Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Student Forum from January 10th, 2017, 3:30 P.M.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU FOR BEING PATIENT WITH US AS YOU HAD A LITTLE BIT OF A CIVICS LESSON TODAY AS TO HOW WE DO BUSINESS AND GET THINGS APPROVED AND MOVE FORWARD SO WE CAN BE TIMELY IN OUR EFFORTS. THIS FORUM WAS THE VISION OF A FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, CECIL WATERMAN ESTRIG WHO HELD SEVERAL COMMUNITY POSITIONS THROUGHOUT HER YEARS OF SERVICE. SHE WAS THE FIRST WOMAN ELECTED TO A MAJOR POLITICAL OFFICE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, SERVED ON THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD FOR 21 YEARS. TODAY'S EVENT IS A CREATION OF HERS ORIGINALLY NAMED THE TAMPA, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY YOUTH COUNCIL, AND WE CONGRATULATE YOU FOR BEING SELECTED TO REPRESENT YOUR SCHOOLS AND IN DOING SO YOU HONOR THE MEMORANDUM REPRESENTATIVE OF MRS. CECIL ESTRIG. I AM GOING TO ASK OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND OUR STAFF TOO INTRODUCE OURSELVES SO YOU ARE AT LEAST FAMILIAR WITH WHO IS SITTING UP HERE IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY. SO STARTING WITH MR. PETERS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. HARRISON PETERS, CHIEF OF SCHOOLS.

>> VELAZQUEZ, CHIEF OF STAFF.

>> JEFF EAKINS, SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. LYNN GRAY, SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 7. GOOD AFTERNOON. MELISSA SNIVELY, SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 4. GOOD AFTERNOON, STUDENT. I'M CINDY STUART, SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR, DISTRICT 3. WELCOME. I'M SALLY HARRIS, DISTRICT 2.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, STUDENTS. I'M SUSAN VALDES, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER FOR DISTRICT 1.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I'M TAMARA SHAMBURGER, SCHOOL BOARD, DISTRICT 5.

>> VAN AYRES, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. THE STUDENT FORUM IS ALSO LIVE BROADCAST TODAY AS WE SPEAK ON SPECTRUM CHANNEL 635 AND FRONTIER CHANNEL 32. THERE IS ALSO A LIVE WEBCAST AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE. SO IF YOU HAVE PARENTS WHO COULDN'T BE HERE TODAY, AT HOME WATCHING, THEY CAN WATCH IT LIVE AND YOU CAN GO BACK AND WATCH IT AGAIN. YOU CAN FEIGNED THE WEBCAST USING THE SAME WEBCAST THAT YOU USE TO FIND OUR REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. BEFORE I TURN THIS OVER, I WANT TO TAKE A MINUTE TO INTRODUCE OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENT MRS. SHERRI SPIKE, AND THIS IS MRS. PSYCH'S FINAL HIGH SCHOOL FORUM. MRS. PSYCHS HAS BEEN RUNNING THIS FORUM FOR THE DISTRICT FOR 15 YEARS. AND SHE IS AT THE END OF THIS YE SHE RETIRES, WILL COMPLETE -- CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG -- 43 YEARS OF SERVICE? SO THANK YOU, MRS. SIKES, FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO. [ APPLAUSE ] SO MRS. SIKES, I TURN THIS OVER TO YOU. THANK YOU.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. WE ARE SO PROUD OF THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF OUR STUDENTS, FOUR IMPORTANT ACHIEVEMENTS OF OUR STUDENTS ARE, NUMBER ONE, THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASED THE 2015-2016 GRADUATION RATES AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS GRADUATION RATE HAS INCREASED TO 79.1%. A 3 PERCENTAGE -- UP 3 PERCENTAGE POINTS FROM LAST YEAR. [ APPLAUSE ] TWO. MAGNET SCHOOLS OF AMERICA HAS RECOGNIZED 21 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY MAGNET SCHOOLS AND PROGRAMS AS MAGNET SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCE AND MAGNET SCHOOLS OF DISTINCTION. 3. THE DISTRICT IS PROUD OF OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE MILLION WOMEN MENTORS PROGRAM, A SCHOOL MENTORING PROGRAM TO GET MORE YOUNG GIRLS ENGAGED IN STEM. THE PROGRAM RECENTLY CELEBRATED OVER 5,000 MENTORING HOURS IN STEM. 4. A $325,000 FUNDING GRANT WAS AWARDED TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS BY THE MANUFACTURING ALLIANCE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND VARIOUS COMMUNITY LEADERS FOR EQUIPMENT UPGRADES FOR PROGRAMS THAT FIND THE HIGHEST JOB VACANCIES IDENTIFIED THROUGH SKILLS, GAP ANALYSIS PERFORMED BY THE ALLIANCE. WHAT A PLEASURE IT IS TO HAVE YOU HERE TODAY. I WOULD LIKE TO COMPLIMENT YOU ON THE WAY YOU ARE DRESSED. THIS IS SUCH A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO REPRESENT THEIR SCHOOLS AND TO ASK QUESTIONS SO THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD HEARS STUDENT CONCERNS, ANSWERS THEIR QUESTIONS AND GIVES THEM A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS. THE ANNUAL STUDENT FORUM HAS GROWN IN IMPORTANCE OVER THE YEARS, AS COMMUNICATION AND CONCERNS ARE ONE OF OUR TOP PRIORITIES IN OUR DISTRICT. YOU HAVE MET THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, AND THE SUPERINTENDENT, THE AWESOME JEFF EAKINS. THEY ARE TRULY DEVOTED TO OUR STUDENTS AND WANT TO SEE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEED. WE APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU DO FOR OUR STUDENTS, TEACHERS, PARENTS AND STAFF. EVEN THOUGH MR. PETERS HAS BEEN INTRODUCED TO YOU AS OUR BOSS THAT'S PUTTING THIS ON TODAY WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD, AND I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE HARRISON PETERS AGAIN AND GIVE HIM A SPECIAL RECOGNITION AS CHIEF OF SCHOOLS. [ APPLAUSE ] AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE ALL DISTRICT LEVEL PERSONNEL TO STAND AND TO BE RECOGNIZED. WE ARE SO GLAD TO HAVE YOUR SUPPORT. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK ALL OF THE PRINCIPALS TO STAND. [ APPLAUSE ] WHOO! THANKS FOR THE WONDERFUL JOB THAT YOU DO. OUR SUPERINTENDENT JEFF EAKINS MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE SCHOOL BOARD, AND THE BOARD RESPONDS TO HIM. THIS SCHOOL BOARD WANTS YOUR INPUT. THEY WILL LISTEN TO YOU CAREFULLY. AND IF THEY DO NOT ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS TODAY, THEY WILL MAKE SURE THE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS ARE GIVEN TO YOUR PRINCIPAL IN WRITTEN FORM. YOUR PRINCIPAL WILL SHARE THE ANSWERS WITH YOU. SOMETIMES POLICY CHANGES ARE MADE AS A RESULT OF THIS FORUM. THE STUDENTS IN TODAY'S FORUM REPRESENT 27 HIGH SCHOOLS, THE CAREER CENTERS, AND THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE. I WILL BE ASSISTED TODAY BY STAFF FROM THE DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATION. NOW I AM GOING TO REAL QUICKLY EXPLAIN THE FORMAT. ROUND ONE. YOU MAY ASK A QUESTION OF YOUR CHOICE. AFTER ALL SCHOOLS HAVE ASKED ONE QUESTION, THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL ANSWER SOME OF THE QUESTIONS. WE WILL THEN MOVE TO ROUND TWO. EACH SCHOOL MAY ASK ANOTHER QUESTION OF THEIR CHOICE. THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WILL THEN ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS FROM ROUND TWO. THEN DURING THE THIRD ROUND, THE HONORABLE CINDY STUART WILL BE CONDUCTING THAT ROUND, AND SHE WILL LET YOU RAISE YOUR SIGNS IF THE SCHOOL WANTS TO ASK A THIRD QUESTION, AND THEN SHE WILL BE CALLING ON YOU AND FACILITATING THE THIRD ROUND. WE WILL BEGIN ALPHABETICALLY STARTING WITH ALONSO. I WOULD LIKE EACH SCHOOL TO SELECT ONE REPRESENTATIVE FOR EACH ROUND. WHEN YOUR SCHOOL IS CALLED ON, PLEASE STAND, GIVE YOUR NAME AND THE SCHOOLS YOU REPRESENT. ASK ONLY ONE QUESTION. SPEAK CLEARLY INTO THE MICROPHONE. PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL AND COURTEOUS, AS YOU ARE ASKING YOUR QUESTIONS. WE WILL PROCEED IN ORDER FOR TWO ROUNDS WITH THE HONORABLE CINDY STUART FACILITATING THE ANSWER FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD AFTER EACH ROUND. WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND BEGIN.

>> MRS. SIKES, STUDENTS, IF YOU SEE BOARD MEMBERS ARE NOT LOOKING AT YOU OR PAYING ATTENTION, WE HAVE YOUR QUESTIONS ALREADY. BUT WE WILL BE MAKING NOTES. SO I DON'T WANT YOU TO THINK WE ARE NOT PAYING ATTENTION TO YOU BUT I WANT TO BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU SOME ANSWERS TODAY. WE ARE GOING TO BE VERY MINDFUL OF THE TIME TODAY. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE STUDENTS HERE. ANNAL AND ALTHOUGH WE STARTED A LITTLE BIT LATE, THAT HAVE TO GET TO EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES THIS AFTERNOON. SO IF WE CAN MAKE SURE WE ARE WATCHING OUR COMMENTS. WE NEED TO END BY 4:45. THANK YOU. MRS. SIKES.

>> WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND START. A LAN SO HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M AMANDA FROM ALONSO HIGH SCHOOL. SUCH A LARGE DISTRICT TRYING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES AVAILABLE IS OVERWHELMING AND COMPLICATED. IS THERE ANY WAY THE DISTRICT CAN EASE AND PERSONALIZE THIS PROCESS SO THAT AS WE GRADUATE WE CAN FULFILL OUR DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT?

>> THANK YOU. ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M FROM ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, ARMANI, AND ADVANCED PLACEMENT. WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE SAME FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL OPPORTUNITIES. THERE ARE PLANS TO ADVERTISE, INCORPORATE OR INCREASE AWARENESS OF WORKFORCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS?

>> THANK YOU. BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL.

>> MY NAME IS RIHANAM MILLER REPRESENTING BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL. WHAT ARE YOUR PRIORITIES FOR THE DISTRICT IN THE COMING YEAR, WHY AND HOW DO YOU SELECT THESE ISSUES?

>> THANK YOU. BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL.

>> MY NAME IS ALDI. I'M FROM BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL. I JUST WANTED TO ASK WHAT GUIDELINES AND STATISTICAL DATA DO WE SUPPORT TO ADDRESS DRESS CODE RESTRICTIONS AND DO WE OFTEN UPDATE THEM?

>> THANK YOU. BOWERS WHITLEY CAREER CENTER. MY NAME IS JOSE, REPRESENTING WHITLEY. RUMOR HAS IT THAT THE BUDGET CUTS, TRANSPORTATION MAY BE AFFECTED TO STUDENTS USING A TRANSFER STATION. IF THIS IS TRUE WILL THERE BE A COST TO STUDENTS USING THE TRANSFER STATION?

>> THANK YOU. BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M JULIA SIMPSON AND MY QUESTION IS CAN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT GIVE STUDENTS MORE INPUT INTO TEACHER EVALUATIONS?

>> THANK YOU. CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M KATZ FROM CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL. WHEN IS THE NEXT RENOVATION SCHEDULED FOR CHAMBERLAIN AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO IMPROVE OUR SCHOOL STRUCTURALLY UNTIL THEN?

>> THANK YOU. DURANTE.

>> MY NAME IS RYAN JOHNSON FROM DURANTE. MY QUESTION IS, HAS ANY QUESTION BEEN GIVEN TO LIMITING DUAL ENROLLMENT AP COURSES THAT CREATE G.P.A. RATES FOR VALEDICTORIAN AND FOCUSING ON STUDENTS TO BECOME BETTER LEADERS AND BETTER PREPARED FOR LIFE? THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL.

>> MY NAME IS BRITT FROM EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL AND I AM WONDERING IF IT'S POSSIBLE FOR COMPASSION EXEMPTIONS TO APPLY FOUGHT FIRST SMITH SEMESTER AS WELL.

>> THANK YOU. FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL.

>> HAYDEN BOGGS FROM FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL. I WAS WONDERING WHY WERE STUDENT SUCCESS COACHES CUT IF IT'S CENTERED AROUND STUDENT NEEDS?

>> THANK YOU. GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL.

>> MAY NAME IS TESSA NELSON, GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL. AND SCHOOLS USE A LOT OF PAPER ON A DAILY BASIS AND NOT RECYCLE LIENS BINS. WE ALSO HAVE POWER OUTAGES AND AIR CONDITIONING PROBLEMS. ARE THERE PLANS TO MAKE SCHOOLS MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY IN BOTH RECYCLING AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY AREAS?

>> THANK YOU. HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL.

>> MY NAME IS CAMIL FROM HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. IS THERE A SELECTED HIGH SCHOOLS TO MEET WITH -- TO MEET WITH AND MENTOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLCHILDREN? IF SO, HOW CAN IT BE EXPECTED SO MORE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS CAN TAKE PART?

>> THANK YOU. JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M JACKIE FROM JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL. MANY OF THE STATE UNIVERSITIES ARE USING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S WEIGHTED G.P.A.s INSTEAD OF RECALCULATING. OTHER DISTRICT IN THE STATE GIVE 0.05 FOR HONOR QUESTIONS PUTTING OTHER STUDENTS IN OTHER COUNTIES AT A DISADVANTAGE. ARE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS CONSIDERING RAISING FROM A .04 TO .05?

>> THANK YOU. KING HIGH SCHOOL.

>> ALEX HOLMES, KING HIGH SCHOOL. CAN ANY CONSIDERATION BE GIVEN TO CONTACTING OUTSIDE VENDORS FOR LUNCHES? FOR EXAMPLE, CHICK FIL-A, PAPA JOHN'S, SUBWAY, ET CETERA? WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE FOLLOWING NATIONAL AND LOCAL GUIDELINES FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH. HOWEVER, THE TYPE AND AMOUNT OF FOOD NEEDS TO BE RECONSIDERED.

>> THANK YOU. LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M JAMIE FROM LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL. HAS SCHOOL CHOICE HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON ATHLETIC TRANSFERS AND HAVE SOME SCHOOLS BEEN EFFECTED MORE THAN OTHERS?

>> THANK YOU. LETO HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M CHRISTIAN SUAREZ. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN OUR SURROUNDING COUNTIES LIKE PASCO COUNTY ATTEND SCHOOL FROM 7:30 TO 1:55. THESE STUDENTS ARE DISMISSED ONE HOUR EARLIER THAN US EVERY DAY. WHY ARE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS SCHEDULED FOR A DOLT OF 1050 HOURS AND 180 DAY ADOPTED CALENDAR YEAR AND THE STATE REQUIRES ONLY 900 HOURS FOR GRADES 4-12?

>> THANK YOU. MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL.

>> HI. I'M KAITLYN FROM MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO CENTRALIZE OUR COMBINE TRADITIONAL CLASSES FOR THE BENEFIT OF SOCIAL AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS?

>> THANK YOU. NEW SO MANY HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M ALLY FROM NEWSOME. MANY STUDENTS TAKE RIGOROUS CLASSES AND PARTICIPATE IN MULTIPLE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES LIMITING THEIR ABILITY FOR HIGH DEMANDS OF HOMEWORK. HAS THE SCHOOL CONSIDERED ALLOWING A STUDY HAUL PERIOD FOR STUDENTS HOE MEET A REQUIRED MINIMUM G.P.A. IN ORDER TO ALLOW MORE TIME FOR STUDENT WORK AND MORE TEACHER PLANNING TIME?

>> THANK YOU. PLANT HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M ANNA FROM PLANT HIGH SCHOOL.  IS THERE A WAY TO INTEGRATE THE SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT BY HOSTING DAYS THAT WOULD INCLUDE DIVERSE GROUPS OF STUDENTS FROM EACH SCHOOL WHO HAVE MEET TO LEARN METHODS OF UNIFICATION THAT THEY CAN COMPLIMENT IMPLEMENT IN THEIR OWN SCHOOLS?

>> THANK YOU. PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M CLAY ADAMS. WHAT PLANS ARE THERE TO IMPROVE CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE SO THAT SERIOUS STUDENTS DON'T SUFFER FROM THE LACK OF CIVILITY?

>> THANK YOU. RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M BRICK FROM RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP HAS STATED THAT HE PLANS TO GET RID OF COMMON CORE. IF HE DOES THIS WHAT ARE THE PLANS TO REPLACE THIS PROGRAM?

>> THANK YOU. ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL.

>> MY NAME IS SHEPHARD. MANY STUDENTS LIKE A BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF FINANCIAL LITERACY. HAS THERE BEEN ANY DISCUSSION OF IMPLEMENTING EDUCATION TO BETTER PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE?

>> THANK YOU. SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M CORINA FROMSICLES AND STUDENTS SHOW THAT INTRODUCING CONTENT AND CURRICULUM IN EARLY YEARS HAS SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON STUDENT LEARNING. KEEPING THIS IN MIND, WHY DOESN'T THE DISTRICT HIRE FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL RATHER THAN WAITING UNTIL MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL?

>> THANK YOU. SYSTEM MONDAYS CAREER CENTER.

>> MY NAME IS FRAZIER AND MY QUESTION IS WILL HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EVER CONSIDER SCHOOLS BECOMING YEAR ROUND WITH MORE BREAKS?

>> THANK YOU. SOUTH COUNTY CAREER CENTER.

>> MY NAME IS VIEGAS. TO IMPLEMENT IN SCHOOL?

>> THANK YOU. SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M STEPHANIE FROM SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL. HAS THERE BEEN ANY DISCUSSION AROUND ASKING TEACHERS TO COMPLETE ADVANCE DEGREES OR ADVANCED CERTIFICATIONS PRIOR TO BEING ELIGIBLE TO TEACH AP COURSES?

>> THANK YOU. STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M MARY FROM STEINBRENNER. AND WE WERE WONDERING SINCE NOWADAYS MANY STUDENTS DRIVE STRIVE TO TAKE AS MANY AP CLASSES AS POSSIBLE TO BOOST THEIR G.P.A.s BUT AFTER THE SEMESTER FEEL THAT WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED HAS NO PRACTICAL USE IN THE LONG RUN. IS THERE ANY WAY A MANDATORY LIFE SKILLS CLASS CAN BE CREATED FOR SENIORS TO TAKE IN ORDER TO LEARN NECESSARY SKILLS?

>> THANK YOU. STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M SHANTO CRUZ, THE ON HAND EXPERIENCES IN THE REAL WORLD K.THERE BE AN INCREASE IN THESE OFFCAMPUS OPPORTUNITIES SUCH AS FIREFIGHTING, CULINARY?

>> THANK YOU. TAMPA BAY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M KARA FROM TBT. MANY SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE MOVING TO USING VIRTUAL TEXTBOOKS EXCLUSIVELY. YET HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE STILL USING THE VERY HEAVY PAPER-BASED TEXTBOOKS. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF AND WHEN IT MAY BE TRANSITIONING TO THE NEW ACCESSIBLE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES.

>> THANK YOU. D.W. WATERS CAREER CENTER.

>> MY NAME IS SAMIRA. PRESENTLY THE CAREER STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES LIKE THE TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS. MY QUESTION IS, NOW THAT THAT THEY HAVE THE CREDIT OPTION, WOULD THE DISTRICT CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITY OF ALLOWING US TO PARTICIPATE IN SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES AT OUR NEIGHBORING SCHOOLS?

>> THANK YOU. WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M SIERRA FROM. IS THERE AWAY FOR THE DISTRICT TO REALLOCATE AND USE WAIVERS FOR ACT AND COLLEGE APPLICATIONS? MANY STUDENTS MAY NOT QUALIFY FOR WAIVERS BUT HAVE EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES, AND THERE ARE MANY WAIVERS THAT GO UNUSED EVERY YEAR THROUGHOUT OUR DISTRICT.

>> THANK YOU. CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

>> I'M MICHELLE. I'M REPRESENTING THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE. HOW ARE THE TECHNICAL COLLEGE PROGRAMS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CURRENTLY BEING ADVERTISED IN HIGH SCHOOLS AND ARE THERE ANY PLANS TO IMPROVE UPON THIS ADVERTISING IN THE FUTURE?

>> THANK YOU. THE HONORABLE CINDY STUART WILL FACILITATE SCHOOL BOARD ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS FROM ROUND ONE.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. IF YOU COULD INDICATE BY SHOW OF YOUR LIGHTS IF YOU HAVE COMMENTS OR ANSWERS TO ANY OF THE QUESTIONS THAT STUDENTS ASKED THIS AFTERNOON. MRS. GRAY?

>> I AM GOING TO GIVE IT A GO. EXCUSE ME. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IN MY ANSWERS ARE GOING TO BE MEASURED IF I WERE IN YOUR SHOES. AND SECONDLY THEY WILL BE MEASURED BY WE SHOULD BE PREPARING YOU ALL FOR LIFE AND LIFE SKILLS. SO IN ANSWER TO THE FIRST QUESTION, AMANDA, CAN YOU RAISE YOUR HAND SO I CAN -- THERE YOU ARE. IT'S AN EXCELLENT QUESTION. THERE IS A HUGE NEED THAT WE HAVE REALITY FOR YOU ALL BEFORE YOU GRADUATE FROM SCHOOL. AND REALITY IS FOUND WHEN WE PUT EITHER AN A PENTISSHIP IF IT'S VOCATIONAL OR IF IT'S COLLEGE BOUND SIMPLY BEGIN TO MATCH YOU WESTBOUND AN ACTUAL UNIVERSITY SYSTEM SUCH AS UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA. I'M REMINDED THAT I TOOK PART IN PROJECT UPWARD BOUND AND FOR PROBABLY THREE QUARTERS OF THE YEAR I TOOK COLLEGE CLASSES WITH USF AND EVENTUALLY I WAS GRANTED ADMITTANCE TO USF. SO I THINK THE ANSWER IN A ONE WORD NUTSHELL IS INTERNSHIP, AND WHAT A GREAT QUESTION OF THE THANK YOU.

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I MET WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT A LITTLE EARLIER TODAY TO TALK ABOUT VARIOUS ITEMS, AND THIS FORUM WAS ONE OF THEM. AND I HAVE BEEN ON THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS NOW AND HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN A FEW MIDDLE SCHOOL FORUMS AND A FEW HIGH SCHOOL FORUMS, AND I EXPRESSED THAT I REALLY BELIEVE THAT SOMETIMES WHEN WE MISS THE MARK ON THESE FORUMS BECAUSE WE GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOICE YOUR QUESTIONS, WHICH ARE VERY IMPORTANT, THEY ARE VERY ENLIGHTENING TO US, BUT WHAT I DO BELIEVE THAT'S GOING TO BE EXPECTED OF YOU IN THE REAL WORLD WHEN YOU GET OUT OF SCHOOL, WHEN YOU GO TO YOUR EMPLOYER, AND YOU SIT IN FRONT OF YOUR BOSS, OR YOUR MANAGER, OR YOUR SUPERVISOR, AND YOU START ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY SOMETHING IS THE WAY IT IS, BECAUSE MAYBE YOU THINK IT COULD BE A DIFFERENT WAY, A BETTER WAY, A MORE EFFICIENT WAY, THEY ARE GOING TO SAY, THAT'S GREAT, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND? AND THEY ARE GOING TO WANT YOU TO BE THE PERSON TO COME TO THEM WITH SOLUTIONS, AND WITH IDEAS THAT CAN SOLVE PROBLEMS. THAT'S THE CRITICAL SKILL, THE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO NEED THAT WILL PREPARE YOU FOR LIFE. SO WITH THAT, I AM GOING TO TELL YOU RIGHT NOW, WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER ALL OF YOUR QUESTIONS TODAY, WHICH THAT WAS ALREADY STATED, BUT DON'T BE SURPRISED IF SOME OF THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ASK YOU TO STAND UP AND TALK ABOUT WHAT YOUR SOLUTION WOULD BE TO THE ISSUE OR THE CONCERN OR THE CHALLENGE THAT YOU POSE TODAY TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. OKAY? SO WITH THAT, I HAD A COUPLE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO ASK SO I AM TURNING THE HOT SEAT AROUND. AND JULIA SIMPSON FROM BRANDON ASKED US -- CAN YOU STAND UP?  CAN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT GIVE STUDENTS MORE INPUT INTO TEACHER EVALUATION? SO TO MRS. SIMPSON, I WOULD ASK YOU WHY DO YOU THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT? AND WHAT WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?

>> I FEEL LIKE SOME TEACHERS, THEY TEACH NO WAY THAT NOT ALL STUDENTS LEARN IN THAT WAY. SO I FEEL LIKE TEACHER EVALUATIONS FROM THE STUDENTS' PERSPECTIVE WOULD BE VERY BENEFICIAL TO ADMINISTRATION AND THE TEACHER THEMSELVES.

>>Melissa Snively: AND HOW WOULD THAT WORK?

>> I KNOW THAT IN COLLEGE CLASSES AT THE VERY END OF THE EXAM, THEY HAVE LIKE, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR TEACHER, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, AND I FEEL THAT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL.

>> SO LIKE AN EVALUATION FORM OR A SURVEYOR AN ONLINE SURVEYOR ELECTRONIC FORM TO FILL OUT TO TALK ABOUT THE TEACHERS. AND HOW DO YOU THINK THAT WOULD IMPACT THE TEACHERS' ABILITIES OR SKILLS OR PERFORMANCE?

>> I THINK IT WOULD GIVE THEM A DIFFERENT PER RESPECTIVE ON HOW THEY ARE TEACHING AND DIFFERENT WAYS TO TEACH TO BENEFIT THEIR STUDENTS. WHILE ALL STUDENTS WON'T TAKE IT AS SERIOUSLY, I FEEL THERE ARE STUDENTS LIKE ME WHO WOULD TAKE IT SERIOUSLY AND LIKE ACTUALLY TRY TO LIKE HELP THE TEACHER, HELP OTHER STUDENTS LEARN BETTER.

>>Melissa Snively: FANTASTIC. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MRS. SIMPSON. GOOD ANSWERS. [ APPLAUSE ] I HAVE ONE MORE. SEE, THIS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT.  THIS IS WHAT WILL BE EXPECTED FROM YOU WHEN YOU GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL. GET A JOB THERE. OKAY, MISS FACKS. IS IT POSSIBLE FOR COMPASSION COLLUSION TO INCLUDE MISSPEAKS FOR FOR SENIORS? WHY DO YOU FEEL THAT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA?

>> I FEEL LIKE THAT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA BECAUSE YOU CAN A LOT OF SENIORS ATTEND CLASSES MORE SO THEY CAN EXEMPT THEIR EXAMS AND TRY HARDER IN THEIR CLASSES SO THEIR GRADES ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO BE EXEMPT THE EXAM SO IN THE FIRST SEMESTER YOU SEE MORE PEOPLE ATTENDING, MO ARE PEOPLE TRYING HARDER. I KNOW ME PERSONALLY I WOULD HAVE ATTENDED MORE IN THE FIRST SEMESTER -- WELL, I AM BEING HONEST -- I WOULD HAVE ATTENDED MORE IF I KNEW I COULD GET OUT OF MY EXAMS THAT WITH WEEK. I FEEL LIKE YOU WOULD SEE AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE STUDENT PERFORMANCE OVERALL SNIVELY SNIPE AND YOU GOOD TO KNOW THAT YOU CAN OFFER SOME RATIONALE BEHIND THAT AS WELL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ANSWERING THE QUESTION. THAT IS ALL I HAVE. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: I DO REACT TO SOME OF THESE QUESTIONS, BECAUSE, OH MY GOSH, THEY SEEM LIKE WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THESE THINGS FOR A LONG TIME AND THERE'S A COMMON THEME. AND I PROMISE, MR. EAKINS, I DIDN'T HAVE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT THEM ABOUT FOREIGN LANGUAGES BEFOREHAND, OKAY? SO AMANDA, YOUR SUGGESTION IS PHENOMENAL. AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE HAD A CAC MEETING YESTERDAY WITH THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS WITH SOME OF THE STUDENTS, AND PART OF THE DISCUSSION WAS THAT WE WERE HAVING IS WHAT ELSE CAN WE GIVE OUR STUDENTS, AND THEIR FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORE, JUNIOR, SENIOR YEAR TO BE ABLE TO BRING THE AWARENESS. SO THIS IS A GREAT SUGGESTION THAT I AM SURE THAT WE CAN ADD IT TO THE LIST OF SUGGESTIONS THAT WERE SUGGESTED LAST NIGHT. THE FACILITIES. LET'S SEE, WHERE IS ARAYALA. FACILITIES ARE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. IN OUR DISTRICT. AND WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF REEVALUATING AND LOOKING AT THE NEEDS, FULL. AND ALSO COMMUNICATING THAT TO TALLAHASSEE. MAINTENANCE DOLLARS, THEY COME IN DIFFERENTLY. AND THAT'S ANOTHER CONVERSATION FOR ANOTHER DAY BECAUSE IT'S VERY, VERY LONG AND COMPLICATED. BUT I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT YOU ARE ADVOCATING FOR YOUR ALMA MATER. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE STUDENTS TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR SCHOOLS, AND REALLY WANT TO BE SEE THEIR SCHOOL CAMPUS FLOURISH AND LOOK THE BEST THAT IT CAN BE. SO JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE ARE DILIGENTLY LOOKING INTO THESE FACILITY ISSUES, AND THEY ARE ONE OF THE PRIORITIES OF THE BOARD. SO WE WILL HOPEFULLY BE KEEPING YOU POSTED REAL SOON, AND HOPEFULLY YOU WILL SEE SOME THINGS HAPPENING AT CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL TO IMPROVE THE FACILITY. BUT THANK YOU FOR THAT THOUGHTFULNESS OF THE QUESTION. AND THE QUESTION FROM CAMILLO FROM HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL IN REFERENCE TO INCLUDING THE MENTORS. WE HAVE -- STAFF IS IN THE PROCESS NOW, ALSO IS GATHERING ALL OF THE DIFFERENT MENTORING PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE IN THE DISTRICT AND TO SEE HOW WE CAN INCLUDE AND EXPAND THOSE. SO THIS WILL BE ANOTHER SUGGESTION THAT WE WILL BE ADDING TO THE LIST OF SUGGESTIONS SO THAT WE CAN ASSIST BRINGING MORE MENTORSHIPS FOR OUR STUDENTS TO HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY, AND ALSO EARN COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS IN DOING SO AND HELPING YOU TO ACHIEVE THOSE 100 HOURS THAT YOU NEED FOR THE FUTURE. SO THESE WERE GREAT QUESTIONS. AND THANK YOU ALL.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MEMBER HARRIS?

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. YES, THESE WERE WONDERFUL QUESTIONS. AND I AM GOING TO FOLLOW MRS. SNIVELY'S PATTERN FOR JUST A SECOND HERE WITH CLAY. CLAY ADAMS FROM PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL. YOU BROUGHT UP A QUESTION THAT IS VERY DEAR AND NEAR TO MY HEART, BECAUSE DISCIPLINE DOES AFFECT THE LEARNING OF EVERYONE IN THE CLASSROOM. AND BEFORE I MAKE MY STATEMENT, I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR IF YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS OR IDEAS OF WHAT WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO. TURN THE MIKE ON.

>> THE DISCIPLINARY MEASURES THAT ARE IN PLACE ARE NOT HARSH ENOUGH TO TEACH THE CHILD OR THE STUDENT THAT WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS WRONG. WE NEED HARSHER DISCIPLINARY MEASURES SUCH AS GRADE POINT DEDUCTIONS, AND MORE THINGS THAT MATTER TO THEM, A PHONE CALL HOME, OR A TIME OUT DOESN'T MATTER TO THEM. THEY NEED MORE SERIOUS PUNISHMENTS FOR THEIR ACTIONS.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT AND BEING BRAVE ENOUGH TO SAY THAT AMONG YOUR PEERS. (LAUGHTER) I WANT TO SAY THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT. AND I KNOW THAT I SPEAK EVEN IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS THAT WE HAVE A DISCIPLINE PROBLEM. AND I WANT TO REACH OUT TO YOU AS STUDENTS, THAT SOMETIMES WHEN YOU SEE SOMETHING GOING ON IN THE SCHOOLS OR IN A CLASSROOM OR SOMEONE SHOWING DISRESPECT FOR A TEACHER, OR EVEN YOUR PEER, YOU KNOW, JUST SPEAK UP. YOU DON'T HAVE TO CAUSE AN ARGUMENT OR A FIGHT, BUT SPEAK UP AND JUST SAY, HEY, THAT'S NOT RIGHT, AND MOVE ON. BECAUSE WE HAVE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. AND I REALLY FEEL THAT THE DISCIPLINE IN THE SCHOOLS HAVE GOTTEN A LITTLE BIT CRAZY OVER THE YEARS, AND WE REALLY NEED TO STEP FORWARD AND LIKE TAKE IT BACK HOME A LITTLE BIT, AND HAVE SOME OF THE RESPONSIBILITIES IN OUR FAMILIES, AND LIKE YOU SAID, CHRIS, PUT IT BACK ON THE STUDENTS THEMSELVES. SO THANK YOU. THAT'S A VERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT. I WISH I COULD TALK ON ALL OF THESE. YOU GUYS HAVE GREAT QUESTIONS. VICKIE SHEPHERD, I AM NOT GOING TO ASK YOU TO SPEAK, BUT I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT, YES, WE ARE VERY MUCH AWARE OF THE BASIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE FINANCIAL LITERACY, AND HAS THERE BEEN A DISCUSSION OF IMPLEMENTING SOME OF THE FORUMS OF THIS EDUCATION TO BETTER PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE? THAT IS THIS BOARD'S CHALLENGE. IT IS WHAT WE ARE REACHING OUT FOR. WE CHANGED OUR VISION TO PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. AND I THINK IN THE NEXT TWO, THREE YEARS, YOU ARE GOING TO SEE THE GRADUATION RATES CHANGING. AND I KNOW THAT WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS AND YOUR SCHOOLS, YOU ARE SEEING A REAL GOOD ENTHUSIASTIC EXCITEMENT AT THAT GRADUATION AND EDUCATING YOU. SO PREPARING YOU FOR LIFE IS REALLY THE PATH WE ARE ON. AND MY WHOLE THING IS I WANT TO SEE YOU BE ABLE TO BALANCE YOUR CHECKBOOK, FIGURE OUT HOW TO RENT AN APARTMENT AND PAY YOUR BILLS. BECAUSE ONCE YOU LEAVE HOME YOU HAVE GOT TO PAY THOSE BILLS. SO I THINK WE ARE DOING THAT. AND I THINK YOU ARE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF GREAT GROWTH IN THAT AREA. SO I AM GLAD THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU GUYS, ALSO. AND ONE MORE. FOR SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL, I HAVE TO MENTION THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE. I WILL TELL YOU THAT THAT'S BEEN SOMETHING THAT THIS BOARD HAS BEEN INTERESTED IN, AND I WILL TELL YOU THAT EVEN IN OUR EARLY CHILDHOOD AREA THAT WE ARE STARTING TO PUSH AND ASK AND ENCOURAGE THAT WE EVEN START THE FOREIGN LANGUAGES EARLY AS TWO AND THREE YEARS OLD, BECAUSE THE SOONER YOU START A SECOND LANGUAGE WITH CHILDREN, THE BETTER THEY HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN SCHOOL. SO WE HAVE BEEN READING THE RESEARCH. WE ARE AWARE OF THAT. AND I WILL TELL YOU FOR AN ADVOCATE FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD, WE IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD ARE EVEN BRINGING THAT IN AT THAT LEVEL.  SO THAT WAS A VERY GOOD QUESTION. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. I JUST HAVE TWO QUICK COMMENTS, AND I AM GOING TO POSE A CHALLENGE TO THE BOARD. ARIEL KATZ FROM CHAMBERLAIN. YOU DON'T HAVE TO SPEAK. AS BOARD CHAIR I WAS APPROACHED BY CONGRESSWOMAN KATHY CASTOR TO DO SOME WORK AT CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL SO I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THAT IS ON OUR RADAR, THAT YOU HAVE BEEN MEETING WITH CHAMBERLAIN NOW. WE MET YESTERDAY FOR THE THIRD TIME. WE ARE IN THE MIDST OF RAISING FUNDS TO DO SOME THINGS AT CHAMBERLAIN. OUR NEXT MEETING IS JANUARY 30th AT 9:00 A.M. I WILL MAKE SURE THAT MRS. SEAL INVITES YOU BECAUSE I NEED STUDENTS ON THIS COMMITTEE AS WELL. BUT WE ARE DOING WORK THERE. AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW YOU ARE ON OUR RADAR. THANK YOU. MY OTHER COMMENT IS FOR THE STUDENT FROM MIDDLETON.

>>Cindy Stuart: AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO STAND. BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT A QUESTION LIKE THIS ABOUT THE MASTERS SCHEDULE, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I KNOW STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ASKING, ESPECIALLY STUDENTS WHO ARE IN IB SITUATIONS, OR IN SCHOOLS WITH DIFFERENT SCHEDULES. THERE ARE WAYS FOR THIS TO HAPPEN. YOUR PRINCIPAL IS IN CONTROL OF THE MASTER SCHEDULE OF YOUR SCHOOL. YOU HAVE SOME POWER THERE AS A STUDENT GOVERNMENT, AS A STUDENT BODY, STUDENT COUNCIL. PLEASE HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF AT YOUR SCHOOLS, BECAUSE THESE ARE THINGS THAT IF THIS IS SOMETHING THE STUDENT BODY IS LOOKING AT, AND PRINCIPALS, YOU KNOW I AM GOING TO ASK YOU TO AT LEAST LISTEN. I AM NOT ASKING YOU TO DO EVERYTHING STUDENTS WANT, BUT THEY ARE YOUR CUSTOMERS. SO YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE HEARING WHAT THEY ARE SAYING AND WHAT MAKES THEM PERFORM DURING THE DAY, WHICH IS WHAT WE NEED THEM TO DO. AND I WANT TO POSE A CHALLENGE TO THIS BOARD. AND IT'S INTERESTING, MRS. SNIVELY HAS KIND OF FLIPPED THIS WHOLE THING AROUND TODAY AND TURNED IT BACK ON STUDENTS. AND I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS IN THE PAST. WE HAVE HAD THIS FORUM. I HAVE BEEN ON THIS BOARD STARTING MY FIFTH YEAR. THE SECOND YEAR, WE KEPT GETTING QUESTIONS, WE KEPT GETTING A LOT OF THE SAME REPEAT QUESTIONS. AND I SAID, WHY DON'T WE GIVE THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS BACK TO STUDENTS SO THAT WHEN THEY GET READY TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT YEAR WE DON'T GET THE SAME QUESTIONS OVER AND OVER AGAIN? SO THIS YEAR, I WOULD LIKE TO CHALLENGE THIS BOARD TO PUT A WORKSHOP TOGETHER THAT WE TAKE THE RECOMMENDATIONS, AND SOME OF THE SUGGESTIONS THAT STUDENTS HAVE BROUGHT FORWARD, AND WE TALK ABOUT OTHER THINGS WE CAN IMPLEMENT, ARE THERE THINGS THAT WE CAN DO AS A BOARD THAT SOME OF THESE THINGS WE DO, AND I DON'T THINK STUDENTS ARE AWARE OF THEM, AND I THINK YOU WILL GET THOSE ANSWERS BACK AND YOU WILL SEE, OH, WOW, WE DO THAT IN ANOTHER SCHOOL, WE HAVE A FINANCIAL LITERACY CLASS TAUGHT AT THREE HIGH SCHOOLS, I BELIEVE. IT'S OUT THERE. IT'S NOT AT EVERY HIGH SCHOOL. JUST LIKE OTHER PROGRAMS ARE NOT AT EVERY HIGH SCHOOL.  BUT THAT IS OUT THERE. BUT THERE ARE OTHER THINGS THAT WE CAN OFFER THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE BOARD -- AND I WOULD BE HAPPY TO SCHEDULE A WORKSHOP TO ACTUALLY HAVE THIS BOARD CONSIDER THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL FORUM RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THIS YEAR. AND EVEN IF WE IMPLEMENT ONE, I THINK WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS. BUT IF I CAN GET CONSENSUS ON THAT, I WILL BE HAPPY TO SCHEDULE A WORKSHOP TO DO THAT. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. MS. GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: WE LEARN FROM EACH OF YOU. AS A TEACHER OF 33 OR MORE YEARS, AND I ACTUALLY HAD A LITTLE BIT OF A TV SHOW LAST NIGHT OR YESTERDAY ABOUT ENJOYING LEARNING. AND I HAVE ALWAYS LEARNED FROM THE STUDENTS. BUT LET ME GO RIGHT BACK TO THIS QUESTION FROM BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL. IT WAS FROM, LET'S SEE, GETTING BACK TO JULIA, ABOUT TEACHER EVALUATION. JULIA? YOU MADE A VERY IMPORTANT STATEMENT. AS I HAVE TAUGHT AND AS I HEAR FEEDBACK FROM MY NEPHEW AND ALL MY RELATIVES THAT IN SCHOOL, SO-AND-SO TEACHER DID THIS, AND THERE'S A LOT OF THOSE KIND OF COMPLAINTS, JUST LIKE US ADULTS. YET WE CAN VENT. ADULTS DO IT VERY WELL. BUT STUDENT VERY RARELY GET A CHANCE TO DO IT AND GET LISTENED TO. AT ONE SCHOOL I TAUGHT, IT WAS A PRIVATE SCHOOL. FOR MANY YEARS WE DID WHAT BE IS CALLED A TEACHER EVALUATION. AND IT IS AN EYE OPENER. I MEAN, I MYSELF PERSONALLY, THERE WERE CERTAIN SKILLS, IF YOU WILL, THAT I NEEDED TO WORK ON, AND SOME THINGS THAT I WAS VERY GOOD IN. SO WHAT I AM SAYING TO YOU, AND WHAT CHAIRWOMAN STUART IS SAYING, MADAM STUART, IS SAYING THAT WE SHOULD USE SOME OF YOUR IDEAS AND MAYBE DEVELOP IT. AND THAT HAS BEEN A WORKABLE AND A VIABLE IDEA. IT'S BEEN VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. LET'S GET OUR TEACHERS TO BE THE BEST THEY CAN. WE ARE ASKING YOU TO BE THE BEST YOU CAN. SO THAT'S MY ANSWER TO THAT. IT HAS BEEN DONE. EXCELLENT QUESTION. NEXT ONE. HERE WE GO. THIS GOES TO HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL ABOUT YOUR PEER MENTORSHIP, CALLING FOR MORE STUDENTS TO BE PART OF A MENTORING PROGRAM. MENTORING, KIDS HELPING KIDS IS PROBABLY THE MOST EMPOWERING WAY OF LEARNING AND HELPING YOU KIDS STAY IN SCHOOL. IF YOU PUT YOUR ANALOGY WITH SPORTS, AND YOU ARE ON A TEAM, AND YOU ARE WORKING AS A TEAM, YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO STAY IN THAT PARTICULAR TEAM SO YOU ALL CAN CONTINUE TO SUCCEED AND HELP EACH OTHER. THE SAME THING, THE SAME ANALOGY GOES FOR EDUCATION. IF YOU ARE TEEGE YOU WILL HELPING EACH OTHER LEARN AND HELPING EACH OTHER BECOME THE BEST, YOU ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE ACCOUNTABLE AND HAVE SKIN IN THE GAME AND CONTINUE YOUR EDUCATION AND HELP OTHERS BECOME BETTER. SO MENTORING, I CALL IT PEER FACILITATING. I STARTED THAT WAY BACK IN THE YEARS WHEN I STARTED IN 1977. AND IT WORKED EXTREMELY WELL. AND THAT WOULD BE ANOTHER SUGGESTION. I KNOW WE HAVE ALL TYPES OF MENTORING. BUT YOU KNOW IT WORKS. AND THAT'S A GREAT IDEA WHERE IS CAMILLA? HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE YOUR NAME? CAMILLA. THANK YOU. VERY GOOD. NOW LAST, OUT OF ALL THESE, I'M ONTO THE EARLY LEARNING. AND A AS -- SALLY HARRIS IS ALSO A BIG PROPONENT. I THINK THE LANGUAGE, THE EXTRA LANGUAGE IS DEFINITELY -- I MEAN, LANGUAGE ITSELF IS EXERCISED TO THE BRAIN. IT IS A WORKOUT. AND RIGHT NOW, WE ARE FACING AN AN INCREDIBLE DILEMMA WITH KIDS LEARNING TO READ BY THE TIME THEY ARE IN SECOND OR THIRD GRADE. SO BEFORE -- AND I WANT TO SAY IN CONJUNCTION TO MRS. HARRIS, I DEFINITELY THINK A SECOND LANGUAGE SHOULD BE BEGUN AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE BUT WE FIRST HAVE TO LEARN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. THAT'S, IN MY OPINION. BUT I AM AN ADVOCATE. AND WHO IS THIS YOUNG LADY, OORINNE? AN ADVOCATE OF SECOND LANGUAGES BECAUSE THIS IS A GLOBAL COMMUNITY THAT WE LIVE IN NOW. WE KNOW NO LOPPING KERR THINK IN ONLY ONE LANGUAGE AND YOU ALL KNOW THAT. SO WE HAVE TO START THINKING VERY MUCH MORE PROACTIVELY IN GETTING OUR LANGUAGE SKILLS AND OTHER CULTURES IS PART OF OUR CURRICULUM. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: VERY QUICKLY, I WANT TO ADDRESS THE CONCERN THAT WAS BROUGHT UP BY SAMIA HOP SON FROM W.W. WATERS AND ALLOWING STUDENTS IN THE CAREER CENTERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY. I'M REALLY HOPEFUL THAT WE CAN FIND A WAY OF BEING ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE SOME OF THOSE -- SOME OF THE STUDENTS THAT REALLY HAVE THE NINTH PURSUING THAT. I THINK THAT IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S DOABLE. AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF MAYBE NEXT YEAR WE CAN HAVE THAT SOMEBODY HOW OR OTHER IMPLEMENTED NEXT YEAR, MR. HARRISON PETERS. MR. PETERS, THANK YOU.

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

>>Melissa Snively: TWO MORE FROM ME. FIRST, HANNA FROM PLANT HIGH SCHOOL. WHERE IS HANNA? YOU WERE ASKING ABOUT INTEGRATING SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT BY HOSTING UNITY DAYS. THAT WOULD INCLUDE DIVERSE GROUPS OF STUDENTS FROM EACH SCHOOL WHO MEET TO LEARN METHODS OF UNIFICATION THAT THEY COULD IMPLEMENT IN THEIR OWN SCHOOL. WHY DO YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS? WHY DO YOU THINK IT IMPORTANT? WHAT KIND OF CHANGE OR DIFFERENCE WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE BY THIS?

>> SO I'M A HUGE ADVOCATE FOR DIVERSITY. I LIKE TO DO A SUMMER PROGRAM WHICH BRINGS YOUTH FROM HILLSBOROUGH AND PINELLAS COUNTY, AND WE JUST LEARN ABOUT DISCRIMINATION AND HOW TO END IT. AND I THINK WORKING IN A COHESIVE WORLD JUST MAKES EVERYTHING SO MUCH EASIER. SO I WOULD LIKE TO IMPLEMENT THAT IN THE SCHOOLS. I AM PRESIDENT OF THE STUDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AT MY SCHOOLS. SO WE HOST DAYS LIKE THESE ONCE A QUARTER AT OUR SCHOOL. AND IT'S LIKE HELPFUL. IT'S BABY STEPS AND LIKE SOMETHING THAT WE CAN IMPLEMENT IN THE SCHOOL THAT WOULD BE EASY. AND I JUST THINK IT WOULD BE HELPFUL TO BRING THE SCHOOLS TOGETHER.

>> SO YOU ALREADY DO THIS AT YOUR SCHOOL?

>> YES. WE DOUGH THIS AT OUR SCHOOL ONCE A QUARTER.

>> SO IF OTHER SCHOOLS WANTED TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT, IS THERE A WAY TO COMMUNICATE THAT TO THE OTHER SCHOOLS, OR SCHOOL GOVERNMENTS THAT YOU COULD SHARE? HAVE YOU ALREADY SHARED THE INFORMATION WITH OTHER SCHOOLS ON HOW YOU DO THAT?

>> I HAVEN'T SHARED IT BUT I THINK IF WE HAD LIKE LEADERS, LIKE REPRESENTATIVES FROM EACH SCHOOL, SORT OF LIKE THE GROUP OF STUDENTS THAT ARE HERE NOW, ALL PARTICIPATE IN THIS SORT OF DAY, THAT COULD BE HOSTED BY MY BOARD, AND TEACH EVERYONE THE SKILLS, AND THEY CAN EXPERIENCE THE DAY LIKE PLANT STUDENTS EXPERIENCE WHEN THEY ARE ALSO THERE. THEY CAN TAKE THAT LESSON AND TAKE THAT CONCEPT TO THEIR SCHOOL.

>> SO LET MEASURE VAY THE GROUP. IF YOU COULD DO THIS AT YOUR SCHOOL, AND YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN HOW TO MANAGE SOMETHING LIKE THIS AT YOUR SCHOOL, WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HAVING A UNITY DAY OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT AT THEIR SCHOOL TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER? GREAT IDEA. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> NOW WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME REAL FUN. WE HAVE TWO MICROPHONES, RIGHT? ONE ON EACH SIDE OF THE ROOM? OKAY. CHRISTIAN SUAREZ FROM LETO HIGH SCHOOL. WHERE ARE YOU? OKAY, STAND UP. ALL RIGHT. AND MALLORY HEREIN FROM NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL, WHERE ARE YOU? HERE WE GO. SO I AM GOING TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT EACH OF YOUR QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAD AND YOUR SUGGESTIONS. AND I WANT TO KNOW WHY YOU THINK YOUR IDEA IS BETTER, AND THEN WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE VOTE TO SEE WHAT THE REST OF THE ROOM THINKS. OKAY? SO CHRISTIAN SAYS THAT HOUR SCHOOL DAY IS TOO LONG. THAT OTHER SCHOOLS DISMISS AT 1:55, AND OUR SCHOOLS ARE A TOTAL IN CLASS OF 1050 HOURS AS OPPOSED TO WHAT THE STATE REQUIRES 900 HOURS. FOR GRADES 4 THROUGH 12. SO YOU WANT TO GET OUT AN HOUR EARLY. IS THAT RIGHT? OKAY. AND THEN MALLORY SAYS WE HAVE A LOT OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE RIGOROUS CLASSES AND PARTICIPATE IN MULTIPLE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, AND SHE FEELS THAT AN EXTRA PERIOD OF STUDY HALL WOULD BE BETTER USE OF A STUDENT'S TIME IN ORDER TO HAVE EXTRA TIME TO DO HOMEWORK AND DO OTHER STUDY RELATED ACTIVITY. SO WHY DO YOU THINK YOUR IDEA IS BETTER THAN MALLORY'S IDEA? CHRISTIAN?

>> IF WE WERE OUT OF SCHOOL EARLIER WE WOULD BE ABLE TO POSSIBLY PARTICIPATE IN MORE OF THOSE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, GIVE US MORE TIME TO HAVE DO OUR HOMEWORK AND JUST BE A KID. (LAUGHTER) AND IF WE ARE ALREADY GETTING THROUGH ALL THE MATERIAL, WHY SHOULD WE STILL HAVE TO STAY IN SCHOOL OVER LIKE THE MINIMUM REQUIRED HOURS WHEN OTHER COUNTIES DON'T DO THAT?

>> VERY GOOD. MALLORY?

>> I THINK THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE A BREAK IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY, LIKE OTHER THAN LUNCH, BECAUSE THAT'S NOT A VERY LONG PERIOD OF TIME TO RELAX AND LIKE RECHARGE YOUR BRAIN. AND IF WE DO HAVE A SHORTER PERIOD, OR A SHORTER DAY IN THE SCHOOL, THEN IT'S MORE WORKING CONTINUALLY HARDER. AND I THINK THAT IT WILL BE EASIER ON OUR BRAINS AND OUR WORKLOAD, AND WE WILL STILL HAVE TIME TO DO THOSE THINGS AFTER SCHOOL AND BE ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH OUR HOMEWORK.

>>Melissa Snively: VERY GOOD. THANK YOU, MALLORY. NOW WE TAKE THE SURVEY IN THE ROOM. OKAY. IF YOU WOULD RATHER GET OUT OF SCHOOL ONE HOUR EARLIER, RAISE YOUR HAND. OKAY. SORRY. IF YOU WOULD RATHER HAVE AN EXTRA HOUR OF STUDY HALL TO DO YOUR CATCH-UP WORK OR HOMEWORK, RAISE YOUR HAND. THAT'S ACTUALLY PRETTY CLOSE. I WOULD SAY THAT'S ALMOST A TIE. THAT'S ALMOST A TIE. SO, ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU BOTH FOR PARTICIPATING IN THAT. YOU BOTH HAD VERY GOOD ARGUMENTS. AND I GUESS THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS SOME HOMEWORK TO DO NOW.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. SNIVELY. WE ARE GOING TO ROUND ON TO ROUND TWO NOW, MRS. T.K. SIKES. WE HAVE EXACTLY ONE HALF HOUR LEFT, BOARD MEMBERS, BEFORE WE HAVE TO ALLOW THESE STUDENTS TO LEAVE. I DO WANT TOO SAY, I THINK WE HAVE CERTAINLY GIVEN THE STAFF AND SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS STAFF A LOT OF THINGS TO CONTEMPLATE OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

>> ALONSO HIGH SCHOOL.

>> MY NAME IS PAULA, AND MY QUESTION IS, IN REGARD TO BUDGET CUTS, AND COURTESY BUSING, ARE THERE CURRENTLY MEASURES TO AVOID ISSUES FROM THE DANGERS OF HIGH LEVELS OF TRAFFIC? IS IT WORTH COMPROMISING SAFETY TO SAVE MONEY?

>> THANK YOU. ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M HALEY PARISH. SENIORS EXPOSED TO AP AND DUAL ENROLLMENT CLASSES, WE HAVE SEEN A DISTRICT DIFFERENCE IN SKILLS NEEDED BETWEEN FSA PREPARATION AND THOSE NEEDED AT THE COLLEGIATE LEVEL. HAS THERE BEEN DISCUSSION TO ADJUST THE NEED FOR NEXT LEVEL WRITING SKILLS IN OUR JUNIOR AND SENIOR LEVEL WRITING COURSES?

>> THANK YOU. BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M BRIANA. I READ THE WRONG ONE. SO SORRY ABOUT THAT. WHAT WOULD YOU DO AS A BOARD MEMBER -- AS BOARD MEMBERS TO ASSURE THAT TEACHERS HAVE THE SUPPORT AND MATERIALS NEEDED TO SUCCESSFULLY ASSESS STUDENTS IN MEETING STATE STANDARDS?

>> THANK YOU. BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL.

>> ASHLEY RUSSELL FROM BLOOMINGDALE. THE ISSUE OF OVERCROWDING DID PREVALENT WITHIN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. SEVERAL SCHOOLS CURRENTLY OVER CAPACITY. WITH THAT BEING SAID, HOW DOES HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PLAN TO ADDRESS AND RESOLVE THE PROBLEM OF OVERCROWDING IN THE AFFECTED SCHOOLS?

>> THANK YOU. BOWERS WHITLEY CAREER CENTER. I'M VICTORIA.  WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE FROM THE TESTING REDUCTION?

>> THANK YOU. BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL.

>> MY NAME IS ERICA WATSON FROM BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL. WOULD THE SCHOOL BOARD SUPPORT SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVES HAVING THE ABILITY TO CAST PREFERENTIAL VOTES AT FUTURE MEETINGS SO THAT OUR STANCE ON ISSUES IS OFFICIALLY RECORDED IN THE MINUTES?

>> THANK YOU. CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M ALAN LOPEZ, AND MY QUESTION IS, WHAT STEPS WOULD WE HAVE TO TAKE TO TRANSITION TO A PAPERLESS OR ALMOST PAPERLESS EDUCATION?

>> THANK YOU. DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL.

>> HI. I'M HANNA GOTTMAN. ONE OF THE GOALS OF THE DISTRICT, SINCE OUR SUCCESS COACH HAS BEEN MOVED WHO WILL HELP THOSE STRUGGLING STUDENTS MOVE TOWARDS ACADEMIC SUCCESS AT GRADUATION?

>> THANK YOU. EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL.

>> CLEANA FROM EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL. OHIO ARE WE PREPARING IN THE TECHNOLOGICALLY DRIVEN WORLD?

>> THANK YOU. FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL.

>> MANY STUDENTS WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND ARE NOT ABLE TO BECAUSE THEY DO NOT HAVE RELABEL TRANSPORTATION HOME. A FEW SCHOOLS HAVE ACTIVITY BUSES TO HELP BUT MOST DO NOT. HOW CAN THE SCHOOL BOARD HELP FUND MORE ACTIVITY BUSES TO INCLUDE MORE STUDENT INVOLVEMENT SUCH AS ROTC, CLUBS AND ATHLETICS?

>> THANK YOU. GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M SARAH FROM GAITHER. GIVEN ABOUT TWO MONTHS BEFORE SCHOOL IS OVER, WE KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF ACCESS SITUATIONS THAT STUDENTS SHOULDN'T BE PUNISHED DUE TO COMPUTER ACCESS Y.IS IT THEY ARE TAKEN BEFORE COURSE CONTENT IS FINISHED AND WHAT DO YOU PROPOSE -- PROPOSE TO MAKE TESTING MORE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL STUDENTS?

>> HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M REPRESENTING HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. ARE THERE ALTERNATIVE OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS WHO SUFFER FROM TESTING ANXIETY OR OTHER TYPES OF SIMILAR DISORDERS? IF SO HOW CAN WE BRING THESE OPTIONS TO SCHOOLS WITH STUDENTS DO POORLY ON STANDARDIZED TESTING BECAUSE OF THESE DISORDERS?

>> THANK YOU. JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL.

>> MY NAME IS CORTEZ WYLEY. STUDENTS IN THE AVID PROGRAM ARE EXPOSED TO INTENSE FOCUS INTELLIGENCE STANDARDIZED TESTS, SERVICE LEARNING AND SO MUCH MORE THAT WOULD BENEFIT ANY AND ALL STUDENTS IN HIGH SCHOOL. IS THE DISTRICT CONSIDERING ADDING A SIMILAR ELECTIVE THAT WOULD BE OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS?

>> THANK YOU. KING HIGH SCHOOL.

>> MY NAME IS HALEY AND I'M REPRESENTING KING HIGH SCHOOL. KNOWING THE IMPORTANCE OF CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT ADD ANXIOUS 27 THROUGH 5 CAN THE DISTRICT TAKE A MORE ASSERTIVE POSITION IN PREPARING KIDS FOR SCHOOL AND FOR LIFE?

>> THANK YOU. LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL.

>> MY NAME IS MELINA. WITH THE BUDGET CUTBACKS WHAT PLANS ARE IN PLACE TO RELIEVE THE OVERCROWDING OF HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE SOUTH SHORE AREA?

>> THANK YOU. LETO HIGH SCHOOL.

>> HI. AT LET OH WE ALSO EXPERIENCE WITH OVERCROWDING. MANY OF OUR TEACHERS TEACH CLASSES IN THE AUDITORIUM OR IN COMPUTER LABS AND WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE COUNTY IS GOING TO DO IN THE FUTURE TO HELP THESE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.

>> THANK YOU. MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL.

>> MY NAME IS RAR ROGER. WHAT CAN BE DONE TO ENSURE A SAFE AND ORDERLY ENVIRONMENT IS ESTABLISHED FOR ALL STUDENTS IN AN OVERCROWDED SCHOOL?

>> THANK YOU. NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL.

>> WITH THE NEW RULE IN REGARDS TO THE TWO BILE BUS RADIUS, BUS TRANSPORTATION, WILL THE DISTRICT BE WORKING WITH COMMUNITIES TO MAKE SURE THAT STUDENTS HAVE SAFE LOCATIONS TO WALK OR BIKE SINCE SOME OF THESE AREAS ARE VERY HIGH TRAFFICKED?

>> THANK YOU. PLANT HIGH SCHOOL.

>> PAXTON RHODES. MY QUESTION SENIOR COULD EARLY RELEASE DAY BE ON WEDNESDAY RATHER THAN MONDAY TO GIVE THESE STUDENTS MORE TIME TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK?

>> THANK YOU. PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL.

>> TURNER FROM PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL. HOW CAN TEACHERS WHO CARE FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE A PASSION FOR TEACHING BE REWARDED VERSUS THOSE WHO DON'T SEEM TO CARE?

>> THANK YOU. RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M SABRINA, AND I WAS WONDERING IF YOU CAN INCLUDE HEALTHY VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN ITEMS INTO THE SCHOOL LUNCH MENU. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M HANNA AND I WAS WONDERING IF IT'S POSSIBLE FOR US TO HAVE ONLINE VERSIONS OF ALL OF OUR TEXTBOOKS SO WE DON'T HAVE TO HAUL PHYSICAL COPIES BACK AND BETWEEN SCHOOL AND HOME EVERY DAY.

>> THANK YOU. SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M LEO. I HAVE FRIENDS IN OTHER COUNTIES SUCH AS PINELLAS AND PASCO AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN BOTH COUNTIES WHO GET OUT BEFORE 4 P.M. EVERY DAY.

>> THANK YOU. SIMMONS CAREER CENTER.

>> WILL THERE EVER BE BUS ABILITY TO HAVE ATHLETIC PROGRAM?

>> THANK YOU. SOUTH COUNTY CAREER CENTER.

>> MY NAME IS VIEGA. WHAT IS THE REASON FOR THE RECENT BUDGET CUTS?

>> THANK YOU. SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL.

>> MY QUESTION IS HAS THERE BEEN ANY CONSIDERATION FOR ALLOWING STUDENTS OF AP CLASSES TO BE EXEMPT FROM FSA REQUIREMENTS BASED OFT PREVIOUS PERFORMANCE IN ADVANCED ENGLISH CURRICULUM?

>> THANK YOU. STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS CARL AND I ATTEND STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL. AS OF NOW ALL HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL GRADUATIONS OCCUR AT THE FAIRGROUNDS. FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES NORTH TAMPA CAN DRIVE CAN BE LONG AND OUT OF THE WAY ESPECIALLY STUDENTS NEED TO GO FOR THEIR REVERSAL AND ACTUAL GRADUATION. WE HEARD THAT THERE WAS A DISCUSSION ON CREATING TWO GRADUATION SITES, THE FAIRGROUNDS AND THE SUN DOME. AND AS STUDENTS WHO GO TO STEINBRENNER WHICH IS 40 TO 60 MINUTES AWAY THE CHOSEN SITE WE ARE WONDERING WHY THE LATTER WASN'T SELECTED AND IF THERE'S ANY WAY TO PERSUADE OTHER WAYS.

>> THANK YOU. STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL.

>> MY NAME IS JACK, STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL. IN RECENT YEARS THE STATE OF FLORIDA PASSED THE CLASS SIZE AMENDMENT LIMITING ONLY 25 STUDENTS PER CLASS. HOWEVER IN IS NOT APPLIED TO AP CLASSES WHY IS IT THESE HIGH LEVEL CLASSES THAT REQUIRE MORE INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION FOR STUDENTS ARE ALLOWED TO GO OVER THE 25 STUDENT LIMIT?

>> TAMPA BAY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M SIERRA, AND I'M REPRESENTING TAMPA BAY TECH HIGH SCHOOL, AND RECENTLY RECOMMENDED THAT HOMEWORK GRADING SYSTEM THAT REWARDS STUDENTS THAT HAVE FREE TIME AT HOME AND PUNISHES STUDENTS THAT HAVE BEEN TO WORK OR CARE FOR YOUNGER SIBLINGS. IS THE SCHOOL BOARD CONSIDERING PUTTING FORTH ANY FORMAL RESTRICTION ON THE AMOUNT OF HOMEWORK THAT CAN BE ISSUED AND/OR HOW MUCH IT CAN IMPACT A STUDENT'S GRADE?

>> THANK YOU. WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL.

>> I'M FROM WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL W.THE FINANCIAL ISSUES FACING OUR DISTRICT IS THERE A REASON THE DISTRICT PAYS FOR ALL STUDENTS TO TAKE PSAT, SAT TESTING RATHER THAN ONLY PAYING FOR THOSE STUDENTS BY REGISTERING IN ADVANCE FOR THE TEST?

>> THANK YOU. CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

>> I'M BROOK SHAPIRO REPRESENTING CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND I ATTEND PLANT HIGH SCHOOL. WHAT MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN TO PREPARE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR THEIR HIGH SCHOOL CAREERS?

>> THANK YOU. THE HONORABLE CINDY STUART WILL FACILITATE SCHOOL BOARD ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS FROM ROUND 2, AND ALSO SHE WILL BE IN CHARGE OF THE THIRD ROUND.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. SIKES. THERE IS A STUDENT IN THE AUDIENCE THAT WE HONORED ANOTHER STUDENT A FEW WEEKS AGO, AND THIS STUDENT WASN'T ABLE TO COME TO OUR BOARD MEETING AND BE HONORED BECAUSE HE WAS WORKING. SO MR. CORTEZ WILY FROM JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL, WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED? [ APPLAUSE ] MR. WILEY RECENTLY WAS AWARDED A YOUNG HERO AWARD FROM THE VINIK FOUNDATION AND THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING IN THE AMOUNT OF $50,000. $25,000 MR. WILEY GETS TO KEEP TOWARDS HIS COLLEGE EDUCATION. AND 25,000 HE GETS TO DONATE TO THE CHARITY OF HIS CHOICE. THIS IS AN ESSAY, AND AN INTERVIEW PROCESS IN WHICH HE HAD TO GO TO. WE HAVE TWO STUDENTS FROM JEFFERSON THAT WERE ACTUALLY HONORED THROUGH THIS PROGRAM. SO WE CONGRATULATE YOU AND THANK THE VINIK FAMILY FOUNDATION AND THE LIGHTNING AGAIN FOR HONORING OUR STUDENTS. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY. [ APPLAUSE ] I'M GLAD WE GOT TO DO. THAT WE DIDN'T GET TO DO IT A FEW WEEKS AGO. SO BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 20 MINUTES TO GET THROUGH ROUND TWO COMMENTS AND THEN ROUND THREE WILL BE DEFINITELY A LIGHTNING ROUND IF WE GET THERE. SO PLEASE INDICATE IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS BY PUSHING YOUR LIGHTS. MRS. GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: SO ONE OF THE QUESTIONS, I THINK ONE FROM HALEY PARISH, CAN YOU STAND UP? OKAY. THE FSA PREPARATION AND THE CONFLICT THAT PERHAPS YOU ARE NOT BEING PREPARED DURING YOUR SENIOR LEVEL ENGLISH CLASSES THAT ARE CONGRUENT WITH F SA STANDARDS, I THINK WE HAVE A REAL PROBLEM WITH THE FSA STANDARDS IN MANY WAYS. WE HAVE A DIRECTION THAT WAS GIVEN TO US FROM THE STATE. AND THEN WE HAVE A HUGE DIRECTION THAT IS GIVEN TO US LOCALLY, MORE LOCALLY AT A LOCAL DISTRICT. AND WHAT HAPPENS IS, WE ARE TOLD TO FOLLOW THE STATE STANDARDS, YET ALL THE WHILE WE HAVE OUR WONDERFUL EFFECTIVE TEACHERS WITH THEIR PRINCIPALS WANTING CERTAIN OTHER THINGS TO BE TAUGHT. SO YOU ALL ARE CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE. AND AS AN EDUCATOR, I'M VERY CONFLICTED AS WELL. I WOULD RATHER HAVE A MORE UNIFORM, SELECT AMOUNT OF STANDARDS. I THINK THAT IS GOING TO BE OUR CHALLENGE. I THINK WE NEED TO REALLY PUT ON OUR CURRICULUM HATS AS A BOARD, AND AS SUPERINTENDENT, TO START LOOKING TO HAVE MORE OF A CONGRUENCY SO THEY MEET. SO YOU ARE NOT REALLY FIGHTING TWO DIFFERENT, YOU KNOW, WARS AT THE SAME TIME AND YOU ARE LEARNING. THAT'S A LONG ENOUGH ANSWER SO I AM GOING TO LET THE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS SPEAK. I HAVE OTHER THINGS TO SAY. THANKS.

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

>>Sally Harris: I AM GOING TO KEEP IT REAL SHORT BECAUSE WE WANT TO GET TO ROUND THREE BECAUSE ROUND THREE IS MORE FUN TO LISTEN TO YOU GUYS. SO I JUST WANT TO -- I HAVE TO SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE TRANSPORTATION, THE COURTESY BUS TRANSPORTATION, BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF MISUNDERSTANDING IN THE COMMUNITY ABOUT WHAT WE ARE DOING. AND I WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT THIS BOARD AND THIS DISTRICT WOULD NEVER PUT A STUDENT IN DANGER. THAT IS OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY, IS STUDENT SAFETY. AND THE COURTESY BUSING SITUATION, WITHOUT GETTING INTO THE DEEP DIVE OF WHAT'S GOING ON, BASICALLY, IF YOU LIVE OUTSIDE THE TWO MILE RADIUS, WE ARE BY STATE STATUTE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO SCHOOL. IF YOU LIVE WITHIN THE TWO-MILE RADIUS, THEN IT'S A PARENT CHOICE, FAMILY CHOICE, COMMUNITY CHOICE. THERE IS CARPOOLS. THERE IS BICYCLE RIDING. CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW NICE IT WOULD BE TO RIDE YOUR BIKE TO SCHOOL AND ENJOY MEETING FAMILIES ALONG THE WAY, PARENTS WALKING THEIR KIDS? PUT THE FAMILY BACK INTO THE IF YOU PLEASE OF GOING TO AND FROM SCHOOL. SO I THINK THAT THERE'S A MISUNDERSTANDING IN THE FACT THAT IF THERE IS A HIGH RISK AREA, WE ARE NOT GOING TO PUT THOSE KIDS IN DANGER EVEN IF THEY ARE WITHIN THE TWO-MILE RADIUS. SO I HOPE YOU WILL HELP US WITH THAT RUMOR, BECAUSE THAT RUMOR IS NOT TRUE. THIS BOARD IS NOT PUTTING ANYBODY'S SAFETY IN DANGER. SO I JUST HAD TO CLARIFY THAT ONE. THE OTHER THING THAT I WANTED TO SAY WAS THE RESEARCH ABOUT HOMEWORK, MR. EAKINS KNOWS HOW I FEEL HOMEWORK. I THINK HOMEWORK WAS PUT IN PLACE TO TEAR FAMILIES APART. I DO NOT LIKE HOMEWORK. I DON'T LIKE IT AT ALL. SO I SUPPORT THE FACT THAT, YOU KNOW, HOMEWORK NEEDS TO BE LOOKED AT. AND I AM SO EXCITED THAT THE WHOLE WORLD IS LOOKING AT IT. AND THERE'S LOTS OF RESEARCH OUT THERE. SO I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HOMEWORK GO AWAY. [ APPLAUSE ]

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. LET'S SEE. MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. NANU? HOW DO YOU SAY YOUR LAST NAME? MR. GUMARAJU. YOU ASKED WHAT CAN YOU DO TO SUPPORT ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY FOR RESOURCES AND ACADEMICS AND MAKE SURE A SAFE AND ORDERLY ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL STUDENTS IN AN OVERCROWDED SCHOOL. WHAT OF WOULD YOU SUGGEST?

>> PROVIDING TECHNOLOGY TO THE STUDENTS. ON LOWER STANDARDS, THINGS SUCH AS GRAPHING CALCULATORS ARE NEEDED IN HIGH LEVEL MATH COURSES AND SO STUDENT ARE NOT ABLE TO PURCHASE THOSE THINGS. ON A HIGHER LEVEL, THINGS SUCH AS COMPUTERS, YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO RENT OUT A COMPUTER. US BEING A NAG NET PROGRAM WE DO USE COMPUTERS A LOT. SO A STUDENT THAT IS NOT ABLE TO PURCHASE A COMPUTER THAT CAN RUN THESE PROGRAMS ON THEIR OWN SHOULD BE ABLE TO ACQUIRE ONE AND STILL GET THEIR EDUCATION THAT THEY DESERVE.

>> FANTASTIC. THANK YOU FOR YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS, SIR. AND THEN MICHELLE. OUR CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL REP. COULD YOU PLEASE STAND UP FOR JUST A MOMENT? AND I BELIEVE THAT YOU ASKED A QUESTION, WHAT MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN TO PREPARE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL? IS THAT CORRECT?

>> THAT WAS BROOK SHAPIRO.

>> OH, I'M SORRY. THANK YOU FOR CORRECTING ME. WHAT MEASURES ARE BEING TAKEN, IS THAT CORRECT? SO THINK BACK WHEN YOU WERE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE LIKED THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DO TO PREPARE YOU FOR HIGH SCHOOL?

>> WELL, WE ACTUALLY HAD A CAC MEETING ON THE TOPIC OF MIDDLE SCHOOLS LAST MONTH. SO SOME OF THE THINGS WHEN WE WERE REFLECTING ON OUR OWN MIDDLE SCHOOL EXPERIENCE WITH STUDENTS, WE THOUGHT ABOUT HOW WE WOULD HAVE LIKED TO HAVE MORE CULTURAL EXPERIENCES LIKE CLUBS AND MORE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, AS THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS OF THAT WE ARE OFFERED IN HIGH SCHOOL. AND IF WE WERE OFFERED THEM IN MIDDLE SCHOOL THE TRANSITION WOULD BE EASIER BECAUSE WE WOULD BE ABLE TO BUILD OUR OWN COMMUNITY AND FIND OUR OWN COMMUNITY ONCE WE GET TO HIGH SCHOOL. AND ANOTHER THING WAS A MORE RIGOROUS CURRICULUM FOR THOSE WHO NEED IT TO PREPARE THEM FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM WHICH IS A LOT MORE CHALLENGING THAN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM.

>> DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU FACED WHEN YOU GOT TO HIGH SCHOOL, YOUR FIRST YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL, THINKING BACK, BOWE WOW, I WASN'T EXPECTING THIS?

>> I GUESS I WAS JUST A LITTLE OVERWHELMED WITH EVERYTHING THAT WAS GOING ON, LIKE I SAID WITH THE CURRICULUM. IT WAS VERY DIFFERENT. AND ALSO I FELT IN MIDDLE SCHOOL THAT I WAS KIND OF LOST. I DIDN'T HAVE A COMMUNITY. SO WHEN I CAME TO HIGH SCHOOL IT WAS NICE TO BE ABLE TO FIND ONE BUT IT WAS ALSO OVERWHELMING AT THE SAME TIME BECAUSE I HAD NEVER BEEN EXPOD TO ANYTHING LIKE THAT BEFORE.

>> YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE FOUND THAT COMMUNITY A LITTLE EARLIER IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND THAT WAY YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH MORE ACCLIMATED TO THAT, AND BY THE TIME YOU GOT TO HIGH SCHOOL.

>> YES. ANOTHER THING ACTUALLY I JUST THOUGHT OF WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL THERE'S MORE FOREIGN LANGUAGE OPPORTUNITIES. I THINK WE TALKED ABOUT THAT A LITTLE BIT. AND I SEE IT, FOR ME AND FOR OTHER STUDENTS, IT'S DEFINITELY A CHALLENGE TAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES IN HIGH SCHOOL. SO I THINK LIKE WE SAID, IF FOREIGN LANGUAGE EDUCATION WAS INCORPORATED EARLIER ON ESPECIALLY IN MIDDLE SCHOOL IT WOULD BE EASIER TO MEET THAT FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT THAT IS EXPECTED OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT.

>> VERY GOOD. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. AND THEN THE LAST ONE, JUST TO DOVETAIL ON MRS. HARRIS, TRANSPORTATION ISSUE, I ACTUALLY WANTED TO GIVE MR. EAKINS AN OPPORTUNITY TO KIND OF ANSWER THAT QUESTION, BECAUSE THAT WAS A RECOMMENDATION THAT CAME FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE, AND EACH THOUGH THE BOARD APPROVED IT, THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF CONTROVERSY AROUND IT, AND SO I THOUGHT IT WOULD PROBABLY BE BEST SINCE YOU ARE THE ONE WHO OPERATE THIS DISTRICT AND WILL BE IMPLEMENTING THIS NEW PROCEDURE, WHAT CAN YOU OFFER THE STUDENTS TO MAKE THEM FEEL A LITTLE BETTER ABOUT --

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MRS. SNIVELY. THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. AS MRS. HARRIS MENTIONED, AND THIS BOARD, THE SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, YOUR LEADERS AT YOUR SCHOOLS, YOUR SAFETY IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT IN LOOKING AT THE RECOMMENDATION, OBVIOUSLY, WE ALSO ARE LOOKING FOR EQUITY ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE COURTESY BUSING WHICH MRS. HARRIS DESCRIBED LESS THAN TWO MILES. THE STATE OF FLORIDA DOES NOT FUND TRANSPORTATION WITHIN TWO MILES OF THE SCHOOL. HOWEVER, THEY DO GIVE CRITERIA. IF THERE ARE HAZARDOUS WALKING CONDITIONS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA THAT HAVE IDENTIFIED WHAT THAT CRITERIA IS. AND WE CURRENTLY OVER THE LAST MANY, MANY YEARS HAVE BEEN APPLYING THAT CRITERIA TO SOME BUT NOT ALL. SO IN LOOKING AT ALL THE COMMUNITIES ACROSS A VERY LARGE COUNTY, THE GOAL WAS TO GO AND MAKE SURE WE LOOK AT EVERY SINGLE UP WITH OF THE BUS STOPS WITHIN TWO MILES TO MAKE SURE IT MET THE CRITERIA, WE WOULD CONTINUE TO OFFER TRANSPORTATION. SO THERE WILL BE STUDENTS THAT STILL GET TRANSPORTATION WITHIN THOSE TWO MILES IF THEY MEET THE STATE'S CRITERIA.  IF THEY DON'T NEITHER MEET THAT STATE CRITERIA THEN THE STATE STATUTE KICKS IN AND SAYS STUDENTS LIVING WITHIN TWO MILES, IT IS THE PARENTS' RESPONSIBILITY TO FIND SAFE PASSAGE TO SCHOOL FOR THAT PARTICULAR CHILD. YOU KNOW, WE ALWAYS WANT TO CONTINUE TO LOOK AT ALL OF OUR RECOMMENDATIONS AS WE CONTINUE ON WORKING WITH OUR TRANSPORTATION STAFF, WORKING WITH OUR SCHOOLS. SO THE PURPOSE OF DOING THIS IN DECEMBER, NOT FOR THIS YEAR BUT FOR NEXT YEAR, WAGS TO GET AN OPPORTUNITY, BECAUSE I THINK ONE OF THE QUESTIONS WAS CAN YOU BE WORKING WITH OUR COMMUNITY, WITH OUR SCHOOLS, WITH FAMILIES IN THOSE NEIGHBORHOODS TO START TO COME UP WITH THE PLAN FOR HOW THE STUDENTS WHO MAY BE NOT RECEIVING THAT BUS RIDE NEXT YEAR WILL NOW KIND OF COORDINATE WITH OTHER FAMILIES, WITH OTHER AGENCIES TO BE ABLE TO HELP GET TO SCHOOL ON TIME, AND NOT HAVE ATTENDANCE ISSUES AND NOT HAVE ANY SAFETY ISSUES. SO THE RECOMMENDATION, THAT WOULD MEAN FOR ALL THE MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOLS ALL ACROSS THE COMMUNITY, BECAUSE WE DO HAVE MANY, MANY COMMUNITIES RIGHT NOW IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THAT ARE NOT OFFERED COURTESY BUSING WITHIN THE TWO MILES. SO WE ARE BASICALLY LOOKING AT THAT ACROSS THE COMMUNITY, AND THEN, THEREFORE, STILL OFFERING THE COURTESY BUSING WITHIN THE TWO MILES WHEN THOSE BUS STOPS MEET THE HAZARDOUS WALKING CONDITIONS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. SHAMBURGER, IF YOU DON'T MIND MRS. VALDES WANTS TO ASK A QUICK QUESTION OF THE SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU. MR. EAKINS, CAN YOU TELL THE STUDENTS THE AMOUNT OF STUDENTS THAT THIS IS IMPACTING VERSUS HOW MANY STUDENTS THAT DO NOT RECEIVE THIS SERVICE?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WOW, THAT'S -- SO THIS WILL HAVE AN IMPACT ON ABOUT -- MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THAT WE HAVE, AN IMPACT ON AROUND 7,000 STUDENT. BUT THERE IS ABOUT 100 THAT YOU STUDENTS ACROSS THE COMMUNITIES THAT CURRENTLY ARE FINDING WAYS TO THEIR SCHOOLS THAT LIVE WITHIN THOSE PARTICULAR SCOPES. SO IT JUST GOING BACK AND LOOKING AT ALL THOSE STOPS. MANY OF THESE STUDENTS WERE COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN BUILT, YOU KNOW, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY GREW UP REALLY FAST, LIKE 10 OR 15 YEARS AGO AND A LOT OF HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS WENT UP ACROSS THE COMMUNITY, AND THERE WERE SAFETY ISSUES, A LOT OF CONSTRUCTION GOING ON, SO WE WERE MAKING SURE WE GOT BUSES TO THOSE PARTICULAR AREAS WHERE CONSTRUCTION WAS GOING ON BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A VERY HAZARDOUS WALKING CONDITION TO SCHOOL, IF WALKING WAS THE OPTION, IF PARENTS CHOSE. BUT SINCE MANY OF THOSE COMMUNITIES HAVE BEEN BUILT OUT AND NOW THEY NO LONGER MEET THE CRITERIA, THE STATE'S CRITERIA FOR THOSE HAZARDOUS WALKING CONDITIONS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. SHAMBURGER.

>>Tamara Shamburger: I JUST WANT TO MAKE A QUICK COMMENT. FIRST, I WOULD THANK YOU FOR SUCH GREAT AND COMPREHENSIVE QUESTIONS. THIS EXERCISE IS TRULY -- OR THESE QUESTIONS, THIS FORUM IS TRULY AN EXERCISE IN DEMOCRACY AND COLLABORATION, AND IT REALLY DEMONSTRATES YOUR COURAGE TO TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR DESTINY. SO I WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON THAT. AS A NEW BOARD MEMBER AND AS SOMEONE THAT'S NEW TO THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, YOUR QUESTIONS REALLY KIND OF LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR ME AND GIVE ME FOCUS ON WHAT I NEED TO DO AS A BOARD MEMBER OR WHAT WE NEED TO DO AS A BOARD OR AS A DISTRICT, AS A WHOLE, TO REALLY SUPPORT YOU AND TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS. SO AGAIN I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR QUESTIONS. I CERTAINLY WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FEEDBACK ON ALL THE QUESTIONS, IF YOU DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO GET THOSE TODAY, I WELCOME THEM. ALL BOARD MEMBERS SURELY WOULD APPRECIATE THAT FEEDBACK. AND THANK YOU. AND I HAVE BEEN QUIET TODAY BECAUSE THIS IS A LEARNING OPPORTUNITY FOR ME. I'M LEARNING FROM YOU, AND WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU. AND THAT'S WHY I AM IN THIS POSITION TO MAKE SURE THAT I HELP YOU. SO I'M QUIET NOT BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE ANY OPINIONS, BUT I WANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO REALLY MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND WHAT I NEED TO DO TO SUPPORT YOU. SO THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU FOR THE QUESTIONS. AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING FOR YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. SHAMBURGER. MRS. GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: IN THE INTEREST OF BREVITY, THIS WILL BE VERY BRIEF. SABRINA, CAN YOU STAND UP, FROM RIVERVIEW? HI. YOU'RE WELCOME. WE ARE VERY INTERESTED IN HEALTHY STUDENTS. AND YOUR IDEA OF THE VEGAN LUNCH OPTION SPEAKS REALLY MORE ABOUT HEALTH AND WELLNESS WITH WHAT WE ARE EATING. THE STATISTICS SAY THAT BY FOURTH GRADE OVER 16% OF OUR STUDENTS ARE OBESE, OVERWEIGHT. I THINK IT'S A VERY BIG CRISIS THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY FACING. I THINK YOUR SUBJECT AREA, I WOULD LIKE TO EVEN APPROACH THAT IN ONE OF OUR PERHAPS WORKSHOPS. WE NEED TO CONTINUALLY WORK ON GETTING YOU ALL VERY, VERY GOOD NUTRITION, TOGETHER WITH EXERCISE AND THOSE OPTIONS. SO I WANT US TO ALWAYS BE REMINDED. YOU SHOULD DEMAND, KEEP THAT IN YOUR MIND, BEST NUTRITION, GOOD MINDS EQUAL GOOD FOOD. GOOD FOOD EQUALS GOOD MINDS. SO THEY BOTH WORK TOGETHER. THANK YOU INFORM THAT QUESTION. YOU HAVE MY ATTENTION ON THAT.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. OKAY, WE HAVE FOUR MINUTES. SO MRS. 2:00, I DON'T KNOW -- MRS. SIKES, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO MOVE INTO A 4 MINUTE LIGHTNING ROUND. AND I PROMISE SOMEBODY WATCH THE TIME. AT 4:5:WE WILL ADJOURN AND LET YOU LEAVE. THIS IS ALSO, STUDENTS, IN CASE I DON'T GET BACK TO YOU, THIS FORUM IS GOING TO BE REPLAYED TONIGHT AT 8:30 ON TBAE CHANNEL 635, AND FRONTIER, AND YOU CAN AGAIN ALSO WATCH IT ON OUR WEBCAST. SO LIGHTNING ROUND. THE WAY THIS IS GOING TO WORK IS RAISE YOUR PADDLE THAT HAS YOUR SCHOOL NAME ON IT, ASK A QUICK QUESTION. WE ARE NOT GOING TO ANSWER OR RESPOND BUT THOSE QUESTIONS WILL BE TAKEN DOWN AND WE'LL ADD THEM TO THE LIST. SO WE'LL START WITH ALONSO UP HERE IN THE FRONT. IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION, A THIRD QUESTION THAT YOU WANT ASKED, PLEASE RAISE YOUR PADDLE SO SOMEONE CAN SEE IT.

>> VERONICA FROM ALONSO. CAN THERE BE CONSIDERATION FOR HOW FUNDING IS DISTRIBUTED THROUGH THE ARTS, STEM AND SPORTS? IT SEEMS THAT SOME HAVE MORE VALUE AS OTHERS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I AM HAVING A HARD TIME SEEING THESE BECAUSE THE GLARE ON THE LIGHTNING. STRAWBERRY CREST.

>> I'M FROM STRAWBERRY CREST AND MY QUESTION IS, AS A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, I'M REQUIRED TO OBTAIN A CREDIT, EVEN THOUGH I PARTICIPATE IN MANY FINE ARTS ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL, IN CULMINATION WITH THE COPIOUS AMOUNT OF SUPPORT GIVEN ME AND THE NUMEROUS CREDITS I AM REQUIRED TO OBTAIN. THE CREDIT FOR FINE ARTS SEEMS TO ACT AS A BURDEN TO ME. SO WHAT EXTENT CAN MY PARTICIPATION AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY SUCH AS MARTIAL ARTS OR PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL COUNT TOWARDS MY FINE ARTS CREDIT?

>> GOOD QUESTION. KING HIGH SCHOOL.

>> IS THERE ANY THOUGHT TO MAKING THE FOUR IB SCHOOLS ALL BLOCK SCHEDULING IN ORDER TO PROMOTE SCHOOL UNITY AND SPIRIT?

>>Cindy Stuart: MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL.

>> THANK YOU. HOW CAN WE USE OUR RESOURCES MORE EFFECTIVELY TO REACH OUT TO STUDENTS WHO FACE TOUGH CIRCUMSTANCES AND ENSURE THAT THESE STUDENT ARE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO THEM? THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL.

>> STUDENTS ARE CONTINUALLY FINDING OPPORTUNITIES TO BE COLLEGE OR CAREER ORIENTED AS THEY FINISH HIGH SCHOOL. HOW CAN OUR DISTRICT -- UPPER CLASS TO PREPARE FOR HIGH SCHOOL?

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. PLANT HIGH SCHOOL.

>> CAN THE AC UNITS BE CONTROLLED FOR CLASSROOM OR SCHOOL RATHER THAN BY THE DISTRICT? (LAUGHTER).

>>Cindy Stuart: WE TRIED THAT BEFORE. SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL.

>> IF EVERY JUNIOR IS GUARANTEED ONE FREE SAT, WHY ARE THEY NOT GUARANTEED ONE FREE ACT?

>> I WAS GOING TO SAY WATCH FOR THAT. IT'S COMING. IS THAT NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL?

>> DREW, NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL. WILL THE SCHOOL BOARD CONSIDER PET THERAPY SUCH AS ASSIGNING A TRAINING DOGS TO HELP REDUCE STRESS AND ANXIETY?

>>Cindy Stuart: THAT'S A GOOD ONE. A WWW. ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. THIS IS THE FINAL QUESTION.

>> TO DEAL WITH OVERCROWDING IN OUR SCHOOLS AND WHEN WILL IT BE PUT INTO EFFECT?

>>Cindy Stuart: I GUARANTEE YOU ARE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO LIKE THAT PLAN. THANK YOU, STUDENTS, FOR BEING HERE. WE REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATE THE FACULTY THAT'S HERE. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR SIGNS IN YOUR SEAT. AND WE ARE ADJOURNED.