POINTS AND REVISIONS MADE ALONG THE WAY, BASED OFF OF THEIR REVIEW OF THEIR PROGRAMS.  

>>AND HEAR IS THE GOOD THING THAT CAN COME OUT OF THAT. BECAUSE WE AS BOARD MEMBERS, AS ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT REPRESENT CONSTITUENTS, WE HAVE TO ANSWER FOR EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE SPEND ON THIS BOARD. WE GET ASKED A LOT ABOUT HOW MUCH WE SPEND AND WHAT WE ARE SPENDING IT ON AND WHAT OUR PRIORITIES ARE. THAT'S GOING TO HELP US BETTER COMMUNICATE WHAT KIND OF VALUE THE TAXPAYERS ARE RECEIVING IN THE EDUCATION THAT WE ARE PROVIDING FOR OUR STUDENTS, AND THE BY-PRODUCT OF THAT IS THAT THE TAXPAYER, WHEN THEY SEE THAT VALUE, THAT CAN POTENTIALLY SHED A MORE POLITE ON OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, SHED A MORE POLITE THAT WE ARE BEING TRANSPARENT, AND WE ARE CERTAINLY NOT INTEND -- OUR INTENTIONS ARE NOT TO HIDE WHAT WE ARE DOING BUT THE MORE WE PUSH THAT INFORMATION OUT THERE, YOU PUSH IT OUT TO US, WE PUSH IT OUT TO THE PUBLIC, THEN THE BETTER PEOPLE FEEL ABOUT THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION THAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE GETTING AND THEY UNDERSTAND WHEREIN TAMPA TAXPAYER DOLLARS ARE GOING AND EQUATE THAT TO THE VALUE THAT THEY ARE GETTING IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM. THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB? >>Doretha Edgecomb: MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS TO LISTEN TO THE BOARD'S CONCERNS AND REQUESTS. AND I WILL TRY TO DEVELOP MY RESPONSE IN THE MOST RESPONSIBLE WAYS. WE TALKED AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING ABOUT A DIFFERENT TYPE OF STRUCTURE WHERE DISCUSSION COSTA PLACE, AND THIS WOULD BE AN IDEAL KIND OF DISCUSSION AROUND THIS KIND OF THING WHERE THE ISSUE COMES UP, THE BOARD ALONG WITH THE STAFF TALKS ABOUT IN A CONVERSATIONAL WAY THAT LADIES TO SOME BETTER UNDERSTANDING, ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, ADDITIONAL DATA, OR EVEN TALKING ABOUT HOW WE MIGHT LOOK AT, AS YOU CONTINUE TO -- A WORK IN PROGRESS TO DEVELOP BETTER, AARP MORE INFORMATIVE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. MAYBE THAT DISCUSSION CAN LEAD TO HOW THIS BOARD AND STAFF WOULD WANT THIS TO LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE. THAT'S THE KIND OF CONVERSATION THAT I HOPE THAT WE COULD USE TON DO THAT. THIS KIND OF DISCUSSION IS IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC TO HEAR, BUT I THINK THERE IS SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION THAT COULD TAKE PLACE IN WHAT I CALL THE ROUND TABLE KIND OF A THING THAT WOULD LEAD US TO GETTING INFORMATION THAT THAT INFORMS, AND HELPS US BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES THAT YOU MAY BE HAVING IN DOING SOME OF THIS. SO IT'S FOOD FOR THOUGHT. THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND IN REFERENCE TO THE ANALYSIS THAT WE ARE DOING AND THE EVALUATION OF OUR CURRICULUM AND OUR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, THE BOARD HAD A WORKSHOP A WHILE BACK REGARDING THIS VERY SUBJECT, AND WE HAD SOME VERY, VERY IN-DEPTH CONVERSATION ABOUT SPRINGBOARD AND ITS EFFICACY. WE HAVE ABYSMAL GRADUATION RATES. WE HAVE TO ADMIT WE HAVE A PROBLEM BEFORE WE CAN COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS AND MOVE FORWARD. AND WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT ROI, I DON'T SEE THE ROI THERE. AND OUR CONTRACTS, WE ARE CONTINUING TO PAY THESE CONTRACTS. WE ARE CONTINUING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THESE THINGS WHEN, I'M SORRY, I DON'T SEE THE RESULTS AND HAVE NOT SEEN THE RESULTS FOR QUITE SOME TIME. OUR GRADUATION RATES ARE INDICATIVE OF HOW WELL THE PROGRAM IS PERFORMING. SO WE HAVE CONTRACTS WITH CLAUSES THAT WE CAN GET OUT OF THEM. I DON'T WANT TO ANALYZE THAT ONE ANYMORE. I MEAN, THE BOARD WAS VERY, VERY CLEAR AS A MAJORITY AT THAT WORKSHOP THAT THIS WAS NOT A DIRECTION, AND WE WERE TOLD WE ARE GOING TO ANALYZE IT, QUEER GOING TO LOOK, WE CAN'T CONTINUE TO DO THAT. WE ARE LOSING KIDS. THEY ARE FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS. THEY ARE GETTING CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION. WE ARE NOT GETTING THEM ACROSS THE STAGE IN THE NUMBERS. AND IF WE WANT TO MEET 90 BY 20, WE ARE NOT GOING TO DO IT. WE ARE NOT GOING TO DO IT MOVING FORWARD WITH THE SAME, YOU KNOW, PROCESSES OR CURRICULUM IN PLACE. SO I DON'T KNOW HOW WE MOVE FORWARD ON THIS ONE. AND I DON'T KNOW IF IT'S THAT WE NEED TO HAVE A SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING IN ORDER TO DO IT. BUT, BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAD A DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS. WE HAD A VERY, VERY IN-DEPTH DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS. WE WERE TOLD WE WERE GOING TO BE SEEING SOMETHING -- AND I KNOW YOU ARE DOING A LOT OF WORK. AND THIS IS NOT TO SIT HERE AND -- NOT MY INTENT AT ALL, BUT SPRINGBOARD IS NOT GETTING OUR KIDS ACROSS THE STAGE. WE ARE HAVING TO BRING IN ALL KIND MUCH SUPPLEMENTALS. TEACHERS ARE SPENDING A LOT OF TIME GOING OUT AND GETTING THEIR OWN SUPPLEMENTALS TO TEACH THE STANDARDS. WE WANT TO TEACH THE STANDARDS. AND I WILL TELL YOU HAVING SERVED ON A STATE WADE CURRICULUM SELECTION COMMITTEE, SPRINGBOARD, THEY DON'T MEET OUR STANDARDS. THEY MADE ALL KIND OF EXCUSES AND SAID, YOU CAN USE THIS AND YOU CAN USE THIS AND USE THIS. WE WANT TO FOCUS ON MEETING THE STANDARD. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE NEXT STEP IS. AND WE ARE TALKING -- THIS IS A FINANCIAL IMPACT ON THIS DISTRICT, A PRETTY HEFTY FINANCIAL IMPACT ON THIS DISTRICT. HOW DO WE MOVE FORWARD ON HAVING A CONVERSATION ABOUT MAKING A SHIFT WHEN IT COMES TO SPRINGBOARD? BECAUSE MR. SUPERINTENDENT, FRANKLY, I AM JUST TIRED OF HAVING THIS DISCUSSION. AND IT WAS LONG BEFORE YOU TOOK THIS POSITION. SO THIS IS NOT A SLIGHT TO YOU AT ALL. BUT THIS IS JUST IF WE PUT THIS OFF MUCH LONGER, WE LOSE ANOTHER YEAR OF STUDENTS IN THIS PROCESS. SO TALK TO ME ABOUT WHERE WE GO FROM HERE. I'M SPEAKING SPECIFICALLY TO SPRINGBOARD. >>Jeffrey Eakins: SO, I MEAN, IT'S A BIG -- OBVIOUSLY A BIG AND IMPORTANT TOPIC FOR THIS BOARD. AND SO THEREFORE IT'S A BIG AND IMPORTANT TOPIC FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT. OBVIOUSLY. SO HERE ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES AND HERE ARE SOME OF THE POSSIBILITIES AS WE MOVE FORWARD. WE HAVE CYCLES THAT WE GORE THROUGH TO ADOPT MATERIALS. AND SO OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE CYCLES THAT WE ARE MOVING FORWARD, AND THAT PARTICULAR CYCLES WHETHER IT'S READING OR MATH OR OTHER SUBJECTS THAT TAB PLACE IN CERTAIN CALENDAR YEARS DICTATED BY THE STATE.  IF WECHAS TO BE GO OUTSIDE OF THOSE ADOPTION CYCLE ALSO ON A CURRICULUM THERE'S A HUGE FINANCIAL IMPACT ON THE PURCHASING OF ANYTHING OUTSIDE OF THAT PARTICULAR CYCLE SO WE HAVE TO TALK THROUGH. THAT IT HAS TO BE A REAL CONVERSATION. IT HAS TO GO SOMETHING THAT WE KNOW THE IMPACT OF THAT AS WE TALK ABOUT THAT. >>April Griffin: LET ME STOP YOU RIGHT THERE BECAUSE THEN THAT RAISES THIS QUESTION. WHEN WE TALK -- WHAT MONTH WAS IT THAT WE HAD THAT WORKSHOP? I TRIED TO LOOK ON MY CALENDAR, FOR THE LIFE OF ME COULD NOT REMEMBER. SEMINAR MAYBE AROUND MARCH. SO IN MARCH WE TALKED ABOUT WE HAD THIS CONTRACT FOR TWO MORE YEARS. WHERE ARE WE IN THAT ADOPTION CYCLE COMPARATIVELY SPEAKING, TO THAT TWO-YEAR CONTRACT THAT WE HAVE WITH -- >>Jeffrey Eakins: THERE'S A COLLEGE BOARD CONTRACT. OBVIOUSLY THAT PROVIDES US RESOURCES AND ABILITIES TO BLOOD PRESSURE EXERCISE THE KEY AND -- >>April Griffin: I'M TALKING SPRINGBOARD. >>Jeffrey Eakins: SPRINGBOARD IS A CONTENT THAT FALLS INTO AN ADOPTION CYCLE. SO THAT'S OBVIOUSLY SOMETHING THAT EVEN THOUGH WE MAY HAVE A SEPARATE CONTRACT WITH THE COLLEGE BOARD, THERE'S ALSO RULES WE HAVE TO FOLLOW IN ADOPTING TEXTBOOK ADOPTIONS. AND SO THIS HAS GOT TO BE A CONVERSATION WE HAVE WITH THE BOARD AND STAFF AROUND WHAT THAN THE CYCLES ARE. I THINK THERE'S ONE IN 18-19 AND ONE IN 19-20. BUT THERE'S A PROCESS FOR ADOPTING ANY PARTICULAR MATERIALS. IT REQUIRES INPUT. IT REQUIRES COMMITTEES, AS YOU HAVE BEEN PART OF. >>April Griffin: I AM GOING TO -- I'M GOING TO STOP YOU RIGHT NOW BECAUSE YOU JUST SAID SOMETHING THAT RANG ALARMS, LIKE NOBODY'S BUSINESS. 19-20. >>Jeffrey Eakins: THERE'S ADOPTION THAT CYCLES FOR PARTICULAR SUBJECTS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA FOR READING, FOR MATH, AND THOSE PARTICULAR. YOU CAN ALWAYS EXCLUDE -- >>April Griffin: AS A DISTRICT WE CAN DO SOMETHING, CAN WE NOT? >>Jeffrey Eakins: YOU CAN IF YOU GO OUTSIDE THE ADOPTION CYCLE BECAUSE IF YOU CHOOSE TO BE GO OUTSIDE OF THOSE CYCLES OR THE STATE CHOOSE TO DO THAT, THERE ARE FINANCIAL RAMIFICATIONS. YOU CAN'T USE THOSE PARTICULAR TEXTBOOK DOLLARS FOR PERHAPS THOSE OUT-OF-PSYCHE ADOPTIONS. LIKE I SAID, IT MAY BE SOMETHING WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT AND WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE FINANCIALLY SO WE ARE JUST A OF BOTH THE PROGRAMMATIC AND THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS. >>April Griffin: SO WHAT WE ARE DOING RIGHT NOW IS BECAUSE OF THE FINANCIAL IMPACT -- BECAUSE THE STATE APPROVES CERTAIN TEXTBOOKS THAT WE CAN ADOPT. BUT IF WE ARE OUTSIDE OF THAT CYCLE -- AND I REALIZE THAT -- IF WE ARE OUTSIDE OF THAT CYCLE IT COULD HAVE A FINANCIAL IMPACT. THIS IS THE DECISION WE NEED TO MAKE THEN. SO WE ARE TALKING BUDGET HERE.  THIS IS WHERE WE NEED TO GET RALE. BECAUSE WE ARE KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD. I WANT TO KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY WE ARE SPENDING ON SUPPLEMENTALS, TO SPRINGBOARD, BECAUSE THERE'S MONEYS THAT WE ARE SPENDING THERE THAT IF WE HAVE ANOTHER TEXTBOOK THAT REALLY SPOKE TO THE STANDARDS THAT WE WOULDN'T BE SPENDING. BUT KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD TO WAIT FOR AN ADOPTION CYCLE SO THAT WE CAN GET A CURRICULUM IN PLACE THAT IS GOING TO GIVE US OUR ROI, THAT'S GOING TO GET KIDS ACROSS THE STAGE -- HOW MANY TIMES, BOARD MEMBERS, HAVE WE HEARD STUDENTS TELL US THAT THEY ARE BURNING THEIR WORK BACKS FROM SPRINGBOARD? THE KIDS HATE IT. THE TEACHERS HATE IT. AND WE ARE PUTTING BAND-AIDS ON THINGS TO MAKE SPRINGBOARD WORK, AND WE ARE SPENDING MONEY ON IT CONTINUING, THAT I UNDERSTAND COMES FROM ONE BUCKET, BUT AT WHAT COST? THAT'S WHERE YOU HAVE GOT THE SUM COST FALLACY GOING ON AS A DISTRICT AND WE HAVE TO GET OURS OURSELVES OUT OF THAT MIND-SET. THERE'S A SUM COST FALLACY THAT WE HAVE INVESTED SO MUCH IN SPRINGBOARD, IT'S NOT IN ADOPTION CYCLE YET SO WE ARE CONTAINED OF STUCK WITH IT. WHEN WE ARE SETTING A REALLY TREMENDOUS -- AND MR. SUPERINTENDENT, YOUR EVALUATION, YOUR EVERYTHING RELIES ON THE COMMITMENT THAT WE HAVE MADE TO 90% GRADUATION RATES BY 2020. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO GET THERE WITH SPRINGBOARD. WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN THERE WITH SPRINGBOARD. WE HAVEN'T SEEN IT. WE HAVE GOT ABYSMAL RATES GETTING KIDS ACROSS THE STAGE. SO -- AND I APOLOGIZE FOR MY FRUSTRATION.  THIS HAS BEEN A VERY LONG CONVERSATION. AND AS I SAID IN THAT BOARD WORKSHOP, I WAS MEETING WITH SOME KIDS AT A SUMMER CAMP ONE YEAR, AND THEY INTRODUCED ME. I SPOKE TO THE KID BUT I WANTED TO OPEN IT UP FOR A CONVERSATION. AND THIS VERY ASTUTE YOUNG MAN RAISED HIS HAND KNOWING WHAT WE DO, MAKING THE POLICY AND HE ASKED ME THE QUESTION, IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME AND CHANGE ONE VOTE, WHAT WOULD IT BE? AND I SAID, IF I COULD GO BACK IN TIME AND CHANGE ONE VOTE KNOWING WHAT I KNOW NOW, IT WOULD BE THAT WE WOULD NOT TAKE SPRINGBOARD FROM A 57-SCHOOL PILOT PROGRAM THAT HAD ONLY BEEN IN PLACE FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO A DISTRICT-WIDE IMPLEMENTATION. AND THE CROWD ERUPTED. STUDENTS, TEACHERS, EVERYBODY THAT WAS IN THAT ROOM WENT CRAZY. AND THAT'S ALL THAT I HAVE BEEN HEARING SINCE I MADE ■THAT VOTE. I CAST THAT VOTE. I HAVE LEARNED MORE SINCE. OUR GRADUATIONS ARE PROVING IT. AND I'M DEALING WITH A VERY, VERY HIGH LEVEL OF FRUSTRATION WHEN I HEAR THAT WE ARE ANALYZING IT, WE ARE EVALUATING IT, WE ARE EVALUATING IT, AND THEN WHEN I HEAR 19-20, IT SENDS ME OVER THE EDGE. AND I NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT -- I'M ONLY GUARANTEED TO '18. PERIOD. I'M GUARANTEED. I COULD BE MORE. BUT I'M GUARANTEED TO '18 AND THAT'S IT. SO WHEN I HEAR 19-20, I GET HIVES. AND I'M SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF STUDENTS RIGHT NOW. I'M SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF TEACHERS. AND THE FRUSTRATION THAT I AM FEELING RIGHT NOW IS THEIR FRUSTRATION. SO WALK ME THROUGH THIS AND HELP ME UNDERSTAND HOW WE CAN MOVE IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION. BECAUSE I DON'T CARE THAT I UPSET THE COLLEGE BOARD, TO BE FRANK. I REALLY DON'T CARE IF I UPSET THE COLLEGE BOARD. WE ARE GOING TO OFFER -- WE ARE GOING TO HAVE AP OFFERINGS. THEY ARE NOT GOING TO TAB THAT AWAY FROM US BUT THIS CURRICULUM IS NOT A GOOD CURRICULUM. THAT IS SEPARATE AND ASIDE FROM AP AND WE NEED TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSION AND WE NEED TO HAVE IT NOW. BECAUSE WE ARE GETTING READY TO APPROVE A BUDGET. WE ARE LOOKING AT ADOPTIONS AND CYCLES AND WHERE THAT GOES. I THINK THE BOARD'S WILL WAS VERY, VERY CLEAR. AND IF WE NEED TO TAM A VOTE ON IT THEN I CAN ASK THAT YOU BRING FORWARD A RECOMMENDATION ON WHETHER OR NOT WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE WITH SPRINGBOARD OR NOT. SO THAT'S, I THINK, THE STAGE THAT WE ARE AT. NOW, WE HAD THIS CONVERSATION IN A WORK SHOWN. I THINK THE BOARD WAS VERY CLEAR. AND MAYBE WE JUST NEED TO TAKE AN OFFICIAL VOTE. SO HELP ME OUT HERE. >>Jeffrey Eakins: YOU PLACED A VERY DAUNTING TASK IN FRONT OF ME. SO OBVIOUSLY, YOU KNOW, WE ARE -- AND I HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR. I HAVE LISTENED. AND I THINK I HAVE LISTENED VERY WELL TO THIS BOARD AND YOUR CONCERNS. OBVIOUSLY YOU LISTEN TO YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND YOU LISTEN TO STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. WE ALSO HAVE TO -- AND I AM NO POSITION, I HAVE TO ALSO IMPLEMENT, YOU KNOW, AS A SUPERINTENDENT, IMPLEMENT WELL. IMPLEMENT WHATEVER WE HAVE NOW WELL. TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE TEACHERS, WE HAVE TRAINED TEACHERS AROUND CURRICULUM, NEW TEACHERS THAT COMING INTO OUR DISTRICT. SO WE HAVE A SPACE THAT WE HAVE TO KEEP SOLID INSTRUCTION GOING, AS WE ARE MAKING A TRANSITION. SO I SIT IN THE MIDDLE KNOWING THAT I HEAR YOU LOUD AND CLEAR, AND I HEAR THE BOARD LOUD AND CLEAR. YES, I CAN COME BACK WITH RECOMMENDATIONS IF THAT'S THE WILL OF THE BOARD FOR ME TO DO THAT. BUT AS WE DO THAT, WE ARE NOT TAKING OUR EYES OFF THE STANDARDS. I MEAN, WE WILL NOT DO IT, YOU KNOW. AND SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE DONE IS STARTED TO LOOSEN UP WITH REGARDS TO HOW TEACHERS CAN UTILIZE A VARIETY OF RESOURCES IN THEIR CLASS RAMS, THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE PERHAPS AS MUCH IN THE PAST. SO WE ARE STARTING DOWN THAT PATH. SO TRANSITIONS MIGHT BECOME EASIER IF THE BOARD CHOOSES TO MAKE THAT PARTICULAR TRANSITION. BUT IN THE MIDST OF ALL THAT TRANSITION, WE HAVE GOT TO KEEP SOLID INSTRUCTION. WE HAVE GOT TO KEEP MOMENTUM GOING WITH THE MATERIALS AND RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE NOW. AND SO WITH THAT I WOULD BE GLAD TO BRING BACK TO THIS BOARD, IF THAT'S WHAT THE BOARD VOTES FOR ME TO DO, SOME SORT OF A TIMELINE PLAN IN DOING THAT. IT CAN'T BE A DIME ON A DIME BECAUSE THERE IS A PROCESS AND YOU KNOW THAT. THERE IS A PROCESS FOR ADOPTION. BUT THERE'S ALSO THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT. THE BOARD HAS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT FISCALLY IN THAT DECISION, TIMELINE IN THAT DECISION, AND ALSO WE HAVE GOT TO KEEP GREAT INSTRUCTION GOING IN OUR CLASSROOMS EVERY SINGLE DAY. WE CAN'T HAVE ANYBODY TAKE THEIR EYES OFF OF THAT. >>April Griffin: SO THIS IS WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST THEN. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? I'LL DO THIS WHEN WE MOVE INTO OUR BOARD COMMENTS, BECAUSE THIS IS GETTING IT TO THE MORE PHILOSOPHICAL CONVERSATION BUT IT IS BUDGET RELATED. SO I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THAT ADOPTION TIMELINE LOOKS LIKE FOR EVERY SINGLE SUBJECT THAT WE HAVE TO ADOPT BACKS FOR -- OR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR, AND THE COSTS ASSOCIATED. AND I'LL GET MORE SPECIFIC ABOUT THAT. BUT THIS IS A BUDGET CONVERSATION THAT WE ARE HAVING, BECAUSE AGAIN WE ARE SPENDING THE MONEY ON THE SPRINGBOARD CURRICULUM. WE ARE ALSO SPENDING MONEY ON THE SUPPLEMENTALS. SO, YOU KNOW, IF WE HAVE CURRICULUM THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO DO ALL OF THAT SUPPLEMENTAL WITH, I THINK THAT WE CAN SAVE A LOT OF MONEY DOWN THE ROAD. SO, YOU KNOW, I GOT INTO THE PHILOSOPHICAL REALM. BUT THIS IS ALL ABOUT OUR BUDGET, BECAUSE EVERYTHING THAT WE DO IS RELATED TO THAT. BUT I WILL ASK THESE QUESTIONS WHEN WE GET INTO BACK INTO THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING, IN THE BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS SECTION. SO I'LL TURN IT OVER. MRS. VALDES. >>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. SOMETIMES BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE STATUTES OUR HANDS ARE SOMETIMES SO TIED, AND BEING ABLE TO -- SO MANY THINGS ARE DEPENDENT UPON, AND PARTICULARLY YOU MENTIONED IT, THE EDUCATING, TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THAT EDUCATION FOR OUR CHILDREN. SO WITH THAT TIMELINE BASED ON THE STATUTE, HERE WE ARE WITH OUR FUND BALANCE WHERE WE NEED TO BE. SO I WANT TO BE CAREFUL THAT WE DON'T WIND UP HAVING TO WHILE WE HAVE TO MEET CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS THAT COSTING US A FEW DOLLARS, PUTTING IT LIGHTLY, I DON'T WANT TO END UP DIPPING INTO THE FUND BALANCE IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO GET OUT OF SOMETHING. I WANT US TO BE THOUGHTFUL. BY THE SAME TOKEN, VIGILANT ENOUGH THAT WE DON'T DISRUPT THE SUCCESS OF STUDENTS. I WANT US TO BE CAREFUL HOW WE DOPE THIS BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN REALIZING HOW THE STATUTE TIES OUR HANDS AS BOARD MEMBERS BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, MR. EAKINS, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH THAT DAY TO DAY. AND I KNOW THAT WE WISH IT COULD JUST GO AWAY, BUT THAT WAS JUST A PHILOSOPHICAL COMMENT BECAUSE OF MY WORK THEY'VE DONE WITH STUDENTS WITH A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION, AND FOR THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. AND HEARING WHAT THEY HAVE HAD TO SAY, AND THEIR FRUSTRATIONS WITH IT. SO I UNDERSTAND THE POSITION THAT YOU ARE IN, BUT I SEE IF PITS ALL ABOUT THE KIDS AND MAKING SURE THEY WALK ACROSS THAT STAGE, IT'S WHAT'S BEST FOR THEM. SO IF WE COULD HAVE JUST THE DOLLAR FIGURE, AND THEY WILL PROBABLY COME IN LATER ON IN THE BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS BUT I THINK IT WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT TO US BECAUSE FOR LAST YEAR WE HAVE BEEN HOUNDING ON THE FUND BALANCE AND STABILIZING THAT AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. AND NOW AFTER HEARING WHAT YOU HAVE DESCRIBED WITH THE ADOPTION WINDOWS THAT YOU HAVE FOR SUBJECT AREAS, I DON'T WANT TO PUT US IN A SITUATION WHERE IT DOES HARM TO BOTH THE BUDGET, AND BECAUSE IT'S CLICK ON A DIME ALSO AFFECT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, THEN WE ARE REALLY NO PICKLE. SO TO BE THOUGHTFUL ABOUT THAT AND SEE VERY STRATEGIC. SO IF WE HAVE TWO YEARS LEFT ON THAT CONTRACT, MAYBE HOW DO WE WORK TOWARDS THOSE TWO YEARS. >>Jeffrey Eakins: AND THAT COULD BE DIRECTION WHAT THE BOARD WANTS TO GIVE ME AND STAFF. TEACHING AND LEARNING, MAY BE ABLE TO LOOK AT RESOURCES WE HAVE AND AS WE MAKE ANY KIND OF TRANSITION, START TO UTILIZE OTHER RESOURCES IN ANY TYPE OF TRANSITION. TO AUGMENT SOME OF THE COSTS, IF ARE WE DID WAIT, AND THEN THE OTHER THING WOULD TO BE FACTOR IN ALL THE TEACHER TRAINING THAT WOULD GO INTO PLAY. OBVIOUSLY WITH ANY NEW ADOPTION TAKES THE ENTIRE STRENGTH OF TEACHER TRAINING AND HOW WE THAT WOULD BE ROLLED OUT. THAT'S WHY WHEN ADOPTIONS ROLL OUT, THEY USUALLY ROLL OUT IN PHASES BECAUSE THE SHEER BREADTH OF THE TRAINING THAT NEEDS TO BE INVOLVED ON THE OVERALL NEW MATERIALS AND IMPLEMENTATION. ONCE AGAIN, WE ARE NOT GOING TO VARY FROM OUR STANDARDS. THAT'S ONE THING WE WILL NOT DO. YOU KNOW, THE MATERIALS ARE THE MATERIALS. BUT OUR TEACHERS ARE GOING TO TEACH THE STANDARDS AND THEY COULD VERY WELL IN TEACHING AND LEARNING FIND SOME OTHER MATERIALS IN SOME OTHER WAYS TO AUGMENT, YOU KNOW, BUT THAT'S SOMETHING I'LL TASK THEM TO LOOK AT, TO GIVE YOU KIND OF AN OVERALL VIEW. FISCALLY, PROGRAMMATICALLY, WHAT THE TRANSITION COULD LOOK LIKE, WHAT WE HAVE FOUND IN REGARDS TO MATERIALS AND RESOURCES THAT WE MAY BE ABLE TO SUPPLEMENT. >>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MR. EAKINS. FROM MY SMALL TIME THAT WE SPENT TOGETHER WITH MRS. AGRESTA AND I, THAT WHITE BOARD YOU HAVE IN THERE, AND IT SHOWS YOUR STRATEGY OF HOW YOU ARE NAVIGATING IT. SO AS A VISUAL LEARN THEORY WAS VERY IMPRESSIVE BECAUSE YOU HAVE A PATH WHICH IS AWESOME, AND IT WAS JUST IN THE SHORT PERIOD OF TIME THAT YOU GOT THAT PATH GOING. SO I APPRECIATE THAT. AGAIN I JUST WANT US TO BE VERY, VERY THOUGHTFUL OF HOW WE BUT NOT IMPACTING THE BUDGET NEGATIVELY OR MOST IMPORTANTLY NOT IMPACTING THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF OUR STUDENTS. THANK YOU. >>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. SNIVELY. >>Melissa Snively: I NOTCH THAT YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT IT. WE TALK ABOUT IT ALMOST EVERY WEEK. BUT I DO THINK THAT -- I'LL JUST DOVETAIL ON MRS. VALDES BECAUSE I THINK WE ARE JUST LOOKING FOR A BREAK DOWN, YOU KNOW, OF COSTS OF WHAT IT'S GOING TO COST. AND MS. AGRESTA, COLLEGE BOARD CONTRACT ADDENDUM H IS SPECIFICALLY SPRINGBOARD CONTRACT. LOOK THAT ONE UP. IT JUST RENEWED JULY OF THIS YEAR AND IT RENEWS AGAIN EVERY JULY. SO THAT WILL GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF THE TIME FRAME, WHAT IT WOULD COST TO GET OUT OF THAT CONTRACT IF POSSIBLE, OR NEGOTIATE SOMETHING WITH COLLEGE BOARD THAT WOULD BE LESS COSTLY FOR THE DISTRICT TO DO. BUT I THINK I NEED TO SEE THE NUMBERS AND WHAT IT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE WITH THE TIMELINE. THANK YOU. >>Doretha Edgecomb: I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DIDN'T ADD THE VOICE OF THOSE WHO HATE SPRINGBOARD IN THIS DISCUSSION. YES, THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ACTUALLY EMBRACE IT. THERE ARE STUDENTS. WHEN I SPOKE TO THEM AT LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL, BUT SPECIFICALLY AT LENNARD, WHO WERE VERY VOCAL, ADAMANT. I THINK YOU WENT OUT AND SPOKE WITH THEM, TOO, I BELIEVE, WHO ABSOLUTELY TALKED ABOUT HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD AROUND IT. AND I KNOW YOU ARE GOING TO LOOK AT VARIOUS CATEGORIES, INFORMATION AND DATA, TO MAKE THE BEST DECISION TO DO THAT. AND I HOPE AMONG THOSE WOULD BE STUDENTS. SO WE KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE ALL OVER THE MAP, FROM ONE EXTREME TO THE OTHER. BUT LET'S NOT FORGET THAT THERE ARE TEACHERS WHO EMBRACE IT, WHO TEACH IT WELL, WHO INCORPORATE IT IN THE STRATEGY. THEY DON'T READ IT PAGE BY PAGE. IT'S NOT PRESCRIPTED. THEY SEE IT AS A RESOURCE TON EXPAND ON WHAT GOOD TEACHING LOOKS LIKE. AND I HOPE THAT WE WILL GIVE THEM EVERY OPPORTUNITY, EVERY VOICE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT WHAT DIFFERENCE IT'S MAKING, WHERE THERE ARE PROBLEMS WITH IT, IS IT WORTH LOOKING AT IT CONTINUING? BUT I DON'T THINK WE NEED TO ASSUME THAT IT IS THE MOST HATED THING IN THE UNIVERSE, BECAUSE IT ISN'T. >>April Griffin: AND MRS. EDGECOMB, I DID GO OUT THERE AND VISIT, TOO, AND I AGREE WITH YOU THAT THAT TEACHER DID AN AMAZING JOB WITH IT. I HAVE A FEELING, THOUGH, THAT THAT TEACHER WOULD TEACH ANY CURRICULUM THAT SHE HAD IN FRONT OF HER JUST AS WELL. BUT THOSE ARE THE TEACHERS THAT WOULD TEACH ANY CURRICULUM WELL. IT'S THE ONES -- ANYWAY, WE WILL BE TALKING, BUT I HOPE THAT STAFF IS HEARING OUR VOICE. AND I FEEL LIKE THE MORE WE KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD, THE WORST IT IS FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND I KNOW THE MORE FRUSTRATED THAT I GET. SO IF THERE ARE NO OTHER COMMENTS, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I WILL TURN IT BACK OVER TO YOU. >>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. PER FLORIDA STATUTE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MUST BE READ AND VOTED ON SEPARATELY. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DOESN'T THE MILLAGE RATES AS FOLLOWS: THE STATE REQUIRES LOCAL EFFORT MILLAGE RATE OF 4.6580 MILLS. >>April Griffin: MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 STATE REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT MILLAGE RATE AS PRESENTED? I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. STUART, A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. >>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ADOPT THE DISCRETIONARY OPERATING MILLAGE RATE OF 0.7480 MILLS. >>April Griffin: MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 DISCRETIONARY OPERATING MILLAGE RATE AS PRESENTED?  I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES, A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. >>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ADOPT THE LOCAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT MILLAGE RATE OF 1.5000 NILS. >>April Griffin: MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 LOCAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT MILLAGE RATE AS PRESENTED? I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES, A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. >>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ADOPT THE DEBT SERVICE MILLAGE RATE OF 0.0000 MILLS. >>April Griffin: MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND TO ADOPT THE FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 DEBT SERVICE MILLAGE RATE AS PRESENTED? I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES, A SECOND BY MRS. HAR HIS. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. >>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ADOPT THE BUDGET OF 2 BILLION, 728,, 980.39.  

>>I AM SO GLAD I DON'T HAVE TO SAY THAT ONE AGAIN. MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND TO ADOPT THE FISCAL YEAR 2016-17 BUDGET AS PRESENTED?  I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS. A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY APPROVE THE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTING THE MILLAGE RATES AND THE BUDGET. >>April Griffin: MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTING THE MILLAGE RATES AND THE BUDGET AS PRESENTED? I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS, A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. >>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY APPROVE THE PROCEDURES FOR THE EXPENDITURE OF LOTTERY FUNDS. >>April Griffin: 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. ANY DISCUSSION?  

>>IF WE GET ANY. >>April Griffin: MUCH THE QUESTION WAS PROCEDURES.  

>>I WILL VOTE FOR PROCEDURES EVERY DAY. >>April Griffin: INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. >>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AUTHORIZE STAFF TO PERFORM ALL TASKS NECESSARY TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THAN THE TRUTH IN MILLAGE REQUIREMENTS OF CHAPTER 200.07657 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 TRIM REQUIREMENTS OF CHAPTER 200 .065 FLORIDA STATUTES AS PRESENTED. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS. A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. VERY GOOD. I WILL NOW ADJOURN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BUDGET. (SOUNDING GAVEL) AND I WILL NOW OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON ADOPTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR ART, BUSINESS, EDUCATION, FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES, HEALTH SERVICES, INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY, EDUCATION, AND MUSIC. IS ANY OF THIS SPRINGBOARD? (LAUGHTER) MRS. AGRESTA. THE FLOOR IS YOURS. >>Jeffrey Eakins: MS. JOHNS WILL COME FORWARD WITH THAT.  

>>HELLO. SORRY.  

>>WE ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT ANOTHER POTENTIAL ADOPTION FOR MATERIALS AND THESE ARE ON CYCLE. SO GOOD AFTERNOON, SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, AND STAFF. AT THIS TIME, THE BOARD IS CONDUCTING A PUBLIC HEARING ON INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS BEING RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION. THE LIST OF MATERIALS IS ATTACHED TO THE AGENDA ITEM AND INCLUDES MATERIALS FOR ART, BUSINESS EDUCATION, FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES, HEALTH SERVICES, INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION, AND MUSIC. AS REQUIRED BY STATE STATUTE, A 20-DAY PUBLIC REVIEW OF THESE MATERIALS WAS CONDUCTED BEGINNING AUGUST 16th, 2016 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 5th, 2016. THIS PUBLIC HEARING THIS EVENING IS TO PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO COMMENT ABOUT THESE MATERIALS. THE BOARD WILL NOT BE VOTING ON THIS ADOPTION TODAY BUT WILL BE ASKED TO VOTE AT THE NEXT REGULAR SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING WHICH IS OCTOBER 4th, 2016. AT THIS TIME, YOU MAY CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS. >>April Griffin: IS THERE ANY PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE ADOPTION OF THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS LISTED? LAST CALL. IS THERE ANY PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE HEARING OF THE ADOPTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR THE SUBJECTS LISTED? ALL RIGHT. SEEING NONE, THAT'S IT. ALL RIGHT. VERY GOOD. THANK YOU. I AM GOING TO CLOSE THIS HEARING NOW. (SOUNDING GAVEL) AND RECONVENE THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. (SOUNDING GAVEL) ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. IT IS 6:30. AND I WILL COMMIT TO BE SHORT IN MY COMMENTS AS WE MOVE FORWARD. I'M TALKING ABOUT AGENDA ITEMS. WE ARE NOT DONE. IN A, I SAID I AM GOING TO KEEP MY COMMENTS SHORT IF I COMMENT. OKAY. VERY RARELY DO I GO ON. WE ARE NOW ON AGENDA ITEM 6.11 TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICE WAS BARNES AND NOBLE BOOK SELLER FOR THE PURCHASE OF BOOKS AND USE OF FACILITIES FOR THE PURPOSE OF CONDUCTING QUARTERLY FAMILY LIT RAYS EVENTS. AND SANDRA ROSARIO IS GOING TO BE PRESENTING AGAIN. SUPERVISOR OF PROGRAMS FOR ENGLISH LEARNERS. MRS. EVENLY COMB ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT ON THIS.  

>>GOOD AFTERNOON ONCE AGAIN. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT. WE HAVE BEEN CONDUCTING FAMILY LITERACY NATURES FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS. AND THE DISTRICT SPECIFICALLY TARGETED FOR FAMILIES ENGLISH LEARNERS. ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF TITLE 3 IS TO CONDUCT FAMILY LIT RAYS TO ENHANCE LANGUAGE ACQUISITION. FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS WE HAVE BEEN CONDUCTING QUARTERLY FAMILY LIT RAYS NIGHTS. WE HAVE A VERY -- LIT RAYS NIGHTS. WE HAVE A VERY UNIQUE PROBLEM IN THAT -- IT'S SO POPULAR THAT WE HAVE HAD TO NOW MAKE IT AN ATS TO ENSURE THAT THERE IS SAFETY IN THE LOCATIONS THAT WE ARE USING BECAUSE THE FAMILIES RESPOND SO WELL. THEY ARE HELD AT ALL FOUR LOCATIONS. AND WHAT IT'S ALLOWED US TO DO AS A DISTRICT IS TO PARTNER, TO CULTIVATE THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY LIT RAYS AND CREATE HOMES FOR OUR -- LITERACY AND CREATE HOMES FOR OUR FAMILIES. ANEW INITIATIVE WAS THE FAMILY STORY TIME. THIS IS A NATIONWIDE INITIATIVE. AND IT ALSO ALLOWED US TO ANSWER A NEED FROM OUR HISPANIC SPEAKING FAMILIES BUT THE SPANISH STORY TIMES HAVE BEEN OPPOSITE TO EACH OTHER. IT'S OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS. WE FIND THAT OUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNER FAMILIES COME TO THE SPANISH STORY AS WELL AS THE LITERACY NIGHTS. SO THAT WAS ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT MRS. EDGECOMB HAD. ALSO, THE MODEL THAT WE USED HAS ALSO WON NATION AWARD RECOGNITION FOR THE SOUTH TAMPA LOCATION, AND IT IS ACTUALLY A MODEL BEING IMPLEMENTED ACROSS THE DISTRICT. SO THE FAMILY LITERACY INITIATIVE HAVING IT AT THE BARNES & NOBLES FOCUSING ON LITERACY AND THE STANDARDS AND PROVIDING FAMILIES WITH A PRINT RICH LIBRARY IS SOMETHING THAT IS BEING REPLICATED AS A RESULT. >>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. EDGECOMB. >>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. I THINK IT'S A GREAT MODEL AND I WANT TO COMMEND YOU AND YOUR STAFF AND BARNES & NOBLES AS ONE OF THE PARTNERS FOR DOING THIS. AND I KEPT THINKING WHAT A GREAT MODEL, AND HOW CAN WE EXPAND IT TO OTHER GROUPS? FOR INSTANCE, WE SPEND A LOT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT 2020 AND 90% GRADUATION RATE, AND WE ALL REALIZE THAT THAT HAS TO BEGIN AT THE EARLY LEARNING STAGES FOR CHILDREN TO BE SUCCESSFUL, TO COME WITH VOCABULARY, EXPOSURE TO LANGUAGE AND ALL THOSE THINGS. OH, SHE'S GONE. MRS. BROWN OR SOME OTHERS, CONSIDER THIS AS A MODEL FOR HEAD START AND OTHERS TO DO THE VERY SIMILAR KINDS OF THINGS WHERE WE HAVE PARENTS. I KNOW THIS IS BEYOND THE SCOPE OF WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. BUT I THINK IF THE MODEL IS NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED, IT'S DOING WELL FOR OUR STUDENTS, WHY NOT EMBRACE IT, ENLARGE IT, AND EXPAND IT TO OTHER POPULATIONS? AND I THINK HEAD START WOULD BE AN IDEAL GROUP TO DO THIS WITH. AND SO I'M THROWING THAT OUT AS A WAY TO PERHAPS THE CONVERSATION WITH BEGIN, BECAUSE I KNOW IN TITLE 1, ESEA, AND I AM SURE IN HEAD START, PARENT INVOLVEMENT IS NECESSARY -- NO, IS A PART OF THAT, OBLIGATED, YOU ARE COMPELLED TO DO SOME THINGS WITH PARENTS. SO I THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS. AND I HOPE THAT OTHER GROUPS WILL CONSIDER THIS AS ANOTHER WAY TO DO IT. IF NOT, BARNES AND NOBLE, MAYBE THE PUBLIC LIBRARY MAY COME IN AND DO IT FOR SOME FAMILIES. I KNOW THE PUBLIC LIBRARY HAS AN ARRAY OF ACTIVITIES DURING THE DAY. BUT OUR PARENTS ARE WORKING PARENTS FOR THE MOST PART. SO IF WE DID IT IN THE EVENING, IN THE PUBLIC LIBRARY, IT'S THE SAME THING. EARLY LITERACY, PRINT RICH ENVIRONMENT, GETTING PARENTS INVOLVED IN THE READING PROCESS, DEVELOPING VOCABULARY FOR KIDS, ENJOYING READING FOR THE SAKE OF READING. I HOPE THAT WE WILL TAKE THIS ON AND EXPAND IT TO OTHER GROUPS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME THIS MORNING. >>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY. >>Melissa Snively: I CONCUR WITH MRS. EDGECOMB. AND ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I HAD WAS, IS IT RIGHT NOW LIMITED TO BARNES AND NOBLE? AND WHERE EXACTLY ARE THOSE LOCATIONS WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT?  

>>WE HAVE FOUR LOCATIONS. WE HAVE THE CARROLLWOOD, SOUTH TAMPA, WIREGRASS, AND BRANDON. >>Melissa Snively: BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO -- THE BRANDON LOCATION, FOR EXAMPLE, IS ON THE WEST SIDE OF DISTRICT 4. SO THERE'S AN ENTIRE HALF OF THE COUNTY THAT MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET TO THE BARNES & NOBLES IN BRANDON. SO I WAS THINKING THE SAME, ALONG THE SAME LINES, HOW CAN WE USE THIS TO MONITOR, EXPAND IT AND USE OUR LOCAL REGIONAL LIBRARIES OR EVEN OTHER LOCATIONS THAT ARE MORE ACCESSIBLE TO OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES?  

>>SO WHAT WE DO IS FOR THE FAMILIES THAT CANNOT ATTEND, WE PROVIDE THOSE RESOURCES TO BE THE SCHOOLS SO THAT THE ESOL RESOURCE TEACHERS CAN PARTNER AND CONDUCT FAMILY LITERACY EVENTS AT SCHOOL. SO WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE FAMILIES THAT BECAUSE OF TRANSPORTATION OR BECAUSE OF WORK THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO ATTEND. SO I HAVE MY SCHOOLS OUT IN WIMAUMA, RUSKIN AREA THAT SOMETIMES CANNOT ATTEND. BUT YOU WOULD BE SURPRISED WE GET FAMILIES FROM THERE AS WELL. SO WE DO CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FAMILY, ENGAGEMENT WITHIN PARENTS, ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS TO OCCUR AT THOSE SITES. >>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING THAT BECAUSE THAT WAS ONE OF MY QUESTIONS, WHAT DO YOU DOHERTY DO FOR THE FAMILIES THAT CAN'T GET THERE? BECAUSE TRANSPORTATION CERTAINLY IN AREAS IS AN ISSUE. HAS THERE BEEN ANY CONVERSATION WITH PARTNERING POTENTIALLY WITH THE PTAs ON THIS? PTA, ABOUT WE USED TO DO, I KNOW MANY OF THE PTAS IT? CARROLLWOOD AREA, THEY DO A FAMILY FUN NIGHT AND THEY DO BASICALLY THE SAME THING ONLY IT'S A FUND-RAISER SO ANYTHING THAT'S PURCHASED AT THE BARNES & NOBLES THERE'S A PERCENTAGE THAT GOES BACK TO THE SCHOOL. IT MIGHT BE A VERY UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO DO AN EVENING EVENT, PARTNERING THIS WITH SOME OF OUR PTAs AND SOME OF THE LOCAL FAMILIES THAT ALREADY ARE THERE AND DOING BASICALLY THE SAME THING, JUST -- WE DON'T USE ALSO THE WIREGRASS LOCATION AT ALL? WE DO?  

>>WIREGRASS, SOUTH TAMPA, CARROLLWOOD, BRANDON. FOUR LOCATIONS. >>Cindy Stuart: AND FOR $16.20, A STUDENT. MY QUESTION IS, IS THAT ENOUGH? WHAT EXACTLY IS HE GETTING FOR 16.25?  

>>AGAIN, IT'S ONE PART OF WHAT WE DO WITH TITLE 3. NOT ALL OF IT. SO, IN OTHER WORDS, SINCE I AM CHARGED WITH DOING FAMILY LITERACY, THAT'S HOW I TARGET FAMILY LITERACY IN PARTICULAR. THERE ARE OTHER FUNDS AND RESOURCES THAT GO TO THE SCHOOL THAT TARGET LITERACY AND MATH AND SCIENCE AND OTHER AREAS.  THIS IS JUST ONE ASPECT OF BUILDING FAMILY LITERACY AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT. >>Cindy Stuart: FOR STUDENTS WHO DON'T GET TO THE ACTUAL LOCATION, HONOR AT THE SCHOOL IS CHARGE CHARGED WITH HANDLING THIS IF THEY DO IT AT THE SCHOOL SITE?  

>>AT THE SCHOOL SITE THEY CAN DO IT EITHER IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FAMILY LITERACY NIGHT THAT THEY HAVE, OR WE CAN HAVE THE ESOL RESEARCH TEACHER DO A FAMILY LIT RACE. I PROVIDE THEM WITH THE RESOURCES AND MATERIALS SO THAT THEY CAN USE IT IN THE VENUE THAT IS MOST APPROPRIATE AT SCHOOL LEVEL BECAUSE THERE ARE OTHER FAMILY LITERACY ACTIVITIES THAT ARE HAPPENING. SO THEY COULD COME TO THIS ONE, IF THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO COME THEN I PROVIDE IT AND GIVE THEM OPPORTUNITIES TO USE IT AT THEIR LEISURE, AT THEIR SCHOOL, BUT IT HAS TO BE TIED TO FAMILY LITERACY.  

>>AND MY LAST COMMENT IS I NOTICED YOU LISTED SOME DATES FOR THESE. IS THERE A WAY YOU COULD SEND SOME OF THESE TO THE BOARD FOR US TO ATTEND, POTENTIALLY, SOME OF THESE? THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THAT. >>April Griffin: MS. KURDELL. >>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ARE YOU WORKING AT ALL WITH HEALTHY START/CHILDREN'S BOARD AT THE FAMILY LITERACY CENTERS? BECAUSE THEY DO THIS KIND OF THING HERE.  

>>I PARTNER WITH THE CHILDREN'S BOARD AND OTHER ITEMS, I HAVEN'T DONE IT SPECIFICALLY ON THIS PARTICULAR ONE. >>Carol Kurdell: THIS WOULD BE A PERFECT FIT FOR YOU, BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY SUCCESSFUL. THEY ARE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTERS. AND WE HAVE THEM ACROSS THE COUNTY. IT STARTED WITH HEALTHY START. THEN WE PARTNERED WITH THE CHILDREN'S BOARD. SO YOU WILL PROBABLY SEE IT. CHILDREN BOARD FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER, KELLY PARRISH AT THE CHILDREN'S BOARD WOULD BE THE PERSON. SHE'S THE EXEC OVER THERE. THEY ARE ALREADY DOING THESE TYPES OF PROGRAMS. SO TO BE ABLE FOR THE SCHOOL SYSTEM TO PARTNER WITH THEM WOULD BE IDEAL.  

>>THEY HAVE ACTUALLY PRESENTED AT OUR DISTRICT ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETINGS WHICH WE HOLD AT THE CHILDREN'S BOARD. BUT I CAN CERTAINLY REACH OUT TO HER. >>Carol Kurdell: I WOULD. I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THAT. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO ALLOW THAT TO HAPPEN. BECAUSE IT'S THE PERFECT VEHICLE. FAMILIES REAL PARTICIPATE IN WHAT'S GOING ON. SO THEY ADD A DEEPER LAYER FOR THE VERY THING WE ARE TALKING ABOUT WOULD BE WONDERFUL, YOU KNOW, OVER THE YEARS, MRS. EDGECOMB AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT EARLY CHILDHOOD AND THE NEED FOR THE SERVICES BACK TO THAT PORTION. AND WE HAVE SOME GREAT OPPORTUNITIES, I THINK, COMING UP BECAUSE THE PERSON WHO IS IN HEAD START NOW FOR THE COUNTY IS VERY MUCH A PERSON WHO BELIEVES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD, AND NOT ONLY CAN TALK IT BUT WALKS IT. SO I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. DOCTOR JENKINS. I THINK YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME OPPORTUNITIES THAT JUST WEREN'T THERE BEFORE BUT ARE THERE NOW. CONGRATULATIONS.  

>>WELL, WHEN THE FAMILIES COME, THEY DO BRING ALL THEIR FAMILY. SO WE ARE EXPOSING THE LITTLE ONES THAT HAVEN'T EVEN STARTED TO ATTEND SCHOOL TO THE LITERACY. BUT THANK YOU FOR THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. >>Carol Kurdell: SO IT'S REALLY GOOD. THANK YOU.  

>>YOU'RE WELCOME. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH CHALLENGE DAY FOR EARLY AWARENESS AND READINESS FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS, GARY UP. AND THAT'S THE MATERIALS THAT MRS. STUART MADE SURE ALL OF US HAD. PROJECTS SECURING COLLEGE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH RIGOR AND EDUCATION GRANT. AND ERIC BRICKHOLME, GENERAL DIRECTOR IS GOING TO BRENT THIS.  

>>THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO HIGHLIGHT THE CHALLENGE DAY PROGRAM WHICH WE CURRENTLY USE AT EAST BAY, SPOTO, EISENHOWER AND ADJUTANT AS AS PART OF OUR GEAR-UP GRANT. JUST A LITTLE BIT OF INFORMATION ON THE CHALLENGE DAY PROGRAM. IT'S A 6.5 HOUR EXPERIENCE THAT ACCOMMODATES 100 STUDENTS AND 25 ADULTS EACH TIME WE DO IT. THOSE ADULTS CAN BE TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, COUNSELORS, OR AS POINTED OUT TO IT WOULD BE BOARD MEMBERS, TWO BOARD MEMBERS IF YOU ARE WILLING TO COME AND PARTICIPATE IN IT. THEY OFFER SCHOOLS AN OPPORTUNITY TO IGNITE A SHIFT TOWARDS GREATER SCHOOL CONNECTIVENESS AND INCLUSIVITY. CHALLENGE DAY IS INDEED A WORLD LEADER IN PROVIDING, EMPOWERING FOR BOTH TEENS AND ADULTS. THE PROGRAMS CREATE A SAFE OPEN AND CARING SPACE FOR PEOPLE TO CONNECT AND NURTURING AND FUN GROUP ENVIRONMENT HELPING PARTICIPANTS REALIZE THEY ARE NOT ALONE IN ISSUES THAT THEY MAY FACE. AND THOSE ISSUES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO BULLYING, DRUGS, VIOLENCE, A BECAUSE, POVERTY, PREJUDICE, RACISM, ET CETERA. A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT OUR PRINCIPALS HAVE TOLD US THAT THE CHALLENGE DAY HAS DONE AT THEIR SITES, IN HELP ONE OF OUR FOURRAGERE-UP SITES HAVE DONE CHALLENGE DAYS ALREADY, IT REDUCES BEHAVIOR SUCH AS TEASING, STEREOTYPING, SOCIAL OH IMPRESSION AND BULLYING, QUICHES, CAN I TOOLS AND ADULTS FOR PEACEFUL CONFLICT RESOLUTION, A SKILL FOR HEALTHY EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION, INCREASES SELF-ESTEEM OF STUDENTS AND THEIR SENSE OF PURPOSE AND INTEGRITY, AS WELL AS BUILDING EMPATHY AND COMMUNITY ON CAMPUS. THIS WILL MARK THE SECOND YEAR THAT OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUSH SCHOOLS GEAR-UP SITES ARE ASKING TO BRING CHALLENGE DAY TO THEIR CAMPUS. OUR GEAR-UP STATES UNANIMOUSLY REQUESTED THIS AND THAT WAS AFTER POLLING ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS BASED ON WHAT WE COULD DO OUT OF GEAR-UP MONEY, WHAT WOULD THEY LIKE TO SEE AGAIN, AND EVERY SINGLE ADULT THAT PARTICIPATED ASKED TO SPRING CHALLENGE DAY BACK. THEY HAVE SEEN THEIR CULTURES IMPROVE AND EACH ONE OF THE SITES NOW HAS BEEN THE CHANGE CLUBS, WHICH COMES FROM CHALLENGE DAY, AND THIS YEAR, IF YOU APPROVE THIS, WE WILL HAVE AS MANY AS 600 STUDENTS BE ABLE TO TAKE PLACE IN CHALLENGE DAY. AND, OF COURSE, 150 ADULTS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE NEXT ITEM IS 6 .17 TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICE WAS THE NEW TEACHER CENTER TO SUPPORT THE CONTINUOUSLY DEVELOPMENT AND ENHANCEMENT OF THE POWER 3 TEACHER LEADER PROGRAM. MRS. TRISHA McMANNIS.  

>>CAN I DO IT ARE FROM HERE? THAT'S OKAY? SO THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO HIGHLIGHT THIS, MRS. SNIVELY, FOR ASKING IT TO BE HIGHLIGHTED. THIS IS A CONTRACT BETWEEN NEW TEACHER CENTER AND OUR TEACHER LEADER INITIATIVE WHICH IS IN 30 OF OUR SCHOOLS, FUNDED THROUGH THE TIF GRANT. THESE SCHOOLS ARE CALLED POWER 3 SITES. SO BASICALLY, THIS IS GOING TO CONTINUE THE DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT WITHIN THE FIELD COACHING FOR THESE 30 TEACHER LEADERS, AND IT'S A COMPREHENSIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR THOSE FOLKS. THESE ARE FOLKS AS YOU KNOW THAT ARE WITH STUDENTS 50% OF THE TIME, AND THE OTHER 50% OF THE TIME PULLED OUT TO MENTOR, COACH, PROVIDE JOB FOR TEACHERS IN THE SCHOOLS. I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF DATA TO SHARE WITH YOU FROM THE EVALUATION. SO BASICALLY, IN JANUARY 2016, 451 TEACHERS RESPONDED TO SURVEYS FROM THOSE SITES.  THIS IS QUALITATIVE DATA RIGHT NOW. I KNOW IN JANUARY OF NEXT YEAR THERE WILL BE A QUANTITATIVE PEACE ATTACHED WITH THE TIF STUDY BUT BASICALLY 92% OF THE TEACHERS OF THAT 451 FELT THAT THE TEACHER LEADER GAVE THEM EFFECTIVE METHODS FOR IMPROVING INSTRUCTION. 92% SAID THEY HELPED DEVELOP NEW SKILLS AND STRATEGIES. 90% SAID THAT THEY ENHANCED THEIR USE OF THE RUBRIC OR THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE RUBRIC FOR THEIR EVALUATION. 85% THAT SAID THAT THE TEACHER LEADER GAVE THEM GREATER CONFIDENCE IN THEIR ABILITIES IN THE CLASSROOM. AND SO WE ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK WITH ARE THAT. THE NEW TEACHER CENTER WORK IS ACTUALLY SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE TEACHER LEADERS. WE HAVE ALSO LEARNED FROM THIS PROJECT AS WE HAVE ROLLED OUT OUR TEACHER TALENT DEVELOPERS. AND THIS IS THE FIST YEAR OF TIF WHICH WILL BE GONE BUT OUR TALENT DEVELOPERS, WE ARE LEARNED A GREAT DALE FROM THIS PROJECT IN DEVELOPING THAT PROGRAM. THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY? >>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MRS. McMANNIS FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. SO MY QUESTION TO FOLLOW UP ON WHAT YOU JUST SAID ABOUT THE GRANT FUNDING, SO THIS IS THE FIST YEAR, AND WHAT'S GOING TO REPLACE IT?  

>>OUR TALENT DEVELOPERS WHICH ARE NOW IN I THINK 50 SITES. MARIE CAN VERIFY. THAT 58? THESE ARE TEACHERS THAT ARE TEACHER LEADERS IN SCHOOLS, THAT ARE 50% WITH STUDENTS AND 50% DEVELOPING TEACHER TALENT WITHIN THE BUILDING.  

>>GREAT. THAT'S REALLY CRITICAL TO IMPROVING OUR TEACHERS IN THE DISTRICT. AND THEN I JUST WANTED TO COMMENT ON THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY IN ADDITION TO THE NUMBERS, THE QUALITATIVE NUMBERS THAT YOU JUST SHARED. IT WAGS VERY HELPFUL, THE DATA ON THAT. I DON'T KNOW HONOR DID THIS. GRIFFEN, DID YOU DO THAT? OR DID TRISH DO THAT?  

>>THE DATA ON IT WAS BARB AGLIO WHO WORKS IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. STUFF THAT SNIVELY IT WAS VERY HELPFUL IN TAKING A LOOK AT THIS INITIATIVE. SO THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB? >>Doretha Edgecomb: I AM GOING TO BE BRIEF AND I KNOW THAT'S A RARITY FOR ME BUT I AM. WE HEAR SOMETHING ABOUT THIS TALENT DEVELOPERS? IT'S EARLY ON. BUT I KNOW YOU HAVE POINTS IN WHICH YOU ARE PROBABLY GATHERING INFORMATION, GETTING FEEDBACK, SEEING HOW IT'S WORKING IN SCHOOLS. CAN WE DO SOMETHING BEFORE NOVEMBER?  WHAT IS THE LAST DAY, MRS. KURDELL? CAN WE GET SOMETHING BEFORE NOVEMBER 1st, JUST TO GET SOME INSIGHT ABOUT HOW IT'S GOING, WHAT HAS BEEN SOME OF THE GLARING WONDERFUL SUCCESSES IN SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU PROBABLY NEED TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS AROUND. AND I AM SURE -- AND WHERE IS IT GOING FROM THERE? BUT I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHERE IT'S GOING.  

>>DEFINITELY. >>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT WITH THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR AUTHORITY FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS. AND TANLY CABRERA DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION IS GOING TO HIGHLIGHT THIS. AND SALLY HARRIS AND MELISSA SNIVELY ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT ON THIS.  

>>GOOD EVENING. YOU HAVE TWO AGENDA ITEMS REGARDING GRADUATIONS, GRADUATION DATES AND THE VENUE CONTRACT FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR. IF APPROVED, GRADUATIONS WILL BE SCHEDULED FOR MAY 19th THROUGH MAY 26th AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS EXPO HALL FOR 27 HUE SCHOOLS, ADULT EDUCATION, AND TECHNICAL COLLEGES. THE BACKUP DAY IF NEEDED WOULD BE ON SATURDAY, MAY 27th. REHEARSALS BEGIN ON MAY 16 THROUGH MAY 21st. INCLUDED IN THE DATES, YOU ALSO SAW THE GRADUATION DATES FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION CENTERS AND CAREER CENTERS AND VIRTUAL SCHOOL. JUST TO SUMMARIZE A FEW THINGS. GRADUATION DATES WILL HAVE FOUR SCHOOLS A DAY FOR THE SEVEN DAYS. TAMPA SCHEDULING FOR OUR EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT AND CAREER CENTERS, WE DID MAKE SURE THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY CONFLICT WITH THE TRADITIONAL GRADUATION DATES. THEREIN HAD BEEN A REQUEST FROM OUR BOARD MEMBERS IN PREVIOUS YEARS. WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAVE OUR LIFE STREAMING OF THE GRADUATIONS AND THE VIDEOTAPE AND POSTING AS WE DID LAST YEAR. ONCE IT'S APPROVED,THE SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE AND PRINCIPALS WILL BEGIN NOTIFYING THE PARENTS. >>April Griffin: MRS. STUART? >>Cindy Stuart: AND I WANT TO THANK STAFF. I KNOW THIS WAS A VERY ROBUST CONVERSATION AT ONE OF OUR LAST WORKSHOPS. I APPRECIATE YOU LISTENING TO THE BOARD'S COMMENTS AND OUR CONCERNS ABOUT HAVING TWO VENUES AND THE SCHEDULE. AND I KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE THIS YEAR TO HAVE FOUR A DAY. BUT I KNOW I HAVE ALREADY HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH DR. VAZQUEZ ABOUT WAYS THAT WE CAN MAYBE MAKE THINGS MORE ACCOMMODATING FOR THE STAFF AND THE PEOPLE WHO THERE ARE FOR GRADUATIONS FOR THE DAY TO COME. SO I APPRECIATE THE EFFORT. THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY. >>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT, MRS. CABRERA. I'M SORRY, I MISSED THAT ROBUST CONVERSATION AT THE WORKSHOP. SO IF YOU COULD JUST HUMOR ME FOR A MOMENT. BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD IDEA TO HAVE THE TWO DIFFERENT VENUES. SO I APOLOGIZE FOR MISSING THAT CONVERSATION. BECAUSE FROM WHAT I UNDERSTOOD FROM PRINCIPALS, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE BIT LESS STRESSFUL FOR THE SCHOOLS TO HAVE TWO DIFFERENT VENUES TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME AND FLEXIBILITY FOR FAMILIES AND STUDENTS STUDENTS. SO COULD YOU HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHAT'S THE CON FOR HAVING A SECOND VENUE?  

>>THE INFORMATION THAT WAS SHARED BY SOME OF THE BOARD MEMBERS AT THAT WORKSHOP WAS THE NEED TO WANT TO HAVE ALL OF THE GRADUATIONS AT ONE SITE SO THAT THE BOARD MEMBERS WOULD BE ABLE TO ATTEND ALL THE GRADUATIONS, WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WAS BROUGHT UP DURING THAT TIME.  

>>SO THERE WAS A LOT OF DISCUSSION. THAT WAS PART OF IT. THAT WAS ACTUALLY A SMALLER PART THAN THE FACT THAT WHEN THE SUN DOME UNCEREMONIOUSLY KICKED US OUT WITH NO NOTICE, THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT WE DID NOT FORGET. THE FACT THAT THE STUDENTS THEMSELVES, IF YOU HAVE BEEN TO A GRADUATION AT SUN DOME, THEY LINE THE STUDENTS UP AROUND THE HALL. THERE'S A HALLWAY WITH TWO ROWS OF STUDENTS WHERE YOU HAVE TO SQUEEZE THROUGH, AND THE KIDS ARE JUST -- IT'S NOT A REALLY GREAT ENVIRONMENT FOR THEM TO BE IN AND IT'S VERY HOT. IT'S VERY SWEATY. VERY UNCOMFORTABLE. THE PARKING SITUATION AT SUN DOME IS VERY, VERY DIFFICULT FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. IT'S HARD FOR THEM TO GET UP THERE. IT'S A VERY DIFFICULT CHALLENGING PLACE TO PARK. THOSE WERE A FEW OF THE REASONS, IF I AM FORGETTING, I MEAN.  

>>WE DID UPDATE THE BOARD, TOO, IN THAT THERE HAVE BEEN SOME RENOVATIONS AT THE SUN DOME. SOME OF THE CHANGES THAT WERE PUT INTO PLACE, I KNOW BECAUSE OF SOME OF THOSE CHALLENGES WITH THE HALLWAYS BEING THE STAGING AREAS BEFORE. AND THAT HAS CHANGED WITH THE RENOVATIONS OF THE SUN DOME ADDITION TO THE STAGING, AND THEY HAVE A LARGE JULY NICE YUM AREA, BUT ALSO THE AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM WAS ALSO UPDATED AT THAT TIME. BUT THOSE WERE SOME OF THE OTHER PARTS OF THE CONVERSATION THAT WERE PART -- >>April Griffin: THERE'S A NEW AIRPLANE CONDITIONING SYSTEM. IT'S BEEN RENOVATED SO THERE'S NOT THE TWO HALLWAYS ANY LONGER. THERE'S A LARGER AREA FOR THE STAGING. OBVIOUSLY THE PARKING IS AN ISSUE ANYWHERE BECAUSE THE PARKING WAS AN ISSUE AT THE FAIRGROUNDS, TOO. BUT THIS IS A VENUE THAT HOSTS BASK GAMES, CONCERTS, ALL TYPES OF EVENTS. SO I JUST WANTED TO KIND OF GET AN IDEA. IT JUST SEEMED LIKE IT MADE MORE SENSE TO HAVE TWO VENUES. CAN IS THERE A BIG COST DIFFERENTIAL? IS THERE A LOT OF ADDITIONAL COST FOR HAVING IT AS A SECOND VENUE?  

>>THE COST DIFFERENCE WOULD BE FOR THE TWO VENUES WOULD BE A DIFFERENCE OF ABOUT $3 1,000. WITH THAT, THERE HAS BEEN SOME INCREASES THAT HAVE COME ONBOARD WITH THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR, ARE INCREASING THEIR FEES ACROSS THE BOARD. BUT THAT WOULD BE THE DIFFERENCE OF WHAT WE PAID LAST YEAR FOR GRADUATIONS AND WHAT WOULD BE PAID FOR THIS YEAR WITH HAVING TWO VENUES. FOR THE ONE VENUE, THE DIFFERENCE IN PRAISE WOULD BE STILL OVER $10 THAT YOU. AND AGAIN GOING BACK TO SOME OF THAT BEING SOME INCREASES IN COSTS.  

>>THERE WOULD BE A SLIGHT INCREASE IN COST. THEN POSSIBLY A LARGE CONSIDERATION FOR CONVENIENCE FOR SOME OF THE SCHOOLS. AND SOME OF THE --  

>>THAT'S WHAT I GATHERED FROM TALKING TO SOME OF THE PRINCIPALS IS THAT THEY REALLY WOULD HAVE APPRECIATED A SECOND VENUE. SO HISTORICALLY SPEAKING I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH WHATEVER HAPPENED WHEN THE RUG GOT PULLED OUT FROM UNDER US PREVIOUSLY, AND THEY BACKED OUT OF WHATEVER AGREEMENT THEY HAD. BUT TO ME, CAN WE PLEASE EXTEND AN OL' ITCH YOU BRANCH HERE? ARE WE REALLY GOING TO HISTORICALLY HOLD A GRUDGE AGAINST USF FOR PULLING OUT AT THE LAST MINUTE? OKAY, I'M SORRY. I'M JUST TRYING TO WRAP MY HEAD AROUND THIS BECAUSE IT DOESN'T SEEM VERY LOGICAL.  

>>AND I WANT TO MAINTAIN ORDER HERE. THERE WAS A VERY, VERY ROBUST CONVERSATION. AND I DIDN'T EVEN STATE ALL OF THE RATIONALE. I MEAN, MRS. KURDELL BROUGHT UP THE FACT THAT IN THE FAIRGROUNDS, THE FAMILIES ARE CLOSER TO THE STUDENTS. AT THE USF, THEY ARE WAY, WAY FAR REMOVED. IT GETS MUCH, MUCH LOUDER. PEOPLE ARE MOVING AROUND CONSTANTLY AT THE USF SUN DOME. THERE WAS A VERY ROBUST CONVERSATION THAT TOOK PLACE AT THAT WORKSHOP. AND THERE WAS ONE BOARD MEMBER WHO SAID SHE WAS OKAY WITH EITHER/OR, AND THE SUPERINTENDENT WAS ASKED TO COME BACK WITH A DIFFERENT RECOMMENDATION. BUT THERE WAR LOT OF DIFFERENT REASONS, NOT JUST THE ONES THAT WERE STATED HERE TODAY. SECURITY WAS ANOTHER FACTOR. SPLITTING SECURITY AT TWO DIFFERENT VENUES. SO THERE WERE A LOT OF CONSIDERATIONS THERE. YOU MISSED A VERY, VERY ROBUST CONVERSATION.  

>>OKAY. WELL, I JUST WAS CONCERNED BECAUSE I FELT LIKE I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE LISTENING TO OUR PRINCIPALS, IF THE ONES THAT ARE THE MOST CONCERNED. I MEAN, THE PRINCIPALS KNOW THEIR SCHOOLS. THEY KNOW THEIR STUDENTS. THEY KNOW THE THEIR FAMILIES. THEY KNOW THEIR SCHOOLS. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE LISTENING TO OUR PRINCIPALS IF THEY ARE THE ONES SAYING THAT THAT WOULD BE AN EASIER, MORE CONVENIENT ROUTE TO TAKE TO HAVE TWO VENUES. SO WITH THAT SAID, I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PULL THIS FOR A SEPARATE VOTE, MR. PORTER. >>Jim Porter: MAKE A MOTION, YES.  

>>I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE TO PULL THIS ITEM FOR SEPARATE VOTE. >>April Griffin: THERE IS A MOTION -- AND I WANT TO KEEP THE NAMES IN ORDER AS THEY ARE HERE FOR THE CONVERSATION. BUT WE ARE NOW -- THERE IS A MOTION AND A SECOND TO PULL THIS FOR SEPARATE VOTE. ON THE FLOOR. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON THE MOTION THAT'S ON THE FLOOR? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE VOTING NOW TO PULL THIS FOR A SEPARATE VOTE. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. IF YOU COULD PLEASE PUT THE NAMES BACK UP IN THE ORDER THAT THEY WERE UP. MRS. SNIVELY, YOU STILL HAVE THE FLOOR. >>Melissa Snively: THAT WAS ALL THE QUESTIONS THAT I HAD. AND THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF THAT WORKSHOP CONVERSATION AT THE DID AT THE DAIS THAT I MISSED. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. STUART. OH, MRS. HARRIS. >>Sally Harris: THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERING THAT. THIS IS ONE AREA THAT WAS VERY DEAR AND NEAR TO MY HEART. AND FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK WITH A PLAN THAT WORKS. AND I'M EXCITED THAT WE HAVE ONE VENUE. AND I'M EXCITED THAT WE WERE ABLE TO GET THEM ALL DONE AT ONE PERIOD OF TIME. HOWEVER, I DO WANT TO PUT THROUGHOUT PUBLICLY I'M OKAY WITH TWO VENUES. WHAT I AM NOT OKAY WITH IS SIMULTANEOUS GRADUATIONS. SO IN THE FUTURE, IF YOU WANT TO CONSIDER TWO VENUES, AND I AM NOT SAYING THIS JUST TO YOU, I'M SAYING IT PUBLICLY FOR EVERYONE, I WOULD BE VERY WILLING TO LOOK AT THAT. BUT I WAS VERY ADAMANT THAT I DID NOT WANT SIMULTANEOUSLY GRADUATIONS, BECAUSE I DIDN'T FEEL IT WAS FAIR TO OUR SUPERINTENDENT TO HAVE TO MAKE A CHOICE OF WHICH ONES HE ATTENDED, OR US, BECAUSE I DID HAVE SOMEONE THAT HAD A STUDENT AT ONE OF THE IV SCHOOLS THAT COULD POTENTIALLY BE HAVING A GRADUATION FOR ANOTHER ONE OF THEIR CHILDREN AT A DIFFERENT VENUE. AND WE WOULD BE SPLITTING FAMILIES. WE WOULD BE SPLITTING AUNTS, UNCLES, COUSINS AT EXACTLY THE SAME TIME AND IT WOULD HAPPEN IN A MINUTE THAT WE WOULD HAVE TWO SIMULTANEOUSLY SPLITTING FAMILIES THAT HAVE TO GO AND MISS ONE OF THEIR CHILDREN'S GRADUATIONS. SO I FELT THAT WAS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE TO BRING UP. SO AGAIN I DON'T MIND NEXT YEAR LOOKING AT TWO VENUES IF THAT'S WHAT EVERYBODY WANTS TO DO. BUT I FEEL THAT WE OWE IT TO ALL OF OUR PRINCIPALS, OUR SCHOOLS, AND OUR FAMILIES, TO HAVE GRADUATIONS THAT ARE NOT SIMULTANEOUS SO THAT THOSE OF US WHO WANT TO GO TO ALL OF THEM CAN REACH OUT AND GO TO ALL OF THEM. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR IS THE STUDENTS. >>April Griffin: MRS. STUART. >>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND I AGREE WITH MRS. SNIVELY, WE SHOULD BE RESPECTING WHAT THE PRINCIPALS HAVE OFFERED AND WHAT PRINCIPALS HAVE BROUGHT FORWARD. HOWEVER, WITH THE PRINCIPAL COUNCIL AND MY UNDERSTANDING WAS NOT AWARE OF WHEN THEY CAME FORWARD OF THAT WAS THAT THIS WAS NEVER PRESENTED TO THE BOARD WHEN WE CHANGED THE CALENDAR. SO I THINK IF THIS BOARD HAD KNOWN WHEN WE CHANGED THE CALENDAR AND MOVED TO AN AUGUST 10th START DATE THAT WE WOULD BE LOOKING AT GRADUATIONS THAT WOULD HAPPEN OVER A SEVEN OR EIGHT-DAY PERIOD, AND WE WOULD BE FORCED INTO TWO VENUES. WE MIGHT HAVE CHOSE DIFFERENTLY ON THE STARTER SCHOOL. AND UNFORTUNATELY THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN. SO WHILE I RESPECT THE PRINCIPALS AND WHAT THEY WERE ASKING FOR, UNFORTUNATELY, I DON'T THINK IT'S FAIR TO PUT EVERYONE IN A POSITION WHERE WE ARE LOOKING AT TWO VENUES, ADDITIONAL COST, STAFF, AND BOARD MEMBERS SPLIT BETWEEN TWO VENUES BECAUSE IT'S NOT JUST BOARD MEMBERS, IT'S STAFF, TOO, AND THE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT GETS DONE IN THAT WEEK AT THE FAIRGROUNDS WHEN WE ARE ALL THERE, AND WHEN MR. EAKINS AND HIS STAFF CAN DO INTERVIEWS AND HAVE PEOPLE THERE FOR MEETINGS, IS HUGE. AND TO TRY TO TRAVEL BETWEEN USF AND THE FAIRGROUNDS IN THE LATE AFTERNOON IS GOING TO BE A NIGHTMARE. IT IS A NIGHTMARE. YALE TELL YOU IT'S A NIGHTMARE. SO WHILE I AGREE WITH MRS. HARRIS, I AM NOT OPPOSED TO TWO VENUES AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT SIMULTANEOUS. I'M NOT SURE WHY WE WOULD CHOOSE TWO VENUES IF WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE SIMULTANEOUS. BUT IF WE LOOK FAR ENOUGH DOWN THE ROAD AND SAW THIS COMING WE MIGHT HAVE CHOSE DIFFERENTLY ON THE START DATE OF SCHOOL, OR THOUGHT ABOUT OR LOOKED AT THAT. EXAMS ARE THE ISSUE. AND THAT MAY CHANGE. I'M HOPING OF THAT WE CAN HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH TALLAHASSEE ABOUT POTENTIALLY MAKING OR LOOKING AT CHANGES FOR EXAMS. BUT THE EXAMS ARE WHAT IS PUSHING US INTO FOUR A DAY OVER AN EIGHT-DAY PERIOD. IT'S NOT THAT WE COULDN'T START EARLIER. IT'S THE EXAMS. AND STUDENTS HAVING THE ABILITY TO COMPLETE EXAMS AND ACTUALLY MAKE SURE THEY ARE GOING TO WALK ACROSS THE STAGE WITH THE APPROPRIATE REQUIREMENTS. AND I AM SORRY THAT YOU MISSED THAT CONVERSATION, TOO, BECAUSE WE SPENT A LOT LONGER ON THE CONVERSATION THAN I THINK WE HAD PLANNED TO, BUT I AM GLAD THAT WE DID. AND WE CAME OUT OF THERE WITH CONSENSUS AND DIRECTION FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT. SO I WOULD HATE TO SEE US MOVE IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION AT THIS POINT. THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: MRS. KURDELL. >>Carol Kurdell: THANKS VERY MUCH. JUST -- MRS. GRIFFIN TOUCHED ON IT IN HER REMARKS. MY CONCERN -- AND I HAVE EXPERIENCE P.D. IT ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS OVER MULTIPLE YEARS -- IS THAT THE PHYSICAL SET-UP OF THE SUN DOME INSIDE, YOU TALKED ABOUT SPORTS AND CONCERTS. IT'S GREAT FOR THAT. BUT I CAN TELL YOU FROM EXPERIENCE THAT FOR GRADUATION THEY FORGET THAT IT IS A GRADUATION AND SUPPOSED TO BE A SOLEMN OCCASION, AND A HAPPY OCCASION. THEY GET -- PEOPLE START WALKING. AND EVEN THOUGH SECURITY TRAYS TO STOP IT, IT DOESN'T ENHANCE THE GRADUATION EXPERIENCE FOR THE STUDENT. LET ALONE THE FAMILIES THAT COME IN FROM AFAR. SO IT'S JUST NOT THE RIGHT VENUE, IN MY OPINION, THAT'S CONDUCIVE TO THE GRADUATION, EVEN THOUGH THEY DO THE GRADUATIONS THERE. IF YOU HAVE EVER ATTENDED ONE OF THEIRS IT'S PRETTY MUCH THE SAME WAY. SO JUST AN OPINION. >>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB. >>Doretha Edgecomb: PERHAPS OF ALL THE EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A STUDENT, THIS IS PROBABLY THE PREMIER EVENT. HAVE WE ASKED PARENTS AND STUDENTS? ALL OF THE INPUT AND THE DIRECTIONS -- AND IT IS THE BOARD'S FINAL DECISION -- CAME FROM OUR VOICES. I'M JUST WONDERING, DID WE ASK ONE PARENT, ONE STUDENT, A GROUP OF STUDENTS, HOW DO THEY FEEL ABOUT THIS? AND I THINK IF WE DENIED THEM THAT OPPORTUNITY, THEN WE HAVE FOCUSED ON -- WE HAVE FORGOTTEN TO FOCUS ON THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE ON THOSE DATES, OUR PARENTS, OUR FAMILIES AND OUR STUDENTS. IT'S KIND OF A MAT POINT NOW. BUT I KNOW THAT THERE WERE CONCERNS ABOUT THE PHYSICAL SET-UP. AND YOU TALKED ABOUT SOME CHANGES AND YOU BROUGHT SOME PICTURES BEFORE. I WAS CRAZY ENOUGH TO SAY WHY NOT TAKE A FIELD TRIP TO GO OUT THERE AND LOOK AT IT AND SEE FOR YOURSELVES TO SEE WHAT CHANGES WERE MADE. MRS. SNIVELY, HAD I QUICHE YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE. I WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THE LONE VOICE BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE BEEN THE ONLY PERSON. I AM GOING TO GO BACK TO WAY SAID THAT DAY, AND I AM GOING TO ECHO, AND MR. SUPERINTENDENT, YOU, IF YOU DON'T MIND, THAT OUR PRINCIPALS ARE THE CEOs OF THEIR SCHOOLS, AND THEY KNOW THE NEEDS OF THEIR SCHOOLS, THEIR FACULTY, THEIR STAFF, AND THEIR COMMUNITY. AND NOT TO GIVE CREDENCE TO WHAT THEY BROUGHT TO US -- AND I UNDERSTAND THE DATE WERE MISSING IN THAT CONVERSATION MAYBE WITH THE PRINCIPAL'S COUNCIL, IN A WAY MAKES A MOCKERY OF WHAT WE SAY WE WANT PRINCIPALS TO DO. IT'S NOT THAT THEY ALWAYS HAVE TO HAVE THE LAST WORD. BUT I CERTAINLY THINK THEIR WORDS SHOULD BRING GREATER CREDIBILITY TO SOME OF THE DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE. THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMENTS? ALL RIGHT. THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. WE VOTED. WE ARE GOING TO VOTE ON THIS.  

>>YOU NEED A MOTION. >>April Griffin: WE NEED TO VOTE ON THIS ITEM SEPARATELY. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO VOTE ON THIS SEPARATELY. I MEAN, TO VOTE ON THIS. TO VOTE THE RECOMMENDATION UP OR DOWN. MRS. SNIVELY, WHAT IS YOUR RECOMMENDATION? OR WHAT IS YOUR MOTION? >>Melissa Snively: EXCUSE ME.  

>>SO TYPICALLY HE'S RECOMMENDING APPROVAL. >>April Griffin: DO I HAVE A RECOMMEND TO APPROVE THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION AS PRESENTED? I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. STUART TO APPROVE THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION AS PRESENTED. I HAVE A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? (MUSIC PLAYS) (LAUGHTER).  

>>OUR TECHNOLOGY GUY WITH THAT SONG?  

>>PERFECT.  

>>WAITING FOR A MISTER SOFTEE TRUCK TO COME AROUND.  

>>BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU ARE IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION TO HOLD GRADUATIONS IN ONE VENUE, YOU VOTE YES. IF YOU DISAGREE WITH THAT, VOTE NO. >>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS, ANY DISCUSSION? ANY MORE DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSES 5-II WITH MRS. EDGECOMB AND MRS. SNIVELY AS NOS. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE NOW ONTO ITEM 6.2ndAND TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE 2016-2017 SCHOOL RESOURCE DEPUTY PROGRAM. AND JOHN NEWMAN, SECURITY AND CHIEF OF MANAGEMENT. THIS WAS PULLED FOR COMMENT BY MRS. SNIVELY.  

>>THANKS FOR ALLOWING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS. MADAM CHAIR, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, STAFF, THIS IS THE ANNUAL CONTRACT THAT WE HAVE WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. THERE WAS SOME DELAY IN GETTING IT FROM THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE THIS YEAR SO OUR TIMELINE IS PROBABLY IN ORDER. MOST TIME WE GET THESE THINGS THE LAST WEEK OF JOHN, FIRST WEAK OF JULY TO BE READY FOR THE FISCAL YEAR. TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT'S MOU WAS APPROVED BY THE BOARD IN JULY 8th BOARD MEETING. THERE WAS A CHANGE OF LEADERSHIP AT THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE. SO THEY WERE A BIT BEHIND IN GETTING THEIRS TO US. THESE WHY THERE'S A NOTATION ON THE COVER SHEET THAT IT WAS RECEIVED INTO THE BUSINESS SECTION IN AUGUST. WHAT YOU SEE IN FRONT OF YOU IS WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY AGREED UPON FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR. WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT -- YOU MIGHT NOT RECOGNIZE BUT WHAT YOU ARE SEEING THERE'S A FISCAL WORK SHEET THAT WE STARTED LAST YEAR AT THE REQUEST OF MRS. SAUNDERS SO WE CAN SEE THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION THAT VERIFIES THE SALARIES AND THE NUMBERS THAT BOTH AGENCIES SUBMIT, AS WELL AS A POLICY, INTERDEPARTMENT POLICY FOR THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE ABOUT THE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IN THIS CASE. BACK IN THE WORKSHOP THAT WE HAD BEEN IN AUGUST 16th, WE DISCUSSED A LOT OF THINGS MOVING FORWARD. AT THERE IS EDGECOMB'S REQUEST WE ARE LOOKING AT TRYING TO DEVELOP SOME SORT OF EFFECTIVENESS, EVALUATION OR BENCHMARK. WE ALSO WANTED TO GO BACK AND LOOK AT MORE SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES RATHER THAN A GENERAL IDP THAT YOU SEE ATTACHED. AND FINALLY THERE WAS SOME CONVERSATION, I BELIEVE, BY WHERE YOU, MRS. STUART, OR MRS. GRIFFIN, ABOUT HAVING AN EVALUATION SUPPLEMENT BY THE SITE ADMINISTRATOR SO THEY CAN ACTUALLY PARTICIPATE IN THE EVALUATION PROCESS FOR BOTH THE DEPUTY AND THE OFFICER DEPENDING ON WHAT AGENCY WE ARE SPEAKING WITH. SO THOSE THINGS ARE COMING UP. THOSE ARE THINGS THAT WE DISCUSSED POST WORKSHOP. BUT THIS IS THE MOU GOING INTO THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS 7.027 TO APPROVE THE STATEMENT OF WORK FOR TINDALE-OLIVER AND ASSOCIATES INCORPORATED TO CONDUCTED A LONG RANGE SCHOOL PLAN STUDY. AND DEPUTY MANAGER OF GROWTH MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING. AND THIS WAS ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT BY MRS. EDGECOMB AND MRS. SNIVELY.  

>>GOOD EVENING BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. THANK YOU FOR THIS CHANCE TO HIGHLIGHT THIS VERY EXCITING ITEM FOR US. IT'S A CONTRACT WITH THE FIRM OF TINDALE-OLIVER WHO ARE A WELL KNOWN FIRM IN THE STATE, PROVIDES FINANCIAL ANALYSIS AND PLANNING WORK. WE HAVE HAD THEM ON OUR CONTINUING TO CONTRACT FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW. WE HAVE REALLY NOT HAD A NEED TO USE THAT SPECIFIC PART OF OUR SERVICES BUT WE THINK AT THIS POINT HAVING A LONG RANGE PLANNING STUDY DONE TON ASSIST US LOOKING DOWN THE ROAD. AS YOU KNOW, THE DEMOGRAPHICS HAVE CHANGED. AFTER GROWTH STARTED COMING BACK WE STARTED HAVING FASTER GROWTH IN A LOT OF CERTAIN AREAS AND FRANKLY DON'T HAVE GOOD HANDLE ON THE INFORMATION AS IT COMES IN. SO THIS PLAN WOULD PROVIDE US MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON STUDENT GENERATION RATES, THE COST OF CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE FOR OUR FACILITIES SO THAT WE CAN BETTER PLAN HOW MUCH WE CAN BUILD AND HOW MUCH WE HAVE TO MAINTAIN, FUNDS, AND ALSO TO ANALYZE OUR CURRENT USE OF FACILITIES, ATTENDANCE AREAS AND A VARIETY OF MORE DETAILED STUDIES TON HELP US MOVING FORWARD. IF I CAN ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS. >>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY? >>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. SO ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I WANTED TO ASK WHEN WE TALKED A LITTLE ABOUT THIS BEFORE, BUT THIS HAS NOT BEEN DONE BEFORE.  THIS HAS NOT BEEN OUTSOURCED BEFORE. SO I WANTED TO UNDERSTAND WHY WE ARE OUTSOURCING IT, AND WHAT WE EXPECT AS FAR AS FLAG MEASURES AND LEAD MEASURES. BECAUSE THE STATE OF THE DISTRICT FROM WHAT WE HAVE SEEN DEMOGRAPHICALLY IS KIND OF DEMANDING. THIS TYPE OF DATA COLLECTION. AND SO I JUST WANT TO WRAP MY HEAD AROUND THAT AND MAKE SURE THAT WE UNDERSTAND WHY WE ARE SPENDING THIS MONEY.  

>>CERTAINLY. WE HAVE NOT UNDERTAKEN THIS TYPE OF STUDY BEFORE. INSOURCED OR OUTSOURCED. BACK IN 2007 OR SO, I THINK WE BROUGHT IN A DEMOGRAPHER TO DO SOME PROJECTION WORK FOR US AND THEN OF COURSE NOW WHAT HAPPENED. THE RECESSION HIT. SO WE LOOKED OUT AND THEN EVERYTHING STOPPED. SO THIS MILLION GIVE US THAT OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK FORWARD AND START TO HAVE MORE ACCURACY AS TO WHEREBY GROWTH IS COMING, WHAT RATE IT'S COMING, HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE COMING FROM HOUSEHOLDS. WE RATE NOW ARE RELAYING ON DATA THAT WAS CREATED ESSENTIALLY IN THE 2000 CENSUS, IN 2007 FOR THE 2004 IMPACT FEE STUDY. SO THAT'S A BIT OUTDATED AND THERE'S A LOT NEWER TECHNOLOGY AND TECHNIQUES THAT CAN BE USED AND THAT'S WHAT TINDALE-OLIVER IS GOING TO BE BRINGING TO US AS THEY BROUGHT TO OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT ACROSS THE STATE.  

>>AND AS A BY-PRODUCT, I KNOW IT'S NOT THE INTENT OF THIS PARTICULAR STUDY, BUT AS A BY-PRODUCT, WE WILL HAVE A BETTER ESTIMATION OF WHAT IMPACT FEES SHOULD LOOK LIKE IN OUR DISTRICT.  

>>WE'LL HAVE A BETTER IDEA OF THE COST OF GROWTH. THAT IS TRUE. AND SPECIFICALLY NOT AN IMPACT FEE STUDY AS WE DISCUSSED A LITTLE BIT. BUT IT WILL TELL US ABOUT HOW MUCH SCHOOLS ARE COSTS US PER HOUSEHOLD. >>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: MRS. KURDELL? >>Carol Kurdell: AS I READ THIS, WHAT'S INTERESTING TO ME IS WE USED TO DO ALL OF THIS IN-HOUSE. ALL OF IT. AND THEY WERE DEAD ON ACCURATE. BUT I GUESS BECAUSE IT'S 2007 WAS THE LAST TIME WE HAD THAT DEMOGRAPHY, WHO I HAPPENED TO RUN INTO THE OTHER DAY, AND HE WAS PERFECT ON THE BOUNDARIES. HE WAS PERFECT. ONE OF THE FEW BOUNDARIES I REMEMBER PASSING THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY TROUBLE WITH. THAT'S WHY I REMEMBER HIM AND PROBABLY SOME OF THE OTHERS DO. SO IT WILL BE INTERESTING. WELL, I WON'T BE HERE. BUT IT WILL BE INTERESTING FOR YOU GUYS TO SEE THIS AND HEAR THIS ALL IN ONE PLACE LAKE THIS, BECAUSE THE INFORMATION IS REALLY, REALLY ESSENTIAL WHEN YOU MOVE FORWARD. AND NOW WE ARE BUMPING UP AND GROWING AGAIN. YOU ARE REALLY ABSOLUTELY GOING TO NEED IT. I THINK IT'S A GOOD THING. IT'S A LOT OF MONEY. AND WE KNOW THAT. BUT WE DON'T NECESSARILY DO THIS KIND OF STUFF IN-HOUSE ANYMORE. NOT LIKE WE DID. IT CAPABLE OUT OF THE ADMINISTRATION. THEY DID ALL OF THAT AND IT WAS HOUSED OVER THERE. AND NOW THEY DON'T DO THAT ANYMORE. SO, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN DO IT. AND YOU DO A WONDERFUL JOB. AND I'M GLAD YOU ARE WHERE YOU ARE.  

>>WE DO THE BEST WE CAN.  

>>I KNOW YOU DO.  

>>A LOT DEEPER, THOUGH, THAN WHAT WAS DONE BEFORE. I JUST WANT YOU TO REALIZE THAT. A LOT DEEPER. >>Carol Kurdell: THAT'S IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT BECAUSE IT IS A LOT DEEPER. AND SO I WOULD WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT THIS SO THAT LIKE YOU SAID, THERE'S NEW TECHNOLOGY. WE ARE GOING TO BE IN ANOTHER GROWTH PERIOD. IT'S GOING TO BE REALLY INTERESTING. SO GOOD FOR YOU. >>April Griffin: MRS. STUART. >>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I JUST HAVE A QUESTION. BECAUSE WE DON'T DO THIS OBVIOUSLY IN A SILO. WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE LENGTHS OF THE OTHER GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES THAT OPERATE AROUND US. SO HOW MUCH OF THIS DO WE END UP IN THE LONG RUN SHARING WITH MPO STAFF, WITH PLANNING COMMISSION STAFF, WITH BOCC STAFF, SO THAT WHEN WE DO GET TO A PLACE AND SAY, HEY, WAIT A MINUTE, WE KNOW WE ARE GOING TO NEED THREE SCHOOLS THERE, YOU CAN'T PUT THAT MANY HOUSES THERE BECAUSE WE CAN'T BUILD THREE MORE SCHOOLS THERE, HOW MUCH SHARING IS GOING ON?  

>>WE SHARE, AND WE REVIEW PROJECTS, ALL THE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SEND US PROJECTS AS THEY ARE COMING IN, AND WE DO SHARE THAT INFORMATION. THE WAY THE CONCURRENCY SYSTEM WORKS, THOUGH, IS IF THERE IS NO ROOM IN SCHOOL A, BUT RIGHT NEXT TO IT IS SCHOOL B, THEN AND THERE'S SPACE AT B, THEN WE HAVE TO LET THAT PROJECT GO THROUGH. AND THAT WAS PART OF THE STATE LAW FOR SCHOOL CONCURRENCY. SO WHEN YOU HAVE A SCHOOL, SAY GAITHER THAT'S OVERCROWDED, OR CROWDED, FULL, AND A DEVELOPMENT COMES INTO GAITHER, BUT THERE IS ROOM AT CHAMBERLAIN, WE CANNOT SAY NO TO THAT SCHOOL -- TO THAT PROJECT, BECAUSE THERE'S SCHOOL SPACE NEXT DOOR. AND THAT WOULD BE --  

>>EVEN THOUGH THAT COST US MORE MONEY, BECAUSE WE HAVE TO MOVE KIDS.  

>>WELL, WE WOULD NEED TO REBOUNDRY THEN. THAT'S THE RESULT AND THAT'S THE WAY THE LAW IS.  

>>WHICH COSTS US MONEY, TOO.  

>>THE LAW IS DESIGNED TOO MAKE SURE DISTRICTS MAXIMIZE THE USE OF ALL YOUR SPACE THAT YOU DON'T FORCE A DEVELOPER TO BUILD YOU SOMETHING WHEN YOU HAVE SPACE AT AN ADJACENT SCHOOL. BUT THAT'S PROBLEMATIC WHEN WE DON'T HAVE A ROUTINE PROCESS TO CHANGE BOUNDARIES ON AN ANNUAL BASIS, AND I DON'T THINK ANYONE WANTS TO THAT I HAVE HEARD EVER SAY THAT.  

>>MAYBE NOT ANNUAL BUT I THINK WE NEED TO COME UP WITH A WAY THAT WE CHANGE BOUNDARIES THAT IS EQUITABLE AND THAT FITS WHAT WE ARE SEEING AND WHAT IS GOING TO PROBABLY COME OUT OF THIS. I'M HOPING THAT'S THE NEXT STEP IS THAT WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT, OKAY, NOW WE HAVE THIS IN HAND, NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT NOT ONLY REBOUNDRY BUT HOW WE ARE GOING TO MOVE THOSE SAME STUDENTS, WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO BE BUILDING TO THE SCHOOLS THAT ARE POTENTIALLY GOING TO BE OUT THERE. I THINK THIS IS GREAT. I KNOW IT'S A LONG TIME COMING. AND IT'S INTERESTING. I HEARD RECENTLY A LOT OF OTHER DISTRICT ARE DOING THE SAME THING AND LOOKING AT THE GROWTH AND LOOKING AT WHERE SCHOOL LONG RANGE PLANNING IS FOR SCHOOLS. SO THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THAT CONCLUDES OUR AGENDA ITEMS, PULLED AGENDA ITEMS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE AGENDA ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. EDGECOMB, A SECOND BY MRS. STUART. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. ALL RIGHT. WE HAVE A COUPLE OF INFORMATION ITEMS. THAT ARE GOING TO BE PRESENTED. THAT ARE ASKED FOR HIGHLIGHT. THE FIRST IS 12.02, THE 2017 EMPLOYEE BENEFITS ANNUAL OPEN ENROLLMENT. AND RUNNING UP TO THE PODIUM. AND IT WAS PULLED AGAIN BY MRS. EDGECOMB AND MRS. STUART.  

>>GOOD EVENING. HOW ARE YOU? >>April Griffin: GOOD. HOW ARE YOU?  

>>GREAT. THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO DA TO HIGHLIGHT OUR UPCOMING ANNUAL ENROLLMENT PERIOD WHICH IS GOING TO RUN FROM TOSS, ACCEPTED 20th, THROUGH THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th. EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES CAN MAKE THEIR SELECTIONS ON LINE, THEY CAN DO IT ON PHONE. IF YOU ARE NOT MAKING ANY CHANGES AT ALL YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO A THING AND IT JUST ROLLS. THE ONLY EXCEPTION WOULD BE IF YOU HAVE A FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT HAS TO BE SET UP YEARLY. COMMUNICATION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. YOU NEED TOO MAKE SURE OUR EMPLOYEES AND RETIREES KNOW HOW TO GET THE INFORMATION THEY NEED SO AS WE HAVE HAD IN PREVIOUS YEARS WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THREE ANNUAL ENROLLMENT EVENTS. WE WILL HAVE ONE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st AT ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL FROM 4:00 TOE 6:30. OUR SECOND WILL BE ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, FROM 9 TO 12 AT CHAMBER GER LIEN HIGH SCHOOL. OUR THIRD EVENT WILL BE AT EAST BAY HIGH ON TUESDAY, THE 27th FROM 4:00 TO 6:30. IN ADDITION WE HAVE GOT A TRAIN THE TRAINER KICKOFF THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN THIS THURSDAY. WE'LL HAVE INFORMATION BEING MAILED OUT, BOTH IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH. WE'LL HAVE PHONES AT AUTO PILOT -- WHAT DO YOU CALL THE PHONE BANKS? ROBO CALLS THAT GOING TO GO OUT. I LIKE THE PHONE PILOT. THAT SOUNDED KIND OF FUN. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE LOTS OF INFORMATION. OUR DEPARTMENT REPS WILL BE ON STANDBY, WE'LL HAVE SPANISH SPEAKING AND REPS ON-SITE AT THE MEETING. IF YOU DON'T MANED I HAVE TO TAP JUST A SECOND TO TALK ABOUT WELL-BEING OR WELLNESS. WE ARE REALLY DOING A GREAT JOB AND I REALLY WANT TO THANK THE PRINCIPALS AND SITES WHO ARE REALLY DOING A GREAT JOB WITH THAT. AT THE END OF AUGUST, HERE IS WHERE WE SATURDAY, WHEN WE TALKED IN JULY THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THAT WAS DOING THE BEST WITH ENGAGEMENT WAS WESTSHORE ELEMENTARY AND IT HAD 44% WHICH IS REALLY GOOD. WESTSHORE IS STILL ON TOP. IT'S NOW 59%. REALLY GREAT. BUT I HAVE TO MENTION THAT DESOTO IS AT 58% AND BUCKHORN AND MENTOR TIED AT 56. SO THEY ARE CHOPPING AT THE BITS. WALKER HAS GONE TO 373. AND THEY HAVE BEEN SHUT OUT BY MARTINEZ HORN IS AT 35%. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST IS OUR HIGH SCHOOL, LAST TIME WE HAD STRAWBERRY CREST. BUT THEY HAVE BEEN PASSED NOW BY DURANTE AT 31%, AND STEINBRENNER AT 30%. SO WE JUST WANT TO THANK YOU BECAUSE IT'S YOUR EXCITEMENT IN A ALLOWING US TO TALK ABOUT IT THAT I THINK IS MAKING THE DIFFERENCE. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. VALDES. >>Susan Valdes: HOWL ARE WE GOING TO BUILD THE COMPETITION IN THIS BUILDING, AND VEAL LASS CO-AND ISC?  

>>WELL, WE CAN CERTAINLY DO THAT. WHAT I FIND IS THAT DATA IS THE WAY TO GO. DATA ARE THE WAY TO GO. SO WE CAN LOOK AT THE PERCENTAGES THAT ARE HAPPENING IN EACH DEPARTMENT AND PUT THAT INFORMATION OUT THERE. WE CAN GET THESE FOLKS RIGHT HERE ALL EXCITED ABOUT IT. AND UP HEAR, TO SEE WHO IS ON TOP. GLAD TO DO IT. WE HAVE SOME DEPARTMENTS DOING A GREAT JOB ALREADY. WE JUST NEED SOME OTHER DEPARTMENTS TO KIND OF STEP UP. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT. HR IS REALLY DOING A GREAT JOB. JUST ASK THEM. >>Susan Valdes: THEY SHOULD BE THE MODEL. (LAUGHTER).  

>>THEY ARE. >>Susan Valdes: AND YOUR DEPARTMENT, TOO.  

>>IT'S FUNNY YOU ASK. THIS WAS NOT PLANNED BUT EMPLOYEE BENEFITS DOES HAVE 86%.  

>>OOOO!  

>>OKAY, BOARD MEMBERS.  

>>THERE'S TWO OF YOU?  

>>NO. WE DO IT BY PERCENTAGE. (LAUGHTER) THERE ARE 15. IT'S TRUE IT'S SMALL. BUT WE DO IT BY PERCENTAGE. GOOD POINT WELL MADE, THOUGH.  CAN'T ARGUE WITH YOU ON THAT. >>Susan Valdes: BUT YOU KNOW WHAT NOW? THERE'S A FEW OF US UP HERE, RIGHT? WE CAN DO THIS. LET'S DO THIS.  

>>THANK YOU.  

>>BY THE WAY, I WAS JUST PARROTING MRS. STUART ON THAT ONE. THANK YOU, MRS. SHASBERG. BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 12.047 THE INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2016-17 FLORIDA SUPPLY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND MRS. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS IS GOING TO PRESENT THIS, AND THIS WAS PULLED BY MRS. EDGECOMB AND MRS. SNIVELY FOR HIGHLIGHT.  

>>SO WE ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROGRAM. IT HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE I HAVE BEEN AROUND. AND THAT'S A REALLY LONG TIME. CONNIE CAN PROBABLY HELP US OUT, TOO, RIGHT, CONNIE? SINCE 1998-99 IT STARTED OUT AS THE FLORIDA TEACHER LEAD PROGRAM. THAT WASN'T A SLAM, CONNIE. WHERE IS SHE? SORRY. IT WAS STARTED OUT AS THE FLORIDA TEACHER LEAD PROGRAM. AND WHAT IT WAS, IT GAVE TEACHERS DOLLARS TO BE USED FOR CLASSROOM SUPPLIES AND EVERYTHING THEY MAY NEED FOR THEIR CLASSROOM. @AND IT'S ANYWHERE BETWEEN DEPENDING ON HOW MANY PEOPLE SIGN UP FOR IT $189, COULD BE $275. IT JUST DEPENDS HOW MANY OPT IN. AND BEFORE IT WE WOULD CUT THEM A CHECK AND THEY GO SPEND THEIR MONEY AND THEY WOULD HAVE TO KEEP THEIR RECEIPTS PER IRS GUIDELINES. LAST YEAR WE PARTNERED WITH REGIONS AND OFFICE DEPOT, AND WE CREATED A PROGRAM WHICH MANY DISTRICTS IN THE STATE ARE JUST CAN'T WAIT TO SEE WHAT WE ARE DOING AND WE SHARED IT WITH THEM AT THE FLORIDA SCHOOL FINANCE OFFICERS MEETING REGARDING THIS GHOST CARD. SO EVERYTHING IS DONE ELECTRONICALLY. OUR TEACHERS CAN GO SHOP AT OFFICE DEPOT, AND BUY EVERYTHING ONLINE ELECTRONICALLY, AND WITHOUT SALES TAX, SO THEY GET TO SPEND THEIR MONEY, GOES FURTHER AND IT GETS DELIVERED RIGHT TO THEM SO THEY DON'T EVEN HAVE TO TRUDGE OUT IN THE RAIN OR ANYTHING ELSE. BUT WE ARE GOING TO SHOW A QUICK VIDEO NECESSARY THAT WE ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT SO YOU GUYS CAN SEE.  THIS SO JUST A FEW MINUTES. OH-OH. WE'LL START OVER. IT WAS A BUDGET CUT. WE HAD TO GET RID OF THE SOUND. WHILE WE ARE FIGURING THAT OUT, THESE ARE FOR TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM. AND MEDIA SPECIALISTS AND GUIDANCE COUNSELORS. WE HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS EVERY YEAR ABOUT TEACHERS WHO AREN'T IN THE CLASSROOM. AND IT REALLY IS FOR TEACHERS THAT ARE GENERATING FTE OR WHAT WE LOVE TO CALL IT, CHEEKS IN THE SEATS. THAT'S WHY IT'S FOR THOSE PEOPLE IN THE CLASSROOM, IF THEY ARE A JOB SHARE, OR THEY ARE HALF TIME TEACHERS, THEY CAN USE HALF THE MONEY. AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO KEEP THE RECEIPT. ESPECIALLY IF THEY GO WITH OFFICE DEPOT. SO ... AND THE DEADLINE, LET ME TELL YOU THE OTHER THING IS IT'S FOR TEACHERS OF RECORD, OR EMPLOYEES OF RECORD AS OF SEPTEMBER 1st. AND THEY HAVE TO OPT IN. AND THE DEAD LANE WAS SEPTEMBER 6th. BUT BECAUSE OF OUR LITTLE ISSUE WITH THE WEATHER -- OH, HEAR WE GO.  

>>SO WHAT SHE'S SAYING IS SHE LOVES THE PROGRAM. (LAUGHTER) AND SHE LOVES USING HER GHOST CARD. AND SHE ENJOYS THE ABILITY TO HAVE IT DELIVERED TO HER AT RAMPELLO. AND THAT'S PRETTY MUCH WHAT SHE'S SAYING. ANYWAY, WE HAVE A TWO-DAY EXTENSION IN OPTING IN UNTIL SEPTEMBER 8th FOR THOSE TEACHERS THAT COULDN'T OPT IN.  

>>LOVES TEACHING IN CREATING NEW LESSONS TO ENGAGE HER STUDENTS.  

>>WE NEED TO PLAN IT OUT AND NEED TO HAVE THE RESOURCES AND SUPPLIES TO ACT OUT WHATEVER YOU PLAN.  

>>BUT THOSE PLANS TYPICALLY COST MONEY WITH SARAH SPENDING AS MUCH AS $1,000 A YEAR OUT OF HER OWN POCKET. TO HELP OFFSET THESE EXPENSES, THE STATE STARTED A FUNDING INITIATIVE.  

>>BASED ON THE DISTRICT'S STUDENT COUNT, THEY GET SO MUCH FUNDING FROM THE STATE.  

>>THEY DO HAVE TO COLLECT THEIR RECEIPTS WHEN THEY BUY THEIR SUPPLIES SO THAT THEY CAN BE EITHER DEDUCTIBLE OR TAX FREE.  

>>IT PUTS THE ACCOUNTING ON THE TEACHER WHO IS ALREADY STRAND FOR TIME AND ALSO ON THE BOOKKEEPERS.  

>>AS A RESULT, MUCH OF THIS MONEY GOES UNUSED. THAT'S WHY OFFICE DEPOT CREATED A SUPPLIES PROGRAM.  

>>WE START ADD NEW PROCESS THIS YEAR AND WORKING WITH OFFICE DEPOT THAT THE TEACHERS DIDN'T NEED TO WORRY ABOUT -- NOT ONLY DID OFFICE DEPOT CREATE THIS PORTAL FOR TEACHERS TO BE ABLE TO SPEND THEIR SUPPLY MONEY, THEY PURCHASED THE SUPPLIES TAX FREE THROUGH THAT ACCOUNT, RECEIPTS ARE AUTOMATICALLY KEPT IN THAT ACCOUNT AND GENERATED IN A REPORT GIVEN TO THE DISTRICT FOR FUTURE RECORD KEEPING.  

>>IN IMPLEMENTING THIS PROGRAM WAS SIMPLE.  

>>WITH OUR PROGRAM THEY WERE ABLE TO GET A DISCOUNT ON THE WEBSITE AT A COMPETITIVELY BID COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT. SO IT PROVIDES THEM VERY GOOD PRICING ON CLASSROOM SUPPLIES.  

>>WE SET UP AN ACCOUNT THROUGH OUR BANK. THEY UPLOAD ALL OF THOSE ACCOUNT NUMBERS, AND THE TEACHER EMPLOYEE NUMBER INTO THEIR SYSTEM.  

>>OFFICE DEPOT PROVIDED THE SIGN-IN INFORMATION, THE ORDERING, DIRECTION. IT IS EXACTLY LIKE SHOPPING ONLINE. YOU GET YOUR CARD NUMBER. YOU ARE ALLOTTED A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY.  

>>THEN TEACHERS CAN USE THAT MONEY TO BUY SUPPLIES THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR. AND THE SUPPLIES WERE SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO THEIR CLASSROOM DOOR.  

>>HOW MUCH EASIER CAN YOU MAKE IT?  

>>THE OFFICE DEEP OPEN SUPPLIES PROGRAM, A CUSTOMIZABLE PROGRAM WHERE EDUCATORS CAN GET THE SUPPLIES THEY NEED AT DEEP DISCOUNTS, TAX FREE, WITH NOON SHIPPING FEES, AND HASSLE FREE RECORD KEEPING.  

>>I LOVE THE PROGRAM. IT'S AWESOME.  

>>IT'S GIVEN ME MORE TIME FOR MY STUDENTS AND IT'S GIVING ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE THEM THEIR BEST LEARNING EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE.  

>>IT'S A NO-BRAINER. WE NEED TO DO IT. IT'S SIMPLE. IT MAKES LIFEIERS AND HELPS TEACHERS GET THE SUPPLIES IN THEIR CLASSROOM. >>Gretchen Saunders: SO THAT WAS A REALLY GREAT SHORT CLIP. WE WANTED TO SHOW YOU. AND A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO BE KEN, ROBIN, AND BETH BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT THAT GOES INTO IT. BUT IT WORKS. ANY QUESTIONS?  

>>MRS. SNIVELY.  

>>VERY NICE VIDEO. THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT ON THAT. BASED ON SOME OF THE CONVERSATIONS WE HAD AT OUR LAST BOARD MEETING ABOUT SCHOOL SUPPLIES. I AM GOING TO TELL YOU STAPLES MISSED OUT ON THAT OPPORTUNITY SO GOOD FOR OFFICE DEPOT.  

>>YES, MA'AM. THEY LOVE US.  

>>TEACHERS. NO KIDDING. I MIGHT HAVE MISSED THAT BECAUSE I CAME OUT WHEN YOU STARTED SPEAKING BUT WHAT PERCENTAGE OF OUR TEACHERS ARE PARTICIPATING IN THIS TEACHER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS?  

>>ABOUT 94%. >>Melissa Snively: AND HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE ESPECIALLY KNOW KNOW YOU WILL THAT WE HAVE A COUPLE OF EXTRA DAYS DUE TO THE DISTRICT BEING CLOSED LAST WEEK, HOW ARE WE COMMUNICATING THIS TO TEACHERS?  

>>PUSH OUT LOTS OF E-MAILS. UH-HUH. >>Melissa Snively: GREAT. THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION. I ANY WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE OUR LEGISLATORS, AS I THINK MRS. VALDES SAID, SESSION IS COMING UP. WE NEED TO START THINKING ABOUT WHAT WE WANT TO THE ASK FROM OUR DELEGATION AND OUR LEGISLATORS AND I THINK WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR OUR TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM WITH THEIR SUPPLIES. THAT WOULD BE, I THINK, A VALIANT ITEM TO ADVOCATE FOR THIS SESSION. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THAT CONCLUDES OUR AGENDA INFORMATION FOR THE EVENING, OUR AGENDA ITEMS AND OUR PUBLIC HEARINGS AND WE ARE NOW IN THE SECTION FOR BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS AND SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS. MRS. KURDELL. >>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WILL MAKE THIS BRIEF. BUT I NEED TO DOUGH THIS TONIGHT. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE DR. KATY AND THIS IS WHY. SHE'S IN THE PROCUREMENT DEPARTMENT FOR MRS. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS. MINA WAS A FINALIST AT THE TAMPA BAY CHAPTER FOR BUYERS. THEN SHE WAS SELECTED OUT OF 14 THAT YOU SUBMISSIONS ACROSS THE U.S. AND CANADA, PUBLIC PROCUREMENT DEPARTMENTS, WHEN THAT'S K-12, HAIR EDUCATION, COUNTY, SHERIFFS, ET CETERA. DR. KEATING WAS THE BUYER OF THE YEAR FOR THE NIGP, THE INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC PROCUREMENT OF THE U.S. AND CANADA. SO IT'S A PRETTY BIG DEAL. SO I CONGRATULATE DR. KEATING AND CERTAINLY GRETCHEN SAUNDERS AND HER SHOP. I KNOW HOW FAR PROCUREMENT HAS COME OVER THE YEARS. AND WHEN GRETCHEN TOOK OVER SHE TOOK DOWN ALL THE SILOS AND MADE THEM A HUGE TEAM. AND THIS IS THE RESULTS OF THAT. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH.  

>>THANK YOU. >>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. EDGECOMB. >>Doretha Edgecomb: I JUST WANT TO EXTEND MY APPRECIATION AS I SUSPECT MOST OF THE BOARD MEMBERS, TO MR. NEWMAN AND TO THE COMMUNICATIONS STAFF AND TO ALL OF YOU, MR. EAKINS AND ALL OF YOU WHO HAD PART IN MAKING SURE THAT THE COMMUNICATIONS WAS SET OUT TIMELY, IN A VARIETY OF WAYS OF DOING THE SONG THAT WE HAD. I THINK IT BROUGHT A SENSE OF SAFETY, AND I THINK WE TALK ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME. THE SAFETY IS THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY FOR THIS BOARD. AND I THINK THAT WAS REALLY DEMONSTRATED IN THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS. THOSE OF YOU WHO HAD ANY PART OF THAT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING OUR EYES AND EARS AND ULTIMATELY PROVIDING THE INFORMATION SO THAT OUR FAMILIES WERE INFORMED. THAT WAS IMPORTANT. MY LAST REQUEST IS -- AND I KNOW THAT THIS CONTINUES TO BE A WORK IN PROGRESS, THE AGENDA, AS YOU MAKE SOME CHANGES. I AM GOING TO ASK ONE MORE TIME, AND MAYBE AS WE MOVE FORWARD, THAT THE INCLUSION, DR. SACHS DIVISION IS ON THE AGENDA. YOU DID INCLUDE MRS. MORRELL'S NAME WITH THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY IN THERE. BUT DR. SACHS AND HIS POSITION AND HIS NAME IS LEFT OFF THE AGENDA. I KNOW AT SOME POINT IN TIME, THOUGH HE MAY NOT HAVE ANYTHING PRESENTLY THAT WILL COME, AND I DO UNDERSTAND IT CONTINUES TO BE A WORK IN PROGRESS. SO I HOPE AT THE NEXT BOARD THAT'S CORRECTED. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. HARRIS. >>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. BEFORE I SHOW MY SLIDE PRESENTATION, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK A REQUEST FROM MR. EAKINS THAT WE ARE INTO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT YEAR OF ABOUT THREE AND A HALF WEEKS. AND OVER THE SUMMER AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR WEIGHED SOME CHANGES IMPLEMENTED IN OUR PROCEDURES FOR SCHOOLS AND THE USE OF OUR RESTROOMS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO ASK IF YOU COULD POSSIBLY LOOK INTO THE PROCEDURES AND HOW IT HAS WORKED OUT IN OUR SCHOOLS AND REPORT BACK TO US AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING, OCTOBER, BECAUSE SOME OF OUR CONSTITUENTS ARE JUST WANTING TO KNOW AND BE REST ASSURED THAT WE HAVE FOLLOWED THE PROPER PROCEDURES FOR THE SENSITIVE ISSUE. SO I WOULD JUST LIKE TO ASK IF WE COULD HAVE THAT REPORTED BACK. >>Jeffrey Eakins: I WILL DO THAT, MRS. HARRIS. >>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. AND NOW, I CHOSE THIS LAST TIME TO GO VISIT SOME CHARTER SCHOOLS. AND SO I WENT TON SEMINOLE HEIGHTS FIRST OF ALL. AND I KEPT HAVING MY PICTURE TAKEN IN FRONT OF THEIR GRADUATION WALL BECAUSE THAT DOES ALSO ADD TO OUR GRADUATION RATES. AND WEST UNIVERSITY AND TOWN AND COUNTRY. AND I WAGS VERY IMPRESSED WITH HOW THEY TAKE THE STUDENTS AT THOSE FACILITIES THAT WE WOULD HAVE LOST UNDER ALL INTENTION AND PURPOSES, AND THEY REALLY MADE A DIFFERENCE WITH THEM. THEN I HAD THE INVITATION TO GO HELP AND SULPHUR SPRINGS, WORK, AND IT WAS A LOT OF WORK AND A LOT OF VOLUNTEERS AND A HOT DAY. AND THERE WAS SO MUCH WORK DONE AND SO MANY VOLUNTEERS. AND I NOTCH YOU SAID 500. ALITY ONE POINT SOMEBODY TOLD ME A THOUSAND. SO I LIKE MY NUMBER BETTER THAN YOURS. BUT IT WAS A LOT OF VOLUNTEERS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT AT 25 OF OUR SITES. AND FROM THAT WE GOT INVITED TO GO TO THE SULPHUR SPRINGS HOUSE CHOICE WHICH MRS. EDGECOMB AND MYSELF WERE IN ATTENDANCE, AND IT IT WAS A GREAT EXPERIENCE, AND JULIE SCABINO DID A FABULOUS JOB AT THAT EVENT. AND I TALKED TO ACHIEVE CROWDER AT THAT EVENT, AND MRS. EDGECOMB, YOU MIGHT WANT TO PHILANTHROPY SOMETHING IN IF YOU WANT TO, FEEL FREE. BUT I KNOW THAT HE SAID THAT THE ATMOSPHERE AT THAT SCHOOL WAS SO POSITIVE, THE PARENTS THAT WERE IN ATTENDANCE, EVERYBODY WAS THAN SUPPORTIVE. THE ENERGY AT THAT EVENT WAS FABULOUS. AND THE STUDENTS WERE SO WELL-BEHAVED. AND HUNDREDS OF THEM. AND THEY THEY WERE JUST VERY WELL-BEHAVED. SO I HAVE TO COMPLIMENT THE SCHOOL, THE ADMINISTRATION AND THE TEACHERS FOR THE JOB WELL DONE. AND JUST THE POSITIVE ENERGY THAT COMES OUT OF THAT LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. SO I THINK WE ARE DOING SOMETHING RIGHT IN THAT AREA. SO THANK YOU. AND I TOO WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THE STORM AND THE UPDATES, AND MR. NEWMAN'S TEXT LETTING US KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON. AND I HAVE HEARD FROM MANY, MANY PARENTS WHO SAID WE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION. SO THANK YOU FOR MAKING THAT RIGHT DECISION AND KEEPING OUR KIDS SAFE. >>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY. >>Melissa Snively: I WILL AGREE WITH MRS. HARRIS. I THINK THAT WE DID MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS. I DO COMMEND TAMPA DISTRICT ON BEING VERY ORGANIZED AND VERY GOOD AT COMMUNICATING OUT THE INFORMATION TO OUR PARENTS AND OUR TEACHERS AND OUR STUDENTS. I ALSO WANTED TO PIGGYBACK ON MRS. HARRIS' COMMENTS ABOUT THE USE OF THE FACILITIES, THE BATHROOMS, BECAUSE I HAVE ALSO HAD SOME CONSTITUENTS APPROACH ME ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE FOLLOWING A CONSISTENT PROCEDURE OR PROCESS. SO I AM CURIOUS TO ALSO SEE WHAT KIND OF INFORMATION YOU HAVE TO BRING BACK TO THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, THE NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. I DON'T KNOW IF MRS. GRIFFIN IS GOING TO TALK ABOUT -- YOU MENTIONED EARLIER ABOUT RELIGION ORGANIZATIONS, AND ARE YOU GOING TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT IN YOUR BOARD COMMENTS? >>April Griffin: YEAH, I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A TOUGH LINE TO DRAW BECAUSE IT IS STARTING TO GET GRAY AREA WHEN WE ARE -- WE MENTIONED ABOUT THE BOOSTER PROGRAM AND HOW THE SCHOOL IS COMMUNICATING THE PROGRAM. IT COULD BE MISCONSTRUED AS A SCHOOL EVENT, BECAUSE IT'S BEING PROMOTED BY THE SCHOOL. SO I THINK WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE VERY CLEAR AND VERY CAREFUL WITH HOW WE COMMUNICATE AND WHAT WE COMMUNICATE OUT BECAUSE COULD YOU SAY THE SAME THING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, CUB SCOUTS. WE SEND THOSE OUT FOR CUB SCOUT RECRUITMENT AND THE FIRST THING WE DO AT EVERY CUB SCOUT MEETING IS PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND SAID A PRIOR. SO WHERE ARE WE GOING TO DRAW THAT LINE AS FAR AS WHAT CONSTITUTES THE, YOU KNOW, SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY WHEN IT COMES TO RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT -- AND I MENTIONED THIS NO PREVIOUS BOARD MEETING. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEREVER WE DRAW THAT LANE THAT WE ARE NOT DISCOURAGING FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS FROM PARTICIPATING AND HELPING OUR STUDENTS AND HELPING WITH OUR SCHOOLS, BECAUSE WE NEED EVERY VOLUNTEER AND EVERY ORGANIZATION FAITH BASED OR NOT TO HELP US RAISE OUR CHILDREN AND RAISE OUR STUDENTS. SO DATA, CLARIFICATION, WHATEVER IT IS, WE DEFINITELY WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE GETTING THAT INFORMATION SO THAT WE CAN BE CLEAR. THE GENTLEMAN THAT RESPONSIBLE EARLIER ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER'S BUS, THAT WAS A MAGNET SCHOOL SITUATION. AND I WAS A LITTLE SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT WE ARE PICKING STUDENTS UP AT 5:00 IN THE MORNING. BECAUSE THAT IS VERY EARLY.  

>>BEEN THERE, DONE THAT.  

>>SO I DON'T BLAME HIM FOR NOT WANTING TO LEAVE HIS CHILD TO DROP OFF HIS DAUGHTER AT THE BUS STOP AT 5:00 IN THE MORNING. BUT IT BRINGS US BACK TO THAT CONVERSATION ABOUT MANAGING EXPECTATIONS AND HOW WE COULD POSSIBLY DO A BETTER JOB WHEN SOMEONE DECIDES TO SEND THEIR CHILD TO A MAGNET SCHOOL OR CHOICE THEIR CHILD SOMEWHERE THAT DOESN'T AUTOMATICALLY MEAN -- JUST BEING CLARE ABOUT WHAT'S EXPECTED AS FAR AS TRANSPORTATION AND MAKING SURE THEY UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S COURTESY TRANSPORTATION TRANSPORTATION AND THAT YOU MAY HAVE TO -- YOUR BUS MAY COME EARLY, IT MAY COME AN HOUR BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS OR HOUR AND A HALF BEFORE SCHOOL STARTS AND MAKING THAT CLEAR THROUGH THE CHOICE PROGRAM. I'M SURE YOU CAN PROBABLY HELP US MANAGE THOSE BETTER FOR OUR PARENTS. I DON'T WANT TO USE THAT AS AN EXCUSE, THOUGH, BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH HITS COURTESY TRANSPORTATION, IT IS A SERVICE THAT WE ARE PROVIDING. IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE SHOULD PROVIDE EXCELLENT REMARKABLE SERVICE TO OUR CLIENTS, WHICH ARE OUR STUDENTS AND OUR TEACHERS. SO I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION AS FAR AS MANAGING EXPECTATIONS BUT I KNOW WE CO-PROBABLY DO A BETTER JOB OF THAT, SO PARENTS UNDERSTAND MORE WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN IT COMES TO MAGNET SCHOOLS AND CHOICE SITUATIONS. AND CERTAINLY TRYING TO SCALE BACK ON THAT BECAUSE THAT'S A VERY EXPENSIVE ENDEAVOR FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, ALL THE COURTESY BUSING THAT WE DO. THE LAST ISSUE I HAD, THAT I HAD A LOT OF PARENTS REACH OUT TO ME, WAS ON THIS YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY. AND SO WHAT I WANTED JUST TO CONVEY AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF MY CONSTITUENCY SY, IS SOME DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE WAY THAT THIS SURVEY WAS ROLLED OUT OR IMPLEMENTED INTO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. BACK IN MAY, JUST TO REFRESH EVERYONE'S MEMORY, BACK IN MAY THE BOARD APPROVED THE DISTRICT TON COLLECT DATA ON BEHAVIOR OF OUR STUDENTS IN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL. AT THAT POINT WE DIDN'T HAVE A SURVEY NECESSARILY PICKED OUT, BUT ULTIMATELY THE PDC SURVEY WAS CHOSEN WHICH I DON'T YOU A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T HAVE AN ISSUE NECESSARILY WITH THE SURVEY BUT THE WAY IT WAS IMPLEMENTED WITH THE PARENTAL OPT-OUT FORM, IT WAS A LITTLE BIT CONFUSING BECAUSE THE OPT-OUT FORM DIDN'T REALLY TALK ABOUT WHAT WAS GOING TO BE ON THE SURVEY, AND I THINK PARENTS, FOR EXAMPLE, IT SAYS THE SURVEY WILL ASK STUDENTS ABOUT THEIR BEHAVIORS INCLUDING NUTRITION, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, INJURIES, DRUG USE AND ALCOHOL USE. QUESTION 51 IS HAVE YOU EVER HAD SEXUAL INTERCOURSE? 52 IS HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU HAD SEXUAL UNIT COURSE FOR THE FIRST TIME?  OKAY. SO NOWHERE ON THE OPT OUT FORCE DOES IT TALK ABOUT ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT SEX. AND I DON'T THINK THAT WAS VERY FAIR TO PARENTS HONOR RECEIVED THE OPT-OUT FORM AND NOT KNOWING THAT THERE WERE GOING TO BE QUESTIONS ABOUT SEXUAL ACTIVITY ON THE SURVEY. SO WHAT'S DONE IS DONE. BUT I THINK IT WOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER TO HAVE AN OPT-IN FORM VERSUS AN OPT-OUT FORM, AND AGAIN GIVEN OUR PRINCIPALS MAYBE A LITTLE BIT MORE GUIDANCE ON HOW WE COULD ROLL THIS OUT SO THAT PARENTS WERE EXTREMELY AWARE OF WHAT'S ON THE SURVEY BEFORE THEY CHOOSE FOR THEIR CHILD TO TAKE THE SURVEYOR NOT. AND I JUST THINK IT COULD HAVE BEEN DONE A LITTLE BIT CLEARER AND THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE FAIR TO PARENTS, BECAUSE THERE WERE SEVERAL PARENTS THAT WERE VERY UPSET BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING TO BE ON THE SURVEY, AND THEIR CHILD COMES HOME, STARTS ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SURVEY. THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW TO RESPOND TO THEIR STUDENTS. THEY NEED A LITTLE BIT OF A ASSISTANCE ON WHAT KIND OF FOLLOW-UP CONVERSATION TO HAVE. AND THEN ON THE OPT OUT FORM IT DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A DATE AS TO WHEN THE OPT OUT FORM WOULD BE NEED TO COME BACK TO THE SCHOOL. SO I THINK IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LITTLE DONE A LITTLE MORE EFFICIENTLY AND MORE EFFECTIVELY. AND JUST VERY TRANSPARENT. THE MORE TRANSPARENT WE ARE WITH ISSUES LIKE THIS, THE LESS, I THINK, THAT WE HAVE UPSET PARENTS. AND SO THAT'S REALLY I WANTED TO POINT THAT OUT. I HOPE THAT NEXT YEAR WHEN WE DO THIS SURVEY THAT WE COULD CONSIDER DOING AN OPT-IN VERSUS AN OPT-OUT AND BE VERY SPECIFIC AND GET THAT SURVEY OUT SO PARENTS CAN SEE WHAT THEIR STUDENTS ARE DOING AT SCHOOL, WHAT THEY ARE SEEING ON THE SURVEY, BEFORE THEY CHOOSE TO ALLOW THEIR STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SURVEY. SO THANK YOU. >>April Griffin: AND MRS. VALDES.  

>>AND I DID NOT SEE THAT FORM. WE WERE VERY CLEAR WHEN WE GAVE DIRECTIONS TO THE SUPERINTENDENT THAT IT WAS THE YRB. WE TALKED VERY DETAILED ABOUT THE QUESTIONS REGARDING SEXUAL HEALTH H.I MEAN, MY HUSBAND WHEN I GOT HOME GOT ONTO ME FOR ALL OF THE TALK ABOUT CLAP MID YEAH, GONORRHEA AND NOW WE HAVE ZIKA TO WORRY ABOUT AS WELL. WE WEREN'T EVEN TALKING ABOUT ZIKA AND WHAT -- AND THAT CAN BE SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED TOO. IT WAS A VERY -- I THINK A ROBUST CONVERSATION. NOW, WHERE THE OPT OUT FORM IS CONCERNED, MY BEST GUESS WOULD BE WE REMOVED THOSE QUESTIONS. WE HAVE BEEN GIVING THE YRBS, THE BEHAVIOR SURVEY FOR YEARS, BUT WE TOOK THE QUESTIONS ABOUT SEXUAL HEALTH OUT FOR MANY YEARS, AND WE GAVE ALL THOSE OTHER QUESTIONS. MY BEST GUESS WOULD BE THAT THE FORM WAS JUST REUSED, THAT THEY DIDN'T UPDATE THE FORMS. SO MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I THINK IT WAS PROBABLY JUST AN OVERSIGHT AND MISTAKE, THE FORM WAS JUST USED FROM PAST YEARS. I AGREE WITH YOU. AS A PARENT, NOW I WOULD CAUTION US ABOUT AGAINST AN OPT-IN, BECAUSE THEN YOU GET INTO IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO MANAGE THAT H.WE HAD THAT MANY YEARS AGO ABOUT AN OPT-IN AND PRINCIPALS CAME FORWARD AND THEY DID NOT LIKE THE IDEA OF OPT-INS BECAUSE IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT TO MANAGE. BUT WITH AN OPT OUT IF WE ARE PUTTING IN AND SEXUAL HEALTH OR SEXUAL BEHAVIORS, THEN IT GIVES THE PARENTS ALL OF THE INFORMATION. TO OPT OUT ON. SO I DO NOT DISAGREE WITH YOU THAT THE PARENTS NEED TO HAVE THE FULL INFORMATION.  

>>AND MAYBE IF WE KEEP IT IN OPT OUT JUST TO INCLUDE THAT INFORMATION. >>April Griffin: YES, AS A PARENT I WOULD WANT THE FULL INFORMATION. BUT MY BEST GUEST WOULD BE THAT IT WAS JUST A FORM THERAPY REUSED FROM PAST YEARS.  

>>AND JUST A MORE TRANSPARENT, THE PRINCIPALS CAN BE WITH THE PARENTS, I THINK IT'S VERY HELPFUL FOR THE PARENT TO FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WITH WHAT HAPPENED AT THE SCHOOL. NOBODY LAKES AS A PARENT, NOBODY LIKES TO NOT KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE CLASSROOM. >>April Griffin: AND I HEAR YOU AND I FEEL THE SAME WAY. AND STAFF, PLEAS, THIS IS A BIG, BIG STEP FOR US. THIS IS A HUGE STEP. AND IT'S ONE THAT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY, AND THE CONVERSATION THAT WE HAD AT THIS DAIS AROUND THE PROBLEMS THAT WE ARE FACING AS A COMMUNITY WITH OUR CHILDREN, AND OUR OWN STAFF, BECAUSE OUR HEALTH CARE COSTS FOR DRUGS THAT SUPPRESS INFECTIOUS DISEASES IS HUGE. WE ARE SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY AS A DISTRICT AND AS TAXPAYERS ON THOSE DRUGS THAT SUPPRESS THOSE DISEASES. SO AS A DISTRICT FROM A FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE, WHAT OUR COMMUNITY IS DEALING WITH, I MEAN, WE HAVE GOT TO DO A BETTER JOB. BUT STAFF, MY PLEA TO YOU ON THIS IS THIS. THIS IS A HUGE STEP FOR US. THIS IS GOING TO UPSET A LOT OF PARENTS, BECAUSE THIS IS -- WE ARE TAKING A TURN FROM WHERE WE HAVE BEEN WHERE WE FOCUS MORE ON THE ABSTINENCE SIDE OF THE ABSTINENCE PLUS STANDARDS FROM THE STATE, AND WE HAVE GOT TO GET THIS RIGHT. AND TO HAVE MISTAKES LIKE THIS CON PUT ALL OF THAT AT RISK. AND WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT OUR KIDS ARE AT RUSK RIGHT NOW. OUR COMMUNITIES AT RISK. AND NOT ONLY ARE WE DEALING WITH THE TRADITIONAL DISEASES AND TEAM PREGNANCY THAT WE HAVE HAD TO DEAL WITH THAT THOSE NUMBERS ARE RISING. NOW WE HAVE ZIKA AS A THREAT, AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE GOT TO EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN THAN ON. A MOP SKEET OH BITE CAN TRANSMIT ZIKA AND THEN IT CAN BE TRANSMITTED THROUGH SEXUAL ACTIVITY. IT'S THAT SIMPLE. SO WE ARE NO DIFFERENT DAY NOW THAN WE WERE WHEN WE HAD THIS DISCUSSION ABOUT IT. BUT I AGREE WHOLEHEARTEDLY WITH YOU. WE HAVE GOT TO COMMUNICATE IT APPROPRIATELY TO OUR PARENTS. AND IF WE DON'T, THEN WE RISK PUTTING THIS NO PLACE WHERE WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BOARD ROOM FULL OF PEOPLE AND DISTRACTING US FROM THE WORK OF THIS DISTRICT. SO IF WE COMMUNICATE WITH PARENTS, AND THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO OPT OUT, I DON'T THINK WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THAT PROBLEM.  

>>AND THE ONLY TWO COMPLAINTS I GOT WAS, ONE, THERE WERE QUESTIONS ON THE SURVEY ABOUT SEX BUT IT DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING ABOUT SEX ON THE OPT OUT FORM, OR TWO, I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER SEEING AN OPT OUT FORM. MY CHILD JUST CAME HOME AND ASKED ME ABOUT THE SURVEY, ABOUT THE DRUG USE AND ALCOHOL USE AND SEX, AND THOSE ARE THE TWO THINGS EITHER DIDN'T GET THE FORM OR THE FORM DIDN'T HAVE ANYTHING ABOUT SEXUAL ACTIVITY ON IT, OR MAYBE A LINK TO THE WEBSITE WHERE I CAN SEE THE SURVEY AND SEE WHAT QUESTIONS WERE ON THE SURVEY BEFORE MY CHILD -- BEFORE I DECIDE WHETHER MY CHILD SHOULD TAKE THE SURVEY. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT TO MY ATTENTION. MY PLEA IS LET'S GET THIS RIGHT. WE HAVE TOM PROCEED CAUTIOUSLY BUT WE HAVE GOT TO PROCEED ON THIS AND WE HAVE GOT TO DO IT RIGHT. SO THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES, FOR ALLOWING ME TO ADDRESS THAT. MRS. VALDES. >>Susan Valdes: YOU'RE WELCOME. THANK YOU. AND SPEAKING ABOUT THE ZIKA VIRUS, I AM HOPING THAT OUR SCHOOL SITES AND ANYWHERE THAT WE MAY AND ANY OF OUR PROPERTIES THAT WE MAKE SURE THAT WE DUMP WATER OUT OF BUCKETS. THAT'S WHERE MOSQUITOES HIGH PRESSURE -- THAT'S WHERE THEY -- THEY ARE BORN. SO IF WE CAN HELP IN OUR FACILITIES TO DUMP ANY CONTAINERS THAT HAVE ANY EXCESS WATER. OLYMPIAN EAKINS, WOULD YOU OR MR. FARKAS OR MR. BEEKMAN CLARIFY THE DIFFERENT TAPES OF TRANSPORTATIONS AND THE DIFFERENCES? BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PUBLIC REALLY UNDERSTANDS THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRANSPORTATIONS THAT WE HAVE, BECAUSE COURTESY BUSING IS DIFFERENT THAN MAGNET BUSING. >>Jeffrey Eakins: I WOULD SAY PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST COMPLEX TRANSPORTATION GRIDS EVER. AND IT'S JUST BECAUSE OF THE COMPLEXITY OF THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS THAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO MEET. SOME OF THEM ARE DECISIONS, DISTRICT DECISIONS, SO YOU START BASICALLY WITH YOUR BOUNDARY. BECAUSE ROUTES AT THESE SCHOOLS THAT HAVE BOUNDARIES. THEN YOU BUILD OFF OF THOSE BOUNDARIES. ESE CENTERS, OR TRANSPORTATION OFF THAT GRID. THEN YOU BUILD YOUR MAGNET OFF OF THAT GRID. THEN YOU BUILD CHOICE OFF OF THAT GRID. AND THEN INSIDE THAT INSIDE CHOICE, SOMETIMES THEN COMES OUR CHOICE, COMES OPPORTUNITY SCHOLARSHIP CHOICE WHICH IS LEGISLATIVE, WHICH WE HAVE TON PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO OTHER SCHOOLS. AND THAT BECOMES VERY COMPLICATED BECAUSE THE SCHOOLS THAT ARE LEGISLATED, YOU CAN'T SEND A CHILD TO A SCHOOL THAT HAS A GRADE LESS THAN A C. SO NOW YOU HAVE NARROWED THE FOCUS ON WHERE YOU CAN SEND A CHILD. AND THAT USUALLY IS ONE THAT HITS TRANSPORTATION AT THE VERY LAST MINUTE OF THE SUMMER. AND WHEN THE GRADES COME OUT AND LITERALLY THEY HAVE TWO WEEKS TO RESPOND AND RECREATE THE ENTIRE TRANSPORTATION GRIDS JUST AROUND THAT ONE CHOICE THAT MANY TAMES WE HAVE OBVIOUSLY PARENTS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF BUT NOT LARGE AMOUNTS OF PARENTS. BUT THOSE ARE THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF GRIDS. THERE'S PROBABLY MORE, CHRIS. >>Christopher Farkas: AND ERT COMES OUT. >>Jeffrey Eakins: OH, YES, THEN THE EXTENDED HOURS OF SCHOOL, YOU HAVE TO FIT THAT INTO THE GRID. ALL THAT TO SAY IS AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO FIT ALL OF THAT INTO KNOWING WE ARE ALREADY 20 OR 30 MILLION OVER WHAT THE STATE ALLOCATES US TO TRANSPORT STUDENTS BECOMES A RUB WHEN YOU HAVE TO START RUNS EARLY, TO BE ABLE TO GET FAMILIES. AND I WOULD --  

>>YOU DON'T DRIVE THE CHILD, THERE'S GOING TO BE A SACRIFICE FOR THAT CHILD TO BE ABLE TO GO TO THAT SCHOOL AND THAT PROGRAM. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. >>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB? >>Doretha Edgecomb: QUICKLY, I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE CONCERNS OF SOME OF THE COMMENTS YOU MADE ABOUT INVENTORY OF OUR STUDENT BEHAVIOR. HOW ARE WE MEASURING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ALL OF THAT? WHAT KIND OF DATA ARE WE COLLECTING OR SO IF THIS IS GOING TO BE AN ANNUAL IMPLEMENTATION, YOU KNOW, WE LEARN FROM THOSE -- LEARN FROM YEAR TO YEAR. IF IT'S GOING TO BE DONE. AND YOU CAN COME BACK AT SOME OTHER POINT BUT I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WHAT KIND OF QUESTIONS ARE WE ASKING, PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS, PARENTS, TO LOOK TO CONSIDER AS WE TALK ABOUT DOING THIS ANNUALLY. SO THAT THERE ARE SAFEGUARDS PUT IN PLACE SO THAT THINGS GO SMOOTHER, AND WHATEVER THE PROBLEMS WERE THIS YEAR, JUST, I MEAN, THEY WEREN'T INTENTIONAL. YOU KNOW, THAT KIND OF THING. BUT I THINK IF WE GO FORWARD, LEARNING FROM WHAT WE DID OR DID NOT DO, IT WILL BEGIN TO LOOK LIKE SOMEHOW WE ARE DOING IT INTENTIONALLY.  

>>CERTAINLY, MRS. EDGECOMB. AND THIS IS IN EVERY OTHER YEAR SURVEY RATHER THAN AN EVERY-YEAR SURVEY. SO OBVIOUSLY WE ARE LOOKING -- IT'S VERY EARLY ON IN THE STAGE SO TOMORROW WE ARE MEETING WITH ALL OF OUR PRINCIPALS. THERE ARE SOME SCHOOLS THAT HAVEN'T ADMINISTERED. THEY HAVE UNTIL OCTOBER TO DO SO. SO WE WILL BE ABLE TO ANSWER A LOT OF QUESTIONS. ALTHOUGH WE HAVE DONE THE SURVEY IN THE PAST, THE LAST TIME WE CONDUCTED THE SURVEY, I THINK, WAGS 2009. SO THERE'S A GAP THAT WE HAVE IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THAT PARTICULAR SURVEY. MANY OF THE APPRAISALS THAT ARE IN MAY NOT HAVE BEEN IN THOSE SEATS DURING THAT ADMINISTRATION. SO GETTING IN FRONT OF THEM OBVIOUSLY HAS BEEN SINCE THE JOINT PRINCIPALS MEETING IN JULY. SO THAT WAS A COMMENT WHEN THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL MEETS OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS THAT WANTED TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THAT. BUT CERTAINLY I HAVE TALKED TO EACH OF THE BOARD MEMBERS THAT HAD CONCERNS SIMILAR TO THIS AND WE SENT OUT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO SCHOOLS AROUND BEING AS TRANSPARENT AS POSSIBLE IN THIS PROCESS. I THINK THE OTHER THING IS THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW THE Ys BEHIND IT, MAY NOT KNOW THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAS BEEN THE ONLY COUNTY THAT HASN'T BEEN PARTICIPATING IN THIS PARTICULAR SURVEY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, MUCH AS THE OTHER LARGER COUNTIES IN THE STATE AND GIVE THEM INFORMATION ON WHAT THIS DATA PROVIDES AND HOW PERHAPS AGENCIES AND OTHER PARTNERS CAN UTILIZE THIS INFORMATION AS WE MOVE FORWARD. SO WE WILL BE FILLING IN THE PRINCIPALS WITH A LOT OF THAT INFORMATION. >>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY. >>Melissa Snively: JUST TO ADD ONTO THAT. I WOULD ENCOURAGE ANY PRINCIPALS WHO FELT LAKE THEY HAVE DONE A REALLY GOOD JOB WITH THEIR PARENTS BEING TRANCE FORTUNATE SHARE SOME OF THEIR IDEAS AND SOME FEEDBACK THAT THEY HAVE EXPERIENCED ALREADY AND KIND OF THE DOS AND WHAT NOT TO DO WHEN IT COMES TO COMMUNICATING THIS OUT. THE OTHER ITEM WOULD BE, I KNOW AS A PARENT, I WOULD APPRECIATE SOME TYPE OF COMMUNICATION BACK, MAYBE AN E-MAIL THAT SAYS YOUR CHILD TOOK THE SURVEY TODAY, HERE IS A LINK TO THE SURVEY, HERE ARE SOME TALKING POINTS FOR YOU AS A PARENT TO FOLLOW UP WITH YOUR CHILD AS A RESOURCE. I DON'T KNOW FINANCE THERE'S SOMETHING WE CAN GET TO OUR PARENTS AS A RESOURCE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION. >>Jeffrey Eakins: WE ARE LOOKING AT. THAT I HAVE ASKED FOR MRS. SIMMONS -- SHE'S BEEN TALKING WITH SOME FOLKS AROUND SOME OF THOSE RESOURCES THAT WE CAN MAKE SURE THEY HAVE ACCESS TO. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND I AGREE WITH THAT. THIS IS A THREE LEGGED SCHOOL WITH THE CHILD, WITH THE STUDENT, WITH THE SCHOOLS AND WITH THE PARENTS. THIS CANNOT BE NO VACUUM. WE ARE NOT GOING TO SOLVE SOCIETY'S ILLS WITHOUT IT BEING A PARTNERSHIP. I THINK ALONG WITH EDUCATING OUR STUDENT, WE CAN EDUCATE THE PARENTS, TAKE, AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WE ARE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION, HEAR ARE SOME RESOURCES FOR YOU TO GO TO ON TOP OF SAYING THESE QUESTIONS ARE BEING ASKED, AND I'M SURE COULD COULD MAKE FOR SOME VERY GOOD DINNER CONVERSATION WITH FAMILIES, BECAUSE THAT INFORMATION IS BEST TO COME FROM THE HOME. SO IF THOSE CONVERSATIONS ARE TAKING PLACE IN THE SCHOOL, THEN WHAT RESOURCES CAN WE OFFER OUR STUDENTS -- I MEAN, OUR PARENTS TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WITH THE KIDS? AND I THINK A LITTLE BIT OF WARNING IS GOOD, DEFINITELY. BUT AGAIN, MY COMMENTS, I'M SURE IT WAS AN OVERSIGHT. I DOUBT THAT IT WAS ANYTHING INTENTIONAL. BUT IT WAS PROBABLY JUST AN OLD FORM THAT WAS USED. BUT AS WE MOVE FORWARD, CAN WE GET THE UPDATED FORM TO THE FAMILIES? SO IN REFERENCE TO THE ISSUE SURROUNDING THE CURRICULUM, OR NO, I WANT TO GO TO THIS ONE. WHAT MY REQUEST WOULD BE IS A CALENDAR, AN ADOPTION CALENDAR FOR THE DIFFERENT ADOPTION CYCLES. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHAT THAT CALENDAR LOOKS LIKE. AND LET'S GO TWO YEARS BACK AND THREE YEARS FORWARD, SO LET'S DO A FIVE YEAR PERIOD TWO, YEARS BACK, THREE YEARS FORWARD AND THAT WILL GIVE US A GOOD, I THINK, WINDOW OF WHERE WE ARE AT NOW. IF YOU COULD LET US KNOW HOW LONG THOSE ADOPTION CYCLES ARE FOR, THAT WOULD BE GREAT. AND THEN A COST FOR SPRINGBOARD. AND I CAN LOOT UP MACE ON THE CONTRACT. BUT THAT WOULD JUST SAVE ME A LITTLE BIT OF TIME. AND THOSE ARE MY REQUESTS FOR THAT CONCERN. NOW, IN REFERENCE TO THE CONVERSATION THAT WE HAD EARLIER, TO PIGGYBACK OFF WHAT MRS. SNIVELY SAID, AND WE DO HAVE TO BE VERY CLEAR. I DON'T THINK THAT IF THERE IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS AN APPROVED ORGANIZATION, AND WE ARE DISTRIBUTING THOSE MATERIALS, AND IT'S FOR GOING OUTSIDE, THAT'S NOT SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENT, BUT WHEN WE ARE LOOKING AT POLICY 9211, WHICH IS OUR POLICY, PARENT ORGANIZATIONS, BOOSTER CLUBS AND OTHER FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES, THERE IS A PARAGRAPH IN THE THIRD PARAGRAPH IT STATES EACH VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION SHALL WORK WITH THE APPROPRIATE SCHOOLS -- WITHIN THE APPROPRIATE SCHOOL SETTING AND IN COOPERATION WITH THE PRINCIPAL AND OTHER STAFF MEMBERS AND SHALL ABIDE BY THE POLICIES OF THE BOARD. THAT SPECIFICALLY CALLS OUT THOSE AS WELL. AND THEN THE FINAL PARAGRAPH SAYS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES SHALL REQUIRE THAT EACH GROUP'S FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH APPLICABLE BOARD POLICIES AND THAT THE FUNDS ARE USED FOR SCHOOL RELATED PROJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN THE APPROVAL OF THE BOARD. BUT THEY HAVE TO BE WITHIN -- THEY HAVE TO IN COMPLIANCE WITH OUR POLICIES. AND IF OUR POLICY STATES THAT THAT SHALL NOT TAKE PLACE ON SCHOOL PROPERTY, IT SHALL NOT TAKE PLACE OFF OF SCHOOL PROPERTY. THEREBY, I THINK THAT IT'S NOT APPROPRIATE. SO I AM GOING TO BE GETTING SOME INFORMATION BACK. THE BOARD I HOPE WILL GET ALL OF THAT SAME INFORMATION BACK. BUT I WANT THE INFORMATION BEFORE THE NEXT BOARD MEETING BECAUSE I AM GETTING QUESTIONS ABOUT IT NOW. BUT I WANT TO HAVE THE CONVERSATION AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING. AND AGAIN, WE JUST NEED TO WORK THROUGH THIS. THESE ARE ISSUES THAT HAVE COME TO US. THEY HAVE GOING ON IN THE DISTRICT FOR YEARS. THEY ARE COMING TO OUR ATTENTION NOW. WE HAVE GOT TO GET A GRIP ON IT. WE HAVE GOT TO HANDLE IT AND STOP HAVING THESE PROBLEMS. IT'S JUST THAT SIMPLE. AND THAT WILL BE MY COMMENTS, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. THE FLOOR IS YOURS. >>Jeffrey Eakins: I WILL BRING THIS TO A CLOSE. ALL RIGHT. SO I WILL ALSO THANK ALL THE TEAM FOR THEIR HELP WITH THE WEATHER SITUATION AS WELL. AND THAT WAS STRESSFUL BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT WEIGH ON YOUR MIND OF DECISION AS ROUND MISSING SCHOOL, OR CANCELING SCHOOL. FIRST OF ALL, YOU HAVE THE WEIGHT OF KNOWING THAT BUSINESSES ARE AFFECTED, PARENTS LIVES ARE AFFECTED, BUT LAKE THE BOARD HAS STATED OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS SAFETY OF STUDENTS. SO THAT TAKES A TEAM, AND THE TEAM OBVIOUSLY IS JUST NOT HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH. I WAS NETWORKING BOTH DAYS OR THREE DAYS STRAIGHT WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT SURROUNDING THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND ALSO WHILE JOHN AND HIS STAFF WERE NETWORKING WITH EOC I WAS ALSO NETWORKING WITH COUNTY OFFICIALS, CITY OFFICIALS JUST TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE AWARE OF WHAT OUR POSSIBLE DECISIONS WERE GOING TO BE, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT AFFECTS THEM AS WELL. OF COURSE EVERYONE WAITS FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO MAKE A DECISION, BECAUSE ONCE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY MAKES A DECISION IT'S EASIER FOR EVERYONE ELSE TO MAKE A DECISION. THESE WAIVE LEARNED. BUCK WE DO OBVIOUSLY HAVE TRANSPORTING 87,000 STUDENTS, THE TAMING OF THE STORM WAS GOING TO HIT THE FIRST DAY OF DISMISSAL AND IT DID. AND IT WAS GOING TO HIT THE NEXT DAY AT THE ARRIVAL. AND IT DID. AND SO WE KNEW THAT WAS UNFORTUNATELY RIGHT WHEN ALL OF OUR KIDS ARE EXPOSED AS BUS STOPS ALL ACROSS THE COUNTY. WE NUMBER WE COULDN'T DON THAT WITH ANY OF OUR STUDENTS. SO I DIDN'T WANT THE STORM TO HIT AT ALL. BUT AFTER WE MAKE DECISIONS I'M GLAD IT DID WHAT IT DID SO I CAN SAY SAVE FACE, RIGHT? SO ANYWAY, I DO WANT TO SEND MY APPRECIATION TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR TEAMWORK ON THAT. JUST SO YOU KNOW WE ARE RESEARCHING THE ISSUES AROUND MAKE-UP DAYS, PROCESSES, BECAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE MISSED SCHOOL IN A 1   0 DAY CALENDAR. WE MISSED SCHOOL BEFORE IN A 181 AND 1282 DAY CALENDAR BUT NEVER IN A 180. SO THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE ARE GOING TO BE RESEARCHING IS SEAT TIME CONTACT HOURS FOR OUR STUDENTS. IT HAS TO FOLLOW THE APPROPRIATE NUMBER MUCH MINUTES AND THE HOURS THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE RECEIVING THEIR COURSES, ESPECIALLY CREDIT COURSES SO WE ARE LOOKING AT. THAT WE'LL HAVE AN ANSWER THIS WEEK WITH REGARDS TO IF WE ARE STILL IN COMPLIANCE WITH BE THE 178 DAY CALENDAR. IF WE ARE NOT, THEN WE'LL HAVE TO TALK ABOUT SOME OTHER POSSIBLE OPTIONS. THERE IS A WAIVER PROCESS THAT HAS BEEN ALLOWED BY CERTAIN DISTRICTS WHEN A STATE OF EMERGENCY HAS BEEN DECLARED IN YOUR AREA. WE ARE RESEARCHING TO SEE IF THE DOE WILL BE ACCEPTING THAT. HOWEVER, THE DOE IS WITHOUT POWER AND THEY STILL ARE WITHOUT POWER. AND SO, THEY GOT HIT PRETTY HARD UP THERE. SO WE HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO GET ALL THE CLEAR ANSWERS YET BULL WE DO KNOW WHO WE NEED TO CONTACT TO GET THAT ANSWER. ONCE WE HAVE THAT, THEN I WILL COME BACK TO THIS BOARD WITH ANY POTENTIAL OPTIONS IF WE HAVE TO LOOK AT ANY OTHER OPTIONS WITH REGARDS TO CALENDAR. I DO WANT TO POINT OUT A COUPLE OTHER THINGS I MENTIONED ALREADY. THE WORK AROUND BT WASHINGTON AND THE GARDEN, I DID SAY AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING THAT WAS THE STUDENTS WHO DESIGNED WERE THE ARCHITECTS FOR THAT GARDEN. BY THE WAY, THE IDLEWILD VOLUNTEERS CAME IN AND PUT TOGETHER FOR THEM. SO I APPRECIATE THE STUDENTS' WORK OWN THAT HI. DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNEW BUT LAST SATURDAY WE HAD A THOUSAND ADDED CHAPERONES ATTEND THE USF HOME OPENER WHICH THEY RUN, BY THE WAY, GO BULLS. IT WAS COORDINATED BY USF STAFF AND ATHLETES. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THEY EVER ATTENDED A COLLEGIATE SPORTING EVENT. A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT WHICH PROVIDED 31 BUSES TO MAKE THE EVENT POSSIBLE. USF PROVIDED A TICKET TO EACH OF OUR BUS DRIVERS SO THEY COULD GET INTO THE GAME AS WELL. OUR CHIEF OF SCHOOLS HARRISON PETERS WAS THERE ARE TO REPRESENT THE DISTRICT. IT WAGS A GREAT NIGHT AND THE BULLS WON BIG 5th 56-20. AS I MENTIONED YEARLY, AS WAS MENTIONED EARLIER, THIS IS HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH. HERITAGE SCHOOLS WILL BE CELEBRATING SEPTEMBER 157 TO OCTOBER 15. AND WE ENCOURAGE SCHOOLS AND DISTRICT OFFICES TO SHARE THEIR CELEBRATIONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA USING HASHTAG HCPS HERITAGE. AND THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. >>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND I AM SO SORRY, I FORGOT TO MENTION SOMETHING. VERY QUICKLY AND I THINK IT'S ON A LOT OF PEOPLE'S MINDS. WILL YOU PLEAS GIVE US AN UPDATE AS TO WHAT WE ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING FORWARD TO IN REFERENCE TO THE JUDGES' RECALLING RECENT LIT ON THIRD GRADE OPT OUTS? AND I'M SORRY, I MEANT TO PUT THAT IN MY COMMENTS. >>Jeffrey Eakins: I WILL DEFINITELY DO THAT. WE CERTAINLY HAVE -- IN OUR PEOPLE PROGRESSION PLANNING HAVE LOTS OF DIFFERENT OPTIONS. OTHER OPTIONS FOR OUR STUDENTS TO DON THAT. WE HAVEN'T HAD THAT REALLY BIG OF AN ISSUE HEAR IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I KNOW OTHER DISTRICTS HAVE KIND OF GONE FORWARD. I THINK A LOT OF IT IS HOW DISTRICTS RESPONDED AFTERWARDS THAT DIDN'T REALLY BODE TOO WELL OR SIT TOO WELL WITH FAMILIES AND KIDS. SO WE'LL DON'T LOOK AT OUR PEOPLE PROGRESSION PLAN BUT WE ARE MONITORING THAT CLOSELY AND I'LL KEEP YOU UPDATED ON WHAT THAT MEANS FOR US. >>April Griffin: CAN YOU DO THAT REALTIME, PLEASE? THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.