Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Regular Meeting from February 7th, 2017, 3:00 P.M.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. IF YOU COULD TAKE YOUR SEATS, WE WILL CALL THE FEBRUARY 17th BOARD MEETING TO ORDER. IF WE COULD PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY VICE CHAIR HARRIS.

>> AS WE BEGIN THIS BOARD MEETING, LET'S TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REFLECT ON THE GOOD THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN OUR LIVES WHILE ALSO REMEMBERING THE SADNESS OF LOSS AND ILLNESS SHARED BY SOME THROUGHOUT OUR DISTRICT. (MOMENT OF SILENCE). THANK YOU. [ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE, MISS SIERRA FELLERN FROM OUR CITIZENS ADVISORY GROUP REPRESENTING TAMPA BAY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL TODAY. SHE WILL BE SERVING AS OUR STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER. WELCOME. [ APPLAUSE ] BOARD MEMBERS, THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN. ITEM NUMBER 4.05 R, 4.06 R, 8.05. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA, PLEASE. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MRS. SHAMBURGER. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. MRS. SNIVELY? THANK YOU. AND THE AGENDA IS ADOPTED. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT. BOARD MEMBERS, IN YOUR PACKET THIS WEEK YOU RECEIVED A JANUARY 17th SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THESE MINUTES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MRS. GRAY. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND THE MINUTES ARE ADOPTED. MRS. HARRIS, IF YOU COULD PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES AT THIS TIME.

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. AT THIS TIME, WOULD YOU ALSO PLEASE RECOGNIZE OUR STUDENT ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE DAY?

>> VERY PROUDLY. CAN WE ASK THEM TO JOIN US? I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE THE BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL SHOW CHOIR TO COME FORWARD TO THE PODIUM AND INTRODUCE YOURSELVES AND TELL US YOUR GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS ISAIAH. I'M A BASS. AND I AM A JUNIOR.

>> MY NAME IS AB A GEL RODRIGUEZ. I'M A SINGER.

>> MY NAME IS ADRIENNE DE LA ROSA. I AM A BARITONE AND IN 10th GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS YAMALETTE RIVERA. I'M AN ALTO IN ELEVENTH GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS FRANK, AN ALTO AND IN THE ELEVENTH GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS WRIGHT. I AM A BASS AND I AM IN 12th GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS BRIANNA, A MEZZO SOME OF REPUBLICAN OH IN 12th GRADE.

>> I'M A SOPRANO AND I'M A SENIOR.

>> SEAN, I'M A TENOR AND A FRESHMAN.

>> I SING FIRST TENOR.

>> MY NAME ISALY LAKIAO. I'M A SOPHOMORE.

>> OF MY NAME IS MICHELLE. I SING FIRST SOPRANO AND I'M A SOPHOMORE.

>> MY NAME IS RANDY ROWELL, AN ALTO AND A SENIOR.

>> AND I'M MARILYN NICHOLSON, DIRECTOR OF CHORAL ACTIVITIES AT BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL. AND I THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SING FOR YOU.

>> THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] IS MRS. SORONO IN THE AUDIENCE?

>> MR. MCDONALD IS HERE REPRESENTING BRANDON.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THEY WERE WONDERFUL. IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THEM, YOU MISSED A GREAT SHOW. NOT ONLY DID THEY SING, THEY DANCED, THEY WITH WERE AWESOME. SO THANK YOU, GUYS, VERY MUCH FOR COMING AND JOINING OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE THREE TIME CERTAIN ITEMS TODAY. WE HAVE A 4 P.M. ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT AND WE ARE ALSO GOING TO RECOGNIZE THE PERSON ON ITEM NUMBER 4.02-A. WE HAVE A 501 TIME CERTAIN HEARING ON THE ADOPTION OF STRUNGAL MATERIALS AND A 6 P.M. TIME CERTAIN EMPLOYEE INPUT TIME. SO AT THIS TIME, WE WILL MOVE INTO AUDIENCE COMMENTS. MEMBER HARRIS, WILL YOU READ THE GUIDELINES?

>>Sally Harris: THE BOARD VALUES AND APPRECIATES YOUR COMMENTS. THIS IS YOUR TIME TO TELL THE BOARD WHAT IS ON YOUR MIND. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY RAISE DURING THE PUBLIC COMMENT, IT IS THE BOARD'S PRACTICE TO NOTE YOUR COMMENT AND TO HAVE THE APPROPRIATE DISTRICT STAFF RESPOND TO YOU AFTER YOUR QUESTION HAS BEEN RESEARCHED. TO THAT END, THE BOARD WILL NOT TYPICALLY RESPOND TO YOUR COMMENTS FROM THE DAIS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. WE STILL HAVE PEOPLE SIGNING IN OUTSIDE FOR AUDIENCE COMMENTS. BUT AT THIS TIME, BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE 16 SPEAKERS, WHICH LEADS US TO WELL MORE THAN THE 45-MINUTE ALLOTTED PUBLIC COMMENT TIME. SO I NEED TO KNOW WHAT YOU WANT TO DO HERE. MRS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES.

>>Cindy Stuart: THERE'S A MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES DO.  WE HAVE A SECOND? MRS. GRIFFIN, IS THAT A SECOND? SO BOARD MEMBERS, THAT MEANS THAT WE WOULD SUSPEND THE RULES AND ALLOW FOR PEOPLE TO STILL SPEAK BEYOND THE 45 MINUTES. WE WILL STICK TO FIVE MINUTES FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE SPEAKING TO MORE THAN ONE AGENDA ITEM AND THREE MINUTES FOR EVERYONE ELSE.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR RECOGNIZING ME. I JUST WANTED TO, FOR THE AUDIENCE, KNOW THAT ALTHOUGH WE ARE SUSPENDING THE RULES, THE TIME CERTAINS STILL STAND.

>>Cindy Stuart: RIGHT. WE WILL BREAK AT 4:00 FOR OUR APPOINTMENT AND 5:00.

>>Susan Valdes: CORRECT. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR IS TO SUSPEND THE RULES OF OUR 45-MINUTE PUBLIC COMMENT AND ALLOW FOR ALL THE SPEAKERS WHO HAVE SIGNED IN TODAY BY THE TIMELINE DEADLINE TO SPEAK WITH THREE MINUTES EACH. IF YOU COULD INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. I AM GOING TO CALL THE FIRST THREE SPEAKERS, AND AFTER THAT HOPEFULLY I CAN GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON HOW MANY SPEAKERS HAVE SIGNED IN. WE WILL START WITH MR. SCOTT TOBIA. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES. FOLLOWED BY MR. KLUTHO AND MR. BENNY SMALL. MR. SMALL HAS THREE MINUTES.

>> THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK. MY NAME IS SCOTT TOBIA AND I FEEL THERE MAY BE A MISUNDERSTANDING BETWEEN DOAB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND THE SCHOOL NURSE DEBBY AND MARIA RUSS AND MYSELF. MY DAUGHTER LAURA IS A FOURTH GRADE STUDENT AT DOBIE. SHE HAS A RARE GENETIC EFFECT THAT CAUSES PARKINSON'S BUT MUCH MORE SEVERE. COGNITIVELY SHE IS NORMAL BUT BEHIND IN SCHOOLS FOR THERAPIES AND OTHER REASONS. ALMOST TWO YEARS AGO HER MOTHER AND I DECIDED TO HAVE AN EXPERIMENTAL SURGERY WHERE THEY PLACED A PACE MAKER IN HER BRAIN TO CONTROL THE INVOLUNTARY MOVEMENTS. I'M HAPPY TO REPORT SINCE THAT TIME SHE HAS SEEN IMPROVEMENTS IN HER MOVEMENT, SLEEPS AND SPEECH THOUGH STILL WORKING THROUGH THE 60,000 SETTINGS FOR THE PERFECT ONE FOR HER. SHE HAS HAD ISSUES WITH THE INFECTION IN THE WOUND ASSIGNMENT AND THE EQUIPMENT. THEY HAD TO TAKE ONE SITE OUT LAST YEAR. WE NOTICED WHAT LOOKED TO BE A PIMPLE ON HER INCISION SITE. WE TOOK HER TO GAINESVILLE WHERE HER SURGEON IS LOCATED. THEY HAD TO TO GO IN AND TRY TO CLEAN THE INFECTION OUT. AFTER MUCH DEBATE BY THE SURGEON WHO IS RECOGNIZED AS THE BEST IN THE WORLD AT DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION HE DECIDED TO LEAVE THE EQUIPMENT IN, SEND LAURA HOME ON TWO IV ANTIBIOTICS DELIVERED VAPIC LINE EVERY EIGHT HOURS. THEY ARE NOT COMPATIBLE AND CANNOT BE GIVEN AT THE SAME TIME. WE WERE INSTRUCTED TO HAVE A TWO HOUR WINDOW BETWEEN THEM, ONE ANTIBIOTICS IS SO STRONG WE HAVE TO HAVE HER BLOOD TESTED FOR HER LEVELS ONE TO TWO TIMES A WEEK BECAUSE OF THE POSSIBLE DAMAGE TO HER KIDNEYS. THIS IS THE A TIME TO BLOOD DRAW, SAME TIMES AND DAYS EVERY WEEK AT 3:30 P.M. IT MUST BE WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF THE NEXT DOSE BEING DUE. WE ARE NOT ABLE TO DEVIATE FROM THE DOSING SCHEDULE THE DOCTOR SET FOR HER WHICH IS 8 A.M., 4 P.M., AND MIDNIGHT FOR THE FIRST, AND 10 A.M., 6 P.M. AND 2 A.M. FOR THE SECOND. TO DATE, MY DAUGHTER HAS BEEN REFUSED ENTRY TO THE SCHOOL BECAUSE THE REFUSAL FOR THE SCHOOL TO ADMINISTER HER MEDICINES. AFTER SPEAKING WITH A CLOSE FRIEND WHO IS A FEDERAL JUDGE, HE IS NOT IN FLORIDA, WHO REVIEWED THE STATE AND DISTRICT'S POLICY, HE HAS DETERMINED THIS IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW, STATE STATUTE AND DISTRICT POLICY AUTHORIZED BY THE STATE. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENT HANDBOOK ON PAGE 24 SAYS THE STUDENT HEALTH AND MEDICATION POLICY STATES WHEN POSSIBLE, ALL MEDICATIONS SHOULD BE ADMINISTERED AT HOME. AS I STATED EARLIER, IF I GIVE IT AT HOME SHE WILL NOT BE AT SCHOOL UNTIL 11 A.M. EVERY DAY BECAUSE OF THE SCHEDULE THE DOCTOR HAS SET FOR HER MEDICATION TO BE GIVEN AND REQUIRED BIWEEKLY BLOOD TESTS THUS DENYING HER HER EDUCATION. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS POLICY 5330, THE USE OF MEDICATION, EXPLAINS THAT. THE ADMINISTRATION OF PRESCRIBED MEDICATION AND/OR MEDICALLY PRESCRIBED TREATMENTS TO A STUDENT DURING SCHOOL HOURS WILL BE PERMITTED ONLY WHEN FAILURE TO DO SO WOULD JEOPARDIZE THE HEALTHT STUDENT, THE STUDENT WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND SCHOOL IF THE MEDICATION OR TREATMENT WERE NOT MADE AVAILABLE DURING SCHOOL HOURS, OR IF THE CHILD IS DISABLED AND REQUIRES MEDICATION TO BENEFIT FROM THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM. SO AS YOU CAN SEE, THE POLICY IS TO GIVE THE MEDICATION BECAUSE, A, IT WOULD JEOPARDIZE MY DAUGHTER'S HEALTH NOT TO HAVE THE MEDICINE, AND, B, IT WOULD JEOPARDIZE HER HEALTH BECAUSE SHE'S MISSING SCHOOL, I CAN ADMINISTER THE MEDICATION AT HOME. IT WILL CAUSE HER TO MISS SCHOOL. AT MY FRIEND'S VICE I AM HERE TODAY INSTEAD OF A COURTROOM. MY FIRST CHOICE WAS THE COURT BUT HE EXPLAINED REASONS I'M SURE YOUR LEGAL COUNSEL CAN EXPLAIN TO YOU THAT IS BEST FOR ME TO BE HERE FIRST. HE SAID CLEARLY THE BOARD MUST NOT BE AWARE THAT THIS CLEAR AND BLATANT VIOLATION OF LAW AND POLICY OF MY DAUGHTER'S CIVIL RIGHTS ARE BEING VIOLATED AND SHE'S BEING AFFORDED A FREE AND EDUCATION AFFORDED TO HER BY FEDERAL LAW. ONCE THE BOARD IS MADE AWARE OF THIS BLATANT VIOLATION OF MY DAUGHTER'S CIVIL RIGHTS BASED ON HER ABILITY THEY WILL LIKELY FIX IT. MY QUESTION TO YOU IS WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? ARE WE GOING TO RESOLVE THIS HERE TODAY, HERE AND NOW, SO THE MEDIA AND ATTENDANTS CAN REPORT WILL ALL GOT WORKED OUT SAVING THE TAXPAYERS A BUNCH OF MONEY AND FINES FROM THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND FINES FROM MYR TO'S LEGAL FEES AND DAMAGES THAT MAY ARISE FROM THE LAWSUIT, OR HE THEY GOING TO VIOLATE REPORT THAT THE DISTRICT HAS OPENED THE DISTRICT UP TO FURTHER LIABILITY FOR THE BLATANT DISREGARD OF THE DISTRICT POLICY, STATE AND FEDERAL LAW? I AM WILLING TO MEET WITH THE BOARD IN THE BACK IF YOU WANT TO CALL FOR A BRIEF RECESS, BUT IF THIS IS NOT RESOLVED HERE TODAY, I WILL BE FORCED TO LITIGATE TO MAKE SURE MY DAUGHTER GETS HER EDUCATION. I WILL FILE THE COMPLAINT MY FRIEND HAS DRAFTED AND SEND IT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE. PLEASE REALIZE THESE FINES ARE CAPPED AT $150,000 A DAY, AND MY DAUGHTER WAS RELEASED TO COME BACK TO SCHOOL JANUARY 23rd BY HER DOCTOR. SO POTENTIAL FINES STANDS STAND AT 1.8 MILLION AND GROWING IF SHE DOES NOT GO TO SCHOOL TOMORROW AND THIS IS NOT RESOLVED, AND SINCE I CALLED YOU GUYS THIS MORNING AND NONE OF YOU FELT LIKE CALLING BACK. MARCO RUBIO'S OFFICE IS INVOLVED AS WELL. HE ALREADY CENTS ME AN E-MAIL. THIS WILL GO FORWARD ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. TOBIA. MR. KLUTHO, YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. ONCE AGAIN, THIS IS NOT A PODIUM. THIS IS A LECTERN. OKAY. 4.03. APPROVE TEACHERS OUT OF FIELD. WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO FIX THIS? HOW LONG WILL IT GO ON? 6.01. APPROVE BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDING DECEMBER 31st. AS I SAID BEFORE, FOR YOU TO USE THE WORD BUDGET HERE IS UPSETTING. I WALKED UP HERE ACROSS -- IN FRONT OF THE BUILDING, AND WHAT DO I SEE ON THE NORTH WALL? ALL THE BLINDS ARE CLOSED ON THOSE WINDOWS. SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? ALL THE ARTIFICIAL LIGHTS ARE GOING. INSTEAD OF USING DAYLIGHTING. WHY, IT'S ONLY TAXPAYERS MONEY! YEAH. UH-HUH. BUDGET. I DON'T THINK SO. 7.02. APPROVE THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE PROJECT FOR J. VINCE TOWN SEND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. ANOTHER LIGHT ON THE ENVIRONMENT. AND THE CARBON KEEPS BELCHING INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. AND WHAT DID WINSTON CHURCHILL SAY? DECEMBER 12, 1960? WE SHAPE OUR BUILDINGS, THEREAFTER THEY SHAPE US. SO WHERE DOES THAT GO? WITH THIS NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL, CLIMATE CHANGE, ARE WE TOO LATE? LOOK AT BEAUTIFUL LAKE MEADE. I DON'T SEE ANY WATER THERE. YEAH. CAUSE AND EFFECT. CAUSE AND EFFECT. SO HERE IS THE BOOK MY WIFE JUST FINISHED. FINISHED LESSONS 2.0. LOOK IN THE -- WHAT CAN THE WORLD LEARN FROM EDUCATIONAL CHANGE? FINLAND'S APPROACH TO EDUCATION REFORM SHOWED US WE MUST ADDRESS STUDENT INEQUALITY BEFORE WE CAN EXPECT STUDENT EXCELLENCE. THE 2013 RAWMIRE AWARD COMMITTEE. SHE'S GOING OVER THERE NEXT MONTH WITH OUR FRIEND, THE PROFESSOR, FOR A CONFERENCE IN FINLAND. SEE. BUT AS LONG AS YOU MAKE THESE STUPID SCHOOLS TO WASTE RESOURCES THAT BELCH THE CARBON, TO POISON THE PLANET, THEN YOU DON'T FIX THE PROBLEM. SEE, THE WORD HERE IS CORRELATION. AND YOU PEOPLE JUST DON'T SEEM TO BE ABLE TO GRASP IT. YOU JUST DON'T GET IT. LET'S GO BACK ALL THE WAY TO MAY 29th, 1998. HAMILTON TO FORD SAID WE ARE GOING TO BUILD THE SCHOOLS DIFFERENTLY F.THE ARCHITECTS DON'T LIKE IT WE ARE GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE. WELL, YOU DIDN'T CHANGE A THING. OVER $4 BILLION WORTH OF STUPID BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN MADE. AND THEN YOU DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO PROVIDE FOR THE FUTURE. IT'S MALFEASANCE. IT'S A CRIME. THAT'S WHAT IT IS. IT'S CRIMINAL. YOU ARE FLAT-OUT IGNORING SCIENCE. MAKING THESE SICK BUILDINGS -- AND IT AMAZES ME, ALL THE PEOPLE, CLAMORING, I WANT MY NAME ON THAT BUILDING. I MEAN, THAT IS SO SAD. AND THEN WHAT DO YOU DO? YOU PUT OUT THESE PROTECTIONS TO KEEP THE RIFF-RAFF AND CRIMINALS OUT OF HERE. BUT THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY DISAPPEAR. THEY COME BACK. WHAT ABOUT EQUAL PROTECTION? THEN YOU HAVE LOOSE CANNONS WITH GUNS SAYING, HEY, WE HAVE PRIVATE PROPERTY HERE. LAWYER SAYS, OH, I'M GOING TO TALK TO THE CHIEF OF POLICE ABOUT THAT. YEAH. UH-HUH. WELL, I'M TALKING TO MY LAWYER ABOUT IT. NOT RIGHT. NOT RIGHT AT ALL. (BELL SOUNDS).

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO. DR. SMALL. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK HERE, CHAIRMAN, SCHOOL BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT, THE REST OF THE BOARD MEMBERS HERE. I'M HERE TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE NAACP THIS AFTERNOON, AND I'M SPEAKING TO 4.4, RELATING TO THE DISCRIMINATION CHARGES THAT OR COMPLAINED THAT HAS BEEN FILED AGAINST THE BUS DRIVER OR A PARTICULAR BUS DRIVER AND THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. NAACP HAS ALWAYS TAKEN THE POSITION THAT RACISM AND DISCRIMINATION IN THIS COMMUNITY IS TABOO. WE ARE VERY STRONG IN THAT AREA AND THAT WE WILL LITIGATE IN THE EVENT THAT THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN. WHAT WE ARE ASKING IS THAT YOU DO NOT TAKE THIS MATTER LIGHTLY, THAT YOU SEND A MESSAGE HOME TO LET THESE INDIVIDUALS KNOW THAT YOU CANNOT DISCRIMINATE OR BIGOTRY OR RACISM AS THE SCHOOL PORT BUS PEOPLE. WHAT WE ARE ASKING IS THAT YOU APPLY THE LAW TO THE FULLEST TO MAKE SURE THIS DOES NOT HAPPEN AGAIN. WHAT I AM SAYING IS THAT IF THERE IS A CONTINUED PATTERN AS TO WHAT'S GOING ON, IT'S GOING TO HAVE A TRIPLE EFFECT, THE IT WILL BE IN THE CLASSROOMS TOMORROW, OUR KIDS PICK THIS UP, AND THIS IS NOT A GOOD MESSAGE TO BE SENDING TO OUR KIDS. ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU ALL.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SMALL. OUR NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE MR. MICHAEL FASADA, ANDREW JOSEPH, JR., MRS. JOSEPHINE AMATO. YOU EACH HAVE FIVE MINUTES. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. 2001 MONTHS AGO I CAME TO THIS MEETING AND TOLD YOU ALL THAT THERE HAD BEEN OVER A DOZEN EVACUATIONS OF THE THIRD GRADE AT THE BEAVIS ELEMENTARY. LAST MONTH I CAME AND UPDATED YOU. I TOLD YOU THAT IN THE FIRST 88 DAYS THERE HAD BEEN 18 EVACUATIONS. THE NUMBER HAD RISEN. WHAT WAS PERHAPS THE MOST SHOCKING THING TO ME WAS THAT AFTER I SPOKE, I WAS FOLLOWED OUT INTO THE LOBBY WHERE THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS TOLD ME THAT HE WAS REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT I HAD REPORTED. HE WAS REALLY CONCERNED BECAUSE YOU GUYS DIDN'T KNOW IT HAD BEEN THAT MANY. HE WAS CONCERNED THAT MY WHY YOU ALL DIDN'T KNOW OR THAT I WAS BEING INFLAMMATORY IN WHAT I WAS SAYING. THAT WAS HIS BIGGEST CONCERN. LET ME READ FOR YOU WHAT THE DEFINITION IS OF EVACUATION AND WHAT I WAS USING. IF YOU WOULD LIKE MY DICTIONARY I'M HAPPY TO LOAN IT TO YOU BUT I WOULD LIKE IT BACK. TO REMOVE PERSONS FROM A CITY, TOWN, BUILDING, AREA, ET CETERA FOR REASONS OF SAFETY. HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY SAY YOU HAD NO IDEA OF THE SECURITY ISSUES WHEN YOUR ATTORNEY, MR. PORTER, SAT UP THERE THE FIRST TIME I SPOKE AND TALKED ABOUT A CURRENT ONGOING DUE PROCESS HEARING BECAUSE OF THIS ISSUE. DO YOU HAVE DUE PROCESS HEARINGS WHEN THIS HAPPENS ONCE OR TWICE, OR IF A STUDENT GETS SENT TO THE PRINCIPAL ONCE, OR IS IT AFTER REPEATED OFFENSES? THIS IS WHAT HE SAID.

>> THERE WERE SEVERAL SPEAKERS THAT HAVE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO WHAT THEY ARE CALLING SAFETY ISSUES AT BEAVIS ELEMENTARY. I'LL ADVICE THE BOARD AND THE AUDIENCE THAT THERE IS A DUE PROCESS PROCEEDING ONGOING, WOULD NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR THIS BOARD TO DISCUSS THAT TONIGHT AND ASK THE AUDIENCE MEMBERS TO NOT NAME ANY STUDENTS IN PARTICULAR BECAUSE THERE IS AN ONGOING DUE PROCESS HAPPENING. AND SO I WOULD JUST --

>> HOW DID HE SAY HE YOU DIDN'T KNOW? EVACUATE. TO REMOVE PERSONS FROM A CITY, TOWN, BUILDING, AREA, ET CETERA, FOR REASONS OF SAFETY. THAT'S MY DEFINITION. IF YOU GUYS HAVE ANY CONCERNS OR ANY DIFFERENT DEFINITIONS, FEEL FREE TO VOICE THEM. LET ME GIVE YOU A FEW EXAMPLES. THEY ARE HYPOTHETICAL. DON'T WORRY, MR. PORTER, I WON'T USE NAMES. WHILE GIVING STANDARDIZED TESTS -- I'M SORRY, IF STUDENTS ARE TAKING STANDARDIZED TESTS AND THEY COMPLETE THEM ON A LUNCHROOM STAGE BECAUSE THE CLASSMATE IS HAVING AN UNCONTROLLABLE FIT TEARING APART THE CLASSROOM AND THEY ARE REMOVED, I CALL THAT AN EVACUATION. IF A STUDENT IS BIT OR TEACHER IS BIT OR AN AIDE IS BIT DURING ONE OF THESE FITS, A DIFFERENT, I CALL OF THAT TWO EVACUATIONS. IF ANOTHER TEACHER OR AIDE IS BITTEN, THIS TIME ONE OF HIS OWN ESEAs, I WOULD CALL THAT THREE EVACUATIONS. IF THE CHILD IS AT THE AMERICAN TEACH-IN AND THEN THE STUDENTS ARE REMOVED FROM THAT SITUATION BECAUSE HE BITES THROUGH A PUNCHING BAG AND THE STUDENTS ARE REMOVED FROM THAT SITUATION BECAUSE OF FEARS OF SAFETY, I'D CALL THAT FOUR EVACUATIONS. I AM NOT GOING TO TAKE THE TIME. I HAVE NEITHER THE TIME NOR INCLINATION TO GO THROUGH ALL 18 BUT THAT'S MY DEFINITION. AND ONTO MY SECOND ITEM. YOU HAVE ON THE AGENDA THAT YOU WANT TO RECOGNIZE THIS AS NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELOR WEEK FOR ALL THE THINGS THEY DO RATHER THAN GIVING THEM A CEREMONY, WHY DON'T YOU GIVE THEM SAFE SCHOOLS? WHY DON'T YOU GIVE THEM THE PROPER RESOURCES AND THE PROPER PLACES AND THE PROPER ENVIRONMENTS TO DEAL WITH SITUATIONS LIKE THIS? I'M NOT GOING TO SPEAK FOR THEM, BUT I AM GOING TO GO OUT ON A LIMB AND SAY THEY MIGHT APPRECIATE THAT MORE THAN A PROCLAMATION. NOW, I HAVE TO BE HONEST AND I HAVE TO FAIR AND TELL YOU JUST MINUTES BEFORE THIS MEETING WHILE I WAS SITTING IN THE AUDIENCE, ONE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS CAME UP AND TOLD ME THAT THERE HAS BEEN A HEARING, THAT THE HEARING HAS BEEN FINAL THAT ANY APPEAL WILL STILL RESULT IN THE CHILD BEING OUT OF SCHOOL DURING THAT APPEAL, AND THAT TOMORROW THERE WILL BE SECURITY WAITING TO STOP THEM FROM ENTERING THE SCHOOL. IF THAT'S TRUE AND THAT HAPPENS, MY SINCERE APPRECIATION TO ALL OF YOU FOR MAKING THAT HAPPEN. BUT THIS HAS GONE ON FOR MULTIPLE YEARS AND ONLY TODAY IS THERE A CHANGE COMING. I HOPE THAT IT'S TRUE, BUT HOPE IS NOT A MANAGEMENT STRATEGY, AND SO I WILL MANAGE THIS UNTIL IT GETS BETTER. IF IT DOESN'T GET BETTER FOR OUR STUDENTS IT WILL GET WORSE FOR ALL OF YOU AND YOU CAN BELIEVE IT BY ANY DEFINITION YOU CHOOSE. (BELL SOUNDS).

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. TOSADA. ANDREW JOSEPH. WELCOME, MR. JOSEPH. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.

>> THANK YOU. WELCOME TO EVERYBODY ON THE BOARD. TODAY IS FEBRUARY THE 7th, 2017. TODAY EXACTLY, FEBRUARY 7th, 2014, MY SON DIED AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR ON STUDENT DAY WHERE HE WAS ILLEGALLY ARRESTED, NOT CHARGED WITH A CRIME, PHOTOGRAPHED, PLACED IN THE SHERIFF'S DEPUTY'S CAR, AND TRANSPORTED BY THE DEPUTY ALL OFF OF THE FAIRGROUNDS. BEING ABANDONED ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, LEFT 100 YARDS -- FROM THE INTERSTATE. AS MY SON WAS TRYING TO MAKE IT BACK TO THE SAFETY OF THE FAIR HE WAS HIT AND KILLED ON TOP OF INTERSTATE 4 BY JOHNSON HATFIELD WHO WAS COMING FROM THE FAIR GOING TO THE CASINO. IN MY LITTLE SMALL WORLD, HATFIELD WAS COMING FROM THE BAR, GOING TO THE BAR. JOHNSON HATFIELD WASN'T GIVEN A BREATH TEST, HE WASN'T GIVEN A TICKET. HE WAS ALLOWED TO HAVE GO HOME WHILE MILL SON'S REMAINS ALL OVER THE FRONT OF HIS CAR LIKE NOTHING HAD HAPPENED. TODAY I STAND IN FRONT OF YOU THREE YEARS LATER STILL PUSHING SAFETY AT THIS FAIR. THE RELATIONSHIP THAT THE SCHOOL HAS WITH THIS FAIR, THE VERY UNSAFE RELATIONSHIP. IT'S NOT AN INTELLIGENT RELATIONSHIP. IF I AM THE AVERAGE JOE MO AND HAVE THE COMMISSION AND CARRY A CONCEALED WEAPON, IF I PRESENT THIS LICENSE AT THE FRONT GATE, I'M ALLOWED TO COME IN THE FAIR WITH MY GUN. THE NIGHT THAT THIS HAPPENED THREE YEARS AGO THERE WAS 114 LEGAL GUNS THAT CAME THROUGH THE FRONT GATE, LEGAL GUNS. NOW, YOU CAN'T PUT OUR KIDS, OUR LOVABLE KIDS, GUNS, AND ALCOHOL IN THE SAME ENVIRONMENT AND SAY, YEAH, IT'S SAFE. THIS IS AN ATOM BOMB WAITING TO EXPLODE. I'M ASKING THAT THE PERMISSION SLIPS THAT GOES HOME WITH YOUR FREE TICKETS GIVING CONSENT FOR YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS DEADLY FAIR. AS IT STANDS RIGHT NOW, THE COMMUNITY IS BEING STRONG ARMED TO PARTICIPATE IN YOUR FAIR, TO GIVE A COMPLETE DAY OAF FROM SCHOOL. YOU KNOW OUR TEST SCORES SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THESE BUT THE COMPLETE DAY OFF FROM SCHOOL, AND A FREE TICKET, AND ME AS A PARENT, I I AM CONSIDERED THE BAD PARENT BY MY CHILD IF I DON'T LET MY CHILD PARTICIPATE IN THIS BECAUSE THEY HAVE THE WHOLE DAY OFF FROM SCHOOL. WITH NOTHING ELSE TO DO. AND EVERYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY IS GOING TO THE FAIR. SO WE ARE BEING STRONG ARMED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS DEADLY FAIR. IF THERE WAS PERMISSION SLIPS THAT WENT HOME LIKE ANY OTHER FIELD TRIP OR ANY OTHER ACTIVITY TO BE INVOLVED WITH, WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD, THE PARENTS -- GIVING THE PARENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE AN INTELLIGENT DECISION. LET THE PARENTS KNOW THAT THERE'S GUNS DOWN THERE, THAT THERE'S A PROBLEM WITH GANGS DOWN THERE, THAT WE HAVE STAND YOUR GROUND LAW DOWN THERE, BECAUSE IF THEY WANT THE CHILD TO PARTICIPATE, THERE WOULD EITHER BE A CONSENT FORM FROM HOME RETURNED TO THE SCHOOL BEFORE THEY CAN GET THIS WICKED TICKET. NOW, LASTLY, I'M ASKING FOR AN INVESTIGATION. OF FEBRUARY 7th, 2014. I HAVE LEARNED TO TAKE MY SON, THE CHILD COMPLETELY OUT OF THE SITUATION, BECAUSE IF THERE WERE 99 KIDS THAT WERE EJECTED FROM THE FAIR. PHOTOGRAPHED, PLACED IN A POLICE CAR, RELEASED ON THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY, LESS THAN 100 YARDS FROM THE INTERSTATE WITHOUT NOTIFICATION TO ANYBODY. THERE WERE 98 OTHER KIDS BESIDES MY SON THAT WAS RELEASED IN THIS MANNER. NOT ONE WORD FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD ABOUT THAT NIGHT. NOT ONE WORD FROM THE FAIRGROUNDS ABOUT THAT NIGHT. NOT ONE WORD FROM THE SHERIFF ABOUT THAT NIGHT. AND NOBODY HAS ASKED ANY QUESTIONS. THERE NEEDS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION ON NOT MY SON BUT THE OTHER 98 KIDS THAT WAS EJECTED THAT NIGHT. I'M ASKING ABOUT THE GUNS. I'M ASKING ABOUT PERMISSION SLIPS. AND I'M ASKING THAT THERE BE AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION ON THE NIGHT IN QUESTION. I STOOD UP HEAR FOR THREE YEARS AND HAVE YET TO HEAR ONE WORD BACK FROM THIS SCHOOL BOARD BY ANY MEANS, BY LETTER, BY PHONE CALL, BY E-MAIL. I NEED SOME ANSWERS. (BELL SOUNDS).

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. JOSEPH. JOSEPH FIN AMATO, YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES. WELCOME.

>> MY NAME IS JOSEPHINE AMATO. I AM AN ADVOCATE WITH A GROUP OF PARENTS OVER 700 PARENTS FOR SAFE SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND I HAVE BEEN UP HERE SEVERAL TIMES BEFORE, AND SOME OF YOU HAVE SEEN ME IN DIFFERENT VENUES, AT MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE AND SOME PTA MEETINGS. AND I'M HERE TO SPEAK ABOUT THE CHILDREN OF TAMPA BAY ARE SUBJECTED TO WALKING TO SCHOOL IN HAZARDOUS AND DANGEROUS CONDITIONS. THE CHILDREN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ARE DYING JUST TRYING TO ACCESS THEIR SCHOOLS. THESE ARE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. NOW, IT HAS BEEN TOLD MANY DIFFERENT TIMES THAT THIS IS UNFUNDED SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION. REALLY, I DON'T FEEL THAT THAT WORD IS BEING USED PROPERLY. ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION IS FUNDED BY PUBLIC DOLLARS. ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION IS FUNDED, SO OUR CHILDREN CAN ACCESS PUBLIC SCHOOLS. SO ALL CHILDREN CAN HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN A SAFE MANNER. IT HAS ALSO BEEN STATED PUBLICLY BY SOME REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DISTRICT THAT, YOU KNOW, WITHIN TWO MILES, IT IS A PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY TO TRANSPORT THEIR CHILD TO SCHOOL. SO THE MOMENT MY CHILD OAR ANY OTHER CHILD LEAVES THEIR PERSONAL PROPERTY, AT THE DRIVEWAY, SOME OTHER APARTMENTS IT'S AN APARTMENT BUILDING COMPLEX, IT IS A PUBLIC SIDEWALK. THE CHILD IS RESPONSIBLE TO TAKE THIS PUBLIC SIDEWALK TO THE PUBLIC SCHOOL TO ACCESS THEIR PUBLIC EDUCATION. SO ME AS A TAXPAYER AND EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM AS A TAXPAYER IS MEETING THE PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY. NOT ONLY AM I MEETING MY PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY BY PAYING TAX DOLLARS TO ENSURE THAT THE ROUTE TO SCHOOL IS SAFE AND TO FOLLOW FEDERAL, STATE -- SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL, I AM ALSO PAYING FEDERAL DOLLARS, AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TAX DOLLARS, SO NOT JUST MY CHILD BUT ALL OF THE CHILDREN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAVE A SAFE ACCESS TO SCHOOL. WHETHER THEY HAVE A HIGH INCOME OR A LOW INCOME. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO THE SCHOOL. SO I AM MEETING MY PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY. SO IS EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM. WE ARE MEETING OUR PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY WHETHER WE ARE A GRANDPARENT, AN AUNT OR AN UNCLE OR JUST THE PARENT OF A SPECIFIC CHILD. THAT RESPONSIBILITY IS GIVEN TO THE BOARD TO ENSURE THAT THEY DON'T GO DOO INTO DRIVING TRAFFIC. NOT ONE OF MY SCHOOLS IN MY LOCAL AREA HA V A PARENT CAR LINE THAT IS ONLY ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. NOT ONE OF MY PARENT CAR LINES HAS A PATH IN WHICH CHILDREN CAN CROSS WITHOUT CROSSING OVER THE PARENT CAR LINE THAT IS MOVING TRAFFIC, WITHOUT A STOP SIGN. NOT ONCE BUT TWICE. THE CHILDREN MUSTER NAVIGATE THROUGH PARKING LOTS AND MOVING VEHICLES IN ORDER TO ACCESS THE FRONT OF THEIR SCHOOL. THIS IS DANGEROUS AND HAZARDOUS. AND THIS IS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. SO LET'S TALK ABOUT THE CONCURRENCY. WE KNOW THAT MEETINGS ARE HAPPEN.  BUT I'M NOT SURE IF THEY ARE HAPPENING PROPERLY, OR IF EVERYONE IS COMMUNICATING THE NEEDS OF THE SCHOOL OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL PROPERTY. WHICH YOU HAVE THE POWER TO DO, THROUGH CONCURRENCY. WE HAVE A BRAND NEW BUILT BUILT IN 2015-16. THE CHILDREN MUST NAVIGATE, IF THERE'S A TOTALLY WALKING SCHOOL, THEY MUST GO THROUGH TWO TRAFFIC CIRCLES AND TWO PARENT CAR LINES IN ORDER TO ACCESS THE FRONT OF THEIR SCHOOL. THIS IS A BRAND NEW BUILD. THE CONCURRENCY THAT'S HAPPENING, WHY DIDN'T ANYONE SAY, HEY, DON'T BUILD A LANE IN WHICH A SCHOOL BUS CANNOT GET THROUGH. THE SCHOOL BUSES ACTUALLY HAVE TO DRIVE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD IN ORDER TO GET TO THE BACK OF THE SCHOOL TO DROP STUDENTS OFF. SO CONCURRENCY EVEN HAPPENING. WE ARE ASKING FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD TO KEEP ITS PROMISE AND PUT THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN AS A PARAMOUNT PRIORITY. WE ARE ASKING THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD PUT THIS ITEM BACK UP TO VOTE UNTIL YOU HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION. I BELIEVE YOU HAVEN'T HAD ALL THE INFORMATION. AUDITS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO INCLUDE FDOT, THE CITY OF TAMPA, THE COUNTY, AND ANYONE WHO OWNS THE SIDEWALKS SURROUNDING THE SCHOOL ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PARTICIPATORY IN THOSE AUDITS. (BELL SOUNDS) AND I ALSO WANT TO TALK ABOUT EQUAL ACCESS. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT EQUAL ACCESS NOT JUST ON AGE, BECAUSE YOU CANNOT GIVE SIXTH GRADERS ACCESS TO SCHOOL AND NOT GIVE SEVENTH GRADERS ACCESS TO SCHOOL THROUGH SAFE TRANSPORTATION. BUT WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT CHILDREN NOT HAVING PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION TO SCHOOL TO NAVIGATE THOSE HAZARDS, YOU ARE ALSO TALKING ABOUT IMPOVERISHED CHILDREN N.HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, A HIGH MINORITY PERCENTAGE ARE IMPOVERISHED SO THOSE CHILDREN ARE BEING DENIED ACCESS MORE THAN OTHER CHILDREN. (BELL SOUNDS).

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. AMOTO. THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE DAVID McCALLISTER, H.K. HE HAD GER TON, AND BENJAMIN FLEETER. YOU EACH HAVE THREE MINUTES. WELCOME.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. MY NAME IS DAVID McCALLISTER, P.O. BOX 7343 WESLEY CHAPEL, FLORIDA. I USUALLY SPEAK AT THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION AND THE DIVERSITY ADVISORY COUNCIL. THIS IS MY FIRST TIME AT THE SCHOOL BOARD. WHEN I AM THERE, I ADVOCATE FOR APPRECIATION OF LOCAL HISTORY AND VETERANS, AND ESPECIALLY THOSE OF THE PIONEER PERIOD OF THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES PERIOD AND THE DESCENDANTS OF THE FLORIDIANS OF THAT PERIOD. I AM HERE TO RECOGNIZE BLACK HISTORY MONTH FOR WHICH YOU ALL HAVE A PROCLAMATION ITEM A-2. AND TO SPEAK OF A FLORIDA CONNECTION AND SHOW SOME LINKS IN A CHAIN OF SHARED SOUTHERN HISTORY, I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE YOU A QUOTE FROM JAMES TOKLEY, WHO IS THE POET LAUREATE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WHO RECENTLY RECITED A POEM HE WROTE WITH A LINE DESCRIBING, QUOTE, THE SWEET DIVERSITY OF OUR ANCESTRAL SOUTH, UNQUOTE. THE CONNECTION GOES BACK THROUGH BLACK HISTORY MONTH ITSELF, WHICH WAS THE BRAIN CHILD OF CARTER G. WOODSON IN THE 1920s. HE WORKED WITH JAMES WELL DON JOHNSON WHO WAS FAMOUS FOR HIS AUTHORSHIP OF THE HYMN "LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING O'WHO WAS BORN IN 1871 IN JACKSONVILLE AND LIVED IN THAT CITY. WHEN HE WAS YOUNG A MENTOR OF HIS WAS DR. ALEXANDER DARNS. ALEXANDER DARNS WAS BORN IN 1840 IN ST. AUGUSTINE AS A SERVANT TO THE KIRBY SMITH FAMILY. EDMOND KIRBY SMITH WAS BORN THERE IN ST. AUGUSTINE AND WAS THE FIRST FLORIDAIAN AT WEST POINT. WHEN EDMOND KIRBY SMITH JOINED THE UNITED STATES ARMY, ALEXANDER DARNS WENT WITH HIM AS HIS BODY SERVANT AND ORDERLY, FIRST ON SURVEYS OUT WEST AND LATER WHEN EDWARD KIRBY SMITH ANSWERED FLORIDA'S CALL AND JOINED THE ARMED SERVICES OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA IN 1861 WHERE HE ULTIMATELY BECAME A 3-STAR GENERAL IN CHARGE OF THE WHOLE TRANSMISSISSIPPI THEATER AND HE'S BEEN FLORIDA'S HIGHEST RANKING MILITARY MAN TODAY. WHEN THE WAR BETWEEN THE STATES ENDED, ALEXANDER DARNS RETURNED BUT WAS SUPPORTED BY THE KIRBY SMITH FAMILY IN HIS EDUCATION AT LINCOLN UNIVERSITY AND AT MEDICAL SCHOOL AT HOWARD, AND THEN HE CAME BACK TO JACKSONVILLE WHERE HE WAS THE FIRST FRAN DOCTOR IN THE CITY AND THE SECOND IN FLORIDA, AND IS FAMOUS FOR HIS WORK ON SMALLPOX AND ESPECIALLY IN THE YELLOW FEVER EPIDEMIC OF 1888. THERE'S A STATUTE OF KIRBY SMITH WITH ALEXANDER DARNS IN ST. AUGUSTINE, AND GENERAL KIRBY SMITH REPRESENTS FLORIDA IN THE NATIONAL STATUTORY HALL IN WASHINGTON, D.C. THE POINT IS THAT BLACK HISTORY IS PART OF SOUTHERN HISTORY, AND ALL THESE CONCERNS DESERVE HONOR AND RESPECT FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR STATE AND OUR NATION. THANK YOU. (BELL SOUNDS).

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. H.K. EDGERTON. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> MADAM CHAIR, HONORED MEMBERS OF THE BOARD AND HONORED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, MY NAME IS H.K EDMONDTON, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT, SOUTHERN HERITAGE 411, SOUTHERN LEGAL RESEARCH CENTER AND PAST PRESIDENT OF BLACKS OF THE NAACP AND CO-FOUNDERS OF THE BLACK STUDENT CENTER AS WELL AS THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA. I AM HERE TO ASK OF UP AND TO ENCOURAGE YOUR CONSTITUENTS AS YOU CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH TO REMEMBER THE BLACK CONFEDERATE SOLDIER AND HIS CONTRIBUTION. MEN LIKE REVEREND GLADE, ROBERT E LEE, STARTED THE FIRST CREDIT UNION IN AMERICA TO AID THOSE SO-CALLED AFRICAN-AMERICANS, STARTED MORE CHURCHES IN THE NORTH AND SOUTH THAN HIS TIME THAN ANY MAN. GENERAL LEE TOLD THE AFTER CAN PEOPLE BUY YOURSELF -- PUT YOUR FAITH IN GOD, GET YOURSELF SOME PROPERTY AND PUT YOUR TRUST ONLY IN THE WHITE MAN AND THE SOUTHMAN OF AMERICA. COLLIER, PROBABLY THE MOST TENACIOUS OF THE BLACK CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS, FIRST BLACK MAN TO BE ACQUITTED OF KILLING A WHITE MAN BECAUSE THAT MAN KILLED HIS MASTER IN MISSISSIPPI. AFTER THE WAR WAS OVER, PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT CAME THROUGH THE SOUTH OF AMERICA, HE COULDN'T FIND A BEAR. COLLIER WENT OUT THAT NIGHT AND CAUGHT A BEAR, A HOLLYWOOD BEAR, TIED IT TO THE TREE AND TOLD THE PRESIDENT TO SHOOT IT. THE PRESIDENT CAN'T SHOOT THAT PRAYER F.FOLKS FIND OUT ABOUT THAT THEY'LL STARTLE TALKING ABOUT ME AND THEY FOUND OUT AND STARTED SENDING HIM BEARS FROM ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY.  THIS IS HOW WE GOT THE WORD "TEDDY BEAR." HORACE KING, GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE, HE CALLED ON KING, A BLACK CONFEDERATE SOLDIER. WENT TO MONTGOMERY ALABAMA, IN THE CAPITAL OF MONTGOMERY, HARRIS KING BUILT THOSE STAIRCASES. AND I CERTAINLY DO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR TALKING ABOUT YOUR ALEXANDER DARNS. HE HAD 42 BLACK MEN WHO RODE WITH HIM. THE 29 HE HAD SHOT UP UNDER HIM AND HE NEVER FEARED WHEN HE HIT THE GROUND BECAUSE HE SAID HIS BLACK MEN HAD HIS BLACK. IF HE SAID OF THOSE BLACK CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS, NOBODY THEY STAYED WITH ME TO THE END. AND I DON'T WANT TO FORGET NAPOLEON NELSON. ONE OF MY DEAR FRIENDS. HIS GRANDFATHER COULDN'T READ OR WRITE BUT HE MEMORIZED THE KING JAMES BIBLE AND. IT'S A BOND OF LOVE BETWEEN THIS MAN THAT HE NOT ONLY CALLED MASTER BUT A MAN HE CALLED FAMILY AND FRIEND. HISTORY BEEN TWISTED SO BAD, THE SOUTH MAN OF AMERICA, BLACK FOLKS AND WHITE FOLKS. GOD BLESS YOU AND THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME COME HERE AND TALK THIS AFTERNOON. (BELL SOUNDS).

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MR. CLETER. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> MY NAME IS BENJAMIN DOUGLAS CLETER, WALTER SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL IN THE SC PROGRAM. AT A VERY YOUNG AGE I GOT BRAIN DAMAGED CAUSED BY OXYGEN DEPRIVATION FROM A COMA CAUSING ME TO HAVE DIFFICULTY READING AND BE SPELLING. I WAS TOLD I WOULD NEVER BREATHE NORMALLY. THANKS TO THE WONDERFUL PROGRAMS INCLUDING ASC TEACHERS, CLASSROOMS, SUCCESS COACHES AND AMAZING GENERAL EDUCATION TEACHERS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, TO WHICH I WAS EXPOSED TO MY ENTIRE EDUCATION IN LIFE, AND MY MOM A TEACHER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PROGRESS TOWARDS OVERCOMING THAT. UNFORTUNATELY A SMALL GROUP OF TEACHERS HAVE CAUSED ME TO FEEL LOWER DUE TO NOT LIKING MY TESTING AS A RESULT FROM THE READING PROBLEMS. BECAUSE TEACHERS BEING INFLUENCED ON TEST SCORES, I AM A STUDENT WHO UNDERSTANDS THE MATERIAL BUT IN A TEST HAS TROUBLE WITH THE QUESTION AND THE GIVEN TIME. THIS CAUSED AN INCIDENT LAST YEAR WHERE I WANTED TO CHALLENGE MYSELF AND TOOK AP WORLD HISTORY WHICH SIX AP CLASSES ARE RECOMMENDED. AND AFTER THE FIRST QUIZ I WAS LEFT A STICKY NOTE ON MY DESK AND THE TEACHER QUESTIONED WHETHER I SHOULD CONTINUE THE COURSE. WHICH MADE IT 10 TIMES MORE DIFFICULTY THAN USUALLY. IN THE END I GOT A D IN THE CLASS BUT I GOT A 3 ON THE AP EXAM WHICH I AM VERY PROUD OF. THE ONLY REASON I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SUCCEED THIS FAR IS FROM PROGRAMS AT THE SCHOOL. BUT RECENTLY I HAVE BECOME AWARE THAT POSITIONS ARE BEING CUT THAT ARE HEAVILY BENEFICIAL. FOR EXAMPLE, A FAMILY FRIEND OF MINE KNOWN AS MISTY GOT HER DREAM JOB AT ANOTHER SCHOOL AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR AND TOOK IT WHICH, A JOB THAT SHE HAD A PASSION FOR, A SUCCESS COACH, TO HELP STRUGGLING LEADERS. AS A PRODUCT -- AS A PRODUCT FROM PROGRAMS LIKE THESE, THEY WORK. THEY GET RESULTS. AND AS SOON AS SHE GOT HER JOB IT WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM HER. IT WAS CUT. THESE PROGRAMS SHOULD NOT BE THE FIRST THING YOU LOOK TOWARDS WHEN IT COMES TO CUTTING IN THE SYSTEM. PROGRAMS LIKE THIS ARE IMPORTANT TO RAISING GRADUATION RATES INCLUDING KIDS LIKE ME. THEY HELP CHANGE LIVES I.DON'T WANT TO POTENTIALLY FALL BACK OR KIDS FEEL LIKE I FELT. IT'S NOT A BUDGET. IT'S A TEACHER. MAKE AT GOOD ONE OR BAD ONE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE MR. HOWELL SHELAMINGO AND SANTOSSENING AS. YOU EACH HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> MY NAME IS SARA HOLO, A SENIOR AT HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, 17 YEARS OLD, GRADUATING IN THE TOP 8% OF MY CLASS, I ALWAYS HAD FANTASTIC ATTENDANCE. I'M A CADET AND EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND ALSO A DUAL ENROLLMENT STUDENT. RECENTLY, I WAS HOSPITALIZED BECAUSE OF A CONDITION KNOWN AS VENOUS THROMBOEM MO LISMS. WHAT THAT MEANS IS I HAVE BLOOD CLOTS IN MY LUNGS AND MY LEGS AND MY STOMACH AND I HAD A LOT OF PROCEDURES WHILE I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL. I WAS HOSPITALIZED FOR TWO WEEKS AND THEN I WAS IN RECOVERY FOR ANOTHER TWO WEEKS. YOU GUYS HAVE A POLICY IN WHICH HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS CAN MAKE UP THEIR EXAMS IF THEY DON'T MISS MORE THAN DAYS. OBVIOUSLY I MISSED MORE THAN FIVE DAYS. WHEN I WENT BACK TO THE SCHOOL WITH ALL THE DOCUMENTS AS PROOF THAT I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL, I WAS -- I AM STILL NOT ALLOWED TO PRESENT MY EXAMS. NOW, LOOKING THROUGH THE HANDBOOK, I HAVE NOTICED THAT PINELLAS COUNTY HAS EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS RULE FOR CAUSE DAYS, RELIGION HOLTZ HOLIDAY, SCHOOL SPONSORED EVENTS, AND ALSO PASCO COUNTY DOES NOT HAVE THE RULE WHATSOEVER. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT PASCO COUNTY HAS THE HIGHEST ATTENDANCE RATE WITHOUT THIS RULE. PINELLAS IS STILL VERY CLOSE BEHIND. NOW, I DON'T WANT TO PERSUADE TO HAVE THE RULE TAKEN AWAY, BUT I DO THINK EXCEPTIONS SHOULD BE MADE IN CASES SUCH AS MINE BECAUSE I HAD NO TIME TO WASTE WHEN GOING TO THE HOSPITAL. THEY TOLD ME THAT WHEN I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL THAT IF I HAD WAITED ANOTHER 15 MINUTES TO GO THAT I WOULD HAVE DIED. I WOULD HAVE BEEN DEAD ON ARRIVAL. AND IT'S NOT JUST ME AND MY SCHOOL THAT GOES THROUGH THESE THINGS WHERE WE FEAR GOING TO HOSPITALS AND BEING ADMINISTERED AND ALL THESE THINGS BECAUSE OF MEDICAL ISSUES, BUT, YOU KNOW, THERE'S ANOTHER STUDENT ACTUALLY IN MY SCHOOL WHO IS HAVING A SPINAL SURGERY, AND THEY WOULD NOT ALLOW HER TO EXEMPT HER EXAMS DUE TO HER SPINAL SURGERY ONCE SHE'S OUT. THEY ARE NOT ALLOWING ME TO EXEMPT MY EXAMS BECAUSE I WAS OUT FOR 15 DAYS RECOVERING AND STILL HAVING PROCEDURES DONE, AND STILL HAVING RECOVERY. (BELL SOUNDS) AND SO.

>> YOU HAVE 30 SECOND.

>> AND SO I'M NOT PROPOSING THAT WE HAVE THE POLICY TAKEN AWAY, BUT I THINK THERE SHOULD BE EXCEPTIONS MADE FOR STUDENTS IN MY POSITION WHERE THE CONDITION IS OUT OF THE CONTROL. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. SHE WILL A MINGO. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> OKAY. GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. WHEN THEY WERE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE IN AUGUST, I DIDN'T KNOW FULL-TIME SUITE YOU WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO GET A SCHOOL BUS SO WE ARE REQUIRED TO DRIVE TO THESE PEOPLE'S HOUSES. A WEEK AND A HALF AGO I WAS SENT TO KINGSWOOD ELEMENTARY TO PICK UP A BUS. THERE WERE NO KEYS WITH THE BUS. WHEN THERE'S NO KEYS -- THIS IS A SIGN FOR BUS AND THIS IS WHAT WE USE. SO IF THERE'S NO KEY WAS THE BUS THEN I CAN'T SEAL THE BUS. I DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH FUEL IN THE BUS TO MAKE TO THE ANY ONE OF THE GARAGES BECAUSE THAT'S HOW LOW THE FUEL WAS IN THIS PARTICULAR BUS. SAME WEEK, I WENT TO SOMEBODY ELSE'S BUS. GOT ON THE BUS. THERE WAS A MAN SLEEPING IN THE BUS. I DON'T LIKE GOING TO PEOPLE'S PROPERTY. I'M NERVOUS ABOUT GOING TO PEOPLE'S PROPERTY IN THE DARK. NUMBER ONE, I AM SCARED OF THE DOGS. I ASKED WITH MR. BEEKMAN ABOUT SECURING ME A BUS BACK IN AUGUST:  I DIDN'T GET NO ANSWER. I ASKED MR. FARKAS WHEN WE HAD THE TOWN HALL MEETING IN BRANDON. I STILL DIDN'T GET NO ANSWER. I WENT BACK TO MR. BEEKMAN ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO ABOUT GETTING A BUS. TOMORROW WILL BE THE TWO WEEKS THAT I WENT AND ASKED FOR A BUS. I STILL DON'T HAVE A BUS. THIS HURTS ME FINANCIALLY BECAUSE IN THE AFTERNOON, IF THEY NEED TO COVER A FIELD TRIP, I DON'T HAVE IT. MY BUS IS NOT SUFFICIENT. THE BUSES I AM DRIVING ARE NOT SUFFICIENT FOR REGULAR ED. I'M A REGULAR ED DRIVER SO I AM NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE A SPECIAL ED TRIP. SINCE THEY DON'T GET MANY TRIPS ANYWAY IT REALLY WOULDN'T BE FAIR TO TAKE DAYS FROM THEM. SO I WANT A BUS. AND BACK IN AUGUST, ONE OF YOUR FIELD SUPERVISORS SHOVED ME. MR. BEEKMAN ASKED ME TO GIVE HIM A DETAILED STATEMENT. I DID IT. I GAVE HIM THAT STATEMENT ON AUGUST 14th. I HAD NO RESPONSE. I FORWARDED THAT E-MAIL TO MR. FARKAS ON OCTOBER 18th. NO RESPONSE. I FORWARDED IT TO YOU, MR. EAKINS, ON THE 29th OF NOVEMBER. NO RESPONSE. (BELL SOUNDS) LASTLY, I WANT TO SAY THIS ABOUT ELPs. I WENT TO MEETING TO PICK AN ELP. I PICKED BURNS. BURNS HAD ALREADY CANCELED TAMPA ELP. TRANSPORTATION KNEW IT. THEY HAD IT ON THE LIST ANYWAY. SO I CHOSE IT. SO NOW THEY ARE PUNISHING ME FOR CHOOSING SOMETHING THAT SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN ON THE LIST TO BEGIN WITH. SO I WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS. (BELL SOUNDS).

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. SANTOS RODRIGUEZ. FOLLOWING THAT IS AMERICAO MO LIEN OH, AND ALTALIA VAZQUEZ. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MADAM CHAIRMAN, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, EXECUTIVE STAFF AND THE CITIZENS IN THE AUDIENCE. MY NAME IS SANTO RODRIGUEZ. I LIVE AT 15009 GREELEY DRIVE TAMPA 363625. AND I'M HERE TO ADDRESS AN ISSUE THAT IS DEAR TO MY HEART. AND I THINK THAT THE TIME HAS COME FOR US TO DO SOMETHING RELATIVE TO IT. I'M PARTICULARLY TALKING ABOUT THE INCREASE OF HISPANIC STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. WITH THAT INCREASE IN NUMBER, THE PROBLEMS COME WITH IT. ADVOCACY, LANGUAGE, CUSTOMS, AND THE DIVERSITY. SOME TIME AGO, AND I AM NOT GOING TO TAKE UP ALL OF MY TIME BECAUSE I CAN SEE THE BACKUP WE HAVE -- SOME TIME AGO, I WROTE A LETTER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT REGARDING THIS ISSUE. AND I'M QUITE SURE THAT IT WAS TAKEN AT HEART, EVEN THOUGH I NEVER GOT A RESPONSE TO IT, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO READ THE LETTER AND SUBMIT IT TO THE BOARD AS PART OF THE MINUTES OR THE RECORD. I THINK THAT MY LETTER SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. MR. EAKINS, SUPERINTENDENT, SCHOOL DISTRICT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. 901 EAST KENNEDY BOULEVARD, TAMPA, FLORIDA. DEAR SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. MUCH CONSIDERATION HAS BEEN GIVEN WHETHER I SHOULD WRITE THIS LETTER, BUT IN VIEW OF RECENT CHANGES -- AND THIS WAS WRITTEN SEPTEMBER THE 23rd, 2016 -- BUT IN VIEW OF THE RECENT CHANGES WITHIN THE ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM ITSELF AND THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE AS PROVEN BY THE RESULTS OF THE LAST SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION, I CONCLUDED THAT IT WOULD BE PROPER AND CORRECT FOR ME TO DO SO. (BELL SOUNDS) THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF HISPANIC STUDENTS PRESENT -- PRESENTLY ATTENDING HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS REQUIRE A NEW, A BOLD, AND A PROACTIVE APPROACH TO BE GIVEN TO THEIR PRESENCE. AS A GRANDPARENT OF A HISPANIC STUDENT, A TEACHER BY PROFESSION, AND A CONCERNED CITIZEN, I CONGRATULATE YOU AND APPLAUD YOUR EFFORT IN ESTABLISHING A HISPANIC LIAISON STAFF POSITION AS PART OF YOUR ADMINISTRATION TO DEAL WITH THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENT. (BELL SOUNDS). SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, IN QUOTING OUR PROFESSIONAL MENTOR, HORACE MANN, LET US NOT BE CONTENT TO WAIT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS, BUT GIVE US THE DETERMINATION TO MAKE THE RIGHT THINGS HAPPEN. THE TIME IS NOW. THE NEED IS PRESENT. LET US NOT HINDER THE SUCCESS OF OUR HISPANIC STUDENTS OR ANY OTHER ETHNIC GROUP, BECAUSE IT IS NOT POLITICALLY CORRECT, IT IS NOT PRUDENT, IT IS NOT WITHIN BUDGETARY CONSTRAINTS, OR A THOUSAND OTHER REASONS. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, LIKE A MAJORITY OF THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY, I SUPPORT AND DEFEND YOUR STANCE ON THE LIAISON POSITION.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, SIR.

>> I AM QUITE SURE THAT YOU WILL NOT HAVE DIFFICULTIES IN FINDING THE APPROPRIATE PERSON TO FILL THIS CRUCIAL POSITION. THIS SHOULD NOT -- THIS SHOULD NOT BE A REASON FOR NOT HAVING THE POSITION ON STAFF. PERSONS WITH INTEGRITY, DEDICATION, KNOWLEDGE OF THE NEEDS OF THE HISPANIC STUDENTS AND THEIR RESPECT ISIVE FAMILIES, KNOWLEDGE OF COMMUNITY RESOURCE AGENCIES WITHIN AND OUT OF THE SYSTEM, THAT CAN FILL THEIR NEEDS, A MENTOR, A MOTIVATOR, A BILINGUAL INDIVIDUAL, ABOUND IN OUR COMMUNITY OF HISPANICS. SO FINDING THE RIGHT PERSON SHOULD NOT BE AN ISSUE. SO SUPERINTENDENT, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME WITH SUPPORT IN MOVING YOUR EFFORT FORWARD.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, SIR. IF YOU COULD GIVE THAT TO THE COMMUNICATIONS STAFF TO MY LEFT THEY WILL MAKE SURE THE BOARD GETS A COPY. DEVILLA. WELCOME. YOU EVER THREE MINUTES.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH) (SPEAKING SPANISH)

>> I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO PIERCE ELEMENTARY FOR ALL THE SUPPORT THEY ARE GIVING MY GRANDCHILD. MIDDLE SCHOOL.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH)

>> AND I AM SO GRATEFUL TO MY HEAVENLY FATHER FOR ALLOWING ME TO FIND A SCHOOL LIKE PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH)

>> I WAS VERY FEARFUL OF WHERE OF TO PLACE MY CHILD ONCE HE ARRIVED FROM PUERTO RICO.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH)

>> I WAS VERY PLEASED TO FIND THAT THERE WAS STAFF, SPANISH SPEAKING STAFF, AND AS SOON AS I ENTERED THE SCHOOL I WAS ABLE TO HEAR AND HAVE FOLKS THAT RESPONSIBLE IN SPANISH TO ASSIST ME.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH)

>> AND I WAS FEARFUL BUT NOW I AM NO LONGER FEARFUL. MY GRANDSON COMES HOME HAPPY, TALKING ABOUT ALL THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT HE'S AFFORDED.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH)

>> SO THEREFORE I APPEAL TO YOU TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE ARE OTHER SCHOOLS LIKE PIERCE THAT HAVE PERSONNEL THAT CAN SPEAK SPANISH TO THE HISPANIC CHILDREN THAT COMING INTO OUR SCHOOLS IN OUR COMMUNITY.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH).

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND THANK YOU TO THE TEACHERS. (BELL SOUNDS).

>> I HAVE BEEN HERE A YEAR. KENNETH DAVILLA, HER GRANDSON. AND I'M TALKING ABOUT PIERCE, TOO. WHEN I FIRST CAME HERE, I DIDN'T KNOW ANY ENGLISH. I'M PROUD OF MYSELF, BECAUSE I'M PROUD OF THE TEACHERS TOO BECAUSE YOU GO TO THAT SCHOOL, YOU SEE THAT EVERYONE IS TRYING TO HELP YOU. THE TEACHERS, THEY GOT EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED, EVERYTHING THEY HELP YOU WITH EVERYTHING, ESPECIALLY MY PRINCIPAL, PABLO VIEGO. I FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THE SCHOOL, BECAUSE IT'S GOT THE BEST STUFF HISPANIC PEOPLE NEED TO -- TO BE COMFORTABLE. I CAN SAY THAT I AM PROUD OF BEING HISPANIC.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, IT IS 4:03. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A BREAK FROM AUDIENCE COMMENT FOR A MINUTE AND WE ARE GOING TO DO OUR ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS. ON TODAY'S AGENDA, WE HAVE THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL OF SUMMERFIELD ELEMENTARY. IF THERE IS ANYONE WISHING TO SPEAK TO THIS AGENDA ITEM, IF YOU COULD PLEASE COME FORWARD NOW. IF NOT I WILL TURN IT OVER TO YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>> BOARD MEMBERS, THE ONE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT COMING BEFORE YOU TODAY ON THE AGENDA HAS BEEN PROPERLY ADVERTISED, APPROPRIATE SCREENINGS WERE HELD AND INTERVIEWED BETWEEN SUPERINTENDENT, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF WERE CONDUCTED. HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT OR PROCESS DEVELOPED BY THE BOARD WAS FOLLOWED. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT CARMINE ALFINO OF EXCEPTIONAL CENTER TO SUMMERFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF FEBRUARY 13, 2017. CARMINE BEGAN HIS CAREER WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN 1997 AS A TEACHER AT PARK HILL EXCEPTIONAL CENTER, FORMER DISTRICT SITE. IN 2004 HE WAS BIND THE ESE ADMINISTRATOR AT DAVIS ELEMENTARY AND TO THE PRESENT HAS SERVED AS PRINCIPAL OF LAVOY EXCEPTIONAL CENTER.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. I NEED A MOTION AND A VOTE TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION FOR THE PRINCIPAL OF SUMMERFIELD ELEMENTARY. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MRS. SNIVELY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? OF SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHT COMES UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. ELFANO, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO ARE WITH YOU TODAY? [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS. MR. EAKINS.

>> THANK YOU. WE HAVE A 4.02-A ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL APPOINTMENT THAT I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THIS EVENING. WHITNEYWAY AT DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL HAS BEEN APPOINTED THE SAINT PRINCIPAL OF STUDENT AFFAIRS AT BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL. SHE IS A NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND I WANTED TO MAKE SURE SHE WAS RECOGNIZED THIS EVENING.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] SO FOR THOSE OF UP WHO ARE HERE FOR THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS, YOU ARE FREE TO LEAVE QUIETLY AS WE CONTINUE AUDIENCE COMMENTS AND THE REST OF OUR AGENDA. WE WILL PICK UP AUDIENCE COMMENTS WHERE WE LEFT OFF WITH THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS. AMERICA MOLIO, VATALIA VASQUEZ AND ROMANOS. YOU EACH HAVE FIVE MINUTES. MR. MOLINO, YOU ARE UP. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES AND HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, HONORABLE BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. MY NAME IS AMERICA BOLINA CURRENTLY WORKING FOR WEBB AT PARAPROFESSIONAL. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA THAT WAS BUILT TODAY WAS BUILT ON THE BACKS OF OUREN SENIORSR SENATORS. IMMIGRANTS FRED THEIR COUNTRIES TO MAKE THEIR LIVES BETTER FOR THEMSELVES AND OF COURSE THEIR FAMILIES. I'M HERE TODAY TO INFORM YOU ALL OF SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT ARE KEEPING LATINO STUDENTS IN THIS COUNTY FROM BEING ABLE TO MAKE THEIR DREAMS COME TRUE. DISCRIMINATION, ELECT, ABANDONMENT ARE JUST SOME OF THE WORDS TO DESCRIBE THE FEELINGS FROM THE MAJORITY OF LATINO PARENTS AND STUDENTS. YOU CAN SEE AND FEEL THE LEVEL OF INFERIORITY AMONG THESE STUDENTS WHILE VISITING ELL CLASSES AND LISTEN TO THEIR CONCERNS ACROSS THE DISTRICT. FROM WIMAUMA ELEMENTARY TO ALONZO HIGH SCHOOL. OUR COMMUNITIES AROUND THE TAMPA BAY AREA ARE RAPIDLY GROWING IN NUMBERS WITH HISPANICS COMING FROM CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA AS WELL AS CUBA AND PUERTO RICO. THE NUMBERS OVER THE LAST YEARS ARE EXPLOSIVE AND IS REFLECTING ON OUR STUDENTS' CULTURES AND REFLECTED IN THE DEMOGRAPHICS AND OUR SCHOOLS' DISTRICT. OUR HISPANIC POPULATION IS ALREADY REACHING THE 40% BENCHMARK AND VERY SOON WILL SURPASS 50% BECOMING A MAJORITY OF OUR STUDENT BODY POPULATION IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THESE NUMBERS ARE NOT GOING TO STOP. IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AS WE ALL KNOW WHAT IS HAPPENING IN TODAY'S WORLD. HOWEVER, AS THEIR COMMUNITIES GROW IN OUR COUNTY, WE HAVE YET TO SEE ANY EFFORT OR INTENTIONS OF REACHING OUT TO OUR NEW MAJORITY STUDENTS. DOORS HAVE NOT BEEN OPENED NOR HAVE WE CREATED POSITIONS NEEDED TO HELP THE COUNCIL, THEIR PARENTS OR YOU ARE OUR STUDENTS. THE DROPOUT RATE IS AT A HIGH RISK, OUR GRADUATION RATE IS AT 69% OVERALL WHICH MEANS ONLY LESS THAN 31% OF OUR HISPANIC STUDENTS GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL EVERY YEAR. NUMBERS FAR LESS THAN ACCEPTABLE FOR ANY COMMUNITY. AND UNFORTUNATELY ONLY A SMALL HAND FULL OF LATINO STUDENTS CONTINUES TO GO ON TO HIGHER LEVEL LEARNING. EDUCATORS MUST BE PROACTIVE AND BEGIN INNOVATIVE EDUCATION BY EMPOWERING OUR STUDENTS WHILE ALLOWS US TO BE PROUD OF WHO THEY ARE AND WHERE THEY CAME FROM. IT IS TIME TO PROMOTE BILINGUALISM AND CELEBRATE DIVERSITY IN OUR SCHOOLS. WE ARE CURRENTLY LACKING AND TRULY NEED BILINGUAL SCHOOLS PSYCHOLOGISTS, PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS. WE ARE ALL SUFFERING BUT WORST OF ALL THE HISPANIC ESE POPULATION. WE HAVE SUCH DIFFICULTY FINDING SIMPLE TRANSLATORS TO HELP IN THEIR CLASSROOMS. MANY OF OUR STUDENTS FEAR GOING TO SCHOOL AND DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE SPEAKING WITH PEOPLE THAT NOT SENSITIVE TO THEIR NEEDS OR UNDERSTAND THEIR CULT IT IS. IT'S SCARY FOR THOSE STUDENTS STOW REACH OUT AND ADMIT THEY HAVE IN A HELP AND SCARY FOR PARENTS. HOW IS THIS STUDENT GOING TO REACH HIS GOAL? NOT TO MENTION ALLOWING THEM TO DROP OUT DURING THEIR HIGH SCHOOL YEARS. WHY DO WE ALLOW THIS? BECAUSE IT'S EASIER TO SAY THEY GAVE UP THAN TO ADMIT THAT WE DID NOT TRY HARD ENOUGH. PERHAPS IF WE PUSH MORE OF OUR STUDENTS TO GRADUATE AND PURSUE HIGHER FORMS OF EDUCATION, THEY THEMSELVES COULD FILL THE VOIDS IN OUR SCHOOLS. OUR LATINO STUDENTS COULD BECOME THE NEW EDUCATORS OF TOMORROW. WE NEED YOU TO ACT NOW. (SPEAKING SPANISH) STOP COVERING IT UP. WE ALL KNOW WE HAVE THE FUNDS TO RESOLVE IT DO.  NOT WAIT ANY LONGER. THE YEAR 2020 IS ALREADY AROUND THE CORNER. ONE MORE THING. REMEMBER, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE ARE NOT JUST TAMPANIANS OR FLORIDIANS. WE ARE AMERICANS. OUR ANCESTORS CAME HERE TO MAKE OUR DREAMS COME TRUE, AND NOW IT'S TIME WE DO THE SAME FOR OUR LATINO STUDENTS. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. NATALIA VASQUEZ. AUDIENCE MEMBERS, IF YOU COULD PLEASE WATCH THE CLOCK AND KEEP YOUR COMMENTS TO THREE MINUTES. WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE IN LINE BEHIND YOU. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU, CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS. MY NAME IS NATALIE VASQUEZ. I AM A FORMER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STUDENT AND MOTHER OF A CHILD IN THE DISTRICT AND ALSO A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER CURRENTLY WORKING TOWARD OBTAINING MY CERTIFICATION TO TEACH IN FLORIDA. I'M ALSO A MEMBER OF THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR THE BOARD. OUR DISTRICT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MEETING THE NEEDS OF A RAPIDLY GROWING NUMBER OF DIVERSE MINORITY STUDENTS WHO WILL SOON BECOME THE MAJORITY. NOT ONLY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BUT THE ENTIRE NATION. IT IS OUR DUTY AS EDUCATORS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF ALL STUDENTS AND PROVIDE ACCOMMODATIONS TO THOSE UNDERPRIVILEGED IN ORDER TO LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD. DESPITE BEING A FIRST GENERATION AMERICAN, I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO NOT REQUIRE ESOL ACCOMMODATIONS DURING MY SCHOOLING. I SAY FORTUNATE BECAUSE THROUGH MY OWN EXPERIENCE IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND AS A STUDENT AND NOW AS A TEACHER, THAT OF MY PEERS WHO WERE ONCE ESOL STUDENTS AND THE COLLEAGUES WHO WORK IN THE DISTRICT, THE CON SEN IS THAT THE ATMOSPHERE SURROUNDING OUR DIVERSE STUDENTS IS NEGATIVE AND EXCLUSIONARY. ELL STUDENTS ARE TREATED AS AN ISSUE AND A HINDRANCE TO THE LEARNING OF ALL OTHER STUDENTS RATHER THAN EMBRACING DIVERSITY, OUR SCHOOLS ARE FOSTERING AN ATMOSPHERE OFDY VICH USENESS,IAL RANCE AND ECHO CENTRICKISM, BY KEEPING OUR STUDENTS SEPARATE FROM THEIR ENGLISH SPEAKING PEERS AND NOT PROMOTING DIVERSITY, REPRESENTATIVE OF THE STUDENT POPULATION. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT OUR DISTRICT ADDRESS THE ISSUES AND ENCOURAGE OUR STUDENT, EDUCATOR AND ADMINISTRATORS TO LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT CULTURES AND DIVERSE VARIANCE THROUGH HANDS-ON AND DAILY SUB MERSION RATHER THAN JUST ON TOKEN EVENTS LIKE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH AND BLACK HISTORY MONTH. CHANGING OUR ENVIRONMENT CREATES TRUE ACCEPTANCE, UNDERSTANDING FOR DIFFERENCES AND EMPOWERS THE UNDERPRIVILEGED. WE MUST FOSTER A CULTURE OF UNIFIED DIVERSITY, EQUATION QUALITY, INCLUSION AND APPRECIATION FOR DIFFERENCES, PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH EMPATHETIC CULTURED GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT WHICH CAN ACTUALLY HELP PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE LIKE OUR VISION STATES. ADDRESSING THESE ISSUES CALLS FOR EDUCATORS AND ADMINISTRATION THAT REFLECTS THE LEVELFULLY DIVERSITY PRESENT IN OUR STUDENT POPULATION AND THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO EMBRACE THE CHALLENGE OF MEETING OUR DIVERSE STUDENT NEEDS BY COMPLETELY CHANGING THE CURRENT CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT. WHEN OUR SCHOOLS ARE IN NEED OF MATH AND STEM TEACHERS THERE WAS A PUSH FOR EDUCATORS TO APPLY AND BE PUT IN PLACE. THE CURRENT PRESSING NEED IS THAT OF HISPANIC, ASIAN, MIDDLE EASTERN AND AMERICAN EDUCATORS AND ADMINISTRATION WHO CAN SERVE AS ROLE MODELS AND MENTORS TO OUR DIVERSE POPULATION. TAKE THIS AS A CALL TO ACTION. OURDY VERY NEEDS CAN NO LONGER BE. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. ROMI FIBANIN FOLLOWED BY CARMEN MELENDEZ AND RAMIREZ QUIS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I'M SORRY FOR MY ENGLISH IS A LITTLE, BUT I TRY. I HAVE THREE KIDS. AND DIFFERENT LEVELS. ONE IN ELEMENTARY. THE OTHER IN ORANGE GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND THEN MY BIG GIRL IS IN LETO HIGH SCHOOL. I SEE PROGRESS IN THE SCHOOL. I HAVE VOLUNTEERED MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS IN THE SCHOOL FULL TIME. FIVE YEARS IN TAMPA, FLORIDA AND FIVE YEARS IN NEW YORK. AND I SEE TOO MANY DIFFERENCES. AND I LOOK AS A PROBLEM IN TAMPA, AND THE REST OF FLORIDA, THAT IT'S TOO MUCH. FLORIDA IS LOW. AND MY TWO LITTLE KIDS BORN HERE IN TAMPA. FOR PROBLEMS, I GO TO MY HUSBAND TO NEW YORK, THEN MY KIDS, AND COMING TO HERE FIVE YEARS, AND TO TAMPA, MY KIDS ARE STUCK ON READING. AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND. THE POPULATION HERE IS MORE SPANISH, AND I MUST SAY THAT THIS IS A PROBLEM. NO. IT'S POSSIBLE BECAUSE SPANISH PEOPLE NEED MORE HELP IN THE SCHOOL. FOR THAT I FEEL BAD. BUT IN NEW YORK A LOT OF HIS PAN IRK PEOPLE -- HISPANIC PEOPLE. I DON'T UNDERSTAND, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? MAYBE HERE YOU NEED MORE HELP WITH THE SPANISH PEOPLE. AND LETO HIGH SCHOOL, I QUIZ MY GIRL ON EVERYTHING, SHE COME INTO THE ADVANCED CLASS AND I TRY TO MAYBE PUT LETO HIGH SCHOOL, AND NO, NOT PUT IN ADVANCE CLASS. I NEED TO WORK WITH THE SCHOOL AND GO TO THE COUNSELOR AND EVERYTHING. FOR WHAT? YOU PUT MY KID IN THE REGULAR CLASSROOM AND ADVANCE CLASS, AND ALL THAT -- THE PAPER TO MY KIDS, YOU PUT SAMPLES, AND MY KIDS GOING DOWN, NOT GOING UP. SO THAT IS A PROBLEM. AND I SAY PROBLEM NO WORKING TO HERE. NO WORKING TO HER. I NEED EVALUATION OF THIS PROGRAM HERE. (BELL SOUNDS) THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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

>> GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE. MY NAME IS ANNA LAMB. I'M A MOTHER OF FOUR KIDS FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO HIGH SCHOOL. I AM A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY PROTECTION QUALITY. WE HAVE HERE A LOT OF STORIES NOW. WE WORK HERE MORE. BUT WHAT I WANT TO SAY NOW IS WE ARE HERE NOT ONLY TO COMPLAIN BUT ALSO TO PUT OURSELVES HERE, TO START TALKING, COMMUNICATING, TO BE A TEAM. OUR KIDS NEEDS US. WE NEED YOU. SO PLEASE HELP US OUT. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME. AND I DON'T KNOW FOR FIRST TIME EVER IN THIS COUNTY AT LEAST FOR THE THREE YEARS THAT I AM HERE, THE FIRST TIME THE LATINO COMMUNITY TO SPEAK OUT. THIS IS THE TIME. AND RIGHT NOW WE NEED YOU MORE THAN EVER. OUR KIDS ARE IN FEAR. OUR KIDS AND THE PARENTS ARE IN FEAR. THE ENVIRONMENT THAT WE ARE LIVING RIGHT NOW AT THE POLITICAL LEVEL IS PUSHING THESE PARENTS TO LIVE IN FEAR. AND WE DOESN'T WANT THIS TO BE HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTY. WE NEED YOU. WE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH BULLYING. WE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THE LACK OF TRANSLATION IN DIFFERENT SCHOOLS. WE HAVE DISCRIMINATION. AND NOT ONLY BECAUSE PEOPLE IS COMING, YOU KNOW, IN MY CASE, NOT ONLY BECAUSE THEY ARE COMING TO TELL ME WHAT IS HAPPENING, BUT I HAVE EXPERIENCED IT. HISPANIC, SOMETIMES THEY ARE WONDERFUL TEACHERS. THEY DO WONDERFUL. BUT ALSO THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES WHERE I NEED TO BRING MY PASSPORT. AND YOU KNOW MY PASSPORT IS MY HUSBAND WHO IS AMERICAN. AND I GO LIKE THAT. I GO LIKE THAT BECAUSE SOMETIMES THEY SAID, WELCOME, BUT YOU CAN SEE THE BODY LANGUAGE. YOU CAN SEE IN THE BODY LANGUAGE. AND WE ARE COMING HERE NOW TO BE A TEAM. SO PLEASE LET US BE PART OF YOUR TEAM IN OUR COMMUNITY. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. CARMEN MELENDEZ. I'M SORRY. MS. RAMIREZ? I APOLOGIZE. QUEZET. WELCOME.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. (SPEAKING SPANISH)

>> THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS OURSELVES.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH).

>> I AM VERY OCCUPIED ABOUT A SYSTEM THAT SAYS THAT WE CANNOT. THE STUDENT THAT LIVES WITHIN A 2-MILE RADIUS AROUND THE SCHOOL WILL NOT HAVE TRANSPORTATION.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH).

>> SO I AM ONE OF THOSE STUDENT AND I AM VERY WORRIED BECAUSE MY PARENTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TRANSPORT ME.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH).

>> SO THE PROBLEM IS THAT WHERE I LIVE, WHERE I WOULD HAVE TO WALK, THERE ARE NO LIGHTS. THERE'S A LOT OF BRUSH. SO IT'S NOT -- IT'S NOT SAFE.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH).

>> AND I HAVE TO GO BY A PLACE WHERE THERE IS -- WHERE THERE IS A LOT OF TRAFFIC, TRUCK TRAFFIC, AND SO THAT WORRIES ME.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH)

>> AS A YOUNG WOMAN, I AM FEARFUL FOR MY SAFETY. I'M AFRAID THAT SOMETHING MIGHT HAPPEN TO ME.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH) I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT BECAUSE IT IS NOT ONLY MY FEAR BUT IT'S THE FEAR OF OTHERS AS WELL.

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH)

>> ANOTHER POINT THAT I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE IS FOR OTHER STUDENTS AS WELL AS FOR MYSELF, THERE ARE DAYS WHEN IT'S RAINING WHERE IT IS VERY HOT, AND SO I'M AFRAID THAT I MAY GET SICK OR THEY MAY GET SICK AS WELL.

>> THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>>Cindy Stuart: JESSICA SANDOVAL. ASHLEY DONALDSON. KAYLEEN ADDENBURGER. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> THANK YOU TO THE CHAIR AND BOARD MEMBERS. I AM A SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPIST AT GRADY ELEMENTARY. SORRY, NERVOUS. I HAVE HAPPILY WORKED FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FOR 15 YEARS. 12 OF THOSE AT GRADY. OUR PRINCIPAL SAYS -- I'M SORRY. AS OUR PRINCIPAL SAID TO OUR FACULTY, STAFF, STUDENT AND FAMILY, GRADY IS A FAMILY. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY AGREE WITH HER. I WOULD ASK THE SCHOOL BOARD TO PLEASE CONSIDER KEEPING SCHOOL CHOICE HARDSHIP FOR ITS EMPLOYEES. I HAVE A SECOND GRADE DAUGHTER AT GRADY WITH ME. NEXT YEAR I WILL HAVE A KINDERGARTENER IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AT THE MOMENT, SHE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND GRADY WITH HER BIG SISTER, OR BE PART OF OUR SCHOOL, FAMILY OR OUR PERSONAL FAMILY AT GRADY. THAT IS MY HEARTFELT PLEA. MY OTHER CONCERN IS THAT MY CURRENT DAUGHTER ATTENDS AFTER-SCHOOL YMCA AT GRADY FOR GREATLY REDUCED COST PER WEEK, IF MY FUTURE KINDERGARTENER GOES TO HER NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL WE WOULD ALSO HAVE TO PUT HER IN THE AFTER SCHOOL CARE AND THAT WOULD END UP BEING FIVE TIMES THE COST. THIS IS A FINANCIAL HARDSHIP FOR MY FAMILY. THAT COST COULD ALSO INCREASE BECAUSE WE WOULD ALSO HAVE TO FIND A WAY FOR HER TO GET TO SCHOOL IN THE MORNINGS SINCE SHE WOULD HAVE TO BE THERE BY 8:00, AND MY OTHER DAUGHTER AND I WOULD ALREADY BE AT SCHOOL BY 7:30. THAT IS MY FINANCIAL PLEA. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND TIME LISTENING TO ME TODAY. AND SORRY FOR BEING SO NERVOUS.

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. DONALDSON? WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> I AM HERE TODAY TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND OTHER TEACHERS WHO WERE UNABLE TO ATTEND THIS AFTERNOON. WE WERE VERY DISHEARTENED WHEN WE RECEIVED THE NOTIFICATION THAT OUR CHILDREN MAY BE DENIED ENROLLMENT AT THE SCHOOL THAT I TAUGHT AT FOR SO MANY YEARS, THE SCHOOL WHERE THEY HAVE ESTABLISHED RELATIONSHIPS, AND BECOME SUCCESSFUL. THIS NOTIFICATION HAS SENT SHOCK WAVES THROUGH OUR TEACHING COMMUNITY SINCE WE WORK SO HARD TO PROVIDE A QUALITY EDUCATION FOR OTHER CHILDREN AS WELL AS OUR OWN. THE COUNTY'S VISION STATEMENT CENTIMETER TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE, AND MISSION IS TO PROVIDE AN EDUCATION AND SUPPORT THAT ENABLE EACH STUDENT TO EXCEL AS A SUCCESSFUL AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN, AND WE THINK SHOULDN'T THAT APPLY TO ALL CHILDREN REGARDLESS OF WHAT SIDE OF THE COUNTY LINE THEY LIVE ON? AS EDUCATORS, OUR SCHOOLS BECOME OUR FAMILY. WE WANT OUR CHILDREN TO CONTINUE AND TO BECOME PART OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY. AS A MOTHER, I WOULD MISS OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL EVENTS SHOULD MY CHILD ATTEND SCHOOL AT A DIFFERENT COUNTY.

>> [OFF MICROPHONE.]

>>Cindy Stuart: AND ULTIMATELY THE CULTURE OF THE SCHOOL. CAN YOU HOLD ON FOR ONE SECOND? YOUR MIKE HAS GONE OUT. WE ARE GOING TO TRY TO GET YOU A HAND-HELD. OTHERWISE YOU ARE NOT ON THE RECORD.

>> AS EDUCATORS, OUR SCHOOLS BECOME OUR FAMILY. WE WANT OUR CHILDREN TO CONTINUE AND TO BECOME A PART OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY. AS A MOTHER I WOULD MISS OPPORTUNITIES WITH A CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN SPECIAL EVENTS SHOULD MY CHILD ATTEND SCHOOL AT A DIFFERENT COUNTY. IN ADDITION, NOT ALL TRICOUNTY STUDENT CALENDARS COINCIDE, WHICH IS DIFFICULT FOR TEACHING FAMILIES WHO CANNOT AFFORD ADDITIONAL DAYCARE DUE TO THESE DIFFERENCES. ESPECIALLY THOSE EDUCATORS THAT ARE SINGLE PARENTS WHO RELY ON BEING ON THE SAME SCHEDULE AS THEIR KIDS. WE HOPE THAT ALL THESE FACTORS ARE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN MAKING THE DECISION THAT HEAVILY IMPACT EMPLOYEES, THEIR FAMILIES AND ULTIMATELY THE CULTURE OF A SCHOOL. RIGHT NOW, CAN SCHOOLS OR THE COUNTY AFFORD THE LOSS OF TEACHER MORALE AND FAMILY? THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. ELAINE EDDENBERGER.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. CAN YOU HEAR ME?

>>Cindy Stuart: YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. (REPLACING MICROPHONE).

>> TESTING, 1, 2. TEST.

>> I'LL JUST HOLD IT. CAN YOU HEAR ME? GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU FOR HEARING US. AND IT'S GOOD TO SEE SO MANY PARENTS IN THE AUDIENCE. MY NAME IS ELAINE, I WORK AT THE INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNITY STUDIES LOCATED IN UNINCORPORATED AREAS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE TODAY HAVE COMMENTED ON THE MISSION STATEMENT, AND THAT MISSION STATEMENT, I TEACH MY SPANISH STUDENTS BECAUSE IT CAME FROM JOSE MARTY, RIGHT? LEGEND IN TAMPA. PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. IN UNINCORPORATED COUNTY, WE HAVE A PROBLEM, AND ALSO, I THINK, IN OTHER AREAS. WITH TRANSPORTATION TO AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS. HERE WE HAVE PROGRAMS THAT ARE FREE OR LOW COST SOMETIMES. AND WE HAVE HAD A HUGE BATTLE TRYING TO GET THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT TO DROP OFF KIDS RIGHT IN FRONT -- THEY ARE PARKING RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR CENTERS. SO THAT'S ONE THING I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE YOU ADDRESS AT SOME POINT. ANOTHER THING IS THAT I HAVE BEEN PART OF IEPs AND OTHER LITERACY-RELATED ISSUES WITH OUR KIDS. WE TUTOR, WE WORK WITH CHILDREN. OWN A DAILY BASIS. AND THOSE CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH. AND THEY LOVE MY-ON BUT I URGE YOU TO EXAM THIS BECAUSE WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS LISTENING TO THE STORIES. THEY ARE NOT ACTUALLY READING THEM. SO I'M TRYING TO BREAK THESE KIDS OF THIS HABIT SO THEY ACTUALLY READ REAL BOOKS. WE ARE NOT PRODUCING READERS BY USING BOOKS THAT READ TO CHILDREN. SO I THINK WE REALLY NEED TO EXPLORE HOW WE ARE GETTING KIDS TO BE READ. THE OTHER THING IS THAT WE, AS YOU KNOW IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WE HAVE DIVERSITY COMMITTEE LISTEN TO PEOPLE, PLEAING FOR PROTECTION STATUS. I WOULD URGE YOU TO DOING SOMETHING TO MAKE THE SCHOOLS SAFER IN THE SENSE THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY HEARD OTHER PEOPLE BETTER THAN ME, MORE ELOQUENT THAN I AM, TALKING ABOUT THE FEAR THAT KIDS ARE EXPERIENCING, FAMILIES ARE EXPERIENCING, WITH THIS IMMIGRATION SITUATION, AND IT'S NOT JUST LATINO STUDENTS. WE HAVE HAITIAN STUDENTS. WE HAVE OTHER STUDENTS. FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE AS A NONPROFIT NOW NOW GOING TO TURN OVER PEOPLE'S NAMES TO IMMIGRATION AND I WOULD HOPE THAT BE SCHOOLS WOULDN'T DO THAT EITHER BECAUSE SO FAR, THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION HAS PROMISED ACCESS TO ALL EDUCATION AND I THINK WE CAN DO BETTER. I THINK WE SHOULD DO BETTER. SO I WOULD LIKE YOU TO CONSIDER PARTNERING WITH PARENTS AS YOUR ADVOCATES, NONPROFITS LIKE US, TO HELP GET OUR KIDS GRADUATED AND REALLY PREPARED FOR LIFE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. FRANK TELONE. FOLLOWING MR. COLONE IS CARLOS RAMIREZ. AND BORELLABURDUCCO.

>> HI. CAN I JUST HOLD IT? HI. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HERE TODAY. I WANT TO THANK THE BOARD, THIS HONORABLE BOARD, THAT HELPED THE FAMILY THAT I WAS ASSOCIATED WITH REGARDING THE SUSPENSION HEARING. YOU SENT YOUR BEST, AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT. HOWEVER, WHAT I NEED TO TALK ABOUT TODAY WAS A DIFFERENT AGENDA, AND I AM GOING TO HAVE TO INCLUDE THIS BECAUSE OF THINGS THAT OCCURRED. SO LET ME READ THIS TO YOU. FLORIDA STATUTE 943.03 PART 2 SUBPART D AND E STATE THE FOLLOWING. D. IT IS LAWFUL UNDER THIS SECTION FOR A PERSON TO INTERCEPT A WIRE, ORAL OR ELECTRONIC WHEN ALL THE PARTIES BE HAVE GIVEN PRIOR CONSENT TO SUCH INTERCEPTION. E. IT IS UNLAWFUL TO BE INTERCEPT ANY WIRE FOR THE PURPOSE OF COMMITTING ANY CRIMINAL ACT. THE LAW DOES NOT PROVIDE A CLEAR CONSENSUS AS TO WHAT CONSTITUTES UNLAWFUL BEHAVIOR IF ALL THE PARTIES DO NOT CONSENT. THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE ALL STUDENTS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA ARE LIARS. THIS IS WHAT PARENTS BELIEVE WHEN THEY ARE CHILDREN RETURN HOME WITH CONSEQUENCES FROM THEIR PRINCIPAL OR OTHER ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF. WHAT IF WHAT THEY ARE SAYING IS TRUE? IF WHILE RECORDING A PRINCIPAL THEY RECORD THEIR WRONGDOINGS, THAT ADMINISTRATOR CAN CLAIM A RIGHT TO PRIVACY, NOT CONSENT TO THE RECORDING AND ATTEMPT TO HAVE THE STUDENT ARRESTED. THIS IS NOT AN ACADEMIC THOUGHT EXPERIMENT.  THIS HAPPENED ON JANUARY 11, 2013 AT SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL, THE ATTEMPT ATTEMPTED TO PLACE A STUDENT IN HANDCUFFS FOR A MEETING THAT HE INITIATED FOR A MOTHER AND SON WHEREBY A NURSE REFUSED TO TREAT THE CHILD OVER A HALL PASS, AND I SENT YOU ALL LETTERS ABOUT THAT. SOMETHING THAT THE SCHOOL ATTEMPTED TO COVER UP. THERE IS A REASON WHY POLICE AND OTHER NOTABLE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS ARE EXEMPT FROM A RIGHT TO PRIVACY UNDER THIS LAW. THIS TOO SHOULD APPLY TO OFFICIALS OF THE SCHOOL THAT HAVE THE POWER TO DESTROY A STUDENT. WHY SHOULD A SCHOOL OFFICIAL HAVE A RIGHT TO PRIVACY WITH A MINOR BEHIND CLOSED DOORS? WHEN AN ADMINISTRATOR SPEAKS TO ANY STUDENT OR PARENT, SHE OR HE SPEAKS IN THE NAME OF THE BOARD. WHEN THE SAME ADMINISTRATOR TELLS THE MOTHER "I DISGUST ME" HE DOES SO IN THE NAME OF THIS BOARD. AS MR. RUSSELL DID TO MRS. DORNO THAT DAY IN FRONT OF HER SON, AN AP ROBERT HARRIS. MR. RUSSELL IS THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD IN THAT ROOM AT THAT MOMENT. SO WHEN YOU SAID -- WHEN HE SAID, YOU DISGUST ME, TO THAT MOTHER, IN EFFECT THIS BOARD SAID THAT TO HER. AND SHE'S RIGHT THERE. STAND UP. SO IF YOU WANT TO ASK HER, YOU CAN ASK HER YOURSELF. NO PRINCIPAL IN AP ADVISORY NOR COUNSELOR IN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM SHOULD HAVE A RIGHT TO PRIVACY AS EVERYTHING THAT THEY SAY IS A MATTER OF PUBLIC RECORD AND CAN NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE REPUTATION OF THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AS A WHOLE. THERE IS AN OLD ADAGE THAT HAS BEEN WORKED IN RECENT YEARS AND APPLIES IN THIS CASE. NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED. BUT WHAT HAPPENED FOLLOWING THIS BY THE ADMINISTRATOR WAS A BARRAGE OF SLANDER, HE MADE A FALSE CLAIM THAT THE STUDENT HAD BEEN ARRESTED, KNOW IT JUST ARRESTED FOR A FELONY, BUT IT DOESN'T ALLOW THAT AS FAR AS THE LAW IS CONCERNED. THIS WAS A BLATENT LIE MADE NOT JUST BY THE SCHOOL SYSTEM ITSELF BUT ALSO TO THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY JUVENILE JUSTICE DIVISION OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. COLONE. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A TEN-MINUTE RECESS AND ALLOW FOR OUR TECHNICAL TEAM TO FIX THE MICROPHONE. (RECESS)

>> THE PEOPLE AND BY THE PEOPLE, RIGHT? SO I WANT TO SAY THAT ANY INSTITUTION IS UNDER THESE WORDS, WITH THE PEOPLE. WE THE PEOPLE. WE ARE THE PEOPLE. YOU ARE HERE TO WORK FOR THE PEOPLE THAT IS IN THIS PLACE AND OUT OF THESE WALLS. I WANT TO SAY THAT BECAUSE WHEN YOU ARE PLANNING TO CHANGE, WE HAVE TO KNOW BEFORE YOU DO IT BECAUSE WE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE LAWS AS YOU ARE WORKING ON IT ONE OF THE LAWS IS THE SCHOOL BOARD TERMINATION AFFECTING 2500 STUDENTS. I HAVE TWO KIDS THAT ARE AFFECTED. I WAS THINKING HOW WE'RE GOING TO WORK WITH THAT. ONE TO SCHOOL AND SCHOOL AND BACK. AS YOU ARE REALLY WORKING FOR THE CHILD. 7500 CHILDS. SUMMER IS STARTING OR WHEN OR WHEN THE SCHOOL IS STARTING AND EVERYBODY HAVE TO FIX THE PROBLEM FOR THEMSELVES. THE OTHER CONCERN IS THE COUNSELOR SYSTEM IN THE SCHOOL. IN SOME SCHOOLS, THEY WORK VERY GOOD. IN SOME SCHOOLS THEY ARE AVOIDING THAT. SOME KIDS DON'T GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL, ESPECIALLY. I HAVE SOME CONCERN THAT THEY SAY ALL THE TIME SAY EVERYTHING IS FINE. JUST K KEEP ON GOING. IT'S TRUE. MY DAUGHTER IS STRUGGLING WITH THAT SITUATION. DO YOUR WORK AND DO YOUR JOB AND THIS KIND OF PROBLEM WE HAVE ALREADY ON IT. OKAY? THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BORELIA VARDUGA FOLLOWED BY VERONICA VARDUGA AND THEN ALMA REYES.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I AM BROLEIA VARDUGA. THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE THIS AFTERNOON. [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  I AM THE MOTHER OF FOUR DAUGHTERS WHO ATTEND WIMAUMA IN RUSKIN.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  SO WHEN MY DAUGHTERS FIRST GOT THERE, SHE IS SAYING THAT THE SCHOOL WAS CALM AND TRANQUIL.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  SO I HAVE A GODSON WHO IS ATTENDING SCHOOL.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  HE'S BEING BULLIED.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  THEY ARE HITTING HIM ON HIS HEAD ON THE BUS.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  SO SHE WANTS THAT TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT, THE FACT THAT THIS IS HAPPENING TO HER GOD SON ON THE BUS.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  AND SHE'S CONCERNED FOR HER DAUGHTERS BECAUSE THEY ARE PERFORMING BELOW GRADE LEVEL.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  AND THE OTHER THING THAT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT IS THAT SHE WAS RETAINED LAST YEAR.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  AND I WANT TO SAY THAT SHE IS BEING SUPPORTED. SHE IS RECEIVING HELP, BUT SHE'S NOT SEEING THE PROGRESS IN HER CHILD THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO SEE. THANK YOU. PLEASE TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. VERONICA VERDUGA. AND THEN ALMA REYES.

>> INTERPRETER:  GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS VERONICA VERDUGA. I AM COMING FROM WIMAUMA. I'M HERE. I HAVE TWO CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. I HAVE A DAUGHTER WHO IS HAVING DIFFICULTY IN SCHOOL.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  SO THE PROBLEM THAT HER DAUGHTER IS COMPLAINING ABOUT IS SHE'S BEING BULLIED AT SCHOOL. SO SHE'S BEING ACCUSED OF SOMETHING THAT SHE HAS NOT DONE. AND I DID VISIT THE SCHOOL, SO I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE SCHOOL TO DISCUSS THIS ISSUE. I SPOKE WITH THE ADMINISTRATOR AT THE SCHOOL. AND I HAD TO WAIT A VERY LONG TIME. AND SHE DID SPEAK TO ME, BUT SHE ALSO SAID SHE DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO SPEAK TO ME. I WOULD WANT FOR THERE TO BE MORE SECURITY AT SCHOOL. AND THAT BULLYING DOES NOT OCCUR AT THE SCHOOL. AND THAT THE CHILDREN FEEL SAFE AT THE SCHOOL. AND MY DAUGHTER IS ONE OF THOSE STUDENTS AND BECAUSE OF THE BULLYING, SHE FEELS STRESSED. THAT'S WHY I'M HERE THIS AFTERNOON. BECAUSE I WOULD LIKE TO ASSIST MY DAUGHTER -- HELP MY DAUGHTER. THAT'S ALL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR LISTENING. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. ALMA REYES.

>> MS. STUART, JUST SOW ME TO, THE AREA SUPERINTENDENT IS GOING TO BE WORKING WITH THAT FAMILY.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MS. REYES, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> I AM HERE REPRESENTING THE LATINOS IN REGARDS TO ADULT GED.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> I AM VERY GRATEFUL FOR THE PROGRAM BECAUSE IT WAS ONE OF MY DESIRES TO FURTHER MY EDUCATION AND I COULDN'T WHICH I DID NOT HAVE A GED, WHICH I NOW HAVE.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  OKAY. SO TO PARAPHRASE, SHE IS SAYING THAT SHE WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO CONSIDER INCREASING THE PROGRAMS, PROGRAMS LIKE THAT WOULD BENEFIT LATINOS. SHE IS A SINGLE MOTHER OF FOUR CHILDREN, AND THE FACT THAT SHE HAS BEEN ABLE TO ACQUIRE HER GED HAS ALLOWED HER TO HAVE MORE OPPORTUNITIES. SHE'S VERY GRATEFUL TO GARY HIGH SCHOOL AND MR. FUENTES IN PARTICULAR WHO WAS ONE OF HER TEACHERS.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  AND MY CONCERN IS THAT I'VE SEEN 16- AND 17-YEAR-OLDS BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE HIGH SCHOOLS. BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF OUR STANDARDIZED TESTING.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  AND THE STUDENTS THAT ARE THERE, I MOTIVATE THEM, MR. FUENTES MOTIVATES THEM. AS OF RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE 18 STUDENTS THAT WILL HAVE THEIR GED. AND I AM ONE OF THEM. THANK YOU. AND I AM LOOKING FOR MORE OF THIS TYPE OF PROGRAMMING. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: DIANE CARAZIELAS.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>>Cindy Stuart: YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. I'M SORRY.

>> MY NAME IS DIANE CARZIELAS.

>> MY NAME IS DIANA CARAZIELAS. I COME FROM WIMAUMA. I HAVE TWO CHILDREN WHO ATTEND SCHOOL IN WIMAUMA.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  CURRENTLY, I HAVE A CONCERN ABOUT MY SON WHO IS -- WHO ATTENDS SHIELDS MIDDLE SCHOOL. HE HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF SOMETHING THAT HE DID NOT DO. SO MY CONCERN IS THAT HE INSISTS THAT HE DID NOT DO THIS. AND AT THE MOMENT, HE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED.

>>Cindy Stuart: CAN YOU PUT THE MIKE IN FRONT OF HER AS WELL. HERS IS NOT WORKING AGAIN. THANK YOU.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  SO MY SUGGESTION WOULD BE THAT THERE WOULD BE CAMERAS IN THE HALLWAYS OR IN THE CLASSROOMS, SO THAT THAT COULD BE MONITORED AND WE CAN SEE IN ACTUALITY WHAT HAS HAPPENED.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  AND THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO SHARE WITH YOU, AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: THE NEXT SPEAKER IS SANDRA SABOGLE. AND IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THAT SPEAKER, WE WILL HAVE OUR PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ADOPTION OF MATERIALS. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> INTERPRETER:  GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY FOR LISTENING TO ME.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  I HAVE RECENTLY ARRIVED HERE IN THE UNITED STATES, AND I HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS. I'M NOT ONLY HERE REPRESENTING MY DAUGHTERS BUT ALSO REPRESENTING OTHERS IN THE COMMUNITY. SO WE'RE FEARFUL TO SPEAK AND WE'RE FEARFUL WE WON'T BE HEARD. SO WHEN WE FIRST ARRIVED, MY DAUGHTER WAS VERY INTERESTED IN THE AIR FORCE PROGRAM AT THE SCHOOL. AND SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO ATTEND THE SCHOOL THAT HAD THAT PARTICULAR PROGRAM. I KNOCKED ON MANY DOORS. I CAME TO THE DISTRICT. IN REALITY I WAS NOT HEARD. THERE WAS NOT ANY AVAILABILITY FOR THAT PARTICULAR COURSE. AND I FELT THAT THE MANNER IN WHICH I WAS RECEIVED OR THE WAY IT WAS HANDLED WAS VERY DISRESPECTFUL. AND I WAS ABLE TO GET THE ASSISTANCE OF SOME INDIVIDUALS WHO ASSISTED ME. AND SO AT THE SCHOOL, A LOT OF DIFFERENT ROADBLOCKS OR BARRIERS WERE PLACED SO THAT SHE COULD NOT BE IN THE PROGRAM. BUT TODAY I CAN SAY THAT SHE IS PART OF THE PROGRAM. SHE IS BEING SUCCESSFUL, AND THAT THE COMMANDERS OF THE PROGRAM ARE VERY PROUD OF HER AND WHAT SHE'S ACCOMPLISHED.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  SO WHAT SHE IS WANTING TO SHARE OR CONVEY IS THAT HER CHILDREN, THE SPANISH CHILDREN HAVE A LOT OF POTENTIAL, AND THEY WANT THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO SUCCEED AS WELL AS THE OTHER STUDENTS, THE OTHER STUDENTS HERE IN AMERICA, THEY ARE PROUD OF BEING HERE. THEY WANT TO BE PART, BUT THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO BE ENGAGED SO THEY CAN BE ABLE TO KNOW WHAT ARE THE PROPER PROCEDURES SO THAT THEIR CHILDREN ARE SUCCESSFUL.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] OKAY. BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS TIME, WE'RE GOING TO SUSPEND PUBLIC HEARING AGAIN AND MOVE INTO HEARINGS AND POLICIES ON BUSINESS, SECTION D. WE HAVE A 5:01 TIME CERTAIN FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ADOPTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR COSMETOLOGY, BARBERING, CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH SERVICES. I WILL NOW ADJOURN THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ADOPTION PROCESS. THIS IS A REQUIREMENT PURSUANT TO STATE LAW AND BOARD POLICY. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC TO SPEAK ABOUT THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS THAT ARE RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION BY THE BOARD AND TO PROVIDE INPUT TO THE BOARD. THE MATERIALS HAVE BEEN ADVERTISED AND HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW. I WILL NOW ASK MS. KAREN JOHNS, SUPERVISOR OF K-12 INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS, TO PRESENT THIS ITEM. AFTER HER PRESENTATION, ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC MAY SPEAK TO PROVIDE INPUT TO THE BOARD ON PROPOSED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS. MS. JOHNS, WELCOME.

>> HI, GOOD AFTERNOON. GOOD EVENING, SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, AND STAFF, AT THIS TIME, THE BOARD IS CONDUCTING A PUBLIC HEARING ON INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS BEING RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION. THE LIST OF MATERIALS IS ATTACHED TO THE AGENDA ITEM AND INCLUDES MATERIALS FOR COSMETOLOGY, BARBERING, CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND HEALTH SERVICES. AS REQUIRED BY STATE STATUTE, A 20-DAY PUBLIC REVIEW OF THESE MATERIALS WAS CONDUCTED BEGINNING ON JANUARY 17th THROUGH FEBRUARY 7th, 2017. THE PUBLIC HEARING IS TO PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO COMMENT ABOUT THESE MATERIALS. THE BOARD WILL NOT BE VOTING ON THIS ADOPTION THIS EVENING, BUT WILL BE ASKED TO VOTE AT THE NEXT REGULAR SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING, WHICH IS FEBRUARY 21st, 2017. AT THIS TIME, YOU MAY CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. JOHNS. IS THERE ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK TO THIS AGENDA ITEM? SEEING THAT THERE'S NO ONE HERE FROM THE PUBLIC TO SPEAK, I WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND RECONVENE THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. THANK YOU, MS. JOHNS. AS MS. JOHNS STATED, WE WILL VOTE ON THIS AT OUR NEXT REGULAR SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING. BACK TO PUBLIC COMMENT. OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS PEDRO GONZALEZ, FOLLOWED BY OUR LAST SPEAKER, MARIA FULLY. PEDRO GONZALEZ, GOING ONCE ... ARE YOU MS. TULLEY?

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS MARIA TULLEY. 17 YEARS AGO AND I COME FROM PLANT CITY. MY ORIGINAL COUNTRY IS MEXICO, BUT I'M GOING TO SPEAK IN SPANISH FOR ALL OF YOU.

>> INTERPRETER:  I AM A MOTHER OF TWO CHILDREN WHO HAVE NEEDS.

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]

>> INTERPRETER:  13 YEARS OLD, AS OF A YEAR AGO. FEBRUARY 3rd, 2016. SO A TEACHER AT THE SCHOOL ABUSED MY CHILD. I DID A LOT FOR MY SON. I SPOKE TO THE PRINCIPAL. I SPOKE WITH MS. VALDES AND I APPRECIATE HER ASSISTANCE. I SPOKE TO ALBERT VASQUEZ, WITH MR. EAKINS. AND I MADE A DECISION ALONG WITH MY EX-HUSBAND, AND I WITHDREW MY CHILD. HE'S NOW ATTENDING A PRIVATE SCHOOL. AND I FEEL THAT THAT WAS A LOSS FOR THE DISTRICT, BECAUSE THEY LOST FUNDING OF APPROXIMATELY $23,000. I AM HERE WITH OTHER FAMILIES. WHOSE CHILDREN ATTEND WILLIS AND LOPEZ EXCEPTIONAL. AND I WANT TO APOLOGIZE FOR THE NOISE THAT MY SON IS MAKING. AND I WOULD LIKE YOU TO UNDERSTAND THE ROLE OF BEING A PARENT OF AN EXCEPTIONAL ED STUDENT. I HAVE A DEGREE -- MASTER'S DEGREE IN COMMUNICATION FROM BARCELONA. AND I HAVE DEVELOPED A Facebook PAGE. WE ARE THE VOICE OF OUR CHILDREN. I'VE SEEN MANY CASES OF INJUSTICES THAT HAVE BEEN PERPETRATED ON OUR CHILDREN. I'VE SEEN RACISM. WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK IN SPANISH. AND I WAS A VOLUNTEER, A SCHOOL VOLUNTEER AT WILLIS PETERS FOR EIGHT YEARS. I'VE SEEN MANY INSTANCES IN ESOL CLASSES WHERE TEACHERS ARE SAYING THAT STUDENTS STUPID, IDIOTS, AND IF YOU SAY ANYTHING, I WILL CONTACT THE IMMIGRATION SERVICES. THANKS TO THE MEXICAN CONSULATE I'VE BEEN ABLE TO SHARE SOME OF THIS INFORMATION WITH THE PARENTS IN THE MOBILE HOMES. AND I THINK THIS NEEDS TO STOP NOW. SO WE ARE THE VOICE OF OUR CHILDREN. THIS IS A CALL TO THE SCHOOLS TO INSTALL TO THE PARENTS, TO INSTALL CAMERAS. SO I KNOW RIGHT NOW DUE TO PRIVACY ISSUES, IT'S NOT ALLOWED TO PLACE CAMERAS IN CLASSROOMS. MR. EAKINS, YOU HAVE MANY PEOPLE WHO SPEAK SPANISH WHO ARE WILLING TO COLLABORATE WITH YOU, SUPPORT US. INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE INVITED US TODAY AND YOU NEED, PLEASE, THESE KIDS ARE STUDENTS, TOO, AND HAVE VALUE AND HAVE RIGHTS TO STAY IN THE SCHOOL. I LIKE MY KID BACK TO WILLIS PETERS. I LIKE CONNER FINISH HIS 22 YEARS IN WILLIS PETERS. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL. IT'S SIX MILES FROM MY HOUSE. EVERY DAY I NEED TO DRIVE 33 MILES TO PUT MY SON IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL. SO YOU HAVE ALL THE PEOPLE HERE. YOU HAVE PEOPLE HERE THAT WORK REALLY HARD FOR US AND LISTEN TO US. MRS. VALDES, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HELPING IN THIS CASE AND APPRECIATE, PAY ATTENTION TO THIS. THESE MEXICAN KIDS ARE AMERICAN KIDS, TOO, AND PUT VALUE.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. TOOLEY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> I'M SORRY FOR MY KIDS ARE HERE TODAY.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I'M ROJAS. MY SON IS 17 YEARS OLD NOW. HE IS IN WILLIS PETERS. WHEN HE BORN, HE BORN WITH BRAIN DAMAGE, CEREBRAL PALSY. HE CAN SPEAK. HE CAN EAT. HE CAN DO THE BOWEL MOVEMENT. HE IS JUST A VEGETABLE IN THE BED. AFTER SOME THERAPIES, OMAR WAS READY TO START SCHOOL. HE WENT TO LOPEZ EXCEPTIONAL CENTER. AT THAT POINT, WE HAD A GOOD DIRECTOR AND GOOD TEACHERS. REGULAR TEACHER, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. AND I SAW HOW WORKED WITH KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. AFTER THAT, THE SCHOOL BOARD DECIDE TO CHANGE THE DIRECTOR AT THAT POINT AND PUT IN HIS PLACE MR. CLIFFORD -- CHRISTOPHER ANTOLECK. HE TOLD ME YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO COME INTO SCHOOL. AND I'M ASKING WHY. AND HE TOLD ME DIRECT TO ME, YOU'RE MAKING TOO MANY QUESTIONS. OF COURSE, MY SON CAN SPEAK, AND I WANT TO KNOW WHY OMAR BACK HOME EVERY DAY WITH BRUISES, SCRATCHES, CRYING. SOMETHING IS HAPPENING AT SCHOOL, AND I NEED TO KNOW. I'M HIS SPEAKER, AND HE REFUSED TO GIVE ME SOME ANSWERS. AFTER THAT AROUND SEVEN FAMILIES TRANSFERRED THEIR KIDS TO OTHER SCHOOLS. THE SECRETARY AT THAT POINT TALKED TO ME, AND THAT PART OF THIS SITUATION -- AFTER SEVERAL APPOINTMENTS, MEETINGS, AND SPEAK WITH DIFFERENT TEACHERS, THE SUGGESTION WAS, YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR KIDS TO OTHER SCHOOL THAT CAN ACCEPT THE NEEDS HE HAS. MY SON IS A SPECIAL KID AND OUR SCHOOL IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE AND THE STAFF TO WORK WITH MY SON. BUT OUR SUGGESTION IS, YOU NEED TO SWITCH YOUR KID TO OTHER SCHOOL. AT THAT POINT, I CHANGE MY SON TO WILLIS PETERS EXCEPTIONAL CENTER. AT THE FIRST TIME, I FEEL THEY REFUSED TO THEM. THEY SAID HE IS TOO MUCH DEPENDABLE FOR OTHER ONES, AND THIS SCHOOL, THE KIDS ARE MORE FUNCTIONAL. OKAY, CAN YOU GIVE ME OTHER CHOICES? YOU DON'T HAVE OTHER CHOICES. YOU JUST NEED TO ACCEPT WHAT WE CAN OFFER TO YOUR SON IN HERE AND I START IN SUFFERING AGAIN IN THAT SCHOOL. THE TEACHERS CONSTANTLY SEND MY SON AT HOME WITH BRUISES, AND A POINT MY SON ONE TIME, CONTROL HIM, WHEN I APPROACHED MY SON, I SMELL BLOOD. I OPEN HIS MOUTH, HE'S BLEEDING. HE'S SWALLOWING BLOOD. HOW LONG, I DO NOT KNOW. AND I REQUESTED THEM TO TAKE MY KID TO THE CLINIC AND CHECK HIS MOUTH. THEY REFUSED. THEY TELL ME I NEED TO TAKE MY SON TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM. YOU NEED TO CALL THE AMBULANCE, AND YOU NEED TO GIVE AN ACCIDENT OR INCIDENT REPORT. I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO MY KID IN HERE. AFTER 30 MINUTES, THE AMBULANCE CAME, AND WE NEED TO TAKE OUR SON WITHOUT THE INCIDENT OR ACCIDENT REPORT, AND I KNOW THIS IS MY RIGHT.

>>Cindy Stuart: IF YOU COULD FINISH YOUR THOUGHT, PLEASE.

>> YES, AT THAT POINT, UNTIL TODAY, THE SUGGESTION OF THE DOCTOR IS, CUT MY SON TONGUE BECAUSE THE IRRESPONSIBILITY OF THE SCHOOL, THE TEACHERS AND THE CLINIC STAFF. WE REALLY NEED PEOPLE TREAT OUR KIDS WITH DOI DIGNITY, WITH RESPONSIBILITY. I APPRECIATE THE TIME AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH YOU. RUTHELYN. LAST NAME ROJAS. I BORN IN UNITED STATES IN GARY, INDIANA. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: THAT CONCLUDES OUR PUBLIC COMMENT FOR THE DAY. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE APPROXIMATELY 35 MINUTES UNTIL WE GET TO PUBLIC COMMENT FOR OUR TEACHERS. AT THIS TIME, BEFORE WE MOVE INTO AGENDA ITEMS, I'D LIKE TO CALL ON MEMBER SNIVELY. SHE HAS A GUEST WITH US TODAY THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE. MS. SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. IN THESE CHALLENGING TIMES OF FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS, IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX. AND SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, MRS. GRIFFIN ACTUALLY CAME UP WITH AN IDEA OF HAVING POLICY AIDS WHICH UNFORTUNATELY AT THIS TIME I DON'T THINK IS IN OUR BUDGET TO HAVE POLICY AIDS FOR OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, ALTHOUGH A GREAT IDEA, WE ALL, AS YOU KNOW, SHARE SECRETARIES, AND THAT'S ABOUT THE ONLY ASSISTANCE THAT WE HAVE. AND SO IT OCCURRED TO ME IN MY PROFESSION THAT IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE, NOT JUST OUR STUDENTS K-12, BUT ALSO GIVING THE OPPORTUNITY FOR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION STUDENTS TO LEARN, AND SO I LOOKED INTO AN INTERNSHIP, AN INTERNSHIP PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, TO SEE IF THERE WERE ANY STUDENTS THAT WERE STUDYING EDUCATION OR POLITICAL SCIENCE THAT MIGHT LIKE SOME VALUABLE EXPERIENCE AT THE SCHOOL BOARD. SO, FORTUNATELY, THEY WERE ABLE TO MATCH ME WITH AN INTERN, AND I WANTED TO INTRODUCE HER TO YOU TODAY. HER NAME IS SARAH LUCKER. IF YOU WOULD STAND UP, SARAH. I'LL TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT SARAH. AS I MENTIONED, SHE'S AN INTERN THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA'S LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM. AND SHE'S GOING TO BE WORKING HERE UNTIL MAY. SARAH GREW UP ATTENDING HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS AND GRADUATED FROM HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL'S IB PROGRAM IN 201537 SHE IS A -- SHE IS A SECOND-YEAR SOCIAL SCIENCE MAJOR AT USF AND VERY INVOLVED IN STUDENT GOVERNMENT AND SCATTER, WHICH IS THE SUNCOAST AREA TEACHER TRAINING EDUCATION AND RESEARCH. AFTER GRADUATING, SHE PLANS TO TEACH HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY COURSES AND TO ONE DAY WORK IN EDUCATION POLICY. SO I JUST WANTED TO SAY WELCOME, AND I'M GLAD THAT THEY FINALLY MATCHED US UP. HOPE YOU HAVE A GREAT EXPERIENCE WORKING WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY AND WELCOME SARAH. BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS TIME, WE MOVE TO RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD ACTION. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I JUST WANT TO MAKE A COMMENT IN FULL DISCLOSURE TO THE PUBLIC. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE AUDIENCE TO KNOW THAT I AS WELL AS MY STAFF HAVE MET WITH EACH INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBER PRIOR TO TONIGHT'S MEETING. IF THERE ARE ANY LIMITED QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY AGENDA ITEMS, IT MAY BE BECAUSE THE QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN ADEQUATELY ANSWERED BEFORE THIS MEETING. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. I'M SORRY. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THE FOLLOWING ITEMS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION ITEM A 01, A 012, A 03, B 01, 3.01, 7.03, 8.01, 8.02, 8.04, 8.05, 8.06. WE HAVE SEVERAL INFORMATION ITEMS TONIGHT. 13.01, 13.03, 13.04, 13.06, 13.07 AND 13.08R. I NEED A MOTION. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. GRIFFIN TO APPROVE THESE ITEMS WITH THOSE ITEMS PULLED -- TO APPROVE THE AGENDA WITH THOSE ITEMS PULLED. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. WE ALSO HAVE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN MOVED UP ON OUR AGENDA TO ACCOMMODATE COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE HERE TONIGHT, 13.08R. 13.06, 13.04, 13.03, A01 AND 8.06. WE'LL TAKE THESE ITEMS FIRST BEFORE WE MOVE INTO THE REGULAR AGENDA. THE FIRST ITEM UP, I APPRECIATE EVERYBODY WHO IS HERE, WHO HAS WAITED THROUGH PUBLIC COMMENT TO HAVE THIS ITEM PULLED UP, IS OUR RECOGNITION OF THE SAFETY SEAT BELT, BATTLE OF THE BELTS CAMPAIGN SPONSORED BY THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND GEICO AUTO INSURANCE. THE BATTLE OF THE BELTS CAMPAIGN IS ORGANIZED BY THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE COMMUNITY OUTREACH DIVISION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE DISTRICT. IT IS RUN BY THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS AT ALL HIGH SCHOOLS HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO INCREASE SAFETY BELT USE BY OUR TEENAGE DRIVERS AND PASSENGERS. 25 OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS COMPETED IN THREE CATEGORIES THIS YEAR. BEST POSTER, BEST PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO AND BEST OVERALL CHALLENGE. THIS YEAR MARKS THE SIXTH ANNUAL COMPETITION, WHICH SPANS THE LAST TWO MONTHS OF THE YEAR TO PROMOTE SEAT BELT SAFETY PRIOR TO WINTER BREAK. EACH YEAR A CEREMONY IS HELD WITH THE OVERALL WINNER OF THE SCHOOL, AT A SCHOOL. THIS YEAR'S WINNING SCHOOL OVERALL WAS GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL, AND I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO ARE WITH US TODAY, MAJOR WILLIE PARKER WAS HERE, CORPORAL JEREMY DAVIS, MASTER DEPUTY PAUL AL ALESSANDRA WAS PART OF THE CEREMONY. TOMMY MOREL. GAITHER STUDENT GOVERNMENT LEADERS CICI KILL YEN AND AND GIA REYES. FIRST WE'LL SEE THE VIDEO. WELCOME TO ALL OF YOU.  ∫ [SIRENS]  ∫

>> BUT THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN.

>> BECAUSE WE HAD OUR SEAT BELTS ON. ALL BECAUSE OF ONE CLICK.

>> WE HAVE OUR DAUGHTER.

>> WE HAVE OUR TEAMMATE.

>> WE HAVE OUR BEST FRIEND.

>> SEAT BELTS REALLY SAVE LIVES. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: MR. MOREL.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, HONORABLE MRS. STUART, SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR, HONORABLE BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF AND GUESTS. I'M TOMMY MOREL, PRINCIPAL FROM GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL. AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MRS. STUART AND THE BOARD FOR THE INVITATION TO BE HERE TODAY. OUR SCHOOL WAS CHOSEN BY THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND WE THANK THEM. AS THE WINNER OF THE BEST PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT THIS YEAR, AND WE HAD THE SECOND-MOST IN SEAT BELT COMPLIANCE AS WE TIED WITH BLOOMINGDALE IN OUR ANNUAL BATTERY OF THE BELTS. OUR SCHOOL RECEIVED A PRIZE OF $1,675 FOR THESE ACCOMPLISHMENTS, WHICH I GAVE RIGHT BACK TO THE STUDENT GOVERNMENT. IT'S AMAZING HOW FAR WE'VE COME. I REMEMBER THE DAYS STANDING NEXT TO MY GRANDFATHER IN HIS CADILLAC IN THE FRONT SEAT DRIVING 70 MILES AN HOUR. WE WOULDN'T EVEN CONSIDER DOING THAT ANYMORE. I'D LIKE TO TURN THE MICROPHONE OVER TO TWO WONDERFUL GAITHER STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS WHO ARE HERE TODAY, SOMEWHERE IN THE VIDEO AS WELL. GIOVANNA REYES, A JUNIOR WITH 4.75 WEIGHTED GPA. AND SARAH ALSO A JUNIOR WITH 4.8 WEIGHTED GPA. THEY ARE GOING TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE VIDEO. AND IT WAS AN ACTUAL CRASH. BOTH YOUNG LADIES ARE MEMBERS OF OUR STUDENT SENATE, AND THEY ARE HIGHLY INVOLVED IN OUR SCHOOL. I'LL TURN OVER TO CICI AT THIS TIME. THANK YOU.

>> ON OCTOBER 17, 2016, MY LIFE WAS CHANGED FOREVER. I WAS INVOLVED IN A LIFE-THREATENING CAR ACCIDENT WHERE MY VEHICLE FLIPPED TWICE. AND BECAUSE OF OUR SEAT BELTS, BOTH MY PASSENGER AND I WALKED AWAY FROM THE SCENE WITH MINOR INJURIES. THIS CAMPAIGN NOT ONLY ALLOWED ME TO SHARE MY STORY, BUT ALSO ALLOWED ME TO URGE THE SIGNIFICANCE TO STUDENTS THROUGHOUT MY SCHOOL AS WELL AS THE COUNTY THE IMPORTANCE OF WEARING A SEAT BELT. THANK YOU. NOW GEOWILL GO ON TO SPEAK MORE ABOUT OUR CAMPAIGN.

>> THANK YOU, SIERRA, AND THANK YOU TO THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR HAVING SIERRA AND I HERE TODAY. EVERY YEAR, GAITHER PARTICIPATES IN THE WONDERFUL BATTLE OF THE BELTS CAMPAIGN. HOWEVER, THIS YEAR, IT WAS MUCH MORE PERSONAL TO THE GAITHER FAMILY. IT WAS TRULY AMAZING TO SEE OUR SCHOOL COME TOGETHER FOR THIS CAMPAIGN AND BE DEDICATED TO IT WHOLEHEARTEDLY AND WITH SUCH PASSION. WE ARE THANKFUL THAT WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO URGE THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SEAT BELT USAGE TO STUDENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY, BUT ABOVE ALL, WE ARE EXTREMELY THANKFUL TO HAVE SIERRA HERE BEFORE US TODAY, ALL BECAUSE OF ONE CLICK. THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THIS CAMPAIGN WITH YOU TODAY.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK FOR MS. AMY REYES WHO IS AN EMPLOYEE OF OURS. MOTHER OF GIOVANNA REYES, CICI, I KNOW YOUR PARENTS ARE HERE AS WELL. IF YOU WOULD PLEASE STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. THIS CAMPAIGN, TWO OF THE POSTERS ARE UP HERE AS WELL FROM THE CAMPAIGN FROM THE ACTUAL PRESENTATION OF AWARDS THAT WAS DONE AT GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL A FEW WEEKS AGO. AND I WANT TO JUST SAY THANK YOU TO BOTH GEICO AND THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE FOR MAKING SURE THAT THAT THIS CAMPAIGN CONTINUES. THESE STUDENTS ARE PERSONAL FRIENDS OF MY CHILD. AND MY CHILD GOT THAT PHONE CALL THE NIGHT THAT CICI HAD THIS ACCIDENT. AND HAVING A 17-YEAR-OLD WHO DRIVES, IT'S SCARY WHEN YOU KNOW ONE OF HER BEST FRIENDS HAS AN ACCIDENT LIKE THIS. WE'RE THANKFUL CICI IS STILL HERE AND EVERYONE WAS UNINJURED IN THAT ACCIDENT AND THEY ARE HERE TO BRING YOU THAT STORY TODAY. THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE. [ APPLAUSE ] MS. GRIFFIN.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU, MS. STUART. IT IS THAT MOMENT WHEN YOU GET THAT PHONE CALL, AND MY SON HATES WHEN I DO THIS TO HIM, TOO, BECAUSE WE ARE PARENTS UP HERE AS WELL AS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND I GOT THAT PHONE CALL AND MY SON'S CAR HAD FLIPPED. AND HE SURVIVED BECAUSE HE HAD HIS SEAT BELT ON, TOO. SO AS PARENTS, WE NEED TO TEACH OUR CHILDREN THE MINUTE THAT THEY ARE OLD ENOUGH. I MEAN, WE'RE BUCKLING THEM IN WHEN THEY ARE IN THEIR CAR SEATS, BUT THEN THERE IS THAT MOMENT WHERE WE TRANSITION FROM THAT CAR SEAT TO THAT REGULAR SEAT. AND WE'RE EMBEDDING HABITS IN THEM THAT THEY TAKE INTO ADULTHOOD. AND THAT -- I CANNOT EVEN TELL YOU THAT FEELING AS A PARENT GETTING THAT PHONE CALL THAT YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN IN A CAR ACCIDENT, THAT IT FLIPPED, BECAUSE YOUR THOUGHTS AUTOMATICALLY GO TO THAT WORST PLACE, BUT BECAUSE OF HIS SEAT BELT, HE'S STILL ALIVE. SO AS PARENTS, AS EDUCATORS, I APPLAUD THE STUDENTS WHO DID THIS BECAUSE THEY ARE SHARING SOME VERY, VERY GOOD HABITS THAT IF THEY ARE NOT LEARNING AT HOME, THEN THEY CAN BE AN EXAMPLE TO THEIR FELLOW STUDENTS. SO I WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU TO THEM.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. SO, BOARD MEMBERS, WE WILL MOVE ON TO ITEM NUMBER 13.06, WHICH IS THE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUP. LISA SILVA FROM THE HILLSBOROUGH MPO PRINCIPAL PLANNER AND LEAD COORDINATOR FOR THE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUP, WHICH I AM THE CHAIR OF THROUGH THE MPO, WILL BRING YOU THIS ITEM. MS. GRAY PULLED THE ITEM FOR COMMENT, MS. SHAMBURGER FOR HIGHLIGHT, MS. SNIVELY FOR HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENT AND MYSELF FOR COMMENT. YOU HAVE A PACKET AT THE DAIS PROVIDED TO YOU PRIOR TO THE MEETING THAT ALSO CONTAINS THE ADDITIONAL MATERIALS PLUS THE POWERPOINT THAT YOU ARE GOING TO SEE. THIS IS A LENGTHY PRESENTATION. WE'VE BEEN DOING THIS WORK SINCE APRIL OF LAST YEAR, SO -- BUT I KNOW MS. SILVA GETS THROUGH IT VERY QUICKLY AND IS AVAILABLE FOR QUESTIONS AFTERWARDS. MS. SILVA.

>> GOOD EVENING. IT WAS A PERFECT PRESENTATION TO FOLLOW AND I'LL SHOW YOU IN A MINUTE. I AM LISA SILVA, I AM A PRINCIPAL PLANNER FOR THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION. IT'S YOUR LONG-RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING ORGANIZATION FOR ALL FOUR JURISDICTIONS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. IS I ALSO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A CONFLICT OF INTEREST BECAUSE I AM THE MOTHER OF AN 11-YEAR-OLD THAT ATTENDS YOUR SCHOOLS SO I'M VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT GETTING CHILDREN TO AND FROM SCHOOL SAFELY, INCLUDING, AS YOU SEE IN THE IMAGE HERE, A FIELD TRIP WHERE I PROVIDED ALL THE REFLECTIVE VESTS, SO THEY WERE OBNOXIOUSLY OBVIOUS GOING DOWN THE STREETS OF DOWNTOWN. SO THIS EFFORT GOT UNDERWAY IN THE DETAIL THAT IT IS BY ONE OF YOUR VERY OWN STUDENTS, AN INTERN, KEVIN O'HARE, PARTICIPATED WITH THE PROPERTY APPRAISER'S OFFICE BUT HIS TOPIC WAS TRANSPORTATION IN EDUCATION. HE SOUGHT OUT THE MPO FOR ASSISTANCE IN SETTING UP A BIG GROUP OF MANY OF YOU OFFICIALS ATTENDED HIS EVENT. AT THAT EVENT, IT WAS DISCOVERED AND BROUGHT ATTENTION TO THAT WE HAVE MANY COMMITTEES, BUT NOT ONE THAT SPECIFICALLY ADDRESSES SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION. IN FEBRUARY, THE MPO RECOGNIZED THAT AND ADDED A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER TO ITS BOARD. AND THEN IN FEBRUARY, THE CHAIR CHOSE TO SET UP A SPECIAL GROUP TO ADDRESS THIS, AND THAT'S WHAT WE CALL THE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUP. BECAUSE THAT'S QUITE A MOUTHFUL, I AFFECTIONATELY CALLED IT STWG. WE BEGAN MEETINGS IN APRIL OF THIS YEAR. MANY OF US KNOW, OBVIOUSLY, WHY WE NEED THIS GROUP, BUT FOR YOUR AUDIENCE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS THE 8th LARGEST IN THE NATION. YOU ARE THE LARGEST EMPLOYER. YOU TRANSPORT 90,000 STUDENTS ON OUR ROADS EVERY DAY. YOU HAVE MORE BUSES THAN OUR OWN PUBLIC TRANSIT AGENCY. WE'RE 11th IN THE NATION FOR WORST TRAFFIC, EXCEEDING BOSTON. WE'RE 7th AND THE MOST DANGEROUS FOR WALKING AND WE LEAD IN BICYCLE FATALITIES. WE HAVE A LOT THAT WE CAN BE IMPROVING ON AND THIS GROUP GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT THAT. AS WE WERE GETTING THE GROUP ORGANIZED, WE HAD OUR OWN SAFETY VIDEO COMPETITION. I WON'T SHOW YOU THE VIDEO. IT'S BEEN BROUGHT TO YOU IN THE PAST, BUT THAT WAS ONE OF THE EFFORTS BEFORE WE GOT ROLLING AS A FORMAL GROUP. SO WHO IS INVOLVED IN THIS GROUP? WE HAVE MANY PEOPLE AT THE TABLE. WE HAVE THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS OF YOUR OWN DISTRICT, STAFF COMING. SO WE HAVE CURRICULUM AND TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY AND THE CHARTER'S REPRESENTATIVES AND SECURITY. WE HAVE ALL THE LOCAL JURISDICTIONS, SO PLANT CITY, TEMPLE TERRACE, CITY OF TAMPA, AND UNINCORPORATED HILLSBOROUGH, BOTH THEIR PLANNING AND TRANSPORTATION TRAFFIC OPERATIONS STAFF AS WELL AS OUR FUTURE LONG-RANGE AND DEVELOPMENT STAFF ATTEND. THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS BEEN VERY MEANINGFUL IN OUR EFFORTS, AND THE PLANNING COMMISSION STAFF HAVE BEEN SUPPORTING OUR EFFORTS. THE HILLSBOROUGH AREA RAPID REGIONAL TRANSIT AGENCY AS TWO DIFFERENT AREAS REPRESENTED ON THE GROUP. CENTER FOR URBAN TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH, A USF ENTITY PARTICIPATES. THE REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY HAS A MEMBER. WE HAVE LAW ENFORCEMENT, BOTH THE CROSSING GUARDS AND THE SHERIFF AND RESOURCE OFFICERS ARE INVITED. AND THEN SOME OF YOUR COMMITTEES, LIKE YOUR CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE THERE. THE PTAs. AND THEN TWO SIGNIFICANT MEMBERS IN THE PUBLIC HEALTH. SO WE HAVE MORE HEALTH, ST. JOE'S, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND CHILDREN'S BOARD. SO THAT'S A BIG GROUP OF PEOPLE WITH A LOT OF DIFFERENT AREAS. WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH? WELL, JUST GETTING TOGETHER TO HAVE A DIALOGUE ABOUT THIS HAS BEEN VERY EFFECTIVE, AND IT'S BROUGHT COMMUNICATION BETWEEN ALL THE DIFFERENT ENTITIES. THEY HAVE ALREADY EXPLAINED ON A LOT OF SUCCESSES JUST BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE. WE PRIORITIZED OUR LIST OF ISSUES OR MANY. THERE ARE MANY, SO WE HAD TO LIKE START WITH THE MOST IMPORTANT. LOOKING AT SOLUTIONS AND THEN YOU MIGHT THINK WE MIGHT FOCUS ON ENGINEERING BUT WE GO THROUGH EDUCATION, ENCOURAGEMENT, ENFORCEMENT, EQUITY AND EVALUATION. SO HERE WE ARE AT THE TABLE. I ALREADY MENTIONED THAT. JUST GETTING TOGETHER, ALREADY FORMED LOTS OF SUBCOMMITTEES WORKING ON SOLUTIONS. IN APRIL, WE GOT ORGANIZED, AND DECIDED OUR ISSUES AND THE STRUCTURE. IN MAY, WE HEARD ABOUT THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROCESS. THE DEPARTMENT CAME AND TALKED ABOUT THEIR SAFETY PROGRAMS, AND WE LEARNED ABOUT THE DIFFERENT FUNDING MECHANISMS AND THINGS THAT COULD COME BEFORE US. AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HIGHLIGHTED SOME OF THEIR PAST PROJECTS FOR ON AND OFF SITE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION. THEN IN JUNE, WE LOOKED AT PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. SO STUDENTS ON THE PUBLIC BUSES, WE HAVE SOME LOCAL EXAMPLES OF THAT. POLK COUNTY DOES THAT. WE HEARD ABOUT THE EFFORTS THAT HART DID TO EXPAND THEIR STAY-CATION PROGRAM, AND THEN TBARTA TALKED ABOUT THEIR ONLINE CARPOOL MATCHING AND THEY OFFERED TO DO A PILOT PROGRAM WITH HILLSBOROUGH DISTRICT ON A HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE FAST LANE. THAT'S LIKE IF YOU'RE CARPOOLING, YOU GET TO THE FRONT OF THE LINE. SO THAT'S A PROJECT WE'RE PURSUING. IN JULY, WE HAD OUR ADJACENT COUNTY, PASCO COME, AND THEIR TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR CAME AND TOLD US THE WAY THEY APPROACH MAGNET PROGRAMS AND TRANSPORTATION, WHICH IS DIFFERENT SO WE LEARNED A LOT ABOUT THAT. AND THEN YOUR OWN MAGNET AND CHOICE STAFF CAME AND EXPLAINED THAT TO ALL THE REST OF US. DON'T QUITE UNDERSTAND IT LIKE YOU GUYS DO. AT THE MPO, WE HAVE A MULTIMODAL LEVEL SERVICE DATABASE, AND YOU'LL SEE A MAP ON THAT IN A MINUTE, AND WE DID SOME TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH. AS YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SOME APPS OUT THERE WHERE NOT JUST OUR LOCAL PICK UP MY KID APP, BUT SOME OTHERS THAT ARE BEING PILOTED IN OTHER STATES SO WE DID SOME RESEARCH ON THAT, AND THEN THE GROUP DID TAKE A FIELD VISIT TO GO SEE PICK UP MY KID IN ACTION AT ONE OF OUR MOST PROBLEMATIC CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT BACK UP ON OUR ROADWAYS. WE LOOKED AT CHARTERS. CHARTERS ARE A VERY BIG CHALLENGE FOR THE TRANSPORTATION AS WELL AS MANY OTHER ISSUES. WE HAD THE SCHOOL DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE THERE, AND THEN WE WERE FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE A BOARD MEMBER AND CHAIR OF A CHARTER AGENCY COME AND GIVE US HIS PERSPECTIVE. WE LEARNED ABOUT YOUR BOUNDARY PROCESS, BECAUSE WHEN THOSE SHIFT AROUND, THEY SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, KNOWING WHERE YOU'RE GOING IN YOUR FIVE-YEAR WORK PROGRAM. AND THEN A LOT OF PEOPLE HAD QUESTIONS ON HOW DO YOU SELECT THE SITES BECAUSE, AGAIN, WHERE A SCHOOL LANDS DEFINITELY IMPACTS THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. PINELLAS COUNTY HAS LIKE A 12-YEAR HISTORY WITH ALREADY THIS IN ACTION. SO THEY HAVE A SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY COMMITTEE, AND ANOTHER COMMITTEE. SO WE VISITED THAT IN AUGUST TO STEAL AND LEARN IDEAS FROM THEM. IN SEPTEMBER, THEIR PINELLAS SCHOOL ZONE CRASH PILOT SPRING TOOL CAME AND DID A DEMONSTRATION FOR OUR GROUP. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCED THAT THEY HAD SAFETY DOLLARS TO DO ROAD SAFETY AUDITS IN AND AROUND SOME OF THE PROBLEM SCHOOLS. SO WE TOOK A LOOK AT THAT IN DETAIL. KNOWING THAT WALK-TO-SCHOOL DAY WAS COMING UP IN OCTOBER, WE DID SOME EXTRA PARTICIPATION, AND TO MAKE THAT A LITTLE MORE SPLASHY THIS YEAR. IN OCTOBER, YOU'LL SEE THE MAP THERE AT THE TOP, THAT'S A ROADWAY THAT GOES RIGHT BY THIS BUILDING AND RIGHT BY RAMPELLO K-8. THE DEPARTMENT WAS LOOKING AT SEVERAL DIFFERENT ALTERNATIVES ON RESURFACING THAT AND THE GROUP GOT TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK. AND THAT FEEDBACK HAS BEEN VERY VALUABLE IN SELECTING THE MORE PEDESTRIAN, BICYCLE FRIENDLY VERSION OF THAT. SO THAT WAS A GREAT INTERACTION. GOT MORE SAFETY UPDATES. THEN IN DECEMBER, WE HAD THE CHAIR OF THE STEPS, WHICH IS THE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION AND ENHANCED PEDESTRIAN SAFETY. SO IT'S THE GROUP THAT WE'VE BEEN MIMICKING HERE. LIKE I SAID, THEY'VE BEEN 20 YEARS AHEAD OF US, SO THEY HAVE A LOT OF ORGANIZATION AND GREAT IDEAS TO STEAL AND BORROW. SO THEY VISITED OUR GROUP, AND THEN WE ALSO WENT TO ONE OF THEIR MEETINGS. SEVERAL OF US VISITED THEIR MEETINGS SO THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF GREAT SYNERGY AND THEY'VE BEEN SHARING THAT. THAT'S WHEN WE GOT WIND OF ALL OF THE HAZARDOUS WALKING CHECKLIST, AND THE DETAILS OF THAT WERE BROUGHT TO THE COMMITTEE. SO THE GROUP WENT TO WORK ON, WOW, LET'S DEVELOP A GUIDE TO ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS AND ASSIST THE SCHOOL BOARD WITH THEIR MESSAGING OF ALL THE OTHER THINGS TO HELP THESE PARENTS AS THEY GET THESE PLERPS AND WE ALSO FORMED A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE VISION ZERO THAT THE MPO WHERE IT'S ONE FATALITY IS TOO MANY FATALITIES. THEY HAVE THIS GREAT INTERACTIVE WEBSITE, AND I'LL SHOW YOU A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THAT IN A BIT, TOO. THAT'S DECEMBER. WE STARTED REFINING THE DETAILS OF THE GETTING-TO-SCHOOL SURVEY. IT WENT OUT TO EVERY PARENT INBOX IN JANUARY, AND THAT'S A REQUIREMENT OF THE ROAD SAFETY AUDITS. YOU HAVE TO PERFORM SURVEYS TO GET MEANINGFUL INPUT FROM THE PARENTS AS WE GO OUT TO DO THESE FIELD VISITS. IN JANUARY, IT WAS ALL ABOUT CROSSING GUARDS. WE HAD OUR OWN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE COME, AND THEN WE HEARD SOME GREAT UNIQUE THINGS THAT WERE HAPPENING IN PINELLAS COUNTY, SPECIFICALLY WITH THE CITY OF LARGO'S CROSSING GUARD PROGRAM, AND THEY WERE GENEROUS ENOUGH TO LOAN US THEIR PERSON AND COME AND BE A GUEST SPEAKER. SO WE HAD A LOT OF GREAT SHARING OF IDEAS THERE. CUTTER HAS AN INTEGRATING EQUITY AND TRANSFORMATION PLANNING PRESENTATION THAT WE GOT TO SEE HOW THAT PLAYS INTO PLANNING, AND WE GOT THE UPDATE FOR THE HAZARDOUS WALKING AUDIT RESULTS. BECAUSE OF ALL THOSE EFFORTS AND SO MANY THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN LOSING THE NON-FUNDED BUSING, WE HAVE BEEN DESIGNING A POST NON-FUNDING BUS OUTREACH PROGRAM, AND I'LL WALK YOU THROUGH THE DETAILS ON THAT IN A MINUTE AS WELL. SO SOME OF THE THINGS WE LEARNED IN DETAIL, WE WERE AWARDED THREE DIFFERENT SCHOOLS. WE WERE AWARDED $1.6 MILLION THROUGH THE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL FUNDING, THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. AGAIN, IT'S BEEN CHALLENGING TO GET FEEDBACK FROM SCHOOLS. WE HAVE TO HAVE SURVEYS AND TALLIES TO QUALIFY AND BECOME COMPETITIVE FOR THAT FUNDING. SO THE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUP IS REALLY HELPING WITH THAT. WE GET THE FUNDING AND WE'RE REALLY GLAD ABOUT THAT, BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION IS MANY YEARS INTO THE FUTURE. SO WE WANT TO FIND OTHER MORE IMMEDIATE SOLUTIONS AS WELL. WHAT IS A ROAD SAFETY AUDIT? I MENTIONED THAT A FEW TIMES. WE'RE IN A BROAD GROUP OF STAKEHOLDERS. GOES OUT AND REVIEWS IN AND AROUND THE SCHOOL FOR SAFETY AND OPERATIONAL IMPROVEMENTS, SO IT COULD BE SIGNS, PAVEMENT MARKING, MINOR CONSTRUCTION OR EDUCATION PROGRAMS. THE DEPARTMENT SAID WE COULD LOOK UP TO FOUR SCHOOLS. THE FOCUS IS TO KICK OFF THIS FEBRUARY, THEY ARE STARTING -- YEAH, NEXT WEEK WITH BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL. UNFORTUNATELY, IT QUALIFIED AS THE ONE WITH THE MOST FATAL CRASHES FOR BICYCLES AND PEDESTRIANS OF SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN IN AND AROUND THAT TWO-MILE WALKING -- TWO-MILE DISTANCE FOR THE SCHOOL, FOR SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN AT SCHOOL-AGE HOURS AND DAYS. SO WE HAVE A CONSULTANT TEAM ASSISTING THE DEPARTMENT WITH THAT EFFORT. -- WITH THE STWG EFFORT. THERE IS THE TEAM DRIVER SAFETY EDUCATION. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAS HIGHLIGHTED IN THE GOLDEN BOX, YOU CAN SEE THAT WE'RE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THERE IS A DOWNWARD TREND IN THE ACCIDENTS OF TEEN DRIVERS, SO WE REALLY WANT TO MIMIC AND FEED OFF OF THE SUCCESSFUL EFFORTS. HERE ARE SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF GETTING TO SCHOOL SURVEY. WENT OUT IN JANUARY. I'M REALLY IMPRESSED WITH THE OVER 14,000 RESPONSES. IT'S ALREADY BEING USED IN THAT BRANDON ROAD SAFETY AUDIT. THEN NOT JUST THAT, BUT THAT DATA IS GOING TO GO INTO INFORMING THE MPO'S PLANNING STUDY THAT WE'RE GOING TO DO. I'M SHARING THAT INFORMATION WITH THE VISION ZERO EFFORT, AND IT'S GOING TO INFORM OUR DATABASES. SO ONE THING I'D LIKE TO POINT OUT THAT WE'RE NOT DOING SO WELL ON HERE IS THAT WHEN WE WERE ASKED ON QUESTION 23, HOW MUCH DOES YOUR SCHOOL SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE WALKING AND BIKING TO AND FROM SCHOOL, IT WAS LIKE OVER HALF SAID NOT AT ALL. I'VE SEEN DISCOVERED THAT SOME SCHOOLS ARE LIKE LABELED NO WALKING SCHOOLS OR A SPECIAL PERMISSION FORM IS REQUIRED TO WALK, AND WE'D LIKE TO SHIFT THAT IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION. SO HERE'S THAT VISION ZERO WEBSITE. YOU CAN SEE MANY PEOPLE HAVE GONE ON THERE AND ALREADY POPULATED IT WITH, OH, THIS IS A DIFFICULT CROSSING. THERE'S TOO MUCH SPEEDING ALONG THIS ROADWAY. THIS IS A TOOL THAT ANYONE AND EVERYONE, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE. AND SO YOUR PARENTS HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGED TO GO THERE. IT WILL GET USED IN OUR EFFORTS AS WELL AS THE VISION ZERO EFFORTS. YOU GRADE ACADEMICS, AND WE GRADE ROADWAYS. SO HERE OUR ROADWAYS ARE GRADED A THROUGH F. F IS ALSO FAILING IN OUR SITUATION. SO HERE WE HAVE HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, AND YOU CAN SEE THE DIFFERENT ROADS AND HOW THEY HAVE BEEN GRADED. THIS IS ONE OF MY -- ONE OF MANY TOOLS WE HAVE. HERE WE HAVE THAT EQUITY. WE HAVE CUTTER MAPPED ALL THE MINORITY, LOW-INCOME, NO VEHICLES, CHILDREN, ELDERLY, LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY AND DISABLED HOUSEHOLDS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THE DIFFERENT VARIABLES AND HOW OFTEN AND INTENSE THAT IS. AND THEN THEY LOOKED AT VARIOUS THINGS. AND THIS I JUST PICKED THE ONE WITH THE SIDEWALK COVERAGE. YOU CAN SEE MANY OF OUR ROADWAYS IN THOSE SPECIAL AREAS DON'T HAVE SIDEWALKS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE STREET OR EVEN ONE AT ALL. AND THEN IN THIS EFFORT, WE EXCLUDED THE RURAL AREA. HERE'S ONE OF OUR MAPPING EFFORTS. BETWEEN THE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUPS, WHICH YOU SAW THAT BIG GROUP OF PEOPLE GET TOGETHER, THERE'S A LOT OF DETAILS AND DATA THAT WE HAVE TO GO OVER TO ADDRESS AND CAUSE SOLUTIONS FOR SOME OF THIS STUFF. SO WE HAVE WHAT WE'RE CALLING A TECHNICAL DATA TEAM MEETING IN BETWEEN, AND IT'S WHEN LIKE THE PUBLIC WORKS AND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, ENGINEERS GET IN A ROOM AND WE ALL WORK TOGETHER ON MAPPING THE DIFFERENT THINGS. SO WE'VE GOT THE LEVEL OF SERVICE, THE SPEED ZONES, THE CRASH DATA, SIDEWALK COVERAGE, AND WE'VE BEEN LOOKING THEN, ALSO NOW THAT WE HAVE THE NON-FUNDED BUSING ELIMINATION, WE'RE LOOKING AT WHERE THOSE STUDENTS ARE AND WHAT THEIR ROUTE TO SCHOOL WAS SO WE CAN PROPOSE SOLUTIONS. THAT'S ALL GETTING FED INTO A SPREADSHEET AND DATABASE. WE HAVE THE PAST EFFORTS THAT THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS PROVIDED AS INPUT. YOU CAN SEE AN IMAGE THERE WHERE THAT'S CAPTURED, BUT WE'RE GOING TO ADD TO THAT, THE INPUT WE'RE GETTING FROM THE PUBLIC WORKS STAFF, THAT GETTING TO SCHOOL SURVEY, THE ROAD SAFETY AUDIT RESULTS, VISION ZERO, MAPPING EFFORT, AND THIS WILL ALL HELP US BE EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE IN OUR SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL APPLICATIONS. WE HAVE TWO HEALTH DEPARTMENTS, SO WE LEARNED SOME THINGS, AND I FOUND OUT NOT ALL OF YOU KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL COORDINATOR, YOU HAVE YOUR VERY OWN SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL COORDINATOR. THEY GO OUT TO YOUR SCHOOLS. BECAUSE OF THE WORK THAT STWG HAS BEEN DOING, THEY GOT THE STATE TO GIVE YOU THREE NEW BIKE TRAILERS THAT HAVE 25 BICYCLES, AND YOU GET TO KEEP THEM AND PARK THEM IN YOUR OWN FACILITIES, AND SO THAT WILL COMPLEMENT THE ONE THAT THEY ALREADY HAVE, AND THE ONE THAT CITY OF TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT ALREADY HAS. AND THESE ASSIST WITH BICYCLE RODEOS. PLUS, WE'RE GOING TO YOUR PRINCIPALS' MEETING TOMORROW AND LET THEM KNOW THEY ALSO HAVE FREE BIKE RACKS, SO WE CAN INSTALL THOSE AT YOUR SCHOOLS. AGAIN, LOTS OF INFORMATION SHARED BY JUST BEING IN THE ROOM AND EVERYBODY TALKING TO EACH OTHER. AT ST. JOE'S, THEY DO MIDDLE SCHOOL BIKE SAFETY CLINICS. I CALL THEM BICYCLE RODEOS WHERE THEY GO OUT AND LEARN THE DIFFERENT SKILLS, THE PROPER HELMET FITTING AND RULES OF THE ROAD. THEY HAVE BIKE SAFETY PRESENTATIONS. IT'S INTERACTIVE. WE HAVE A LITTLE CLICKER, AND YOU FIND OUT IF YOU'VE GOT THE RIGHT ANSWER TO THE VARIOUS QUESTIONS, AND THEY HAVE A CONCUSSION PROGRAM AS WELL. MORE HEALTH IS ANOTHER PROGRAM. THEY HAVE THREE DIFFERENT PROGRAMS, FIRST GRADE PROGRAM, FIFTH GRADE PROGRAM AND A HIGH SCHOOL ONE. THEY DO LIKE JEOPARDY GAMES AND DIFFERENT THINGS TO ENGAGE THE KIDS AT THE APPROPRIATE AGE LEVEL IN THE VARIOUS SAFETY MESSAGING. WE'VE DONE SOME OUTREACH ALREADY AND HAVE LOTS OF PLANS FOR EVEN MORE SO. SO DOWN THERE AT THE BOTTOM, YOU SEE IN THIS VERY ROOM, WE MET IN OCTOBER WITH YOUR CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE. WE DID ONE OF THOSE INTERACTIVE EXERCISES WITH THEM, AND THEY HAD A LOT OF ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM AFTER PARTICIPATING IN THAT. IT WAS THE WALK-WISE PRESENTATION. THEY HAD A LOT OF GREAT IDEAS THAT WE CAPTURED ON THE EASELS ABOUT HOW TO GET THE STUDENTS INVOLVED IN THE MESSAGING, AND NOT DISSIMILAR TO THE PRESENTATION BEFORE ME, WE HAD PRESENTED A SIMILAR PREVENTION THAT I'M DOING TONIGHT TO THE MPO COMMITTEES. AS I MENTIONED TOMORROW, WE'RE GOING BACK TO THE PRINCIPAL'S COUNCIL, BUT WE MET WITH THEM IN DECEMBER ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT ARE COMING. TOMORROW, WE'LL GO IN MORE DETAIL ABOUT THE EIGHT RESOURCE FAIRS THAT WE HAVE PLANNED AND GET THEIR FEEDBACK ON THE DIFFERENT PARTNERS THAT WE HAVE AND THE THINGS THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE AT THOSE RESOURCE FAIRS. I LEARNED ABOUT THIS JUST LAST WEEK, BUT ONE OF YOUR OWN PTAs ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY HAS A GROUP CALLED SIDEWALK STOMPERS. AND THEY HAD THESE STATS POSTED ON THEIR Facebook PAGE. FROM MONTH TO MONTH, THEY KEEP INCREASING. SO DECEMBER INCREASED OVER NOVEMBER, FROM DECEMBER TO JANUARY, THEY HAD AN 18% INCREASE IN WALKERS, A 15% DECREASE IN THE CAR LINE, AND THE ADJACENT SCHOOLS ARE TRYING TO WORK WITH THEM ON REPLICATING THE PROGRAM IN THEIR SCHOOLS. AND WE DEFINITELY WANT TO SET FORTH THESE EFFORTS. THEY ARE GOING TO BE GUEST SPEAKERS AT OUR NEXT SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUP MEETING. THESE ARE THE DATES OF THE EIGHT AREA MEETINGS. WE ATTEMPTED TO DESIGN THEM AT THE SCHOOLS THAT ARE LOSING THE MOST NON-FUNDED BUSING AND/OR THAT HAD THE MOST OUTREACH FOR AUDITS AND HAD THE MOST INPUT. SO WE'RE GOING ONE TO EVERY AREA AT A MINIMUM. SO WHAT'S GOING TO BE AT THEM? WELL, THERE ARE GOING TO BE A BUNCH OF TABLES AND INFORMATION AND RESOURCE MATERIALS, FREEBIES. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THAT CARPOOL DATABASE, LIVE, ONLINE THINGS SO THEY CAN GET MATCHED UP WITH CARPOOLING. WE'LL HAVE THAT VISION ZERO WEBSITE LIVE SO THAT WE CAN CAPTURE THEIR CONCERNS. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE SPECIAL MAPS THAT I'VE BEEN SHOWING YOU TO ASK INFORMATION, AND THEN THOSE PARTNERS ARE MORE HEALTH AND ST. JOE'S ARE GOING TO HAVE THEIR EDUCATION MATERIALS THERE AND STAFF. SO THESE ARE MANY OF THOSE PARTNERS. THE WALK-WISE STAFF HAS SAID THAT THEY WOULD COME. IF THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT A WALKING SCHOOL BUS IS OR SWAP PHONE NUMBERS SO THEY CAN DO A BICYCLE TRAIN OR GET THE CAR-POOLING INFORMATION THAT THEY NEED, THAT WOULD BE FINE. MOVING FORWARD, WE STILL HAVE MANY THINGS TO ACCOMPLISH, AND WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING A CONSULTANT, USE OUR MPO PLANNING DOLLARS TO HELP WITH SOME MORE SCHOOL BIKE WALK TRAFFIC CALMING STUDIES AROUND THE MOST IMPACTED SCHOOLS. OUR NEXT MEETING IS NEXT WEDNESDAY AT 2:00. AND WE'RE SCHEDULED THROUGH THE MPO SUPPORTING THIS EFFORT THROUGH THE END OF THE YEAR, BUT WE HAVE PLANS TO DESIGN AND HAVE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TAKE THIS OVER, SIMILAR TO THE PINELLAS COUNTY STEPS AND COMMUNITY TRAFFIC COMMITTEE. AND CONTINUE TO LEARN, LEARN, LEARN FROM EACH OTHER. HAVE ONE SHAMELESS PLUG. WE HAD A FUTURE LEADERS AND PLANNING PROGRAM THAT JUST STARTED LAST YEAR. YOU SEE SOME OF YOUR STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN IT. IT'S A THREE-DAY, AND IT HAS SOME FIELD TRIPS AND A LOT OF LEARNING. A LOT OF THE TOPICS THAT YOU HEARD ABOUT TODAY. SO WE'LL BE SENDING THIS OUT TO YOUR COMMUNICATIONS FOLKS TO TRY TO RECRUIT MEMBERS. SO THAT CONCLUDES MY PRESENTATION.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? I KNOW THAT WAS A LOT OF INFORMATION. AND I WOULD ASK THAT, MS. SILVA, WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT POTENTIALLY EITHER DOING QUARTERLY OR BIANNUALLY UPDATES OF THE ITEM BECAUSE I KNOW THIS ONE WAS REALLY LONG AND A LOT OF INFORMATION TO COVER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MS. SILVA. I SEE MS. ALDEN WHO IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MPO IN THE AUDIENCE. WERE THERE ANY OTHER MEMBERS THAT WERE HERE OR HAD TO LEAVE? THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.  THERE IS A LOT OF OUR STAFF, ACTUALLY, BOARD MEMBERS THAT SIT ON THIS COMMITTEE WITH ME, SO I WOULD ALSO, AGAIN, LIKE TO THANK THEM FOR GIVING UP ONE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON EVERY MONTH TO COME AND MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE TALKING TO ALL OF THESE PARTNERS ABOUT THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING. MS. VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THE MPO AND FOR PUTTING TOGETHER THIS COMMITTEE TO ADDRESS SOMETHING THAT OBVIOUSLY IS VERY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN IS IMPORTANT. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP ON THAT.

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I ACTUALLY HAD A QUESTION, AND I'M SORRY I MISSED THE FIRST PART OF THE PRESENTATION ON ONE OF THE SLIDES. IT TALKS ABOUT F.D.O.T. APPROVING THREE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROJECT. KENLY, GIBSONTON AND MORT ELEMENTARY. AND I WAS JUST CURIOUS AS TO WHEN THOSE WERE SCHEDULED TO BE COMPLETED AND IF THEY WOULD BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE PROPOSAL TO TAKE AWAY COURTESY BUSING FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS.

>> THOSE THREE PROJECTS WERE HISTORICAL PROJECTS AND IDENTIFIED LONG BEFORE THE NON-FUNDED DISCUSSION. IT, UNFORTUNATELY, TAKES A LONG TIME TO GET THROUGH THE PROCESS. THEY ARE SCHEDULED FOR DESIGN MONEY IN 2018 AND CONSTRUCTION MONEY IN 2020.

>>Melissa Snively: THIS WAS COINCIDENTAL THAT THESE PROJECTS WERE ALREADY ON THE DOCKET BEFORE ALL OF THE COURTESY TRANSPORTATION AND THIS COMMITTEE WAS PUT TOGETHER?

>> THEY ARE NOT RELATED TO THE COURTESY BUSING. WE'RE JUST ALWAYS LOOKING FOR WAYS TO IMPROVE ROUTES TO SCHOOL.

>>Melissa Snively: THIS WAS VERY NICE PRESENTATION. I'M GLAD TO SEE THAT THIS COMMITTEE WAS PUT TOGETHER. HOWEVER, I DO FEEL LIKE IT'S A DAY LATE AND A DOLLAR SHORT. SOMETHING LIKE THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE FAR IN ADVANCE FROM WHEN IT WAS PRESENTED TO THE BOARD TO CEASE COURTESY BUSING. I APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE, AND I APPRECIATE EVERYONE WHO IS TOOK -- WHO IS TAKING PART IN THIS COMMITTEE, IN TRUE DISTRICT FORM, IT'S REACTIVE AND NOT PROACTIVE. I'M DISAPPOINTED THAT WE DIDN'T SOMETHING LIKE THIS ALREADY PUT TOGETHER PRIOR TO COURTESY BUSING BEING REMOVED FOR OUR STUDENTS. I FEEL LIKE WE'RE JUST SCATTERING TO TRY AND MITIGATE THE SITUATION, AND THIS IS ALL VERY BEAUTIFUL, BUT IT'S STILL VERY DISAPPOINTING THAT IT DIDN'T HAPPEN PREVIOUS TO THE VOTE TO CEASE COURTESY BUSING FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND LET ME JUST MAKE SURE I UNDERSTAND CORRECTLY THAT THE COURTESY BUSING MEETINGS THAT ARE GOING TO BE HAPPENING AT THE MOST HIGHLY AFFECTED SCHOOLS, IT'S NOT A FORUM FOR PARENTS TO ACTUALLY TALK ABOUT THEIR CONCERNS OR EXPRESS THEIR SITUATIONS OR EXPRESS PROBLEM-SOLVING. IT'S REALLY JUST AN EXPO -- IS THAT WHAT IT IS -- WHERE THEY GO FROM BOOTH TO BOOTH AND LEARN HOW TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THEIR KIDS TO SCHOOL NOW?

>>Cindy Stuart: MR. FARKAS, CAN YOU PLEASE RESPOND TO THIS? I KNOW YOUR OFFICE IS COORDINATING THOSE.

>>Christopher Farkas: THE GROUP HAS BEEN TOGETHER OVER A YEAR. THE ACTUAL TRANSPORTATION FAIRS WILL BE A KIND OF CAFETERIA-STYLE, WHERE THEY GET TO CHOOSE WHAT WILL BEST FIT THEIR CHILD AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO SUPPORT THEM WITH ALTERNATIVE ROUTES TO SCHOOL. IT WILL ALSO INCLUDE OUR MAINTENANCE STAFF. SCHOOL DISTRICT, ADMINISTRATION FROM THE SCHOOL WILL BE THERE AS WELL TO DO THAT. IT'S NOT A DEBATE ON THE ACTUAL SITUATION. IT IS NOW THAT WE'RE IN THIS SCENARIO, WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT, AND IT WASN'T CREATED AFTERWARDS. THAT'S BEEN DESIGNED FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS BEFORE THAT.

>>Melissa Snively: GOOD INFORMATION TO KNOW. AGAIN, I THINK PARENTS, THE COMMUNICATION THAT I'VE RECEIVED FROM THE PARENTS WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY IT FEEL LIKE THEY WERE NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION. THEY WERE JUST HANDED DOWN THIS DECISION FROM THE BOARD, AND I'M NOT SAYING THAT WE HAVE TO GO AND GET COMMUNITY INPUT FOR EVERY SINGLE DECISION THAT'S MADE, BUT WHEN IT HAS SUCH AN EFFECT ON PEOPLE'S FAMILIES AND THEIR PERSONAL LIVES THAT PERHAPS WE COULD COMMUNICATE THAT A LITTLE BIT BETTER TO THE PUBLIC BEFORE WE MAKE THOSE DECISIONS. AND SO I HOPE THAT WE'VE LEARNED FROM THIS EXPERIENCE ABOUT HOW TO EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATE WITH STAKEHOLDERS BEFORE MAKING SUCH A DECISION THAT AFFECTS THEIR PERSONAL LIVES, AND THAT WE PREPARE OURSELVES FOR THE NEXT RECOMMENDATION WHICH IS TO TAKE THIS AWAY -- TO TAKE COURTESY BUSING AWAY FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR. SO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE PRESENTATION, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING A PARENT AT THE COURTESY BUSING MEETING. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SILVA. OKAY, BOARD MEMBERS, IT IS 6:05. WE HAVE A TIME CERTAIN AT 6:00 FOR EMPLOYEE INPUT. I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO WEIGH IN ON THIS WITH ME BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO BE THE ONLY ONE MAKING THE DECISION. WE HAVE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO HAVE BEEN HERE AND HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THREE PROCLAMATIONS TO COME FORWARD, SO WHAT IS YOUR PLEASURE HERE?

>>April Griffin: MADAM CHAIR, OUT OF RESPECT TO THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN WAITING HERE FOR A LONG TIME, I WOULD ASK THAT WE HOLD OFF FOR JUST A FEW MINUTES ON THE SECOND HALF OF PUBLIC COMMENT, AND I DON'T KNOW IF YOU NEED THAT IN A MOTION OR NOT OR IF YOU CAN MAKE THAT DECISION.

>>Cindy Stuart: I THINK WE CAN DO THAT BY CONSENSUS.

>>Jim Porter: I THINK THE CHAIR CAN MAKE THE DECISION WITH INPUT FROM THE BOARD.

>>Cindy Stuart: WE'LL MOVE THROUGH EMPLOYEES WHO ARE HERE TO SPEAK, WE WILL MOVE THROUGH THESE PROCLAMATIONS AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO ACCOMMODATE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING HERE SINCE 3:00, AND THEN WE WILL IMMEDIATELY GO TO PUBLIC COMMENT FOR EMPLOYEES. AND I APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE IN ADVANCE. SO WE WILL CALL, FIRST, THE PROCLAMATION TO ADOPT BLACK HISTORY MONTH, FEBRUARY 2017, MS. MINERVA WILL READ THIS PROCLAMATION.

>> GOOD EVENING, MRS. STUART, SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR, AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, MR. EAKINS, CABINET MEMBERS, AND GUESTS. IT IS MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO RECOGNIZE AND CELEBRATE THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY AS BLACK HISTORY MONTH. THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT RECOGNIZES THAT ANY PROGRAM THAT ASSISTS IN EDUCATING OUR STUDENTS, OUR FAMILIES, AND COMMUNITIES AROUND ISSUES OF DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION AND CULTURAL SENSITIVITY IS WORTHY OF THE INVESTMENT OF TIME, RESOURCES, AND HUMAN EMPATHY REQUIRED TO REALIZE LASTING CHANGE. OUR 2017 BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROCLAMATION READS AS FOLLOWS:  WHEREAS, BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROVIDES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US, AS CITIZENS OF A GREAT NATION, TO RECOGNIZE AND REFLECT ON THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS; AND CELEBRATE THE LOCAL AND NATIONAL LEGACIES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. WE PAUSE TO REFLECT ON THE PROGRESS THAT HAS BEEN MADE AND ACKNOWLEDGE OUR UNFINISHED WORK. WHEREAS, OUR AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE IS A VITAL AND RICH INGREDIENT IN THE CULTURAL GROWTH OF OUR COUNTRY AND COMMUNITY; AND WHEREAS, MANY AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAVE ACHIEVED GREAT STATURE AND ACCLAIM, AND THEIR INFLUENCE REACHES FAR BEYOND OUR NATION'S BOUNDARIES; AND WHEREAS, MANY AFRICAN-AMERICANS HAVE PLAYED KEY ROLES IN THE HISTORY OF OUR NATION, FREQUENTLY OVERCOMING GREAT ADVERSITY TO DO SO; AND WHEREAS, THE STUDY OF PROMINENT AFRICAN-AMERICANS PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH VALUABLE ROLE MODELS AND A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING THAT AMERICA'S STRENGTH LIES IN THE DIVERSITY OF HER PEOPLE; NOW, THEREFORE, THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, HEREBY PROCLAIMS THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY 2017 BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND URGES ALL CITIZENS TO JOIN IN THE CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND TO HONOR THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STATE, AND OUR NATION. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] AS WE KNOW, THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS NOT ONLY CELEBRATES AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY DURING THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY, BUT ALSO THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK ALL OF OUR STAFFS, MANY WHO ARE HERE TODAY, FROM THE DIFFERENT DIVISIONS WHO ARE BEHIND THE SCENES IN PLANNING, COLLABORATING, AND PROMOTING DIVERSITY ACTIVITIES. THANK YOU TO CABINET MEMBERS, AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, PRINCIPALS, BUT MOST IMPORT IMPORTANTLY, OUR TEACHERS WHO TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN MAKING LEARNING AND TEACHING RELEVANT TO OUR STUDENTS BY INFUSING AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES IN THE CURRICULUM, IN AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM, AND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS WHO ARE HERE WITH US. THEY HELP TO SUPPORT AND ENHANCE THE WORK THAT WE DO FOR OUR STUDENTS. WE KNOW THAT OUR WORK IS NOT FINISHED, HOWEVER, WE TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A RESULT OF OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP. THEY ARE HERE WITH ME TODAY. THEY WILL COME FORWARD, AND TWO MINUTES TO DISCUSS AND HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE GREAT THINGS THAT WE HAVE ORGANIZED AND PLAN. AND I WOULD LIKE IN PARTICULAR TO TALK ABOUT THE LEAGUE CONTEST AND THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR BLACK HISTORY EVENT THAT INCLUDE MANY OF OUR STUDENTS AND OUR PARENTS AND THAT LEARNING DOESN'T HAPPEN JUST ON ONE DAY OF THE CONTEST OR JUST ON THE BLACK HISTORY EVENT DAY, ON STUDENT DAY, BUT IT IS A PROCESS OF MONTHS OF COLLABORATION WITH SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY AND LEARNING HAPPENS IN THE CLASSROOM MONTHS BEFORE BLACK HISTORY MONTH AND THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. SO THANK YOU AGAIN TO THOSE WHO ARE INVOLVED IN LEAD AND THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR, BUT AGAIN, OUR TEACHERS ARE THE ONE THAT MAKE IT HAPPEN AND, THEREFORE, WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. THE HONORABLE CINDY STUART CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT JEFF EAKINS. I'M DELIGHTED THAT THIS MONTH IS BLACK HISTORY MONTH, AND I RISE AS FOUNDER OF THE TAMPA BAY BLACK HERITAGE FESTIVAL AND MEMBER OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA'S COMMISSION OF EDUCATION AFRICAN-AMERICAN TASK FORCE TO SAY TO YOU THAT I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS IMPROVED COMMUNICATION WITH THE DISTRICT TO DO THE RIGHT THING IN BECOMING AN EXEMPLARY DISTRICT THANKS TO DR. THIS MORNING, WE RECEIVED AN APPLICATION FROM THE DISTRICT FOR BEING IDENTIFIED AS AN EXEMPLARY DISTRICT FOR THE TEACHING OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY AS RECOGNIZED BY THE FLORIDA COMMISSION OF EDUCATION'S AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY TASK FORCE. WE WILL REVIEW IT, AND WE WILL BE COMING COMMENTS -- BE GIVING COMMENTS BACK TO THE DISTRICT. WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COLLABORATE WITH THE DISTRICT, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE LEAD STUDENT ART CONTEST, PLANT CITY BLACK HERITAGE CELEBRATION ORGANIZATION HAS JOINED HANDS THROUGH VOLUNTEERISM, CONTEST JUDGING, SCHOLARSHIP AWARD AND FOR THE RECOGNITION OF NINE STUDENT WINNERS, AND THAT WOULD BE AT THE BANQUET ON FEBRUARY 10th IN PLANT CITY. THESE PROGRAMS ARE A PART OF AMERICAN HISTORY. AND DESERVES THE TIME WE INVEST OUR RESOURCES AND HUMAN EFFORTS TO REALIZE LASTING CHANGE THROUGH COLLECTIVE IMPACT. IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT OUR CHILDREN GET A WELL-ROUNDED EDUCATION, THAT WILL SET IN MOTION THE ACQUISITION OF KNOWLEDGE AND A QUEST FOR LEARNING THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, AND STAFF, AND EVERYONE PRESENT. HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH. WE LOOK FORWARD TO FEBRUARY EVERY YEAR, AND IT JUST SO HAPPENS THIS IS ALSO THE MONTH, AS YOU KNOW, THAT WE ENJOY THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR. WE CERTAINLY HOPE YOU ALL ARE GOING TO COME OUT TO THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR, INVITE YOUR FAMILIES, FRIENDS, COWORKERS, ET CETERA. WE HAVE NINE COMMUNITY PARTNERS THIS YEAR WHO HAVE PARTNERED WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND THEY SPENT THEIR OWN RESOURCES, MANY HOURS OF PREPARATION, SETTING UP THOSE BOOTHS, AND THOSE DISPLAYS. I'M JUST GOING TO MENTION THEIR NAMES AND MOST OF THEM ARE HERE, IF THEY'LL RAISE THEIR HAND. MS. URSULA ODOM. THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF COLLEGE HILL. THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGY SOCIETY OF TAMPA. I KNOW THE WIMBERLYS IS HERE. HILLSBOROUGH ALLIANCE OF BLACK SCHOOL EDUCATORS OR HABSE. I BELIEVE WE HAVE REPRESENTATIVES HERE. MR. CLARENCE FORD, MR. DONALD DOWRICH, ALSO KNOWN AS FREDERICK DOUGLASS. THE ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY, GAMMA THETA OMEGA CHAPTER WILL HAVE AN EXHIBIT. RANDY NORMAN OF THE EMBRACING LEGACY GROUP, AND ALSO MR. BILL PERSON IS A MEMBER OF OUR COMMITTEE. WHEN IT COMES TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY, THERE'S ONE THING WE KNOW. WHEN OUR CHILDREN KNOW BETTER, THEY WILL DO BETTER. WE ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE THAT. AND WE HAVE SOME CHALLENGES IN OUR DISTRICT. WE ALL KNOW THAT. THEY ARE ALL OVER, NOT JUST THIS DISTRICT. MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, MY ALMA MATER, FOR EXAMPLE, WE BELIEVE THAT THE MORE WE SHARE OUR HISTORY WITH OUR CHILDREN, THE MORE THEY'LL BE ABLE TO LEARN AND THE BETTER WE'LL ALL BE FOR IT. WE DO HAVE SOME PEOPLE HERE FROM MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL AS WELL AS THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LIFE AND HISTORY. WHO ARE JOINING US IN THIS CELEBRATION. AND ONCE AGAIN, WE INVITE YOU TO COME OUT TO THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR, VISIT OUR BOOTH WITH ALL THE SCHOOL EXHIBITS ARE AND THE COMMUNITY EXHIBITS. AND AGAIN, HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH. GOD BLESS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> WE WERE REMISS IN NOT GIVING OUR NAMES. FOR THE RECORD, I'M DR. SAMUEL, RETIRED EDUCATOR UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA. AND THAT WAS MR. FRED HERNS.

>> HI. THIS IS MARCY. WE ARE WITH myON. WE'RE HERE IN PARTICIPATING IN MAKING SURE THAT OUR KIDS HAVE ROLE MODELS THAT THEY READ ABOUT AND THAT THEY IDENTIFY WHEN THEY ARE READING. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR BLACK EDUCATORS, NABE, AS WELL AS THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION HAVE YEARLY PUT TOGETHER AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN READING. AND WITH THAT THERE WILL BE A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO EXTEND THAT TO DOING AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN DIGITAL READING. SO WE'RE ACTUALLY PUTTING TOGETHER. WE HAVE A CURATE -- WE HAVE CURATED A LIST OF BOOKS BY GRADE LEVEL TO BE ABLE TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR FAMILIES AND TEACHERS TO SHARE WITH KIDS THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF OUR AFRICAN-AMERICAN HEROES, AND ALSO TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT ALL THE HISTORY BEHIND THOSE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN TODAY IN OUR SOCIETY. WE ACTUALLY HAVE WITH US A BANNER THAT WE'LL BE HANGING TO THE SCHOOL THAT READS, THE HIGHEST AVERAGE AND PARTICIPATES IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN DIGITAL READING. [ APPLAUSE ] WE HAVE A LARGE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS THAT HAVE BEEN ASKING US, ALL THE CURATED BOOKS AND LISTS ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE AND ALSO THE LOCAL PUBLIC LIBRARY ARE PUTTING THEM TOGETHER SO THAT ANYBODY THAT NEEDS INFORMATION, IT'S EASY AND READILY AVAILABLE FOR THEM. THANK YOU.

>> I WOULD LIKE TO THANK DR. HOTE AND HIS SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT FOR SUPPORTING ALL OF THE EFFORTS AND FOR THE GREAT JOB. THANK YOU, SCHOOL BOARD, FOR SUPPORTING US. THANK YOU, EVERYONE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND THAT ITEM WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY MYSELF AND MS. SHAMBURGER. I NEED A MOTION AND A VOTE TO APPROVE THE PROCLAMATION FOR BLACK HISTORY MONTH FOR FEBRUARY I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. SHAMBURGER AND A SECOND BY MS. GRIFFIN. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE AS YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY WITH MS. VALDES IN THE BACK. NEXT UP, WE WILL TAKE THE TAMPA BAY TIMES IN EDUCATION, A03, MARCH 6 THROUGH 10.

>> GOOD EVENING, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, I'M HERE TODAY TO READ A PROCLAMATION SO HERE WE GO. WHEREAS, THE TAMPA BAY TIMES NEWSPAPER IN EDUCATION PROGRAM WILL BE CELEBRATED DURING NEWSPAPER IN EDUCATION WEEK MARCH 6 THROUGH 10, 2017; AND WHEREAS, RESEARCH TELLS US THE BEST WAY TO HELP CHILDREN DISCOVER THE JOY OF READING AND BECOMING LIFELONG READERS IS TO INVOLVE THEM AT A YOUNG AGE; AND WHEREAS, THE NEWSPAPER IN EDUCATION PROGRAM IS AN INITIATIVE OF THE AMERICAN PRESS INSTITUTE THAT ENCOURAGES THE DAILY USE OF NEWSPAPERS AS AN INSTRUCTIONAL CLASSROOM TOOL. THROUGH THE NEWSPAPER IN EDUCATION PROGRAM, NEWSPAPERS ARE USED IN ALL SUBJECT AREAS AS AN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE AND PROVIDES HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TEACHERS WITH INFORMATIONAL TEXTS THAT ENGAGE STUDENTS; AND WHEREAS, THE NEWSPAPER IN EDUCATION PROGRAM PROVIDES CLASS SETS OF NEWSPAPERS, COMPANION MATERIALS, TEACHER GUIDES, EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS, AND OTHER RESOURCES AT NO COST TO SCHOOLS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS; AND WHEREAS, THIS PROGRAM IS ALIGNED WITH THE DISTRICT'S VISION OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE AS THEY RELATE ACADEMIC LEARNING TO THE REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCES. NOW, THEREFORE, IT BE PROCLAIMED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SUPPORTS THE ANNUAL NEWSPAPER IN EDUCATION PROGRAM TO BE CELEBRATED MARCH 6 THROUGH THE 10th OF 2017 AND THANKS THE TAMPA BAY TIMES FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO ENHANCE AND ENRICH THE LIVES OF STUDENTS. DATED THIS 7th DAY OF FEBRUARY. PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING JODY PUSHKIN, THE NEWSPAPER AND EDUCATION MANAGER FOR THE TAMPA BAY TIMES, AND SUE BEDRY, THE NEWSPAPER IN EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT SPECIALIST FOR THE TAMPA BAY TIMES. ON BEHALF OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, WE PRESENT YOU BOTH WITH THIS PROCLAMATION. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> WE ARE HONORED ONCE AGAIN TO BE A PARTNER WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. WE ENJOY WORKING WITH THE TEACHERS AND THE STUDENTS AND TO ENCOURAGE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS, AND, AGAIN, WE THANK YOU FOR THE PARTNERSHIP.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THIS AGENDA ITEM. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MS. GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS WITH MS. SHAMBURGER AND MS. VALDES AWAY FROM THE DAIS. OUR LAST PROCLAMATION, WE ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO ASK TAKE THE PROCLAMATION AND ITEM 13.03, WHICH IS AN INFORMATION ITEM TOGETHER. A01, ADOPT THE PROCLAMATION FOR NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK, FEBRUARY 6th THROUGH THE 10th. AND PHILLIP FRANCES IS GOING TO COME UP AND PRESENT THIS. HE IS THE SUPERVISOR OF ELEMENTARY GUIDANCE, FOLLOWED BY ITEM NUMBER 13.03, WHICH IS THE PLANT HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPARTMENT'S IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AMERICAN SCHOOL COUNSELOR ASSOCIATION NATIONAL MODEL AND ANGELIQUE XENICK, THE SUPERVISOR OF SECONDARY GUIDANCE WILL COME UP AND PRESENT.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, ON BEHALF OF THE GUIDANCE SUPERVISOR -- THE MORE THAN 425 SCHOOL COUNSELORS AND COLLEGE AND CAREER COUNSELORS WHO WORK TIRELESSLY EVERY DAY FOR OUR STUDENTS, I WANT TO SAY THAT I'M HONORED TO BRING THE NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK PROCLAMATION TO THE BOARD. TO PRESENT INFORMATION REGARDING NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK, I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE ONE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY'S AMAZING SCHOOL COUNSELORS TIM GOCHAL. HE HAS BEEN A COUNSELOR AT AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 8 LEADERS AND A MEMBER OF THE LEADERSHIP TEAM FOR 7 WHERE HE TRAINS COLLEAGUES ON INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS AND OTHER TOPICS RELATED TO ELEMENTARY COUNSELING. FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS, HE HAS FACILITATED THE ALL PRO DAD PROGRAM AT HIS SCHOOL, HELPING FATHERS BECOME BETTER ROLE MODELS FOR THEIR CHILDREN. PARENT INVOLVEMENT IS A PASSION OF HIS, AND HE WAS RECOGNIZED IN 2012 WITH THE SERVE PARENT INVOLVEMENT AWARD. TIM WORKS WITH STUDENTS DAILY IN REALIZING THEIR FULL POTENTIAL BY USING THE LEADER IN ME PROGRAM, WHICH HE AND CORE TEACHERS BROUGHT TO THE SCHOOL IN 2014. LAST YEAR, TIM WAS NOMINATED FOR THE HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR ASSOCIATION, COUNSELOR OF THE YEAR. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, TIM GOETSCHALL. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO PRESENT THE NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK PROCLAMATION AND RECOGNIZE SCHOOL COUNSELORS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK 2017 HELPS STUDENTS REALIZE THEIR POTENTIAL, IS BEING CELEBRATED FOR THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 6-10 TO FOCUS PUBLIC ATTENTION ON THE UNIQUE CONTRIBUTION OF PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELORS WITHIN THE U.S. SCHOOL SYSTEMS. NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK, SPONSORED BY THE AMERICAN SCHOOL COUNSELOR ASSOCIATION, HIGHLIGHTS THE TREMENDOUS IMPACT SCHOOL COUNSELORS CAN HAVE IN HELPING STUDENTS ACHIEVE SCHOOL SUCCESS AS DISTRICT PER PREPARES STUDENTS FOR LIFE. COUNSELORS HELP STUDENTS REALIZE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL. THIS SPECIAL WEEK HONORING SCHOOL COUNSELORS PROVIDES RECOGNITION FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS WHO IMPLEMENT COMPREHENSIVE, DEVELOPMENTAL SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAMS, A VITAL PART OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS FOR ALL STUDENTS AS THEY MEET THE CHALLENGES OF THE 21st CENTURY. THIS WEEK, COUNSELORS WILL TALK WITH MANY STUDENTS ABOUT THE POTENTIAL FOR BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL FUTURE TO ADDRESS THE CHALLENGES MANY OF THEM WILL FACE ALONG THE WAY. AND TO HELP THEM SEE WHAT CAN BE ACHIEVED IF THEY BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES. THE PROCLAMATION CITES SCHOOL COUNSELORS FOR BEING, ONE, ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN HELPING STUDENTS EXAMINE THEIR ABILITIES, STRENGTHS, INTERESTS AND TALENTS. TWO, FOR WORKING IN A PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS AS THEY ENCOUNTER THE CHALLENGES OF RAISING CHILDREN IN TODAY'S WORLD. FOR FOCUSING ON POSITIVE WAYS TO ENHANCE STUDENTS' SOCIAL, PERSONAL, EDUCATIONAL, AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT. AND FOUR, WORKING WITH TEACHERS AND OTHER EDUCATORS TO PROVIDE AN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM WHERE STUDENTS CAN REALIZE THEIR POTENTIAL AND SET HEALTHY, REALISTIC, AND OPTIMISTIC ASPIRATIONS FOR THEMSELVES. PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELORS ARE CERTIFIED, EXPERIENCED EDUCATORS WITH A MASTER'S DEGREE IN GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING. THE COMBINATION OF THEIR TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE MAKES THEM AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE DISTRICT'S SERVICES TO STUDENTS AS WE PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE. OF THE MANY ROLES I ASSUME THROUGHOUT MY DAY, NOTHING COMPARES TO INTERACTIONS I HAVE WITH MY STUDENTS. THAT'S WHAT I HOPE I AM REMEMBERED FOR. AND IT'S THE WAY I REMEMBER MY SCHOOL COUNSELOR, DR. SHARON CARECO, AND SHE IS THE REASON THAT I'M STANDING BEFORE YOU TODAY AS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR. 29 YEARS AGO, I NEEDED MY SCHOOL COUNSELOR DUE TO A TRAUMATIC LIFE EVENT. THROUGHOUT MY KINDERGARTEN YEAR, DR. CARECO MET WITH ME INDIVIDUALLY AND IN GROUP TO TEACH ME COPING SKILLS TO HELP ME GET THROUGH A TOUGH SITUATION. 16 YEARS LATER, THE IMPRESSION SHE MADE OF ON MY LIFE STILL COU BE FELT. I DECIDED TO FOLLOW IN HER FOOTSTEPS AS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR. I CONTACTED HER AND SHE WAS STILL A COUNSELOR AT MILES ELEMENTARIES. SHE BECAME A MENTOR AND GUIDED ME THROUGHOUT MY MASTERS PROGRAM. NO MATTER HOW MANY AWARDS OR ACCOLADES I RECEIVE IN MY CAREER, WHAT REALLY MATTERS IS THE IMPACT I CAN HAVE ON A CHILD'S LIFE. THIS IS WHY I GO TO WORK EVERY DAY. I CAN ONLY HOPE IN 30 YEARS A STUDENT WILL BE SPEAKING ABOUT THE IMPACT I'VE HAD ON THEIR LIVES. AS WE CELEBRATE SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK, I THANK YOU, EACH OF YOU FOR THE SUPPORT THAT YOU PROVIDE FOR SCHOOL COUNSELORS EVERY DAY. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE PROCLAMATION FOR NATIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK, FEBRUARY 6-10, 2017. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MS. GRIFFIN.  IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS WITH MS. VALDES AWAY FROM THE DAIS. AND NEXT WE WILL TAKE ITEM NUMBER 13.03, WHICH IS THE PLANT HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPARTMENT'S IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AMERICAN SCHOOL COUNSELOR ASSOCIATION NATIONAL MODEL. AND MS. ANGELIQUE XENICK, SUPERVISOR OF SECONDARY GUIDANCE, WILL COME FORWARD. THIS ITEM WAS PULLED BY MS. GRAY, MS. HARRIS, AND MS. SNIVELY FOR HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENTS. WELCOME.

>> HELLO, THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, ON BEHALF OF THE OTHER GUIDANCE SERVICES SUPERVISORS AND THE DIVISION OF STUDENT SERVICES, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE INFORMATION FIRST ABOUT THE AMERICAN SCHOOL COUNSELOR ASSOCIATION, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS ASCA, NATIONAL MODEL FOR COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM, AND THEN WE'LL MOVE INTO PLANT'S IMPLEMENTATION. THE ASCA NATIONAL MODEL, THE BASIC TENETS ARE AS FOLLOWS:  ENSURES EQUITABLE ACCESS TO A RIGOROUS EDUCATION FOR ALL STUDENTS; IDENTIFIES THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS ALL STUDENTS WILL ACQUIRE AS A RESULT OF THE K-12 COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM; IT'S DELIVERED TO ALL STUDENTS IN A STATISTIC -- SYSTEMIC FASHION BASED ON DATA DRIVEN DECISION MAKING AND PROVIDED BY A STATE CREDENTIALED OR STATE CERTIFIED SCHOOL COUNSELOR. AT ALL LEVELS, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH, SCHOOL COUNSELORS FOCUS ON FOUR CORE AREAS:  ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT, PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT, CAREER EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT, AND PARENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. ALTHOUGH THE TIME SPENT IN EACH AREA MAY VARY BASED ON THE LEVEL. ACCORDING TO ASCA, THE FRAMEWORK OF A COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM CONSISTS OF FOUR COMPONENTS:  FOUNDATION, MANAGEMENT, DELIVERY, AND ACCOUNTABILITY. NOTING THAT DELIVERY IS AT LEAST 80% OF THE MODEL AND INCLUDES THE SCHOOL COUNSELING CORE CURRICULUM, INDIVIDUAL STUDENT PLANNING, AND RESPONSIVE SERVICES. IT CAN BE CHALLENGING TO FULLY IMPLEMENT THE ASCA NATIONAL MODEL WITH FIDELITY SINCE ASCA RECOMMENDS A SCHOOL COUNSELOR TO STUDENT RATIO OF 1 TO 250, AND THAT SCHOOL COUNSELORS SPEND 80% OR MORE OF THEIR TIME IN DIRECT AND INDIRECT SERVICES TO STUDENTS. DIRECT SERVICES ARE DEFINED AS IN-PERSON INTERACTIONS BETWEEN SCHOOL COUNSELORS AND STUDENTS, AND INDIRECT SERVICES ARE SERVICES PROVIDED ON BEHALF OF STUDENTS. FOR EXAMPLE, REFERRALS FOR ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE, CONSULTATION AND COLLABORATION, AND I JUST REALIZED I'M NOT MOVING THESE SLIDES. % FOR EXAMPLE, REFERRALS FOR ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE, CONSULTATION, AND COLLABORATION WITH PARENTS, TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATION. NOW I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE ATHENA DIKAS, SCHOOL COUNSELOR AND DEPARTMENT HEAD AT PLANT HIGH SCHOOL, TO SHARE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM AT PLANT HIGH SCHOOL.

>> GOOD EVENING NOW. IT WAS GOOD AFTERNOON, BUT NOW GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. I'M SO PROUD TO SHARE THE WORK OF THE SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM AT PLANT HIGH SCHOOL AND THE IMPACT WE MAKE WITH OUR STUDENTS. THE ASCA NATIONAL MODEL GAVE US A FRAMEWORK FOR DEVELOPING A PROGRAM AND HELPED US SHIFT OUR DEPARTMENT TOWARDS MAKING SYSTEMIC CHANGE SO ALL STUDENTS CAN BE SUCCESSFUL. AS A TEAM, WE HAVE WORKED TOGETHER TO REDEFINE OUR ROLES AS COUNSELORS SO THAT WE CAN MAKE DECISIONS THAT ARE DISTINCTLY PURPOSEFUL FOR OUR STUDENTS. WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF OUR PRINCIPAL, ROBERT NELSON, AND OUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR CURRICULUM, KIMI HALLENBERG, WHO WELCOMED PROGRAM CHANGES THAT PUT STUDENTS FIRST. WE DON'T JUST IMPLEMENT A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES. WE CONSIDER THE PARTICULAR PROBLEMS OR INITIATIVES AT OUR SCHOOL AND STRUCTURE OUR ACTIVITIES AROUND THEM. WE USE SCHOOLWIDE DATA AND THE RESULTS OF THE SCHOOLWIDE NEEDS ASSESSMENT SURVEY WE ADMINISTER TO OUR STUDENTS TO ADVOCATE FOR OUR STUDENTS THE WAY THEY SPECIFICALLY NEED TO BE SERVED AT OUR SCHOOL. WE BELIEVE ALL STUDENTS HAVE THE ABILITY TO ACHIEVE, DESERVE EQUAL ACCESS TO RIGOROUS COURSE OPPORTUNITIES, SHOULD GRADUATE BEING PREPARED FOR COLLEGE, EMPLOYMENT OR OTHER POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION, SHOULD HAVE AN AWARENESS OF CAREER FIELDS AND OPTIONS, AND SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO COUNSELING SERVICES THAT HELP GUIDE THEM TO THEIR INDIVIDUAL, ACADEMIC, AND CAREER PATH, ALL THIS IN ORDER FOR STUDENTS TO CONTRIBUTE IN A POSITIVE WAY TO THE COMMUNITY AFTER THEY GRADUATE. TO GET FEEDBACK AND WORK IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR STAKEHOLDERS, WE ALSO DEVELOPED A SCHOOL COUNSELOR ADVISORY TEAM, WHICH INCLUDES COMMUNITY MEMBERS, STAFF AND STUDENTS. FROM OUR BELIEFS AND FEEDBACK FROM OUR ADVISORY, WE FURTHER DEFINED OUR FOCUS AND CENTERED OUR PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AROUND THREE GOALS. THE FIRST GOAL WAS TO INCREASE THE PARTICIPATION IN DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES BY 50%, SO STUDENTS CAN EARN COLLEGE CREDIT. THE SECOND GOAL WAS TO HAVE 100% OF IDENTIFIED AT-RISK STUDENTS EARN ABOVE A 2.0 GPA. AND THE THIRD GOAL WAS TO PROVIDE CAREER EXPLORATION OPPORTUNITIES TO 100% OF STUDENTS IN ALL GRADES SO STUDENTS IDENTIFY THEIR CAREER FIELD AND THE EDUCATION REQUIRED TO ACHIEVE THEIR CAREER. WE NOTICED DURING INDIVIDUAL COURSE SELECTION MEETINGS THAT MANY STUDENTS WERE RELUCTANT TO ENROLL IN AP COURSES. THESE WERE STRONG STUDENTS, MANY OF THEM MINORITIES. BASED ON OUR BELIEF THAT ALL STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO RIGOROUS ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES, OFFERING DUAL ENROLLMENT GIVES STUDENTS AN OPTION THAT ALLOWS THEM TO EARN COLLEGE CREDIT AND TO BE MORE COMPETITIVE FOR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS. LAST YEAR, WE TARGETED STUDENTS AND INVITED THEM AND THEIR PARENTS TO INFORMATIONAL MEETINGS AND INCLUDED DUAL ENROLLMENT INFORMATION AS PART OF OUR CLASSROOM LESSONS. ACCESSIBILITY WAS AN ISSUE FOR SOME STUDENTS SO WE ADVOCATED FOR THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST AT SCHOOL TO BECOME ELIGIBLE FOR THE COURSES. IN ADDITION, WE HELPED THEM WITH THE ENROLLMENT PROCESS, WALKING THEM THROUGH EACH STEP, ADVISING THEM ON POSSIBLE COURSES, AND FOLLOWING UP REGULARLY. PROVIDING LESSONS AND CONNECTING INDIVIDUALLY WITH FAMILIES PROVED TO HAVE A POSITIVE OUTCOME. WE INCREASED DUAL ENROLLMENT PARTICIPATION BY 49%. WE HAD A STRONG RESULT BECAUSE OF THE PARENT CONNECTION, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES IN THE FUTURE. WITH OUR DISTRICT'S NEW STRATEGIC PRIORITIES REGARDING GRADUATION RATE, SPECIFICALLY FOR STUDENTS IN NINTH GRADE TO EARN A 2.0 OR HIGHER GPA, GRADE POINT AVERAGE, WE RESOUNDINGLY AGREE TO MAKE STUDENTS IN NINTH GRADE OUR PRIORITY AS WELL. WITH THIS EARLY INTERVENTION, WE HOPE TO INCREASE GRADUATION RATES SO EVERY STUDENT IS COLLEGE AND CAREER READY. LAST YEAR, WE CONNECTED SMALL GROUP COUNSELING ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING STUDY SKILLS, MONITORING WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORTS, GOAL SETTING, MENTORING, AND TUTORING. THE GROUPS WERE DESIGNED TO PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH RESOURCES AND A VARIETY OF STRATEGIES AND SUPPORTS TO HELP THEM IMPROVE THEIR GPA. WE REDUCED THE NUMBER OF TARGETED NINTH GRADE STUDENTS WHOSE GPA FELL BELOW A 2.0 BY 33%. CENTERED ON OUR BELIEF THAT ALL STUDENTS SHOULD GRADUATE CAREER READY, WE REALIZED THAT OVERALL OUR STUDENTS WERE LACKING BASIC CAREER AWARENESS AND UNDERSTANDING REGARDING THE VARIETY OF CAREERS AND THE EDUCATION REQUIRED FOR THEM. HELPING ALL OF OUR STUDENTS CLOSE THIS GAP IN KNOWLEDGE SO THAT ONE DAY THEY WILL BE ABLE TO FIND A CAREER THAT IS AN APPROPRIATE MATCH FOR THEIR INTEREST, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES WAS A FOUNDATION OF OUR CAREER INITIATIVE. THROUGH CLASSROOM LESSONS, WE HAD ALMOST EVERY STUDENT IN GRADES 9 THROUGH 12, COMPLETE A CAREER ASSESSMENT THROUGH THE THE MY CAREER SHINES OR ONLINE ACADEMIC AND CAREER PLANNING SYSTEMS. THEY ANALYZED THEIR RESULTS AND ALL THE STUDENTS IDENTIFIED THEIR TOP CAREER CLUSTER AND THEIR LEVEL OF EDUCATION REQUIRED FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE CAREER. WE WORKED REALLY HARD PUTTING THESE INITIATIVES INTO PLACE, AND IT WAS SO AWESOME TO FINALLY SEE THE FRUITS OF OUR LABOR. THERE WAS TREMENDOUS SUCCESS WITH OUR DUAL ENROLLMENT GOAL AND OUR CAREER INITIATIVE. WE ARE MOST SURPRISED BY THE RESULTS OF OUR NINTH GRADE GPA GOAL. WHILE WE TARGETED OUR NINTH GRADERS IT ENDED UP BEING AN IMPETUS OF CHANGE SCHOOLWIDE. THE OVERALL DATA INDICATED A DECREASE IN QUARTERLY Fs EARNED BY ALL STUDENTS DURING THE FOURTH QUARTER BY 40%. OVERALL, OUR STUDENTS' GPAs IMPROVED BECAUSE WE WERE ABLE TO DECREASE THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FAILING GRADES. WE SET A HIGHER EXPECTATION FOR OUR STUDENTS, AND THEY ROSE TO THE CHALLENGE. BY MAKING CHANGES TO OUR PROGRAM DELIVERY, SOMETHING THAT WE STRIVE TO UTILIZE THE MAJORITY OF OUR TIME TO DO, SOMETHING THAT WE NEED THE SUPPORT OF OUR ADMINISTRATION SO WE'RE NOT PULLED TO DO OTHER NON-COUNSELING TASKS AND BECAUSE WE PRIORITIZED OUR SERVICES FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS, WE WERE ABLE TO MAKE SYSTEMIC CHANGE AT OUR SCHOOLS. THERE ARE RESULTS AND OUTCOME DATA WE CAN SAY WITH CERTAINTY HOW OUR STUDENTS ARE DIFFERENT BECAUSE OF WHAT WE DO. IF ALL COUNSELORS ARE GIVEN THE TIME TO FOCUS THEIR EFFORTS ON PROGRAM DELIVERY AND THE INDEPENDENCE TO MAKE DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS APPROPRIATE FOR THEIR SCHOOL, THEY CAN MOVE THEIR DATA AND SYSTEMIC CHANGE CAN BE MADE AT EVERY SCHOOL, SO ALL STUDENTS GRADUATE AND ARE COLLEGE AND CAREER READY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND SUPPORT OF COUNSELORS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS.

>> MR. NELSON AND MS. HALLENBERG DID HAVE TO GO FOR PTSA MEETING. THEY WERE HERE, I WANTED TO MAKE NOTE BECAUSE YOU MENTIONED THEM AND I KNOW THEY WERE A MAJOR PART OF HER SUPPORT AT THE SCHOOL TO IMPLEMENT THIS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND THIS ITEM WAS PULLED BY MS. GRAY AND MS. HARRIS FOR COMMENTS. SO MS. GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I'M REMINDED TODAY FROM HOLLY SAIA. THANK YOU, HOLLY, THE IMPORTANCE OF GUIDANCE COUNSELORS. I REALIZE THAT EMOTIONAL WELLNESS -- AND I THINK WE ALL REALIZE -- THAT EMOTIONAL WELLNESS HAS TO BE ADDRESSED BEFORE WE CAN EXPECT HIGH ACHIEVEMENT OR LET'S JUST SAY ACHIEVEMENT FROM OUR STUDENTS. EMOTIONAL WELLNESS IS KEY. COUNSELORS, AMONG MANY OTHER THINGS, DO ABSOLUTELY FORGE AHEAD, AND IT LOOKS TO ME LIKE A SUPERIOR JOB IS BEING ADDRESSED AND DONE. SECONDLY, I ALSO HAVE SEEN THE DATA, WHICH REVEALS EXPERIENCED AND QUALIFIED SCHOOL COUNSELING, NOT ONLY IN PLANT, BUT IN MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS. CONSIDERING THE VARIOUS FEDERAL AND STATE DEMANDS, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT, THE QUALIFICATIONS TO DO AN IEP, FOR EXAMPLE. SOME OF THAT ALPHABET THAT WE CAN LIST IS -- JUST DEMANDS EXPERIENCE. THE EXPERIENCE IS VERY, VERY MUCH EXPECTED WHEN WE TRY TO GET OUR KIDS INTO THE PROPER CAREERS, BE IT APPRENTICESHIP, OR BE IT ON A COLLEGE PREPARATORY ROUTE. NOW, ALSO, WHAT WE ALSO KNOW AND THE COUNSELORS KNOW THAT WE ARE FACING IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, INCREASED BARRIERS. THE KIDS ARE COMING IN WITH MORE BAGGAGE, AND IF WE ALL LISTENED, WHICH I KNOW WE DID TO THE HISPANIC TESTIMONIALS, I WOULD VENTURE TO SAY, AND I THOUGHT ABOUT THIS BEFORE, THAT MAYBE AS A SCHOOL BOARD, WE MAY WANT TO ADDRESS NOT JUST A LIAISON IN EACH OF THE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS, BUT I'M TALKING ABOUT A COUNSELOR, HISPANIC COUNSELOR, BECAUSE IF, IN FACT, WE'RE UP TO 40%, I'M NOT SURE IF THAT'S THE DATA, 35%, THAT'S A LOT OF KIDS THAT NEED TO HAVE THE EMOTIONALITIES AND I MADE A LIST. I'M NOT GOING TO READ IT ALL, ABOUT ALL OF THE COMMENTS THAT WE ALL HEARD FROM THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY. SO, THANK YOU, COUNSELORS. I APPLAUD WHAT YOU DO. I REMEMBER MY EAST BAY COUNSELOR, JODY LABEL, STILL. I WON'T TELL YOU HOW OLD I AM, BUT SHE DID MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE. SO THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO. GOOD EVENING.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MS. HARRIS.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE A PART OF THAT AT THE BEGINNING, AND THE ENTHUSIASM THAT CAME OUT OF THESE COUNSELORS AND THE SCHOOL, AND I WAS EXCITED ABOUT IT, BUT NEVER DID I DREAM THAT THE DATA THAT YOU ENDED UP PULLING TOGETHER WOULD BE SO VALUABLE FOR ALL THE COUNSELORS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. SO I REALLY KNOW THAT THIS WAS ONE OF YOUR GOALS FOR YOUR COUNSELORS, AND YOU HAVE FAR EXCEEDED, I THINK, THE EXPECTATION OF WHAT YOU -- [AUDIO DROP]

>> WE WANT TO GET TO THE PUBLIC COMMENT, BUT I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. SO WE'RE TALKING ABOUT NATIONAL BEST PRACTICES. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT CONSISTENTLY ARE THOSE RATIOS IN OUR SCHOOLS. TALK TO ME A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT AT PLANT.

>> CAN PROBABLY TELL YOU BETTER ABOUT THE SPECIFIC RATIOS, BUT I KNOW THEY ARE DEALING WITH THE LARGE RATIOS JUST LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE. AND SO BY VIRTUE OF GETTING A LOT OF THE NON-COUNSELOR DUTIES, NOT A LOT, MAYBE SOME, BUT I DON'T WANT TO TAKE WORDS OUT OF YOUR MOUTH, THAT'S HOW THEY ARE ABLE TO SORT OF COMBAT THE LARGE CASELOAD AS OPPOSED TO SAYING, YES, WE WISH WE COULD DO ONE AT 250. WE KNOW THAT'S NOT FEASIBLE OR REASONABLE. LIKE SOME OF THE THINGS MR. NELSON TOOK OFF THE COUNSELOR PLATE.

>> WE EACH HAVE APPROXIMATELY 500 STUDENTS. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE TYPICALLY CALLED UPON TO DO IS TESTING. THAT'S A GIVEN. SO THAT WAS ALLEVIATED FROM OUR LOAD. GRANTED, WE STILL HELP WHEN IT'S NEEDED AND WHEN PEOPLE ARE OUT. WE ASSIST WHENEVER WE CAN. BUT WE'VE ALSO SCHEDULED OUR TIME TO DO ACTIVITIES AS WELL. SO WE TRY TO WORK TOGETHER WITH OUR ADMINISTRATION AS BEST WE CAN.

>>April Griffin: SO YOU'RE STILL WORKING DOUBLE WHAT THE NATIONAL BEST PRACTICE --

>> CORRECT.

>>April Griffin: -- RATIO IS WITHIN THAT.

>> CORRECT.

>>April Griffin: I'M GOING TO JUMP TO WHAT WAS GOING TO BE THE FINAL PART AND THEN I'LL COME BACK. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, WE HAVE SPOKEN -- AND I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHAT MR. NELSON DID AND WHERE HE GOT THAT SUPPORT FOR PROCTORING TESTS. BUT WE TALKED ABOUT COUNSELORS AND ALLEVIATING THAT LOAD OF BEING TEST PROCTORS BECAUSE THAT'S NOT WHAT THEY WENT TO SCHOOL TO GET THEIR MASTERS FOR. I FEEL LIKE WE'RE NOT GETTING OUR ROI WITH OUR COUNSELORS. AND WE'VE TALKED ABOUT DIFFERENT WAYS TO MAYBE HIRE PART-TIME OR RETIRED TEACHERS OR SOMEBODY TO COME IN AND PROCTOR TESTS. HAS THERE BEEN ANY MOVEMENT ON THAT? I HATE TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT. BUT WE'VE HAD NUMEROUS CONVERSATIONS. I'M TALKING DISTRICTWIDE.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SOME OF THE -- TAKING THE LOAD OFF OF THE COUNSELORS, THAT'S BEEN A DISCUSSION THAT WE'VE BEEN ENGAGING MS. XENICK AND ALL THE GROUPS ACROSS THE DISTRICT THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF. SOME OF THE THINGS, WHO TAKES ON THOSE DUTIES? SOMETIMES DEPARTMENT HEADS HAVE TAKEN ON SOME OF THE DUTIES OF TESTING, AND THAT BECOMES THE RESPONSIBILITY AND THEREFORE ALLOWS THE COUNSELORS TO BE FREED UP TO DO OTHER THINGS. THAT IS STARTING TO HAPPEN. WE HAVE MANY SCHOOLS THAT ADOPTED THAT PARTICULAR MODEL. WE'RE STILL WORKING THROUGH THAT. OBVIOUSLY, WE DON'T WANT COUNSELORS TO BE, YOU KNOW, DOING A LOT OF PROHIBITINGERING. THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD WANT THEIR TIME TO BE USED FOR. WE WANT IT TO BE USED FOR MUCH MORE CONSTRUCTIVE SUPPORT FOR KIDS. WE'RE SEEING MORE OF THAT MOVEMENT AS SCHOOLS LOOK AT OTHER WAYS AND STRUCTURES TO SUPPORT, ESPECIALLY THE TESTING AREA, BECAUSE THAT WAS WHAT WAS THE REALLY BIG LOAD THAT MANY OF OUR COUNSELORS ARE TAKING ON. WE STILL HAVE AN ISSUE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO ADDRESS BECAUSE I KNOW THEY HAVE BEEN HISTORICALLY ONE OF THE LEADS FOR THE TESTS IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS, SO I KNOW THAT'S BEEN A DISCUSSION POINT ON HOW WE CAN ALLEVIATE MORE OF THAT. OBVIOUSLY, ELEMENTARY, IT'S BEEN HISTORIC, THEY HAVEN'T REALLY TAKEN ON AS MUCH OF THE PROVIDING THE TEST. NOW, THEY HAVE ASSISTED. TRUSS ME. THEY ASSISTED A -- TRUST ME. THEY ASSISTED A GREAT DEAL, TYPICALLY ON THE AP LEVEL. IT'S A VARIETY OF HOW THEY HANDLE IT. I KNOW THAT MR. AYRES IS LOOKING AT SOME OF THE ISSUES THAT OUR COUNSELORS, OUR SUPERVISORS HAVE PROVIDED FOR US TO STILL KIND OF CHIP AWAY AT. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS, AND YOU'LL HEAR THIS AT THE NEXT WORKSHOP AS WELL, IS HOW WE'RE, AS WE'RE DOING SOME RETHINKING OF HOW WE UTILIZE OUR SUPPLEMENTAL FUNDS IN OUR DISTRICT AND HOW WE CAN PROVIDE MORE COUNSELING SUPPORT TO OUR SCHOOLS.

>>April Griffin: AND I DIDN'T MEAN TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT. I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE HAD YOUR HANDS FULL WITH OUR FINANCIAL ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN TAKING PLACE, AND, BY THE WAY, KUDOS ON THAT BECAUSE OUR RATING FROM THE BONDING AGENCY WAS REALLY GOOD. SO WE'RE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WHAT'S HAPPENED, THOUGH, AND IT'S NO FAULT OF YOURS, BUT I DO WANT TO LIGHT A FIRE UNDER THIS ISSUE AGAIN, BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT IT FOR A YEAR AND A HALF, AND I THINK IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO START MOVING FORWARD WITH SOME URGENCY ON TO RELIEVE OUR COUNSELORS WHERE THAT'S CONCERNED. SO WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO IS REQUEST THE "W" WORD, A WORKSHOP ON THIS TO BE PLACED ON THE CALENDAR SO THAT WE CAN START TO LOOK -- AND I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR IN MORE DETAIL WHAT SOME OF THE SCHOOLS -- I'D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT MR. NELSON DID TO HELP RELIEVE THAT PROCTORING DUTY AND HELP RELIEVE THOSE OTHER DUTIES. AND THEN LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER SCHOOLS THAT HAVE SOME BEST PRACTICES AND START TO REALLY PUSH THOSE THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT. I MEAN, REALLY, REALLY PUSH THESE. BECAUSE I WANT TO BE ABLE TO ALLOW OUR COUNSELORS THAT ACT TO DO WHAT THEY WENT TO SCHOOL FOR, THAT PASSION THAT THEY HAVE FOR THEIR STUDENTS AND THAT GUIDANCE THAT THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO OFFER. I DO I NEED TO GET A VOTE ON THA MADAM CHAIR? THANK YOU. AND THEN MY FINAL -- MY FINAL QUESTION, IN REFERENCE TO THIS, HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO -- SO YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT DATA DRIVING EVERY DECISION YOU'RE MAKING AND BEING ABLE TO GET TO THE KIDS WHO NEED IT RIGHT THEN. HOW DID YOU WORK WITH THE TEACHERS TO GET THEM TO INPUT THOSE GRADES INTO HE SAID BEE IN REAL-TIME. YOU NEED THAT DATA REAL-TIME, DON'T YOU?

>> WE ARE WORKING ON GRADES THAT ARE IN THE SYSTEM. WE'LL REQUEST INFORMATION FROM TEACHERS BUT WE ALSO HAVE TEACHERS FILL OUT THE PROGRESS REPORTS, BASICALLY A GOOD OPTION TO GET CURRENT GRADES.

>>April Griffin: OKAY. SO THAT WASN'T REALLY AS HELPFUL FOR YOU, THE REAL TIME INPUT ON DATA ON THE GRADES.

>> LIKE YOU WOULD WANT IT BE --

>>April Griffin: IT COULD HAVE BEEN FASTER. OKAY. WHAT DID YOU DO -- SO IN THE MEANTIME, SO THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN THE WAY -- AS QUICKLY AS YOU WOULD LIKE IT TO. THERE ARE THINGS I WANT TOMORROW OR I MAY HAVE WANTED IT YESTERDAY. THAT BEING SAID, IT DIDN'T HAPPEN QUITE AS QUICKLY AS YOU WOULD HAVE LIKED THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A BEST PRACTICE, HOW DID YOU DEAL WITH THAT AGAIN? YOU SAID YOU HAD THE STUDENTS FILLING OUT --

>> WEEKLY PROGRESS REPORTS.

>>April Griffin: SO THE STUDENTS WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT.

>> CORRECT. WE'RE SEEING THAT PIECE. THAT DOESN'T APPLY OVERALL, BUT WHEN THERE WERE SITUATIONS WHERE WE DID NEED THE INFORMATION, THAT WAS THE BEST WAY TO GET THAT.

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> I WANTED TO GO BACK TO YOUR LAST QUESTION ABOUT THE TESTING PIECE. ONCE DIFFERENCE AT OUR SCHOOL IS THAT WE GIVE OVER DOUBLE THE AP EXAMS, AND THAT IS ONE THING I'M RESPONSIBLE FOR COORDINATING. I SPEND THE MAJORITY OF MY TIME SECOND SEMESTER, PLANNING, COORDINATING, ORGANIZING, GRANTED, WE HAVE PARENTS. WE ARE LUCKY TO HAVE PARENTS OT OUR -- AT OUR SCHOOL WHO VOLUNTEER TO PROCTOR EXAMS. HOWEVER, THE AMOUNT OF TIME THAT'S TAKEN TO COORDINATE 3,600 AP EXAMS IS BEYOND COMPARISON TO ANY OTHER SCHOOL. AND IT TAKES UP SO MUCH OF THE TIME. SO THE MAJORITY OF OUR PROGRAM DELIVERY TRULY HAPPENS FROM AUGUST TO FEBRUARY. SO RIGHT ABOUT NOW IS WHEN I HAVE TO MOVE AWAY FROM MY STUDENTS TO START PLANNING FOR AP EXAMS. HAVING AN AP COORDINATOR POTENTIALLY AT A SCHOOL WITH THIS MAGNITUDE OF TESTING WOULD BE A GREAT THING FOR US.

>>April Griffin: SO THIS WOULD BE MY CALL TO COUNSELORS AT ALL LEVELS THEN. WE ARE GETTING READY TO HAVE A WORKSHOP IN THE FUTURE, THAT LIST OF BEST PRACTICES, THAT LIST OF WORST PRACTICES THAT WE MAY BE DOING THAT WE COULD POSSIBLY STOP, AND SOME OF THOSE WISH-LIST ITEMS. BECAUSE I HOPE THAT WE'RE GETTING BACK TO THAT PLACE WHERE WE WERE IN THE SPRING OF 2015 WHEN WE WERE REALLY, THIS BOARD WAS TALKING ABOUT WHERE WE WANTED TO GO AND THEN WE HIT A WALL WITH OUR FINANCES, AND IT STOPPED EVERYTHING. BUT I WILL TELL YOU THAT ONE OF THE MAIN DISCUSSIONS WE HAD IN REFERENCE TO OUR COUNSELORS AND ALLOWING THEM TO DO -- ALLOWING YOU ALL TO DO THE JOBS THAT YOU WERE HIRED TO DO, THAT YOU WENT TO SCHOOL TO DO, YOU KNOW, THE LEADERS IN YOUR GROUP, IF YOU COULD REACH OUT TO COUNSELORS AND START TO PUT SOME OF THAT TOGETHER, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT I'D LIKE TO BE A PART OF THIS DISCUSSION.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THEY ARE WAY AHEAD OF YOU, JUST SO YOU KNOW. MS. XENICK HAS ALREADY PROVIDED ME THE LIST OF NEXT STEPS, BECAUSE IT'S RIGHT. WE'VE BEEN ON THIS FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS TO GET TO THE POINT THAT WE FEEL LIKE WE CAN KIND OF PULL THE TRIGGER AND MOVE FORWARD ON SOME OF THOSE THINGS THAT I KNOW MS. DIKAS AND ALL THE OTHER COUNSELORS WOULD LIKE.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE WORKSHOP.

>>Melissa Snively: I HAD A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. FIRST, I WANT TO ECHO MS. GRAY, ALL THE COMMENTS YOU MADE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF GUIDANCE COUNSELORS. JUST AN INTEGRAL PART OF A STUDENT'S LIFE AND CAREER. AND I WANTED TO ECHO EVERYTHING MS. GRIFFIN SAID. SHE TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO FOCUS ON ALLOWING GUIDANCE COUNSELORS TO REALLY DO THE PEOPLE WORK, NOT THE PAPERWORK, BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THEY WENT TO SCHOOL FOR. THAT'S WHAT MOVES THE NEEDLE EVERY DAY. AND IF THEY ARE NOT MOVING THE NEEDLE, THEN THEY ARE PROBABLY WONDERING WHAT THEY ARE DOING. THAT'S REALLY AFFECTING CHANGE. SO MY QUESTION IS, AND THE ONLY THING I MAY NOT AGREE WITH, MS. GRIFFIN, IS THE WORKSHOP AT THIS POINT BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE WE SHOULD REALLY JUST GIVE YOU THE RESOURCES THAT YOU NEED TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH OTHER SCHOOLS AND SHOW THEM WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND TALK ABOUT WHAT THESE BEST PRACTICES ARE AND WHAT'S WORKING AND WHAT'S NOT WORKING, BECAUSE YOU TOGETHER, WHEN YOU COLLABORATE, CAN PROBABLY SOLVE ALL THOSE PROBLEMS WITH THE KNOWLEDGE BASE THAT YOU HAVE. SO I WOULD GO TO A WORKSHOP, BOARD, IF THERE'S CONSENSUS ON THE BOARD, BUT I DO THINK THAT WE AS A DISTRICT NEED TO PROVIDE THE FORUM AND THE RESOURCES SO THAT YOU GUIDANCE COUNSELORS CAN ALL GET TOGETHER AND SHARE WITH EACH OTHER. BECAUSE WHAT YOU'RE DOING AT PLANT, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE AT EVERY HIGH SCHOOL AND EVERY MIDDLE SCHOOL AND EVERY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ACROSS THE DISTRICT. WITH THAT, PERHAPS WE CAN EVEN PUT SOME TYPE OF PLAN OR STRATEGIC PLAN OR STRATEGIC TIMELINE TOGETHER, IF THIS IS WORKING AT PLANT, HOW DO WE GET THESE STANDARDS, THESE BEST PRACTICES TO OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS, AND HOW FAST CAN WE DO THAT? AND WHAT WOULD THAT LOOK LIKE OVER A PERIOD OF TIME?

>> I DON'T WANT TO SPEAK FOR MY OTHER COLLEAGUES, PRETTY MUCH THAT IS OUR OVERARCHING GOAL IN GUIDANCE SERVICES. I WOULD VENTURE TO SAY IF YOU WALKED OUT TO ANOTHER SCHOOL, THEY COULD TELL YOU SOME OF THE SAME STUFF. ATHENA HAS IT IN A PRESENTATION, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN IF YOU DIDN'T GO TO ANOTHER SCHOOL, YES, WE LOOKED AT SCHOOLWIDE DATA AND SAW ATT ATTENDANCE WAS  ISSUE. A LOT OF TIMES AT MY DEPARTMENT HEAD MEETINGS, THEY SHARE WITH EACH OTHER. I KNOW THIS IS GOING ON AT ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS. NOW, THERE MIGHT BE SCHOOLS THAT ARE A LITTLE AHEAD OF THE GAME THAN OTHERS THAT HAVE A LITTLE MORE EXPERIENCE AND THAT KIND OF THING, AND SO WE AS SUPERVISORS ARE WANTING TO PROVIDE TRAINING ON THE ASCA NATIONAL MODEL. OF COURSE, IT DOES COST MONEY BECAUSE WE AREN'T THE EXPERTS AS THE SUPERVISORS IN TERMS OF THE ASCA NATIONAL MODEL. THERE ARE TRAINERS FOR THAT, AND THERE'S BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS AND ALL THAT GOOD STUFF. BUT WE AS A DEPARTMENT, THAT IS OUR OVERARCHING THEME TO THE COUNSELORS, AND WE STRESS TO THEM THE DATA-DRIVEN DECISIONS, THEIR EVALUATION IS ALSO ALIGNS WITH ASCA. AND SO WHEN THEY ARE BEING EVALUATED AND OBSERVED, PART OF THAT IS BASED ON DATA AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO IMPLEMENT THE SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM AT THEIR SCHOOL. SO THERE SHOULD BE A LEVEL OF THIS HAPPENING AT ALL OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS -- EXCUSE ME, ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS, K-12, NOT JUST OUR HIGH SCHOOLS. AND WE DO LIKE TO SHARE BEST PRACTICES WITH EACH OTHER BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF GREAT THINGS GOING ON OUT THERE FOR SURE.

>> ONE OF THE BEST PARTS OF THE INITIATIVE YOU'RE DOING AT PLANT HIGH SCHOOL IS THERE'S NO FINANCIAL IMPACT, ACCORDING TO THIS MEMO. I HAVE HIGHLIGHTED NO FINANCIAL --

>> HER COMP TIME SHE WOULD BE GETTING FOR ALL THE TIME SPENT AFTER SCHOOL, THERE MIGHT BE A FINANCIAL IMPACT. BECAUSE THEY WERE DOING THIS ON TOP OF THEIR OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES, THE IDEA IS THIS IS SPHOAB THE RESPONSIBILITIES. SO SHE AND I TALKED A LOT. YOU KNOW, THERE WERE SOME STRESSFUL TIMES. HOPEFULLY I USE MY COUNSELING SKILLS TO HELP HER THROUGH IT. IT'S A LOT OF WORK. SHE IS A MOM AND HAS KIDS, AND SHE HAS PRIORITIES, TOO. BUT THEY ARE FINDING A WAY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. SOMETIMES IT IS A LITTLE STRESSFUL.

>> WELL, WHEN YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR SOMETHING AS IMPORTANT AS THAT, YOU FIND A WAY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING FINANCIALLY WITH THE 1 TO 500 RATIO TO GET IT 1 TO 250, SO WE HAVE TO THINK CREATIVELY ABOUT DIFFERENT WAYS WE CAN MITIGATE THAT AND USE TO WORK AND -- TEAMWORK AND COLLABORATION AS A WAY TO FIND BEST PRACTICES. I FIND IT INSPIRATIONAL WHAT YOU'RE DOING, AND I HOPE THAT ALL OF THE HIGH SCHOOLS AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ARE WATCHING, THEIR GUIDANCE COUNSELORS ARE WATCHING GOING, YES, WE WANT TO STRIVE TO DO THE SAME THING. I KNOW THE SUPERINTENDENT KNOWS IT'S IMPORTANT, AND I FEEL LIKE MS. GRIFFIN, WE NEED TO PROVIDE THE RESOURCES AND THE SPACE FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO, WHATEVER WE CAN DO TO SUPPORT THAT SO YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU LOVE.

>> I THINK A BIG KEY A ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT AT THE SCHOOL. AS THE SUPERVISOR, AND I HEAR A LOT. SO I KNOW, I MEAN, I COULD TELL YOU SOME STORIES, BUT I WON'T. THAT IT REALLY COMES DOWN TO A LOT OF THAT AND A LOT OF TIMES AT OUR MEETINGS, ATHENA CAN SHARE WITH YOU, WHEN PEOPLE SHARE, AND SHE'S LIKE, OH, MY GOSH, AND THE STRUGGLES THEY ARE HAVING BECAUSE THEY DON'T HAVE SOME OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT THAT THEY REALLY NEED. SO I ALMOST FEEL LIKE IT HAS TO BE AN EXPECTATION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT FOR IMPLEMENTING THIS PROGRAM AT THE SCHOOLS. AND WITH THAT, I MEAN, WE CAN PROVIDE ALL THE SUPPORT TO THE COUNSELORS. THAT'S NOT A PROBLEM, BUT WHERE WE SOMETIMES GET A ROADBLOCK IS IF THE PRINCIPAL IS NOT SUPPORTIVE OF IT OR THEY SAY NO, I CAN'T STEP IN AND SAY YOU HAVE TO.

>> WE DEFINITELY HAVE TO HAVE THE BUY-IN OF THE PRINCIPALS TO DO THAT AND WE'LL LEAVE THAT WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SUPERINTENDENT. THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO FOR OUR STUDENTS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MS. GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: JUST REAL BRIEF. YOU CAN SIT DOWN IF YOU'D LIKE, IF YOU'RE TIRED OF STANDING. FIRST OFF, IT'S -- I DON'T WANT TO SAY HISTORICAL, BUT I WILL, IT'S A HISTORICAL REALITY THAT OUR AVERAGE PUPIL TO COUNSELOR RATIO RANGES FROM 1 TO 300 TO 1 TO 500. AT LEAST IN ALL THE YEARS I'VE BEEN IN EDUCATION AND THAT'S A PRETTY SAD REALITY. IT'S ALSO A SAT REALITY THAT WE DID HAVE A FISCAL CRISIS AND WE REALLY DIDN'T HELP THAT SITUATION IN TERMS OF MONEY. SORRY, BUT THAT'S THE WAY IT CAME DOWN. BUT WHAT IS THE GOOD NEWS, AND I LIKE THE WAY THAT OUR CHAIRPERSON, MELISSA SNIVELY WORDED IT, IS -- WELL, SORRY, MEMBER SNIVELY, WHAT YOU DEVELOPED IS A MIDDLE SCHOOL, A MIDDLE SCHOOL THAT WILL -- A MODEL THAT WILL REALLY HELP FRAME, POSSIBLY STREAMLINE, IF YOU WILL AND BE COST-EFFECTIVE FOR OTHER SCHOOLS TO FOLLOW. SO YOU REALLY HAD TWO PARTS, AT LEAST IN MY MIND, YAY, COUNSELORS, YOU'RE DOING A GREAT JOB, BUT ALSO YOU'RE GIVING US A MODEL FOR ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS TO ASPIRE TO, AND THEN YOU'RE GOING TO HELP TRAIN THEM. YOU KNOW, THAT'S A GREAT THING. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MS. GRIFFIN.

>>April Griffin: I AGAIN WILL BE BRIEF. AS A POINT OF CLARIFICATION BECAUSE I HEAR YOU. WE ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO LET THE PEOPLE WHO ARE THE EXPERTS GET TOGETHER AND SHARE THEIR BEST PRACTICES, BUT THAT CAN ONLY GO SO FAR AS FAR AS THE SUPPORT IS CONCERNED, AND I'M WANTING US TO START MAKING SOME OF THOSE FINANCIALLY DRIVEN DECISIONS ON WHERE WE'RE GOING TO PUT OUR FINANCES. AND THIS BOARD, ALL OF US STATED, MINUS THE TWO NEW MEMBERS, AND THEY NEED TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO HAVE THAT INPUT AS WELL, THAT THIS WAS ONE OF OUR PRIORITIES MOVING FORWARD BACK THEN. THIS WAS IN THE SPRING OF 2015. SO WE MAY NOT GET TO THAT 1 TO 250, BUT IF WE COULD GET FROM THAT 1 TO 400, 1 TO 500 TO 1 TO 400 AND MAYBE START TO CHIP THAT DOWN A BIT OR TO GIVE THOSE OTHER SUPPORTS THAT WE NEED TO GIVE, WHAT I WANT THIS WORKSHOP TO BE IN PART SO THIS IS THE CLARIFICATION, ALONG WITH LOOKING AT THOSE BEST PRACTICES, THAT THEY CAN SHARE AMONGST ONE ANOTHER, AMONGST GRADE LEVELS AND SO ON AND SO FORTH IS THE BOARD TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSION AND MS. SAUNDERS ABOUT THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF THESE DECISIONS THAT WE'LL BE MAKING AND WHERE DO WE WANT TO SHIFT AS WE START TO MOVE FORWARD? BECAUSE SEL IS SOMETHING THAT THIS BOARD HAS SAID WE WANT TO FOCUS ON AS WE MOVE FORWARD, BECAUSE WE CAN TEACH THE ABCs AND 123s ALL DAY LONG, BUT IF THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO RESOLVE CONFLICT, IF THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET ALONG IN THE WORKPLACE, IF THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO DEAL WITH THE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS, THEN WE ARE NOT DOING OUR JOB, AND WE'RE PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST PARTS OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT MASS LOW'S HIERARCHY, YOU GET THE BASIC FOUNDATIONAL THINGS DOWN AND THEN YOU START TO BUILD TO THAT LEVEL OF ENLIGHTENMENT. THAT'S WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR, BUT WE'LL HAVE TO MAKE SOME OF THOSE FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND THAT'S WHAT I WANT WRAPPED UP IN THE WORKSHOP, TOO, IS THE FINANCIAL DISCUSSION. THANK YOU.

>> I HAVE REALLY TWO COMMENTS, NOT QUESTIONS. YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER. IF WE DO GO TO WORKSHOP, I'D LIKE TO SEE, I KNOW THAT THERE'S NO FINANCIAL IMPACT TO THE DISTRICT, BUT DID THE FOUNDATION OR ANYTHING AT PLANT ACTUALLY PUT FORTH ANY MONEY TO SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM? AND IF THEY DID, ARE THERE OTHER SUPPORTS THAT THE FOUNDATION ACTUALLY HELPED WITH? I KNOW YOU GUYS HAVE A PRETTY STRONG FOUNDATION THERE. THE OTHER QUESTION I HAVE IS, I KNOW THAT PART OF THE REASON THAT YOU'RE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS IS THE PARENTAL SUPPORT MODEL AND THE FACT THAT YOU DO A LOT OF YOUR TESTING OFF-SITE.

>> HUNDRED PERCENT ON-SITE.

>>Cindy Stuart: OKAY. BUT I KNOW THE PROCTORING BY PARENTS IS A HUGE PIECE OF THIS, AND I KNOW, SO FOR OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT, THIS IS NOT GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT THE WAY THAT YOU HAVE. I THINK THAT IS A PIECE WE HAVE TO LOOK AT, BECAUSE YOUR PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT AT PLANT I KNOW IS A BIG FACTOR IN THIS ENTIRE PIECE. NOT TO BE CRITICAL, BUT I KNOW THAT, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A MODEL, THAT'S PART OF THE MODEL IS HOW DO YOU GET THE PARENTAL PIECE AND GET THOSE PEOPLE INVOLVED TO PROCTOR THE TEST SO YOU DON'T HAVE GUIDANCE OR TEACHERS OR OTHER DEPARTMENT HEADS SITTING IN THOSE CLASSROOMS PROCTORING TESTS. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION. I APPRECIATE IT. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE AT 7:00, AND EMPLOYEES, I APOLOGIZE. WE ARE NOW GOING TO MOVE TO EMPLOYEE COMMENT. WE HAVE NINE SPEAKERS THAT ARE HERE WITH US TONIGHT. TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD. THERE ARE MANY WAYS FOR OUR EMPLOYEES TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD INCLUDING THROUGH UNION REPRESENTATIVES, E-MAILS, PHONE CALLS AND ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATIONS, PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING AND THE BOARD CERTAINLY WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU. THIS IS A NEW SECTION FOR OUR AGENDA, AND WE'RE CREATING ANOTHER AVENUE FOR EMPLOYEES TO SPEAK TO US. WE HAVE 30 MINUTES SET ASIDE FOR EMPLOYEES IN THE DISTRICT TO SPEAK TO US ABOUT WHATEVER IS ON YOUR MIND. IT'S NOT INTENDED  TOO TO BE A DISCUSSION ABOUT ANY SPECIFIC ITEMS ON THE AGENDA BUT RATHER AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD ON ISSUES RELATED TO YOUR JOB OR THE DISTRICT. EACH SPEAKER WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES. I WILL CALL YOU IN GROUPS OF THREE. LEO HEGARTY, BRITTANY WEGMAN, AND FAY COOK. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> MADAM CHAIR STUART, HONORABLE BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND DISTRICT STAFF, THANK YOU FOR AFFORDING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU ON TWO ISSUES THERE A HAVE BEEN -- THAT HAVE BEEN COMMUNICATED TO ME AS MEMBERS COUNTYWIDE AS BEING EXTREMELY CRITICALLY TO THEIR WELL-BEING. THE FIRST IS EMPLOYEE SAFETY. THAT IS IN TWO PARTS WITH AIR-CONDITIONING BEING THE INITIAL CONCERN. I REALLY DON'T THINK YOU REALIZE HOW BAD THE SITUATION HAS BECOME ON OUR CAMPUSES. TO PUT IT SIMPLY AND SUCCINCTLY, IF THE DISTRICT WAS A PRIVATE BUSINESS AND NOT A PUBLIC ENTITY THIS WOULD BE A LEAD STORY NIGHTLY ON THE 6 P.M. NEWS. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THESE CASES ARE NOT THE EXCEPTION, BUT THE RULE. WHEN HCTA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS SOUNDED A MESSAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA ASKING MEMBERS IF THEIR SCHOOLS WERE EXPERIENCING ANY AIR CONDITIONING ISSUES, THEY RECEIVED OVER 170 RESPONSES IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS. THE CONDITIONS AT SOME SCHOOLS ARE DEPLORABLE AND A HAZARD TO THE HEALTH OF STUDENTS AS WELL AS EMPLOYEES. I'VE BEEN TOLD OF CASES WHERE THE SDHC AIR CONDITIONING TECHNICIANS WERE ON THE PHONE FOR A PARTICULAR CLASSROOM TO THE CENTRAL MAINTENANCE OFFICE. ONE EXTRAORDINARY EXAMPLE IS THEY WERE BEING TOLD THAT THE READING THEY WERE GETTING IN THE CLASSROOM OF 86 DEGREES WAS WRONG BECAUSE THE DOWNTOWN COMPUTER WAS READING 74 DEGREES. HOT CLASSROOMS LEAD TO THE OTHER EMPLOYEE SAFETY PROBLEM, AND THAT IS MOLD. THIS IS GROWING TO EPIDEMIC PROPORTIONS. FOR EXAMPLE, I WAS CONTACTED BY A HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHER AFTER THEY WERE TOLD BY SHDC MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEE THAT THE BLACK MOLD IDENTIFIED ON THE WALLS WAS REALLY JUST DIRTY WATER THAT HAD SEEPED THROUGH THE WINDOW. AFTER GOING TO THE SCHOOL AND SEEING IT FOR MYSELF, I DEFINITELY SIDED WITH THE TEACHER WHO AT THE END OF THE YEAR MOVED TO A DIFFERENT SCHOOL OVER THAT SPECIFIC HEALTH ISSUE. IN SOME CASES, EMPLOYEES ARE NOT EVEN INFORMED THAT THERE IS A MOLD ISSUE. IT IS NOT MENTIONED BY SITE OR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS TO EMPLOYEES AS MAINTENANCE CREWS REMOVE THE MOLD. THERE HAVE BEEN EXAMPLES OF THIS OCCURRING DURING THE SCHOOL DAY WHEN STUDENTS AND STAFF ARE STILL IN THE BUILDING. THE SECOND PROBLEM IS DISCIPLINE. I CAN ONLY SPEAK TO ISSUES THAT RESOLVE AROUND MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL, BEING MARRIED TO A DISTRICT ELEMENTARY TEACHER, SHE INFORMS ME THAT THEY HAVE SIMILAR ISSUES. WHEN THE CONTRACT WAS FINALLY SETTLED THIS YEAR, I RECEIVED NUMEROUS COMMUNICATIONS FROM MEMBERS AND NONMEMBERS ALIKE. THEY WERE SHOCK AND DISMAYED AND FRUSTRATED OVER THE LACK OF ATTENTION TO DISCIPLINE TEACHERS. TEACHERS AND ESPs INFORMED ME, ESPECIALLY FAREWELL MEMBERS AND THOSE WITH ESE STUDENTS THAT THEY ARE STARTING TO FEAR FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY. THEY ARE VERBALLY AND SOMETIMES PHYSICALLY ACCOSTED AND NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE BECAUSE THEY ARE INSTRUCTED TO CUT DOWN ON DISCIPLINE INCIDENTS BY ONLY NECESSARY. USE FIGHTING AS AN EXAMPLE. IN THE PAST YEARS, PERPETRATORS RECEIVED 10 DAYS OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION. WITH THAT POLICY IN PLACE, ONE FIGHT A MONTH. NOW WITH STUDENTS ONLY RECEIVING TWO DAYS FOR SAME OFFENSE AND SITE ADMINISTRATORS NEEDING APPROVAL TO INCREASE THAT IN THE MORE EGREGIOUS CASES WE HAVE TWO TO THREE FIGHTS A WEEK WITH THE MAJORITY OF THEM BEING BETWEEN GIRLS. FIGHTING, WORST DAY IS THURSDAY. WHY YOU ASK? STUDENTS KNOW, AND THESE ARE THEIR OWN WORDS. THEY GET A FOUR-DAY WEEKEND, AND THAT DOESN'T SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACT THEIR GRADES. MS. GRAY, I HAVE TO USE YOU AS AN EXAMPLE BECAUSE YOU AND I TALKED TOGETHER IN LETO. WE KNOW EITHER FROM FIRSTHAND KNOWLEDGE OR OUR COLLEAGUES WHAT IT'S LIKE TO TRY AND TEACH WITH THE -- IN THE CLASS. WE KNOW AND SEEN THAT EDUCATION WILL NOT EXIST IF DISCIPLINE IS NOT PRESENT. LADIES, I IMPLORE YOU TO ACT EX-PEED GENERALLY ON THESE TWO ISSUES. PLEASE TAKE STEPS TO IMPROVE THE AIR CONDITIONING IN SCHOOLS AND GOING BACK TO A DISCIPLINE POLICY WHERE CONSEQUENCES FIT THE OFFENSE. BELIEVE ME, YOUR EMPLOYEES WILL BE THANKFUL FOR THAT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BRIT THEY WEGMAN. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, MY NAME IS BRITTANY WEGMAN. I AM AN ART TEACHER HERE IN THE DISTRICT. I HAVE TO SAY THAT I'M VERY EXCITED TO BE HERE TONIGHT TO SHARE WITH YOU AND TALK WITH YOU ABOUT MY POINT OF VIEW AND MY THOUGHTS. AND I'M FOLLOWING UP ON THE TOPIC OF AC. I WORK AT RIVERHILLS ELEMENTARY, AND WE RECENTLY CELEBRATED OUR 50th ANNIVERSARY, SO WE HAVE DEFINITELY HAD OUR SHARE OF AIR CONDITIONING ISSUES. BUT I WANTED TO COME HERE TONIGHT, AND I WANTED TO THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF MYSELF AND THE COLLEAGUES AT MY SITE AS WE ARE UP FOR AN AIR CONDITIONING UPGRADE THIS SUMMER. IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'RE VERY MUCH EXCITED ABOUT, AND I'M SURE YOU ALL ARE, TOO. IN A WAY, IT IS DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW UP ON THIS TOPIC OF AC AS THERE ARE OTHER COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE DISTRICT WHO ARE IN NEED OF SIMILAR REPAIRS, BUT ANYONE WHO HAS WATCHED AND LISTENED CLOSELY TO MOST OF YOU FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT THIS PROCESS IS TEDIOUS, AND IT'S EXPENSIVE, AND GREAT DECISION MAKING ABILITIES ARE NEEDED WHEN ENSURING THAT EACH OF OUR SCHOOL SITES ARE MAINTAINED. SO WHILE AT THE SAME TIME BALANCING THOSE NEEDS WITH LIMITED RESOURCES AND THE ISSUES THAT I KNOW YOU'RE FACING WITH THE BUDGET. SO MY THANKS TONIGHT IS GIVEN OUT OF A DESIRE TO BRING MORE BALANCE TO THIS CONVERSATION, AND TO BRING ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT WORK, HOWEVER INSIGNIFICANT IT MAY SEEM, IN THE LARGER PICTURE, ACROSS OUR DISTRICT, THAT IS BEING DONE, AND IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED BY THOSE OF US WHO ARE AT SITES THAT ARE GETTING THIS. AND I BELIEVE THAT'S IMPORTANT TO SHARE THAT HERE. SO MY LAST POINT WITH SHARING THIS WITH YOU ALL TONIGHT IS TO, AGAIN, HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE FOR MORE TEACHERS TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS AT THIS TIME. TO BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS REALLY VAST ENVIRONMENT THAT YOU ALL OPERATE IN, TO BE A PART OF THE BUSINESS THAT YOU ALL HAVE TO WORK WITH. IT SHOULD BE PROVIDED TO MORE TEACHERS, TO PARENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS. AND THIS CONTRIBUTION MIGHT NOT ALWAYS SEEN POSITIVE, BUT IT'S NOT ALWAYS NEGATIVE EITHER. I HOPE THAT YOU ALL WILL CONTINUE TO CONSIDER STARTING BUSINESS AT A LATER TIME SO WE CAN COME AND BE PART OF IT AND TO SPEAK AND PARTICIPATE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS. COOK.

>> IT'S ABOUT TIME RIVER HILLS WAS REPLACED BECAUSE WEREN'T THEY THE FIRST AIR CONDITIONER IN THE COUNTY? WEREN'T THEY THE FIRST SCHOOL? I THINK IT WAS RIVER HILLS WAS THE FIRST -- YEAH.

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. COOK, WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR HAVING US TONIGHT. I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU DID A LOT -- ALLOT THE 6:00 TIME SO EMPLOYEES COULD COME. AS AN ELEMENTARY TEACHER, 3:00 AND 4:00, I'M STILL IN MEETINGS EVERY TUESDAY AT SCHOOL. SO I DO APPRECIATE THIS TIME. I WANT TO BRING TO YOU AN ISSUE THAT IS NOT A NEW ISSUE. IT IS A VERY OLD ISSUE. BARBARA HANCOCK, YOU WILL KNOW THIS ISSUE VERY WELL. WHERE DID BARBARA GO? I TALKED TO HER EARLIER. A DECADE AGO, WE HAD PAPERWORK REDUCTION TASK FORCE. IT WAS A STATE COMMITTEE, AND THERE WAS A DISTRICT COMMITTEE, AND WE WERE WORKING ON TRYING TO REDUCE THE PAPERWORK FOR TEACHERS. AND, UNFORTUNATELY, JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING GOES TO A COMPUTER DOES NOT MEAN IT REDUCES THE WORKLOAD. BUT I WANT TO SPECIFICALLY TALK ABOUT THE PROCESS OF RTI RESPONSE INTERVENTION AND THE MULTITIER SENSORY -- THE MULTITIER SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS. THIS IS AN ONEROUS AND BURDENSOME WORKLOAD FOR TEACHERS. MOST OF THE WORK IS DONE OUTSIDE OF OUR WORK TIME. THESE ARE REPORTS, THAT I NEED FOR MY STUDENTS. THEY ARE COLOR REPORTS BECAUSE WHEN I PULL THEM, THEY ARE IN COLOR, AND WHEN I PULL THEM AND THEY ARE IN BLACK-AND-WHITE, I DON'T HAVE THE GRAPHS, AND I DON'T HAVE THE CHARTS I NEED. SO I SPENT MY SUNDAY AFTERNOON PULLING MY REPORTS, USING MY HOME PRINTER, MY HOME TIME WHEN MOST PEOPLE WERE GETTING READY FOR THE SUPER BOWL. BECAUSE WE'RE NOT TRUSTED WITH COLOR PRINTERS AT SCHOOL AS WE ARE NOT TRUSTED WITH THERMOSTATS. THESE ARE FOLDERS FOR THREE STUDENTS. I MADE SURE TO COVER UP THE NAMES. THERE'S NOTHING ANYBODY COULD SEE FROM A DISTANCE OR UP CLOSE. VERY CONCERNED ABOUT PRIVACY. THESE ARE THREE FOLDERS FOR RTI. EACH ONE OF THESE REPRESENTS A STUDENTS. SOME OF THESE FOLDERS HAVE PAPERWORK FROM 2013. THAT IS HOW LONG WE HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTING AND INTERVENING AND CAN'T SEEM TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS PROCESS. THIS IS NOT UNIQUE TO MY SCHOOL. I TALKED TO MANY ELEMENTARY TEACHERS ABOUT THIS. THIS IS NOT UNIQUE, THAT WE JUST SEEM TO BE IN THIS ENDLESS LOOP OF DOCUMENTING AND INTERVENING AND DOCUMENTING AND INTERVENING AND IT JUST GOES ON AND ON. I KNOW THERE IS AN ISSUE WITH A HIT LIST OF KIDS GETTING REFERRED TO BE TESTED AND WE DON'T WANT TO TEST KIDS TOO MUCH, BUT THERE ARE TIMES THAT THAT TESTING DOES NEED TO TAKE PLACE AND NEEDS TO TAKE PLACE IN A MORE TIMELY MANNER SO WE CAN BETTER ADDRESS THE NEEDS, BECAUSE EACH ONE OF THESE FOLDERS REPRESENT A STUDENT WHO IS STRUGGLING, A STUDENT WHO PROBABLY MAY NOT MAKE IT THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT GETTING WHAT THEY NEED IN ELEMENTARY IN A TIMELY MANNER. I TEACH FIFTH GRADE. SOME OF THESE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN IN THIS PROCESS FROM THEIR PRIMARY YEARS ON. SO I'M JUST DISC ASKING YOU TO P LOOK AT THE PROCESS FOR RTI AND MULTITIER SENSORY -- I DON'T KNOW WHY I KEEP SAYING THAT, OUR MULTITIER STUDENT SUPPORT, AND SEE IF WE CAN STREAMLINE THIS IN A WAY THAT WOULD BE MORE MEANINGFUL FOR THE STUDENTS AND THAT WOULD BE LESS OF A BURDEN FOR THE TEACHERS. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. COOK. [ APPLAUSE ] MS. NATALIE ROARBACKER, GEORGE RENOLS AND LAURA HOBBY. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> HI. GOOD EVENING, MY NAME IS NATALIA RUEBACKER. I'M HERE TO DISCUSS THE SCHOOL CHOICE HARDSHIP FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EMPLOYEES AND CHANGE IN INTENSIVE PRIMARY EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION PRESCHOOL OR IPEEP FOR THE THREE-YEAR-OLD CLASSROOM. I LIVE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I'M ALSO A MOTHER OF TWO BOYS AND A WIFE TO ANOTHER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHER. WE BOTH GRADUATED LETO LIKE WE WERE THROUGH THE SYSTEM. MY YOUNGEST SON IS SPECIAL NEEDS WITH GLOBAL DELAYS. MY OLDEST IS TYPICAL. NEXT YEAR, I WILL BE APPLYING FOR SCHOOL CHOICE AND HARDSHIP FOR BOTH MY SONS TO GO TO SCHOOL AT LOWRY. WHEN DECIDING TO TRANSFER TO LOWRY, THE BIGGEST INFLUENCE WAS THEIR ESE SELF-CONTAINED DEPARTMENT AND IPEEP PROGRAM. MY YOUNGEST SON WILL NEED INTENSIVE INTERVENTION THAT LOWRY CAN PROVIDE THROUGH THE IPEEP AND SELF-CONTAINED ESE UNITS. MY PREVIOUS SCHOOLS DON'T HAVE THESE TYPE OF CLASSROOMS. I CHOSE TO TRANSFER TO LOWRY SO MY SON WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND SCHOOL WITH ME AND HIS BROTHER WHILE STILL HAVING HIS SPECIFIC NEEDS MET. LOWRY IS A GREAT SCHOOL, AND I AM SO PROUD TO BE A PART OF THAT SCHOOL THAT SERVICES SO MANY DIVERSE STUDENTS. IT HAS COME TO LIGHT THAT SCHOOL CHOICE FOR TEACHERS, CHILDREN, MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE TO ME AT LOWRY. THIS IS NOT, YOU KNOW, YOUR TYPICAL 9 TO 5 JOB. I GO ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR MY STUDENTS AND HAVING MY CHILDREN ATTEND WHERE I WORK SERVES MANY PURPOSES. IT ALLOWS ME TO DIRECT MY ENERGY INTO THEIR EDUCATION, COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY AND CLOSELY WITH THEIR FUTURE TEACHERS, AND REASSURES ME THAT MY CHILDREN WILL BE IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT. THIS PEACE OF MINDS ALLOWS ME TO BE 100% FOCUSED AND DEDICATED TO MY SCHOOL, MY OWN STUDENTS, AND MY CHILDREN. WHEN MY SON TURNS THREE, HE WILL BE ENROLLED IN THE IPEEPs PROGRAM AT LOWRY, HOPEFULLY. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE HAS BEEN DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM BEING CHANGED FROM FIVE DAYS TO THREE, AND ONE OF THE DISTRICT'S BIG STRESSORS ON TEACHERS ARE CONSISTENCY FOR STUDENTS AND THE DISTRICT SCHOOL IS TO INCREASE GRADUATION RATE. BOTH OF THOSE WILL BE NEGATIVELY IMPACTED BY THE CHANGE TO THREE DAYS. RESEARCH STATES THAT EARLY INTERVENTION IS KEY TO A CHILD'S EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS. THIS IS WHY A FULL FIVE-DAY PROGRAM FOR IPEEPs SHOULD FOLLOW THE EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM WITH SMOOTH TRANSITION. EARLY INTERVENTION IS OUR OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD A STRONG BASE FOR OUR CHILD'S EDUCATION. THROUGHOUT MY CAREER, I HAVE SEEN NUMEROUS TEACHERS AND STAFF BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO THEIR --

>>Cindy Stuart: YOU HAVE 30 SECONDS.

>> I AM NOT SURE WHY THIS IS AN ISSUE NOW. I DON'T THINK IT'S FAIR TO TAKE THIS AWAY FROM OUR EMPLOYEES. THIS IS NOT JUST AFFECTING MY FAMILY, BUT IT AFFECTS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EMPLOYEES AND THEIR CHILDREN ACROSS THE DISTRICT. TAKING SCHOOL CHOICE AWAY FROM TEACHERS WILL HAVE A NEGATIVE IMPACT. ALSO, THINK ABOUT THE IPEEPs PROGRAM AND THINK ABOUT THESE THREE-YEAR-OLDS THAT ARE TRANSITIONING FROM EARLY STEPS IN HOME INTERVENTION TO A SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT AND HOW IMPORTANT CONSISTENCY IS FOR THEIR EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS. WE ONLY WANT WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR STUDENTS AND OUR OWN CHILDREN. WE DEVOTE OUR TIME, ENERGY, AND RESOURCES FOR OUR STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. TEACHERS MAKE SACRIFICES DAILY. HOWEVER, WHEN IT COMES TO MY OWN CHILDREN AND THEIR EDUCATION, THERE'S ONLY ONE CHOICE AND THAT'S ATTENDING LOWRY. THIS IS ONE SACRIFICE I'M NOT WILLING TO MAKE.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] IT'S PUBLIC COMMENT. WE'RE NOT GOING TO COMMENT, MS. GRIFFIN. IT'S PUBLIC COMMENT.

>>April Griffin: MADAM CHAIR, I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT, AND I THINK THAT THIS COULD SHAPE SOME OF OUR PUBLIC COMMENT AS WE MOVE FORWARD, BECAUSE I THINK THAT THERE'S SOME MISINFORMATION ABOUT THE CHOICE OPTION FOR OUR TEACHERS.

>>Cindy Stuart: AND THE SUPERINTENDENT WILL COMMENT AT THE END OF PUBLIC COMMENT.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I THOUGHT HE MIGHT BE ABLE TO SHAPE THE CONVERSATION.

>>Cindy Stuart: GEORGE, PLEASE. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> GOOD EVENING, MS. CHAIRWOMAN, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US THIS EVENING NOW. MS. GRAY, I HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH YOU YEARS AGO AT JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL. IT'S BEEN QUITE A WHILE. GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN. I'M ALSO HERE TO SPEAK ABOUT SCHOOL CHOICE. I'M A FATHER OF THREE. MY WIFE AND I BOTH TEACH AT FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL. WE'RE VERY PROUD TO BE TEACHERS THERE. AND MY OLDEST DAUGHTER GOES TO LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND MY SON GABRIELLE, GOES TO CHILES ELEMENTARY. MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER WHEN SHE GETS OLD ENOUGH IN A COUPLE OF YEARS, SHE WILL ALSO GO TO CHILES IF SCHOOL CHOICE WORKS FOR THE TEACHERS WHO WORK FOR THE DISTRICT OPI. WE WORK HARD EVERY DAY TO DO THE BEST WE CAN DO AND GIVE OUR UTMOST FOR OUR STUDENTS, AND WE LIKE TO DO THE SAME THING FOR OUR OWN CHILDREN, IT'S AN HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO TEACH IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND TO TEACH OUR STUDENTS. WE WANT THAT RIGHT FOR OUR OWN CHILDREN. NOW, LIVING IN PASCO COUNTY, PROBABLY ABOUT A MILE OVER THE BOUNDARY, EVERY YEAR MY WIFE AND I HAVE TO FILL OUT PAPERWORK AND REENROLL IN OUT-OF-COUNTY CHOICE, AND WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH TWO DIFFERENT DISTRICTS. WE HAVE TO FIND OUT IF WE'VE BEEN RELEASED FROM PASCO COUNTY SO THAT WE CAN THEN APPLY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND SOMETIMES THIS YEAR, FOR EXAMPLE, THE DEADLINE WAS MOVED FROM JAN TO DECEMBER, AND WE WEREN'T EVEN COMMUNICATED THAT INFORMATION. IN JANUARY, PASCO COUNTY DECIDED WE DON'T EVEN NEED TO HAVE A MEETING, SO WE COULDN'T GET RELEASED IF WE WANTED TO. SO THIS THROWS UP ENORMOUS BARRIERS TO US. AND SO WHAT I WOULD ASK IS THAT YOU TREAT YOUR TEACHERS WITH THE SAME KIND OF RESPECT THAT WE TREAT OUR OWN STUDENTS, THAT WE TREAT YOU, TO GIVE US THE KIND OF CONSIDERATION THAT IS NECESSARY TO ALLOW US TO TEACH OUR OWN STUDENTS AND OUR OWN CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOLS THAT WE TEACH IN OR THAT ARE CLOSEST TO US. MY DAUGHTER, LIBERTY, IS LITERALLY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF OUR CAMPUS. AND FOR HER TO HAVE TO GO TO ANOTHER MIDDLE SCHOOL IN ANOTHER COUNTY, FRANKLY, DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. AND FOR MY SON TO HAVE TO GO TO A DIFFERENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHERE HE'S MADE FRIENDS. HE'S BEEN THERE SINCE KINDERGARTEN, HE'S NOW IN SECOND GRADE. OUR HOPE WAS THAT HE WOULD FOLLOW THAT TRACK, FINISH CHILES LIKE MY DAUGHTER DID AND GO ON TO MIDDLE SCHOOL AND THEN TO FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL WHERE WE ARE. THAT COULD NOW POSSIBLY BE IN JEOPARDY, ESPECIALLY WHEN SCHOOLS LIKE CHILES ARE IN THE RED ZONE. AND, YOU KNOW, MAKE IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR US TO PLACE OUR OWN STUDENTS. MY YOUNGEST DAUGHTER MIGHT NOT EVEN EVER BE ABLE TO GO TO THE SAME SCHOOLS THAT OUR OLDEST CHILDREN WENT TO AND THAT'S ANOTHER PROBLEM AS WELL. WE BELIEVE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION. I WAS A TEACHER IN PRIVATE SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND I'VE SEEN THE DIFFERENCES, AND I MADE THE CHOICE TO PUT MY OWN CHILDREN IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT I BELIEVE IN. I BELIEVE IS SO MUCH I DECIDED TO TEACH IN THOSE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, TO TEACH THOSE STUDENTS. I'D LIKE TO TEACH MY CHILDREN THERE AS WELL. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: LAURA HOBBY, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS LAURA HOBBY. I'M A THIRD-GRADE TEACHER AT MITCHELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND I'M HERE TO SPEAK ON THE ISSUE OF SCHOOL CHOICE FOR TEACHERS. MY DAUGHTER VIRGINIA IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED AT MITCHELL AND IS INTERESTED IN ATTENDING WILSON, WHICH IS THE FEEDER SCHOOL, AND IT IS IN THE RED ZONE. VIRGINIA IS HERE, AND SHE WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ON HER OWN BEHALF, BECAUSE THIS AFFECTS HER MORE THAN -- BECAUSE IT AFFECTS HER MORE THAN ME.

>> HELLO. MY NAME IS VIRGINIA HOBBY, AND I AM A TEACHER'S DAUGHTER. I WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL -- I WANT TO HAVE MY OWN SCHOOL CHOICE. I'VE GONE TO MITCHELL SINCE SECOND GRADE BECAUSE MY MOM WORKS THERE. BEING A TEACHER'S KID GIVES THE SCHOOL A LOT OF DIFFERENT BENEFITS. I HELP WITH THE ELP STUDENTS. I GET UP EARLY AND I'M ALMOST A TEENAGER SO I NEED A LOT OF SLEEP. I MAKE POSTERS. I DO EXTRA WORK. I STAY LATE. I HELP MOVE CLASSROOMS DURING THE SUMMER, AND I ALSO BABYSIT TEACHERS' KIDS DURING FACULTY MEETINGS ON TUESDAY AFTERNOONS. THEREFORE, I DESERVE TO BE WITH MY FRIENDS FOR BETTER EDUCATION RESULTS. IN ADDITION, MY MOM WILL BE A BETTER TEACHER FOR HER SCHOOL IF SHE ISN'T WORRIED ABOUT ME WASHINGTON SCHOOL WHEN IT RAINS. AND, YOU KNOW, MIDDLE SCHOOL IS HARD ENOUGH SO MAKING ALL NEW FRIENDS IS GOING TO BE EVEN HARDER. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] JODY DONAHUE, ELISSA ZIMMERMAN AND MICHELLE HAMLIN. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> THANK YOU. HELLO. MY NAME IS JODY DONOHUE. I TEACH AT MARY BRYANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THANK YOU FOR THE TIME AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD. I'M HERE TO SPEAK UP AND MAKE KNOWN HOW ENDING THE SCHOOL CHOICE AND HARDSHIP PROGRAM FOR TEACHERS WILL IMPACT MY FAMILY AND STUDENTS AS WELL AS THOSE AND MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES ACROSS THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WHO ARE UNABLE TO BE HERE TONIGHT AND ASKED ME TO PUT IN A GOOD WORD FOR THEM. TIM HAD TO LEAVE EARLY. YOU HONORED HIM TONIGHT. HE ALSO FACES EXTREME HARDSHIP AS HIS SON ENTERS KINDERGARTEN NEXT YEAR. TIM AND HIS WIFE, WHO IS ALSO A TEACHER IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, THEY LIVE IN PASCO PINELLAS COUNTY 'AND THEY WON'T KNOW UNTIL APRIL IF THEY CAN BRING THEIR SON TO SCHOOL HERE IN MING I'VE BEEN TEACHING FOR 16 YEARS, AND I LOVE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WITH ALL OF MY BEING. I LOVE MY JOB. I GOT MY NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION. I WAS ABLE TO RENEW IT. I'M ON THE DISTRICT CURRICULUM TEAM FOR MUSIC. I SERVED ON STATE AND DISTRICT ASSESSMENT WRITING TEAMS, DISTRICT TRAINER FOR COMMON CORE STANDARDS IN THE MUSIC CLASSROOM FOR HIGHER-ORDER THINKING IN THE MUSIC CLASSROOM. FOR MUSIC CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION. I ALSO HAVE SERVED ON ELEMENTARY MUSIC COUNCIL AS THE TECHNOLOGY AND MUSIC EDUCATION CHAIRPERSON. I'VE TAKEN INTERNS, I'VE DONE NEW TEACHER MENTORING AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL, I'M A TEAM LEADER. I REGULARLY INVOLVE MYSELF IN AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES. SPIRIT NIGHTS. I'M NOT TRYING TO GIVE A LIST OF MY RESUMÉ, BUT I DO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT BECAUSE OF MY LOVE AND MY DESIRE TO PUT SO MUCH INTO MY JOB, I PUT IN A LOT OF HOURS OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOL DAY. AND I DO IT WITH ALL MY HEART AND ALL THIS LOVE IN MY HEART BECAUSE I TRULY, TRULY ENJOY DOING THIS FOR STUDENTS. BUT THE ONE THING THAT'S JUST AS IMPORTANT TO ME IS, OF COURSE, MY FAMILY. I HAVE TWO WONDERFUL CHILDREN. I HAVE A NINE-YEAR-OLD GIRL WHO IS AT THE TOP OF HER CLASS, FOURTH GRADE AT MARY BRYANT. AND FOUR-YEAR-OLD SON WHO I BELIEVE, OF COURSE, IS A GENIUS. HE WILL BE ENTERING KINDERGARTEN, NOT THIS COMING YEAR, BUT IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR. AND I'M CONCERNED THAT HE WON'T BE ABLE TO ATTEND THE SCHOOL WHERE I WORK. I HAVE SO MANY FRIENDS THAT DON'T TEACH AND WHO AGONIZE OVER THE TIME LOST WITH THEIR CHILDREN AND THEY SAY YOU'RE SO LUCKY TO BE ABLE TO SPEND TIME WITH YOUR KIDS. AND THEN THE OTHER CONVERSATIONS THEY SAY YOU SPEND SO MUCH TIME AT YOUR JOB AND THEY ASK HOW YOU DO IT. THE ANSWER IS BECAUSE I'M WITH MY KIDS DURING THE DAY AND I KNOW THEIR TEACHERS VERY WELL, AND I SEE THESE ACTIVITIES THAT THEY PARTICIPATE IN AND KNOW WHAT THEIR DAY IS LIKE AND I CAN BOND WITH THEM ON THAT. SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE THE POINT THAT, YES, IT'S SIX EXTRA YEARS OF DAY CARE PAYMENTS WHICH EXCRUCIATING AND, YES, I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF IT'S GOING TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM BECAUSE THERE ARE TEACHERS WHO SENDS THEIR CHILDREN TO OTHER SCHOOLS BECAUSE THEY TEACH AT OTHER SCHOOLS WHO WOULD BE ATTENDING MY SCHOOL IF THESE POLICIES ARE ENACTED. IF I SEND MY KIDS ELSEWHERE AND THEIR KIDS COME TO OUR SCHOOL, I'M NOT SURE THAT WILL SOLVE THE OVERCROWDING PROBLEM. I JUST WANT TO ASK THAT WE LOOK AT THIS A LITTLE CLOSER AND TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE TIME IT WILL TAKE FROM TEACHERS' LIVES IF THEY HAVE TO LEAVE WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO BE WITH THEIR CHILDREN IN THE EVENINGS INSTEAD OF GIVING THAT TIME WITH THEM.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. LISA ZIMMERMAN. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING US HERE TONIGHT. MY NAME IS LISSE ZIMMERMAN. I AM A FIRST GRADE TEACHER AT MITCHELL ELEMENTARY. THIS IS MY DAUGHTER HAILEY. SHE'S HERE WITH ME TONIGHT. SHE'S REALLY THE REASON WHY I'M HERE, TOO. AS WE'VE HEARD FROM PREVIOUS SPEAKERS, THERE'S AN ISSUE FOR SCHOOL CHOICE FOR TEACHERS IN OUR DISTRICT THAT WE'RE ADDRESSING TONIGHT. SO SOME OF US IN THIS ROOM MAY KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE THE CHILD OF A TEACHER. THOSE OF US WHO HAVE AN EDUCATOR IN THE FAMILY MAY HAVE EVEN BEEN INSPIRED BY THOSE FAMILY MEMBERS TO BECOME TEACHERS OURSELVES. FOR THOSE OF US WHO DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE, LET ME GIVE YOU SOME INSIGHT. BEING A TEACHER'S CHILD HAS SOME PERKS. YOUR PARENTS ARE USUALLY VERY INVOLVED AND INVESTED IN YOUR EDUCATION. THEY KNOW HOW TO HELP YOU WHEN YOU NEED IT. HOWEVER, THERE ARE ALSO SOME DOWNSIDES TO BEING A TEACHER'S CHILD. FOR MY DAUGHTER, IT HAS MEANT MANY LONG HOURS IN MY CLASSROOM WHILE I'M IN MEETINGS OR PREPARING LESSON PLANS AND MATERIALS FOR MY STUDENTS. IT HAS ALSO MEANT SWITCHING SCHOOLS FOUR TIMES DUE TO BUDGET CUTS IN THE PREVIOUS COUNTY I WORKED IN AND OTHER OBSTACLES THAT LIFE HAS THROWN MY WAY. BUT ONE THING THAT WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO COUNT ON IS THAT I AM RIGHT THERE WITH HER, AND I'M THERE FOR HER WHEN SHE NEEDS ME BECAUSE I'VE ALWAYS BEEN ABLE TO HAVE HER AT THE SCHOOL WITH ME. I MAKE SURE THAT SHE ARRIVES AT SCHOOL SAFELY AND GETS HOME SAFELY EVERY DAY. NEXT YEAR, HOWEVER, MY DAUGHTER STARTS MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND I MAY NO LONGER HAVE THAT LUXURY. THE MIDDLE SCHOOL THAT'S IN THE ZONE THAT I TEACH IN IS WILSON MIDDLE, AND IT IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR CHOICE AND CHOICE HARDSHIP. SO AS IT STANDS, I DON'T HAVE A CHANCE OF SENDING MY DAUGHTER TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL NEAREST TO WHERE I TEACH. SHE MAY HAVE TO WALK TO AND FROM A BUS STOP ALONE WHILE I AM AT MY SCHOOL ACROSS TOWN HOPING THAT SHE'S SAFE. TO ME, THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. MY DAUGHTER'S SAFETY IS MY NUMBER ONE PRIORITY, AND IF I HAVE TO LEAVE MY JOB TO ENSURE THAT I CAN BE THERE TO GET HER TO AND FROM SCHOOL SAFELY, THEN THAT IS WHAT I'LL DO. IT IS MY HOPE THAT THIS WILL NOT BE THE CASE. SO I'M ASKING YOU ALL TONIGHT TO RECONSIDER SCHOOL CHOICE OPTIONS FOR THE CHILDREN OF TEACHERS. EDUCATORS PUT THEIR OWN TIME, MONEY, AND MUCH MORE INTO PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH A QUALITY EDUCATION. WHAT I AM ASKING FOR ON THE BEHALF OF TEACHERS ACROSS THE COUNTY IS THAT WE CAN AT LEAST BE GUARANTEED THAT OUR OWN CHILDREN BE AT OUR SCHOOLS WHERE WE TEACH, OR IN MY CASE, THE ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE ZONE IN WHICH WE TEACH. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND CONSIDERATION IN THIS MATTER.

>> THANK YOU, MS. ZIMMERMAN. MICHELLE HAMLIN.

>>Sally Harris: OKAY, THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THAT CONCLUDES OUR EMPLOYEE INPUT SECTION. LET ME SEE IF I CAN FIND WHERE WE LEFT OFF. MR. EAKINS, I APOLOGIZE, YOU WERE GOING TO COMMENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SO AS MANY OF OUR TEACHERS CAME AND SPOKE THIS EVENING BROUGHT BACK MY OWN MEMORIES OF BEING A TEACHER'S CHILD MYSELF. AND AS A PRINCIPAL REMEMBERING THE DAYS OF MY TEACHERS WHO HAD CHILDREN NOT ONLY IN THE SCHOOL BUT HAD CHILDREN WHO HAD BABIES AND ALSO THAT CREATED COMPLEXITIES IN THEIR LIVES. SO BRINGING ONE OF THE FIRST DAY CARES TO MY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS ONE OF MY TOP PRIORITIES AS A PRINCIPAL IN ORDER TO CREATE THAT TYPE OF STABILITY. THIS PROCESS, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I KNOW YOU'RE CHALLENGED BY THIS, BUT SOMETIMES LEGISLATION THINKS IT CAN HELP US ACTUALLY CREATES COMPLICATIONS IN THE WORLD OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS. SO WE HAD A STATE LAW THAT WAS PASSED THAT HAS COMPLICATED THE PROCESS. SO I WANT TO ENCOURAGE TEACHERS OUT THERE TO KNOW THAT THE PROCESS FOR US TO GO THROUGH TO MAKE SURE IT IS A PROCESS BY WHICH WE'RE FOLLOWING STATE LAW, BUT ALSO THE ANXIETY IT CREATES BY NOT HAVING TEACHERS KNOW THE OUTCOME OF THE RESULT RIGHT NOW IS COMPLICATED FOR THEM. AND I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND THAT. FIRST OF ALL, YOU KNOW, WE'RE WORKING THROUGH THAT PROCESS. I MET WITH THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE TEACHER'S UNION LAST WEEK JUST TO KIND OF REVIEW WHAT OUR PROCESS IS GOING TO BE AS WE MOVE FORWARD. CERTAINLY THE STATE LAW, YOU KNOW, IS VERY CLEAR ABOUT OVERCAPACITY AND ALLOWING STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS THAT ARE OVER CAPACITY. WE EVEN HAD SOME LANGUAGE IN OUR CONTRACT WITH OUR EMPLOYEES AS WELL WITH REGARDS TO THAT. OUR STAFF IS LOOKING AT THIS PROCESS MOVING FORWARD, AND WE KNOW ULTIMATELY WHERE OUR TEACHERS WILL WANT THEIR CHILD, ESPECIALLY IF THEY ARE TEACHING AT THAT PARTICULAR SCHOOL. SO AS WE GO THROUGH THE FIRST PHASE, OBVIOUSLY, WE'RE LOOKING AT CERTAIN CAPACITIES WITHIN OUR SCHOOL. WE'RE LOOKING AT THE SECOND ROUND OF CHOICE, WHICH -- OF THE PROCESS, WHICH WE HOPE TO FIND AS MANY OF OUR TEACHERS HAVING THIS PARTICULAR ANXIETY RIGHT NOW, THEIR ISSUES RESOLVED. I KNOW MR. ROMANO IN OUR CHOICE OFFICE HAVE BEEN FIELDING A LOT OF CALLS. AND THOSE CALLS HAVE PROVIDED A GREAT DEAL OF COMFORT FOR MANY OF THE TEACHERS THAT HAVE CONTACTED HIM, KNOWING THAT WE HAVE TO BE VERY TRANSPARENT IN OUR PROCESS, AS WE FOLLOW THE STATE LAW AROUND THIS ISSUE, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, CREATE THAT PROCESS SO THAT ULTIMATELY WE HAVE THE GOOD RESULTS FOR OUR STAFF AND OUR TEACHERS. SO WE'RE WORKING THROUGH THAT, AND IF ANY OF THE STAFF THAT ARE HERE TONIGHT WOULD LIKE TO CALL MR. ROMANO'S OFFICE JUST TO FOLLOW UP, I KNOW HE FIELDED CALLS THIS WEEK. THERE WAS SOME COMMUNICATION THAT WENT OUT. IT WASN'T FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT BUT IT KIND OF CREATED A LITTLE MORE ANXIETY AROUND THIS ISSUE, AND I THINK THAT MIGHT HAVE DRAWN SOME ATTENTION TONIGHT. JUST KNOW THAT WE ARE WORKING THROUGH THAT PARTICULAR PROCESS TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN HAVE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF TEACHERS HAVE THEIR CHILDREN AT THEIR SCHOOLS.

>>Susan L. Valdes: I HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR RECOGNIZING ME. MR. EAKINS, HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU HAD A CONVERSATION WITH THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: LAST WEEK WAS OUR FIRST CONVERSATION.

>>Susan L. Valdes: I TEND TO WONDER WHAT KIND OF COMMUNICATION WENT OUT TO THE TEACHERS BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IS THAT THE TEACHERS HAVE SOME SORT OF COMFORT KNOWING THAT WE ARE AWARE OF THESE CHALLENGES THAT THEY ARE FACING AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT STAFF IS LOOKING INTO SO THAT WE CAN ENSURE ABIDING BY THE RULES MADE BY OUR LEGISLATORS. I'M JUST WONDERING WHAT TYPE OF COMMUNICATION HAS GONE OUT TO THE TEACHERS SINCE YOUR COMMUNICATION WITH THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT, AND I REALLY WANT THE TEACHERS TO KNOW THAT WE'RE A LITTLE BIT AHEAD OF THIS AS WE'RE TRYING TO FIGURE THIS OUT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YEP. SO THAT COMMUNICATION HAS BEEN DRAFTED, AND IT WILL GO OUT THIS WEEK, MS. VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: I WISH IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DONE SOONER SO THAT THE FOLKS THAT CAME AND SPOKE ON BEHALF OF THAT PARTICULAR SITUATION WOULD HAVE HAD A WEEKEND FREE OF ANY TYPES OF WORRY OR EVEN HAVE TO STRUGGLE TO COME OUT HERE AT 6:00 OR 7:00 IN THE EVENING TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION WITH US, KNOWING WELL THAT WE ARE WORKING DILIGENTLY IN TRYING TO FIND A SOLUTION TO THIS PARTICULAR PROCESS, WHICH I KNOW IS ONE THAT WE VALUE BECAUSE WE VALUE OUR TEACHERS UNLIKE WHAT FOLKS MAY THINK. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE TO ITEM NUMBER 13.04, SEMESTER 1/QUARTER 2 STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE, WHICH IS BROUGHT TO US BY THE OFFICE OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT. DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT VAN AYRES WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM FOR US.

>> THANK YOU, MS. STUART. THIS IS A QUARTERLY UPDATE FOR OUR STRATEGIC PLAN. IN OUR FIVE-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN, WE ESTABLISHED SEVERAL KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS, WHICH GIVE US A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF OUR CURRENT LEVEL OF PERFORMANCE, AND I HAVE THE OFFICE OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT WHO WILL PROVIDE THE UPDATE OF SEMESTER 1/QUARTER 2. MR. COCHRAN.

>> THANK YOU, VAN. WE HAVE A PowerPoint. THANK YOU, VAN. MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, SENIOR STAFF, WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THIS INFORMATION ITEM TO YOU. BASICALLY JUST AN UPDATE ON QUARTER 2 RESULTS FROM OUR STRATEGIC PLAN. WE'LL BE HIGHLIGHTING SOME SUMMARY QUARTER 2 DATA AS WELL AS DETAIL SUCCESS STORIES FROM SCHOOLS AND DIVISION LEADERS. THOSE SUCCESS STORIES WILL BE DONE BY FOLKS TO MY RIGHT HERE. WE HAVE THREE AWESOME PRINCIPALS THAT WILL GIVE US SUCCESS STORIES AND ONE OF OUR DISTRICT LEADERS, MARYLOU, YOU'RE AWESOME, TOO, MARYLOU. WE'LL INTRODUCE THEM IN A FEW MINUTES AS THEY COME UP. OKAY. HERE IS OUR AGENDA. STRATEGIC PRIORITIES AND NEW KPIs. FOCUSED ON OUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES, OF COURSE, AND THAT'S HOW WE'RE GETTING USED TO ORGANIZE THIS PRESENTATION AND THEN A FEW ADJUSTMENTS THAT WE'VE MADE ON OUR KPIs. THEN WE'LL PROVIDE QUARTER 2 UPDATES, RESULTS, JULIE AND PATTY WILL WALK US THROUGH ORGANIZED AROUND A 4 KPI AND PRIORITY AREAS. LAST, BRIEFLY DISCUSS SOME FUTURE PLANS AND UPDATES. THESE, OF COURSE, ARE OUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES. WE'LL ORGANIZE OUR PRESENTATION AROUND THOSE, AND WE'LL GET TO THOSE DETAILED UPDATES IN JUST A MINUTE. ONE OF THE THINGS WE WANT TO DO IS ALSO MENTION TO YOU THAT BECAUSE OF OUR NEW '16-'17 STRATEGIC PLAN, WE HAVE ADJUSTED THE KPI JUST SLIGHTLY SO WE'LL ADDRESS THOSE AS THEY COME UP IN THE PRESENTATION, AND, OF COURSE, WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF UPDATING THAT IN OUR NEW BROCHURE, AND WE'LL PROBABLY HAVE THAT IN A FEW WEEKS, A DRAFT OF THAT. BUT THAT WILL BE PART OF THE NEW VERSION OF THE STRATEGIC PLAN. ALL RIGHT. ONE OTHER THING I WANTED TO ADDRESS BEFORE WE GET INTO THE DETAILS, WE WANTED TO EMPHASIZE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AND THE IMPORTANCE OF LAGGING AND LEADING INDICATORS. OUR KPIs ARE OF BOTH TYPES. AND WE BELIEVE THAT THE BEST PRACTICES USE BOTH OF THOSE AS A COMPLEMENT TO EACH OTHER. LAGGING INDICATORS, OF COURSE, ARE ABOUT MEASURING RESULTS, OUTPUTS AND OUTCOMES. AFTER EACH EVENT, THERE'S A MEASUREMENT CALCULATED AT THE END OF A PERIOD. LIKE A GRADUATION RATE. WE WAIT BASICALLY A YEAR, S.I.D.S. GRADUATE AND WE COME UP WITH -- KIDS GRADUATE AND WE COME UP WITH A NUMBER AND THAT LAGS IN TIME. WE HAVE TO WAIT SIX OR SEVEN MONTHS TO GET THE OFFICIAL NUMBERS FROM THE STATE. BUT THEY ARE GREAT FOR LETTING YOU KNOW IF YOU MET A GOAL BUT REALLY TOO LATE TO IMPACT THE RESULTS AT THAT TIME. IF YOU CAN SEE THE GRAPHIC UP THERE, WE LOOKED AT, IT'S LIKE LOOKING AT A REARVIEW MIRROR AS YOU'RE TRYING TO DRIVE THE CAR. BUT GREAT TO LET YOU KNOW IF YOU REACHED THE GOAL. THAT'S WHY WE NEED LEADING INDICATORS. LEADING INDICATORS ARE MORE PREDICTIVE IN NATURE, INPUT ORIENTED AND PRESSING MEASURES -- PROGRESS MEASURES, IF YOU FILL. THEY CAN BE EARLY WARNING INDICATORS AND SUGGEST HOW OUR LAG INDICATORS MAY BEHAVE. GREAT FOR GIVING YOU AN INDICATION OF YOUR RESULTS. IT CAN GIVE YOU ADVANCE WARNINGS, AND GAUGE ACTIVITIES VERSUS RESULTS. AGAIN, BOTH OF THOSE ARE GOOD. WE LIKE TO USE BOTH OF THEM, LINKING THOSE ACTIVITIES WITH THOSE MEASURES, LOOKING AT CAUSE AND EFFECT CHAINS, AND IF THERE ARE HIGH CORE RELATIONS BETWEEN LAG AND LEADING INDICATORS, IT CAN BE HIGHLY PREDICTIVE AND HAVE SOME POWER THERE. ONE EXAMPLE WE LIKE TO USE IS VERY EXIMPLE. WE CAN ALL RELATE TO -- VERY SIMPLE. WE CAN ALL RELATE TO. FOR EXAMPLE, WEIGHT. WHAT OUR BODY WEIGHT IS. PERFECT LAGGING INDICATOR ON THAT, OF COURSE, WE JUST STEP ON THE SCALES AND WE INSTANTLY KNOW, LOOK AT THE NUMBERS THERE AND WE KNOW WHAT WE WEIGH. NOW, AT THAT POINT, WE CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT THOSE. CAN'T INFLUENCE THOSE. IT'S JUST THERE. SO IF WE WANT TO INFLUENCE WHAT OUR WEIGHT WOULD BE IN A CHANGE, WE LOOK AT KEY LEADING INDICATORS. FOR EXAMPLE, OUR CALORIE CONSUMPTION IS A GREAT LEADING INDICATOR. THE CALORIES WE BURN IS ANOTHER ONE, AND THE COMBINATION OF THOSE TWO WILL GIVE US A TRENDS IN TERMS OF WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IN WEIGHT GAIN. IF WE PAY ATTENTION TO THAT WE'LL HAVE A PRETTY GOOD INDICATION IF OUR WEIGHT WILL GO UP OR DOWN. SO THAT'S THE KIND OF THING WE TRY TO DO WITH OUR KPIs. IT'S NOT A GREAT THING TO LOOK JUST AT YOUR LAGGING INDICATORS, BUT COMBINE THOSE WITH THE LEADING INDICATORS. AND WE THINK WE HAVE DONE A PRETTY GOOD JOB OF THAT WITH OUR FOUR PRIORITY AREAS, PARTICULARLY ON THE GRADUATION RATE. WE LITERALLY HAVE ONE LAGGING INDICATOR, GRADUATION RATE AND SEVEN OR EIGHT LEADING INDICATORS THAT REALLY GIVE US AN INDICATION OF HOW WE'RE DOING WITH GRADUATION RATE AS WE PROCEED THROUGH THE YEAR. SO WITH THAT, I AM GOING TO INTRODUCE JULIE McCLOUD, WHO IS GOING TO HIGHLIGHT THE GRADUATION RATE INDICATORS, AND INTRODUCE OUR PRINCIPAL GUESTS.

>> ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU, GOOD EVENING. SO WE HAVE NOT CHANGED ANY OF OUR GRADUATION RATE INDICATORS, WHICH IS OUR FIRST PRIORITY. THEY ARE STILL THE SAME THAT YOU ALL HAVE SEEN FOR THE PAST 18 MONTHS I GUESS IT IS. OUR FIRST -- SO I HAVE DATA FOR YOU FOR -- MOST OF IT IS QUARTER TWO OR SEMESTER ONE DATA. THIS FIRST POINT IS ACTUALLY FROM THE FALL. WE FINALLY HAVE ALL OF OUR KRT DATA, WHICH IS HOW WE MEASURE THE KINDERGARTEN READING READINESS. SO THIS POINT ACTUALLY DROPPED BY ONE PERCENTAGE POINT FROM 48 TO 47, WHICH I KNOW WE'VE HAD A LOT OF WORK GOING ON AROUND KINDERGARTEN READINESS AND REALLY TRYING TO IMPROVE THIS FACTOR. I WILL SAY THAT THIS -- I DO WANT TO POINT OUT THAT THIS IS READING READINESS AND THERE ARE OTHER KINDS OF READINESS FOR SCHOOL, ASSOCIATE SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL. THE STATE MEASURE, THE FLICKERS, IS MORE OF A BEHAVIORAL OBSERVATION PIECE. ACCORDING, WE HAVE 96% OF OUR KIDS READY. IT'S MORE OF THE READING PART THAT WE'RE MEASURING HERE. THE NEXT ONE, BECAUSE WE GO CHRONOLOGICALLY HERE, THIRD GRADE ELA. SO LAST YEAR, WE HAD 52% OF OUR KIDS SCORE, THIRD GRADERS SCORE 3 OR HIGHER ON THE FSA ELA. AND WE'RE TRACKING THAT WITH THE FAIR AS CLOSELY AS WE POSSIBLY CAN. SO THE DATA POINT FOR THE FAIR IS USING THE AP 2, WHICH IS THE ONE ACTUALLY JUST CLOSED, AND WE'RE SITTING RIGHT AT THE SAME, 52. AND THAT'S MEASURED WITH THE PERCENT OF KIDS THAT ARE 70 OR HIGHER ON THE PROBABILITY OF LITERACY SUCCESS SCORE. SO THAT'S OUR PROGRESS MONITORING. LITTLE BIT APPLES TO ORANGES, BUT THEY HAVE PROVEN TO BE CONSISTENT. OUR NEXT ONE IS ATTENDANCE. SO THIS ONE WE MEASURE WITH THE PERCENT OF STUDENTS THAT HAVE 90% ATTENDANCE RATE SO WE DON'T WANT KIDS TO MISS MORE THAN 10% OF THEIR TIME. THIS ONE, YOU CAN SEE ALL OF THESE -- THE LIGHT PURPLE IS FROM LAST YEAR, AND THE DARKER PURPLE IS CURRENT. SO YOU CAN SEE HOW WE TRENDED OVER THE YEAR FROM QUARTER TO QUARTER. AND QUARTER TO -- 2 WE'RE UP BY ONE PERCENTAGE POINT. QUARTER 1 AND 2 BOTH ONE PERCENTAGE HIGHER THAN WE WERE AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR. BEHAVIOR WE TRACK WITH ZERO SUSPENSIONS, AND WE'RE FLAT FROM LAST YEAR SITTING AT 94. THIS ONE, OF COURSE, ONCE YOU GET A SUSPENSION, YOU CAN'T GET IT OFF THE BOOKS, SO THIS ONE IS ONLY GOING TO GO DOWN. OVER THE YEAR, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE KEEP THE SLOPE AS FLAT AS POSSIBLE AND HAVE IT GO DOWN AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. THIS IS COURSE PERFORMANCE. WE TRACK THAT AT 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th GRADE INDIVIDUALLY, AND YOU CAN SEE THERE WE'RE FLAT AT SIXTH GRADE, HOLDING STEADY AT 96, BUT WE'RE ACTUALLY ONE POINT HIGHER IN BOTH 7th AND 8th. WE ROSE TO 96. NINTH GRADE, WE'RE THREE PERCENTAGE POINTS HIGHER AT 86. NINTH GRADE GPA, AS YOU KNOW, ONE WE VERY CLOSELY TRACK, AND THAT IS OUR PERCENT OF STUDENTS WITH A 270 -- 2.0 OR HIGHER STATE CUMULATIVE GPA. THAT IS THE UNWEIGHTED. AND WE ARE TWO PERCENTAGE POINTS HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR. 81, NOT WHERE WE WANT TO BE WITH TRYING TO GET TO THAT 90% IN 2020 BUT AN IMPROVEMENT OVER LAST YEAR. AND THE LAST ONE -- WELL, GRADUATION RATES WILL BE THE LAST THING I'LL SHOW, BUT INCREASED GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS, SO THIS IS PASSING THE TEST. THIS HAS BEEN A REALLY HOT TOPIC WITH THE CONCORDANCE SCORES, BECAUSE THESE ARE -- IF THE KIDS DO NOT PASS THESE TESTS, EITHER ONE OF THEM, THEN THEY WILL GET A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION INSTEAD OF A STANDARD DIPLOMA. WE'RE TRENDING MUCH HIGHER IN THE ELA RIGHT NOW, THAT'S PASSING THE FSA ELA. THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ART ASSESSMENT OR PASSING WITH A CON CORTDANCE SCORE -- CONCORDANCE SCORE ON THE SAT OR ACT. WE ARE SEVEN PERCENTAGE POINTS HIGHER THAN WHERE WE WERE AT THE END OF QUARTER 2 LAST YEAR. SAME TIME LAST YEAR. WE'RE TRYING TO GET THOSE TO 100 IF WE POSSIBLY CAN. ALGEBRA ONE IS ALGEBRA ONE EOC OR TAKE THE PERT FOR CONCORDANCE SCORE ON THAT. WE ARE THREE PERCENTAGE POINTS HIGHER ON THAT ONE. WE INCREASED OUR GRADUATION RATE, THIS WAS '15-16, 76.0 TO 79.1 WHICH PUTS US ON THE TRACK FOR 2020 90%. AS YOU KNOW, ON OUR DASHBOARD ON EDUCATION CONNECTION, WE AS A DISTRICT AND AREA SUPERINTENDENTS AND PRINCIPALS AND DISTRICT AND SCHOOL PEOPLE CAN MONITOR THIS. THEY CAN TRACK THEIR DATA. THEY SEE IT LIVE ON THE DASHBOARD, AND THEN THEY CAN DRILL INTO STUDENTS AND SEE WHERE THEY NEED TO GO FROM THERE. WE HAVE THREE PRINCIPALS WITH US TONIGHT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT ARE DOING A PHENOMENAL JOB WITH ATTENDANCE, WITH BEHAVIOR, AND WITH NINTH GRADE GPA. WE HAVE LOUIS MURPHY HERE FROM WEST TAMPA ELEMENTARY TO TALK ABOUT ATTENDANCE AND WHAT HE'S DOING THERE. DENA LANGSTON FROM McCLAIN MIDDLE TO TALK ABOUT BEHAVIOR AND THE STRATEGIES SHE'S PUT IN PLACE AND GARY BRADY FROM HILLSBOROUGH TO TALK ABOUT 9th GRADE GPA AND WHAT HE HAS DONE.

>> GOOD EVENING.  AS THE PRINCIPAL OF WEST TAMPA ELEMENTARY, I'M EXTREMELY PROUD TO BE HERE TODAY TO CELEBRATE THE SUCCESS. LAST YEAR, 25% OF OUR STUDENTS HAD TEN OR MORE ABSENCES AND TEN OR MORE TARDIES. FOR ALL OF OUR SUCCESS LAST YEAR, WE KNEW THAT FOR OUR STUDENTS AND FOR WEST TAMPA TO CONTINUE TO GROW, THIS CANNOT CONTINUE. FROM THAT ONE STATISTIC, MY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, AMANDA, CREATED THE WEST TAMPA FAMILY ATTENDANCE PLAN. I BELIEVE THERE ARE THREE CORE REASONS THIS PLAN HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL. THE FIRST REASON IS THE STRUCTURE. THE TEMPERATURE IS SIMPLE. -- THE STRUCTURE IS SIMPLE. AFTER A CERTAIN NUMBER OF ATTENDANCE AND TARREDIES, SOMEBODY REACHES OUT TO THE FAMILIES TO DISCUSS THE CONCERNS AND SIMPLY CHECK ON THE CHILD. AFTER THREE, IT IS THE STUDENT'S TEACHERS. AFTER SEVEN, GUIDANCE COUNSELOR OR WORKER AND AFTER NINE IT'S ADMINISTRATION. EACH OF THESE PHONE CALLS OR MEETINGS IS SIMPLY TO SEE HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO BETTER SUPPORT THE CHILD IN COMING TO SCHOOL. ADDITIONALLY, EACH MONDAY OUR DP SENDS OUT AN UPDATE TO EVERYONE INVOLVED IN THE PLAN TO HELP, WHICH HELPS ENSURE ACCOUNTABILITY FROM ALL THOSE INVOLVED. THE NEXT COMPONENT IS MARKETING. ONCE THE PLAN WAS FINALIZED LAST YEAR, WE BEGAN TO MARKET IT TO OUR FAMILIES. WE FIRST SENT IT HOME WITH LAST YEAR'S FOURTH QUARTER REPORT CARDS. THIS YEAR WE INCLUDED IN OUR FIRST DAY PACKET, ADVERTISED IT ON OUR WEBSITE. WE PLACED IT IN OUR STUDENT PLANNERS, AND WE CONTINUE TO SEND IT HOME WITH OUR FAMILIES EACH QUARTER WITH THE REPORT CARDS. ON TOP OF THAT, OUR AMAZING DP DISCUSSES IT WITH EACH FAMILY THAT ENROLLS AT WEST TAMPA. HOWEVER, WE'RE NOT ONLY MARKETING THE PLAN, WE'RE CELEBRATING THE RESULTS. WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS BUSINESS PARTNER IN FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH AND THEY CREATED A BULLETIN BOARD IN THE CAFETERIA DISPLAYING THE MONTHLY ATTENDANCE IN EACH HOME ROOM. WE CELEBRATE THE WINNERS AT FACULTY MEETINGS AND IN OUR STAFF NEWSLETTER. MANY OF OUR TEACHERS HAVE ALSO CREATED SOME TYPE OF INCENTIVE, IN ADDITION TO DISPLAYING CLASS AND GRADE-LEVEL DATA. THE PLAN IS EVERYWHERE. FINALLY, ALTHOUGH WE MARKETED THE PLAN AND THE STRUCTURES HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE TO INCREASE THE ACCOUNTABILITY, THEY ARE NOT THE REASON FOR THE SUCCESS. WE HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE OF OUR PEOPLE, SPECIFICALLY THE CLASSROOM TEACHERS. OUR TEACHERS ARE IN THEIR CLASSROOMS EVERY DAY CREATING THE POSITIVE CARING ENVIRONMENT AND WELCOMING EACH AND EVERY STUDENT. OUR STUDENTS WANT TO COME TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY BECAUSE THE PERSON STANDING IN FRONT OF THEM. THANK YOU, GUYS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> GOOD EVENING. SO, TONIGHT, I'M HERE AS THE PROUD PRINCIPAL OF McCLAIN HIGH SCHOOL. I'M NOT HERE JUST FOR ROBOTICS BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE ALWAYS GET TO COME UP HERE FOR. BUT LOUIS TALKED ABOUT STRUCTURE, AND I WILL JUST SAY THAT'S REALLY THE KEY TO EVERYTHING IS WE PUT IN SOME STRUCTURES. WE HAVE OUR PARENTS ON OUR CAMPUS. THEY COME AND SHADOW OFTEN AND A LOT OF TIMES THAT WAS A MISCONCEPTION THAT OUR PARENTS DIDN'T WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN OUR SCHOOL. THEY COME ON OUR CAMPUS. THE STUDENTS LOVE WHEN THEY GET TO HAVE THEIR PARENT COME ON CAMPUS TO SHADOW FOR BEHAVIORS. WE HAVE A CHECK AND CONNECT, AND WE HAVE A WONDERFUL VOLUNTEER, MR. LAWRENCE, WHO COMES TO OUR SCHOOL EVERY SINGLE DAY TO GREET THOSE KIDS IN THE CAFETERIA. AND WE TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THOSE MENTORS AND THOSE THAT COME ON CAMPUS OFTEN TO DO THAT, AND THAT'S BEEN A KEY FOR US. FOR THOSE THAT KNOW ME, I LOVE MY DATA, SO THE KPIs, THE ED CONNECT, THE BEHAVIOR TRACKER, WE'VE KIND OF EMERGED OURSELVES IN THAT. AND WE HAVE A PLACE FOR STUDENTS THAT RETURN. STUDENTS JUST LEARNING AS SIXTH GRADERS, WE HAD PLANS IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE THEY HAD A CONNECTION AND WE BUILT ON SUCCESS. WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT WHERE KIDS AREN'T GOOD, AND INSTEAD WE TOOK THE TURN IN SAYING WE'LL TARGET WHERE THEY ARE GOOD FIRST AND THEN BUILD FROM THERE. BECAUSE ONCE THEY KNEW THEY WOULD COME TO US, THEN THE TEACHERS THERE ARE TO TEACH THEM. WE HAVE OUR POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT. WE INSTITUTED THAT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO AND NOW IT'S REALLY UP AND RUNNING WHERE STUDENTS EXPERIENCE SUCCESS OFTEN AND DAILY, AND THEY CHOOSE WHAT THEY WANT FOR THEIR QUARREL EARL INCENTIVES. -- QUARTERLY INCENTIVES. THEY CONTROL A LOT OF THAT WHICH IS KEY FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS. HONESTLY, MOST IMPORTANTLY, OUR FACULTY AND STAFF MAKES IT ALL HAPPEN. DOESN'T MATTER WHAT SYSTEM YOU PUT IN PLACE, IF YOUR FACULTY, TEACHERS, AND STAFF DON'T ALL BUY IN, IT'S POINTLESS. THAT'S REALLY WHY WE ARE SITTING WITH A BETTER PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS THAT ARE AT McCLAIN AND LEARNING AND WORKING THROUGH NOW COURSES SO THAT THEY ARE PREPARED FOR HIGH SCHOOL. AS IT IS NATIONAL COUNSELOR WEEK, I HAVE TO RECOGNIZE MS. SHERRIE SIKES WHO WAS MY GUIDANCE COUNSELOR WHEN I MOVED HERE AS A JUNIOR FROM NEW JERSEY IN THE '80s AND WALKED IN TO BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL OUT OF NOWHERE. SHE SAVED ME. I WAS A GOOD STUDENT AND CAME HERE AND DIDN'T FEEL LIKE I FIT IN, AND SHE WAS EVERYTHING TO ME. SO I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU, SHERRY, FOR THAT. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> HI. SO I AM GARY BRADY, PRINCIPAL OF HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, BIG RED. SO I THINK ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT IDEAS FOR US WAS TO MAKE KPIs A WAY OF WORK AND PART OF OUR DAILY ACTIONS. NOW IT'S BECOME PART OF OUR VOCABULARY. KIDS KNOW WHAT A GPA IS. THEY KNOW WHAT A 2.0 GPA. ATTENDANCE, BEHAVIOR, GPA ARE ALL THINGS THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE NOT ONLY FAMILIAR WITH BUT THEY KNOW THEIR IMPORTANCE, WHERE THEY ARE, WHERE THEY RANK IS ALL PART OF DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS. THIS IS WHERE WE ARE TODAY. THIS IS WHERE WE WERE YESTERDAY. THIS IS HOW WE RANK IN THE DISTRICT. THIS IS WHERE WE RANK IN AREA FOUR AND THOSE TYPE OF THINGS. SPECIFICALLY FOR NINTH GRADE GPA, WE MADE SOME IMPLEMENTATIONS THAT ARE HOPEFULLY PART OF THE RESULTS THAT YOU SEE UP THERE. FIRST OF ALL, WE HAVE A VERY STRONG ILT AT HILLSBOROUGH, BUT WE BROKE IT INTO TWO ILTs THIS YEAR. ONE THE NORMAL ONE AND ONE DEALS ONLY WITH KPIs. WITHIN THE ILT WE DISCUSS DATA ON A LARGE SCALE BUT ALSO APPLY IT TO SPECIFIC STUDENTS WHO ARE HITTING MULTIPLE RISK FACTORS. BEFORE EVERY CONFERENCE NIGHT, WE MAIL A LETTER HOME TO ALL OF OUR STUDENTS WHO CURRENTLY HA HAVE -- I GIVE THEM A LOT OF INFORMATION -- THEIR PARENTS, BUT CURRENTLY HAVE UNDER A 2.0 GPA, WE NOT ONLY INVITE THEM TO CONFERENCE NIGHT, BUT WE ALSO OFFER EDSBE SIGN UP IN THE MEDIA CENTER FOR ALL PARENTS DURING CONFERENCE NIGHT AND REVIEW ALL THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A 2.0 GPA, HOW IMPORTANT IT IS. WE ALSO SEND THE MESSAGES OUT IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH AND BILINGUAL COUNSELORS THERE ON CONFERENCE NIGHT TO HELP SIGN UP OUR SPANISH-SPEAKING STUDENTS FOR EDSBY AS WELL AS ON CONFERENCE NIGHT. THEN WE FORMED A COMMITTEE TO LOOK AT COMMON PLANNING, AND I KNOW ME TO IN OUR DEEP DATA WITH MR. UNDERDO, WE TALK A LOT ABOUT COMMON PLANNING, WAITING AND ASSESSMENTS ACROSS ALL AREAS BUT SPECIFICALLY IN THE EOC AND CORE CLASSES AND EVEN MORE SPECIFICALLY WITHIN OUR FRESHMEN CLASSES. SO THE IDEA FOR US IS WE WANT CONSISTENCY WITHIN OUR -- ON ALL LEVELS, BUT WE KNOW THAT IF A STUDENT FAILS MULTIPLE CORE CLASSES IN NINTH GRADE, THE CONSEQUENCES ARE SEVERE. WE WANT THEM TO GET NOT ONLY THROUGH NINTH GRADE WITH 2.0 BUT ALSO PASSING MATH IN ELA. JULIE TALKED ABOUT THAT THE OTHER NIGHT, THAT MIGHT BE MORE OF A KEY INDICATOR THAN ANY OF THE OTHER ONES WE HAVE. SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS WE'VE DONE, WE INCORPORATED THE 2.0 GPA AND ABOVE CONCEPT INTO OUR ASSEMBLIES. WE HAVE A THING CALLED TERRIERS ON TRACK. SO THE STUDENTS FOR CERTAIN ASSEMBLIES THAT HAVE ABOVE A 2.0, GET A WRISTBAND. THEY ATTEND THOSE ASSEMBLIES. IT'S UNPOPULAR, WE TALKED ABOUT THAT LAST NIGHT, AND THOSE WHO DON'T RECEIVE TUTORING AT THAT TIME. IT'S NOT FOR ALL ASSEMBLIES. WE WAIT FOR THE NINTH GRADERS TO AT LEAST GET THEIR FIRST SEMESTER. WE DON'T WANT TO HIT THEM RIGHT AT THE BEGINNING, BUT IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT'S -- HOW IMPORTANT THE 2.0 IS. IN TERMS OF INCENTIVES, OUR TEACHERS WRITE PERSONAL POSTCARDS TO OUR STUDENTS, WHICH WE MAIL AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE MAIL IT, WE DON'T E-MAIL IT TO THEM, DON'T JUST SAY IT IN CLASS, BUT THEY GET SOMETHING IN THE MAIL ADDRESSED TO THEM THAT THE PARENTS CAN SEE THAT SAYS CONGRATULATIONS, YOU HAVE A 2.0 OR YOU JUST PASSED THIS TEST OR, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE DOING BETTER NOW OR WHATEVER IT IS. SO WE GIVE THOSE OUT AT EVERY FACULTY MEETING AND THE TEACHERS, WE ASK THEM TO WRITE AT LEAST ONE, BUT THEY CAN GET AS MANY AS THEY LIKE. WE ALSO HAVE A RANDOM 2.0 DRAWINGS ON FRIDAY WHERE STUDENTS ARE RANDOMLY CALLED. ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS HAVE A 2.0 OR ABOVE TO BE ELIGIBLE AND THEN THEY COME DOWN AND GET SOME CANDY. SOUR PATCH KIDS, WHO KNEW, RIGHT? [ LAUGHTER ] AND THEN ON A MORE LONG-TERM SCALE, WE HAVE TERRIER TIME MENTOR WITH ROBLES ELEMENTARY WHERE WE'RE REALLY GOING INTO THAT, AND THAT'S AWESOME. AND THOSE ARE THE STUDENTS THAT ARE GOING TO BE OUR KIDS EVENTUALLY. SO WE INVITE THEM TO A LOT OF EVENTS LIKE OUR NATIONAL SIGNING DAY. THE OTHER DAY THEY WERE ALL THERE. FINALLY, I JUST KIND OF EX-TRAP LADY THE NUMBERS OUT -- EXTRAPOLATED THE NUMBERS OUT, BASED ON DATA SHOWING 2.0 GPA. END OF 14-15 YEAR, 66% OF OUR KIDS HAD 2.0 AND ABOVE. THAT EQUAL TO 76% PROJECTED GRAD RATE. LAST YEAR, WE FINISHED AT 71. THAT PROJECTED AT 78. AND THIS YEAR WE'RE CURRENTLY AT 78, WHICH WOULD PROJECT 81%. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> WE'RE GOING TO TRANSITION FROM OUR SPOTLIGHT ON THE ABCs AND TALK ABOUT OUR SECOND STRATEGIC PRIORITY COMMUNICATING WITH STAKEHOLDERS. MANY HAVE STAYED THE SAME, BUT I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE HAVE THREE NEW KPIs IN THIS STRATEGIC PRIORITY. THE FIRST IS STUDENT COMMUNICATION. IN THE PAST, WE MEASURED THAT USING EDSBE, AND THAT WAS REALLY MORE A MEASURE OF VOLUME INSTEAD OF QUALITY. AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE TO ADDRESS THAT THIS YEAR WITH INPUT FROM ALL OF THE DIVISIONS IN THE DISTRICT IS TO ADD AN ITEM TO THE STUDENT CLIMATE SURVEY. THAT SAYS MY TEACHERS KEEP ME INFORMED ABOUT MY PROGRESS. SO NOT LOOKING FOR THE PARENT COMMUNICATION, BUT LOOKING FOR THE STUDENT COMMUNICATION. THE SECOND NEW KPI IN THIS PRIORITY AREA IS STAKEHOLDER COMMUNICATION. AND THAT IS A REALLY INTERESTING THING THAT WE'RE MEASURING NOW THROUGH INITIATIVES LIKE OUR E-FLYER SYSTEM. I DON'T WANT TO STEAL MARYLOU'S THUNDER. I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU THAT TEASER ON STAKEHOLDER COMMUNICATION. AND THE THIRD NEW KPI IN THIS AREA IS EARLY CHILDHOOD PARTNERSHIPS WHERE WE'VE ALL AGREED THERE IS A REAL NEED FOR PARTNERSHIPS AND COLLABORATION WITH PROVIDERS IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND WE'RE GOING TO USE THE NUMBER OF PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE'RE BUILDING, AND EARLY INTERVENTION OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE'RE ABLE TO CREATE AS A GOOD MEASURE OF OUR ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH STAKEHOLDERS AND GET STUDENTS PREPARED FOR LIFE. WITH THAT IN MIND, THE QUARTER 2/SEMESTER 1 UPDATES FOR THE COMMUNICATION MEASURES WHAT IT WE DO HAVE INCLUDE DISTRICT WEBSITE USAGE. AS YOU CAN SEE, IN THE 16-17 COLUMN ON THE RIGHT, THAT STACKED BAR IS RIGHT ABOUT WHERE IT WAS LAST YEAR. SO WE STILL EXPERIENCE VERY HIGH WEBSITE USAGE. THOSE PAGE VIEWS ARE ON TRACK WITH WHAT THEY WERE LAST YEAR WITH MORE THAN 10 MILLION VIEWS. NEWS DESK VIEWS ARE ACTUALLY UP QUITE A BIT THIS YEAR. I THINK OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM HAS REALLY DONE A GOOD JOB AT FUNNELING TRAFFIC TO OUR VARIOUS DIFFERENT INFORMATION PORTALS. WE'RE AT 103,000 PLUS PAGE VIEWS FOR NEWS DESK RIGHT NOW. THE THIRD METRIC THAT WE'RE ABLE TO UPDATE YOU ON IS ALSO AHEAD OF WHERE IT WAS THIS TIME LAST YEAR, AND THAT'S VIEWS FOR HCPS VIDEO CHANNEL. SO IT'S GOOD INFORMATION THAT WE ARE ABLE TO SHARE WITH OUR COMMUNITY AND KEEP THEM INFORMED ABOUT THE DISTRICT. THE OTHER METRIC THAT WE'RE ABLE TO UPDATE YOU ON, TEACHER EDSBE MEASURE. AVERAGE UNIQUE WEEKLY LOG-INS. RIGHT NOW, THOSE ARE ABOVE WHERE THEY WERE IN QUARTER 1 AND RIGHT ABOUT THE SAME AS WHERE THEY WERE LAST YEAR IN QUARTER TWO. SECOND, THE COMMUNITY PARTNER E FLYER, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT, AGAIN, WE'VE MADE A REAL PUSH TO DRIVE COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO. MARYLOU WILL BE TALKING A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT WORK WHEN SHE COMES UP. BUT THAT IS A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY FOR US. THE THIRD STRATEGIC PRIORITIES AREA WE WANT TO UPDATE YOU ON IS BUILDING STRONG CULTURE AND RELATIONSHIPS. WE HAVE FIVE KPIs IN THIS AREA. THOSE HAVE ALL STAYED THE SAME AS THEY WERE LAST YEAR. THE UPDATES THAT WE'RE ABLE TO GIVE YOU TODAY ARE WORKFORCE DIVERSITY STATISTICS. MOST OF YOU WILL REMEMBER THAT DURING OUR ACCREDITATION VISIT, ONE OF THE THINGS WE WERE TASKED WITH LOOKING AT IS HOW WELL OUR POPULATION OF STUDENTS IS MIRRORED BY SITE-BASED TEACHERS AND DISTRICT LEADERS AND SITE-BASED ADMINISTRATOR. THOSE MEASURES YOU SEE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SLIDE SHOW YOU THAT 21% OF OUR STUDENT POPULATION IS BLACK STUDENTS, TEACHERS, THAT NUMBER IS 13% AND OF OUR ADMINISTRATORS, THAT NUMBER IS 23%. THIS HELPS US IDENTIFY AREAS WHERE WE CAN INCREASE OUR EFFORTS TO RECRUIT AND PLACE MORE DIVERSE CANDIDATES IN POSITIONS. ANOTHER SET OF METRICS THAT WE CAN UPDATE YOU ON FOR STRONG CULTURE AND RELATIONSHIPS ARE VOLUNTEER SCREENINGS. AGAIN, THIS IS REALLY JUST THE TEASER SLIDE. THE REAL STORY LIVES WITH MARYLOU. VOLUNTEER SCREENINGS ARE UP QUITE A BIT, BUT THERE IS MORE TO THAT STORY THAT SHE WILL BE EXCITED TO SHARE WITH YOU. SECONDLY, EXTERNAL RESOURCES THROUGH -- I DON'T WANT YOU TO BE ALARMED. BY THE FIGURE, WHAT HAPPENS IN THE FUND-RAISING WORLD IS THAT THINGS HAPPEN VERY SEASONALLY. THE EXPECTATION THAT HEF HAS IS THAT THEY WILL CATCH UP TO PRIOR YEAR, BUT IT'S JUST IT MAY HAPPEN LATER IN THE ACADEMIC YEAR. WE DON'T NEED YET TO WORRY ABOUT THE NUMBER THAT WE SEE FOR SEMESTER 1. AND THEN FINALLY, MENTOR HOURS FOR QUARTER 1/QUARTER 2 THIS YEAR, YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE REALLY OUTPACED WHERE WE WERE LAST YEAR IN THIS MEASURE. WE'RE AT ALMOST 1 MILLION MENTORING HOURS. THERE IS A STRONG COMMITMENT AMONG EMPLOYEES AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO CONTINUE THAT WORK. WITH THOSE THINGS IN MIND, I'M GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO THE STAR OF THE SHOW, MARYLOU WHALEY. IT IS THE SILVER JACKET.

>> SO IT IS EXCITING TO SEE. YOU'VE SEEN TONIGHT HOW OUR PARTNERS ARE SO INSTRUMENTAL IN THE THINGS THAT WE DO. SO OUR APPLICATION, 29,000, ALMOST 30,000 APPLICATIONS, THIS WAS, OF COURSE, TAKEN THROUGH DECEMBER. WE'RE UP TO CLOSE TO 34,000 NOW. WHAT IS GOOD ABOUT THE NUMBER IS THEY ARE NOT DUPLICATE NUMBERS. IN THE YEARS PAST, THE LARGER NUMBER, I THINK UP TO 44,000, MEANT THEY WERE DUPLICATE. WE ASKED EVERY VOLUNTEER TO COMPLETE A NEW APPLICATION BASED ON THEIR SCHOOLS. EACH SCHOOL THEIR STUDENT ATTENDED OR WHERE THEIR INTEREST WAS. SO THAT IS A HUGE TIME-SAVING PROCESS, AND THEY ARE JUST SO THANKFUL. WE ALSO IN THAT NUMBER, THE -- ACTUALLY, CLOSE TO 34,000 NOW, WE HAVE ACTIVELY -- WE ACTIVELY HAVE A GROUP OF PEOPLE WE'LL BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH FORTHCOMING. NEXT YEAR, IN OUR IMPROVEMENT, IN OUR BUILDING CAPACITY OF HOW WE COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE THAT ARE INTERESTED, WE'LL PROBABLY END WITH ABOUT 40,000 PEOPLE THAT WE CAN DIRECTLY IMPACT AND ASK AND ASK THEM TO CONTRIBUTE MORE, TO COMMUNICATE MORE WITH THEM. SO REALLY EXCITED ABOUT WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. WE'RE ALSO EXCITED, BECAUSE I KNOW SCHOOLS HAVE ASKED FOR VOLUNTEERS. WE HAVE RIGHT NOW ABOUT 600 OR 700 VOLUNTEERS THAT HAVEN'T ASSOCIATED THEMSELVES WITH ANYTHING. THEY JUST WANT TO BE A PART OF THE DISTRICT. THAT MEANS WE CAN PLUG THEM INTO SOMETHING PRETTY COOL. ANYWAYS, MORE TO COME THERE. THE 5,000 PLUS FLYERS, LAST YEAR IN TOTAL, I THINK, I KNOW THAT THE SLIDE SAID 1600. CLOSER TO 1900 WITH A LOT OF WORK. NOW THIS E-FLYER SYSTEM, WHILE I KNOW THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE GET BOMBARDED WITH THEM, WE'D LIKE TO HAVE MORE INFORMATION THAN LESS INFORMATION. WE HAVE SOME LEGITIMATELY HAD SOME CUSTOMIZATION IN OUR DISTRICT BECAUSE WE DON'T SHARE EVERYTHING WITH FAMILIES DIRECTLY TO THEIR E-MAILS BECAUSE WE DO MORE OF A BULLETIN BOARD ALSO, ESPECIALLY IF THERE ARE FEES AND SOME OF THE THINGS WE KNOW THAT PARENTS WOULD PASSIVELY SEEK. SO THESE FLYERS TO US SHOW THAT OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS VALUE THIS PROCESS. WE KNOW THAT IN THE PAST, WHETHER IT'S THE TURNAROUND TIME, THE FACT THAT THEY CAN LEAVE IT UP FOR -- UP TO 30 DAYS. THE FACT WE CAN STAGE IN ADVANCE. THE FACT THEY GET METRICS THAT SHOW SEND RATES, OPEN RATES AND ALSO LINK RATES, IF THERE'S LINKS TO THEM, WE KNOW THAT PARTISANS GO INTO THE LINK, SO THEY ARE ENGAGING WITH THE CONTENTS. WE KNOW THEY ARE PARTICIPATING MORE WITH THE CONTENT. AMAZING. THAT STUFF IS REALLY, REALLY GOOD. SPOTLIGHT ON MENTOR APPROXIMATING -- MENTORING.  WE KNOW HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION. BEEN AN INTERIM, I THINK THEY NOW SELECTED OUR SOON TO SELECT THEIR PRESIDENT. BUT IN THE INTERIM, THE WORK HAS CONTINUED. AND I KNOW THAT THEY KNOW THEY CAN BE MORE INSTRUMENTAL IN PROVIDING THAT ADVOCACY ROLE THAT I KNOW OUR SUPERINTENDENT SPEAKS TO, THE TAKE STOCK PROCESS IS FUNDAMENTALLY THE BEST THING GOING. WE'RE ONE OF THE GREATEST, HAVE THE GREATEST PROGRAMS IN THE STATE, BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT REALLY CONTRIBUTES TO A SCHOLARSHIP. AND THERE'S A LOT OF WORK THAT GOES BEHIND THAT. SO YOU FIND A MENTOR AND SO MANY HOURS AND A SCHOLARSHIP. BUT WE HAVE MORE PEOPLE THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT WANT TO SUPPORT KIDS IN THE WAY OF MENTORING, BUT WE MAY NOT HAVE THE FUNDS TO MATCH THE SCHOLARSHIP. THEY ARE DOING THAT AND CALLING IT AN ADVOCACY PROGRAM. SO WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, SITI BANK HAS -- CITIBANK HAS 87 PEOPLE INTERESTED IN GOING THROUGH THEIR PROCESS. THE REPORT ON THEIR DATA FORM, AND THEY'LL GO TO MIDDLETON, I BELIEVE, AND CHAMBERLAIN. THERE IS A SENSE OF RESPONSIVENESS TO OUR COMMUNITY WHERE WE HAVE THE STRUCTURE IN PLACE, AND THEY ARE -- AND THEY ARE JUST NOT -- WE ARE THRILLED ABOUT THAT. D.O.T., ALSO MS. STUART, I KNOW A GROUP YOU WORK CLOSELY, WITH THEY HAVE A HUNDRED VOLUNTEERS WAITING TO BE PLACED TO GO THROUGH THIS ADVOCACY ROLE AS WELL. WE HAVE GOOD DATA. I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT.

>> IN OTHER GOOD NEWS, THE GREEN SLIDE WILL LET YOU KNOW THAT WE HAVE REFRAMED THE QUARTER 2/SEMESTER 1 KPI FOR THIS YEAR AND FOUNDATION OF FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP AS FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT. INSTEAD OF SEEING A BUNCH OF MEASURES LISTED SEPARATELY, WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT ARE INDICATORS THAT TELL US WHETHER OUR FINANCES ARE BEING MANAGED WELL OR NOT. AND WITH THAT BEING SAID, I'M GOING TO VOLLEY TO OUR RESIDENT EXPERT, GRETCHEN SAUNDERS.

>> THANK YOU, MS. PATTY. OKAY. SO WE'RE SO EXCITED. YOU HEAR THAT ALL THE TIME FROM ME, BUT WE ARE. FOLLOWING THE LEAD OF THE SUPERINTENDENT AND OUR CHIEF OF STAFF TO IMPROVE OUR FISCAL HEALTH, WE FOCUSED THE LAST 18 MONTHS ON THE ATTENTION OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE DISTRICT, OUR EMPLOYEES AND OUR PRIORITIES. THE ATTENTION BEING PLACED ON THE FINANCIALS FUNDING, REVENUES, SAVINGS AND COST AVOIDANCE HAVE GIVEN US A BASELINE TO MAKE CHANGES. WE MADE PRESENTATIONS TO ARE THE RATING -- TO THE RATING AGENCIES IN NEW YORK IN DECEMBER, AND BECAUSE OF THE WHOLE INPUT OF THE DISTRICT OF EVERY EMPLOYEE OF THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS, THEY HAVE CHANGED THEIR OPINION ON OUR DEBT RIGHT NOW FROM NEGATIVE TO STABLE OUTLOOK. THAT'S HUGE FOR US, AND IT GOES BACK TO SOME OF OUR KPIs AND WHAT WE'RE DOING AS A DISTRICT, WHETHER IT'S COST SAVINGS, REBATES, COST AVOIDANCE, WE'RE LOOKING AT EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING WE DO IS THE BEST BUSINESS PRACTICE. IS IT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF US? HOW CAN WE DO IT BETTER? AGAIN, KUDOS TO EVERYBODY. I MEAN, THIS IS A WHOLE GROUP EFFORT. WE HAVE 27,000 EMPLOYEES THAT NEED CHOCOLATE BARS THAT I CAN'T AFFORD. JUST KNOW THAT I'M THINKING ABOUT IT. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

>> LAST SLIDE, JUST AN INDICATION WHERE WE ARE GOING NEXT. AS I MENTIONED EARLIER, WE ARE GOING TO UPDATE OUR FIVE-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN. JUST A FEW UPDATES. A COUPLE OF PAGES, WE SHOULD HAVE A DRAFT OF THAT FOR YOU SHORTLY, NEXT FEW WEEKS OR SO. WE'LL BE BACK IN APRIL WITH QUARTER 3 UPDATE FOR YOU AND THEN WE GET INTO SUMMER, QUARTER 4, AND BEGIN THE PROCESS OVER AGAIN. THAT'S OUR UPDATE. HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE PRESENTATION. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO ITEM NUMBER 8.06, APPROVE THE CONTRACT FOR WATERED IS SET CHARTER SCHOOL. MS. HODGES WILL COME FORWARD. THIS ITEM PULLED BY MS. GRAY FOR COMMENT AND MYSELF AND MS. SNIVELY FOR HIGHLIGHT.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, MR. EAKINS, I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM TONIGHT. WATERSET CHARTER SCHOOL WAS APPROVED, AN APPLICATION WAS APPROVED IN 2014 FOR HILLSBOROUGH CHARTER ACADEMY NORTH. THEY RECENTLY CHANGED THEIR NAME. THE PROPER STATE DOCUMENTATION WAS DONE, AND THAT IS ON FILE IN MY OFFICE. WATERSET CHARTER SCHOOL NEGOTIATED A STANDARD CONTRACT WITH US THAT IS ALIGNED TO THE STATE MODEL CONTRACT THAT WE ARE REQUIRED TO USE. THEY WILL BE LOCATED AT 6711 NORTH U.S. HIGHWAY 41 IN APOLLO BEACH, WHICH IS JUST SOUTH OF BIG BEND ROAD. WE ARE WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH THE BOARD CHAIR, MR. HURATO, AS WELL AS RYAN CONSTRUCTION ON A MONTHLY UPDATES ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING TONE SURE THAT THE BUILDING WILL BE COMPLETED BY THE DATE OF, I BELIEVE IT'S JULY 27th IS THE REQUIRED TIMELINE FOR THEM TO GIVE US A CO OR TCO. THEY ARE EXPECTING APPROXIMATELY 550 STUDENTS, AND THEY WILL SERVE K-6 IN THEIR FIRST YEAR, AND THEN THEY'LL GROW K-7 AND YEAR 3, K-8. ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS OR INFORMATION YOU'D LIKE ME TO SHARE? OH, I DO HAVE A BOARD MEMBER HERE. I'M SORRY. THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT. DR. ALLEN WHIT HAS BEEN SITTING WITH ME SINCE 3:00. HE WAS VERY EXCITED TO BE HERE TONIGHT. [ APPLAUSE ] HE IS THE ONLY MEMBER HERE BECAUSE MR. HURADO IS OUT OF TOWN AND MS. COLE WAS CALLED OUT OF TOWN. OTHERWISE THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN HERE. THANK YOU, DR. WHIT, HE'S ENJOYED THE MEETING.

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, THIS IS CURRENTLY ON OUR REGULAR AGENDA, WOULD YOU LIKE TO VOTE ON THIS SEPARATELY OR LEAVE IT ON OUR AGENDA TOON APPROVED -- TO BE APPROVED AT THE END? WE'RE ALMOST AT THE END. MS. VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: I WOULDN'T MIND MAKING A MOTION TO PULL IT OFF THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR A SEPARATE VOTE.

>>Cindy Stuart: I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MS. HARRIS TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT FOR WATERSET CHARTER ACADEMY. I'M SORRY, CHARTER SCHOOL, TO PULL IT OFF THE AGENDA FOR SEPARATE VOTE. WILL BE THE FIRST VOTE AND THEN WE'LL APPROVE THE CONTRACT. AS YOUR LIGHTS COME UP, BOARD MEMBERS, THIS IS TO PULL THIS OFF THE CONSENT AGENDA. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. SO WE WILL NOW TAKE A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT FOR WATERSET CHARTER SCHOOL. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. MS. SNIVELY. THANK YOU. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MS. HODGES, AND THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND SITTING THROUGH OUR ENTIRE MEETING. [ APPLAUSE ] BOARD MEMBERS, WE WILL MOVE TO ITEM 3.01, APPROVE THE REORGANIZATION AND REDIRECTION OF THE ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS.

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, FOR ALLOWING US TO HIGHLIGHT THIS AGENDA ITEM. THE DEVELOPMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL CHARTS ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO AN ORGANIZATION IN THAT THESE CHARTS DEFINE A CHAIN OF COMPLABD AND -- CHAIN OF COMMAND AND ACCOUNTABILITY AND DEPICT THE LEVEL OF IMPORTANCE OF INDIVIDUAL POSITIONS. THEY ALSO DRIVE BUDGET RESPONSIBILITY REPORTING AND MOST IMPORTANTLY DELIVER QUALITY AND EFFECTIVE SERVICES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS. THE PROPOSED REORGANIZATION SUPPORT THE DISTRICT AND ENSURES EFFECTIVE PLANNING THAT WILL RESULT IN STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. THE PROPOSED REORGS NOT ONLY CAREFULLY AND PURPOSELY PLANNED BUT LOGISTICALLY AS WELL. ALL THESE ASPECTS COMBINED WILL ALLOW THE EFFECTIVE CROSS OF DIVISIONAL PLANNING AS WELL AS DEPARTMENTAL PLANNING. AND WITH THAT SAID, I WOULD ASK MRS. TRACYE BROWN TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE INPUT ON THE REORG.

>> THANK YOU, DR. VASQUEZ, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, THE DIVISION OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS WILL BE WELCOMING STUDENT SERVICES. THIS INCLUDES GUIDANCE SERVICES, PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, SOCIAL WORK SERVICES AND HEALTH SERVICES. THIS REALIGNMENT WILL SERVE TO CREATE A MORE FLUID AND DYNAMIC EXCHANGE ACROSS THE DIVISIONS OF TEACHING AND LEARNING AND ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, THROUGH THIS ALIGNMENT, WE EXPECT TO OPTIMIZE THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF EACH DEPARTMENT'S RESOURCES TO ACCOMPLISH THE DISTRICT'S STRATEGIC PRIORITIES AND FOCUS SPECIFICALLY ON STUDENT LEARNING AND CULTURE AND RELATIONSHIPS. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? SEEING NONE, WE WILL MOVE TO NUMBER 7.03, WHICH IS APPROVE THE REALIGNMENT OF STUDENT NUTRITION SERVICES TO THE OPERATIONS DIVISION, AND CHRIS FARKAS, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS FOR MS. SHAMBURGER AND FOR MYSELF.

>>Christopher Farkas: THE OPERATION DISTRICT INCLUDES THE STUDENT NUTRITION SERVICES AREA. IT IS A NATURAL FIT FOR IT TO COME UNDER THE OPERATIONS DIVISION. WE LOOK FORWARD TO ADVOCATING FOR THE SUPPORT PERSONNEL AND THOSE GETTING THE KIDS TO SCHOOL AND FEEDING THEM EVERY DAY. IT IS A VITAL ROLE. EXCITED TO WORK WITH MS. HARRIS AND HER TEAM. I LOOK FORWARD TO THAT.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? WE'LL MOVE TO ITEM .8.01, APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGE OF PLACEMENT FOR REGULAR STUDENTS. MS. GRAY HAS A COMMENT. MS. GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: MY ONLY COMMENT IS THAT I'M VERY HAPPY WITH THE WAY THE COP, THE CHANGE OF PLACEMENT OFFICERS, HAVE BEEN DOING, I THINK, A VERY GREAT JOB. THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR THE DISTRICT PROBABLY SOME OF THEM NEAR 20 YEARS, AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I FEEL VERY CONFIDENT WITH THE WAY THAT THEY ARE HANDLING IT. WHAT I WOULD SAY A VERY CHALLENGING GROUP OF CHILDREN. SO RIGHT NOW, I'M JUST GIVING SOME ACCOLADES TO MEMBERS OF THE CHANGE OF PLACEMENT AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING TO REALLY MITIGATE AND HELP WHAT SEEMS TO BE A VERY DIFFICULT GROUP OF KIDS. THAT'S MY ONLY COMMENT.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. GRAY. ITEM NUMBER 8.02, APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR CHANGE OF PLACEMENT FOR EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION. AGAIN, MS. GRAY HAS A COMMENT. MS. GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY. NEGATIVE COMMENT.

>>Cindy Stuart: THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM NUMBER 8.04, APPROVE THE WAIVER OF RENTAL FEES. MS. GRAY, YOU ALSO CALLED THIS FOR A COMMENT. GO AHEAD. YOU HAVE THE FLOOR.

>>Lynn Gray: SORRY. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. IN COMMENTING ON 8.02, I AM REALIZING THAT WE ARE ADDRESSING DISCIPLINE, AND THIS EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION, THE CHANGE OF PLACEMENT THAT WHOLE CONVERSATION I WANT TO EVENTUALLY DIG A LITTLE BIT DEEPER INTO OUR DISCIPLINE PLAN. I AM NOT VERY ENCOURAGED WITH SOME OF THE SCHOOLS THAT I HAVE VISITED, AND I THINK THE SUBJECT MATTER IS DISCIPLINE. SO I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A COMMENT THAT IN THE FUTURE I'D LIKE TO ADDRESS DISCIPLINE POLICIES, AND THIS KIND OF JUST FLAGGED IT FOR ME. THANKS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS THE END OF OUR ITEMS FOR THE CONSENT AGENDA. MADAM SECRETARY, REAL QUICKLY, IF YOU COULD CHECK, ORIGINALLY, I CALLED OUT, I BELIEVE, ITEM NUMBER 8.05 AS A PULLED ITEM TO BE, AND THAT ITEM ACTUALLY HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN. SO IF YOU CAN MAKE THAT CORRECTION. BECAUSE IT IS STILL ON MY PULLED ITEMS LIST, BUT I HAVE AN E-MAIL IN FRONT OF ME THAT 8.05, WHICH IS APPROVE THE CONTRACT FOR KID'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE SOUTHEAST MIDDLE CHARTER HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN. SO IF YOU CAN MAKE THAT CORRECTION FOR ME. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. SHAMBURGER. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, IF YOU COULD VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS WITH MS. SNIVELY AWAY FROM THE DAIS. WE HAVE TWO MORE ITEMS TO COVER BEFORE WE GET INTO SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS AND BOARD COMMENTS. ITEM NUMBER 13.01, THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL POSITION REPORTS AS OF DECEMBER 31, 2016, MS. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, OUR CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS FOR MS. SNIVELY.

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. JUST A QUICK UPDATE, THE MONTHLY FINANCIALS DISPLAYED TO OUR END USERS THE REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES FOR A POINT IN TIME. THAT BEING JULY 1st THROUGH DECEMBER 31st. SO WE HAVE HALF A FISCAL YEAR DONE. THE RESOURCE ALLOCATION, EXPENDITURES EXPLAIN HOW MUCH OUR MONEY IS SPENT AND WHERE. AND WE HAVE TO MAKE IT UNDERSTANDABLE, RELIABLE, RELEVANT AND TIMELY. AS OF DECEMBER 31st, WE'VE COLLECTED 58% OF OUR BUDGETED REVENUES, AND WE'VE EXPENDED 44% OF OUR PROJECTED COSTS. THIS COMES AS WE JUST SAID BEFORE, IT'S A GROUP EFFORT. WE'RE REALLY LOOKING WHAT THE WE'RE DOING. SO WE'RE WATCHING THE TRENDS. WE MEET WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT, CHIEF OF STAFF, I THINK EVERY WEEK. WE'RE BOMBARDING THEIR OFFICE. AND JUST GIVING DIFFERENT IDEAS OUT THERE. SO WE'RE VERY EXCITED AND PROUD OF WHAT WE'RE DOING. AND THAT'S OUR FINANCIAL UPDATE. ANY QUESTIONS? GREAT. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SAUNDERS. AND THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 13.07. BOARD MEMBERS, THIS IS JUST AN INFORMATION ITEM FOR YOU, AND MR. PORTER, THE SCHOOL BOARD ATTORNEY, WILL GO THROUGH WITH YOU WHAT WE HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU AS WE WORK THROUGH PUTTING TOGETHER OUR COMMITTEES IN A STRUCTURE FOR HOW WE'RE GOING TO DO OUR WAY OF WORK.

>>Jim Porter: BOARD MEMBERS, YOU'LL RECALL THAT AS PART OF THE WAY OF WORK DOCUMENT THAT YOU ADOPTED A FEW MONTHS AGO, YOU CREATED A COMMITTEE CONCEPT, WHICH IS NEW TO THIS DISTRICT AND TO THE BOARD. YOU ALL INDICATED TO THE CHAIR WHAT YOUR FIRST PREFERENCES WOULD BE TO SERVE ON COMMITTEES. THE CHAIR, MS. STUART, HAS ASSIGNED THE COMMITTEES. YOU SHOULD HAVE THAT IN FRONT OF YOU. EACH COMMITTEE WILL CONSIST OF ONLY THREE BOARD MEMBERS. WE ARE WORKING WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT NOW TO ESTABLISH MEETING TIMES AND APPROPRIATE STAFFING FOR THE COMMITTEES. THE IDEA FOR ESTABLISHING THE COMMITTEE IS TO TRY TO MAKE YOUR MEETINGS RUN MORE EFFICIENTLY AND FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THINGS AT THE COMMITTEE LEVEL, LIKE SOME OTHER ORGANIZATIONS DO. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE FOR THE PUBLIC THAT ALL MEETINGS WILL FULLY COMPLY WITH THE SUNSHINE LAW. PROPERLY NOTICED AND ANYONE WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND THOSE. SO THIS IS CONSIDERED AN UPDATE. AT THIS POINT, YOU SEE WHAT THE COMMITTEES ARE, AND WE WILL BE ESTABLISHING AGAIN MEETING DATES AND APPROPRIATE STAFFING FOR YOU TO SERVE ON THE COMMITTEES, AND WE'LL KEEP YOU POSTED AS THAT PROGRESSES.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. PORTER. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE NOW TO SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS, MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: DID YOU WANT ME TO GO OVER A COUPLE OF SUSPENDED AGENDA ITEMS?

>>Cindy Stuart: SURE.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: JUST HAD A COUPLE OF UPDATES ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA TONIGHT. THE UPDATE WITH OUR FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIPS, WE HAVE A COUPLE OF THINGS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE AWARE. AND MS. WHALEY DID A GREAT JOB ALREADY GOING OVER SOME OF THOSE ITEMS. THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS THAT SHE SAID IS OVER 33,000. 513 OF THOSE VOLUNTEERS HAVE SELF-IDENTIFIED AS TRAINING. THE EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP AND DEVELOPMENT HAVE DEVELOPED THE CONTENT FOR THESE LEADERSHIP TRAININGS, AND THIS IS THE ONE SPONSORED BY IDLEWILD, THE TENTATIVE DATES FORTHCOMING, MARCH 6th AND APRIL 24th. SPEAKING OF IDLEWILD, THEIR BIANNUAL DAY OF SERVICE IS SCHEDULED SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 30 TO 40 VOLUNTEERS WILL ENGAGE IN HANDS-ON PROJECTS AT FIVE AREA SCHOOLS, AND CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL, FREEDOM HIGH SCHOOL, GAITHER, LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND MARTINA MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE PROJECTS CAN INCLUDE CAMPUS BEAUTIFICATION, PRESSURE WASHING, FACULTY LOUNGE MAKEOVERS, PAINTING, ET CETERA. AND I DO WANT YOU TO NOTICE ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA TONIGHT, MS. VALDES BROUGHT IT UP THE LAST TIME, WE HAVE SEVERAL AGENDA ITEMS THAT WE'RE RECOMMENDING TO TAKE OFF. I AM LEAVING HALLIX ON THERE A LITTLE LONGER UNTIL WE GET THE LONG-RANGE PLAN SOLIDIFIED. ONCE WE DO THAT, WE'LL RECOMMEND THAT TO COME OFF. AND LET ME REORGANIZE HERE, AND I'LL GET MY COMMENTS FOR YOU. SO, LAST WEEK, GOVERNOR SCOTT RELEASED -- I WANT TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE. SO LAST WEEK, GOVERNOR SCOTT RELEASED HIS FISCAL YEAR 2017-18 BUDGET REQUEST. HE RECOMMENDED AN INCREASE IN POTENTIAL FEFP FUNDS. HIS PROPOSAL TO THE LEGISLATURE IS PRELIMINARY, BUT THESE NUMBERS ARE ENCOURAGING, AND WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THE GOVERNOR'S SUPPORT. HAVING SAID THAT, I HAVE A LONG-RANGE FINANCIAL OUTLOOK, INCLUDING MOST RECENT REVENUE PROJECTIONS AND DIRECTIONS FROM LEGISLATIVE LEADERS, DURING THE INTERIM COMMITTEE WEEKS IS NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET. AS YOU KNOW, IT IS THE LEGISLATURE THAT WRITES THE BUDGET, NOT THE GOVERNOR. THIS PROCESS IS REALLY THE BEGINNING OF THE UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION. THE SESSION STARTS ON TUESDAY, MARCH 7th. WE EXPECT TO SEE THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE BUDGET PROPOSALS IN THE END OF MARCH, BEGINNING OF APRIL. I'LL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE YOU UPDATES ON THESE ISSUES. ONE OTHER ISSUE THAT CAME UP THIS PAST WEEK WAS BOTH THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE HAVE INTRODUCED ALTERNATIVE PATHWAYS BILLS. SO WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO TRACK THOSE VERY CLOSELY. I THINK IF THE BOARD SEES SOME OF THE PROPOSALS TO THAT, THEY WILL -- MISSOULO IN THE HOUSE AND MONFORD IN THE SENATE. TODAY, AT JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL, AS A MATTER OF FACT THIS MORNING, WE SHOWCASED OUR PREMIER PROGRAM FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY. WE WERE JOINED BY TONY HILL, THE FORMER FLORIDA SENATOR, IN AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY TASK FORCE CHAIR, ALONG WITH MEMBERS OF THE TASK FORCE AND A TECHNOLOGY COMPANY. STUDENTS AT JEFFERSON SHOWED ALL THE WONDERFUL WAYS THEY ARE LEARNING ABOUT AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY, THEIR RESOURCES INCLUDING EVERFI, WHICH IS A DIGITAL LEARNING PLATFORM. THE DISTRICT PROVIDED APPLICATION, AS YOU SAW EARLIER, FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICE FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS STUDIES TO THE COMMISSION OF EDUCATION AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY TASK FORCE. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOLANDA PITTMAN MARTIN. SHE WAS RECOGNIZED THIS MORNING AT THE FLORIDA CABINET MEETING IN TALLAHASSEE. MRS. PITTMAN MARTIN IS A RECIPIENT OF THE GOVERNOR'S SHINE AWARD. SHE IS A FOURTH GRADE READING AND WRITING TEACHER AT SULPHUR SPRINGS K-8. THE GOVERNOR IS HONORING EDUCATORS WHO ARE PART OF THE STATE'S HIGH-IMPACT TEACHER CORE. THANK YOU MS. PITTMAN MARTIN FOR REPRESENTING OUR DISTRICT SO WELL AND FOR ALWAYS BEING AN ADVOCATE FOR OUR STUDENTS. WE HAVE STATE CHAMPIONS. A BIG SHOUT-OUT TO OUR MOST RECENT STATE CHAMPIONS, STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS WON THEIR STATE FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW. WINNING STATE IS A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR JUST ONE YEAR, BUT TO DO IT THREE YEARS IN A ROW, WOW, SHOWS THE DEDICATION AND HARD WORK OF THESE YOUNG WOMEN AND MEN THEY PUT IN EVERY WEEK. WE ALSO HAVE A REPEAT STATE CHAMPION CHEERLEADING SQUAD AT GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL AND AT SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL. WE ARE SO PROUD OF THESE POWERHOUSE SQUADS. SO CHEERLEADING IS A THING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, I'M TELLING YA. I WANTED TO ALSO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO OUR VERY OWN JENNA HODGEENS. I MADE SURE SHE STAYED TO THE END. DID SHE STAY TO THE END?

>> SHE WENT TO GET SOMETHING TO EAT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: OH, MY GOODNESS. OH, MY GOODNESS. OKAY. WELL, LET ME GO ON TO NATIONAL SIGNING DAY AS SHE GOES OUT AND GETS HER. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE ALL OUR STUDENT ATHLETES WHO SIGNED WITH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. LAST WEDNESDAY DURING NATIONAL SIGNING DAY. IT'S A BIG STEP IN A YOUNG PERSON'S LIFE. THE EXCITEMENT FROM THE STUDENTS, THEIR FAMILIES, AND THEIR COACHES WAS UNDENIABLE. THESE STUDENTS WILL NOW CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION AND ARE AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO PLAY -- IN PLAYING A SPORT THEY LOVE. I LOVE THAT MR. BRADY AT HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL INVITED ROBLES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO THAT EVENT JUST TO HELP THEM TO SEE THEIR FUTURE. THAT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT. AND SO I WILL GO A LITTLE SLOW, BUT IN CASE SHE COMES IN WHILE I'M TALKING ABOUT IT -- SHE CAN'T FIND HER. OUR OWN MS. JENNA HODGEENS, GENERAL DIRECTOR OF CHARTER SCHOOLS, HAS BEEN HONORED WITH THE WOMEN ADD VALUE AWARD. SHE WAS NOMINATED BECAUSE OF HER EXTENSIVE EFFORTS TO ENSURE ALL CHILDREN IN OUR DISTRICT HAVE THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THE WOMEN ADD VALUE ORGANIZATION WILL HONOR JEN AT A RECEPTION THIS SEPTEMBER. CONGRATULATIONS WHEREVER YOU ARE, MS. JENNA HOBGENS. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS, MS. STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE AT BOARD COMMENTS, IF YOU HAVE BOARD COMMENTS THIS EVENING, PLEASE PUSH YOUR BUTTON. MS. VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. WE HIGHLIGHTED EARLIER TODAY THE BATTLE OF THE BELTS COMPETITION THAT WAS HELD, AND MEMBER, CHAIRMAN STUART AND I WERE IN ATTENDANCE, AND IT WAS JUST A WONDERFUL RECEPTION. THE CHILDREN JUST WERE PHENOMENAL. I WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT AND A THANK-YOU TO THE LEADERSHIP OF HCEF FOR THEIR DONATION TO WEB MIDDLE SCHOOL. THEY DONATED FOUR DOMINO TABLES FOR THE STUDENTS TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THAT TIME TO -- FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR, WHATEVER. HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY DOMINOES WITH THEIR TEACHERS AND BUILD THOSE RELATIONSHIPS, AND SO THANK YOU TO THE LEADERSHIP OF HCEF FOR DOING THAT. AND ALSO, I WANT TO GIVE -- GOSH, THIS HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR A LONG TIME. 12 YEARS TO BE EXACT. BUT FINALLY, IT COMES THROUGH, AND THAT'S REALLY AND TRULY A THANKS IN PART TO THE LEADERSHIP OF MR. MARCOS MURILLA, AREA SUPERINTENDENT FOR AREA 2. WEBB MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THAT COMMUNITY WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY A BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB AT THE GROUNDS OF THE TOWN N' COUNTRY REC CENTER. AND THAT CAME IN PART DUE TO THE GENEROSITY OF A DONOR BY THE NAME OF LAURICE HASCHEM WHO BELIEVES IN THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, AND WHO ALSO GREW UP IN THE TOWN N' COUNTRY AREA AND RECOGNIZES THE NEED. SO IF IT WEREN'T FOR LEADERS SUCH AS MR. MURILLO AND FOLKS LIKE MRS. HACHEM TO BE ABLE TO TO DO THIS AND ALSO TO CHRIS OVER AT THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB, MANY THANKS FOR ALL OF THEIR HELP IN HELPING THIS COME THROUGH FOR MY COMMUNITY. IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING. SO THANK YOU. ALSO, TO -- I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, MR. YOLANDA PITTMAN MARTIN. LAST WEEK, I WAS AT THE COUNCIL OF URBAN BOARD OF EDUCATORS EQUITY SYMPOSIUM. AND WE, OUR DISTRICT HAD A SHOUT-OUT BY KATIE HACOCK, WHICH IS THE CEO OF THE EDUCATION TRUST. WHERE SHE SAID THAT MANY DISTRICTS SHOULD BE DOING THE WORK THAT WE ARE DOING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND SHE SAID TAMPA. WITH OUR FOURTH GRADE STUDENTS. AND BEING ABLE TO BE IN A ROOM HEARING ABOUT THE GREAT THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, UNWARRANTED, UNSOLICITED, JUST BE IN THE ROOM AND HEAR THAT IMMEDIATELY THAT TWEET WENT OUT FOR SURE. AND THEN I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK ALSO THE FOLKS HERE TODAY THAT PRESENTED ON THE STRATEGIC PLAN. FIRST OF ALL, GREAT JOB WEST TAMPA ELEMENTARY. WAY TO GO McCLAIN, AND GO BIG RED. I WANT TO THANK MR. GRADY FOR BRINGING AND STATING HOW HE BRINGS THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS UP TO SEE WHAT'S GOING ON IN THEIR -- AT THEIR FUTURE HIGH SCHOOL. I THINK THAT VISUAL IS SO IMPORTANT, THAT THE KIDS, THE CHILDREN AT AN EARLY AGE CAN REALLY SEE WHERE THEY ARE HEADED AND THAT CAMPUS IS BEAUTIFUL ANYWAYS. SO I WOULD -- I COULD ONLY JUST IMAGINE BEING IN THE SHOES OF THOSE LITTLE GUYS AND GOING INTO THIS BEAUTIFUL SCHOOL, AND SAYING ONE DAY I'M GOING TO BE A TERRIER. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT. I WONDER, WHAT IS THE COST OF SENDING THOSE POSTCARDS. I REALLY DO THINK THAT IS A VERY NICE TOUCH. AND I THINK THAT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT ALL HIGH SCHOOLS SPECIFICALLY I'M THINKING OF OUR CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION STUDENTS. YOU KNOW, THOSE -- ALL OF THOSE TYPES OF CASES, WHATEVER IT IS THAT THEY ARE MISSING OR BY THE SAME TOKEN, THAT KUDOS IS ALSO SO IMPORTANT, BECAUSE IT'S GOT TO BE BOTH WAYS. IF YOU'RE GOING TO SAY SOMETHING IS WRONG, ALSO SAY SOMETHING IS GOOD. SO THAT I WAS REALLY EXCITED TO HEAR THAT. OUR GRADUATION RATE, YOU KNOW, I'M REALLY PROUD OF THAT. IF WE LOOK BACK, THIS PARTI PARTICULAR, WHAT WE HEARD TODAY, WE HAD A 73.5% GRADUATION RATE THE YEAR BEFORE. 76% IN '14-'15, AND NOW 79.1 IN '15-'16. IN COMMUNICATIONS, I WAS ASKED A QUESTION I REALLY DON'T KNOW WHAT THE ANSWER IS TO THAT. IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE ANSWER TODAY, THAT'S FINE. YOU CAN BRING IT BACK, BUT IN COMMUNICATION, IS EDSBY AVAILABLE IN SPANISH, CREOLE? IS IT TRANSLATABLE? I DON'T KNOW IF THAT AUTOMATICALLY HAPPENS WITH SOME OF THE PROGRAMS, BUT I WONDER IF THAT'S -- IF THAT WILL WORK, IF WE CAN -- IF WE HAVE THAT AVAILABILITY. WHEN WE LOOKED AT THE CULTURE, THE NUMBERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. TODAY, WE HAD MYRIAD OF HISPANICS COME IN TO SHARE WHAT THEIR CONCERNS ARE, AND WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT OUR STUDENT POPULATION AT 35% OF THE STUDENTS BEING HISPANIC, 35 WHITE, BLACK AT 21%, AND OTHER AT 9%, AND WE LOOK AT THE TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATION RATIO, WE DEFINITELY SEE A HUGE GAP, A GAP THAT IS GOING TO BE CHALLENGING FOR US TO BE ABLE TO NARROW. SO I'M REALLY HOPEFUL THAT WE MAKE A CONCERTED EFFORT AS A DISTRICT TO FIND QUALIFIED FOLKS THAT WILL BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THIS CHANGE IN DEMOGRAPHICS. WE HEARD ABOUT THE SYSTEMS IN NEW YORK, AND WHEN THEY COME DOWN HERE IT'S A DIFFERENT STORY. THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IN THE SYSTEMS IN NEW YORK CITY IS THAT THEY HAVE MORE DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE AT THEIR SCHOOLS. AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT I KNOW THAT WE'RE MOVING IN THAT DIRECTION, BUT THOSE ARE THE MAJOR DIFFERENCES. THEY HAVE, BECAUSE THEY UNDERSTAND, WELL, STATUE OF LIBERTY IS THERE. ALL THE IMMIGRANTS CAME THROUGH ELLIS ISLAND. THAT'S ALL I'M GOING TO SAY ABOUT THAT, FORREST GUMP. AND OUR FINANCES. OUR FINANCES, WE'VE COME A LONG WAY. LAST MONTH, THE FITCH RATINGS COMPANY RELEASED THE FOLLOWING. THE RATING OUTLOOK ON HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION PROGRAM IS REVISED TO STABLE FROM NEGATIVE. AND THE RATING OUTLOOK ON THE SALES TAX AND CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT BONDS REMAINED STABLE. FISCAL 2016 OPERATING RESULTS SHOWED SCHOOL DISTRICT MANAGEMENT WAS SUCCESSFUL IN CUTTING ITS ESTIMATED $100 MILLION STRUCTURAL IMBALANCE THROUGH AN IMPLEMENTATION OF SIGNIFICANT COST EFFICIENCIES, REDUCTION IN EMPLOYEES DUE TO ATTRITION, A REALIGNMENT OF POSITIONS, AND STRONG SPENDING CONTROLS. MANAGEMENT CONTINUES TO IMPLEMENT COST-SAVINGS STRATEGIES, AND THE REORGANIZATION OF ITS WORKFORCE WITH A GOAL TO SLOWLY INCREASE ITS RESERVE FUNDS. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE ORIGINAL DREAM TEAM. THIS COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE LEADERSHIP PUT IN PLACE. BY THEN, FOUR COURAGEOUS WOMEN THAT KNEW THE TIME HAD COME TO MAKE SOME CHANGES TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THESE RESULTS TODAY. SO MY THREE COLLEAGUES, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TO THE ORIGINAL DREAM TEAM, SUPERINTENDENT JEFF EAKINS, CHIEF OF STAFF ALBERTO VASQUEZ, CHIEF OF SCHOOLS LARRY SYKES, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT VAN AYRES. AND MRS. SAUNDERS, CFO. NOW, THE CHALLENGE OUT THERE FOR DREAM TEAM 2, WE GOTTA GET THIS AND WE'VE GOT TO BEAT THESE NUMBERS NOW, BECAUSE THERE'S ONLY ONE WAY TO GO. AND THAT IS FORWARD, UPWARD, FAST, BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT, OUR KIDS CAN'T WAIT. THEY NEED US. SO WE NEED TO REALLY SEE THE GREAT WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE AND CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD STEADY AND WITH THAT VISION OF WHAT WE'RE HERE TO DO, AND I TRULY BELIEVE THAT WE'RE LIVING THE MISSION -- THE VISION OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. VALDES. MS. GRAY, CAN I ASK MR. EAKINS TO REPEAT PART OF HIS COMMENTS SINCE MS. HODGINS HAS REJOINED US?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I AM SO GLAD THAT YOU HAVE RETURNED, MS. HODGINS. I HAVE A FEELING THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU WERE DOING. LET'S DEFINE WORKING LATER ON. MS. HODGINS, WHILE YOU WERE UPSTAIRS WORKING DILIGENTLY, WE RECOGNIZED THAT YOU WERE HONORED TO RECEIVE THE WOMEN ADD VALUE AWARD, AND SO WE AS A STAFF AND A BOARD WANT TO OFFICIALLY CONGRATULATE YOU NOW THAT YOU ARE HERE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT. MS. GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: I WANT TO DO A FEW CONGRATULATIONS. AND ONE OF THEM IS TO OUR MADAM CHAIR, CINDY STUART. I RECOGNIZE YOUR DILIGENT WORK ON THE MPO, AND TRANSPORTATION IS ARGUMENTABLY ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT AND CHALLENGING ROADS TO GO DOWN, AND I THINK YOU'VE BEEN DOING A FABULOUS JOB. AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THAT WE KNOW AND RECOGNIZE YOUR HARD WORK. SECONDLY, AND I WON'T GET ALL THE NAMES THAT SUSAN SO ELOQUENTLY ROLLED OUT, BUT I'LL GET A FEW OF THEM. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, YOUR TEAM DID A FABULOUS JOB, AND I KNOW THAT YOU GAVE ME A LITTLE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MAIN TALKER, THE GREAT COMMUNICATOR, JEFF EAKINS WITH FITCH. WE KNOW THAT OUR FISCAL STATUS HAS CHANGED TO A BETTER ONE OF STABILITY, IF YOU WILL, AND I THINK THAT IS FABULOUS NEWS, BECAUSE THAT'S A NEW YORK FIRM, HUGE, AND I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE ONE HECK OF A TASK GETTING THAT DONE, COUP D'ETAT. IT WAS A TEAM. NOT EVEN LASTLY BUT VERY LARGELY, WE HAVE A VERY -- SHE MAY BE FAMOUS SOON. WE HAVE KACHITA JONES, I HOPE SHE STANDS UP. SHE BELIEVED THAT WE COULD HAVE A DISTRICT, SCHOOL DISTRICT TEAM, REMINDING US THAT WE ARE THE 8th LARGEST DISTRICT IN THE UNITED STATES, TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GASPARILLA RUN. AND IT WAS HER DREAM, AND SHE CAME TO ME, AND I'VE NOW TURNED INTO A COACH, WHICH IS FINE. THAT'S WHAT I DO. AND IN CONJUNCTION, SUSAN HARMLING, WHO RUNS GASPARILLA, JUST OPENED HER ARMS TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND LITERALLY GAVE US HALF PRICE AND ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING WE NEEDED. AND I'M GOING TO, AGAIN, GIVE CREDIT TO KACHITA WITH HER PERSUASIVE SPEAKING. ALBERTA, ALSO, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING US THE PATH, WHICH WE NEEDED AND IT'S CALLED GOING FOR THE GOLD. AND THE IDEA IS BY 90% GRADUATION BY YEAR 2020. AND BUT MORE THAN THAT, THE GOAL IS REALLY TO BRING UNITY TO THE AMOUNT OF DIVERSITY THAT WE REALLY HAVE. SO REALLY, TO UNIFY OUR DISTRICT IN EVERY WAY, SHAPE AND FORM. SO I'M JUST REALLY -- I'M HONORED TO BE PART, NOT ONLY OF THE DISTRICT, BUT TO BE PART OF THE GREAT AMOUNT OF ENERGY AND ENTHUSIASM THAT KACHITA AND ACTUALLY JESSICA VEGA, WHO I DON'T THINK SHE'S HERE STILL, OUR COMMUNICATIONS PERSON, AND LASHONDA WHO NEVER WANTED TO RUN IN HER LIFE BUT IS RUNNING LAPS UP AND DOWN THE PARKING GARAGE. SO I HAVE NAMED HER COACH AS WELL. BUT I DO BELIEVE WE HAVE A SLIDE SHOW, BUT I'M NOT SURE OF IF WE'RE GOING TO SEE IT OR NOT PABLO, OKAY, WE'RE GOING TO SEE IT. IT'S VERY SHORT, AND NONE OF YOU HAVE TO DO THIS, BUT YOU CAN MAYBE BE INSPIRED TO DO THE 5K, WALK, BECAUSE I ALREADY HEARD THAT SALLY HARRIS IS GOING TO DO IT. YES, CINDY ALSO.

>>Lynn Gray: WE HAVE ABOUT 70 FOLKS TRAINING WITH US RIGHT NOW. THERE'S MINERVA. WE CAUGHT YOU. LASHONDA. THERE IS OUR MADAM CHAIR BEING VERY SUPPORTIVE. THANK YOU. I, I BELIEVE, YEAH, KACHITA SHE IS NOW AN ADVANCE RUNNER. THANK YOU, AND GIVING CREDIT ALSO TO MARLENE SARCO, SHE'LL PUT IT IN THE NEWSPAPER AND HAS DONE AN INCREDIBLE JOB IN PROMOTING OUR TEAM. AND I DON'T KNOW IF MARLENE IS STILL HERE, BUT SHE'S PROBABLY RUNNING EXTRA LAPS. HA HA HA. NOT. OKAY. THANKS SO MUCH, KACHITA, FOR EVERYTHING YOU'VE DONE AND WE APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. GRAY. MS. HARRIS.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HAVE COMBINED THE SLIDE SHOW THAT I DIDN'T GET TO SHOW LAST MEETING, BECAUSE IT WAS GOING TO BE A LONG MEETING, AND THIS ONE IS TWICE AS LONG. BUT I'M SHOWING IT TONIGHT BUT WE'LL DO IT QUICKLY, BECAUSE I CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON THAT BEING A FAST SHOW. I JUST WANT TO MENTION THAT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SLIDE SHOW, YOU'LL SEE SOME PICTURES, ALL ACROSS THIS DISTRICT, MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS GAVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. IT WAS AMAZING. THE PICTURE RIGHT THERE WAS OF PLANT HIGH SCHOOL FUNCTION WHERE THEY GAVE PRESENTS AND GIFTS TO THE HEAD START STUDENTS. AND IT WAS AN INCREDIBLE ATTENDANCE, AND IT WAS HUGE. THEN WE HAVE MORE HEALTH WHERE WE VISITED MORE HEALTH, AND WE'VE HAD THAT BROUGHT UP SEVERAL TIMES TODAY ABOUT ALL THE GOOD THAT'S RIGHT DOING IN OUR SCHOOLS. AND THEN PLANT HIGH SCHOOL WENT TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP, AND MR. EAKINS AND I WENT OUT THERE IN THAT FREEZING COLD THAT NIGHT TO THAT GAME. AND THEN WE HAVE OUR SECURITY DEPARTMENT, WHO IS GIVING AWARDS OUT, AND THAT'S A VERY NICE EVENT THAT WE TRY TO GET TO, AND WE'RE PROUD OF THE JOB THEY ARE DOING IN OUR COMMUNITY AND BEING ABLE TO BE RECOGNIZED FOR THE GOOD WORK THAT THEY DO. NEXT PICTURE, OH, WE HAVE OUR NEW SCHOOL THAT IS NO LONGER JUST SCHOOL C, IT IS OUR WARREN HOPE DAWSON SCHOOL THAT HAS BEEN NAMED. AND WE HAD AT THE HOLIDAY TIME, WE HAD A CHOIR AND STRINGS EVENT THAT WENT ON AT PHILLIP SHORE THAT MS. SHAMBURGER AN I -- AND I ATTENDED. THEN I WENT OUT TO THOMPSON AND TO RUSKIN AND READ TO THE CHILDREN DURING THAT TIME PERIOD, AND GOT TO GO OUT AND SPEND SOME TIME WITH THE KIDS, WHICH IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO DO DURING THE TIME AND WELCOMED BY ALL THOSE SCHOOLS IN THE COMMUNITY. AND THEN WHEN WE GOT BACK FROM CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY, THE VERY FIRST DAY, I WENT OUT AND SPOKE TO THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CLASS IN BREWSTER AND GOT THEM ALL EXCITED ABOUT THEIR CAREERS FOR THE FUTURE. AND THEN WE GOT TO GO OUT AND FIND OUR TEACHERS OF THE YEAR CANDIDATES. AND THAT WAS A REALLY FUN DAY. AND GOING IN AND SURPRISING THE TEACHERS, AND IT WAS SO MUCH FUN. AND THE KIDS LOVED IT, AND WE ENJOYED IT, AND, OF COURSE, THE TEACHERS WERE REALLY TOUCHED. AND THEN WE HAD THE REFLECTIONS WITH THE PTA, PTSA. AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE WERE OVER 200 PARENTS THAT WENT TO THAT. THEN OUR OWN CHRIS JORDAN, I PUT SCOTT DOWN THERE, BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY CHRIS JARGO WHO BECAME PRESIDENT OF THE CAREER AND TECH ORGANIZATION. AND THEN WE HAD AN EARLY LEARNING EVENT WITH ALL OF OUR CHILD CARE DIRECTORS, LIKE THE PARTNERSHIP THAT WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT, AND THAT WAS ON A SATURDAY. THEN WE WENT TO THE TOBA COMMUNITY EVENT AND HONORED SOME OF OUR BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. AND THEN WE HAD A FLAT TIRE AT THE PARADE, BUT WE HAD A BALL. THAT WAS A GREAT PARADE, BUT I HAD TO SHOW YOU THE FLAT TIRE BECAUSE WE TALKED ABOUT IT. AND THEN WE WENT TO THE GRECO PRINCIPAL'S CUP. I KNOW DR. SYKES WAS THERE WITH ME, AND WE HONORED SOME OF THE STUDENTS AND WE GOT TO SEE THE PARTNERS THERE. WE DID THE RIBBON-CUTTING AT CLAIR-MEL ELEMENTARY FOR THEIR NEW FOOD PANTRY AND CLOTHES CLOSET. AND THE COMMUNITY PARTNERS WITH THAT AND THEN WE HAD A MULTICULTURE MUSIC EVENT WHERE MANY OF THE SCHOOLS FROM THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT ATTENDED AND THE PARENTS AND THE COMMUNITY PARTNERS CAME. AND THEN WE HAD A TOUR OF THE LLT ACADEMY LEADERSHIP. THEY INVITED ALL OF US OUT TO, AND THAT WAS REALLY A COOL TOUR. AND FINALLY, I WANT TO SAY THAT ALONG WITH OUR WALK THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING, OUR GASPARILLA RUN, WE'RE ALSO GOING TO BE DOING THE SOUTH TAMPA RELAY FOR LIFE, AND AS A DISTRICT OFFICE, I WOULD LIKE TO PERSONALLY INVITE TO YOU ATTEND THAT THIS YEAR. THEY DON'T EXPECT TO YOU STAY, BUT IT WOULD JUST BE NICE IF THEY GOT OUR SUPPORT ON THAT APRIL 21st EVENING AT 6:00. IT'S A REAL TOUCHING EVENT. IF YOU'VE KNOWN ANYBODY THAT'S HAD CANCER OR MAYBE SOMEBODY WHO IS GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS, THEY GET TO START THE WALK AROUND THE TRACK. IT'S A REAL TEARJERKER, AND THEN THEIR FRIENDS AND SUPPORT TEAM JOIN THEM AROUND THE TRACK AS THE SUPPORT, AND THEN EVERYBODY ELSE THAT COMES TO THE EVENT. AND IT WOULD SURE BE NICE. I WILL TELL YOU THAT I HAVE AGREED TO BE THE CHEERLEADER IN THIS BUILDING WITH JOHNNY BUSH, AND SO I WILL BE EGGING YOU ON TO PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT THAT. SO I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO PUT THAT DATE IN YOUR CALENDAR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. HARRIS. I JUST HAVE ONE THANK YOU TO PUT OUT TO MELISSA ERICKSON AND TO OUR OWN HILLSBOROUGH CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION FOR THE WORK, AND I'M SORRY, AND THE UNITED WAY FOR BRINGING PARENT UNIVERSITY OUT TO ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL LAST WEEKEND. AGAIN, VERY EARLY MORNING, THE SUPERINTENDENT AND I WERE THERE ALONG WITH THE DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT, MR. AYRES. AND, AGAIN, A GREAT TURNOUT. WHERE THESE PARENTS FIND THE ENERGY TO GET UP AND COME OUT THAT FAR THAT EARLY IN THE MORNING, AND SIT AND LISTEN TO DISTRICT STAFF TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY CAN DO BEST FOR THEIR KIDS IS AMAZING TO ME. SO THANK YOU AGAIN TO MS. ERICKSON AND ALL THE WORK THAT SHE DOES. IF THERE ARE NO OTHER COMMENTS, WE ARE ADJOURNED. [ SOUNDING GAVEL ]  ∫