Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from October 18th, 2016, 3:00 P.M.

(SOUNDING GAVEL).  

>>April Griffin: THIS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18th, BOARD MEETING IS NOW CALLED TO ORDER. IF EVERYBODY COULD PLEASE SILENCE ALL YOUR CELL PHONES AND RISE FOR THE MOMENT OF SILENCE AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY OUR VICE-CHAIR, MS. CINDY STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

>>April Griffin: AND IT IS UNANIMOUS, WITH MRS. SNIVELY ABSENT. ALL BOARD MEMBERS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MS. SNIVELY ARE PRESENT. BOARD MEMBERS, YOU HAVE THE MINUTES FROM THE SEPTEMBER 13th SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP, THE MORNING SESSION AND THE OCTOBER 4th SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE MINUTES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. EDGECOMB. A SECOND BY MS. STUART. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS WITH MS. SNIVELY ABSENT. MS. STUART, COULD YOU PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES. FOR AUDIENCE COMMENTS AND A MEETING.

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

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. STUART. AS A POINT OF INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC, WE DID HAVE A DISCUSSION AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING ABOUT GIVING SOME EXTRA TIME AT THE END OF THE MEETING FOR PEOPLE TO COME AND SPEAK. OUR ATTORNEY IS IN THE PROCESS OF REVIEWING THAT AND WE SHOULD HAVE SOME DIFFERENT PROCESSES. THE BOARD VOTED ON THAT AT THE LAST MEETING, AND WE SHOULD HAVE AN EXTRA SLOT. WE'RE JUST TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THE LOGISTICS OF WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE SO THAT PEOPLE CAN COME IN THE EVENING AND SPEAK. THE SPEAKERS THIS EVENING, I'M GOING TO CALL THE FIRST THREE SPEAKERS. AND IF YOU COULD COME UP TO THE PODIUM AND THEN THE OTHER TWO STAY AT THE SIDE, MR. MARK KLUTHO, DR. BENNIE SMALL, AND DR. WALT SICKLES. AND YOU CAN PROBABLY JUST STAY RIGHT THERE, DR. SICKLES. IT'S GOING TO BE A LITTLE WHILE. MR. KLUTHO, YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES, WELCOME.

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. THIS IS A LECTERN, NOT A PODIUM. AND I SEEM TO HAVE LEFT MY AGENDA BEHIND, BUT AS I RECALL 404 -- 4.04, THE TEACHERS THAT SHOULDN'T BE TEACHING, THEIR CLASSES, YOU CHANGED THE RULES AGAIN. AND THEN YOU'RE GOING TO USF FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING. WHEN THEY DON'T MAKE HIGH-PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS, WHEN, LIKE YOU, THEY DON'T MAKE OR INSTALL THE RIGHT LIGHTING SYSTEMS, SOMETHING LIKE THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND. AND THEN THE TWO AGENDA ITEMS DEALING WITH THE BUILDINGS, HVAC. WELL, IF THE BUILDINGS WERE RIGHT, THEY WOULDN'T HAVE A HEATING SYSTEM. YOU DON'T NEED HEATING IN FLORIDA WHEN YOU MAKE A BUILDING CORRECTLY. AND WHERE DO THAT LEAD US? TO THESE ARTICLES IN THE PAPER, SCHOOLS SWEAT OUT AC ISSUES AND UNION TALKS, SCHOOLS HEAT UP. AND YOUR GUY IN CHARGE, HE'S SAYING, OH, I WARNED ABOUT THESE AC PROBLEMS A LONG TIME AGO, BUT THEN, WHAT DOES HE DO? HE MAKES A SCHOOL WITH ONE BUILDING ORIENTED THIS WAY AND ONE ORIENTED THIS WAY. WELL, TO GET A BUILDING SO THAT IT DOESN'T HAVE AN INORDINATE NEED FOR AC, YOU DON'T GET THE ORIENTATION WRONG. A STRAIGHTFORWARD PROPOSITION. NOW, THIS IS SHEER STUPIDITY AND, YOU KNOW, THE IDIOTS AT THE ST. PETE TIMES ARE SAYING YOU HAVE THIS DIRE SITUATION WITH NOT ENOUGH MONEY OF YOUR MAKING, BECAUSE YOU IGNORE THE SCIENCE, AND THEN WHAT DO WE HAVE, THAT WORD CORRELATION. SO THE STUDY SAYS "SEAS RISING AT A RECORD PACE." AND IT SAYS HERE, IN THE USA TODAY, CLIMATE CHANGE FUELED THE DEADLY RAINSTORM IN LOUISIANA. YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN. YOU MAKE IT HAPPEN. COME CLEAN ON SCHOOL BUDGET CRISES. YEAH, YOUR HANDS ARE DEFINITELY DIRTY. TRAIN AND RETRAIN THE BEST TEACHERS, AS I SAID BEFORE, YOU STRIKE OUT. I MEAN, IT'S UP TO BAT AND THERE ARE NINE SWINGS AND YOU'RE DOWN. WINSTON CHURCHILL SAID WE SHAPE OUR BUILDINGS THEREAFTER THEY SHAPE US. SO THE HOLE IS GETTING DEEPER AND THINGS ARE BECOMING MORE DIRE. THEY SAY THAT STORM THAT WENT UP THE COAST, IT GOT BIG VERY FAST BECAUSE OF THE HOT WATER AND YOU'RE SWEATING NOW BECAUSE YOU KEEP BELCHING THE CARBON WITH YOUR STUPID, DUMB BUILDINGS. THE SCIENCE YOU KEEP IGNORING, THE DIRECT CORRELATION. AND REMEMBER, VOTE NO ON NUMBER ONE. GET OUT FROM UNDERNEATH THE THUMB OF THE UTILITIES.

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

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK THIS AFTERNOON. I'M GOING TO BE VERY BRIEF. I'M THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL CHAPTER OF THE NAACP IN TAMPA, BUT I'M ALSO A PARTNER WITH YOU GUYS. AND FROM TIME TO TIME, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO ON Facebook AND LOOK AT VARIOUS ISSUES THAT ARE TAKING PLACE. ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT WE FOUND IS THAT FLYER THAT IS GOING TO BE CIRCULATING BEFORE YOU, AND THAT IS TALKING ABOUT ONE OF THE BUS DRIVERS, SUPERVISORS THAT WERE CALLING RACIST REMARKS TOWARDS SOME OF THE DRIVERS. AND AS THE NAACP, WE JUST DON'T FEEL THAT THIS IS APPROPRIATE. WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS TRYING TO HELP THE SCHOOL BOARD MITIGATE SOME OF THESE CIRCUMSTANCES. I HELP THEM TO TRY TO RESOLVE SOME OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES BASICALLY BECAUSE OF THE FACT WE ARE A PARTNER WITH YOU GUYS. ONE OF THE THINGS WE TRY TO DO IS WE KNOW THAT MEDIA -- ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS THAT WE DON'T WANT THAT TO GO OVER TO OUR KIDS BECAUSE WE'RE IN A SOCIETY TODAY WHEREIN THAT WE ARE TRYING TO BE ROLE MODELS FOR THE KIDS, THE SCHOOL BOARD, NAACP OR THE INDIVIDUALS. WHAT I HAVE AND THE YOUNG LADY, I THINK SHE'S DOING IT NOW, PASSING IT OUT, JUST A FLYER THAT COME FROM ONE OF THE ALLEGEDLY SUPERVISORS AT THE BUS DEPARTMENT, MEANING THE TRANSPORTATION. AND WE JUST ASK THAT THOSE ISSUES WILL BE ADDRESSED. AND WE ARE, MEANING THE NAACP, WILL BE AMENABLE TO TRY TO SIT DOWN WITH WHOMEVER IS THE SUPERVISOR, WHATEVER, TO SEE WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN WORK OUT ANY DIFFERENCE. SO THAT'S MY COMPLAINT TODAY. WE JUST DON'T WANT RACISM TO CONTINUE TO PLAGUE IN THIS COMMUNITY. I JUST HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND WATCH CONCERNING THE KILLING IN CLAIR-MEL A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO AND ALSO WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT REGARDING OTHER THINGS. SO I JUST DON'T WANT THESE TYPE OF THINGS TO SPILL OVER TO OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM. ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU ALL FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE HERE BUT PLEASE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO READ THAT AND MAYBE THE SUPERVISOR CAN ADDRESS IT AND I'LL BE AMENABLE TO TALK WITH THEM LATER ON. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. DR. SICKLES.

>> THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN GRIFFIN AND MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD. MY NAME IS WALT SICKLES. AND I'M ALWAYS AMAZED AND IMPRESSED WHEN I WALK INTO THIS ROOM. IT'S A SPECIAL FEELING FOR THE IMPORTANT DECISIONS THAT ARE MADE HERE WEEKLY FOR THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS IN THIS COMMUNITY BY THIS SCHOOL BOARD. AND I THINK MOST OF US IN THIS COMMUNITY APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO. I'M ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO UNDERSTANDS THE PROBLEMS AND DIFFICULT DECISIONS YOU FACE ON A REGULAR BASIS. I WORKED FOR THE BOARD AND WAS INVOLVED IN THE PLANNING TO BUILD THIS FACILITY. WHEN IT WAS COMPLETED WE MOVED FROM THE COURTHOUSE AND OTHER COUNTY FACILITIES TO THIS NEW BUILDING. DR. RAYMOND SHELTON WAS SUPERINTENDENT AT THAT TIME, AND THIS BUILDING WAS A TREMENDOUS ACCOMPLISHMENT BY THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I CAN COME BEFORE YOU TODAY AS A CITIZEN WITH A PARTICULAR REQUEST. NOW, I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE CHANGED THE DATE FOR THIS PRESENTATION, BUT I WASN'T INFORMED OF THAT AND WAS TOLD THAT THIS -- THAT THE PRESENTATION WOULD BE APPROPRIATE AT THIS MEETING. MY WIFE AND I HAVE KNOWN CAROL KURDELL FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS. DURING THOSE YEARS, WE HAVE OBSERVED HER WORKING TIRELESSLY TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AND PUBLIC EDUCATION IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AS THE COUNTY LEVEL ADMINISTRATOR AND SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, I WAS AMAZED AT THE TIME SHE SPENT VISITING SCHOOLS AND EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THIS COUNTY. I SAW HER PERSONALLY AT DIFFERENT SCHOOLS WHERE IN ONE OF THE COUNTY OFFICES ON A REGULAR BASIS, SHE ACCEPTED HER ROLE AS A BOARD MEMBER VERY SERIOUSLY AND ONE OF THE LARGEST SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN THE UNITED STATES. I WAS SURPRISED REGULARLY BY HER KNOWLEDGE, BY NAME, OF STUDENTS, TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND OTHER EMPLOYEES. IN MANY CASES, SHE KNEW A PARTICULAR PROBLEM BEFORE I DID. I DON'T KNOW WHETHER DR. EAKINS HAS THAT PROBLEM, BUT I SUSPECT IT COMES UP FROM TIME TO TIME BECAUSE ALL OF YOU ARE VERY ACTIVE, AND I THINK THE MEMBERS IN THIS COMMUNITY APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO. WHAT I ADMIRED MOST WAS THE VERY POSITIVE AND PROFESSIONAL WAY SHE DEALT WITH MAJOR ISSUES IN THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY. AND ALL HER DEALINGS IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WITH ME OVER THE YEARS, HER MAJOR CONCERN WAS THAT STUDENTS, EMPLOYEES, AND PARENTS BE TREATED FAIRLY AND PROPERLY. AS SHE RETIRES FROM HER ROLE AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, ONE OF THE LARGEST SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN THE UNITED STATES AFTER MANY YEARS OF EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE TO STUDENTS, EMPLOYEES AND PARENTS OF THIS COMMUNITY, I REQUEST THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY NAME A NEW SCHOOL FOR CAROL KURDELL. THANK YOU. I UNDERSTAND THAT THIS WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DONE TWO WEEKS FROM NOW, BUT I WAS NOT TOLD. I WAS ADVISED IT WAS GOING TO BE TODAY. I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THANK YOU. WE APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR THIS DISTRICT AS WELL. THE NEXT SPEAKERS ARE CHRISTIE FAUST, TERESA WILLINGHAM AND EDDIE ADAMS. WELCOME, MS. FAUST.

>> DR. FAUST, ACTUALLY.

>>April Griffin: SORRY. IT WAS NOT IN MY NOTES.

>> MY MISTAKE. HELLO AND THANK YOU FOR THIS TIME TO SPEAK. DR. CHRISTIE FAUST. I TEACH AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL AND I HAVE SINCE JANUARY 2015. I WAS RECRUITED BOTH TO THE DISTRICT AND TO K-12 TEACHING BY LARRY PLANK, WHO CAME TO AN OTHER THAN ACADEMIA WORKSHOP THAT THE INTEGRATED BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT HELD WHILE I WAS WORKING ON MY Ph.D. WORK. SO SWITCHING K-12 TEACHING HAS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING THINGS -- ONE OF THE MOST REWARDING DECISIONS I'VE EVER MADE. I HAVE FOUND THAT I REALLY LOVE WORKING WITH THE STUDENTS. I LOVE WORKING WITH THEM SO MUCH THAT I INVEST ABOUT 20 HOURS A WEEK OUTSIDE OF THE NORMAL WORKWEEK IN HELPING TO PREPARE, TAKE CARE OF THEM AND PROVIDE SERVICES TO THEM. I INVEST IN THE STUDENTS BY COMING INTO WORK ABOUT 45 MINUTES EARLY TO PREPARE FOR MY DAY AND FOR THEM. I INVEST IN STUDENTS BY LESSON PLANNING ON NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS. I INVEST IN THE STUDENTS BY MEETING WITH THEM DURING LUNCH AND FOR BEING THERE WITH THEM WHEN THEY ARE DISTRESSED FOR MANY DIFFERENT ISSUES. I INVEST IN STUDENTS BY FLOATING TO FOUR DIFFERENT ROOMS TO TEACH MY DIFFERENT CLASSES. I INVEST IN STUDENTS BY KEEPING CURRENT WITH MY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, BY TAKING WEEKEND CLASSES. I INVEST IN STUDENTS BY SACRIFICING MY PLANNING TIME FOR MEETINGS AND DIFFERENT PROCTORING EVENTS FOR THE DIFFERENT TESTING THAT'S NECESSARY OUR DISTRICT. I INVEST IN STUDENTS IN ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT WAYS. I'M SURELY JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF THE MANY BOTH IN MY SCHOOL AS WELL AS IN THE DISTRICT AS A WHOLE. YET WITH ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT WAYS THAT I INVEST IN MY STUDENTS, THERE HASN'T BEEN A BARGAINING DATE SET TO CLOSE OUR CONTRACT, EVEN THOUGH, CTA REQUESTED -- HCTA REQUESTED ONE OVER A MONTH AGO. THERE IS A $200 COST OF LIVING RAISE ON THE TABLE TO -- THAT'S ON THE TABLE. AND THIS $200 COST-OF-LIVING RAISE DOESN'T COVER THE COST-OF-LIVING INCREASE FOR THE YEAR, EVEN FOLKS LIKE ME THAT ARE ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PAY SCALE. NONCLASSROOM INSTRUCTIONAL AND STAFF POSITIONS HAVE BEEN RECENTLY CUT, OR IT'S BEEN IN THE NEWS AND THINGS THAT IT'S BEEN CUT. THESE POSITIONS ARE POSITIONS THAT SUPPORT ME IN DOING MY JOB AND DOING IT WELL. WITHIN MY -- I'M IN THE DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE. DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, WE HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN BUYING COPY PAPER AND SCIENCE SUPPLIES FOR OUR STUDENTS. SO I'M JUST WONDERING, MY QUESTION IS WILL THE DISTRICT INVEST IN US BY PUTTING A RESPECTABLE COST-OF-LIVING RAISE ON THE BARGAINING TABLE AND TO MEET, TO SET A BARGAINING DATE TO CLOSE OUR CONTRACT. SO THAT WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THE BEST SUPPORT TO OUR STUDENTS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, DR. FAUST. TERESA WILLINGHAM.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS TERESA WILLINGHAM. I AM THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR FIRST ROBOTICS IN CENTRAL FLORIDA. WE JUST DID THE BIG ROBOTICON EVENT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA. VERY WELL ATTENDED. IT WILL BE A PERMANENT HOME FOR THE EVENT. I RECENTLY PASSED ALONG TO THE SCHOOL SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE SOME GRANT AVAILABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION TEAMS. THE STATE OF FLORIDA THIS YEAR HAS MADE $200,000 AVAILABLE TO FIRST ROBOTIC COMPETITION TEAMS. WHEN I PASS THE INFORMATION ALONG, I WAS TOLD I HAD TO GO THROUGH THE DISTRICT REVIEW PROCESS TO GET THIS INFORMATION TO SCHOOLS, BUT WHEN I LOOKED INTO THAT, IT WAS GOING TO BE TOO LATE TO MEET THE GRANT DEADLINES FOR FULL ROOKIE TEAM FUNDING. SO I THOUGHT I WOULD COME BEFORE THE BOARD AND LET ANYBODY KNOW IF THERE WAS ANY WAY TO GET THE INFORMATION TO AREA HIGH SCHOOLS. WE HAVE 100% FUNDING FOR FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION TEAM DEVELOPMENT. SO EVERY FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION TEAM FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA WILL GET $2,000 FROM THE STATE OF FLORIDA PLUS $4,000, NEW TEAM FUNDING FROM FIRST. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE THAT INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. WE ALSO HAVE FUNDING FOR FIRST TECH CHALLENGE AND OUR OTHER PROGRAMS. WE HAVE THE TYPE OF STEM PROGRAMMING THAT WORKS. I THINK WE'VE PROVE THAN REPEATEDLY. AND I WOULD BE REALLY -- PROVEN THAT REPEATEDLY. AND I WOULD BE HELP TO DEVELOP A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS TO MAKE THE PROGRAM ACCESSIBLE TO STUDENTS. WE ALSO HAVE $30 MILLION AVAILABLE IN SCHOLARSHIPS, PLUS INTERNSHIPS. BASICALLY, I JUST WANTED TO COME. LET EVERYBODY SEE WHO I AM. SOME OF YOU HAVE COME OUT TO THE ROBOTICON EVENT. IT GROWS EVERY YEAR. WE WERE DELIGHTED TO PARTNER WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA ON THAT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THAT'S ALL I WANTED TO SAY.

>>April Griffin: WE DO HAVE STAFF HERE, AND STAFF IS GOING TO GET WITH YOU. THANK YOU. MS. STUART SAYS, YES, PLEASE, QUICKLY. WELCOME, MR. ADAMS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT. I GUESS I'M HERE ON THE WRONG WEEK BECAUSE I CAME TO TALK ABOUT RON HOPE DAWSON, THE NAMING OF THE SCHOOL. BUT I'LL GO AHEAD AND GIVE MY SPIEL NOW. IF I NEED TO COME BACK AGAIN, I'LL COME BACK AGAIN. RON HOPE DAWSON IS A SIGNIFICANT FIGURE WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY. I HAVE STOOD BEFORE YOU MANY TIMES IN THE PAST AND TALKED ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WITHIN OUR SOCIETY WITH BLACK MALES. AND MY SUPPORT AND MY EFFORTS TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN TO INCREASE GRADUATION, TO CREATE ROLE MODELS AND DO OTHER THINGS. WARREN -- I'M NOT GOING TO SAY ALL OF HIS NAMES BECAUSE THAT MAKE ME SOUND LIKE CHARACTERS. WARREN DOES THINGS AND DID THINGS THAT ARE HISTORICAL IN THIS COMMUNITY, IN A TIME IN WHICH THERE WAS NO ONE, VERY FEW PEOPLE STANDING IN THE GAP FOR SEGREGATION AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY. THAT WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN BY THE BLACK COMMUNITY. I HAVE HAD SEVERAL CONVERSATIONS WITH SEVERAL OF YOU ABOUT CREATING EXAMPLES OF BLACK MALES WITHIN THIS COMMUNITY, NAMING A SCHOOL WITHIN A SYSTEM THAT HAS HUNDREDS OF SCHOOLS. AND IF YOU LOOK AROUND, CAN YOU COUNT HOW MANY THAT ACTUALLY HAVE BLACK MALE NAMES FOR SCHOOLS. I'M SAYING THAT THERE'S SOMETHING THAT'S NEEDED. WE DON'T HAVE A LOT THAT I THINK WOULD BE QUALIFYING. I MEAN, I'M THINKING OF THE FOLKS THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT WOULD BE A GREAT EXAMPLE OF HOW YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS COMMUNITY, THAT WOULD BE ONE. I'M GOING TO SAY AND MAKE SURE IT'S ON RECORD. I TOLD HIM I WOULD COME AND MAKE A SPEECH IN SUPPORT OF HIS EFFORTS AND THE FACT THAT THEY NEED TO NAME A SCHOOL AFTER BLACK MALES BECAUSE, AGAIN, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SYSTEM AND YOU LOOK AT WHO KIDS LOOK UP TO, AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE POSSIBILITIES OF SOMEBODY SAYING, I WANT TO BE LIKE HIM. HE'S NOT A BAD PERSON TO WANT TO BE LIKE. I'M JUST GOING TO SAY. HISTORICALLY, YOU MAY NOT LIKE US. POLITICS, YOU MAY NOT LIKE HIS DEMEANOR, BUT HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. AND I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THAT WHEN YOU LOOK INTO NAMING THE SCHOOL, BECAUSE IT'S NOT MANY FOLKS OUT THERE LIKE WARREN, AND YOU COULD NOT FIND A BETTER PERSON AT THIS POINT IN HISTORY THAT SYMBOLIZES A TIME IN HISTORY AND A STRUGGLE THAT THIS COMMUNITY WENT THROUGH, AND WE CAME OUT THE OTHER SIDE OF IT FOR THE BETTER BECAUSE OF WARREN. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS THAT IS IT FOR OUR PUBLIC SPEAKING SECTION. MRS. VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I'M A LITTLE BIT UPSET, TO SAY THE LEAST, ABOUT THIS FLYER TWHEEF GOTTEN AND -- THAT WE'VE GOTTEN, AND IT'S OUT THERE PUBLICLY. YOU KNOW, I WONDER WHERE IS LEADERSHIP. EVERYONE THAT SUPERVISES SOMEBODY, THEY ARE A LEADER. I'M EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED OF THE LACK OF STANDARD. THIS MIGHT BE OKAY IN MY OPINION, IF YOU DIDN'T SUPERVISE ANYBODY. BUT WHEN INDIVIDUALS, ESPECIALLY SUPERVISE DRIVERS, IRONICALLY WE ARE ADOPTING A PROCLAMATION TODAY FOR NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK. WE SAY WE HONOR OUR BUS DRIVERS. WE SAY THAT WE APPRECIATE THE WORK THEY DO EACH AND EVERY DAY BECAUSE WITHOUT THEM, OUR KIDS, OUR CHILDREN WILL NOT BE IN SCHOOL, YET WE ALLOW SUPERVISORS TO USE THIS KIND OF LANGUAGE, THAT IT'S TOO EMBARRASSING TO ACTUALLY REPEAT. I DON'T KNOW WHERE WE'RE HEADED, BUT I DON'T LIKE WHERE WE'RE GOING. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. WE HAVE SOCIAL MEDIA POLICIES. THERE'S A DIFFERENCE WITH FREEDOM OF SPEECH, AND THERE'S A DIFFERENCE WHEN MY OPINION IN THE WORLD OF EDUCATION WHERE WE TEACH EVERY CHILD. WE DON'T CHOOSE WHO WE'RE GOING TO TEACH. WE TEACH EVERY CHILD. YET IF THIS IS THE STANDARD OF HOW SOME OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT EMPLOYEES ARE BEING TREATED BY SUPERVISORS, AND WE DO NOT SUPPORT THE BUS DRIVERS, YET WE HAVE AN AGENDA, 8.02, WHICH WE'RE SUSPENDING KIDS CHANGE OF PLACEMENTS, PROBABLY FOR SOME OF THE SAME STUFF. BOARD MEMBERS, I DON'T THINK THIS IS THE LEGACY THAT WE WANT TO LEAVE THIS BOARD, THIS DISTRICT IN. WHEN WE LOOK AT THE STUDENT POPULATION, IT IS A MAJORITY/MINORITY DISTRICT. WHETHER YOU BELIEVE IT OR NOT, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, AND I THINK THAT WE NEED TO -- THIS CAN'T CONTINUE TO HAPPEN. IT CANNOT. THIS IS EMBARRASSING. IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE WANT OUR CHILDREN TO EVEN -- TO EVEN PARTICIPATE IN, TO EVEN KNOW ABOUT, BECAUSE IT'S THE 21st CENTURY, PEOPLE. AND I DON'T BELIEVE THAT THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT SHOULD CONTINUE TO ALLOW THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR. THERE IS A STANDARD IN EDUCATION, AND IT'S NOT JUST FOR TEACHERS. THERE IS A CODE OF ETHICS. THIS IS EMBARRASSING. IT IS APPALLING. AND I JUST HAVE TO MAKE IT KNOWN PUBLICLY THAT I DO NOT LIKE IT. UNLESS YOU HAVE BEEN DISCRIMINATED ON BEFORE, YOU WOULDN'T KNOW WHAT THAT FEELING IS LIKE. I WONDER HOW MANY OF YOU IN THE AUDIENCE TODAY, OR UP ON THIS DAIS, HAS GONE INTO A ROOM AND YOU'VE BEEN FOLLOWED BECAUSE YOU'RE DIFFERENT. OR BECAUSE OF THE COLOR OF YOUR SKIN, YOU MIGHT TAKE SOMETHING. REALLY? ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I'M EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED. PEOPLE SAY WE'RE TIRED ABOUT TALKING ABOUT RACE. NO, RACE MATTERS PEOPLE. RACE REALLY, TRULY DOES MATTER. AND WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO CONDONE THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR, I DON'T CARE WHO YOU ARE OR WHO YOU KNOW. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO CONDONE THIS TYPE OF BEHAVIOR BECAUSE IF NOT, OUR COMMUNITY IS NOT GOING TO BE BETTER FOR IT. I DEFINITELY DON'T WANT A COPYCAT FROM WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND THE WORLD, AROUND THE NATION. THAT'S NOT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO ALLOW TH THIS. WHERE IS THE STANDARD, STAFF? WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM OUR EMPLOYEES OR I SHOULD SAY YOUR EMPLOYEES? BECAUSE MY EMPLOYEE RIGHT THERE. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. I WANT TO SEE CHANGES. THIS CANNOT CONTINUE TO HAPPEN. IT'S EMBARRASSING AND IT'S NOT LETTING US MOVE FORWARD AT ALL. WE'RE STUCK IN THE '60s. IS THAT WHAT WE REALLY WANT TO DO? WE WANT TO GO BACK THERE? I DON'T THINK SO. I KNOW I DON'T. I'M A '70s BABY. THIS CANNOT CONTINUE TO HAPPEN. I'M JUST EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED.

>>Jim Porter: IF I COULD SPEAK, DR. SMALL PRESENTED SOMETHING TO YOU TODAY. I THINK THE APPROPRIATE THING TO DO IS TO TURN IT OVER TO THE ADMINISTRATION, SPECIFICALLY HR AND ALLOW THEM TO INVESTIGATE TO DETERMINE IF ANY BOARD POLICIES OR PROCEDURES HAVE BEEN VIOLATED. I WOULD RECOMMEND THE BOARD NOT DISCUSS IT FURTHER BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT COULD RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION. YOU MAY HAVE TO VOTE ON IT IN THE FUTURE. I UNDERSTAND EVERYONE'S CONCERN ABOUT IT. THE APPROPRIATE THING TO DO WOULD BE TO TURN IT OVER TO YOUR SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS HR DIRECTOR AND ALLOW THEM TO INVESTIGATE.

>>Susan L. Valdes: I WOULD LIKE A TIME CERTAIN ON THIS, THOUGH. BECAUSE NOT KNOWING -- I DON'T KNOW HOW LONG THE INVESTIGATION WOULD TAKE, BUT THE -- WHAT I'M AFRAID OF IT IS -- WHAT I'M AFRAID OF IS THAT STUFF IS BREWING, AND I JUST DON'T WANT TO GO THERE. I DON'T WANT TO GET TO THAT POINT. THIS IS THAT SENSITIVE, MR. PORTER. IF NOT, I WOULDN'T FEEL SO PASSIONATE ABOUT IT, BUT THIS IS EXTREMELY SENSITIVE, AND THIS NEEDS TO BE SOMEHOW OR ANO ANOTHER -- YOU KNOW, HOW MANY MORE OCR -- HOW MANY MORE? WHAT ELSE DO WE NEED?

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES, I HEAR WHAT MR. PORTER IS SAY SAYING --

>>Susan L. Valdes: [NOT SPEAKING INTO A MICROPHONE]

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WE HAVE A COPY, AND WE HAVE ALREADY INITIATED AN INVESTIGATION. WE HAD IT BEFORE TONIGHT. SO THAT INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING, AS FAR AS A TIME CERTAIN, AS FAR AS THAT BEING CONCLUDED, I DON'T HAVE THAT FOR YOU TONIGHT, BUT I'LL CONTINUE TO KEEP YOU ABREAST OF THE INVESTIGATION.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND BOARD MEMBERS, I HAVE HEARD FROM OUR COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE, THERE WERE TWO PEOPLE WHO SIGNED UP ONLINE, AND I DIDN'T HAVE THEIR NAMES. DO YOU WANT TO SPEAK TO THIS NOW, MS. EDGECOMB, BECAUSE MR. STUART SAID SHE COULD HOLD HER COMMENTS UNTIL AFTER THE REST OF THE SPEAKERS?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I'M GOING TO RESPECT MR. PORTER'S REQUEST THAT WE WON'T FURTHER COMMENT ON IT. I HAVE SOME CONCERNS, TOO, AND IT GOES BEYOND JUST BEING UNACCEPTABLE. IT IS OFFENSIVE, HIGHLY OFFENSIVE. BUT I'LL HOLD MY COMMENTS, WAIT FOR DUE PROCESS, WAIT FOR WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THIS SCHOOL BOARD AND THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND WAIT FOR JUSTICE AND FAIRNESS TO BE EXECUTED. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. EDGECOMB. AND MS. STUART, I WILL CALL ON YOU WHEN THE OTHER TWO SPEAKERS COME UP AFTER THEY ARE DONE SPEAKING. MS. STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS. FROM CTA. AND THEN MS. JEAN CLEMENTS FROM CTA. WELCOME, MS. BAXTER JENKINS.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. JUST A WEEK AGO, I SAT IN THIS ROOM IN A BOARD WORKSHOP AND I HEARD MANY OF YOU BOARD MEMBERS DISCUSS THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATION. IN MY POSITION AS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AS WELL AS MY POSITION AS A PARENT, I HAVE SOME FAIRLY LARGE COMMUNICATION CONCERNS, AND SO I WAS INCREDIBLY ENCOURAGED TO HEAR ALL OF YOU HAVING THAT CONVERSATION FROM THE DAIS. IT SHOWED ME THAT YOU UNDERSTOOD THE SEMINAL ROLE, THAT CLEAR AND RESPECTFUL COMMUNICATION PLAYS, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE'RE DEALING WITH OUR EMPLOYEES. AND SO WITH THAT BACKDROP IN MIND, I WAS A LITTLE -- I WAS DISHEARTENED TO FIND THAT WHEN I LEFT THIS ROOM, I FOUND OUT IN THE NEWSPAPER THAT CERTAIN COMMUNICATIONS HAD GONE OUT TO OUR EMPLOYEES. AND I DON'T THINK THIS IS GOING TO SURPRISE ANY OF YOU. I'M TALKING ABOUT THE COMMUNICATIONS, WHERE THE DISTRICT HAS STATED THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A HARD FREEZE, AND THAT WE WILL LOOK TO FILL POSITIONS FROM THOSE OUTSIDE -- THOSE TEACHING UNITS OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM, WHICH COULD BE RESOURCE OR COACHES AND THE LIKE. AND SO, YOU KNOW, LET'S PUT ASIDE FOR A SECOND ANY -- LET'S ASSUME FOR A SECOND I AGREE WITH THAT DECISION. I'M NOT SURE I DO, BUT JUST SO WE DON'T GET INTO ANY CONCERN ABOUT WHETHER I'M ARGUING THE BUDGET AT THE MOMENT, I'M NOT. BUT WHAT I DO WANT TO SAY IS, I'M NOT SURPRISED YOU MADE THE DECISION. THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS KIND OF INDICATED HE WAS LOOKING IN THAT DIRECTION FROM THIS DAIS MANY TIMES OVER THE LAST YEAR. SO I'M NOT SURPRISED OVERALL ABOUT THE DECISION. I AM SURPRISED ABOUT THE TIMING AND MANNER IN WHICH IT HAPPENED. AND SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU ALL ARE AWARE OF A FEW THINGS. FIRST OF ALL, WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY NOTICE THAT THE DECISION WAS ACTUALLY MADE OR WOULD BE EXECUTED IN THE MANNER IT WAS. EVERY ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, BOTH THE PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM AND ALL THOSE PEOPLE INSIDE THE CLASSROOM WHO DECISIONS LIKE THIS AFFECT ARE OUR MEMBERS. AND SO HAVING NO NOTICE OF THAT OR HAVING TO READ ABOUT IT IN THE NEWSPAPER SAYS A WHOLE LOT ABOUT, I GUESS, THE PLACE WHERE OUR COMMUNICATIONS HAVE DEVOLVED. BUT, SECOND OF ALL, THE COMMUNICATION ITSELF DID NOTHING MORE THAN SET OFF PANIC IN THE DISTRICT. AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S ANYTHING ANY OF YOU WANT. SENDING OUT A COMMUNICATION THAT SAYS YOU'VE MADE A DECISION ABOUT SOMEBODY'S JOB WHERE YOU DO NOT TELL THEM THE WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, HOW, OR THE WHY OR THAT YOU REALIZE THAT IT IS A BIG DECISION AND THERE'S GOING TO BE FURTHER COMMUNICATIONS, ALL WE HAVE DONE IS PUT PEOPLE IN A STATE OF PANIC. AND NOT -- AS WE GO FORWARD AND HAVE TO MAKE TOUGH DECISIONS. WHATEVER ANYONE THINKS ABOUT THE BUDGET OR ANY OF THAT, A LOT OF HARD DECISIONS. THAT AT EVERY TURN. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS. CLEMENTS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, JEAN CLEMENTS, PRESIDENT OF THE HILLSBOROUGH CLASSROOM ASSOCIATION. WHAT I'M ABOUT TO DO TAKES A LOT OF NERVE FOR ME. ∫ WHERE O WHERE HAS YOUR BARGAINING TEAM GONE ∫ ∫ O WHERE O WHERE COULD THEY BE ∫ ∫ WITH THEIR WORDS CUT SHORT AND SILENCE CUT LONG ∫ ∫ O WHERE O WHERE COULD THEY BE ∫ I'M HERE TO URGE YOU TO RETURN TO THE BARGAINING TABLE. WE MET LAST OVER A MONTH AGO. LAST YEAR, WHEN NEGOTIATIONS WERE SO DIFFICULT, CONFUSING AND BELEAGUERED AND THEY DRAGGED INTO DECEMBER, WHEN WE FINALLY REACHED A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT IN DECEMBER, WE ALL AGREED THAT THIS YEAR WOULD BE DIFFERENT. THAT YOU WOULD HAVE BUDGETARY MEASURES AND REALIGNMENTS IN HAND OR AT LEAST HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING AND DIRECTION LAID OUT, AND WE WOULD START NEGOTIATIONS IN MAY WITH THE HOPE OF HAVING THINGS WRAPPED UP AROUND THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR OR SHORTLY THEREAFTER. IT'S OCTOBER. THE LEAFS HAVE TURNED COLOR UP NORTH, AND WE HAVEN'T BEEN AT THE TABLE IN OVER A MONTH. A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, WE UNDERSTOOD YOU HAD A LOT OF THINGS TO ANALYZE AND FIGURE OUT. WE UNDERSTAND MANY OF YOUR CHALLENGES COME FROM TALLAH TALLAHASSEE, AND THAT FLORIDA FOR MY ENTIRE LIFE ALWAYS HAS BEEN ONE OF THE POOREST PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPPORTERS IN THE NATION. BUT MANY THINGS ARE BEING HELD UP BY STALLED NEGOTIATIONS HERE. THE EVALUATION HANDBOOK, THE PERFORMANCE PAY HANDBOOK AND SIMPLE PROVISIONS WHICH HELP PROFESSIONALS TO DO THEIR JOBS WELL, MANY THINGS THAT DON'T COST ANY MONEY AND THINGS THAT DO, MOST OF WHICH YOU HAD ALREADY BUDGETED FOR AND AGREED TO EARLIER IN NEGOTIATIONS. WE NEED TO GET BACK TO THE BARGAINING TABLE, PICK UP WHERE WE DROPPED OFF, AND LET YOUR EMPLOYEES GET THEIR SALARY INCREASES AND RAISES. AGAIN, I'M URGING YOU TO RETURN TO THE BARGAINING TABLE AND LET'S TRY TO GET THIS WRAPPED UP BY HALLOWEEN, NOT WITH TREATS, BUT WITH SUBSTANCE, AND CERTAINLY NOT WITH TRICKS, BUT WITH TRUST. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. CLEMENTS. MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND I JUST WANTED TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY, ONE OF THE AGENDA ITEMS THAT WAS NOT PULLED FOR THIS EVENING, ITEM NUMBER 6.09, IS AN AGREEMENT WITH THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION. AND THE NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR IS HERE TODAY, AND I JUST WANTED TO INTRODUCE HIM. DR. STEVE NOBLE IS HERE IN THE BACK. WELCOME, AND THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE THIS EVENING. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: WELCOME. MR. NOBLE, I'LL TAKE A MOMENT OF PRIVILEGE, IF YOU'D LIKE TO COME UP AND ADDRESS THE BOARD. IF NOT, YOU'RE PERFECTLY FINE NOT TO HAVE TO DO THAT. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SO I DON'T HAVE ANY COMMENTS PREPARED, BUT I DO LOOK FORWARD TO THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. I'M EXCITED TO TAKE THE HELM, SO TO SPEAK, WITH THIS POSITION. AND THERE'S A LOT OF WORK TO BE DONE, AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT GETTING GOING WITH THAT. SO THE FIRST 45 DAYS HAVE BEEN FAST AND FURIOUS, BUT I'M ALREADY WORKING CLOSELY WITH YOUR STAFF, SPECIFICALLY IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD DEPARTMENT, AND MY GOAL IS TO SUPPORT EVERY CHILD IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, JUST AS YOUR GOAL IS. MAKING SURE OUR GOALS ARE ALIGNED AND THAT WE ALL HAVE THE SAME STRATEGY IN MIND. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. WELCOME.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: MS. GRIFFIN? I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW, WE LOST THE SIGNAL. I KNOW WE HAD A PowerPoint THAT WAS GOING TO BE PUT UP AND THEN WE HAD A VIDEO THAT WAS GOING TO BE PLAYED. CURRENTLY, RIGHT NOW, WE'VE LOST THAT SIGNAL. SO WE MAY HAVE TO JUST IMPROVISE TONIGHT. JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THAT CONCLUDES OUR PUBLIC SPEAKING. WE ARE NOW INTO SECTION A, WHICH IS PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS. THE FIRST PROCLAMATION IS AN ADOPTION OF THE PROCLAMATION "NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK." AND CYNTHIA GIBSON IS GOING TO PRESENT.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON.

>>April Griffin: GOOD AFTERNOON, WELCOME.

>> FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO SAY I'M CYNTHIA GIBSON. I AM A 31-YEAR EMPLOYEE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. GUESS WHAT, I'M STILL SMILING. I'M STILL SMILING. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I APPRECIATE THIS OPPORTUNITY OF BEING ABLE TO TAKE PART OF THIS PROCLAMATION, SIMPLY BECAUSE I'M INVOLVED IN IT AS WELL AND I'VE BEEN INVOLVED FOR 31 YEARS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK. WHEREAS, THE CHILDREN OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ARE OUR MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE, REPRESENTING OUR FUTURE AND PROTECTING THE NEEDS OF OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME, GUYS. I HAVE TO INSERT SOMETHING HERE. WE'RE TRANSPORTING OUR FUTURE. IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO ME THAT THEY ARE SAFE. AND I REALLY APPRECIATE TAKING PART IN THAT BECAUSE I WATCH IT EVERY DAY. WHEREAS, 956 YELLOW SCHOOL BUSES TRANSPORT 90,000 ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY CHILDREN DAILY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY; WHEREAS, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS HAS THE EIGHTH LARGEST SCHOOL FLEET IN THE COUNTY; AND WHEREAS, SCHOOL BUSES -- SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS HAS A HIGHER CONSTRUCTION, SPECIFICATION, AND INSPECTION STANDARDS THAN ANY OTHER VEHICLE. WHEREAS, THE SCHOOL BOARD OPERATIONS -- OPERATORS, WHICH IS ME, AND ATTENDANTS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TRANSPORTS AND TRAINS THE MOST HIGHER QUALIFICATION TRAINING AND TESTING STANDARDS THAN ANY OTHER COMMERCIAL DRIVER; WHEREAS, THE YELLOW SCHOOL BUS IS THE SAFEST WAY FOR CHILDREN TO GO TO AND FROM SCHOOL. AND I BELIEVE THAT. NATIONAL SCHOOL SAFETY WEEK WHICH DATES BACK TO 1966, ALSO RECOGNIZES THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION OF SCHOOL BUS DRIVER OPERATIONS -- OPERATORS AND ATTENDANTS ACROSS THE COUNTY, AS WELL AS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WHEREAS, NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK IS CELEBRATED EACH YEAR DURING THE THIRD WEEK OF OCTOBER AND PROMOTES SAFETY AWARENESS FOR THE MOTORISTS, SCHOOL BUS OPERATORS, PEDESTRIANS, AND STUDENTS, AND RAISES AWARENESS OF SCHOOL BUS SAFETY ISSUES. WHEREAS, THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TRANSPORTATION WILL CONTINUE TO STRIVE TO BE THE SAFEST, COURTEOUS, AND MOST EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT IN FLORIDA. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED -- I WANT TO SAY I BUT I HAVE TO SAY OUR SUPERINTENDENT JEFF EAKINS, OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DO HEREBY PROCLAIM THE THIRD FULL WEEK OF OCTOBER AS NATIONAL SCHOOL BUS SAFETY WEEK AND ENCOURAGE ALL CITIZENS TO JOIN US IN RECOGNIZING THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION OF PUPIL TRANSPORTATION PROFESSIONALS AND THE EXCELLENT SAFETY RECORD -- EXCELLENT SAFETY RECORD -- AND, BY THE WAY, I'M PART OF THAT SAFETY RECORD AND ATTENDANCE. ALL RIGHT. STOP BRAGGING. EXCELLENT OPERATION AND ATTENDANCE OF OUR SPECIAL STUDENTS. THE BENEFITS OF SCHOOL OPERATOR TRAINING IS IMPORTANT -- IMPORTANCE OF STUDENTS OBEYING SAFETY RULES AT ALL TIMES AND NEED FOR HEIGHTENED VIGILANCE ON THE PART OF ALL VEHICLE DRIVERS WHEN IN THE VICINITY OF SCHOOL BUSES. I REALLY APPRECIATE BEING A PART OF THIS TODAY BECAUSE I'VE ALWAYS WANTED TO BE UP HERE AND THANK YOU ALL FOR EVERYTHING YOU'VE DONE. I REALLY APPRECIATE AND I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENT TODAY, I'M SORRY, BUT I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. AND I HAVE TO SAY THIS WHILE I HAVE THE TIME. I'M SORRY. I'VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF GMs. A WHOLE LOT, 31 YEARS. OKAY, I HAVEN'T MISSED A WHOLE LOT. MAYBE 10 DAYS IN THOSE 31 YEARS, SERIOUSLY, ON MY BEHALF. BUT THE GM THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, I'M GOING TO BE HONEST WITH YOU, HE'S THE BEST. THE IDEAS THAT HE'S BROUGHT FORTH TO US, THE CHANGES MADE, IT HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY GREAT. SEE, I'M HERE TO SAY I'VE EXPERIENCED A LOT OF THEM. A LOT OF THEM, AND HE'S GREAT. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: DON'T LEAVE YET. MS. GIBSON, JUST HOLD ON A SECOND. WHAT I NEED, BOARD MEMBERS, IS A MOTION TO VOTE ON THIS ITEM SEPARATELY. IS THAT A MOTION, MS. VALDES? AND A SECOND, MS. EDGECOMB. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION ON VOTING ON THIS SEPARATELY? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. THE MOTION BY MS. VALDES IS TO APPROVE THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE THIS PROCLAMATION AND THE SECOND IS BY MS. EDGECOMB. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE PROCLAMATION PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. YOU DID A FABULOUS JOB. THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND THANK YOU FOR THE PRIDE THAT YOU HAVE IN THE JOB THAT YOU DO BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR EMPLOYEES IN THIS DISTRICT IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF OUR STUDENTS' SUCCESS. AND YOU ALL ARE THE FIRST PEOPLE THEY SEE IN THE MORNING WHEN THEY GET ON THAT BUS, AND YOU CAN SET THE TONE FOR THAT CHILD -- FOR ALL OF THOSE CHILDREN'S DAY. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO FOR THOSE 31 YEARS YOU HAVE GIVEN US AND OUR CHILDREN.

>> THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THERE ARE NO ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS THIS EVENING. AND I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THE FOLLOWING ITEMS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION IN A SEPARATE VOTE. ITEMS C6.03, C 6.04, C 6.10, C 13.04 AND C 13.05. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS. AND A SECOND BY MS. VALDES. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND THE CONSENT AGENDA PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. ALL RIGHT, BOARD, THE FIRST ITEM IS ITEM 6.03, WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM AGREEMENT WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD OF POLK COUNTY AND THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, TRUSTEES FOR SERVICES -- [INAUDIBLE] -- MATH SCIENCE PARTNERSHIP GRANT. MS. ELIZABETH AGRESTA.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, AND THE BOARD. OUR STEM DIRECTOR LARRY PLANK IS NO, I CAN'T. LARRY PLANK, OUR STEM DIRECTOR, IS CURRENTLY OUT OF TOWN. HE'S IN DENVER. HE'S AT THE STEM ECOSYSTEMS COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE MEETING. AND THE WHOLE STEM TEAM IS OUT OF TOWN TODAY. BUT I'M VERY HAPPY TO DO THIS HIGHLIGHT FOR YOU ON THIS AMAZING GRANT THAT WE HAVE. I'M HAPPY TO SAY THE DISTRICT HAS BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL IN FINDING OUTSIDE COMPETITIVE MONEY TO SUPPORT STEM. AND TEACHING AND LEARNING IS ACTUALLY VERY PROUD OF THIS. THE STEM PARTNERSHIP GRANT ACTUALLY TOUCHES ON ALL FACETS OF OUR DISTRICT PRIORITIES. IT TOUCHES ON STUDENT LEARNING, FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP, TALENT MANAGEMENT, AND COMMUNITYING WITH STAKEHOLDERS. SO WE'RE VERY PROUD TO TELL YOU ABOUT OUR THREE-YEAR GRANT THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AND IT IS FUNNELED TO US THROUGH THE MATH, SCIENCE PARTNERSHIP GRANT FOR $4.5 MILLION. SO THE GRANT BASICALLY HAS THREE OVERARCHING GOALS, AND THE FIRST TWO GOALS PRETTY MUCH CENTER ON TEACHERS AND HELPING THEM TO BECOME BETTER TEACHERS OF STEMS IN THE CLASSROOMS IN GRADES 3 THROUGH 12. THE THIRD GOAL IS ABOUT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. SO THE FIRST GOAL HAS TO DO WITH TEACHING TEACHERS TO COLLABORATE IN TEACHER TRAININGS, AND LEARN HOW TO DEVELOP EXCELLENT LESSON PLANS FOR STUDENTS TO LEARN STEM. AND GOAL NUMBER TWO IS MORE ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT TEACHERS DON'T JUST TRY TO TEACH STEM WITHIN THEIR OWN CONTENT AREA, BUT THAT THEY KNOW HOW TO INTEGRATE STEM INTO ALL OF THE DISCIPLINES THAT IT NEEDS TO BE INTEGRATED IN. THEY KEEP IT VERY HANDS ON AND VERY ALIGNED TO THE STANDARDS FOR THE STUDENTS. AND THE THIRD GOAL IS TO ACTUALLY SEE OUR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT INCREASE BECAUSE OF THE STEM PROGRAMS, WHICH IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S A LITTLE CHALLENGING TO DO BECAUSE YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER STEM IS NOT A SUBJECT OF ITS OWN. IT'S A PROGRAM THAT IS INTEGRATED INTO ALREADY THE SUBJECTS THAT EXIST INTO ALL OF THE CORE SUBJECTS AND ALSO ALL OF THE SPECIALS IF WE DO A REALLY GREAT JOB. SO CHECKING FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT IS SOMETHING THAT WE HOPE TO SEE AS A RESULT OF STEM BUT WE WANT TO SEE THAT IN ALL OF OUR SUBJECT AREAS ACROSS THE BOARD. SO TO DO THAT, WE NEED TO HAVE TEACHERS WHO ARE REALLY UNDERSTANDING WHAT THE STANDARDS ARE AND THE SUBJECT AREAS, THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THEM TO DO WELL ON THE STANDARDS HAVE TO BE EMBEDDED INTO OUR STEM PLANS. WE DO THAT THROUGH A SUMMER LEARNING INSTITUTE. IT'S ONE WAY WE DO IT. THERE'S ALSO A STEM WRITERS ACADEMY THAT TAKES PLACE FOR TEACHERS. SO TEACHERS LEARN HOW TO DEVELOP AND WRITE STEM LESSONS THAT ALIGN WITH THE FLORIDA STANDARDS OR THE NEXT GENERATION STANDARDS, AND THEN IF THE LESSONS ARE VETTED AND APPROVED, THEY ACTUALLY GET UPLOADED TO CPALMS, WHICH IS THE FLORIDA WEBSITE FOR RESOURCES FOR ALL OF OUR STANDARDS. AND THERE'S ALSO A PIECE TO THIS GRANT THAT ALLOWS TEACHERS TO TAKE COURSES FOR STEM CERTIFICATION IN MATH AND SCIENCE. WE HAD ONE IN THE FALL OF 2015. OUR NEXT ONE IS COMING UP IN 2016 IN THE FALL RIGHT NOW. THE LAST THING I THINK I WANT TO SAY IS THAT LARRY AND HIS TEAM DO AN AMAZING JOB GETTING GRANT MONEY. AND NOT ONLY ARE THEY CONTINUING TO DO A FABULOUS JOB IMPLEMENTING THIS GRANT AND THE PROGRAMS THAT COME WITH IT, BUT IN THE LAST EIGHT MONTHS, THEY BROUGHT OVER $100,000 INTO THE DEPARTMENT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING TO SUPPORT STEM TEACHING, JUST IN THE LAST EIGHT MONTHS ALONE, OVER HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. STUART. VERY GOOD. GREAT HIGHLIGHT. THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.04, WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE RENEWAL OF LANGUAGE IN LITERACY SOFTWARE FROM IMAGINE LEARNING. AND MS. SANDRA ROSARIO, SUPERVISOR OF PROGRAMS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS. MS. EDGECOMB ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT AND HAS A COMMENT. THANK YOU.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, AND SUPERINTENDENT. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM. THE IMAGINE LEARNING IS A TECHNOLOGY THAT USES LANGUAGE AND LITERACY TO TEACH LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT STUDENTS. IT USES INNOVATIVE INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES TO HELP ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS DEVELOP READING, SPEAKING, ABILITIES NEEDED TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE CLASSROOM. ANOTHER UNIQUE FEATURE OF THIS PROGRAM IS THAT IT ALLOWS FOR FIRST-LANGUAGE SUPPORT FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS. IT TRANSLATES VOCABULARY, INSTRUCTIONS AND GIVES THEM FEEDBACK IN 15 NATIVE LANGUAGES. MANY OF THOSE ARE REPRESENTED IN OUR DISTRICT, SO I'M GOING TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO READ SOME. SPANISH, PORTUGUESE, FRENCH, JAPANESE, KOREAN, HAITIAN CREOLE, MANDARIN, ARABIC, VIETNAMESE, TANAKA KNEES, SOMALI. THOSE ARE THE ONES EMBEDDED IN THE 168 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES THAT ARE SPOKEN IN OUR DISTRICT. ANOTHER FEATURE IS THAT IT IS ALIGNED TO THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS AS WELL AS OUR FLORIDA STANDARDS. THE PROGRAM TEACHES READINESS SKILLS. IT TEACHES LISTENING AND SPEAKING, AND IT FOCUSES ON THE FIVE ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS, WHICH ARE READING, FOR READING, PHONICS, VOCABULARY, FLUENCY AND COMPREHENSION. SO THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO HIGHLIGHT THIS, MS. EDGECOMB.

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: MS. ROSARIO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR REVIEW TODAY AND ALSO THE CONVERSATION THAT YOU AND I HAD YESTERDAY. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT I ASKED WAS, A BELIEF SYSTEM I'VE HAD OVER THE YEARS, THIS NOW BEING SUPPORTED BY RESEARCH, THAT MANY OF THE STUDENTS THAT YOU TALKED ABOUT WHO COME WITH US, WITH THE 168 LANGUAGES, THERE ARE STUDENTS WHO ARE ENGLISH SPEAKING WHO COME VERY MUCH SIMILAR WITH THE SAME CHARACTERISTICS, DEVELOPMENT OF LANGUAGE, LACK OF EXPERIENCES, LACK OF LITERACY EXPERIENCES, BUT THE IDEA THAT THEY ARE SO SIMILAR IN THEIR NEEDS AND UNDERDEVELOPMENT OR LACK OF HAVING EXPOSURE TO BUILD THOSE LANGUAGE SKILLS. WHY ISN'T -- WHY DON'T WE, I GUESS -- WHY DON'T WE USE SOME OF THE SAME PROGRAMS WITH STUDENTS IN OUR DISTRICT WHO ARE ENGLISH SPEAKING WHO COULD ALSO BENEFIT FROM THIS KIND OF SOFTWARE, BECAUSE THOSE STUDENTS LOOK VERY MUCH ALIKE? AND I GUESS THE QUESTION IS, I THINK YOU SAID THAT WE'RE USING I READY -- VERY SIMILAR. MS. AGRESTA, I SEE YOU SHAKING YOUR HEAD. IS THERE ANY WAY TO INTEGRATE THEM, USE THEM CAPACITATABLEY OR USE THEM IN SUCH WAYS THAT ONE PART OF THE SOFTWARE MAY BE ENGAGING AND APPROPRIATE FOR SOME STUDENTS AND OTHERS. ARE WE PROHIBITED FROM USING BOTH SETS OF PROGRAMS? BECAUSE I THINK IF KIDS, AND YOU TALKED ABOUT THE RESEARCH AND THE OUTCOMES OF THIS HAS BEEN REALLY IMPRESSIVE. IF IT'S DOING THIS FOR KIDS, WHY CAN'T WE DO IT FOR ALL KIDS WHO NEED THIS KIND OF SUPPORT?

>> I WAS JUST GOING TO SAY, NO, THERE'S NO REASON AT ALL WHY WE COULDN'T DO THAT. AND I THINK IT'S A GREAT IDEA. IT WOULD BE UP TO THE TEACHERS TO IDENTIFY WHAT STUDENTS THAT THAT COULD BE BENEFICIAL FOR AND WHO MIGHT NEED A DIFFERENT INTERVENTION. IF IT'S CURRENTLY BEING USED IN THE SCHOOL AND IT'S SUCCESSFUL FOR THE ELL STUDENTS, IT COULD VERY WELL BE SUCCESSFUL FOR OTHER STRUGGLING STUDENTS.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: AND MS. ROSARIO AGREED THAT THE SIMILARITIES ARE THERE AND THAT KIDS COULD BENEFIT. SO I'M GLAD TO HEAR THAT. WE'VE GOT SUPPORT FOR THAT, NOT JUST BECAUSE WE BELIEVE IT, BUT THE RESEARCH IS CERTAINLY COMING OUT OF THAT. SO I HOPE THERE WILL BE CONVERSATIONS OF HOW WE CAN INTEGRATE, SUPPORT, AND USE THESE IN SUCH WAYS THAT WE TALK ABOUT THE PARTICULAR NEEDS OF STUDENTS. AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME YESTERDAY, TOO. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THERE WAS A MISTAKE IN THE NUMBERS THAT I -- AGENDA ITEMS EARLIER. PLEASE ADD IN 13.02. THE NEXT ITEM IS NUMBER 6.10, WHICH WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED TOGETHER WITH C 13.02, THAT'S TO APPROVE BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDED SEPTEMBER 30th, 2016 AND OUR MONTHLY FINANCIAL POSITION REPORTS AS OF SEPTEMBER 30th, 2016. MS. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, OUR CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER.

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. SO WE HAD PREPARED THIS AWESOME PowerPoint PRESENTATION. WE'RE GOING TO MODIFY, JUST A LITTLE, BECAUSE WE STILL HAVE VISUALS, AND WE CAN MAKE SURE THEY ARE AVAILABLE ONCE WE GET THROUGH OUR INFORMATION. JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS. I'LL DO SOME SHOW AND TELL. OF COURSE, EVERYBODY HAS SEEN OUR CHART ON FUND BALANCE. AND SO WHEN I HAD MY MEETING --

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I JUST ASK YOU TO COME A LITTLE CLOSER -- YES, MA'AM, WOULD YOU PLEASE.

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. ONLY BECAUSE WE CAN'T SEE IT UP THERE. SERIOUSLY, IF YOU DON'T FEEL COMFORTABLE, IT'S OKAY.

>>Gretchen Saunders: THIS IS SO EXCITING. I'VE NEVER BEEN UP HERE BEFORE. OKAY. SORRY. BOARD MEMBERS, WE JUST WANTED TO WAS, THE LAST MEETING I HAD WITH MRS. STUART, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT FUND BALANCE. AND SO THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS WE WERE CHARGED WITH LAST YEAR PER THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE CHIEF OF STAFF, TO KEEP TALKING ABOUT FUND BALANCE, WHICH TO ME IS WONDERFUL. SO JUNE 30th WITH EVERYBODY'S HELP, WE WERE ABLE TO RAISE OUR FUND BALANCE BY $51,000. I KNOW IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE A LOT, BUT IT'S HUGE. AFTER FIVE YEARS OF DECREASING, WE FINALLY HAD AN INCREASE. SO APPLAUD -- I MEAN, IT'S JUST WONDERFUL TO HAVE EVERYBODY WORK TOGETHER TO DO THAT. SO THAT WAS THE FIRST SLIDE. BUT THE SECOND QUESTION THAT CAME UP, AND I THINK WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE EVERYBODY WAS AWARE, HOW DO WE GET TO THAT POINT? HOW DO WE GET OUR FUND BALANCE TO GROW? LIKE I SAID, IT WAS A HUGE EFFORT ON EVERYBODY'S PART. IT WAS, WE DID RECEIVE SOME NEW REVENUE. WE DID HAVE A LOT OF SAVINGS, AND WE DID SOME TRANSFERS. OKAY. GOOD. THERE'S THREE PARTS. SO THE NEXT ONE WAS JUST THE DETAIL ON WHAT SOME OF THE TRANSFERS WERE. SO THE TRANSFERS AND EXPENSES THAT WE TOOK PART OF WERE CAPITAL EXPENSES, MEANING THE GENERAL FUND HAS PICKED UP CAPACITY -- CAPITAL EXPENSES FOR THE WORK IN OUR SCHOOLS, WHETHER IT WAS EQUIPMENT OR JUST SOFTWARE EXPENSE -- I'M NOT SURE IF IT'S JUST NOT UP THERE. WE ALSO LOOKED AT -- WE TRANSFERRED FOR PROPERTY INSURANCE, WE WERE ABLE TO TRANSFER AGAIN, BECAUSE PART ONE IS PICKING UP THIS INFORMATION. AND YOU CAN SEE THERE'S ALL KINDS OF INFORMATION. WE REALLY LOOKED AT OUR GRANTS. WHAT WAS PART ONE PAYING FOR, WHETHER IT WAS TITLE 2, TITLE 1, I.D.E.A., WHAT WAS COVERING WHICH, REMEMBER AT SOME POINT IN TIME, WE DID HAVE A BIG FUND BALANCE AND PART ONE WAS ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF ALL THAT. SO AS WE STARTED GOING FORWARD, REALIZED THAT IT WASN'T. SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS, WE REDUCED OVERTIME, THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT DID GREAT REDUCING OVERTIME. WE WERE ABLE TO TRANSFER, WHEN WE PURCHASED VEHICLES OR PARTS FOR THE SCHOOL BUSES, WE WERE ABLE TO MOVE THAT EXPENSE OVER TO THE SALES TAX COLLECTION FUND, WHICH IS ANOTHER THING WE CAME BACK TO THE BOARD AND WE HAD TO READVERTISE, WHICH IS FIND. THAT'S WHAT THE DOLLARS ARE THERE FOR. WE'VE LOOKED AT WORKSHOP EXPENSES, SALARY EXPENSES, CONSTRUCTION PROJECT EXPENSES. I MEAN, IT WAS LINE BY LINE GOING THROUGH THIS INFORMATION. THE OTHER PIECE WAS, WE TALKED ABOUT THE REVENUE AND SAVINGS. SO WE DID RECEIVE JUST A SMALL, SLIGHT INCREASE IN THE FEFP, THE FOURTH CALCULATION. WE HAD ADMINISTRATIVE CLAIMING REVENUE. WE WERE ABLE TO ACCOUNT FOR LAST YEAR, AND THEN THE SAVINGS. WE DID HAVE A 90-DAY HIRING FREEZE, AND THAT DOES HELP WHEN WE WERE ABLE TO HOLD ON POSITIONS. OUR MAINTENANCE IN SCHOOLS DID A GREAT JOB WITH ENERGY SAVINGS. EVERYBODY, YOU KNOW, YOU SEE THEM WALKING DOWN ONE OF THE HALLS AND THE LIGHTS ARE ON IN THE ROOM AND NOBODY IN THERE WE TURN THEM OFF. IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT ADD UP. AGAIN, WORKERS COMP, WE WERE ABLE TO TRANSFER THE EXCESS BASED ON THE ACTUARIAL FUND. SO THAT WAS PART OF IT. THE OTHER INFORMATION, SO YOU CAN SEE HERE, WE HAVE 52,101 INCREASE IN FUND BALANCE. SO AS AN OVERVIEW, WE'RE GOING TO KEEP THAT TREND GOING ON, GOING FUTURE. THE NEXT REPORT WAS THE OPERATING SUMMARY. NOW, THIS IS THE INFORMATION WE PICKED UP FROM GIBSON CONSULTING. AND TALKING WITH GREG GIBSON, HE SAID THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS WE NEEDED TO ADD TO OUR REPORT. IF YOU LOOK AT THE MONTHLY FINANCIALS, IT'S NOW ONE OF OUR PAGES IN THERE. IF WE WALK THROUGH IT, IT GIVES A SNAPSHOT AS OF SEPTEMBER 30th. SO REMEMBER WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT OUR BUDGET OR WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT FUND BALANCE, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE IT DOWN THERE, FUND BALANCE AS OF SEPTEMBER 30th OF $84 MILLION. EVERYBODY THINKS RIGHT AWAY, OH, MY GOSH, WHAT'S GOING ON? REMEMBER HOW WE RECEIVE OUR REVENUES. WE ARE STUDENT RICH AND PROPERTY POOR. SO THE MAJORITY OF OUR DOLLARS ARE 66% OF OUR MONEY COMES IN AFTER NOVEMBER, ONCE THE PROPERTY TAXES ARE BEING COLLECTED. SO WE RECEIVE A LOT OF THE MONEY IN DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH. AND THE FEFP MONEY COMES IN EVERY MONTH AND IT COMES IN LIKE A PAYCHECK. WE RECEIVE IT AFTER THE 10th AND THE 26th OF EVERY MONTH, BUT THAT'S A SMALLER AMOUNT OF MONEY. AGAIN, THE GRANTS COME IN AS THEY NORMALLY DO. ONE OF THE LINES THAT'S NEW ON HERE, YOU'LL SEE IS THE OTHER FINANCING SOURCES AND USES. AND THIS IS TRANSFERS IN FROM THE CAPITAL FUND. SO WHAT HAPPENS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THEY GIVE US THE CHARTER SCHOOL CAPITAL OUTLAY MONEY AND THEY GIVE IT TO US AS PART OF THE CAPITAL FUND AND WE HAVE TO TRANSFER IT INTO THE GENERAL FUND AND SEND IT OUT TO THE SCHOOLS. SO IT'S JUST AN ACCOUNTING ON THE GENERAL LEDGERS. THE LAST TWO GRAPHS ARE, ONE, THE SALARY EXPENDITURES AND THE BENEFITS EXPENDITURES. SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE JUST WANTED TO POINT OUT AGAIN, ON THE MAJORITY OF OUR FUNDING OR OUR EXPENSES, 65.4% GOES TO INSTRUCTION FOR SALARIES AND THAT'S THAT BIG BLUE-SHADED AREA YOU'RE SEEING. AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT BENEFITS, IT'S 59.5% OF THE EXPENDITURES GO TOWARD ALL OF OUR TEACHERS, ANYBODY THAT HAS A FUNCTION ROLL UP OF 5,000. AND THAT WAS MY HIGHLIGHT. PARDON?

>>April Griffin: CAN YOU PUT THE FIRST ONE BACK UP AGAIN, PLEASE? IS IT POSSIBLE?

>>Gretchen Saunders: THE FUND BALANCE? I CAN SEND THESE TO EVERYBODY, TOO.

>>April Griffin: PLEASE, IF YOU COULD.

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM.

>>April Griffin: AND THE LAST ONE.

>>Gretchen Saunders: PUT IT BACK UP AGAIN? BENEFITS AND THEN THE SALARIES.

>>April Griffin: AND IF YOU COULD MAKE SURE THAT WE PUT THAT AS AN ATTACHMENT ON THIS AGENDA ITEM AS WELL.

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM. ANY QUESTIONS?

>>April Griffin: MS. EDGECOMB, DO YOU HAVE A COMMENT?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: DID I?

>>April Griffin: I DON'T KNOW. IT SAYS YOU DO. YOU DON'T HAVE TO IF YOU DON'T WANT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: IF YOU COULD, GO BACK TO THE SECOND SLIDE, YES. MY CHECKBOOK, OF COURSE, AT HOME DOESN'T LOOK ANYTHING LIKE THIS. THE FIGURES DON'T AT ALL LOOK ANYTHING LIKE THIS. MAYBE IT'S THE SLIDE BEFORE THAT ONE, YES. IN MY SMALL WORLD OF SMALL DOLLARS AND CENTS, IF I'M TAKING, IF I HAD MULTIPLE BANK ACCOUNTS, MONEY MARKET HERE, CD HERE, REGULAR BANKING ACCOUNT HERE, AND I WAS TRANSFERRING MONEY FROM ONE SOURCE TO ANOT ANOTHER, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT IN TRYING TO KEEP A TAB ON AND MAYBE YOU HAVE ALREADY, WHAT DO THE BALANCE LOOK LIKE -- WHAT DOES THE BALANCE LOOK LIKE IN THESE ACCOUNTS WHEN YOU TRANSFER MONEY OUT OF ONE TO ANOTHER? I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAPTURED THIS. YOU TALKED ABOUT YOUR TRANSFERS, AND YOU'VE GIVEN US FIGURES FOR THE SAVINGS. AND I THINK WE ALL PROBABLY ZERO IN ON THAT. BUT IT AT SOME POINT, WOULD YOU BE ABLE TO PRODUCE A SIMILAR KIND OF DOCUMENT SO, FOR INSTANCE, LIKE ITEM NUMBER LET'S SAY 26, TRANSFER OF PERFORMANCE PAY TO LEVEL 1 POSITION. I'M JUST PICKING ONE OUT. IF YOU TAKE THAT AMOUNT, WHAT DOES THAT LEAVE IN TERMS OF THE BALANCE IN THE OTHERS? IS THAT A REASONABLE REQUEST?

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM. WE DO HAVE THE BACKUP. WE HAVE ALL THE BACKUP.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY. SO YOU WOULD BE ABLE TO GO ITEM BY ITEM AND SHOW WHAT WAS TAKEN OUT AND WHAT WAS THE BALANCE LEFT IN THAT ACCOUNT.

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY. I THINK THAT WOULD GIVE YET ANOTHER PICTURE OF HOW THIS IS BEING IMPACTED.

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I CAN ADD A LITTLE DETAIL. TO THAT ONE, SPECIFICALLY, BECAUSE BELOW THESE LINES ARE DETAILS THAT GO ALONG WITH IT. SO, LIKE, IN NUMBER 26, THAT YOU POINTED OUT, TRANSFER OF PERFORMANCE PAY TO LEVEL 1 POSITIONS, SO HISTORICALLY, BEING A FORMER TITLE I WORLD, IF IT WAS A POSITION THAT WAS PAID OUT OF TITLE I, WE OWNED EVERYTHING WITH THAT POSITION. WE OWN THEIR SALARIES, THEIR BENEFITS. BUT FOR YEARS, WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING IS THE PART I, HOWEVER, HAS BEEN PAYING FOR ALL THEIR BONUSES, AND THAT'S PART OF THE -- IF YOU OWN A PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL ON A GRANT, YOU ALSO OWN THEIR BASE SALARY. YOU OWN THEIR BONUSES, YOU OWN THEIR BENEFIT. SO THAT WAS JUST SOMETHING THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING FOR YEARS, AND WE TALKED WITH ALL OF OUR GRANT, YOU KNOW, OUR FOLKS RESPONSIBLE FOR GRANTS TO MAKE SURE THEY UNDERSTOOD THAT MOVING FORWARD.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: [MICROPHONE NOT ON] -- UNIQUE TO THAT PARTICULAR ONE, BUT OTHERS MAY HAVE A DIFFERENT SCENARIO.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: RIGHT. SOME OF THEM MAY BE, THAT IS HOW MUCH WAS LEFT IN THE ACCOUNT THAT WAS UNSPENT, AND THAT COULD HAVE BEEN TRANSFERRED IN. SOME OF THOSE COULD BE THAT SCENARIO. SOME OF IT COULD BE IN DISCUSSING WITH SOME OF THOSE BUDGET MANAGERS WHAT AMOUNT OF THOSE FUNDS CAN WE TRANSFER BASE OFF OF YOUR NEEDS. SO IT COULD BE A LOT OF THOSE DIFFERENT THINGS, BUT GRETCHEN WILL GET THAT.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE EXPLANATION.

>>Gretchen Saunders: MRS. EDGECOMB, WHAT WE HAD TO DO WAS GO BACK AND LOOK AT THE GRANTS TO MAKE SURE THESE EXPENSES WERE PART OF THAT GRANT APPLICATION. IF IT DID SAY ON THE TITLE I OR THE TITLE II THAT WE COULD PAY A BONUS FROM THERE, WE HAD TO MAKE SURE THAT IT COULD BE PAID OUT OF THERE BEFORE WE TRANSFERRED IT OVER.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: YEAH, AND I THINK THAT IT IS IMPORTANT. AND I DIDN'T EVEN BRING UP THAT ISSUE BECAUSE I'M SURE THAT'S SOMETHING YOU LOOK AT VERY CAREFULLY, THAT YOU'RE FALLING IN THE GUIDELINES OF WHAT IS LEGAL AND WHAT THE RAMIFICATIONS ARE AND WHAT THE REQUIREMENTS ARE.

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: ON THE RESTRICTIONS ARE.

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: OKAY. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THE GOOD NEWS WITH THIS DISCOVERY PHASE THAT WE'VE BEEN IN IS THAT WE KNOW NOW WHAT WE DIDN'T KNOW. AND MAKING SURE THAT ALL OF OUR RESOURCES ARE ALIGNED TO THE APPROPRIATE BUCKETS OF MONEY. THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN SEEING HAPPEN UP IN THIS PAST YEAR IS MAKING SURE THAT ALL OF THOSE RESOURCES ARE ALIGNED TO THE APPROPRIATE BUDGET. I'VE HEARD BOARD MEMBERS SAY WE'VE HIT A WALL WITH THE BELT TIGHTENING IN SOME ARENAS IN THAT IT'S GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT TO GET MORE IN THOSE AREAS. BUT WHAT I SEE HAPPENING IS THAT WE'RE MAKING SURE, AND IT IS DIFFICULT, IT IS VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. WE DID NOT GET HERE OVERNIGHT. WE'RE NOT GOING TO SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS OVERNIGHT, BUT THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF THESE THINGS. AND THE EXAMPLE THAT MS. EDGECOMB I KNOW YOU JUST PICKED IT OUT RANDOMLY, BUT THAT EXAMPLE WAS A REALLY GOOD ONE OF A PLACE WHERE OUR RESOURCES WERE NOT BEING SPENT PROPERLY. AND PULLING MONIES OUT OF OUR PART I WHEN IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN TITLE I THAT WAS PAYING FOR THAT, THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD, I BELIEVE WE ARE GOING TO BE SO MUCH BETTER AT THE END OF THIS EXERCISE, AND IT IS A VERY DIFFICULT EXERCISE. EXERCISE IS NOT FUN. I MEAN, I GUESS, THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO ENJOY IT, BUT -- NO, I REALLY DON'T -- BUT IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT IS EASY. AND I BELIEVE THAT WHEN WE DO GET TO THE END OF THIS AND TO KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING TO GET THERE IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK WE NEED TO LET OUR EMPLOYEES KNOW AND REASSURE THEM, BUT IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN OVERNIGHT.

>>Gretchen Saunders: IT'S A PARADIGM SHIFT.

>>April Griffin: IT ABSOLUTELY IS A PARADIGM SHIFT.

>>Gretchen Saunders: THE WAY OF WORK WE HAVE TO DO DIFFERENT IN A PARADIGM SHIFT.

>>April Griffin: IT IS. THIS IS A VERY GOOD EXERCISE. THERE IS STILL A LOT MORE INVESTIGATION AND DIGGING TO DO AND A LOT MORE OF REALIGNING RESOURCES TO THEIR APPROPRIATE BUDGETS. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO WHAT THE END RESULT OF ALL OF THIS IS GOING TO BE. I'M ESPECIALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO FINALLY BEING ABLE TO GET TO THAT PLACE WHERE WE'RE PUTTING THE RESOURCES IN ALL OF THOSE SUPPORTS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT FOR OUR STUDENTS TO HELP GET THEM ACROSS THE STAGE, BECAUSE WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT THE MONEY, BUT UNTIL WE START TALKING ABOUT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, I AM JU JUST -- 2020 IS COMING REALLY, REALLY, REALLY QUICKLY AND WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A 90% GRADUATION RATE BY 2020. THAT'S GOING TO BE SO HARD TO MEET UNLESS WE START HAVING THOSE CONVERSATIONS. SO I KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSION LATER IN THE MEETING, TOO, AND IN OUR INFORMATION ITEMS. BUT THANK YOU FOR THAT. AND MS. EDGECOMB HAS SOME COMMENTS.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: YEAH, THANK YOU. YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF LOOKING AT THIS DIFFERENTLY AND BRINGING IT TO OUR ATTENTION IN WAYS THAT WE CAN BE BETTER INFORMED. AND I THINK MY REQUEST IS JUST THAT, TO BE BETTER INFORMED, BECAUSE I THINK MRS. EAKINS' EXPLANATION ADDS ON TO WHAT ISN'T HERE. THERE'S THE LANGUAGE AND SOME NUMBERS, BUT IN THE MIDDLE ARE SOME EXPLANATIONS, AND WITHOUT THEM, YOU KNOW, IT DOESN'T GIVE A FULL PICTURE, AND THAT'S MY REQUEST, SO THAT THERE IS -- BETTER JUST INFORM AND ABLE TO TALK ABOUT IT IN A WAY THAT IT PUTS US ALL ON THE SAME PLAYING FIELD WITH UNDERSTANDING IT, ENGAGING IN IT, AND EVEN COMMUNICATING TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY ASK QUESTIONS. THANK YOU.

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AND I GUESS MAYBE THE WORD "TRANSFER" GIVES A DIFFERENT MEANING, RIGHT? SO IF YOU'RE REALLY NOT UNDERSTANDING WHY YOU'RE TRANSFERRING, MAYBE A FOOTNOTE UNDERNEATH STATING THE TRANSFER BECAUSE THIS IS THE AREA WHICH IS BEST ALLOCATED, JUST SO THEN THE PERSON THAT'S LOOKING OUT THERE AT THESE FINANCIALS, THEY CAN REALLY SEE THAT IT'S NOT JUST A TRANSFER OF FUNDS OF PAYING PETER TO PAY PAUL, NO, THIS IS WHERE IT ACTUALLY -- THIS FUND SHOULD BE FUNDING THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT. SO I THINK THAT THAT ALSO GIVES A LITTLE BIT TO THE CONFUSION OR THE WARINESS THAT WE'RE JUST SHIFTING DOLLARS AROUND FROM AND MAKING IT LOOK GOOD. I APPRECIATE THE MANNER IN WHICH YOU ARE REALLY LOOKING AT EACH OF THESE ACCOUNTS, FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, OR BUCKETS, AND BEING ABLE TO REALLY ALIGN THE CORRECT DOLLARS FOR THE RIGHT FUNCTION. I THINK THAT THAT'S CLEARLY IMPORTANT, AND A PRACTICE THAT REALLY AND TRULY THE DISTRICT HASN'T REALLY EVER FOLLOWED. AS LONG AS I'VE BEEN HERE. AND I'M SURE THAT YEARS BEFORE THAT AS WELL. THANK YOU AND GOOD JOB.

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. YOU CAN GO SIT DOWN AGAIN. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. THAT CONCLUDES OUR AGENDA ITEMS THAT WERE PULLED THAT WE NEED TO VOTE ON. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THOSE ITEMS THAT WE PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES. A SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. WE ARE NOW INTO THE SECTION OF OUR AGENDA FOR INFORMATION ITEMS, AND THE FIRST INFORMATION ITEM PULLED IS ITEM 13.04, AND THIS IS THE STOWERS ELEMENTARY REASSIGNMENT AND RELATED ISSUES UPDATE. AND MS. STUART AND MS. EDGECOMB PULLED THIS FOR HIGHLIGHT. AND MS. EDGECOMB HAS A COMMENT AND MS. LORRAINE DUFFY SUAREZ IS GOING TO PRESENT. WELCOME.

>> GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF. IF YOU RECALL BACK IN MARCH, WE WERE BEFORE YOU WITH BOUNDARY CHANGES AT STOWERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND WE CALL THAT PHASE ONE. WE SAID WE WOULD BE WORKING IN THE COMING MONTHS AND LOOKING AT ALTERNATIVES TO STOWERS OVER-CRAWGD ISSUE. IN FACT, WHAT THE SUPERINTENDENT, THE SUPERINTENDENT USED THE TERM REGIONAL GROWTH IN THAT AREA AND LOOKING AT A REGIONAL SOLUTION. SINCE MARCH, WE CAME TO YOU WITH OUR FIVE-YEAR PLAN. IN OUR FIVE-YEAR PLAN, WE PRESENTED TO YOU ANOTHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO ADD INTO THAT AREA. THAT SCHOOL WAS NOT PLANNED WHEN WE MET IN MARCH. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL D. WE'RE ANTICIPATING TO ASSIST US IN TAKING THAT REGIONAL APPROACH AND BEING ABLE TO INTE SATISFY A OF THE ELEMENTARY NEED IN THE SOUTH HILLSBOROUGH AREA THAT IS PROBABLY THE FASTEST GROWING IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA. THAT SAID, WE HAVE NOT FOUND A LOCATION FOR ELEMENTARY D. WE'RE TALKING TO A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT PROPERTY OWNERS, AND TRYING TO COME UP WITH A SITE, AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THAT'S ACCEPTABLE TO EVERYONE. UNTIL THAT SITE LANDS OR WE FEEL IT WON'T LAND IN A TIMELY MANNER, WE ARE HOLDING OFF ON MAKING THE BOUNDARY CHANGES FOR RIGHT NOW. IT DOESN'T MEAN WE STOP WORK. IT JUST MEANS WE'RE HOLDING OFF ON THE MEETINGS. WE EXPECT TO HOPEFULLY HAVE MEETINGS IN DECEMBER. HOPEFULLY WE'LL HAVE AN ANSWER ON WHAT THE SITE IS AND BE ABLE TO MOVE AHEAD. SO WE ARE COLLECTING A LOT OF DATA. AS ANTICIPATED, THE STOWERS IS I BELIEVE ON THE 40th DAY WAS AT 113% CAPACITY. WE HAD PROJECTED THAT IT MIGHT GET AS HIGH AS 115%. SO I THINK WE'RE RIGHT IN THE BALLPARK WHERE WE EXPECTED IT. SESSUMS IS AT 109%. COLLINS IS UP IN THE UPPER 90s. SO SOME OF THE CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT COME IN THE AREA HAVE PROVIDED SOME RELIEF IN THAT AREA, SO WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DON'T OVERBUILD AND THAT WE DRAW A BOUNDARY THAT BALANCES. AND ESSENTIALLY, THAT'S WHERE WE ARE TODAY. WE'LL BE BACK WITH YOU AS SOON AS -- AND THE COMMUNITY AS SOON AS WE HAVE SOME PROPOSALS TO PUT FORWARD, WHICH WE HOPE WILL BE BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU FOR THAT UPDATE. AND I ASKS THE QUESTION BECAUSE IT -- ASKS THIS QUESTION BECAUSE IT LEADS TO SOME OF THE CONCERNS THAT PEOPLE HAVE COME TO ME IN THE COMMUNITY REGARDING SCHOOLS WHERE THE POPULATION IS UNDER THE CAPACITY OF THE SCHOOL. AND THIS IS NOT AT ALL TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT BECAUSE I KNOW WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THIS ONE, BUT MAYBE, IT LEADS TO A CONCERN WHERE WE -- THERE ARE -- IS THERE CONVERSATION AROUND HOW WE'RE GOING TO SUPPORT SCHOOLS THAT MAY BE UNDER CAPACITY, BECAUSE I THINK ON ONE SIDE, TRYING TO RESPOND TO GROWTH, WE ALSO HAVE TO ALSO RESPOND TO THE OPPOSITE OF THAT. SO I'M LOOKING OVER THERE BECAUSE I THINK THE SUPERINTENDENT PROBLEM IS THE -- I THINK THE SUPERINTENDENT IS PROBABLY THE BEST PERSON TO ANSWER THE QUESTION. I KNOW THE CONVERSATIONS HAVE STARTED BUT FROM CONVERSATIONS, WHEN DO WE START A PLAN THAT IS VERY SPECIFIC TO THOSE ISSUES? BECAUSE I THINK THIS IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAPPEN, AND I DON'T THINK ANY OF US WANT TO BE ON THE EVE OF IT TRYING TO RESPOND TO IT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YEAH, IT'S VERY COMPLICATED. I MEAN THAT'S THE ONE WORD I CAN USE ABOUT ANYTHING WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT REGIONAL ISSUES OR HISTORICAL BOUNDARY SHIFTS THAT MIGHT HAVE HAPPENED SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE, TEN, FIFTEEN YEARS AGO AND NOW HOW DO YOU COME BACK IN A REGIONAL MANNER AND START TO FILL UP THOSE PARTICULAR SEATS? OBVIOUSLY, WE HAVE TO, BECAUSE WE DON'T GET OUR IMPACT -- OUR IMPACT FEES DON'T COME IN AT THE RATE BY WHICH WE CAN CONTINUE TO BUILD SCHOOLS WHERE THE COMMUNITIES ARE GROWING. SO WE HAVE TO THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT WHERE WE HAVE -- WHERE WE HAVE RELOCATED SOME OF OUR STUDENTS AND THEN HOW CAN WE BALANCE THAT? WE HAVE A SCHOOL SYSTEM THAT HONORS DIVERSITY, YOU KNOW, ACROSS ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS AND KEEPS THAT AT THE FOREFRONT OF OUR DECISION MAKING AS WELL. I THINK THE OTHER THING WE HAVE TO KEEP ABREAST ON AS WE MAKE ANY OF THE DECISIONS, IT'S MORE THAN JUST A BOUNDARY SHIFT. YOU HAVE TO PROVIDE SOME SORT OF PRODUCT IN WHATEVER PLACE THAT YOU END UP HAVING STUDENTS BE RELOCATED TO. I MEAN, OBVIOUSLY, PARENTS, THAT'S ALWAYS A VERY BIG SHIFT. YOU KNOW, MY CHILD IS GOING TO BE GOING TO ANOTHER SCHOOL. WHAT IS GOING TO BE OFFERED THERE AT THAT PARTICULAR SITE THAT WILL MAKE THAT EVEN AS DYNAMIC OR EVEN MORE DYNAMIC THAN THE CURRENT SITE? WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THE OFFERINGS THAT WE MAKE SURE IN EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS, NOT JUST A MAGNET-TYPE OF SCHOOL, BUT ALL SCHOOLS, WHAT ARE WE OFFERING THERE THAT MAKES THAT A WELL RECEIVED DECISION ON BEHALF OF THE PARENT AND TALK THEM THROUGH SOME OF THE PARTICULAR DECISIONS THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE. IT IS COMPLICATED. I WILL TELL YOU, WE HAVE A TEAM WORKING ON THIS EVERY WEEK AROUND DISCUSSIONS AROUND SOME OF THIS. AND I KNOW, LIKE I SAID, SOME OF IT IS -- WE GO BACK AND WE LOOK AT SOME OF WHERE THE LINES ARE DRAWN IN SOME PLACES. I KNOW I TALKED TO SOME BOARD MEMBERS ABOUT SOME OF THE PARTICULAR PLACES. IT'S COMPLICATED ON HOW YOU UNHITCH SOME OF THOSE LINES, HOW YOU REDRAW SOME OF THOSE THINGS, BECAUSE THERE'S GOING TO BE -- THERE'S GOING TO BE DISILLUSION, YOU KNOW, WITH SOME PEOPLE AS YOU -- AS YOU DO THAT, AND THERE'S PROBABLY GOING TO BE EXCITEMENT, SO YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO REALLY RESOLVE -- HAVE EVERYONE BE -- THEIR EXPECTATIONS ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE MANAGED THROUGH THAT PROCESS.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: AND YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT ABOUT BEING COMPLICATED, STANDING HERE TALKING ABOUT IT, IT IS PROBABLY THE EASIEST AND THE SIMPLEST THING WE CAN DO, BUT MAKING IT, MANAGING ALL OF IT IS REALLY GOING -- YOU TALK ABOUT PARENTS WHO AREN'T GOING TO BE HAPPY ABOUT, COMMUNITIES WHO ARE GOING TO BE FRUSTRATED BY THE -- FRUSTRATED BY IT, AND KEEP AT THE FOREFRONT, AS WE MOVE KIDS AROUND, LET'S MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T FIND OURSELVES BACK INTO A SEGREGATED SCHOOL SYSTEM. I JUST HAVE TO KEEP REMINDING OF THAT. BECAUSE I THINK THAT COULD EASILY HAPPEN AS YOU START TO DRAW BOUNDARIES, AND YOU TALK ABOUT MOVING KIDS WHO MAY NOW BE BUSED OR TRANSPORTED TO SOME OF OUR SUBURBIA SCHOOLS AND NOW TALKING ABOUT RETURNING SOME OF THOSE SCHOOLS TO FILL THE SEATS IN OUR URBAN SCHOOLS BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE THE EMPTY SEATS ARE. SO YOU TALKED ABOUT RESPECTING, EMBRACING, UPHOLDING IT AS ONE OF OUR VALUES. I HOPE WE REMEMBER THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD. BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S THE FEAR THAT I'M HEARING FROM PARENTS AND -- NOT JUST FROM PARENTS WHO LIVE IN OUR URBAN CORE, BUT THROUGHOUT THIS SCHOOL SYSTEM, I THINK THEY ARE SAYING TO US, IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE THIS AND YOU HOLD THIS AS A VALUE, THEN THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO LOOK FOR AS WE TALK ABOUT MAKING THOSE CHANGES. AND I KNOW, NOTHING IS GOING TO BE PERFECT, BUT I HOPE THAT WILL ALWAYS STAY ON THE RADAR WHEN YOU START HAVING THOSE DISCUSSIONS. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MS. SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. LORRAINE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PRESENTING THIS INFORMATION TODAY. AND I APPRECIATE ALL THE EFFORTS THAT YOU AND AMBER MAKE TO REORGANIZE OR REZONE AND PLAN. AND I KNOW GROWTH MANAGEMENT IS VERY CHALLENGING. I APPRECIATE THE INFORMATION THAT WE TALKED ABOUT THE OTHER WEEK AND WANTED TO ASK A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS ABOUT COMMUNICATING SOME OF THE NEW INFORMATION OUT TO FOLKS IN THE DISTRICT, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THE PARENTS AND THE TEACHERS AT STOWERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ARE ESPECIALLY ANXIOUS OR EXCITED TO HEAR SOME OF OUR PLANS FOR THAT PARTICULAR SCHOOL. SO ONE OF THE THINGS I WANTED TO POINT OUT WAS THAT ORIGINALLY, BEFORE WE STARTED LOOKING AT THIS AS A REGIONAL PLAN, WE WERE GOING TO HOPEFULLY HAVE A PROPOSAL OUT BASED ON THE FIRST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL C -- WE WERE HOPING TO HAVE IT OUT IN OCTOBER. NOW I WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT WE'RE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO HAVE, BECAUSE OF THIS NEW SCHOOL THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL D, THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE REALLY ABLE TO GET OUT A PROPOSAL PROBABLY UNTIL DECEMBER.

>> I WOULD SAY NOVEMBER, DECEMBER. OUR PLAN WAS ALWAYS TO WAIT TILL THE 20th DAY -- 40th DAY, BRING IT TO YOU IN OCTOBER, AND THEN BRING SOMETHING OUT SHORTLY THEREAFTER. SHORTLY THEREAFTER IS THE ISSUE BECAUSE OF THE LOCATION OF D. WHERE THAT FALLS WILL DETERMINE HOW WE DRAW A BOUNDARY TO MAKE IT THE MOST SENSE AND DON'T HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN.

>>Melissa Snively: DO YOU HAVE A HARD CUTOFF -- I KNOW WE HAVEN'T FINALIZED THE LOCATION OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL D, SO WHAT'S YOUR HARD CUTOFF FOR, OKAY, WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS LOCATION IN THE PROPOSAL, SO WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL YEAR IN ORDER TO INCLUDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL D OR CHANGE --

>> WHEN CHRIS FARKAS TELLS ME. [ LAUGHTER ] I THINK WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS, WE'RE GOING TO KNOW -- WE'LL HAVE TO, I SAY, FISH OR CUT BAIT FOR D, AND WE ARE CONTINUING -- I MEAN, EVERY DAY THAT'S THE CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW TO LINE THAT SCHOOL UP. SO WE'RE WORKING ON IT. AND I THINK WE HAVE A COUPLE MORE WEEKS BEFORE WE HAVE TO SAY WE CAN'T DO IT THIS YEAR FOR THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR. BUT STILL, YOU DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO CALL PEOPLE TWICE.

>>Melissa Snively: I HAVE TO AGREE WITH YOU ON THAT. ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO BALANCE IS MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE A PLAN THAT WE'RE PROPOSING SO THAT FOLKS COULD, IF THEY WANTED TO LOOK AT CHOICE OPTIONS, THEY COULD LOOK AT CHOICE OPTIONS. I KNOW THAT'S SOMETHING WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO LIKE WE HOPED WE COULD DO BECAUSE OF THE NEW DEVELOPMENT IN EXPLORING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL D'S LOCATION. SO WITH THAT, COULD WE PUT SOMETHING ON OUR PAGE, OUR HOME PAGE UNDER THE REZONING SECTION THAT GIVES US AN UPDATE OR GIVES PEOPLE AN UPDATE OF KIND OF WHERE WE ARE ON THIS AND MAYBE LIKE A QUICK TIME LINE SO THAT PEOPLE KNOW WHAT'S GOING TO BE HAPPENING WITH THAT PARTICULAR REZONING.

>> PUT A LITTLE BLURB THERE FOR NOW AND THEN INSERT THE TIME LINE.

>>Melissa Snively: I KNOW PEOPLE WOULD APPRECIATE THE COMMUNICATION. AND THEN AS SOON AS WE HAVE ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATION PUTTING IT OUT THERE, AND I KNOW THAT WE'RE GOING TO FORMAT SOME OF THE COMMUNITY MEETING DIFFERENTLY THIS TIME VERSUS HOW WE DID IT LAST TIME. SO I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH YOU ON THAT. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. AND I HONESTLY THOUGHT THAT YOU TOLD MR. FARKAS WHAT AND WHEN.

>> WELL, SHHH HAD. (LAUGHTER) ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 13.05 WHICH IS VOLUNTEER AND FAITH BASED STRATEGIES AND INITIATIVES UPDATE. AND DR. VAZQUEZ AND MR. GIBSON ARE GOING TO BE PRESENTING THIS.

>> DR. VAZQUEZ AND I WERE ASKED TO DO AN UPDATE. HE'S ASKED TO SORT OF GIVE A PRIMMER ON THE WALL HERE AND DR. VAZQUEZ WILL GIVE MORE ON THE GROUND APPROACH IN RELATION TO WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE SCHOOLS. OBVIOUSLY WHEN TALKING ABOUT RELIGION, FAITH-BASED ISSUES AND GOVERNMENT, THE FIRST PLACE WE GOVERNOR IS THE FIRST AMENDMENT. CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW RESPECTING AN ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION OR PROHIBITING ANY ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGION OR PROHIBITING THE FREE EXERCISE THEREOF. THERE WE FIND ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE AS WELL AS THE FREE EXERCISE CLAUSE. THE ESTABLISHMENT CLAUSE PROHIBITS THE GOVERNMENT FROM ESTABLISHING ANY KIND OF RELIGION. THE FREE EXERCISE CLAUSE PROHIBITS THE FREE EXAMINER -- EXCUSE ME, PROTECTS THE FREE EXERCISE OF RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. SO AS WE BACK OFF FROM THE CONSTITUTION, WE THEN GO TO FEDERAL LAW. AND WHAT IS APPLICABLE HERE IS THE EQUAL ACCESS ACTED. THE EQUAL ACCESS ACT WAS PASSED IN THE 80s, AND WHERE APPLICABLE IT BROADLY PROHIBITS PUBLIC SCHOOLS FROM DISCRIM GNAT NIGHTING AGAINST ANY STUDENT GROUP BASED ON RELIGION, POLITICAL ISSUES, PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES, OR ANY OTHER CONTENT OF THE GROUP SPEECH. SO WHEN DOES THE EQUAL ACCESS ACT APPLY? IT DOES NOT APPLY TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. IT APPLIES THE SCHOOL MUST BE A SECONDARY SCHOOL. THE SCHOOL MUST RECEIVE FEDERAL FUNDING. AND THE SCHOOL MUST CREATE A LIMITED PUBLIC FORUM. SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WE HEAR MRS. LELY USE THE TERMS THE ALL OR NOTHING APPROACH. AND THAT IS IF A SCHOOL CHOOSES TO PERMIT ONLY THOSE STUDENT ACTIVITY RELATED TO THE CURRICULUM SUCH AS A MATH CLUB, IT DOES NOT CREATE A LIMITED PUBLIC FORUM AND IS NOT BOUND BY THE EQUAL ACCESS ACT. IF, HOWEVER, A SCHOOL CHOOSES TO PERMIT NONCURRICULAR GROUPS SUCH AS A CHESS CLUB, OR A PRAYER GROUP TO MEET ON CAMPUS, IT ESTABLISHES A LIMITED OPEN FORUM, AND THEREFORE MUST ABIDE BY THE TERMS OF THE EQUAL ACCESS ACT, AND PERMIT CLUBS, RELIGIOUS AND NONRELIGIOUS, TO MEET ON THE CAMPUS AS WELL. SO WHAT ARE THE RESTRICTIONS TO WHEN NONCURRICULAR GROUPS MAY MEET? NONINSTRUCTIONAL TIME. BEFORE CLASS. SOMETIMES AT LUNCH TIME. AND THEN AFTER CLASS TIME IS OVER. WHAT ARE THE OTHER RESTRICTIONS THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE? THERE ARE FIVE MAIN THINGS THAT MUST TAKE PLACE IN COMPLYING WITH THE EQUAL ACCESS ACT. NUMBER ONE, THE GROUP MUST BE STUDENT-LED. NUMBER TWO, A TEACHER OR ADMINISTRATOR MAY BE PRESENT TO SUPERVISE THE GROUP, BUT MAY NOT LEAD THE GROUP. THREE, ADULTS MAY NOT CONDUCT, CONTROL, OR REGULARLY ATTEND THE GROUP MEETINGS. NUMBER FOUR, ATTENDANCE MUST BE COMPLETELY VOLUNTARY. AND NUMBER FIVE, THE GROUPS MAY NOT MATERIALLY OR SUBSTANTIALLY INTERFERE WITH THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF EDUCATION ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE SCHOOL. WE HAVE THE CONSTITUTION, THE EQUAL ACCESS ACT, AND POLICIES. RELIGION CAN BE FOUND IN FOUR MAIN POLICIES. 2270 WHICH IS RELIGION OF THE CURRICULUM. POLICY 13.262 WHICH DEALS WITH ANTI-HARASSMENT. POLICY 5225 WHICH IS ABSENCEES FOR RELIGIOUS POLICIES. AND THEN 5730, WHICH IS REALLY YOUR POLICY, BRINGING THE EQUAL ACCESS ACT INTO PLAY, AND THAT'S EQUAL ACCESS FOR NONDISTRICT SPONSORED CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES. DR. VAZQUEZ?

>> SO TO KIND OF GO NOW, GET SOME HIGHLIGHTS ON KIND OF WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT FAITH BASED PARTNERSHIP GUIDELINES, POLICIES, PROCEDURES AND ASSURANCES, OVER THE LAST YEAR, WE HAVE CONDUCTED A THOROUGH REVIEW OF THE FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS WITHIN THE DISTRICT. FIRST, WE DEVELOPED FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIP GUIDELINES AND ASSURANCES THAT MUST BE SIGNED BY ALL FAITH-BASED PARTNERS. IN CONJUNCTION WITH THAT, WE HAVE DEVELOPED TRAINING OF FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS SO THAT THEY FULLY UNDERSTAND THOSE GUIDELINES AND ASSURANCES PRIOR TO AGREEING TO THEM. THIS IS NOW MANDATORY FOR ALL FAITH-BASED PARTNERS. WE ARE CONTINUING TO FURTHER REFINE OUR PROCEDURES TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE IN LINE WITH BOARD POLICY BY CONSOLIDATING ALL FACILITY USAGE AGREEMENT AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL, AND THIS WILL INVOLVE A STANDARDIZED APPLICATION PROCEDURE THAT INCLUDES CHECKS, THAT ALL TRAINING HAVE BEEN COMPLETED ON-SITE, AND AREA LEADERS RECOMMEND APPROVAL AND APPLICABLE -- APPLICABLE INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS ARE MET PRIOR TO RECEIPT OF THE APPLICATION AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL FOR FINAL APPROVAL. SO SOME RECENT ISSUES OR COMPLAINTS REGARDING FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS. IT WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION OF A DISTRICT GROUP, PROVIDED DISTRICT THAT A GROUP CALLED THE GOOD NEWS CLUB WAS OPENING AT MITCHELL ELEMENTARY, AND THEY MAY BE IN VIOLATION OF THE LAW. THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS QUICKLY LOOKED INTO THE ISSUE. THE GOOD NEWS CLUB IS NO LONGER AND HAS NOT FOR SOME TIME BEEN OPERATING AT MITCHELL ELEMENTARY OR ANY OTHER DISTRICT SITE AT THIS TIME. IT WAS ALSO BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION OF THE DISTRICT THAT A VOLUNTEER FROM THE FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES, A GENTLEMAN BY THE NAME OF DAVID GASKILL, MAY HAVE RUN AFOUL OF GUIDANCE GIVEN TO THAT ORGANIZATION AND TO HIM AS AN INDIVIDUAL. MR. GAS SKILL HAD POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT HE HAD PRAYED WITH ATHLETES FROM A HIGH SCHOOL AT A BOOSTER CLUB EVENT. MR. GASKILL AT THE TIME WAS NOT OPERATING AT A SCHOOL SITE, NOR WAS A PART OF A SCHOOL CLUB. HE WAS MERELY AT A CAR WASH -- HE WAS MERELY A CAR WASH CUSTOMER AT A BOOSTER CLUB FUND-RAISER WHO ASKED STUDENTS IF THEY WISHED TO PRAY. HOWEVER, HIS ACTION AND HIS SUBSEQUENT SOCIAL MEDIA PROMOTION OF HIS ACTIONS HAVE BECOME A DISTRACTION FOR STUDENTS AND ADMINISTRATORS. BECAUSE OF THIS, THE DISTRICT HAS REVOKED HIS STATUS AS AN APPROVED VOLUNTEER. THE FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES REMAINS A FAITH-BASED PARTNER IN GOOD STANDING. NOW, AN IMPORTANT DISTINCTION ABOUT STUDENT CLUBS. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FAITH-BASED OR NON-FAITH-BASED STUDENT-LED CLUBS. STUDENT CLUBS ONLY FALL INTO TWO CATEGORIES -- CURRICULAR CLUBS SUCH AS FRENCH OR SPANISH CLUBS, AND NONCURRICULAR CLUBS SUCH AS A CHESS CLUB, OR A PRAYER CLUB. THE CHESS CLUB ACT UNDER THE SAME RULES, AND THERE IS NO DISTINCTION BETWEEN THEM, JUST AS MR. GIBSON KIND OF HIGHLIGHTED IN THE BEGINNING OF THIS INFORMATION ITEM. NONCURRICULAR CLUBS ARE LED BY STUDENTS ONLY. CURRICULAR CLUBS MAY BE LED BY TEACHERS. THANK YOU.

>> MRS. EDGECOMB?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: YOU TALKED ABOUT -- AND YOU USED THE TERM FAITH-BASED PARTNERS. ARE ALL THOSE EQUAL IN TERMS OF --

>> IN A, THAT'S NOT THE QUESTION.

>> SOME OF THEM ARE EQUAL OR THE SAME IN TERMS OF INTERACTION WITH STUDENTS. FOR INSTANCE, THERE MAY BE A GROUP COME IN TO WORK WITH STUDENTS OR BE A PART OF A STUDENT-LED ACTIVITY. IS THAT ACCEPTABLE KIND OF INTERACTION?

>> I HAVE TO THINK THE ANSWER TO THAT GENTLEMEN QUESTION, QUESTION -- YES, AS LONG AS THEY FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE.

>> OKAY. THERE'S SOMETIMES CHURCHES OR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS WHO COME IN PERIODICALLY TO BRING IN SCHOOL SUPPLIES, FOOD, MAYBE THEY MAY DO SOMETHING FOR THE FACULTY AS A WAY TO SUPPORT THEM, THAT KIND OF THING. THAT'S NOT THE SAME AS -- SAME KIND OF FAITH INTERACTIONS. SO DO THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE SAME TRAINING AND SAME STANDARDS? THAT'S MY QUESTION. YES, OKAY. DID YOU UNDERSTAND MY QUESTION? WE WERE TALKING ABOUT FAITH-BASED PARTNERS, AND I THINK DR. VAZQUEZ WENT OVER SOME DESCRIPTIONS AND I THINK YOU DID, TOO, ABOUT WHAT REQUIREMENTS THEY HAVE TO MEET, THE TRAINING, AND SOME OF THE OTHERS. AND I THINK IT'S PRIMARILY TRAINING THAT I AM GETTING AT. BECAUSE THEY AREN'T ALL EQUAL IN TERMS OF THEIR SUPPORTIVE SERVICES OR INTERACTION. IF I BELONG TO A CONGREGATION, OR WE JUST WANT TO BRING FOOD AT THANKSGIVING OR CHRISTMAS, OR TOYS, DO WE ALSO HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT TRAINING?

>> SO THERE ARE CLEAR DISTINCTIONS. WHEN A FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION CHOOSES TO PARTNER WITH A SCHOOL IN TERMS OF VOLUNTEERISM, MORE OF THE DAILY INTERACTIONS OF THE STUDENT, WHETHER THEY ARE ASSISTING MAYBE IN THE OFFICE, OR MORE REPEATEDLY THERE, CORRECT? SO THEY WOULD HAVE TO THEN GO THROUGH THAT PROCESS AND UNDERSTAND THERE ARE LINES THEY CAN'T CROSS, THAT TYPICALLY WHEN YOU BECOME A COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER, YOU ARE FUNCTIONING ON BEHALF OF A STAFF MEMBER. YOU ARE HELD TO THE SAME EXPECTATIONS OF THEM WHICH MEANS IN PRAYER. YOU CAN'T PRAY WITH THE STUDENT. YOU CAN'T -- YOUR FREEDOMS CEASE WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH THE DOOR WHEN YOU ARE FUNCTIONING ON BEHALF OF THE SCHOOL. SO IN THAT ROLE, WE JUST CLEARLY DEFINE WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. AND THEY HAVE TO ESSENTIALLY BE A STAFF MEMBER, UNPAID STAFF MEMBER. SO WE JUST GO THROUGH THOSE RULES AND REGULATIONS. NOW, RELATED TO EVENTS WHERE THEY ARE BRINGING IN TURKEYS AND THINGS LIKE THAT AND MERELY JUST ACTING AS HANDS AND SERVICE, MAYBE NOT THAT LEVEL OF INTERACTION WITH THE STUDENT, THE ORGANIZATION AS A WHOLE HAS TO STILL COMPLY WITH THOSE RULES AND REGULATIONS, NO MATTER WHAT, WHEN THEY BECOME VOLUNTEERS ON-SITE, THEY ARE REQUIRED TO BEHAVE LIKE A STAFF MEMBER, AN UNOFFICIAL UNPAID STAFF MEMBER. I HOPE I AM BEING CLEAR. I KNOW THIS IS KIND OF CONFUSING. THERE ARE CLEAR DISTINCTIONS, THOUGH, WHEN A STUDENT INVITES A GUEST FROM A FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATION, AND IT IS STUDENT-LED, THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO SEEK MORE -- SPEAK MORE FREELY ABOUT THEIR FAITH. THEY CAN QUOTE SCRIPTURE, THEY CAN TALK TESTIMONY, THEY CAN BRING THEIR BOOKS, RELIGIOUS MATERIAL, BECAUSE IT'S A CHOICE OF THE STUDENT. WE DON'T LIMIT THAT ACCESS. BUT THEY DO HAVE TO COMPLY AGAIN WITH THE STRUCTURED VOLUNTEER APPLICATION. YOU KNOW, THE SWIPING IN, THE EXPECTATION THAT THEY ARE AWARE, THAT WE CAN'T LIMIT WHAT THEY SAY IN THAT CAPACITY. BUT THEY HAVE TO FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES OF THE SCHOOL. AND THAT'S DETERMINED BY THE PRINCIPAL. SO THAT MEANS YOU MEET ON THE DAY THE CLUB MEETS. YOU HAVE TO RESPOND IN THE SAME MANNER THAT OTHER CLUBS DO, THAT EQUAL ACCESS. SO IT DEPENDS ON THE FUNCTION OF THE FAITH-BASED GROUP. IS THAT STUDENT-LED OR NOT?

>>Doretha Edgecomb: SO THOSE EXAMPLES THAT YOU GAVE, THOSE DELIVERING SOMETHING MOMENTARILY, YOU SAID THEY STILL HAVE BEEN TO COMPLY WITH THAT. BUT WHERE DO THEY THEN GET -- BECOME INFORMED AND KNOWLEDGEABLE IF THEY HAVE NOT IN FACT GONE THROUGH THE TRAINING?

>> OKAY, SO THE NEW VOLUNTEER PROCESS, THE AUTO MATED PROCESS IS MUCH MORE ROBUST THAN JUST COMPLETING AN APPLICATION ONLINE. THE MOMENT THAT THE VOLUNTEER SELECTS AN AFFILIATE GROUP THAT IS FAITH-BASED, THEY HAVE TO READ AND RESPOND TO THE ASSURANCES AND AGREE TO THEM. THAT'S PART OF THE AUTOMATIC VOLUNTEER PROCESS. JUST LIKE IF THEY BECOME A MENTOR, THEY HAVE TO AGREE TO RESPOND TO THOSE ADDITIONAL ASSURANCES THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THOSE KIND OF THINGS. SECONDARY SCHOOLS HAVE TO DO THE SAME THING, SO THAT LEVEL OF INTERACTION WITH THE STUDENT REQUIRES THEM TO READ ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES AND AGREE TO THEM. AND THAT ANYTIME THEY DON'T, THEN WE REVOKE, OF COURSE, THEIR VOLUNTEERISM.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: ONE LAST QUESTION. PRINCIPALS AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS ARE BUSY, BUSY PEOPLE IN THE SCHOOLS. SO ARE SCHOOLS REQUIRED AT SOME LEVEL TO HAVE A PERSON CONNECTED AT THE SCHOOL TO GUIDE THOSE PEOPLE COMING IN, MONITOR THOSE SITUATIONS, SO THAT WE CAN A SURE THAT THEY ARE SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS AND OUR SCHOOLS IN THE RIGHT WAY?

>> YES. ASIDE FROM THE PRINCIPALS RECEIVING TRAINING -- AND WE DO MEMOS AND THINGS LIKE THAT THAT ARE CONSISTENT LIP REMINDING THEM OF THINGS THAT MIGHT BE COMING UP. WE USE OUR SUPERINTENDENT AND LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE TO DO THAT. BUT WE DO HAVE COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS COORDINATORS. EVERY SITE HAS ONE. THEY TOO ATTEND TRAINING. WE SEND OUT PERIODIC REMINDERS ABOUT THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING OR THINGS THAT WE SEE IN TERMS -- BUT THEY ARE ALSO PEOPLE OF THAT REVIEW AND HAVE ACCESS TO THE ONLINE VOLUNTEER DATABASE, SUCH AS INELIGIBLE VOLUNTEERS, SO THEY ARE VERSED IN WHAT THAT STRUCTURE LOOKS LIKE. A SURE YOU AS A RESULT OF LAST YEAR'S INQUIRIES RELATED TO OUR FAITH BASED CONNECTIONS WE HAVE HAD THESE LONG STANDING RELATIONSHIPS FOR 40, 50 YEARS WITH SOME OF THESE ORGANIZATIONS ORGANIZATIONS. WE HAVE CREATED A PRETTY ROBUST SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS FOR THESE THINGS TO TAKE PLACE, COMPARED TO OTHER DISTRICTS, I THINK WE ARE LEADING THAT CHARGE. I THINK NATIONALLY WHEN YOU LOOK AT THOSE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE WORK WITH, IN TERMS OF THE CLUBS, THEY DON'T HAVE -- THEY ARE TAKING THESE KINDS OF PROCEDURES TO OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IT'S PROTECTED FOR THEM AS WELL, AND THEY ARE VOLUNTEERS. SO LEADING THAT I THINK IN OUR AREA FOR SURE.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: MRS. GRIFFIN, EARLIER SHE SAID THIS WOULD BE ONE OF THOSE ITEMS THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO BRING FORWARD AT THIS POINT. OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE. NICOLE GIBSON, SHE WOULD LIKE TO WEIGH IN ON THIS TOPIC.

>> OKAY.

>> THANK YOU. I ACTUALLY THOUGHT IT WAS -- I DON'T HAVE A COMMENT.

>> THAT HAPPENS. BY THE WAY THAT HAPPENS A LOT UP HERE. SO I THINK IT'S GOING DOWN ONE ROAD AND IT TAKES A TURN. AND THEN LIKE "I'M GOOD, NO PROBLEM." MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: SO I UNDERSTAND THAT THE FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS HAVE ALL BEEN TRAINED. ASSURE ME THAT PRINCIPALS ARE CLEAR ON THIS TOPIC. HOW ARE WE MAKING SURE THAT -- I THINK THAT'S WHERE THE CONFUSION HAPPENS. AND YOU HAVE ONE THING HAPPEN AT ONE SCHOOL, AND THEN DOWN THE ROAD SOMETHING DIFFERENT HAPPENS AT A DIFFERENT SCHOOL. AND WE GET WIND OF IT AND BRING IT HERE, AND PEOPLE SHAKE THEIR HEAD AND GO, IT SHOULDN'T BE HAPPENING THAT WAY. SO CLARIFY FOR ME HOW WE ARE ENSURING THAT ALL PRINCIPALS UNDERSTAND THE RULE AND THE LAW AND TRAINING THAT HAS BEEN PUT IN PLACE.

>> OKAY. SO THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES THAT SCHOOLS FUNCTION DIFFERENTLY. THAT IS AN ABSOLUTE. SO A HIGH SCHOOL, IF THEY ALLOW ADULT VISITORS OR VOLUNTEERS ON-SITE, MAY LOOK DIFFERENT THAN A SCHOOL THAT DOESN'T FOR WHATEVER REASON. AND THEY DO HAVE GUIDELINES THAT SUPPORT DIFFERENCES IN THE WAY THEY MANAGE THEIR CLUBS ALSO. SO, I MEAN, WHEN YOU LOOK GENERALLY AT A FAITH-BASED CONNECTION OR PARTNERSHIP, IT MIGHT LOOK DIFFERENT SCHOOL TO SCHOOL BECAUSE IT'S BASED ON THEIR CLUB RULES AND ASSIGNED DAYS AND FUNCTIONS OF MEETING. SO IF ALL OF THOSE THINGS DO LOOK DIFFERENT AND THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO BASED ON STUDENT INTEREST. BUT IT'S STILL RELATED TO VOLUNTEERISM, BECAUSE EVERYBODY -- WE INCLUDE OUR FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS AS VOLUNTEERS. OUR COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS. WE TRAIN THEM, AND WE SEND DOCUMENTATION, AND WE PROVIDE SUPPORT ANYTIME NEEDED WHEN THEY CALL. AND THEY ARE GETTING VERY WELL AT ASKING THOSE QUESTIONS BECAUSE THERE ARE NUANCES IN THE PROCESS OF SUPPORTING THEIR FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS. AND I THINK OUR SCHOOLS FEEL VERY COMFORTABLE ASKING IF THEY ARE UNSURE. FOR INSTANCE, LET'S USE PRAYER ORACLE, A NATIONAL EVENT. OUR PRINCIPALS RECOGNIZE AND WE OFFER GUIDANCE IN A FEW CASES AND WE SENT OUT E-MAILS TO OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENT AS REMINDERS. IT'S AN EVENT THAT OCCURS BEFORE SCHOOL SO IT'S NOT PART OF THE INSTRUCTIONAL DAY. AND WE SUGGEST WHILE THERE ARE TEACHERS THAT MIGHT WANT TO BE PRESENT FOR CUSTODIAL REASONS, FOR PROTECTION, BECAUSE THERE'S A GROUP OF KIDS, YOU KNOW, PRAYING, YOU WANT ADULTS OUT THERE. THEY RECOGNIZE THAT ADULTS SHOULD NEVER PRAY WITH CHILDREN ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE STAFF MEMBERS. THERE'S JUST A LINE YOU DON'T CROSS. SO IN THOSE KIND OF SITUATIONS, WE PROVIDED GUIDANCE IN ADVANCE. THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ALLOW THE KIDS TO PRAY DURING THAT OCCASION, BUT PROVIDED AMPLE SUPERVISION FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD. SO IT JUST DEPENDS ON THE NATURE OF THE ACTIVITY AND HOW WE SUPPORT THE PRINCIPALS. BUT MANY OF THEM ARE AWARE AND WE DO SHARE DURING OUR TRAINING SESSIONS.

>> IS THERE A PLACE UNDER YOUR DIVISION WHERE WE SPECIFICALLY HAVE FAITH-BASED FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS, THAT WE CAN -- OKAY.

>> WE HAVE IT FOR THE COMMUNITY AND INTERNALLY. SO IN THE INTRANET SYSTEM WE HAVE A FOLDER THAT IDENTIFIES ALL OF THE DOCUMENTATION. THE ASSURANCES, THE FAQs, THE TRAINING ITSELF, THERE'S TRAINING FOR PRINCIPALS, TRAINING FOR THE SCHOOL CONTACTS, WE HAVE THE TRAINING FOR OUR PARTNERS, OUR FAITH-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, THAT EVERYONE CAN ACCESS AND USE. AND FREQUENTLY DO BECAUSE A LOT OF THE TRAINING HAPPENS ON THE SCHOOL SITE AS WELL WHEN YOU ENGAGE IN THAT PARTNERSHIP. WE TYPICALLY STEP IN AS A DISTRICT IF THERE'S A GROUP OF TEN OR MORE. OR WHEN THEY SELECT -- WE CALL THEM IN AND MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO DO THAT. WE DO HAVE ONGOING TRAININGS IN PDF, AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE ONGOING TRAINING SCHOOL AT SANCHEZ CENTER FOR OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS AND WE SHARE THOSE AT ANY TIME AS WELL. SO WE MAKE OURSELVES AVAILABLE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

>> MY LAST COMMENT IS I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO YOU AND TO MR. GIBSON AND DR. VAZQUEZ, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT WE HAVE SPENT A LOT OF TIME AND A LOT OF ENERGY IN MAKING VERY CLEAR OUR INTENTIONS OVER THE PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE HAVE CURRENTLY, AND ANY NEW ONES THAT COME FORWARD AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE NOT CROSSING ANY LINES HERE BOTH FOR STUDENTS AND WITH THE LAW. SO I APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS IN BRINGING FORWARD THIS AGENDA ITEM AND I APOLOGIZE THAT WE DIDN'T PULL IT FOR THE LAST BOARD MEETING, BUT WE DID TODAY. SO THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS THERE, WAS ANOTHER AGENDA ITEM OF THAT WE WERE GOING TO BRING BACK AND THAT WAS THE SPRINGBOARD ISSUE. AND I AM GOING TO LET MS. AGRESTA SPEAK TO THIS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ACTUALLY, WE HAD TALKED ABOUT THIS EARLIER. SO AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING, OBVIOUSLY, MS. AGRESTA APPROACHED US AND SHE PLACED A REQUEST TO OUR BOARD CHAIR MRS. GRIFFIN BASED OFF OF THE LENGTH OF INFORMATION AND THE FEEDBACK AND THE CONVERSATION THAT REALLY NEEDED TO BE HAD AROUND THE TOPIC OF SPRINGBOARD, THAT A WORKSHOP SETTING WOULD BE A BETTER SETTING TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION. SO MADE THAT REQUEST TO MS. GRIFFIN. AND SO WE ARE WORKING WITH THE BOARD CHAIR TO PROVIDE A DATE TO HAVE THAT PARTICULAR WORKSHOP.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, WE ARE NOW INTO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. THE FLOOR IS YOURSELF.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I ACTUALLY HAVE AN UPDATE ON FAITH BASED ACTIVITIES. IT WAS JUST DONE SO WE TOOK CARE OF THAT. AT THE NOVEMBER 1st BOARD MEETING WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A FIRST QUARTER UPDATE ON ALL THE STRATEGIC PLANS. SO YOU ARE GOING TO SEE SOME REAL DYNAMIC NOW INFORMATION AROUND HOW OUR STRATEGIC PLAN AND METRICS AND THE PEOPLE BEHIND IT ARE REALLY WORKING TOWARD ACHIEVING OUR GOALS TO GET TO THAT 90% GRADUATION RATE. SO MR. AYRES, AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING ALONG WITH THE TEAM, HAS BEEN WORKING ON THAT. I WILL TALK ABOUT A LOT OF DIFFERENT TOPIC TO TALK ABOUT HOW WE ARE GOING ABOUT LOWERING OUR NUMBER OF COCs, AND THEN EVERY OTHER METRIC THAT WE CAN TALK AROUND WITH REGARDS TO OUR STUDENT PROGRESS. SO WE WILL BE DOING THAT. BUT WE DID HAVE SOME STUDENT INFORMATION THAT CAME OUT THIS PAST WEEK THAT I THINK I SENT OUT TO THE BOARD AND TO THE COMMUNITY WITH REGARDS TO OUR AP EXAM RESULTS THAT WERE PRETTY SIGNIFICANT FOR OUR AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISPANIC STUDENTS WHICH I THOUGHT WAS INCREDIBLE. OUR HISPANIC STUDENTS AND OUR PARTICIPATION RATE WENT UP 18 PERCENTAGE POINTS IN PARTICIPATION RATE, WITHOUT LOWERING THEIR OVERALL SUCCESS RATE. NOW, WHEN YOU GROW BY THAT AMOUNT OF PARTICIPATION, YOU ARE NORMALLY GOING TO SEE SOME SORT OF REDUCTION, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE -- AND THAT'S WHERE OUR PROGRAMS LIKE AVID AND PROGRAMS THAT WE PUT IN PLACE IN THIS DISTRICT ARE PROVIDING THE SUPPORTS NECESSARY FOR STUDENTS TO BE SET UP FOR SUCCESS. AND THEN WITH OUR AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS, THEY HAD A 10% INCREASE IN THE PASS RATE. NOW, THAT'S COLLEGE CREDIT, FOLKS. THAT'S OUR STUDENTS, MORE STUDENTS HAVING ACCESS NOT ONLY TO GETTING COLLEGE CREDIT BUT NOW THEY ARE JUST ONE STEP AHEAD IF THEY MAKE THAT MOVE TOWARD COLLEGE AND ULTIMATELY THEIR CAREER. SO I THINK THAT WAS A HUGE STATISTIC. AND I APPLAUD OUR TEACHERS ACROSS THIS DISTRICT FOR THE AMAZING WORK THAT THEY DO WITH OUR STUDENTS, AND ULTIMATELY STUDENTS HAVE TO TAKE THOSE KINDS OF TESTS OUT THERE LIKE NOEL, SO WE REALLY APPRECIATE THEIR HARD WORK ON THAT. I JUST HAD A COUPLE OF ELEVATE UPDATES. TONIGHT, MILES ELEMENTARY WANTED TO WEIGH IN, AND OBVIOUSLY THEY ARE ANOTHER SCHOOL THAT'S MOVED TO THE HEALTH SYSTEM. THAT SEEMS TO BE A COMMON THEME ACROSS OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS. OBVIOUSLY THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING OUT THERE ARE CATCHING ON AND IT'S GREAT TO SEE THEM PARTNERING NO LOT OF THESE SIMILAR INITIATIVES. THEY HAVE VERY ACADEMICALLY FOCUSED CLUBS THAT ARE PROVIDING SOME ENHANCED AND ENRICHED CONSTRUCTION AT MILES. THEY HAVE 20 VOLUNTEERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WORKING WITH MILES TO SERVE AS MENTORS AND TUTORS. OVER AT BT WASHINGTON, MEMBERS WILL BE READING TO STUDENTS BETWEEN 3:00 AND 5 P.M. AS PART OF THE JOHN GERMANY READ TO DREAM PROGRAM. I WANT TO THANK THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION FOR PARTNERING WITH OUR SCHOOLS AND STRESSING THE IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY. AND AS PART OF THE PROGRAM, STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE A BOOK BAG, READING BUDDY, A SMALL STUFFED ANIMAL, AND A BOOK AFTER THE FIRST SESSION. STUDENTS WILL ALSO RECEIVE A BOOK MIDWAY THROUGH THE PROGRAM AND ON THE LAST DAY OF PROGRAM BEFORE THANKSGIVING BREAK. IT KIND OF HIGHLIGHTS HOW THE COMMUNITY STEPS UP AND IS REALLY COMING INTO OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS AND PROVIDING EXTRA MENTORING, EXTRA SUPPORT SYSTEMS THAT THE SCHOOLS NEED. WE WANT TO THANK THEM AND WE APPRECIATE THEM.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. THAT CONCLUDES OUR AGENDA EXCEPT FOR BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS AND SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS. BUT I AM GOING TO TAKE A MOMENT AND R OF PRIVILEGE BECAUSE I GOT A PHONE CALL FROM ONE OF OUR NOT ONLY EMPLOYEES BUT VERY ACTIVE COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE MR. ROSS ANDERSON UP. AND HIS MEN OF VISION. WELCOME.

>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. I KNOW YOU ARE LOOKING FOR MR. ANDERSON. BUT NOT QUITE HIM. BUT I CAN BE JUST AS COOL. MY NAME IS LAVONTE ROBINSON, THE IF COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR FOR THE MEN OF VISION. I STARTED WITH THE PROGRAM WHEN IT STARTED IN 2007 AT SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL AND I'M HERE TODAY SO I AM FORTUNATE FOR THAT. WE ARE HERE TO CONGRATULATE MRS. EDGECOMB AS WELL AS MS. KURDELL ON -- YES -- ON A NEW CHAPTER WHICH YOU WILL BE EMBARKING ON SOON. WE HAVE ROSES FOR BOTH OF YOU. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE SOMETHING. MRS. EDGECOMB, I HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF YOU -- (LAUGHTER) NO, NO. I HAVE KNOWLEDGE OF YOU, AND THIS DATES BACK TO WHEN I FIRST STARTED AT SLIGH. AND I'M SURE I KNOW MORE ABOUT YOU THAN YOU KNOW ABOUT ME. WHEN WE STARTED MEN OF VISION, YOU HAVE BEEN THERE SINCE THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE PROGRAM. EVEN WHEN WE HAD THE GEORGE ESCOBAR ASSOCIATION I WAS THERE AS PART OF THAT, AND THE CANDOR AND THE LOVE AND THE SERVICE THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN US AND THE WISDOM THAT YOU IMPARTED TO US WAS JUST HOPING THAT WE CAN RECIPROCATE THAT AS WE CONTINUE TO DO WHAT WE DO IN THE COMMUNITY. WE APPLAUD THE BOTH OF YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE DOING NOW AND THAT YOU WILL BE DOING IN THE FUTURE. WE HOPE TO CONTINUE TO GET YOUR SUPPORT AND WISDOM SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO BE GROW AS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION. WE AGAIN WANT TO THANK YOU, PRESENT YOU WITH THESE OFFERINGS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: LOOK, THEY MATCH. WHY DON'T YOU FACE THAT WAY FIRST AND THEN YOU CAN TURN AROUND? GET CENTER. CENTER. HOLD ON. MISS SALLY NEEDS A PICTURE. [ APPLAUSE ] MR. ANDERSON -- MR. ANDERSON. FOR ANYBODY WHO KNOWS MR. ROSS ANDERSON AND WHAT HE DOES WITH OUR YOUNG STUDENTS IN THIS DISTRICT, YOU KNOW, HE LIKES TO PUT THE BOYS OUT FRONT AND LET THEM SPEAK AND SHOWCASE THEIR LEADERSHIP. BUT I WANT TO INVITE YOU UP FOR JUST A MINUTE, PLEASE, AND PUT YOU ON THE SPOT. AND GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU ALWAYS REPRESENT THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT SO WELL. THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND THIS COMMUNITY BECAUSE I KNOW SOME OF OUR BOYS ARE NOT NECESSARILY FROM OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT.

>> RIGHT. WE ALSO HAD GENTLEMAN'S QUEST AS WELL FROM CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL, WHICH IS A GREAT PROGRAM AS WELL. SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ACKNOWLEDGE THEM. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE DOING WITH THE DISTRICT -- AND I KNOW I WILL HAVE TO GIVE A SHOUT TO CINDY AND APRIL -- THAT WE ARE PULLING TOGETHER ALL THE MENTORING PROGRAMS, BECAUSE WE HAVE SOME GREAT PROGRAMS IN OUR DISTRICT, AND WE HAVE GOT SOME WONDERFUL YOUNG MEN AND NEED TO SHOWCASE THEM ANY CHANCE WE GET. AND OUR YOUNG MEN ARE OUR FUTURE. THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY. AND I LOVE PARTNERING WITH MR. PAVIS FROM CHAMBERLAIN AND I AM EXCITED TO MENTOR THESE YOUNG MEN AND BE A PART OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. SO THANK YOU.

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE. IT WAS A JOURNEY OF LOVE. WHEN WE STARTED, YOU GIVE ME MORE CREDIT THAN I DESERVE IN TERMS OF BEING THERE AND SUPPORTING YOU. AND IF I, DID I DID IT FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS, BECAUSE I SAW SUCH POTENTIAL IN WHAT MR. ANDERSON WAS TRYING TO DO. HE COULD SELL ANYTHING TO ANYBODY AT ANY TIME, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES AROUND TO YOUNG MEN, BELIEVING THEM, SUPPORTING THEM, ADVOCATING FOR THEM, ALLOWING THEM TO HAVE GROW, TO MAKE MISTAKES, TO OWN UP TO IT, TO AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE WANT FOR EVERY STUDENT IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT. YOU, MR. PATTERSON AT CHAMBER -- CHAMBERLAIN, AND THE GENTLEMAN AT QUEST, TWO EXAMPLES OF ALL THE GREAT POTENTIAL OUT THERE. AND WHAT THEY JUST NEED IN MANY CASES ARE PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO ARE WILLING TO MAKE THOSE SACRIFICES AND BELIEVE IN THEM AND ENCOURAGE THEM AND DISCIPLINE THEM AND MODEL FOR THEM WHAT THEY CAN BECOME. AND SO IT HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY MY HONOR TO BE A PART OF THIS HISTORY. THANK YOU, YOUNG MEN, FOR THE WAY THAT YOU SUPPORTED ME AT THE EVENT ON THURSDAY. YOU WERE THERE, AND YOU WERE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. AND I CAN ONLY SAY TO YOU THAT IF PEOPLE IN THIS DISTRICT, OR IN THIS COMMUNITY, WANT TO LOOK FOR SOMETHING POSITIVE, ALL THEY NEED TO DO IS LOOK THIS WAY. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND THANK YOU FOR THE HONOR TODAY. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. EDGECOMB. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I DID WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ONE THING. THIS YOUNG MAN -- COME THIS WAY -- WAS SWORN IN ABOUT TWO MONTHS AGO WITH TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT. SO I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT HE IS NOW ONE OF TAMPA'S FINEST WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT. BECAUSE IT'S SO IMPORTANT WITH EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING ON THAT ONE OF OUR YOUNG MEN IS IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND HE'S IN DISTRICT ONE. SO HE'S TRYING TO MOVE TO THE OTHER DISTRICT BUT HE'S IN DISTRICT ONE. BUT -- RIGHT. I JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT HE IS, YOU KNOW. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: MS. KURDELL.

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO THANK THE YOUNG MEN. YOU KNOW, WE CAN SIT UP HERE AND TALK ABOUT IT, AND CERTAINLY I REMEMBER WHEN ROSS TALKED TO US ABOUT THE IDEA OF DOING WHAT HE'S DOING, AND THEN WATCHED HIM CREATE WHAT HAPPENED. BUT IF THERE WEREN'T YOUNG MEN LIKE YOU TO STEP UP AND TAKE THAT CHALLENGE AND RISE TO THE CHALLENGE, AND WHAT WE KNOW YOU ARE PERFECTLY CAPABLE OF, AND TO SEE THE RESULTS OF THAT, IT DOES, FOR ME, GREAT HONOR. I WASN'T GOING TO CRY. THAT YOU CAME TODAY, AND THAT YOU WERE THERE, AND THAT YOU STAND UP FOR YOUR COMMUNITY AND WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN, AND THAT YOU ARE NOW SWORN IN AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. THINK ABOUT WHAT THAT WILL DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY, BECAUSE WE KNOW HOW YOU HAVE RISEN IN THE RANKS OF THE YOUNG MEN. AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR THAT. THAT MAKES ME FEEL WONDERFUL ABOUT MY COMMUNITY AND WONDERFUL ABOUT EACH OF YOU. SO THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH. GREAT JOB, ROSS, AS ALWAYS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU SO MUCH, GENTLEMEN. THANK YOU. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. THAT WAS A LITTLE SURPRISE. BY THE WAY, THIS IS NOT THEIR LAST MEETING. WE ARE NOW INTO OUR BOARD MEMBER AND SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE PRESS YOUR BUTTON. I AM GOING TO ISSUE A CHALLENGE THIS EVENING THAT WE BE DONE IN 15 MINUTES. CAN WE ACCOMPLISH THAT? BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE OF MY SHORTEST -- THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE OF MY SHORTEST MEETINGS AND I WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY. SO MRS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I JUST HAVE COUPLE OF ITEMS REAL QUICK E.WANT TO PUT OUT A CLARIFICATION. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS IN THIS DISTRICT OF ADMINISTERING FREE FLU SHOTS AT ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS. AND THERE HAS BEEN A LITTLE BIT OF A SCHEDULING ISSUE. AND I AM HOPEFUL THAT PRINCIPALS ARE RESENDING INFORMATION OUT TO PARENTS, AND IT'S NOT A SURPRISE THAT YOU MAY SHOW UP TOMORROW AND HAVE SOMEBODY THERE TO ADMINISTER FLU SHOTS. BUT WE ARE GOING TO COMPLETE ALL OF THE FLU SHOTS THAT WE HAD SAID WE WERE GOING TO AT THE SCHOOLS WHO HAVE NOT YET COMPLETED THAT. I WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT UNIVERSITY IS COMING UP THE 22ND AT FRANKLIN MIDDLE SCHOOL AT 7:30 IN THE MORNING. AS REGISTRATION OPENS, LUNCH IS PROVIDED AS CHILD CARE FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN. AGAIN OPPORTUNITY. AND I DIDN'T BRING ANY PICTURES TO ADD TO MRS. HARRIS' BUNCH BUT I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY ON SATURDAY MORNING EARLY. I WAS CHALLENGED BY A CONSTITUENT OF MAIN TO VISIT THE CHAMBERLAIN AG LAB AND SOME OF THE STUDENTS THERE WHO -- WE HAVE A COUPLE OF ANIMALS THERE FROM GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL THIS YEAR BECAUSE THE AG TEACHER AT GAITHER IS PREGNANT SO WE MOVED THINGS OVER TO CHAMBERLAIN. BUT IT IS SUCH A FANTASTIC JOB WITH THESE STUDENTS ON I HAVE TO TELL YOU MORE THAN THE BARE MINIMUM. IT IS THE BARE MINIMUM WHAT THEY ARE WORKING WITH. SO THANK YOU TO MRS. LUCKY OUT THERE FOR HOSTING ME AND THE STUDENTS FOR SHOWING ME THE ROPES. I DOCTOR POST TWITTER PICTURES BUT THEY ARE NOT PRETTY. AND I REMIND EVERYONE THAT TOMORROW STUDENTS 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th GRADE WILL BE TAKING THE PRECURSOR FOR SAT FOR ALL OF YOU. I HAVE TWO STUDENTS AT HOME THAT WILL BE TAKING THAT IN THE MORNING. I WILL LET THE SUPERINTENDENT TALK ABOUT THE LUNCHEON. I AM SURE IT IS IN HIS NOTES. IT WAS A FANTASTIC LUNCH THAT WE WENT TO, WITH A TABLE, AND TO THE STAFF WHO COORDINATED THAT FOR US. I ALSO GOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO STOP BY -- AND THIS WAS -- WE TALKED EARLIER ABOUT STEM AND THE OPPORTUNITIES OUT THERE FOR OUR LEADERSHIP. ON MONDAY, ON COLUMBUS DAY, THE DAY WE WERE OFF, I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO BY THE NORTHDALE REC CENTER WHERE MANY OF OUR PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS WERE PART OF THE STEM LEADERSHIP ACADEMY IN WHICH EACH SCHOOL WAS RECEIVING A FREE 3-D PRINTER, AND THE PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS WHO WERE THERE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN HOW TO NOT ONLY USE THE PRINTER BUT HOW TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THEIR CLASSROOMS, THEIR CURRICULUM INSTRUCTION. IT WAS A VERY, VERY INFORMATIVE DAY. SO THANK YOU TO DR. PLANK AND HIS TEAM FOR COORDINATING THAT, AND THANK YOU TO BOCC AND THE COUNTY FOR ALLOWING US TO USE NORTHDALE REC. THAT WAS A SITE FOR THEM TO USE THE EVENT. SO THANK YOU.

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

>>Sally Harris: I HAVE TO DO IT WITHOUT MY VISUAL. SO I'M POUTING. I WOULD LIKE TO JUST SAY THAT WE HAD A FABULOUS TRANSPORTATION TOWN HALL MEETING. WE HAD THREE OF THEM. THEY WERE WELL ATTENDED, EACH ONE. AND AS THE TIME WENT ON, IT GOT TO BE A LITTLE MORE INTIMATE, AND LOTS OF DISCUSSION WENT ON, AND THE LAST ONE WAS AT BRANDON. AND A LOT OF GOOD CAME OUT OF THOSE MEETINGS. A LOT OF SHARING, AND IDEAS. IT'S JUST NEAT TO HEAR FROM THE PEOPLE THAT ARE DOING THE WORK FOR US. AND -- OH, I GOT MY SLIDE SHOW UP HERE. YOU GUYS CAN LOOK AT IT. THANK YOU. SORRY, GUYS, OUT THERE. BUT THEN WE ALL -- NOT WE ALL. SUSAN VALDEZ AND I ATTENDED THE MINORITY LUNCHEON WHILE OTHER AS TEND ADD DIFFERENT LUNCHEON. AND DERRICK BROOKS WAS THE SPEAKER. AND IT WAS JUST REALLY NEAT HEARING THE TOPIC BE ON EDUCATION. AND DERRICK WAS ALL READY FOR THE QUESTIONS TO COME OUT ABOUT HIS FOOTBALL CAREER, AND INSTEAD THE QUESTIONS CAME IN ABOUT EDUCATION AND THE SCHOOL THAT HE REPRESENTS. SO IT WAS KIND OF NEAT. THEN WE WENT TO A PLANT HIGH SCHOOL GUIDANCE MEETING WHERE THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT HAS DONE A PROGRAM THIS YEAR CALLED RAMP. UP. AND IT'S WITH THE ASDA FOR THE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, AND THEY ARE PUTTING IN FOR AN AWARD. AND BEING ABLE TO WATCH THAT PRESENTATION, AND THE DIFFERENCE THAT THIS GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT IS DOING. YOU TALK ABOUT REACHING THAT GOAL IN 2020. IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN AT THAT SCHOOL, BECAUSE I'M TELLING YOU, THIS IS A GREAT PROGRAM, AND AS THEY IMPLEMENT THIS PROGRAM, I KNOW THAT POLLY SEIA EVEN ASKED HOW DO WE GET THIS PROGRAM TO ALL OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS? THEN THAT EVENING WAS THE HOMECOMING GAME, AND I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING WITH MRS. STUART'S DAUGHTER, AND IT WAS PLANT VERSUS GAITHER. SO UNFORTUNATELY YOU DON'T SEE THAT PICTURE, BUT I WAS WITH HER. AND THEN OUR DIVERSITY TEAM WITH MRS. MINERVA SPANNER MORROW, WE HAD A DIVERSITY TEAM OF LEADERS IN OUR DISTRICT THAT MET TO DISCUSS ABOUT HOW WE CAN WORK WITH OUR HISPANIC STUDENTS AND GET THEM CLOSER TO GRADUATION. AND THE IDEAS THAT CAME OUT OF THIS MEETING, THE BRAINSTORMING, IT WAS A LOT OF FUN. AND I KNOW MRS. VALDES AND I WERE BOTH THERE AND IT WAS JUST INTERESTING TO HEAR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING WITH THE STUDENTS AND THEIR IDEAS AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO IMPROVE THAT. AND THEN I THINK ALMOST EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM WAS AT THE CELEBRATION TO HONOR MRS. EDGECOMB. AND I HAD A COUPLE OF PICTURES IN THERE FOR THAT. AND THEN I'M VERY PROUD TO SIT UP HERE AND SAY THAT OUR DISTRICT IS REALLY REACHING OUT TO OUR EARLY CHILDHOOD COMMUNITY, AND THERE IS A COLLABORATION THAT'S GOING ON. AND FIRST WE HAD WE HAD A LEADERSHIP MEETING, JUST A CONVERSATION MEETING OF ALL THE LEADERS FROM EARLY CHILDHOOD INTO OUR VPK PROGRAM, HEAD START. IT WAS JUST A PHENOMENAL MEETING, LOTS OF SHARING WENT ON IN THAT MEETING, AND HOW WE CAN START EDUCATION WITH CHILDREN EARLIER. AND THEN THAT SATURDAY THERE WAS A CONTINUATION WITH MRS. BROWN IN THAT WE HAD HEAD START TEACHERS AND THE PEOPLE THAT WERE WITH OUR CHILDREN AND PUTTING THAT PARTNERSHIP TOGETHER. AND THAT WAS A REAL -- IT WAS JUST WELL RECEIVED AND LOTS OF ATTENDANCE IN THAT. AND I WANT TO SAY THAT I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO A CONFERENCE. AND DURING THAT CONFERENCE THEY TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT STARTING AT AGE 2 NOW, THERE'S A NEW GENERATION COMING OUT AND IT'S CALLED THE GAMERS GENERATION. AND IN THAT GAMERS GENERATION, THOSE CHILDREN AT AGE 2 ARE COMING IN WITH AN EDUCATION PROCESS ALREADY IN PLACE ON BEING ABLE TO HANDLE TECHNOLOGY. AND I BET IF I ASKED YOU, ANYBODY WHO HAS TWO-YEAR-OLD GRANDCHILDREN, CHILDREN, DO THEY KNOW HOW TO GET THE GAMES ON YOUR PHONE? YES, THEY DO. SO WHAT THAT SAYS TO US IN OUR DEPARTMENT IS WE REALLY ARE EDUCATING CHILDREN FROM BIRTH TO CAREER, AND THAT IT IS REALLY NEAT TO SEE THE PARTNERSHIPS THAT THIS DISTRICT IS ALIGNING WITH THAT AREA. SO THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND I THINK I AM GOING TO EXTEND THE TIME JUST A LITTLE BIT. NOT YOUR FAULT, DON'T WORRY. BUT LET'S GO TILL 25 AFTER. MRS. EDGECOMB.

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I TOO WANT TO CONGRATULATE MRS. BROWN AND MR. EAKINS AND ALL OF YOU WHO WERE PART OF THE BREAKFAST AROUND THE CONVERSATION OF OUR EARLY LEARNING. IT WAS A DYNAMIC MORNING. WHAT WAS SO, I THINK, JUST THE ENTHUSIASM AND THE COMMITMENT, AND THE IDEA THAT EVERYBODY BELIEVES THAT THE EARLY YEARS ARE JUST SO VITAL IN TRYING TO PROVIDE THE BEST OPPORTUNITIES OF OUR STUDENTS. AND SO I CONTINUE TO LOOK FORWARD TO THAT BECAUSE IT HAS SUCH POTENTIAL. I THINK TALKING ABOUT THE GRADUATION RATE THAT WE CAN START EARLY. WE ARE CERTAINLY GOING TO GET THERE. I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU WHO WERE PART OF THE CELEBRATION ON THURSDAY NIGHT. IT WAS AN AMAZING, INCREDIBLE NIGHT. I NEVER WOULD HAVE DREAMED IN A MILLION YEARS OF THE RESPONSE, THE SHARING, THE ACCOLADES, AND THE ATTENDANCE. I'M STILL -- NOT ON CLOUD 9. 900 WOULD BE A BETTER POSITION. IN ADDITION TO THAT, I HAVE ANOTHER -- MAYBE 1009 NOW BECAUSE THE LITTLE BUCS PART OF THE LEAGUE HONORED ME ON SATURDAY. I TOSSED THE COIN. THEY ESCORTED ME OUT TO THE FIELD. THEY RED MY BIO, TALKED ABOUT ALL THE THINGS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO IT WAS AN AMAZING DAY. I JUST REMEMBER EVERYTHING, BUT FOR THESE YOUNG MEN TO INVITE ME AND TO CELEBRATE MY YEARS IN EDUCATION WAS REALLY NICE. AND IT WAS MY FIRST TIME GOING TO A FIELD LIKE THAT, TOSSING A COIN. I THINK I DID IT RIGHT. AND IT GOT ON HEADS. AND I LEFT AT HALF TIME. BUT THEY WERE WINNING AND I THINK TO ALL OF YOU IN THIS COMMUNITY WHO HAVE FOUND THAT I MADE A DIFFERENCE, THANK YOU SO MUCH. IT HAS BEEN MY HONOR, MY PLEASURE, AND AS ALWAYS, IT'S MY CALLING. THANK YOU.

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF SERVICE LEARNING GOING ON IN MY AREA OF TOWN. WE HAVE HAD PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL HAS HAD TWO WEEKENDS OF SERVICE LEARNING WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN BEAUTIFYING THEIR SCHOOL. SO THEY ARE PAINTING ALL THE PARKING STOPPERS AND IT'S AMAZING TO SEE HOW MANY STUDENTS COME OUT ON A SATURDAY. AND THE FACULTY AND STAFF AS WELCOMING OUT TO BE JUST BEAUTIFY THEIR SCHOOL. AND THAT JUST WARMS MY HEART TO SEE THAT ACTIVITY GOING ON, AS WELL AS WEBB MIDDLE SCHOOL. NOT ONLY ARE THEY BEAUTIFYING THEIR CAMPUS BUT THEY ARE ALSO, ON SATURDAYS COMING IN, THEY ARE PRACTICING SCIENCE WHILE THEY ARE BEAUTIFYING THEIR SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY ARE BUILDING A POND, A FISH POND IN PART OF THE ATRIUM AREA. SO IT'S JUST VERY REWARDING TO SEE THAT. THIS MONTH AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN CELEBRATING THE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH. AND THE MANY -- I WANT TO THANK ALL THE SCHOOLS THAT HAVE PROVIDED DIFFERENT PROGRAMS FOR THE COMMUNITY OF THEIR SCHOOLS, AND THEIR COMMUNITIES SURROUNDING THEIR SCHOOLS TO BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE THE RICHNESS OF OUR HISPANIC HERITAGE AND THE MANY DIFFERENT CONTRIBUTIONS THAT HISPANIC AMERICANS, LATINO AMERICANS, WHATEVER YOU GUYS WANT TO CALL IT, I DON'T KNOW, BUT ANYWAYS, IT JUST A PHENOMENAL EXPERIENCE TO SEE THE CREATIVITY AND THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING. AND I WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO ALL OF ROGERS MEMORIAL, PIERCE, FARNELL MIDDLE SCHOOL. FARNELL MIDDLE SCHOOL HAD A BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCE, A BEAUTIFUL PROGRAM ON FRIDAY WHERE NOT ONLY DID THEY HONOR THE HISPANIC HERITAGE, BUT THEY ENCOMPASSED ALL OF THE DIFFERENT HERITAGES THAT ARE ENCOMPASSING IN THEIR SCHOOLS. SO IT WAS REALLY A MULTI-CULTURAL TYPE OF EVENT, VERY THOUGHTFUL, VERY -- IT WAS JUST PHENOMENAL AND VERY WELL ATTENDED. I WANT TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE DR. VASQUEZ. THE FLORIDA ALA WILL BE HONORING HIM ON NOVEMBER 2nd FOR HIS COMMITMENT AND HIS MANY CONTRIBUTIONS THAT HE HAS GIVEN TO NOT ONLY THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, BUT ALSO IMPACTING THE HISPANIC LATINO SCHOOL POPULATION. SO DR. VAZQUEZ, CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE, WHAT YOU ARE DOING, AND WHAT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO DO. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> AND MR. EAKINS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HEARING MY DESIRE TO WANT TO DO A RELIEF FOR HAITI. BOARD MEMBERS, THERE IS A FLYER THAT HAS GONE OUT TO THE PRINCIPALS OF THE SCHOOLS WHERE WE ARE DOING A DISTRICT-WIDE SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT, AND WE ARE COLLECTING ITEMS FOR HAITI AND FOR ALL THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE SUFFERED THIS HORRIFIC STORM. SO WE ARE LOOKING AT FIRST-AID TYPES OF THINGS, GAUZE, BANDAGES, TAPE, NON-LATEX GLOVES, MEDIUM OR LARGE, PERSONAL HYGIENE, ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN THINK OF, TOOTHPASTE, MOUTHWASH, TOILET PAPER, SOAP, JUST ANYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF THAT WILL BE ABLE TO HELP WITH THEIR HYGIENE. AS FAR AS SCHOOL SUPPLIES, OF COURSE, WE HAVE TO SEND SCHOOL SUPPLIES. WE WANT ALL OUR KIDS TO HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. AND ALSO BABY PRODUCTS. THE COLLECTION DRIVE WILL BE FROM OCTOBER 24th UNTIL NOVEMBER 4th. SO I AM HOPEFUL -- I AM HOPEFUL THAT WITH THE MANY SCHOOLS THAT WE HAVE IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT THEY REALLY, REALLY TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW A LITTLE COUNTRY JUST SOUTH OF US, NOT TOO FAR, THAT THE STUDENTS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS REALLY DO CARE ABOUT PEOPLE IN GENERAL. AND SO THANK YOU, MR. EAKINS, FOR THAT. THAT'S VERY MEANINGFUL. ANOTHER ONE. I WILL HAVE TO SHOW A VIDEO. YOU GUYS HAVE TO SEE THIS ONE. THIS IS THIS YEAR, THE FIRST YEAR IN HISTORY OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT THE MAJORITY OF OUR STUDENTS, POPULATIONS, 37% HISPANIC. IT MIRRORS THE GROWING DEMOGRAPHICS OF OUR NATION. AND AS WE LIVE OUT OUR MISSION AND VISION AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE CELEBRATE ITS DIVERSITY. HISPANIC EDUCATORS FOR CHANGE, WHICH I AM VERY PROUD OF, HAS BEEN A DRIVING FORCE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS IN SUPPORTING THE DISTRICT GOALS, BUT ESPECIALLY HELPING OUR HISPANIC LATINO STUDENTS BECOME CIVICALLY ENGAGED, YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO ASPIRE TO BE BETTER AND TO BETTER THEIR LIVES THROUGH EDUCATION, LEADERSHIP, PROFESSIONALISM AND SERVICE. WE WANT THEM TO BE LIKE ALL STUDENTS. WE WANT ALL STUDENTS TO BE ROLE MODELS AND LEADERS IN THEIR COMMUNITY. AND HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, LET US RECOGNIZE OUR HISPANIC STUDENTS AS SCHOLARS, MENTORS AND TRAILBLAZERS SETTING THE EXAMPLE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF HISPANICS AND LATINOS. AND THIS IS A -- YOU WILL SEE A VIDEO THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE USING FOR JUST BUSINESS PARTNERS, AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE, TO LET THEM KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF FOCUSING ON THE GROWING POPULATION OF HISPANIC LATINO STUDENTS.

>> MRS. VALDES, SO NOBODY ELSE IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE VIDEO. CAN WE SEE IT AT THE NEXT MEETING WHEN EVERYBODY CAN SEE IT?

>>Susan Valdes: WELL, YOU MIGHT SEE IT OUT AND ABOUT THEN. I MEAN, BECAUSE WE WON'T HAVE A NEXT BUSINESS MEETING UNTIL NOVEMBER 1st? WE CAN DO NOVEMBER 1st. YES, THAT WOULD BE FINE.

>> I JUST DON'T WANT TO SIT HERE AND --

>> THEY CAN SEE? OKAY, COOL.

>> I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE IT.

>> OH, MY GOSH. I REALLY WANTED EVERYBODY ELSE TO SEE IT. I WANT EVERYBODY TO SEE IT. BUT WE'LL DOUGH THAT. ABSOLUTELY. AND THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, STAFF.

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WANT TO THANK A FEW PEOPLE. IT'S BEEN A BUSY TWO WEEKS WITH ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT'S COMING OUT FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO GET OUT THERE AND BE VISIBLE TO THE PUBLIC AS MUCH AS WE POSSIBLY CAN ANSWERING THEIR QUESTIONS, REASSURING THEM ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND TRYING TO LISTEN MORE THAN WE TALK, AND LISTEN TO THEIR CONCERNS AND HEAR WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY. SO I WANT TO THANK A FEW FOLKS WHO HELPED ME PUT SOME THINGS TOGETHER OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH SEVERAL AGRICULTURAL TEACHERS IN OUR DISTRICT. AND I WANTED TO THANK PAM WALDEN AND JUDY WHITSON WITH FARM BUREAU AND THE FLORIDA STRAWBERRY GROWERS ASSOCIATION FOR ALLOWING US TO MEET AT THEIR HEADQUARTERS IN PLANT CITY. THAT WAS A REALLY GOOD ROUND TABLE, AND SOME GOOD REPRESENTATION AS FAR AS AGRICULTURAL TEACHERS AND SOME OF THE UNIQUE CHALLENGES THAT THEY FACE IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. THEY ARE A LOT DIFFERENT THAN NORMAL TEACHERS, I GUESS YOU COULD SAY, BUT THE AGRICULTURAL TEACHERS HAVE SPECIAL UNIQUE NEEDS. AND WE ARE GOING TO DO OUR BEST TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY GET WHAT THEY CAN IN ORDER FOR OUR STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM THE CURRICULUM THAT'S PROVIDED BY THE AGRICULTURAL TEACHERS I WANTED TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE RAYBURN AND COMMISSIONER STACY WHITE FOR COMING OUT TO NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL AND MEETING WITH PARENTS AND TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS AND TALKING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD LEGISLATION WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATION POLICY, AND KEEPING THE LINES OF COMMUNICATION UP WITH THOSE PEOPLE THAT HELP MAKE DECISIONS THAT ARE GOING TO AFFECT OUR STUDENTS AND OUR COMMUNITY. SO THANK YOU TO REPRESENTATIVE RAYBURN AND COMMISSIONER WHITE. I WANTED TO THANK SUSAN SULLIVAN OVER AT PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL AND YVONNE FRY FOR HELPING US PUT TOGETHER A TOWN HALL. THAT WAS LAST EVENING. I THOUGHT IT WENT REALLY WELL. WE HAD OVER 100 PEOPLE SHOW UP INCLUDING FACULTY FROM VARIOUS SCHOOLS, AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS, AND THANK YOU TO BE SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS FOR BEING THERE TO HELP FIELD SOME QUESTIONS, AS WELL AS HARRISON PETERS AND SHARON MORRIS, AND I THINK DANNY YOST AND SCOTT BROOKS WERE THERE AS WELL. THANKS FOR BEING THERE YESTERDAY EVENING. I WANT TO THANK ROBIN JOHNSON HUH IT AND LAMONT ELEMENTARY FOR A GREAT VISIT TO THE SCHOOL AS WELL AS JANET KELLY FROM SCHMITT ELEMENTARY AND GOT TO WITNESS THE HOCKEY BY NUMBERS PROGRAM THAT THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING PUT ON FOR 5th AND 6th GRADERS. AT THAT POINT IT WAS JUST 5th GRADERS APPLYING THE LESSONS IN MATH TO REAL LIFE SITUATIONS. SO THAT WAS AN INTERESTING PRESENTATION TO WATCH A LITTLE BIT OF. AND THEN FINALLY, WANTED TO CONGRATULATE MRS. EDGECOMB. THAT WAS A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL RECEPTION THAT YOU HAD. I WAS JUST VERY MOVING AND I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WORKED DILIGENT LIP TO PUT THAT TOGETHER. THAT WAS QUITE A PRESENTATION. AND IT WAS VERY, VERY WONDERFUL, THAT YOU HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT YOU HAVE IMPACTED OVER YEARS OF YOUR TENURE HERE AT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND IT SHOWS HOW IMPORTANT YOU WERE TO SO MANY PEOPLE, HOW IMPORTANT YOU WILL CONTINUE TO BE TO SO MANY PEOPLE. AND THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THAT WITH YOU LAST WEEK. AND I KNOW VAN HELPED PUT SOME OF THAT TOGETHER, MR. AYRES. SO THANKS FOR ALL THE WORK THAT YOU DO TO HELP PUT THAT TOGETHER. AND I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO MRS. OCCUR LEGAL'S -- KURDELL'S RECEPTION AS WELL. SO THANK YOU. THAT'S IT.

>>April Griffin: AND MINE WILL BE VERY BRIEF. IT'S JUST A THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK THAT WAS DONE. MR. FARKAS, AND YOUR STAFF, AND DR. VAZQUEZ FOR THE TOWN HALL MEETINGS FOR TRANSPORTATION. THERE WERE, I THINK, A LOT OF GOOD CONVERSATIONS THAT TOOK PLACE, ALONG WITH THE CONVERSATIONS AROUND THE PROBLEMS. WHAT I REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATED ABOUT THEM WAS THE CONVERSATIONS AROUND THE SOLUTION. NOT ONLY WERE THERE PROBLEMS DISCUSSED, BUT I THINK THERE WERE EXECUTIONS OFFERED, AND THAT WAS TO ME THE BEST OF IT. BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR WORK ON THAT. AND I WON'T GO INTO DETAILS OF MY CALENDAR BUT IT HAS BEEN A BUSY TIME. SO MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I AM GOING TO TURN THE FLOOR OVER TO YOU.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MRS. GRIFFIN. I ALSO WANT TO ECHO THE BUS TRANSPORTATION TOWN HALL MEETINGS AND THE TOWN HALL MEETING LAST NIGHT AT PLANT HIGH SCHOOL. JUST TO ALLOW OUR EMPLOYEES AND OUR FAMILIES THAT ARE IN OUR COMMUNITY LAST NIGHT, JUST TO BE ABLE TO TALK, TO LISTEN, AND LET THEM KNOW THAT'S OKAY. IT'S OKAY FOR THEM TO BRING UP ISSUES, CONCERNS. THAT'S HOW WE CAN BE BETTER AS AN ORGANIZATION. SO I REALLY APPRECIATE OUR DRIVERS AND OUR TRANSPORTATION STAFF FOR COMING OUT AND SHARING THOSE. AND YOU ARE RIGHT. THEY HAD SOME GREAT SOLUTIONS. SO AS WE TALK THROUGH THAT AND WE GET FEEDBACK BACK TO THEM, ALSO THINGS THAT COME UP THAT MIGHT BE -- WHERE SCHOOL COULD ASSIST OR ADMINISTRATION AT SCHOOLS COULD ASSIST. WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED WORKING WITH VARIOUS SCHOOLS IN THE AREAS TO HELP WITH THAT. AND THEN TALKING WITH TEACHERS LAST NIGHT, AND IN THE PLANT CITY AREA, TRYING TO EASE SOME ANXIETY THAT SOME OF THEM MIGHT HAVE BEEN FEELING OR SENSING, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY GET THE ACCURATE INFORMATION SO THAT THEY FEEL LIKE THERE IS GOING TO BE A PROCESS AS WE LOOK THROUGH ALL THE DIFFERENT ISSUES THEY ARE FACING IN OUR DISTRICT DISTRICT BUT DEFINITELY THEIR VOICE IS CRITICAL IN THIS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE MENTION THAT. I WANT TO TALK BRIEFLY ABOUT AIR QUALITY. I KNOW THAT SOUNDS LIKE AN ODD TOPIC FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT TO TALK ABOUT. BUT WE TALK ABOUT A LOT OF AC A LOT RECENTLY. SO WITH AC COMES QUESTIONS ABOUT AIR QUALITY. I KNOW I HAVE BEEN SPEAKING WITH ONE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS MEMBERS DURING THE ONE ON ONE AND THAT WAS A TOPIC THAT CAME UP, THAT SOMEONE FROM THE COMMUNITY HAD BEEN ASKING ABOUT. SO I WANT TO LET THE BOARD KNOW AND THE COMMUNITY KNOW THAT WE TAKE AIR QUALITY JUST AS SERIOUSLY AS WE DO AIR CONDITIONING. AND IT GOES HAND IN HAND. WHEN AN AC UNIT IS DOWN AND NOT WORKING 100%, WE ALSO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO ENSURE THAT THERE ISN'T ANY AIR QUALITY AFFECTED IN OUR CLASSROOMS IN OUR BUILDINGS BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT SOMETIMES CAN CREATE HEALTH ISSUES. WHEN INDOOR AIR QUALITY ISSUE IS REPORTED THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS TAKEN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. A SAFETY SPECIALIST RESPONDS IMMEDIATELY AND INSPECTS THE AREA AND MEASURES THE TEMPERATURE, HUMIDITY, MOISTURE, AND THE CO2. IF PROBLEMS ARE OBSERVED, OUR MAINTENANCE AND CUSTODIAL GROUPS ARE CONTACTED IMMEDIATELY TO FIX AND CLEAN THE ISSUES. IF THERE IS AN INDICATED ISSUE THAT MAY BE REMOVED FROM SERVICE IF CONDITIONS ARE FOUND IT WOULD BE UNSAFE FOR OUR OCCUPANTS. AND WE HAVE HAD TO BE DO THAT FROM TIME TO TIME OVER THE YEARS. ONCE CORRECTIONS HAVE BEEN DONE, THE AREA IS REEVALUATED AND TESTED, AND WE FOLLOW ALL OSHA LEVELS AND MAKE SURE WE RESOLVE ANY ISSUES. WE ARE DEFINITELY CONCERNED ABOUT ENSURING THAT WE HAVE GREAT AIR CONDITIONING IN OUR SCHOOLS, BUT WE ALSO WANTED TO MARRY THAT AND COUPLE THAT WITH BE GREAT AIR QUALITY FOR ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES AND OUR STUDENTS. A COUPLE THINGS. THE LUNGEN THAT WAS AN AMAZING LUNCHEON. YOU NEED TO TAKE LIKE A WHOLE STACK OF TISSUE BOXES TO THAT ONE. I MEAN, IF YOU GO THROUGH ANY PARTICULAR EVENT THAT REALLY -- IT'S HEARTFELT BECAUSE THEY HAVE SOME OF THEIR STUDENTS, OUR STUDENTS, YOU KNOW, THAT ARE STARTING RIGHT NOW. AND I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT WAS REALLY NEAT LAST YEAR AS WE WERE SHAKING HANDS WITH THE STUDENTS APT OUR GRADUATIONS. ALL THE STARTING, STUDENTS CAME UP TO ME TO SAY HOW MUCH THEY APPRECIATED SUPPORT OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THEIR PROGRAM. AND THAT WAS PRETTY SPECIAL JUST TO GET THAT FROM THEM. BUT AT THE LUNCHEON, OF COURSE, VICKI SACOLICK DOES AN AMAZING JOB AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF STARTING RIGHT NOW. WE HAD THREE SPECIAL STUDENTS SPEAK, STUDENTS THAT WITHOUT THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM, AND THEY ARE ACHIEVING AMAZING THINGS. ONE IS GOING TO BE GOING INTO GET HER MEDICAL DEGREE, AND WE HAD OTHERS THAT WERE JUST DOING SOME VERY AMAZING THINGS IN THEIR LIVES. IT ALL STARTED WITH SOMEONE COMING IN THE MIDST OF SOME REAL TRAGIC SITUATIONS IN THEIR LIFE. AND CREATING STABILITY. AND THAT'S WHAT THAT PROGRAM DOES FOR OUR STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. SO I JUST WANT -- IT WAS AN AMAZING LUNCHEON. I TALKED ABOUT SILVERMAN, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD STARTING KNOW YOU WILL TODAY, AND SAID IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST FUND-RAISERS THEY EVER HAD TO SUPPORT THE PROGRAM. FINALLY, AS WAS MENTIONED, MRS. EDGECOMB, YOUR EVENT THE OTHER NIGHT WAS EXTREMELY SPECIAL. AND I WAS JUST HONORED TO BE A PART OF IT. I KNOW THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE THERE WHO OBVIOUSLY GAVE SOME GREAT TRIBUTES TO YOU, MRS. JOYNER COMING, SENATOR JOYNER COMING AND GIVING SOME HISTORY TO YOUR RELATIONSHIP. THAT WAS SOME GOOD STORIES BACK IN THE DAY, MRS. EDGECOMB, WAY BACK IN THE DAY. BUT IT WAS GOOD. BUT I JUST HOPE YOU FELT THAT EVENING THE SUPPORT AND THE LOVE OF THE COMMUNITY, AND HOW MUCH THIS ORGANIZATION AND THIS COMMUNITY CARES ABOUT YOU AND THE IMPACT YOU HAVE HAD IN LIVES. AND ESPECIALLY, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, IN THE LIVES OF THE KIDS IN THIS COMMUNITY. SO I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME BE A PART OF THAT. AND, AHEM, MRS. KURDELL, NEXT TUESDAY AT 5 P.M. AT THE DOUBLETREE WE HAVE MRS. KURDELL'S RECEPTION. SO MAKE SURE THAT I KNOW WE HAVE STAFF THAT WILL BE THERE. WE CAN'T WAIT TO BE THERE WITH YOU TO BE PART OF THAT, MRS. KURDELL. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND AS ONE MORE FOLLOW-UP TO THE TOWN HALL MEETINGS, FOR THE TRANSPORTATION, I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING A REPORT BACK ON THE QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS THAT WERE RAISED AND WHERE WE ARE GOING, HOW WE ARE GOING TO RESPOND TO THAT.

>> YOU WILL HAVE THE Q AND AS AND SOME BACKUP DATA BY THE END OF THIS WEEK.

>>April Griffin: WONDERFUL. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.

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