Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Regular Board Meeting from August 29th, 2017, 3:00 P.M.

>> HELLO. MY NAME IS SALLY HARRIS. I'M VICE-CHAIR OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD.  

>> I'M CINDY STUART, THE BOARD CHAIR. ON BEHALF OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE BOARD, WE WANT TO TAKE A MOMENT AND WELCOME YOU TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.  

>> HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WE SERVE MORE THAN 200,000 STUDENTS IN PRE-K THROUGH 12th GRADE. THAT MAKES OUR DISTRICT ONE OF THE TEN LARGEST IN AMERICA. OUR TEAM IS MADE UP OF MORE THAN 25,000 DEDICATED PEOPLE WORKING AT MORE THAN 245 SITES. WE ARE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY'S LARGEST EMPLOYER.  

>> THE BEST WAY TO SERVE OUR STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNITY IS TO INVOLVE YOU, THE PUBLIC, IN WHAT WE DO. YOU ARE WELCOME TO E-MAIL OR MEET WITH ANY OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS AND FOLLOW OUR DISTRICT ON SOCIAL MEDIA. OUR BOARD MEETINGS ARE HELD HERE IN OUR BOARD AUDITORIUM EVERY OTHER TUESDAY STARTING AT 3 P.M. BOARD MEETINGS ARE STREAMED LIVE ON OUR WEBSITE AND CARRIED LIVE ON SPECTRUM 635 AND FRONTIER FI I DON'T SAY 32. WE'RE INTERESTED IN HEARING WHAT THE PUBLIC HAS TO SAY. WE'LL INCLUDE TIME FOR AUDIENCE COMMENTS BEFORE WE ADDRESS OUR REGULAR AGENDA.  

>> OUR AGENDA AND ANY SUPPORTING MATERIALS CAN BE VIEWED ONLINE IN ADVANCE. THEY ARE POSTED SEVEN DAYS BEFORE EACH MEETING ON OUR WEBSITE. THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF OUR MEETING TODAY. WITH YOUR HELP, WE'RE MAKING DECISIONS THAT SHAPE OUR COMMUNITY'S FUTURE. WE AT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: GOOD AFTERNOON, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. I'D LIKE TO CALL TODAY'S TUESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2017, 3 P.M. BOARD MEETING TO ORDER. IF WE COULD PLEASE STAND FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY MEMBER HARRIS.  

>> I'D LIKE TO SHARE A QUOTE TODAY. IT SAYS SUCCESS DOES NOT COME FROM INDIVIDUAL AWARDS. SUCCESS COMES FROM THE POSITIVE IMPACT THAT YOU MAKE ON ANOTHER PERSON'S LIFE. COULD WE PLEASE HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOR THOSE PEOPLE IN TEXAS AND LOUISIANA WHO ARE ALL SUFFERING AND FOR THOSE WHO ARE THERE TO RESCUE AND TO HELP REBUILD THEIR COMMUNITIES. [MOMENT OF SILENCE]  

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE THREE WITHDRAWN ITEMS THIS AFTERNOON. ITEM NUMBER C 3.01, C 4.04, AND C 4.05. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. SHAMBURGER. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU COULD PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS WITH MS. VALDES AWAY FROM THE DAIS. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MS. VALDES. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE THREE SETS OF MINUTES TO APPROVE THIS EVENING. AUGUST 1, 2017 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. THE AUGUST 3rd TERMINATION HEARING, AND THE AUGUST 22nd SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THESE ITEMS. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. SHAMBURGER. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS APPEAR. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. AT THIS TIME, WE WILL READ THE BOARD MEMBER GUIDELINES. MS. HARRIS.  

>>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 VIDEO MONITOR HERE IN THE AUDITORIUM. IT ALSO CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING LATER IN THE VIDEO ARCHIVE. DURING THE MEETING, THERE IS A TABLET AVAILABLE AT THE COMMUNICATIONS DESK THAT CAN BE USED TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING. THERE ARE SPEAKERS IN THE BACK ROOM THAT ALLOW BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR THE MEETING. THERE WILL BE A TOTAL OF 45 MINUTES ALLOWED FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. SPEAKERS WILL BE GRANTED THREE MINUTES TO ADDRESS A SINGLE AGENDA ITEM OR A TOTAL OF FIVE MINUTES TO ADDRESS TWO OR MORE AGENDA ITEMS. 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 OLDER -- ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THE MEETING. OUR CIVILITY IS IN EFFECT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, I WANT TO REMIND TO YOU PLEASE KEEP YOUR COMMENTS CONCISE AND TO THE TOPIC IN THE MEETING. I'LL REMIND SPEAKERS. YOU PULLED ITEMS TO SPEAK TO. IF YOU CAN PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ARE SPEAKING TO THAT ITEM AND NOT SPEAKING IN GENERAL OR TO OTHER ITEMS THAT ARE NOT GOING TO BE DISCUSSED AT THIS MEETING. WE HAVE TWO ITEMS THAT WILL BE TAKEN AT TIME SPECIFIC TODAY. WHEN THOSE TIMES ARRIVE, WE WILL STOP WHAT WE ARE DOING AND MOVE TO THOSE TWO ITEMS. THE FIRST ITEM IS THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE SECOND IS EMPLOYEE INPUT AT 6 P.M. ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS ARE AT 4 P.M. SORRY ABOUT THAT. MS. SNIVELY, I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE A GUEST IN THE AUDIENCE, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THEM.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. JOHN IN JONATHAN BECK MADE IT HERE YET. A BOY SCOUT FROM TROOP 61 IN VALRICO. I DO NOT SEE HIM. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE HIM, AND PERHAPS WHEN HE COMES INTO THE ROOM WE'LL GET A CHANCE TO RECOGNIZE HIM. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: ABSOLUTELY. I ALSO HAVE A COUPLE OF GUESTS IN THE ROOM. WE HAVE TWO OF OUR TEACHERS WHO ARE TAKING A CLASS AT USF, AND THEY ARE HERE TO OBSERVE TODAY. THEY ARE TAKING ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY AT USF UNDER DR. KARANCHA. IF YOU COULD PLEASE STAND. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND MAKING US A PART OF YOUR LEARNING EXPERIENCE. [ APPLAUSE ] SO WE'RE GOING TO MOVE TO AUDIENCE COMMENTS NOW. MEMBER HARRIS, IF YOU COULD PLEASE READ THOSE GUIDELINES.  

>>Sally Harris: THE BOARD VALUES AND APPRECIATES YOUR COMMENTS. THIS IS YOUR TIME TO TELL THE BOARD WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE YOU WITH THE 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: THANK YOU, MS. HARRIS. AUDIENCE MEMBERS, WE ASK THAT YOU KEEP YOUR CELEBRATION TO A MINIMUM IN THE BOOMER. APPLAUSE -- IN THE BOARDROOM. WE WISH TO HEAR FROM EVERY SPEAKER IN ATTENDANCE TONIGHT AND WE ASK FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE COMMENT SECTION OF OUR AGENDA. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE 11 SPEAKERS TO AUDIENCE COMMENTS AND THREE SPEAKERS WHO HAVE ALL SIGNED UP FOR 15 MINUTES FOR 5 MINUTES EACH. THAT BRINGS US TO 48 MINUTES WHICH IS PAST OUR ALLOTTED TIME. IF YOU ARE IN AGREEMENT, I'LL MOVE SPEAKING TIME FOR THOSE NOT SIGNED UP FOR MORE THAN ONE MINUTE TO TWO MINUTES TO KEEP US UNDER OUR 45-MINUTE RULE. THE FIRST THREE SPEAKERS I'LL CALL IF YOU COULD LINE UP TO THE LEFT, YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES EACH. MR. JOE ROBINSON, MR. MARK KLUTHO AND JOSEPHINE AMATO. PLEASE LET THE RECORD REFLECT MS. VALDES HAS JOINED US FOR THE EVENING. MR. ROBINSON, WELCOME. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND OTHERS HERE. I LIKE THE NEW DIGS HERE. NEW SCREEN IN HIGH-DEF INSTEAD OF NO-DEF. I HAVE AUDIENCE COMMENTS UP THERE SO I KNOW WHERE I'M AT ON THE AGENDA. I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT 6.10, WHICH IS THE CUSTODIAN EQUIPMENT, 6.11, REPAIR, REMOVAL RELATED SERVICES OF CONCRETE. 6.12, FIBER SYSTEMS. APPROVAL OF THE DESIGN PROFESSIONAL CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT FOR HIGH SCHOOL TTT AND, OF COURSE, THE BIG ITEM TODAY, BUDGET UPDATE. I SAVE THE BUDGET UPDATE FOR LAST. JUST SOME HOUSECLEANING THINGS. HERE SPEAKING AS THE NEW NAACP EMPOWERMENT, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CHAIR RECENTLY. SO I HOLD THAT TITLE NOW. WEAR A LOT OF HATS. BUT SPEAKING IN THAT VEIN AND WITH OUR PARTNERSHIP, ONE OF THE THINGS ON THE ITEMS, FOR EXAMPLE, C 6.10, YOU AWARDED FIRMS BY ONE OF THE THINGS PURCHASING HAS TO DO IS ONCE YOU AWARD THE FIRMS, PLEASE HAVE MR. ERIC GRAHAM CONTACT THE PEOPLE AND TELL THEM TO TRY TO SIGN THEM UP WITH THE OSD OFFICE. I'M LOOKING AT THREE AWARDS FOR CUSTODIAN NEEDS AND NONE OF THEM HAS THE KIND OF EQUIPMENT SCHOOLS SUPPLY DIVERSITY MEMBERS. WHENEVER WE GET SOMEBODY NEW, LET'S TELL ERIC GRAHAM TO DO HIS JOB AND HAVE THOSE PEOPLE REGISTER WITH OSD SO THEY GET CREDIT FOR WHATEVER WORK THEY DO. SAME THING WITH THE CONCRETE. WE HAVE ONE AWARD. THEY ARE NOT OSD VENDOR. SO LET'S REACH OUT TO THOSE FOLKS AND INCREASE THOSE FOLKS. MUCH LIKE WE SHOULD BE DOING IN THE HVAC VENDORS THAT PURCHASING GETS. PURCHASING NEEDS TO BE AWARE IF WE HAVE HVAC THEY NEED TO BE REGISTERED OSD TO SOLVE THE COMPLEX HVAC PROBLEMS. FIRE PROTECTION, SPACE COAST FIRE, THEY WAS AWARDED BUT THEY ARE NOT OSD VENDOR. LET'S HAVE ERIC GRAHAM DO HIS JOB AND REACH OUT TO THOSE FOLKS AND GET THAT DONE. WHICH MOVES ME TO HIGH SCHOOL TTT, TRIPLE T. GREAT MOVE, SOUTH COUNTY IS GROWING. WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD AND WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD FAST AND DELIBERATE, AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE IT GETS MOVING EARLY BECAUSE THAT IS A MOVING TARGET AND IT'S OUGHT A FEW YEARS FROM NOW, BUT IT IS A SMART MOVE TO MOVE IT NOW. NOW, LET'S GET ON DOWN TO THE BUDGET. THE BUDGET. I PULLED THIS UP 13.04R WHICH I GUESS IS ROBINSON REVISED. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE R STANDS FOR. BUT THE BUDGET IS COMING AT A TIME THAT WE'VE HAD AUDITS DONE BY GIBSON. WE'VE HAD ALL KINDS OF BUDGET CUTS. WHERE IS DR. VALDES. HE NEEDS TO BE HERE. HE IS THE BUDGET MAN. HE ACTUALLY THE MAN WITH THE INK PEN IN HIS HAND. BUT WE HAVE TRIMMED AND SLIMMED AND DRILLING DOWN. I'M TALKING TO THE LEGISLATORS. WE HAVE TRIMMED AND DRILLED DOWN BUT WE ARE NOT READY YET. WE'RE NOT READY YET TO ASK FOR SOME TYPE OF SUPPLEMENTAL INCOME. THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS GOT PROBABLY TILL 2018, I THINK BY 2018 WITH THIS PRESENTATION YOU'RE GOING TO SEE AT THIS PowerPoint, THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TO GET LEAN AND MEAN AND WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT ACCOUNTABILITY IS THERE THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT. AFTER THAT POINT, WHEN WE GET TO THAT POINT, THAT WOULD BE THE TIME TO GO TO THE COMMUNITY AND START ASKING FOR A SALES TAX INCREASE, BUT WE'RE NOT READY YET. WE'RE NOT THERE YET. FEW MORE TRIMMING. FEW MORE REORGANIZATIONS HAVE GOT TO BE DONE. A FEW MORE CONSOLIDATIONS HAS GOT TO BE DONE. THIS IS ABOUT BUSINESS OTHER DISTRICTS. THIS IS ABOUT OPERATIONS. I KNOW YOUR MOTTO IS THE CLASSROOM. BUT WITHOUT THE BUSINESS SIDE AND THE SUPPORT SIDES, AIN'T NO CLASSROOM. IT TAKES ALL OF US, FROM THE CUSTODIANS TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, MASS STUART TO MAKES THE -- MAKE THIS WORK. I'M A TEAM PLAYER. YOU GUYS MIGHT WANT TO TAKE TEAM TRAINING. SPEAKING OF THE BUDGET, ALLOW US TO HAVE A DEBT SERVICE AD VALOREM TAX ALWAYS HAS ZERO ON IT. I'M PUSHING TO WHY THE LEGISLATURE CAN'T CHANGE THAT. IN THE MEANTIME, SUPERINTENDENT, KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING. SUPERINTENDENT, KEEP DOING WHAT YOU'RE DOING. DON'T LISTEN TO THE NAYSAYERS. THEY ARE THE ONES THAT DON'T WANT THIS DISTRICT TO GO FORWARD. ALL THEY WANT IS A PAYCHECK. SO LET'S HAVE SOME HEART IN THIS DISTRICT. LET'S TAKE OUR LITTLE BIT OF MONEY AND LET'S LEVERAGE IT WITH WHAT WE CAN GET AND LET'S CLEAN IT UP AROUND HERE AND GET THE NAYSAYERS OUT AND LET'S BE A POSITIVE DISTRICT AND CUT ALL THAT BACKSTABBING CALLING AND NONSENSE WE HEAR ON THE STREETS. CUT IT OUT BECAUSE IT'S NOT NECESSARY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.  

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

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. 403, CHANGING THE RULES ALL THE TIME. DON'T PLAY BY THE RULES. 6.11, CONCRETE, REPAIR AND REMOVAL. THAT'S BECAUSE YOU DON'T DO IT RIGHT TO BEGIN WITH. ALL THE TIME. THEN YOU GET DOWN TO THE 700s. TTT. OH, YEAH. WRONG AGAIN. WRONG AGAIN. 05, 06, 07, ALL WRONG. YOU DON'T GET THE SCIENCE. YOU JUST KEEP SCREWING UP. REMEMBER WHEN YOU SAID SCREEN AND YOU HAVE ONE ORIENTED THIS WAY AND ONE ORIENTED THIS WAY. NOW, WHEN YOU DO SOMETHING SO STUPID, THAT DISQUALIFIES YOU FROM DOING ANY KIND OF SCHOOL BUILDING. THE INDIANS KNEW OVER 1500 YEARS AGO WHAT PROPER ORIENTATION MEANT. OVER 1500 YEARS AGO. NOW, CAUSE AND EFFECT, YOU KNOW THIS GUY BEFORE ME, HE SAYS, YEAH, MOVE FORWARD. AND CHECKS, NO, I HAVEN'T BEEN AT THE TROUGH, AND I'VE BEEN HERE A LOT LONGER THAN HE HAS. HA HA HA. WELL, WHAT'S HAPPENING, HERE'S THE NEW YORK TIMES. YOU DON'T GET THIS FROM THE ST. PETE TIMES. HERE'S THURSDAY, AUGUST 24th, AND WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN IN ALASKA IN 2050, AND IT SHOWS YOU HOW THE PERMAFROST IS GOING TO DISAPPEAR. WHAT THAT MEANS IS ALL OF THAT CARB -- CARBON THAT'S BEEN TIED UP IS GOING TO FLOAT UP INTO THE ATMOSPHERE, ALONG WITH THE METHANE, A MUCH MORE POWERFUL GREENHOUSE GAS. YOU KNOW, THINGS LIKE WHAT'S HAPPENING OVER IN TEXAS RIGHT NOW, OH, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THAT ALL THE TIME. 49 INCHES OF RAIN AND IT'S STILL COMING DOWN. THEN WHAT WILL YOU DO HERE? YOU WON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. SOMETHING STUPID LIKE HAVING 13 COPS IN HERE FOR THIS MEETING. I GUARANTEE YOU, YOU WON'T GO TO A REGULAR MEETING ANYWHERE IN FLORIDA AND FIND 13 COPS. YOU PEOPLE ARE SICK! READ MY SHIRT. AH, THIS IS -- THIS IS BAD, REALLY BAD. I MEAN, -- HA HA HA -- SEE, YOU HAD THIS BIG ARTICLE HERE. A FACTORY OF WARMING AT THE TOP OF THE WORLD, AND WHAT IT SAYS IS, WORLDWIDE PERMAFROST IS THOUGHT TO CONTAIN ABOUT TWICE AS MUCH CU -- CARBON AS IS CURRENTLY IN THE ATMOSPHERE. WHEN THIS STUFF STARTS GOING UP THERE, THESE LITTLE CHILDREN TODAY, THEY ARE GOING TO BE IN A WORLD OF HURT. YOU ACT LIKE YOU'RE PREPARING THEM FOR THE FUTURE, NO. AND I GAVE YOU THE INFORMATION ON HOW TO MAKE THE HIGH-PERFORMANCE SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS A LONG TIME AGO. AND YOU JUST FLAGRANTLY IGNORED IT. BILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS SQUANDERED. IT'S MALFEASANCE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO. OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS MS. JOSEPHINE AMATO. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.  

>> THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, HONORABLE BOARD MEMBERS. THE FAMILY STANDING BEHIND ME ARE FROM THE RUSKIN AREA, LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL. THEY ARE WAY TOO SHY TO SPEAK AND HAVE A LANGUAGE BARRIER. WE ARE SPEAKING FOR THE CHILDREN WE'RE TRYING TO PROTECT IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THE MAJORITY OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD VOTED TO ELIMINATE SAFE SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION FOR HAZARDOUS WORKING CONDITIONS AS A COST-CUTTING MEASURE. THE COST TO THE RESIDENTS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS ALEXI MIRANDA, NORMA HAVE A LESS QUESTIONS, ELIJAH CRUZ. TYLER CLARK. LINDSAY RUTLEDGE. THEY PAID WITH THEIR LIFE. ALL OF THESE CHILDREN WERE KILLED TRYING TO GET TO SCHOOL. THAT IS A PRICE NO ONE SHOULD PAY. AMERICAN SCHOOL BUS SAVES LIVES. IT'S SAFER THAN ANY OTHER MODE OF TRAVEL TO SCHOOL. SAFER THAN YOU PUTTING YOUR CHILD IN A CAR SEAT AND TAKING THEM TO SCHOOL BY 7,000%. PARENTS CHOOSE WITH THEIR TAXES FOR THE SAFEST MODE OF TRAVEL TO SCHOOL, WHICH IS THE AMERICAN SCHOOL BUS. THAT IS OUR CHOICE WITH OUR MONEY. WHETHER YOU LIVE ONE MILE FROM SCHOOL OR FIVE MILES FROM A SCHOOL, YOU PAY THE SAME TAXES FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. PARENTS WILL NO LONGER STAND SILENTLY BY AND HAVE OUR SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT AND MAJORITY OF SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS PLACE STUDENTS' LIVES IN GREAT DANGER. NOT PLACE STUDENT SAFETY AS TOP PRIORITY WITH OUR TAXPAYERS' DOLLARS. WE LIVE IN A STATE WITH THE SECOND HIGHEST PEDESTRIAN DEATH RATE IN THE COUNTRY, AND IN A COUNTY WITH THE DEADLIEST ROADS FOR PEDESTRIANS IN OUR STATE. IT IS A PEDESTRIAN KILLING ZONE AND WE CANNOT PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AND WE CAN -- SORRY -- PROTECT OUR CHILDREN WITH A SCHOOL BUS. WE CAN'T SOLVE ALL THE WORLD'S PROBLEMS BUT A SCHOOL BUS SOLVES A LOT OF PROBLEMS. WE DEMAND OUR TAX DOLLARS BE USED TO FUND PUBLIC SCHOOL BUSES TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR ALL OF THE CHILDREN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. IT IS NOT THAT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT DOES NOT HAVE THE MONEY. IT IS THAT WE ARE MAKING A CONSCIOUS CHOICE TO SPEND THE $1,121 ANYWHERE ELSE OTHER THAN ON THE SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS AS A PRIORITY. WE SPENT $14,000 TO TRANSPORT ONE BOARD MEMBER LAST YEAR. IT COSTS US $1,121 TO TRANSPORT ONE STUDENT FOR ONE YEAR. AND LASTLY, ACCORDING TO THE RECENT TO DO THE BY U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WAS THE 8th HIGHEST SPENDING SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE NATION, RIGHT BEHIND THE TOP SPOTS HELD BY NEW YORK CITY, LOS ANGELES AND CHICAGO. IT IS NOT THAT WE DO NOT HAVE THE MONEY; IT IS WHERE WE ARE CHOOSING TO SPEND THE MONEY WE HAVE. WE'RE SPENDING $20,000 TODAY ON A VOTE FOR A TRAILER AND A BICYCLE SO WE CAN TEACH OUR CHILDREN HOW TO RIDE SAFELY ON ROADS THAT ARE PEDESTRIAN KILLING ZONES. THE INFLUX OF 7500 STUDENTS AND CARS ONTO THE ROADS HAS CREATED A DISASTROUS PEDESTRIAN DANGER ZONE FOR OUR CHILDREN. AND OUR CHILDREN ARE PAYING WITH THEIR LIVES. AND WE NEED TO START CHANGING OUR DECISIONS WITH SAFETY FIRST. AND I HOPE THAT EVERYONE IS LISTENING AND PUTS THIS ITEM BACK ON THE AGENDA AND PUTS OUR MONEY -- OUR MONEY FOR OUR CHILDREN WHERE IT BELONGS. FOR THEIR SAFETY FIRST, FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE FIRST. INFRASTRUCTURE FIRST. IT'S 3% OF OUR BUDGET RIGHT NOW. WE CAN EASILY INCREASE OUR BUDGET FOR OUR TRANSPORTATION COSTS. AND I WILL FIGHT TALLAHASSEE FOR MORE MONEY BUT I NEED TO KNOW THAT MONEY IS GOING WHERE IT'S SUPPOSED TO GO AND THAT'S FOR THE KIDS. NOT FOR SOMEONE TO TRAVEL TO MIAMI TO SEE PIT BULL. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Cindy Stuart: I'LL CALL THE NEXT THREE SPEAKERS. THEY EACH HAVE TWO MINUTES. IF YOU COULD LINE UP OVER TO THE LEFT BY THE PICTURES ON THE WALL AND OUR SECURITY OFFICER, DAVID DRUTHERS. NOEL LIKORE AND MARTA GONZALEZ. WELCOME, MR. CAROTHERS. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.  

>> I HAVE A LOT OF TEACHERS THAT WOULD BE SURPRISED THAT I'M STANDING IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD RIGHT NOW. BY TRADE, I'M A RISK MANAGER AND RISK MANAGER CONSULTANT. I TEND TO LOOK AT THE BUS ISSUE DIFFERENT FROM THE AVERAGE PARENTS' EYES. I LOOK AT IT FROM A PROFESSIONAL ASPECT AS WELL AS A PERSONAL ASPECT. I WAS ABSOLUTELY APPALLED WHEN I FOUND OUT THAT MY SON'S BUS WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM HIM THIS YEAR AS A RESULT OF BUDGET CUTS. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY HAS INTERFERED WITH MORAL TURPITUDE. I'M EXTREMELY CONCERNED THAT WE CAN'T FIND A CREATIVE SOLUTION TO COME UP WITH A WAY TO GENERATE REVENUE TO COVER THE COST FOR BUSING AND INSTEAD WE SIMPLY MAKE A BUDGET CUT. IT'S ALWAYS EASY TO TAKE AWAY AND IN ANY BUSINESS WE ALL KNOW ONCE SOMETHING IS TAKEN AWAY, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET IT BACK. I TOOK MY PROFESSIONAL APPROACH AND I DECIDED I WOULD WALK THE ROUTE THAT MY SON WAS REQUIRED TO TAKE A -- TAKE TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY. WE HAVE FOUR KIDS THAT HAVE TO GET TO FOUR DIFFERENT SCHOOLS ON THEIR OWN. I WOULDN'T FEEL SAFE WALKING. NOT ONLY IS THE ROAD ITSELF IN DISREPAIR WHICH LEADS TO THE SWERVING OF TRAFFIC INTO A VERY NARROW SHOULDER WHERE HE WOULD BE REQUIRED TO WALK. DRAINAGE IS POOR. TWO REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS WITHIN 200 FEET OF THE WALKING HE WOULD HAVE TO DO FROM OUR HOME TO THE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. AS I SAT AND COLLECTED THOUGHTS OVER ALL OF THE DIFFERENT CONTINUING EDUCATION I'VE BEEN THROUGH THE COURSE OF MY CAREER I WAS REMINDED OF FORD IN THE EARLY '70s. FORD KNEW THE PINTO WAS A BAD CAR. THEY KNEW THAT IT KILLED PEOPLE, BUT THEY ALSO KNEW THAT THE COST FOR THEM TO RECALL WAS GREATER THAN THE COST FOR THE PEOPLE TO DIE IN THEM AND PAY WRONGFUL DEATH SUITS. AS A RESULT, THEY CHOSE TO LEAVE THE PINTO ON THE MARKET AND PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES. MY CALL TO YOU TODAY IS TO USE THAT AS AN EXAMPLE AND THINK TO YOURSELVES, WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF IT WAS YOUR CHILD? WHAT IS MY MORAL RESPONSIBILITY IN CONJUNCTION WITH MY FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY? THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. CAROTHERS. MARTY GONZALEZ FOLLOWED BY MARIA RODRIGUEZ. WELCOME, MS. GONZALEZ.  

>> I'M WITH THE PEOPLE FROM RUSKIN. MY CHILD GO TO LEONARD. MY CHILD HAVE A DISABILITY. ADHD. HE HAS TO CROSS 74. I'M GUESSING SOME OF YOU HAVE KIDS HERE AND PARENTS. CAN YOU IMAGINE HOW I'M FEELING EVERY DAY SINCE HE STARTED SCHOOL CROSSING THE STREET THINKING HE WOULD BE KILLED? I'VE BEEN ASKING TWO WEEKS TO MY BOSS, I LIVE OUTSIDE OF MANATEE COUNTY, OUTSIDE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, I WORK IN MANATEE COUNTY. I'VE BEEN ASKING TO GET LATE TO MY WORK BECAUSE I HAVE TO DROP HIM OFF AT SCHOOL AND ASKING MY 3:00 TO PICK HIM UP BECAUSE I'M AFRAID MY CHILD WILL GET KILLED. I GIVE HIM FIVE DAYS OF HIM CROSSING THE STREET TO GET IN AN ACCIDENT. WE HAVE COLLECTED A LUNCH OF SIGNATURES, TOO, AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD. WE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW WE'RE GOING TO MAKE THIS TO YOU GUYS SO YOU CAN SEE IT'S A CONCERN FROM ALL OF US. I WANT YOU GUYS TO THINK AS PARENTS WHAT YOU'RE PUTTING OUR KIDS THROUGH. I UNDERSTAND YOU'RE TRYING TO SAVE MONEY. WORKING PARENTS LIKE MOST OF OUR RUSKIN PARENTS THAT DOESN'T HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY TO BE AT HOME, WE NEED TO WORK, THE MENTAL STRESS THAT YOU ARE PUTTING US AND OUR KIDS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. YOU CAN GIVE THOSE SIGNATURES TO THE SECRETARY. MARTY GONZALEZ. I'M SORRY. I WAS ON THE WRONG NAME. MARIA RODRIGUEZ, FOLLOWED BY MARTIN VASQUEZ AND HEATHER SMITHSON. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.  

>> MARIA RODRIGUEZ. BUILDING SPEAKING IN SPANISH]  

>>Cindy Stuart: MA'AM, THERE IS A TRANSLATOR COMING.  

>> TRANSLATOR:  SHE'S SAYING SHE HAS ONE CAR IN HER FAMILY AND THAT ONE CAR HAS TO BE SPLIT. HER HUSBAND LEAVES IT AT HOME WITH HER, AND SHE HAS TO RUSH TO TAKE HIM TO WORK. RUSH TO TAKE HER CHILDREN TO WORK BECAUSE SHE'S VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE SAFETY.  

>> [SPEAKING IN SPANISH]  

>> TRANSLATOR:  AND THEY HAVE TO GO TO SCHOOL AT 6:30 IN THE MORNING AND THEY ARE CROSSING A VERY BUSY 674, WHICH IS A HIGHWAY IN RUSKIN.  

>> [SPEAKING IN SPANISH]  

>> TRANSLATOR:  SHE'S VERY CONCERN HE HAD ABOUT THE DANGER ON THAT STREET AND BECAUSE SHE IS A FARM WORKER LABORER, SHE HAS TO TYPICALLY GO VERY EARLY TO WORK AND IS UNABLE TO GIVE THEM THE TRANSPORTATION THEY NEED.  

>> [SPEAKING IN SPANISH]  

>> TRANSLATOR:  SHE THINKS BUS TRANSPORTATION IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE HER FAMILY IS A LOW-INCOME FAMILY AND ISN'T ABLE TO -- DOESN'T HAVE THE MEANS TO PURCHASE ANOTHER CAR TO HELP WITH THE TRANSPORTATION.  

>> [SPEAKING IN SPANISH]  

>> TRANSLATOR:  SHE'S SPEAKING FOR OTHER PARENTS AS WELL. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. NOEL LIKORE. I'M SORRY. I DIDN'T MEAN TO SKIP OVER YOU. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.  

>> MY NAME IS NOEL. I LIVE IN RUSKIN. MY NEIGHBORS AND I HAVE AN ONLINE PETITION DEMANDING BUS SERVICE BE RESTORED. WE HAVE 19,230 SUPPORTERS. THE BOARD CAN EXPECT TO RECEIVE THE PETITION SOON. I LIVE IN BAYOU PASS VILLAGE, WHICH IS A NEIGHBORHOOD IN RUSKIN ON 14th STREET. I AM ON THE ASSOCIATION BOARD. AND MY BOARD HAS WRITTEN A LETTER TO THE SCHOOL BOARD. I'M GOING TO READ IT TO YOU GUYS. IT HAS COME TO OUR ATTENTION THAT MANY CHILDREN IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD HAVE LOST THEIR BUSING TO LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL IN RUSKIN. ACCORDING TO FLORIDA STATUTE 1006.23, THERE MUST BE A SPACE OF AT LEAST FOUR FEET WIDE ADJACENT TO THE ROAD, THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT MUST BE BELOW 50 MILES PER HOUR. THE ROAD CANNOT HAVE MORE THAN FIVE LANES. THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO WALKING PATHS THAT MEET THESE REQUIREMENTS FROM OUR NEIGHBORHOOD TO LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL. NAMEY WARRINGTON FROM THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TRANSPORTATION SAFETY OFFICE SENT AN E-MAIL ON JULY 5th, 2017. THE LETTER STATED THAT AN ON-SITE VAITLE WAS CONDUCTED ON 6:/26/2017. BASED ON THEIR REVIEW, IT WAS DETERMINED THAT A QUALIFYING HAZARD DOES EXIST. THE ERROR WAS THEN FORWARDED TO THE TRANSPORTATION ROUTING AND PLANNING DEPARTMENT FOR CORRECTION. THE LETTER ALSO ENSURED PARENTS THAT THEY WOULD SEE NO INTERRUPTIONS OF SERVICES FOR THE 2017 TO 2018 SCHOOL YEAR. BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THE TO THE IMMEDIATE RESTORATION OF BUSING SERVICES.  

>>Cindy Stuart: YOU STILL HAVE 30 SECONDS.  

>> WE APPRECIATE ANY ASSISTANCE THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD MAY BE ABLE TO OFFER AND RECTIFY IN THIS SITUATION. I WOULD ACTUALLY LIKE TO ASK FOR ANOTHER MINUTE. I KNOW YOU GUYS HAD 45 MINUTES AND YOU WERE AT 48. I REALLY WISH YOU GUYS WOULD HAVE ALLOWED AN EXTRA THREE MINUTES --  

>>Cindy Stuart: CAN'T DO THAT. OUR RULES STATE 45 MINUTES. YOU HAVE 20 SECONDS LEFT.  

>> YOU GUYS COULD HAVE VOTED TO ALLOW IT FOR THE THREE EXTRA MINUTES.  

>>Cindy Stuart: AND WE DIDN'T. THANK YOU. MARTIN VASQUEZ, YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.  

>> OF [SPEAKING IN SPANISH]  

>> TRANSLATOR:  THANK YOU FOR LETTING HIM BE HERE AND HAVING YOUR ATTENTION.  

>> [SPEAKING IN SPANISH]  

>> TRANSLATOR:  FOR ME, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR MY DAUGHTER TO HAVE TRANSPORTATION. HE UNDERSTANDS THAT THE LIMIT IS ONE MILE, AND HE BELIEVES -- TWO MILES, AND HIS DAUGHTER HAS TO WALK 1.6 MILES. SHE IS VERY EXHAUSTED AND TIRED FROM THE WEATHER AND HAS ISSUES WITH DOING HER WORK AT HOME.  

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]  

>> TRANSLATOR:  IT'S A LARGE HIGHWAY THAT THEY HAVE TO CROSS AND THAT IS THE ONE THAT OUR COMMUNITY IS CONCERNED ABOUT.  

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH]  

>> TRANSLATOR:  I DON'T WANT TO OPEN A CONTROVERSY, BUT THERE ARE OTHER PARENTS THAT ARE GETTING BUS TRANSPORTATION THAT ARE UNDER THE TWO-MILE LIMIT, AND THAT'S ONE OF MY CONCERNS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. HEATHER SMITHSON. FOLLOWED BY JILLIAN LEE AND TANYA PUGH.  

>> HEATHER SMITHSON. I GREW UP IN TAMPA AND ATTENDED THE SAME ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THAT MY DAUGHTERS HAVE ATTENDED. I'M HERE BECAUSE I'M FRUSTRATED FOR THE LACK OF SOLUTIONS FOR OUR DETERIORATING SCHOOLS. TWO OF MY DAUGHTERS' SCHOOLS OVER 100 YEARS OLD. LAST YEAR, MY OLDEST'S CLASSROOM WAS WITHOUT AIR. ANOTHER WAS WITHOUT AIR SINCE MARCH. IT WAS NOT FIXED PROPERLY UNTIL THE DAY BEFORE SUMMER BREAK. SOMETIMES THE ROOM TEMPERATURE WOULD REACH 89 DEGREES. YOU CAN TRY TO IMAGINE LEARNING IN THAT ENVIRONMENT OR WORSE TRYING TO BE A TEACHER WHO HAS TO DEAL WITH THE CHILDREN MISERABLE FROM BEING SO HOT. MY MIDDLE CHILD HAD ANOTHER CLASS JOIN HER CLASS BECAUSE A SINK EXPLODED SPILLING OUT SEWAGE WATER. CHILDREN WERE CARRIED OUT SO THEY DIDN'T WALK THROUGH THE WATER. PARENTS WERE NEVER NOTIFIED BY THE SCHOOL WHAT HAPPENED IN EITHER CLASSROOM. THE WATER IN THE MAIN BUILDING HAD TO BE TURNED OFF THE NEXT DAY TO FIX IT. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS ALSO IN THE MIDDLE OF A NORO VIRUSES OUTBREAK. IT LEFT CHILDREN WITH ONE MALE AND ONE FEMALE BATHROOM TO USE IN THE CAFETERIA. I'M SURE THIS DIDN'T HELP THE VIRUS OUTBREAK ANY BECAUSE IT LIMITED THE AMOUNT OF HAND WASH THAT COULD TAKE PLACE. THESE TWO OF MY EXPERIENCES. I'M CONCERNED WITH OUR CHILDREN'S HEALTH AND LACK OF INFORMATION PROVIDED TO PARENTS. WITH HUMIDITY SO HIGH IN FLORIDA AND LACK OF AIR IN SO MANY SCHOOLS, WHAT ABOUT MOLD? HOW WOULD WE KNOW IF IT'S GROWING IN OUR SCHOOLS? IS ANYONE LOOKING FOR IT? IF THE ACs ARE NOT SERVICED WELL TO KEEP THEM RUNNING, I HAVE NO CONFIDENCE THAT THE SCHOOLS ARE POLICED PROPERLY FOR HEALTH. I WAS NEVER TOLD BY THE SCHOOL THAT MY CHILD'S AIR WAS OUT. SHE TOLD ME. WE CERTAINLY SHOULD BE TOLD IF OUR KIDS ARE SITTING IN 89-DEGREE ROOMS AND POSSIBLY EXPOSED TO CATEGORY 3 WATER. MY HUSBAND AND I ARE SPENDING MORE THAN I EVER IMAGINED WE WOULD, PURCHASING A HOUSE SO OUR CHILDREN COULD BE IN A GOOD SCHOOL. WE'RE FORTUNATE IN OUR AREA TO HAVE A LOT OF AFFLUENCE. OUR FOUNDATION TRIED TO HELP WITH THE AC PROBLEM, BUT OUR HANDS ARE TIED BECAUSE YOU CAN ONLY USE COUNTY EMPLOYEES WHO ARE UP TO THEIR EYEBALLS IN PROBLEMS. I'M ASKING YOU ALL TO LOOK TO THE COMMUNITIES, TALK TO THE COMMUNITIES HAVING PROBLEMS AND MAYBE LET US HELP OURSELVES. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MA'AM. [ APPLAUSE ] JILLIAN LEE. WELCOME, MS. LEE. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.  

>> THANK YOU. I'M HERE TODAY TO ADDRESS CONCERNS ABOUT THE SCHOOL BOARD'S RECENT ACTIONS WITH REGARD TO A CHARTER SCHOOL IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. AVANT-GARDE ACADEMY HAS BEEN DELAYED AN UNPRECEDENTED THREE TIMES. THE SECOND DELAY WAS SUPPOSED TO BE THE FINAL ONE, IN YOUR OWN WORDS. BUT A THIRD WAS GRANTED ANYWAY WITH NO EX-PLANNINGS AND NO SPECIFICS -- EXPLANATION AND NO SPECIFICS ABOUT DEADLINES. THE PUBLIC DESERVES TO KNOW WHY YOU REVERSED COURSE AND WHY YOU HAVE BEEN SO ACCOMMODATING TO A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE PROVEN THEMSELVES TO BE UNRELIABLE. NO SCHOOL SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO OPEN LATE EVER. THE RISK TO OUR COMMUNITY IS TOO GREAT. IF THE SCHOOL NEVER ENDS UP OPENING, THOSE STUDENTS WOULD ALL BE FUNNELED INTO OTHER AREA SCHOOLS, POTENTIALLY WITHOUT FUNDING, DEPENDING ON THEIR ARRIVAL DATE. THEY WOULD ALSO BE BEHIND ON LEARNING AND SOCIALIZATION. IT WOULD ALSO INCREASE OUR CLASS SIZES. FURTHER, WHY WAS THE SCHOOL PERMITTED TO SPREAD INACCURATE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DEGREE OF READINESS OF THE SCHOOL'S CONSTRUCTION? ALSO, PERMITTED TO ATTEMPT TO HIDE THE TRUTH FROM FAMILIES REGARDING WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THE SCHOOL DIDN'T OPEN THIS YEAR. FAILING TO STOP THEM FROM DOING THIS IS EQUIVALENT TO SANCTIONING IT. ALLOWING THESE EXTENSIONS IN THE FIRST PLACE AND FAILING TO OVERSEE THEM PROPERLY ONCE THEY WERE PERMITTED WAS EXTREMELY SHORT-SIDING -- SHORTSIGHTED AND IT CAN NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN. CHILDREN ALL OVER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DEPEND ON YOU ALL TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE ACCESS TO DECENT EDUCATION. PLEASE DO NOT FAIL THEM AGAIN. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. LEE. TANYA PUGH. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.  

>> TAHINA PUGHEY. HOW ARE YOU DOING? I'M ADVOCATING FOR MY CHILD, ESE. MS. SHAMBURGER, I'VE SPOKEN TO YOU. I'VE EXHAUSTED REMEDIES. HOW DO YOU ALLOW A CHILD TO SIT TWO YEARS IN A CLASSROOM AND LEARN NOTHING? WHAT I MEAN BY NOTHING IS IT'S A MUSIC CLASS. A ROOMFUL OF KEYBOARDS AND NOT ONE CHILD ON THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE ESE. I'VE SPOKEN WITH THE TEACHERS. I'VE SPOKEN WITH THE PRINCIPALS. DO WE OR DO WE NOT HAVE RIGHTS AS PARENTS TO SEE CREDENTIALS? I NEED AN ANSWER NOW? DO WE OR DO WE NOT? OKAY, WELL, THEY NEVER SHOWED IT TO ME AND THEY LAUGHED. THESE ARE THE TYPE OF PROFESSIONALS WE HAVE IN MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. I'VE EXHAUSTED THE REMEDIES. I'VE LEFT E-MAILS WITH MR. EAKINS. HE REFERRED ME TO MR. UNDERDO. I'VE SPOKEN WITH MS. SHAMBURGER. AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS CONTINUOUSLY GOING ON. TWO YEARS IN A ROW, I ASKED, LET ME HAVE ANYTHING THAT YOU'RE DOING IN THE CLASSROOM SO THAT I CAN PIGGYBACK OFF OF IT AT HOME BECAUSE MY CHILDED IS ESE 504, IEP, LEARNING DISABILITIES, EPILEPTIC. BUT I'M A PARENT. I MAY NOT HAVE YOUR LEVEL OF EDUCATION, BUT WE ARE PARENTS SO WE'RE EQUAL. AND IF WE'RE NOT, I THINK I SHOULD ANNOUNCE SO TALLAHASSEE CAN HEAR ME. OKAY. HOW DO YOU DO THAT TO A CHILD? YOU HAVE A CLASSROOM FULL OF INSTRUMENTS AND NOT ONE OF THEM IS ON IT? HOW DO YOU DO THAT TO A CHILD? SIMPLY BECAUSE THEY ARE ESE. I'VE ASKED THEM, CAN I COME IN AND VOLUNTEER BECAUSE I AM A MUSICIAN? I COME FROM A LONG LINE OF MUSICIANS. 8 SECONDS. MY CHILD LEARNS WHEN MUSIC IS APPLIED. THAT'S THE IMPORTANT PART. THAT'S HER STRENGTH. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. GRACE ROBERTS IS OUR FINAL SPEAKER OF THE EVENING. WELCOME, MS. ROBERTS. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.  

>> THANK YOU. I'M EXHAUSTED, ESE DISTRICT. EVERY TIME I GO THROUGH AREA 2, I COME FROM AREA 2 AND TRY TO ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING WE HAVE AN ISSUE, BUT IT ALWAYS GOES TO DISTRICT LEVEL, BUT SOMETIMES WE DON'T GET RESPONSE AND THEN IF YOU GO NEXT LEVEL, IT'S ALWAYS COME BACK TO ESE AREA. IT SEEMS TO BE LIKE ANYTHING ISSUE ESE, JUST STUCK WITH THE ESE AREA AND NO ONE SEEMS TO UNDERSTAND ARE BE ABLE TO ANSWER OR EVEN SUPPORT FROM THAT DIRECTION. I'M VERY FRUSTRATED BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY ISSUES AND ALL OF THEM OUTWEIGH LOTS OF THINGS. BUT IT SEEMS TO BE THAT ESE DISTRICT IS SOMEHOW -- ORGANIZATION IS MORE LIKE STAND-ALONE. I THINK THIS IS ALSO CAUSING THE BUDGET SIDE, TOO. HAVE YOU EVER LOOKED INTO MORE CONSOLIDATED, LIKE MORE DEPARTMENT AS A WHOLE ONE AND MORE UNITY LEVEL AND, OF COURSE, DISTRICT NEED ESE LEVEL. HOWEVER, IT SEEMS TO BE SO SEPARATED. A SINGLE COST IS ALSO DOUBLING. I THINK SOMEBODY NEED TO LOOK INTO IT. I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT REDUCING THE SERVICE FOR CHILDREN. I'M TALKING ABOUT SERVICE LOOK INTO IS THE EMPLOYEE WORK TOGETHER. AND I APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MA'AM. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS THE END OF OUR AUDIENCE COMMENTS FOR THE EVENING. WE WILL NOW MOVE TO ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS. WE WILL MOVE TO ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. STUART. BOARD MEMBERS, THE ONE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT COMING BEFORE YOU TODAY ON THE AGENDA HAS BEEN PROPERLY ADVERTISED. APPROPRIATE SCREENINGS WERE HELD AND INTERVIEWS BEFORE SUPERINTENDENT STAFFS WERE CONDUCTED. THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT OR HRMD PROCESS ADOPTED BY THE BOARD WAS FOLLOWED. ERIN SALADINO, CURRENTLY A MENTOR FOR PERFORMANCE EVALUATION TO THE SUPERVISOR OF ART EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 5th, 2017. MS. SALADINO BEGAN HER CAREER IN 2003 AS A TEACHER AT PROGRESS VILLAGE MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL AND CONTINUED TEACHING AT BENITO AND DOVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. SHE WAS APPOINT ADAMANTER FOR PERFORMANCE EVALUATION WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. TO APPROVE THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT OF SUPERVISOR OF ART. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MS. GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS APPEAR. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MS. SALADINO, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO ARE WITH YOU TODAY. [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. STUART. I ALSO HAVE TWO ADMINISTRATIVE TRANSFERS THAT I'D LIKE TO SEPTEMBER 11, 2017. KATIE ARNDT, A RESOURCE DISTRICT TEACHER IN THE ADULT CONTINUING EDUCATION TO COORDINATOR OF FARM WORKS JOB IN EDUCATION PROGRAM. JESSICA SWEAR, SUPERVISOR OF ACADEMIC SUPPORT TO DEPARTMENT MANAGER FOR STRATEGIC PLANNING IN THE OFFICE OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. MS. SNIVELY, I BELIEVE THAT YOUR GUEST HAS ARRIVED.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. JONATHAN BECK, IF YOU WOULD JUST WAVE BACK THERE. HE'S FROM BOY SCOUT TROOP 61 IN VALRICO, AND HE IS WORKING ON A MERIT BADGE TODAY. WHICH MERIT BADGE WILL YOU BE WORKING ON TODAY? THE COMMUNICATIONS MERIT BADGE. WHAT RANK ARE YOU NOW? HE'S A STAR SCOUT. HE'S GOT A COUPLE MORE RANKS TO EAGLE, BUT WE ARE VERY PROUD TO HAVE HIM TODAY AS A GUEST TO WORK ON HIS MERIT BADGE. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US TODAY. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Cindy Stuart: AT THIS TIME, THOSE OF YOU HERE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS ARE FREE TO LEAVE QUIETLY WHILE WE CONTINUE THE REST OF THE AGENDA. REMINDER TO THE GUESTS IF YOU LEAVE THE AUDITORIUM AND PLAN TO COME BACK IN, YOU WILL BE SUBJECT TO OUR SECURITY SCREENINGS TO REENTER THE AUDITORIUM FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL THOSE INVOLVED. WE WILL NOW MOVE TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS, THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PULLED -- ITEMS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA WERE PULLED FOR DISCUSSION AND SEPARATE VOTE. A 01, 6.01R. 6.05, 6.06, 6.07R. 6.08, 6.13, 6.14, 7.01, 7.02, 7.04, 13.01, 13.02, 13.03. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. MS. SHAMBURGER ? THANK YOU. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. AT THIS TIME, THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN MOVED UP PER BOARD MEMBER REQUEST. APPLE 13.04 -- ITEM 13.04R 1. BOARD MEMBERS, I WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT YOU RECEIVED THIS WEEK AN E-MAIL FROM ME AND WE AGREED IN MARCH THAT WE WOULD FIND WAYS TO REDUCE THE TIME SPENT IN DISCUSSION AT THE DAIS WHILE WORKING EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY TOGETHER. AT TODAY'S MEETING WE'RE GOING TO TRY SOMETHING NEW AND EACH OF US WILL HAVE TWO MINUTES TO DISCUSS AN AGENDA ITEM AND WE WILL USE A TIMER UP ON THE BOARD, AS OUR SPEAKERS DO. IF YOU GO BEYOND THE TWO MINUTES, I WILL ASK YOU HOLD YOUR COMMENTS AND REQUEUE IN LINE BEHIND THE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS FOR THAT ITEM. IF A BOARD MEMBER HAS NOT PULLED AN ITEM FOR DISCUSSION BUT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK AT THE MEETING, PLEASE GET IN LINE TO SPEAK BEHIND THE BOARD MEMBERS WHO ORIGINALLY PULLED THE ITEMS. WE'LL TRY THIS. THIS WILL BE NEW. SEE IF WE CAN MOVE THINGS A LITTLE BIT QUICKER. WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO ITEM A 01, RECOGNITION OF FLORIDA'S 16th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM THE OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING. MS. SNIVELY ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT ON THIS. MIA SMALL FROM ELEMENTARY SUPERVISOR AND GENERALIST AREA 5 WILL COME FORWARD AND PRESENT THIS ITEM. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU. HELLO, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND SUPERINTENDENT STAFF. I AM MIA SMALL, ELEMENTARY GENERALIST SUPERVISOR FOR AREA 5 SCHOOLS. WE ARE SO EXCITED TO RECOGNIZE ONE OF OUR AREA 5 TEACHERS TODAY FROM BOYETTE SPRINGS ELEMENTARY AND THE CENTER FOR GIFTED STUDIES ALSO KNOWN AS BSE, THE BEST SCHOOL EVER AND THE BEST AREA EVER. RIGHT? SORRY. I HAD TO HAVE FUN. ANYWAYS, TO HELP US RECOGNIZE TODAY'S RECOGNITION AWARD FOR THE 16th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHICH WAS ESTABLISHED BY CONGRESSMAN VERN BUCHANAN IN 2014, WE HAVE THE FOLLOWING PEOPLE AND GUESTS AND WE'LL INTRODUCE THEM. COMING TO THE PODIUM, WE HAVE SALLY DION, DISTRICT DIRECTOR, UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE FOR VERN BUCHANAN. WE ALSO HAVE PRINCIPAL TAMITHIA SIMMONS. I'M SPEAKING FOR HER TODAY BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T HAVE A VOICE YESTERDAY. WE ALSO HAVE ELISA WALKER, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR BOYETTE SPRINGS AND WE HAVE OUR FIFTH GRADE TEACHER, WHO WE'RE GOING TO RECOGNIZE TODAY, MS. DANIELLE MURPHY. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, BOARD, WE'LL TURN IT OVER TO MS. SALLY DION. THANK YOU.  

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON. IT'S AN HONOR FOR ME TO BE HERE TODAY ON BEHALF OF CONGRESSMAN BUCHANAN. CHILDREN ARE 25% OF THE POPULATION BUT THEY ARE 100% OF THE FUTURE. THEREFORE, THE EDUCATION OF A CHILD IS AN INVESTMENT NOT ONLY IN THAT STUDENT BUT IN THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY. CONGRESSMAN BUCHANAN ESTABLISHED THE CONGRESSIONAL TEACHER AWARDS TO HONOR EDUCATORS FOR THEIR ABILITY TO TEACH AND INSPIRE STUDENTS TO LEARN. EACH YEAR, WE REACH OUT TO ALL THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN FLORIDA'S 16th DISTRICT ASKING THEM TO NOMINATE A TEACHER THAT LIVES IN AND WORKS WITH STUDENTS FROM OUR DISTRICT. THIS YEAR WE RECEIVED 27 NOMINATIONS. EACH YEAR WE HOPE TO GROW THAT. INDEPENDENT PANEL OF CURRENT AND FORMER TEACHERS, SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, INCLUDING MELISSA SNIVELY, JUDGED THE NOMINATIONS AND CHOSE ONE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLTEACHER, MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER AND HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER FOR THIS YEAR'S AWARDS. THE CONGRESSIONAL TEACHER OF THE YEAR IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CATEGORY IS DANIELLE MURPHY FROM BOYETTE SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN RIVERVIEW. DANIELLE MURPHY HAS DEDICATED THE LAST 15 YEARS TO INSPIRING BOTH THE STUDENTS AND STAFF AT BOYETTE SPRINGS ELEMENTARY. MS. MURPHY IMPACTS NOT ONLY THE STUDENTS IN HER CLASSROOM, BUT EVERY STUDENT AT THE SCHOOL THROUGH HER INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS. AFTER SEEING A NEED TO INCREASE THE STUDENTS' SCIENCE KNOWLEDGE SHE CREATED AN AFTER-SCHOOL SCIENCE CLUB. SHE REACHED OUT TO A LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER AND GIRL SCOUTS TO SPONSOR A CLEANUP. MS. MURPHY SERVES AS CHAIR OF THE SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL WORKING WITH OTHER STAFF MEMBERS, PARENTS AND BUSINESS PARTNERS TO DISCUSS THE STUDENTS' NEEDS AND CREATE A SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN WITH GOALS THAT FOCUS BOTH ON ACADEMICS AND SCHOOL CULTURE. THE COUNCIL WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN CREATING THE BOYETTE SPRINGS RUNNING CLUB TO PROVIDE HEALTHY SCHOOLWIDE PROGRAM. HER FOCUS ON CULTURE AND COLLABORATION IS EVIDENCE IN -- EVIDENT IN MS. MURPHY'S CLASSROOM WHERE STUDENTS ARE THOUGHT OF AS MEMBERS OF A DIVERSE CREW THAT SHARES THE LOAD. SHE CAN FREQUENTLY BE FOUND EATING LUNCH WITH HER STUDENTS. SHE TEACHES HER STUDENTS TO SET GOALS, KEEP TRACK OF THEIR OWN GRADES AND HOLD CONFERENCES WITH THEIR PARENTS TO ENSURE THEY REALIZE THE INTEGRAL PART THEY PLAY IN THEIR SUCCESS OOP OOIVES SHE IS ALSO A LEADER AMONG STAFF. SHE CAN BE SEEN AT EVERY SCHOOL EVENT, INCLUDING PTA MEETINGS, FAMILY NIGHTS, NATIONAL ELEMENTARY HONOR SOCIETY EVENTS, PARENT INFORMATION NIGHTS, THE STEM FAIR AND SCIENCE OLYMPICS. ON BEHALF OF CONGRESSMAN BUCHANAN, I PRESENT DANIELLE MURPHY WITH THE CONGRESSIONAL TEACHER AWARD, WHICH INCLUDES A CERTIFICATE FROM THE CONGRESSMAN AS WELL AS RECOGNITION IN THE CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, WHICH IS THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF CONGRESS AND WILL FOREVER BE PRINTED IN HISTORY. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Cindy Stuart: GO AHEAD, MS. SNIVELY. YOU ARE THE BOARD REPRESENTATIVE FOR THAT AREA. FIRST A SELFIE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO YOU. THAT IS TRULY AN HONOR. AT THIS TIME, BOARD MEMBERS, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE TO ITEM 13.04 R-1 WHICH IS THE BUDGET UPDATE FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR. I ASKED FOR THIS TO BE HIGHLIGHTED. MR. EAKINS IS GOING TO SPEND ABOUT 30 MINUTES PRESENTING THIS ITEM. WE HAVE TEN MINUTES FOR COMMENT. BUT I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO DO ME A FAVOR FIRST. THERE WAS A CITIZEN WHO CAME AND SPOKE ABOUT A CHARTER SCHOOL THAT IS ACTUALLY OPEN NOW. AND I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU ACTUALLY TO ADDRESS THAT SITUATION AS IT HAS BEEN REPORTED WITH QUITE A FEW INACCURACIES.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO DO THAT. WE HAD A CHARTER SCHOOL, AVANT-GARDE ACADEMY SCHEDULED TO OPEN THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. IT HAD SOME CONSTRUCTION DELAYS. I DID, AS THE SUPERINTENDENT, DO HAVE THE ABILITY TO OFFER EXTENSIONS. I DID OFFER AN EXTENSION TO THAT PARTICULAR -- FOR THAT PARTICULAR SCHOOL IN HOPES THAT THEY WOULD RECEIVE THEIR TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY BY THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. THAT DID NOT HAPPEN. THE STUDENTS WERE MEETING AND GATHERING AT A LOCAL CHURCH PRIOR TO THAT, ASSEMBLING, DOING A CAMP. BUT IT GOT TO A POINT A WEEK AGO WHERE I COULD NOT OFFER ANY MORE EXTENSIONS. THIS BOARD'S RESPONSIBILITY IS TO GET KIDS IN SCHOOL, GET THEM ENROLLED. OBVIOUSLY, WE ALL KNOW WHAT OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY IS TO DO THAT. I DID NOT PROVIDE AN EXTENSION FOR THAT PARTICULAR CHARTER SCHOOL. THEY DID OFFER A PLAN, AND THE LOCAL CHURCH THEY WERE STAYING AT DID PROVIDE THE ABILITY FOR THEM TO EXTEND THEIR LEASE FOR A PERIOD OF TIME FOR THEM TO ACTUALLY START SCHOOL ON MONDAY. THE STUDENTS WERE IN SCHOOL MONDAY. OUR STAFF IN THE HIGH SCHOOL OFFICE WENT OUT TO THE SCHOOL TO OFFER ASSISTANCE TO GET STUDENTS ENROLLED. THERE ARE 216 STUDENTS AS OF RIGHT NOW. ENROLLED IN THE SCHOOL OFFICIALLY AND IN SCHOOL. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THE PUBLIC KNOWS THAT WE ARE NOT EXTENDING ANY MORE. WE ARE STILL MONITORING THIS WEEK THE EFFORTS OF THE CONTRACTOR TO FINISH THE BUILDING AND GET THEIR TEMPORARY CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY. THAT HAS NOT OCCURRED YET. WE'RE MONITORING THAT ALONG WITH THE CHARTER SCHOOL OFFICE SO THEY CAN OFFICIALLY START THEIR SCHOOL ON SEPTEMBER 5th AS WE RETURN AFTER THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE A BUDGET UPDATE. THE TITLE OF THIS PRESENTATION, REALLY BUILDING TOWARD STRUCTURAL BALANCES IS ENSURING THAT OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS, WE CREATE STRUCTURAL BALANCE IN OUR BUDGET FOR THIS DISTRICT. AS YOU'VE HEARD SPEAKERS TALK ALREADY ABOUT BUDGET, DECISIONS WE MAKE IN THE DISTRICT, IT IS ABOUT GETTING TO A POINT THAT WE ARE USING EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR THAT COMES TO US AS REVENUE, WE USE IT TO EXPENSE OUT APPROPRIATELY TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS. THERE IS A LOT OF BACKGROUND THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS THAT CREATES CHALLENGES FOR STUDENTS IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS, DECISION MAKERS ACROSS THE STATE OF FLORIDA. OBVIOUSLY, WE'VE HEARD ABOUT THE LOW BASE STUDENT ALLOCATION. THINGS MANDATED TO US FROM THE LEGISLATURE. WE GET FEWER CAPITAL OUTLAY DOLLARS. THOSE ARE ALL THINGS THAT ARE KNOWN ENTITIES. WE'RE ALSO EXPERIENCING GROWTH. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EXPERIENCED TREMENDOUS GROWTH. WE GET THINGS THROWN AT US LIKE INCREASED FRS INTRKSES THAT WE HAVE TO A-- DISTRIBUTIONS THAT WE HAVE TO APPLY TO OUR BUDGET. THOSE ARE THINGS WE KNOW ARE COMING AT US THAT WE'RE ADDRESSING. THE LAST ONE ON THIS SLIDE, HOWEVER, IS THE ONE THAT WE ARE REALLY GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS OF RECOVERING FROM A BUDGET DEFICIT MODE THAT WE WERE PLACED IN AT THE CONCLUSION OF 2014-15. I'M GOING TO TALK THROUGH THAT FIVE TO SIX MINUTES AND MOVE ON TO WHAT WE'RE DOING TO MAKE SURE WE BRING STRUCTURAL BALANCE TO OUR OVERALL BUDGET. LITTLE BIT OF UPDATE ON WHERE THE FUND BALANCES ARE. THAT'S BEEN A TOPIC OF CONVERSATION OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. OF COURSE, OUR FUND BALANCES ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR US. WHEN WE GET INTO SITUATIONS WHERE WE HAVE TO DIG INTO OUR RESERVES. YOU SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS RIGHT NOW. I'LL TELL YOU, THERE WILL BE MONTHS AND MONTHS AND MONTHS THAT PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO BE IN SCHOOL. AND EMPLOYEES ARE NOT GOING TO BE WORKING. HOW ARE THEY GOING TO KEEP THOSE EMPLOYEES PAID? CERTAINLY, THE STATE MAY NOT OR THE DISTRICT MAY NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE AN ABILITY TO GENERATE REVENUE FROM THE STATE RIGHT NOW. HOW ARE THEY GOING TO BE ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THEIR EMPLOYEES AND THEIR PAYMENTS? WELL, THEY'LL USE THEIR RESERVES IS WHAT THEY'LL DO FOR A PERIOD OF TIME. YOU HAVE TO HAVE THOSE THINGS FOR THESE KINDS OF MOMENTS. CURRENTLY STANDING FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AT THE END OF THE 2017 FISCAL YEAR OVERALL GENERAL REVENUE FUND BALANCE WAS ALMOST $141 MILLION. I'LL SHOW YOU WHERE THAT COMPARES TO OTHER DISTRICTS ACROSS THE STATE. OUR CAPITAL FUND BALANCE IS AROUND $120 MILLION. I'LL SHOW YOU IN A MOMENT WHY THAT'S ALL TAGGED. WE HAVE $90 MILLION IN OUR DEBT SERVICE ACCOUNTS. THAT IS TO PAY OUR MORTGAGES. IT'S ABOUT BETWEEN FIVE AND SIX MILLION DOLLARS A MONTH THAT WE HAVE TO PAY TO PAY BACK FOR ALL THE BUILDINGS WE BUILT BETWEEN THE MID '90s AND MID 2000s. STUDENT FUND BALANCE 23 MILLION. INTERNAL SERVICE AMOUNT NOT QUITE A MILLION. I WANT THE BOARD TO KNOW THAT OUR SCHOOLS HAVE ACCOUNTS, TOO, THAT THEY GENERATE DOLLARS THERE YOU FUND-RAISERS AND OTHER DONATIONS IN THE SCHOOLS. ACCUMULATED TO $16,900,000 AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE 2017 SCHOOL YEAR. LET ME GO BACK TO THE CAPITAL BUDGET RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THAT'S GOTTEN A LOT OF TALK OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. IN OUR CAPITAL BUDGET, YOU'LL SEE THAT EVERYTHING HAS A PURPOSE RIGHT NOW IN IT. IT'S NOT MONEY JUST SITTING AROUND WAITING TO BE, HMM, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH IT? RIGHT NOW, THE BIGGEST PORTION, THE 56% OF OUR CAPITAL BUDGET IS TO PAY FOR TTT. THE SCHOOL THAT WAS TALKED ABOUT EARLIER. WE HAVE TO SET ASIDE THOSE IMPACT FEE DOLLARS IN ORDER TO PAY THAT PARTICULAR BILL. SO THAT'S WHAT THAT MONEY IS THERE. THAT WILL SOMEDAY GO AWAY. THAT BLUE SECTION WILL GO AWAY VERY, VERY SOON. THE 20% IS FOR BUZZ THAT WE HAVE ALREADY -- FOR BUSES THAT WE HAVE ALREADY PUT TOGETHER TO PURCHASE FOR OUR DISTRICT AND FOR OUR STUDENTS OUT THERE ON THE ROADS TO REPLENISH BUSES. BY THE WAY, WE DECIDED TO BUY BUSES AT THE SAME TIME SO THEY AGED OUT AND NOW WE'RE AT A POINT THAT WE HAVE TO PUT IN SOME CYCLE OF REPLENISHING BUSES EVERY YEAR SO WE DON'T GET OURSELVES IN THE SAME POSITION AS WE FOUND OURSELVES A FEW YEARS AGO. 17% OF THAT BUDGET IS FOR H VAC SYSTEMS THAT WE LITERALLY ARE IN THE DESIGN MODE RIGHT NOW TO REPLACE AT SIX OF OUR SCHOOLS ACROSS THIS DISTRICT. AS MUCH AS WE HEAR ABOUT HVAC AND AIR-CONDITIONING. WE HAVE SIX SCHOOLS IN THE DESIGN PHASE TO GET NEW HVAC SYSTEMS IN OUR DISTRICT. THE REST OF THOSE DOLLARS ARE REALLY EITHER LAND PROCEEDS OR LOCAL MILLAGE DOLLARS THAT WERE LEFT OVER. YOU SEE IT IS A VERY SMALL AMOUNT. THAT MEANS EVERY SINGLE DIME WE GET WE SPEND ANNUALLY TO MAINTAIN THE BUILDINGS IN OUR DISTRICT. THOSE ARE THE REVENUES WE GET. IT'S BASICALLY IN-OUT. MONEY COMING IN, MONEY GOING OUT TO BE ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THE NEEDS ACROSS THIS DISTRICT. I WANTED TO SHOW YOU ANOTHER LOOK AT YEAR-END FUND BALANCES. YOU'LL SEE THIS IS 2013 TO 2017. YOU'LL SEE A LITTLE STOP SIGN RIGHT THERE AFTER 2015 BECAUSE ME AS SUPERINTENDENT COMING IN, WE HAD TO PUT A STOP TO THE KIND OF SPENDING THAT WAS OCCURRING ACROSS OUR DISTRICT. YOU'LL SEE THAT BLUE LINE NEAR THE BOTTOM OF THE CHART. YOU'LL SEE HOW WE OUTSPENT THE YEAR BEFORE, $15 MILLION. $101 MILLION, $126 MILLION OVER THE PRIOR YEAR. IF YOU LOOK AT THE LINE RIGHT ABOVE THAT, THAT'S HOW MUCH NEW MONEY WE GOT THAT YEAR. IN 2015, $41 MILLION OF NEW REVENUE, WE SPENT 126 MILLION. THAT IS NOT HOW WE CAN MOVE FORWARD ANYMORE AS FAR AS THE DISTRICT IS CONCERNED. SO WE HAD TO PUT THE STOPS TO THAT KIND OF SPENDING. WE HAD TO -- WE REALIZED THAT PUT US IN A STRUCTURAL IMBALANCED MODE AS FAR AS OUR BUDGET IS CONCERNED. AND THEN WE HAD TO PUT IN PLACE STRATEGIES AND PLANS TO GET OUT OF THAT BUDGET DEFICIT MODE. YOU'LL SEE AFTER IN 2016-2017, WE ARE SPENDING LESS EACH YEAR, GETTING BACK INTO THAT MODE WE REALLY NEED TO GET INTO IN ORDER TO HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET ANNUALLY. THERE IS ANOTHER WAY TO LOOK AT IT. THIS IS THE SAME KIND OF INFORMATION JUST PUT IN A DIFFERENT WAY THROUGH A SLIDE. THE AMOUNT OF SPENDING BETWEEN 2013 WANTED 2017 OVER BUDGET AND WHAT WE HAVE DONE TO ARENA IN THAT SPENDING IN -- REIN IN THAT SPENDING IN 2016-17. MY BOARD, OUR STAFF, WE GET THIS. WE UNDERSTAND THIS. WE UNDERSTAND WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IN ORDER TO PUT OUR BEST FOOT FORWARD IN ORDER TO TAKE CARE OF THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS FIRST, OUR EMPLOYEES, OUR FAMILIES IN THIS REGION, BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO DO IT IN A MANNER THAT WE SPEND THE DOLLARS WE RECEIVE. SOME HAVE ASKED WHERE ARE OTHER DISTRICTS IN REGARDS TO THEIR FUND BALANCES? I FIND THIS VERY, VERY INTERESTING. HILLSBOROUGH IS THE LAST ONE. WE'RE IN THE BLUE SLOT THERE. YOU CAN KIND OF SEE FROM 2014-2015, 2016, YOU CAN KIND OF SEE WE HAVE GONE DOWN, BUT WE ARE STILL NOT NECESSARILY TOTALLY OUT OF WHAT CAN, SO TO SPEAK, WITH OTHER DISTRICTS AT OUR SIDE. PALM BEACH WAS A LITTLE SMALLER. BROWARD IS A LITTLE BIGGER. THEY HAVE A LITTLE BIGGER FUND BALANCE. MIAMI-DADE, MUCH BIGGER THAT AN, THEY HAVE A -- THAN US -- MIAMI-DADE HAD A FUND BALANCE OF $56 MILLION FOR THEIR ENTIRE DISTRICT. ORANGE COUNTY HAS A VERY LARGE FUND BALANCE. I WILL TELL YOU, THOUGH, BENEATH THE $400 MILLION WORTH OF FUND BALANCE THAT ORANGE HAS, I KNOW THAT MS. SAUNDERS DID A LITTLE BIT OF RESEARCH. THEY ONLY HAVE $79 MILLION OF THAT THAT'S UNASSIGNED FUND BALANCE WHEREAS, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, 99 MILLION UNASSIGNED. THAT MEANS THE NO-TOUCH ZONE. THE MONEY WE DO NOT TOUCH AT ALL. WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THE FACT THAT WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO KEEP THOSE DOLLARS SACRED IN CASE THERE IS SOME EMERGENCY. THE OTHER THING THAT THESE OTHER FOUR DISTRICTS HAVE IN COMMON THAT WE DON'T IS THEY ALL HAVE SOME SORT OF REFERENDUM THAT THEY'VE PLACED OUT THERE IN THEIR COMMUNITIES, BOTH ORANGE, BROWARD, PALM BEACH, MIAMI-DADE. SOME OF THE REFERENDUMS ARE A LITTLE DIFFERENT. SOME BASED MORE ON TECHNOLOGY. SOME BASED ON INFRASTRUCTURE. SOME STRAIGHT SALES TAX AND THEY USE IT FOR A VARIETY OF MEANS. BUT ALL THAT TO SAY THEY ARE ABLE TO LEVERAGE SOME OF THEIR OTHER FUNDS MORE STRATEGICALLY THAN OTHER DISTRICTS. WE DON'T HAVE THAT RIGHT NOW. JUST A DISCUSSION POINT AT THIS POINT IN TIME BUT I DO WANT TO POINT THAT OUT IN REGARDS TO THE FUND BALANCE. AS SOON AS MIAMI-DADE GOT THE REFERENDUM PASSED IN 2014-15, YOU'LL SEE THE FUND BALANCE STARTED TO INCREASE IN THEIR OVERALL DISTRICT FUNDING. IT'S ALL ABOUT NOW. THE PRESSURES WEREN'T ON ONE SINGLE BUDGET TO TAKE CARE OF ALL OF THE NEEDS. HERE'S A LITTLE STORY THAT JUST KIND OF TALKS ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS I ALREADY DISCUSSED. THE BLUE LINE IS THE FUND BALANCE LINE. WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO LIVE ABOVE THE BLUE LINE. THAT'S WHERE A BUDGET SHOULD ALWAYS BE. EVERYTHING BELOW THE BLUE LINE IS CAUSED BUDGET DEFICIT MODE. YOU'LL SEE IN 2015-16 AS WE ENTERED INTO THAT PARTICULAR YEAR, WE JUST DROPPED $123 MILLION FROM THE PRIOR YEAR. WE STARTED LITERALLY THE 2015-16 YEAR DOWN $101 MILLION. THAT WAS MAINLY REOCCURRING COSTS. WE WERE ALSO REPLACING SOME OF THE FUNDING FROM THE GATES GRANT TO 20 MILLION OF RECURRING SALARY COST. WE STARTED 2015-16 LITERALLY WITH ONLY ABOUT 25 TO $30 MILLION IN OUR FUND BALANCE AS WE STARTED THE YEAR. WE HAD TO WORK UP TO 146. WE DID THAT, FIRST OF ALL, BY GETTING SOME NEW REVENUE FROM THE STATE. WE GOT $63 MILLION THAT YEAR. UNFORTUNATELY THAT CAME WITH A LOT OF GROWTH, SO YOU HAVE TO BACK OUT THOSE GROWTH EXPENSES IN ORDER TO REALLY KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY NET YOU HAVE MOVING FORWARD TO ADDRESS YOUR BUDGET DEFICIT. THE NEXT THING WE DID AS A DISTRICT, WE CAME TO THE BOARD MANY, MANY TIMES AND WE PUT IN PLACE ACTIONS TO CREATE ONE-TIME AND RECURRING SAVINGS, WHICH ULTIMATELY HELPED US GET BACK UP A LITTLE BIT CLOSER TO THAT LINE. WE ALSO THAT YEAR, WE PROVIDED EMPLOYEE RAISES FOR ALL OF OUR DIFFERENT BARGAINING UNITS. THAT BROUGHT MORE EXPENSES TO THE DISTRICT THAT WE HAD TO INCUR WHICH BROUGHT US BACK DOWN AGAIN. THEN AT THE END OF THE YEAR, TO GET BACK TO THE $146 MILLION, WE DID TRANSFERS. WE PUT MONEY ON SOURCES THAT COULD HANDLE IT, BUT IT CAME AT A COST. I WANT TO TELL YOU, THAT COMES AT A COST. WHEN WE ASK CAPITAL BUDGET TO TAKE ON MAINTENANCE WORKERS SALARIES BECAUSE THEY CAN, IT'S A COST TO THE CAPITAL BUDGET IN THE LONG TERM. THOSE ARE THE KIND OF THINGS WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO AVOID IN THE FUTURE. THAT BROWN LINE AT THE VERY END, REPRESENTS SOMETHING WE NEVER WANT TO EVENTUALLY SEE IN THIS DISTRICT. THE GOLD LINE REPRESENTS A LOT OF STRESSFUL DECISION MAKING THAT HAD TO OCCUR IN ORDER TO CONSTRICT OUR OVERALL BUDGET. AS WE ENTERED 2016 YEAR, WE HAD NOT RECOVERED, OF COURSE. THAT TRANSFER OF MONEY DOES NOT MEAN WE RECOVERED. WE REALLY WERE STARTING THE 2016-17 YEAR SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 60 AND $80 MILLION OVERALL IN OUR FUND BALANCE. THAT PARTICULAR YEAR, THIS PAST YEAR, FOLKS, WE ONLY GOT $5.5 MILLION IN NEW REVENUE. THAT DIDN'T HELP ONE BIT THERE THE STATE. WE INCURRED MORE GROWTH THAN THAT. THAT ALL WENT INTO APPLYING IT TO THE GROWTH OF THIS DISTRICT. AND THEN, OF COURSE, WE APPLIED MORE ONE-TIME RECURRING SAVINGS IN OUR DISTRICT, ALL OF THOSE KIND OF THINGS ONCE AGAIN WERE VERY TOUGH DECISIONS THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE ALONG THE WAY. BUT THE GOAL WAS TO GET ABOVE THE BLUE LINE EVENTUALLY. WE DID APPLY RAISES TO OUR EMPLOYEES THIS YEAR, WHICH BROUGHT THE EXPENSES MORE ON TO OUR BUDGET, WHICH DROPPED THAT LINE AGAIN. AND THEN WE APPLIED MORE OF OUR TRANSFERS AND LEVERAGING OF FUNDS TO GET BACK TO 141. WE DID NOT QUITE MAKE IT TO THE 146. THAT BROWN LINE GOT SMALLER. WHY? BECAUSE EACH YEAR WE HAVE LESS AND LESS TO LEVERAGE AND BECAUSE SOME OF THOSE OTHER FUNDING SOURCES, THEY AREN'T GOING TO BE THERE ANYMORE. I WANTED YOU TO KIND OF SEE THIS PICTURE REAL QUICK SO YOU UNDERSTAND WE'RE STILL OPERATING BELOW THE LINE AS WE ENTER INTO THIS YEAR, WE TALKED EARLIER, IT'S GOING TO BE A THREE- TO FOUR-YEAR RECOVERY. I WANT TO PRESENT NOW FOR YOU SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE PUTTING IN PLACE TO GET THERE. OUR GOAL IS TO MAKE THAT BLUE LINE GO THROUGH. OUR 2018 YEAR AND GO ABOVE THE BLUE LINE AND NEVER HAVE TO LIVE BELOW THAT AS WE GO IN THE FUTURE. THAT'S MY RESPONSIBILITY AS A SUPERINTENDENT TO GET US THERE FOR THE STUDENTS AND THE EMPLOYEES ACROSS THIS DISTRICT. THESE ARE SOME OF THE STRATEGIES THAT I'M GOING TO DO A REAL QUICK OVERVIEW. THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT I KNOW MS. STUART HAD ASKED IN HER MOTION FOR US TO COVER TODAY, SO I'LL GO AHEAD AND GO THROUGH THESE. I BELIEVE THERE ARE EIGHT ITEMS HERE. FIRST OF ALL, SALARY COSTS. THAT'S THE BIG BUCKET. THAT'S 86% OF OUR BUDGET RIGHT NOW. TYPICALLY IN A DISTRICT OUR SIZE, YOU'RE TYPICALLY LOOKING SOMEWHERE BETWEEN 76% AND 80%. SO WE HAVE TIPPED THE SCALE AS FAR AS OUR OVERALL SALARY COSTS, SO WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THAT. ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE RECOGNIZED AND WE TALKED ABOUT THIS AT THE SUMMER WORKSHOP, WE HAVE TO LOOK AT OUR OVERALL NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES AND MAKE SURE THAT WE LOOK AT HOW WE BRING THAT BACK TO CENTER COMPARED TO OTHER DISTRICTS OUR SIZE. THAT'S CURRENTLY WHAT WE'RE DOING AND DOING IN ALL THE AREAS. DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION. YOU'RE GOING TO SEE SOME OF THESE REDUCTIONS OCCURRING, INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL, NONINSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL, SUPPORT STAFF. PLEASE UNDERSTAND IN THE INTRODUCTIONAL PERSONNEL BUCKET THERE THE CLASS SIZE KICKS IN. YOU CANNOT AFFECT CERTAIN THINGS WITHIN THE INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL BUCKET. SO WE HAVE TO LOOK AT THINGS OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM TYPE OF DECISIONS FOR REINING IN OUR COSTS. HERE IS A REAL QUICK VIEW FROM 2016 TO 2017, PART ONE, OF COURSE, IS OUR GENERAL REVENUE BUDGET. WE ARE DOWN OVER 1500 UNITS, AS PERSONNEL UNITS SINCE WE STARTED 2016-17. NOW, SOME OF THAT ARE LESSER EMPLOYEES. WE'RE ABOUT FIVE, SIX HUNDRED LESS EMPLOYEES. SOME OF THIS IS ELIMINATION OF POSITIONS. SOME OF IT IS WE MOVED THE FUNDING SOURCES OVER TO OTHER ALLOWABLE FUNDING SOURCES. WE REDUCED SOME OF THE OTHER BUCKETS LIKE IDEA, TITLE 1, TITLE 2, TITLE 3, AND WE MOVED SOME OF THOSE PARTICULAR RESOURCES THAT WERE ALLOWABLE OVER TO THOSE PARTICULAR FUNDS, ESPECIALLY THE SUPPLEMENTAL UNITS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT AND HAD A WORKSHOP ON EARLIER. OVERALL, ABOUT 1700 UNITS THAT WE ARE DOWN COMPARED TO THE BEGINNING OF LAST YEAR. SO WE HAVE A WAYS TO GO, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY WE'RE ENTERING THIS YEAR. WE SHOULD BE ENTERING THIS YEAR LIGHTER ON OUR OVERALL SALARY AND BENEFITS. WE HAVE OUR FIRST FULL PAYROLL THIS WEEK THAT WE WILL BE MONITORING AND KIND OF BEING ABLE TO DO MUCH MORE ACCURATE PROJECTIONS, I SHOULD SAY, AS WE MOVE FORWARD. IT'S GOING TO TAKE ALL THESE THINGS IN THIS PARTICULAR GRAPH. WE'RE LOOKING AT OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS, REDUCING SALARY AND BENEFITS BY AT LEAST 130 MILLION OVER TWO YEARS. THAT'S NOT JUST STRAIGHT SALARY AND BENEFITS. OTHER THINGS THAT DRIVE PAYROLL. EVERY WEEK THERE ARE THINGS LIKE TRAVEL. THINGS LIKE TRAINING. THERE'S LOTS OF DIFFERENT THINGS THAT HIT PAYROLL. SOME OF THOSE THINGS COULD BE OUR DECISIONS WE MAKE AS A DISTRICT. OTHERS WE WORK AND COLLABORATE WITH OUR UNIONS TO TALK ABOUT AS WELL AS WE GO THROUGH THE NEGOTIATION PROCESS. WE HAVE TO HAVE CLEAR AND CONSISTENT UNIT ALLOCATION METHODS. RIGHT NOW, AS UNITS WENT OUT THIS FALL, WE WERE VERY FIRM ON MANY OF THE ALLOCATIONS FOR CLASSROOM UNITS AND FOR OTHER TYPES OF FORMULA UNITS ACROSS OUR DISTRICT. WE HAVE TO GET THERE IN ORDER TO CREATE THAT STRUCTURAL BALANCE. EVERYTHING WE'VE DONE SO FAR HAS BEEN THROUGH EMPLOYEE ATTRITION, AND EVERY YEAR, BETWEEN 800 AND 1,000 EMPLOYEES EITHER RETIRE, RESIGN, MOVE, DO SOMETHING. SO WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THOSE OPPORTUNITIES IN ORDER TO LOOK AT THOSE UNITS, ANALYZE THEM AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING. I KNOW THAT THE UNITS TEAM ALONG WITH DR. VASQUEZ AND MS. SAUNDERS HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT ALL THOSE THINGS AS THE UNITS COME UP. WE'LL BE MERGING DEPARTMENTS AND DIVISIONS ACROSS THIS DISTRICT. WE HAVE TO IN ORDER TO CONSOLIDATE THE EFFORTS AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL, IN ORDER FOR US TO MAKE SURE WE MAXIMIZE THE DOLLARS AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL AND, OF COURSE, WE HAVE BEEN AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO ELIMINATE POSITIONS THAT AREN'T ALIGNED WITH THE STRATEGIC PLAN, THAT JUST DON'T MATCH UP TO WHAT THE GOALS ARE OF THE BOARD AND THIS DISTRICT. HERE'S JUST A LITTLE BIT OF THE TIMELINE RIGHT NOW. WE REDUCED IN MAY ABOUT 500 UNITS. THAT'S LESS PEOPLE THAT WERE REALLY -- STARTED THE SCHOOL YEAR. WE DID OVER THE SUMMER A UNIT ANALYSIS. WE GARNERED MORE EFFICIENCIES. WE BLOCKED UNITS FROM BEING HIRED BASED OFF OF CLASS SIZES. IN DECEMBER OF THIS YEAR, WE'LL MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT DEPARTMENT DIVISION CONSOLIDATION. THAT WILL COME BACK TO THE BOARD AND WE'LL HAVE THAT DISCUSSION. BY MARCH, THAT WILL BE A TIME BY WHERE WE TRULY LOOK AT ALL OF OUR UNITS. WE ANALYZE THEM, BECOME EXTREMELY EFFICIENT. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT ABOUT A THOUSAND UNITS IN THE SPRING MOVING INTO NEXT YEAR. THAT WILL BE THE DECISION POINT THAT WILL PROBABLY GET US BACK TO THAT STRUCTURAL BALANCE AS WE ENTER INTO '18-'19. WE'LL CONTINUE OVER THE SUMMER TO ANALYZE THE UNITS, BE VERY EFFICIENT ABOUT THAT AND THEN START THE YEAR WITH A THOUSAND LESS UNITS. WE HAVE OTHER THINGS THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT AT THE SAME TIME. THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT LOOKING AT EMPLOYEES AND SALARY COST. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT MANY THINGS. I KNOW THIS HAS COME TO THE BOARD AS A DISCUSSION POINT AND WE'RE MOVING FORWARD IN ANALYZING THIS PARTICULAR STRATEGY, LOOKING AT A TIME AND ATTENDANCE SYSTEM FOR OUR DISTRICT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE ACCURATELY REPORTING THEIR HOURS. WE BELIEVE IF WE DO THAT, WE'LL FIND 600,000 TO A MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS BEING REPORTED ACCURATELY. WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT BENEFITS. I KNOW THAT THE BOARD HAS ASKED US TO TAKE A STRONG LOOK. WE BELIEVE WE WILL ISSUE AN INVITATION TO NEGOTIATE AROUND THE 2019 SCHOOL YEAR. THAT'S TO ENSURE COMPETITIVE RATES. WHEN YOU HAVE COMPETITION, ALL OF A SUDDEN PEOPLE LOOK AT THEIR PROPOSALS A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY. WE LOOKED AT BEING A SELF-FUNDED INSURANCE AS FAR AS AN ORGANIZATION. THE ISSUE WITH THAT RIGHT NOW, WE WOULD HAVE TO SET ASIDE ADDITIONAL $39 MILLION IN A FUND BALANCE, BY THE WAY, THAT WE DON'T HAVE. WE'RE NOT THERE YET. SO WE'RE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD LOOKING AT GETTING THE VERY BEST RATE WE CAN FROM THE PROVIDERS THAT WORK WITH HILLSBOROUGH. AND WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT THE ENROLLMENT PROCESS, NOT JUST ASSUMING PEOPLE THAT JUST BECAUSE YOU DON'T SIGN UP THAT, OH, YOU'RE GOING TO GET INTO A CERTAIN PLAN OR RECEIVE A CERTAIN KIND OF CREDIT. WE'RE GOING TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHEN THEY ARE AN EMPLOYEE OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, THEY HAVE TO ASSERT THAT THEY WANT INSURANCE IF THEY ARE AN EMPLOYEE OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. THOSE ARE SOME OF THE LITTLE STRATEGIES WE'RE WORKING ON. ENERGY SAVINGS, WE'VE ALSO COME TO THE BOARD. THIS YEAR, MINIMIZE IS CURRENTLY OUT THERE ANALYZING 30 SCHOOLS, ANOTHER 60 OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS. THIS IS THE COMPANY THAT WILL COME THROUGH AND PUT SENSORS ACROSS THE DISTRICT, HELP US USING TECHNOLOGY TO FIND THE HOT SPOTS. FIND THE AREAS THAT WE'RE REALLY WASTING ENERGY AND BE ABLE TO GO THERE AND APPLY STRATEGIES AT THE PARTICULAR SITES IN ORDER TO BE MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT. '17-18, '18-'19, $1.5 MILLION OF SAVINGS IN OUR ENERGY BUCKET. MEDICAID IS ACTUALLY A REVENUE GENERATOR FOR OUR DISTRICT. WE HAVE TO REALIZE, JUST LIKE WE TALK AT MANY OF OUR WORKSHOPS, WE HAVE FAMILIES AND WE HAVE STUDENTS THAT RECEIVE CERTAIN SERVICES THAT WE ARE ALLOWED TO GET REIMBURSEMENT FOR. WHAT HAPPENS IS, WE PROVIDE THOSE SERVICES UP FRONT, AND WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT WHERE ARE WE ELIGIBLE TO RECOUP THOSE DOLLARS THROUGH MEDICAID BACK TO OUR DISTRICT. THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT IN FISCAL YEAR 2017, WE RECEIVED AS REVENUE ABOUT $9.3 MILLION. WE THINK WE CAN GO HIGHER THAN THAT. WE THINK WE CAN GO CLOSE TO 12 MILLION. HE WE THINK THERE ARE CERTAIN SERVICES BEING LEFT ON THE TABLE, QUITE FRANKLY. WE HAVE HAD SOME PROVIDERS APPROACH US. WE KNOW WE'RE DOING OUR DUE DILIGENCE RIGHT NOW DOING INTERVIEWS WITH SOME OF THOSE PROVIDERS, BRINGING A KIND OF TECHNOLOGY COMPONENT TO IT SO THAT WE CAN REPORT MORE ACCURATELY FROM OUR SCHOOL SITES THE KIND OF SERVICES THAT ARE BEING PROVIDED TO OUR STUDENTS SO THAT WE CAN THEN APPLY FOR REIMBURSEMENT OF MEDICAID. THAT'S A HUGE ONE WHEN THAT WE KNOW WE'LL BE LOOKING AT. WE ALSO HAVE SURPLUS PROPERTIES. WE HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT MAY BE UNDERUTILIZED. WHAT'S ALLOWED BY LAW. THERE ARE SOME PROPERTIES WE CANNOT SELL. WHAT COULD WE HAVE A NEED FOR IN THE FUTURE? WHAT AREAS OF TOWN WE NEED A PIECE OF PROPERTY THAT WE DON'T WANT TO LET GO? WE WILL COME TO THE BALL IN THE FALL OF 2017, IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, WITH RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE SALE -- THAT COULD TOTAL ABOUT $1.5 MILLION. THAT WOULD COME TO THE BOARD FOR YOUR APPROVAL. WE HAVE GOOD NEWS AS FAR AS LOOKING AT OUR CONTRACTS. EVERY MONTH, WE HAVE ABOUT 40 TO 50 CONTRACTS THAT ARE CONTINUALLY BEING REVIEWED BECAUSE THEY CYCLE MONTH BY MONTH. THEY DON'T ALL COME BY JUNE 30th, JULY 1st. OUR PROCUREMENT OFFICE AND THE OWNER OF THE CONTRACTS ARE LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN RENEGOTIATE, ESPECIALLY OUR SOLE-SOURCE CONTRACTS. CURRENTLY, WE'RE ENTERING INTO THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR, ABOUT $3.5 MILLION LESS BECAUSE OF THAT RENEGOTIATION PROCESS WITH OUR SOLE-SOURCE PROVIDER CONTRACTS. YOU'LL SEE MORE OF THAT AS THE YEAR GOES ALONG AND AS THOSE CONTRACTS COME UP. ALSO, JUST RECENTLY, I MADE A DECISION TO END A CONTRACT WITH ONE OF OUR PROVIDERS THAT WAS ABOUT A $2.5 MILLION A YEAR CONTRACT. I FELT LIKE BASED OFF THE EVALUATION RESULTS THAT I WAS LOOKING AT, I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE MOVING FORWARD THAT WOULD BE A CONTRACT. I FELT LIKE WE COULD PROVIDE SERVICES FOR STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT THROUGH OUR PROGRAMS, EITHER ADULT ED, CAREER CENTERS, TRADITIONAL SITES, VIRTUAL AND SO FORTH. ALL THAT TO SAY THIS IS AN ONGOING PROCESS. THE EVALUATION THAT IS DONE, THOUGH, IS DONE BY THAT TEAM OF MS. SAUNDERS, MS. MURPHY, DR. VAZQUEZ AND THE OWNER OF THE CONTRACTS. HERE IS SOME OF OUR TRANSPORTATION COST REDUCTIONS. ONCE AGAIN, WE GET ABOUT 40 TO 45 CENTS ON THE DOLLAR FROM THE STATE TO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO OUR STUDENTS. OBVIOUSLY, EVERY DOLLAR WE SPEND, 45 CENTS TO THE DOLLAR ARE DOLLARS COMING OUT OF OUR CLASSROOMS IN ORDER TO DO THAT. BASED OFF OF SOME OF THE DECISIONS THAT WE'VE MADE AND HAVE BEEN MAKING TO BECOME MORE EFFICIENT WITH OUR TRANSPORTATION, WE'RE ANTICIPATING ABOUT $3.5 MILLION THIS YEAR TO BE A COST REDUCTION OVERALL IN OUR BUDGET. FOR 2018-19, I HAVE A QUESTION MARK THERE BECAUSE WE HAVE A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO ANALYZE FIRST. FIRST OF ALL, WE HAVE TO ANALYZE THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UNFUNDED BUSING FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND HIGH SCHOOLS BEFORE WE BRING ANYTHING BACK TO THE BOARD TO EXPAND THAT. SECONDLY, MOVING TO BRING BACK TO THE BOARD BELL TIMES. AS WE LOOK TO THOSE PARTICULAR ISSUES, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'VE ANALYZED EVERYTHING THE VERY BEST WE CAN. MAKE SURE THAT OBVIOUSLY A BELL TIME DECISION COULD INCREASE THE EFFICIENCIES OF OUR OVERALL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT RIGHT NOW ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL ARE STACKED ON TOP OF EACH OTHER SO WE HAVE TO USE A LOT MORE DRIVERS BECAUSE OF THAT. IF THEY WERE MORE SEPARATED, WE MAY NEED LESS. IT MAY BRING MORE EFFICIENCIES FOR OUR BELL TIMES TO BRING THAT TO THE BOARD. IT'S A LOT TO KIND OF BITE OFF ALL AT ONCE FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR, SO WE'RE ANALYZING THOSE TWO THINGS RIGHT NOW. OBVIOUSLY, THAT WILL COME BACK TO BOARD IN THE FALL. WE'RE ALSO LOOKING AT SCHOOL SECURITY, SCALING THE EXISTING RESOURCES. CURRENTLY WE HAVE 12-MONTH CONTRACTS WITH TPD AND THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE. WE KNOW THAT THEY'VE -- WE STILL HAVE THOSE CONTRACTS THIS YEAR. THEY GO INTO THEIR BUDGET CYCLE IN OCTOBER. WE'RE ALREADY STARTING TO WORK WITH THEM TO SEE IF WE CAN SCALE BACK THE EXISTING CONTRACTS TO 10 MONTH AND SEE HOW OUR CURRENT SCHOOL SECURITY SERVICES COULD TAKE ON SOME OF THAT SUPPORT IN THE SUMMER. ALL THAT TO SAY WE FEEL LIKE THAT IS ANOTHER WAY THAT WE'RE TRYING TO BE AS EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE, AS EFFECTIVE AS POSSIBLE, BUT STILL KEEPING ALL OF OUR STUDENTS SAFE DURING THE YEAR. WE'LL KEEP YOU POSTED ON THAT, ALL THOSE CONTRACTS WILL COME BACK TO THE BOARD. HERE ARE SOME OF THE TIMELINES FOR TIME AND ATTENDANCE, OBVIOUSLY, WE'RE POTENTIALLY LOOKING AT AN AGENDA ITEM FOR TIME AND ATTENDANCE IN OCTOBER. PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION AND TRAINING, NOVEMBER TO JUNE FOR A JULY 2018 GO LIVE ROLLOUT. ENERGY SAVINGS. YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THAT. I HAVE GONE OVER WHAT SITES WE'RE REVIEWING RIGHT NOW AND TO ROLL OUT THE PLAN AND MEDICAID REIMBURSEMENT, LOOKING PROBABLY COMING TO THE BOARD AROUND NOVEMBER FOR AN ITEM. ULTIMATELY TRAINING WILL NEED TO TAKE PLACE TO IMPLEMENT THAT ACROSS THE DISTRICT STARTING THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL YEAR. FINALLY, WE GET TO THE PART THAT REALLY GENERATES THE MOST REVENUE FOR US AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THAT IS STUDENTS. STUDENTS COMING INTO OUR SCHOOLS. THOSE OF YOU WHO CAME TO THE JOINT PRINCIPALS MEETING, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT HOW WE HAVE TO THINK DIFFERENTLY AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND WE KNOW THAT THERE'S MANY STUDENTS THAT IN 2017 GET TO MAKE LOTS OF DIFFERENT CHOICES BY WHERE THEY ATTEND SCHOOL. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE THE VERY BEST OPTION FOR THEM THAT WE ARE AT THE TOP OF OUR GAME. WE ARE OFFERING THE PROGRAMS AND THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS. THE GOAL HERE IS TO INCREASE ENROLLMENT, MAXIMIZE OUR STUDENT RETENTION AND STRENGTHEN OUR COMMUNICATIONS IN THAT AREA. AND REALLY BEGIN TO APPLY SOME METRICS TO THIS. APPLY SOME METRICS OF HOW WE ARE GOING TO HOLD ACCOUNTABLE US AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT, AS SCHOOLS, TO ENSURE THAT WE'RE PROVIDING THE VERY BEST FOR OUR STUDENTS. I WANTED TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF REMINDER, WE HAVE TO REMEMBER WHO WE SERVE. FINALLY, WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT THE FACT THAT STUDENTS HAVE SPECIFIC INTERESTS. AND WE HAVE TO ALWAYS BE LOOKING AT HOW THOSE INTERESTS MATCH WHAT WE'RE OFFERING. IF WE'RE NOT ANALYZING THAT WELL ENOUGH, WE'LL NEVER GET STUDENTS AND PARENTS TO MAKE THAT PARTICULAR CHOICE. AND THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE GOING TO BE DOING OVER THE NEXT THREE TO FOUR MONTHS, ANALYZING WHAT MORE THEY CAN OFFER OR HOW CAN THEY PACKAGE WHAT THEY ARE CURRENTLY OFFERING SO PARENTS WHO MAY NOT KNOW THEY ARE OFFERING THAT GET THAT INFORMATION. WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT SOME OF THE NON-PROGRAMMATIC FACTORS. AND THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE FEEL OF A SCHOOL. YOU KNOW, WHEN PEOPLE WALK INTO THE SCHOOL, HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT THEIR CHILD'S EDUCATION. EVERYTHING FROM SCHOOL APPEARANCE TO FEELING LIKE THEY HAVE A SENSE OF BELONGING THAT WE DON'T HAVE ANY BARRIERS FOR ENROLLMENT THAT WE'RE LITERALLY THINKING OF EVERYTHING TO BREAK DOWN THOSE PARTICULAR BARRIERS TO GARNER OUR STUDENTS TO COME BACK INTO OUR SCHOOLS. IF THEY ARE CURRENTLY NOT. WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT KEY TACTICS WITH BROAD AND NARROW. WE HAVE TO THINK ABOUT HOW WE BRAND, HOW WE HAVE THINGS SUCH AS UTILIZE OUR WEBSITE, EARN MEDIA AROUND THIS, AND TRULY BE DRIVEN BY DEMAND. THAT MEANS, WHAT IS IT THAT OUR FAMILIES COULD CHOOSE TO GO TO? WHAT IS IT WE'RE MISSING IN THE OFFERINGS TO OUR FAMILIES? OUR SCHOOLS HAVE TO BECOME BETTER AT HOW THEY TELL THEIR STORY. WE HAVE TO EMPOWER THEM WITH TOOLS AND SUPPORTS TO DO THAT AND THEN WE HAVE TO GET INTO IN THE COMMUNITY AND TALK THROUGH THIS. WE HAVE TO DO SURVEYING OF OUR FAMILIES. MAYBE CURRENT FAMILIES THAT AREN'T COMING TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND ASKING THE QUESTION, WHY WAS THAT? WHY DID YOU MAKE THAT PARTICULAR DECISION? AND THEN WE HAVE TO THEN BE VERY STRATEGIC ABOUT HOW WE MARKET THEN TO THE CHALLENGES THEY MAY HAVE EXPERIENCED BEFORE. OF COURSE, THE BIG ROI, THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT, IS JUST A CUSTOMER THAT HAS LIFETIME VALUE. IT'S JUST MORE THAN A ONE TIME AT SUCCESS. MORE THAN, OH, WE GOT A STUDENT BACK. THIS IS ABOUT GETTING A STUDENT BACK NOT JUST FOR THE DOLLARS FOR STATE FUNDING -- THAT'S TRUE -- BUT SOME OF THE INTANGIBLES. WHEN YOU HAVE COMMUNITIES THAT EMBRACE THEIR LOCAL SCHOOLS AND EMBRACE THEIR SCHOOLS IN THEIR COMMUNITY, YOU HAVE A BETTER CONNECTION TO FAMILIES. THERE'S MORE NEIGHBORHOOD AND FAMILY BUY-IN AND THIS CREATES A LONG, SUSTAINABLE BASE OF FANS AND ADVOCACY FOR YOUR SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT NOT ONLY THE ONES THAT ARE TALKING WITHIN THE SCHOOL, BUT THE ONES TALKING OUT ON THE STREETS, AT THE BALLPARKS, ALL THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE'S POSITIVE MESSAGING ABOUT THE SCHOOLS THEIR CHILDREN ATTEND. PUTTING THE STRATEGIES TOGETHER, YOU CAN SEE WHERE WE'RE HEADED AS FAR AS OVERALL GOALS. ESPECIALLY OUR PROFESSIONAL. THIS IS ABOUT BEING THOUGHTFUL, NOT SURGICAL. THIS IS ABOUT BEING THOUGHTFUL. WE HAVE TO DO SOME SURVEYING AND SOME FOCUS GROUPS AROUND THIS BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE UNDERSTANDING CLEARLY WHAT EVERYONE VALUES AND THE RESOURCES THAT THEY CURRENTLY HAVE AND THEN MAKE THE DECISIONS WE HAVE TO MAKE IN ORDER TO GET TO THAT DOLLAR MARK THAT WE KNOW WILL EVENTUALLY GET US THE STRUCTURAL BALANCE. ABOUT $144 MILLION, YOU MIGHT SAY, GOSH, THAT WILL PUT YOU WAY OVER THE MARK. FIRST OF ALL, WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S COMING FROM THE LEGISLATURE IN THE FUTURE. WE KNOW THAT EVERYTHING THAT COMES WILL COME WITH A COST, AND WE HAVE TO KIND OF ANTICIPATE THAT. AND WE ALSO HAVE TO ANTICIPATE THAT THINGS STILL COULD HAPPEN, MUCH LIKE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN TEXAS THAT WE WOULD NEVER WANT TO HAPPEN TO THEM, COULD HAPPEN HERE. WE HAVE TO THINK BOLDLY ABOUT HOW WE MOVE FORWARD. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT THIS PLAN DOES. SO AS WE KIND OF END HERE, YOU CAN SEE THE DIRECTION THAT WE ARE HEADED. ALL THOSE STRATEGIES THAT I'VE LAID OUT WILL TAKE US TO LIVE ABOVE THE BLUE LINE. THAT'S WHERE WE HAVE TO LIVE AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HAVE A STRUCTURALLY BALANCED BUDGET. THE FUTURE REALLY TAKES US ABOVE THAT LINE AND LIVE THERE AND MAKES ALL THE DECISION MAKING WE MAKE AT THE DAIS THAT WE TALK ABOUT AT WORKSHOPS, IT MAKES IT COMPLETELY STUDENT CENTERED. IT DOESN'T FEEL LIKE AT THE END OF THE DAY YOU'RE DOING NOTHING BUT TAKING AWAY FROM SOMETHING. YOU'RE LITERALLY ADDING VALUE TO EVERY DECISION YOU MAKE AT A SCHOOL BOARD MEETING OR AT A WORKSHOP IN A DISCUSSION. SO THAT'S THE PLAN I BRING TO YOU TONIGHT. AS WE GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS OF WHETHER IT'S EMPLOYEES, WHETHER IT'S THE OTHER ITEMS YOU SEE LISTED, ALL THESE THINGS WILL COME BACK TO YOU. COME BACK TO YOU EITHER AS BOARD AGENDA ITEMS, COME BACK TO YOU THROUGH DISCUSSIONS AT THE END OF BOARD MEETINGS, COME TO US IN WORKSHOPS. WE'LL TALK THROUGH ALL OF THESE PARTICULAR ITEMS AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE PROCESS BUT KNOW THAT WE'RE ENTERING IN THE PROCESS RIGHT NOW DOWN SO MANY UNITS, TRYING TO GET IN THAT PARTICULAR POSITION RIGHT NOW THAT WE CAN THEN MAKE THAT STRONGER LEAP NEXT SPRING, THAT HELPS US ON THE OVERALL SALARY COST AND BENEFIT SIDE. IT IS REALLY A COMBINATION OF EVERYTHING. AS WE DO THIS, NOT TAKING OUR EYES OFF THE PRIZE, WHICH IS YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN, THE THINGS WE HAVE PLANNED FOR OUR STUDENTS AS WE MOVE FORWARD IN THE FUTURE. WITH THAT, I'M COMPLETE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: YOU HAD TIME LEFT ON THE CLOCK, TOO. PRETTY GOOD. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S PRESENTATION. I'VE ALLOWED TEN MINUTES FOR BOARD DISCUSSION. I KNOW THAT YOU ALL HAVE BEEN BRIEFED ON THIS PRESENTATION, BUT IF YOU HAVE COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, CONCERNS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO ASK AT THIS TIME, WE HAVE, AGAIN, TEN MINUTES, TWO MINUTES PER BOARD MEMBER, TO START. MS. VALDES.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. FIRST OF ALL, MR. EAKINS, WHICHEVER ADMINISTRATIVE SECRETARY SUPPORT TEAM THAT DID THIS PowerPoint PRESENTATION, BEAUTIFUL PRESENTATION.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THIS IS OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM. MR. VALDEZ AND MR. CALM.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THAT IS A PRETTY EXPENSIVE PowerPoint, BUT IT WAS VERY NICE. BUT IT WAS VERY NICE AND VERY INFORMATIVE, SO I APPRECIATE THE WORK, PLUS THE INFORMATION THAT WAS INCLUDED IN IT. I HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU IN REFERENCE TO THE BRANDING. I THINK THAT REBRANDING, WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL WITH REBRANDING AND WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO. I BELIEVE THE BRANDING OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE, WHICH IS OUR VISION DOESN'T NEED TO BE REBRANDED. THAT IS REALLY WHAT WE STAND FOR. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE EMPHASIS OF BRANDING IS GOING TO BE OTHER THAN PROMOTING AND HOPEFULLY EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE REALLY UNDERSTANDS WHAT PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE REALLY TRULY MEANS FROM THE CUSTODIAL STAFF TO THE MAIL ROOM, TO THOSE INDIVIDUALS THAT DO NOT HAVE INTERACTIONS WITH STUDENTS ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS. I'LL HAVE THAT QUESTION FOR YOU. AND THEN ALSO, TODAY, BEFORE I GO ABOUT TODAY'S EVENT, SELF-FUNDING, SELF-FUNDED INSURANCE, I DON'T EVEN THINK IF WE HAD THE 39 MILLION, I DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT I WOULD PUT OUR DISTRICT AT THAT KIND OF RISK. I'M NOT THAT MUCH OF A HEAVY RISK TAKER WHEN IT COMES TO SELF-FUNDED INSURANCE, BECAUSE ALL IT TAKES IS ONE OR TWO CATASTROPHES AND IT'S A HUGE CHALLENGE. I WOULD MUCH RATHER BE ERRING ON THE SIZE OF -- ON THE SIDE OF LETTING THE INSURANCE COMPANY TAKE ON THAT RISK BECAUSE OUR RISK IS ENSURING THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE PREPARED FOR LIFE. IN REFERENCE TO HOW OUR EMPLOYEES ARE DOING MORE WITH LESS, TODAY I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEND TIME WITH MAINTENANCE EMPLOYEES AND REALIZING AND LETTING THEM KNOW WE'RE 98 FOLKS SHORT AND THEY ARE STILL DOING THE WORK AND IT'S AMAZING. I WENT OUT THERE TO THANK THEM. WE HAVE A LOT OF HARDWORKING PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT REALLY ARE LIVING THE VISION AND MISSION OF THIS DISTRICT. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. VALDES. MS. GRAY, YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.  

>>Lynn Gray: THESE ARE COMMENTS. I'M VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE PowerPoint AS WELL. IT WAS MIGHTY FINE. I'M VERY IMPRESSED ALSO WITH THE STATEMENT THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE. TEACHER SALARY SHOULD BE A PRIORITY. SECONDLY, STUDENT CENTERED. I SO MUCH AGREE WITH WHAT YOU JUST SAID. I THINK THAT EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS TO A STUDENT HAPPENS IN A CLASSROOM BECAUSE OF A TEACHER. I BELIEVE ALSO THAT A B BALANCED BUDGET IS ESSENTIAL BEFORE WE GO INTO A REFERENDUM OR OTHER DISCUSSIONS. I BELIEVE ALSO THAT ADMINISTRATION POSITIONS SHOULD BE LOOKED AT MORE CAREFULLY AND, IN FACT, BEFORE WE GO INTO THE CLERICAL AND/OR CUSTODIANS, I'D LIKE TO HAVE THAT LOOKED INTO IN TERMS OF REPURPOSING. CERTAINLY, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT HAPPEN BEFORE THE TEACHERS. I KNOW I'VE SHARED. ALSO, I WOULD LIKE FOR US TO WORK FOR A REFERENDUM AS A TEAM, MEANING THE SCHOOL BOARD, TOGETHER WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT. A UNITED FRONT TO ME IS CRITICAL. WE REPRESENT THE ENTIRE COUNTY, SOME OF US. APRIL GRIFFIN AND MYSELF. AND WE ALL ARE ON THE SAME PAGE FOR THE STUDENTS TO GET THE MOST THAT THEY CAN TO BECOME THE MOST PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS IN OUR COUNTRY AND OUR SOCIETY AND IN OUR COMMUNITY -- TAMPA BAY COMMUNITY. SO I'M ALWAYS GOING TO GO RIGHT BACK TO IT HAS TO BE STUDENT CENTERED AND THE DIRECT CORRELATION IS TEACHERS ARE A PRIORITY TO HAVE OUR STUDENTS IN THE CENTER RING. THOSE ARE ALL MY COMMENTS. THANK YOU. DID I MAKE IT TO THE RIGHT TIME?  

>>Cindy Stuart: YOU DID, MS. GRAY. THANK YOU. MS. SNIVELY, I'LL LET YOU GO AHEAD OF ME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. I DON'T THINK I'LL TAKE THAT MUCH TIME. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR THE VERY NICE PRESENTATION. THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE HOURS YOU HAVE TAKEN TO MEET WITH ALL OF THE BOARD MEMBERS AND ANSWER ALL OF OUR QUESTIONS THOROUGHLY AND REVIEW AND MS. SAUNDERS AS WELL AND DR. VASQUEZ, I THINK I SPEAK ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD WHEN I SAY WE APPRECIATE THE CARE AND THE TIME THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN TO REALLY REVIEW THESE CONCEPTS WITH US VERY THOROUGHLY. I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR REALLY TAKING A HARD LOOK AT THE INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCE ALLOCATION. THAT WAS ONE OF THE MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE GIBSON CONSULTING REPORT. I CAN SEE THAT YOU ARE ENGAGING IN THAT PARTICULAR RECOMMENDATION. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO EXPLORE SELF-FUNDING OUR HEALTH INSURANCE BECAUSE I DO THINK THERE ARE BENEFITS. THERE IS A TREND AND THERE ARE MANY SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY SELF-FUNDING THEIR HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM. PERHAPS WE CAN GET AN ANALYSIS OF THE PROS AND CONS OF SELF-FUNDING HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAMS AND SEE IF THAT'S SOMETHING THAT COULD BE COST SAVINGS TO OUR DISTRICT AS WELL. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. I WANT TO MAKE COMMENTS PUBLICLY BECAUSE I KNOW IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE WHAT IT IS WE'RE DOING. IT'S PART OF THE REASON BACK IN JUNE AND JULY I MADE THESE MOTIONS AND ASKED THE BOARD TO AGREE TO PUSH FOR THIS PRESENTATION ON THIS DATE. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, CAN YOU ANSWER THIS QUESTION? DOES THIS PLAN LAID OUT IN FRONT OF US, DOES IT GET US WHERE WE NEED TO BE TO BE MORE FINANCIALLY SOLID?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YES, IT DOES.  

>>Cindy Stuart: WHAT IS THERE OUT THERE -- AND I KNOW YOUR STAFF HAS PROBABLY GOT MANY IDEAS, BUT WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED THAT WE CAN POTENTIALLY SEE COMING FORWARD? I'LL LET YOU THINK ABOUT THAT ONE. ON I THINK SLIDE NUMBER 38, I LIKED THE TIMELINE, BUT I WOULD LIKE FOR -- AND YOU CAN PROVIDE THIS TO US LATER. IT SAYS ROLL OUT ON JULY 2018, ROLLOUT JANUARY 2018, ROLLOUT JULY 2018. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE ANOTHER COLUMN THAT SHOWS WHEN THIS IS GOING TO IMPACT THE BUDGET. ROLLING OUT A TIME AND ATTENDANCE PROGRAM IN JULY DOESN'T MEAN WE'RE GOING TO SEE THE BENEFITS TO THAT ON OUR BUDGET FOR PROBABLY SIX MONTHS TO EIGHT MONTHS AS WE GET PEOPLE INTO AND START SEEING THAT RECOGNIZED SAVINGS. I'D LIKE TO SEE DOLLAR FIGURES POTENTIALLY OF WHAT WE EXPECT TO SAVE AND WHEN THAT'S GOING TO IMPACT THE BUDGET. I LIKE THE IDEA OF US -- MS. GRIFFIN AND I WERE LAUGHING, STUDENT RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION. I DON'T THINK WE'VE EVER SEEN THOSE WORDS COME ACROSS THIS DAIS IN A PRESENTATION, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE AND WHEN AREA OFFICES, BECAUSE EVERY AREA IS DIFFERENT. EVERY SCHOOL IS DIFFERENT, SO ARE WE DOING AREA RECRUITMENT, MARKETING PLANS? ARE WE DOING SCHOOL BY SCHOOL RECRUITMENT MARKETING PLANS? AGAIN, DIFFERENT AREAS HAVE DIFFERENT NEED. DIFFERENT AREAS HAVE DIFFERENT THINGS HAPPENING AROUND THEM AND DIFFERENT REASONS THAT THEY ARE LOSING STUDENTS.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ARE YOU GOING TO TIME MY ANSWER?  

>>Cindy Stuart: I GOT A BEEP.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IS THAT ALL THE TIME I HAD. [ LAUGHTER ] WELL, A COUPLE OF THINGS, AS FAR AS THE RECRUITMENT, IT REALLY IS A TIERED EFFORT, JUST LIKE THE SLIDE SHOWED, YOU HAVE A BROAD APPROACH. THIS KIND OF GOES TO MS. VALDES' QUESTION ABOUT BRANDING. PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. YOU CAN'T GET MUCH OF A BETTER BRAND THAN THAT. THE ISSUE IS THERE'S LOTS OF PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO DON'T KNOW ABOUT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND THEY'VE ALREADY MADE OTHER CHOICES. THIS IS REALLY ABOUT THE BROAD APPROACH. THIS ENTIRE COMMUNITY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS. I MEAN, SHOULD KNOW ABOUT US. TO BROADEN OUR BRAND, SO TO SPEAK, BEYOND JUST THE PEOPLE THAT COME TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND KNOW WHAT OUR STRATEGIC PLAN, WHAT IT GOES AFTER AND OUR MISSION AND VISION, BUT THERE IS ANOTHER ENTITY OUT THERE THAT WE ULTIMATELY NEED THEIR SUPPORT FOR DIFFERENT THINGS WE DO. THEY MAY NOT BE PEOPLE WHO EVEN HAVE STUDENTS IN OUR SYSTEM. THEY MAY BE PEOPLE RETIRED NOW. BUT I WOULD WANT THEM TO KNOW ABOUT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND WHAT'S HAPPENING FOR OUR STUDENTS. THERE IS A BROAD APPROACH THERE. OBVIOUSLY, OUR SCHOOLS AT OUR STAFF MEETING THIS THURSDAY, AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK AND REVISIT THE WHOLE CONVERSATION ABOUT EVERY SCHOOL AND WHAT THEY HAVE TO OFFER. EVERY SCHOOL IS GOING TO BE DEVELOPING THEIR PLANS WITH A METRICS SUPPLY TO THEM ON HOW THEY ARE GOING TO GO ABOUT OFFERING WHAT THEY FEEL THEIR COMMUNITY IS DESIRING. HOW DO WE DO THAT BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT AS WE MAKE THOSE KIND OF DECISIONS? SOME OF IT TAKES NO ADDITIONAL DOLLARS BUT IT'S HOW YOU PACKAGE AND HOW YOU PUT TOGETHER THAT OFFERING AT THE SCHOOLS. WE ALREADY HAVE THAT GOING ON RIGHT NOW AT SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS THAT ARE BRINGING PARENTS BACK THAT WERE NOT CHOOSING HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. IF WE DID THAT AT 230 SITES AND THEY HAD THAT, THEN OBVIOUSLY WE WOULD ATTACH A REGIONAL EFFORT AND A REGIONAL MARKETING PLAN WITH THAT TO SUPPORT THAT THROUGH OUR REGIONS BUT THEN ULTIMATELY CENTRALIZE THAT FOR OUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I HAVE ONE FINAL QUESTION AND YOU CAN ANSWER ME LATER, IF YOU NEED TO. SLIDE 29, THE TIMELINE FOR SALARY COST IT SAYS REDUCTION OF UNITS. I NEED TO KNOW THE UNITS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT IN ALL OF THESE REDUCTIONS, ARE THOSE UNITS THAT WERE FILLED? ARE THOSE VACANT UNITS? STALE UNITS? CAN WE BREAK THEM DOWN IN A DIFFERENT SLIDE?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I CERTAINLY CAN. THE UNITS YOU HAVE RIGHT HERE ARE UNITS THAT ULTIMATELY -- I MEAN, YOU WILL SEE THE COST BENEFIT IF THOSE UNITS ARE REDUCED. LIKE A STALE UNIT WOULD BE -- YOU WOULDN'T SEE THE BENEFIT OF THAT. THERE'S NO EXPENSE THIS YEAR. THERE'S NO EXPENSE NEXT YEAR. WE ELIMINATE IT. THAT'S NO GOOD FOR OUR OVERALL BUDGET REDUCTION. BUT YOU TAKE A LOOK AT UNITS THAT ARE CURRENTLY FILLED THROUGH ATTRITION OR OTHER MEANS, THEY BECOME EMPTY AND WE'RE PAYING THEM OUT RIGHT NOW. THOSE ARE THE UNITS THAT YOU WILL SEE ON THIS PARTICULAR PLANE. I'LL GO THROUGH AND DEFINITELY HIGHLIGHT FOR YOU AND BREAK THEM OUT FOR YOU AND ALSO THERE IS A SLIDE EARLIER THAT SHOWS A REDUCTION OF 1700 UNITS. SOME OF THOSE WERE ACTIVE UNITS THAT DROVE SALARY. MANY OF THOSE WERE NOT. I'LL MAKE SURE YOU GET THAT BREAKDOWN, TOO.  

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

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I AGREE WITH THE TIMELINE CONVERSATION. I'D LIKE TO SEE A LOT MORE DETAIL IN THAT, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO SLIDE 29 AND THE REDUCTION OF UNITS. BUT PRIOR TO THAT, TOO, AND I KNOW WE'VE HAD THIS DISCUSSION BRIEFLY, WE NEED TO HAVE A PHILOSOPHICAL DISCUSSION. I WANT THIS BOARD TO BE A PART OF THE DISCUSSIONS YOU MENTIONED ABOUT WHAT IS IMPORTANT. BECAUSE IN SPRING OF 2015, WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT ALL OF THOSE OTHER SUPPORT POSITIONS THAT WE WANTED TO SEE COME IN LINE WITH THE NATIONAL BEST PRACTICES WITH STUDENT RATIOS TO SOME OF THOSE POSITIONS, STUDENT TO THOSE POSITION RATIOS. SO WHEN THAT TAKES PLACE PRIOR TO THOSE TIMELINES BEING FILLED IN, I WANT TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSION AS A BOARD. I WAS ASKING THE QUESTION, WHY DOES IT COST $15 MILLION FOR A HIGH SCHOOL HVAC SYSTEM TO BE REPLACED? MS. SAUNDERS AND I HAD A VERY LENGTHY CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS. AND I AM NOW GOING TO START BLOWING THE HORN ON THIS ONE BECAUSE OF ESRAF. THE STATE REQUIREMENT FOR EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES. WE HAVE TO ABIDE BY THIS BUT CHARTER SCHOOLS DO NOT. SPEAKING IN LAYMAN'S TERMS, WHEN SOMEONE HAS TO REPLACE THE AIR-CONDITIONER HANDLER AT THEIR HOUSE OR SMALL BUSINESS OR WHATEVER, WHICH I'VE HAD TO DO OR REPLACE A UNIT OR SOMETHING, THAT'S ALL YOU HAVE TO DO. BUT BECAUSE OF CODE CHANGES THAT WITH ESRAF, YOU HAVE TO CHANGE EVERY SINGLE THING TO BRING IT UP TO CODE, THAT IS REALLY, REALLY TAXING THIS DISTRICT. SO WHAT I'M GOING TO START PUSHING FOR AND HAVING THIS CONVERSATION WITH OUR GOVERNMENT LIAISONS AND MS. MILITO, WE REALLY HAVE TO PUSH FOR FLEXIBILITY WITH THE STATE. IT'S A NO-COST SOLUTION. WITH THEM SAYING THERE'S NO MONEY AND I WANT THE PUBLIC TO HEAR THIS, TOO, WE'VE GOT TO GET FLEXIBILITY ON ESRAF. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. JUST REALLY QUICKLY. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, IN THIS BUDGET PRESENTATION, HAVE WE ANALYZED OR ARE WE ALSO CONSIDERING PROGRAMS THAT WE ARE SUSTAINING AFTER THE GRANTS HAVE SUNSET? HAVE WE LOOKED AT THAT? WHAT THE COST SAVINGS WOULD BE, YOU KNOW, TO GET RID OF THESE PROGRAMS OR TO SEE IF THEY ARE STILL NEEDED AND ALSO THE POSITIONS THAT GO ALONG WITH THEM?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THAT'S MORE OF LIKE A COST AVOIDANCE. BECAUSE EITHER PROGRAMS OR EMPLOYEES SIT ON MAYBE A GRANT THAT ISN'T HURTING YOUR GENERAL REVENUE BUDGET. THE ISSUE COMES WHEN IT COMES TO AN END, DO YOU MAKE A DECISION IF IT'S NOT NECESSARILY REAPING WHAT YOU WERE -- THE BENEFITS THAT YOU WERE TRYING TO GET FROM IT, HOW DO YOU MAKE THE DECISION TO EITHER END IT APPROPRIATELY, TRANSITION AND -- OR HOW DO YOU BUILD IN YOUR BUDGET TO SUSTAIN IT. THAT WAS PROBABLY -- WHEN YOU SAW THAT GOLD LINE THAT WENT UP IN THE FIRST YEAR, THERE WAS A LOT OF THAT GOING ON, ANALYZING, MAKING SOME DETERMINATIONS. WE HAD TO MAKE DECISIONS WITH REGARDS TO OUR GATES GRANT AND THERE WERE EMPLOYEES THAT WE HAD TO CONVENE A TASK FORCE JUST TO MAKE THE BEST INFORMED DECISION THAT WE CAN MOVING FORWARD AND HOW WE STILL SUPPORT TEACHERS IN THIS DISTRICT, BUT PERHAPS MAY NOT HAVE THOSE KIND OF COSTS. THAT'S GOING TO DEFINITELY BE AN ONGOING PART OF THIS BECAUSE WE HAVE GRANTS CONTINUALLY ENDING EACH YEAR.  

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

>>April Griffin: SO SORRY. I HAD ONE THING ON MY LIST I FORGOT TO MENTION. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO SPEAK PUBLICLY ABOUT THE MAGNET VICE VERSA ATTRACTOR PROGRAMS. WE'VE HAD MULTIPLE CONVERSATION ABOUT THE MAGNET PROGRAMS AND TRANSPORTATION COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THEM. WHAT IS THE ROI FOR THOSE? ARE WE AT CAPACITY? ARE WE SEEING STUDENT GAINS WITH THE PROGRAMS? ARE THEY KEEPING STUDENTS IN SCHOOL AND REALLY LOOKING AT THOSE? AND THEN THERE WAS AN ARTICLE THIED THAT I HAD TO QUESTION YOU ABOUT, THAT YOU WERE GOING TO EXPAND MAGNET PROGRAMS. YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT ATTRACTOR PROGRAMS WITHIN A REGION. INSTEAD OF HAVING SO MANY MAGNET PROGRAMS THAT WE'RE THEN HAVING TO TRANSPORT STUDENTS TO, WE'RE LOOKING AT MORE REGIONALIZED ATTRACTOR PROGRAMS, JUST LIKE WITH THE CHARTER SCHOOLS, BECAUSE THEY ALL PROVIDE THEIR OWN TRANSPORTATION TO THOSE AS WELL.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: CORRECT. YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. SO PART OF THIS IS LOOKING AT, WE CURRENTLY HAVE A MAGNET PROGRAMS DOING AMAZING. THEY ARE WINNING AWARDS LIKE CRAZY EVERY YEAR. THAT'S A WONDERFUL THING. THEY ARE DRAWING LOTS OF FOLKS THERE, AND WE WANT THAT, BUT WE'RE ALSO ANALYZING PROGRAMS THAT MAY NOT BE DRAWING THE NUMBERS EITHER AND MAKING DECISIONS THERE. BUT THERE'S A -- HILLSBOROUGH IS A BIG GEOGRAPHICAL AREA. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU START SEEING, YOU START SEEING THIS KIND OF ZONE YOU GET TO BY WHICH FAMILIES ARE SAYING IT'S TOO LONG, TOO FAR OF A DRIVE AND I WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT BUT THERE'S NOTHING IN MY REGION TO REALLY OFFER THAT DIFFERENT THING THAT I FEEL LIKE MY CHILD MIGHT NEED. THAT IS THE RETOOLING OF OUR THOUGHT PROCESS WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH. THAT LINE, LET'S JUST SAY IF THERE'S A PROGRAM IN CENTRAL TAMPA AND YOU'RE IN BRANDON, THAT'S ABOUT THE LINE I'LL TELL YOU. ONCE YOU GET PAST THOSE PARTICULAR LINES AROUND THAT PARTICULAR MILEAGE MARK, YOU TONED -- YOU TEND TO SEE LESS AND LESS FAMILIES SAY I WANT TO TAKE A LONG BUS RIDE OR GET IN THE CAR AND DRIVE. OUR MAGNET PROGRAMS ARE SO STRONG, WE'LL CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THEM AND BUILD THEIR EFFECTIVENESS AND CONTINUE TO DRAW. BUT FOR THOSE FAMILIES IN THOSE REGIONS AT THAT LINE AND BEYOND, WE'VE GOT TO START DEVELOPING OUR INNOVATION OUT THERE, TOO, BECAUSE THOSE FAMILIES ARE NOT ABLE TO GET OR ARE NOT MAKING THOSE DECISIONS. IT WILL NOT HURT OUR CURRENT MAGNET PROGRAMS CURRENTLY DRAWING. IT WILL JUST CREATE INNOVATION THAT I BELIEVE IN EVERY SINGLE REGION WHERE PARENTS WILL START TO SEE, I HAVE A CHOICE. IF YOU SEE WHERE SEVERAL, LET'S SAY SEVERAL OF OUR CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE BUILDING BUILDINGS ACROSS THIS COMMUNITY, THEY ARE BUILDING IT RIGHT ON THAT LINE. JUST GO. JUST FOLLOW THE DRIVE AND YOU'LL SEE WHERE THEY ARE BUILDING. THEY ARE BUILDING RIGHT ON THAT LINE. IT IS CALLED THE DECISION LINE BECAUSE IT IS REALLY THE DECISION POINT BY WHICH FAMILIES SAY I WANT SOMETHING DIFFERENT THAN MY NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL. OKAY. WELL, WE HAVE A MAGNET PROGRAM. WELL, THAT'S TOO FAR, BUT I HAVE SOMETHING CLOSER HERE THAT'S OFFERED TO ME. IT'S ABOUT LOOKING AT ALL THOSE THINGS, VERY STRATEGICALLY, HAVING OUR REGIONS LOOK AT THAT, HAVING OUR SCHOOLS LOOK AT THAT AND REALLY NOW OFFERING SOMETHING UP FOR THOSE REGIONS.  

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

>>Lynn Gray: KEEPING THE COMPLETE FIDELITY OF A MAGNET PROGRAM AS WE HOPEFULLY SHALL CONTINUE WILL DEFINITELY GIVES US -- GIVE US THE COMPETITIVE EDGE. I ALSO SUGGEST THE BRANDING INCLUDE AND TAKE OUT THE WORD MAGNET AND PUT IN PLACE SCHOOL CHOICE. IN FACT, WE'RE GIVING THE CHOICES THAT THE CHARTERS DO. THE SCHOOL CHOICE VERSUS MAGNET AND ALWAYS BE CAREFUL THAT WE DON'T WEAKEN THE INTEGRITY OF THE MAGNET SCHOOL SYSTEM IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM. BECAUSE THAT IS A WIN-WIN SITUATION FOR SO MANY CHILDREN AND PARENTS WHO ARE CONSIDERING, OH, SHOULD I GO TO CHARTER OR SHOULD I GO TO MAGNET, WHICH WOULD BE SCHOOL CHOICE. THAT'S MY THOUGHT ON THAT. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. MEMBER GRIFFIN, WHILE I AGREE WITH YOU WHILE WE'RE ADVOCATING FOR FLEXIBILITY ON ESREP THAT WE MIGHT AS WELL TAKE THAT OPPORTUNITY AND ASK THE LEGISLATURE TO ALSO CONSIDER FUNDING AND EXTENDING THE TRANSPORTATION COST FROM TWO MILES TO THREE MILES SO THAT THEN WE'RE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE. THERE ARE A LOT OF ROADS OUT THERE NOT SAFE. THERE ARE A LOT OF ROADS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS THAT DO NOT HAVE SIDEWALKS, THAT DO NOT HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE IN PLACE TO BE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE FOR WALKERS AND BIKERS. I UNDERSTAND THAT. I WISH THAT WE THE SCHOOL BOARD HAD JURISDICTION TO BE ABLE TO TELL THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OR WHOEVER LET'S BUILD THE SIDEWALK. BUT WE DON'T. WE HAVE SPECIFIC PARAMETERS THAT WE HAVE TO WORK WITH. THIS UNFUNDED TRANSPORTATION, I MEAN, THESE STOPS WERE PLACED MANY, MANY YEARS AGO IN DIFFERENT AREAS BECAUSE OF THE CONSTRUCTION GOING ON AND THEY WERE NEVER REMOVED BY THE SAFETY DEPARTMENT. HERE WE ARE TODAY WITH A BUDGET SHORTFALL AND UNDERSTANDING THAT THE RULE SAYS, THE LAW SAYS THAT YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE FUNDING OVER TWO MILES. SO CONSIDERING THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN, THE BUDGET CONSTRAINTS THAT WE HAVE AND THE ADVOCACY THAT WE DEFINITELY HAVE AMONG WE SEVEN UP HERE AND EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY AS WELL, IF WE CAN ALL JOIN FORCES AND INSTEAD OF POINTING FINGERS, LET'S TAKE THIS ROAD ON TO TALLAHASSEE. AND TODAY, WE HAD ONE OF OUR EX-LEGISLATORS HERE. MR. KEVIN AMBLER WAS HERE EARLIER. HE'S VERY WELL AWARE OF THOSE CHALLENGES. I THINK THAT THAT ADVOCACY IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE ABLE TO CHANGE THE LAWS IN ORDER FOR US TO BE ABLE TO FUNCTION AND DO WHAT WE REALLY WANT TO DO FOR OUR CHILDREN. IF IT WERE UP TO ME, WE WOULD TRANSPORT EVERY SINGLE CHILD TO SCHOOL.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MS. SNIVELY AND YOU WILL BE OUR LAST SPEAKER ON THIS TOPIC.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I'LL DOVETAIL ON WHAT MEMBER VALDES SAID. I AGREE WITH HER THAT WE SHOULD DEFINITELY TAKE A UNIFIED FRONT WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING STUDENTS TO SCHOOL SAFELY. WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE AREAS OF THE COUNTY THAT ARE STILL CONSIDERED HAZARDOUS AND NOT MAYBE JUST ONLY FOR K-6 BUT K-12, BECAUSE WE CARE ABOUT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. SO WHEN WE DIVIDE THAT AND SAY THERE'S ONLY FUNDING FOR K-6, THEN WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT HOW WE CARE ABOUT OUR STUDENTS THAT ARE ALL THE WAY THROUGH 12th GRADE. SO I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING CONVERSATIONS. AS YOU CAN SEE, A LOT OF THE DECISIONS ARE MADE IN TALLAHASSEE FOR US. WE HAVE TO WORK WITHIN THE PARAMETERS THAT ARE BY FLORIDA STATUTE. SO THERE'S A LOT OF WORK THAT WE NEED TO DO TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THE STATE IS HELPING US MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS FOR OUR STUDENTS AND TRULY HELPING US PREPARE THEM FOR LIFE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. SUPERINTENDENT, THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE PRESENTATION, FOR YOUR WORK OVER THE LAST TWO WEEKS. I WANT TO THANK NOT ONLY THE COMMUNICATIONS STAFF, BUT I KNOW THE BRUNT OF THIS WORK CAME OUT OF YOUR FINANCE OFFICE AND THE WORK OF MS. PAM HERKINSON AND I DON'T SEE MS. PATTY SIMMONS AND GRETCHEN SAUNDERS WHO I KNOW HAD TO DO A LOT OF THE BACK-WORK TO PUT THIS SKELETON OF A PROJECT TOGETHER AND THEN PASS IT OFF TO HAVE IT PRESENTABLE FOR THIS PRESENTATION. SO THANK YOU, MS. SAUNDERS AND YOUR TEAM FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER. I KNOW IT WAS A SHORT TIME FRAME FROM THE TIME THAT I MADE THE REQUEST TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AT THE DAIS TO TODAY TO ACTUALLY GET THE WORK DONE, BUT WE CERTAINLY APPRECIATE IT. I HOPE THAT, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, YOU COME BACK TO US, EITHER PRIVATELY OR AT ANOTHER BOARD MEETING MAYBE IN WUFERS ONE OF YOUR UPDATES WITH AN UPDATE SO THE PUBLIC CAN SEE SOME OF THE QUESTIONS THAT WE'VE ASKED.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YOU GOT THAT DONE BECAUSE IT'S ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA.  

>>Cindy Stuart: SO MOVING ON, BOARD MEMBERS, WE WILL MOVE TO ITEM 6.01R. APPROVE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS' ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP WITH THE COUNCIL OF THE GREAT CITY SCHOOLS. MS. GRAY HAS STWOOD MAKE A COMMENT AND MS. SNIVELY ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT. MS. MILITO, OUR CHIEF GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS OFFICER, WILL HIGHLIGHT THE ITEM. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE FOUR MINUTES ALLOTTED TO SPEAK TO THIS ITEM.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I WILL TAKE IT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. MILITO SEEMS TO BE OUT IN THE HALLWAY.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I WILL TAKE CARE OF THAT AND MS. SAUNDERS YOU CAN JUMP IN AS WELL. AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT, LARGE URBAN DISTRICTS ACROSS THIS NATION HAVE FOR YEARS BEEN PART OF THE COUNCIL OF GREAT CITY SCHOOLS. I CAN SAY FIRSTHAND AS YOUR SUPERINTENDENT BUT FORMER DIRECTOR OF FEDERAL PROGRAMS IN THIS DISTRICT THIS PARTICULAR ORGANIZATION I WILL SAY PROBABLY HAS THE MOST AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL CLOUT IN TOAFERRED ORDER TO MOVE AGENDAS FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS, ESPECIALLY LARGE URBAN SCHOOL DISTRICTS. I SAW TIME AND TIME AGAIN WHERE LEGISLATION AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL, FOR INSTANCE, MEDICAID WAS A PERFECT EXAMPLE RECENTLY. THE COUNCIL OF GREAT CITY SCHOOLS. I SAW DOZENS AND DOZENS OF PAPERS AND E-MAILS BY WHICH THE COUNCIL AS A WHOLE ALONG WITH SCHOOL DISTRICTS RALLIED AROUND THE ISSUE OF MEDICAID. I MEAN, WE HAVE -- WE WOULD HAVE LOST $12 MILLION RIGHT THERE IN OUR BUDGET HAD THAT MOVED THROUGH. AND WE STILL HAVE STUDENTS THAT HAVE NEEDS SHOWING UP IN OUR SCHOOLS THE VERY NEXT DAY. BUT BEYOND THAT, JUST THE PRESENCE THEY HAVE. THEIR OFFICES, OF COURSE, ARE RIGHT THERE ON PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE. THEY HAVE ACCESS TO OUR LAWMAKERS. THEY DEFINITELY ALSO DO TREMENDOUS CONFERENCES AND TRAININGS ACROSS THE DISTRICT. THEY CAME IN HERE WHEN WE HAD SOME STRUGGLES IN OUR ESE DEPARTMENT, THE COUNCIL OF GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS CAME IN HERE DID A COMPLETE AUDIT OF OUR DEPARTMENT. THEY CAME OUT WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE STILL TODAY IMPLEMENT TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ACROSS THIS DISTRICT. I JUST HAD TO PUT THAT OUT THERE BECAUSE I'VE BEEN FOR YEARS WORKING ALONG WITH MR. CASTERLY, JEFF SIMMERING, MANISHA MIKE AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL. THEY DO A TREMENDOUS JOB. THEY BRING BACK MILLIONS TO OUR URBAN DISTRICTS. THERE'S BEEN A FIGHT AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL FOR YEARS ABOUT THE FORMULA THAT ULTIMATELY DRIVES THE BUDGET FOR TITLE ONE. THERE'S BEEN MANY, MANY LEGISLATORS TWHOONT THAT WANT TO CONSTRUCT A FORMULA BY WHICH LARGE URBAN DISTRICTS THAT SERVICE THE HIGHEST CONCENTRATIONS OF POVERTY ACROSS THIS NATION THAT WOULD DRIVE OUR ALLOCATIONS DOWN BY MILLIONS. WE WOULD LITERALLY LOSE, I DON'T KNOW, FIVE OR SIX MILLION DOLLARS IN OUR BUDGET JUST LIKE THAT IF THE FORMULA EVER GOT CHANGED. THE COUNCIL OF GREAT CITY SCHOOLS IS THE GROUP THAT HAS COME IN, RALLIED LARGE URBAN DISTRICTS. GOT A VOICE UP IN WASHINGTON. WORKED WITH CONGRESS AND BEEN ABLE TO BLOCK THAT EVERY SINGLE YEAR. THEREFORE MORE KIDS IN OUR DISTRICT RECEIVE SERVICES BECAUSE OF THAT. I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING MS. SAUNDERS.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH THE COUNCIL OF GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS FROM MY POSITION SINCE 191997, '98. WHEN MY PREDECESSOR WAS HERE, WE STARTED WORKING WITH CARLSON AND CASLA. THE KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS THAT WE SHARE AMONG DISTRICTS, THAT INFORMATION IS VALUABLE. WE WORK HAND IN HAND WITH OTHER DISTRICTS WHEN WE DO DISTRICT PEER REVIEWS. ONE OF THE GREAT THINGS IS JOHN NEWMAN WITH SAFETY AND SECURITY AND MR. BEAKMAN IN TRANSPORTATION. THEY ARE ALWAYS CALLED TO BE TEACHERS AND TRAIRNTION WITH THE OTHER SCHOOL -- TRAINERS WITH THE OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS. CHRIS FARKAS WAS NAMED CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF THE YEAR BY ALL THE DISTRICTS. ACTUALLY, MR. BEAKMAN RECOMMENDED HIM. SO THAT WAS A GREAT THING. IT WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO SHINE. AND WE RECEIVED PHONE CALLS ALL THE TIME FROM DISTRICTS WITHIN THE COUNCIL AND THOSE WANTING TO BE IN THE COUNCIL AND THEY ARE ASKING US ALL KINDS OF GREAT QUESTIONS. WE THINK THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US EVERY YEAR TO BE A PART OF A WONDERFUL GROUP OF PEOPLE. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I DEFINITELY THINK THAT THIS ORGANIZATION CAN ONLY DO US A WORLD OF GOOD. THERE HAS TO BE A LOT MORE BUY-IN AND UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT EXACTLY AN URBAN SCHOOL IS BECAUSE INDEED THIS IS A REALITY THAT WE'RE GOING TO FACE MORE AND MORE VERSUS LESS AND LESS. THERE ARE RURAL SCHOOLS, BUT IN URBAN SCHOOLS, WE ARE AN URBAN COMMUNITY AND GROWING VERY FAST. I DO THINK THIS MEMBERSHIP WILL ABSOLUTELY STRENGTHEN OUR INTRODUCTION -- INSTRUCTION RELEVANT TO THE HIGH-NEEDS KIDS. I THINK THIS WILL OBVIOUSLY BE ALIGNED STRAIGHTFORWARD TO THE FSA STANDARDS. BUT IN A NUTSHELL, I REALLY THINK THIS IS GOING TO IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR SCHOOL LEADERS AND OUR TEACHERS TO BEHOLD WHAT IT'S LIKE TO REALLY TEACH, WHAT KIND OF STRATEGIES WORK WITH THE INNER CITY, WITH AN URBAN CITY AND SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT. WE WERE AT MORT ELEMENTARY THIS MORNING, AND THEY TO ME ARE THE MODEL URBAN SCHOOL. AND I THINK MOST OF US WOULD AGREE. I ALSO THINK THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BIG AMOUNT OF LEARNING TO DO WITH THE EMOTIONAL, SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT THAT WE HAVE TO FACE WITH OUR INNER CITY SCHOOLS. THERE'S A LOT OF LEARNING THAT MUST BE FACED. THERE'S A LOT OF BARRIERS THAT ARE FOUND WITHIN THAT PARTICULAR TYPE OF CHILD, CHILDREN. SO, YES, I THINK IT'S A GREAT ORGANIZATION AND VERY RELEVANT TO THE NEEDS OF OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM.  

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. THE ONLY THING I WOULD LIKE TO ADD IS THAT IN THE SPIRIT OF TRANSPARENCY FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, WHEN IT COMES TO ANYTHING THAT WE ARE SPENDING MONEY ON AND JUST TO BE CLEAR, THIS IS $55,898 FOR OUR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP. AND SO I UNDERSTAND AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER THE VALUE OF HAVING THIS MEMBERSHIP, AND I DO BELIEVE -- FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR ATTACHING THE ANNUAL REPORT TO THE AGENDA ITEM. I DO THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND IF THERE IS A NUMERIC VALUE OR METRIC THAT CAN BE ASSOCIATED WITH OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND EXACTLY WHAT BENEFIT OR WHAT RETURN ON THAT INVESTMENT THAT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, IF THAT'S POSSIBLE, THAT WE ARE REALIZING, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE PUBLIC TO KNOW THAT WE'RE GETTING OUR MONIES' WORTH. IF WE ARE GETTING OUR MONIES' WORTH, WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? WHEN SOMEONE SAYS, GOSH, WHY ARE YOU SPENDING ALMOST $60,000 A YEAR ON MEMBERSHIP FOR THIS ORGANIZATION? WE CAN SAY, THIS IS HOW MUCH IT'S SAVED US OR THIS IS WHAT IT HAS DONE FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. IT IS TRUE THAT THERE ARE STRENGTH IN NUMBERS. THIS COALITION IS AN AMAZING GROUP OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHO HAVE A LOT OF CLOUT, LIKE YOU SAY, ON CAPITOL HILL AND CAN PROGRESS A LOT OF THE INITIATIVES THAT NEED TO BE PROGRESSED FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO, IF WE CAN ATTACH A DOLLAR FIGURE TO THE VALUE OF THIS FOR US, THAT WE CAN SHOW THE PUBLIC, THIS IS WHY WE'RE SPENDING THIS MUCH MONEY EVERY YEAR ON THIS MEMBERSHIP.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THAT MAKES SENSE. THEY DO GIVE A REPORT SPECIFICALLY FOR OUR DISTRICT. I KNOW WE HAVE THE LARGER DISTRICT BUT THEY HAVE WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IN SUPPORT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE CAN DO THAT AND THEN ALL OF OUR FEDERAL BUDGETS, WE CAN KIND OF ALIGN WITH HOW THEIR ADVOCACY HAS SUPPORTED THAT ANNUALLY.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THAT.  

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

>>Susan L. Valdes: MEMBER SNIVELY, TO YOUR POINT AS YOU'RE THE BOARD MEMBER REPRESENTING ON THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE COUNCIL OF GREAT CITY SCHOOLS, I'M NOT SURE THAT REPORT ACTUALLY GIVES A MONETARY VALUE BUT I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I'LL BRING BACK TO THE EXECUTIVE BOARD TO SEE IF MAYBE THEY CAN ATTACH THAT ALONG WITH ALL OF THE DUTIES AND THINGS THEY HAVE DONE FOR US. BUT IT IS A VERY DYNAMIC GROUP THAT IS COMPRISED BETWEEN BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENTS. YOU LEARN A LOT, IF YOU WILL, FROM THE DAY TO DAY THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS STAFF HAS TO UNDERGO, SO YOU UNDERSTAND -- ONE UNDERSTANDS A LITTLE BIT MORE WHAT THEIR ROLE AND HOW CHALLENGING THEIR ROLES ARE IN COMPARISONS -- IN COMPARISON TO OURS. IN THE END, IT'S ALL THE SAME. IT'S JUST DIFFERENT KINDS OF WORRIES, IF YOU WILL. THE CONVERSATIONS HAD ARE VERY, VERY IN-DEPTH AND VERY LASER-LIKE FOCUSED. SO THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MEDICAID, BEING AT THE TABLE WITH THEM AND HELPING THEM ALSO UNDERSTAND THROUGH THE MEDICAL PERSPECTIVE OF IT AND THAT EXPERTISE WAS ALSO VERY VALUABLE IN THE WHOLE CONVERSATION. THIS IS A GREAT ORGANIZATION THAT HAS TREMENDOUS VALUE TO OUR DISTRICT AND THE RESIDENTS AND THE CITIZENS THAT WE SERVE. I ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO ATTEND SOME OF THE COUNCIL OF GREAT CITY SCHOOLS CONFERENCES SO YOU CAN REALLY GET FIRSTHAND THE EXPERIENCE OF THOSE TRAININGS AND THE BENEFITS THEY HAVE SO YOU CAN'T REALLY -- SO YOU CAN REALLY UNDERSTAND IT, THAN VIEWING IT AS A COST ON AN AGENDA ITEM AND SEE WHAT IT REALLY BRINGS TO THE DISTRICT. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. VALDES. BOARD MEMBERS, MOVING TO 6.05, APPROVE THE RENEWAL AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH THE ARTS COUNCIL OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FOR THE 17/18 ARTISTS IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM FROM THE OFFICE OF TEACHING LEARNING. MS. VALDES AND MS. GRAY BOTH HAVE A COMMENT.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I JUST WANT TO -- YOU KNOW, THE DEPARTMENT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING SHOULD BE THE EXAMPLE OF WHAT AGENDAS REALLY SHOULD LOOK LIKE AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. I WANT TO COMMEND THE DEPARTMENT FOR THE EVALUATIONS. THE EVALUATIONS ARE DEFINITELY MUCH, MUCH CLEARER WITH GIVING US THE REASONS AS TO WHY WE SHOULD SUPPORT THIS TYPE OF AN AGENDA OR ANY AGENDA AT THAT POINT WHEN IT COMES TO CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION AND RENEWING SOME OF THESE AGREEMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN IN PLACE FOR MANY, MANY YEARS AND UNDERSTANDING, AGAIN, IT'S RETURN ON INVESTMENT AND WHY WE CONTINUE TO WANT TO SUPPORT THESE TYPES OF CONTRACTS AND PROGRAMS. IT'S THAT INFORMATION, MS. COOK, THAT HELPS AT LEAST THIS BOARD MEMBER GET BEHIND AN AGENDA ITEM AND SAYS THIS IS RIGHT FOR KIDS. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO DO FOR OUR CHILDREN AND WITH HANDS DOWN, I AM MORE THAN HAPPY TO SUPPORT THIS AGENDA. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, I WANTED TO GIVE YOU THE RECOGNITION THAT YOU NEED IN YOUR DEPARTMENT FOR THE ENHANCEMENTS ON THE EVALUATION PROCESS AND FOR LISTENING TO WHAT THIS BOARD IS REALLY REQUESTING. THANK YOU, DR. VASQUEZ AND MR. EAKINS FOR HAVING YOUR STAFF REALLY PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT THIS BOARD IS REALLY ASKING 201 WHEN IT COMES TO SUPPORTING CONTRACTS THAT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD FOR CHILDREN.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WE ALL PROBABLY CAN APPRECIATE THAT ART IS, IN FACT, THE GREAT EQUALIZER IN EDUCATION, NOT ONLY ART, BUT, OF COURSE, TEAM SPORTS, QUALINGS EQUALIZING ALL DEMOGRAPHICS, AGE GROUPS, LEARNING LEVELS. THEY BECOME INSTANTLY HAVING THE EQUITY IN THE FIELD OF THE ARTS. I'M REMINDED THAT HIGH-LEVEL THINKING OCCURS WITH THE ARTS. IF YOU LOOK AT DANCE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE AMOUNT OF FOCUS AND SPATIAL RELATIONSHIP THINKING OR IF YOU LOOK AT BEING WITH THE PIANO, THE AMOUNT OF MATH THAT'S REQUIRED TO LEARN WHEN YOU PLAY MUSIC. A LOT OF HIGH ACHIEVEMENT IS IS GOING ON. THOSE IN THE ARTS I DO BELIEVE STUDIES HAVE SHOWN WILL ACHIEVE AT A HIGHER LEVEL, THE DATA SUGGESTS THAT THOSE IN THE ARTS REALLY DO A LOT MORE OF THE HIGHER-LEVEL THINKING. AND I LOVE THIS IDEA THAT WE'RE GETTING MORE AND MORE INVOLVED WITH THE ARTS. THE ART CURRICULUM DOES ALIGN ITSELF WITH THE FSA STANDARDS AS WELL, WHICH IS REALLY PRAGMATIC AND IT MATCHES WITH WHAT WE NEED TO BE DOING. HOWEVER, THE TAMPA ARTS COUNCIL HAS A MEAGER BUDGET. I AM NOT REAL THRILLED. WHAT WE'RE DOING NOW WITH THE HELP OF CAROL VICK, MELANIE FAULKNER, AND THE DIRECTOR, MARTIN CALLIER. WE ARE NOW LOOKING INTO MORE PARTNERSHIPS, BUT I REALLY WANT TO RECOGNIZE ALL THREE OF THEM. MARTIN, WOULD YOU RAISE YOUR HAND AND MELANIE AND CAROL FOR ALL THE EFFORTS THAT YOU DO FOR OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM. YOU INFLUENCE AND YOU'VE MADE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE TO COUNTLESS CHILDREN WHO DIDN'T KNOW HOW GOOD THEY COULD BE, BUT IN ARTS THEY FOUND THEIR HIGHEST POTENTIAL. SO I LOVE THIS PROGRAM, AND WE'LL ONLY BE BETTER FOR IT. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. GRAY. WE'RE MOVING TO ITEM 6.06. APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA BOARD OF TRUSTEES, A PUBLIC BODY CORPORATE FOR THE PARTNERSHIP RESOURCE TEACHERS FROM THE OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING. MS. GRAY, YOU HAVE A COMMENT.  

>>Lynn Gray: WELL, HERE AGAIN, I THINK THAT WITH THIS AGREEMENT, AS IT'S WRITTEN, THIS PROGRAM IS TO PLACE TEACHERS ON SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT AS LIAISONS, SUPPORTING BOTH THE U.S. COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, PRESERVICE TEACHERS AND THE SCHOOL DISTRICT CLASSROOM TEACHERS WITHIN THE USF PARTNERSHIP SCHOOLS. WHAT IT'S REALLY DOING IS THE GOAL IS PREPARING TEACHERS MORE AND MORE FOR THE URBAN CITY TYPE SCHOOL. IT'S PREPARING THEM FOR THE TITLE 1 SCHOOLS. THE PERSONALITY OF THE TEACHER HAS TO BE READY FOR THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BARRIER CHILD, IF YOU WILL. CHILDREN THAT ARE MOSTLY ON FREE LUNCH, I THINK RUSKIN ELEMENTARY, THERE'S 91% ON FREE LUNCH. CHILDREN THAT HAVE A HIGH PROPORTION OF NOT KNOWING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. WE ARE NOW SUGGESTING AND ACTUALLY DOING MORE AND MORE PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR TEACHERS WILL BE ABSOLUTELY EFFECTIVE WHEN THEY HANDLE THE HIGH-NEEDS CHILDREN IN OUR TAMPA BAY COMMUNITY. TEACHERS WILL BE TRAINED WITH SPECIFIC STRATEGIES, AND WE MENTIONED THIS AGAIN, THAT INCLUDE NOT ONLY BEHAVIOR, BUT ALSO THE SOCIAL EMOTIONAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CHILDREN THAT HAVE MANY BARRIERS. LASTLY, WE KNOW THAT WE MUST HAVE A BIG INPUT AND A BIG BUY-IN WITH THESE CHILDREN THAT ARE COMING FROM THESE FAMILIES, THAT THEY ARE COMING IN HOMELESS. THEY ARE COMING IN HUNGRY. THEY ARE COMING IN WITH TEETH PROBLEMS. THEY ARE COMING IN WITH SO MANY SITUATIONS THAT TEACHERS HAVE TO BE TRAINED TO BE UNDERSTANDING AND TO DEAL WITH THAT. I KNOW IT SOUNDS KIND OF DRAMATIC, BUT BEING A TEACHER IN AN INNER CITY SCHOOL, THERE'S A LOT OF TRUEISMS WITH WHAT I JUST MENTIONED. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THINK IT'S A GREAT PROGRAM. AND THANK YOU, DEBORAH COOK, FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. GRAY. BOARD MEMBERS, WE'RE MOVING TO ITEM NUMBER 6.07, APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF DUAL ENROLLMENT INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FROM HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA AND UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA FOR THE 17/18 SCHOOL YEAR. THIS IS A HIGHLIGHT. COREEN JOHNS WILL GIVE US A HIGHLIGHT.  

>> I HAVE A SHORT PowerPoint THAT WILL COME UP. WE'LL GO QUICKLY AS WE SEE THAT'S HAPPENING TODAY. GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO A HIGHLIGHT ON AN EXTREMELY BENEFICIAL PROGRAM FOR OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, OUR DUAL ENROLLMENT PROGRAM. I'D LIKE TO BEGIN WITH A LITTLE BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON DUAL ENROLLMENT. DUAL ENROLLMENT IS AN ACCELERATION PATH FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. IT ALLOWS FOR A PERSONALIZED LEARNING PLAN FOR STUDENTS TO TAKE POSTSECONDARY COURSE WORK AND SIMULTANEOUSLY EARN CREDIT TOWARDS HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION, A CAREER CERTIFICATE, AN INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION OR ASSOCIATES DEGREE AT A FLORIDA INSTITUTION. DUAL ENROLLMENT IS ALSO A PART OF THE HIGH SCHOOL GRADE CALCULATIONS. OUR PRIMARY DUAL ENROLLMENT SITE IS HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE, WHO IS A GREAT PARTNER, AND WE HAVE A BOARD APPROVED ARTICULATION AGREEMENT THAT HAS BEEN SIGNED BY YOU ALL AND IS IN EFFECT FROM OCTOBER 14, 2016, TO 2021. AS PER FLORIDA STATUTE 107271 TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR DUAL ENROLLMENT, A STUDENT MUST HAVE A 3.0 GPA, ACHIEVE A MINIMUM SCORE ON A COMMON PLACEMENT TEST, AND THEY CANNOT BE SCHEDULED TO GRADUATE PRIOR TO THE COMPLETION OF THE DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSE. UNDER THE SAME STATUTE, THE STUDENT WHO SEN ROLLED IN A DUAL ENROLLMENT OR EARLIER ADMISSION PROGRAM THROUGH THE FLORIDA COLLEGE SYSTEM IS EXEMPT FROM PAYMENT OF TUITION, ALL FEES AS WELL AS THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ASSIGNED TO USE WITHIN DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES. THIS IS A HUGE SAVINGS TO OUR PARENTS. SO A LITTLE DATA AROUND OUR DUAL ENROLLMENT STUDENTS. WE HAVE SEEN A GREAT INCREASE IN DUAL ENROLLMENT OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, SO OBVIOUSLY, OUR SCHOOLS ARE GETTING THE WORD OUT. AS YOU CAN SEE OVER THE LAST THREE YEARS, WE'VE SEEN ALMOST DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF ENROLLMENT IN DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES. THE NUMBERS ON THE SLIDE ARE THE NUMBER OF STUDENT COURSES TAKEN DURING THE LAST THREE YEARS. KEEP IN MIND A STUDENT CAN TAKE 10 CREDITS PER SEMESTER. THE BLUE PORTION IS THE NUMBER OF COURSES BEING TAKEN ON AN HCC CAMPUS OR VIRTUALLY AND THE ORANGE IS THE NUMBER OF COURSES TAKEN ON OUR HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUSES. LAST YEAR ALONE, THERE WAS 17,069 COURSES TAKEN AS PER OUR STATE DATA FILES. SO IF YOU FACTOR THE REQUIRED TUITION CREDIT PER HOUR OF $71.98, AND MULTIPLY THAT BY APPROXIMATELY THREE CREDIT HOURS PER COURSE, THAT EQUATES TO OUR SAVINGS FOR OUR FAMILIES OF UPWARDS OF 3,700,000 IN TUITION ALONE. AND OUR COLLEGIATE ACADEMIES GRADUATED OVER 130 STUDENTS THAT EARN THEIR ASSOCIATE DEGREES. AMAZING. SO WHERE DOES THAT MONEY COME FROM? ALSO UNDER FLORIDA STATUTES 1011.62, DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES GENERATE THE SAME LEVEL OF FUNDING FROM THE STATE AS A COMPARABLE SEMESTER LINKED HIGH SCHOOL COURSE. OUR BOARD ITEM TODAY IS CENTERED AROUND THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS BUDGET FOR THE DUAL ENROLLMENT TEXTBOOKS. SO I'LL TURN IT OVER FOR HIGHLIGHT TO COREEN JOHNS, OUR SUPERVISOR IN THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS.  

>> THANK YOU, LESLIE, AND GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, AND STAFF. AND SO THE BOARD ITEM PRESENTED TO YOU TONIGHT IS SPECIFICALLY FOR THE TEXTBOOKS THAT GO ALONG WITH THE DUAL ENROLLMENT PROGRAM. SO BY STATUTE, THE DISTRICT IS REQUIRED TO PURCHASE THOSE TEXTBOOKS FOR THE STUDENTS. SO I JUST WANTED TO SHARE A LITTLE MORE DATA FOR YOU SO YOU CAN SEE A TREND. THE SLIDE THAT'S UP THERE NOW SHOWS A TREND OF OUR NUMBER OF TEXTBOOKS ORDERED BY STUDENTS AND THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS THAT ARE ORDERING TEXTBOOKS, WHICH WOULDN'T BE THE SAME BECAUSE SOME STUDENTS ORDER MORE THAN ONE TEXTBOOK. THE TREND SINCE 2013 IS DEFINITELY A LOT OF GROWTH THERE. SO OUR COST FOR TEXTBOOKS HAS GONE UP. ON THE NEXT SLIDE, THIS IS A CHART THAT SHOWS YOU THE TEXTBOOKS THAT WE HAVE SUPPLIED FOR THE COURSES THAT ARE OFFERED AT OUR DISTRICT HIGH SCHOOLS. AND THERE'S A BIG JUMP THERE FOR 2016-17. I CAN TELL YOU ALREADY THIS FALL, BECAUSE WE'VE ALREADY BEEN FILLING ORDERS, WE ARE ON A RATE TO PROBABLY SURPASS THAT FOR THIS CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR. ON THE NEXT SLIDE, I HAVE A CHART SHOWING YOU WHAT OUR ACTUAL EXPENSE HAS BEEN TOWARD THE PURCHASE OF THE TEXTBOOKS. AGAIN, YOU SEE A BIG JUMP TO 2016-17. THAT REALLY IS A REPRESENTATION OF THE GROWTH OF ENROLLMENT. IT ALSO REPRESENTS, JUST TO GIVE YOU A PICTURE OF WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT, ESPECIALLY WITH OUR MAIN PARTNER, HCC, WE HAVE FIVE CAMPUSES THAT WE SERVICE. WE COULD HAVE ACTUALLY POTENTIALLY FIVE DIFFERENT BOOKS FOR THE SAME COURSE BECAUSE THE PROFESSORS PICK THEIR OWN TITLES. AND THEN, OF COURSE, ABOUT EVERY COUPLE OF YEARS THEY CHANGE TITLES. SO THOSE ARE SOME OF THE VARIABLES THAT WE'RE FACED WITH. AS YOU CAN SEE WITH THE GROWTH AND ALL THOSE VARIABLES WHERE WE'RE AT NOW. SO WE'RE ANTICIPATING MORE GROWTH THIS YEAR, WHICH IS WHY WE'VE ASKED FOR A LITTLE BIT MORE. FINALLY, ON OUR LAST SLIDE, I JUST WANT TO REMIND THE BOARD AND OUR PARENTS AND COMMUNITY THAT THIS PROGRAM MEETS THE FIVE AREAS, GOALS, AREAS FOR OUR STRATEGIC PRIORITY FOR INCREASING GRADUATION RATES. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM BECAUSE WHEN WE TALK IN OUR BUDGET ABOUT SOME OF THE WAYS WE'RE GOING TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM, THAT THIS IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS THAT WE DEFINITELY WANT TO CONTINUE TO SHOWCASE. STUDENTS ARE GOING TO ACCOMPLISH THEIR AA BY THE TIME THEY GRADUATE, AND WE ARE SAVING $3,700,000 FOR PARENTS. THIS IS HUGE. I ALSO WANTED TO POINT OUT THAT FLORIDA STATUTE REQUIRES US TO FUND THIS PROGRAM, AND WE ARE SEEING AN INCREASING TREND IN ENROLLMENT OF THIS PROGRAM THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT, WHICH IS GREAT. CAN YOU CLARIFY, DO WE GET ANY ADDITIONAL FUNDING PER STUDENT IF A STUDENT IS DUAL ENROLLED VERSUS A TRADITIONAL STUDENT?  

>> NO. IT'S ACTUALLY THE SAME FUNDING. FOR THE PERIOD OF TIME THEY ARE IN THAT CLASS, IT IS THE SAME AS IF THEY WERE TAKING AN ENGLISH COURSE OR MATH COURSE. THE SAME PORTION OF THE FTE THEY EARNED FTE FOR.  

>>Melissa Snively: WE ARE COLLECTING FTE DOLLARS, THE SAME FTE DOLLARS FOR EACH STUDENT, YET WE ARE FUNDING COLLEGE COURSE CREDIT TO ALMOST 5,000 STUDENTS ACROSS, PROBABLY MORE THAN THAT PERHAPS, THIS SCHOOL YEAR ENROLLMENT. THAT IS INCREDIBLE VALUE TO OUR STUDENTS AND THE PARENTS, AND THAT ALSO BEGS ME TO ASK MS. MILITO IF WE SHOULD POSSIBLY TAKE A LOOK AT FLORIDA STATUTE 1011.62 TO TALK TO OUR LEGISLATORS ABOUT POSSIBLY ADDING ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR THE COST OF THIS FOR OUR STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. NOT THE WHOLE COST, BUT MAYBE A SUBSIDY FOR THE ADDITIONAL COST, BECAUSE IT DOES COST MORE TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT THAN TO TRADITIONAL -- THAN A TRADITIONAL STUDENT WOULD COST AND THEY COME OUT OF SCHOOL OBVIOUSLY WITH ADDITIONAL ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT ACCOLADES. THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. AND THOSE WERE FANTASTIC SLIDES, BY THE WAY. I APPRECIATE THE ORANGE AND BLUE BARS. IT'S STARTING THIS WEEKEND. BUT I WANTED TO POINT THAT INFORMATION OUT, BECAUSE THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE'RE SEEING THE INCREASE, IN THE COST OF TEXTBOOKS ESPECIALLY. $950,000 IN TEXTBOOKS, ALMOST A MILLION DOLLARS IN TEXTBOOKS WE'RE HAVING TO SPEND IN THAT STATUTORY REQUIREMENT FOR US. THANK YOU.  

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

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. FIRST AND FOREMOST, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT WHEN WE'RE SITTING ONSTAGE AT GRADUATIONS AND A STUDENT IS CROSSING GETTING THEIR DIPLOMA FROM US, THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, AND THEY ALSO HAVE A TWO-YEAR DEGREE THAT THEY'VE RECEIVED. THEY ARE TWO YEARS AHEAD OF THE CURVE. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE MATURITY LEVEL OF THAT. WE COULD DEBATE THAT ALL DAY LONG. BUT WE HAVE A LOT OF DATA, AND I THOUGHT OF SOME THINGS AFTER OUR MEETING. BY THE WAY, THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THIS. AND I'M ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT ALWAYS WOULD TELL PARENTS, GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY OR GIVEN THE CHOICE BETWEEN AP OR DUAL ENROLLMENT, IF I WAS MAKING THAT CHOICE, I WOULD TAKE DUAL ENROLLMENT ALL DAY, EVERY DAY. THAT BEING SAID, AND I THINK PART OF THE INCREASE IN THESE NUMBERS THAT WE'RE SEEING IS BECAUSE WE ARE STARTING TO GIVE OUR GUIDANCE COUNSELORS A LITTLE BIT MORE FLEXIBILITY IN HOW TO GUIDE STUDENTS AND PARENTS ARE BECOMING A LOT MORE INFORMED. WE HAVE WAY MORE ENGAGED PARENTS NOW THAN WE EVER HAVE. THE QUESTION I HAVE, AND I'D LIKE TO SEE THIS DATA. WE DID A LOT OF WORK IN GATHERING DATA ABOUT THE STUDENTS, NONTRADITIONAL STUDENTS IN AP COURSES, AND REALLY TRYING TO INCREASE THOSE NUMBERS OF NONTRADITIONAL STUDENTS IN AP COURSES. I'D LIKE TO SEE THE DEMOGRAPHIC BREAKDOWN OF OUR STUDENTS THAT ARE IN THE DUAL ENROLLMENT PROGRAMS, TOO. AND -- BECAUSE I HAVE A FEELING I KNOW WHAT THOSE NUMBERS LOOK LIKE, BUT BASED ON THOSE NUMBERS, I'D LIKE TO SEE WHAT WE COULD DO TO GET MORE NONTRADITIONAL STUDENTS IN DUAL ENROLLMENT, TOO, BECAUSE IT WOULD BE REALLY NICE TO SEE SOME STUDENTS OF COLOR WALKING ACROSS THE STAGE WITH THEIR TWO-YEAR DEGREE AS WELL AS THEIR DIPLOMA, TOO. THAT IS ONE OF THE AREAS THAT I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE US IMPROVE. I DON'T KNOW IF WE HAVE THOSE NUMBERS, BUT IF WE COULD GET THEM. THANK YOU.  

>> WE CAN DEFINITELY GET IT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. I APPRECIATE THIS PROGRAM. I REALLY DO. BUT I HAD A VERY DIFFERENT CONVERSATION WITH STAFF WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT THIS. IT IS PHENOMENAL FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS AND WALK ACROSS THE STAGE WITH A TWO-YEAR DEGREE OR EVEN JUST ADDITIONAL CREDITS FOR OUR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN AP AND IB STUDENTS. HOWEVER, AT SOME POINT, FINANCIALLY, I THINK WE NEED TO HAVE A PHILOSOPHICAL CONVERSATION ABOUT WHERE THE DISTRICT'S RESPONSIBILITY STARTS AND ENDS. WE ARE A PRE-K-12 PROGRAM. WE ARE NOT A COLLEGE PROGRAM. AND AT SOME POINT, I THINK WE NEED TO START HAVING A CONVERSATION AS THESE COSTS CONTINUE TO RISE AND AS WE CONTINUE TO SEE MORE AND MORE STUDENTS TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THIS. I DON'T WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE AWAY FROM ANY STUDENT, BUT AT WHAT POINT DO OUR RESPONSIBILITIES END AND THIS BECOMES THE DUAL ENROLLMENT THAT IT USED TO BE WHERE YOU LEFT CAMPUS AND YOU WENT TO HCC OR YOU WENT TO USF AND THEY TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR CLASS AND THE BRICK AND MORTAR AND THE TEACHER. SO BARRING US MAKING SOME PRETTY HEAVY LEGISLATIVE CHANGES AND ASKING FOR THOSE. I AGREE, THOSE ARE SOMETHING THAT WE SHOULD HAVE A DEEP CONVERSATION ABOUT, THIS PROGRAM IS BECOMING EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE. STUDENTS HAVE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY IN THIS DISTRICT TO DO A LOT OF THINGS. I'M CONCERNED ABOUT -- I APPRECIATE MS. GRIFFIN ASKING FOR THE BREAKDOWN OF EQUITY ON THIS PROGRAM, AND I AM CONCERNED THAT POTENTIALLY WITH TEACHER LOSS, I'D LOVE TO SEE, TOO, DO WE HAVE TEACHERS WHO ARE IN A CLASSROOM TEACHING DUAL ENROLLMENT AND WE HAVE SUBSTITUTES IN OTHER CLASSROOMS? IS THERE A DISPARITY HERE THAT -- AND I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWERS TO THAT AND I DON'T KNOW THAT WE'VE EVEN BROACHED THAT QUESTION, BUT I THINK IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO LOOK AT. AGAIN, OUR STUDENTS ARE BENEFITING FROM THIS GREATLY AND WE HAVE ALWAYS PROMOTED THIS AS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR SEAMS TO SAVE DOLLARS ON COLLEGE, BUT THIS DISTRICT IS IN A VERY DIFFERENT POSITION RIGHT NOW WHERE WE'VE GOT TO TALK ABOUT PRE-K-12 AND WHERE OUR RESPONSIBILITIES START AND END AND DO WE CONTINUE DOWN THIS ROAD OF OFFERING MORE AND MORE AS WE SEE THE NUMBERS? THOSE NUMBERS HAVE DOUBLED IN THE LAST YEAR. WHERE DOES IT END? AND WHERE DOES IT STOP THAT IT'S NOT JUST HCC AND USF AND UF? ARE ALL OF THE POST-SCARED -- POSTSECONDARY GOING TO COME ON BOARD? WE KNOW THEIR FEES ARE ALL DIFFERENT AND THEY ARE ALL KNOCKING ON THE DOOR. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US EXPLORE WHERE THIS REALLY IS GOING. I DON'T KNOW WHAT OTHER DISTRICTS ARE DOING. I DON'T KNOW, AND I'D LIKE TO SEE THAT, TOO. ARE WE THE ONLY ONES DOING THIS? I KNOW THERE'S GREAT PRIDE, MS. VALDES, IN WHAT HAS HAPPENED AND WHAT THESE STUDENTS ARE GAINING FROM THIS. AGAIN, I THINK WE'RE IN A VERY DIFFERENT SITUATION RIGHT NOW WHERE MAYBE WE NEED TO HAVE A VERY BROAD CONVERSATION ABOUT THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE DISTRICT K-12 AND ARE WE MEEGD -- AND ARE WE MEETING THAT RESPONSIBILITY AND DO WE NEED TO PULL BACK ON THIS A LITTLE BIT? MS. VALDES.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: WHEN WE TALK ABOUT BEING A SYSTEM, WE ARE A SYSTEM OF K-12. PRE-K, I WISH I COULD INCLUDE IT IF ALL OF OUR STUDENTS HAD ACCESS TO A PRE-K SYSTEM. THAT'S JUST IT. THEY DON'T. ON THE FLIP SIDE, DUAL ENROLLMENT IS AVAILABLE TO ALL OF OUR STUDENTS SHOULD THEY MEET THE CRITERIA THAT HAS BEEN OUTLINED. AND HAVING BEEN -- HAVING PARTICIPATED IN THIS YEAR'S FIRST COLLEGIATE GRADUATION AT HCC AND SEEING OVER 130 STUDENTS WALK ACROSS THAT STAGE OF ALL NATIONALITIES, ALL ETHNICITIES, ALL RACES WALK ACROSS THE STAGE WITH AN AA DEGREE BEFORE THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, I'LL BANK ON THAT EVERY DAY, EVERY DAY. BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, THOSE STUDENTS WERE MOTIVATED ENOUGH, NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO, ARE THE VERY FIRST ONES IN THEIR FAMILIES TO GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE? THAT IS A BREAK IN THE CHAIN OF POVERTY. AND AFTER SITTING IN A -- LONG AGO. THIS IS EARLY ON IN MY TENURE AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, SITTING IN A TRAINING, SO-CALLED DIVERSITY TRAINING BY AN INDIVIDUAL THAT WILL GO UNANNOUNCED, I'M GLAD THAT INDIVIDUAL IS NO LONGER IN OUR DISTRICT. BECAUSE THIS WOULD NOT BE HAPPENING TODAY IF WE HAD BEEN LISTENING TO THAT NONSENSE AND IMPACTING TEACHERS TO BELIEVE CERTAIN NONSENSE IS ABOUT STUDENTS THAT GROW UP IN THE INNER CITY. SO CONSIDERING THE VALUE OF THI THIS, I WOULD CONTINUE TO SUPPORT PROGRAMS LIKE THIS. ONE THING WE NEED TO DO IS THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX. I'M NOT SURE IF OUR PELL PROGRAM WITH THE ADULT TECHNICAL DIVISION, IF THESE STUDENTS WOULD QUALIFY FOR THE PELL. I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION IS, BUT THOSE ARE THE THINGS WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT. WHAT ARE THE RESOURCES OUT THERE THAT WE CAN POSSIBLY TAP INTO TO HELP OFFSET SOME OF THESE COSTS? BUT TO TAKE AWAY OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS BECAUSE AP CLASSES ARE NOT CONDUCIVE -- I WOULD PREFER THE DUAL ENROLLMENT, THEN OFFER AP CLASSES. BECAUSE AT LEAST THE DUAL ENROLLMENT, WE KNOW THOSE STUDENTS HAVE EARNED THOSE THREE CREDITS TOWARDS THEIR DEGREE, WHEREAS WITH AP CLASSES, YOU GOT TO PASS A TEST WITH A CERTAIN SCORE IF MAYBE THAT CLASS IS ACCEPTABLE TO THE UNIVERSITY THAT YOU WANT TO GO TO. SO YOU SEE AT THAT POINT, THAT TO ME AS A PARENT HAS NO VALUE POINT. I WOULD MUCH RATHER GET INVOLVED IN PROGRAMS AND BE INVOLVED WITH PROGRAMS THAT REALLY DO HAVE SOME RETURN ON INVESTMENT FOR OUR STUDENTS IN THE LONG RUN. AND THAT, AGAIN, GOES TO OUR VISION OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I'LL BE VERY BRIEF, MS. STUART, TO ADDRESS A COUPLE OF THINGS. FIRST OF ALL, IT'S TREMENDOUS VALUE ADD. I THINK ONE OF THE -- THE BOOMING IN OUR HIGH SCHOOLS IS HAPPENING BECAUSE OF THE VALUE I THINK MANY PARENTS SEE IN THIS. BUT I DO RECOGNIZE THE COST. WE MET WITH DR. ATH WATER PROBABLY TWO OR THREE MONTHS AGO TO TALK THROUGH SOME OF THE CHALLENGES WE'RE SEEING IN THE ESCALATING COSTS IN OUR DISTRICT. WE DON'T WANT TO TAKE AWAY. HCC, THEY WANTED TO CONTINUE TO EXPAND MORE COLLEGIATE ACADEMIES, MORE -- I THINK THAT'S WHAT EVERYONE WANTS. THERE IS A TIPPING POINT BUDGETARIAL THAT WE HAVE TO KNOW HOW TO REIN IN AND MANAGE. I THINK WE ALL AGREED AROUND THE TABLE, I DON'T KNOW THAT ENOUGH OF OUR DELEGATION UNDERSTAND THE STORY THAT WE'RE CREATING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WE PROBABLY NEED TO TALK WITH THEM A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THE VALUE THIS IS ADDING, YOU KNOW, FOR OUR KIDS, NUMBER ONE. BUT WO TWO, ECONOMICALLY FOR THE COMMUNITY, IT IS A HUGE VALUE ADD. I THINK WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS STORY TO TELL AND GET OUT. DR. ATWATER DEFINITELY THROUGH HCC AND PARTNERING WITH US WANTS TO DO SOME SORT OF ASK AT THE STATE LEVEL AROUND HOW TO GET MORE SUPPORT HERE. AND THEN ALSO, WE'RE LOOKING AND EXPANDING THROUGH OUR CURRENT TECHNICAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ALSO HAVING CTE DUAL ENROLLMENT AS WELL. THAT'S ONE OF THE AREAS I KNOW WE TALKED ABOUT UP HERE AT THE DAIS. BUT ALL THOSE THINGS, IT BRINGS TREMENDOUS VALUE. WE DO UNDERSTAND THE COST THAT COMES WITH THAT, SO WE'VE GOT TO COME UP WITH A SOLUTION SO THAT WE CONTINUE TO OFFER THIS FOR OUR STUDENTS AND DO IT AT A COST WE KNOW WE CAN HANDLE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, LADIES. BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.08, APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH THE CURRICULUM PLANNING LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM TEAM AT THE LEARNING SYSTEMS INSTITUTE AT FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING. MS. GRAY, YOU HAVE A COMMENT.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. CPALMS IS A GREAT RESOURCE FOR TEACHERS NOT ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES, BUT ALL OVER THE WORLD. THEY'RE GLOBAL. IT'S REALLY A PLACE THAT YOU CAN GET LESSON PLANS AND COLLABORATE AND REALLY HAVE VERY GOOD ARTICULATION, DIFFERENT METHODS OF TEACHING. BUT THE POINT IS, STEM, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS, AND FOR THAT MATTER, THE ARTS, IF YOU WANT TO GO STEAM, IS GROWING. LARRY PLANK SITTING IN THE BACK KNOWS THAT THIS PROGRAM THAT IS GOING THROUGHOUT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, IT DEMANDS THE CHALLENGE OF OTHER LESSON PLANS. WE HAE TO GROW WITH OUR WAY OF DELIVERING STEM EDUCATION. C PALMS IS -- CPALMS IS TO ME A VERY, VERY VALUABLE RESOURCE. IT'S TEACHER TESTED. WHAT I JUST WANTED TO SAY I THINK THIS AGREEMENT IS AN EXCELLENT ONE, EXCELLENT CHOICE WORKING TOGETHER WITH FSU. AGAIN, WE'RE WORKING AT A HIGHER LEVEL, GETTING THE BEST CHALLENGING INFORMATION TO KEEP UP WITH THE DEMAND. I'M JUST SAYING ACCOLADES TO THIS PARTICULAR CPALMS AGREEMENT. AND THAT IS WHAT I WANTED TO SAY ON THAT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. GRAY. BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.13, APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT FOR THE ABLE TRUST '17-18 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR. MS. SNIVELY ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT. MR. JARGO.  

>> THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT ITEM 6.13 TO APPROVE THE 2017/18 AGREEMENT WITH THE ABLE TRUST. COMBINED TOTAL OF $22,000 FROM THE ABLE TRUST AND THE FLORIDA DIVISION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION. TO CONTINUE OUR HIGH SCHOOL, HIGH-TECH PROGRAM INTO ITS 17th SCHOOL YEAR. THIS PROGRAM IS AN INITIATIVE OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, WHICH LINKS YOUTH TO A BROAD RANGE OF ACADEMIC AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCES. THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLORE EMPLOYMENT AND POST SECONDARY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES THAT LEAD TO TECHNOLOGY-RELATED COURSES. THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN THE PROGRAM HAVE VARIED OVER THE YEARS AND THE CURRENT IMPLEMENTATION IS PLANNED FOR BRANDON, DURANT, MIDDLETON, AND STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOLS, WHICH WERE SELECTED FOR THEIR INTEREST IN PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM. AS PART OF THIS BOARD AGENDA ITEM, WE PROVIDED AN EVALUATION IN THE FORM OF CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PROGRAM REPORT. FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017, 38 STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAM WHO VISITED TECHNICAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGES AS WELL AS UNIVERSITIES. THEY ALSO HAD A CORPORATE AND A COMMERCIAL BUSINESS VISIT. THROUGHOUT LAST YEAR, OUR STUDENTS RECEIVED WORKSHOPS FROM BUSINESS PARTNERS AT THEIR SCHOOL SITE. THERE WERE SIX STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATED IN A SUMMER INTERNSHIP, AND WE'RE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT ALL 19 SENIORS IN THE PROGRAM GRADUATED WITH A DIPLOMA. 89% OF THOSE STUDENTS ARE PURSUING POST SECONDARY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES. THIS DATA SHOWS THAT THIS PROGRAM WAS TRULY PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. IN '17-18, WE WILL CONTINUE TO EVALUATE THIS PROGRAM USING DATA FROM STUDENT PARTICIPATION AS WELL AS ACTIVITIES, EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND OUR QUARTERLY REPORTS TO THE ABLE TRUST AND OUR CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PROGRAM REPORT. OUR GOAL CONTINUES TO BE TO REDUCE THE DROPOUT RATE OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES, INCREASING THEIR ENROLLMENT IN POST SECONDARY EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF THIS AGENDA ITEM.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. JARGO. BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.14, APPROVE THE AGREEMENT OF TECHNICAL SERVICES -- THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH THE NATIONAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION MANAGER (SAM) INNOVATION PROJECT. MS. GRAY, YOU HAVE A COMMENT.  

>>Lynn Gray: YES, THE NATIONAL SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION MANAGEMENT PROJECT TO ME IS EXTREMELY HELPFUL WITH PRINCIPALS GAINING MUCH MORE EFFICIENCY IN TIME MANAGEMENT. MORE AND MORE, WE SEE THE DEMANDS, OF COURSE, INCREASED TESTING DEMANDS BUT LEGISLATIVELY, JUST SO MANY MORE THINGS ARE GOING ON WITHIN THE SCHOOL THAT A PRINCIPAL HAS TO BECOME TRULY A ONE-MINUTE MANAGER. I KNOW THERE IS A BOOK WRITTEN ON THAT, BUT IT'S CRITICAL. WHAT I WANTED TO SAY ALSO, WE KEEP TALKING ABOUT THE NEED FOR EFFECTIVE TEACHERS, BUT WE ALSO NEED TO KEEP OUR PRINCIPALS VERY WELL TRAINED, AS WE ARE, AND I KNOW TRICIA McMANUS DOES AN EXCELLENT JOB. AND I'D LIKE TO SAY THAT SOME OF THE PRINCIPALS OR MANY OF THEM, I SHOULD SAY, ARE REALLY EXPLORING SOMETHING THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY NEW, BUT THEY ARE GAINING GROUND ON THE PBIS, THE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR IMPLEMENTATION SYSTEM, POSITIVE DISCIPLINE. PRINCIPALS WANT TO LEARN, AND THEY HAVE SO MUCH TO DO, AND THEY NEED THE TIME MANAGEMENT SKILLS TO DO IT. SO THIS IS AN AGREEMENT THAT HELPS GIVE THAT WHILE GIVING THEM EXTRA TOOLS FOR THEIR TOOL KIT. WE ARE REMINDED THAT PRINCIPALS HAVE A LOT OF PRESSURE. THEY HAVE A LOST OF TESTING OUTCOMES. THEY HAVE A LOT OF EVALUATIONS AND THEY ARE EVALUATORS. THERE'S JUST SO MUCH THEY HAVE TO DO IN ONE DAY. AND ALSO CONGRATULATIONS, PRINCIPALS. I'M READING THAT YOUR HARD WORK RESULTED IN 23 ACHIEVEMENT POINTS TOWARDS SCHOOL GRADES AS A RESULT EVER TAKING -- AS A RESULT OF TAKING PART IN THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT. THE RETURN ON THE INVESTMENT. THERE IS THE DATA. WE ARE SEEING HIGHER ACHIEVEMENT. THANK YOU, TRICIA McMANUS FOR PUTTING THIS TOGETHER, WHEREVER YOU ARE. THERE YOU ARE. YOU'RE ALWAYS HIDING ON ME. THANKS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. GRAY. MS. MacMANUS, DO YOU KNOW APPROXIMATELY HOW MUCH PRINCIPALS ARE PARTICIPATING IN THIS? 120 OUT OF?  

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>>Cindy Stuart: OKAY. GREAT. FUNNY STORY, SHORT STORY. I WON'T USE MY TWO MINUTES. I'LL NEVER FORGET RIDING WITH JERRY JACKSON. I THINK WE WERE GOING TO PLANT CITY. HE WAS CHAUFFEURING US. HIS SAM PERSON WAS IN THE CAR AND REFUSED TO SPEAK TO US. IT WAS HILARIOUS. ALL HE WAS SUPPOSED TO DO WAS OBSERVE. I BELIEVE HE WAS A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF THE DISTRICT. HE REFUSED TO SPEAK TO US. WE TRIED SO HARD AS BOARD MEMBERS TO GET HIM TO LAUGH OR SOMETHING BUT HE REFUSED. THAT OBSERVATION DAY IS SO INTEGRAL TO THEIR WORK, BUT IT'S FUNNY TO BE AROUND IT WHEN IT HAPPENS. BOARD MEMBERS, NEXT ITEM IS 7.01, APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE FLORIDA SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAM MANAGEMENT, ST. JOSEPH'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT AS WELL AS MS. SNIVELY. MR. STEVE, SUPERVISOR OF K-12 PHYSICAL EDUCATION, WILL BRING THIS FORWARD.  

>> VERY GOOD. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY, BOARD, TO SPEAK FOR A FEW MOMENTS CONCERNING OUR BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PROGRAM. THIS BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY HAS BEEN A COMPONENT OF K-12 PHYSICAL EDUCATION FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS. WE'VE TALKED BICYCLE SAFETY AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY THROUGH OUR PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSE FOR THE PAST FIVE TO SIX YEARS. WHAT'S SPECIAL ABOUT THIS YEAR IS THAT NOW IT'S A PARTNERSHIP NOT ONLY WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TEACHING AND LEARNING, BUT ALSO TRANSPORTATION AND ST. JOSEPH'S CHILDREN WELLNESS AND SAFETY CENTER. WHAT WE'RE DOING DIFFERENT NOW IS WE HAVE TWO PHASES. WE HAVE AN ELEMENTARY PHASE. AND RIGHT NOW WE'RE FOCUSING ON APPROXIMATELY 50 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WHERE WE HAVE ST. JOSEPH'S CHILDREN'S, GO OUT AND WORK WITH OUR TEACHERS, AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE OUR TEACHERS CONDUCT THE CURRICULUM THE REST OF THE SESSION. AND TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT WILL BRING OUT TRAILERS WITH BICYCLE EQUIPMENT AND PEDESTRIAN MOCK STREET SETUPS, WHICH IS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE'VE DONE IN THE PAST. WE HAVE TRANSPORTED SMALL KIDS, BUT NOT ACTUALLY TRAILERS WITH BICYCLES, SCOOTERS AND SAFETY KITS. THE SECOND COMPONENT IS A MIDDLE SCHOOL COMPONENT. THIS YEAR WE'RE FOCUSING ON 20 SCHOOLS. THESE ARE THE SCHOOLS MOST IMPACTED BY THE BUSING. THE LACK OR THE LOSS OF COURTESY BUSING. THE SAME TYPE OF SITUATION. WE HAVE TRANSPORTATION. WE DELIVER BICYCLE SAFETY BICYCLES, KIDS, AND -- KITS AND THEN WE'LL BE THERE FOR A DAY WITH THE INSTRUCTION FOR THE STUDENTS AND ALSO THE PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS WILL CONTINUE THE INSTRUCTION FROM THAT POINT ON. SO IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND UPON THE PROGRAM THROUGH THE USE OF TRANSPORTATION, TRANSPORTING THE EQUIPMENT AND THEN WITH ST. JOSEPH'S CHILDREN'S, ASSISTING AS A COTEACH MODEL WITH OUR PHYSICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I WOULD JUST LIKE TO, FIRST OF ALL, THANK ST. JOE'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOR BEING KIND OF THE CONDUIT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND ACTUALLY THIS DONATION COMES TO US THROUGH THE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION WORKING GROUP AND THROUGH THE MPO. IT IS ACTUALLY A DONATION COMING OUT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA, MS. SNIVELY. AND WE WERE ACTUALLY -- IT WAS BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION THROUGH ST. JOE'S AT ONE OF OUR MEETINGS. AND THEN WE WORKED THROUGH THE TRANSPORTATION OFFICE AND THROUGH YOUR OFFICE, MR. VANOR, TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HOUSE THE BIKES AND THE TRAILERS. WE DIDN'T PAY ANYTHING FOR THEM. THEY WERE ALL DONATED, AND OUR P. E. TEACHERS WERE TRAINED OVER THE SUMMER. I BELIEVE THAT TRANSPORTATION STAFF IS NOW ALSO BEING TRAINED TO GO OUT AND DO THIS WORK. AND ST. JOE'S IS BEING VERY, VERY NENTLY WITH INTENTIONAL WITH THE SCHOOLS WE ARE WORKING WITH TO HIT THE SCHOOLS THAT OBVIOUSLY ADDITIONAL WALKERS AND BIKE RIDERS. I WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO BEV MAYNARD AND HER GROUP AT ST. JOE'S AND THE TRANSPORTATION TEAM. I KNOW MR. BEAKMAN WORKED WITH THEM ON THIS MOA. AND I HOPE TO SEE FLORIDA SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL OBVIOUSLY HAD A PART IN PUTTING THIS ALL TOGETHER. THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR MAKING SURE THAT OUR P. E. TEACHERS GOT TRAINED OVER THE SUMMER AND FOR COORDINATING THE EFFORT. MS. SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT AND ALSO THANK YOU TO ST. JOE'S AND THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA FOR THE DONATION. I'M A HUGE BELIEVER IN PEDESTRIAN AND BIKE SAFETY AND HAVE PARTICIPATED YEAR AFTER YEAR IN DIFFERENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS PROMOTING THAT. I DID HAVE ONE QUESTION IN THE AGREEMENT, AND I WAS JUST CURIOUS HOW THIS WOULD WORK. IT SAYS UPON TAKING POSSESSION THE TRAILERS AND BICYCLES, THE SCHOOL BOARD SHALL LICENSE THE TRAILERS AND INSURE THE TRAILERS AND BIKES. THE LIABILITY COMES TO US ONCE THE TRANSFER HAS BEEN COMPLETED. THIS IS A CURIOUS PARAGRAPH, AND I JUST WANTED TO GET YOUR INSIGHT AS TO HOW THIS MIGHT WORK FOR OTHER ENTITIES. IT SAYS, THE SCHOOL BOARD SHALL ALLOW OTHER LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND NONGOVERNMENT ENTITIES WITHIN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO USE THE TRAILERS AND BICYCLES FOR YOUTH BICYCLE SAFETY EDUCATION SO LONG AS EACH SEEING, SLASH, ENTITY HAS BEEN TRAINED BY THE FLORIDA TRAFFIC AND BICYCLE SAFETY EDUCATION PROGRAM OR CERTIFIED SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL REGIONAL COORDINATORS. SUCH USE DOES NOT INTERFERE WITH SCHOOL BOARD'S PLANNING PROGRAM AND USES AGREED TO IN WRITING BY ST. JOE'S CHILDREN HOSPITAL, DA, DA, DA. HOW DOES THAT WORK FOR A GOVERNMENT AGENCY OR NONGOVERNMENT ENTITY THAT WOULD WANT TO UTILIZE THE BICYCLES FOR AN EDUCATION PROGRAM?  

>> YES, MA'AM. THE WAY IT WAS EXPLAINED TO ME, IT'S PRIMARILY THE POSSESSION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. IF WE'RE NOT USING THE EQUIPMENT -- AND I WILL SAY IN MOST CASES WE WILL BE USING EQUIPMENT, THEN THEY WOULD HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY TO US TO USE THAT EQUIPMENT. BASICALLY, THAT'S WHAT I KNOW ABOUT IT.  

>>Melissa Snively: DO WE HAVE A PLAN AS FAR AS HOW OFTEN THIS EQUIPMENT WILL BE UTILIZED ON A MONTHLY OR WEEKLY BASIS. HOW MANY DAYS A WEEK WILL HE BE AT SCHOOLS TEACHING SAFETY EDUCATION?  

>> RIGHT NOW, WE'RE BEGINNING THE SCHEDULE. THE TRAINING FOR THE MIDDLE SCHOOL HAS NOT TAKEN PLACE. THE TRAINING FOR THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAS. WE'RE BOOKING THAT. WE HAVE OUR 50 ELEMENTARY -- EXCUSE ME, 52 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ALREADY BOOKED. IT'S STARTING ASAP. THE EQUIPMENT IS GOING TO BE IN USE, AND IT'S PRETTY MUCH BOOKED STRAIGHT THROUGH TO THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. IN FACT, WE'RE HAVING TROUBLE GETTING ALL THE SCHOOLS IN THIS YEAR.  

>>Melissa Snively: I IMAGINE THAT, BECAUSE WE HAVE MORE SCHOOLS THAN WE HAVE SCHOOL DAYS.  

>> YES, MA'AM.  

>>Melissa Snively: ARE WE SPENDING HALF DAYS AT SCHOOL OR FULL DAYS AT SCHOOL? HOW DOES THAT WORK?  

>> IF WE DO THAT, THEN WE ONLY TRAIN HALF THE KIDS. MOST HAVE TO GO THROUGH P. E. CLASSES TO GET TRAINED OR GO THROUGH THAT PROCESS. IT WOULD BE GREAT TO HAVE MORE TRAILERS TO FIT INTO THAT MIX. WE'RE HAPPY FOR THE DONATION. IT WAS A VERY NICE PART THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE BEFORE. TO THE POINT OF THE OTHER ENTITIES USING THE TRAILERS, BECAUSE OF THE INSURANCE ISSUE, WE WOULD TRANSPORT THE TRAILERS OUT TO THAT SITE. ALLOW THE OTHER ENTITY TO USE THEM AND PICK THEM BACK UP SO OUR STAFF AND OUR VEHICLES ARE BEING USED TO TRANSPORT THE VEHICLES. IN THE AGREEMENT AS WAS REFERENCED IT WOULD BE BASED ON --BASED ON YOUR. THE PRIMARY GOAL IS TO TREAT AS MANY KIDS AS WE CAN. THAT'S WHY WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WAS IN THERE TO ALLOW OTHER ENTITIES TO USE THE BIKES.  

>>Melissa Snively: THOSE WOULD BE GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR NONSCHOOL DAYS TO ALLOW AN ENTITY TO USE THAT. I'M GUESSING THE OTHER ENTITY WOULD HAVE TO PROVE THEY HAVE LIABILITY TO COVER THEMSELVES AS OPPOSED TO US EXTENDING LIABILITY.  

>> MOST ASSUREDLY AND ALSO THE TRAINING. THEY HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE TRAINING THAT OUR TEACHERS AND -- IN ADDITION TO LIABILITY INSURANCE.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT AND FOR THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. I HOPE THAT MORE ORGANIZATIONS CONSIDER DONATING THESE TYPES OF EQUIPMENT TO US SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE EDUCATING OUR STUDENTS ON BICYCLE SAFETY. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I WILL SAY THE FIRST USE WILL BE SEPTEMBER 16. THE MPO AND ST. JOSEPH'S ALREADY ASKED FOR SPACE AT THE FIRST PARENT UNIVERSITY THIS YEAR, SO WE WILL HAVE AT JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL, THE BIKE TRAILERS THERE AND THE STAFF WILL BE THERE TO WORK WITH THE KIDS TO COME TO THE PROGRAM TO DO THIS EXERCISE. THAT'S OUR FIRST OPPORTUNITY. THEY I HOPE INTEND TO GO TO THE OTHER. LATER, YOU'LL SEE MS. HARRIS AND I ACTUALLY HAD AN EXPERIENCE WITH THE BIKES AT THE TRANSPORTATION BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR. IN HER SLIDE I'M SURE SHE WILL HIGHLIGHT THAT. 7.02, APPROVE THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF TEMPLE TERRACE AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FOR THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A BALL FIELD FOR THE BUDDY BASEBALL PROGRAM AT LEWIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. I ASKED FOR THE HIGHLIGHT.  

>> THIS IS A NEAT OPPORTUNITY. THE CITY OF TEMPLE TERRACE HAS PARTNERED WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY. IT IS A UNIQUE SENSORY -- SENSITIVE BALL FIELD FOR OUR BEST BUDDIES. BEST BUDDIES ARE TRADITIONAL KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS PARTNERING TOGETHER. THIS BALL FIELD WILL COST THE DISTRICT ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BUT CREATES A TURF FIELD THAT HAS SOUND. I LOOK FORWARD TO US ACTUALLY COMPLETING BECAUSE IT'S VERY HARD TO DESCRIBE. BUT SUCH A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY AND GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY WITH TRADITIONAL KIDS IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT. THIS FIELD, AS YOU LOOK THROUGH THE AGENDA ITEM, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WITH NO IMPACT FINANCIALLY TO THE DISTRICT. SO WE WANT TO THANK THE CITY OF TEMPLE TERRACE AND ALSO THE FLORIDA ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY DEPARTMENT FOR ALLOWING THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD THIS BALL FIELD OVER BY LEWIS. THEY'LL BUILD IT, AND OUR STUDENTS WILL BENEFIT AT LEWIS ELEMENTARY. THE PRINCIPAL IS EXCITED AND SO ARE WE TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I KNOW THAT PARTS OF -- PART OF THIS MONEY IS COMING FROM THE STATE. THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT HAPPEN AT THIS SCHOOL AND TEMPLE TERRACE AND LEWIS ELEMENTARY. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 7.04, APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF THE DESIGN PROFESSIONAL AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGER FOR HIGH SCHOOL TTT. MS. SNIVELY ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENT. MR. FARKAS.  

>>Christopher Farkas: THIS IS THE FIRST HIGH SCHOOL THAT WE BUILT IN ABOUT 11 YEARS. WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THAT OPPORTUNITY. THIS WILL OPEN IN 2020. THE FALL OF 2020. BUT BECAUSE OF THE UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY AND OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COUNTY, WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE GOT THIS ON THE AGENDA AND HAD THE SELECTION DONE AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE. SO AS WE WALK THROUGH TRAFFIC PATTERNS AND THIS I THINK SO THAT AFFECT THE COMMUNITY AROUND THEM, WE'LL HAVE THE ARCHITECT ON RECORD AND THE CONSTRUCTION MANAGER ON RECORD TO TALK ABOUT HOW DECISIONS WE MAKE IMPACT THE COST OF THE SCHOOL. WE HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE MOST ECONOMIC AND EFFICIENT BUILDERS OF SCHOOLS FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS, AND WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. BUT WE HAVEN'T BUILT A HIGH SCHOOL IN A LONG TIME. WE'RE LOOKING FOR NEW OPPORTUNITIES TO DO THAT. WHILE THIS AGENDA ITEM TALKS ABOUT THE ARCHITECT AND THE CONSTRUCTION MANAGER, I WANT TO ALSO POINT OUT WE'VE ALREADY STARTED A CADENCE OF MEETINGS WITH OTHER DIVISIONS, WITH MS. COOK IN TEACHING AND LEARNING, AND MR. BROOKS AND ADULT EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE BUILD THE SCHOOL IN A WAY THAT IS THE MOST POSITIVE WAY WE CAN AND BUILDING TOWARDS THE 21st CENTURY CLASSROOM. A LOT OF TIMES, I'LL GIVE YOU ONE EXAMPLE AND WE'LL TALK A LITTLE MORE. WE HAVE DATA DROPS IN EACH ONE OF THE CLASSROOMS BETWEEN THREE AND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS. WE HAVE FOUR TO FIVE TRADITIONALLY. WE ALSO PUT IN THE WIRELESS INTERNET. WE'VE ELIMINATED THAT, SO WE ONLY HAVE THE ONE HARD DROP THAT GOES TO THE SCHOOL, THE TEACHER'S COMPUTER. THE REST OF IT WILL BE WIRELESS. THAT SAVES US ABOUT 800 TO 1200 DOLLARS PER CLASSROOM IN EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOMS. WE MAKE SURE WE HAVE SPECS THAT HAVE CAUGHT UP WITH TECHNOLOGY. MS. COOK'S GROUP HAS BEEN WONDERFUL IN PROJECT-SPECIFIC THINGS. THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM, IF YOU WALK INTO ANY CLASSROOM IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THEY ALL LOOK PRETTY SIMILAR. THEY HAVE THE BLACK TABLES THERE WITH THE GAS AND FIRE THAT COME OUT AND THE WATER OUT OF EACH ONE OF THE LAB STATIONS. THAT'S THE WAY WE'VE ALWAYS BUILT THEM. SAT DOWN WITH DAN McFARLAND, THE SCIENCE SUPERVISOR FOR SECONDARY, HE SAID, WE USE CLASSROOMS FOR MORE THAN THAT. THOSE IN THE CLASSROOM WHEN NOT THE LAB, THERE ARE DESKS AROUND THE STATIONS. HE TALKED ABOUT WAYS WE CAN MAKE THAT SO IT'S A NORMAL CLASSROOM AND UTILIZE IT ALL THROUGHOUT THE DAY. PUTTING THE LAB STATIONS ON THE WALL, ON THE OUTSIDE SO WE CAN HAVE FURNITURE IN THE INSIDE. LITTLE ITEMS THAT ARE ECONOMICALLY INTELLIGENT AND ALSO BUILDING TOWARDS THAT 21st CENTURY CLASSROOM. HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE ARCHITECTS MEET, BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE AND CHARTER AND THE BEST WAY TO IMPROVE AND BUILD THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL POSSIBLE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST WE'VE EVER CHOSEN AN ARCHITECT AND A CONSTRUCTION MANAGER. THE PROCESS IS A BOARD PROCESS OF HOW TO GET THERE, WHICH I WON'T GO OVER, BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP OF TAKING THE FIRST STEP TO GET OUR NEXT HIGH SCHOOL BUILT, HIGH SCHOOL TTT AND NAMED BY THE BOARD AND WILL OPEN IN THE FALL OF 2020.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. FARKAS. MS. SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. I APOLOGIZE, MR. FARKAS, THAT WE DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR BOARD ITEM BEFORE THE MEETING TODAY. BUT I HAVE HAD A CONVERSATION WITH MR. PORTER ABOUT MY KICK CONCERN, WITH THE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SELECTION COMMITTEE POLICY THAT WE HAVE WHICH IS POLICY 6330. WHY I HAVE A CONCERN ABOUT IT, THIS IS THE COMMITTEE THAT ACTUALLY SELECTS THE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AND I IT'S A VERY SIGNIFICANT EXPENDITURE, OBVIOUSLY. WE'RE SPENDING 49 MILLION -- ALMOST $50 MILLION. THIS IS A BIG DECISION. A BIG DECISION. ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT, ACCORDING TO THE POLICY, HAS TO SIT ON THE COMMITTEE, PTA COUNTY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE OR REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE. I THINK I UNDERSTAND THE INTENT FOR THAT PARTICULAR POLICY FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL TO LEND A PERSPECTIVE FROM A DIFFERENT VIEW ON THE COMMITTEE, BUT THAT'S ALSO A LOT OF PRESSURE FOR SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T HAVE THE TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE OF BEING ON A SELECTION COMMITTEE FOR THIS VERY SPECIFIC PURPOSE. AND FOR SOMEONE TO WALK OUT AND SAY, I JUST VOTED TO SPEND $50 MILLION AND I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IT TAKES TO BUILD A SCHOOL CONCERNS ME. SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US EXPAND, EITHER HAVE -- IF THE INTENT WAS TO HAVE THAT PERSPECTIVE, PERHAPS TAKE A LOOK AT MAYBE HAVING THE PTA AND THE CAC, NOT JUST ONE OR THE OTHER. THAT ONE INDIVIDUAL THAT I SPOKE TO FELT VERY SINGLED OUT BY THIS PROCESS BECAUSE THEY WERE THE ONLY INDIVIDUAL THAT DIDN'T HAVE THAT TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THIS SELECTION PROCESS. IT WASN'T REALLY SURE WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK, AND HAD A VOTING RIGHT AT THE TABLE. AND SO I THINK THAT WE PROBABLY NEED TO REVISIT THIS POLICY AND THE INTENT OF THE POLICY AND MAYBE EXPLORE WHETHER THAT PERSON SHOULD HAVE A VOTE OR A SAY IN IT OR LEND THEIR PERSPECTIVE AND MAYBE NOT HAVE A PARTICULAR VOTE ON THE COMMITTEE. BUT I WOULD BE WILLING TO HAVE HAD CONVERSATION WHEN IT COMES TIME FOR THE NEXT -- TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WHEN IT COMES TIME FOR THE NEXT POLICY REVIEW TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE NOT PUTTING TOO MUCH PRESSURE ON SOMEONE THAT MAYBE DOESN'T HAVE THE TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE TO MAKE THOSE VERY SIGNIFICANT FINANCIAL DECISIONS.  

>>Christopher Farkas: I THINK THAT'S A FAIR QUESTION. JUST TO CLARIFY, THERE ARE TWO OR THREE OTHER POSITIONS, DEPENDING ON WHO WE SELECT. REPRESENTATIVE FROM CURRICULUM INSTRUCTION, AND MR. PETERS FROM ADMINISTRATION ALSO SENDS SOMEONE. SO US HAVING AN ORIENTATION THAT TALKS ABOUT THAT SO SHE DOESN'T FEEL ALONE. THE REALITY WAS, THERE WERE THREE PEOPLE ON THE COMMITTEE THAT DIDN'T HAVE CONSTRUCTION BACKGROUND. SO THAT WOULD MAKE HER FEEL A LITTLE MORE COMFORTABLE. BUT WHAT THE EXPECTATIONS ARE SO THERE IS A COMFORT LEVEL.  

>>Melissa Snively: THAT PROBABLY WOULD BE A GOOD PART OF THE PROCESS SO THERE IS A BASIS FOR MAKING THOSE DECISIONS. EVERYONE HAS A BADGE EXCEPT ONE PERSON. SO THAT'S A LITTLE INTIMIDATING, TOO. THAT'S MY FEEDBACK AND SOMETHING THE -- SOMETHING TO EXPLORE FOR FUTURE COMMITTEE SELECTION PROCESS.  

>> MR. PORTER, CAN YOU WEIGH IN ON THE POLICY SIDE?  

>>Jim Porter: IT IS A POLICY AS MS. SNIVELY SUGGESTED. I THINK IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE IF THE BOARD WANTED TO LOOK AT EXPANDING OR THE MAKEUP.  THERE ARE SPECIFIC REASONS WHY IT'S MADE UP THAT WAY. NOW IS NOT THE APPROPRIATE TIME TO GET INTO THAT. BUT I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN TALK ABOUT IF THAT'S SOMETHING YOU WANT TO PURSUE DURING THE NEXT POLICY ROUND.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. PORTER. MS. VALDES.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. MR. FARKAS, IN YOUR COMMUNICATIONS WITH COUNTY STAFF, I'M REALLY HOPING THAT WE CAN LOOK AND MAYBE USE THIS OPPORTUNITY THAT WE'RE BUILDING A LARGER FACILITY AS A HIGH SCHOOL WHICH WILL HAVE A LARGER CAMPUS AND MORE STUDENTS IN IT AS WELL, THAT MAYBE WE CAN HAVE THE CONVERSATION OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE TO THAT AREA AND ENSURING THAT THE ROADS HAVE SIDEWALKS AND HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE -- YES, I KNOW WE'VE BEEN DOWN THAT ROAD. IT'S CRAZY BUT WE'LL CONTINUE DOWN THAT ROAD UNTIL THE MONKEYS COME HOME. WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO POUND THAT ROCK AND LET THE COMMISSIONERS KNOW THEY ARE PARTNERS IN THIS. THE MOMENT WE BUILD A SCHOOL, THERE WILL BE STUDENTS COMING IN THERE. THE MOMENT THEY APPROVE PLATS AND APPROVE NEIGHBORHOODS TO COME IN, EVENTUALLY THERE'S GOING TO BE HOUSING THERE, WILL -- WHICH WILL GENERATE STUDENTS. I'M HOPING THAT THE CONVERSATION IS A LITTLE MORE IN-DEPTH AND INTENSE WHEN IT COMES TO THE ROADS AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE AROUND THE SCHOOLS AND AROUND THE SERVING NEIGHBORHOODS SO WE DO NOT HAVE THESE SITUATIONS THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE NOW BECAUSE OF LACK OF PLANNING.  

>>Christopher Farkas: YOU'RE EXACTLY RIGHT. THAT IS THE PURPOSE OF OUR MEETINGS WITH THE COUNTY. I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH POSITIVE THINGS ABOUT THE MEETINGS AND THE STEPS. WE'RE GOING IN-DEPTH. WE'RE LOOKING AT ACTUAL MAPS WITH THE COUNTY STAFF. IT'S BEEN NOTHING BUT POSITIVE. WE BOTH COME TO THE TABLE TO FIND A SOLUTION. SOMETIMES WE FORGET THE FACT THAT WE PUT A SCHOOL SOMEWHERE, THERE IS A FINANCIAL IMPACT TO THE COMMUNITY. THEY MAY HAVE TO IMPROVE ROADS OR IMPROVE INTERSECTIONS. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE'RE PARTNERS IN THAT. THAT RELATIONSHIP HAS BEEN WONDERFUL AND MR. PORTER HAS BEEN A GOOD LIAISON FOR THAT AND ALSO MR. EAKINS TO BUILD THAT FRAMEWORK. I WILL TELL YOU THAT EACH ONE OF THOSE CONVERSATIONS HAS BEEN POSITIVE AND THEY ARE LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS, TOO. INSTEAD OF TELLING US WHY IT'S A CHALLENGE, THEY HAVE LOOKED FOR ALTERNATIVE SITES. I CAN'T SAY ENOUGH POSITIVE THINGS ABOUT THE COUNTY STAFF AND HOW THEY WORKED WITH US TO CHOOSE THE SELECTION. IT IS A CHALLENGE. EVERYBODY LIKES AN ELEMENTARY IN A NEIGHBORHOOD. A HIGH SCHOOL IS A LITTLE MORE OF A BIG BUSINESS FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD. WE'RE LOOKING FOR A PLACE WHERE NOT SO MUCH MONEY HAS TO GO INTO INFRASTRUCTURE. I CAN TELL YOU NOTHING BUT POSITIVE.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: I SPOKE WITH COMMISSIONER MURMAN LAST WEEK DURING THE VALUE ADJUSTMENT MEETING AND WE TALKED ABOUT SOME OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE. IT'S AMAZING THAT THEY DO HAVE A LOT OF ROAD IMPROVEMENTS THAT ARE HAPPENING AROUND SOME OF THE AREAS THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, WE DON'T HAVE THAT INFORMATION SO THAT WE CAN HELP SHARED WITH -- SHARE THAT WITH OUR CONSTITUENCIES THAT COME BEFORE US AND LET THEM KNOW HOW CLOSELY STAFF IS WORKING WITH THE COUNTY STAFF SWLT AS WELL TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES. IN REFERENCE TO THE SELECTION COMMITTEE, I THINK TO HAVE THE CONVERSATION, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION. BUT I WANT US TO BE CAREFUL OF WHERE WE GO, AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL HAVE THAT HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE WHEN WE HAVE THAT CONVERSATION, BUT YEARS AGO, OUR SYSTEM WAS SHUT DOWN FROM DOING ANY CONSTRUCTION WORK BECAUSE OF THE SELECTION COMMITTEE PROCESS. SO WE MUST BE VERY CAREFUL AS TO WHAT WE DO WITH THAT BECAUSE WE WERE SHUT DOWN, AND ADMINISTRATIVE LAW FOLKS, JUDGE WAS INVOLVED IN THAT AS WELL. SO I WANT US TO BE VERY CAUTIOUS AS TO WHAT IT IS THAT WE ASK THAT WE DO SO WE WIND UP BEING SHUT DOWN AGAIN. I DO NOT WANT TO GO THAT ROUTE. I THINK WE CAN HAVE THE CONVERSATIONS AND TALKING WITH MR. FARKAS IN REFERENCE TO THE SELECTION COMMITTEE PROCESS, IT'S INTENTIONAL TO HAVE INDIVIDUALS IN THERE THAT DO NOT KNOW THE SCOPE OF THE WORK, SO THEN THEY HAVE A REALLY DIFFERENT KIND OF PERSPECTIVE FROM A LAY PERSON AS WELL. I DON'T THINK THAT MAYBE THIS SHOULD BE JUST ONE INDIVIDUAL LIKE THAT AND EVERYBODY HAVE BADGES. THAT'S NOT SCHOOL AT ALL. BUT I UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU'RE COMING FROM WITH THAT AND WHERE YOUR CONSTITUENT WAS AT AS WELL. IF WE CAN MAYBE JUST ADD TO THAT COMMITTEE AND SORT OF BALANCE IT OUT SO WE HAVE A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE, I APPRECIATE IT. I WANT TO CAUTION US ON WHERE WE MOVE WITH THAT POLICY, UNDERSTANDING THE HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE THAT THIS DISTRICT HAS BEEN GOING THROUGH. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. VALDES. MR. FARKAS I HOPE THIS MAYBE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO TALK WITH THE COUNTY ABOUT A COLLABORATIVE BUILD. I KNOW WE WENT TO SARASOTA COUNTY AND WE SAW A LOT OF THAT HAPPENING. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S A CONVERSATION HAPPENING. I'M KEEPING MY FINGERS CROSSED. MS. GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: YEAH, I THINK MORE AND MORE PARTNERSHIPS SUCH AS WHAT WE HAVE, WHAT WE'RE GAINING GROUND ON WITH THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS IS CRITICAL. I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF REASONS WHY IT'S A WIN-WIN SITUATION. NUMBER ONE, THEY WANT A HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE IN THEIR DISTRICT. HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE MEANS THAT KIDS ARE SAFE AND SOUND AND THAT THE SIGNAGE IS THERE. THE ROAD SYSTEM IS ADEQUATE. I LOOK FORWARD TO -- AND AS I ASKED YOUR SECRETARY, FOR A COUNTY COMMISSIONER TO BE PART OF OUR OPERATIONS MEETING SO THEY CAN SIT IN AND KNOW FROM THE GROUND FLOOR OR LITERALLY, WHAT WE'RE DOING. AND THEY CAN BE -- THEY CAN GROW AS WE ARE GROWING. AND I VISUALIZE THAT TYPE OF RELATIONSHIP GOING FORWARD. I THINK WE INVITED -- STACY WHITE OR MAYBE IT WASN'T STACY. IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN SANDY. BUT ONE OF THE OTHER, DOESN'T REALLY MATTER, BUT I THINK WE SHOULD BEGIN THAT PROCESS AND MAKE THEM PART OF OUR SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT, OUR BUILDING, BECAUSE WHAT WE DO IS DIRECTLY RELATED TO WHAT THEY DO IN SO MANY WAYS. SO THAT'S SOMETHING I TRULY THINK THAT WE WILL COME TO FRUITION SOON.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. GRAY. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS THE CONCLUSION OF OUR REGULAR CONSENT AGENDA. SO I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. MOTION BY MS. HARRIS. A SECOND BY MS. SHAMBURGER. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTES WHEN THE LIGHTS. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. BOARD MEMBERS, I AM GOING TO MOVE US TO EMPLOYEE COMMENT. IT IS THREE MINUTES TO 6:00, IF THEY ARE OKAY WITH THAT. SHOW OF HANDS. ARE YOU OKAY WITH THAT? BECAUSE THE NEXT FOUR ITEMS ARE INFORMATION ITEMS, AND THEY ARE GOING TO BE PRETTY MEATY. SO I HAVE THREE EMPLOYEES THAT ARE HERE THAT WANT TO SPEAK. MEGAN FLOCKEN, HEIDI GLICK AND ERIN ZIONS. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.  

>> THANK YOU. I WANTED TO COME TO SPEAK ABOUT CLASSROOM SUPPORT TOOLS AND TECHNOLOGY. THAT'S STRENGTHENING OUR PRIORITY ON INTEGRITY AND THE ABILITY TO POLICE DISHONESTY. CERTAINLY, IT'S PREPARING OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE. AND FOR MANY, THAT INCLUDES COLLEGE. THE OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING JUST TONIGHT NOTED THAT 9,939 POST SECONDARY COURSES WENT LAST YEAR. THE GOLD STANDARD PLAGIARISM CHECK OF COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. THE USE OF THIS PROGRAM OFTEN MEANS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PASSING A COURSE OR EVEN MAINTAINING ENROLLMENT IN A COLLEGE OR UNIVERSITY AT ALL. BUT YOU HAVE DISCONTINUED THE USER LICENSE FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WHILE YOU THEN ALSO PASS THE PURCHASE OF TEXTBOOKS TO SUPPORT DUAL ENROLLMENT. THIS PLAGIARISM CHECK AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL PROVIDES SUPPORT FOR PROGRAMS WHICH LEAD TO POST SECONDARY GOALS, AND THAT GOES FOR TEACHERS, BUT ALSO FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS. IT'S AN INVALUABLE RESOURCE TO TEACH ALL STAKEHOLDERS ABOUT THE EXPECTATIONS OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY AND THE TOOLS USED TO POLICE ACADEMIC DISHONESTY. BEFORE IT MEANS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FAILING OR FLUNKING OUT, EITHER A CLASS OR THE INSTITUTION ITSELF FOR PLAY JARM -- PLAY GENTLEMANNISM. USING THE DATA FROM THE AGENDA ITEM 6.07R, THIS WOULD MEAN RENEWING THE USER LICENSE WOULD MEAN LESS THAN 2.60 PER STUDENT. THAT'S JUST STUDENT ENROLLED IN THE DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES. ALL OF THESE STUDENTS CAN BENEFIT FROM THIS RESOURCE WHICH REINFORCES INTEGRITY AND ALSO INTERCEPTS DISHONESTY. IN TERMS OF RETURN ON INVESTMENT, RENEWING THE USER LICENSE FOR THIS GOLD STANDARD PLAGIARISM CHECK TURNER.COM WOULD EQUIP STUDENTS WITH REAL AND PRACTICAL FOR THE TECHNOLOGICAL LANDSCAPE OF POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION. THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. NEXT WE HAVE HEIDI GLICK. HEIDI, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.  

>> THANK YOU, EVERYBODY. I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT -- I GUESS I'M A LITTLE CONFUSED. I'M PRETTY SURE I WAS AT A BOARD MEETING WHEN YOU SAID WE WERE NOT GOING TO START WITH SUBSTITUTES. GUESS WHAT, WE HAVE 3 -- IF MY MATH IS RIGHT -- 350 OPENINGS. 164 INSTRUCTIONAL AND 186 SUPPORT. AND THAT INCLUDES COUNSELORS, PSYCHOLOGISTS, NUTRITION. ONLY ONE -- BUT THIS IS RIDICULOUS. WE HAVE TEACHERS. WE HAVE SUBS, DIFFERENT SUBS EVERY DAY. THESE KIDS ARE NOT GETTING THE INSTRUCTION WE AT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAVE COME TO KNOW AND RESPECT. WE'RE DOING ALL OF THIS GREAT STUFF. DUAL ENROLLMENT. PLEASE DON'T GET RID OF THAT UNTIL AFTER MY SON GRADUATES 2020 BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE HE'S GOING. BUT WE NEED TO GET PEOPLE INTO THE CLASSROOMS. WE NEED TEACHERS. WE HAVE I KNOW AT OUR SCHOOL, MR. HART, YOU GUYS KNOW. HE'S AMAZING. HE'S DOING EVERYTHING HE CAN. WE'RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN. I KNOW ALL PRINCIPALS ARE. BUT NO SUBS AS GOOD AS WE ARE EVEN ON OUR WORSE DAY. NO OFFENSE TO THE SUBS OUT THERE. WE APPRECIATE YOU. WE NEED YOU, BUT WE NEED TEACHERS. WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO LIFT THE HIRING FREEZE? I KNOW A LOT OF PRINCIPALS ALREADY HAVE PEOPLE IN THE WINGS WAITING FOR THE FREEZE TO GET LIFTED. IF YOU'RE GOING TO CUT MORE POSITIONS, CUT THEM, WHY ARE THESE STILL BEING TI ADVISED ON THE WEBSITE? WE NEED CERTIFIED TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOMS TEACHING OUR STUDENTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THIS IS OUR FUTURE. THIS IS OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THIS IS OUR FLORIDA. THIS IS WHAT YOU GUYS NEED TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT. IF YOU'RE GOING TO CUT, CUT THEM. LET'S GET TO THE HIRING FREEZE, GET IT OVER WITH. HIRE THE PEOPLE AND GET THEM IN THE CLASSROOMS WITH OUR KIDS. I'M GOING TO BE OUT ON ROSH HASHANAH. WHICH ONE IS COMING TO MY CLASSROOM? MS. GRIFFIN, I HEARD YOU ROCKED IT. I'M AT ALONSO. LET US KNOW WHO IS COMING IN.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. GLICK. MR. ZIONS. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.  

>> THANK YOU, MA'AM. MADAM CHAIR. MY NAME IS ERIN ZIONS, PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. UNFORTUNATELY, I MISSED THE SLIDE SHOW, WHICH MAKES ME FEEL LIKE I'M NOT GETTING THE WHOLE PICTURE TODAY. AS A MEMBER OF OUR TEACHING STAFF, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, TOO. I GOT HERE AS SOON AS I COULD FROM PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. EVEN THOUGH WE'RE HALFWAY THROUGH. I SENT YOU A COPY OF THE ARTICLE UP THERE BECAUSE I WANTED YOU TO SEE THE TITLE OF IT. COLLABORATIONS MADE THIS DISTRICT SUCCESSFUL AND THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE TEACHERS UNION AND THE SCHOOL BOARD NEEDS TO BE REINFORCED. I'M GETTING STORIES FROM MEMBERS THAT I KNOW. PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTY, FORTUNATELY, IT'S NOT HAPPENING IN MY AREA OR AT MY SCHOOL BUT I GET CALLS ALL THE TIME HOW PRINCIPALS ARE ASKING FOR THINGS OUTSIDE THE CONTRACT. THE TEACHERS ARE BEING TOLD, I NEED YOU TO FILL OUT THIS FORM. THE FORM IS GENERATED BY SOMEBODY AND IT'S A DUPLICATE OF ANOTHER FORM. WE'VE GOT ENOUGH TO DO. I'VE GOT A STACK OF PAPERS BACK THERE THAT I'M GRADING OR WILL BE GRADING AS I SIT AND LISTEN TO THE REST OF THE MEETING, AND I'M HAVING TO COME IN HERE AND TELL YOU ABOUT THESE KIND OF THINGS. GO TO THE TEACHERS. ASK THEM HOW THEY CAN PARTICIPATE. HOW YOU CAN MAKE IT WORK FOR THEM INSTEAD OF HAVING DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENTS TELL A PRINCIPAL THAT I WANT THIS DONE AND THEN THE PRINCIPAL GOES, I WAS TOLD I HAVE TO DO THIS. I WANT YOU TO DO THIS MEETING RIGHT NOW. NO, YOU CAN'T DO IT BECAUSE IT'S NOT RIGHT. IT'S NOT IN THE CONTRACT TIME. COME UP AND TALK TO THE PEOPLE. WE WOULD STILL PROBABLY BE A COMMONWEALTH OF ENGLAND IF THE KING WAS SMART ENOUGH TO TURN AROUND AND ASK THE COLONISTS, HOW DO I GET THAT $25 OF TAXES OUT OF YOU WITHOUT DRIVING EVERYBODY CRAZY? WE JUST DON'T DO THAT HERE. WE USED TO. THAT'S THE THING I HEAR. I HEAR IT IN MY CTA BOARD MEETINGS. I HEAR IT FROM MY OTHER TEACHERS AROUND THIS DISTRICT. WE NEED TO COME TO AND GET A POINT WHERE THERE IS COLLABORATION AGAIN. I JUST DON'T FEEL IT'S HAPPENING. AT LEAST THE PHONE CALLS I'M RECEIVING FROM PEOPLE IN THE DISTRICT TELLING ME THAT WE'RE NOT GETTING IT. I CAN TELL YOU LATER ON WHERE IT'S FROM IF YOU'D LIKE IN PRIVATE. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. ZIONS. LEO HEGARTY. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. THANK YOU FOR AFFORDING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU. I WANT TO COVER TWO IMPORTANT SUBJECTS -- THE BUDGET AND DISCIPLINE. FIRST, DISCIPLINE. OF COURSE, OUR RATES OF REFERRALS HAVE GONE DOWN. THAT'S BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY HOOPS THAT TEACHERS AND STAFFS HAVE TO JUMP THROUGH BEFORE THE ACTUAL REFERRAL WAS PROCESSED. I'M HEARING HORROR STORIES FROM TEACHERS AND ESPs AS WELL AS ADMINISTRATORS FROM ALL OVER COUNTY THAT HAVE BEEN PHYSICALLY AND/OR VERBALLY ASSAULTED BY A STUDENT. THE FIRST QUESTION ASKED THEM, HAVE YOU CALLED THE PARENT? THAT'S NOT THE FIRST QUESTION YOU WANT TO HEAR. STUDENTS ARE NOT STUPID. THEY KNOW WHERE THE LINE IS DRAWN AND WHAT THEY CAN AND CANNOT DO. WHEN THERE ARE NO CONSEQUENCES FOR BEHAVIOR, STUDENTS HAVE NO FEAR OF SAYING OR DOING ANYTHING TO YOUR EMPLOYEES. THAT'S GOT TO STOP. IF YOU DROP THE HAMMER ON ONE STUDENT, THAT STUDENT COULD BE OUT FOR TEN DAYS FOR SUSPENSION OR EVEN HAVE A CHANGE OF PLACEMENT OR POSSIBLY BE BROUGHT UP FOR EXPULSION. AND THAT'S SAD, BUT IT'S A DETERRENT. WHAT IT DOES IS LET THE OTHER 30 STUDENTS WHO ARE THINKING OF MODELING THAT TYPE OF BEHAVIOR THAT IT'S UNACCEPTABLE AND IT'S NOT GOING TO BE TOLL RATED. -- TOLERATED. SECOND, THE BUDGET. WE'VE BEEN DELUGED BY RHETORIC CONCERNING THE BUDGET SHORTFALL. I REALIZE ALONG WITH THE OTHER MEMBERS OF HCTA AS WELL AS YOU DO, THE MAJOR CULPRITS ARE IN TALLAHASSEE. THE LEGISLATURE IS COMPLETELY UNDERFUNDED PUBLIC EDUCATION AND TOTALLY OVERCOMPENSATED CHARTER SCHOOLS. THAT'S A FACT. IT MAKES YOU WONDER IF OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS AREN'T TRYING TO BANKRUPT THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. BUT I HAVE A QUESTION. I RECEIVED MY NOTICE OF PROPOSED PROPERTY TAXES THAT I HAVE HERE, AND I NOTICED MY MILLAGE RATE FOR SCHOOLS UNDER PUBLIC SCHOOLS GONE DOWN. IF MONEY IS TIGHT IN TALLAHASSEE, WHY ARE THEYING DRO THE MILLAGE RATE? THE BOTTOM LINE IS THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS FOR BLAMING ANY FORMER ADMINISTRATOR OR BOARD MEMBER FOR THE BUDGETARY PROBLEMS WE HAVE NOW HAS EXPIRED. BOARD ADMINISTRATION, IT'S TIME TO TAKE THE BULL BY THE HORNS. THE PEOPLE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ARE ASKING YOU TO LEAD AND MAKE THE HARD DECISIONS. HERE'S THE FIRST ONE THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN QUICKLY. IT'S TIME FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD TO RECOMMEND THAT A PROPOSAL BE PUT ON THE BALLOT FOR A ONE CENT INCREASE IN SALES TAX. IT WOULD SUNSET IN EITHER 5 OR 10 YEARS TO BE EARMARKED FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION. LET'S BE HONEST, MORALE FOR YOUR EMPLOYEES IS AT AN ALL-TIME LOW. BUILDINGS ARE CRUMBLING. AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS ARE FAILING RIGHT AND LEFT. YET MORE IS BEING ASKED OF TEACHERS AND STAFF THAN EVER BEFORE. IT'S TO A POINT WHERE TEACHERS ARE EXPECTED TO DO A $100,000 A YEAR JOB FOR $50,000. ESPs EXPECTED TO DO A $20 JOB FOR TEN DOLLARS AN HOUR. DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION. PUT THIS BEFORE THE TAXPAYERS. FIND OUT IF EDUCATION IS AS IMPORTANT TO THEM AS IT IS FOR US. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND ATTENTION.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. HEGARTY. THAT INCLUDES OUR PUBLIC COMMENT. WE'LL NOW MOVE TO THE 13 ITEMS. 13.01 IS DISCRETIONARY LOTTERY REPORTS. THIS IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED. MS. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. AGENDA ITEM 13.01, THE DISCRETIONARY LOTTERY REPORT. BY STATUTE, WE ARE REQUIRED TO BRING THE INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC AND TO THE SCHOOL BOARD ON HOW OUR LOTTERY DOLLARS ARE SPENT. LOTTERY DOLLARS OR SCHOOL DISTRICTS STARTED IN THE EARLY 1980s, AND AT THE HIGH POINT, SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAD RECEIVED ABOUT 12% OF THE LOTTERY DOLLARS IN 1989. AS OF LAST YEAR, WE'RE RECEIVING SCHOOL DISTRICTS LESS THAN 1.5%. SO WHAT DOES THAT REALLY MEAN? WHAT ARE OUR DOLLARS USED FOR? WE RECEIVED ABOUT $3.5 MILLION LAST YEAR FOR THE LOTTERY PORTION. AND IN THE BIG PICTURE, WITH THE STATE DOLLARS, THE FIRST BUCKET OF MONEY GOES TO COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. THE SECOND GOES TO SCHOOLS -- SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION TO PAY OFF THE BONDS. BUT IN THE STATE IN GENERAL. THE THIRD ALLOCATION IS FOR BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIPS THAT OUR STUDENTS APPLY FOR. THE FOURTH SCHOOL DISTRICTS RECEIVE THE MONEY FOR SCHOOL RECOGNITION MONEY. AND IF YOU ALL REMEMBER, THAT'S FOR OUR SCHOOLS THAT EARN AN "A" GRADE AS A SCHOOL GRADE OR IF THEY WORK THEIR WAY UP FROM A C TO A B OR B TO AN A, THEIR SCHOOLS EARN ABOUT $100 A STUDENT AND THE FACULTY VOTES ON HAD YOU THEY WANT TO SPEND THAT MONEY, HOW IT COMES IN AND IS SPENT. THE FIFTH PART OF THAT ALLOCATION IN THE LOTTERY MONEY IS FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS. ANY DOLLARS LEFT ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ALLOCATED FOR THE SAC TEAMS OR THE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TEAMS. AT ONE POINT, WE WERE RECEIVING ROUGHLY TEN DOLLARS PER STUDENT FOR OUR STUDENTS BACK IN THE HEYDAYS. I HAVE TO SAY THAT NOW BECAUSE I'M REALLY OLD AND I REMEMBER THIS. THE APPROPRIATION HAS COME DOWN, AND WHEN YOU'RE DRIVING DOWN, YOU USED TO SEE THEM A LOT MORE, BILLBOARDS THAT WOULD SAY ARE THE LOTTERY DOLLARS GOING FOR EDUCATION. WELL, IT DOES GO FOR EDUCATION, BUT THEY DON'T DEFINE IT. IT'S NOT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. EVERYBODY THINKS IT IS THE K-12 SYSTEM. THAT'S WHY A LOT OF COMMUNITY THINKS WE'RE FLUSH WITH MONEY. ESPECIALLY THE POWER BALL, BIG DOLLARS COMING UP. THIS IS STATE LOTTERY. WHEN IT WAS STARTED IN THE MID '80s, IT WAS GIVEN AS A SUPPLEMENT FOR DISTRICT REVENUE, GENERAL REVENUE. AS THE YEARS CAME BY, THEY STARTED TAKING MORE DOLLARS OFF AND SUPPLANTING WITH LOTTERY DOLLARS. THAT IN A NUTSHELL IS HOW WE SPENT OUR DOLLARS LAST YEAR IN LOTTERY. DOES ANYBODY HAVE QUESTIONS ?  

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MS. SAUNDERS FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. CAN YOU REPEAT WHAT YOU SAID OR CLARIFY, WHAT IS THAT ACTUAL PER STUDENT FIGURE THAT THIS EQUATES TO? YOU SAID TEN DOLLARS, APPROXIMATELY TEN DOLLARS PER STUDENT, BUT THAT WAS A LONG TIME AGO. DO YOU REMEMBER HOW LONG AGO THAT WAS? WAS IT TEN YEARS, 20 YEARS?  

>>Gretchen Saunders: ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO.  

>>Melissa Snively: 15 YEARS AGO WE WERE ACTUALLY REALIZING ABOUT TEN DOLLARS PER STUDENT IN THE STATE FOR LOTTERY FUND PROCEEDS.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM.  

>>Melissa Snively: NOW WE ARE RECEIVING APPROXIMATELY HOW MUCH PER STUDENT?  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THERE ISN'T ENOUGH ONCE YOU RECEIVE OUR ALLOCATION AND WE PAY OUT THE SCHOOL RECOGNITION MONEY AND THE CHARTER SCHOOL ALLOCATION, THERE ISN'T ENOUGH TO SEND OUT TO THE SCHOOLS FOR THE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT TEAMS.  

>>Melissa Snively: SO ZERO.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM. LESS THAN ZERO OR ZERO.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: ZERO.  

>>Melissa Snively: JUST CHECKING. IT FEELS LIKE LESS THAN ZERO. I JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY THAT BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT OF FODDER OUT THERE AMONGST CONSTITUENTS WHO BELIEVE THAT THE LOTTERY MONEY IS GOING DIRECTLY TO OUR K-12 SCHOOL SYSTEM. AND SO WE COULD NOT BE CLEARER TODAY TO SAY THAT AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WE ARE RECEIVING ZERO DOLLARS PER STUDENT, K-12 FROM THE LOTTERY REVENUE.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: WELL, NO, WE CAN'T SAY THAT BECAUSE THE DOLLARS ARE COMING IN FOR THE SCHOOL RECOGNITION MONEY. SO IT DEPENDS ON HOW YOU LOOK AT THE ALLOCATION. CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE RECEIVING DOLLARS FOR THEIR STUDENTS ALSO.  

>>Melissa Snively: ONCE WE PAY THOSE TWO THINGS.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THAT'S CORRECT. THERE'S ZERO DOLLARS LEFT. THAT'S CORRECT.  

>>Melissa Snively: ZERO.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM.  

>>Cindy Stuart: ZERO, MS. SNIVELY. MS. GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: SO IN THE SPIRIT OF ZERO AND ZILCH, I THINK WE NEED A VISUAL. [ LAUGHTER ] WE HAVE SO MANY VISUAL THINGS GOING ON TODAY, BUT I THINK THAT WHEN WE ASK, WHEN WE DO THE ASK, WHEN WE HAVE -- AND WHEN WE DO THE ASK, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE LOTTERY SHOWN EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE GETTING WHICH IS REALLY NOTHING. I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF MISCOMMUNICATION, AS WE WELL KNOW, THAT THE LOTTERY IS GIVING OUR STUDENTS AND US MONEY. I THINK A VISUAL OF SOME SORT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL WHEN WE START SHARING OTHER VISUALS, LET'S ADD THAT ONE TO THE PILE. BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE MORE VISUAL THESE DAYS THAN LITERATE. JUST SOME OF US. I'LL SUGGEST A VISUAL.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANKS, MS. GRAY. MS. HARRIS.  

>>Sally Harris: ON THE BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIP, CAN YOU GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF DETAIL ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE HAVE TO PUT THAT MONEY ASIDE, BUT HOWEVER WHEN STUDENTS LEAVE THE PROGRAM, WE DON'T GET THAT MONEY BACK.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THAT IS A GREAT QUESTION. WE DON'T EVEN RECEIVE IT. IT IS OFF THE TABLE WHEN THE ALLOCATIONS ARE GIVEN TO THE DISTRICTS. AS JULY 1st, WE START OUR FISCAL YEAR, AS WE START OUR FISCAL YEAR, MANY PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY AND THE PUBLIC THINK THAT WE RECEIVE OVER A BILLION DOLLARS ON THE DAY ONE. WE DON'T. AGAIN, WE RECEIVE IT AS A -- ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS RECEIVE THEIR ALLOCATIONS FROM THE STATE FOR THEIR FUNDING AFTER THE 10th AND THE 26th OF EVERY MONTH. AND THESE DOLLARS, ACTUALLY, THE LOTTERY DOLLARS WE DON'T RECEIVE UNTIL THE SPRING BECAUSE THE STATE HAS TO PROVIDE FOR THE SCHOLARSHIPS FIRST. AS THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE ROLLING OUT, THAT'S ANOTHER REASON WHY THE FOLKS IN THE SCHOOLS DON'T RECEIVE THEIR SCHOOL RECOGNITION MONEY UNTIL THE SPRING. AND WE USED TO FORWARD FUND IT SO WE COULD PROVIDE IT AT CHRISTMASTIME, MONTH OF DECEMBER, OVER THOSE TWO WEEKS, BUT AS THE MONEY HAS STOPPED COMING, UNTIL IT COMES LATER. WE ACTUALLY DON'T RECEIVE OUR ALLOCATION FOR THE LOTTERY DOLLARS OF WHAT WE RECEIVE UNTIL MARCH. SO FACULTY AND STAFF HAVE UNTIL FEBRUARY 1st TO DECIDE ON HOW THEY WANT TO SPEND THEIR MONEY. DO THEY WANT TO USE THEIR SCHOOL RECOGNITION MONEY FOR BONUSES. DO THEY WANT USE IT FOR PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT? HOW DO THEY WANT TO SPEND IT IN THE SCHOOLS? WHO IN THE SCHOOLS WILL RECEIVE THE POT OF MONEY? DOES IT GO BACK TO THE PEOPLE WHO RETIRED THE PREVIOUS YEAR? THERE ARE ALL THESE MAKEUPS OF THAT MONEY. TO ANSWER ALL THAT IN ONE LITTLE ANSWER, WHAT WAS THE QUESTION?  

>> BRIGHT FUTURES.  

>> THE STATE PAYS THAT RIGHT AWAY. IT IS NOT REALLOCATED. WE DO NOT RECEIVE ADDITIONAL MONIES WHEN WE RECEIVE OUR ALLOCATIONS DURING THE YEAR FROM THE STATE.  

>>Sally Harris: WE GET ZERO FROM THERE, TOO.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. SAUNDERS, I HAVE A QUESTION. THESE ARE LAST YEAR'S NUMBERS WE'RE LOOKING AT.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THE ZERO NUMBERS, THEY ARE NOT REALLY ZERO NUMBERS, BUT I'M CURIOUS IF OUR ZERO IS GOING TO BECOME LESS THAN ZERO, DO WE KNOW -- AND MS. MILITO, YOU MIGHT HAVE TO HELP HERE -- THE BRIGHT FUTURES DOLLARS THAT ARE ALLOCATED NOW FROM THE STATE FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE AT THE TOP TIER, DO WE KNOW IF THAT IS COMING OUT OF THE LOTTERY BUCKET OR COMING FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE? DO WE KNOW HOW THE STATE IS FUNDING THAT? I'M ENVISIONING THAT THE BRIGHT FUTURES SCHOLARSHIP LITTLE PIE IS GOING TO GET MUCH LARGER. I'M CURIOUS HOW THEY ARE FUNDING THAT. MS. MILITO, DO YOU KNOW?  

>> I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY BUT I'LL LOOK IT UP. THE THING THAT HAPPENED, THEY CREATED BRIGHT FUTURES AND DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WOULD BE IN FOUR YEARS, MEANING AFTER YOU HAVE FOUR YEARS OF KIDS ROLLING INTO IT. SO IT INCREASES. AND THIS YEAR, SOME OF THE LANGUAGE WAS IN ONE OF THE BILLS THAT WAS VETOED. SO THEY KIND OF SPENT MORE THAN WHAT THE LOTTERY WOULD CONTRIBUTE FOR IT SO THEY WERE GOING TO HAVE TO GO INTO THE BUDGET, BUT THEY ARE GOING TO START ALL OVER AGAIN, WHICH MEANS IT'S A WHOLE NEW BUDGET YEAR SO WE CAN LOOK AND SEE WHAT THEY ARE PROJECTING FOR THAT AND EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID THIS PAST YEAR.  

>>Cindy Stuart: SO THEY ARE GOING TO BE TAKING THE BEST AND BRIGHT DOLLARS -- THE BRIGHT FUTURES MONEY THAT THEY HAVE ALLOCATED THIS YEAR FOR '17-18 IS COMING OUT OF LOTTERY FUNDING? THEY ARE ALREADY PAYING IT. THAT'S WHY I'M ASKING.  

>> WELL, THE LOTTERY DOLLARS ARE USED TO FUND THE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR KIDS. BUT I'M HEDGING AND HAWING HERE ABOUT IS UNTIL I ACTUALLY SEE IT AGAIN MYSELF, I'M HESITANT TO SAY TO THE BOARD ON CAMERA THAT, YES, THAT WAS USED FOR IT. BUT THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THE LOTTERY DOLLARS, THEY KNEW THEY NEEDED TO GO NOORGT TO BE ABLE TO -- -- NEEDED TO GO INTO THERE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I'M CURIOUS. THERE WAS A HUGE INCREASE IN THE AMOUNT OF DOLLARS THAT ARE GOING TO BE PAID OUT FOR BRIGHT FUTURES FOR THE KIDS IN THE TOP TIER THIS YEAR. IT'S HUGE, LIKE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS PER STUDENT HUGE. I'M WONDERING IF THE STATE IS USING LOTTERY DOLLARS TO DO THAT, AND IF WE ARE GOING TO SEE REDUNGZ, IF YOU CAN FIND OUT. -- REDUCTIONS, IF YOU CAN FIND OUT, I'M TALKING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO I PERSONALLY KNOW IT'S LIKE $7,000. MY DAUGHTER GOT BEING TOP TIER. I'M WONDERING IF THAT IS COMING OUT OF THE LOTTERY POT HERE AND WE ARE GOING TO SEE A REDUCTION SOMEWHERE ELSE TO THE DISTRICTS, NOT JUST THIS DISTRICT, BUT TO ANY DISTRICT BASED ON THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS WHO ARE ACTUALLY RECEIVING THAT TOP TIER.  

>> I THINK THAT THEY WILL FIND OTHER WAYS TO FUND IT BECAUSE THE LOTTERY DOLLARS ARE PREDETERMINED IN HOW THEY WILL DISTRIBUTE IT TO SCHOOLS OR HOW IT'S ALREADY PAYING BONDS FOR CLASS SIZE. THOSE ARE THE BONDS MRS. SAUNDERS TALKED ABOUT. THE DISCUSSION THIS PAST YEAR INVOLVED KNOWING THEY WOULD NEED TO LOOK FOR THINGS OUTSIDE OF THE LOTTERY BECAUSE THE LOTTERY HAS DETERMINED THINGS AND THEY DID THAT BECAUSE OF THE COMPLAINT OF WHERE ARE OUR LOTTERY DOLLARS GOING? IT'S DISAPPEARING. NOW THEY HAVE STRICTLY DEFINED HOW IT'S USED.  

>>Cindy Stuart: IF YOU CAN FIND THAT OUT FOR US THAT WOULD BE GREAT. BOARD MEMBERS, ANY MORE COMMENTS ON THE ZERO LOTTERY DOLLARS? MS. SAUNDERS, YOU'RE UP FOR ITEM 13.02, INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2017/2018 FLORIDA CLASSROOM SUPPLY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT MY MYSELF, MS. HARRIS AND MS. SNIVELY.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THIS IS A GREAT PROGRAM AND IT STARTED WAY BACK WHEN IN 1997-'98. WHEN THE PROGRAM STARTED OVER 15 YEARS AGO, THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE WANTED TO APPROPRIATE MONEY FOR OUR CLASSROOM TEACHERS TO USE FOR SUPPLIES. AND THE PROGRAM HAS REALLY COME AND DONE A GREAT COMPLETE CIRCLE FROM WHEN WE STARTED THE PROGR PROGRAM. TEACHERS HAD TO SIGN A PIECE OF PAPER. IT WAS ALL PAPER INTENSIVE AND THEY HAD TO KEEP THEIR RECEIPTS IN CASE THEY GOT AUDITED BY THE IRS. THEY HAD TO KEEP RECEIPTS ON FILE AND SCHOOLS HAD TO HOLD ON TO THEM AND IT WAS A BIG DEAL. ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO, WITH OUR PROCUREMENT CARD TEAM AND KEN, HE WORKED WITH REGIONS BANK AND OFFICE DEPOT AND WE WERE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING AS A DISTRICT, FIRST DISTRICT IN THE STATE, WE ACTUALLY OFFERED A VIRTUAL VISA CARD. IT WAS GREAT BECAUSE WHEN REGIONS AND -- WHEN WE HOOKED UP REGIONS AND OFFICE DEPOT, SO ONE OF THE INFORMATION ITEMS COMING OUT TO THE BOARD MEMBERS, THIS WILL BE THE THIRD COMMUNICATION, ONCE THEY SIGN UP AND SAY, YES, I WANT THIS ALLOCATION OF MONEY AND THIS YEAR IT WILL BE ANYWHERE BETWEEN 240 AND 245 DOLLARS PER PERSON DEPENDING ON HOW MANY TEACHERS QUALIFY AS OF SEPTEMBER 1st BECAUSE PART OF THE STATUTE SAYS ALL THE TEACHERS ARE HIRED ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1st TO BE COUNTED IN THE ALLOCATION. SO THE COMMUNICATION WILL GO OUT. ONCE THE TEACHER CLICKS THROUGH AND SAYS, YES, I WANT TO ACCEPT THIS AND I WILL KEEP MY RECEIPTS AND I WILL DO EVERYTHING, IF THEY DECIDE TO USE THE VIRTUAL VISA CARD AND PURCHASE THEIR ITEMS THROUGH OFFICE DEPOT, NOT ONLY ARE THEY TAX-FREE, THERE'S NO SHIPPING CHARGES AND OFFICE DEPOT COLLECTS THE VIRTUAL SALES RECEIPTS AND THEN WE ALWAYS HAVE THEM. THEY DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT PAPER. THEY DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GOING TO THE STORE, PURCHASING ITEMS FOR THE CLASSROOM, LUGGING THEM TO THE STORE IN THE HEAT AND TRYING TO GET EVERYTHING TO THEIR CLASSROOM. WITH THEIR SUPPLY BAGS AND EVERYTHING ELSE. YOU KNOW HOW IT IS HOW WE CARRY EVERYTHING WE DO. SO THIS CAN BE SO EASY FOR THEM. IT'S DELIVERED TO THE SCHOOL. OUR CUSTODIANS TAKE IT TO THE CLASSROOM. I MEAN, IT'S THE BEST OF EVERYTHING. A SPECIAL BIG SHOUT-OUT TO KEN GEARHART ON COREY MURPHY'S TEAM IN PROCUREMENT. BETH WHISTLER SHE IS HUGE IN HELPING GET THIS INFORMATION. PAM HENDERSON IN PAYROLL. AGAIN, SUCH A GREAT PROGRAM FOR OUR TEACHERS AND THEY HAVE ACTUALLY EXPANDED IT THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS TO INCLUDE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS. IT HAS TO BE FULL-TIME CLASSROOM TEACHERS. THEY HAVE TO BE IN THE CLASSROOM, FTE ROSTER BEARING TEACHERS. AND THIS YEAR, WE'RE POISED TO RECEIVE 3.4 MILLION, BUT, AGAIN, IT DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH TEACHERS ARE ON OUR BOOKS AS OF SEPTEMBER 1st. THE NEXT E-MAIL THAT WILL BE COMING OUT, THE COMMUNICATION MESSAGE CAME OUT AUGUST 17 TO TELL EVERYBODY, HEY, IT'S COMING OUT AUGUST 23rd. THE NEXT ONE WILL BE SEPTEMBER 25th ACTUALLY GIVING THEM THE TAILS ON WHAT THEY HAVE TO SIGN, CLICK AND MAKE SURE THEY DO EVERYTHING ELECTRONICALLY IF THEY DECIDE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM. IT'S NOT MANDATORY THAT THEY USE THE ONLINE OFFICE DEPOT. IT'S JUST PREFERRED. IT'S THE BEST THING FOR THEM. ANY QUESTIONS? GREAT. NEXT ONE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. SNIVELY IS GOING TO COMMENT.  

>>Melissa Snively: I JUST HAD A QUICK QUESTION, AND YOU CAN GET ME THIS INFORMATION LATER BECAUSE I DIDN'T THINK ABOUT IT WHEN WE MET THE OTHER DAY TO ASK. I'M CURIOUS ABOUT THE -- OUR FEBLTION EFFECTIVENESS IN MAKING SURE WE COMMUNICATE THIS TO TEACHERS. HAVE WE MAXIMIZED THIS EVERY YEAR? WE HAVE ZERO DOLLARS LEFT AT THE END FOR OUR TEACHERS? LIKE, THEY ARE USING ALL OF THE MONEY, RIGHT?  

>>Gretchen Saunders: WELL, KEN GEARHART DOES A GREAT JOB. HE SENDS COMMUNICATIONS OUT. HE SENDS E-MAILS OUT A COUPLE OF TIMES A MONTH AS THE TIME COMES BACK. WE FIND THE TEACHERS THAT DON'T UTILIZE THE VIRTUAL AND JUST DECIDE EITHER TO TAKE A CHECK OR THEY DECIDE SOMETHING ELSE, THEY DON'T SPEND IT AS MUCH AND EITHER THEY HAVE TO -- THEY EITHER SPEND THE MONEY OR RETURN IT. BUT IT'S VERY SLIM. IT DOESN'T HAPPEN. IT'S VERY NEGLIGIBLE.  

>>Melissa Snively: THAT WAS MY QUESTION. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE WERE REALLY EFFECTIVELY COMMUNICATING THIS TO THE TEACHERS AND THEY ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF IT. I WAS CURIOUS ABOUT THE PERCENTAGE OF USE FOR THE TEACHERS, BUT IT SOUNDS LIKE A LARGE PERCENTAGE.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: IT IS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. OUR LAST ITEM OF THE EVENING IS CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING. I AM ACTUALLY GOING TO TURN THIS OVER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT TO TALK ABOUT -- I'M SORRY, MS. SAUNDERS. IS MS. SAUNDERS GETTING THE AWARD.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: IT'S THE DISTRICT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. SAUNDERS' TEAM.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: NO. IT'S THE DISTRICT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IT'S A TEAM EFFORT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: SAVE THE BEST FOR LAST.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I'LL LET MS. SAUNDERS GIVE HER TEAM KUDOS BECAUSE THIS IS A BIG DEAL AND HOW THIS DISTRICT HAS DONE THIS IN CONSECUTIVE YEARS. BUT TO RECEIVE THIS TYPE OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IS A BIG DEAL IN THE BUSINESS ARENA FOR SCHOOLS. SO TAKE IT AWAY.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU, SIR. IT'S KUDOS TO THE DISTRICT, IT'S TO ALL DIVISIONS. EVERYBODY GOES TOGETHER AND PUTS THIS BOOK TOGETHER, WHETHER IT'S FACILITIES OR TRANSPORTATION OR TEACHING AND LEARNING OR HR. EVERY DIVISION ADDS TO THIS. AND THIS IS THE 16th YEAR THAT WE'VE APPLIED FOR AND EARNED THIS DISTINCTION. THE GOVE GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, THEY ARE VERY STRINGENT ON THEIR AWARD. THE PRESENTATION, THEY TAKE OUR AUDITS. THEY LOOK AT EVERYTHING THAT HAS TO DO WITH THIS BOOK. SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF. 16 YEARS IN THE MAKING. WE STARTED THIS IN 2000. I REALLY AM OLD. WE BROUGHT THIS INTO PLAY. AND JUST KUDOS TO WHO ACTUALLY PUT THE BOOKS TOGETHER THEMSELVES. STEPHANIE HEATEN AND THE ACCOUNTING TEAM. KATHY IN THE SPECIAL REVENUE TEAM. THE WHOLE BUSINESS TEAM COMING TOGETHER. KIM SAP FROM OPERATIONS. IT IS A GROUP EFFORT. THANK YOU TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND DR. VAZQUEZ. WE COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT THEIR HELP. THE RATING AGENCIES LOOK FOR THIS. THIS IS ACTUALLY A VERY GOOD READ FOR THOSE PEOPLE --  

>>Cindy Stuart: OKAY, MS. SAUNDERS.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.  

>>Cindy Stuart: IT'S TIME FOR THE SUSPENDED AGENDA AND THE SUPERINTENDENT'S COMMENTS.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I'LL BE READING THAT TONIGHT, GRETCHEN. I HAVE JUST A FEW UPDATES ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. I WANT TO GIVE SOME UPDATES FROM OUR OUTREACH AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT DIVISION. JUST A NOTE, THE DISTRICT HAS MORE THAN 15,331 REGISTERED VOLUNTEERS SINCE THE START OF SCHOOL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. ALSO KUDOS TO REGIONS BANK, WHICH RECENTLY DONATED 175 PAIRS OF -- NAACP COMMITTEE ACTION MEMBERS PRESENTED TO OUR CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION TEACHERS ON AUGUST 20. THE GOAL IS TO HAVE AN EVEN GREATER PRESENCE AT THE NATIONAL COMPETITIONS IN 2018. A COMMUNITY FAITH-BASED TRAINING WHERE NINE ORGANIZATIONS WERE REPRESENTED AND 88% OF THE ATTENDEES RATED EXCELLENT ON THEIR EVALUATIONS. THE TAMPA BAY ROWDIES HOSTED IT'S HCPS SPIRIT NIGHT ON AUGUST 19 FOR DISTRICT EMPLOYEES. GREG AND DONNA HART WERE HONORED FOR THEIR WORK WITH THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS. AUGUST 21st WAS RECOGNIZED AS THE FLORIDA GATOR TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY WHICH PROVIDES DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO HCPS TICKETS FOR SEPTEMBER 9th GAME AGAINST NORTHERN COLORADO BETTERS. -- BEARS. IDLEWILD ONE DAY SERVICE OCCURRED ON SATURDAY AUGUST 26th. MORE THAN 400 VOLUNTEERS PROVIDED CAMPUS BEAUTIFICATION, GARDENING, PAINTING, PRESSURE WASHING PROJECTS AT 15 OF OUR SCHOOLS. WE THANK IDLEWILD FOR AMAZING SERVICE AT OUR SCHOOLS IN SUPPORT OF OUR SCHOOLS. THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS WILL BE HOSTING THEIR ANNUAL SPIRIT DAY ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th. WE SHARED THIS INFORMATION WITH OVER 150,000 FAMILIES OF CHILDREN AFFILIATED THROUGH PEACE. NOW I WANT TO MOVE ON AND GIVE YOU AN UPDATE ON THE HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL SCHOOL EXPANSION. THAT WAS ONE OF THE ITEMS ADDED TO OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA RECENTLY. WE OFFER 26 COURSES AT ENROLLMENT THROUGH FEBRUARY 2018. THIS INCLUDES SIX HALF-CREDIT MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSES AND NOW 19 HALF CREDIT HIGH SCHOOL COURSES AND ALONG WITH HOPE COURSE. SPANISH 3 AND MJ ORIENTATION TO CAREER CLUSTERS. WE ARE OFFERING FIRST DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH HCC FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS. THIS PROGRAM IS CALLED COLLEGE SUCCESS. AND WE'VE INCREASED TOTAL ENROLLMENT FOR FULL-TIME STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL BY 31% AND COENROLLMENT BY 37%. WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING COENROLLMENTS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 15th. UPDATE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF HOUSE BILL 7069, RECESS IS HAPPENING ACROSS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT BEGINNING WITH THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR, STUDENTS IN GRADES K-5 ARE REQUIRED TO RECEIVE 100 MINUTES OF UNSTRUCTURED FREE PLAY RECESS EACH WEEK. A MINIMUM OF 20 CONSECUTIVE MINUTES EACH DAY. 100 MINUTES OF RECESS IS DEFINED AS SUPERVISED, SAFE, UNSTRUCTURED FREE PLAY. THIS LAW DOES NOT SPECIFY THE LOCATION WHERE RECESS MUST BE PROVIDED HOWEVER. RECESS MINUTES COULD BE PROVIDED INDOORS OR OUTDOORS AS DETERMINED BY THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT AND/OR LOCAL SCHOOL LEADERSHIP. THE MINUTES ARE IN ADDITION TO 150 MINUTES OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION REQUIRED BY STATUTE EACH WEEK. PRINCIPAL RECEIVE MEMO WITH GUIDANCE ON SCHEDULING TIME AND ELEMENTARY GENERALIST FROM THE TEACHING AND LEARNING DEPARTMENT ARE WORKING WITH PRINCIPALS WHERE NEEDED. WE ALSO HAVE HAD TO UNFORTUNATELY MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS TO OUR -- WITH OUR SCHOOL'S TITLE ONE BUDGET BASED OFF OF THE NEW RULES AROUND HOUSE BILL 7069. MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY IN THE HIGHER NEED AREAS THAT WE WERE ABLE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL RESOURCES IN THE PAST, WE STILL ARE PROVIDING TREMENDOUS RESOURCES THERE, BUT WE'VE HAD TO SCALE BACK BASED OFF OF THE REQUIREMENT TO SPREAD THOSE DOLLARS ACROSS OTHER SCHOOLS ACCORDING TO THE NEW 7069 LANGUAGE. ALSO WANT TO KNOW THAT THE SCHOOLS OF HOPE, PART OF THAT LEGISLATION, WE HAVE APPLIED FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT PORTION FOR THREE OF OUR SCHOOLS, ROBLES, FOREST HILLS AND CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL. WE'VE SUBMITTED GRANT PROPOSALS THROUGH THE SCHOOLS OF HOPE. WE WILL RECEIVE HOPEFULLY WORD BACK OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WITH REGARD TO ANY OF THOSE ACCEPTANCE OF THOSE PARTICULAR APPLICATIONS AND AWARDS TO THOSE SCHOOLS. THE CHARTER SIDE OF THAT PARTICULAR SCHOOL OF HOPE BILL STILL HAS NOT, AS WE PREDICTED, HASN'T KICKED IN YET. WE RECEIVED VERY LITTLE GUIDANCE ON THAT, SO WE'RE KIND OF AWAITING WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH REGARDS TO GUIDANCE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. OUR EXTENDED READING TIME, SCHOOLS HAVE BEGUN PROVIDING THOSE EXTRA MINUTES THIS YEAR. OUR SCHOOLS HAVE TURNED IN THEIR EXTENDED READING TIME PLANS. PRE-K-12 LITERACY TEAM AND TEACHING AND LEARNING WORKING WITH SCHOOL SITES TO REVIEW PLANS THROUGH ROOT CAUSE ANALYSIS AND IMPLEMENTATION. ERT ICON UPDATED FOR PRINCIPALS TO UTILIZE AS A RESOURCE TOOL. WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF CREATING AN ERT-PLC, THAT IS PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY, FOR PRINCIPALS TO SHARE BEST PRACTICE THROUGH ADOBE CONNECT SO THEY WON'T HAVE TO LEAVE THEIR SCHOOL SITE. WE'RE WORKING ON THE NUMBER OF SIBLINGS A PART OF THE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM AND TRANSPORTATION NEEDED FOR EXTENDED READING TIME. FOUR OUT OF THE FIVE DAYS OF THE WEEK, THE SCHOOLS ARE EXITED AT THE SAME TIME. MONDAY, CURRENTLY, FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADERS THAT NEED ADDITIONAL TIME STAYING, BUT IF THEY HAVE A SIBLING, THOSE SIBLINGS CAN STAY AT THE PARTICULAR SITES BUT WE HAVE TO OFFER TRANSPORTATION. THAT IS MY SUSPENDED AGENDA. MOVE RIGHT INTO SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS. I GOT A THUMBS UP THERE. FIRST OF ALL, BEFORE I START, TODAY WAS JUST A VERY IMPORTANT DAY. I'D LIKE TO GIVE A BIG THANK-YOU TO THE PUBLIX SUPERMARKETS AND PUBLIX SUPERMARKETS CHARITIES. I KNOW OUR BOARD WILL PROBABLY MAKE THEIR OWN COMMENTS. I DON'T WANT TO STEAL ALL THE THUNDER. IT WAS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY TODAY. MS. STUART AND I GOT A CHANCE TO SPEAK AT THAT PARTICULAR EVENT AT MORT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. I'M SURE THEY'LL HAVE THEIR COMMENTS. A FEW OF THE HIGHLIGHTS I WANT TO MAKE. TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT AN UPDATE ON BELL TIMES. I'LL HAVE MR. FARKAS GIVE AN UPDATE ON AIR-CONDITIONING. WE HAVE SOME INFORMATION ABOUT TURNAROUND PLANS. TALK ABOUT CATAPULT ACADEMY DECISION WE MADE EARLIER THIS YEAR AND THEN A COUPLE OF OTHER TOPICS, FINISHING WITH THE AMAZING SOLAR ECLIPSE. AS FAR AS OUR BELL TIMES, WE CONTINUE TO GATHER FEEDBACK FROM PARENTS, TEACHERS, STUDENTS AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY ON PROPOSED 2018-19 BELL SCHEDULE. WE WRAPPED UP THE BELL SCHEDULE SIMULATOR AND RECEIVED MORE THAN 1,100 RESPONSES. WE ARE NOW READY TO LAUNCH THE SURVEY BY THE END OF THE WEEK. IT WILL BE ACTIVE THROUGH THE 4th OF SEPTEMBER. THE FIRST PUBLIC MEETING IS SEPTEMBER 5th FROM 6:00 TO 7:30 AT CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL WHERE FAMILIES CAN COME AND ASK QUESTIONS OR STAFF MEMBERS CAN COME AND ASK QUESTIONS AS WELL. AS YOU KNOW, WE MUST MAKE CHANGES TO THE BELL SCHEDULE FOR A NUMBER OF REASONS. WE HAVE THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS CONSISTENTLY LATE TO OUR SCHOOLS BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL SCHEDULE DOES NOT ALLOW BUSES ENOUGH TIME TO RUN THE ROUTES. THERE IS ALSO A FINANCIAL CONCERN BECAUSE THE DISTRICT SPENDS ABOUT $2 MILLION TO HIRE ADDITIONAL DRIVERS JUST TO MEET THAT CURRENT SCHEDULE WE HAVE. I KNOW THE TRANSPORTATION TEAM, THEIR ON-TIME ARRIVAL THIS YEAR IS PRETTY INCREDIBLE AS FAR AS GETTING TO OUR SCHOOLS ON TIME. WE KNOW WE HAVE TO BE ON TIME FOR EVERY SINGLE STUDENT AND EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL ACROSS THE DISTRICT. WITH REGARD TO AIR-CONDITIONING, WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THAT REGULARLY. I'LL LET MR. FARKAS GIVE A BRIEF UPDATE ON WHERE WE ARE AT RIGHT NOW WITH AIR-CONDITIONING.  

>>Christopher Farkas: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE IT. COUPLE OF THINGS TO POINT OUT, WE WORKED WITH THREE VENDORS IN EACH ONE OF OUR AREAS, CENTRAL, EAST AND WEST. WE'VE DONE THAT FOR YEARS. THIS YEAR WE MAXED THEM OUT. WE WORKED WITH COREY MURPHY AND GRETCHEN SEEM TO GO TO THE NEXT LIST AND DO SOME THINGS THAT WE HAVE DONE DONE. THREE MORE VENDORS BASED ON THE FIRST PIGGYBACKING OF CONTRACTS THAT ALREADY EXIST IN THE STATE AND REACHED OUT TO THREE OSD VENDORS THAT ALSO COME UNDER CONTRACT THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY USE THEM FOR SUPPORT OF ALL THE AC REPAIRS. HAVING SIX MORE COMPANIES THAT CAN SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS WILL INCREASE OUR RESPONSIVENESS AND MAKE SURE REPAIRS ARE DONE IN A MORE TIMELY MANNER. WE APPRECIATE MS. SAUNDERS AND HER TEAM THINKING A LITTLE BIT OUTSIDE OF THE BOX ABOUT WHAT WE'VE TRADITIONALLY DONE. A PERSPECTIVE OF SOME OF THE AC GUYS WERE TALKING ABOUT AT THE END OF LAST WEEK. WE HAVE 80,000 PARTS ON OUR AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS THAT CAN BREAK ON ANY GIVEN DAY. AS WE TALK ABOUT OLD CARS AND OLD HOUSES, THOSE PARTS MAKE IT A CHALLENGE TO KEEP IT UP TO PAR. IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND AND GIVE IT PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT THAT MEANS. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE, KNOCK ON WOOD, WITH HE HAVE NO SCHOOLS COMPLETELY OUT RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE TEN CHILLERS THAT ARE IN PLACE. WE HAVE ISOLATED OUTAGES OF A CLASSROOM, BUT IT IS A PRIORITY. THAT IS THE FIRST THING WE DO BETWEEN 6 AND 6:30, TALK ABOUT WHAT SCHOOLS ARE DOWN AND CHECK THEM ONLINE AND SEND TEXT OUT TO THE MOST EFFECTIVE PLACE WE CAN. IT CONTINUES TO BE A PRIORITY, WHETHER IT'S IN THE PRESS OR NOT, FOR MY TEAM, NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. FIRST THING WE DO EVERY SINGLE MORNING IS MAKE SURE CONDITIONS ARE CONDUCIVE FOR LEARNING. AC IS THE NUMBER ONE PART OF THAT. WE ALSO HAVE APPROVAL OF FIVE MORE TEXT ON FRIDAY. FOUR ALREADY OFFERED AND START THE PROCESSING THIS WEEK. WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING NEW TECHS ON BOARD TO HELP INTERNALLY AS WELL AS THE EXTERNAL VENDORS. SO I APPRECIATE THAT SUPPORT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MR. FARKAS. REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. COUPLE OF OTHER TOPICS. TURNAROUND PLANS. WE SUBMITTED OUR TURNAROUND PLANS RECENTLY TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. THE BOARD WILL REVIEW THE PLANS AND MOVE TO APPROVE THEM AT THE NEXT STATE BOARD MEETING SEPTEMBER 13th. WE'RE CURRENTLY IN COMMUNICATION WITH THEM AND GETTING FEEDBACK ON THOSE PARTICULAR PLANS. THOSE ARE SCHOOLS EITHER IN TURNAROUND PHASE TWO OR TURNAROUND PHASE THREE. AND, OF COURSE, WE'LL GIVE REGULAR UPDATES TO THE BOARD WITH REGARDS TO THAT APPROVAL ON THE 13th ONCE THAT OCCURS. OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS WORKED ALONGSIDE THEIR PRINCIPALS TO DEVELOP THE TURNAROUND PLANS, OF COURSE, CONNECTING TO OUR TEACHING AND LEARNING OFFICE AND OUR CENTRAL OFFICES TO ENSURE WE HAVE THE RIGHT RESOURCES AND SUPPORTS FOR OUR STUDENTS AT THESE PARTICULAR SCHOOLS. WE KNOW FOR MANY OF THEM, PART OF IT IS MAKING SURE WE HAVE THE VERY BEST TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF THAT ARE WORKING WITH OUR STUDENTS EVERY DAY, BUT WE HAVE TO BE VERY, VERY VIGILANT AROUND THE INSTRUCTION THAT'S OCCURRING EVERY DAY AND THE SUPPORTS THAT THEY ARE RECEIVING. THESE SURROUND PLANS ADDRESS ALL THOSE PARTICULAR ISSUES. VERY QUICKLY, CATAPULT ACADEMY, THE DISTRICT'S CONTRACT WITH CATAPULT ACADEMY EXPIRED ON JUNE 30th. I KNOW THERE WERE SOME STORIES OUT IN THE MEDIA. WE REVIEWED DATA WITH REGARD TO STUDENT SUCCESS AND THE OUTCOMES WERE NOT WHERE WE BELIEVE THEY SHOULD BE. WE DID NOT RENEW THE CONTRACT, AND WE ARE WORKING WITH STUDENTS TO GET THEM INTO ONE OF OUR MANY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS WE HAVE HERE IN THE DISTRICT. THE STRATEGY MANAGEMENT TEAM SENT A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF ALL OF THE STUDENTS THAT WERE ENROLLED AT CATAPULT ACADEMY TO THE ADULT SERVICE CENTER TEAM. THIS LIST IS HELPING THE GUIDANCE TEAM SEE WHAT BEST MEETS THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS, WHETHER IT'S AT A TRADITIONAL SCHOOL SETTING, ADULT EDUCATION SETTING OR PLACEMENT AT ONE OF OUR ETHICS CENTER. STRATEGY MANAGEMENT TEAM ALSO REVIEWED RECORDS FROM STUDENTS WHO WERE ENROLLED IN 2015-16 BUT NOT ENROLLED LAST YEAR. THE NAMES OF THOSE 67 STUDENTS WERE GIVEN TO MR. CRISTIANO AT GARY ADULT. HE AND HIS TEAM ARE REACHING OUT TO THE STUDENTS OFFERING TO GET THEM ENROLLED IN THE CREDIT RECOVERY PROGRAM OR GED PROGRAM. I HAD THE HONOR OF BEING PART OF A PANEL DISCUSSION WITH THE CHAMBER. WE MUST ENSURE WE ARE MEETING THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS AND SHOWING THEM CAREERS THEY CAN PURSUE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL OR COLLEGE. I REALLY WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO THE CHAMBER. THEY RECENTLY FINISHED THEIR STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS AT THE TAMPA CHAMBER AND THEY HAVE AN EDUCATION GOAL NOW WITHIN THE TAMPA CHAMBER STRATEGIC PLAN. SO REALLY APPRECIATE MR. ORLACK AND THE CHAMBER BOARD FOR THEIR SUPPORT OF EDUCATION. WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THEM. WE NEED THEIR VOICE WITH REGARD TO THE EDUCATION ISSUES ACROSS OUR DISTRICT AND ACROSS THE STATE. AND, YES, WE HAD A SOLAR ECLIPSE ON AUGUST 21st. IT WAS A WONDERFUL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR STUDENTS AND OUR STAFF. PICTURES AND VIDEOS WERE ALL OVER SOCIAL MEDIA THAT DAY FROM VIEWING PARTIES TO CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION. RANDALL MIDDLE SCHOOL THEY RECEIVED SOLAR SAFETY GLASSES FOR ALL OF THEIR STUDENTS, COMPLIMENTS OF THE NASA JET PROPULSION LAB, THANKS TO JANET PLANET, A CHILDREN SCIENCE SHOW. ALSO Facebook LIVE WITH THREE RANDOM MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS WHO TRAVELED TO SOUTH CAROLINA IN THE HEART OF TOTALITY. SAFETY WAS A TOP PRIORITY, OF COURSE, DURING THE SOLAR ECLIPSE. OUR SCHOOLS ENSURED STUDENTS HAD SAFETY GLASSES OR MADE ECLIPSE VIEWERS IN CLASS. OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM SENT OUT INFORMATION WELL IN ADVANCE GIVING PARENTS SAFETY TIPS AND ENSURING THEY KNEW HOW OUR PLANS HOW WE WOULD HANDLE DISMISSAL ACTIVITIES. THE MESSAGE WAS DON'T LOOK UP UNLESS YOU HAVE ON YOUR SOLAR ECLIPSE GLASSES. ALSO A SHOUT-OUT TO DR. PLANK WHO HELPED US COORDINATE EVENTS ACROSS THE DISTRICT THAT PARTICULAR DAY. HIS VOICE WEIGHED IN HEAVILY ON OUR DECISION TO KEEP GOING AS FAR AS CONCERN WAS CONCERNED BUT YET MAKE SURE WE SET UP ALL THE SAFETY PARAMETERS CORRECTLY TO ENSURE THE STUDENTS EXPERIENCED THE SOLAR ECLIPSE THE RIGHT WAY. IT WAS FUN. FINALLY, AS MS. HARRIS SAID EARLIER, OUR HEARTS ARE WITH EVERYONE IN TEXAS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY. THE DEVASTATION IS WIDESPREAD. VOLUNTEERS AND FIRST RESPONDERS CONTINUE TO RESCUE FAMILIES TRAPPED IN THEIR HOME. SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED. I SAW SOMETHING TODAY THAT OVER 50 SCHOOLS IN THE HOUSTON AREA ARE FLOODED RIGHT NOW OR AT SOME SORT OF STAGE OF FLOODING WHICH YOU CAN JUST ABOUT IMAGINE WHAT THAT WOULD BE LIKE HERE IN OUR COMMUNITY. THEY ARE CLOSED, OF COURSE, IN MANY AREAS AND TAKE YEARS FOR EVERYONE TO FULLY RECOVER. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS OUT TO SUPERINTENDENT CORANZO AND THE STAFF THERE IN HOUSTON AND THE FAMILIES AFFECTED.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE AT BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS. YOU DO NOT GET AS MUCH TIME AS THE SUPERINTENDENT TONIGHT. WE'LL TAKE THREE MINUTES PER BOARD MEMBER. I HAVE THREE LINES UP. I KNOW MS. HARRIS HAS A SLIDE SHOW. I'LL CHALLENGE TO YOU 7:00. IT IS 6:40. MS. VALDES.  

>> THAT'S INEQUITABLE. BUT ANYWAYS. I'M LOSING MY MINUTES HERE. LET'S GO. MR. EAKINS, I APPRECIATE THE EMPLOYEES THAT COME TO SPEAK WITH US EVERY DAY. OR EVERY OTHER TUESDAY. AS A MATTER OF FACT, ONE OF OUR TEACHERS THAT CAME AND SPOKE TO US ABOUT THE ITEMS THAT THEY CAN PURCHASE, THE CONSUMABLES, THAT'S WHAT THEY ARE CALLED. MS. COOK CAME AND SPOKE TO US ABOUT THE CONSUMABLES. IMMEDIATELY I REACHED OUT TO HER AND SAID TALK TO ME ABOUT THAT. I INVOLVED MS. COOK IN THAT. SHE DID RESEARCH AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. COMING ON SEPTEMBER 6, THERE IS GOING TO BE A MEETING SO THE TEACHERS CAN DECIDE WHAT ARE THE THINGS THEY NEED. THE INPUT THAT YOU ALL BRING TO US IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT, BUT IT ALSO BRINGS ME TO THIS POINT, THAT I NEED FOR OUR EMPLOYEES TO REALLY TRULY UNDERSTAND WHAT OUR ROLE IS. AND MR. EAKINS, YOU KNOW, YOU'VE COME TO US ASKING FOR RECOMMENDATIONS, YET OUR EMPLOYEES ASK FOR US TO MAKE CERTAIN DECISIONS. THOSE DECISIONS CANNOT COME FROM US BECAUSE THOSE ARE RECOMMENDATIONS BROUGHT BY, OUR EMPLOYEE, THAT WE CAN LISTEN AND TAKE THAT IN AND THEN GIVE THAT INFORMATION BACK TO OUR SUPERINTENDENT AND SAY, MR. EAKINS, WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO ABOUT THIS HIRING FREEZE. WE HEAR ABOUT A HIRING FREEZE, BUT THEN WE HAVE A CRITICAL NEED IN AC, SO NOW WE JUST HEARD FROM MR. FARKAS, BOOM, WE JUST GOT APPROVAL TO HIRE EXTRA FIVE TECHS WHICH ARE NEEDED. ABSOLUTELY. AS A BOARD MEMBER, IT'S A LITTLE BIT FRUSTRATING UP HERE BECAUSE WE DO NOT HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE THOSE TYPE OF DECISIONS AND TO TELL THE SUPERINTENDENT THIS IS WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO BECAUSE I SAID SO, THAT'S NOT A ROLE AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT OUR EMPLOYEES REALLY TRULY NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT PROCESS. HAVING SAID THAT, YOU SIR, ONLY YOU -- ONLY YOU, SIR, CAN BRING THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS TO US, AND HENCE THAT'S WHY THE QUESTION OFTENTIMES THAT I'LL ASK, DO WE OR DO WE NOT HAVE MONEY? BECAUSE IF WE HAVE MONEY, WE CAN DO ALL THIS. BUT IF WE DON'T HAVE MONEY, WHAT ARE THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT ARE GOING TO BE COMING FORWARD TO THIS BOARD SO THAT WE SEVEN CAN MAKE THOSE DECISIONS. TO THE EMPLOYEES OUT THERE, PLEASE UNDERSTAND WHAT OUR ROLES CLEARLY ARE. AND OUR ROLES ARE TO ABIDE BY THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND OF THE UNITED STATES AS WELL AS APPROVE OR DENY THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATIONS. SO THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE THIS CONVERSATION, MR. EAKINS, BECAUSE IT'S NOT THAT WE DO NOT WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN DECISIONS, IT'S JUST THAT IT'S NOT WITHIN OUR JURISDICTION TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS. AND THAT'S WHY THIS PRESSURE SOMETIMES OF BEING A LITTLE BIT CAUTIOUS ON MAKING DECISIONS SOMETIMES PUTS US ALL IN A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION. SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO, WE HEARD, OF COURSE, WITH YOUR SLIDE PRESENTATION TODAY, WHAT YOUR PLANS ARE, AND I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THAT TIMELINE THAT WE TALKED ABOUT SO THAT THEN WE CAN HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THE PLANS ARE GOING TO BE IN THE NEAR FUTURE SO THEN THE EMPLOYEES AS WELL UNDERSTAND WHAT WE ARE ALSO DOING AND ALL OUR CONSTITUENTS OUT THERE. WE HAD A REALLY NICE VISIT, TOWN N' COUNTRY WITH MR. BABINET, MR. EAKINS. I WENT OVER THERE. MR. MURILLO WAS THERE AS WELL. GREAT EVENT, DOING A LOT OF WONDERFUL THINGS. THE SAME AT TWIN LAKES ELEMENTARY. TWIN LAKES ELEMENTARY HAD A WONDERFUL RECEPTION THIS PAST MONDAY WHERE ALL OF THE GRADE LEVELS CHOSE THEIR HOUSES AND THAT WAS A REALLY INTERESTING SELECTION PROCESS AND A LOT OF POSITIVE, GOOD VIBES GOING ON AS WELL AS OVER AT TAMPA BAY BOULEVARD ELEMENTARY. MS. RODRIGUEZ OVER THERE. THANK YOU, MS. LEFLER FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND MS. RODRIGUEZ OVER AT TAMPA BAY ELEMENTARY REALLY DOING A PHENOMENAL JOB WITH THE STUDENTS THERE, CONSIDERING HOW SUCH A SMALL SCHOOL THAT IS AND ITS CAMPUS. THE CAMPUS LOOKS BEAUTIFUL AND THE STUDENTS WERE HAVING A GREAT TIME LEARNING WITH THEIR TEACHERS. MR. EAKINS, MR. FARKAS, DR. WHALEN AND I SPENT SOMETIME YESTERDAY AT FARNELL AND BRYANT ELEMENTARY OVER IN THE NINE EAGLES AREA JUST LOOKING AT THE TRAFFIC PATTERN AND THE CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE WITH THE ROADSIDE. AND THAT PARTICULAR ROAD IS ONE OF THE ROADS THAT COMMISSIONER MURMAN MENTIONED TO ME WILL BE RECEIVING SOME -- IT'S IN THE BOOKS TO GET, I BELIEVE IT'S A TURNING LANE, GOING RIGHT INTO FARNELL AND MARY BRYANT. SO THAT WILL BE VERY HELPFUL. SO I WANTED TO ALSO JUST, AGAIN, MR. EAKINS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR COMING OUT THERE AND REALLY LOOKING AT WHAT IT IS THAT OUR FAMILIES AND OUR CONSTITUENCIES ARE GOING THROUGH WHEN WE HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONS AS THIS. AND I BELIEVE THAT WITH WHAT MR. FARKAS WITNESSED THERE YESTERDAY AND WHAT WE SAW, I THINK THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME TWEAKS THAT WE'RE ABLE TO DO TO HELP WITH THE TRAFFIC PATTERN OVER THERE. I, TOO, HAVE A LITTLE VIDEO THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW. I BELIEVE JOE AND CHAD MAY HAVE IT BACK THERE. THE BACK TO THE -- BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR OVER AT LETO. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>> MY NAME IS SUSAN VALDES. I'M YOUR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER FOR DISTRICT 1. I'M HAPPY TO REPORT THIS IS OUR 12th ANNUAL BACK-TO-SCHOOL FAIR. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY AND TO EMPOWER EVERY FAMILY AND EVERY CHILD WITH THE TOOLS NECESSARY TO SUCCEED.  

>> IT'S VERY BENEFICIAL FOR EVERYBODY, ESPECIALLY FOR MYSELF. I'M A SINGLE FATHER. MY KIDS ARE GETTING READY TO START 2nd AND 4th GRADE. THEY ARE GETTING HAIRCUTS, BACK PACKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES.  

>> I'M JASMINE WORKING FOR THE FLORIDA HEALTH DEPARTMENT. I'M HELPING OUT AROUND HERE TO PROMOTE IMMUNIZATION AND BACK-TO-SCHOOL READINESS.  

>> THANK YOU, SUSAN VALDES, FOR THROWING THIS FOR THE COMMUNITY. IT REALLY MEANT A LOT TO US. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. VALDES. [ APPLAUSE ] MS. GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: I JUST HAVE A FEW COMMENTS. I WANT TO THANK DR. ROSS AND HER TERRIFIC STAFF OF 300 NURSES AND ASSISTANTS FOR TAKING UP CAUSE FITNESS. EACH BECAME CERTIFIED WALK-TO-RUN COACHES THREE WEEKS AGO. AND EACH WILL RECEIVE A CERTIFICATE OF THEIR IN-SERVICE TRAINING, JUST LIKE THIS. I WANT TO ALSO THANK TBAE FOR DOING A PROFESSIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT. I'M HOPING WE HAVE IT. ENJOY.  

>> HI. THIS IS DR. MARIA RUSS, THE SUPERVISOR OF SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT TODAY. IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, ONE OUT OF FOUR OF OUR CHILDREN HAVE ACUTE OR CHRONIC CONDITION THAT LEADS TO CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, WHICH IS THE NUMBER ONE KILLER. I'M SO EXCITED THAT OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, LYNN GRAY, WANTED TO PARTNER AND TRAIN OUR SCHOOL NURSES SO THAT WE CAN GO OUT IN THE SCHOOLS AND BE PART OF THE TEAM AND HELPING OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF CHANGE THIS TREND OF DYING EARLY OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE, HAVING TYPE 2 DIABETES. TODAY WAS THE BEGINNING. SHE TAUGHT US AND GAVE US A GREAT CURRICULUM THAT WE CAN GO OUT AS A TRAIN THE TRAINER MODEL. WE'LL HAVE A GREAT SCHOOL YEAR.  

>> THIS IS LYNN GRAY, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I'M HERE TO BE WITH THE 300 NURSES, AND I'M HAPPY TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP THEM LEARN THE BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL EXERCISE. THE NURSES ARE THE BEST FOLKS TO LEAD THE CHARGE OF MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WELLNESS.  

>> I THINK THERE IS A GIANT CONCERN FOR THE NEED TO INCREASE EXERCISE AND TRYING TO FIND THE TIME TO DO IT. SHE GAVE SOME REALLY GREAT SUGGESTION AND TIPS ON HOW TO APPROACH THAT WITH OUR KIDS.  

>> I THINK WALKING IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BEST WAY TO DO AN EASY EXERCISE AND LOSE WEIGHT AND BE HEALTHY. SO I WOULD DEFINITELY ENCOURAGE ANY STUDENT, ANY ADULT, ANYONE TO DEFINITELY START WALKING FIRST AND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THAT EXERCISE TO LOSE WEIGHT, HAVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Lynn Gray: I JUST HAVE ONE MORE THING TO SAY. PUBLIX GAVE US A LOT OF MONEY TODAY, AND WE ARE JUST SO THRILLED. $45,000 FOR OUR DISTRICT. AND I KNOW THAT SOME OF THE GALS HAVE OTHER THINGS TO SAY, BUT THEIR WHOLE PHILOSOPHY IS TO MAKE SURE THE CHILDREN DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL HUNGRY. AND IN THAT VEIN, THEY GAVE OVER EIGHT, MAYBE ENOUGH SCHOOLS ENOUGH FOOD FOR A FOOD PANTRY. CHECKS OF $10,000. WENT TO SOME OF THE SCHOOLS. AT ANY RATE, I DON'T HAVE ALL THE DETAILS BUT VERY, VERY GENEROUS. AND THEY ARE ALL ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT THE NEEDS OF OUR KIDS IN OUR COMMUNITY ARE MET AND THEY ARE GREAT FELLO PHILANTHROPIES I'VE MET. MY NAME IS UP.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. SHAMBURGER.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. ACTUALLY, I DO HAVE A VIDEO. NO. JUST KIDDING. I DON'T. I DON'T HAVE A VIDEO. OKAY. ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, I LIKE TO GIVE ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL AT POTTER ELEMENTARY, WE DID OUR CLAP IN. IT WAS A HUGE SUCCESS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE I THANK EVERYBODY WHO PARTICIPATED BEGINNING WITH PRINCIPAL MELANIE HILL FOR ALLOWING US TO HAVE IT THERE AND SUPPORT HER STUDENTS AND FOR ALL THE CHAOS REALLY ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. SPECIAL THINGS TO REPRESENTATIVE SEAN SHAW WHO WAS THERE, SENATOR DARYL ROUSON. COUNCILMAN MANISCALCO, BOARD MEMBER GRIFFIN WAS THERE AS WELL. WE ALSO HAD A SURPRISE CELEBRITY GUEST, MASTER CHEF JEFF FILL BIN WAS THERE. HE WAS NICE AND SUPPORTIVE. THANK YOU TO THE TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE TAMPA FIRE DEPARTMENT WHO CAME AND BROUGHT THEIR TRUCK. ROBIN LOCKET, PRESIDENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC BLACK CAUCUS. ALSO TAMPA BAY BUCS CAPTAIN FEAR ALONG WITH COMMUNITY MEMBERS, DISTRICT STAFF, AREA SUPERINTENDENT, TRACYE BROWN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT. IT WAS ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL. WE LOOK FORWARD TO IT AGAIN NEXT YEAR. THE NEXT EVENT ON AUGUST THE 26th, WE HELD OUR FIRST ANNUAL FAMILY EMPOWERMENT CONFERENCE AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. WE'RE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT CONFERENCE. WE THINK IT WENT VERY, VERY WELL. WE CERTAINLY LOOK FORWARD TO MORE IN THE FUTURE. BUT I LIKE TO THANK ESPECIALLY TRACYE BROWN, MARY MATHIS, ROSS ANDERSON AND TINA YOUNG FOR THEIR HARD WORK, EXTREMELY HARD WORK IN MAKING THAT A SUCCESSFUL EVENT. ALSO TO BOARD MEMBER HARRIS WHO% CAME AND SPOKE TO THE AUDIENCE. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING THERE WITH YOUR KIND AND ENCOURAGING WORDS AND ALSO REPRESENTATIVE SEAN SHAW WAS THERE AS WELL WHO ALSO SPOKE AND IS A BIG ADVOCATE FOR OUR DISTRICT. ALSO, TO ALL OF OUR PRESENTERS WHO WERE THERE. THEY GAVE REALLY GREAT INFORMATION. I REALLY HAVE TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO THE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, ESPECIALLY THE GUIDANCE COUNSELOR WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY ROCK. I MEAN, PHENOMENAL WORK. THEY ARE CRITICAL TO STUDENT SUCCESS. I LIKE TO THANK EVERYBODY WHO CAME. LASTLY, PUBLIX, CAN'T SAY IT ENOUGH, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE DONATIONS AND HELPING OUR SCHOOLS. IT'S CERTAINLY GOING TO HELP A LOT OF OUR HIGH-NEEDS SCHOOLS. MONEY FOR FOOD PANTRIES TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES, ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL. I THINK WE WERE ALL MOVED TO TEARS TODAY. WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO GIVE SO WE WERE PLEASANTLY SURPRISED. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS TO THOSE AFFECTED BY HURRICANE HARVEY.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. HARRIS.  

>>Sally Harris: FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK MS. GRIFFIN FOR BEING OUR FIRST SUBSTITUTE OUT IN THE DISTRICT. AND I WANT TO PUT A PLUG OUT THERE FOR OTHER DISTRICT EMPLOYEES THAT HAVEN'T SIGNED UP YET TO PLEASE DO SO. WE'RE DOING THIS TO TRY TO SAVE MONEY AND REALLY TO TOUCH THE SCHOOLS. AND I WILL TELL YOU, THE SCHOOLS AND THE PRINCIPALS ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO MY OPPORTUNITY, WHICH WILL BE COMING SOON. AND I THINK IT'S REALLY A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. AND IF YOU DON'T WANT A SUB, THERE ARE OTHER WAYS WE CAN HELP IN THE SCHOOLS. SO PLEASE MAKE SURE. AND THE OTHER THING I WANT TO SAY IS, ALTHOUGH WE HAVE BEEN EXPERIENCING A FINANCIAL SQUEEZE IN THE DISTRICT, I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT GOING OUT IN THE DISTRICT AND SEEING ALL THE FABULOUS THINGS GOING ON, THE CULTURE OUT THERE IS ALIVE AND THERE ARE GREAT THINGS HAPPENING IN THE SCHOOLS. WE HAD SOUTH SHORE BREAKFAST FOR NEW TEACHERS. AND THEN WE HAD PROFESSIONAL STUDY DAY FOR ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELORS AND THAT WAS A REALLY GOOD EXCITING DAY. WE HAD THE STUDENT NUTRITION WELCOME BACK EVENT, WHICH WAS HUGELY ATTENDED BY MANY, AND I KNOW MS. MARY KATE HARRISON WAS UP AT 5:00 IN THE MORNING THAT MORNING GETTING READY FOR IT. THEN WE HAD THE RIVERVIEW NEW TEACHER BREAKFAST, WHICH WAS A LOT OF FUN. AND YOU HAVE TO BE THERE AT THESE EVENTS TO FEEL THE ENERGY AND THE EXCITEMENT. AND THESE ARE THE NEW TEACHERS, AND THEY GO BACK AND SPILL OVER INTO THE SCHOOLS, AND YOU CAN JUST FEEL THE ENERGY, AND THAT GOES INTO OUR STUDENTS. AND THEN OUR STUDENTS ARE EXCITED AND THEY ARE WELCOMED BACK. -- WELCOMED BACK TO THEIR SCHOOLS AND WHAT HAVE YOU. THEN WE WENT TO THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION HEALTH FAIR, AND THEN YOU HAD MS. STUART AND MYSELF WHO WERE RIDING BICYCLES AND I WENT THE WRONG WAY. SHE WAS YELLING AT ME THE WHOLE TIME. BUT IT WAS A GREAT EVENT AND A GREAT OPPORTUNITY, AND IT WAS JUST NICE TO SEE. IT WAS VERY, VERY WELL ATTENDED IN THE AREA. THEN, OF COURSE, WE WENT TO MS. SUSAN'S LETO EVENT, AND THERE WE ARE ON THE BIKES. DID YOU SEE THAT? WE HAVE VIDEO. BUT IT WAS REALLY EXCITING TO BE A PART OF MS. VALDES' EVENT AT LETO. IT REALLY WAS. AND THE ENTHUSIASM OF THE FAMILIES THAT WERE THERE AND THE PEOPLE AND THE VOLUNTEERS. THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THAT. AND THEN WE MOVED IN TO THE BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT, WHICH WE HAD A PRESS CONFERENCE AT BEN HILL, AND THAT WAS VERY WELL ATTENDED, AND I THINK IT WAS WELL RECEIVED. -- [BEEP] -- THAT'S MY TIME. PABLO, WE HAVE TO GO FAST. WE ALSO HAD A BUCS SUPPORTING OUR KIDS EVENT, WHICH AT THE PRACTICE FIELD, AND IT WAS WITH OUR CHILDREN WITH THE READING CHALLENGES GOING ON. THEN I VISITED THE CHARTER SCHOOL AND ATTENDED THEIR OPEN HOUSE. IT WAS REALLY A GOOD EVENT. THEN GIBSON ELEMENTARY AND CARROLLWOOD BACK-TO-SCHOOL. AT GIBSON ELEMENTARY, THAT WAS THE FIELD, THE WORK THAT THEY DID IN THAT SCHOOL FOR THE SOUTH SHORE CHAMBER. AND THEN AT THE CARROLLWOOD BACK-TO-SCHOOL EVENT, WHICH WAS OUR VERY OWN MS. STUART WHO PUT THAT ONE TOGETHER. AND THAT WAS A FUN EVENT. AND THEN WE HAD OUR FIRST -- THE ICE SCULPTURE. THAT WAS GREAT. WHO DID THAT? OUR FIRST DAY VISITS ON THE SCHOOL, THE FIRST DAY VISITS, THAT'S WHEN YOU REALLY GET TO SEE THE ENERGY. THAT WAS AWESOME. EVERYBODY WAS ALL SMILES AND HAPPY. I VISITED SPOTO, IPPOLITO, RAMPELLO, ROOSEVELT, GRADY, ANDERSON, AND, OF COURSE, ENDED MY DAY AT SHORE. BUT IT WAS A GREAT DAY. A GREAT ADVENTURE. JUST WATCHING ALL THE ACTIVITIES GOING ON IN ALL THE SCHOOLS AND HOW WELCOMING OUR SCHOOLS WERE TO OUR STUDENTS. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT BEING ABLE TO RETAIN OUR CHILDREN AND HAVING THEM EXCITED ABOUT BEING THERE, OUR PRINCIPALS AND OUR SCHOOLS DO A GREAT JOB OF REALLY WELCOMING THE CHILDREN AND GETTING THEM BACK IN TO THE ACTIVITIES. AND THEN THERE WAS AN EARLY CHILDHOOD CONFERENCE THAT WAS AT USF, AND THEN WE HAD AN EVENT AT ROBINSON SCHOOL. AT THE EVENT AT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL WAS CALLED "IT CAN WAIT." AND IT WAS A KICKOFF, JACKIE TOLITO WAS THERE. IT IS A KICKOFF SO WE CAN SAY NO TO TEXTING AND DRIVING. I KNOW MRS. TOLEDO, REPRESENTATIVE TOLEDO AND MR. EAKINS AND MYSELF, WE ALL SIGNED SO -- SIGNED THAT SO WE'LL TRY HARD NOT TO TEXT AND DRIVE AND MAKE THAT A CHALLENGE FOR EVERYONE. THEN WE HAD A FAMILY EMPOWERMENT EVENT WITH MS. SHAMBURGER, WHICH WAS AT MIDDLETON AND AGAIN, IT WAS WELL ATTENDED AND WE HAD LOTS OF PEOPLE THERE AND THEN I DID A CHARTER SCHOOL TOUR AT BELL CREEK ACADEMY AND JUST KIND OF WENT THROUGH THE SCHOOL TO SEE THAT. I LIKE TO SEE OUR CHARTER SCHOOLS AND WHAT'S GOING ON. AND THEN FINALLY, THE FINAL FINALE IS THE PUBLIX FOOD PANTRY SUPPORT. AND WHEN MS. SHAMBURGER AND MS. GRAY SAID THAT IT WAS A WELL-ATTENDED EVENT, I CAN'T TELL YOU, AND I KNOW, MS. STUART, THIS WAS YOUR BABY TO KICK IT OFF, BUT I TELL YOU WHAT, IT WAS VERY INSPIRING TO SEE A COMMUNITY PARTNER REACH OUT. THE TOTAL FIGURE THEY SAID THEY WERE DONATING WAS $5 MILLION FOR OVERALL FOOD IN THE UNITED STATES I THINK IT WAS. SOUTHEAST AREA. AND THEY GAVE US $45,000 REPRESENTING EIGHT OF OUR SCHOOLS. AND THAT MEANS THAT OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT GOING TO GO HUNGRY. AND I THINK THAT IS WONDERFUL. SORRY I WENT OVER. THAT'S IT.  

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

>>Melissa Snively: I REALLY HAVE TO BE BETTER AT PUSHING MY BUTTON BEFORE MS. HARRIS. [ LAUGHTER ]  

>>Cindy Stuart: DON'T WASTE YOUR MINUTES ON THAT.  

>>Melissa Snively: I'M TIRED. I DON'T KNOW HOW I CAN BE EVERYWHERE AT ONE TIME. I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU DO THAT, BUT I'M GLAD YOU DO. I'M GLAD YOU DO. I WANT TO MENTION A COUPLE OF THINGS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WANTED TO ADDRESS, I KNOW THERE ARE SOME FOLKS HERE THAT HAVE BEEN IMPACTED BY THE BUSING SITUATION, YOU KNOW, I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE DIDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT OF IT UNTIL SCHOOL ACTUALLY STARTED. I WANTED TO SHOUT OUT TO THE PRINCIPALS OF THE SCHOOLS THAT WERE GREATLY AFFECTED SAYING THEY DID A GOOD JOB TRYING TO MANAGE THE TRAFFIC, TRYING TO MANAGE THE SAFETY, TRYING TO MANAGE ALL OF THE THINGS THAT THEY WERE TRYING TO ANTICIPATE WITH THE CHANGES IN TRANSPORTATION. AND I THINK THAT THE PRINCIPALS SHOULD DEFINITELY GET KUDOS FOR THE EFFORT THEY PUT INTO MAKING IT SAFE FOR OUR STUDENTS. NOW THAT WE HAVE STARTED SCHOOL AND WE'RE KIND OF SEEING SOME OF THOSE RAMIFICATIONS OF THE CESSATION OF BUSING WITHIN THAT TWO-MILE RADIUS, I REALLY GENUINELY HOPE -- AND I KNOW -- I THINK I KNOW, THE SUPERINTENDENT, HIS STAFF CAN REALLY TAKE A CLOSE LOOK AT SOME OF THE EFFECTS OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THAT INITIATIVE. THERE ARE OBVIOUSLY SOME AREAS THAT ARE STILL OF GREAT CONCERN THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTY WHERE PARENTS STILL FEEL IT'S VERY HAZARDOUS FOR OUR STUDENTS TO BE WALKING OR BIKING AND THEY ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH THOSE STUDENTS. BEING A PARENT, ALL OF US HAVING BEEN PARENTS, I THINK WE CAN PUT OURSELVES IN THAT PLACE AND LOOK AROUND THE COUNTY AND SEE SOME OF THOSE AREAS THAT ARE OF CONCERN THAT WE PROBABLY WOULDN'T LET OUR OWN CHILDREN WALK OR BIKE. THESE AREAS, I'M HOPING THAT WE CAN POSSIBLY REVIEW THEM AND DETERMINE IF THERE'S ANYTHING WE CAN DO TO HELP THOSE FAMILIES GET THEIR STUDENTS TO SCHOOL SAFELY THAT'S WITHIN THE PURVIEW OF OUR AUTHORITY AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT. WITH THAT SAID, I HOPE WE CAN WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS AND OTHER GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO ADDRESS AND MITIGATE SOME OF THOSE AREAS THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF OUR PURVIEW. THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH CONTROL OBVIOUSLY THAT WE HAVE AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THERE'S A LOT OF WORK THAT STILL NEEDS TO BE DONE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY TO MAKE SURE THAT INFRASTRUCTURE IS THERE FOR OUR STUDENTS. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US REALLY TAKE THIS PROJECT, IF YOU WILL, OR THIS LEARNING EXPERIENCE DURING THIS PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION, LEARN FROM IT BEFORE WE MAKE THE NEXT RECOMMENDATION FOR BUSING, ENDING THE BUSING. I THINK WE CAN TAKE A LOT OF THIS AND LEARN FROM IT AND LEARN FROM THE PROCESS. I LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING SOME VERY PRODUCTIVE CONVERSATIONS AROUND THAT ABOUT STUDENT SAFETY. AND I WANT TO THANK THE SUPERINTENDENT IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR COOPERATION AND YOUR CONSIDERATION WHEN IT COMES TO THOSE ISSUES. THE ONLY OTHER THING I WANTED TO SAY WAS SAVE THE DATE FOR THE GREAT AMERICAN TEACH-IN. IT WILL SNEAK UP ON YOU. IT'S NOVEMBER, THURSDAY KNOW OF THE 16th. I THINK YOU SAID WE HAVE ABOUT 17,000 VOLUNTEERS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN REGISTERED WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. GET OUT THERE AND GET ON THE SCHOOL SITE. GET ON THE DISTRICT SITE AND GET YOUR VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION IN SO THAT YOU CAN BE IN THE CLASSROOM ON THAT DAY. THANK YOU, AGAIN, TO PUBLIX. THAT WAS AN AMAZING CONTRIBUTION MADE TO OUR SCHOOLS AND MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ALSO GO TO THE PEOPLE IN TEXAS RIGHT NOW. I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE WHAT THEY ARE GOING THROUGH. I KNOW OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THEM. IF YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION OF TIME OR MONEY, THEN PLEASE DO THAT, BECAUSE WE ARE SO BLESSED TO NOT HAVE TO GO THROUGH SOMETHING LIKE THAT. LET'S KNOCK ON SOME WOOD AND SAY SOME EXTRA PRAYERS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. VALDES SAYS SHE FORGOT SOMETHING.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THIS WILL BE QUICK AND IT GOES ALONG TO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS OVER IN HOUSTON. DR. CASTERLY OVER IN THE COUNCIL OF GREAT CITY SCHOOLS JUST SENT AN E-MAIL TO ALL OF THE BOARD MEMBERS ON THE COUNCIL OF GREAT CITY SCHOOLS THAT THE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL -- HOUSTON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS IMMEDIATE NEEDS FOR THEIR CHILDREN. THEY HAVE ABOUT 50 SCHOOLS HAVE THAT BE FLOODED TO SOME DEGREE. MANY OF THOSE FAMILIES ARE STAYING IN OTHER LESS DAMAGED SCHOOLS. CHILDREN DO NOT HAVE EXTRA CLOTHES OR SUPPLIES OR SCHOOL SUPPLIES. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A PLEA TO ALL OF US OUT THERE, LET'S SEE WHAT WE CAN RACK UP WITH DONATIONS AND LET'S PUT A DEADLINE ON IT MAYBE BY NEXT WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY. LET'S GIVE IT A WEEK AND SEE WHAT IS IT THAT THE 8th LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE NATION, 26,000 EMPLOYEES, IF WE CAN ALL DONATE, BRING SOMETHING SO THAT WE CAN GO AHEAD AND SEND OVER ON BEHALF OF THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS DISTRICT TO MR. -- DR DR. CUARON OVER THERE AND THE FAMILIES. WE LOST THREE OF OUR OWN. WE LOST COLEMAN BELL, CAROLYN HILL AND DR. DEL NELSON. OUR HEARTS MOURN FOR THEIR LOSS AND THANK YOU FOR THE MANY YEARS OF SERVICE AND THEIR LEGACY WILL LIVE ON. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. VALDES. I HAVE A VIDEO AS WELL THAT I WILL SET UP IF PABLO CAN BRING THAT UP. BOARD MEMBERS, TWO THINGS REAL QUICK. I'M GOING TO ASK FOR A WORKSHOP, AND I KNOW THAT'S NOT SOMETHING. WE HAVE SOME DATES THAT ARE A LITTLE BIT FLEXIBLE WITH TERMINATION HEARINGS MAYBE NOT HAPPENING AND SOME FLEXIBILITY HERE. I REALLY FEEL LIKE IN MY CONVERSATIONS WITH STAFF AND THE SUPERINTENDENT THAT WE NEED TO HAVE A CONVERSATION, A SIT-DOWN CONVERSATION ABOUT HOUSE BILL 7069 ABOUT IMPLEMENTATION FIRST AND THEN ALSO ABOUT ALL OF THIS TALK ABOUT LAWSUIT AND LITIGATION AND WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. SO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND I HAVE AGREED TO COME UP WITH A DATE AND WE'LL TALK ABOUT WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE WITH HIS STAFF FOR SOME TIME ON YOUR SCHEDULE THAT IS PROBABLY ALREADY BOOKED FOR SOMETHING, EITHER A WORKSHOP OR ONE OF THOSE OTHER TERMINATION HEARINGS THAT WE DON'T THINK THROUGH MS. WHALEN'S OFFICE IS GOING TO HAPPEN. ALSO, I'M GOING TO ASK, AND I THINK THIS IS COMING TO US, MR. FARKAS, ON THE 5th I BELIEVE, A PLAN -- I MEAN, I REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE IN THIS SITUATION THAT WE ARE CURRENTLY IN WITH AIR-CONDITIONING, WE WERE IN WITH TRANSPORTATION AND BUSES. THE ONLY WAY WE GOT OUT OF THAT IS WE HAD A PLAN. WE HAD A LONG-TERM PLAN FOR HOW WE WERE GOING TO PURCHASE BUSES, WHERE THOSE DOLLARS WERE COMING FROM, HOW THAT LOOKED AND IT WASN'T JUST THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN. I'M HOPING THAT THAT IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO SEE ON THE 5th. I JUST WANT TO PUT THAT OUT THERE THAT THE DISTRICT IS WORKING ON SOMETHING. THERE IS A PROACTIVE PLAN BEING WORKED ON. TODAY, PUBLIX, WOW, THERE ARE NOT MANY THINGS THAT BRING ME TO TEARS IN ANNOUNCEMENT LIKE THAT. PUBLIX REALLY STEPPED OUT OF THE BOX. I HAVE GOT TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT AGAIN TO MARYLOU WHALEY AND DESIREE MARCIANO IN HER OFFICE THAT WE HAD ONE MEETING WITH PUBLIX HERE LOCALLY AFTER I ASKED A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS OF MS. WHALEY AND HER OFFICE ABOUT HOW MUCH FEEDING THIS DISTRICT DOES OUT OF PANTRIES IN OUR SCHOOLS AND FOUND THAT IT REALLY IS VERY LITTLE. WE DO A LOT OF FEEDING OF CHILDREN FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH IN THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. WE DO A LOT OF BACKPACK FEEDING THAT GOES HOME BUT THERE'S NOT A LOT FOR FAMILIES TO COME IN AND SHOP IN A PANTRY LIKE THIS. MORT IS THE MODEL. THEY HAVE HAD A PANTRY ALMOST TWO YEARS WITH PUBLIX. OUR MEETING WITH BRIAN WEST WAS OVER THIS SUMMER. AND THEY CAME FORWARD TODAY WITH A HUGE DONATION TO EIGHT OF OUR SCHOOLS TO START PANTRIES, MORT PANTRY WILL BE SUSTAINED FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS. ALL THE OTHER PANTRIES WILL BE SUSTAINED FOR AT LEAST ONE YEAR. I'LL SAY THIS WORD. IT'S PILOT. SO WE LOOK FORWARD TO THEM COMING BACK NEXT YEAR AND HAVING A BROADER CONVERSATION WITH WHAT HAPPENED, HOW WE MOVE FORWARD AND DOING FURTHER OF THIS. I KNOW OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM PUT TOGETHER A VIDEO FROM THIS MORNING THAT I HAVE NOT EVEN SEEN YET. MR. SUPERINTENDENT WAS SUPPOSED TO CALL IT UP, BUT I WILL DO THAT SINCE HE MISSED IT.  ∫  

>> WE'RE JOINING IN OUR MISSION PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO SEE THAT THERE IS A SUPPORT SYSTEM AROUND THEM. YOU'RE PART OF THE SUPPORT SYSTEM THAT I SO GREATLY APPRECIATE.  

>> IT'S WONDERFUL TO HAVE THIS FOOD PANTRY HERE TO SUPPLY PARENTS WITH EMERGENCY NEEDS FOR THEIR FAMILY. IT ALLOWS THOSE PARENTS THAT MAYBE ARE UNDER PRESSURE FROM WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE HAPPENING AT HOME AND THEY CAN'T FEED THEIR FAMILY, THEY KNOW THIS IS A SAFE PLACE WHERE THEY CAN COME, RECEIVE SOME HELP AND HAVE FOOD ON THE TABLE.  

>> WE LOVE HELPING OUT THE PARENTS WHO COME IN FEED THEIR CHILDREN.  

>> I REALLY AM PLEASED THAT THE CONCEPT IS ADDRESS -- IS ADDRESSING THE WHOLE FAMILY'S NEED. THIS COMMUNITY SCHOOL INITIATIVE TO ME MAKES SO MUCH SENSE TO PROVIDE RESOURCES IN A LARGE SENSE SO THAT THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN THRIVE.  

>> WE SERVE ONCE A WEEK, BUT IT'S JUST SO FULFILLING TO COME IN AND TALK WITH EVERYONE WHO COMES IN HERE, AND THEY ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THIS PANTRY. IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD.  

>>Cindy Stuart: SO THANK YOU AGAIN TO PUBLIX, BRIAN WEST AND TODD JONES. OUR HATS ARE OFF TO YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE YOU. WE HAVE MANAGED TO GET OUT OF THE BOARD MEETING IN FOUR HOURS AND 12 MINUTES. I THINK THAT MIGHT BE A RECORD. SO WITH THAT, WE ARE ADJOURNED. [ SOUNDING GAVEL ]  ∫