Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Regular Board Meeting from September 19th, 2017, 3:00 P.M.

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

>> AND 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 12 GRADE. THAT MAKES OUR DISTRICT ONE OF THE TEN LARGEST IN AMERICA. OUR TEAM IS MADE UP OF MORE THAN 25,000 DEAD DATED PEOPLE WORKING AT MORE THAN 245 SITES. WE ARE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY'S LARGEST EMPLOYER.  

>> THE BEST WAY TO SERVE OUR STUDENTS IN OUR COMMUNITY IS TO INVOLVE YOU, THE PUBLIC. YOU ARE WELCOME TO E-MAIL OR MEET WITH OUR BOARD MEMBERS AND FOLLOW OUR DISTRICT ON SOCIAL MEDIA.  OUR BOARD MEETINGS ARE HELD AT THE BOARD AUDITORIUM EVERY OTHER TUESDAY STARTING AT 3 P.M. THE MEETINGS ARE STREAMED LIVE ON OUR WEBSITE AND CARRIED LIVE ON CABLE 635 AND FIOS 632.  

>> AS YOUR ELECTED BOARD WE ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT THE BOARD HAS TO SAY. WE WILL INCLUDE TIME FOR OUR NEWS 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 ARE MAKING DECISIONS THAT SHAPE OUR COMMUNITY'S FUTURE. WE AT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. (SOUNDING GAVEL).  

>>Cindy Stuart: GOOD AFTERNOON. WELCOME TO THE SEPTEMBER 19th, 3 P.M. BOARD MEETING. I AM GOING TO CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER. IF YOU COULD PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY MEMBER HARRIS.  

>>Sally Harris: I HAVE A QUOTE I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE. AND IT'S A VERY GOOD QUOTE WITH WHAT WE ALL JUST WENT THROUGH. IT SAYS THOSE WHO BRING US SUNSHINE TO THE LIVES OF OTHERS CANNOT KEEP IT FROM THEMSELVES. ALWAYS REMEMBER OTHERS. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REMEMBER ALL THOSE THAT SUFFERED IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS. (MOMENT OF SILENCE) THANK YOU. [ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ]  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY AT THIS TIME TO INTRODUCE SALINA VEGAS, A SENIOR, WHO IS WITH US TODAY AS OUR SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVE. WELCOME, MISS VEGA. I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU HAVE A FEW ITEMS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO SPEAK TO US ABOUT TONIGHT. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE TWO WITHDRAWN ITEMS TONIGHT. ITEM C-4004 AND C 1307. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO ADOPT THE GENERAL.  I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MRS. SHAMBERGER. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, IF YOU COULD PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTES WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. SHALL THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. IT'S UNANIMOUS. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MRS. GRIFFIN. BOARD MEMBERS, YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED A COPY OF THE AUGUST 29th SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MINUTES IN YOUR PACKET FOR REVIEW. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THOSE MINUTES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. SHAMBERGER AND SECOND BY MRS. GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. AND THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED. MEMBER HARRIS, IF YOU COULD PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER STUART. AS WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON'S MEETING, LET ME QUICKLY REVIEW THE FORMAT OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. THE BOARD'S AGENDA IS A CONSENT AGENDA. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE APPROVED UPON MOTION AND VOTE UNLESS AN ITEM IS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THE AGENDA AND BACKUP DOCUMENTATION ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE. THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON THE LIVE WEBCAST, ON CABLE TV AND ON THE VIDEO MONITOR HERE IN THE AUDITORIUM. IT ALSO CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING LATER IN THE VIDEO ARCHIVES. DURING THE MEETING, THERE IS A TABLET AVAILABLE AT THE COMMUNICATIONS DESK THAT CAN BE USED TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING. THERE ARE SPEAKERS IN THE BACK OF THE 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 FOR A TOTAL OF 5 MINUTES TO ADDRESS TWO OR MORE AGENDA DEMOCRATS. 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 FOR 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 RESPONSES. THE SCHOOL BOARD RESPECTS THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD, BUT WE CANNOT TOLERATE BEHAVIOR INTENDED TO INTERRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THIS MEETING. OUR CIVILITY POLICY IS IN EFFECT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE TWO ITEMS THAT WILL BE TAKEN AT TIMES SPECIFIC TODAY. ITEM NUMBER D-01, THE FINAL PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MILLAGE RATE AND BUDGET FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR WILL BE TAKEN AT 5:01 AND 6: P.M. BOARD INPUT. THERE ARE NO APPOINTMENTS FOR TRANSFERS TODAY ON THE AGENDA. AT THIS TIME, BOARD MEMBERS, I AM GOING TO MOVE TO THE RECOGNITIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS AND THEN WE WILL MOVE INTO OUR REGULAR AGENDA. WE HAVE TWO PROCLAMATIONS THIS EVENING. ONE IS A PROCLAMATION OF NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH. SEPTEMBER 15 THROUGH OCTOBER 15. THIS IS BEING BROUGHT TO US BY OUR OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING. AND BE DELGADO, GRADES K-12, FOREIGN LANGUAGES, WILL PRESENT THIS ITEM. I DIDN'T SEE YOU. I DIDN'T THINK YOU WERE HERE.  

>> A LITTLE SHORT. GOOD AFTERNOON, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS. ONCE AGAIN, I'M VERY PROUD TO COME BEFORE YOU TODAY. BEFORE I START, I WANT TO ECHO BOARD MEMBER SALLY HARRIS' REQUEST TO KEEP IN MIND ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY THE HURRICANE, ESPECIALLY TODAY. ONCE AGAIN, AS MARIE A, HURRICANE MARIA IS APPROACHING THE ISLAND OF PUERTO RICO, AND WE ARE HOPING THAT THEY ARE SPARED. IF YOU WOULD ALSO KEEP THEM IN MIND. I COME BEFORE YOU AGAIN TO REQUEST THE APPROVAL OF THE RECOGNITION OF HISPANIC HERITAGE, NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH FOR SEPTEMBER 15 THROUGH OCTOBER 15th, ALSO KNOWN AS MES DE LA HERENCIA. AT THIS TIME, OUR SCHOOL, OUR DISTRICT SCHOOL COLLABORATES WITH OUR COMMUNITY, WITH OUR BUSINESSES, ORGANIZATION, FAMILIES, AND REALLY ANY LOCAL PARTNERS, AND WE HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO COLLABORATE WITH INCLUDING UNIVERSITY AND STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP BRING HIGHLIGHT AND SHOWCASING THE MANY SIGNIFICANT AND POSITIVE CONTRIBUTIONS THAT OUR HISPANIC AMERICANS HAVE MADE THROUGHOUT OUR NATION, BUT MOST SPECIFICALLY IN OUR LOCAL TOWN WHERE HISPANIC POPULATION CONTINUES TO INCREASE. THIS ALLOWS OUR HISPANIC STUDENTS TO FEEL PRIDE, TO FEEL THAT THEIR CULTURE IS OF VALUE, THE IMPORTANT ROLE THAT THEIR ANCESTORS HAVE PLAYED, AND THAT THEY TOO IN THE STRENGTHENING AND MOLDING OF OUR GREAT NATION. IT ALSO GIVES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THOSE NON-HISPANIC STUDENTS TO EMBRACE AND LEARN ABOUT OTHER CULTURES AS WE PREPARE THEM FOR LIFE TO BE COMPETITIVE IN OUR GLOBAL MARKET. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I'M VERY THANKFUL FOR. AS MENTIONED, AS WE ALL KNOW, OUR DISTRICT DOES NOT OPERATE IN SILO. WE OPERATE WITH VERY DEPENDENT UPON CORPORATE SPONSORS, AND OUR MANY CONTRIBUTORS IN OUR ORGANIZATION. AND THIS IS WHY I'M PROUD TO HAVE SOME OF OUR VERY IMPORTANT DISTRICT EMPLOYEES AND DEPARTMENTS, THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY LED BY MRS. MANERA SPORE OH AND OUR NEW HISPANIC LIAISON, AND I HAVE ALSO INVITED TODAY FELIX, PART OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF THE TAMPA HISPANIC HERITAGE INCORPORATED, WHICH THEY ARE THE ONES THAT SPONSOR THE ESSAY CONTEST, THE POSTER CONTEST, INCORPORATE SOME OF OUR STUDENTS IN THEIR -- ACTUALLY EVEN IN THEIR MENTORING PROGRAM. SO FELIX, I THANK YOU FOR COMBING HERE WITH US AND SUPPORTING FOR MANY YEARS REPRESENTING TAMPA'S HISPANIC HERITAGE, AS WELL AS THE SHERIFF'S ADVISORY COMMITTEE, THE MAYOR'S HISPANIC HERITAGE. WE REALLY DO HAVE A GREAT COLLABORATION OF PARTNERS. I WANT TO ALSO MENTION THAT THIS YEAR WE ARE VERY FORTUNATE, VERY, VERY PROUD OF OUR DISTRICT AND THE DIRECTION THAT IT'S TAKEN TO EMBRACE HISPANIC HERITAGE, AND OUR HISPANIC STUDENTS. WE ARE THE OFFICIAL LATINO PARTNERS THIS YEAR, AND WE WILL HAVE A VERY STRONG PRESENCE IN OUR SCHOOLS, AND I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT OPPORTUNITY. WE HAVE CREATED LESSON PLANS FOR TEACHERS SO THAT THEY CAN INTEGRATE INTO THIS LESSON. THERE IS A LINK ON OUR WEBSITE. THERE IS A VIDEO, 3-MINUTE HISPANIC DIVERSITY VIDEO THAT HAS BEEN AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST -- ALL OF THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME SO I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS. IT REALLY HAS BEEN AVAILABLE TO ALL THE AREAS. WE CONTINUE TO HAVE A COLLEGE AWARENESS NIGHT IN SPANISH FOR OUR FAMILIES. AND TODAY WE ALSO HAVE A HISPANIC HERITAGE WEB PAGE WHERE PARENTS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS CONSIDER BE GO TO GATHER RESOURCES TO ALSO HELP AND SUPPORT THE ISSUE. SO WITH THAT, I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IF YOU WOULD JUST ALLOW ME TO QUICKLY READ THE PROCLAMATION THAT I THINK IS SO SIGNIFICANT. AND THAT IS: WHEREAS DURING NATIONAL HERITAGE MONTH WE RECOGNIZE CONTRIBUTIONS MADE BY HISPANICS IN THE UNITED STATES AND CELEBRATE THEIR CULTURE AND HERITAGE AND WHEREAS HISPANIC AMERICANS HAVE MADE A PROFOUND AND POP INFLUENCE ON OUR COUNTRY THROUGH THEIR STRONG COMMITMENT TO FAMILY, FAITH, HARD WORK AND COMMUNITY SERVICE, THEY HAVE ENRICHED THE SHAPE AND SHAPED OUR NATIONAL CHARACTER WITH CENTURY OLD TRADITIONS THAT REFLECT THE MULTI-ETHNIC AND MULTICULTURAL CUSTOMS OF OUR PROUD HISTORY AND WHEREAS GENERATIONS OF HISPANIC AMERICANS HAVE SERVED IN AMERICA'S ARMED FORCES TO DEFEND LIBERTY AND ADVANCE DEMOCRACY AROUND THE WORLD, AND WHEREAS HISPANIC AMERICANS HAVE WORKED TO OVERCOME MANY CHALLENGES OFTEN IN THE FACE OF DISCRIMINATION OF PREJUDICE AND HAVE SUCCESSFULLY EMBRACED THE OPPORTUNITIES OF THE AMERICAN DREAM, AND WHEREAS TOGETHER WE RECOGNIZE THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WITH LOVE OF FAMILY, STRONG WORK ETHIC AND WILLINGNESS TO SHARE THEIR HERITAGE AND TRADITION HAVE MADE OUR COUNTRY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE, AND WHEREAS NATIONALLY THE SEPTEMBER 15-OCTOBER 15 IS THE FOCAL POINT FOR RECOGNIZING AND CELEBRATING THE MANY ACHIEVEMENTS OF HISPANIC AMERICANS, AND APPLAUDING THEIR PROUD LEGACY OF SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO THIS COUNTRY, TO THE CITY, GREAT CITY OF TAMPA, AND OUR WONDERFUL HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THANK YOU.  

>> THANK YOU. MRS. VALDES?  

>> I MOVE THE MOTION AND WELCOME. AND FELIX, ALSO, IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE AND SUCH AN IMPORTANT TIME IN THIS COUNTY WHEN THE DIVERSE COUNTY THAT WE LIVE IN, AND WHEN WE SPEAK ABOUT THE ADVANCEMENTS THAT WE HAVE DONE COLLECTIVELY UNDER THE LEADERSHIP, BECAUSE MR. EAKINS HAS BEEN PHENOMENAL, THE ENHANCEMENT OF THE DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAMS IN OUR COUNTY, WE WERE GOING TO SEE THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT ON THAT TEN TIMES OVER, AND WE ARE GOING TO SEE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT RISE. AND I'M JUST EXCITED FOR THIS MONTH SEEING ALL THE FESTIVITIES AND ALL THE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE HAVE. AND ONE THING THAT I DO WISH THAT WE CAN EMPHASIZE -- AND THIS IS A GOAL -- WE HAVE REACHED EXEMPLARY STATUS IN OTHER AREAS. IT'S TIME WE REACH EXEMPLARY STATUS WHEN IT COMES TO HISPANIC AMERICAN EDUCATION IN THIS NATION. WE HAVE COME A LONG WAY, BUT IT'S TIME THAT THIS COMMUNITY STEPS UP ITS GAME AND MAKES ITS PRESENCE KNOWN, BECAUSE WE ARE THE MELTING POT. BEING A HISPANIC IS AN HE IS NICETY. IT'S NOT A RACE. IT'S AWAY OF LIFE. IT'S CULTURE. IT'S FOOD. IT'S AN UNDERSTANDING OF YOUR ROOTS. IT'S EMBRACING A LANGUAGE AND ALL THAT IT ENCOMPASSES. SO THERE'S SO MUCH TO LEARN FROM ALL OF THE MANY DIFFERENT LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES THAT ONE THING THAT DOES UNITE US IS THE SPANISH LANGUAGE. BUT IN SO MANY WAYS, EVEN WITHIN OUR DIFFERENT LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES, THERE ARE DIFFERENCES WITHIN THE SPANISH LANGUAGE. SO WE STILL LEARN AMONGST EACH OTHER, ALTHOUGH THE LANGUAGE IS JUST REALLY AND THE CULTURES, SO IT'S MY HONOR AND DISTINCT PLEASURE TO OFFER MY MOTION FOR TODAY'S PROCLAMATION. AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES. I HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR AND A SECOND BY MRS. GRIFFIN TO APPROVE THE PROCLAMATION FOR NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH. IS THERE ANY CONVERSATION? SEEING NONE IF YOU COULD INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. THANK YOU. CONGRATULATIONS. WE APPRECIATE YOU GUYS BEING HERE.  

>> THANK YOU. AND FELIX WILL BE PROVIDING A COPY OF THE POSTER THAT WAS JUST UNVEILED, THE WINNER. HE'S A COLOMBIAN ARTIST WHO JUST WON THE CONTEST. AND ACTUALLY, WE HAVE ONE THAT'S BEEN DEDICATED TO MR. EAKINS. SO DON'T ANYBODY ELSE GET JEALOUS BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO GET ONE, TOO.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR NEXT PROCLAMATION IS THE ADOPTION OF A APPROXIMATE LAMMINGS FOR NATIONAL ARTS AND EDUCATION WEEK, SEPTEMBER 10th THROUGH 16th, COMING TO YOU FROM THE OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING. MELANIE FAULKNER, SUPERVISOR MUCH ELEMENTARY EDUCATION WILL COME FORWARD AND PRESENT THIS ITEM.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, AND STAFF. ARTS EDUCATION COMPRISES A RICH ARRAY OF DISCIPLINES INCLUDING DANCE, MEDIA ARTS, MUSIC, THEATER, VISUAL ARTS, AND IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT OF A COMPLETE AND A WELL-ROUNDED EDUCATION. ARTS EDUCATION ENABLES STUDENTS TO DEVELOP CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS, PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS, IMAGINATION AND CREATIST, DISCIPLINE AND COLLABORATION. IT GIVES WAYS TO EXPRESS IDEAS AND CROSS CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING. TO SUCCEED IN TODAY'S SOCIETY AND ECONOMY, STUDENTS MUST DEVELOP TRAITS THAT BUSINESS LEADERS WANT AND DEMAND IN THE 21st CENTURY SUCH AS COMMUNICATING THE WORDS, IMAGES, SOUNDS, AND MOVEMENTS. ON BEHALF OF MY ARTS COLLEAGUES, TED HOPE, AARON SALADINO, ELISABETH BROWN, AS WELL AS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE ARTS COUNCIL, WE RECOGNIZE THE ARTS ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF LIFE, AND AS WE PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE, WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR A SCHOOL BOARD AND ADMINISTRATION THAT SUPPORTS THE ARTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. FAULKNER. MRS. GRAY, I BELIEVE YOU HAVE SOME STATEMENTS TO MAKE.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MELANIE, THANK YOU. JUST AS A SIDE NOTE, YOU ALL HAD A LITTLE PREPARATION TO SPEAK ON YOUR BEHALF AND ACTUALLY FOR OUR STUDENTS' BEHALF. THIS PARTICULAR WEEK, PASSED BY CONGRESS IN 2010, HOUSE RESOLUTION 275, DESIGNATES THE WEEK BEGINNING WITH THE SECOND SUNDAY IN SEPTEMBER AS NATIONAL ARTS AND EDUCATION WEEK. DURING THIS WEEK, THE FIELD OF ARTS EDUCATION JOINS TOGETHER IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE ENTIRE COUNTRY TO TELL THE STORY OF THE IMPACT OF THE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF THE ARTS IN EDUCATION. AS WE ACKNOWLEDGE THIS WEEK, I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT WE KNOW THE IMPORTANCE OF ARTS IN PREPARING OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE. ARTS EDUCATION DEVELOPS CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM SOLVING, SOCIAL AND CROSS CULTURAL SKILLS, INNOVATION, ADAPT ABILITY, CREATIVITY, AND MANY, MANY OTHER SKILLS. RESULTING IN CAREER AND COLLEGE READINESS. WE PROVIDE MUSIC, VISUAL ARTS, THEATER, AND DANCE INSTRUCTION FOR OUR STUDENTS, AS WELL AS EXPERIENCES WITH VISITING ARTISTS AND FIELD TRIPS TO BE SEE AMAZING PERFORMANCES. IT IS MY PLEASURE AND HONOR, AS I SPEAK FOR OUR SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, TO HAVE CAROL VICK, MELANIE FAULKNER AND OUR CEO WHO CANNOT BE HERE TONIGHT, MARTIN COLLIER, TO REPRESENT OUR DISTRICT WITH SUCH GREAT FIDELITY. THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND I BELIEVE I SHOULD MAKE A MOTION AT THIS TIME TO CONTINUE THIS PARTICULAR WEEK, THE NATIONAL ARTS AND EDUCATION WEEK.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. I'LL TAKE MRS. GRAY'S MOTION AND MRS. SNIVELY HAS A SECOND TO APPROVE THE PROCLAMATION. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THEREBY ANY DISCUSSION? MRS. GRIFFIN?  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND I WILL BE VERY BRIEF. BECAUSE I BEAT THIS DRUM A THOUSAND TIMES IF I BEAT IT ONCE. BUT STEM IS NOTHING WITHOUT THE ARTS OF THE SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH IS NOTHING WITHOUT THE CREATIVITY BEHIND IT TO INNOVATE. SO AS WE MOVE FORWARD, BOTH OF MY CHILDREN WERE ART STUDENTS AND GRADUATED WITH CERTIFICATIONS IN CLASSICAL GUITAR. WE KNOW THE SCIENCE BEHIND HOW THE BRAIN WORKS AND HOW MUSIC AND THE ARTS HELP OUR STUDENTS GRASP THE CONCEPTS OF SCIENCE AND MATH. SO I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW MUCH IT MEANS TO ME TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE ARTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS AND THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNITY. AND I KNOW THAT WE ARE WORKING TOWARDS EVEN MAKING THAT MORE SUPPORT FROM THIS BOARD AND FROM YOUR SUPERINTENDENT. SO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS ENGAGED EVERY SINGLE DAY.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. A MOTION BY MRS. GRAY, A SECOND BY MRS. SNIVELY. IS THERE ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS APPROVED UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE. I APPRECIATE IT. THE NEXT ITEM IS NOWHERE ON YOUR AGENDA OR PULLED ITEMS LIST SO I AM GOING TO TAKE A MOMENT OF PRIVILEGE TO BRING FORWARD AN ITEM OF THAT IS NOT IN FRONT OF YOU, AND THIS IS PROBABLY GOING TO BE A HUGE SURPRISE TO NOT ONLY MOST PEOPLE IN THE AUTOPSIES BUT TO THE RECIPIENT. LAST WEAK ONE OF OUR PARTNERS INFORMED US THAT ONE OF OUR VERY OWN HAS BEEN NAMED A NATIONAL RECIPIENT OF A VERY PRESTIGIOUS AWARD. AND BEFORE I GET INTO THAT, I CAN TELL YOU THAT AFTER THE EVENTS OF LAST WEEK A HURRICANE BEARING DOWN ON OUR COMMUNITY AND THEN A DEVASTATING LOSS OF ONE OF OUR SCHOOL FIRES, THIS INDIVIDUAL SHOWED WHO THEY ARE, WHAT THEY ARE MADE OF AND HOW THEIR DEDICATION TO OUR SCHOOL AND DISTRICT IS ENDLESS. THE EVENTS OF THIS LAST WEEK HAVE BEEN STRESSFUL AND QUITE HUMBLING IN THE STADIUM BREATH. I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT THAT HAS BEEN AN AMAZING STEWARDSHIP COLLABORATION AND FRIENDSHIP FROM OUR EMPLOYEES AND LEADERS AND FOR SUPERINTENDENT. I WANT TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP THIS PAST WEEK AND THAT IS WHY IT WAS DECIDED THAT WE COULD NOT WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE TO MAKE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT, THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT ALONG WITH THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATE ENGAGEMENT HALEY ARE VERY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS HAS BEEN NAMED SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR BY THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. HERE TO PRESENTS THIS AWARD THIS AFTERNOON IS THE MARKET DIRECTOR FOR THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. [ APPLAUSE ] SO WHILE HE GOES DOWN TO THE FRONT TO BE PRESENTED WITH THE PLAQUE, AND A RED TIE WHICH HE HAS ON TODAY, WE WERE ALL JOKING THAT SOMEBODY TOLD HIM THAT HE HAD A RED TIE ON TODAY. WE PUT CONFETTI HEARTS AT HIS DESK AND HE WAS SITTING THERE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY THAT WAS THERE. BUT CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO YOU. I THINK WE SURPRISED HIM, THOUGH. [ APPLAUSE ] THE IF FLOOR IS YOURS.  

>>ARE WELL, AGAIN, THANK YOU SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, STAFF, FOR ALLOWING ME THIS OPPORTUNITIES TO BE HERE TODAY. USUALLY I JUST KIND OF GO OFF THE CUFF BUT THIS IS A BIG DEAL SO I WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HIGHLIGHTED THE SUCCESS OF YOUR DISTRICT AND CERTAINLY SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. SO EVERY YEAR THERE IS A NATIONAL AWARD GIVEN TO LEADERS IN PROMOTING HEART HEALTH WHILE SAVING LIVES BY GROWING THE JUMP THE HOOPS FOR HEART PROGRAMS IN THEIR SCHOOL DISTRICT. SEVERAL HUNDRED CANDIDATES ARE SUBMITTED NATIONALLY ON A NATIONAL LEVEL. EVERY SINGLE YEAR COMING FROM OVER 32,000 SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, AND THEN ACTUALLY OUR NATIONAL EXECUTIVE TEAM AT THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION ACTUALLY REVIEWS ALL THE SUBMISSIONS AND THEN CHOOSES ONE CANDIDATE. AND THIS YEAR, THAT CANDIDATE, THE WINNER WAS SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. AND SO THIS IS A NATIONAL AWARD. IT'S DEFINITELY WELL EARNED AND WELL DESERVED. AND IT MEANS THE WORLD, AND SOME OTHER COLLEAGUES THAT HAVE SEEN SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOUR -- OUR WONDERFUL SUPERINTENDENT HAS DONE IN TERMS OF VIDEOS AND THINGS AND HAD THEIR SUPERINTENDENTS REACH OUT TO THEM AND SAID, HEY, WHAT IS SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS DOING WITH THE THINGS THEY HAVE BEEN DOING TO HELPING PROMOTE HEALTH AND WELLNESS? AND SOME OF THEM ARE FROM LARGE DISTRICTS IN LIKE THE NORTHEAST, NEW YORK AREA THAT ACTUALLY CONTACTED US WONDERING HOW THESE THINGS WERE HAPPENING. SO IT DEFINITELY IS A NATIONAL AWARD. AND WE COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD. AND THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO MUCH, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I'M A LITTLE SPEECHLESSFULLY. YOU GOT ME, VAN. YOU GOT ME, MRS. STUART. NOW I UNDERSTAND WHY THE HEART WAS AT MY TABLE HERE WHEN I CAME UP HERE TODAY. IT NOW MAKES TOTAL SENSE TO ME. BUT IT'S JUST AN HONOR TO HAVE A GREAT TEAM THAT WE ARE ALL LIKE MINDED IN WHAT WE WANT TO DO TO SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITY. AND ONE OF THOSE THINGS IS KEEPING EVERYONE HEALTHY, CREATING GREAT WELLNESS ACROSS THIS COMMUNITY SO WE CAN IMPACT THE LIVES OF PEOPLE AND I THINK THAT'S WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT AS AN ORGANIZATION, AND PRIVILEGED TO BE AN AWARD RECIPIENT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, QUITE AN HONOR.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, AND THANK YOU TO THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. WITH THAT, BOARD MEMBERS, WE WILL MOVE TO AUDIENCE COMMENTS. MRS. HARRIS, WOULD YOU PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES?  

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. AUDIENCE MEMBERS, WE ASK THAT YOU KEEP YOUR CELEBRATIONS TO THE MINUTE IN THE BOARD ROOM. OUTBURSTS. WE WISH TO HEAR FROM EVERY SPEAKER IN ATTENDANCE AND WOULD ASK FOR AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE AGENDA. WE HAVE THREE SPEAKERS WHO ARE SIGNED UP FOR THIS EVENING. I WILL CALL EACH OF YOU, AND EACH OF YOU HAS -- TWO OF YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES AND ONE HAS THREE. JOE ROBINSON, JOSEPHINE AMOTO, FOLLOWED BY ... WELCOME, MR. ROBINSON. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.  

>> THANK YOU. THAT'S AN ACT OF GOD. AND I WILL GET TO THAT IN A MINUTE. JOE ROBINSON. FIRST OF ALL, HAPPY HISPANIC MONTH. MRS. SHAMBERGER, WE ARE GOING TO BE BACK HERE ON BLACK HISTORY MONTH BECAUSE WE WORKING TOGETHER, BROWN AND BLACK TOGETHER HERE. FIRST OF ALL, THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE. HE'S DOING HIS JOB SO THAT'S ON THE RECORD. THANK YOU. MISS MINERVA, THANK YOU FOR HELPING HIM DO HIS JOB. THAT CLEARS THAT UP. AND MR. GAFFNEY, GO GOT HIS COMPUTERS UP, THANK YOU FOR THAT, SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE GOT OUR COMPUTERS BACK. BEN MOE, I KNOW HE'S REAL, REAL BUSY. AND BEN IS A JEWEL TO HAVE HERE. AND I DON'T CARE WHAT NOBODY SAY. LET'S GET ON WITH THE PROGRAM. AND MRS. WHALEY, I UNDERSTAND THAT SHE'S UNDER THE WEATHER, AND SHE WORKED ON SATURDAY TO GET STUFF DONE, SUNDAY TO GET STUFF DONE. I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW YOU COULD GET IN THE BUILDING THAT TIME OF DAY BUT SHE'S DONE THAT. AND I WANT TO THANK MARYLOU WHALEY. THAT'S ANOTHER PERSON YOU NEED TO REALLY LOOK AT. LISTEN TO THIS. OKAY. I HAVE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT ITEM 1. THE NEXT ONE I WANT TO TALK ABOUT HISPANIC. I AM GOING TO START WITH THIS ONE. THIS IS DEALING WITH THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ON THE VERY SERIOUS ITEM FROM THE CHRIS FARKAS DOMAIN. RIGHT NOW HE'S THE MAN AND HE'S GOT THINGS GOING. THIS AUDIT. I READ IT. WE NEEDED IT. WE GOT IT DONE. I AM GOING TO READ THIS BUT A FEW SECONDS. SERIOUSLY CONSIDER SEEKING A SCHOOL OUTLAY SURTAX REFERENDUM ALLOWABLE UNDER SECTION 212-065-B, OF A HALF CENT. THE DISTRICT DISCUSSED IT. WE TALKED ABOUT IT. WE NEED THIS SALES TAX. SUPERINTENDENT, MOVE IT UP. YOU GOT AN AUDIT THAT JUSTIFIES THAT IT GETS DONE. WE NOT BROKE BUT WE WILL BE BROKE IF BE WE DON'T DO THIS. NOW IS THE TIME. NOW IS THE MOMENT. GET IT ON THE BALLOT IN 2018 WITH EVERYTHING ELSE GOING ON AROUND HERE AND GET THAT MARKETING PROGRAM GOING WITH IT. WE NEED THAT. WE JUST HAD A SCHOOL BURN UP. AND GETTING READY TO DO AIR CONDITIONING THERE. THAT THANK GOD THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN. NEXT ON THE ITEM IS LEGAL SERVICES. THANK GOD FOR THESE ATTORNEYS, BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF ISSUES AT HR LABOR DEPARTMENT. PLEASE LET THOSE ATTORNEYS COME OVER, McBURNEY AND ANDREW McLAUGHLIN, ALL THESE ATTORNEYS AND LAWYERS AND JUDGES. SO I THINK IT WOULD BE GOOD KEEPING THEM ON BOARD. NOW WE MOVE ON TO STREAMLINING THE DISTRICT SAFETY OFFICE AND ALL OF THESE THINGS THAT CHRIS FARKAS HAS BEEN WORKING AND DRILLING DOWN. I TOLD YOU LAST TIME BEFORE REORGANIZATION, I TOLD YOU THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE CONSOLIDATIONS. THIS IS PART OF THAT. KEEP DOING THAT. CHRIS, GET THIS DONE. I'M HERE WITH YOU. NAACP SUPPORTS, EVERYBODY IN WEST TAMPA SUPPORTING IT. GET IT DONE. LET IT HAPPEN. AND MAKE SURE THAT THIS MAKES US LEANER AND MEANER AND MORE EFFICIENT AT THE SAME TIME. AND THEN FINALLY, WITH THE LAST ONE MINUTE, ROBERT E.LEE BURNED DOWN BUT NOT TO THE GROUND. YOU KNOW IT'S CONTROVERSIAL. I HAVE READ THE ITEM 13 .04, THE GROWTH MANAGEMENT REPORT. NOT ONE WORD, NOT ONE WORD, NOT ONE MENTION OF MEACHUM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THAT WAS PROMISED TO BE REBUILT BACK BY THE BLACK COMMUNITY, MEACHUM AND TAMPA HOUSING AUTHORITY. THEY ARE NOT USING -- MAO MEACHUM NEEDS TO BE CONSIDERED AS AN OPTION TO REPLACING LEE ELEMENTARY. MEACHUM WAS PROMISED TO US. I GUARANTEE YOU, RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM WHERE I WENT TO SCHOOL AT ST. PETER CLAVER, AND BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB DOWN THE STREET, YOU GOT A NEW CLUB FOR A MILLION DOLLAR, BASKETBALL COURTS. YOU CAN GO VERTICAL WITH IT. THINK ABOUT IT. KEEP IT AS AN OPTION. THAT'S ALL I WANT TO SAY BECAUSE MEACHUM IS JUST LIKE BLAKE AND MIDDLETON. IT TOOK 30 YEARS. YOU GOT LEE FOR AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REPLACEMENT AND IT'S CLOSER THAN LOCKHART AND NOW SUPERINTENDENT, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING, MAN. THANK YOU FOR JUMPING TO THE GUN AND GETTING ALL THEM TEACHERS, GIVING THEM THE MONEY FOR WHAT THEY LOST IN THE FIRE, GIVING THESE TEACHERS AND EVERYBODY TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE MONEY SO YOU DID IT, MAN. KEEP DOING IT. I'M HERE TO THANK YOU. (BELL SOUNDS) THAT'S ALL I HAVE GOT TO SAY ABOUT IT. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. ROBINSON. JOSEFINA MOTTO. WELCOME, MRS. A MOTTO. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.  

>> TODAY WE RECOGNIZE HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH AND MADE A PROCLAMATION FOR ALL THE GREAT THINGS THAT SPANISH AMERICANS HAVE DONE FOR OUR NATION. I CARE FOR MY CHILDREN AND ALL THE CHILDREN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO PUBLIC EDUCATION AND THEIR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO PUBLIC SCHOOL. THE DENIAL OF SAFE PUBLIC SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION BASED ON AGE, RACE AND ETHIC ORIGIN IN OUR DISTRICT IS A DENIAL OF EQUAL ACCESS TO PUBLIC EDUCATION. IT IS SEPARATE BUT EQUAL WRAPPED UP IN A DIFFERENT PACKAGE. ON AUGUST 29th AFTER THE LAST SCHOOL BOARD MEETING A LARGE GROUP OF PARENTS WITH A BUS FOR US MET WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE DISTRICT. FROM LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL, PHENOMENAL AND NEWSOME AND GIVEN TIME TO TALK ABOUT THE HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS SURROUNDING LENNARD TO.  INCLUDE A LETTER FROM THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT RECOGNIZES THERE ARE HAZARDOUS WALKING CONDITIONS WITHIN TWO MILES OF LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL, WE WERE PROMISED AN IMMEDIATE AUDIT OF THE WALKING CONDITIONS FROM THE STUDENTS HOMES TO LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL. A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE DISTRICT TRANSPORTATION DID ARRIVE THE VERY NEXT DAY TO THE IDENTIFIED COMMUNITY AND DID NOT EXIT THE VEHICLE TO CON DUCT A WALKING AUDIT OF THE WALKING HAZARDOUS CONDITION. WE HAVE A LETTER ACKNOWLEDGING THE HAZARDS WITHIN LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL IN THE TWO MILES. WE HAVE IT SIX LANES BOTH WAYS WHICH CLEARLY MEETS THE STATE STAT JUTES FOR HAZARDOUS WALKING CONDITIONS. WHAT WE DO NOT HAVE FOR THE CHILDREN AT LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL IS A SAFE SCHOOL BUS TO SCHOOL. LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL HAS A STUDENT BODY POPULATION OF 85% ETHNIC MINORITY. 69% OF THAT STUDENT BODY POPULATION ARE HISPANIC AMERICAN. 90% OF THE STUDENTS KILLED WALKING TO SCHOOL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THE LAST FIVE YEARS HAVE BEEN HISPANIC AMERICANS. I SAY TO YOU AGAIN, I DON'T CARE ABOUT YOUR EMPTY WORDS OR THE PROMISES OR THE WORTHLESS CERTIFICATES OF RECOGNITION. I CARE THAT MY KID MAKES TO THE SCHOOL ALIVE. I CARE THAT MY CHILD HAS EQUAL ACCESS TO EQUAL EDUCATION WHEN THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS ARE CLEARLY BEING DENIED. (SPEAKING SPANISH) OUR CHILDREN SHOULD NOT HAVE TO RISK THEIR LIVES TRYING TO ACCESS THEIR PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION. IT IS NOT A COINCIDENCE THAT STUDENTS AT LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL ARE BEING DENIED SIEVE SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION. IT IS AN EXAMPLE OF A CLEAR SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICE BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO DENY SAFE SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION TO CHILDREN OF ETHNIC MINORITIES IN OUR DISTRICT. THE GREATEST OFFENSE TO ME AS AN HISPANIC AMERICAN IS THIS DISTRICT'S MEANINGLESS CERTIFICATES. WHILE YOU VIOLATE MY CHILD'S CIVIL RIGHTS TO PUBLIC SCHOOL. WHERE MY CHILD DOES NOT HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO SAFE PUBLIC SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION. A BUS PASSES IN FRONT OF HIS HOUSE BUT HE CANNOT GET OPEN IT BECAUSE HE'S OVER THE AGE OF 14, BECAUSE HE'S HISPANIC AMERICAN, THAT IS WHY THEY ARE BEING DENIED, BECAUSE THE HAZARDS EXIST, AND WE HAVE PROVEN BEYOND THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT THAT THEY EXIST IN MULTIPLE SCHOOLS IN OUR DISTRICT INCLUDING ONE HIGH SCHOOL, MOORE ELEMENTARY, NEW SO MANY AND RANDALL. LET US TALK ABOUT WHO REALLY LOST SAFE SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION WITHIN TWO MILES OF PUBLIC SCHOOL. 100% OF OUR TITLE 1 SCHOOLS. 100% OF OUR SCHOOLS FOR THE STUDENT BODY POPULATION OF 50% OR MORE RACIAL ETHNIC MINORITY, THEY LOST SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION TO PUBLIC SCHOOL. 100% OF OUR SCHOOLS OF THE STUDENT BODY POPULATION, 70% MORE RACIAL ETHNIC MINORITY, THEY LOST ACCESS TO PUBLIC SCHOOL. WE DON'T WANT ANOTHER CERTIFICATE. PLEASE DON'T TELL ME HOW MUCH YOU REALLY LOVE MY HERITAGE, MY CONTRIBUTION TO THIS COUNTRY. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, WE WANT OUR KIDS TO TO TO HAVE A SAFE MODE OF TRANSPORTATION TO SCHOOL. YOU HAVE NOT VISITED ONE OF THESE HAZARDOUS WALKING CONDITIONS. YOU HAVE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO COME AND SEE WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE BEING SUBJECTED TO. THERE ARE NO 4-FOOT WALKING PAST. IF IT COLLECTS WATER IT IS A DRAINAGE DITCH. LET'S ALL AGREE TO HAVE CAR AND -- TARS AND CARS GO ON IT. WHEN YOU HAVE 18 WHEELERS PAST CHILDREN AGAINST A 10,000-POUND VEHICLE AND THE ONLY THING THAT SEPARATES THEM IS A PAINTED LINE, THEY HAVE NO CHANCE OF SURVIVAL. WE CAN DO BETTER. WE SHOULD DO BETTER. IF YOU WANT TO HONOR MY FAMILY'S CONTRIBUTION START BY NOT VIOLATING MY CHILD'S CIVIL RIGHTS. THANK YOU.  

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

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, CHAIRPERSON STUART, DISTINGUISHED BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, STAFF, TEACHERS, PARENTS, EVERYBODY WHO IS HERE. YOU RARELY SEE ME HERE BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT I THINK ABOUT YOUR AGENDA ITEM BEFORE YOU VOTE, THEN I HAVEN'T DONE MY JOB. SO I AM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. QUITE FRANKLY YOUR BOARD MEETINGS ARE USUALLY LONG ENOUGH WITHOUT ME TALKING. BUT I LOVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND I JUST THOUGHT THAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF THE LAST TWO WEEKS HAVE BEEN PRETTY EXTRAORDINARY. SO I DECIDED IT WAS WORTH ME COMING HERE AND TALKING TO YOU FOR LIKE THE FIFTH TIME TODAY FOR MANY OF YOU. BUT YOU DESERVE A LOT MORE THAN BEHIND THE SCENES "THANK YOU." I CONSIDER PUBLIC SCHOOLS A PUBLIC GOOD. AT NO TIME HAS THIS PRINCIPAL BEEN ON BROADER DISPLA THAN DURING THE LAST TWO WEEKS WHEN OUR SCHOOLS HOUSED, FED AND CARED FOR OVER 29 THAT YOU COMMUNITY MEMBERS. I HATE THIS WAY. I DON'T DO THIS. HURRICANE IRMA. I KNOW MANY IN OUR COMMUNITY SAW WHAT I SAW. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS BECAME THE CENTER OF THIS COMMUNITY'S EMERGENCY RESPONSE. I HAVE TO SAY THAT HE PUT PEOPLE FIRST, WHICH WAS AMAZING. NO TIME PERIOD WHERE HE HAD TO WORRY ABOUT TRANSPORTATION AND SCHOOLS AND FOOD AND ALL OF THAT, HE PUT PEOPLE FIRST. AND THAT WAS HUGE. HE PUT INTO PRACTICE LONG STANDING PLANS AND HUNDREDS OF ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHERS, CLASSROOMS, CAFETERIA WORKERS, CUSTODIAL STAFF, NURSES, ENGINEERING STAFF. WHOEVER I FORGOT I APOLOGIZE BECAUSE YOU ALL DID AN AMAZING JOB. THEY PUT THEIR COMMUNITY FIRST. OFTENTIMES LEAVING THEIR FAMILIES AT HOME. THIS IS AN INSTINCT THAT COMES NATURALLY TO PEOPLE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND SO MANY OF YOU DON'T KNOW HOW EXTRAORDINARY YOU ARE. AND I TELL A LOT OF YOU PERSONALLY, BUT I WANTED TO TELL YOU PUBLICLY. SO I PROMISE THAT IN WHATEVER CAPACITY I CAN GOING FORWARD, I WILL CONTINUE TO DO IN PUBLIC WHAT I DO IN PRIVATE, WHICH IS STAND UP FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND BE THERE THE WAY YOU WERE THERE FOR THE COMMUNITY. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. ERICSON. BOARD MEMBERS, THIS BRINGS US TO RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I JUST WANT TO MAKE A BRIEF COMMENT AND FULL DISCLOSURE. IT'S IMPORTANT FOR THE AUDIENCE HERE, THE AUDIENCE HERE TODAY AND ON TELEVISION, TO KNOW THAT I AS WELL AS MY STAFF HAVE EITHER MET OR SPOKEN WITH INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBERS PRIOR TO TONIGHT'S MEETING, IF THEY HAD ANY QUESTIONS OR ANY CONCERNS ABOUT AGENDA ITEMS. SO IF THERE IS LIMITED QUESTIONS TONIGHT, IT MAY BE BECAUSE THE QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN ADEQUATELY ANSWERED BEFORE THE MEETING. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA WERE PULLED FOR DISCUSSION AND SEPARATE VOTE. C 602, 03, 04, 05, 06, 09-R, 10, 11, 6 .13, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, C 7.01, C 7.06-R, C 1201, 13.01, 2, 4, 5 AND 6 AND D-01. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MRS. SHAMBERGER. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTES WHEN THE LIGHTS APPEAR. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN MOVED UP PER BOARD MEMBER REQUEST. ITEM C-13-06-R WHICH IS THE STAKEHOLDER INPUT REGARDING THE BELL SCHEDULES. THIS IS A HIGHLIGHT FROM MYSELF, MRS. GRAY, WITH A COMMENT FROM MRS. GRAY. I WANT TO REMIND YOU AS MRS. SIMMONS APPROACHES THE LECTERN WE WILL EACH HAVE TWO MINUTES TO DISCUSS AGENDA ITEMS AS THEY COME UP. IF YOU GO BEYOND THE TWO MINUTES I WILL ASK THAT YOU HOLD YOUR COMMENTS AND RECAN QUEUE IN THE LINE BEHIND OTHER BOARD MEMBERS. IF A BOARD MEMBER HAS NOT PULLED AN ITEM FOR DISCUSSION BUT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK, PLEASE GIVE THEM THE KEY QUEUE TO SPEAK AT THAT TIME. WELCOME, MRS. SIMMONS.  

>> THANK YOU. READY? GOOD AFTERNOON, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, MADAM CHAIR PERSON, BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO BRING BACK TO YOU A BELL SCHEDULE UPDATE. WE ARE MOVING FORWARD IN OUR PLAN THAT WE SHARED WITH YOU AT A PREVIOUS BOARD MEETING ON AUGUST 1st TO COLLECT INFORMATION THROUGH A SIMULATOR, CONDUCT AN ONLINE SURVEY, BOTH COMMUNITY MEETINGS, AND THOSE RESULTS INFORM THE SUBSEQUENT RECOMMENDATION TO THIS BOARD PLAN. CHRIS FARKAS IS GOING TO FOLLOW UP WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT CHANGES TO THIS TIMELINE.  

>>Christopher Farkas: COMMUNICAT ED EFFECTIVELY THROUGH VARIOUS SOURCES BUT WANT TO ENSURE THAT WE DIDN'T EXCLUDE ANYONE WITH AN ACTUAL CHANCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SURVEY. WE ARE GOING TO EXTEND THAT TIMELINE TO OCTOBER 1st. A WE HAVE ALSO REARRANGED PUBLIC MEETINGS AND YOU WILL SEE ON THE SLIDE AS WE GO FORWARD BUT WILL SAY IT A FEW TIMES TO MAKE SURE WE GET IT ACROSS. THE MEETING IS TONIGHT AT RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL THURSDAY, AND THEN NEXT TUESDAY AT JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL SAME TIME, 6 TO 72:30. I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE SAY THAT MULTIPLE TIMES BECAUSE THE IDEA IS TO GET AS MUCH INPUT AS POSSIBLE AND THIS WILL ALLOW US TO ENSURE ANYBODY WHO WAS AFFECTED BY THE STORM WILL HAVE APP OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT A SURVEY.  

>> TO GIVE YOU INFORMATION ABOUT THE DATA THAT WAS COLLECTED USE THE SYSTEM OUT ARE, SIMULATOR, WE DID MAKE AN ADJUSTMENT. WE DID MAKE A DECISION AS A TEAM TO COME UP WITH A WEB-BASED TOOL THAT WOULD ALLOW FOR MORE USERS TO HAVE INPUT. IT WAS MORE INTUITIVE SOLUTION. WE DID RECEIVE 1,846 SUBMISSIONS. AS OF THE DATE OF THAT WE PULLED THE DATA. THERE HAVE BEEN ADDITIONAL SUBMISSIONS SINCE THEN. BUT THOSE DATA POINTS FORM THE BASIS OF THE INFORMATION WE USE TO DRIVE THE SURVEY. CHRIS IS GOING TO FOLLOW UP WITH MORE INFORMATION ON THE COMMUNITY MEETING.  

>>Christopher Farkas: JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL MEETING WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 26th. IT'S GOING TO BE IN THE MEDIA CENTER. ORIGINALLY IT WAS IN THE CAFETERIA. BUT WE FIGURED THAT WOULDN'T BE A CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE TO ASK QUESTIONS. SO 6:00 DO 7:30 IN THE MEDIA CENTER. AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM TRANSPORTATION, HUMAN RESOURCES, TO ASK QUESTIONS, ALSO LAPTOP COMPUTERS SO PEOPLE CAN FILL OUT SURVEYS. WE HAD SOMEBODY GREAT CONVERSATIONS SO FAR. QUESTIONS FOR PARENTS IS HELPFUL. WE LOOK FORWARD TO ANY ACTION OR ANY CONVERSATION WE CAN HAVE TO PROVIDE ANSWERS TO THOSE PARENTS AND THEN HAVE OPPORTUNITY ALSO TO FILL OUT THAT SURVEY WITH THE LAPTOP WE WILL HAVE THERE.  

>> AS YOU CAN SEE, WE HAVE RESCHEDULED THE MEETINGS THAT WOULD HAVE TAKEN PLACE WHILE WE WERE AWAY FOR THE HURRICANE. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT'S OPPORTUNITIES ARE PART OF THE FEEDBACK THAT WE USE IN BRINGING THE RECOMMENDATION BACK. TO SUMMARIZE THE DATA THAT WE DID RECEIVE THROUGH THE SIMULATOR, AGAIN, THIS ISN'T A COMPLETE PICTURE OF ALL THE DATA BECAUSE SOME DATA HAS BEEN COLLECTED SINCE THEN. BUT THE MOST POPULAR, THE FOUR MOST POPULAR TIMES SUGGESTED THROUGH THE SIMULATOR FOR EACH OF THE FOUR BUILDING LEVELS THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT, ADJUSTING BELL SCHEDULES FOR ARE SHOWN TO YOU IN THE POWER POINT. YOU CAN SEE THAT IN THE END WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME DECISIONS THAT WE WERE FORCED TO MAKE BECAUSE OF OUR SIZE AND THE LOGISTICS. ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE REALLY CAN'T BOTH BE OPERATED ON THEIR MOST FAVORED BELL SCHEDULE. SO SOME DECISIONS WILL BE NECESSARY AS WE WORK TO COME FORWARD WITH THE RECOMMENDATION. THE SIMULATOR FEEDBACK ANALYSIS AND I KIND OF ALLUDED TO, THE START AND END TIMES FOR EACH BUILDING LEVEL ARE INTERDEPENDENT WITH EACH OTHER SO WHAT START AND END TIMES WE SELECT FOR ELEMENTARY LIMIT OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR OTHER BUILDING LEVELS, AND WE NEED TO COME UP WITH OF THE DECISION THAT IS MOST OPERATIONALLY, FINANCIALLY, AND COMMUNITY FRIENDLY. THESE ARE FACTORS BEYOND JUST SIMPLY GAUGING WHAT IS MOST POPULAR AT EACH BUILDING LEVEL, AND WILL BE PART OF THE CONVERSATION THAT THE TEAM CONSIDERS IN BRINGING BACK THE RECOMMENDATION. SIMULATOR, JUST TO ELABORATE, WE HAVE REQUIREMENTS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL MINUTES FROM THE STATE THAT ARE BY GRADE LEVEL. WE HAVE TRANSPORTATION LOGISTICS THAT REQUIRE AT LEAST ONE HOUR IN BETWEEN BUILDING LEVELS TO TRANSPORT STUDENTS TO AND FROM SCHOOL. WE HAVE MAGNET PROGRAMS THAT ALSO NEED TO BE COUPLED WITH HIGH SCHOOL RUNS, PROGRAMMATICALLY, BECAUSE YOU CAN'T LEAVE STUDENTS IN A HIGH SCHOOL SETTING WHO ARE IN A NONMAGNET PROGRAM IN A BUILDING STARTING AT A DIFFERENT TIME THAN STUDENTS IN THAT SAME BUILDING WHO ARE IN A MAGNET PROGRAM. SO FINALLY AT THE K-8 LEVEL, THERE ARE SOME UNIQUE SITUATIONS WHERE SOME OF THOSE SCHOOLS DON'T REQUIRE TRANSPORTATION AT ALL FOR THEIR STUDENTS CURRENTLY. SO WE NEED TO TAKE A HOLISTIC LOOK AT THAT AND COME UP WITH THE MOST VIABLE MODEL THROUGH THE SURVEY ANALYSIS. THE SURVEY HAS BEEN PROGRESSING REALLY WELL. IT DOES REMAIN OPEN THROUGH OCTOBER 1st. WE ARE HOPING ANY COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO HAVE AN INTEREST IN THE OUTCOME OF THE BELL SCHEDULE WILL PARTICIPATE IN THE SURVEY AND GIVE US INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR PREFERENCES. THERE ARE SIX MODELS THAT WE HAVE INCLUDED IN THE SURVEY FOR THE PUBLIC AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO WEIGH IN ON. EACH OF THOSE FOLLOWS THOSE INTERDEPENDENT RULES TO ALLOW FOR ENOUGH TIME IN BETWEEN, TO ALLOW FOR NO TWO OF BUILDING LEVELS TO HAVE A SIMULTANEOUS START TIME WHERE THE SIZE OF ONE OF THEM WOULD PREVENT BOTH OF THEM FROM GOING IN AT THE SAME TIME. SO THERE'S SIX MODELS AVAILABLE IN THE SURVEY FOR THE PUBLIC TO VOTE ON. AND THE SURVEY FINDINGS WILL BE SUMMARIZED AND INCLUDED AS WE SAID IN THE RECOMMENDATION BACK TO THE SCHOOL BOARD ON OCTOBER 17th, 2017.  

>>Christopher Farkas: THE ONE THING THAT HAS BEEN A THEME THROUGHOUT THE TEAM MET, WE APPRECIATE ALL THE TIME THAT'S GONE INTO IT. WHAT WAS BROUGHT FORWARD AT THE BEGINNING IS THE ONE WE WANT TO FOCUS ON. EVERY TIME WE GET TO A DIFFICULT CONVERSATION, EVERY STUDENT DESERVES A FULL DAY. THAT'S WHAT WE ARE GOING TO ABIDE BY. AND GOING FORWARD. SO WE TALKED A LITTLE ABOUT THE HOUR BREAK. THERE ARE A COUPLE THAT HAVE 50 OR 55 MINUTES BECAUSE THAT WAS THE T CLOSEST WE CAN GET. 55 MINUTES IS BETTER THAN 27. SO IT'S NOT HOUR. THAT WAS THE GOAL. ALL OF THEM ARE CLOSE TO THAT. BUT 55 ALLOWS EVERY STUDENT TO HAVE A FULL DAY AND THAT'S OUR GOAL.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I AM GOING TO GO FIRST TO MRS. GRAY. YOU HAD A COMMENT?  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THANK YOU, PATTI. IT'S VERY GOOD THAT WE ARE GETTING THIS FEEDBACK AND IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND THE PROACTIVITY OF DOING THE SIMULATOR IS GREAT. THE INFORMATION THAT WE ARE GETTING BACK COMES TO ME IN TWO SENTENCES, IF I CAN SHARE THAT WITH YOU. AND THEN I CAN ALSO GIVE YOU ABOUT THREE QUESTIONS TO ANSWER, OR CHRIS. THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN AS PARENT AND SCHOOL STAFF IS LOSS OF INSTRUCTIONAL TIME FOR STUDENTS. THAT HAS BEEN COMMUNICATED TO ME TIME AND TIME AGAIN. AND I KNOW YOU ALL ALSO AND OUR SUPERINTENDENT. THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN FOR US AS A DISTRICT IS TO MAKE BUS ROUTES MORE EFFICIENT, YET RETAIN A STRONG STUDENT CULTURE. IT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST FOR ALL OF US TO MEET IN THE MIDDLE, IF NOT COMPLETELY COME TO AGREEMENT. MY QUESTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS: IF YOU CAN EXPLAIN THE RATIONALE FOR THE FOLLOWING AS WRITTEN IN THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. 1 -- PLEASE EXPLAIN THE PRESERVATION OF VALUABLE INSTRUCTIONAL TIME FOR STUDENTS. HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO THAT WITH THE HIGH SCHOOL, FOR EXAMPLE?  

>>Christopher Farkas: WE LOOK AT THE SURROUNDING COUNTIES. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE THERE. AND WE ALSO TALK TO OUR PRINCIPAL LEVEL, ELEMENTARY AND HIGH. I AM NOT GOING TO SAY LOSING INSTRUCTIONAL TIME, YOU WON'T HEAR THAT COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH. BUT HAVING 7 CLASSES AS OPPOSED TO 6 CLASSES THAT ARE OFFERED IN SURROUNDING COUNTIES IS OUR PRIMARY FOCUS,  ALLOWS FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY BUT ALSO ALLOWS FOR ELECTIVE CLASSES. IT ALSO ALLOWS FOR STUDENTS IN READING AND MATH IN A COUPLE OF THOSE CLASSES. WHILE MOVING A COUPLE OF MINUTES OFF THE PERIOD WAS NOT AN OPTIMALLY DE, BUT WE COULD PRESERVE THE 7 PERIOD DAY. ONE OF THE THINGS WE FORGET ABOUT COMPARED TO WHEN WE WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL, OUR HIGH SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT HAS CHANGED. IF YOU GO TO HIGH SCHOOLS NOW THERE ARE SO MANY OPTIONS WITH ONLINE COURSES. THERE'S A REQUIREMENT NOW WITH ONLINE COURSES. OUR STUDENTS TAKE THOSE ON A REGULAR BASIS WHETHER THEY MISS A PERIOD IN THE MORNING OR AFTERNOON. BUT IF YOU GO TO ANY OF THE HIGH SCHOOLS ON A GIVEN DAY YOU WILL SEE A LARGE MAJORITY OF OUR SHIFT IN POPULATION, YOU USED TO LOCK THE GATES TO A HIGH SCHOOL AND THAT WAS HOW YOU KEPT IT SECURE. THAT'S NOT THE CASE ANYMORE. KIDS COME IN LATE DUE TO ONLINE COURSE IN THE MORNING OR THEY ARE IN COLLEGE TAKING A CLASS. EIGHTS DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT. SO FOR US TO ADAPT AND ALLOW AND I THINK YOU WILL SEE FROM THE INITIAL SURVEYS THAT THE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS LIKE THAT IDEA OF BEING ABLE TO STILL HAVE SEVEN CLASSES AND RESERVE THAT OPPORTUNITY FOR CREDITS. IT ALSO GIVES THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE FLEXIBLE IN WHAT THEY DO. MANY TAMPA THE ONLINE COURSE VERSUS THAT. IF YOU LOOK AT MOST OF OUR KIDS, THEY HAVE MORE THAN 24 CREDITS. AND AFFORD THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO EXTRACURRICULAR, TO THE 7 PERIODS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE PRESERVE THOSE 7 PERIODS. WE FELT THAT THE FEEDBACK THAT WE GOT FROM MANY OF OUR APPRAISALS WAS BOTH ENDS OF THE SPECTRUM A 7-PERIOD DAY WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, NOT THE 50 OR 565 MINUTE CLASS PERIOD.  

>>Lynn Gray: I THINK THAT BRINGS US VALUABLE ANSWERS TO THE QUESTIONS THAT I HEARD. SECONDLY, ADDING EFFICIENCY BY CHANGING SOME OF OUR CURRENT BUS SCHEDULES, CAN YOU GIVE ME AN EXAMPLE, OR EXAMPLES OF A MORE EFFICIENT ROUTE, MAGNET?  

>>Christopher Farkas: YOU BET. IT'S ACTUALLY NO COUPLE CONSULTANT REPORTS. IN AN IDEAL WORLD YOU LOVE FOR EVERY DRIVE TO DRIVE THREE DIFFERENT LEVELS, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL. THAT'S THE MOST EFFICIENT WAY YOU CAN OPTIMIZE THEIR TIME. RIGHT NOW WE ARE AT ABOUT 360 PERCENT. THAT'S A HUGE GAP IN BETWEEN THERE. NOW IT'S NOT REALISTICALLY 100% BUT A SPECIALIZED TRANSPORTATION OWN SOME OF THE ROUTES WE HAVE, WE ALLOW TRANSPORTATION, A LITTLE LENGTHIER TRAVEL TIME THAN TRADITIONAL DISTRICT. THIS WILL ALLOW US, THAT WE WERE BRINGING TO 70 TO 0% OF THE THREE LEVELS ON THERE. SO WE TALK ABOUT EFFICIENCY. WE TALK ABOUT MAXIMIZING DRIVER TIME. WE HAVE DRIVERS DRIVING THREE ROUTES, THEN WE NEED LESS PEOPLE TO DO THAT. SO THREE DIFFERENT LEVELS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THAT. THIS WILL ALLOW US TIME IN BETWEEN WHERE YOU CAN GO RUN A MAGNET RUN AND GET BACK TO DO YOUR HIGH SCHOOL ON OR MIDDLE SCHOOL RUN AS WELL AND FOR A MUCH HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF DRIVERS THAN WE CURRENTLY V.THAT IS NOT ONLY IN OUR LAST REPORT THAT WE GOT, BUT ALMOST EIGHT YEARS AGO AS WELL SAYING THE SAME THING, YOU NEED TO OPTIMIZE THE NUMBER OF DRIVERS AND THE NUMBER OF LEVELS WE ARE ABLE TO TRANSPORT.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. LASTLY, I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT REDUCING THE COST OF STAFF DUE TO REDUCING X AMOUNT OF BUS DRIVERS NEEDED FOR CURRENT ROUTES AND TIMES. REDUCING COSTS OF ADDED STAFF. THAT'S A TRICKY BUSINESS. HAVE WE FIGURED THAT OUT YET? IS THERE A CONCRETE STATEMENT THAT WE CAN SHARE?  

>>Christopher Farkas: YES. MR. BEEKMAN LOVES THAT, PROBABLY A LITTLE TOO MUCH, THAT DATA DRIVEN DECISION. HIS KPIs ARE HOW HE RULES THE ROOST. SO MOST ASSUREDLY WE WILL DO IT IN A MONTH'S SNAPSHOT AND BE ABLE TO LOOK BACK. THE LAST SNAPSHOT WAS WHAT WE SHARED WHICH IS UP ALMOST 20 PERCENTAGE POINTS. WE LOOK FOR THAT TO BE OUR KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS K.WE GET STUDENTS TO SCHOOL ON TIME, PICK THEM UP ON TIME EVERYBODY CLOSE TO WHEN THEY GET OUT OF SCHOOL? WE DON'T HAVE THE SNAPSHOTS. WE WILL PULL THAT OUT. BUT BY THE NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING WE WILL BE ABLE TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE SNAPSHOT OF WHAT IT IS THIS YEAR COMPARED TO A YEAR AGO. I THINK THAT'S GOING TO BE IMPORTANT FOR US.  

>>Lynn Gray: YOU DO AN EXCELLENT JOB AND WHAT A POWERFUL JOB AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU ARE DOING.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. GRIFFIN?  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I HOPE THAT -- BECAUSE THIS THIS IS A ISN'T AN IMMEDIATE ISSUE BUT WE ARE LOOKING AT TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE AND OUR BELL SYSTEM AS THE RESULT OF THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION AND THE PEOPLE TIMES AND THE FACTORIES AND ALL OF THAT. WE DON'T WORK IN THOSE TIMES ANYMORE. STUDENTS ARE BEING EDUCATED THAT WAY, AS MR. FARKAS SPOKE OF. THERE ARE SO MANY DIFFERENT AVENUES THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE TAKING, AND SO MANY DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES THAT WE ARE OPENING UP TO THEM FOR DIFFERENT SUCCESS, MEANING DIFFERENT THINGS TO DIFFERENT STUDENTS, AND TRYING TO MEET THEM WHERE THEY ARE. AND THAT'S WHAT I THINK WHAT I HEARD FROM YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, FROM THE MOMENT THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN THIS JOB. SO THIS RIGHT NOW, THIS SURVEY, I'M HOPING THAT IT CAN EXPAND TO HAVE A BROADER CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT THE SCHOOL OF OUR FUTURE LOOKS LIKE. I THINK THAT THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL JUMPING OFF POINT FOR THAT. BUTCH WE DEFINITELY NEED TO START TALKING IN A DIFFERENT WAY, BECAUSE, AGAIN, WE HAVE A CENTURY-OLD SYSTEM, AND WE HAD MORE CHANGE IN THE LAST 20 YEARS THAN IN ALL 80 YEARS PRIOR TO THAT. SO WE HAVE GOT TO CATCH UP WITH THE TIMES. AND I THINK THAT AGAIN THIS IS A GOOD STARTING POINT, THIS SURVEY AND THIS INTERACTION WITH OUR COMMUNITY, AND LISTENING AND GETTING THE FEEDBACK FROM OUR STAKEHOLDERS IS A GOOD THING. SO I'M HOPING -- AND I'LL STOP HERE, BUT THAT THIS CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM LOOKS LIKE FROM VIRTUAL TO THOSE HALF A DAY IN A BRICK AND MORTAR ENVIRONMENT, HALF DAY ONLINE, HALF DAY AT A COLLEGE, THOSE TYPES OF THINGS. I'M HOPING THAT WE CAN HAVE THAT CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE, AND TO INCLUDE NOT ONLY THE TRANSPORTATION PIECE, BECAUSE THAT'S WHERE IT GETS REALLY, REALLY COMPLICATED. BUT ALSO THE COST ASSOCIATED WITH THAT. YOU KNOW, WE ARE STARTING TO SEE MORE STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DUAL ENROLLMENT. THERE'S A LOT OF COSTS TO THAT. VIRTUAL. WE HAD THE CONVERSATION HERE RECENTLY ABOUT BOOSTING OUR OWN HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL PROGRAMS AS OPPOSED TO BOOSTING THE FLORIDA VIRTUAL PROGRAMS. SO THERE'S ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT FACTORS RIGHT NOW THAT ARE FLOATING FROM THIS SYSTEM THAT WE ARE RUNNING, AND WE ARE IN SOME VERY TRANSFORMATIONAL TIMES.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. I AM GOING TO MOVE TO OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE, MISS VEGA. YOU HAVE A COMMENT ON THIS SPECIFIC TOPIC?  

>> YES, MA'AM. MOST HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE EMPLOYEES ALTHOUGH SOME ARE UNABLE TO GET TO WORK ON TIME OR AT ALL. AND BECAUSE OF SCHOOL HOURS, AND THEM HAVING TO GET TRANSPORTATION. BUT AS A NORMAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, I BELIEVE THAT THE NEW BELL SCHEDULE IS VERY HELPFUL, BECAUSE THAT WAY STUDENTS CAN GET TO WORK ON TIME AND HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AFTER WORK TO FINISH SCHOOL, CLASSES.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU FOR YON YOUR INPUT HERE AS A STUDENT. WE VALUE THAT. I'M HOPING MRS. SIMMONS AND MR. FARKAS, I DON'T KNOW IF WE ARE READVERTISING THIS OUT TO THE PUBLIC AND TO FAMILIES. I'M HOPING THAT WE GET MORE INPUT NOW THAT THINGS ARE MOVING BACK TO NORMAL, AND THAT WE HAD A WEEK OF KIND OF TURMOIL, SO PEOPLE WEREN'T REALLY FOCUSED ON DOING A SURVEY ABOUT BELL TIMES. I'M AMAZED BY THE END OF THE WEEK THEY WERE HOPING THEY COULD DO SOMETHING WITH THEIR CHILDREN. BUT I'M HOPEFUL THAT OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WE WILL SEE THINGS PICK UP A LITTLE BIT AND HAVE SOME MORE RESPONSE. I NOTICED, TOO, IN DOING THE SURVEY MYSELF, AND IN TALKING TO PEOPLE, THERE'S A LOT OF INTEREST IN PARTICULAR SCHEDULES. BUT THERE IS NOWHERE IN THE SURVEY DO WE TALK ABOUTING IN F WE MOVE ONE PARTICULAR GROUP TO ONE TIME FRAME AND ANOTHER PARTICULAR GROUP TO ANOTHER TIME FRAME, WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE FOR TRANSPORTATION. AND I'M SPECIFICALLY CONCERNED ABOUT ELEMENTARY STUDENTS BEING MOVED TO A VERY EARLY TIME START AND WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE FOR PICKUP TIMES FOR BUS. IT'S ONE THING TO SAY THAT MY 14, 15 OR 16-YEAR-OLD ARE GOING TO PICK UP A BUS AT 6:30 IN THE MORNING. IT'S A VERY DIFFERENT STORY WHERE YOU START TALKING ABOUT K-5 STUDENTS OR EVEN K-3 STUDENTS OUT ON A BUS STOP WHEN IT'S STILL DARK OUTSIDE. AND NOT THAT I WANT TO PLACE VALUE ON EITHER LEVEL. LIFE IS LIFE, AND WE VALUE ALL STUDENTS. BUT STUDENTS OF OLDER AGE ARE MUCH MORE RESPONSIBLE. A LOT OF THEM ARE DRIVING OR IN CARPOOLS, WHERE WE HAVE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS STANDING ON A BUS STOP, AND I KNOW SOMETHING WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT THEY ARE ALL SUPERVISED BY ADULTS WHEN THEY ARE STANDING OUT THERE, BUT THEY ARE NOT. SO I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED THAT THAT PIECE IS NOT REFLECTED IN THE SURVEY, AND I KNOW WE DON'T WANT TO SKEW THE RESULTS. BUT I DON'T WANT TO MAKE A DECISION THAT WE HAVE TO GO AGAINST SURVEY RESULTS BECAUSE OF ONE OF THOSE FACTORS. SO IS THERE ANYTHING BEING DONE TO COMMUNICATE THAT OUT TO THE PUBLIC?  

>> THAT WAS A HEATED DEBATE FROM MY MATHEMATICIAN OVER THERE. IT REALLY WAS, ABOUT HOW MUCH INFORMATION WE WANT TO INCLUDE BECAUSE WE REALLY WERE CONCERNED ABOUT SKEWING THE RESULTS. YOU START ELEMENTARY EARLIER, WE ARE PUSHING TO NOT DO. THAT WE HAD SOME VERY INTENSE CONVERSATION ABOUT IT. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE REMAIN NEUTRAL IN THIS EACH ENDEAVOR. AS LONG AS ALL SIX OF US WORK, THAT WAS OUR NUMBER ONE GOAL. I AGREE THAT PEOPLE MAKE A DECISION THAT MAY NOT HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION. SO THE BALANCE THAT WE FOUND, WE TRY TO PUT AS MUCH INFORMATION OUT THERE, HAVE SOME FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS SO WHEN A PARENT COMES IN WE CAN TALK ABOUT SPECIFICALLY. SO THE MEETING WE HAD BEFORE THE STORM, THE TWO PARENTS I TALKED TO, THAT WAS THE TOPIC, ELEMENTARY KIDS OUT BY A BUS STOP. THAT BEING SAID, I HEARD JUST AS MANY PARENTS SAYING THEY WOULD RATHER HAVE THEIR HIGH SCHOOL KID WAKE UP LATER. AS YOU SAW ESPECIALLY FOR ELEMENTARY, ONE OR TWO VOTES IN BETWEEN THAT WE ARE SPLITTING. I THINK WHEN WE GET THE SURVEY RESULTS WE WILL SEE SOME SPLITTING OF THAT AS WELL. BUT YES, IT IT WAS A VERY CONSCIOUS -- AND I WILL LET PATTI SPEAK FOR HERSELF. BUT THE MATHEMATICIAN OF HER WANTED TO SPEAK ABOUT DATA.  

>> I THINK OUR RESPONSIBILITY IN PUTTING A SURVEY FORWARD IS SOMETHING THAT WAS SINCERE IN COLLECTING INFORMATION BACK. AND SO WE DIDN'T WANT TO PROVIDE TOO MUCH LEADING INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT THE CONSEQUENCES OF ANY PARTICULAR MODEL WOULD BE. WE WANT THE PUBLIC TO WEIGH EACH OPTION AND GIVE US THEIR SINCERE INPUT AND FEEDBACK. THAT'S NOT TO SAY THAT THOSE CONSIDERATIONS WON'T BE PART OF THE CONVERSATION. ONCE THE DATA ARE BACK, THE TEAM WILL REASSEMBLE IN THE ROOM AND REALLY WEIGH SOME OF THE CONSEQUENCES AND TRADE-OFFS THAT WOULD BE MADE BY PUTTING ELEMENTARY AT A VERY EARLY START TIME AND WHETHER THE SAFETY IMPLICATIONS OF A DECISION LIKE THAT ARE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR STUDENTS, THAT SORT OF THING. SO I THINK THAT IF I AM NOT HEDGING TOO MUCH, I THINK SOME OF THOSE DECISIONS, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE MAKE BASED ON THE MODEL THAT'S SELECTED, AND NOT PUT A WHOLE LOT OF TIME AND ENERGY INTO TRYING TO MANAGE THE OUTCOMES THAT WE GET AND GUARD AGAINST PEOPLE PICKING SCENARIOS BY GIVING THEM TOO MANY CONSEQUENCES TO GRAPPLE WITH.  

>>Christopher Farkas: ONE THING I WANT TO ADD, YOU ASKED ABOUT THE MEDIA PUSH. WE ARE GOING TO DO THE MEDIA PUSH STARTING ON THURSDAY. AGAIN I WANT TO GIVE A LITTLE TIME BETWEEN NOW AND THURSDAY TO PUSH IT BACK OUT. WE'LL PUSH IT AGAIN THURSDAY. BUT THE PRESS RELEASE WENT OUT FROM GRAYSON AND HIS TEAM YESTERDAY.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THAT'S FANTASTIC. IS IT ON THE TOP OF OUR WEBSITE ANYWHERE?  

>> I DON'T BELIEVE IT IS AT THE TOP OF THE HOME PAGE BUT PART OF WHAT WE CAN INCLUDE IN THE NEW MEDIA PUSH, AND THE REMINDER TO COMPLETE IT WOULD BE TO GIVE BACK SOME REAL ESTATE ON THE HOME PAGE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I APPRECIATE THE CONCERNS OF NOT PUTTING THAT INFORMATION OUT. I ALSO DON'T WANT THIS BOARD OR YOU TO BE PUT IN A POSITION WHERE THE PUBLIC SAYS THAT THEY WANT ONE THING AND LOGISTICALLY WE JUST CAN'T DO THAT, BECAUSE WE HAVE A GREATER FEAR OF PUTTING THOSE STUDENTS ON A BUS STOP THAT EARLY IN THE MORNING. AS A PARENT, I HAVE VERY DIFFERENT FEELINGS ABOUT WHAT TIME MY KIDS SHOULD START SCHOOL. AND THEY ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL. YES, THEY ARE HARD TO GET OUT OF BED. BUT AS A BOARD MEMBER, I TAKE A VERY DIFFERENT SEAT WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING THOSE DECISIONS. SO THOSE ARE MY CONCERNS. MRS. VALDES.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. CONSIDERING THAT THE STORM GOT IN OUR WAY OF BEING ABLE TO CAPTURE THE MORE RESPONDENTS TO THE SURVEY, HOW ARE WE GOING TO MARKET, AND WHAT IS THE COMMUNICATIONS PLAN TO BE ABLE TO REALLY, TRULY GET THE INPUT FROM OUR STAKEHOLDERS? BECAUSE WHEN I LOOK AT THE PERCENTAGE, IF YOU LOOK AT THE PERCENTAGE, THE STUDENTS THAT RIDE THE BUSES VERSUS THE RESPONDENTS TO THE SURVEY, IT'S A REALLY SMALL SAMPLE. SO TO YOUR POINT, MEMBER STUART --  

>> I WOULD SAY AT THIS TIME OUR RESPONSE RATE ON THE SURVEY IS ACTUALLY APPROACHING 15% OF OUR STUDENT AND FAMILY POPULATION. SO IN THAT CENSUS ADMINISTRATION OF A SURVEY, THAT'S AN ACCEPTABLE RESPONSE RATE FOR DRAWING CONCLUSIONS BASED ON THE DATA. OF COURSE, WE WOULD LOVE GREATER PARTICIPATION. BUT IN SURVEY RESEARCH, THE RELIABILITY THRESHOLD FOR A SURVEY TO BE GENERALIZABLE IS TO REACH AT LEAST 10% OF YOUR RESPONDENTS.  

>>Susan Valdes: I UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT CONSIDERING THAT THESE ARE EXTERNAL INDIVIDUALS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO REACH, TO ANSWER THE SURVEY, I THINK THAT IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO THE RESULT OF TRYING TO OBTAIN REALLY, TRULY WHAT IT IS THAT THE PEOPLE REALLY WANT WITH THIS PARTICULAR -- WITH THE CHOICES. SO IF WE CAN, MR. EAKINS, IF WE CAN SEE WHAT TYPE OF COMMUNICATIONS. NOW WHAT ARE WE DOING TO ENCOURAGE ALL OF OUR STAKEHOLDERS THAT USE THIS SURVEY TO BE ABLE TO CLEARLY RESPOND TO THE SURVEY? SO THEN WHEN YOU BRING A RECOMMENDATION TO US, MR. EAKINS, IS IT SOMETHING THAT WE CAN REALLY STAND BY? BECAUSE IT HAS THE SUPPORT OF THE PEOPLE, THE VERY SAME INDIVIDUALS THAT DID THE SURVEY. SO ALL I AM TRYING TO GET TO A POINT WHERE CONSIDERING THE AMOUNT OF STUDENTS, AND THE UTILIZATION VERSUS THE NUMBERS OF RESPONDENTS, ALL THE PERCENTAGEWISE IS ACCEPTABLE? IT COULD BE BETTER.  

>> IT COULD BE BETTER.  

>>Susan Valdes: SO I AM LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GET IT TO BE BETTER SO WE COULD MAKE A MUCH MORE INFORMED DECISION. BUT ABSOLUTELY, I APPRECIATE THIS, BECAUSE WE HAVE NEVER REALLY DONE ANYTHING LIKE THAT BEFORE. SO SEEING THESE RESULTS.  

>> WE WILL WORK BEHIND THE SCENES TO TRY TO MAKE SURE WE WITH HAVE EVERY AVENUE AVAILABLE.  

>>Christopher Farkas: MR. TOM HAS ALREADY SAID IT'S GOING TO BE ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE WEBSITE IN A FEW MINUTES, AND ALSO A SOCIAL MEDIA PUSH. I'LL BE HONEST, IT'S HELPFUL FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AS WELL. THERE'S A BIG PUSH AT THE BEGINNING AND OBJECT THE STORM HAD A LITTLE DETOUR. IF WE CAN GET IT BACK AND GET SOME NORMALCY AROUND THAT, THE BOARD IS DOING RETWEETS, AND -- A CONTEST, YOU SAID?  

>>Susan Valdes: IS THERE A CONTEST WE CAN DO?  

>>Christopher Farkas: I DON'T KNOW WHY NOT.  

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

>>April Griffin: MR. GRAYSON, SINCE YOU ARE COMING INTO THIS CONVERSATION (LAUGHTER) I'M CURIOUS SPECIFICALLY HOW DID YOU COMMUNICATE THIS OUT TO THE STAKEHOLDERS? YOU KNOW, FROM PARENTS TO ALL THE DIFFERENT COMMUNICATION TOOLS THAT WE HAVE AT OUR DISPOSAL?  

>> SURE. OBVIOUSLY, WE FIRST LAUNCHED THIS. WE DID A MEDIA PUSH WITH TRADITIONAL MEDIA, ALSO ON SOCIAL MEDIA.  WE PUT IT UP ON OUR WEBSITE. WE ALSO SENT IT VIA PARENT LINK, TALKING ABOUT E-MAILS CALLS AND TEXTS HOME. WE GOT A BIG BOOST, RIGHT? IF I AM NOT MISTAKEN A LARGE PROPORTION OF THOSE 30,000 CORRESPONDENTS CAME WITHIN THE FIRST THREE DAYS. SO WE WERE ALREADY LOOKING AT A WAY TO BOOST THAT UP WITH THIS STORM. AND SO THAT'S IRRELEVANT. SO OUR PLAN BASICALLY SENT A PRESS RELEASE AGAIN TO SET IT FRESH IN THE TRADITIONAL IMMEDIATEAS MIND ON TUESDAY, BUT ON THURSDAY WAS THE PLAN TO RELAUNCH ON SOCIAL MEDIA, GET EVERYBODY TALKING ABOUT IT THROUGH THE WEEKEND, TO HAVE ALL OF OUR FOLKS PRE-REWEIGHT IT AND PUSH IT BACK UP ON THE WEBSITE. WE'LL DO IT TONIGHT. AND THEN LOOKING AT WITH THE PARENT LINK MESSAGE WHEN WE HAVE ONE MORE WEEK BASICALLY, NOW WE PUSHED THE DEADLINE BACK THROUGH OCTOBER 1st, EARLY NEXT WEEK TO REACH OUT. WE SAY APPARENTLY BUT WE CAN USE THAT SAME METHOD TO REACH STAFF AS WELL SO PUSHING THAT BASICALLY TO ALL OF OUR INTERNAL STAKEHOLDERS AT THAT TIME. ANOTHER THING I HAD A GREAT CONVERSATION ABOUT THE COUNCIL PTAs, AND I THINK THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY THAT WE CAN REINFORCE WITH PTAs BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN ASKING US WHAT'S THE LATEST?  WHAT'S GOING ON? AND OBVIOUSLY WANT TO KEEP THEM INVOLVED. WE WANT THEIR FEEDBACK. THAT'S SOMETHING I AM GOING TO WORK WITH THEM OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS TO USE THAT SECOND AVENUE TO GET IN THERE. AND I THINK A GREAT THING WE DO BUT I THINK THE CONTEST THING IS A GREAT IDEA AND I THINK WE CAN LOOK AT A PARTICIPATION KIND OF THING TO SPUR PEOPLE ON. I THINK IT'S A PHENOMENAL IDEA. SO WE ARE OPEN TO MORE IDEAS AS WELL LIKE YOU SAID, 30,000 IS A GOOD NUMBER. BUT I THINK OF THAT WE WANT TO ALL GET HIGHER. AND A KEY PART OF THIS IS WE WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW THAT WE ARE LISTENING TO THEM, THAT THIS IS NOT SOME EXERCISE, THAT WE HAVE A REAL SURVEY AND WE ARE GOING TO REALLY USE THAT TO INFORM OUR RESULTS. SO IF THEY DON'T KNOW THAT THEY HAVE A CHANCE UNTIL IT IS ALL OVER THEN THEY CONTINUE FEEL CONNECTED TO THE PROCESS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU.  AND MAYBE THE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING OUR PRINCIPALS PUSH IT OUT TO THE FAMILY THEMSELVES. I THINK WE NEED TO BE A LITTLE BIT CAUTIOUS WHEN IT COMES TO APPARENTLY LINK, BECAUSE WITH WHAT WE HAVE BEEN FACING RECENTLY, I KNOW I WAS GETTING A LOT OF 272 PHONE CALLS, AND I THINK THERE MIGHT BE A BIT OF APPARENTLY LINK FATIGUE FROM PEOPLE. SO WE NEED TO BE REAL CAREFUL WITH THAT, NOT BEING OUR ONLY MEANS OF COMMUNICATION. BUT MAYBE OUR PRINCIPALS CAN PUT SOMETHING UP ON THEIR MARQUEES. OF THAT COULD HAVE HELP SPAWN THE CONTEST BETWEEN SCHOOLS IF WE WERE TO HAVE SOME SORT OF CONTEST, AS MRS. VALDES HAS SUGGESTED. AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE TWO STATEMENTS. BECAUSE IT DEPENDS ON WHO YOU ARE TALKING TO. IF YOU ARE TALKING TO AN ELEMENTARY PARENT, THEY DEFINITELY DON'T WANT THEIR CHILDREN OUT IN THE DARKNESS GOING TO SCHOOL. AND THEN IF YOU ARE TALKING TO HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS, THEY UNDERSTAND THAT THEIR KIDS ARE REALLY HARD TO GET OUT OF BED THAT EARLY IN THE MORNING. AND ANYONE WHO HAS RAISED TEENAGERS KNOWS THAT. THE RESEARCH SHOWS AND INFORMS PARENTS NOW AND PARENTS ARE VERY INFORMED NOWADAYS, THEY KNOW THAT LATER START TIME IS GOOD FOR THEIR KIDS. SO WE JUST HAVE TO RECOGNIZE THAT WE ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE EVERYBODY HAPPY. THERE'S ONE THING I KNOW ABOUT THIS JOB, THAT I SERVE THIS COMMUNITY IN. I CAN'T MAKE EVERYBODY HAPPY. AND SO ONCE WE GATHER ALL OF THIS DATA, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO JUST MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE THEN COMMUNICATING OUR RATIONALE FOR THE DECISION THAT WE ARE MAKING. I DID GET SOME VERY POSITIVE FEEDBACK, THOUGH. I WAS AT A LUNCHEON RIGHT BEFORE THE HURRICANE HIT, AND I HAD SOMEONE TELL ME THAT HIS WIFE WAS PUSHING HIM TO DO THE SURVEY, AND HE SAID THAT HE WENT ON, AND HE DID IT, AND IT WAS REALLY EASY TO DO, BUT THEN HE HAD A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT, AND HIS QUESTION IS, WHY CAN'T THE HIGH SCHOOLERS START LATE? AND I HAD TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION WITH HIM BEFORE LOGISTICS AND THE FACT THAT WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH BUSS AND BUS DRIVERS, AND THAT'S WHAT'S LEADING TO THE GREATEST DIFFICULTY THAT WE HAVE IN MAKING THIS DECISION. SO JUST BE CAREFUL WITH THE PARENT LINK FATIGUE.  

>> 100%. WE ARE AWARE OF THAT AND THANK YOU FOR POINTING THAT OUT. ESPECIALLY PHONE CALLS. WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO SEE THAT NUMBER AND NOT PICK UP. SO WE ARE TRYING TO GIVE EVERYBODY A BREAK ON THAT FOR A LITTLE WHILE. THANK YOU.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANKS, MADAM CHAIR. THIS IS MORE DIRECTED, I THINK, TOWARDS THE SUPERINTENDENT. AND THIS IS COMING FROM NOT JUST A BOARD MEMBER BUT A PARENT WHO HAS A CHILD IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, A CHILD IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, TWO CHILDREN IN HIGH SCHOOL. I WOULD LIKE TO JUST -- FROM 30,000 FEET, WE HAVE SPENT A LOT OF REACTIONARY RESOURCES INTO THIS ENDEAVOR, THIS INITIATIVE.  SO MY QUESTION TO THE SUPERINTENDENT WOULD BE, WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED FROM THIS EXPERIENCE THAT WE CAN TAKE AND MAKE SURE THAT WHEN WE HAVE AN INITIATIVE LIKE THIS IN THE FUTURE, THAT WE DON'T DO IT BACKWARDS. BECAUSE THIS WHOLE THING HAS BEEN SO BACKWARDS. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW BACKWARDS IT FEELS. AND I JUST DON'T WANT US TO HAVE AN INITIATIVE LIKE THIS THAT IMPACTS -- IT HAS RIPPLE EFFECTS AMONG THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY, FROM SCHOOLS TO BUSINESSES TO ALMOST EVERY SINGLE STAKEHOLDER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THAT'S GOING TO BE AFFECTED BY THE DECISION WE MAKE. JUST LIKE MRS. GRIFFIN SAID, WE ARE CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO MAKE EVERYBODY HAPPY. HALF THE PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE HAPPY AND HALF THE PEOPLE ARE NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY. THAT'S JUST A FACT. BUT I'M HOPING WE HAVE LEARNED FROM THIS PROCESS TO NOT DO THIS LIKE THIS EVERY AGAIN. SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO RESPOND TO ME. IT'S SORT OF A RHETORICAL QUESTION. BUT I HOPE THAT WE HAVE TAKEN THAT INTO CONSIDERATION FOR FUTURE PROJECT MANAGEMENT TO NOT DO IT THIS WAY AGAIN. I APPLAUD THE EFFORT, BECAUSE WE MADE A LOT OF EFFORT IN MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE TRYING TO GET INPUT AND BE COMMUNICATIVE WITH OUR STAKEHOLDERS. THAT'S FAN TAGG TASTIC. AS FAR AS REACTION, YES, WE HAVE DONE A LOT OF MITIGATING. BUT I HOPE WE DON'T HAVE TO DO IT THIS WAY AGAIN. BECAUSE I THINK WE SPENT A LOT OF ENERGY AND RESOURCES INTO IT THAT WE ARE NOT NECESSARILY -- IF WE WOULD HAVE PLANNED IT, R METHODICALLY FROM POINT A TO POINT B FOR OUR DISTRICT. JUST JUST AN OBSERVATION. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. VALDES? (SPEAKING SPANISH) IS THIS SURVEY IN SPANISH?  

>> OH, IS THE SURVEY IN SPANISH IN YES. I DON'T SPEAK THAT MUCH. IT'S MY FIRST TIME UP AT THE MICROPHONE. I'M TRYING TO BE ON POINT. NAVA. YES, IT IS IN SPANISH AND WE SENT OUT PARENT LINK MESSAGES IN SPANISH AS WELL.  

>> GREAT. ALL KIDDING ASIDE. LET'S SAY HOW IS IT BEING TRANSLATED IN IS IT SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN LIKE GOOGLE TRANSLATE THAT YOU GO IN AND YOU -- WELL, I'M THINKING ABOUT --  

>> TRANSLATE THE SURVEY.  

>> IT'S NIGHTIVELY TRANSLATED. IT'S NOT A GOOGLE TRANSLATION METHOD. DR. VASQUEZ TRANSLATED.  

>> THANK YOU FOR THAT. YOU SHOULD GET A STIPEND FOR TRANSLATIONS. SEEING THAT WE CAN'T AFFORD TRANSLATORS. BUT ANYHOW, I WAS THINKING MORE LIKE OUR VIETNAMESE POPULATION, OUR ASIAN POPULATION, THAT I KNOW WE CAN'T HELP IT SO THAT'S WHY I WAS THINKING. BUT, YOU KNOW, WE ARE THINKING ABOUT EQUITY. WITH ALL KIDDING ASIDE. THINKING ABOUT HE CAN QUIT AND THINKING ABOUT OUR VERY DIVERSE STUDENT POPULATION. AND DEPENDING ON HOW THE GROWTH OF THESE STUDENTS ARE. SO I'M WONDERING, WHAT IS THE POPULATION THAT MAYBE WE ARE NOT HEARING FROM? THAT'S ALL. SO ALL KIDDING ASIDE.  

>> IT'S A GREAT QUESTION. FIRST THING TONIGHT OR TOMORROW WE CAN GO AND LOOK AND MAKE SURE THAT IT IS SOMETHING WHERE GOOGLE TRANSLATE IS NOT THE PERFECT THING, BUT FOR MOST FOLKS IT CAN GET YOU THERE. SO WE CAN LOOK AT WHETHER YOU CAN USE A PLUG-IN TO TRANSLATE THE THAT TO MAKE SURE WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING BLOCKING THAT.  

>> WITHIN OUR DISTRICT EMPLOYEES, WE MIGHT HAVE SOMEONE WHO COULD HELP OFFER THE TRANSLATION AS DR. VASQUEZ HAS OFFERED HIS SERVICES TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. BUT I'M JUST THINKING ABOUT OTHER STUDENTS THAT MAYBE THEIR VOICES AREN'T BEING HEARD BECAUSE OF THE LANGUAGE BARRIER. THAT'S ALL. THANK YOU.  

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

>> AND MRS. SNIVELY, THIS IS MY FIRST TIME UP HERE SO I'M JUST LEARNING, THE POINT, AND IT'S A WELL TAKEN ONE ABOUT MAKING SURE WE GET OUT OF THE GATE PROPERLY ON THIS. WHEN I CAME, OBVIOUSLY I HAVE BEEN HERE LESS THAN TWO MONTHS, BUT I'M CATCHING ON, AND I CAME AND I SAT DOWN WITH OUR SCHEDULE TEAM AND SAID, LOOK, WHAT CAN WE DO TO CREATE A COMMUNICATIONS PLAN? AND THAT'S HOW I GOT ANSWERS ON HOW WE HAVE ENOUGH FOLKS. AND THIS IS HOW I DO IT, CAME IN AND LOOKEDDALITY IT AND BASICALLY BROKE DOWN THREE KEY OBJECTIVES ON THIS SURVEY. THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE IS WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO GET INFORMATION FROM THE AFFECTED STAKEHOLDERS ABOUT WHAT OPTION IS GOING TO BE MOST EFFECTIVE AND LEAST DISRUPTIVE? HOW CAN WE GET GOOD INFORMATION? THAT'S NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO IS HOW CAN WE GET THE PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND THAT THEY ARE INVOLVED IN THIS? EVEN PEOPLE WHO TAKE THE SURVEY. DID YOU REALLY REALIZE THAT YOU ARE CORRECT, WE ARE LISTENING TO YOU? THEN THE NUMBER THREE ONE, I DON'T KNOW IF THIS GOT BEFORE US WHY WE ARE DOING THIS. BECAUSE SO MANY OF US ARE GOING TO BE CHANGING OUR LIVES AROUND KIND OF REGARDLESS OF WHAT IS DECIDED. AND IF YOU DON'T KNOW, IT'S BECAUSE WE HAVE 12,000 STUDENTS WHO GET TO SCHOOL LATE EVERY DAY, EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE AT THE BUS STOP ON TIME READY TO LEARN.  IF THEY WALK IN THE MIDDLE OF MATH CLASS THERE'S NOT ENOUGH TIME.  IF WE HAVEN'T EXPLAINED THAT EVERY STUDENT DESERVES A FULL DAY AND THAT'S WHY WE ARE DOING IT, SO WE COULD IN COMMUNICATIONS TRYING TO WORK ON THIS BUT OBVIOUSLY AS YOU KNOW I AM VERY OPEN TOP FEEDBACK. BUT WE ARE LOOKING AT THAT ON A MAJOR INITIATIVE STARTING FORWARD.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE YOUR RESPONDING TO THAT. AND I THINK ANOTHER POINT TO MAKE WOULD BE THAT -- AND I KNOW I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH MR. FARKAS ABOUT THIS, AND HINDSIGHT BEING 20-20, ARE THERE OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT HO HAVE ALREADY DONE THIS INITIATIVE THAT HAVE AN ENTIRE PLAN ALREADY COMMUNICATED OUT THAT WE COULD HAVE PROBABLY MODELED OUR INITIATIVE FROM? AND SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE, YOU KNOW. WE DON'T ALWAYS HAVE TO BE THE PIONEER TO EVERY SINGLE INITIATIVE. SO WITH THAT SAID, YOU KNOW, LET'S LEARN FROM OTHER PEOPLE. IT'S OKAY. WE DON'T HAVE TO REINVENT THE WHEEL F.SOMEBODY ELSE HAS DONE THIS INITIATIVE IN DIFFERENT DISTRICTS, SIMILAR LARGE SOCIOECONOMIC DISTRICTS, SIMILAR LIKE KIND, THEN WE CAN TAKE THAT INFORMATION AND WE CAN USE THAT AND NOT HAVE TO CREATE OUR OWN PLAN. AND SO BECAUSE THIS IS HUGE. THIS IS A REALLY, REALLY BIG PLAN. KIND OF BIG CHANGE THAT'S WITH GOING TO AFFECT EVERY SINGLE PERSON IN THE DISTRICT. SO THANK YOU FOR ADDRESSING IT. I APPRECIATE IT.  

>> QUICKLY AND I WILL TELL YOU.  THIS ARE WE USING ANY OF OUR PARTNERS TO PUSH OUT THE SURVEY, THE LYMPHS, UNITED WAY?  

>> I KNOW WE HAVE BEEN. ALLIANCE HAS --  

>> TWITTER FEEDS ARE?  

>> INFORMALLY BUT WE CAN REACH OUT TO THEM FOR THIS LAST PUSH. I THINK THAT'S A GREAT SUGGESTION AS WELL. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: ANY OTHER COMMENTS, BOARD MEMBERS? THANK YOU FOR THE UPDATE. WE APPRECIATE IT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WHAT YOU BRING BACK TO US IN OCTOBER. BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM NUMBER 6.502. APPROVE BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDING JUNE 30 FROM THE BUSINESS SERVICES DIVISION BEING HIGHLIGHTED FOR MYSELF AND MRS. SHAMBURGER. MRS. SAUNDERS.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: AS I AM LOOKING AT THE TIME AND THAT WE HAVE A TIME CERTAIN, PUBLIC HEARING ON IF BUDGET AT 5:01, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO REQUEST IF WE COULD BRING 6.02 AND 13.01 TOGETHER. BECAUSE TECHNICALLY WE SHOULD PRESENT THEM BEFORE WE DO THE BUDGET FOR THE NEW YEAR. SO --  

>>Cindy Stuart: ABSOLUTELY. GO RIGHT AHEAD.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU SO MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, COMING TO YOU, THE FIRST ITEM IS 36.02, THE BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR THE PERIOD ENDING JUNE 30th, 2017. AND YOU WILL SEE AS WE WALK THROUGH THIS ITEM, THE BUDGET AMENDMENTS THROUGH JUNE 30th, AND BECAUSE WE CONTINUE TO COLLECT REVENUES THROUGH JUNE 30th, WHICH INCLUDE COLLECTIONS FOR PRIOR TAX COLLECTIONS, SALES TAX COLLECTIONS, IMPACT FEES, GRANTS, BOTH FEDERAL AND STATE AND OTHER MISCELLANEOUS REVENUES, WHICH INCLUDE FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL DOLLARS, SO AS YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE AGENDA ITEM, FOR THOSE IN THE PUBLIC THAT HAVE PULLED IT DOWN, AS WE GO THROUGH THE AGENDA ITEM FOR BUDGET AMENDMENTS, YOU WILL SEE BEHIND EVERY BUDGET AMENDMENT THERE'S AN EXPLANATION. AND THE ONE I'M LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW IS PAGE 3 OF 14. AND WE ACTUALLY TELL EVERYBODY HOW THE DOLLARS ARE BEING ADJUSTED, WHETHER WE ARE RECEIVING REVENUE OR ANTICIPATING -- THIS IS COURSE FEE BUT WE DO NOT KNOW WE ARE COMING IN. THE BUDGET IS COMPLETELY FLUID. SO AS THE DOLLARS COME IN, WE ADJUST FOR IT. SO UNDER EACH FUND, YOU WILL SEE THAT ON THE AGENDA ITEM. THE MORE DETAILED ITEM IS 13.01, THE MONTHLY FINANCIALS. AGAIN, REMEMBER BOARD MEMBERS, THIS IS EVERYTHING FROM JULY 1st, 2016 THROUGH JUNE 30th, 2017. AND THIS INCLUDES ALL OF OUR FUNDS, OR ALL OF OUR CHECKBOOKS AS WE LIKE TO CALL THEM WHICH INCLUDES THE GENERAL FUND, DEBT SERVICE, CAPITAL OUTLAY, SPECIAL REVENUE, SPECIAL REVENUE GRANTS VERSUS SPECIAL SERVICES AND INTERNAL SERVICE FUNDS. AGAIN, ON THE MONTHLY FINANCIALS, I HAVE HIGHLIGHTED MINE, AND AS YOU GO THROUGH THESE ITEMS ARE ALSO BROKEN OUT BY FUNCTION AND THEN OBJECT. FOR EVERYBODY TO UNDERSTAND HOW WE BREAK OUT AND HOW WE PAY SALARIES, EMPLOYEE BENEFITS, VERSUS A ROLL-UP OF THIS SPECIAL PROGRAMS SUCH AS INSTRUCTION, PEOPLE SERVICES, INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA. AT THE LAST SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, OR AT THE AUGUST 29th, WE TALKED ABOUT AND GAVE OUR PROJECTION OF WHAT WE WERE GOING TO DO THIS YEAR ON THE GENERAL FUND. JUST KNOW, BOARD MEMBERS, WE DID HAVE A CHANGE IN FUND BALANCE.  WE DREW DOWN FUND BALANCE BEFORE $5.3 MILLION. BUT WE DID CUT OVER $10 MILLION OUT OF THE GENERAL FUND SO THAT WAS A GREAT THING. AND AGAIN A LOT OF THAT WAS ATTRIBUTED TO WE DIDN'T RECEIVE A LOT OF FUNDING FOR THE STATE AND OUR FTE. WE HAD ADJUSTED FTE COMING IN FROM THE STATE. AGAIN, IF YOU LOOK THROUGH THE 13.01, IT IS BROKEN DOWN BY THE ANALYSIS. WE TALK ABOUT HOW THE BUDGET IS ADOPTED AND HOW WE BREAK IT OUT INTO INSTRUCTION, AND PEOPLE SERVICES, AND IT'S A LOT OF DETAIL FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO LOOK AT IT AND THEN THE THREE-YEAR TRIM DATA. AGAIN THAT'S ALSO BROKEN OUT BY MONTH, BY YEAR. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ON THAT? WE ARE GOING TO GO OVER SOME MORE INFORMATION ON ITEM 6.09-R WHICH IS THE UNAUDITED FINANCIAL, JUNE 30th. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? OKAY, GREAT. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. SAUNDERS. BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS APPROVE THE COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. MRS. GRAY, OFF COMMENT R.THIS IS ITEM 6.03.  

>>Lynn Gray: YES. WHEN I SPEAK ON THIS, I AM GOING TO INCLUDE NOT ONLY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE BUT THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE FOR MANY YEARS IN TERMS OF THEIR GREAT DEED DONE FOR THE KIDS IN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS, AND I THINK ACTUALLY SUNDAY OR SATURDAY WAS MY 15th YEAR OF DOING A RACE FOR THAT PARTICULAR CHARITY. THEY ARE VERY HEARTFELT, DEDICATED HUMAN BEINGS THAT WANT THESE KIDS THAT GRADUATE, IF YOU WILL, FROM CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES, BECOME SUCCESSFUL. I THINK WE MUST ALSO WORK TOWARDS INCLUSION, EQUITY AND JUSTICE FOR THOSE WHO ARE MOST V THE MOST CHALLENGE. AND I USE THE WORD JUSTICE, BECAUSE IT'S VERY -- IT'S SUCH A KEY IN MIND WHERE THEY CAN GO THE OTHER WAY, AND WE ARE ALL REMINDED OF THE SAYING PRISON TO PIPELINE. SO WE HAVE A GROUP OF STUDENTS THAT ENTER, AND WE EDUCATE THEM WITH, THIS PARTNERSHIP, WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH SHERIFF, AND WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE. THIS GROUP OF CHILDREN, THEY CAN GO EITHER WAY, AND WE TRY OUR BEST IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS ACT. WE TRY OUR BEST TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE PLACED CORRECTLY, THAT THEIR TRANSITION GOES SMOOTHLY, THAT THE CURRICULUM MATCHES THEIR LEVEL, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY PROVIDING THEM COUNSELING, AND THAT WHICH WILL HELP THEM BECOME PRODUCTIVE HUMAN BEINGS. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THE WORD EQUITY. I WANT TO EMPHASIZE THE WORD INCLUSION. AND JUSTICE. BECAUSE WE HAD A REMARK FROM AN INDIVIDUAL EARLIER THAT WOULD SEEM TO ME THAT WE ARE NOT REMINDING -- THAT WE ARE NOT MINDFUL OF THOSE CHANGE CITY, WHEN IN FACT WHEN WE HAVE THESE PROGRAMS TODAY, YOU WILL SEE THAT WE ARE VERY MUCH IN TUNE. IF I CAN JUST FINISH, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE, HOWEVER, DATA THAT SUPPORTS THE KIDS FROM CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS, WE ARE IN FACT GIVING THEM A GOOD EDUCATION. I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE OUR TEACHERS ALSO PREPARE TO HANDLE THESE TYPES OF CHILDREN, SINCE I ALSO HAD THEM IN MY CLASSROOM, AND I FRANKLY -- I DON'T WANT TO USE THE WORD PARANOID BUT IT WAS NOT A VERY COMFORTABLE FEELING. AND ALSO, I WOULD LIKE TO ALWAYS REMEMBER AND ALWAYS REMARK THAT WE SHOULD BE DOING PREVENTIVE BEHAVIORAL MANAGEMENT SO WE CAN PREVENT THIS ENTIRE CYCLE FROM HAPPENING. AND WE WILL SPEAK ABOUT DISCIPLINE LATER AT A WORKSHOP, I THINK OCTOBER 10th. SO THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS REGARDING THAT THEY DO AN EXCELLENT JOB, VERY HEARTFELT. AND I THINK WE MATCH WITH THAT JOB PROVIDING EQUITY FOR VERY DEMOGRAPHICS, AND THAT WOULD BE ONE OF THEM. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, FOR ALLOWING ME TO EXTEND THAT TIME.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THAT WAS 3 AND 4? THANK YOU. WE ARE ON 6.05. 001 IN THE CONTRACT LK 1936 BETWEEN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, REFUGEE SERVICES AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. MISS MARIE KAZIOLA WILL COME FORWARD AND DO THE HIGHLIGHT.  

>> MARIE CARACCIOLA:  I'M HAPPY TO COME TO REPORT TO YOU ON OUR REFUGEE GRANT. JUST SO THAT YOU WILL KNOW, IT'S VERY BRIEF. THE REFUGEE GRANT PROVIDES US THE DOLLARS TO PROVIDE CARE FOR OUR EARLY CHILDHOOD PEOPLE. WE HAVE OUR SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM WITH CCR, WHICH IS CHILD CARE RESEWERS REFERRAL. WE PROVIDE CHILD CARE FOR OUR COMMUNITY. THE REFUGEE PIECE IS PART OF IT. ALL THE THING IS THAT THE REFUGEE PIECE PAYS FOR REFUGEE STUDENTS. AND THAT MONEY IS GIVEN TO US FROM DCF. ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS?  

>>Cindy Stuart: MISS GRAY, I THINK YOU HAD A COMMENT?  

>>Lynn Gray: I JUST WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THE THIS FOR JUST A FEW REASONS. ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THINGS THAT I BELIEVE YOU ARE DOING AND AS WE HAVE EXPERIENCED WITH HURRICANE IRMA IS THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY REACHING OUT TO HAVE A HUGE GROUP OF REFUGEES. I COULD EVEN BE DECLARED ONE MYSELF SINCE I LEFT FOR TENNESSEE WHEN THE HURRICANE CAME ABOUT. BUT AT ANY RATE, ALL STUDENTS, NO MATTER WHAT GROUP AND CATEGORIZATION, OR DESCRIPTION, SHOULD BE TREATED WITH EQUITY. AND WHAT WE ARE DOING HERE IS WE ARE SHOWING -- YOU ARE SHOWING WE ARE ALSO THE INTERCONNECTIVITY, HOW HUMANS, HUMAN SERVICES, HUMAN BEINGS, HELP EACH OTHER, NO MATTER WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE, NO MATTER WHAT THEIR FINANCIAL DILEMMAS ARE. AND I THINK THAT IS CRITICAL THAT WE ARE ACTUALLY SEE SEEN AS A DISTRICT WHICH HELPS THE HUMOR THE ONE THAT IS THOUGHT OF AS BEING LESS PRODUCTIVE, BECOME PRODUCTIVE. AND THAT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. I KNOW YOU PUT YOUR HEART AND SOUL INTO THIS MATTER. THERE ARE FOUR QUESTIONS, HOWEVER, THAT I FIND THAT WE NEED TO ALWAYS CHECK TO MAKE SURE THE PARTICULAR DEMOGRAPHIC WE ARE SERVING IS LEGITIMATE, IF YOU WILL. NUMBER ONE, CAN WE JUSTIFY THE EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR THESE REFUGEES? IN OTHER WORDS, DO WE HAVE JUSTIFICATION FOR EXPENDITURES? SECONDLY, WILL OUR PROGRAM POSITIVELY AFFECT THEIR GRADUATION IN THE FUTURE? THIS IS MY CHECKLIST. THIRD, WILL THIS PROGRAM, IF THEY ARE YOUNG, ALSO INCLUDE THE EARLY CHILDHOOD COMPONENT, WHICH WE KNOW IS THE BACKBONE OF A SUCCESSFUL LEARNER? AND LAST, DOES THE DATA OF POSITIVE EDUCATION OUTCOME SUPPORT THE EXPENDITURES WE ARE PUTTING TO THE GROUP OF REFUGEES, OR THE GROUP OF HOMELESSNESS? WE ARE NOT JUST SAYING ARE WE MEASURING.  

>> THOSE THINGS ARE BEING MEASURED BUT I DO WANT YOU TO REALIZE, WE THE DISTRICT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ARE NOT PROVIDING THE DOLLARS FOR THE REFUGEES. THE DOLLARS THAT COME FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES, WE PROVIDE THE SERVICE. AND THE SAME WAY WITH THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT ALSO HEAPS HELPS PROVIDE SERVICE, THOUGH WE DON'T PAY THE DOLLARS. THE DOLLARS COME FROM EARLY LEARNING COALITION AS THEY DO FOR THE REFUGEES FROM DCF.  

>>Lynn Gray: I THINK IT'S A GREAT PARTNERSHIP.  

>> IT IS A GREAT PARTNERSHIP. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO 36.06 AND 12.01 AND TAKE THEM TOGETHER AS THEY GO TOGETHER. 6.06 IS THE FAIR SHORT FOR GRADUATIONINGS BEING HIGHLIGHTED BY MRS. HARRIS AND MYSELF WITH A COMMENT FROM MRS. HARRIS AND THEN THE NEXT ITEM WILL BE 12.01, APPROVE THE GRADUATION DATES WHICH I KNOW PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR, FOR THE 17-18 SCHOOL YEAR OF THE. AND THESE BOTH BOTH BE HIGHLIGHTED BY JAN CABRERA.  

>> WHERE YOU HAVE TWO AGENDA ITEMS REGARDING GRADUATIONS, PROPOSED GRADUATION DATES AND THE PENDING CONTRACT FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR. IF APPROVED WILL BE SCHEDULED FORPLAY 17th THROUGH MAY 25th, 2018 AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS EXPO HALL FOR 27 HIGH SCHOOLS, ADULT EDUCATION, TECHNICAL COLLEGES, AND NEW THIS YEAR, CAREER CENTERS WILL BE HELD AT THE FAIRGROUNDS. IF BACKUP DATE WILL BE SATURDAY, MAY 26th IF NEEDED. THE REHEARSALS WILL BEGIN MAY 12th THROUGH 20th. THE GRADUATION DATES AND LOCATIONS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL ED CENTERS AND THE VIRTUAL SCHOOL ARE ALSO INCLUDED ON THE SCHEDULES. YOU WILL SEE THOSE ON THE BOTTOM OF THE SCHEDULE AFTER THE TRADITIONAL ONES. AT THE FAIRGROUNDS, GRADUATION DATES WILL HAVE FOUR SCHOOLS A DAY FOR SEVEN DAYS, AND ONE OF THOSE ON MAY 17th IS THE CAREER CENTERS, AND SYSTEM OPENS, WATERS, WHITLEY AND SOUTH COUNTY. IN DOING THE SCHEDULE, WE WERE AVOIDING A CONFLICT OF SCHEDULING WITH OUR EOC CENTERS AND VIRTUAL WITH OUR TRADITIONAL BECAUSE WE DO KNOW THAT SEVERAL OF YOU WILL DO WANT TO BE ABLE TO GO TO ALL OF THOSE, SO WE DID WORK ON THAT. I DID DO WANT TO THANK WINNIE TYE FOR ASSISTING WITH THE SCHEDULE FOR TALKING WITH OUR CAREER SCHEDULES AND ALSO WITH GETTING EXCEPTIONAL ED CENTERS SCHEDULED. AND ONCE IT'S APPROVED, WE WILL START PUBLICIZING IT. AS MRS. STUART SAID, I KNOW THE FAMILIES ARE VERY ANXIOUS TO GET THOSE DATES. THEY HAVE GRANDPARENTS THAT HAVE BEEN CALLING US, SO WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO GET THOSE DATES OUT. WE'LL HAVE THOSE ON OUR WEBSITE AND THE SCHOOLS WILL START COMMUNICATING THAT TO THEIR PARENTS AND STAFF AND STUDENTS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. CABRERA. MRS. SAUNDERS, IF YOU DON'T MIND I AM GOING TO GO TO THE REPRESENTATIVE WANTED TO COMMENT ON THIS ITEM SPECIFICALLY.  

>> THANK YOU. THIS IS MY THIRD YEAR ATTENDING WATERS CAREER CENTER. WATERS CAREER CENTER HAS BEEN GREAT FOR ME BECAUSE I ONCE FAILED A GRADE, AND THIS SCHOOL PROMOTED ME TO MY ORIGINAL GRADE ALLOWING ME TO BE ON TRACK. I AM NOLANA AND B STUDENT AT WATERS CAREER CENTER AND ONLY NEED TO PASS ONE MORE TEST BEFORE GRADUATING. I AM ON TRACK ON ALL OF MY CLASSES AND I AM READY FOR GRADUATION. I AM CURRENTLY SATISFIED WITH THE GRADUATION DATE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY TEST DATES. I'M VERY EXCITED BEING A SENIOR AND HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY TO GRADUATE AT THE FLORIDA FAIRGROUNDS THIS YEAR. I AM ALSO VERY PLEASED TO KNOW THAT DW WATERS WILL SOON BECOME A HIGH SCHOOL.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. WE HEARD FROM MANY STUDENTS ABOUT HAVING THEIR GRADUATIONS BE SIGNIFICANT AS ANY OTHER GRADUATION SO WE TALKED EARLY ON ABOUT MOVING OUR CAREER CENTERS TO THE FAIRGROUNDS. SO THANK YOU FOR REPRESENTING THOSE CAREER CENTERS. MRS. VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: I DON'T KNOW IF THIS WAS COINCIDENTAL, TODAY THAT YOU ARE HERE AS OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE, WHERE THIS AGENDA ITEM IS BEFORE US TO VOTE BECAUSE NOW YOU CAN GO BACK TO YOUR CLASSMATES AND LET THEM KNOW HOW MUCH THEY ARE VALUED. BECAUSE YOU ARE OUR KIDS. YOU ARE OUR CHILDREN. AND I WANT YOU TO HAVE THE SAME EXPERIENCE THAT ANY OF OUR OTHER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WOULD HAVE. SO THANK YOU TO THE STAFF, MR. EAKINS, AGAIN FOR LISTENING TO US. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, FOR 12 YEARS. AND TO FINALLY SEE IT HERE JUST WARMS MY HEART. AND I KNOW THAT THEY DIDN'T HAVE A -- TO HAVE A REALLY GOOD GRADUATION, SO YOU CAN TAKE THE MESSAGE AFTER WE VOTE. YOU CAN TAKE IT BACK THAT IT'S FOR REAL. YOU CAN TAKE IT BACK TO YOUR CLASSMATES. OKAY? THANKS. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. THIS WAS A VERY IMPORTANT DECISION THAT I'M EXCITED TO SEE HAPPEN. GRADUATION IS PROBABLY THE KEY OF US PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. AND GRADUATION IS A TIME WHERE FAMILIES COME, AND JUST LIKE YOU SAID, WE HAVE ALREADY HAD GRANDPARENTS CALLING ABOUT WHEN TO SET UP THEIR TIMES AND WHAT HAVE YOU. I'M VERY HAPPY TO SEE THAT WE ENDED UP AT ONE LOCATION. I THINK THAT'S A FINANCIALLY STABLE THING FOR US TO DO. I KNOW IT'S HARD ON THE PEOPLE SITTING AROUND THIS DAIS TO BE THERE ALL DAY FOR FOUR GRADUATIONS. BUT AFTER LIVING IT LAST YEAR IT'S SO MEANINGFUL AND SUCH A GREAT EXPERIENCE THAT I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW GREAT IT IS TO BE A PART OF ALL THOSE EVENTS. I'M VERY HAPPY THE CAREER CENTERS GOT INCLUDED INTO THE GRADUATION BECAUSE AS I VISITED SCHOOLS, THAT WAS THEIR MAIN REQUEST. TO BE A PART OF BEING AT THE GRADUATION AT THE FAIRGROUNDS. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK PUTTING ALL OF THIS TOGETHER AND TAKING EVERYBODY'S IDEAS AND DESIRES INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN MAKING ONE SIZE FOR THE GRADUATION. SO I THINK THAT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT.  

>> THIS IS A PROCESS THAT IS ALL YEAR LONG. SO WE DO DEBRIEF AFTER EACH GRADUATION AND LISTEN TO THE CONVERSATIONS AND THE RECOMMENDATIONS, AND REALLY DO TRY TO MAKE THOSE COME TRUE.  

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

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO PULL AGENDA ITEM 6.06 AND 12.01 OFF OF THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR -- OFF OF THE PULLED ITEMS FOR SEPARATE VOTE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. HARRIS, IS THAT A SECOND? SO THIS IS A VOTE, BOARD MEMBERS, TO PULL IT OFF OF THE PULLED ITEMS LIST. IF THERE'S NO DISCUSSION, VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. AND THERE ARE FIVE YESES WITH TWO BOARD MEMBERS AWAY, MRS. SHAMBURGER AND MRS. GRIFFIN IN THE BACK. AND WE WILL PULL THOSE OFF.  

>> AND I HAVE A SUBSEQUENT MOTION. I WOULD LIKE TO UPHOLD THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR ITEMS 6.06 AND 12.01.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO UPHOLD ITEMS 6.06 AND 12.01, RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT. DO I HAVE A SECOND FROM MRS. SNIVELY? IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. AGAIN THAT'S FIVE YESES. AND THAT GIVES YOU THE AUTHORITY NOW TO PUT THAT OUT TO THE PUBLIC AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT BRINGS US TO ITEM 6.09-R, APPROVE THE REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL DATA TO THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30th, 2016. THIS IS A HIGHLIGHT FOR MYSELF AND FOR MRS. GRAY, WITH MRS. GRAY HAVING A COMMENT. MRS. SAUNDERS.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU. ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT. IT'S UNAUDITED SO WE HAVE HAD THE AUDITOR GENERAL IN-HOUSE AND ALSO KPMG WHICH IS OUR OUTSIDE AUDITORS SINCE MARCH AND APRIL AND MAY AND JUNE, AND THEY ARE STILL HERE. SO AS THEY ARE WORKING TO AUDIT OUR FINANCIALS NOW, WE BRING NEED TO BRING THIS TO YOU. AND WE ALREADY SUBMITTED IT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AND IT INCLUDES DETAILS, REVENUE THAT DETAILS BY FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL SOURCES AND EXPENDITURES THAT ARE DETAILED BY FUNCTION, AND OBJECT. THE DATA IS DISPLAYED BY TYPE WHICH INCLUDES EVERYTHING WE TALKED ABOUT. WE TALKED ABOUT CHECKBOOKS WHICH IS THE SPECIAL FUND, GENERAL REVENUE FUND, INTERNAL SERVICE FUNDS. EVERY YEAR IT'S DUE TO TALLAHASSEE BY SEPTEMBER 11th, UNLESS WE ARE GRANTED A WAIVER, AND THAT WAS GRANTED FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA LAST WEEK WITH HURRICANE IRMA COMING ASHORE. AGAIN, THERE'S TWO SECTIONS THAT MAKES UP THE ESE 348 AND THE ESE 145. THE ESE 348 ARE THE BASIC FINANCIAL STATEMENTS WITH SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION THAT ALLOWS FOR MORE COMPARABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY AMONG ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS. SO IF YOU GO OUT TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WEBSITE, YOU CAN LOOK AT EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT'S ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT AND IT'S GOING TO BE IN THE SAME F.A.R. SO IT'S UNDERSTANDABLE AND CLEAR AND YOU CAN DO COMPARISON DATA. THE ESE 145 INCLUDES MORE EXPANSIVE INFORMATION REGARDING OUR MANAGEMENT DISCUSSION ANALYSIS AND FOOTNOTE DISCLOSURES. IT ALSO INCLUDES MEY STATEMENTS AND TAKES A LONG-TERM VIEW EMBOLUSSING ECONOMIC RESOURCE. AN OVERVIEW, JUST QUICK OVERVIEW OF THE FINANCIAL STATEMENT, AGAIN IT'S BROKEN OUT INTO THREE SECTIONS. THE GOVERNMENT-WIDE FINANCIAL STATEMENT, THE FUND FINANCIAL STATEMENT, AND THE NOTE SECTION. I KNOW MR. FARKAS, AFTER THE LAST SCHOOL BOARD MEETING WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT THE GREAT INFORMATION IN THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT, HE TOOK THIS HOME AND READ IT. HE WAS VERY IMPRESSED. SO IT'S WONDERFUL BECAUSE HIS TEAM LOVES TO EAT THIS STUFF UP, TOO. THIS INFORMATION IS BROKEN OUT AND I HIGHLIGHT ADD COUPLE OF THE SECTIONS IN HERE. IT REALLY DOES TELL A GREAT STORY ABOUT OUR DISTRICT. IN THE BEGINNING IT TALKS ABOUT OUR BOND RATING AGENCY -- RATINGS FROM THE BONDAGE SY. THAT'S ALWAYS IN THERE. THE DETAIL INFORMATION ABOUT OUR DISTRICT HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE. BREAKS OUT THE INVENTORY, BREAKS OUT THE CAPITAL ASSETS, HOW MUCH OUR LONG-TERM LIABILITIES ARE, OUR REVENUE SOURCES, IT BREAKS OUT EVERYTHING IN DETAIL IN THIS GREAT INFORMATION ITEM. IT GIVES AN OVERVIEW. IT'S VERY SIMILAR TO THE CORPORATE PRIVATE SECTOR REPORTING REQUIREMENTS. AND AGAIN IT TALKS ABOUT GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS, PROPRIETARY FUNDS AND FIDUCIARY FUNDS AND SUPPLIES THE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT A FINANCIAL PICTURE. A SPECIAL, SPECIAL THANK YOU TO STEPHANIE EATON AND THE WHOLE TEAM ON THE BUSINESS TEAM BECAUSE IT TAKES A LOT OF EFFORT, AND KIM'S STAFF WITH CHRIS FARKAS' FOLKS AND TRACI BROWN. JUST EVERYBODY ADDS TO THIS DOCUMENT. AGAIN, THIS IS THE UNAUDITED ONE. BY DECEMBER WE WILL BE BRINGING YOU THE AUDITED FINANCIALS. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?  

>>Cindy Stuart: I BELIEVE MRS. GRAY, OFF COMMENT?  

>>Lynn Gray: MY COMMENT IS REAL BRIEF. I DISCUSSED IT WITH MRS. SAUNDERS, WHETHER WE NEED TO HIGHLIGHT THIS OR NOT. BUT EVERY TIME WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TELL OUR STORY, FINANCIAL STORY, THAT GIVES US THE RATIONALE SHOULD WE BE ASKING IN THE FUTURE FOR REFERENDUM. WE HAVE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES AND RECORDS FOR ANY MEDIA OR ANYONE ELSE TO BEHOLD AND TO VISIT. AND IT'S ALL HERE IN WRITING. AND IT'S QUITE EXPANSIVE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.10, APPROVE THE AGREEMENTS FOR TECHNICAL SERVICE WHICH PROVIDES SERVICES TO FLORIDA INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS CENTER FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED. MRS. GRAY, OFF COMMENT?  

>>Lynn Gray: YES, I DO HAVE A COMMENT. ALL THE TIME, I THINK WE NEED TO LEE MIND OURSELVES THAT INCLUSION IS THE RIGHT OF EVERY STUDENT. AND THE MORE THAT WE GET INVOLVED WITH ALL THESE DIFFERENT TYPE OF GROUPS THAT WE ARE ENTERING INTO OUR DISTRICT, I JUST THINK THAT THE ESE, THE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN, ARE A BIG CONCERN FOR MANY OF US IN TERMS OF HOW MUCH WE ARE PAYING ATTENTION TO THEM, WHAT RESOURCES ARE GOING TO THEM. AND I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT IN MY OWN WAY THAT WE NEED TO SHARE AND SHOW OFF THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS JUST AS ANYONE ELSE. I UNDERSTAND THIS IS JUST VISUALLY IMPAIRED. BUT MY VIEW, WE HAVE TREMENDOUS EXPERT PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS WHO ARE UP TO DATE WITH THE LATEST BRAILLE CODE, THEY KNOW HOW TO HANDLE ALL THE DIGITAL EDUCATIONAL METHODS, THE SPECIAL SOFTWARE, THEY PREPARE THE STUDENTS FOR THE FLORIDA STANDARDS ASSESSMENTS. I ALWAYS AM THINKING HOW MANY PEOPLE KNOW THAT WE ACTUALLY HANDLE THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED IN SUCH A WAY WHERE IF WE ARE INTO COMPETITION, I WOULD EASILY WONDER IF THEY MIGHT BEAT SOME OF THE OTHER STUDENTS IN TERMS OF BEING PASSING THEIR TEST WITH A CERTAIN SCORE, ET CETERA. BUT ALL THE WHILE, EVERY TIME WE HAVE A GROUP OF STUDENTS -- AND THERE ARE SO MANY GROUPS -- LET'S PAY ATTENTION TO THEM. LET'S TREAT THEM WITH EQUITY. LET'S BRING THEM UP. AND IMPORTANTLY, GIVE THE TEACHERS AND THE STAFF, DISTRICT STAFF PERSON -- KIM, ARE YOU HERE? KIM IS OVER THERE. YOU DO SUCH AN EXCELLENT JOB. AND I JUST WANTED TO CHOOSE THIS PARTICULAR ONE TO HIGHLIGHT FOR YOU. DID YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING? OR ARE YOU?  

>> EXCUSE ME.  

>> YOU HAVE TO COME UP.  

>> OUR VISUALLY IMPAIRED STUDENTS DO INCREDIBLY WELL ON THE STATEWIDE ASSESSMENTS. I DON'T HAVE THE NUMBERS WITH ME RIGHT NOW. BUT THEY DO PERFORM AS WELL AS NONDISABLED STUDENTS, AND IN SOME CASES BETTER. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR HIGHLIGHTING AND YOUR COMMENTS.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, KIM, FOR COMING. I APPRECIATE IT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. THE NEXT ITEM IS NUMBER 6.11, APPROVE THE AGREEMENT WITH EMBRY-RIDDLE AARON OH KNOT I CAN WITH DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES. THIS ITEM IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED FOR MRS. GRAY WITH A COMMENT. MR. CHRIS JARGO IS ALREADY AT THE LECTERN CAREER AND EDUCATION. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU R.I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT ITEM 6.11. THIS AGREEMENT WITH EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY WILL CONTINUE OUR AEROSPACE CAREER ACADEMY AT ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL WHICH HAS BEEN A CT PROGRAM FOR 15 YEARS AND A DUAL ENROLLMENT PROGRAM SINCE 2015. THIS PAST SCHOOL YEAR THERE WERE 43 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN OUR DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSES SUCH AS AVIATION PHYSICIAN,ERS PRIVATE PILOT OBSERVATIONS AND UNMET AIRCRAFT SITUATIONS UAS OR DRONE TECHNOLOGY. STUDENTS IN THIS PROGRAM ARE TEN INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS IN SMALL UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS SAFETY CERTIFICATION, AND ONE STUDENT ACHIEVED THE FAA PRIVATE PILOT CERTIFICATION. IN EARLY 2018, WE ARE EXCITED TO EXPAND OUR OFFERINGS TO ALIGN WITH THE AIR FORCE ROTC PROGRAM AND AT STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL. THESE SITES WILL BE ABLE TO OFFER THE PRINCIPALS OF AERONAUTICAL SCIENCE DUAL ENROLLMENT COURSE WHICH PROVIDES A FUTURE PATHWAY TO MORE ADVANCE COURSE IN THE UNMANNED AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS.  THIS PROGRAM WILL BE PAID FOR BY FUNDS GENERATED FROM PRIOR INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS AND THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FUTURE INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS THAT CAN PROVIDE SUSTAINABILITY FOR THESE COURSES. AEROSPACE CAREER ACADEMY COURSES WILL BE TAUGHT BY CURRENT TEACHERS WHO ARE CREDENTIALED, QUALIFIED, AND MUTUALLY AGREED UPON BY BOTH EMBRY RIDDLE AND OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. IN ADDITION EM BRING RIDDLE WILL PROVIDE TEACHER TRAINING AND CURRICULUM MATERIALS TO IMPLEMENT THESE COURSES. WE STRONGLY BELIEVE THIS AGREEMENT WITH EMBRY-RIDDLE PROVIDES STUDENTS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN HIGH SCHOOL CREATES, COLLEGE CREATES AND LIVES UP TO THE DISTRICT'S VISION FOR PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Lynn Gray: OF THAT WAS SUCH A WILD PRESENTATION. THANK YOU. I KNOW THAT THE EDUCATIONAL CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE IS ONE OF OUR BIG-TIME GOALS IN A SNAPSHOT. I THINK WE ARE ALL MAYBE WANTING TO JOIN THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM, AND FAA, BECOME A PILOT AND GO-GO-GO, BUT TO GIVE OUR KIDS THIS OPPORTUNITY OR THESE OPPORTUNITIES, HOW EXCITING. AND TO ALSO ENCOURAGE THEM FOR THE DUAL ENROLLMENT AND BECOME, MANIFEST THEMSELVES INTO MORE THAN JUST A COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENT BUT TO HAVE A TRADE, A SKILL, AN AVOCATION THATPEOPLE MANY PEOPLE WOULD LOVE. I MEAN, WE ARE OFFERING THIS. AND THE COMPARABLE ANALOGY WOULD BE THE FUSIONED DUAL ENROLLMENT WHERE WE DO ACADEMIA, BUT HERE WE ARE DOING A PHOSSED TYPE OF PROGRAM USING THE TRADES AND THE A PRESENTSSHIP, OR NOT APPRENTICESHIP, BUT THE MODEL OF CERTIFICATION FOR TRADE LEVELS, ACTUALLY AND IT DOESN'T STOP. KIDS DO NOT STOP LEARNING. AND THIS IS A VERY EXCITING PART, I BELIEVE, OF WHAT I HAVE HEARD SO FAR WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT WORKPLACE PROGRAMS R.THE ONLY THING I HAVE TO SAY IS, LET'S INCREASE IT AND WHY NOT MORE? I THINK WE HAVE STEINBRENNER ALSO INVOLVED. LET'S GET MORE OF THESE SCHOOLS INVOLVED. I JUST THINK, AGAIN, YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB AND YOU ARE THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX. AND THIS IS MAKING OUR SCHOOLS MORE COMPETITIVE, AND OUR CHURN. THANK YOU.  

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. THE NEXT ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS, IS 6.13, APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICE WAS FORMERLY THE NATIONAL ACADEMY FOUNDATION TO CONTINUE PROVIDING CURRICULUM AND ACADEMY SUPPORT FOR ACADEMIES OF FINANCE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM. MRS. GRAY, OFF COMMENT?  

>>Lynn Gray: WELL, THE INNOVATIVE WAYS THAT WE CAN TEACH OUR KIDS AND HAVE THEM STAY ENGAGED IS CRITICAL. AND INNOVATIVE, NOT REALLY, BECAUSE WHAT THEY ARE OFFERING, THE NATIONAL ACADEMY, THEY ARE OFFERING OPPORTUNITIES IN HOSPITALITY, FINANCE, AND TOURISM. THOSE ARE AREAS THAT FIT WITHIN OUR SUNSHINE STATE MODEL AND DIRECTLY, TO ME, INFLUENCE HOW A CHILD CAN PROJECT THEIR FUTURE. ONE OF THE BIGGEST NEEDS THAT WE HAVE, WE ARE A SERVICE INDUSTRY, IF YOU GO TO SARASOTA, MOST OF THOSE JOBS THERE ARE SERVICE, OR THE COAST OF SAND KEY, ST. PETERSBURG. SO TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY ARE SO RELEVANT. I DO LIKE THE PARTNERSHIP OF THAT WE HAVE FORMED WITH THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF FOUNDATION. I KNOW THEY HAVE THEIR OWN TEACHING MODEL, WHICH INCLUDES THEIR OWN CURRICULUM. TO BE QUITE FRANK, I'M NOT REAL FAMILIAR WITH THAT PARTICULAR TEACHING MODEL. BUT I HAD ASKED FOR THE DATA. ARE THEY SUCCESSFUL IN TEACHING OUR KIDS? THE ANSWER I HAVE IS THAT WE HAVE, YES, THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL WITH VARIOUS SELF-EVALUATIONS, THE AMOUNT OF SUMMER INTERN PLACEMENTS, THE AMOUNT OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL PLACEMENTS, THE NUMBER OF CERTIFICATIONS, AND THE NUMBER OF REALISTIC, YES, I HAVE A JOB, FOR A PARTNER TO BUY INTO THIS PARTICULAR STUDENT'S PATH. AND I AM JUST GOING TO FINALLY SAY, AGAIN, LET'S GO AT IT, MORE GRANTS, PURSUE THOSE GRANTS WITH LISA AND MORE PARTNERSHIPS AND LET'S GET THESE KIDS CONTINUESLY MOTIVATED WITH THOSE TYPES OF INGENIOUS TYPE OF JOB OPPORTUNITIES OR CAREER. EXCUSE ME, CAREER. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: ITEM NUMBER 6.15. MR. BEEKMAN, YOU ARE ON. YOU HAVE SEVEN MINUTES TO APPROVE THE PIGGYBACK OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE AMERICAN LOGISTICS COMPANY AND REGION 4 EDUCATION SERVICES CENTER VIA THE NATIONAL INTERGOVERNMENTAL PURCHASING ALLIANCE FOR ALTERNATIVE STUDENT TRANSPORTATION. THIS IS A HIGHLIGHT FOR MRS. SNIVELY. I KNOW IT'S A MOUTHFUL. YOU CAN DO IT. BY THE WAY, HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY.  

>> MY BOSS JUST TOLD ME HAVE I HAVE TWO MINUTES.  

>>Cindy Stuart: HE'S RIGHT.  

>> SO THIS IS WE USE SUPPLEMENTAL TRANSPORTATION COMPANY TO PROVIDE SERVICES FOR ISOATED TRANSPORTATION SERVICES. THESE ARE STUDENTS THAT MAY BE DISPLACED UNDERSTOOD McKINNEY VENTO. THEY MAY BE ESE STUDENTS AND IT'S BASED ON PROGRAM. OR ITS COULD BE FOSTER KIDS. TYPICALLY WHEN WE USE THIS PROGRAM, WHAT WE DO IS WE USE A COST MODEL. AND SO WE LOOK AT INTERNAL SERVICES VERSUS THE EXTERNAL. AND WE TAKE THOSE FIGURES, AND WHICHEVER IS THE CHEAPER ONE, WE UTILIZE THAT SERVICE TO PROVIDE THE SERVICE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: DO YOU HAVE A COMMENT MRS. SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THIS BECAUSE I THINK SOMETIMES WE FORGET SOME OF THE ADDITIONAL SERVICES WE OFFER OUR STUDENTS WHEN THEY HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS OR SPECIAL SITUATIONS. I DID HAVE A QUESTION, BECAUSE THIS WAS BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION RECENTLY. THERE WERE A COUPLE OF STUDENTS THAT WERE PUT IN A HOMELESS POSITION, UNFORTUNATELY. I WAS CONTACTED BY THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE DEPUTY, AND I WAS WONDERING IF THAT TYPE OF NEED, WHEN A STUDENT HAS BEEN DISPLACED BY THAT, WOULD THAT BE AN EXAMPLE OF WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO HAVE A SPECIAL TRANSPORTATION FOR STUDENTS? BEEK BEEK CORRECT. UNDER McKINNEY VENTO WE ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THOSE STUDENTS TO THEIR SCHOOL BOARD AND THAT ALSO CARRIES A RESPONSIBILITY. SO THESE STUDENTS ARE DISPLACED. FOR EXAMPLE, THESE ARE ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. AND THEY GO LIVE WITH A RELATIVE THAT'S IN LAKELAND, FLORIDA. WE AS A DISTRICT, IN HILLSBOROUGH, ARE REQUIRED TO GET THOSE STUDENTS AND TRANSPORT THEM TO ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. SO THAT THEY ARE NOT DISPLACED. NOW, WE HAVE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENTS WITH THE SURROUNDING SCHOOL DISTRICTS. SO TYPICALLY WHAT WE DO IS WE MEAT THEM AT THE COUNTY LINE, SO THEY WILL PUT THEM ON A BUS SERVICE, IF THEY HAVE THAT BUS SERVICE AVAILABLE. IN SOME CASES, BASED ON THE TIME OF THE SCHOOL OPENING OR CLOSING, WE HAVE TO UTILIZE THE CONTRACTED SERVICE, BECAUSE THEIR BUSES AREN'T RUNNING. JUST LIKE WE HAVE A LOT OF STUDENTS WHO LIVE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THAT MAY BE DISPLACED FROM PASCO AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES. WE RECIPROCATE AND TAKE THEM TO THE COUNTY LINE. WE MEET AT A JOINT PLACE THAT WE HAVE AGREED TO, AND KIND OF EXCHANGE THOSE KIDS, AND DO THE SAME THING IN THE AFTERNOON TO HELP EACH OTHER OUT. BECAUSE THIS IS A HUGE FINANCIAL BURDEN. IT'S ONE OF THOSE THAT WE SAY IS AN UNFUNDED SERVICE THAT'S REQUIRED. OF COURSE THEY ALWAYS POINT TO THE FEDERAL DOLLARS, IF YOU DO NOT PROVIDE THE SERVICE THEY TAKE AWAY OUR TITLE MONEY, FEDERAL DOLLARS ACROSS THE BOARD. SO WE HAVE TO PROVIDE THE SERVICE.  

>>Melissa Snively: I APPRECIATE THE HIGHLIGHT P.I THOUGHT IT WAS A GOOD EDUCATIONAL MOMENT FOR SOME OF OUR VIEWERS, AND AGAIN IT'S ONE OF THOSE ADDITIONAL SERVICES THAT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT PROVIDES TO STUDENTS WHO ARE IN SPECIAL SITUATIONS. THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: HOW MANY STUDENTS CURRENTLY UTILIZE THE SERVICE OR HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE WE SERVICING WITH THE SERVICE?  

>> WITH ALC RIGHT NOW WE HAVE, I THINK, 97 STUDENTS. THE MAJORITY OF THOSE ARE SPECIAL NEEDS. STUDENTS. WE TRY TO MINIMIZE -- ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE CAN DO WITH THE ALC SERVICES IS PUT MUTT AM -- MULTIPLE KIDS IN THOSE VEHICLES TO TRY TO MINIMIZE THOSE COSTS. WE'LL PROBABLY HOVER AROUND 110 A LITTLE BIT TIME SCHOOL SESSION IS DONE, JUST DEPENDING ON WHERE THEY LIVE. THE OTHER PIECE OF COURSE IS WITH THE HURRICANE, THE EVENTS THAT WE HAD THE PAST WEEK, THAT ALSO PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL BURDEN. THAT'S KIND OF ONGOING FOR THE DISTRICT.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU FOR THAT INFORMATION. ONE LAST QUESTION. HAVE WE DONE A COST ANALYSIS OF WHAT IT WOULD COST FOR US TO PROVIDE THIS TRANSPORTATION OURSELVES, WITH OUR VEHICLES, OR SOME TYPE OF PURCHASED VEHICLES, IN LIEU OF CONTRACTING OUT THIS SERVICE?  

>> ACTUALLY, WE HAVE ALREADY PUT A PRELIMINARY BUSINESS PLAN TOGETHER. THE ISSUE IS THE CAPITAL DOLLARS IT WOULD TAKE TO ENTER INTO THIS. I THINK AT SOME POINT IN TIME YOU WILL SEE THAT. YOU WILL SEE A JOB DESCRIPTION THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE. PLEASE UNDERSTAND, TOO, FOR THE SAFETY OF OUR KIDS, EACH ONE OF THESE PROVIDERS HERE GO THROUGH THE SAME JESSICA LUNSFORD, THEY ARE BACKGROUND COLLECTED, THEY ARE LICENSED, THEY HAVE TO MEET ALL THOSE REQUIREMENTS AS WELL. WE FEEL THAT WE COULD TAKE THAT ON, ONCE WE GET TO A PLACE A LITTLE BIT MORE FINANCIAL STABILITY. BUT THERE WOULD BE AN INTENDEDITURE SOME OF CAPITAL COSTS TO PURCHASE A NUMBER OF MINI-VANS TO DO THAT.  

>> BUT POSSIBLY IT WOULD BE A COST SAVINGS TO THE DISTRICT, YOU THINK?  

>> OH, YES.  

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

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

>>April Griffin: VERY, VERY QUICK QUESTION N.SPEAKING ABOUT THE HOMELESS STUDENTS, AND BEING ABLE TO TRANSPORT THEM, DO THE STUDENTS HAVE TO CLAIM HOMELESS STATUS IN ORDER TO GET THAT TRAVEL?  

>> YES. THERE IS CRITERIA THAT THEY HAVE TO PROVIDE. NOW, I WILL SHARE WITH YOU, THERE'S NOT MUCH OF A BURDEN ON THE PARENTS TO PROVIDE THAT SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THEIR STATUS, THAT THEY HAVE LOST THEIR HOME AND THINGS SUCH AS THAT. THAT CREATES SOME HURDLES. WE HAVE A GROUP THAT OVERSEES THAT AND IDENTIFIES BE THAT. AND WE IDENTIFY THAT THEY WERE IN THEIR SCHOOL ORIGIN SO WE TRACK THEM VERY WELL IN THAT PROCESS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. BEEKMAN. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE GOING TO DO ONE MORE BEFORE WE MOVE TO HAVE THE PUBLIC HEARING. 6 .AT IS ACCEPT THE AUDIT OF THE DISTRICT'S EDUCATIONAL PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY FROM KING AND WALKER, ENDED JUNE 30, 2016. MR. FARKAS.  

>>Christopher Farkas: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU HEARD MRS. SAUNDERS MENTION KIM'S NAME -- AND THE ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT HAS DONE A WONDERFUL JOB. EVERY FIVE YEARS WE GO FOR AN OUTSIDE THIRD PARTY TO LOOK FOR OUR FINDINGS, THE WAY WE SELECT CONSTRUCTION MANAGERS, THE WAY WE SELECT ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN PROFESSIONALS AND ALSO TO AUDIT THE ACTUAL PROJECT. DO WE SPEND OUR MONEY THE WAY WE SAID WE ARE GOING TO, DO WE DESIGN THE BUILDING UP TO STANDARDS? ALL OF THE ITEMS ARE CONTAINED IN THE AUDIT THAT YOU HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU. AND MINDFUL OF MRS. SAUNDERS CONSTANT LOOKING AT SAVING MONEY, WE ONLY PRINTED ONE HARD COPY IN THE BOARD OFFICE. THE REST OF IT IS ALL ONLINE. SO WE THOUGHT THAT WAS AN IMPORTANT PART.  THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO GET SOMEONE FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOK AND MAKE SURE WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO LOOK AT WAYS TO, A, SAVE MONEY, BUT B, MAKE SURE THE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT, YOU CAN SAY WITH CONFIDENCE, HEY, THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S POSITIVE. THERE ARE 25 DIFFERENT PERFORMANCE STANDARDS IN PUBLIC CONSTRUCTION OF SCHOOLS. CURRENTLY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS USE ALL 25 OF THOSE. SO THEY ACTUALLY GO THREE EVERY ONE OF THOSE 25 ITEMS AND SAYING ARE YOU USING IN FULL COMPLIANCE OR PARTIAL COMPLIANCE? THE DISTRICT IS IN FULL COMPLIANCE WITH ALL 25 OF THOSE ITEMS. THAT IS A VERY CHALLENGING THING TO DO. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THAT. AS MR. ROBINSON FLOATED, STOLE A LITTLE BIT OF THUNDER, ONE OF THE THINGS IS OUR FINANCES AND SHOWED THAT THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE SCHOOL SURTAX IS SOMETHING THEY RECOMMENDED. WHILE WE ARE BUILDING SCHOOLS, THEY ALSO LOOK AT THE NEED, THEY LOOK AT GROWTH MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING. SO YOU HAVE TO DO ALL YOU CAN WITH REBOUNDERING. WITH THE GROWTH THAT'S COMING IT'S SOMETHING YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT IS HAVING ADDITIONAL DOLLARS TO DO THAT. THEY ALSO LOOK AT THE PROJECTS. ARE YOU LOOKING AT THE ALTERNATIVE BEFORE YOU LOOK AT A SCHOOL? ARE THEY COST EFFICIENT? ARE THEY IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW FOR DESIGNATED PURPOSE OF FUNDS? AND IN FULL COMPLIANCE AS WELL. THE OTHER PART WHERE THE ARCHITECTS THAT WE PAY, SOME PEOPLE PAY THE FULL AMOUNT UP FRONT WHICH IS BEST PRACTICE, AND THAT'S UNUSUAL, WE PAY BASED ON THE NEED, AND WHAT I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT WAS THERE'S ANABILITIABILITY MECHANISM. ANYBODY IN ADDITION TO HAVING THIS KING AND WALKER OUTSIDE FIRM LOOKING EVERY FIVE YEARS, MANNY BELITO AND GRETCHEN AND HER TEAM HAVE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT THEY HAVE IT, AND NOW IT'S SEAY 10:SO I WILL TURN IT OVER TO HER FOR THE IF OFFICIAL MEETING. GOOD TIMING.  

>> THANK YOU, MR. FARKAS. IT'S A GREAT AUDIT. THANK YOU TO YOU AND YOUR TEAM.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AT THIS TIME IT IS 5:02. SO WE WILL MOVE TO THE ITEM 01 WHICH IS THE FINAL PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MILLAGE RATE AND THE BUDGET FOR THE 17-18 FISCAL YEAR. AND I WILL TURN IT THIS OVER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT WHO WILL WALK US THROUGH THE BUDGET PRESENTATION.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. WE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY READY TO ADJOURN THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING TO ADOPT THE FINAL MILLAGE RATE AND BUDGET FOR THE 2017-18 FISCAL YEAR. OUR BUDGET INCLUDES ALL GOVERNMENT AND PROPRIETARY FUNDS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE PROPOSED TAX RATE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: SO I WILL ADJOURN THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE BUDGET.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. YOU SEE OUR FIRST SLIDE HERE. IT STILL SAYS SEPTEMBER 12, 2017. OBVIOUSLY IT'S NOT -- IT IS 2017, IT'S JUST NOT SEPTEMBER 12th. THIS OF COURSE IS OUR RESCHEDULED FINAL HEARING OF OUR BUDGET, A PUBLIC HEARING. IT WAS OFFICIALLY READVERTISED, DONE APPROPRIATELY. I KNOW MR. PORTER HAS BEEN INVOLVED. IT WAS ADVERTISED ON SEPTEMBER 15th IN "TAMPA BAY TIMES." WE DO WANT TO THANK THE TIMES AND THE ADVERTISING STAFF FOR REALLY WORKING WITH US AND GETTING EVERYTHING IN, IN A VERY EXPEDITIOUS TIME. THANK YOU, GRETCHEN AND YOUR STAFF, FOR THE WORK OF HAVING TO KIND OF WORK VERY, VERY QUICKLY AROUND THIS. FLORIDA LOB REQUIRES THE SCHOOL BOARD TO ADOPT THE A BALANCED BUDGET EACH FISCAL YEAR FOR ALL FUNDS UNDER IT'S JURISDICTION. THAT INCLUDES THE GENERAL FUND, CAPITAL OUTLAY FUNDS, SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS AND INTERNAL REVENUE FUNDS. THE LAW IS VERY SPECIFIC IN DEFINING THE TIME AND PROCESS AND THE PROPERTY TAX MILLAGE RATE. BY LAW THE SCHOOL BOARD MUST CONDUCT TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE PROPOSED BUDGET AND MILLAGE RATE. THE TRUTH IN MAILAGE OR TRIM PROCESS INFORMS TAXPAYERS AND THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS WHICH DETERMINES LOCAL AD VALOREM OR PROPERTY TAXES. THE TRUTH IN MILLAGE TRIM LEGISLATION WAS ENACTED IN 1980 AND THE REQUIREMENTS ARE DETAILED UNDER SECTION 200.065 OF THE FLORIDA STATUTES. THE STATUTE DICTATES THE NEWSPAPER NOTICE REQUIREMENTS, FORM, SIZE AND PLACEMENT OF THE BUDGET ADVERTISEMENT. IT MUST BE ADVERTISED IN A PNEUMONIA OF GENERAL PAID CIRCULATION IN THE COUNTY OR IN A GENTLEMEN GRAPHICALLY LIMITED INSERT OF THE NEWSPAPER. ADDITIONALLY THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE ORDER OF BUSINESS DURING THE BUDGET HEARINGS IS ALSO MANDATED. SO WHAT IS TRIM? TRUTH IN MILLAGE OR TRIM REQUIRES TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR OPEN DISCUSSION OF THE MILLAGE RATES AND THE PROPOSED BUDGETS OF ALL TAXING AUTHORITIES. THE TRIM PROCESS INVITES TAXPAYERS AND THE PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE IN A LOCAL TRIM PROCESS USED TO LEVY AD VALOREM OR PROPERTY TAXES. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF TRUTH IN MILLAGE, TRIM, WE PLACE LEGAL ADVERTISEMENTS IN THE "TAMPA BAY TIMES" ON FRIDAY, JULY 28, 2017. FOLLOWING PUBLIC INPUT AND BOARD DISCUSSION THE MILLAGE RATES ARE TO BE ADOPTED FIRST FOLLOWED BY THE BUDGET. ONCE ADOPTED THE MILLAGE RATES ARE CERTIFIED TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THE PROPERTY TAX BILL WILL BE GENERATED. SO WAR IS THE ROLLBACK RATE? THE ROLLBACK RATE IS THE MILLAGE RATE THAT WOULD RAISE THE SAME AMOUNT OF REVENUE AS LAST YEAR IF APPLIED TO THE CURRENT TAX ROLL. FLORIDA 200.065 STATES THAT WHEN THE CURRENT PROPOSED MILLAGE RATES EXCEED THE ROLLBACK RATE, THE LEGAL ADVERTISEMENT HAS TO BE A NOTICE OF PROPOSED TAX INCREASE. PLEASE NOTE WHAT YOU WILL BE ASSESSED FOR YOUR PROPERTY TAXES IS A FUNCTION OF THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY. IF YOUR LAND OR PROPERTY WAS ASSESSED OR WORTH MORE THIS YEAR THAN LAST YEAR, YOU WILL PAY MORE IN FAXES. AGAIN, THE ONLY WAY A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CITIZEN WILL BE PAYING MORE IN SCHOOL BOARD TAXES WILL BE IF YOUR LAND AND/OR YOUR PROPERTY IS VALUED MORE THIS YEAR THAN LAST YEAR. THE PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017-18 IS 6.5960. THIS IS MORE THAN THE ROLLBACK RATE OF 6.4974. THE TOTAL PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE, RELATED TO SCHOOL FUNDING FOR THE 2017-18 FISCAL YEAR IS AS I SAID 6.5960 MILLS. THIS MILLAGE WILL GENERATE DOLLARS FOR THE GENERAL OPERATING AND CAPITAL OUTLAY FUNDS. AS WE DISCUSSED FURTHER, THE MILLAGE RATES ARE DETERMINED BY THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE. BASED ON THE 2017 TAX ROLL PROVIDED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE AND CERTIFIED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION ON JULY 17, 2017, THIS SLIDE IS A SUMMARY OF MILLAGES TO BE LEVIED ON THE 2017 TAX ROLL FOR THE 2017-18 FISCAL YEAR. WHAT TYPE OF MILLS MAKE UP THE SCHOOL DISTRICT MILLAGE? THE SCHOOL DISTRICT MILLAGE IS COMPRISED OF THE GENERAL OPERATING MILLAGE, DEBT SERVICE MILLAGE AND CAPITAL OUTLAY MILLAGE. THE PROPOSED TOTAL MILLAGE RATE RELATED TO A SCHOOL FUNDING FOR THE 2017-18 FISCAL YEAR IS 6.5960 MILLS WHICH REPRESENT A DECREASE OF .37100 MILLS FROM THE 2016-17 RATES. I DO WANT TO JUST PAUSE FOR A MOMENT, JUST BECAUSE THIS HAS BEEN A POINT THAT WE DISCUSSED PRIOR TO THE LAST LEGISLATIVE SESSION, IS THE FACT THAT THE GOVERNOR WAS ENCOURAGING THE MILLAGE RATES TO STAY THE SAME, NOT BE RAISED BUT JUST TO STAY THE SAME F.THE MILLAGE RATES HAD STAYED THE SAME FOR SCHOOL FUNDING AT 6.5960 THIS YEAR AND NOT BEEN ROLLED BACK TO A LOWER RATE, WE WOULD HAVE RAISED OR GENERATED OVER $29 MILLION MORE FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT. THAT'S WHY IT WAGS SO IMPORTANT FOR US TO CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE FOR THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR LEGISLATORS. THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE IN STATUTES MANDATE THE AMOUNT OF STATE REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT FOR EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT.  THIS AMOUNT IS DETERMINED AS THE SUM OF MONEY AND THEN THE ESTIMATED MILLAGE RATE NEEDED TO RAISE THAT SUM SPECIFIED. ON JULY 1, THIS AMOUNT IS RECALCULATED AND BECOMES THE RATE THE SCHOOL BOARD MUST LEVY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FEFP. THE SCHOOL BOARD CANNOT LEAVE I AM MORE THAN THE RATE SPECIFIED IN THE RECALCULATION OF STATE REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT MILLAGE RATE. THE PROPERTY APPRAISER IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO CERTIFY TO EACH TAXING AUTHORITY IN THE COUNTY THE ASSESSED VALUE OF ALL NONEXEMPT TAXABLE REAL PROPERTY. THE PROPERTY APPRAISER WHO IS INDEPENDENT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD IS REQUIRED TO PROVIDE THIS CERTIFICATION NO LATER THAN JULY 1 EACH YEAR. HOW ARE MY TAXES COMPUTED?  THE TAXABLE VALUE OF A HOMEOWNER'S PROPERTY EQUALS THE ASSESSED VALUE AS DETERMINED BY THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY APPRAISERS OFFICE. LESS THAN $25,000 IS APPLICABLE. YOU FEEL THAT THE MARKET VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY IS INACCURATE OR DOES NOVELTY REFLECT FAIR MARKET VALUE OR IF YOU HAVE OR ARE ENTITLED TO EXEMPTION OR CLASSIFICATION THAT IS NOT REFLECTED ON YOUR PROPERTY VALUATION STATEMENT, CONTACT THE PROPERTY APPRAISER'S OFFICE. THE CONTACT INFORMATION WILL BE ON THE NEXT SCREEN. SO WHAT IS A HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION? HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION IS PROBABLY THE MOST COMMON TAX EXEMPTION. IT REDUCES FROM THE VALUE OF YOUR PROPERTY AN AMOUNTS THAT SHOULD NOT BE TAXED IF YOU FILED FOR THE EXEMPTION. THE NORMAL AMOUNT IS $25,000. THE PORTION OF PROPERTY TAX RELATED TO THE SCHOOL FUNDING EQUALS THE TAXABLE VALUE DIVIDED BY 1,000 TIMES THE SCHOOL DISTRICT MILLAGE RATE. UNDER THE PROPOSED RATE, A HOMEOWNER OF A $200 THAT YOU HOME AFTER THE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION REDUCTION OF 25,000 HAS A TAXABLE VALUE OF $1   5,000 WILL AND WILL PAY 1,154.30 OF AD VALOREM IT PROPERTY TAX. OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RELATED TO SCHOOL FUNDING. THIS IS A DECREASE OF $54.25 OVER LAST YEAR. THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PROPERTY APPRAISER IS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL CHARGED WITH THE DUTY AND RESPONSIBILITY TO APPRAISE ALL THE PROPERTY IN THE COUNTY.  THIS INCLUDES REAL ESTATE AND TANSIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY LIKE MACHINE RICKS FIXTURES OF BUSINESSES. THE PROPERTY APPRAISER COMPARES THE TAX ROLL HE WILL BUT DOES THE NOT DETERMINE TAX RATES. IN ADDITION TO APPRAISING PROPERTY THE PROPERTY APPRAISER MUST ADMINISTRATOR HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS, AGRICULTURAL CLASSIFICATION, DETERMINE THE ELIGIBILITY OF CERTAIN RELIGIOUS, CHARITABLE, EDUCATIONAL AND MUNICIPAL PROPERTY FOR TAX EXEMPTION, AS WELL AS ADMINISTRATOR WIDOW, WIDOWERS AND DISABILITY EXEMPTION. THE PROPERTY APPRAISER ALSO MAINTAINS CURRENT AND UP-TO-DATE LEGAL DESCRIPTION AND OWNERSHIP TAX MAPS OF ALL THE REAL PROPERTY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FLORIDA -- FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN FLORIDA TO RECEIVE FUNDING FROM THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM OR FEFP, THEIR SCHOOL BOARDS MUST LEVY THE FULL AMOUNT OF THE STATE REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT RLE MILLAGE RATE. BY PARTICIPATING IN THE FEFP, OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL RECEIVE ONE BILLION 547 MILLION 329,240 DOLLARS. IF THE STATE REQUIRES LOCAL EFFORT MILLAGE RATE DOES NOT PASS, OUR DISTRICT WOULD ONLY GENERATE 460 MILLION 7. 08, 297 DOLLARS IN LOCAL REVENUE. AND NOT RECEIVE THE ADDITIONAL ONE BILLION 86 MILLION 544,943 DOLLARS. IN OTHER WORDS, WE WOULD LOSE OVER ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN FUNDING TO OPERATE OUR SCHOOLS IF WE DO NOT ACCEPT THE MILLAGE RATE HAS PRESCRIBED TO US BY THE LEGISLATURE AND THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IN THE FLORIDA EDUCATIONAL FINANCE PROGRAM. AS THIS GRAPHIC DEPICTS THE MAJORITY OF OUR DOLLARS OR 64% OF THE TOTAL BUDGET BELONGS TO THE GENERAL OPERATING FUND. THE GENERAL FUND IS THE OPERATING BUDGET OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE PRIMARY SOURCE OF FUNDING IS THE FLORIDA EDUCATIONAL FINANCE PROGRAM. THE FUNDING IS EQUALIZED FOR STUDENTS STATE WIDE. THE REVENUES ARE PRIMARILY FROM STATE SALES TAX AND LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES. THE FEDERAL OR STATE NUTRITION FUND EQUALS 12%. THESE INCLUDE NUTRITION SERVICES AND FEDERAL GRANTS LIKE IDEA, HEAD START, TITLE 1, ET CETERA. THE CAPITAL OUTLAY FUNDS MAKES UP 11% OF THE TOTAL BUDGET, DOLLARS FOR BUILDING REPAIRS, MAINTENANCE, AND SCHOOL BUSES. THE INTERNAL SERVICE FUND HE CAN WALES 6% OF THE TOTAL BUDGET. THESE DOLLARS INCLUDE OUR HEALTH INSURANCE AND WORKERS' COMPENSATION MONEY. AND THE DEBT SERVICE FUND EQUALS 7% OF THE TOTAL BUDGET. THESE DOLLARS ARE USED TO MAKE BOND OR MORTGAGE PAYMENTS ON OUR SCHOOLS. HOWEVER, R HOW ARE THE DOLLARS SPENT? THE MAJOR PORTION OF THE GENERAL FUND OF THESE SOURCES ARE USED TO MAINTAIN OUR FOCUS ON THE DISTRICT'S STRATEGIC PLAN. SCHOOL PRIORITIES IN CARRYING OUT THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS OFFERED TO THE CHILDREN, FAMILIES AND CITIZENS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. SCHOOL LEVEL SERVICE EXPENDITURES MAKE UP 95.95% OF THE OPERATING BUDGET. OUR CURRICULUM AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS EQUALS 2.61% OF THE OPERATING BUDGET. AND FINALLY, THE DISTRICT SERVICES PORTION OF THE BUDGET SUCH AS HUMAN RESOURCES, GENERAL ADMINISTRATION, CENTRAL SERVICES, ADMINISTRATIVE TECHNOLOGY SERVICES, AND PAYROLL TOTAL 1.44% OF THE OPERATING BUDGET. AT THIS TIME, MRS. STUART, THE MILLAGE RATES ARE UP. I WILL BRING FORTH THE RECOMMENDATIONS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD ADOPT THE STATE REQUIRED LOCAL EFFORT MILLAGE RATE OF 4.3480 MILLS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD ADOPT THE DISCRETIONARY OPERATING MILLAGE RATE OF 0.7480 MILLS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD ADOPT THE LOCAL CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT MILLAGE RATE OF 1.5000 MILLS. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD ADOPT THE DEBT SERVICE MILLAGE RATE OF 0.0000 MILLS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. MR. PORTER, I HAVE TWO SCRIPTS. ONE SAYS THAT I AM GOING TO TAKE MOTIONS AND SECONDED FIRST WITH COMMENTS IN BETWEEN. IS THAT CORRECT?  

>>Jim Porter: YOU NEED TO HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR AND YOU NEED TO OPEN IT UP TO PUBLIC COMMENT AND THEN YOU CAN HAVE BOARD DISCUSSION AND THEN YOU VOTE FOR EACH ONE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: WE ARE GOING TO DO THAT FOR EACH OF THE BOARD MEMBERS. BOARD MEMBERS, THIS IS A LITTLE THAN WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST. MAY I HAVE A MOTION TO ADOPT THE FISCAL YEAR 2017 OLE 18 MILLAGE RATE AS PRESENTED? MOTION BY MRS. NAIVE LIMIT SECOND BY MRS. GRIFFIN. WE WILL OPEN AT THIS TIME THE OPPORTUNITY FOR ANYONE TO COME FOR PUBLIC DISCUSSION OR COMMENT. MR. ROBINSON? I AM GOING TO GIVE YOU TWO MINUTES. IS THAT ENOUGH?  

>> 30 SECOND. PASS THE BUDGET AND LET'S WORK ON GETTING A NUMBER UP THERE FOR OUR LOCAL DEBT SERVICE. I HAVE BEEN CALLING TALLAHASSEE. WORKING ON SOMETHING TRYING UP IN TALLAHASSEE RIGHT NOW. ACTUALLY A TAX DECREASE FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WE NEED TO INCREASE THE TAXES. COME ON.  

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, I HAVE A MOTION -- I'M SORRY? PLEASE COME FORWARD, MRS. JAMES. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.  

>> THANK YOU. I REALLY APPRECIATE HAVING THE REPORT THAT YOU FILED WITH THE STATE OF FLORIDA WITH US TODAY THAT SHOWED THAT THE FUND BALANCE FOR ALL GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS INCREASED ALMOST $2 MILLION. THAT'S THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2011 THAT THE FUND BALANCE FOR THE GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS HAS INCREASED. SO THAT'S WONDERFUL. AND IT'S ONLY -- BUT IT'S ONLY THE THIRD TIME IN THE PAST ELEVEN YEARS THAT IT HAS INCREASED. SO WE ARE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AND THAT'S TERRIFIC. BUT WHAT CONCERNS ME IS THE BUDGET THAT IS BEFORE YOU. IT ONLY BALANCES BECAUSE RETAINED EARNINGS, WHICH WE CALL FUND BALANCE, IS BEING USED. IF YOU TAKE THE TOTAL REVENUES AND SUBTRACT THE TOTAL EXPENSES, WHAT WE SEE IS A BUDGETED LOSS OF ABOUT $42 MILLION. SO ALTHOUGH BUDGETS ARE A GUIDE, AND WE TYPICALLY DON'T END UP AT THE END OF THE YEAR HOW WE BUDGET, WE NEED TO BE VERY CONSCIOUS OF THE FACT THAT THERE IS A BUDGETED LOSS OF $42 MILLION THAT YOU ALL HAVE BEFORE YOU. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. JAMES. IS THERE ANYONE ELSE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THE MILLAGE RATE ADOPTION? BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS TIME, I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MRS. GRIFFIN TO ADOPT THE FISCAL YEAR 17-18 MILLAGE RATE AS THEY WERE PRESENTED. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION FROM THE DAIS? MRS. GRIFFIN?  

>>April Griffin: AGAIN, I JUST THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE EMPHASIZE THAT THESE MILLAGE RATES ARE DETERMINED BY TALLAHASSEE, AND WE HAVE TO ADOPT THE RATES WE ARE TOLD TO ADOPT. IF IT WERE UP TO US, WE WOULD HAVE MORE. BUT THIS IS WHAT TALLAHASSEE TELLS US WE HAVE TO ADOPT OUTSIDE OF A REFERENDUM.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. NOW I AM GOING TO GO AHEAD WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS AROUND THE BUDGET. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD ADOPT THE BUDGET OF 2,836,535 COMA $270.81.  

>> MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND TO ADOPT THE 2017-18 BUDGET IN THE AMOUNT OF 2,836,535,270.81? I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES. A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. AT THIS TIME, IF THERE'S ANYONE WHO WISHES TO ADDRESS THE BOARD IN PUBLIC COMMENT REGARDING THE ADOPTION OF THE BUDGET, PLEASE STEP FORWARD. SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. IT'S UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT? 12348 IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT THE BOARD APPROVE THE PROCEDURES FOR THE EXPENDITURE OF LOTTERY FUNDS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, MAY I HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE PROCEDURES FOR THE EXPENDITURE OF LOTTERY FUNDS AS PRESENTED? I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. GRAY AND A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. IS THERE ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WISHING TO SPEAK TO PUBLIC COMMENT REGARDING THE PROCEDURES FOR EXPENDITURE OF LOTTERY FUNDS? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. IT IS RECOMMENDED THE BOARD AUTHORIZE STAFF TO PERFORM ALL TASKS NECESSARY TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE TRUTH IN MILLAGE TRIM REQUIREMENTS OF CHAPTER 200.065 OF THE FLORIDA STATUTES.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO AUTHORIZE STAFF TO PERFORM ALL TASKS NECESSARY TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE TRUTH IN MILLAGE TRIM REQUIREMENTS OF CHAPTER 200 .0665 OF FLORIDA STATUTES AS PRESENTED. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. GRAY AND SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANYONE WISHING TO SPEAK TO PUBLIC COMMENT ON THE TRIM NOTICE? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, WOULD YOU PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP? AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU. MRS. STUART, I DO WANT TO JUST MAKE ONE FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT ON THE LAST SLIDE, JUST LOOKING AHEAD TO FISCAL YEAR 2019. WAVE OF COURSE OUR TALLAHASSEE LEGISLATIVE SESSION, REGULAR SESSION BEGINS TUESDAY, JANUARY 9th AS EARLY SESSION THIS YEAR, 2018. LAST DAY OF REGULAR SESSION IS MARCH 9th, 2018. SO THE NEXT FEW MONTHS ARE CRITICAL FOR US TO BEGIN TO ADVOCATE FOR THE AGENDA THAT THIS BOARD HAS BEEN DISCUSSING AND OTHER ISSUES THAT WE KNOW WE NEED TO BE ADVOCATING FOR. SO I JUST ENCOURAGE EVERYONE OUT IN THE PUBLIC, EVERYONE THAT IS EMPLOYEES, ALONG WITH STAFF AND BOARD, TO CONTINUE TO ADVOCATE FOR THE THINGS THAT WILL INCREASE OUR OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR KIDS, AND IT START WITH OUR OVERALL BUDGET. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: AT THIS TIME I ADJOURN THE FINAL HEARING ON THE BUDGET AND RECONVENE THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT TAKES US BACK TO ITEM NUMBER 6.20. APPROVE THE STATEMENT OF WORK WITH IBI SOLUTIONS AND PROVIDE DATA STAGE AND COGNOS CONSULTANTS. MR. LENO IS ALREADY AT THE PODIUM. I BELIEVE YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE 6.21 AS WELL WHICH IS APPROVE STATEMENT OF WORK FOR CONVERGENCE CONSULTING, CONSULTANTS TO MAINTAIN TEACHER EVALUATION SYSTEM. ALSO HIGHLIGHTED BY MRS. SNIVELY.  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT AGENDA ITEM 6.20 AND 6.21 TO APPROVE THE STATEMENTS OF WORK FOR CONVERGENCE CONSULTANTS AND IBI. BOTH WILL PROVIDE ASSISTANCE WITH ONGOING MAINTENANCE, SUPPORT AND ENHANCEMENTS OF THE TEACHER VERIFICATION SYSTEM BETTER KNOWN AS TEB WITH -- TEV, WHICH IS USED FOR EMPLOYEE EVALUATIONS, TARGETED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, AND KEY PERSONNEL DECISIONS. THESE AGENDA ITEMS ARE FUNDED BY THE TEACHER INCENTIVE FUND GRANT. THE GRANT IS SUNSETTING THIS YEAR. THE GRANT HAS APPROVED THE REMAINING FUNDS AT A NO COST EXTENSION TO BE USED INTO YEAR SIX AND PROVIDES THE DISTRICT THE OPPORTUNITY TO KEY CONTRACTORS PAST SEPTEMBER 30, 2017. THE SPECIFIC SKILL SETS ON AGENDA ITEM 6.207 ADDRESS IBM COGNO SOFTWARE FOR ANALYTICAL REPORTS. ON 6.21 ADDRESSES SAP BUSINESS OBJECTS DATA SERVICES. THE CONTRACTS PROVIDED HAVE WORKED PREVIOUSLY SO THEY HAVE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE AND SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE. THIS AGENDA ITEM WILL ASSIST AS WE START TRANSITIONING TO A SUSTAINABLE SUPPORT MODEL PAST THE GRANT FUNDING. WE HAVE ALREADY BEGUN TO IDENTIFY HOW THE DISTRICT PLANS TO SUSTAIN THE SYSTEMS BY SETTING PRIORITIES ON STAFF AND BUDGETED RESOURCES. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT WE ARE USING THE FUNDS FOR THE TIF TO LEVERAGE WHAT'S USUALLY THE TARGET FOR THIS, BUT THIS SYSTEM IS USED THROUGHOUT OUR SCHOOLS SO WE TRY TO LEVERAGE THE ABILITY TO HAVE THE SICS SYSTEM AND MAXIMIZE ITS ABILITY. THAT'S THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS AGENDA ITEM.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU FOR THAT HIGHLIGHT. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO POINT OUT THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE ALREADY BEGUN TO EXPLORE WHAT THE CONTINGENCY PLAN IS GOING TO BE AFTER THE GRAND FUNDS ARE NOT AVAILABLE. SO I WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HEARING MORE ABOUT THAT, MAYBE OUTSIDE OF THIS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, BUT WANTED TO JUST KIND OF HIGHLIGHT THIS PROGRAM, BUT ALSO THE FACT THAT WE DO NEED TO DO THAT WHENEVER GRANT FUNDING BECOMES UNAVAILABLE TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND FIGURING OUT WHETHER THAT IS GOING TO BE A NECESSITY AND WHAT OUR OPTIONS ARE FOR CONTINUING TO FUND A PROGRAM LIKE THAT. SO THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. I APPRECIATE THE INFORMATION.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THE NEXT ITEM IS TO APPROVE THE STATEMENT OF WORK FOR AMERICA CONSULTING FOR SOFTWARE SERVICES RELATED TO GROWTH MANAGEMENT. MR. FARKAS. PARK  

>> SUAREZ:  GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS.  THIS AGENDA ITEM IS TO APPROVE THE STATEMENT OF WORK FOR THIS CONSULTANT. THEY ARE THE SERVICE PROVIDER FOR OUR GIS, GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM, SOFTWARE SYSTEM WE CALL SYNERGY. WE USE THAT SYSTEM TO TRACK NEW DEVELOPMENT FOR OUR SCHOOL CONCURRENCY. CONCURRENCY. WE USE THAT T CREATE TO ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES, TEST AREAS, SO WE CAN DO IT MORE EFFICIENTLY. AND I THINK THE MOST RECENT TESTIMONIAL IS WE CAN ALSO USE THAT INFORMATION TO TELL YOU HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED AT A PARTICULAR SCHOOL. MR. FARKAS CALLED ME THE OTHER DAY ON HIS WAY TO LEAVE SAID HOW MANY STUDENTS, WHERE ARE THEY ENROLLED, WHERE SHOULD THEY BE ENROLLED BY NORMAL AND WHERE DO YOU HAVE ROOM? AND ALL THAT WAS ABLE TO BE ANSWERED BECAUSE WE HAVE THIS PROGRAM. SO THIS VENDOR WILL KEEP THAT PROGRAM UP TO DATE FOR US SO THAT WE ARE ABLE TO DO ALL THE WORK WE NEED TO DO TO KEEP OUR ATTENDANCE BOUNDARIES STATE AND ALSO TRACK THE NEW DEVELOPMENT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. ANY QUESTIONS, BOARD MEMBERS? THANK YOU. THE NEXT ITEM IS 7.01. APPROVE PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FLORIDA AND ROMUALDO AND MAISOL PR PINEDA. MR. FARKAS.  

>>Christopher Farkas: WE HAD PROPERTY THAT WE LOOKED PLACING MIDDLE SCHOOL TTT, AND IT WAS ABOUT 39 ACRES. WE WERE PURSUING THE LAND AROUND THE LAND THAT WE OWNED AS A POSSIBILITY. AND LUCKILY ABOUT 9.1 ACRES WHICH IS WHAT YOU SEE IN FRONT OF YOU IS WHAT IS COMING TO THE BOARD FOR PURCHASE. THAT WILL ALLOW US TO HAVE A SITE THAT'S MUCH EASIER FOR PLANNING A NORMAL SCHOOL, WHAT WE SEE INSTEAD OF HAVING TO BUILD UP WHICH WE CAN DO BUT IT'S A LITTLE MORE EXPENSIVE TO DO THAT. THIS WILL ALLOW US TO SET UP THE ATHLETIC FIELD AND SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS IT WILL MAKE FOR THE NEW SCHOOL AND GIVE MORE FLEXIBILITY FROM A COST STANDPOINT. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THAT OPPORTUNITY. WE ARE EXCITED THAT THIS PURCHASE WORKED OUT. BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD ABOUT FIVE OR SIX AROUND THERE THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT BEFORE THIS ONE SO I'M GLAD THIS ONE CAME FORTH AND WILL BE APPROVED, HOPEFULLY ALLOW US TO HAVE A NORMAL HIGH SCHOOL SITE FOR TTT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. FARKAS. THE NEXT ITEM IS 6.06-R, APPROVE THE REORGANIZATION OF THE OPERATIONS DIVISION AND REDIRECTION OF THE DISTRICT SAFETY OFFICE.  THIS IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED FOR MYSELF, MRS. SHAMBURGER AND MRS. SNIVELY.  

>>Christopher Farkas: I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TALK TO MANY OF YOU ABOUT THIS REORGANIZATION. THERE'S A COUPLE OF KEY POINTS AND WE TALK AB LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE GIS ITEM WITH DUFFEY SUAREZ. THE GROWTH MANAGEMENT, SALARIES WHICH ARE COMMENSURATE BUT ALLOWED TO US DROP SOME OF THE POSITIONS THAT WE DID NOT NEED THAT WE HAVE HAD HISTORICALLY. ENSURING THAT WE ARE EFFICIENT, AND WE ARE AS LEASOWE POSSIBLY CAN BE FROM A BUDGET STANDPOINT IN ONE OF OUR FISCAL ROLES, THIS WILL ALLOW US TO DO THAT. THE OTHER ASPECT IS BRINGING SAFETY INTO THE MIX WITH THE OPERATION SUPPORT. AND THAT WAS STUDENT NUTRITION, GROWTH MANAGEMENT, AND TRANSPORTATION. ALL THE SUPPORT STRUCTURES FOR OUR SCHOOLS ARE IN ONE PLACE AND ALLOWS US TO KIND OF STREAMLINE OPERATIONS TO BE IN THE SAME SPOT. THIS WILL ALLOW FOR SOME OF THE CONVERSATIONS. AND TO GIVE YOU A COUPLE OF QUICK EXAMPLES. RIGHT NOW IF YOU CALL AND SAY YOU HAVE A CIRCULATION SCHOOL PROBLEM AT ONE OF OUR SCHOOL SITES WITH BUSES OR CARS, YOU HAVE TO MAKE A COUPLE DIFFERENT CALLS. YOU MAY HAVE TO CALL THE SAFETY OFFICE, TRANSPORTATION, OR CHIEF NEWMAN AND GET SOME INPUT FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE HAVE ALREADY TALKED NUMEROUS TAMES ABOUT HAVING ONE COMMITTEE THAT HANDLES IT. THE SCHOOL'S JOB SHOULD BE ONE PHONE CALL AND THEN OUR JOB IS TO SUPPORT THEM. SHE THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE TO CHASE DOWN THE EASIEST WAY TO DO THAT. I HAVE TALKED TO CHIEF NEWMAN AND MR. BEEKMAN AND MR. LEATHERS ABOUT THAT COMMITTEE THAT WE BRING TOGETHER AND PROVIDE SCHOOL OPERATIONS -- OPTIONS. THEY ONLY CALL ONE PLACE. WE PROVIDE ALL THE INPUT AND GIVE THEM THE BEST OPTIONS. THAT'S JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF MANY WHERE THEY CAN STREAMLINE OPERATIONS. ONE OF THE PUSHBACKS WE HEARD WAS ACCOUNTABILITY OR CHECKS AND BALANCES. AS MANY OF YOU ARE FULL LIP AWARE THE BUILDING CODE INSPECTOR WHO INSPECTS EVERY SINGLE BUILDING REPORT RIGHT TO ME. THERE'S A CODE BOOK JUST LIKE THERE IS FOR LIFE SAFETY. WE WILL FOLLOW THAT CODE BOOK. TAKES AUDIT SHOWED, 25 OF THE 25 ITEMS WE MEASURED WE FOLLOW TOTAL T. WE WILL DO THE SAME WITH SAFETY. THERE'S A LOT OF POSITIVE THINGS THAT HAPPEN WITH SAFETY. MRS. WHALEN HAS DONE A FANTASTIC JOB MAKING SURE THEY ARE IN LINE WITH WHAT THE DISTRICT GOALS OR. WE'LL CONTINUE THAT. ONE OF THE THINGS WE FOCUSED ON, AND MRS. WHALEN TALKED AND HAD MANY CONVERSATIONS IS SAFETY GAP. THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS IN SAFETY, NOT JUST THE FIRE ALARM SYSTEM BUT WORKMAN'S COMP. SO MRS. WHAT YOU WILLEN AND I ATTEND LOTS OF MEETINGS TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THERE'S NO GAPS BETWEEN THOSE IDEAS WITH WHAT WHETHER IT'S A LEGAL TEAM OR OTHER ITEMS. IN MANY CASES IT WOULD TAKE A LONG TIME TO RESOLUTION. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THERE'S NO GAPS BETWEEN THOSE TWO TRANSITION OF DIVISIONS AND DISTRICT. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY. WE ARE WELCOMING SAFETY AND WE ARE EXCITE BOARD OF DIRECTOR WHAT OUR FUTURE HOLD IN THE OPERATIONS DIVISION.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. SHAMBURGER.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: JUST REALLY BRIEFLY, AND I SHARED THIS WITH CHRIS BRIEFLY EARLIER. BULL SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT OPERATIONS AND EFFICIENCY, AND THIS ONE-STOP REPORTING, I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO MAYBE CONSIDER ADDING SOMETHING TO OUR WEBSITE FOR PARENTS TO REPORT ISSUES, IF THEY SEE ISSUES, ALL THE ISSUES THAT THEY REPORT, WE GET E-MAIL, TWITTER MESSAGES, FACEBOOK MESSAGES. BUT IF WE LOOK INTO HAVING SOME TYPE OF REPORTING SYSTEM ON OUR WEBSITE SO PARENTS CAN REPORT ALL OF THEIR ISSUES IN ONE PLACE, AND IT CERTAINLY DOESN'T HURT TO DRIVE TRAFFIC TO THE WEBSITE THAT WAY AS WELL. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MR. FARKAS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS. I KNOW THERE ARE IS A LONG TIME COMING. I HAVE HAD MY OWN PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH SAFETY BEING UNDER MRS. WHALEN AND HAVING ISSUES ACTUALLY WITH SAFETY. SO I APPRECIATE THE REORGANIZATION. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT BRINGS US TO -- MRS. VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO PULL 7.06-R OFF THE PULLED LIST FOR SEPARATE VOTE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, I HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. DO I HAVE A SECOND? I HAVE A SECOND FROM MRS. SNIVELY. SO THIS IS JUST A VOTE TO PULL THIS OFF OF THE PULLED ITEMS LIST. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. IT'S UNANIMOUS.  

>>Susan Valdes: I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A SUBSEQUENT MOTION TO UPHOLD THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION FOR AGENDA ITEM 7.06-R.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR BY MRS. VALDES FOR THE RECOMMENDATION FOR 7.06-R. SECOND BY MRS. SHAMBURGER. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTES WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. GRIFFIN?  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I'M GLAD THAT THIS PASSED. THANK YOU FOR THE RECOMMENDATION, SUPERINTENDENT. THANK YOU, MR. FARKAS, FOR THIS. IT MAKES SENSE. I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO MORE CONSOLIDATION AS WE MOVE FORWARD. I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF EFFICIENCIES THAT WE CAN FIND, AND SOME THINGS THAT MAKE MORE SENSE AS WE MOVE FORWARD. SO I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING SOME MORE OF THOSE CONSOLIDATIONS OF SOME OF OUR DEPARTMENTS. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. BOARD MEMBERS THAT BRINGS US TO THE END OF OUR REGULAR AGENDA. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO VOTE ON THE ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MRS. GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTES WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. SO AT THIS TIME, BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE A HALF HOUR, AND WE HAVE ONE, TWO, THREE 1300 ITEMS AND PUBLIC COMMENTS TO GET THROUGH. SO ITEM NUMBER 13.02 IS THE 2018 EMPLOYEE BENEFITS OPEN ANNUAL ENROLLMENT. MRS. VALDES ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT. BENEFITS AND INSURANCE. WELCOME.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. THANK YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING OUR 2018 EMPLOYEE BENEFITS ANNUAL ENROLLMENT WHICH BEGAN TODAY. AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28. WE DO RECOLLECT NICE DUE TO HURRICANE EARP IRMA, NOT ALL OF US HAVE POWER BACK YET. SO IF WE HAVE ANY EMPLOYEES WHO NEED ASSISTANCE IN GETTING THEIR ENROLLMENT SET UP, WE WOULD LIKE THEM TO CALL THE CALL CENTER AT 866-522-9133. ALSO TO ENSURE THAT EVERYONE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO ELECT 2018 HEALTH BENEFITS. WE WILL HAVE A SECOND BENEFIT ELECTION WINDOW AT THE END OF OCTOBER FROM OCTOBER 23rd TO OCTOBER 27th. IF AN EMPLOYEE IS MAKING IN A CHANGE TO THEIR BENEFITS, THEY DO NOT NEED TO DO A THING. THE EXCEPTION THOUGH IS ALWAYS THE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT IF ANYBODY HAS FSA. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT HAS TO BE SET UP ANNUALLY. WE REALLY HOPE THAT EMPLOYEES, RETIREES AND THEIR COVERED FAMILY MEMBERS WILL ATTEND ONE OF OUR UPCOMING BENEFIT EDUCATION AND HEALTH FAIRS, AND THAT DOES INCLUDE YOU FOLKS HERE AT THE DAIS. WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU. THIS WILL GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME AND MEET WITH REPRESENTATIVES TO LEARN ABOUT ALL OF THE WONDERFUL BENEFITS AND PRODUCTS AVAILABLE. PARTICIPANTS CAN GET THEIR FLU SHOTS AND BIO METRIC SCREENINGS, AND AT OUR SATURDAY FAIR CAN GET A MAMMOGRAM AND A SKIN CANCER SCREENING. OUR MEDICAL DOCTOR FROM HUMANA, DR. JOHN MONTGOMERY, WILL BE WITH US ON SATURDAY TO PRESENT A GREAT PRESENTATION ON IMPROVING OUR HEALTH. IF YOU HAVE EVER SEEN HIM SPEAK HE'S A VERY DYNAMIC SPEAKER.  THIS THURSDAY WE'LL BE AT GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL FROM 4:00 TO 6:30.  THIS SATURDAY WE WILL BE AT JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL FROM 9:00 TO 12:00. ON MONDAY, WE WILL BE AT ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL FROM 3 TO 6:30.  ONE LAST THING IS THE ENROLLMENT MATERIALS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL SCHOOL SITES, AND THEY ARE AVAILABLE IN THE EMPLOYEE BENEFITS I AM R IDEAS. ENROLLMENT GUIDES ARE AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH. AN EMPLOYEE BENEFITS PERCENT NEARLY WHO SPEAKS SPANISH WILL BE AVAILABLE AT ALL THREE BENEFITS HEALTH FAIRS. THANK YOU.  

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

>> I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT MENTION BECAUSE FUNDING AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL HAS BEEN CUT FOR ACA, AND THE NAVIGATEDDORS ON THAT AS WELL. I KNOW THAT A LOT OF OUR EMPLOYEES OUTSIDE OF OUR FREE HEALTH CARE PLAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ACA FOR THEIR FAMILY. SO THE ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR ACA ALSO KNOWN AS OBAMACARE IS FROM NOVEMBER 1st, 2017 TO DECEMBER 15th. 2017. AND THE PLANS SOLD DURING THAT OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD WILL BEGIN ON JANUARY 1st. I JUST WANTED TO HELP THE NAVIGATORS OUT THERE AS WELL BECAUSE I KNOW THAT A LOT OF OUR EMPLOYEES TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT. THANK YOU. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. ITEM NUMBER 1304 IS THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ANNUAL GROWTH MANAGEMENT REPORT. MRS. GRAY AND MRS. VALDES ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT. MRS. GRAY HAS A COMMENT. AND AMBER DICKERSON.  

>> GROWTH MANAGEMENT HERE TO PRESENT ODDLY ENOUGH THE GROWTH MANAGEMENT REPORT. SO THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR THIS REPORT IS COMING BEFORE YOU. IT'S PART OF THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT THAT WE HAVE WITH THE LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES IN THE COUNTY. SO THAT INCLUDES THE CITY OF TAMPA, TEMPLE TERRACE, PLANT CITY, UNINCORPORATED COUNTY, AND ALSO THE PLANNING COMMISSION. SO THERE ARE IS BASICALLY, I LIKE TO THINK OF IT AS THE STATE OF PLANNING FOR THE DISTRICT. SO THAT ALL OF OUR PARTNERS KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING, WHAT WE ARE UP TO. THE MAIN COMPONENT THAT WE LIKE TO TOUCH ON ARE DEVELOPMENT TRACKING, ENROLLMENT GROWTH, CHARTER GROWTH, SITING OF FUTURE GROWTH AND ATTENDANCE CHANGES. THOSE ARE THE BIG TICKET ITEMS. ALSO, I WOULD LIKE TO LET YOU KNOW KIND OF OUR PLANNING EFFORTS IN GENERAL. ONE HUGE EFFORT THAT CAME BEFORE YOU IN MAY WAS THE TINDALE-OLIVER STUDY. IT WAS A GREAT STUDY TO GIVE US A BIG PICTURE, REGIONAL LOOK ON GROWTH. AND MEETS GEOGRAPHICALLY AND THEN CONNECTED THOSE WITH COSTS WHICH WE HAVEN'T DONE HISTORICALLY IN THAT BIG A SCALE. SO THIS STUDY HELPS PRIORITIZE OUR NEEDS, AND OUR FUTURE REVENUES FOR THE FUTURE. ALSO BOUNDARY CHANGES. WE DID BOUNDARY CHANGES IN NEW TAMPA, NORTH TAMPA, AND IN THE FISHHAWK AREA. THIS IS PROMPTED BY THE CLOSING OF MOSI. ALSO GROWTH IN NEW TAMPA IN THE FISHHAWK AREA. I WANT TO POINT OUT THE CONTRACT CAME BEFORE YOU EARLIER ON THE GIS. WE USE THIS TOOL TO DO BOUNDARY CHANGES. SO WITHOUT THIS TOOL, THE ACCURACY OF THE DATA WILL NOT BE UP TO PAR, AND IT JUST WOULDN'T BE AS GOOD A QUALITY. SO WE ACTUALLY DRAW SCENARIOS AND PROJECT STUDENTS BASED ON THAT GIS DATA THE SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION GROUP, WHICH CINDY LEADS, WE ARE PART OF THAT, AND ONE ELEMENTARY I AM EXCITED ABOUT IS AN INVENTORY OF ALL OF THE SCHOOLS RANKED WITH DATA SUPPORTING IT. SO I'M REALLY EXCITED. AND THAT'S ONE OF THE MANN GOALS THAT THE MPO HAS RIGHT NOW. SCHOOL CONCERN CURRENCY TRACKING. THIS IS WHAT WE DO ON AN ONGOING BASIS. WE REVIEW COMP PLAN AMENDMENTS, REZONING PLATS FOR ALL OF THE LOCAL JURISDICTIONS. WE SUBMIT REVIEWS TO THOSE LOCAL JURISDICTIONS. AND THEN I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT WE ACTUALLY TRACK THOSE DEVELOPMENTS THROUGH FROM THEIR INFANCY TO OCCUPANCY. SO WE CAN BE TRACKING A DEVELOPMENT FOR YEARS, AND WE USE ALSO THE GIS TOOLS TO DO THAT. AND I THINK THAT'S ALL I HAVE. BUT I WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: ANY QUESTIONS? MRS. GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: I JUST HAVE A COMMENT. THANK YOU. AMBER, WHAT I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT IS THIS REPORT, THE GROWTH MANAGEMENT, BECAUSE FISCAL COMPETENCE IS CRITICAL RIGHT NOW. PROBABLY ALWAYS HAS BEEN. BUT NOW THAT WE ARE SEEING VISIBLE SIGNS OF OUR WELLNESS DETERIORATE, AND I AM TRYING TO BE HAPPY ABOUT THAT BUT IT'S THE REALITY, OF LETTING US KNOW, AND OUR CONSTITUENTS AND THE PUBLIC, WHAT OUR FISCAL PLANNING IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. IT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE SOON WE WILL NOT BE ASKING FOR JUST DONATIONS. SOON WE WILL BE ASKING A LITTLE BIT MORE FOR THE ENTIRE INFRASTRUCTURE, FOR OUR DISTRICT. I THINK THAT IN PREVIOUS YEARS, THE TRANSPARENCY MAY NOT HAVE BEEN AS WHAT I AM EXPERIENCING NOW. I THINK WE ARE DOING AN EXCELLENT JOB ON AGENDA ITEMS. I THINK THE COSTS AND THE RATIONALE, HOW IT AFFECTS THE STUDENTS, IS BEING HELD RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR FACES. AND SO VOTING GETS TO BE VERY CLEAR. BUT LONG-RANGE PLANNING, YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHERE YOU ARE GOING AT ALL TIMES. AND I KNOW THAT OUR CHAIRPERSON HAS COMMITTED HERSELF AND HER ENERGIES FOR US TO HAVE MEETINGS, SO WE DO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE PLANNING FOR, AND WE HAVE INPUT AS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. THE TINDALE-OLIVER REPORT DOES SAY WE HAVE A COMPELLING AND COMPREHENSIVE FISCAL CRISIS. SO WE DO HAVE TO ADDRESS WHAT'S GOING ON NOW. AND I JUST THANK YOU THAT WE ARE REVEALING OUR FISCAL CONDITION OVER AND OVER AGAIN, AND THAT WE ARE ADHERING TO THE BEST PRACTICES AS A BOARD TO MAKE SURE WE KNOW THAT CERTAIN STANDARDS ARE REACHED BEFORE WE SAY YES TO A VENDOR FOR A PROGRAM, ET CETERA. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. DICKERSON. THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. THE LAST INFORMATION ITEM IS 13.05 WHICH IS SCHOOL ACTIVITY REQUESTS, APPROVED APRIL 1, 2017 TO JUNE 30, 2017. MRS. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, OUR CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS FOR MRS. VALDES.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: AGENDA ITEM 13.05 AS YOU SAID IS A SCHOOL ACTIVITY REQUEST FORM. THESE COME TO THE BOARD FOR INFORMATION EVERY QUARTER. THE AGREEMENT FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES COVERS CURRICULAR ACTIVITY, CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES, EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES WHICH INCLUDE FUND RAYING AND CHARITABLE DRIVES. PRINCIPALS FROM V THE AUTHORITY FORTHEIR SCHOOLS, PUBLICATION, YEAR BACKS, PROMISE, HOMECOMINGS, ET CETERA. THE DOLLARS ARE USED ARE COMING FROM THE SCHOOL'S INTERNAL ACCOUNTS, AND ADJUSTS FOR YOUR INFORMATION, SO WHEN YOU SEE THIS ITEM AND IT INCLUDES FUNDRAISING, THE FUNDRAISING MUST BE USED FOR SCHOOL PURPOSES. THEY CAN ONLY BE HELD FOR THREE WEEKS OR 15 DAYS. THEY CAN ONLY HAVE -- EACH SCHOOL CAN ONLY HAVE TWO FUNDERS SCHOOL WIDE A YEAR. THERE'S ONE CHARITABLE DRIVE THAT'S LIMITED TO TWO WEEKS. AND THE CLUBS, IF EACH SCHOOL HAS A CLUB, THEY CAN ALSO HAVE ONE FUND-RAISER OR ONE CHARITABLE DRIVE PER YEAR. AND IT'S A LOT OF DETAIL INFORMATION ON THE ATTACHMENT. YOU WILL SEE WHETHER IT'S -- THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A CARNIVAL AT THEIR SCHOOL OR T-SHIRT SALES OR THEY ARE RAISING MONEY FOR THE RELAY FOR LIFE THAT ALL COMES TO YOU ALL EVERY QUARTER.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT DETAILED HIGHLIGHT IN REFERENCE TO WHAT THESE EXPENDITURES ARE. BECAUSE TWO THINGS COME TO MIND. FIRST OF ALL, HOW SERVICE ORIENTED OUR CHILDREN ARE. AND THAT REPORT SHOWS IT. BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN, THIS IS ALSO A TEACHABLE MOMENT AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO REMIND THE OFFICES OF DIVERSITY THAT THIS PARTICULAR REPORT IS ONE THAT ALSO ENHANCES THE OPPORTUNITY OF BEING ABLE TO BRING THESE SMALL BUSINESSES THAT ARE DOING SPORADIC BE, JUST MAYBE ONE SCHOOL, IF YOU WILL, AND IF THEY ARE PROVIDING SUCH A GREAT SERVICE, HERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR DEPARTMENT OF THE OFFICE SUPPLY DIVERSITY TO WORK WITH PROCUREMENT TO SEE ABOUT HOW WE CAN GO AHEAD AND REGISTER THESE EXHIBITERS OR VENDORS, RATHER, SO THAT TWO-FOLD. WHEN IT COMES TIME TO REPORT NUMBERS AS TO HOW MUCH WE ARE REINVESTING BACK INTO OUR DISTRICT, INTO OUR COMMUNITY, WE ARE SHOWING THE RETURN OF THE TAXPAYERS' INVESTMENT IN EDUCATION BACK INTO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY. SO, IN OTHER WORDS, IT'S THAT NUMBER 8, RIGHT? WE ARE REINVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITY. THE OTHER ASPECT OF IT IS THAT BECAUSE OF THE GREAT JOB THAT THE DEPARTMENT DOES IN VETTING OUR VENDORS, AND APPROVE VENDORS, IT'S ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE BONDED, THEY ARE LICENSED, THEY MEET JESSICA FUNDS FORD. AND ON THE BUSINESS -- LUNSFORD. ON THE BUSINESS ASPECT IT HELPS TO GROW THEIR BUSINESS, BECAUSE DR. WEHLAND, YOU WERE A PRINCIPAL. AND MR. FARKAS, YOU AS WELL. PRINCIPALS TALK TO EACH OTHER. WHEN YOU FIND A GEM OF A VENDOR THAT DOES GREAT JOB, A GREAT JOB, AND THEY ARE NOT VOTE VETTED, IT'S JUST AN OPPORTUNITY TO USE THESE TOOLS TO BE ABLE TO GROW OUR DATABASE AND HELP OUR PRINCIPALS UNDERSTAND THE VALUE THAT THAT OFFICE HAS, NOT JUST FOR THE SAKE OF SMALL BUSINESSES, BUT WHAT THESE SMALL BUSINESSES ARE ABLE TO DO FOR OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES. BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS TIME, WE ARE AT THE END OF OUR AGENDA. WE HAVE LEFT BOARD COMMENTS AND EMPLOYEE COMMENTS. IF IT'S OKAY WITH THE EMPLOYEES, I BELIEVE ALL OF YOU THAT SIGNED UP ARE HERE. SO I AM GOING TO START WESTBOUND AARON BOWEN. IF YOU COULD COME FORWARD. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. AND AFTER THAT IS JESUS GONZALEZ. I AM JUST GOING TO ASK, MR. GONZALEZ, DO YOU NEED A TRANSLATOR? AND MISS STENOMORRO.  

>> MY NAME SENIOR AARON AND I'M A THIRD AND FOURTH GRADE TEACHER IN YBOR, RIGHT BEHIND IKEA. WE ARE HERE TO DISCUSS ABOUT TEACHER SALARIES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THAT ON YOUR FOREFRONT, AND THINKING WHEN MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT THE DISTRICT AND THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DISTRICT. SO THIS IS MY THIRD YEAR IN THE DISTRICT AND MY FOURTH YEAR TEACHING. I MOVED TO THE THREE YEARS AGO, AND SINCE I STARTED TEACHING I HAVE CONSTANTLY HAD TO WORK ONE OR TWO JOBS TO BE ABLE TO KEEP MYSELF FINANCIALLY STABLE, AND ALSO BE ABLE TO SAVE ENOUGH MONEY SO I CAN EVENTUALLY HOPEFULLY BUY A HOUSE IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. AND IT'S BEEN VERY DIFFICULT AT THIS POINT. AND ADDED A LOT OF EXTRA STRESS IN MY LIFE BECAUSE I FEEL WHAT I AM GETTING COMPENSATED FOR DOESN'T MEET MY NEEDS AFTER ALL IS SAID AND DONE. ONCE I PAY MY LIVING EXPENSES I HAVE VERY, VERY LITTLE MONEY LEFT OVER FOR FOOD, GAS, GROCERIES, AND THIS IS WHY I TURNED TO OTHER THINGS SUCH AS BABY-SITTING, TUTORING. I ALSO WAS A WHOSE TEST FOR A WHILE AT A RESTAURANT.  THIS COMING WEEKEND I AM BABY-SITTING FROM THURSDAY TO MONDAY OVERNIGHT TO MAKE SURE THAT I HAVE THE MONEY I NEED JUST TO COVER EVERYTHING FOR RENT AND MY STUDENT LOANS. I HAD TO OPT OUT OF A EXTENDED PAYMENT BECAUSE I COULD NOT AFFORD MY STUDENT LOANS AND I NEEDED EXTRA MONEY FROM THAT PAY COLLECT TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD MY STUDENT LOAN. AND APP THING WITH WORKING SECOND JOBS IS I OFTEN HAVE TO LEAVE SCHOOL RIGHT AT 3:30. AND THAT DISABLED ME FROM BEING ABLE TO CONTINUE PLANNING WITH TEACHERS OR ATTEND OTHER TRAININGS AFTER SCHOOL, UNFORTUNATELY. I WOULD LIKE TO USE THAT IMPORTANT TIME TO SPEND PLANNING FOR MY STUDENTS AND SPEND WORKING ON IEPs BECAUSE IN MY POSITION WITH ESE THERE'S A LOT OF PAPERWORK AND THERE'S A LOT TO LEARN. AND THIS MUCH IS MY SECOND YEAR IN THIS POSITION AND I STILL LIKE FEEL LIKE I HAVE A LOT TO LEARN AND UNFORTUNATELY I FEEL I CAN'T DEDICATE ALL THE TIME I HAVE TO THAT BECAUSE I HAVE TO GO AND I HAVE TO BABY-SIT AND HOSTESS. AND AGAIN, IF I COULD STAY AT SCHOOL TILL FIVE EVERY DAY I COULD DO THAT BUT UNFORTUNATELY I CAN'T AND THEN I GET HOME AT 8:00 AT NIGHT AND STILL HAVE TO FINISH UP MY SCHOOL WORK AND OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES AT HOME THAT I HAVE TO DO. I DO NOT EXPECT TO BE A MILLIONAIRE WHEN I ENTERED THE TEACHING PROFESSION. MY PARENTS ARE BOTH RETIRED TEACHERS AND I SEE WHAT THEY MADE. SO AGAIN I AM NOT EXPECTING THAT I AM GOING TO BE MAKING ALL THIS MONEY. IF I AM GOING TO BE A MILLIONAIRE IT'S GOING TO HAVE TO BE THROUGH THE LOTTERY. BUT I DID EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE A DECENT LIVING AND ENOUGH MONEY TO BE ABLE TO BE COMFORTABLE AND NOT HAVE TO WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT AND WE ARE ABOUT PAYING DIFFERENT BILLS. AND AGAIN PAYING OFF MY STUDENT LOANS. I WOULD LOVE TO RIGHT AWAY BUT IT'S BEEN VERY DIFFICULT. I CAN'T IMAGINE HOW TEACHERS WITH FAMILIES DO THIS. YOU PERSONALLY RIGHT NOW IT'S JUST ME. AGAIN I DON'T KNOW HOW I AM GOING TO BE ABLE -- HOW TO DO THIS WITH A FAMILY. I JUST WANT TO LEAVE THIS WITH YOU, TO JUST THINK ABOUT THIS AND MAKE SURE THAT THIS STAYS IN FRONT OF YOUR MIND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT TEACHERS AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR OUR SALARIES, TO AT LEAST SEE WHERE THEY ARE AT THIS POINT. I MEAN, DIPPING INTO THAT POOL OF MONEY FOR OTHER THINGS IS JUST NOT AN OPTION F.I JUST WANT YOU TO REMEMBER THAT. THANK YOU.  

>> JOSE GONZALEZ.  

>> MY NAME IS JESUS GONZALEZ.  

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH)  

>> I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR THE CHANGES AND THE IMPROVEMENT IN THE CLASSIFICATIONS OF THE JOBS.  

>> (SPEAKING SPANISH)  

>> WE ARE GOING TO WORK VERY HARD FOR THE COUNTY AND FOR THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. (SPEAKING SPANISH).  

>> WE ARE GOING TO WORK HARD SO THAT WE CAN EARN THE MONEY TO GET THE RESULTS THAT WE NEED. (SPEAKING SPANISH) WE ARE GOING TO WORK HARD SO THAT WE DON'T DISAPPOINT THE DISTRICT, THE COUNTY. SO THAT WE CAN EARN OUR MONEY. (SPEAKING SPANISH).  

>> SAVE THE MONEY. (SPEAKING SPANISH) I WOULD LIKE TO FIRST OF ALL GIVE THANKS TO THE SUPERINTENDENT, MR. EAKINS, DR. VASQUEZ QUESTIONS AND THE SCHOOL BOARD. FOR THE DECISIONS YOU MADE FOR OUR CREW. AND FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEART WE SAY THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU,. MR. HERRARA? DO YOU ALSO NEED A TRANSLATOR?  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU SO MUCH. SUPERINTENDENT AND THE BOARD. I AM SPEAKING TODAY FOR THE VERY GOOD DECISION, VERY GOOD DECISION, TEACHERS, FAMILIES, FOR SCHOOLS ARE READY FOR MONDAY. THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. HERRARA. NEXT UP WE HAVE JULIO FALICKA? TRANSLATION?  

>> MY NAME IS PABLO MORALES. I AM NOT GOING TO SPEAK VERY MUCH BECAUSE I AM NERVOUS. (SPEAKING SPANISH) I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE WHOLE SCHOOL BOARD AND EVERYONE FOR HELPING OUR CREW. WE ARE GOING TO WORK COLLABORATIVELY FOR YOU. AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND JULIO? OKAY. SO OUR LAST SPEAKER OF THE EVENING WOULD BE MR. HAZBINKI. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.  

>> THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING TO ALL OF YOU AS WELL. LOOKS LIKE EVERYBODY MADE IT SAFELY THROUGH IRMA. THANK YOU AGAIN, MR. EAKINS, DURING THE STORM, EVERYTHING YOU DID FOR THE EMPLOYEES. IT'S APPRECIATED. EVERYBODY ELSE. I KNOW THIS MEETING HAS BEEN HAPPENING RIGHT NOW SO YOU PROBABLY AREN'T UP ON THE NEWS, BUT WITHIN THE LAST HOUR, PINELLAS JOINED THE LAWSUIT FOR HB 7069. I KNOW THAT YOU GUYS HAVE SCHEDULED A WORKSHOP FOR LAST THURSDAY TO DISCUSS THIS. AND I TALKED TO MR. PORTER ABOUT IT. I TALKED TO A LOT OF DIFFERENT PEOPLE ABOUT HB 7069 AND I UNDERSTAND THE POSITION YOU GUYS ARE IN, A PRECARIOUS ONE, HAVING NOW APPLIED FOR THE SCHOOLS OF HILLSBOROUGH, CHAMBERLAIN, AND I CAN'T REMEMBER THE THIRD ONE. AND PERSONALLY I AM ASKING FOR POLITICAL COURAGE ON ALL OF YOUR PARTS. I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE TO THINK INSTITUTION ALLEY AND AS AN ORGANIZATION THAT'S VERY DIFFERENT THAN HAVING A SINGLE OPINION. BUT I THINK THIS IS REALLY A MATTER OF STANDING UP TO THE STATE. TALLAHASSEE. I HAVE COME UP HERE AND SAID IT MANY TIMES IS JUST RAILROADING US AND DOING QUALIFIER THEY WANT AND IT'S NOT HELPING. AND IN THIS MOMENT WE NEED POLITICAL COURAGE MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE. IF THAT MEANS THAT THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE NEGATIVE ADS IN THE NEXT CAMPAIGN CYCLE, I GUESS THOSE ARE THINGS YOU HAVE TO BE PREPARED FOR. BUT I'M HOPING THAT WHEN MR. PORTER SAID YOU GUYS WILL RECONVENE ON SEPTEMBER 8th TO HAVE THAT WORKSHOP. SO PLEASE, I REALLY HOPE YOU CONSIDER JOINING THE LAWSUIT. I KNOW THERE IS THE MONEY ISSUE. I KNOW THAT MONEY IS TIGHT. BUT IT IS A SMALL AMOUNT. MOST DISTRICT ARE PITCHING IN $TAKE THAT YOU SO IT'S NOT A TON OF MONEY, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE I THINK JUST TO SEND A MESSAGE THAT YOU ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE LOCAL CONTROL USURPED YOU FROM, THAT THIS IS NOT AN OPEN DOOR FOR CHARTERS TO CONTINUE TO TAKE MONEY FROM US, AND THIS WILL ONLY GET WORSE IF IT'S NOT ADDRESSED NOW. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO TAKE A MINUTE. THERE'S A LARGE CONTINGENCY OF EMPLOYEES IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM. SO THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE. I ONLY SAW TWO OF YOU GET UP AND SPEAK THIS EVENING. THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING OUT. WE HAVE RESCHEDULED THAT WORKSHOP, MR. JOSINSKI, WE WILL HAVE BEEN THURSDAY THE 28th FROM 9 A.M. TO 11, DISCUSS THE DISTRICT IMPLEMENTATION OF HOUSE BILL 7069 WITHDRAWALS COMING FROM MANY DEPARTMENTS ON HOW THAT IS WORKING SO THAT WE HEAR ALL OF THE INFORMATION IN ONE SETTING. THAT WILL BE TELEVISED AND WE WILL ALSO DISCUSS IN THE AFTERNOON FROM 1:00 TO 3:00 THE LEGAL ASPECTS OF THE LAWSUIT TO JOIN, NOT TO JOIN AND ALL THE RAMIFICATIONS THAT GO WITH THAT PRESENTED BY OUR ATTORNEY AND THE GOVERNMENT RELATIONS OFFICE. SO I ENCOURAGE YOU IF YOU CANNOT BE HERE TO WATCH. THAT WE'LL BE TELL VASING. AT THIS TIME, I AM GOING TO TURN THINGS OVER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR THE SUSPENDED AGENDA AND SUPERINTENDENT'S COMMENTS.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MRS. STUART. I WILL TRY TO BE AS BRIEF AS I CAN. BUT I DO HAVE SEVERAL THINGS I DO WANT TO GO OVER WITH THE PUBLIC AND THE BOARD. FIRST OF ALL, ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA I HAVE A COUPLE OF TOPICS I WANT TO GIVE AN UPDATE ON. ESPECIALLY WE ARE GETTING CLOSE TO THE TOMB NOW IN OCTOBER WHEN WE START TO CLOSE THE WINDOW TO FINALIZE OUR GRADUATE RATES FOR 2016-17 SO I WANT TO KIND OF GIVE BOARD A LITTLE UPDATE ON WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING, WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS JUST TO GIVE THOSE LAST OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS AND WHAT WE ARE DOING FORWARD THINKING FOR OUR STUDENTS IN THE UPCOMING GRADUATION YEARS. SO THE GRADUATION COMMITTEE HAS WORKED ALL AVAILABLE OPTIONS FOR OUR STUDENTS TO BE ABLE TO PASSION REQUIRED GRADUATION ASSESSMENTS WHILE THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS PROPOSED TO RAISE THE SCORE REQUIREMENTS. THE LATEST INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE IS THAT THEY WILL NOT TAKE EFFECT UNTIL THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR. WE ARE WORKING TO PROVIDE AS MANY OPPORTUNITIES PRIOR TO THE POTENTIAL SCORE CHANGE TO BEST MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS. OUTSIDE SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES INCLUDE 7, ACG AND FCG TO ALL STUDENTS. SOME STUDENTS MAY APPLY FOR FEE WAIVERS. AND THIS FALL THE DISTRICT IS NOW PAYING FOR TWO ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO MEET THE LA GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS I.V. IASAT AND OUR FOUR CAREER CENTERS WILL ADMINISTER THE FOUR DAY SCHOOL SAT TO CURRENT SENIORS. IN ADDITION TO STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT WHO ARE EXPECTED TO GRADUATE IN 2016-17, THOSE WILL ALSO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AFFORDED TO THEM. THOSE STUDENTS MAY STILL NEED TO MEET THAT ELA GRADUATION REQUIREMENT AS OF JUST THE LAST PUSH HEAR, WE HAVE ABOUT A LITTLE OVER 340 STUDENTS FROM A GRADUATING CLASS LAST YEAR THAT STILL NEED TO MEET THAT REQUIREMENT FOR THEM TO RECEIVE THEIR STANDARD DIPLOMA. SO THOSE WOULD BE KIND OF OUR CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION, AND ALMOST OVER 600 LAST YEAR, AND WE ARE DOWN TO BE 300, A LITTLE OVER 340, AND WE ARE TRYING TO GIVE A LAST FINAL PUSH. ON OCTOBER 11, WITH ALL OF OUR STUDENTS IN GRADES 8 THROUGH 11, TRADITIONAL HIGH SCHOOLS WILL ADMINISTER THE SCHOOL DATE SAT TO SENIORS. IT NEVER HAPPENED IN THE PAST. SO THE SENIORS WILL HAVE ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THE SAT. FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO STILL NEED TO MAKE THE ELA GRADUATION REQUIREMENT. IN ADDITION TO THE NEW OPPORTUNITIES THERE ARE TWO MATH OPPORTUNITIES AND TWO STATE FSA-ELA AND RETAKE ADMINISTRATIONS. IN THE SPRING THE CURRENT PLAN IS FOR THE DISTRICT TO PAY FOR TWO SPRING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS TO MEET THE ELA GRADUATION REQUIREMENT VIA THE ACT AND SAT AS WE DID LAST YEAR. ALL JUNIORS WILL TAKE THE SCHOOL DAY SAT IN MARCH, AND SENIORS WHO STILL NEED TO MEET THE ELA GRADUATION REQUIREMENT WILL TAKE THE SCHOOL DAY SAT IN MARCH AND THE SCHOOL DAY ACT IN APRIL. FINALLY ADDITIONALLY THERE ARE TWO MATH AND ONE STATE FSA, ELA AND EOC RETAKE ADMINISTRATIONS ALSO IN THE SPRING. SO AS YOU CAN SEE WE ARE TRYING TO DO AS MUCH OF A PUSH FOR OUR SENIORS, FOR OUR GRADUATING CLASS, 16-17, ADJUSTS TO BE ABLE TO GIVE EVERY STUDENT THE OPPORTUNITY TO EARN THEIR STANDARD DIPLOMA. A FEW UPDATES FROM OUR OUTREACH AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT DIVISION. I KNOW WE HAD A COUPLE ITEMS ON OUR AGENDA TAINT AND WE ASKED IF WE COULD WEAVE THEM INTO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. HIGHLIGHT 13.03. PEACHJAR, THE DISTRICT'S WIDE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM, REACHED 180,000 SUBSCRIBERS DURING THE 2016-17 ACADEMIC YEAR. THEY COMMUNICATED MORE THAN 25,000 E-FLYERS AND SAVED MORE THAN 641,900 FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND IF YOU ARE AN ENVIRONMENTALIST THAT SAVED 4,400 TREES, IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. AND I AM. IN 13.08, WHICH WAS ON THE AGENDA, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECOGNIZES THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION 5-STAR SCHOOLS FOR 2016-17. THERE WERE 95 SCHOOLS IDENTIFIED IN FIVE STAR SCHOOLS, 16 HAVE BEEN 5 STAR SCHOOLS FOR 20 OR MORE YEARS, MET 100% AFT WARD CRITERIA ONE OF WHICH INCLUDES EARNING A GRADE OF C OR ABOVE OR SCHOOL RATING OF MAINTAINING OR COMMENDABLE FOR THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR. WE CONGRATULATE ALL OUR SCHOOLS WHO WERE AWARDED 5-STAR STATUS. WE HAVE A FEW UPDATES FROM OUR OUTREACH DIVISION AND EVENTS TAKING PLACE IN OUR COMMUNITY. I DO WANT TO COMMEND DR. SYKES AND HIS WIFE. THEY SPONSORED 13 STUDENTS FROM DURANTE HIGH, PLANT CITY HIGH AND MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOLS TO ATTEND TAMPA BAY 2017 TAMPA CLASSIC HELD THIS PAST SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th. LIBERTY MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS DONATED BOOKS TO FOSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WE HAD FOUR TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS PLAYERS AND FOUR CHEERLEADERS WHO VISITED LOCKHART CLASSROOMS. OF THAT WOULD BE THIS MORNING. TO MOTIVATE STUDENTS AND TALK TO THEM ABOUT WORKING THROUGH ADVERSITY, SUPPORTING ONE ANOTHER, AND HOW PERSEVERANCE ISABLES POSSIBLE. MANY GENEROUS PARTNERS AND STAFF JOINED HANDS TO PROVIDE RELIEF AND AID FOLLOWING IRMA. THE FOLLOWING ARE JUST AN EXAMPLE OF SOME OF THE SUPPORT BEING PROVIDED. I WANT TO THANK CASPERS, AND ALSO NOT JUST IRMA BUT IN SUPPORTING LEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND THE STAFF AT LEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WE WANT TO TO GIVE A SHOUTOUT TO CASPERS MCDONALD AND IDLEWILD, MORE THAN 250 STAFF VOLUNTEERS WERE PROVIDED A LUNCH ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th. SUPPORTED THE LOCKHART STAFF WITH FOOD AND FELLOWSHIP AS THE ENTIRE STAFF PREPARED CLASSROOMS FOR STUDENTS. THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION PROVIDED AN OFF-SITE TEACHING SCHOOL STORE FOR THE LOCKHART TEACHERS, AND SETTING UP NU NEW CLASSROOMS. LAST WREAK A MEMBER OF OUR MEMBERSHIP TEAM HELPED SERVE MEALS, FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND CANADA. THE ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROVIDED VOLUNTEERS AND MORE THAN 40 DAYSS -- CASESS OF WATER AT LEON LOCKHART AND I KNOW THE CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENCE AND SUPPORT, DONATIONS AND TIME AFT LEON LOCKHART OVER THE WEEKEND BEGINNING ON FRIDAY. THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, I WANT TO JUST EXPRESS GENEROSITY TO THEM. THEY DONATED AN ADDITIONAL $1,000 WORTH OF PE EQUIPMENT FOR THE EXPANDING LEON LACK HEART FAMILY. WAREHOUSE AND LOGISTICS DEPARTMENT SUPPORTED THE TRANCE PORT CHARLOTTE ORGANIZATION OF RESOURCES AND DONATIONS FOR LEE ELEMENTARY AND THE HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS. THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS PROVIDED 32 TICKET TO THIS PAST SATURDAY'S GAME AND IT WAS A WIN. ON BEHALF OF THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS OUR DIVISION IS ASSESSING THE DAMAGE TO THE 24 BUCCANEER ACADEMY COVERED COURTS AND DETERMINE REPLACEMENT OR REPAIR NEEDS THAT MAY HAVE RESULTED FROM IRMA. THREE SCHOOLS HAVE REQUESTED DONATING MONEY TO LOCKHART THROUGH THE SCHOOL TO SCHOOL PHILANTHROPY PROCESS. SO THERE'S JUST BEEN AN OUTPOURING THE SUPPORT, AND JUST APPRECIATE EVERYONE THAT RALLIED AND MOBILIZED TO SUPPORT OUR LEE FAMILY. WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THIS IS KIND OF MOVING ON TO SOME OTHER TOPICS. DACO PROVIDED A SUMMER TRAINING AT OAK PARK. THE PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED AT NO COST AND FAMILIES RESPONDED WITH HIGHLY SATISFIED WHEN SURVEYED ABOUT THE TRAINING. THE BOY SCOUT AND GIRL SCOUT APPROVAL LETTERS WITH FACILITIES INFORMATION WAS SHARED IN A PRINCIPAL WEEKLY IDENTIFYING ALL ELEMENTARY SITES DISTRICT WIDE AS PREAPPROVED FOR ALL OF OUR SCOUT MEETINGS. THE ANNUAL -- GREAT AMERICAN TEACH-IN WILL BE HELD ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th. EACH SITE HAS ACCESS TO RESOURCES INCLUDING THE TEACHING SIDE, VOLUNTEER GUIDELINES AND ELECTRONIC MARKETING TOOLS. ALL SCHOOLS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE AND PROVIDE AN UPDATE BY DECEMBER 4th. OF COURSE THE 90 OF BY 20 RACE FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS WEBSITE IS ACTIVELY COMMUNICATING THE 7 WALK TO RUN CLINIC INFORMATION AND PROVIDING SIGN-UP OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE 90-25 K GASPARILLA CLASSIC ON FEBRUARY 24th, 2018. THOSE ARE MY SUSPENDED AGENDA COMMENTS. I WANT TO KIND OF MOVE ON TO HURRICANE, TO SOME OTHER COMMENTS, AND I WANT TO START OFF BY TALKING A LITTLE ABOUT THE HURRICANE, WHICH HAS PASSED US. I DO WANT TO MAKE MENTION, AND IT'S GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT IN MY COMMENTS, THAT WE JUST RECEIVED ALERT, SUPERINTENDENT DID, FROM THE COMMISSIONER THAT THE COMMISSIONER HAS AUTHORIZED THE WAIVING TWO DAYS FROM THE CALENDAR FOR ALL SCHOOL DISTRICTS. I'LL JUST READ THE STATUTORY LANGUAGE, BECAUSE IT'S NOT JUST A DAY. THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE TRIED TO EXPRESS TO OUR EMPLOYEES, AUTHORIZED IN SECTION 1011.60 OF THE FLORIDA STATUTE, SCHOOLS MUST OPERATE FOR 180 ACTUAL TEACHING DAYS, OR THE EQUIVALENT ON AN HOURLY BASIS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FLORIDA EDUCATIONAL FINANCE PROGRAM. THE FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE SPECIFIES THE HOURLY EQUIVALENT AS NOT LESS THAN 720 NET CONSTRUCTION HOURS FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE 3 AND NOT LESS THAN 900 HOURS FOR GRADES APPROXIMATE 4 THROUGH 12. SO BASICALLY, OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, BECAUSE WE ALREADY HAVE PROVIDED MORE INSTRUCTIONAL TIME IN OUR DAY THAN WHAT THE STATE REQUIRES, STATE REQUIRES 180 DAYS TIMES FIVE HOURS EQUALS 900 HOURS SO OUR DAYS ARE LONGER THAN 5 HOURS FOR OUR STUDENTS SO WE CAN ALREADY CAPTURE SOME OF THAT TIME IN HOW WE RECRUIT THOSE DAYS. NOW THAT WE HAVE TWO DAYS THAT HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO US BY THE COMMISSIONER, WE WILL BE LOOKING MORE AT AN 890-HOUR TYPE OF SITUATION FOR OUR SCHOOLS TO BE IN COMPLIANCE. SO THAT'S KIND THE BAR WE ARE LOOKING AT FOR THAT. I JUST WANTED TO PUT THAT OUT THERE PUBLICLY. WE JUST RECEIVED THAT. THAT'S KIND OF HOT OFF THE PRESS. AND WE DIDN'T HAVE THAT INFORMATION PRIOR TO JUST A FEW HOURS AGO. SO IN MY COMMENTS, SUPERINTENDENT'S COMMENTS. YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND PUT IT ON THE SCREEN. HERE AT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WE HAVE ALWAYS WORKED HARD TO SHOW THE IMPORTANT ROLE WE PLAY IN THIS COMMUNITY WHEN IT COMES TO EDUCATING OUR STUDENTS. BUT THIS STORM SHOWED THE VITAL ROLE WE HAVE THIS THIS COMMUNITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS FROM OUR BUS DRIVERS WHO EVACUATED OUR NEIGHBORS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS TO OUR STUDENT NUTRITION TEAMS WHO FED EVACUEES EVERY DAY, TO OUR SECURITY TEAMS AND THEIR PRINCIPALS AND STAFFS WHO MAN THE SHELTERS. I HAVE PERSONALLY BEEN HUMBLED BY THEIR WORK. KNOW IT DONNELL THEY DO AN AMAZING JOB. THEY DID IT WITH A SMILE AND IN MANY CASES CAME UP WITH FUN ACTIVITY TO KEEP OUR CHILDREN ENGAGED. OUR COMMUNICATIONS TEAM HAS PUT TOGETHER A SHORT VIDEO THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME. SO IF THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM COULD BRING THAT UP.  

>> WE WERE PREPARED NO MATTER WHICH SIDE OF THE STATE THE HURRICANE ULTIMATE LIL MADE LANDFALL. WE HEAR SO MUCH ABOUT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THAT'S THE FIRST AND FOREMOST THING ON MY MIND. WE HAVE 25,000 EMPLOYEES. I WANT THEM TO BE SAFE I.WANTED THE CHILDREN TO BE SAFE.  

>> PEOPLE GAVE US A TIME TO BE ABLE TO GET OUR HOUSE AND THINGS IN ORDER SO OUR OURS COULD BE OUT WORKING IN THE SHELTER AND NOT WORRYING ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING AT HOME.  

>> THEY GOT SHELTERS OPEN. GOT MEDICAL SUPPLIES. THEY HAVE THE BIG BLACK BAGS WHICH ARE NURSING KIT WHEN WE HAVE SHELTERS OPEN TO GET THEM READY TO TAKE CARE OF OUT AND ABOUT COMMUNITY.  

>> WE HAD CREWS THAT CAME TO DROP OFF 250 COTS AND WE PREPARED 20 CLASSROOMS.  

>> I THINK THE FEAR WHEN A HURRICANE IS COMING THEY NEED TO HAVE A SAFE PLACE IN THINKS THEY DON'T HAVE FAMILY OR OTHER RESOURCES. WE SERVE THE COMMUNITY EACH DAY IN THE CLASSROOM. IT'S JUST ONE MORE WAY THAT WE CAN SERVE OUR COMMUNITY. ∫  

>> WHAT WE DID TODAY WAS THE EVACUATION. VERY IMPORTANT FOR OUR COMMUNITY. SOME OF THESE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE NOWHERE TO GO. IF WE HADN'T COME AND GOT THEM THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN ALONE DURING THE HURRICANE AND SCARED.  

>> IT'S NOT JUST THE ELDERLY BUT ANYBODY IN NEED. I LOVE PEOPLE. I LOVE WHAT I DO EVERY DAY WORKING WITH YOU ALL'S KIDS. JUST NOT SPECIAL NEEDS BUT ALL KIDS.  

>> GOT A GREAT SHELTER.  

>> I HAVE EVACUEES IN MULTIPLE ROOMS.  

>> I HAVE GOT EVACUEES.  

>> WE HAVE MORE TRASH BAGS. WE WILL CLEAN OUR ROOM.  

>> I OKAYED WHEN I WALKED THROUGH THE BUILDING BECAUSE THE PEOPLE -- YOU KNOW, IT WAS CLEAN.  

>> THEY WERE PREPARED. OR PEOPLE WERE TIRED AND THEY HADN'T HAD A HOT MEAL.  

>> WE KNOW THAT OUR FAMILIES RELY ON THE MEAL FOR BREAKFAST AND LUNCH. AND WE ALSO -- KNOWING WE WEREN'T OPEN TILL MONDAY I MADE A FEW PHONE CALLS. AND YESTERDAY I HAD SOMEONE CAME TO ME AND SAID I HAVE HAD NO HOT FOOD IN MY STOMACH SINCE TUESDAY. THANK YOU FOR FEEDING US. WE HAD 40 FAMILIES COME IN YESTERDAY AND ABOUT 100 FAMILIES COME IN TODAY. AND WE ARE JUST SO EXCITED THAT WE WERE ABLE TO PUT THIS TOGETHER FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY REALLY RELY ON OUR MEALS HEAR AT OUR SCHOOL.  

>> I AM VERY BLESSED AND FORTUNATE THAT YOU CAN GIVE BACK.  

>> WE DECIDED TO SUPPORT OUR FAMILIES AFTER A LONG WEEK WITH MANY WITHOUT POWER. WE WANTED TO SUPPORT THEM AND SAY WE ARE SO EXCITED TO SEE YOU.  

>> HOTDOG IS GOOD.  

>> SOME PEOPLE DON'T EAT. AND SOME PEOPLE NEED FOOD.  

>> IT'S OVERWHELMING WITH THE SUPPORT, THE VOLUNTEERS, TEACHERS, THE COMMUNITY ITSELF. SOME WHO AREN'T EVEN IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE ARE VERY THANKFUL.  

>> WE ARE THRILLED TO BE HERE. ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS AND THE REASON WHY WE ARE HERE IS TO HELP THE COMMUNITY. AND WE HAVE A GREAT PARTNERSHIP  

>> IT'S ABSOLUTELY REWARDING. AND IT'S BEEN A VERY, VERY REWARDING EXPERIENCE.  

>> WE DO HAVE A CONTRACT, AND WE SUPPORT THEM, MAKE MEALS FOR THEM, MADE ABOUT A THOUSAND LUNCHES FOR TODAY.  

>> ABOUT HELPING THE COMMUNITY. OPENING SCHOOL BACK UP AFTER THIS EVENT IS GOING TO BE IMPORTANT FOR THE COMMUNITY, AND SEE WE ARE IT GETTING THE CITY BACK TO NORMAL.  

>> EXCITING TO SEE OUR KIDS AND FAMILIES. IT BEEN A AND EMOTIONAL WAIT. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> AND SO MANY PEOPLE THAT YOU SAW IN THE VIDEO, REALLY CAME TOGETHER, AND AROUND A LOT OF DIFFERENT NEEDS, BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER. DON'T THINK THE NEEDS STOP WHENEVER THE HURRICANE PASSED. THAT IS WHERE EVERYONE FELT THE EFFECTS OF IT. YOU WANT TO THANK THE HILLSBOROUGH OPERATIONS CENTER, MANY OF OUR MEMBERS SPENT TIME AT THE EOC. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK TECO. THE STORM KNOCKED OUT POWER TO MORE THAN HALF OF OUR SCHOOLS. AND AS WE KNOW HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES AND EMPLOYEES ACROSS THE AREA LOST POWER AT THEIR HOMES. TECO CREWS WORKED WITH OTHER CREWS, BROUGHT IN FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO RESTORE POWER AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE. WE WORK CLOSELY WITH TECO LEADERSHIP TO DETERMINE WHEN WE COULD SAFELY REOPEN THE SCHOOLS. I WANT TO THANK THE PRESIDENT OF TECO FOR INTERACTING BACK AND FORTH THROUGHOUT THIS PAST WEEK. TECO, I BELIEVE, IN TALKING TO MR. JOE ADKINS, HE WAS TRYING TO PUT A PLAN TOGETHER TO GET US OPEN BY THURSDAY. AND I BELIEVE THEY WOULD HAVE PROBABLY BEEN ABLE TO PULL THAT OFF. BUT I KIND OF HAD TO HOLD ONTO HIM A LITTLE BIT BECAUSE AS MUCH AS I WANTED THAT TO OCCUR FOR PEOPLE TO GET BACK TO SCHOOL, THERE WERE SO MANY CHALLENGES THAT WERE CREATED FROM THE AFTERMATH OF IRMA, THAT THERE WAS INFRASTRUCTURE CHALLENGES, FALL STATIONS WEREN'T OPEN YET, TRAFFIC LIGHTS WEREN'T WORKING, AND THERE WAS A LOT OF THINGS THAT AS A COMMUNITY, WE NEED TO PRIORITIZE MORE. SO WORKING THAT DECISION WITH HIM TO BE ABLE TO EXTEND OUR SCHOOLS LAST WEEK I THINK WAS THE RIGHT DECISION, WAS RATE FOR TECO TO GIVE ENOUGH TIME TO SAFELY AND PROPERLY GET POWER BACK. YOU SAW WHERE THEY GUARD TO THE OTHER MAJOR COMPANIES ACROSS THE STATE. THEY WERE ABLE TO GET THE POWER BACK MORE QUICKLY THAN ANY OTHER COMPANY ACROSS THE STATE. SO KUDOS TO TECO AND MR. GILLETTE. WE ARE GLAD OF COURSE TO BE BACK IN SCHOOL, BACK TO OUR NUMBER ONE JOB, WHICH IS PREPARING OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE. YESTERDAY, WE DID SEND OUT A SURVEY TO ALL STAFF MEMBERS ASKING FOR FEEDBACK ON HOW WE WILL MAKE UP MISSED INSTRUCTIONAL TIME. AT THE TIME OF THIS WRITING, I WAS GOING TO SAY, WHILE WE ARE STILL WAITING ON SOME DECISIONS AN GUIDANCE FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, WE ARE TRYING TO BE PROACTIVE IN GATHERING INPUT FROM OUR EMPLOYEES ABOUT OPTIONS. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE GATHERING RIGHT NOW, THE DECISIONS OF COURSE HAVEN'T BEEN MADE. LOOKING AT THOSE TWO DAYS THAT THEY WILL BE GIVING US, WE WILL FACTOR THAT IN AS WE GET THE INPUT BACK AND SEE COMING IN. I DON'T KNOW IF THE GOVERNOR CAN OVERRIDE, MRS. STUART. NOT THAT MRS. STUART BUT THE OTHER MRS. STUART. (LAUGHTER) SO MOVING RIGHT ALONG. A WHOLE HOUR FROM THE EOC ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON. WE RECEIVED A CALL ABOUT LEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, THE FIRE HAD JUST BEGUN. JUST AS WE WERE GETTING BACK ON OUR FEET, WE WERE STUNNED AND DEVASTATED BY THE FIRE AT LEIGH ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL, THAT FIRE DESTROYED A HISTORIC BUILDING AND NEARLY EVERYTHING INSIDE OF IT A WEEK AGO TODAY. IT WAS HEART BREAKING TO STAND OUT THERE AND WATCH THE FLAMES DESTROY WHAT HAS BEEN A PART OF OUR COMMUNITY FOR MORE THAN 100 YEARS. I DO WANT TO SAY, THOUGH, THE RESPONSE TO THAT PARTICULAR INCIDENT HAS BEEN NOTHING SHORT OF REMARKABLE AND JUST HEROIC. EVEN AS I STOOD THERE THAT NIGHT WITH SOME OF YOU AND OTHERS THAT WERE THERE, I ALREADY BEGAN TO GET CALLS AND E-MAILS FROM ACROSS THE TAMPA BAY AREA, PEOPLE SHARING THEIR SHORE OH AND ASKING HOW THEY COULD HELP H.IT WAS WONDERFUL TO SEE PEOPLE COME TOGETHER FOR CHILDREN AND STAFF AT LEIGH ELEMENTARY. I WANT TO THANK -- THEY HAVE BEEN EXTRAORDINARY PARTICIPATES TAKING IN DONATIONS OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE BUT THEY ARE JUST ONE OF MANY ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE STEPPED UP AND PROVIDED ASSISTANCE DURING THAT TIME. BUT I WILL HELL YOU THAT IN 15 HOURS OF WORKING WITH THE HILLS BROTHER EDUCATION FOUNDATION, THEY HAVE THE LEE ELEMENTARY FUND SET UP, AND EVERYONE WAS ASKING HOW DO I EXTEND MY FUNDS? I WANT TO THANK THE CEO AT THE FOUNDATION. LAST FRIDAY WE HAD TEACHERS AND STAFF FROM OTHER SCHOOLS COME OUT TO LEND A HAND TO TEACHERS AS THEY WORKED TO GET THEIR CLASSROOMS FAMILY. LOCKHART ELEMENTARY AND YOUNG MIDDLE SCHOOLS. THE TAMPA FIRE RESCUE AND FAIR MARSHALL CONTINUE THEIR INVESTIGATION INTO THE FIRE BUT THEY HAVE TOLD US THERE IS NOTHING SUSPICIOUS ABOUT THE FIRE, AND NO SIGNS OF FOUL PLAY WAS INVOLVED. SO A WITNESS DID SAY THAT THE FAIR LOOKED LIKE IT BEGAN SOON AFTER POWER CAME BACK TO THAT PARTICULAR NEIGHBORHOOD. SO ALONG WITH THAT, ALONG WITH HURRICANE IRMA, AND REALLY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LEE ELEMENTARY SITUATION, THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS AUTHORIZED FOR US TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE FREE BREAKFASTS AND LUNCH FOR OUR STUDENTS. SO I WANT TO ENSURE OUR FAMILIES, STUDENTS, THAT WE ARE HEAR TO SUPPORT THEM NOW THROUGH OCTOBER 20th. ALL HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENTS CAN ENJOY FREE SCHOOL LUNCH REGARDLESS OF THEIR ELIGIBILITY STATUS. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE IS MAKING A TEMPORARY CHANGE TO MAKE IT EASIERIER FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS AFFECTED BY HURRICANE IRMA. MANY FAMILIES LOST POWER DURING THE STORM AND DID NOT HAVE ACCESS TO HOT MALES FOR A PERIOD OF TIME. THERE ARE REPORTS OF FOOD SHORTAGES THROUGHOUT THE STATE. THE FREE BREAKFAST WILL ENSURE STUDENTS HAVE HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS MEALS WHEN THEY NEED THEM THE MOST. AND THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS TIME WE WILL MOVE TO BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS, AND FIRST IS MRS. SHAMBURGER.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: FIRST LET ME START WITH AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING, I MADE A MAJOR FAUX PAS. LET ME START BY CORRECTING IT. SO ACKNOWLEDGING THOSE WHO DESERVE RECOGNITION FOR THE PORTER, I FAILED TO RECOGNIZE THE MOST IMPORTANT GROUP, THE HILLSBOROUGH CLASSROOM ASSOCIATION. PLEASE ACCEPT MY SINCERE APOLOGIES. I HAD IT ON MY PAPER. SO PLEASE CHARGE IT TO MY HEAD AND NOT MY HEART. WITHOUT YOU GUYS, EVENT THAT WOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN PLACE. YOU GUYS CERTAINLY DID THE HARD PART, THE MOST WORK AND CERTAINLY DESERVE THE MOST CREDIT. TO ALL OF THE HCTA THANK YOU SO MUCH AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU NEXT YEAR. ALSO, MOVING FORWARD. THANK YOU. SO LEE ELEMENTARY. I ONLY HAVE A MINUTE AND 7 SECONDS. I BETTER RUSH. AS FAR AS LEE ELEMENTARY AND IRMA IS CONCERNED, IT'S VERY TRUE AND HAS BECOME EVIDENT THAT ADVERSITY DOESN'T BUILD CHARACTER. IT REBUILD CHARACTER. THE ACTION OF THIS DISTRICT UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, HAS TRULY DEMONSTRATED THE QUALITY OF PEOPLE WE HAVE IN THIS DISTRICT AS WELL AS THIS COMMUNITY. I AM JUST VERY PLEASED WITH THIS DISTRICT. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DID FOR OUR COMMUNITY. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING. FOR IRMA, TO ALL OF OUR DISTRICT STAFF, THANK YOU FOR SACRIFICING THE TIME WITH YOU ALL'S FAMILIES TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE WAS TAKEN CARE OF. LEE LEE ELEMENT, THIS TRAGEDY SHOWS WHAT WE ARE MADE OF AS A DISTRICT.  I WON'T LIST EVERYBODY. I THINK YOU HAVE GONE THROUGH THAT PRETTY THOROUGHLY. BUT I DEFINITELY WANT TO GIVE SPECIAL RECOGNITION AGAIN LIKE YOU MENTIONED TO THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS FOR THEIR SUPPORT, AND THEM COMING OUT TODAY TO I GUESS CALLED LOCKHART LEE ELEMENTARY THIS MORNING. AND JOSEPH HURRICANE HUMPHREY WAS REALLY NICE AND PUT TOGETHER A QUICK VIDEO CLICK. I WOULD LIKE TO SHOW IT QUICKLY AND THEN WRAP UP MY COMMENTS.  

>> THAT WAS REALLY PHENOMENAL, AND WE APPRECIATE THE PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BUCS COMING OUT.  

>> THAT WAS REALLY GREAT. JAMEIS IS SUCH A PHENOMENAL LEADER. HE REALLY GAVE THE KIDS SOME GREAT WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND HOW TO OVERCOME ADVERSITY. HE'S SO YOUNG AND HOW PHENOMENAL HE IS. SO THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS ORGANIZATION FOR THEIR SUPPORT TO THE LOCKHART LEE ELEMENTARY. JUST IN CLOSING ON A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A SERIOUS NOTE, AND NOT TO DETRACT FROM THE SERIOUSNESS TORE SENSITIVITY OF THE TRAGEDY AT LEE ELEMENTARY, BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THEORETICALLY, WE HAVE MANY SCHOOLS IN THIS DISTRICT THAT ARE ON FIRE. AND IT IS MY HOPE THAT THIS BOARD AND THIS DISTRICT WILL SHOW THE SAME SENSE OF URGENCY WHEN IT COMES TO TAKING CARE OF THESE SCHOOLS. AND WHEN I SAY THAT, THINGS LIKE PE OPPORTUNITIES, OR OFFERING RESOURCES AND PROGRAMS, AS WELL AS THE NEED FOR EFFECTIVE LEADERS AND TEACHERS IN THESE SCHOOLS. AND SO I THINK WITH THE FIRE AT LEE, THIS DISTRICT HAS REALLY PROVEN THAT WE CAN REALLY RALLY AROUND AND GET KIDS WHERE THEY NEED TO BE. WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE HIGHEST NEEDS KIDS IN DISTRICT 5, THEY NEED THAT SAME SENSE OF URGENCY AND I HOPE THAT WE WILL CERTAINLY START MOVING THAT WAY. THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN FOR ALL OF YOUR SUPPORT. EVERYTHING YOU DID THIS WEEK, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, YOU HAVE TRULY MADE US PROUD.  

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

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I HAD THE WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY A FEW WEEKS AGO TO BE IN THE CLASSROOM WITH SOME OF OUR YOUNG STUDENTS, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, AND I WAS SUBSTITUTE TEACHING. AT THE VERY END I TOLD THEM HOME WAS, AND I ASKED THEM WHAT THEY WANTED ME TO BRING BACK TO ALL OF YOU. AS WE ARE MAKING OUR DECISION. AND I ALREADY HAD CONVERSATION WITH MRS. COOK ABOUT IT, AND MRS. MacMANUS ABOUT IT. THEY WANT TO LEARN HOW TO "ADULT." THEY WANT TO LEARN HOW TO ADULT. SO IN PREPARING OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE, THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN PART OF MY VISION WITH THAT STATEMENT, IS TEACHING THEM NOT ONLY THE ABCs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 

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

>>Lynn Gray: I HAD TWO PARTS I WANTED TO ADD, AND TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA, AND MAKE A MOTION. I WOULD LIKE TO FIRST HAVE THE ITEMS FOR THE HURRICANE IRMA INCLUDING FTE LOSS, THE IRMA REIMBURSEMENT TIMELINE. WHEN ARE THEY EXPECTING TO PAY US? AND ANY OTHER RELATED REIMBURSEMENTS THAT WILL COME UP PROBABLY WITHIN THE NEXT TWO, THREE WEEKS OR MONTHS. AND THAT WOULD BE JUST MY MOTION.  

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR BY MRS. GRAY. MRS. GRAY, IF YOU COULD WRITE OR TYPE THAT UP, THAT WOULD BE GREAT. A SECOND BY MRS. GRIFFIN. IS THERE ANY CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS? SEEING NONE, WE ARE ONLY VOTING TO ADD THIS TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. DO YOU WANT TO REPEAT OF THAT? GRAU GRAY I'LL TAPE IT UP. IT'S REALLY --  

>>Lynn Gray: IT'S MAKING IS THAT YOUR WE HAVE A HURRICANE IRMA EXPENDITURES.  

>> I THINK WHAT MRS. GRAY IS REFERRING TO IS THE TEAM A REIMBURSEMENTS IS A LONG PROCESS. I THINK REIMBURSED FROM 2004. I THINK IN ORDER TO MAKE SURE THAT THE BOARD IS AWARE OF HOW THAT ONGOING PROCESS WORKS, BECAUSE IT IS SUCH ALONG INVOLVED PROCESS.  

>> AND IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY TYPED IT UP FOR THE SECOND, THAT WILL BE GREAT. SO BOARD MEMBERS, IF I COULD HAVE THE LIGHT. IF YOU COULD INDICATE YOUR VOTE. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. SO WE WILL ADD THAT TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. DID YOU HAVE ANOTHER ITEM?  

>>Lynn Gray: YES. JOINING IN AND MRS. GRIFFIN, YOU EXPRESSED IT SO WELL. IF WE CAN HAVE LEADERS SUCH AS YOURSELF LEADING OUR COUNTRY WOULDN'T IT BE A WONDERFUL WAY OF LIFE? YOU STOOD FOR EVERYTHING THAT WAS RIGHT IN MY EYES AND IN EVERY ONE OF OUR EYES, AND BROUGHT TOGETHER A COMMUNITY OF SO MANY DIFFERENT NATIONALS AND CULTURAL DIFFERENCES UNDER ONE ROOF, A SCHOOL ROOF. AND I ADD MAYOR THE TENACITY, THE PERSEVERANCE, AND MORE THAN ANYTHING I AM SO IMPRESSED WITH HOW MANY FOLKS, HOW MANY STAFF MEMBERS, TEACHERS, THE UNION, CHIEF NAUMAN, THE FOOD SERVICE, EVERY AREA OF LIFE IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE TAMPA BAY COMMUNITY, CAME TOGETHER TO HELP GET THROUGH THIS. AND YOU LED THEM ALL WITHIN W AN INSPIRED VISION, AND I HAVE TO SAY, I HAVE NEVER MET A LEADER SUCH AS YOURSELF IN MY LIFETIME. AND THAT'S A FACT. SO WITH THAT BEING SAID, I ALSO AM JUST DELIGHTED TO SEE HOW GOOD THE SCHOOLS LOOKED. I MEAN, THE CUSTODIANS WORKED THEIR HEADS OFF. THE SCHOOLS LOOKED GREAT AFTER THE HURRICANE. AND NOT ONLY THE FLOORS ET CETERA BUT THAT MEANS A LOT. I KNOW THEY PUT A LOT OF EXTRA WORK AND MUCH PRIDE IN MAKING SURE THOSE KIDS BE CAME BACK TO A VERY STABLE LOOKING SCHOOL THAT THEY ARE USED TO. AND THAT TOOK A LOT OF WORK. I WANT TO THANK ALSO THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION FOR THEY TOOK THE CHARGE, AND I CALL IT THE OFFICE DEPOT. OF COURSE, OFFICE DEPOT CORRECTED AS WELL. BUT THAT JUST HELPED SO MUCH FOR THE COMMUNITY FOR LEE. AND I KNOW WE HAVE SO MANY OTHER ITEMS IN INVENTORY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK KIM AGAIN FOR LEADING THAT. BUT ALSO BILL LOCKWOOD. HE'S NOT HERE BUT HE DELIVERED A WHOLE TRUCK OF HEALTHY SNACKS ON TOP OF IT. AND THE MANY OTHER FOLKS THAT DONATED. I ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT IDEA OF CAMARADERIE WAS SO MUCH OCCURRING AMONG THE SCHOOLS. CLAIR MEL, PALM, RIVER, LITHIA SPRINGS, E.L. BING CAME TOGETHER AND BROUGHT IN SO MANY DONATIONS AND HAD THE FAMILIES WITH HOTDOGS OF ALL THINGS. JUST HOTDOGS. BUT IT WAS MORE THAN THAT. AND THEY HAD RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS, AND ALL THE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO SEE IN OUR DISTRICT, BUT IN OUR TAMPA BAY COMMUNITY. PEOPLE SHOULD BE JEALOUS OF WHAT WE HAVE. WE ARE VERY, VERY BLESSED. ALSO, I DON'T THINK I CAN EVEN IMAGINE ANY SYSTEM THAT CAN HOUSE 29,000 FOLKS AS EFFICIENTLY WITH 34,000 MEALS. I THINK ABOUT A FOR-PROFIT CHARTER ORGANIZATION. COULD THEY EVER EVEN NEW HAMPSHIRE THAT? AND HERE WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT OUR CITY AND OUR FOLKS AND KIDS, YOU KNOW, EVERYTHING IS TAKEN CARE OF, UNTIL THEY WERE SAFE, AND EVEN NOW WE ARE STILL -- WE ARE STILL DOING THE PROCESS. WHAT A WONDERFUL COMMUNITY THAT YOU HAVE HELPED BUILD, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. AND I DON'T THINK WE WILL EVER FORGET WHAT WE HAVE, AND WHAT WE ARE ALL PART OF. IT WAS A MONUMENTAL OCCURRENCE AND EPIC EVENT. THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU EVERY PERSON IN THIS ROOM, STAFF, CUSTODIAL, FOOD SERVICE, ET CETERA. THANKS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. AND I HAVE LOST MY LIST OF SPEAKERS. I THINK MRS. HARRIS WAS UP NEXT AND THEN MRS. SNIVELY AND THEN MRS. VALDES. MRS. HARRIS.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I HAVE AFTERNOON VERY QUICK SLIDE SHOW, BECAUSE I ONLY HAD TWO SCHOOL VISITS. AND THEN WE HAD A HURRICANE. SO I DIDN'T GET TO GO ANYWHERE THIS WEEK, LAST WEEK. HOWEVER, I WANT TO JUST MENTION THAT WE DID GO AND TOUR BOOKER T. WASHINGTON SCHOOL. REPRESENTATIVE KATHY CASTOR ASKED US TO JOIN HER ON A TOUR OF THE SCHOOL. AND IS IT UP YET? IT'S GETTING UP. THERE WE GO. AND PRINCIPAL JAMIE GERDING WAS THERE. AND SOMEONE MAILED TO THE SCHOOL A 1930, I THINK IT WAS, MRS. SHAMBURGER, YEARBOOK, THE VERY FIRST CLASS OF BOOKER T. WASHINGTON SCHOOL. THEY FOUND A YEAR BACK AT A GARAGE SALE IN WHAT STATE IN LOUISIANA OR SOMETHING. IT WAS SO COOL. THAT THE PRINCIPAL WAS SO EXCITED AND THEY ARE GOING TO BUILD AN ARCHIVE WITH IT. AND THEN PLANT VERSUS ROBINSON HAD THEIR FIRST FOOTBALL GAME. AND WE KNOW THE FOOTBALL SEASON IS HERE AND EVERYBODY IS EXCITED ABOUT FOOTBALL SEASON. AND THEN THERE'S THE YEARBOOK. SEE THE YEAR BACK PICTURE? ISN'T THAT COOL? IT WAS REALLY NEAT. AND THEN OF COURSE I WANT TO SAY THE LAST PICTURE THAT WILL BE COMING UP IS THE PICTURE OF HOW THE COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER. AND I WILL JUST DITTO WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE SAID WHAT I WANT US TO REMEMBER IS THE COMMUNITY SEEMS TO HAVE JUST WRAPPED THEIR ARMS AROUND OUR FAMILIES. AND REALLY, REALLY WENT OUT AND HELPED. AND OUR STUDENTS WERE LEADING THE PATH, GOING OUT AND PICKING UP PEOPLE'S LEAVES AND TREES. AND WHAT I STARTED THE MEETING WITH TODAY WAS THOSE WHO BRING SUNSHINE TO OTHERS CANNOT KEEP IT FROM THEMSELVES.  SO PLEASE KEEP SERVING. BECAUSE IT REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WILL ECHO MANY OF THE COMMENTS THAT THE BOARD MEMBERS HAVE ALREADY MADE. I HAVE NOT BEEN MORE PROUD, PROUDER. AS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER IN THIS DISTRICT. AND THE VIDEO FIRST OF ALL WAS AMAZING. AND I HOPE THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET THAT UP ON OUR WEBSITE AND SHARE THAT WITH SOCIAL MEDIA. BECAUSE THAT WAS INCREDIBLE. SO THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THAT TOGETHER. WE HAD HURRICANE IRMA. WE HAD LEE. AND THEN OUT IN THE EAST PART OF THE COUNTY IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE ALSO HAD -- SORRY. WE HAD ALAFIA RIVER THAT DISPLACED ABOUT 200. AND STUDENTS INCLUDED. BUT I HAVE NEVER SEEN A COMMUNITY COME TOGETHER LIKE OUR COMMUNITY DID. TEACHERS, PARENTS, STUDENTS, I WANT TO THANK SEAS OF HOPE WHICH IS AN AMAZING ORGANIZATION ALL OVER, BUT IN OUR AREA, LEAVES OF HOPE WAS COORDINATING ALL KINDS OF SURPRISE FOR THE FAMILIES THAT WERE DISPLACED AND IT WAGS THE MOST AMAZING ACT OF KINDLESSNESS THAT YOU CAN IMAGINE, PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER FOR ALL OF THAT. I WANTED TO THANK FOR THE FOLKS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE THAT WE HAD HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION ADD ALL OF OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS. WE HAD AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE TO PEOPLE COMING OUT AND DONATING MONEY, DONATING SUPPLIES, DONATING TIME. IT WAS INCREDIBLE. WE HAD HUGE, HUGE CARLOADS AND TRUCKLOADS OF SCHOOL SUPPLIES FROM CAMINA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, FISH LOCK LITHIA AREA, LIVER VIEW, PLANT CITY, VALRICO, BRANDON. PEOPLE WERE COMING OUT OF THE WOODWORK TO HELP. AND I AM JUST SO PROUD. I'M SO PROUD TO BE A PART OF THIS COMMUNITY. AND I JUST WANTED TO THANK EVERYBODY WHO CAME TOGETHER FOR ALL OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED, THE MULTITUDE OF DISASTER CATASTROPHES AND TRAGEDIES THAT WE HAVE HAD TO EXPERIENCE OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS AND COMMEND THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR, AS WAS MENTIONED, BEFORE, DURING, AFTER, REALLY SEEING THE CALM, AND BEING THE VOICE FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. YOU AND YOUR TEAM AND OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND THE PEOPLE WHO WORK IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT DID, IS THE MOST AMAZING JOB FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND FOR PEOPLE WHO AREN'T FROM OUR COMMUNITY. I KNOW THAT, LEFT THE COMMUNITY PROBABLY WISHING THEY WERE PART OF THIS COMMUNITY AND WE MATE ACTUALLY GET SOME OF THEM MOVE HERE PERMANENTLY BECAUSE OF THE OUTREACH AND THE LOVE OF THAT THEY FELT WHEN THEY CAME TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU EVERYBODY WHO HAD A PART IN THAT. I JUST AM SO PROUD TO BE A PART OF THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I WOULD ECHO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES' COMMENTS. IN REFERENCE TO THE EVENTS OF THESE LAST NINE DAYS THAT HAVE BEEN A WHIRLWIND. BUT THERE'S GOING TO BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US NOW TO REALLY BE ABLE TO TALK TO OUR LEGISLATORS, NOT ONLY WHILE THEY ARE HEAR AT HOME, BUT REMAINED THEM WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE RECEIVE PI DR. O DOLLARS AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS OF THE ROLE THAT PUBLIC SCHOOLS PLAY IN OUR COMMUNITY IN TIMES OF DESPAIR. I MEAN, THERE WAS A LOT OF FOLKS IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT WERE REALLY FOR THE FIRST TIME, I REALLY WANT TO SAY WERE ACTUALLY SCARED. AND THAT STRESS AND THAT -- IT'S NOT EASY FOR ANYONE. SO ALTHOUGH I AGREE WITH ALL OF THE COMMENTS THAT YOU ALL SAID, I WANT TO THANK YOU, JEFF EAKINS, BECAUSE LAST BOARD MEETING I REFERENCED, SO THAT FOLKS REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT OUR ROLES ARE, AND WE HIRED THREE EMPLOYEES, AND WE HIRED THE ONE EMPLOYEE THAT DOES THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS. AND I KNEW IT FROM DAY ONE THAT YOU WOULD BE THE ONE TO LEAD THIS DISTRICT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. THANK YOU FOR BEING WHO YOU ARE, AND NOT CHANGING WHO YOU HAVE BEEN, BECAUSE THAT GENUINENESS IS WHAT MAKES YOU THE PERSON THAT YOU ARE AND BRINGS IT ABOVE THE REST. THAT'S WHY THAT AWARD YOU GOT TODAY IS SO DARN DESERVING BECAUSE OF THE WORK THAT YOU DO SO SELFLESSLY AND I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU. AND THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES. AND I AM GOING TO KEEP MY COMMENTS VERY BRIEF BECAUSE I AM NOT SURE WHAT ELSE THERE IS TO SAY OTHER THAN TO JUST SAY THANK YOU. I SAT WITH YOU, SUPERINTENDENT AND REPRESENTED THE BOARD AT YOUR MONDAY MEETING WHERE YOU WERE DEBRIEFING WITH YOUR STAFF I THINK FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE HURRICANE SO IT WAS CLARE FOR EVERYONE TO LEAVE AND COME OUT OF THEIR HOUSES AND DRIVE DOWN THE ROAD. AND YOU DROVE AND SAT THROUGH THAT MEETING, AND I WAS NOT ONLY IMPRESSED AND HAVE BEEN IMPRESSED FOR THE LAST NINE DAYS WITH YOUR LEADERSHIP, BUT YOUR STAFF REALLY CAME TOGETHER, AND THEY PUT SOME ACTION PLANS IN PLACE, AND I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE WORK THAT -- AS THE SITUATION AROSE AND AS THINGS BALM AN ISSUE AND AS THEY ALL STEPPED IN AND TOOK A PEACE OF WHAT HAD TO BE DONE TO GET THIS DISTRICT BACK UP AND RUNNING AND BACK TO NORMAL. AT THAT POINTED WE WERE TALKING ABOUT GOING BACK TO SCHOOL THURSDAY. OBVIOUSLY THERE WERE CHALLENGES WITH THAT. YOU KEPT EVERYONE INFORMED. AND I APPRECIATE THAT. AND THEN WE HAD THE FIRE AT LEE. AND I CAN ONLY IMAGINE YOU. I DIDN'T GO TO THAT MEETING YOU HAD THE NEXT MORNING BUT I CAN ONLY IMAGINE IT WAS THE SAME THING, THAT EVERYONE TOOK OWNERSHIP FOR SOMETHING THAT THEY COULD DO AND HOW THEY COULD WORK AS A TEAM TO CONTINUE THIS DISTRICT MOVING IN THE DIRECTION THAT WE WANT IT GO TO GO. SO KUDOS TO YOU AND TO THE ENTIRE TEAM, SENIOR STAFF. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE. THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT I THINK WE HAVEN'T THANKED IN THIS ROOM IS THE PRINCIPALS BECAUSE THEY ARE THE UNSUNG HEROS IN THIS WHOLE THING. I DON'T KNOW THAT I MYSELF COULD OPEN A SCHOOL AND ALLOW 500 PEOPLE TO COME IN AND BE IN THE MIDDLE OF A HURRICANE, FEED THEM, FIND THEM PLACES TO SLEEP, AND TEND TO LITTLE CHILDREN ALL AT THE SAME TIME. I HAVE HAD ENOUGH CHILDREN AND PETS. I HAVE ENOUGH TROUBLE WITH MY OWN FAMILY AND GUESTS AT MY HOUSE TRYING TO KEEP THEM CALM. KUDOS TO THE PRINCIPALS OUT THERE. I KNOW THAT MANY OF OUR LOCAL DELEGATION -- [ APPLAUSE ] OUR LOCAL DELEGATION HAVE REACHED OUT. SOME OF THEM CAME OUT AND VISITED. IT KNOW SOME OF THEM ASKED ME FOR YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER SO THEY COULD CALL YOU. BUT I THINK IT IS BEST TO CONTINUE TO SEND THE MESSAGE THAT NONE OF THIS HAPPENED WITHOUT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND I WAS A LITTLE FLABBERGASTED TO FUND OUT THAT PEOPLE WERE NOT AWARE OF OUR ROLE IN AN EVACUATION SITUATION LAKE THIS. SO CONTINUE TO SEND THAT MESSAGE. I KNOW THAT PEOPLE ARE VERY, VERY THANKFUL FOR THE NO INCIDENTS IN ANY SHELTER THE ENTIRE TIME THAT WE WERE EVACUATED, AND THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT WE HAD OUT THERE. SO SENIOR STAFF, I KNOW YOU HAVE ALREADY, BUT IF YOU COULD AGAIN THANK YOUR STAFFS FROM THIS BOARD. AGAIN, WE COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT THEM. IF THERE'S NOTHING ELSE, MR. SUPERINTENDENT?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ONE FINAL STATISTIC PEOPLE MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU OPEN A SHELTER. IT ACTUALLY HAD THREE BIRTHS DURING THE HURRICANE. SO JUST SO YOU KNOW WHEN YOU OPEN UP A SHELTER AND YOU FEED, YOU ALSO BRING LIFE INTO THE WORLD AS WELL. SO WITH THAT I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW.  

>>Cindy Stuart: SO WITH THAT GOOD NEWS, WARE -- BOARD MEMBERS, BEFORE WE JUNCTION I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT YOU BEAT LAST BOARD MEETING'S RECORD BY 25 MINUTES. SO I AM IMPRESSED. THE SUN IS STILL OUT. WE ARE ADJOURNED.