Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from October 4th, 2016, 3:00 P.M.

(SOUNDING GAVEL).  

>> THIS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4th, 3 P.M. BOARD MEETING IS NOW CALLED TO ORDER. IF EVERYONE COULD PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THEN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY OUR VICE CHAIR MS. CINDY STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND AS YOU STAND FOR THE MOMENT OF SILENCE, IF YOU COULD PLEASE KEEP THE BASEBALL PLAYER WHO WAS A FORMER ALONSO RAVEN IN YOUR PRAYERS AND HIS FAMILY, NUMBER 16, AS WELL AS THE PEOPLE WHO ARE LIVING IN HAITI AND ARE CURRENTLY UNDER MAJOR HURRICANE WATCH AND WARNING AND PRESSING DOWN ON THE UNITED STATES. THANK YOU.  

>> JOSE FERNANDEZ. (MOMENT OF SILENCE).  

>> THANK YOU. [ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ]  

>> THIS EVENING I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE MISS ASHLEY RUSSELL FROM BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL WHO IS OUR CURRENT REPRESENTATIVE TONIGHT. AND SHE'S FROM THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL. AND I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE YOU SOME TIME TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD.  

>> HELLO. I'M ASHLEY RUSSELL, JUNIOR, AND THE CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE OTHERWISE KNOWN AS CAC IS A COMMUNITY BASED COMMITTEE WITH MEMBERS RANGING FROM TEACHERS AND PARTICIPANTS TO STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES. THE MAIN GOAL IS TO PROVIDE OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WITH CRUCIAL INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THE ISSUES FACING OUR COMMUNITY. THE CAC ALSO ALLOWS ITS STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES TO PROVIDE THEIR SCHOOLS WITH AN EXECUTIVE VOICE. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND FEEL FREE AT ANY POINT THROUGHOUT THE EVENING IF YOU WANT TO JOIN IN THE CONVERSATION, WE WANT YOU TO BE A PART OF THE CONVERSATION. SO YOU DON'T HAVE A WAY TO INDICATE THAT YOU WANT TO SPEAK, SO JUST LET MR. AYRES KNOW AND HE WILL LET US KNOW. THANK YOU AND WELCOME. BOARD MEMBERS, THE WITHDRAWN ITEMS ARE A 02, B-01, C-407-R. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS, A SECOND BY MRS. STUART. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE. MRS. KURDELL? THANK YOU. WE HAVE ADOPTED THE AGENDA UNANIMOUSLY. ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT. BOARD MEMBERS, YOU HAVE THE SEPTEMBER 20th, 2016 SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MEETING, THE SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING MINUTES. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. EDGECOMB, A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, ANY CHANGES TO EITHER OF THOSE MINUTES? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE MINUTES ARE PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. MRS. STUART, COULD YOU PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES, AND FOR THE AUDIENCE COMMENTS?  

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

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THE AGENDA HAS BEEN CHANGED PER YOUR REQUEST, AND YOU WILL NOTICE THAT THE SUSPENDED AGENDA IS NOW TOWARD THE END OF THE AGENDA. SO THE SUPERINTENDENT WILL BE MAKING THAT AT THE END OF THE AGENDA, AT THE END OF THE AGENDAS AS OPPOSED TO IN THE BEGINNING LIKE HE HAD BEEN IN THE PAST. WE ARE NOW INTO THE AUDIENCE COMMENTS SECTION. AND THE FIRST THREE SPEAKERS ARE MR. TERRY KIMP, TERRY SODMONT AND CLIFFORD MAURA. THOSE ARE THE FIRST THREE SPEAKERS. WELCOME. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.  

>> THANK YOU. MY NAME IS TERRY KIMPLE, PRESIDENT OF COMMUNITY ISSUES COUNCIL IN BRANDON, FLORIDA. AND I HAVE SAID THIS BEFORE. BUT I WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT PRESIDENT OBAMA'S POLICY REGARDING STUDENTS WHO ARE UNCERTAIN ABOUT THEIR GENDER WILL FORCE YOU TO PUT BOYS WHO SAY THEY THINK THEY ARE GIRLS INTO BEDROOMS OF THE GIRLS AND GIRLS WHO SAY THEY THINK THEY ARE BOYS IN THE BEDROOMS OF THE BOYS ON OVERNIGHT SCHOOL TRIPS. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF HIGH STATURE LAW ORGANIZATIONS THAT WILL PROTECT YOU FROM HAVING TO DO THAT, BUT YOU NEED TO HAVE A POLICY IN PLACE IN ORDER TO RECEIVE THEIR HELP. YOUR INTENT TO RESOLVE THIS SITUATION WITH A VERBAL PROCEDURE HAS BEEN A FAILURE. I HAVE SPOKEN WITH STAFF AND TEACHERS WHO WERE GIVEN INCORRECT INSTRUCTIONS BY THE PRINCIPALS. THOSE INSTRUCTIONS COULD VERY WELL LEAD TO LAWSUITS AGAINST THE DISTRICT BY PARENTS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE ISSUE. OUR GROUP IS ASKING YOU TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN BY PUTTING INTO PLACE A WRITTEN POLICY THAT SIMPLY REFLECTS WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO OPERATIONALLY THROUGH USE OF A PROCEDURE. FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS. I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY ANY BOARD MEMBER WOULD VOTE AGAINST A POLICY THAT PROTECTS THE RIGHTS OF ALL STUDENTS, AND AT THE SAME TIME ELIMINATES THE CONFUSION THAT HAS SURROUNDED THE PROCEDURE YOU HAVE BEEN TRYING TO MAKE DO WITH. AN ADDITIONAL PART OF THE DESIRE TO HAVE A POLICY IS SO THAT IF ANY BOARD MEMBER, CURRENT OR FUTURE, WOULD WANT TO CHANGE YOUR CURRENT PROCEDURE AND PUT IN PLACE THE PRESIDENT'S POLICY, PARENTS WOULD AT LEAST HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT IT BEFORE IT WAS DONE. AND HERE IS A QUICK COMMENT ABOUT SEX EDUCATION. AT THE LAST REGULAR MEETING, MS. GRIFFIN, YOU REFERRED TO THE STATE MANDATED ABSTINENCE-PLUS CURRICULUM. EVEN THOUGH SOME OF THIS BOARD'S INTENTION FOR SEXUALIZING OUR CHILDREN, I WAS SURPRISED. IN THE PAST, I HAVE GIVEN YOU COPIES OF THE STATUTES GOVERNING SECONDS ED CURRICULUM. ALL 7 STATUTES CLEARLY MANDATE THAT TEACHING AND PROMOTION OF SEXUAL ACTS UNTIL MARRIAGE. THE ONLY PLUS ALLOWS FOR AIDS AWARENESS TRAINING. I, JUST BEING A SIMPLE CITIZEN, WOULD ENVISION AIDS AWARENESS TRAINING BEING, ONE, AGE IS AN INCURRABLE DISEASE THAT OFTEN CAUSES DEATH. TWO, AIDS CAN BE PASSED TO BABIES BY MOTHERS WHILE GIVING BIRTH. THREE, AIDS COMES FROM THE HIV VIRUS. FOUR, THE HIV VIRUS IS TRANSMITTED PRIMARILY THROUGH SEXUAL ACTIVITY OR SHARING INTRAVENE EYES NEEDLES. FIVE, THE ONLY CERTAIN WAY TO AVOID CONTRACTING HIV THROUGH SEXUAL ACTIVITY IS TO AVOID SEXUAL ACTIVITY UNTIL MARRIAGE. AND FOR BOTH PARENTS TO REMAIN MONOGAMOUS THEREAFTER. I'M ON THE BOARD OF A LOCAL PREGNANCY CENTER AND WE ARE FORCED TO DEAL EVERY DAY WITH THE AFTERMATH OF YOUR PROGRAMS THAT TEACH KIDS THAT IF THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE SEX, THEY SHOULD USE CONDOMS, BECAUSE CONDOMS ARE KNOWN TO FAIL FREQUENTLY. INSTEAD, YOU SHOULD BE TEACHING THEM THAT ABSTINENCE FROM ALL SEXUAL ACTIVITY IS THE ONLY SAFE PATH, AND THEN TEACH THEM THE AVOIDANCE TECHNIQUES THAT THEY NEED TO LEARN SO THAT THEY CAN RESIST THE PRESSURE FROM THEIR PEERS OF THAT THEY ARE GOING TO EXPERIENCE. AND I ALSO HEARD THAT THE WORDS REFERENDUM AND TAX WERE USED NO RECENT BOARD MEETING. AS ONE OF THE MANY CITIZENS WHO SUCCESSFULLY OPPOSED THOSE WORDS WITH OUR COUNTY COMMISSION, I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BEGIN PRACTICING TRUE BUDGET TRANSPARENCY BEFORE YOU WILL EVER HAVE A CHANCE TO INCREASE TAXES. VOTERS ARE TIRED OF TAXATION WITHOUT INFORMATION. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: YOU STILL HAVE 30 SECONDS LEFT.  

>> THANK YOU. PATTY SODMONT.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS PATTY SODMONT FROM BRANDON, FLORIDA, FOUNDER OF CITY PLAN WHICH WE ARE DOING MENTORING IN SOME OF THE SCHOOLS AND DOING A LOT OF OTHER COMMUNITY-TYPE WORK WITH LEADERS TO REALLY BRING RESTORATION TO OUR COMMUNITIES, AND I STAND HERE ON BEHALF OF MY SON, WHO IS ELEVEN, AND I WANT TO SAY THE VOICE OF OVER 200,000 STUDENTS, AS WELL AS MANY CONCERNED PARENTS AND MANY CONCERNED CHURCHES. IT IS WITH DEEP CONCERN THAT I COME TODAY IN REGARDS TO THE NECESSITY TO HAVE A POLICY. IT'S AN ABSOLUTE NECESSITY THAT WE HAVE SOMETHING STRINGENT THAT WE WOULD SAY THIS IS A FOUNDATION. I PROPOSE THAT WE HAVE A POLICY WHERE BOYS GO INTO BOYS, GIRLS -- GIRLS GO INTO GIRLS, BOYS GO INTO BOYS BATHROOMS. THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK OF DIFFERENT SOLUTIONS. AND WE ALL HEAR, ARE LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS. RIGHT NOW WE ARE WORKING IN A MIDDLE SCHOOL IN BRANDON, IN MCLEAN, 850 STUDENTS, OVER 698 INCIDENTS ONE YEAR IN SCHOOL. 53 POLICE REPORTS. SO OUR ORGANIZATION IS LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS. YOU ARE LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS. A SOLUTION IS NOT MAKING EVERY BATHROOM STALL FROM WALL TO FLOOR, BECAUSE LITERALLY WE WOULD HAVE TO TAKE EVERY STALL. YOU COULDN'T JUST DO ONE. A SOLUTION IS NOT GETTING RID OF ALL THE URINALS. A SOLUTION IS KEEP THE GIRLS IN THE GIRLS, THE BOYS IN THE BOYS AND WE NEED A POLICY LIKE THAT. I WANT TO SAY THIS. THE SCHOOL STAFF WILL TELL YOU THAT THERE'S ALREADY INCIDENTS IN THE BATHROOMS. THE BATHROOMS ARE THE PRIVATE PLACE WHERE THERE'S CAMPING OUT, WHERE THERE MIGHT BE DRUGS, THERE MIGHT BE SEXUAL BEHAVIORS AND THINGS GOING ON. WE CANNOT POLICE OUR BATHROOMS, NOR CAN WE HAVE PEOPLE AT THE GATE OF THOSE BATHROOMS SAYING, OKAY, WHO ARE YOU, GIRL, BOY, OR IN BETWEEN? WE LITERALLY HAVE TO SET A STANDARD. I SEE THIS AS LITERALLY AND IF YOU WANT TO SAY CHANGING WHAT WE SEE AS HEALTH, WHAT WE SEE AS PROVEN SCIENCE, IT'S LITERALLY TRYING TO CHANGE AND DISTRACT US FROM WHAT WE ALREADY DETERMINED IN OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM THAT BOYS IN BOYS, GIRLS IN GIRLS. WE CAN'T CHANGE THE CHROMOSOMAL PROOF. WE CAN'T CHANGE THE GENETICS AND THE OBVIOUS BODY PART PROOF. SO WE NEED TO STAND AS AN EDUCATOR AND STAND ON THE TRUTH AND SAY BE A MODEL AND SAY NO TO THESE THINGS THAT ARE TRYING TO DISTRACT US FROM EDUCATING. THANK YOU.  

>> YOU STILL HAVE TIME LEFT. OKAY, THANK YOU. AND AUDIENCE, YOU WILL SEE A YELLOW LIGHT COME UP. AND THAT LETS YOU KNOW THAT YOU STILL HAVE 30 SECONDS LEFT. WELCOME, MR. LAURA.  

>> MY NAME IS CLIFFORD LAURA. I AM NOT FROM YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. I'M ACTUALLY FROM KISSIMMEE, FLORIDA. BUT I AM A GRANDPARENT OF 19 GRANDCHILDREN AND 9 CHILDREN. AND THROUGH THAT, I HAVE SEEN THE CONCERN OF THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE OF TRANSGENDER POLICIES ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SO MY CONCERN IS THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WILL CONTINUE TO LEAD A PATH WITH THIS, AND THEY WILL STEP FORWARD BY PRODUCING A POLICY THAT WOULD, IN FACT, JUST BRING ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE IN THE HISTORY. I THINK IF WE CAN CLEARLY LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF HOW THIS NATION AND HOW THE BOARD OF EDUCATION HAVE UPHELD THESE POSITIONS, WHETHER THEY WERE WRITTEN OR NOT WRITTEN, IT WAS CLEARLY A POLICY. AND NOW WE ARE COMING TO A PLACE WITHIN TIME THAT WE SUDDENLY HAVE TO WRITE THE POLICY OUT. AND SO I'M HOPING THAT YOU WOULD HAVE NOT ONLY THE COURAGE BUT YOU WOULD HAVE THE FORTITUDE TO DO SUCH A THING. I BELIEVE THAT ALL CHILDREN OUGHT TO BE PROTECTED. I CERTAINLY STOOD IN PLACES JUST LIKE THIS, AND I HAVE HEARD TESTIMONIES OF CHILDREN WHO HAVE BEEN ABUSED BECAUSE OF THEIR IDENTITY CRISIS THAT THEY ARE WALKING THROUGH. AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT WHAT WOULD CHANGE IF THAT POLICY WAS NOT PUT IN PLACE. I DON'T THINK THAT CHILDREN AT THESE AGES WHO ARE TRYING TO DETERMINE NOT ONLY THEIR OWN IDENTITY BUT ALSO ARE WALKING THROUGH ALL TYPES OF DIFFERENT CHANGES WITHIN THEIR LIFE, WOULD SIMPLY NOT SEE PROBLEMS, WHETHER IT WAS ALLOWING THOSE OF THE OPPOSITE SEX TO GO INTO THE OTHER BATHROOM. I BELIEVE YOU WOULD STILL HAVE PROBLEMS. I BELIEVE THAT THE SOLUTION WAS LONG AGO PRONOUNCED, AND THE SOLUTION THAT THE HISTORY OF THIS NATION HAS STOOD UPON IS THAT WE WOULD KNOW WHO IS WHO THROUGH SCIENCE. NOT ONLY THAT, WE WOULD STAND IN THE POSITION THAT WOULD DECLARE WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DONE THROUGHOUT HISTORY. WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT HAS JUST BEEN RATIFIED WITHIN THE LAST YEAR. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT WAS THERE EVEN BEFORE YOU WERE BORN. OR MYSELF. SO I'M ASKING YOU TO HAVE THE COURAGE FOR THEM. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO JUST DATE ONE OTHER THING, AND THAT IS THAT YOU WOULD GIVE SUPPORT TO THE POLICY, THAT YOU WOULD VOTE FOR THE POLICY, THAT AS THAT POLICY WOULD COME FORTH THAT YOU WOULD STAND AND GIVE VOTE TO THAT POLICY, THAT WE WOULD SEE BOYS IN THE BOYS BATHROOM AND GIRLS IN THE GIRLS BATHROOM. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO NOTE THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL CASES THAT CURRENTLY HAVE BEEN AND CONTINUE TO BE IN THE COURT SYSTEMS TODAY. SO WE ARE NOT INEVITABLY AVOIDING THE COURT SYSTEM, AND THE COURT SYSTEM MAY AGAIN ATTACH ITSELF EVEN TO THIS BOARD. BUT AS YOU KNOW IN RECENT -- IN THE RECENT MONTH, WE HAVE SEEN THE SUPREME COURT BLOCK THE LOWER COURTS REQUIRING A VIRGINIA SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT EVEN ALLOWING A BIOLOGICAL FEMALE TRANSGENDER STUDENT --  

>> THAT YOU CAN. YOU CAN FINISH YOUR THROAT.  

>> SO MY LAST THOUGHT WOULD BE PLEASE VOTE FOR THE POLICY THAT IS YET TO BE FORWARDED, THAT MATCHES THE HISTORY OF OUR NATION. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE MARK KLUTHO, JONAS ALLDAY AND ADAM FRANCIS. WELCOME, MR. KLUTHO.  YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.  

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. 4.04. YOU CHANGED THE RULES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GAME AGAIN. YOU DID. AND THEN 6-18. HVAC. 7.02. 7.03. 7.04. WE HAVE THE RUSE, AND THE -- YOU HAVE ANOTHER ADDITIONAL HERE. BUT THIS JUST ADDS -- OR SHOULD I SAY MAKES THE HOLE BIGGER, BIGGER, DEEPER, FROM WHAT YOU WERE DEALING WITH LAST WEEK. AND YOU HAD TO HAVE A SPECIAL MEETING ON THAT ONE. THE IDIOTS AT "ST. PETE TIMES" COME CLEAN ON SCHOOL BUDGET CRISES. SAYS ALL THE DISTRICT CAN AFFORD ONLY 4 MILLION WHEN YOU HAVE NEARLY 800 MILLION AND RECOMMENDED UPGRADES TO THE RUSE CONDITIONERS. WELL, WHAT DID YOU DO MAKING THOSE STUPID BUILDINGS? AND IT SAYS HERE THAT THESE BUILDINGS ARE NOT CONDUCIVE TO LEARNING IF THE STUDENTS ARE TOO HOT TO CONCENTRATE, THE TEACHERS ARE LOOKING FOR BETTER PLACES TO WORK. WELL, HOW MANY YEARS HAVE I BEEN BRINGING THAT SCIENCE OF HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING, TELLING YOU THE RIGHT WAY TO MAKE THE BUILDINGS, SO THAT THIS WOULDN'T BE THE CASE? AND WHAT DID YOU DO? YOU FLAGRANTLY IGNORED THE SCIENCE. LET'S GO BACK TO MAY 29, 1998, WHEN BILL BROWNING CAME HERE, THE AUTHOR OF A PRIMMER ON SUSTAINABLE BUILDING. JIM HAMILTON SAID WE ARE GOING TO BUILD THE SCHOOLS DIFFERENTLY. EVEN BEFORE THAT. WELL, OVER $4 BILLION WORTH OF BAD SCHOOLS MADE. YOU PEOPLE ARE SCOUNDRELS. YOU SAY YOU WANT CIVILITY. YOU CAN'T HAVE IT. BECAUSE YOU ARE BEING COMPLETELY IRRATIONAL. URIG ENERGY SCIENCE. THE WORD THAT DESCRIBES IT IS MALFEASANCE. AND IT'S GOING TO GET MUCH, MUCH WORSE. MUCH WORSE. LIKE THIS HEADLINE SAYS HERE, CLIMATE CHANGE, FUEL, DEADLY RAINSTORM THERE IN BATON ROUGE. THERE WILL BE MORE OF THIS TO COME. (BELL SOUNDS) YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO.  

>> YEAH. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: YOU'RE VERY WELCOME. JONA ALLDAY.  

>> FIRST OFF, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE JOB YOU DO SINCE YOU GET BEAT UP AND YOU SHOULDN'T GET BEAT UP. I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. YOU ARE PUBLIC SERVANTS AND I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO. I AM JONAH ALLDAY, TAMPA CAMPUS PASTOR, AND I SUPPORT WHAT JAY KEMPLE WAS TALKING ABOUT OBAMA'S POLICY. WE DO WANT TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. WE WANT TO PROTECT ALL CHILDREN. AND ANY KIND OF BATHROOM POLICY THAT DOESN'T GIVE SPECIFICS LEAVES TOO MUCH ROOM FOR INTERPRETATION FOR THE PRINCIPALS. AND I KNOW BECAUSE I HAVE TALKED TO PEOPLE AT DIFFERENT SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT, AND SOME PRINCIPALS ARE ALLOWING BOYS TO GO INTO GIRLS BATHROOMS, BOYS, AND PROBLEMS. AND THEY PROVIDED A BATHROOM IN THE OFFICE THAT SOMEONE WHO IS CONFUSED ABOUT THEIR GENDER CAN GO AND USE THE BATHROOM, AND THEY ARE PROTECTED. AND THAT'S A GOOD SOLUTION. YOU KNOW. BUT ME AS A FATHER, I SUPPORT A POLICY THAT SAYS, YOU KNOW, BOYS IN THE BOYS BATHROOM, GIRLS IN THE GIRLS BATHROOM, AND LET'S PROVIDE, YOU KNOW, SOME SINGLE BATHROOM AREAS FOR THOSE WHO ARE CONFUSED ABOUT THEIR GENDER. THAT PROTECTS EVERYTHING. THAT KEEPS EVERYBODY SAFE. AND QUITE FRANKLY JUST DOES NOT OPEN THE DOOR -- DOES OPEN THE DOOR FOR SOME PROBLEMS THAT I THINK WILL BE OVERWHELMING. I MEAN, WE ALREADY, BEFORE THIS WAS AN ISSUE, MY SON, ONE OF MY SONS ARE FOOTBALL PLAYERS, AND MY OLDEST HAD A GIRL COME INTO THE LOCKER ROOM LAST YEAR AND PROPOSITIONED HIM. NOW, HE'S A CHRISTIAN. AND HE'S COMMITTED TO SAVE HIMSELF FOR MARRIAGE. BUT HERE IS A GIRL GOING OUT OF HER WAY TO COME TO THE BOYS LOCKER ROOM TO PROPOSITION MY SON, AND THERE'S NOT A POLICY -- THERE'S A POLICY THAT SAYS SHE CAN'T DO THAT. NOW, IF WE JUST OPEN THE DOOR AND ALLOW WHOEVER TO GO IN WHATEVER BATHROOM, THAT'S GOING TO BE A BIGGER ISSUE. AND IT'S GOING TO BE A BIGGER PROBLEM. SO I WANT TOO ENCOURAGE YOU TO ADOPT SOME -- PUT A POLICY IN PLACE THAT JUST SPELLS IT OUT, AND NO ROOM FOR INTERPRETATION ON THE SCHOOL LEVEL, BUT FOR ALL OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO TAKE A STAND AND SAY, BOYS IN THE BOYS BATHROOM, GIRLS IN THE GIRLS BATHROOM, AND WE HAVE THESE OTHER SINGLE-UNIT BATHROOMS THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE CONFUSED CAN GO TO, AND THEY GET MADE FUN OF, BECAUSE THE TRUTH IS THEY ARE ALREADY GETTING MADE FUN OF AND WE DON'T NEED TO MAKE THAT WORSE EITHER. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MR. FRANCIS?  

>> HI. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IN FRONT OF YOU. I WANT TO ECHO SOME OF THE SENTIMENTS. I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT YOU ALL DO AND THE EFFORT THAT IT TAKES TO BE UP HERE. MY NAME IS MADAM FRANCIS. I AM A FATHER OF FOUR KIDS OUT IN DOVER, FLORIDA. I JUST WANTED TO SPEAK JUST BRIEFLY ABOUT THE CONCERN ABOUT THE BATHROOM SITUATION. I WANTED TO ECHO, MAKE SOME OF THE SENTIMENTS YOU HEARD FROM TERRY AND CLIFF, SOME OF THE OTHERS. I UNDERSTAND OF THAT WE WANT TO PROTECT ALL STUDENTS. WE WANT TO HAVE A FAIR POLICY FOR ALL STUDENTS. MY CONCERN AS A FATHER IS THAT MY KIDS ARE NINE AND UNDER, THAT SOME DAY, YOU KNOW, MY DAUGHTER WILL BE ABLE TO GO INTO A BATHROOM, AND THEN WE ARE TALKING MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL AT SOME POINT, WHERE KIDS HAVE HORMONES AND ALL THESE THINGS, THAT SOMEBODY WILL PRETEND TO BE MAYBE ONE GENDER THAT THEY ARE NOT, AND GO INTO THE WRONG BATHROOM TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION. I GUESS MY ENCOURAGEMENT FOR YOU IS SIMILAR TO WHAT YOU HEARD. MAKE A POLICY THAT SAYS BIOLOGICALLY, IF IT'S A BOY BORN AND BIRTH, GO INTO THE BOY BATHROOMS, AND IF IT'S A BIOLOGICAL GIRL FROM BIRTH, THEN GO INTO THE FEMALE BATHROOMS. SO THAT WOULD BE MY ENCOURAGEMENT FOR YOU. JUST FOR THE PROTECTION OF MY KIDS, OF OUR KIDS. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. AND I THINK WE ARE AT A TURNING POINT NOT ONLY IN OUR COUNTRY BUT IN THE COUNTY. SO JUST WANTED TO ENCOURAGE THAT. THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE NEXT SPEAKERS ON THE LIST ARE ANTOINETTES KNOWLES, ALICE MURPHY, AND RANDALL AUNGST. I PROBABLY MISPRONOUNCED THAT. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. MY NAME IS TONI KNOWLES AND I AM A NURSING INSTRUCTOR AT THE TECHNICAL CENTER AND I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE AND THE BLESSING TO BE THERE FOR 18 YEARS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS YOU GUYS TODAY IN TERMS OF THE BUDGET CUTS AND THE EMPLOYEE IMPACT. AS A NURSE, MY PATIENTS ARE ENTRUSTED TO MY CARE, AND AS A TEACHER, MY STUDENTS ARE ENTRUSTED TO MY CARE. AND AS THE SCHOOL BOARD, WE, YOUR EMPLOYEES, THE TEACHERS, THE SECRETARIES, THE BUS DRIVERS, THE CUSTODIANS, WE ARE ALL ENTRUSTED TO YOUR CARE. I CLEARLY AND FUNDAMENTALLY UNDERSTAND THAT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IS TO HEAVY, AND. BUT I HAVE GOT TO HAVE TELL YOU, YOU ARE CHOPPING AT THE ROOTS AND THE TRUNKS OF OUR SCHOOLS INSTEAD OF TRIMMING THE EXCESS BRANCHES. RATHER THAN A SLOW DEATH BY A THOUSAND, I RESPECTFULLY ASK YOU TO ALLOW OUR PRINCIPALS, OUR DAY TO DAY LEADERS, WHO KNOW US IN AND OUT, WHO KNOW THAT THE MONEYS OF THE SCHOOL, THE WAY THE SCHOOLS ARE WORKING, AND WHERE WE CAN ACTUALLY TRIM. I ASK YOU AND OUR PRINCIPALS TO HAVE A MEANINGFUL ROLE IN THIS BUDGET TRIMMING THAT IS NECESSARY AND THAT IS TAKING PLACE. I UNDERSTAND THAT BUT I AM ASKING FOR A GREATER ROLE ON THEIR PART. THEY KNOW US. THEY KNOW THE SCHOOLS. AT IRWIN, WE RECENTLY LOST TWO MAGNIFICENT, AND I MEAN MAGNIFICENT EMPLOYEES, DEDICATED WHOLEHEARTED TO WHAT THEY DO. AND OUR PRINCIPAL WAS NOT ALLOWED TO PRESENT HIS VERY CREATIVE ALTERNATIVES TO TRIM OUR OWN SCHOOL BUDGET, AND STILL SUSTAIN THEIR EMPLOYMENT. HE FOUND ANOTHER WAY AND HE WASN'T HEARD. SO RESPECTFULLY WHAT I AM ASKING YOU IS THAT PLEASE ALLOW OUR PRINCIPALS TO ENTER THE CREATIVE BUDGET CHANGES BEFORE THE AX INDISCRIMINATELY FALLS AGAIN. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO ME. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU.  

>> I'M ALICE MURPHY, AN INSTRUCTOR ALSO AT IRWIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE AND I TOO WANT TO ADDRESS THE BUDGET. WE DID LOSE TWO EMPLOYEES THIS MONTH, AND I'M NOT SURE HOW OR WHAT THE CRITERIA IS, AND WHETHER WE WILL BE PRIVY TO THAT OR NOT. BUT WE HAVE A LOT OF ACCREDITATION THAT WE GO THROUGH FOR EACH OF THE PROGRAMS. WE HAVE LOST ONE OF OUR VICE PRINCIPALS WHO TOOK CARE OF ALL THESE THINGS. HER SECRETARY, WHO WAS SECRETARY TO BOTH ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS AND WHO WAS PRIVY TO ALL OF THIS, SHE WAS DR. BROOKS' RIGHT HAND PERSON, SHE IS GONE. AND SO WE ARE LOSING AND HAVING PEOPLE COME IN, WHICH HAPPENS A LOT, BUT WE ARE LOSING PEOPLE WHO KNOW HOW OUR SCHOOL IS RUN, AND WHO WE REALLY AND TRULY NEED TO KEEP GOING THE WAY WE ARE GOING. THESE ACCREDITATIONS, I KNOW MOST OF YOU ARE FAMILIAR, BUT WE HAVE OTHER ACCREDITATIONS, AND THE HOOPS THAT WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH, I MEAN, IT'S UNBELIEVABLE. AND TO LOSE THE VERY PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, WHO ARE EXPERTS AT THIS NOW, IS REALLY, REALLY A TRAVESTY FOR US. I AGREE WITH TONI. I WISH THAT OUR PRINCIPALS WOULD HAVE MORE SAY. I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH THEY HAVE, BUT I THINK THAT THE PRINCIPALS ARE THE ONES WHO REALLY KNOW IN THE SCHOOL WHAT IS GOING ON, WHO DOES WHAT. AND THERE'S TWO PEOPLE OF THAT WE LOST IN THE PAST MONTH. I MEAN, IT IS A GRAVE, GRAVE DECISION, A GRAVE LOSS. OKAY? MY OTHER THING THAT I WANTED TO ADDRESS WAS THE MEETING TIMES TO SEE IF WE COULD MAKE THE MEETING TIMES A LITTLE BIT LATER, BECAUSE AS TEACHERS -- YOU KNOW, IT'S HARD TO GET HERE AT 3:00 -- AND AS PARENTS, PARENTS THAT ARE WORKING. NOW, I DID GO ONLINE AND SEE HOW LONG SOME OF THE MEETINGS GO. SO, I MEAN, I'M FOR BEING HERE AT MIDNIGHT. IT'S A JOKE. BUT, I MEAN, REALLY, IF WE COULD MAKE THEM A LITTLE BIT LATER, I THINK THAT WOULD BE MORE CONVENIENT. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND YOUR ATTENTION.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. WELCOME. PLEASE CORRECT ME ON YOUR LAST NAME. DY SAY THAT RIGHT?  

>> I AM RANDALL AUNGST. YOU DID GET THE LAST NAME RIGHT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IT'S SPELLED SUNGST. I AM AN EDUCATION ENTREPRENEUR. I HAVE SENT YOU MY INFORMATION. MY BASIC REASON TO BE HERE TODAY IS TO ASK YOU FOR WORKSHOP TIME TO EXPLAIN WHAT WE CAN DO FOR YOU. OUR THINK TANK IS FOCUSED ON IMPROVING SCHOOLS, AND WE CAN DO IT. WE HAVE BEEN THERE. WE HAVE DONE IT. AND WE CAN DO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT CONCERN YOU MOST. FOR EXAMPLE, THE "TAMPA BAY TIMES" SAID THAT YOU HAVE A MONEY PROBLEM, THAT YOU HAVE A HEAT PROBLEM, AND MANY OTHERS. I HAVE HEARD PEOPLE ADDRESS SOME OF THE OTHER PROBLEMS THAT YOU HAVE. BUT I AM ASKING YOU NOW TO THINK ABOVE WHAT YOU ARE HEARING NOW. LET ME REGRESS. I HAVE BEEN IN THE EDUCATION BUSINESS SINCE I GOT OUT OF THE AIR FORCE, RIGHT AFTER THE KOREAN WAR. AS FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, WE WOULD ATTEND BOARD MEETINGS. I NEVER HAD A BOARD MEETING WHERE THE AGENDA WAS MORE THAN TWO PAGES, AND THE MEETING TOOK MORE THAN AN HOUR. THINGS HAVE CHANGED TREMENDOUSLY. WE KNOW THAT. AND THAT'S WHY OUR THINK TANK IS FOCUSED ON HELPING SCHOOLS THINK FROM OUT OF THE BOX. WE SAY GET AHEAD OF THE CURVE. NOW, I DID SEND YOU SOME THINGS ON FRIDAY. AND IN THE INFORMATION THAT I SIGNED UP FOR, I SAID THAT I DID HAVE THE 5-PAGE THING GIVEN TO YOU FRIDAY. I ALSO ASKED THE LADY OUT AT THE DESK TO CIRCULATE OUR ONE-PAGE PROPOSAL THINK-TANK PROPOSAL. YOU SHOULD HAVE IT IN FRONT OF YOU SOMEWHERE. IT GOT A BOUNDARY AROUND IT. THIS IS THE ACTION PLANNING WORKSHOP THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO HOLD WITH YOU AND FOR YOU. THERE'S NO MONEY INVOLVED ON OUR PART. IT'S JUST THAT WE COME AND DISCUSS THESE POINTS WITH YOU. THEN WE TELL YOU HOW YOU CAN BEGIN TO DO IT. AND THIS IS THE BOTTOM LINE THAT MOST OF YOU SHOULD BE THINKING SERIOUSLY ABOUT. IN THE FIVE-PAGE INFORMATION I SENT YOU, I HAD A COPY OF FORD'S COVER STORY -- (BELL SOUNDS).  

>> WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, THREE MINUTES?  

>> YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS LEFT.  

>> KAY THANK YOU. ON THAT FORBES COVER STORY, THEY SAY THAT EDUCATION TODAY WASTES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY AND TIME. WHEN YOU LEARN HOW TO INCREASE THE EFFICIENCY IN THE CLASSROOM, YOU CAN SAVE MONEY AND TIME. AND THAT'S WHAT WE WANT TO HELP YOU DO. THE WORKSHOP THAT YOU HAVE A COPY OF IN FRONT OF YOU IS DESIGNED FOR TWO HOURS, BUT WE CAN DO IT FOR LESS. AND I'M AVAILABLE ON A 24-HOUR, 48-HOUR NOTICE TO COME TO YOU. I CAN SPEAK WITH YOU INDIVIDUALLY OR AS A GROUP. AND THE COMMUNITY.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU FOR THAT. AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR SUPPORT IN THIS COMMUNITY AND IDEAS EVERYWHERE WE CAN GET IT. SO WE WILL DEFINITELY TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR OFFER AND HAVE STAFF TALK TO YOU DR. VASQUEZ WILL REACH OUT TO YOU AND SET A --  

>> VERY GOOD. AND IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED OR DO NOT HAVE FOR SOME REASON THE FIVE PAGES I SENT TO YOU, I CAN RESEND IT.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ALL RIGHT. WE HAVE SOME SPEAKERS THAT GOT HERE A LITTLE BIT LATER AND WE WANT TO ACCOMMODATE THOSE SPEAKERS. THEY ARE TEACHERS. MRS. ADRIANA TEEL. JAMES CLEMMONS FROM THE UNION. AND LAURIE RODRIGUEZ.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I'M ACTUALLY IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELOR IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND I CAME TODAY BECAUSE I'M ALSO THE UNION REPRESENTATIVE AT MY SCHOOL. AND SO WHEN -- AND I'M NEW TO THE POSITION. SO WHEN I WENT TO THE TRAINING TO LEARN ABOUT HOW TO DO THIS, YOU KNOW, I LEARNED A LOT, SO THAT WAS GOOD. AND THEY SAID, COME ON AND SUPPORT YOUR UNION, SUPPORT COUNSELORS, AND COME TO THE BOARD MEETING, AND IF YOU CAN, SPEAK. AND I AM A LITTLE NERVOUS. I USUALLY PRESENT TO STUDENTS, SO THIS IS KIND OF DIFFERENT. BUT I'LL DO MY BEST. I JUST WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO KNOW THAT THERE'S A LOT OF FRUSTRATION IN THE FRONT LINES, TEACHERS, COUNSELORS, ET CETERA, STAFF, WITH JUST THE LENGTH OF TIME THAT IT'S TAKING FOR CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS. AND I THINK TEACHERS AND COUNSELORS AND ALL OF SCHOOL STAFF, THEY ARE VERY PATIENT PEOPLE. BECAUSE THEY LOVE STUDENTS. THEY LOVE THE CHILDREN. THAT'S WHAT THEY WANT TO DO, THEY CHOSE TO DO IT. BUT YET WHEN IT TAKES SO LONG FOR A CONTRACT TO BE AGREED UPON AND COST OF LIVING RAISES ARE NOT APPROVED, IT'S A LITTLE FRUSTRATING TO SUCK IT UP AND GO IN EVERY DAY AND PUT ON A GOOD FACE. SO I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT. I WENT TO A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL COUNSELORS MEETING LAST NIGHT, OF WHICH I AM ON THE BOARD FOR THAT. WE ALSO DISCUSSED THE MANY THINGS THAT SCHOOL COUNSELORS HAVE TO DEAL WITH. I'M IN A SCHOOL WITH OVER 800 STUDENTS, AND THERE'S ONE OF ME. I GET NOTES, PASSES ALL THE TIME, PLEASE SPEAK TO THIS STUDENT TODAY, THIS STUDENT. AND BEING THAT THERE'S ONLY ONE OF ME, IT BREAKS ME MY HEART THAT I AM NOT ABLE TO SEE ALL OF THEM. AND I WILL HAVE TO SEND AN E-MAIL TO THE TEACHER OR SAY, OKAY, I'LL SEE THEM FIRST THING TOMORROW MORNING. AND THEN I WILL TRY TO GET THERE BEFORE SCHOOL, DURING BELL WORK WHEN IT'S 7:30 AND TRY TO GET THEM BEFORE 8:00 SO WE CAN JUST HAVE A FEW MINUTES TO TALK. IT JUST WEARS THE PROGRAM AWAY, YOU KNOW? I WANT TO BE PREVENTIVE, PROACTIVE, AND YET A LOT OF TIMES IT'S DRIVE-BY GUIDANCE. WE CALL IT DRIVE-BY GUIDANCE WHEN YOU CALL A STUDENT OUT OF CLASSROOM, SEE HIM AT LUNCH, DO A HIGH FIVE. SO JUST TO LET YOU KNOW SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THE UNION HAS ASKED FOR AND FOR THE SCHOOL COUNSELORS, JUST A GREATER RATIO OF COUNSELOR TO STUDENTS, LESS DUTY TIME. FORTUNATELY, I AM AT A SCHOOL WITH A VERY SUPPORTIVE ADMINISTRATION. SO THAT'S NOT A PROBLEM FOR ME. BUT I KNOW THAT FOR MANY COUNSELORS IT IS. (BELL SOUNDS) I KNOW THERE'S NOT ENOUGH STAFF. THERE'S JUST NOT ENOUGH FEET TO THE GROUND TO HELP WITH STUDENTS. AND I GET THAT. AND I DO PITCH IN WHEN I'M LEAVING.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU.  

>> BUT -- THANK YOU. AND YOU'RE WELCOME. BUT AS I SAID, IT WATERS DOWN OUR PROGRAM, AND WHAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO DO AND BE THERE FOR THE STUDENTS.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR COMING AND SPEAKING THIS EVENING. WE APPRECIATE IT.  

>> I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT.  

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

>> GOOD EVENING. MRS. GRIFFIN, I HEARD YOU SAY JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO SOMETHING I HEARD YOU SAY MANY TIMES, AND THAT WAS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO YOU AND THIS BOARD TO GET SUGGESTIONS AND SUPPORT AND IDEAS FROM THE COMMUNITY. AND WE HAVE HEARD FROM MANY FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY, INCLUDING OUR TEACHERS AND OUR SCHOOL EMPLOYEES, OUR COUNSELORS, OUR PARAPROFESSIONALS AND OTHERS AS WELL AS MANY PARENTS, THAT IT IS DIFFICULT TO BE ABLE TO GIVE THAT INPUT AT SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS, WHICH IS THE FORMAL ARENA FOR DOING THAT, BECAUSE OF THE START TIME. AND MANY PEOPLE HAVE ASKED US TO ASK YOU AND ARE ASKING YOU TO CONSIDER THAT START TIME TO BE AT A LATER TIME WHEN MORE FOLKS WOULD BE ABLE TO GET HERE. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE FOR DECADES, TUESDAYS ARE FACULTY MEETING TIMES AT SCHOOL AND WE OFTEN HAVE TRAINING, AND THAT'S THE ONE DAY THAT THE ADMINISTRATION CAN ACTUALLY KEEP THE STAFF A LITTLE LATER, SLIGHTLY LATER THAN THE SCHOOL DATE FOR TRAINING. UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE SEEING A LOT OF TRAINING HAPPENING ON OTHER DAYS OF THE WEEK, TOO, BUT IT DOES MAKE IT EVEN MORE DIFFICULT FOR FOLKS TO GET OUT OF SCHOOL AND GET HERE IN TIME FOR A BOARD MEETING THAT STARTS AT 3:00. THERE IS ALMOST NO EMPLOYEES WHO CAN WORK THEIR REGULAR DAY AND STILL GET HERE BY THAT TIME. IN ADDITION, PARENTS OF COURSE, MOST OF OUR PARENTS WORK AND HAVE BUSY DAYTIME LIVES, AND SO THE START TIME MAKES IT REALLY DIFFICULT FOR OUR MEMBERS AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO BE ABLE TO FEEL LIKE THEY ARE HAVING A REAL INPUT AND A REAL VOICE AND TO MAKE SUGGESTIONS AND OFFER IDEAS THAT YOU WOULD TAKE INTO SERIOUS CONSIDERATION. SO WE WOULD JUST LIKE TO ASK THAT YOU WOULD THINK ABOUT THAT. I KNOW YOU HAVE CHANGED THE START TIME AT DIFFERENT TIMES AND TRY A VARIETY OF THINGS. BUT 3:00 IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR MOST OF YOUR EMPLOYEES TO BE ABLE TO COME, AND MOST OF YOUR PARENTS TO BE ABLE TO COME AND PROVIDE SOME IDEAS AND INPUT. THANK YOU.  

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

>> I'M A TEACHER AT IRWIN TECH COLLEGE AS WELL, MEMBER OF THE CTA AND I HAVE USED PERSONAL TIME AS WELL AS MY CO-WORKERS HERE, WE HAD TO USE PERSONAL TIME TO BE HERE TODAY. NOT ONLY DID WE HAVE TO USE PERSONAL TIME. WE HAD TO MISS A FACULTY MEETING AND MANDATORY TRAINING WHICH I THINK WAS DONE DELIBERATELILY TO KEEP US FROM COMING TODAY. WE HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE HERE AS DO THE PARENTS AND EVERYBODY ELSE, TAXPAYERS AND VOTERS HAVE A RIGHT TO BE HERE AND YOU MAKE IT AT AN INCONVENIENT TIME FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO WORK. MOST EMPLOYEES CANNOT ATTEND BECAUSE THEY ARE WORKING, AND I AM REQUESTING THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS BE MOVED TO A TIME WHEN WE CAN ALL PARTICIPATE WITHOUT PENALTY. A LOT OF MY CO-WORKERS WANTED TO BE HERE TODAY BUT ONCE THEY MADE THE MANDATORY MEETING, THEY WERE RELUCTANT TO COME BECAUSE OF REPERCUSSIONS AND WE KNOW HOW THAT IS. AND WE WOULD LIKE TO MOVE TO 5:30 OR LATER SO WE CAN ALL PARTICIPATE. I AM NOT GOING TO MENTION THE BUDGET BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW WE HAVE NO MONEY SO THE LEAST WE CAN DO IS MOVE THE MEETINGS TO ACCOMMODATE THE EMPLOYEES. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS, JESSICA WHITE, AND KAYLA GOSLYN.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. FIRST I WANT TO THANK YOU, CHAIR GRIFFIN. I NOVEMBER A NUMBER OF TEACHERS DIDN'T MAKE IT IN TIME TO SIGN UP, AND I APPRECIATE YOU INDULGING THEIR ABILITY TO GET TO SPEAK TO YOU GUYS. SO I HAVE A NUMBER OF THINGS I AM GOING TO TALK ABOUT. FIRST OF ALL, THE UNIVERSAL BATHROOM CONCEPT. YOU HAVE HEARD FROM A LOT OF PEOPLE. I DO WANT TO SAY AS A PARENT IN YOUR DISTRICT AS WELL, AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF SCHOOL EMPLOYEES, I THINK YOU ARE DOING A GOOD THING IN PROVIDING A UNIVERSAL BATHROOM. IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. HAS PROVED TO BE VERY SUCCESSFUL IN PLACES LIKE CALIFORNIA THAT HAVE DONE THIS FOR A LONG TIME. ALL THE PROBLEMS PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT, I THINK DOING THE RIGHT THING IN TRYING TO AVOID THOSE. I THINK YOU DESERVE TO HEAR THAT THERE'S A LOT OF PARENTS THAT SUPPORT GOING IN THAT DIRECTION. SO I THINK THAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO FOR STUDENTS. AND I HOPE YOU PROCEED IN THAT DIRECTION. SECONDARILY, I WANTED TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE GIBSON REPORT. SO YOU ALL KNOW PHASE ONE OF THE GIBSON REPORT WHICH CAME OUT SEVERAL MONTHS AGO SUGGESTED MASSIVE CUTS, IN THE EXECUTIVE, IN THE SCHOOLS. AND SPECIFICALLY REALLY LOOKED AT YOUR SUPPORT STAFF, BOTH IN OUR BARGAINING UNIT AS WELL AS THE HCF AND THE TEACHER BARGAINING UNIT. SO OVER 1500 CUTS WERE SUGGESTED. AND AS I THINK WE ALL KNOW, THAT STARTED HAPPENING IN SUPPORT RANKS ALREADY AND HAS BEEN VERY PROBLEMATIC FOR LOTS OF OBVIOUS REASONS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAS BEEN SAID TO ME OVER AND OVER IN THE COURSE OF A LOT OF DISCUSSIONS IS THAT WE WILL NOT ONLY BE LOOKING AT THE STAFF WHO ACTUALLY EDUCATE CHILDREN OR GET THEM TO SCHOOL OR SUPPORT THE SCHOOLS, WE WILL BE LOOKING AT ALL LEVELS OF STAFF. HOWEVER, AT AS ONE POINTED OUT IN THE NEWSPAPER RECENTLY THERE IS NO PIECE OF THE GIBSON REPORT THAT IS SUPPOSED TO COVER MANAGERIAL OR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF. SO AS A BOARD, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE ALTERED WHAT THE ORIGINAL PLAN WAS OR NOT. BUT I WOULD CERTAINLY ASK THAT YOU ASK THAT QUESTION, AND IF SOMEBODY COULD GET BACK WITH US, THAT WOULD BE VERY APPRECIATED, BECAUSE AGAIN I THINK WE HAVE MADE -- ALTHOUGH SOMETIMES TOUGH DECISIONS HAVE TO BE MADE, I HAVE STATED AND WILL STATE AGAIN THAT STARTING WITH YOUR LOWEST LEVEL EMPLOYEES IS NOT GOING TO BALANCE YOUR BUDGET AND DOESN'T REALLY SHOW, I THINK, A WHOLE LOT OF RISK FACTOR AS FAR AS HOW WE GO ABOUT EDUCATING CHILDREN. WITH THAT SAID, I ALSO WANT TO NOTE, I HEARD PEOPLE SAYING THIS LAST WEEK AND I FEEL IT HAS TO BE CORRECTED. ALTHOUGH THE STAFF WHO WORK HERE AND ARE COVERED BY OUR COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT DO HAVE SOME DEGREE OF PROTECTION, AND THAT THEY WERE NOT LAID OFF, THEY MAY BE IN A JOB THEY DON'T WANT BUT THEY DO HAVE A JOB. I DO WANT TO NOTE SAYING THERE ARE NO LAYOFFS IS NOT ACCURATE. PEOPLE WHO WERE PROBATIONARY EMPLOYEES WHO DID NOTHING OTHER THAN BE NEW TO THE JOB DID LOSE JOBS, WHICH IS IN ESSENCE A LAYOFF. SO I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO FORGET THAT. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND WE TYPICALLY DO NOT ADDRESS AUDIENCE COMMENTS, BUT I DO THINK THAT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE ADDRESS THE QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED ABOUT THE DIFFERENT LAYERS THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: MANAGERIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS ARE BEING LOOKED AT IN PHASE 2 AND 3 OF THE GIBSON CONSULTING REVIEW AND THE ADMINISTRATION HAS ALREADY STARTED TO ADDRESS SOME OF THOSE CUTS AS I SHARED EARLIER.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. JESSICA WHITE.  

>> MY NAME IS JESSICA WHITE. I AM, SIMILAR, A TEACHER, SO WITH MY JOB I HAVE TO BE EVALUATED, SO I'M THINKING HERE TODAY THAT THE BEST THING I COULD DO IS MAYBE WHEN I GET OBSERVED TELL YOU SOME SUGGESTIONS THAT I AM SEEING AS FAR AS EDUCATION AND HOPEFULLY THAT YOU HEAR THESE SUGGESTIONS AND JUST THINK ABOUT THEM. FIRST, SIMILAR TO WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING, I'M A UNION REP. I TEACH THIRD GRADE, LANGUAGE ARTS. AND I HAVE BEEN IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR TEN YEARS. AMAZING, I KNOW. AND I'M A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHER BASED ON MY OBSERVATIONS AND BASED ON MY TESTING SCORES. AND OUR SCHOOL HAS BEEN -- FOR TEN YEARS. I CAN'T TAP ALL THE CREDIT FOR IT BUT I MIGHT HAVE CONTRIBUTED. I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU THAT WHEN I LOOK AT THE NEWS, IT'S VERY NEGATIVE ABOUT TEACHERS AND SO SHE CAN -- SO IT'S A LOT OF PEOPLE AREN'T GOING TO THE FIELD AND I AM SURE ACROSS FLORIDA A LOT OF TEACHERS ARE LEAVING THE PROFESSION. AND I THINK A NEGATIVE VIEW OF US IS PART OF THE PROBLEM SO MY QUESTION TO YOU IS HOW DO WE SHINE A LIGHT ON THE TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS TO KEEP THEM STAYING IN THE PROFESSION. SECONDLY, I FEEL INVISIBLE. AND I DON'T FEEL VALUED FOR THE REASONS THAT I HAVE A RIGOROUS EVALUATION SYSTEM, WHICH IS FINE. I DON'T MIND RISING TO THE INDICATION. BUT THEN I FEEL LIKE I'M INVISIBLE BECAUSE IF I AM BEING EVALUATED BASED ON MY TECHNOLOGY, AND WE DON'T HAVE THE BUDGET TO PAY FOR TECHNOLOGY OR HAVE IT WORKING, I FEEL LIKE THAT'S UNFAIR TO ME. SECONDLY, ANOTHER IDEA IS I FEEL INVISIBLE BECAUSE I'M TAKING DUTY OF OTHER PEOPLE IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. FOR EXAMPLE, IF I HAVE AN ESE TEACHER WHO IS PULLED FOR SOMETHING ELSE OR MY GIFTED TEACHER IS PULLED, I'M TAKING ON THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES. AND THE PARENTS OF THE STUDENTS DON'T NOTICE A CHANGE BECAUSE I AM RAISING THE BAR AND FILLING IN FOR THEM. BUT I KIND OF FEEL LIKE IT'S UNFAIR FOR ME TO TAKE ON THE RESPONSIBILITIES BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH STAFF TO GET THOSE STUDENTS THE LEGAL SERVICES THAT THEY ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE. SECONDLY, I FEEL LIKE IT'S UNFAIR TO BE EVALUATED. AS A TEACHER IT'S TOO HOT AND THE STUDENTS AREN'T LEARNING. SO I FEEL WE MIGHT NEED TO TALK ABOUT HOW I CAN BE EVALUATED FAIRLY FROM NOW ON IF WE DON'T HAVE THE BUDGET OR THE AIR CONDITIONING TORE STAFF TO SUPPORT ME. LASTLY, I JUST WANTED TO SAY A SOLUTION. AGAIN, IF WE COULD HAVE THE MEETINGS ON AN EARLIER DATE MORE TEACHERS COULD COME AND GIVE YOU IDEAS SO WE COULD MAKE THE CHANGES WE WANT. AND HOW DO I COMMUNICATE TO THE SCHOOL BOARD THESE CHANGES SO WE CAN BE MORE SUCCESSFUL? (BELL SOUNDS).  

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

>> I'M ACTUALLY A PRODUCT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. I'M HOPING TO BECOME AN ADMINISTRATOR OR SOME TYPE OF LEADER HERE IN THE DISTRICT AFTER I FINISH MY MASTER'S DEGREE NEXT SEMESTER. SO IN MY WAY OF GETTING READY READY FOR MY MASTER'S DEGREE AND MAKING SURE THAT I AM SEEING ALL THE THINGS THAT I NEED TO SEE IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFULLY RUN A SCHOOL OR TAKE ON A LEADERSHIP POSITION THAT WAY, I HAVE BEEN OFFERED THE CHAIR POSITION OF OUR STAFF COMMITTEE. SO I LEARNED A LOT ABOUT A STAFF COMMITTEE AND WHAT THEY DO. JUST IN A VERY SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME. I WENT TO MY VERY FIRST MEETING AND WAS TOLD THAT THERE IS NOT A BUDGET FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN ANYMORE. SO I AM NOT SURE IF THAT'S JUST MISCOMMUNICATED INFORMATION OR IF THAT'S TRUE, OR IF THAT'S SOMETHING YOU CAN KIND OF SEND OUT AND CLARIFY. BUT TO MY KNOWLEDGE, SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SHOULD BE VERY LOUD AND VERY PROUD BECAUSE WE ARE IMPROVING SCHOOLS. SO MY QUESTION IS, IF OUR GOAL OF OUR SCHOOL IS TO IMPROVE OUR LOWEST QUARTILE -- I AM WONDERING IF SOMEONE IS WALKING IN BEHIND ME OR SOMETHING -- IF THAT'S OUR GOAL TO MAKE AN IMPROVEMENT PLAN AND TO SAY THESE THINGS OF WE ARE GOING TO IMPROVE CULTURE AND WE ARE GOING TO IMPROVE THIS BOTTOM QUARTILE AND WORK HARD AND DO TUTORING AND ALL THESE THINGS, HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THAT WITH WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE? SO MY QUESTION IS, CAN WE REACH OUT TO THE COMMUNITY? IS THERE GUIDELINES OR ANYTHING THAT WE CAN FOLLOW THAT YOU CAN KIND OF SEND OUT AND SAY, HEY, WE KNOW WE DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY, BUT THERE ARE SO MANY TEACHERS WILLING TO REACH OUT TO PARENTS AND TO COMMUNICATE WORKERS TO GET BACK MONEY, AND TO PUT TECHNOLOGY IN OUR ROOMS. BECAUSE I AM TEACHING KINDERGARTEN RIGHT NOW AND I HAVE KIDS SIT DOWN AT COMPUTERS AND TRY TO TOUCH THE SCREENS. AND I AM TRYING NOT TO LET ME EMOTIONS GET THE BEST OF ME BECAUSE THAT'S VERY HARD TO WATCH, WHEN THE COMPUTERS ARE NOT WORKING AND THEY DON'T KNOW WHICH SIDE OF THE MOUSE TO CLICK, THOSE ARE ALL THINGS TO TEACH THEM BUT YOU CAN'T SAY TO A FIVE OR SIX-YEAR-OLD, I'M SO SORRY, IT'S NOT WORKING TODAY, WE'LL TRY AGAIN TOMORROW, AND TO BE ABLE TO REACH OUT TO OUR PARENTS AND TO OUR COMMUNITY HELPERS AND THINGS LIKE THAT AND SAY WE NEED THIS TECHNOLOGY IN OUR CLASSROOM? A. IS THERE SOMETHING YOU CAN DO TO HELP US REALLY IMPROVE OUR SCHOOL? SO IF THERE'S A WAY THAT YOU GUYS CAN SEND ANYTHING OUT FROM YOUR BOARD, JUST TO KIND OF KEEP IT CLEAR TO EVERYBODY, BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE THINGS HAPPEN AND WE GET POP-UP E-MAILS AND THEN INTERNAL HE MAILS, IT REALLY WOULD MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IF THE E-MAIL WAS, HEY, OKAY, EVERYBODY, WE DON'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF MONEY RIGHT NOW TO DO THESE THINGS. WE UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY. WE DO THIS JOB FOR THE KIDS AND NOT FOR THE PAYCHECK. BUT WE DO OFFER A LOT OF, YOU KNOW, WE COULD DO THIS, DO THAT, WE COULD OFFER A LOT OF WAYS TO HELP. BUT IT SEEMS LIKE WE DON'T GET A LOT OF ANSWERS. SO IF THERE'S A WAY THAT WE CAN DO THAT, IF YOU GUYS -- THE OPEN E-MAIL THAT SAYS HEY, HERE IS WHAT WE CAN DO, YOU GUYS CAN GET TECHNOLOGY, WE JUST NEED GUIDELINES, AND A WINDOW OF WHAT HAVE BEEN WE CAN'T DO.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. DR. VASQUEZ IS GOING TO TALK TO YOU. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS IT FOR THE PUBLIC SPEAKING PORTION OF OUR MEETING. WE HAVE ONE PROCLAMATION WHICH IS THE ADOPTION OF THE PROCLAMATION MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 11-14. MR. ERIC GRAHAM IS GOING TO PRESENT. WELCOME.  

>> ERIC GRAHAM:  THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. SINCE 1983, THE PRESIDENT'S OFFICIAL HAS SEEN FIT TO RECOGNIZE SMALL BUSINESS AND MINORITY BUSINESSES BECAUSE OF THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE STABILITY AND GROWTH OF THE U.S. ECONOMY. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS HAS ESPECIALLY THROUGH ITS SMALL BUSINESS ENCOURAGEMENT PROGRAM, HAS BEEN A MODEL FOR THAT SORT OF ENCOURAGEMENT, SUPPORT AND PROMOTION. SO THIS AFTERNOON, WE WOULD LIKE TO ALIGN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS WITH ALL THE OTHER AGENCIES THAT ARE PROMOTING AND ENERGIZING SMALL AND MINORITY BUSINESSES BY RESPECTFULLY ASKING THAT WE PROCLAIM OCTOBER 11-14, 2016, MINORITY BUSINESS ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT WEEK.  

>>April Griffin: IT LOOKS LIKE I ALREADY HAVE MY MOTION AND MY SECOND. MRS. VALUE DES DECEMBER AND MRS. EDGECOMB. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THEREBY ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD. LET US KNOW WHATEVER EVENTS THAT THERE ARE THAT YOU WANT US TO ATTEND.  

>> YES, SOME OF YOU HAVE SOBBEDED AND WE APPRECIATE THE SUPPORT. WE HAVE A LUNCHEON NEXT WEEK THAT YOU CAN ATTEND.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB.  

>> FIRST OF ALL, CONGRATULATIONS. I THINK THIS IS A NEW POSITION FOR YOU AND I DON'T THINK WE HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO COME BEFORE THE BOARD. SO CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW POSITION. AND FOR WHAT I UNDERSTAND IS YOUR PASSION AND COMMITMENT, DEDICATION AND DRIVE TO CONTINUE THIS PROGRAM AT THE LEVEL WHICH IT HAS HAD IN THE PAST. AND WE REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO THIS BECAUSE IT GIVES THIS COMMUNITY AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF CHANGE IN THE FUTURE, AS WE PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE TO FIND OPPORTUNITY TO FIND THEIR DREAMS AND BECOME ENTREPRENEURS. SO IF WE REACH OUT AND CONTINUE THE WORK WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST, IT'S ALMOST AN ASSURANCE THAT WE ARE GOING TO HELP SOME YOUNG PEOPLE FULFILL THEIR DREAMS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. WE ARE ONTO OUR PULLED ITEMS. AND THIS IS RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS OF SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL OF THAT HAVE BEEN PULLED WE HAVE A-01, CA-02 A-R, C 6.03, C 6.04 R, C 6.05, C 6:.06, C 6.07, C 6.09, C 6 .13, C 6 .17, C 6 .18 R, C 13.075 AND C 13.06. THE FIRST ITEM IS ITEM 4.02 ARE TO APPROVE THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS AND TRANSFERS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THE FLOOR IS YOURS.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN.  

>> CAN I HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND TO PULL THESE ITEMS FOR SEPARATE VOTE? I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES, SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. IT'S UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. ON THE 4.02-As, WE HAVE MANY OF THE APs, BEING APPOINTED, CURRENTLY IN OUR DISTRICT. BUT WE DO HAVE ONE TEACHER. IT'S BECOMING THE COORDINATOR TONIGHT. AND SHE'S A RESOURCE TEACHER IN SPEECH LANGUAGE. WE HAVE THREE ON THE 4.02-A, CRYSTAL LOUGHMAN CURRENTLY A PRINCIPAL AND SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT WILL BE THE PRINCIPAL AT BALSOM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. JOHANN AIKEN TO THE PRINCIPAL SCHAAP AT EISENHOWER MIDDLE SCHOOL AND CURRENTLY TIM BINDER, ADMINISTRATOR ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO THE PRINCIPALSHIP AT BARRY TECHNICAL COLLEGE.  

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

>>Cindy Stuart: I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO HAVE 4.02-8-R PULLED FOR A SEPARATE VOTE.  

>>April Griffin: THERE'S A MOTION BY MRS. STUART TO PULL 4.02 AR FOR A SEPARATE VOTE. IS THERE A SECOND? THAT MOTION DIES FOR LACK OF A SECOND. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.03, WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH NARCOTICS OVERDOSE PREVENTION AND EDUCATION WHICH IS NOTE OF HILLSBOROUGH, AND THIS WAS PULLED BY MS. STUART AND ASKED THAT C 6.03 AND 05 BE HIGHLIGHTED TOGETHER SO WE ARE GOING TO TAKE ALSO WITH 6.037 ITEM 6.05 TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICE WAS CE MENDEZ FOUNDATION. MISS CHRISTINE HENSLEY, STUDENT SERVICES.  

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR, HONORABLE BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. ON BEHALF OF WINNIE TYE AND HOLLY SAIA, DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES, I'M HONORED TO HIGHLIGHT THE 6.03 AND 6.05 FOR YOU THIS EVENING. WE CAN START OFF WITH 6.03 AS REQUESTED. I HAVE TO MOVE THIS DOWN BECAUSE I AM A LITTLE SHORT. WHAT IS DISTINCT ABOUT THE GRAND ACTIVITIES IS WE ARE BUILDING A SUSTAINED PRESENCE FOR HILLSBOROUGH IN HOUR SCHOOLS THAT ENCOMPASSES MORE LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND AWARENESS FOR STUDENTS. THIS PARTNERSHIP HAS ALLOWED THE DISTRICT AND THE NOTE ORGANIZATION TO ESTABLISH A FOUNDATION FOR DELIVERING VITAL OVERDOSE AWARENESS PRESENTATIONS THAT ARE REACHING WELL BEYOND THE PREVENT SCHOOLS. AS A RESULT OF THIS PARTNERSHIP, THERE HAVE BEEN GROWTH IN A NUMBER OF STUDENTS EXPOSED TO THE POSITIVE MESSAGING AROUND PRESCRIPTION PILL AND DRUG ABUSE PROVIDED DURING THE NOTE PRESENTATIONS.  IF I MAY LET ME SHARE A FEW STATISTICS WITH YOU OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. IN 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR, 6,713 STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN NOTE PRESENTATIONS. THIS IS MORE STUDENTS THAN ALL OF THE PARTICIPANTS ACROSS THE DISTRICT IN THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE TOTAL DISTRICT-WIDE COUNT FOR STUDENT PARTICIPANTS IN 2014-15 WAS ONLY 6,274. SO YOU CAN SEE AN INCREASE. BETWEEN THE 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR AND THE 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR, STUDENT APARTMENTS INCREASED FROM 6,274 TO 245,732 RESPECTIVELY. SO THAT'S QUITE A JUMP.  

>>April Griffin: SO WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THAT. OF COURSE THAT HAS TO DO WITH THE PARTNERSHIP. AND I WILL INTRODUCE OUR GUEST NO MOMENT. ALREADY SINCE THE ONSET OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DISTRICT WIDE STUDENT PARTICIPANTS HAS ALREADY REACHED 5,404 STUDENTS AND IT'S ONLY OCTOBER. SO WE ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS PARTNERSHIP. AS A RESULT OF THE ONGOING PARTNERSHIP WITH NOTE, WE HAVE STAB -- EXCUSE ME. AS A RESULT OF THIS ONGOING PARTNERSHIP, NOTE OF HILLSBOROUGH HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED AS WELL AS AN APPROVED ENTITY TO OFFER COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS WHICH IS SOMETHING NEW TO THIS PARTNERSHIP. THIS OPPORTUNITY EXPANDS STUDENTS' ABILITY TO SHARE IN DISSEMINATING THE NOTE MESSAGE THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY WHILE EARNING COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS. THROUGH OUR COLLABORATIVE WORK WE ARE ALSO STRIVING TO INCREASE PARENT INVOLVEMENT THROUGH THE PROMOTION OF THE NOTE COMPLEMENTARY PEER PRESENTATIONS. IT HAS BEEN OUR PLEASURE TO WORK ALONGSIDE THE STAFF FROM NOTE HILLSBOROUGH, AND TODAY WE ARE JOINED BY BETH BUTLER, THE CHAPTER COORDINATOR FOR NOTE, HAS JOINED US IN SUPPORT OF THIS AGENDA ITEM. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU.  

>> I'M NOT SURE IF YOU HAD ANY QUESTIONS.  

>> WANTED TO KNOW IF YOU HAD ANY SPECIFIC QUESTIONS BUT WHAT SETS US A PART FROM OTHER PROGRAMS THAT HAVE GONE INTO THE SYSTEM IN YEARS PAST IS FIRST OF ALL WE ARE COMPLEMENTARY AND IFS ONLY 15 MINUTES SO WE ARE ALLOWED TO FIT INTO THAT BELL SCHEDULE WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR ADMINISTRATORS, AND WE HAVE HAD MULTIPLE, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE GIVE TESTIMONY TO THE FACT THAT THEY HAD AN INTERVENTION ON CAMPUS, THAT KIDS HAVE COME FORWARD AND STEPPED UP AND TOLD ABOUT A FRIEND STRUGGLING WITH ABUSE OR A PARENT STRUGGLING WITH ALCOHOLISM. SO IT HAS BEEN EFFECTIVE, AND WE FEEL SO HONORED TO HAVE THE PARTNERSHIP THAT WE DO WITH YOU ALL. THANK YOU.  

>> THANK YOU. MRS. HARRIS.  

>>Sally Harris: I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF ATTENDING A COUPLE OF THE PRESENTATIONS, AND I A PLOWED YOU, AND I WILL SAY THAT -- I APPLAUD YOU, AND I WILL SAY THAT THE TESTIMONIES ARE TEAR JERKERS AND IT IS OUTSTANDING AND I THINK IT DOES REACH THE STUDENTS. SO THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO AND FOR TAKING THE TIME TO BE A PARTNER WITH US.  

>> IT'S A WONDERFUL PLACE TO VOLUNTEER OUR TIME. THANK YOU.  

>> THANK YOU. AND GOING BACK HOW MANY YEARS WAS IT THAT WE SAT DOWN FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE STARBUCK'S ON KENNEDY BOULEVARD AND TALKED. AND I PUT YOU IN TOUCH WITH KATHY VALDES WHO I KNEW WOULD REALLY HELP YOU PUSH THIS INITIATIVE FORWARD, AND YOU HAVE COME SUCH A LONG WAY. I ALSO ATTENDED PRESENTATIONS AND LOOK FORWARD TO ATTENDING MORE THIS YEAR WITH THE STUDENT PRESENTATIONS. SO I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. I KNOW YOUR HEART IS ALL OF THE PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS ORGANIZATION, YOUR HEART IS IN THE RIGHT PLACE, AND THE TESTIMONIES AND THE BACKGROUND INFORMATION THAT YOU HAVE AND ALL OF THE RESEARCH THAT YOU HAD GOES A LONG, LONG WAY. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IT MEANS A LOT TO OUR STUDENTS AND OUR COMMUNITY.  

>> THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT. WE JUST WANT TO MENTION OUR CANDLELIGHT VIGIL THAT TAKES PLACE THE LAST THURSDAY OF THIS MONTH OF OCTOBER. OCTOBER 27th. IT'S A COMMUNITY EVENT THAT SUPPORTS THOSE WHO HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE TO ACCIDENTAL OVERDOES DEATH AS WELL AS THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL STRUGGLING WITH THE DISEASE OF ADDICTION. SO WE HOPE THAT MANY OF YOU WILL JOIN US THAT EVENING, OCTOBER 27th.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THAT IS OCTOBER 27th AT 7:00 P.M. AND IT IS ON OUR WEBSITE.  

>> AT THE HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM.  

>>April Griffin: YES, IT IS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU, MRS. HENSLEY. MUCH NOW 6.05.  

>> MOVING ON TO 6.05, THIS AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES DEALS WITH OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH MENDEZ WHICH AS EVERYONE KNOWS WE HAVE BEEN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MENDEZ FOR QUITE SOME TIME. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT FOR YOU IS HOW THIS PARTICULAR PARTNERSHIP IS UNIQUE AND SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE REALLY NOT GONE DOWN THAT ROAD WITH MENDEZ IN THE PAST. SO WE ARE PARTNERING NO DIFFERENT WAY TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR STUDENTS. UPON APPROVAL, THIS AGREEMENT WILL CONTINUE AN ESTABLISHED PARTNERSHIP WITH MENDEZ THAT HAS GROWN IN NEW DIRECTIONS SINCE BEING AWARDED PROJECT PREVENT. A REFRESHING APPROACH TO IMPLEMENTING THE TOO GOOD FOR DRUGS AND VIOLENCE CURRICULA IS BEING USED AND IMPLEMENTED TO THUS SERVE THE NEEDS OF TARGETED STUDENTS AND N PREVENT SCHOOLS. THE MENDEZ CURRICULA TYPICALLY IS USED SCHOOL WIDE. HOWEVER, IN PREVENT IS BEING USED TO PROVIDE TARGETED INTERVENTION FOR STUDENTS OF THE TIER 2 AND 3 LEVELS. THIS APPROACH HAS NOT BEEN UTILIZED, AS I MENTIONED, IN PREVIOUS PARTNERSHIPS WITH MENDEZ. THE PREVENT TEAM SUPPORTS THIS IMPLEMENTATION THROUGH COACHING, SERVING AS PARTNERS, WITH PRINCIPALS AND SCHOOLS, PARTICIPATING REGULARLY IN PROBLEM SOLVING LEADERSHIP TEAM MEETINGS AND NURTURING THESE RELATIONSHIPS TO ENCOURAGE FURTHER TEAMWORK. OUR TEAM ALSO FACILITATES CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT SESSION WAS PRINCIPALS AND KEY SCHOOL BASED LEADERSHIP MEMBERS TO ATTAIN FEEDBACK AND ENSURE WE CONTINUE TO OPERATE RESPONSIBLY AS THE NEEDS SURFACE FOR OUR SCHOOLS. AND AS IDENTIFIED BY THE PRINCIPALS. PRINCIPALS AND SCHOOL TEAMS HAVE THE AUTONOMY TO IDENTIFY AND TARGET STUDENTS AND OR GROUPS OF STUDENTS NEEDING ADDITIONAL SUPPORT WHICH DRIVES THEIR EFFORTS TO REINFORCE THEIR VISION FOR IMPLEMENTATION AT THEIR SITES. THIS AUTONOMY AND FLEXIBILITY ALLOWS STUDENTS NEEDING IMMEDIATE INTERVENTION TO BE IDENTIFIED AND SERVED, WHICH AS YOU CAN -- I WAS GOING TO SAY AS YOU CAN SEE FROM OUR POWER POINT SLIDE HAS PRODUCED A VARIETY OF DELIVER ARRIVE APPROACHES BEST USED TO SUIT THE STUDENTS NEEDS. I KNOW FOR THE FOLKS IN THE BACK IT'S GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT TO READ. WHAT YOU CAN SEE -- AND I WILL GIVE YOU A VERY BRIEF OVERVIEW OF WHAT THAT ENCOMPASSES, BECAUSE THE WRITING IS SO SMALL. IN ESSENCE, AS A RESULT OF ALLOWING THAT AUTONOMY, ALLOWING INPUT FROM THE SCHOOLS AND THE PRINCIPALS AND WHERE THEY SEE THEIR NEEDS SURFACING, IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN DELIBERATE IN VARIOUS WAYS TO TARGET WHERE THEY SEE THE NEEDS ARE. SO AS YOU GO THROUGH THAT DOCUMENT, YOU WILL SEE SOME FOLKS ARE TARGETING AN ENTIRE CLASS. SOME FOLKS ARE TARGETING A GRAY BAND. SOME FOLKS ARE DOING SMALL GROUPS IN THE STUDENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT OR ANY COMBINATION THEREOF. SO IT'S REALLY ALLOWED FOR THAT SORT OF FLEXIBILITY ON PART OF THE SCHOOLS TO REALLY BE ABLE TO UTILIZE THE PROGRAM THAT BEST MEETS THEIR NEEDS AS OPPOSED TO GOING IN WITHIN EACH APPROACH THAT'S ONE SIZE FITS ALL, YOU HAVE TO DO IT THIS WAY. AND I THINK WE RECEIVED A LOT OF POSITIVE FEEDBACK FOR WORKING ALONGSIDE THE FOLKS WHO ARE WORKING AT THE SCHOOLS. IN ADDITION, THROUGH THIS AGREEMENT, PRINCIPALS ALSO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST ONE OF THE TEN AVAILABLE COHORTS TO RECEIVE THE TRADITIONAL INTENSIVE NINE-WEEK SESSIONS FOR CLASSES OF STUDENTS. INTERESTED PRINCIPALS HAVE THE DISCRETION TO IDENTIFY A CLASS, AN ENTIRE GRAY BAND AS I MENTIONED, OH PERHAPS A GROUP OF STUDENTS THAT NEED TO BE PULLED AT CONVENIENT TIMES, NOT INTERFERE WITH ACADEMICS BUT TO COME TOGETHER AND RECEIVE THAT PROGRAM. THE TEAM IS WORKING ON BUILDING INTERNAL CAPACITY AS DISTRICT AND STAFF MEMBERS RECEIVE THE TRAIN THE TRAINER SESSION, WHICH WAS DELIVERED IN THIS DISTRICT AS OPPOSED TO OUT-OF-STATE, WHICH IS A TRAINING UNLIKE THOSE TYPICALLY OFFERED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MENDEZ. WE RECOGNIZE THE IMPACT OF SUCH EFFORTS IS ON THE FOREFRONT OF ALL OF YOUR MINDS. AND SO WE CONTINUE TO SET THE STAGE FOR FOCUSING ON POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR OUR STUDENTS. JUST TO NOTE, INITIAL BASELINE DATA BEING COLLECTED ON THIS PROJECT AND ANY EVALUATION IS IN THE 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR. SUBSEQUENT REPORTING ERRORS WILL HAVE COMPARATIVE DATA. THROUGH OUR ONGOING COLLABORATION WITH PRINCIPALS AND STAFF WE WILL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TOO GOOD SWEET TAILORED TO RESPOND TO THE NEEDS OF PRINCIPAL, STAFF AND STUDENTS IN EACH OF OUR SCHOOLS. THANK YOU.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: FROM MENDEZ AND TO BE ENGAGE AND ACCEPT THE MESSAGES THAT THEY ARE TRYING TO GIVE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM IS THE BEST WAY TO GET THAT DONE? CAN I PUT YOU ON THE SPOT FOR A SECOND?  

>> YES. I BELIEVE WHAT WAS MOST EFFECTIVE WAS PERSONAL EXPERIENCES, INDIVIDUAL STORIES, TELLING KIDS ABOUT THAT. IT REALLY CONNECTS, HITS HOME TO THEM BECAUSE IT'S AN APPLICATION. IT'S REAL LIFE AND MAKING THEM SEE -- THIS CAUSE EFFECTS THIS. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ABUSE DRUGS. PERSONALIZATION. I THINK IT REALLY HITS HOME TO THEM.  

>> THANK YOU FOR THAT INPUT. I THINK THAT WE CAN UTILIZE THAT ACROSS THE PROGRAMS WE ARE USING MAYBE AND INCORPORATE MORE OF THAT. THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. EDGECOMB, GREAT MINDS BECAUSE I WAS GOING TO ASK THAT VERY QUESTION. I SAW HER LIGHT UP WHEN THAT CAME ON. AND THAT'S WHAT THE NOTE IS A BIG PART OF IT. THOSE PERSONAL STORIES FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY NARCOTICS ABUSE.  

>> YO, THERE'S TYPICALLY A LOT OF NONDRY EYES IN THE AUDIENCE ACROSS THE BORED WHEN YOU SEE THOSE PRESENTATIONS. SO.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>> THANK YOU. YOU'RE WELCOME.  

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.04 R TO APPROVE BUS PLAN OPTIONS AND UTILIZING THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SCHOOL BUS BID 2016-01 FOR THE PURCHASE OF SCHOOL BUSES AND OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT WITH VARIOUS STATE APPROVED VENDORS. AND MRS. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, OUR CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER, IS GOING TO PRESENT THIS.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: SO BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS AGENDA ITEM. WE ARE IN THE NEXT PHASE IN YEAR 4 OF THE 15-YEAR SCHOOL BUS PLAN PURCHASE PLAN. THE AMAZING TEAMS IN TRANSPORTATION AND PROCUREMENT HAVE WORKED HARD TO BRING THIS AGENDA ITEM TO YOU. AGAIN, WE ARE FOLLOWING THE SAME PLAN, 100 SCHOOL BUSES A YEAR. WE BRING NF1 HUNDRED SCHOOL BUSES AND THEN TAKE OFF THE NEXT 100 MOST COSTLY SCHOOL BUS UZ WE HAVE. REMEMBER THE WAY WE PURCHASE THESE SCHOOL BUSES, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION GETS TOGETHER. THEY DO THE BID PROCESS. THEY GO OUT. THEY LOOK AT THE VENDORS. AND THEY TELL THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHICH VENDORS WE CAN ORDER SCHOOL BUSES FROM. AND THEN THE OPTIONS ARE GIVEN OUT THERE. SO WE HAVE A HUGE CATALOGUE, MACEIE'S CATALOGUE OR J.C. PENNEY'S CATALOGUE. AND PICK WHAT WE NEED FOR OUR SCHOOL BUSES. AGAIN THIS IS GOING FOR -- WE HAVE HAD THREE YEARS OF PURCHASING 100 SCHOOL BUSES A YEAR.  THIS IS OUR FOURTH YEAR OF THE 15 YEAR PLAN. REMEMBER HOW WE ARE PURCHASING, BECAUSE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH A BUDGET CRISIS, WHY ARE YOU BUYING BUSES? A, WE NEED TO.  B, THIS IS COMING OUT OF A LOT OF MONEY, BUT SOME OF IT IS OFF OF CAPITAL MILLAGE DOLLARS FROM CHRIS FARKAS AND ALSO THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX DOLLARS. SO AGAIN WE ARE GOING TO PURCHASE FROM THE THREE VENDORS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS GIVEN US THE NAMES FOR, AND WE ARE CONTINUING OUR PLAN WITH THE SCHOOL BUSES, WE ARE PURCHASING 40 OF THOSE AND 16 DIESEL BUSES. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?  

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS? I HAVE A QUESTION. SO WE HAD THE FIRST OF OUR SERIES OF THE TOWN HALL MEETINGS THE OTHER NIGHT FOR TRANSPORTATION. I KNOW THAT WE ARE TRYING TO PUT IN THE FACILITIES TO REFUEL THE BUSES. THAT SEEMED TO CAUSE A LITTLE BIT OF STRESS TO SOME OF THE BUS DRIVERS. WHERE ARE WE AT ON THE REFUELING STATIONS FOR THE PROPANE?  

>> PROPANE STATION IS NOW OPEN. THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS NOW THAT WE FINISHED -- -- THERE WAS A LITTLE MISTAKE ON THE TRAINING PART OF IT, HOW A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM THE DIESEL. FOR THE REFUELING. SO THAT'S A TRAINING THAT WE CAN REDO. BUT THE STATION SUPP AND RUNNING.  

>> VERY GOOD. THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>>Melissa Snively: I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION FOR MR. FARKAS. I KNOW THAT PROPANE IS EFFICIENT AND LESS EXPENSIVE AND IT'S A LOT QUIETER. THAT'S MY BIGGEST CONCERN, I THINK, IN ADDITION TO THE COST, IS THAT A LOT OF PROBLEMS, THERE ARE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS ON THE BUSES. AND THE DIESEL ENGINES ARE VERY LOUD. SO OUR CHILDREN TEND TO NOT BE HEARD OVER THE DIESEL SOUND. SO IF YOU COULD REMIND US WHERE OUR PLAN S.ARE WE GOING TO BE ABLE TO EVENTUALLY FULLY GO TO PROPANE AT SOME POINT IN TIME? OR GET TO A POINT WHERE WE CAN HAVE QUIETER BUSES THAT MAYBE HAVE LESS DISCIPLINARY ISSUES?  

>> THE FIRST ONE IS NO, WE WON'T BE 100% PROPANE. JUST FROM A MILEAGE STANDPOINT. IF WE HAVE TO TAKE A TRIP TO ORLANDO OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. THAT WILL BE A CHALLENGE FOR US THAT THE MOMENT. IT WILL BE GREAT TO BE THERE AND I'M SURE WE ARE HEADD THERE WITH ALTERNATIVE FUELS BUT AS OF NOW THAT'S NOT A REALISTIC OPTION FOR US. THE OTHER POINT, DIESEL ENGINES, THE 100 THAT COMB OFF OF THESE PURCHASES, TOTALLY DIFFERENT SOUND, AND THEN THE ONES THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE. THEY ARE STILL LOUD BY THE LEVEL OF BOTH THE EMISSIONS THAT COME OUT AND ALSO THE SOUND OF THE ENGINE ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT FROM WHERE WE ARE. SO IT WILL NEVER BE AS QUIET AS THE CAR. BUT IT'S DEFINITELY -- AS FAR AS THE DISCIPLINE GOES, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE JUST TALKED ABOUT IN THE LAST IT WOULD BE DAYS, HOW WE ARE GOING TO ADDRESS THAT AND MAKE SURE WE SUPPORT OUR DRIVERS. BECAUSE THAT'S A BIG PRIORITY FOR US AND WE SEE A GAP THERE. THAT'S SOMETHING WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO ADDRESS WITH MR. BEEKMAN AND MR. PETERS. WE NEED TO ALIGN THEM AND MAKE SURE THE ADMINISTRATION AND BUS DRIVERS ARE ON THE SAME PAGE. COMMUNICATION IS A BIG PART PART OF THAT. WE NEED TO STEP UP AND MAKE SURE EVERYBODY IS ON THE SAME PAGE.  

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

>>Susan Valdes: MR. FARKAS, IN REFERENCE TO THE PROPANE BUSES, IF WE KNOW THAT THEY ARE A LITTLE BIT MORE EXPENSIVE TO PURCHASE OUTRIGHT. BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN, I THINK THE RETURN ON THE INVESTMENT WILL BE MUCH GREATER. SO WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES WHY WE ARE NOT ABLE TO PURCHASE MORE PROPANE BUSES? AND AS WE ARE LOOKING AT REROUTING AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE AND USE THOSE BUSES FOR THE SMALLER ROUTES, BECAUSE I KNOW THEY ARE NOT CONDUCIVE TO THAT LONG-RANGE TRAVEL BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE THE FUELING STATIONS ALONG THE WAY. SO I GET THAT EXPLANATION. BUT I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE SEEING TO REALLY BUILD OUR CAPACITY. AND WE HAVE, I BELIEVE, WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN GET PARTNERSHIPS TO HELP US WITH THE FUELING CAPACITY. BUT I BELIEVE IT WILL BE SOMETHING THAT WILL SAVE US IN THE LONG RUN. IT'S CLEANER, NUMBER ONE. AND QUIETER. I AGREE WITH MEMBER SNIVELY IN REFERENCE TO THOSE POINTS. BUT WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES IN WHICH YOU SEE IT? AND THE OTHER DAY AT THE WORKSHOP WHERE WE SPOKE ABOUT EXTENDING THE EVALUATION FOR, YOU KNOW, ANOTHER YEAR OF THE BUSES, I'M REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THAT AS WELL, BECAUSE I THINK THAT WE CAN BUILD EFFICIENCIES A LOT QUICKER THAN WAITING FOR ANOTHER YEAR, AND REALLY ASSESSING OUR BUSES AND MAKE A BETTER DECISION INSTEAD OF WE HAVE THREE DIFFERENT COMPANIES AGAIN, THEY HAVE THE CAPACITY OF THE PARTS TO FIX THEM. IT'S JUST A LOT. HELP ME UNDERSTAND THE CHALLENGES AND HOW WE CAN OVERCOME SOME OF THESE CHALLENGES AND HOW WE CAN BUILD THE CAPACITY FOR MORE PROPANE BUSES.  

>> I'LL TRY TO ANSWER THAT. AND I KNOW JIM IS IN THE BACK SMILING. THERE'S A COUPLE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE. THE FIRST ONE IS THAT WE SAVE MORE MONEY BUT IT'S OUR OWN INFRASTRUCTURE. WE STARTED RUNNING THEM LAST SPRING BUT THERE'S A HIGHER COST FOR THAT. SO WE ARE BETTER OFF IF WE CAN HAVE THAT. THE REASON WE ARE BUYING 40 MORE RIGHT NOW IS BECAUSE THAT'S THE STRUCTURE. WE HEARD A LITTLE ABOUT IT AT THE TOWN HALL MEETING. THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH DISTANCE YOU CAN TRAVEL TO REFUEL ON THAT REGULAR BASIS BEFORE IT BECOMES COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. SO WE ARE LOOKING AT PARTNERING AND DOING MORE AS WE EXPAND THIS PROPANE ROUTES. BECAUSE THE ROUTES HAVE TO BE SHORTER. RIGHT NOW WE ONLY HAVE ONE REFUELING STATION. WE HAVE MORE ROUTES. WHEN WE PUT THE PROBLEM PAIN STATION, REFUELING STATION AT ANOTHER POINT WITHIN THE DISTRICT. SO THAT'S PART OF THE PROPANE ANSWER. BUT WE DO ANTICIPATE. THE OTHER THING I WOULD SAY IS WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PROPANE BUSES ON OUR ROADS WITH OUR DRIVERS FOR MORE THAN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. WE JUST GOT THOSE THIS SPRING. AND THERE IS RESEARCH THAT SUPPORTS THEM. BUT I THINK YOU ARE BETTER OFF WHEN WE CAN SEE WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN'T WORK BUT I ANTICIPATE ALTERNATIVE FUELS IS WHERE WE ARE HEADED. THE DIESEL QUESTION, IT'S NOT THAT WE EXTEND IT ANOTHER YEAR. AS YOU REMEMBER, WE DIDN'T GET THOSE BUSES UNTIL LATE SPRING SO WE WERE TRYING TO MAKE A DECISION ON THREE MONTHS. IT IS THE WAY WE SET THAT UP TO TRY TO MAKE THAT DECISION. AND WE HAD MORE INFORMED DECISION THAT WOULDN'T BE SUCH A RUSH TO MOVE THE DRIVERS FROM ONE TO THE OTHER. SOME OF THE PROBLEMS WHEN YOU GET ANY NEW CAR OR VEHICLE, THEY DON'T BREAK IN THE FIRST TWO OR THREE MONTHS. THEY BREAK SIX OR NINE MONTHS DOWN THE ROAD. WE HOPE THEY DON'T BREAK AT ALL. BUT WE THOUGHT IT WOULD ALLOW US TO HAVE A MORE INFORMED DECISION BUT WE DIDN'T GET THOSE UNTIL THE END OF SPRING SO WE DIDN'T HAVE LAST YEAR TO EVALUATE JUST AS THIS FALL. BUT YES, I WOULD LOVE TO MOVE TO A CLEANER FUEL. BECAUSE WHAT YOU SAID IS ACCURATE.  

>>Susan Valdes: AND I BELIEVE WITH THE ROUTING WHAT WE HEARD THE OTHER DAY IN THE TOWN HALL MEETING, YEAH, IT WOULD BE A LONG DISTANCE IF YOU ARE COMING FROM TEMPLE TERRACE TO FUEL UP AT LOWEST. I BELIEVE ROUTING AND PLANNING NEEDS TO I WILL REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT BUSES ARE BEING ROUTED TO WHAT, AND HAS A PROPANE BUS COMING FROM CLEAR ACROSS THE OTHER SIDE OF TOWN FOR REFUELING. SO HOPEFULLY WE CAN REALLY LOOK AT THOSE ROUTES, AND, YES, ABSOLUTELY, I THINK IT WOULD BE A LITTLE TOO FAR FOR REFUELING PURPOSES SO I HAPPY TO WE ARE ASSESSING WHERE THE ROUTES OF THE PROPANE BUSES ARE RESPECTIVE TO LOCATION OF THE FUELING STATION. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. KURDELL.  

>>Carol Kurdell: THANKS VERY MUCH. MR. FARKAS, TALK TO ME ABOUT THE FUELING STATION. I THOUGHT WE WERE PARTNERING WITH THE COUNTY.  

>>Christopher Farkas: THEY WERE ALLOWING US TO PIGGYBACK ON THEIR, TO BE PART OF THEIRS AND GO TO THEIR STATION. THEIR RATE WAS HIGHER THAN WHAT WE CURRENTLY PAY HAVING OUR OWN STATION TO DO THAT.  

>>Carol Kurdell: HOW MUCH DID IT COST TO BUILD THE STATION?  

>> I DON'T WANT TOO MISQUOTE. I'LL PULL IT UP AND E-MAIL IT TO YOU WHILE WE ARE SITTING HERE.  

>>Carol Kurdell: I WOULD APPRECIATE THAT BECAUSE I THINK YOU HAVE TO FACTOR THAT IN ON YOUR RETURN INVESTMENT. IF WE ARE GOING TO PUT THE MONEY UP FRONT WITH THE BUSES AND THE FUELING STATIONS, YOU MAY BE THAT HIGHER RATE WITH THE COUNTY, IT EQUALS OUT.  

>>Christopher Farkas: AND THAT'S PART. IT HAS TO INCLUDE INFRASTRUCTURE. SO I'LL MAKE SURE YOU GET THAT DATA TODAY.  

>>Carol Kurdell: I APPRECIATE THAT.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS 6.06 WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE DIGITAL CLASSROOMS PLAN FOR THE 2016-2017 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND MS. SHARON ZOOLY, MANAGER OF TECHNOLOGY AND SUPERVISOR OF INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY FOR K-12. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU. MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING US THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THE DIGITAL CLASSROOM PLAN WHICH IS BOARD AGENDA C-6.06 TO APPROVE THE DISTRICT DIGITAL PLAN FOR 2016-17. FLORIDA STATUTE 10-11 .62 WHICH WAS SIGNED INTO LAW IN JULY 1st OF 2014 INCLUDED A FLORIDA DIGITAL CLASSROOMS ALLOCATION TO SUPPORT IMPROVING STUDENT PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES BY INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOM TEACHING AND LEARNING. EACH DISTRICT IS REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A DIGITAL CLASSROOM PLAN. ATTACH. A IS THE DISTRICT'S CLASSROOM PLAN FOR 2016-17. THE PLAN FOCUSES ON PROVIDING STUDENTS AND TEACHERS THOSE DIGITAL SKILLS NECESSARY TO MAXIMIZE SUCCESS ON THE CURRENT GENERATION OF ONLINE ASSESSMENT. UNLIKE PREVIOUS YEARS, HOWEVER, WHERE FUNDS COULD BE USED TO SUPPORT DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVES, THIS YEAR THE STATE REQUIRED DISTRICTS SUPPLY DEVICES THAT ALLOW EACH SCHOOL TO ADMINISTER THE FLORIDA STANDARDS ASSESSMENT TO AN ENTIRE GRADE BAND AT A TIME. OUR DISTRICT WILL RECEIVE FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AS OUR PORTION OF THE DIGITAL CLASSROOM CATEGORICAL ALLOCATIONS FOR 2016-17. THAT ALLOCATION ALSO INCLUDES ABOUT 343,000 FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS. THE FUNDS ALLOCATED TO THE DISTRICT ARE SUFFICIENT TO PURCHASE ROUGHLY 800 MOBILE DEVICES MEETING THE STATE'S STANDARDS. 8,000, SORRY. 8,000 MOBILE DEVICES. THAT WOULD BE SOME EXPENSIVE DEVICES. 8,000 MOBILE DEVICES MEETING THE STATE'S ASSESSMENT SPECIFICATIONS. IT WILL ALLOW US ALSO TO PURCHASE VIRTUAL DESKTOP STRUCTURE SOLUTIONS OR VDI TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL ASSESSMENT DESKTOPS. AND IS VDI WILL ALLOW US TO REFRESH OUR COMPUTER LABS SO THEY WILL WORK ALMOST AS NEW WITHOUT HAVING TO PURCHASE NEW DEVICES. THE DISTRICT'S PLANS WAS DEVELOPED WITH INPUT FROM A WIDE GROUP OF STAKEHOLDERS INCLUDING TEACHING AND LEARNING, BUSINESS SERVICES AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND STAFF, AS WELL AS SIDE BASE ADMINISTRATIVE INSTRUCTIONAL AND TECHNOLOGY CONTACTS. THE PLAN IS REQUIRED TO INCLUDE FIVE TOPICS, MEASURABLE STUDENT PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES, DIGITAL LEARNING AND TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, DIGGAL TOOLS, ONLINE ASSESSMENTS. OUR DIGITAL CLASSROOM PLAN ADDRESSES ALL THESE REQUIREMENTS. THANK YOU. QUESTIONS. MRS. EDGECOMB.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I APOLOGIZE UP FRONT. IT'S PROBABLY AN UNFAIR QUESTION. BUT, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE ALL TALK ABOUT REACHING POTENTIAL AND HAVING POSSIBILITIES AND DOING THE VERY BEST THINGS THAT WE CAN DO FOR OUR KIDS. AND I KNOW MUCH OF THAT IS HAMPERED LIMITED BY FUNDS AND THE ABILITY TO CARRY OUT OUR PLANS. BUT IF THIS PLAN WERE TO DEVELOP IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE MONEY WAS NO ISSUE, WHAT MIGHT BE SOME OF THE BIG CHANGES THAT IS CORRECT YOU WOULD WANT US TO IMPLEMENT SO OUR STUDENTS HAVE THE HIGH TECHNOLOGY EXPERIENCE, OUR TEACHERS HAVE FOR TEACHING, AND IN PLACE WHERE ASSESSMENT IS SO CRITICAL, THAT THOSE INSTRUMENTS CRITICAL TO STUDENTS' SUCCESS AS TEST PAPERS. WHAT MIGHT THIS PLAN LOOK LIKE?  

>> I THINK THE TECHNOLOGY IS GREAT AND WE CAN DEFINITELY GET SOME BETTER TECHNOLOGY. BUT I THINK THAT THE TECHNOLOGY WITHOUT THE INSTRUCTIONAL PART, THAT DIGITAL COACHING WHERE YOU HAVE TEACHERS REALLY REIMAGINING HOW CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION IS SUPPOSED TO BE, BECAUSE TECHNOLOGY GIVES YOU THE ABILITY TO DO THINGS YOU WEREN'T ABLE TO DO BEFORE, AND YOU DON'T WANT TECHNOLOGY TO BECOME THIS DIGITAL NOTEBOOK THAT KIDS ARE JUST ONLY TAKING SOMETHING ON PAPER AND TRANSFERRING IT TO ONLINE. YOU WANT THEM TO BE CREATING PROJECTS THAT THEY COULDN'T CREATE BEFORE. SO I THINK WE HAVE UNLIMITED FUND, WE GET, ONE, BETTER DEVICES BUT HAVE THOSE DIGITAL COACHES TO GET IN WITH TEACHERS AND SHOP TEACHERS HOW TO USE THIS GOAT THE BEST OUT OF ARE THEIR STUDENTS.  

>> JUST TO ADD, I DON'T THINK WE WOULD CHANGE MUCH OF THE TECHNOLOGY THAT'S IN THIS PLAN BECAUSE WE PLANNED IT AS A THOUGHTFUL WAY TO GROW FORWARD IN THE FUTURE. WE COULD PROBABLY GET MORE OF IT AT THIS TIME. BUT THE PIECE THAT TROY MENTIONED IS WHAT WOULD BE KEY IS GETTING PEOPLE RESOURCES OUT THERE TO ASSIST AT THE SCHOOLS, TO GET A LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, A REPOSITORY FOR THIS DIGITAL CONTENT, BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW, IT'S NOT ABOUT THE DEVICES FOR THE CHIN, IT'S WHAT BE THEY DO WITH THEM, WHAT THE TEACHERS DO WITH THEM. WE DIDN'T GET MONEY FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. WE DIDN'T GET MONEY FOR SUBSTITUTES FOR TEACHERS AND THINGS THAT WE WERE ABLE TO DO LAST YEAR TO ENHANCE NOT JUST DEVICES BUT THE OTHER PIECE THAT NEEDS TO GO WITH IT. THAT'S WHAT WE DID.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: SO I THINK IT GOES BACK TO WHAT WE KNOW WORKS IN THE CLASSROOM, A WELL PREPARED, QUALIFIED TEACHER WITH HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR OUR STUDENTS, AND THE ABILITY TO USE THOSE INSTRUMENTS LIKE YOU USE ANY OTHER RESOURCE TO GET THE MESSAGE ACROSS, TO MAKE THE LEARNING INVITING AND ENGAGING. AND SO LIKE ANYTHING ELSE, IT'S THE REGULAR CLASSROOM SETTING, ONE WHERE TEACHERS HAVE AN ABUNDANCE OF TECHNOLOGY. IT IS ALL ABOUT THE TEACHERS AND THEIR READINESS AND BEING PREPARED TO DO IT WHICH GOES BACK TO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. GOT THE MESSAGE. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. EDGECOMB. MRS. EDGECOMB TRIGGERED SOME THOUGHTS. WE KNOW WHERE OUR STAFF IS CONCERNED THAT WE ARE TRYING TO PUT AS MANY OF OUR EMPLOYEES BACK INTO THE CLASSROOM SO THAT THEY HAVE THAT DIRECT CON DACT WITH STUDENTS. BUT I HEAR WHAT YOU ARE SAYING AND THE NEED FOR THAT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WHEN IT COMES TO THESE DIGITAL RESOURCES AND WAYS TO USE THEM WITH OUR STUDENTS. BECAUSE STUDENTS HAVE THESE. AND THIS IS A VERY, VERY POWERFUL TOOL. THIS IS MORE POWERFUL THAN WHAT THEY USED TO PUT ON OUR ROCKETS THAT WE USED TO PUT ON THE MOON, ACTUALLY. SO FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE NEED TO TEACH STUDENTS THAT WIKIPEDIA IS NOT THE END ALL BE ALL, THAT THERE ARE PEER REVIEWED RESOURCES AND HOW TO FIND THOSE. IS THERE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN DO WHEN WE ARE LOOKING AT CHANGING THE WAY THAT WE THINK ABOUT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND THINGS LIKE THAT, CAN WE HAVE LIKE A REPOSITORY OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT WE GIVE YOU SOME RESOURCES FOR, TO CREATE THIS REPOSITORY OF PLACES THAT TEACHERS CAN GO TO CAPTURE THESE IDEAS AS WE MOVE FORWARD? BECAUSE IF WE ARE TRYING TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX, USING TECHNOLOGY, WHY NOT USE THE TECHNOLOGY TO DISSEMINATE THE INFORMATION AS WELL? SO BEEN THINKING ABOUT THAT, LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN PROVIDE YOU THE RESOURCES FOR SOMETHING LIKE THAT IF YOU THINK, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, IT'S AN IDEA THAT BE IS WORTHY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Susan Valdes: MADAM CHAIR? THANK YOU VERY MUCH. HOW ARE WE DOING WITH THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO BE ABLE TO HANDLE ALL OF THESE DEVICES, NOW 8,000 MORE, THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE PURCHASING?  

>> WE ARE WORKING ON IT IS PROBABLY THE BEST ANSWER. WE DO HAVE AN E-RATE APPLICATION STILL UNDER REVIEW. WE SHOULD BE HEARING ANY DAY NOW. AND IF THAT IS FUNDED THE GOAL WAS TO UPDATE THE WIRELESS STRUCTURE IN ALL THE SCHOOLS, K-12.  

>>Susan Valdes: SO IF WE DO NOT FOR SOME REASON, IF THAT FALLS THROUGH, HOW ARE WE GOING TO SUPPORT 8,000 NEW DEVICES?  

>> BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING TO BE SPREAD OVER THE 200 DIFFERENT SITES IN DIFFERENT PLACES, WE CAN UTILIZE THE WIRELESS THAT'S THERE. SCHOOLS WILL JUST HAVE TO PLAN VERY EFFICIENTLY, AND THEY KNOW WHERE THE AREAS IN THEIR SCHOOL THAT HAVE GOOD WIRELESS, WHAT AREAS MAY NOT HAVE. SO WE'LL HAVE BEEN TO WORK WITH THEM TO IDENTIFY WHAT AREAS THEY SHOULD UTILIZE THESE MACHINES AT. IT'S NOT GOING TO BE AS ROBUST AND RELIABLE AS WHAT WE WOULD LIKE WHERE THEY CAN USE THEM ANYWHERE BUT WE'LL HAVE TO HELP THEM WITH THAT.  

>>Susan Valdes: OKAY. I DON'T REALLY LIKE THAT ANSWER BECAUSE IF IT'S THE HONEST ANSWER, I GOT IT.  

>> IT'S THE HONEST ANSWER.  

>>Susan Valdes: I GOT IT. BUT THE OTHER THING IS WHAT TYPE OF DEVICES ARE WE LOOKING AT GETTING? ARE THEY GOING TO BE LIKE CHROME NOTEBOOKS?  

>> WE ARE LOOKING AT A FULL WINDOWS LAPTOP. THERE ARE SOME REALLY EXCELLENT PRICES OUT THERE. AND IT'S ON BID RIGHT NOW WHICH IS OUT THERE SO WE CAN'T REALLY DISCUSS THE PARTICULAR DEVICES BUT I CAN TELL YOU THERE ARE SOME GREAT DEVICES UNDER $300 NOW SO WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO GET QUITE A LOT OF DEVICES FOR THE FUNDS.  

>>Susan Valdes: ARE WE GOING TO TRY TO STAY CONSISTENT WITH OUR CURRENT CONTRACT THAT WE HAVE WITH HP? OR ARE WE LOOKING AT --  

>> IT WAS AN OPEN BID.  

>>Susan Valdes: AN OPEN BID. OKAY. I THINK THAT FOR CONSISTENCY IT WOULD BE NICE TO BE ABLE TO STAY WITH ONE PARTICULAR BRAND. I BELIEVE THAT THAT WOULD BE A LITTLE BIT SMARTER FOR US TO DO. I LIKE THE COMPETITION, BUT WE NEED TO STANDARDIZE SOME THINGS. AND WHAT BUDGET DEPOSITORY THAT MEMBER GRIFFIN WAS TALKING ABOUT, WHAT BUDGET WOULD PAY FOR THAT DIGITAL CAPACITY?  

>> LAST YEAR WE USED A LITTLE BIT OF THE DIGITAL CLASSROOM MONEYS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. BUT THIS YEAR WE HAD TO USE ALL OF IT FOR DEVICES.  

>>Susan Valdes: OKAY. SO WE HAVE TO BE CREATIVE. OKAY. AND HOW DO WE SUSTAIN THESE PARTICULAR DEVICES BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING TO BE INTRODUCTORY DEVICES?  HOW ARE WE GOING TO SUSTAIN THEM? WHAT I AM CONCERNED ABOUT IS, YOU KNOW, WE ALL HAVE THESE SMART PHONES. THE MOMENT ONE COMES OUT, AND IT'S THE LATEST AND GREATEST, AND TWO MONTHS LATER, HERE COMES ANOTHER ONE. SO I DON'T WANT TO PUT FIXES ON THESE THINGS. I THINK THAT WE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL THAT WE WILL NOT JUST GET ON THIS SPENDING WHEEL AND THEN WE'LL WIND UP -- I DON'T WANT TO BE GUINEA PIGS FOR ANYBODY. AND NO NEW DEVICES. AND WE CAN'T AFFORD TO DO THAT.  

>> AND THAT'S WHY WHEN WE MET AND DESIGNED THIS PARTICULAR PLAN WE ARE ONLY USING ABOUT HALF THE BUDGET FOR DEVICES TO AUGMENT WHAT WE HAVE OUT THERE ALREADY. THE OTHER HALF IS INVESTING IN THE BD I, VIRTUAL DESKTOP STRUCTURE STRUCTURE, WHICH IF YOU HAVE AN OLDER DEVICE, THE PROCESSING HAPPENS ON A VERY LARGE SERVER, AND SO ALL THAT IS SENT OUT TO IT IS THE SCREEN OF A SESSION. AND SO AN OLDER DEVICES, SAY WE HAVE A MEDIA CENTER THAT HAS A NUMBER OF SEVEN-YEAR-OLD DEVICES WHICH IS VERY COMMON, THEY WOULD BE RUNNING AS IF THEY WERE BRAND NEW WINDOWS 10 DEVICES. SO THAT LET'S US BUILD FOR THE FUTURE AND EXTEND THE LIFE OF THE DEVICES THAT WE HAVE, OR THAT WE ARE BUYING THIS YEAR, RATHER THAN THREE YEARS FROM NOW SEEING THAT THEY ARE OBSOLETE, THEY WILL BE ABLE TO RUN MUCH BEYOND THAT AND RUN AT A VERY MODERN CAPACITY.  

>>Susan Valdes: OKAY. THE OTHER THOUGHT THAT I HAD, AS WE ARE MOVING TO MORE OF A DIGITAL CLASSROOM, WE HAVE TO REALLY, I THINK, LOOK AT OUR FIREWALLS, BECAUSE THERE ARE CERTAIN, YOU KNOW, PLACES THAT WE ARE NOT ABLE TO GO. FOR INSTANCE, IF THIS WAS STUDENT FORUM RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW, WE COULDN'T TWEET, YOU KNOW, AND SAY GREAT COMMENT, BECAUSE OUR FIREWALLS WITH OUR WI-FI DOES NOT ALLOW US TO DO THAT. AND BEING IN A DIGITAL CLASSROOM, I BELIEVE THAT THE STUDENTS, OF COURSE, TEACHER-LED, AND WE HAVE OUR POLICIES IN PLACE, SO REALLY NEED TO LOOK AT THAT, SO THAT STUDENTS HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF HAVING ACCESS TO THE WEB.  

>> AND THEY ARE EXPLORING IN IT RIGHT NOW BEING ABLE TO DO THAT BY GRAY BANDS OR LEVELS WHERE HIGH SCHOOLS MAY HAVE MORE PERMISSIONS, MIDDLE SCHOOL ARE MORE LIMITED AND THEN ELEMENTARY, OF COURSE, WITH MAYBE THE MOST -- BUT WE ARE LOOKING TO SEE IF WE CAN DORETHA.  

>>Susan Valdes: AND I KNOW THAT MEMBER GRIFFIN HAS SPOKEN ABOUT THIS TREMENDOUSLY, MANY, MANY TIMES OVER, WHERE HAVING THAT ETIQUETTE CLASS ON, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU ARE IN SOCIAL MEDIA, OR WORKING DIGITALLY, THAT HUFF THAT CITIZENRY, IF YOU WILL, OF HOW TO INTERACT. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. EDGECOMB AND THEN OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY. DID YOU WANT TO SAY SOMETHING? OR DID YOU JUST WANT TO TALK?  

>> CAN I JUST SPEAK FOR A SECOND?  

>> YES, YOU CAN. GO AHEAD.  

>> I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT ON MANY ASSESSMENTS AND STANDARDIZED ASSESSMENTS ARE PROVIDED OVER DIGITAL MEDIA. SO IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO INTEGRATE DIGITAL ASPECTS INTO THE CURRICULUM IN GENERAL. TO INCREASE THE COMFORT OF KIDS WHEN THEY ARE TAKING THESE TESTS, BECAUSE THESE TESTS DETERMINE THE GRADES OF THE SCHOOL IN GENERAL, AND ALSO THE LEVEL OF OUR COUNTY IN COMPARISON TO THE REST OF THE COUNTIES. SO THAT'S JUST MY PIECE.  

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT. I THINK WHAT YOU SAID, AND WHAT YOU SAID, THE DEVICES THE KIDS ARE NATIVE TO THESE DEVICES BUT THEY ARE NOT THE KEYBOARD SO MUCH. SO GIVING OUR STUDENTS THE PRACTICE THAT COMES WITH THAT ESPECIALLY IN OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WHEN THEY ARE GOING TO BE TAKING THEIR TESTS ONLINE. AND EVEN OUR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS, BUT NOT ON THE KEYBOARD LITERACY SO THE KEYBOARDS, IT GIVES THEM MORE OF THAT TYPE OF EFFECT.  

>> SINCE JAMES ARE MORE -- ON IPHONES AND iPads, POSSIBLY USING APPLICATION APPS, AND --  

>> WE ARE RIGHT THERE WITH YOU.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: TELL ME ABOUT YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES. TELL ME BASICALLY ABOUT THE KINDS OF SERVICE EXPERIENCES THAT YOU HAVE HAD IN THE -- IN YOUR HIGH SCHOOL YEARS, LET'S SAY.  

>> I HAVEN'T HAD A LOT OF EXPOSURE TO DIGITAL LEARNING. THROUGHOUT MY ENTIRE EDUCATIONAL CAREER. AND PERSONALLY, I BELIEVE THAT I'M NOT WELL VERSED IN COMPUTERS. AND PUTTING DIGITAL APPLICATION INTO LEARNING, I RIGHT NOW TECHNOLOGY IS LIKE -- KIND OF LIKE THE CORE OF ALL OCCUPATIONS. SO I FEEL LIKE IT WOULD BE VERY IMPORTANT. IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO ME AS WELL, TO EVERY STUDENT.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I THINK THAT GOES BACK TO YOUR CONCERN, AND I THINK WHAT I HEARD YOU SAY THAT SOME OF YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT MONEYS HAVE BEEN SPENT IN OTHER WAYS AND LIMITS YOUR CAPACITY TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THE HIGH QUALITY TRAINING THAT YOU NEED FOR YOUR TEACHERS. AND SO GOING BACK TO OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE, WE AREN'T ABLE TO PROVIDE TEACHERS WITH THE BEST TO DO THAT AND STUDENTS LOSE IN SOME WAYS. AND I UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENS. WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. WE DON'T GO OUT IN THE BACKYARD AND PULL MONEY OFF OF TREES. I CLEARLY UNDERSTAND THAT. AND I AM LOOKING AT YOUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN VERY QUICKLY. I SEE YOU MADE SOME ADJUSTMENTS TO TRY TO COMPENSATE FOR THAT. SO IN THE FUTURE, HOW LONG CAN YOU RELY ON THIS KIND OF TRAINING TO GET WHERE YOU WANT TO GO TO PROVIDE THE BEST EXPERIENCES FOR OUR TEACHERS?  

>> WELL, IT'S FREE TRAINING, RIGHT? THAT'S WHAT IT SAYS, ZERO COST FOR TRAINING TO USE THE TIMS WHICH IS AN INSTRUMENT THAT REALLY MEASURES THE INTEGRATION OF TECHNOLOGY INTO CLASSROOMS. AND SO, YOU KNOW, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WHERE PEOPLE GO, ESPECIALLY WITH TECHNOLOGY, AND THEN THEY COME BACK INTO A CLASSROOM, IT'S REALLY DIFFICULT. AND SO IF THIS WAS A WORLD WHERE WE JUST HAD TONS OF MONEY, AND WE COULD BE IN THOSE CLASSROOMS WITH THOSE TEACHERS, BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE YOU NEED TO SHOW THAT THESE KIDS CAN DO IT. AND THIS IS HOW THEY CAN DO IT, AND BE EXCITED ABOUT IT.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: SO IT SOUND LIKE THE ANSWER IS GEARED BACK TO THE MONEY AND HAVING IT TO DO THE BEST JOB THAT WE CAN DO. IS THAT CORRECT?  

>> YES.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY, THANK YOU.  

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

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MEMBER STUART. I JUST HAVE ONE FINAL COMMENT. I WANT US TO REALLY THINK AND REALLY CONSIDER THE FUTURE OF OUR DIGITAL CLASSROOM, AND REALLY INVESTING AND LOOKING AT A LONG-RANGE PLAN BUT IN A SHORT KIND OF WAY OF HOW WE CAN MAXIMIZE. I DO NOT WANT TO JUST BUY EQUIPMENT JUST TO MEET TESTING REQUIREMENTS. I THINK OF THAT THAT WOULD BE A FAILURE TO DO. AND THOSE DEVICES, THEIR LONGEVITY IS NOT GOING TO BE CONDUCIVE TO THE TIME FRAME THAT WE NEED FOR THOSE DEVICES TO BE OPERATIONAL. SO I CAUTION STAFF WHEN LOOKING AT WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU HAVE OUT THERE FOR BID, TO REALLY THINK ABOUT DOES IT COST US MORE MONEY IN THE FRONT IF WE JUST ARE CONCERNED ABOUT TESTING? AND THAT SHOULD NOT BE THE FOCUS THAT -- YOU KNOW, WE HAVE DONE IT BEFORE, WE'LL WORK THROUGH IT, BUT I REALLY WANT TO SEE US HAVE FOCUS ON HOW WE CAN ACTUALLY -- NOT JUST SO MUCH THE TECHNOLOGY PIECE AND THE HARDWARE BUT ALSO FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING TO BE ABLE TO LOOK FOR -- DURING THE TEXTBOOK ADOPTIONS TO BE ABLE TO INCREASE THE AMOUNT OF DIGITAL CONTENT THAT WE HAVE SO THAT WE CAN BEGIN TO GET INTO THAT MODE, BUT REALLY WITH A LASER FOCUS ON THAT BECAUSE -- I'M AFRAID TO SAY THAT WE ARE BEHIND THE 8 BALL. AND WE WERE AHEAD OF THE GAME. AND NOW WE ARE BEHIND THE 8 BALL. WE ARE NOT USED TO BEING BEHIND THE 8-BALL. WE ARE USED TO LEADING THE PACK. AND I DON'T WANT TO SEE US REVERT TO THAT. SO I WANT US TO REALLY THINK VERY STRATEGIC ON HOW WE CAN GET AHEAD OF THE PACK. AND REALLY MAKE IT TO THE POINT WHERE ALL OF OUR CHILDREN HAVE A DEVICE AVAILABLE TO THEM, AND EVEN ONE THAT THEY CAN POSSIBLY TAKE HOME AND REALLY COORDINATE FREE WI-FI FOR SOME OF OUR NEEDY KIDS THAT NEED IT. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT. WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO BE EQUITABLE. AND WE ARE NOT THERE YET.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MEMBER VALDES. LAST YEAR WHEN WE DID THIS I REMEMBER I HAD A LOT OF QUESTIONS AFTER THE FACT. AND THIS IS A STATE MANDATED FORM THAT WE ACTUALLY JUST FILL OUT. SO WE HAD CONVERSATION WITH THE DIVISION ABOUT THE FACT THAT THIS REALLY WASN'T GIVING THE STATE WHAT THEY NEEDED IN THE TRUE PICTURE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE IN SOME OF THE COUNTIES, AS THEY MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT DIGITAL IMPLEMENTATION. I KNOW WE WENT TO GREAT LENGTHS TO CONTACT SENATOR LEGG'S OFFICE AND SEE IF WE COULD GET THEM TO ADJUST THIS FORM AND HAVE HIM UNDERSTAND AND HIS DIVISION UNDERSTAND THAT THIS REALLY WASN'T THE FORM THAT THEY WERE SENDING OUT WASN'T REALLY GETTING THE PICTURE OF WHAT WE THOUGHT THEY WANTED. HAS THERE BEEN ANY MOVEMENT ON THAT SINCE LAST YEAR WHEN WE DID THAT?  

>> YES, THE FORM WAS VERY SIMILAR TO LAST YEAR'S. THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE WAS THIS YEAR THE REQUIREMENT THAT WE FOCUS ON DEVICES FOR ASSESSMENT --  

>>Cindy Stuart: ONE OF THE THINGS WE ASKED THEM WAS TO COME TO DISTRICTS AND ACTUALLY GO TO CLASSROOMS AND SEE THE ONE-TO-ONE, AND THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN. OKAY. THANK YOU. ANY MORE QUESTIONS, BOARD MEMBERS? SUSAN, I'M SORRY.  

>>Susan Valdes: DY JUST HEAR THAT WAS THE EMPHASIS, WAS TESTING?  

>> YES.  

>> WELL, ON HERE IT SAYS THAT IT'S TESTING BUT IT'S ABOUT MOBILE DEVICES SO WE CAN PUT THEM IN CARTS, IN SCHOOLS, SO THAT WAY WHEN WE ARE NOT IN TESTING THE SCHOOLS CAN USE THEM. FOR INSTRUCTION. BUT THAT WAS THE DIRECTIVE FOR THE STATE FOR THIS PARTICULAR PLAN, THEY HAD TO SPEND MONEY TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE AROUND ONLINE TESTING.  

>>Susan Valdes: WELL, THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE THAT WE NEED TO TALK TO OUR LEGISLATORS ABOUT. BECAUSE IT'S, YOU KNOW, WE ARE NEVER GOING TO GET AHEAD OF THE CURVE IF WE CONTINUE TO JUST PUT LITTLE BAND-AIDS AND GET THESE LITTLE MICKEY MOUSE DEVICES, AND WE ARE SPENDING GOOD MONEY ON BAD STUFF.  

>> I THINK ONE OF THE POINTS OF THAT THEY BROUGHT UP, VERY STRATEGIC, NOT ONLY TO THE DEVICES, THEY ARE USED OTHER PLACES OTHER THAN TESTING BUT THE VM WARE THAT THEY WERE DISCUSSING WHERE LITERALLY YOU CAN HAVE AN OLD COMPUTER, BUT NOW WE DON'T LIKE RECYCLE THEM AND SEND THEM TO OTHER PLACES. WE CAN LITERALLY USE THOSE NOW, AND THE VM WARE AND SCREEN LOOKS LIKE IT WENT ON A BRAND NEW DEVICE TO TAKE AN ASSESSMENT. SO WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO BUILD A LOT MORE CAPACITY WITH THIS PURCHASE OF VM WARE TO BE ABLE TO -- PERHAPS HAVE MORE DEVICES FOR SCHOOLS SO WE CAN CUT DOWN THE TIME THAT IT TAKES FOR A SCHOOL TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH ALL THE ASSESSMENTS.  

>>Susan Valdes: I JUST CAUTION US, THAT'S ALL. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS TO APPROVE THE STUDENT LICENSES INFORM WATERFORD EARLY LEARNING COMPREHENSIVE COMPUTER BASED CURRICULUM. THIS IS TIMELY AS WELL. FOR THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HEAD START PROGRAM. MRS. ELLEN McFADDEN, SUPERVISOR OF HEAD START. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, MRS. GRIFFIN, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT. AND ALL OTHERS. I AM GLAD TO BE HERE THIS AFTERNOON TO SEEK PERMISSION FOR OUR WATERFORD LICENSE. AND I WILL START WITH STICKING TO JUST A BRIEF SUMMARY OF WHAT WATERFORD DOES AND WHAT IT IS IN OUR CLASSROOMS. IT WILL DECISION TO USE WATERFORD CANE BASED ON HOW WE FIT INTO THE STRATEGIC PLAN AND ALSO MAKING SURE THAT IT IS DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE FOR OUR LITTLE 4 AND 5-YEAR-OLDS. SO THE HOPE IS WE ARE LOOKING FOR 21st CENTURY LEARNERS, THINKERS, PROBLEM SOLVERS. WE HAVE OVER 1800 OF THEM, RIGHT HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND OVER THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF, WE HAVE NOW ALSO INCLUDED THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION WHO ARE FOLLOWING IN OUR FOOTSTEPS TO ADD WATERFORD TO THEIR CURRICULUM AS WELL. AND SO WE ARE VERY PLEASED ABOUT WHERE WE ARE WITH THIS PRODUCT WHAT IS WATERFORD? IT'S A RESEARCHED BASED CURRICULUM AND IS ALIGNED WITH OUR STATE STANDARDS AND OUR HEAD START WORK. WHATEVER WE DO NEEDS TO TIE BACK INTO WHAT WE KNOW WE HAVE TO DO FOR THE PROGRAM. WE ARE IN OUR SECOND FULL YEAR OF IMPLEMENTATION. IT HAS BEEN A RESEARCH STUDY. AND THE RESEARCH IS COMING TO US WITH VERY POSITIVE OUTCOMES. WE ARE IN 55 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SITES. WE HAVE 92 CLASSROOMS, 27 OF THOSE CLASSROOMS ARE VPK, VOLUNTEER, AND THE 65 NONPREVK. WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS ADD ACCESS IN SCHOOL AND AT HOME FOR THE YOUNGSTERS THAT WE HAVE AND THE MINIMUM ALLOTTED TIME OF USAGE IN THE CLASSROOM IS FOR 15 MINUTES. SO FAR, THE EVIDENCE POINTS TO MAJOR INCREASES, AWARENESS, BETTER RECOGNITION, COMPREHENSION, VOCABULARY, AND PHONICS, AS WELL AS MATH AND SCIENCE. SO WE ARE VERY PLEASED THAT WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW, WE WOULD LIKE TO KEEP IT GOING, AND I KNOW THAT EARLIER IT WAS SAID THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT K-12, WE REALLY WANT TO GOP BACK AND MAKE SURE WE ARE LOOKING AT PRE-K THROUGH 12. AND THEN TO CLOSE WITH WHAT I STARTED TO BEGIN WITH IN LISTENING TO COMMENTS EARLIER, IT REALLY IS THE EDUCATORS IN THE CLASSROOM WHO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF WHATEVER IT IS WE DO. WE KNOW THAT ALREADY. AND SO WITH WATERFORD AND THE RESULTS THAT WE HAVE FROM LAST YEAR, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO READ THE STATEMENT THAT WAS GIVEN TO ME, AND IT SAYS THAT THE EDUCATORS WHO IMPLEMENTED THE WATERFORD PROGRAM ARE VITAL TO THE OUTCOMES OF THIS PROJECT WITHOUT THE RIGOROUS IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAM, EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT, AND CAREFUL STEWARDSHIP OF OUR EDUCATORS, IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE THE GAINS THAT WE HAD. SO WHILE WE DON'T ALWAYS RECOGNIZE OUR TEACHERS, WE KNOW, AND WE LET THEM KNOW, WHATEVER THEY ARE DOING, WE WANT THEM TO CONTINUE TO DO IT, BECAUSE IT IS MAKING GAINS OR SHOWING GAINS WITH OUR CHILDREN.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. HARRIS.  

>>Sally Harris: I COULDN'T LET THIS GO WITHOUT SPEAKING UP. I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE RESULTS AND WHAT YOU ARE SHARING WITH US. I KNOW THAT WE HAVE, BETWEEN BIRTH AND THREE YEARS OLD, IS ONE OF THE WHERE GREATEST NEARS BRAIN RESEARCH. SO WE HAVE ALSO HEARD FROM SOME OF OUR LEGISLATORS WHO ARE SEEING THE STATISTICS OF EV-K IS NOT MAKING A DIFFERENCE. I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO ENCOURAGE US TO MAYBE ENHANCE THIS PROGRAM WITH OUR VK PROGRAMS BECAUSE I HEARD YOU SAY 25. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US QUADRUPLE THAT IF WE CAN. BECAUSE I THINK WE NEED TO PREPARE OUR STUDENTS, AND THE RESULTS ARE PROVEN, THAT IT WORKS, AND I THINK THAT IT WOULD HAVE HELP US WITH OUR VCK PROCESS OF HAVING KIDS BE READY FOR KINDERGARTEN.  

>> ABSOLUTELY, THE CHILDREN ARE OUT THERE. THANK YOU FOR THE COMMENT. WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE AN UNDERSERVED POPULATION OF STUDENTS. AND SPACE IS MORE SO WHERE WE RUN INTO A CHALLENGE, BECAUSE IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SITES, THERE IS ONLY SO MUCH SPACE. SO AS SPACE BECOMES AVAILABLE AND FUNDS BECOME AVAILABLE THROUGH HEAD START, WE ARE ABLE TO INCREASE THOSE NUMBERS. BUT YOU ARE EXACTLY RIGHT. THE MORE -- THE EARLIER WE CAN GET THEM IN AND THE MORE CHILDREN WE CAN GET IN, THE BETTER THEY WILL BE.  

>> THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. KURDELL.  

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU. WOULD YOU EXPLAIN HOW EARLY CHILDHOOD WORKS AND THAT CONTRACT? IT'S NOT JUST US, IT'S A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COUNTY. YOU TALK ABOUT THAT?  

>> YES.  

>>Carol Kurdell: HELP US UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE LIMITED.  

>> SO WHAT MRS. KURDELL IS REFERRING TO IS THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS THE DELEGATE AGENCY ON CONTRACT, IS OVER $11 MILLION, AND IT'S DELEGATED TO US VIA THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION HEAD START. WE ARE LARGER.  WE SERVE MORE CHILDREN. BUT TOGETHER WE SERVE ALMOST 4,000 CHILDREN, THREE, FOUR, FIVE-YEAR-OLDS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND SO THE LIMITATIONS COME, AND THERE ARE IDEAS AND THINGS THAT WE MAY WANT TO DO. ALL OF THOSE IDEAS HAVE TO BE IMPROVED THROUGH THE GRANTEE IN THE REGION 4 OFFICE. IS THAT WHAT YOU WERE --  

>> WHAT'S THE WAITING LIST LIKE?  

>> RIGHT NOW, I BELIEVE WE PROBABLY HAVE ABOUT 1500 STUDENTS WITHIN THAT AGE RANGE. AND WE HAVE MORE THREES THAN ANYONE ELSE.  

>>Carol Kurdell: AND I KNOW THAT THE COUNTY HEAD START, DR. JENKINS, WHO HAS BEEN ON BOARD, WHAT, A YEAR NOW MAYBE? ABOUT A YEAR. HAS MADE A DIFFERENCE BUT SHE STRUGGLES WITH THE SAME THING WE DO. THERE'S NOT ENOUGH MONEY COMING DOWN FOR US TO DO ALL THREE-YEAR-OLDS, WHICH IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. FOR FAMILIES. SO IF YOU WANT A PROJECT, THERE'S ONE.  

>> I KNOW, I DON'T EITHER.  

>> THANKS.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. AND YOUR GENTLE REMAINDER OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE WORK OF THIS DISTRICT AND THE BOARD IN PRE-K THROUGH 12 EXPERIENCE, AND I THINK IT'S GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE TIME TO GET THIS. I THINK IN OUR HEARTS OF HEARTS AND OUR OWN MIND WE KNOW THIS IS HOW WE SHOULD LOOK AT THIS WHOLE SET OF EXPERIENCES FOR OUR CHILDREN. SO WE ARE GOING TO GET THERE. AND THE SECOND THING YOU REMIND US IS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TEACHERS WHO CAME THIS AFTERNOON AND TALKED ABOUT PUTTING THE SPOTLIGHT ON THEM. I HOPE DURING THIS CONVERSATION TONIGHT THAT THEY ARE HEARD MULTIPLE TIMES HOW VALUABLE THEY ARE, AND VALUED, HOW IT'S WHAT THEY DO EVERY DAY BEFORE THOSE STUDENTS THAT REALLY MAKES THE DISTRICT THAT WE HAVE. WE OFFER SUPPORT TO THEM, BUT THE DISTRICT RUNS JUST BECAUSE OF THE DYNAMIC TEACHERS WE HAVE, AND SUPPORT STAFF AND OTHERS WHO REALLY MAKE THIS DISTRICT ADMIRED, IN THE DISTRICT THAT WE HAVE. BUT LET ME GO BACK. AND I AM GOING TO SWITCH MY DIRECTION AND MY QUESTIONS FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE WHOLE IDEA OF HOW WE FUND HEAD START PRIMARILY. AND EVEN BEFORE I ASK THE QUESTION, I REALIZE THE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH WE ARE IN, TRYING TO FIND DOLLARS. IT'S STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS. AND THERE ARE NO EASY ANSWERS. BUT THE MONEYS WE GET FOR HEAD START, JUST ONE POOL OF MONEY OR ONE POT OF MONEY OR ONE CHECK, AS MRS. SAUNDERS ALWAYS DESCRIBES IT, BUT IS THERE ANYTHING TO STOP US FROM ADDING ON, EXTENDING TO, PROVIDING ADDITIONAL SOURCES EVEN IF WE HAVE TO GO TO -- WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THIS THING OF CRITICAL -- WE TALK ABOUT HAVING A LITERARY SOCIETY, THEN WE HAVE GOT TO START. EVERYBODY TALKS ABOUT IT, BUT I THINK THAT SOMEHOW -- AND I THINK THERE'S GOING TO BE A LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST COME UP AROUND THIS AREA. I HOPE THAT THE CONVERSATION JUST WON'T BE ABOUT CONVERSATION AND IDEAS AND DREAMS WE WANT TO ACHIEVE. I HOPE THAT WE CAN PUT A PLAN IN PLACE THAT WILL WORK, ADDRESS HOW DO WE GET OTHER PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY WHO SAYS THAT WE WANT ALL OF THESE THINGS FOR THIS COMMUNITY AND OUR CHILDREN TO BE REALLY PARTICIPATING PARTNERS, SO THAT IT ISN'T ABOUT WHAT WE WANT, BUT RATHER WHAT WE ARE GOING TO ACHIEVE.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: CERTAINLY IN ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION, DISTRICTS CAN ALWAYS USE OTHER FUNDING SOURCES TO ADD ON SERVICES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD. SOME SCHOOL DISTRICTS USE THEIR TITLE 1 FUNDING TO ADD ON EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES. SOME SCHOOL DISTRICTS -- AND WE HAVE HAD IN THE PAST USED OTHER FUNDING SOURCES, OUR OWN GENERAL REVENUE SOURCES SEVERAL YEARS AGO FOR OUR OWN PROGRAMS HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND I THINK THE OTHER THING WE HAVE -- AND I'M SORRY, AT THE BEGINNING OF MY COMMENTS, THERE ARE SOME CONVERSATIONS WE ARE GOING TO HAVING WITH THE COMMUNITY AROUND THIS TOPIC IN THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS, TO NOBODY THAT THERE'S PARTNERSHIPS, THERE'S A WILL IN THIS COMMUNITY, A LOT OF INTEREST IN EARLY CHILDHOOD, HOW DO YOU ELABORATE, AND DEVELOP SOME FUNDING STREAMS TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THOSE 1500 CHILDREN THAT ARE ON THAT WAITING LIST. THAT IS ULTIMATELY STUDENTS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT OUR KINDERGARTEN READINESS RATE, THOSE 1500 ARE NOT GOING AS RED -- READY AS OTHER STUDENTS WHO GET THOSE SERVICES.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I'M HEARING YOU SAY PART OF THE CONVERSATION AND PART OF THE PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE ABOUT HOW TO ADDRESS THAT NEED IS SOMETHING THAT WE ARE REALLY SERIOUS ABOUT, THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE VERY INTENTIONAL ABOUT, AND THAT HELP PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT THE IMPACT OF WHAT ALL THIS MEANS. IT IS NOT JUST WHAT HAPPENS IN OUR CLASSROOM, BUT IT JUST MAKES IT FOR A BETTER SOCIETY IN MULTIPLE WAYS. OKAY, I HOPE THEY GET THE MESSAGE.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ABSOLUTELY. AND WE TALK ABOUT THE GAP.  WE TALK ABOUT ACHIEVEMENT GAPS IN EDUCATION.  THIS IS WHERE IT STARTS. IT STARTS RIGHT THERE. SO IF WE CLOSE THAT GAP AND THE OPPORTUNITY GAP THAT STUDENTS HAVE TO ACCESS GREAT EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES WE'LL START TO SEE A DIFFERENCE IN GRADUATION RATES FROM GENERATIONS TO COME.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.09. WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH EDUCATION ANALYTICS, INC, TO PROVIDE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS OF VALUE-ADDED MODELS AND TO INFORM THE EVALUATION SYSTEM. AND MARIE WHEEL AN, WELCOME.  

>> MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. IT IS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH EDUCATION ANALYZE TICKS, INCORPORATED TO PROVIDE ONGOING STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, A VALUE-ADDED MODELS TO INFORM THE EVALUATION SYSTEM. ACKNOWLEDGING THE PORPOISES OF EDUCATOR EVALUATION FOR INFORMING HUMAN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT DECISIONS, THE TEAM AT EDUCATION ANALYTICS WORKING COLLABORATIVELY WITH HCPS STAFF AND ASSESSMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND HUMAN RESOURCES DIVISION -- EXCUSE ME OH HE-HAS WORKED TO DEVELOP AND ESTIMATE VALUE-ADDED MODELS OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT BASED ON A VARIETY OF STATE AND DISTRICT ASSESSMENTS. OVER THE LAST SEVEN YEARS, HCPS AND STAFF HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO APPROVE NOT ONLY THE STATISTICAL METHODS USED IN VAM BUT TOLLS DEVELOP A PROCESS THAT INCLUDES THOROUGH AND REPEATED QUALITY CHECKS ON DATA AND ON RESULTS, WHILE STILL PROVIDING NEEDED AND NECESSARY INFORMATION IN A TIMELY MANNER. EDUCATION ANALYTICS HAS BEEN WORKING WITH HCPS TO SUPPORT ASSESSMENT DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATOR EVALUATION INCLUDING ASSISTANCE TO EVALUATE THE IMPLICATIONS OF CHANGES IN FLORIDA STATE STATUTES ON DISTRICT REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AS WELL AS CHANGES TO STATE ASSESSMENTS. FOR EXAMPLE, THE SHIFT FROM THE FCAT TO THE FLORIDA STANDARDS ASSESSMENT. THE SERVICES INCLUDES EXPERTISE IN DATA PREPARATION AND QUALITY CONTROL, EDUCATION POLICY, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND REPORTING SERVICES. AS A REMINDER THE VAM CALCULATIONS IMPACT ALL SITE BASED INSTRUCTIONAL EMPLOYEES AS WELL AS SITE BASED LEADERS AND AREA SUPERINTENDENTS AND FINAL EVALUATION CALCULATIONS. THIS RESULTS IN A PER-PERSON COST OF APPROXIMATELY $26 ANNUALLY TO ENSURE ACCURATE REPORTING AND CALCULATION OF THE VALUE-ADDED FOR THE VARIABLES RELATED TO STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT OUTCOMES. OUR HILLSBOROUGH CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION IS A PARTNER IN THE WEEKLY MEETINGS AND QUALITY CHECKS CONDUCTED TO ENSURE ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY AND ALSO SUPPORT THIS AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES. I THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP AND OUR TECHNICAL SERVICE WAS EDUCATION ANALYTICS.  

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: ONE THING TO ADD QUICKLY. OF ALL THE THINGS YOU SAID IN THE PRESENTATION -- BECAUSE THIS IS SUCH A COMPLICATED FORMULA FOR THE VAM SCHOOL, THE UTILIZATION OF THIS COMPANY COULD HELP TO DO THE MAJOR THING, ACCURATE CALCULATIONS. AND I KNOW FOR OUR CLASSROOM TEACHERS AND OTHERS THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.  SO HAVING THIS EXPERTISE WITHIN THIS ORGANIZATION LEADS US TO GREATER ACCURATE CALCULATIONS. AM I CORRECT?  

>> YES, MA'AM.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THAT'S WHERE $26 AND WHATEVER YOU SAID FOR TEACHING. -- PER TEACHER.  

>> YES.  

>>April Griffin: THE NEXT ITEM IS 6 .137 TO APPROVE THE RENEWAL OF THE SUBAGREEMENT BETWEEN BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA GREATER TAMPA BAY AREA COUNCIL AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR SERVICES ASSOCIATED WITH THE LEARNING FOR LIFE GRANT. AND MR. ROBERT COX, SUPERVISOR OF MAGNET PROGRAMS. WELL COME.  

>> I AM HONORED TO STAND BEHIND YOU -- BEFORE YOU. NOT BEHIND YOU. THAT WOULD BE WEIRD -- TO TELL YOU --  

>> BESIDE US.  

>> I'M SO SORRY. TO TELL BUT THE LEARNING FOR LIFE CHARACTER EDUCATORS PROGRAM BE IMPLEMENTED IN 36 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ACROSS OUR DISTRICT. THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN A PART OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR WELL OVER A DECADE AND SERVES TO COMPLEMENT OTHER SCHOOL AND DISTRICT INITIATIVES FOCUSED ON SCHOOL CLIMATE AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. LEARNING FOR LIFE IS COORDINATED BY THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA COUNCIL AS IMPLEMENTED BY OUR DISTRICT GUIDANCE COUNSELORS AND AMAZING TEACHERS.  THIS PARTNERSHIP IS MOST CERTAINLY ONE THAT IS HAS SERVED THE DISTRICT AND STUDENTS WELL. BY THE END OF THIS YEAR WE WILL HAVE SERVED 15,000 ELEMENTARY AGED STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. LEARNING FOR LIFE HENCE TO EQUIP ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WITH THE SOCIAL SKILLS TO THRIVE NOT ONLY IN THEIR CURRENT GRADE BUT THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THEIR ACADEMIC CAREERS. KEY FEATURES INCLUDE CURRICULA, DIVERSITY, HONESTY, CITIZENSHIP AND MANY OTHER TOPICS. ACTIVITY INTENDED TO DETER STUDENTS FROM DRUG USE SUCH AS A DRUG-FREE CALENDAR. ACTIVITIES TO INCREASE SELF-CONFIDENCE AND SELF-ESTEEM THROUGH ESSAY REFLECTION. OTHER ACTIVITIES THAT EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND ATTENDANCE IN SCHOOL. AND DELIVERY METHODS THROUGH THIS PROGRAM SUCH AS ROLE PLAYING, SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION, REFLECTION EXERCISES AND HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES. THERE IS A LEADERSHIP FIELD FOR STUDENTS WHERE THEY WILL PARTICIPATE IN ACTIVITIES IN AN EFFORT TO PROVIDE THEM WITH A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE AND STRONGER APPRECIATION FOR THE CHALLENGES THAT MAY THESE FACE THEM AS THEY IMPROVEMENT IN ADDITION THERE ARE OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS SO THEY CAN COMPLETE WITH THEIR FAMILIES, SO WE CAN EXTEND THE CLASSROOM AND ENHANCE STUDENTS LEARNING AFTER THE SCHOOL DAY. AS YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE MANY FACETS TO DYNAMIC PROGRAM. OVERALL, THE GOAL OF LEARNING FOR LIFE IS TO PROVIDE A STRONG -- TO BUILD A STRONG ACADEMIC BASED FOUNDATION IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS THAT WILL LAST THEM UNTIL THEY WALK THE STAGE AND RECEIVE THEIR DIPLOMAS AT THE END OF THEIR HIGH SCHOOL CAREERS. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT P.I APPRECIATE THAT INFORMATION. IT WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PROGRAMS. A LOT OF IT HAS TO DO WITH CHARACTER, EDUCATION, AND I KNOW THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT KNOWS THIS, HAD THAT BY STATE LAW, WE ARE REQUIRED TO TEACH CERTAIN CHARACTER TRAITS TO OUR STUDENTS. AND 11 OUT OF THE 12 IN THE SCOUTS OATH AND LAW ARE CHARACTER TRAITS AND THIS IS ONE WAY TO COMPLY WITH WHAT WE ARE REQUIRED TO DO BUT ON A BIGGER SCALE, IT JUST IMPROVES CHARACTER AND MORALE FOR THESE STUDENTS THAT GOES ON FOR THEIR LIFE, FOR THEIR LIFETIME. I WOULD LOVE TO EXPLORE THE OPPORTUNITY, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IT'S JUST ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, IS THAT CORRECT?  

>> YES, MA'AM.  

>>Melissa Snively: I WOULD LOVE TO EXPLORE BOY SCOUTS, IN PUTTING BOY SCOUT PROGRAMS INTO THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS, TOO, BECAUSE AS WE KNOW, MIDDLE SCHOOL IS A VERY CHALLENGING PLACE, AND CUB SCOUTS, SIXTH GRADE BEGINS BOY SCOUTS. SO IT WOULD BE, I THINK, PRUDENT FOR US TO TAKE A LOOK AT POSSIBLY EXPANDING THE PROGRAM OR WORKING WITH THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA TO SEE IF WE COULD GET EVEN SOME VOLUNTEERS. THERE ARE SEVERAL VOLUNTEERS THAT I WORK WITH WHO HAVE BEEN RETIRED THAT ARE VERY WILLING TO TAKE THEIR TIME AND GIVE THEIR TIME BACK TO THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA. AND THEN WE HAVE SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS LIKE OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS SUCH AS McLANE THAT COULD POSSIBLY USE A PROGRAM LIKE THIS TO HELP TEACH THOSE GOOD CHARACTER VALUES OF THAT WE WANT OUR STUDENTS TO HAVE. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN EXPLORE. I DID TALK TO MARY LOU WHALEY ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT. MAYBE INCORPORATING IT INTO THE HOST PROGRAM AT CERTAIN SCHOOLS, PILOTING IT AT ONE OF OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS, MIDDLE SCHOOL, THAT I THINK IT'S A GREAT IDEA TO CONTINUE THAT CHARACTER TEACHING FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INTO OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS WHERE THEY REALLY NEED THAT THE MOST. SO THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS 6 .17 WHICH IS THE SAFE AND SOUND HILLSBOROUGH INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT. AND MRS. CINDY STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THIS ITEM IS BEING BROUGHT TO YOU TODAY. THE ORIGINAL INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED BACK IN 2014 BY A LARGE GROUP OF ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICIALS TO SAFE AND SOUND FOR A PROGRAM THAT WAS THE BRAIN CHILD OF COMMISSIONER BECK ENVIRONMENT MRS. GRIFFIN AND I HAVE SAT ON THAT BOARD SINCE ITS INCEPTION. THERE HAVE BEEN A LOT OF CHANGES IN THE CURRENT POLICY AND GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE AS WELL AS THE FINANCE COMMITTEE BRINGING FORWARD A NEW INTERLOCAL, ASKING FOR US TO SIGN AND MOVE FORWARD.  

>>April Griffin: VERY GOOD. ANY QUESTIONS? THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. THE NEXT ITEM IS 6.18-R, WHICH IS TO APPROVE REIMBURSEMENT RESOLUTION ALLOWING FOR HEATING, VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING, HVAC REPAIRS, MADE IN ADVANCE OF PERMANENT FINANCING TO BE REIMBURSED FROM THAT FINANCING. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: BEFORE WE BRING JERRY FORD UP I WOULD LIKE TO SET THE STAGE INFORM THIS AGENDA ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS. TO GIVE YOU A PICTURE OF OUR CAPITAL FUNDING PROGRAM OR LACK OF CAPITAL FUNDING PROGRAM, WE HAVE TRACKED WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN. WHEN SCHOOL DISTRICTS WERE MANDATED TO DO MORE WITH LESS, BACK IN 2007, 2008 THAT WAS THE LAST YEAR WE WERE ABLE TO LEAVE I AM, THAT THE BOARD WAS ABLE TO LEVY 2 MILLS, 2.0 MILLS. SINCE 2008-2009 WE HAVE BEEN TRACKING WHAT WE WERE ABLE TO GENERAL RATE VERSUS THE 2.0 MILLS, AND WE HAVE HAD A LOSS TO OUR DISTRICT. OUR LOSS IN REVENUE FOR THE CAPITAL PROGRAM, $361,077,275. THAT'S A LOT OF MAINTENANCE THAT WE HAVE HAD TO FORGO BECAUSE OF THE CHANGE IN MILLAGE RATES. SO THIS YEAR, AS WE WERE LOOKING AT -- NOT JUST THIS YEAR BUT AS WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT IT AND WORKING SIDE BY SIDE WITH JERRY FORD, OUR FINANCIAL ADVICER FROM FORD AND ASSOCIATES, WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT OPTIONS. SO ONE OF THE OPTIONS THAT WE WERE LOOKING AT, WHICH WE TALKED BECOME AT THE MEETING LAST WEEK, WAGS THE QZABS AND IF THERE'S ANY EXTRA MONEY FOR THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX DOLLARS.  SO JERRY WORKED HIS MAGIC, AND HE IS GOING TO TALK TO US ABOUT THIS RESOLUTION. JERRY.  

>> WELCOME, MR. FORD.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. THANK YOU. THE RESOLUTION YOU HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU DOES NOT AUTHORIZE ANYBODY TO BORROW MONEY, NOR IS IT A PLAN TO BORROW MONEY. IT SIMPLY SAYS THAT WHILE WE ARE INVESTIGATING ALONG WITH YOUR STAFF YOUR NEEDS, THAT SHOULD WE SPEND MONEY ON THESE ITEMS, THAT'S HVAC ITEMS THAT WE CAN REIMBURSE OURSELVES. DOESN'T OBLIGATE YOU TO BORROW, BUT IT ALLOWS YOU TO REPAY YOURSELF IF YOU DO BORROW. THAT BEING SAID, STAFF ASKED US TO LOOK AT WHAT OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE. WE HAVE LOOKED AT YOUR SALES TAX, YOUR COPS, WE HAVE LOOKED AT QZABS AS YOU HAVE IN THE PAST OR THROUGH VARIOUS OTHER NEEDS AND WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF PREPARING A REPORT FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT, CHIEF OF STAFF, AND MRS. SAUNDERS THAT WILL OUTLINE A RECOMMENDATION FOR HOW TO AT LEAST JUMP START YOUR HVAC PROGRAM. NOW GIVEN THE SCOPE OF THE PROJECT, OBVIOUSLY $40 MILLION DOES NOT COVER YOUR NEED NOR IS IT WHAT WE WOULD INTEND INITIALLY OUT OF THIS JUMP STARTING PHASE. WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR IS THE LOWEST COST METHOD OF GETTING THIS PROJECT MOVING SO THAT YOU CAN START TO MOVE FORWARD TO COME UP WITH A MORE PERMANENT LONG-TERM SOLUTION FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.  

>>April Griffin: BOARD MEMBERS? MRS. SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE A CONVERSATION. DO YOU FEEL, AS OUR FINANCIAL ADVISER, DO YOU FEEL THIS IS THE BEST OPTION FOR US AS FAR AS QUICKLY REMEDYING THE SITUATION WITH OUR MAINTENANCE ISSUES?  

>> WELL, THIS IS NOT AN OPTION.  THIS IS A REIMBURSEMENT RESOLUTION THAT WILL LEAD TO AN OPTION. AND MAKE THAT VERY CLEAR.  

>> THANK YOU FOR CLARIFYING THAT.  

>> WHAT STRUCK ME TONIGHT LISTENING TOTE OTHER ITEMS ON THE BUSINESS AGENDA IS HOW MANY COMPETING NEEDS THAT YOU HAVE. SO BEFORE WE BRING A FIRM OPTION, RECOMMENDATION TO YOU, WE ARE GOING TO BE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH MR. EAKINSS, DR. VASQUEZ, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE NOT LOOKING AT THIS MYOPICALLY. WE DON'T HAVE TUNNEL VISION THAT WE DO SOMETHING HERE THAT CAUSES AN IMPACT OVER HERE THAT YOU DIDN'T ANTICIPATE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WHEN WE PRESENT SOMETHING TO YOU, YOU HAVE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT TAKES AWAY FROM YOU AS WELL. BECAUSE I THINK YOU ARE IN A SITUATION WHERE YOU ARE NOT ADDING ANYTHING WITHOUT TAKING AWAY FROM SOMETHING ELSE. I THINK THAT WAS CLEAR EARLIER.  

>>Melissa Snively: JUST FOR CLARIFICATION, THIS RESOLUTION WOULD BE STEP ONE IN THE PROCESS.  

>> THAT'S CORRECT.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: IT'S REALLY STARTING THE CONVERSATION. MRS. KURDELL.  

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I KNOW HE DOESN'T NEED THIS, BUT I CERTAINLY DON'T HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS FOR MR. FORD BECAUSE I HAVE WORKED WITH HIM SO LONG, AND I VALUE HIS JUDGMENT, AND I TRUST HIS JUDGMENT. HE HAS NEVER LED US ASTRAY ON WHERE WE NEEDED TO GO. AND THIS IS THE THING THAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT THE LAST BOARD MEETING WE HAD. YOU ALL ARE FACING TREMENDOUS VOTES THAT ARE NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY ACROSS THE COMMUNITY. AND THIS IS WHERE WE TOOK OUT THESE KINDS OF -- YEARS AGO WE KNEW THEN THE BOARD THAT WAS THERE THEN, THAT WE WERE INDEBTING FUTURE BOARDS, BUT WE DIDN'T HAVE A CHOICE AT THAT POINT. WHEN YOU ARE OPENING 10 TO 12 SCHOOLS A YEAR, YOU DON'T HAVE A LOT OF OPTIONS. BUT AS WE MOVE FORWARD, LOOKING AT IT AS A WHOLE PICTURE, WHICH MR. FORD HAS ALWAYS DONE, HELPS US MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS THAT WE CAN. SO I JUST WANT TO SHARE THAT WITH YOU, THAT HE'S BEEN A VALUABLE PARTNER IN HELPING US IN THE MARKET, LOOK AT WAYS TO HELP US DO THE ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO DO, THAT WE JUST DON'T GET FUNDING FOR LIKE WE SHOULD, OR WE HAVE LOST THE FUNDING. AND THAT'S ANOTHER WHOLE CONVERSATION. BUT I WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT. AND I APPRECIATE YOU, MR. FORD.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MR. FORD, CAN YOU JUST GIVE US A LITTLE HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE? HAVE WE EVER DONE ANYTHING OF THIS MANNER? AND, TWO, AS WE CONTINUE NOT JUST THIS DISTRICT BUT OTHER DISTRICTS, TO LOSE THE DOLLARS THAT WE HAD BEEN GETTING IN THE PAST FROM THE LEGISLATURE, IS THIS SOMETHING THAT OTHER DISTRICTS ARE ALSO DOING?  

>> OH, ABSOLUTELY. IF YOU GO BACK TO THE 2000, 2008, 2009 TIME FRAME AND YOU LOOK AROUND THE STATES, MANY DISTRICTS LOST FROM 35 TO OVER 50% OF THEIR ASSESSED VALUATION OF THE PROPERTY VALUES. ON TOP OF THAT, THE STATE TOOK AWAY 25% OF YOUR CAPITAL OUTLAY TAXING AUTHORITY. SO ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU HAD A TAX BASE FOR SMALLER THAN WHAT -- FAR SMALLER THAN WHAT YOU HAD BEFORE AND THE STATE IN THEIR WISDOM CAME IN AND REDUCED YOUR ABILITY TO LEVY EVEN AGAINST THAT SMALLER TAX BASE. SO WITH THE EXCEPTION OF JUST A COUPLE OF DISTRICTS, SUMTER COUNTY SCHOOLS, WHICH IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, THEIR TAX BASE ACTUALLY NEVER WENT DO I KNOW BECAUSE OF THE MILLAGES. I THINK ST. JOHNS WOULD HAVE BEEN THE OTHER MINIMALLY FIT DISTRICT. THEY DID NOT HAVE THE DROP IN PROPERTY VALUES BUT THEY DID HAVE THE DROP IN MILLAGE CAPACITY. EVERY MAJOR DISTRICT WITH ONE OR TWO EXCEPTIONS HAVE BEEN HIT WITH THIS. MIAMI-DADE, BROWARD, PALM BEACH, PALM, ORANGE, ALL OF THEY WILL HAVE BEEN HIT VERY, VERY HARD AND ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW DO WE MAKE ENDS MEET? THERE ARE A NUMBER OF DISTRICT USE PART OF THE CAPITAL MONEY TO OFFSET THE SALARIES THAT ARE USED FOR CAPITAL FUNCTIONS THAT TAKES MONEY AWAY. THEY HAVE DEBT IN PLACE AND NOW THEY ARE LEFT WITH MORE LIMITED RESOURCES AS GROWTH IS STARTING TO OCCUR AGAIN. SO YOU ARE IN GOOD COMPANY. I WOULD CORRECT AN ITEM THAT I SAW IN THE NEWSPAPER A WEEK OR SO AGO, OR SOMEBODY SAID THAT YOU WERE DEBT. YOUR DEBT PROFILE IS RELATIVELY HEALTHY COMPARED TO A NUMBER OF OTHER MAJOR DISTRICTS. IT'S SMALLER IN SIZE THAN IT WAS SEVERAL YEARS AGO. YOU HAVE CONTINUED TO WHITTLE THAT DOWN. SO YOU HAVE SOME FLEXIBILITY CAPACITY THERE. YOU SIMPLY DON'T HAVE UNLIMITED RESOURCES.  

>>Cindy Stuart: FOR THE RECORD, I WOULD JUST LIKE FOR US TO CLARIFY AGAIN THAT THIS BOARD DID NOT VOTE TO REDUCE TAXES IN THIS DISTRICT, THAT THAT IS SET BY THE STATE, AND THAT WE HAVE TO BE ABIDE BY WHAT THE STATE BRINGS FORWARD. I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF CONVERSATION OUT THERE RIGHT NOW ABOUT WHAT WE DID VOTE ON, AND AS YOU LOOK ACROSS OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES LOCALLY WHO WERE ABLE TO INCREASE THEIR MILLAGE AND CHANGE THEIR BUDGET PROJECTIONS SIGNIFICANTLY, THAT THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE CONTROL AT THIS LEVEL. SO THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: GOOD AFTERNOON. HOW ARE YOU? GOOD. I THINK MY QUESTION MAY BE BETTER ASKED OF THE SUPERINTENDENT. BUT YOU CAN LISTEN, OF COURSE. JUST LAST WEEK, WE APPROVED A FIVE-YEAR PLAN. AND I GUESS MY QUESTION, IF THIS IS A CRITICAL PIECE TO HELP US MOVE FORWARD ESPECIALLY TO ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES AROUND THE AIR CONDITIONING SITUATION THAT WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF COMMENTS ABOUT, AND RIGHTFULLY SO, WHY WAS THIS NOT PART OF THE FIVE YEAR PLAN, OR ADDENDUM TO, OR PART OF THAT DISCUSSION, SO THAT, FOR ME, IT PROVIDED A MORE COMPREHENSIVE WAY OF ADDRESSING THE ISSUES RATHER THAN THAT PIECE THAT WE HAD TO DO BY THAT DATE, BUT COULD THIS NOT HAVE BEEN INCLUDED AS PART OF THE DIRECTIONS TO FUND, AND THE BOARD KNOWS THAT THERE IS A WAY FOR REIMBURSEMENT?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: MRS. EDGECOMB, ONE OF THE THINGS OF THAT WE WANTED FROM THAT WORKSHOP IS TO START A DISCUSSION AROUND THE ISSUES. THE BOARD HAS REALLY NOT HAD A CHANCE OTHER THAN LOOKING AT THE FIVE YEAR PLAN TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES AND WHERE WE ARE, AND WHAT ARE SOME OF THE POTENTIAL OPTIONS. OBVIOUSLY, MRS. SAUNDERS AT THE WORKSHOP STARTED TO LAY THOSE OPTIONS OUT FOR THIS BOARD SO THAT -- AND NONE OF THESE ARE EASILY OR READILY ACQUIRED. IT TAKES TIME. THERE'S OTHER DYNAMICS AROUND QZABS, AND ALL OF THIS WAS TO GIVE THE BOARD AN OPPORTUNITY KNOWING THE FIVE YEAR PLAN CAN BE AMENDED AS WE MAKE DECISION AS LONG THE WAY. NOW THAT WE ARE HAVING THIS DISCUSSION WE HAVE THE OPTIONS BEFORE THE BOARD TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSION. WE NOW KNOW THE KIND OF DIRECTION TO MOVE.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY. EARLIER, WE TALKED ABOUT THE COMMUNITY TAX DOLLARS AS BEING ONE OF THE FUNDING SOURCES FOR OUR BUSES. IS THAT AN OPTION AS PART OF THIS AGENDA ITEM ALSO?  

>> IT'S CERTAINLY ONE OF THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE TO US. AND IN LOOKING AT THAT, WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS WE HAVE TO SUBTRACT FROM THE CASH FLOW COMING IN FROM THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX, THE DEBT SERVICE DUE ON THOSE BONDS THAT OUTSTANDING, AND THEN WE HAVE TO BACK OUT FROM THAT AGAIN THE AMOUNT THAT YOU SET ASIDE FOR BUSES OVER TIME, AND THEN TAKE A LOOK AND SEE WHAT'S LEFT AND WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN LEVERAGE THAT TO MEET A PORTION OF THIS NEED. I THINK WE CAN MEET SOME PORTION OF THIS NEED WITH THAT. BUT CERTAINLY NOT ALL.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: SO LET ME GET BACK. WE LOOKED AT THAT, AND SUBJECT TRACT FROM THAT THE COMMUNITY -- UTILIZATION OF THAT PORTION FOR BUS PURCHASES. AND THEN WHAT'S STILL AVAILABLE -- IS THAT WHAT I HEARD YOU SAY?  

>> YES, MA'AM.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: IN THIS DISCUSSION, WITH OUR ABILITY TO DO THIS, TO PERHAPS USE REIMBURSEMENT FOR THE AIR CONDITIONING AND SO FORTH, WHAT INPUT OR WHAT SUGGESTIONS WERE MADE BY PEOPLE IN OPERATIONS TO HELP US TO KNOW HOW TO VENT?  

>> BEST ADDRESS THE NEED?  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: [OFF MICROPHONE.] OR IDENTIFY THE CRITICAL THINGS, OR HOW BEST TO UTILIZE THIS APPROACH TO GET AT THE ISSUES BEFORE US. IS THAT A BETTER WAY TO ASK THE QUESTION?  

>> LET ME MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND. YOU WANT THEM FIXED, RIGHT? WE WANT ALL OUR AIR CONDITIONING FIXED. THAT'S THE ULTIMATE GOAL, RIGHT? WE WANT THAT.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: YES. AND IN OUR DISCUSSION, ONE OF THE RESOLUTIONS TO THIS, FACILITIES, PART OF THAT CONVERSATION, AND THE MECHANISM AND HOW THEY BELIEVE THAT THIS CAN GET TO THE ISSUES THAT WE ARE FACED WITH.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I WOULD THINK ANYONE IN OUR OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT WOULD SAY ANYWAY WE CAN ACQUIRE FUNDS NO MANNER TO BE ABLE TO GO OUT TO MAINTENANCE AND START FIXING OUR AIR CONDITIONING -- THEY ARE THE ONES THAT UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS VERY WELL. A LOT OF THEM HAVE HISTORY WITH THOSE SYSTEMS. SYSTEMS. THEY UNDERSTAND THE PRIORITIES. AND SO ANY FINANCIAL STREAM, FUNDING STREAM THAT WE CAN ACCESS, AS STAFF, MAKING A RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD AND THE BOARD APPROVING, CAN ACCESS FUNDS TO BE ABLE TO MEET THAT NEED, I THINK OUR OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT, THEY WOULD BE THRILLED TO GO OUT AND START TO ADDRESS SOME OF THOSE NEEDS OUT THERE. AS FAR AS THEM HAVING INPUT INTO THE MECHANISM TO ACCESS THE FUNDS, THAT'S WHY WE DEPEND ON MR. FORD TO GIVE US THAT DIRECTION.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: AND I KNOW THE WORK OF MR. FORD. AND SHOULD NOT SHIFT DIRECTIONS AND OUR INPUT IS CRITICAL, BUT I WOULD SAY THE PARTNERSHIP IN THE DISCUSSION WITH OUR FACILITIES DEPARTMENT, I THINK, AND OPERATION IS REALLY IMPORTANT. AND SO AS WE TALK ABOUT THIS, MR. FARKAS, I AM JUMPING AROUND, AS YOU CAN SEE. WE HAVE IDENTIFIED ABOUT HOW MANY PROJECTS THAT ARE REALLY AT THE TOP OF THE LIST THAT WE REALLY NEED TO ADDRESS LIKE YESTERDAY.  

>> IT'S A LOADED QUESTION BUT I WILL STICK WITH WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT AT THE WORKSHOP. THERE'S ABOUT 25 SCHOOLS --  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I KNOW YOU SAID BEFORE.  

>>Christopher Farkas: AND HE'S EXACTLY RIGHT, THE FUNDING STREAM IS AN IMPORTANT THING, THE MONEY THAT COMES WITH IT, AND AS I SAID THE WORKSHOP, WE JUST NEED A PLAN LONG-TERM AS MR. INFORMED SAID, MOST OF THE OTHER COUNTIES HAVE DONE SOMETHING ELSE. WE DON'T WANT TO SET UP FUTURE OPERATIONS WITH THE DEBT THAT WE ARE BURDENED WITH NOW. WE NEED TO HAVE A LONG RANGE PLAN TO GET OUT OF THAT SITUATION. OBVIOUSLY THE FUNDING FROM THE STATE IS THE NUMBER ONE REASON TO DO THAT. NOT THAT THE BOARD CONTROLS. BUT THAT'S THE ONLY NEGATIVE OF THIS IDEA. IT'S NOT THE NEGATIVE COMPARED TO HAVING MORE CLASSROOMS. WE OBVIOUSLY WANT TO DO THAT. WE ARE BEHIND IT 100%. WE JUST NEED AS WE MOVE FORWARD LOOK AT WHAT'S A SUSTAINABLE FUNDING SOURCE THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE MORE DEBT.  

>> SO LET'S MAKE IT VERY CLEAR. WE HAVE SAID THIS BEFORE OVER THE YEARS, BUT OUR GOAL ON YOUR BEHALF IS TO MAKE SURE WE DON'T BORROW MONEY YOU DON'T NEED THAT YOU DON'T BORROW MORE THAN YOU NEED, AND THAT YOU DON'T BORROW IT BEFORE YOU NEED IT. THAT BEING SAID, WHEN YOUR ONLY OPTIONS ARE TO BORE OH, THEN IT'S INCUMBENT UPON US TO MAKE SURE WE ARE DOING IT IN THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY OBVIOUSLY AND IT DOESN'T HAVE RIPPLE EFFECTS THAT WERE UNINTENDED. AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: AND I APPRECIATE THAT AND I KNOW THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. I WASN'T QUESTIONING THAT PART. I JUST WANT TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS, THE THINKING BEHIND IT. AND IF I AM CORRECT, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAD TO USE THIS MECHANISM TO GET THIS DONE, IS IT NOT?  

>> THIS IS STANDARD. WITH ALMOST ANY PROJECT THAT WE DO, WHERE WE ARE GOING TO GO OUT AND BORROW MONEY FOR A NEW PROJECT, WE PUT ONE OF THESE RESOLUTIONS IN PLACE AS A SAFETY VALVE FOR YOU BECAUSE IT DOESN'T COMMIT YOU TO ANYTHING. IT JUST PROVIDES YOU FLEXIBILITY.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU FOR CORRECTING ME ON THAT, AND I APPRECIATE. THAT IT'S GOOD TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE GOT MULTIPLE WAYS. I GUESS THAT'S WHAT MY QUESTION WAS BEHIND IT. IT WASN'T AT ALL CHALLENGING YOUR DECISION TO DO THAT. I JUST WANT A BETTER UNDERSTANDING. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO VOTE ON THE ITEMS THAT WE PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HAR HIS. A SECOND BY MRS. KURDELL. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VAUTHEY INDICATE VERY VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. ALL RIGHT. THE NEXT ITEM IS AN INFORMATION ITEM WHICH IS 13.05. AND THAT IS GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES MUST REPORT FUND BALANCE TOTALS AT FISCAL YEAR END AS OF JUNE 30, 2016, THE GENERAL FUND OPERATING FUND BALANCE TOTALED 146,074,$970. MRS. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, OUR CHIEF OFFICER IS GOING TO BE PROVIDING US AN UPDATE.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. AND I HAVE THE CLICKER. WE ARE TRYING TO GET THE POWERPOINT UP. A LITTLE TECHNICAL PROBLEM. THANK YOU. WE WANTED TO BRING YOU INFORMATION CONCERNING THE FUND BALANCE AS OF JUNE 30th, THE 2016, AND DEPENDING WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THE WORK AND INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE BEEN BRINGING FORWARD WITH DR. VASQUEZ AND SUPERINTENDENT, AND ALL OF THE DIVISIONS COMING TO A TEAM APPROACH TO HOW WE WERE GOING TO SOLVE THIS IS JUST HUGE. SO WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS WE PUT TOGETHER A COUPLE OF SLIDES. AND I WANT TO SHARE THOSE WITH YOU NOW. AND THEN WE HAVE A COUPLE OF ITEMS TO BE BRING UP THAT WILL ALSO BE IN SLIDES. WE'LL DO THAT NOW. JUST AS AN OVERVIEW FOR THE LAST SCHOOL YEAR, THE LAST FISCAL YEAR, 2015-16, AND WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT GENERAL FUND MONEY RIGHT NOW, WE TOOK IN REVENUES OF 1.6 BILLION, 1,611,292,085. OUR TOTAL EXPENSES 1,680,069,331, AND A FUND BALANCE OF 146,074,970. THIS IS IMPORTANT TO SHOW YOU HOUSE WE ARE MOVING FORWARD IN SLIDE. I KNOW THIS IS KIND OF SMALL TO SEE BULL I WANTED TO GIVE YOU THE BASIC BREAKDOWN OF HOW THE GENERAL FUND BALANCE IS FUNDED. WE HAVE REVENUES COMING FROM FEDERAL DOLLARS, FEDERAL THROUGH STATE, STATE MONEY, AND LOCAL. UNDER THE EXPENSE SIDE, THROUGH THE FLORIDA RED BOOK, WE HAVE TO BREAK OUT OUR EXPENDITURES INTO OBJECT CODES OR CATEGORIES SUCH AS SALARIES, EMPLOYEE BENEFITS, PURCHASE SERVICES, ENERGY SERVICES, MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES, CAPITAL OUTLAY, AND OTHER. WHEN YOU LOOKING AT OUR REVENUES, SOME OF THEM T MAJOR FACTORS FOR OUR STATE REVENUE INCLUDES THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM, WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT DOLLARS, CLASS SIZE REDUCTION FUNDS, FLORIDA RECOGNITION FUNDS, AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS STATE REVENUE. ON THE LOCAL FRONT, WE RECEIVED DISTRICT SCHOOL TAXES, GRANTS, SCHOOL AGE CHILD CARE FEES, AND MISCELLANEOUS LOCAL SOURCES OF REVENUE. A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS THAT WERE ASKED. MRS. SNIVELY WANTED ME TO ADDRESS THESE. AND THIS IS KIND OF WHAT WE JUST TALKED ABOUT WITH JERRY FORD. THE SCHOOL BOARDS HAVE THE AVAILABILITY TO INCREASE MILLAGE RATES. WE ARE GIVEN AT THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, IN THE SECOND CALCULATION FROM THE STATE, ONCE THE TAX ROLLS HAVE BEEN CERTIFIED MILLAGE RATE, REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT MILLAGE RATE, SCHOOL BOARDS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM HAVE TO LEVY WHAT THEY TELL US TO DO. SO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, I GUESS WE HAVE TO KEEP REITERATING THE FACT THAT WHAT WE ARE GIVEN AS THE MILLAGE RATE OF WHAT WE HAVE TO TAKE TO THE VOTERS, TO YOU ALL, AND WE HAVE TO PUT THE AD IN THE PAPER, AND THE ONLY OTHER WAY WE COULD GENERATE MORE DOLLARS WOULD BE TO GO OUT ON A GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND OR REFERENDUM. IN ADDITION TO THE MILLAGE RATES, HOW DOES THE SCHOOL DISTRICT GENERATE REVENUE? WELL, AGAIN, I'LL GO BACK TO MY FAVORITE SAYING OF WE HAVE TO HAVE CHEEKS IN THE SEATS. SO WE GENERATE REVENUE BY HAVING STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOLS, AND WE DO A COUNT TWO TIMES A YEAR.  SO AS LONG AS STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED AND ATTENDANCE IN OUR SCHOOLS, WE WILL RECEIVE FUNDING FOR THOSE STUDENTS. SO HOW DO WE END UP? SO JUNE 30th WE HAVE AN ENDING FUND BALANCE OF $14,604,746,970. THAT'S AN INCREASE.  THIS IS THE FIRST TIME IN FOUR YEARS WE ARE ABLE TO PUT BACK A LITTLE BIT MORE. WE DID NOT SPEND MORE THAN WE TOOK IN. WE HAD $52,101. SO WE ALL DID A HAPPY DANCE CELEBRATION WHEN WE HAD THE NUMBERS COMING IN, BECAUSE LIKE I SAID, THIS HAS BEEN A HUGE, HUGE UNDERTAKING. AGAIN, WHEN YOU LOOK, HOW DID WE ARRIVE AT THIS, A COUPLE OF WAYS WE BROKE DOWN THE MONEY. MRS. STUART WANTED US TO SEE HOW DO WE BREAK IT DOWN, AND MRS. SNIVELY, TOO, WHAT WAS NEW REVENUE, WHAT WAS OUR SAVINGS, AND WHAT WAS TRANSFERS?  WE ENDED UP WITH TRANSFERS OF $68,829,437. THAT WAS A MIXTURE OF FUNDS WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT THE GENERAL FUND PICKING UP A LOT OF CAPITAL EXPENSES. WE DID. AND WE HAVE DONE THAT THROUGH MY RESEARCH GOING BACK FROM 2001. WE STARTED AFTER SEPTEMBER 171 HAPPENED, AND WE TOOK -- SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND STATED HAD THREE SPECIAL SESSIONS THAT YEAR WHERE ARE WE LOST FUNDING. SO ONCE THAT HAPPENED, WHEN WE LOST FUNDING FROM THE FEFP, WE HAD TO START LOOKING INSIDE. WHEN WE COULDN'T STOP PROJECTS THAT WERE ALREADY GOING IN THE FACILITIES PROGRAM SO THAT'S REALLY WELL PART ONE STARTED PICKING UP MORE AND MORE MONEY OUT OF THE CAPITAL PROGRAM. SO AGAIN, THIS YEAR, WE WERE ABLE TO TRANSFER BACK OR TRANSFER IN FROM THE CAPITAL PROGRAM $44.1 MILLION. THE OTHER TRANSFER WAS FROM THE WORKER'S COMP PLAN. WE HAVE FUNDED THE WORKER'S COMP PLAN FOR SO MANY YEARS, AND WE WERE ABLE TO -- OR TO USE $24.7 MILLION OF THAT MONEY TO HELP. HOLD ON. THERE'S A COUPLE MORE SLIDES. IT'S COMING. OKAY. SO THIS IS ALL SOMETHING WE HAVE SEEN. JUST WANTED TO POINT IT OUT AGAIN. YOU CAN SEE OUR TRAJECTORY FOR THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. AGAIN, THIS IS THE YEAR WE HAVE COME BACK WITH A $52,000 INCREASE DURING THE YEAR. NOW, I KNOW ONE OF THE THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT, HOW DID WE DO THIS? WHAT WENT INTO COMING UP WITH THAT? I WILL JUST GO THROUGH A FEW THINGS WITH YOU. TO BE ABLE TO TRANSFER OR WHAT WE WERE USING GENERAL FUND MONEY FOR, WE HAD PLANNING AND DESIGN OF CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMS, THAT PART ONE TAKEN OVER. WE HAD WIRELESS SOFTWARE EXPENSES. WE HAD EXPENSES THAT WERE CHARGED TO GENERAL FUND FROM TITLE 3. ESOL PROGRAMS. WE HAD EXPENSES THAT WERE PAID FOR OUT OF GENERAL FUND THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED TO TITLE 2. SO WHEN WE LOOKED AT ALL AROUND, WE HAD BAND WIDTH EXPENSE. WE HAD REMODELING AND RENOVATION EXPENSE. WE REDUCED -- IT'S NOT REALLY TRANSFER. WE WERE ABLE TO REDUCE TRANSPORTATION OVER TIME FOR OUR BUS DRIVERS. WE HAD DIGITAL CLASSROOM OPERATIONAL ASSESSMENT EXPENSES. WE HAD CLASSROOM COMPUTER OPERATING SYSTEM EXPENSES. SO YOU KIND OF GET THE PICTURE OF WHAT WE WERE LOOKING AT. WE LOOKED LINE BY LINE TO SEE WHAT WE COULD GO BACK AND SAY, YES, THIS CAN BE FUNDED OUT OF THE CAPITAL PROGRAM, AND THAT WE HAVE BEEN PICKING IT UP ALONG THE WAY. SO WHEN WE START THINKING ABOUT WHERE WE ARE AT IN THE FUNDS, THE GENERAL FUND HAS REALLY BEEN PICKING UP A LOT. AND ONCE REVENUE STOPPED COMING IN FROM THE STATE, SCHOOL DISTRICTS REALLY TOOK A HIT. WHETHER IT'S FROM THE CAPITAL PROGRAM, AND IN TALLAHASSEE, AND WE ALL KNOW AND LOVE THE FOLKS IN TALLAHASSEE, BUT THEY HAVE REALLY PUT A LOT ON OUR SHOULDERS, ON THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS' SHOULDER, ON THE BOARD MEMBERS' TO DECIDE HOW ARE WE GOING TO HANDLE THIS? WHEN WE DROPPED THE FUNDING, WE HAD TO GO BACK IN CAPITAL PROGRAMS AND SAY, $361 MILLION THAT WE HAVE LOST OVER IN THE LAST NINE YEARS. THAT'S HUGE. THAT'S AFFECTING CHRIS' PROGRAM. THAT'S EFFECTING SCHOOLS. THAT'S EFFECTING THE CLASSROOM. SO WHEN YOU START LOOKING AT ALL OF THIS, I DON'T WANT TO SAY THE PERFECT STORM, BUT IT'S THE PERFECT STORM. AND IT'S JUST BEEN A CULMINATION OF EVERYTHING TOGETHER. SO IN A NUTSHELL THAT'S WHERE WE ARE. AGAIN, HUGE APPLAUSE TO OUR WHOLE TEAM, TO EVERYBODY FROM A TO Z. THEY JUMPED IN AND DID IT. APPLAUSE TO YOU ALL FOR LETTING US GO FORWARD WITH THIS PLAN. APPLAUSE TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND DR. VAZQUEZ, OUR CHIEF OF STAFF, TO LET US CONTINUE DOING WHAT WE WERE DOING. AND THIS NEXT YEAR IS REALLY GOING TO BE SIGNIFICANT ALSO. SO WE AGAIN NEED TO HOLD HANDS AND GO FORWARD TO MAKE SURE WE ARE DOING THE BEST FOR OUR STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I'LL JUST PIGGYBACK ON A COUPLE OF THINGS. THANK YOU, GRETCHEN. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE BEING TRANSPARENT ABOUT HOW WE RESOLVE THESE ISSUES. AND CERTAINLY A DECLINE LIKE YOU SEE ON THE SCREEN IS NOT ONE THAT ANY OF THE BOARD MEMBERS HERE WANT TO SEE. SO IT'S OUR GOAL TO CORRECT THAT AND CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY OF WHAT YOU SEE THERE. BUT AS GRETCHEN ENDED, WHAT SHE SAID IS WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY. REALLY EVERYTHING YOU SAW THIS YEAR WAS TO REMIND OUR FUNDING SOURCES, YOU HAVE TO HONOR WHAT YOUR FUNDING SOURCES TO PAY FOR IT, IT HAS TO BE HONOR HAD HAD. JUST BECAUSE YOU MIGHT WANT TO DO MORE THINGS THAN WHAT YOUR FUNDING SOURCE HAS, IN THE PAST WE MAY HAVE SAID YES. THIS HAS GOT TO BE FIGURING OUT HOW TO BEST USE THE FUNDING SOURCES THAT WE HAVE. SO WE TOOK A LOT OF TEDIOUS EFFORTS, MANY CONVERSATION AS ROUND ALL OF OUR FUNDING SOURCES THAT COME INTO THIS DISTRICT TO SUPPORT KIDS. NUMBER ONE, THAT'S FIRST AND FOREMOST PRIORITY THAT WE HAVE TO HONOR, STUDENTS IN THIS DISTRICT. AND SO AS WE MAKE DECISIONS, YOU WILL SEE $68 MILLION WORTH OF TRANSFERS. THESE $68 MILLION WORTH OF TRANSFERS WHERE WE PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE ALL ALONG BEEN PAYING OUT OF ANOTHER SOURCE. WE JUST CHOSE TO KEEP ON BLEEDING IT OVER INTO THE GENERAL REVENUE. SO WE HAD TO DO IN THE A YEAR. PROBABLY THE BEST CASE SCENARIO WAS TO DO THAT OVER THREE OR FOUR YEARS. WE DIDN'T HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. BUT ANYTIME YOU SEE INCOME, YOU SEE EXPENSES EXCEEDING YOUR REVENUE, THESE ALREADY A CHALLENGE THAT EVERY DISTRICT WOULD FACE, EVERY SUPERINTENDENT AND BOARD WOULD FACE. SO THAT MEANS THAT THIS PAST YEAR, WE GOT ALL THE DOLLARS BACK TO THEIR SOURCES, AND NOW THIS IS GOING TO BE A YEAR PROBABLY AS CHALLENGING OR MORE CHALLENGING THAN LAST YEAR, SIMPLY BECAUSE WE FOUND THOSE OPPORTUNITIES LAST YEAR. THIS YEAR THOSE OPPORTUNITIES MAY NOT EXIST BECAUSE NOW THOSE FUNDING SOURCES ARE CARRYING THE BURDEN OF THOSE PARTICULAR INITIATIVES, OR WHATEVER THE EXPENSES WERE. SO THAT IS REALLY KIND WHERE WE ARE AT RIGHT NOW. EVEN THOUGH THE FUND BALANCE WAS LEVEL, THAT WAS A GOAL THAT WE SET AS A BOARD AND AS A STAFF WE WERE GOING TO ACHIEVE. WE DID DO THAT. BUT TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT WILL BE THE CHALLENGE, AS WE ARE STILL FIGHTING THAT UPSIDE DOWN NUMBER OF REVENUE LESS THAN EXPENSES. AND SO WE CONTINUE TO CORRECT THAT AND ULTIMATELY, AS YOUR SUPERINTENDENT, I WANT TO BRING TO YOU A SLIDE THAT SHOWS OUR REVENUE EXCEEDS OUR EXPENSES. THAT'S THE PERFECT SCENARIO TO BRING TO EVERY SINGLE BOARD, AND THAT'S WHAT MY PLAN IS TO DO AS YOUR SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. FIRST, THANK YOU, GRETCHEN, FOR PUTTING THAT INFORMATION TOGETHER. AND I KNOW A LOT OF THE BOARD MEMBERS HAVE BEEN ASKING YOU ABOUT MAKING IT CLEARER, AND EASIER TO UNDERSTAND HOW MONEY IS BEING MOVED AND SAVED AND HOW ITS AFFECTING THE BOTTOM LINE OF OUR FUND BALANCE. I WANT TO CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO BE AS TRANSPARENT AS POSSIBLE IN THIS PROCESS, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW, THERE IS SO MUCH INFORMATION THAT'S GETTING OUT TO THE PUBLIC THAT IS NEGATIVE. THE COMMON SCENE EVEN HEARD IT HERE THIS EVENING IS, I KNOW WE HAVE IN NO MONEY, I KNOW WE HAVE NO MONEY. THAT SHOULD NOT BE OUR THEME. THAT SHOULD NOT BE WHAT PEOPLE TAKE AND RUN WITH AND UNDERSTAND AND THE PERCEPTION. BUT THAT'S WHAT'S OUT THERE RIGHT NOW. THAT'S WHAT'S OUT THERE. AND SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE US TO CONTINUE TO BE TRANSPARENT, BUT ALSO PUT TOGETHER SOME TYPE OF REALLY COMPREHENSIVE COMMUNICATION PLAN FOR THE ACTION THAT'S GOING TO BE REQUIRED AS WE ARE SAVING THESE DOLLARS AND MAKING THESE DECISIONS, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW THERE'S A DISCONNECT BETWEEN WHAT YOU HAVE DONE, WHICH IS GREAT, AND WHAT'S HAPPENING OUT IN THE TRENCHES, IF YOU WILL. YOU KNOW, HANSEN IS AS HANSEN DOES. SO WHATEVER WE CAN DO -- AND WE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE, WHETHER IT IS GETTING IDEAS FROM FACULTY AND TEACHERS AND PARENTS WITH US WAYS THAT WE CAN REDUCE SOME EXPENDITURES HERE AND THERE AND HERE AND THERE, ALL THE SMALL DIFFERENT WAYS THAT COULD ADD UP OVER TIME, INSTEAD OF SOME OF THE LARGER CUTS THAT YOU REALLY HAVE TO MAKE, YOU KNOW, AT 30,000 FEET. IT'S BETTER TO MAKE SMALLER ADJUSTMENTS ACROSS THE BOARD THAN MAKE SOME OF THE BIG ONES ON THE TOP. AND I THINK UP WITH OF THE WAYS TO DO THAT -- AND THIS WAS ALSO MENTIONED EARLIER -- WAS TO CHANGE THE BOARD MEETING TIMES. I'M A SUPPORTER OF THAT, BECAUSE I HAVE TO LEAVE MY JOB EARLY TO GET HERE, TOO. SO I'M HAPPY TO HAVE A 5:30 BOARD MEETING SO THAT I DON'T HAVE TO LEAVE MY JOB EARLY TO GET HERE AND THAT OTHER PEOPLE HAVE TIME TO GET HERE AND SAY WHAT THEY WANT TO SAY AND GIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS AND PARENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO COME AND SHARE THEIR CONCERNS AND SHARE THEIR IDEAS. THE ONLY WAY WE ARE GOING TO STOP SOME OF THE BAD PUBLICITY IS TO OVERCOME IT WITH GOOD INFORMATION AND ACCURATE INFORMATION AND POSITIVE INFORMATION. AND IF WE ARE NOT GETTING THE PEOPLE AT OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS TO DO THAT AND IF WE ARE NOT PUSHING OUT ALL THAT GOOD INFORMATION, I MEAN, AND FOR EVERY ONE PIECE OF NEGATIVE INFORMATION YOU NEED TEN PIECES OF POSITIVE INFORMATION TO MAKE UP FOR THAT. AND WHAT I AM HEARING OUT THERE ARE IS THAT THE MORALE IS LOW RIGHT NOW. THE ONLY WAY TO OVERCOME THAT IS TO REALLY OVERCOMMUNICATE THE POSITIVE INFORMATION, BE MORE TRANSPARENT AS POSSIBLE, MORE TRANSPARENCY THAT WE HAVE, THE MORE TRUST THAT PEOPLE HAVE IN THE DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW IT IS NOT THERE. IT IS NOT THERE. AND WE HAVE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. AND I THINK IT'S GREAT WHAT WE HAVE DONE. NOW WE JUST HAVE TO WORK ON THE IMPLEMENT IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS AND MAKING SURE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT WE ARE DOING IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF STUDENTS, AND THE MORE TRANSPARENT WE CAN BE THE MORE TRUST WE CAN CAUGHT CULTIVATE AND PEOPLE WILL FEEL BETTER ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON AND FEEL LIKE THEY ARE PART OF IT. THEY ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION. I SAID THAT THE LAST BOARD MEETING. PEOPLE NEED TO FEEL LIKE THEY ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION AND NOT THAT SOMETHING IS HAPPENING TO THEM AND HAVING TO REACT TO THAT. LET'S BE PROACTIVE ABOUT IT, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, SO THAT PEOPLE CAN UNDERSTAND. THE LADY THAT SPOKE EARLIER FROM PLANT CITY, MRS. MURPHY, SHE SAID SHE DIDN'T UNDERSTAND THE CRITERIA OR RATIONALE BEHIND THE EMPLOYEES' CUT. THAT'S A BIG PROBLEM RIGHT THERE. AND IF SHE'S NOT PUTTING 2 AND 2 TOGETHER, THEN I GUARANTEE YOU, SHE AND OTHER EMPLOYEES ARE NOT PUTTING 2 AND 2 TOGETHER. THE MESSAGE IS NOT GETTING OUT THERE. THE RATIONALE IS NOT GETTING OUT THERE. THE POSITIVE MESSAGE AS TO WHY WE ARE DOING THE THINGS WE ARE DOING IS NOT GETTING OUT THERE. WE HAVE GOT TO GET GOOD INFORMATION OUT TO THE FACULTY, TO THE STAFF, TO THE STUDENTS, TO THE PARENTS. AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHATEVER COMMUNICATION PLAN THAT WE HAVE FOR DOING THAT. WE NEED TO HAVE DONE IT YESTERDAY. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES.  

>>Susan Valdes: I WOULD LIKE TO JUST MAKE A NOTE THAT AGAIN, FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FIVE YEARS, FIRST TIME IN FIVE YEARS, THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PUT $52,000 IN THE FUND BALANCE. THAT IS SOMETHING TO BE CELEBRATEDED. AND WE ACTUALLY SAW IT HAPPEN. IT WAS NO FUNNY CONFUSION ABOUT WHAT FUND AND WHERE IT'S COMING FROM. SO LET'S TALK ABOUT TRANSPARENCY. I THINK -- AND I FEEL -- THAT MR. EAKINSS, DR. VAZQUEZ, AND TEEG, YOU ALL HAVE REALLY WORKED EXTREMELY HARD TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE AS MUCH INFORMATION THAT ANYONE OUT THERE REALLY CARES TO READ. AND YOU ALL NEED TO BE COMMENDED FOR THAT. WE HAVE IMPROVED TREMENDOUSLY IN THIS AREA. THIS IS A VERY BIG DISTRICT. CHANGE DOES NOT HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. AS WE ARE DISCOVERING, STILL THINGS ARE BEING DISCOVERED, EVEN AS WE ARE WORKING THROUGH THESE OBSTACLES, AND THESE BUDGETARY TIMES. WE HAVE TO BE COGNIZANT OF THAT. AND THAT WE ARE WORKING THROUGH THESE AS WE FIND OUT ABOUT THEM, BECAUSE THIS BOARD KNOWS VERY WELL THAT FOR A LONG TIME OUR QUESTIONS WERE NOT BEING ANSWERED, INFORMATION BEING REQUESTED WAS NOT PROVIDED, AND LET'S RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT IT IS CHANGING, AND IT HAS CHANGED. AND WE REALLY NEED TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF THE SUPERINTENDENT, CHIEF OF STAFF, AND HIS STAFF IS DOING, BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE HAVE AN ADULT PROBLEM IN THIS DISTRICT. IT'S NOT THE KID PROBLEM. AND I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT BEING STUDENT CENTERED. LAST YEAR, WE FLIPPED THAT PYRAMID UPSIDE DOWN AND PUT THE STUDENT FIRST, TOP OF THE PYRAMID. IT'S A CHALLENGE WHEN FOR A LONG TIME WE WENT AWAY FROM THAT AND LOST FOCUS OF WHAT WE WERE CHARGED TO DO. BUT I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE IN A DIFFERENT PLACE. AND THESE CHALLENGES ARE GOING TO BE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT. BUT, QUITE FRANKLY, IF WE DO NOT ALLOW THE SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS STAFF TO GO DEEP DOWN INTO THESE ISSUES AND LET THEM FIGURE OUT WHAT WE NEED TO DO, IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT THAT WE ALLOW THEM TO DO THAT. LIKE WE TALKED ABOUT IN OUR FIRST RETREAT LAST YEAR DURING THOSE FIRST THREE WEEKS, THREE SESSIONS THAT WE HAD, WE CAME UP WITH A SET OF KNOWNS, AND FROM THAT TIME ON, I HAVE ALWAYS THOUGHT AND FOLLOWED THE VERY FIRST ONE THAT WE TALK ABOUT, AND IT'S TO ASSUME THAT THESE DECISIONS ARE DONE WITH BEST INTENTIONS. SO CONTINUE TO BE COURAGEOUS. CONTINUE TO CHALLENGE. AND CONTINUE TO HAVE THOSE COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS SO THAT WE CAN FINALLY MOVE THE NEEDLE FORWARD ON BEHALF OF OUR STUDENTS. AND I CAN'T EXPRESS THAT ENOUGH. MEMBER SNIVELY, THIS BOARD HAS HAD BOARD MEETINGS BEGINNING AT 6:00, BEGINNING AT 5:30, BEGINNINGALITY 9:00 IN THE MORNING, 7:30 IN THE EVENING, FLIP-FLOP TUESDAYS, ONE DAY 9:00 2349 MORNING, ANOTHER DAY 6:00 IN THE AFTERNOON, AND YOU KNOW WHAT? NOBODY SHOWS UP. IF FOLKS FOLKS ARE REALLY THAT DESPERATE TO COME AND TALK TO US, THEY'LL MAKE A WAY OF COMING. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE REALIZE THAT WE HAVE TRIED ALL OF THESE THINGS I'M WILLING TO DO IT AGAIN. I DON'T HAVE NO PROBLEM. BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IF AND WHEN WE CHANGE TIMES OF THESE BOARD MEETINGS, AND STAFF IS HERE TILL 1:00, 2:00 IN THE MORNING, THEN WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT FLEXTIME, OR, IF NOT, HERE WE GO AGAIN WITH OVERTIME. SO THINK ABOUT IT. THESE ARE ISSUES THAT ARE COMPLEX. AND WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THINGS SO KEENLY SO OF THAT WE DO NOT MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES. SO THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. AGAIN CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU GUYS, BECAUSE I KNOW IT'S BEEN TOUGH. AND HARD DECISIONS HAVE TO BE MADE. AND IT'S A CHALLENGE. AND I GET THERE. I GET IT. BUT CONGRATULATIONS. BECAUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FIVE YEARS, YOU HAVE MANAGED TO BE ABLE TO PUT $52,000 AND SOME CHANGE IN THE FUND BALANCE. AND AGAIN THAT'S SOMETHING THAT NEEDS TO BE CELEBRATED. SO GOOD JOB. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND I APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION BOTH FROM MRS. SAUNDERS AND FROM SUPERINTENDENT. AND I AGREE WITH MRS. SNIVELY. WE HAVE SOME SERIOUS WORK TO DO ON THE PRESENTATION OF OUR COMMUNICATION TO NOT JUST OUR EMPLOYEES BUT TO OUR STAKEHOLDERS, TO THE PRESS. IT'S IMPORTANT AS WE MAKE THESE CHANGES, AND ALL OF US SITTING UP HERE, ALL OF IN THIS ROOM KNOW THIS IS JUST THE VERY BEGINNING OF THE HARD DECISIONS THAT ARE GOING TO HAVE TO COME. AND SO I FEEL LIKE IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT WE HAVE A VERY, VERY STRONG COMMUNICATION PLAN THAT ANSWER AS LOT OF THE QUESTIONS THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS ABOUT HOW THINGS ARE BEING COMMUNICATED, THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT HAVING KNEE JERK REACTIONS TO COMMUNICATIONS THAT COME OUT OF THIS OFFICE, THAT THEY PICK UP THE PHONE AND MAKE A PHONE CALL IF THEY HAVE A QUESTION INSTEAD OF JUST DELIBERATELY DOING SOMETHING THAT AT THE END OF THE DAY WILL AFFECT STUDENTS. SO I KNOW A LOT OF THAT HAPPENED OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS AND IT'S VERY FRUSTRATING TO GET THOSE PHONE CALLS WHEN PEOPLE DO NOT TAKE THE TIME OR THE ATTENTION OR THE INITIATIVE TO MAKE A PHONE CALL, OR TO THINK MORE THAN ABOUT THE NEXT 24 HOURS. SO WE NEED STAFF, SENIOR STAFF, ESPECIALLY, THINKING ABOUT THE OPTICS OF THE PRESENTATION OF EVEN BOARD AGENDA ITEMS THAT COME BEFORE US BEFORE THEY COME, BECAUSE AS SOON AS IT HITS THIS COMPUTER AND THE INTERNET, THE PHONE IS RINGING. AND ESPECIALLY IF THOSE ARE THINGS THAT CONTRADICT WHAT WE ARE SAYING UP HERE, AND OUR MESSAGE, WE GET THOSE PHONE CALLS, AND WE HAVE TO DEFEND WHAT WE ARE DOING. AND THAT'S A VERY DIFFICULT POSITION TO BE IN KNOWING THAT WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL OF EVERYTHING THAT STAFF DOES, NOR SHOULD WE BE. BUT I THINK THAT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE CONVERSATIONS ARE HAPPENING AND BE ASSURED THAT STAFF IS THINKING ABOUT IF I PUT THIS OUT THERE, HOW IS IT GOING TO BE PERCEIVED? AND IF YOU ARE NOT CLEAR, ASK SOMEONE, BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE OPTICS RIGHT NOW ARE NO NOT IN OUR FAVOR.  SO WE ARE CONSTANTLY ON THE DEFENSE WITH SOME OF THIS STUFF. AND IT'S NOT A FUN PLACE TO BE. AND I'M NOT AGAIN SNAKING THE HARD DECISIONS. I DON'T THINK ANY OF US ARE. WE HAVE HAD TO MAKE REALLY TOUGH DECISIONS. AGAIN THIS IS PHASE ONE. PHASE TWO IS GOING TO BE A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT AND THE DECISIONS ARE GOING TO BE TOUGHER. THESE AFFECT PEOPLE'S LIVES AND AFFECT STUDENTS AT THE END OF THE DAY. BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR COMMUNICATIONS ARE IN LINE BOTH WITH WHAT WE ARE SAYING AND WHAT'S BEING SAID IN THE COMMUNITY. SO I WOULD EXPECT THAT WE ARE GOING TO WORK DILIGENTLY ON SOME OF THAT. I KNOW YOU HAVE SHARED WITH ME SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU ARE PLANNING. SO I HOPE THAT THE REST OF THE BOARD IS HEARING THAT AS WELL. THANKS.  

>> MR. EAKINSS, WOULD YOU MIND IF I CALLED ON MRS. EDGECOMB? MRS. EDGECOMB.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: IF I LISTEN CAREFULLY TO ALMOST EVERY CONVERSATION OR COMMENT THAT HAS BEEN MADE TODAY AND IN THE PAST, THE WORD "COMMUNICATION" CONTINUES TO RISE TO THE TOP. AND I KNOW ALL OF US KNOW HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS, AND ON THE OTHER HAND HOW DIFFICULT IT CAN BE. SOMETIMES THE T BEST INTENTIONS ARE TO GET SOMETHING OUT, AND YOU PUT IT OUT, AND IT'S PERCEIVED AND UNDERSTOOD OR MISUNDERSTOOD NO VARIETY OF WAYS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I -- IN A VARIETY OF WAYS. ONE OF THE THINGS I HOPE WE WILL NOT REACT TO IS THAT WHEN QUESTIONS ARE ASKED EITHER BY THE PUBLIC, FROM MYSELF AS A BOARD MEMBER, OR ANY BOARD MEMBER, THAT THAT IS PERCEIVED AS BEING CHALLENGING TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS STAFF. IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY AS A BOARD MEMBER TO BE AS INFORMED AS I CAN, SO THAT I CAN ANSWER TO MY CONSTITUENTS, SO THAT I CAN BETTER TELL THE STORY, THAT I CAN SUPPORT THE IDEAS, OR EVEN TO GIVE SUGGESTIONS ABOUT IT. AND SO THE WORK HAS BEEN HARD FOR EVERYBODY, EXECUTIVE BOARD AND STAFF. I ADMIRE THAT. I UNDERSTAND THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO. BUT WHEN I ASK QUESTIONS, DELVING FOR INFORMATION, I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S THAT CAN BE UNDERSTOOD THAT I -- IT'S MY OBLIGATION, MY EXPECTATION THAT OTHERS HAVE OF ME THIS DISTRICT HAS HAD A LONG, LONG HISTORY OF BEING STUDENT CENTRIC. I DON'T THINK THAT IS GOING TO CHANGE. MAYBE THE WAY WE HAVE COMMUNICATED IT MAY HAVE LOOKED DIFFERENTLY. IF THERE'S ANY ONE THING THAT I CAN SAY ABOUT MY 12 YEARS ON THIS BOARD, AND MY LONGEVITY AS AN EMPLOYEE OF THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT, IT HAS BEEN ABOUT KIDS. THAT HASN'T CHANGED. HOW WE DO THINGS MAY HAVE CHANGED. MAYBE PLANS WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE MAY HAVE CHANGED. MAYBE THE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT HOW TO GET AT THESE ANSWERS AND COME AT BEST SOLUTIONS HAVE CHANGED, BUT THIS IS NOT A NEW PHENOMENON. AT THE CENTER OF ALL REVIEW AND TALK ABOUT IS ABOUT KIDS. AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S GOING TO EVER CHANGE, BECAUSE THAT'S WHY WE EXIST. AND IF THAT DOESN'T MATTER TO US, THEN WE ARE IN THE WRONG BUSINESS. AND OUT OF ALL OF THAT, MY TWO POINTS ARE, MY ASKING QUESTIONS IS NO CRITICISM ABOUT THE WORK THAT'S BEING DONE, AND SECONDLY, THAT WE STAY FOCUSED ON WHAT'S GOOD FOR KIDS, WE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS.  

>>April Griffin: MR. EAKINS?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: MRS. EDGECOMB, YOUR QUESTIONS ARE ALWAYS APPRECIATED BECAUSE THEY ALWAYS GET AT THE ISSUES THAT WE ARE FACING, SO JUST SO YOU KNOW, I APPRECIATE -- I DON'T SEE THEM AS CHALLENGES BECAUSE I HAVE TO BE THINKING THROUGH ALL OF THOSE THINGS THAT YOU ARE ASKING THE QUESTIONS ABOUT. SO I APPRECIATE THAT. I JUST WANTED TO KIND OF LET THE BOARD KNOW A LITTLE MORE ABOUT, BECAUSE COMMUNICATION OBVIOUSLY IS A KEY. AND I WANT TO JUST TALK A FEW MINUTES ABOUT THAT BECAUSE THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM, MYSELF, DR. VAZQUEZ, HAS TALKED A LOT ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE. OBVIOUSLY, ERASES CHANGES, COMMUNICATIONS TOOLS CHANGE, AND OBVIOUSLY WE ARE DOING THAT, BUT IN THIS PARTICULAR MOMENT IT'S CRITICAL FOR PEOPLE TO HAVE SEE THE SUPERINTENDENT'S FACE, VOICE, HEAR HIS VOICE AROUND THESE ISSUES. AND SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE WORKING ON WITH THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS NO MISINTERPRETATION OF THE MESSAGE, IS TO GET A CLEAR MESSAGE TO OUR STAKEHOLDERS ON A CONTINUAL BASIS AROUND WHAT THE ISSUES TRULY ARE. AND SO IF THERE'S ANY KIND OF PEOPLE QUESTIONING IT, I'M JUST GOING TO SAY PRESS PLAY, AND HEAR IT AGAIN, BECAUSE THESE ARE THE ISSUES THAT WE ARE FACING, HERE IS HOW WE ARE DOING IT. IT WILL BE ABOUT KIDS. THEY WILL BE AT THE CENTER OF ALL OF OUR DECISIONS AND IT'S JUST REMINDING THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT GO THROUGH THESE CHALLENGES THAT, YES, YOU ARE RIGHT, MRS. EDGECOMB, WE DEALT WITH THE ISSUES AND HABILITATION, MAYBE NOT EXACTLY LIKE THIS BEFORE, BUT IN SIMILAR CONTEXTS WE HAD ISSUES. AND THAT'S REALLY TO BE MY OTHER POINT. TOMORROW MORNING ONE OF MY FAVORITE DAYS IS TO GO MEET WITH ALL OUR PRINCIPALS, OUR LEADERS IN THIS DISTRICT. BECAUSE I CAN REMEMBER AS A PRINCIPAL IN 2001 WHEN 9/11 AND THE AFTERMATH OF 9/11, NOT THE PROPERTY VALUES BUT THE SALES TAX REVENUE, TOURIST TAX REVENUE IN THE STATE JUST PLUMMETED. AND I CAN REMEMBER DR. LENNARD COMING OVER TO THE MEETING AND GIVING THE DOOM AND GLOOM BEFORE HERE IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO BE A SHORTFALL THIS YEAR, AND SO IT WAS REALLY ALL ABOUT HOW WE AS LEADERS OF OUR BUILDINGS HEARD THAT MESSAGE AND MADE SURE WE WERE CLEAR WITH THE MESSAGE BACK TO OUR STAFF. AND I WILL SAY THIS AS A SUPERINTENDENT AND I WILL SAY IT TOMORROW, YOU KNOW. MORALE IS AN ISSUE IN LOTS OF ORGANIZATIONS, AND WHEN THESE KIND OF ISSUES AND THIS NOISE POPS UP, THAT ARE REALLY ISSUES, YOU KNOW. GREAT LEADERSHIP SILENCES LOW MORALE. GOOD LEADERSHIP. SO YOU CAN HAVE THE TOUGHEST TIMES. AND WE WENT THROUGH SOME TOUGH TIMES AFTER 9/11 WITH THE BUDGETS AND ALL THE DIFFERENT CHALLENGES. BUT I GUARANTEE YOU LATHE GREAT LEADERS IN SCHOOLS, THE TEACHERS, THE PARENTS, THE STUDENTS, SUPPORT EMPLOYEES, NEVER KNEW THERE WERE ISSUES LIKE THAT EXISTING. AND SO THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK WE ARE GOING TO IMPLORE OUR LEADERS ACROSS THIS DISTRICT AND BE PART OF THAT COMMUNICATION KIND OF MOUTHPIECE, IS WE HAVE TO BRING GREAT CLARITY AND CONSISTENCY AT ALL LEVELS IN LEADERSHIP ACROSS THE DISTRICT ON THESE ISSUES. SO WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT, PROVIDE THEM SOME TOOLS AROUND THAT. THAT IS REALLY ABOUT HOW WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT THE MESSAGE IS NOT EVER MISINTERPRETED BECAUSE I REMEMBER THAT WE COULD HAVE VERY EASILY TURNED INTO A THEY-US KIND OF ORGANIZATION BACK IN THOSE TIMES. IT'S NOT ABOUT -- IT'S ALL ABOUT WE. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER AND IT IS ABOUT OUR STUDENTS. SO THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. IN ALL DUE RESPECT, I DON'T WANT THIS TO BE PERCEIVED IN THE WRONG WAY, BUT DON'T FOOL YOURSELF INTO THINKING THAT WE HAVE THE SAME PSYCH IN THIS NATION THAT WE HAD DURING 9/11 OR AFTER 9/11. THIS COUNTRY COALESCED AFTER SEPTEMBER 11th. WE ARE MORE DIVIDED NOW AS A NATION THAN WE HAVE EVER BEEN. AND WE CAN SEE THAT AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL. SO ALL I'M SAYING IS I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU KNOW THAT MESSAGING, AND AS A PRINCIPAL YOU EXPERIENCE THAT, AND YOU KNOW HOW THAT WENT, BUT IT WAS A MUCH MORE COLLABORATIVE TIMING IN THIS NATION, BECAUSE WE DID COALESCE. ALL OF US AT THAT TIME. SO TO COMPARE THIS TO THEN MIGHT BE --  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I WAS JUST TALKING ABOUT THE REVENUE ISSUES.  

>>April Griffin: I HEAR YOU. BUT AGAIN WE WERE MUCH MORE WILLING TO ACCEPT CERTAIN THINGS AS A PEOPLE IN THAT TIME. SO I'M JUST CAUTIONING YOU WHERE THAT IS REGARDED. WE HAVE BEEN IN THE DISCOVERY STAGE FOR THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF. WE HAVE BEEN DIGGING AND INVESTIGATING AND QUESTIONING AND LOOKING VERY DEEPLY INTO OUR FINANCES IN THIS DISTRICT, SO WE HAVE DEFINITELY BEEN IN THE DISCOVERY AGE. OR IN THE DISCOVERY STAGE. I KNEW THERE WERE PROBLEMS. WE KNEW THERE WERE PROBLEMS. WE COULDN'T QUITE PUT OUR FINGER ON WHAT THEY WERE, BUT WE KNEW THAT THERE WERE PROBLEMS. I WISH, YOU KNOW, HINDSIGHT IS 20-20 BUT HAD WE GOTTEN THE INTERNAL AUDITOR FOUR YEARS AGO, MAYBE WE WOULD BE AHEAD OF THIS CURVE NOW. BUT WE DIDN'T, SO HERE WE ARE. THE COMMUNICATION MUST BE PROACTIVE. IT'S GOT TO BE PROACTIVE. WE HAVE BEEN PIECEMEALING WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING, AND I THINK OCTOBER 11th IS GOING TO BE A BIG PART OF THAT COMMUNICATION. AND AS PHASE 2 AND 3 OF THE GIBSON REPORT COME OUT, I HOPE THAT WE'LL GET AHEAD OF THAT WITH THE SAME TYPE OF COMMUNICATION. BUT WHAT TO EXPECT ON OCTOBER 11th WITH THE WORKSHOP THAT WE HAVE COMING, WITH THE GIBSON REPORT, IS THAT WE ARE GOING TO HEAR THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE HAVE IMPLEMENTED, WHY AND NOW WE IMPLEMENTED THEM, THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE ARE GOING TO IMPLEMENT, THE HOW AND WHY WE ARE GOING TO IMPLEMENT THEM, AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WERE MADE THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO IMPLEMENT AND WHY. AND THEN THAT CAN START A DISCUSSION. BUT I THINK THAT THE PUBLIC, ONCE EVERYONE KNOWS WHAT THE SITUATION IS THAT WE ARE DEALING WITH, AND WHAT WE NEED TO DO, HEARS THAT WE CAN GET INPUT FROM THE COMMUNITY, TOO, AND I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT AS WE DISCUSS THE VERY IMPORTANT DECISIONS THAT WE NEED TO MAKE. I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE SOME SORT OF AVENUE FOR OUR EMPLOYEES TO GIVE INPUT AND OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO GIVE INPUT INTO THAT -- INTO THAT PROCESS. BECAUSE AGAIN THOSE ARE GOING TO BE THE TOUGH DECISIONS. AND I WILL TELL YOU -- AND YOU HAVE HEARD ME SAY THIS BEFORE -- I AM ABSOLUTELY HEARTBROKEN RIGHT NOW THAT ALL OF THE THINGS OF THAT WE TALKED ABOUT IN SUPPORTING STUDENT LEARNING AND ALL OF THE THINGS OF THAT WE TALKED ABOUT PUTTING IN PLACE TO SUPPORT THE WHOLE CHILD, WE ARE HAVING TO DELAY. THAT IS REALLY VERY FRUSTRATING FOR ME. WE HAD A SCHOOL COUNSELOR SPEAK TO US. AND THIS BOARD HAS SAID, WE WANT THOSE RATIOS TO BE WHERE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE IS. WE KNOW THAT WE ARE BELOW THAT NATIONAL AVERAGE ON THOSE STUDENT TO COUNSELOR RATIOS.  WE WANT THEM TO BE WHAT THE NATIONAL AVERAGE SAYS IT SHOULD BE IN BEST PRACTICES. THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF DECISIONS THAT WE WANT TO MAKE. THOSE THINGS ARE THE THINGS WE WANT TO DO. BUT I DO COMMEND YOU AS WELL. IT SEEMS LIKE PEYYYS IN THE OVERALL SCHEME BUT IT'S A RIGHT STEP IN THAT DIRECTION. WE DEFINITELY HAVE TO HAVE SOME TOUGH CONVERSATIONS MOVING FORWARD, THOUGH. AND WE KNOW THAT. THE SOONER WE CAN START HAVING THOSE, THE BETTER. RIGHT NOW WE ARE IN NEGOTIATIONS SO THIS BOARD IS VERY LIMITED IN WHAT WE CAN SAY, BECAUSE OF NEGOTIATIONS. AND THAT, AGAIN, IS CONTRIBUTING TO OUR FRUSTRATION WITH THIS PROCESS, BECAUSE, AGAIN, WE CAN'T SPEAK UP HERE IN REFERENCE TO THAT. BUT THANK YOU FOR THIS PRESENTATION. WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO. AND I THINK THAT THIS BOARD KNOWS THE TOUGH DECISIONS AS MRS. KURDELL SAID EARLIER, THE TOUGH DECISIONS ARE COMING. WE DO HAVE TO COMMUNICATE AND ASK FOR HELP. IN DOING SO, WE HAVE GOT TO FIGURE OUT WAYS, WHAT WE SAID YEARLY REALLY STRUCK ME ABOUT -- REALLY STRUCK ME ABOUT OUR TEACHERS FEELING INVISIBLE. WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO CHANGE THAT. AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT IS. BUT WE HAVE GOT TO FIGURE OUT A WAY, MAYBE GET SOME SUGGESTIONS FROM OUR TEACHERS ON HOW TO DO THAT, AND OUR EMPLOYEES, BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF SUPPORT EMPLOYEES, TOO. SO THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE NOW ONTO 13.06 WHICH IS THE UNIVERSAL BATHROOM. AND MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I WILL TURN THE FLOOR OVER TO YOU.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN.  THIS IS IN RESPONSE TO MRS. HARRIS' Q REQUEST AT THE LAST BOARD TO BRING INFORMATION OH ON WHERE WE ARE AT NOW WITH T IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR BATHROOM PROCEDURES IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. OBVIOUSLY, JUST IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE, THE DECREE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT CAME LAST SPRING, AND SO WE OF COURSE AT THAT POINT IN TIME KNEW THERE WAS GOING TO BE FURTHER GUIDANCE COMING ON IMPLEMENTATION OF ANYTHING WITH REGARD TO THAT DECREE. IN THE MEANTIME, WE AS A DISTRICT HAD OUR OWN TITLE 9 TRAINING FOR ALL OF OUR LEADERS ACROSS THIS DISTRICT. AND I WANT TO BRING A LITTLE CLARITY TO SOME OF THE SPEAKERS COMMENTS THAT COME UP HERE IN OUR MEETING, BECAUSE SOMETIMES THERE'S COMMENTS THAT, WELL, THIS PRINCIPAL SAID OR THIS TEACHER SAID, I DON'T KNOW, I HAVEN'T HEARD ANY OF THOSE PARTICULAR COMMENTS FROM THE SPEAKER. BUT IT WAS VERY CLEAR IN THE TRAINING THAT PARTICULAR DAY.  THIS IS ABOUT ALL KIDS PROTECTING ALL KIDS, THE SAFETY OF ALL STUDENTS, AND IT WASN'T JUST A TRAINING, ABOUT TRANSGENDER STUDENTS, BUT CERTAINLY IT WAS A CONVERSATION IN A TRAINING THAT WANTED TO KNOW WHAT CAN WE DO IN OUR DISTRICT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PROTECT ALL CHILDREN? SO IN THAT PARTICULAR TRAINING, WE TALKED TO OUR PRINCIPALS ABOUT THE IDENTIFICATION OF A UNIVERSAL BATHROOM FACILITY OR FACILITIES IN EACH ONE OF THEIR SCHOOLS. JUST SO YOU KNOW THE CURRENT PROCEDURES IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE ANY BOY OR GIRL WHO DOESN'T FEEL COMFORTABLE UTILIZING THEIR BATHROOM, THE UNIVERSAL BATHROOM IS THEIR OPTION. IN MANY SCHOOLS THERE ARE MULTIPLE OPTIONS FOR THEM TO USE A UNIVERSAL BATHROOM. THOSE BATHROOMS WILL HAVE SIGNAGE TO DESIGNATE THEM. NOW, SINCE THAT PARTICULAR TRAINING AND KNOWING THAT THAT'S WHAT OUR PROCEDURES ARE CURRENTLY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF QUESTIONS WITH REGARDS TO SOME COURT CASES OUT THERE, AND I KNOW I HAVE HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR ATTORNEY, MR. PORTER, AROUND WHAT DO WE DO? AND SO REALLY, RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE PAUSED ANY FURTHER GUIDANCE TO OUR SCHOOLS OTHER THAN THE GUIDANCE THAT I JUST SPOKE TO YOU ABOUT, BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT THE SUPREME COURT IS GOING TO RULE AT SOME POINT ON THOSE PARTICULAR CASES THAT ARE OUT THERE. ONCE THOSE CASES ARE RULED UPON, THEN WE'LL HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE DIRECTION TO GO MOVING FORWARD. SO THAT'S REALLY KIND OF OUR CURRENT STATUS. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A UNIVERSAL BATHROOM OPTION AVAILABLE FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND THIS IS NOT JUST FOR TRANSGENDER STUDENTS. WE HAVE STUDENTS WHO MIGHT NOT FEEL SAFE, COMFORTABLE, UTILIZING A BOYS BATHROOM OR GIRLS BATHROOM SO THEY UTILIZE THAT UNIVERSAL BATHROOM AS WELL. BUT FOR NOW WE ARE AWAITING ANY SUPREME COURT DECISIONS BASED ON THE WINCHESTER COUNTY SCHOOL CASE, I BELIEVE THAT WAS THE INITIAL ONE THAT THEY BASICALLY RULED IN FAVOR OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT DURING THAT PARTICULAR, AND THEY WERE AWAITING THE SUPREME COURT'S RULING. SO THAT'S KIND WHEREOF WE ARE AT. I JUST WANT TO PROVIDE THE UPDATE.  

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU FOR THAT UPDATE AND INFORMATION. I JUST WANT TO KIND OF TOUCH ON A COUPLE OF THINGS, AS A PARENT OF FOUR CHILDREN IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM THAT ATTEND FOUR DIFFERENT SCHOOLS. I JUST HAVE BE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT THE CLARITY OF SOME OF THE CURRENT PROCEDURES. AND THERE STILL SEEMS TO BE SOME CONFUSION ABOUT WHAT THOSE PROCEDURES ARE AT SCHOOLS. AND I WAS RECENTLY MADE AWARE OF A COUPLE OF SITUATIONS BY PARENTS AND TEACHERS THAT, FOR EXAMPLE, THERE WAS ONE SCHOOL WHERE A PRINCIPAL TOLD TEACHERS THAT BOYS WERE ALLOWED TO BE IN THE GIRLS' ROOM. ONE WHERE TEACHERS WERE TOLD THAT THE STUDENT ASKED TO USE THE OTHER RESTROOM. THE TEACHERS WEREN'T TO INFORM THE PARENTS. ONE WHERE TEACHERS WERE TOLD ELEMENTARY STUDENTS WERE NOT TO BE LINED UP BY SEX AFTER LUNCH. AND IN ORDER TO GO INTO THE PROPER RESTROOM. SO IT SEEMS THAT IT'S PRETTY CLEAR IN SPITE OF OUR BEST EFFORTS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO MAKE BATHROOM, YOU KNOW, THE PROCEDURE CLEAR. THERE'S STILL A LOT OF CONFUSION OUT THERE AMONGST TEACHERS AND PARENTS AND STUDENTS. AND SO I THINK IT'S PROBABLY IN OUR BEST INTEREST TO MAYBE TAKE THAT PROCEDURE AND TURN IT INTO A SCHOOL POLICY. WE HEARD FROM A LOT OF FOLKS OVER THE LAST SEVERAL WEEKS ABOUT MAKING THAT PROCEDURE A POLICY TO CLARIFY WHAT THE PROCEDURE IS, AND IF WE CAN BUTT THAT INTO A BOARD POLICY THAT'S CRYSTAL CLEAR, I THINK IT WILL BE COMMUNICATED CLEARER TO PARENTS AND GO FURTHER IN PROTECTING THE PRIVACY RIGHTS AND SAFETY FOR ALL OF THE STUDENTS INVOLVED. AND I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION, IF I COULD, TO CREATE A POLICY WHICH SUPPORTS THE CURRENT PROCEDURE.  

>>April Griffin: LET ME FIND OUT. THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. IS THERE A SECOND? AND I THINK THAT THE CLARIFICATION, THIS MIGHT HAVE TO BE PULLED BECAUSE MR. PORTER? THERE IS A SECOND ON THE FLOOR NOW SO WE ARE IN DISCUSSION.  

>>Jim Porter: YOU DO THAT TWICE A YEAR IN CONTINUOUS CYCLES. AND.  

>> CAN YOU PULL THE MICROPHONE UP? THERE YOU GO.  

>>Jim Porter: THE BOARD HAS ESTABLISHED A PROCESS FOR ADOPTING POLICIES. YOU DO IT TWICE A YEAR ON AB CONTINUAL BASIS. THESE TYPICALLY START IN JANUARY WITH PROPOSED POLICIES. STAFF MAY PROPOSE POLICIES. BOARD MEMBERS MAY PROPOSE POLICIES. IT GOES THROUGH A RIGOROUS VETTING PROCESS. IS IT LEGAL? IS IT APPROPRIATE? WHAT'S THE FINANCIAL IMPACT? YOU TYPICALLY VOTE ON THOSE POLICIES IN JUNE. AND YOU START UP AGAIN IN JULY WITH ANOTHER VOTING IN DECEMBER. ANY BOARD MEMBER CAN INTRODUCE A POLICY IN A NEW CYCLE. THERE ARE TWO ISSUES THAT I HAVE WITH MRS. SNIVELY'S MOTION TODAY. FIRST AND FOREMOST LEGALLY IT'S NOT ON THE AGENDA FOR A VOTE. FLORIDA LAW CHANGED IN 2013, YOU WILL REMEMBER, BOARD MEMBERS, THAT REQUIRES NOTICE FOR ITEMS TO BE VOTED ON. THERE'S AN INFORMATION ITEM ABOUT UNIVERSAL BATHROOMS BUT YOU ARE PROPOSING A POLICY THAT GOES FAR BEYOND THAT. AND I THINK THERE'S A LEGAL ISSUE OF YOU CONSIDERING SOMETHING THAT'S NOT OF AN EMERGENCY NATURE OR A SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCE ON AN OFF-AGENDA-ITEM AND THERE'S NO NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC. YOU WILL RECALL THAT THIS ISSUE HAS INVITED A LOT OF PUBLIC COMMENT. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THIS, AND YET IT'S NOT ON THE AGENDA. YOU ARE PROPOSING A MOTION THAT WOULD HAVE AN IMPACT. THERE'S A LEGAL ISSUE. YOU WOULD ALSO BE GOING OUTSIDE OF YOUR NORMAL PROCESS FOR ADOPTING POLICIES. THAT'S SOMETHING YOU CAN DO. YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE FINANCIAL IMPACTS TO THAT. ADVERTISING IS MANDATORY. THE ADVERTISEMENTS USUALLY ROUNDABOUT A THOUSAND DOLLARS SO THERE'S A FISCAL IMPACT ON DOING SOMETHING OUT OF CYCLE. YOU ARE SCHEDULED NOW BECAUSE SOME OF DELAYS. YOU WOULD HAVE VOTED ON YOUR POLICIES IN DECEMBER. WE HAD SOME SCHEDULING ISSUES YOU WILL BE VOTING ON THEM IN THE EARLY PART OF THE YEAR. BUT YOU WOULD BE OUT OF CYCLE IF YOU DID THAT, AND JUST UNDERSTAND THAT THERE WOULD BE FINANCIAL IMPACTS TO THAT. WE DO HAVE MANDATORY ADVERTISING THAT WE HAVE TO DO. AGAIN THERE'S A PROCESS IN PLACE WHERE YOU PROPOSE THERE'S A WORKSHOP, THERE'S ANOTHER BOARD ITEM THAT GIVES STAFF PERMISSION TO ADVERTISE, AND THEN YOU HAVE THE PUBLIC HEARING. SO IT'S A FAIRLY LONG, DRAWN-OUT PROCESS, IN PART BECAUSE OF FLORIDA LAW AND YOUR OWN PROCESS THAT YOU SET IN PLACE.  

>> SO IT WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION A WHILE BACK THAT YOU WANTED AN AGENDA ITEM AND YOU ASKED THE CHAIR TO PUT AN AGENDA ITEM ON FOR THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE, AND WHAT I CONVEYED TO OUR ATTORNEY WAS THAT WE AT THAT POINT WERE VERY FAR BACK IN THE STAGES OF OUR POLICIES BUT IT WAS BEYOND WHEN WE WERE SUPPOSED TO HAVE THOSE POLICIES SUBMITTED AS BOARD MEMBERS. AND I HOPE THAT IT WAS CONVEYED TO PLEASE LET MRS. SNIVELY KNOW THAT I AM ABSOLUTELY WILLING TO ACCEPT IT AFTER THE DEADLINE IF SHE WANTS TO MAKE IT A PART OF THAT POLICY DISCUSSION. SO THAT WOULD BE FOR ME THE APPROPRIATE PLACE FOR THAT DISCUSSION, IS IN OUR POLICY CONVERSATION IN THAT NORMAL TIME THAT WE HAVE IT.  

>>Melissa Snively: MAY I ADDRESS THAT? THANK YOU. ONE OF THE REASONS I WANTED TO BRING IT UP AS AN AGENDA ITEM WAS BECAUSE I DO FEEL LIKE IT'S AN URGENT MATTER, BECAUSE THE LONGER THAT WE WAIT, THE LESS CLEAR PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE, THE LESS CONFIDENT PARENTS MIGHT BE, AND THE PROCEDURES THAT IS TAKING PLACE IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS. SO I WANTED TO GET IT ON THE AGENDA OUT OF CYCLE, AND ALSO PRIOR TO THE ELECTIONS THAT COMING, BECAUSE RIGHT NOW WE HAVE TWO SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE HEARD FROM PUBLIC COMMENT AND HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS. AFTER NOVEMBER, WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE THE SAME BOARD MEMBER MAKEUP ON THIS DAIS AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE THE EXPERIENCE THAT MRS. KURDELL AND MRS. EDGECOMB HAVE IN MAKING THOSE DECISIONS. WE ARE GOING TO BE PUTTING TWO NEW PEOPLE ON THE BOARD THAT HAD VERY LITTLE TIME TO MAKE THAT DECISION, AN INFORMED DECISION. I KNOW WHAT THAT'S LIKE. SO I WANTED TO GIVE THE BOARD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOTE BEFORE A NEW TURNOVER IN SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS BECAUSE OF THE HISTORY AND THE EDUCATION THAT YOU HAVE AND THE BACKGROUND THAT YOU HAVE ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE. I DOWNTOWN KNOW THAT IT'S REQUIRED TO HAVE A WORK SHOWN. WE WORKSHOP A LOT OF THINGS. I THINK EVERYBODY PRETTY MUCH A POSITION ON THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE. I DON'T NECESSARILY KNOW THAT A WORKSHOP IS NECESSARY, BUT COULD YOU TELL US IF THERE'S STILL ENOUGH TIMELINE AVAILABLE TO NOTICE THE PUBLIC? BECAUSE EVEN IF THERE'S THE MINOR EXPENSE ASSOCIATED IT WITH, I THINK IT WOULD BE WORTH IT FOR A MATTER OF THIS NATURE. BUT THIS IS PRETTY IMPORTANT. UNLESS YOU WANTED TO ADDRESS THAT AS WELL.  

>>Jim Porter: AS I SAID THERE'S MANDATORY NOTICE REQUIREMENTS. THERE'S A 21 DAY NOTICE REQUIREMENT AFTER THE AD IS PUBLISHED. AGAIN THIS COULD VARY IN THE MECHANICS OF THAT. I AM NOT SURE WHEN YOU WERE INTERESTED IN HAVING THIS. THESE BOARD MEMBERS GO OFF THE BOARD IN NOVEMBER.  THIS IS OCTOBER 4th. IF THE BOARD CHOSE NOT TO HAVE A WORKSHOP, THE ITEM STILL NEEDS TO BE VETTED. I HAVEN'T SEEN A PROPOSED POLICY. AS MR. EAKINS SAID THIS ISSUE IS IN FRONT OF THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT AS WE SPEAK. THERE HAVE BEEN DECISIONS RENDERED. WE HAVE A GUIDE FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, AND THE BOARD DOESN'T HAVE ANY POLICIES RIGHT NOW DEALING WITH BATHROOMS. IF YOU PROPOSE A POLICY THAT LED TO A CERTAIN DECISION, THAT COULD PUT THE BOARD AT RISK, FOR LITIGATION. I WOULD HAVE TO ADVISE THE BOARD. I HAVEN'T SEEN A POLICY, EXACTLY PROPOSED, AND WE WOULD HAVE TO REVIEW THAT, MR. GIBSON WOULD HAVE TO REVIEW THAT, YOUR STAFF WOULD HAVE TO REVIEW THAT FOR IMPACT. SO WHETHER YOU HAVE A WORKSHOP OR NOT MR. THEY'RE WOULD STILL NEED TO BE A WORKSHOP IN PLACE AND I COULD PROVIDE GUIDANCE AS YOUR ATTORNEY AND COULD YOU HEAR FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT ON WHAT HIS RECOMMENDATION WOULD BE ON THAT.  

>>Melissa Snively: AND I DO HAVE A DRAFT OF THE POLICY THAT I WANTED TO PROPOSE AND I CAN GIVE YOU A COPY OF THAT TONIGHT FOR YOUR REVIEW AND THE SUPERINTENDENT'S REVIEW. SO AT THIS POINT, MY QUESTION WOULD BE, WHAT WOULD THE PROCEDURE PROCEDURE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS? IS THERE A POSSIBILITY OF HAVING A VOTE ON THIS PARTICULAR POLICY OUT OF CYCLE BEFORE THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD, SO TO SPEAK, IN NOVEMBER?  

>>Jim Porter: YOU HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. I HAVE ADVISED THE BOARD THAT IT'S AN OFF-AGENDA ITEM, THAT IT'S SOMETHING TYPICALLY YOU WOULDN'T VOTE ON IN THE ABSENCE OF AN EMERGENCY OR SOME OTHER SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCE, AND OTHER THAN WHAT'S BEEN AB TICKULATED, I THINK THE VOTE ITSELF WOULD BE A CHALLENGEABLE VOTE. YOU ALSO WOULD BE ACTING OUT SIDE OF YOUR NORMAL PROCESS AS A BOARD THAT YOU HAVE ESTABLISHED. AND THAT'S UP TO YOU. YOU CAN DO THAT. BUT THOSE ARE THE TWO YOU ISSUES, I THINK, IN FRONT OF THIS BOARD, IF THE MOTION PASSED, THEN WOO HE WOULD GO FORWARD AND DEVELOP A TIMELINE, GIVE YOU A FISCAL ANALYSIS OF WHAT THAT WOULD COST, IT WOULD HAVE TO BE REVIEWED FROM BE A LEGAL AND STAFF PERSPECTIVE AND WE WOULD REPORTER BACK TO THE BOARD AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  

>>Melissa Snively: THAT'S REASONABLE. I APPRECIATE YOUR INFORMATION. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: BUT JUST FROM A CLARIFICATION STANDPOINT, MOST LIKELY, KNOWING OUR BOARD MEETINGS AND WHEN THOSE ARE, I DON'T KNOW THAT THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO BE BEFORE THE BOARD FOR A VOTE PRIOR TO THE TIME THAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO IT. I DON'T THINK -- IT COULDN'T. I DON'T THINK IT'S REASONABLE FOR THAT. NOT WITH THE ADVERTISING AND ALL. MRS. STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND I'M A LITTLE CONFUSED AS TO WHY THERE IS SO MUCH CONFUSION. AND I AM NOT SURE WHAT PUTTING POLICY VERSUS PROCEDURE IN PLACE CHANGES. THAT IS NOT GOING TO ADDRESS THE CONFUSION THAT MAY OR MAY NOT BE OUT THERE. THIS IS NEW AND IT'S DIFFERENT, AND IF PEOPLE HAVE QUESTIONS, AGAIN, I WOULD HOPE THAT HAVE BEEN THEY WOULD PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL TWO PEOPLE WHO ARE EXTREMELY INVOLVED IN THIS, MR. FARKAS AND MRS. MINERVA SPANNER MORROW AND HAVE THOSE QUESTIONS ANSWERED INSTEAD OF GIVING FALSE INFORMATION OR WRONG INFORMATION OR MISDIRECTION. BUT I DON'T KNOW, MRS. SNIVELY, THAT A POLICY IS GOING TO CORRECT SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. AND I DON'T KNOW THAT WE WOULD GET THAT ON THE AGENDA, LOOKING AT THE CALENDAR, PRIOR TO THE ELECTION AND NEW BOARD MEMBERS BEING SEATED, UNFORTUNATELY. I THINK MRS. KURDELL AND MRS. EDGECOMB, THERE'S TWO MEETINGS LEFT THAT THEY ARE AT. THE FIRST MEETING IN NOVEMBER WOULD BE THE ONLY MEETING THAT IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE BEFORE WE MOVE INTO REORGANIZATION, AND THE MEETING THAT NEW BOARD MEMBERS WOULD BE SEATED, AND NOT ENOUGH TIME.  

>> MEMBERS ARE SEATED THE WEEK OF THE THANKSGIVING BREAK.  

>> RIGHT. THE 22ND. UNFORTUNATELY, I AM NOT OPPOSED TO HEARING CONVERSATION ABOUT THE POLICY AND THE CYCLE. WE HAVE ANOTHER WORKSHOP COMING WITH POLICY COMING UP THAT WE ARE GOING TO ADDRESS BOARD POLICY THAT'S BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD. NOT OPPOSED TO HAVING THE CONVERSATION THERE. BUT I CERTAINLY DON'T THINK WE COULD SUPPORT THIS TONIGHT.  

>>April Griffin: IS IT A CLARIFICATION?  

>> MR. AYRES JUST BROUGHT UP THE CALENDAR SO WE COULD LOOK AT OF THE IT. THERE IS A WORKSHOP ON THE 15th WHICH WOULD STILL BE IN THE REALM OF.  THIS IT WOULD BE A WORKSHOP AND YOU DISCUSS POLICIES. AS I SAID EARLIER, MY COMMENTS, THE POLICY CYCLE THAT BUMPED BACK THIS YEAR BECAUSE OF SCHEDULING ISSUES, IF THE BOARD WANTED TO HAVE THAT POLICY TO BE ALLOWED TO BE CONSIDERED, WE COULD DISCUSS IT ON NOVEMBER 15th IN THE WORKSHOP AND IT WILL BE PART OF THE REALM TO BE VOTED ON AND THINGS ARE SCHEDULED JANUARY, MARCH, BUT SOMETIME IN THE EARLY NEW YEAR. THAT WOULD BE COMPLETELY LEGITIMATE AS FAR AS WHAT THE BOARD'S ACTIONS WOULD BE IF YOU WANTED TO ALLOW IT TO BE CONSIDERED IN THIS ROUND OF POLICY CYCLES. THE OTHER OPTION, MRS. SNIVELY, I UNDERSTAND YOU WANT TO DO IT OUT OF CYCLE. THE OTHER OPTION WOULD BE INTRODUCE IT AS A POLICY IN JANUARY WHEN WE START THE NEW POLICY CYCLE. THOSE ARE OTHER OPTIONS FOR THE BOARD TO CONSIDER. BUT NOVEMBER 15th IS A DATE YOU HAVE SCHEDULED FOR WORKSHOPS FOR THIS ROUND OF POLICIES, AND YOU COULD ADD IT TO THAT.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. HARRIS?  

>>Sally Harris: IT'S FUNNY, THIS IS SUCH A CONTROVERSIAL DECISION PROCESS. I KNOW THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF FAMILIES AND SUPPORTERS THAT ARE ASKING US. I FEEL WE DO A FABULOUS JOB WITH THE PROCEDURES. I REALLY DO. AND I KNOW I HAVE ATTENDED A COUPLE OF THE MEETINGS WHERE THE PRINCIPALS HAVE TALKED, EXPLAINED, AND I HAVE GONE OUT TO THE SCHOOLS AND I HAVE ASKED IN MY VISITS HOW THEY ARE WORKING ON IT. THERE WERE A FEW HICCUPS AT THE BEGINNING, AND SHE HAD THE SAME ONES THAT I HAD. SO I KNOW THERE WERE HICCUPS BUT WE HAVE KIND OF FIXED THEM. AND YET I UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO BE CLARIFY NO PROFESSIONAL MANNER WHERE IT'S ON OUR POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AND IT'S PART OF OUR WAY OF WORK. SO I WANTED TO JUST KIND OF MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND. SO WHAT YOU ARE SUGGESTING THAT WE DO, ARE WE ABLE TO PUT THIS OAT WORKSHOP RATHER QUICKLY, AND GET IT BACK ON THE AGENDA THEN?  

>> IF THAT'S THE BOARD'S WISH AND THE BOARD CONCUR WAS THAT, WE CAN PUT IT INTO THIS ROUND OF POLICY CYCLES FOR CONSIDERATION IN NOVEMBER. THAT WOULD NOT BE OUT OF CYCLE AS THE ORIGINAL MOTION SUGGESTED BUT IT WOULD ALLOW -- IT'S THE QUICKEST WAY IF YOU WANT TO DISCUSS THIS IN A PUBLIC HEARING SETTING OR A WORKSHOP SETTING TO GET THAT ACCOMPLISHED. THAT'S OPTION NUMBER ONE. ALLOW IT TO BE PUT INTO THIS ROUND OF POLICY CYCLES WITH THE WORKSHOP ON NOVEMBER 15th. OPTION TWO THAT WILL BE COMPLETELY ACCEPTABLE FROM A PROCESS STANDPOINT WOULD BE FOR IT TO BE INTRODUCED AS A NEW POLICY IN THE NEXT ROUND OF POLICY CYCLES FOR 2017, IN JANUARY. THOSE ARE THE IT WOULD BE OPTIONS THAT I COULD RECOMMEND. AGAIN THE MOTION THAT YOU PUT ON THE FLOOR, FROM A PROCESS STANDPOINT, THAT WOULD BE GOING AGAINST YOUR NORMAL PROCESS AND IT HASN'T BEEN PROPERLY NOTICED ON THE AGENDA AND THOSE ARE MY CONCERNS FROM A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE. ON THE PROCESS ONLY PUTTING ASIDE THE SUBSTANCE.  

>> THANK YOU. I THINK THAT CLARIFICATION IT THAT WE COULD STILL GET IT DONE BUT WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE PROCEDURES TO DO THAT. AND I THINK WE OWE TO THE OUR CONSTITUENTS TO DO SOMETHING, AND THEN LET THE BOARD DECIDE IF IT'S GOING TO BECOME A WRITTEN POLICY. I THINK THAT WOULD MAKE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AT EASE THAT WE ARE AT LEAST ADDRESSING THE ISSUE. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: JUST TO CLARIFY, THAT THERE'S NOT PROCEDURALLY A WAY TO GET IT ONTO THE AGENDA IN TIME FOR A VOTE PRIOR TO THE TWO NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS COMING IN, IF I AM UNDERSTANDING THAT CORRECTLY. SO BY NOVEMBER 1st WE COULDN'T GET IT ON THE SCHOOL BOARD AGENDA FOR THE NOVEMBER 1st POLICY HEARING, AND VOTE. AND IF THAT'S THE CASE, THEN I WOULD ASK THAT THE BOARD DOES CONSIDER DISCUSSION IT, IF YOU WILL ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE IT AND DISCUSS IT AT THE WORKSHOP IN NOVEMBER FOR THIS POLICY CYCLE, IF YOU ARE STILL AMENABLE TO THAT, THEN I WILL WITH WILL DRAW MY MOTION AT THIS TIME, AND IN HOPES THAT WE CAN HAVE THAT DISCUSSION AT THE NOVEMBER 15th --  

>>Jim Porter: THE WORKSHOP SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 15th IN THE AFTERNOON TO DISCUSS POLICIES.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY, FROM THE VERY BEGINNING ITCH ABSOLUTELY BEEN WILLING TO PUT THAT AS ONE OF THE ITEMS. I WANT ALL MEMBERS VOICES TO BE HEARD IN THIS PROCESS. SO PRESENT IT TO OUR ATTORNEY FOR VETTING, AND THEN IF MR. PORTER, COULD YOU MAKE THAT PART OF THE DISCUSSIONS THAT WE HAVE MOVING FORWARD, BECAUSE WE HAVE SEVERAL ITEMS COMING BEFORE THE BOARD TO DISCUSS THIS POLICY, AND THEN IT HAS TO BE ONCE WE HAVE THAT WORKSHOP SETTING, THEN IT'S ADVERTISED, AND THEN WE HAVE THE PUBLIC HEARINGS, AND THEN WE VOTE. BUT TIMEWISE, THERE'S JUST NOT ENOUGH TIME. SO ARE YOU WITHDRAWING YOUR MOTION?  

>>Melissa Snively: I WILL GO AHEAD AND WITHDRAW MY MOTION AND JUST SAY THAT I APPRECIATE THE CONSIDERATION OF THE BOARD TO DISCUSS IT AND INTRODUCE IT INTO THIS POLICY CYCLE AND DISCUSS IT AT THE NOVEMBER 15th WORKSHOP, AND TO JUST SAY THAT I DO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS, AND TO CLARIFY WHAT OUR PROCEDURE IS THROUGH POLICY SO THAT PARENTS CAN FEEL CONFIDENT THAT THEY KNOW WHAT IS THE PROPER PROCEDURE AND WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE SCHOOLS FOR THE CHILDREN, FOR THE STUDENTS, FOR THEIR PRO SECTION, FOR SAFETY, FOR CLARIFICATION PURPOSES, AND CONFIDENCE FROM OUR PARENTS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THE MOTION HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN. IS THIS IN REFERENCE TO THE MOTION THAT WAS ON THE FLOOR? OKAY. THE MOTION IS WITHDRAWN.  

>> I WOULD JUST ASK AS WE MOVE FORWARD ON THIS THAT WE ARE VERY, VERY CAUTIOUS, AND THAT WE CONSIDER THE SUPREME COURT RULINGS THAT ARE OUT THERE. WE HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN ANY FURTHER DIRECTION, AND I WOULD JUST CAUTION US BEFORE WE MAKE ANY FURTHER MOVES THAT WE HOLD STEADFAST ON WHAT IS IN PLACE WHICH IS NOT POLICY, WHICH IS ONLY PROCEDURE. IT IS LESS DIFFICULT FOR US TO ADDRESS OUR PROCEDURE THAN IT IS TO ADDRESS POLICY. SO I WOULD JUST ASK THAT WE CONSIDER THAT AS WE HAVE THIS CONVERSATION IN NOVEMBER.  

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: TWO OBSERVATIONS. IN THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY, THERE'S A STATEMENT TO SAY -- THAT SAYS -- THAT READS TO DATE MOST SCHOOLS HAVE SUBMITTED THEIR INFORMATION, AND I KNOW HOW BUSY SCHOOLS ARE. BUT I THINK IT'S REALLY CRITICAL THAT WE GET RESULTS FROM ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS SO THAT WE CAN BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW THINGS ARE BEING HANDLED DISTRICT WIDE, BECAUSE I THINK THAT CAN BECOME -- REALLY POINT OF CRITICISM IF WE DON'T HAVE ALL THAT INFORMATION, UNDERSTANDING HOW IMPORTANT SCHOOLS ARE. SO I HOPE THERE WILL BE YET ANOTHER EFFORT ON THE PART OF THE ADMINISTRATION TO COMMUNICATE TO OUR SCHOOLS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS, BECAUSE IF WE ASK SCHOOLS TO PUT PROTOCOLS INTO PLACE, EXPECTATION, FOR ALL THE REASONS THAT YOU JUST DESCRIBED, AND FOR SAFETY, FOR CLARITY, FOR UNIFORMITY, MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS, THAT'S CRITICAL. MY SECOND OBSERVATION IS ONE THAT MRS. SNIVELY BROUGHT ABOUT, HAVING THE FACT THAT MRS. KURDELL AND I WON'T BE HERE TO BE A PART OF THAT CRITICAL VOTE OR CONVERSATION. AND AS WE CONTINUE THIS CYCLE, ONE OF THE THINGS, I HOPE FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS, NOT JUST AROUND THIS PARTICULAR ISSUE, BUT OTHERS, THAT WE ARE VERY -- AND I THINK WE HAVE, BUT AROUND ESPECIALLY THAT WE PUT INTO PLACE, KNOWING THAT THEY ARE COMING IN WITH SOME LIMITED BACKGROUND ABOUT THIS, THAT WE PROVIDE FROM OUR ATTORNEY AND OTHERS TO GIVE THEM SOME FRAMEWORK THAT WILL HELP THEM MAKE THE BEST DECISION ABOUT IT. I THINK WE HAVE ALL SAID THAT WE DIDN'T KNOW A LOT ABOUT AND WE HAD TO MAKE THAT CRITICAL DECISION, AND YOU REALLY TRY TO SUPPORT -- WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT COMMUNICATION AS BEING SO VITAL. SO THINK ABOUT AS WE MAKE THAT FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS THAT THIS IS A PIECE OF THE CONVERSATION THAT THEY CAN GET AS MUCH BACKGROUND BEHIND IT, BECAUSE THEY WILL BE THE ONES MAKING THAT VOTE. SO I THINK IT'S ONLY FAIR TO THEM, AND I THINK IT'S ULTIMATELY FAIR TO THE DECISION THAT THEY HAVE TO MAKE. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF TIME FOR DISCUSSION AROUND THIS ISSUE IN THE WORKSHOP ENVIRONMENT. THAT CONCLUDES OUR INFORMATION ITEMS ON THE AGENDA. WE ARE NOW INTO OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA. MR. SUPERINTENDENT?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. I ACTUALLY HAVE A VERY SHORT UPDATE. A COUPLE THINGS. FIRST OF ALL, WE ARE AMAZINGLY NEARING THE END OF OUR FIRST NINE WEEKS OF SCHOOL ALREADY AT THE END OF THIS WEEK. SO I KNOW THAT'S A BIG MILESTONE FOR US TO START TO COLLECT DATA FOR OUR STRATEGIC PLANS. SO PROBABLY IN ONE OF THE NEXT COUPLE BOARD MEETINGS YOU WILL GET A LOT OF UPDATES WITH REGARDS TO THE FIRST NINE WEEKS WHEREOF WE STAND WITH OUR OVERALL PERFORMANCE. SECONDLY WE HAVE A COUPLE OF ELEVATE SCHOOLS. WE WANT TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT. McLANE SCHOOL, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING WAS A GREAT PARTNER WITH US. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING HOCKEY STREET TEAM WAS AT McLANE WORKING WITH STUDENTS. IT WAS A MAD SCIENCE DAY. I WANT TO THANK THE LIGHTNING. THEY ARE AMAZING PARTNERS FOR THIS DISTRICT AND THEY DO SOME INCREDIBLE THINGS IN OUR SCHOOLS. WE REALLY APPRECIATE THEIR SUPPORT. BUT TO HAVE THE STUDENTS AT McLANE BE EXCITED ABOUT SCIENCE, AND THAT'S A POSITIVE DIRECTION THERE. THE PRINCIPAL MENTIONED, ONE OF OUR SPEAKERS TODAY, THAT THE CULTURE AT McLANE IS CHANGING. FOR THOSE BOARD MEMBERS WHO WANT TO GO BY McLANE AND KNOW THAT THERE HAS BEEN LOTS OF ARTICLES AND THINGS, THERE IS A LOT OF WORK AND A LOT OF GREAT PARTNERSHIPS, A LOT OF GREAT SUPPORT THROUGH DISTRICT STAFF AND THE AREA STAFF THERE TO REALLY CHANGE THE CULTURE THERE. AND WE HAVE AN AMAZING PRINCIPAL THERE AT McLANE MIDDLE SCHOOL AS WELL. SULPHUR SPRINGS AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING, WE HAD KIND OF TALKED ABOUT THE SYSTEM AT SULPHUR SPRINGS. THAT WAS OBVIOUSLY MANY OF OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ARE MOVING TO THAT SYSTEM. AND THE IMPACT ON THE SCHOOL. THERE'S BEEN AN UPSWING IN STUDENT-PARENT AND COMMUNITY MEMBER ENGAGEMENT. THE STAFF CULTURE AND MORALE IS MORE POSITIVE, THERE'S MORE ENERGY AT THE SCHOOL THAN EVER BEFORE. STAFF IS PROUD TO BE AT SULPHUR SPRINGS AND THEY SEE THE SCHOOL LEVEL CHANGES HAVING A POSITIVE EFFECT ON THE COMMUNITY, STOPPED AT THE FRONT OFFICE BECAUSE THEIR CHILDREN ARE SHARING THE EXCITEMENT OF WHAT THEY LEARNED AND WHAT IS NEW AT SCHOOL. SO BASICALLY THE SULPHUR SPRINGS STUDENTS ARE BECOMING THE POSITIVE MESSENGERS. THAT'S VERY INTERESTING THAT THAT'S STATED BECAUSE I CAN ALWAYS REMEMBER AT A SCHOOL, WHEN YOU MAY BE STRUGGLING GETTING THE PARENT INVOLVEMENT ENGAGEMENT, ONE OF THE BEST ENGAGEMENT STRATEGIES IS TO SEND HOME STUDENTS EVERY DAY THAT CARRY A POSITIVE MESSAGE ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE IN THEIR CLASSROOM. SO I AM GOING TO APPLAUD THE PRINCIPAL THERE, AND THE STAFF FOR ALL THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING AND THE PARENTS FOR BECOMING ENGAGED AT SULPHUR SPRINGS. SO THOSE ARE MY UPDATES. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: ARE YOU GOING TO NEED TIME FOR SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS, TOO?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I DO HAVE SOME SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS BUT I WILL WAIT FOR THE BOARD.  

>>April Griffin: I'M A LITTLE EXCITED THAT MAYBE WE COULD GET OUT OF HERE QUICK. SORRY. (LAUGHTER) ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE NOW INTO THE BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR DESIRE TO SPEAK. MRS. EDGECOMB.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. AN OBSERVATION, AND ONE THAT I'M NOT SURE HOW THIS OCCURRED, BUT WE HAVE GOT A GROUP OF PEOPLE SITTING IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM WHO HAVE BEEN HERE THE ENTIRE EVENING WITH ANTICIPATION THAT ONE OF THE BOARD ITEMS WOULD BE AN UPDATE ON THE SPRINGBOARD, SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE ASKED FOR AND TALKED ABOUT AND HAD CONVERSATIONS ABOUT, AND YET NOBODY PULLED IT. AND I KNOW IT'S AN ISSUE THAT HAS BEEN VITAL, CRITICAL, DISCUSSED, EVALUATED, MULTIPLE TIMES BECAUSE THERE'S A STRONG FEELING ABOUT UTILIZATION IN OUR DISTRICT. AND I JUST HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE JUST SITTING BACK THERE TO ENJOY THIS BOARD MEETING, THAT THEY MUST HAVE COME PREPARED TO DO SOMETHING. SO I JUST WANT TO -- I FEEL A COUPLE OF WAYS. ALMOST FEEL I HAVE TO APOLOGIZE THAT YOU ARE PREPARED, THAT YOU ARE HERE TO DO THIS AND WE DIDN'T PULL IT. SECONDLY, IT IS A BIG PIECE OF THE CONVERSATION AT EITHER TIME. AND I KNOW SOME OF YOU HAVE BEEN HERE A LONG TIME. BUT I THINK WE NEED TO MAKE SOME DECISION TONIGHT ABOUT WHAT IT IS THAT WE WANT FROM THIS CONTINGENCY EXPERTS, IF YOU WILL, AROUND A TOPIC THAT HAS DRAWN A LOT OF INTEREST. SO I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR SOME COMMENTS FROM PEOPLE. BUT -- (LAUGHTER).  

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB, AND IT'S FUNNY BECAUSE I MEANT TO PULL THAT ONE. AND MRS. STUART WAS SITTING HERE GOING, YOU DIDN'T PULL THAT? AND I'M LIKE, YOU DIDN'T PULL IT? AND I DIDN'T EVEN NOTICE IT. SO WHAT MRS. STUART -- SHE SAID SHE WAS GOING TO ASK THAT IT BE BROUGHT BACK TO THE NEXT BOARD MEETING SO THAT WE COULD HAVE AN IN-DEPTH DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT. BECAUSE IT WAS AN OVERSIGHT ON A LOT OF OUR PARTS SITTING UP HERE. SO --  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: NOT ONLY BRING THEM BACK BUT TAKE THEM TO DINNER AFTERWARDS, RIGHT? (LAUGHTER) BUT SERIOUSLY -- NO, NO. OKAY. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT IT IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE. AND SECONDLY WE ARE GOING TO GET IT BACK ON THE AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION.  

>> DR. VAZQUEZ?  

>>April Griffin: WE NEED TO GET BUTTONS FOR THEM.  

>> IS IT WORKING?  

>>April Griffin: YES, GO AHEAD.  

>> I WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT. THANK YOU FOR NOTICING THE GROUP IN THE BACK AND WE UNDERSTAND HOW THESE THINGS HAPPEN. THE ITEM WASN'T PULLED. WE KNOW THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC, AND WE ARE READY TO DISCUSS THIS. WHAT I WANTED TO SAY IS THAT WHAT WOULD BE MOST HELPFUL FOR US, REALLY, TRULY HELPFUL, IS IF TONIGHT YOU COULD TELL US THE QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE SO THAT WE CAN -- THERE IS SO MUCH TO COVER WHEN IT COMES TO SPRINGBOARD. WE COULD BE HERE ALL NIGHT LONG JUST TALKING ABOUT SPRINGBOARD. AND WE WANT TO GIVE YOU THE INFORMATION THAT YOU TRULY WANT AND NOT WASTE OUR TIME OR YOUR TIME TELLING YOU PERHAPS WHAT YOU ALREADY KNOW OR WHAT YOU ARE REALLY NOT INTERESTED IN HEARING. SO IF YOU COULD GIVE US AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WANT TO BE SURE WE PROVIDE YOU WITH WHEN WE DO ADDRESS YOU FORMALLY ABOUT SPRINGBOARD, THAT WOULD BE HUGE.  

>>  

>>April Griffin: SO THOSE QUESTIONS WILL BE SENT TO YOU. SO BOARD MEMBERS, E -- AND I HAVE REVIEWED THAT, AND IT'S VERY IN-DEPTH REPORT. MRS. EDGECOMB.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY. SO WE ARE CLEAR HOW WE ARE GOING TO PRESENT IT, RIGHT?  

>>April Griffin: YES. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, PLEASE BRING THIS BACK TO THE NEXT BOARD MEETING. AND GO AHEAD AND JUST AUTOMATICALLY PULL IT.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I HAVE A COUPLE OF --  

>>April Griffin: YES, MA'AM, GO AHEAD.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THOSE OF YOU WHO ATTENDED THE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AWARDS CEREMONY WAS A GREAT EXERCISE IN SEEING THE COMMITMENT ON THE PART OF OUR SECURITY OFFICERS AND THAT WHOLE OFFICE. THEY HAVE SUCH PRIDE IN WHAT THEY DO. HOW COMMITTED THEY ARE AROUND THE SAFETY OF SCHOOL DISTRICT AND OUR CHILDREN, AND PRESENTING A POSITIVE IMAGE ABOUT THEIR ROLE IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND I JUST WANTED TO CONGRATULATE ALL THE RECIPIENTS AND CHIEF NEWMAN FOR PROVIDING THIS ACTIVITY AS A WAY TO SALUTE OUR RESOURCE OFFICERS IN THE DISTRICT WORKING IN OUR SECURITY DEPARTMENT. ON SATURDAY, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THE 50th ANNIVERSARY OF UPWARD BOUND PROGRAM AT USF. IF ANYBODY KNOWS ANYTHING ABOUT THE PURPOSE OF UPWARD BOUND, THE IMPACT ON THE LIVES OF THE STUDENT WHO NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT GOING TO COLLEGE, FIRST GENERATION COLLEGE STUDENTS, IT'S AN AMAZING STORY, AND WE HEARD SO MANY OF THEM -- I HEARD SO MANY OF THEM, ALONG WITH THE MIDDLETON PRINCIPAL, DR. MORA, WITH SOME OF HER STUDENTS. I JUST WANT TO CONGRATULATE ALL OF THOSE WHO RECEIVED RECOGNITION FOR THIS, CHLOE CONEY, A GRADUATE OF MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL WHO GOT THE DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI AWARD, AND TO THE MOTHER OF -- I SHOULD SAY SHLAYA McCRAY, A FORMER DIRECTOR OF UPWARD BOUND FOR HER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT. IT WAS A GREAT AFTERNOON OF SEEING WHAT CAN HAPPEN TO STUDENTS ONCE THEY HAVE MENTORS, ONCE THERE IS AN ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT AND STRUCTURE TO HELP THEM DREAM. AND IN LIGHT OF THAT, IS ERIC HERE? OKAY. CAN YOU COME FORWARD A MINUTE? WHAT'S OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH UPWARD BOUND? BECAUSE IN SO MANY WAYS, IT SEEMS A NATURAL STEP FOR MOVING KIDS FROM THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT YOU WOULD DO, THE POPULATION THAT HAD YOU FOCUS ON, TO WHAT WE ARE DOING WITHUP WARD BOUND. THERE WAS A TIME THAT I THOUGHT I UNDERSTOOD OUR CONNECTION, AND IT STILL MAY BE THERE. MAYBE I AM JUST NOT AS INFORMED AS I WAS IN THE PAST. BUT HOW DO WE CONNECT WITH THEM? BECAUSE IT IS A GREAT PROGRAM. AND I WANT TO CONGRATULATE JEWEL, WHO IS THE PRESIDENT OF UPWARD BOUND STUDENT GOVERNMENT WHO IS ALSO A STUDENT AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. SO TELL ME A LITTLE BIT OUR CONNECTION WITH THEM, PLEASE.  

>> SO AVID AND UPWARD BOUND DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE CONNECTION PER SE, BUT THE TENETS OF UPWARD BOUND CERTAINLY ALIGN WITH THE TENETS OF AVID, WITH THE TENETS OF GEAR UP, WITH SO MANY PROGRAMS THAT PROVIDE SUPPORT MECHANISMS FOR STUDENTS WHO MIGHT NOT HAVE TAKEN THE OPPORTUNITY OR EVEN TAKEN THE CHANCE TO TAKE HIGHER LEVEL COURSES, OR COURSES THAT MIGHT PREPARE THEM FOR STEPPING DIRECTLY INTO A CAREER, OR INTO THE COLLEGE REALM. SO THEY ALIGN. AND WHAT YOU WILL SEE WITH AVID, AS WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD, THAT AVID IS MOVING MORE TOWARDS SOMETHING THAT THIS BOARD HAS ASKED ABOUT, AND THAT IS AVID SCHOOLWISE STRATEGIES AS OPPOSED TO CLASSROOMS WITH AVID. BECAUSE, YES, WE SERVE OVER 9,000 STUDENTS AT AVID. A LOT MORE THAN 9,000 STUDENTS IN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL. SO WE ARE MOVING MORE TOWARD THE MODEL OF AVID STRATEGIES USED IN SCHOOLS, WHICH LINES RIGHT UP WITH GEAR-UP, LINES RIGHT UP WITH UPWARD BOUND. SO THEY ARE VERY, VERY SIMILAR. WE DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE A CONNECTION WITH THEM. WE HAVE HAD OPPORTUNITIES TO SEND AVID FOLKS TO TALK TOUP WARD BOUND STUDENTS. BUT WE DON'T WALK WITH THEM HAND IN HAND UNLESS WE MAKE IT A POINT TO HAVE A CONNECTION.  

>> THEN TALKING ABOUT THE SIMILAR TENETS, CAN YOU TALK ABOUT HOW WE CAN SUPPORT AND WORK WITH THEM? BECAUSE I THINK THEY WANT THE SAME THINGS THAT WE WANT FOR THOSE STUDENTS. AND I UNDERSTAND WE ARE GOING DISTRICT WIDE. AND IT'S BIGGER THAN JUST A BUNCH OF -- A GROUP OF STUDENTS. BUT I THINK THERE'S SUCH SIMILARITY THAT IT ALMOST COMPELS US TO START HAVING SOME KIND OF CONNECTION.  

>> I THINK IT'S A PERFECT FIT. AND WE DO WORK WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA WHICH HAS A STRONG UPWARD BOUND PROGRAM. LET'S GET THE NAME OF THAT STUDENT FROM MIDDLETON. MAYBE THE NEXT MEETING I CAN GET IT.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS.  

>> MY COMMENTS WILL BE VERY BRIEF. I WANTED TO THANK MR. AYRES WHO WASN'T ABLE TO JOIN US LAST NIGHT BUT WE HAD TWO SPEAKERS COME LAST NIGHT, MRS. EDGECOMB JOINED US AND DID SO WELL TO OUR CAC AT THEIR MEETING LAST NIGHT. BUT WE HAD A GREAT MEETING, THAT WE REALLY ENGAGED STUDENTS FOR A VERY LONG PORTION OF THE MEETING, TALKING ABOUT WALKING, SAFETY OF WALKING, THE RULES OF THE ROAD. SO IT WAS A REALLY GOOD CONVERSATION. I JUST WANTED TO MANISCALCO THANK THEM FOR THEIR TIME, AND THANK PAULA FOR KIND OF A DIFFERENT FORMAT THIS YEAR. SO ALLOWING BOARD MEMBERS TO REALLY BRING THINGS THEY ARE WORKING ON TO THE CAC TO GET INFORMATION. I WANT TO REMIND THAT YOU TOMORROW IS INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF SCHOOLS THAT ARE PARTICIPATING IN WALKS, SPECIFICALLY HUNTERS GREEN, SO IT'S VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING BUT THOSE SCHEDULES ARE AVAILABLE, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. AND I WANTED TO THANK TOTO ELEMENTARY, THE PEOPLE FROM THE CHOICE AND MAGNET OFFICE AND THE PTA CARROLLWOOD FOR HOSTING A MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT FOR THAT AREA, WHICH STARTED LAST SPRING. WE DECIDED TO BRING THAT FORWARD TO THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT THEIR OPTIONS ARE, AND THEIR OPTIONS ARE NOT JUST THEIR FEEDER ASKS SCHOOLS, BUT THERE WAR LOT OF MAGNET SCHOOLS THERE. THE PARENTS WERE VERY, VERY SURPRISED TO SEE THE OPTIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THEM. SO I JUST WANTED TO THANK THEM FOR THAT. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. MRS. VALDES.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, WE RECEIVED A LETTER TODAY -- ACTUALLY ON THE 29th OF SEPTEMBER FROM THE CITY OF TAMPA, CITY COUNCIL, FROM CHAIRMAN SUAREZ OVER THERE, WANTING US TO CONSIDER DESIGNATING A PORTION OF RECREATIONAL INTRAMURAL FUNDS TOWARDS ROWING. SO I WOULD LIKE TO FORWARD THIS TO STAFF TO RESPOND ON OUR BEHALF, AND JUST GO FROM THERE. SO IN REFERENCE TO THE TECHNOLOGY DISCUSSION THAT WE HAD TODAY, I FEEL THAT WE ALL NEED TO BE IN A MIND-SET THAT STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS, AND THAT THEY CAN DIGITALLY SUCCEED. IT'S JUST GROWING SO MUCH AND OUR CHILDREN NEED TO HAVE THAT ACCESSIBILITY. SO WHATEVER IT IS THAT WE CAN DO TO HELP INCREASE THOSE DEVICES IN OUR KIDS HANDS, IN OUR CHILDREN'S HANDS, WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED. MR. EAKINS, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF MAYBE -- YOU KNOW, TODAY WE HAD A HURRICANE GOING ON, RIGHT? AND I DON'T KNOW IF YOU GUYS SAW THE WEATHER REPORT TODAY, BUT THAT HURRICANE WENT COMPLETELY ALL OVER THE ISLAND OF HAITI. I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF MAYBE WE CAN HAVE A SERVICE PROJECT COUNTYWIDE OF THAT WE CAN ALL PARTICIPATE IN BRINGING CANNED FOODS, WATER, THINGS OF THAT NATURE, THAT WE CAN ALL RALLY AROUND, AND I THINK CONTACT THE HAITIAN CONSULATE HERE LOCALLY, AND BE ABLE TO GIVE THEM A GIFT FROM OUR DISTRICT FOR RELIEF. CALL IT THE HAITI RELIEF FUND OR SOMETHING THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY ALL GATHER AROUND AND HELP THESE FAMILIES, SO THAT WE CAN DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT. LAST NIGHT, I REALLY NEED TO THANK PUBLICLY JEROME RYAN, STEPHANIE GILMORE, AS WELL AS LEROY MOORE, FROM THE HOUSING AUTHORITY. I APPRECIATE THEIR PARTNERSHIP SO MUCH. AND LAST NIGHT, MR. EAKINS, OUR CHAIR, MEMBER GRIFFIN, AND MYSELF ATTENDED A DINNER WITH TEN YOUNGSTERS THAT WERE ALL PART OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY FAMILIES, AND THEY HAD THEIR FIRST TRIP TO WASHINGTON, D.C. DURING THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS MEETING. NINE OUT OF THOSE STUDENTS, IT WAS THEIR FIRST TIME RIDING IN AN AIRPLANE, FLYING IN A PLANE. AND IN SPEAKING WITH THESE CHILDREN, THEIR GOALS, AND THEIR DREAMS, THEY ARE SO REAL TO THEM, THAT WE SOMETIMES THINK THAT WE STEREOTYPE OUR KIDS, OUR CHILDREN, THAT THIS GROUP OF KIDS, THEY CAN'T LEARN, OR JUST PUT BARRIERS. AND LET ME TELL YOU WHAT. OUT OF THAT GROUP LAST NIGHT, ONE STUDENT HAS ALREADY RECEIVED ADMITTANCE TO YALE. THAT IS AMAZING. SO FOR EVERYBODY OUT THERE THAT THINKS THEY CANNOT THINK OF OUR KIDS AT BEING SUCCESSFUL, WE HAVE PROOF THAT ALL OF OUR KIDS, ALL OF OUR CHILDREN, IF GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE RESOURCES, AND BE REALLY EQUITABLE WITHIN OUR FUNDING, THAT EVERY CHILD CAN REACH ITS MAXIMUM POTENTIAL. AND WE CAN NEVER EVER DISCOUNT A CHILD. IT BRINGS ME TO THE SUSPENSIONS OF CHILDREN. WE NEED TO BE VERY COGNIZANT OF HOW AND FOR WHAT REASONS WE ARE SUSPENDING CHILDREN. SOMETIMES THESE CHILDREN, WHAT THEY NEED, IS A TRUE MENTOR, ADULT IN THEIR LIFE, THAT CAN SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT? YOU OWE ME A DIPLOMA, BECAUSE WE ARE GOING TO GIVE YOU THE SUPPORT, WE ARE GOING TO GIVE YOU THAT OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED. AND THEN AT THAT POINT, PUT THE ONUS BACK ON THAT CHILD. AND BELIEVE YOU ME, THEY WILL STEP UP TO THE PLATE. SOMEONE JUST NEEDS TO BELIEVE IN THEM. AND IT'S A SHAME THAT NOT ALL OF US BELIEVE IN ALL OF OUR CHILDREN. AND THAT'S A SYSTEMIC PROBLEM THAT WE HAVE. AND LITTLE BY LITTLE, I KNOW, MR. EAKINS, THAT WILL GO AWAY, BECAUSE OUR VISION IS CLEAR AS WE ARE PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. WHATEVER THAT LIFE MAY BE. BUT IT'S DEFINITELY GOING TO BE A LIFE THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL, THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE PROSPEROUS JOBS, AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE OF A HAPPY RESIDENT. SO THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS FOR THIS EVENING. AGAIN, STAFF, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK AND YOUR DILIGENCE. AND MOVING US FORWARD. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. HARRIS?  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK GRETCHEN AND MR. EAKINS FLOOR GREAT FINANCIAL SUMMARY. BEING SOMEONE THAT LIVES WITH THE GLASS HALF FULL, I WILL TELL YOU THAT I DON'T THINK THAT IT'S A BAD THING THAT WE ARE DIVING DEEP AND CHECKING THINGS OUT. THIS IS LIKE, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU GET TO CLEAN AND DO YOUR SPRING CLEANING, WE ARE DOING WHAT NEEDED TO BE DONE, LIKE MS. VALDES SAID, FIVE YEARS AGO. WE NEEDED TO GET DEEP INTO CLEANING. AND I THINK IT FEELS GOOD, FEELS HEALTHY, AND IT REALLY FEELS GREAT THAT WE DIDN'T GO ANY UNDER ANY LONGER AND THAT WE NEED TO TAKE THE POSITIVE SIDE, BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF POP THINGS GOING ON OUT THERE, AND AS YOU ALL KNOW, I SING AND DANCE THE POSITIVE SIDE. AND I HAVE BEEN VISITING SCHOOLS. AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT THAT VISIT HAS BEEN A LOT OF FUN. THE FIRST SCHOOL THAT I WENT TO WAS ANDERSON ELEMENTARY, THE DAY THEY GOT THEIR AIR CONDITIONING. AND MR. FARKAS, IT WAS A VERY CELEBRATED DAY. AND A THEY WERE SO EXCITED TO GET IT FIXED, IT WAS JUST IN TIME FOR THEIR OPEN HOUSE. THEN WE WENT TO THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION LUNCHEON AND WE ALL ENJOYED THAT AND GOT TO MEET A LOT OF FABULOUS PEOPLE. AND THERE WAS A CHAMPION FOR THE TEACHING SCHOOLS AWARD WHICH WAS GIVEN TO SUE HOUSE FOR THE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR WITH THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION, AND SHE'S JUST A REAL GOOD PERSON THERE. THEN I VISITED THE IRONWORKERS TRAINING CENTER AND WAS VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE POSITIVE THINGS THEY ARE DOING FOR OUR CONSTRUCTION AND IRON WORKING AND WELDING, AND IT'S JUST EXCITING TO KNOW THAT SO MANY PEOPLE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT THEIR CAREERS AND WHERE THEY ARE GOING. THEN WE WENT TO THE CHILDREN'S BOARD. AND WE WORKED WITH TRACYE BROWNS GROUP, AND WE ACTUALLY ARE COLLABORATING WITH OUR PROVIDERS, THAT ARE PROVIDING AN EDUCATION FOR OUR EARLY LEARNERS, AND WE ARE ACTUALLY CONNECTING THE DISTRICT WITH THOSE PEOPLE. AND WE ARE STARTING A GREAT PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHILDREN'S BOARD, AND QUEER GOING OUT INTO SOME OF THE AREAS THAT NEEDED HELP GETTING THERE. THEN YOU SAW THE SUNCOAST SCHOOL'S CREDIT UNION. THE SPEAKER THAT DAY WAS MR. AYRES, AND THEY WERE VERY HAPPY TO SHOW OFF THEIR BUSINESS STUDENTS WHO ARE GOING TO BE RUNNING THE BRANCH OFFICE FOR THAT. THEN WENT TO THE FOOTBALL GAME, AND GOT TO SEE THE FOOTBALL GAME AT PLANT AND ARMWOOD, WHICH WAS A FABULOUS GAME. IF YOU LIKE A CLOSE GAME, MAN, WAS THAT FABULOUS. NOBODY LEFT. THE STANDS WERE FULL UNTIL THE LAST TWO MINUTES OF THE GAME, BECAUSE YOU DIDN'T KNOW WHO WAS GOING TO WIN. IT WAS GREAT. THEN WE HAD GRANDPARENTS DAY AT DALE MABRY ELEMENTARY, AND THEN THE GLAZER FAMILY AND THE BUCS RAN OVER THE LANIER AND PLANTED A GARDEN HONORING OUR HEALTHY FOODS AND PUTTING IN THE GARDEN. AND THAT WAS JUST AN FUN DAY. AND RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT, LIGHTNING AND THUNDER HIT. WE WILL ALL RAN TO THE MEDIA CENTER, YOU DIDN'T MISS A BEAT. THEN WE HAD TO HONOR ONE OF OUR VERY OWN, MR. VAZQUEZ, AND WE WERE ALL THERE IN LOVE HONORING HIM AS THE HISPANIC HERITAGE RECIPIENT AWARD WINNER. THEN MR. EAKINS WAS THE SPEAKER AT THE BOARD OF EDUCATION STATE OF FLORIDA MEETING THAT WAS HELD HERE IN TAMPA. AND WE ACTUALLY HAD TWO OF OUR STUDENTS HONORED AT THAT EVENT. THAT WAS REALLY A GOOD EVENT. AND THEN I ALSO WAS VERY PROUD OF MR. NEWMAN AND THE GROUP THAT HE HONORED, THE GREAT WORKERS. THEN WE HAD THE TOWN HALL MEETING WHICH WAS VERY WELL ATTENDED. AND WE REALLY GOT A LOT OF FEEDBACK. I ALWAYS LIKE TAMPA FEEDBACK, BECAUSE EVERY TIME YOU HAVE SOMEONE WITH A CONCERN OR AN ISSUE, THAT'S HOW WE BECOME STRONGER. THESE HOW WE BECOME A DISTRICT THAT MOVES FORWARD. SO WHEN YOU HEAR THESE ISSUES, THEN WE KNOW HOW TO FIX THEM AND WE MOVE FORWARD IN A POSITIVE WAY. SO I NEVER FROWN WHEN SOMEBODY COMES TO ME WITH A TOUGH ISSUE, I THINK THESE PROBABLY WHAT MAKES THIS DISTRICT GOOD IS WE ARE GREAT LISTENERS AND WE LISTEN TO THAT. THEN MR. EAKINS AGAIN WAS AT THE BRIDGING GENERATION. YOU WERE BUSY. THE BRIDGING -- I WENT TO THIS BREAKFAST. I SAID, OH, I'M NOT SURE WHO THE SPEAKER S.THEN HE WALKED IN. AND NOW I KNOW WHO THE SPEAKER IS. BRIDGING THE GENERATIONS WHICH IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT PROMOTES OUR VOLUNTEERS AND OUR SCHOOLS, AND JUST BRIDGING THE THAT GENERAL, AND HAVING THEM COME BACK AND BE VOLUNTEERS. AND MANY OF THEM WERE RETIRED TEACHERS. IT WAS REALLY GREAT HEARING THEIR STORIES AND TESTIMONIES THEN THE NORTH THE ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL. AND THEY HAD A CAREER OPPORTUNITY. AND THAT WAS JUST WELL ATTENDED. AND THEY WERE DRESSED IN SUITS, AND THEY WENT UP TO ALL OF THE VENDORS AND TALKED TO THEM ABOUT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES, AND THEY HAD SKILLS, SHAKING HAND. AND WHEN YOU WERE A PART OF THAT, IT WAS JUST A REALLY GOOD FEELING. AND THEY HELD THAT IN THE SCHOOL THANK YOU. THEN I ALSO WANTED TO MENTION THAT OUR FIRST TEA AT TAMPA, OUR FIRST PARTNERSHIP, WE HAD ONE OF OUR STUDENTS FROM BRANDON, JAMES MORRIS, WHO WAS CHOSEN AS THE -- HE GOT TO GO TO PEBBLES BEACH, CALIFORNIA TO PLAY WITH PGA WINNERS, AND HE GOT TO PLAY WITH JOHN DALY, AND HE WROTE A LITTLE BIO ABOUT IT AND IT WAS JUST AN AWESOME OPPORTUNITY FOR HIM. AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY HATS OFF TO HIM. AND I DID FORGET TO MENTION THAT I DID GO TO THE SATURDAY BOOK GIVEAWAY THAT THE CTA AND PARTNERS PUT TOGETHER.  ANYWAY, I HAVE BEEN HAVING FUN. AND THIS DISTRICT IS DOING A LOT OF GREAT THINGS. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I'M TIRED JUST LISTENING TO YOU, MRS. HARRIS. WOW. MRS. SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: I HAVE TO START PUSHING MY BUTTON EARLIER. WE SHOULD JUST WRAP UP WITH THAT EVERY TIME. HIT YOUR BUTTON FIRST. I HAD A FEW PEOPLE I WANTED TO THANK. WENT TO RECENTLY THE IMPACT CELEBRATION. IMPACT IS THE ORGANIZATION THAT TEACHES SEX EDUCATION BY ABSTINENCE IN OUR CLASSROOMS, AND THEY DO A PHENOMENAL JOB, AND THEY HAVE AN ANNUAL CELEBRATION WHERE THEY BRING IN STUDENTS FROM THEIR TALENT SHOW THAT THEY HAVE ONCE A YEAR. THESE STUDENTS ARE AMAZING, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING PERFORMERS, AND WE GET TO CELEBRATE ALL THE GOOD WORK THAT THEY DO IN THE COMMUNITY AND FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND I WANTED TO THANK BILL AND ANGIE KAHE FOR EVERYTHING THEY DO. HE DID A DEMONSTRATION FOR WHAT THEY DO IN THE CLASSROOM AT THE IMPACT CELEBRATION DINNER AND IT WAS PHENOMENAL, TOP-NOTCH EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL. SO JUST WANTED TO THANK TRISH SIMONSON AT VALRICO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THAT SITE VISIT. THEY HAVE AN TAMPA MAZE HAD GONE CAMPUS AT VALRICO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. AND ENJOYED THE VISIT THERE AS WELL AS SIMMONS CAREER CENTER. WANTED TO THANK KIM AS WELL AND HIS STAFF FOR WELCOMING ME TO SIMMONS CAREER CENTER. RECENTLY, ACTUALLY JUST YESTERDAY, WENT TO -- HELP ME GET THIS RIGHT, MR. AYRES -- THE MacDILL COUNCIL FOR EDUCATION EXCELLENCE, I DID GET THAT RIGHT? BUT WITH MATERIS THERE AS WELL. THAT WAS A GREAT FORUM B.I DIDN'T KNOW THAT THAT EXISTED UNTIL THE MEETING LAST NIGHT. AND IT'S STILL RELATIVELY NEW. I THINK IT'S ONLY BEEN AROUND SINCE 2015, RIGHT? SO I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT, BECAUSE THAT REALLY HELPS SUPPORT OUR MILITARY FAMILIES, AND THE CHALLENGES THAT THEY HAVE, THE UNIQUE SET OF CHALLENGES THAT THEY HAVE AS THEY MOVE CHILDREN IN AND OUT OF THE COMMUNITIES DURING THEIR SERVICE. I WENT TO THE BRANDON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LUNCHEON TODAY AND HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR MR. EAKINS SPEAK. AND YOU DID A FINE JOB. I LIKE EVALUATING HIM AFTER HE SPEAKS EVERY TIME. HE DID A GREAT JOB. YOU ARE GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AT SPEAKING. YOU ARE DOING A LOT. YOU DO IT A LOT. NO, BUT REALLY ENJOYED YOUR MESSAGE TODAY, TO OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY, AND THAT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT, THE CONNECTION THAT HE MADE FROM OUR EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND WHAT THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY CAN DOUGH TO FACILITATE THAT RELATIONSHIP THEY HAVE WITH THE SCHOOLS. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT MESSAGE. THAT WAS SERVED VERY WELL. FINALLY, I DID SOMETHING IN PLANT CITY THAT IS BEING COORDINATED BY SOME OF THE PARENTS AT PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL. THEY REACHED OUT TO ME, AND SAID THAT IT WOULD BE REALLY NICE IF I COULD COME OUT AND TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE CHANGES THAT WERE HAPPENING DUE TO OUR BUDGET, AND SOME OF OUR FINANCIAL CHALLENGES. SO I WANTED TO EXTEND AN INVITATION -- AND THIS WILL GO OUT TO THE SCHOOLS IN PLANT CITY, BUT FOR THE SCHOOLS IN PLANT CITY AND THE FACULTY, WE ARE HAVING A TOWN HALL AT PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL ON MONDAY, THE 17th OF OCTOBER. THAT SHOULD BE A MONDAY, THE 17th OF OCTOBER, FROM 5:30 TO 6:30. I WILL MEET WITH FACULTY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT THEY MAY HAVE AND ADDRESS ANY CONCERNS. AND THEN FROM 7:00 UNTIL QUESTION MARK, MR. EAKINS AND I WILL BE THERE FOR A TOWN HALL TO LISTEN AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT THE COMMUNITY HAS, INCLUDING THE FACULTY AND ANY OTHER STAKEHOLDERS THAT INTERESTED. AND I THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA, ONE WAY THAT WE CAN GET SOME CORRECT, ACCURATE, POSITIVE INFORMATION OUT TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT BY DOING THINGS LIKE THAT. A LITTLE BIT AT A TIME. SO THANK YOU FOR MAKING YOURSELF AVAILABLE TO THE FOLKS IN PLANT CITY AND ABLE TO DO SOME MORE IN THE FUTURE, IN BRANDON, AND IN THE FISHHAWK AREA. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, ANOTHER OVERSIGHT IS THE ITEM NUMBER 13 .04, THE VOLUNTEER AND FAITH BASED STRATEGIES AND INITIATIVE UPDATE. CAN WE HAVE THAT BROUGHT BACK TO THE NEXT MEETING AS WELL? AND GO AHEAD AND PULL THAT IN THE INFORMATION ITEMS. SEVERAL ITEMS. AND I WILL BE VERY BRIEF. WE HAVE GONE BACK AND FORTH ON OUR MEETING TIMES. WE HAVE SEAMSET THE TIME. IT'S BEEN SO MANY DIFFERENT TIMES, AS MRS. VALDES SAID. ALL OF US WHO HAVE BEEN HERE FOR A LITTLE WHILE KNOW THAT. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST IS THAT WE HAVE SOME SPOT AT THE END OF OUR AGENDA FOR PUBLIC COMMENT, THAT WOULD ALLOW US TO HEAR FROM TEACHERS. I KNOW THAT THE REASON FOR PUBLIC COMMENT IS TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE TO HAVE ADDRESS SPECIFIC AGENDA ITEMS. AND WE CAN HEAR FROM OUR TEACHERS AND OUR COMMUNITY VIA E-MAIL. THERE'S ALL KINDS OF WAYS TO GET IN TOUCH WITH US. THAT'S ONE WAY. BUT JUST TO HEAR FROM OUR TEACHERS, TO HEAR WHAT THEY ARE THINKING, TO HEAR THEIR CONCERNS. BOARD MEMBERS, I WOULD LIKE TO SUGGEST THAT WE CONSIDER OUR PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING, AND THEN HAVE A PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE END FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO JUST ADDRESS WHATEVER THEY WANT TO ADDRESS. SO I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION THAT WE HAVE SOME TIME SET ASIDE AT THE END OF OUR AGENDA FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. IS THAT A SECOND?  

>>Susan Valdes: THAT IS A SECOND.  

>>April Griffin: I MADE THE MOTION AND MRS. VALDES HAS SECONDED THE MOTION. I'LL TURN IT OVER SINCE I AM THE MAKER OF THE MOTION. YOU ARE CHAIR.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THERE IS A MOTION AND A SECOND ON THE FLOOR. WE ARE IN DISCUSSION. MRS. EDGECOMB.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. WITH THAT IN MIND, MRS. GRIFFIN, WHAT HAPPENS ONCE TEACHERS OR THE SPEAKERS COME TO SPEAK? DO WE TAKE THE SAME APPROACH THAT WE HAVE WITH OTHER SPEAKERS? BECAUSE I THINK WHEN PEOPLE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT SOMETHING, AND ESPECIALLY TEACHERS WHO WANT IMMEDIATE ANSWERS TO ISSUES, ARE WE JUST GOING TO BE IN A POSTURE OF JUST LISTENING? OR ARE WE GOING TO ADOPT A DIFFERENT APPROACH WHEREOF WE TRY TO ADDRESS THEM? BECAUSE I THINK IN SOME WAYS, THEY ARE GOING TO FEEL -- MAYBE I AM BEING OVER PROJECTING HERE -- IF THEY DON'T GET THEIR CONCERNS TALKED ABOUT OR ADDRESSED IN THIS FORUM. IF THEY HAVE TO WAIT. AND I JUST WANTED TO KNOW HOW THAT MIGHT BE DIFFERENT IF WE USE THAT APPROACH. I THINK IT'S A GOOD ONE BUT I THINK IT HAS TO BE TREATED DIFFERENTLY.  

>>Jim Porter: I THINK THAT'S A VERY VALID POINT. I THINK THAT -- DR. VAZQUEZ AND I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT YOUR REQUEST, AND THAT'S WHY YOU SEE THE SUSPENDED AGENDA MOVED TO THE END. I THINK IF THIS MOTION PASSES WE CAN LOOK AT WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE FOR PURPOSES OF MAKING PEOPLE -- SETTING PEOPLE'S EXPECTATIONS AND LETTING THEM UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR VIEWS WILL BE LISTENED TO, AND I THINK THAT STATEMENT THAT MRS. STUART READS WOULD HAVE TO BE CRAFTED AND READ PRIOR TO THAT. MRS. GRIFFIN POINTED OUT THE OFFICIAL PUBLIC COMMENT NEEDS TO BE BEFORE YOU VOTE ON ANY ITEMS IN ORDER FOR IT TO HAVE ANY MEANING. THE PUBLIC HAS A RIGHT TO SPEAK TO YOU BEFORE YOU VOTE ON AN ITEM. THIS WOULD BE AGAIN, I THINK A MESSAGE SETTING EXPECTATIONS OF WHAT THIS IS ABOUT GIVING THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK, AND THEN THEIR QUESTIONS OR THEIR CONCERNS WOULD BE ANSWERED AT SOME LATER DATE, LIKE YOU TYPICALLY DO WITH PUBLIC COMMENTS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING. BUT I THINK IF WE UNDERSTAND, DR. VAZQUEZ, MY UNDERSTANDING, WE CAN WORK WITH SOMETHING TO PUT IN YOUR AGENDA AND A STATEMENT TO BE READ BY THE VICE CHAIR THAT CAN BE PRESENTED TO YOU AND WORK FROM THERE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: MR. PORTER, TO THAT POINT, ALREADY IN THE SCRIPT, WE STATE THAT IF WE TAKE PUBLIC COMMENTS SET ASIDE FOR 45 MINUTES, AND THEN IF WE GO OVER THE 45 MINUTES, WHICH NORMALLY WHEN WE HAVE A LOT OF SPEAKERS WE SUSPEND THE RULES. SO MY EXPECTATION IS THAT WE FOLLOW WHATEVER IT IS THAT WE DECIDE, BECAUSE WE HAVE, IN ONE WAY, WHEN WE HAVE MULTIPLE SPEAKERS TO AN ITEM, I THINK THAT WE ARE VERY GOOD ABOUT THAT. WE ARE NOT A STICKLER ABOUT WE IMMEDIATELY SUSPEND THE RULES, AND I DON'T THINK WE HAVE ACTUALLY FOLLOWED TESTIMONY PROCESS THAT WE PUT IN PLACE WHENEVER THERE'S BEEN A HOT ISSUE OR TOPIC OF CONCERN OR WHETHER IT'S GOOD, BAD OR INDIFFERENT. BUT SO MOVING FORWARD, I SECOND THE MOTION JUST TO HAVE THE DISCUSSION, BECAUSE ALREADY WE HAVE SOMETHING IN PLACE THAT SAYS PUBLIC COMMENTS FOR 45 MINUTES, AND IF THERE'S AN OVERFLOW OF THEM WE WOULD COME BACK AT THE END OF THE MEETING BEFORE WE VOTED ON THE AGENDA. SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WHATEVER IT IS THAT WE DECIDE TO DO THAT WE STICK TO IT AND TRY TO NOT SUSPEND THE RULES, BECAUSE THEN WHY HAVE A RULE? WHY HAVE A POLICY IF YOU ARE GOING TO ENFORCE IT ON SOME BUT NOT ALL? BECAUSE IT'S CONVENIENT OR NOT. SO THAT'S WHERE I'M AT WITH THESE PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES AND POLICIES THAT WE HAVE, IS WE HAVE TO BE CONSISTENT. AND SO I'M WILLING TO DO THAT, BECAUSE, YES, I WANT FOLKS TO BE ABLE TO COME TO US AND TALK TO US. BUT WHAT'S THAT REALLY GOING TO LOOK LIKE ON THE AGENDA? AND THEN WHATEVER WE DECIDE, LET'S STICK TO IT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES. MRS. GRIFFIN WANTED TO RESPOND.  

>>April Griffin: I WANTED TO CLARIFY MY INTENT OF THE MOTION. SO WE HAVE OUR TIME FOR SPEAKERS AT THE BEGINNING, BECAUSE AS WE HAVE AGENDA ITEMS, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC BEFORE WE MAKE OUR DECISION ON THOSE PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEMS. BUT AT THE END OF THE MEETING, TO ALLOW SPACE, ALLOW TIME, FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T GET HERE AT 3:00 TO BE SPEAK. AND THAT WOULD BE JUST A SET TIME ON EVERY SINGLE AGENDA. AND TO MRS. EDGECOMB'S POINT, I WOULD THINK THAT WE WOULD PROCEED THE SAME WAY WITH THE LATTER PUBLIC COMMENT AS WE DO WITH THE EARLIER PUBLIC COMMENTS, AND THAT WE WOULD PUT STAFF WITH THOSE TEACHERS, OR THAT WE WOULD GET BACK TO THEM IN WRITING IN SOME WAY OR ANOTHER, WHICH IS WHAT WE DO WITH THE REGULAR PUBLIC SPEAKING.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE MOTION. I THINK THAT IT'S A GOOD IDEA THAT WE ALLOW SOME TIME FOR PUBLIC COMMENT FOR ITEMS THAT PERHAPS ARE NOT ON THE AGENDA, THAT JUST WANT TO BE COMMUNICATED TO THE SCHOOL BOARD TO MAKE US AWARE OF ISSUES THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO STAKEHOLDERS. I THINK THE CHALLENGE WILL BE ONE THING THAT'S ALREADY MENTIONED IS MANAGING THE EXPECTATION AND JUST SO THAT PEOPLE NOVEMBER WHEN THEY SPEAK. JUST BECAUSE WE ARE NOT RESPONDING TO THEM IMMEDIATELY FROM HERE, THAT THERE'S SOMEONE WHO IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO THEM AND TAKE THEM ASIDE AND ADDRESS THEIR CONCERNS. BUT I THINK ONE OF THE CHALLENGES IS WHEN IS THE END OF THE MEETING? IF I'M A CONSTITUENT I WANT TO COME TO A SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND I DON'T KNOW WHETHER IT ENDS AT SEVEN OR NINE OR ELEVEN. I DON'T KNOW WHEN TO COME TO A SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TO ADDRESS THE SCHOOL BOARD. SO DO WE HAVE A TIME CERTAIN FOR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING? OR DO WE HAVE -- DO WE STOP OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AT A CERTAIN TIME EVERY TIME AND SAY, OKAY, AT 7:00 WE ARE GOING TO ADJOURN OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND ENTERTAIN PUBLIC COMMENT FOR 45 MINUTES AND THEN RESUME OUR MEETING AT THAT POINT IN TIME (SO LOGISTICALLY, I LIKE THE IDEA BUT LOB GIST PARTICULARLY I'M NOT SURE HOW IT'S GOING TO WORK BECAUSE I DON'T THINK PEOPLE ARE GOING TO WANT TO BE SIT HERE AND WAIT UNTIL TEND OF THE MEETING WHEN THEY DON'T KNOW WHEN THE END OF THE MEETING IS GOING TO BE. SO WE PROBABLY WANT TO TALK ABOUT THAT. IF THERE'S A SOLUTION TO THAT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. SNIVELY. MRS. HARRIS. I'M SORRY.  

>> TO TOUCH BASE U.N. ON ONE OF MY ISSUES, I THINK IT DEFINITELY SHOULD BE TIME CERTAIN. BECAUSE AS A TEACHER THAT MIGHT WANT TO ADDRESS THE BOARD, THERE'S FAMILY, THEY HAVE TO PICK UP THEIR CHILDREN BEFORE 6:00 OR THEY HAVE TO PAY CHILD CARE, SO I WOULD SAY THAT KNOWING THAT THE LAST SCHOOL GETS OUT AT 4:00, 4:15, THAT IF WE SET IT AT 5:00, THEN THEREIN WOULD BE A TIME CERTAIN, BUT I ALSO FEEL LIKE WE HAVE TO HAVE RESPECT FOR THESE PEOPLE THAT STILL SITTING HERE RIGHT NOW AND THAT THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE TO SIT HERE FOR AN EXTRA TWO HOURS TO HAVE EVERYBODY TALK. SO MAYBE CONSIDER THE 45-MINUTE PERIOD AND SAY, IF WE ARE GOING TO GIVE THE PUBLIC COMMENT, IF IT TAKES THAT 15, 20 MINUTES, THEN THE 5:00 TIME SLOT ONLY HAS THIS MUCH TIME LEFT. SO AT LEAST WE HAVE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN MANIPULATE ON TIME. OTHERWISE, WE ARE GOING TO, ON A TOUGH ISSUE, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE THE AREA FILLED, AND WE ARE GOING TO BE SITTING HERE FOR 75 PEOPLE TO SPEAK. THAT'S HAPPENED BEFORE. SO I THINK THAT WE NEED TO BE VERY COG MANATEE. I DO FEEL THAT -- COGNIZANT. I FEEL SINCE I HAVE BEEN ELECTED THAT THAT HAS BEEN A VOICE OF PEOPLE, THAT THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD AFTER THEY GET OFF WORK. SO I REALLY THINK A TIME SENSITIVE WITH A LIMITED AMOUNT OF TIME ENCOMPASSING THE ENTIRE TIME MIGHT WORK. BUT THANK YOU FOR PUTTING IT OUT HERE.  

>> MRS. GRIFFIN WOULD LIKE TO CLARIFY AGAIN.  

>>April Griffin: WELL, I HAVE AN IDEA. WE HAVE THE TEACHERS UNION COME SPEAK TO US. I THINK THAT THERE WOULD PROBABLY BE NOBODY BETTER TO SPEAK FOR THE TEACHERS IN THIS REGARD SINCE THEY BROUGHT THIS FORWARD AS AN ISSUE TO LET US KNOW HOW LOGISTICALLY THAT COULD WORK, WHAT TIME WOULD BE GOOD FOR TEACHERS, YOU KNOW, SO ON AND SO FORTH.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MR. PORTER.  

>>Jim Porter: IF I COULD MAKE A SUGGESTION. AS I HEARD MR. VAZQUEZ AND I HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT YOUR AGENDA, TALKING ABOUT TIME CERTAINS, THINGS LIKE SUSPENDING THE AGENDA AGENDA. I THINK THIS WILL WOULD RAP NICELY INTO THAT DISCUSSION AND WOULD BE HAPPY TO REACH OUT TO MRS. BAXTER JENKINS, TAKING YOUR COMMENTS DOWN. IN ORDER TO MOVE THIS ALONG, UNLESS YOU HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS, IF WE COULD COME BACK TO YOU WITH SOME SUGGESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THIS WOULD LOOK LIKE FOR A FUTURE AGENDAS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: SO ARE WE AGREEABLE TO THAT? I AM SO GLAD THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TIME CERTAIN. BECAUSE I HAVE ASKED MR. PORTR TO LOOK AT TIME CERTAIN FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS NOW.  

>>Jim Porter: AND WE ARE. WE ARE LOOKING AT IT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: WE NEED TO MOVE ON IT. I'M CURIOUS. AND BEING THAT I KNOW ALL OF US SIT ON A LOT OF DIFFERENT BOARDS, BUT PUBLIC COMMENT TYPICALLY COMES AT THE BEGINNING. THERE'S NOT USUALLY A SECOND TIME FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. AND I THINK WE ARE EXTREMELY LENIENT WHEN IT COMES TO SUSPENDING THE RULES WHEN WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE AND MAKING SURE PEOPLE ARE HERE. YOU GO TO A COUNTY COMMISSION MEETING. THEY START AT 9:00. THEY BREAK FOR LUNCH. THEY DON'T CARE WHO IS IN THE ROOM. AND THEY TAKE A LUNCH AND COME BACK. YOU GO TO AN MPO BOARD MEETING, AND I HAVE SAT THROUGH EIGHT HOURS OF COMMENTALITY AN MPO BOARD MEETING WHERE THEY LIMITED IT TO TWO MINUTES EACH BECAUSE THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE THERE BUT WE SAT THERE. OTHER BOARDS, A LOT OF PEOPLE, I UNDERSTAND WE ARE TRYING TO ACCOMMODATE PEOPLE WHO ARE COMING TONIGHT, BUT WE HAVE CHANGED MANY TIMES AND WE HAVE EVEN CHANGED BOARD COMMENT TIMES, AND COMMENT TIMES, AND WE HAVE NOT GOTANY LOT OF RESPONSE. SO I'M A LITTLE WARY OF MAKING THE CHANGE. AND I AM VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN THE ROOM INCLUDING US WHO ARE SITTING UP HERE. WE ALL WORKED TODAY AND NOW WE ARE AT A BOARD MEETING AND IT'S 7:30 AT NIGHT ALREADY. AND I AM NOT OPPOSED TO. THAT I HAVE ALWAYS SAID I WILL SIT UP HERE TILL MIDNIGHT. BUT I AM CONCERNED WHERE CHANGING AND ADDING ADDITIONAL TIME. AND I AM NOT SURE HOW IT'S GOING TO WORK. SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A PLAN BEFORE WE MOVE FORWARD ON SOMETHING LIKE THAT.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. IN REFERENCE TO THE TIME CERTAIN, LET'S REMEMBER THAT 5:00 IS ALSO NOT A GOOD TIME, BECAUSE THERE ARE GOING TO BE TIMES IN WHICH WE HAVE TO HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING RIGHT AT 5:00. SO WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TWO TIME CERTAINS. I CAN MULTIPLY TASKS BUT WE CAN'T HAVE TWO MIKES GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME. SO LET'S THINK ABOUT -- I AGREE, I AGREE THAT, YOU KNOW, PUBLIC COMMENT IS WHEN PUBLIC COMMENT IS. I AGREE THAT WE HAVE ATTEMPTED TO DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY IN SO MANY DIFFERENT WAYS AND DIFFERENT TIMES. AND IT'S NOT COMMON FOR -- I MEAN, HOT TOPIC ISSUES. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE ANSWER IS, THAT WE ARE VERY LENIENT, THAT WE ARE VERY ACCOMMODATING, THAT WE LIKE TO HEAR FROM THE PEOPLE, ABSOLUTELY. THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. I JUST THINK THAT WE NEED TO BE THOUGHTFUL OF THAT PROCESS AND WHAT IT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE, AND THE EXPECTATIONS, BECAUSE I, TOO, I DON'T CARE. I WILL BE HERE TILL SIX IN THE MORNING TOMORROW TILL I NEED TO BECAUE THAT'S WHAT WE SIGNED UP TO. FOR ME IT'S NOT ABOUT THAT. IT'S ABOUT JUST BEING CONSISTENT, BEING FAIR, AND -- THAT'S IT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN?  

>>April Griffin: WE KNOW WE HAVE SOME TOUGH DECISIONS TO MAKE. AS WE MOVE FORWARD. AND I THINK THAT IT'S IMPORTANT -- AGAIN, THERE ARE MANY AVENUES TO REACH US, MANY AVENUES TO GET THE MESSAGE TO US. BUT THAT BEING SAID, WE HAVE A LOT OF TOUGH ISSUES THAT GOING TO BE COMING BEFORE US THAT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE HEAR FROM OUR EMPLOYEES ON, SO TO BE ABLE TO OPEN UP THE TIME THAT THEY CAN COME AND PARENTS CAN COME, TO BE A VOICE IN THIS PROCESS AS WE MOVE FORWARD, I THINK IS REALLY IMPORTANT. AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TIMES WHERE NOBODY COMES AT THE LATTER PART. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TIMES WHERE A LOT OF PEOPLE COME AT THE LATTER PART. SO, AGAIN, WE HAVE BEEN VERY ACCOMMODATING AT DIFFERENT TIMES DURING DIFFERENT ISSUES. AND I THINK THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO DO THAT AND CONTINUE TO BE FLEXIBLE. I HEAR YOUR CALL FOR CONSISTENCY IN THAT. BUT I ALSO THINK FLEXIBILITY IS VERY IMPORTANT, TOO, BECAUSE WE ARE LIVING IN A VERY, VERY CHANGING WORLD. SO WHAT I WOULD LIKE IS WITH THE MOTION JUST TO GIVE IT TO THE SUPERINTENDENT, OUR CHIEF OF STAFF AND OUR ATTORNEY, AND LET THEM LOOK AT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IF WE SAY THAT WE WANT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH IT, WITH A TIME CERTAIN, BUT AGAIN I HEARD MR. PORTER SAY, YOU KNOW, IN WORKING WITH THE UNION TO FIND OUT WHAT ONE BE A GOOD TIME FOR TEACHERS AND EMPLOYEES TO GET HERE. SO THAT WOULD BE MY INTENT WITH IT. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. KURDELL.  

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I JUST HAVE ONE. SO THIS IS ONLY FOR EMPLOYEES? BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT YOU SAID.  

>> AND PARENTS.  

>>Carol Kurdell: SO IF YOU HAVE ANOTHER GROUP OUT THERE THAT WANTS TO COME SPEAK TO AN ISSUE, HELP ME UNDERSTAND HERE, BECAUSE YOU CAN SUSPEND YOUR MEETING ANYTIME YOU WANT AND HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC. I THINK YOU NEED TO DO SOME -- RATHER THAN DO A MOTION AND HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF LOSING THE MOTION, WHY DON'T YOU JUST ASK THE SUPERINTENDENT AND MR. PORTER AND DR. VAZQUEZ TO RESEARCH IT AND BRING IT BACK TO YOU SO YOU KNOW? I HAVE BEEN DOWN ALL THOSE ROADS. YOU EITHER HAVE TO SHORTEN YOUR BUSINESS MEETING SO YOU CAN HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC, AND APPARENTLY WE ARE NOT REAL GOOD AT THAT. YOU KNOW, WE ARE FOUR AND A HALF HOURS DOWN THE ROAD HERE. AND I AM NOT OPPOSED TO HEARING FROM THE PUBLIC AND NEVER HAVE BEEN. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TRIED ALL VERSIONS. BUT IT DOESN'T COME UP THAT OFTEN. SO I JUST NEED SOME CLARIFICATION. YOU KNOW, I WOULD MUCH RATHER HAVE IT COME BACK AFTER HAVING KIND OF LOOKED AT IT AND SEE WHAT MR. PORTER CAN COME UP WITH THAT WILL SOLVE THE ISSUE. BUT I AM RUNNING ALONG THE VEINS OF MRS. VALDEZ THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE GOT 45 MINUTES WITH SPILL-OVER FOR AFTERWARDS. BUT IF YOU HAD A GROUP OF TEACHERS SITTING HERE IN THE AUDIENCE THAT WANT TO SPEAK, WE CERTAINLY HAVE THE ABILITY TO ROBERT'S RULES OF ORDER TO GIVE THEM THAT OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. IT WILL EXTEND YOUR MEETING AND THAT'S OKAY, BECAUSE THERE ARE USUALLY LOTS OF GOOD COMMENTS ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON, AND YOU WANT TO HEAR THAT. I DON'T KNOW. IT'S UP TO YOU ALL.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. KURDELL. MRS. GRIFFIN.  

>>April Griffin: WELL, THE 45 MINUTES THAT WE SUSPEND IS FOR A HOT TOPIC WITH A LOT OF SPEAKERS. AND I DID MENTION EMPLOYEES A LOT, BUT WE ALSO HAVE PARENTS, WE ALSO HAVE ENGAGED COMMUNITY MEMBERS. SO IT WOULD BE FOR WHOEVER -- AND A LOT OF PEOPLE WORK DURING THE DAY AND CAN'T GET HERE TILL AFTER WORK. SO THAT'S WHAT THE INTENT OF IT IS, IS TO ALLOW SOME TIME THAT WE HAVE OUR PUBLIC COMMENT IN THE BEGINNING SO THAT WHEN WE ARE MAKING THOSE DECISIONS THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY WANT TO WORK TO GET HERE, TO SPEAK TO A SPECIFIC TOPIC, CAN, AND WE CAN HEAR FROM THEM, AND THEN TO ALSO ALLOW SOME TIME IN THE EVENING. CAN AND I'M SORRY, I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE SITTING HERE AT THIS TIME. BUT THIS IS THE TWO TIMES A MONTH THAT WE GET TO DO THE BUSINESS OF THIS DISTRICT, AND WE ARE THE 8th LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE NATION, BUT TO ALLOW FOR ANYBODY WHO WANTS TO SPEAK IN THE LATTER PART. AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE PEOPLE SHOW UP, AND WE MAY HAVE NOBODY SHOW UP. SO IT MIGHT BE JUST WE OPEN UP THE FLOOR, NOBODY HAS SIGNED UP, AND WE CLOSE IT AND WE GO BACK TO THE BUSINESS OF OUR MEETINGS. IT'S GOING TO VARY. WE HAVE SEEN THAT. WE HAVE SEEN IT ENOUGH TIMES. SO THAT WOULD BE MY INTENT. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE MOTION PASSED THIS EVENING AND GIVE STAFF DIRECTION ON HOW TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS SO WE CAN START INCORPORATING THE TIME SOONER THAN LATER.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. AGREE. ARE THERE ANY MORE COMMENTS? THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR WITH A SECOND. MRS. GRIFFIN, WILL YOU PLEASE REPEAT YOUR MOTION?  

>>April Griffin: THAT WE HAVE A SECOND TIME SLOT ON OUR AGENDA, WHETHER IT'S TIME CERTAIN OR NOT, THE ATTORNEY AND OUR CHIEF OF STAFF ARE GOING TO LOOK AT THAT AND BRING BACK SOME DIFFERENT OPTIONS ON WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE, AND THEN WE'LL DECIDE, BUT WE WILL VERY MANY A SECOND TIME SLOT SLOT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: ANY QUESTIONS? IF WE COULD HAVE THE LIGHTS, PLEASE. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE. OKAY. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. AND THE MOTION PASSES 6 TO 1 WITH MRS. KURDELL VOTING NO.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. SO FOR THE REST OF MY COMMENTS, I DID GET SOME FEEDBACK AFTER THE LAST BOARD MEETING, AND I HAD MADE THE COMMENT THAT MAYBE WE SHOULD TURN DOWN -- OR TURN UP THE AIR HERE, AND I DID NOT MEAN TO OFFEND ANYBODY WHEN I SAID I WOULD COME TO WORK IN TANK AND SHORTS. THAT WAS NOT MY INTENTION AT ALL. I KNOW THAT OUR EMPLOYEES DRESS VERY PROFESSIONALLY AT OUR SCHOOL SITE. SO I WANTED TO JUST CLARIFY THAT. AND MY APOLOGIES TO ANYBODY THAT I OFFENDED WITH THAT STATEMENT. BOARD MEMBERS, WE DO HAVE TWO LONG-SERVING BOARD MEMBERS WHO ARE LEAVING US IN NOVEMBER, AND THERE ARE SOME GOING AWAY PARTIES. AND I WANTED TO ANNOUNCE THAT TO THE GREATER PUBLIC. ON OCTOBER 13th, MRS. EDGECOMB'S GOING AWAY PARTY IS GOING TO BE AT 5:00 P.M. AT PEPPIN, AND HER FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS ARE WELCOME TO GO SAY GOOD-BYE THERE. AND THEN OCTOBER 25th AT THE DOUBLETREE AT 5 P.M., MRS -- AND WHICH DOUBLETREE IS THAT? ON CYPRESS, THE DOUBLETREE ON CYPRESS, IS MS. KURDELL'S GOING AWAY PARTY. SO AT 5 P.M. ON BOTH OF THEM. SO ON THE 13th IS MRS. EDGECOMB'S AT PEPIN. AND OCTOBER 25th IS MRS. KURDELL'S AT THE DOUBLETREE ON CYPRESS, BOTH OF THOSE AT 5:00. SO THANK YOU. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MRS. GRIFFIN. I'LL MAKE MY COMMENTS SHORT THIS EVENING. I DO WANT TO RECOGNIZE A COUPLE OF INDIVIDUALS, MYSELF, TONIGHT SITTING RIGHT THEREBY BEHIND MRS. AGRESTA, AND TODAY WOULD HAVE BEEN MR. SHULTS LAST BOARD MEETING SO HE MADE THE GREAT ESCAPE BEFORE WE COULD RECOGNIZE HIM. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GIVE A HAND FOR HIM.  

>> MR. EAKINS, HOW MANY YEARS?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: OH, GOSH, I'M NOT SURE. YOU KNOW, HE SERVED US, HE SERVED OUR COUNTRY. HE'S JUST A PHENOMENAL LEADER. HE'S GOING TO BE MISSED TREMENDOUSLY IN THIS DISTRICT ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL, WE ARE STILL NEGOTIATING OVER HERE, BUT MAY BE HER LAST BOARD MEETING SO I WANT TO DO IT NOW IN CASE SHE WINS THE NEGOTIATION. SITTING DOWN AT THE END OF THIS DAIS FOR THE LAST 12 YEARS HAS BEEN MRS. LINDA FERNANDEZ. AND SO LINDA HAS HOW MANY YEARS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, MRS. FERNANDEZ? 35 YEARS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. TREMENDOUS. YOU TALK ABOUT THE INSTITUTIONAL KNOWLEDGE BACKBONE OF THE CLERICAL STAFF ACROSS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND HER KNOWLEDGE IS AMAZING. STIHL SKILL SET IS AMAZING. YOU ARE THE ULTIMATE PROTECTOR OF YOUR BOSS, JUST SO YOU KNOW. SHE IS. SHE PROTECTS EVERYTHING. BUT ON BEHALF OF MYSELF, I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW HOW MUCH I HAVE APPRECIATED YOUR SUPPORT FOR ME PERSONALLY BUT FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO SUPPORT THIS DISTRICT AND WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO SUPPORT THESE MEETINGS, AND THIS ENTIRE ORGANIZATION. YOU WILL BE TREMENDOUSLY MISSED, MRS. FERNANDEZ. [ APPLAUSE ] HEY, I MIGHT WIN THAT NEGOTIATION. OKAY. ALL RIGHT. I JUST HAVE A FEW COMMENTS THIS EVENING TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT. EARLY CHILDHOOD. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT EARLIER TODAY SO I WANT TO SUPPLY SOME INFORMATION ON SOME UPCOME EVENTS INVOLVING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. I WANT TO THANK TRACYE BROWN AND HER STAFF FOR ORGANIZING SOME OF THESE EVENTS. ON EARLY 14th A CONVERSATION WILL BE HELD AT THE GLAZER CHILDREN'S MUSEUM THAT WILL INVOLVE COMMUNITY LEADERS AND PARTICIPATES AROUND EARLY LEADING. I BELIEVE THE BOARD RECEIVED AN INVITATION FOR THAT PARTICULAR EVENT. ON OCTOBER 15th THERE WILL BE AN EARLY LEARNING SUMMIT AT JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL, A TRAINING FOR ALL EARLY LEARNING PROVIDERS INCLUDING HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, PRIVATE PROVIDERS AND HOME BASED PROVIDERS. SO WHEN YOU SEE THE COLLABORATION THERE AMONG EVERYONE THAT HAS THAT FOOTPRINT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD. ON OCTOBER 22ND WE'LL HAVE OUR PARENT UNIVERSITY, AND IT WILL BE A FOCUS ON EARLY LEARNING. SO THAT'S THE ENTIRE THEME AROUND PARENT UNIVERSITY THIS MONTH. SO WE WILL BE DOING A LOT OF EARLY LEARNING FOCUS DURING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER. OBVIOUSLY, PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE STARTS AT THAT AGE. AND SO JUST WANTED TO THANK ONCE AGAIN MRS. BROWN AND HER STAFF FOR ORCHESTRATING THOSE EVENTS. AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING MANY OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS THERE. WE TALKED ABOUT WEATHER. JUST SO YOU KNOW. THAT SEEMS TO BE SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH. THIS IS HURRICANE SEASON SO WE ARE KEEPING OUR EYES ON THE WEATHER. HURRICANE MATTHEW IS A MASSIVE STORM. IT HIT CUBA ACTUALLY, EAST COAST OF CUBA TODAY. BUT IT IS STILL NOT CLEAR WHAT THE IMPACT WILL BE FOR FLORIDA. BUT I WILL TELL YOU, I HAVE BEEN TEXTED ALL NIGHT ABOUT THE UPDATES AND IT HAS SHIFT ADD LITTLE FURTHER WEST SO THAT OBVIOUSLY WILL BE DEVASTATING FOR OUR EAST COAST OF FLORIDA. SO THERE ARE ALREADY HURRICANE WATCHES AND WARNINGS POSTED A LONG THE EAST COAST. BUT BECAUSE OF THE MASSIVENESS OF THE STORM, THE HURRICANE FORCE WINDS, THE TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS WILL BE SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA. WE HAVE BEEN CONTACTEDED BUILT EOC THAT WE MAY HAVE TO OPEN UP SHELTERS F.THAT'S THE CASE FOR MOBILE HOMES AND OTHERS, BECAUSE ONCE THE WINDS HIT CERTAIN LEVELS, OUR SCHOOLS ARE THE ONLY STRUCTURES THAT WILL WITHSTAND THOSE PARTICULAR WINDS, NOT THE COMMUNITY STRUCTURES. SO WE HAVE TO BE AWARE OF THAT POTENTIAL IN OUR DISTRICT THIS WEEK. SO WE WILL BE WORKING WITH CHIEF NEWMAN. HE'S STAYING VERY CLOSE CONTACT WITH EOC. THEN OF COURSE COMMUNICATIONS WILL HAVE TO PUT INFORMATION OUT IF WE HAVE TO MAKE ANY DECISIONS HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. SOME KUDOS. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MRS. JENNIFER BEGLY. JUST ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO I READ SHE WAGS THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS READING COACH OF THE YEAR. I JUST LEARNED LAST NIGHT ON TWITTER THAT SHE'S NOW THE STATE COACH OF THE YEAR. SO I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MS. MOBLEY. [ APPLAUSE ] SHE SERVED SEVERAL OF OUR SCHOOLS. MOSTLY IN AREA 7. THAT INCLUDES FOSTER AND JAMES AND KENLY AND ROBLES AND CHIHI. JENNIFER IS INVOLVED IN MANY AREAS OF COACHING INCLUDING MENTORING, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, PROMOTING A CULTURE OF LITERACY AND SHE BELIEVES STRONGLY IN COLLABORATION BETWEEN TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS AND COACHES. SHE WILL BE HONORED IN ORAL ON OCTOBER 22ND DURING THE FLORIDA READING ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE AND BE HERE ON DECEMBER 13th DURING OUR SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MEETING. FINALLY, OCTOBER IS STEM MONTH. AND TODAY OUR STEM TEAM TOOK OVER TWITTER FOR A STEM TA STIC DAY OF CHEATS. WE WILL BE LIVE ON A STEM CHALET AND ASK TEACHERS TO SUPPORT STEM. STUDENTS, TEACHERS AND PARENTS ARE ALSO PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITY AND SCHOOL-BASED STEM ACTIVITIES ALL MONTH. ON OCTOBER 7th OUR STUDENTS WILL SEE FIRST HAND THE CAREERS IN STEM AS THEY TAKE PART IN NATIONAL MANUFACTURING DAY. OUR PARTNERS ALSO HAVE JUMPED ON BOARD. MICROSOFT IS HOSTING A DIGITGIRLS SESSION AT THEIR INTERNATIONAL MALL STORE. MOSI IS HOSTING A MEET THE HISPANIC SCIENTIST EVENT. AND MOSI AND MOFFITT HAVE COOPERATED WITH OUR STEM TEAM OFFICE TO HOST STEM TASTIC FROM 5 TO 83:78 AT MOSI. WE WILL POST A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS ON TWITTER. THAT'S MY COMMENTS.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED. (SOUNDING GAVEL)