Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Recognition Meeting from December 13th, 2016, 5:30 P.M.

(SOUNDING GAVEL). 

>> I CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER. IF WE COULD ALL PLEASE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. (MOMENT OF SILENCE).

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

>> THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA, PLEASE. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDEZ AND A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND THE AGENDA IS ADOPTED. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT. WE ARE GOING TO START OFF TODAY WITH THE RECOGNITION OF JENNINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT JANAE HUFF FOR HER HEROISM IN SUPPORT OF OUR COMMUNITY. I THIS I THIS IS BEING PRESENTED BY OUR CHIEF OF SCHOOLS. I'M SORRY, RICHARD SHANTY, PRINCIPAL OF JENNINGS IS GOING TO COME FORWARD. YOU LOOK SCARED. IT OKAY.

>> IF YOU SAW HER THIS MORNING ON THE NEWS, SHE WAS VERY COMPOSED. GOOD EVENING. AGAIN WE WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE JANAE HUFF FOR HER ACT OF HER OH HIM IN THE CLASSROOM. SHE RECOGNIZED A STUDENT WAS CHOKING AND PERFORMED THE HEIMLICH MANEUVER TO DISLODGE THE ITEM. SO I WANT TO GIVE HER A LITTLE PLAQUE OF RECOGNITION AND BRING HER BEFORE THE BOARD AND BRING THE FAMILY FOR WHAT A GREAT THING SHE DID. YOU MAY WANT TO ASK HER SOME QUESTIONS. SHE'S VERY BRIGHT. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, MISS HUFF. I'M SURE WE HAVE SOME BOARD MEMBERS THAT HAVE QUESTIONS. DON'T WALK AWAY JUST YET. COME BACK HERE. MRS. SNIVELY.

>> MS. HUFF, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR AWARD FOR HEROISM. THAT IS AMAZING. AND YOU SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF YOURSELF. I KNOW THAT WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU, AND WE THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT AND ALLOWING US TO RECOGNIZE YOU. I THINK OUT OF CURIOSITY, SOME OF US MAY BE WANTING TO KNOW MANEUVER?

>> A POSTER.

>> A POSTER? AND WAS THIS POSTER AT YOUR SCHOOL?

>> YES, IT WAS.

>>Melissa Snively: FANTASTIC. I'M SO GLAD YOU PAID ATTENTION TO WHAT WAS ON THE POSTER SO THAT YOU COULD BE THERE FOR YOUR CLASSMATE AND SAVE THEIR LIFE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE. CONGRATULATIONS.

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

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. SWEETHEART, IT'S AMAZING TO SEE YOU UP HERE. AND, YOU KNOW, OFF TIMES, STUDENTS DON'T GET CAUGHT DOING GOOD, RIGHT?

>> YES.

>>Susan Valdes: SO THIS IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT LEADERSHIP AND BEING CAUGHT DOING GOOD DOES. SO YOU ARE DEFINITELY A BRIGHT STAR IN OUR DISTRICT, AND I HOPE THAT YOU USE THIS PARTICULAR EXPERIENCE TO KNOW THAT ONE PERSON CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN ANOTHER PERSON'S LIFE. AND SWEETHEART, YOU DID. THANK YOU FOR MAKING US PROUD. AND MOM, CONGRATULATIONS. AWESOME. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: MEMBER SHAMBURGER.

>> I WANT TO SAY I'M VERY PROUD OF YOU. I'M A BRAND NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER AND THIS IS MY FIRST RECOGNITION MEETING AND YOU ARE THE T FIRST STUDENT THAT HAS BEEN IN FRONT OF ME AND I'LL TELL YOU, I AM GOING TO REMEMBER THIS FOREVER. I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR BEING BRAVE. YOU ARE CERTAINLY A ROLE MODEL FOR ALL. YOU KNOW, SOMETIMES IT'S NOT EASY TO DO -- IT'S EASIER TO DO OTHER THINGS. YOU COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING DIFFERENT BUT YOU DECIDED TO USE WHAT YOU SAW ON THAT POSTER AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE TO SAVE SOMEONE'S LIFE. YOU'RE A STAR AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING SO BRAVE. CONGRATULATIONS.

>> THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. OUR NEXT RECOGNITION IS A RECOGNITION OF THE STUDENT MEDIA FESTIVAL WINNERS FROM BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL. AND GLENN WALDEN, SUPERVISOR OF CAREER TECHNICAL WILL COME FORWARD TO PRESENT THIS.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND SENIOR STAFF. THE FAME JIM HARVEST MEDIA FESTIVAL WAS FORMED FOR JIM HARBIN WHO ORIGINATED THE IDEA OF A STATE WIDE STUDENT MEDIA FESTIVAL TO RECOGNIZE THE EXCELLENT WORK BEING DONE ACROSS THE STATE OF FLORIDA BY OUR STUDENT MEDIA PRODUCERS. THIS YEAR, BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL WAS ABLE TO TAKE HOME MULTIPLE TO HONORS FOR THE STATE WIDE COMPETITION. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THESE TALENTED STUDENT PRODUCERS. FOR FIRST PLACE IN DRAMA PRODUCTION, CALLED KYLE TRAN AND MADDIE GLAS. [ APPLAUSE ] FIRST PLACE FOR NEW SHOW -- AND THIS IS THEIR NEW SHOW WDUZ AT THE SCHOOL, THEY WERE FIRST PLACE IN THE STATE, CREW MEMBERS KYLE TRAN, MADDIE GLAS, ZUREIL COUSIN, EITHER AN HUGGINS, ZAC NORRIS, AND TITO RODRIGUEZ. SECOND PLACE, INSTRUCTIONAL FILM, HOW TO MAKE AN ANIMATION WITH DIANE TURNER WHO WE HAVE ALREADY UP HERE. THEN SECOND PLACE DOCUMENTARY CALLED THE IMPACT OF THE ART IS MADDIE GLAS, AND BRIANA FLUORO. THEY ARE ACCOMPANIED BY THEIR TEACHER AND THEIR ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. [ APPLAUSE ] THEY HAVE DONE AMAZING WORK. THEY TWEET ALL THE TIME. THEY HAVE YOUTUBE VIDEOS AND THEY ARE DOING SOME GREAT THINGS AT BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. I HAD A CHANCE TO WATCH SOME OF THE VIDEOS THAT YOU DID PRODUCE. MR. PHILLIPS AND I ARE FRIENDS, AND SO HE SENDS THEM TO ME FREQUENTLY. AND YOU GUYS DO AN AMAZING JOB. SO THANK YOU. MRS. GRIFFIN.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. GO YELLOW JACKETS. BOTH OF MY BOYS GRADUATED FROM THERE. I DID GET TO SEE FAIRLY ME AND WOW, THAT'S ALL I CAN SAY TO THAT. IT'S POWERFUL. AND THANK YOU FOR BRINGING SOMETHING LIKE THAT OUT THERE. BUT CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU. AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THE HARD WORK THAT YOU PUT INTO YOUR JOBS FOR THESE STUDENTS. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>April Griffin: TURN AROUND SO THEY CAN TAKE A PICK FUR. THE OTHER WAY. THANK YOU AGAIN. CONGRATULATIONS. OUR NEXT RECOGNITION OF WINNERS ARE FROM THE TAMPA, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, OUR HISPANIC HERITAGE ART CONTEST, DANA WARNER, SUPERVISOR OF K-12 ART

>> GOOD EVENING. CHAIRWOMAN STUART, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. THE TAMPA, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY ORGANIZES A COUNTYWIDE CONTEST IN SEPTEMBER THAT ALLOWS STUDENTS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO THE GENERATIONS OF HISPANIC AMERICANS WHO POSITIVELY INFLUENCED AND ENRICHED OUR COMMUNITY AND NATION. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE MELISSA HOVEY, PRINCIPAL LIBRARIAN OF THE JOHN F. GERMANY LIBRARY WHO WILL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT THE CONTEST AND RECOGNIZE STUDENT AWARD WINNERS.

>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. I'M SO PLEASED TO BE HERE IN FRONT OF YOU ALL TONIGHT, AND TO HAVE MOST OF OUR WINNERS OF THE CONTEST WITH US TONIGHT. WE HAD OVER 500 ENTRIES INTO THIS CONTEST. WE DO IT EVERY YEAR FOR THE LITTLE KIDS WE DO A CONTEST. FOR THE OLDER KIDS WE DO A POST OAR. I HAVE PACKETS FOR YOU SO YOU CAN SEE THE AMAZING TALENT ENOUGH THIS COUNTY AND OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND WHAT OUR ARTS PROGRAMS ARE DOING FOR THE KIDS. SO THESE ARE OUR WINNERS OUT OF THE 500 AMAZING ENTRIES. WHAT WE HAD THIS YEAR WAS WONDERFUL COMBINATION OF EXCELLENT BUT DIFFICULT TO JUDGE. SO IT TOOK US ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF OF GOING THROUGH AND GOING THROUGH AND GOING THROUGH, BUT WE FINALLY FOUND, THESE ARE OUR WONDERFUL WINNERS. WE ARE GOING TO START WITH THE LITTLE GUYS FIRST. THE LITTLE KIDS, GRADES 1, 2 AND 3, WE OFFERED THEM A YEAR-LONG PASS TO THE GLAZER MUSEUM FOR THEIR ENTIRE FAMILY, DONATED BY THE GLAZER MUSEUM. THEY ALSO GET COPIES OF THEIR BOOKMARKS. SO I DO HAVE CERTIFICATES TONIGHT FOR THE WINNERS. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE OUR FIRST PLACE WINNER FROM GRADE 2 AND CRESTWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BRANDON BUI. HIS ART TEACHER IS KAREN. THIS IS BRANDON. BRANDON CREATED A WONDERFUL BOOKMARK. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR NEXT WINNERS IN SECOND PLACE HAVE MOVED OUT OF THE COUNTRY. SHE IS NIVEDIT SHENOY. THEY ARE MAKING SURE SHE GETS HER PRIZE. OUR NEXT GRADES 3-5, WE GAVE THOSE KIDS NOT ONLY COPIES OF THEIR BOOKMARKS BUT AN AWESOME DELUXE ART KIT, WE ARE TALKING A BIG AWESOME ART KIT PROFESSIONAL SO THEY CAN CONTINUE THEIR ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS HOPEFULLY THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL SO THEY CAN KEEP BINNING THIS. FOR FIRST PLACE, WHO UNFORTUNATELY WAS NOT ABLE TO JOIN US, WE HAVE KATHRYN VERRANDO FROM APOLLO BEACH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL N.SECOND PLACE WE HAVE SIMLA TANRIVERDI FROM CRESTWOOD AGAIN. YOU WILL SEE THE WONDERFUL COLORS AND MOVEMENTS. CONGRATULATIONS. KEEP IT UP. NEXT WE DID MIDDLE SCHOOL. MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL WE BOTH GAVE THE SAME PRIZE, A VERY GENEROUS DONATION FROM THE TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART, A YEAR LONG MEMBERSHIP FROM THEM AND THEIR FAMILIES SO THEY CAN GO ANYTIME. THEY ALSO GAVE THEM THE PARTNERSHIP MEMBERSHIPS WHICH WAS SOMETHING WE DIDN'T EXPECT, SO THEY CAN GO TO MUSEUMS ALL OVER THE STATE, WHEREVER THEY ARE. THEY CAN VISIT MUSEUMS THAT ARE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE TAMPA MUSEUM OF ART. SO THESE ARE THE POSTERS THAT YOU WILL SEE. AMAZING, AMAZING TALENT. OUR FIRST WINNER IS EVAN GATSCHER. OUR FIRST PLACE WINNER, FROM ORANGE GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] AND HIS ART TEACHER IS JODIE CHANDLER. [ APPLAUSE ] SECOND PLACE, WE HAVE SARAH LITTLE FROM MARTINEZ MIDDLE. AND HER ART TEACHER VANESSA SMITH. [ APPLAUSE ] THEN OUR HIGH SCHOOL KIDS. THESE ARE TRULY EXTRAORDINARY AND IT WAS SO HARD TO PICK THESE TWO WINNERS, BUT WE FINALLY CAME DOWN TO TWO OF OUR BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, BOTH TAUGHT BY MOLLY DRESSLER. FIRST PLACE, OH, SHE IS HERE? YAY, SHE'S HERE. WE HAVE ANDY VIGGEGAS. WHEN YOU SEE ANDY'S ART WORK IT IS AMAZING. YOU WILL SEE THAT SHE INSTEAD OF CHOOSING A BUILDING, SHE CHOSE A MICROCOSM OF HISPANIC HERITAGE WHICH IS A FAMILY MEAL, AND HER STYLE IS SO ORIGINAL AND SO WONDERFUL. ENJOY THAT. THEN SECOND PLACE WE HAVE ERIN EXUM, ALSO BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND THE LAST PERSON I WANT TO RECOGNIZE IS ALL OF YOU, AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING ART IN OUR SCHOOLS, AND FOR BEING A WONDERFUL PARTNER WITH THE PUBLIC LIBRARY. YOU ARE ONE OF OUR MOST CHERISHED PARTNERS. SO THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU. I REMEMBER LAST YEAR WE DECORATED CUBICALS WITH THESE. WE HAD THEM UP ALL OVER FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. OUR NEXT RECOGNITION IS OF OUR CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT FIRMS AND OFFICE OF SUPPLY AND DIVERSITY VENDORS FROM SMALL BUSINESS ENTERPRISE AND ENCOURAGEMENT PROGRAM. MRS. MINERVA SPANNER MARROW.

>> GOOD EVENING, MRS. STEWART STUART, SCHOOL BOARD CHAIRS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, MEMBERS AND GUESTS. AS THE CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER, IT'S AN HONOR AND PLEASURE TO HIGHLIGHT TONIGHT ONE OF THE SUCCESSES OF OUR SUPPLY DIVERSITY OFFICE WITH OUR REGISTERED VENDORS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK ERIC GRAHAM, HIS STAFF, MR. ROBERT MORRISON, CONSULTANCY, AND HIS STAFF FOR THEIR HARD WORK WITH OUR VENDORS. I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE ERIC GRAHAM WHO WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ALL BUSINESS VENDORS WHO EARNED AT LEAST OVER $100,000 FOR THEIR WORK WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

>> MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. I AM ERIC GRAHAM, THE SUPPLIER DIVERSITY OFFICER FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND ONE OF THE JOYS OF THIS POSITION IS GETTING TO KNOW THE EXCITING, VERY CAPABLE 600 VENDORS THAT ARE IN OUR SMALL BUSINESS ENCOURAGEMENT PROGRAM. THIS EVENING, WE ARE GOING TO INTRODUCE THREE CATEGORIES OF VENDORS OR PROGRAM PARTNERS WHO ILLUSTRATE JUST HOW SUCCESSFUL A PROGRAM CAN BE BY EITHER BEING CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS OR SERVICE PROVIDERS WHO EARNED $100,000 OR MORE WITH A BUSINESS IN THE DISTRICT. NOW, THERE'S GOING TO BE A GREAT DIVERSITY OF THE VENDORS THAT YOU WILL SEE, BECAUSE THEY DO ALL SORTS OF THINGS THAT FACILITATE OUR TEACHERS, OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR STUDENTS, AND IT'S THEIR SUCCESS THAT WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE TODAY. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THAT THE BOARD CHAIR, SUPERINTENDENT, AND OUR CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER COME IN FRONT OF THE DAIS, AND I AM GOING TO JOIN THEM, AND WE'LL RECOGNIZE OUR RECIPIENTS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. OUR FIRST COMPANY IS THE AV MORGAN CORPORATION. [ APPLAUSE ] UNITED DATA TECHNOLOGY. HALFACRE CONSTRUCTION COMPANY. [ APPLAUSE ] AND ALTA VISTA COMMUNICATIONS. AMSEUR TECHNOLOGY. APOLLO SUN GUARD SYSTEMS. ENCON INCORPORATED. ENCORE BROADCAST EQUIPMENT SALES. AND ENGINEERING PROFESSIONALS. ES CONSULTING INCORPORATED. GSA SECURITY. HAGAR IMAGING. HOLMES, HEPNER AND ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS. AND MARKS AIR INCORPORATED. [ APPLAUSE ] MENDEZ ALL SERVICES. MID FLORIDA ARMOR AND ATM SERVICES, INCORPORATED. PHOENIX ENGINEERING GROUP. R.J. ADVERTISING. RENAL BUILDING. SAN FRANCISCO UPHOLSTERY GROUP. TORO CONSTRUCTION SERVICES. KEY SOLUTIONS CORPORATION. T SOLUTIONS CORPORATION. AND WILDER ARCHITECTURE. [ APPLAUSE ] WE WOULD LIKE TO ASK EVERYONE NOW TO GIVE A ROUND OF APPLAUSE TO ALL OF OUR RECIPIENTS THIS EVENING. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> SO I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE THESE VENDORS AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS. THEY ALL WORK SO VERY HARD TO REACH THE LEVELS THAT THEY WERE ELECTRIC NICED FOR, AND THE GROUPS THAT YOU SAW REPRESENT SUCH A VARIETY OF SERVICES PROVIDED. WE DID CALLS AND GET VISITS FROM THE VENDORS AND ESPECIALLY IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS THEY HAVE BEEN COMING IN PRETTY REGULAR TO SHOW THEIR APPRECIATION FOR THE FULFILLING PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE HERE. WE HAVE SMALL BUSINESS ENCOURAGEMENT PROGRAM. SO I WOULD LIKE TO TELL EACH OF YOU, WHEN I TELL EACH OF THEM, IN MY ESTIMATION, THIS SBE PROGRAM IS UNPARALLELED IN CENTRAL FLORIDA IF NOT THE STATE. BUT IT IS NOT POSSIBLE WITH ONE DIVERSITY OFFICER, SUPPLIER DIVERSITY OFFICER. IT TAKES A CULTURE, AND THAT'S WHAT HAPPENS. WHEN THE VENDORS COME IN, THEY DON'T GET A CONTRACT, THEY GET A CULTURE. AND TO SUSTAIN THAT CULTURE WE HAVE TO HAVE VERY HARD WORKING ENERGETIC BUSINESS PARTNERS INSIDE THIS DISTRICT. SO EACH WEEK, IT HAPPENS THIS WAY. AT THE INVITATION OF OUR CHIEF OFFICER CHRIS FARKAS, WE GET THE CHANCE TO MEET WITH HIS STAFF, AND AT THE READY, MR. WIEGMAN AND MR. MOORE HAVE REPORTS ON HOW EACH OF THE MAINTENANCE DIVISIONS ARE DOING AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS AND UTILIZATIONS OF SBE VENDORS. IF THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY, THEN IN REALTIME, WE SUPPLY THAT OPPORTUNITY TO OUR VENDORS. MANY TIMES I HAVE TO KNOCK ON THE DOOR OF PROCUREMENT, AND COREY MURPHY KNOWS THAT IT MIGHT TAKE US A WHILE, SHE WELCOMES ME IN WITH THE FULL PLATE THAT SHE HAS, AND WE SIT DOWN, AND WHAT WE DO IS WE CRAFT OUR FPs OR INVITATIONS TO BID THAT GIVE THOSE SMALL BUSINESS VENDORS THAT YOU JUST SAW A CHANCE TO COMPETE WITH VENDORS THAT ARE 5 OR 6 TIMES THEIR SIZE. AND THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE. IT NOT ONLY TAKES TIME BUT IT'S MENTALLY INTENSE. IT'S NOT COOKIE CUTTER. WHAT YOU DO ONE TIME YOU CAN'T REPEAT THE NEXT. EVERY TIME IS INDIVIDUAL. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE -- YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN CLOSE ENOUGH TO SEE IT BUT SOME OF THE VENDORS, THEY LIT UP WHEN THEY SAW THE SUPERINTENDENT. AND THERE'S A REASON FOR THAT. MOST DON'T GET THAT REACTION. BUT THE REASON FOR THAT IS ANYTIME WE GO TO THE SUPERINTENDENT, AND WE HAVE AN IDEA OR A PROCESS THAT MIGHT HELP THE DISTRICT AND HELP OUR SMALL BUSINESS VENDORS, HE DOESN'T DISMISS US. AND THAT TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF CAN YOU REMEMBER BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES WHAT WE ARE BRINGING TO THEM HAS NOT BEEN DUPLICATED IN THE OTHER DISTRICTS AROUND US, THERE'S NO BETA PROGRAMS FOR IT, WE ARE THE FIRST ONES TO TRY OF THE. SO FOR THOSE OF US WHO CONCENTRATE ON THE SMALL THINGS BUT MISS THE BIG PICTURE IT'S GREAT TOO FAR A SUPERINTENDENT WHO NOT ONLY GETS THE MESSAGE BUT CAN WRITE THE MESSAGE. SO FOR MYSELF, FOR THE VENDORS, THE 600 VENDORS AND THEIR FAMILY AND THE OFFICE OF SUPPLY DIVERSITY, WE THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. GRAHAM. MRS. VALDEZ.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, AND I WILL MAKE THIS QUICK. BOARD MEMBERS, NOW HOW PASSIONATE I AM ABOUT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THIS PARTICULAR DEPARTMENT IN ITSELF, AND YOU ARE RIGHT, MR. GRAHAM, IT DOES TAKE A COURAGEOUS LEADER LIKE MR. EAKINS TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS SOME OF THESE CHALLENGES. FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE TWO NEW BOARD MEMBERS THAT WE HAVE JOINING US, THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM WAS THAT OF THE VISION OF A PREVIOUS BOARD MEMBER, MRS. DORIS ROSS REDDICK. A FEW YEARS AGO WAY BACK WHEN IN HER TIME HEAR, SMALL BUSINESSES WERE ONLY, PARTICULARLY MINORITY BUSINESSES, WERE ONLY ABLE TO BE AWARDED $1,084. THAT WAS THE MAXIMUM ANY SMALL BUSINESS PERSON OWNER WOULD HAVE. AND THIS WAS BACK IN 1998.

>>April Griffin: SO WE ARE NOT EVEN TALKING 1960s. NOR ARE WE TALKING 1970s. THIS IS 1998. AND THAT WAS THE NORM. AND IT WAS MRS. REDDICK WHO SAID, THERE MUST BE A MISPLACED COMMA OR DECIMAL POINT HERE. AND IT WAS MR. EDWARDS, I THINK IT WAS, WHO SAID, IN A, THAT'S NOT THE WRONG DECIMAL POINT, IT'S CORRECT. THAT'S WRONG. AND THAT'S WHEN THIS ALL BEGAN TO ROLL. AND TO BE ABLE TO SIT HERE TODAY AND WATCH HOW WE ARE AWARDING THE RECOGNITION TO OUR SMALL BUSINESSES HERE LOCALLY, IT JUST WARMS MY HEART TO BE ABLE TO BE SEE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS STILL THRIVING AND STILL WORKING ON BEHALF OF OUR COMMUNITY. AND AGAIN, THANK YOU TO THE PROCUREMENT AND TO MRS. SAUNDERS AND THE BUSINESS DEPARTMENT FOR UNDERSTANDING AND UNDERSTANDING WHAT IT IS AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE ABLE TO KEEP THOSE LOCAL DOLLARS AND FEEDING OUR ECONOMY HEAR LOCALLY. AND I'M STILL LOOKING FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN OUR CONTRACTS WILL AUTOMATICALLY SAY THAT WHEN POSSIBLE, SINCE WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT YOU CAN'T GET THAT LEVEL OF SERVICE THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT, BUT AT LEAST IF IT'S WRITTEN IN THE CONTRACT AND EMBEDDED WITHIN, THE EXPECTATION, THEN REALLY AND TRULY, THE VISION AND MISSION OF THE BOARD AND THE SUPERINTENDENT REALLY SPEAKS THROUGH OUR CONTRACT AS WELL, SO HOPEFULLY WE WILL BEGIN TO SEE THE DAY WHEN THAT'S A COMMON PRACTICE IN OUR CONTRACT LANGUAGE, AND WE CAN SEE THIS PROGRAM GROW EVEN MORE SO. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MRS. SPANNER-MORROW, AND MR. GRAHAM, AND FOR TAKING CARE OF OUR VENDORS AND WORKING WITH THEM TO MEET THE GOALS OF THE DISTRICT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS PLACED UPON THEM TO MEET THOSE GOALS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MRS. VALDEZ. OUR NEXT RECOGNITION IS FOR THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS OUTSTANDING SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER OF THE YEAR FOR ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS FOR THE 16-17 SCHOOL YEAR. MR. SAUNDERS, THE SUPERVISOR FOR SOCIAL STUDIES, SUPERVISOR OF MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES AND DENNIS HOLT FOR HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES ARE HERE TO PRESENT.

>> GOOD EVENING, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, MR. EAKINS, STAFF AND GUESTS.

>>April Griffin: MY NAME IS DARRELL SAUNDERS, SUPERVISOR FOR ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES FOR AREA 4. IT MY PLEASURE TO STAND BEFORE YOU WITH THE MIDDLE SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES SUPERVISOR AND DENNIS HOLT TO RECOGNIZE THREE OUTSTANDING TEACHERS NOMINEES ARE ASKED TO SPLIT AN ELECTRONIC PORT TOLL FROM FROM WHICH A PANEL OF JUDGES SELECTS ONE DISTRICT SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER AT EACH OF THE THREE LEVELS. OUR DISTRICT FINALISTS ARE THEN ENTERED INTO THE RUNNING FOR THE STATE HONOR. TONIGHTS R'S LEADERS PREPARE STUDENTS FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS. THEY RECOGNIZE THAT SOCIAL STUDIES IS KEEP IN DEVELOPING CRITICAL THINKERS, ANALYTICAL READERS AND PROBLEM SOLVERS. THEY FOSTER A SPIRIT OF INQUIRY WITH INNOVATIVE WAYS FOR USING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SOURCE SOURCES AND THEY ARE EXPECTED BY THEIR STUDENTS, COLLEAGUES AND THE COMMUNITIES THAT THEY SERVE. SO ALLOW ME TO INTRODUCE TO YOU THREE AMAZING TEACHERS. JENNIFER SHAFER. WILL YOU PLEASE STAND? SHE'S A THIRD GRADE TEACHER AT LUTZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THE CREATIVITY AND EFFORT THAT SHE PUTS FORTH INTO FULLY INTEGRATING SOCIAL STUDIES ACROSS THE CURRICULUM HAS MADE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THE STUDENTS AT LUTZ ELEMENTARY. IN ADDITION TO INTEGRATING SOCIAL STUDIES ACROSS THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULUM JENNIFER IS MASTERFUL AT PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO READ AND ANALYZE BOTH PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SOURCES. SHE INCORPORATES SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHING USING MULTIPLE RESOURCES WHALEN GAUGING STUDENTS IN MEANINGFUL TASKS SUCH AS A LEWIS AND CLARK NATURE WALK AND A VISIT BY SEA-MAN, A NEWFOUNDLAND DOG JUST LIKE THE ONES HER STUDENTS READ ABOUT IN THE NOVEL SEAMAN. THIS MAKES LEARNING AUTHENTIC AND MEANINGFUL. JENNIFER HAS ALSO TAKEN A LEAD AT HER SCHOOL IN INTEGRATING SOCIAL STUDIES INTO THEIR DAILY INSTRUCTION BY SERVING A A SOCIAL STUDIES MODEL CLASSROOM AND CONTENT EXPERT. SHE HAS WRITTEN AND PRODUCED STUDENT PERFORMANCES THAT UTILIZE A SOCIAL STUDIES THEME AND ALWAYS BRING DOWN THE HOUSE WHENEVER THEY PERFORM. IN ADDITION TO BEING A HIGH PERFORMING CLASSROOM TEACHER SHE'S ALSO CONTRIBUTED TO DISTRICT SOCIAL STUDIES INITIATIVE AND WROTE IN CHOREOGRAPHS SKITS FOR LITERACY WEEK FLORIDA, YOU ALL REMEMBER, MANY OF YOU WERE THERE SHE ALSO SERVED AS A DISTRICT SOCIAL STUDIES TRAINER AND START ADD MENTORING PROGRAM BETWEEN LUTZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL'S ROTC CADETS. GENERAL I HAVE'S EFFORTS TO MAKE SOCIAL STUDIES A CORE PART OF STUDENT LEARNING IS APPRECIATED. FOR ALL THESE REASONS AND MORE, SHE DESERVES THIS HONOR. THE WAY SHE EMBRACES SOCIAL STUDIES IS JUST THE WAY WE IMAGINE HER EMBRACING HER AWARD TONIGHT. SO JENNIFER, WOULD YOU PLEASE COME FORWARD? [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE DEBRA KREMP FROM FRANKLIN MIDDLE MAGNET. DEBRA HAS BEEN TEACHING MIDDLE SCHOOL IN HILLSBOROUGH SINCE 1997. SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CREATIVE TEACHER THAT TRULY UNDERSTAND IT IS IMPORTANCE OF ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS. IN ADDITION TO MASTERING THE HISTORY ALIVE 6 INTERACTIVE STRATEGIES, SHE WAS AN EARLY AND AVID ADAPTER OF THE CYST STRATEGY. SHE HAS BEEN PLANNED COUNTLESS FIELD TRIPS AND EVENTS FOR HER STUDENTS. IF YOU REALLY WANT SOMETHING DONE IN YOUR SCHOOL IN YOUR SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT YOU CALL ON DEB.  THIS YEAR SHE TOOK ON A NEW CHALLENGE MOVING TO FRANKLIN BOY'S PREPARATORY AND TAKING ON THE ROLE OF SUBJECT LEADER, CHAIRED THE WILD TOURNAMENT, OUR DISTRICT SOCIAL STUDIES ACADEMIC COMPETITION FOR ELEVEN YEARS. SHE HELPED CREATE THE SUMMER'S PROGRAM FOR SOCIAL STUDIES, AND SHE HAS SHEPHERDED 12 SUCCESSFUL INTERNS INTO TEACHING. IT IS THAT COMMITMENT THAT HAS MADE HER SUCH AN EXCELLENT ROLE MODEL AS SHE -- FOR OTHER TEACHERS IN OUR DISTRICT. FOR HER SUPERHERO ACTION, WE HAVE THE CLOSEST THING TO A CAPE FOR HER, A PATRIOTIC VEST FOR THIS SUPER TEACHER. CONGRATULATIONS, DEBRA. [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATS. SHE IS A SUPERSTAR. [ APPLAUSE ] AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, KAITLYN KELLY FROM SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL. CAITLIN TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES AT SICKLES FIVE YEARS AGO FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA. SHE CHOSE TEACHING BECAUSE SHE WANTED TO INSPIRE AND HELP SHAPE THE NEXT GENERATION AND CHALLENGE STUDENTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES AS WELL AS THE LIVES OF OTHERS. CAITLIN TEACHES AMERICAN HISTORY AND N GENERAL EDUCATION CLASSES AS WELL AS HONORS. SHE ALSO TEACHES AP ECONOMICS AND HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED FOR THE MARGIN BY WHICH HER STUDENTS HAVE SCORED ON THE EXAM FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS. HER STUDENT PASS RATES ON THE U.S. HISTORY AND COURSE EXAM IN BOTH AP MICRO AND MACRO ECONOMICS EXAM ARE CONSIDERABLY ABOVE THE DISTRICT AVERAGE. CAITLIN IS ALSO A TRAINER OF NEW SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHERS. SHE SERVES ON HER SCHOOL'S INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM AND HAS DEVELOPED WORKSHOP AND LUNCHEON LEARNS FOR HER COLLEAGUES TO PROMOTE OUTSTANDING STRATEGIES IN THE CLASSROOMS THAT INCORPORATE TECHNOLOGY. CAITLIN KELLY IS AN EXAMPLE OF EXCELLENCE AND ONE THAT WE ARE ALL PROUD TO KNOW. PLEASE JOIN US IN HONORING CAITLIN KELLEY. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MRS. GRAY HAS A COMMENT.

>>Lynn Gray: AS A FORMER SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER FOR PROBABLY ALMOST THREE DECADES AND I THINK TEACHER OF THE YEAR, I CAN JUST ONLY IMAGINE HOW HARD YOU ALL WORK AND THE DIVERSE NATURE OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING THESE DAYS. IT'S SO INSPIRING. BUT I THINK MOST IMPORTANTLY, IN THE TIME THAT WE FACE NOW, WHERE OUR COUNTRY NEEDS THE RECOGNITION AND THE KNOWLEDGE AND THE PATRIOTIC FEELINGS THAT GO WITH IT, I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR REPRESENTING WHAT I FEEL TO BE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SUBJECT AREAS THAT WE HAVE AND THAT WE NEED, AND JUST THANK YOU FOR BEING WHO YOU ARE AND SHARING YOUR KNOWLEDGE AND TALENTS WITH OUR STUDENTS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I I HAVE A QUESTION. HOW DO YOU ALWAYS GET MRS. SAUNDERS TO DO ALL THE TALKING? YOU ALWAYS DO ALL THE TALKING FOR ALL OF THEM. (LAUGHTER) THANK YOU ALL. OUR NEXT RECOGNITION IS ERWIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE FOR RECEIVING THE COUNSEL ON OCCUPATIONAL EDUCATION COE FOR 35 CONSECUTIVE YEARS. DARRELL FABER DIRECTOR OF WORKFORCE AND CONTINUING EDUCATION WILL COME FORWARD.

>> MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. TONIGHT I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ERWIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE FOR RECEIVING AN AWARD FOR 35 YEARS OF CONTINUOUS ACCREDITATION FROM THE COUNCIL ON OCCUPATION EDUCATION. THE COUNCIL ON OCCUPATION EDUCATION RECOGNIZED ERWIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE FOR COMPLETING 35 YEARS OF ACCREDITATION STATUS. THE COUNCIL'S ANNUAL MEETING IN SAN ANTONIO TEXAS THIS PAST NOVEMBER. ERWIN HAS UNDERGONE SELF-STUDIES AND SITE VISITS ABOUT EVERY SIX YEARS IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN THIS RECOGNITION. THE AWARD OF ACCREDITATION IS BASED ON THE EVALUATIONS THAT DEMONSTRATE THAT THE INSTITUTION MEETS NOT ONLY THE STANDARDS OF ASSURING QUALITY AND INTEGRITY AND CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION, BUT ALSO MEETING THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS, THE COMMUNITY, AND EMPLOYERS. CURRENTLY UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF PRINCIPAL STEVE BRYANT, ERWIN'S FACULTY AND STAFF HAS SERVED OUR COMMUNITY VERY WELL, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO MANY YEARS TO COME WITH THEIR SERVICE. SO MR. BRYANT, WOULD YOU COME UP AND I'LL GIVE YOU THIS PLAQUE FROM THE COE FOUNDATION. [ APPLAUSE ] WE WANT TO INVITE ANY OF YOU THAT. BEEN OUT TO ERR WIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE, PLEASE COME BY. COME AND SEE STEVE AND TAKE A TOUR. YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT WHAT YOU SEE. THANK YOU.

>> I WANT TO THANK A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS. 35 YEARS OF STUDENTS, TEACHERS, CUSTODIANS, ADMINISTRATORS, WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT MADE ALL THIS POSSIBLE. SO WE ARE DOING A GREAT JOB FOR OUR COMMUNITY, I FEEL, AND WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT SO PLEASE STOP BY AND SEE US AND SEE WHAT WE ARE DOING. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M SO PROUD TO BE A PRINCIPAL THERE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> MRS. VALDEZ.

>>Susan Valdes: WHILE THEY ARE TAKING THE PICTURE I'LL DO THIS. AND IF THIS IS NOT ENOUGH, IT'S SUCH A GREAT THING TO BE ABLE TO SHARE THIS, THAT THE ACCREDITING BUREAU OF HEALTH EDUCATION SCHOOLS, WHICH IS THE ONE THAT DOES ALL OF THE ACCREDITATIONS FOR MEDICAL, NURSING, THINGS OF THAT NATURE, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, UNDER MR. BRYANT'S LEADERSHIP, THEORY AUDIT HAD NO FINDINGS WHATSOEVER. WHICH IS HUGE. IT REALLY IS. BECAUSE IT'S THE HEALTH FIELD. SO THAT'S THERE. ANOTHER ONE. THE PHLEBOTOMY STUDENTS, THEY ARE JUST TAKING OFF. 90% OF THOSE STUDENTS HAVE ALREADY EARNED THEIR LICENSURE, AND IT'S JUST AMAZING. ANOTHER ONE. ANOTHER ONE. MR. HAROLD WILSON, THE ELECTRICAL TEACHER THERE, HAD A GRADUATION RATE OF 94%. SO MR. EAKINS, THERE'S YOUR FIRST 09, RIGHT? AND BEFORE 2020. HOW ABOUT THAT, OKAY? AND 88 OF THOSE -- 88% OF THOSE STUDENTS HAS EMPLOYMENT. BOARD MEMBERS, THIS IS WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. NOTE JUST K-12. THAT'S PART OF IT. IT'S WHAT COMES AFTERWARDS. AND WITH THE RIGHT LEADERSHIP THAT'S PASSIONATE ABOUT THEIR WORK, PASSIONATE ABOUT THEIR STUDENTS, BELIEVES IN WHAT THEY ARE DOING, THESE ARE THE RESULTS THAT WE WIND UP HAVING, THAT WIND UP HAPPENING IN OUR DISTRICT. IF YOU HAVEN'T DRIVEN BY THAT CAMPUS ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, THE PARKING LOT IS FULL. THANK YOU. MR. BRYANT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. THANK YOU FOR TURNING PEOPLE'S LIVES AROUND. IT IS AMAZING, THE WORK THAT YOU ARE DOING. AND I WAS SO PROUD TO SEE YOU THERE, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT YOU ARE TRULY MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THAT COMMUNITY OF STUDENTS AND THAT SCHOOL IS ROCKIN' AND ROLLIN'.  THIS IS GREAT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

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

>>April Griffin: AND I'LL BE VERY, VERY BRIEF. BUT WE HAVE HAD SOME SCHOOLS IN THIS AREA CLOSE DOWN BECAUSE OF LACK OF ACCREDITATION, AND SOME OF THE SCAMS THAT THEY WERE PULLING ON STUDENTS. THAT FINANCIAL LITERACY PIECE THAT WE NEED TO GET BACK TO TEACHING OUR STUDENTS, I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING THAT BACK IN, BECAUSE WE HAVE A CAPTIVE AUDIENCE IN OUR OWN STUDENTS HERE, AND I KNOW WE HAVE GOT SOME PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM WHO HAVE SPENT YEARS AND YEARS GETTING THAT INFORMATION IN FRONT OF OUR STUDENTS. BUT THERE ARE JOBS THAT OUR ADULT GRADUATES CAN OF LEAD WITH SKILLS THAT PUT THEM IN A VERY, VERY COMFORTABLE LIVING -- STANDARD OF LIVING WITH THE PAY THAT THEY GET. SO THIS I KNOW HAS BEEN A PASSION OF MRS. VALDEZ FOREVER AND MYSELF, AND OTHERS ON THIS BOARD. SO I'M HOPING THAT WE CAN PUT MORE EMPHASIS ON THE MARKETING SIDE OF IT. AND AS WE GET OUR BUDGET BACK IN ORDER, SOME MARKETING DOLLARS SO WE CAN GET OUT THERE AND TRULY MARKET THE WAY THAT THIS GENERATION COMING UP GETS THEIR INFORMATION. AND IT'S REALLY DIFFICULT TO COMPETE WHEN PEOPLE WHO ARE SITTING HOME UNEMPLOYED ARE SEEING THE ADVERTISEMENTS DURING JUDGE JUDY AND SHOWS LIKE THAT. SO THAT'S WHAT WE ARE COMPETING WITH, WITH THESE PROGRAMS, BUT WE HAVE GOT TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET OUR INFORMATION IN FRONT. THEN THERE'S THAT OTHER PIECE OF TEACHING THE FINANCIAL LITERACY TOO BECAUSE THOSE OTHER SCHOOLS WILL GET THEM IN AND GET THEM THE GRANTS THAT THEY NEED, BUT WHAT PEOPLE DON'T KNOW -- AND CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG -- PLEASE, DO CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG -- BUT THE ACCREDITATION, I MEAN, THE FUNDING, THE GRANT DOLLARS IS ATTACHED TO THE SCHOOL THAT HELPS THAT STUDENT APPLY FOR THAT MONEY?

>> THERE ARE PELL FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE THAT QUALIFY AS WELL AS MANY OTHER FUNDING SOURCES. WE TRY VERY HARD NOT TO TURN ANY STUDENT AWAY BECAUSE OF FINANCIAL NEED.

>>April Griffin: RIGHT. BUT SOME OF THE OTHER FOR-PROFIT SCHOOLS OUT THERE, THEY GET THEM TO A PALILLO FOR THAT MONEY AND THEN THAT MONEY IS ATTACHED TO THAT SCHOOL AND THEN THEY CAN'T USE IT ANYWHERE ELSE?

>> ANY FUNDS THAT STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR, FOR ANY TECHNICAL CLINICS, THOSE FUNDS DO NOT HAVE TO BE PAID BACK BY THE STUDENTS. THEY ARE GRANTS. AND SO WHEN A STUDENT LEAVES A PRIVATE SCHOOL THEY MAY HAVE $25,000 LOAN. WHEN THEY LEAVE OUR SCHOOL OR SCHOOLS WITH A BETTER EDUCATION, THEY DON'T OWE ANYTHING. SO THEY ARE NOT BEHIND THE 8 BALL AS SOON AS THEY GRADUATE. SO THAT'S ONE OF THE BIG THINGS THAT WE DO IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGES, IS WE GIVE THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME IN. DEBT FREE, GET THE EDUCATION TO BECOME PRODUCTIVE.

>> THAT'S THE KIND OF STUFF WE NEED TO GET IN FRONT OF STUDENT AND THEN SHOW THEM THE MONEY. BECAUSE WHEN THEY CAN SEE WHAT KIND OF SALARY THEY CAN MAKE FOR A LITTLE INVESTMENT ON THE FRONT END -- AND A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS WILL GO INTO A CAREER AND THEN GO TO COLLEGE LATER. SO IT DOESN'T PRECLUDE THEM FROM GOING TO COLLEGE, BUT SOME PEOPLE HAVE TO GO TO WORK. SO I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO EVERY DAY, BECAUSE YOU ARE HELPING TO MAKE, AS MRS. VALDEZ SAID, MAKE THIS COMMUNITY BETTER.

>> THANK YOU H.I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ADD THAT WE ARE WORKING VERY DILIGENTLY. I TOLD MR. EKE ANYONE'S MY INTERVIEW IF HE HIRED ME BEE WOULD GET OUT TO THE HIGH SCHOOLS AND ALL OF OUR PROGRAM ADVISORS ARE VISITING EVERY SINGLE HIGH SCHOOL EVERY WEEK LIKE THE RECRUITERS DO IN THE CAFETERIA, AND WE ARE FINDING THAT MANY OF THE STUDENTS WHO NOBODY WHO WE WERE OR THAT WE ARE GRADES 13 AND 14 STILL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS, THE FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO THEM AND A LOT OF THE STUDENT THAT WILL BE GRADUATING IN MAY WILL BE COMING ERWIN AND THE OTHER FOUR TECHNICAL COLLEGES NEXT YEAR.

>>April Griffin: I THINK THIS IS SOMETHING TOO THAT WE CAN GET IN FRONT OF OUR PRINCIPAL MEETINGS, THE HIGH SCHOOLS AND EVEN MIDDLE SCHOOL TO GET KIDS START THINKING ABOUT IT. BUT THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU PUT SOMEONE WHO HAS PASSION FOR ADULT EDUCATION AND CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN CHARGE. I KNOW SOMETIMES THERE -- NOT MENTIONING ANY NAMES, BUT THERE ARE SOMETIMES PEOPLE IN THE POSITIONS THAT DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS WORLD, AND WHEN YOU HAVE SOMEONE WHO NOT ONLY UNDERSTANDS IT BUT HAS A PASSION FOR IT, THIS IS WHAT WE GET. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> YES, MA'AM, THANK YOU.

>>Susan Valdes: CAN WE CLONE HIM? (LAUGHTER).

>> THANK YOU. OUR FINAL RECOGNITION FOR THIS EVENING IS THE 2016 OUTSTANDING EARTH SCIENCE TEACHER OF THE YEAR, DR. LARRY PLANK, K-12 SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERING MAT MATHICS.

>> THANK YOU. AND WE ARE WORKING ON THAT SO WE WILL BE ABLE TO REPLICATE ALL THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE BY CLONING. MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, SENIOR DISTRICT STAFF, EACH YEAR THE SOUTHEASTERN SECTION OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GEO SCIENCE TEACHERS SELECTS A STATE LEVEL TEACHER TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS FOR EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE TEACHING AT THE PRECOLLEGIATE LEVEL. THE OUTSTANDING EARTH SCIENCE TEACHER A YEAR AWARD IS GIVEN FOR THE STIMULATION OF INTEREST IN EARTH SCIENCES AND ANY TEACHER OTHER THAN A K-12 EDUCATOR COVERS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT -- ANY TEACHER OR OTHER, I'M SORRY, K-12 EDUCATOR COVERS A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF EARTH SCIENCE CONTENT WITH THEIR STUDENTS AS ELIGIBLE IN OUR STATE. THE OUTSTANDING EARTH SCIENCE AWARDS PROGRAM WAS FOR GEO SCIENCE TEACHERS IN 1971. SO THE AWARDEES ARE PROVIDED THEIR HONOR ON THE FOLLOWING SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES. IDENTIFYING EXCELLENCE IN EARTH EARTH SCIENCE TEACHING, APPROPRIATELY RECOGNIZING AND REWARDING EXCELLENCE IN EARTH SCIENCE TEACHING, STIMULATING HIGHER LEVELS OF TEACHING PERFORMANCE, ESTABLISHING THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GEO SCIENCE TEACHERS AS A STRONG SUPPORT ORGANIZATION FOR THE ORGANIZATION OF PRECOLLEGE EDUCATION, AND BUILDING SOLID STATE REGIONAL AND NATIONAL CONVENTIONS WITH ADMINISTRATORS OF PRECOLLEGE EARTH SCIENCE EDUCATION. THIS YEAR'S AWARD RECIPIENT OF THE SOUTHEASTERN SECTION OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GEO SCIENCE TEACHERS IS FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR IN OUR STATE. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE MOHAMMED KABANI AT BURNETT MIDDLE SCHOOL AT THE 2016-17 EARTH SCIENCE TEACHER OF THE YEAR FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA. MOHAMMED. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MR. PLANK. BOARD MEMBERS THAT WAS OUR FINAL RECOGNITION. WE ARE ADJOURNED.