Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Regular Board Meeting from May 16th, 2017, 3:00 P.M.

(SOUNDING GAVEL).  

>>Cindy Stuart: GOOD AFTERNOON, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. I'M GOING TO CALL TODAY'S TUESDAY, MAY 16th, 3:00 BOARD MEETING TO ORDER. IF YOU COULD ALL PLEASE RISE. MEMBER HARRIS WILL LEAD US IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND A MOMENT OF SILENCE.  

>>Sally Harris: FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THE FUTURE BELONGS TO THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THE BEAUTY OF THEIR DREAMS. AND THAT WAS SAID BY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT. DURING OUR MOMENT OF SILENCE, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE BO HURLEY AND MANY OF OUR TROUBLED STUDENTS AND THE STUDENTS WHO HAVE RECENTLY PASSED AWAY. (MOMENT OF SILENCE). THANK YOU. [ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MEMBER HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE SEVERAL WITHDRAWN ITEMS TODAY. ITEM NUMBER C-2.01. C 4.04. C 4.05. C 6.20. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. MOTION SECOND BY MRS. SHAMBERGER. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. MS. GRAY? THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. IT IS UNANIMOUS. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT. BOARD MEMBERS, IN YOUR PACKET TODAY, YOU HAVE SEVERAL SETS OF APPROVAL OF MINUTES. APRIL 25th, A SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING, AND MAY 2nd, THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, AND THE MAY 12th SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MEETING. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THESE MEETINGS. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MRS. GRIFFIN. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. IT IS UNANIMOUS. MRS. HARRIS, WOULD YOU PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES? 

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE THREE ITEMS TODAY TO BE TAKEN AT SPECIFIC TIMES, AND WE ARE MOVING SOME THINGS AROUND ON THE AGENDA. SO WE HAVE A 4:00 ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT TIME CERTAIN, A 5:01 PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ADOPTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND A 6 P.M. EMPLOYEE INPUT TIME. AND AT THIS POINT, WE ARE GOING TO MOVE UP ONE ITEM FOR SOMEONE VERY SPECIAL WHO IS IN THE AUDIENCE WITH US TODAY. I AM GOING TO TURN THIS OVER TO MEMBER GRIFFIN WHO IS BRINGING THIS FORWARD. BUT IT'S A RECOGNITION OF TONY SALADINO, JR. WHO IS HERE WITH US FOR HOSTING THE ANNUAL TONY SALADINO JR. BASEBALL TOURNAMENT AND WITH OVER 50 YEARS AS A TEACHER WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. 

>>April Griffin: AND WE JUST HAD THIS TOURNAMENT PASS RECENTLY, AND IT IS SUCH A GREAT CONTRIBUTION TO OUR COMMUNITY. AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS FOR QUITE SOME TIME, AND I'M HOPING THAT THAT PARTNERSHIP STRENGTHENS OVER THE YEARS. I KNOW THAT WE HAVE GROWN TO 32 TEAMS OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, AND WE HAVE THE PRIVATE SCHOOLS INVOLVED AS WELL. SO I KNOW THAT MYSELF AND MEMBER SNIVELY THROUGH OUT A FIRST PITCH AT THE TOURNAMENT THIS YEAR D.YOU WANT TO SAY A WORD? 

>> NO. THEY WERE BOTH STRIKES. 

>> BUT I GOT TO SING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AT ANOTHER GAME THAT MADE UM FOR MY BAD PITCHING. SO JUST AN HONOR TO HAVE THEM HERE AND AN HONOR TO BE PART OF THE TOURNAMENT. AND I KNOW THAT BERTHA WOULD BE VERY PROUD ALSO IF SHE WERE STILL WITH US -- AND SHE IS WITH US ALWAYS WATCHING OVER US. SO BLESS YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU HAVE GIVEN TO OUR COMMUNITY. WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT. 

>> WAS YOUR PITCH IN YOUR SONG GOOD? 

>> THAT PITCH WAS PERFECT. (LAUGHTER). 

>>April Griffin: I ECHO MEMBER SNIVELY'S SENTIMENTS. I KNOW THAT BERTHA IS WATCHING OVER US, AND SHE WAS JUST SUCH A STRONG DRIVE IN THAT TOURNAMENT. AND FOR YOU TO CARRY IT ON IS JUST WONDERFUL. THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT YOU WITH A PLAQUE, IF YOU WOULD COME UP, MR. SALADINO. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SUPERINTENDENT, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT STAFF. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR EVERYTHING. AND WE SEEK YOUR COSTED -- YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MR. SALADINO. AND YES, I AGREE WITH MRS. SNIVELY AND MRS. GRIFFIN, IT IS AN HONOR TO ATTEND THE SPRING BREAK TOURNAMENT AND BE ABLE -- YOU MAKE IT VERY SPECIAL FOR US TO COME OUT AND THROW OUT THE FIRST PITCH AND BE PART OF THAT BREAKFAST AND SEE THE STUDENTS PLAYING AND POST EVERYTHING THAT YOU POST AND CONTINUE THE TRADITION. SO WE APPRECIATE YOU. BOARD MEMBERS -- I'M SORRY, MR. EAKINS. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: OBVIOUSLY, TONY, AMAZING, OBVIOUSLY BEING FROM BRANDON MYSELF AND JUST THE NAME SALADINO IN THAT COMMUNITY JUST MEANS SOMETHING. IT'S GREAT CHARACTER, GREAT INTEGRITY. BUT WHAT HE DOES FOR KIDS AND WHAT ALL OF THE VOLUNTEERS THAT COME OUT AND DO IT ON BEHALF OF OUR KIDS EVERY SINGLE SPRING BREAK, IT'S JUST INCREDIBLE. AND I KNOW FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT AND FROM HIS WIFE PEGGY WHO CARES VERY MUCH ABOUT TONY AS WELL, WE JUST THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO FOR OUR KIDS. 

>> AND YOU DON'T HAVE TO STAY FOR THE WHOLE BOARD MEETING. (LAUGHTER). 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. WE WILL NOW MOVE TO AUDIENCE COMMENTS. MEMBER HARRIS, WILL YOU PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES? 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER STUART. 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 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: BOARD MEMBERS, SO WE HAVE 29 SPEAKERS TOTAL TODAY. SO IT IS GOING TO BE MY POSITION THAT WE MOVE ALL SPEAKERS EXCEPT FOR MR. KLUTHO WHO SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO FIVE AGENDA ITEMS, TO TWO MINUTES EACH. IF THERE'S NO OBJECTION, I WILL CALL THE FIRST SPEAKER. MARK KLUTHO. FOLLOWED BY ANELLA VIG AND MR. BOBBY SMITH. WELCOME, MR. KLUTHO. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES. 

>> 4.03. WHEN IS THAT GOING TO CHANGE? THEN WE HAVE 6.01. PLAY-DOH ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL. YOU KNOW, PLATO HAS TO BE TURNING OVER IN HIS GRAVE. WHAT A DEBACLE. AND TWO OF THEM HERE FOR H-BACK. YEAH, THE SCHOOL'S STAY IN THE SAME BAD SHAPE. AND 6.19. APPROVAL OF THE SUPERINTENDENT'S CONTRACT. WHAT A MISTAKE. VERY, VERY BAD MISTAKE. YOU KNOW, THERE'S THIS OLD SAYING, IT'S CAUSE AND EFFECT. SO WHAT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT BRING? YOU LOOK AT THE DISCOVER MAGAZINE, AND THAT TELLS YOU. WITH THE STUPID BUILDINGS THAT HE GIVES THE PEOPLE, THE STUDENTS, THE TEACHERS. AND WHAT THIS ISSUE HERE SAYS, WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR MELTING PLANET. NEWS FROM THE FRONT LINES OF CLIMATE CHANGE. AND SO IT STARTS. MELTDOWN, AFTER WATCHING OVER THE POLES FOR DECADES, NASA AVIATORS SEE NEW WARNINGS OF THE CHAOS TO COME. THIS IS WHAT YOU AND THE SUPERINTENDENT ARE BRINGING BECAUSE OF THE SCIENCE THAT YOU FRAYING ATLANTALY IGNORE -- FLAGRANTLY IGNORE. THE SIMPLE FACT OF WEARING COATS AND TIES WHEN WE HAVE HEAT INDEXES NOW 100 DEGREES. MEANS YOU'RE BUYING MORE AIR CONDITIONING FOR THIS STUPID BUILDING. NOW, HOW AS NINE IS THAT? AND YOU HAVE A PERSON HERE RUNG FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD THAT JUST LAUGHS AT THAT NOTION. HE THINKS IT'S FUNNY. OH, WHAT A LEADER HE COULD BE. I MEAN, THIS IS SOME KIND OF ARTICLE HERE. I MEAN, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT SCIENTISTS EXAMINING WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THE ANTARCTICA AND GREENLAND, AND LOOK AT THE MAP HERE. OH, ISN'T THAT GOING TO BE NEAT IN FLORIDA? THAT RED PART THERE. SEE, THIS IS WHAT WILL BE INUNDATING, COMING TO YOU FROM NASA. YOU KNOW, OH, YEAH, JUST WONDERFUL. AND THE THING IS WHAT THE SCIENTISTS HAVE BEEN SAYING, THEY HAVE HAD TO KEEP ON OVER THE LAST 10, 15, 20 YEARS, SAY, OH, WAIT A MINUTE, WAIT A MINUTE, NO, NO, WE HAVE TO AMEND THAT THOUGHT, IT'S WORSE THAN WHAT WE THOUGHT, IT'S COMING SOONER THAN WHAT WE THOUGHT. AND YET FOR OVER 30 YEARS, I HAVE BEEN BRINGING THE SCIENCE OF HIGH PERFORMANCE BUILDING. AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAS JUST GONE IGNORED THAT COULD HAVE BEEN THE ANSWER TO THIS PROBLEM. (BELL SOUNDS) SO, YOU KNOW, IN MY ESTIMATION, IT'S A SCOUNDREL THAT WOULD IGNORE IT. THAT'S WHAT IT IS. YOU, SCOUNDRELS. THE ONLY WAY TO SEE IT. (BELL SOUNDS) AND THERE WILL BE -- 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO. ANELA VIG. BOBBY SMITH. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> MY NAME IS ANILA VIG, ARBOR GREEN, WHO CHOSE TO PLACE MY THROW BOYS INTO HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY. I HAVE CHILDREN NOW IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGH SCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY. I FIRST VISITED HUSBANDERS GREEN ELEMENTARY WITH A NEIGHBOR. THE TOUCHE TEACHER INTERACTION AND LEFT A LASTING IMPRESSION ON ME AND I STARTED THINKING ABOUT MAKING A CHANGE FOR MY SON. MY OLDEST SON IS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM. HE'S HIGHLY ENTETE INTELLIGENT BUT SOCIAL ACTION. HIS TEACHER THOUGHTS WHAT BEST FOR HIM TO CONTINUE HIS EDUCATION ON A COMPUTER WITH A HEADSET SO CO-CONTINUE TO GET SCORES AND KEEP BUSY WITH MATH TIMES. AS A RESULT, HE DID A LOT OF POINT AND WON MANY MATH GAME IT MINUTES. HOWEVER, HE KNEW VERY FEW OF THE STUDENTS NAMES AND WASN'T INTERACTING WITH HIS CLASS IN THE FIRST GRADE. WE DECIDED TO GIVE HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY A TRY. WITHIN MONTHS OF BEING THERE, THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR, HE BEGAN TO EMERGE AS A STUDENT WE HOPED HE COULD BE. HE WAS SOCIAL, EXCITE TOAD JOIN IN DISCUSSIONS, AND EVEN SOUGHT OUT SPEAKING OPPORTUNITIES. HE WAS LIKE A WHOLE DIFFERENT STUDENT. SCORES ARE IMPORTANT. HOWEVER, SO IS INSPIRING A WELL-ROUNDED STUDENT. IT WAGS AN EASY CHOICE TO PUT OUR OTHER TWO BOYS WHEN THEY WERE OF AGE. SEVEN YEARS LATER I CAN SAY I'M STILL HAPPY WE MADE THIS CHOICE. EVEN THOUGH THE STUDENT BODY CHANGED OVER SEVEN YEARS THE FOCUS HAS NOT. THE TEACHERS ALSO MAKE THE CHOICE TO BE THERE AS WELL. 

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>> THEY CHOOSE TO BE THERE WHERE ALL OF THE STUDENTS COME, NOT ALWAYS READY TO LEARN, BUT THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO ADOPT, TO COLLABORATE AND EVALUATE ON WHAT'S WORKS BEST. BECAUSE OF THEIR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION MY CHILDREN HAVE ALSO EXCELLED. THERE ARE NO BETTER TEACHER THAN THOSE WHO TEACH BECAUSE THEY LOVE IT AND ARE INSPIRED BY THE PROGRESS STUDENTS MAKE. I FULLY SUPPORT THE BOUNDARY CHANGES PROPOSED. IT WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE OUR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS EVEN STRONGER. AS YOU MAKE YOUR CHOICE TODAY I HOPE IT IS AN EASY ONE FOR TO YOU SEE THAT ALL STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM THE BOUNDARY CHANGE. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. DR. SMITH. WELCOME AND CONGRATULATIONS TO YOUR RECENT GRADUATES. 

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. I APPRECIATE THAT. MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, DISTRICT LEADERS INCLUDING DR. VAZQUEZ, MR. PETERS, AND OF COURSE JENNA HODGES, GENERAL DIRECTOR OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. I WOULD WOULD LIKE TO FIRST AND FOREMOST THANK YOU. THIS AFTERNOON, THERE WILL BE CONSIDERATION FOR THE RENEWAL OF THE CONTRACT FOR WEST UNIVERSITY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL COMING BEFORE YOU. AS YOU KNOW; EACH STUDENT A TEST ATTENDING WEST UNIVERSITY HAS THEIR OWN UNIQUE AND VERY COMPELLING STORY. MANY OF YOU HAVE VISITED THE SCHOOL FIRST HAND AND HAVE HEARD THESE STORIES. BECAUSE OF YOUR LEADERSHIP, YOUR WILLINGNESS TO PARTNER WITH THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, YOUR ABSOLUTE GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND TO SUPPORT THESE STUDENTS, OUR STUDENTS, THEY HAVE AN AVENUE FOR SUCCESS. ON BEHALF OF EVERY STUDENT, THEIR PARENTS, CAREGIVERS, FAMILY MEMBERS, THE FACULTY AND STAFF OF WEST UNIVERSITY, LET ME SAY THANK YOU. WE APPRECIATE THE TRUST THAT YOU PLACE IN US WITH YOUR MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE -- THE STUDENT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, DR. SMITH. DR. ALBRIGHT ON IS NEXT FOLLOWED BY WILL TYSON, BENNY SMALL AND ANNIE RUSSELL. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON. CHAIRMAN STEWART, MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND SUPERINTENDENT STAFF. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO BE HERE TO SPEAK TO YOU TODAY IN SUPPORT OF A CONTRACT RENEWAL FOR WEST UNIVERSITY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL. AND ALSO TO THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF OUR BOARD FOR THE PARTNERSHIP AND THE CONFIDENCE YOU HAVE IN US TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL. SINCE 2012, WEST UNIVERSITY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL HAS PROVIDED OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS AND NONTRADITIONAL ENVIRONMENT, MEETING THEIR NEEDS AND HELPING THEM TO REMAIN IN SCHOOL AND WORK TOWARD THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS. JUST LAST FRIDAY, I ATTENDED A BEAUTIFUL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY AND SHOOK THE HANDS OF AT-RISK STUDENTS WHO OVERCOME MANY OF LIFE'S OBSTACLES BUT WHO WERE RECEIVING THEIR DIPLOMAS THAT EVENING THANKS TO THE OPTION THAT WEST UNIVERSITY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL HAS PROVIDED FOR THEM. I WILL ADMIT AS AN EDUCATOR WHO SERVED IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR OVER FOUR DECADES, I HAVE NOT ALWAYS BEEN A PROPONENT OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. BUT I CAN REMEMBER AS A HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL THERE WERE NOT MANY OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS WHO WERE NOT MEETING SUCCESS IN TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL SETTING. I THEN HAD THE OPPORTUNITY OF WORKING IN A DRUG REHAB CENTER FOR INCARCERATED YOUTH AS WELL AS ORIENT ROAD AND FALKENBURG ROAD JAILS. I WAS TEACHING JUVENILES WHO WERE JUDEED AS ADULTS AND I LEARNED VERY QUICKLY THERE'S A DIRECT CORRELATION BETWEEN LACK OF EDUCATION AND INCARCERATION. NOW, AS A RETIRED EDUCATOR, I'M COMMITTED TO HELP STUDENTS REMAIN IN SCHOOL, RECEIVE THEIR DIPLOMAS, WORK TOWARD POST-SECONDARY, AS WELL AS CAREER AND TECHNICAL TRAINING SO THEY WILL BECOME PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS IN OUR SOCIETY. AND I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT WEST UNIVERSITY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL WILL SUCCESSFULLY CONTINUE TO CAPTURE THIS POTENTIAL DROPOUT POPULATION AND OPEN DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY IN THE FUTURE INFORM THEM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WILL TYSON. GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. TYSON. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> MY NAME IS WILL TYSON, A RESIDENT OF K-BAR RANCH IN NEW TAMPA AND I'M HERE IN SUPPORT OF THE REZONING THAT YOU ALL WILL BE VOTING ON TODAY. IT JUST MAKES SENSE. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT HAS BEEN AN ISSUE FOR QUITE A WHILE IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND WE ARE VERY HAPPY THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS SEEN FIT AFTER YEARS OF RESEARCH AND CONSIDERATION TO GIVE OUR CHILDREN THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL, AND ALSO AS YOU SAW FROM THE FIRST SPEAKER GIVE STUDENTS IN OTHER COMMUNITIES OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL AS WELL. THESE CHANGES, I SPEAK FROM THE HEART, I HAVE BEEN VERY HAPPY TO SEE THE CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE AND CAREFUL CONSIDERATION, PARTICULARLY WITH RESPECT TO THE ADAPTATIONS THAT WERE ANNOUNCED A FEW WEEKS AGO IN TERMS OF ALLOWING STUDENT TO GRANDFATHER IN. I BELIEVE THAT THE SOLUTIONS THAT YOU ALL HAVE PROPOSED WILL ALLOW STUDENTS FROM OUTSIDE OF OUR COMMUNITY TO STILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND PRIDE AND FINISH THEIR TIME AT PRIDE BEFORE MOVING ON. AND IT WILL ALLOW STUDENTS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO FINALLY ATTEND THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND I HOPE TO THANK YOU AFTERWARDS FOR YOUR VOTE. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. DR. SMALL. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO THE CHAIR OF THE BOARD, TO THE SUPERINTENDENT, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT AND THE BOARD. MY NAME IS DR. SMALL, WITH THE NAACP. WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT THE BOUNDARY LINES. I AM TALKING NOW THE BOUNDARY LINES, THEREFORE THE NAACP WILL BE OPPOSING THAT. IT SEEMS IT'S TRANSPORTATION MOTIVATED AND DID NOT TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE NUMBER OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS THAT ATTEND THESE SCHOOLS, AND IN BROWN VERSUS BOARD OF EDUCATION 1 AS WELL AS 2 OVER THE LAST SIX YEARS, WE HAVE BEEN ARGUING ABOUT BEING SEPARATE AND NOT BEING INCLUSIVE. SO WHAT WE DON'T WANT TO HAPPEN IS THAT ONCE AGAIN YOU PUT MANY IN A POSITION WHERE THEY ARE BEING DISCRIMINATED IN SOME WAY. WHAT I WOULD LOVE TO DO IS SOMEWHERE IN THE NEAR FUTURE, I DON'T KNOW HOW THE BOARD IS GOING TO VOTE, BUT SOMEWHERE IN THE NEAR FUTURE WE NEED TO SIT DOWN AND TALK. WE JUST NEED TO HAVE A VERY, VERY GOOD TALK. BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT'S HAPPENING, THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY HASN'T HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO LOOK AT THE BOUNDARY LINES AND DISCUSS THAT AT LENGTH TO SEE HOW IT'S GOING TO AFFECT EACH ONE OF THE KIDS. NOW, I'M A PRODUCT OF BUSING OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS, AND I'M ALSO A PRODUCT OF JUST HAVING TO WALK TO SCHOOL FROM ONE AREA TO THE ANOTHER. WHEREAS BEING MOTIVATED BY TRANSPORTATION I EXPECT YOU TO TAKE A VERY GOOD LOOK AT THAT AND CONSIDER THE AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THAT. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. ANNIE RUSSELL. THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS AFTER MS. RUSSELL WILL BE SHADAR SHAW, TOMICO PORTER AND CONLEY. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> THANK YOU. I WANT TO START BY SAYING THANK YOU TO THE BOARD, MR. EAKINS, ALL OF THE SUPERINTENDENT STAFF AND THE AMAZING STAFF IN THE CHART H OFFICE FOR HELPING US THROUGH.  THIS MY NAME IS ANNIE RUSSELL AND I'M THE PRINCIPAL OF THE FLORIDA AUTISM CENTER OF EXCELLENCE. ONE OF YOUR AGENDA ITEMS TODAY IS THE CHARTER RENEWAL FOR OUR SCHOOL. OUR SCHOOL HAS BEEN IN OPERATION SINCE 2008 AND IN THAT TIME WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SERVE THE AUTISM COMMUNITY OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS WELL AS SEVERAL OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS SURROUNDING COUNTIES. I MYSELF HAVE BEEN WITH FACE FOR SEVEN YEARS NOW AND HAVE ENJOYED THE OPPORTUNITY TO INSTRUCT STUDENTS AS AN EDUCATOR TO ASSIST THE UPROUSES, AND NOW TO BE ABLE TO GUIDE THE EDUCATION OF 135 STUDENTS AS WELL AS THE STAFF. WE JUST THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION OF THIS ITEM FOR TODAY. AND HOPEFULLY THE APPROVAL OF OUR CHARTER FOR ANOTHER FIVE YEARS SO WE CAN CONTINUE IMPACTING THE COMMUNITY. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. WELCOME, MR. SHAW. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> YES, CHAIRMAN, MRS. STUART, THE REST OF THE SUPERVISORS, THE SUPERINTENDENT. MY NAME IS SHADAR SHAW, A CDC BOARD MEMBER, AND I'M HERE TO ADVOCATE FOR YOU GUYS TO WORK AGAINST THE SCHOOL BOUNDARY CHANGES. COREY LAKE HAS ABOUT 970 HOMES, AND EVERY GREEN HAD ALMOST HALF OF THEM. AND I THINK WHEN YOU TAKE KIDS AWAY FROM PRIDE ELEMENTARY AND PUT THEM IN HUNTERS GREEN, THERE WILL BE A VERY TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE FOR THEM PSYCHOLOGICALLY. THAT'S NUMBER ONE. AND THE REASON GIVEN TO US FOR THE SCHOOL BOUNDARY CHANGES WAS TO MAKE ROOM FOR THE KIDS FROM THE K-BAR RANCH. I THINK THIS IS PRETTY AB STEWARD AND PREMATURE. K-BAR RANCH IS GOING TO TAKE 10 TO 12 YEARS BEFORE THEY COME TO THE SAME NUMBER OF HOMES AS COREY LAKE AND EVERY GREEN. SO THE NEXT QUESTION THAT BOTHERS ME IS THAT TRAFFIC PATTERN ON CROSS CREEK BOULEVARD. ONCE THE SCHOOL BOUNDARY CHANGE GOES THROUGH. NO TRAFFIC PATTERN HAS EVER BEEN STUDIED. I THINK YOU ARE TRYING TO CUT THE COST FROM SCHOOL BUSING, BUT I THINK YOU ARE GOING NEED MORE CROSSING GUARDS. SO IT'S NOT GOING TO HELP IF YOU CUT THE COST. I KNOW YOU HAVE SOME BUDGET RESTRAINTS FROM TALLAHASSEE. BUT I THINK THE WAY TO START IS FROM THE TOP. YOU NEED TO CUT EXPENSES ON THE TO MANAGEMENT. SO THAT'S MY OPINION TO YOU. AGAIN, AS A PRESIDENT OF 3970 HOMES FROM COREY LAKE, I STRONGLY URGE TO YOU WORK AGAINST THE SCHOOL BOUNDARY CHANGES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. TOMINICO PORTER. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS TOY PORTER AND I'M A PARENT AT HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HERE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE PROPOSED REZONING PLANS. WHEN I MOVED TO TAMPA BAY, MY PRIMARY CONCERN WAS MOVING INTO AN AREA WITH A GREAT COMMUNITY SCHOOL. MY KIDS WERE NOT YET OF SCHOOL AGE, BUT EDUCATION WAS OUR NUMBER ONE CONCERN. WE FOUND HUSBANDERS GREEN ELEMENTARY WHICH WAS AN A-RATED SCHOOL. THREE YEARS LATER WHEN IT WAS TIME FOR MY CHILD TO START KINDERGARTEN, HUNTERS GREEN GRADE HAD DROPPED TO A D. LIKE MOST PARENTS THAT OPPOSED THE REZONING PLAN, I PANICKED, I RUSHED TO JUDGMENT AND CAME STRAIGHT DOWN HERE TO THE SCHOOL BOARD. FOR THE KINDERGARTEN SCHOOL YEAR, MY SON ATTENDED PRIDE ELEMENTARY WHICH WAS AN A-RATED SCHOOL. THANKS TO THE PRIVILEGE OF SCHOOL CHOICE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I FELT A GREAT SENSE OF RELIEF. HOWEVER, AT THE END OF THAT SCHOOL YEAR, I CONCLUDED THAT PRIDE WAS NOT A GOOD FIT FOR MY CHILD. HAD I NOT BEEN SO HOMED IN ON THE SCHOOL GRADE, I WOULD HAVE TAKEN MORE TIME TO LOOK PAST THE FACT THAT THE SCHOOL WAS AN A-RATED SCHOOL. THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR I DECIDED TO HOME SCHOOL. MY HUSBAND NEXT MADE THE DECISION TO MEET WITH THE PRINCIPAL AT HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY AND SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE PRINCIPAL ABOUT THE CONCERNS THAT WE HAD ABOUT THE SCHOOL. I WAS STILL HONED IN ON THE RATING OF THE SCHOOL WITH THE SCHOOL BEING A D AND I HAD NO INTEREST -- (BELL SOUNDS) SO I DECIDED TO EXPLORE OTHER OPTIONS LIKE PRIVATE SCHOOL AND OTHER SCHOOL CHOICE OPTIONS. IN THE END, ALL I WANTED WAS A GREAT COMMUNITY SCHOOL FOR MY CHILD. AFTER SO CONVINCING, I DECIDED THAT I WOULD MEET WITH THE PRINCIPAL OF HUSBANDERS GREEN ELEMENTARY AND THE TEACHERS TO TALK ABOUT MY CONCERN AND SEE WHAT THE SCHOOL HAD TO OFFER FOR MY CHILD. AFTER THE MEETING, I WENT FROM BEING PANICKED TO BEING EXCITED ABOUT MY CHILD ATTENDING HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY. (BELL SOUNDS) HUNTERS GREEN HAS A LOT MORE TO OFFER -- ALL THE ASSUMPTIONS MADE BY THE SCHOOL WERE UNFOUNDED. HUNTERS GREEN TEACHERS ARE COMPASSIONATE AND COMMITTED TO THEIR STUDENTS. THEY WORK HARD TO PROVIDE A GOOD EDUCATION FOR ALL OF THEIR STUDENTS. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. PORTER. YOU'RE OUT OF TIME. THANK YOU, THOUGH. BRENDA CONLEY. THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS AFTER MRS. CONLEY WILL BE TERESA GIN, DINA MARTINEZ TYSON AND SARAH CARTER. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I AM HERE IN SUPPORT OF THE CHARTER RENEWAL FOR FLORIDA YOU A TIM CENTER OF EXCELLENT. I FIRST WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTNERSHIP WITH US AND YOUR CONFIDENCE. FOR THE LAST FOUR YEARS, I HAVE SERVED AS FACE'S BOARD CHAIR. IT HAS BEEN EXTREMELY HUMBLING AND INSPIRATIONAL TO WATCH OUR STUDENTS GROW AND FLOURISH. UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF OUR PRINCIPAL ANNIE REALLY, WHO WAS JUST UP HERE, AND MY BOARD, WE HAVE CREATED A SAFE AND NURTURING ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR STUDENT TO ACHIEVE THEIR HIGHEST POTENTIAL. AGAIN, I THANK YOU FOR THAT. I EAGERLY FORWARD TO THE FUTURE OF THIS IMPACTFUL SCHOOL. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR SUPPORT. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. TERESA GIN. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> GOOD AFTERNOON SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. IN MY HANDS THERE ARE OVER -- THE PETITION SIGNATURE FROM EVERY GREEN AND COREY LAKE NEIGHBORHOOD. TO GENERALLY EXPRESS OBJECTION FOR THE 550 STUDENTS FOR ATTENDING THE PRIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. HERE ARE THE KEY POINTS TO MAKE I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU GUYS. THE FIRST THING IS THE COUNTY WEBSITE SHOWS THE REASON FOR THIS PROPOSAL IS TO TAKE CARE OF MORE STUDENTS GENERATE BID K-BAR RANCH BUT THE REASONS NOT SOLID, NOT MANY NEW HOMES GENERATED BY K-BAR RANCH YET, AND AT THE SAME TIME THIS ESTIMATE OF SO MANY YEARS, 15 YEARS. YOU KNOW BOTH EVERGREEN AND COREY IS PRIDE. IN THE E-MAIL THAT MRS. CINDY STUART SENT TO US SAID FIRST AND FOREMOST, PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO CONSIDER STUDENTS IN EVERY DIVISION FOR THE DISTRICT. HOWEVER, THE DECISION YOU HAVE TO MAKE IS REALLY BASED ON THE BUDGET, BASED ON THE NEW ENVIRONMENT. SO UNFORTUNATELY WE DON'T SEE THAT REALLY CARE ABOUT THE STUDENTS. THE DISTRICT IS REQUIRED TO BY LAW TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE USING EVERY FACILITY TO CAPACITY. WE ARE NOT SURE IF THE HUNTERS GREEN CAPACITY CAN BE IMPROVED, BUT ONE THING IS FOR SURE, AT THE PRIDE ELEMENTARY, THE PASS RATE WOULD DEFINITELY JUMP DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY. SO WE HOPE YOU CAN SEE OUR PAIN THAT WE PUT SO MUCH EFFORT AT PRIDE TO BE A-RATED SCHOOL, BUT THEN WE DON'T REALLY WANT TO SEE THE SCHOOL GOING DOWN. AFTER MAY 11 MEETING WITH MRS. STUART, WE WERE SHOCKED TO HEAR THE REJOYN JOINED BOUNDARY IS NOT NEARLY COMPUTER CHANGES THOSE LINES DRAMATICALLY AFFECT PEOPLE'S LIVES AND THIS REZONING TAKES AWAY TEACHERS JOBS, RAISES SAFETY CONCERNS AND FOR MANY CHILDREN AND DIMINISHED THEIR FUTURES. SO THIS IS THE SIGNATURES THAT RELAY THE SAME MESSAGE. WE DON'T WANT THIS PASSED. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. 

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. THANK YOU. MRS. MARTINEZ, WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> FIRST I WANT TO BEGIN BY YOU ALL FOR LISTENING AND IT MUST BE TOUGH TO SIT THERE AND LISTEN AND NOT SAY ANYTHING. BUT WE SUPPORT THE PROPOSED SCHOOL REZONING CHANGES. AND I LIVE IN K-BAR RANCH AND I HAVE LIVED THERE SINCE 2013 AND OUR COMMUNITY HAS GROWN IMMENSELY SINCE WE MOVED THERE. WE CURRENTLY HAVE OVER 650 HOMES, ESTIMATED 1500 IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS. IT IS INTERESTINGS IN THE MORNING THAT FAMILIES FROM OTHER COMMUNITIES DRIVE INTO K-BAR, BEHIND THE WELCOME TO K-BAR SIGN MONUMENT AND WALK THEIR CHILDREN TO PRIDE. MEANWHILE, KIDS FROM OUR NEIGHBORHOOD WAIT AT THE BUS STOP WATCHING PEOPLE GO BY TO PRIDE AND TAKE A BUS THAT'S FIVE MILES AWAY. I BELIEVE THAT'S INEFFICIENT USE OF COUNTY FUNDS AND ALSO OF TIME THAT CHILDREN SPEND WHEN THEY CAN BE GOING TO THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL. I AGREE WITH THE SECOND SPEAKER TODAY. I THINK WE CAN HAVE OUTSTANDING SCHOOLS IN NEW TAMPA, NOT JUST PRIDE, NOT JUST HUNTERS GREEN, NOT JUST HERITAGE. I THINK BY HAVING NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS THAT ARE SUPPORTED BY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMUNITY THACK THEY CAN ALL BE OUTSTANDING SCHOOLS. AND I WOULD JUST REALLY WANT TO THANK YOU FOR LISTENING. AND WE TOTALLY SUPPORT THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY CHANGES. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE SARAH CARTER, SAMUEL REDIG AND EMILY REDONE. 

>> GOOD AFTERNOON THANK YOU. I AM HERE TODAY TO SUPPORT THE BOUNDARY CHANGES IN OUR AREA. AS A BUSINESS OWNER, I BELIEVE IN THE STRENGTH OF COMMUNITY AND THE FOUNDATIONAL PART OF THAT IS A COMMUNITY SCHOOL. MORE IMPORTANTLY THAN FINANCIALS, AS A FAMILY, WE BELIEVE IN GOOD EDUCATION. AS A PARENT OF A KINDERGARTENER AT HUSBANDERS GREEN, I CAN SPEAK DIRECTLY TO THE QUALITY OF THE SCHOOL. I AM HERE TO SUPPORT MY SCHOOL, THE ADMINISTRATION, THE TEACHERS, AND ALL OF THE STUDENTS THAT CURRENTLY GO THERE. MORE OVER, I SUPPORT THE POSITIVE AND NURTURING ENVIRONMENT THAT IS HUNTERS GREEN. MANY THINGS HAVE BEEN SAID ABOUT OUR SCHOOL THAT UNTRUE. I ENCOURAGE THOSE IN OPPOSITION TO VISIT OUR SCHOOL AND LEARN WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PANTHER. I SUPPORT THE BOUNDARY CHANGES, OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR SCHOOL. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SAMUEL REDIG. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> HELLO.  MY NAME IS SAMUEL REDIG, 7th GRADER, AND I WAS A HUNTERS GREEN PANTHER FOR MANY YEARS. I CONTINUE TO GO BACK BECAUSE I LOVED THE WAY THE SCHOOL IS. I GO BACK TWO TO THREE DAYS A WEEK TO HELP VOLUNTEER ALONG WITH MANY OTHER STUDENTS AT BONITO. WE READ AND WE HELP WITH TEACHERS AND HELP THEM SET UP SPECIAL PROJECTS FOR THE KIDS. I HELP WITH THE HUNTERS GREEN STUDENT COUNCIL AND CENTER. WE CONTINUE TO GO BACK BECAUSE IT'S AN INSPIRING AND LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND BECAUSE WE WANT TO GIVE BACK TO OUR SCHOOL THAT GAVE TO US. MY OLDER BROTHER WENT THERE, AND MY YOUNGER BROTHER STILL ATTENDS. WE HAVE ALL CHOICED IN TO ATTEND THIS SCHOOL. WE LOVE THE SCHOOL BECAUSE OF ITS SCHOOL FAMILY. TEACHERS ARE OPEN MINDED AND ALLOW TO YOU SPEAK YOUR THOUGHTS AND LEARN FROM OTHERS. I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT I FELT PREPARED FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AFTER LEARNING AT HUSBANDERS GREEN. I WAS ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ADVANCED CLASSES AT BONITO BECAUSE OF MY GOOD BASE AT HUNTERS GREEN. I AM ABLE TO TAKE 8th GRADE MATH AS A 7th GRADER. MY OLDER BROTHER DID THE SAME, AND HE IS NOW IN VERY HIGH LEVEL ENGINEERING PROGRAM AT MIDDLE TOPP HIGH SCHOOL WORKING ON COLLEGE CLASSES AT THE SAME TIME. IN OUR COMMUNITY, THERE IS NO DIVIDE OF OUR STUDENTS. WE ALL END UP TOGETHER SOMEWHERE, WHETHER IT'S SPORTS, BOY SCOUTS OR CHURCH. THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY CHANGES WILL HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE STUDENTS GOING TOGETHER NOW. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. DEGAS. GOOD TO SEE YOU AGAIN. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. I'M NOT SURE HOW YOU FOLLOW THAT EITHER BUT GOOD LUCK. 

>> HI. MY NAME IS EMILY AND I AM A HUNTERS GREEN COMMUNITY RESIDENT, PARENT, AND PRESIDENT FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. I AM IN SUPPORT OF THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY CHANGES. FIRST I WANT TO SAY THAT MY SUPPORT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ETHNIC, RACIAL OR ECONOMIC IMPACTS TO COMMUNITIES. I ALONG WITH COUNTLESS OTHER PARENTS HAVE BECOME WHOLEHEARTEDLY INVESTED IN ALL OF THE CHILDREN AT HUNTERS GREEN. WE SPENT COUNTLESS HOURS READING, TUTORING, MENTORING AND LOVING ALL THESE CHILDREN. IT BECAUSE I HAVE BECOME SO INVESTED IN THESE CHILDREN THEY'VE SEEN A HEART BREAKING SCENARIO DEVELOP. THERE'S A SIGNIFICANT CAPTAIN PORTION OF OUR NORTH THE CHILDREN THAT FIT ON AVERAGE, 35 TO 45 MINUTES ON A BUS EACH WAY. MORE TIMES THAN NOT THEY ARE LATE ARRIVING TO SCHOOL TO NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. EACH ON SOME OF THE MOST IMPORTANT DAYS OF THE YEAR SUCH AS FSA TESTING. EVERY MINUTE OF SCHOOL INSTRUCTION TIME IS PRECIOUS. JUST AN AVERAGE OF TEN MINUTES A DAY, THAT ADDS UP TO AN ENTIRE WEEK OF SCHOOL THEY HAVE MISSED AND THAT'S A HARDSHIP WE SHOULDN'T BE PLACING ON ANY CHILD. IMAGINE IF YOU LIVED OVER 30 MINUTES FROM YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOL AND YOUR ONLY MODE OF TRANSPORTATION IS PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, WHICH IS ACTUALLY A VERY COMMON SCENARIO WITHIN OUR SCHOOL FAMILY. BECAUSE THE BUS STOP IS 7.3 MILES AWAY, PARENTS SHOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO OWN A CAR OR PAY A CAB FARE TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR CHILDREN'S PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES, THE MOTHER'S DAY TEASE WE JUST HAD, THE AWARD CEREMONIES. THESE ARE HIGHLIGHTS IN EVERY CHILD'S SCHOOL CAREER, AND IT'S UNACCEPTABLE THAT PARENTS ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND BECAUSE OF THE DISTANCE FROM THE THEIR HOME TO THE SCHOOL. THE BOUNDARY CHANGES ARE DIFFICULT ALL AROUND. BUT THOSE CHANGES INVOLVED AND CHANGE IS HARD. BUT THIS STILL NEEDS TO BE TO BE ON THE CHILDREN AND NOT PROPERTY VALUES, NOT TRAFFIC HARDSHIPS, NOT THE LIGHT. IT SHOULD BE ON THE WELL-BEING OF THE CHILD AND HOW BEST TO CREATE A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT THAT PUTS AN EMPHASIS ON THE WHOLE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE WHICH IN THIS CASE INCLUDES CREATING A COMMUNITY SCHOOL MODEL. (BELL SOUNDS) THIS WILL GIVE EACH PARENT EVERY OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR CHILD'S EDUCATION AND TO HELP MAKE THEM SUCCESSFUL. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'LL CALL THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS. REPRESENTATIVE TREY TREVASIA. AARON WAY. NICOLE SHIPPER. WELCOME, REPRESENTATIVE. THANKS FOR BEING HERE. 

>> THANK YOU. THAT'S AN OLD TITLE. BUT THANK YOU. MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT. I'M HERE TO THANK YOU AND ENCOURAGE YOU -- TO THANK YOU FOR A PROCESS THAT WE HAVE RECENTLY CONCLUDED TO NOT ONLY BE AWARD ADD CHARTER FOR CHARTER SCHOOL IN EAST HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BUT TO COMPLETE A CONTRACT THAT YOU WILL LATER CONSIDER, ENCOURAGEMENT IS FOR YOU TO ADOPT THAT CONTRACT. IT'S BEEN AN INCREDIBLE PROCESS. WE ARE WORKING VERY HARD TO CREATE A VERY SPECIAL PLACE FOR SPECIAL K-8 KIDS IN EAST HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WE HAVE HIRED A PRINCIPAL. WE HAVE HIRED TEACHERS. WE HAVE THE FACILITIES IN PLACE. IT'S AN INCREDIBLE CAMPUS THAT FEW CHARTER SCHOOLS CAN BOAST. 56 ACRES WITH EQUESTRIAN CENTERS AND BASEBALL FIELD AND CROSS COUNTRY TRACKS AND POOLS AND GYMS. WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT AND WE PULLED TOGETHER OUR ESTEEMED MODEL FOR EDUCATION. OUR SINGLE-GENDER CLASSROOMS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, OUR INCREDIBLE STAFF AND INCREDIBLE CANVAS OF A CAMPUS WE KNOW WE ARE GOING TO DELIVER TO YOU AND TO THE CITIZENS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY A GREAT PRODUCT. AND WE ARE GOING TO PROVIDE AN ENVIRONMENT OF PRIVILEGE, IN A WAY, FOR A GROUP OF KIDS WHOSE CIRCUMSTANCES IN LIFE AFFORD THEM VERY FEW SUCH PRIVILEGES. SO YOU WILL HAVE OUR CONTRACT IN FRONT OF YOU LATER TODAY. IT'S BEEN A JOY TO WORK WITH YOUR TEAM, TO WORK THROUGH THE DETAILS AND ISSUES TO GET THERE, AND WE ARE ALMOST THERE. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE TO GET THIS FAR, FOR YOUR DECISION LATER TODAY. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AARON. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO OF MINUTES. 

>> MY NAME IS AARON RAY AND I AM A PARTICIPANT AT HUNTERS GREEN. I HAVE A FOURTH GRADER AND SIXTH GRADER. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK ON THE ASPECT OF THE PROPOSED CHANGES. WE MOVED TO THE NEW TAMPA AREA FROM ATLANTA. WAY CHILDREN ATTENDED A PUBLIC SCHOOL IN THE ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOL. OUR SCHOOL IS SIMILAR TO HUNTERS GREEN AND WAS MADE UP OF A RAPING OF RACES, CULTURES AND SOCIOECONOMICS. THE COHESIVE EFFORTS OF PARENTS, TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS WAS THE KEY TO OUR SCHOOL'S SUCCESS. HUNTERS GREEN, A PORTION OF OUR CHILDREN COME FROM A COMMUNITY TEN MILES AWAY.  THIS IS NOT A COMMUNITY SCHOOL FOR THEM. I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF VOLUNTEERING IN MY KINDERGARTEN'S CLASSROOM EVERY TUESDAY MORNING. ONE OF MY FAVORITES -- AND I KNOW I AM NOT SUPPOSED TO HAVE ONE -- IS A GIRL WHO WAS IN ONE OF OUR SATELLITE AREAS. HER FAMILY MOVED HERE FROM THE CONGRESS O.THIS LITTLE GIRL'S MOTHER COULD NOT BE THERE FOR A TEA. SEVERAL OF THE STUDENTS WHO CAME FROM OUTSIDE OF OUR COMMUNITY HAD MOMS THAT COULD NOT ATTEND.  THIS ISN'T FAIR TO THESE FAMILIES. I HEARD IT SAID AT ONE OF THESE MEETINGS THAT ANY CHILD CAN LEARN DESPITE THE SITUATION. AND WHILE THEY CAN DON'T THESE CHILDREN DESERVE TO HAVE THE PROXIMITY THAT MY CHILDREN HAVE? I AM TORN BECAUSE I LOVE THESE CHILDREN AND WILL REMAIN COMMITTED TO THEIR EDUCATION. I TRULY BELIEVE HAVING COMMUNITY SCHOOLS BEST SERVE STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND ULTIMATELY THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO GO ON RECORD WITH OUR EXPERIENCE AT HUNTERS GREEN. WHEN MY HUSBAND AND I MADE THE DECISION TO MOVE TO TAMPA FINDING THE RIGHT SCHOOL FOR OUR CHILDREN WAS OUR TO PRIORITY. WE BELIEVE THAT A SCHOOL GRADE NEVER TELLS THE WHOLE STORY. WE TOOK THE TIME WITH TO TOUR EACH OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE AREA. WE FELT IT WAS INCREDIBLE -- TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION. FROM THE MOMENT WE WALKED INTO MRS. HOLT'S CLASSROOM, SHE WORKS TIRELESSLY FOR EVERY CHILD. I CAN TELL YOU ALMOST TWO YEARS LATER WE MADE THE RIGHT DECISION. BOTH OF MY SONS SCORED STRAIGHT 5s AND WERE EXTREMELY PREPARED FOR THE TEST. I KNOW CHANGE IS HARD AND I BELIEVE THE FAMILIES WILL FIND THE SAME POSITIVE EXPERIENCE WE DID. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. NICOLE SHIPPER. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO COMMENT. I'M SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF MY FAMILY TO SUPPORT THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY CHANGES THAT WILL ALLOW CHILDREN FROM THE K-BAR RANCH COMMUNITY TO ATTEND PRIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WE HOPED IT WOULD BECOME OUR SCHOOL SINCE 2008. WE WANTED TO ADOPT THE SCHOOL WITH THE SCHOOLS THAT ARE GEOGRAPHICALLY CLASSES TO IRE R THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. RESIDENTS OF K BAR PASS PRIDE EVERY DAY AS IT IS SITUATED NEXT TO OUR ONLY ENTRY POINT. WE WILL BE ABLE TO OFFICIALLY TAKE PRIDE IN PRIDE BY PARTNERING WITH THE SCHOOL AND THE PTA TO ASSIST WITH ACT CONSISTING RESOURCES AND OTHERWISE SUPPORT THEIR GOALS. I HAVE ALSO LEARNED IN MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE IN CINCINNATI, OHIO WHERE THEY EMBRACED THE SCHOOLS IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND INDEPENDENT OF THE RESIDENTS HAVING SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN OR NOT THEY VALUED THE ROLE OF EDUCATING THE SUPPORT OF THEIR CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY. K-BAR RANCH IS STILL GROWING. SO WHEN, IF, PRIDE ELEMENTARY OFFICIALLY BECOMES OUR COMMUNITY SCHOOL WE CAN USE THAT AS THE INTETUGS TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN ALL PARTIES INCLUDING THE SCHOOL, THE RESIDENTS, HOHs AND CBD. WHILE I GREW UP TAKING THE BUS 90 MINUTES EACH WAY FOR ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL MY SON HAS THE ABILITY TO WALK OR BIKE HIMSELF TO SCHOOL. HE HAS FRIENDS IN HIS NEIGHBORHOODS AND HOPING TO HAVE HIS SISTER JOIN HIM NEXT YEAR. PUTTING OUR PERSONAL PREFERENCES ASIDE, I WANT TO MENTION THAT BEING A WITNESS TO THE GROWTH MANAGEMENT PROCESSES AND THE COMPLEXITIES OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS BEEN AN EYE OPENER FOR ME AND OTHERS ACTIVELY INVOLVED IN THIS MATTER. I AM HOPING THAT SHOULD THESE CHANGES BE APPROVED THAT WE CAN ALL WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE THE AVAILABILITY OF RESOURCES AND COLLABORATION ACROSS SCHOOLS AND NEIGHBORHOODS. HOPEFULLY WE CAN FIND REASONABLE SOLUTIONS TO CHANGES IN TRANSPORTATION PATTERNS AND BUSING WHILE ALSO MAINTAINING A CONNECTION TO THE SISTER SCHOOLS MANY OF WHICH ARE ALSO IMPACTED BY THESE SHIFTS. THANK YOU INFORM EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE IN LISTENING TO THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITIES.  THIS IS A TRANSITION THAT WILL TAKE TIME AND EFFORT FROM EVERYONE AND WE HOPE IT WILL BE AS SMOOTH AS CAN BE EXPECTED AND WE ARE HAPPY TO A SNIT ANYWAY. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE MIKE DELLMAN, GWENDOLYN YOUNG, AND OF JESADINE AMOTTO. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. I'M MIKE DELLMAN, PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR HUNTERS GREEN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION. OUR BOARD SERVES APPROXIMATELY 5,000 RESIDENTS LIVING WITHIN EASY WALKING DISTANCE OR VERY SHORT BIKE RIDE OR DRIVE FROM HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WE THINK OF HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY AS OUR SCHOOL. I AM HERE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF THE NEW BOUNDARY CHANGES THAT WOULD BRING PEOPLE FROM CLOSELY APPROXIMATING COMMUNITY, OURS, COREY GREEN AND ARBOR LAKE AISLES, IT MAKES SENSE FOR CHILDREN AND THEIR MOMS AND DADS. OUR BOARD DEMONSTRATES THE IMPORTANCE OF PARTNERING WITH HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY IN A POSITIVE WAY TO ASSIST THE SCHOOL WITH A RANGE OF PROGRAMS DESIGNED TO MAKE THE SCHOOL EVEN MORE ATTRACTIVE. WE ARE PLEASED TO BE WORKING WITH AN INSPIRING VISIONARY PRINCIPAL IN GAY HOLT AND HER ENTHUSIASTIC STAFF OF ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS, MANY THEY'VE COME TO KNOW. I MYSELF HAVE VOLUNTEERED TIME AND RESOURCES TO THE CONTINUED SUCCESS OF THE SCHOOL. RIM PROUD TO REPORT THAT THROUGH THESE EFFORTS WE HAVE ACHIEVED WITH THE SCHOOL ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT IN THE FORM OF SPONSORED AWARDS AND RECOGNITION, ADDITIONAL VOLUNTEER SUPPORT FROM OUR RESIDENTS, AND RECENTLY PARTNERED WITH THAN THE SCHOOL AND HUNTERS GREEN COUNTRY CLUB ON A HUGELY SUCCESSFUL FEST DAY. WE SEE THESE EFFORTS CONTINUING TO BUILD AND WELCOME THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT WILL MOST CERTAINLY BE ATTAINED FROM OUR COREY LAKE AISLES AND ARBOR GREEN NEIGHBORS. HUNTERS GREEN WAS BUILT AND LATER EXPANDED TO ACCOMMODATE THE CHILDREN OF THESE COMMUNITY. IT IS A GREAT SCHOOL OF DEDICATED TEACHERS AND TERRIFIC VOLUNTEERS ALL INTENT ON SUSTAINING A FILL FILLING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL CHILDREN N.SHORT, WE BELIEVE IN OUR SCHOOL AND SUPPORT THE LEADERSHIP OF MRS. HOLT. THE HUNTERS GREEN BOARD OF DIRECTORS IS COMMITTED TO WORKING WITH OUR SIS COMMUNITIES TOP HELP EASE THE PROPOSE TRANSITION AND ENSURE THE DISTRICT AND COUNTY UNDERSTAND IT IS TRAFFIC IMPACT THE NEW BOUNDARIES WILL CREATE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BRENDA LYNN YOUNG. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE TO ADDRESS YOU THIS EVENING. MY NAME IS GWEN YOUNG. AND I AM A GRANDPARENT OF A STUDENT AT HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. I'M HERE TO SUPPORT THE BOUNDARY CHANGES THAT ARE BEING PROPOSED. I'M CERTAIN THAT WE HEARD HERE TODAY LOTS OF POSITIONS REGARDING THE BOUNDARY CHANGES. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO IS FOCUS ON THE NECESSARY IMPACT THAT WE SHOULD BE -- I'M SORRY, I WANT TO FOCUS ON, AND HIGHLIGHT WHAT NEEDS TO -- WE NEED TO BE DOING IN ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT EACH SCHOOL IN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS SHOULD HAVE OUTSTANDING STUDENT, OUTSTANDING SCHOOLS, OUTSTANDING CURRICULUMS AND OUTSTANDING PROGRAMS. I UNDERSTAND THAT'S NOT THE CASE. I UNDERSTAND I HEARD HERE TODAY THAT SOME SCHOOLS ARE RATED Ds, SOME ARE RATED Fs. I THINK WE ALL AWED AGREE THAT'S ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. I THINK WE SHOULD USE ALL OF THE RESOURCES NECESSARY TO COME UP WITH CREATIVE, INNOVATIVE PROGRAMMING THAT IS NECESSARY TO ENSURE THE SUCCESS OF ALL OF OUR KIDS. SOME OF THESE SCHOOLS MAY NEED TO HAVE ADDITIONAL ATTENTION.  WE NEED TO EXPLORE WHAT THOSE THINGS ARE THAT WILL IMPEDE THE SUCCESS OF THESE KIDS. SO I'M ASKING YOU TO LOOK BEYOND MANY OF THE ISSUES THAT HAVE BEEN BROUGHT OUT TODAY ABOUT SCORES AND WHETHER OR NOT STUDENTS SHOULD BE BUSSED HERE OR NOT THERE. I THINK WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THE SUCCESS OF ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. THEY DESERVE IT. I BELIEVE THAT THIS PROGRAM WILL ALLOW THAT. AND I ENCOURAGE YOU TO VOTE TO ADOPT THE BOUNDARY CHANGES. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS AMOTTO. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> HI. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, HONORABLE BOARD MEMBERS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME TODAY. I'M THE DIRECTOR FOR SAFE BUS FOR US, ADVOCACY GROUP FOR SAFE PATH TO SCHOOL. AND TODAY I WANT TO TALK ABOUT DRIVING AND WHAT YOU GUYS DO. AND I HAVE BEEN AT A LOT OF MEETINGS IN THE COMMUNITY TRYING TO ADVOCATE FOR SAFE PATH TO SCHOOL AND A LOT OF THINGS WHEN I HEAR PEOPLE SPEAK ABOUT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, I HEAR PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THIS SYSTEM. I ALSO HEAR PEOPLE SAY THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM, BUS SYSTEM, THE INSTITUTION, AS IF OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE A PRISON, OR A MENTAL HEALTH LATINA WHERE WE KEEP OUR STUDENTS LOCKED AS PRISONERS.  THIS IS WHAT YOUR COMMUNITY IS USING IN THEIR VERBIAGE TO DESCRIBE OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. THAT IS PARAMOUNT OF WHAT YOUR CONSTITUENCY IS TELLING YOU ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN YOUR SCHOOLS. THAT IS A CULTURE. AND I WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT FAILURE TO DRIVE. IF I SAY FAILURE TO THRIVE IMMEDIATELY PEOPLE WILL THINK THIS IS NOT EATING AND ACTUALLY, INFANTS WHO DIE IN ORGANIZATIONS SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T BEING HELD AND THE HUMAN BRAIN DEVELOPMENT AND ALL THEIR HORMONES WERE SIGNIFICANTLY IMPACTED BY THE POWER OF HUMAN TOUCH, NURTURING. YOU ARE NOT IN A BUSINESS. YOU ARE NOT AN INSTITUTION. YOU ARE BUILDING HIGHER-LEVEL THINKING, HUMAN BEINGS. IN AMERICA WHEN WE DO PUBLIC EDUCATION, YOU NEED TO CREATE A THRIVING ENVIRONMENT. AND IN F THERE IS NO AC AND THERE IS NO SAFE TRANSPORTATION AND THERE'S NO SAFETY, THAT IS NOT A THRIVING ENVIRONMENT. YOU ARE SETTING YOURSELF UP FOR FAILING SCORES, FAILING STUDENTS. AND BEFORE I LEAVE, THIS KIND OF IS OAF TOPIC BUT I KEEP HEARING PARENTS SAYING PARENTS CANNOT BE AT A HUNTERS GREEN -- IF THEY CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE TEA, HOW ARE THEY GOING TO MAKE TO THE THIS MEETING TO SPEAK FOR THEIR CHILDREN? I DON'T THINK WE ARE -- 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. OUR NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE JAMES SIMMONS. ACTUALLY I AM GOING TO CALL GO OF THEM. JENNIFER JERALD O.BECAUSE THEN WE NEED TO MOVE ONTO OUR APPOINTMENTSALITY 4:00. MR. SIMMONS, WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS JAMES SIMMONS. I'M THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF THE WEST UNIVERSITY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL. I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO APPEAR BEFORE YOU TODAY TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING I FEEL VERY DEEPLY ABOUT. AND THAT'S WORKING SECOND CHANCE SCHOOLS THAT WE OPERATE. WE ARE HONORED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD INCLUDING THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE STAFF HAS RECOMMENDED TO THIS BOARD THAT OUR WEST UNIVERSITY CHARTER SCHOOLHOUSE BE APPROVED FOR A TEN-YEAR CONTRACT. IF THAT BE THE CASE, WE WILL BE ABLE TO OPERATE EVEN MORE EFFICIENTLY BECAUSE WE CAN DO A BETTER JOB OF RECRUITING. WE CAN ALSO SIGN LOWER CONTRACTS, FIX THEM IN PLACE SO THEY CAN'T RISE ON US EVERY FIVE YEARS, AS WELL AS REDUCE COSTS THAT WE CAN PASS ALONG TO THE STUDENTS THAT'S WITH US. AND PASS ALONG TO THE STUDENTS THAT'S WITH US, I JUST WANT TO GIVE YOU ONE EXAMPLE, JUST NOT REQUIRED BY THIS BOARD, ALTHOUGH WE HAVE MET ALL OF THE REQUIREMENTS THAT DO ALL OF THAT, AND MRS. HODGES AND THOSE HAVE PLACED ON US, I THINK IT IN YOUR PACKET. BUT IN ANY CASE, WE HONORED THREE OF OUR SECOND-CHANCE STUDENTS AND GAVE THEM SCHOLARSHIPS TO GO TO AC -- HCC THAT THE GRADUATION LAST FRIDAY NIGHT. SO WE NOT ONLY APPRECIATE WHAT WE CAN DO FOR THEM, BUT WE WE SUPPORT THEM IN THAT UPWARD MOBILITY PATH. I KNOW THE TIME HAS RUN OUT ON ME, I THINK, SO I WILL TAKE MY SEAT. BUT I WANT TO THANK YOU AND HOPE THAT WE CAN HAVE A BRIGHTER FUTURE IN WORKING TOGETHER, AND WOULD HELP US TO FREEZE SOME COSTS IN PLACE AND CONTINUE A VERY GOOD WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR STAFF AND OURS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SIMMONS. JENNIFER GERALDO. 

>> THANK YOU. MY NAME IS JENNIFER GERALDO HERE TO SHARE MY SUPPORT FOR THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY CHANGES FOR THE NEW TAMPA AREA. I HAVE BEEN A RESIDENT OF THE HUNTERS GREEN COMMUNITY FOR THE LAST 16 YEARS.  THIS IS MY 10 Nth YEAR AS HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY PARENT AND I FEEL QUALIFIED TO TELL YOU THIS SCHOOL HAS ALWAYS BEEN AND CONTINUES TO BE A BEACON OF EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE. I WAS THERE BEFORE THE LAST ROUND OF BOUNDARY CHANGES. I SAW FIRST HAND THE IMPACT THAT DIVIDING A SCHOOL INTO A NEIGHBORHOOD AND COMMUTER SCHOOL. THE CHILDREN THAT ARE FORCED TO TRAVEL DISTANCES OF MORE THAN 10 MILES FROM THEIR HOME STRUGGLE TO FEEL THE CONNECTION. TO THE STRONG SENSE OF COMMUNITY THAT WE HAVE HERE AT HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY. DESPITE OUR ADMINISTRATOR'S BEST EFFORTS TO TRY TO ALLEVIATE THIS OBSTRUCTION BY PROVIDING SUPPLEMENTAL TRANSPORTATION, BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS AND BRINGING CONFERENCE NIGHTS TO THEIR NEIGHBORHOODS, THE DIVISION REMAINS. THIS SENSE OF COMMUNITY IS AN ESSENTIAL PART OF THE CHILD'S EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS. WITHOUT IT, THE CHILD LOSES THE IMPORTANCE SCHOOL PLAYS IN THEIR LIVES. MY CHILDREN ARE FORTUNATE TO KNOW THE ESSENTIAL ROLE THAT EDUCATION SERVES. BUT IF OF BEE WERE TO REQUIRED TO MAKE THAT LONG JOURNEY IN ORDER TO ATTEND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS IT WOULD BE MORE OF A CHALLENGE AND I WOULD THINK TWICE ABOUT IT DESPITE HAVING MY OWN RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION. WITHOUT THAT AND THE FACT THAT NEW TAMPA HAS NO REAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SERVICES, IT LEAVES SOME FAMILIES WITH NO OPTIONS AT ALL. HAVING MOVED TO THE NEW TAMPA AREA WHEN BRUCE B. DOWNS WAS JUST A TWO-LANE ROAD, I HAVE SEEN THE EXPLOSIVE GROWTH THIS AREA HAS ENDURED. GROWTH THAT SHOWS NO SIGNS OF SLOWING. CHANGE IS A CONSTANT AND NECESSARY ASPECT OF OUR LIVES. ALTHOUGH CHANGE CAN BE UNSETTLING IN ITS UNCERTAINTY, IT CAN ALSO BE EXCITING. IT BRINGS NEW OPPORTUNITY, NEW ADVENTURES, NEW EXPERIENCES. DURING MY TIME AT HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY THERE HAVE BEEN THREE DIFFERENT PRINCIPALS P.I ALSO HAVE HAD EXPERIENCE WAS ADMINISTRATIONS AT BONIO AND WHARTON AND I AM THEY'RE SAY HUSBANDERS GREEN IS IN THE HAND OF ONE OF THE FINEST IN THE AREA. THE STAFF ARE SECOND TO NONE AND THE VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT INCREDIBLE. BOUGHT 078 LINE, THIS PROPOSAL IS CRITICAL TO ADAPT TO THE GROWTH OF THIS AREA, RESTORE HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY TO A NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL AND ALLOW THE CHILDREN OF NORTH TAMPA TO ATTEND THE SCHOOLS NEAR THEIR HOMES. (BELL SOUNDS) I STRONGLY BELIEVE THIS BOARD HAS THEIR CHILDREN'S BEST INTEREST AT HEART AND WILL MAKE AT POSITIVE EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AUDIENCE MEMBERS, AND BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO OUR 4:00 TIME CERTAIN AND MOVE INTO APPOINTMENTS AND THEN WE WILL GO BACK TO PUBLIC COMMENT UNTIL WE REACH 5:00 WHERE WE HAVE A SCHEDULED PUBLIC HEARING. AT THIS TIME, IF THERE'S ANYONE WISHING TO SPEAK TO ANY OF THE APPOINTMENTS THAT ARE COME FORWARD, PLEASE SEE THE COMMUNICATIONS DESK TO MY LEFT AND THEY WILL PUT YOU IN LINE TO SPEAK BEFORE WE VOTE ON EACH OF THESE APPOINTMENTS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. 

>> THE FIVE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS HAVE BEEN PROPERLY ADVERTISED, APPROPRIATE SCREENINGS WERE HELD AND INTERVIEWS BEFORE THE 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 STACY ARENA, THE CURRENTLY THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT MARTINEZ MIDDLE SCHOOL DOUGH DAVIDSON MIDDLE SCHOOL EFFECTIVE JUNE 5th, THE 2017. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN 1995 AS A LONG-TERM SUBSTITUTE AT MANAGED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL N.1996 SHE BEGAN TEACHINGALITY JUST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FROM.  1999 THROUGH 2007 SHE TAUGHT AT WALKER AND MARTINEZ MIDDLE SCHOOLS. IN 2007 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT HIM MIDDLE SCHOOL AND FROM 2014 TO THE PRESENT STACY HAS SERVED AS THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT MARTINEZ MIDDLE SCHOOL. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION FOR THE PRINCIPAL OF THE DAVIDSON MIDDLE SCHOOL. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER VALDEZ, A SECOND BY MRS. GRIFFIN. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MRS. ARENA, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO ARE WITH YOU TODAY. CONGRATULATIONS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. STUART. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT PABLO DIAGO OF PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL TO THE PRINCIPAL STARTING JUNE 5th, THE 2017. PABLO BEGAN HIS CAREER WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN 2002 AS A TEACHER AT BELLAMY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL N.2005 AS A TEACHER AT MORGAN WOODS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IN 2012 AS ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCE TEACHER AS PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL N.2013 HE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND FROM 2016 TO THE PRESENT PABLO HAS SERVED AS THE ACTING PRINCIPAL AT PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION FOR PRINCIPAL OF PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES AND I'M ACTUALLY GOING TO SECOND THIS. TO APPOINT PABLO DIEGO TO PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTES WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. MRS. VALDES. 

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. EAKINS, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU APPOINTED MR. DIEGO AS ACTING PRINCIPAL OF PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL, IT WAS A FIRST IN THIS DISTRICT. AND I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE SEEN THE TELL SURVEY, BUT THE TELL SURVEY TELLS A LOT, THAT HIS LEADERSHIP AND HIS ABILITY TO RILE UP THE FACULTY AND THE STAFF AROUND THE SUCCESS OF OUR CHILDREN AT PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL IS JUST PARAMOUNT. MR. DIEGO, PUBLICLY, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND YOUR EFFORTS AND FOR BELIEVING IN OUR CHILDREN AND GIVING THEM THE OPPORTUNITY THAT SO MANY HAVE FAILED TO DO IN THE PAST. THANK YOU. AND I AM MOST PROUD OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING. AND I KNOW YOU HAVE YOUR WIFE AND YOUR SONS HERE TODAY. AND BOYS, YOU SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF YOUR DAD, BECAUSE THE COMMUNITY THAT HE SERVES IS VERY MUCH PROUD OF HIM, AND THIS BOARD MEMBER IS EXTREMELY PROUD. I REMEMBER YOU FROM THE BELLAMY DAYS AND I REMEMBER YOU FROM MORGAN WOODS DAYS, AND I SAID ONE DAY, JUST ONE DAY, YOU ARE GOING TO ROCK. AND HERE YOU ARE TODAY. I'M SURE THAT THIS WILL BE A VERY GOOD VOTE. SO IN ADVANCE, CONGRATULATIONS AND FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO FOR. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS.  IF THERE'S NO OTHER COMMENT, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COMB UP. AND AS MRS. VALDES PREDICTED, IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. DIEGO, PLEASE RISE TO BE RECOGNIZED OFFICIALLY AS THE PRINCIPAL. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT ARE WITH YOU TODAY. [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT DENISE SAVINO, CURRENTLY THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR CURRICULUM AT RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL TO THE PRINCIPAL AT LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL EFFECTIVE. 

>>> JUNE 5, 2017. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS AT N 2000 AS A TEACHER AT RANDALL MIDDLE SCHOOL N.2004 AS A TEACHER AT DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL AND IN 2006 AS A STUDENT INTERVENTION DROPOUT PREVENTION SPECIALIST AT DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL N.2010 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT DURANTE FROM. 2014 TO THE PRESENT, DENISE HAS SERVED AS THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR CURRICULUM AT RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. 

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION FOR THE PRINCIPAL OF LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. GRAY AND A SECOND BY MRS. SNIVELY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MRS. SAVINO, PLEASE RISE TO BE RECOGNIZED. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO ARE WITH YOU TODAY. [ APPLAUSE ] MR. SUPERINTENDENT. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT MARY MATH THINKS, CURRENTLY THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL TO THE SUPERVISOR AND THE OUTREACH SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT OFFICE EFFECTIVE JULY 1st, 2017. MARY BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN 18985 AS A SOCIAL STUDIES HISTORY TEACHER AT TURKEY CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL N.1992 SHE SERVED AS THE HUMAN RELATIONS SPECIALIST AT TOMLIN MIDDLE SCHOOL N.1996 AS A SCHOOL COMMUNITY STUDENT SPECIALIST AT MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL N.2007 SHE WAS APPOINTED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL INSTRUCTION AT GIUNTA MIDDLE SCHOOL AND THEN FROM 2010 TO THE PRESENT SERVED AS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL INSTRUCTION AT MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL. 

>> THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION FOR SUPERVISOR OF OUTREACH AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MRS. SHAMBERGER. IS THERE ANY YOU ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, WOULD YOU PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP? AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MRS. MATHIS, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO ARE WITH YOU TODAY. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO RECOGNIZE AT THIS TIME MAKE RICK LOTT FROM PLANT CITY. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY. AND I THINK I HAVE AT LEAST ONE BOARD MEMBER WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK. 

>> MADAM CHAIR, I WANTED TO NOTE THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF HAGGLING AND FINAGLING ON WHO WAS GOING TO MAKE THAT MOTION AND WHO WAS GOING TO MAKE THE SECOND BECAUSE I THINK THIS IS A WONDERFUL PERSON TO FILL THIS POSITION. AND IT'S A GREAT POSITION. SO THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT PATRICIA SIMMONS CURRENTLY THE SUPERVISOR AND DATA ANALYSIS IN THE OFFICE OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT TO THE MANAGER OF FTE UNIT COMPLIANCE EFFECTIVE MAY 21, 2017. PATTI BEGAN HER CAREER IN 2000 AS A FACULTY CONSULTANT WITH THE ADDITIONAL TESTING SERVICES IN LINCOLN, NEBRASKA FROM.  2007 TO 2007 SHE SERVED IN VARIOUS ANALYST AND ADAPTED RESEARCH POSITIONS AT AAA AUTO CLUB SOUTH, FLORIDA ORTHOPEDIC INSTITUTE, TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL AND THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY HOSPITAL. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN 2007 AS DISTRICT COORDINATOR IN THE ASSESSMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE N.2012 SHE WAS MOVED TO THE SUPERVISOR OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVALUATION AND IN 2014 BECAME THE DATA ANALYSIS SUPERVISOR IN THE ASSESSMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE. FROM 2016 TO CURRENT PATTY SERVED AS DATA ANALYST SUPERVISOR IN THE OFFICE OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. GRIFFIN AND A SECOND BY MRS. GRAY. TO APPOINT THE RECOMMENDATION FOR MANAGER OF FTE UNIT COMPLIANCE. BOARD MEMBERS, IF THERE'S NO DISCUSSION, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MRS. SIMMONS, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO ARE WITH YOU TODAY. [ APPLAUSE ] AND A PERSONAL CONGRATULATIONS FROM ME. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, IF COULD YOU PLEASE GO THROUGH THE 4.02-As AT THIS POINT. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU MRS. STUART. WE HAVE SOME NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS THAT GOING TO BE APPOINTED. I DON'T BELIEVE ANY OF THEM ARE HERE THIS EVENING. I SAW ONE OF THEM BUT I THINK HE WAS HERE EARLIER FOR MR. SALADINO'S RECOGNITION. BUT I DO WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS BECAUSE THIS IS THEIR FIRST TIME TO BECOME AN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. OBVIOUSLY THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH OUR PIPELINE SUPPORT SYSTEM, AND ARE READY TO DO A GREAT JOB OUT IN OUR SCHOOLS. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE VICTORIA MORSE, CURRENTLY AN INSTRUCTIONAL MENTOR. SHE'S GOING TO BECOME THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT BRYANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. DUSTIN ROBINSON, CURRENTLY A RESOURCE TEACHER AT STOWERS, IS GOING TO BECOME AN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT STOWERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. PAMELA McNAIR CURRENTLY -- I THINK PAM IS HERE IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN -- TO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. ARE YOU HERE, PAMELA? YOU CAN STAND. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I THINK I SAW DUSTIN ROBINSON IN THE BACK. ARE YOU HERE? HE'S GOING TO BECOME STOWERS ELEMENTARY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. NEXT WE HAVE CHRISTINE WASUKU, CURRENTLY THE TEACHER AT EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL, GOING TO BECOME ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL. KEANA LANE AT HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. ANDREA CUMMINGS, THE DISTRICT RESOURCE TEACHER IN LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TO THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. AND CHRISTOPHER PETIT, AT GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL TO ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF STUDENT AFFAIRS AT ROBINSON. THEY ARE GOING TO GO DO AMAZING THINGS AS THEY EMBARK ON THEIR ADMINISTRATIVE CAREER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. AND THESE ITEMS WILL COME THROUGH ON OUR CONSENT AGENDA. THEY ARE NOT PULLED TO VOTE ON SEPARATELY. AT THIS TIME WE ARE GOING TO GO BACK TO PUBLIC COMMENT. MRS. VALDES, DID YOU WANT TO MAKE A COMMENT? I'M SORRY. 

>>Susan Valdes: I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT ON 4.02-A. THERE IS ONE SPECIFIC RECOMMENDED APPOINTMENT THAT IS QUITE EXCITING, WHICH IS THE COORDINATOR FOR HISPANIC MULTICULTURAL OUTREACH, AND GUIDANCE SERVICES, AND THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT POSITION IN OUR DISTRICT THAT CONSIDERING THAT WE HAVE A VERY LARGE HISPANIC POPULATION, AND GROWING, THAT WE ARE ABLE TO REACH OUT TO THIS COMMUNITY AND BE ABLE TO FIND OUT WHAT ARE THE NEEDS AND SUPPORTS THAT THEY NEED. AS WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE DEMOGRAPHICS IN THE SOUTH COUNTY VERSUS THE NORTHWEST END OF TOWN. SO I JUST WANTED TO POINT THAT OUT. AND JUST A MESSAGE THAT I HAVE FROM MRS. MARTINEZ PENAS TO NOT FORGET WHERE YOU COME FROM, AND THE STRUGGLES THAT YOU HAVE HAD, AND REALIZE THAT THE STRUGGLES STILL CONTINUE, AND WE CANNOT AFFORD TO FORGET WHERE ONE COMES FROM IN THOSE STRUGGLES. SO SHE'S GOT A LOT OF WORK TO DO. DR. SYKES, I'LL HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE. AND I REALLY WANT TO SEE SOME REALLY GOOD THINGS COME FROM YOUR DEPARTMENT IN ENSURING THAT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE AN EQUITABLE SHOT OF REACHING THE AMERICAN DREAM OF WHICH SO MANY ARE TRYING TO DISMANTLE. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND IN THE FUTURE, WE DID NOT RECEIVE THIS DOCUMENT. SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS DOCUMENT HERE AT OUR DAIS, IF NOT BEFOREHAND, RATHER THAN SCRAMBLING TRYING TO FIND THEM. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES. IF YOU WERE HERE FOR THE APPOINTMENTS, AT THIS TIME YOU CAN LEAVE QUIETLY WHILE WE CONTINUE THE REMAINDER OFF YOU ARE MEETING. WE ARE GOING TO RETURN TO PUBLIC COMMENT AT THIS TIME WITH ROBERT DUKE, MANFAIR AND RICHARD PORTR TO SPEAK NEXT. WELCOME, MR. DUKE. YOU HAVE IT WOULD BE MINUTES. 

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. MY NAME IS ROB DUKE. I'M A PROUD PARENT OF TWO HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY STUDENTS. I HAVE A KINDERGARTENER AND A 5th GRADE AT HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY AND I'M HERE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF THE SCHOOL BOUNDARY CHANGES IN NEW TAMPA. I WOULD LIKE TO FIRST ADDRESS, I GUESS, SOME OF THE CRITICISM OF HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY. MY SON HAS BEEN AT HUNTERS GREEN ELEMENTARY SINCE KINDERGARTEN. IT'S A PHENOMENAL SCHOOL, WHICH HAS EXCELLENT TEACHERS AND AN OUTSTANDING SCHOOL PRINCIPAL IN GAY HOLT. THE STUDENTS OF HUNTERS GREEN HAVE HAD MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS. THEY HAVE WON MULTIPLE PLACEMENTS IN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCIENCE FAIR. AND LAST WEEK, FIRST PLACE WINNERS OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ECONOMICS COMPETITION HOSTED BY USF. IT'S A SCHOOL WHERE PARENTS ARE HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE EDUCATION OF STUDENTS, IN HELPING THEIR CHILDREN, TEACHERS THAT COMPASSIONATE, AND PASSIONATE ABOUT EDUCATING THEM. AND I WANTED TO ADDRESS THE TRANSPORTATION QUESTION THAT'S COME UP AS WELL. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT ISSUE, THE FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS INVOLVED IN TRANSPORTING THE EXTENSIVE BUSING THAT'S OCCURRED ACROSS OUR COUNTY. I UNDERSTAND THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS ONE OF THE OLDEST SCHOOL BUS FLEETS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA WITH 900 BUSES. IF WE CAN FIND A WAY TO LOWER OUR TRANSPORTATION COSTS AND PUT THAT MONEY BACK INTO THE EDUCATION SYSTEM, I THINK IT WOULD BE WELL SUITED. STUDENTS THAT WILL END UP GOING TO SHAW AND WITTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THOSE TRANSPORTATION DOLLARS FOLLOW THOSE STUDENTS BACK TO THOSE SCHOOLS, MAKING SURE TEACHERS ARE RECEIVING COMPETITIVE WAGES, INSTEAD OF SCHOOL BUS PAYING TIRES AND FUEL, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THOSE FUNDS GO TOWARDS OUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ROYA MONFAIR. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. I HAVE MADE MY CONSCIOUSNESS TO BE MY GUIDING PRINCIPLE IN EVERYTHING I DO ON EVERYTHING I SAY, BECAUSE BY THE END OF THE DAY, I WANT TO MAKE SURE I'M HAPPY WHEN I GO TO BED. AND I WANTED TO MAKE SURE, AND I STOOD UP, AND I MADE THE RIGHT DECISION AND DID THE RIGHT THING. IF THIS ONLY HAPPENS FOR COREY LAKE AND EVERY GREEN, OUR CHILDREN WOULD HAVE TO WALK TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY IN HIGH TRAFFIC CROSS CREEK BOULEVARD WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE ANY TRANSPORTATION TO GO TO SCHOOL. THE SAFETY OF AND QUALITY OF EDUCATION FOR MORE THAN 500 CHILDREN DEPENDS ON YOUR VOTE TODAY. MAY YOUR WISDOM AND CONSCIOUSNESS BE YOUR GUIDING PRINCIPLE IN ALL DECISIONS YOU MAKE, INCLUDING THE DECISION YOU MAKE TODAY FOR US. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. RICHARD PORTER. WELCOME, MR. PORTER. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> SEEMS. 

>> SEEMS WE LOST A LITTLE BIT OF THE AUDIENCE. I'M DEPRESS BOARD OF DIRECTOR. THAT THANK YOU FOR THE NEXT 20 MINUTES OF YOUR TIME. NO, TWO MINUTES. (LAUGHTER) FIRST AND FOREMOST I WOULD LIKE TO ECHO EVERYTHING THAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID IN REGARDS TO SUPPORTING REALIGNING THE BOUNDARIES. LET'S JUST LOOK AT IT FROM A FEW ITEMS. I HAVE GOT THREE POINTS THAT I WANT TO TOUCH ON. LET ME BRIEFLY. FIRST THE COMMUTE. YOU HAVE HEARD ARGUMENTS ABOUT INDIVIDUALS AND CHILDREN HAVING TO GET UP EXTREMELY EARLY TO GET UP TO SCHOOL AND ARRIVING LATE OFTENTIMES. THINK B. THAT FOR A MOMENT. STARTING THE DAY TIRED AND TARDY S.THAT THE WAIL WE WANT ELEMENTARY AGE CHILDREN TO START THE DAY? PROBABLY NOT. ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF MY INDIVIDUAL DAY IS GETTING TO WALK WITH MY SON INTO SCHOOL AND NEXT YEAR I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF WALKING MY SON AND MY DAUGHTER INTO SCHOOL AT HUSBANDERS GREEN ELEMENTARY. A LOT OF PARENTS DON'T HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY. AND WITHOUT THAT I WOULD BE A BIT DEPRESSED. SECOND, IF A CHILD BECOMES ILL, LOVE MY SON TO DEATH BUT SOMETIMES HE EATS TOO MUCH AT LUNCH, HE GOES OUT TO RECESS AND HE RUNS AROUND. FOUR TIMES THIS YEAR HE'S HAD AN UPSET STOMACH. LUCKILY FOR MY SITUATION EITHER I COULD REARRANGE MY SCHEDULE OR MY WIFE COULD LEAVE HOME AND TAKE THE SHORT COMMUTE TO PICK HIM UP. I HAVE HEARD OF INSTANCES IN WHICH CHILDREN THAT DON'T NECESSARILY LIVE IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD BECOME ILL AND HAVE TO STAY IN THE NURSE'S OFFICE FOR THREE OR FOUR HOURS UNTIL THE SCHOOL DAY ENDS TO CATCH A BUS AND RIDE IT HOME. THIRD, IT WAS ALREADY TOUCHED UPON, BUT THE AVAILABILITY AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS. WE HEARD ALL THE PHENOMENAL THINGS THAT WE DO AT SOME OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS. MY PERSONAL FAVORITE IS DINNER AND DONUTS WITH DAD. I WAS THERE A FEW WEEKS AGO SO THAT WAS A HIGHLIGHT OF MY YEAR THUS FAR. BUT IF I DID NOT HAVE RELIABLE TRANSPORTATION, IF I DIDN'T HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY, THOSE ARE THINGS THAT I WOULD MISS. AND LASTLY, TO REBUT WHAT SOMEBODY SAID EARLIER ABOUT SEPARATE BUT EQUAL. WHEN WE MOVED HERE THREE YEARS AGO, ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF HUNTERS GREEN FOR ME AND MY FAMILY WAS THE CULTURAL AND THE SOCIAL ECONOMIC DIVERSITY THAT ALREADY EXISTS.  SO BENEFIT REALIGNING AND REZONING I DON'T THINK YOU WILL TAKE THAT AWAY FROM THE UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS THAT WE HAVE IN THE NEW TAMPA AREA. THANK YOU FOR YOM YOUR TIME. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. PORTER. STEVE HINES AND SUSAN LAKE ARE THE NEXT TWO SPEAKERS FOLLOWED BY ADDAI KANU WILL BE OUR FINAL SPEAKER OF THE EVENING. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> SUPERINTENDENT, BOARD, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M A RESIDENT OF COREY LAKE ISLES AND I OPPOSE THIS BOUNDARY CHANGE ON A NUMBER OF GROUND. YOU HAVE HEARD A LOT OF PEOPLE SPEAK HERE THAT PRESENTED THIS AS KIND OF LIKE DIFFERENT TWO NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ONE IS VOTING FOR IT, ONE IS AGAINST IT. YES, I LOOK AT THIS AS A MUCH CHANGE FOR THE WHOLE COUNTY THAT IS AFFECTING A LOT MORE CHILDREN CURRENTLY, THE SITUATION THAT YOU HAVE ACTUALLY IS EXPOSING A LOT OF CHILDREN TO THE GOOD OPPORTUNITY. I KNOW THERE'S TRANSPORTATION INVOLVED BUT AN OPPORTUNITY, A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR FRESH MINDED EDUCATED. TAKING THAT OPPORTUNITY AWAY WILL AFFECT A LOT OF CHILDREN, TAKE AWAY OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM. I USED TO LIVE IN THE UNIVERSITY AREA. I KNOW THAT NEIGHBORHOOD. I ACTUALLY HAD A BULLET HOLE IN MY LIVING ROOM WINDOW. I KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON THERE. HAVING AN OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE OUT OF THERE, IT A WONDERFUL ONE. MISSING TEN MINUTES OF SCHOOL, OBVIOUSLY IT'S NOT THE CHILDREN'S FAULT. THAT'S THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT. I'M SURE IT CAN BE RESOLVED. IF YOU LOOK AT IT IN EVEN A BIGGER PICTURE, THERE ARE GOOD PEOPLE EVERYWHERE, PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO GIVE THE BEST EDUCATION TOO THEIR CHILDREN, AND I'M SURE THAT'S IN EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD. THERE'S BOUNDARY CHANGE IN MY OPINION IS NOTHING MORE BUT A FINANCIAL GAIN THAT THE COUNTY IS LOOKING AT, TO SAVE COST ON TRANSPORTATION. WE ARE ALL FOR IT, THAT COST IS SOMETHING EVERYBODY HAS TO LOOK AT, THE FAMILY BUDGET, THE NATIONAL BUDGET. HOWEVER, THE OPPORTUNITY THAT THIS PROVIDES TO CHILDREN IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD NOT BE LOOKED OAF. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. (BELL SOUNDS) PLEASE VOTE NO. WE HAVE A THOUSAND AND SO SIGNATURE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD AND EXPANDING THAT ARE NOT SUPPORTING.  THIS THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. SUZANNE LEGG. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. 

>> I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION OF THE CONTRACT FOR OUR COLLABORATORY PREP WHICH IS CHARTER SCHOOL OPENING IN EAST HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I ALSO WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR THE EXPERIENCE OF THIS PROCESS. IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN COLLABORATIVE, WHICH IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE WORDS. AND COLLABORATORY PREP TO WORK WITH THE CHARTER SCHOOL OFFICE OF HILLSBOROUGH, IT'S BEEN VERY REFRESHING TO SEE THAT. THE LEARNERS ARE AT THE CENTER OF EVERY DECISION YOU MAKE AND THE EXPERIENCE YOU WANT TO HAVE WITH THEM. IT'S YOUR TO PRIORITY. SO WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO PARTNER WITH YOU AND TO BE A PART OF WHAT HAPPENING IN HILLSBOROUGH. WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. THANKS. HAVE A NICE DAY. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. OUR FINAL SPEAKER OF THE EVENING IS ADDAI KANU. GOING ONCE. GOING TWICE. WE WILL MOVE OUT OF PUBLIC COMMENT. WE WILL MOVE NOW TO RECOMMENDATIONS OR REPORTS FROM SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. I WANT TO MAKE A BRIEF COMMENT IN FULL DISCLOSURE TO THE PUBLIC. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE AUDIENCE AND THE PUBLIC THAT'S WATCHING THIS EVENING KNOW THAT MYSELF OR SOME OF MY STAFF HAVE MET WITH EACH INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBER PRIOR TO TONIGHT'S MEETING IF THEY HAD ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT PARTICULAR BOARD AGENDA ITEMS. IF THERE ARE LIMITED QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY AGENDA ITEM IT MAY BE BECAUSE THE QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN ADEQUATELY ANSWERED BEFORE THE MEETING. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, PLUM MR. SUPERINTENDENT. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS, BOARD MEMBERS, HAVE BEEN PULLED FOR DISCUSSION AND A SEPARATE VOTE. A-01 WHICH HAS ALREADY BEEN PRESENTED. B 01, 2, 3, 4, 5 WHICH HAVE ALREADY BEEN VOTED ON. C 401, 403, 501, C 601, C 602, C 603, 6:00 RC 604, C 605, 606, 6 A 16, 703, 704, 704, 705, 706, C 11-3 R, 11-01 AND 12-01 AND 1301. I NEED A MOTION AND VOTE FOR THESE ITEMS. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. GRIFFIN AND SECOND BY MRS. GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? MRS. SNIVELY. 

>>Melissa Snively: I INADVERTENTLY ADDED 7.04 FOR REQUEST FOR HIGHLIGHT AND I WOULD LIKE TO REMOVE THAT FROM THE AGENDA, PLEASE.  

>> MRS. GRAY ALSO GAVE ME A NOTE NOTE TO REMOVE 4.043rd FOR HER COMMENT AND HIGHLIGHT. ANY OTHER DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? IF NOT, WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR AND A SECOND. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. WITH MRS. VALDES AWAY FROM THE DAIS. BOARD MEMBERS, PRESENTLY WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN MOVED UP PER BOARD REQUEST. C-619, C 701, C 613, R, C 701. MRS. GRIFFIN.  

>>April Griffin: MADAM CHAIR, SINCE WE HAVE SOME MEMBERS FROM THE COMMUNITY THAT ARE HERE FOR ITEMS 601 THROUGH 604, WHICH IS THE RENEWAL OF THE DIFFERENT CHARTER SCHOOLS, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION THAT WE PULL 601 THROUGH 3064 UP TO THE FRONT OF THE AGENDA AND VOTE ON ALL OF THEM SEPARATELY FROM THE CONSENT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, THAT WOULD MEAN THAT WE WILL MOVE THROUGH THREE OTHER ITEMS THAT HAVE BEEN ASKED PREVIOUSLY TO BE CALLED UP AND THEN TO THESE ITEMS. IS THAT CORRECT?  

>> THAT'S FINE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR BY MRS. GRIFFIN AND A SECOND BY MRS. HAR HIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE.  THIS IS JUST TO MOVE THESE ITEMS UP AND VOTE SEPARATELY WITH THE OTHER ITEMS. SO WE WILL GOFF DO THAT. SO THE NEXT ITEM THAT WE WILL HEAR -- I AM GOING SWITCH THE ORDER JUST A LITTLE BIT SINCE WE JUST FINISHED ALL OF THE AUDIENCE COMMENTS ON BOUNDARIES MOVE TO THE 7.01 TO MOVE THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY ATTENDANCE ADJUSTMENTS FOR THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS, HUNTERS GREEN, CLARK, ELEMENTARY, MORT ELEMENTARY, MOSI, SHAW, WITTER, FOREST HILLS, GRECO, ADAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL, SLIGH, VAN BURN, AND THE NEW PROPOSED P-K THROUGH 8. MRS. AMBER DICKERSON DEPARTMENT MANAGER WILL COME FORWARD AND DO THIS PRESENTATION. MRS. SHAMBERGERER AND MACE ASKED INFORM A HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENT. WELCOME MRS. DICKERSON.  

>> THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS QUITE LARGE AND COMPLICATED PROPOSED PROPOSAL. AMBER DICKERSON WITH FLANKING. WE ACTUALLY HAVE HAVE A POWER POINT POWER POINT FOR YOU. GOING TO KICK OFF AND TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT PROMPTED THE BOUNDARY CHANGE. THEN THE PROPOSAL. THEN I'LL HAND IT OVER TO MRS. DUFFY SUAREZ TO WALK YOU THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY. PATCHY TONIGHT YOU HAVE HEARD A LOT ABOUT ITEM 2, WHICH IS INCREASED STUDENT ENROLLMENT IN NEW TAMPA ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. BUT WE ALSO HAVE TWO OTHER QUITE LARGE ISSUES TO DEAL WITH HERE IN THE DISTRICT. ONE BEING THE RELOCATION OF MOSI. SO WE NEED AN OPTION TO RELOCATE THE STUDENTS WITHIN THE MOSI BOUNDARY. ALSO, THE UNDERUTILIZATION OF MIDDLE SCHOOL CAPACITY THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND WE ARE TARGETING AUGUST 2018 FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THESE CHANGES, BECAUSE IT'S SO COMPLICATED AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DO IT RIGHT. SO THE FIRST ISSUE, MOSI SCHOOL CLOSING. SO CURRENTLY WE ARE LEASING SPACE AT MOSI FOR APPROXIMATELY 300 STUDENT STATIONS. THE MOWSRY -- MOWSRY BOUNDARY INCLUDES OVER 800 STUDENTS. SO WHEN CLOSE THAT WE HAVE TO FIND A HOME FOR 800 ASSIGNED STUDENTS. THAT IS A HUGE ISSUE. THE LEASE EXPIRES IN JULY. RIGHT NOW THE CHOICE DEPARTMENT IS ACTUALLY ASSIGNING EACH INDIVIDUAL CHILD THAT IS DEEMED TO OVERFLOW INTO VARIOUS SCHOOLS, TAMPA PALMS, SHAW, WITTER. SO THOSE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS REALLY DON'T HAVE A HOME SCHOOL AT THIS POINT. NEW ENROLLMENT IN NEW TAMPA. OBVIOUSLY YOU HAVE HEARD A LOT ABOUT THAT TONIGHT. REALLY, THE K BAR DEVELOPMENT IS REALLY SPURRING THE MAJORITY OF THAT DEVELOPMENT. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE DEVELOPERS TO ENSURE THAT OUR PROTECTIONS ARE ON POINT -- PROJECTIONS ARE ON POINT FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT N.2008 WE TOOK TWO PIECES THAT ARE LOCATED IN NORTH TAMPA, SHAW AND WITTER, AND REASSIGNED THEM TO CLARK AND HUNTERS GREEN WHERE THERE WAS AVAILABLE CAPACITY AT THE TIME. NOW WE ARE IN A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT WORLD NOW AND WE NEED CAPACITY IN THE NEW TAMPA AREA. ALSO, FOREST HILLS ELEMENTARY IS QUITE A LARGE ELEMENTARY IN THE NORTH THE UNIVERSITY AREA, AND IT'S BEEN OPERATING OVER CAPACITY ON AND OFF FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS SO THEY COULD USE SOME BREATHING ROOM AT THAT SCHOOL AS WELL. A BIG TICKET ITEM, UTILIZATION OF MIDDLE SCHOOL FEEDS. WE HAVE THREE MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN A TIGHT AREA THAT ARE HALF FULL. SO WE NEED TO USE THE SEATS THAT WE HAVE. SO ONTO THE PROPOSAL. NEW TAMPA, YOU HAVE HEARD FROM A LOT OF FAMILIES FROM THESE COMMUNITIES TONIGHT. REASSIGNED STUDENTS FROM HUNTERS GREEN, HERITAGE, CLARK AND PRIDE. ON THE SCREEN YOU CAN SEE ALL OF THE COMMUNITIES THAT WE ARE IMPACTING. I WOULD ALSO PARTICULARLY LIKE TO POINT OUT ADDISON PARK APARTMENTS AT CROSS CREEK, A CHANGE THAT OCCURRED AFTER THE PARENT MEETINGS TO ENSURE WE REACHED OUT TO THOSE PARENTS INDIVIDUALLY IF THEY HAD ANY QUESTIONS. AND THEY WERE MOVING FROM HERITAGE TO PRIDE. AND THE CHANGE WAS PROMPTED TO BETTER BALANCE THE UTILIZATIONS BETWEEN HERITAGE AND PRIDE FOR FUTURE GROWTH. OKAY. THIS IS WHERE IT GETS EVEN MORE COMPLICATED. NORTH THE UNIVERSITY AREA. SO TO BRING THE MOSI KIDS BACK INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD INCLUDING THE HUNTERS GREEN AND CLARK STUDENT, WE ARE PROPOSING TO CONVERT VANBUREN SITES TO PK-8 JOINT CAMPUS SO THAT WILL GIVE US THE ABILITY TO HAVE A LARGE NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL, TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES. THAT MEANS WE WOULD CLOSE THE MAGNET PROGRAM AT CAHOON, REASSIGN MOSI STUDENTS, FROM CLARK AND HUNTERS GREEN WHO ARE IN THE NEW TAMPA AREA. ALSO, A LOT BETWEEN SHAW, WITTER, PIZZO, FOREST HILLS, AND OBVIOUSLY THE MIDDLE SCHOOL COMPONENTS. THERE ARE SOME MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS THAT WILL BE LEIGH ASSIGNED FROM VAN BURN TO SLIGH AND TO ADAMS. AND THEN ALSO A VERY SMALL PIECE OF MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM GRECO WILL BE ASSIGNED TO THE NEW PREK-8 AT VAN BURN SITE. OKAY. SO AT THE END OF THE DAY, WHEN ALL OF THE NUMBERS SHAKE OUT AND DEVELOP -- EXACTLY HOW WE PREDICTED IT TO, HOPEFULLY, ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WILL HAVE A PROJECTED RANGE OF CAPACITY OF UTILIZATION FROM 75 TO 94. WE FEEL LIKE THAT'S A COMFORTABLE RANGE. MIDDLE SCHOOLS WILL STILL BE SWALLOW IN THE AREA. THAT WILL BE SLIGH AND ADAMS SO WE ARE NOT NECESSARILY OVERBURDENING THEM EITHER. AND THEN THE NEW PK-8 SCHOOL IS PROJECTED AT 90% UTILIZATION BUT I HAVE TO PREFACE THAT WE USED THE 70% POPULARITY RATE WHICH IS A LOT HIGHER THAN SOME OF THE SCHOOLS IN THE AREA, JUST TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DID NOT OVERBURDEN THAT SCHOOL DAY ONE. OKAY. SO WHAT DOES THIS RESNOWFALL SO HOUSING OF STUDENTS WILL BE DECEMBER PLACED BY THE CLOSING OF MOSI SO WE FIND A HOME FOR THE MOSI STUDENTS, MAINLY GOING TO PIZZO AND A LITTLE BIT TO SHAW, CREATES AVAILABLE CAPACITY IN NEW TAMPA TO SERVE THE STUDENTS WITH APPROVED DEVELOPMENT, AND REALLY GETS AHEAD OF THAT OVERCROWDING CURVE. DECREASES BUS RIGHT LENGTHS FOR THE CLARK AND HUNTERS GREEN STUDENTS. BETTER UTILIZING MIDDLE SCHOOL CAPACITY.  THIS REALLY PREVENTS US FROM HAVING TO BUILD AND CAN TAP INTO THE FACILITIES WE ALREADY HAVE. ALSO, RELIEVES FOREST HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. SO NOW I HAND YOU OVER TO MS. DUFFEY SUAREZ TO WALK YOU THROUGH THE IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGY.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS. ELAINE DUFFEY SUAREZ. JUST TO GO THROUGH THE IDEAS THAT WERE GENERATED AS WE WENT OUT AND MET WITH THE PARENTS, WE HEARD A LOT OF CONCERNS OF THE OF COURSE THE MAP IS THE BIG CONVERSATION PIECE. BUT ONCE THE MAP IS DECIDED, WE COME UP WITH SOME IDEAS OF HOW TO MAKE THAT TRANSITION EASIER FOR FAMILIES. FIRST IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN TILL 2018 BUT WE ARE GOING TO ALLOW THE 5th GRADE STUDENTS WHO ARE 5th GRADERS NEXT YEAR, 17, 18, I MEAN, 18-IS IT WHEN THIS TAKES PLACE, TO REMAIN AT THEIR CURRENT SCHOOLS. SO THAT THEY WILL HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY IF THEY CHOOSE TO, TO REMAIN AT THEIR CURRENT SCHOOL. WE ARE ALSO GOING TO ALLOW SPACE AVAILABLE EARLY ADMISSION. IF YOU ARE, FOR INSTANCE, A RAISING 6th GRADER INTO THE AREA THAT'S GOING TO BE CHANGING TO SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL IN 2018, PERHAPS YOU WOULD LIKE TO -- I'M SORRY, TO VAN BURN, WOULD YOU LIKE TO GO TO BE SLIGH NOW SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO CHANGE SCHOOLS. INSTEAD OF GOING TO VAN BURN FOR ONE YEAR AND THEN TO SLIGH OR ADAMS THE FOLLOWING YEAR. THAT'S ONE EXAMPLE. THAT'S GOING TO BE ON A SPACE AVAILABLE CASE WHERE THERE'S ROOM. FOR INSTANCE, SHAW IS PROBABLY NOT AN OPPORTUNITY. IT'S PRETTY FULL ALREADY. AND WITHOUT MOVING THE STUDENTS, WE WON'T BE ABLE TO DO IT. STUDENTS WHO WE HAVE BEEN READJUSTING AS AMBER MENTIONED TO YOU ABOUT CLASS SIZE, BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH ROOM AT MOSI, THOSE STUDENTS ARE GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO REMAIN AT THE CURRENT SCHOOLS THAT THEY HAVE BEEN ATTENDING, WHERE WE HAVE PLACED THEM. PRIDE. AND YOU HEARD TODAY THAT GROWTH IS GOING TO HAPPEN OVERNIGHT AT PRIDE BUT IT'S ALREADY -- K BAR, BUT IT'S BEEN HAPPENING THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. YOU HEARD PEOPLE LIVED THERE AS EARLY AS 2008. SO WE KNOW IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN IN ONE YEAR. BUT WE DON'T KNOW THAT IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN IN THREE YEARS. SO WE KNOW THERE WILL BE SOME AVAILABLE SPACE THERE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. SO WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A LOTTERY, WHERE FAMILIES WILL BE -- CURRENT ENROLLED STUDENT WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN A LOTTERY TO HAVE REMAIN THERE AFTER 2018, AFTER THEY WOULD BE MOVED TO HUNTERS GREEN. THAT IS JUST FOR THE STUDENTS WHO ARE ENROLLED CURRENTLY OR AT THAT TIME IN PRIDE. SO WE THINK IT MIGHT BE ABOUT 150 STUDENTS BUT WE ARE NOT SURE YET. WE'LL KNOW BETTER NEXT YEAR. CAHOON STUDENTS. THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF CONCERN ABOUT THE CAHOON STUDENTS HAVING TO GO BACK AND MISSING THE PROGRAMS THAT THEY HAVE HAD. WELL, THOSE STUDENTS ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO REMAIN AT THE NEW PREK-8 AND THE PROGRAMMING FOR THAT HASN'T BEEN SET YET BUT THERE WILL BE SPECIALIZED PROGRAMMING AT THAT SCHOOL, SO THOSE PARENTS WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THAT WITHOUT BEING AT A MAGNET SCHOOL, BUT THEY WILL BE AT A DIFFERENT KIND OF SCHOOL. AND THEN THE HUNTERS GREEN AND CLARK STUDENTS WHO WE MOVED INTO N 2008 UP TO NEW TAMPA AND NOW WILL BE MOVING BACK TO SHAW AND WITTER, THE CHOICE IS GOING TO HAVE SPECIAL MEETING WITH THOSE FAMILIES IN FALL OF 2017 AND WORK WITH THEM ON OTHER CHOICE, AND MAYBE GIVE THEM A LITTLE EXTRA HAND HOLDING. WE MOVED THEM UP ONCE. WE MOVED THEM BACK. I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT OF A SHIFT FOR THOSE FAMILIES SO THE CHOICE DEPARTMENT IS GOING TO WORK WITH THEM INDIVIDUALLY. AND THEN TRANSPORTATION IS TYPICALLY NOT PROVIDED FOR THESE FAMILIES THAT CHOOSE TO SAY AT A SCHOOL OR MAYBE BE EARLY ADMISSIONS BUT WHAT WE SAY IS ONCE THE BUS ROUTES ARE SET FOR NEXT YEAR, THAT WILL BE DETERMINED IF THEY WILL BE ABLE TO GET A RIDE OR NOT. IT JUST DEPENDS ON HOW THE ROUTES ARE BEING SET SIBLINGS WOULD HAVE, YOU KNOW, IF THEY DON'T GET, FOR INSTANCE, IN THE LOTTERY, THEY WOULD NOT HAVE A SIBLING PREFERENCE. FAMILIES ALWAYS HAVE THE OPTION TO GO THROUGH THE HARDSHIP SO THEY CAN GO THROUGH THE HARDSHIP IF THEY CHOOSE IT. THE NEW PRE-K THROUGH 8 SCHOOL IS GOING TO HAVE SPECIAL PROGRAMMING AND THAT'S BEING WORKED ON. SO I AM NOT THE PERSON WHO CAN TALK TO YOU ABOUT THAT. NEXT STEPS. THIS GETS APPROVED TONIGHT, WE WILL NOTIFY THE FAMILIES, THROUGH THE PARENT LINK. IN JULY DID STUDENT LOCATER WILL BE UPDATED BECAUSE OF COURT NEXT YEAR IT'S GOING TO STAY THE SAME. SO 2017 WILL BE THE SAME. SO IN JULY WE'LL PUT 2017 AND 2018 UP THERE. RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE 16 AND 17 UP THERE. SO IN JULY WE'LL HAVE 17 AND 18 UP THERE. THEY WILL BE DEVELOPING THE SPECIAL CHOICE LOTTERY. AND THE CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OF THE CURRICULUM FOR THE NEW PRE-K 8. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU. AND WE CAN ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE GOT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION. LADIES, BOARD MEMBERS, I AM GOING TO OPEN IT TO COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS STARTING WITH MRS. GRAY. MRS. GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL EXPANSIVE PRESENTATION. MUCH NEEDED ANSWERS WERE GIVEN TO MANY OF THE CONCERNS FROM MANY, MANY PARENTS. MY COMMENTS ARE AS FOLLOWS FOR THESE NEW SCHOOL ENTITIES. FIRST, I THINK THAT IN MOST CASES, WE ARE OFFERING A DYNAMIC EDUCATIONAL MODEL FOR MOST OF THE SCHOOLS. FOR EXAMPLE, IN THE CALHOUN AND VAN BURN MATCH, THE PRE-K-8, AND I THINK THAT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. SECONDLY, SOME OF THE INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS, MENTIONING HUNTERS GREEN, ARE ALREADY PLANNING SUCCESSFUL OUTCOMES WITH THEIR NEW FOLKS JOINING THEM FROM THE OTHER SCHOOLS. THIRD, FILLING THE EMPTY SEATS AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS, SO WE DO NOT HAVE TO BUILD NEW SCHOOLS IS CRITICAL FOR US AT THIS STAGE OF THE GAME. AND I THINK THAT'S A HUGE ADVANTAGE. AND LAST, PROVIDING MORE SCHOOL CHOICE AS WELL AS THE SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS, GIVE OUR KIDS AND OUR PARENTS A PLETHORA OF CHOICES TO MAKE, IN SPITE OF THE DISAGREEMENT OF HAVING TO MOVE THEIR CHILDREN, SPECIALIZED CHOICE PROGRAMS AND VARIOUS PROGRAMS ARE JUST MAKING US MORE COMPETITIVE AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.  

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

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANKS SO MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. FIRST LET ME START BY THANKING YOU, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND MR. FARKAS, MRS. DUFFEY SUAREZ AND MRS. DICKERSON ON YOUR EFFORT, ALL THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE HAVE BEEN STELLAR. THE INFORMATION HAS BEEN VERY COMPLETE AND VERY PUT TOGETHER. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT. WITH THAT I DEFINITELY UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR BOUNDARY CHANGES WITH THE LOGISTICS AND THE OVERCROWDING, THE CHANGE IN SCHOOLS, AND I DEFINITELY UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR IT. AS MANY PEOPLE, HOPEFULLY THEY KNOW THAT I AM DEFINITELY A PROPONENT OF BEING A MOVING DISTRICT, A DISTRICT THAT IS PROACTIVE IN THE CHANGES. BUT I WANT TO QUALIFY THAT A LITTLE BIT. I'M A PROPONENT OF A DISTRICT THAT MAKES SMART DECISIONS, NOT ONLY JUST PROACTIVE, BUT A SMART MOVING DISTRICT. SO WITH THAT, ALTHOUGH I COMPLETELY AGREE AND UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR THIS BOUNDARY CHANGE, AS I SIT HERE TODAY, I REMAIN A LITTLE CONFLICTED. PRIMARILY BECAUSE OF THE PACKAGE DEAL OF THIS MOVE WITH THE BOUNDARY CHANGE, WHICH IS FINE, LIKE WE TALKED ABOUT, THE CONVERSION OF CAHOON AND VAN BURN. SO EVEN MORE SO THAN HUNTERS GREEN OR PRIDE AND ALL THOSE OTHER CONCERNS THAT THE PARENTS RAISED THIS EVENING. I AM REALLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE VAN BUREN AND CAHOON MERGER. TODAY, I SIT HERE, WE HAVE HEARD A LOT FROM WALKERS GREEN PARENTS, AND NEW TAMPA PARENTS, BUT TODAY I SIT HERE AS A VOICE FOR REALLY THE UNDERSERVED AND A VOICE FOR THE VOICELESS. THE PARENTS WE HAVE NOT HEARD FROM, THE PARENTS WHO AREN'T ABLE TO MAKE IT HERE OR UNABLE TO COMMUNICATE, THE PARENTS IN THE DISTRICT ARE THAT OF BROKEN PROMISES, RIGHT? UNDERPROMISED AND DELIVERED. AND WITH THAT COMES MY CONCERN ABOUT THE VAN BUREN PIECE. I KNOW WE CAN'T SEPARATE THIS PROPOSAL, RIGHT? WE CAN'T VOTE FOR THE BOUNDARY CHANGE AND THEN VOTE SEPARATELY ON THE SCHOOL CHANGES. SO I JUST BRING YOUR CONCERN ABOUT THE ENTIRE KINK THING. SO I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. ESPECIALLY IN THE TIMES THAT WE SIT NOW AND THE TIMES OF LEGISLATIVE UNCERTAINTY, NOT KNOWING WHAT THE MONEY IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE, NOT KNOWING WHAT A LOT OF THINGS ARE GOING LOOK LIKE, THIS MERGER IS PROPOSED ON, I WOULD FIRST LIKE TO KNOW IF WE HAVE CONSIDERED ALL OPTIONS FOR THE MERGER PIECE. I KNOW YOU ARE DEALING WITH BOUNDARIES. I DON'T KNOW, MR. FARKAS, IF YOU HAVE ANY RESPONSE TO THAT REGARDING, HAVE WE ADDRESSED ALL OPTIONS? IN THOSE OPTION VERSUS WE ALSO LOOKED AT THE DIVERSITY PIECE AS WELL?  

>>Christopher Farkas: YES, MA'AM, BE HAPPY TO. AND MRS. DUFFEY SUAREZ WAS INVOLVED IN THAT AS WELL. WE TRIED TO HAVE AS MANY CONVERSATION AS ROUND THE TABLE TO LOOT LOOK AT ALL OPTIONS. THERE MAY BE SOMETHING WE DIDN'T THINK OF. BUT WE TOOK THE PRINCIPALS, THE SUPERINTENDENTS THERE IN THAT AREA, TO HELP WITH US THAT PROCESS, AND VET THAT PROCESS. IT'S HARD TO SAY THAT WE HAVE GONE THROUGH ALL THE OPTIONS BUT I WILL TELL THAT YOU A LOT OF THOUGHT AND TIME HAS GONE THROUGH THE PROCESS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN. IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE LOOK AT EACH STEP AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THAT POLICY. AND WE COMMUNICATE WITH 18-19 SCHOOL YEAR AS A POSITIVE TO GET EVERYBODY'S INPUT BUT IT ALSO MEANS WE AREN'T GOING TO HAVE ANSWER TOES EVERY SINGLE QUESTION OUT THERE. IT IMPORTANT THAT MRS. COOK AND HER TEAM BE THERE. THERE'S A VARIETY OF REASONS THAT WE HAVE CHOSEN THIS OPTION. ALSO WE ARE LOOKING AT WHAT'S THE BEST SITUATION FOR THE STUDENTS. WE NEED TO HAVE A NEW SOLUTION IN THAT AREA, AND WE FEEL LIKE THIS SOLUTION IS ONE THAT'S GOING TO BE VERY POSITIVE IN WORKING WITH THE TEACHING AND LEARNING DEPARTMENT.  

>> THANK YOU, MR. FARKAS. I FEEL IT HAS POTENTIAL TO BE PHENOMENAL IN THE DISTRICT BUT I THINK WHAT THIS COMMUNITY NEEDS IS A GUARANTEE. AND I DON'T THINK WE ARE AT THIS POINT ABLE TO GUARANTEE THAT. SO I BRING CONCERN ABOUT THATFULLY BUT ALSO BESIDES THE VAN BURAN AND CALHOUN MERGER WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT OTHER SCHOOLS, SHAW, WITTER, BUT WE HAVE OTHER SCHOOLS THAT ARE LOW PERFORMING AS WELL. ALSO, I DON'T THINK I HEARD ENOUGH OR HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION REGARDING WHAT IS GOING TO FIX THOSE SCHOOLS? WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO MAKE EVERY SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT A HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOL.  SO I THINK I WOULD HAVE WANTED MORE CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT IS THE PLAN TO REALLY FIX ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS BUT ESPECIALLY THE SCHOOLS THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE SHIPPING THESE KIDS BACK TO.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: LET ME GO AHEAD AND ADDRESS THAT, MRS. SHAMBERGER, BECAUSE YOU HAVE VERY VALID POINTS THAT YOU BROUGHT UP. FIRST AND FOREMOST -- AND SOME OF THE SPEAKERS TALKED ABOUT THIS TONIGHT -- IT IS INCUMBENT UPON US IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HAVE GREAT SCHOOLS WHEREVER STUDENTS ATTEND. WE BELIEVE AT SCHOOLS SUCH AS SHAW -- RIGHT NOW ONE OF THE HEAVY FOCUSES IS ON SHAW, AND I KNOW AREA SUPERINTENDENT DR. BROWN HAS BEEN WORKING WITH PARTNERSHIPS AROUND EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS THERE. WE TALKED ABOUT THAT'S THE GAME CHANGERS ESPECIALLY IN OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, WHERE THE GRADE HAPPENS VERY, VERY FAST, STUDENTS COME IN AT PERHAPS KINDERGARTEN READINESS LEVEL WHERE WE ARE NOT AS PREPARED AS THEY NEED TO BE TO BE SUCCESSFUL BY THIRD GRADE. SO EVERYTHING THAT EARLY CHILDHOOD TYPE OF PARTNERSHIP, THAT I KNOW THAT SHE IS WORKING WITH THE PRINCIPAL THERE AND THE COMMUNITY TO DEVELOP AT SHAW, WILL HELP TO ACCELERATE -- (AUDIO LOST) AND I KNOW THAT MRS. DUFFEY SUAREZ MADE MENTION THAT WE RECOGNIZE THE CHALLENGES THAT FAMILIES WILL HAVE. THE HEIGHT THANNENNED LEVEL OF SENSITIVITY COULDN'T BE ANY HIGHER AROUND THE TABLE TALKING ABOUT THAT. BECAUSE I DO REMEMBER THE TEN YEARS AGO WHEN STUDENTS, WHEN WE WERE SO OVERCROWDED AT SHAW, THAT WE HAD TO MAKE A DECISION AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT ON WHAT DO WE DO WITH A SCHOOL THAT'S ALMOST 1400 STUDENTS AND THAT'S NOT GOING TO BE PROVIDING THE VERY BEST EDUCATION FOR THEM. AND WE DIDN'T HAVE KIMBALL ELEMENTARY. WE DIDN'T HAVE THE MOSI PARTNERSHIP. WE DIDN'T THE USF AT THAT POINT IN TIME. SO THE ONLY OTHER DECISION THAT WE MADALITY THAT PARTICULAR TIME IS WE SAW SPACE OUT IN THE NEW TAMPA AREA AND THAT WAS THE WAY WE COULD RESOLVE THE ISSUE YOU AROUND SHAW ELEMENTARY AND THE OVERCROWDING ISSUE THERE. SINCE THEN WE HAVE KIMBALL AND WE HAVE MOSI AND ALL THESE OTHER ENTITIES PROVIDING SUPPORT IN THE USF AREA. BUT NOW THAT WE ARE HAVING THE NEW TAMPA GROWTH, WE ARE ENGAGING THOSE FAMILIES VERY INTENTIONALLY AROUND THE CHOICE PROCESS, I THINK IS CRITICAL. AS I TALKED TO MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY THAT WAS ONE OF THEIR BIGGEST CONCERNS. I KNOW YOU ARE DOING THINGS AT SHAW AND I NO WITTER AND I KNOW YOU ARE MAKING PROGRESS THERE. BUT WHAT ABOUT IN 18-19? IF I DON'T FEEL CONFIDENT DENT -- AND THAT'S WHY WE WANT TO MAKE UP THE CHOICE PROCESS WHERE THE FAMILIES ARE MET WITH, MAGNET SCHOOLS, OTHER SCHOOLS, THAT IF THEY DON'T FEEL THAT CONFIDENCE LEVEL, THEY CAN ENSURE THEIR CHILD GETS A QUALITY EDUCATION, AS WE KNOW WE MOVE THE CHILDREN AT SHAW AND WITTER, BUT TO MAKE OUR VAN BUREN CAHOON. THIS IS THE THING THAT I THINK THE COMMUNITY HAS ASKED FOR. I WAS TALKING ON A RADIO SHOW RECENT LIT ABOUT THIS ISSUE. WE HAVE SCHOOLS IN URBAN TAMPA THAT WE ARE STARTING TO MOVE THE NEEDLE, CHANGE GRADUATION RATES AND ALL THOSE THINGS. WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO THIS. AND I BELIEVE GIVING US A YEAR TO SAY HAVE THE COMMUNITY COME ALONG WITH US ON THIS. WE WANT TO PUT A SPOTLIGHT ON AN AMAZING SCHOOL, P-K-8 AT TURNER AND VAN BUREN, WE THREAD ACCELERATE EARTHED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES, FLIES PRE-K AND MAKE A CONNECTION THROUGH THE HIGH SCHOOL PATHWAY FOR OUR STUDENTS. THAT'S A CONVERSATION WE NEVER HAD. WE TALKED ABOUT INDIVIDUAL ISOLATED SCHOOLS IN OUR URBAN AREA. THIS WILL BE THE ENERGY AND EXCITEMENT AROUND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SCHOOL AND HAVING TIME TO DO IT RIGHT AND HAVING THE COMMUNITY RIGHT THERE WITH US. SO WE CAN SAY LIKE YOU SAID, NO MATTER WHAT A STUDENT RESIDES IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WHETHER IT'S THEIR RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL THAT THEY WANT TO ATTEND IN THEIR BOUNDARIES, THAT'S GOING TO BE AN AMAZING SCHOOL. AND IF NOT, WE HAVE 40,000 STUDENTS RIGHT NOW ATTENDING SCHOOLS ACROSS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WHERE THEY DO NOT RESIDE IN THEIR BOUNDARIES BECAUSE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS OFFERS THOSE KIND OF OPTIONS. BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERY SCHOOLS THAT THAT OFFERING FOR THE FAMILIES.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU. I CERTAINLY HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT YOU WILL DO THE RIGHT THING BUT I THINK MY CONCERN IS SIMPLY OF THAT WE DON'T HAVE COMPLETE COMMUNITY BUY-IN. WHEN IT COMES TO THAT PART OF THE PROPOSAL. SO I'M JUST CONCERNED THAT BY MOVING FORWARD WITH THIS VOTE TODAY THAT WE ARE GIVING THE GREEN LIGHT TO KIND OF FIGURE THINGS OUT AS WE MOVE ALONG WITHOUT GUARANTEES, AND THAT'S THE HESITATION THAT I AM REALLY HEARING FROM THE COMMUNITY. SO TO COMFORT ME A LITTLE BIT AGAIN. SO WITH THAT, MR. PORTER, IF YOU COULD HELP ME OUT. MADAM CHAIR. I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO MAKE TWO MOTIONS. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A MOTION TO PULL THIS OFF OF THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR SEPARATE VOTE. AND ALSO A MOTION TO HAVE IT ADDED TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA FOR MONTHLY UPDATES SHOULD THIS VOTE PASS.  

>>Jim Porter: SO THE FIRST MOTION I THINK YOU JUST MADE. WOULD YOU NEED A SECOND ON THAT. SO THIS IS TO BE PULLED OFF THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR A SEPARATE VOTE. SO YOU NEED TO VOTE ON THAT FIRST.  THIS IS NOT WHETHER TO APPROVE IT OR DENY IT. JUST TO HAVE ALLOW FOR SEPARATE VOTE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. SHAMBERGER AND A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES TO PULL THIS ITEM OFF OF THE AGENDA AND VOTE ON IT SEPARATELY. SO YOU ARE ONLY VOTING TO PULL IT OFF THE AGENDA AND VOTE SEPARATELY AND THEN WE WILL MOVE TO THE SECOND MOTION.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IF THIS PASSES I THINK MRS. SHAMBURGER WANTS A MOTION.  

>> SO BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANYONE ELSE THAT WISHES TO SPEAK ON THIS ITEM? BESIDES MRS. VALDES.  

>> WELL, GO AHEAD.  

>> I'LL WAIT. GO AHEAD.  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I UNDERSTAND YOUR CONCERNS, MEMBER SHAMBERGER. I JUST WANTED TO KNOW IN REFERENCE TO THE CAHOON PROGRAM, WHAT IS YOUR THOUGHT ON MAINTAINING -- WE USED TO CALL THESE ATTRACTERS.  THEY WEREN'T MAGNET SCHOOLS BUT THEY WERE ATTRACTERS. FOR INSTANCE, BEFORE DUAL LANGUAGE BECAME A POPULAR THING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, ALEXANDER ELEMENTARY WAS AT A DUAL LANGUAGE ATTRACTER. SO IT WAS A DIFFERENT MIND-SET WITH THE ATTRACTER. ARE WE GOING TO CONTINUE TO ENHANCE SOME OF THE -- KEEP SOME OF THE PROGRAMMING THAT'S THERE, THAT THE FAMILIES REALLY LIKE? BECAUSE WAY REALLY HEARD ALSO FROM THE COMMUNITY WAS THAT THE DIVERSITY THAT THAT PARTICULAR SCHOOL ENCOMPASSED, AND WANTED TO KEEP THE FEEL OF THAT INCLUSIVENESS. AND I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE THAT'S OUR CULTURE. THAT'S EXACTLY WATCH WE WANT TO SEE THROUGHOUT ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS AND NOT JUST IN SOME POCKETS. SO MR. EAKINS, IF YOU WOULD, CAN YOU DELIBERATE A LITTLE ON THAT?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SURE. AND THAT'S GOING TO BE THE EXCITING PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROGRAMMING.  THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO CREATE A P-2-12 THIRD, THINGS THAT WE KNOW WILL SET STUDENTS UP FOR SUCCESS AND WORKFORCE. BUT IN DOING THAT, MARRY THAT WITH THE INTEREST OF STUDENT AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF GREAT PROGRAMS AND CURRICULUM. I KNOW RIGHT NOW ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE NEVER TAKEN OFF THE TABLE WITH CAHOON IS AN EXTENSION OF SOME OF THE CURRENT PROGRAMMING THEY HAVE GOING ON THERE. THE ONLY THING THAT -- SOMETIMES THE REQUESTS THAT CAME FROM THE FAMILIES WAS THEY WANTED A SEPARATED PROGRAM THAT ONLY THOSE PARTICULAR STUDENTS WOULD CONTINUE TO ATTEND. AND IF WE HAVE A BOUNDARY THAT RESIDES WITH THEM AND WE WANT THOSE FAMILIES TO CONTINUE, AND WE ARE OFFERING THAT THROUGH THE BOUNDARY PROPOSAL, BUT THERE MAY BE OTHER STUDENT AT THE SCHOOL THAT WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE PARTICULAR KIND OF PROGRAMS. THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT WE KNOW AS WE GO AHEAD AND APPOINT -- IF THIS IS WHAT PROVED BY THIS BOARD, WE WILL BE POINTING A PRINCIPAL PROBABLY WITHIN THE NEXT MONTH. SO THAT WILL GIVE US A YEAR TO REALLY WORK ON THE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT ALONG WITH OUR TEACHING AND LEARNING DEPARTMENT, A LOPPING WITH OUR COMMUNITY, ALONG WITH OUR WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS OFFICE, TO EVENTUALLY CREATE THAT THREAD.  

>>Susan Valdes: AND THIS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE SCHOOL YEAR AUGUST OF 2018.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YES, MA'AM.  

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MRS. VALDES. I WANT TO FIRST START OFF BY THANKING ALL THE SPEAKERS WHO CAME TONIGHT. AND THE SPEAKERS WHO HAVE COME REALLY OVER THE LAST MONTH TO THIS BOARD TO ADDRESS US AND HAVE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THIS BOUNDARY CHANGE.  THIS BOUNDARY CHANGE INVOLVES -- AND I THINK THIS IS PROBABLY ONE OF A KIND, 14 DIFFERENT SCHOOLS AND THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS. THIS IS A MASSIVE MOVEMENT THAT BOARD MEMBERS, AS YOU KNOW, A FEW WEEKS AGO WE WERE PRESENTED A REPORT FROM OLIVER TINDALE ABOUT THE GROWTH THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND HOW WE MUST START MAKING THE SHIFTS THAT WE NEED TO IN ORDER TO FILL THE SCHOOLS. FORTUNATELY FOR US, THIS BOUNDARY CHANGE HAS BEEN IN THE WORKS FOR A WHILE, AND THIS JUST COMPLEMENTS WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN. THIS IS MASSIVE MOVEMENT, LIKE I DON'T THINK I HAVE EVER SEEN BEFORE. BUT MUCH NEEDED IN MANY AREAS. I APPRECIATE THE K-BAR RANCH FAMILIES, THE HUNTERS GREEN FAMILIES. I MET LAST BEEK WEEK WITH THE COREY LAKE ISLES AND ARBOR GREEN FAMILIES. I HAVE MET WITH FAMILIES FROM HUNTERS GREEN ALONG WITH THEIR HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, THE PTAs FROM SEVERAL OF THOSE GROUPS, FOR MORE THAN A YEAR NOW TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT THEY FACE AND THEIR SCHOOLS AND HOW THEIR CHILDREN WILL OR WON'T BE AFFECTED BY THIS. SO I JUST WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW, WE APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS AND YOUR CONCERNS. WE UNDERSTAND THAT WE HAVE TOUGH DECISIONS TO MAKE UP HERE, AND THAT WE ARE NOT BY ANY MEANS GOING TO MAKE EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU HAPPY. AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE KNOW IS COMING, BUT I KNOW IN MY CONVERSATIONS WE HAD TO HAVE HONEST CONVERSATION ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TO MOVE STUDENTS. AND EVEN THOUGH THAT IS NOT ALWAYS A PLEASANT THING TO DO, IT HAS TO HAPPEN. SO THIS IS NOT AT ALL, DID NOT COME ABOUT BECAUSE OF BUSING. IT CERTAINLY IS A SIDE EFFECT BUT THAT IS NOT THE REASON WE ARE HERE TODAY. THIS IS ABOUT WAY MORE THAN OUR BUDGET. IT DOES AFFECT OUR BOTTOM LINE AND OUR BUDGET BUT IT'S ABOUT A LOT MORE THAN THAT. SO I WANT TO ALSO MAKE MENTION THAT WE HAVE IT ON PRETTY GOOD AUTHORITY -- I KNOW IT PUBLIC RECORD -- THAT THE MOSI BOARD IS MEETING TODAY, AND WE MAY HAVE TO MAKE ADDITIONAL CHANGES BECAUSE MOSI IS HAVING CONVERSATIONS ABOUT CLOSING. EARLIER THAN WE ANTICIPATED. SO THESE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT WE ARE HAVING TO DEAL WITH. 800 SEATS SKI SCHOOL THAT MAY BE APPROXIMATE OUT OF. WE ARE HOPING THAT THEY WAIT AND GIVE US THAT YEAR AND ALLOW US TO STAY IN THAT SPACE. BUT IF CHOOSE NOT TO, THAT'S THEIR PROPERTY AND THEIR SPACE AND THEY MAY DECIDE TO DO. THAT AGAIN ANOTHER REASON FOR US TO HAVE THIS CONVERSATION SOONER THAN WE NEEDED TO. I APPRECIATE ALL THE FAMILIES WHO CAME FORWARD. AND I KNOW THAT THIS IS DIFFICULT. YOUR CHILDREN ARE WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU, AND THEIR EDUCATION IS VERY IMPORTANT TO YOU, AS THEY ARE TO US. MRS. SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I TOO ECHO MRS. STUART IN THAT WE REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE INPUT FROM FAMILIES AND STAKEHOLDERS. IT'S BEEN A VERY HUGE EFFORT FOR THE DISTRICT AS WELL AS CONSIDERATION FOR OUR STAKEHOLDERS. AND SO IT HAS BEEN VERY APPRECIATED TO HAVE AS MUCH INFORMATION AS WE POSSIBLY CAN FROM EVERYONE WHO IS INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS. WITH THAT SAID, I WANTED TO ASK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT -- WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE FINANCIAL IMPACT, OR THAT IT WILL HAVE A FINANCIAL IMPACT. WE HAVEN'T REALLY TALKED IN MUCH DETAIL ABOUT THE FISCAL IMPACT OF THESE CHANGES. AND SO I WAS WONDERING IF THERE WERE ANY PRO SECTIONS AT THIS POINT AS TO WHAT THE FINANCIAL IMPACT WILL BE WHEN ALL OF THESE CHANGES, IF THIS PASSES, ARE MADE.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WELL, CHRIS, FEEL FREE TO JUMP IN AS WELL. I MEAN, THERE'S PROBABLY A LOT OF COST AVOIDANCE THAT WE CAN TALK ABOUT IN THE FUTURE, BECAUSE PART OF THE ISSUE IS WE DON'T HAVE IMPACT FEES TO BUILD ANOTHER SCHOOL. AND SO THE ISSUE THAT -- AND THIS BOARD HAS TALKED ABOUT IS WE HAVE SEATS AVAILABLE, AND YET WE HAVE IMPACT FEES THAT CANNOT BUILD ANOTHER SCHOOL OUT OF THE GROUND TO TAKE CARE OF THE GROWTH THAT'S HAPPENING IN NEW TAMPA. SO WE HAVE TO LOOK AT ALL THE SEATS IN THE VICINITY TO MAKE SURE WE MAKE THE VERY BEST DECISION POSSIBLE. THAT'S BEING FINANCIAL STEWARDS, GOOD FINANCIAL STEWARDS OF THE TAXPAYER DOLLARS, AND WE DO KNOW AS WE GO THROUGH THE PROCESS, WE HAVE TO BE ULTRA SENSITIVE TO THE FAMILIES AND THEIR CONCERNS THAT THEY HAVE ALONG THE WAY. WITH THAT BEING SAID, PART OF THE COST ISSUE IS HOW WE AVOID COSTS IN GOING THROUGH TRANSITIONS. FOR INSTANCE, THERE'S GOING TO BE SOME CAPITAL COSTS INVOLVED WITH THE CONVERSION, THE SCHOOL CONVERTING A MIDDLE SCHOOL TO A PRE-K-8 IS FAR MORE EXPENSIVE THAN CONVERTING AN ELEMENTARY MIDDLE SCHOOL THAT'S ON A CAMPUS TO A PRE-K -- YOU'RE SAVINGS IDON'T KNOW WHAT THE COST SAVINGS WOULD BE ON THAT.  

>> WOULD BE A MILLION DOLLAR BECAUSE OF THE BATHROOM ROLLE FOR THE STUDENTS AND THAT'S IMPORTANT IN HOW THAT WOULD WORK IN A SETTING LIKE VAN BUREN, THE AESTHETICS WOULD BE A BIG CHALLENGE FOR US TO MAKE HAPPEN. AND ONE OTHER PART. WE TALKED ABOUT TRANSPORTATION. A LOT OF THE REASONS IT HARD TO CAPTURE THE COSTS OF TRANSPORTATION TO PROVIDE FOR YOU IS MOSI. LOTS OF ASPECTS BUT LET'S TAKE MOSI, WHERE THEY ASSIGN 300 KIDS TO GO SCHOOL THERE. A LOT OF THEM GO OVER TO PIZZO. THESE NOT A HUGE -- YOU HAVE AFTERNOON APARTMENT COMPLEX WHERE WE HAVE FIVE BUSES, PICK UP KIDS AND TAKE THEM TO FIVE DIFFERENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. HAVING ONE BUGS TO PICK THEM UP IS GOING TO BE MUCH LESS EXPENSIVE. WE WILL BE ABLE TO ONCE WE START THE PROCESS, BUT RIGHT NOW ITRELL REAL HARD TO JUDGE THE IMPACT OF ONE KID ON A 50-PERSON BUS. A LITTLE BIT OF A CHALLENGE. BUT MR. BEEKMAN LOVES CRUNCHING THOSE NUMBERS AND THE COSTS OF EVERY SINGLE PENNY WE SPEND IN TRANSPORTATION SO I'LL BET HE WILL HAVE THAT INFORMATION AS SOON AS WE HAVE IT.  

>>Melissa Snively: I APPRECIATE THAT AND I APPRECIATE MRS. SHAMBERGER TO HAVE IT ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA FOR THOSE TYPES OF UPDATES. AND THE STUDENT IMPACT, AS WELL AS THE FINANCIAL IMPACT. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT REZONING IS A VERY CHALLENGING ISSUE AND I APPRECIATE THAT AS A BOARD MEMBER WHO RECENT ENTLY HAD SEVERAL REZONING CHALLENGES IN MY AREA, AND I AM EACH THEY I CAN TO THAT FOR OUR STUDENTS AND OUR PARENTS AND OUR TEACHERS. THERE'S A LOT OF CHANGE THAT COMES WITH REZONING, AND IT CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT. CHANGE CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT. BUT I HAVE ALSO FOUND THAT THROUGH THE EXPERIENCE THAT I HAVE HAD THAT STUDENTS AND THEIR PARENTS ARE VERY RESILIENT. IN FACT, STUDENT SOMETIMES ARE MORE RESILIENT THAN PARENTS ARE. AND SO I KNOW OF THAT WHATEVER DECISION THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE TODAY, ALBEIT VERY CHALLENGING, AND I THINK LIKE MRS. STUART ALLUDED TO, WE ARE PROBABLY NOT GOING TO MAKE EVERYBODY HAPPY. I KNOW THAT ALL OF THESE DECISIONS ARE MADE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR STUDENTS. AND THAT'S THE MAIN OBJECTIVE HERE IS MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE TAKING CARE OF OUR STUDENT. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. GRIFFIN, YOU HAVE GOT ONE MINUTE.  

>>April Griffin: ONE MINUTE. AND I NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD SAY THIS BUT AS A VETERAN BOARD MEMBER, THIS IS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT VOTES YOU WILL EVER HAVE TO CAST TO THE NEWER BOARD MEMBERS, BECAUSE BOUNDARY CHANGES ARE VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. IT CHANGE -- PEOPLE ARE SCARED OF CHANGE. BUT OVER THE YEARS, I CAN TELL YOU -- AND I HAVE PERSONALLY CIRCLED BACK AROUND TO FAMILIES THAT HAVE COME FORWARD THAT HAVE FOLLOWED UP AND SEE HOW THOSE CHANGES WENT AFTER THE BOUNDARIES WERE CHANGED, AND I CAN TELL YOU THAT ALL OF THE CONCERNS THAT WERE BROUGHT FORWARD, I ASKED THEM IF THOSE CONCERNS OR FEARS WERE REALIZED, AND THEY WEREN'T. WE WORK REALLY HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR CHILDREN ARE IN THE BEST ENVIRONMENT THAT THEY CAN BE IN. AND FROM A PERSONAL, ANECDOTAL PERSPECTIVE, I WASIUS BUSSED AS A CHILD. AND I WENT TO SCHOOL WHEN WE HAD FIRST THROUGH 5th,   6th GRADE CENTER, 8th, 10th, 11th AND 12th. I THY FEEL THE CHANGE MADE ME A BETTER PERSON, MADE ME BETTER ABLE TO MAKE FRIEND BECAUSE I WAS PUT IN DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS WHERE I WAS FORCED. AND CHILDREN ARE RESILIENT. I WAS FORCED TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND IT MADE ME THE PERSON THAT I AM TODAY. SO IT IS DIFFICULT. BUT I CAN ALSO TELL THAT YOU BEING BUSSED BECAUSE I WAS ON THE FRONT END OF BUSING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN THE 70s, MY MOTHER WASN'T ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN MY EDUCATION BECAUSE SHE COULDN'T GET TO MY SCHOOL WHEN I WAS BUSSED 45 MINUTES ONE WAY. TO SCHOOL. SO IT DOES MAKE IT VERY, VERY DIFFICULT. AND FOR THOSE STUDENTS, THOSE ARE THE ONES THAT I AM REALLY LOOKING AT, THINKING THE MOST ABOUT. I DO WANT TO HAND IN HAND WITH YOU, SINCE IT IS YOUR DISTRICT, WORK TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE STUDENTS ARE BEING SERVED AND THOSE FAMILIES ARE BEING SERVED. I AM COMMITTED TO THAT, MEMBER SHAMBERGER. SO I AM IN SUPPORT OF THIS. I'M NOT THRILLED ABOUT IT. BUT WE DO HAVE TO MAKE THESE VERY, VERY DIFFICULT DECISIONS MOVING FORWARD. AND THIS IS JUST THE FIRST OF MANY, BOARD MEMBERS. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. MRS. GRAY, DID YOU HAVE ANOTHER COMMENT?  

>>Lynn Gray: JUST ONE MINUTE ON THAT. MEMBER SHAMBERGER, I WAS VERY, VERY HUMBLED WHEN INDIVIDUALS FROM MANY OF THE FACILITIES CAME OR TALKED TO ME ON THE PHONE, AND IT WAS -- THE ONLY FEAR THAT THEY HAD -- I MEAN, THEY WANT THEIR KIDS TO BE SUCCESSFUL -- WAS THEIR VOTE, YOU KNOW. AND THEY HAD SO MUCH CONCERN AND BUY-IN FOR THEIR CHILDREN, THAT THE ONLY THING THEY CAN THREATEN ME OR ANY OF US IS WITH THEIR VOTE, AND THAT MADE ME THINK, MY GOODNESS, I FEEL SO AT A LOSS THAT I CAN'T DO MORE FOR THEM. AND MY RESPONSE TO SOME OF THE ARGUMENT, WHICH WERE MANY, WAS THAT WE SHOULD, AS APRIL MENTIONED, WE SCHUTT SHOULD DEFINITELY BUY INTO OVERSEEING THAT THESE SCHOOLS ARE SUCCESSFFUL. AND IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY THAT THE BUCK DOESN'T STOP HERE JUST BECAUSE WE ARE VOTING. SO I WILL MAKE THAT COMMITMENT. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT REALLY WAS A BOTHER TO ME TO BEGIN WITH WAS SHAW. BECAUSE SHAW HAD TREMENDOUS BACKGROUND, NEGATIVE BACKGROUND, AND YOU MAY KNOW THIS, BUT IS GOING TO FLETCH SHAW AND EXPAND THEIR PRE-K LEARNING. IT HASN'T BEEN ANNOUNCED. MAYBE SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS HAS ANNOUNCED. BUT SHAW WILL BE HEAVILY INVESTED IN. AND THAT'S SOMETHING GOING IN THE FUTURE. WE SHOULD EXPECT GREAT OUTCOMES. I HAVE PARTICIPATED IN SOME THINGS THAT PATEL HAS BEEN PART OF. SO, ANYWAY, THAT WAGS WITH A LITTLE BIT OF, YOU KNOW, COMFORT IN THAT PARTICULAR SCHOOL. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS.  IF THERE'S NO FURTHER COMMENT THEN I WILL TAKE A MOTION TO MOVE THIS ITEM MOVE. MRS. GRIFFIN, IS THAT A MOTION TO APPROVE?  

>> YES, MA'AM.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THERE'S A MOTION TO APPROVE. MRS. SHAMBERGER, IS THAT A SECOND? SECOND TO APPROVE THE ITEM AS IT'S WRITTEN, THE PROPOSED ATTENDANCE BOUNDARY.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: I MISUNDERSTOOD THE MOTION.  

>>Cindy Stuart: NO PROBLEM. SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO APPROVE THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENTS FOR THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS. HUNTERS GREEN, CLARK, MOSI, PRIDE, SHAW, HERITAGE, WITTER, FORESTER HILLS, PIZZO, GRECO, ADAMS, SLIGH, VAN BUREN AND THE NEW PK-8. I HAVE A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES, MOTION BY MRS. GRIFFIN. PLEASE VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND THE MOTION PASSES 6 TO 1 WITH MRS. SHAMBERGER AS A NAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>> I WILL SECOND MRS. SHAM BERG ERRINGS MOTION TO PUT THIS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.  

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>> THE SUSPENDED AGENDA.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I HAVE IF YOU WILL WRITE UP THAT. MOTION BY MRS. SHAMBERGER, SECOND BY MRS. GRIFFIN TO ADD THIS ITEM WHICH IS THE BOUNDARY CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN APPROVED TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA SO THAT THE BOARD CAN KEEP UP WITH HOW THIS IS MOVING FORWARD. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. SO IF WE COULD ADD THIS TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA SO WE CAN BE KEPT UP TO DATE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, WE WILL NOW MOVE TO APPROVAL OF THE SUPERINTENDENT'S CONTRACT WITH AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF JULY 1, 2017. I'M GOING TO CALL ON MR. PORTER, THE SCHOOL BOARD ATTORNEY, AND GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM FOR US. THIS HAS BEEN BROUGHT FORWARD BY MRS. GRIFFIN. MRS. HARRIS, MRS. SHAMBERGER, MRS. SNIVELY, MYSELF AND MR. VAL MRS. VALDES.  

>>Jim Porter: THIS CONTRACT BEFORE YOU, THE CONTRACT BEFORE YOU IS A NEW CONTRACT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MR. PORTER, I AM GOING TO STOP YOU FOR TWO SECOND BECAUSE WE HAD A 5:01 CERTAIN BECAUSE AND I AM GOING TO GO BACK TO THAT. I FORGOT ABOUT IT. SORRY, BOARD MEMBERS. WE ARE GOING TO GO BACK TO ITEM NUMBER D-01 WHICH IS A 5:00 TIME CERTAIN. IT IS 5:07. I WILL CALL UP MRS. JOHNS.  THIS ITEM IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED BY MRS. SNIVELY.  THIS IS A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE ADOPTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR AGRI SCIENCE MARKETING OF SOCIAL STUDIES. I WILL NOW ADJOURN THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ADOPTION PROCESS.  THIS IS A REQUIREMENT PURSUANT TO THE STATE LAW AND BOARD POLICY IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC TO SPEAK ABOUT THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ADOPTION THAT ARE RECOMMENDED BY THE BOARD AND TO PROVIDE INPUT TO THE BOARD. THE MATERIALS WERE ADVERTISED AND HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW. MRS. JOHNS, SUPERVISOR OF K-12 INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS WILL PRESENT THIS ITEM. AFTER HER PRESENTATION, ANYONE WISHING TO MAKE PUBLIC COMMENT OR PROVIDE INPUT TO THE BOARD MAY COME AND SPEAK. MRS. JOHNS.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. AT THIS TIME, THE BOARD IS CONDUCTING A PUBLIC HEARING ON INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS BEING RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION. THE LIST OF MATERIALS IS ATTACHED TO THE AGENDA ITEM AND INCLUDES MATERIALS FOR AGRI SCIENCE, MARKETING, UNFORTUNATELY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDIES, SOCIAL STUDIES, AS REQUIRED BY STATE STATUTE A 20 DAY PUBLIC REVIEW OF THESE MATERIALS WAS CONDUCTED. THE PUBLIC REVIEW BEGAN ON APRIL 25th AND RAN THROUGH MAY 15th. TO MY UNDERSTANDING RECEIVED NO PUBLIC COMMENTS DURING REVIEW.  THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO SHARE COMMENTS ABOUT THESE MATERIALS WITH THE BOARD. THE BOARD WILL NOT BE VOTING ON THIS ADOPTION TODAY BUT WILL BE ASKED TO VOTE AT THE NEXT REGULAR SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING JUNE 13th, 2017. WOULD YOU LIKE ME TO SPEAK ABOUT THE HIGHLIGHT NOW OR AFTER THE HEARING? MRS. SNIVELY? YOU WANTED ME TO MENTION IT.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I HAD ASKED TO ALSO DISCUSS THE NEW PROPOSED LEGISLATION THAT RECENTLY PASSED IN TALLAHASSEE. I DON'T BELIEVE IT'S BEEN SIGNED INTO LAW YET BY THE GOVERNOR BUT IT DOES SET THE PROCESS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL CURRICULUM SELECTION. AND I THOUGHT THAT WE COULD HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE CHANGES THAT ARE HAPPENING EFFECTIVE JULY 1st, I BELIEVE.  

>> YES, IF IT'S SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR, YES, IT WOULD BE EFFECTIVE JULY 1. IT VERY SPECIFIC OR VERY DETAILED ABOUT BROADENING THE PROCESS FOR COMMUNITY INPUT. THAT IS THE GIST OF THIS PORTION OF THE BILL, OF THE EDUCATION BILL. IT WOULD PROVIDE A MORE DETAILED PROCESS FOR HOLDING -- HEARING, IF SOMEBODY FROM THE COMMUNITY, ANY RESIDENT IN THE COMMUNITY, WHETHER THEY ARE A PARENT OR NOT TO COMMENT ON THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS. IT WOULD INVOLVE A HEARING OFFICER AS WELL AND THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE BOARD WOULD BE ASKED NOT TO ADOPT CERTAIN MATERIALS IF THERE WAS PROOF THAT IT DIDN'T MEET STATE STANDARDS. IT'S A LITTLE PRELIMINARY AT THIS POINT TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE FOR US. SO IF IT DOES PASS WE CERTAINLY WILL GET WITH OUR CHIEF ACADEMIC OFFICER, OUR INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP DIRECTORS, OUR ATTORNEYS TO PUT A PROCESS TOGETHER TO MEET WHATEVER THE NEW REQUIREMENTS ARE.  

>>Melissa Snively: I APPRECIATE THE PERSONAL PRIVILEGE TO BRING THAT UP JUST BECAUSE I KNOW THERE ARE SEVERAL CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE ALWAYS WONDERING HOW THE CURRICULUM AND THE INSTRUCTION MATERIALS ARE SELECTED AND HOW THEY CAN GIVE INPUT. AS A COMMUNITY MEMBER, AS A PARENT OF A TEACHER ON THOSE MATERIALS, AND SO I JUST WANTED TO BRING IT FORTH TO BE TRANSPARENT ABOUT THE PROCESS AND TO KNOW THAT THE PROCESS IS CHANGING, AND THAT WE NEED TO BE NIMBLE WITH THE WAY THAT WE DO THINGS IN ORDER TO COMPLY WITH THE NEW MANDATE IF IT'S SIGNED INTO LAW. SO I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING THAT FORWARD TO THE BOARD AND TO THE PUBLIC. THANK YOU.  

>> I WAS GOING TO SAY, GO AHEAD AND CALL FOR COMMENT IF YOU WANT AT THIS TIME.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU.  IF THERE'S ANYONE ABOUT THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ADOPTION. AGAIN THIS IS OUR FIRST HEARING. WE WILL DO FINAL ADOPTION AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING JUNE 13th. MRS. VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: MRS. JOHNS, I JUST WANTED TO ASK IN REFERENCE TO THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER IN REFERENCE TO THE COMMITTEE, IN LOOKING AT OUR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL BEING SENSITIVE TO CULTURE AND COMPLIANCE WITH OUR EQUITY POLICY.  

>> ALTHOUGH I HAVEN'T FORMALLY MET WITH OUR DIVERSITY OFFICER --  

>> THAT NEEDS TO BE ON THE BOOKS YESTERDAY.  

>> YES, INDEED. I CAN ASSURE YOU, THOUGH, THAT WE ALREADY DO HAVE IN PLACE PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES FOR THE COMMITTEE THAT THEY ARE TRAINED ON THIS THE VERY FIRST DAY THAT THEY MEET ABOUT WHAT CRY CRITERIA THEY ARE LOOKING FOR, WHAT THINGS TO BE AWARE OF WHILE THEY ARE LOOKING THROUGH THE MATERIALS, AND CERTAINLY ONE OF THE THINGS OF THAT WE HIGHLIGHT IS TO MAKE SURE THAT NONE OF THE MATERIAL CONTAINS ANY DISCRIMINATORY OR BIASED INFORMATION AT ALL. WE HAVE ACTUALLY A TIGHT LIST OF THAT WE GO OVER WITH THEM. SO I CAN ASSURE YOU, WE DO HAVE THAT ALREADY IN PROCESS, AND WE WILL BE GLAD TO STRENGTHEN THAT OR TWEAK IT OR WHATEVER WE CAN DO TO MEET ANY NEEDS FOR THE DISTRICT.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU. MR. EAKINS, DO YOU THINK IT WOULD BE OKAY IF MRS. JOHNS SENDS US THE CRITERIA AND THE LIST THAT SHE IS TALKING ABOUT WITH REFERENCE TO THE PROCEDURES THAT THEY HAVE WRITTEN? THANK YOU.  

>>  

>> I HAVE NEVER USED THE NOTIFY BUTTON. I AM JUST LIKE GRABBING THE MAKE. THIS IS EXCITING TIME FOR OUR DIVISION. BECAUSE CURRENTLY WHAT WE ARE DOING IS INCORPORATING ALL OF THE THINGS WITHIN POLICY. AND INTERESTINGLY, YOU ASKED A GREAT QUESTION. WE HAVE ALREADY MET ON OUR PROCESSES AND PROCEDURES AND ALREADY PUT FORTH ANYWAY WITHIN OUR BOARD POLICY. AND JUST MET TODAY LITERALLY WITH THAT. SO WE ARE ALREADY ON IT, JUST TO LET YOU KNOW. AND THEN WE MET AS WELL, WHAT DID THE CRITERIA ACTUALLY LOOK LIKE AND LOOKING THROUGH AS ALL OF OUR DIVISIONS WILL BE DOING. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE THROUGH EQUITY AND MAKING SURE OUR MATERIALS ARE REFLECTING THAT SO WE ARE ALREADY WITHIN THAT. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING TO SEE WHAT THE ROLL-OUT EXACTLY IS GOING TO BE WITH THAT POLICY, AND OF COURSE WHEREBY WE FIT INTO THAT AND MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE CONSISTENT WITH THAT AS VENDORS ARE MEETING WITH US, AS ALL SORTS OF THINGS ARE HAPPENING. SO WE ARE ALREADY MEETING WITH THAT. YOU'RE WELCOME.  

>>Cindy Stuart: IF THERE'S NO ONE HEAR TO SPEAK, BOARD MEMBERS, ANY OTHER COMMENTS? MRS. SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: JUST ONE MORE CLARIFICATION FOR TRANSPARENCY. AGAIN, THERE ARE SOME PARENTS WHO I HAVE SPOKEN TO, WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT SPECIFICALLY ABOUT CIVICS AND U.S. HISTORY. AND I JUST WANTED TO REASSURE THEM THAT CIVICS IS STILL ALIVE AND WELL IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND ALSO U.S. HISTORY MORE THAN JUST ADVANCED PLACEMENT IS ALSO ALIVE AND WELL IN HIGH SCHOOL. UNITED STATES HISTORY AND UTAH GOVERNMENT. AND SO JUST WANTED TO REITERATE THAT.  

>> AND IT'S CLEAR ON THE LIST WHICH CLASSES ARE AVAILABLE.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>> I AM GOING TO CALL ONE MORE TIME FOR SPEAKERS D-0-1 DURING OUR PUBLIC HEARING. PLEASE. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU. CAROLYN COLLINS, TAMPA, FLORIDA, NO CHILDREN IN HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I WAS TRYING TO CONFIRM THAT I WAS DOING THE RIGHT THING. I'M JUST CURIOUS ON THE COMMITTEE. IN THE PAST, WE SORT OF KNEW WHO THE COMMITTEES WERE, WHEN THE BOOKS WOULD BE REVIEWED DURING THE DISTRICT. AND I AM IT NOT ASKING FOR THE NAME OF THE COMMITTEE IN THE COMMUNITY BUT THAT IS A CONCERN. AND IN LIEU OF THE FACT THAT BOARD MEMBER SNIVELY DID MENTION THE POTENTIAL FOR A CHANGE WITH THE STATE LEGISLATURE. WE HAVE NO IDEA WHAT'S GOING TO PASS, WHEN IT'S GOING TO PASS OR WHEN IT'S GOING TO GET THERE IN THE STATE LEGISLATURE. BUT IT IS CERTAIN THAT IF THE DISTRICT WOULD MOVE FORWARD REGARDLESS, BECAUSE IT IS A GOOD THING TO DO. SO WE WOULD HOPE, BECAUSE IN LIEU OF THE FACT THAT I SAW THE AGRI-BUSINESS, I THINK AGRI-BUSINESS AS WELL AS A SOCIAL COMPONENT THAT WAS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE LIST, AND KIND OF ROLLED DOWN AND DIDN'T LOOK AT IT, IT WOULD BE SOMEWHAT NICE IF WE MADE SURE THAT ALL OF THE BOOKS THAT ARE CURRENTLY BEING PURCHASED, I THINK SOME WERE DATED BACK TO 2013 UP TO 2015, 16, WHATEVER, THAT WE MAKE SURE SURE ARE INCLUDED IN ANOTHER PROCESS THAT THE BOARD HAS APPROVED AND THAT IS THE IMPLEMENTATION COMING UP FROM AFRICAN AMERICAN AND AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY TO BE INCLUDED IN THE CURRICULUM FOR K OLE 126 IN ALL SUBJECT MATTERS AND I'M NOT SURE IF THAT'S BEEN CONSIDERED AS WELL. SO IT WOULD BE NICE. BUT AS A PERSON IN THE COMMUNITY I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW WHEN THESE BOOKS ARE COMING UP FOR REVIEW, WHO ARE ON THOSE COMMITTEES, AND MAYBE IF WE MOVE FORWARD THE WAY THE STATE LEGISLATORS ARE PURSUING IT THEN WE WON'T NEED TO DO IT IF WE DO IN THE THAT POSITIVE SENSE. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. COLLIS. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THIS ITEM? IF NOT I WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND RECONVENE THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. THANK YOU, MRS. JOHNS. WE WILL SEE YOU BACK AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING TO VOTE. NOW WE WILL RETURN TO THE ITEM FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT'S CONTRACT.  

>>Jim Porter: THE CURRENT CONTRACT IS SET TO END THROUGH JUNE. THE CONTRACT WAS NEGOTIATED BETWEEN THE SUPERINTENDENT, MR. GIBS, MYSELF, ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS, THE CHAIR AND GRETCHEN SAUNDERS. THERE ARE A FEW POINTS THAT I THINK ARE IMPORTANT TO HIGHLIGHT. THE PROPOSED SALARY OF THE SUPERINTENDENT WILL REMAIN THE SAME. IT'S $225,000 WHICH I CAN TELL YOU IS ON THE LOW END FOR A SUPERINTENDENT OF A DISTRICT OF THIS SIZE. IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THE EXISTING CONTRACT THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS WITH THE BOARD GAVE HIM AN AUTOMATIC INCREASE IN SALARY COMMENSURATE WITH TEACHER BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT. HE HAS REFUSED TO ACCEPT THAT FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS. SO HIS INITIAL SALARY THAT YOU APPROVED TWO YEARS AGO REMAINS THE SAME AT $225,000. TWO INCENTIVES WERE ADDED TO THIS CONTRACT BASED ON FEEDBACK. THEY ARE ALIGNING WITH THE BOARD'S STRATEGIC PLAN. SPECIFICALLY THE BOARD HAS FOUR KPIs THAT YOU ALL IDENTIFIED AS OF PRIMARY IMPORTANCE. THOSE ARE CULTURE AND COMMUNICATION WHICH ARE SORT OF HARD TO QUANTIFY, GRADUATION RATES, YOU HAVE A GOAL OF 90% GRADUATION RATE BY 2020, AND FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP, IDENTIFIED AS BEING TIED TO THE FUND BALANCE. AND SO THE CONTRACT INCENTIVES, IF HE MEETS CERTAIN BENCHMARKS IN EACH OF THE CONTRACT YEARS, WE RECEIVE AN AUTOMATIC $2,000 RAISE. THAT IS INTENDED TO ALIGN WITH YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN AND PROMOTE THE PLAN THAT THE BOARD APPROVED. I WANT TO POINT OUT THAT ALTHOUGH FOR TERMINATION PURPOSES, IF THE CONTRACT IS APPROVED, YOU DECIDE YOU DO NOT WANT TO GO THROUGH THE ENTIRE THREE YEARS OF THE CONTRACT, STATE LAW REQUIRES OR ALLOWS FOR PAYOUT TV 20 WEEKS OF SALARY. THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS AGREED TO A TEN-WEEK SALARY PAYOUT. THIS IS IMPORTANT. IT A CONTRACT THAT IS WEIGHED VERY HEAVILY IN FAVOR OF THE BOARD. THE PAYOUT, IF THERE IS A TERMINATION WITHOUT CAUSE, WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT TO BE CONSIDERED REASONABLE, AND IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT THAT PROTECTS THE PUBLIC AND PROTECTS THE BOARD'S FINANCES. THERE ARE SOME SMALL CLEAN-UP CHANGES REGARDING DATES. BUT OTHERWISE THE CONTRACT IS ESSENTIALLY THE SAME AS THE CONTRACT YOU APPROVED FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT TWO YEARS AGO. THE TERM OF THIS CONTRACT IF APPROVED WOULD BE FOR THREE YEARS WITH THE ABILITY TO EXTEND IT FOR ANOTHER TWO YEARS. THE SUPERINTENDENT WISHED TO HAVE THE ADDITIONAL THREE YEARS FOR A TOTAL OF FIVE YEARS IN ORDER TO IMPLEMENT AGAIN YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN AND CARRY OUT THE WORK THAT YOU HAVE IDENTIFIED AS IMPORTANT FOR THE DISTRICT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. BORED. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE NOW IN DISCUSSION OF ITEM 6.19 WHICH IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S CONTRACT. I BELIEVE MRS. HARRIS YOU WERE UP FIRST.  

>>Sally Harris: I WOULD LIKE TO START OFF BY SAYING THAT I GAVE MR. EAKINS A VERY STRONG EVALUATION. AND I STILL STAND BEHIND THAT EVALUATION. I AM VERY AWARE, AS HE IS VERY AWARE, OF OUR DISTRICT'S CHALLENGES AND THE NEED FOR OUR SUPERINTENDENT TO MOVE US THROUGH THE TOUGH ISSUES. WE HAVE MANY TOUGH ISSUES IN THIS DISTRICT. WE HAVE DEFERRED MAINTENANCE ISSUES. WE HAVE 20 NEW SCHOOLS THAT WE NEED TO BE FOCUSING ON. WE HAVE FUNDING SHORTAGES FROM TALLAHASSEE. WE HAVE A CONTINGENCY BALANCE THAT NEEDS TO HAVE CONTINUED INCREASING DONE. WE HAVE REORGANIZATIONS GOING ON. AND YET WE HAVE A NEED FOR NO EXTENDED MONEY FOR THOSE REORGANIZATIONS. WE ARE NO COMMUNICATION VACUUM WITH THE MEDIA THAT SEEMS TO FOCUS A LOT ON THE NEGATIVE ISSUES ABOUT THE DISTRICT INSTEAD OF THE GREAT THINGS THAT THIS DISTRICT DOES AND ACCOMPLISHES AT A REGULAR TIME. WE HAVE CTA NEGOTIATIONS AND THE POTENTIAL OF NO FUNDING TO DEAL WITH THOSE NEGOTIATIONS. AND OUR SUPERINTENDENT IS QUITE AWARE OF ALL OF THESE. WE HAVE VERY LOW-PERFORMING SCHOOLS, AND THE NEED TO HIRE EXEMPLARY TEACHERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS WITH, NO FUNDING FOR HIM TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. WE HAVE DARK TIMES UPON US FROM OUR NEEDS IN THE CAPITAL FUNDING TO BE ABLE TO CHANGE THAT. WE HAVE RESTRUCTURING. WE HAVE TO RESTRUCTURE THE WAY WE SPEND. WE HAVE BOUNDARY ISSUES. WE HAVE UNFUNDED COURTESY BUSING ISSUES. I'M TELLING YOU, OUR SUPERINTENDENT IS QUITE AWARE OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THOSE, AS WE ARE, AND AS I AM, AND THAT'S WHY I SCORED HIM THE HIGH SCORING THAT I GAVE HIM. I HAVE TO SAY THAT THE THINGS THAT ARE POSITIVE ABOUT OUR SUPERINTENDENT IS THAT HE'S APPROACHABLE. WE HEARD, WHEN WE WENT TO HIRE HIM TWO YEARS AGO, WAS IT? -- THAT ALL OF THE TEACHERS IN THIS DISTRICT SAID, PLEASE GIVE US SOMEONE THAT WILL LISTEN, PLEASE GIVE US SOMEONE APPROACHABLE. WE GAVE THEM THAT IN OUR SUPERINTENDENT. WE GAVE HIM -- WE GAVE THIS DISTRICT SOMEBODY THAT BELIEVES IN FERVENT LEADERSHIP. HE IMMEDIATELY PUT IN PLACE A STRATEGIC PLAN WITH A GRADUATION RATE BY 2020 OF 90%. AND EVERYONE IN THIS DISTRICT GRABBED AHOLD OF THAT VISION AND THAT GOAL, AND EVERYTHING WE DO IS ALIGNED WITH THAT. HE HAS A TENDENCY TO SEE THE BIG PICTURE. AND HE HAS A TENDENCY TO LEAD US. HE'S VERY PROACTIVE IN THAT. HE DOESN'T MAKE QUICK REACTIVE DECISIONS, AND SOMETIMES WE COMPLAIN ABOUT THAT. ETTE BUT YET HE THINKS THE PROCESSES, THE WHOLE PICTURE, BEFORE HE MAKES THAT DECISION. AND SO THE SAME THING THAT WE LOVE ABOUT HIM, WE BEAT HIM UP ABOUT IT. HE HAS VERY HIGH INTEGRITY. HE HAS VALUES. HE'S A TRUE SERVANT LEADER. I CAN'T SAY THAT ENOUGH. THAT'S WHAT THIS COMMUNITY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ASKS FOR, AND THAT'S WHAT WE GAVE HIM. HE HAS MET WITH GREAT FORCE AND ACCOMPLISHMENT WITH OUR RATING AGENCIES, AND THEY RESPECT HIS LEADERSHIP AND RESPECT THAT HE CAN MOVE THIS DISTRICT INTO THAT AREA OF SUPPORT. HE HAS A LEADERSHIP IN BUILDING TEAMS. HE ATTENDS COMMUNITY EVENTS ON A REGULAR BASIS, EVEN AT THE LIBERTY OF NOT SPENDING TIME WITH HIS OWN WIFE. HE HAS THE ONE VOICE FOR THIS DISTRICT. HE IS OUT THERE, AND HE'S BUILDING BETTER SCHOOLS THROUGH OUR COMMUNITY. SO HE STRIVES FOR THE GRADUATION RATES. HE'S HELPING THE TROUBLED CHILD. HE HAS REACHED OUT TO ALL THE PRINCIPALS IN THIS DISTRICT TO TAKE THE DISADVANTAGED AND REALLY MOVE THEM IN A NEW DIRECTION. SO HE ALSO SEE IT IS NEED TO PUT CAREER AND EDUCATION BACK INTO OUR SCHOOLS. AND I COULD SIT UP HERE ON AND ON. BUT DO YOU GET THE PICTURE? WE HAVE THE RIGHT MAN IN THE RIGHT JOB. THE ONLY THING IN THIS CONTRACT I DON'T AGREE WITH IS I FEEL THAT HE'S BEING CHEATED ON THE INCOME. I THINK THAT THIS MAN DESERVE AS LOT MORE THAN WHAT HE'S ASKING FOR, AND I THINK THAT THE CONTRACT SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIVE YEARS, BECAUSE HE'S GOT TO FOCUS IN THOSE THREE YEARS TO 2020 AND I DON'T WANT HIM -- I I HAVE TO KEEP MY JOB IF I GET THAT GRADUATION RATE. SO I AM JUST SAYING THAT, YES, I DID SCORE THIS MAN HIGH, AND I WOULD DO IT AGAIN. SO THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: OKAY. WHO IS GOING TO FOLLOW THAT? MRS. GRIFFIN.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND MINE IS GOING TO BE MORE QUESTIONS THAN CONVERSATION. AND I DO AGREE THAT MR. EAKINS IS A SERVANT LEADER. I HAVE ALWAYS KNOWN THAT ABOUT HIM. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK CLOSELY WITH HIM FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS PRIOR TO HIRING HIM TO THIS POSITION. I THINK THAT WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT YOU HADN'T TAKEN THE RAISE THAT WE HAD ALLOWED IN YOUR CONTRACT, I WAS SHOCKED AND SURPRISED BY THAT BECAUSE I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT THAT. AND I THINK THAT THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOUR EMPLOYEES NEED TO KNOW IS THAT YOU, IN VERY, VERY TOUGH FINANCIAL TIMES, DID NOT TAKE A RAISE THAT WAS DUE TO YOU. PEGGY, I'M SORRY THAT HE DIDN'T TAP THE RAISE. THOSE NEW SHOES. BUT HE DIDN'T. AND THAT I THINK IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND SPEAKS TO HIS CHARACTER AS A HUMAN BEING. NOW, DURING A SWAT ANALYSIS AS MRS. HARRIS SAID, YOU HAVE A STRENGTH THAT YOU ARE STEADY, AND I HAVE SPOKEN TO THIS IN YOUR EVALUATION. YOU ARE VERY STEADY. IT'S A QUALITY THAT I AM LEARNING FROM YOU AS WE MOVE FORWARD. HOPEFULLY, THOUGH, BECAUSE WHEN YOU GET TO ONE OF YOUR WEAKNESSES, THAT STEADINESS CAN SOMETIMES BE A DETRIMENT. AND HOPEFULLY YOU WILL LEARN FROM ME THAT SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO BE QUICK AND DECISIVE. COMMUNICATION IS ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE ISSUES THAT THIS YEAR I AM GOING TO BE VERY CLOSELY MONITORING. WE HAVE GOT TO MOVE THIS DISTRICT FORWARD IN COMMUNICATION, ESPECIALLY WITH ALL OF THE ISSUES THAT WE HAVE FACING US, BOARD MEMBERS. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I HOPE THAT WE'LL ALL TAKE AN ACTIVE ROLE IN MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE MOVING THAT OFFICE IN A POSITIVE DIRECTION AND HELPING TO GUIDE OUR SUPERINTENDENT IN THIS ROLE. WE ARE COMMUNICATORS BY NATURE IN THE ROLES THAT WE SERVE IN, WITH BEING IN THE POLITICAL REALM, AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN HELP IMPART SOME OF OUR WISDOM ON HIM IN THAT, BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, IF WE ARE NOT COMMUNICATING TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, THE MESS THAT WE ARE IN FINANCIALLY, AND THE TOUGH CHOICES THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE -- AND I WILL TELL YOU THIS -- EVERY SINGLE UP WITH OF US AT OF THIS DAIS THAT WAS VOTED INTO OFFICE WILL BE HELDABILITY ACCOUNTBABLE. SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE GOT TO COMMUNICATE. AND I HOPE THAT OUR EMPLOYEES UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE SOME VERY, VERY TOUGH DECISIONS THAT COMING AS A RESULT OF ALL OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE FOUND OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS. WE HAVE BEEN IN A TIME OF DISCOVERY, AND HATS OFF TO YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, FOR ALLOWING THOSE THINGS TO COME TO THE SURFACE, BECAUSE YOU CAN'T FIX WHAT YOU DON'T KNOW. IF YOU DON'T KNOW IT BROKEN THEN WE CAN'T FIX IT. WE NOW KNOW. WE NOW KNOW WHAT WE HAVE TO DO TO MOVE FORWARD. AND I SAID WHEN WE HIRED HAD YOU, WHEN WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT DOING THE AUDIT THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT, THE INDEPENDENT AUDITS, THAT I WOULD NOT HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE FOR WHAT WE FOUND. I WOULD HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE FOR HOW WE FIX THEM. SO WE HAVE A LOT OF WORK, A LOT OF WORK. WE DID SET A GOAL OF 90 BY 20. AND I WANT TO GIVE YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL. AND I BELIEVE IN YOU. AND I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN ACHIEVE THAT. SO I'M SUPPORTING THE CONTRACT AS IT SITS. I THINK THAT PEOPLE ARE TURNED OFF BY THE BONUS, BUT THEN AGAIN IT'S A VERY MODEST BONUS. BUT PEOPLE WILL USE IT AGAINST YOU, KNOW THAT. IT'S A VERY MODEST BONUS. I DO WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT THE BONUSES IN REGARDS TO THE PORTION OF THE CONTRACT AROUND FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP, THOUGH. AND I ONLY BRING THIS AS A CONVERSATION BASED ON THINGS THAT I HAVE HEARD AT THIS DAIS FROM YOU BOARD MEMBERS. WE ARE MOVING INTO SOME TIMES THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE SOME CUTS THAT AFFECT THE CLASSROOM. WE SAID WE WEREN'T GOING TO DO IT. WE DID NOT KNOW HOW BAD THINGS WERE WHEN WE MADE THAT STATEMENT. BUT WE ARE. SO TYING A BONUS TO THE FUND BALANCE IS A LITTLE BIT CONCERNING TO ME BECAUSE IF IT IS UP TO US TO MAINTAIN THE LAW, THEN THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO DO. AND THEN THERE'S ALSO THAT SMART DECISION TO MAINTAIN ABOVE THE LAW FOR OUR BOND RATING. I DID HAVE SOME CONVERSATIONS WITH MRS. SAUNDERS AND OUR ATTORNEY IN PREPARATION FOR THIS. AND WE ALL KNOW THAT THE STATE LAW CANNOT DIP BELOW 3%. OUR BOARD POLICY -- AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT AND MAYBE PUT SOME DIFFERENT LANGUAGE IN OUR POLICY, AS WE ARE IN POLICY TALKS NOW, OUR BOARD POLICY SAYS AT LEAST 30 DAYS OF TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES, AND WE ARE ABOUT 165 MILLION SHORT OF COMPLYING WITH OUR OWN POLICY ON THAT. SO I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT OUR POLICY AROUND THAT. NOW, THE BONDAGE SIS -- AND I THINK THAT'S ABOUT -- DO THE MATH FOR ME. WHAT PERCENTAGE ARE WE AT NOW?  

>> 5.9.  

>> SO WE ARE ABOUT 6%. THE BONDING AGENCIES FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THE IDEAL WOULD BE 10 TO 13% TO KEEP US OR GET US A HIGHER RATING. SO I THINK THAT WE NEED TO SPEAK IN THOSE LATITUDES AS WE ARE HAVING THIS DISCUSSION. BUT WE ALSO NEED TO HAVE SOME WAYS TO MAKE SOME DECISIONS THAT BEST FOR THE CLASSROOM. AND IF WE ARE LOOKING AT OUR $3 BILLION BUDGET AS WE DO OUR TINY LITTLE PERSONAL BUDGETS, WHEN YOU CANNOT PAY THE ELECTRIC, OR IF YOUR AIR CONDITIONING GOES OUT, AND YOU CAN'T FIX YOUR AIR CONDITIONING, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO PUT MONEY INTO YOUR SAVINGS ACCOUNT. SO IT'S JUST THAT SIMPLE. IT'S VERY SIMPLISTIC, I KNOW. BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT I WANTED TO BRING UP. AND I DID HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT ABOUT THIS. AND IF WE WERE TO STRIKE THIS PORTION ABOUT FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP, THE SUPERINTENDENT -- AND I'M LOOKING AT HIM AS I SAY THIS -- WOULD NOT BE UPSET ABOUT W THAT, AND WE COULD BRING SOMETHING BACK AROUND FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP AS A BONUS, AS AN AMENDMENT TO THIS CONTRACT AT A LATER DATE. SO I'M NOT GOING TO FIGHT THIS BATTLE TOO, TOO HARD, BUT I JUST WANT US TO HAVE THE CONVERSATION BECAUSE I HAVE HEARD FROM BOARD MEMBERS, THIS DISCUSSION ABOUT OUR FUND BALANCE AND WHERE OUR PRIORITIES LIE. AND I WANT US TO CONSIDER WHAT WE ARE ASKING OUR SUPERINTENDENT TO DO. IF WE PUT IN HIS CONTRACT THAT HE IS TO RAISE THIS FUND BALANCE 3 TO 5% FROM THE PREVIOUS SEPTEMBER, THEN THAT'S WHAT HE'S GOING TO BE FOCUSED ON DOING. AND THAT IS CONCERNING TO ME. AND YES, WE NEED TO DO THAT WHERE WE CAN. BUT I ALSO DO NOT WANT TOO TAKE AWAY FROM THE CLASSROOM. SO I WILL SIT BACK, HEAR THE DISCUSSION BASED ON WHAT I BROUGHT FORWARD, AND THEN I'LL COME BACK IN AT THE END AND SEE IF I AM GOING TO MAKE A MOTION OR NOT. BUT I DO SUPPORT THIS CONTRACT. I DO SUPPORT EXTENDING THIS CONTRACT, THE THREE YEARS. I THINK THAT YOU HAVE GROWN AS A LEADER. I HAVE SEEN THAT GROWTH IN YOU. I KNOW I HAVE GROWN AS AN INDIVIDUAL THROUGH WORKING WITH YOU. AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT THREE YEARS.  

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

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I DITTO EVERYTHING THAT SALLY SAID. AND ALL OF THAT. YOU'RE AN AMAZING LEADER. YOU WEAR YOUR HEART. AND I LOVE IT, BECAUSE THE CHILDREN OF THIS DISTRICT SEE IT. HE HAVE AND SO DO THE FAMILIES. I AM GOING TO SUPPORT THIS CONTRACT AS WELL. I WAS CONCERNED ABOUT TWO THINGS. THE FACT THAT, WELL, YOU DID NOT TAKE YOUR RAISE. THAT WAS VERY HONORABLE OF YOU. AND THE MERE FACT THAT WE HAVE THE BONUS STRUCTURE IN HERE. I DIDN'T WANT TO GO BACK TO A BONUS TYPE OF CONTRACT BECAUSE WE GOT AWAY FROM THAT MIND-SET. I WOULD RATHER -- I WOULD RATHER INCREASE YOUR BASE SALARY, BECAUSE YOU HAVE EARNED THAT, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. AS FAR AS THE -- I DON'T WANT TO SEE ANYTHING IN THE CONTRACT THAT IS DIFFICULT FOR YOU TO ACHIEVE. LET IT BE CHALLENGING, BUT I DON'T WANT TO SEE SOMETHING THAT YOU WILL FOCUS AS MEMBER GRIFFIN HAS THAT STATED IN REFERENCE TO THE FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP. HOW CAN YOU TAKE -- WE JUST DON'T HAVE IT. IF WE WERE TO GENERATE DOLLARS, THAT WOULD BE A DIFFERENT STORY. SO I JUST WANT TO, LIKE YOU, MEMBER GRIFFIN, I WOULD THINK THAT MAYBE LATER ON IN THE FUTURE WE CAN GO AHEAD AND RESTRUCTURE THIS SO THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MR. EAKINS RECEIVE HIS GIFTS NOW, BECAUSE HE REALLY HAS DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB, ALTHOUGH VERY PATIENTLY, I MUST SAY, TO GET TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY. I KNOW WE ARE GOING TO REACH 90% GRADUATION RATE. WE HAVE BEEN IN GRADUATIONS SINCE LAST WEEK, SINCE LAST FRIDAY, THURSDAY OR FRIDAY. AND IN ALL OF THE GRADUATIONS, YOU SEE HOW MANY MORE STUDENTS ARE WALKING ACROSS THAT STAGE, AND THAT'S AMAZING, BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WE ARE ABOUT. AND YOUR CONTRACT SHOULD NOT REFLECT THESE -- I BELIEVE UNATTAINABLE MEASURES IN A TIME WHEN WE DON'T KNOW IF THE GOVERNOR IS GOING TO SIGN THAT BILL. AND STRIP US OF EVEN MORE FUNDING TO BE ABLE TO REACH THE GOAL OF 90 BY '20. SO TO A CERTAIN DEGREE, I THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO. ON WORK ON REMOVING THESE BONUSES AND JUST PUT IT IN THAT SALARY. BECAUSE AGAIN, MR. EAKINS, YOU HAVE DONE THE WORK. THERE IS STILL MUCH MORE TO BE DO. AND THAT'S WHERE I LOOK AT HIS CABINET, IN MIDDLE MANAGEMENT. YOU ALL GET REAL. GET REAL. BECAUSE EVERY TWO WEEKS, YOU HAVE A NICE PAYCHECK IN YOUR BANK ACCOUNT. AND YOU HAVE A RETIREMENT PLAN. AND YOU ACCUMULATE SICK DAYS. AND YOU ACCUMULATE VACATION TIME. SO WHEN YOU DROP, YOU HAVE A REALLY NICE RETIREMENT. AND THINK ABOUT IT. WHAT ARE YOU CHARGED TO DO? EDUCATE CHILDREN. NOT MAYBE BE IN A CLASSROOM WITH NO KIDS IN IT AND JUST TAKING A PAYCHECK OR, YOU KNOW, JUST -- OR PUSHING KIDS OUT OF SCHOOL. WHILE YOU ARE COLLECTING A CHECK. SO YOUR SUPERINTENDENT NEEDS YOUR LEADERSHIP TO BE STEPPED UP AND MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR THE RIGHT REASONS, AND THAT IS PUTTING CHILDREN FIRST. MR. EAKINS, IT WILL BE MY HONOR AND PRIVILEGE TO SUPPORT THIS CONTRACT AND TO CONTINUE SUPPORTING THE WORK THAT YOU ARE DOING. I BELIEVE IN YOU AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO. THANK YOU, SIR.  

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

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AT THE RISK, I GUESS, OF SOUNDING LIKE A PARENT, LET ME SAY THAT I ECHO THE CONCERNS MIGHT HAVE FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS. MR. EAKINS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND SACRIFICE. I HAVE TO BRING UP THE POINT AGAIN I WAS REALLY SHOCKED WHEN I LEARNED YOU DIDN'T TAKE YOUR PAY RAISE. YOU CERTAINLY DESERVE IT. WE LOOK AT A COMPANY THIS SIZE RESPONSIBLE OF 25,000 EMPLOYEES, OVER 200 THAT YOU STUDENTS, I MEAN, CEOs MAKE MILLIONS. SO I REALLY ADMIRE YOU FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND SUPPORT CONSIDERING THAT. ALSO, IF YOU LOOK UP THE DEFINITION OF SERVANT LEADER, WE REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. I ALSO SUPPORT YOU BEING WITH US FOR THE FORESEEABLE YEARS. I REALLY APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU ARE STUDENT CENTERED. WHEN IT COMES TO THE SPECIAL NEEDS, THE HIGH NEEDS OF DISTRICT -- AND IN ADDITION TO ALL STUDENTS, BUT ESPECIALLY DISTRICT 5 WHERE BEEF LOT OF CHALLENGES. YOUR SUPPORT HAS BEEN UNWAVERING. YOU ARE VERY INVOLVED, AND I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. YOU KNOW ALL OF THE ISSUES. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY YOU ARE WORKING REALLY, REALLY HARD TO TURN EVERY SCHOOL AROUND. AND FOR THAT I AM SUPER GRATEFUL, AND JUST ALONE ON THAT WOULD SUPPORT EXTENDING THE CONTRACT. SO SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, WITH YOU, I THINK WE ARE BETTER. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK. AND I CERTAINLY LOOK FORWARD TO THE CONTINUED WORK THAT YOU WILL DO IN MAKING HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ONE OF THE BEST IN THE NATION. THE ONLY CONCERN I DID HAVE, MEMBER GRIFFIN ALREADY BROUGHT IT UP ON THE CONTRACT, IS THE FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP. MEMBER GRIFFIN BROUGHT UP EXACTLY MY THOUGHTS. WHILE CHI WITH IT IN THE CONTRACT I DON'T WANT IT TO BE USED AS A HINDRANCE TO US PROPERLY OPERATING THIS DISTRICT BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO BE FORCED TO KIND OF GROW OUR SAVINGS, GROW OUR SAVINGS, WHEN WE ARE NO TIME WHEN WE MAY HAVE TO FIND THAT LIMIT AND START PROPERLY FUNDING AND TAKING CARE OF SOME OF THE THINGS IN THE DISTRICT. SO I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE WHETHER YOU ARE JUST OKAY KNOWING YOU MAY NOT ALWAYS GET THIS BONUS, IT MAY BE UNACHIEVABLE, OR IF THERE'S SOMETHING THAT WE WILL NEED TO MAYBE AMEND SEPARATELY. BUT THAT WAS REALLY MY ONLY CONCERN. I GUESS I AM HAPPY TO SEE THAT THERE WAS NO BONUS TO THE NUMBER OF GRAY HAIRS THAT YOU RECEIVE. YOU PROBABLY SAFE LOT OF MONEY. BUT BESIDES THAT, I REALLY -- I'M OKAY WITH EVERYTHING ELSE IN THE CONTRACT. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I'M NOT GOING TO SOUND LIKE A OF PARROT. JUST GET COMFORTABLE, EVERYBODY. NO, OBVIOUSLY WE ALL TAKE THIS VERY SERIOUSLY. THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW RESPONSIBILITIES THAT ARE MANDATED BY THE STATE FOR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, AND SO I WANT TO SAY THAT THE COMMENTS THAT I AM GOING TO SHARE, THEY COME FROM A GOOD PLACE, AND A HOPEFUL PLACE. THEY COME FROM A PARENT WHO HAS FOUR CHILDREN IN PUBLIC SCHOOL, WHO IS IN THE TRENCHES EVERY DAY, TALKING TO OTHER PARENTS, TALKING TO TEACHERS, SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE TEACHERS. I LIVE IT AND I BREATHE IT EVERY SINGLE DAY. SO I JUST WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND THAT'S THE PERSPECTIVE THAT I AM COMING FROM, AS AN ADVOCATE FOR NOT JUST MY OWN CHILDREN BUT AN ADVOCATE FOR ALL STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I RECOGNIZE THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS NO TIME OF GREAT CHANGE. WE HAVE A LOT OF IMPORTANT FAR-REACHING DECISIONS BEING MADE. THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW GREAT LEADERSHIP THROUGH THESE CHANGES. HE HAS FOCUSED ON SEVERAL KPIs THAT AFFECT THE BOARD'S STRATEGIC PLAN, ESPECIALLY GRADUATE GRADUATION RATES AND FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP. HE'S PUT SOME PROCESSES IN PLACE TO INCREASE THE GRADUATION RATE, AND THOSE STRATEGIES DO APPEAR TO BE WORKING, THANKFULLY. YOU ALSO INHERITED A FINANCIAL SITUATION THAT WAS UNTENABLE, AND YOU HAVE WORKED REALLY TO STABILIZE THE DISTRICT AND OUR FUND BALANCE WITH YOUR LEADERSHIP AND THAT'S WORTHY OF RECOGNITION. I HAVE EXPRESSED CONCERNS THAT SOME OF THE DECISIONS OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS HAVE APPEARED TO BE A BIT REACTIVE AND MADE WITHOUT ENOUGH, IN MY OPINION, ENOUGH COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. I HAVE BEEN FRUSTRATED WITH THE LACK OF COMMUNICATION FROM THE DISTRICT TO THE PUBLIC. I'LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE. FOR EXAMPLE, THE PROPOSED BELL TIME CHANGES ARE THE MOST RECENT ONE. I DON'T UNDERSTAND, WHEN I THINK ABOUT IT, HOW STAFF COULD HAVE BEEN MEETING INTERNALLY FOR APPROXIMATELY SEVEN MONTHS BUT ONLY GATHERED INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC AND FEEDBACK FROM THE PUBLIC FOR ABOUT A MONTH. AND THAT WAS DISAPPOINTING. I'M GOING TO SHARE SOME OF THE COMMENTS AND CONCERNS FROM MY VALLEYS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT JUST SO THAT -- SO THAT THERE'S SOME RATIONALE AND SOME UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE I AM GOING WITH THIS. FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP. THE PRIORITIES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ARE EXEMPLIFIED THROUGH THE BUDGET AND THE BUDGETING PROCESS. SUPERINTENDENT HAS BEEN DILIGENT TO DETERMINE PRIORITIES FOR BUDGETING. HOWEVER, THE STRATEGIC PLAN AND KPIs HAVE SOMEWHAT FALLEN TOTAL WAYSIDE WITH REGARD TO OUR FOCUS AND COMMUNICATION WITH STAKEHOLDERS SPECIFICALLY SURROUNDING OUR SCHOOL CULTURE. THE GIBSON CONSULTING REPORT HAS IN ANY MY OPINION BECOME THE NEW FOCUS, A FINANCIAL SAVINGS CHECKLIST AS OPPOSED TO A TOOL AROUND WHICH CONVERSATION OCCURS AND ALIGNS WITH THE STRATEGIC PLAN. THE GIBSON CONSULTING REPORT IS CERTAINLY A DETAILED ANALYSIS OF OUR POTENTIAL RESOURCES AND SUGGESTED ALLOCATION OF THOSE RESOURCES IN A VERY COST EFFECTIVE WAY. AND I APPRECIATE THE COST SAVINGS THAT MAKE SENSE AND CAN BE IMPLEMENTED EFFECTIVELY. I DON'T BELIEVE, THOUGH, THAT EVERY SINGLE ITEM IS GOOD FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THAT TOO MANY CHANGES HAPPENING CONCURRENTLY WITHOUT EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION HAVE BEEN DETRIMENT TO THE MORALE OF OUR DISTRICT AND TO THE LOYALTY OF OUR STAKEHOLDERS. WITH REGARD TO CULTURE, I THINK THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF THE SUPERINTENDENT'S EFFORTS COME FROM ENGAGING OTHERS TO SUPPORT HIS SERVANT LEADERSHIP PRINCIPLES. EMPLOYEES AT ALL LEVELS AS WELL AS STAKEHOLDERS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.  THIS HAS BEEN A SLOW AND CONFUSE PROGRESS SEES MAINLY STALLED BY THE LACK OF EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT. THERE IS A LITTLE EMPHASIS ON A STRATEGY, COMMUNICATION STRATEGY AND A PLAN AND HOW IT'S BEING IMPLEMENTED. THEREFORE THE PERCEPTION IS THAT THERE'S NO PLAN, AND COMMUNICATION BECOMES INCONSISTENT AND SPORADIC. THERE IS A MULTITUDE OF INFORMATION, VISUAL REMAINDERS, SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS, ET CETERA, BUT IT BECOMES SUPERB INFLUENCES NOISE WHEN NOT EXECUTED STRATEGICALLY. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING IMPROVED PUBLIC RELATIONS AND THE BUILDING OF STRONGER STAKEHOLDER RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE REORGANIZATION OF OUR COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A FOCUS BASED ON INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND MARKETING OUR SCHOOLS AS STAKEHOLDERS. I BELIEVE WE HAVE A QUALITY PRODUCT IN OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION AND IN WHAT WE PROVIDE OUR STUDENTS, AND WE SHOULD BE ATTRACTING MORE STUDENTS AT TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS. ALTHOUGH I AM A STRONG BELIEVER IN SCHOOL CHOICE, I ALSO BELIEVE WE CAN BE MORE COMPETITIVE IN OUR MARKETING STRATEGIES WITH REGARD TO ACQUISITION AND RETENTION OF STUDENTS. THIS IS SOMETHING WE TALK ABOUT ALL THE TIME. COMPETITION SHOULD INSPIRE TO US DO OUR BEST. AND FINALLY, SAFETY. WHICH IS ONE OF OUR CORE VALUES. I KNOW THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT DESIRES TO CREATE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR STUDENTS TO SUCCEED ACADEMICALLY, IN A PROFESSIONAL INVESTMENT INVESTMENT FOR OUR EMPLOYEES TO DEVELOP. UNFORTUNATELY, I'M STILL HEARING ABOUT STUDENT DISCIPLINARY ISSUES, STUDENT AND FACULTY BULLYING AND UNSAFE PRACTICES IN THE BUSING OF OUR STUDENTS. THE IMPLEMENTATION OF COURTESY BUSING CESSATION, AGAIN IN MY OPINION, WILL BE DETRIMENTAL FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND OPEN UP GREATER LIABILITY ON THE INJURY SIDE THAN ON THE EQUITY SIDE, WHICH IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO EXECUTE WITHOUT A WELL-PLANNED STRATEGY. SO AS YOU CAN SEE, MY EVALUATION WAS SOMEWHAT CRITICAL OF THE SUPERINTENDENT, ESPECIALLY FOR THE REASONS THAT I JUST ARTICULATED. DESPITE SOME MISGIVINGS, I STRONGLY FEEL THAT NOW IS NOT NECESSARILY THE TIME TO SEEK A NEW SUPERINTENDENT. I FEEL SUCH MOVE WOULD GENERATE CHAOS AND CONFUSION IN THE DISTRICT AND COULD BE -- WHICH COULD BE SEVERELY AFFECTED FOR MONTHS. THE CONTRACT IN FRONT OF US IS DRAFTED IN A WAY THAT MAKES IT RELATIVELY EASY PROCEDURALLY TO TERMINATE A RELATIONSHIP IF WE AS A BOARD MOVE FORWARD. THE AREAS OF CONCERN ARE NOT ADDRESSED -- IF THEY ARE NOT ADDRESSED TO THE BOARD'S SATISFACTION. HOWEVER, EVEN IF WE AS A BOARD DECIDE TO TERMINATE THE SUPERINTENDENT BEFORE THE END OF THIS CONTRACT, THE AMOUNT THE DISTRICT COULD PAY OUT MAY BE SIGNIFICANT. I AM NOT PREPARED TO WASTE TAXPAYER DOLLARS. TEN WEEKS OF PAY IS MORE THAN MOST TEACHERS MAKE IN A YEAR. I WANT TO SEE STRONGER LEADERSHIP IN THE FACE OF TURBULENT TIMES WE ARE FACING. I WANT TO SEE BETTER COMMUNICATION WITH THE PUBLIC. I WANT TO SEE MORE FOCUS ON THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS. I UNDERSTAND THE ARGUMENT EXISTS BUT IF THE BOARD APPROVES A THREE-YEAR AGREEMENT IF SUPERINTENDENT COULD FEEL MORE CONFIDENT IN CARRYING OUST OUR STRATEGIC PLAN. BUT TRUE LEADERSHIP IS REVEALED ON STORMY SEAS, NOT ON CALMER WATERS. THEREFORE AT THIS TIME I'M IN FAVOR OF A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT. IT WILL GIVE US ANOTHER YEAR TO EVALUATE, GUIDE THE VISION OF OUR DISTRICT, TO BRING THE FEEDBACK HE NEEDS TO SUCCESSFULLY CONTINUE TO IMPLEMENT THE STRATEGIC PLAN. ROUGH RUTH WATERS ARE A TRUER TEST OF LEADERSHIP. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT AS THE CAPTAIN OF OUR SHIP. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Lynn Gray: THAT WAS SO WELL SAID. AND IT WAS A HARD REALITY. I'M RATHER NEW ON THE SCHOOL BOARD, AND I WILL TEMPER MY REMARKS ACCORDINGLY. I DID EVALUATE HIM AT LONG LENGTH AND WE DID IT ONE ON ONE, AND AS I SEE EDUCATION IN THE WORLD OF EDUCATION, IT'S BEST AND MOST EFFECTIVELY LED BY ONE WHO HAS ACTUALLY BEEN IN THE CLASSROOMS AND SEES THE REALITY OF PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS, CUSTODIANS, AND REALLY SCHOOL LIFE, AND ONE OF MY LARGEST ACCOLADES IS THAT MR. EAKINS, OUR SUPERINTENDENT, IS AN EDUCATOR. HE DOES -- I HAVE SEEN SINCE I HAVE BEEN HERE HIM IMPLEMENT PROGRAMS WHICH DO PROVIDE EQUITY, AND THAT WAS ONE OF MY COMMITMENTS THAT I MADE BEFORE I GOT ELECTED. I WANTED TO MAKE SURE EQUITY WAS PROVIDED, AND SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS DEFINITELY MAKES SURE THAT THAT'S ADDRESSED, AND THAT IS TAKING SHAPE RIGHT NOW. MR. EAKINS, YOU ARE A NURTURER OF CHILDREN AND OF YOUR STAFF. YOUR STAFF ARE VERY LOYAL, AND THEY ARE REMARKABLE IN THEIR DELIVERANCE OF INFORMATION, AND THEY MAKE YOU QUITE STRONG. FROM WHAT I HAVE SEEN. I'M TEMPERING THIS AGAIN ON THE NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER. I DO BELIEVE AS A PRAGMATIC PERSON THAT TO GET A JOB DONE, WE SIMPLY CAN'T -- AND MEMBER SNIVELY JUST -- PARDON ME. I DO BELIEVE YOU DO NEED THE THREE YEARS TO GET THE JOB DONE. IT'S JUST TOO COMPREHENSIVE. NOW, SAYING THAT, WE KNOW THAT THE RUBBER HITS THE ROAD FOR NOT ONLY US AS A SCHOOL BOARD BUT OUR LOCAL LEADERS IF, IN FACT, THE TEST SCORES DO NOT MOVE UP AND IF IN FACT OUR GRADUATION DOES NOT MOVE UP. THEN I BELIEVE EVALUATIONS GET TO BE A LITTLE MORE SCRUTINIZED. BUT I HAVEN'T BEEN HERE LONG AND IT LOOKS TO ME -- I FEEL LIKE OUR GRADUATION RATE IS GOING TO GO UP AND I'M VERY, VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. THE STRENGTHING THAT YOU HAVE, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, ARE VERY MUCH REVEALED BY THE STAFF. I TRUST MANY OF THEM, THEY ARE REMARKABLE, THEY ARE THOROUGH, AND I HAVE RELIED ON THEM GREATLY TO GIVE MAYBE INSIGHT THAT I NEED TO MAKE THE REMARKS THAT I MAKE. AND WE ARE IN FRONT OF THE PUBLIC SO THOSE REMARKS ARE DEAR TO MY HEART, AND MY REPUTATION IS AT STAKE WHEN I MAKE ANY REMARK, AS WE ALL ARE. FISCALLY, WE ARE AMAZED, I BELIEVE, AND WE ALL AGREE THAT HOW YOU DID HANDLE THE FISCAL CRISIS AS IT WAS FACED. TO ME, IT'S JUST REMARKABLE. AND THEN AT THE SAME TIME PROVIDE STABILITY. ONE REASON I RAN FOR THE OFFICE IS I WANTED A SENSE OF STABILITY TO OUR BOARD, AND YOU INHERITED WHAT I WOULD CALL THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF ANY CEO CIRCUMSTANCES. YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE MORE CRISES. WE ALL FACE ENOUGH OF THOSE THE CRISES. MAYBE WE'LL FIND OUT IN ANOTHER WEEK OR SO. BUT I THINK IF WE ALL WORK TOGETHER, AS WE ARE SEEING OR HEARING OURSELVES DO SO, I THINK WE WILL FIND A WAY. AS HANNIBAL SAID, WE WILL FIND A WAY OR WE WILL MAKE A WAY. SO LET'S KEEP THAT IN MIND. COMMUNICATION. I'M AGREEING WITH MELISSA SNIVELY, MEMBER SNIVELY. I HAVE ALWAYS HAD THE EXPERIENCE THAT WHEN WE HAVE LARGE SOCIAL OR LOGISTICAL CHANGES THAT WE GO THROUGH THE PERFORMANCE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS WITH THE COMMUNITY, OUR LOCAL LEADERS, POLITICAL LEADERS AND OUR RELIGIOUS LEADERS BEFORE WE DO IT THAT ARE MASSIVE. BUT AGAIN, I'M TEMPERING THIS. I AM NEW HERE. THERE WERE FACTORS BEFORE I GOT HERE THAT PROBABLY HAD YOU OR MOTIVATED YOU TO MAKE SOME OF THESE BELL CHANGES AND COURTESY BUS CHANGES A LITTLE BIT SOONER. SO I DID NOT WRITE THAT UP. I DO KNOW THAT I AM GOING TO BE LOOKING VERY KEENLY THAT YOU ARE HELPING US AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT MAKE OUR SCHOOLS COMPETITIVE. THE LAWMAKERS ARE SAYING THAT RIGHT AND LEFT. AND WE ARE IN COMPETITION WITH FOR-PROFIT CHARTER SCHOOLS. I LOVE COMPETITION. AND I INTEND TO HOPEFULLY WE ALL DO, INTEND TO HELP YOU IN EVERY WAY THAT WE DO RISE OUR DISTRICT TO A COMPETITIVE LEVEL. IN SAYING ALL OF THAT, I JUST WILL SAY THAT I AM GOING TO, AS WE KNOW, I'M AGREEING TO YOUR CONTRACT, AND IT IS MY PLEASURE TO SERVE FROM ONE PUBLIC SERVANT, I REGARD AS ANOTHER SERVANT, AS WE ALL AGREED ON, ALSO. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO. AND THANK YOU, STAFF, FOR BEING BEHIND A GREAT MAN. I APPRECIATE IT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. AND I WILL KEEP MY COMMENTS VERY BRIEF AS TO NOT ECHO. I DO ECHO A LOT OF WHAT MY COLLEAGUES HAVE SAID. FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU ON THE LAST TWO YEARS. WE HAVE BEEN CHALLENGED LIKE IN A OTHER DISTRICT IN THE TRICOUNTY AREA, LET ALONE IN FLORIDA, WITH FINANCIAL SITUATION THAT WE WERE LEFT WITH, WITH THE STAFFING CHANGES THAT YOU HAVE MADE, AND YOU HAVE NEVER SHIED AWAY FROM ANY OF THAT. AND YOU COULD HAVE. I'M IN AWE OF THE JOB THAT YOU DO EVERY DAY, AND YOU AND I BOTH KNOW WE DON'T ALWAYS AGREE. AND SOMETIMES THERE IS FRUSTRATION. AND I WILL AGREE, I DON'T REMEMBER WHO SAID IT. I THINK SALLY SAID IT. YOU DON'T ALWAYS REACT THE WAY THAT WE WANT YOU TO AND SOMETIMES YOU ARE A LITTLE HARD TO READ. AND THAT'S VERY INTERESTING FOR ME BECAUSE I'M NOT USED TO THAT. I'M A VERY REACTIVE PERSON. BUT I KNOW THAT THE FACT THAT YOU DIDN'T TAP YOUR RAISE IN THE LAST CYCLE SPEAKS TO YOUR INTEGRITY ABOUT THE FINANCIAL SITUATION IN THIS DISTRICT. AND SO I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENT THAT YOU WILL NOT ALLOW WHAT WE HAVE PUT IN YOUR CONTRACT, WHICH YOU DIDN'T ASK FOR -- IN FACT YOU FOUGHT US ON IT A LITTLE BIT THE FINANCIAL INTEGRITY OF THIS DISTRICT FAR FURTHER FROM TAKING A RAISE YOURSELF OR MAKING A BONUS YOUR PRIORITY. I WANT TO READ JUST A LITTLE BIT AS MRS. SNIVELY DID BECAUSE WE DIDN'T REALLY DISCUSS AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING THE SUPERINTENDENT'S EVALUATION CAME FORWARD AND THERE WAS NO DISCUSSION ABOUT IT AT ALL. IT IS PUBLIC RECORD FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DID WANT TO READ WHAT WE WRITE. BUT I WROTE THE SUPERINTENDENT WORKS WELL WITH THIS BOARD TO CONTINUE TO EVERY EXEMPLIFY COMPLETE RESPECT FOR THE BOARD, HIS STAFF AND OUR COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS. THE PACE THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT COHEN KEEPS IS ADMIRABLE AS HE WORKS DAYS, NIGHTS AND WEEKENDS TRYING TO ENSURE THAT ALL THE NEEDS ARE MET. THE ORANGE REMAINS FOCUSED AND ENGAGED IN THE STRATEGIC PLAN AND THE POSITIVE RESULTS ARE BEGINNING TO SHOW THROUGH OUR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT DATA.  THIS ORGANIZATION IS LARGE IN SIZE AND HE HAS WORKED HARD TO MAKE IT FEEL SMALLER AND MORE INTERNAL. HE IS TRANSPARENT AND HONEST IN HIS WORDS AND ACTIONS AND OPERATES ONLY WHAT HE FEELS IS BEST FOR THE STUDENTS OF THIS DISTRICT. I AM PLEASED THAT WE HAVE STRENGTHENED OUR RELATIONSHIPS AND COLLABORATION WAS THE COMMUNITY PARTNERS AROUND KEY ISSUES. I HAVE CONCERNS. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THOSE CONCERNS BUSY BUT I DON'T EXPECT ROME TO BE BUILT IN A DAY. AND WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW DIDN'T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK FORWARD AS A BOARD AND THE SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS STAFF TO MAKE THE CHANGES THAT WE THINK ARE NECESSARY TO BRING BA IS BEST FOR OUR STUDENTS IN THIS DISTRICT. THE SUPERINTENDENT DID A GREAT ANALYSIS OF HIS OWN LAST YEAR. AND I AGREE WITH A LOT OF HIS ACTIONS AND A LOT OF HIS WORDS AND DECISIONS AS WE IMPLEMENT THE CHANGES FOR THE DISTRICT. THAT'S CRITICAL. SELF-AWARENESS IS VERY CRITICAL. AND I THINK HE REALIZES WHERE HE NEEDS TO MAKE CHANGE AND WHERE HE'S GOING TO GROW. SO I SUPPORT YOUR CONTRACT AND I SUPPORT THE THREE YEARS. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO US MOVING THIS DISTRICT FORWARD AND REACHING OUR GOALS OF 90 BY '20. BOARD MEMBERS, IF THERE ARE NO OTHER COMMENTS AT THIS TIME. OH, I'M SORRY. MRS. VALDES.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO PULL THIS AGENDA FOR A SEPARATE VOTE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO TO PULL THIS ITEM FOR SEPARATE VOTE. MRS. GRIFFIN, IS THAT A SECOND? APRIL APP WELL, I JUST WANTED TO GET A FEEL FOR THAT ITEM BE FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP, AND WOULD I HAVE A SECOND TO STRIKE THAT PARTICULAR PARAGRAPH FROM THE CONTRACT AND DISCUSS WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE ATTORNEY AND THIS BOARD SOME OTHER MEASURES UNDER FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP? IF I HAVE A SECOND, THEN THAT COULD BE PUT FORWARD AS A VOTE AND THEN WE CAN APPROVE THE CONTRACT WITHOUT IT. SO I WOULD MAKE A MOTION TO STRIKE "B" FROM THE CONTRACT AND BRING IT BACK -- BRING SOMETHING ELSE BACK FOR A BONUS UNDER FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP.  

>> FRIENDLY AMENDMENT? TO PUT THAT -- THOSE -- THAT $2,000 INTO HIS SALARY, SO 225 TO 227.  

>> MR. PORTER?  

>>Jim Porter: OKAY, I UNDERSTAND WHERE THE BOARD WANTS TO GO. SO IF WE COULD TAKE A SECOND PROCEDURALLY TO GET WHERE WE NEED TO BE. I THINK, MRS. GRIFFIN, YOUR MOTION IS APPROPRIATE BUT I THINK WE PROBABLY NEED TO DO THE MOTION TO DO A SEPARATE VOTE FIRST. SO IF WE COULD DISPOSE OF MRS. VALDES' MOTION, AND IF THERE'S A SECOND TO DO THE VOTE. AND THEN WE CAN GET TO YOUR POTENTIAL AMENDMENT. SO PROCEDURALLY SHE HAS A MOTION FOR SEPARATE VOTE. WOULD YOU NEED A SECOND FOR THAT.  

>> I'LL SECOND.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO PULL THIS FOR A SEPARATE VOTE. MRS. VALDES, A SECOND BY MRS. GRIFFIN. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. IT IS 6 TO 1 WITH MRS. GRAY VOTING IN THE NEGATIVE.  

>>Jim Porter: SO NOW VOTE ON THE MOTION AND IT WOULD BE RIPE FOR SOME SORT OF AMENDMENT.  

>> SO THE MOTION IS TO STRIKE PARAGRAPH B FROM THE CONTRACT, WITH CONTINUED DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN THE SUPERINTENDENT, THE ATTORNEY AND THE BOARD, TO COME UP WITH A BONUS SALARY FOR FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP.  

>> SO MRS. SHAMBERGER SECONDED THE MOTION. THERE ARE A COUPLE OF THINGS THE BOARD NEEDS TO KNOW AS YOU DELIBERATE ABOUT THIS. FIRST OF ALL, THE SUPERINTENDENT'S SALARY OF $225,000 ASSET AT THE OUTSET IS ON THE LOW END. I WANT A LIST OF WHAT SUPERINTENDENTS IN OTHER DISTRICT MAKE. AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE BOARD AND THE PUBLIC UNDERSTAND WHERE HE FALLS GIVEN WE ARE THE 8th LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE COUNTRY AND I THINK THE THIRD LARGEST IN THE STATED. THE DADE COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT MAKES 335,000. COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT MAKES 289,000. $289,850. 275, ORANGE COUNTY 265, WHOSE HOLMES BEACH 32nd 25,000, OUR NEIGHBOR IN PINELLAS 268,000 AND CHANGE AND POLK COUNTY OUR NEIGHBOR 23 1,000.  SO MR. EAKINS REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE IDEA OF A STRAIGHT PAY RAISE. THAT WAS HIS NEGOTIATING STANCE. THE IDEA WAS -- AND WE ARE USING THE TERM BONUS BUT REALLY THEY ARE INCREASES TO HIS SALARY IF CERTAIN BENCHMARKS ARE MET SO WE TRIED TO TURN TIE IT TO THE BOARD'S KPI. WHAT I AM HEARING TODAY FROM THE BOARD MEMBERS, BECAUSE IT'S HARD TO DO THIS BECAUSE OF THE SUNSHINE LAW THAT NOT EVERYONE IS COMPLETELY COMFORTABLE WITH THE IDEA OF INCENTIVES BUT YOU ARE POTENTIALLY COMFORTABLE WITH INCREASE IN SALARY. BASED ON WHAT MRS. GRIFFIN'S MOTION IS, AND WRITE THINK MRS. VALDES WANT TO GO, MAYBE MRS. HARRIS, SOME OF THE OTHER BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS, ONE OPTION WOULD BE TO PASS MRS. GRIFFIN'S MOTION, STRIKE B, COME BACK NOT ONLY -- AND WE CAN DO THIS EASILY WITH AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONTRACT. WITH PERHAPS A SALARY INCREASE OR PERHAPS ANOTHER EXTENDED BASED ON THE BOARD'S COMMENT AS WE GO FORWARD. SO IF YOUR MOTION PASSES, I THINK YOU COULD DIRECT US TO GO BACK TO MR. EAKINS AND LOOK AT A POTENTIAL INCREASE IN SALARY, OR A POTENTIAL DIFFERENT INCENTIVE BASED ON SOMETHING THAT WOULD ALIGN WITH THE BOARD'S PLANS. THAT'S COMPLETELY UP TO YOU. HE WOULD HAVE TO AGREE TO THAT. AND KNOWING HIM, HE MIGHT NOT. BUT THAT WOULD BE AN OPTION. AND AGAIN, HE REFUSED TO ACCEPT THE IDEA OF A PAY RAISE, WHICH IS WHY, WHEN YOUR CHAIR AND I MET WITH HIM, WE SUGGESTED THE IDEA OF AN INCENTIVE THAT WOULD ALIGN TO YOUR PLAN. THAT'S NOT REALLY SOMETHING THE BOARD WANTS TO DO, WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO GO BACK. I THINK YOU NEED TO VOTE THE CONTRACT UP OR DOWN TODAY. AND WE CAN COME BACK WITH A CONTRACT SEPARATE. OR AN AMENDMENT, ADDENDUM IN THE FUTURE. THE OTHER THING THAT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE BOARD AND THE PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND, THAT HISTORICALLY IN THE DISTRICT WITH THE PREVIOUS SUPERINTENDENT, THE WAY THE LAW WAS STRUCTURED, IT WAS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE FOR THAT SUPERINTENDENT TO COME BACK WITH A NEW CONTRACT. IT WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN FAIR TO HER AND IT WASN'T REALLY EXPECTED. THE LAW HAS CHANGED. IT GIVES THIS DISTRICT AND THIS BOARD THE ABILITY TO AMEND THE CONTRACT, COME BACK WITH A NEW CONTRACT, WITHOUT ANY HARM TO THE SUPERINTENDENT OR TO THE PUBLIC. AND THAT'S AN IMPORTANT PIECE THAT IS AT DIFFERENT PLACE THAN WE WERE A FEW YEARS AGO. THAT'S BECAUSE THE LAW CHANGED. SO I THINK YOU HAVE MANY MORE OPTION WAS NEGOTIATING A COMPENSATION PACKAGE FOR A SUPERINTENDENT. SO IF YOU GO THROUGH THE MOTION AND THAT PASSED, I THINK WE CAN COME BACK WITH SOMETHING ELSE IN THE FUTURE THAT WOULD BE AN ADDENDUM DO THIS CONTRACT.  

>> MADAM CHAIR, MAY I SPEAK TO THE MOTION? AND MY CONCERN ON THIS IS -- AND I KNOW OUR SUPERINTENDENT'S INTEGRITY. MY CONCERN, THOUGH, IS THAT WE ARE SETTING A METRIC FOR HIM THAT I FEEL IS ONE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT TOMORROW HOLD. AND I THINK THAT THIS TIES HIM -- AND WE ARE SETTING A METRIC FOR HIM TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS. AND THAT'S WHAT I AM CONCERNED ABOUT, KNOWING THE FORMER SUPERINTENDENT'S CONTRACT. THAT WAS ONE OF MY BIGGEST CONCERNS WAS THAT BONUS STRUCTURE, AND WHAT WAS DRIVING HER BEHAVIORS AND HER GOALS AS A SUPERINTENDENT WERE SET BY A BOARD MANY, MANY YEARS BEFORE THAT DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TEN YEARS DOWN THE ROAD WOULD HOLD. AND THEN WHEN THE LAW CHANGED, WE COULDN'T MAKE ANY AMENDMENTS TO THAT. BUT WHEN I READ THROUGH THIS CONTRACT, THE ONLY PIECE OF IT THAT GAVE ME PAUSE WAS THIS, BECAUSE OF I HAVE LISTENED HERE AS WE HAVE BEEN HAVING CONVERSATIONS AROUND THE FUND BALANCE. I THINK THERE ARE SOME CONCERNS FROM BOARD MEMBERS ABOUT THAT. SO THAT'S THE REASON FOR MY MOTION.  

>>Cindy Stuart: SO BOARD MEMBERS, THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO A MOVE APPROVE THE SUPERINTENDENT'S CONTRACT, STRIKING SECTION B. SO WE WOULD APPROVE THE CONTRACT TODAY AND COME BACK AT A LATER DATE WITH A FINANCIAL INCENTIVE, OR A PAY RAISE.  

>>Jim Porter: THAT WOULD BE UP TO THE BOARD IF YOU SAW DIRECTED ME TO WORK WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT ON THAT. WE COULD DEFINITELY DO THAT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: DISCUSSION BETWEEN THE SUPERINTENDENT, THE BOARD ATTORNEY AND THE BOARD ABOUT AN INCENTIVE AROUND FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP WAS PART OF MY MOTION THAT WAS SECONDED BY MRS. SHAMBERGER.  

>>Cindy Stuart: ARE WE CLEAR, BOARD MEMBERS? ARE WE READY TO VOTE? MRS. VALDES, DISCUSSION.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU. YOU SEE, UNDERSTANDING CONTRACTS, ONCE YOU SIGN A CONTRACT -- AND MR. FARKAS AND FACILITIES KNOWS THAT IF THEY DO NOT MEET CONTRACT, OR ANY ONE OF OUR VENDORS IF THEY DO NOT MEET CONTRACT, IT'S A THING. THE REASON WHY I LOOKED AT THIS AS A FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP AGREEING TO PULL THAT OUT IS BECAUSE I DON'T THINK THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WILL BE FAIR FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT TO EVEN HAVE IN HIS CONTRACT BECAUSE I BELIEVE IT'S SOMETHING THAT'S NOT ATTAINABLE. SO THE WAY I'M LOOKING AT A CONTRACT IS REACHING ALL OF THESE ENTITIES THAT WE PUT IN THERE. BOARD MEMBERS, TWO YEARS AGO, WE DECIDED WE DIDN'T WANT ANY MORE INCENTIVES. THAT WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WITH THE CONTRACT, THOSE INCENTIVES. WE ARE GOING BACK TO THAT SAME MESSAGE. I WOULD RATHER SEE HIM, OR IN THE FUTURE WHOMEVER IS IN THAT CHAIR, TO RECEIVE THE SALARY THAT THEY DESERVE FOR THE WORK THAT'S BEING DONE. INCENTIVES -- INCENTIVES, I LOOK AS THEM AS A DIFFERENT ASPECT OF IT. SO I WOULDN'T WANT TO SEE INCENTIVES. I WANT TO SEE HIM GET PAID WHAT HE'S WORTH. AND THAT'S WHERE I'M COME FROM WITH THIS. BECAUSE WHEN YOU INCENTIVIZE THINGS -- AND MEMBER GRIFFIN, YOU SPELLED IT OUT, THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO FOCUS ON BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO MEET THE LETTER OF THE CONTRACT. WHY HAVE A CONTRACT THEN WITH THESE SPECKS IN THEM? THESE ARE SPECKS AND THESE ARE THINGS THAT WE EXPECT THE SUPERINTENDENT TO ACCOMPLISH. SO I WOULDN'T SUPPORT INCENTIVE PLAN. AT ALL. I WOULD SUPPORT MR. EAKINS. WE HEARD DUVAL COUNTY -- ARE YOU KIDDING ME? DUVAL COUNTY, SMALLER THAN WE ARE? FOR HOW MANY STUDENTS? MRS. SAUNDERS? 100,000 SOMETHING? WE DOUBLED THEIR SIZE. REALLY? AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT -- $129,000.  

>> PARDON ME?  

>>Gretchen Saunders: 129,000.  

>> COME ON, GUYS. HE'S WORTH EVERY PENNY OF $2,000 MORE AND THEN SOME AND WE ARE STILL GETTING A BARGAIN. AND HE DOESN'T WANT THE RAISE. I MEAN, LET'S THINK ABOUT BUSINESS, GUYS. I DO HAVE FOUR INCHES OF FOREHEAD. I DON'T WANT TO SEE INCENTIVES. I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO SUPPORT INCENTIVES IN THE FUTURE BECAUSE WE FOUGHT SO HARD TO GET RID OF THOSE INCENTIVES BECAUSE WE SAW HOW DETRIMENTAL IT WAS TO OUR STUDENTS. THINK ABOUT OF THAT. HERE WE HAVE A SERVANT LEADER, A GENTLEMAN WHO CARES ABOUT EACH AND EVERY STUDENT. HE SHAKES EVERY SINGLE STUDENT'S HANDS IN 40-SOMETHING GRADUATIONS. IT'S A LOT OF KIDS. IT'S A LOT THAT HE IMPACTS. AND I'LL JUST LEAVE IT AT THAT. BUT I COULDN'T SUPPORT INCENTIVES.  

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

>>Tamara Shamburger: I'LL BE BRIEF. I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY SOMETHING BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT I HAVE HEARD. I HAD HEARD WE AGREE THAT SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS CERTAINLY DESERVES MORE THAN HE RECEIVES. BUT I HAVE HEARD BASED ON THE EXPLANATION THAT MR. EAKINS HAS SAID THAT HE DOES NOT WANT A RAISE OUTRIGHT. HE WANTS TO WORK FOR IT. WASN'T TO EARN IT. THAT HAS BEEN ADDED BY WAY OF THESE INCENTIVES, AS YOU CALL THEM, MEMBER VALDES. SO I'M OKAY WITH IT BECAUSE THAT'S ADMIRABLE. THAT HE'S NOT SAYING JUST GIVE IT TO ME. I'M GOING TO WORK FOR IT. SO I APPRECIATE THAT. AS FAR AS THE FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP, AGAIN I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY MY UNDERSTANDING. WE THINK THAT YOU DESERVE TO GET EVERY INCENTIVE THAT'S IN THIS CONTRACT. I THINK BY SOME OF OUR CONVERSATIONS WE HAVE HAD RECENTLY, WE ARE GOING TO PREVENT YOU, POSSIBLY, FROM GETTING THE INCENTIVE UNDER THE FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP. SO I'M NOT SPEAKING FOR MEMBER GRAY BUT WHAT I BELIEVE WE ARE ASKING IS THE WE CHANGED THIS TO NOT ONLY ALIGN WITH WHAT WE THINK MAYBE WOULD HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE OR WHAT COULD HAPPEN DEPENDING ON FUTURE CONVERSATIONS, BUT THAT IT REALLY IS MORE ATTAINABLE. FOR THAT THAT'S WHY I WANT TO SECOND THE MOTION. JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY IT. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Lynn Gray: SO SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, YOU DON'T WANT A HIGHER SALARY WHICH WE ALL FEEL LIKE YOU SO WELL DESERVE. AND THEN THERE'S A DEBATE ABOUT INCENTIVES. DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY ABOUT THIS? (LAUGHTER).  

>> SINCE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT YOU.  

>> DO YOU WANT THE JOB? (LAUGHTER).  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: OTHER THAN THAT I NEED TO IMPROVE ON MY NEGOTIATION SKILLS S.THAT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING? NO, I MEAN, I SERVE. I SERVE IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. I'M JUST BLESSED TO BE ABLE TO SERVE AN AMAZING SCHOOL THAT SERVED ME WELL. AND I KNOW THAT EVEN THOUGH, YOU KNOW, I WAS DEALT A HAND THAT YOU PROBABLY WOULDN'T HAVE WANTED TO BE DELTAS ANY SUPERINTENDENT ENTERING THE POSITION, I FEEL THE RIGHT THING TO DO AS THE LEADER IS TO SET THE TONE FOR WHAT YOU KNOW ARE SOME VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TIMES. BUT MY BONUS IS GOING TO BE WHEN EVERY STUDENT, EVERY TEACHER, EVERY EMPLOYEE BECOMES SUCCESSFUL. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> I CALL THE QUESTION.  

>>Lynn Gray: I'M PREPARED TO VOTE HOWEVER IT BENEFITS SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T VOTE AGAINST WHAT HE WANTS, WHICH IS NOT INCREASING HIS SALARY. SO I DON'T KNOW. PERHAPS OUR WONDERFUL ATTORNEY CAN PUT THIS INTO BETTER VERBIAGE SO WE CAN ALL GO FORWARD.  

>>Jim Porter: I THINK THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR IS APPROVE THE CONTRACT AS IS, STRIKING 1-B. THAT'S THE MOTION. AND THEN AFTER THAT, I THINK WHAT I HAVE TAKEN FROM THE BOARD IS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE ME TO SIT DOWN, AND SOMEONE WILL HAVE TO SIT DOWN WITH MR. GIBSON, NOT MR. EAKINS, TO TALK ABOUT COMING BACK WITH AN ADDENDUM TO THE CONTRACT THAT LOOKS AT BOTH A POTENTIAL INCREASE IN SALARY AND PERHAPS ANOTHER INCENTIVE BASED ON FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP OR PERHAPS NOT, MRS. VALDES. BUT I THINK THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING WE WOULD TALK ABOUT AND WE WOULD DISCUSS IT WITH THE BOARD, AND IT WILL BE BROUGHT BACK AT THE APPROPRIATE TIME. I WILL TELL YOU, FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DO HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT THE INCENTIVE PIECE, FOR THE GRADUATION RATE INCENTIVE PIECE, THE OPERATIVE DATE IS DECEMBER 31st OF THIS YEAR. SO I WOULD ANTICIPATE COMING BACK TO YOU WITH SOME SORT OF ADDENDUM WELL BEFORE THAT. SO IF THE ULTIMATE DECISION THAT WAS REACHED OR NEGOTIATED WAS THAT THERE BE NO INCENTIVE BUT AN INCREASE IN SALARY, THERE WOULD BE NO HARM OR NO FOUL BECAUSE WE WOULDN'T HAVE REACHED THAT DATE YET. BUT I THINK I UNDERSTAND WHAT I HEARD ALL OF YOU SAY. AND WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING IN THE FORM OF AN ADDENDUM THAT REFLECTS ALL THE COMMENTS OF THE BOARD AND THEN HAVE A FURTHER DISCUSSION PUBLICLY. BUT YOUR MOTION ON THE FLOOR IS TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT AS IS, STRIKING 1-B.  

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE GOING TO CALL THE QUESTION AND VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP, PLEASE. MRS. GRAY? AND THE CONTRACT PASSES WITH 6 TO 1, MRS. SNIVELY IN THE NEGATIVE. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A 5-MINUTE RECESS HERE. (RECESS).  

>> -- WOULD LIKE TO MAKE COMMENTS, MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, I'LL BE BRIEF. I WANT TO THANK THIS BOARD, FIRST OF ALL, FOR THE CONFIDENCE THAT YOU PLACED IN ME AND MY STAFF IN DOING SO. THAT IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. THEY ARE SUCH A HARDWORKING STAFF. I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT IT TONIGHT, TO THINK OF A 14 TO 15 SCHOOL BOUNDARY SHIFT AND I KNOW, I'VE SAT IN BOARD MEETINGS WHERE BOUNDARY SHIFTS ARE DISCUSSED, TO KNOW THAT WE GOT TO A POINT AND STAFF WORKED COLLABORATIVELY WITH COMMUNITY AND ALL OF OUR DIFFERENT FOLKS OUT THERE TO HAVE A MEETING THAT FOR A MAJOR DECISION, I BELIEVE A LOT OF THE COMMUNITIES ULTIMATELY UNDERSTOOD THE RATIONALE. THOSE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS I THINK WE SOMETIMES LET GO BY. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN SO SMOOTHLY? WELL, IT WAS BECAUSE OF AMAZING STAFF THAT WORKS OUT IN OUR COMMUNITY. I WANT TO THANK MY STAFF FOR THAT. I WANT TO MAKE SURE, EARLIER TONIGHT, ONE OF MY BIG SUPPORTERS, MY ENTIRE CAREER HERE HAS BEEN SANDY BLACK, WHO I WAS HER AP. MY VERY FIRST ADMINISTRATIVE POSITION WAS WORKING FOR SANDY BLACK. SHE WAS THE PRINCIPAL AT SPRINGHEAD ELEMENTARY IN PLANT CITY AND SHE'S STILL VERY ACTIVE IN THE PLANT CITY COMMUNITY AND SHE WAS HERE EARLIER TONIGHT. TYPICALLY, ALTHOUGH I'M SURE MY MOM AND DAD ARE WATCHING, THEY LIVE STREAM FROM OHIO THE BOARD MEETINGS. SO THEY HAVE TO -- I KNOW THAT SHE PLAYED SUCH AN IMPORTANT ROLE, WHO I AM AS A LEADER. YOU TALK ABOUT SERVANT LEADERSHIP, I MEAN, THAT IS YOUR POSTER CHILD RIGHT THERE, MS. SANDY BLACK. SHE WAS HERE EARLIER. SHE HAD TO LEAVE AND GO TO A CHURCH EVENT. SHE WASN'T ABLE TO BE HERE RIGHT NOW. I WANT TO THANK MY AMAZING WIFE WHO WE -- [ APPLAUSE ] WE GO THROUGH ALL OF THIS TOGETHER. SO WE NEED EACH OTHER AS WE GO THROUGH IT. SHE GETS IT. I KNOW THAT WE HAD CONVERSATIONS, OBVIOUSLY, ABOUT WHAT WE SPOKE ABOUT EARLIER WITH THE CONTRACT, BUT WE'VE JUST BEEN EXTREMELY BLESSED BY THIS COMMUNITY AND OUR REWARDS ARE SEEN, THE GREAT THINGS THAT HAPPEN WITH THE COLLEAGUES WE WORK WITH ALL THROUGHOUT THE YEARS IN THE DISTRICT, THE TEACHERS, THE EMPLOYEES AND, OF COURSE, THE AMAZING STUDENTS THAT WE SERVE EVERY DAY. THAT'S WHAT OUR REWARD IS AND THAT'S WHAT OUR ENTIRE LIFE AND CAREER HAS BEEN ABOUT, 30 YEARS IN EDUCATION. WE JUST LOVE GIVING BACK TO OUR COMMUNITY. THIS IS THE WAY I DO IT. I JUST THANK THIS BOARD FOR SHOWING THAT CONFIDENCE IN ME.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. EAKINS AND THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT, PEGGY. BOARD MEMBERS, IT IS 6:27. WE ARE WELL PAST EMPLOYEE INPUT, SO WE'LL MOVE TO EMPLOYEE INPUT. AT THIS TIME, WE HAVE FOUR SPEAKERS. FAY COOK, JEAN CLEMONS -- IF YOU COULD PLEASE COME UP TOWARDS THE FRONT HERE YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.  

>> CONGRATULATIONS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS HAVING YOUR CONTRACT RENEWED. MADAM CHAIR THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US TONIGHT. I WANT TO AGAIN THANK YOU FOR HAVING THIS EMPLOYEE TIME WHICH IS A TIME WE CAN COME AFTER WE HAVE WORKED ALL DAY. BARBARA SPOKE TO YOU TWO WEEKS AGO ABOUT THE CUMBERSOME -- SHE SHOWED YOU A THIRD GRADE PACKET IN THAT RTI PACKET. I AM A FIFTH GRADE TEACHER. BY THE TIME THEY GET TO FIFTH GRADE, THE PACKETS ARE TWO TO THREE INCHES THICK. I WOULD NOT DARE TO ATTEMPT TO COPY ONE OF THEM. I JUST HAD TWO STUDENTS TESTED WITHIN THE PAST MONTH. I WANT YOU TO GET THIS DATE. THE PAPERWORK IN THEIR PACKETS STARTED IN 2013. WE HAVE BEEN DOING DOCUMENTATION AND INTERVENTIONS SINCE 2013. BOTH OF THOSE STUDENTS QUALIFY FOR SPECIAL SERVICES, SERVICES THEY HAVE NOT HAD IN ANY OF THEIR ELEMENTARY YEARS. WE HAVE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT RTI. WE HAVE GOT TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. IT IS KNOWN TO BE A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE STRATEGY, BUT I DO NOT BELIEVE IN HILLSBOROUGH WE'RE DOING IT EFFECTIVELY. WE NEED TO IMPROVE THAT PROCESS AND WORK ON THAT PROCESS TO MAKE IT BENEFICIAL FOR STUDENTS AND NOT AS BURDENSOME FOR TEACHERS. AND THEN I'M GOING TO CHANGE -- I KNOW I'M NOT SUPPOSED TO DO THIS, BUT I'M GOING TO CHANGE SUBJECTS BECAUSE THERE'S ANOTHER SUBJECT THAT I DO HAVE A CONCRETE SUGGESTION ON. THAT'S EDSBY IN ELEMENTARY. TODAY I STARTED WORKING ON MY REPORT CARDS. IN EDSBY IN ELEMENTARY, ON THE HOME ROOM PAGE AND I WISH I COULD PROJECT THIS AND SHOW YOU EXACTLY WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. BUT WHEN WE OPEN UP EDSBY IN THE HOME-ROOM PAGE, WE HAVE TO PUT IN ATTENDANCE. NOW, THE ATTENDANCE IS THERE. WE HAVE ALL KINDS OF TECHNOLOGY IN THIS DISTRICT. BUT WE HAVE TO TYPE OVER IT AND KEY IT IN AGAIN IN CASE THERE IS A MISTAKE THAT WAS GENERATED FROM THE AUTO POPULATION. EVERY STROKE WE HAVE TO KEY IT IN AGAIN. VERIFYING IT WITH A PAPER COPY THAT WE GET FROM THE DATA PROCESSOR. THAT SHOULD BE AUTOMATIC. WE'VE GOT KIDS IN THIS DISTRICT THAT ARE LEARNING CODING IN ELEMENTARY. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT SHOULD BE FIXED EASILY FOR US. WE HAVE TO DO THE SAME THING WITH CONFERENCE DATES, PROGRESS ALERT DATES, AND THE DATE THE CONFERENCES ARE SENT OUT. EVERY STUDENT I HAVE TO PUT IN THOSE DATES, EVEN WHEN THEY ARE THE SAME FOR EVERY STUDENT. THERE IS NO AUTO-FILL LIKE THERE IS ON EXCEL SPREADSHEET. I HAVE FIFTH GRADERS GOING TO SIXTH GRADE AND I HAVE TO CHECK EVERY STUDENT AS MOVING FORWARD. THERE IS NO AUTOFILL. IT'S REDUNDANT. IN THIS DAY AND AGE, THIS TYPE OF TECHNOLOGY, THAT SHOULD BE AN EASY FIX FOR US TO REDUCE OUR WORKLOAD. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. COOK. I SEE THE OTHER MS. COOK TAKING NOTES. MS. CLEMENTS. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.  

>> THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING. MONDAY LAST WEEK, THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE PASSED A DEVASTATING EDUCATION BUDGET AND CONFORMING BILL. EARLIER THAT DAY, WE STOOD TOGETHER, SCHOOL BOARD, CTA, WITH OUR SUPERINTENDENT IN A PRESS CONFERENCE CALLING ON THE LEGISLATURE TO VOTE THE BUDGET AND CONFORMING BILL DOWN. BUT THEY FAILED TO DO THAT. NOW IT'S UP TO THE GOVERNOR, GOVERNOR SCOTT TO USE HIS VETO PEN TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR FLORIDA'S CHILDREN. THE FLORIDA PTA, SUPERINTENDENTS, AND SCHOOL BOARDS ACROSS FLORIDA AND THE FLORIDA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ARE ALL SPEAKING OUT AND ASKING THE GOVERNOR, GOVERNOR SCOTT, TO VETO THE BUDGET AND CONFORMING BILL, WHICH IS ALSO KNOWN AS HOUSE BILL 7069. THE PROPOSED BUDGET REDUCES THE BASE FUNDING FOR EACH STUDENT KNOWN AS BSA, BY $27.07 PER STUDENT. IN FACT, THE BUDGET'S BSA FOR NEXT YEAR IS LOARNT THE -- LOWER THAN THE 2000, 2008 SCHOOL YEAR BSA, A DECADE AGO. FUNDING FOR OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS ACTUALLY LESS THAN THE 2007 BUDGET DESPITE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ADDITIONAL STUDENTS WHO MOVED TO FLORIDA IN THAT TIME. THAT DOESN'T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT INFLATION OVER THE PAST DECADE. ANOTHER COMPONENT OF THIS BUDGET TAKES AWAY THE INCREASED FUNDING OUR SCHOOLS SHOULD BE GETTING BECAUSE OF THE GROWTH IN PROPERTY VALUES RESULTING FROM AN IMPROVEMENT IN FLORIDA'S ECONOMY. HOUSE BILL 7069 STRIPS LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS OF SPENDING FLEXIBILITY, REDUCING THEIR ABILITY TO EFFECTIVELY ADDRESS STUDENT NEEDS. LOCAL CONTROL OF TITLE 1 MONIES WILL BE LOST. FUNDING DECISIONS ABOUT OUR POOREST SCHOOLS WILL BE MADE BY THE STATE INSTEAD OF THE LOCAL DISTRICTS AND OUR LOCALLY ELECTED SCHOOL BOARDS. PRECIOUS CAPITAL DOLLARS FROM THE STATE, THOSE THAT ARE USED FOR BUILDING CONSTRUCTION AND REPAIR, WILL BE USED TO IMPROVE PRIVATE PROPERTY LEASED BY CHARTERS INSTEAD OF REPAIRING AND IMPROVING TAXPAYER-OWNED ASSETS. CHARTER SCHOOLS REPRESENT 11% OF FLORIDA'S SCHOOLS BUT THEY WILL RECEIVE 50% OF THOSE FUNDS. THE BUDGET AND CONFORMING BILL THAT THE LEGISLATURE PASSED WILL STARVE OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND SHORTCHANGE OUR STUDENTS.  WITH SIGNIFICANT CUTS TO PROGRAMS AND SERVICES, OUR CHILDREN DESPERATELY NEED, THIS BUDGET AND CONFORMING BILL WILL HAVE DISASTROUS IMPACTS ON OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE STUDENTS WE ALL SERVE. SO I URGE ALL OF YOU, AS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND EVERYONE WHO CARES ABOUT OUR STUDENTS AND OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, OUR PRINCIPALS, OUR SUPERVISORS, ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES, TO PERSONALLY CALL OR E-MAIL THE GOVERNOR AND URGE HIM TO VETO HOUSE BILL 7069 AND THE STATE BUDGET. IN ADDITION, I URGE YOU TO USE ALL COMMUNICATION VEHICLES AT YOUR DISPOSAL AND LEADERS IN THE COMMUNITY, YOU HAVE MANY, TO URGE MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY TO CALL OR E-MAIL THE GOVERNOR AND URGE HIM TO VETO THE BUDGET AND THE CONFORMING BILL. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. CLEMONS. LEO HEGARTY. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.  

>> MADAM CHAIRWOMAN, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, AGAIN, I THANK YOU FOR ALLOTTING ME THIS TIME IN YOUR BUSY AGENDA FOR EMPLOYEE COMMENTS. WHAT I WILL BE ADDRESSING TODAY IS SCHOOL CULTURE. LISTENING TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS, I HEAR AND SEE IT'S A HOT-BUTTON ISSUE HERE, AND IT IS ALSO AT THE FOREFRONT OF MANY LEGISLATORS UP IN TALLAHASSEE. I WAS ABLE TO BE IN ATTENDANCE WHEN THE HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE DEBATED THE SO-CALLED SCHOOLS OF HOPE BILL. MS. VALDES, IF MEMORY SERVES ME CORRECTLY, YOU WERE ALSO AT THAT SESSION, AND YOU PROBABLY WOULD AGREE IT HAD MORE FIREWORKS THAN TO 4th OF JULY -- THAN A 4th OF JULY FAMILY PICNIC. CHEVRON JONES, THE RANKING DEMOCRAT ON THE COMMITTEE STATED, AND I'M PARAPHRASING, BUT THIS IS PRETTY CLOSE TO EXACTLY QUOTING HIM. I WAS A FORMERLY TEACHER AND HIGHLY EFFECT TEACHER. WHEN I WAS MOVED TO A LOW-PERFORMING SCHOOL, I BECAME A BAD TEACHER. THE FACT THAT KIDS WERE SHOWING UP TO SCHOOL HIGH OR SHOWING UP TO SCHOOL HUNGRY WAS NOT TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION UNTIL WE ADDRESSED THE ISSUE OF SCHOOL CULTURE WITH THE COMMUNITY. I DON'T CARE IF WE HAVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OR CHARTER SCHOOLS. THEY ARE ALL GOING TO FAIL. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THERE'S THE CRUX OF OUR EDUCATIONAL CRISIS. I BELIEVE THE SCHOOL BOARD AND THE DISTRICT SEES THAT PROBLEM JUST LISTENING TO YOU -- [AUDIO BLIP] FOR WHATEVER REASON AND SOME OF THEM ARE LEGITIMATE. WE SIMPLY HAVE TOO MANY PARENTS THAT ABROGATED THEIR RESPONSIBILITY OF PREPARING THEIR CHILDREN FOR EDUCATIONAL SUCCESS. UNTIL WE SOLVE THAT DILEMMA, THE SCHOOLS WILL CONTINUE TO SPIN THEIR WHEELS AND GO NOWHERE. PUBLIC SCHOOLS CANNOT DO IT ALONE. WE NEED TO REACH OUT TO THE PARENTS AS WELL AS THE COMMUNITY AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO GET INVOLVED. THEY NEED TO BE ENGAGED SO THEY CAN BUY IN AND INITIATE THE CHANGE THAT WILL COME ABOUT IN THE SCHOOL CULTURE. WE AS A DISTRICT NEED TO DEMAND MORE FROM THE TWO GROUPS THAT WE JUST TALKED ABOUT NOW THAN JUST DROPPING OFF THEIR STUDENTS AND PICKING THEM UP ON TIME. ONE OF THE FIRST STEPS WE NEED TO ACCOMPLISH IS ONE THAT EVERY PARENT OR GUARDIAN OR STAKEHOLDER CAN DO. ONE NIGHT AFTER A LONG AND FRUSTRATING DAY IN THE CLASSROOM, I ASKED MY WIFE WHO TEACHES THIRD GRADE IN THE DISTRICT, WHAT'S THE ONE THING A PARENT CAN DO AT HOME TO HELP THEIR CHILD SUCCEED WHEN THEY START SCHOOL? WITHOUT HESITATION, SHE REPLIED, "READ TO THEM NIGHTLY." LET'S TAKE THE LEAD AND CREATE A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO EMPHASIZE BRINGING READING BACK TO THE HOME. MY COLLEAGUES AND I CAN ONLY DO SO MUCH. WE'RE NOT MIRACLE WORKERS, BUT WE ARE HARD WORKERS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, HEIDI GLITCH. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.  

>> I HAVE SEVERAL THINGS TO TALK ABOUT. IT'S ABOUT AWESOME HEARING ABOUT ALL THE NEW THINGS YOU'RE DOING IN THE NEW TAMPA AREA. RIGHT NOW, ALONSO IS AT ABOUT 2600. SICKLES 2100, AND THERE ARE A THOUSAND NEW UNITS BEING BUILT WHERE THESE TWO SCHOOLS ARE DISTRICTED, BETWEEN APARTMENT COMPLEXES, TOWN HOUSES AND PRIVATE HOMES, YOU ALL NEED TO LOOK -- BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHERE THOSE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GO BECAUSE WE ARE VERY, VERY CROWDED. THE NEXT THING I WANT TO TALK ABOUT, THE LAST TIME I WAS HERE, YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT WRITING A GUIDANCE K-12 COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM. I HAVE ONE ON MY DESK IF YOU GUYS WANT TO FEEL FREE TO COME BY. I WROTE IT ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO WHEN I WAS A COUNSELOR UP IN NEW YORK. FEEL FREE TO COME BY. AIR-CONDITIONING, MY CLASSROOM WAS 77 DEGREES THE OTHER DAY AND THE GUYS CAME BY, HEY, MS. GLICK, HOW ARE YOU DOING? HEY, GUYS, WHAT'S UP. THEY TOLD ME THAT THE AIR-CONDITIONING IN HIGH SCHOOLS IS SUPPOSED TO COME ON AT 5:00, AND THEN MY AP, WHO IS IN CHARGE OF THE BUILDING SAYS IT COMES ON AT 6:00. I SAID I WOULD BE HAPPY IF IT CAME ON AT 7:00. AND I'VE BEEN HERE SINCE ABOUT 4:20, AND THE TEMPERATURE IS BETWEEN 68 AND 69 DEGREES IN HERE. SO IF WE ARE AT 76 DEGREES, YOU SHOULD BE AT 76 DEGREES. SO YOU SHOULD SEE WHAT IT IS TRULY, TRULY LIKE BECAUSE IT IS VERY, VERY HOT. AND THE LAST THING I WANT TO BRING UP IS, I LOVE HEARING ALL THIS CONVERSATION THAT WE'VE BEEN HAVING ABOUT UNDERREPRESENTED MINORITIES. AND THERE IS ONE GROUP THAT WE HAVE NEGLECTED TREMENDOUSLY. AND THEY ARE ATTENDING JESUIT, TAMPA CATHOLIC, AND BERKELEY. AND THOSE ARE THE JEWISH STUDENTS. SO IF -- IT'S JUST SOMETHING TO TRULY THINK ABOUT. I NORMALLY HAVE A RELIGIOUS -- I AM JEWISH. TODAY I'M WEARING A GIFT A STUDENT GAVE ME FOR MOTHER'S DAY BECAUSE SHE VIEWS ME AS HER SCHOOL MOM. AFTER I STOPPED CRYING AND BROKE OPEN THE OYSTER BECAUSE IT WAS A BUILD YOUR OWN NECKLACE, WE ARE THINKING ABOUT THOSE STUDENTS AND THERE ARE A LOT OF THEM. THE JEWISH STUDENTS THAT I DO HAVE IN MY CLASSROOMS ARE THE ONES I TAUGHT WHEN I TAUGHT SUNDAY SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY KNOW I'M HERE AND THEIR PARENTS KNOW I'M AT ALONSO. AND IT IS A GROUP THAT IS BEING IGNORED. I KNOW THIS SOUNDS REALLY CONCEITED, JUST SPEAKING ABOUT MY OWN TWO KIDS WHO BOTH HAVE IQs OVER 150 AND YOU DO GET YOUR INTELLIGENCE FROM YOUR MOTHER -- I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT. TRUST ME, I KNOW THEIR DAD. THEY DIDN'T GET IT FROM HIM. [ LAUGHTER ] IT'S A GROUP THAT WE NEED TO PAY ATTENTION TO AND GET BACK INTO THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OKAY. THAT CONCLUDES OUR EMPLOYEE INPUT. THANK YOU, EMPLOYEES, FOR BEING PATIENT WITH US AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE SUPERINTENDENT'S CONTRACT AND TOOK A SHORT BREAK. BOARD MEMBERS, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE NOW TO -- WE HAVE SOME SPECIAL GUESTS IN THE BACK I WANT TO GET TO. THEY'VE BEEN WAITING A WHILE. THIS IS ITEM 13.01. I WASN'T AWARE THAT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE GUESTS HERE, BUT WE'RE GOING TO TAKE THEM REAL QUICKLY SO WE CAN MOVE ON. THIS IS THE PLANT CITY ELKS, LODGE 1727 IS PAYING IT FORWARD TO AREA 6 PLANT CITY SCHOOLS FOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE OUTSTANDING LUNCH BALANCES FOR THOSE SCHOOLS. MS. SHARON MORRIS IS GOING TO COME UP AND PRESENT THIS ITEM. THIS ITEM WAS ASKED TO BE HIGHLIGHTED BY MS. SHAMBURGER AND MS. SNIVELY. AND MS. SNIVELY HAS A COMMENT. I BELIEVE THERE ARE GUESTS WITH YOU. MS. MORRIS, WELCOME.  

>> I'M REALLY NOT GOING TO DO THE RECOGNITION. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THE PLANT CITY COMMUNITY IS SO SUPPORTIVE OF OUR SCHOOLS. THIS IS ONE EXAMPLE. THIS IS THE PLANT CITY ELKS LODGE -- [AUDIO BLIP] BUT I AM GOING TO INTRODUCE MS. MARY MATHIS TO DO THE RECOGNITION. MARY IS THE AP AT MARSHALL TODAY AND THE NEWLY APPOINTED SUPERVISOR FOR OUTREACH OF SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. WELCOME, MS. MATHIS.  

>> THANK YOU. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW THAT I AM VERY HUMBLED BY THE APPOINTMENT THIS AFTERNOON AND FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, THANK YOU. TO THE SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND THE STAFF, EVERYONE ON THE DAIS AND EVERYONE IN THE AUDIENCE, THE CITY OF PLANT CITY IS JUST NOT A GREAT CITY, BUT IT IS ALSO A COMMUNITY OF GREAT ORGANIZATIONS THAT GIVE. BECAUSE THEY REALIZE THAT GIVING THEY WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE BACK MORE. RESEARCH FROM SEVERAL SOURCES STATES THAT SCHOOL MEALS MATTER IN EDUCATION AND AS WE PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE, IT'S CRITICAL. IT IS TIME TO CELEBRATE. THE PLANT CITY ELKS NUMBER 1727, WE WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THEIR GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND IT FIRST CAME TO MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL AND THEN TO EVERY AREA 6 SCHOOLS WITH PAYING IT FORWARD. WHAT THAT IS, IT PAID OFF ALL SCHOOL LUNCH BALANCES FROM THE ELKS CLUB OF PLANT CITY. [ APPLAUSE ] YOU HAVE HERE LADIES OF THE ELKS, VIRGINIA HARRINGTON AND HER HUSBAND, LARRY, WHICH IS AN ELKS MEMBER. MARTY CARROLL, THE EXALTED RULER. TOM LUCKWICK, THE LODGE ADVISOR. KEN GODWIN, HE IS THE LECTURING KNIGHT, AND MARK ELMAN, HE IS THE LARGE TRUSTEE. SO TO THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, I PRESENT TO YOU THE PLANT CITY ELKS CLUB 1727 AND THEY GAVE OUR AREA 6 SCHOOLS A GENEROUS DONATION. [ APPLAUSE ] ONE ADDED NOTE, WHEN THEY PRESENTED THE CHECKS TO US, THEY INVITED US, BECAUSE EVERY WEDNESDAY THEY HAVE A DINNER, AND IT WAS A PHENOMENAL DINNER. SO ELKS, MAYBE ONE WEDNESDAY YOU CAN INVITE THE BOARD MEMBERS AND THE SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR. MS. MATHIS, CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN ON YOUR APPOINTMENT RECENTLY. I KNOW YOU'RE GOING TO DO A FABULOUS JOB. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN MISSING IN YOUR HISTORY, WHICH WE DON'T NORMALLY INCLUDE WHEN WE TALK ABOUT AN ADMINISTRATOR'S HISTORY AND WHAT THEY'VE DONE AND WHERE THEY COME FROM IS THE PUBLIC SERVICE THAT YOU HAVE EMBRACED IN PLANT CITY. AND ALL THAT YOU'VE GIVEN BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THROUGH PUBLIC SERVICE. SO I WANTED TO RECOGNIZE YOU FOR THAT AS WELL AS SAYING THANK YOU TO THE ELKS LODGE. WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOU DONATING $2,691.26 IN ORDER TO CLEAR THE BALANCES FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND THAT MEANS SO MUCH TO SOME OF THOSE FAMILIES. SO THANK YOU FOR GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY CONTINUOUSLY AND ESPECIALLY WHEN IT BENEFITS THE CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE AND THANK YOU FOR WAITING. [ APPLAUSE ] I'M SORRY, MS. SHAMBURGER.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: HOLD ON ONE SECOND. I JUST WANT TO SAY ONE THING. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I JUST WANT TO AGAIN REALLY QUICKLY SAY THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT DONATION, TAKING CARE OF OUR CHILDREN. IT REALLY MEANS A LOT. I HOPE THIS SPREADS LIKE WILDFIRE IN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT. MS. MATHIS, I WANT TO SAY TO YOU, I WANT TO SAVE FOR BOARD COMMENTS, PROBABLY A FEW HOURS FROM NOW, CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR APPOINTMENT, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WANTING AND WILLING TO HELP MOVE OUR COMMUNITY FORWARD. THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS. THANK YOU, GUYS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. WE ARE GOING TO NOW MOVE TO OUR BRING UP JENNA HODGEENS, GENERAL DIRECTOR FROM THE CHARTER OFFICE WHO WILL BRING FORWARD 6.01, 6.02, 6.03, 6.04. CHARTER SCHOOL EITHER APPLICATIONS OR RENEWALS. MS. HODGES, I'LL LEAVE IT TO YOU TO TELL US WHAT EACH ARE. I BELIEVE WE'LL PULL THEM AND VOTE ON THEM SEPARATELY.  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, TONIGHT I HAVE FOUR AGENDA ITEMS BEFORE YOU. TWO ARE CONTRACTS FOR NEW SCHOOLS THAT WILL OPEN IN AUGUST AND TWO ARE FOR CONTRACT RENEWALS. I'LL START WITH THE NEW CONTRACTS WITH ITEM 6.01. PLATO ACADEMY TAMPA CHARTER SCHOOL. THIS APPLICANT APPLIED AND WAS APPROVED IN DECEMBER OF 2015. THEY DELAYED THE OPENING OF THEIR SCHOOL, WHICH IS ALLOWED BY STATUTE. IT'S A HIGH-PERFORMING REPLICATION BASED ON PLATO ACADEMY IN SEMINOLE IN PINELLAS COUNTY. THEY ARE GOING TO SERVE GRADES K-8, BUT IN YEAR 1, THEY'LL ENROLL K-2 STUDENTS AND HAVE 162 STUDENTS. THEY ARE LOCATED ON THE CAMPUS OF THE BIBLE-BASED FELLOWSHIP CHURCH IN CARROLLWOOD, WHICH IS UP ON BEARSS AVENUE. IT IS A TRADITIONAL CURRICULUM WITH DAILY GREEK CLASSES. THEY HAVE A LOCAL BOARD THAT OVERSEES THE SEVEN SCHOOLS IN PINELLAS COUNTY, ONE SCHOOL IN PASCO COUNTY, AND THIS SCHOOL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THEY ARE MANAGED BY SUPERIOR SCHOOLS, AND THAT MANAGEMENT COMPANY MANAGES ALL OF THOSE SCHOOLS, ALL NINE SCHOOLS. AND TONIGHT WITH US, LISA HERBST IS REPRESENTING THE BOARD. DO YOU WANT QUESTIONS AFTER EACH ONE?  

>>Cindy Stuart: COMPLETELY UP TO YOU. I ONLY GIVE THAT AUTHORITY TO MS. HODGENS. THESE ARE ALL HIGHLIGHTS. ONLY A COMMENT ON ONE.  

>> SO KEEP GOING.  

>>Cindy Stuart: KEEP GOING.  

>> YES, MA'AM. 6.02 IS THE COLLABORATORY PREPARATORY ACADEMY. THIS IS A HIGH-PERFORMING APPLICATION THAT IS REPLICATING DAY SPRINGS ACADEMY FOR EDUCATION IN THE ARTS IN PASCO COUNTY. THIS APPLICANT APPLIED IN AUGUST OF 2016, WAS APPROVED IN DECEMBER OF 2016, AND WILL OPEN THIS YEAR. SERVE GRADES K-8, YEAR ONE, THEY'LL ENROLL K-2 WITH 162 STUDENTS. THEY ARE GOING TO TARGET HISTORICALLY UNDERPERFORMING STUDENTS. I THINK THERE WERE A COUPLE OF SPEAKERS FOR THEM TONIGHT, AND THEY REITERATED THAT. THEY ARE LOCATED ON THE CAMPUS OF MARY CHRISTIAN. THEY HAVE A REALLY, REALLY NICE SETUP OVER THERE WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO USE -- [AUDIO BLIP] -- AND EVENTUALLY BUILD ON THAT CAMPUS. THEY HAVE A TRADITIONAL FOCUS WITH THE S.T.E.A.M. -- TRADITIONAL CURRICULUM WITH FOCUS ON STEAM, EXCUSE ME, AND ALL LOCAL BOARD MEMBERS. TONIGHT WITH US, WE HAVE REPRESENTATIVE TREVEISA, THE BOARD CHAIR, DARREN CURTIS, A BOARD MEMBER. IF YOU COULD STAND. NOW I'LL GO ON TO THE CONTRACT RENEWALS. IF YOU DON'T MIND, I'LL BE BRIEF. I WANT TO REITERATE THE PROCESS FOR CONTRACT RENEWALS. DURING THE YEAR A CONTRACT EXPIRES, THE DISTRICT DOES A THOROUGH REVIEW OF THE CHARTER SCHOOL TO EVALUATE THEIR OPERATIONS. A TEAM OF EXPERTS FROM THE DISTRICT ALONG WITH CHARTER OFFICE STAFF CONDUCT A SITE VISIT TO THE SCHOOL AND REVIEW ALL ASPECTS OF OPERATIONS. ALSO CONSIDERED IS THE PERFORMANCE OVER THE PREVIOUS YEARS OF THE CONTRACT. THAT WOULD INCLUDE MONTHLY FINANCIALS, COMPLIANCE WITH DUE DATES, COMPLIANCE WITH ESE, ESOL, GOVERNANCE AND OTHER OPERATIONAL ISSUES. THE CHARTER OFFICE WORKED CLOSELY WITH THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION TO PROVIDE A REPORT THAT'S BASED ON THE SCHOOL'S PERFORMANCE AND ADHERENCE TO THEIR CHARTER CONTRACT. THE FIRST PAGE OF YOUR BOARD AGENDA ITEM IS A SCHOOL PROFILE, AND IT PROVIDES GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHOOL ALONG WITH ACADEMIC AND FISCAL DATA. THE FOLLOWING PAGES ARE THE RUBRIC WE USED TO ASSESS THE SCHOOL IN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, ORGANIZATIONAL PRACTICES AND BUSINESS PRACTICES. THIS FOLLOWS THE SAME FORMAT AS REQUIREMENTS OF THE APPLICATION, SO WE FEEL BETTER ALIGNED TO WHAT THE SCHOOL PROPOSED TO DO AND WHAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY DOING. WITH THAT SAID, ITEM 6.03 IS WEST UNIVERSITY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL. WEST UNIVERSITY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL OFFERS STUDENTS IN GRADES 9-12 A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT THAT IS DIFFERENT THAN THE TRADITIONAL ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS AT RISK OF DROPPING OUT OR WHO HAVE ALREADY DROPPED OUT. I KNOW IT'S BEEN MENTIONED A COUPLE OF TIMES TONIGHT, BUT I HAVE TO SAY THEY DID GRADUATE APPROXIMATELY 110 STUDENTS ON FRIDAY NIGHT AND SEVERAL BOARD MEMBERS THERE WERE, AND IT WAS VERY, VERY EXCITING. I BELIEVE THEIR KEYNOTE SPEAKER WAS APRIL GRIFFIN, TOO. SO THAT WAS VERY EXCITING FOR US. THEY OPENED IN 2012 WITH 143 STUDENTS AND THEY CURRENTLY HAVE APPROXIMATELY 250 STUDENTS ENROLLED. BOARD COMPOSED OF SEVEN BOARD MEMBERS, ALL OF WHOM ARE LOCAL RESIDENTS. THE SCHOOL IS MANAGED BY ACCELERATED LEARNING SOLUTIONS, AND THIS SCHOOL IS NOT GRADED BECAUSE THEY ARE AN ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL. THEY HAVE A SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT RATING. THE CHARTER SCHOOL MET THE MAJORITY OF THE REQUIRED PERFORMANCE INDICATORS AS DOCUMENTED IN YOU'RE RUBRIC. THE RECOMMENDATION IS RENEW WEST UNIVERSITY FOR TEN YEARS TO ASSIST IN FACILITATING LONG-TERM FINANCING. I THINK ONE OF THE BOARD MEMBERS WHO SPOKE TO YOU TODAY FROM WEST UNIVERSITY SPOKE ABOUT THE ABILITY TO HAVE A LONGER CONTRACT AND SAVE MONEY.  

>>Cindy Stuart: GO AHEAD, MS. GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: I WANTED TO SAY A FEW THINGS ABOUT JEFFREY MITCHELL AND DR. BOBBY SMITH FROM THE WEST UNIVERSITY CHARTER SCHOOL HIGH SCHOOL. I HAD THE PLEASURE OF GOING THERE, AND JUST OBSERVING. THEY WERE VERY, VERY GRACIOUS, BUT IMPORTANTLY, I AM REMINDED THAT A SEPARATE PART OF OUR POPULATION MANY TIMES DO NOT GET THE TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, AND WE DO HAVE VARIOUS -- THAT LEGITIMATELY, UNFORTUNATELY PREVENT THE TRADITIONAL WAY. I MEAN, THE HEALTH MARKERS OF DRUG ABUSE, EARLY TEENAGE PREGNANCY, ALCOHOLISM, AND MAYBE SOME OF THEM ARE WORKING TWO JOBS. THERE ARE REAL VIABLE REASONS WHY SOME OF US -- SOME OF OUR STUDENTS DON'T GET IT THE FIRST TIME AROUND. SO, GOING TO THIS PARTICULAR CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL, I OBSERVED 100% ENGAGEMENT, SUCH EAGER STUDENTS TO WANT TO SUCCEED AND BECOME PRODUCTIVE PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY, I WOULD SAY THAT WHEN THEY DID NOT DO WELL IN HIGH SCHOOL, ONE WOULD NOT HAVE GUESSED THAT THIS IS A RESULT OF JUST WONDERFUL -- A WONDERFUL STAFF, DEDICATED IN EVERY WAY, AND THESE KIDS WHICH ARE FROM 18 TO 22 YEARS OLD WILL BE PART OF OUR SOCIETY AND WILL BE WORKING THEIR HEADS OFF. AND THEY HAVE REALLY SUCCESSFULLY GONE THROUGH MANY BARRIERS. AND I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU SINCE YOU'RE HERE. WOULD YOU BOTH STAND OR ALL OF YOU STAND, THE WHOLE BOARD. [ APPLAUSE ] JENNA, COULD YOU INTRODUCE?  

>> SURE. WITH US TONIGHT FROM WEST UNIVERSITY IS JAMES SIMMONS, THE BOARD CHAIR. SYLVIA ALBRITTON, BOARD MEMBER, JACKIE DAVIS, BOARD MEMBER. BOBBY SMITH, REGIONAL PRINCIPAL, AND OVERSEES THE PRINCIPAL -- REGIONAL DIRECTOR, I'M SORRY AND JEFFREY MITCHELL, PRINCIPAL AT WEST UNIVERSITY. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU, MS. GRAY.  

>>Cindy Stuart: YES, BOARD MEMBERS, THAT TAKES US TO -- THESE ITEMS HAVE BEEN PULLED SO WE'LL VOTE ON EACH ONE SEPARATELY. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE ITEM 6.01.  

>> WE DIDN'T FINISH 6.04.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I'M SORRY. YOU STOPPED TALKING.  

>> I DIDN'T KNOW IF THERE WERE OTHER COMMENTS. I'M SORRY. I SAW MS. VALDES --  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. VALDES.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. YES, SEVERAL OF US DID ATTEND FRIDAY'S CEREMONY, AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. VERY HEART-COMPELLING. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT WAS REALLY -- I'M GOING TO SHARE A COUPLE OF STORIES OF TWO STUDENTS. THE PARENT TESTIMONY REALLY, REALLY WAS AMAZING. THIS WAS A MILITARY MOM WHOSE SON WAS A STUDENT AT PLANT HIGH SCHOOL. FATHER MILITARY, GENTLEMAN DID NOT MAKE IT. IT HIT THE CHILD VERY, VERY HARD. CHILD WAS A JUNIOR WITH A 1.7 GPA, 17 CREDITS. A GUIDANCE COUNSELOR TOLD HIM HE NEEDED TO DROP OUT AND GET HIS GED. JUNIOR YEAR, 1.7 GPA. 17 CREDITS. OUR DISTRICT DID THAT. TOLD THE KID, EHH, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE IT. THEY WERE THERE. AFTER WE TOOK 11 YEARS OF THAT CHILD'S MONEY TO EDUCATE THEM, MILITARY FAMILY, WE WEREN'T GOING TO WORK WITH THAT CHILD. THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE FOR THAT CHILD. THAT CHILD WALKED ACROSS THE STAGE EARNED HIS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND IS FOLLOWING HIS FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS, NOT THANKS TO PLANT HIGH SCHOOL, THOUGH. THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR THERE. HAD ANOTHER STUDENT. ILL STUDENT, WAS A STUDENT AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL. HER HEALTH WAS VERY CHALLENGING, AND SHE WAS CONSTANTLY FAINTING IN SCHOOL. SHE SPENT A LOT OF TIME IN THE NURSE'S OFFICE. SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER THAT CHILD WAS WITHDRAWN FROM SCHOOL BECAUSE OF HER HEALTH ISSUES. WHY DIDN'T WE WORK WITH THESE CHILDREN? THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE. AFTER, AGAIN, 11 YEARS OF TAKING THAT CHILD'S MONEY TO EDUCATE THEM. SO YOU SEE, TODAY WE HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE ABOUT FUNDING AND TALKING TO OUR LEGISLATORS, BUT SOMETIMES WE ARE OUR WORST ENEMIES BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT TO GO THAT EXTRA MILE TO SEE WHAT IS THE ROOT CAUSE OF THAT CHILD NOT BEING ABLE TO SUCCEED. SO IF THE GOVERNOR SIGNS THE BILL, HEY, LIFE LESSON THAT WE SHOULD LEARN ABOUT REALLY, TRULY TAKING CARE OF OUR CHILDREN, NOT JUST TAKING THEIR MONEY, PAYING NICE SALARIES, NICE RETIREMENTS, TO THEN TELL THE CHILD, EHH, YOU NEED TO WITHDRAW AND GO FIND A NICE LIFE. SO I WILL GLADLY SUPPORT THESE RENEWALS BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO NEED YOU. WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO NEED YOU. BECAUSE UNTIL EVERY PRINCIPAL IN THIS DISTRICT, UNTIL EVERY GUIDANCE COUNSELOR IN THIS DISTRICT BELIEVES IN EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR CHILDREN, WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO NEED YOU. SO I THANK YOU FOR THAT, BECAUSE YOU GAVE THESE CHILDREN A LITTLE LIGHT OF HOPE OF A MUCH BRIGHTER FUTURE AND IT WAS A TESTAMENT TO THAT LAST FRIDAY. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND EVERYTHING YOU DO FOR OUR STUDENTS AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING THEM A VIABLE OPTION TO COMPLETE THEIR EDUCATION SUCCESSFULLY. FOR THAT, I AM TRULY, TRULY GRATEFUL. CONGRATULATIONS ON GRADUATING 109 STUDENTS. HOW MANY? NINE. THAT IS ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL. WHEN I THINK ABOUT THAT, THAT'S 109 MORE STUDENTS THAT WE'RE PREPARING FOR -- WHO CAN GO OUT NOW AND GET A POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION. 109 MORE STUDENTS THAT ARE ELIGIBLE TO GET REALLY GOOD CAREERS BECAUSE OF THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. THAT'S 109 MORE STUDENTS THAT WE'RE PREPARING TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FAMILIES. MOST IMPORTANT FOR ME AND ESPECIALLY THE COMMUNITY TO WHICH YOU SERVE, THAT'S 109 MORE STUDENTS THAT ARE LESS LIKELY TO FEED INTO OUR CRIMINAL SYSTEM. IT'S ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL. WE KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF CONTROVERSY AND CONFLICT AROUND CHARTERS, IF THEY ARE NEEDED AND WHAT THEY ARE ABOUT. WEST AND SEMINOLE HEIGHTS AND YOUR SCHOOL, IN THE TOWN N' COUNTRY, YOU'RE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS. SO PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. I SUPPORT EVERYTHING YOU DO, AND PLEASE KEEP GRADUATING OUR STUDENTS AND THANK YOU FOR GIVING A SECOND CHANCE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SHAMBURGER. MS. HODGEENS.  

>> THANK YOU. THE FINAL ITEM IS ITEM 6.04. CONTRACT RENEWAL FOR FLORIDA AUTISM CENTER OF EXCELLENCE. FLORIDA AUTISM CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, ALSO WE CALL IT F.A.C.E. THEY SERVE STUDENTS ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM FROM PREKINDERGARTEN TO AGE 22. SCHOOL OPENED IN 2007 WITH APPROXIMATELY 96 STUDENTS AND IT CURRENTLY SERVES 101 STUDENTS WITH AN EXPECTATION OF 135 STUDENTS NEXT YEAR. THE BOARD IS COMPOSED OF SIX MEMBERS ALL OF WHOM ARE LOCAL RESIDENTS. THIS SCHOOL, SINCE IT SERVES ALL STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES IS ALSO SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT RATED RATHER THAN GRADED. THE CHARTER SCHOOL MET THE MAJORITY OF THE REQUIRED PERFORMANCE INDICATORS AS DOCUMENTED IN THE RUBRIC. THE RECOMMENDATION IS TO RENEW THE FLORIDA AUTISM CENTER OF EXCELLENCE FOR FIVE YEARS. IF THERE'S ONE THING I MAY ADD QUICKLY ABOUT FLORIDA AUTISM, AS YOU LOOK AT THEIR RUBRIC, IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT SOME OF THE PARTIALLY METS AND TWO DOES NOT MEET ON THIS RUBRIC, I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THIS SCHOOL HAS GONE THROUGH, STARTED WITH A MANAGEMENT COMPANY THAT LEFT AND CHOSE NOT TO PURSUE THE CHARTER AVENUE ANYMORE. AND HAD A SECOND MANAGEMENT COMPANY COME IN AND OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF, THEY HAVE SEVERED THEIR AGREEMENT WITH THAT MANAGEMENT COMPANY DUE TO SOME DIFFERENCES. I'M GOING TO INTRODUCE ANNIE RUSSELL, THE PRINCIPAL, AND BRENDA CONLEY, THE BOARD CHAIR, AND AM I MISSING SOMEBODY? MILES DAVIS ALSO. I APOLOGIZE. BUT BRENDA CONLEY IS ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT I REALLY HAVE -- I HAVE A LOT OF.  

>> IT'S MILES DAVIS.  

>> OKAY, OKAY, OKAY. SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY PUT ME IN CHARGE. SORRY. ANYWAY, MS. CONNELLY THEY HAD A VERY, VERY UPHILL BATTLE TO BE ABLE TO TAKE OVER ALL OF THE THINGS THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY DID FOR THEM. THEY HAD TO DO EVERYTHING ON THEIR OWN AS A BOARD. EVEN THE SCHOOL, PLATO HAS A MANAGEMENT COMPANY, BUT THE ONE I'M SPEAKING TO YOU TONIGHT DOES NOT. WHEN YOU'RE USED TO HAVING SOMEBODY MACHINING FOR YOU, IT'S -- MANAGE FOR YOU, IT'S HARD TO CHANGE GEARS. I SAID, BRENDA, I HAVE A LOT OF FAITH YOU IN. I JUST DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN. I'M HERE FOR YOU, BUT I DON'T KNOW IF YOU CAN MAKE IT WORK. SHE WILL PROVE YOU WRONG. BRENDA, YOU DID IT. YOU'RE AMAZING. THEY HAVE REALLY COME A LONG WAY. STILL A COUPLE OF THINGS TO WORK ON WITH THE FINANCIAL POLICY. THEY ARE FOLLOWING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES THAT ARE IN LINE WITH STATE STATUTE. SO I WANT TO MAKE THAT VERY, VERY CLEAR AS I DID HAVE A QUESTION ON THAT. JUST THEY ARE USING POLICIES IN PLACE FROM THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY. DOES NOT MEET MEANS THEY NEED TO GET ON BOARD WITH THEIR BOARD AND MAKE THEIR OWN POLICIES AND THEN THEY'LL HAVE A "MEETS" IN THAT AREA. THEY HAD MANY STRUGGLES BUT THEY HAVE REALLY DONE AN AMAZING JOB. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. HODGENS. I THINK WE ARE NOW READY TO VOTE. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO PULL -- VOTE ON ITEM 6.01, PLEASE. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. GRAY TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT FOR PLATO ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. WELCOME TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. ITEM NUMBER 6.0 IT 2 -- 6.02, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT WITH THE COLLABORATORY PREPARATORY ACADEMY. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MS. GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. WELCOME. THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT. [ APPLAUSE ] ITEM NUMBER 6.03 IS TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT RENEWAL FOR WEST UNIVERSITY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. MOTION BY MS. VALDES AND SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] AND ITEM NUMBER 6.04, BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONTRACT RENEWAL FOR FLORIDA AUTISM CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES. A SECOND BY MS. GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS AGAIN. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU, AND THANK YOU FOR BEING PATIENT WITH US AS WE MOVE THROUGH THIS AGENDA. NEXT UP, BOARD MEMBERS, IS ITEM NUMBER 6.13R, APPROVE THE COMMERCIAL BANK LOAN FROM RAYMOND JAMES JAMES CAPITAL FUNDING, AN AFFILIATE OF RAYMOND JAMES AND ASSOCIATES FOR THE CURRENT REFUNDING OF THE OUTSTANDING SALES TAX REVENUE REFUNDING BONDS SERIES 2007. ADOPT THE DELEGATED AWARD RESOLUTION. MS. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS. IT'S ALL YOURS.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU. IT'S A PLEASURE. I'D LIKE TO CALL UP JERRY, OUR FINANCIAL ADVISOR. HE'LL GIVEN A OVERVIEW OF THIS FINANCIAL ITEM. BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU REMEMBER, THIS IS THE SALES TAX MONEY THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH CHRIS FARKAS ON WHEN WE FELT THE NEED TO GO AFTER THE SALES TAX DOLLARS TO HELP SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS WITH THEIR AC -- THE HVAC UNITS. SO THIS ITEM IS GOING TO BE HELPING CRESTWOOD, CYPRESS CREEK, LEE JRMT, MORGAN WOODS AND BT WASHINGTON WORK ON THEIR HVAC UNITS. JERRY. THANK YOU.  

>> GOOD EVENING. I'LL ASK JOHN FORD WHO HAS BEEN WORKING ON THIS TRANSACTION TO COME UP AND GIVE YOU THE OVERVIEW. AS I PROMISED I WOULD LAST TIME WHEN HE'S DONE, I'LL GIVE YOU THE RESULTS OF YOUR COP REFUNDING THAT TOOK PLACE LAST MONTH.  

>> THANK YOU, GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. THE SALES TAX RESOLUTION THAT YOU HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU TONIGHT IS FOR A BANK LOAN OF ABOUT $67.5 MILLION. IT WAS ORIGINALLY STRUCTURED AND PURSUED AS A REFINANCING OF THE SERIES 2007 SALES TAX BONDS. ABOUT 47.5 MILLION OF THOSE OUTSTANDING MATURING IN 2024, 2025, AND 2026. MARKET CONDITIONS WERE RIPE FOR SAVING A GOOD BIT OF MONEY AND REFINANCING THOSE. AND WE WERE PURSUING A PUBLIC OFFERING SIMILAR TO YOUR COP SALE UNTIL MARCH WHEN THE DECISION WAS MADE TO ADD ABOUT $20 MILLION IN HVAC FUNDING TO THE TRANSACTION. THE STRUCTURE CHANGED A LITTLE AND IT BECAME MORE ADVANTAGEOUS FOR US TO PURSUE A BANK LOAN RATHER THAN A PUBLIC BOND ISSUE, SO WE DID THAT. THE REFUNDING PORTION OF THIS TRANSACTION WAS VERY, VERY EFFECTIVE. OVER THE NEXT APPROXIMATELY NINE YEARS, THE DISTRICT WILL SAVE ON A PRESENT VALUE BASIS ABOUT $6 MILLION. IT'S VERY, VERY HEALTHY. ANNUALLY, THAT'S ABOUT $725,000 A YEAR. THE ADDITION OF THE $20 MILLION FOR THE HVAC FUNDING NEEDS WILL INCREASE DEBT SERVICE BY ABOUT $2.4 MILLION A YEAR, SO THE NET INCREASE IS ABOUT $1.7 MILLION PER YEAR THROUGH 2026. THAT'S OCTOBER 1st OF 2026. NOT A FISCAL YEAR. THE RESOLUTION IN FRONT OF YOU WILL DELEGATE THE AUTHORITY TO THE BOARD CHAIR OR IN HER ABSENCE, THE VICE-CHAIR AND THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER TO CLOSE THE TRANSACTION NEXT WEEK. WHEN WE SOLICITED THE COMMERCIAL BANK LOAN, WE RECEIVED A TOTAL OF FOUR RESPONSES. THOSE CAME FROM BANK OF AMERICA, CAPITAL ONE PUBLIC FUNDING, JP MORGAN CHASE AND RAYMOND JAMES CAPITAL FUNDING. RAYMOND JAMES OFFERED BOTH THE BEST TERMS AND CONDITIONS AND THE LOWEST INTEREST COST. THEY WERE SELECTED AND WE MOVED FORWARD WITH RAYMOND JAMES. IT WAS A VERY, VERY SUCCESSFUL TRANSACTION. I CAN ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THIS ITEM WAS PULLED FORWARD BY MS. SHAMBURGER AND MS. SNIVELY. MS. SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THIS MIGHT BE A QUESTION FOR YOU, BUT IT ALSO MIGHT BE MORE OF A QUESTION FOR MR. FARKAS AND GRETCHEN SAUNDERS. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU BECAUSE THIS IS OUT-OF-THE-BOX THINKING WHEN IT COMES TO FINDING WAYS AROUND SOME OF OUR MOST DIRE SITUATIONS THAT WE HAVE. MY QUESTION IS ABOUT THE HVAC-RELATED CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS. I WANTED TO JUST GET SOME CLARIFICATION MAYBE FROM MR. FARKAS AS TO WHAT YOUR PLAN, WHAT YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN IS TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE SITUATIONS IN THE DISTRICT WITH THIS FUNDING.  

>> WELL, IN THIS SPECIFIC ITEM, WE PICKED THE MOST BANG FOR THE BUCK, MOST POSITIVE EFFECT ON THE MOST LIVES -- TRY THAT AGAIN, THE LARGEST NUMBER OF STUDENTS. SO THAT'S THE FOCUS OF THIS ONE. THAT WILL ALWAYS BE OURS. UNFORTUNATELY, YOU'RE PICKING FROM A LAUNDRY LIST OF DIFFERENT ONES WE HAVE, BUT IT'S PRIORITIZED BASED ON NOT JUST THE AGE OF THE SYSTEM, BUT THE MONEY SPENT TO REPAIR IT AND WHAT WE CAN DO IN THAT SITUATION. HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL TAKE UP A LARGE CHUNK OF MONEY THAT WE COULD HAVE DONE ONE OF THOSE OR TWO OF THOSE AND NOT IMPACTED AS MANY KIDS ON THERE. WE TRY TO DO A COMBINATION OF USING SOME OF THE DOLLARS WE WOULD HAVE PUT IN THAT TO REVERT TO SMALLER PROJECTS IN A SCHOOL. THESE ARE SCHOOLS THAT WE FELT LIKE AND MET WITH GRETCHEN A BUNCH TO TRY TO STRATEGIZE. WE WENT THROUGH A BUNCH OF MEETINGS WITH DIFFERENT SCENARIOS ON HOW WE CAN IMPACT KIDS AND THE GREATEST FOOTPRINT FOR THE DOLLARS. IT'S A LOT OF MONEY, BUT IT FEELS LIKE IT -- [AUDIO BLIP] -- THE NEGATIVE SIDE OF THAT IS WHEN WE'RE ABLE TO FIX SOME OF THE SCHOOLS, THE SCHOOLS NEXT IN LINE ARE THE ONES YOU FEEL THE WORST FOR, BECAUSE THEY DON'T GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET FIXED THIS YEAR BUT THEY'LL BE NEXT IN LINE IF THE MONEY COMES ALONG AGAIN.  

>>Melissa Snively: I APPRECIATE THAT. I KNOW THERE'S BEEN A CONCERN WITH SOME OF THE HVAC-RELATED ISSUES WE HEAR FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS ON A DAILY BASIS ABOUT THAT. AND SO THIS IS ONE WAY THAT WE CAN HELP ADDRESS SOME OF THAT. UNFORTUNATELY, I KNOW WE CAN'T ADDRESS ALL OF THE HVAC CONCERNS THAT ARE IN OUR DISTRICT, BUT WE CAN CERTAINLY GET SO SOME OF THE MOST NEEDED AND DIRE SCHOOLS WHERE THAT'S CONCERNED SO THAT WE CAN PROVIDE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS AND FACULTY.  

>> THAT'S FIVE SYSTEMS THAT COME WITH A WARRANTY AND TEN YEARS PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE WHEN WE DO THE INSTALLATION. THOSE ARE SYSTEMS WE WON'T WORK ON AND COVERED FOR TEN YEARS. ALLOWS OUR TECHS TO GO OUT AND WORK ON THE SYSTEMS THAT NEED THE SUPPORT AND ATTENTION. THERE IS ANOTHER POSITIVE EFFECT OF THE NEW SYSTEMS.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING THAT AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION AND INFORMATION TODAY.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. BOARD MEMBERS, MR. FORD, WERE YOU GOING TO PRESENT --  

>> HE'S GOING TO GIVE A RECAP OF THE COP REFINANCING.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THAT WAS MY NEXT QUESTION, MS. SAUNDERS. DID YOU WANT TO US VOTE ON THIS SEPARATELY OR VOTE ON THIS AT THE END OR DOES IT MATTER?  

>> JUST AT THE END IS FINE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MR. FORD, IF YOU WILL, ALSO BRING US THE UPDATE THAT YOU HAVE, THAT WOULD BE GREAT. THANK YOU.  

>> LAST MONTH WHEN I WAS HERE, WE WERE PREPARING TO GO INTO THE MARKET TO REFUND SOME OF YOUR COPs, AND WE TOLD YOU WE'D COME BACK WITH AN UPDATE ON THAT. WE DID THAT, WE WENT INTO THE MARKET ON APRIL 25th. WE ENDED UP SELLING ABOUT $32,445,000 IN COPs TO REFINANCE A LITTLE OVER $37 MILLION. IN OUTSTANDING COPs. YOUR SAVINGS WERE OVER 11.2% ON A PRESENT-VALUE BASIS. THAT TRANSLATES TO OVER $4.1 MILLION. IT'S OVER A HALF A MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR THROUGH 2023. THE BONDS WERE RECEIVED EXTRAORDINARILY WELL IN THE MARKETPLACE. IN FACT, WE HAD ABOUT $148 MILLION IN ORDERS FOR THE $32 MILLION IN BONDS WE OFFERED. WE HAD A WIDE RANGE OF MAJOR INVESTORS, AND YOU'RE ALL-IN COST, AFTER ALL COST OF ISSUANCE ON THIS TRANSACTION WAS A MERE 2.1%, SO YOUR YIELDS RANGE FROM 1% IN THE FIRST YEAR OUT TO A 236 IN 2026. ONE CURIOUS ITEM, IT WAS INTERESTING TO BE HERE TONIGHT WATCHING YOUR DISCUSSIONS ON THE CONTRACT, AS WE DO FREQUENTLY, WE GOT QUESTIONS FROM SOME OF THE MAJOR INVESTORS. THE DAY BEFORE, ONE OF OUR MAJOR INVESTORS SENT IN A LIST OF QUESTIONS, AND ON THAT LIST WAS, HAS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S CONTRACT BEEN RENEWED YET? SO THANK YOU. AND CONGRATULATIONS TO GREAT TRANSACTIONS THAT PUT WELL-NEEDED MONEY BACK IN YOUR FACILITIES.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. FORD. AND THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE AND BEING PATIENT WITH US TONIGHT. BOARD MEMBERS, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON NOW TO ITEM 1.01, WHO THEY HAVE ALSO BEEN WAITING PATIENTLY, WHICH IS APPROVE THE DATA-SHARING AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD AND THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY COOPERATIVE. JOHN MIL BURN, SUPERVISOR OF LIBRARY MEDIA SERVICES FOR K-5 WILL COME FORWARD AND HIGHLIGHT THIS FOR MS. VALDES. WELCOME.  

>> GOOD EVENING. MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, I'M ALSO JOINED BY MY COUNTERPART, SECONDARY LIBRARY MEDIA SUPERVISOR, AND ANDREW BRIDEN BOCK, DIRECTOR OF TAMPA/HILLSBOROUGH PUBLIC LIBRARIES. WHEN YOU LOOK UP THE WORD PARTNERSHIP IN THE DICTIONARY, THERE IS A DEFINITION FOR KIDS ONLINE. AND IT STATES, "SHARE SOMETHING WITH ONE ANOTHER." IT'S PRETTY SIMPLE. PRETTY EASY TO UNDERSTAND THAT.  CONCEPT HAS BEEN FIRMLY DEVELOPED IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY. THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, WE'VE PARTNERED ON NUMEROUS PROJECTS, SUMMER READING, STORYTELLING FESTIVAL, READ ON myON PARTNERSHIP. COMMUNITY SUBSCRIPTION, READ THE DREAM, SLAM SHOWCASE, HISPANIC HERITAGE BOOK MARK CONTEST, AND MANY, MANY OTHERS. OUR STUDENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY HAVE TRULY BENEFITED FROM OUR SHARING TOGETHER. WE COME TO YOU TODAY WITH ANOTHER INCREDIBLE OPPORTUNITY. MAYBE THE BEST ONE. THROUGH THE OFFICE OF EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY, THEN PRESIDENT OBAMA BEGAN THE CONNECT ED AND FUTURE READY SCHOOLS INITIATIVE TO EMPOWER TEACHERS WITH THE BEST TECHNOLOGY AND TRAINING AND TO EMPOWER STUDENTS THROUGH INDIVIDUALIZED LEARNING AND RICH DIGITAL CONTENT. WHILE WE BOTH SEEK TO SPEND LIMITED BUDGETS ON RESOURCES FOR OUR STAKEHOLDERS, WE REALIZED THAT ALL OF OUR PATRONS WERE THE SAME -- PUBLIC LIBRARIES IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEMS. AND FOR MANY YEARS, WE PARTNERED WITH THE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND OUR MEDIA SPECIALISTS HAVE LIBRARY CARD SIGNUPS, 10 OR 15 YEARS AGO, IF YOU WERE AROUND IN THE SCHOOLS, YOU MIGHT REMEMBER THOSE. THE PROCESS WAS A LITTLE TEDIOUS, INVOLVED A LOT OF PAPERWORK, AND BY THE TIME THE KIDS GOT THE CARDS, PROBABLY MOST OF THEM LOST THEM OR NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO USE THEM. WHILE ALL STUDENTS WITH THE PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD CAN USE THAT NUMBER TO ACCESS DIGITAL RESOURCES, THEY'VE GOT TO EITHER HAVE THE CARD WITH THEM TO READ THE LONG NUMBER, OR THEY HAVE TO MEMORIZE THE LONG NUMBER IN ORDER TO USE IT. AND WE THOUGHT, WOULDN'T IT BE NEAT IF EVERYBODY STUDENT -- EVERY STUDENT NUMBER COULD ALSO BE USED TO ACCESS PUBLIC LIBRARY, LIKE A PUBLIC LIBRARY CARD? AND WE WEREN'T THE ONLY ONES THINKING ABOUT THIS. IN THE LAST FIVE TO SIX YEARS, YOU CAN GO BACK AND LOOK UP PROGRAMS IN NASHVILLE, CHARLOTTE, NEW YORK CITY, AND KANSAS CITY, ALL INVOLVING A PARTNERSHIP WITH A PUBLIC LIBRARY IN THE LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEM. SO AS A RESULT OF THIS DATA-SHARING AGREEMENT, WE PLAN TO PARTNER WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY TO PROVIDE EVERY HCSP STUDENT A HALL PASS, HILLSBOROUGH, ALL-ACCESS LIBRARY PASS. STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO ACCESS DIGITAL CONTENT FROM THE PUBLIC LIBRARY USING THEIR HCPS STUDENT NUMBER. IN ADDITION, TO WHAT WE CURATE IN HCPS LIBRARY MEDIA SERVICES. THE DIRECTOR, AS I MENTIONED, ANDREW BRIDENBAUGH IS HERE. HE'S BEEN SUPER PATIENT TO SIT WITH US TONIGHT. I'LL GIVE HIM A CHANCE TO MAKE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS.  

>> GOOD EVENING. WE'VE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR OVER A YEAR SO A FEW MORE MINUTES ISN'T GOING TO MAKE ANY EFFECT. I WANT TO THANK THE MEMBERS OF THIS SCHOOL BOARD FOR CONSIDERING THIS DATA SHARING AGREEMENT. TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO GIVE YOU AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT YOU'RE APPROVING TONIGHT. AS YOU HEARD JOHN SAY, WE'VE DONE A LOT OF LIBRARY CARD SIGNUPS, BUT DESPITE OUR BEST EFFORTS, RIGHT NOW THERE ARE ONLY ABOUT 50,000 SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN WITH PUBLIC LIBRARY CARDS. YOUR APPROVAL OF THIS AGREEMENT AND THE CREATION OF THE HALL PASS IS GOING TO PUT FULL ACCESS TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES INTO THE HANDS OF ANOTHER 160,000 SCHOOL-AGE STUDENTS. SO ALL 210 APPROXIMATELY THOUSAND SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL HAVE ACCESS TO BOOKS, EVEN WHEN THE SCHOOL DAY ENDS AND WHEN THE SUMMER BREAK BEGINS. SO EVERY K-12 STUDENTS WILL HAVE YEAR-ROUND -- HERE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART -- FINE-FREE ACCESS TO BOOKS, ONLINE READING, INTERNET SAFETY TRAINING, AND THE DIGITAL HOMEWORK HELP PLATFORM OF THE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM. WE HAVE A LOT OF COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIPS IN THE COMMUNITY, AND THIS PARTICULAR EDUCATIONAL PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IS OUR MOST IMPORTANT. AND I THINK IN TERMS OF RESULTS AND OUTCOMES, THE MOST EFFECTIVE. AND THIS RELATIONSHIP I HAVE TO SAY IS ENHANCED THROUGH THE HARD WORK OF FOLKS LIKE JOHN MIL BURN AND KIM DEFASCO BECAUSE IT'S THANKS TO THEM AND WORKING WITH THEM THAT THE HALL PASS HAS COME TO FRUITION -- COME TO PASS. ALSO THANKFUL TO THE SUPERINTENDENT JEFF EAKINS' LEADERSHIP. IT IS AN ABSOLUTE PLEASURE WORKING WITH THE SCHOOLS TO CREATE PROGRAMS LIKE THIS, TO EXPAND LIBRARY ACCESS. THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT. I THINK THAT YOU HAVE TO LET THIS ONE SINK IN. THERE IS A GRAVITY HERE. WE'RE PUTTING LIBRARY CARDS IN THE HANDS OF EVERY SINGLE STUDENT IN THE COUNTY. SO THANK YOU.  

>> ALL RIGHT. I'M JUST GOING TO WRAP UP BY SHARING SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THEY ARE GOING TO SEE. PABLO, YOU CAN TURN THAT ON. THIS IS JUST VERY BRIEFLY. RIGHT NOW, OUR STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS WITH WHAT WE PURCHASE HERE LOCALLY IN HCPS TO DATABASES FOR K-12 LEARNERS, WORLD BOOK ONLINE, WHICH WE HAVE A COMMUNITY SUBSCRIPTION, ACCESS 360 E-BOOKS. RESEARCH E-BOOKS FROM GALE. myON READER, WHICH, AGAIN, NOBODY DOES PARTNERING LIKE LIBRARY MEDIA SERVICES. I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT. PARTNERSHIP WITH myON READER. CAREER TECH ED RESOURCES AND RESOURCES THROUGH THE FLORIDA ELECTRONIC LIBRARY. NOW WITH THE HALL PASS, THIS IS JUST A SMALL SAMPLING OF THINGS OUR KIDS WILL BE ABLE TO ACCESS. ADDITIONAL E-BOOK TITLES THAT WILL FILTER INTO OUR ACCESS 360 COLLECTION. HOOPLA, GENEALOGY RESOURCES, ADDITIONAL CAREER AND TECH ED. NONFICTION BOOKS. HEALTH AND WELLNESS RESOURCES. THE LEARNING EXPRESS LIBRARY WHICH HAS TEST PREP MODULES FOR ACT, SAT, AP, PSAT AND MANY OTHERS. MANGO LANGUAGES, A MULTIMEDIA LESSON PROGRAM FOR 71 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS DIGITAL MAGAZINE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VIRTUAL LIBRARY, ZINNIO DIGITAL MAGAZINE. TUTOR.COM. I CAN GO ON AND ON. WITH THEIR NUMBER NOW, THEY CAN ACCESS ALL OF THESE RESOURCES. WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH COMMUNICATIONS TO DEVELOP A PLAN TO SHARE THIS INFORMATION AND GET IT OUT TO STUDENTS AND OUR COMMUNITY AND FAMILIES SOON. THROUGH THIS PARTNERSHIP, WE LOOK FORWARD TO ENHANCING EQUITY BY PROVIDING COST-FREE ACCESS TO EXPANDED RESOURCES FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MS. GRIFFIN. MR. MILBURN, DON'T GO AWAY. WE HAVE SOME QUESTIONS.  

>>April Griffin: I WANTED TO POINT OUT AND I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT AS YOU'RE COMMUTING -- COMMUTING TO OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES, THERE'S CONCERN ABOUT -- COMMUNICATING TO OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES, THERE'S CONCERN ABOUT DATA AND DATA SHARING IN THIS WORLD THAT WE LIVE IN. BUT ACCORDING TO THE CONTRACT AND I'LL JUST READ A VERY BRIEF PARAGRAPH, THERE ARE CONSTRAINTS ON THIS DATA. IT'S DATA SUPPLIED BY HCPS TO THE LIBRARY OR COLLECTED BY THE LIBRARY ON BEHALF OF HCPS STUDENTS, VENDORS, MANAGEMENT, AGENTS, OR EMPLOYEES AS THE PROPERTY OF HCPS AND SHALL NOT BE SHARED WITH THIRD PARTIES WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION OF HCPS. HCPS DATA SHALL NOT BE USED OR SOLD INTERNALLY OR EXTERNALLY FOR ANY PURPOSES NOT DIRECTLY RELATED TO THE SCOPE OF WORK DEFINED IN THIS AGREEMENT WITHOUT THE WRITTEN PERMISSION OF HCPS. SO I'M REALLY -- WHEN I READ THIS CONTRACT, I WAS REALLY GLAD TO READ THAT PART OF IT. BECAUSE WHENEVER I'M LOOKING AT DATA, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT FERPA, IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THE FAMILIES KNOW THAT THEIR DATA IS NOT GOING TO BE SHARED. AS YOU'RE COMMUNICATING THAT, I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT YOU SOMEHOW FIT THAT INTO THAT COMMUNICATION WITH OUR FAMILIES. BUT THANK YOU. THIS IS EXCITING. I WISH I WOULD HAVE HAD THIS WHEN I WAS A STUDENT. IT WAS WAY MORE THAN 15 YEARS AGO, BUT THIS IS WONDERFUL. AND SO CAN I PLANT A SEED? THAT WE MAYBE EXTEND THIS DOWN THE ROAD TO OUR EMPLOYEES AND THEY CAN USE THEIR EMPLOYEE NUMBERS OR SOMETHING SIMILAR BECAUSE MAYBE PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO GIVE -- NUMBERS BECAUSE THAT ATTACHES TO A LOT OF IMPORTANT DATA, BUT SOMEHOW WE CAN EXTEND THIS TO OUR EMPLOYEES AS WELL. I KNOW I'M AN AVID READER AND I WOULD LOVE TO ACCESS THIS STUFF.  

>> ACTUALLY, ABOUT A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, WE DID EXTEND LIBRARY BORROWING PRIVILEGES TO ALL SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES REGARDLESS OF RESIDENCE. SO THEY DO HAVE TO HAVE A LIBRARY CARD. WE ENROLLED I THINK ABOUT 3,000 ADDITIONAL TEACHERS AND SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES AT THAT TIME THAT DIDN'T LIVE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND WEREN'T ELIGIBLE FOR A CARD. SO WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN ONE STEP IN THAT DIRECTION.  

>>April Griffin: WONDERFUL. LET'S DO THAT AGAIN. WONDERFUL. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTNERSHIP. THIS IS WONDERFUL. AND WE ALL KNOW THAT SUCCESS WITH OUR STUDENTS BEGINS WITH A LOVE OF READING.  

>> YES, EXACTLY.  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. DON'T GO ANYWHERE YET. MS. VALDES, YOU PULLED FOR HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENT. DID YOU HAVE A COMMENT?  

>>Susan L. Valdes: KUDOS, THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. FIRST OF ALL, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE MAN SITTING BEHIND YOU, MR. GIBSON, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THE DATA-SHARING AGREEMENTS HAVE BEEN SOMETHING THAT WE'VE HAD QUITE A FEW LATELY COME THROUGH. SO I APPRECIATE YOUR DILIGENCE IN MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE ABIDING BY FERPA AND THAT STUDENT DATA IS PROTECTED. BUT ALSO FINDING A WAY TO SAY YES TO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING WITH DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS, AND MAKING THINGS LIKE THIS WORK. I AM VERY CURIOUS ABOUT YOUR COMMUNICATIONS PLAN AND WHETHER OR NOT THAT'S GOING TO HIT STUDENTS BEFORE THEY GO OUT FOR SUMMER. BECAUSE, AS WE KNOW, SUMMER READING IS A BIG THING THAT WE NEED TO PUSH EVEN MORE. I'M CURIOUS IF THAT'S IN THE PLAN.  

>> ORIGINALLY, WE HAD HOPED FOR THAT. AT THIS POINT, ONCE THE DATA-SHARING PLAN IS APPROVED, ASSUMING THAT IT IS APPROVED, THEN THE TESTING PROCESS BEGINS OF US ACTUALLY SHARING THE DATA AND TESTING IT. SO LIKELY THAT WILL -- THE BIG PUSH TO ADVERTISE WILL BE FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR AS WE DON'T WANT FAMILIES' FIRST EXPERIENCE TO BE AN UNSUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE. SO WE DEFINITELY WANT TIME TESTING THE DATA SHARE AND TESTING THE SYSTEMS FIRST TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR FIRST TOUCH IS ONE THAT THEY WALK AWAY WITH A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE. WE ARE, HOWEVER, WORKING VERY DILIGENTLY WITH OUR myON TEAM IN ORDER TO PROMOTE WHAT MATERIALS WE ALREADY HAVE AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS USING THEIR STUDENT NUMBER. SO USING THEIR STUDENT NUMBER, STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO A VERY LARGE E-BOOK COLLECTION THAT'S BEEN CURATED BY LIBRARY MEDIA SERVICES. SO WE'RE GETTING THAT OUT THERE. WE'RE GETTING OUT WHAT myON RESOURCES THERE ARE, WITH THE GOAL OF STARTING THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH A BIG PUSH FOR HALL PASS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: FAIR ENOUGH. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OKAY, BOARD MEMBERS, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE TO ITEMS NUMBER 301 AND 610 -- [AUDIO BLIP] 3.01, THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH NORTHSIDE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER AND MS. MIRNA HOGUE, SUPERVISOR OF SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK WILL BRING THIS HIGHLIGHTED BY MS. GRAY, MS. HARRIS, MS. SHAMBURGER AND MS. STUART.  

>> I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND NORTHSIDE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CENTER. NORTHSIDE IS A NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS INDIVIDUALS SUFFERING FROM OR AT RISK OF DEVELOPING MENTAL ILLNESS. THE PARTNERSHIP WILL SUPPORT THE DISTRICT'S EFFORTS IN MEETING THE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF STUDENTS. IT WILL ESTABLISH A FRAMEWORK FOR COLLABORATION THAT PROVIDES TARGETED STUDENT ACCESS TO SCHOOL-BASED INTERVENTIONS PROVIDED BY NORTHSIDE AT THREE TO FIVE IDENTIFIED HIGH-RISK ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE 33612 ZIP CODE. INTERVENTIONS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH PARENT CONSENT AT NO COST TO STUDENT -- AND WILL INCLUDE SCREENING AND ASSESSMENT, INDIVIDUAL GROUP AND FAMILY COUNSELING AT SCHOOL AND HOME, DIRECT COORDINATION OF CARE TO GENERAL HEALTH, MEDICAL AND PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES, SUPPORT, EDUCATION AND SKILL BUILDING, AND LINKAGES TO PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATIONS AND MEDICATION MANAGEMENT. THE GOAL OF THE PARTNERSHIP IS TO POSITIVELY IMPACT STUDENTS' MENTAL HEALTH, WHICH HAS A DIRECT RELATIONSHIP TO STUDENT SUCCESS AND ATTENDANCE, BEHAVIOR, AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, DO YOU WANT TO COMMENT NOW OR WAIT FOR THE NEXT ITEM? COMPLETELY UP TO YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray: I AM REMINDED THAT THE CULTURE OF EACH SCHOOL IS DEPENDENT ON THE EMOTIONALITY OF THE CHILDREN IN IT. THE EMOTIONAL BARRIERS ARE CONSEQUENTLY, AS WE SEE IN THIS DAY AND AGE, HAVE MULTIPLIED. AND ALSO, WE SEE THAT THE FISCAL INABILITY TO HELP, LET'S JUST SAY, MITIGATE THE NEED TO GET INVOLVED WITH OUR CHILDREN OF EMOTIONAL NEEDS IS REALLY MAKING A CLASSIFIES. FROM A FRAMEWORK STAFF MEMBER, I WAS TOLD THAT EACH FIVE MINUTES A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT GOES WITHOUT A COUNSELOR OR A SUPPORT VOICE. THAT CAN MAKE OR BREAK THAT PARTICULAR PERSON'S LIFE DETERMINATION. AND ONE CAN ONLY LOOK AT SOME OF THE SUICIDES, THINGS THAT HAPPEN ON THIS LEVEL TO VALIDATE THAT. SO WHAT I'M SAYING, AND YOU CAN SEE THAT WE'RE ALL GOING TO BE VERY SUPPORTIVE, ANY LEVERAGE AND ANY TYPE OF INSTITUTIONS, IF YOU WILL, THAT -- AND GRAY'S POINT IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE, THAT HELP US WITH THE EMOTIONALITIES OF OUR CHILDREN IS CRITICAL. WE DON'T SEE WHAT'S INSIDE OF THEM. AND SOMETIMES WE JUST FEEL LIKE EVERYTHING IS OKAY, ALTHOUGH PARENTS KNOW BETTER, THAT I KNOW. BUT WE NEED TO ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THESE CHILDREN ARE SO FEELING AND SO NEEDY. AND WE HAVE TO -- WE MUST FIND THE RESOURCES TO ADDRESS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HIGHLIGHT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. WE'RE GOING TO MOVE TO ITEM 6.10, MS. HARRIS AND I WILL COMMENT AFTER. 6.10 IS TO APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH MENTAL HEALTH CARE. GRACEPOINT FOR EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION SERVICES. MS. WORKMAN WILL ADDRESS THIS.  

>> THANK YOU. MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, STAFF, IT'S MY HONOR TO HIGHLIGHT THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN HCPS AND GRACEPOINT. THIS LONG-STANDING COLLABORATION PROVIDES SUPPORTS FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES. THESE STUDENTS ARE THE ONES WITH THE MOST SIGNIFICANT MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS IN OUR DISTRICT. HCPS HAS BEEN CONTRACTING WITH GRACEPOINT FORMERLY MENTAL HEALTH CARE SINCE 1994. I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE MARVIN BELL, THE ADMINISTRATOR FROM MENDEZ EXCEPTIONAL CENTER AND ILEANA ANGELES, THE GRACEPOINT PROGRAM SUPERVISOR AT EAST HENRY ACADEMY MENDEZ. AND THEY ARE GOING TO TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROGRAM.  

>> GOOD EVENING. GRACEPOINT CURRENTLY PROVIDES PSYCHIATRIC RESPITE AND COUNSELING SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS. THE STUDENTS ARE IN MIDDLE AND ALSO IN HIGH SCHOOL RIGHT NOW. WE PROVIDE SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND THE STUDENTS IN ORDER TO HELP PROVIDE WHATEVER IS NEEDED IN THE COMMUNITY AND IN THE SCHOOL FOR THEIR SUCCESS. WE WORK IN COLLABORATION WITH THE SCHOOL AND BEHAVIORAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS AND CURRENTLY WE'RE SERVING TWO SCHOOLS -- CARVER EXCEPTIONAL CENTER AND EAST HARRY ACADEMY. WE ARE CURRENTLY SERVING 52 STUDENTS AT CARVER AND 22 STUDENTS AT MENDES. THIS CONTRACT BETWEEN HCPS AND GRACEPOINT PROVIDES THE RESOURCES TO HELP THE STUDENTS RECEIVE COUNSELING AND THERAPEUTIC SERVICES AS DOCUMENTED IN THEIR IEP. ADDITIONALLY, WE PROVIDE MENTORING AND CASE MANAGEMENT IN ORDER TO ASSIST THE STUDENTS AND THE PARENTS IN ORDER TO INCREASE SUCCESS RATES. THIS WILL ALSO HELP IDENTIFY ANY BARRIERS THAT THEY MAY HAVE IN ORDER FOR THEM TO ACHIEVE ANY EDUCATIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL GOALS. GRACEPOINT FURTHER PROVIDES SUPPORT TO CHILDREN BY CONNECTING THEM WITH THE NEEDED RESOURCES SUCH AS MEDICATION MANAGEMENT, PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATIONS AND ANY OTHER NECESSARY RESOURCES IN THE COMMUNITY. GRACEPOINT PROVIDES DAILY IN-SCHOOL SERVICES IN ORDER TO ENSURE SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM DESPITE MENTAL HEALTH, EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL DIFFICULTIES. THANK YOU. NOW I'LL LEAVE WITH YOU MR. BELL.  

>> WHEN STUDENTS TRANSITION FROM PLACEMENT BACK TO A LESS RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT OR A NEW SCHOOL, THE THERAPIST FOLLOW THEM TO ASSIST IN MAKING THE CHANGE A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE. THIS YEAR, WE HAVE SEVEN CHILDREN GRADUATING, FOUR FROM MENDEZ AND THREE FROM CARVER. THESE CHILDREN HAVE MADE TREMENDOUS IMPROVEMENTS BOTH BEHAVIORALLY AND ACADEMICALLY. REAL QUICK, I WANT TO SAY SOMETHING. I GOT TO MENDEZ, AND I MET UP WITH CHRIS WHO MOVED ON. WE NOW HAVE THIS NICE LADY HERE, ILEANA. I WAS TOLD THINGS ARE SO DIFFERENT HERE THAN THE TRADITIONAL SCHOOL. I SPENT ALL MY CAREER IN THE TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS AND I'M A FORMER COACH, SO I SAW THIS AS SOMETHING I WANT TO CHANGE. I'M FROM MISSOURI, THE SHOW ME STATE. STUDENTS ALWAYS TELL ME, MISSOURI, EVEN IF YOU'RE FROM CARVER CITY, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS, I KNOW THAT IF YOU PUT THE KIDS AROUND THE RIGHT PEOPLE, SURROUND BY THE RIGHT PEOPLE, POSITIVE PEOPLE AND LIKE YOU SAID EARLIER, PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE IN THEM AND WOULD NEVER GIVE UP ON THEM, THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL. LAST NIGHT I WENT TO SHEIKH WASHINGTON'S RETIREMENT. HE EMBEDDED IN ME THAT BELIEF THAT ANY CHILD CAN BE SUCCESSFUL IF YOU BELIEVE IN THEM. ALL I'M SAYING, GRACEPOINT AND MENDEZ WORKING TOGETHER COLLABORATIVE WORKING TOGETHER, WE CAN DO GREAT THINGS. I HAVE SEEN IT. WE DO WHAT IS CALLED BEHAVIOR POINT SHEETS EVERY DAY. WE HAVE ABOUT 22 STUDENTS AT MENDEZ, AND NORMALLY ABOUT MAYBE 10 -- MAYBE ABOUT 8 TO 10 KIDS GET A 98, 99 OR 100. WE'RE AVERAGE BEING 15 TO 17 STUDENTS PER DAY THAT EARN THEIR POINTS BECAUSE EVERYONE -- I GREET THEM WITH A GOOD MORNING, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, AND OUR MOTTO AT MENDEZ IS WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS, AND EVERY DAY WE TALK ABOUT THAT. THE LAST THING I SAY, GUYS, HAVE A GREAT DAY, WHY, BECAUSE GOOD AIN'T GOOD ENOUGH. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Sally Harris: I JUST WANTED TO PUBLICLY MAKE A FEW COMMENTS ABOUT THE NEED FOR HELP IN THE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. IN OUR DISTRICT THIS LAST MONTH IN OUR COMMUNITY, WE'VE HAD THREE DEATHS OF TEENAGERS, ALL RELATED TO DRUG AND DEPRESSION. AND WE HAVE ACROSS THE COMMUNITY A VERY HEAVY FEELING FROM THE TEENAGERS, THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL WHO ARE SAYING THEY ARE HOPELESS, THAT THEY DON'T HAVE HOPE FOR THEIR FUTURE. AND MENTAL ILLNESS OR DEPRESSION, AS WE SEE IT WITH THE PEER PRESSURE THAT IS UNDER OUR STUDENTS, WITHOUT YOUR ORGANIZATION AND WITHOUT NORTHSIDE BEHAVIOR, I DON'T KNOW HOW WE WOULD HANDLE THAT. SO WE REALLY NEED -- I WISH WE HAD MORE ABILITY, MORE FACILITIES TO HELP US BECAUSE RIGHT NOW THE STUDENTS ARE ASKING FOR HELP. AND AS A COMMUNITY, WE NEED TO REACH OUT AND START HELPING THEM, NOT JUST THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, BUT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY BECAUSE FOR SOME REASON, THE STUDENTS ARE STARTING TO GET OUR ATTENTION AND NOT THE WAY THAT WE LIKE THEM TO GET IT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. HARRIS. I ECHO MS. HARRIS' SENTIMENTS, BEING THAT NOT ONLY DO WE SEE IT IN THIS DISTRICT, BUT SITTING ON THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE BOARD, EXECUTIVE BOARD AND HAVING A VERY CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH MS. HOLT, OUR PUBLIC DEFENDER, WE SEE CONSTANTLY, DAILY THE UPTICK OF STUDENTS WHO NEED MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES, WHO ARE UNIDENTIFIED UNTIL IT'S ALMOST TOO LATE SOMETIMES. I AM VERY APPRECIATIVE OF THESE PARTNERSHIPS. I LOOK FORWARD TO US HAVING MORE PARTNERSHIPS LIKE THIS. WHEN WE HAVE TO HIRE MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS TO BE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, WE HAVE A SIGNIFICANT ISSUE, AND I THINK WE'RE SEEING MORE AND MORE OF THAT, THAT WE HAVE STUDENTS COMING TO SCHOOL THAT THERE'S NO WAY THEY CAN EVEN CONCENTRATE ON WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE CLASSROOM BECAUSE OF THE DISTRACTIONS THAT ARE GOING ON IN THEIR HEAD, THAT WE'RE NOT EVEN AWARE OF. SO I APPRECIATE THE PARTNERSHIPS WITH BOTH THIS AND NORTHSIDE, TRULY APPRECIATE. PLEASE EXTEND OUR THANKS TO THEM FOR BEING PART OF THIS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. WE WILL MOVE TO ITEM NUMBER 5.01, WHICH IS APPROVE THE 17-19 PREPARING NEW PRINCIPLES COHORT.  

>> THANK YOU AND GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO HIGHLIGHT THE PREPARE NEW PRINCIPLE COHORT. IT IS A STATE-APPROVED PROGRAM THAT PREPARES ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS THAT HAVE HAD THREE YEARS OF SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE FOR THE ROLE OF SCHOOL PRINCIPAL THE AP INCLUDED ON THE LIST, THE 18 OF THEM WENT THROUGH A RIGOROUS VETTING PROCESS THAT INCLUDED REFERENCE CHECKS AND ESSAY RESPONSES, -- RESP RESPONS ESSAY QUESTIONS AND THEN A SERIES OF ROLE PLAY AND INTERVIEW QUESTIONS SUCH AS OBSERVING AND GIVING FEEDBACK. WORKING WITH A TEACHER WHO NEEDS TO IMPROVE IN AN AREA WORKING WITH THEIR ELL STUDENTS. THEY HAVE TO DO AN IN-BASKET ACTIVITY THAT REQUIRES THEM TO PRIORITIZE AND COMMUNICATE EFFECTIVELY. SO WE'RE ACCESSION THEM ON OUR -- ASSESSING ON THE CORE LEADER COMPETENCIES AS THEY GO THROUGH THE SERIES OF ASSESSMENTS. THOSE THAT ARE ON THE LIST YOU RECEIVED ACTUALLY MET THE BAR. AND SO WE STARTED WITH PROBABLY ABOUT 60, 65 CANDIDATES AND WE HAVE NARROWED IT DOWN TO 18 WHO WILL BE IN THE COHORT FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. THIS SUMMER, THEY'LL START WITH ECKERD COLLEGE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM, AND THEN THEY IMMEDIATELY GO INTO THEIR TWO YEARS OF COURSE WORK BEGINNING IN SEPTEMBER AND ALL OF THEIR JOB-EMBEDDED PRINCIPAL ACTIVITIES AND ASSIGNMENTS IN THE FIELD FOR THOSE TWO YEARS. THEY RECEIVE DAILY SUPPORT FROM THEIR PRINCIPAL AS THEIR FIRST MENTOR AND DAILY MENTOR AND THEY ALSO RECEIVE SUPPORT FROM A PRINCIPAL COACH. SO WE ARE EXCITED. WE'VE HAD SOME GREAT SUCCESS OF FOLKS, THE FOLKS TONIGHT THAT WERE APPOINTED, HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS PROGRAM, AND WE ARE SO EXCITED ABOUT THE LEADERS THAT HAVE GRADUATED. THEY ARE REALLY -- THEY ARE HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING WITH 90-DAY ENTRY PLANS THAT ARE REALLY IMPACTING THEIR PREPARATION AND ABILITY TO TRANSITION SMOOTHLY INTO THEIR SCHOOL. SO THANK YOU. AND APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.  

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

>>Lynn Gray: GREAT JOB. THIS PROGRAM IS WORKING. I INTERVIEWED A FEW PRINCIPALS ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCES AND THEY WERE NEW PRINCIPALS, NOT THAT I DID IT ON PURPOSE. I JUST KIND OF DID A Q & A. ONE OF THE REMARKS THAT WAS MADE, AND MS. MacMANUS, YOU DO A STELLAR JOB WITH TRAINING, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, BUT THEY REMARKED THAT, YES, THEY LEARN EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, THEY FEEL LIKE THEY CAN TRANSFER THIS LEADERSHIP, THE SKILLS THAT THEY LEARN IN EVERY SETTING THAT THEY WILL BE GOING TO IN CAPACITIES THAT EVEN ARE BEYOND EDUCATION RELATED. SO WHAT YOU'RE DOING IS A MAGNIFICENT JOB. YOU'RE MAKING OUR STAFF, OUR PRINCIPALS MORE COMPETITIVE, AND WE USE THE WORD COMPETITIVE NOW OVER AND OVER, BECAUSE WE WANT THAT TO BE RESONATING THROUGH ALL THE STATE LEGISLATIVE DECISIONS. AND JUST ONE LITTLE SIDE NOTE, AND YOU ARE PROBABLY DOING THIS. ARE THEY ALSO BEING TRAINED INTO WORKING MORE WITH COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHAMBERS? I JUST WAS CURIOUS ON THAT.  

>> YES. AND THEIR LAST SESSION OF THE GRADUATING COHORT NOW ON SATURDAY, WAS ALL AROUND NAVIGATING BASICALLY POLITICS, NOT THAT WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY IS POLITICS, BUT NAVIGATING THAT POLITICAL LANDSCAPE, WHICH MEANS HOW DO YOU WORK WITH YOUR UNION REPS. HOW DO YOU WORK WITH YOUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS, CHURCH GROUPS, ALL OF THAT. SO THAT WAS ONE OF THE LAST, MANY, MANY DIFFERENT AREAS. HOW DO YOU WORK WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD. THAT WAS ON THERE, TOO. THAT WAS OUR LAST SESSION, SO, YES, THAT IS A PART OF THE PROGRAM.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR EARNEST WORK. IT IS DEFINITELY BEING EFFECTIVE.  

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

>>Sally Harris: MS. MacMANUS, ONE OF MY INTERESTS, CONCERNS HAS BEEN FOR THE PRINCIPALS WHO HAVE NOT COME UP THROUGH THE PIPELINE. AND SO I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU, WHAT ARE WE DOING TO BRING THEM UP TO PAR THAT THE OTHER PRINCIPALS SEEM TO HAVE A LEAPING JUMP ON THE TRAINING.  

>> I'M GLAD YOU ASKED THAT, BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY LAYERS TO SUPPORTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF A LEADER, AND ANY TRAININGS THAT SOMEONE GOES TO ARE JUST ONE PART OF THAT. SO THE WORK OF OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, AS YOU THINK ABOUT THE AREA LEADERSHIP TEAM, WHICH IS COMPRISED OF AREA SUPERINTENDENTS AND PRINCIPAL COACHES, THEY ARE IN THE FIELD COACHING PRINCIPALS EVERY DAY. AND THAT JOB EMBEDDED SUPPORT IS REALLY WHAT MAKES THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE. PEOPLE CAN GO TO TRAININGS EVERY DAY, AND THAT'S ONE LAYER OF THE SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED TO ACTUALLY THEN IMPLEMENT WHAT THEY ARE LEARNING. THE JOB-EMBEDDED PIECE OF COACHING, OBSERVATION, ONGOING FEEDBACK, COLLABORATION WITH OTHER PRINCIPALS, ALL OF THAT IS THE WORK OF AREA SUPERINTENDENTS. AS I THINK ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR VETERAN PRINCIPALS OR PRINCIPALS THAT MAY NOT HAVE THE TRAINING AS IT IS NOW OR MAYBE GRADUATED LIKE I DID, 10 -- NO, LONGER THAN 10. I KEEP FORGETTING ABOUT THE TIME. 20 YEARS AGO OUT OF PNP, IT'S CHANGED TO MEET THE CHANGING TIMES. BUT I WILL SAY THAT ALL OF OUR VETERANS THIS YEAR, THROUGH AREA SMALL GROUP MEETINGS, THROUGH IN THE FIELD COACHING WITH AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, THROUGH LEARNING WALKS, THROUGH ALL OF THOSE EXPERIENCES, THAT IS WHAT'S GROWING THEM AND PUSHING PRACTICE EVERY DAY. I WANT TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS IT'S NOT JUST ONE PROGRAM THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN OUR LEADERS, THERE ARE MANY COMPONENTS TO THEIR DEVELOPMENT. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU, MS. MacMANUS. I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION, ESPECIALLY AS A NEW BOARD MEMBER. I READ THROUGH THE PACKET. IT'S VERY DETAILED INFORMATION. WONDERING WHEN WE SELECT THE COHORT, HOW DOES LIKE DIVERSITY AND THE MAKEUP OF THE POOL COME INTO PLAY? BECAUSE WE ALWAYS HAVE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT TRYING TO MIMIC OUR PRINCIPALS AND OUR LEADERSHIP WITH THE STUDENT POPULATION, ELIMINATING THE CULTURAL MISMATCH, THOSE TYPE OF THINGS. JUST WONDERING, IS THAT AT ALL FACTORED INTO WHO WE SELECT FOR THE COHORT?  

>> SINCE WE STARTED THE PIPELINE FIVE YEARS AGO, SOMETHING THAT I'VE BEEN VERY EXCITED IS ACTUALLY THE DIVERSITY OF THE CANDIDATES. AND THAT'S IN EACH PROGRAM. THAT'S IN FUTURE LEADER ACADEMY. THAT'S IN THE APs SELECTED AND PART OF INDUCTION. THAT'S IN PNP. THAT'S BEEN SOMETHING THAT WE'VE ACTUALLY TRACKED. AND I'M GOING TO GET YOU THOSE NUMBERS SO THAT YOU CAN SEE THEM OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS ABOUT THE DIFFERENT BREAKDOWN OF OUR ETHNIC GROUPS. NOW, I WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE, TOO, THAT AS WE THINK ABOUT WHO'S COMING INTO THOSE ROLES, THOSE ARE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS. WHERE DO THEY COME FROM? FROM TEACHER RANKS. AS WE TRY TO IMPROVE DIVERSITY OF OUR ADMINISTRATORS, THAT'S ALSO IMPACTED BY THE DIVERSITY WE ARE IMPROVING AT OUR TEACHER LEVEL. I WILL GET YOU THOSE NUMBERS BECAUSE THAT IS SOMETHING WE PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO. OVER THE YEARS, I'VE BEEN EXCITED BY THE DIVERSITY WITHIN OUR PROGRAMS.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: WONDERFUL. THANK YOU. I LOOK FORWARD TO RECEIVING THE INFORMATION. THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SHAMBURGER. APPROVE THE AGREEMENT OF TECHNICAL SERVICES FOR THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS. ITEM NUMBER 6.05, HIGHLIGHTED BY MYSELF WITH A COMMENT AND A COMMENT BY MS. GRAY.  

>> THIS IS A PARTNERSHIP WITH FASA THE PAST THREE YEARS. THEY WORKED WITH US TO IMPLEMENT OUR LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE IN THE SUMMER. USED TO BE CALLED PRINCIPAL INSTITUTE. WE CHANGED IT BECAUSE WE HAVE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS AND DISTRICT STAFF THAT ATTEND. IF YOU REMEMBER, BECAUSE, BOARD MEMBERS, YOU WILL ALSO BE GETTING THIS INVITE. IT'S JUNE 1st, THIS YEAR, THE SUMMER INSTITUTE. IT'S A THURSDAY, ALL DAY, ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, BUT SOME OF YOU CAME TO THE LAST ONES. WE HAD ONE AROUND CULTURE INSTITUTE AND THAT'S WHERE THE CULTURE OCTAGON WAS REALLY, WE REALLY ENGAGED IN THE CULTURE OCTAGON. LAST YEAR, IT WAS ON TALENT DEVELOPMENT. AND THAT'S WHERE OUR LEADERS REALLY FOCUSED IN ON HOW TO DEVELOP THE TALENT WITHIN THEIR SCHOOLS WITH THE RESOURCES THEY HAD IN THEIR SCHOOLS, ALL THEIR COACHES AND ALL OF THEIR OTHER RESOURCES. THIS SUMMER, JUNE 1st, WE ARE NOT ADDING A NEW PROGRAM, A NEW -- WHAT WE ARE DOING IS FOCUSING ON HOW WE LOOK AT EVERYTHING WE DO THROUGH A LENS OF EQUITY. HOW DO WE CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD ON THE OCTAGON AND ALL OF THOSE PARTS ABOUT ENGAGING STUDENTS? HOW DO WE MOVE FORWARD ON HOW WE'RE ENGAGING TEACHERS AND HOW DO WE LOOK AT ALL OF OUR PRACTICES THROUGH A LENS OF EQUITY. THIS YEAR'S EVENT IS TITLED "IN PURSUIT OF EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE." LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE 2017. IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT DAY, AND SO -- PARTNERS WITH US TO NOT ONLY HELP US GET THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER LINED UP, HELP US WITH ALL OF THE FOOD AND OTHER THINGS WE PROVIDE, RESOURCES AND BOOKS, ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL, YES, AND ALSO THEN THROUGH PARTNERSHIP, THROUGH HELPING OUR LEADERS CONTINUE THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THEIR PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION OF FS ASA. SO A -- FASA, SO A MEMBERSHIP IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THAT. SO THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MS. GRAY, TODD COMMENT. -- YOU HAD A COMMENT.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MY REMARKS ARE VERY BRIEF. I ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT BOTH THE PRINCIPALS AND THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS DEFINITELY NEED THERE YOU WILL -- CONTINUAL NURTURING, CONTINUAL EDUCATION AND CONTINUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR COLLABORATION. I THINK THE UPDATING OF VARIOUS BEST PRACTICES AND STRATEGIES WILL BE SHARED, AND THEY WILL BETTER THEMSELVES IN A TRUSTED ENVIRONMENT. I ALSO THINK THEY WILL COLLABORATE TO A POINT WHERE THEY CAN SHARE THE NEEDED RESOURCES TO MAKE SCHOOLS, THEIR SCHOOLS EQUITABLE. IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT TOPIC, BUT THEY ARE SO MUCH IN TOUCH AND THEY CAN HELP MAYBE RESOLVE OR SOLVE, HELP ANOTHER SCHOOL BECOME MORE EQUITABLE WITH THEIR RESOURCES. IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. AGAIN, WE ARE MAKING OUR LEADERS MORE COMPETITIVE, AND GETTING INVOLVED WITH THINGS AND THE NATURE OF EDUCATION TO ITS HIGHEST RATING. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. GRAY. AND I HAD ONE COMMENT. I KNOW MS. MacMANUS, YOU AND I SPOKE ABOUT THIS. I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A PROBLEM WITH THIS CONTRACT. IT'S NOT ABOUT THE PD FOR OUR PRINCIPALS BUT IT'S ABOUT THE WAY THIS READS THAT WE ARE -- THIS ACTUALLY PAYS FOR THE FASA MEMBERSHIP FOR EACH OF THE PARTICIPATING LEADERS. I JUST DON'T -- THE FINANCIAL SITUATION WE'RE IN, THIS IS NOT A COST, I DON'T THINK, IF PRINCIPALS WANT TO BE A PART OF THIS ORGANIZATION, THEY SHOULD FOOT THE BILL. I'M NOT OPPOSED TO PAYING FOR THE PD. NOT OPPOSED TO THEM BEING ALL IN THE SAME ROOM. BUT FOR THIS TO BE PART OF THE CONTRACT THAT WE'RE ACTUALLY PAYING FOR THE MEMBERSHIP, FOR THE LEADERS TO BE PART OF THIS DAY. I'M HOPING THAT NEXT YEAR THIS IS NOT THE WAY THIS WILL LOOK. I DON'T FEEL LIKE -- AND I DON'T KNOW -- BUT I DON'T FEEL LIKE THAT'S SOMETHING THIS BOARD OR THIS DISTRICT SHOULD BE DOING WITH THE SITUATION THAT WE'RE IN FINANCIALLY. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. I KNOW YOU AND I DISCUSSED THAT.  

>> THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: SO, BOARD MEMBERS, WE WILL MOVE TO ITEM NUMBER 6.06 MS. GRIFFIN ASKED FOR HIGHLIGHT.  

>> THIS IS GOING TO BE VERY SIMPLE, AND THIS IS BASED ON OUR CONVERSATION THAT WE HAD. CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN THE ESCROW FOR OUR EMPLOYEES BECAUSE IT IS ONE OF THE QUESTIONS THAT I GET MOST FREQUENTLY WHEN IT COMES TO OUR PAY. EMPLOYEES ARE CONFUSED.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE ESCROW PAY, AND WE BROUGHT THIS PLAN INTO BEING WHEN THE LAWSON ERP SYSTEM CAME INTO PLAY IN 2006. AND AT THE TIME WE HEARD FROM BOTH UNIONS AND THE EMPLOYEES. THEY WANTED EMPLOYEE PAYCHECKS TO BE QUALDZ EQUALIZED. IN ORDER FOR THEM TO BE EQUALIZED AND GET THE SAME AMOUNT PRETTY MUCH FOR EACH PAY PERIOD, WE HAVE TO ESCROW MONEY. YOU WORK AND SET MONEY ASIDE. WHEN YOU COME TO NONPAID DAYS, THANKSGIVING WEEK, OVER THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY, SPRING BREAK, YOU PAY BACK OR YOU GIVE YOURSELF BACK THAT ESCROW MONEY. IT'S PUTTING IT IN A SAVINGS ACCOUNT AND THEN PAYING IT SO YOU DON'T HAVE A LOT OF DAYS WITHOUT MONEY DURING THANKSGIVING OR RIGHT AT THE CHRISTMAS BREAK. IT IS VERY CONFUSING. WE'VE HAD THE QUESTION BEFORE, HOW CAN THIS BE? CAN WE DO SOME? CAN WE OPT IN? CAN WE OPT OUT? WITH THE CURRENT SOFTWARE WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, YOU CAN'T. IT'S ALL OR NONE. BUT IT SEEMS LIKE WE DO HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS, BUT AS MANY PEOPLE SAY THEY DON'T LIKE IT, A LOT MORE SAY THEY LIKE IT. THEY WANT THEIR PAYCHECKS STRUCTURED. THEY WANT TO KNOW WHAT THEY ARE GETTING. WITH THE PAYROLL SCHEDULES, WE DO HAVE THIS YEAR, BECAUSE OF OUR EARLIER START TIME, THERE ARE LESS EMPLOYEE GROUPS THAT ARE GOING TO HAVE NONPAID DAYS OR ESCROW SHORTAGES DURING THE YEAR. WE HAVE EXPERIENCED A LOT OF THAT BECAUSE DUE TO THE LEGISLATURE AND WHEN WE COULD START SCHOOL, IT WAS PUSHED BACK LATER INTO AUGUST. SO AS WE'RE STARTING EARLIER IN THE YEAR, WE'LL SEE THAT LESS, BUT AGAIN, IT WILL AFFECT SOME OF OUR LOWER-PAID -- PAY GROUPS. BUT WE WALK THROUGH MANY PHONE CALLS. THE PAYROLL STAFF IS WONDERFUL WHEN IT COMES TO EXPLAINING ESCROW. WHEN ANYBODY THAT CALLS, WE CAN WALK THEM THROUGH IT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU SO MUCH  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU SO MUCH, I AM A PROPONENT OF THE EMPLOYEES. MY GRANDMOTHER WAS AN EMPLOYEE OF THE DISTRICT FOR 30 YEARS, A STUDENT NUTRITION WORKER, AND SHE HAD TO SAVE ALL YEAR LONG HERSELF, FOR THAT SUMMER TIME, AND IF SHE DIDN'T SAVE RIGHT, THEN IT GOT REALLY, REALLY TIGHT TOWARDS THE END OF THE SUMMER. IN A TIME WHERE PEOPLE REALLY AREN'T LEARNING HOW TO SAVE, I THINK IT'S REALLY GOOD THAT WE'RE DOING THAT FOR THEM, BUT IT IS CONFUSING, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE HAVE THE SHORT PAY PERIODS, AND IT DOES AFFECT THE LOWER PAY GRADES MORE THAN OTHERS. BUT THANK YOU FOR THAT EXPLANATION.  

>> YOU'RE WELCOME.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I HAVE TWO FOLLOW-UP QUESTIONS REAL QUICK. HAVE WE TAKEN THIS CALENDAR AND OVERLAID IT WITH THE STUDENT CALENDAR THAT WE JUST APPROVED?  

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES. WHAT WE DID, WE TAKE THE STUDENT CALENDAR AND THE EMPLOYEE WORK CALENDAR AND OUR PAYROLL TEAM OF PAM HENDRICKSON, ELIZABETH HUDSON AND ANITA COOPER WORK HAND IN HAND WITH THE HR TEAM, AND WE MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS LINED UP SO WE LOOK AT THE THREE DIFFERENT THINGS. PART OF THE AGENDA ITEM IS THE PAYROLL SCHEDULES, DEDUCTION SCHEDULES FOR BENEFITS AND ALSO THE EMPLOYEE WORK CALENDARS. SO IT'S LOCATED IN TWO DIFFERENT SPOTS ON THE WEBSITE. AND THEN IF ANYBODY CALLS, WE CAN ALSO SEND IT TO THEM ELECTRONICALLY.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THAT WAS MY NEXT QUESTION, HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE THIS TO EMPLOYEES? AND HOW MUCH -- BECAUSE I KNOW IT CHANGES EVERY YEAR. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR EMPLOYEES TO NOT ONLY HAVE ACCESS TO THIS, BUT SO THAT WE COMMUNICATE TO THEM THAT THERE HAVE BEEN CHANGES. I KNOW -- I HATE TO THROW TRANSPORTATION AROUND, BUT THEY ARE ONE OF THE GROUPS THAT DON'T GET THIS INFORMATION, AND SO THEY STRUGGLE WITH WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR DAYS, WE DIDN'T GET PAID. SO I WANT TO KNOW EXPLICITLY HOW WE'LL COMMUNICATE THIS TO THEM. ARE WE GOING TO HAND EACH BUS DRIVER A PACKET LIKE THIS SO THEY HAVE THE CALENDAR?  

>>Gretchen Saunders: WE'LL MAKE SURE WE WORK WITH TRANSPORTATION TO GET THE TEAM.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. GRIFFIN SAID OUR LOWEST PAID EMPLOYEES ARE THE ONES WHO STRUGGLE THE MOST WITH KNOWING WHEN THEY ARE GOING TO GET PAID AND WHEN THEY ARE NOT.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: AND WE ALSO WENT THROUGH THIS THIS -- I KNOW ONE OF THE OTHER QUESTIONS, MS. GRIFFIN WAS GOING TO ASK, DID WE TALK TO BOTH UNIONS ABOUT THIS? YES, WE DID. WE WORKED WITH BOTH UNIONS. SO WHETHER A WE CAN DO IS ALSO WORK WITH TRANSPORTATION AND FOOD SERVICE AND, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THOSE GROUPS, THAT'S WHO WE'RE TALKING TO. AND JOE LEAVENS WITH CHRIS FARKAS -- IT'S ALL CHRIS FARKAS' TEAM. SO WE WILL WORK WITH HIM DIRECTLY TO GET THE INFORMATION OUT AS A COMMUNICATION PIECE. AND JUST SO EVERYBODY HAS THE INFORMATION, YES.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: OH, DO YOU WANT ME TO HIGHLIGHT IT?  

>>Cindy Stuart: I THINK YOU'VE COVERED IT.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: OKAY. WE'RE GOOD THEN. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM NUMBER 6.16, WHICH IS TO AUTHORIZE THE SUPERINTENDENT TO ESTABLISH A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS LINE OF CREDIT IN THE FISCAL YEAR 17/18 WITH WELLS FARGO IN THE EVENT OF ANY OPERATIONAL CASH FLOW DEFICIENCIES.  

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE BEST BUSINESS PRACTICES THAT WE WERE THE FIRST ONES IN THE STATE TO DO. TO COMPLETE THIS TRANSACTION, AND WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH WELLS FARGO AS LONG AS THEY HAVE BEEN OUR BANK ON RECORD. AND WHAT THIS PROGRAM STARTED BACK IN ACTUALLY IN 1986-'87, AND WHAT IT WAS PUT IN PLACE FOR WAS TO HELP US FOR A RAINY DAY. WHEN I SAY RAINY DAY, I MEAN HURRICANE OR IF SOMETHING HAPPENS, AND IT GOES BACK TO 2004. SO WE HAVE AS A DISTRICT A LINE OF CREDIT WITH WELLS FARGO. STARTED OUT AT $70 MILLION AND SUPPOSED TO COVER A MONTH OF EXPENDITURES FOR THE DISTRICT. AS WE WORKED OUR WAY UP, AS OUR EXPENSES STARTED GOING UP, WELLS FARGO WAS ABLE TO WORK WITH US AND INCREASE THAT LINE OF CREDIT TO $100 MILLION. AND AGAIN, THE RATING AGENCIES LOVE THIS BECAUSE IT'S SOMETHING IN OUR BACK POCKET IN CASE WE NEED IT. HAVE WE EVER USED IT? NO. BUT WHEN WE HAD THE HURRICANES COME THROUGH BACK IN 2004, CHARLOTTE COUNTY COULD HAVE USED IT BECAUSE THEY HAD A MONTH THAT THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO WORK WITH DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. AND WHAT'S THE FIRST THING THAT HAPPENS IN EMERGENCY, YOU'VE GOT TO GET YOUR SCHOOLS BACK, BUSES BACK, EVERYTHING BACK ON THE ROAD BEFORE THE FAMILIES CAN START WORKING ON THAT. SO THIS IS A BIG DEAL FOR US. LIKE I SAID, WE'VE NEVER HAD TO UTILIZE IT. IF WE DO, THIS IS A TAX ANTICIPATION NOTE. WE HAVE 120 DAYS IN WHICH TO PAY IT BACK. AND THEN PLUS THE INTEREST. SO ON $100 MILLION, IF THIS EVER HAPPENED, AND WE BORROWED IT FOR THE FULL 120 DAYS, WE WOULD HAVE TO PAY BACK ABOUT 593,000 IN INTEREST. BUT IT'S $100 MILLION. CHASING OUR EXPENSES FOR A MONTH, WE HAVE TWO PAYROLLS A MONTH AT ABOUT $64 MILLION EACH. SO IT'S $128 MILLION A MONTH FOR PAYROLL. SO IT WOULD BE A LITTLE BIT SHY OF COVERING IT, BUT IT'S A COMFORT. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? THANK YOU.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU, MS. SAUNDERS. I JUST WANTED TO BE A -- WANTED TO BE VERY CLEAR. ON THE TERM SHEET, WHERE IT TALKED ABOUT THE FACILITIES FEES, TEN BASIS POINTS PLUS THE LEGAL FEES. I WAS CONCERNED WE WERE APPLYING FOR THE LOAN NOW, STILL HAVE TO PAY THE FEES AND THEN WE MAY NOT USE IT. YOU WERE VERY GRACIOUS IN CLARIFYING. SO I WANTED TO CLARIFY FOR THE COMMUNITY FOR THE PUBLIC THAT ONLY HAPPENS IF WE APPLY FOR THIS LOAN, IF WE FIND OURSELVES IN NEED OF IT. THIS IS GIVING SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS THE ABILITY TO APPLY SHOULD WE NEED IT. IT'S NOT SAYING WE ARE GOING TO APPLY FOR THIS.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THAT'S CORRECT. JUST WITH THIS ACTION ITEM GETTING APPROVED TONIGHT, THIS IS WHAT WELLS FARGO HOLDS ONTO AS THE GO FORWARD IN THE EVENT WE HAVE A CRISIS SITUATION. YES, MA'AM.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU.  

>>Melissa Snively: SIMILAR TO -- I'LL GIVE YOU A PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT, BUT THIS IS BEST PRACTICES FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, BUT ALSO FOR PERSONAL USE AS WELL, BECAUSE JUST LIKE YOU WOULD PREPARE FOR A DISASTER BY TAKING OUT A LINE OF CREDIT, BEFORE THE CATASTROPHES OR BEFORE THE DISASTER OCCURS, SUCH WOULD BE A COMMON TECHNIQUE OR A COMMON WAY THAT FOLKS WOULD PREPARE FOR A HURRICANE DISASTER IN THEIR PERSONAL LIVES BECAUSE HURRICANE DEDUCTIBLES BEING AS HIGH AS THEY ARE IN FLORIDA, IT WOULD BE SMART FOR EVERYONE HOIVETS -- WHO DOES NOT HAVE ONE OR AN EMERGENCY SAVINGS ACCOUNT TO TAKE OUT A PERSONAL LINE OF CREDIT AGAINST THEIR HOME IN CASE THEY HAVE AN EMERGENCY IF THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO AFFORD THE HURRICANE DEDUCTIBLE OR THE OUT-OF-POCKET EXPENSES THAT WOULD BE CAUSED BY A DISASTER OR CATASTROPHE. SO SAME CONCEPT, DIFFERENT SCALE --  

>>Gretchen Saunders: FEW MORE ZEROS.  

>>Melissa Snively: FEW MORE ZEROES, SLIGHTLY, BUT SAME CONCEPT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 7.02, APPROVE THE THIRD AMENDMENT TO PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMENT FOR LAND EXCHANGE AND INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD AND THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF CITY OF TAMPA FOR THE PROPOSED WEST RIVER DEVELOPMENT PROJECT. MS. SUAREZ, GENERAL MANAGER OF GROWTH AND PLANNING, WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS FOR MS. VALDES AND MS. SNIVELY AND MS. VALDES HAS A COMMENT.  

>> GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS. THIS IS AN EXTENSION OF ONE PORTION OF THIS AGREEMENT TO SWAP OUR PROPERTY WITH THE TAMPA HOUSING AUTHORITY. OUR DUE DILIGENCE, THIS DOES NOT CHANGE THE FINAL CLOSING DATE ON THIS TRANSACTION, WHICH IS STILL SET AT THE END OF 2017. THIS IS CHANGING ONE PORTION OF IT BUT NOT THE FINAL DATE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. SNIVELY. MS. VALDES?  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. JUST A QUESTION. HAVE WE GOTTEN AN APPRAISAL OF THIS -- [AUDIO BLIP]  

>> THAT WILL BE PART OF THE FINAL TRANSACTION. A FINAL APPRAISAL OF PROPERTY THAT WAS GIVEN TO THE DISTRICT AND PROPERTY GIVEN TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY. THEY WOULD HAVE TO GIVE IT TO US WITH THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE. THAT'S NOT PART OF THE DEAL, LIKE FOR LIKE, IN OTHER WORDS. WE HAVE FACILITIES ON THAT, AND THEY HAVE TO GIVE US PROPERTY WITH FACILITIES.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: I STILL WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE LAND IS WORTH, BECAUSE IT'S -- THAT'S JUST GOOD BUSINESS.  

>> WHEN WE HAD A SIMILAR EXCHANGE AT THE ENCORE PROPERTY, WHERE THE HOUSING AUTHORITY TOOK OUR MEACHAM SCHOOL THERE, THEY GAVE US CASH AND A SITE. I THINK IF YOUR CONCERN IS A VALUE, THAT THERE'S ALREADY A PRECEDENT FOR THAT, THAT WE MAY GET THE SITE AND FACILITIES AND CASH BECAUSE THAT'S HAPPENED BEFORE.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: I JUST KNOW WHAT A HOT PROPERTY THIS IS, AND WE JUST HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY ABOUT WHAT OUR NEEDS ARE GOING TO BE. SO IF IT'S THAT HOT, WE NEED TO DO RIGHT. WE JUST CANNOT CONTINUE TO AFFORD TO JUST GIVE THINGS AWAY. THAT'S ONE THING YEARS AGO WHEN THIS DISTRICT WAS FAT AND HAD A LOT OF MONEY THAT COULD GIVE AWAY AND DO EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAMS AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE, BUT WE ARE NO LONGER IN THAT PREDICAMENT. SO I UNDERSTAND. I APPRECIATE THE PARTNERSHIP, BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT RIVERFRONT PROPERTY IS RIVERFRONT PROPERTY REGARDLESS OF WHERE IT IS, IT'S RIVERFRONT PROPERTY. AND IT'S GOING TO BE WORTH QUITE A FEW DOLLARS AND IT'S A DIFFERENT TIME. SO I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE US HAVE THIS APPRAISAL DONE. I JUST NEED TO KNOW WHAT WE'RE -- WHAT WE'RE GIVING AWAY, AND HOW MUCH WE'RE GIVING AWAY. SO I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE A LIST OF APPRAISALS, APPRAISERS THAT DO THIS.  

>> THERE WILL BE AN APPRAISAL.  

>> WHEN?  

>> IF THE TRANSACTION MOVES FORWARD, IF THEY MEET ALL THE CONDITIONS, WHICH THEY HAVE TO HAVE FINANCING IN PLACE TO DO THE PROJECT AT WEST RIVER, YOU KNOW THEY DID NOT GET THAT GRANT. WE COULD SPEND THE MONEY ON THE APPRAISAL, BUT WE WOULD NEED TO REAPPRAISE IT FOR THE TRANSACTION. THOSE APPRAISALS ARE ONLY GOOD FOR A CERTAIN TIME PERIOD.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: I GUESS I DON'T WANT TO BE CAUGHT BY SURPRISE. WITH A QUICK TRANSACTION AND APPRAISAL. MR. PORTER HELP ME HERE. I THINK YOU KNOW WHERE I'M HEADED.  

>>Jim Porter: I KNOW EXACTLY WHERE YOU'RE HEADED. THIS IS AN ITEM THAT THE BOARD APPROVED LAST YEAR. SO THIS IS JUST AN AMENDMENT TO ALLOW FURTHER DUE DILIGENCE. SO I THINK WHAT MS. DUFFY SUAREZ IS SAYING, IT'S NOT REALLY TIMING FOR AN APPRAISAL. ALL THAT'S ON THE TABLE TODAY IS JUST ALLOWING AN EXTENSION OF TIME FOR THE DUE DILIGENCE TO CONTINUE. I THINK IF IT DOES GO FORWARD, THERE WILL BE AN APPRAISAL, CORRECT. IT'S JUST A QUESTION OF THE TIMING OF IT.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: ON RECORD AND REAL CLEAR THAT TIMES ARE CHANGING FOR US, AND WE CAN NO LONGER JUST GIVE THINGS AWAY FOR THE GOODNESS OF GIVING THINGS AWAY. AND WE JUST NEED TO BE REALLY, REALLY DILIGENT ABOUT THESE TRANSACTIONS BECAUSE THEY COULD REPRESENT A REVENUE STREAM FOR US. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THE WEST RIVER PARK PROJECT ORIGINALLY TWO YEARS AGO WHEN THIS PROJECT CAME BEFORE ME WHEN I WAS CHAIR, WAS A DIFFERENT CONVERSATION. AND THE CONVERSATION KIND OF SORT OF CHANGED AND I WASN'T PRIVY TO THAT CONVERSATION BECAUSE I WAS NO LONGER CHAIR. SO I'M JUST CONCERNED THAT WE'RE GOING TO GIVE EXPENSIVE, PRIME PROPERTY TO OUR NEIGHBORS, AND I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO BE EQUITABLE IN WHAT WE RECEIVE. DILIGENTLY, ON THE RECORD, I'M NOT WILLING TO GIVE THINGS AWAY JUST FOR THE SAKE OF GIVING IT AWAY. TRAIL, RIVER, RIVERWALK BUT A RIVER TRAIL, CALL IT WHAT IT IS. IT'S STILL RIVERFRONT PROPERTY. IT'S WORTH A LOT OF MONEY, AND IT'S IN A COMMUNITY THAT DESERVES BETTER AS WELL.  

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

>>Tamara Shamburger: THIS CERTAINLY BRINGS A LOT OF UNEASE AND UNCERTAINTY TO OUR WEST TAMPA COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY OUR FOUR WEST TAMPA SCHOOLS THAT WILL BE AFFECTED BY IT, DUNBAR, BLAKE, JUST, AND STUART. THE PRINCIPALS ARE HIGHLY CONCERNED ABOUT IT, AS AM I, AS IS MOST OF THE AGENDA COMMUNITY. I UNDERSTAND THIS AGENDA ITEM IS ONLY TO EXTEND THE DUE DILIGENCE PERIOD. IT DOESN'T CHANGE THE DEADLINE TO WHICH THE CITY HAS TO DO SOMETHING, CORRECT? THAT DECEMBER 31st DATE.  

>> THAT'S CORRECT.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: THIS AMENDMENT CERTAINLY DOES NOT POSE ANY PROBLEMS AT LEAST IN MY OPINION, BECAUSE I WASN'T HERE FOR THAT, BUT I JUST WANT TO KNOW THAT SHOULD THE CITY, THEY COMPLETE THEIR DUE DILIGENCE AND THEY ARE ABLE TO GO FORWARD WITH THE DEAL, WILL WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISCUSS IT MORE IN DETAIL BEFORE THE DECEMBER 31st DATE? I MEAN, I'M NOT SURE IF WE HAVE AN OPTION LIKE TO BACK OUT IF WE WANTED TO TO KIND OF GO TO MEMBER VALDES' POINT ABOUT MAYBE IT'S NOT ENOUGH OR WHATEVER. WILL THERE BE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT THIS FINAL DEAL AFTER THE DUE DILIGENCE PERIOD SHOULD THEY BE ABLE TO TO MOVE FORWARD?  

>> THERE ARE A COUPLE OF ISSUES I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE CLARIFY. IT IS A CONTRACT. WE DID ENTER AGREEMENT WITH THEM. PART OF THE AGREEMENT WE ENTERED SAID THERE WOULD BE AN APPRAISAL OF THEIR VALUE. IF THE PROPERTY THEY GIVE US IS MUCH LESS IN THE SITUATION HERE, THEY HAVE TO EQUALIZE THAT, AS MS. DUFFY SUAREZ SAID WITH MONEY. SO IT'S NOT GOING TO BE UNEQUAL TRADE. THE VALUE OF EACH PROPERTY HAS TO BE EQUAL OR THEY HAVE TO MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE OF WHAT THAT IS. THERE WAS NEVER AN AGREEMENT TO GIVE THEM ANYTHING MORE THAN THE EXCHANGE. SO WE'LL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT IT AND HAVE -- YOU'LL HAVE THE DETAILS AROUND IT, BUT THERE WAS NOT A DOLLAR VALUE OF EACH -- DOLLAR VALUE HAS TO BE EQUAL OR MADE EQUAL BY THE OTHER GROUP. IF WE ARE GIVING THEM MORE EXPENSIVE PROPERTY, THEY HAVE TO GIVE US CASH. THAT'S PART OF THE AGREEMENT AS IS.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: ANOTHER QUESTION I HAVE ABOUT THIS WHOLE DEAL. IN REGARDS TO THE RELOCATING THE BLAKE BASEBALL FIELD, POTENTIALLY COULD BE RELOCATED --  

>> THE TRACK AND THE BALL FIELDS.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: THE TRACK AND BALL FIELDS, DO YOU KNOW WHERE THE PROPOSED MOVE WOULD BE AND IS THAT STILL -- IS IT STILL NEAR THEIR SCHOOL?  

>> IT'S ACTUALLY CLOSER TO THE SCHOOL. IT IS THE LOT THEY KNOCKED DOWN RIGHT NEXT TO THE SCHOOL. IT'S WHERE THEY HAVE THE CONCEPTUAL DRAWING.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: BUT EQUITABLE, SAME SIZE, NONE OF THAT. NOTHING WILL BE SMALLER. WE'RE NOT GOING TO LOSE ANYTHING.  

>> THE CONTRACT IS, THEY GIVE US EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE, WHICH ARE I BELIEVE TWO BALL FIELDS AND A TRACK. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GIVING THEM AND THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO GIVE US GOIIVES BACK.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: BUT NOTHING REGARDING THE SIZE OF THE PROPERTY. SAME BUT SQUEEZED INTO A SMALLER SPACE POTENTIALLY.  

>> I THOUGHT THEY WERE ABOUT EQUAL.  

>>Jim Porter: WHAT I WAS GOING TO SUGGEST, BOARD MEMBERS, THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE OVERALL DEAL. A COUPLE OF THINGS ARE IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO UNDERSTAND. YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC AGENDA ITEM THAT'S ONLY TO EXTEND THE DUE DILIGENCE. YOUR QUESTIONS ARE VALID. THEY ARE IMPORTANT THAT YOU GET ANSWERED AND I DON'T KNOW IF MS. DUFFY SUAREZ HAS THE CONTRACT. I DON'T HAVE THE CONTRACT IN FRONT OF ME TO REVIEW IT AND ADVISE YOU. WHAT I WOULD SUGGEST IS COMING BACK, EITHER MEETING WITH YOU ONE ON ONE OR COMING BACK WITH A REPORT AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING ABOUT WHAT THE CONTRACT ENTAILS, BECAUSE IT IS A BINDING CONTRACT. THAT WAS ENTERED INTO. WE HAVE TO LIVE BY THAT. WITHOUT IT IN FRONT OF US, I THINK IT WILL BE HARD TO ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT YOU'RE RAISING THAT ARE GOOD QUESTIONS, BUT IT MIGHT BE MORE PRODUCTIVE IF WE MOVE FORWARD TONIGHT WITH THIS, IF YOU'RE COMFORTABLE WITH IT AND THEN COME BACK WITH YOU EITHER ONE ON ONE WITH A REPORT TO THE BOARD WITH THE KIND OF QUESTIONS. I THINK WE CAN GIVE YOU MORE MEANINGFUL ANSWERS THAT WAY.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: AGREE. THANK YOU, MS. DUFFY. I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. PORTER. I WAS GOING TO MAKE THE SAME SUGGESTION THAT THIS IS, I THINK, A CONVERSATION THAT MS. DUFFY SUAREZ NEEDS TO HAVE POTENTIALLY WITH NEW BOARD MEMBERS AS WE CONTINUE WITH THE PROJECT. MOVING ON TO ITEM 7.03, APPROVE THE SEVENTH AMENDMENT TO THE PRIMARY USER AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNIVERSITY AREA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FOR CLASSROOM SPACE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTER FOR ADULT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION CLASSES. MS. JOCELYN LUONGO, DIRECTOR OF ADULT EDUCATION WILL COME FORWARD AND HIGHLIGHT THIS FOR MS. SHAMBURGER AND MS. SNIVELY.  

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. ADULT EDUCATION HAS HAD A LONG-STANDING PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNIVERSITY AREA COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. WE PROVIDE ADULT GENERAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES IN THE FORM OF ABE, GED, ESOL, AND FAMILY LITERACY, CHILD CARE FOR CITIZENS THAT LIVE IN THE UNIVERSITY AREA COMMUNITY. THE UACDC IS LOCATED IN A HIGHLY VISIBLE, CENTRALIZED AREA THAT PARENTS AND CHILDREN FEEL SAFE VISITING FREQUENTLY. OUR PROGRAM SERVES APPROXIMATELY 400 ADULT STUDENTS AND 50 SCHOOL-AGE -- NONSCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN ANNUALLY. WE CURRENTLY HAVE 205 STUDENTS AND CHILDREN ENROLLED IN THE ADULT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AT THIS SITE. OF THOSE SERVED AT THE UACDC, 95% LIVE BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL. ADULT ED ADDS VALUE TO THIS COMMUNITY BY PROVIDING NEEDED EDUCATIONAL SERVICES THAT CAN LIFT THESE FAMILIES OUT OF POVERTY. STATISTICS SUGGEST THAT CHILDREN THAT COME FROM LOW-INCOME FAMILIES LIKE THIS ONE IN THE UNIVERSITY AREA COMMUNITY, ARE SEVEN TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DROP OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL THAN FAMILIES WITH HIGHER INCOMES. AS WE PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES THAT YIELD HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS OR INCREASE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY FOR UACDC FAMILIES, OUR HOPE IS TO IMPROVE OUR STUDENTS' ECONOMIC AND EDUCATIONAL OUTLOOK, THUS THE EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES FOR THEIR CHILDREN. STATISTICS ALSO SUGGEST THAT 40% OF THE CHILDREN LIVING IN POVERTY ARE NOT PREPARED FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLING. OUR PROGRAM OFFERS FREE CHILD CARE SERVICES FOR NONSCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN AND OF OUR ADULT CLIENTS OF THE UACDC IN AN EFFORT TO PREPARE THOSE STUDENTS FOR HEAD START AND BPK. WE CURRENTLY HAVE FOUR CLASSROOMS, A COMPUTER LAB AND A CHILD-CARE FACILITY ON-SITE. WE SERVE STUDENTS MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY FROM 8 TO 5 P.M. AND ON SATURDAYS FROM 9 TO 12 P.M. ADULT EDUCATION IS A CRITICAL PIECE IN PREPARING THE PARENTS AND CHILDREN IN THE UNIVERSITY AREA COMMUNITY FOR LIFE.  

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. I APPRECIATE IT. WHEN YOU GET A CHANCE, NOT AT THIS MOMENT BECAUSE I DIDN'T PREPARE YOU AHEAD OF TIME, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOME METRICS ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF THIS PROGRAM. HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE ENROLLED, HOW MANY FINISH, IF THERE'S ANY INFORMATION THAT YOU CAN PROVIDE ON THAT, THAT WOULD BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED, SINCE WE'RE SPENDING ABOUT HALF A MILLION DOLLARS ON THIS PARTICULAR CONTRACT, I THINK THAT WOULD BE PRETTY GOOD INFORMATION FOR BOARD MEMBERS TO HAVE. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OUR NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 7.04, APPROVE THE TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THE NEW YORK YANKEES PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION FOR THE YANKEES' EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM. ORIGINALLY, THIS WAS PULLED OFF OF THE AGENDA AND PUT BACK ON CONSENT, SO THIS IS JUST GOING TO BE A HIGHLIGHT BY MR. FARKAS.  

>>Christopher Farkas: I'M SURE MR. CULPEPPER IS UPSET THAT HE DIDN'T GET THE OPPORTUNITY FOR BOARD HIGHLIGHT. NO, IT'S A WONDERFUL PROGRAM. BASEBALL IS AN INTERNATIONAL SPORT. WE HAVE MANY SECOND-LANGUAGE LEARNERS INVOLVED WITH THE PROGRAM. NEW YORK YANKEES APPROACHED US AND ASKED IF WE WOULD PARTNER WITH THEM, MR. BROOKS WITH THE CAREER AND ADULT EDUCATION. SO AFTER THEY GO TO PRACTICE AND AFTER THEY GET DRAFTED THEY MAKE A LOT MORE MONEY THAN THE REST OF US IN THIS ROOM. WE PICK THEM UP FROM PRACTICE. THEY PAY FOR THE SERVICE. TAKE THEM TO JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL, TEACH ENGLISH, PAY FOR THE CLASSES AND BACK TO THE HOTEL WHERE THEY STAY. IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR EMPLOYEES TO GET EXTRA WORK FOR DRIVING OUR BUSES. GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR THE DISTRICT TO HAVE REVENUE THAT COMES INTO THE DISTRICT. AND JUST IMPORTANT, GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR COMMUNITY. MANY OF THE YANKEES HAVE THEIR SPRING TRAINING HOME HERE STAY HERE. I ALSO APPROACHED THE RAYS ABOUT DOING A SIMILAR PROGRAM. WE'RE HOPING IT EXPANDS. GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO PARTNER THE DISTRICT WITH LOCAL BASEBALL CELEBRITIES. WE SEE IT AS A WIN-WIN FOR THE DISTRICT.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. I AM SO SORRY. I APOLOGIZE PROFUSELY BECAUSE I GOT MY ITEM NUMBERS MIXED UP. I DID NOT MEAN TO WITHDRAW THIS PARTICULAR ITEM. SO PLEASE SEND MY REGARDS AND APOLOGIES TO MR. CULPEPPER. NEXT TIME, JUST THROW SOMETHING AT ME, IF SOMEONE IS HERE TO SPEAK AND A BOARD MEMBER WITHDRAWS SOMETHING OR I'LL SPEAK FOR MYSELF. IF I INADVERTENTLY DO THAT, PLEASE THROW SOMETHING AT ME AND SAY, EXCUSE ME, SOMEONE IS HERE TO SPEAK ON IT, YOU MIGHT WANT TO LET THEM SPEAK. I APOLOGIZE FOR THE CONFUSION. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 7.05, APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO PROVIDE SUMMER MEALS. MS. MARY KATE HARRISON, GENERAL MANAGER OF STUDENT NUTRITION SERVICES WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS PROGRAM FOR MS. SHAMBURGER, MS. SNIVELY AND MS. VALDES WITH MS. VALDES HAVING A COMMENT. WELCOME, MS. HARRISON.  

>> GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU FOR SELECTING THIS TO BE HIGHLIGHTED. OUR STUDENT NUTRITION HAS WORKED WITH THE SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM SINCE THE EARLY '90s AND WE HAVE SEEN THAT GROW OVER THE YEARS. SO THIS YEAR, WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT SERVING 124 SCHOOL SITES, 76 PARKS AND REC SITES. WE WILL HAVE 40 FOOD TRUCK STOPS. WE WILL BE ROLLING OUT NOT FOUR, BUT FIVE BUSS THIS YEAR, AND WE WILL BE TAKING THEM TO MANY PLACES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY WHERE KIDS JUST DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO FOOD. SO WE'RE PARTICULARLY EXCITED ABOUT OUR AGREEMENT WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO GO TO THE WIC PROGRAMS ALL OVER THE COUNTY. AND WE THINK THIS IS A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THEM, THAT WE'VE NEVER HAD BEFORE, BUT WE WILL BE WORKING WITH THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN PROGRAMS AND HAVE OUR BUSS THERE WHERE CLIENTS GOING IN FOR NUTRITION EDUCATION OR TO GET FORMULA FOR THEIR BABY CAN BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO OUR FOOD TRUCK AND GET FOOD. SO WE THINK IT IS A VERY GOOD START TO A NEW BEGINNING. STARTING MAY 30th, WE WILL SERVE -- WE WILL START TO SERVE MEALS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER, UP UNTIL AUGUST 3rd, AND WE PLAN TO SERVE AROUND 350,000 LUNCHES AND 240,000 SNACKS OUT OF OUR NEW PRODUCTION FACILITY. IF I CAN ANSWER QUESTIONS, I WILL.  

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, ANY QUESTIONS? YOU CAN TELL IT'S GETTING LATE. WE'RE MOVING ON. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MS. HARRISON. NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 7.06, WHICH IS TO APPROVE THE -- RENEW THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD -- BETWEEN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD AND THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION FOR SUMMER MEALS AS WELL. I'M SORRY THEN WE'RE MOVING ON TO 8.03R. APPROVE THE OUT-OF-COUNTY/OUT-OF-STATE AND OVERNIGHT IN-COUNTY STUDENT FIELD TRIPS. MS. GRAY, YOU HAD A COMMENT.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. THIS AN -- THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE, TAKING THEM OUT FOR A FIELD TRIP. I ONLY MENTION THIS BECAUSE WE NEED TO ENCOURAGE OUR TEACHERS AND OUR STAFF TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY DO TAKE THEIR CHILDREN OUT TO FIELD TRIPS. A GOOD EXAMPLE WOULD BE HILLSBOROUGH DAY. I'M REMINDED, I BELIEVE WE ONLY HAD TWO SCHOOLS. MAYBE WE SAW MORE, BUT I ONLY SAW ABOUT TWO SCHOOLS, AND I'M HAPPY TO SAY, AND I KNOW HARRISON PETERS HAS REMINDED ME THAT IT'S ONLY A ONE-PAGE FORM. IT'S VERY EASY TO FILL OUT. AND I KNOW DEBBIE COOK WOULD ALSO CONCUR, THAT THESE KIDS WOULD BE BEST SEEING THE REAL-LIFE WORLD, AND IT ALSO HELPS STUDENTS TO BOND WITH THEIR TEACHERS. FIELD TRIPS ARE GREAT FOR THAT. SO NOT THE MOST SERIOUS SUBJECT, BUT IF YOU WERE NOT AS DROWSY AND AS TIRED, YOU MIGHT TAKE THIS TO HEART. AT ANY RATE, THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO SAY. HARRISON, DID YOU WANT TO SAY ANYTHING? JUST CHECKING.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. GRAY. THE NEXT ITEM IS APPROVE 11.01, APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN LATINOS IN ACTION INCORPORATED AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. DR. VASQUEZ, CHIEF OF STAFF WILL HIGHLIGHT --  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I'VE CALLED UP MARYLOU WHALEY AND MR. MICHAEL TO HELP ME HIGHLIGHT THIS AGENDA ITEM.  

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. WE ARE EXCITED TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS MOU. THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF GROUNDWORK DONE, RESEARCH DONE ENSURING THAT THIS PROGRAM IS EXACTLY WHAT IT'S INTENDED TO DO WHICH IS BUILD LEADERSHIP AND OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR STUDENTS IN THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY. THERE ARE THREE NEW PILOT SITES TO START IN AUG. NATURALLY, ONCE THE MOU IS APPROVED AT PIERCE, WEB AND LETO HIGH SCHOOLS, THE PRINCIPAL OF WEB WAS PRESENT BUT HAD TO GO TO ALONSO. HE WAS STILL WORKING. THE MOU IS PRESENTED IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT'S AN IMPLEMENTATION GRANT OR OPPORTUNITY TO THEN PROVIDE CLASSES FOR ESOL STUDENTS, LYAs, NEWCOMERS TO THE PROGRAM, OR TO THE DISTRICT, AND THEY WILL RECOGNIZE THEIR PERSONAL ASSETS. THEY'LL HAVE GREATER APPRECIATION FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION. THEY WILL HAVE SERVICE LEARNING PROJECTS, AND THEY'LL BUILD GREATER LEADERSHIP CAPACITY DURING THE SHELTERED INSTRUCTION SUPPORTIVE CLASSROOM ENVIRONMENT. WHERE THEY WILL RECEIVE CREDIT, WHICH IS THE BENEFIT, THE ADDITIONAL BENEFIT. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THE ORIGINAL MOU WAS OVER $21,000. THE FISCAL MINDEDNESS OF OUR CHIEF OF STAFF, AND MR. MURILLO, THAT IT WAS $15,000 MOU. IT WAS DISCOUNTED BY $8,000, BECAUSE THEY KNOW THIS IS AN IMPORTANT FIELD AND INTEREST OF THE BOARD.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. GRAY, YOU HAD A COMMENT.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I HAVE A COMMENT. OUR HISPANIC STUDENTS DO NEED INCREASED EQUITY. I DEFINITELY CONCUR, AND I THINK THAT THIS PROGRAM WILL HELP THE LATINOS TO NOT ONLY BECOME COMMUNITY LEADERS, BUT THEY WILL SUCCEED AND MORE LIKELY SUCCEED IN EDUCATION AND IN LIFE. THEY WILL BECOME MORE PRODUCTIVE. SECONDLY, IT IS IMPERATIVE, HOWEVER, THAT THIS LIA PROGRAM IS GENER EDUCATIONALLY SOUND AND THE INVESTMENT YIELDS AN INCREASE IN ACHIEVEMENT SO THEN WE WOULD ASK FOR DATA AS WE NORMALLY DO. IF WE FIND EFFICACY WITH THIS PROGRAM, I HIGHLY SUGGEST WE GO BEYOND PIERCE, WEB AND LETO, AND USE THIS AS A MODEL, AND ALWAYS BEING REMINDED THAT EQUITY-BASED PROGRAMS ARE KEY, ESPECIALLY WITH COMMUNITIES AS THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY DOES NEED THIS AS WELL AS OTHERS. LASTLY, I SUGGEST THAT EACH PRINCIPAL -- [AUDIO BLIP] -- LOCAL BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS SUCH AS THIS. ONE WOULD SAY A PERFECT ANALOGY WOULD BE THE BBS, BIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS WITH THE NIELSEN CORPORATION. THAT IS A FABULOUS EXAMPLE WHERE THE LETO STUDENTS ABSOLUTELY GET CORPORATE SUPPORT AND GET PREPARED FOR REAL LIFE. THEY GET SET UP AS LEADERS AND THEY HAVE REAL-WORLD SKILLS. SO I JUST WANTED TO THANK FOUNDER, CEO, DR. JOSE HENRIQUEZ, AND I THINK IT'S FABULOUS. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. AND MEMBER GRAY, YES, THAT'S THE WHOLE PLAN IS TO BE ABLE TO GROW THIS PROGRAM THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY. IT'S JUST THAT YOU HAVE TO START AT A PILOT AND BEGIN TO WORK OUT THE KINKS AND BUILD THAT MODEL THAT WILL FIT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, IF YOU WILL. THE OTHER DISTRICTS THAT HAVE THIS PROGRAM IN PLACE, THESE STUDENTS -- IT'S STUDENT LED. IT'S PHENOMENAL THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND THEIR PERSPECTIVE, COUNTIES IN WHICH THEY OPERATE IN, AND IT'S REALLY AN EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR STUDENTS, AND I'D LIKE TO THANK DR. VAZQUEZ, MRS. WEHLAND -- WHALEY, RATHER, AND MR. MURILLO FOR THE LEADERSHIP AND BRINGING THE EXCITEMENT TO THE SCHOOLS. I CAN TELL YOU THIS MUCH, THAT I KNOW BEING INVOLVED IN THE EARLY CONVERSATIONS ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM, THE EXCITEMENT THAT YOU SEE IN THE LEADERSHIP OF THE SCHOOLS IS REALLY BREATH TAKING, IT REALLY IS. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WHEN THE LEADERS OF THE SCHOOLS HAVE SPOKEN TO THE KIDS ABOUT IT, THE BUY-IN HAS BEEN AMAZING. SO I CAN'T WAILT TO SEE -- WAIT TO SEE THE GREAT WORK THAT WILL COME OUT OF THIS AND SEE HOW WE CAN CONTINUE TO EXPAND THIS THROUGHOUT OUR 27 HIGH SCHOOLS, BECAUSE IT'S THERE FOR ALL OF OUR KIDS. AWESOME. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU, JUST A REALLY QUICK QUESTION. WHEN I LOOK AT THE FINANCIAL IMPACT, IT SAYS THAT IF THIS IS -- IF WE'RE NOT AWARDED THE NOBLE FOUNDATION FUNDING, THE OPERATION OF THIS PROGRAM WILL BE EVER COULDED THROUGH THE TITLE 3 GRANT. NOW, WHEN I LOOK AT THE COST, THIS COST IS SUPERNOMINAL FOR THE IMPACT THAT WE'LL GET FROM THIS PROGRAM, BUT I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE, BECAUSE IT JUST DIDN'T SPECIFY THAT EITHER WAY, THERE'S GOING TO BE ENOUGH MONEY FOR THIS PROGRAM, IS THAT CORRECT?  

>> THE MONEY IS SET ASIDE, YES.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: OKAY. ALL I WANTED TO KNOW. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SHAMBURGER. NEXT ITEM AND OUR LAST ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS, OTHER THAN INFORMATION ITEM, IS ITEM -- ACTUALLY, THIS IS THE LAST ITEM. ITEM NUMBER 12.01, WHICH IS DISTRICT AND SCHOOL-BASED UNION ALLOCATION TRENDS, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT VAN AYRES WILL BRING FORWARD SOME OF HIS PEOPLE. THANK YOU, YOU A YOU WILL HAVE BEEN WAITING TO PATIENTLY BACK THERE SINCE 3:00.  

>> WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT FOUNDATION STEWARDSHIP EARLIER THIS EVENING. THE HIGHLIGHT TODAY WILL BE BY MS. PATTY SIMMONS, FORMERLY OF OFFICE OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT AND MS. ELIZABETH WITH PLANNING RELATED SERVICES. WE LOOK -- WE LOOK AT DISTRICT AND SCHOOL BASED UNIT ALLOCATION. THIS HIGHLIGHT WILL LOOK AT HOW WE MOVE SOME OF THOSE UNITS AND REALLOCATED SOME OF THOSE DISTRICT AND SCHOOL BASED. THANK YOU.  

>> GOOD EVENING. WHEN WE ENACT INSTRUCTIONAL, STRATEGIC CHANGE, WE ALWAYS HAVE TO HAVE A FIRM FOUNDATION, OF FISCAL STEWARDSHIP UNDERLYING EVERYTHING THAT WE DO. MANAGED RESOURCES WHETHER HUMAN, FISCAL, MONETARY, THAT PROVIDES A CONDUIT TO ACHIEVE DISTRICT GOALS. UNITS ARE MORE THAN MONIES ALLOCATED. THEY ARE THE CATALYST WITH WHICH OUR PRINCIPALS, OUR SCHOOL LEADERS OUT IN FRONT AND MAKE SURE THAT THEIR STUDENTS REACH THEIR PERSONAL BEST INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOMS. GIVEN THE CURRENT ECONOMIC CRISIS -- OR CLIMATE, EXCUSE MY WORDS THERE -- WE NEED TO FIND WAYS TO STREAMLINE THAT BUDGET TO PROVIDE SCHOOLS A MECHANISM BY WHICH THEY PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH A QUALITY EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE. BUSINESS SERVICES AND STRATEGY MANAGEMENT HAS WORKED TOGETHER TO PROVIDE A PLAN THAT IS EQUITABLE AND EFFICIENT IN ALLOCATING UNITS. HOWEVER, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THAT, YOU ALSO NEED TO ADD A THIRD PIECE. IT NEEDS TO BE SUSTAINABLE. WE BEGIN TO OUTLINE A NEW WAY OF WORK, ACCOUNTING FOR ALL FUNDING SOURCES TO BENEFIT ALL STUDENTS WITHIN OUR DISTRICT.  

>> SO THE STEPS WE TOOK IN THE PROCESS WERE TO EXAMINE THE EXISTING UNIT ALLOCATION PROSE. I'LL REMIND YOU OF THE WORKSHOP INFORMATION WE SHARED WITH YOU ABOUT SUPPLEMENTAL UNITS, BUT OUR GOAL ACROSS THE BOARD HAS BEEN TO MAKE UNIT ALLOCATIONS CONSISTENT, LOGICAL AND APPROPRIATE SO THAT WHAT'S HAPPENING AND HOW THOSE DECISIONS ARE MADE ARE TRANSPARENT TO SCHOOLS AND THE SUPPORTS ARE BEING PUSHED CLOSEST TO THE STUDENTS. THE WAY THAT WE WENT ABOUT THIS WORK IS REALLY IN THREE PIECES. THE BIGGEST PART OF THIS PROJECT WAS TO ELIMINATE INACTIVE UNITS. WE ALSO REASSIGNED UNITS FROM THE DISTRICT TO SCHOOL SITES AND WE REALLOCATED UNITS IN VARIOUS CATEGORIES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WERE OPERATING WITHIN OUR MEANS. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT GETTING THAT COMPLETE PICTURE OF THE ALL-EXISTING UNITS, WE WANT TO LOOK AT ALL THAT EXISTS OUT THERE, THE FUNDING SOURCES THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT, CAPTURING INSTRUCTIONAL, NONINSTRUCTIONAL, ALL BARGAINING UNITS. FROM AUGUST 2016 TO APRIL 2017, AND AGAIN, WE CONTINUE THIS AS AN ONGOING PROCESS. WE ELIMINATED ANY INACTIVE UNITS. LET ME DEFINE QUICKLY WHAT THAT WOULD BE. THAT WOULD BE ANY ALLOCATED UNITS FOR '16-17 THAT WERE NOT FILLED AT -- ANY TIME DURING '16-17. WE'RE ON TRACK FOR A MORE COMPLETE AND REFINED VIEW FOR REPORTING OF THOSE ALLOCATIONS AND AGAIN WHEN WE LOOK AT THEM IN THE FALL FOR UNIT ADJUSTMENTS. ONE PIECE OF THAT IS THAT WHEN WE WENT AHEAD AND TURNED FIRST THE PROCESS OF THE EXISTING DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIVE UNITS, AND AS YOU CAN SEE ON YOUR SCREEN, WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TEACHER SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT, INSTRUCTIONAL MENTORS, ASSISTANT DEPARTMENT MANAGERS, THOSE PIECES THAT WHEN THEY WERE REVIEWED, IN SOME CASES THEY WERE REDUCED BUT ALSO REASSIGNED TO SCHOOL SITES, AGAIN, MAXIMIZING THAT TIME IN FRONT OF STUDENTS. THOSE INSTRUCTORS IN FRONT OF STUDENTS. MAKING THE MOST OF WHAT WE HAVE MORE BANG FOR OUR BUCK IS WHAT WE ALWAYS SAY. THE BIG PICTURE OF THESE REDUCTIONS AND REASSIGNMENTS WAS THAT 309.61 DISTRICT UNITS. THOSE WERE POSITIONS THAT WERE ALLOCATED AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL WERE EITHER REDUCED OR REASSIGNED TO SCHOOL SITE UNITS. ACTUALIZED COST BASED ON AVERAGE JOBS -- AVERAGE SALARIES FOR THE JOB COATS THAT WE PUSHED, OFF OF THE DISTRICT BOOKS AND BACK TO SCHOOL SITES, WE ESTIMATE TO BE JUST OVER $11 MILLION. WE REALLOCATED UNITS IN SEVERAL CATEGORIES. A LOT OF THIS WORK YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT ALREADY, BUT WE DID UPDATE FORMULAS AND ALLOCATIONS IN ESE, ELL, GUIDANCE, SOCIAL WORK, PSYCHOLOGY, AND SUPPLEMENT UNITS. AND THIS WORK WASN'T DONE IN ISOLATION, SO WE BROUGHT THE LEADERS OF THOSE GROUPS AND THE DISTRICT LEADERS AND SCHOOL SITE LEADERS WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR HOW THOSE UNITS WOULD BE ALLOCATED AND WHERE THEY WOULD BE ASSIGNED BACK TO OUR CONVERSATION SO THAT WE WEREN'T AGAGHT ACTING IN ISOLATION. THE SUPPLEMENTAL LANDSCAPE TOOK FROM US 7 1W5 .57 -- 715.57 SUPPLEMENTAL UNITS OUT SERVING SCHOOL SITES TO JUST OVER 600 FOR THE '17-18 SCHOOL YEAR. OF THE 601.5 THAT WE MADE AVAILABLE TO SCHOOLS TO PICK UP, 502.87 WERE PICKED UP WHICH RESULTS IN A REDUCTION IN OUR SUPPLEMENTAL UNIT ALLOCATIONS OF 122.7 UNITS.  

>> AND JUST TO RECAP, OUR GOAL GOING FORWARD AGAIN IS TO REVISIT THOSE FORMULAS, REVIEW ALL UNIT ALLOCATIONS TO BENEFIT THE SCHOOL SITES, BUT ALSO STILL KEEPING IN MIND THAT SOUND, FISCAL BASE AS THE DISTRICT MOVES FORWARD. AREAS WHERE WE CAN CONTINUE TO REVIEW AND ADJUST. AGAIN, THAT ONGOING CONVERSATION ALLOWS US TO UNDERSCORE EVERYTHING WE DO WITH FISCAL STEWARDSHIP, AND ALSO ASSURING THAT THAT CORNERSTONE WILL ALLOW US TO ACHIEVE OUR DISTRICT PRIORITIES IN 2017 AND 2018. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, LADIES. MS. SHAMBURGER, YOU HAD A COMMENT. OKAY. I TAKE IT BACK. MS. VALDES, YOU WANT TO GO BEFORE ME?  

>>Susan L. Valdes: I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION. WHEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE UNUSED UNIT ALLOCATIONS, ARE WE ALSO TAKING AN OPPORTUNITY AND LOOKING TO SEE IF EVEN THAT JOB DESCRIPTION IS EVEN NEEDED ANY LONGER? AND HOW IS IT THAT WE'RE USING THESE TO BOTH CLEAN -- I SEE NODS HEADING, THAT IS A GREAT THING, OKAY, COOL. WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? HOW MANY JOB DESCRIPTIONS HAVE WE REALLY JUST KILLED AND SAID THIS IS WAY TOO OLD AND NO LONGER EFFECTIVE? I THINK OF ONE AS A TYPIST. WE STILL HAVE PEOPLE EMPLOYED UNDER TYPIST.  

>> I CAN ANSWER THAT. YES, THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION IS YES. AS WE CONTINUE TO REVIEW THE UNITS AND KIND OF -- BOTH DR. TUIN AND MS. SIMMONS HIGHLIGHTED PERFECTLY, THE CONVERSATION ABOUT REVIEWING JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND LOOKING AT JOB DESCRIPTIONS TO MEET OUR CURRENT NEEDS ARE BEING DONE AS WE SPEAK. AND YOU PROBABLY SEE THEM IN SOME AGENDA ITEMS THAT THEY HAVE COME UP. I KNOW WE TALKED ABOUT IN DEBBIE COOK'S DIVISION, ELL, WE'RE SPECIFICALLY LOOKING AT THAT JOB DESCRIPTION CHANGING AND MS. TYE'S DIVISION, SOME JOB DESCRIPTIONS BEING RELOOKED AND REVAMPED OR EVEN COLLAPSED OR COMBINED BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DIVISIONS, BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS FROM REPORTS AND ANY OF THE CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE BEING HELD.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU FOR THAT, DR. VAZQUEZ. BUT I GUESS WE DON'T SEE, AND WE DON'T APPROVE JOB DESCRIPTIONS THAT WE'RE GOING TO REMOVE. SO WE NEVER SEE THOSE JOB DESCRIPTIONS THAT ARE NO LONGER VALID. YET WHAT WE DO SEE ARE JOB DESCRIPTIONS THAT WE NEED TO UPDATE, RECATEGORIZE. SO IN MY MIND, CONSIDERING HOW WE HAVE -- THIS HAS NEVER REALLY BEEN DONE BEFORE IN THIS DISTRICT. I'M JUST SEEING THAT WE'RE JUST ADDING MORE JOB DESCRIPTIONS WITHOUT DELETING THEM BECAUSE WE'RE NOT APPROVING THE DELETION OF JOB CODES OR JOB DESCRI DESCRIPTIONS. SO I CAN JUST SEE PEOPLE BRINGING UP JOB DESCRIPTIONS, NO, I WAS HIRED UNDER THIS ONE AND OBSOLETE ONE. MENTIONING, WE LEFT A SMALL TREE WITH DR. VAZQUEZ AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS WEEK THAT REPRESENTED JOB CODES AND UNIT ASSIGNMENTS THAT WERE UNFILLED. AND NOT ALL OF THOSE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE ON LEAVE. SOME OF THOSE ARE JOB CODES AND UNITS ASSOCIATED WITH JOB CODES THAT WE HAVEN'T USED IN 20 YEARS. SO THE WORK ON OUR PART IS TO CLEAN THOSE BOOKS, CLEAN THE RECORDS, AND GET OUR HOUSE TIDIES UP A BIT, SO THAT THE INFORMATION THAT WE SHARE WITH YOU ABOUT WHAT UNITS ARE SITTING OUT THERE VACANT IS A RELIABLE FIGURE INSTEAD OF ONE THAT'S INFLATED BY THE FACT THAT THINGS -- LEGACY POSITIONS ARE STILL SITTING OUT THERE, AS YOU MENTIONED, LIKE TYPIST OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. SO WE ARE AWARE OF THAT WORK AND KNOW THAT IT NEEDS TO BE DONE. IT WILL BE A LOT OF WORK, BUT WE ARE COMMITTED TO IT, ABSOLUTELY.  

>> BRIEFLY, I THINK THE IMPORTANT PIECE ALSO IS BY DOING THAT, THEN WE CAN GIVE YOU TIMELY REPORTS AND TIMELY DATA, WHICH IS ALSO ANOTHER PART. YOU NEED IT TIMELY AND YOU NEED IT ACCURATE. THOSE TWO PIECES ARE IMPORTANT FOR US AND THAT'S ONGOING WORK. SO THANK YOU.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: LIKE McDONALD'S, I'M LOVIN' IT. MR. PORTER IS THAT SOMETHING THAT MR. EAKINS NEEDS TO BRING FORWARD A LIST OF JOB CODES THAT WE MUST OFFICIALLY APPROVE TO BE DELETED?  

>>Jim Porter: HE CAN BRING THOSE FORWARD TO YOU FOR INFORMATION. YOU DO NOT NEED TO -- HE DOES NOT NEED YOUR PERMISSION TO DELETE THOSE. JUST YOUR PERMISSION TO APPROVE NEW ONES. I THINK IT'S SOMETHING HE CAN DO ON HIS OWN. FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES, I MEAN, HE'S ABLE TO BRING THEM FORWARD TO YOU SO YOU CAN SEE WHAT THEY ARE.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: ABSOLUTELY. AN INFORMATION ITEM WOULD BE GREAT SO WE CAN SEE, AND EVEN I'M SURE IT'S GOING TO HAVE A COST TO THOSE AS WELL AS TO WHAT THE SAVINGS POTENTIALLY WILL BE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. APPRECIATE IT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. VALDES. I APPRECIATE THE PRESENTATION. AND I KNOW THIS WORK IS NOT FINISHED. BUT I JUST WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR, UNIT REDUCTION DOES NOT EQUAL SAVINGS. UNIT REDUCTION IS JUST -- UNIT REDUCTION DOES NOT EQUAL PEOPLE EITHER. EVEN THOUGH WE REDUCE UNITS, THAT HAVE BEEN THIS -- THAT DOES NOT MEAN WE'RE SAVING DOLLARS. IT MEANS WE'RE BEING A LITTLE MORE EFFICIENT. I'M INTERESTED IN, SUPERINTENDENT, SEEING WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN WE DO START REDUCING THESE UNITS AND MOVING PEOPLE -- I WANT TO SEE WHAT THE MOVEMENT LOOKS LIKE. WHEN YOU TAKE -- YOU SAID IT EARLIER, WHEN YOU MOVE PEOPLE OFF OF THE DISTRICT BOOKS BACK TO A SCHOOL SITE, THAT'S NOT SAVINGS. THAT'S SAVINGS ON THE DISTRICT WHATEVER DIVISION, BUT THAT'S NOT NET. THAT'S NOT NET SAVINGS.  SO IF YOU MOVE A PRINCIPAL WHO WAS STATIONED DOWN HERE BACK TO A SCHOOL SITE AND YOU DON'T CHANGE HIS SALARY AT ALL, YOU DIDN'T SAVE A PENNY. AND BOTTOM LINE, YOU DID NOT SAVE A PENNY. YOU JUST MOVE THAT PERSON OFF OF VAN'S BOOKS TO SOME SCHOOL SITE'S BOOKS. I WANT TO SEE THE NET. I WANT TO SEE THE MOVEMENT. WHEN WE MOVE PEOPLE FROM AP TO PRINCIPAL, PRINCIPAL TO DISTRICT AND THEN DISTRICT TO SOMEWHERE ELSE, I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THAT TRACKING STARTED. I DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU START THAT. I KNOW THAT THAT'S A CONVERSATION YOU'VE GOT TO HAVE WITH HR BECAUSE I THINK THAT YOU NEED A SOLID STARTING POINT FOR WHERE THIS BEGINS AND WHERE IT ENDS. BUT JUST BECAUSE WE REDUCE UNITS, WE REALLOCATE UNITS EVERY YEAR, AND SO I'M CONCERNED THAT WE'RE CALLING THIS SAVINGS, AND WE'RE CALLING THIS REDUCTION AND WE'RE CALLING THIS WHATEVER YOU WANT TO CALL IT JUST BECAUSE YOU REDUCE UNITS, DOES NOT -- THE ONLY WAY TO REDUCE THE NET IS REDUCE PEOPLE AND REMOVE SALARIES.  

>> I WOULD SAY THE UNIT ALLOCATION PROCESS AND THE REDUCTION ON THAT SIDE REPRESENTS COST CONTAINMENT BECAUSE IF THE UNITS AREN'T SITTING OUT THERE PEOPLE WITH SALARIES ASSOCIATED CAN'T BE MOVED INTO THEM. IT REDUCES THE POTENTIAL FOR COST, BUT IT DOES NOT CAPTURE WHAT YOU'RE REFERENCING ON THE HR SIDE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: IT'S NOT CAPTURING WHAT I THINK WE NEED TO START TALKING ABOUT WHICH IS TRUE SAVINGS, WHICH IS REMOVE THE UNIT AND THEN SHOW ME, WHEN YOU MOVE A PERSON, WHETHER YOU MOVE THEM FROM UPWARD MOTION OR YOU MOVE THEM BACK, WHAT THAT TRULY LOOKS LIKE. AND I DON'T KNOW IF THERE IS A SYSTEM OUT THERE THAT WE NEED TO BE LOOKING AT THAT ACTUALLY DOES IT -- DOES THE THIS AND -- DOES THIS AND WORKS WITH HR TO ACTUALLY DO THAT. THAT IS WHERE I THINK WE ARE MISSING SAVINGS. WHEN YOU TAKE A PERSON OUT OF A SCHOOL SITE AND BRING THEM DOWN HERE FOR WHATEVER LENGTH OF TIME AND THEY ARE AT A PARTICULAR SALARY AND THEN YOU MOVE THEM BACK TO A SCHOOL SITE, YOU DIDN'T SAVE ANY MONEY. THEY ARE AT THE SAME SALARY. AND YOU DIDN'T SAVE ANY MONEY. AND THE SAME THING HAPPENS WHEN YOU MOVE A PERSON UP. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE WHAT IT IS. WE ALWAYS SAY IT'S COST NEUTRAL. IT IS NOT COST NEUTRAL TO PROMOTE A PRINCIPAL TO A NEW JOB. IT IS NOT COST NEUTRAL TO PROMOTE AN AP TO A PRINCIPALSHIP. THAT COSTS US DOLLARS, AND IT COSTS US DOLLARS TO THEN BACKFILL THAT POSITION TO MAKE SURE THE SCHOOL IS WHOLE. I'M ANXIOUS TO SEE WHERE THIS GOES. I KNOW THIS IS JUST YOUR FIRST REPORT, BUT I'M GLAD WE'RE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION BUT I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE VERY MUCH A CONVERSATION THAT WE NEED TO CONTINUE AS WE MOVE INTO THIS BUDGET YEAR AND AS WE MOVE INTO TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHERE WE DO HAVE SAVINGS THAT ARE NOT BEING REALIZED. AND I THINK THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START. YOU SAID IT YOURSELF. THE BIGGEST PART OF OUR BUDGET IS TEACHER SALARIES AND EMPLOYEE SALARIES AND BENEFITS. MR. EAKINS, YOU LOOK LIKE YOU WANTED TO RESPOND TO THAT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ACTUALLY, YOU WERE GIVING ME THE LEAD-IN. YOU WERE PASSING THE BATON. I WAS GOING TO EXPLAIN TO YOU NOW HOW REALLY WE REAP THE SAVINGS. BECAUSE PART OF IT IS, YES, WHEN YOU GO AND YOU CLEAN UNITS AND DO YOU WILL AT THINGS, VACANT UNITS, YOU'RE NOT REALLY SAVING ANY PARTICULAR DOLLARS AT THAT POINT IN TIME, BUT YOU ARE SAVING DOLLARS. WHEN WE MAKE MOVES, FOR INSTANCE, WE USED TO HAVE TEN ADMINISTRATORS ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT IN THIS DISTRICT OFFICE. AT THE SAME TIME, WE HAD ALL OF OUR PRINCIPAL VACANCIES FILLED OUT IN OUR SCHOOLS. NOW WE'LL BE DOWN TO THREE. SO WE MOVED OUT SEVEN. AND THOSE ARE NOT BEING BACKFILLED, OKAY, WE WAITED FOR VACANCIES TO OCCUR. WE PUT PEOPLE IN THERE. USED TO BE 14 PEOPLE IN POSITIONS, NOW WE REDUCED SEVEN POSITIONS BY MOVING THEM INTO SITE. ULTIMATELY, THE BIGGEST SAVINGS WILL BE AS WE KICK OFF '17-18, NONE OF THOSE POSITIONS WILL BE FILLED NOW. IF YOU LOOK AT, WE GET EMPLOYEE REPORTS, SO I TRACK EMPLOYEE REPORTS THAT COME FROM HR. SO APRIL OF 2016 COMPARED TO APRIL OF 2017, WE'RE DOWN 615 EMPLOYEES IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. NOW, WE ALSO GREW. MORE KIDS IN OUR DISTRICT. SO ONE OF THE WAYS WE DO THAT IS WE START TO BECOME VERY PARTICULAR ABOUT FILLING VACANCIES. WE START TO SHRED UNITS THAT WE FEEL LIKE WE NO LONGER NEED. WHEN WE REASSIGN PEOPLE, YOU'RE RIGHT, REASSIGN PEOPLE FROM A DISTRICT OFFICE TO SCHOOL SITES, THAT DIDN'T REAP ANY KIND OF SAVINGS THEN, BUT WILL NOT EVER BACKFILL THOSE UNITS. WE'LL MAKE SURE THAT THAT INSTEAD OF 26 DRTs AND 26 CLASSROOM TEACHERS, THAT'S 52 UNITS, WE'RE NOW STARTING OFF NEXT YEAR WITH 26 UNITS OUT IN SCHOOLS. BY THE WAY, WE'RE ABLE TO TO DO THIS BECAUSE OUR STRUCTURE IS ALSO HELPING US GET TO NOT HAVING TO HAVE SO MANY PEOPLE AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL. AND I'LL BE GLAD TO TALK TO YOU ANOTHER TIME. IT'S GETTING KIND OF LATE TONIGHT ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR ISSUE. BUT I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TO REALIZE IS WE USED TO HAVE A STRUCTURE IN THIS DISTRICT THAT USED TO SEND LOTS OF PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT DIVISIONS, POURING INTO SCHOOLS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT. AND THAT WAS NOT ALWAYS THE MOST FUNCTIONAL WAY OF DOING BUSINESS. WITH OUR CURRENT STRUCTURE, WORKING WITH OUR ALTs, OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENT OFFICERS, COACHES AND WORKING IN COLLABORATION WITH THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS WE NOW CAN STREAMLINE WHAT USED TO BE 50 POSITIONS NOW DOWN TO ABOUT 16 TO DO THE WORK MORE EFFICIENTLY AND HAVE A CLEARER LINE OF ACCOUNTABILITY. WE'LL TALK ABOUT THAT AT ANOTHER TIME. BUT THE ULTIMATE COST SAVINGS WILL BE AS WE START TO REDUCE THE UNITS FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE OR OTHER PLACES THAT WE DON'T BACKFILL THOSE UNITS AND THEREFORE WE WILL ULTIMATELY START TO SEE A REDUCTION IN THE OVERALL SALARY COST IN THE DISTRICT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE AT THE SUPERINTENDENT'S SUSPENDED AGENDA. AND -- AND THEN BOARD COMMENTS. YES, WE DO NEED TO VOTE. I'M SORRY. I HAVE THINGS CHECKED OFF AND THINGS THAT ARE NOT CHECKED OFF. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. VALDES. THANK YOU FOR THE REMINDER, MS. GRIFFIN. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. NOW, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THE SUSPENDED AGENDA AND YOUR COMMENTS AND THEN WE WILL DO BOARD COMMENTS.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. STUART. JUST TAKE CARE OF A COUPLE OF ITEMS FOR YOU ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA JUST TO GIVE YOU AN UPDATE. FIRST OF ALL, WHAT YOU JUST SAW WAS ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. THAT WAS AN UPDATE IN NUMBER 6. KIND OF GIVING YOU AN UPDATE ON COST SAVINGS. ON NUMBER TWO, ONGOING REPORTS ABOUT THE KINDS OF THINGS BEING DONE FOR STUDENTS, OF COURSE, ACROSS THIS DISTRICT I WANT TO MAKE MENTION AND WON'T GO INTO DETAILS BECAUSE WE WANT TO COME BACK AND GIVE YOU A COUPLE OF REPORTS. VAN LED A TEAM OUT TO ANOTHER SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT HAS A GREAT REPUTATION IN HOW THEY REALLY SUPPORT STUDENTS IN KIND OF THE ALTERNATIVE SPACES IN THEIR DISTRICT. AS WE GO TO INCREASE OUR GRADUATION RATES AND GET TO THE 90/20 GOAL, ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES WE WILL HAVE TO FACE HEAD ON IS WHEN OUR STUDENTS ARE NOT BEING SUCCESSFUL IN THE TRADITIONAL SCHOOL SITES AND THEY ARE IN ANOTHER SITE, WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE. VAN AND MS. McCLOUD TOOK A VISIT TO DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND BROUGHT BACK A LOT OF GOOD INFORMATION. AT SOME POINT WE WANT TO SHARE THAT WITH THE BOARD SO YOU CAN SEE SOME OF THE THINGS WE'RE LOOKING AT THERE. ALSO ANOTHER ITEM, THIS IS ANOTHER THING THAT WE'LL BRING BACK AND BRING IT BACK THROUGH SCOTT BROOKS' OFFICE, WE ARE STARTING TO GET THE INITIAL DATA FROM OUR FUTURE PLANS ASSESSMENTS THAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE BEEN TAKING ACROSS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THIS YEAR. WE START TO SEE NOW WHERE STUDENTS ARE CONNECTED WITH FUTURE CAREER PATHWAYS. I'LL LET YOU KNOW THIS, BECAUSE IT'S A BIG ONE ON TOP OF OUR LIST IS THE INITIAL REPORT AND THERE'S MORE TO COME, SHOWED THAT 688 HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORES IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WANT TO BE TEACHERS. NOW THAT WE HAVE THAT INFORMATION, WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING WITH THAT INFORMATION BECAUSE WE HAVE TWO MORE YEARS. WE'LL COME BACK AND DO A REPORT OUT TO THE BOARD AND KIND OF SEE HOW WE'LL START TO LEVERAGE BUSINESS PARTNERS WITH US IN THE COMMUNITY AND HOW WE'LL ALSO FORM PROGRAMMING BACK INTO THE SCHOOLS TO MAKE SURE WE'RE CE CONNECTING STUDENTS. THE PERIODIC -- OBVIOUSLY YOU SAW POSITIONS BEING FILLED THIS EVENING. I WANTED TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO THAT DIVISION FOR THE VOLUNTEERS AWARDS CEREMONY THAT WAS HELD AT PEPIN THIS PAST WEEK. I THOUGHT THAT WAS A CLASS ACT. I DON'T THINK ADULTS TALKED MORE THAN FIVE MINUTES DURING THE WHOLE SHOW. IT WAS ALL KIDS, BUT IT WAS ALL THE RIGHT THINGS BECAUSE IT IS ABOUT OUR KIDS AND HONORING OUR VOLUNTEERS. SO I WANT TO THANK THE OUTREACH AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT DIVISION FOR DOING A FIRST-CLASS ACT THERE. THEN I'LL LEAD RIGHT INTO MY COMMENTS. GOSH, DO YOU THINK I NEED TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE? OKAY. THE LATEST AND GREATEST. AS YOU'RE AWARE, THE 2017 LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDED LAST WEEK. LAWMAKERS PASSED A BUDGET INCLUDING LARGE AND WIDE RANGING EDUCATION BILL, HOUSE BILL 7069 THAT HAD A LARGE NUMBER OF LAST-MINUTE CHANGES MADE BY JUST A FEW INDIVIDUALS. THE BILL WOULD, AMONG OTHER THINGS, CUT THE BASE STUDENT ALLOCATION BY ABOUT $27 PER STUDENT, TAKE AWAY FUNDING FOR THINGS LIKE TECHNOLOGY, RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS' PROGRAMS, SUPPORT CLASSROOM, SALARIES, ET CETERA, AND ALSO DICTATED HOW WE -- [AUDIO BLIP] -- AND CREATE THE SCHOOL'S HOPE PROGRAM. AGAIN, A SWEEPING EDUCATION BILL WITH SIGNIFICANT POLICY REFORMS. THE HOUSE BILL 7069 HAS NOT YET BEEN PRESENTED TO THE GOVERNOR, BUT WE EXPECT IT WILL BE SENT TO HIM SOON. ONCE THE BILL IS DELIVERED TO THE GOVERNOR, HE HAS 15 DAYS IN WHICH TO EITHER SIGN THE BILL, VETO THE BILL, OR ALLOW IT TO BECOME LAW WITHOUT HIS SIGNATURE. WE ALONG WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE STATE AND VARIOUS ADVOCACY ASSOCIATIONS HAVE ASKED THE GOVERNOR TO VETO HOUSE BILL 7069. THE REQUEST TO VETO THE EDUCATION BILL IS THE CURRENT FOCUS OF ALL THE GROUPS, BUT WE ARE ALSO HEARING THAT SOME MAY REQUEST A BUDGET VETO AS WELL. I WAS ON A CONFERENCE CALL RIGHT BEFORE THE BOARD MEETING. FLORIDA ASSOCIATION FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS, THEY VOTED UNANIMOUSLY TO ASK FOR A VETO TO THE GOVERNOR OF HOUSE BILL 7069 AND ASKED FOR A VETO OF THE FEFP LINE ITEM PORTION OF THE BUDGET BILL IN TALLAHASSEE. AS WELL. SO MORE TO COME ON THAT. MYSELF AND SEVERAL BOARD MEMBERS HERE ATTENDED A PRESS CONFERENCE THIS MORNING, STATE REPRESENTATIVE SEAN SHAW, U.S. REPRESENTATIVE KATHY CASTOR AND SHARING OUR CONCERNS FOR HOW THIS EDUCATION BILL WILL IMPACT OUR STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOLS. WE DO WANT TO THANK OUR LOCAL LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION FOR THEIR HARD WORK THIS SESSION AND ALL THEY DO TO SUPPORT THE STUDENTS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AS REPRESENTATIVE SHAW SAID TODAY, HE FELT A LITTLE BIT LIKE HE WASN'T QUITE GIVEN A LOT OF INFORMATION DURING THE SESSION, AND HE KIND OF TOLD IT QUITE PLAINLY TODAY. VERY INTERESTING. I DO WANT TO LET YOU KNOW, AND IT WAS KIND OF A LEAD-IN TO WHAT MS. SIMMONS AND DR. TUTAN TALKED ABOUT A LITTLE BIT EARLIER, NOW THAT WE HAVE A POSSIBLE BUDGET, SO THE POSSIBLE BUDGET IS CURRENTLY SITTING IN FRONT OF US. WE KIND OF KNOW WHAT THAT DOLLAR AMOUNT LOOKS LIKE, I WANT THIS BOARD, BECAUSE YOU START TO READ ARTICLES ABOUT WHAT OTHER DISTRICTS ARE DOING RIGHT NOW WITH REGARDS TO THE BUDGET ISSUES, SO WE HAVE TO DO THE SAME THING. RIGHT NOW, THIS WEEK, THE BUDGET OFFICE IS ANALYZING EVERY PERSONNEL UNIT WE HAVE IN OUR DISTRICT, TRYING TO DETERMINE POTENTIAL SALARIES AND THEN LOOK AT CONTRACTS, EVERYTHING ELSE THAT WE ARE OBLIGATED TO SUPPORT TO OPERATE THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT, ENERGY AND SO FORTH, ALL THE INFRASTRUCTURE. THAT BEING SAID, ONCE THAT BUDGET ANALYSIS IS DONE, WE'LL BE ABLE TO KIND OF BUMP THAT UP AGAINST THE OVERALL FEFP BUDGET, WHICH IS ABOUT $1.53 BILLION FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. OBVIOUSLY, IF THE BUDGET ANALYSIS HAS MORE EXPENSES THAN WE DO REVENUE COMING IN, WHICH I'M ANTICIPATING IT WILL PROBABLY HAVE THAT, WE'RE GOING TO START TO MAKE KIND OF OUR TIERED-DECISION MAKING TREE ON WHAT WE DO FIRST, KED, THIRD, FOURTH. FIRST OF ALL, WE HAVE THE LARGEST AMOUNT OF DOLLARS IS IN PERSONNEL. WE'LL HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONS AROUND HOW MANY VACANT UNITS WE HAVE, WHAT KIND OF FREEZES WE PUT ON. OBVIOUSLY, CLASS SIZE AMENDMENT THAT WE'RE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO THAT WE MUST FOLLOW. PRIOR TO JUNE 8th BOARD WORKSHOP, THEN YOU WILL HAVE KIND OF THAT ANALYSIS OF WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AND WHAT THE PLAN COULD BE. WE MAY ALREADY HAVE TO START PUTTING SOME OF THOSE MEASURES IN PLACE. WE'LL BE WORKING WITH OUR LOCAL UNIONS HERE, THE CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, AND HECF ALONG THE WAY. I WANTED TO KEEP YOU JUST IN THE KNOW ON THAT. AND I JUST WANT TO TAKE THIS MOMENT TO PAUSE FROM ALL THE LEGISLATIVE CONCERNS GOING ON IN TALLAHASSEE, AND WE ARE NOW IN THE MIDST OF OUR GRADUATION SEASON. IT WILL BE A WHIRLWIND THE NEXT TWO WEEKS AS WE ATTENDED THE GRADUATIONS. I HOPE WE REMEMBER SOME OF THE FACES WE'LL SEE OVER THE IN EX-TWO WEEKS. THE HANDS WILL SHAKE AND THE LIVES BEING IMPACTED ONCE THEY HAVE THEIR DIPLOMA AND ARE READY FOR THE NEXT STEP IN LINE. I DO WANT TO THANK ALL OF OUR TEACHERS, SUPPORT STAFF, ADMINISTRATORS AND EVERYONE WHO HAS HAD A HAND IN GETTING OUR STUDENTS TO THIS DAY FROM OUR PRE-K TEACHERS ALL THE WAY UP. AND TO OUR STUDENTS, WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU. WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONGRATULATING YOU AND SEEING WHAT'S AHEAD. AND LATE-BREAKING NEWS, THIS WAS NOT IN MY SCRIPT TONIGHT, BUT AS I WAS -- WE JUST GOT SOME RESULTS FOR NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARS, AND SO JUST SO YOU KNOW, THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS THE LARGEST AMOUNT IN THE REGION. WE HAD 11 STUDENTS THAT WERE SELECTED, AND THAT'S A GREAT HONOR, AND WE SHOULD BE VERY PROUD OF THAT. DEFINITELY HAD WAY MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE. I SHOULD JUST SAY THAT. BUT ANYWAY, ONCE AGAIN, A COMPLIMENT TO OUR STUDENTS AND THE STAFF THAT SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS OUT IN OUR DISTRICT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. [ APPLAUSE ] BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE IN BOARD COMMENT, MS. SHAMBURGER.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: I'LL BE VERY BRIEF. FIRST, LET ME JUST START WITH A COUPLE OF JUST CONGRATULATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND THANK YOUS. FIRST OF ALL, MR. ROSS ANDERSON AND THE AWARDS CEREMONY THIS WEEKEND. ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL WHAT ONE MAN WITH A VISION AS SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS SAID IN HIS SPEECH HAS DONE TO REALLY TRANSFORM LIVES. I LIKE TO SAY KUDOS TO PRINCIPAL SHERRY BOWLING AND HER SHORE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS FOR THEIR SPECTACULAR WIZARD OF OZ PLAY. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL. I WAS IN TEARS I WAS SO PROUD OF THOSE KIDS. TO THE LINK FOUNDATION FOR THEIR MENTORING AT SHE HIGH ELEMENTARY AND THE DUNGY FAMILY FOUNDATION FOR THE COMMITMENT TO STUDENTS WITH THEIR READING PROGRAM. LASTLY, JUST A BIT OF BUSINESS. FOR THE BOARD. I JUST WANT TO TALK BRIEFLY ABOUT, WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT THE SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS CONTRACT, BUT I WANT TO TALK BRIEFLY ABOUT THE TOOL WE USE FOR HIS EVALUATION. IF WE COULD SOMEHOW READDRESS THAT. JUST MY PERSONAL OPINION THAT SWOT ANALYSIS IS NOT FOR AN EVALUATION. AS YOU MAY KNOW, THE SWOT ANALYSIS IS REALLY A BUSINESS TOOL TO HELP ORGANIZATIONS DEVELOP FULL AWARENESS OF ALL THE FACTORS INVOLVED IN MAKING A DECISION. IF WE WANT TO ASSESS HOW HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS DOING, THE SWOT ANALYSIS IS DESIGNED FOR THAT. BUT USING IT FOR SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS' EVALUATION, IN MY OPINION, IS NOT THE PROPER TOOL. WHATEVER THE MECHANISM, WHATEVER THE VEHICLE IS I'D CERTAINLY LIKE US TO ADDRESS THAT AND PROBABLY THINK ABOUT CHANGING THAT FOR THE NEXT GO AROUND.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SHAMBURGER. MR. PORTER CAN COMMENT ON THAT BUT WE'VE HAD THAT CONVERSATION ALREADY.  

>>Jim Porter: IF THAT IS THE WILL OF THE BOARD, IF YOU WANT TO MAKE A MOTION FOR THAT. THE APPROPRIATE THING TO DO WOULD BE TO ASK DR. WHALEN, THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF HR TO LOOK AT WHAT THAT MEANS AND MAYBE COME BACK WITH SOME OPTIONS FOR THE BOARD IN PLENTY OF TIME FOR NEXT YEAR'S EVALUATION. I THINK IT WOULD BE -- IF YOU WANTED TO MAKE A MOTION TO HAVE HER DO THAT, YOU CAN DO THAT IF THERE'S CONSENSUS. EITHER WAY IS FINE. THAT SEEMED TO BE SOMETHING THAT THE BOARD IS OKAY, DR. WHALEN COULD LOOK AT AND EVALUATE, A DIFFERENT EVALUATION TOOL. SHE CAN WORK ON THAT AND REPORT BACK IN A TIMELY MANNER TO THE BOARD.  

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

>>Sally Harris: WELL, I PUT LAST MEETING'S SLIDE SHOW ALONG WITH THIS ONE, AS IT STARTS, YOU'LL SEE SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES I TALKED ABOUT LAST TIME SHOW UP, ESPECIALLY THE FISHING TOURNAMENT. I WANTED TO MAKE SURE YOU GET TO SEE THAT. BUT ILL TELL YOU THAT WE'VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF GREAT THINGS WE HAVE ATTENDED THE LAW APPRECIATION AWARDS LUNCHEON, AND SOME OF OUR STUDENTS WERE RECOGNIZED. AS A MATTER OF FACT, THE ONE TONIGHT THAT SPOKE ACTUALLY WAS AT THAT EVENT BEING RECOGNIZED. AND WE ALSO HAD THE SUMMER READ-ON KICKOFF AT AMALIE ARENA, MANY OF US WERE THERE AND IT WAS WELL ATTENDED AND THE EXCITEMENT OF THE PROGRAM THAT'S GOING TO TAKE PLACE THIS SUMMER. THEN WE HAD THE HONOR OF ATTENDING THE SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AWARD CEREMONY, AND THAT WAS A VERY GOOD CEREMONY. ALWAYS NICE TO RECOGNIZE THOSE WHO KEEP US SAFE. AND THEN WE ALSO HAD THE PATROL PICNIC, AND I WILL TELL YOU, IT WAS VERY WARM, BUT IT WAS MY FIRST TIME ATTENDING THE PICNIC AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, AND IT WAS REALLY NEAT. I GOT THERE REALLY EARLY BECAUSE I LIKE TO KNOW HOW THINGS WORK FROM THE BEGINNING. I WATCHED THE PRINCIPALS AND THE SECURITY GO AROUND TO THE AREA AND CHECK OUT THE SAFETY FOR THE STUDENTS. I WATCHED ALL THE PRINCIPALS JUMP IN, UNLOADING TRUCKS, SETTING UP TABLES, SETTING UP STAGES, GETTING READY FOR THE STUDENTS, GETTING IN POSITION BEFORE THE BUSES ARRIVE. IT WAS SO EXCITING. EVERYBODY WAS EXCITED AS THE BUSES CAME ROLLING DOWN THE STREET. AND OUR VERY OWN SUPERINTENDENT AND ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT WERE THERE. AND ONE OF THE TEACHERS CAME UP TO ME AND SHE SAID, I'VE BEEN COMING FOR OVER 20 YEARS, AND THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME I SAW A SUPERINTENDENT AT THE PATROL PICNIC. SO THAT WAS REALLY A NEAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO SEE HIM IN A LIGHTER WAY AND VISITING. THEN WE VERY QUICKLY WENT OVER TO THE FOOD AND NUTRITION MANAGERS AWARD CEREMONY, AND THAT WAS REALLY EXCITING. WE GOT TO GO OVER AND HONOR SOME OF THE CAFETERIA MANAGERS AND THE JOBS THEY WERE DOING AND THE PEOPLE RETIRING. AND THEN I ALSO ATTENDED THE SHORE ELEMENTARY ARTS MAGNET. AND IT WAS AN OUTSTANDING PROGRAM. IT WAS AMAZING THE WAY THE STUDENTS, ELEMENTARY STUDENTS HAD THEIR LINES AND REMEMBERED THEIR LINES AND THEIR SINGING AND SONG AND DANCE. AND IT WAS JUST AN ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS, GORGEOUS PROGRAM. THEN WE HAD THE MINI-VISION EVENT, WHICH WAS SPECTACULAR. ROSS ANDERSON IS BEYOND WORDS AND HIS DEDICATION TO OUR STUDENTS AND HOW HE TEACHES THEM. I'M ALWAYS AMAZED WHAT THEY LEARN. THEN WE WENT TO THE VOLUNTEER EVENT, WHICH WAS OUR FORMAL SERVE OPPORTUNITY. AGAIN SOME OF THE THINGS THAT TOOK PLACE AND THE PEOPLE WE HONORED. THEN WE HAD GRADUATION START, AND AS THE GRADUATIONS GOT STARTED, WE ARE STARTING TO SEE REAPING THE BENEFITS OF ALL THE HARD WORK OF OUR TEACHERS AND FACULTY, THE PRINCIPALS IN OUR AREA AND WE'RE ABLE TO SEE THE SMILES OF OUR FAMILIES, AND THERE WERE SOME TEARJERKERS TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE PARENTS THAT WERE PROUD THAT THEIR STUDENTS WERE WALKING ACROSS THAT STAGE. WE'VE DONE A FEW OF THE ADULT CENTERS. WE'VE DONE SOME CAREER CENTERS, AND WE'VE HAD OUR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS WALK ACROSS THE STAGE. IT'S BEEN REALLY TOUCHING. AND THEN WE VERY QUICKLY, I WOULD SAY 100-DEGREE WEATHER BUT I'M EXAGGERATING A LITTLE BIT. IT WAS REALLY 200. BUT WE HAD A MEDIA PRESS CONFERENCE, AND IT WAS REALLY NICE SEATING COMMUNITY. KATHY CASTOR, SEAN SHAW, THE PTA, IT WAS NICE TO KNOW THAT EVERYBODY IS SUPPORTING US. AND KATHY CASTOR'S PLEA WAS TO THE COMMUNITY THAT WE NEED, THIS IS A COMMUNITY CONCERN, AND THAT WE NEED EVERYBODY'S HELP ON HOUSE BILL 7069. SO THAT PART WAS STRONG. WE STOOD TOGETHER STRONG ON AN ISSUE THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. AND THEN MY FINAL PICTURE, WHICH I'LL SHOW UP IN A MINUTE WAS THE GOOD-BYE AT THE PICNIC AND A GOOD-BYE TO A LOT OF ACTIVITY THAT -- ALL THESE THINGS HAVE BEEN TAKING PLACE. I CAN TELL YOU THAT I ONLY ATTENDED MAYBE ONE-EIGHTH OF WHAT'S GOING ON IN THIS DISTRICT. SO WITH WHAT I'M SHARING WITH YOU, EVERYONE HAS BEEN GOING ON. THERE IS YOUR SHORE PICTURES. ISN'T IT NEAT? AS THE PICTURES GO ON AND I'M FINISHED, THANK YOU.  

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

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER HARRIS DID A FABULOUS JOB COVERING ALL THE GREAT THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON. I THANK YOU. I'M JUST GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT MORE THEMATIC AND JUST TALK ABOUT OUR INVOLVEMENT IN THREE DIFFERENT CATEGORIES. FIRST, WE HAD GREAT POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT. I JUST WANT TO THANK SO MUCH CONNIE ME LETO AND JASON PEPE FOR THEIR REPRESENTATION OF OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM. THEY DID EVERYTHING THEY COULD DO, I DO BELIEVE, TO PROTECT THE INTEGRITY OF OUR MONIES. WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS, BUT BIG THANK YOU TO THEIR DEDICATION. VERY UNREWARDING JOB IN MANY WAYS, BUT THEY WERE DOING THE BEST TO REPRESENT US. ANOTHER FORM OF INVOLVEMENT WAS OUR STAFF INVOLVEMENT. STAFF FOR SUPPORTING OUR TURNAROUND STUDENTS. THAT WAS THE FIRST TIME FOR ME, MS. TYE. I WAS DEFINITELY MOVED. THOSE STUDENTS' DEDICATION, ACTUALLY THE STAFF DEDICATION MADE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE TO MANY OF OUR STUDENTS IN ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, AND HIGH SCHOOL. AND EACH STAFF MEMBER TOOK THE EXTRA MILE. THAT'S WHAT REALLY WAS AMAZING TO MAKE SURE THAT THE STUDENT WHO WANTED TO GIVE UP DID NOT GIVE UP AND INSTEAD CHANGED THEIR DIRECTION TO NOW GIVE MORE VERSUS GIVE UP. AND SPECIAL CONGRATULATORY THANK YOU AND EVERYTHING TO THE LIFETIME EFFORTS OF WYNNE TYE WHO HAS HELPED THOUSANDS OF OUR CHALLENGED STUDENTS MAKE IT TO THE FINISH LINE. YOU ARE HIGHLY RECOGNIZED AS A WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING TO MANY. LAST TYPE OF INVOLVEMENT, PARENTAL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. I THINK ONE OF THE EXEMPLARY EXAMPLES, AND SHARING IT WITH MEMBER SHAMBURGER, I DIDN'T KNOW MEMBER HARRIS WAS THERE, BUT THE WIZARD OF OZ, IT WAS A MIRACULOUS EVENT IN MANY WAYS. CERTAINLY THE STUDENTS WERE PERFORMING IN WAYS THAT BROADWAY WOULD BE COMPETITIVE IN MANY WAYS. BUT WHAT I WAS COMPLETELY ASTONISHED WAS THE FULL HOUSE OF SUPPORTIVE PARENTS AND COMMUNITY. EVERY SEAT WAS TAKEN, AND THAT SPOKE TO ME VOLUMES. IT WAS A FRIDAY NIGHT, AND I KNOW THERE ARE OTHER THINGS TO DO, BUT THE WIZARD OF OZ, PRINCIPAL SHERRY BOLLINGER AND AP KEVIN McDONALD DID THE BEST TO BRING OUT THE VERY BEST IN EACH CHILD AND PUT ON A PROFESSIONALLY DONE PLAY. THAT'S ALL FOR MY COMMENTS. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, IT IS 9:00. I'M GOING TO COLLECT MY THOUGHTS AND SAY MOST OF MY THANK YOUs AND RECOGNITION FOR THE NEXT BOARD MEETING IN THE INTEREST OF TIME. I DID WANT TO EXPRESS WAS CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF OUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES. IT'S AN AMAZING SEASON. IT'S PROBABLY OUR FAVORITE SEASON TO SEE ALL OF THE SUCCESS AND HEAR ALL THE SUCCESS STORIES OF OUR STUDENTS. AND THEN I JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY, SINCE I WAS THE DISSENTING VOTE IN THE RENEWAL OF THE SUPERINTENDENT'S CONTRACT THREE YEARS AS OPPOSED TO 12 MONTHS THAT I WOULD HAVE BEEN COMFORTABLE WITH, I JUST WANTED TO REITERATE THAT IT IN NO WAY DECREASES MY COMMITMENT TO WORKING WITH YOU AND TO DOING WHAT'S BEST FOR THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE INTEREST OF OUR STUDENTS, AND I DO LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THE NEXT YEAR. SO THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU HAVE DONE, AND I DO LOOK FORWARD TO MAKING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT THE BEST. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. I WILL BE EXTREMELY BRIEF AS WELL, SINCE THE PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY, I APPRECIATE ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO SHOWED UP TODAY. THEY'VE ALREADY BEEN MENTIONED. AND CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADUATES. WE DO HAVE ANOTHER, WHAT, EIGHT OR NINE DAYS OF FULL DAYS OF GRADUATIONS, INCLUDING A FULL SATURDAY. EVERYONE PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER AND SAY A LITTLE PRAYER FOR ALL OF US THAT ARE GOING TO BE THERE A LOT. AND FOR OUR GRADUATES. I'M VERY, VERY PROUD OF GRADUATES. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING TIMES OF THE YEAR FOR US. WE STARTED ON MONDAY. WANT TO SAY A QUICK CONGRATULATIONS TO MR. HENRY WASHINGTON SHAKE WHO IS NOT IN THE ROOM BUT RETIRED OFFICIALLY. UNFORTUNATELY, A LOT OF THE BOARD DIDN'T MAKE IT TO HIS RETIREMENT BECAUSE WE WERE AT A GRADUATION. THIS IS OUR LAST MEETING BEFORE SUMMER BREAK, SO I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WISH ALL OF OUR TEACHERS, OUR STUDENTS, AND THEIR FAMILIES A LONG AND RESTFUL SUMMER AS THEY MOVE INTO -- WE MOVE INTO MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND, AND THEN WE ARE DONE FOR THE SUMMER. THIS IS THE FIRST FOR US. I KNOW A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT FOR EVERYBODY, BUT I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT I HOPE THAT STUDENTS GOING OFF TO SCHOOL HAVE SAFE TRAVELS OFF TO SCHOOL, AND THAT EVERYONE WHO IS TAKING OFF FOR SUMMER ENJOYS, AND WE WILL MOVE TO TEN-HOUR DAYS SHORTLY HERE. SO THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. MS. VALDES, DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING ELSE?  

>>Susan L. Valdes: GOOD NIGHT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: AND WE ARE ADJOURNED. [ SOUNDING GAVEL ]