Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from November 1st, 2016, 3:00 P.M.

(SOUNDING GAVEL).  

>>April Griffin: -- THIS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1st, 3 P.M. BOARD MEETING IS NOW CALLED TO ORDER. THANK YOU. IF EVERYBODY COULD PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE, THEN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY OUR VICE-CHAIR, MS. CINDY STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AS YOU STAND TODAY, IF YOU WOULD PLEASE KEEP IN YOUR THOUGHTS SOME STUDENTS WE LOST THIS PAST WEEK. [MOMENT OF SILENCE]  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]  

>>April Griffin: GOOD EVENING. FIRST, I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR CITIZEN ADVISORY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE, BAILEY ASTON FROM DURANT HIGH SCHOOL WHO WILL BE SERVING AS OUR STUDENT BOARD REPRESENTATIVE THIS EVENING. WELCOME. [ APPLAUSE ] AND LIKE I SAID TO YOU EARLIER, IF AT ANY POINT IN THE CONVERSATION THIS EVENING YOU WANT TO TAKE PART AND PUT YOUR INPUT IN, LET MR. AYRES KNOW, AND WE'LL GET YOU IN. WE HAVE SOME GUESTS WITH US, SOME VERY, VERY SPECIAL GUESTS THIS EVENING. AS YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED PRIOR TO THE BOARD MEETING, WE HAD SOME STUDENT ENTERTAINMENT. THE SHOWSTOPPER SHOW CHOIR FROM SHORE ELEMENTARY MAGNET AND I THINK THEY ARE GOING TO COME IN AND INTRODUCE THEMSELVES. HELLO. WELCOME.  

>> JANA SINGLETON. I AM IN FOURTH GRADE.  

>>April Griffin: WELCOME.  

>> HI. I'M JARIANA AND I'M IN FIFTH.  

>> HI. I'M JARIANA AND I'M IN FIFTH.  

>> HI. MY NAME IS JAYLA AND I'M IN THE FIFTH GRADE.  

>> MY NAME IS LIZ PINTO AND I'M IN FIFTH GRADE.  

>> MY NAME IS ANAYA AND I'M IN FOURTH GRADE.  

>> MY NAME IS RAHIM AND I'M IN FIFTH GRADE.  

>> MY NAME IS ISABELLA. I'M IN FOURTH GRADE.  

>> MY NAME IS FAITH AND I'M IN FOURTH GRADE.  

>>April Griffin: WELCOME. [ APPLAUSE ] YOU GUYS DID A FABULOUS JOB. I WAS LISTENING FROM THE WINDOW UPSTAIRS THAT CARRIED RIGHT UP THROUGH THE BUILDING. COULD WE GET THE PRINCIPAL AND THE TEACHERS TO COME UP?  

>> I'M MRS. CHENKER, THE MUSIC TEACHER AT SCHOOL OF THE ARTS.  

>> HELLO. MRS. GRADY.  

>> HI. MS. MANKAZI. I TEACH DANCE.  

>> I'M BRIAN, THE LEAD TEACHER AT SHORE.  

>> I'M SHERRY BOLLINGER, THE PROUD PRINCIPAL AT SHORE.  

>>April Griffin: WELCOME. YOU ALL DID A WONDERFUL JOB. [ APPLAUSE ] TURN AROUND SO EVERYBODY ELSE CAN SEE YOU AND TAKE YOUR PICTURE. THEY LIKE SEEING THEMSELVES ON THE BIG SCREEN. THEY ARE AT A PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL. GREAT JOB. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. BOARD MEMBERS, THE WITHDRAWN ITEMS THIS EVENING ARE C 4.05. C 4.06 AND C 6.07. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS. A SECOND BY MS. VALDES. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. ALL RIGHT. AND THE AGENDA HAS BEEN ADOPTED. ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT. BOARD MEMBERS, YOU HAVE THE MINUTES FROM THE SEPTEMBER 13th SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP, THE SEPTEMBER 27th SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP AND THE OCTOBER 18th SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THOSE MINUTES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS. A SECOND BY MS. KURDELL. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION OR ANY CHANGES THAT NEED TO BE MADE? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. ALL THE MINUTES PASSED. MS. STUART, COULD YOU PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES?  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR. LET ME REVIEW THE FORMAT OF 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 FIVE MINUTES TO ADDRESS TWO OR MORE AGENDA ITEMS. WHEN TEN OR MORE SPEAKERS WISH TO SPEAK TO THE SAME AGENDA ITEM, SPEAKING TIME WILL BE REDUCED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER. IF THERE ARE STILL SPEAKERS AFTER THE 45-MINUTE ALLOTTED TIME ENDS, THE REMAINDER OF THE SPEAKERS WILL BE HEARD FROM ITEMS PRIOR THE VOTE OF ITEMS PULLED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA. YOUR COMMENTS ARE IMPORTANT. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO YOUR COMMENTS, STAFF WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU AND KEEP THE BOARD INFORMED ABOUT THAT RESPONSE. THIS SCHOOL BOARD RESPECTS THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD, BUT WE CANNOT TOLERATE BEHAVIOR INTENDED TO INTERRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THIS MEETING. OUR CIVILITY POLICY IS IN EFFECT.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. STUART. I'D ALSO LIKE TO LET EVERYBODY KNOW THAT WE DID HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT CREATING SOME TIME AT THE END OF OUR BOARD MEETING SO THAT WE CAN GET INPUT FROM THE COMMUNITY, OUR TEACHERS, PARENTS, AND PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO WORK. SO I WANTED TO REPORT THAT OUR ATTORNEY AND CHIEF OF STAFF HAVE BEEN WORKING ON CREATING A PLACE ON OUR AGENDA FOR PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY OUR EMPLOYEES OF THE DISTRICT, TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD AT A TIME MORE CONVENIENT TO THEM THAN THE TRADITIONAL PUBLIC COMMENT SECTION AT 3 P.M. DR. VASQUEZ AND MR. PORTER ARE SCHEDULED TO MEET WITH A REPRESENTATIVE OF BOTH OF THE UNIONS FOR FURTHER INPUT. AND ONCE THAT'S FINALIZED, WE WILL ANNOUNCE WHEN THE ADDITIONAL PUBLIC COMMENT WILL OCCUR. SO I WANTED TO JUST REPORT TO ALL OF YOU THAT BASED ON OUR VOTE, THE ATTORNEY AND OUR CHIEF OF STAFF ARE WORKING ON THAT. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. AND NOW, THIS IS A BITTERSWEET, SPECIAL EVENING. AND WE HAVE TWO OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS, AND THIS IS THEIR LAST MEETING. AND WE HAVE SOME ESPECIAL GIFTS AND PROCLAMATIONS FOR BOTH OF THEM. AND I WILL FIRST READ THE PROCLAMATION FOR MRS. EDGECOMB. WHEREAS, DORETHA W. EDGECOMB, A RESIDENT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, IS ENDING A 12-YEAR PERIOD OF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AS A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2016. AND WHEREAS, SHE BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER AFTER GRADUATING FROM TALLADEGA COLLEGE AND LATER HELD MULTIPLE POSITIONS IN THE DISTRICT INCLUDING TITLE I PARENT COORDINATOR, TITLE I READING SUPERVISORY AND ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL. AND WHEREAS, MS. EDGECOMB, AN EDUCATOR FOR 42 YEARS, ALWAYS PUT CHILDREN FIRST AND WORKED UNSELFISHLY ON THEIR BEHALF. AND WHEREAS, SHE IS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN NUMEROUS PROFESSIONAL, CIVIC, SOCIAL, AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS. AND WHEREAS, STUDENTS, DISTRICT EMPLOYEES AND THE COMMUNITY HONORS HER FOR HER DEEP AND ABIDING CONCERN FOR THE EDUCATIONAL NEEDS OF STUDENTS. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, DEEMS IT FITTING AND PROPER TO PUBLICLY RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTIONS OF DORETHA W. EDGECOMB AND TO EXPRESS ITS GREAT APPRECIATION TO MS. DORETHA W. EDGECOMB. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THOSE WHOSE LIVES SHE AFFECTED WILL FOREVER REMAIN A TRIBUTE TO HER. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT A COPY OF THIS RESOLUTION BE CERTIFIED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BE IMMEDIATELY PRESENTED TO MS. DORETHA W. EDGECOMB. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT A COPY BE PLACED IN THE MINUTES AND SAID PAGE DEDICATED TO MS. DORETHA W. EDGECOMB AND A COPY OF THIS RESOLUTION BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC AND UPON VOTE. SO, BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. STUART TO ADOPT THIS RESOLUTION. AND IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION?  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WELL, IT'S REALLY NOT -- IT'S BEEN 52 YEARS THAT I'VE BEEN AN EDUCATOR.  

>>April Griffin: WOW. WELL, WE'LL HAVE TO CORRECT THIS THEN.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THAT'S 52 YEARS OF MY LIFE, SO GET IT STRAIGHT. [ LAUGHTER ]  

>>April Griffin: WE WILL GET IT STRAIGHT. [ LAUGHTER ] I GOT THE RED PEN ON THIS ONE, BUT WE'LL MAKE THIS ONE RIGHT WITHOUT A RED PEN. IT IS 52 YEARS, MRS. EDGECOMB. AND WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND ON THE FLOOR. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE TO ADOPT THIS RESOLUTION BY PUSHING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. CONGRATULATIONS, MS. EDGECOMB. [ APPLAUSE ] WE ALSO HAVE SOME OTHER GIFTS FOR YOU. THIS IS ARTWORK THAT A STUDENT AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, YOUR ALMA MATER, CREATED FOR YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THE ART TEACHER IS KIM PADRONE. AND WE HAVE A LITTLE VIDEO THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SHOW EVERYBODY. IF YOU COULD PLEASE START THE VIDEO.  

>> GREAT HUMILITY. IT HAS BEEN MY HONOR SINCE I HAVE BEEN A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER TO CONFER YOU AS GRADUATES AND TODAY IS EXTRA SPECIAL SINCE THIS WILL BE MY FINAL OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THE MILESTONES IN THE LIFE OF YOU TODAY AND OF FUTURE TIGERS. LIKE YOU, I'M CLOSING ONE CHAPTER AND LIKE YOU, I AM BEGINNING A NEW JOURNEY. YOU'VE HEARD THESE WORDS BEFORE, BUT I'M GOING TO SHARE THEM WITH YOU AGAIN. IT IS MY SPECIAL WISH THAT NO MATTER WHERE THE JOURNEY LEADS YOU OR WHERE YOUR DREAMS MAY TAKE YOU, THAT YOU WILL ALWAYS KEEP ALIVE THE COURAGE AND SPIRIT OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MIDDLETON TIGER. REMEMBER TO FACE THE JOURNEY AHEAD WITH CONFIDENCE AND STRENGTH OF A MIGHTY TIGER. NEVER LET YOUR FAILURES DEFINE YOU, BUT LEARN FROM THEM. CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES WITH HUMILITY, AND YOUR POWER WITH CARE AND COMPASSION. AND NO MATTER HOW DIFFICULT THE JOURNEY BECOMES OR HOW LONG IT TAKES YOU TO REACH YOUR GOALS OR NO MATTER WHAT THE OBSTACLES MAY BE, DON'T YOU EVER, EVER GIVE UP! DON'T YOU DARE EVER GIVE UP! [ APPLAUSE ] STAY FIERCE AND STEADFAST BECAUSE IT IS WHAT WE DO AS MIDDLETON TIGERS. IT'S WHO WE ARE AND WHO WE ALWAYS WILL BE. ONCE A TIGER --  

>> ALWAYS A TIGER!  

>> NOW, WOULD THE GRADUATING CLASS PLEASE STAND. [ CHEERING ] I NOW DECLARE YOU A GRADUATE OF THE GEORGE S. MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. YOU MAY NOW TURN YOUR ... CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: AND AS MS. STUART AND I WERE WATCHING YOU GIVE THAT SPEECH WE SAID WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE SHOWED THAT SPEECH. WE SAID WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE SHOWED THAT SPEECH BECAUSE IT WAS A VERY, VERY SPECIAL ONE AND CONGRATULATIONS.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: NOW FOR MS. CAROL KURDELL. I'LL READ THE PROCLAMATION. WHEREAS, CAROL KURDELL, A RESIDENT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, IS ENDING A 24-YEAR PERIOD OF MERITORIOUS SERVICE AS A MEMBER OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 22nd, 2016, AND WHEREAS, MS. KURDELL'S UNWAVERING CONCERN AND TIRELESS EFFORTS MADE A DIFFERENCE FOR CHILDREN OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND WHEREAS, SHE HAS BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF NUMEROUS AWARDS, INCLUDING THE MAYOR'S BROTHERHOOD/SISTERHOOD AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY SERVICE. AND WHEREAS, MS. KURDELL, A TAMPA NATIVE, SERVED AS PRESIDENT OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATION. AND WHEREAS, SHE ALWAYS PUT CHILDREN FIRST AND WORKED UNSELFISHLY ON THEIR BEHALF. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, DEEMS IT FITTING AND PROPER TO PUBLICLY RECOGNIZE THE DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTIONS OF CAROL W. KURDELL AND TO EXPRESS ITS GREAT APPRECIATION TO MS. CAROL W. KURDELL. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THOSE WHOSE LIVES SHE AFFECTED WILL FOREVER REMAIN A TRIBUTE TO HER. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT A COPY OF THIS RESOLUTION BE CERTIFIED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BE IMMEDIATELY PRESENTED TO MS. CAROL W. KURDELL. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT A COPY BE PLACED IN THE MINUTES AND SAID PAGE BE DEDICATED TO MS. CAROL W. KURDELL AND A COPY OF THIS RESOLUTION BE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC. I NEED A MOTION. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE TO ADOPT THIS RESOLUTION. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] THIS IS ARTWORK FROM YOUR ALMA MATER, ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL.  

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND FLOWERS. PICTURES, OKAY. AND THE ART TEACHER --  

>>April Griffin: AND THE ART TEACHER IS MS. MARY WILSON. I'M SORRY, THE ARTWORK FOR MS. EDGECOMB WAS FROM SENIOR MIDDLETON HIGH SENIOR SABRINA McGEE. THE ARTWORK FOR MS. KURDELL, SENIOR MALISA TRAN. AND WE NOW HAVE A VIDEO FOR YOU.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I'M ASKING MR. BUSH TO STAND UP WITH ME TODAY BECAUSE THIS IS HIS LAST GRADUATION, AND IT IS MINE. SO I'M GOING TO TAKE A POINT OF PERSONAL PRIVILEGE, IF YOU DON'T MIND, MR. BUSH, JUST FOR A SECOND, GRADUATES, TO SAY SIMPLY THANK YOU. IT SOUNDS SIMPLE TO SAY THANK YOU, BUT IT IS FILLED WITH GRATITUDE AND MEMORIES OF 24 YEARS. FORBE EACH OF YOU GRADUATES, YOU GRADUATES, YOU NOW CARRY WITH YOU THE DISTINCTION OF BEING A KNIGHT. I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING A KNIGHT. I GRADUATED IN 1963. YEAH, REALLY. TRUST ME, THAT IS A WHOA. BUT I WAS PRIVILEGED TO HELP ESTABLISH THE TRADITIONS, ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE SHARED IN WITH YOUR FOUR YEARS AT ROBINSON, AND I CAN TELL YOU YOU ALWAYS HAVE A HOME AT ROBINSON NO MATTER WHO THE ADMINISTRATION IS, NO MATTER WHO THE TEACHERS ARE, NO MATTER WHO THE STUDENTS ARE. YOU CARRY THAT WITH YOU FOR LIFE. AND SO FOR THE STUDENTS AND THE GRADUATES AND THE FAMILIES, I WANT TO THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM FOR SHARING YOUR CHILD WITH US. IT HAS BEEN A PRIVILEGE AND AN HONOR. AND IT IS NOW AN HONOR TO HAVE MR. BUSH WITH ME AS I PRONOUNCE YOU GRADUATES. SO, HERE WE GO, MR. BUSH. BY THE POWER VESTED IN ME BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU GRADUATES OF ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. [ CHEERING ] [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: MS. KURDELL, DO YOU WANT TO FLIP THE COIN ON WHO GOES FIRST, NUMBER OF YEARS, ALPHABETICALLY, HOW DO YOU WANT TO DO IT?  

>> BEAUTY BEFORE AGE.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I DIDN'T PAY HER TO SAY THAT. IF I ASK YOU TO TAKE OUT YOUR SMARTPHONES, TALK ABOUT GRATITUDE, HUMILITY, APPRECIATION, THERE ARE NO WORDS AT THIS MOMENT THAT YOU COULD FIND THAT REALLY WOULD EXPRESS THE DEPTH OF EMOTIONS THAT I'M EXPERIENCING AT THIS MOMENT. SO I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO BEAR WITH ME AS I TRY TO USE WORDS THAT HAVEN'T BEEN CREATED OR COINED YET. EMOTIONS RUN DEEP. THEY ARE BOTH SWEET, AND THERE IS A SENSE OF LOSS, IF YOU WILL. TODAY ISN'T EASY. THOUGHTS ABOUT TIMES OF NOT COMING, BUT THAT IS A COWARD WAY OUT. I DON'T THINK ANYBODY HAS EVER DESCRIBED ME AS A COWARD. SO I'M HERE BECAUSE IT MAY BE MY LAST TIME AT THIS PODIUM IN THIS POSITION, BUT IT IS NOT THE LAST TIME I THINK YOU WILL HEAR MY VOICE BECAUSE THE WORK IS STILL THERE, AND I'M ONE OF THOSE WORKERS. I'VE NEVER BEEN IN IT FOR POSITION OR POWER OR RECOGNITION, BUT IT HAS BEEN AND ALWAYS FROM THE TIME THAT I STEPPED ON THE CAMPUS OF WHAT WAS JUST JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL, IT WAS ALL ABOUT KIDS. AND WHEN I LEAVE TODAY, THAT STILL STANDS. IT IS REALLY ALL ABOUT KIDS. BUT EQUALLY, IT IS ABOUT THE ADULTS THAT WE PLACE AROUND, IN FRONT OF, AND BEHIND OUR KIDS, WHETHER YOU'RE A CLASSROOM TEACHER, A BUS DRIVER, YOU WORK IN OUR CAFETERIAS, HELP CLEAN OUR BUILDINGS, WORK IN THIS BUILDING, OR ANYTHING THAT REPRESENTS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, YOU ARE A VALUED AND IMPORTANT PART OF WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO. IN FACT, WITHOUT YOU, WE COULDN'T DO IT. WE ABSOLUTELY COULDN'T DO IT. I KNOW THERE IS THIS THING ABOUT KIDS BEING AT THE TOP AND THEY ARE. BUT SUPPORTING EVERY EFFORT THAT WE TRY TO DO TO MAKE KIDS SUCCESSFUL, TO IMPROVE, TO REACH THEIR DREAMS, TO BUILD CONFIDENCE, TO GIVE THEM SECOND CHANCES, WHATEVER IT IS THAT WE ARE COMMITTED TO, NONE OF THAT WOULD BE CAPABLE OF BEING ACHIEVED WITHOUT THE ADULTS IN THIS COMMUNITY AND IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND SO AS I LEAVE THIS AFTERNOON, 52 YEARS. IT HAS ITS UPS AND DOWNS, VALLEYS, IT'S TRY-OFTEN MOMENTS AND ITS MOMENTS OF DISAPPOINTMENT. BUT WHAT I'VE LEARNED OUT OF THAT, IT'S CALLED LIFE. I OWE IT TO THOSE WHO I HAVE MET ALONG THE WAY TO HELP PREPARE ME FOR THE UPS AND DOWNS, AND I DO IT BY LEARNING FROM THEM. I'VE LEARNED FROM THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE SUPPORTED ME, ENCOURAGED ME AND INSPIRED ME, THAT WHENEVER THERE ARE THOSE BRIGHT MOMENTS AND MOMENTS OF EXCELLENCE OR WHETHER PEOPLE ARE COMPLIMENTING YOU, YOU ALWAYS RECEIVE IT WITH HUMILITY. SO I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU HERE IN THIS AUDIENCE, AROUND THIS DAIS, IN THE SCHOOLS, BUT MOST OF ALL, I WANT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO MY PARENTS WHO ALWAYS SAW THE BEST IN MY SISTERS AND ME. I WANT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THOSE TEACHERS LIKE SO MANY OUT THERE WHO INSPIRED ME. I WANT TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THIS COMMUNITY FOR 12 YEARS AND BELIEVING IN ME ENOUGH TO VOTE FOR ME. AND MOST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK A HIGHER BEING FOR I KNOW MY LIFE NEVER WOULD HAVE BEEN THE SAME IF HE HAD NOT DRIVEN AND ORDERED MY STEPS AND MY PAST. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: MS. KURDELL.  

>>Carol Kurdell: MELISSA SAID FOLLOW THAT AND I'VE HAD TO OVER THE LAST 24 YEARS. AND AS ALWAYS, ALWAYS DORETHA, ELOQUENT. SAYS A LOT OF WHAT I WOULD SAY BECAUSE WE SHARE SIMILAR PHILOSOPHIES, BUT I HAVE TO TELL YOU IT'S BEEN A DELIGHT TO SERVE WITH YOU OVER THE LAST 12 YEARS. AND I GUESS IN A WAY IT IS BITTERSWEET, BUT IT'S ALSO EXCITING. WE'RE JUST THOSE KINDS OF PEOPLE THAT LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT THING. YOU LOOK INTO WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR KIDS IN THIS COMMUNITY NO MATTER WHAT THAT ROLE IS, AND THAT'S HOW I STARTED. I STARTED BECAUSE MY KID WAS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT HE WAS DOING. THAT'S REALLY HOW I STARTED. YEAH. HE WASNT HAPPY, BUT I WAS. SO I VOLUNTEERED, SO THERE I WAS PTA. THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT HAVE TOUCHED MY LIFE ALONG THE WAY. SOME GOOD. SOME A CHALLENGE. BUT THOSE THINGS ARE WHAT CARRY YOU ALONG AND MAKES YOU LOOK AT WHAT YOU'RE DOING, MAKES YOU LOOK AT YOUR SHORTCOMINGS AND HOW YOU CAN STRENGTHEN THOSE. MAKES YOU LOOK AT THE ISSUES AND TRY TO LOOK AT IT DIFFERENTLY AND SEE IF THE TIMING IS RIGHT FOR WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO MOVE FORWARD. AND NEVER SAY NEVER, BECAUSE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT. MY OWN FAMILY WAS WHY I GOT INVOLVED IN THE ISSUES IN THE FIRST PLACE, AND IT HAS BEEN A PASSION FOR ME SINCE HIGH SCHOOL IN 1963, BY THE WAY, AND WHAT YOU DIDN'T HEAR IN THE LITTLE VIDEO, THE KIDS IN THE AUDIENCE WENT, "THAT'S REALLY OLD." [ LAUGHTER ] YOU KNOW, SO THAT WAS THE REACTION TO THAT. IT WAS FUN. I HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY BLESSED AND FULFILLED ON THIS JOURNEY OF 24 YEARS. I WILL MISS GREATLY THE PEOPLE IN THIS DISTRICT. WE HAVE MARVELOUS, MARVELOUS OUR FAMILY, OUR FRIENDS, THAT MAKE UP THE WORK THAT GOES TO SUPPORT CHILDREN. I SEE PEOPLE IN THIS AUDIENCE THAT I STARTED OUT WITH ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE TABLE. AND WE CAME TO TERMS ON HOW WE COULD MOVE FORWARD FOR CHILDREN AND DON'T EVER FORGET THAT IS WHY YOU'RE HERE. NONE OF US WOULD BE IN THIS ROOM IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE CHILDREN OF THIS COUNTY. I WANT TO THANK SO MANY PEOPLE, BUT THERE ARE -- I'LL MISS SOMEBODY IF I START THAT. BUT I WANT TO THANK THE CITIZENS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. YOU DON'T HAVE SIX TERMS IN OFFICE WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF THOSE PEOPLE. THEIR INPUT, THEIR KINDNESS, THEIR CHALLENGES. AND I AM GRATEFUL FOR EVERY ONE OF THOSE DAYS. I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING THERE, FOR SUPPORTING US AND HELPING US MOVE FORWARD IN THIS COUNTY THROUGH THE UPS AND THE DOWNS AND THE GROWTH AND THE SLOWDOWNS AND EVERYTHING ELSE THAT GOES WITH THAT. I HAVE TO AGREE WITH MS. EDGECOMB, DON'T EVER GIVE UP. KEEP FIGHTING. SOMETIMES THE TIME IS NOT RIGHT FOR WHAT YOU THINK IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, BUT IF YOU STAY WITH IT AND LIKE JOHNNY APPLE SEED, YOU KEEP PLANTING THOSE SEEDS ACROSS THE DISTRICT, SOONER OR LATER, THAT COMES TO FRUITION. AND I WAS BLESSED TO HAVE THE 24 YEARS TO WATCH THAT COME TO FRUITION. SO I THANK EACH OF YOU IN THIS ROOM, EACH OF YOU IN THE DISTRICT, AND CERTAINLY ACROSS THE COUNTY FOR ALL THOSE YEARS THAT I HAVE ENJOYED AND KNOW THAT WHATEVER COMES NEXT, I AM PREPARED FOR THAT, SIMPLY BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH PEOPLE THAT HAVE SHARED THEIR GIFTS ALONG THE WAY. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES. WE ARE NOW INTO THE PUBLIC COMMENT SECTION OF OUR AGENDA. AND I'LL CALL THE FIRST TWO SPEAKERS, MS. STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS, AND THEN MR. MARK KLUTHO.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. FIRST, ON BEHALF OF HILLSBOROUGH CTA, I WANT TO WISH A VERY, VERY HAPPY RETIREMENT TO YOU, MRS. EDGECOMB AND MRS. KURDELL. IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE AND AN HONOR TO WORK WITH BOTH OF YOU OVER THE YEARS. EVEN WHEN WE DIDN'T AGREE, I HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF RESPECT FOR YOU AS DO ALL OUR MEMBERS. WE WISH YOU A GOOD RETIREMENT, AND WE'LL MISS YOU. SO, I AM ALSO HERE TO SPEAK ON 12.04, I THINK IS THE NUMBER, WHICH IS BOARD MEETING TIMES. YOU ALL ARE GOING TO LOOK AT YOUR CALENDAR FOR NEXT YEAR, WHICH IS ON TODAY'S AGENDA, AND MRS. GRIFFIN, YOU DID MENTION THAT YOU HAVE STAFF LOOKING AT OTHER MEETING TIMES. SO WE'VE NOT YET MET ON THAT, BUT I CERTAINLY LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING WITH DR. VASQUEZ AND OTHERS ON DOING THAT. BUT THE PUBLISHED SCHEDULE FOR TODAY DID NOT INCLUDE ANY TIMES THAT WOULD BE AFTER FOR OUR MEMBERS. SO WE DO WANT TO, AGAIN, I THINK I'VE SPOKEN THIS MANY TIMES IN TERMS OF HAVING THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS OUR MEMBERS AND EVEN STUDENTS BE ABLE TO HAVE A VOICE IN THESE MEETINGS. YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE A LOT OF IMPORTANT DECISIONS OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS. AND YOU DESERVE TO HEAR FROM THE COMMUNITY AND THE COMMUNITY DESERVES TO BE HEARD. IN KEEPING WITH THAT, WE DID ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO PUT OUT A PETITION TO OUR MEMBERSHIP AND OTHERS, AND THE PETITION READS, I STAND WITH MY FELLOW EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS IN SUPPORT OF A LATER SCHOOL BOARD MEETING TIME SO THAT TEACHERS, ESPs, PARENTS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND STUDENTS CAN HAVE A VOICE IN THE IMPORTANT DECISIONS THAT YOU MAKE THAT IMPACT KIDS. AND SO I DO HAVE HERE, WE HAVE AN ONLINE VERSION, BUT I DO HAVE 4,000 SIGNATURES THAT I WILL HAPPILY SHARE WITH YOU FROM OUR MEMBERS ASKING THAT YOU MAKE -- A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE COME TODAY AND ARE USING THEIR OWN PERSONAL TIME TO BE HERE. SO WE DO WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU MAKE IT -- THEY SPEND ALL DAY WITH KIDS DOING THE WORK OF THE DISTRICT, SO THEY DO DESERVE TO BE HEARD. I'LL LEAVE THIS WITH YOU LADIES.  

>>April Griffin: ABSOLUTELY. AND IT IS NOT TYPICALLY A PRACTICE TO ENGAGE FROM THE DAIS WHEN WE HAVE PUBLIC SPEAKERS COME, BUT I DO WANT TO STATE THAT IN THE PAST, THE BOARD HAS HAD DIFFERENT MEETINGS. WE'VE TRIED DIFFERENT MEETINGS. WE'VE HAD THEM LATER IN THE EVENING. WE'VE HAD ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT MEETINGS AT DIFFERENT TIMES SO THAT WE COULD GET THAT INVOLVEMENT. THERE HASN'T BEEN A BIG OUTCRY FOR QUITE SOME TIME. I DO THINK THAT WITH THIS PAST YEAR OF DISCOVERY THAT WE'VE BEEN IN AND THE FINANCIAL ISSUES THAT WE'RE STRUGGLING WITH RIGHT NOW, WE ARE GOING TO GET A LOT MORE INVOLVEMENT, AND WE WANT THAT INVOLVEMENT. WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR VOICES BECAUSE YOU ARE ALL THE ONES ON THE GROUND, IN FRONT OF KIDS, IN THE SCHOOLS SUPPORTING TEACHERS, SUPPORTING KIDS, EVERYBODY WHO IS A PART OF THIS NEEDS TO HAVE A VOICE IN THIS PROCESS. SO WE WELCOME THAT, AND WE ARE GOING TO LOOK TO CREATE A TIME THAT WE CAN HEAR FROM EVERYONE. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS. AND IT DOES SHOW YOUR COMMITMENT TO THE PROCESS. THANK YOU. MR. KLUTHO. AND YOU'RE SPEAKING TO FOUR ITEMS. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.  

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. 4.04. TEACHERS, OUT OF BOUNDS. YOU DO IT AGAIN. CHANGE THE RULES. 7.02. YOU SPEAK OF DUE DILIGENCE REGARDING DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION. IT'S NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S GOING TO HAPPEN NOW. AND THEN THIS IS REALLY A GOOD ONE. 13.01, YOU USE STRATEGY AND STRATEGIC IN THE SAME SENTENCE. WHAT A JOKE. THAT IS AN ABSOLUTE FARCE. NOW, THE TEACHERS ARE ALL UP IN ARMS, BUT WHERE HAVE THEY BEEN WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE, SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS THAT WOULD PUT THEM AND THE STUDENTS IN THE BEST LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS. WINSTON CHURCHILL IN 1960 SAID WE SHAPE OUR BUILDINGS, THEREAFTER THEY SHAPE US. AND SO WHAT DID THIS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPECIAL HERE SAY? CLIMATE CHANGE, ARE WE TOO LATE? THIS IS WHAT USED TO BE LAKE MEAD, NOT PRETTY, NOT PRETTY. AND THEN FROM OCTOBER 28th, A DRAMATIC LOSS OF WILDLIFE ON THE PLANET. THE POPULATION HAS SHRUNK. THIS, OF COURSE, IS WILDLIFE, NOT HUMANS -- HAS SHRUNK BY MORE THAN HALF SINCE THE 1970s, AND HUMANS ARE TO BLAME. THIS IS FROM THE WORLD WILDLIFE FEDERATION AND THE ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON. NOW, AGAIN, THE KEYWORD HERE IS CORRELATION. YOUR SICK BUILDINGS, AND, AGAIN, HAS THERE EVER BEEN A DEMAND FROM ANY OF YOUR TEACHERS THAT YOU MAKE THESE HIGH-PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE THE DEMISE OF ALL THESE OTHER SPECIES THAT DON'T HAVE A SAY NRMS -- IN WHAT HAPPENS TO THEM? THIS IS SICK. LITERALLY SICK. YOU ARE ALL UP THERE WITH YOUR BOTTLED WATER. IT TAKES MORE WATER TO MAKE THOSE LITTLE BOTTLES THAN THEY HOLD. AND IF YOU GET THE NEW YORK TIMES TODAY, THEY HAVE A SCIENCE PAGE, EVERY TUESDAY, AND TH THER IS AN ARTICLE ABOUT IT. I MEAN, THIS IS REALLY, REALLY BAD. AND THERE IS ON THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL, THE SHOW OF THE YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY. IT SHOULD BE THE YEARS OF BEING STUPID BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT YOUR DOING, IGNORING SCIENCE. AND IN HERE, THIS -- THIS IS REALLY A JOKE. THE SCIENCE THAT I HAVE BROUGHT TO YOU, I MEAN, IT IS WAY ABOVE WHAT IS PRESENTED HERE. YOU KNOW, IT REMINDS ME OF WHAT ANN MARIE LEAVENS SAID. I PARAPHRASE, WE'RE NOT LOOKING TO SEE HOW MUCH ENERGY WE CAN USE. WE'RE LOOKING FOR A HOT SHOWER AND A COLD BEVERAGE. ENERGY SHOULDN'T BE AN END. IT'S A MEANS. BUT YOU DON'T GET IT. YOU WANT TO KILL THE PLANET, AND YOU TALK ABOUT YOU CARE FOR THE CHILDREN. WELL, IT'S NOT REALLY OBVIOUS. WHAT'S HAPPENING HERE IS CRIMINAL. IT'S NOT CIVIL, THAT'S FOR SURE.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO. THE NEXT SPEAKERS ARE GOING TO BE LEBRON REDDICK. CHERYL FLOWERS, AND ANN PORTER.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I BRING GREETINGS FROM THE HOWARD WILLIS BLAKE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1968. I AM HERE TODAY TO RECOMMEND TO THE BOARD IN THE NAMING OF A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN THE RIVERVIEW AREA. THE PERSON THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE SCHOOL NAMED AFTER IS A -- AN INSTRUCTOR THAT GAVE SO MUCH TO THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT. HER NAME IS DOROTHY CARTER YORK. SHE WAS MY HIGH SCHOOL HOME-ROOM TEACHER AND MY ENGLISH TEACHER. BACK WHEN I WENT TO SCHOOL BETWEEN 1963 AND '68, IT WAS A DIFFERENT TIME. LET ME TAKE YOU BACK. DURING THAT TIME, WE WERE STILL GOING TO SCHOOL UNDER A SEGREGATED SYSTEM. AND ALL OF THE TIMES THINGS WERE NOT EQUAL. BUT MRS. YORK MADE IT HER PERSONAL AGENDA TO SEE THAT THE CHILDREN RECEIVED THE BEST EDUCATION POSSIBLE. MANY TIMES, SHE WORKED IN THE LIBRARY AFTER HOURS PUTTING TOGETHER BOOKS AND TEACHING MATERIALS THAT WERE SUBSTANDARD. SHE EVEN WENT SO FAR AS TO TUTOR US ON EVENINGS AND WEEKENDS SO THAT WE WOULD BE ABLE TO PASS THE STATE EXAMS. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I ADMIRED HER AND LOVED HER BECAUSE SHE ADMIRED US AND SHE LOVED US IN TURN. TO MANY OF US, SHE WAS LIKE A MOTHER, AND TO OTHERS OF US SHE WAS A STRONG DISCIPLINARIAN. SHE MADE SURE THAT YOU GOT HER WORK, AND SHE PUSHED US ALL THE TIME TO BE BETTER THAN WHAT WE THOUGHT WE COULD BE. WHEN I FIRST CAME IN THIS AFTERNOON, I READ YOUR MISSION AND YOUR VISION. AND YOUR MISSION SAYS TO PROVIDE AN EDUCATION AND THE SUPPORT THAT ENABLE EACH STUDENT TO EXCEL AS A SUCCESSFUL AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN. YOUR VISION IS PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THIS IS WHAT MRS. YORK DID. I AM AN EXAMPLE OF THAT. MY NAME IS LEBRONA. REDDICK, CORPORAL, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE, RETIRED. FOR 26 YEARS, I GAVE TO THIS COMMUNITY BECAUSE WHAT I HAVE BEEN GIVEN WHEN I WAS A CHILD. I LEARNED HOW TO BE WITH OTHER PEOPLE AND GO OUT IN THIS SOCIETY. I THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. MS. FLOWERS.  

>> HELLO. MY NAME IS CHERYL FLOWERS. AND I, TOO, AM HERE ON BEHALF OF DOROTHY CARTER YORK. SHE CARED FOR ALL STUDENTS. SHE SAW THEIR POTENTIAL AND WAS A BIG INFLUENCE IN THEIR LIFE, AND I AM HERE ON BEHALF OF MY SON, JAMES FLOWERS. MY SON DROPPED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL IN HIS JUNIOR YEAR, AND MRS. YORK MADE IT HER PERSONAL MISSION TO SEE THAT HE GOT HIS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. SHE WAS WITH HIM EVERY STEP OF THE WAY AS HE ENROLLED INTO THE HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM. SHE MENTORED HIM. SHE HELPED HIM, AND SHE WAS THERE WHEN HE RECEIVED HIS DIPLOMA. SHE DID THIS IN 2002, LONG AFTER SHE HAD RETIRED FROM THE PUBLIC EDUCATION SYSTEM. SO, YOU SEE, ONCE A TEACHER, ALWAYS A TEACHER, AND THAT IS WHY I'M HERE FOR MRS. YORK TODAY. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: WELCOME, MS. PORTER.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, ALL OF OUR PUBLIC OFFICIALS IN EDUCATION. ALL OF YOU HAVE BEEN SUCH A STRONG, STRONG, STRONG BATTLE OF STRENGTH FOR THE YOUTH IN OUR COMMUNITY. I, TOO, AM HERE TODAY ON BEHALF OF DOROTHY YORK AND THE RIVERVIEW SCHOOL BEING NAMED IN HER HONOR. I LEARNED, AND A LOT OF YOU UP THERE HELPED. WE LEARNED THAT TO TEACH IS TO TOUCH A LIFE FOREVER. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT MRS. DOROTHY YORK DID. SHE TOUCHED LIVES IN AND OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM. I'M A COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, AND YET, WITH HER EDUCATION, BACKGROUND, SHE DID SO MUCH TO HELP WHAT I USED TO BE A PART OF AND STILL IN SOME WAYS, THE NAACP, WE WERE A TAMPA BRANCH. WE SWITCHED OVER AND BECAME HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BRANCH OF THE NAACP. AND ALONG THAT ROUTE IN HELPING OUR YOUNG PEOPLE, DOROTHY YORK STOOD OUT. SHE TALKED IN SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, TUTORED HUNDREDS OF CHILDREN, AND THEIR PARENTS FOR FREE. SHE PLEADED IN COURTS TO GIVE A SECOND CHANCE TO SO MANY TROUBLED YOUTH. AND UNTIL THE VERY END OF HER LIFE, SHE HELD COURT AT HER ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY BY GIVING LESSONS AND QUIZZES TO THE STAFF ON BASIC GRAMMAR AND THE BASIC MECHANICS OF LANGUAGE. DOROTHY STAYED TRUE TO HER LIFE'S PURPOSE, MS. EDGECOMB. SHE STAYED TRUE. EDUCATION, ACCORDING TO MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN, IS FOR IMPROVING THE LIVES OF OTHERS AND FOR LEAVING THE COMMUNITY MUCH, MUCH BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT. DOROTHY YORK WAS ALSO A COMMUNITY ACTIVIST WHO WORKED TIRELESSLY TO BRIDGE THE RACIAL GAP AND THE RACIAL DIVIDE. AS SHE SAID IN THE BOOK, BLACK'S SURVIVAL FOR THE 1980s AND BEYOND, IT IS OUR CHALLENGE TO FIND THE EMANCIPATION FROM DISCOURAGEMENT.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. PORTER.  

>> THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH. PLEASE CONSIDER MS. DOROTHY YORK.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE CARRIEDAD ARENAS, DESIREE JACKSON AND TANGELA DUPRE. I HOPE I DIDN'T MISPRONOUNCE. IF I DID, PLEASE CORRECT ME.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS KARIDAD ARENAS, PROUD GRADUATE OF BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 1964, AND I SAY THAT BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE I MET MRS. DOROTHY YORK, MY 12th GRADE ENGLISH TEACHER. IT'S A PLEASURE TO STAND HERE BEFORE YOU TO RECOMMEND THAT THE NEW SCHOOL IN RIVERVIEW BE NAMED IN HONOR OF OUR BELOVED ENGLISH TEACHER MRS. DOROTHY YORK. MRS. YORK WAS A VERY COMMITTED, CONSCIENTIOUS AND NO-NONSENSE TEACHER. SHE WAS ALSO CARING, KIND, AND SOMETIMES COMICAL. SHE MADE HER STUDENTS WANT TO LEARN. SHE ENCOURAGED US. SHE MOTIVATED US. I REMEMBER HER ALWAYS SAYING TO ME, AND SHE MADE IT A POINT TO LEARN HOW TO SAY MY NAME CORRECTLY. SHE WOULD SAY KARIDAD, I WANT YOU TO LEARN HOW TO SPEAK ENGLISH CORRECTLY SO THAT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO GO ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD AND STAND UP PROUDLY AND BE THE BEST THAT YOU CAN BE. SHE WORKED US HARD. SHE GAVE US VOCABULARY, SPELLING WORDS, AND LOTS OF EXOTIONZ -- COMPOSITIONS TO WRITE AND REWRITE AND BOOKS TO READ TO ENHANCE OUR LEARNING. BUT GUESS WHAT, SHE WORKED JUST AS HARD BECAUSE SHE READ ALONG WITH US, SHE GRADED PAPERS AND RE-GRADED PAPERS. SHE HELPED BUILD THE FOUNDATION FOR MANY OF US TO GO ON TO HIGHER LEARNING INSTITUTIONS AND EARN DEGREES. MRS. YORK WAS A GOD-FEARING WOMAN OF DISTINCTION, DEDICATION, AND HIGH ETHICAL STANDARDS. SHE WAS ADMIRED, LOVED AND RESPECTED BY HER STUDENTS. SHE GAVE SELFLESSLY FOR 45 YEARS TO THE STUDENTS AT BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL AND OTHERS AND TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM. AND IT IS MY HIGH RECOMMENDATION THAT WE NAME THE NEW SCHOOL IN RIVERVIEW IN HER HONOR, MS. DOROTHY C. YORK. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

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

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. ON BEHALF OF THE TERRIERS OF THE GREAT HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, WE WANT OUR TEACHER'S NAME, DOROTHY CARTER YORK, TO BE ETCHED ON THE NEW SCHOOL. TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN, MUCH IS REQUIRED. MS. DOROTHY YORK WAS GIFTED, TALENTED, CREATIVE, AND BRILLIANT WITH A HEART TO SERVE. SHE DEDICATED HER PROFESSIONAL LIFE TO SERVING CHILDREN, HER STUDENTS INSIDE THE CLASSROOM, DURING EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, EVERYWHERE IN THE COMMUNITY AND THROUGHOUT THEIR LIVES. AT HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, IT WAS DURING THE TRANSITION FROM SEGREGATION TO INTEGRATION. MRS. YORK WAS AN ANGEL AND SHE WAS A WARRIOR, TOO. SHE WAS THERE FOR EVERY CHILD DURING SOME EXTREMELY TENSE, TURBULENT TIMES. SHE KEPT US FOCUSED ON OUR MISSION, GETTING OUR EDUCATION AND BEING LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS. SHE PROTECTED US. SHE ADVOCATED FOR US. SHE MADE US RESPECT EACH OTHER REGARDLESS OF WHERE WE CAME FROM BECAUSE SHE SAID, "YOU DIDN'T CHOOSE IT; IT CHOSE YOU." SHE MADE US GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER, WORK TOGETHER INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM AND OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL. MRS. YORK REQUIRED US TO DO OUR BEST AND TO ALWAYS BE OUR BEST. HER HEART OVERFLOWED WITH LOVE AND FIRE, TO GIVE AND GIVE TO CORRECT, TO MOTIVATE, TO GUIDE, TO PUSH, PULL, AND LIFT YOU UP, TO REPRESENT YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR COMMUNITY, AND YOUR LEGACY. MRS. YORK, THE END OF THE YEAR AND THE STUDENT'S GRADUATION WAS NOT THE END. SHE IMMERSED HER HEART INTO THE LIVES OF HER STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. UNTIL HER DEATH, SHE REMEMBERED HER STUDENTS, THEIR PARENTS' NAMES, AND THEIR HOME ADDRESSES. MRS. YORK CONTINUED TO FIGHT FOR HER STUDENTS BY SPEARHEADING THE 0550 CLUB, TO INVOLVE GRASS-ROOT COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR CHILDREN. IN EVERY ASPECT OF HER LIFE, HER CHURCH, SORORITY, CIVIC, SOCIAL, POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS, SHE SPOKE OUT. SHE WAS A SOLDIER FIGHTING UNTIL HER LAST BREATH. SHE ENCOURAGED STUDENTS, THEIR CHILDREN AND THEIR GRANDCHILDREN, AND URGED ALL TO GIVE MONEY TO HELP STUDENTS PREPARE IN SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES AND TO CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL. MRS. DOROTHY YORK IS A SYMBOL, A FLAMING TORCH. SHE COULD SEE BENEATH THE SURFACE TO FIND GIFTS AND TALENTS IN STUDENTS. OUR COMMUNITY WITH GREAT PRIDE, IT WOULD BE AN HONOR FOR HER LEGACY TO HAVE A SCHOOL NAMED DOROTHY CARTER YORK. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] MS. DUPRE.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I'M HERE ALSO TO SPEAK ON THE NAMING OF THE NEW RIVERVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AFTER MRS. YORK. MRS. DOROTHY YORK, A SERVANT LEADER WHOSE NAME IS MORE THAN A NOUN, HER CONTRIBUTION TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS BETTER DEFINED AS AN ACTION VERB BECAUSE SHE WAS ALWAYS DOING, GIVING, AND GOING WHEN HELPING HER STUDENTS. IT WAS HER LIFE, HER LEGACY, WHICH WAS DEFINED IN PART BY HER JOURNEY AS A TEACHER, A LEADER AND AN AUTHOR. AS AN ENGLISH TEACHER, SHE NOT ONLY TAUGHT HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS FOR 44 YEARS, SHE TOUCHED THE LIVES AND HEARTS OF WELL OVER 6,600 STUDENTS AT BLAKE AND HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOLS. ADDITIONALLY, SHE WAS AN ADJUNCT PROFESSOR AT HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND WORKED DILIGENTLY WITH THE FIRST GENERATION OF STUDENTS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA. AS A LEADER, SHE LEFT HER FOOTPRINTS AS A DEPARTMENT CHAIR AND AS A CURRICULUM'S DEVELOPER FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. AS A PUBLISHED AUTHOR, SHE PENNED A BETTER CHANCE FOR AMERICA -- AMERICAN SURVIVAL AND SUCCESS. AND STATED IN HER BOOK, "THE NEW MIND, BLACK AND WHITE, THE TIME HAD COME IN AMERICA FOR ALL STUDENTS TO BE TREATED IMPARTIALLY IN SCHOOL, REGARDLESS OF THEIR RACE, CREED, OR COLOR, THIS STILL APPLIES TODAY." LASTLY, MRS. YORK PROVIDED 61 TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE TO ALL MANKIND AS AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY INCORPORATED, A MEMBER ALSO OF GAMEA THETA OMEGA SORORITY FOR 57 YEARS AND WAS ALSO A LIFE MEMBER. MY NAME IS TANGELA DUPRUIS. WOULD THE MEMBERS OF GAMMA THETA OMEGA SORORITY CHAPTER PLEASE STAND OF ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. ON BEHALF OF 354 MEMBERS OF GAMMA THETA OMEGA CHAPTER OF ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY HERE IN TAMPA, IT IS BOTH AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE AND HONOR TO RECOMMEND THE NAME OF THE SCHOOL, THE NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN RIVERVIEW BE NAMED DOROTHY YORK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE NAME DOROTHY YORK REPRESENTS THE BEST OF ALL EDUCATIONAL PRACTICES IN EDUCATING CHILDREN TO EXCEL IN SCHOOL AND TO EXCEL IN LIFE. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. OKAY. OUR NEXT GROUP OF SPEAKERS GIVES ME AS MUCH HEARTBURN AS WHEN I WAS IN THE CLASSROOM BECAUSE I DID NOT WANT TO BE GET THE STUDENTS' NAMES WRONG. AND THERE ARE SOME DIFFICULT LAST NAMES HERE. I APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE IF I DON'T PRONOUNCE THEM CORRECTLY. PLEASE CORRECT ME WHEN YOU COME UP. AARON HAZINSKI. AND THEN RYAN HAZINSKI.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS ERIN HAZINSKI. I'M A NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHERS WHO HAS SERVED STUDENTS IN OUR DISTRICT 15 YEARS, THE MAJORITY OF WHICH AT RENAISSANCE SCHOOLS. EACH SCHOOL YEAR, TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS AND SUPPORT STAFF ARE BEING ASKED TO WORK HARDER, LONGER AND FASTER WITH FEWER RESOURCES AND LESS SUPPORT YET THE DEMANDS AND ACCOUNTABILITY HEAPED UPON US ARE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH. MOST OF US LIVE, BREATHE AND SLEEP SCHOOL. VOLUNTARILY SACRIFICING OUR PERSONAL TIME BEFORE AND AFTER THE SCHOOL DAY AS WELL AS ON THE WEEKENDS, AND WE DO THIS FOR THE LOVE OF OUR STUDENTS. UNFORTUNATELY IN THE EYES OF MANY TEACHERS, MANY OF THIS DOESN'T SEEM TO MATTER TO THE PUBLIC, POLITICIANS AND SOME OF THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. BEING A TEACHER IN OUR COUNTY IS OVERWHELMING AND VEXING. TEACHERS OFTEN FEEL CONFUSED ABOUT THE CONSTANT CHANGES OF EXPECTATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS SET BY OUR DISTRICT AND THE SCHOOLS. WE ARE SKEPTICAL OF THE PROLIFERATION OF TESTING AND IRRESPONSIBLE ACCOUNTABILITY MEASURES SUCH AS HOCUS-POCUS SCORES THAT CORRELATE TO THE JOB SECURITY AND PERFORMANCE PAY. WE ARE FRUSTRATED BY THE NUMBER OF WALK-THROUGHS AND EVALUATIONS BY ADMINISTRATORS, SUPERVISORS AND TRAINEES WHO DO NOT HAVE THE TIME TO PROVIDE QUALITY FEEDBACK BUT OFTEN OFFER QUICK AND MEANINGLESS SUGGESTIONS THAT SEEM DEMEANING OR IRRELEVANT. OUR EDUCATORS ARE DISCOURAGED BY A DISTRICT BEHAVIOR POLICY THAT SEEMS TO BE DISINTEGRATING AND THEY ARE HELD FOR STUDENTS' ACTIONS IN MANY CASES. TEACHERS ARE ANNOYED BY THE RIGHT-SIZING THAT CUTS RESOURCE TEACHERS AND SUPPORT PERSONAL WHO POSITIVELY AND DIRECTLY AFFECT STUDENTS INSTEAD OF MAKING MORE CUTS AT THE TOP. OVER OVER 90 EMPLOYEES MAKING MORE THAN $100,000 A YEAR WHILE THE PRINCIPALS WHO RUN THE SCHOOLS MAKE SIGNIFICANTLY LESS AND AP MAKE BARELY THE AVERAGE SCHOOLTEACHER. A CONSULTING FIRM AT $880,000 TO DO THE JOBS THAT ELECTED OFFICIALS AND THE ADMINISTRATORS ARE ALREADY PAID HANDSOMELY TO DO. TEACHERS ARE FURIOUS THAT THE STALLING TACTICS BY THE BARGAINING TEAM HAVE CAUSED DEFICITS IN OUR OWN PERSONAL BUDGETS AS WELL AS THOSE OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS WHICH LEADS TO ADDITIONAL ANXIETY AND STRESS. MOST OF ALL, EDUCATORS ARE BOTHERED AND SADDENED BY THE FACT THAT TEACHING IS NO LONGER A RESPECTFUL PROFESSION IN OUR SOCIETY. INSTEAD, WE HAVE BEEN SCAPEGOATS FOR MUCH BROADER SOCIAL PROBLEMS. IT IS NO WONDER THAT WE HAVE A TEACHER SHORTAGE OR THAT THE FUTILE EFFORTS TO RECRUIT GOOD TEACHERS IS FAILING. IT IS NO WONDER THAT VETERAN TEACHERS ARE LEAVING AT ALARMING RATES AND FEWER COLLEGE GRADUATES ARE UNLIKELY TO ENTER INTO THE PROFESSION. WE MUST WORK TO IMPROVE TEACHER MORALE ACROSS OUR DISTRICT WHICH COULD IMPROVE TEACHER ATTRITION RATES AND MOST CERTAINLY INCREASE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. WE NEED STRONG LEADERS THAT WILL FIGHT FOR WHAT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR STUDENTS AND OUR WORKFORCE INSTEAD OF POLITICIANS AND ADMINISTRATORS THAT ARE ONLY CONCERNED WITH SPECIAL AND SELF-INTERESTS. I KNOW THERE MUST BE SOMEONE SITTING BEFORE ME TODAY THAT BELIEVES IN PAYING OUR TEACHERS COMPETITIVE AND RESPECTABLE SALARIES, IMPROVING TEACHING AND LEARNING CONDITIONS AND HOLDING STUDENTS AS WELL AS POLITICAL FORCES AND DISTRICT LEADERS ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS. I SAY THIS IS NOT TO BE NEGATIVE OR PLACE BLAME BUT TO STATE FACT AND OFFER A REALISTIC ACCOUNT ABOUT TEACHERS WHO HAVE AN IMPACT OF THE SUCCESS OF THE STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY OVERALL. FOR THE SAKE OF THE BEST INTEREST, IT IS MY HOPE THAT BOARD MEMBERS PLACE IMMEDIATE ATTENTION ON TAKING CARE OF OUR TEACHERS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS RYAN HAZINSKI. THIS IS MY 13th YEAR SERVING STUDENTS IN THE DISTRICT AND OVER THOSE YEARS I HAVE TAUGHT LANGUAGE ARTS, MATHEMATICS AND SOCIAL STUDIES ALL AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL. IN MY HEART, FIRST AND FOREMOST I AM A SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER WHICH IS WHY I STAND BEFORE YOU NOW TO ENGAGE IN MY CIVIC DUTY. I MUST ADMIT THAT I MAKE THESE REMARKS WITH SOME TREPIDATION BECAUSE STUDENTS, PARENTS AND COWORKERS TELL ME I SHOULD BE WARY BUT I FEEL AS THOUGH I HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO PUBLICLY PROFESS THESE CONCERNS REGARDLESS OF THE BACKLASH THAT SAID REMARKS MAY BRING. I HAD TO TAKE HALF OF A PERSONAL DAY TO GIVE A VOICE TO THE VOICELESS MASSES WHO SHARE THESE CONCERNS, BUT I AM STILL CURRENTLY CONDUCTING A LESSON ON THE POWER OF DEMOCRACY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT BECAUSE MOST, IF NOT ALL, OF MY STUDENTS ARE WATCHING THIS MEETING LIVE. I'LL BEGIN WITH AN ISSUE THAT STEMS FROM MY PRIMARY ROLE AS AN EDUCATOR WHICH AFFECTS NOT ONLY THE OTHER 15,000 TEACHERS, BUT THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS AND PARENTS WHO WORK, STUDY AND/OR LIVE IN OUR COUNTY. BARGAINING. WHILE I FELT SOME RELIEF UPON HEARING FROM UNION LEADERS THAT THE DISTRICT HAS FINALLY CONSENTED TO RETURN TO THE TABLE, IT WILL HAVE BEEN A FULL 49 DAYS SINCE THE LAST TWO SIDES MET. SEVEN WEEKS IS AN INCREDIBLY LONG TIME FOR THOSE WHO SO DESPERATELY NEED CLOSURE. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I'VE READ ON SOCIAL MEDIA SITES OR HEARD ANECDOTES IN MY OWN SCHOOL OF HOW SINGLE PARENTS ARE STRUGGLING TO MAKE ENDS MEET WHILE WAITING TO MOVE UP A BAND ON THE PAY SCALE, RECEIVE THE RETRO PAY, PERFORMANCE PAY, RENAISSANCE PAY OR ANY OTHER BARGAINING CONTINGENT MONIES THAT WILL BE CONTRACTUALLY OWED FOR THE WORK WE'VE BEEN DOING PEOPLE PLAN ON THIS MONEY BEING IN THEIR PAYCHECKS. THESE PROTRACTED NEGOTIATIONS MUST STOP. I URGE YOU TO SETTLE WITH THE UNION TOMORROW HOPEFULLY FOR THE BETTERMENT OF ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES AND ESPECIALLY THEIR CHILDREN. THE VAST MAJORITY OF WHOM ARE ALSO STUDENTS IN THIS DISTRICT AND FOR WHOM EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM DEEPLY CARES AND SHARES IN THEIR SUCCESS. I WOULD NOW LIKE TO PIVOT TO AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT MATTER AND TO SPEAK AS A CITIZEN, VOTER AND TAXPAYER OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. MORE SPECIFICALLY, THESE COMMENTS ARE FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. MRS. KURDELL AND MRS. EDGECOMB, THANK YOU BOTH SO MUCH FOR YOUR MANY YEARS OF SERVICE TO OUR STUDENTS AND DISTRICT. MRS. GRIFFIN, YOU ENCOURAGE ME TO SPEAK OUT BACK IN FEBRUARY WHEN WE MET WITH A GROUP OF NEW TEACHER MENTORS AND I'M TAKING YOUR ADVICE. THANK YOU. WHICH IS WHY I STAND BEFORE ALL OF YOU TODAY DESPITE THE POTENTIAL FOR PUSH-BACK. MRS. VALDES, PLEASE, FOR THE SAKE OF ALL TAXPAYERS AND OUR PUBLIC DOLLARS, I ASK THAT YOU IMMEDIATELY CURTAIL YOUR SPEND-THRIFT WAYS. LAST YEAR ALONE, YOU SPENT $14,116 ON TRAVEL, MORE THAN THE REMAINING BOARD MEMBERS COMBINED. IF THESE MEETINGS ARE SO IMPORTANT, WHY CAN'T YOU ATTEND THEM VIA GoToMeeting OR SKYPE OR EVEN AN OLD-FASHIONED CONFERENCE CALL? I AND THE PUBLIC AT LARGE ARE DISMAYED BY YOUR ACTIONS ESPECIALLY BEING AN ELECTED OFFICIAL FOR WHOM WE -- YOUR EGREGIOUS ACTIONS, RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS AND UTTER LACK OF CONTRITION WITH ABC NEWS DEMONSTRATE AN ALARMING -- EVEN THOUGH YOU CAN AFFORD TO PAY FOR YOUR OWN CONCERT OR GAS TO A BUCS GAME. YOU SPENT THE MONEY OVER THE LAST YEAR WHEN YOU KNEW FULL TRYING TO GET OUR FINANCIAL HOUSE IN ORDER. HOW COULD YOU SPEND THE DOLLARS SO FRIVOLOUSLY WHEN WE HAVE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS SWEATING IN HOT CLASSROOMS, DILAPIDATED BUILDINGS BADLY IN NEED OF REPAIR AND SCHOOL BUSES WAITING TO BE REPLACED. I SINCERELY HOPE YOU CHANGE, MS. VALDES. A DISCOURSE ABOUT YOUR CLIMBING TENURE ON THE SCHOOL BOARD GROWS LOUDER WITH EACH PASSING DAY. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] THE NEXT SPEAKER -- OH, GOSH. NOZZI. VALERIE CHUCHMAN.  

>> HI. NOZZI. I AM A TEACHER AT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. I'VE BEEN A VETERAN TEACHER FOR 12 YEARS IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT. SINCE DAY ONE COMING INTO THIS DISTRICT, I'VE TRIED MY HARDEST AND I'VE ALWAYS SET MY STANDARDS ABOVE ANYTHING ELSE ANYONE ELSE HAS SET FOR ME, BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO GIVE OUR CHILDREN THE BEST CHANCE THAT THEY HAVE ON THE EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY THAT THEY ARE ON. I'M ALSO A CTA MEMBER. I HAVE WORKED TOIRLS ON VARIOUS -- TIRELESSLY ON VARIOUS COMMITTEES THROUGHOUT THE 12 YEARS. I HAVE HELPED MY SCHOOL, MY COMMUNITY IN ANY WAY THAT I CAN. AND IN THE PAST SEVEN WEEKS, THE FRUSTRATION THAT I AND MY FELLOW EDUCATORS HAVE FELT IS THAT YOU COMPLETELY DISREGARD WHAT WE DO AND WHAT WE STAND FOR AS EDUCATORS BY NOT MEETING WITH US. WHEN YOU SEE THE CTA, YOU'RE NOT DEALING WITH STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS AND JUST JEAN CLEMONS. YOU'RE SAYING NO TO ME. YOU'RE SAYING NO TO ALL THE EDUCATORS THAT ARE HERE. AND IF YOU ARE HERE, PLEASE STAND UP. WE ARE THE CTA. WE ARE THE ONES YOU ARE DEALING WITH. AND WE HOPE THAT YOU CAN GIVE US THE SAME RESPECT THAT WE GIVE YOU AND THE DISTRICT WITH EVERYTHING THAT WE DO. WE ARE COUNTLESSLY -- THE COUNTLESS HOURS THAT WE SPEND BEFORE SCHOOL, COMING TO SCHOOL AT 6:00 IN THE MORNING, LEAVING AT 7:00 AT NIGHT, TAKING ON COUNTLESS COMMITTEES AT OUR SCHOOL AND CLUBS, AND WE FEEL LIKE WE'RE NOT GETTING ANY RESPECT BACK FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND THAT IS REALLY DISHEARTENING AND SAD. WHEN YOU REFUSE TO MEET WITH US, YOU'RE DISRESPECTING US AND IT IS VERY DEMORALIZING. IT MAKES IT HARDER FOR US TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY. I WORK MY HARDEST, AND I HOPE THAT YOU CAN GO BACK AND MEET WITH US AND GIVE US THAT RESPECT. AND WHEN YOU DEAL WITH US, SEE ME. SEE THEM. WE ARE THE CTA. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: WELCOME OPI.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. I'M VALERIE, A CHEMISTRY TEACHER AT RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. FIRST, I WANTED TO THANK MS. EDGECOMB AND MS. KURDELL FOR THEIR DECADES OF SERVICE TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. YOU WILL BE GREATLY MISSED AND YOUR SHOES ARE GOING TO BE HUGE TO FILL. I DID SOMETHING TODAY THAT I DON'T LIKE TO DO. I LEFT SCHOOL AN HOUR EARLY. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE LIFE OF A TEACHER, THIS IS NO EASY TASK BECAUSE NOT BEING AT SCHOOL ALWAYS CREATES MORE WORK. PLANS ARE TO BE LEFT, COVERAGE IS TO BE ARRANGED, AND THOSE VALUABLE FEW HOURS AFTER THE BELL USED FOR GRADING AND PLANNING ARE LOST. HOWEVER, I FELT A NEED TO SPEAK WITH YOU TODAY ABOUT A COUPLE OF ITEMS. FIRST, AS YOU PREPARE TO SCHEDULE MEETINGS FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR, I ASK THAT YOU CONSIDER A LATER START TIME SO THAT ALL STAKEHOLDERS MAY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH OR PARTICIPATE. RECENTLY, VAGUE COMMUNICATION HAS LED TO SPECULATION AND IT IS CURRENTLY CREATING A FEELING OF AN UNEASINESS AMONG PARENTS AND EMPLOYEES. COMPOUND THIS WITH THE FACT THAT THE MEETINGS ARE HELD DURING THE WORK DAY WHEN MOST PEOPLE ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND AND IT MAY APPEAR THAT THE DISTRICT IS MERELY PROVIDING US WITH AN ILLUSION OF TRANSPARENCY INSTEAD OF ACTUAL TRANSPARENCY. YOU HAVE TOLD US THAT WE ARE ENTERING A TIME WHEN TOUGH CHOICES NEED TO BE MADE. WE ASK YOU, OUR DISTRICT LEADERSHIP, TO ALLOW US TO HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE AS YOU CONSIDER THESE TOUGH CHOICES THAT WILL IMPACT THOUSANDS OF LIVES. AND SPEAKING OF TABLES, I'M ENCOURAGED TO HEAR THAT YOU WILL BE SENDING YOUR TEAM BACK TO THE NEGOTIATION TABLE AFTER TAKING A HIATUS THAT WAS LONGER THAN THE GREAT FLOOD. TEACHERS AND EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT STAFF HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR THREE MONTHS WITHOUT A CONTRACT. THE MESSAGE THAT MANY OF US ARE RECEIVING BY YOUR LACK OF ACTION IS THAT THE PEOPLE THAT WORK DIRECTLY WITH KIDS ARE NOT ONE OF YOUR TOP PRIORITIES. I HAVE HEARD SEVERAL DISTRICT LEADERS SAY THEY ARE PUTTING STUDENTS FIRST, BUT I ASK YOU, HOW CAN YOU CLAIM TO PUT STUDENTS FIRST WHEN YOU SEEM TO PUT TEACHERS LAST. I ASK YOU TO SEND YOUR BARGAINING TEAM BACK TO THE TABLE TOMORROW WITH THE INTENT TO WRAP UP THE NEGOTIATIONS SO THAT WE CAN FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS MOST, AND THAT IS SERVING OUR STUDENTS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MS. JEAN CLEMENTS, AND THEN JOHN PERRY, AND MARILYN HINGY.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THERE'S A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY, QUESTIONING AND CONCERN THROUGHOUT THIS DISTRICT RIGHT NOW. THERE'S UNCERTAINTY ABOUT JOBS, CURRENT JOBS, FUTURE JOBS. SALARIES HAVEN'T CHANGED AND EMPLOYEES ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR PERSONAL BUDGETS AND FAMILIES. THE CLIMATE OF UNCERTAINTY AND CONFUSION IS AFFECTING OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR CLASSROOMS. WE NEED TO CHANGE THAT. TWO WEEKS AGO AFTER A MONTH OF STALLED NEGOTIATIONS, I STOOD HERE AND URGED THE BOARD TO GET BACK TO THE BARGAINING TABLE. I EVEN SANG TO YOU. I URGE THAT WE PICK UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF AND MOVE FORWARD SO THAT OUR EMPLOYEES CAN MOVE FORWARD ON THEIR SALARY SCALES AND NOT LET WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR WHEN SALARIES DIDN'T MOVE UNTIL FEBRUARY HAPPEN AGAIN. WE AGREED TO START EARLY WITH THE GOAL TO FINISH IN AUGUST. YOU WOULD HAVE BUDGETARY MEASURES AND REALIGNMENTS IN HAND OR AT LEAST HAVE A CLEAR PLAN LAID OUT. IT'S NOVEMBER, AND WE FINALLY ARE GOING BACK TO THE TABLE TOMORROW. WE NEED TO PICK UP WHERE WE LEFT OFF AND MOVE FORWARD QUICKLY TO SATISFACTORILY WRAP UP NEGOTIATIONS AND THEN WORK TOGETHER ON THE OTHER CHALLENGES FACING THE DISTRICT RIGHT NOW. WE CANNOT HAVE THE CALM, ENGAGING, PRODUCTIVE CLASSROOMS WE WANT FOR OUR KIDS WITH THINGS SO UNCERTAIN AND SO UNSETTLED FOR THE EMPLOYEES WHO WORK WITH AND FOR OUR KIDS. I THINK YOU ALL KNOW THAT I'M A PRODUCT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS, AND I'VE SPENT MY ENTIRE CAREER HERE. I HAVE LONG BEEN PROUD OF THIS DISTRICT. WE'VE DONE MANY GREAT THINGS HERE. WE -- WE AND OUR PREDECESSORS HAVE WORKED HARD TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS A DISTRICT WHERE WE COULD -- THAT WE COULD BE EVEN MORE PROUD OF. WORKING TOGETHER ISN'T ALWAYS EASY. CERTAINLY NOT. BUT IT'S CRITICAL IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE OUR HIGHEST GOALS. LIKE MANY OF YOU AND MILLIONS ELSEWHERE, I WAS WATCHING THE FIFTH GAME OF THE WORLD SERIES A COUPLE OF NIGHTS AGO. YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO BE A CUBS FAN TO GET CHILL BUMPS AND SWELL UP IN YOUR THROAT WHEN AFTER SUCH AN EXCITING GAME AND HAVING WON THEIR FIRST SERIES GAME IN WRIGLEY SINCE 1945, THE VERY PROUD AND JUBILANT CUBS' FANS LAUNCHED INTO SINGING THEIR "GO CUBS, GO" SONG. I'M NOT GOING TO SING THAT FOR YOU TONIGHT. BUT THEY SANG THAT SONG OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THEY SAID YOU COULD HEAR THEM SINGING FOR A MILE OUTSIDE THE STADIUM. THAT'S WHAT I WANT. I WANT A DISTRICT IN WHICH OUR EMPLOYEES HAVE THAT LEVEL OF PRIDE EVERY DAY. AND THAT LEVEL OF EXCITEMENT ABOUT THE DISTRICT IN WHICH WE WORK EVERY DAY. OKAY. SO THIS IS NOT THE WORLD SERIES, BUT OUR KIDS, OUR SCHOOLS, AND OUR EMPLOYEES ARE MUCH MORE VALUABLE AND MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE WORLD SERIES. WE KNOW YOUR BARGAINING TEAM CANNOT ACT WITHOUT YOUR APPROVAL. SO TO OUR TEAMS, I SAY GO TEAMS GO. GO TEAMS, GO. HEY, HILLSBOROUGH, WHAT DO YOU SAY? LET'S MAKE SURE WE ALL WIN TODAY. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: WELCOME, MR. PERRY.  

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT. I WANTED TO MAKE A COUPLE OF POINTS BUT I WANTED TO GIVE YOU JUST A FEW PERSONAL DETAILS TO KIND OF GIVE YOU THE BACKGROUND OF WHERE I'M COMING FROM WITH THOSE. I'M A MEDIA SPECIALIST AT B.C. GRAHAM ELEMENTARY. IF YOU'RE FAMILIAR WITH GRAHAM, YOU KNOW THAT IT'S A TITLE I SCHOOL. ALMOST ALL FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH. ALMOST ALL OF OUR KIDS ARE LIVING AT OR BELOW THE POVERTY LINE AND HAVE A LOT OF NEEDS. UP UNTIL LAST YEAR, I HAVE A COMPUTER LAB IN MY MEDIA CENTER. AND UP UNTIL LAST YEAR, WE HAD A SCHEDULE WHERE CLASSES WOULD COME IN FOR 30 MINUTES AND THEY WOULD DO I STATION AND THE TEACHERS WERE ABLE TO WORK WITH GROUPS, AND IT WAS GREAT, BECAUSE I HAD THE FREEDOM TO RUN SCHOOLWIDE PROGRAMS. I COULD DO INFORMAL BOOK CLUBS. THERE WERE ALL SORTS OF THINGS I COULD DO, BUT ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS WAS I SAW ALL THE STUDENTS EVERY DAY, AND I DID A LOT OF MENTORING. I BUILT RELATIONSHIPS WITH ALL OF THE STUDENTS AND MENTORED STUDENTS EVERY DAY. SO WE ARE AN ART SCHOOL. WE'RE ON THE LIST OF THE 300 LOWEST SCORING SCHOOLS. AND IN PURSUIT OF IMPROVING TEST SCORES, I THINK WE DO A LOT OF THINGS THAT ARE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE, OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENT SUGGESTED A LOT OF CHANGES THIS YEAR. ONE OF THE CHANGES IS THAT OUR TEACHERS HAVE AN HOUR OF COMMON PLANNING TIME. SOUNDS GREAT. BUT SOMETIMES YOU HAVE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. FOR EXAMPLE, I'M -- BECAUSE OF THAT, I HAD TO BECOME A SPECIAL OR THE COMPUTER LAB HAD TO BECOME A SPECIAL. SO I AM NOW SUPERVISING STUDENTS THAT COME IN FOR AN HOUR AT A TIME ONCE A WEEK TO DO iREADY, AND I CAN'T EVEN INTERACT WITH THE STUDENTS BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO BE ON iREADY FOR 90 MINUTES A WEEK, AND THEY ARE ONLY IN THEIR FOR AN HOUR, SO I HAVE TO KEEP THEM ON iREADY FOR AN HOUR. THE TEACHERS DON'T HAVE TIME DURING THE DAY BECAUSE THEIR TIME IS SO SCRIPTED, THEY DON'T HAVE TIME TO SEND THE KIDS TO THE LIBRARY TO CHECK OUT BOOKS, SO THEY COME IN ONCE A WEEK TO DO iREADY, AND SO WE'RE MISSING ALL OF THE TIME THAT THEY NEED TO COME IN AND GET BOOKS. THEY NEED INDEPENDENT READING, AND ALL THE MENTORING AND THE OTHER PROGRAMS THAT I WAS ABLE TO DO. IT TAKES AWAY A LOT OF THINGS THAT OUR STUDENTS NEED. IT REDUCES MY SATISFACTION WITH MY JOB BECAUSE I KNOW WE'RE NOT DOING THE RIGHT THINGS FOR OUR KIDS. AND TEACHERS ARE FEELING VERY BEAT DOWN. SO THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS WHY IT'S SO DISHEARTENING FOR THE TEACHERS TO HAVE THE BARGAINING HAVING GONE ON FOR SO LONG. SO, PLEASE, LET'S WRAP IT UP TOMORROW. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> GOOD EVENING. I'D LIKE TO START WITH A QUOTE. OUR WORKING CONDITIONS THAT I EVER LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS. ARE THEIR LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS. HAPPY TEACHERS EQUAL HAPPY CHILDREN. I'M AS CONCERNED AS MANY OF THE TEACHERS HERE ARE ABOUT THE OVERALL MORALE OF THE TEACHERS IN THIS DISTRICT. I HAVE BEEN A TEACHER HERE FOR 11 YEARS. I'VE BEEN AT A RENAISSANCE SCHOOL FOR THE LAST FIVE, AND I AM HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHER. MY FRUSTRATION LEVEL CONTINUES TO GROW, AND THE FEELING OF MORE WORK AND IT NEVER BEING ENOUGH HAS ME TURNING TO A LEAVE OF ABSENCE. MY STUDENTS AND MY SCHOOL NEED ME AND TEACHERS LIKE ME, BUT THE DISTRICT AND THE STATE IS NOT ALLOWING ME TO WANT TO DO THIS ANYMORE. WE NEED TO KNOW THAT YOU CARE AND APPRECIATE US, AND WE'RE NOT FEELING THAT WAY RIGHT NOW. AVOIDING NEGOTIATIONS FOR OUR STEPS AND OUR RETRO PAY HURTS US, BELITTLES US AND UPSETS US. I'VE BEEN KEEPING IN MY IPHONE, IN MY NOTES COMMENTS THAT TEACHERS HAVE MADE THIS YEAR. AND I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THEY ARE NOT ALL FROM RENAISSANCE SCHOOLS, BECAUSE I'M FRIENDS WITH COLLEAGUES OVER 15-PLUS SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT. HERE ARE SOME OF THE QUOTES THAT I'VE WRITTEN DOWN THIS YEAR. I'M DEFEATED. I'M STRESSED WITH ENDLESS WORK THIS DISTRICT IS PUTTING ON US. I CAN'T DIGEST MY FOOD AND I'M HAVING BAD DREAMS. LIKE NOTHING I DO IS EVER GOOD ENOUGH. 5:15 AND I'M STILL HERE. I CAN'T EVEN FIT IN THE GYM BECAUSE I HAVE TO WORK TOO LATE. NO WONDER I'M FAT. EVERY TIME THEY PUT MORE ON THESE -- ON US, I FEEL MORE UNMOTIVATED. GOT HERE AT 6:30 A.M. AND LEAVING AT 6 P.M. IF WE ALL LEFT AT 3:45, NONE OF THE THINGS THAT ARE EXPECTED OF US WOULD GET DONE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE IN AREA 4. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THE SADDEST ONE FOR ME IS THE INTERN NEXT DOOR. WHO SAYS, WHOO, NOW THAT I'M IN THIS, I THINK THIS WHOLE SYSTEM IS CRAZY AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF I WANT TO DO THIS ANYMORE. YOU NEED TEACHERS. YOU NEED TEACHERS LIKE ME IN RENAISSANCE SCHOOLS. AND I'M BEING DRIVEN AWAY. WE WORK WAY MORE THAN WE GET PAID FOR. SO I ASK THAT YOU PLEASE SUPPORT THE NEGOTIATIONS TOMORROW AND YOU HELP TEACHERS GET THE MONEY THAT WE DESERVE. THE CURRENT MORALE MAKES ME NERVOUS. SO I'LL GO BACK TO MY ORIGINAL QUOTE, OUR WORKING CONDITIONS ARE THEIR LEARNING CONDITIONS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. WE HAVE TWO MORE SPEAKERS THIS EVENING. MR. TERRY CIMPLE AND MR. RICHARD WILSON.  

>> I DIDN'T THINK I WAS GOING TO MAKE IT. ANYWAY. I'M TERRY KEMPLE. I LEAD COMMUNITY ISSUES COUNCIL IN BRANDON. AND MS. EDGECOMB, MS. KURDELL, WE'RE GOING TO MISS YOU. I HOPE THAT THE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS DON'T MIND THAT I SAY THAT I'M GOING TO TAKE YOUR ADVICE. I'M NEVER GOING TO GIVE UP. YOU'LL KEEP SEEING ME HERE EVEN THOUGH YOU ALL WON'T SEE ME, THE REST OF YOU WILL. SO JUST TO LET YOU KNOW. I WANTED TO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION JUST FOR A MOMENT TO THE MINUTES FROM THE OCTOBER 4th MEETING. MRS. SNIVELY MADE A MOTION TO HAVE A POLICY HEARING AT THIS MEETING, AND IT WASN'T CLEAR FROM THE MOTION THAT THAT'S WHAT SHE WAS ASKING FOR, BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE SUBSEQUENT COMMENTS, IT WAS CLEAR THAT SHE WAS ASKING FOR THIS MEETING TO HAVE THAT PUBLIC POLICY HEARING. SHE WITHDREW THE MOTION BECAUSE SHE GOT WHAT I THINK IS BAD ADVICE OR INCORRECT ADVICE FROM YOUR ATTORNEY THAT THERE WASN'T ENOUGH TIME FOR THE PUBLIC NOTIFICATION AND PUBLIC COMMENT. IT'S BY THE BOARD NOW, BUT I FELT THAT WAS A POINT THAT NEEDED TO BE MADE. HAVE ANOTHER NEW PASTOR WITH ME. HE'S NEW TO THESE MEETINGS. AND HE'S ACTUALLY ONE OF THE LEADERS OF AN AREA-WIDE GROUP OF PASTORS WHO HAVE CONTINUALLY BEEN COMING TOGETHER TO LOOK AT ISSUES IN OUR COMMUNITY AND ALSO TO HOLD ELECTED OFFICIALS ACCOUNTABLE. WE ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT GOES ON IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, IN OUR COUNTY COMMISSION, AND WITH OUR STATE LEGISLATURE. SO YOU'LL MEET HIM IN A MINUTE. YOU'RE GOING TO BE DISCUSSING POSSIBLE POLICIES AT YOUR NOVEMBER 15th MEETING. WE'RE ASKING YOU TO MAKE THE CURRENT BATHROOM USE PROCEDURE AN OFFICIAL BOARD POLICY. NO MODIFICATIONS TO IT. BASICALLY, THE POLICY THAT MRS. SNIVELY HANDED OUT LAST TIME ESSENTIALLY DOES THAT. SO IT PUTS THE CURRENT PROCEDURE INTO POLICY. AND WE WOULD LIKE THAT BECAUSE THAT WAY AT SOME FUTURE TIME, THERE WON'T BE THE POSSIBILITY OF SOMEONE CHANGING THAT PROCEDURE WITHOUT THERE BEING PUBLIC NOTICE AND PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE CHANGE. WE THINK THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE. THE OTHER, MS. STUART WAS QUOTED IN THE NEWSPAPER SAYING YOU WOULD BRING BACK THE GENDER EXPRESSION ITEM. GOOD. I'M GLAD YOU'RE NOT GOING TO DO THAT, SO I APPRECIATE THAT. SO THAT WAS REALLY WHAT I WAS GOING TO SPEAK TO. THAT'S IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. GOD BLESS YOU. AGAIN, MS. KURDELL, SHE WENT BACK, I GUESS, BUT WE'RE GOING TO MISS YOU.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I APPRECIATE EACH ONE OF YOU, THE JOB THAT YOU DO. I KNOW IT'S NOT EASY. I PASTORED IN THE AREA FOR 24 YEARS AND HAVE WORKED WITH PASTORS FACILITATING PASTORS ALL OVER THE COUNTY. NOW I'M INVOLVED WITH WHAT IS CALLED CITY PLAN, AND WE'RE WORKING AT PUTTING THOSE RESOURCES TOGETHER IN A BIGGER WAY. I AGREE WITH TERRY. I'M NOT GOING TO REPEAT WHAT HE'S ALREADY SAID OF WHAT OUR EXPECTATION IS AND WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR. BUT IN THAT THEN, ALSO MYSELF BEING IN EDUCATION AND THEN MOVING INTO YOUTH MINISTRY AND THEN PASTORING HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN KIDS' LIVES, AND I REALLY, I'M NOT -- I APPRECIATE WHAT EVERY ONE OF YOU ARE DOING AND OUR KIDS ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO US. BUT THIS BATHROOM THING, AS WELL AS YOU KNOW, IT'S WOKEN PEOPLE UP. IT HAS STIRRED THE FIRES, NOT ONLY WITH PASTORS, BUT WITH MOTHERS AND ME AS A PARENT, WITH SEVEN GRANDCHILDREN, FIVE DAUGHTERS, I'M NOT AT ALL INTERESTED IN MY DAUGHTER'S HAVING TO GO INTO A SITUATION WHERE THEY MAY BE SHARING WITH BATHROOM, A GUY CAN JUST WALK IN THERE. SO I'M JUST HERE TO SAY, I'M ONLY ONE OF A MULTITUDE OF PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTY THAT HAVE WOKEN UP TO THIS. WE'RE GOING TO KEEP BEING HERE EVERY TIME. SO WE APPRECIATE YOU, AND WE WANT YOU TO BE ABLE TO HEAR OUR VOICES AND WHAT'S BEEN SAID. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. THIS HAS BEEN AN ONGOING SITUATION THAT I FEEL IT NECESSARY TO PUBLICLY TALK ABOUT IT. AND THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF ATTENTION ON MY BOARD TRAVEL. AND AS YOU VERY WELL KNOW, THIS BOARD HAS ASSIGNED ME TO REPRESENT US IN CERTAIN BOARDS AND COUNCILS THAT REQUIRE THE TRAVELING OUT OF TOWN. AS YOU ALL KNOW, BASED ON THE ASSIGNMENTS, I HAVE THE MAJORITY OF THE ASSIGNMENTS. A LOT OF THEM, MEMBER SNIVELY, ARE OUT OF TOWN. AND IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT ORGANIZATIONS THAT I BELONG TO REPRESENTING THE BOARD DO REIMBURSE. AND THE SUPERINTENDENT AND I HAD A CONVERSATION EARLIER TODAY WHERE -- WE HAVE GOT TO FIND CERTAIN MECHANISMS IN ORDER TO PROPERLY TRACK THIS AND DO IT CORRECTLY. THE ASSOCIATIONS THAT I BELONG TO REPRESENTING THIS BOARD ARE THE FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION, I'M ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. VOTED BY THIS BOARD. THAT TRAVEL ISN'T COVERED AT ALL. NO REIMBURSEMENT BY FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION. NONE. THE OTHER ONE, NATIONAL SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION COUNCIL, BOARDS OF EDUCATORS. THAT ONE IS A REIMBURSABLE BOARD IN WHICH WE SIT, LIKE MEMBER EDGECOMB, SHE IS THE LIAISON FOR THE COUNCIL FOR GREAT CITY SCHOOLS. SHE REQUIRES TO DO SOME TRAVELING AS WELL. SO THESE ARE BOARDS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO THE WORK THAT WE DO, AND IT'S PART OF WHAT WE DO AS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. SO I JUST WANTED TO -- TO ADDRESS THE TEACHERS THAT ARE HERE. I HEARD SOME LAUGHTER. THIS IS REALLY NOT FUNNY. BECAUSE IT'S NOT FUNNY AT ALL, BECAUSE LIKE YOU, LIKE YOU, EVERYTHING THAT I DO, EACH AND EVERY DAY, I HAVE OUR KIDS IN MIND. NOT ONE TIME IS THAT NOTE A FACT. AND THOSE WHO KNOW ME AND KNOW ME WELL KNOW WHERE MY HEART IS. SO I JUST WANTED TO MAKE THAT COMMENT. AND MR. EAKINS, I'M JUST AT THIS TIME, YOU KNOW, I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CONVERSATION TO SEE HOW WE ARE GOING TO WORK WITH THIS.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT OBVIOUSLY TRAVEL AND FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO FILL OUT TRAVEL FORMS, THEY ARE COMPLEX FORMS, AND SOMETIMES LOOKING AT A TRAVEL FORM YOU CAN'T REALLY DISSECT ALL THE DIFFERENT REIMBURSEMENTS, WHAT THE DISTRICT PAYS, WHAT IS REIMBURSED AND THEN WHAT IS COVERED BY ORGANIZATIONS. ONE OF THE THINGS WE ARE GOING TO BE MEETING ON NEXT WEEK IS JUST REALLY TO FIND A WAY TO MAKE SURE THERE'S BETTER CLARITY AROUND THOSE KIND OF EXPENSES BECAUSE THEY DO, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE FORM, ARE NOT NECESSARILY RECOGNIZABLE. SO WE WILL WORK ON THAT, BRINGING MORE CLARITY, NOT JUST TO BOARD BUT TO ALL STAFF THAT TRAVEL. OBVIOUSLY, THIS BOARD REPRESENTS A LOT -- ARE REPRESENTED ON A LOT OF ORGANIZATIONS. AND SO THOSE ORGANIZATIONS COVER A LOT OF COSTS. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT'S VERY CLEAR AND EVIDENT ON OUR FORMS AND ON OUR REIMBURSEMENT PROCEDURES SO THAT NOT ONLY YOU BUT THE PUBLIC ARE VERY AWARE OF THAT.  

>> WE HAVE MET AS A COMMITTEE AROUND OUR WAY OF WORK. AND OUR ATTORNEY IS WORKING RIGHT NOW ON SOME THINGS. WE ARE GETTING READY, BOARD, TO HAVE OUR REORGANIZATION IN NOVEMBER. AND THAT'S WHERE WE ARE REALLY GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT SPREADING THOSE OUT A LITTLE MORE EQUALLY SO THAT YOU ARE NOT HAVING TO DO ALL OF THE WORK OF BOARD MEMBERS, BUT WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, TOO, IS CREATING A BUDGET FOR THIS BOARD WHERE OUR TRAVEL IS CONCERNED, BUT ALSO IN THE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE HAD AROUND THIS, THE FORMS FOR OUR EMPLOYEES ARE VERY, VERY, VERY COUPLE WE ARE SOME, AND THIS RECOMMENDATION WAS GOING -- CUMBERSOME, AND THIS WAS GOING TO COME FROM THE COMMITTEE TO YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, TO LOOK AT THOSE FORMS FOR OUR EMPLOYEES BECAUSE THEY ARE VERY, VERY CUMBERSOME. BUT WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO, TOO, IS CREATE SOME FORMS IN LINE WITH THE FORMS THAT OUR EMPLOYEES HAVE, BA BECAUSE WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT, AND WE KNOW THE NEED TO BE ABLE TO JUSTIFY THOSE EXPENSES. BUT, AGAIN, TRYING TO FIND A HAPPY MIDDLE GROUND WHERE THE EMPLOYEES ARE NOT HAVING TO GO THROUGH JUMPING THROUGH ALL THE HOOPS THAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH WHILE BEING ABLE TO PASS THE AUDITS THAT WE HAVE TO PASS, BUT ALSO PUTTING OUR FORMS IN LINE WITH AND HAVING A BUDGET FOR THIS BOARD FOR TRAVEL. SO WE ARE ALREADY HAVING THOSE CONVERSATIONS. OUR ATTORNEY IS WORKING ON SOME THINGS RIGHT NOW. WE WERE HOPING, UNFORTUNATELY -- AND I WAS GOING TO TALK ABOUT IT AT THE END DURING BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS, BUT IT PROBABLY MAKES SENSE TO TALK ABOUT IT NOW -- BOARD MEMBERS THAT WERE A PART OF THAT, MRS. SNIVELY, MRS. STUART, MRS. HARRIS AND MYSELF, AND YOU WERE AT ONE OF THE MEETINGS, BUT THEN HAD A CONFLICT WITH THE OTHER, WE WANTED TO BE ABLE TO VOTE ON THE NEW WAY OF WORK SO THAT IT WOULD BE READY FOR THE NEW BOARD MEMBERS WHO ARE COMING ON BY OUR REORGANIZATION MEETING. THAT IS UNFORTUNATELY NOT GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE OF THE TIMING, EVERYBODY'S SCHEDULES, WE WEREN'T ABLE TO GET EVERYBODY'S SCHEDULES TOGETHER. SO MOST LIKELY IT WILL BE DECEMBER BEFORE WE ARE ABLE TO VOTE ON THOSE, THOSE NEW WAY OF WORK.  

>> WILL WE HAVE A WORKSHOP TO GO OVER? BECAUSE I MEAN -- AN INPUT IN THAT WAY OF WORK TO BE ABLE TO REVIEW IT COLLECTIVELY AS THE BODY.  

>>April Griffin: WE COULD HAVE A WORKSHOP IF THE NEW BOARD CHAIR -- I AM NOT GOING TO BE BOARD CHAIR ANYMORE SO THAT WILL BE UP TO SOMEBODY ELSE TO DETERMINE.  

>>Susan Valdes: I THINK OF THAT THAT WOULD BE PRUDENT SO THAT EVERYONE CAN AGREE AND UNDERSTAND EXACTLY NOT JUST HAVE A DISCUSSION IF HE DAIS BECAUSE I'M SURE THERE ARE OTHER CHANGES AS WELL.  

>>April Griffin: A LOT OF CHANGES, YEAH. BUT JUST CREATING A GOOD -- A GUIDELINE FOR BOARD MEMBERS ON WHERE TO GO FOR INFORMATION AND THINGS LIKE THAT. SO WE DID WANT THAT IN TIME FOR THE NEW BOARD MEMBERS TO BE SEATED. UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT AFTER THAT, BUT THEY ARE GOING TO BE DEALING WITH ALL KINDS OF NEW THINGS ANYWAY. SO THAT IS IT. THAT CONCLUDES OUR PUBLIC COMMENT. THANK YOU, EVERYBODY, WHO TOOK TIME TO COME SPEAK TO US TODAY. AND WE WILL BE ANNOUNCING WHEN THE NEW PUBLIC COMMENT IS COMING LATER. I'M SORRY, MRS. STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I WOULD ASK FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT TO RESPOND TO THE COMMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE, OR AT LEAST BRING SOME CLARITY TO WHERE WE ARE WITH NEGOTIATIONS, SO THAT THIS IS SAID PUBLICLY SO THAT EVERYONE HEARS IT. I KNOW I HAVE RECEIVED NUMEROUS E-MAILS OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS ABOUT WHETHER WE ARE AT THE TABLE OR NOT AT THE TABLE, AND WHERE WE ARE GOING AND WHAT'S HAPPENING. SO I WOULD JUST LIKE THAT TO BE STATED PUBLICLY.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ABSOLUTELY.  

>> AND COMMUNICATE BACK TO THEIR SCHOOLS.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ABSOLUTELY, MRS. STUART. AS WAS MENTIONED BY A FEW SPEAKERS THIS EVENING, TOMORROW WE DO HAVE A TIME OUR BARGAINING TEAM AND THE HILLSBOROUGH CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION WILL BE MEETING, SO IT WILL BE RECONVENING TOMORROW.  

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

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THE WAY OF WORK THAT THIS BOARD HAS WORKED ON FOR SEVERAL YEARS. WE DEVELOPED IT, AND IT SAT OAT SHELF, MANY TIMES WHERE PEOPLE DIDN'T ADHERE TO IT. I'M LEAVING, BUT I AM HOPING THAT AFTER ITS ADOPTION IN THE FUTURE THAT IT BECOMES PART OF THE GUIDANCE, REALLY TRULY, THAT IS ADHERED TO, THAT PEOPLE WILL REFER TO, THAT IT WILL HAVE SOME SUBSTANCE AND SOME IMPACT ON THE WAY THE BOARD OPERATES. IF NOT, IT'S FOR NAUGHT FOR THE TIME PUT INTO IT. I AM GOING TO MAKE AN OBSERVATION. ABOUT A COMMENT THAT YOU JUST MADE, MRS. GRIFFIN, THAT YOU ARE AREN'T GOING TO BE THE BOARD CHAIR ANYMORE. AND I'M NOT SURE HOW YOU KNOW THAT. BECAUSE IF YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED LAST NOVEMBER WE DIDN'T FOLLOW THE PROTOCOL. AND FOR YOU TO SAY THAT HAD YOU AREN'T GOING TO BE THE BOARD CHAIR SEEMS A LITTLE BIT PREMATURE, BECAUSE IF WE FOLLOW WHAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE PROCESS IN WHICH THE BOARD CHAIR, THE VICE CHAIR DECIDE SUCCEEDED THE BOARD CHAIR, YOU WOULD ABSOLUTELY BE RIGHT. BUT IN THIS CASE, THAT WASN'T FOLLOWED. SO I AM JUST TRYING TO SEE HOW CAN YOU FORECAST THAT, WITHOUT ANY CERTAINTY, THAT THE SAME THING WON'T HAPPEN AS IT DID BEFORE. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: BECAUSE -- OUT OF ALL DUE RESPECT, IF I WERE NOMINATED, I WOULD NOT ACCEPT THE NOMINATION. THANK YOU. MRS. SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MRS. VALDES, I AM NOT REALLY SURE WHY YOUR COMMENTS WERE DIRECTED TO ME BECAUSE I AM CERTAIN THAT EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER SITTING ON THIS DAIS IS CONCERNED ABOUT TAXPAYER DOLLARS AND HOW THEY ARE SPENT. SO AT THIS TIME, I HAVE ALREADY COMMUNICATED WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY I AM GOING TO RECUSE MYSELF FROM SUBMITTING ANY TRAVEL DISTRICT IN DISTRICT OR OUT OF DISTRICT BECAUSE AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER I FEEL WE SHOULD BE LEADING BY EXAMPLE. AND SINCE WE HAVE ASKED OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT STAFF, OUR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS TO FREEZE CERTAIN TRAVEL IT'S IN MY BEST TO DO THE SAME. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>April Griffin: WE ARE NOW PAST PUBLIC COMMENT. WE ARE NOW INTO THE PUBLIC HEARING TO APPROVE THE RESOLUTION AMENDING THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX PROJECT LIST INITIALLY APPROVED ON APRIL 26th, 2016 IN ORDER TO APPROVE ADDITIONAL PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED FOR THE 2016 THROUGH 2021 PERIOD BY THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX BUSINESS SERVICE DIVISION. THIS IS AGENDA D-01. IT IS NOT TIME CERTAIN. BUT I AM GOING TO RECESS THE BOARD MEETING AND OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING AND ASK MR. STOKES OF NABORS, GIBLIN AND NICKERSON TO LEAD US THE REST OF THE WAY.  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. IN 1996 THE COUNTY ADOPTED AN ORDINANCE APPROVING THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX, SALES SURTAX, AND UNDER THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT AND THE ORDINANCE, ALL MEMBERS OF THE MUNICIPALITIES, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WHO GETS 25% OF THE TAX, IN THE COUNTY, MUST EVERY FIVE YEARS ADOPT A NEW PLAN FOR HOW THE PROCEEDS ARE GOING TO BE EXPENDED DURING THE FOLLOWING FIVE YEARS. AND BACK IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR, YOU ADOPTED YOUR LATEST FIVE-YEAR PLAN, WHICH COMMENCES IN MAY OF THIS YEAR, THROUGH 2021. HOWEVER, ANYTIME DURING THAT FIVE YEARS, YOU CAN AMEND YOUR PLAN TO ADD OR SUBTRACT PROJECTS FROM THE PLAN. THE RESOLUTION BEFORE YOU TODAY, WHICH CAN ONLY BE ADOPTED AFTER HAVING A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MATTER, WOULD ADD FOUR PROJECTS TO THE EXISTING PLAN, NOT TAKING ANYTHING OUT OF THE PLAN THAT YOU ADOPTED BACK IN APRIL. THE FOUR ITEMS ARE PURCHASE OF SCHOOL BUSES, PURCHASE OF SECURITY VEHICLES, PURCHASE AND INSTALLING OF HVAC SYSTEMS AND PURCHASE OF SCHOOL REPAIR PARTS WITH THE USEFUL LIFE EXPECTANCY OF FIVE YEARS OR MORE. THAT LATTER PROVISION IS REQUIRED BY THE STATUTE. IF IT'S YOUR DESIRE TO AMEND YOUR FIVE-YEAR PLAN, IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME TO OPEN IT UP TO A PUBLIC HEARING, AND ONCE CLOSED TO ADOPT THE RESOLUTION. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I WILL BE GLAD TO ANSWER THEM.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. IS THERE ANYBODY FROM THE PUBLIC WHO IS HERE TO SPEAK TO THIS AGENDA ITEM? IF SO, PLEASE COME UP AND STAND TO THE LEFT OF THE PODIUM.  

>> COMMUNICATIONS, HAS ANYBODY SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO THIS AGENDA ITEM? I'M GOING TO PUT OUT A FINAL REQUEST, IF THERE'S ANYBODY FROM THE PUBLIC THAT'S HERE TO SPEAK TO THIS AGENDA ITEM, PLEASE COME FORWARD. SEEING NONE --  

>> CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND CONSIDER A MOTION TO ADOPT.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. (SOUNDING GAVEL) THE HEARING IS CLOSED. THE MEETING IS READJOURNED. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE RESOLUTION. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES, A SECOND BY MRS. STUART. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? MRS. SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. COULD YOU, JUST FOR THE SAKE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION, KIND OF DELINEATE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE USES? BECAUSE IT'S VERY LIMITED USE FOR CIT. AND SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S CLEAR THAT THERE'S A CERTAIN PURPOSE FOR THESE PARTICULAR TAX DOLLARS AND WHAT THAT PURPOSE -- WHAT THAT LIST OF PURPOSES IS.  

>> WELL, BROADLY SPEAKING, I MEAN, THERE'S A LONG LIST, BUT GENERALLY WHAT THE STATUTE LIMITS IT TO, THEY SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZE TECHNOLOGY, BUT THEN IT'S BASICALLY ANY SORT OF INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE DISTRICT HAVING A USEFUL LIFE OF FIVE YEARS OR MORE. THE IDEA OF BEING THAT YOU ARE NOT REALLY USING IT FOR OPERATING COSTS. YOU ARE USING IT FOR INFRASTRUCTURE. AND SO WITHIN THAT BROAD RANGE AS PART OF YOUR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, YOU CAN SELECT WHATEVER PROJECTS YOU WANT AND APPROVE AFTER PUBLIC HEARING.  

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: IS THERE ANY OTHER DISCUSSION ON THIS ITEM? ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>> IF I COULD, ON A PERSONAL NOTE BEFORE I LEAVE, MRS. KURDELL, MRS. EDGECOMB, I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH BOTH OF YOU FOR MANY YEARS AND I WISH YOU BOTH THE BEST IN THE NEXT STAGE OF YOUR LIFE. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. WE ARE NOW INTO THE PROCLAMATIONS AND RECOGNITIONS. AND I AM GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO OUR VICE CHAIR.  

>> THE FIRST ITEM WE HAVE IS A PROCLAMATION FOR THE NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH 2016. AND MRS. HENSLEY WILL PRESENT THIS PROCLAMATION.  

>> MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, IT IS MY PLEASURE TO COME BEFORE YOU TODAY TO PRESENT YOU THE PROCLAMATION FOR TITLE 7. ON BEHALF OF HOLLY S SAND, HOLLY SAIA COULD NOT BE WITH US THIS EVENING, SHE'S AT ANOTHER MEETING, UNFORTUNATELY, AND I AM HONORED TO BE ABLE TO INTRODUCE THIS PROCLAMATION HONORING NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH TO YOU THIS EVENING. IT'S PARTICULARLY SPECIAL BECAUSE ON THE EVE OF MRS. KURDELL AND MRS. EDGECOMB'S LAST MEETING, IT'S VERY SPECIAL THAT WE ARE HERE TONIGHT FOR YOU. AS WELL. ON A SIDE NOTE, WE DID GET A SPECIAL REQUEST TO MAKE SURE WE MADE IT BY NOVEMBER 1st. SO WE ARE VERY GLAD THAT WE WERE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE YOU IN DOING THAT. IT IS ALSO TRULY A JOY, I WILL SAY THIS. TITLE 7 IS RATHER A FLEDGLING PROGRAM IN OUR DISTRICT, BUT IT IS QUITE A JOY WORKING WITH THE STUDENTS AND FAMILIES IN THIS PROGRAM, SO IT REALLY TRULY IS AN HONOR TO COME BEFORE YOU AND WORK WITH ALL OF OUR STUDENTS WHO WE HAVE SOME HERE TONIGHT, SOME IN THE AUDIENCE, A LOT WILL STAND IN JUST A MOMENT. THE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE FIRST AMERICANS CAN BE TOURED BACK TO THE TURN OF THE CENTURY.  THIS PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZES THE CONSIDERABLE ROLE THE FIRST AMERICANS PLAYED IN THE ESTABLISHMENT AND GROWTH OF OUR NATION. DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, SCHOOLS ARE ENCOURAGED TO LEARN CULTURALLY SENSITIVE LESSONS AND SCHOOL WIDE ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS THAT FURTHER EXPLORE THE HISTORY AND CULTURES OF NATIVE AMERICAN AND ALASKAN NATIVE PEOPLE. SCHOOLS ARE FURTHER URGED TO REACH OUT TO THE TITLE 7 NATIVE AMERICAN AND ALASKA NATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM TO OBTAIN ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR FOR ASSISTANCE WITH PLANNING CULTURALLY RICH ENGAGING ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF. AT THIS TIME, I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS TO VOTE TO ADOPT THE PROCLAMATION DESIGNATING NOVEMBER AS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, A MONTH TO HONOR THE CONTRIBUTIONS, ACHIEVEMENTS AND CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL LEGACY OF THE LATIVE AMERICAN AND ALASKAN NATIVE PEOPLE. THANK YOU.  

>> WE HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. EDGECOMB AND A SECOND BY MRS. KURDELL, VERY FITTING, TO ADOPT THE PROCLAMATION FOR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION?  

>> WE ALSO HAVE A SPECIAL GIFT THAT I WANT FOR YOU AS WELL, SO -- GO AHEAD, LET'S DO THE SPECIAL GIFT FIRST.  

>> TO THANK ALL OF YOU THE STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE TITLE 7 PROGRAM MADE EACH OF KEY CHAINS WITH TRADITIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN BEAD WORK AS SPECIAL GIFTS OF APPRECIATION AND TO HONOR THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS SPECIAL DAY. THE BEADED KEY CHAINS WERE SELECTED FOR YOU GIVEN THE LONG HISTORY WORKING WITH TRADITIONAL BEAD WORK HAS PLAYED ACROSS MANY DIFFERENT TRAVEL NATIONS. IF I MAY HAVE THE STUDENTS, IF THAT'S OKAY WITH THE BOARD, INTRODUCE THEMSELVES BRIEFLY BY PROVIDING THEIR NAME, THEIR GRADE AND THEIR SCHOOL, AND THEY WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO PASS AROUND -- AND THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY LOVELY. THEY CREATED THESE FOR EACH OF YOU AS WELL AS FOR SENIOR STAFF. SO, STUDENTS.  

>> I AM CHRIS NOLANGN, NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL, IN THE SENIOR CLASS.  

>> MY NAME IS SARAH FIFTHS, AND I I'M IN 9th GRADE.  

>> MY NAME IS JACKSON SMITH. I GO TO DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL AND I'M IN 10th GRADE.  

>> MY NAME IS JEFFREY DURANTE AND I GO TO WINTHREP CHARTER SCHOOL AND I'M IN 7th. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> AS WE CLOSE, AND THE STUDENTS ARE DISTRIBUTING THE GIFTS, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE NATIVE AMERICAN AND ALASKAN NATIVE STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT ARE JOINING US TODAY IN THE AUDIENCE IN SUPPORT OF THIS ITEM, IF YOU COULD PLEASE STAND. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND THIS CONCLUDES OUR PRESENTATION.  

>> THANK YOU, MRS. HENSLEY.  

>> YOU ARE SO WELCOME.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU, STUDENTS, FIRST OF ALL FOR THE LOVELY GIFTS. MRS. HENSLEY, FOR BRINGING A PROCLAMATION ON THIS SPECIAL OCCASION OF THE LAST MEETING FOR MRS. KURDELL AND MYSELF. AND TO THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE, THANK YOU FOR BEING PART OF THE CELEBRATION OF WHO YOU ARE, WHICH IS SO IMPORTANT TO WHO YOU BECOME, SO THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.  

>> THANK YOU. AND I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST.  

>> THANK YOU, MRS. EDGECOMB. MRS. KURDELL.  

>>Carol Kurdell: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TO THE FAMILIES OUT THERE OH WHO STEPPED UP TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM, IT MEANS THE WORLD TO ME AND TO THE STUDENTS THAT ARE HERE TONIGHT. WE ARE SO PLEASED THAT WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO HONOR WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU WILL BECOME. I HAVE ATTENDED YOUR FESTIVITIES FROM THE BEGINNING AND THEY ARE ALWAYS ENLIGHTENING, ALWAYS ENRICHING, AND ABSOLUTELY SOUL SATISFYING. SO THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING ME AND LETTING ME BE A PART OF IT. I'M VERY GRATEFUL. THANK YOU.  

>> THANK YOU. MRS. HARRIS?  

>>Sally Harris: I TOO WANT TO SAY SINCE I HAVE BEEN ON THE BOARD, I HAVE BEEN VERY FORTUNATE TO BE INVITED TO THE ACTIVITIES THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN FOR THESE STUDENTS. AND I FEEL THIS PROGRAM IS VERY BENEFICIAL FOR SO MANY REASONS. FIRST OF ALL, IT ALLOWS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE STUDENTS TO MEET OTHER STUDENTS THAT MAY HAVE THE SAME ISSUES INVOLVING THEIR CULTURE, BACKGROUND, AND BEING ABLE TO TRANSITION INTO THE ROLES OF STUDENTS. I ENCOURAGE YOU STUDENTS TO GET MORE OF THE OTHER STUDENTS INVOLVED IN THE ACTIVITY. THIS PROGRAM IS VERY IMPORTANT TO THE DISTRICT. AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO ALWAYS MAINTAIN THE CULTURE. I LOVE GOING TO THE EVENTS AND LEARNING. AND I HAVE LEARNED A LOT. LAST YEAR'S WAS EVEN EXTRA SPECIAL. SO THANK YOU FOR THE INVITATION AND THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND SHARING TONIGHT.  

>> BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO ADOPT THE RESOLUTION. I THOUGHT IT WAS UP THERE AS WELL. DID WE CAPTURE THE NAMES? MRS. EDGECOMB AND MRS. KURDELL, CORRECT? ARE WE VOTING ON IT NOW? WE ARE IN COMMENT AND I'M SORRY, I WAS CALLED TO THE BACK. MRS. GRIFFIN.  

>>April Griffin: I AM NATIVE AMERICAN, AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE HISTORY, WE HAD CONVERSATIONS UP HERE A LOT OF TIMES ABOUT THE HISTORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN, OR AFRICANS AND GOING BEFORE SLAVERY. A I HAD TO LEARN HISTORIES, MY OWN HISTORY FROM MY OWN FAMILY BECAUSE NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY IS NOT IN OUR BOOKS THE WAY THAT IT TRULY HAPPENED. SO THIS ONE, I'M SORRY I HAD TO STEP AWAY FOR A MINUTE, BUT THIS ONE WAS VERY, VERY SPECIAL TO ME WHEN I SAW IT COMING. SO I DEFINITELY WANTED TO BE HERE TO VOTE WHICH IS WHY I RUSHED OUT HERE. THANK YOU.  

>> SO WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. CAN WE HAVE THE LIGHTS, PLEASE? AND NOW WE ARE GOING TO VOTE. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS.  

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. THE NEXT ITEM IS THE ADOPTION OF THE PROCLAMATION CONGRATULATING THE 2016 NATIONAL HISPANIC SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR, AND THE AWARD HONOREES, AND MR. LARRY PLANK IS GOING TO PRESENT THIS ITEM. AND I BELIEVE YOU HAVE A VIDEO.  

>> YES, WE DO. THANK YOU SO MUCH. MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND SENIOR DISTRICT STAFF. IT IS MY PLEASURE AND HONOR TO SHARE TODAY'S PROCLAMATION CONGRATULATING THE 2016 NATIONAL HISPANIC SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR, DR. ADRIANA OCAMPO, SPACE MANAGER AT NASA HEADQUARTERS IN BARKED. CELEBRATING ITS 16th YEAR OF THE NATIONAL HISPANIC SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR AWARDS, STEAM PROFESSIONAL FROM EITHER A U.S. INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING, A SCIENCE MUSEUM, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT IN INDUSTRIAL, AND/OR GOVERNMENT AGENCY WHO HAS RECOGNIZED EXPERTISE AND ALSO MADE SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS IN THEIR CHOSEN FIELD. PREFERENCE IS GIVEN TO OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED A COMMITMENT TO FOSTERING AWARENESS AND PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE AND THE ROLE OF CREATIVITY IN THE SCIENTIFIC PROCESS. HONOREES ALSO MUST HAVE A DESIRE TO MOTIVATE AND INSPIRE CHILDREN ESPECIALLY HISPANIC CHILDREN AND OTHER UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS TO PURSUE THEIR EDUCATION IN STEM DISCIPLINES. THE NATIONAL HISPANIC SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR PROGRAM BEGAN IN 2001 AT THE DIRECTION OF LONG TIME MOSI BOARD MEMBER, LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER AND COMMUNITY ACTIVIST BLANCO. DR. OCAMPO SERVES AS A PIVOTAL LEADER ON THE JUNO MISSION TO JUPITER AS WELL AS LAST YEAR'S FLY BUY OF POLLUTE O.SHE HELPS GUIDE EXPLORATION OF OUR SOLAR SYSTEM AS THE LEAD PROGRAM EXECUTIVE FOR NASA'S NEW FRONTIERS PROGRAM AND IS ALSO NASA'S LEAD SCIENTIST FOR THE EXPLORATION OF THE PLANET VENUS. HERE ON EARTH DR. OCAMPO'S WORK LED TO SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGHS. HER TEAM WAS THE FIRST TO IDENTIFY USING SATELLITE IMAGRY, THE ASTEROID CREATOR THAT LIKELY CAUSED THE EXTINCTION THAT WIPED OUT THE DINOSAURS. MOSI HOSTED DR. OCAMPO ON FRIDAY OCTOBER 21st THROUGH FRIDAY THE 23rd. ON FRIDAY SHE MET WITH NEARLY 1300 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AT MOSI'S MEET THE NATIONAL HISPANIC SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR DAY. LATER THAT EVENING DR. STEVE CACHERA OF THE UNIVERSITY OF TAMPA CHAIR OF THE NATIONAL HISPANIC SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR COMMITTEE HOSTED HONORABLE SUSAN VALDES AS WELL AS 60 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR AN INTERACTIVE LECTURE AND DINNER WITH DR. OCAMPO WHERE OUR STUDENTS PROVIDED HER WITH GIFTS INCLUDING A LARGE SIGN POSTER COMMEMORATING THE EVENT. ON FRIDAY SHE SPENT THE MORNING WITH 30 OF OUR TEACHERS TO KICK OFF OUR ANNUAL STEAM AT MOSI WORKSHOP ACTIVITIES AND LATER THAT EVENING WAS THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2016 HISPANIC SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR. ALL BENEFITS FROM HOSTED THE YOUTH ENRICHED BY STEAM, SIN R SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART AND MATH, AND ENCOURAGE AT-RISK YOUTH BETWEEN THE AGES OF 13 AND 17 TO DEVELOP AND PROGRESS IN A SUPPORTIVE PEER GROUP ENVIRONMENT. ESTABLISHED IN 199267 THE FOCUS OF THE PROGRAM IS TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO DEVELOP SELF-CONFIDENCE, IMPROVE COMMUNICATIONS SKILLS, AND BUILD SELF-ESTEEM AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS. STUDENTS ARE MOTIVATED TO PURSUE SCIENCE AS A CAREER, AND AS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENTARY IN ALL OF THEIR EDUCATION. YES, TEAM MEMBERS AT MOSI ARE INVOLVED IN ALL ASPECTS OF PROGRAMMING WHICH REACHES THREE QUARTERS OF A MILLION PER YEAR. 309% OF APARTMENTS HAVE FURTHERED THEIR EDUCATION BY ATTENDING COLLEGE, AND OF THOSE, 80% PURSUE CAREERS IN STEM. IT SHOULD ALSO BE NOTED THAT 90% OF YES TEAM GRADUATES COME BACK TO MENTOR PEERS WHILE IN THE PROGRAM. AT THE REQUEST OF SUSAN VALDEZ, I NOW ASK YOU TO TURN YOUR ATTENTION TO THE VIDEO SCREEN FOR A VIDEO HIGHLIGHTING BOTH DR. ADRIANA OCAMPO AND OUR VERY OWN KATHRYN NUNEZ OF CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL WHO IS ON THE YES TEAM. THANK YOU.  

>> OH I REMEMBER AS A YOUNG CHILD, THAT TO ME, I ASKED MY PARENTS, THAT THEY GIVE ME A CHEMISTRY SET BECAUSE I WANTED TO DO ALL OF THIS, YOU KNOW, LEARN ABOUT THINGS AND HOW IT HAPPENED. YOU KNOW, THEY EVENTUALLY YIELD AND GIVE IT TO ME, AND THEN OF COURSE I STARTED DOING EXPERIMENTS WITH EVERYTHING IN THE HOUSE AND DISASTERS OF CHEMICALS. I REALLY WANTED TO GO INTO THE SCIENCES. I WOULD LOVE TO BE MORE OF A TOMBOY AND GOP CLIMB THE RODE ROPE OF MY HOUSE AND, YOU KNOW, SPACE EXPLORATION, AND BUT IT WAS VERY CHALLENGING. VERY CHALLENGING FOR YOUNG GIRLS. I DIDN'T HAVE ANY REAL ROLE MODELS TO FOLLOW, AND THE SCIENCE BASIC EXPLORATION, TO HAVE A ROLE MODEL TO LOOK UP TO. YOU GET THE HELP YOU NEED, AND HERE AT MOSI YOU CAN GO UP TO ANYBODY AND, YOU KNOW, YOU CAN ASK THEM, HEY, WHAT CAN I DO TO BETTER MY SCOPE OF PEOPLE? AND THEY'LL HAVE THE ANSWER BECAUSE WE HAVE PEOPLE HERE WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR AROUND 15 YEARS, AND THAT'S A LOT OF YEARS AND THAT'S AMAZING. THE YES TEAM STANDS FOR YOUTH IN ENGINEERING, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH. FOR ME WHAT THE YES TEAM STANDS FOR, IT'S TO GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO KIDS WHO ARE SOMEWHAT INVOLVED INTO THOSE SUBJECTS AND WANT TO BECOME MORE ADVANCED INTO THEM, AND TO HELP THEM GROW.  

>> ALL OF THE STARS WAS SOMEBODY WITH A TEAM FOR WHAT THEY ARE DOING, AND SOME OF THE MOST BASIC QUESTIONS, THEY ASK THEMSELVES --  

>> AND LIFTOFF OF THE ATLAS 5 WITH JUNO ON A TRACK TO JEEP TER.  

>> IT'S NOTHING LIKE SEEING A MISSION THAT A GROUP OF DREAMERS HAVE PUT TOGETHER, THE POINT OF THE ROCKET GO UP, AND EVENTUALLY ARRIVE TO GET STARTED AND BRING THIS WEALTH OF INFORMATION.  

>> A FUN LOVING PART OF THE YES TEAM, I REALIZE IT WASN'T JUST A VOLUNTEER PROGRAM. YOU GO WITH THE PEOPLE THAT YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH. IT BECOMES MORE AS A FAMILY AND AS A COMMUNITY. MY FAVORITE PART WOULD BE PROBABLY WORKING WITH OTHER PEOPLE, AND TEACHING THEM THINGS, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN I WAS IN MOSI SUMMER SCIENCE CAMP, I REALIZED I LOVED WORKING WITH KIDS, AND SO THAT HAS HELPED ME PICK WHAT CAREER I WANT IN MY FUTURE AND PICK DIFFERENT SUBJECTS. I THINK EVERY DAY I LEARN SOMETHING NEW. SO I LOVE LEARNING. AND THAT'S SOMETHING I GET BY BEING PART OF THE YES TEAM.  

>> DAM WE LEARN THAT OUR SOLAR SYSTEM AND UNIVERSE. YES, IT IS ESPECIALLY ROBOTIC EXPLORATION TAKES THAT TYPE OF LONG-TERM MISSION, BUT THE RETURN IS EXTRAORDINARY.  

>> BOTH MY MOM AND MY DAD, THEY ARE ALWAYS TELLING ME, IN A, YOU NEED TO GO TO SCHOOL, NO MINIMUM WAGE JOBS, I WANT YOU TO BECOME SOMETHING, AND DO SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF. (SPEAKING SPANISH)  

>> I WISH THEY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE, BUT THEY DIDN'T. SO I WANT TO SHOW THEM THAT FOR ME I CAN PROBABLY PAY IT BACK TO THEM.  

>> THAT'S A BOLD THING FOR A YOUNG PERSON TO SAY.  

>> IT WAS MY PARENT THAT MADE TREMENDOUS DIFFICULT POSITION BRINGING THREE GIRLS TO A COUNTRY THAT THEY DIDN'T KNOW THE LANGUAGE, THE CULTURE, LOOKING FOR, YOU KNOW, THE IMMIGRANT EXTREME TO PROVIDE A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEIR CHILDREN. REALLY, TO ME, IT WAS REALLY ALMOST HEROIC AND REALLY FOR THEM TO DO THAT AND WE MOVED, THAT WAS VERY CLOSE, AND THE PROPULSION LABORATORY, AND THAT BECAME MY DISNEYLAND. THAT WAS THE VEHICLE MAKING MY DREAM COME TRUE.  

>> I HAVE THESE PLANS FOR THE FUTURE. I ALWAYS LOVED HUMAN BODIES. I WANTED TO BE A PHYSICIAN. BUT NOW THAT I GOT THE EXPERIENCE TO WORK WITH CHILDREN, IT HAS MADE ME WANT TO BECOME A PEDIATRICIAN BECAUSE I REALLY WANT TO HELP OUT CHILDREN, AND I WANT TO WORK WITH THEM, BUT I ALSO GET TO DO SOMETHING THAT I LOVE, WHICH IS SCIENCE, AND TO WORK WITH SCIENCE, AND HOW MUCH SCIENCE AND WORKING WITH CHILDREN CAN IMPACT MY FUTURE.  

>> I HAVE HAD CHILDREN SAY WELL, NO, SCHOOL YEAR, THIS GENTLEMENNOLOGY, IT CAN BE PHYSICALLY CHALLENGING. IT'S NOT REALLY A GOOD CAREER FOR WOMEN.  

>> I.  

>> WE DIDN'T BELIEVE THAT. I KNEW THAT I COULD DO IT. I KNEW THAT THAT WAS THE PATH THAT I WANTED TO CONTINUE. SO THE WORD CANNOT IS NOT PART OF MY VOCABULARY.  

>> IF WORD "CAN'T" TO ME I BELIEVE IS JUST A MIND-SET. YOU KNOW, THERE'S ALWAYS A WAY. THERE'S ALWAYS THE WAY.  

>> AND WE DON'T HAVE PROBLEMS, WE HAVE ANOMALIES. IT'S VERY RARE WHEN YOU GET THERE WITHOUT HAVING A CHALLENGE, AN ANOMALY. THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON ARE FROM SPACE EXPLORATION IS THEIR WANTING, THAT CAREER, THAT PASSION, THAT ARISE DURING RESULTS.  

>> I WANT A FUTURE FOR MYSELF. I WANT TO ACTUALLY SUCCEED AND I WANT PEOPLE TO SEE, OH, YES, THEY DID SOMETHING WITH HER. I WANT TO BE THE FIRST ONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD TO WALK ACROSS THE STAGE AND GET MY DIPLOMA.  

>> WE ARE REALLY LIVING IN EXTRAORDINARY TIMES. AND I HOPE AND THE NEXT GENERATION, I HOPE THAT THERE WILL BE A LOT MORE GIRLS AND WOMEN BEING PART OF THIS CHALLENGE. ∫ [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES, FOR THE RECOMMENDATION TO SHOW THE VIDEO. ILLINOIS NOW READ THE PROCLAMATION. WHEREAS THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY DEVELOPED THE NATIONAL HISPANIC SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD IN 2011 TO RECOGNIZE DISTINGUISHED HISPANIC SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS, WHEREAS PROCEEDS FROM AN AWARD GALA CEREMONY WILL HELP PROVIDE STUDENTS AN EXCITING DAY OF MENTORING DURING THE MEET THE HISPANIC SCIENTIST DAY, AND WHEREAS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECOGNIZES HISPANIC SCIENTISTS WHO PROMOTE A PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF STEAM, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, ART AND MATH, AND ENCOURAGE AT-RISK YOUTH WHO HAVE AN INTEREST IN STEAM EDUCATION, AND WHEREAS, PAST HONOREES HAVE INCLUDED A GEORGIA TECH VICE PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO PHYSICIST, NASA RESTAURANT, HARVARD PROFESSOR OF PATHOLOGY, NOBEL LAUREATE OF CHEMISTRY, FORMER U.S. SURGEON GENERAL AND DIRECTOR OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION'S NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATIONAL HISTORY, AND WHEREAS MOSI HAS NAMED A NASA SCIENTIST AS THIS YEAR'S HONOREE DR. ADRIANA OCAMPO, IS A PLANNER TO GEOLOGIST AND NASA SCIENCE PROGRAM MANAGER, SHE WAS THE FIRST TO IDENTIFY THE IMPACT CITER FROM THE AS STEROID THAT LIKELY CAUSED THE EXTINCTION OF DINOSAURS. DR. OCAMPO WAS ALSO THE LEAD SCIENTIST FOR THE EXPLORATION OF THE PLANET VENUS. AND WHILE MOSI CELEBRATED DR. OCAMPO FOR HER OUTSTANDING WORK IN SCIENCE ON OCTOBER 22ND, NOW THEREFORE THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CONGRATULATIONS DR. OCAMPO FOR BEING HONORED AS THE 2016 MOSI NATIONAL HISPANIC SCIENTIST OF THE YEAR AND APPLAUDS MOSI FOR PROMOTING A LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE IN THIS COUNTRY AND ABROAD.  

>> I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES OF THE A SECOND BY MRS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION?  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I SAW THIS VIDEO. AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT AND FOR SHOWING IT BECAUSE I THINK THAT THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR FROM THE PARENT OF THE FEELINGS OF OPPRESSION, OF NOT BEING ABLE TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO SCHOOL, TO HAVE AN EDUCATION, AND THEN TO HEAR OUR STUDENT JUST TALK SO PASSIONATELY ABOUT WHAT SHE WANTS TO DO AND HOW SHE WANTS TO BE, WELL, THAT EXAMPLE FOR HER PARENTS, THAT ALTHOUGH THEY COULDN'T DO IT, SHE DID. AND THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. AND IT'S AMAZING HOW THIS SCIENTIST CAME FROM NOWHERE, YOU KNOW, AND JUST CONTINUED TO GO FOR HER GOAL, AND ULTIMATELY SHE DID IT. SO SHE IS DEFINITELY A PRIDE, A POINT OF PRIDE FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO KNOW THAT THERE ARE REAL PROFESSIONALS OUT THERE THAT HAVE HAD THE SAME STRUGGLES THAT MANY OF OUR CHILDREN CURRENTLY HAVE, THAT THEY CAN MAKE IT AND PERSEVERE AND MAKE IT HAPPEN. AND IN HONOR OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, YOU KNOW, HERE IN OUR DISTRICT, WE REALLY HAVEN'T DONE A LOT HERE DURING OUR BOARD MEETINGS TO EMPHASIZE THE MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS THAT HISPANICS HAVE HAD IN THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT DR. OCAMPO, AND HOPEFULLY WE CAN PRESENT HER WITH A COPY OF THIS SNIPPET FOR HER FOR HER MEMORY BECAUSE WE ARE NOT THERE, BECAUSE BUT WE DID NOT PRESENT HER THE PROCLAMATION AT HER EVENT WHERE SHE WAS BEING HONORED. SO I JUST THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER AND BEING ABLE TO HONOR ONE OF OUR SCIENTISTS THAT HAS JUST OVERCOME QUITE A BIT AND HAS GIVEN SO MUCH INSPIRATION TO THE STUDENTS. I HAVE NEVER SEEN A BE SCIENTIST SO ENGAGED. SHE WAS SO ENGAGED WITH THE STUDENTS, THAT THE STUDENTS HAD NO PROBLEM JUST GOING UP TO HER AND TALKING WITH HER. SHE WAS JUST FABULOUS. I WISH SHE COULD HAVE STAYED AROUND FOR A LITTLE LONGER.  ANYWAY, THANK YOU, DR. PLANK.  

>> AND I WILL SAY SHE WAS ABSOLUTELY EXTRAORDINARY. IT'S VERY RARE THAT A SCIENTIST HAS THIS KIND OF IMPACT ON CHILDREN. IT WAS ALMOST AS THOUGH THEY WERE WAITING TO SEE AN ATHLETIC STAR. SO MANY OF THE CHILDREN WAITED, AND SHE STOOD THERE PATIENTLY AND AUTOGRAPHED EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEIR PACK BACKS FOR THEM. IT WAS AN EXTRAORDINARY SITE AT MOSI. THANKS SO MUCH.  

>> AND SHE WAS SO HUMBLE.  

>> I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO DR. PLANK. I KNOW THAT A LOT OF THESE ACTIVITIES HAPPENED LAST WEEKEND AS WELL AS THEN FOLLOWED UP BY SCIENCE OLYMPICS AT MOSI. AND I KNOW THAT YOU WERE IN ATTENDANCE REPRESENTING DISTRICT FOR SOME OF THOSE, I'M SURE. SO I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT. I KNOW THAT TAKES AWAY FROM YOUR PERSONAL TIME SO I APPRECIATE YOU BEING HEAR FOR THE DISTRICT.  

>> WE HAVE A VOTE TO TAKE. BY THE WAY, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR SAYING STEAM. BOARD MEMBERS. IT'S HAPPENING. IT'S HAPPENING SLOWLY. SLOWLY BUT SURELY. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. VERY GOOD. THANK YOU. CONGRATULATIONS FOR GETTING THIS PASSED. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, THERE ARE NO ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS. WE ARE NOW INTO RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL. THE ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN PULLED FOR DISCUSSION ARE C-4.01, C-4.02, C-4.04, C 7.02, 8.02, 8.04. 13.01 AND 13.02 ARE INFORMATIONAL ITEMS. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND WITH THOSE ITEMS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES. SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS? ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTONS. IT PASSES. WE ARE NOW GOING TO HEAR ITEM 4.01-A TO APPROVE JOB DESCRIPTION AND MR. MARK WEST, GENERAL MANAGER OF EMPLOYEE RELATIONS. AND MRS. VALDES ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT.  

>> BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, MRS. EAKINS -- MR. EAKINS AND STAFF, UPDATING JOB DESCRIPTIONS TO COMPLY WITH THE RULING OF DOESN'T OF LABOR REGARDING EXEMPTION STATUS. THE FAIR LABOR STANDARD ACT OF 1938 WAS DESIGNED TO ESTABLISH A MAXIMUM WORKWEEK OF 40 HOURS PER WEEK AND A MINIMUM WAGE. IT WAS ESTABLISHED TO ENSURE EMPLOYEES WHO WORKED OVER THE 40 HOURS WOULD RECEIVE OVERTIME AT A RATE OF 1Ω TIMES THEIR NORMAL HOURLY RATE. IN 2014, PRESIDENT OBAMA DIRECTED THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO UPDATE AND MODERNIZE THE REGULATIONS GOVERNING THE EXAMPLE OF EXECUTIVE, ADMINISTRATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEES FROM THE MINIMUM WAGE AND OVERTIME PAY PROTECTIONS OF THE FAIR LABOR STANDARD ACT. ON MAY 18, 2016, THE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL PUBLISH A FINAL RULE TO UPDATE THE REGULATIONS. I HAVE INCLUDED THE KEY PROVISIONS TO THE RULE AND THE EFFECTIVE DATE IN THE AGENDA ITEM. IN COLLABORATION WITH THE BUSINESS DIVISION, HUMAN RESOURCES REVIEWED JOB CLASSIFICATIONS WITH DEPARTMENT HEADS TO DETERMINE GROUPS OF EMPLOYEES WHO WOULD BE AFFECTED BY THIS NEW RULE. UPDATES WERE MADE TO THE JOB DESCRIPTIONS TO CHANGE THE EXEMPTION STATUS FROM EXEMPT TO NONEXEMPT. WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE EMPLOYEE IS THAT THEY ARE NOW ELIGIBLE FOR OVERTIME FOR ANY HOURS THEY WORK ABOVE THAT 40 HOUR MAXIMUM. WHAT THIS MEANS TO THE DISTRICT IS THAT WE HAD TO DETERMINE IF WE WERE TO CHANGE EMPLOYEE STATUS OR ADJUST SALARIES TO THE MINIMUM THRESHOLD FOR PARTICULAR EMPLOYEES. SENSE THE REASON FOR THE CHANGE IN JOB DESCRIPTION OF FIELD OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR. WITH THESE UPDATES TO THE JOB DESCRIPTION, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL MAINTAIN COMPLIANCE WITH THE UPDATES TO THE FAIR LABOR STANDARD ACT EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1st. AND I AM HERE FOR ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE ABOUT THAT. THANK YOU.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. CAN YOU GO OVER WHAT WERE THE CHANGES IN THE JOB DESCRIPTION?  

>> YES, MA'AM. THE ONLY CHANGE THAT WE ACTUALLY PUT TO THE JOB DESCRIPTION -- AND IT'S ON THIS PAGE AS ATTACHMENT A TO ALL OF THE JOB CODES -- WAS THE CHANGE IN STATUS FROM EXEMPT TO NONEXEMPT.  

>>Susan Valdes: AND JUST FOOD FOR THOUGHT, BECAUSE AS WE ARE ADJUSTING THE THESE JOB DESCRIPTIONS FROM EXEMPT TO NONEXEMPT, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK WE NEED TO BE THOUGHTFUL AND MINDFUL IS FIRST OF ALL TO REALLY LOOK AT THE JOB DESCRIPTION ITSELF AND SEE IF THAT IS THE TRUE JOB THAT THEY ARE DOING, AS WELL AS DOING A SALARY STUDY IN REFERENCE, SO THEN AS WE BEGIN TO ADJUST, THAT WE ADJUST ACCORDINGLY, AND WE ATTEMPT TO GIVE BACK TO THE INDUSTRY STANDARDS, WHATEVER THAT MAY BE, AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I BELIEVE WE NEED TO DO ACROSS THE BOARD IN ALL OF OUR POSITIONS. SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE COST WOULD BE FOR A SALARY STUDY OR WHAT THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE. BUT I THINK THAT IT'S TIME, ESPECIALLY THAT WE ARE IN THIS TIME FRAME RIGHT NOW, WHO IS LOOKING AT EVERYTHING, THAT PART OF RIGHT SIZING OR JUST ALIGNING THINGS ACCORDINGLY, NOT SO MUCH JUST FOR THE DISTRICT PURPOSES, BUT ALSO FOR THE EXTENT THAT THE DUTIES OR EMPLOYEES HAVE OF TO DO THAT THEY BECOME MORE SO WITH INDUSTRY TO THE BEST OF OUR ABILITY BASED ON OUR BUDGET. BUT I JUST WANTED TO HAVE THAT HIGHLIGHTED AND HAVE THE EXPLANATION AS TO WHY CERTAIN THINGS WERE GOING TO BE GOING ON WITH THESE JOB DESCRIPTIONS, BUT ALSO JUST EXPRESS THE DESIRE TO -- THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY LOOK AT A JOB DESCRIPTION, NOT JUST CHANGE FROM AN EXEMPT TO A NONEXEMPT AND BYPASS THE ACTUAL DUTY THAT THE EMPLOYEE IS DOING AND THEIR COMPENSATION AS WELL.  

>> AND WE ARE LOOKING AT AN EXTENSIVE STUDY TO ACTUALLY REVIEW ALL JOB DESCRIPTIONS IN EACH CATEGORY. THIS WAS KIND OF TO GET US IN COMPLIANCE -- WE.  

>> WE WERE FORCED TO DO THIS?  

>> YES, MA'AM. THANK YOU.  

>> MRS. STUART?  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. YOU AND I SPOKE EARLIER TODAY. CAN YOU PLEAS JUST REITERATE WHAT THE FINANCIAL IMPACT THIS IS, ONE TO THE DISTRICT, OR TO OUR EMPLOYEES?  

>> YES. WHEN WE ACTUALLY REVIEWED WHICH JOB DESCRIPTIONS WERE GOING TO -- I AM GOING TO SAY BE MOST EFFECTIVE WITH MOVING FROM EXEMPTS TO NONEXEMPT, IN OTHER WORDS, THOSE FOLKS WHO WOULD BE ELIGIBLE FOR OVERTIME, WE DID A COST STUDY ANALYSIS WITH OUR BUSINESS DIVISION TO FIND OUT WHICH EMPLOYEES OR WHICH GROUP OF EMPLOYEES ACTUALLY WENT OVERTIME. AND HISTORICALLY, AND WHAT WE FOUND WAS ONE GROUP OF EMPLOYEES, WHICH IS THIS GROUP, AND THEY ARE OUR FIELD OPERATIONS SUPERVISORS, TRANSPORTATION, AND THEY WERE CLOSE ENOUGH TO THE MINIMUM THRESHOLD THAT IF WE ACTUALLY, FRANKLY, PAID THEM OVERTIME FOR THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT THEY ACTUALLY WORKED, IT WOULD BE MORE THAN JUST RAISING THEIR SALARY TO THE MINIMUM THRESHOLD. SO THAT'S WHAT THE ACTUAL COST IS, $43,783.  

>> SO MY NEXT QUESTION WOULD BE, IF THESE STAFFERS, THESE EMPLOYEES, ARE ALREADY WORKING OVERTIME, AND NOW THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO DO THAT, HOW ARE WE FILLING THE GAP?  

>> WELL, THEY ARE CURRENTLY EXEMPT FROM OVERTIME. SO WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT THEY WILL -- THEIR STATUS WILL NOT CHANGE.  

>> SO THEY DON'T GTE PAID FOR OVERTIME.  

>> CORRECT. THAT IS CORRECT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: AND SO NOW?  

>> SO THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE EXEMPT FROM OVERTIME. WE ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO RAISE THOSE INDIVIDUAL SALARIES TO ACTUALLY MEET THAT MINIMUM THRESHOLD. SO, YES, MA'AM. OKAY? THANK YOU.  

>> SO ANECDOTALLY, THIS IS HOW THIS -- AND I DON'T KNOW IF YOU ALL WERE LOOKING AT IT OR NOT, BUT I HAVE SOMEONE IN MY LIFE THAT CALLED ME TO ASK MY ADVICE ON THIS, BECAUSE SHE HAD BEEN TOLD -- SHE WORKS IN THE PRIVATE INDUSTRY, IN THE MEDICAL FIELD, AND SHE WILL BEEN TOLD A WHILE BACK THAT SHE WAS GOING TO GET A $5,000 A YEAR RAISE IN NOVEMBER, AND THEN SHE GOT THIS LETTER SAYING THAT NOW SHE WAS AN HOURLY EMPLOYEE, AND WHEN WE -- SO THEN I RESEARCHED THE LAW, AND I CALLED MRS. MOLITO ABOUT IT AND TOLD HER AND SHE STARTED LOOKING INTO IT AND CALLED MRS. WOODFORD. BUT WHAT HAPPENED WITH HER IS THEY SAID IT WAS A RAISE, BUT WHEN SHE BECAME AN HOURLY EMPLOYEE KNOWING THE HOURS THAT SHE WAS GOING TO WORK, THEY DIDN'T DO WHAT WE DID HERE AND THAT WAS A REALLY SMART THING TO RAISE THAT, BECAUSE WE WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CAPTURE WHAT THE FORECASTING WOULD HAVE BEEN FOR THAT. SO I COMMEND YOU ON THE DECISION THAT YOU MADE ON THAT SO THAT WE CAN FORECAST. BUT YES, SHE WAS TOLD SHE WAS GETTING A RAISE. AND THEN IT TURNED OUT THAT IT WAS BECAUSE OF THIS BECAUSE SHE WAS GOING HOURLY AND THEY KNEW THE HOURS THAT SHE WAS GOING TO WORK ON A MONTHLY BASIS.  

>> WELL, I HAVE GOT TO GIVE A LOT OF KUDOS TO OUR BUSINESS DIVISION. WE SAT DOWN TOGETHER AND PULLED ALL THE RECORDS OF OVERTIME EMPLOYEES AND EVERYBODY THAT WAS AFFECTED THERE.  

>>April Griffin: YES, AND WHEN I TALKED TO MRS. MOLITO, THAT WAS THE CONCERN I HAD. SO WHAT IS THE OVERALL CONCERN? HOW MANY EMPLOYEES IS THIS GOING TO AFFECT, AND WHAT'S THE OVERALL FINANCIAL IMPACT GOING TO BE? SO I COMMEND YOU FOR WORKING AS QUICKLY AS YOU DID ON THIS. VERY GOOD. IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE? THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 4.02 TO APPROVE THE PERSONNEL LIST. AND MRS. STEPHANIE WOODFORD, OUR CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICER. AND MRS. VALDES ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT ON THIS.  

>> IS THIS 4.02?  

>>April Griffin: YES.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SO I WILL KIND OF START OFF AND STEPHANIE WOODFORD MIGHT CHIME IN ON THIS ONE. THESE ARE POSITIONS THAT ARE UNIQUE, OBVIOUSLY MOST POSITIONS INVOLVE MORE OF A LATERAL MOVE INTO OTHER POSITIONS WHERE WE ARE THEN GOING TO BE DELETING BEHIND THEM SO IT'S MORE CLARITY ON THE POSITION FOR OUR FIRST 4.02 BECAUSE I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF TALK AROUND HIRING AND SO FORTH. SO I WANT TO MAKE CLARITY AROUND THESE TWO POSITIONS. IT'S CURRENTLY SUPERVISORY UNIT MOVING TO ANOTHER SUPERVISOR UNIT, WHAT HER JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ARE. THE FORMER UNIT WILL BE DELETED. SO IT'S JUST A JOB TITLE SHIFT. AND THEN THE SECOND ONE IS A CRITICAL NEED AREA RIGHT NOW IN OUR DISTRICT, IN OUR I.T. DEPARTMENT. THE PERSON IS CURRENTLY WORKING IN THE I.T. PROJECT MANAGER AND AS A CONSULTANT, INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR AND WILL BE MOVING INTO THIS PARTICULAR POSITION, THE DEPARTMENT MANAGER OF I.T. BUSINESS SOLUTIONS SO WE ARE WORKING IN THAT PARTICULAR AREA ON A CRITICAL SHORTAGE ISSUE. I DON'T KNOW IF MRS. WOODFORD HAD ANYTHING MORE TO ADD TO THAT.  

>> NOT ON THAT PIECE OTHER THAN THE FIRST ONE ACTUALLY JUST HELPS US WITH THE FUNDING SOURCE, TOO. SO THE JOBS OVERLAPPED. WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE IT OFF OF PART 1 AND MOVE IT DOWN TO A GRANT SO IT REALLY HELPS THE DISTRICT AS WELL. SO THAT WAS WHY THAT DECISION WAS MADE, AND REALLY PIGGYBACK ON THE NEXT ITEM WHEN WE MOVE DOWN TO THE NEXT ONE BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S MORE IN HR.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I JUST WANTED TO REITERATE -- AND I THINK MAYBE THAT'S WHAT MRS. WOODFORD WAS REFERRING TO, WAS JUST PERSONAL ACTION LIST, BECAUSE THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF COMMUNICATION AROUND HIRING FREEZES, YET WE HAVE TWO AGENDA ITEMS WHERE WE DO HAVE NEW HIRES. SO FOR THE PURPOSE OF CLEAR COMMUNICATION, AND FOR THOSE THAT MAY BE SEEING THESE ITEMS ONLINE AND YET THEY READ IN THE PAPER THAT WE HAVE A HIRING FREEZE, THEY MIGHT SCRATCH THEIR HEAD AND SAY WHAT IS THIS? SO I JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY THOSE CRITICAL NEEDS POSITIONS, WHAT IS IT THAT WE HAVE A HIRING FREEZE, WHAT IS IT THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A HIRING FREEZE ON? AND THEN HOPEFULLY BRING SOME CLARITY TO BOTH THE INSTRUCTIONAL AND THE NONINSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL ACTION LIST.  

>> RIGHT. AND THAT IS THE PART THAT I WAS GOING TO ADDRESS SO I WILL JUMP IN. I'M SORRY?  

>>April Griffin: LET'S GO AHEAD AND MOVE ONTO ITEM 4.04. IS THAT WHERE YOU WANT TO GO?  

>> 4.03.  

>> SO THERE ARE TWO QUESTIONS, ONE ABOUT THE MOVE ITEM THAT WE ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH, THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, AND THE OTHER WAS FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE FREEZE THAT YOU AND I TALKED ABOUT. SO THE FIRST PART, I THINK WE HAVE ANSWERED. THE SECOND PART, A COUPLE THINGS HAPPENED TO GO OVER FOR PRETTY MUCH EVERYBODY, A HARD FREEZE IS NOT SOMETHING WE GO INTO EVERY DAY IN THE DISTRICT. SO THE FIRST THING THAT HAPPENED IS WHEN WE WENT INTO A HARD FREEZE, ANYTHING THAT WAS IN THE QUEUE, MEANING ANY POSITION THAT HAD BEEN ADVERTISED, INTERVIEWED AND A RECOMMENDATION HAD BEEN MADE AND A TRANSACTION PUT INTO THE SYSTEM, WE ALLOWED THOSE TO BE GO THROUGH. SO CERTAINLY WE ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE SOMEONE GO THROUGH ALL THAT WORK AND THEN TAKE BACK AN OFFER FOR SOMEONE. SO WE GAVE NOTICE TO THE DISTRICT THAT THE FREEZES GOING INTO EFFECT GAVE THE SITE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUT THOSE TRANSACTIONS IN, AND THOSE ARE A LOT OF THE ITEMS YOU ARE SEEING ON THE DOCUMENT NOW. THEY TAKE A LITTLE WHILE TO WORK THROUGH. YOU ARE GOING TO SEE A LOT COME OFF THE NEXT ITEM. BUT A NORMAL FREEZE IS WHEN WE FREEZE AN AREA WHERE WE HAVE A SURPLUS OF EMPLOYEES IN THAT AREA. AND SO WE ARE LOOKING TO PLACE THEM. SO IF WE ADD AN EXTRA PE TEACHER, SCIENCE TEACHER, WOO HE WOULD FREEZE THOSE CATEGORIES UNTIL AFTERNOON VACANCY OCCURRED SO THAT WE HAVE A PLACE TO PUT THAT INDIVIDUAL. AND WE DO FREEZES LIKE THAT OFTEN AND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. A HARD FREEZE IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT BECAUSE WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS STOP ANY NEW HIRES COMING IN FROM THE DISTRICT BECAUSE OUR EXPECTATION IS WE ARE GOING DO HAVE TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS TO OUR CURRENT EMPLOYEES, AND TO STEAL MRS. GRIFFIN'S LINE, WE NEVER WANT TO HURT STUDENTS BY OUR FREEZE. AND SO WHEN WE ARE IN A HARD FREEZE, WE LOOK AT EVERY SINGLE POSITION OR VACANCY OR REQUEST TO HIRE INDIVIDUALLY. THERE'S A DOCUMENT THAT COMES ON THE SHARE POINT. THAT DOCUMENT COMES IN WHERE THEY JUSTIFY THE REQUEST FOR A HIRE DURING A FREEZE TIME, AND THEN THAT REQUEST GOES TO A TEAM AND ULTIMATELY TO DR. VAZQUEZ FOR APPROVAL. SO NO HIRE OCCURS DURING A HARD FREEZE WITHOUT APPROVAL. I WILL SAY THAT WE LOOK AT FUNDING SOURCES, GRANTS, AND HIGH NEED AT PARTICULAR SCHOOLS, AGAIN NOT WANTING TO HURT SITES FOR OR PARTICULAR UNITS.  

>>Susan Valdes: I HAVE A QUESTION. THANK YOU. SO YOU JUST MENTIONED SOMETHING, ABOUT GRANTS.  

>> YES.  

>>Susan Valdes: SO WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN UP A CLASS IN ADULT ED. THEY ARE GRANT FUNDED. ARE THEY FROZEN?  

>> THAT WOULD DEPEND, IF WE HAD A SURPLUS IN AN AREA WHERE WE NEEDED TO PLACE THEM AND FIT THEM IN THE GRANT WHICH WE COULD DO, AND WE WORK DIRECTLY WITH MR. BROOKS ON ANY OF THOSE PLACEMENTS. SO, AGAIN, THERE'S NO EASY ANSWERS, BECAUSE IT VARIES. BUT A LOT OF WHAT WE DID, TOO, IS RELOOK AT ALL FUNDING SOURCES FOR POSITIONS TO MAKE SURE WE WERE PAYING THEM AS WE SHOULD, AND THIS WAS A REALLY GOOD TIME TO DO IT. SO YOU SEE SOME MOVEMENT. IT'S NOT REALLY A CHANGE IN THEIR POSITION AND IT LOOKS AND FEELS NO DIFFERENT BUT IT'S A CHANGE FOR US BECAUSE WE ARE MOVING HOW WE PAY THEM. AND SO SOME OF THOSE TRANSACTIONS FOR THOSE TWO, WE HAVE SPENT, MRS. SAUNDERS AND DR. VAZQUEZ AND MYSELF, MRS. BOLITO, THE LAST TWO WEEKS LOOKING UNIT BY UNIT MAKING SURE THOSE WERE ACCURATE, TRYING TO BE EXTREMELY THOROUGH DURING THIS FREEZE.  

>>Susan Valdes: SO BASICALLY WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO NOT USE PART 1 DOLLARS FOR SALARIES, AND WE ARE LOOKING FOR PLACES THAT WOULD FIT, OTHERWISE, LET'S SAY, IN THE WORKFORCE GRANT, OR MAYBE TITLE 1, OR ANOTHER FUNDING SOURCE, AND PUT IN THE RIGHT FUNDING.  

>> EXACTLY.  

>>Susan Valdes: BUT, BY THE SAME TOKEN, THERE ARE SOME CRITICAL NEEDS IN OUR SCHOOLS, OR IN OUR ORGANIZATION, THAT BOTH AFFECT THE NONINSTRUCTIONAL AND THE NONINSTRUCTIONAL THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED CRITICAL NEED.  

>> ABSOLUTELY.  

>>Susan Valdes: DO WE HAVE A POTENTIAL LIST OF WHAT THOSE CRITICAL NEEDS ARE, OF THOSE POSITIONS? FOR INSTANCE, I IMAGINE -- AND I AM JUST THINKING, TEACHER, WE NEED OUR TEACHERS, WE NEED AIDES, AND THE BUSES, RIGHT? WE NEED BUS DRIVERS. SO I'M ASSUMING THAT THOSE POSITIONS WOULD BE CONSIDERED CRITICAL.  

>> YES AND NO. IF THE SCHOOL HAS SUPPORT WITHIN THE SCHOOL THAT THEY CAN PROVIDE COVERAGE IN A UNIT, WE ASK THEM TO DO THAT UNTIL WE MOVE SOME OF OUR WORKFORCE THAT'S GOING TO BE MOVED TO KEEP THOSE VACANCIES. THE INSTRUCTIONAL UNITS ALLOW THE RESOURCE TEACHERS THAT MOVED OUT SO THAT WE HAVE POSITIONS FOR THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN REASSIGNED TO NEW SITES. BUT WE LOOK AT EACH POSITION INDIVIDUALLY. I'LL GIVE AN EXAMPLE. I THINK IT WAS IN MRS. MORRIS' AREA. SHE HAS A SMALL SCHOOL, HAS TWO CUSTODIANS. ONE OF THEM BROKE HIS LEG AND THE OTHER HAD ANOTHER ACCIDENT. BOTH OF THEM OUT. THAT WOULD BE A SITUATION WE WOULD LOOK AT. AND HER HIGH SCHOOLS WERE GREAT AND THEY WERE HELPING OUT AND SENT IN SOME OF THEIR CUSTODIANS TO HELP OUT BUT WE KNEW IT WAS GOING TO BE A LONG-TERM VACANCY SO WE LOOKED AT THAT AND APPROVED A HIRE. SO WE DOUGH DAILY LOOK AT THAT DOCUMENT AND REVIEW THOSE VACANCIES AND THOSE REQUESTS. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE BEING VERY CREATIVE ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING DURING THIS INTERIM TIME WHICH WE SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL, WE ARE ALMOST FINISHED, BUT THEY HAVE BEEN GREAT ABOUT USING THE RESOURCES THEY HAVE TO PROVIDE COVERAGE SO THAT WE HAVE VACANCIES FOR THE PEOPLE THAT WE NEED TO MOVE.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE DIALOGUE. I THINK THAT IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE THIS DIALOGUE, SPECIFICALLY JUST FOR THE CLARITY AND FOR THE CLEAR COMMUNICATION, AND TO ALSO SEND A MESSAGE THAT, HONESTLY, THIS BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT, CHIEF OF STAFF, SENIOR STAFF, DOES CARE ABOUT THEIR EMPLOYEES, AND THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT AT ALL.  

>> ABSOLUTELY.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU.  

>> THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. WOODFORD, CAN YOU ON PAGE 1 CONFUSION IS, BUT CAN YOU EXPLAIN WHERE IT SAYS NEW HIRE, PERSONNEL ACTION, THEN IT SAYS CURRENT EMPLOYEE PROCESS LEVEL, AND THEN YOU GIVE AN EFFECTIVE DATE THAT IS PREDATED, AND THEN YOU GIVE A CURRENT ASSIGNMENT. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CURRENT PROCESS LEVEL AND THE CURRENT ASSIGNMENT? IN OTHER WORDS, ALL IT SAYS IS, FOR EXAMPLE, ONE OF THEM SAYS PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND THEN IT SAYS CURRENT ASSIGNMENT, AVID TUTOR SUPPORT.  

>> RIGHT.  SO THE CURRENT PROCESS LEVEL IS THE ACTUAL SITE THEY ARE GOING TO AND THE CURRENT ASSIGNMENT IS THE POSITION THAT THEY'LL SERVE AT THAT SITE.  

>> AND THESE ARE KNEW HIRES IN THE DISTRICT?  

>> WELL, IF YOU LOOK, ASSISTANT BASKETBALL COACH. SO THAT'S A SUPPLEMENTED POSITION. THEY ARE GOING TO NEED A TEAM. AND WE CAN'T FOR SAFETY OR LEGAL PURPOSES HAVE A TEAM THAT PRACTICES WITHOUT A COACH GOING THROUGH ALL THE PAPERWORK AND THE SAFETY. SO CERTAINLY WE WOULD DEFINITELY APPROVE THAT. BUT AGAIN IF YOU LOOK AT THE DESPITE, IT WAS EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 5th WHICH WAS PRIOR TO OUR FREEZE. SO THOSE ARE WERE A LOT OF THE ONES, THE TRANSACTIONS THAT WERE BEING PROCESSED.  

>> SO THESE ARE TRANSACTIONS IN THE PIPELINE BEFORE THE FREEZE WENT INTO EFFECT?  

>> WELL, BECAUSE OF THE TIME LAPSE TWO OF BOARD MEETINGS, SOMETIMES YOU WILL SEE QUITE A BIT OF TIME BETWEEN THE TIME WE PROCESS THEM AND THEN THE TIME THEY ARE ON THE AGENDA.  

>> SO FOR THE RECORD, CAN YOU PLEASE TALK ABOUT IF A SCHOOL OR AN AREA IS NO POSITION WHERE THEY ARE MISSING A TEACHER, THEY HAVE A SUBIN THE CLASSROOM AND THEY ARE, I WILL CALL IT, DIRE NEED OF A CERTIFIED TEACHER, WHAT IS THE PROCESS THAT A PRINCIPAL SHOULD BE GOING THROUGH IN ORDER TO EXPRESS THAT NEED TO HIS SUPERIOR, WHETHER THAT'S AREA SUPERINTENDENT OR THE CHIEF OF SCHOOLS?  

>> AND THEY HAVE BEEN DOING THAT TWO WAYS. THE FIRST IS FILLING OUT THE DOCUMENT THAT GOES DIRECTLY TO CRAIG COURSEMAN SO THAT I TAKE THAT DOCUMENT TO DR. VAZQUEZ AND WE DISCUSS THAT. BUT THE SECOND WAY WOULD BE REACHING OUT TO THE AREA SUPERINTENDENT WHO WE HAVE HAD ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS TO LOOK AT ALL OF THOSE UNITS AND MAKE THOSE DETERMINATIONS. AND CERTAINLY THEY CAN ALWAYS REACH OUT TO BE ME TO ADVOCATE AND LOOK AT WHERE WE NEED TO PLACE THEM.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S VERY CLEAR TO BOTH PARENTS OUT THERE AND FAMILIES AND STUDENTS THAT JUST BECAUSE WE ARE IN A HIRING FREEZE AND JUST BECAUSE WE ARE NOT HIRING NEW EMPLOYEES INTO THE DISTRICT, THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT THAT IS SOME SORT OF REASON TO NOT HAVE A CERTIFIED TEACHER IN FRONT OF STUDENTS IN CRITICAL AREAS. WE HAVE STUDENTS THAT CANNOT HAVE A SUBSTITUTE FOR LONG-TERM, ESPECIALLY IN A P-COURSE WORK, ESPECIALLY IN COURSE WORK IN WHICH THEY ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE AN END OF COURSE EXAM OR PASS AN EXAM THAT IS REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION. SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT PRINCIPALS UNDERSTAND THAT THEY NEED TO MAKE A PHONE CALL IF THEY ARE NOT GETTING THE ANSWER THEY WANT, MAKE ANOTHER PHONE CALL, BECAUSE I'M GETTING PHONE CALLS ABOUT PEOPLE NOT BEING IN FRONT OF STUDENTS AND HAVING LONG-TERM SUBS. SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE VERY CLEAR ABOUT JUST BECAUSE WE ARE IN A HIRING FREEZE DOES NOT MEAN THAT THAT IS A REASON THAT STUDENTS V SHOULD NOT HAVE CERTIFIED TEACHERS IN FRONT OF THEM. THANK YOU.  

>> MRS. EDGECOMB?  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: BECAUSE THERE ARE MULTIPLE IMPLICATIONS FOR HIRING PRACTICES, NOT THE STANDARD WAYS, BECAUSE JUST DESCRIBE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE CONSIDERED WHEN PLACING OR REPLACING A POSITION. THIS HAS BEEN THE FORMAT FOR AS LONG AS I HAVE BEEN ON THIS BOARD, AND IT DOES PROVIDE A LOT OF CLARITY. IT IS DIFFICULT TO READ AND UNDERSTAND. AND YOU TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF CLARITY AND PEOPLE UNDERSTANDING AND HOW DECISIONS ARE MADE. AND I KNOW YOU AT THIS POINT PROBABLY ARE INUNDATED WITH MULTIPLE THINGS THAT YOU HAVE TO DO. BUT IS THIS A CONSIDERATION FOR CREATING A DIFFERENT FORMAT THAT IS CLEARER, THAT HELPS PEOPLE, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS, TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW THAT MOVEMENT IS TAKING PLACE? FOR INSTANCE, YOU TALKED ABOUT SOMEBODY BEING PUT NO POSITION, EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT A HARD FREEZE BUT IT'S A FREEZE, BUT THAT PERSON IS PLACED IN THAT POSITION BECAUSE THERE WAS A DIFFERENT FUNDING SOURCE OR GRANT OR SOMETHING OCCURRED. I DON'T KNOW.  THIS FORMAT DOESN'T LEND ITSELF TO REALLY CLEARLY UNDERSTAND WHAT THE DECISION WAS IN LIGHT OF ALL THE CONCERNS THAT PEOPLE VERY MUCH NOW ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION, ABOUT REEMPLOYMENT, ABOUT ALL OTHER THINGS, THAT'S CREATING A LOT OF ANXIETY. SO I THINK THE BETTER WE CAN GET AT HELPING PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND, IT MAY NOT BE SOMETHING TO EMBRACE BUT AT LEAST THEY HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE PROCESS WAS AND WHY IT WAS DONE.  

>> ABSOLUTELY. I KNOW THE BOARD -- THIS DOCUMENT HAS BEEN DISCUSSED OFTEN WITH ME. I THINK IT WAS INITIALLY MORE TRANSACTIONAL BECAUSE THE BOARD HIRES, AND IF SOMEONE RESIGNS OR TERMINATES, IT HAS TO BE IN FRONT OF THE BOARD. SO I THINK IT INITIALLY STARTED AS MORE A TRANSACTION. BUT I HEAR THAT THE BOARD WANTS MORE DETAILS ON WHAT THEY ARE AGREEING TO. AND THIS IS KIND OF HOME GROWN AT THE REQUEST OF THE BOARD. SOME TIME AGO, I DON'T KNOW WHEN SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE KNOWN WHEN IT WAS CREATED, BUT WE CERTAINLY TAKE IT BACK, ASK ALL OF YOU ALL WHAT INFORMATION YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN SEEING, AND SEE IF WE CAN'T DEVELOP SOMETHING THAT'S A LITTLE MORE COMPREHENSIVE.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: AND I DON'T THINK ANYBODY WOULD THINK IT'S CUMBERSOME. I THINK IF YOU COULD DO IT IN A WAY THAT'S CLEARER. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, AT SOME POINT -- AND I AM SURE YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE COMMENTS DURING YOUR BOARD SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS ABOUT THE TIMELINE AS WE ARE LOOKING AT MAKING SOME ADJUSTMENT IN POSITIONS, WHEN IT'S GOING TO TAKE PLACE. I THINK I HAVE SOME SENSE OF WHAT THE COMMUNICATION HAS BEEN UP TO THIS POINT. BUT THEN WHAT ARE THE STEPS THAT WILL FOLLOW FOR THE FUTURE? ARE YOU GOING TO ADDRESS SOME OF THAT IN -- WE'LL TALK ABOUT SOME EMPLOYMENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I KNOW WE ARE IN COLLABORATION WITH OUR CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION AROUND ALL OF THAT, SO WE ARE WORKING ON MOU THAT KIND OF OUTLINES THAT PARTICULAR TIMELINE SO THAT WE ARE CLEAR ABOUT NOT ONLY A TIMELINE BUT THE PROCESSES TO FOLLOW. SO OBVIOUSLY THAT TIMELINE WILL TAKE PLACE STARTING, YOU KNOW, NOW AS WE FINISH UP THAT MOU AND HAVE THOSE AGREEMENTS UP UNTIL THE NEXT THREE OR FOUR WEEKS TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE ALL THE PROPER DECISIONS IN -- AND PLACEMENTS MADE. THAT'S CONTAINED OF THE TIMELINE WE ARE WORKING WITH IN.  

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU. WE ARE NOW ONTO ITEM 4.04. MRS. WOODFORD? TO APPROVE TEACHERS CONSIDERED OUT OF FIELD?  

>> MRS. VALDES, I AM NOT SURE ON THAT ITEM ARE IF WE COVERED WHAT YOUR CONCERNS WERE OR NOT. WAS THERE SOMETHING ELSE US WOULD LIKE ME TO ADDRESS ON THAT ONE? OKAY, THANK YOU.  

>> VERY GOOD. THANK YOU.  

>> THE NEXT ITEM IS 7.02, WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE RESOLUTION FOR IMPACT FEE FUNDIS BETTERSMENT FROM THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FOR THE INITIAL SITE, ACQUISITION PHASE, DUE DILIGENCE, DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT SERVICES FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL D. AND MRS. LORRAINE DUFFEY SUAREZ GENERAL MANAGER FOR GROWTH MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING.  

>> GOOD MORNING, BOARD MEMBERS,. THIS IS OUR REQUEST. THE PROCESS IS THE BOARD MEMBERS PROCESS THE RESOLUTION REQUESTING US TO WITHDRAW THE FUNDS FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THAT MAINTAINS THAT FUND BALANCE. WE ARE ASKING FOR $26.4 MILLION FOR ELEMENTARY D WITH AN INITIAL WITHDRAWAL OF 1.7 MILLION TO HELP US FUND -- ACQUIRING A SITE, AND HAVING DUE DILIGENCE PERFORMED ON THAT SITE, WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT PART BEFORE WE ACCEPT THE SITE AS OUR OWN, THAT WE MAKE SURE WE CAN CONSTRUCT A SCHOOL. SO WE ARE ASKING YOUR PERMISSION TO GO TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO RETRIEVE THOSE FUNDS.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. MRS. SNIVELY, YOU ASKED FOR THE HIGHLIGHT ON THIS. DID YOU HAVE A COMMENT?  

>>Melissa Snively: I D.I WANTED TO COMMENT THAT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL D IS NOW SCHEDULED TO OPEN FOR 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR. IS THAT CORRECT?  

>> THAT'S THE PLAN AT THIS POINT, YES.  

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I LOOK FORWARD TO UPDATES AS TO THE LOCATION OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL "D" WHEN WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 8.02 WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION FOR CHANGE OF PLACEMENT OF REGULAR STUDENTS. MR. HARRISON PIERCE, OUR CHIEF OF SCHOOLS, AND THIS WAS PULLED BY MRS. VALDES.  

>> MADAM CHAIR, IF WE COULD TAKE 6.04 AND 8.02 TOGETHER WHICH IS THE CONTRACT FOR OUR ATTORNEY KAREN GABANOU, AND THIS ONE TOGETHER, BECAUSE TO SEEK SOME CLARIFICATIONS.  

>> SO WE HAVE BEEN IN A LONGSTANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH MRS. SCABBADINE, AND SHE WORKS WITH HEARING OFFICERS TO ENSURE THAT STUDENTS' PROCEDURAL RIGHTS HAVEN'T BEEN VIOLATED, WE FOLLOW BOARD POLICY, AND ACCORDING TO THE PLACEMENT POLICY THAT WE ARE MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS, AND WE ARE AT A POINT TO WHERE WE HAVE HAD TO REVIEW HER CONTRACT. THE OVERARCHING THEME, I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH WINNIE TYE TO SEE HOW IT IS THAT WE COULD SORT OF RECONSTRUCT THE WHOLE CHANGE OF PLACEMENT PROCESS. WE HAVE SEEN SOME REALLY GOOD GAINS THUS FAR AROUND THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE CHANGE OF PLACEMENT PROCESS, AND WE FEEL WE COULD BE A LOT MORE EFFICIENT. THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS HAVE REALLY STEPPED IN TO BECOME THE THRESHOLD BETWEEN SIGNING OFF ON THE NEXT STEP OF THE CHANGE OF PLACEMENT PROCESS, OR HAVING THE SCHOOLS RECONSIDERING THE ALTERNATIVE. SO WE ARE ACTUALLY RETOOLING THE ENTIRE CHANGE OF PLACEMENT PROCESS AND WE HOPE TO HAVE A RECOMMENDATION FOR THE BOARD IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS 12.04 TO APPROVE THE TIME CHANGE FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY REORGANIZATION. DR. VASQUEZ, CHIEF OF SARASOTA.  

>> THANK YOU. AGENDA ITEM 12.04 IS REQUESTING TO CHANGE THE TIME FOR THE REORGANIZATION ON NOVEMBER 22ND, AND THE SCHOOL BOARD REORGANIZATION MEETING, THAT IT WILL BE MOVED FROM 11 A.M. TO NOON TO ACCOMMODATE THE LOGISTICS OF JUDGES SCHEDULES AND OTHER REQUESTS FOR THE SWEARING-IN OF OUR TWO RETURNING SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND THE TWO NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS THAT WILL BE COMING ONTO THE BOARD.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. SO INSTEAD OF 11, IT WILL BE 12.  

>> THAT'S CORRECT.  

>>April Griffin: VERY GOOD. MRS. STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION. I KNOW THAT WE ARE NOT THERE YET AND WE WON'T BE THERE UNTIL NEXT WEEK BUT MY HOPE WOULD BE THAT STAFF IS IN CONTACT VERY QUICKLY WITH THE NEWLY ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS. I KNOW THAT WE HAVE MADE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE JUDGES THAT WE HAVE ASKED TO BE HERE TO SWEAR IN, BUT I AM NOT SURE WHERE THAT LEAVES US WITH TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS, IF THEY HAVE OTHER PEOPLE THERE GOING TO ASK TO BE HERE, IF THEY ARE GOING TO USE THE TWO JUDGES WHO WILL PRESENTLY BE HERE, THAT IS A VACATION WEEK FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, AS THAT THANKSGIVING WEEK. SO I'M JUST WONDERING HOW WE ARE GOING TO ACCOMMODATE THAT. I DON'T REMEMBER US EVER HAVING TO HAVE A BOARD AGENDA ITEM TO CHANGE THE TIME FOR THAT PARTICULAR MEETING, BUT -- AND I'M FEIGN WITH THAT PART, BUT I AM JUST WONDERING IF THERE MAY OR MAY NOT NEED TO BE AN ADJUSTMENT BASED ON THE TWO NEWLY-ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS THAT MAY COME FORWARD.  

>> AS SOON AS THE ELECTIONS ARE OVER NEXT TUESDAY WE ARE GOING TO REACH OUT TO THE TWO NEWLY-ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS. WE'LL HAVE DISCUSSIONS AND SEE IF THERE'S ANY OTHER CHALLENGES WITH THAT PARTICULAR TIME, AND WE'LL MAKE SURE WE COME RIGHT BACK TO THE BOARD. BUT RIGHT NOW, WE ACTUALLY STARTED OUR CONVERSATIONS WITH REGARD TO ONBOARDING AND ALL THE OTHER THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO TO MAKE SURE ANY NEW BOARD MEMBERS FEEL LIKE THE TRANSITION IS AS SMOOTH AS POSSIBLE OF THE.  

>> AND I'M JUST CURIOUS WHAT STAFF HAS TO BE HERE FOR THAT PARTICULAR DAY?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WELL, ME.  

>> AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A VACATION WEEK.  

>> IT WILL BE A VERY STREAMLINED STAFF THAT DAY. WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE OFF ON VACATIONS, AND OBVIOUSLY WE WANT THEM TO ENJOY THEIR TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES. BUT I WILL BE HERE AND THERE WILL BE A FEW STAFF MEMBERS HERE, I THINK.  

>> MRS. SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: MR. PORTER?  

>>Jim Porter: BRIEFLY, EVERYONE IN THE STATE IS DEALING WITH THE SAME ISSUE. YOU ARE REQUIRED BY STATE LAW TO HAVE THE REORGANIZATION. THERE WILL BE NO OFFICIAL BUSINESS OTHER THAN YOUR SITTING OF THE NEW BOARD THIS MORNING, THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER AND ELECTION OF OFFICERS. THAT IS ALL THAT'S REQUIRED FOR YOU TO DO THAT DAY AND IT'S ALL IT'S INTENDED TO DO. SO WORKING WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF TO MAKE SURE THAT AS HE SAID THAT WE JUST WANT THE REORGANIZATION AS SEAMLESS AS POSSIBLE, AND HOPE WE WILL HAVE THE COOPERATION OF OUR RETIRING BOARD MEMBERS THAT DAY AND THEN THE NEW BOARD MECHANIK MEMBERS WILL BE SWORN IN, AND ADJOURNED AT THAT POINT. AS FAR AS STAFF GOES IT'S A STAFF ESSENTIAL TO ENSURE THAT THAT TAKES PLACE.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I THOUGHT THIS MIGHT BE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY TO ASK A QUESTION SINCE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT CHANGING MEETING TIMES. WE TALKED ABOUT CHANGING MEETING TIMES TO A LATER TIME, A FEW TIMES NOW, AND I'M WONDERING AT WHAT POINT DO WE ACTUALLY MAKE A DECISION? HOW DO WE MAKE A DECISION? ARE WE WAITING FOR THE NEW BOARD MEMBERS TO JOIN US? AND WE'LL MAKE A DECISION SHORTLY AFTER THAT? DOES IT HAVE TO BE A MOTION? COULD YOU EXPLAIN HOW THAT'S GOING TO WORK, MR. PORTER?  

>>Jim Porter: I WOULD ANTICIPATE THAT DISCUSSION WOULD TAKE PLACE FIRST IN THE WAY OF WORK COMMITTEE BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD DISCUSS AS A BOARD AND HAVE A DISCUSSION AT THE ACTUAL BOARD ITSELF, AND THEN IT WOULD HAVE TO BE A BOARD AGENDA ITEM AND MOTION TO ESTABLISH A NEW MEETING TIME, BECAUSE THE REASON THAT WE ARE COMING TO YOU TODAY WITH THIS CHANGE IS BECAUSE WHEN YOU PUBLISH YOUR CALENDAR, THAT'S A BOARD ITEM THAT'S VOTED ON AND THE REORGANIZATION MEETING IS SET FOR A TIME CERTAIN. SO IF THE BOARD WANTED TO CHANGE ITS MEETING TIMES TO SOMETIME OTHER THAN 3:00, THEN IT WOULD REQUIRE BOARD ACTION, AND ANTICIPATE THAT BEING DISCUSSED, AND ANY BOARD MEMBERS THAT WOULD BE SEATED AFTER NOVEMBER. SO IF THAT WAS A DECISION OF THE BOARD TO CHANGE THE MEETING TIME, IT WOULD, I THINK, BE WORTHWHILE TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSION AFTER THE FIRST OF THE YEAR WHEN THE NEW BOARD MEMBERS ARE SEATED AND ACTUALLY UNDERSTAND HOW THE POSITION WORKS. WOULD GO TO THE WAY OF WORK BOARD ITSELF.  

>> WOULD THAT GO TO THE WAY OF WORK COMMITTEE OR THE WORKSHOP?  

>>Jim Porter: THAT'S UP TO THE BOARD BUT MY ANTICIPATION IS IT GOES THROUGH THE WAY OF WORK COMMITTEE COMMITTEE AND DISCUSSED THERE. AGAIN DR. VAZQUEZ AND I ARE GOING TO BE DISCUSSING ABOUT THE PUBLIC COMMENT PORTION THAT YOU DIRECTED US TO BE DO AND WE COULD REPORT BACK TO YOU THE INFO WE RECEIVED FROM BOTH REPRESENTATIVES, THE WAY OF WORK COMMITTEE, AND GO FROM THERE. AND IT REALLY IS SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN CHANGE AS LONG AS YOU HAVE AN ITEM THAT'S PROPERLY NOTICED AND YOU VOTE ON IT. SO THERE'S NO HARD TIMELINE WHEN THAT WOULD HAVE TO HAPPEN. SO I THINK WITH FULLEN PUT BY EVERYONE THAT'S IMPACTED AND THEN HAVING A FULL DISCUSSION AT THE BOARD, BOTH AT A WORKSHOP AND ULTIMATELY AT A BOARD MEETING AS AN AGENDA ITEM.  

>> IN LIGHT OF ALL THE CHANGES HAPPENING IN THE DISTRICT I WOULD HOPE THAT WE COULD, AS EARLY AS JANUARY, BRING IT TO THE BOARD FOR A VOTE SO THAT IF WE HOPEFULLY MOVE THE BOARD MEETINGS TO A LATER TIME, THEN WE CAN IMMEDIATELY START HAVING MORE FEEDBACK FROM MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY, TEACHERS, EVEN STUDENTS COMING TO THE BOARD MEETINGS, AND DURING PUBLIC COMMENT. SO JUST WANTING TO KIND OF MAKE SURE THAT STAYS ON THE FOREFRONT OF OUR AGENDA SO THAT WE CAN MOVE QUICKLY, OR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOR THAT REASON. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: AND THE THOUGHT PROCESS, I THINK FOR A LOT OF US, IS WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A NEW DYNAMIC, DIFFERENT THOUGHTS, CONTRIBUTING TO THE CONVERSATION. SO TO WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTIONS TO HAVE THAT PARTICULAR CONVERSATION ABOUT THE TIMING OF OUR MEETINGS. IN LIEU OF THAT, AND TO SPEED UP THE PROCESS OF BEING OPEN TO HEARING FROM OUR TEACHERS AND OUR STUDENTS AND PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY, THAT'S WHY THE ATTORNEY AND DR. VASQUEZ ARE LOOKING AT PUTTING -- THAT'S WHY I SUGGESTED, IT WAS KIND OF A QUICK FIX TO GET THAT MEETING TIME OR PUBLIC COMMENT TIME AT THE END OF OUR MEETING. BUT I KNOW THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE HAVING THAT CONVERSATION WHEN THE NEW BOARD IS SEATED. SO AGAIN, JUST TRYING TO SPEED THAT PROCESS UP, BECAUSE SOMETIMES IT CAN BECOME A BIT BUREAU CONTRADICT UP HERE, WHICH IS ONE OF MY BIGGEST FRUSTRATION WAS THE JOB SOMETIMES.  

>> I WILL NOT SPEAK TO YOUR COMMENT ON BUREAUCRACY, BUT THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: I AM SURE WE AGREE. VERY GOOD. MOVING ON. THE NEXT -- SO WE ARE DONE NOW. WITH THE AGENDA ITEMS THAT NEED TO BE VOTED ON. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE ITEMS THAT WE PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. I HAVE A -- IS THAT A MOTION, MRS. SNIVELY? MOTION BY MRS. SNIVELY, SECOND BY MRS. EDGECOMB. IS THERE DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE RECORD YOUR VOTE BY PRESSING YOUR BUTTON. AND IT PASSED UNANIMOUSLY. WE ARE NOW ONTO THE INFORMATION ITEMS. AND THE FIRST ITEM IS 13.01 WHICH IS THE OFFICE OF STRATEGERY. I'M SORRY, I COULDN'T HELP MYSELF. THAT WAS BAD. THE FIRST QUARTER STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT UPDATE FOR 2016-2017. AND MR. VAN NES, THE DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT.  

>> LAST NOVEMBER, OUR FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN WAS APPROVED AND WE SET LOFTY GOALS IN THAT STRATEGIC PLAN FOR GRADUATION RATE IN 2020 AND WE SET KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS WHICH ALIGN TO OUR GOALS, SET PROGRESS TO SEE HOW WE ARE DOING IN REACHING OUR GOALS. SO WE HAVE FOR YOU TODAY THE OFFICE OF SCRATCH MANAGEMENT LED BY JUDGING MANAGER JOE COCHRAN. WE ARE GOING TO PROVIDE SOME UPDATES ON FIRST QUARTER PROGRESS TO SEE WHERE WE ARE AT THE END OF FIRST QUARTER. JOE?  

>> THANK YOU, MR. AYRES. MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THIS INFORMATION ITEM TO YOU TODAY. WE WOULD LIKE TO BRING SEVERAL THINGS TO YOUR ATTENTION. MOSTLY PERTAINING TO THE WORK THAT'S BEEN GOING ON AROUND IMPROVING GRADUATION RATES WHICH OF COURSE IS OUR NUMBER ONE STRATEGIC PRIORITY OF THE HERE IS THE BASIC TOPICS THAT WE WANT TO COVER, WITH YOU TONIGHT. FIRST IS AN OVERVIEW OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT. I'LL DO THAT. AND AS VAN SAID WE ARE A RELATIVELY NEW ORGANIZATION AND WANT TO GIVE YOU A COUPLE BITS ABOUT OUR TEAM, WHAT WE ARE, WHAT WE DO.  JULIAN McLEOD, SENIOR STRATEGIST IN STRATEGY MANAGEMENT WILL DO THE FIRST QUARTER UPDATES IN THE GRADUATION RATES KPIs. THEN WE HAVE IMPROVING STUDENT OUTCOMES. ROSS ANDERSON IS BACK, YOUR PROGRAM MANAGER FOR EDUCATIONAL ADVOCACY. HE'S GOING TO PROVIDE SOME OF THAT. AND ERIC BIERKHOME, GENERAL DIRECTOR VASQUEZ ACADEMICS TO COVER THE TWO TOPICS. AND THEN I WILL COME BACK UP AND PATTY SIMMONS HAS AN UPDATES ON SOME OF THE INNOVATIVE THINGS WE HAVE BEEN DOING. THAT'S THE TOPICS WE WANT TO COVER TODAY.  

>> I WILL START WITH THIS. SINCE OUR FIRST TIME BEFORE YOU, AND WE THINK THIS IS A RAITT PRETTY GOOD PLACE TO START FOR A GROUP THAT'S INVOLVING STRATEGY AND WE AGREE THAT MISSION AND VISION IS CORE TO ANY STRATEGY FOR AN ORGANIZATION.  THIS IS OURS. THE MISSION OF COURSE IS THE PURPOSE, REASON FOR EXISTENCE FOR AN ORGANIZATION , AND THIS IS OURS, TO SUPPORT WHY WE EXIST, SUPPORT AND INTEGRATE AS STAKEHOLDERS, AROUND ACHIEVING THE STRATEGIC PLAN AND CREATING A STRATEGIC PLAN. THAT'S WHAT WE DO. OUR VISION, THE PRIMARY GOAL OF MOST ORGANIZATIONS IS SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE. AND WE VIEW THAT AS REALLY THE PURPOSE OF STRATEGY SO THAT'S HOW WE ARE DIRECTED AND WHAT WE STRAFE FOR. BECOME STUDENT CENTERED STARKES PHOTOJOURNAL USED ORGANIZATION THAT STRAFES FOR SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE. WE BELIEVE THAT AS STRATEGY FOCUS IN FACT CREATES A CULTURE OF PERFORMANCE. OBVIOUSLY AT THE TO CREATING THE STRATEGY, AND THIS GOES IN IN A CLOCKWISE FASHION AROUND STRATEGY. OF COURSE THE FIRST, THAT'S YOUR PURVIEW AND STAFF, MISSION, VALUES, PRIORITIES, THINGS LIKE STRATEGY MAP AND STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES WHICH WE PUT TOGETHER IN A MAP TO SHOW THE CAUSE AND EFFECT RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THOSE THINGS. THEN WE GO TO OPERATIONALIZING STRATEGY WHICH IS PRIMARILY AROUND ALIGNING THE STRATEGY, CREATING THE STRATEGIC PLAN AS WE HAVE SEEN, THE OBJECTIVES THAT MAKE THAT HUPP. THEN ALIGNING THE ORGANIZATION. ALIGNING IS KIND OF A VIEW OF THINGS ACROSS THE ORGANIZATION, GETTING EVERYONE IN LINE AND CONNECTED TO THE STRATEGY. CASCADING IS MORE ABOUT PUSHING THE STRATEGIC PLAN DOWN INTO THE ORGANIZATION. I'M SURE EVERYONE HAS SEEN AS SOME IN THE GIBSON REPORT, ALTHOUGH ACCOMMODATIONS FORCE THE STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS, THEY SAID WE NEED TO BEGIN STRATEGIC LEVEL DOWN INTO THE ORGANIZATION. THAT'S THE SORTS OF THINGS WE DO THERE. AND THEN LOOKING AT THE STRATEGY, IMPLEMENTATION PLANS, MONITORING AND TRACKING PROGRESS. YOU ARE GOING TO SEE SOME OF THAT WITH JULIE WHEN SHE COMES UP, AND NOT TO STEAL TOO MUCH OF HER THUNDER BUT WE HAVE SOME INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY THINGS WHERE WE ARE SHOWING SCORECARDS ON ED CONNECT. SOME OF THOSE THINGS, CONTINUOUS PROGRESS TRYING TO DRIVE TOWARDS OUR STRATEGIC PLAN TARRING. THEN EVALUATING A STRATEGY. THAT'S PART OF WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW, LOOKING AT STRATEGIC REVIEWS WITH THE BOARD. WE WANT TO DO THAT QUARTERLY GOING FORWARD. ANALYZING AND TESTING. , WE LOOK AT STRATEGIC PLAN OBJECTIVES, BASICALLY HYPOTHESIS. WE SAY HERE ARE THE RESULTS WE WANT TO ACHIEVE, HOW WE ARE GOING TO MEASURE THAT, HERE ARE OUR TARGETS, AND IS THERE A HYPOTHESIS CORRECT OR ARE WE REALLY GETTING THE RESULTS THAT WE WANT? ADAPTING AND THEN MOVING BACK TO THE CYCLE OF ADAPTING AND RECREATING THE STRATEGY GOING FORWARD, KIND OF AN ANNUAL PROCESS THAT WE GO THROUGH. SO WE WILL LEAVE IT AT THAT. I WANT TO NOW INTRODUCE JULIE AND TO COME UP AND SHE'S GOING TO PROVIDE THE UPDATE ON THE KPIs AROUND GRADUATION RATE FOR FIRST QUARTER.  

>>> THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW THE -- I AM PLEASED TO SHOW THE FIRST QUARTER PROGRESS MONITORING DATA THAT WE HAVE FOR ALL OF OUR GRADUATION RATE KPIs. THE FIRST ONE IS ATTENDANCE. SO BY THE WAY, ALL SCHOOLS CAN BE SEE THIS DATA LIVE. WE HAVE WORKED CLOSELY WITH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY, AND THEY CAN NOW ACCESS THEIR DATA LIVE DAILY AND THEY CAN CLICK ON GRAPHS AND DRILL INTO GRADE LEVEL DATE AS WELL AS STUDENT LEVEL DATA AND SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THEIR SCHOOLS. THEY CAN SEE QUARTER ONE AS WELL AS THE PROGRESS WITHIN QUARTER TWO. WHAT WE CAN SHOW YOU TODAY IS THE DISTRICT DATA, AND SO FOR THIS ONE IT'S ATTENDANCE RATE. AND IT'S THE PERCENT OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE IT, ATTENDED AT LEAST 390% OF THE DAYS THAT THEY ARE ENROLLED. SO IT'S JUST DAYS PRESENT DIVIDED BY DAYS ENROLLED FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL STUDENT, AND THEN HAVE WHAT PERCENT OF STUDENTS AT THE SCHOOL HAVE ATTENDED AT LEAST 90% BECAUSE THAT'S BEEN THE CRITICAL NUMBER IN RESEARCH. SO RIGHT NOW YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE A SLIGHT UPTICK FROM 89 TO 90% FROM LAST YEAR. JUST TO ORIENT YOU WITH THESE GRAPHS, THE LIGHT COLOR $2014-15 DATA SO LAST YEAR'S DATA AND -- I'M SORRY, 15-16. IT'S HARD TO READ UP THERE. AND THE DARKER PURPLE IS THE 16-17 FOR THE CURRENT YEAR DATA. THE NEXT ONE IS BEHAVIOR. AND WE MEASURE THAT WITH THE PERCENT OF STUDENTS WITH ZERO SUSPENSIONS. AGAIN WE ARE JUST EVERY SO SLIGHTLY HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR AT THIS FIRST QUARTER TIME. THE NEXT ONE IS COURSE PERFORMANCE, MEASURED IN GRADES 6, 7, 8 AND 9. THAT IS THE PERCENT OF STUDENTS WHO ARE PASSING ALL OF THEIR CORE ELA, ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND MATED COURSES. AND WE HAVE, REMEMBER BY QUARTER, THE FIRST QUARTER IS JUST BASED ON THEIR QUARTERLY GRADES. THE SECOND CARTER IS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE THE SEMESTER GRADES. SO IF THEY IMPROVED FOR QUARTER TWO AND GOT A HAIR SEMESTER GRADE, THEN THAT TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THAT'S WHY THOSE GRADES WENT UP A LITTLE BIT, SEMESTER TWO LAST YEAR. THIRD QUARTER, IN ORDER TO MEET THIS THEY HAVE TO HAVE ACTUALLY PASSED THE COURSE SEMESTER 1 AS WELL AS QUARTER THREE SO THAT'S WHY YOU SEE A DROP THERE. AND THEN QUARTER 4, THEY HAVE TO HAVE PASSED SEMESTER 1 AND 2 BECAUSE IF SEMESTER GRADES ARE REALLY THE FINAL GRADE THAT COUNTED FOR THEM. YOU CAN SEE THE GRADES. AND WE ARE ABOUT THE SAME IF NOT A LITTLE HIGHER AT EACH OF THE DIFFERENT GRADE LEVELS. THE NEXT ONE IS THE 9th GRADE G.P.A., THE FIRST OF OUR STUDENTS WHO HAVE A 2.0 GBA OR HIGHER. AGAIN, THE FIRST QUARTER IS JUST THE QUARTERLY GRADES. THE SECOND, MOVING FORWARD FROM SECOND QUARTER ON IT IS ACTUALLY THE CUMULATIVE STATE SO THE QUARTERLY GRADES COULD BE A LITTLE OFF JUST BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T HAD A FULL SEMESTER YET. WE ARE TRENDING A LITTLE HIGHER WITH 83 INSTEAD OF 816789 THAT'S GOOD NEWS. WE HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO BUT WE'LL GET THERE. THE NEXT ONE ARE THE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS. THE ELA IN READING IS PASSING 10th GRADE FSA OR GET A CONCORDANCE SCORE ON EITHER THE SAT OR SCT, AND THE COURSE EXAM WHENEVER THEY TAKE IT. SOME OF OUR STUDENTS TAKE IT IN MIDDLE SCHOOL F.NOT THEY CAN TAKE IT IN HIGH SCHOOL AND THEN THEY CAN GET A CONCORDE ANSWER SCORE ON THE POST-SECONDARY READINESS TEST.  THIS TAKES INTO ACCOUNT EITHER ONE. AND WE TRACK IT FOR ALL GRADE LEVELS, ALL COHORTS, BUT THIS IS JUST SHOWING YOU THE CURRENT SENIORS. SO THE LIGHT PURPLE IS LAST YEAR'S SENIORS AND THER PURPLE IS A DIFFERENT COHORT. BUT YOU CAN SEE RIGHT NOW WE ARE AHEAD OF WHERE WE WERE LAST YEAR SO THAT NUMBER IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO RISE AS WE GET TO CAPACITY AND ACT AND SAT THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND YOU WILL SEE A LITTLE MORE DATA WITH OUR NEXT ONE. THAT'S ALL I HAVE. AND ROSS ANDERSON.  

>> GOOD EVENING. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT DR. VASQUEZ, BOARD MEMBERS, I AM EXCITED TO BE HERE. I HAVE SOME GOOD NEWS. I'M PART OF THE GRADUATION WORK GROUP, AND CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETIONS, AND MY JOB FOR THE TEAM, WHICH IS MADE UP MYSELF, MR. ATKINS, MR. RAMSEY, LORI LEECH, BARBARA HANCOCK, CHARLES LUINGO, JULIE McLEOD, HAROLD MEDINA, AND GRANICH, AND WE ARE LOOKING AT THE CLASS OF 2016 AND MOVING FORWARD LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN CUT THAT IN HALF, OR ELIMINATE IF ALL POSSIBLE, FOR THE CLASS OF 2016. SO I WILL MOVE ON. OKAY. SO HERE, WHAT WE DID WAS -- I WILL KIND OF GO OFF WHAT DID WE HAVE? IDENTIFYING THE STUDENTS EARLY SO WE CAN ASSIST THEM, THE STUDENTS AND THE PARENTS, IDENTIFYING THEIR BARRIERS THAT STUDENTS MAY HAVE TO PASS THE FLORIDA STATE STANDARDIZED TESTS ALONG WITH ALTERNATIVE TESTS, IDENTIFY THE BARRIERS AS FAR AS THE SAT, ACT AND PERK TESTS. ASSIST THE SCHOOLS AND COMMUNICATE WITH STUDENTS AND PARENTS ON GRADUATIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND ALTERNATIVES, AND THEN REVIEW THE PROCESSES AND COMMUNICATION WITH THOSE PARENTS AND STUDENTS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE FOUND IS COMMUNICATING WITH THE PARENTS SO THEY UNDERSTAND WHAT A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION IS, BECAUSE WHAT WE FOUND IS WORKING WITH OUR GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, NOTIFYING THE PARENTS THAT THEIR CHILD WILL GRADUATE WITH A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION BUT REALLY WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY ARE WALKING ACROSS THE STAGE AND RECEIVING A PAPER THAT IS SAYING THEY HAVE GONE TO SCHOOL FOR 12 YEARS, SO REALLY MAKING SURE THOSE PARENTS UNDERSTAND THAT. SO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE DONE, I WILL GO TO THIS, WHICH IS SOME GREAT NEWS. CONCORDANCE SCORES. SO WITH THE NEW SAT, AS YOU CAN SEE, 440 STUDENTS, THE PREVIOUS YEAR, AND THEN THIS YEAR 1013. AGAIN THAT WAS WITH THAT USAT CONCORDANCE SCORE WHICH IS AWESOME. WE HAD 599 STUDENTS THAT RECEIVED CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION LAST YEAR. LAST YEAR IT WAS 613. AND SO WHAT WE DID, AND AGAIN BEING BROUGHT IN, IN AUGUST, AND OF COURSE GRADUATION HAPPENED IN JUNE, SO WE ARE LIKE, OKAY, HOW DO WE TACKLE THIS AND TACKLE THIS VERY QUICKLY? ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DID, AND WE TARGETED THE STUDENTS THAT RECEIVED THE W-8-A? OKAY, GOOD. THERE'S SO MANY CODES. W-8-A AND THOSE ARE THE STUDENTS THAT JUST NEEDED THAT READING CONCORDANCE SCORE, BECAUSE THEY WALKED ACROSS THE STAGE, THEY MET ALL THE OTHER REQUIREMENTS. THEY HAD THEIR G.P.A., THEY MET EVERYTHING, AND THEY JUST NEEDED THAT READING. SO WE TARGETED THOSE STUDENTS. SO WE REACHED OUT TO THE COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT SO REACHED OUT TO TERRY, AND WE FORMED A SCRIPT, SO WE SENT A PARENT LINK AND MADE PERSONAL PHONE CALLS TO THOSE STUDENTS TO SAY, HEY, REACHING OUT, AGAIN ALSO WITH THE ADULT YESTERDAY OFFICE TO OFFER ACT PREP FOR THOSE STUDENTS, AND AGAIN IT WAS ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE THE TESTING WAS GIVEN IN SEPTEMBER 10th, YOU HAD TO REGISTER BY AUGUST, WHAT WAS THE DATE, AUGUST 7th, AND ACTUALLY, I THINK IT WAS AUGUST 3rd AND THEY EXTENDED IT. SO AGAIN WE HAD A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME TORE TRY TO REACH THOSE STUDENTS AND PARENTS BUT WE WERE ABLE TO CAPTURE 125 STUDENTS, AFTER WE REACHED OUT TO THE STUDENTS, AND THEY CAME IN FOR THE ACT PREP TEST. OUT OF THE 125, 85 ACTUALLY SHOWED UP FOR THE TEST TO TAKE IT. AND AS WE KNOW CURRENTLY, 32 OF THOSE STUDENTS PASSED, EARNED A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA SO WE ARE VERY PROUD. THE NUMBERS AREN'T WHERE WE WANT THEM TO BE BUT THE SIMPLE FACT IT WAGS ONE OF THOSE -- AND WE WON'T CALL IT A LAST-DITCH EFFORT BUT IT WAS ONE OF THOSE EFFORTS WHERE WE SAID, HEY, LET'S TRY TO GET AS MANY STUDENTS AS WE CAN BECAUSE AGAIN IT'S ALL ABOUT PREPARING THEM FOR LIFE. AGAIN WORKING WITH THE ADULT ED PROGRAM, WE ALSO DID THE SAME THING FOR THE PERK. WE HAD 42 STUDENTS THAT JUST NEEDED THE PERK TEST, WHICH AGAIN THEY DIDN'T PASS THE ALGEBRA EOC SO WE SHOT TO THOSE STUDENTS AND LIKE LINDSAY'S TEAM, LINGO, WE CALLED THEM PERSONALLY AND HAD THOSE STUDENTS COME OUT, AND TOOK HEED TO THAT AND THEY SHOWED UP. UNFORTUNATELY, NINE SHOWED UP TO ACTUALLY TAKE THE TEST, AND ONE PASSED. BUT AGAIN, IT'S THOSE SMALL STEPS, BECAUSE WE KNOW MOVING FORWARD WHAT WE HAVE TO DO TO ELIMINATE, TO INCREASE THOSE NUMBERS. SO THIS SLIDE AGAIN, KIND OF WAY SPOKE TO, THE 432, AGAIN WHO WE TARGETED, AND KIND OF THE RESULTS OF THAT. NEXT, THIS IS THE ADULT ED. SO WE REACHED OUT TO THE ADULT ED PROGRAM BECAUSE THEY OFFER A LOT OF PROGRAMS FOR OUR STUDENTS, THE ACT PREP AT A LOT OF OUR ADULT ED SITES AND WE SAID, HOW CAN WE REALLY UTILIZE WHAT YOU GUYS OFFER AT THE SCHOOLS, THAT OFFER THESE ADULT ED SITES? AND SO WE ARE LOOKING AT TARGETING THE JUNIORS NOW, MOVING FORWARD. SO IF THEY HAVE NOT PASSED THE FSA, WE ARE TARGETING THEM TO COME TO THE ACT PREP AND THEN ALSO TARGETING OUR SENIORS AS WELL. AND THE OTHER PARTNERS MART THAT WE ARE WORKING WITH WAS CHRIS' TEAM BECAUSE WE FOUND WORKING WITH OUR ESE STUDENTS THAT SOME OF THEM MAY BE ABLE TO GET CERTIFICATIONS AS FAR AS SOME OF THE CLASSES, KIND OF LOOKING AT WHAT WE CAN REALLY DO TO HELP THOSE STUDENTS BE SUCCESSFUL. THE OTHER PART IS ALSO WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS, WITH CATAPULT, AND WORKING AGAIN WITH OUR ADULT YESTERDAY TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CLASS OF 2016 WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THOSE STUDENTS GET A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CLASS OF 2017 TO MAKE SURE THAT NUMBER THAT YOU SAW WHICH WAS A 599, NEXT YEAR WHEN I STAND BEFORE YOU THAT IT'S LESS THAN 100, OR ZERO. NEXT UP IS MR. ERIC BURKEHOFF.  

>> MR. SUPERINTENDENT, BOARD MEMBERS, STAFF. WHERE DID WE GO? HERE WE GO. SO WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT NOW ARE REALLY OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO REACH THE GOALS TO GET THEM ACROSS THE STAGE WITH REAL DIPLOMA INSTEAD OF A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION. YOU SEE THAT STUDENTS HAVE BEEN THE OPPORTUNITY WITH THE FSA FOR ENGLISH, AND HIGH SCHOOL IN THE 10th GRADE. THEY WILL HAVE FOUR RETAKE OPPORTUNITIES DURING THEIR JUNIOR AND SENIOR YEAR. WE ALSO HAVE INCORPORATED THIS YEAR, AND IT'S PART OF THE SCHOOL DAY, AN ACT OPPORTUNITY FOR SENIORS THAT WOULD BE GRADUATING IN 2017 TO TAKE A SCHOOL DAY VERSION OF THE ACT. NOW, MY VIEW, OUR SENIORS THIS YEAR TOOK A SCHOOL DAY VERSION OF THE SAT LAST MARCH, AND WE WERE VERY, VERY PLEASED TO SEE THAT 41.2% OF THOSE JUNIORS THAT DID NOT HAVE A CONCORD AND EARNED ONE ON THE SAT IN MARCH AND THAT'S GREAT, THE MOST WE EVER HAD. BUT DR. VASQUEZ ASKED THE TOUGH QUESTION, SO WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS THAT DIDN'T? SO WE CAME BACK WITH, WELL, LET'S DO THIS. WE ARE GOING TO OFFER A SCHOOL DAY ACT BUT ALSO OFFER A SCHOOL DAY SAT AS WELL THEIR SENIOR YEAR SO IT SEEMS LIKE WE ARE TESTING THEM TO DEATH. BUT THE ONLY WAY TO GET THEM ACROSS THE STAGE WITH A DIPLOMA IS A TEST IN THIS CASE. AND BACK TO WHAT ROSS WAS SAYING, WE ARE CASTING A WIDER NET AND REALLY DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO GET OUR HANDS AROUND THESE KIDS THAT DON'T YET HAVE THAT ONE PIECE SO THEIR GRADUATION IS NOT IN VAIN AND WE ARE NOT SAYING, OKAY, A COUNSELOR TALKING TO THEM OR PRINCIPAL OR IN SOME CASES A BOARD MEMBER TALKING TO THEM, YOU REALLY ARE GOING TO HAVE A DIPLOMA WHEN YOU WALK ACROSS THE STAGE, NOT JUST A PIECE OF PAPER. SO YOU WILL GO UP THERE AND SEE THAT THIS YEAR, FOUR SENIORS FOR CLASS OF 17 WHO DON'T HAVE A CONCORDANCE SCORE BY THE TIME WE GET TO MARCH, AND YOU WILL SEE IT UP THERE IT SAYS MARCH 21st, WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE A SCHOOL DAY ACT. RIGHT NOW PRIOR TO ALL OF THOSE EXTRA OPPORTUNITIES TO TAP THE FSA, WE HAVE ABOUT 2,000 STUDENTS SITTING THERE AND A LOT OF THEM ARE GOING TO GET THE SCORE ON THE FSA. SOME OF THEM WILL GET IT ON THE SAT WHICH YOU SEE UP THERE IS GOING TO BE AT THE BEGINNING OF MARCH, MARCH 1, AND THEN THREE WEEKS LATER, WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO TAKE AN ACT. SO THAT REALLY SORT OF LAYS IT OUT FOR YOU. OPPORTUNITIES FOR KIDS TO EARN THAT SCORE, TO GET THE REAL DIPLOMA, ALONG THE CONTINUUM OF THE SCHOOL YEAR THIS YEAR AS SENIORS. SO MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEM.  

>> OKAY. OUR LAST SLIDE. I JUST WANT TO TALK TO YOU -- NEXT STEPS, THREE THINGS. YOU ALL ARE VERY FAMILIAR WITH THIS. WE ARE GOING TO DO A MINOR UPDATE TO THIS, AND TRY TO HAVE THAT READY BY DECEMBER. JUST SOME MINOR TWEAKS IN CONCERNS OF KPIs, THOSE SORTS OF THINGS, ALSO ADD FOUR PAGES TO THIS THAT WE THINK ARE MISSING HERE. WE GOT A STRATEGY MAP. WE HAVE A PAGE ON LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT. WE HAVE WE GOT A PAGE ON WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND PAGE ON DIVERSITY. SO WE ARE GOING TO ADD THOSE TOLD BROCHURE. SO YOU WILL SEE THAT IN DECEMBER. THAT'S COMING. SO TRY TO GET TO THE YOU IN DECEMBER AND GET AN UPDATE ON THAT. IN JANUARY 2017 WE WANT TO COME BACK TO YOU WITH A CORE 2 UPDATE LIKE WE DID TODAY. THAT'S THE NEXT STEP. LAST BUT NOT LEAST, PATTY SIMMONS OF OSM, WORKING WITH HER, WE ARE -- PUT IT THIS WAY WITH, GRADUATION RATE BEING ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES AND THINGS WE ARE SHOOTING FOR IN 20, 90%. WHAT WE ARE FRUSTRATED BY IS GRADUATION RATE BEING A LAGGING INDICATE ARE IF OR, AND WE DON'T KNOW OFFICIALLY WHAT OUR GRADUATION RATE IS FOR 2016. THERE ARE SOME CONSTRAINTS WE HAVE TO LIVE WITH, BUT WHAT WE HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT AND TALKING ABOUT IS WE HAVE A LOT OF DATA ON STUDENTS. SOME OF THAT DATA HAS VERY HIGH CORRELATION TO GRADUATION RATE. YOU HAVE HEARD SOME OF THAT TODAY. WE ARE GOING TO LOOK WITH SOME PREDICTIVE AND MODELING TECHNIQUES TO WHEREFORE WE CAN PREDICT WHAT WE CALL GRAD PREDICTORS SO WE CAN LOOK AT ANY DAY WE ARE AT, WHAT DOES IT REALLY LOOK LIKE BASED ON WHAT WE HAVE WITH PREDICTED MODELING AND LOOK AT. THAT SO JUST IN STAGES RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE A SMART LADY HERE AT WORK ON THAT, SOME STATISTICS AND THINGS. ISOME STOLE MOST OF YOUR THUNDER.  

>> I THINK THE BOTTOM LINE FOR ALL OF US AS STAKE HOLD CERTIFIES WE NEED TO MAKE THIS DATA MEANINGFUL AND ACTIONABLE TO BOTH OUR CABINET AND OUR SCHOOLS, TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. SO THE PREDICTIVE MODELING PIECE WILL BE WORKING TO LEVERAGE THE EARLY WARNINGS THAT WE DO RECEIVE ABOUT OUR STUDENTS, THE DATA THAT JULIE REVIEWED WITH YOU, AS A TEAM, GET THAT INFORMATION MORE FORWARD FACING AND HAVE PEOPLE READY AND WILLING TO RESPOND TO THAT, SO THAT STUDENT OUTCOMES COME FIRST.  

>> SO AS I SAID, WE ARE IN A CON SOAP ACTUAL PHASE. SHE'S RUN SOME MODELS ALREADY. GOT SOME FOLKS DEDICATED TO BUILDING THAT SO WE WILL BE BACK HOPEFULLY IN THE SPRING AND HAVE SOMETHING YOU GUYS DID LOOK AT AND BE TESTING THAT. THAT IS OUR INFORMATION ITEM. WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE FOR ANY OF THE PANELISTS HERE.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY AND MRS. STUART. MRS. STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I JUST HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS AND I HAVE MET WITH AT LEAST TWO OF YOU ON THIS TOPIC AND HAD ROBUST CONVERSATIONS. I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS AND A COUPLE OF COMMENTS. SO ON THE CONCORD ANDS DATA THAT THE SCORES THAT WE ARE SHOWING, HOW MANY STUDENTS -- I KNOW MR. ANDERSON YOU WERE DOING A LOT OF RESEARCH ON THIS -- HOW MANY OF THE 432 STUDENTS THAT WERE TARGET THIS SUMMER THAT WE WERE WAITING SO THEY WALKED ACROSS THE STAGE OR THE COC AND WE TOLD THEM YOU NEED TO TAKE AN SAT OR ACT AND WE MAYBE NEVER HEARD BACK FROM THEM. HOW MANY STUDENTS DID YOU ACTUALLY FIND THAT WALKED -- THAT HAVE ACTUALLY GOT TEN CONCORDANT SCORE AND WE DIDN'T KNOW IT? IN OTHER WORDS THEY NEVER CAME BACK TO US AND SED SAID HEY. BECAUSE WE DON'T GET NOTIFIED IF IT'S BY SAT OR ACT, ONCE THEY ARE OUT OF OUR SYSTEM, WE DON'T GET NOTIFIED OF WHAT THEIR TEST SCORE IS.  

>> S THAT THAT WAS A 32. AND WHAT HAPPENS IS THE STATE ACTUALLY DOES SEND US A REPORT, BUT IT'S LIKE TWO MONTHS. IT'S A TWO-MONTH LAG. SO WE JUST GOT A REPORT A COUPLE WEEKS AGO FROM THE STATE SHOWING US THE STUDENTS THAT TOOK THE ACT SEPTEMBER 10th.  

>> SO WE ARE TWO MONTHS BEHIND IN NOTIFYING THESE STUDENTS THAT THEY HAVE ACTUALLY EARNED A DIPLOMA.  

>> RIGHT.  

>> OKAY.  

>> SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT VAN SPOKE OF WAS THE ARK DOES HAVE A REPORT THEY CAN SEND US DIRECTLY. SO WE ARE LOOKING INTO FROM GETTING A DIRECT REPORT FROM THEM MONTELIONE ANY OF OUR STUDENTS THAT TAKE THE ACT BECAUSE RIGHT NOW WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE SARASOTA COUNTY BUT WE DON'T HAVE THAT AGREEMENT WITH THE ACT.  

>> A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS ARE TAKING SOME OF THESE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS ONLINE. AND ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT I KNOW, I KNOW I HAVE RUN INTO AND DR. VASQUEZ, WE RAN INTO IT TOGETHER LAST YEAR, WAS THAT ONLINE PROVIDERS DON'T ALWAYS NOTIFY THE DISTRICT THAT A STUDENT HAS STOPPED TAKING THE COURSE WORK AND THEY DROPPED THEM. HAVE WE HAD ANY CONVERSATION WITH THE ONLINE PROVIDERS ABOUT SHORING THAT UP SO THAT AT LEAST WE ARE GETTING NOTIFICATION IF THE STUDENT HAS TAKEN AN ALGEBRA 1 CLASS AND THEY JUST COMPLETELY STOP TAKING THE CLASS? THE ONLINE PROVIDER WITHDRAWS THEM, AND DOES NOT PROVIDE THAT INFORMATION TO US. IF IT A LEAST WE WERE NOTIFIED, WE COULD CALL MOM OR DAD AND SAY, HEY, DID YOU KNOW JOHNNY STOPPED DOING HIS ALGEBRA ONE HOMEWORK AND WE NEED TO GET HIM REREGISTERED? I KNOW THAT'S AN ISSUE THAT WE RAN ACROSS. SO MAYBE A LITTLE MORE CONVERSATION WITH OUR ONLINE PROVIDERS. HAVE WE APPROACHED THAT AT ALL?  

>> AND YES, WE HAVE. WE ARE WORKING WITH THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT, DEPARTMENT HEAD, AND MAKING SURE THAT THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT HEADS AT EACH SCHOOL SITE OF A SENIOR THAT'S TAKING AN ONLINE CLASS, THAT THEY ARE BEING NOTIFIED, AND RIGHT NOW, SHE HAS A TIMELINE, BUT I KNOW ONE OF THE THINGS WE ARE LOOKING AT IF A SENIOR IS TAKING AN ONLINE CLASS UNTIL MARCH, THEN IT'S GOING TO BE PRETTY MUCH A WEEKLY CHECK ON WHERE THE STUDENT IS. SO WE ARE ADDRESSING THAT.  

>> AND THEN THE OTHER THING I KNOW YOU AND I DISCUSSED, AND I DON'T KNOW WHERE IT IS ON ANY CONVERSATION. I DON'T SEE MRS. TYE OR MRS. SAIA HERE. SO I AM GOING TO DIRECT MY QUESTION TO MR. AYRES. WE INCENTIVIZE EVERYTHING IN THIS DISTRICT ESPECIALLY AT THE PRINCIPAL AND EVEN AT THE AREA SUPERINTENDENT LEVEL WE GIVE OUT THESE BIG TROPHIES ABOUT ATTENDANCE AND G.P.A.s AND GRAD RATES, AND I HAD KNOW IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO CAPTURE. IN FACT WE EVEN HAD A LITTLE BIT OF CONVERSATION. BUT HOW DO WE ININCENTIVIZE THESE SCHOOLS, GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, PRINCIPALS, ALL THE WAY DOWN THE LINE, TO INCREASE THE GRADUATION RATE? BUT YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL IN YOUR SETTING UP OF SOME SORT OF INCENTIVE. YOU HAVE SCHOOLS RIGHT NOW THAT HAVE A REALLY HIGH GRADUATION RATE ALREADY. WE KNOW THAT THEY ARE NOT HAVING THESE ISSUES. SO WOULD WE HAVE TO BE A PERCENTAGE INCREASE OVER A PERIOD OF A YEAR, IF YOU MADE THAT INCREASE, ARE WE DOING ANYTHING LIKE THAT? AND I KNOW THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT SHOULD BE -- HE SHOULD BE INCENTIVES ENOUGH TO PAY ATTENTION. HE SAID IT, 90%, AND BY 2020. BUT I KNOW WE STILL HAVE ISSUES OUT THERE. SO HAS THAT CONVERSATION HAPPENED?  

>> GREAT POINT. AND I WILL SAY THAT THE 90%, 2020 IS OUT IN OUR SCHOOLS, AND WE ARE VERY CLEAR WITH OUR STRATEGIC PLAN OF WHAT OUR ULTIMATE GOAL IS BY THE YEAR 2020. SO I WILL TELL YOU THAT EVEN WITH THE WORK OF OUR CHIEF OF SCHOOLS AND SUPERINTENDENTS, THE COMPETITION THERE IS COMPETITION THERE WITH OUR EIGHT AREA SUPERINTENDENTS. I WILL TELL YOU THAT. BUT WE ARE CERTAINLY LOOKING AT WAYS TO INCENTIVIZE AND HOW SCHOOLS AND CREATING THAT ENVIRONMENT ARE COMPETITION AROUND THAT 90%. BUT I WILL TELL YOU WHAT OUR CHIEF OF SCHOOLS AND AREA SCHOOLS THAT IT IS THERE.  

>> I THINK THAT IT'S A LARGER CONVERSATION. IS HOW DO WE REWARD WHAT WE VALUE? AND WHEN YOU WALK IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS YOU CAN PHYSICALLY SEE WHAT WE VALUE. YOU SEE TROPHIES, AND YOU SEE LETTERMANS JACKETS. THOSE THINGS ARE IMPORTANT, HOW MANY OF US WALK INTO A SCHOOL AND YOU SEE AP SCORES? JUST SORT OF CASCADING THROUGHOUT THE BUILDING. THOSE THINGS ARE IMPORTANT AS WELL. SO I THINK AS WE REA THINK OUR DISTRICT AND OUR REDESIGN AND HOW WE REMANAGE OUR WAY OF WORK GOING FORWARD, THEN THAT PERHAPS COMES AS WHAT WE VALUE. AND ESCALANTE GAVE KIDS AND OPPORTUNITY TO SAY, HEY, ACADEMICS MATTER, AND THERE'S THE PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE I HAVE HAD WHERE THERE WAS AN ENTIRE CEREMONY, COMPETITION, AWARDS CEREMONY AROUND AP. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WAS VALUED. AND NOT ONLY AP BUT OTHER OPPORTUNITIES TO SHOW KIDS THAT WE APPRECIATE THEIR HARD WORK. AND NOT ONLY THAT. I DID WANT TO TAKE A QUICK SECOND TO SAY BEHIND ALL THESE METRICS AND THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE DONE, JUST A GREAT GROUP OF HARDWORKING TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS. I ALWAYS LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT TO THE FOLKS THAT REALLY DO THE WORK, GRAPPLE WITH A LOT OF THE ISSUES THAT WE TALK ABOUT HERE ON THE DAIS, AND I WANT TO SAY WHEN WE LOOK AT THE METRICS WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THE WORK, AND I CAN ALSO PUSH TO WHAT AREA SUPERINTENDENTS DO EVERY YEAR, AND I SPEND 70% OF MY TIME IN SCHOOLS BUT IT'S REALLY ABOUT THE WORK AND MAGIC THAT HAPPENS WHEN THOSE TOUCHE OF TEACHERS OPEN THEIR DOORS AND WELCOME 200,000 KIDS EVERY DAY. BUT WE ARE EXCITED AND I ALWAYS TALK TO VAN'S GROUP ABOUT THE WORK THAT THEY ARE DOING, THE WORK WAS THE STRATEGY MANAGEMENT, IT'S JUST ON PAR, AND WE ARE GETTING REALLY CLOSE TO HITTING THE SWEET SPOT AROUND WHAT WE MONITOR AND WHAT'S IMPORTANT.  

>> AND IF I MAY CHIME IN. WHEN YOU SAID THE WORD INCENTIVE, YOU KNOW, THERE'S MANY WAYS TO DEFINE INCENTIVES WHEN IT COMES IN THE WORLD OF ACADEMICS AND SO FORTH. BUT, YOU KNOW, MY EXPERIENCE HAS BEEN KIND OF WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN, WHEN IT COMES TO INCENTIVES IN THIS SITUATION, CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETIONS OR GETTING THAT STUDENT, THAT STRUGGLING STUDENT TO THAT POINT OF SUCCESS, THE FACT THAT THE STUDENT ACTUALLY ACHIEVES A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA IS THE GREATEST INCENTIVE THERE IS FOR SCHOOL TO CELEBRATE AS A COMMUNITY STARTING FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT TO THE PRINCIPAL TO THE TEACHERS TO THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY, BECAUSE NOW THAT STUDENT HAS MORE OPPORTUNITIES, AND WHAT BERTIN SEN TIFF IS THAT THAN FOR OPENING MORE DOORS FOR THAT STUDENTS TO ACTUALLY ACHIEVE A CAREER, OR PURSUE A DEGREE, AND THAT'S WHAT WE HAVE TO START KIND OF MARKETING ON AND KIND OF TELLING THAT STORY, AND WHAT A GREAT TEAM TO KIND OF TELL THE STORY USING GRAPHS. BUT AS WE BEGIN THESE CONVERSATIONS, THAT IS TRULY THE INCENTIVE.  

>> SO MY FINAL COMMENT WOULD BE TO THE PRINCIPALS AND THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS AND THE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS AND THE STAFFERS THAT WORKING WITH OUR STUDENTS.  THIS IS ANOTHER TOOL IN YOUR TOOL BOX.  THIS TEAM IS ANOTHER TOOL IN YOUR TOOL BOX. THEY ARE HERE TO ADD TO THE EXPERIENCE AND THE THINGS THAT YOU ARE ALREADY DOING IN YOUR SCHOOLS, THAT THIS IS JUST ANOTHER TEAM THAT CAN COME IN AND CAN HELP YOU WITH THOSE STUDENTS. I DON'T WANT THEM TO BE SEEN AS ANY SORT OF A BURDEN OR A THREAT OR ANYTHING, AND I KNOW WE ARE IN VERY UNCERTAIN TIMES RIGHT NOW BUT THIS IS A TOOL FOR YOU TO BE USING TO EMBRACING THESE PEOPLE AND HAVING THEM COME IN AND HELP YOU GET TO WHERE YOUR SCHOOL, YOUR STUDENTS -- WHERE YOUR STUDENTS NEED TO BE AND WHERE THEY DESERVE TO BE. SO THANK YOU. I THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR TIME.  

>> IF I COULD SAY ONE THING. IT'S NOT EXACTLY AN INCENTIVE BUT ONE THING WE HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY THIS YEAR THAN WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST, GRAD RATE WAS JUST A DISTRICT NUMBER, WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH MR. PETERS AND HIS AREA SUPERINTENDENTS. NOW EVERY HIGH SCHOOLS THAT THEIR OWN TARGETS FOR GRAD RATE, FOR ALL THE LEADING INDICATORS, AND IT'S A NEW THING WE ARE DOING THIS YEAR.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I DO HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS. I WANTED TO GO BACK TO THE PREDICTIVE MODELING YOU HAVE MENTIONED AND SOME OF THE LEED MEASURES. I WAS JUST CURIOUS ENOUGH TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOTTED. BECAUSE I KNOW THAT YOU ARE GOING TO PRESENT SOMETHING IN THE SPRING. AS YOU MENTIONED. BUT WHAT ARE SOME OF THE LEAD MEASURES THAT YOU ARE SEEING IN THAT OTHER DISTRICTS ARE USING? WHERE DO YOU THINK WE ARE GOING WITH REGARD TO PREDICTIVE MODELING?  

>> I WOULD SAY IF GROUNDWORK FOR THE PREDICTIVE MODELING WAS LAID LAST YEAR WHEN WE WENT BACK TO THE RESEARCH TO LOOK FOR WHAT ARE THE BEST PREDICTORS OF STUDENT SUCCESS, AND THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IS ATTENDANCE, BEHAVIOR AND PERFORMANCE. WHEN WE START MINING THE DATA, AND THE SILO, WHERE WE PLAY WITH NUMBERS --  

>> I LOVE THAT SILO, BY THE WAY.  

>> GUIDED TOURS THAT WE WILL PROVIDE.  

>> GO ROUND AND AROUND.  

>> WHEN WE START PLAYING WITH THE DATA THE QUESTIONS BECOME WHAT IS THE BEST MEASURE OF THAT. WE NOT IN THE LITERATURE ATTENDANCE, BEHAVIOR AND COURSE PERFORMANCE MATTER. BUT IN SOME OF THE EARLY RESEARCH THAT WE HAVE DONE TO PLAY WITH OUR DATA SUGGESTS THAT ACTUAL COURSE GRADES ARE A BETTER PREDICTOR THAN G.P.A. FOR OUR PURPOSES, BECAUSE G.P.A. COULD BE LOOK FOR A STUDENT WHO TAKES VERY HIGH-LEVEL COURSES, AND BE VERY HIGH FOR A STUDENT WHO IS TAKING LOW-LEVEL COURSES, AND THE MEASURES BECOME A LITTLE BIT TRICKIER TO UNDERSTAND. SO THE EARLY EXPLORATORY WORK FOR US IS REALLY PROOF OF CONCEPT FOR OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS AND SCHOOLS TO SHOW THEM ATTENDANCE, BEHAVIOR AND COURSE PERFORMANCE ARE SWITCHES THAT YOU CAN LEVERAGE TO BOOST OUTCOME AT THE STUDENT LEVEL, AND THEN AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL AS A RESULT.  

>> OKAY, THANK YOU. AND THAT'S ACTUALLY A GOOD SEGUE FOR MY NEXT QUESTION REGARDING SOME OF THE ATTENDANCE AND ZERO SUSPENSION INFORMATION THAT YOU SHARE, AND I WAS CURIOUS HOW MUCH OF THAT DATA IS AFFECTED BY THE CHANGES AND DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES THAT THE SCHOOL SITES ARE HAVING NOW? AND ARE WE SEEING A CORRELATION, OR ARE WE MEASURING THAT? I KIND OF WANT TO GO A LITTLE DEEPER ON THAT PARTICULAR ISSUE BECAUSE I AM HEARING A LOT OF FEEDBACK FROM TEACHERS AND OUR ADMINISTRATORS ABOUT SOME OF THE CHALLENGES THEY ARE FACING WITH THE DIFFERENT DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURE, BUT THAT ALSO COULD BE REFLECTIVE OF WHAT'S IN THE DATA. SO WHAT CORRELATION DO WE HAVE THERE? OR IS THAT SOMETHING THAT WE ARE MEASURING?  

>> THE MEASUREMENTS IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION, OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION, AND IT DOES INCLUDE ALL OF THOSE. IT BECOMES VERY SUBJECTSIVE AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL AS FAR AS WHAT EXACTLY THEY DECIDE -- WHAT BEHAVIORS THEY DECIDE TO SUSPEND. SO I WILL DEFER.  

>> SO WE DO ASK SCHOOLS TO SUSPEND AS AN ABSOLUTE LAST RESORT AND SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN VERY, VERY GOOD ABOUT THAT. I THIS I THE GAP ANALYSIS OCCURS WHEN WE HAVE TO ARM SCHOOLS THAT, OKAY, YOU DON'T WANT ME TO SUSPEND HIM SO WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO? SO PART OF WHAT WE ARE DOING IS HELPING SCHOOLS THROUGH A MORE RESTORATIVE APPROACH, STUDENTS THAT HAVE PERPETUAL BEHAVIOR CONCERNS, HOW WE SERVE THEM, BECAUSE WE HAVE LEARNED FROM SO MUCH RESEARCH THAT SUSPENSIONS DOES NOT NECESSARILY CHANGE THE BEHAVIOR. SO PHILOSOPHICALLY, WE BELIEVE THAT DISCIPLINE SHOULD BE DESIGNED TO CHANGE BEHAVIOR VERSUS PUNISH THE CHILD. SO WE ARE HOPING THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT SCHOOLS AROUND THAT, BUT PLAYS A HUGE ROLE AND KEEP KIDS IN SCHOOL, KEEP THEM FOCUSED ON WHAT'S IMPORTANT, BECAUSE IT IS TOUGH WHEN YOU ARE A TEACHER AND A STUDENT AND YOU JUST NEED A BREATHER. SOMETIMES WE HAVE GOT SOME TOUGHIES THAT WE NEED A BREATHER, AND WANTS TO SUPPORT. THAT BUT WE KNOW THE RESEARCH SAYS IT'S ACTUALLY CRITICAL THAT YOU ARE IN SCHOOL ENGAGED WITH CARRYING ADULTS AROUND RIGOROUS LESSONS AND YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL.  

>>Melissa Snively: AND I KNOW THAT'S A PREDICTIVE AREA AS WELL OR LEAD MEASURE AS WELL. AND I THINK WHAT I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR -- AND MAYBE THIS IS SOMETHING -- AND I'M SORRY MRS. TYE IS NOT HERE -- BUT COULD WE GET AN UPDATE ON THE EPIC PROGRAM.  

>> YES.  

>> AND HOW THAT PROGRAM IS PERFORMING AND --  

>> NUMBERS.  

>> ABOUT PREVIOUS STATISTICS VERSUS CURRENT STATISTICS, AND ARE WE MEETING OUR GOALS AND OUR PLAN FOR THAT PARTICULAR PROGRAM? THAT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL, I THINK, FOR THE BOARD. JUST TO EASE SOME OF THE CONCERNS THAT WE MIGHT HAVE REGARDING ADDRESSING DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR OUR STUDENTS, BUT ALSO DOING THE RIGHT THING FOR THE OTHER STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM WHO ARE SUBJECTED TO MAYBE BEHAVIORAL ISSUES OF THEIR FELLOW STUDENTS, WHICH CAN BE OBVIOUSLY A DISTRACTION TO OTHER STUDENTS. SO I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR AN UPDATE ON THAT. REGARDING THE TESTING -- AND I THINK MR. BURGHOLD MENTIONED WE ARE CASTING A WIDER NET. AND I WAS JUST CURIOUS.  I WANT TO UNDERSTAND, BECAUSE MY SON TOOK THE PSAT LAST YEAR, AND HE JUST TOOK THE PSAT AGAIN, AND HE'S IN 10th GRADE NOW, AND WE ARE GOING TO ADMINISTRATOR THE SAT IN 11th GRADE, RIGHT? ARE WE DOING ANYTHING IN 12th GRADE?  

>> WELL, THAT DEPENDS. SO YOUR SON WILL ALSO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE TPSAT IN 11th GRADE PRIOR TO TAKING THE SAT IN 11th GRADE AS WELL. AND THERE IS ABOUT 150, ON AVERAGE, 150-POINT GAIN FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN THE PSAT IN 9th, 10th AND 11th GRADE PRIOR TO TAKING THE SAT. WHAT THAT DOES IS IT BUMPS UP KIDS THAT ARE REACHING CONCORDANCE SCORE BY THE TIME THEY ARE A JUNIOR INSTEAD OF HAVING TO TAKE IT AGAIN IN THE 12th GRADE. WILL YOUR SON HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY ON THE DISTRICT TO TAKE THE SAT IN THE 12th GRADE? LET'S HOPE NOT FOR HIS SAKE, BECAUSE THAT MEANS HE'S STILL TRYING TO GET A CONCORDANCE SCORE. THE ANSWER IS YES, WE PROVIDED FOR ANYBODY'S CHILD IN 12th GRADE AS WE STARTED TO DO THIS YEAR. HOWEVER, WE ARE HOPING THAT HE'S GOING TO HAVE THE SCORES THAT HE NEEDS IN THE 10th GRADE OR IN THE 11th GRADE. IF WE HAVE A STUDENT THAT HASN'T REACHED THAT CONCORDANT YET OR DIDN'T GET IT ON THE FSA, THEN YES, BEGINNING THIS YEAR, TAKE IT IN THE 12th GRADE AS WELL. BUT PSAT IS NO LONGER JUST PREPARATION FOR SAT LIKE IT WAS, WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL. BUT IT IS ALSO TIED TO STANDARDS, AND IT IS ALSO GIVING TEACHERS A DASHBOARD FOR WHERE THEIR KIDS ARE ACADEMICALLY, AND TEACHERS HAVE ACCESS TO THE PORTAL TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AND SEE THIS PART OF MY CLASS HAS BEEN ABLE TO MASTER THESE PIECES OF THE STANDARDS FOR THIS CLASS, AND AT THE SAME TIME, BECAUSE SAT IS NOW STANDARDS BASED, IT WAS TOTALLY REVISED LAST YEAR, THEN AT THE SAME TIME THEY ARE GETTING READY FOR THAT BIG JUMP IN THEIR JUNIOR YEAR TO TAKE THE SAT AND TO EXPERIENCE SUCCESS WHETHER IT'S HITTING FOR A NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP OR WHETHER IT'S TRYING TO GET A KID TO MEET HIS CONCORDANCE SCORE. REPRESENTATIVE.  

>>Melissa Snively: SO I HAVE MIXED FEELINGS ABOUT THAT BECAUSE EVERY TIME WE TEST I KNOW IT'S COSTING THE DISTRICT A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF MONEY EVERY TIME WE TEST A STUDENT. I AM CURIOUS TO KNOW WHAT THE COST DIFFERENTIAL IS BETWEEN THE PREVIOUS WAY WE HAVE TESTED STUDENTS TO HOW WE ARE GOING TO BE DOING IT NOW OR HOW WE ARE DOING IT NOW. AND IF THERE'S A WAY THAT WE CAN SOMEHOW PINPOINT, OR DO A BETTER JOB OF PINPOINTING STUDENTS, WHETHER IT'S ALLOWING THEM TO OPT OUT OF TESTING, IF THEIR TEST SCORES ARE WHERE THEY SHOULD BE OR WHERE THEY FEEL THEY SHOULD BE OR WHERE THEIR PARENTS FEEL THEY SHOULD BE VERSUS HAVING TO CONTINUE TO TEST AND POSSIBLY FACE DEATH BY TESTING. SO IS THERE ANY THOUGHT TO THAT OR ANY CONSIDERATION AS FAR AS THAT'S CONCERNED? THERE ARE SOME STUDENTS THAT DO NEED OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE THE TEST BUT THEN THERE ARE SOME STUDENTS THAT MAY NOT. BUT I DON'T NECESSARILY KNOW THAT WE NEED TO TEST EVERY STUDENT BECAUSE THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. DOES ANYONE WANT TO SPEAK TO THAT? OR YOU CAN COME BACK TO ME.  

>> I CAN ACTUAL TOGETHER THE COSTS AND SHOW YOU THE DIFFERENTIAL BETWEEN WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST AND NATIONAL IF COSTS INCREASE IF WE ARE OFFERING THE TEST TO THOUSANDS OF SENIORS THIS YEAR. HOWEVER, WHAT YOU JUST ASKED FOR IS VERY LOGICAL. WHAT DID IT LOOK LIKE BEFORE. WHAT'S IT GOING TO LOOK LIKE NOW. WHAT ARE WE LOOKING IN THE FORM OF DISCOUNTS? ARE THERE ANY DISCOUNTS? WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE FORM OF PREPARATION? BECAUSE ALL OF THAT IS MONEY, RIGHT? SO I CAN PULL THAT TOGETHER. WE CAN WORK TOGETHER.  

>> I THINK THERE'S ALSO A NATURAL INCENTIVE BUILT INTO THAT BECAUSE AS WE REDUCE THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO NEED CONCORDANCE SCORES, THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS THAT WE NEED TO FUND, TO TAKE THOSE SUBSEQUENT OPPORTUNITIES WILL HOPEFULLY GO DOWN AS WELL.  

>>Melissa Snively: THAT'S GOOD. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE NOT TESTING THIS TO TEST. OKAY, GOOD. AND THEN THE LAST ITEM THAT I HAD WAS, THIS PRESENTATION IS GREAT. I KNOW IT'S FOCUSED ON GRADUATION RATES. THAT IS A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF OUR STRATEGIC PLAN. AND I WAS JUST WONDERING, ARE WE GOING TO GET UPDATES AT EVERY BOARD MEETING WITH THE OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE ON THE STRATEGIC PLAN, COMMUNICATING WITH STAKEHOLDERS, BUILDING STRONG CULTURE AND RELATIONSHIPS AND THE FOUNDATION OF FINANCIAL STUPIDSHIP? I KNOW IT WAS MENTIONED THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST PAR PARTS OF OUR STRATEGIC PLAN BUT I FEEL PERSONALLY AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER ALL OF THOSE ARE EQUALLY IMPORTANT PARTS OF OUR STRATEGIC PLAN.  

>> I AGREE. AND IF YOU COMMUNICATE WELL, IF YOU HAVE STRONG CULTURAL RELATIONSHIPS, FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP, THOSE THREE THINGS WELL, THEN YOU WILL ACHIEVE THOSE GRADUATION RATES. SO A LOT OF THE KPIs THAT WE HAVE FOR CULTURE, COMMUNICATION, AND STEWARDSHIP ARE LAGGING TYPE INDICATORS. SO WE TRY TO PROVIDE THIS EVENING THOSE LEADING INDICATORS AFTER THAT FIRST QUARTER. BUT WE CAN PROVIDE IT AT ANY TIME, THE UPDATES TO THOSE OTHER PRIORITIES FOR THE BOARD AS QUELL. BUT A LOT OF THOSE KPIs ARE LAGGING INDICATORS WHICH ARE END OF YEAR. SO AS MANY LEADING INDICATORS, WE TRY TO HAVE WITHIN OUR KPIs TO PROVIDE THOSE UPDATES.  

>> AND MAYBE AS A REVIEW OF WHAT THOSE LEAD INDICATORS ARE FOR THE STRATEGIC AREAS AND TO KIND OF REMAINED US HOW WE MEASURE THOSE. BECAUSE THOSE ARE A LITTLE MORE SUBJECTIVE AREAS THAN THE HARD NUMBERS THAT WE GET UNDERGRADUATE RATES THAT WE CAN MEASURE. SO I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING MORE ABOUT THE OTHER THREE AREAS OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. EDGECOMB.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I KNOW THE RIGHT PERSON WILL WALK UP TO THE MIKE TO ANSWER MY QUESTION. YOU TALKED ABOUT PREDICTORS THAT WERE LEADERS TO GRADUATION. I THINK YOU ALL KIND OF KNOW WHAT THEY ARE. II WANT TO FOCUS FOR A MINUTE THAT MIDDLE SECTION. WHAT SPECIFIC PRACTICES, STRATEGIES, STRUCTURES AND SUPPORTS THAT HELP US GET ARE FROM WHAT WE KNOW WILL BE IMPORTANT FOR STUDENTS, BEHAVIORS THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT? AND WHAT THOSE OUTCOMES, BUT WHAT GOT US THERE? NOBODY IS RUSHING TO THE MIKE. THERE YOU ARE.  

>> WELL, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ALSO DID WAS WE REACHED OUT TO ALL THE APCs AND PRINCIPALS TO FIND OUT WHAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY DOING AT THE SCHOOL SITE. SO WHAT MENTORSHIP, WHAT PROGRAMS THEY HAD, BECAUSE WE NEED TO KNOW, AGAIN, THAT CONNECTION, BECAUSE LIKE YOU SAID, THOSE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD STUDENTS, AND JUST -- SO WE ARE LOOKING AT THAT NOW TO SEE WHAT'S OUT THERE FOR THOSE STUDENTS THAT MAYBE AGAIN MIDDLE OF THE ROAD, OR MAYBE GETTING LIKE EPIC OR WHATEVER, YOU KNOW, WHEN THEY COME BACK, WHAT'S HAPPENING? SO WE ARE GOING TO BE BRINGING THAT DATA AS WELL.  

>> THE OTHER PIECE, WE HAVE MADE A COMMITMENT THIS YEAR TO ENSURE THAT 100% OF OUR SCHOOLS HAS DATA ALIGNED SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN AND THAT GUIDES OUR EFFORTS. AND FROM THAT SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN, WE EXPECT PRINCIPALS TO HAVE INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP ROLES. AND THAT'S HOW WE INFORM OUR COACHING RHYTHMS. AND THAT ACTUALLY FLOWS UP TO EACH AREA HAVING AN AREA OF ACTION, EACH AREA SUPERINTENDENT HAVING INSTRUCTIONAL GOALS, AND THAT'S HOW I INFORMED MY COACHING VISITS, MY FOUR HOUR VISIT WITH EACH AREA SUPERINTENDENT EVERY OTHER WEEK. TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, WHEN WOO LOOK AT THE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN WE EXPECT THE DATA, IF IT'S AROUND DISCIPLINE, IF IT'S AROUND THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS THAT ARE BEING SUSPENDED, IF IT'S AROUND LANGUAGE ARTS, AND THAT BECOMES A PRIORITY. AS WE VISIT SCHOOLS, AS WE MONITOR KPIs, AS WE LISTEN TO ILTs LIFTING THE WORK OF THE SCHOOL, THOSE ARE THE CONVERSATIONS WE EXPECT TO HEAR, AND NOT JUST CONVERSATIONINGS BUT HOW WE CAN SUPPORT WHAT ARE THE STRATEGIES IN PLACE, WHAT'S WORKING AND WHAT'S NOT WORKING, AND HOW DOCK WE ENGAGE THE FOLKS IN THIS BUILDING TO SUPPORT WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN THE SCHOOL. SO I THINK WE ARE HELPING TO BREATHE LIFE INTO THE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLANS AND WE ARE HOPING THAT YOU WILL SEE THE NUMBERS INCREASE EXPO TENSION POSITIVE -- EXPONENTIALLY, BECAUSE WHEN WE HAVE OUR MEETINGS WITH STRATEGY MANAGEMENT THEY KEEP US FOCUSED ON DATA. THIS IS THE DATA THIS WEEK.  THIS IS THE DATA THIS MONTH. IT'S ALWAYS CLEAR IN FRONT OF US AND THEN WE ASK THOSE QUESTIONS TO STUDENTS AND TEACHERS HOW CAN WE HELP, WHAT'S HAPPENING, WHAT'S WORKING AND WHAT'S NOTES WORKING?  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I'M HAPPY TO HEAR BEYOND THE CONVERSATION, THE VERY CONCRETENESS OF WE HAVE GOT THIS XYZ AND SEEMS TO HAVE AN IMPACT. WE TRIED ABC AND WE ARE HOPING IT MAKES AN IMPACT. SO GETTING ARRIVED IT, WE ARE MODIFYING IT. BUT REALLY, YOU KNOW -- I DON'T KNOW. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE AS CONCRETE AND SPECIFIC ABOUT THOSE STRATEGIES AND THOSE FACTORS, BECAUSE IF IT'S WORKING AT SCHOOL X, IT CAN BE REPLICATED THROUGHOUT THIS DISTRICT OR SIMILAR POPULATIONS. OKAY. MY SECOND QUESTION IS, IS THERE ANY VALUE, AND LOOKING AT A SAMPLE GROUP OF STUDENTS THAT HAD ATTENDANCE ISSUES, THEN WE TRACKED THEM FOR A YEAR TO SEE AS THEIR ATTENDANCE IMPROVED, SO DID THEIR PERFORMANCE OR THEIR G.P.A., BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, IT'S IMPORTANT, COMING TO SCHOOL ISN'T JUST ENOUGH. IT'S COMING TO SCHOOL TO GET PREPARED TO LEARN, TO ALL OF THAT. AND SO LOOKING AT THAT, TO SEE -- IT'S REALLY EVIDENCE WITH KIDS, AND THEIR PARENTS, AND THE COMMUNITY AND EVERYBODY ELSE, BEING IN SCHOOL LEADS TO THIS, OR IMPROVES G.P.A. IS THERE A GROUP OF STUDENTS THAT MAYBE WORKED WITH SUCCESS COURSE OR HAD HORRIFIC ATTENDANCE, NOW WE ARE SEEING SOME GAINS SOME IMPROVEMENT IN THAT. BUT HOW DOES THAT TRANSLATE TO THEIR PERFORMANCE?  

>> I THINK THERE'S DEFINITELY VALUE IN THAT. AND THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE WANTED TO DO. I'M FAIRLY NEW TO THIS AND I'M EXCITED ABOUT DIVING INTO THOSE CONVERSATIONS, DIGGING DEEPER INTO THE DATA, FOLLOWING PARTICULAR STUDENTS, WHAT ARE THE OUTCOMES, HOW DID THOSE CHANGE? I WILL SAY IN THAT PARTICULAR INSTANCE I BELIEVE IT WILL TAKE TIME, BECAUSE IF YOU MISSED YEARS OF ATTENDANCE, AND WE HAVE GOT DATA TO SHOP THAT MISSING ATTENDANCE, OR MISSING DAYS IN KINDERGARTEN, POOR ATTENDANCE IN KINDER DUARTEEN, IMPACTS FIRST AND SECOND GRADE I.DIDN'T TRACK IT FURTHER THAN THAT. SO I THINK THERE MAY NOT BE AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT LAKE WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE BUT THERE'S DEFINITELY VALUE AND THAT'S DEFINITELY SOMETHING THAT I CAN PURSUE.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THANK YOU. MR. ANDERSON, I THINK THIS IS YOUR QUESTION. YOU TALK ON PAGE 13, WHEN YOU TALKED OF UPDATE ON THE CONCORDANCE SCORES, YOU TALKED ABOUT SOME STRATEGIES THAT YOU DID, YOU USED TO GET THE MESSAGE TO THOSE STUDENTS, GIVE THEM THE DATES, 32 OF THEM, 85 REGISTERED AND TOOK THE TEST. 32. DO WE HAVE -- AGGREGATED BY SCHOOLS DO.  WE KNOW THESE STUDENTS?  

>> YES, WE DO.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: WERE YOUR EFFORTS MORE DISTRICTWIDE, FOR EVERYBODY, RATHER THAN A COMBINATION OF SCHOOL AND THE DISTRICT WORKING FOR THE OUTREACH TO THOSE STUDENTS?  

>> IT WAS DISTRICTWIDE. AND THEN WITH THE CALLS, THE PERSONAL PHONE CALLS THAT WE MADE, WE ACTUALLY STRATEGICALLY PICKED A COUPLE OF SCHOOLS THAT HAD A HIGH NUMBER OF COCs AND ACTUALLY REACHED OUT TO THOSE PARENTS AND THOSE STUDENTS. IN ADDITION TO THE PARENT LINK AND THE OTHER THINGS OF THAT WE DID. AND AGAIN THAT WAS THE SUMMER.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: GETTING CLOSER TO KIDS IN SCHOOLS AND HAVING SOME RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM, BACK TO MY VALUE QUESTION, IS THERE ANY VALUE OF WORKING IN THE FUTURE, DISTRICT WIDE, BUT NARROWING THAT AND SUPPORTING THAT WITH SCHOOL-BASED PEOPLE WHO KNOW THE KIDS, THE KIDS KNOW THEM, AND SO IT'S ANOTHER PULL AND A PUSH AND A WAY TO PERSUADE THEM. I THINK YOU ARE RIGHT. THIS IS -- WE ARE JUST SEEING SOME EVIDENCE OF HOW THIS CAN IMPACT THOSE STUDENTS. BUT IF THERE WAS A KID IN A SCHOOL THAT HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH THAT KID WHO CAN BE PART OF YOUR MESSAGING AND YOUR INVITING THEM INTO THE SCHOOL.  

>> AND THIS IS A GOOD POINT. THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS WHY WE REACHED OUT TO ALL THE HIGH SCHOOLS, AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS AS WELL, TO FIND OUT WHAT PROGRAMS THEY HAD IT? SCHOOL, ARE THOSE KIDS CONNECTED TO THOSE PROGRAMS? AND SUCCESS COACHES, COUNSELORS, TEACHERS, I CAN SAY ONE SCHOOL, THE TEACHER ACTUALLY MADE SURE THAT ALL THE STUDENTS, RIGHT NOW CLASS OF 2017 THAT ARE POTENTIAL COCs, THEY ARE MAKING SURE THOSE STUDENTS ARE REGISTERED, THEY ARE GIVING THE PHONE CALLS. SO THAT'S THE SORT OF THING YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT. SO WE DO HAVE TEACHERS DOING THAT AT CERTAIN SCHOOLS. THE OTHER THING THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT IS ALSO TRYING TO PUT TOGETHER BEST PRACTICES, BECAUSE LIKE YOU INDICATED EARLIER, SOME SCHOOLS ARE DOING A PHENOMENAL JOB OF MAKING SURE THAT KIDS ARE NOT ONLY PREPPED FOR THE TEST BUT GETTING THEM THERE, WHERE OTHER SCHOOLS AREN'T DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB. SO WE ARE JUST KIND OF WORKING WITH THEM TO SAY, OKAY, HERE IS WHAT XYZ SCHOOL IS DOING, AND IF YOU GUYS DO THIS, THIS MAY HELP, AND ALONG WITH OUR TEAM, KIND OF GOING IN AND REALLY LOOKING AT AND DRILLING DOWN AND WORKING WITH THE AREA SUPS AS WELL TO SAY HERE IS A GROUP OF KIDS. FOR EXAMPLE, I WILL USE THE ELL STUDENTS, AND THE ESE STUDENTS, AND WORKING WITH THE ESE DEPARTMENTS, WE KNOW SOME STUDENTS MAY QUALIFY FOR A WAIVER DO.  WE WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE TO DO THAT? DO WE START LOOKING AT THAT NOW AND START IDENTIFYING THOSE STUDENTS? WE KNOW FOR ELL STUDENTS THE DATA SHOWS IT MAYTAG 4 OR 5 TIMES FOR THEM TO TAKE EITHER THE ACT OR SAT. WHAT IS THE BEST TEST TO GIVE? IF WE ARE PUSHING THE ACT AND THEY ACTUALLY PERFORM WELL ON THE SAT THEN LET'S DO THAT. IT'S PER SCHOOL. AGAIN I WON'T CALL ANY SCHOOLS OUT. BUT SOME SCHOOLS -- AGAIN, SOME DO A GREAT JOB. SO WE ARE KIND OF JOTTING DOWN AND KIND OF NOTING THAT SO WHEN WE START VISITING THE OTHER SCHOOLS WE CAN KIND OF GIVE THEM SOME IDEAS, SOME POINTEDERS. I WILL SAY ONE SCHOOL ALREADY AT A PARENT MEETING HAD A BREAKFAST FOR THE PARENTS OF POTENTIAL CO Cs AND THEY INVITED ME TO THAT. THEY SAID, HEY, WE WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO COME. SO IT WAS REALLY NICE, AND THEY HAD PROBABLY ABOUT 50 PARENTS THERE. FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS GREAT. SO ABLE TO SHARE THAT OUT WITH OTHER SCHOOLS. IT WAS LETO. OKAY, IT WAS LETO.  

>> THE POWER OF THE TOOL IS FOR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS TO BE ABLE TO DRILL DOWN BY STUDENT. WE CAN WALK INTO A BUILDING AND SAY, I NOTICE HARRISON IS HERE. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HIS SCHEDULE. WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR HARRIS? DOES HE HAVE THE PREP CLASS? HE'S COC NOW BUT HOW DOES HE ENSURE HE GETS THAT GRADUATION PIECE OF PAPER? SO THE POWER NOW IS A TEAM THAT'S CREATED A TOOL THAT WE CAN DRILL DOWN BY STUDENT. AND THAT PERSONALIZES THE CONVERSATION.  

>> AND TO QUICKLY ADD TO THE DRILLING DOWN, YOU KNOW, WE ARE ALWAYS PREFER THAT KIDS DON'T SHOW UP FOR THE ACT, AND -- OR THE SAT AND NOW WE ARE DRILLING REALLY DRILLING DOWN TO FIND OUT WHY. ONE OF THE THINGS -- AND WE CAN ALL ATTEST TO THIS -- WHEN THE KIDS HAVE TO REGISTER FOR THE TEST, RIGHT NOW THEY ARE REGISTERED FOR THE ACT. THEY HAVE TO IN BY FRIDAY THE 4th. THE TEST IS NOT UNTIL DECEMBER 10th.  IF YOU DON'T PUTS THAT ON YOUR CALENDAR AS AN ADULT, YOU MAY MISS THAT TEST. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS WE FOUND WITH THE STUDENTS, AND NOT ALL BUT FOR ASSOCIATION THINGS ARE GOING ON. LIFE HAPPENS. SO THAT PARTICULAR DAY OF THE TEST, WHEN THEY COME BACK TO SCHOOL AND SAY, WELL, I MISSED A TEST, I DIDN'T WAKE UP, WE FAILED TO REALIZE THE ELECTRIC MAY HAVE BEEN TURNED OFF, WE FAILED TO REALIZE MOM DIDN'T HAVE ANY GAS IN THE CAR.  SO THERE ARE DIFFERENT DIE UNANIMOUS FIX. AND WHEN WE SAY, WELL, THE KID DIDN'T SHOW UP, LET'S LOOK AT WHY THAT KID DIDN'T SHOW UP. WE PULLED THE DATA FOR THE OCTOBER 20th TEST, AND SO WE HAD A LOT OF SCHOOLS REPORTED OUT AND SAID WHO DIDN'T SHOW? AND FOR THE AMOUNT OF KIDS THAT TOOK THE TEST AT THAT SCHOOL SITE, AND SO ONE SCHOOL HAD 107 STUDENTS THAT WERE REGISTERED FOR THE TEST, AND THEY INDICATED THAT 20 STUDENTS DIDN'T ATTEND. AND SO I WENT BACK TO THE COORDINATOR AND SAID, OKAY, CAN WE FIND OUT WHY THOSE KIDS DIDN'T ATTEND? AND I SAID IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO DO IT, THAT'S FINE, I'LL MAKE THAT PHONE CALL BECAUSE WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHY THAT KID DIDN'T ATTEND BECAUSE THAT'S $40.22 OR THAT'S A WAIVER. SO AGAIN JUST DRILLING DOWN AND REALLY LOOKING AT IT.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: TWO MORE QUESTIONS. IN ALL THIS CONVERSATION BETWEEN YOUR OFFICE, HOW ARE WE INTEGRATING, UTILIZING THE SKILLS OF TEACHING AND LEARNING, GETTING THE EXPERTS OUT IN THAT AREA, AND TO THE WHOLE OF THIS CONVERSATION, BECAUSE YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE PLANS, IF YOU DON'T ENGAGE THOSE PEOPLE AND MAKE THEM PART OF THE CONVERSATION, THEN THE PEOPLE IN YOUR SCHOOLS -- EVERYBODY IS SHAKING THEIR HEADS SO YOU KNOW WHERE MY QUESTION IS GOING. YES.  

>> [OFF MICROPHONE.]  

>> EIGHTS GREAT QUESTION. IN FACT, OUR TEAM WILL BE WITH -- SENIORS MET WITH THE CABINET ON THURSDAY AND THAT'S ONE OF OUR PRIMARY ACTIVITIES. HOW DO WE DETERMINE WHAT ARE THE DISTRICT LEVEL THINGS THAT ARE REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THAT LEVEL NEEDS TO REALLY PAY ATTENTION TO, AND MORE IMPORTANT THING THAT YOU ARE ASKING, HOW DO WE SUPPORT EACH OTHER? BECAUSE SOMETHING AS BIG AS GRADUATION, YOU CAN'T SAY THAT HARRISON IS TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT. I MEAN, IT'S SEVERAL DIVISIONS AROUND -- I MIGHT BABILITIABLE, BUT THERE'S A LOT OF FOLKS INVOLVED IN THAT. SO THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT. HOW ARE WE GOING TO CONNECT TO THE STRATEGY LEVEL WITH THESE DIFFERENT OBJECTIVES? THE DIFFERENT PROGRAMS, THE DIFFERENT INITIATIVES THAT ARE OUT THERE ARE THAT MAY COME FROM HIS GROUP, MAY COME FROM THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, AND SEVERAL PEOPLE CAN SUPPORT BIG IMPORTANT OBJECTIVES LIKE THAT. SO IT'S ALMOST A WAY OF WORK THAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING WITH VAN ABOUT, BECAUSE IT COMES BACK TO STRATEGY FOCUS, I THINK. WE GET THAT CONVERSATION AT THAT LEVEL AND MODEL THAT DOWN INTO THE ORGANIZATION, YOU HAVE SEEN THE NUMBERS. AND A LOT OF ORGANIZATIONS KNOW WHAT STRATEGY S.YOU CAN LOOK AT SENIOR EXECUTIVES. 80, 90% NEVER EVEN TALK ABOUT STRATEGY AT THAT LEVEL. SO WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO WORK ON THOSE SORTS OF THINGS WHERE THAT BECOMES A NORMAL CONVERSATION AROUND DIVISIONS, A ROUND CABINET, AND KIND OF APPROXIMATE USUAL THAT DOWN INTO THE ORGANIZATION. IDENTIFYING THOSE BEST PRACTICES AND LEVERAGING THOSE WITH THAT CONVERSATION.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: THIS IS ABSOLUTELY MY LAST QUESTION, I PROMISE YOU. NO, I DIDN'T START OFF SAYING I ONLY HAVE FIVE QUESTIONS. (LAUGHTER) AND WHAT YOU JUST ANSWERED MAY THE ANSWER TO MY QUESTION. THROUGH THIS QUARTER ONE PROCESS, IF THERE WERE THREE TO THINGS THAT YOU LEARNED ABOUT THIS WHOLE SET OF EXPERIENCES, AND WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO, AND THE CHANGES THAT YOU HAVE MADE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TO THREE THINGS YOU LEARNED? AND I THINK YOUR STATEMENT WAS THE WORK OVER HERE, THAT IT'S THE WORK OF EVERYBODY. THAT PROBABLY WAS VALIDATED FOR YOU AS YOU GO THROUGH ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO. BUT AS A GROUP, WHAT YOU ARE TRYING TO DO, IS THERE ANY TO THREE LESSONS THAT YOU HAVE LEARNED FROM THIS PROCESS AND MAYBE SOMETHING YOU DEFINITELY DON'T WANT TO REPEAT?  

>> WELL, I'LL START WITH AS WE TRACKED THE DATA LAST YEAR, ONE OF THE BIGGEST, SINCE WE LOOKED AT 9th GRADE G.P.A., AND WE COMPARED CARTER -- QUARTER ONE TO QUARTER TWO, I WAS ASTONISHED WHEN WE LOOKED AT QUARTER ONE GRADES, WE HAD ACROSS THE DISTRICT A 6 TO 7 POINT DROP IN G.P.A.s FROM QUARTER ONE TO QUARTER TWO. SO PRIOR TO LAST YEAR, NOW KNOWING WHAT WE KNOW NOW, OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, OUR PRINCIPALS, WE HAVE ARMED THEM WHENEVER THAT KNOWLEDGE NOW BECAUSE AS A PRINCIPAL FOR FOUR YEARS, NEVER REALIZED THAT THE QUARTER ONE TO QUARTER TWO, THE SIGNIFICANT DROP THAT TAKES PLACE. WHAT'S INTERESTING IS YOU LOOK TO QUARTER TWO, THREE, FOUR, IT STAYS PRETTY STAGNANT. SO WHEREVER YOU END UM QUARTER 2, 3 AND 4 IS ABOUT THE SAME BUT LAST YEAR WE HAD 6 OR 7 POINTS DROP FROM QUARTER ONE TO QUARTER TWO. A LESSON LEARNED. NOW AS WE CONTINUE TO TRACK, AS ALL OF THE INDICATORS, WE LOOK TO OUR 2020, OUR 9th GRADE G.P.A. AS FAR AS TRACKING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT KPI FOR US TO TRACK AND MONITOR. THAT IS OUR CLASS OF 2020 AS WE SIT RIGHT NOW. SO JUST A SIMPLE GRAD RATE PREDICTOR AS WE CORRELATE OUR 9th GRATE RATE GBA DATA TO OUR GRADUATION RATES, WE IN OUR DISTRICT DO A PHENOMENAL JOB OF EVEN THOSE THAT DON'T HAVE A 2.0 A GETTING THEM ACROSS THE STAGE SO WE ACTUALLY CORRELATE ABOUT 2 TO 3 POINTS HIGHER TO OUR GRAD RATE.  IF WE TOOK OUR QUARTER ONE RATE NOW, WE COULD PREDICT WITH SOME CERTAINTY THAT IT WOULD BE AROUND 85, 86 FOR 2020. AND THAT'S NOT WHERE WE NEED IT TO BE.  SO THERE'S TWO LESSONS THERE THAT WE WILL TRACK AND MONITOR. BUT QUARTER TO ONE TO QUARTER IT WOULD BE IS HUGING THAT WE ARE NOW WORKING TO MONITOR.  

>> [OFF MICROPHONE.]  

>> I WOULD JUST SAY THAT WE DEFINITELY LEARNED THE IMPORTANCE OF THE AVAILABILITY OF DATA AT ALL LEVELS, FOR SCHOOLS TO DIG IN AND NOT JUST MONITOR AND WATCH IT BUT TO HAVE THE CONVERSATIONS AROUND IT AND CHANGE THEIR PRACTICES. SO WE HAVE BEEN REALLY WORKING WITH THE AREA SUPs AND OTHERS, SCHOOLS AND AREAS, TO TRY TO DIG THAT DEEPER AND REALLY CHANGE PRACTICES AS A RESULT OF THE DATA.  

>> I JUST LOOK AT IT AS AN AMEN AND I EPIPHANY ANY. THE AMEN COMES TO WHAT JULIE TALKED ABOUT. YOU EXPECT WHAT YOU COME DO EXPECT. AND NOW THAT WE HAVE DATA WE CAN INSPECT WHAT WE ACTUALLY EXPECT. BUT THE AHA IS THE FACT THAT TEACHERS MAKE THE MAGIC HAPPEN IN THE CLASSROOM, BUT LEADERS CREATE THOSE CONDITIONS. AND JUST THE POWER AND UNDERSTANDING THE ROLE OF EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN THE SCHOOL IS SO POWERFUL. AND THE EPIPHANY IS WE CAN'T DO THIS WORK BY OURSELVES. I KNOW I HAVE EIGHT AMAZING AREA SUPERINTENDENTS BUT WE HAVE AN OFFICE OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT, WE HAVE A TEACHING AND LEARNING DEPARTMENT, WE HAVE A LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, WE HAVE DIVERSITY DEPARTMENT, JUST EVERYONE THAT SORT OF MAKE THE WHEELS ON THE BUS GO ROUND AND ROUND.  AND AS WE LIKE TO THINK THAT WE ARE SUPERMEN, WE ARE NOT. IT TAKES A CORE GROUP OF FOLKS TO HEM US LIFT THE WORK. SO THE EXCITEMENT BECOMES THE OPPORTUNITY THAT WE HAVE TO DO AMAZING WORK, BECAUSE NOW THE STARS AND EVERYTHING ARE BEGINNING TO ALIGN AROUND JUST REALLY GETTING FOCUSED ON WHAT CHILDREN NEED. AND THAT'S THE EXCITING PEACE FOR ME BECAUSE WE CAN HAVE REAL CONVERSATIONS AROUND REAL STUDENTS, AND ABOUT REAL PROGRESS.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: I ALWAYS THOUGHT AS A STUDENT -- WOULD YOU MIND ANSWERING A SIMPLE QUESTION FOR ME? THINKING ABOUT KIDS IN THE SCHOOL THAT ARE REALLY STRUGGLING AND NOTES DOING THIS WELL AS THE ADULTS IN THE WORLD WOULD WANT THEM TO DO, WHAT ARE THEY SAYING ARE THE REASONS THEY HAVEN'T GIVEN THEIR BEST, THEY ARE CONSIDERING DROPPING OUT OR THEY JUST DON'T TRY? WHAT DO THEY SAY?  

>> A LOT OF THE TIMES, THE APs AND TEACHERS AT THE SCHOOL, THEY SAY THAT STUDENTS THAT DON'T CARE, AND THEY FEEL LIKE THEY JUST WANT TO DROP OUT, BECAUSE THE G.P.A. IS DROPPING, THEY TELL THEM HOW THE REAL WORLD WOULD BE IF THEY WEREN'T TO GRADUATE, IF THEY DIDN'T GET A DIPLOMA. AND WHAT THE REALITY WOULD BE, SO THE STUDENTS BECOME MORE MOTIVATED. AND IN MY SCHOOL, I KNOW THAT WE HAVE SUCCESS MENTORS THAT HELP THE STUDENTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL, AND WE ALSO HAVE KIDS THAT HELP THE STUDENTS A KNOW WHAT TOO EXPECT GOING INTO HIGH SCHOOL. WE ALSO HAVE THE UPPER CLASSMEN WRITE LETTERS TO THE 9th GRADERS BEFORE THEY COME TO SCHOOL. THAT ENCOURAGES THEM TO BE INVOLVED IN SCHOOL AND GIVE THEM VALUABLE TIPS ON HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL. AND ALSO WE HAVE READING CLASSES FOR EACH OF THE FRESHMEN THAT PREPARE THEM FOR ALL THE TESTING THAT WE HAVE TO PASS. SO ALL THOSE TOGETHER PREPARE ALL OF US TO BE ON THE RIGHT TRACK FOR GRADUATION.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: IT'S JUST UP TO THE STUDENTS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL OF THOSE THINGS. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANKS FOR THAT GREAT PRESENTATION. I AM MOST EXCITED ABOUT THE COCs BECAUSE, WOW, THAT'S BEEN MY WORLD FOR THESE LAST FEW YEARS. AND I TELL YOU, THE WAY THAT I WOULD HELP, JUST AN IDEA, JUST THE SUGGESTIONS, THAT THE WAY THAT I WOULD HELP GET THE STUDENTS THEIR DIPLOMA WAS TO LET THEM KNOW AS SOON AS YOU GET THAT E-MAIL FROM THE AGENCY, YOU TEXT ME A PICTURE OF THAT, AND WE GO FROM THERE. SO I DON'T KNOW HOW WE COULD MAYBE HAVE THE STUDENTS MAYBE RELATE THAT INFORMATION BACK, BECAUSE AT THAT POINT, WHAT WE WOULD DO AT THAT POINT WITH THE PARENTS, AND THE STUDENT, WE WOULD MEET OVER AT THE SCHOOL. AND I WOULD RECONFER THEIR DIPLOMA AND CONGRATULATE THEM AT THAT POINT. AND IT IS THE BEST FEELING EVER. SO TO DOCTOR VASQUEZ'S POINTED ABOUT INCENTIVIZING, THAT IN ITSELF IS A -- IT'S JUST THE BEST FEELING WHEN YOU SEE A KID THAT -- NOT FOR LACK OF TRYING, WHICH IS WHAT'S SO SAD. A LOT OF THESE STUDENTS THAT HAD THE COC, MEMBER EDGECOMB, THEY HAVE A 2.8 G.P.A., THEY HAVE A 3.4 G.P.A. I INTERVIEWED ONE THAT HAD A 3.9 G.P.A. AND COULD NOT PASS THE READING PORTION OF THE TEST. YET THEY TOOK THE ACT AND DID WELL WITH IT. SO I REALLY DO APPRECIATE MR. EAKINS THE EMPHASIS AND YOU HEARD ME ABOUT HOW THESE STUDENTS REALLY NEED THAT EXTRA SUPPORT, AND SOMETIMES THE EXTRA RESOURCES. I SEE THAT THE TEST WAS 32.50 LAST YEAR. NOW IT'S 42.50. SO IT'S GONE UP. LIKE EVERYTHING.  

>> I CAN ADDRESS THAT REALLY QUICK. THE TRIAD FOUNDATION GRANT FOR $7500 TO HELP THOSE STUDENTS. SO I WANT TO KIND OF THROW THAT OUT THERE.  

>> THANK YOU. THAT'S A GREAT WORK THAT YOU ARE FINDING DIFFERENT WAYS SO THAT IT'S NOT AN ACTUAL EXTRA COST IF YOU GO ON PART ONE BU BUN BUT ON A DIFFERENT NOTE I WOULD RATHER SPEND 42.50 AND GET THEM THEIR DIPLOMA THAN HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM A LIFETIME IN THE OTHER SYSTEM WHERE THEY ARE NOT GENERATING ANY. SO 42.50 THAT YOU INVEST IN A TEST IS THE BEST ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WE CAN HAVE FOR OUR TIME TO ENSURE THAT THESE STUDENTS ARE IN A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND BECOME PRODUCTIVE, HARDWORKING CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTY. SO I WOULD RATHER PAY NOW THAN SUFFER LATER, AND PAY LATER, WHICH IS GOING TO BE SUPER EXPENSIVE TO DO SO. WHAT IS IT, MEMBER GRIFFIN, $27,000 A YEAR TO SUPPORT THAT WE AS TAXPAYERS PAY OVER TO -- OF INCARCERATION, AND GIVE 7400 TO EDUCATE THEM. SO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE VALUE, MR. PETERS. I WONDER, YOU KNOW. BECAUSE THINK ABOUT THE INVESTMENT THAT TAXPAYERS MAKE ON INCARCERATION AND NOT WANTING TO MAYBE INVEST $42.50 FOR A KID, A CHILD TO TAKE A TEST THAT WOULD REALLY TURN THEIR LIFE AROUND. I WONDER SOMETIMES WHERE THE MENTALITIES ARE WHEN IT COMES TO USING TAXPAYER DOLLARS WISELY FOR AN ECONOMIC RETURN ON INVESTMENT. KIND OF BOGGLED THERE. BUT I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THE PERCENTAGES. I SEE THAT WE ARE MOVING THE NEEDLE FORWARD. MAYBE NOT AS MUCH AS WE WANT TO SAY THAT WE ARE DEFINITELY ON TARGET. BUT I CAN TELL YOU THIS MUCH. I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AND I WANT TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT, REALLY, A GREAT THANK YOU TO MR. BROOKS, MR. RAMSEY, FOR REALLY HELPING TO THINK ABOUT A CREATIVE WAY OF HOW TO EXPAND THOSE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND THE COLLABORATION, THE TEAM THAT IS GOING DISTRICT WIDE TO DO THIS, JUST REALLY WARMS MY HEART, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THERE'S A LOT OF KIDS, A LOT OF FAMILIES OUT THERE, THAT ARE VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THAT EXTRA EMPHASIS ON PREPARING OUR KIDS FOR LIFE. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>April Griffin: MR. EAKINS?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. FIRST I WANT TO THANK THE STRATEGY MANAGEMENT TEAM. GREAT PERFORMANCE. BUT IT'S BASED OFF OF GREAT PERFORMANCE OF OUR CLASSROOMS AND OUR SCHOOLS EVERY DAY. SO WE WANT TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT TO OUR TEACHERS AND LEADERS ACROSS THERE. BUT JUST WANT TO LET THIS BOARD NOBODY THAT WE ARE HONORED TO SERVE YOU BECAUSE REMEMBER WE WOULD NOT BE DOING THIS, THIS BOARD SAID WE NEED TO CREATE A PLAN, NEED TO PUT TOGETHER A STRATEGIC PLAN THAT TALKS ABOUT OUR PRIORITIES, WHAT WE WANT TO FOCUS ON. BECAUSE OF THAT PLAN, IT'S CHANGING THE ENTIRE BEHAVIOR OF THE ENTIRE ORGANIZATION. SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE SEEING IT KIND OF COME TO LIFE HERE, BECAUSE OF THE WAY IT INFORMS OUR WAY OF WORK OF OUR CABINET, INFORMS THE WAY OF WORK FOR OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENT WHICH THEREFORE INFORM IT IS WORK OF OUR LEADERSERS, OUR STAFF, ACROSS THIS DISTRICT.  SO I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW I'M PROUD OF THIS BOARD FOR PUTTING THAT TOGETHER, PUTTING THAT OUT THERE AS FAR AS WE HAVE TO PUT IT TOGETHER A FORWARD-THINKING PLAN THAT FOCUSES ON THE PRIORITIES OF WHAT WE STAND FOR AS A DISTRICT, WHICH HAAS HAS MADE MY ROLE AS SUPERINTENDENT EXTREMELY ENERGIZING TO CREATE THE DYNAMICS THAT YOU SEE HERE TONIGHT AND WHAT YOU SEE GOING OWN ACROSS THIS DISTRICT. ULTIMATELY, TO SEE OUR CHILDREN BE SUCCESSFUL. SO THAT'S MY COMMENT.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. WE DON'T GET KUDOS OFTEN P.THANKS. I APPRECIATE IT. AND I THINK PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND, WE HAVE BEEN THROUGH A GREAT DEAL OF CHANGE. AND I KEEP TALKING ABOUT THIS YEAR AND A HALF OF DISCOVERY THAT WE HAVE BEEN IN. AND WE ARE IN THE FORMING, STORMING STAGES RIGHT NOW. AND, YOU KNOW, WE ARE FINDING THE CHALLENGES. AND WE ARE FINDING THE SOLUTIONS AND IMPLEMENTING THE PLANS. BUT ISLE I'M REALLY, REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THESE THINGS BEING SUCH AN INTEGRAL WAY OF OUR DAILY WORK IN THIS DISTRICT THAT IT BECOMES PART OF THE NORM PART OF WHAT WE ARE DOING BECAUSE I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NORMING, VERY MUCH LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NORMING. I FEEL LIKE WE ARE GETTING THERE. AGAIN, THIS TIME OF DISCOVERY THAT WE HAVE HAD HAS BEEN SO GOOD BECAUSE IT'S TELLING US WHERE WE NEED TO FOCUS OUR ENERGIES -- OUR ENERGIES ON THE GRADUATION RATES. AND THERE'S STILL A LOT MORE THAT YOU ALL CAN DO, BUT ALSO WHERE OUR FINANCES ARE CONCERNED, THE COMMUNICATIONS THING, WE ARE STILL WORKING ON THAT, BUT WE'LL GET THERE. BUT IT IS, IT'S BEEN A CHALLENGE. AND I THINK THAT WE ARE DEFINITELY ON THE RIGHT PATH. I HAVE CONFIDENCE. I TOLD YOUR STAFF TODAY THAT SURROUNDS YOU THAT I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE TEAM THAT SURROUNDS OUR SUPERINTENDENT TO MAKE OUR STUDENTS' EDUCATION THE BEST THAT IT CAN BE FOR EVERY SINGLE CHILD THAT WE HAVE IN OUR CARE. I HAVE FAITH IN THIS STAFF THAT SITS IN THIS ROOM, THAT SITS IN -- THEY DON'T SIT. THAT WORK IN OUR SCHOOLS EVERY SINGLE DAY, AND ALL OF THE SUPPORT PERSONNEL, BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IN KIDS. IT'S REALLY DIFFICULT -- AND I KNOW I AM BRINGING SOME OTHER CONVERSATIONS INTO THIS ONE. BUT THIS STRATEGIC PLAN,S WOULD BE IT BECOMES THAT WAY OF WORK IN THE NORM WILLING PART OF IT WHERE PEOPLE JUST -- THEY GET IT AND THEY UNDERSTAND IT AND THEY KNOW WHAT THEIR ROLE, HOW IT APPLIES TO CERTAIN PARTS OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN, IT'S GOING TO BE AMAZING.  SO I'M REALLY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT YOU ALL HAVE DONE. AND I KNOW THAT THERE'S A LOT MORE TO COME. AND MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THANK YOU FOR GIVING YOUR STAFF AND MR. TEARS AUTONOMY THAT THEY NEED TO DO THIS WORK. I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. AND IF YOU ARE NOT GETTING THAT AUTONOMY, PLEASE LET US KNOW, BECAUSE YOU NEED IT. YOU REALLY NEED TO HAVE THAT IN ORDER TO GET IN THERE AND DO THIS WORK. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. MR. AYRES TEAM. THANK YOU SO MUCH. VERY GOOD. AND BY THE WAY, I AGREE WITH MRS. SNIVELY ABOUT BRINGING THOSE OTHER PIECES FORWARD. THEY ARE CRUCIAL. AND AS FAR AS THE MONEYS THAT WE ARE SPENDING, I FOR MANY YEARS HAVE TALKED ABOUT THE PSAT AND THE MONEY THAT WE ARE SPENDING THERE, AND SOMETIMES QUESTIONS, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THE KIDS ARE CHRISTMAS TREEING THOSE. I HAVE HAD CONVERSATIONS WITH PEOPLE WHO REALLY UNDERSTAND WHY WE ARE GIVING IT TO ALL OF THE STUDENTS AS OPPOSED TO PICKING AND CHOOSING, BECAUSE THEN YOU GET INTO SOME REALLY GRAY AREA OF WHO GETS TO TAKE IT AND WHO DOESN'T GET TO TAKE IT AND WHY DO YOU CHOOSE THESE STUDENTS OVER THESE STUDENTS? SO THAT'S WHY WE OPEN IT UP TO ALL STUDENTS. AND IT WAS SOMEONE WHO MADE ME UNDERSTAND THAT, BECAUSE I WAS LOOKING AT IT FROM A VERY, VERY DIFFERENT RESPECTIVE TIFF AND NOW I GET THAT PART OF IT. BUT LIKE YOU, MRS. VALDES, I AGREE THE $42 IS WELL SPENT IF IT'S GOING TO GET A STUDENT THEIR DIPLOMA. SO GREAT JOB, EVERYBODY. ALL RIGHT. AND WE ARE ALMOST TO THE END. WE HAVE ONE MORE ITEM, WHICH IS 13.02. THE ANNUAL REPORT FOR THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT FOR SCHOOL FACILITIES, PLANNING, SITING AND CONCURRENCY. MS. AMBER DICKERSON FOR PLANNING AND CITING IS GOING TO PRESENT THIS TO THE BOARD.  

>> GOOD EVENING. HOW ARE YOU? OKAY. I'M GLAD TO BE HERE TO HIGHLIGHT THE ANNUAL GROWTH MANAGEMENT WORTH. THIS ALL CAME ABOUT BECAUSE IN AUGUST YOU ALL DID AN ILA, INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT REVISION FOR SCHOOL CONCURRENCY, WHICH WENT TO ALL OF THE LOCAL JURISDICTIONS, AND THAT ACTUALLY CHANGED ONE OF THE REQUIREMENTS, WHICH WAS FOR THE COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS TO MEET ANNUALLY. WE THOUGHT AS A STAFF GROUP OF ALL THE JURISDICTIONS THAT IT WOULD BE MORE PRODUCTIVE TO HAVE AN ANNUAL GROWTH REPORT INSTEAD. AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE DIFFERENT MECHANISMS WITHIN THE ILA IF YOU HAVE AN ISSUE WITH ILA LATER ON. BUT THIS KIND OF HIGHLIGHTS ALL OF THE IMPORTANT ELEMENTS IN THAT ILA. AND THIS IS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND. SO IT'S KIND OF FLUID IN THAT WE CAN KIND OF CHANGE THE FORMAT, IF YOU SEE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE FUTURE, PUT INTO THE REPORTED. SO I WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES AND MRS. SNIVELY PULLED THIS. MRS. VALDES, DO YOU HAVE A COMMENT? JUST A HIGHLIGHT? MRS. SNIVELY? ANYBODY ELSE? VERY GOOD. THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU WAITED FOR ALL THAT. IT'S LIKE THANKSGIVING DINNER, RIGHT? IT'S JUST LIKE THANKSGIVING DINNER. ALL RIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS. THAT CONCLUDES OUR INFORMATION ITEMS. WE ARE NOW INTO BOARD COMES AND SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK, PRESS YOUR BUTTON. MRS. EDGECOMB.  

>>Doretha Edgecomb: YESTERDAY I HAD AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE ELEMENT MAGNET SCHOOL IN WHAT MATE SOUND LIKE A MORBID EXPERIENCE. IT WAS CALLED DID GRAVEYARD WALK. NOW, IT'S NOT AS MORBID AS YOU WOULD THINK BUT IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THESE FOURTH GRADERS TO DO A PROJECT-BASED LEARNING ACTIVITY IN WHICH THE LANGUAGE ARTS, SOCIAL STUDIES, AND ART ARE STANDARDS. AND WHAT THIS RESULTED IN IS DOING RESEARCH AROUND HISTORIC FIGURES WITH FLORIDA CONNECTIONS. FOR INSTANCE, SOME OF THEM ROWELLS, GOVERNOR LAWTON CHILES, JAMES WALTON JOHNSON, ERNEST HEMINGWAY, PEOPLE WHO ARE NATIONALLY KNOWN. BUT INTERESTINGLY, THEY ALSO INCLUDED TWO LOCAL HISTORIC FIGURES, RICH ARMWOOD AND MY HUSBAND GEORGE CULVERS ALSO INCLUDED IN THAT GROUP. (MUSIC PLAYS) IT WASN'T QUITE THAT FANTASTIC. AMAZING BUT NOT QUITE. THE STUDENTS IDENTIFIED A LOCAL FIGURE OR STATE WIDE FIGURE, AND THEY DID THE RESEARCH ON THEM. THEN THEY CREATED A TOMBSTONE WITH THEIR NAMES, THE BIRTH DATE, DATE OF DEATH, AND OTHER INFORMATION, AND WE TOOK THE TOUR AND THEY PROVIDED SOME INFORMATION AROUND THE LIFE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THOSE STUDENTS. I CAN TELL YOU THOSE FOURTH GRADERS WERE ABSOLUTELY POISED AND CONFIDENT AND VERY ENGAGING AND SOMETIMES THEY WERE FUNNY, ESPECIALLY ONE OF THE YOUNG MEN WHO WAS DRESSED SO NICELY IN A JUDGE'S ROBE. HE TRIED TO REPLICATE, I GUESS, MY HUSBAND AT THE TIME HE HAD A MUSTACHE. THE MUSTACHE KEPT FALLING OFF. HE DIDN'T STOP. HE DIDN'T STOP EVEN AS THE MUSTACHE UNGLUED AND FELL OFF. HE CONTINUED TO SHARE THE INFORMATION. BUT I WANT TO TELL YOU HOW AMAZING THOSE STUDENTS WERE AND HOW GREAT THE TEACHERS WERE IN PULLING THIS TOGETHER. SO I JUST WANT TO -- AND THE THIRD GRADE STUDENTS AND PARENTS WHO VISIT THE GRAVEYARD. WHAT THOSE THIRD GRADERS GOT ADVANTAGE IN DOING THIS WAS NEXT YEAR AS FOURTH GRADERS THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE THE SAME EXPERIENCE. SO IT WAS PRESENTING FOR THEM SOME EXCITEMENT AND SOME PREPARATION FOR DOING IT. SO I WANT TO THANK ELIZABETH FAUST, JULY LIL TERRY, THE FOURTH GRADE TEACHERS AT THAT SCHOOL AND THEIR PRINCIPAL MARY BOOTH AND ROBIN SNYDER, WHO IS THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, FOR TAKING SOME HALLOWEENTOMIES, AND WEARING THES CAN TOMBS. THE KIDS DID DRESS BASED ON THE PERSON THAT THEY WERE IMMORTALIZING OR PORTRAYING. BUT IT WAS ANOTHER WAY FOR STUDENTS TO SEE THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS, DO THE RESEARCH, DEVELOP A PROJECT, INTEGRATE THOSE STANDARDSN STANDARDS INTO THE WORK THAT WAS A GREAT ACTIVITY. SO INTERESTED AND INVITED TO A GRAVE OR WALK, DON'T TURN IT DOWN. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STUDENTS. THANK YOU.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. FIRST OF ALL, YOU KNOW, EARLIER TODAY, WE HAD THE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THE CHANGING OF TIMES OF THE MEETINGS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. AND JUST TO KICK AROUND AN IDEA TO THINK ABOUT, IF WE CONTINUE OUR MEETINGS AT 3:00 AND THEN JUST MAYBE ALLOW EMPLOYEES TO COME ON IN AND SIGN UP WHEN THEY ARRIVE, AND JUST STOP THE MEETING AT THAT POINTED AND ALLOW THEM TO SPEAK LIKE THAT, WE HAD TO TAKE CONSIDERATION AS WELL OF STAFF TIME. STAFF HAS BEEN HERE, SOME OF THEM SINCE 5:30 THIS MORNING, AND TOMORROW THEY HAVE TO BE HERE AGAIN AT 5:30 IN THE MORNING. SO I JUST THREW THAT SUGGESTION OUT THERE SO THAT IT ALLOWS SOMETHING FOR FOLKS TO THINK ABOUT. I THINK IT'S FOR BALANCE THAT WE KEEP OUR TIME CERTAIN AT 3:00 FOR THE NORMAL PUBLIC SPEAKING THAT WE HAVE ON THE AGENDA, AND IF EMPLOYEES OR ANYONE ELSE IN THE WOULD LIKE TO COME IN AND CHIME IN, OUR COMMUNICATIONS STAFF IS HERE. RIGHT AFTER THAT, RIGHT AFTER THE PUBLIC COMMENT, THEY ARE JUST THERE. SO IF SOMEONE WANTS TO COME AND SPEAK, I'LL BE OPEN TO THAT INSTEAD OF GOING BACK TO SHIFTING THE TIMES TO 6:00 IN THE AFTERNOON, AND THEN BE HERE TILL SOMETIMES MIDNIGHT, WHICH IS OKAY WITH ME, BUT I'M TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION STAFF TIME AS WELL, BECAUSE, AGAIN, THEY MAKE THE BIG BUCKS BUT THEY STILL HAVE TO COME IN TO WORK IN THE MORNING.  SO FOOD FOR THOUGHT ON THE COMMENTS TIME FOR FOLKS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE MR. FARKAS.  

>> [OFF MICROPHONE.]  

>> I HOPE THAT DID NOT COME OUT IN THE RECORD. I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE YOU BECAUSE I KNOW YOU HAVE HAD A TOUGH WEEK. AND THESE TOUGH DECISIONS AREN'T ALWAYS EASY. BUT THEY ARE THE RIGHT ONES FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. SO I WANT TO JUST CONGRATULATE YOU FOR JUST BEING STRONG AND THE LEADER THAT YOU ARE. SO I APPRECIATE YOU VERY MUCH. AND I WANTED TO ALSO THANK MR. HARLAN WARE AND MR. JOEL LOPEZ OVER IN LOGISTICS, BECAUSE THEY HAVE, WITH OPEN ARMS, HAVE EMBRACED THE HAITI RELIEF DISTRICT SERVICE PROJECT, AND SO FAR THEY HAVE COLLECTED FOUR AND A HALF PALLETS WORTH OF STUFF, JUST THINGS THAT OUR ASIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND LITTLE NIECES AND NEPHEWS OVER THERE ARE NEEDING. SO DRIVE ENDS THIS COMING FRIDAY. THE 4th. SO I AM ENCOURAGING EVERYONE TO CONTINUE JUST GATHERING UP THOSE SUPPLIES, AND LET'S SHOW OUR STUDENTS AND LADY BY EXAMPLE BY HAVING A REALLY GOOD DISTRICT WIDE SERVICE LEARNING PROJECT AND HELPING OTHERS THROUGH A TOUGH TIME E.SO I WANTED TO JUST THANK THEM FOR THAT, AND FOR MRS. MARY LOU WHALEY WHO HAS JUST TAKEN THE PROJECT AND JUST RAN WITH IT. I APPRECIATE THOSE EFFORTS VERY MUCH. AND LAST BOARD MEETING, I TRADE TO DO THIS, BUT WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY VISUALS. SO TODAY, IT'S WITH GREAT -- JUST GREAT PLEASURE THAT I SHARE THIS PARTICULAR VIDEO, AND IT'S THE FIRST YEAR IN THE HISTORY OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT OUR STUDENT POPULATION IS AT 37% IS HISPANIC, AND IT MIRRORS THE GROWING DEMOGRAPHICS OF OUR NATION. AND AS WE LIVE OUT OUR VISION AND OUR MISSION ON A DAILY BASIS IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE CELEBRATE ITS DIVERSITY. HISPANIC EDUCATORS FOR CHANGE HAS BEEN A DRIVING FORCE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS IN SUPPORTING OUR DISTRICT GOALS, BUT ESPECIALLY HELPING OUR HISPANIC LATINO STUDENTS BECOME CIVICALLY ENGAGED YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN WHO ASPIRE TO BETTER THEIR LIVES THROUGH EDUCATION, LEADERSHIP, PROFESSIONALISM AND SERVICE. AND NOTHING COULD HAVE BEEN A BETTER EXAMPLE OF THAT THAN THE VIDEO OF OUR STUDENTS AT CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL AND MS. NUNEZ AND HOW SHE ACTUALLY EXPRESSED HERSELF. SO WE WANT THEM TO, LIKE ALL STUDENTS, BE ROLE MODELS AND LEADERS IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, AND WE END HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH. LET US RECOGNIZE OUR HISPANIC STUDENTS, SCHOLARS, MENTORS AND TRAILBLAZERS SETTING THE EXAMPLE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS OF HISPANIC AND LATINOS. BEFORE WE SHOW THE VIDEO, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO REALLY HELPED PUT THIS TOGETHER. THE HISPANIC EDUCATORS FOR CHANGE WHERE COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE, WHICH IS MR. MANNY FERNANDEZ, MR. ROGALO, VICTOR FERNANDEZ, AND THE PRINCIPALS OF THESE SCHOOLS THAT LET US USE OUR STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PARTICULAR VIDEO, DIANE SANCHEZ OF CRESTWOOD ELEMENT, JENKO, GO FALCONS, AND PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND OUR VERY OWN IN THE BACK, YOU'RE THE BEST. THEY DID THIS. AND IT'S PHENOMENAL. SO HERE WE GO.  

>> THE FUTURE OF OUR DIVERSE WORKFORCE IS IN OUR HANDS. ARE YOU WILLING TO INVEST IN THEIR SUCCESS? IN ORDER TO COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL MARKET, WE MUST MAXIMIZE ALL OF OUR ASSETS. HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, STATISTICS SHOW THAT OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS, WE HAVE SEEN AN INCREASE IN OUR HISPANIC POPULATION.  

>> TAMPA BAY AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE JOINING EFFORTS TO BE EMBRACE OUR DIVERSITY AND DEVELOP OUR FUTURE LEADERS. OUR CITY WAS FOUNDED ON THE UNIQUE CONTRIBUTIONS OF DIVERSE CULTURES. AS A RESULT OF OUR GROWING HISPANIC POPULATION, RICH HISTORY, AND GEOGRAPHY, WE ARE POISED TO MAXIMIZE OUR GREATEST EFFORTS.  

>> HI. I'M JEFF EAKINS, THE SUPERINTENDENT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I BELIEVE THAT ONE OF OUR COMMUNITIES' GREATEST STRENGTHS IS DIVERSITY. OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING OUR GROWING HISPANIC STUDENT POPULATION BY PROVIDING THE TOOLS, RESOURCES, AND OPPORTUNITIES THAT WILL PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE.  

>> I'M RON McINYOU A, GENERAL MANAGER OF THE MARRIOTT WATERSIDE HERE IN TAMPA, FLORIDA. MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL RECOGNIZES THE VALUE OF OUR GROWING HISPANIC COMMUNITY AND WE EMBRACE THIS PARTNERSHIP WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. IN PREPARING STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN THE GLOBAL MARKET.  

>> JEFF, ON BEHAVIOR OF THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY, WE APPLAUD YOUR LEADERSHIP AND COMMITMENTS TO EXCELLENCE.  

>> THANK YOU, RON. I BELIEVE TOGETHER WE WILL DEVELOP OUR FUTURE LEADERS R. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THANK YOU.  

>> GOOD JOB. MRS. HARRIS?  

>>Sally Harris: ANOTHER SCHOOL SLIDE SHOW AND IT'S WORKING TONIGHT SO I'M EXCITED. I JUST WANT TO SAY AS WE ARE STARTING THE SLADE SHOW HERE THAT I KNOW THAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING TOUGH TIMES IN WHAT WE ARE HAVING TO DO IN THE DISTRICT, AND WITH OUR IMPROVEMENTS, BUT AFTER LISTENING TO ALL THE WONDERFUL THINGS GOING ON, AND SEEING THIS FILM, AFTER HEARING ABOUT OUR GRADUATION RATES, THIS IS A REALLY GOOD TIME TO LOOK AT THIS AS A POSITIVE NEW DIRECTION. AND I JUST FEEL, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE I ALWAYS TRY TO TAKE THE POSITIVE SIDE OF THINGS, AND KNOW THAT THIS IS A GREAT TIME FOR US TO GROW AS A COMMUNITY, AS EDUCATORS. AND YET THERE IS PAIN THAT GOES ALONG WITH CHANGE, YOU KNOW. BUT AS WE EXPERIENCE THE PAIN, WE ARE GROWING AND WE ARE SHARING. AND WHAT I AM FEELING IS THAT WE ARE RECONNECTING IN A NEW WAY. AND I KNOW THAT IT'S GOING TO SMOOTH OUT AND GET MORE FOCUSED. BUT WHAT WE HAVE NEVER LOST IS THE FOCUS ON THE KIDS. AND THAT'S EXCITING. YOU CAN HEAR IT TONIGHT ON ALL THE GREAT THINGS. SO I REALLY WANT TO APPLAUD US AS A DISTRICT IN WHAT WE ARE DOING. I HAD A SHORT WEEK IN BETWEEN THESE EVENTS. AND I GOT TO ATTEND THE WINN-DIXIE GRAND OPENING IN HYDE PARK, AND WE HAD SOME OF OUR WORK STUDY STUDENTS THAT ARE INVOLVED IN IT. AND IT WAS REALLY EXCITING TO SEE HOW THEY HAVE HANDLED THE JOB AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING AT THAT STORE AND THE COMMITMENT THAT STORE HAS TO SUPPORTING MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS IN THAT AREA. AND THEN WE WENT TO THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT WHERE THEY AWARDED SOME AWARDS TO SOME OF OUR STUDENTS, AND SOME SCHOLARSHIPS. AND THAT WAS REALLY GREAT. I GOT TO GO TO THE BRANDON ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM, AND THEY HAD A CAREER DAY THAT DAY WHICH WAS FANTASTIC. THERE WERE MANY INTERACTIONS, WATCHING THE STUDENTS SHAKE HANDS, LEARNING THE EYE CONTACT. IT WAS A GOOD EXPERIENCE. THEN I RAN OVER TO MONROE MIDDLE AND VISITED THE EPIC CENTER THERE. AND JUST SO YOU KNOW, I WENT TO MONROE, AND THEN I ALSO TAUGHT AT MONROE, AND SO I GOT TO GO BACK IN THE CAFETERIA, AND I MALTEDS THE CAFETERIA STAFF. THE WORK ROOM IS STILL THERE. AND I THINK IT'S THE SAME COUCH. SO IT WAS REALLY FUNNY TO GOP THERE. THEN WE HAD A FABULOUS PARENT UNIVERSITY OPPORTUNITY, AND IT WAS VERY WELL ATTENDED. IT'S A HUGE, I THOUGHT, ATTENDANCE FOR THAT PROGRAM. AND THEN WE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF REUNITING WITH MANY FRIENDS, WITH MRS. EDGECOMB AND MRS. KURDELL'S HISTORY IN THIS DISTRICT, AND SEEING OLD FRIENDS, NEW FRIENDS, AND THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE CONNECTED TOGETHER, BECAUSE OF THEIR INPUT IN THIS DISTRICT R.IT WAS REALLY NEAT SEEING A LOT OF THOSE PEOPLE AT THAT EVENT E. AND THEN I WENT TO THE DALE MABRY BOOK READING EVENT. AND I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU JUST ONE LITTLE POINT ABOUT THAT. YOU KNOW, THEY TAKE UNIQUE WAYS TO ALLOW THE KIDS TO DRESS UP ON DIFFERENT DAYS, AND THEY HAVE TO TAKE A BOOK -- AND I KNOW YOU HEARD THIS BEFORE, BUT THEY HAVE TO TAKE A BOOK AND THEY HAVE TO DRESS IN CHARACTER. AND THIS FOURTH GRADE CLASS HAD TO DESIGN A PUSH BUTTON. YOU PUSH THE BUTTON FOR THEM TO LET YOU SPEAK. YOU AREN'T LIKE A REAL PERSON UNTIL YOU PUSH A BUTTON. WHEN YOU PUSH THE BUTTON THEY GO INTO DEPTH OF THE VERBAL SKILLS OF THAT BOOK AND WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT. AND I AM SITTING HERE THINKING, REMEMBER THE DAY WHEN YOU HAD TO DO A BOOK REPORT IN FRONT OF THE CLASS AND WOULD YOU GET STOMACH PAINS THE NIGHT BEFORE? THERE WAS NO STOMACH PAINS IN THIS ROOM THERE. WERE PROBABLY 30 PARENTS GOING AROUND PUSHING THE BUTTON. AND EVERY CHILD WAS EXPRESSING THEMSELVES WITH LARGE VERBAL SKILLS. IT WAS FASCINATING TO SEE THE INTERACTION GOING ON. AND IT MADE VERY ME VERY PROUD TO BE A PART OF THAT EDUCATION PROCESS. AND I JUST THINK THAT WE HAVE GREAT THINGS GOING ON IN THE DISTRICT. AND I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY OF SERVING. SO THANK YOU.  

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND I WILL TRY TO BE AS BRIEF AS POSSIBLE, BUT I HAVE QUITE A FEW THINGS TO MENTION. I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT TO TRACYE BROWN FOR HER WORK AT PARENT UNIVERSITY LAST SATURDAY. THAT WAS THE FIRST PARENT UNIVERSITY THAT WE HAVE HAD THAT FOCUSED SOLELY ON EARLY LEARNING AND BRINGING ACTUALLY NEW PEOPLE FROM THE COMMUNITY INTO THIS DISTRICT FOCK SEE WHAT WE DO, AROUND EARLY LEARNING, AND THAT IS THE THIRD EVENT IN THE LAST MONTH THAT WE HAVE HAD AROUND EARLY LEARNING. SO I APPLAUD YOU. WE HAVE HAD NOW A MEETING AT THE MUSEUM, SEN ERRED AROUND EARLY LEARNING WITH A FANTASTIC SPEAKER. WE HAVE HAD PARENT USED. THEN WE HAD OTHER, WHAT DID WE CALL IT YESTERDAY, A FISH BOWL CONVERSATION AROUND EARLY LEARNING AGAIN. SO I APPLAUD THE WORK THAT YOU AND THE DIVISION ARE DOING TO LOOK BEYOND WHAT WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE AND HOW WE CAN BETTER ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY AT OUR CURRENT SITES AND HOW THEY ARE WORKING WITH EARLY LEARNING. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORT THERE. AND THANK YOU, OF COURSE, TO MARTHA ERICSON FOR PUTTING ON YET ANOTHER PARENT UNIVERSITY AT THAT EARLY IN THE MORNING OUT AT FRANK FRANKLIN. I WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU TO MARK FROM COACHING ALLIANCE, THE SUPERINTENDENT AND I, AN EVENT LAST WEEK WITH GREAT TURNOUT AND GREAT SPEAKERS, AND I SHOULD HAVE BROUGHT THE VIDEO. EVERYONE ELSE BRINGS THEIR VIDEO, A REALLY GREAT NEW MESSAGE THAT THEY HAVE OUT ABOUT KEEPING KIDS IN THE GAME AND WHAT IT MEANS TO STUDENTS AND TO YOUNG ATHLETES TO HAVE SPORTS TO GO WITH THEIR ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE. SO THANK YOU TO THAT GROUP. AND A SPECIAL SHOUTOUT TO MARK FOR BRINGING THE -- HE WAS ABLE TO BRING THE GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL BAND OUT THEREBY TO WELCOME GUESTS AS THEY CAME IN. SO THANK YOU TO GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL FOR MAKING THAT HAPPEN THAT MORNING AND FOR MARK FOR AFFORDING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY AND THE BUSES TO GET THERE. I ALSO HAVE A SPECIAL -- SOME OF YOU MAY HAVE SEEN IT ON NEWS DESK BUT JPMORGAN CHASE PARTNERED RECENTLY WITH THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION TO RAISE DOLLARS WHEREFORE FOR GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL, WHO IS HEADED TO CARNEGIE HALL IN THE SPRING, AND THEY DID A CHECK PRESENTATION LAST FRIDAY NIGHT AT THEIR LAST HOME FOOTBALL GAME, NOT THEIR LAST GAME BUT THEIR LAST HOME GAME, IT WAS SENIOR NIGHT. AND I WAS A LITTLE TAKEN ABACK. DR. BROWN AND I WERE STANDING THERE, AND I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT THEY COLLECTED AND DONATED $32,000 TO THE GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL BAND IN THE NAME OF CHRISTOPHER SANTALISE KILLED IN THE ORLANDO NIGHTCLUB PULSE INCIDENTS. I WAS KIND OF SHAKEN BY THE NUMBER. IT WAS A FANTASTIC PRESENTATION. THE ENTIRE FAMILY WAS THERE AS WELL AS THE STAFF, AND THE BAND WAS ON THE FIELD. SO THANK YOU TO EDUCATION FOUNDATION FOR COORDINATING ALL OF THAT EFFORT AND TO JPMORGAN CHASE FOR ACTUALLY PUTTING TOGETHER THAT FUND-RAISER. I ALSO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND WITH SEVERAL PEOPLE FROM THE DISTRICT THE BUILD TAMPA BAY LUNCHEON THAT THEY CONVENED ABOUT A WEEK AGO, AND LISTENED TO THEIR PROSPECTS FOR MOVING THE WORKFORCE INTO THE DISTRICT AND HOW WE HELPED THAT. THEY HAVE TWO EVENTS COMING UP THAT I WOULD LOVE TO SEE AS PROMOTE HEAVILY. ONE IS ON NOVEMBER 16th AT HCC AND YOU WILL HAVE TO FORGIVE ME, VAN, I DON'T REMEMBER THE DATE OF THE OTHER ONE. I KNOW IT'S IN THE SPRING. BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GET THOSE DATES ON THE CALENDAR AND THAT BOARD MEMBERS ARE AWARE OF THEM. THE ONE ON THE 16th IS AT HCC. IT'S ACTUALLY AN EVENT FROM 5 TO 8 WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO BRING STUDENTS AND WORKFORCE TOGETHER. AND THEN AGAIN IN THE SPRING THEY ARE GOING TO DO VERY SIMILAR TO WHAT WE DID LAST YEAR. SO I'M EXCITE ABOUT THOSE TWO EVENTS AND ABOUT HOW WE BRING THE WORKFORCE AND OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT -- OR THINKING THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GO ONTO A POST-SECONDARY SITUATION. WE BRING THOSE TWO ENTITIES TOGETHER. GREAT AMERICAN TEACH-IN IS COMING UP ON THE 17th. SO THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE NOT SIGNED UP, I HAVE PLENTY OF SCHOOLS LOOKING FOR SPEAKERS IF YOU NEED HELP FINDING ONE. AND I THINK I HAVE ONE OTHER THING I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT. I HAVE A TEACHER THAT HAS BEEN KIND OF E-MAILING ME BACK AND FORTH ON THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN HAPPENING WITH THE UNION, AND IDEAS THAT HE HAS, AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HE MENTIONED YESTERDAY OR TODAY, HE TALKED ABOUT THE LOSS OF INSTRUCTIONAL TIME THAT SOME OF OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS HAVE THAT REVOLVE AROUND, FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN YOU GIVE AN END OF COURSE EXAM AND THEN YOU HAVE TO HAVE MAKEUPS, AND THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS THAT GET PULLED OUT OF CLASSES TO DO MAKE-UP EXAMS AND HOW TEACHERS LOSE THAT TIME BECAUSE YOU MAY HAVE TEN KIDS THAT HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR CLASSROOM TO DO A MAKE-UP TEST OR TO GO TO SOME OTHER SITUATION. SO HOW DO WE -- YOU CAN'T STOP TEACHING. HOW DO YOU BRING THE TEN WHO HAD TO LEAVE TO RETAKE A TEST UP TO SPEED WITH THE REST OF THE CLASS AND NOT HOLD THE REST OF THE CLASS BACK WHILE YOU ARE WAITING FOR THE OTHER TEN TO OCCUR? SO -- TO RETURN? SO IT'S CUD S SOMETHING WE HAVE BEEN GOING BACK AND FORTH, AND I WILL SHARE WITH YOU, MRS. AGRESTA AND MR. PETERS, SOME OF THE IDEAS THAT COMING FORTH FROM THIS VERY WELL-SPOKEN TEACHER AT A HIGH SCHOOL EVENT THAT IS VERY VOCAL ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING. BUT THERE'S CHUNKS OF INSTRUCTION THAT GET MISSED BECAUSE OF THINGS LIKE THAT. AND THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY GOODBYE TO MRS. KURDELL AND TON MRS. EDGECOMB. I KNOW YOU ALREADY HAVE ASSIGNMENTS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE COMING BACK FOR. SHE RAISED HER EYEBROWS LIKE SHE DOESN'T KNOW THAT SHE'S COMING BACK FOR AN EARLY LEARNING. (MUSIC PLAYS). FOUR AND A HALF YEARS. BUT I WILL MISS YOU BOTH.  

>>April Griffin: MRS. SNIVELY?  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I JUST WANT TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAY THANK YOU TO MRS. KURDELL AND THANK YOU TO MRS. EDGECOMB. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR BEING AMAZING COLLEAGUES. TO SIT UP HERE WITH YOU HAS BEEN AN HONOR. AND ALTHOUGH I HAVE NOT BEEN A BOARD MEMBER VERY LONG, ONLY TWO YEARS NOW, I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A STRONG BOARD MEMBER, WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN ARTICULATE BOARD MEMBER, WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A BOARD MEMBER WHO CAN TRAWL PUT CHILDREN FIRST AND MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON PEOPLE'S LIVES. AND I WILL MISS YOU BOTH VERY DEARLY. AND I HOPE THAT OUR FRIENDSHIPS CAN CONTINUE LONG, LONG AFTER YOU HAVE DECIDED TO DO WHATEVER IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST. AFTER LEAVING THESE CHAMBERS. SO IT IS SO MEANINGFUL TO ME TO HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE WORKED ALONGSIDE YOU FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT.  

>>April Griffin: MR. EAKINS?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ALL RIGHT. I AM GOING TO LEAVE A SUSPENDED AGENDA TOPIC, TO ONE OF OUR BIG ITEMS ON OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA IS HOW OUR STUDENTS ARE DOING AND I THINK THE OFFICE OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT PRETTY WELL TOOK CARE OF THAT ONE TONIGHT FOR US. SO THANK YOU, VAN, FOR TAKING CARE OF THAT FOR US. THE OTHER ITEM IS I HAD A MEETING YESTERDAY, AND MR. PETERS AND I MET WITH PRINCIPALS BUT THERE'S ONE PARTICULAR SCHOOL THAT I WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO, SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL. IF YOU HAVEN'T BEEN TO SLIGH RECENTLY, GETS OVER TO SLIGH AND SEE THE PRINCIPAL, THE STAFF ARE DOING FOR KIDS. IT'S PRETTY INCREDIBLE. SOME STATISTICS. SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL HAS SEEN AN 80% INCREASE IN THE PTS AT PARTICIPATION FORBE PARENTS. THEY HAVE SO MANY MORE VOLUNTEERS THIS YEAR SUPPORTING THE SCHOOL. AND SO I JUST WANT TO LET THE COMMUNITY KNOW HOW BIG OF AN IMPACT THAT MAKES, YOU ARE HAVING A HEAVY LIFT, YOU ARE DOING A LOT OF GREAT CHANGES, BUT ALSO STILL THE DAY-TO-DAY STRUGGLES, THEY NEED AS MUCH MENTORING AND SUPPORT AS POSSIBLE. SO THE STEPPING UP OF PARENTS AND VOLUNTEERS AT SLIGH HAS BEEN INCREDIBLE. THE SLY STUDENTS ARE EXPERIENCING SOME AMAZING THINGS OUT IN THE COMMUNITY, GETTING STUDENTS OUT OF THE WALLS OF SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL AND GETTING INTO THE COMMUNITY IS IMPORTANT FOR THE SCHOOL AND FOR THE STUDENTS. SO STEP UP STUDENT SUCCESS, STUDENTS VISITED THE TAMPA BAY MUSEUM OF ARTS FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. SO GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR THE STUDENTS. THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COURTHOUSE WITH JUDGE HOLDER FOR LIVE EXPERIENCE. MAGNET STUDENTS VISITED MOSI AND DISSECTIONS AND SUITEDITURING OF SYNTHETIC SKIN AND EKG READINGS AND ALSO THE MAGNET STUDENTS TOURED THE MOFFITT CANCER CENTER ON NUTRITION. SO USING THIS COMMUNITY AS A CLASSROOM, WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT THAT. WE CAN GET SO MUCH INSTRUCTION WITHIN THE FOUR WALLS OF THE CLASSROOM BUT WE HAVE SO MANY GREAT RESOURCE AS ROUND THIS COMMUNITY THAT OUR STUDENTS CAN BE PARTICIPATING IN. SO GIVE A SHUTOUT TO SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND SOME OF MY COMMENTS THIS EVENING, I WILL BE VERY BRIEF. WE HAVE THE CHOICE APPLICATION PERIOD THAT IS OPENING UP. THAT'S ALWAYS A BUSY TIME FOR OUR CHOICE OFFICE. SO THEY ARE ABOUT READY TO GET REALLY BUSY BUSY. THE HILLSBOROUGH CHOICE APPLICATION PERIOD OPENED TODAY AT NOON. FAMILIES INTERESTED IN APPLYING TO A MAGNET PROGRAM, TECH PROGRAM OR HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL CAN APPLY ON LINE UNTIL DECEMBER 9th, 2016. SO COME EXPLORE ALL THE OPTIONS OUR DISTRICT OFFICE AT THE HILLSBOROUGH CHOICE EXPO, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, THAT'S THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS, IN THE FLORIDA CENTER.  THIS IS A FREE EVENT AND IT'S FROM 3:00 TO 7:00 P.M. AND STILL HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN, FOOD TRUCKS, THERE'S ENTERTAINMENT, AND THERE IS AN APPLICATION THERE. SO GIVING THANKS. YES, THANKSGIVING IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER. WITH THANKSGIVING QUICKLY APPROACHING WE HAVE LAUNCHED A MONTH OF WHAT WE ARE CALLING GIVING THANKS. THERE IS SO MUCH THAT WE ALL HAVE TO BE THANKFUL FOR IN OUR LIVES.  WE ARE ASKING OUR STAFF, OUR STUDENTS TO TELL US WHAT THEY ARE MOST GRATEFUL FOR THIS SEASON. SO FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AND USE THE HASHTAG GIVING THANKS. AND MRS. VALDEZ ALREADY ALLUDED TO SOME HAITI RELIEF EFFORTS THAT WE TALKED BECOME AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING. SO THERE ARE THOSE PALLETS. FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS OUR SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS OFFICES HAVE BEEN PARTICIPATING IN A BASICS NEEDS DRIVE TO HELP PEOPLE OF HAITI AFTER HURRICANE MATTHEW, ALSO WORKING WITH IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS TO HELP SHIP. TO DATE WE RECEIVED OVER 500 POUNDS AND DOPE NATIONS ARE STILL COMING IN SO I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THE HELP WITH THAT. AND I ALSO WANTED TO EXPRESS AS I SAID EARLIER MY APPRECIATION AND THANKS TO ALL OF OUR STAFF, OUR DEDICATED TEACHERS AND WONDERFUL LEADERS AT OUR SCHOOLS. I THINK IT WAS EVIDENT TONIGHT THAT THEY ARE DOING SOME AIZE MAG THINGS EACH AND EVERY DAY. AS WE FACE CHALLENGING TIMES, AS WE MENTIONED, WE CAN NEVER KEEP OUR EYE OFF THE PRIZE. AND THE PRIZE IS OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR SUCCESS. AND I JUST WANT TO LET ALL OF THE STAFF ACROSS THIS DISTRICT KNOW HOW PROUD I AM OF THEM FOR, AS WE FACE CHALLENGING DECISIONS AND CHALLENGING TIMES THAT THE STEADY HAND OF A GREAT TEACHER AND A GREAT LEADER AT SCHOOLS IS WHAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.  SO I APPRECIATE THAT. AND SPEAKING OF STEADY HANDS AND STEADY LEADERS, I WOULD NOT LEAVE THIS BOARD MEETING WITHOUT MAKING SURE MRS. KURDELL AND MRS. EDGECOMB KNOW ON BEHALF OF THIS DISTRICT, I SAID AT YOUR RECEPTIONS, BUT I AM NOT GOING TO DO IT WITH SUNGLASSES ON, MRS. KURDELL, JUST SO YOU KNOW. BUT ON BEHALF OF THIS DISTRICT, WHAT AN AMAZING PRIVILEGE IT HAS BEEN TO NOT ONLY KNOW YOU BUT TO SEE YOUR LEADERSHIP AND THE IMPACT THAT YOU HAD ACROSS THIS COMMUNITY AND THIS ORGANIZATION. I THINK IT WAS SAID AT BOTH OF YOUR RECEPTIONS BY DIFFERENT PEOPLE THAT BECAUSE OF THE WAY YOU SERVED THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WE ARE A BETTER SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE ARE BETTER IN EVERYTHING WE DO BECAUSE THE WAY YOU SERVED THE STUDENTS IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE ARE GOING TO END THIS MEETING BY GIVING YOU ONE MORE STANDING OVATION. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> I DON'T OFFICIALLY END THE MEETING. THAT'S MRS. GRIFFIN'S JOB.  

>>April Griffin: WELL, BEFORE I OFFICIALLY END, I DO HAVE TO DO ONE MATTER OF HOUSE CLEANING. BEFORE OUR REORGANIZATION MEETING, BOARD MEMBERS, YOU WILL RECEIVE AN E-MAIL FROM TIFFANY ON THE BOARD ASSIGNMENTS, ALL THE DIFFERENT BOARDS THAT WE SERVE ON, TAKE A LOOK AT THEM, AND START THINKING ABOUT HOW YOU CAN APPLY YOUR TALENTS TO DIFFERENT BOARDS THAT WE HAVE. SO THAT WILL BE FORTHCOMING. AND THEN THE NEXT MEETING WE HAVE IS OUR REORGANIZATION MEETING OF. SO THAT BEING SAID, WE HAVE A WORKSHOP. AND THEN THE DISCIPLINE WORKSHOP. MRS. EDGECOMB, I MADE SURE THAT WE HAVE THAT BEFORE YOU WOULD NOT BE HERE SO YOU COULD HAVE A VOICE IN THAT, BUT ALWAYS HAVE A VOICE. YOU KNOW THAT. BUT THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING UP. AND SO WE WILL NOT HAVE THE CHANCE TO SAY HAPPY THANKSGIVING. I KNOW IT'S EARLY CONSIDERING IT WAS JUST HALLOWEEN YESTERDAY. BUT HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THIS BOARD. AND EVERYBODY HAVE A GREAT NOVEMBER AND HOLIDAY SEASON. OF THIS WILL BE MY LAST MEETING THAT I CHAIR, AS I SAID EARLIER. I DON'T WANT TO DO IT ANYMORE. SO IT'S A LOT OF WORK. IT'S A JOB ON TOP OF A JOB. BUT I HAVE ENJOYED WORKING WITH EACH OF YOU THIS YEAR IN THIS POSITION. AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. I APPRECIATE IT. AND THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.