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

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I AM GOING TO CALL TODAY'S SCHOOL BOARD MEETING OF TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017 TO ORDER. IF EVERYONE COULD PLEASE RISE FOR THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, A MOMENT OF SILENCE, AND WE HAVE SPECIAL GUESTS HERE TODAY WHO ARE GOING TO ACTUALLY SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM FOR US.   

>> GANDHI SAID -- THE MOMENT OF PROGRESS. MOMENT OF SILENCE, PLEASE. (MOMENT OF SILENCE).   

>> THANK YOU. (PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE)   

>>Cindy Stuart: AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE THAL STAR ELEMENTARY CHORUS AND MUSICIANS TO COME FORWARD TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM. (∫ NATIONAL ANTHEM ∫ ∫ [ APPLAUSE ]   

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO YOU ARE THAT SANG TO US.   

>> HI. I'M MELISSA AND I'M IN FIFTH GRADE.   

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

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

>> I'M JACQUELINE. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE.   

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

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

>> I'M LORI TAYLOR AND I'M NOT IN FIFTH GRADE. LOWRY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THANK YOU.   

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND DOING THAT. AND NOW I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE THE ROARING RINGERS FROM WIMAUMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO INTRODUCE THEMSELVES. THESE WONDERFUL STUDENTS ENTERTAINED US PRIOR TO THE START OF OUR BOARD MEETING. HOPEFULLY YOU GOT TO HEAR THEM AS YOU ENTERED.   

>> I AM SAMANTHA. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE.   

>> MY NAME IS BOBBY. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE.   

>> MY NAME IS ALEX. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE. AND I LOVE HOW THE FINAL PRODUCT SOUNDS.   

>> MY NAME IS AMELIA AND I LIKE PLAYING MUSIC WITH MY FRIENDS.   

>> MY NAME IS SABASTIAN. I LIKE PLAYING HANDBELLS BECAUSE ALL THE TECHNIQUE.   

>> MY NAME IS CARLY. I'M IN FOURTH GRADE AND I LIKE TO PLAY BECAUSE YOU GET TO PLAY WITH YOUR FRIENDS.   

>> MY NAME IS AUDREY. I LIKE HANDBELLS BECAUSE I GET TO PLAY WITH ONE OF MY FRIENDS.   

>> MY NAME IS DAVID AND I LIKE HANDBELLS. I'M IN FOURTH GRADE AND I LIKE HANDBELLS BECAUSE IT'S FUN AND CHALLENGING.   

>> MY NAME IS DANIEL AND I'M IN SIXTH GRADE AND I LIKE HANDBELLS BECAUSE OF ALL THE TECHNIQUES YOU CAN DO WITH THEM.   

>> NATHAN. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE. AND I LIKE HANDBELLS BECAUSE IT ALLOWS ME TO SPEND TIME WITH MY FRIENDS.   

>> MY NAME IS JUDE. I'M IN FOURTH GRADE. AND I LIKE TO BE IN HANDBELLS BECAUSE OF HOW THE PIECES SOUND.   

>> MY NAME IS ALEXANDRIA. I'M IN FIFTH GRADE. AND I LIKE HANDBELLS BECAUSE I GET TO WORK WITH MY COLLEAGUES.   

>> MY NAME IS KATHRYN AND I'M MUSIC TEACHER AT OF HOME OF THE LIONS AND THESE ARE THE ROARING RINGERS HANDBELL ENSEMBLE, AND WE REHEARSE ONCE, SOMETIMES TWICE AFTER SCHOOL FROM 1:15 TO 2:00 AND THEY ARE A WONDERFUL GROUP OF STUDENT THAT WORKED REALLY, REALLY HARD. AND I APPRECIATE THEIR EFFORT SO MUCH. AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING US HERE TODAY.   

>> WOULD YOU LIKE TO TURN AROUND SO WE CAN GIVE YOU A ROUND OF APPLAUSE? [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ]   

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE COME AND ALLOW US AN HONOR TO BE ABLE TO HEAR WHAT'S HAPPENING IN YOUR SCHOOLS. SO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND SHARING.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MEMBER HARRIS. AT THIS TIME, BOARD MEMBERS, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU McKENZIE STEEL OF THE SHE WILL BE OUR STUDENT ADVISORY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE FROM PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL TODAY. WELCOME. AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'M SURE MR. GIBSON SITTING NEXT TO YOU CAN HELP YOU FIND A WAY TO USE THE MICROPHONE AND A BUTTON TO LET US KNOW THAT YOU NEED TO TALK TO US ABOUT SOMETHING. THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, TODAY, THERE'S ONE WITHDRAWN ITEM, C 405 WHICH IS TO APPROVE DISCIPLINARY ACTION INSTRUCTIONAL.   

>>Cindy Stuart: I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS. SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE PLEASE VOTE AS YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT. WE HAVE ONE SET OF MINUTES WE NEED TO APPROVE TONIGHT, FEBRUARY 21st, OUR REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO ADOPT THESE MINUTES. MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS. A SECOND BY MRS. GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THE MINUTES ARE ADOPTED. MS. HARRIS, IF YOU WOULD PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES.   

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER STUART. AS WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON'S MEETING, LET ME QUICKLY REVIEW THE FORMAT OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS. PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. THE BOARD'S AGENDA IS A CONSENT AGENDA. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE APPROVED UPON MOTION AND VOTE UNLESS AN ITEM IS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THE AGENDA AND THE BACKUP DOCUMENTATION ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE. THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON THE LIVE WEBCAST ON CABLE TV AND ON 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 BE 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. WHEN TEN OR MORE SPEAKERS WISH TO SPEAK TO THE SAME AGENDA ITEM, SPEAKING TIME WILL BE REDUCED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER. IF THERE ARE STILL SPEAKERS AFTER 45 MINUTES 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, MEMBER HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE THREE ITEMS THAT WILL BE TAKEN AT SPECIFIC TIMES TODAY. WE HAVE ONE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT, AS CLOSE TO 4:00 AS WE CAN. WE HAVE ONE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ADOPTION OF POLICIES, ADVERTISED IN JANUARY AT 501 AND WE WILL DO EMPLOYEE INPUT AT 6:00 P.M. ^ WE'LL NOW MOVE TO AUDIENCE COMMENTS. MRS. HARRIS, WILL YOU READ THE GUIDELINES?   

>>Sally Harris: THE BOARD VALUES AND APPRECIATES YOUR COMMENTS. THIS IS YOUR TIME TO TELL THE BOARD WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY RAISE DURING 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. BOARD MEMBERS, PRESENTLY WE HAVE TEN SPEAKERS THAT ARE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO TODAY'S AGENDA. AND THAT BRINGS US TO APPROXIMATELY 36 MINUTES FOR THE AUDIENCE. I WILL CALL SPEAKERS THREE AT THE TIME. IF YOU COULD LINE UP TO MY LEFT AND BE PREPARED TO SPEAK. OUR FIRST SET OF SPEAKERS IS JOSEPH ROBINSON, DR. COLLINS, AND MARK KLUTHO. YOU EACH HAVE FIVE MINUTES. WELCOME, MR. ROBINSON. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.   

>> I'M BACK. TOOK A LONG TIME OFF. BUT LET'S GET BACK TO BUSINESS. FIRST OF ALL I WILL BE SPEAKING ON ITEMS 11.071-R, SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT, NEW LAYOUT. THERE ARE SOME ISSUES IN THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY ABOUT THAT. AND I WILL GET BACK TO THAT. THE APPROVAL OF THE REORGANIZATION OR COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT WAS TIED BACK TO THE OUTREACH. AND I WOULD LIKE TO COME BACK -- I HAD DOWN TO SPEAK ABOUT THE NEW POLICIES BUT THAT'S A PUBLIC HEARING. SO I WILL JUST COME BACK TO THE PUBLIC HEARING TO SPEAK ON THAT. AND THEN THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. ON THE FIRST ITEM DEALING WITH OUTREACH OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH THIS IS THAT, YES, WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE DISTRICT IS MOVING FORWARD WITH LARGER HISPANIC POPULATION, AND WE UNDERSTAND HISPANICS ARE A LARGER SEGMENT. HOWEVER, AFRICAN-AMERICANS DON'T WANT TO BE LEFT BEHIND. WE CREATED A TITLE FOR HISPANIC HERE. OKAY? WE DON'T HAVE A TITLE SAY AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERE. SO IT GIVES THE IMPRESSION THAT THIS IS BEING DONE FOR THE HISPANIC STUDENTS AND NOT FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS. THAT'S A PERCEPTION. I DON'T THINK IT'S A REALITY. BUTCH WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE JOB DESCRIPTION, IT SPECIFICALLY SAYS THE NEEDS OF HISPANIC STUDENTS IN OUR DISTRICTS AND A GRADUATION RATE OF HISPANIC STUDENT IN OUR DISTRICT. I WANT ALL STUDENTS TO HAVE HIGH GRADUATION RATES, ESPECIALLY AFRICAN-AMERICANS, SINCE THEY ARE HISTORICALLY THE WORST IN THE DISTRICT. SO MY BROTHERS OUT THERE, WE LOVE YOU, BUT WHOEVER, LOOK OUT FOR BLACK FOLKS, TOO. THE SECOND THING IS THE REORGANIZATION OR REDIRECTION OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT WHICH IS A GREAT IDEA, BECAUSE THE GUY WE HAD IN THERE DIDN'T LAST FOR TWO MINUTES, OKAY? SO NOW WE ARE REORGANIZING BECAUSE THE GUY IN THERE DIDN'T LAST FOR TWO MINUTES AND HE'S COME UP WITH ALL THIS NONSENSE. SO THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT, FOR REDOING THAT. AND ALSO THE OTHER THING IS TYING INTO DR. SYKES' DEPARTMENT, OUTREACH FOR THIS OFFICE OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AND PHILANTHROPY, MAKING SURE THAT GETS DONE, BECAUSE I WAS AT A MEETING LAST NIGHT, YOU GUYS PUT A LITTLE BIT MORE MONEY WITH DR. SYKES, BECAUSE AT VANBUREN, YOU KNOW, ASKED WHAT DO YOU WANT?  THAT'S GOT TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE INSIGHT. SO I WILL BE BACK OVER THERE TO SEE IF THEY ARE GOING TO COMPLY WITH MY REQUEST TO FOLLOW THE FLORIDA STATUTES. AND I WILL TALK ABOUT THE POLICIES AT THE END. AND THE LAST TWO MINUTES HERE, THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. ONCE AGAIN, GETTING BACK TO THIS RACE ISSUE. IT SAYS UNDER SUSPENDED AGENDA, ONGOING REPORTS, THE KIND OF THINGS BEING DONE AND FEEDBACK AS RELATES TO AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND HISPANIC STUDENTS, AND ALL STUDENTS ACROSS THE DISTRICT, LAST UPDATE WAS JANUARY 17th. OKAY, THAT'S FINE. HOWEVER, IT SAYS PROGRESS OF IDENTIFYING ELEVATE SCHOOLS AND UPDATE THE BOARD BY ANSWERING QUESTIONS. WHAT IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT AT THESE SCHOOLS? THAT QUESTION WAS ASKED LAST NIGHT THREE TO FOUR TIMES AT VAN BURN, WHAT IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT THROUGH 8th GRADE AT VAN BUREN AND CALHOUN? COULDN'T GET AN ANSWER. NO ONE REALLY WAS ANSWERING. SO MAYBE THURSDAY THEY ARE GOING TO GIVE US ANSWERS. SO LAST NIGHT, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO ASK TO DO, WHATEVER YOU WON LIKE TO SEE BE DONE AND SOME OF THE TEACHERS ARE CONCERNED, AND I TOLD THEM THAT'S BEEN A D SCHOOL. VAN BUREN HAS BEEN A D SCHOOL THAT THEY SHOULD INVOKE FLORIDA STATUTE 10-12-23.05, BECAUSE IT SAYS SUPERINTENDENT -- AND I WILL BE MAKING PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST, THAT WE ARE GOING TO DRILL DOWN ON WHETHER THESE OUT OF SCHOOLTEACHERS, THESE TEACHERS THAT NOT PERFORM, ARE BEING PUT IN THESE LOW-PERFORMING SCHOOLS AT A DISPROPORTIONATE LEVEL THAN OTHER SCHOOLS. I ASKED LAST NIGHT THE PRINCIPAL SAYING, WELL -- I HAVEN'T SEEN THE DATA YET. I HAVEN'T SEEN THE ACTUAL NUMBERS YET, HOW THAT DISTRICTWISE AVERAGE AND PUTTING THESE TEACHERS WITH ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN FOUND, THAT WHEN YOU START PUTTING OUT OF SCHOOL, OUT OF TRAINING TEACHERS, INTO SCHOOLS THAT ARE FAILING, IT MAKES IT EACH WORSE. SO WE WANT TO SEE IF THE SO-CALLED INNER CITY SCHOOLS -- MRS. SHAMBURGER, ARE BEING BEING TREED PROPERLY OR NOT PROPERLY. AND I SHALL BE BACK. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. LADIES, LET'S KEEP IT GOING, OKAY?   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. ROBINSON. DR. COLLINS, PLEASE. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES. WELCOME.   

>> TO THE BOARD MEMBERS, OUR BOARD CHAIR, VICE CHAIR AND ALL MEMBERS, TO OUR SUPERINTENDENT, AND TO THE SUPPORT STAFF. THERE'S AN ARTICLE CALLED "TOMORROW'S TEST" ON THE TWO ITEMS THAT I WANT TO JUST MENTION BRIEFLY, AND HOPEFULLY WILL NOT TAKE ME FIVE MINUTES, BUT I DO WANT TO READ TWO PARAGRAPHS BRIEFLY. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT THERE ARE MORE STUDENTS IN COLOR THAN WHITE IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. HOW WE COP FRONT THESE CHANGES OR CHANGE WILL DETERMINE THE FATE OF THE COUNTRY AND BACK IN THE BACK OF THE ARTICLE THERE'S GOING TO BE, I THINK, A SERIES OF ABOUT 11 STORIES ONGOING ON A WEEKLY BASIS. IT SAYS ALARMING NEWS, FEDERAL DATA RELEASED ON THE ANNIVERSARY OF BROWN VERSUS THE BOARD IN MAY IT WAS BROWN 1 OR BROWN 2 BECAUSE THE ARTICLE SIMPLY SAYS BROWN. AND I THINK MOST PEOPLE NOVEMBER THERE WAS A 1 AND THEN A 2. IT SAYS RELEASED ON THE ANNIVERSARY THAT SHOWS THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS ATTENDING HIGH-POVERTY SCHOOLS WITH MOSTLY BLACK AND HISPANIC CHILDREN HAS MORE THAN DOUBLED. IT TALKS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT -- AND I'M WATCHING THE CLOCK BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO USE ALL MY TIME READING THIS ARTICLE -- SAYS INTEGRATION AND PREPARING STUDENTS, TRAINING TEACHERS FOR NEW AND CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS WILL REQUIRE MORE THAN JUST POLICY AND HUMAN SOLUTIONS. IT ALSO SUGGESTS IN THIS ARTICLE THAT ON THE POLICY SIDE, ACROSS THE COUNTRY, WE ARE FALLING SHORT. WE ARE PAYING LIP SERVICE TO THE IMPORTANCE OF DESEGREGATION, WHILE WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO ACCOMPLISH IT. YET, THERE ARE PROMISES, SMALL SCALE EFFORTS BEING MADE BY THE GRASSROOTS COALITIONS AND OTHERS WHICH AIM TOGETHER WITH STUDENTS OF DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS AND NEEDS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND THOSE INCLUDE GROWTH AND DIVERSE BY DIVINE DESIGN SCHOOLS, SCHOOLS IN CITIES -- AND THEY GO TO NAME ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT CITIES AND STATES AND WHERE THESE SCHOOLS ARE GOING -- BUT WE CAN LEARN A GREAT DEAL FROM THESE EFFORTS. WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY ADVOCATING FOR BROADER MORE SYSTEMIC CHANGE I.WANT TO CLEARLY SAY ON TWO ISSUES, I AM GOING TO USE THE LAST ONE I SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON FIRST. SEVERAL WEEKS AGO WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE SUPERINTENDENT WITH A GROUP OF STUDENTS, ONE STAFF PERSON ON TV. IT WAS TALKING ABOUT TEST SCORES. THE LEVEL OF CONSCIOUSNESS THAT IS REQUIRED IN THE MEDIA ENVIRONMENT, WHEN YOU PUT OUR SUPERINTENDENT OUT THERE, IS VERY MEANINGFUL. AND IN THE REORGANIZATION OF THIS DEPARTMENT AND COMMUNICATION, I WOULD HOPE THAT WE WOULD SEE AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND A HISPANIC IN THAT DEPARTMENT WITH THE POSITIONS THAT I LOOKED AT, TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN WE PUT OUR SUPERINTENDENT OUT BEFORE THE COMMUNITY THAT EVERYONE IS CONSCIOUS OF WHAT WE ARE DOING, AND HOW WE PAINTED THAT PICTURE. PICTURES MUST BE PAINTED SO EVERYONE CAN SEE THEMSELVES AND THE PICTURES AND BUY INTO THE PROCESS. IF WE ARE NOT DOING THAT, THEN WE ARE NOT PREPARING THAT DEPARTMENT RIGHT, AND PERHAPS DIFFERENT THAN WE DESIRE. LET ME SAY SOMETHING ABOUT THE JOB DESCRIPTIONS. ALMOST AS IT WAS BEFORE. SO MANY OF THE JOB DESCRIPTIONS IN THE DISTRICT LOOK LIKE THEY ARE LOOKING FOR TEACHERS. SO I'M NOT TOO SURE IF WE ALWAYS GET THE MOST QUALIFIED INDIVIDUAL, BECAUSE IF YOU ARE GOING TO ALWAYS REQUIRE THAT A TEACHER DO EVERYTHING, THEN ARE WE REALLY LOOKING FOR THE CORRECT ONES? AND SO I KIND OF MENTION THAT TO THE HR DIVISION, AND THEY HAVE OFFERED THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ME TO COME UP. BUT I THINK WE NEED TO BEGIN TO LOOK AT OUR JOB DESCRIPTION, AND IF WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR A TEACHER IN THE CLASSROOM, EVERYBODY SHOULDN'T COME TO THE CLASS RAM TO DO ALL OF THESE AREAS WHERE THEY ARE EXPERTISE AND TO PREPARE THEMSELVES FOR THOSE POSITIONS. AND I KNOW I TALKED WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT ABOUT IT AND I KNOW HE'S WILLING. AND LET ME CLOSE OFF ON THE LAST ONE, WHICH WAS THE REORGANIZATION OF THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH POSITION, AND YES, I WAS OUT THERE ON MONDAY, AT VAN BUREN AND CALHOUN, AND I AM GOING TO GO BACK AND I PUT IN MY REQUEST WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE. BUT I WILL WANT TO DO IS I WANT TO COMMEND REVEREND SYKES FOR STANDING BEFORE THAT CROWD, WHICH WASN'T AS MANY OF THE COMMUNITY PEOPLE OR PARENTS, BUT MANY OF THE TEACHERS AND THE FACULTIES, AND STRATEGICALLY WHEN WE PUT PLANS TOGETHER, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU LET THE COMMUNITY KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING, AND NOT THAT THE MEDIA TELL THE STORY. IF THEY ARE GOING TELL THE STORY FROM A COMMUNICATIONS PERSPECTIVE, THE STORY SHOULD BE TOLD IN IN A DIFFERENT FASHION S THAT WHEN PARENTS RECEIVE AND TEACHERS RECEIVE IT, THEY ARE GETTING A BETTER MESSAGE. SO WHAT THE CHALLENGE IS FOR ME AS A COMMUNITY PERSON IS TO CONTINUE TO SIT THERE AND NOT COME UP HERE AND TALK BUT TO BE ABLE TO OBSERVE AND SEE THAT THAT IS HAPPENING. SO I COMMEND THE EFFORT THAT WAS MADE BY ALL OF THE STAFF THAT WAS LAST NIGHT AND THE PARENTS, BUT I WILL SAY TO YOU, I FEEL THE SAME WAY JOE JUST SAID. I WANT TO SEE A HISPANIC AND AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN IN THAT DEPARTMENT, EVEN IF IT MEANS REMOVING SOME DIVERSITY IN SOME OTHER DEPARTMENTS THAT I AM CALLING DIVERSITY. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. COLLINS. MARK KLUTHO.  YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES. WELCOME.   

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. 4.03. YOU CHANGED THE RULES AGAIN, APPROVED THE TEACHERS OUT OF FIELD. YEAH, WHEN IS THAT GOING TO CHANGE? AND THEN 7.02, ACCEPTING THE BUILDING ENVELOPE RENOVATION. YEAH, PILL MILL SCHOOL. HMMM. SO HOW WAS IT TO BEGIN WITH? AND THEN YOU ARE GOING TO APPROVE THE ACCEPTANCE FOR PAINT AND WATER INTRUSION REPAIRS IN FIVE SITES. SO YOU DIDN'T GET IT RIGHT TO BEGIN WITH. I GUARANTEE YOU THESE IMPROVEMENTS AREN'T RIGHT EITHER. THAT'S YOUR SICK BUILDINGS. SO LET'S GO BACK TO 6.05. THE AGREEMENT WITH MOBYES TO PROVIDE STEM TRAINING WITH THE OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING. AND 6.12, APPROVE THE STATEMENT OF WORK WITH CONVERGENT CONSULTING GROUP FOR ANALYTICS AND DATA WHERE HOUSE DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT FOR THE TEACHER EVALUATION DATA MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. WHEW! IN TWO WEEKS WILL BE OVER THERE IN FINLAND. HERE IS THE BOOK FINNISH LESSONS, AND WHAT IT SAYS IS THAT THERE ISN'T ANYBODY IN EDUCATION OVER THERE THAT WASN'T A TEACHER, NOT AT ANY LEVEL, NOT AT ANY LEVEL. SO WHAT IS THIS KIND OF STUFF HERE? THE WAY I SEE IT, ANOTHER WASTE OF TAXPAYERS MONEY. THAT'S WHAT YOU KNOW BEST. HOPE YOU HAD THE TIME TO READ THE LETTER FROM THE LAWYER. BEST TWO WORDS TO DESCRIBE THIS OPERATION. A FARCE. AND A FRAUD. THE HEADLINES, THEY ARE JUST NOT PRETTY. HERE IS ONE. SEASON CREEP DOES A NUMBER ON PLANTS AND ALLERGY SUFFERERS. EARLY WARMTH BRINGS A JUMP-START TO SPRING. THEY ARE SAYING IT'S GOING TO BE THE EARLIEST EVER FOR THOSE CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. YEAH, GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX. DEFINITELY A HOAX. AND A BARE IN CHICAGO, JANUARY AND FEBRUARY, SINCE THEY HAVE BEEN KEEPING TRACK OF THIS, THEY DIDN'T HAVE ANY SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION. ANOTHER EXAMPLE THAT GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX. AND AGAIN, THE KEY WORD HERE IS CORRELATION. WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR STUPID DUMB BUILDINGS, WHICH YOU CONTINUE TO DO, AND REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE SCIENCE, IT IS RIPE FOR THE PICKING. THE CARBON JUST KEEPS ACCUMULATING INTO THE ATMOSPHERE. NOW, THIS IS ONLY THE START. THIS IS JUST THE START. WHEN THESE LITTLE CHILDREN THAT ARE HERE NOW ALL REACH THE AGE OF YOU PEOPLE UP HERE, THEIR WORLD IS GOING TO BE A NIGHTMARE. IT WILL BE A LEGACY THAT YOU LEAVE, AND IT'S LITERALLY CRIMINAL. (BELL SOUNDS)   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO.   

>> OH, THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS, CALIP LYNN AND DANIEL JONES. MRS. BAXTER JENKINS IS ACTUALLY SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO OUR POLICY SO I AM GOING TO CALL ONE MORE NAME AND LET HER SPEAK AT 5:01. DID DARRIN TRAM. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. YOU CAN RAISE THE MICROPHONE, TOO. THERE YOU GO. THANK YOU.   

>> HELLO EVERYBODY. I'M NOT A TEACHER HERE LIKE THE REST OF THE PEOPLE HERE. BUT I'M JUST HERE BECAUSE OF AN ISSUE THAT A FRIEND OF MINE HAD. I DON'T KNOW, MAYBE YOU GUYS HEARD A LITTLE ABOUT IT BUT BASICALLY WHAT HAPPENED WAS HE WAS RECOGNIZED AS THE ... IN THE SCHOOL AND TWO DAYS LATER THAT WAS REVOKED FROM HIM BECAUSE OF AN ISSUE IN THE SYSTEM. AND ALL OF THIS OCCURRED AFTER THE FREEZE DATE WHICH IS THE IMPORTANT PART. SO BASICALLY JANUARY 9th IS THE DATE THAT GRADES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE SUBMITTED FOR SCHOOLS SO THAT THEY HAVE A TIME PERIOD BETWEEN JANUARY 9th AND FEBRUARY 3rd. BETWEEN THOSE TWO DATES IS WHEN THE GRADE OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN CHECKED, EVALUATED, MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS CORRECT. AND SO ON JUST AFTER FEBRUARY 3rd, MY FRIEND WAS RECOGNIZED AS VALEDICTORIAN, GRAMS, YOU DID A GREAT JOB. GOOD JOB. AND GET READY FOR YOUR SPEECH. DO YOU HAVE A SPEECH YET? AND THE NEXT DAY HE WAS CALLED BACK. SORRY, THAT ACTUALLY ISN'T THE CASE BECAUSE OF AN ERROR WE MADE AND WE JUST CHANGED IT IN THE SYSTEM AFTER THE FREEZE DATE. THAT'S THE IMPORTANT THING, IS THAT THE GRADE WAS CHANGED AFTER THE FREEZE DATE WHICH WAS SPECIFICALLY GONE OVER THAT IN THE STUDENT HANDBOOK AT LEAST THAT GRADES ARE TO BE SUBMITTED AND CHANGED ONLY IN THAT TIMELINE. SO IF IT WAS CAUGHT, SAY, YOU KNOW, JANUARY 29th, THEN IT WOULD BE FINE TO HAVE CHANGED IT. BUT AFTER FEBRUARY 3rd, IT'S ACTUALLY AGAINST THE STUDENT HANDBOOK FROM, I BELIEVE, YOU GUYS. SO THAT MAKES IT KIND OF WRONG. AND THEN -- BUT THAT'S THE GIST OF IT. THEY ARE GOING TO BE GOING INTO A LITTLE MORE WHAT THE ISSUES ARE. BUT REALLY, WE ARE NOT EVEN TRYING TO GET IT CHANGED. RIGHT NOW HE'S BEING ALLOYED A PITY SPEECH BASICALLY. THEY ARE SAYING YOU CAN SPEAK -- YOU CAN SPEAK AT THE GRADUATION IF YOU WANT. IT WILL BE THE PRINCIPAL'S HONORARY GUEST, YOU KNOW. WHICH ISN'T VERY SATISFYING. WHAT WE WANT TO GET IS AT LEAST HAVE HIM RECOGNIZED FOR HIS G.P.A., JUST TO MAKE THINGS AT LEAST FEEL RIGHT. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.   

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

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON. SO I AM GOING TO BE SPEAKING ON THE SAME TOPIC AT CALEB AND IT WILL BE DARRIN IF I MISSED ANYTHING. SO THE ISSUE THAT OCCURRED HERE, SO THE ISSUE IN THE SYSTEM HAPPENED BECAUSE THE SCHOOL MADE A SIMPLE KEYBOARD ERROR. WHILE I THINK THAT'S TOTALLY FINE, A HUMAN ERROR DOES OCCUR, THE ISSUE AS CALEB SAID A FEW TIMES AT THE END OF THE DAY IT HAPPENED AFTER THE FREEZE DATE WHEN THEY CORRECTED THE ISSUE. EVEN THE ISSUE HAPPENED ABOUT EIGHT MONTHS BEFOREHAND. DURING THE SUMMER. AND THAT'S QUITE A LONG TIME PERIOD TO CATCH SAID MISTAKE, AND WITHIN THE ASTRONAUT PLAN OF 16-17, WHICH WOULD BE WHAT WE WOULD BE GOING BY RIGHT NOW, OF COURSE. IT SAYS UNDER RANKING CLASS IT'S THE STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO CAREFULLY REVIEW TRANSCRIPT AND FINAL PROCEDURES TO ENSURE GRADES ARE DATED AND POSTED TO MEET DISTRICT GUIDE LANES FOR CLASS. SO FOLLOWING THAT GUIDELINE SET FORTH IN THE STUDENT PROGRESSION PLAN, I BELIEVE THAT IT'S PRETTY BLACK AND WHITE AS TO WHAT THE CORRECT PATH TO THE SITUATION IS, AND WE BROUGHT IT HERE TO YOU ALL TODAY BECAUSE IT'S BEEN JUST A BACK AND FORTH PROCESS WITH A LOT OF PEOPLE. I KNOW MR. MURRLOW MET WITH US TODAY. AND WE WOULD LIKE TO BRING IT TO YOU TODAY BECAUSE IT IS AN ISSUE. AND GOING FORWARD WITH THE SCHOOL, I THINK THERE SHOULD DEFINITELY BE A MORE CONCRETE POLICY SET IN PLACE SO THAT A SITUATION LIKE THIS DOESN'T OCCUR EVER AGAIN, BECAUSE, A, IT'S SIMILAR TO THE SITUATION WHICH I'M SURE EVERYONE HAS HEARD ABOUT OF LIKE STEVE HARVEY WHEN HE GAVE THE WOMAN THE SASH AND SAID YOU ARE THE WINNER AND THEN HAD TO TAKE IT AWAY, AND IT'S A SIMILAR SITUATION AS OCCURRED HERE. BUT THE DIFFERENCE HERE IS THAT THE POLICY IS ON THE SIDE OF THE PERSON WHO WOULD HAVE COME LATER. AND SO IN HIGH SCHOOL YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PREPARING FOR LIFE AS A REAL ADULT, AND IN THE REAL WORLD IF YOU GO AGAINST A SET POLICY, YOU ARE WRONG. AND IF YOU GO AGAINST THE LAW, YOU ARE WRONG. AND IN THIS CASE, THAT IS FOR STUDENTS LAW. THE STUDENT HANDBOOK IS WHAT WE FOLLOW. SO IN THIS CASE, I BELIEVE THAT THEY ONLY CORRECT -- THE ONLY CORRECT CHOICE IS TO FOLLOW THE LEGAL CHOICE, AND THE PROCEDURES THAT ARE SET FORTH, BECAUSE THEY ARE SET FORTH FOR A REASON. THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY. (BELL SOUNDS).   

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

>> THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. I AM THE STUDENT THAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT. YES. I WAS CALLED ON FEBRUARY 9th OR 8th. 8th OR 9th. AND NECESSITY TOLD ME, YES, YOU ARE THE SALUDITORUN AND THEN THEY SAID YOU ARE NOT BECAUSE OF A CHANGE IN ERROR. SO WE TALKED TO PRINCIPAL HART, MR. MURILLO FOR THE PAST FEW WEEKS, AND THEY HAVE BROUGHT UP, IT'S A DEBATE BETWEEN THE LETTER OF THE LAW AND THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW. SO THE LETTER OF THE LAW MAKES EVERYTHING BLACK AND WHITE, AND THAT'S THE POLICY IN THE STUDENT HANDBOOK AS WELL AS THE STUDENT PROGRESSION, SO THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW, THAT'S WHEN YOU GUYS COME IN. YOU GUYS HAVE CREATED THE PROGRESSION PLAN AND THE HANDBOOK, SO YOU WOULD KNOW THE INTENT OF WHAT IS BEING DESCRIBED IN THE STUDENT HANDBOOK AS WELL AS THE PROGRESSION. SO THE STUDENT HANDBOOK POINTS OUT THAT THE PERIOD BETWEEN THE SUBMISSION DATE AND FREEZE DATE IS WHEN THE TRANSCRIPT SHOULD BE CHECKED FOR ACCURACY. AND THIS WAS NOT THE CASE. IT WAS CORRECTED AFTER THIS TIME PERIOD. THE STUDENT PROGRESSION PLAN POINTS OUT THAT IT'S THE STUDENT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK WHEN IT DATED AND IF IT'S CORRECT OR NOT. AND THIS WAS NOT THE CASE. BUT THE SPIRIT OF THE POLICY, WHICH MR. HART, OUR PRINCIPAL POINTED OUT, IS THEY ARE NOT TRYING TO HURT ANYONE HERE, BUT IT'S NOT VERY CLEAR, BECAUSE THE SPIRIT OF THE POLICY, IT'S THE PERCEIVED INTENT. BUT THERE HASN'T REALLY BEEN A CONSENSUS ON PERCEIVED INTENT. THAT'S WHY THE POLICY MAKES EVERYTHING CLEAR. AND SO BASICALLY WE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT'S THE PERCEIVED INTENT AND WHETHER THAT CORRELATES WITH THE LETTER OF THE LAW, BECAUSE IF YOU GO BY THE LETTER OF THE LAW, YOU ALSO HAVE TO GO WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE LAW AS WELL. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. TRAN. I WOULD ASK MR. GIBSON, THE DISTRICT'S ATTORNEY, ACTUALLY, COULD YOU STEP OUT IN THE HALLWAY AND TALK TO MR. TRAN WITH MR. MURILLO ABOUT THIS SITUATION AND MAKE SURE THAT WE FOLLOWED THE STUDENT PROGRESSION PLAN, AND THE DISTRICT HANDBOOK? THANK YOU. OUR NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE MISS KAREN CLAY, JOHN McLAUGHLIN, AND RYAN HEZINSKE. WELCOME, MS. CLAY, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.   

>> HI. I'M HERE TODAY JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT MARCH IS DISABILITY AWARENESS MONTH HERE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, AND THE MONTH IS ALWAYS KICKED OFF WITH THE CAMPAIGN THAT IS CALLED, SPREAD THE WORD TO END THE WORD, WHICH IS WHERE PEOPLE PLEDGE TO NOT USE THE R WORD OR RETARD. THE WORD IS VERY HURTFUL. IT VERY DEMANNING AND IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO ELIMINATE FROM OUR VOCABULARIES. INSTEAD PEOPLE SHOULD USE A PERSON WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY INSTEAD OF THE R WORD. ON MARCH 21st IS ALSO DOWN'S SYNDROME AWARENESS DAY, AND THAT'S AN INTERNATIONAL EVENT WHERE PEOPLE ARE ENCOURAGED TO WEAR TWO DIFFERENT COLOR SOCKS, AND IT WILL OPEN UP CONVERSATION BECAUSE SOMEONE WILL SAY TO YOU, WHY DO YOU HAVE ON TWO DIFFERENT PAIR OF SOCKS? AND YOU WILL SAY BECAUSE THIS IS NATIONAL -- INTERNATIONAL DOWN'S SYNDROME DAY. AND WE WANT TO TALK TO YOU A LITTLE ABOUT DOWN'S SYNDROME AND ALSO ABOUT USING THE R WORD. ON THE 21st OF MARCH IS ALSO DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AWARENESS DAY IN TALLAHASSEE. AND THERE WILL BE A NUMBER OF SPEAKERS, ET CETERA. AND SO WE ARE HOPING THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL PROMOTE NOT USING THE R WORD, AND HOPING TO STOP THE BULLYING OF CHILDREN WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES. I'M GOING TO LEAVE THIS SIGN WITH YOU ALL TODAY SO THAT YOU MAY PLEASE SIGN IT, THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN THE PLEDGE. THERE ARE STICKERS AS WELL. AND IF YOU CAN GET A PICTURE AND RETURN THAT TO ME I'LL MAKE SURE THAT IT GETS UP ON FACEBOOK AND ALL OF THE OTHER PLACES ACROSS THE STATE. AND LET THEM KNOW THAT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPPORTS ENDING THE R WORD. THANK YOU AGAIN.   

>>Cindy Stuart: IF YOU WILL LEAVE THAT WITH THE COMMUNICATIONS STAFF I WILL MAKE SURE THAT THE BOARD SEES IN A AND SIGNS IT AND WE GET IT BACK TO YOU. MR. McLAUGHLIN? WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.   

>> THANK YOU. TWO WEEKS AGO, I CAME HERE TO DISCUSS A STUDENT WHO WAS MAKING SCHOOL AT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. THE STUDENT HAD SHOWN AND SHARED IN CLASS IN N FRONT OF THE TEACHER A CAREFULLY PLANNED MAP, BOASTED ABOUT HAVING ACCESS TO WEAPONS, AND MORE ENTLY ENACTED A SCHOOL SHOOTING USING IMAGINARY WEAPONS DURING LUNCH HOUR. I DID HEAR BACK FROM THE AREA SUPERINTENDENT LAST WEEK. SHE HAD TOLD ME THAT AFTER AN IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION, THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF ANYTHING THAT WHAT THE STUDENT HAD SAID WERE IDLE THREATS, AND I ACTUALLY ASKED HOW MANY STUDENTS MADE SHOOTING RELATED THREATS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR? SHE SAID A NUMBER OF THEM DO. THERE ARE A COUPLE PROBLEMS WITH THAT RESPONSE. BY ACKNOWLEDGING THAT WHAT THE STUDENT MADE WAS AN EMPTY THREAT, SHE DID ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE A THREAT WAS MADE. AND THE THREAT ALONE FALLS UNDER THE ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE STATE. I ALSO HAPPEN TO KNOW AND I WITNESSED EXTREMELY WELL SOMEONE WHO WAS IN THE CLASSROOM WHERE HE MADE THE THREAT LAST YEAR, SOMEONE WHO WAS IN THE LUNCH COURTYARD WHERE HE MADE THE SHOOTING ENACTMENT. AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT IF AN IN-DEPTH INVESTIGATION TOOK PLACE AFTER THE FACT, THIS PERSON WAS NOT CONTACTED NOR WERE ANY OF THE PEOPLE. THERE'S BEEN A GENERAL UNDERTONE OF MORE SYMPATHY FOR THE STUDENT MAKING THE THREATS THAN THE PEOPLE WHO ARE POTENTIAL VICTIMS OF THESE THREATS. I'M SYMPATHETIC TO THE STUDENT, TOO, BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE PRIORITIES. THERE SEEMS TO BE A CONTENTMENT TO DROP THE TOPIC BECAUSE STUDENTS AND WITNESSES ARE AFRAID TO COME FORWARD. THE STUDENTS I HAPPEN TO KNOW IS ONE OF THE FEW HOE CAME FORWARD, AND BEING WILLING TO DROP THE TOPIC BECAUSE OTHER STUDENTS ADOPT COME FORWARD SEEMS TROUBLING TO ME. THE REASON I AM HERE ALONE, THE REASON NO OTHER PARENTS HAVE COME FORWARD IS BECAUSE I DON'T THINK MANY OF THEM KNOW WHAT HAPPENED. THERE WERE SOME UNFOUNDED RUMORS RELATED TO THE SAME STUDENT AND NOT TALKING ABOUT THOSE. I AM TALKING ABOUT THE MAP, THE WEAPON AND THE SHOOTING ENACTMENT. I AM GOING TO ASK YOU ALL TO IMAGINE THE LIABILITY SHOULD SOMETHING EVER HAPPEN INVOLVING THIS STUDENT. (BELL SOUNDS) WHEN THE PRINCIPAL KNEW ABOUT IT, YOU ALL KNOW ABOUT IT, THE COUNTY ATTORNEY KNOWS ABOUT IT. I AM GOING TO SUGGEST TO YOU THAT YOU SHOULD BE SHOCKED THAT NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE. I'M SHOCKED. EVERYONE I TOLD ABOUT IS SHOCKED. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MR. HEZINSKE, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.   

>> THANK YOU. SO SOME OF YOU ARE PROBABLY AWARE, I SENT AN OPEN LETTER TO EVERY STATE LEGISLATOR THIS WEEKEND, ON SUNDAY, AND TO EVERY 120 REPS, ALL 40 SENATORS, AND IT WAS AN OPEN LETTER BASICALLY STATING TWO POINTS THAT I THINK THEY SHOULD DELIBERATE WHEN YOU ARE HAVING A SESSION WHICH AS WE KNOW STARTED TODAY. NUMBER ONE WAS RAISING THE MILLAGE RATE BACK TO 2.0 WHICH IS A HUGE PRIORITY FOR US AND PROBABLY FOR EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE STATED.  THIS IS NOT JUST SOMETHING THAT HILLSBOROUGH FACES. THIS IS A BIG ISSUE THAT WE ALL KNOW IS AFFECTING EDUCATORS AND KIDS, MORE IMPORTANTLY, EVERYWHERE. AND THE OTHER ONE WAS RAISING TEACHER SALARIES CLOSER TO NATIONAL AVERAGE AND I GOT PROBABLY A DOZEN PERSONALIZED E-MAILS BACK FROM REPRESENTATIVES, I GOT FEWER FROM SENATORS, BUT I ACTUALLY HAD A PHONE CONVERSATION WITH REPRESENTATIVE PLACENSIA FROM ORLANDO AND HE'S A FORMER TEACHER, A STRONG ADVOCATE FOR SPENDING MORE MONEY AND HE SAID A LOT OF THIS COMES DOWN TO POLITICAL WILL, WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT TO PUT ADDITIONAL MONEY INTO EDUCATION, WHICH THE CURRENT POLITICAL CLIMATE IS PRETTY MUCH A NO. HOWEVER, HE WAS ALSO TELLING ME -- AND THIS IS WHY I AM REALLY COMING TO YOU GUYS -- THAT ACROSS 15 YEARS -- HE SPENT 17 YEARS IN THE CLASSROOM AT COLONIAL HIGH. THEY WERE ABLE TO PASS TWO SEPARATE HALF-PENNY SALES TAX REFERENDUMS IN THOSE 15 YEARS WHICH HAS MADE A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN THEIR COFFERS. AND I UNDERSTAND TOO THAT THERE'S A DOWN SIDE OF A CONSUMPTION-BASED TAX BECAUSE THAT'S GOING TO AFFECT OUR POORER COMMUNITIES AS WELL. BUT I REMEMBER 20 YEARS AGO WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO FLORIDA WE PASSED SOMETHING SIMILAR IN 1998 AND WE DID A FULL PENNY TAX AND A LOT THAT DID GO I THINK OUR COFFERS AS WELL, AND I REMEMBER BACK IN AUGUST WHEN YOU WERE STILL CHAIR, MEMBER GRIFFIN, YOU SAID SOMETHING ABOUT WE CAN'T TALK ABOUT A REFERENDUM YET UNTIL WE SHOW WE ARE BEING RESPONSIBLE FISCAL STEWARDS, SO NOW WE HAVE THE RESERVES STABILIZED. I REMEMBER READING THAT PIECE IN THE PAPER FROM THE LAST TWO WEEKS, TWO MONTHS, WHATEVER, AND IF WE ARE THERE NOW AND WE ARE A YEAR AND A HALF OUT FROM OUR NEXT ELECTION, AND EVERYTHING THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN 2018, PERHAPS WE SHOULD LOOK INTO -- AND YOU GUYS PROBABLY HAVE THE CONNECTIONS WITH THE COUNTY COMMISSION, A WAY THAT WE CAN START TALKING ABOUT A CITIZEN REFERENDUM. I KNOW THIS IS A REAL LONG SHOT BUT I GUESS THERE'S SOME THING ABOUT BRINGING THE RAYS R RAYS OVER HERE AND I THINK KEN HIGGINS SPEARHEADING THIS EFFORT. IF WE COULD BUILD THAT INTO -- IF WE GET A STADIUM OVER HERE FOR THEWAYS THAT MIGHT MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE AREN'T GOING TO VOTE FOR JUST PUTTING MORE MONEY INTO EDUCATION. IT SAYS A LOT ABOUT VALUES. BUT BE THAT AS IT MAY, IF YOU HAVE CONTACTS AND YOU GUYS KNOW PEOPLE ON THE COUNTY COMMISSION OR JUST ANYBODY ELSE THAT WE CAN START TO SPEARHEAD THIS EFFORT NOW, A YEAR AND A HALF OUT, WHERE WE CAN GET SIGNATURES AND POSSIBLY GET ON OUR CHARTER, I THINK IT WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. THANK YOU. (BELL SOUNDS).   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE FRANK BALAMOS, GLENN DAVIS AND JANET MINTER. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.   

>> YES, THANK YOU. WE ARE HERE ON ITEM 6.1 WHICH IS THE APPROVAL OF THE ACADEMY CONTRACT. I JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU, AND THANK THE BOARD, STAFF, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, PARTICULARLY THE CHARTER SCHOOL OFFICE, HODGENS AND HER STAFF AND DEPARTMENT HEADS OF THAT GOT IT THROUGH THE PROCESS, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO A SUCCESSFUL OPENING OF SCHOOL AND A VERY SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR. THANK YOU.   

>> SAME THING. WE JUST WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR THE APPROVAL. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. EVERYONE IS REALLY EXCITED. I HAVE THREE CHILDREN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SO I AM JUST LOOKING FORWARD TO BUILDING IT AND GETTING IT OPEN. THANKS.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU.   

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I'M JANET. I'M THE BOARD SECRETARY. WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEW SCHOOL VENTURE. WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. WE WILL NOT LET YOU DOWN. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS ANNA LAMB.   

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON.   

>>Cindy Stuart: YOU HAVE THREE MINUTE.   

>> THANK YOU. OKAY. WE CAME HERE A COUPLE WEEKS AGO TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT WE WERE EXPERIENCING WITH THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY IN OUR DISTRICT. I CAN TELL YOU THAT, YES, WE ARE STARTING GETTING SOME CHANGE. WE KNOW THAT SOME OF THE PROBLEMS WERE, YOU KNOW BUT WE STILL HAVE. SO IT'S NOT RESOLVED. THEY ARE JUST STARTING TO TALK. I THINK IT'S PART OF THE PROCESS. I AM JUST TRYING TO GIVE AN UPDATE. WE ARE ASKING AGAIN TO GIVE US THE SUPPORT. WE ARE ASKING AGAIN TO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR SCHOOLS RIGHT NOW, ESPECIALLY WITH THE ENVIRONMENT THAT WE HAVE. WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR KIDS. WE NEED TO PROTECT OUR PARENTS. AND EVERYTHING IS GOING TO START AT THIS LEVEL. SO, PLEASE, HELP US. AND PLEASE LISTEN TO PARENTS. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. BAXTER JENKINS, I SAW YOU COME IN. DID DO YOU WANT TO SPEAK NOW OR DO YOU WANT TO WAIT UNTIL 5:00? THANK YOU. SO BOARD MEMBERS, THAT CONCLUDES OUR SPEAKERS FOR THIS EVENING FOR AUDIENCE COMMENTS. WE WILL MOVE TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS. ITEM NUMBER B-01, ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL OF TURNER BARTELS' K-8.  IF THERE'S ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK TO THIS ITEM, PLEASE DO SO NOW. WE STILL HAVE A FEW MINUTES BEFORE 4:00. IF NOT I WILL TURN IT OVER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. BOARD MEMBERS, ONE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT COMING BEFORE YOU TODAY ON THE AGENDA HAS BEEN PROPERLY ADVERTISED, APPROPRIATE SCREENINGS WERE HELD, AND INTERVIEWS BEFORE SUPERINTENDENT AND SUPERINTENDENT STAFF WERE CONDUCTED. THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT PROCESS OR HRMD ADOPTED BY THIS BOARD WAS FOLLOWED. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT CINDY LAND, CURRENTLY THE PRINCIPAL OF PRIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, TO THE PRINCIPAL OF TURNER BARTELS K-8 SCHOOL WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF MARCH 20, 2017. CINDY BEGAN HER CAREER WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN 2004 AS A TEACHER AT DICKINSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL N.2005 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT CHILES CHILD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FROM.  2009 TO THE PRESENT CINDY HAS SERVED AS THE PRINCIPAL OF PRIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.   

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE PRINCIPAL OF TURNER BARTELS K-8. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MRS. LAND, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. AND CONGRATULATIONS. I KNOW THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE AMAZING AT TURNER BARTELS. THEY HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR A PRINCIPAL SINCE NOVEMBER. I KNOW PRIDE FAMILY WILL MISS YOU. BUT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT YOU DO AT TURNER BARTELS. THANK YOU. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. TODAY ON 02-A WE HAVE ONE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT. THERE IS A TRANSFER OCCURRING. MRS. AMBER SATHIM HAS BEEN APPOINTED AT LAVOIE EXCEPTIONAL CENTER.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AT THIS TIME FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE HERE FOR THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS, YOU ARE FREE TO LEAVE QUIETLY WHILE WE CONTINUE WITH THE REST OF OUR AGENDA. BOARD MEMBERS, WE WILL NOW MOVE TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: JUST IN FULL DISCLOSURE TO THE PUBLIC. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE AUDIENCE TO KNOW THAT I AS WELL AS MY STAFF HAVE MET OR SPOKEN WITH BOARD MEMBERS WITH REGARDS TO QUESTIONS ON BOARD AGENDA ITEMS THAT ARE ON TONIGHT'S AGENDA. IF THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY AGENDA ITEM TONIGHT IT MAY BE BECAUSE SOME OF THOSE QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN ADEQUATELY ANSWERED BEFORE THE MEETING. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THE FOLLOWING ITEMS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION AND A SEPARATE VOTE. ITEM A 01, A 02, 03, B 01, 6:00 604, C 605, 6:00 611. R 1, CC 6.13, C 7.04, 05, 07, C 12.01, C 13.01, C 11.01 R 1st, AND D 01 R 2nd. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS, SECOND BY MRS. SHAMBURGER. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. I AM GOING TO SAY IT'S UNANIMOUS. MRS. SNIVELY IS RUNNING IN HERE TO VOTE. PLEASE MARK HER VOTE. ACTUALLY WE ARE GOING TO VOTE AGAIN. AND NOW IT'S OFFICIALLY UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, PABLO. THE FOLLOWING BOARD ITEM HAS BEEN MOVED UP AT THE REQUEST OF A BOARD MEMBER. ITEM NUMBER C-6-10, A CONTRACT FOR AVANT-GARDE. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE OUR PROCLAMATIONS FIRST. WE HAVE THREE -- TWO PROCLAMATIONS AND A RECOGNITION TONIGHT. FIRST UP IS THE ADOPTION OF A PROCLAMATION FOR YOUTH ART MONTH. MARCH 27. DANA WARNER IS GOING TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM FOR US, OUR ARTS SUPERVISOR.   

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. CHAIRWOMAN STUART, HONORABLE BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. THE ART EDUCATION HAS DESIGNATED MARCH OF ART MONTH FOR ART EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN AND TO ENCOURAGE SUPPORT FOR QUALITY SCHOOL ART PROGRAMS. YOU HAVE RECEIVED A COPY OF THE PROCLAMATION REQUESTING THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS OBSERVE THE MONTH OF MARCH, SO I WON'T READ IT. AND RIGHT NOW I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE AMY WEISS TO THE PODIUM, AND SHE WILL INTRODUCE HERSELF AND SAY A FEW WORDS.   

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. MY NAME IS AMY WEISS. I'M AN ART TEACHER AT BOYETTE SPRINGS ELEMENTARY CENTER FOR GIFTED STUDIES. I'M ALSO THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE HILLSBOROUGH ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATION WHICH IS AN ORGANIZATION THAT REPRESENTS AND SUPPORTS ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL ART TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. HILLSBOROUGH ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATION AND ALL OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ART TEACHERS WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF ART EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN OUR DISTRICT. OUR STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO FLOURISH WITH EITHER SIDE. TO SHOW OUR APPRECIATION FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT, BOYETTE SPRINGS ELEMENTARY ART CLUB STUDENTS HAVE CREATED A PAINTING FOR YOU ALL. THE CENTER OF THE PAINTING IS HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, THE OLDEST PUBLIC SCHOOL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THERE ARE ROOTS PAINTED BELOW THE SCHOOL BIDDING SYMBOLIZING OUR COUNTY'S ORIGIN. THE QUOTE AT THE TO READS, OUR ROOTS ARE STRONG AND THEY HELP US GROW. DURING THIS TIME OF GREAT CHANGE FOR OUR COUNTRY AND COUNTY, IT IS IMPORTANT TO THINK OF ALL WE HAVE ACHIEVED AND KNOW THAT WE WILL BE STRONG IN ALL OUR FUTURE ENDEAVORS. FOR THESE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE ACCOMPLISHMENTS, WE OWE YOU AND THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BOARD MEMBERS OF THE YEARS PAST ENORMOUS THANKS. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE SUPPORT YOU HAVE SHOWN OUR ART EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS AT THE BEGINNING OF AN EVENTFUL MONTH IN OUR EDUCATION, WE REQUEST THAT THE BOARD ADOPT THE PROCLAMATION AND DESIGNATE THE MONTH OF MARCH AS YOUTH ART MONTH. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. SO THESE ARE BOYETTE SPRINGS ELEMENTARY ART CLUB STUDENTS. I GET TO SEE THEM ONE HOUR A WEEK WHICH IS REALLY AWESOME BECAUSE NOT A LOT OF SCHOOLS GET THAT. FIRST IS KATHRYN. AND THEN MARK US AND AARON. THEY WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT YOU WITH OUR GIFT. THEY HAVE SILVER MARKERS THAT YOU GUYS CAN SIGN THE BOTTOM OF THE PICTURE BY THE ROOTS. BECAUSE YOU ARE PART OF OUR COUNTY'S PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. SO WE WANTED TO INCLUDE YOU IN THE PAINTING. SO KATHRYN, YOU GO AHEAD AND BRING IT UP TO MR. EAKINS AND MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE SIGNS THE PAINTING AND EVERYONE IS INCLUDED ON THERE. THANK YOU, GUYS.   

>> LEAVE TO THE BOYETTE SPRINGS TO BRING US ANOTHER WONDERFUL PRESENTATION. I REMEMBER LAST YEAR THEY BROUGHT US INDIVIDUALIZED PORTRAITS OF EACH EACH ONE OF US WHICH EVERYONE HAS IN THEIR OFFICE. THOSE ARE SOME OF OUR FAVORITES. THANK YOU. WHILE WE ARE SIGNING, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE PROCLAMATION OF YOUTH ART MONTH. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTES WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS WITH MRS. GRIFFIN AWAY FROM THE DAIS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT. WE WILL CONTINUE TO PASS THIS DOWN THE DAIS HERE AND GET IT BACK. WE'LL GET THE PENS BACK TO YOU ANYWAY. WE ARE KEEPING THE ART. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OUR NEXT PROCLAMATION IS TO ADOPT THE PROCLAMATION OF MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH FOR MARCH 2017 AND MELANIE FAULKNER, OUR ELEMENTARY MUSIC SUPERVISOR WILL COME FORWARD AND PRESENT THIS ITEM.   

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF MUSIC AND THE POWER OF MUSIC EDUCATION FOR OUR STUDENTS. I'M PLEASED TO INTRODUCE TWO OF OUR MUSIC TEACHERS TO PRESENT THE PROCLAMATION. PLEASE WELCOME JEFF SIMPSON, MUSIC TEACHER AT HAMMONDS ELEMENTARY AND PRESIDENT OF THE ELEMENTARY MUSIC COUNCIL AND DR. DRAY GRAHAM, DIRECTOR AT KING HIGH SCHOOL AND PRESIDENT OF THE SECONDARY MUSIC COUNCIL.   

>>Cindy Stuart: WELCOME.   

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON. MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. THANK YOU, MRS. FAULKNER. I AM HERE WITH DR. DRAY GRAHAM, DIRECTOR, SECONDARY MUSIC COUNCIL. ON BEHALF OF THE MUSIC EDUCATORS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WE WOULD LIKE TO TAB THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT. MUSIC EDUCATION BY RIK NIGHING MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH.  THIS IS AN EXCELLENT OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO SHARE MUSICAL IDEAS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS WITH THEIR FAMILIES, FRIEND AND COMMUNITIES. A STUDY OF MUSIC IS FUNDAMENTAL TO BE A COMPLETE EDUCATION. IT DEVELOPS CREATIVITY, PROBLEM SOLVING AND CRITICAL AND EVALUATIVE SKILLS, INCLUDES A BROAD RANGE OF TYPES OF MUSIC AND ACTIVE MUSICAL EXPERIENCES AND HELPS STUDENTS ACQUIRE THE SKILLS FOR THE PRODUCTION AND PERFORMANCE OF MUSIC AS WELL AS AN UNDERSTANDING OF HISTORY, MUSIC AND CULTURE. IT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION TO PREPARE CHILDREN FOR PRODUCTIVE ROLES IN OUR SOCIETY AND KEEPING WITH THE DISTRICT'S MISSION. MUSIC EDUCATION OFFERS EACH STUDENT THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE CREATIVE, AND EXCEL AS SUCCESSFUL AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN. AT THIS TIME WE WOULD LIKE TO READ THE PROCLAMATION. WHEREAS, THE PURPOSE OF MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH IS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF MUSIC EDUCATION FOR ALL CHILDREN CITIZENS THAT SCHOOLS ARE WHERE ALL CHILDREN SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO MUSIC, AND WHEREAS THE STUDY OF MUSIC IS BASIC TO THE COMPLETE EDUCATION, PROVIDES COMPETITIVE EDGE FOR SUCCESSFUL EDUCATIONAL REFORM, ENGAGES STUDENTS IN INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP ACTIVITY, DEVELOPS CREATIVITY, PROBLEM-SOLVING, AND CRITICAL AND EVALUATIVE SKILLS, AND WHEREAS MUSIC EDUCATION IN THE SCHOOLS INCLUDES A BROAD RANGE OF TYPES OF MUSIC AND ACTIVE MUSICAL EXPERIENCES AND HELPS STUDENTS ACQUIRE SKILLS IN THE PRODUCTION AND PERFORMANCE OF MUSIC, AS WELL AS AN UNDERSTANDING OF HISTORY AND CULTURE, AND WHEREAS, IT IS THE STATE OBJECTIVE OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL TO PREPARE CHILDREN FOR A PRODUCTIVE ROLE IN OUR SOCIETY, AND THE MISSION OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE, AND WHEREAS THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MUSIC EDUCATION HAS DESIGNATED MARCH AS MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH, FOCUSING ON THE THEME MUSIC INSPIRES, NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FLORIDA PROCLAIMS MARCH 2017 AS MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH. AND SUPPORTS THE PURPOSES AND PRACTICES OF MUSIC EDUCATION AND ENCOURAGES TEACHERS, PARENTS, STUDENTS AND ALL CITIZENS TO PARTICIPATE. THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR MUSIC EDUCATION HAS DESIGNATED MARCH 2017 AS MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH FOCUSING ON THE THEME MUSIC INSPIRES. WE REQUEST THE BOARD TO REDEDICATE ITSELF TO THE MAINTENANCE OF A MUSIC EDUCATION PROGRAM THAT WILL BE RELEVANT TO THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS IN OUR DISTRICT AND WILL REACH AND POSITIVELY INFLUENCE EACH CHILD.   

>> AS A TOKEN OF OUR APPRECIATION, FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN MUSIC EDUCATION IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WE WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT YOU THIS YEAR'S YOUNG SONG WRITER SYMPOSIUM. INCLUDED ON THE CD ARE QUOTES FROM STUDENTS OF HOW MUSIC HAS INSPIRED THEM. WE HOPE YOU WILL ENJOY THE SONGS WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY THE FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS THAT YOU WILL FIND ON THIS CD. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE -- ADOPT THE PROCLAMATION FOR MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MRS. SHAMBURGER. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? WE ARE DISCUSSING THE MOTION, NOT THE CDs. (LAUGHTER).   

>> THIS CD IS AWESOME. SO THIS IS ABOUT THE MOTION.   

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. GRIFFIN?   

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, WE JUST HAD A RETREAT LATELY, OR RECENTLY, NOT LATELY -- RECENTLY WHERE WE TALKED ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THIS BOARD HAS PUT FORTH AS AN AGENDA. WE STARTED IN SPRING OF 2015, TALKING ABOUT THE DIRECTION THAT WE WANTED TO GO WITH PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. AND I AM NOT PUTTING OUR SUPERINTENDENT ON THE SPOT BECAUSE I ASKED HIM IF HE WAS WILLING TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THOSE THINGS THAT WE ARE GOING TO DO. I THINK THAT NOW IS A REALLY GOOD TIME FOR HIM TO SHARE WHAT HE SHARED WITH THIS BOARD LAST WEEK.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OBVIOUSLY THOSE WHO KNOW A LITTLE ABOUT MY BACKGROUND KNOW THAT THE ARTS ARE IMPORTANT. IMPORTANT FOR ME AS A YOUNGSTER GROWING UP, AND OBVIOUSLY BEING IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND KNOWING WE HAD GREAT PROGRAMS ACROSS OUR DISTRICT IS IMPORTANT FOR OUR ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH. AND YOU AS BOARD MEMBERS HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY VOCAL, PERSISTENT, AND QUITE PERVASIVE, BUT YOU DIDN'T TO PERSUADE VERY MUCH BECAUSE AS WE MOVE FORWARD, I KNOW WE ARE ENGAGING IN CONVERSATIONS RIGHT NOW AROUND THE ARTS, AND OVER THE NEXT MONTH OR SO, WE WILL BE FINALIZING A LOT OF MOVING PARTS IN OUR DISTRICT, THAT ULTIMATELY WILL HOPEFULLY WE WILL LAND IN A GREAT SPACE TO BROADEN THE EXPOSURE, THE ACCESS TO THE ARTS FOR OUR STUDENTS, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH, CREATING A STRONG FOUNDATION, KNOWING THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY THAT WANT TO SUPPORT THE ARTS. WE JUST HAVE TO GIVE THEM THE STRUCTURE TO PLUG INTO. SO I WILL WORK ON THAT AND I WANT TO THANK THIS BOARD FOR MAKING SURE THAT WE STAY ON THE COURSE. SO WE ARE LOOKING FOR MORE TIME FOR OUR STUDENTS IN THE ARTS, AND SO I HAVE MET WITH THESE FINE YOUNG PEOPLE OVER HERE, MUSIC, MRS. WARNER FOR THE ART, AND MR. VAN AIR, AND THAT'S BEEN A PUSH FOR THE BOARD, HOW CAN WE GET THERE IN OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, AND THEN HELP AND SUPPORT THE FOUNDATIONS NECESSARY SO THAT WHEN THESE AMAZING ORCHESTRA TEACHERS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL GET THOSE STUDENTS THAT THEY WILL BE SO PREPARED AND WILL HAVE ANOTHER LEVEL TO WHAT WE HEAR OUR STUDENTS PRODUCE IN THE ARTS AND MUSIC. SO I WANT TO THANK OUR SUPERVISORS, THANK OUR TEACHERS FOR THE AMAZING WORK THAT THEY DO. AND I KNOW THAT THEY DO IT BECAUSE THEY LOVE OUR STUDENTS. AND SO MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE A FOCUS ON THE ARTS AND HAVING A BOARD THAT SUPPORTS THAT MAKES MY DECISIONS VERY EASY. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAD A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MRS. SHAMBURGER.  IF THERE'S IN A DISCUSSION WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP IF YOU WOULD PLEASE VOTE. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. AS A PARENT OF BOTH BAND AND ORCHESTRA STUDENTS, WE COULD CLAIM JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH AS MUSIC IN SCHOOLS MONTH. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF YOU THAT GOING THROUGH MPA'S TODAY AND YESTERDAY. I KNOW THAT'S A LOT OF HARD WORK. IN FACT I THINK THE MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND ARE STILL DOING MPA'S AT ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL TONIGHT. SO THANKS FOR BEING HERE. OUR NEXT ITEM IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE 90 BY 20 GOING FOR THE GOLD PLANNING TEAM FOR PARTICIPATION INVOLVEMENT WITH THE PUBLIC'S GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC 5-K RUN. AND THIS ITEM HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO US BY MRS. CAN CHIT A CANTY JONES. WELCOME. CAN I SAY SOMETHING FIRST?   

>>Lynn Gray: YES, MA'AM. I REALLY DO WANT TO GIVE HIGH ACCOLADES TO THE ARTS IN THE MUSIC, THAT EQUALLY OR SO, THAT IS IMPORTANT IS OUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH. I JUST WANT TO GIVE A HUGE SHOUTOUT AND VOICE OF APPRECIATION TO OUR OWN ADVOCATES. ONE OF OUR OWN, MANY OF OUR OWN IN THIS DISTRICT OF HEALTH AND WELLNESS WHO HAVE FACILITATED THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DISTRICT GASPARILLA TEAM, THE 90-20 TEAM AND IN SO DOING, THE FOLLOWING FOLKS HAVE HELPED IMPLEMENT, OR TO SAY FACILITATE THIS PARTICULAR DISTRICT GASPARILLA RUN. FIRST, A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR KENYON RUNNER DR. VAZQUEZ, OUR CHIEF OF STAFF WHO GETS A SHIRT. NOTICE THE SIZE. AND HERE IS YOUR PENNANT. THANK YOU. DR. VAZQUEZ WANTED TO THINK OUT OF THE BACK SO WE ACCOMMODATED HIM. AND WE ARE SO VERY PROUD AND HONORED TO HAVE A PERSON WHO IS INSTRUMENTAL IN BRINGING THIS DISTRICT TOGETHER, CONCHITA CANTY JONES IS THE ONE WHO REALLY GAVE ME THE IDEA AND PUT A TEAM OF OVER 300 OF THE SHE'S GOING TO GIVE YOU A REALLY GOOD ANNOUNCEMENT IN A SECOND. AND I'LL LET HER DO IT. BUT THANK YOU, CONCHITA. WE CAN HOLD THE APPLAUSE. BUT JUST FOR A SECOND. ALSO, I WANT TO THANK OUR CHAIRPERSON, MEMBER MADAM CHAIR CINDY STUART FOR ALLOWING US AND SUPPORTING OUR EFFORTS. ALSO, WE HAVE TRACY SHOTSBERG FROM HUMAN RESOURCES. A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO CINDY HELTON, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION FOUNDATION WHO ABSOLUTELY MATCHED MANY OF THE APPLICATIONS WITH MONEY TO FUND OVER 300 INDIVIDUALS OR ALMOST 300 FOR THIS DISTRICT WALK-RUN. I ALSO WANT TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO DID THE -- I THINK WE CALL IT THE BOOTS ON THE GROUND. ENOY WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL INSTRUMENTAL IN GETTING ALL THE SUPPLIES FOR OUR CLINICS, AND OUR RUN. JESSICA VEGA, WHO WAS THE COMMUNICATOR GENERAL USE AND GURU. BONNIE LAMBRIGHT WHO WORKS BEHIND BEHIND THE SCENES SCENES. I SEE YOU. ANNA SANCHEZ. THANK YOU SO MUCH, ANNA. LA SHONDA WILLIAMS WHO HAS NEVER WANTED TO HEAR THE WORD RUN, IS NOW I THINK ALMOST AN OLYMPIAN. CHIEF NEWMAN. OUR VERY OWN BARBARA HANCOCK BACK THERE. I THINK BARBARA JUST WAVED. SHE WAS PROBABLY A HUGE ADVOCATE AS WELL. AT THIS TIME, I AM GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO CONCHITA.   

>> THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. GOOD AFTERNOON HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. SORRY, I HAVE AB CHILLING VOICE SO I THOUGHT I WAS LOUD ENOUGH. SORRY ABOUT THAT. GOOD AFTERNOON HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. AS YOU KNOW, I AM CONCHITA CANTY JONES. I AM THE PROUD COORDINATOR OF FOUR SERVICE CENTERS UNDER DR. LARRY SYKES. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO HIGHLIGHT GOING FORTH FOR THE GOLD 09 BY 20 K PAIN. AS PART OF THE HIGHLIGHT IT IS EXCITING INFORM ME TO HAVE PARENTS, AS YOU CAN SEE, TO SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE AS PART OF THIS RECOGNITION.   

>> I'M ALICIA. I HAVE TWO STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. AND THEY REALLY, REALLY LOVE THE IDEA OF DOING IT. WE SUPPORT 90 BY 20. IF YOU ASK MY KIDS THEY WILL TELL YOU THEY ARE COMMITTED TO GRADUATING AND THEY KNOW IT TAKES ACTION. AND SO WE ARE SO ENTHUSIASTIC. CONCHITA IS ALWAYS INNOVATIVE AND THINKING OUT OF THE BOX BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY KEEPING THIS INCLUSIVE EFFORT LIKE I'S NOT JUST ABOUT WHAT GOES ON IN THE CLASSROOM BUT WHAT GOES ON AT HOME AND IN COMMUNITIES. SO WE ARE FULLY SUPPORTING THAT. AND OUR FAMILY IS INTO IT AND WE CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT EXCITING THING THAT WE ARE GOING TO DO. SO THANKS, CONCHITA. THEY ARE VERY NERVOUS. PRINCIPAL. WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO HAVE HER COME BACK AND GET US ON BOARD. SHE HAS SO MANY THINGS GOING ON. LET'S GET OUR FAMILIES INVOLVED. WE WERE VERY GRATEFUL TO BE PART OF THIS. AND WE HAD EDUARDO WITH US TODAY, TWO OF OUR STUDENTS, AND MOM, MRS. FLORES, WHO WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF THIS, AND THEY GET TO COME DOWN TO TAMPA TO SEE ALL OF THE WORK THAT'S INVOLVED IN PUTTING ON THIS TYPE OF EVENT.   

>> GO AHEAD.   

>> THANK YOU.   

>> I THINK THEY ARE A LITTLE SHY. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK? ALL RIGHT. THEY JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU.   

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE TRAWL VALUE YOUR FEEDBACK. BEFORE I TUSH TURN IT OVER TO MRS. GRAY, I JUST WANT TO PROVIDE YOU A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FULL SERVICE CENTER'S TEAM. THE REASON HOW WE CAME UP WITH THIS WITH THIS CAMPAIGN, WE CREATED A MODEL CALLED THE OLYMPIC DISTRICT WIDE STUDENT AND PARENT PROGRAM WITH A DYNAMIC THEME, GOING FOR THE GOLD, 90 BY 20. THIS MODEL ALLOWS OUR TEAM TO USE STRATEGIES TO PREPARE PARENTS, TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THE CAMPAIGN AND THE MODEL FOCUS ON THREE KEY AREAS THAT I WILL SHARE AND ALSO GRADUATION RATE, BUILDING SCHOOL IN DISTRICT RELATIONSHIPS, CALL TO RESPONSIVENESS AND WELLNESS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT INCREASES AWARENESS OF THE 906 BY 20, WE USE THE PLEDGE MODEL. I KNOW THAT SOME OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS HAVE BEEN TO THE CENTER AND WE HAVE OVER 900 PLEDGES. THAT IS HUGE. THAT INCLUDED STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND DISTRICT, STAFF AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS. I AM VERY, VERY PROUD OF. THAT WE ACTUALLY HAVE SOME TEACHING MOMENTS TO OUR STAKEHOLDERS THAT EXPLAIN ABOUT THE 90-20. THE LAST THING I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION IS BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH SCHOOL CULTURE. OUR PLANNING TEAM DID A GREAT JOB PROMOTING THIS PARTICULAR EVENT. WE WORKED WITH OVER 19 -- 19 DIVISIONS AND COMMUNITIES TO CREATE A POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR DISTRICT. SO WE HAD A TOTAL -- DRUM ROLL, ANYONE? THANK YOU. WE HAD A TOTAL OF ABOUT 262 TEAM MEMBERS THAT BECAUSE OF OUR TEAM WE DID THAT IN LESS THAN 30 DAYS. SO I AM VERY, VERY PROUD. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THIS WAS ONE OF MRS. GRAY'S THEMES THAT IT'S NOT A RACE. I AM GOING TO PAUSE FOR A SECOND. IT IS OUR FUTURE. WE WOULD LIKE TO TURN IT OVER TO MRS. GRAY.   

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, CONCHITA AND TEAM 90-20. LASTLY, VERY QUICKLY, AGAIN, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, THIS IS ALL ABOUT YOU AND YOUR GOAL AND YOUR ASPIRATION FOR OUR COUNTY TO HAVE BY 20-20 A 90% GRADUATION. AND MIND YOU THIS COMMUNITY IS SOLIDLY ACKNOWLEDGING THAT GOAL. AND WE ARE GOING TO WORK ON IT EVERY YEAR. SO WE'LL GET BETTER AND MORE AND MORE FOLKS WILL BE BUYING INTO IT. SO THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION IN EVERYTHING THAT YOU ALL DO FOR US. THANK YOU, TEAM. AND CONCHITA. BYE-BYE.   

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

>> OH, DO WE WANT TO SEE THE VIDEO? OH, WE HAVE A POWER POINT. YES.   

>> (OFF MICROPHONE) OF OH, SORRY. IF YOU ASKED MY DAUGHTER, WHAT DOES 9067 BY 20 MEAN TO YOU?   

>> UM ...   

>> DON'T BE SHY NOW.   

>> THAT I'M COMMITTED TO GRADUATING. [ APPLAUSE ]   

>> THAT'S WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. IT'S ABOUT GETTING THAT COMMITMENT AND AWARENESS IS KEY. AND SO WE ARE REALLY THANKFUL FOR THAT. AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE KIND OF TAKE FOR GRANTED. BUT WHEN YOU SAY IT, IT BECOMES YOUR MANTRA, EVERYBODY KNOWS ABOUT IT, YOU GET THE BUY-IN AND COMMITMENT. WE ARE MAKING IT HAPPEN. THANK YOU.   

>> SO AM I HEARING SOMETHING THAT WE WON, CONCHITA JONES?  WE ACTUALLY WON I.DIDN'T TELL OUR SUPERINTENDENT BUT WE ACTUALLY WON THE ENTIRE TEAM CHALLENGE FOR THE CITY OF TAMPA AT GASPARILLA. WE JUST FOUND THAT OUT. FIRST TIME EVER. [ APPLAUSE ] WE WILL GET A VERY NICE SOMETHING OR OTHER TO HANG, I'M SURE. SO I THINK THAT WE ARE FINISHED. I THANK YOU AGAIN. AND WE ARE GOING TO GET READY FOR NEXT YEAR.   

>> I CAN'T LEAVE WITHOUT HONORING YOU. SO IN FIVE SECOND TO HONOR YOU FOR BEING OUR HOST. WE HAVE OUR TEAM HERE AND WE HAVE SOME OF THE TEAM MEMBERS THAT WANTED TO TAKE THE TIME TO SAY THANK YOU, THAT YOU, OUR COACH, HAD US RUNNING, JOGGING, AND DOING A LOT OF THINGS. YIN I'M LOOKING AT MR. PIERCE BECAUSE I WAS HOPING THAT YOU WOULD TAKE THE LAST FIVE SECOND TO GET THIS AUDIENCE MOVING, GOING FOR THE GOLD, GET EVERYBODY TO STAND UP FOR FIVE SECOND, MS. GRAY.   

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY, YOU GUYS. ALL RIGHT OF THE STRETCH IT OUT. AHHH! [ APPLAUSE ]   

>>Cindy Stuart: I JUST WANTED TO COMMENT, MRS. GRAY. IT REALLY WAS A GREAT DAY. THERE WERE ACTUALLY FIVE BOARD MEMBERS THERE. MRS. SNIVELY RAN WITH HER STATE FARM TEAM. BUT IT WAS A GORGEOUS DAY OUT ON BAYSHORE. WE DID HAVE A LOT OF FUN. I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE -- SHE'S LEAVING ALREADY, BUT HER SCHOOL, DOVER ELEMENTARY, BROUGHT THE MOST STUDENTS. THEY BROUGHT 60 KIDS WITH TWO BUSES. THEY REALLY WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE WAS A SHOWING. SO TO BRING KIDS UP FROM DOVER FOR A DAY -- AND THAT'S A FULL DAY FOR THEM TO COME UP THERE AND BE THERE BY -- WHAT TIME? I THINK MRS. GRAY HAD US THERE BY 8:00. WE DIDN'T START GOING ANYWHERE, WALKING OR RUNNING ANYWHERE UNTIL 10. BUT MRS. FERGUCCI, THANK YOU FOR ORGANIZING THE FAMILIES. I KNOW THAT WAS SPECIAL AND I REMEMBER STANDING AT THE END OF THAT RACE AND WATCHING THEIR FACES AS THEY GOT MEDALS, AND IT WAS A REALLY, REALLY GOOD EXPERIENCE FOR THEM. SO I HOPE THAT THEY HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THAT BACK AT THEIR SCHOOL. AND MR. EAKINS AND I HAVE TALKED ABOUT WHEN WE COME YOUR WAY FOR GRADUATIONS IN A MONTH OR SO, WE WOULD LIKE TO STOP BY AND SEE SOME OF THEM. SO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR MAKING SUCH AN EFFORT TO GET YOUR FAMILIES OUT THERE. I KNOW THAT WAS A BIG UNDERTAKING. AND THANKS TO MRS. GRAY FOR MAKING SURE THAT THEY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME. IT WAS REALLY A SPECIAL DAY. MRS. CANTY JONES, WHERE DID SHE GO? YOU HAVE TURNED HE INTO A RUNNER AND I HAVE BEEN WATCHING. THE OTHER DAY SHE WAS FACEBOOK LIVE RUNNING AND I WAS LAUGHING HOLME HOPING SHE DIDN'T FALL AS SHE RAN WITH HER PHONE OUT HERE, FACEBOOK LIVE RUNNING. I THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO SEE THAT VIDEO TODAY BUT WE DIDN'T. BUT PLEASE BE CAREFUL. MRS. LA SHONDA WHO HAS EXTREME FEAR OF RUNNING ACROSS BRIDGES AND DIDN'T TELL ME THAT UNTIL WE WERE STEPPING ONTO THE BRIDGE, AND I ABOUT LOST MY LEFT ARM. AS SHE DRAGGED ME ACROSS THE BRIDGE WITH HER EYES CLOSED RUNNING. AND THEN ALMOST HAD A PANIC ATTACK ON THE OTHER SIDE. SO IT R AT THE END IT WAS A GREAT DAY. WE HAD A REALLY GREAT TIME. MR. EAKINS, WE WALKED BY YOUR CONDO HOPING YOU WERE THROWING WATERS DO I KNOW AT US, AND YOU WERE NOT.   

>> NEXT YEAR.   

>> AND NEXT YEAR. BUT THANK YOU AGAIN, MRS. GRAY, FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD. IT WAS A FUN DAY IT'S NOT A VOTE. IT JUST A RECOGNITION. THE NEXT ONE IS AVANT-GARDE ACADEMY BROUGHT FORWARD BY MRS. HODGENS, GENERAL DIRECTOR OF OUR SCHOOLS. WELCOME.   

>> CAN YOU HEAR ME? MY CHEERLEADER VOICE IS USUALLY LOUD. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TALK WITH YOU ABOUT THE CONTRACT FOR AVANT-GARDE CHARTER SCHOOL. AVANT-GARDE, AS THE CONTRACT THAT YOU HAVE BEFORE YOU ALIGNS WITH FLORIDA STATUTE, FOR A FIVE-YEAR TERM AND IT HAS BEEN FULLY NEGOTIATED AND SIGNED BY THE AVANT-GARDE FOR CHAIR. THE APPLICATION THAT WAS APPROVED ON DECEMBER OF 2015 WILL BECOME AN APPENDIX TO THIS CONTRACT. THE SCHOOL IS A K-8 CHARTER SCHOOL THAT WILL OPEN BEGINNING WITH GRADE K-6 AND APPROXIMATELY 684 STUDENTS. IT WILL GROW TO K-8 WITH 800 STUDENTS. IT HAS A STEM FOCUS, AND WE HAVE BEEN CELEBRATE DIAGNOSIS ARTS, AND BE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS FOR THE SCHOOL, LOCATED AT 13901 SHELDON ROAD, WHICH IS BASICALLY ACROSS THE STREET FROM SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL, KIND OF ON A LITTLE BIT OF A CATTY-CORNER. IS THERE ANY OTHER INFORMATION I CAN SHARE WITH YOU TONIGHT?   

>>Cindy Stuart: WE HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND ADD AN IT LOOKS LIKE QUESTIONS FROM MRS. GRIFFIN.   

>>April Griffin: YOU AND I TALKED ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THIS APPLICATION. COULD YOU SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT, PLEASE?   

>> OH, YEAH, THANK YOU.  I ALWAYS ATTACH THE STRENGTH AND WEAKNESS CHART FROM THE APPLICATION REVIEW TO THE CONTRACTS SO YOU CAN SEE THE WEAKNESSES FOR THE APPLICATION ARE ADDRESSED IN THE CONTRACT.  THIS APPLICATION WAS BROUGHT TO US A YEAR PRIOR AND HAD SOME WEAKNESSES, AND THE TEAM THAT BROUGHT THE APPLICATION TO US WITHDREW IT AND WORKED WITH US, AND THE SECOND SUBMITTAL OF THE APPLICATION HAD NO WEAKNESSES AT ALL.  THIS IS THE FIRST ONE I THINK I BROUGHT TO YOU IN MANY, MANY YEARS THAT HAD NO WEAKNESSES SO THERE ARE WAS NOTHING IN THE CONTRACT. THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN.   

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. THE FACT THAT THEY WITHDREW IT OF THEIR OWN VOLITION AND WORKED WITH US. AND I ALSO THINK THAT SPEAKS TO THE PARTNERSHIP THAT WE HAVE WITH OUR CHARTER SCHOOLS, BECAUSE RECOGNIZING THAT THERE'S A LOT OF US VERSUS THEM IN THE WORLD OF EDUCATION, AND ESPECIALLY LATELY. AND WITH THIS BOARD WE ARE MAKING IT VERY CLEAR, AND YOUR WORK WITH THEM, THAT WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER FOR OUR STUDENTS' SUCCESS. SO THESE ARE PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS. AND WHAT WE CAN DO TO HELP THEM BE SUCCESSFUL, THAT'S OUR ROLE IN ALL OF THIS. SO I WANTED TO THANK YOU TOO FOR WORKING WITH THEM. BUMMY THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THAT THEY WITHDREW IT AND THEN RESUBMITTED IT, AND IT WAS PRETTY MUCH BEST.   

>> IT WAS A TOTALLY ALIGNED TO THE STATUTE AND APP VERY, VERY STRONG APPLICATION. THANK YOU FOR RINDING ME TOCK SAY THAT BECAUSE I SHOULD HAVE PUT THAT FIRST.   

>>April Griffin: AGAIN I AM SO THRILLED TO HEAR PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT STEAM.   

>> I KNOW YOU SAID THAT ON THE PHONE. AND WE HAVE THE ART CELEBRATION. PERFECT DAY FOR THIS.   

>>Cindy Stuart: AND DID YOU HAVE MEMBERS FROM THE ACADEMY HERE?   

>> I DO. I DO. I THINK THEY SPOKE EARLIER BURL I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THEM IF SHALL YOU DON'T MIND. WE HAVE GWEN DAVIS AND JOHN MINTER FROM THE BOARD. AND THEN FRANK MELONIA, THEY ARE GOING TO BE USING ALLIANCE EDUCATION COMPANY. FRANK WORKS WITH THEM. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, THIS ITEM WAS PULLED FOR A SEPARATE VOTE. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALUE QUESTIONS AND SECOND BY MRS. SNIVELY.  IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. WELCOME TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. [ APPLAUSE ] BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM ON OUR AGENDA IS ITEM NUMBER 6. OH 04. WHICH IS TO PURCHASE THE LANGUAGE LEARN EARNING SOFTWARE FROM ROSETTA STONE. MRS. SANDRA ROSARIO WILL COME FORWARD AND HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.   

>> GOOD A, SUPERINTENDENT, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM. ROSETTA STONE FOCUSES ON FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNING, A DIGITAL LANGUAGE SOFTWARE THAT FOCUSES ON THE FUNDMENT A CONTRACTS OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, PROVIDES LESSONS TO BUILD LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN AN IMMERSIVE ENVIRONMENT THAT CAREFULLY SEQUENCES LESSONS, INTRODUCES VOCABULARY, GRAMMAR, PREVIOUSLY LEARNED CONTENT, PROVIDES IMMEDIATE FEEDBACK ON RESPONSE TO REINFORCE CONCEPTS AND CORRECT LEARNING, IT FEATURES SPEECH RECOGNITION WITHIN ALL LESSONS AND ACTIVITY WHICH IMPROVES STUDENT PRONUNCIATION AND SPEAKING, AND DELIVERS CONSISTENT INSTRUCTION IN A VARIETY OF FORMATS, AS WELL AS SEAMLESSLY MOVING A LEARNER ALONG THE CONTINUUM OF LESSONS. OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS APPROXIMATELY 10,905 STUDENTS THAT ARE EVENING LANGUAGE LEARNERS HAVE USED ROSETTA STONE FOR THE 16-17 SCHOOL YEAR, WE HAVE 121 K SITES THAT HAD ACCESS TO ROSETTA STONE.   

>>Cindy Stuart: AND WE SPOKE ABOUT THIS ON THE PHONE, MRS. ROSARIO. CAN YOU SAY WHAT YOU MEAN BY K SITES?   

>> 2-12 SITES. KIND KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12th GRADE.   

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANTED TO -- FIRST I WAS GOING TO HIGHLIGHT THIS, BUT I CHOSE NOT TO, SO THANK YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING IT, THOUGH. THE REASON WHY I CHOSE NOT TO HIGHLIGHT IT IS BECAUSE ROSETTA STONE IS NOT A TOOL THAT IS BEST USED FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS. ROSETTA STONE IS BEST USE FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGES, TO LEARN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE. IT DOES NOT PROVIDE THE SUPPORT THAT IT NEEDS TO ADDRESS THE LOW-LEVEL ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS. SO I UNDERSTAND, AND AFTER WE SPOKE YESTERDAY, NO MENTION OF A GRANT WAS MADE, BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM WAS WRITTEN IN A GRANT, AND THAT'S WHY WE HAVE TO CONTINUE WITH THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM. BUT LET IT BE KNOWN THAT ROSETTA STONE IS VERY, VERY GOOD. IT'S A GOOD TOOL FOR THE WORLD LANGUAGES DEPARTMENT, BUT DEFINITELY NOT TO ASSIST OUR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN PREPARING THEM FOR BEING ABLE TO TAKE STANDARDIZED TESTS AND DO WELL ON THEM. IT'S AN EXTRA TOOL, ABSOLUTELY. I'M GLAD THAT THE STUDENTS HAVE IT. BUT IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO BE CONDUCIVE, IN MY OPINION, AND BASED ON THE RESEARCH THAT I HAVE DONE AS WELL. IT'S JUST NOT A RIGHT TOOL FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. ROSARIO, ONE OF THE THINGS BE WE SPOKE ABOUT IS THIS REMOVAL -- HAS MOVED FROM A NUMBER OF YEARS RENEWAL DOWN TO ONE YEAR. CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE ROY PROCESS THAT YOU ARE GOING THROUGH IN ORDER TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT THIS IS THE RIGHT PRODUCT FOR OUR STUDENTS?   

>> YES, MA'AM. THE ROSETTA STONE WAS CHOSEN BECAUSE IT GIVES VERY FUNDAMENTAL GRAMMATICAL PIECES, THE FOUNDATIONAL PIECES. WE HAVE STARTED LOOKING AT OTHER PIECES TO PROVIDE THAT ACADEMIC SUPPORT. SO THEREFORE WE HAVE PIECES FROM ADVENTUM, FROM LEGEND LEARNINGS AND OTHER PIECES THAT PROVIDE THAT ACADEMIC PIECE, MOVING TOWARDS STANDARDS AND EVENTUALLY TOWARDS GRADUATION, BASED ON THOSE FUNDAMENTAL PIECES THAT ARE RUD LIMITS RIP THAT HAVE TO BE INTRODUCED TO STUDENTS OVER AND OVER AND OVER, AND THE NUANCE AS ENGLISH LANGUAGE. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE MOVED TO A ONE-YEAR. WE ENACTED A COMMITTEE OF PRACTITIONERS, RESOURCE TEACHERS THAT LOOKED AT A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT RESOURCES AND MATERIALS. THAT COMMITTEE CAME UP WITH CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING WHAT STUDENTS WOULD USE, WHAT TOOLS, AND SO WE ARE CURRENTLY WAITING FOR YEARS-END TO LOOK AT THOSE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE HIGHLIGHTED TO DETERMINE CONTINUED FUNDING OR CONTINUED REQUESTS TO FUND THE MATERIALS.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU.   

>> YOU'RE WELCOME.   

>>Cindy Stuart: OUR NEXT ITEM IS ITEM NUMBER 6.05. A PROVE THE TECHNICAL SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH NOVIA, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS TRAINING AND PERFORMANCE. MRS. GRAY, YOU JUST HAD A COMMENT ON THIS?   

>> I HAVE TO APOLOGIZE IN ADVANCE. I WAS NOT PREPARED TO COME AND SPEAK.   

>> FIRST LET ME UNDERSTAND, IS IT MOBIUS?   

>> YES, I BELIEVE IT IS.   

>> NOT NATURALLY TO SPEAK BUT I THINK YOU DID A GREAT JOB WITH US IN BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL IN GETTING THIS PARTNERSHIP TOGETHER. CAN YOU JUST SHARE OF WHAT THE PARTNERSHIP IS? AND I KNOW IT'S RELATED WITH THE STEM PROGRAM.   

>> I REALLY DON'T WANT TO MISCONVEY THAT BECAUSE I KNOW THAT LARRY PLANK I THINK IS WHO REACHED OUT TO YOU TO SPEAK DIRECTLY IN REFERENCE TO THAT, AND HAD I KNOWN I WOULD HAVE HAD THE NOTES TO SPEAK FROM THAT PIECE BUT I JUST DON'T WANT TO NOT CONVEY IT CORRECTLY IN REFERENCE TO GETTING MORE DETAILS.   

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY. I APPRECIATE THAT. AND LET ME JUST SAY THIS. MY COMMENT IS, I WANT TO THANK YOU, IN YOUR STAND FOR MOBIUS AND THE PARTNERSHIP. I KNOW THAT TEACHING THE BLAKE DANCE STUDENTS, MOVEMENTS THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY FLUID IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING AND THE ARTS. IT'S QUITE -- JUST A WONDERFUL CONCEPT. AND I ALSO THINK THAT IF WE CONTINUE BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS SUCH AS THIS FOR PROGRAMS SUCH AS STEM OR STEAM, WHICH WE ARE VERY UNDERFUNDED, WILL HELP US GREATLY. SO MY ACCOLADES TO YOU. AND I AM SO APOLOGETIC IF I PUT YOU ON THE SPOT.   

>> NO, I APOLOGIZE FOR NOT HAVING MORE INFORMATION.   

>>Lynn Gray: NO, IN A, NO, IT'S A GREAT IDEA. I WAS JUST ENCHANTED BY IT. I THOUGHT THAT'S SO UNUSUAL THAT WE COULD ACTUALLY DO STEM THROUGH DANCE AND PARTNERSHIP AT THE SAME TIME. SO IT HAS A GREAT INGREDIENT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.   

>> THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. GRIFFIN?   

>>April Griffin: STEAM.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I WANTED TO JUST HIGHLIGHT A LITTLE BIT JUST FOR THE AUDIENCE. SO OBVIOUSLY, THE CONNECTION BETWEEN THE ARTS AND STEM ARE CRITICAL. THIS IS ACTUALLY A WAY FOR OUR BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO BE ABLE TO GO USING THE MOVEMENTS AND GO INTO OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND ELEMENTARIES TO KIND OF TEACH THEM ABOUT STEM THROUGH MOVEMENTS. SO HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE THE TEACHING OF STEM THROUGH THE ARTS SO THAT ONCE AGAIN IT COMES BACK TO THE WHOLE STEAM CONVERSATION. BUT IT REALLY IS ABOUT HOW OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS THERE ARE GOING TO THEN KIND OF IMPACT SOME OF OUR YOUNGER STUDENTS THROUGH THE MOVEMENT PROCESS.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT. OUR NEXT ITEM IS NUMBER 6.11.47-1, APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICE WAS THINKING CORPS. SUSAN MacMANUS WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM FOR MYSELF WITH MRS. GRAY AND MRS. GRIFFIN COMMENTING.   

>> THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ECONOMY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS DEM.  THIS IS A PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR PRINCIPALS AND AREAS 4 AND 7 AS WELL AS DISTRICT STAFF TO INCLUDE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS FROM ALL EIGHT AREAS. STAFF FROM LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AS WELL AS STAFF IN TEACHING AND LEARNING. JUST FOR A LITTLE BIT OF BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT, FOR THE PAST 7 TO 10 YEARS, THE ROLL OF PRINCIPAL SUPERVISOR HAS REALLY SHIFT ADD CROSS THE COUNTRY. SO MUCH THAT NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR WERE REDESIGNED AND SO OUR LOCAL STANDARDS TO SUPPORT ROLE OF INSTRUCTIONAL LEADER. EVERYONE PROBABLY FELT THE SHIFT WE'VE WE BEGAN A NEW EVALUATION PROCESS FOR TEACHERS, WITH NEW OBSERVATION SYSTEMS, AND RUBRICS, WHAT, ABOUT SEVEN YEARS AGO I THINK IT WAS? I MAY BE OFF BY A YEAR. BUT THAT'S WHEN WE STARTED FEELING THE SHIFT. SO OUR PRINCIPALS WERE TRAINED IN ANEW RUBRIC, TRAINED IN HOW TO DO EFFECTIVE FEEDBACK, THEY WERE TRAINED, TRAINED, AND REDESIGNED THEIR SCHEDULES TO BE IN CLASSROOMS MORE OFTEN. SO PART OF THAT TRAINING, PART OF THEIR LEARNING THE RUBRIC HAD TO DEAL WITH DOMAIN 1 IN PLANNING AND PREPARATION. SO WE HAVE DONE TRAINING AROUND STANDARDS IN THE PAST WHICH IS COMPLETELY CENTERED AROUND DOMAIN 1. BUT WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS GO DEEPER SO THAT OUR PRINCIPALS ACTUALLY HAVE THE SKILLS AND TOOLS TO EFFECTIVELY SUPPORT THEIR TEACH AREAS ROUND STANDARDS INSTRUCTION. SO YES, THIS IS NOT SOMETHING NEW. IT'S NOT A NEW LANGUAGE. IT'S HELPING OUR LEADERS, PRINCIPALS AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS AND DISTRICT STAFF WORK TOGETHER TO REALLY UNPACK STANDARDS SO THAT WE CAN SUPPORT OUR TEACHERS, SO THAT THEY CAN DESIGN THE VERY BEST LESSONS FOR OUR STUDENTS. SO THAT'S WHAT THIS IS. AND SO BY COMING TOGETHER WITH THE DIVISIONS AND WITH EACH OF OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DESIGN A SYSTEM, A DISTRICT TRAINING THAT WILL BE ONGOING AND ALLOW US TO SUSTAIN THIS WORK OVER TIME. WE WILL ALSO BE EMBEDDING OF WHAT WE LEARN INTO THE PRINCIPAL PIPELINE. SO AS LEADERS EXIT THE PIPELINE, WALK INTO THE ROLL OF PROPERLY, THEY WILL HAVE THESE TOOLS THAT NECESSARY. AND SO PART OF THIS TRAINING IS ACTUALLY JUST WORKING WITH EXPERTS TO REALLY CREATE OF A QUALITY DESIGN SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE AND FOLLOW ACROSS THE SYSTEM WITH THIS. ONE LAST POINT, ALL EIGHT AREAS HAVE HAD THIS FOCUS THIS SCHOOL YEAR. THEY HAVE ALL HAD STANDARDS STANDARD BASED INSTRUCTION AS AN INSTRUCTIONAL PRIORITY AND THEY HAVE ALL WORKED IN THEIR SMALL GROUP MEETINGS AND IN SCHOOL TO FURTHER DELVE THIS WITH OUR LEADERS. WHAT THIS TRAINING IS GOING TO DO, THOUGH, IS TO ALLOW YET ANOTHER LOOK SO WE CAN LEARN FROM EVERYTHING THE OTHER AREAS HAVE DONE, PLUS WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THIS TRAINING TO REALLY DESIGN A LEARNING THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO IMPLEMENT OVER TIME. SO WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT IT. OUR LEADERS HAVE BEEN DOING A LOT OF PULSE CHECKING WITH MANY OF OUR LEADERS. THEY ARE EXCITED ABOUT IT. THEY ARE DOING AMAZING WORK IN THE FIELD.  THIS IS JUST GOING TO GIVE THEM ONE MORE BOOST AND ONE MORE BIT OF LEARNING THAT'S GOING TO KEEP IMPROVING THEIR INSTRUCTIONAL EXPERTISE SO THAT THEY CAN BE THE VERY BEST LEADERS IN OUR SCHOOLS FOR OUR STUDENTS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. McMANUS.  THIS ITEM WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY MYSELF, MRS. GRAY AND MRS. GRIFFIN. MRS. GRAY, YOU HAD A COMMENT?   

>>Lynn Gray: IF IT'S APPROPRIATE TO COMMENT, I CAN NOW UNLESS YOU WANT A HIGHLIGHT FIRST. OKAY THAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT? FIRST OFF, MRS. McMANUS, PATRICIA, THE THINKING CORE, I THINK THE STANDARD, ANYTIME A TEACHER HAS STANDARDS TO FOLLOW, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE PRINCIPAL AND LEADERS OF THE SCHOOL ABSOLUTELY ARE COGNIZANT AND AWARE OF THOSE STANDARDS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, OR SHOULD I SAY THE END OF THE LESSON, EACH TEACHER SHOULD IN FACT BE SURE THAT THEY HAVE COVERED THE STANDARD OR STANDARDS. IT'S NICE TO SAY IN A COMPACT WAY, CHECK IT OFF, CHECK IT OFF, CHECK IT OFF. IF WE DON'T MAKE SURE THAT IT'S APTLY UNDERSTOOD AND EFFECTIVE TEACHING HAS BEEN DONE AND THE PRINCIPALS ALSO UNDERSTAND THE STANDARD, THEN WE MIGHT BE LOSING A VARIABLE OR A WEAK VARIABLE TO BREAK THAT CHAIN OR HOW YOU WANT TO SAY CONVERT THE WHOLE CHAIN OF LEARNING. SO ALL I WANT TO SAY IS, YES, LET'S CONTINUE TO DEVELOP OUR PRINCIPALS AND THE STAFF AND THE TEACHERS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. LET'S DON'T TAKE FOR GRANTED THAT OUR KIDS ARE AND OUR TEACHERS ARE LEARNING AND TEACHING EACH STANDARD. WE HAVE TO HAVE SUPPORT, AND THE PRINCIPALS I THINK WILL FEEL A LOT BETTER THAT THEY UNDERSTAND. SO IN A NUTSHELL, I BELIEVE THAT THE THINKING CORE, THE STANDARDS THROUGHOUT, NEED TO BE REITERATED. AND I THINK THERE SHOULD BE A GOLD STANDARD THAT WE CONTINUE ON THAT, AND THE STANDARDS WILL CHANGE AND THEY WILL EVOLVE AS TIME GOES ON, AS WE ALL KNOW. SO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT UP.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. MRS. GRIFFIN?   

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND THIS IS AN ITEM THAT WE HAVE SLOWED DOWN IN ITS TRACKS A LITTLE BIT AND I'M GLAMMED WE DID BECAUSE I THINK WE HAVE A MUCH BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF IT NOW. AND I THINK THAT SOME CLARITY WAS BROUGHT NOT JUST WITH THE BOARD, BUT INTERNALLY WITH STAFF AS WELL. AND I DEFINITELY AM IN SUPPORT OF STANDARD-BASED LEARNING. EVERY TEACHER SHOULD NOR THAT. EVERY ADMINISTRATOR SHOULD KNOW THAT. WILL BUT I WILL SAY HAVING SERVED ON A STATE WIDE TEXTBOOK SELECTION COMMITTEE, WHICH TOOK LITERALLY A YEAR OF MY LIFE, AND MY ENTIRE OFFICE FOR A WHOLE YEAR, THE TEXTBOOK COMPANIES ARE NOT CREATING CURRICULUM TO MEET FLORIDA STANDARDS. WHEN IT WAS FCAT IT WAS THE SAME THING. FSA IT'S THE SAME THING. WHAT THEY ARE CREATING IS SOMETHING BASED OFF OF COMMON CORE NOW FOR A NATIONAL STANDARD. AND THEN WHEN THEY ARE SELLING IT TO THE STATE TO GET ON THAT LIST OF PROVIDERS, THEY ARE SAYING, OH, YOU CAN GO HERE AND GET THIS ANCILLARY MATERIAL. YOU CAN GO HERE AND YOU CAN GO THERE. WHAT I AM HEARING FROM TEACHERS IS THAT THEY ARE HAVING A VERY DIFFICULT TIME GOING AND GETTING THOSE MATERIALS THAT ARE NOT IN THE CURRICULUM THAT WE ARE PROVIDING FOR OUR TEACHERS TO HAVE TEACH. SO ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, TRISH, AND I TALKED ABOUT WITH SEVERAL OTHER PEOPLE, IS IN DOING THIS, AND I AM GLAD THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE A PD FOR THE PRINCIPALS AND THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS. I LOVE THAT, BECAUSE RIGHT KNOW YOU WILL WE DON'T WANT TO DO ANOTHER THING TO THE TEACHERS. SO I AM VERY HAPPY THAT THAT IS BEING DONE. WE NEED TO HAVE INTERNALLY -- AND MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE CAN LOOK AT DOING TO HELP OUR TEACHERS IN UNPACKING THOSE STANDARDS, TO HAVE SOME SORT OF CLEARINGHOUSE OF CURRICULUM AND LESSON PLANS FOR OUR TEACHERS THAT'S DIGITAL, THAT IT'S A ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR THEM TO GO TO GET THE LESSON PLANS FOR THAT PARTICULAR LESSON, FOR THAT GRADE LEVEL, FOR WHATEVER, BUT I THINK THAT IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT. AND WE HAVE GOT THE TALENT IN THIS DISTRICT TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT AND TO PUT THAT TOGETHER. I THINK THAT MAYBE WE COULD DO SOME SORT OF CONTEST AND HAVE TEACHERS SUBMITTING LESSON PLANS. I THINK THAT THAT WOULD CREATE SOME SORT OF CONVERSATION AMONGST THE TEACHERS THEMSELVES AND SUBMIT THOSE LESSON PLANS, AND THEN THEY CAN BE VOTED ON, AND THESE ARE JUST IDEAS THAT I AM THROWING OUT THERE. BUT WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE SOME SORT OF CLEARINGHOUSE FOR THEM IN DOING THIS, BECAUSE, AGAIN, UNPACKING THE STANDARDS IS THE ONLY WAY TO DO IT. IS TO TEACH THE STANDARDS. SO THAT WAY WE ARE NOT TEACHING TO THE TEST. WE ARE TEACHING THE STANDARDS. SO THOSE WERE THE COMMENTS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO MAYBE PUT THIS ON OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA SO THAT ONCE STAFF TALKS ABOUT IT AND GETS BACK TO US -- AND IT COULD GET PULLED OFF AT ANY TIME, BUT I THINK THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT DESERVES SOME CONVERSATION, BECAUSE TEACHERS ARE NOT IN THE SAME WORLD TODAY THAT THEY WERE TWO DECADES AGO. IT IS A VERY, VERY DIFFERENT WORLD. THERE IS MEETINGS. THERE IS DRILLING DOWN INTO THE DATA FOR EACH STUDENT. THERE IS PAPERWORK. THERE IS SO MUCH MORE THAT TEACHERS ARE DOING NOW THAN WHAT EXPECTED OF THEM IN THE PAST. SO WE HAVE GOVERNMENT TO HAVE DO MORE TO SUPPORT THEM AS A DISTRICT. AND I THINK THAT THIS CLEARINGHOUSE COULD DO THAT. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. MY COMMENTS, I'LL BE VERY BRIEF. BECAUSE I HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS AGENDA ITEM AD NAUSEAM. BETWEEN RIGHT AFTER WE TABLED IT UNTIL ACTUALLY TILL TODAY. THANK YOU, MRS. McMANUS FOR THE DOCUMENTATION THAT YOU PROVIDED TO THE BOARD AT MY REQUEST REGARDING THE TITLE 1 FUND USAGE AND TABLE OF WORK, AND I WANT TO THANK MR. YOUNG FOR PROVIDING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION THAT WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN MY OFFICE GOING THROUGH ABOUT SOME OF THE AREA 7 SCHOOLS AND SOME OF THE NEED, AND EVEN THE AREA OF PRIORITY THAT PRINCIPALS HAVE COME TOGETHER AND PUT TOGETHER IN DOCUMENT FORM. I WISH THERE WAS MORE, A LITTLE MORE THAN JUST THE 16 RESPONDENTS ON THE SURVEY THAT YOU SHARED WITH ME, MR. YOUNG. I WISH I HAD MORE THAT SAID THAT PRINCIPALS WERE ON BOARD WITH THIS. I DON'T THINK AREA 4 -- IF THEY DID DO A SURVEY OF THEIR PRINCIPALS, WE DIDN'T GET TO SEE THAT. BUT I APPRECIATE THAT THE INFORMATION THAT I ASKED FOR FROM THE FIRST TIME THAT WE DID THIS ACTUALLY I GOT TODAY, AND THAT I THINK THERE'S A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION BOTH AT THE BOARD LEVEL AND OUT IN THE COMMUNITY ABOUT WHAT IS ACTUALLY GOING TO HAPPEN. I THINK THIS HAS CHANGED A LITTLE BIT SO I APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORT, MRS. McMANUS, IN MAKING SURING THAT WE GOT THAT. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, OUR NEXT ITEM IS NUMBER 6 .13. ACCEPT THE ANNUAL AUDIST OF THE DISTRICT'S FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FROM KPMG FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 2016. MRS. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, OUR CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS FOR MRS. GRAY, MRS. GRIFFIN, MRS. SNIVELY, MRS. STUART, MRS. VALDES WITH A COMMENT FROM MRS. SNIVELY.   

>> THANK YOU. SO AS WE ARE WELCOMING TODD WEBSTER FROM K PGG TO THE PODIUM, TESS MANAGING DIRECTOR AND HE'S BEEN OVER OUR AUDITS FOR THIS YEAR SO AGAIN WE HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE AUDITED AGAIN. AS YOU ALL KNOW, WE ALWAYS HAVE AUDITORS IN-HOUSE, AND THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR KPMG TO COME IN AND AUDIT OUR FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. AND WITH WITH THAT I AM GOING TO HAND IT OFF TO TODD. THANK YOU.   

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HERE TODAY. I'M HAPPY TO BE HERE AGAIN REPORTING TO YOU THE RESULTS OF THE 2016 AUDIT. BOTH THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT AUDIT AND THE SINGLE AUDIT. YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN BEEN GIVEN DELIVERABLESth WHEN WE ISSUED THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT OPINION, THE SINGLE AUDIT, THE MANAGEMENT LETTER, THINGS LIKE THAT. I WANT TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO WALK THROUGH WHAT EACH ONE OF THOSE SAY, NOT IN DETAIL, BUT HIGH-LEVEL POINTS IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO STOP ME AS WE GOVERNMENT I WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM OR SAVE THEM TILL THE END AND AGAIN I WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM. AS PART OF THE AUDIT WE HAVE SEVERAL RESPONSIBILITIES. WE ISSUE AN YOU A AUDIT OPINION ON FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AS A WHOLE OR A CAFR. A COUPLE THINGS ABOUT THAT. THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS ARE PREPARED BY MANAGEMENT. OUR RESPONSIBILITY IS TO ACTUALLY ISSUE AN OPINION ON THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. IT'S NOT TO PREPARE THEM. SO MANAGEMENT PREPARES THEM. THEN WE GO THROUGH THEM AND ISSUE AN OPINION ON THOSE. WE SAY THAT IN OUR AUDIT REPORT. WE DO OUR AUDIT IN ACCORDANCE WITH GOVERNMENT AUDITING STANDARDS AND U.S. AUDITING STANDARDS AS WELL. I HAVE THOSE STANDARDS REQUIRE THAT I WALK YOU THROUGH WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY. AND THAT'S WHY I'M HERE. SO WE DID A COUPLE THINGS WITH RESPECT TO THOSE AUDITING STANDARDS. THEY DO REQUIRE THAT I REPORT TO YOU CERTAIN THINGS, THAT WE DID IN THE AUDIT. FOR EXAMPLE, WE HAD NO DISAGREEMENTS WITH MANAGEMENT THROUGHOUT THE AUDIT. WE HAD -- THERE WAS COOPERATION THROUGHOUT THE AUDIT AS WELL. AND THAT'S IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT. THE ONE THING THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IN YOUR FINANCIAL STATEMENTS IS CONSISTENT APPLICATION OF YOUR ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES. SO I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THEY ARE CONSISTENT YEAR OVER YEAR. THE ONE THING THAT'S NOT IN WRITING THAT I AM NOT ALLOWED TO PUT IN WRITING THAT IS R IS THAT IT'S WHAT WE WOULD EXPECT TO SEE FOR A SCHOOL DISTRICT YOUR SIZE. SO THE QUALITY IS THERE. IT'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT TO SEE. SO WE HAVE NO ISSUES WITH THAT. THIS YEAR, WE DID HAVE A COUPLE OF AUDIT DIFFERENCES THAT WE HAVE NOT HAD IN THE PAST. ONE RELATED TO COMPENSATED ABSENCES. THAT'S IDENTIFIED IN THE REPORT THAT WE ISSUED TO YOU. THAT WAS ALL CORRECTED IN THE CURRENT YEAR BUT A PIECE OF THAT RELATES TO THE PRIOR YEAR, SO YOU HAVE A PAST AUDIT DIFFERENCE THAT WE HAVE ALSO IDENTIFIED ASSOCIATED WITH THAT, OF THAT WAS ABOVE OUR POSTING THRESHOLD. ALTHOUGH IT WAS NOT MATERIAL ENOUGH TO EFFECT OUR AUDIT OPINION, BUT IT'S STILL SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION. WE ALSO HAVE ANNUALLY, WE TYPICALLY HAVE AUDIT DIFFERENCES THAT ARE DUE TO TIMING OF WHEN THE CAFR AND THE BOOKS ARE CLOSED. WE ALWAYS HAVE SOME TIMING DIFFERENCES. THOSE ARE STILL THERE. THAT'S NOTHING UNUSUAL. YEAR OVER YEAR THE IMPACT IS VERY LOW. SO THE OTHER THING IS WE DID HAVE AN AUDIT DIFFERENCE RELATED TO THE SELF-INSURANCE FOR WORKERS' COMPENSATION. THE THERE WAS A NUMBER THAT WAS RELATED TO PRIOR YEAR THAT WAS NOT CAUGHT IN THE PRIOR YEAR. THAT WAS CAPTURED IN THE CURRENT YEAR. AGAIN NOT MATERIAL BUT IT'S BIG ENOUGH ON OUR THRESHOLD AND WAS REPORTED TO YOU IN OUR LETTER. SO WITH ALL THAT BEING SAID, WE HAVE ISSUED OUR UNQUALIFIED OR A CLEAN AUDIT OPINION, WHICH IS WHAT YOU ARE STRIVING FOR. IT'S NOT GUARANTEED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE AUDIT. WE SAY THAT IN OUR ENGAGEMENT LETTER. BUT IT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE STRAFING FOR, AND IT'S WHAT YOU WOULD EXPECT TO SEE FOR AN ENTITY THIS SIZE AND 6 THIS NATURE. SO WE ARE HAPPY TO ISSUE AND SIGN AN UNQUALIFIED AUDIT OPINION. THE NEXT THING THAT WE ISSUE UNDER THE GOVERNMENT AUDITING STANDARDS, WE ARE REQUIRED TO ISSUE A REPORT ON INTERIM CONTROLS. OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING. SO ONE POINT OF CLARIFICATION IS WE ARE NOT DOING AN INTERNAL CONTROL REPORT OR AUDIT LIKE YOU WOULD SEE FOR A PUBLIC COMPANY. BUT TO THE EXTENT THAT WE RELY ON INTERNAL CONTROLS, WE ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT TO YOU ANY FINDINGS THAT WE HAVE ASSOCIATED WITH THAT. THIS YEAR WE HAD TWO FINDINGS RELATED TO INTERNAL CONTROLS. ONE RELATES TO JOURNAL ENTRIES AND THE APPROVAL PROCESS OF THAT AND THE OTHER ONE RELATES TO SOME IT ACCESS CONTROLS. WE DID LOOK AT THOSE AT THE LEVEL OF A SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCY, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT RISE ITSELF TO THE LEVEL THAT WE NEED TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION AS THOSE CHARGED WITH GOVERNANCE OF THE COUNTY, OR OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO I DID WANT TO REPORT TO YOU THOSE MATTERS. NOW, WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED TALKING WITH MANAGEMENT ON CORRECTING THOSE FOR THE NEXT YEAR. MY UNDERSTANDING IS THEY HAVE ALREADY MITIGATED THESE MATTERS, AND WE WILL TEST THAT AS PART OF OUR NEXT YEAR'S AUDIT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN RELY ON THOSE, AND THAT IS A REQUIREMENT FOR US UNDER THE AUDITING STANDARDS TO FOLLOW UP ON THOSE. I WOULD EXPECT BASED ON WHAT I HAVE HEARD THAT WE WOULD SEE THESE REMEDIED AND REMEDIATED AND WE'LL HAVE NO ISSUES GOING FORWARD IN THE FUTURE WITH THIS. SO YOU WILL SEE A REPORT ON THAT, AND OTHER THAN THOSE TWO MATTERS IT IS CLEAN. THERE'S NO MATERIAL WEAKNESSES TO REPORT TO YOU. THE THIRD REPORT WE ISSUE IS ON THE SINGLE AUDIT. SO THE SINGLE AUDIT IS THE AUDIT OF YOUR GRANT DOLLARS. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE -- BECAUSE YOU MEET A CERTAIN THRESHOLD WHICH FOR YOU, YOU HAVE WAY EXCEEDED BUT THAT THRESHOLD WAS RAISED TO $750,000 OF GRANT MOPES. YOU ARE AT THE 305 MILLION MARK SO YOU WAY EXCEED THAT. BUT BECAUSE YOU ARE THERE, WE DO HAVE TO DO AN AUDIT TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH EACH OF YOUR GRANTS. WE DO A RISK-BASED APPROACH ON THAT WHICH REQUIRES US TO GO THROUGH AND LOOK AT ON AN ANNUAL BASIS. WE DO -- YOU ARE CONSIDERED A LOW-RISK AUDITING SO WE LOOK THROUGH THE SYSTEM OF LOOKING AT WHAT GRANTS HAVE WE NOT LOOKED AT RECENTLY, LARGE DOLLAR AMOUNT GRANTS, HIGH-RISK GRANTS, THINGS LIKE THAT, AND WE IDENTIFY WHAT GRANTS WE WILL AUDIT. SO WE DON'T AUDIT EVERY SINGLE PROGRAM EVERY YEAR. WE ARE ONLY REQUIRED TO GIVE 20% COVERAGE FOR HABLO RISK AUDITING. TYPICALLY YOU GUYS ARE IN THE 40 TO 50 PERCENT RANGE.  THIS YEAR WE AUDITED 5 PROGRAMS WHICH GAVE MILLION OR ABOUT 40% OF YOUR 44% OF YOUR TOTAL GRANTS. SO A GOOD CHUNK OF THOSE WERE AUDITED. WE DID HAVE ONE FINDING ASSOCIATED WITH ONE OF THE GRANTS, ONE OF THE PROGRAMS WE LOOKED AT FOR STUDENT FINANCIAL AID. WE FOUND ONE FINDING RELATED TO THE RETURN OF GRANT DOLLARS WHEN A STUDENT WITH DRAWS. YOU HAVE 45 DAYS TO REMIT THOSE MONEYS. THERE'S ACTUALLY NOT ANY CASH CHANGING HANDS. IT JUST REDUCES WHAT YOU GET IN THE FUTURE. THAT WASN'T REPORTED WITHIN THE 45 DAYS TO STUDENT FINANCIAL AID OF OR TITLE -- YES, STUDENT FINANCIAL AID. THAT'S PRETTY BLACK AND WHITE SO WE DID HAVE A FINDING IN THAT SITUATION. WE HAD NO QUESTION WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT IN THIS MATTER. SO WE DID ISSUE A CLEAN COMPLIANCE OPINION AS IT RELATES TO COMPLIANCE WITH YOUR GRANTS, AND THAT'S ANOTHER OPINION THAT YOU WILL SEE THERE. WE ALSO ISSUE AN EXAMINATION, REPORT ON COMPLIANCE WITH FLORIDA STATUTE RELATED TO YOUR INVESTMENTS. WHAT THAT STATUTE SAYS IS THAT WE AS THE AUDITORS ARE REQUIRED TO LOOK AT YOUR INVESTMENTS AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU ARE COMPLIANT WITH STATE STATUTES. YOU HAVE VERY LOW-RISK INVESTMENTS. YOU ARE AT A VERY LOW THRESHOLD AS RELATES TO THAT STATUTE. I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THAT YOU ARE COMPLIANT AND WE DO ISSUE AN OPINION STATING THAT. ONE OTHER THING THAT WE ISSUE RELATED TO REQUIREMENTS FROM THE AUDITOR GENERAL IS A MANAGEMENT LETTER, AND AGAIN THAT'S REQUIRED BY THE STATE STATUTES, AND THE AUDITOR GENERAL, THAT COVERS VARIOUS THINGS SUCH AS THE COMPLIANCE MATTERS THEY'VE ALREADY SPOKEN TO, AND THERE'S NO FINDINGS THERE TO REPORT TO YOU OTHER THAN WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT HERE. THE LAST THING IS THAT WE ISSUE IS WHAT WE CALL OUR REQUIRED COMMUNICATIONS, OR AN AS-16 LETTER, AND THAT IS A LETTER THAT WAS ADDRESSED TO YOU, AND IT COVERS EVERYTHING THAT WE JUST TALKED ABOUT. AND IT ATTACHES AN ENGAGEMENT LETTER, THE MANAGEMENT REPRESENTATION LETTER AND ANY CORRECTED OR PAST AUDIT DIFFERENCES. JUST SO THAT YOU CAN SEE THAT WE HAVE REPORTED THOSE TO YOU. THAT'S ALL THE PREPARED REMARKS THAT I HAVE TODAY. KPMG REALLY VALUES OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE HAVE BEEN A LONG-TIME CLIENT. HOWEVER, THIS IS MY SECOND YEAR AS THE AUDITOR. WE DO HAVE A ROTATION POLICY. I'M VERY PROUD TO BE A PART OF THIS. I RECENTLY JOINED A BOARD AND WAS HAPPY ABOUT THE FIRST MEETING THAT I WENT TO, TWO MAGNET SCHOOLS THAT DEAL WITH -- THAT HAVE GOLF AS ONE OF THEIR PROGRAMS, THEY WERE THERE, IT WAS NICE TO SEE KIND OF PULL THE PICTURE TOGETHER. JUST THIS PAST WEEK I WAS AT THE JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, CEREMONY, WAS HAPPY TO SEE MR. EAKINS RECEIVED THE AWARD THERE. AND AGAIN THESE ARE THE TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT KPMG WANTS TO BE INVOLVED IN, PEOPLE THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY. I THINK IF YOU REALLY DIG YOU WILL SEE WE ARE INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY, AND IT'S NICE TO BE A PART OF. THAT SO JUST WANTED TO STATE THAT. AND HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE ABOUT THE AUDIT ITSELF.   

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. SAUNDERS, YOU HAVE AN UPDATE THAT GOES WITH THIS?   

>>Gretchen Saunders: I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU TO TODD AND THE KPMG TEAM AND STEPHANIE AND EVERYBODY IN THE SERVICES TEAM. WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND EDUCATION BEING BIG BUSINESS. AGAIN, WE HAVE AUDITORS IN-HOUSE ALL THE TIME. THIS IS A HUGE AUDIT. EVERY THIRD YEAR THE AUDITOR GENERAL COMES IN AND FOLLOWS THROUGH, AND ACTUALLY THEY KIND OF AUDIT WHAT K PGG DOES. BUT AGAIN WE HAVE A TRANSITION TEAM, WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE RETIRE IN THE BUSINESS SERVICES AREA, AND SO AGAIN WE JUST THANK TODD AND HIS TEAM AND STEPHANIE AND HER FOLKS AND JUST EVERYBODY. IT'S ONE OF THOSE THINGS WHERE YOU WANT TOO REACH OUT AND GIVE EVERYBODY A BIG HUG. SO THANK YOU.   

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

>>Melissa Snively: I REALLY DIDN'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT TO COMMENT ON THIS, BUT I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU COMING AND HIGHLIGHTING SOME OF THE MAIN POINTS OF THE AUDIT. I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT IN THIS ERA OF BUDGETARY AND FINANCIAL STRESS THAT WE REMAIN TRANSPARENT TO THE PUBLIC. AND SO I JUST HAD A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. ONE ACTUALLY I THOUGHT OF WHILE YOU WERE MAKING YOUR PRESENTATION. I WAS CURIOUS WHEN YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT THE FEDERAL PORTION OF THE AUDIT, AND YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU REVIEWED -- WELL, YOU REVIEWED FIVE OF THE GRANT PROGRAMS WHICH TOTAL ABOUT 44% OF TOTAL GRANTS. GRANT MONEY. BUT YOU MENTIONED A HIGH-RISK GRANT. SO COULD YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT A HIGH-RISK GRANT IS OR THE DEFINITION OF A HIGH-RISK GRANT?   

>> WELL, SO THE -- WHAT I SHOULD HAVE -- WE HAVE TO RATE THE ODDITY, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS THE ODDITY. SO NOT NECESSARILY THE GRANTS THEMSELVES WOULD BE HIGH RISK. NOW, SO YOU ARE RATE ADD LOW-RISK ODDITY BECAUSE YOU DON'T HAVE ANY MATERIAL WEAKNESSES, YOU DON'T HAVE SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS FROM THE PREVIOUS YEARS. AND DEPENDING UPON THE RISK ASSESS. OF THE ODDITY THAT WILL DRIVE HOW MUCH WE HAVE TO AUDIT. SO IF YOU HAD A MATERIAL WEAK NUSSNESS IN THE PREVIOUS TWO YEARS THAT MAKES YOU BECOME A HIGH RISK AWEDEE AND REQUIRES A CERTAIN AUDIT, MORE DOLLARS. SO UP IN ABOUT THE 40% RANGE. ONCE YOU TAKE THAT ASIDE, THEN WE HAVE TO BE LOOK AT EVERY GRANT HAS TO BE AUDITED EVERY TWO YEARS, OR EVERY THIRD YEAR HAS TO BE AUDITED. THAT'S WHAT DRIVES THAT PERCENTAGE UP WHERE IT'S AT RATE NOW, IS EVERY THIRD YEAR WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE GET COVERAGE OF EVERY SINGLE AUDIT. SO THERE ARE SOMETIMES WHEN A GRANT COULD BE CONSIDERED HIGH RISK. THE AGENCY ITSELF COULD CONSIDER ITSELF HIGH RISK. STUDENT FINANCIAL AID RIGHT NOW, I BELIEVE, IS ONE OF THOSE WHERE THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED THEMSELVES AS HIGH RISK. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THAT. RIGHT NOW THE POSITION THAT THEY HAVE TAKEN, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, IS THAT ANY GRANT COMING FROM STUDENT FINANCIAL AID HAS TO BE AUDITED EVERY SINGLE YEAR. SO IF YOU THINK ABOUT -- FOR YOU THAT'S SMALLER DOLLARS. BUT IF YOU THINK ABOUT A UNIVERSITY, HUGE DOLLARS. HUGE IMPACT ON THE AUDIT. SO THAT HAVE BEEN WOULD BE AN INSTANCE WHERE WE WOULD HAVE A HIGH-RISK PROGRAM OR GRANT BECAUSE THEY HAVE IDENTIFIED THEMSELVES AS SUCH.   

>> OKAY. THAT MAKES MORE SENSE. I APPRECIATE YOU EXPLAINING THAT IN MORE DETAIL FOR ARE US. AND THEN AGAIN, I JUST WANT TO THANK GRETCHEN. WE HAD A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE AUDIT PREVIOUSLY. AND I KNOW IT'S A HUGE HEAVY LIFT FOR OUR DISTRICT, BUT IT'S SO WORTHWHILE TO HAVE AN OUTSIDE VENDOR DO THIS AUDIT FOR US ON A REGULAR BASIS, AND JUST SO THAT WE CAN FEEL COMPETENT THAT WE ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING IN MOVING THE RIGHT DIRECTION FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND SO THANK YOU, MR. WEBBSTER, FOR COMING AND MAKING THIS PRESENTATION. WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND YOUR EFFORT.   

>> HAPPY TORE DO SO.   

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. GRAY?   

>>Lynn Gray: YES, I WANT TO THANK MEMBER SNIVELY ALSO FOR SAYING THAT THIS IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT FOR US. AUDITING IS A SUBJECT AREA THAT I DO NOT MAJOR IN. AND I HAD QUESTIONS, AND I APPRECIATE THAT MRS. SAUNDERS HIGHLIGHTED IT FOR ME. WHEN I READ IT, THERE WERE WHAT WAS CALLED SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES. AND THAT MADE ME THINK, YOU KNOW, WHAT IS DEFICIENT? AND THEN I STARTED READING A LITTLE CLOSER. AND OF COURSE THE MANUAL JOURNAL ENTRY AND SOME OTHER THINGS CAME UP. AND THEN TO GRETCHEN'S CREDIT, SHE WENT AHEAD AND REVISED IT, AND EDITED IT AND MADE THOSE QUESTIONS VERY TRANSPARENT, THE ANSWERS, THAT IS. NOW, FIRST, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DO BE TAKE THIS VERY, VERY SERIOUSLY. WE HAVE TO FROM.  HERE ON IN WE CANNOT ACT LIKE WE KNOW WHAT A BUDGET LOOKS LIKE, AND JUST GIVE. "YES" TO GREAT PROGRAMS. SO THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. AS A NEW BOARD MEMBER AND SOMEONE THAT IS VERY MUCH INVOLVED IN LEARNING, THIS LEARNING CURVE. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. BUT WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO IN THE SPIRIT OF TRANSPARENCY, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE PUT THIS AUDIT ONLINE SO THAT WAY IF WE HAVE ANY COMMUNITY FOLKS OR MARLENE SOCOV WHO IS HIDING OVER THERE HAS QUESTIONS, WE HAVE ABSOLUTE TRANSPARENCY. THE MORE THAT WE KEEP THAT THE WAY, I THINK IT WILL HELP CHECK EACH OTHER AND HAVE A CLEAN CODE OF, LET'S SAY, FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME AND YOUR EFFORT. THANK YOU, MRS. SAUNDERS.   

>> THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. WE'LL MAKE SURE IT'S OUT THERE.   

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. SNIVELY.   

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU FOR SAYING THAT, MRS. GRAY, BECAUSE I FORGOT TO SAY THAT IN MY COMMENTS, THAT I BELIEVE THERE SHOULD BE SOME WAY TO ACCESS IT ONLINE FOR OUR STAKEHOLDERS SO THAT THEY CAN SEE THE AUDIT AND REVIEW IT. AND ALSO, I BELIEVE THAT THE SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS MAY NOT HAVE INCLUDED THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE DISTRICT. SO PERHAPS WE CAN ALSO ADD THAT AS AN ONLINE -- AS ONLINE INFORMATION, COUPLED WITH THE AUDITS SO THAT PEOPLE CAN PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER.   

>> I'LL MAKE SURE.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED TO MAKE A QUICK SCRIVENER'S NOTE. I HAD REQUESTED THAT ITEM NUMBER 7.01 BE PULLED FOR JUST A HIGHLIGHT FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE COMMUNITY, AND IT IS NOT ON MY SCRIPT THAT WAY AND IT IS NOT ON YOUR FINAL PULLED ITEMS LIST THAT WAY. SO MADAM SECRETARY, IF YOU COULD MAKE THAT ADJUSTMENT. AND I KNOW THAT MR. FARKAS AND MRS. LORRAINE DUFFEY SUAREZ ARE PREPARED TO HIGHLIGHT BECAUSE WE SPOKE EARLIER TODAY. SO MRS. DUFFEY SUAREZ. THIS IS TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED ATTENDANCE BOUNDARY FOR GORY, JUST ELEMENT SCHOOLS, MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND PLANT AND BLAKE HIGH SCHOOLINGS.   

>> GOOD EVENING. I HAVE A QUICK POWER POINT TO SHOW YOU THE AREA THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. NORTH HYDE PARK. THE REASON WE ARE BRINGING THIS BEFORE YOU IS THAT WE HAVE SOME NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SOUTH TAMPA AREA. THE SCHOOLS OF GORY, WILSON AND PLANT ARE AT OR NEAR CAPACITY OR OVERA CAPACITY. IN THE ADJACENT SCHOOLS, WE DO HAVE CAPACITY. AND THE DOWNTOWN AREA OF CHANNELSIDE AND DOWNTOWN TAMPA ARE ALREADY ASSIGNED TO JUST, MADISON AND BLAKE, SO THAT IS WHAT WE ARE PROPOSING HERE. THIS IS THE AREA WE ARE TALKING ABOUT. IT GENERALLY CAN BE DESCRIBED AS WEST OF THE HILLSBOROUGH RIVER, EAST OF SOUTH BOULEVARD, SOUTH OF KENNEDY AND NORTH OF THE SELMON EXPRESSWAY. YOU WILL SEE HERE THIS LITTLE GRAPHIC SHOWS YOU THE NEW RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS HAVE BEEN APPROVED. THE BOTTOM RIGHT-HAND CORNER THAT LARGE SQUARE IS THE TAMPA TRIBUNE BUILDING APPROXIMATELY 400 NEW UNITS COMING IN THERE. THE TWIN TOWERS THERE IS ANOTHER 314 UNITS. THOSE TWO ARE ALREADY IN FOR PERMITTING. THE PROPERTIES WITH THE LITTLE HOUSE IS ONE PROJECT THAT WAS JUST APPROVED, ACTUALLY LAST THURSDAY NIGHT BY TAMPA CITY COUNCIL FOR 375 UNITS. SO WHEN YOU ADD THAT ALL UP IT'S MORE THAN A THOUSAND UNITS. WE EXPECT USING A STANDARD GENERATION RATE OVER 250 STUDENTS TO COME OUT OF THERE, AND THERE JUST ISN'T ROOM AT GORRIE, WILSON AND PLANT TO ACCOMMODATE THOSE. SO WE ARE PROPOSING A CHANGE. AND THIS IS THE UTILIZATION CHART WHICH YOU CAN SEE IS THAT GORRIE IS ALREADY NOW AT 112%, WILSON AT 114% AND PLANT AT 94%. WE ARE PROPOSING TO MOVE THE STUDENTS TO JUST, MADISON AND BLAKE. YOU CAN SEE THEIR CAPACITIES, JUST AT 68. OF COURSE A LOT OF THE STUDENTS MOVED OUT WHEN NORTH BOULEVARD HOMES WERE DEMOLISHED SO -- I'M SORRY, IT'S CURRENTLY AT 48. THEY MOVED OUT SO THAT'S LOWERED THAT SCHOOL'S ENROLLMENT. MADISON CURRENTLY AT 67% AND BLAKE AT 95%. NOW, THE THING WITH BLAKE IS, OF COURSE, IT'S A SCHOOL OF CHOICE. AND WHEN YOU LOOK ON THE BOTTOM, IF WE REARRANGE SOME OF THOSE PROJECTS THAT ARE ALREADY APPROVED, IN PERMITTING, YOU WILL ■SEE THAT BLAKE LOOKS LIKE IT'S OVER, BUT IN YELL ORB YOU SEE THAT WE HAVE 853 STUDENTS AT BLAKE ON CHOICE. THAT IS DISTRICT CONTROLS TO OUR MAGNET PROGRAM. SO IF WE START GETTING MORE STUDENTS, WE WILL CUT BACK ON THE NUMBER OF CHOICE. THAT IS A TREMENDOUS NUMBER OF CHOICE STUDENTS AT THAT SCHOOL. SO I THINK WE WILL BE ABLE TO MANAGE THE PROGRAM AS WELL AS ALLOW STUDENTS TO COME IN FOR CHOICE. AND THAT'S REALLY ALL I HAVE TO SAY ON THE MATTER. THERE ARE NO STUDENTS WHO LIVE THERE TODAY. IT'S A VERY SMALL AREA. BUT WITH 1,000 UNITS, WE FELT IT WAS BETTER TO BE PROACTIVE AND PROPOSE THAT CHANGE TO YOU TODAY.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, IT IS 5:03 SO WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ONTO OUR TIME CERTAIN HEARING. OUR POLICIES ON ADOPTION. THIS IS NUMBER D-01-R-2. APPROVE THE ADOPTION OF THE NEW AND REVISED POLICIES AS ADVERTISED. I WILL NOW ADJOURN THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING FOURTH REVISED POLICIES REQUIRED PURSUANT TO STATE LAW.  THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC TO SPEAK ABOUT THE PROPOSED POLICIES THAT ARE RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION BY THE BOARD AND TO PROVIDE INPUT TO THE BOARD. THE PROPOSED POLICIES WERE ADVERTISED AND HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW. I WILL NOW ASK TAMMY CABRERA DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION TO PRESENT THIS ITEM. AFTER HER PRESENTATION ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO SPEAK AND PROVIDE INPUT TO THE BOARD MAY DO SO AT THIS TIME. MRS. CABRERA.   

>> IF I COULD JUST ADVISE THE BOARD ESPECIALLY FOR MRS. SHAMBURGER AND MRS. GRAY, THE BOARD HAS THE ABILITY UNDER THE LAW TO CREATE POLICIES. YOU ARE THE POLICYMAKERS AND THE SUPERINTENDENT, THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES. THE BOARD DECIDE ADD FEW YEARS AGO TO DO A TWICE A YEAR POLICY CYCLE WHERE BOTH STAFF AND BOARD MEMBERS MAY INTRODUCE THE POLICIES. ONCE THOSE POLICIES ARE PROPOSED, THEY ARE VETTED THROUGH A VERY CEILING CAN'T PROCESS. STAFF REVIEWS THEM. LEGAL REVIEWS THEM. THEY GO BEFORE YOU FOR A WORKSHOP. THE POLICIES YOU ARE ABOUT TO SEE WERE ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO BE LAST YEAR. THEY WERE MOVED UNTIL TODAY. SO I JUST WANTED TO GIVE YOU THAT BACK DROP. THE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS HAVE HEARD THESE POLICIES IN A WORKSHOP PRIOR TO YOU ALL BEING ELECTED. AND AS WE GET THROUGH THE POLICIES, I WANTED TO GIVE YOU SOME CONTEXT. WE WILL BE STARTING THE NEXT POLICY CYCLE VERY, VERY SOON, LIKE TOMORROW, FOR THE NEXT ROUND THAT WILL TAKE SEVERAL MONTHS TO REALLY SEEK THROUGH. THAT'S REALLY A BACKDROP AS MRS. TANLY CABRERA ACQUAINTS YOU WITH WHAT THE SPECIFIC POLICIES ARE AND WE WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS FOR YOU ABOUT THE SUBSTANCE OF ANY OF THE POSES. MAY VOTE FOR THESE IN ONE SINGLE MOTION OR YOU MAY ASK TO HAVE A MOTION TO VOTE FOR THEM INDIVIDUALLY. THAT'S COMPLETELY IN THE BOARD'S DISCRETION.   

>> THAT'S MY SPEECH. GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, MR. EAKINS AND STAFF. ON JANUARY 7 S -- JANUARY 17th, 2017 THE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED THE PROPER ADVERTISEMENT OF NEW AND REVISED POLICY. THE RULE MAKING AS REQUIRED BY LAW WAS PUBLISHED IN FLORIDA SENTINEL BULLETIN, LA GACETA AND THE "TAMPA BAY TIMES." ON JANUARY THE 20th. ANYONE WANTING TO PRESENT ARGUMENT OR EVIDENCE HAD 21 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF NOTICE WITH THE DEADLINE BEING FEBRUARY 10th, 2017. POLICIES 9800 AND 8390 HAVE BEEN PULLED FOR THE NEXT CYCLE. THE SUPERINTENDENT IS RECOMMENDING APPROVAL OF THE ADOPTED POLICIES THAT YOU HAVE WITHIN YOUR AGENDA ITEM. ONCE APPROVED THEY WILL BE POSTED ON THE WEBSITE.   

>> OTHER CHANGE IS PROPOSED BOARD POLICY 85-10.1, RECESSED POLICY THAT WAS INTRODUCED ORIGINALLY BY MRS. SNIVELY AS BEING PULLED AS WELL AND MAY OR MAY NOT BE HEARD AT THE NEXT CYCLE. THERE IS A BILL PENDING IN THE LEGISLATURE THAT COULD AFFECT THIS. AND SO IT MAKES SENSE TO NOT CONSIDER THAT IN THIS ROUND. IT'S NOT GOING AWAY. IT'S JUST BEING REMOVED FROM THIS CYCLE AND WILL NOT BE VOTED ON THIS EVENING AND MAY OR MAY NOT COME BACK FOR YOUR NEXT POLICY.   

>> SO 85.10.1 HAS BEEN REMOVED?   

>>Jim Porter: 9800. 8390. THOSE TWO WILL ALSO BE HEARD AT THE NEXT CYCLE. THERE WERE ISSUES WITH THE WAY THEY WERE TRANSCRIBED WITH THE NOTICE, AND THEY WEREN'T NOTICED PROPERLY. IT'S NOT A SUBSTANTIVE ISSUE BUT IT WASN'T SOMETHING THAT COULD BE HEARD TODAY SO THEY WILL BE CARRIED ON INTO THE NEXT ROUND AND HEARD AT THAT TIME.   

>>Cindy Stuart: SO MY QUESTION TO YOU, MR. PORTER, IS IN OUR POLICY, IN OUR PACKET THAT WE RECEIVED, THE BOARD AGENDA ITEM, 85-10.1 IS STILL HERE. SO WE WOULD HAVE TO VOTE ON THESE INDIVIDUALLY, BECAUSE IF WE VOTE ON THEM AS A WHOLE WE WOULD HAVE TO REMOVE THAT ONE.   

>> [OFF MICROPHONE.]   

>> THE REVISED ONE, THEY DON'T HAVE IN THERE. THOSE WERE ALREADY PULLED.   

>> I'LL GIVE YOU THE NUMBERS FOR THE PURPOSES OF THE RECORD. THE ONLY ONE YOU HAVE YOUR BOARD ONE, 85.107.1 RECESS. THERE WE GO.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AT THIS TIME WE WILL CALL ANY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO ARE WISHING TO COMMENT. AND I KNOW MRS. STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS HAD ACTUALLY SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO THIS ITEM AND WE WILL TAKE BOARD COMMENTS AFTER PUBLIC COMMENT? THAT'S ALL RIGHT?   

>> I JUST WANTED TO RATIONALIZE WHY I PULLED THOSE POLICIES AND I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS APPROPRIATE TO DO THAT NOW OR DURING PUBLIC COMMENT. THANK YOU. BEFORE MRS. BAXTER JENKINS SPEAKS TO IT.   

>> SO ONE OF THE REASONS THAT I PUT THAT -- I WANTED TO PUT THE POLICY IN PLACE IS BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN A TREND IN PARENTS AND TEACHERS AND THE COMMUNITY FOR ADDITIONAL RECESS TIME DURING SCHOOL, UNSTRUCTURED RECESS TIME DURING SCHOOL. HOWEVER, LAST YEAR, IN THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION, THAT PARTICULAR -- THERE WAS A PARTICULAR BILL THAT WAS GOING THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE THAT WOULD HAVE REQUIRED SCHOOLS TO MANDATE RECESS FOR 20 MINUTES. IT DID NOT PASS. IT DID NOT GET THROUGH THE SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE AND THEREFORE DIED BEFORE SESSION WAS OVER. IT IS BACK THIS YEAR AND DOES LOOK LIKE IT HAS LEGS AND IT'S GOING TO HAVE SOME MOMENTUM THIS YEAR, AND I DON'T KNOW WHETHER IT WILL CHANGE WHETHER IT'S GOING TO BE A 20-MINUTE RECESS OR 15 OR 10-MINUTE RECESS. BUT I THOUGHT THAT IT MIGHT BE A GOOD IDEA TO WAIT UNTIL WE SEE WHETHER THAT LEGISLATIVE BILL GOES THROUGH SESSION SUCCESSFULLY THIS YEAR OR NOT. IN ADDITION TO THAT, I KNOW WE HAVE BEEN TALKING A LITTLE ABOUT BELL TIME CHANGES AND THINGS THAT WOULD ACTUALLY COMPLEMENT THE ADDITION OF RECESS TO SCHOOLS AS WELL AS TO MUSIC, AND IT SEEMS LIKE US PUTTING THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE IF I WAS TRYING TO PUT THIS POLICY IN PLACE AT THIS TIME. SO THOSE ARE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE KIND OF HAVE TO HAVE COLLABORATIVELY WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT ON BELL SCHEDULES AND RECESSS. SO JUST MAKES SENSE TO PULL THAT FOR NOW TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS DURING SESSION, AND THEN IF FOR SOME REASON IT DOES NOT GO THROUGH, FOUNTAIN FAILS DURING SESSION AGAIN THIS YEAR, I WILL PROBABLY PROPOSE IT FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE NEXT POLICY FOR THE NEW CYCLE. THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME EXPLAIN MY RATIONALE.   

>> THANK YOU FOR KEEPING ME UP LATE LAST NIGHT. REVIEWING THIS. AND NOW YOU PULLED IT. (LAUGHTER) MRS. BAXTER JENKINS.   

>> SORRY ABOUT THAT. THANK YOU ALL. GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. AND THANK YOU. I WANTED TO ADDRESS SOME SPECIFIC CONCERNS ON BEHALF OF THE HILLSBOROUGH CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS WITH REGARD TO THE POLICY ON ELEVATING SCHOOLS. I HAVE WRITTEN ALL OF YOU, SO YOU SHOULD HAVE MOST OF THIS IN WRITING. I WON'T HAVE TIME TO COVER EVERYTHING THAT'S IN THE LETTER. BUT TO SORT OF POINT OUT SOME OF THE BIG THINGS WE WERE CONCERNED ABOUT, THE POLICY ON ELEVATE SCHOOLS HAS GOT, I THINK, SOME VERY GOOD AND NECESSARY THINGS ABOUT DEFINING WHAT AN ELEVATE SCHOOL IS. HOWEVER, ONE PIECE OF THE POLICY IS OF SPECIFIC CONCERN TO OUR MEMBERSHIP. IT STATES THAT STAFFING AT ELEVATE SCHOOLS IS PARAMOUNT TO ENSURING SUCCESS, AND THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT SHALL HAVE THE ABILITY TO PLACE KEY STAFF INCLUDING PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS AT ELEVATE SCHOOLS AT HIS SOLE DISCRETION WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF EXISTING CONTRACT. AND SO ONE OF THE THINGS WE RAISED IN OUR LETTER TO ALL OF YOU WAS WE HAD A QUESTION. THAT READS TO ME AS IF YOU WOULD WANT TO GIVE THE SUPERINTENDENT THE POLICY TO INVOLUNTARILY TRANSFER TEACHERS OR PRINCIPALS, AND IN DISCUSSION WAS BOTH THE SUPERINTENDENT AS WELL AS THE SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR, I HAVE BEEN ASSURED THAT THAT WAS NOT THE INTENT. AND WE WOULD ALSO ARGUE JUST FOR THE RECORD THAT OUR CONTRACTS WOULD NOT ALLOW THAT. HOWEVER, I DO THINK THAT DOES -- I'M NOT SURE WHAT ELSE YOU ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE IF YOUR INTENT IS NOT TO SAY THAT. SO I DO THINK THAT IS BOTH CONFUSING AND WORRISOME TO TEACHERS, BECAUSE WHILE WE 100% BELIEVE THAT OUR IMMEDIATE SCHOOLS SHOULD BE STAFFED WITH THE BEST POSSIBLE PEOPLE, WE DON'T THINK YOU ACCOMPLISH SUCCESS FOR STUDENTS IF YOU FORCE ADULTS TO BE IN THE SITUATION WHERE THEY HAVE NOT CHOSEN TO BE. AND WHERE THEY AREN'T NECESSARILY EQUIPPED AM TO BE. INSTEAD ONE OF THE THINGS WE WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU IS WE THINK THERE ARE SOME REALLY GOOD WAYS IN WHICH WE MAKE OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS ATTRACTIVE PLACES TO WORK, WHERE WE GET PEOPLE TO VOLUNTARILY COME AND PARTICIPATE IN THOSE SCHOOLS. SO, FOR INSTANCE, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ALWAYS STRUGGLE WITH IS SCHOOL LEADERSHIP. WHILE MONEY IS ONE OF THOSE THINGS PEOPLE ALWAYS THINK MONEY IS THE BIGGEST ATTRACTER, WHEN WE POLLED OUR MEMBERS, SCHOOL LEADERSHIP IS PRETTY MUCH RIGHT UP THERE WITH MONETARY INCENTIVES AS TO WHY PEOPLE GO TO PARTICULAR SITES. (BELL SOUNDS) AND SO, FOR INSTANCE, WE WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU PICK QUALIFIED SCHOOL LEADERS WHO HAVE A TRACK RECORD OF WORKING IN HIGH-NEEDS SCHOOLS, PUT THEM THERE AND COMMIT THAT YOU ARE GOING TO KEEP THEM THERE SO THAT PEOPLE WHO WOULD FOLLOW THAT LEADER FEEL THAT THEY CAN, BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO COMMIT THAT THE PERSON IS GOING TO BE IN THAT LEADERSHIP ROLL FOR A WHILE. WE ALSO THINK AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS TO DO IS TO BE HONEST ABOUT THE WORKING CONDITIONS AND DO WHAT'S NECESSARY TO MAKE THEM DOABLE FOR PEOPLE. WE NEED TO STOP PUTTING TEACHERS IN THIS SCENARIO WHERE THEY CANNOT SUCCEED. (BELL SOUNDS) AND I WILL JUST DIRECT YOU FOR PURPOSES AS I SAID, THE REST OF OUR SUGGESTIONS ARE FULLY LAID OUT IN THE LETTER. BUT I WOULD ASK YOU THAT IF HE VERY LEAST PLEASE CONSIDER ALTERING THAT PIECE IN THE POLICY IF YOUR INTENT IS TO NOT DO INVOLUNTARY TRANSFERS. WE WOULD STRONGLY SUGGEST AGAINST THAT. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. BAXTER JENKINS. MR. PORTER.   

>>Jim Porter: I WANT TO ADDRESS THE COMMENTS AND ALSO ADDRESS THE HISTORY.  THIS WAS A POLICY SUBMITTED, RECOMMENDED BY A BOARD MEMBER, MRS. EDGECOMB, WHO IS NO LONGER ON THE BOARD. SO SHE INTRODUCED THIS AT THE POLICY CYCLE BEFORE SHE LEFT OFFICE. THAT'S THE HISTORY OF IT. I WORKED WITH MR. PETERS ON DEVELOPING THE CRITERIA AND DEVELOPING -- AT THE REQUEST OF MRS. BAXTER JENKINS, WE ADDED THE LANGUAGE ABOUT MODIFIED CONTRACT. THIS BEING SAID I DON'T HAVE THE BENEFIT OF HER LETTER. I HAVEN'T SEEN IT. SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT CONCERNS SHE HAS. THE BOARD HAS SEVERAL OPTIONS. YOU COULD REMOVE THAT ONE. YOU COULD CONTINUE AND KEEP IT IN, BUT ADOPT THE POLICY AS IS OR MODIFY AND BRING IT BACK IN THE NEXT CYCLE IF YOU FEEL THAT QUALIFICATION IS NEEDED. THE INTENT OF THE POLICY AS I UNDERSTOOD IT FROM MRS. EDGECOMB WAS THAT WE WILL CREATE CRITERIA, WHETHER IT'S AN ELEVATE SCHOOL, AND IF THEY ARE TAKEN OFF THE LIST OF ELEVATE SCHOOLS AND WHAT RESOURCES ARE NEEDED TO ENSURE THIS. THAT'S SORT OF WHY THE POLICY WAS DRAFTED THE WAY IT IS. IF THE CONCERN IS THAT TEACHERS ARE GOING TO BE PLACED INVOLUNTARILY SOMEWHERE, AND THAT WOULD MAKE THEM INEFFECTIVE, THEN BY ALL MEANS YOU SHOULD ADDRESS THAT AND CONSIDER THAT. I DON'T THINK THAT WOULD BE INTENT OF PLACING ANYONE IN A POSITION INVOLUNTARILY. I UNDERSTAND THE CONCERN. SO THAT'S UP TO YOU. BUT I WANT TO REITERATE, THE OPTIONS ARE ADOPT THE POLICY AS IS, ADOPT IT AS MODIFIED WITH THE OFFENDING LANGUAGE TAKEN OUT, OR DON'T ADOPT IT AT ALL, COME BACK IN THE NEXT POLICY ROUND WITH MODIFICATIONS. THOSE ARE REALLY THE THREE OPTIONS FOR THAT PARTICULAR POLICY.   

>>Cindy Stuart: OKAY. AND WE WILL DISCUSS THAT ONCE WE FINISH AUDIENCE COMMENTS. MR. ROBINSON.   

>> WOW. I AGREE WITH THE ELEVATE SCHOOL POLICY. WE HAVE FAILING SCHOOLS. WE NEED THEM TO DECLARE AN EMERGENCY WHEN A SCHOOL IS AN F AND A D SO THAT WE CAN GET PAST THIS UNION WITH THIS BARGAINING AGREEMENT THAT THEY GOT. AND IT'S IN THE STATUTE THAT THE BOARD CAN DECLARE AN EMERGENCY, THE SUPERINTENDENT CAN THEN ASSIGN WHO HE WANTS TO ASSIGN, AND IT'S ALSO IN TWO PLACES, IN THE STATUTE WHICH I SAID ABOUT VAN BUREN THE OTHER NIGHT, IF WE ARE GOING TO BE SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY STUDENTS OF COLOR, TO GRADUATE AND TO MOVE FORWARD IN THIS DISTRICT, THAT HAS 40-SOME SCHOOLS ON THE LIST ELEMENTARYWISE THE LAST TIME I CHECKED. SO THE UNION SITTING HERE TALKING ABOUT LETTING THE SUPERINTENDENT PLACE TEACHERS, HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO IT. YOU HAVE A WAY IN THE STATUTE, MR. ATTORNEY, TO DO THAT. AND IT SAYS THE BARGAINING UNIT CAN BE USURPED. SO USE IT. DECLARE AN EMERGENCY ON EMERGENCY SCHOOL, HYDE ELEMENTARY. YOU WANT TO GO DOWN -- LET ME MOVE ON TO THE LAST MINUTE. ON 63630 ON ACQUISITION, ENGINEERS, ARCHITECTS, THE CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER NOW IS GOING TO BE ABLE TO SIT THERE AND VOTE. THANK YOU, MR. FARKAS. YOU ARE GETTING A LOT OF THINGS IN YOUR DECISION THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE RUNNING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT SO I APPRECIATE THAT MOVE. BEEN WAITING 15 YEARS FOR THAT TO OCCUR. ALSO, NONDISCRIMINATION AGREEMENTS. THANK YOU, MR. SPIRO FOR ADDING THAT INPUT, THE STUDENTS, WHEN THEY WANT TO FILE A GRIEVANCE WILL HAVE DUE PROCESS AND DON'T HAVE -- THEY MAY DO SOMETHING WITH THEIR PEERS. I LIKE THAT ONE. BUT THIS LAST ONE, ABOUT ELEVATE SCHOOLS, AND THAT'S WHY I ASKED YOU ON YOUR SUSPENDED AGENDA, WHEN IS THE LAST TIME WE HAD A CONVERSATION COME UP HERE ABOUT ELEVATE SCHOOLS, THE DEFINITION OF IT? FOR GITT GET THE DEFINITION OF THEM. GO TO YOUR STATUTE. AND I WILL PROVIDE THE STATUTE TO YOU, WHICH I HAVE ALREADY DONE, SO YOU CAN DECLARE AN EMERGENCY IN THIS DISTRICT ON ANY SCHOOL THAT SUPERINTENDENT TELL THE BARGAINING UNIT TO GET LIND THEM AND BE QUIET FOR A MINUTE. SAME THING CAN BE DONE WITH VAN BUREN OVER THERE WHEN YOU HAVE GOT STUDENTS. YOU ARE PUTTING TEACHERS THAT ARE OUT OF THEIRFIELD IN THESE LOW PERFORMING SCHOOLS. AND THE STATUTE SAYS YOU CAN USURP ON. THAT SO UNION, I HATE TO TELL YOU, THE LAW IS THE LAW AND THE LEGISLATURE IS GOING TOWARD THE WAY I'M TALKING.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. ROBINSON. MRS. LAMB, DID YOU WANT TO SPEAK AS WELL? WELCOME.   

>> THANK YOU. AGAIN. I JUST WANT TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION LIKE I SAY, WE WERE HERE A FEW WEEKS AGO, AND SOMETHING HAPPENED AS MENTIONED BEFORE AND IT WAS THE LACK OF, YOU KNOW, TRANSLATORS. SO FIRST, WE WERE NOT TREATED EQUALLY. WE NEEDED TO ASK SOMEBODY ELSE, PERSON TO HELP US OUT, BECAUSE OUTSIDE THEY WERE DENYING US TO COME HERE. SO THAT'S NOT -- AN EQUAL TREATMENT. ALSO WHEN THEY WERE TRANSLATING, LESS THAN HALF OF WHAT WAS SAID LAST TIME, PEOPLE WERE NOT UNDERSTANDING.   

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. LAMB, WE ARE DISCUSSING HERE THE POLICIES WE ARE ABOUT TO VOTE ON. THIS IS NOT REGULAR PUBLIC COMMENT.  THIS IS ON THE POLICIES ONLY.   

>> OKAY. SO THIS IS NOT EQUAL? I'M TALKING ABOUT EQUALITY. OKAY.   

>>Susan Valdes: I BELIEVE SHE IS REFERRING TO THE POLICY OF 2260.03 UNDER RACIAL EQUITY POLICIES, I THINK IS WHAT SHE'S ADDRESSING.   

>> YES. I APOLOGIZE IN THAT. YEAH. SO LIKE I SAID, IT WAS KIND OF THE FIRST TIME OF THAT WE CAME HERE, TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE SYSTEM. AND WHEN WE ARE TAKING, LIKE NOW WHAT YOU SAID, YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE ARE COMING TO VOICE OUR CONCERNS. THIS IS BASICALLY OUR CONCERN, THAT WHEN WE TRY TO TALK ABOUT ISSUES THAT ARE BRINGING ESPECIALLY HERE TALKING ABOUT EQUAL TREATMENT, SO WE WOULD LIKE TO FIND MORE UNDERSTANDING THAN WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY. SO I SPEAK TODAY BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, THEY WERE SAYING WHY WE COME HERE IF THEY ARE NOT GOING TO LET US UNDERSTAND WHAT BE IS HAPPENING HERE. SO TODAY I'M TRYING TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE TODAY, TOO, TO BRING THIS BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY AND SAY THIS IS WHAT IS BEING SAID. TODAY WE HAVE A FAMILY, SHE IS SCARED, SHE DIDN'T NOTCH WHAT IS HAPPENING, SO WE ARE JUST ASKING FOR EQUAL TREATMENT, OKAY, AND UNDERSTANDING, AND CULTURAL SENSITIVITY HERE. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE HERE THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE POLICIES THAT ARE GOING TO BE ADOPTED THIS EVENING? SEEING NONE, I WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND RECONVENE THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. AND WE WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS STARTING WITH THE FIRST POLICY THAT IS ON THE LIST WHICH IS 6.144 REGARDING OUR INVESTMENTS. BOARD MEMBERS, ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS ON THAT POLICY IN PARTICULAR? IT WAS REVISED BY THE BUSINESS DIVISION. NUMBER 6.330, ACQUISITION OF PROFESSIONAL ARCHITECTS OR ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT, LANDSCAPE, ARCHITECTURAL AND LAND SURVEYING SERVICES. MRS. GRIFFIN.   

>>April Griffin: I THINK I WANT TO NOT SPEAK SPECIFICALLY TO THIS, MADAM CHAIR, BUT THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE KNOW THAT WE HAVE HAD MULTIPLE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THIS SO THAT THERE'S NOT A LOT OF BACK AND FORTH ON THIS, AND DISCOURSE ON THIS NOW, THAT IT'S BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD MULTIPLE CONVERSATIONS, AND THIS IS THE FINAL HEARING ON THAT.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU FOR THAT CLARIFICATION. ITEM NUMBER -- POLICY NUMBER 6331, WHICH IS IN REFERENCE TO CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTING AND WAS REVISED BY THE OPERATIONS DIVISION. ITEM 6345 REGARDING CHANGE ORDERS AGAIN REVISED BY THE OPERATIONS DIVISION. POLICY 226.02, NONDISCRIMMATION GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES REVISED BY THE COMPLIANCE DIVISION. POLICY NUMBER 2411, WHICH IS REVISED POLICY REGARDING STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICES. POLICY NUMBER 2431.01, PARTICIPATION FOR STUDENT ATHLETES WHO TRANSFER. THIS WAS REVISED BY STUDENT SERVICES. POLICY NUMBER 551701, BULLYING HARASSMENT WHICH WAS REVISED BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISION. MRS. SNIVELY?   

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AND I APOLOGIZE FOR DOING THIS AT THE DAIS BECAUSE THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN A CONVERSATION I HAD WITH MR. PORTER AHEAD OF TIME. AND I CERTAINLY DON'T WANT TO THROW A MONKEY WRENCH INTO IT. BUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE DEFINITION OF SECTION OF BULLYING VERSUS HARASSMENT, MIRIAM WEBSTER DICTIONARY HAS THE DEFINITIONS OPPOSITE. AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GET THAT RIGHT. SO BULLYING IS TO TREAT SOMEONE IN A CRUEL INSULTING OR AGGRESSIVE FASHION, TO CAUSE SOMEONE TO DO SOMETHING BY MEANS OF FORCE OR COERCION, TO BE A ONE-TIME INCIDENT WHERE HARASSMENT IS TO ANNOY OR BOTHER SOMEONE IN A CONSTANT REPEATED WAY. AND BULLYING INCLUDES SYSTEMATICALLY INFLICTING PHYSICAL HURT, REPEATED ACTS, WHEREAS HARASSMENT IS MORE OF THE DEFINITION OF BULLYINGS, THREATENING, INSULTING, DEHUMANIZING SOMEONE IN AN INCIDENT. SO I DON'T KNOW HOW CRITICAL THAT IS TO MAKE THAT CHANGE JUST TO BE MORE ACCURATE WITH THE DEFINITION OF EACH.   

>>Jim Porter: THIS WAS A STAFF INITIATED ITEM, NOT A BOARD INITIATED ITEM. COULD YOU HEAR FROM STAFF. IT COMES OUT OF ADMINISTRATION AND THEY COULD ADDRESS IT. YOU ARE NOT SUGGESTING ANY SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES. WHAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT IS MORE IN THE AREA OF A SCRIVENER'S ERROR. BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO HEAR FROM THE STAFF WHO PROPOSED THIS, TO UNDERSTAND WHY THEY CHOSE THAT LANGUAGE BEFORE YOU MAKE ANY CHANGES.   

>>Melissa Snively: OKAY. AND IF THIS NEEDS TO WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT POLICY REVIEW CYCLE SO WE CAN LOOK INTO IT FURTHER AND UNDERSTAND THE RATIONALE BEHIND THE TWO DEFINITIONS, THEN I AM HAPPY WITH DOING. THAT I JUST WANTED TO BRING IT UP.   

>>Jim Porter: I THINK THAT'S A GOOD POINT WHERE THEY CHOSE THAT LANGUAGE. IT'S NOT A LEGAL ISSUE WITH THIS.   

>>Melissa Snively: COULD BE A SCRIVENER'S ISSUE.   

>>Jim Porter: IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE IT YOU COULD DO THAT BUT BEFORE YOU DO THAT I THINK IT'S WISE TO HEAR FROM STAFF WHY IT WAS ADOPTED THAT WAY. YOU CAN HEAR FROM ADMINISTRATION ON THAT.   

>> VERY WELL.   

>> 551701, THOSE COMMENTS THAT MRS. SNIVELY IS REFERRING TO ARE NOT CONTAINED IN THE REVISIONS. SO I THINK WE CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH THE REVISIONS. AND WE START ANOTHER POLICY CYCLE TOMORROW SO I THINK WE CAN HAVE THAT CONVERSATION STARTING TOMORROW, TO ADD OR CHANGE THE DEFINITIONS AS MRS. SNIVELY HAS INDICATED. MRS. GRIFFIN?   

>>April Griffin: I HEAR --   

>> MRS. SNIVELY. I'M SO SORRY. HEY, LISTEN, I CALL MY CHILDREN THE DOG'S NAME. I'M SORRY. IT'S JUST A MOM THING. I HEAR WHAT MRS. SNIVELY IS SAYING. I DO THINK THAT HARASSMENT AND BULLYING ARE INTERCHANGEABLE IN TODAY'S WORLD, BUT I THINK THAT THIS COULD BE SOLVED RIGHT NOW IF WE HEAR FROM STAFF ON THIS, AND IF IT'S A SCRIVENER'S --   

>>Jim Porter: WHAT I AM SUGGESTING, WHAT I HEARD MRS. SNIVELY SAY IS NOT ANY ISSUE WITH THE ACTUAL WORDING BUT WHETHER ONE BELONGS UNDER HARASSMENT AND ONE BELONGS UNDER BULLYING I.DIDN'T DRAFT IT SO I NEED TO HEAR FROM THE STAFF AS TO WHY THEY CHOSE TO DO THAT. ONCE YOU HEAR FROM THAT YOU CAN DO WHAT WAS JUST SUGGESTED, JUST FLIP THAT. BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT MAKING ANY SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES. I JUST CAN'T GIVE YOU ANY VIPS VISAS TOO WHY IT WAS DONE THAT WAY. SO IF THE EXPLANATION IS SATISFACTORY WE CAN DO THAT TONIGHT.   

>>April Griffin: AND THAT'S WHAT I WAS ASKING FOR, INSTEAD OF GOING INTO THE NEXT POLICY. BECAUSE I THINK WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF POLICIES AFTER THIS LEGISLATIVE CYCLE, AND TO CORRECT THIS NOW.   

>> YES, IN FACT THAT PARTICULAR POLICY IS ONE THAT THE STATE, BECAUSE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE STATE OF HAVING TO ADD SOME OF THE LANGUAGE THAT WE ADDED IN THIS PARTICULAR POLICY, THAT WE DO NEED TO GET THAT TO THEM. BUT THE DEFINITIONS THAT WE HAVE IN THE PARTICULAR POLICY THAT WE HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU, THAT POLICY HAS BEEN APPROVED AND REVIEWED BY THE STATE, AND THE LANGUAGE THAT WE UTILIZE IN THERE HAS BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD FROM THEM. THAT LANGUAGE HAS BEEN THERE SINCE WE HAVE HAD THIS POLICY IN PLACE SINCE 2009. AND AGAIN, THEY REVIEW THAT AND APPROVE THE PARTICULAR LANGUAGE THAT WE HAVE. NOTED IN THERE.   

>> ACTUALLY THE VERBIAGE IS DIRECTLY OUT OF STATUTE.   

>> THAT'S WHAT I WONDER IF IT CAME FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OR BOARD STATUTE. SO I AM GOING TO HAVE TO GO TALK AND GIVE THEM A LITTLE LESSON. I AM GOING TO BRING THEM A MIRIAM WEBSTER DICTIONARY. YEAH. WHEN I VISIT TALLAHASSEE THIS YEAR.   

>> SO YES, THERE'S PARTICULAR LANGUAGE IN THIS PARTICULAR POLICY THAT COMES DIRECTLY FROM STATE STATUTE BUT ALSO FROM THE LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN APPROVED.   

>> WITH THAT BEING SAID, I THINK THE EXPLANATION IS THAT OUR LEGISLATORS TRUMP MIRIAM WEBSTER. (LAUGHTER).   

>>Melissa Snively: I DON'T KNOW BECOME THAT, MR. PORTER. I MIGHT DISAGREE WITH YOU.   

>>Jim Porter: MY RECOMMENDATION IS YOU ADOPT IT AS IS. THIS IS ONE OF THE ONES WE NEED TO ADOPT TONIGHT SO WE NEED TO GET IT RIGHT BECAUSE WE ARE UNDER TIMELINE. WE HAVE A MANDATE TO DO A POLICY LIKE THIS.   

>> AND I'M HAPPY TO GO VISIT WITH MY STATE LEGISLATORS ABOUT THAT. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. SNIVELY AND MR. PORTER. OUR NEXT ITEM IS NUMBER 11-30.1. OF THIS IS A BOARD RECOMMENDED POLICY BROUGHT TO US BY MRS. GRIFFIN. AND I BELIEVE UNLESS THERE'S FURTHER COMMENT, WE MADE CHANGES AT THE FIRST HEARING TO CHANGE SOME OF THE WORDING, UNLESS ANYONE HAS COMMENTS ON THAT. OUR NEXT ONE WAS 8510 -- I'M SORRY, MRS. VALDES.   

>>Susan Valdes: I'M SORRY, A QUICK QUESTION HERE. THE WORD MAY, IF AN ADMINISTRATOR IS REASSIGNED TO A POSITION WITH A LOWER PAY SCALE, MAY BE REFLECTED TO ADJUST TAMPA NEW PAY SCALE AT THE TIME OF REASSIGNMENT. WHAT WAS THE RATIONALE FOR MAY?   

>>Jim Porter: I CAN SPEAK TO THAT. THE ORIGINAL POLICY AS REQUESTED BY MRS. GRIFFIN WAS SHALL, WESTBOUND IN A ABILITY OF THE SUPERINTENDENT TO BE FLEXIBLE. THE BOARD HAD A DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS AT THE WORKSHOP, AND THE COLLECTIVE DECISION OF THE BOARD, AND MRS. GRIFFIN DISAGREED, THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS THE DISCRETION TO LOOK AT EACH CASE ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS, AND THERE COULD BE ANY NUMBER OF REASONS WHY THE SALARY MIGHT NOT BE CHANGED IMMEDIATELY, BUT THE INTENT IS THAT WHEN PEOPLE TAKE ON NEW JOBS, RESPONSIBILITIES OR SALARIES COMMENSURATE WITH THEIR NEW DUTY, IT'S A NEW POLICY FOR THE DISTRICT, BECAUSE THAT HAS NOT BEEN THE PRACTICE. AFTER DISCUSSION WITH THE BOARD AND HEARING FROM YOUR SUPERINTENDENT, IT WAS FELT THAT THE LANGUAGE THAT'S BEEN MODIFIED BEFORE YOU TONIGHT WAS MORE APPROPRIATE, GIVING THE SUPERINTENDENT THE FLEXIBILITY TO USE THE DISTRICT BUT ALSO THE BOARD'S INTENT AS A POLICY LEVEL VERY CLEAR THAT IT SHOULD HAPPEN, BUT THERE COULD BE INSTANCES WHERE IT'S MORE APPROPRIATE TO GIVE THEM DISCRETION. SO THAT'S THE REASON WHY LANGUAGE CHANGED BETWEEN THE WORKSHOP AND NOW.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AND I WILL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE FOR THAT DISCRETION. SO THERE'S SOME SITUATIONS BASED OFF PERFORMANCE, OF COURSE PEOPLE GO TO OTHER POSITIONS, AND THERE WOULD BE A REDUCTION IN SALARY IN THOSE CASES. THERE MAY BE A SITUATION THAT I NOTICED AS A SUPERINTENDENT TO DIRECT SOMEONE TO GO TO SOME PARTICULAR POSITION TO TAKE CARE OF ISSUES, AND I MIGHT NEED THAT PERSON TO DO THAT, TO SUPPORT THAT EITHER THAT DEPARTMENT, THAT SCHOOL, AND IT MAY BE A LOWER SALARY POSITION ON PAPER, BUT BASED OFF OF MY NEED OF THAT PERSON TO PERFORM THE DUTIES, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THAT DISCRETION TO NOT AFFECT SOMEONE'S SALARIES WHEN I HAVE WHAT IS AN EMERGENCY SITUATION OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT COME UP.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES. MRS. GRIFFIN?   

>>April Griffin: I THINK THE DISCUSSION WE HAD REALLY CLARIFIED THE INTENT BEHIND THIS. AND AS THE AUTHOR, I WAS ACCEPTING OF THIS. THE REASON THAT I BROUGHT THIS FORWARD IS BECAUSE THERE'S BEEN A PRACTICE THAT HAS NEVER BEEN IN WRITING THAT WAS FOLLOWED BY OUR SUPERINTENDENT, AND TO TALK ABOUT THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, THERE ARE THOSE SITUATIONS WHERE FOR PERFORMANCE REASONS PEOPLE ARE TAKEN OUT OF A SCHOOL. AND I'M GOING TO SAY IT PUBLICLY, AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN WALKING AROUND IN THE BUILDING HERE AND OTHER BUILDINGS AND RECEIVING A VERY HEFTY SALARY FOR NOT DOING A WHOLE LOT OF WORK. SO THE SUPERINTENDENT KNOWS THOSE SITUATIONS. I DON'T THINK THAT THERE'S THAT PRACTICE ANYMORE. I THINK THAT COACHING -- AND IT'S HOLDING OUR ADMINISTRATORS TO THE SAME STANDARD THAT WE ARE HOLDING OUR TEACHERS TO. WE REQUIRE A LOT OF OUR TEACHERS. AND THEN THERE'S THE COACHING AND BRINGING THEM UP AND HELPING THEM BE THE BEST THAT THEY CAN BE. I HOPE THAT IN SITUATIONS WHERE WE DO HAVE SOME ADMINISTRATORS WHO ARE NOT PERFORMING AT THE SAME LEVEL THAT THEY SHOULD BE PERFORMING AT, THAT THE SAME SUPPORTS -- AND WE HAD THIS CONVERSATION, MR. PETERS, THE SAME SUPPORTS ARE CONSIDERED AND GIVEN TO THOSE ADMINISTRATORS AS WE GIVE TO OUR TEACHERS TO HELP THEM GROW AS WELL. BECAUSE OUR GOAL IS TO HELP EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE BE THE BEST THAT THEY CAN BE FOR OUR KIDS. BUT I ALSO DID WANT TO CODIFY SOME LANGUAGE THAT WOULD GIVE THE SUPERINTENDENT BE SOME SUPPORT IN THAT REGARD. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. VALDES?   

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU. ONE FINAL COMMENT. MAYBE FOR THE NEXT POLICY CYCLE, I SEE THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF EMPHASIS ON ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS AND IN THE INSTRUCTIONAL SIDE. BUT ARE NOT INSTRUCTIONAL SIDE EMPLOYEES ALSO, THERE ARE TIMES IN WHICH WE HAVE ISSUES THAT COME ABOUT AS WELL. SO I THINK THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT BOTH SIDES EQUITABLY AS WELL IN THE NEXT CYCLE. SO JUST FOR THE RECORD A REMAINDER.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES. SO THE NEXT ONE WAS 851041 WHICH WE HAVE WITHDRAWN. THE FOLLOWING POLICY IS NUMBER 220.073 ON RACIAL EQUITY. THIS IS A NEW BOARD POLICY RECOMMENDED BY THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, TEACHING AND LEARNING, HR ADMINISTRATION, AND MRS. VALDES. COMMENTS. BOARD MEMBERS. MRS. GRIFFIN.   

>>April Griffin: MRS. VALDES AND I ATTENDED A CONFERENCE A WHILE -- I'M SO HAPPY TO SEE THIS, BECAUSE MRS. VALDES AND I ATTENDED A CONFERENCE AND WE WERE IN A WORKSHOP ENVIRONMENT, AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT OUR POLICIES AND DIFFERENT POLICIES THAT WE HAD BROUGHT FORWARD AS A BOARD, AND LISTENING TO OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND HOW THEY HANDLE SITUATIONS. AND THE QUESTION WAS ASKED OF US, ARE YOU MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR POLICIES BASED ON DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS IN YOUR COMMUNITY? AND I RECOGNIZED IN THAT MOMENT, BECAUSE THEY ASKED US TO JUSTIFY, AND WE WERE JUSTIFYING WHY WE WERE DOING IT, BUT THEN WHEN THEY ASKED THE QUESTION IN THAT WAY, IT REALLY CLARIFIED FOR ME THAT WE NEED TO LOOK AT THE SHIFT IN THIS COMMUNITY AND MAKE CHANGES TO ACCOMMODATE THOSE STUDENTS. AND WE CAME BACK, AND I HAD THE CONVERSATION WITH OUR SUPERINTENDENT, WITH OUR CHIEF OF STAFF, AND WITH OTHER BOARD MEMBERS, THAT THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO HAVE DO EVERY SINGLE CYCLE THAT WE GO THROUGH WITH OUR POLICIES AND LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT SHIFT.  SO AS BOARD MEMBERS WE ARE TASKED WITH BEING THE EYES AND EARS IN OUR COMMUNITY. AND THE STAFF HAS DATA AND ALL OF THAT ABOUT THE COMMUNITY, TOO. BUT I THINK THAT WE NEED TO BRING THOSE ISSUES FORWARD. AND IF WE ARE SEEING DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS, IT'S UP TO US TO BE GO TO STAFF AND SAY, WHAT'S THE DATA ROUND THIS? AND IF WE SEE THAT DATA CHANGING, THEN LIKE WE ARE WITH THE SPANISH SPEAKING OR THE STUDENTS OF HISPANIC DESCENT, THEN WE NEED TO MAKE SOME POLICY AS ROUND. THAT I THINK WE ARE SEEING SHIFTS ALL OVER THE PLACE, DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS THAT BE WE REALLY TO REALLY ADDRESS. BUT I THINK IN LOOKING AT THE COMMUNITY AND WHAT OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS ARE, AND THE SHIFTS BASED ON NOT JUST THE ANECDOTAL BUT THE DATA-DRIVEN AS WELL, WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS. SO I'M VERY HAPPY TO SEE THIS. AND I HOPE THAT WE WILL FOLLOW IT VERY CLOSELY. HOWEVER I CAN HELP YOU IN THAT, I'M SUPPORTIVE OF THAT. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. I WOULD LIKE TO JUST COMMENT. I WENT BACK AND LOOKED KIND OF -- THIS WAS A VERY BIG CONVERSATION WHEN WE HAD THIS WORKSHOP ORIGINALLY IN THAT IT WAS -- PROBABLY COULD HAVE AND IT WAS SUGGESTED OUT OF THAT WORKSHOP THAT WE HAVE A WORKSHOP JUST ON THIS. SO I FEEL LIKE WE ARE DOING THIS A LITTLE BACKWARDS. WE ARE PUTTING THE POLICY IN PLACE AND THEN WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A VERY ROBUST TWO HOUR WORKSHOP ON THE CONVERSATION. IT'S A LITTLE BIT BACKWARDS. SO I DON'T KNOW HOW BUT ALL ARE FEELING ABOUT THAT. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO WAIT FOR THE CONVERSATION TO HAPPEN IN THE WORKSHOP. I DON'T KNOW WHAT COMES OUT OF THE WORKSHOP. WE ARE NOT MAKING ANOTHER POLICY CHANGE IN THE NEXT ROUND BECAUSE OF WHAT COMES OUT OF THE WORKSHOP. I CERTAINLY SUPPORT THIS, MRS. VALDES, AND MRS. SPANO BRINGING THIS FORWARD. IT SOMETHING THAT WE NEED. I CERTAINLY THINK THAT IT'S SOMETHING THAT THIS DISTRICT WILL BENEFIT FROM. I JUST WOULD HATE FOR US TO MOVE FORWARD AND THEN HAVE OF A VERY ROBUST CONVERSATION IN A WORKSHOP THREE WEEKS FROM NOW AND BE MAKING A CHANGE AGAIN TO THE POLICY. SO I WOULD CERTAINLY WELCOME ANY COMMENTS THAT ANY OF THE BOARD MEMBERS HAVE ON THAT. MRS. VALDES.   

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ON YOUR COMMENT AS FAR AS WAITING FOR THE WORKSHOP. WE CAN'T WORKSHOP SOMETHING THAT IS A POLICY THAT'S NOT IN PLACE. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE SEE HOW THE COMMUNITY IS FEELING. THEY HAVE COME AND THEY HAVE SHARED HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT CERTAIN THINGS. AND THIS POLICY WILL BEGIN TO STOP THAT FEELING, BECAUSE IF IT'S WRITTEN, AND IT'S POLICY, IT MUST BE FOLLOWED. AND THE KEY TO THIS WOULD BE THE PROCEDURES THAT THE POLICY STATES THAT SHALL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SUPERINTENDENT TO PROVIDE TV PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW THIS POLICY. SO I THINK THAT WE SHOULD MOVE FORWARD IN APPROVING THE POLICY SO OF THAT THEN WHEN WE DO HAVE THAT ROBUST CONVERSATION IN A WORKSHOP, WE CAN THEN HELP DIRECT STAFF AS TO WHAT THE PROCEDURES ARE GOING TO LOOK LIKE. BUT I REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME TO BRING THIS FORWARD. I DON'T VIEW IT AS BEING BACKWARDS, BECAUSE WE MUST BE ABLE TO -- THIS IS A POLICY THAT EXPECTS THE STATE'S EXPECTATION OF THE BOARD AND THE TREATMENT OF ALL OF OUR CHILDREN REGARDLESS OF WHEREBY THEY ARE FROM, THEIR SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS. IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. AND I JUST BELIEVE THAT IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO WORKSHOP AND DISCUSS WHAT THE PROCEDURES WOULD BE, WHAT WOULD THEY LOOK LIKE AT THAT TIME?   

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

>>April Griffin: AND I'LL BE BRIEF. I THINK FOR ME IN LOOKING AT THIS POLICY, THERE'S A LOT TO IT, AND A LOT OF GREAT LANGUAGE ON WHAT THIS MEANS. BUT AT THE VERY, VERY BOTTOM OF THE POLICY ON LINE 746 THROUGH 79, IT TALKS ABOUT THE IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING, AND THE BOARD DIRECTS THE SUPERINTENDENT TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A SYSTEM WIDE RACIAL EQUITY PLAN WITH CLEAR ACCOUNTABILITY AND METRICS WHICH WILL RESULT IN MEASURABLE ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT FOR HCPS STUDENTS. THE SUPERINTENDENT SHALL REGULARLY REPORT PROGRESS ON THE PLAN AND OUTCOMES. FOR ME, WHAT I SEE WITH THE WORKSHOP THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE COMING, THAT'S GOING TO BE THE WORKSHOP. WHAT ARE THOSE SYSTEM WIDE EQUITY -- WHAT IS THAT SYSTEM WIDE EQUITY PLAN AND ACCOUNTABILITY METRICS, WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? SO FOR ME I WOULD LOVE TO APPROVE THIS THIS EVENING, THIS PARTICULAR POLICY, LET MRS. SPANNER -- I HAVE A HARD TIME WITH NAMES TODAY -- THAT SHE WOULD HAVE WHAT SHE NEEDS TO MOVE FORWARD IN HER DIVISION. SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS IMPROVED -- OR APPROVED. I AM GOING TO STOP TALKING BECAUSE I AM -- I NEED TO EAT DINNER. PROBABLY MY SUGAR IS LOW.  BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS APPROVED THIS EVENING. AND THEN IN THE WORKSHOP, WHAT I WOULD SAY TO STAFF IS THIS IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING PIECE IS GOING TO BE THE MEAT OF THAT CONVERSATION.   

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

>>Lynn Gray: JUST A FEW OBSERVATIONS FROM THE COMMENTS THAT I HEARD. FIRST OFF, APRIL -- MEMBER GRIFFIN -- THE POLICIES AND THE DEMOCRATIC -- DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS. I'M HAVING TROUBLE TALKING ALSO. WE ARE HAVING -- IN THE AMAZON, I THINK 4% CHINESE COMING OVER THERE. SO IT'S REALLY TRUE. SO I THINK WE HAVE TO FACE -- WE ARE GOING TO HAVE MORE SHIFTS. SECONDLY, I THINK THAT A WORKSHOP IS VERY VALID BECAUSE WE DO HAVE TWO BOARD MEMBERS. AND WE ARE NEW. AND I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE SOME INPUT. AND I ALSO DEFINITELY THINK THAT THIS WORKSHOP WILL PROBABLY REFLECT A LOT OF THE LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES AS WELCOMING DOWN THE PIKE. IN TERMS OF OUR TEAMWORK AND UNITY, I THINK THAT WOULD BRING US TOGETHER ALSO, BECAUSE I THINK WE ARE ALL AFTER THE SAME THING IN TERMS OF EQUITY. AND I DEFINITELY LOOK FORWARD TO THAT. SO I WILL ALSO -- NOT THAT I CAN APPROVE OF THE POLICY, BUT I'M IMPRESSED WITH THIS R.YOUR WORKMANSHIP IS STELLAR. IT COVERS JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MR. EAKINS?   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. WE NEED THIS. WE AS A STAFF -- AND GLAD YOU BROUGHT THAT UP, MRS. GRIFFIN, ABOUT THE WORKSHOP, BECAUSE WE HAVE BEEN -- WE HAVE GOTTEN TO A POINT IN DEVELOPING AN EQUITY, AN INCLUSION PLAN, BUT WITHOUT A POLICY TO REALLY DRIVE IT. WE HAVE KIND OF HIT THAT WALL ON WHAT ARE ALL DIFFERENT ASPECTS THAT GOING TO BE IMPACTED WITH REGARDS TO EQUITY IN OUR DISTRICT, BUT ULTIMATELY ACHIEVE EQUITY FOR STUDENTS AND THEIR SUCCESS, BUT ALL ISSUES AROUND STAFF, STAFFING, AND ALL ISSUES OF HR BUSINESS PRACTICES. THERE'S SO MANY ARMS TO THIS. AND ONCE -- WE WERE KIND OF WAITING ON WHAT THAT UMBRELLA THAN IS GOING TO GIVE US AND THE POLICY GIVES US THE AM UMBRELLA TO START TO WORK THROUGH OUR PLAN TO GET THE PROCEDURES IN PLACE TO SYSTEMICALLY HAVE EQUITY AND INCLUSION ACROSS THIS DISTRICT. SO THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS, JUST FOR YOUR INFORMATION, IF EQUITY POLICY AND PLAN WILL BE PRESENTED TO YOU ON APRIL 11th FROM 9 TO 11 A.M. THE NEXT AND FINAL POLICY THAT WE WERE LOOKING AT WAS POLICY NUMBER 2800 ON PAGE 61 OF YOUR ATTACHMENT AROUND ELEVATE SCHOOLS.  THIS IS A NEW BOARD POLICY RECOMMENDED BY ADMINISTRATION TEACHING AND LEARNING, ACADEMIC SUPPORT, AND FORMER BOARD MEMBER DOROTHEA EDGECOMB. ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS ON THIS POLICY?   

>> BOARD MEMBERS, JUST REPEAT AS YOU HEARD AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS, APPARENTLY SHE SENT A LETTER, SO THERE ARE OTHER CONCERNS SPECIFICALLY FOR PURPOSES OF TONIGHT, IF YOU REFER TO LINES 21 THROUGH 23, IN THE POLICY, THAT'S THE SENTENCE THAT SHE WOULD LIKE REMOVED TONIGHT. JUST TO REITERATE YOUR OPTIONS TONIGHT, YOU CAN ADOPT IT AS IS, YOU COULD ADOPT IT AS MODIFIED WITH THAT LANGUAGE TAKEN OUT, OR YOU COULD CHOOSE NOT TO ADOPT IT AND HAVE IT COME BACK AT YOUR NEXT CYCLE IF YOU STILL THINK IT'S A WORTHWHILE POLICY TO PURSUE WITH MODIFICATIONS.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. POVERTIER. MR. EAKINS.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I HAVE HAD MEETINGS WITH MRS. BAXTER JENKINS ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR POLICY. SO WE HAVE SOME THINGS IN PLACE, SOME STEPS THAT WE ALREADY UTILIZE BETWEEN IN WORKING WITH OUR UNION ON THE MOVEMENT OF EMPLOYEES. WE CERTAINLY -- AND I WOULD CONCUR WITH MRS. BAXTER JENKINS THAT I WOULD NEVER WANT TO FORCE A TEACHER TO BE AT A SCHOOL THAT DID NOT WANT TO BE AT THAT SCHOOL. THAT WOULD NOT BE GOOD FOR KIDS. AND SO THERE ARE FITS IN ALL PARTS OF THE ORGANIZATION. CERTAINLY TEACHERS HAVE SKILL SETS FOR A VARIETY OF SCHOOLS AND ENVIRONMENTS. SO WITH OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE IS A WILL AND A DESIRE THAT MATCHES THAT SKILL SET. SO I KNOW WE HAVE IN OUR DISTRICT BEEN WORKING THROUGH OUR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TEAM AND OUR ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF ON SOME PATHWAYS PROGRAMS TO REALLY BUILD UP A COHORT OF TEACHERS WHO HAVE THAT DESIRE AND WILL TO GO INTO OUR HIGH-NEEDS SCHOOLS. SO WE FEEL LIKE THAT'S A BETTER FIT FOR HOW WE DO BUSINESS IN THIS DISTRICT RATHER THAN A FORCE, AND IN MRS. BAXTER JENKINS WORDS, KIND OF A TRANSFERRIN VOLUNTARY MODE. SO I AM ACTUALLY IN LOOKING AT THIS PARTICULAR POLICY, WE COULD STILL ACCOMPLISH THIS SAME TYPE OF THING WITHOUT INVOKING THE INVOLUNTARY TRANSFER TYPE OF LANGUAGE THAT'S IN THIS, AND GET THE RIGHT FIT, RIGHT PEOPLE AT SCHOOLS WHO HAVE THAT DESIRE TO BE THERE.   

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

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU. AND I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE WITH MR. PORTER THAT MR. EAKINS IS CHARGED WITH RUNNING THE DISTRICT. THEY ARE THEIR EMPLOYEES, HIS EMPLOYEES. I DO NOT WANT TO STOP MR. EAKINS IN A POLICY FROM DOING THE BEST THINGS ON BEHALF OF OUR CHILDREN R. I DON'T -- I DON'T SEE THE -- I MEAN, IF WE CAN CHANGE THE WORD "SHALL" TO "MAY" THAT'S GREAT. I MEAN, THAT COULD BE A POSSIBLE SOLUTION TO THAT CONCERN. BUT I THINK THAT STAFF, YOU HAVE A GREAT RELATIONSHIP WITH THE UNION, BUT IT'S YOUR DUTY, STATUTORILY, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULDN'T BE TAKING THAT AWAY, OR IT NEED TO BE THERE, I BELIEVE. SO I DON'T KNOW IF THE WORD A "MAY" WOULD BE AN AMENDMENT OR --   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WELL, THE ISSUE IS, I ALREADY HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO MUCH OF THIS WITHIN OUR EXISTING CONTRACTS AND OUR AGREEMENT WAS THE UNION. SO EVERYTHING, I THINK THE CHALLENGE WITH THE VERBIAGE IS THAT IT MAY SEND A MESSAGE THAT WE ARE FALLING OUTSIDE OF WHAT WE ALREADY USE TO PLACE PEOPLE -- TIFF ABILITY AS A SUPERINTENDENT TO ADMINISTRATIVELY TRANSFER IN SPEAKING WITH OUR UNION REPRESENTATIVES PEOPLE FROM ONE SCHOOL TO ANOTHER. THAT HAS WORKED, AND THAT ALSO THEN I AM ABLE TO KNOW IF THAT INDIVIDUAL HAS A DESIRE TO BE AT A PARTICULAR SITE AS WELL. SO I THINK PART OF IT IS BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO, WORK THROUGH THAT PROCESS, KNOWING THAT WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING. WE ALL WANT THE RIGHT PEOPLE IN FRONT OF KIDS, SERVING THEM IN THE BEST WAY POSSIBLE.   

>> OKAY. I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT AS LONG AS YOU ARE ABLE TO DO IT. THAT'S ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME. SO FOR THE RUMBLING IN THE BACK, IT'S A CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT THE INTENT IS TO BRING CLARITY. SO THANK YOU IF IT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN -- AGAIN, I WANT YOU TO BE ABLE TO DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR OUR KIDS. THE ADULTS, YES, I GET IT. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY IS FOR OUR KIDS. THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES.   

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

>>April Griffin: WE HAVE THE CONTRACT. WE KNOW THAT. I'M ACTUALLY WILLING TO MAKE A MOTION TO REMOVE THAT LANGUAGE IF THE BOARD SEES FIT IN DOING THAT. BUT IN MY THINKING -- AND I KNOW THAT YOU CAN DO THOSE ADMINISTRATIVE TRANSFERS. I MEAN, I KNOW TEACHERS THAT HAVE USED THE SUPERINTENDENT'S POWER TO DO THAT. BUT YOURSELF, MS. McMANUS, MR. PETERS, ALL OF THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, I HOPE, ARE ALWAYS ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THOSE ROCK STARS IN THIS COMMUNITY, IN OUR SCHOOL -- FAMILY IN OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY. AND I WOULD SAY THAT IF I HAPPEN TO BE A TEACHER WHO RECEIVED THAT PHONE CALL, WHETHER IT BE A PERSONAL PHONE CALL FROM YOU -- AND I WOULD THINK THAT IN THE CASE OF A SITUATION LIKE THIS, IT WOULD BE THE SUPERINTENDENT PICKING UP THE PHONE AND CALLING THAT TEACHER AND SAYING, WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING YOU, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY ONE OF OUR MOST TALENTED TEACHERS, AND WE NEED YOU HERE, AND NOW WHAT KIND OF INCENTIVES CAN WE NOVEMBER THAT REGARD? THAT'S SOMETHING, BECAUSE THE STATE HAS PUT US IN A REALLY PRECARIOUS POSITION WITH A TEACHER LOSES THEIR TEACHING CERTIFICATION. THAT'S HUGE. THAT'S THEIR CAREER. THAT'S THEIR LIVELIHOOD. THAT IS EVERYTHING THAT THEY HAVE WORKED FOR, SINCE A LOT OF US HAVE BEEN KIDS. THEY WANTED TO BE TEACHERS. SO THAT'S A SCARY, SCARY THOUGHT FOR TEACHERS. BUT I THINK WHAT I HAVE LEARNED -- BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN VERY HEAVILY INVOLVED WITH A SCHOOL OF THAT IS IN THIS REALM, AND THE FLEXIBILITY THAT OUR PRINCIPALS HAVE WITH THE EVALUATION TOOL IS SOMETHING THEY'VE LEARNED A GREAT DEAL ABOUT, IN THE PAST MONTH OR SO. SO IN THESE SCHOOLS, I KNOW THAT TALKING TO THE PRINCIPAL OF ONE ELEVATE SCHOOL IN PARTICULAR, IN THESE SCHOOLS, I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE PRINCIPALS THEMSELVES, THE AREA SUPERINTENDENT, AND THE TEACHERS TO KNOW THE FLEXIBILITY THAT EXISTS WITHIN OUR CURRENT EVALUATION TOOL. NOW, WE DON'T WANT TO LOWER THE STANDARDS FOR THESE KIDS, BECAUSE SOME OF OUR SMARTEST KIDS ARE IN THESE SCHOOLS, AND WE HAVE GOT TO KEEP THAT LEVEL THERE. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, I THINK THAT YOU DO HAVE THAT ABILITY TO DO THAT. I WOULD BE WILLING TO MAKE A MOTION, IF THE BOARD SEES FIT, TO PULL THAT LANGUAGE OUT, TO MOVE THIS FORWARD. OKAY. OF.   

>>Jim Porter: IF I COULD READ IT. SO IF YOU REFER TO ELEVATE SCHOOLS, THAT'S PROPOSED POLICY 2800, AND STARTING ON LINE 21, THE FOLLOWING LANGUAGE SUBJECT OF THE MOTION TO BE REMOVED. THE SUPERINTENDENT SHALL HAVE THE ABILITY TO PLACE KEY STAFF, INCLUDING PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS, AT ELEVATE SCHOOLS AT HIS SOUL DISCRETION, WITHIN THE BOUNDARY OF EXISTING LAW AND CONTRACTS OF THE TEACHERS. THAT'S THE LANGUAGE THAT IS PROPOSED TO BE STRUCK. AND SO IF THE MOTION PASSES THE POLICY WILL GO FORWARD WITHOUT THAT LANGUAGE.   

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. SHAMBURGER.   

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. FIRST LET ME SAY THAT I ABSOLUTELY SUPPORT THIS POLICY, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH TURNING AROUND OUR LOW-NEEDS SCHOOLS INTO HIGH-NEEDS SCHOOLS -- EXCUSE ME, HIGH NEED SCHOOLS INTO THE LOW NEEDS SCHOOLS, HAVING CERTAINLY HAVING EFFECTIVE TEACHERS IS A VERY CRITICAL APPROXIMATE COMPONENT IN DOING. THAT SO BEFORE YOU GO ON YOUR MOTION, MEMBER GRIFFIN, I WOULD LIKE TO KIND OF GIVE A DIFFERENT PER RESPECTFULLY HOW FAR I READ THIS LANGUAGE. SO THIS N THIS LANGUAGE, AS MRS. BAXTER JENKINS POINTED OUT, IT SAYS THE SUPERINTENDENT SHALL HAVE THE ABILITY TO PLACE THE STAFF, THE SUPERINTENDENT SHALL HAVE THE ABILITY. IT ISN'T SAYING THAT YOU HAVE THE ABSOLUTE CERTAIN ABILITY TO PLACE KEY STAFF. TO ME IT DOESN'T READ THAT IF SUPERINTENDENT SHALL PLACE THE STAFF. IT'S NOT SAYING YOU WILL DO IT, YOU HAVE TO DO IT. IT'S JUST GIVING YOU THE ABILITY AND THE RIGHT TO DO SO. AND THAT'S THE A POWER THAT YOU HAVE. SO I THINK THAT THIS POLICY READS CORRECTLY. SO I JUST WANT TO PUT THAT DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE OUT THERE. THIS DOES NOT SAY THAT YOU WILL PLACE THE STAFF IN THESE STOOLS SCHOOLS, ALTHOUGH I PROBABLY WOULDN'T ARGUE AGAINST THAT. IT JUST SAYS THAT WE ARE GIVING YOU THE ABSOLUTE RIGHT AND THE ABILITY TO DO THAT, AND YOU HAVE ALREADY STATED THAT, SOMETHING THAT YOU REALLY WOULDN'T DO. OF COURSE MOVING SCHOOLS FORWARD WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE PUT OUR BEST ASSETS WHERE WE HAVE THE MOST TO GAIN, AND RIGHT NOW WE HAVE THE MOST TO GAIN IN ALL THESE LOW-PERFORMINGS SCHOOLS. BUT AGAIN, I JUST WANT TO JUST MENTION THAT. I THINK THE LANGUAGE IS APPROPRIATE IF READ IN THAT CONTEXT.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AND I THINK PROBABLY INITIALLY AND WE HAD THESE CONVERSATIONS THAT WAS THE INTENT TO PROBABLY JUST -- I THINK IT'S THE PERCEPTION, AND SOMETIMES AS PEOPLE -- AS THE YEARS MATRICULATE ON, AND IN THAT CASE MATRICULATE ON, SOME PEOPLE LOOK AT THE WORDS AND START TO INTERPRET THEM IN THEIR OWN WAY, AND WE JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE THAT WE DON'T -- NO ONE MISCONSTRUES, YOU KNOW, TIFF ABILITY TO TRANSFER TEACHERS NOW. YOU KNOW, I HAVE THAT ABILITY TO DO THAT. AND I WOULD WANT THE BEST TEACHERS IN OUR HIGHEST NEEDS SCHOOLS. I THINK WE DO IT IN COORDINATION WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CORE TEACHERS WHO HAVE THAT DESIRE AND WANT TO DO THAT. AND WE PLACE THEM IN THOSE POSITIONS TO SET THEM UP FOR SUCCESS. AND I THINK THERE'S A WAY TO DO EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE -- WHATEVER THIS POLICY'S INTENT WAS TO SAY AND DO IT IN THE MANNER WHICH WE DON'T SEND THE WRONG PERCEPTION. BUT I AGREE WITH YOU, MRS. SHAMBURGER, WE HAVE TO, THERE'S AN SURGE SY ABOUT DOING THIS WORK -- URGENCY ABOUT DOING THIS WORK, AND I KNOW IN THE FUTURE WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO KIND OF GO THROUGH WHAT OUR STAFF HAS BEEN WORKING ON TO START THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS FOR TEACHERS THAT HAVE A DESIRE TO GO INTO OUR HIGHEST NEEDS SCHOOL AND PRINCIPALS, WE HAVE OUR TURN-AROUND LEADERSHIP PROGRAM KNOW YOU WILL IN ITS THIRD COHORT OF TURNAROUND LEADERS. SO WE ARE DOING THE BUSINESS OF TRYING TO GET THE CAPACITY BUILT SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE TO JUST START MOVING PIECES AROUND AND TEACHERS ARE TOO VALUABLE AND THE RELATIONSHIPS THEY BUILD AT THEIR SCHOOLS, WE DON'T WANT TO DISRUPT THAT EITHER. THANK YOU FOR THOSE COMMENTS.   

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. SNIVELY.   

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AND I HAVE BEEN LISTENING AND READING THAT PARTICULAR PARAGRAPH OVER AND OVER AGAIN. AND I WANTED TO JUST KIND OF POINT OUT ANOTHER PORTION OF THE PARAGRAPH THAT ACTUALLY I WOULD LIKE TO REMOVE IT IF IT TURNS OUT THERE'S CONSENSUS FROM THE BOARD. BUT WE HAVE A SUPERINTENDENT RIGHT NOW WHO HAVE WE HAVE HAD THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS THAT HE ABSOLUTELY HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DO, AND HE'S VERY TRANSPARENT. AND WHEN HE MAKES PLACEMENT CHANGES OR BRINGS TO THE BOARD PRINCIPAL CABINET MEMBERS, PEOPLE IN ADMINISTRATION, YOU KNOW, HE DOESN'T HAVE TO DO ANY OF THAT. HE CAN DO WHATEVER HE WANTS TO DO BECAUSE THAT'S HIS JOB. BUT WE MAY NOT ALWAYS -- AND THIS IS NO REFLECTION ON YOUR EVALUATION THAT'S COMING UP -- WE MAY NOT ALWAYS HAVE A SUPERINTENDENT THAT DOES THAT, WHO IS WILLING TO BE AS FRANZ AS YOU HAVE BEEN. SO THE PART THAT ACTUALLY KIND OF BOTHERS ME, THE LANGUAGE, AS MUCH AS THE SPIRIT OF IT, IS AT HIS SOLE DISCRETION. SO I WOULD BE AMENABLE TO TAKING THAT PORTION OUT JUST BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE THE SPIRIT OF THAT WORD. I KNOW IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT HE WOULD DO, BUT LIKE I SAID, WE MAY NOT HAVE YOU FOREVER, AND I WANT THIS DOCUMENT, EVEN THOUGH IT'S LIVING AND BREATHING, ABOUT I DON'T WANT TO FORGET THAT'S IN THERE. AND SOMETIMES THAT HAPPENS. WHEN YOU CHANGE POLICY AND YEARS GO ON AND THE NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU HAVE SOMEONE DIFFERENT, HE'S AT THE HELM, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY ARE REALLY LEVERAGING THE POLICY AND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THAT. SO THAT WOULD BE THE PORTION I WOULD LIKE TO REMOVE FROM THAT PARTICULAR SENTENCE. BUT EVERYTHING ELSE IN THERE IS GOOD WITH ME. AND I APPRECIATE WHAT MRS. SHAMBURGER HAD TO SAY ABOUT HER RESPECTIVE AND MRS. GRIFFIN. I THINK IT'S ALL VERY GOOD WAYS OF THINKING ABOUT IT. THAT'S THE ONLY SECTION I THINK THAT I WOULD LIKE TO REMOVE FROM THAT PARTICULAR PARAGRAPH. AND THAT'S ON LINE 22 AND 23. THANK YOU. OF.   

>>Cindy Stuart: SO WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. SO UNLESS WE ARE AMENDING THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR, AND WE HAVE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS TO SPEAK -- WILL YOU HOLD ONTO THAT FOR A SECOND? MRS. GRAY.   

>>Lynn Gray: MY ONLY SAFEGUARD WOULD BE THAT TRULY WE HAVE A SUPERINTENDENT THAT WE DO BELIEVE IN, WE KNOW IS TRUSTWORTHY, BUT IN THE FUTURE, THINGS CHANGE, OF COURSE. BUT THE ONLY THING THAT I WOULD LIKE TO KEEP ON THERE, IT'S WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF EXISTING LAWS AND CONTRACTS FOR TEACHERS. I THINK WE HAVE TO ALWAYS BE BOUNDED BY LAW. AND ALSO THE CONTRACTS. SO THAT'S JUST REALLY KIND OF MY TWO CENTS INTO THIS DOCUMENT. I THINK IT'S PRETTY SOUND AS IT IS. AND I'M NOT OPPOSED TO SOME OF THE MODIFICATIONS THAT YOU ALL MENTIONED. BUT I DO THINK WE SHOULD STAY WITHIN THE EXISTING LAW AND CONTRACTS WITH TEACHERS.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. I'M GOING TO FALL IN LINE WITH WHAT MRS. GRIFFIN HAS PROPOSED, AND I AGREE WITH MRS. SNIVELY, THAT WAS PERSONALLY MY REASON FOR SUPPORTING MRS. GRIFFIN AND HER MOTION. WE WILL NOT HAVE THE LUXURY OF HAVING MR. EAKINS FOREVER, AND WE WILL HAVE ANOTHER SUPERINTENDENT ONE DAY. THIS BOARD WILL HAVE A DIFFERENT SUPERINTENDENT EVEN IF THERE'S DIFFERENT BOARD MEMBERS UP HERE, AND I WOULD CERTAINLY NOT WANT A SUPERINTENDENT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THE MOVES THAT MIGHT BE THOUGHT TO BE NECESSARY WITHOUT CONSIDERING THAN THE EMPLOYEE. MY ISSUE IS MORE THAT I AM NOT A BELIEVER THAT INVOLUNTARY TRANSFERRING PEOPLE TO DIFFERENT ROLES IS ALWAYS THE BEST METHOD. IT'S NOT AN EFFECTIVE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. AND WHILE I AGREE THAT IS CORRECT HEY-NEEDS STUDENTS NEED HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS, FORCING A HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHER TO DO SOMETHING THAT THEY ARE NOT PREPARED NOR DO THEY WANT TO DO IS NOT GOING TO GET US THE RESULTS THAT WE WANT. SO I THINK THAT WITHOUT THE LANGUAGE, I THINK WE HAVE A SUPERINTENDENT WHO RECOGNIZES WHERE THE NEED IS. I THINK WE HAVE TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS WHO RECOGNIZE WHERE THE NEED IS. SO I WOULD BE WILLING TO SUPPORT MRS. GRIFFIN'S MOTION AS IT'S WRITTEN TO REMOVE THAT ENTIRE SENTENCE AS THE UNION HAS REQUESTED, AND REALLY, I MEAN, I THINK THERE ARE VALID POINTS THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD BY ALL OF US. BUT I DON'T WANT US TO BE IN A POSITION WHERE WE HAVE SUPERINTENDENT WHO IS FORCING EMPLOYEES TO MOVE TO A DIFFERENT LOCATION AGAINST THEIR WILL. SO MRS. GRIFFIN.   

>>April Griffin: SO I WILL READ MY MOTION AGAIN, BUT I ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT -- AND THIS IS ABOUT EQUITY, AND WE HAVE THE EQUITY POLICY, AND TO BE EQUITABLE WE ALSO NEED TO SAY IF WE KEEP IT IN THERE, HIS OR HER, BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW IF THE SUPERINTENDENT IS GOING TO BE MALE OR FEMALE IN THE FUTURE. SO I THINK THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE DOCUMENT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT IT'S HIS OR HER AT ANY POINT. AND THAT'S A SCRIVENER'S ISSUE. SO IF STAFF COULD LOOK AT THAT THAT AND MAKE SURE WHEREVER WE ARE REFERRING TO HIS OR HER AT ANY POINT IT NEEDS TO BE SAY HIS OR HER, NOT JUST HIS, OR NOT JUST HERS. SO MY MOTION IS IT TO STRIKE THE LANGUAGE ON LINE 21, STARTING WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT SHALL HAVE THE ABILITY TO PLACE KEY STAFF INCLUDING PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS AT ELEVATE SCHOOLS AT HIS OR HER SOLE DISCRETION WITHIN THE BOUNDS OF EXISTING LAW AND CONTRACTS WITH TEACHERS AND ENDING WITH TEACHERS.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR BY MRS. GRIFFIN AND A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU COULD VOTE ON THE MOTION. WE ARE ONLY VOTING TO REMOVE THIS SENTENCE FROM THE POLICY. WE WILL VOTE ON THE POLICY AS A WHOLE AFTER. MRS. SNIVELY AND MRS. GRAY. YOU HAVE TO VOTE. YES OR NO. (LAUGHTER) SO THE MOTION PASSES. WE WILL REMOVE THAT SENTENCE AND THE YEA VOTES ARE GRIFFIN, STUART, HARRIS AND VALDES AND THE NOS ARE GRAY, SNIVELY AND SHAMBURGER. THAT POLICY IS NOT APPROVED YET. WE ARE JUST REMOVING THAT SENTENCE. SO THAT IS THE LAST POLICY. SO BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS TIME, WE WOULD VOTE ON THE ENTIRE DOCKET OF POLICIES TOGETHER. SO I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE ADOPTION OF NEW AND REVISED POLICIES AS ADVERTISED IN JANUARY. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. GRIFFIN AND A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. MR. PORTER.   

>>Jim Porter: JUST TO BE CLEAR ON THE RECORD, IT'S THE PACKAGE THAT'S ADVERTISED EXCEPT FOR THE FOLLOWING POLICIES WHICH I WILL READ INTO THE RECORD FOR PURPOSES OF THE MOTION AND IF THE MAKER OF THE MOTION WILL ACCEPT THAT BECAUSE THESE ARE THE ONES THAT WILL NOT BE ADOPTED TONIGHT. PROPOSED POLICY 9800. PROPOSED POLICY 8309. AND PROPOSED POLICY 8510.1. WILL NOT BE ADOPTED TONIGHT. AND POLICY 2800 WILL BE ADOPTED AS AMENDED. IF THAT COULD BE MADE PART, PUT THAT INTO YOUR MOTION.   

>>April Griffin: IT'S SO DONE. BUT ALSO THAT THE SCRIVENER ERRORS OR THE SCRIVENER CHANGES ARE MADE.   

>>Jim Porter: SO WE WILL BEFORE THESE ARE PUBLISHED WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT GENDER EQUITY IS TAKEN CARE OF THROUGHOUT ALL THE DOCUMENTS.   

>>Cindy Stuart: I JUST WANT TO CHECK WITH OUR SECRETARY AND MAKE SURE HE SHE HAS THAT. YES? GOOD. SO WE HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. GRIFFIN, A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. IF WE COULD HAVE THE LIGHTS PLEASE. AND IT IS 6 TOP 1 WITH MRS. GRAY VOTING NO. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THE NEXT POLICY ROUND STARTS TOMORROW.   

>> THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS.   

>>Cindy Stuart: IT IS 6.06. IT IS 6.06. AT THIS TIME WE WILL TAKE EMPLOYEE INPUT IF I CAN FIND MY PARAGRAPH TO READ. EVEN THOUGH WE HEAR PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING, IT IS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT FOR OUR EMPLOYEES IN OUR DISTRICT TO ATTEND MEETINGS THAT START AT 3:00 P.M. THERE ARE MANY WAYS FOR EMPLOYEES TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD INCLUDING THROUGH THE UNION REPRESENTATIVE, UP WITH ON ONE CONVERSATIONS AND E-MAILS. THE BOARD WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU W.THIS SECTION OF OUR AGENDA WE ARE CREATING ANOTHER AVENUE FOR OUR EMPLOYEES TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD. WE ARE SETTING ASIDE 30 MINUTES FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE DISTRICT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD UPON ANY ISSUES THAT ARE ON YOUR MIND.  THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A DISCUSSION ABOUT SPECIFIC AGENDA ITEMS ON TONIGHT'S AGENDA OF THE BUT RATHER AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD ABOUT ISSUES RELATED TO YOUR JOB WESTBOUND THE DISTRICT. EACH SPEAKER WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES. WE HAVE TWO SPEAKERS THIS EVENING. VALERIE TEACHMAN AND AARON ZIONS.   

>> THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING. FIRST, AS AN EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER OF THE HCTA, I DO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR CONSIDERING OUR CONCERNS ON THAT LATEST POLICY. TONIGHT, I AM GOING TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT LESSON PLANNING TIME. MY COLLEAGUES AND I ARE CONSTANTLY ASKED TO DO MORE WITH LESS, LESS TIME AND LESS RESOURCES ALL WITH THE MANTRA OF "FOR THE KIDS." TO BE CLEAR, I AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES ENTERED THIS PROFESSION FOR THE KIDS. IT CERTAINLY WASN'T FOR THE MONEY OR THE LOFTY SOCIAL STATUS. HOWEVER, WHEN WE AREN'T BEING TAKEN CARE OF, IT DOESN'T JUST HURT US, IT ALSO HURTS THE KIDS. WE ARE TASKED WITH PREPARING MULTIPLE LESSON PLANS WHILE DIFFERENTIATING INSTRUCTION, ASSESSMENT, PREPARING LOGS, ORGANIZING MTS DATA, PURSUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, ENSURING EQUITY, AND SO MUCH MORE. ALL WITH LESS THAN ONE HOUR OF PLANNING TIME PER DAY. I WANT YOU TO CONSIDER HOW MUCH TIME IT TAKES TO PLAN ENGAGING AND EFFECTIVE LESSONS ON A DAILY BASIS. LET ME PUT THIS IN PERSPECTIVE YOU KNOW THOSE REALLY KNEEL POWER POINTS THAT YOU GUYS SOMETIMES MAKE AND PRESENT? HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE YOU TO MAKE THEM? HALF HOUR? ONE HOUR? THREE HOURS? WE DO THAT EVERY DAY MULTIPLE TIMES A DAY WITH MULTIPLE SUBJECTS. IT TAKES MORE THAN 50 MINUTES TO DO A REALLY ENGAGING AND EFFECTIVE LESSON. I OFTEN HEAR RHETORIC ABOUT OUR FAILING PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND WHILE I PERSONALLY DISAGREE WILLIAM A LOT OF THAT CLAIM WOULDN'T IT MAKE SENSE TO COMPARE EDUCATION IN OTHER HIGH PERFORMING COUNTRIES AGAINST OURS? IF YOU DID THAT ONE GLARING DIFFERENCE IS THAT TEACHERS IN THE U.S. SPEND FAR MORE TIME IN ACTIVE INSTRUCTION THAN THEIR COUNTERPARTS. GENERALLY SPEAKING, U.S. TEACHERS HAVE ABOUT THREE TO FIVE HOURS A WEEK FOR LESSON PLANNING WHILE OUR INTERNATIONAL COLLEAGUES ARE GIVEN 15 TO 20 HOURS A WEEK. SCHOOLS IN THESE COUNTRIES RECOGNIZE THE DEVELOPING AND EXECUTING LESSONS TAKE TIME AND PREPARATION, SO THEY PRIORITIZE TIME FOR PLANNING AND COLLABORATION. RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT INCREASES WHEN TEACHERS ARE ALLOTTED MORE TIME FOR PLANNING. I'M WILLING TO BET THAT A LOT OF YOU UP THERE AGREE WITH ME, OR HAVE EVEN SEEN THE RESEARCH YOURSELF. WHILE THERE ARE NUMEROUS WAYS TO INCREASE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, MANY AREN'T FEASIBLE ON A TIGHT BUDGET. HOWEVER, TIME IS SOMETHING THAT CAN BE DONE:  WHEN CONSIDERING FUTURE SCHEDULES, I URGE YOU TO CONSIDER THE STUDENT GAINS THAT COULD BE MADE BY INCREASING TEACHER PLANNING TIME. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. WELCOME. MADAM CHAIR. MANY OF YOU KNOW ME. MY NAME IS AARON ZIONS, A PIERCE TEACHER, AND AS ONE OF MY MANTRAS I ALWAYS SAID IF YOU ARE A PIERCE TEACHER YOU CHOOSE TO TEACH AT PIERCE. WHEN MARTINEZ OPENED, THEY CAME AND POACHED A BUDGE OF OUR TEACHERS. IT LOOKS LIKE ALL BUT ONE OF THEM WILL HAVE RETURNED TO PIERCE AT SOME POINT IN TIME DURING THEIR CAREER. LEAVING JUST CHRIS WYNN, I THINK THERE, WHICH IS NO HARM, NO FOUL FOR CHRIS. HE'S A GREAT GUY, GOOD TEACHER AND HE LOVES TEACHING THERE. I LOVE TEACHING AT PIERCE. FIRST I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR TAKING OUT THAT SENTENCE THAT WOULD FORCE SOMEBODY LIKE ME MAYBE TO MOVE TO A DIFFERENT SCHOOL. EVEN THOUGH PIERCE IS A HIGH NEEDS SCHOOL. YOU MIGHT SAY, WELL, I WANT YOU OVER THERE. WELL, NO, I LIKE TEACHING AT PIERCE. IF YOU MOVE ME, LET'S SAY TO WEBB, OUR TEAM RIVAL, I MIGHT NOT BE HAPPY THERE. AND YOU DON'T GET THE SAME BUY-IN FROM ME AS AN EMPLOYEE, YOU KNOW. SOME OF YOU KNOW ME AND KNOW I USED TO BE AN EMPLOYER IN THIS COUNTY AS WELL. I CHOSE TO GO TO TEACHING. I WANTED TO RETIRE TO TEACHING. AND IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU LOOK AT INCENTIVIZING THE TEACHERS AND NOT FORCING THE TEACHER INTO POSITIONS. I THINK YOU MADE THE RIGHT DECISION AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THAT. I ALSO WANT TO BRING SOLUTIONS TO YOU. BECAUSE WHEN WE COME HERE AND TALK ABOUT HIGH NEEDS SCHOOLS, ONE OF THE THINGS WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT ARE THE SOLUTIONS. WELL, THE SOLUTIONS ARE THE TEACHERS, AND HOLDING PARENTS ACCOUNTABLE WHEN THEIR STUDENTS MISBEHAVE. THE STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM, THE CONDUCT OF STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM HAS DECREASED AND HIGH-NEEDS SCHOOLS, THE WAY TO COMBAT THAT IS TO MAKE SMALLER CLASSROOMS, TO MAKE SURE THAT THE ADVANCED AND HONEST STUDENTS CAN HAVE BEEN A COUPLE MORE KIDS IN THERE BUT THE SMALLER CLASSROOMS HAVE TO BE ATTACHED SO YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ONE ON ONE TIME AND LEARNING TIME WITH KIDS, FUSING WITH TEACHERS. NOW, PIERCE IS UNIQUE AND YOU ALL KNOW IT'S UNIQUE. ALL OF THE SL'S APPEAR VOLUNTEER TO TEACH ESP. MOST SCHOOLS THAT YOU GO TO, THE SL'S DO NOT WANT TO DO THAT, OR HAVE OTHER REASONS NOT TO DO THAT. SLs ALSO NEED EXTRA TIME. YOU ARE LANGUAGE ART, AND YOU ARE A MATH, BECOME COACHES AND GET PLENTY MUCH EXTRA TIME. YOUR SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES SLs DON'T GET THAT. WE STILL HAVE TO TEACH A FULL SCALE AND STILL DO THE SL, SO WE DON'T GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH OUR OTHER TEACHERS AS OFTEN AS WE WANT TO, AND WORK ON THAT CURRICULUM. (BELL SOUNDS) ANOTHER GOOD THING THAT YOU HAVE DONE WHEN YOU CAME TO PIERCE, YOU LOOKED AT OUR ADMINISTRATION. YOU BROUGHT IN A BUNCH OF PRINCIPALS, AND YOU CHOSE ONE THAT WE WANTED INSTEAD OF WHAT WAS INITIALLY OFFERED. HUGE, HUGE BENEFIT, BECAUSE NOW YOU HAVE BUY-IN WITH 09% OF THE TEACHERS WILLING TO STAY AT PIERCE FOR THE NEXT YEAR. SO THAT'S A GREAT THING. THE OTHER THING THAT HAPPENED, I WANTED TO LEAVE PIERCE AT ONE TIME, AND MY SUPERVISOR MARTHA SAID GO TO THIS OTHER SCHOOL AND TAKE A LOOK. AND I REALIZED HAVE BEEN THAT I WAS MAKING A DIFFERENCE WHERE I WAS. (BELL SOUNDS) AND THAT I STAYED AT PIERCE. AND THAT'S THE BUY-IN YOU NEED FROM YOUR TEACHERS. IF YOU FIND THAT YOU START TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS. A BUNCH OF OTHER THINGS WE STILL NEED TO DO AND I'LL COME TALK TO YOU. I REALIZE IN TIME IS UP.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. ZION. BOARD MEMBERS THAT CONCLUDES OUR EMPLOYEE INPUT FOR THE EVENING. OUR NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS NUMBER 37.04. APPROVE THE ACCEPTANCE OF PROJECT FOR INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES CENTER REMODELING, HR RELOCATION. MR. CHRIS FARKAS, OUR CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM FOR MRS. SNIVELY. REPRESENTATIVE.   

>>Christopher Farkas: PART OF THE TRANSITION, WE HAVE CHANGED INSTRUCTION TEAMS IN MY DIVISION TO MAKE SURE WE CLOSE OUT PROJECTS SO THIS IS ONE OF THE ITEMS THAT WILL BE HERE, WHERE WE RELOCATED HR TO -- I THINK MOST OF YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO THROUGH THERE AND STREAMLINE THAT PROCESS BUT THIS IS THE FORMAL CLOSEOUT FOR THAT DOCUMENT WITH THE REVISED COST AS PRESCRIBED BY BOARD POLICY THAT WE BRING TO YOU.  THIS IS THE ACCEPTANCE OF THAT PROJECT ON 7.04.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. SNIVELY?  DID YOU HAVE ANY COMMENT? NO COMMENTS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THE NEXT ITEM IS 7.05, THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE PROJECT FOR PROFANE REFALLING STATION. MR. FARKAS AGAIN OUR CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS FOR MRS. GRIFFIN.   

>>Christopher Farkas: YOU WILL SEE THESE OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF BOARD MEETINGS AS WE CLEAN UP AND HAVE THAT WORK DONE FOR YOU. THIS ONE WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU, THE REFUELING STATION WE WILL KEEP KEEP CLOSE DOCUMENT BECAUSE THE RETURN ON THIS INVESTMENT IS VERY KEY TO OUR SUCCESS AS WE GO FORWARD. SO FAR IT'S BEEN A WONDERFUL ITEM FOR US BOTH FOR THE DRIVERS AND FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. WE LOOK FORWARD AS WE GO FORWARD MAKING SURE THIS IS SUSTAINABLE FOR US AND MAKING SURE WE SAVE MONEY ON IT AND REPLICATE IN THE OTHER PARTS OF THE KERT.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. GRIFFIN? NO COMMENTS. NUMBER 7.07. MR. FARKAS AGAIN, APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGER FOR THE REMODELINGALITY VAN BUREN MIDDLE SCHOOL.   

>>Christopher Farkas: AN IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION FROM MY DIVISION, IT'S REAL IMPORTANT THAT THE PREP WORK FOR THIS TAKES PLACE BEFORE THE ACTUAL DECISION IS BEING MADE. SO THIS IS AN APPOINTMENT FOR NOT THE PROJECT BUT FOR THE PEOPLE THAT WILL BE WORKING ON THE PROJECT. THE ONLY THING THE COMPANY WILL BE DOING RIGHT NOW IS SURVEYING THE LAND MAKING SURE THEY HAVE THE CORRECT OUTLAY OF WHAT VAN BUREN CURRENTLY IS. ONCE WE GOP THROUGH THE COMMUNITY MEETINGS AND THE PARTNERSHIP MEETINGS, WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH TEACHING AND LEARNING AND WORK WITH COMMUNITY OUTREACH TO ENVISION THE NEW LEADER OF THAT SCHOOL AS TO WHAT THAT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE IF THE BOARD SO CHOOSES TO DO THAT.  THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET THE WORK AHEAD OF TIME BECAUSE IT TAKES A LITTLE LEAD TIME BEFORE WE CAN DO CHANGES AT A SCHOOL SITE.  THIS IS AN AWARD, GOING THROUGH THE SELECTION PROCESS, THE DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT TEAM TO GET THE WORK DONE, ONCE THE FINAL INPUT IS GIVEN BY THE BOARD AND BY THE COMMUNITY.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. GRAY, YOU HAD A COMMENT?   

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR. I THINK VAN BUREN IS IN MUCH NEED OF REPAIR. THE ONLY CAUTION I HAVE IS AS WE GO MORE INTO THE HE INVOLVEMENT WHETHER IT BE MAGNET OR K-8 IS THAT WE START DISCUSSING POSSIBLE SAFEGUARDS, BECAUSE SULPHUR SPRINGS RIGHT NOW, WE ARE REMINDED, I THINK THAT'S A K-8 BUT RIGHT NOW WE ARE ONLY FILLED TO 6th GRADE. SO JUST IN CONVERSATION AS WE GET NEAR THAT WE START LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN MAKE THIS A HUGE SUCCESS BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO BE A CHALLENGE. AND I APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK IN GETTING THIS STARTED. IT'S MUCH NEEDED. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. OUR NEXT ITEM IS ITEM NUMBER 11.01-R-1, APPROVE THE REORGANIZATION OF OUTREACH AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT DIVISION AND NEW JOB DESCRIPTION. ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT LARRY SYKES WILL BRING THIS ITEM FORWARD. THIS ITEM WAS REQUESTED BY MRS. GRAY FOR HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENT. MRS. SHAMBURGER, MRS. SNIVELY, MRS. STUART, MRS. VALDES FOR HIGHLIGHTS. OVER THERE, WE CAN BARELY SEE YOU.   

>> BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, STAFF. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SHARE OUR NEW OUTREACH FOR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT REORGANIZATION PLAN. LET ME BEGIN BY SAYING THE SALARIES FOR THESE NEW POSITIONS WILL NOT GO INTO EFFECT UNTIL JULY 1st, 2017. BASED ON THE DISTRICT'S STRATEGIC INITIATIVES AND PRIORITIES, THIS IS A NEWLY CREATED DIVISION TO SERVE ALL OF OUR FAMILIES. THIS WILL BRING THE FOLLOWING DEPARTMENTS UNDER ONE DIVISION: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, PHILANTHROPY, THE FULL SERVICE CENTERS, VOLUNTEERS AND BUSINESS PARTNERS, AS WELL AS FAITH-BASED INITIATIVES. THIS WILL GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING MORE CLARITY TO OUR STAKEHOLDERS IN ORDER TO ASSIST OUR STUDENTS AND OUR PARENTS. AS WE WORK ACROSS MULTIPLE DIVISIONS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT, THIS WILL ENABLE US TO ADD AN ADDITIONAL LEVEL OF SUPPORT TO ENSURE THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SUCCESSFUL AND PREPARED FOR LIFE. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SHARE THIS.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. GRAY, YOU ARE LISTED AS HAVING A COMMENT.   

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. FIRST OFF, THE ABSOLUTE IDEA, PLAN, IS VERY MUCH NEEDED, AND I'M A BIG ADVOCATE OF WHAT'S GOING ON HERE. AS I DISCUSSED WITH YOU, DR. SYKES, MY ONLY CONCERN WAS THAT IT BE COST NEUTRAL. AND YOU HAVE TOLD ME JUST A LITTLE WHILE AGO THAT IT WOULD BE. I AM REMINDED THAT ANY REORGANIZATION OF ANY SCHOOL -- EXCUSE ME, OF ANY SYSTEMATIC RELATED EDUCATIONAL PLAN GENERALLY INVOLVES EXTRA ADMINISTRATORS AND/OR EQUIVALENT IN A HIGHER SALARY. FOR EXAMPLE, SOME OF THESE OUTREACH JOBS THAT WERE MENTIONED, THE PAY SCALE IS EQUAL TO A HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, BUT YET THE JOB DUTY THAT THEY WOULD HAVE IN THE DIVERSITY HERE IS NOT EQUIVALENT. HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS WORK AFTER SCHOOL WESTBOUND FOOTBALL GAMES, EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, AND GENERALLY THAT'S WHY THEY GET A LITTLE BIT MORE MONEY. SO WHY THEY WOULD BE GETTING THE SAME AMOUNT OF MONEY WAS ONE OF MY QUESTIONS TO YOU. BUT THE PROBLEM I HAD TO BEGIN WITH WAS WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY RIGHT NOW TO JUSTIFY ANY NEW EXPENDITURES. SO SAD BECAUSE THIS IS A GREAT NEED. BUT IF THIS IS COST NEUTRAL, I WOULD JUST ASK FOR THE DATA THAT SUGGESTS THAT IT IS, AND I WOULD DEFINITELY BE A HUGE CHEERLEADER OF THIS PARTICULAR RESTRUCTURING.   

>> JUST LET ME CLARIFY, MRS. GRAY, ON ONE POINT YOU MENTIONED. PAY SCALE FOR THAT SUPERVISOR IS NOT A MIDDLE OR HIGH SCHOOL. IT'S ON THE SALARY OF A ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. AND THE FUNDS WOULD NOT BE IN EFFECT UNTIL JULY 1. ALSO, I SHARED IN MY COMMENTS, THIS IS A BRAND NEW DIVISION. THAT DIVISION HAS NOT HAD BEFORE. AND THERE ARE SOME THINGS IN HERE THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS ASKED AND IT'S PART OF OUR STRATEGIC PLAN AS WELL THAT WE ARE GOING TO NEED THESE POSITIONS TO MAKE IT WORK. AND MY DIVISION IS NOT JUST ONE AREA. WE ARE WORKING WITH THE DISTRICT-WIDE, COUNTY OWED WIDE ALL OVER -- ALL AREAS. MY DIVISION WILL BE WORKING IN THOSE DIVISIONS. SO VERY WELL NEEDED. AND A SECOND LAYER OF ASSISTANCE FOR ALL STUDENTS, NOT JUST HISPANIC, BUT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ALL STUDENTS IN THIS DISTRICT. SO I WOULD HOPE YOU WOULD SUPPORT THAT AND WORK WITH US.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AND I DO WANT TO JUST ADD, THE OVERALL -- THIS PARTICULAR REORGANIZATION IS NOT, QUOTE, COST NEUTRAL. THERE IS A COST, A SLIGHT COST TO IT. IT'S AN INVESTMENT, I BELIEVE. IT'S WELL WORTH IT. ONE OF THE THINGS -- AND AS I HAVE KIND OF BEEN WORKING WITH DR. SYKES AND MEMBERS FROM HIS DIVISION OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I BECAME VERY AWARE OF EARLY ON IN MY SUPERINTENDENCY WAS AS WE COMMUNICATE, AS WE WORK WITH OUR PARENTS AND AREA SUPERINTENDENTS AND PRINCIPALS WORK THROUGH THEIR SCHOOL SITES TO DEVELOP A CLEAR COMMUNICATION PLAN AROUND THE ISSUES THAT THEY ARE FACING, THERE ARE VOICES ALL THROUGHOUT THIS COMMUNITY, THERE ARE FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS, SOME OF OUR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS, AND MANY OF OUR PARTNERS THAT WE DON'T ALWAYS HAVE THAT OUTREACH EFFORT TO GARNER THEIR SUPPORT AND THEIR ADVOCACY. AND IN SOME CASES, THERE'S SPACES IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT A LITTLE BIT OF MISINFORMATION AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN THE COMMUNITY IS CONFUSED ABOUT THINGS. SO PART OF THE EFFORTS OF THIS PARTICULAR DIVISION AND WORKING WITH ALL OF OUR STAKEHOLDERS ARE IN THOSE SOFT SPACES ACROSS THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY ALONG WITH SUPPORTING ULTIMATELY OUR SCHOOLS, OUR VOLUNTEERS, OUR NONPROFITS. IT IS REALLY TO KIND OF HAVE A FULL-SCALE EFFORT NOW THAT NO ONE ACROSS THIS COMMUNITY HAS THE WRONG INFORMATION, LACKS INFORMATION, AND WE HAVE A CONTINUAL FLOW OF CONNECTIONS INTO OUR COMMUNITY AND INTO ALL OF OUR STAKEHOLDERS. AND CERTAINLY IN BRINGING MRS. WHALEY'S DEPARTMENT ON BOARD WITH THIS PARTICULAR DIVISION IS CRITICAL, BECAUSE IN THE PARTNERSHIPS AND PHILANTHROPY DEPARTMENT, THAT JUST OPENS UP ALL DIFFERENT WAYS THAT WE NOW HAVE ORGANIZATIONS ACROSS THIS COMMUNITY, USED TO ASK THE QUESTION, HOW CAN I HELP? WE NOW VERY A STRUCTURE IN PLACE TO GET THEM DIRECTLY CONNECTED INTO THE PLACES THAT THEY CAN HELP RIGHT AWAY. SO I BELIEVE THE INVESTMENT THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE TO GET THIS RIGHT WILL HELP OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY NOT ONLY GET THE INFORMATION BUT CONNECT EVERYONE AND GET US ALL BEHIND OUR 90 BRING 20 GOALS, ALL OF THE OTHER INITIATIVES WE HAVE GOING ON ACROSS OUR DISTRICT. IT JUST HELPS GARNER THE FULL LEVEL OF SUPPORT FROM OUR COMMUNITY.   

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. GRAY? ARE YOU FINISHED?   

>>Lynn Gray: I JUST WANTED TO SAY ONE THING. I TOTALLY -- AND I AM GOING TO SAY AGAIN, I'M YOUR BIGGEST CHEERLEADER. I REALLY AM. AND IF I HAD MONEY IN MY OWN POCKET I WOULD TAKE CARE OF IT, YOU KNOW. BUT WE MATE NOT HAVE AIR CONDITIONING IN MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS, AND ANYTIME THAT I SEE A HUGE EXPENSE, I FEEL OBLIGATED TO MAKE IT PUBLIC THAT I HAVE A CONCERN. YOU ALSO AGREE WITH ME -- I KNOW YOU DO -- AND IF I WERE NOT GOING TO SAY SOMETHING AND JUST SAY, YES, YES, YES, WE SOON WOULD BE, I THINK, IN A HABIT OF MAYBE ACCEPTING TOO MUCH. SO PLEASE ENJOY MY ARGUMENT RIGHT NOW, PLEASE APPRECIATE WHAT I AM SAYING, AND DON'T EVER THINK THAT DIVERSITY AND MOVING ON TOWARDS THOSE SUPPORT SYSTEMS IS ANYTHING THAT I AM OPPOSED TO, BUT DO KNOW FOR THE RECORD THAT WE ARE FACING TREMENDOUS INFRASTRUCTURE PROBLEMS, AND THAT'S WHY I MAKE THE MENTION. THANK YOU.   

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

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. GOOD EVENING AGAIN. I SUPPORT THIS OUTREACH REORGANIZATION WITH ONE EXCEPTION. SO DR. SYKES AND I HAD A COUPLE CONVERSATIONS. I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS ABOUT IT AS WELL. AND THAT IS THIS CREATION OF THIS HISPANIC OUTREACH POSITION. I UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR IT. I WANT TO SAY THAT, BE VERY UPFRONT ABOUT THAT. I BELIEVE THERE IS A NEED. HOWEVER NARCS DISTRICT WITH A MANTRA OF EQUITY AND INCLUSION, WE HAVE BECOME VERY GOOD AT SAYING THAT, BUT SOMETIMES WE DON'T REALLY PUT IT INTO PRACTICE. AND WHILE I AGREE THAT THERE MAY BE A NEED FOR HISPANIC OUTREACH, THERE'S JUST A PERCEIVED INEQUITY WHEN WE JUST HAVE HISPANIC OUTREACH.  IF WE TAKE A LOOK AT IT FROM A NEEDS-BASED ANALYSIS, OKAY, IF WE LOOK AT WHO HAS THE HIGHEST NEED, WELL, WITHOUT ANY ARGUMENT OR DISPUTE WE KNOW THAT IT'S OUR BLACK STUDENTS, RIGHT? THEY HAVE THE LOWEST GRADUATION RATE. BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT GAP. HIGHEST DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS. RIGHT? WE HAVE ALL SORTS OF ISSUES. AND NOT JUST SAYING THAT WE SHOULD HAVE JUST A BLACK OUTREACH POSITION. AND LET ME JUST CLARIFY WHEN I SAY BLACK, BECAUSE THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION AROUND THAT. I JUST WANT TO BE CLEAR FOR THE RECORD THAT NOT ALL BLACK PEOPLE ARE AFRICAN-AMERICAN WITH EMPHASIS ON AMERICAN. WE SERVICE IN THIS DISTRICT A LARGE HAITIAN POPULATION WHO CAN BE SOME OF OUR ELL POPULATION AS WELL. THEY ARE HIGH NEED, NOT JUST HISPANIC. CARIBBEAN. AFTERRY CAN, SO ON AND SO FORTH. SO I'M JUST CONCERNED ABOUT THE PERCEIVED INEQUITY OF IT ALL. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT A RAE ORG, FULL SERVICE COORDINATOR IS TECHNICALLY THAT POSITION. I'M CONTAINED OF OKAY WITH THAT. BUT I STILL HAVE SOME CONCERNS, BECAUSE WHEN WE LOOK AT SANCHEZ FULL SERVICE CENTER OR JUST FULL SERVICE CENTER, OUR HIGH NEEDS STUDENTS ARE NOT JUST IN BELMONT HEIGHTS, NOT JUST IN EAST TAMPA, NOT JUST IN WEST TAMPA. WE HAVE THEM IN SOUTH COUNTY, IN NORTH COUNTY, WE HAVE THEM ALL OVER. SO TO EQUATE A VERY SEGMENTED POSITION FOR ALL HEY NEEDS STUDENTS OF OTHER COLORS I THINK IS A LITTLE RECKLESS IN MY OPINION. SO AGAIN I JUST WANT FOR THE RECORD TO SAY THAT I UNDERSTAND THE NEED, BUT I'M WORRIED THAT IT'S TOO SEGMENTED. THERE'S A PERCEPTION OF INEQUITY, AND I KIND OF REALLY THINK THAT IT REALLY SHOULD BE REVISED. PERSONALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THIS PULLED OFF FOR A SEPARATE VOTE. I THIS I THIS SHOULD GO BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND MAYBE THERE NEEDS TO BE CLARIFICATION ABOUT WHY WE ARE JUST GOING TO HAVE A HISPANIC OUTREACH WHEN HISPANIC MAY NOT BE NECESSARILY THE HIGHEST NEED, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE HIGH NEED. I AM JUST CONCERNED ABOUT THAT AND I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE HAD AN UNDERSTANDING.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. SHAMBURGER. MRS. GRIFFIN?   

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND I HAVE SEEN THE DATA. AND I THINK THAT OUR BLACK AND HISPANIC BOYS ARE PRETTY MUCH NECK AND NECK WHEN IT COMES TO NEED. WHAT I TALKED ABOUT EARLIER WITH THE DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFTS IN THIS COMMUNITY, AND EVERYONE WE CAN JUST THROW A BLANKET STATEMENT OUT THERE AND SAY THAT IF WE REALLY LOOK AT WHAT ONE OF THE BIGGEST CAUSES OF STUDENTS NOT BEING SUCCESSFUL, IT WOULD BE POVERTY. I WAS IN THAT REALM AS A CHILD. AND SO, YOU KNOW, THAT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST FACTORS THAT WE SEE. THAT BEING SAID, I SEE THE DATA, AND I KNOW THAT IT IS OUR YOUNG BLACK MEN. AND OUR YOUNG HISPANIC MEN THAT ARE SUFFERING IN THE LARGEST NUMBERS. WHAT WE SEE HAPPENING, AND WHEN I TALK ABOUT DEMOGRAPHIC SHIFT, IS WE ARE SEEING A GROWTH IN THE LATINO COMMUNITY. AND WITH THAT, NOT ONLY DO YOU HAVE THE DISPARITIES THAT EXIST THAT ARE ACROSS THE POVERTY AND ALL OF THE OTHER ISSUES, BUT THERE'S THAT LANGUAGE ISSUE THAT IS A HINDRANCE TO A STUDENT'S SUCCESS, BECAUSE A LOT OF THESE STUDENTS HAVE -- DO NOT HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, AND YET THEY ARE HAVING TO TAKE A TEST TO GET THEIR DIPLOMA IN ENGLISH. SO IT'S NOT THAT THEY HAVE A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING ABOUT THE MATERIALS. THEY CAN LEARN THE MATERIALS. IT'S NOT CAPABILITY. IT'S THE LANGUAGE BARRIER. AND I HAVE DONE A LOT OF RESEARCH INTO THIS BECAUSE THIS CONVERSATION HAS BEEN HAPPENING FOR QUITE SOME TIME. I REALLY TRIED TO EDUCATE MYSELF ON THAT PARTICULAR ISSUE. AND AS FAR AS THE OUTREACH IS CONCERNED, A LOT OF PEOPLE COME TO THIS COUNTRY AND DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW TO NAVIGATE. AND I THINK THAT WE NEED TO HELP ALL OF OUR PARENTS NAVIGATE. THAT'S WAY LOVE SO MUCH ABOUT PARENT UNIVERSITY AND WHAT THEY ARE DOING WITH HELPING OUR STUDENTS TO NAVIGATE. THIS IS A VERY, VERY COMPLICATED SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE HERE AS THE 8th LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE NATION. BUT WHEN PEOPLE EMIGRATE TO THIS COUNTRY AND THEY DON'T HAVE A FIRM GRASP OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, THERE IS SO MUCH OPPORTUNITY THAT'S LOST BECAUSE OF THAT. AND WITH A HISPANIC OUTREACH COORDINATOR THAT WE TALKED ABOUT AD NAUSEAM FOR A LONG, LONG TIME, THAT WAS THE BIGGEST THING THAT KEPT COMING TO THE SURFACE, WAS THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY THAT DON'T KNOW WHAT WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES OUR KIDS HAVE AFFORDED TO THEM IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT BECAUSE THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE. WE HAVE A LOT OF STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERPRETING FOR THEIR PARENTS. AND SOMETIMES STUDENTS IN DOING SO WILL NOT SHARE ALL OF THAT INFORMATION. SO IT'S GOOD TO HAVE THOSE -- THE ABILITY TO HAVE WORKSHOPS WITH THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE AND SO ON AND SO FORTH. SO I HEAR THE ARGUMENT, AND I DO NOT DISAGREE WITH YOU THAT THERE IS A PERCEPTION OF INEQUITY WELL YOU PUT HISPANIC ON IT. BUT THERE IS MORE OF AN INEQUITY WHEN YOU ADD THE LANGUAGE BARRIER INTO ALL OF THE OTHER BARRIERS THAT OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE DISADVANTAGED FACE. THAT BEING SAID, IN REGARDS TO THAT, I HAVE A QUESTION, DR. SYKES, WITH -- IT'S THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT REORGANIZATION WORK SHEET. THE DISTRICT RESOURCE -- RESOURCE TEACHER, 50% OF THAT IS GOING TO BE FUNDED FROM TITLE 1 AND 50% OF THAT IS GOING TO BE FUNDED FROM WORKFORCE. MY QUESTION IS THIS, BECAUSE YOU KNOW HOW I FEEL ABOUT WORKFORCE. AND WHEN OUR SUPERINTENDENT APPOINTED CURRENTLY THE PERSON IS MR. SCOTT BROOKS, WHO IS OUR WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS OFFICER, IS THIS PERSON ALSO GOING TO REPORT TO THE WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS OFFICER, WHOEVER THAT MAY BE IN THE FUTURE?   

>> NO. THE PERSON HE WILL REPORT TO IS -- --   

>>April Griffin: I HAVE A FOLLOW-UP QUESTION.   

>> THEY WORK TOGETHER.   

>>April Griffin: SO WHY WOULD THE FUNDING HAVE TO COME FROM WORKFORCE IF THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO SHARE WHAT THEY KNOW ALREADY? BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE WE MIGHT BE REINVENTING THE WHEEL IF WE HAVE SOMEONE WHO IS THE WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS OFFICER, AND THAT'S A BIG PART OF THAT PERSON'S ROLE, IS REACHING OUT TO BE THE WORKFORCE COMMUNITY. AND BY THE WAY, WE HAVE SEEN SOME AMAZING PROGRAMS COME AS A RESULT OF THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR MARITIME PROGRAM AND OUR MANUFACTURING PROGRAMS AND ALL THESE OTHER PROGRAMS THAT WE ARE WORKING ON RIGHT NOW. BUT THERE'S A LOT OF WORK ALREADY BEING DONE THERE. SO HERE WE HAVE THIS OTHER HALF-TIME WORKFORCE PERSON IN ANOTHER DIVISION. WHERE IS THAT COLLABORATION GOING TO COME IN?   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WELL, A LOT OF IT IS THEY ARE LOCATED IN THE SAME FACILITY SO THERE'S A NATURAL COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND THE WORKFORCE. THIS IS KIND OF SITTING IN BOTH AREAS. IT'S MAKING SURE THAT FIRST OF ALL, IT'S OUTREACH TO GARNER PEOPLE WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY AND EDUCATE THEM AROUND THE PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE. CURRENTLY WHETHER IT'S FOR CERTIFICATION, GEDs, POST-SECONDARY OPPORTUNITIES, SO IT IS A LITTLE BIT IN BOTH CAMPS, SO TO SPEAK. I MEAN, IT'S GOING TO BE A NATURAL COLLABORATION WITH THEM ALL BEING IN THE FACILITY AT TECHNICAL CENTERS.   

>>April Griffin: SO AS A WORK STUDIES MAJOR I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE, THOUGH, OF THOSE DIRECT DOTTED LINES. THEY ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT WHEN YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT THAT COLLABORATION. YES, WE CAN SAY IN A PERFECT WORLD THAT WOULD HAPPEN, BUT I WOULD SAY THAT IN THE WORK CHART OF THIS, THERE'S GOT TO BE SOMEWHERE THAT OUR WORKFORCE CONNECTION OFFICER HAS SOME SORT OF SAY SO, BECAUSE HE OR SHE, WHOEVER IT HAPPENS TO BE IN THE FUTURE, IS OUT IN THE COMMUNITY, THEY ARE ALREADY DOING THAT WORK, THEY HAVE PEOPLE WITH THEM THAT ARE ALREADY DOING THAT WORK. SO I FEEL LIKE THERE'S A LOT OF THAT THAT'S GOING TO BE LOST. AND IN A SYSTEM THIS LARGE, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I HAVE SEEN, A BIG, BIG PROBLEM, IS THAT RIGHT HAND NOT KNOWING WHAT THE LEFT HAND IS DOING. SO WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS THAT DIRECT LINE. AND IF THE 50% OF THAT PERSON IS COMING OUT OF WORKFORCE, THEN I WOULD ARGUE THAT 50%, AT LEAST, OR 50% NEEDS TO BE DIRECTED FROM OUR WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS OFFICER. SO THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WOULD HAVE MAKE ME WANT TO PUT THE BRAKES ON THIS FOR A MINUTE TO HAVE THAT FIXED UNLESS I COULD GET SOME -- EVER.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: LIKE I SAID, THESE TWO DIVISIONS WORKFORCE AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH ARE IN THE SAME BUILDING AT THE TECHNICAL CENTER. SO PART OF IT IS GOING TO BE A NATURAL COLLABORATION THAT WILL OCCUR. I DON'T SEE A PROBLEM WITH MAKING ANY KIND OF CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS OFFICE AND THE OUTREACH OFFICE. I MEAN, WE CAN DEFINITELY MAKE THOSE -- A I AM APRIL CONDITION WE DON THAT? I AM GOING TO QUOTE MRS. VALDES HERE, BECAUSE IF IT'S NOT IN WRITING IT DOESN'T HAPPEN. SO I THINK THAT WE NEED TO -- AND MR. BROOKS, I'M SO SORRY, THE I DID NOT MEAN TO GIVE YOU MORE WORK. I SEE YOU SITTING BACK THERE KIND OF SWEATING BULLETS. BUT WHEN I WAS LOOKING AT THIS, IT WAS JUST KNOWING THAT THAT MONEY IS COMING OUT OF HIS DIVISION AND KNOWING THE WORK THAT'S BEEN DONE THERE ALREADY. I THINK THAT WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT THAT WORK IS NOT LOST. AND I BELIEVE THAT THAT COLLABORATION WILL TAKE PLACE. BUT I THINK HAVING IT IN WRITING IS VERY IMPORTANT. SO ARE WE SAYING THEN, MR. PORTER, WOULD WE HAVE TO MAKE SOME SORT OF AMENDMENT, OR WOULD WE TRUST THIS WOULD BE A SCRIVENER'S --   

>>Jim Porter: I THINK THE SUPERINTENDENT AGREES WITH WHAT YOU ARE SUGGESTING, AND I THINK THE RECOMMENDATION, HE NEEDS TO JUST MODIFY THAT HERE. AND I THINK IT IS ALONG THE LINES OF A SCRIVENER'S ERROR. I DON'T THINK IT'S SUBSTANTIVE ENOUGH TO REQUIRE ANOTHER -- I -- HE WOULD JUST ARTICULATE WHAT YOUR MODIFICATION IS ON THE RECORD.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AND TELL ME IF I CAN DO THIS, MR. PORTER. CAN I THEN, ONCE THE MODIFICATION, CAN I SEND THAT OUT TO THE BOARD? WE DON'T HAVE THE ABILITY TO OBVIOUSLY MODIFY IT HERE.   

>>Jim Porter: I THINK JUST VERBALLY IF COULD YOU SAY ON THE RECORD WHAT THAT IS. WHAT THE AGENDA ITEM IS. IT'S ACCEPTABLE FOR TO YOU DO THAT TONIGHT.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ABSOLUTELY. AS WE HAVE BEEN KIND OF TALKING THROUGH THIS TONIGHT AND THROUGH THE SUGGESTION OF MRS. GRIFFIN, THERE WAS A NATURAL COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE TWO DIVISIONS THAT WOULD TAKE PLACE. WHAT WE'LL DO IS MAKE SURE THAT WE ADD TO PART OF THE CONNECTION OF THIS PARTICULAR POSITION A CONNECTION TO THE WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS OFFICE.   

>>April Griffin: ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU.   

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. ONE QUESTION I HAVE FOR MR. SYKES. DR. SYKES, EXCUSE ME. HOW DO YOU MEASURE -- WHAT'S THE MOAMMAR TOOL THAT YOU WILL BE USING IN ORDER TO ASSURE THAT THIS IS GOING TO BE EFFECTIVE? THIS IS A TOUGH ONE. BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW, OUTREACH AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND EFFECTIVE RELATIONSHIPS ARE VERY INTANGIBLE TYPE THINGS. SO CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT TO THAT? OR THE SUPERINTENDENT AS TO HOW YOU --   

>> SURE. A SIS TIPPING WITH GRADUATION RATE. IS IT GOING UP? ARE WE CATCHING STUDENTS BEFORE THEY FAIL? PUT THEM IN A PROGRAM TO A GED OR SPECIAL CERTIFICATE FROM ONE OF THE COLLEGES THAT WE HAVE. SO THAT'S ONE WAY WE WOULD MEASURE. CERTAINLY.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AND THANK YOU, DR. SYKES. WE HAVE TO PUT BACK INTO OUR STRATEGIC PLAN. THIS IS CRITICAL FOR THE INCREASE OVER GRADUATION RATES AS HE SAID. PART OF THIS IS ABOUT ASSISTING COMMUNICATION INTO OUR COMMUNITY, BECAUSE MANY TIMES, WHETHER IT'S FAITH BASED ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROVIDED A TUTORING PROGRAM FOR OUR KIDS, OR SOME ORGANIZATIONS THAT WANT TO DO A MENTORING PROGRAM, AND THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET CONNECTED. IT'S NOW ABOUT CONNECTING THE ACTUAL ORGANIZATIONAL OF A PERSON TO THE STUDENTS THAT THEY CAN IMPACT, AND THEN ONE OF THE THINGS THAT THEY WILL HAVE TO DO WITHIN THIS PARTICULAR DIVISION IS KEEP A DATABASE AROUND THAT, BECAUSE WE HAVE TO HAVE ULTIMATELY THE INITIAL GENERATION OF THE CONVERSATION, WHICH ULTIMATELY LEADS TO THE PARTNERSHIP THAT LEADS TO THE EXECUTION OF A PLAN THAT CHANGES A DATA POINT. SO THAT'S GOT TO BE PART OF THE WORK AS THEY DEVELOP. IT IS NOT A DIRECT CONNECTION SOMETIMES. I THINK THE OTHER PART THAT IS GOING TO BE HUGE WITHIN -- WE SEE IT ALREADY, THE STATISTICS AROUND MENTORING, AROUND VOLUNTEERISM, WITHIN THE DISTRICT ALREADY, I SEE MRS. BLOSSOM OUT THERE, WITH REGARDS TO OUR VOLUNTEER SERVICES PROGRAMS, WE HAVE INCREASED OUR MENTORING HOURS, AND VOLUNTEERISM, JUST SIMPLY BECAUSE WE HAVE A BETTER STRUCTURE AND SUPPORT SYSTEM BEHIND THEM. AND SO THESE DEFINITELY KEY. SO MEASURING THE NUMBER OF OR INCREASE IN VOLUNTEERS OR MENTORING HOURS WOULD BE ANOTHER PIECE. THAT CONNECTS TO OUR CULTURE AND THE CLIMATE THAT WE ARE TRYING TO CREATE IN THE ORGANIZATION, TO ADVOCATE FOR KIDS. SO I THINK THOSE ARE JUST A COUPLE OF EXAMPLES. BUT IT GOT TO BE IN SOME OF THESE CASES A TRUE DATABASE CURVE THAT THEY -- WHERE THEY START TO TRACK THEM.   

>> THANK YOU. AND THAT WOULD BE MY CONCERN, IS DO WE HAVE THE TOOLS AND THE RESOURCES? THIS IS A HUGE INVESTMENT IN OUR COMMUNITY, WHICH I AM COMPLETELY IN SUPPORT OF BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS. I MEAN, EVEN JUST THE OTHER WEEK, WHEN YOU TALKED TO THE COMMUNITY ROUND TABLE, AND YOU TALKED ABOUT HOW PEOPLE CHANGE THEIR HEARTS, AND EVERYBODY WHEN YOU CREATE A SERVICE-ORIENTED EDUCATION, THAT CHANGES THE WAY THAT PEOPLE BEHAVE. IT CHANGES THE DECISION. WHEN YOU CHANGE SOMEONE'S HEART, IT CHANGES THE DECISIONS THAT THEY MAKE. AND SO I'M REALLY VERY MUCH PRO THIS IDEA OF HAVING THIS PERSON. MY CONCERN IS THE ACCOUNTABILITY PIECE AND MAKING SURE. BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS HAPPENING ALL OVER THE DISTRICT RIGHT NOW, AND I'M NOT REALLY SURE HOW WE ARE TRACKING EVERYTHING THAT'S HAPPENING AND NOW WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOMETHING NEW THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO TRACK. SO I KIND OF WANTED TO SEE WHAT WE HAVE OUT THERE NOW, AND THEN BE ABLE TO COMPARE TO THE WHAT WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO FOR THE COMMUNITY IN THE FUTURE AND HOW DO WE MEASURE THAT, AND WHAT KIND OF DATABASE DO WE HAVE FOR THAT? DO WE HAVE A DATABASE? AND HOW ARE WE GOING TO TRACK THAT?   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THAT'S THE ISSUE. WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE COMING SAYING, WE WANT TO HELP, AND WE DIDN'T REALLY HAVE, NUMBER ONE, A WAY TO CONNECT, AND NUMBER TWO, WE DIDN'T REALLY HAVE AWAY TO THEM MONITOR SUCCESS OF THAT PARTNERSHIP. THIS NOW SOLIDIFIES ALL THAT STRUCTURE TOGETHER, AND WE WILL HAVE THAT ABILITY TO REPORT OUT THE CONNECTION. I TOLD DR. SYKES, I SAID AT EVERY ONE OF OUR RECOGNITION MEETINGS, WE SHOULD HAVE STORIES THAT WE ARE HEARING ABOUT PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE ARE DEVELOPING WITHIN THE COMMUNITY OR IMPACTING GRADUATION RATES AND OTHER DATA POINT ACROSS THIS DISTRICT.   

>>Melissa Snively: AGAIN I AM IN SUPPORT OF THAT. THAT WAS MY BIGGEST CONCERN IS JUST MEASURING THE RESULTS OF THAT AND BEING ABLE TO ACCOUNT FOR THE PROGRESS THAT WE ARE MAKING. AND SO IF THAT'S PART OF IT THEN I'M GOOD WITH THAT PORTION OF IT. THE SECOND THING, THIS IS WHERE I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A HICCUP. AND I HAVE TON AGREE WITH MEMBER SHAMBURGER ON THE PERCEIVED INEQUITY OF THAT SHE MENTIONED REGARDING THE HISPANIC OUTREACH. POSITION. AND I THINK IT'S A BIT OF A TIMING ISSUE HONESTLY AS WELL. AND I'M JUST GOING TO SAY THIS AND IT'S ON PUBLIC RECORD. BUT WE HAD A VERY LARGE GROUP OF HISPANIC POPULATION COME TO OUR LAST BOARD MEETING. WE SPENT SEVERAL HOURS LISTENING TO THEIR CONCERNS, WHICH SOME OF THEM WERE VERY VALID CONCERNS. NOW ALL OF A SUDDEN WE ARE GOING TO VOTE ON A HISPANIC OUTREACH JOB POSITION. NOW THIS CAME BEFORE THAT, BUT THE PERCEPTION IS THAT YOU GET A LOT OF PEOPLE TO COME TOM A BOARD MEETING, AND ADDRESS THE BOARD WITH THEIR CONCERNS, AND WE CREATE A POSITION THAT WILL ADDRESS THEIR CONCERNS FROM THIS DISTRICT. AND SO WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN AT OUR NEXT BOARD MEETING? WHO IS GOING TO SHOW UP AND WANT AN OUTREACHEN? AND SO EVEN THOUGH OF THAT, OUR HISPANIC DEMOGRAPHIC NEEDS THAT, AS WELL AS OUR BLACK DEMOGRAPHIC, I JUST FEEL LIKE THE SAME THING, THAT THERE'S GOING TO BE A PERCEIVED INEQUITY AND MAYBE SCHUH WE SHOULD NOT HAVE A HISPANIC OUTREACH PERSON AS AN CULTURAL OUTREACH PERSON, AND THAT CULTURAL OUTREACH PERSON MUCH REACHES OUT TO THE HISPANIC POPULATION AND THE BLACK POPULATION AND WHOEVER NEEDS IT. WHOEVER THE HIGHEST NEEDS STUDENTS ARE. SO THAT'S JUST MY PERSONAL OPINION, IS THAT WE DEFINITELY NEED THIS. I AGREE WITH THE OUTREACH PEACE OF IT. I ALSO AGREE WITH MRS. SHAMBURGNER THAT THERE IS GOING TO BE A PERCEIVED INEQUITY ON. THAT IT'S UNFORTUNATE IT'S A BIT OF A TIMING ISSUE BUT MAYBE IF WE CHANGE THE NAME, TWEAK THE JOB DESCRIPTION A LITTLE BIT TO FOCUS MORE ON CULTURAL OUTREACH AS OPPOSED TO JUST HISPANIC OUTREACH. THAT WOULD BE MY PROPOSAL. AND I DON'T KNOW IF THAT ONE REQUIRE TABLING THIS FOR A LATER DATE. BUT I THINK IT SOUND LIKE WE MIGHT NEED TO DO THAT WITH BOARD CONSENSUS. IT SOUNDS LIKE THERE'S CONSENSUS FROM THE BOARD THAT WE MATE NEED TO TABLE THIS FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION FOR ANOTHER BOARD MEETING JUST TO DO SOME OF THE SMALL TWEAKS THAT MIGHT NEED TO BE DONE. AND I AM HAPPY TO MAKE THE MOTION TO TABLE THIS UNTIL WE CAN MAKE THOSE ADJUSTMENTS.   

>> SO ARE YOU MAKING THAT MOTION?   

>> I WILL MAKE THAT MOTION.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO TABLE ITEM NUMBER 11.01-R 1 AND A SECOND BY MRS. GRAY. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE DISCUSSION? ON THE MOTION. MRS. VALDES, YOU ARE NEXT IN LINE TO SPEAK.   

>>Susan Valdes: THERE WAS DISCUSSION PRIOR TO THE MOTION.   

>>Cindy Stuart: I UNDERSTAND THAT.   

>>Susan Valdes: WELL, OBVIOUSLY I AM GOING TO VOTE NO ON THAT. (SPEAKING SPANISH) BOARD MEMBERS, I HOPE YOU FELT BY NOT UNDERSTANDING A WORD I SAID HOW OUR STUDENTS FEEL AND OUR PARENTS FEEL. MEMBER SNIVELY, YOU SPOKE ABOUT LAST BOARD MEETING, PEOPLE STANDING UP AND COMING TO SPEAK, BECAUSE THEY SPOKE HERE IS A AGENDA -- HERE IS A POSITION. FIRST OF ALL, DR. SYKES' DIVISION IS BRAND NEW. AND I'M GOING TO KEEP IT REAL UP HEAR, TOO. MANY IN THE COMMUNITY HAVE ASKED, WHAT DOES DR. SYKES DO? BECAUSE HE'S GETTING A HIGH SALARY AND HE DOESN'T DO ANYTHING. YOU KNOW WHY? HE DOES BUT HE ALSO HAS IN A DEPARTMENT AND NO ONE UNDERNEATH HIM TO BE ABLE TO CARRY OUT THE WORK. NOW, IF MY BLACK AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY COMES UP AND SPEAKS, YOU ALL LISTEN. AND YOU LISTEN WIDE EYED BECAUSE YOU ARE AFRAID. I AM GOING TO KEEP IT REALLY REAL. IF FOLKS COME UP HERE THAT ARE WHITE, YOU ARE POLITE AND YOU LISTEN. THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY CAME UP. AND I WAS EMBARRASSED. BY THIS BOARD. IN THE MANNER IN WHICH EYES WERE ROLLING, IN THE MANNER OF WHICH YOUR ARMS WERE CROSSED AND YOUR BODY LANGUAGE. NO, NO. IN TERMS. ABSOLUTELY. I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT. THANK YOU. BUT THAT'S HOW THEY FELT. THESE ARE KIDS THAT ARE IN OUR SYSTEM. AND GUESS WHAT. 82,000 OF THEM. MRS. CAN AT THIS TIME A CANTY JONES, WHICH I LOVE HER DEARLY, KNOWN HER FOR YEARS, YEARS, THE JUST FULL SERVICE CENTER JUST NOW RECENTLY, BECAUSE OF THE SHIFT IN DEMOGRAPHICS, HAS THAT DEPARTMENT OR THAT PLACE STARTED HELPING HISPANIC FAMILIES. PRIOR TO THAT, IT WAS ALL BLACK. OKAY? SANCHEZ CENTER, SAME THING. NOW, SANCHEZ, JUST BECAUSE HER LAST NAME IS SANCHEZ DOESN'T MEAN THAT PLACE JUST TAKES CARE OF SPANISH KIDS. THE OTHER ONE. WE HAVE A SO-CALLED QUOTE-UNQUOTE UNDERLINED BOLD CENTER WHICH IS PROBABLY A CLOSET RIGHT NOW. WHY IS IT, WHY IS IT? THAT WHEN IT COMES TO SERVING THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY, IT'S AN ISSUE, OR A PERCEIVED PERCEPTION. I MADE A RECOMMENDATION PRIVATELY IN MY ONE ON ONE WITH DR. SYKES TO CHANGE CONCHITA CANTY JONES TITLE TO BLACK OUTREACH. I FELT IN THE MY GUT BECAUSE IT WAS THE SAME ISSUE BEFORE WITH MEMBER EDGECOMB. THE ISSUE HERE IS LET'S BE EQUITABLE. BUT THIS COMMUNITY HAD SUPPORT FOR A LONG TIME IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. WHAT DO WE HAVE IN THE NORTHWEST END OF TOWN TO HELP MY NEIGHBORHOOD? MEMBER SNIVELY, IN YOUR DISTRICT, YOU HAVE BOYETTE SPRINGS, CENTER FOR GIFTED. THAT'S ANOTHER EXAMPLE. BUT MY POINT -- MY POINT -- NOW WHAT'S THE DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE STUDENTS THERE? IN THAT PARTICULAR SCHOOL? SO LET'S TALK ABOUT EQUITY. THINK ABOUT THIS. JUST DON'T LOOK AT JUST THE TITLE. THINK ABOUT WHAT IT IS THAT WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE CHARGED TO DO HERE AS BOARD MEMBERS AND AS POLICYMAKERS. ARE WE REALLY TALKING ABOUT ALL CHILDREN? OR NOT? ARE WE TALKING ABOUT ALL COMMUNITIES OR NOT? IT'S A LITTLE BIT, YOU KNOW, INSULTING TO THE COMMUNITY, MY COMMUNITY. OUR COMMUNITY. AND THAT'S WHAT HAS TO STOP HERE. IT'S NOT ABOUT DIVIDING AND CONQUERING BUT THAT'S WHAT IT FEELS LIKE. AND I DON'T LIKE THAT FEELING. BECAUSE BETWEEN YOUR DEMOGRAPHICS AND MY DEMOGRAPHICS, WE ARE THE LARGEST SIMPLY PUT. AND BY THE WAY, I DO HAVE BLACK HISPANICS R.I DO HAVE ASIAN HISPANICS. SO LET'S NOT -- LET'S NOT POLARIZE, BECAUSE WE ARE CHARGED WITH CARRYING FOR ALL OF OUR KIDS, ALL OF OUR AREAS SHOULD HAVE DISTRICT CENTERS, ALL OF OUR AREAS SHOULD HAVE EQUITABLE PROGRAMS. ALL OF OUR AREAS SHOULD HAVE -- ALL OF OUR STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO SUCCEED, AND ALL OF THE FOLKS THAT COME HERE TO SPEAK AT THIS PODIUM DESERVES RESPECT. AND MY COMMUNITY DID NOT FEEL RESPECTED OR HONORED. ON THE CONTRARY. EVEN JUST NOW A LITTLE WHILE AGO, FIRST TIME, A LADY COMES BEFORE A PUBLIC HEARING AND WE TRY TO CORRECT THEM, JUST TELL THEM, THIS IS A POLICY HEARING AND SHE WAS ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT A POLICY. SO HAVING THAT COMPASSION, HAVING THAT NOT BEING SO RIGID ALL THE TIME ABOUT THINGS WHEN YOU ARE TRYING TO EDUCATE A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS THAT'S GOING TO BE VITAL, BY THE WAY, TO THE 90% IN THE YEAR 2020. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THESE KIDS, AND ALREADY IN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL AND IN ELEMENTARY. BUT IF WE LOOK AT THE DATA, THE INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS THAT ARE COMING IN, OH, BOY, DR. VAZQUEZ, DO YOU KNOW WHAT THOSE NUMBERS ARE OFF THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD, THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS COMING IN, IN KINDERGARTEN? SO ANOTHER 36. I'M TELLING YOU, IT'S CRUCIAL. THIS IS SERIOUS. AND WE MUST HAVE A VENUE WHERE FROM THE STAFF LEVEL THAT THEY CAN ACTUALLY GO AND COMMUNICATE AND HELP THESE FAMILIES NAVIGATE. SCHOLARSHIPS ARE DEPENDENT UPON IT. IF WE DO NOT TAKE THE TIME TO EDUCATE OUR HISPANIC COMMUNITY, HOW DO YOU EXPECT THEM TO HELP THEIR CHILDREN, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD? THINK ABOUT IT. THINK ABOUT WHAT IT IS THAT YOU ARE SAYING. IT HAS TO STOP, PEOPLE.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES. MRS. SHAMBURGER?   

>> [OFF MICROPHONE.]   

>>Lynn Gray: YOU'RE GREAT. THANKS. I'M SORRY, MADAM CHAIR. WELL, I JUST HAVE TO MAKE SOME POINTS HERE. I'M WILLING TO MAKE FOUR POINTS. FIRST, THE PARTICULAR INCIDENT WITH THE HISPANIC LINE-UP, THERE WAS NO SHARING OF THAT INFORMATION GIVEN TO THE CHAIR, NOR DR. V, NOR ANYONE IN THIS BOARD, AND UNFORTUNATELY THE SETTING WAS SUCH THAT WE HAD -- I THINK WE WERE BLIND-SIDED IN THE AMOUNT OF RESPECT THAT WE COULD HAVE GIVEN OR THE AMOUNT OF ATTENTION THAT WAS DIG FADE FOR THEM WAS NOT POSSIBLE BECAUSE WE HONESTLY DID NOT KNOW THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN. IN FACT, AN INTERPRETER WAS CALLED JUST TO HELP GET SOME OF THE LANGUAGE BARRIERS, YOU KNOW, TAKEN CARE OF, AND IT WAS -- MEMBER VALDES, I PERFECTLY AGREE, IT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT TIME FOR ALL OF US, AND UNCOMFORTABLE. I WANTED TO JUST RESPOND, BECAUSE BEWE ARE CAUGHT BLIND-SIDED AND WE HAVE EIGHT TO TEN PEOPLE WHO MIGHT TAKE AN HOUR, AND WE TRY OUR BEST, IT'S HARD FOR US TO BE OUR BEST UNLESS WE ARE PREPARED FOR THEM MENTALLY, AND IN TERMS OF LANGUAGE. SO BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT I WANTED TO SAY. TOTALLY. FIRST THING, THIS IS NOT ABOUT "I." I, I, I. I AM FOR THE HISPANICS. I AM FOR THE BLACKS. WE ARE A TEAM HERE. IT'S WE. SO WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER. AND MADAM SHAMBURGER, I AGREE. I HOPE WE AGREE THAT WE SHOULD NEVER SEPARATE HISPANIC FROM THE BLACKS OR AFRICAN-AMERICANS, THE CHINESE, GIFTED. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. I HAVE NO PATIENCE FOR SEPARATING RACIAL SITUATIONS WHEN WE ALL KNOW THAT ONE OF THE GOALS THAT WE SPEAK ABOUT IS EQUITY. EVERYTHING IS EQUITY. SO WHERE ARE WE GOING WHEN WE JUST SPEND ALL THE VERBIAGE ON HISPANIC OR ALL OF IT ON AFRICAN-AMERICANS?  WE REALLY ARE GETTING INTO DIVIDING LINES. SO I WOULD RATHER THAT IT BE REWORDED IF WE GO ALONG WITH THIS. SECONDLY, EXPENDITURES. ANYTIME THAT WE SPEND MONEY, IT SHOULD BE DATABASED. IN MY MIND. SHOW ME THE DATA THAT THERE IS A NEED. SHOW ME THAT THERE IS MONEY -- I MEAN, THAT THERE IS ABSOLUTE ACCOUNTABILITY FOR THE NEED. AND THEN I CAN MAKE MY DECISION OR WE CAN MAKE OUR DECISION BASED ON DATA, NOT ON A NEW STRUCTURE. WITH DUE RESPECT TO EVERY ONE OF YOU, BECAUSE I KNOW YOU ARE HERE FOR THE CHILDREN. I WILL NEVER DOUBT THAT. NEVER. BUT I NEED THE DATA BECAUSE THAT HELPS ME -- SUBSTANTIATE WITH MEMBER SHAMBURGER AND MEMBER SNIVELY OF THAT WE SHOULD TABLE THIS MATTER FOR ANOTHER TIME, BECAUSE IT SEEMS LAKE WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS DISCUSSION GOING ON AND IT WON'T STOP UNLESS ONE OF US 'STOPS SPEAKING, WHICH I BETTER STOP NOW. THANK YOU.   

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

>>Tamara Shamburger: I JUST WANT TO SAY, MEMBER VALDES, I CERTAINLY FEEL YOUR FRUSTRATION, BUT I HAVE TO SAY THAT THERE'S NOTHING MORE FRUSTRATING THAN BEING A BLACK PERSON, BEING AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN, HAVING TO ALWAYS ASK FOR HELP FROM THE BOTTOM. YOU KNOW THAT'S OUR HISTORY. THIS SHOULDN'T EVEN BE UP FOR DISCUSSION. AS I INDICATED EARLIER, OUR BLACK STUDENTS, OUR AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDENTS, AND ALL THE BLACK POPULATION IN OUR POOL ARE CERTAINLY THE HIGHEST NEED. THIS ISN'T ABOUT THE SIZE OF A GROUP. AND IF WE TALK ABOUT BARRIERS, I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOME LANGUAGE BARRIERS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY, THERE'S DIFFERENT TYPES OF BARRIERS, MAYBE SOME LANGUAGE IN OUR HAITIAN COMMUNITIES, MAYBE SOME SOCIOECONOMIC BARRIERS, SOME RACIAL DISPARITIES. THERE'S LOTS OF ISSUES TO OUTREACH. MAYBE OUR BLACK PARENTS DON'T KNOW HOW TO NAVIGATE THE SYSTEM AND THEY NEED HELP. AND WE HAVE BLACK STUDENTS THAT DO A FANTASTIC JOB. NEWS FLASH. BLACK PEOPLE LIVE ALL OVER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WE HAVE THEM EVERYWHERE. WE ARE EVERYWHERE NOW. OKAY. ALL RIGHT. SO THERE'S A NEED FOR HIGH NEED STUDENTS. THERE'S A NEED FOR OUTREACH TO ALL MINORITIES. AND I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU THAT I ABSOLUTELY BELIEVE THERE IS A NEED FOR HISPANIC OUTREACH. I WANT TO GO ON THE RECORD AND BE VERY CLEAR ABOUT THAT, THAT I AM NOT SAYING ANYONE ON THE BOARD HAS SAID THERE'S NOT A NEED FOR HISPANIC OUTREACH. YOU SAID SAID VERY ELOQUENTLY THIS IS ABOUT ALL CHILDREN, THIS IS ABOUT EVERYBODY. WE ARE NOT GOING TO GET TO THIS 09 BY 20 WITHOUT EVERY -- 09 BY 20 WITHOUT EVERY DEMOGRAPHIC. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A STRUGGLING SEGMENT OF STUDENTS, NOT JUST HISPANIC BUT BLACK, AND MAYBE OTHER CULTURES, WHITE AND ASIANS AND A MIX OF THEM. SO THAT'S JUST MY ISSUE. WE CAN'T JUST FOCUS ON HISPANIC IF WE ARE GOING TO CREATE A POSITION. IT NEEDS TO BE EQUITABLE, RIGHT? IT NEEDS TO BE EQUITABLE. SO HERE IS MY POSITION. MY QUESTION WOULD BE, IF WE ONLY KEEP THIS HISPANIC OUTREACH POSITION, THEN WHAT ARE THE PLANS TO ELEVATE OUR BLACK STUDENTS? WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO? DO I HAVE A COMMITMENT FROM YOU, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, THAT YOU ARE GOING TO CREATE A PROGRAM POSITION? ARE YOU GOING TOERAG CLASSIFY SOME POSITIONS?  WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO IF WE WERE TO MOVE FORWARD THE TODAY?   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SO LET ME ADDRESS THAT, BECAUSE PART OF THE STRUCTURE THAT'S BEING PUT IN PLACE IN DR. SYKES' DIVISION WILL NOW HAVE STAFF THAT WILL BE ABLE TO SUPPORT ALL STUDENTS. AND I HAVE TO SAY THIS BECAUSE I THINK THIS IS PROBABLY THE THEME MISSED IN THE CONVERSATION BECAUSE I WAS VERY PASSIONATE ON THIS TOPIC. AND I BELIEVE PART OF THE REASON THAT THE THOUGHT AROUND THE TITLE OF THE POSITION WAS MORE FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE PERSPECTIVE THAN IT WAS FOR THIS SIDE OF PERSPECTIVE. LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE OF MY RATIONALE. THOSE OF YOU WHO KNOW MY BACKGROUND KNOW ABOUT MY HISTORY OF TEACHING IN MANY SCHOOLS AND HIGH SCHOOLS IN POPULATIONS OF LATINO STUDENTS AND FAMILIES. SO PART OF IT WAS, I JUST NEED TO, AS WE HAVE DEVELOP OUR POSITIONS AND IN THIS PARTICULAR DEPARTMENT, IS I HAVE GOT TO HAVE -- I HAVEN'T HAD A COMFORT LEVEL THAT THE COMMUNITY KNOWS TO TO REACH OUT TO AND SOME OF THEIR CHALLENGES. AND I THINK THAT'S PART -- AND WE CAN WORK THROUGH THIS WHETHER IT'S REWORD SMITHING TITLES OR WHATEVER. I WANT TO EVENTUALLY LAND ON A SPACE WHERE NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE AT IN THE COMMUNITY, AND LET'S SAY IF YOU ARE A PERSON WHO HAS A LANGUAGE BARRIER, OR MAYBE A NAVIGATIONAL BARRIER, OR MAYBE IT'S AN ISSUE LIKE WHAT'S HAPPENING CURRENTLY ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND THERE ARE FEARS AND ANXIETIES AND YOU WANT SOME SORT OF SENSE OF COMFORT AROUND THOSE ISSUES. PART OF IT WAS TRYING TO DEVELOP A GO-TO THAT SOMEONE KNOWS, I DON'T HAVE TO NAVIGATE AN ALREADY-LARGE SYSTEM TO GET TO THE PERSON THAT I CAN ASK MY QUESTION TO, THAT I CAN GET A RESPONSE TO. AND SO PART OF IT IS WE NEED TO WORK THROUGH THAT WITH DR. SYKES' DIVISION, IS IDENTIFYING THE PEOPLE WHO MIGHT BE ABLE TO BETTER -- BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING MORE FRUSTRATING FOR OUR PARENTS THAN TO CALL AND NOT GET THE PERSON ESPECIALLY IF YOU ALREADY ARE CHALLENGED WITH THE LANGUAGE BARRIER. SO I DO HAVE MY COMMITMENT, MRS. SHAMBURGER, THAT I KNOW CURRENTLY THROUGH MRS. CANTY JONES, THROUGH POSITIONS THAT ARE BEING DEVELOPED RIGHT HERE IN THIS REORGANIZATION, MRS. SIMMONS IS ALSO PART OF THAT DIVISION, WE ARE PROVIDING SUPPORT IN ALL OF OUR COMMUNITIES, NOT JUST, YOU KNOW, ONE COMPARED TO ANOTHER. SO YOU HAVE MY COMPLETE COMMITMENT. I THINK THE ISSUE AND THE CONVERSATION AROUND THE TITLE OF THIS POSITION WAS MORE ON OUR END TON KNOW THAT IF THERE IS SOMEONE THAT CAN BE CONTACTED ABOUT A PARTICULAR ISSUE THAT YOU ARE HAVING, THEY KNOW PERHAPS HOW TO MARKET THAT POSITION DIFFERENTLY FOR THAT POPULATION OF FAMILIES. SO I DON'T KNOW IF THAT HELPED YOU, BUT I DO WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THERE IS EQUITY. THERE IS EQUITY THAT WE ARE DEVELOPING IN THAT DEPARTMENT FOR ALL CHILDREN, AND FOR ALL FAMILIES TO BE SUPPORTED.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS, IF I COULD, I AM GOING TO BRING YOU BACK 25 MINUTES LATER TO THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND ON THE FLOOR THAT WE NEED TO VOTE ON. WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF CONVERSATION. EVERYONE WHO IS ON MY LIST TO SPEAK HAS ALREADY SPOKEN ONE TIME. SO CAN WE VOTE ON THIS MOTION AND THEN WE'LL EITHER END THIS CONVERSATION AND THE SUPERINTENDENT CAN BRING THIS BACK AT ANOTHER BOARD MEETING, OR WE WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH THE ITEM AS IT STANDS?   

>> I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE MOTION, MADAM CHAIR.   

>> AND I WOULD LIKE TO FINISH MY POINT, PLEASE. THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, FOR EXPLAINING THAT. WE HAD THAT CONVERSATION ABOUT TITLE, AGAIN I DON'T DISAGREE THAT THERE'S A NEED. NOW, I UNDERSTAND WHY HISPANIC IS IN THE TITLE. NOW HISPANICS KNOW WHO TO CALL. WHO DO OUR BLACK KIDS CALL? WHO DO OUR BLACK PARENTS CALL? WHO ARE THEY GOING TO CALL?   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WELL, OBVIOUSLY THE OUTREACH DEPARTMENT IS WHO THEY CALL. I MEAN, I THINK PART OF IT IS WE HAVE PEOPLE WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT NOW THAT CAN BE ABLE TO RESPOND TO ALL OF OUR FAMILIES, NO MATTER WHAT THEIR CONCERNS ARE. NOT EVEN KNOWING WHO IS ON THE OTHER END OF THAT PHONE TO CONTACT.   

>> MY POINT EXACTLY Y.IS THERE A NEED FOR A HISPANIC ONLY POSITION? AND IT'S MORE THAN TITLE. IT'S IN THE JOB CHRISTIAN.  IT CLEARLY TALKS ABOUT OUTREACH INTO THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY. SO IT'S MORE THAN JUST TITLE. SO I WILL HONOR MADAM CHAIR'S SUGGESTION THAT WE MOVE THIS MATTER FORWARD. IT JUST DOESN'T LOOK GOOD. I THINK WE NEED TO GO ON IT. I WOULD DEFINITELY LIKE TO SEE THIS REWORKED TO BE MORE EQUITABLE TO INCLUDE NOT ONLY HISPANICS BUT ALL -- EVERYBODY, MINORITY OUTREACH.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AND I UNDERSTAND THAT. JUST SO THE BOARD NOTHING, THIS IS A GOOD THING, OKAY, FOR OUR FAMILIES TO HAVE A PLACE TO GO. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE IN WHATEVER WORK WE HAVE TO DO TO GET IT IN THE SWEET SPOT FOR ALL OF OUR FAMILY, FOR THE BOARD, WE WILL WORK ON THAT. THIS IS CRITICAL IN ORDER FOR US TO HAVE THAT SPACE FOR OUR FAMILIES TO GO TO, AND ALSO BE ABLE TO GET INFORMATION THAT'S TIMELY, THAT HELPS THEM BETTER NAVIGATE CHALLENGES. SO WE WILL WORK THROUGH IT, AND IT WAS NEVER, NEVER -- NOR WOULD IT EVER BE -- ME AS A SUPERINTENDENT'S GOAL TO EVER BRING ANYTHING TO THIS BOARD THAT HAS POOR OPTICS. AND I WILL JUST TELL YOU THAT. IT IS ABOUT TRYING TO DEVELOP CONNECTIONS IN OUR COMMUNITY. I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH MY STAFF ON DEVELOPING THE VERY BEST THAT WE CAN DO FOR THIS PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. SHAMBURGER. NOW BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE?   

>> I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE MOTION.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR IS ONLY TO TABLE THIS.   

>> I UNDERSTAND THAT. MADAM CHAIR.   

>>Jim Porter: THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR WHICH IS TO CONTINUE SO I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE CHAIR IS REQUESTING. THE SUBSTANTIVE COMMENTS ARE IMPORTANT BUT THERE'S A PROCEDURAL PART AND SHE WANTS TO SPEAK TO THE MOTION.   

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. GRIFFIN.   

>>April Griffin: MADAM CHAIR, I APOLOGIZE FOR BELABORING THIS CONVERSATION BUT I THINK IT'S ONE THAT DESERVES DISCUSSION, AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT TABLING THIS, AND I THINK THAT WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THAT BECAUSE I DON'T SUPPORT TABLING IT. AND I AM GOING TO BE ANECDOTAL AND THEN I AM GOING TO SPEAK IN DATA. MANY, MANY YEARS AGO WHEN I FIRST RAN, I WAS SPEAKING TO A BLACK PASTOR, AND I USED THE TERM "I DON'T SEE COLOR." AND HE SAID, I DON'T EVER WANT TO HEAR YOU SAY THAT AGAIN. YOU NEED TO SEE COLOR. YOU NEED TO HAVE SEE THE DISPARITIES THAT EXIST FOR OUR COMMUNITY IF YOU ARE GOING TO HELP US. YOU ARE A COUNTYWIDE REPRESENTATIVE. YOU NEED TO SEE THOSE DIFFERENCES AND THOSE DISPARITIES. AND IT STRUCK ME, IT SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE BECAUSE I WAS ALWAYS RAISED BY MY MOTHER YOU DON'T SEE COLOR. BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE TO SEE THAT. I HAVE TO SEE THOSE DISPARITIES. AND UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY EXIST. AND ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR EDUCATION STATISTICS, IN EACH YEAR FROM 1990 TO 2014 THE STATUS DROPOUT RATE WAS LOWER FOR WHITE YOUTH THAN FOR BLACK YOUTH. AND THE RATES FOR BOTH WHITE AND BLACK YOUTH WERE LOWER THAN THE RATE FOR HISPANIC YOUTH. LOWER DROPOUT. FOR BLACKS THAN HISPANIC BOYS. I WANT TO REMIND THIS BOARD THAT WE HAVE A RULE THAT WE ADOPTED THAT WE WILL ASSUME THE BEST INTENTIONS FROM EACH OTHER, THAT WE WILL ASSUME THE BEST INTENTIONS FROM EACH OTHER, THAT WE WILL MOVE FORWARD UNDERSTANDING THATCH ONE OF US IS HERE TO SERVE ALL KIDS, AND ALL KIDS EQUALLY. AND THIS IS A VERY TOUCHY SUBJECT. I COMPLETELY RECOGNIZE THAT. AND WE HAVE HAD DIFFERENT POSITIONS IN THIS DISTRICT THAT HAS MET THE NEEDS OF DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES AS THOSE NEEDS ARISE. WE HAVE HAD MIGRANT OUTREACH FOR YEARS. BUT OUR HISPANIC POPULATION IS GROWING BEYOND, JUST AS YOU SAY, ALL OF OUR BLACK COMMUNITIES NOT CENTEREDED IN THE CENTER OF TAMPA. THEY ARE EVERYWHERE.  OUR HISPANIC POPULATION IS BLOSSOMED AND THEY ARE EVERYWHERE AS WELL SO IT'S NOT JUST THE MIGRANT COMMUNITY THAT HAS THOSE NEEDS. WE HAVE HAD HAITIAN OUTREACH. WHAT IS IT, LARRY? WHAT'S THAT POSITION? CARIBE THERE THAT FOCUS ON THE MIGRANT POPULATION. I AM NOT GOING TO GET CAUGHT UP ON THE NAME, ALTHOUGH I DO BELIEVE THAT IDENTIFYING IT AS SOMEONE THAT REACHES OUT TO THE HISPANIC POPULATION CAN REACH OUT THAT KNOWS THAT IF I REACH OUT TO THIS PERSON, THEY ARE GOING TO SPEAK MY LANGUAGE, THEY ARE GOING TO UNDERSTAND ME, BUT I AM GOING TO JUST REITERATE AGAIN THAT THERE IS MORE THAN THE BARRIER OF NOT BEING ABLE TO BE SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE OF POVERTY, BECAUSE OF ALL OF THOSE OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES. THERE'S THE BARRIER OF LANGUAGE. AND I THINK THAT IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE MOVE FORWARD ON THIS. AND I DO THINK THAT HISPANIC OUTREACH IS A NAME THAT SHOULD BE USED. IT INDICATES TO THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY THAT THERE'S SOMEBODY THERE WHO WILL UNDERSTAND THEIR LANGUAGE AND CAN HELP THEM NAVIGATE. I REALLY HOPE THAT WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS. AND AGAIN, IF WE DON'T, I HOPE THAT THE POSITION MOVES FORWARD AND THAT WE CAN COME UP WITH A NAME THAT WILL CLEARLY COMMUNICATE TO THE COMMUNITY WHAT THAT POSITION ENTAILS. SO I HOPE THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS. AND THANK YOU FOR THE CONSIDERATION TO HEAR ME SPEAK, MADAM CHAIR.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. SHAMBURGER, I ASSUME YOU ARE GOING TO SPEAK TO THE MOTION AS WELL?   

>>Tamara Shamburger: I WAS GOING TO ASK FOR A CLARIFICATION. MEMBER GRIFFIN, ARE YOU SAYING THAT THERE'S NO NEED OUTSIDE OF THE HISPANIC? I JUST WANT CLARIFICATION.   

>> I'M SORRY, I DON'T UNDERSTAND YOUR QUESTION.   

>>Tamara Shamburger: YOU INDICATED THAT HAD YOU SUPPORT MOVING FORWARD BECAUSE THERE'S A NEED FOR HISPANICS HAVE LOWER DROPOUT -- OR BLACKS HAVE MORE DROPOUT RATES THAN BLACKS, BLACKS HAVE LOWER DROPOUT RATE THAN HISPANICS, EXCUSE ME, AND THAT THERE IS A NEED FOR HISPANIC OUTREACH, WHICH I AGREE WITH YOU. MY QUESTION TO YOU, IN SUPPORT OF MOVING THIS FORWARD, ARE YOU SAYING THAT THERE IS NO NEED FOR OUTREACH IN ANY OTHER DEMOGRAPHIC? AND LET ME JUST SAY THIS.   

>> THOSE WORDS DID NOT COME OUT OF MY MOUTH.   

>>Tamara Shamburger: I DIDN'T SAY THEY DID. THAT IS A QUESTION FOR YOU.   

>> NO, I DO NOT BELIEVE THAT IS THE CASE.   

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING.   

>> THOSE WORDS DID NOT COME OUT OF MY MOUTH.   

>>Tamara Shamburger: WELL, I WISH I COULD SAY REWIND THE TAPE. I JUST WANT A CLARIFICATION OF YOUR POSITION. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ANSWERING. BUT WE ARE GETTING CAUGHT UP ON CULTURE.  THIS IS NOT ABOUT CULTURE. ALSO A DATA PERSON, WE ARE VERY MUCH ALIKE, MEMBER MEMBER GRIFFIN AND I. AND THIS IS NOT ABOUT A CERTAIN RACE, A CERTAIN CULTURE.  THIS IS ABOUT THE NUMBERS.  THIS IS ABOUT OUR LOWEST -- THE DEMOGRAPHICS WITH THE LOWEST GRADUATION RATE. THE HIGHEST DISCIPLINE ISSUES. THIS IS ABOUT A CULTURE AND A GROUP THAT'S STRUGGLING. I DON'T CARE IF YOU ARE PURPLE. WE NEED A PURPLE OUTREACH FOR THIS GROUP AND THAT'S ALL I AM SAYING. THIS IS NOT SO MUCH ABOUT THE CULTURE AND THAT YOU AGREE THAT HISPANICS AREN'T THE ONLY GROUP IN NEED OF OUTREACH.   

>>April Griffin: I THINK THAT ANY OF OUR CHILDREN THAT NEED ASSISTANCE, WE NEED TO DIG AS DEEP IN OUR POCKETS TO FIND THAT SUPPORT FOR THEM. AND ANYBODY WHO HAS WATCHED ME SERVE IN THIS COMMUNITY OVER THE YEARS KNOWS THAT ABOUT ME.   

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. SNIVELY.   

>>Melissa Snively: ONE QUICK THING AND THEN I WILL TALK ABOUT THE MOTION. I JUST WANTED TO REITERATE MY POSITION ON THIS PARTICULAR OUTREACH NEED. I DON'T WANT IT -- I DON'T WANT TO BE CONFUSED WITH SOMEONE SAYING THAT THERE'S NOT A NEED FOR HISPANIC OUTREACH. I'M JUST NOT CONVINCED THAT THIS POSITION IS GOING TO CREATE EQUITY. MRS. VALDES, YOUR QUOTE WAS LET'S NOT POLARIZE. TO ME, IF YOU PIGEON HOLE THIS PARTICULAR POSITION WITH THE NAME THAT IT HAS, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IT DOES. IT POLARIZES. AND SO IN ORDER TO BE EQUITABLE, IT NEEDS TO BE A MORE GENERAL NAME. THAT'S ALL I'M SAYING. BUT I DO AGREE THAT OUTREACH IS NEEDED IN THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY. OUTREACH IS NEEDED IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY. THERE ARE A LOT OF COMMUNITIES WHERE OUTREACH IS NEEDED. AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT I GO ON RECORD BY SAYING THAT I AGREE THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF OUTREACH TO THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY. I'M NOT DISAGREEING WITH THAT. BUT I DO THINK THE NAMING OF THIS POSITION IS POLARIZING. HOWEVER, WITH THAT SAID, I WILL WITHDRAW MY MOTION IF MRS. SHAMBURGER FEELS COMFORTABLE MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS POSITION AFTER HEARING THE COMMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT. SO I AM GOING TO LOOK TO HER FOR I SAID I WAS GOING TO WITHDRAW THE MOTION TO TABLE THIS AND MOVE FORWARD WITH IT IF YOU WERE IN AGREEMENT WITH THAT, BECAUSE I WANTED TO SEE HOW YOU RESPONDED TO THE SUPERINTENDENT'S COMMENTS AND ASSURANCES, IF YOU FELT COMFORTABLE.   

>>Jim Porter: LET ME SPEAK TO THE ACTUAL MOTION AND PROCEDURALLY. YOU MADE A MOTION THAT MRS. GRAY SECONDED TO TABLE THIS, AND THERE WAS A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT WHY IT WOULD BE TABLED. WHAT YOU SUGGESTED AT THE DAIS WAS A LITTLE BEYOND WHAT YOU COULD DO AT THE DAIS BECAUSE YOU WERE CHANGING JOB DESCRIPTION, CHANGING TITLE. IT WASN'T THE SAME AS JUST ADDING MR. BROOKS INTO IT. SO LEGAL LIVE IF YOU WANTED TO ACCOMPLISH THAT YOU WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GO FORWARD TONIGHT. I THINK WHAT I HEARD THE SUPERINTENDENT SAY WAS BASED ON MRS. SHAMBURGERS CONCERN WITH BE HER DISTRICT AND HER CONSTITUENTS THAT THEY WOULD CONTINUE TO LOOK AT OTHER POSITIONS, OTHER TITLES, OTHER JOB DESCRIPTIONS, AND THAT THEN MAYBE COMB BACK TO YOU WITH SOMETHING ELSE IN THE FUTURE, OR MAYBE NOT, MAYBE AN INFORMATION ITEM OP OR MAYBE SOMETHING THAT WOULD COME BACK. SO I THINK WHERE THE BOARD IS NOW, IF YOU WITHDRAW YOUR MOTION, TO GO FORWARD, IF YOU KEPT YOUR MOTION ON THE FLOOR, AND IT PASSED, IT WOULD COME BACK AND MAYBE THIS TITLE WOULD CHANGE, MAYBE SOMETHING ELSE WOULD CHANGE. IF THE MOTION PASSIONED, I THINK YOU HEARD A COMMITMENT FROM YOUR SUPERINTENDENT THAT HE WOULD DON'T LOOK AT THE BROADER PICTURE OF OUTREACH, AND WHAT THAT MEANS FOR OTHER CONSTITUENCYIES. AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT HE WOULD BRING BACK TO YOU, AND YOU ALWAYS HAVE THE ABILITY TO ASK HIM FOR MORE OR ASK HIM TO CLARIFY WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT. BUT I THINK THAT'S WHAT I HEARD THAT HE WOULD COMMIT TO DO. SO --   

>> AND THAT WAS MY QUESTION TO MRS. SHAMBURGER, DO YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THE EXPLANATION, AND REASSURANCES FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT? ENOUGH TO MOVE FORWARD WITH IT?   

>>Tamara Shamburger: YEAH, I'M GOOD WITH THAT. I MEAN --   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: AND SO I CAN HELP YOU, MRS. SHAMBURGER. SO WHAT I WOULD BRING BACK TOO THIS BOARD IS THE WAY OF WORK THAT SUPPORTS THE OUTREACH FOR ALL POPULATIONS OF STUDENTS, WITH THE EXISTING STAFF THAT CURRENTLY WOULD BE IN THAT DEPARTMENT. SO I THINK THAT WOULD BE WHAT I WOULD WANT TO GIVE THIS BOARD, TO GIVE YOU THAT ASSURANCE, THAT WE ARE ABOUT SERVING THE NEEDS OF ALL OF OUR STUDENTS AND ALL THE FAMILY POPULATIONS.   

>>Tamara Shamburger: SO I JUST WANT TO SAY FOR THE SAKE OF MOVING THIS MEETING ALONG, MOVING THIS DISTRICT ALONG, I'M OKAY WITH THAT, MEMBER SNIVELY. BUT I WANT TO SAY SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS THAT I TRUST YOU ON THAT. I DON'T WANT THIS TO BE KICKED SO FAR DOWN THE ROAD THAT IT GETS LOST IN THE SHUFFLE AND WE FORGET ABOUT IT. SO EVERY MONTH --   

>> NEXT MEETING.   

>>Tamara Shamburger: FAIR ENOUGH.   

>>Melissa Snively: WITH OF THAT I WITHDRAW MY MOTION.   

>> YOUR SECOND HAS TO AGREE.   

>> MRS. GRAY, DO YOU AGREE?   

>>Lynn Gray: YES, I AGREE.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THE.   

>>Jim Porter: PORT THE MOTION HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN AND UNLESS THERE ARE OTHER QUESTIONS YOU MOVE TO THE END IN NEXT AGENDA ITEM WHEN YOU VOTE FOR THE OTHER ITEMS.   

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. SNIVELY. ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMENTS ON ITEM 11.01? THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS ITEM NUMBER 12.01. APPROVE THE REORGANIZATION AND REDIRECTION OF THE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT. DR. VAZQUEZ, CHIEF OF STAFF WILL BE HIGHLIGHTING THIS FOR MRS. GRAY, MRS. SHAMBURGER, MRS. STUART, MRS. VALDES WITH MRS. GRAY COMMENTING. AND MRS. GRIFFIN.   

>> THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM. I ALSO WANT TO INTRODUCE MR. GARY RICHARDS FROM TUCKER HOLT HERE IS HERE AS WELL, STILL HERE. I WILL SHARE MY MEDAL WITH HIM AT THE END AND SO FORTH THE SUPERINTENDENT AND BOARD RECOGNIZES THE IMPORTANT ROLE COMMUNICATIONS PLAY IN THE DISTRICT. THE STRATEGIC PLAN INCLUDES COMMUNICATION AS ONE OF ITS FOUR PRIORITY OF THE THIS REORGANIZATION PROVIDES A MODERN FRAMEWORK TO ENHANCE COMMUNICATIONS STRATEGIES FOR THE INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL STAKEHOLDERS. THIS REORGANIZATION WILL GET MORE RESOURCES INTO THE COMMUNITY AND CLOSER TO SCHOOLS AND PROVIDE LOCAL SUPPORT. AND IF YOU MAY, THINK OF THEM THAT ARE CLOSER TO SCHOOL SITES. THE DISTRICT DEVELOPED A COST NEUTRAL PLAN IN ORDER TO REORGANIZE THE COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT. THE MODERNIZED ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES IMPROVES EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY. THE CURRENT COMMUNICATIONS INCLUDES FIVE DEPARTMENT MANAGERS AND THE REORGANIZATION INCLUDES THE RECOMMENDATION OF SAVING OUT THOSE FIVE DEPARTMENT MANAGERS POSITIONS AND REPLACING THEM WITH THREE NEWLY DEVELOPED DEPARTMENT MANAGERS POSITIONS. PERSONNEL IN THESE CURRENT POSITIONS WILL HAVE THEIR OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY. THIS NEW STREAMLINED STRUCTURE ORGANIZES COMMUNICATION INTO THREE CATEGORIES. ONE, CONTENT DEVELOPMENT. TWO, MARKETING. THREE, MEDIA OUTREACH. THESE THREE DEPARTMENT MANAGERS MUST REGULARLY PARTNER AND COLLABORATE WITH ONE ANOTHER IN ORDER TO ENHANCE TRUST AND IMPROVE THE COMMUNICATION BOTH INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY. THE DEPARTMENT MANAGER OF CONTENT DEVELOPMENT WILL DEVELOP, OCCUR RATE AND MANAGE ALL CONTENT, CONTENT THAT INCLUDES PRINT, DIGITAL, VIDEO, PARENT LINK OR ANYTHING USED TO DISTRIBUTE MESSAGES TO STAKEHOLDERS. THE DEPARTMENT MANAGERS FOR MARKETING WILL DEVELOP MARKETING CAMPAIGNS THAT EFFECTIVELY MARKET DISTRICT INITIATIVES. IT WILL DEPLOY FOUR ASSISTANT DEPARTMENT MANAGERS TO SCHOOL SITES, WHICH AGAIN THINK OF LOCAL CORRESPONDENTS, TO ASSIST PRINCIPALS AND CREATE MARKETING PLANS TO RETAIN STUDENTS AND GROW ENROLLMENT. THE DUTIES OF THESE FOUR ASSISTANT DEPARTMENT MANAGERS ALIGN WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT'S VISION OF PROVIDING SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT CLOSER TO OUR SCHOOLS. ONE ASSISTANT DEPARTMENT MANAGER SPECIFICALLY WITH DIVISIONS AND DEPARTMENT LEADERS TO ASSIST WITH COMMUNICATION PLANS TO SUPPORT VARIOUS DISTRICT INITIATIVES. THE DEPARTMENT MANAGER FOR MEDIA OUTREACH WILL SERVE AS THE DISTRICT SPOKESPERSON AND FOSTER RELATIONS WITH THE NEWS MEDIA IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN TRANSPARENCY. THIS OFFICE WILL MANAGE PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS AND HANDLE COMMUNICATIONS DURING CRISIS EVENTS. THE COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA OFFICER WILL USE THE MODERNIZE ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE PRESENTED TO BUILD A COLLABORATIVE TEAM OF PEOPLE WHO WILL PROACTIVELY DEVELOP STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION BOTH INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, DR. VAZQUEZ. MRS. GRAY HAD A COMMENT ON THIS. AND MRS. GRIFFIN. MRS. GRAY.   

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, DR. V. EACH OF THESE MANAGER POSITIONS, AS I HAVE BEEN HEARING, WILL SERVE AS BOOTS ON THE GROUND. INHERENTLY KNOWING MORE DIRECTLY WHAT'S REALLY GOING ON IN THE COMMUNITIES WHICH IS CRITICAL. I I THINK THEY HAVE SO MANY JOBS, AND I THINK THIS WOULD DEFINITELY BE A GOOD VEHICLE FOR THEM TO DO SO. I ALSO THINK THE TEACHERS AND THE STUDENTS WOULD DEFINITELY PROFIT FROM THIS, AS WILL THE PARENTS. THAT'S A HUGE DISCONNECT. AND MANY OF US KNOW OUR PARENTS MUST BE MORE INVOLVED IN OUR SCHOOLS, AND THE MORE THAT WE CAN GIVE THAT ABILITY TO FACILITATE THAT, THE BETTER OFF I THINK WE ARE ALL GOING TO BE, ESPECIALLY OUR KIDS. I ALSO LIKE THE IDEA THAT WE ARE STREAMLINING. IN OTHER WORDS, WE ARE LESSENING THE BUREAUCRACY AND MAKING IT MORE SUCCINCT, AND TO SAY POINTEDLY, YOU KNOW, DIRECT. DIRECT RESULTS, DIRECT ACCOUNTABILITY, AND NOT OVERLAP. SO STREAMLINING, I THINK, IS A GOOD WORD. I ALSO THINK THAT WE WILL HAVE MUCH MORE LOCAL SUPPORT WITHIN THE COMMUNITIES THAT THE MANAGEMENT OF THE PERSON WILL BE IN CHARGE OF. IN THE MORE COMMUNITY SUPPORT, I KNOW I KEEP SAYING THAT, BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS, BUT POSSIBLE PARTNERSHIPS WE CAN GET TO HELP FUND SOME OF THE NEEDS OF OUR KIDS IN THE SCHOOLS. THE ONLY TIDBIT I HAVE IS SINCE WE ARE ON THE SUBJECT OF DIVERSITY AND WE ALWAYS WILL BE, THE CHOICES THAT WE MAKE FOR THESE POSITIONS, I'M HOPING THAT AS DR. COLLINS MENTIONED, EARLIER ON HER REMARKS, IT DOES REFLECT DIVERSITY. AND THAT'S MY COMMENTS ON THIS POSITION AND THIS REORGANIZATION.   

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

>>April Griffin: MADAM CHAIR, I WILL BE BRIEF. I'M REALLY GLAD TO SEE THIS REORGANIZATION FINALLY COMING FORWARD. BUT I DO WANT TO JUST PUT IT OUT THERE BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF TALK IN THE COMMUNITY ABOUT SPENDING MONEY OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM. WHAT I HOPE PEOPLE WILL UNDERSTAND MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS IS THE ROI, HOPEFULLY, THAT WE WILL GET BACK WHEREVER THIS DUE TO THE CHARTER SCHOOL BLEED THAT WE START TO FEEL, BECAUSE NOT THAT WE START TO FEEL THAT WE HAVE BEEN FEELING FOR QUITE SOME TIME, BUT CHARTER SCHOOLS SPEND A LOT OF MONEY ON MARKETING. THEY SPEND A LOT OF MONEY ON MARKETING. I MEAN, YOU CAN SEE THE TV AND GET THE MAIL. I KNOW PARENTS ARE DEFINITELY GETTING THAT MARKETING MATERIALS FROM THEM. SO WE DO NOT HAVE ANY SORT OF BUDGET FOR MARKETING FROM OUR LEGISLATURE. THERE'S NOTHING BUILT IN THERE. AND THE FACT THAT WE SPEND, WHAT, 85% OF OUR BUDGET ON SALARIES IS HUGE. AND I KNOW THAT IT'S THIS BOARD'S DESIRE THAT THAT BE SPENT MAINLY IN THE CLASSROOM. SO IT'S VERY DIFFICULT. YOU KNOW, WE JUST HAD THE POSITION WITH DR. SYKES. WE HAVE GOT TO TALK ABOUT ROI WITH ALL OF THESE POSITIONS THAT WE ARE MOVING FORWARD ON. SO AS WE ARE DOING THIS, IF THIS IS APPROVED, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, IF WE COULD START THINKING IN TERMS OF ROI, AND MORE BUSINESS-LIKE IN THAT. SO THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE CONVERSATION IS NOT A ONE-WAY CONVERSATION. I UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR DISTRICT STAFF TO BE OUT IN COMMUNITIES AND WORKING WITH SCHOOLS, BUT I DON'T WANT THAT TO BE A ONE-WAY CONVERSATION FROM THE DISTRICT DOWN. TOOLING-WAY CONVERSATION, THAT'S A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION, THAT'S US LISTENING TO THE COMMUNITY, LISTENING TO THEIR NEEDS, RESPONDING TO THE COMMUNITY, I THINK TO DOVETAIL ON WHAT MRS. GRIFFIN SAID, WHAT CHARTERS DO WELL IS THEY LISTEN TO THEIR COMMUNITY. THEY ARE RESPONDING TO THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY. AND THEY DO IT VERY WELL. AND WE NEED TO UP OUR GAME. SO IF WE ARE GOING TO COMPETE, WE NEED TO BE COMPETING ON THE SAME LEVEL, AND WE NEED TO BE DOING THE SAME EXACT THINGS. WHETHER IT'S MARKETING OR RESPONDING TO THEIR NEEDS. THAT'S WHAT THEY DO WELL THAT THEY BEAT US ON. SO I WANT TO MAKE SURE -- I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS JUST IN YOUR PRESENTATION. I DIDN'T SEE IT IN THE JOB DESCRIPTION. BUT MAKE SURE THAT THIS IS A TWO-WAY CONVERSATION, THAT THIS IS ABOUT GOING OUT AND HOLDING COMMUNITY MEETINGS BEFORE WE MAKE A MOVE, AND ASKING PARENTS AND FAMILIES AND TEACHERS WHAT DO YOU NEED? WHAT ARE WE DOING THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE BETTER? I KNOW THE SUPERINTENDENT IS ON THE LISTENING TOUR. BUT I ALSO THINK IF WE ARE GOING TO DEPLOY FOUR OR FIVE PEOPLE TO DIFFERENT AREAS, THEY NEED TO START ON A LISTENING TOUR. NOT A TALKING TOUR. A LISTENING TOUR. THERE'S A REASON THAT WE HAVE ONE MOUTH AND TWO EARS. BUT I REALLY THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT WHAT OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS. IF WE ARE NOT LISTENING, WE ARE DOING THINGS IN A VACUUM AND IN A SILO AND WE ARE NOT RESPONDING TO WHAT THEY NEED, AND THEREFORE WE DON'T GET THE RESULTS WE EXPECT. SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT'S CLEAR IN THIS DIRECTION. I ALSO APPRECIATE THAT SOME OF THESE DIVISIONS EVERYBODY MOVED AROUND HERE, AND AT THE BOTTOM HERE I'M LOOKING AT CENTRAL PRINTING, AND THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP, AND THEN THE OFFICE OF WEB COMMUNICATIONS. I DIDN'T SEE -- AND CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG -- IS THIS A COST NEUTRAL REORG?   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YES, IT IS.   

>>Cindy Stuart: DID WE GET THAT PAGE WHERE WE SHOW WHAT THE SAVINGS ARE, WHAT -- IS THIS JUST ALL COST NEUTRAL?   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT'S ALL COAST NEUTRAL.   

>> THIS IS LESS POSITIONS THAN ARE CURRENTLY IN THAT DIVISION?   

>> THAT'S CORRECT. FOR EXAMPLE, IN CENTRAL PRINTING, WE HAVE TWO VACANT POSITIONS THAT WERE NOT FILLED THIS YEAR. SO THOSE WERE ELIMINATED. THE DOWNGRADING OF THE FIVE DEPARTMENT MANAGERS TO THREE, THAT'S A CHANGE IN COST SAVINGS. SO WE DID ALL THOSE MOVES TO KIND OF REMAIN COST NEUTRAL. THE SHIFTING OF THE WEB COMMUNICATIONS UNDER I.T. IS JUST A MOVE OF PERSONNEL UNDER NEW DIVISION WHICH IS JUST A SHIFT OF FOLKS UNDER NEW DIVISION SO THAT WAS COST NEUTRAL. SO THERE IS NO NEW SALARIES THERE. AND THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AND PHILANTHROPY WHICH WAS DR. SYKES REREORG IS A MOVE UNDER ONE DIVISION HEAD INSTEAD OF BEING SHARED BY TWO DIVISION HEADS.   

>>Cindy Stuart: AND I'M LOOKING AT THIS. SO THIS HAS AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF MARCH 12.   

>> THAT'S CORRECT.   

>>Cindy Stuart: WHICH IS NEXT WEEK. BUT WE HAVE YET TO HIRE THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND WE HAVE YET TO -- SO I'M CURIOUS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PERSON WE ARE GOING TO HIRE FOR THAT POSITION, WHICH HAS BEEN ADVERTISED AND INTERVIEWED, HAS THE ABILITY TO ACTUALLY DO THE HIRING AND SET-UP OF THIS ALONG WITH TUCKER HALL, AND MR. RICHARDS, WHO ARE HERE WITH US, THAT THEY ARE WORKING IN PARTNERSHIP TO MAKE SURE THE RIGHT PEOPLE ARE IN THE RIGHT SEATS ON THIS REORG.   

>>Alberto Vazquez: THE SUPERINTENDENT WAS VERY CLEAR THAT HE REALLY WANTED US TO KIND OF ALLOW MR. RICHARDS TO KIND OF LEAD, KIND OF THE SEARCH, CONDUCTED A NATIONAL SEARCH FOR THE POSITION, BUT ONCE WE FIND THE NEW DIVISION HEAD, THAT THAT PERSON ALONG WITH MR. RICHARDS WORKS TOGETHER ON REALLY VETTING AND FINDING THE APPROPRIATE PEOPLE THAT WILL FIT THESE NEW POSITIONS THAT HAVE BEEN CREATED. WE ARE AT THE FINAL STAGE OF THE OFFICER, AND WILL BE BRINGING THAT TO THE BOARD VERY SOON.   

>>Cindy Stuart: SO THE NEXT BOARD MEETING IS NOT UNTIL APRIL. SO I'M CURIOUS ABOUT THE EFFECTIVE TIMELINE ON THIS. MARCH 12th.   

>>Alberto Vazquez: RIGHT. SO THE MAJORITY OF THE MOVEMENT ON MARCH 12 WILL BE THE PEOPLE OUT OF THE DIFFERENTIATIONS TO BE ABLE TO NOW BE IN I.T., AND THE COMMUNITY OUTREACH DIVISION. WE WILL BE PAUSING ON SOME OF TH INTERVIEW PROCESS UNTIL WE GET THE OFFICER ON BOARD, WHICH WILL COME TO YOU ON APRIL 47th. AND THEN ONCE THE MEDIA OFFICER IS ON BOARD, THEN WORKING ALONGSIDE OF TUCKER HALL, THEY WILL -- WE WILL CONTINUE TO KIND OF BE WORK THROUGH THE HIRING AND THE INTERVIEW PROCESS FOR THE OTHER POSITIONS.   

>>Cindy Stuart: SO DR. VAZQUEZ, THIS COST SAVINGS OR COST NEUTRAL PIECE ON THIS IS NOT REFLECTED IN THE ACTUAL AGENDA ITEM. CAN YOU GET THAT TO US?   

>> ABSOLUTELY.   

>>Cindy Stuart: IT'S USUALLY ON THE COVER SHEET AN AND IT'S NOT HERE.   

>> ABSOLUTELY.   

>>Cindy Stuart: I WOULD APPRECIATE THAT. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THAT CONCLUDES THE REGULAR AGENDA. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO VOTE ON THE ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MRS. SHAMBURGER WITH THREE BOARD MEMBERS IN THE BACK ROOM. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION?   

>> HEAR THEY COME. THEY ARE RACING OUT.   

>>Cindy Stuart: SEEING NO DISCUSSION, IF YOU WILL VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COMB COME UP. MRS. SNIVELY? THANK YOU. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. OUR NEXT ITEM IS NUMBER 13.01 WHICH IS AN INFORMATION ITEM. MRS. SAUNDERS WILL PRESENT TO US THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL POSITION REPORTS AS OF JANUARY 31st AND MRS. SNIVELY ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT.   

>> THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL DISPLAYS OUR REVENUES AT A CERTAIN POINT IN TIME.  THIS POINT IN TIME IS JULY 1st, 2016 THROUGH JANUARY 31, 2017. CURRENTLY AS OF JANUARY 31st WE HAVE COLLECTED 68% OF OUR REVENUES. WE ARE ONLY HIGHLIGHTING THE GENERAL FUND. AND WE HAVE EXPENDED 51% OF OUR PROJECTED COSTS. WE ARE CONTINUING TO MEET EVERY WEEK, SOMETIMES TWICE A WEEK WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT, CHIEF OF STAFF, REGARDING OUR PLACEMENT OF THE GENERAL FUND AND WHERE WE ARE. AND WE WILL KEEP YOU IN THE PROCESS OF WHAT'S GOING ON. ANY QUESTIONS?   

>>Melissa Snively: I WOULD JUST REITERATE, I AM GOING TO BE PULLING THIS FOR EVERY MEETING. SO JUST BE READY, BECAUSE I THINK THAT IT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF BEING TRANSPARENT TO OUR STAKEHOLDERS. SO I ENJOY HEARING YOU HIGHLIGHT IT EVERY SINGLE TIME.   

>> THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. SNIVELY. THANK YOU, MRS. SAUNDERS. NEXT UP, WE HAVE THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ACTUALLY, THIS WILL BE VERY BRIEF. I KNOW SOME OF THE CONVERSATIONS --   

>>Cindy Stuart: WHEN YOU'RE DONE, GO RIGHT INTO YOUR SUPERINTENDENT --   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: PABLO, I'LL NEED THE CLICKER IN A SECOND. I JUST WANTED TO TALK ABOUT A COUPLE OF ITEMS. FIRST OF ALL, THE GIFTS AND CONSULTING GROUP ITEM, WE WANT TO REMIND THE BOARD, WE HAVE A BOARD WORKSHOP ON APRIL 25th IN WHICH MR. GIBSON WILL BE HERE TO KIND OF GO THROUGH THE NEXT PHASE OF THE GIBSON REPORT. SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT. I DID WANT TO -- BECAUSE I HAD A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS ON ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE'VE BEEN WORKING THROUGH. I DON'T KNOW IF I REALLY TOUCHED ON IT IN DETAIL. I THINK MAYBE MS. SNIVELY MIGHT HAVE REACHED OUT WITH A QUESTION. BUT THE INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF SAVINGS, BECAUSE THAT'S ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS, AND THEY HAD A GOAL THE FIRST-YEAR GOAL, LIKE 22 MILLION IN STAFF SAVINGS. WE STARTED DOWN THAT PATH. PART OF THAT WAS THE INITIAL REASSIGNMENT OF STAFF THIS YEAR WAS ABOUT $9 MILLION SAVINGS. THAT WAS RECURRING SAVINGS. BUT THE COMPLICATING FACTOR ON THAT PARTICULAR RECOMMENDATION IS WE HAVE TO ALL -- WE HAVE TO ABIDE BY CLASS SIZE. WE HAVE MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE DOING ALL THINGS RIGHT BY THE CLASSROOM TEACHER FORMULA OR RATIO. THANK YOU. SO THE GROUP OF TEACHERS THAT WE REALLY HAVE LEFT TO LOOK AT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE BEING AS EFFICIENT, AS EFFECTIVE AS POSSIBLE ARE THOSE TEACHERS THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF THOSE CLASSROOMS. AND THAT'S WHERE THE PRESENTATION AT THE WORKSHOP A FEW WEEKS AGO THAT TALKED ABOUT OUR SUPPLEMENTAL UNITS AND HOW WE'VE REDUCED THOSE FROM LAST YEAR TO THIS YEAR ALONG WITH SOME OF THE REASSIGNMENT THAT WE'VE DONE ALREADY. SO WE'RE KIND OF CHIPPING AWAY AT THAT, BUT IT'S NOT AS EASY AS JUST SAYING YOU'RE OVER X NUMBER OF TEACHERS AND THEREFORE YOU HAVE TO -- YOU KNOW, YOU CAN CUT. BECAUSE WE HAVE A CLASS SIZE AMENDMENT THAT WE HAVE TO ABIDE BY ALONG THE WAY. SO WE'RE BEING AS EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE BUT ALSO RECOGNIZE WE NEED SUPPORTS TO SUPPORT OUR TEACHERS OUT THERE. THE SECOND ITEM I JUST WANTED TO TOUCH BASE WITH YOU ON IS I HAD THE PLEASURE OF VISITING ONE OF OUR -- ONE OF OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS AND ONE OF OUR DIFFERENTIATED ACCOUNTABILITY SCHOOLS THIS PAST WEEK. ONE OF THE THINGS ILL TELL YOU THAT IS ALREADY DIFFERENT ABOUT OUR ELEVATE SCHOOLS THAT I'VE BEEN AT AND OUR DIFFERENTIATED ACCOUNTABILITY SCHOOLS IS THE CONDITIONS THAT ARE BEING SET FOR LEARNING. I THINK WE CAN'T UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF SETTING THE RIGHT CONDITIONS SO THAT LEARNING CAN IMPROVE, AND THEREFORE ACADEMIC SUCCESS BE ACHIEVED BY OUR STUDENTS. WE CAN THROW A LOT OF THINGS AT SCHOOLS AND SCHOOLS CAN COME UP WITH A LOT OF GREAT IDEAS. WE HAVE VERY CREATIVE TEACHERS AND LEESHEDZ, BUT -- LEADERS BUT WE HAVE TO SET THE CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT RIGHT FOR ANYBODY. I THINK ANYBODY THAT GOES THROUGH OUR SCHOOLS RIGHT NOW, NO MATTER WHAT SCHOOLS THEY WOULD BE GOING THROUGH, BUT I WAS AT LOCKHART EARLIER THIS WEEK. YOU TALK ABOUT AN ENGAGING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS AND THE LEADERSHIP AND THE TEACHERS THAT ARE ALL IN THERE FOR KIDS, IT WAS EXTREMELY IMPRESSED WITH WHAT'S HAPPENING AT LOCKHART ELEMENTARY. AND THEN B.T. WASHINGTON WAS THE OTHER SCHOOL THAT I VISITED. MS. GERDING AND THE STAFF OVER THERE ARE JUST DOING SOME TREMENDOUS THINGS AND SETTING GREAT CONDITIONS FOR LEARNING. SO I KNOW AS WE MOVE FORWARD IT'S A WORK IN PROGRESS. WE'RE STILL WORKING WITH STAFFS ON SOME OTHER THINGS THAT WE CAN DO TO PROVIDE BENEFITS TO TEACHERS AND TO BETTER RECRUIT TEACHERS TO OUR HIGH-NEEDS SCHOOLS. BUT THE BIG DIFFERENCE I SEE RIGHT NOW, WHICH IS WHAT YEAR ONE SHOULD BE ALL ABOUT IN THIS PROCESS, IS SETTING ALL THE RIGHT CONDITIONS FOR LEARNING. SO THOSE ARE MY UPDATES THERE. NOW I HAVE THE CLICKER. THANK YOU, PABLO. I'LL MOVE ON TO MY NEXT FOLDER. HERE I GO. ALL RIGHT. SUPERINTENDENT'S UPDATES.   

>> HOLD ON A SECOND. MS. SNIVELY WANTS TO COMMENT.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: MS. SNIVELY HAS BEEN DOING MATH OVER THERE. [ LAUGHTER ] SHE HAS HER CALCULATOR OUT.   

>>Melissa Snively: ONE OF THE REASONS THAT I HAD ASKED FOR THIS TO BE ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA WAS, OBVIOUSLY, TO CONTINUE TO GIVE US UPDATES. AND SO I HAD ASKED THE LAST BOARD MEETING ABOUT THE SPECIFIC LINE ITEM OF IMPROVING TEACHER SCHEDULING EFFICIENCY WITHIN LEGAL CONSTRAINTS, OBVIOUSLY. AND SO WHAT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO DO IS GET A BETTER BREAKDOWN. AND THE REASON I ASK THAT IS BECAUSE OUT OF THE NET YEAR ONE FISCAL IMPACT OF $37,253,662, 59% OF THAT NET YEAR-ONE FISCAL IMPACT SAVINGS IS FROM THAT PARTICULAR LINE. I KNOW IT CAN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. I UNDERSTAND THAT; I'M REALISTIC. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A BETTER BREAKDOWN, THOUGH. I WANT TO SEE WHAT PART OF THAT 22 MILLION HAVE WE SAVED? WHAT ARE WE ON TRACK FOR? BECAUSE OF THE COMPOUNDING EFFECTS THAT IT HAS OVER TIME. YOU KNOW, IN THE FIVE-YEAR FISCAL IMPACT, IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE $264 MILLION. BUT IF IT'S ONLY 9 MILLION THIS YEAR, CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO BE 264 MILLION IN YEAR FIVE. SO THE OTHER ONES ARE OBVIOUSLY IMPACTFUL AS WELL. THEY ARE LESS IMPACTFUL, A SMALLER PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL POTENTIAL SAVINGS, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF A BREAKDOWN OF THAT PARTICULAR LINE JUST BECAUSE IT HAS THE LARGEST IMPACT ON THE BUDGET AT 59% OF SAVINGS FOR FISCAL YEAR ONE. THANK YOU. I'LL PUT MY CALCULATOR AWAY NOW.   

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WE'LL DEFINITELY DO THAT FOR YOU. ALL RIGHT. SO MY COMMENTS THIS EVENING, I HAVE A FEW TOPICS HERE. WE WANT TO START SPORTS BECAUSE THAT WAS A BIG WEEKEND THIS PAST WEEKEND OUT IN THE SPORTS ARENA ACROSS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM. THEY WON THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP THIS PAST SATURDAY. THIS IS THE FIRST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL IN 35 YEARS. [ APPLAUSE ] WOW. BEING A FORMER BASKETBALL PLAYER, I HOPE IT'S NOT ANOTHER 35 YEARS. I'M EXPECTING SOMETHING RIGHT NEXT YEAR. NO PRESSURE, BASKETBALL COACHES OUT THERE. BUT SICKLES HEAD COACH REYNALDO GARCIA AND HIS TEAM HAD A TOUGH MATCH ON SATURDAY BUT THE TURNING POINT CAME IN THE FINAL TWO MINUTES. I HAD TO LEAVE FOR AN EVENT I WAS AT SATURDAY NIGHT. I DIDN'T SEE THE FINAL COURT. I LOVE THE EVENT I WAS AT, BUT THE FINAL SCORE WAS 51-45. BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING, I CONTINUE TO BE AMAZED AT THE INCREDIBLE DOMINATION BY THE BRANDON EAGLES WRESTLING TEAM AND COACH RUSS COZART. THE TEAM WON THERE. NOW, THIS IS JUST MIND-BOGGLING -- THEIR 17th STRAIGHT STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP P THIS WEEKEND. 17th STRAIGHT. I MEAN, I DON'T EVEN -- I CAN'T EVEN FATHOM THAT. THIS IS THE TEAM'S 28 OVERALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. IT WAS AN EMOTIONAL NIGHT ON SATURDAY AND A VERY CLOSE WIN. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TEAM AND WHAT COACH COZART DOES EVERY YEAR WITH KIDS AND THE WAY HE REALLY WORKS IN THE SUMMER WITH DEVELOPING KIDS, DOING ALL THE CAMPS THAT HE DOES. I MEAN, HE'S BUILT AN AMAZING PROGRAM THERE, AND HIS DEDICATION IS JUST SECOND TO NONE. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO COACH COZART. STAYING WITH THE SPORTS THEME -- I'VE GOT PICTURES, BY THE WAY, I HAVEN'T BEEN SHOWING. THERE'S THE SICKLES BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM. THERE'S THE WRESTLING TEAM AND NOW, WE HAVE, IF YOU WATCHED THE DAYTONA 500, YOU WOULD HAVE SEEN ONE OF OUR GRADUATES NEAR THE FRONT OF THE PACK. ARIC ALMIROLA FINISHED FOURTH AT THE DAYTONA 500 DRIVING NUMBER 43 FORD FUSION FOR RICHARD PETTY MOTOR SPORTS. ERIC ATTENDED EGYPT LAKE ELEMENTARY AND GRADUATED FROM HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. HIS PARENTS FIRST MET AT WHAT WAS PIERCE HIGH SCHOOL. PRIOR TO DAYTONA 500, ARIC VISITED PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL WHERE HE BROUGHT A NASCAR SIMILARITY AND ENCOURAGED STUDENTS TO WORK HARD. HE SHARED THE MESSAGE THAT THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE TODAY CAN TRULY IMPACT THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. SO I WANT TO THANK ARIC FOR STOPPING BY THERE AT PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND JUST REALLY MOTIVATING OUR STUDENTS. WE HAD A GREAT EVENT LAST WEEK WITH OUR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION EVENT. WE HAD A WONDERFUL NIGHT AS WE HONORED AND CELEBRATED ALL OF OUR SCHOOL WINNERS FOR TEACHER OF THE YEAR. EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AND INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR. THE NIGHT WAS CAPPED OFF WITH THREE DISTRICT WINNERS. PEDRO FROM JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL WAS THE DIVERSITY EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR. REAGANS FROM FRANKLIN BOYS PREP ACADEMY, THE INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AND MARIA TORRES PROS BEE FROM MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL, THE TEACHER OF THE YEAR. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR COMING OUT TO SUPPORT OUR EMPLOYEES, AND THANK YOU TO OUR TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF. I KNOW YOU PROVIDE THE BEST INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT TO EVERY CHILD, AND I APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION. LAST THURSDAY WAS GRAD NATION, AN AMAZING COMMUNITY SUMMIT LED BY STUDENTS. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR STUDENTS AND THOSE FROM PINELLAS COUNTY WHO ATTENDED. THEY SHARED THEIR INSIGHT INTO IDENTIFYING THE CHALLENGES OUR STUDENTS FACE AND OFFERING SOLUTIONS TO HOW WE CAN PREPARE STUDENTS ON THEIR PATH TO GRADUATION. IT WAS A REAL EYE-OPENING DAY. THANK YOU TO MELISSA ERICKSON WITH THE ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR PUTTING TOGETHER THIS SUMMIT AND FOR BEING A CHAMPION FOR OUR STUDENTS. JUST LASTLY, NO PICTURES HERE, A FINAL TOPIC FOR TONIGHT, AS A FORMER TEACHER, I RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY ASSESSMENTS, ACCOUNTABILITY AND AUTONOMY. SENATE BILL 964 BY SENATOR BILL MONTFORD PROVIDES COMMONSENSE LEGISLATION FOR TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS. AS YOU HEARD FROM MR. HIZINSKI THIS EVENING, TODAY IS THE OPENING DAY OF THE SESSION. SO I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THIS BILL FOR YOU, BECAUSE IT'S ONE THAT WE REALLY NEED TO SUPPORT AND TRACK AND JUST KIND OF JUST BE AWARE THAT THERE COULD BE SOME CHANGES AS WE MOVE FORWARD. THE LEGISLATION, OF COURSE, TITLED "COMMON SENSE LEGISLATION." SO THERE YOU GO! LIMITS ANNUAL ASSESSMENTS TO FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN ESSA. IT AUTHORIZES TESTS TO BE ADMINISTERED USING PAPER, PENCIL, NON-ELECTRONICALLY. REQUIRES THE FSA TO BE ADMINISTERED NO EARLIER THAN THE LAST FOUR WEEKS OF SCHOOL, AND I HAD A HEART ATTACK WHEN I READ THAT STATEMENT BECAUSE THAT IS GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT OF A CHALLENGE WITH THE LAST FOUR WEEKS. BUT IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO NOTE SENATE BILL 964 REPEALS VAM OR THE VALUE ADDED MODEL AND RETURNS TEACHER ADMINISTRATOR EVALUATION SYSTEM TO THE LOCAL LEVEL. AND SENATE BILL 964 ALSO MODIFIES THE STATE'S GRADING SYSTEM WITHOUT COMPROMISING HIGH STANDARDS. I'VE ASKED THE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS TEAM TO TRACK THE PROGRESS OF SENATE BILL 964 AND TO PROVIDE US TIMELY UPDATES. SO WE WILL SEE, YOU KNOW, HOW THAT ALL PLAYS OUT. THERE IS A COMPANION BILL OVER IN THE HOUSE RIGHT NOW. IT HAS SOME SIMILARITIES, BUT ALSO SOME DIFFERENCES, SO I KNOW THAT THEY'LL START TO WORK ON THAT AS THEY GO TO CONFERENCE THOSE BILLS. BUT JUST WANTED TO GIVE THE BILL AN UPDATE THAT THAT IS ONE THAT WE ARE WATCHING VERY, VERY CLOSELY. THAT WOULD IMPACT OUR WORLD TREMENDOUSLY. I DO NOT OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD KNOW THE NAME, BUT I WILL GIVE YOU THAT NAME AND I'LL SEND IT TO THE BOARD. ALL RIGHT. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. THANK YOU, MS. STUART.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS, IF THERE ARE BOARD COMMENTS AT THIS TIME, PLEASE PUSH YOUR BUTTONS. MS. VALDES.   

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. EAKINS PROBABLY TOUCHED ON THIS, BUT I WANTED TO TAKE A MOMENT AND CONGRATULATE SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL FOR BREAKING A CHICAGO CUBS-LIKE STREAK BY WINNING THE BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 35-YEAR SPAN, THEY DID IT. SO THANK YOU, COACH REYNALDO GARCIA FOR YOUR YEARS OF SERVICE WITH SICKLES AND THE BASKETBALL TEAM. ALSO, I'D LIKE TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THIS MOMENT AND CONGRATULATE LETO'S CULINARY ARTS PROGRAM FOR WINNING THEIR FIFTH STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. CHEF, THANK YOU FOR GIVING OUR STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RISE AND SHINE. ALSO, I'D LIKE TO CONGRATULATE THE BAND AT LETO FOR THEIR EARNINGS OF SUPERIOR RATING AND MR. CABRERA FOR HIS ENTHUSIASM AND DEDICATION TO THE STUDENTS AT LETO AND ITS COMMUNITY. LAST WEEK, WE CELEBRATED THE EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS. IT'S OUR ACADEMY AWARDS, OSCARS. I WANT TO THANK THE SPONSORS FOR ALL THAT THEY DO TO HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN. AND I'D LIKE TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE THE WINNERS PUBLICLY. WE HAVE TERENIQUE REAGANS FROM TAMPA BAY BOYS SUPPORT, EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR. WE HAVE A PERSON FROM JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL, HE IS A TEACHER, I BELIEVE HE TEACHES THE WELDING CLASS AS IDA S. BAKER RECIPIENT OF THE YEAR. AND MARIA TORRES CROSBY, MEMORIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER AS TEACHER OF THE YEAR. IT'S JUST AMAZING. THEY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY -- WE HAD TERENIQUE AND PEDRO WITH US AT THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL PARADE, AND BOTH OF THEM, THEY JUST SAID THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT THEY'LL NEVER, EVER FORGET THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH US, AND THEY WERE ABLE TO REALLY ENJOY TIME WITH ALL OF US, AND THEY ARE JUST GREAT PEOPLE. I JUST WANT TO SAY CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE THEIR EXAMPLE OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP REALLY SHINES THROUGH AND THE PRIDE. THEY ARE THE PRIDE OF THE DISTRICT, AND THANK YOU FOR WHAT THEY DO EACH AND EVERY DAY. MEMBER SHAMBURGER, CONGRATULATIONS, BECAUSE ALL OF THE RECIPIENTS ARE IN DISTRICT 5. THAT'S FABULOUS. SO YOU SEE, THERE'S A LOT OF STUFF GOING ON RIGHT IN DISTRICT 5. SO YOUR DISTRICT HAS FABULOUS TEACHERS AND EMPLOYEES, AND IT'S A TESTAMENT FROM JUST THE THREE RECIPIENTS ALL COMING OUT OF DISTRICT 5. I WANT TO THANK THE ED FOUNDATION FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF OUR SCHOOLS. FOR THE LAST THREE SCHOOL YEARS, THE FOUNDATION HAS DELIVERED UB SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO CLASSROOMS. AND I ATTENDED -- EVERY YEAR I'VE ATTENDED SEVERAL OF THE DELIVERIES OF THE SUPPLIES TO THE SCHOOLS, AND THIS YEAR, I WENT TO TOWN N' COUNTRY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND EVERY CLASSROOM RECEIVES A BOX OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES THAT EVERY CHILD IN THAT CLASS RECEIVES. SO IT'S A REALLY NEAT BOX. AND THE KIDS WERE SO GREAT THE WAY THEY WERE TRYING TO GUESS WHAT IT IS THAT'S GOING TO BE IN THAT BOX. IT WAS A LOT OF FUN. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT. I'D ALSO LIKE TO THANK PRINCIPAL RICHARD SHONTE FOR HIS LEADERSHIP AT JENNINGS MIDDLE SCHOOL. MRS. YOUNG, MS. MORGADO AND I ATTENDED THEIR INAUGURAL SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTION. AND IT WAS VERY WELL ATTENDED BY THE COMMUNITY. YOU WOULD THINK THAT THE MAJORITY OF THE STUDENTS BEING INDUCTED WERE HISPANIC LATINO. BUT I'M VERY HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THEY WERE ACTUALLY THE MINORITY. THERE WERE SEVERAL, GOSH, I THINK IT WAS ABOUT 30 KIDS, IF I COUNT THESE, AROUND 30 STUDENTS THAT WERE INDUCTED. AND THE MAJORITY OF THEM WERE BLACK STUDENTS, AND THEY WERE SPEAKING SPANISH, READING SPANISH WITH NO ACCENT WHATSOEVER. I'M SO PROUD OF THEM. CONGRATULATIONS. AND I JUST THANK THE LEADERSHIP OF MR. SHONTE AS WELL AS THE TEACHER OVER THERE, MS. MARIA RODRIGUEZ, WHICH SHE'S A ROCK STAR. AND SHE HAD KIDS THAT HAVE BEEN THROUGH HER PROGRAM COME BACK AND TALK TO THE STUDENTS. AND THE LOVE THAT THEY SHARED ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR TEACHER AND HOW THEY MADE A DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIFE WAS JUST AMAZING. SO MUCHAS GRACIAS, SEÑORA RODRIGUEZ. GRAD NATION. GRAD NATION WAS PHENOMENAL. THESE LITTLE THINGS FROM GRAD NATION SO WE HAVE THE PLACES WHERE YOU GO AND ALL THAT. THAT'S JUST A REMINDER AS TO WHAT IT IS THAT WE ARE HERE TO DO, WHICH IS TO GRADUATE 90% OF OUR STUDENTS BY THE YEAR 2020. AND THEN MRS. REDDICK WOULD BE SO PROUD OF HER SCHOOL. AT HER SCHOOL, REDDICK ELEMENTARY, WE HAVE ADULT CLASSES OFFERED FOR THE PARENTS TO LEARN ENGLISH, THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, COMPUTER COURSES, AND IT'S JUST AMAZING WHAT'S GOING ON THERE. I'D LIKE TO COMMEND CAROL MAYO AND JUDY BONSAI FOR THEIR HARD WORK AND CARING NATURE FOR THIS COMMUNITY. A BIG THANK YOU TO JAY ROTH, PRINCIPAL OF REDDICK ELEMENTARY. I BELIEVE HE'S BEEN THE ONLY PRINCIPAL AT THAT SCHOOL. AND HE'S AMAZING THE WAY HE OPENS THE DOORS TO THE ELEMENTARY -- OF AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO THE COMMUNITY AT-LARGE. IT'S JUST AMAZING. I DON'T KNOW IF, PABLO, DO YOU -- I HAVE A SHORT -- A LITTLE SHORT VIDEO OF THE MIGRANT FESTIVAL THAT OCCURRED NOT TOO LONG AGO, TWO WEEKS AGO TO BE EXACT. AND IT WAS ON A SATURDAY. THE COMMUNITY WAS JUST OUT THE THERE. IT WAS JUST AMAZING. PABLO, IF YOU HAVE IT THERE, IF YOU DON'T MIND ROLLING IT. I JUST WANT TO THANK THE STAFF AT TBAE FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE IN CAPTURING THESE MOMENTS.   

>> HELLO. MY NAME IS JAY ROTH. I'M THE VERY PROUD PRINCIPAL OF REDDICK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DOWN IN WIMAUMA, FLORIDA. WE ARE HERE TODAY CELEBRATING A MIGRANT FESTIVAL THAT WE HOLD ANNUALLY EVERY YEAR HERE. AND IT IS JUST A CELEBRATION THAT WE BRING OUR COMMUNITY TOGETHER TO SHARE SERVICES THAT ARE GOING TO BE PROVIDED FOR OUR FAMILIES AND OUR CHILDREN. AND IT IS JUST AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER AND SHARE A COMMON BOND AND A POSITIVE CULTURE. KIDS THAT WE HAVE HERE UNDERSTAND HOW THEY ARE CARED FOR AND THAT THEY HAVE A HOME HERE AT REDDICK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND IN WIMAUMA, FLORIDA. WE ARE VERY HONORED TO BE ABLE TO HOLD THIS FESTIVAL EVERY YEAR AS IT GROWS AND GROWS IN PARTICIPATION, AND IN THE VOLUNTEERS THAT COME AND SUPPORT US IN OUR EFFORTS TO MAKE EVERY DAY BETTER FOR OUR VERY NEEDY AND VERY LOVING CHILDREN.   

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU. AND THAT'S JUST PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THANK YOU.   

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

>>Lynn Gray: JUST A FEW OCCASIONS THAT ACTUALLY REPRESENT WHAT SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS SAID ABOUT HOW SOME SCHOOLS SET UP THE RIGHT CONDITIONS FOR SUCCESS. ONE EXAMPLE I FOUND WAS AT SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL, THE CHALLENGE DAY. THEY ACTUALLY HAVE THIS HUGE DAY WHERE THEY BREAK DOWN ALL THE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL BARRIERS THAT TEENAGERS FACE. AND THEY SUSTAINED IT BY WHAT IS CALLED "A CHANGE CLUB." SO IN A NUTSHELL, WHAT THEY DO AND HOW THEIR THEORY IS IS THAT YOU TAKE CARE OF A LOT OF THEIR EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL DISCOMFORTS AND THEN WHEN THEY GET INTO THE CLASSROOM, THEY ARE BETTER LEARNERS. AND I THINK MANY OF US REALIZE THAT, THAT THERE'S A LOT ON A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT'S PLATE OTHER THAN JUST THE INTELLECTUAL ABILITY. THEY HAVE A LOT OF EMOTIONALITIES. IN RELATIONSHIP TO THAT, A BIG SHOUT-OUT TO ADAM SHERMAN AND ROB KORTURICHIK AND THEIR PRINCIPAL, MR. LOU. VERY, VERY SUPPORTIVE. THEY DO IT EVERY YEAR, AND IT IS BEING SUSTAINED. I THINK IT'S A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE BRING THE POWER OF EDUCATION TO OUR STUDENTS AND TO THE FACULTY. WHAT WAS REALLY INTERESTING WAS THE WEST UNIVERSITY CHARTER SCHOOL. WAS IN WASHINGTON ABOUT HOW THESE KIDS ARE BEING TURNED AROUND EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE CONSIDERED ONCE UPON A TIME FAILURES, AND I AM NEW TO THE CHARTER SCHOOL, THIS PARTICULAR ONE. I KNOW THERE ARE TWO OTHERS, BUT THE PRINCIPAL, JEFF MITCHELL AND BOBBY SMITH HAD INVITED ME OVER AND OVER AGAIN. THEY WORK MIRACLES WHERE KIDS MAY HAVE NEVER BEEN A VIABLE PART OF SOCIETY ARE REALLY ACHIEVING GREAT GOALS. IT'S SO INSPIRING, AND I'M JUST THRILLED OF WHAT THEY ARE DOING. RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM VAN BUREN. I ACTUALLY STUDIED THAT AREA, TOO, CHRIS. INTERESTING. SO WHAT I'M REMINDED ABOUT IS THAT WE'RE ALL IN THIS PROFESSION TOGETHER. THESE ARE EXAMPLES OF WHAT HAPPENS WHEN TRUE BELIEVERS IMPLEMENT THE POWER OF EDUCATION WITH OUR STUDENTS. THESE EDUCATORS HELP OUR STUDENTS SUCCEED NOT JUST IN THE CLASSROOM, BUT ALSO IN THE REAL WORLD. WHETHER IT'S COLLEGE, THE MILITARY OR A VOCATIONAL PROGRAM, OUR STUDENTS LEAVE OUR DISTRICT WITH A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND A CHANCE TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE TO OUR SOCIETY. AND THOSE ARE JUST TWO EXAMPLES OF THAT SYNOPSIS. SO IT WAS A VERY INTERESTING LAST WEEK. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: SORRY. MS. HARRIS.   

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. EXCUSE ME. I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SPENDING QUITE A BUSY SCHEDULE VISITING MANY OF THE AREA'S -- MANY OF THE AREAS. THE FIRST ONE I WENT TO WAS THE PEPIN ACADEMY THAT DID THEIR RIBBON CUTTING IN RIVERVIEW, ONE OF OUR NEW CHARTER SCHOOLS. AND HOW THEY SERVE A SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY. IT WAS REALLY A GOOD EVENT, AND IT WAS NEAT TO TOUR THE FACILITY AND SEE HOW THEY WERE DOING. AND THEN RAN OVER TO THE TRANSPORTATION CULTURAL FAIR. THAT WAS A GREAT EVENT. EVERYBODY HAD A GOOD TIME. MS. VALDES WAS DOING LOTS OF DANCING AS USUAL. AND DISRUPTING THE CHILDREN AND GETTING ALL THE CHILDREN TO DANCE. IT WAS REALLY GREAT AND JUST THE LAUGHTER. THEN THE TEMPLE TERRACE FAMILY NIGHT EVENT WITH THE FFA, THE FLORIDA FRESH, AND I GOT TO BE WITH THE BELLAMY BROTHERS. THAT WAS A REALLY GOOD EVENT. YEAH, AND THEN, OF COURSE, THESE ARE THE PICTURES FROM OUR GREAT EVENT, THE GASPARILLA RUN AND LOTS OF FUN. WE HAD A BOARD RETREAT, AND WE GOT TO DISSECT A QUID, AND YOU CAN SEE THE GREAT PICTURES AND THE LAUGHTER THAT TOOK PLACE ON THAT. WE HAD SOME DOING IT AND SOME NOT DOING IT. THEN WE HAD THE GRAD NATION, AS MR. EAKINS SAID, IT WAS WITH MELISSA ERICKSON AND IT WAS A GREAT EVENT, AND THE KIDS WERE JUST PHENOMENAL. YOU HAVE TO -- CAN WE GO BACK TO THAT PICTURE, PABLO? I HAD TO SHARE THIS, GUYS, BECAUSE I SNUCK A PICTURE IN THERE OF MR. EAKINS, AND LOOK AT HIS HAIR. IT WAS DARK. IT'S A DIFFERENT COLOR NOW. ARE THESE SEVEN WOMEN DOING THAT TO YOU? [ LAUGHTER ] I JUST HAD TO DO THAT. FORGIVE ME. WE TEASE HIM ALL THE TIME ABOUT IT. AND THEN THIS WAS A REALLY NEAT EVENT WHERE THEY TOOK THE DIFFERENT YEARS AND THE KIDS HAD TO PUT TOGETHER A COLLAGE OF WHAT TOOK PLACE IN THOSE YEARS, AND IT WAS REALLY NEAT TO SEE THEM TRY TO REMEMBER WHAT THINGS WERE GOING ON. THEN WE RUSHED OVER TO THE MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE S.T.E.M. FAIR, WHICH WAS FABULOUS. THAT EVENT WAS JUST FABULOUS. THE KIDS GOT TO PARTICIPATE IN A LOT OF EVENTS. YOU CAN SEE THERE WERE A LOT OF CHILDREN THERE. HUNDREDS, ACTUALLY, AND THEY GOT TO TOUR ON THE AIRPLANES AND WHAT HAVE YOU. THEN WE RAN OVER TO THE JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT TO SEE OUR SUPERINTENDENT RECEIVE A HALL OF FAME AWARD, WHICH WAS A LOT OF FUN. APRIL THE GIRAFFE. THEN WE WENT TO THE PLANT CITY PARADE. THAT WAS A GREAT EVENT. THEN LAST NIGHT, MS. GRAY AND I GOT TO GO TO THE MANAGERS TRAINING GRADUATION AND PASS OUT THEIR CERTIFICATES, AND THAT WAS GOOD. AND THIS MORNING, I WENT TO LOMAX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND I GOT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DR. SEUSS BOWL. IT'S BEEN A VERY BUSY TIME. THERE ARE SO MANY NEAT THINGS GOING ON IN THE COMMUNITY, AND I KNOW I SHARE THIS EVERY TIME. I JUST LOVE THE GOOD THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON. YES, WE HAVE TO DO BUSINESS, YES, WE HAVE TO SIT UP HERE AND MAKE THE HARD DECISIONS, AND BALANCE IT ALL OUT. BUT WHEN YOU HAVE THAT KIND OF ACTIVITY GOING ON IN THE COMMUNITY AND IN OUR SCHOOLS IT MAKES YOU SIT HERE AND REALIZE THAT EVEN THOUGH THIS MEETING HAS BEEN FIVE HOURS LONG, IT'S WORTH EVERY MINUTE OF IT BECAUSE THE KIDS ARE REALLY MAKING A DIFFERENCE, AND WE'RE MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR THEIR LIVES. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.   

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I, TOO, HAD A FANTASTIC TIME AT THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL AND THE PARADE AND THE LUNCHEON, AND IT WAS ALL REALLY FUN. I LOVE PLANT CITY. I GO OUT AND BUY THAT RED DRESS BEFORE EVERY STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL BECAUSE I JUST -- WELL, I LIKE TO SHOP, TOO. [ LAUGHTER ] BUT I ESPECIALLY LIKE TO SHOW MY SPIRIT FOR PLANT CITY, SO, YEAH, THAT IS JUST SOME AWESOME TIME OUT THERE. SO I HIGHLY RECOMMEND GOING TO THE FESTIVAL IF YOU GET A CHANCE. I HAD THE DATE -- I WAS TRYING TO FIND THE DATES AS FAR AS -- I THINK IT'S THROUGH NEXT WEEK, RIGHT? TO THE 12th. AND THERE ARE SPECIAL DAYS AND SPECIAL CONCERTS AND LOTS OF ACTIVITIES GOING ON, SO THAT'S AWESOME. AND THEN I WANTED TO TALK ALSO ABOUT AN EVENT COMING UP IN APRIL, ON APRIL THE 29th, AND -- PABLO, DID YOU GET MY VIDEO? DID YOU GET THE FLYER? NO. OKAY. WE'LL DO IT NEXT TIME. WE HAVE TIME. I'LL GET IT TO YOU AGAIN. THERE'S AN EVENT SATURDAY, APRIL AND WE, AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT, ARE HELPING WITH THE LOCATION. IT IS CALLED "YOU DESERVE TO BE LOVED." IT IS THE SECOND ANNUAL GIRLS SUMMIT IN GIRLS 6th THROUGH 12th GRADE. IT'S FEATURING CLASSES ON SELF-ESTEEM AWARENESS, CONFLICT RESOLUTION. THAT'S WORKFORCE READINESS SKILLS, AND THEY ALSO HAVE A FASHION SHOW AND MAKEOVER. SO THAT'S REALLY FUN FOR THE GIRLS AS WELL. SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL HAS AGREED TO HOST IT THIS YEAR ON APRIL 29th. AND IT'S OPEN FOR WHOEVER WANTS TO REGISTER. WE HAVE ENOUGH SPONSORS. WE'RE HOPING TO GET FOUR TO FIVE HUNDRED GIRLS IN THAT AGE RANGE FROM ANY WALK OF LIFE THAT WANT TO PARTICIPATE. AND BECAUSE THE SCHOOL, SPOTO, HAS AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED FASHION PROGRAM, WE DECIDED THAT MIGHT BE THE BEST PLACE TO HOST THIS YEAR FOR THE LADIES. SO I'LL TELL YOU MORE ABOUT THAT. THERE IS A PROMOTIONAL VIDEO. I PUT IT ON MY Facebook PAGE, BUT I WILL TRY AND GET IT READY FOR PABLO NEXT TIME AND A FLYER AS WELL. IF ANYBODY IS INTERESTED IN PROMOTING IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA, I'M HAPPY TO SEND THEM THE LINK FOR THAT. BUT IF YOU GO TO www.JAJJ.ORG YOU CAN FIND OUT MORE ABOUT IT. AND THERE ARE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR ANY BUSINESSES WATCHING. THANK YOU.   

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. AND I WILL BE VERY BRIEF. I JUST WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE TOMORROW NIGHT IS OUR SECOND TRANSPORTATION RESOURCE FAIR OUT AT RANDALL MIDDLE SCHOOL. IT STARTS AT 5:30 UNTIL 7. AND THANK, AGAIN, ALL THE PARTNERS WHO ARE COMING TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO FAMILIES OUT THERE. THE SALADINO BASEBALL TOURNAMENT IS NEXT WEEK. WE HAVE PERFORMERS AND BALL LETTERS TO -- AND BALL THROWERS GOING. AND REMIND OUR STAFF, BE SAFE. NEXT WEEK STARTS SPRING BREAK FOR OUR STUDENTS. SO IT'S ALWAYS A GREAT TIME TO BE OFF. IT LOOKS LIKE WE'LL HAVE GOOD WEATHER. I WANT TO REMIND BOARD MEMBERS THAT WE HAVE A POSTER TO SIGN OVER BY TANYA AND TAKE A QUICK PICTURE. I WANT TO ALSO THANK MELISSA ERICKSON FOR ALL THE WORK ON THE ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR ALL THE WORK SHE DID. I HAVE A SHORT VIDEO FROM THURSDAY NIGHT OF LAST WEEK, AND I SWEAR, WE COULD NOT CONTAIN OURSELVES AT THE TABLE BECAUSE WE WERE LAUGHING SO HARD. PABLO, WHENEVER YOU'RE READY. BUT THEY HAVE FOUND JEFF EAKINS BODY-DOUBLE. SO IF YOU SEE THIS PERSON SHOW UP, JEFF DID RECEIVE THE NATIONAL BRONZE AWARD -- LEADERSHIP AWARD FROM THE JAA ON THURSDAY EVENING.   

>> WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR POSITIONING -- SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS IS CURRENTLY LEADING THE WAY FOR EVERY STUDENT IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO EXPERIENCE THREE OR MORE JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THEIR SCHOOL CAREER. THAT'S ABSOLUTELY REMARKABLE. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE ABUNDANT OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE IN PROGRAMS. THESE OPPORTUNITIES INSPIRE OVER 50,000 STUDENTS A YEAR MAKING THIS PARTNERSHIP ONE OF THE LARGEST J SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTNERS IN THE UNITED STATES. PLEASE WELCOME TO THE STAGE, MR. [ APPLAUSE ]   

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU DO THESE EVENTS WELL. FIRST OF ALL, YOU SHOWCASED OUR KIDS. AND THANK YOU FOR DOING THAT. [ APPLAUSE ] AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, YOU FOUND MY BODY-DOUBLE TONIGHT, SO I CAN SEND HIM TO SOME MEETINGS IN THE NEAR FUTURE. IT IS TRULY AN HONOR TO HAVE A CAREER PARTNER RIGHT HERE IN OUR BACKYARD SERVING 50,000 CHILDREN EVERY SINGLE YEAR, NOW 15,000 MORE WITH FINANCE PARK. 10,000 VOLUNTEERS ACROSS THIS COMMUNITY THAT POUR THEIR LIVES AND TIME INTO OUR STUDENTS JUST TO LET YOU KNOW HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR THAT. AS SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, THIS IS A SPECIAL, SPECIAL COMMUNITY TO LIVE IN. AND WE HAVE ALL THESE AMAZING PARTNERS, AND WE COMBINE THAT WITH AMAZING STUDENTS THAT BENEFIT FROM YOUR TIME AND YOUR EFFORTS. I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW HOW GRATEFUL I AM. AND FOR OUR BOARD, I KNOW MY BOARD IS OUT THERE TONIGHT AND STAFF, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR LEADERSHIP. WHEN WE ALL WORK TOGETHER AND WE'RE ALL ALIGNED, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] [NO AUDIO] [ MUSIC ]   

>> BREAKING NEWS, GOOD MORNING, I AM EMILY JONES, TODAY IS AN EXCITING DAY FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STUDENTS AS JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT BREAKS GROUND, PRESENTED BY THE SUNTRUST FOUNDATION. THIS IS THE MOST HISTORICAL GROUNDBREAKING SINCE THE OPENING OF THE BILL POE FAMILY JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT CENTER. HERE FOR THIS EVENT ARE THE CAMPAIGN TRUSTEES, ALAN BRICKMAN, PAM, GLORIA, SANDY, AND JEFF EAKINS. THIS IS A BIG DAY.   

>> IT SURE IS. SUNTRUST IS PROUD TO BE A PART OF THIS INITIATIVE, BRINGING FINANCIAL EDUCATION TO OUR YOUNG PEOPLE.   

>> JA FINANCE PARK WILL BE AN INTERACTIVE MARKETPLACE THAT REPRESENTS THE BUSINESSES AND LEADING ORGANIZATIONS IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY.   

>> SOON, WILL BE MAKING IMPORTANT FINANCIAL DECISIONS, SUCH AS MANAGING HOUSEHOLD BUDGET, USING BANKING SERVICES AND MAKE PURCHASING AND INVESTMENT DECISIONS.   

>> TOGETHER WITH THE BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT, AND EDUCATION COMMUNITIES, JA FINANCE PARK WILL EQUIP OUR YOUTH TO BECOME FINANCIALLY INDEPENDENT, BUILDING A BETTER FUTURE FOR THEMSELVES AND THE COMMUNITY.   

>> WE ARE SO EXCITING, OPENING THIS FALL. INNOVATIVE, FAR-REACHING PROGRAM FOR YOUTH FINANCIAL EDUCATION IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA.   

>> I AM PROUD TO REPORT THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY 8th GRADE STUDENTS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN LESSONS THAT WILL LAST A LIFETIME, FROM JA FINANCE PARK, I AM EMILY JONES. [ APPLAUSE ]   

>>Cindy Stuart: SO BOARD MEMBERS, IF THERE'S NOTHING ELSE, WE ARE ADJOURNED. [ SOUNDING GAVEL ] [ MUSIC ]