Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Regular Board Meeting from September 26th, 2017, 5:30 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).  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. I WOULD LIKE TO CALL TODAY'S RECOGNITION MEETING TO ORDER. TODAY IS SEPTEMBER 26th, 5:30. AND IF YOU COULD ALL FIND YOUR SEATS I WILL TURN THIS OVER TO MRS. HARRIS FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. COULD WE STAND?  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER STUART. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK IF WE COULD JUST TAKE A MOMENT AND REMEMBER ALL THOSE SUFFERING FROM THE HURRICANES AND THE FAMILIES THAT ARE STRUGGLING, AND ALSO TO REMEMBER CRAIG VATS FROM PEPIN ACADEMY WHO DIED TRAGICALLY THIS WEEKEND FROM AN ACCIDENT, A BOATING ACCIDENT. AND HE HAS LEFT BEHIND A WIFE AND A FOUR-YEAR-OLD. SO A MOMENT OF SILENCE, PLEASE. MOMENT OF SILENCE).  

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT. WE ARE GOING TO MOVE RIGHT INTO OUR RECOGNITIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS THIS EVENING. OUR FIRST RECOGNITION IS THE RECOGNITION OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND AON ALIGHT AS WINNERS OF THE 2017 HERMES CREATIVE AWARD. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>> I AM PLEASED TO SHARE WITH YOU AN AWARD THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS EARNED AS A RESULT OF OUR HEALTH BENEFITS COMMUNICATION CAMPAIGN. IN THE LAST TWO YEARS, WE HAVE WORKED HARD TO INCREASE EMPLOYEE AWARENESS AND ENGAGEMENT IN ALL OF THE WELL-BEING INITIATIVES AVAILABLE TO HELP KEEP THEM IN GOOD PHYSICAL HEALTH, FINANCIAL HEALTH, EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL HEALTH. WORKING COLLABORATIVELY WITH AON AND ALIGHT DESIGN TEAM, THEY TOOK OUR IDEAS AND CONCEPTS AND DIRECTION, THEY DEVELOPED A LOT OF REALLY GREAT MARKETING MATERIALS. INCLUDING A WELL-BEING NEWSLETTER, INCLUDING A WELL-BEING LOG OH, INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS FOR OUR EMPLOYEES TO HELP THEM MAKE THE BEST CHOICES REGARDING THEIR MEDICAL AND PRESCRIPTION NEEDS. RECENTLY OUR DISTRICT RECEIVED THE PLATINUM HERMES CREATIVE AWARD. WE COMPETED WITH A VARIETY OF COMPANIES FROM ACROSS THE NATION, AND SOME OF THE OTHER WINNERS INCLUDE AFLECK, AARP, FIDELITY INVESTMENTS, AND PEPSICO. SO OUR DISTRICT HAS BEEN IN PRETTY GOOD COMPANY WHEN IT COMES TO WRITTENNING THIS AWARD. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE TEAM OF INDIVIDUALS WHO CONTINUE TO WORK HARD ON MARKETING ALL THE WELL-BEING INITIATIVES THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO OUR EMPLOYEES. WOULD YOU PLEASE STAND? WE HAVE WENDY SHERMAN, ASSOCIATE PARTNER IN COMMUNICATION WAS THE ALIGHT SOLUTION. JULIE, WITH GRAPHIC DESIGNER. ANGELA BURKE, AND LORI PENALLY WITH AON. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP, TEAM. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. OUR RECOGNITION IS OF TAMPA ELECTRIC COMPANY FOR PARTNERING WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, TO ADD ELECTRICITY TO ALL ELEMENTARY SITES, AND TREASURER OF ELEMENTARY SCIENCE TO COME FORWARD AND PRESENT THIS.  

>> THANK YOU. I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A GRADE 5 TECO ELECTRIC WHICH WAS A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT BETWEEN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND TAMPA ELECTRIC. WITH ME THIS EVENING ARE DOUG, MANAGER OF TECHNICAL TRAINING AND MARK, PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR, WHO WERE BOTH INSTRUMENTAL IN THIS PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION. STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT ELECTRICAL ENERGY AND SCIENCE TORT NEXT GENERATION SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS. ENGAGING STUDENTS IN EXPERIENCES ALLOWING THEM TO HAVE A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING THROUGH HANDS-ON INSTRUCTION AND CONNECTIONS WITH TECH. STUDENTS IN GRADE 5 MUST BE ABLE TO DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING OF ELECTRICAL ENERGY, HOW ENERGY CAN BE TRANSFORMED INTO ENERGY OF MOTION, CONDUCTORS, INSULATORS, ELECTRICITY REQUIRED FOR CLOSED CIRCUIT AND CONCEPTS FOR STATIC ELECTRICITY. WORKING WITH TAMPA ELECTRIC LEADERSHIP TEAM, FOSTERING TEACHERS IN THE ELEMENTARY SCIENCE DEPARTMENT, GRADE 5 NONCOUNSEL ASSUMABLE WERE DEVELOPED FOR EVERY GRADE 5 HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL CLASSROOM. THE KIT, MATERIALS FOR ALL STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM, TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENGAGE IN A VARIETY OF HANDS-ON EXPERIENCES TO HELP BUILD CONTENT UNDERSTANDING. THE KITS ALSO PROVIDED INSTRUCTIONAL CARDS DISPLAYED ON THE TABLE AND HAVE TEXT RELATED, AND QUESTIONS FOR STUDENTS TO APPLY THEIR LEARNING. REAL WORLD EXAMPLES AND PICTURES WERE ALSO INCLUDED TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY AROUND ELECTRICITY. THE ELECTRIC NUMBER ONE VALUE IS SAFETY. A FEW OF THE IMPORTANT MESSAGES WERE CALL 911 IF YOU SEE A DOWN POWER LINE AND STAY AWAY, WHICH I THINK IS PROBABLY VERY HANDY IN THE RECENT STORMS. DON'T FLY KITES AROUND POWER LINES. DON'T PLAY ON OR NEAR ELECTRICAL. ALSO LINKS TO EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS, PARENTS AND TEACHERS WERE INCLUDED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL KNOWLEDGE AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITY. THE ELECTRIC SPONSORED THE PURCHASE OF THE NONCONSUMABLE KIT TOTALING $51,806. THROUGH BUILDING CIRCUIT, EXPLORING STATIC ELECTRICITY AND LEARNING THE IMPORTANCE OF SAFETY STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO MAKE DEEPER CONNECTIONS TO SCIENCE CONTACT. I THANK TAMPA ELECTRIC. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Susan Valdes: I JUST WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THANK YOU PUBLICLY FOR THE COLLABORATION OVER THIS PAST HORRENDOUS WEEK THAT WE HAD IN TRYING TO RESTORE ALL OF THE POWER BACK, SO THE PARTNERSHIP IS AMAZING THAT YOU GUYS D.THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE PARTNERSHIP. AND I KNOW THAT WE ARE FAR MORE AHEAD FROM THE STORM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BECAUSE WE WERE ABLE TO START SCHOOL WITH NO PROBLEMS, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE IT.  

>> LET ME ALSO CONVEY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU, BECAUSE IT TRULY IS A PARTNERSHIP. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE FANTASTIC PARTNERSHIP WHERE EVERYBODY WINS, AND THAT RESTORATION EFFORT WAS TRULY THE RESULT OF THE PARTNERSHIP. WE CAN'T DO WHAT WE DO UNLESS ALL OF YOUR STAFF MEMBERS COMMUNICATE AND LET US KNOW WHERE WE NEED TO GO. SO THERE WAS A LOT OF BACK AND FORTH THAT ALLOWED US TO DO WELL. AND I WAS JUST TALKING TO SHAN. WHAT A DIFFERENCE A COUPLE DAYS COULD MAKE. WE ARE GLAD THAT YOU HAVE COMPLIMENTS AND NOT COMPLAINTS. THANK YOU. (LAUGHTER)  

>>Susan Valdes: AND ALSO THE KIDS ARE PHENOMENAL TO GIVE THE STUDENT THE OPPORTUNITY FOR APPLIED SCIENCE, AND GET TO SEE SOMETHING AT WORK. JUST PHENOMENAL. THANK YOU.  

>> AND LET ME POINT OUT, WE DON'T GET A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES TO SEE SUCH A TREMENDOUS WIN-WIN SITUATION WHERE EVERYBODY GETS TO GO AWAY SAYING, WOW, THAT WAS GREAT. SO SHANNON WAS SAYING, THIS IS INCREDIBLE. TECO IS WILLING TO DO THIS FOR US? AND WE ARE SAYING, OH, MY GOSH, YOU ARE WILLING TO LET US DO THIS? YOU DON'T SEE THAT VERY OFTEN AND THIS REALLY WAS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP THAT RESULTED IN A TRUE BENEFIT TO THE CHILDREN THAT YOU SERVE. SO WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO BE PART OF THAT. THANK YOU FOR LETTING US.  

>>Susan Valdes: AND NOT FOR NOTHING, BUT I KNOW THAT THESE ARE FOR OUR STUDENTS, BUT I'M SURE THAT WE CAN HELP GET YOU THE LINEMEN THAT YOU NEED, THE ELECTRICIANS THAT YOU NEED. ALL WE NEED TO DO IS -- WHERE IS SCOTT? HE'S OUTSIDE. WE HAVE TO GET SCOTT BROOKS AND MAKE IT HAPPEN BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE NOT GOING TO GO TO COLLEGE THE OF WAY WE TRADITIONALLY WANT THEM TO GO. AND IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO OBTAIN A TRADE THAT WILL LEAD INTO MUCH SUCCESS. AND AS EVIDENT AS THIS WAS THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, BOY, DO WE NEED IT. SO HE WOULD NEED TO BE ABLE TO FILL THAT WORKFORCE FOR YOU AS WELL. AND WHAT BETTER PLACE TO DO IT THAN YOUR VERY OWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS WHERE WE CAN JUST GET YOU WHAT YOU NEED AND STUDENTS PREPARED FOR LIFE AND LIVING OUR VISION AND MISSION. SO THANK YOU.  

>> HOPEFULLY THIS WILL RECRUIT SOME. THANK YOU.  

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

>>April Griffin: YOU TOOK THE WORDS RIGHT OUT OF MY MOUTH. WELL, GOOD, I'M GLAD WE ARE SAYING THESE WORDS. YOU AND I HAVE BEEN SAYING THOSE WORDS FOR A LONG, LONG TIME. I TWEETED DURING THE STORM THAT OUR POWER WAS BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE BY PEOPLE WHO WENT THROUGH THE TRADES, AND APPRENTICE PROGRAMS, AND WE COULD NOT HAVE THE POWER IN THIS STATE WITHOUT THEM. AND AS MRS. VALDES SAID, I THINK THERE EXISTS SOME WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITIES AS WE MOVE FORWARD. I THINK THAT PEOPLE WERE ENLIGHTENED AS TO HOW IMPORTANT PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND TAMPA ELECTRIC ARE TO OUR COMMUNITY. YOU ARE ALL TO BE COMMENDED BECAUSE I KNOW YOU DID SO WELL IN COMPARISON, ESPECIALLY, TO OTHER POWER COMPANIES THROUGHOUT THE STATE. BUT SOMEONE WHO DID HAVE A POWER LINE DOWN IN FRONT OF OUR HOUSE DURING THE STORM, IT WAS BACK UP VERY, VERY QUICKLY. SO FROM ME TO YOU PERSONALLY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BUT THERE IS ALSO THAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO GET MORE STUDENTS -- AND THIS IS BEAUTIFUL. I HOPE WE CAN MAYBE EXPAND ON THAT AND GET THEM INTERESTED IN LATER DATES. BUT THEN LET'S TALK, BECAUSE WE DEFINITELY HAVE STUDENTS WHO COULD GO ON TO SOME VERY, VERY SUCCESSFUL CAREERS WITH TECO IN THE FUTURE. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Cindy Stuart: DON'T GO AWAY. WE WANT TO GET A PICTURE REAL QUICK. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. BOARD MEMBERS, NEXT RECOGNITION IS TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF FAITH IN FLORIDA'S INFORMATION SESSIONS, LEADERSHIP TRAINING AND LEGAL SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFF AT THE JUST FULL SERVICE CENTER DISTRICT SITE. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, HONORABLE BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF. I'M HONORED TO BE STANDING BEFORE YOU ON BEHALF OF MY DIVISION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MRS. NANCY PELASIOS. I DO HAVE A COLD SO EXCUSE ME. FAITH IN FLORIDA. IT'S A PHENOMENON COMMUNITY ADVOCATE. A PRODUCT OF DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL, CLASS OF 2007. AND WE ARE HERE TONIGHT TO RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF PROVIDING AND EMPOWERING IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY THROUGH LEADERSHIP, AND OUTREACH. IT IS OUTREACH AND FAMILIES HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ELEVATE THEIR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THEIR ROLE AS COMMUNITY LEADERS AND CITIZENS. COMMITTED TO FACILITATING INFORMATION SESSIONS REGARDING DAHKA, KNOW YOUR RIGHTS TRAINING, CLEANICS AND LEADERSHIP TRAINING TO EMPOWER NOT ONLY DISTRICT STUDENTS AND FAMILIES, BUT CAPACITY WITH OUR STAFF AS WELL. SO WE ARE VERY PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THIS PARTNERSHIP, AND WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO BUILDING THE NETWORK FOR ADVOCACY FOR OUR STUDENTS. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 69 OUR NEXT RECOGNITION IS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS RECEIVING THE HEALTHY SCHOOL DISTRICT GOLD LEVEL AWARD. WELCOME, DR. MARIA RUSS.  

>> GOOD EVENING, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. THANK YOU FOR ENCOURAGING, SUPPORTING AND APPROVING OUR EFFORTS TO ACHIEVE THE FLORIDA HEALTHY DISTRICT GOLD AWARD.  THIS AWARD SIGNIFIES FOR THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR THAT WE COMBINE THE RIGHT EXPERTS WITH OUR SCHOOL, DISTRICT, COMMUNITY PARTNERS, AND TO ACHIEVE IF HIGHEST STANDARD AND INFRASTRUCTURE, POLICIES, PROGRAMS AND PRACTICES IDENTIFIED FROM NATIONAL AND STATE LIED GINES. BEST PRACTICES AND FLORIDA LAW IN THE AREAS OF HEALTH SERVICES, PHYSICAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION, SCHOOL AND EMOTIONAL COUNSELING, PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, NUTRITION, PARENT, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT, AND EMPLOYEE WELLNESS. BECAUSE OF THE HELP OF ANGELA ACTENBERRY, STEVE VAN OR, MARSHAL CORN, DR. TRACY SHOTSBERG, MICHAEL MILLETT, VALLEJO, PHILIP FRANCIS, HEATHER, SEAN, STEVE, KAREN, GLENN, NANCY, AND I CAN GO ON PROBABLY FOR ANOTHER HOUR. BUT BECAUSE OF THEIR ASSISTANCE WE WERE ABLE TO RECEIVE THE HIGHEST SCORE EVER AWARDED FOR HEALTHY DISTRICT AWARD. SO I'M VERY PROUD BECAUSE REALLY WITHOUT YOU ALL, HONESTLY, AND THE PUSH OF OUR SUPERINTENDENT, WE WOULD NOT HAVE RECEIVED THIS AWARD. SO BECAUSE YOU ALL HAVE TO APPROVE THE POLICY, THE PROTOCOLS AND STANDARDS, OUR STAFF AND EVERYTHING. SO THANK YOU, THANK YOU. AND I'M ALSO VERY FORTUNATE THAT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER LYNN GRAY TRAINED OTHERS TO BE PART OF THE TEAM AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL TO CONTINUE THIS, AND WITH THAT I AM GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO JOE DAVID.  

>> DR. RUS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND BOARD MEMBERS, THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO BE HERE TODAY. AGAIN, I'M JOE DAVIS, THE CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER FOR FLORIDA HEALTHY KIDS. SO I COME FROM TALLAHASSEE TO BRING GOOD NEWS, AND TO BE ABLE TO SHARE IN A LITTLE BIT OF THE EXCITEMENT THAT COMES WITH THIS DESIGNATION. AND SO I'M HONORED TO BE A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE FLORIDA COORDINATING SCHOOL HEALTH PARTNERSHIP, WHICH IS A GRASSROOTS ORGANIZATION OF ESSENTIALLY GROUPS THAT ARE PRIORITIZING EFFORTS IN HELPING SCHOOL DISTRICTS EXCEL IN HEALTH AND WELLNESS, AND TO BE ABLE TO CHAMPION THOSE EFFORTS PERMEATING THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT WHICH YOU JUST HEARD DR. RUS SAY, THIS TAKES A VILLAGE, HEALTH AND WELLNESS IS SOMETHING THAT TAKES A LOT OF PEOPLE AND HAVE A LOT OF HANDS THAT ARE PART OF IT. BUT THIS AWARD HAS PRIMARY SPONSORS OF THE FLORIDA ASSOCIATION OF DISTRICT SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS, IT HAS, FROM FLORIDA ACTION FOR HEALTHY KIDS, I CAN'T FORGET THAT, I'M THE CHAIR OF THE COMMUNICATE DEPARTMENT OF AND ALSO FROM FLORIDA KID CARE AND FLORIDA HEALTHY KIDS. AND SO COLLECTIVELY, AS MAJOR SPONSORS, WE HAVE GOTTEN TOGETHER TO BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE DISTRICTS IN THEIR EFFORTS, AND WHAT I AM HERE TO DO TODAY IS TO ALLOWED YOU, YOUR STAFF, YOUR TEAM, AND DECISIONS YOU HAVE MADE AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL ESSENTIALLY TO FOSTER GREATER HEALTH AND WELLNESS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT. SO IN 2009, THE SELF-ASSESSMENT PROCESS WAS STARTED TO FIND OUT AND DETERMINE WHAT HEALTHY DISTRICTS WERE. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WAS IN ON THAT FIRST YEAR IN 2009, AND I WENT THROUGH THE SELF-ASSESSMENT PROCESS AND WAS DESIGNATE ADD SILVER LEVEL HEALTHY SCHOOL DISTRICT. THEN A LITTLE BIT OF TIME WENT BY, AND THROUGH THE EFFORTS AND ENCOURAGEMENT OF A LOT OF MEMBERS THAT ON THIS BOARD HERE, AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS AROUND THE STATE, THE DISTRICT HAS REAPPLIED AND GONE THROUGH THAT EXHAUSTIVE SELF-ASSESSMENT PROCESS THAT HAS BROUGHT US TO THE POINT THIS YEAR THAT YOU ARE INDEED A GOLD-LEVEL DISTRICT. AND SO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY -- A LITTLE BIT OF APPLAUSE FOR THAT. [ APPLAUSE ] SO THERE ARE 13 GOLD LEVEL HEALTHY DISTRICTS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. THERE ARE 17 SILVER. AND THERE ARE 14 BRONZE LEVEL DISTRICT. AND SO IT'S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT YOU ARE AT THE TOP OF THAT LIST OF THE 45 DISTRICTS THAT HAVE APPLIED AND GONE THROUGH THE SELF-ASSESSMENT PROCESS, WHICH IS WONDERFUL. BUT THERE'S A LITTLE BIT MORE GOOD NEWS, AND THAT'S FACT THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THIS YEAR IS THE HIGHEST SCORING DISTRICT THAT WE HAVE EVER HAD THAT HAS GONE THROUGH THIS PROCESS. AND SO AGAIN -- [ APPLAUSE ] AND DR. RUS MENTIONED A COUPLE OF THOSE ELEMENTS. BUT REALLY THE DISTRICT HAS GONE ABOVE AND BEYOND IN EMBRACING STRATEGIES AND ESTABLISHING RELATIONSHIPS SUCH AS THOSE WITH THE FAMILY HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION IN WHICH MY COLLEAGUE MELANIE HALL IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ESSENTIALLY TO REDUCE STUDENT BARRIERS, TO FOSTER HEALTH AND WELLNESS POLICIES THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT THAT ARE GOING TO ULTIMATELY RESULT IN ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE AND THE STUDENTS THAT ARE GOING THROUGH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. AND SO AS SHE MENTIONED, THERE ARE 8 CATEGORIES AS PART OF THE SELF-ASSESSMENT PROCESS. 8 EXHAUSTING CATEGORIES TO BE ABLE TO HERD ALL OF THESE CATS AND BRING THEM ALL TOGETHER TO BE PART OF THIS. BUT IT IS REALLY NOTABLE THAT THIS DISTRICT SCORED A 96% IN HEALTH EDUCATION, WHICH WAS UP 17 POINTS FROM YOUR INITIAL RUN IN 2009. 92% IN HEALTH SERVICES, UP 18% IN 2009. AND INCREDIBLY THE DISTRICT SCORED 100% -- I AM GOING TO ALLOW THESE PRESENTATIONS AT SCHOOL BOARDS AROUND THIS STATE, I HAVE NOT SEEN THIS EVER. THE DISTRICT SCORED 1 LAWN% IN FOUR OF THE 8 CATEGORIES. AND SO THIS IS EXCITING NEWS. SO PHYSICAL EDUCATION, COUNSELING, PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL SERVICES, HEALTHY SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT AND MOST IMPORTANTLY STAFF WELLNESS. IN 2009, THE STAFF WELLNESS CATEGORY FOR THE DISTRICT WAS AT 53%. YOU ARE NOW AT 100%. IT SHOWS THAT THE DISTRICT HAS PUT A PREMIUM ON MAKING SURE THAT YOUR TEACHERS, YOUR STAFF AND YOUR EMPLOYEES COLLECTIVELY ALL FEEL GRADE ABOUT COMING TO WORK EVERY DAY, ENCOURAGED TO BE HEALTHY, AND THAT TRANSLATES TO STUDENTS LEARNING AT HIGHER RATES. AND SO I APPLAUD YOU FOR THAT. THE COORDINATED SCHOOL HEALTHY PARTNERSHIP IS ONE THAT WE WANT TO CONTINUE TO BE INVOLVED PROVIDING AND PROMOTING YOUR GOOD WORK, PROVIDING RESOURCES, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, AND ADVOCACY, AS YOU MAINTAIN YOUR GOLD LEVEL STATUS, AND PERSONALLY, I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO CONSIDER AS A DISTRICT BEING A MENTOR, BEING AVAILABLE AS A MENTOR TO OTHER DISTRICTS THAT ARE EITHER AT THE BRONZE OR SILVER DESIGNATION, OR THOSE THAT ARE FEARFUL ABOUT GETTING INTO THIS PROCESS AND GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE THEY CAN BE RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR HEALTH AND WELLNESS. SO CONGRATULATIONS ON THAT. BUT IN THE SPIRIT OF RECOGNITION, I HAVE A COUPLE OTHER QUICK THINGS THAT I WANT TO MENTION. AND THAT'S ONE, I WANT TO CONGRATULATE NEW BOARD MEMBER LYNN GRAY. THANK YOU FOR COMING TO THE COORDINATING SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP MEETING IN TALLAHASSEE. SHE WAS A VERY ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN THIS MEETING THAT HAS ALL WALKS OF LIFE OF INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PART OF THE HEALTH AND WELLNESS, THE COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS, THE HEALTH ORGANIZATION, ALL OF IT TOGETHER IN ONE ROOM. AND THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY, FOR COMING TO BE A PART OF THAT. AND THANKS TO APRIL GRIFFIN. AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER IN LENDING YOUR LEADERSHIP TO THE FAMILY HEALTH FOUNDATION. AND ESSENTIALLY, REALLY CREATING SOME GROUNDWORK TO BE ABLE TO PROMOTE FLORIDA KID CARE IN LOWERING THE UNINSURED RATES. AND SO FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE MEMBERS HERE, FLORIDA HAS DONE A REALLY GOOD JOB OF LOWERING THE UNINSURED RATES AMONG CHILDREN OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS. WE ARE DOWN TO UNDER 300,000 TOTAL KIDS THROUGHOUT THE STATE. WE STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GOVERNMENT OUR STATE RATE THIS YEAR IS GOING TO BE 6.2% UNINSURED RATE ACROSS THE STATE. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS THERE NOW. AND SO YOU HAVE A CHANCE WITH YOUR POLICIES AND YOUR SUPPORT OF ORGANIZATIONS LIKE THE FAMILY HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION AND OTHER GROUPS THAT ARE OUT THERE PROMOTING FLORIDA KID CARE TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE THAT UNINSURED RATE DOWN EVEN FURTHER. AND LASTLY, I MENTIONED SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS EARLIER THAT FLORIDA HEALTHY KIDS IS DEVELOPING A PRINCIPAL TOOLKIT WHICH IS A ROAD MAP FOR PRINCIPALS TO BE ABLE TO PROMOTE KID CARE AND HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN THEIR SCHOOLS AND WE HOPE THAT THE DISTRICT WILL BE VERY SUPPORTIVE IN MAKING SURE ALL OF YOUR PRINCIPALS HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THE ROAD MAP, LOOK AT THE TOOLS WITHIN IT AND CREATE THAT AND FOST THEORY HEALTH AND WELLNESS WITHIN THEIR SCHOOLS. SO LASTLY, I'LL JUST SAY THAT I HAVE A FLAG THAT I WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT, A GOLD LEVEL FLAG. IT WOULD LOOK GREAT ON ONE OF THE WALLS HERE FOR YOU TO BE VERY PROUD OF. AND I ALSO HAVE APOLLO SHIRT FOR SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS TO WEAR AT THE NEXT SUPERINTENDENT MEETING TO BE ABLE TO BRAG AS THE LEADER OF ALL THE DISTRICTS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> MRS. GRIFFIN, THIS IS KIND OF YOUR BABY. SO IF YOU WOULD HEAD DOWN THERE. MRS. GRAY.  

>> MRS. GRAY?  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WE HAVE EXCELLENT LEADERSHIP, VIGOROUS LEADERSHIP, ATHLETICALLY AND, LET'S JUST SAY, LOOKING FOR A HEALTHY CULTURE. SO IT WAS PRETTY EASY TO PULL THIS OFF. AND DR. ROSS AND MR. DAVIS, THANK YOU SO MUCH. DR. ROSS GIVES HERSELF VERY LITTLE CREDIT BUT SHE ACTUALLY DID MOST OF THE WORK. THAT IS FOR SURE. BUT THE INGREDIENTS, WHAT MAKES A HEALTHY HIGH-ACHIEVING STUDENT? I'M NOT A CACK, BUT I'LL TELL YOU THE INGREDIENTS. I CAME UP WITH THIS, AND THE RATIOS COULD BE ARGUMENT, BUT ANYWAY THIS IS WHAT I THINK. ONE HOUR PHYSICAL EXERCISE. SIX TO EIGHT HOURS OF ACADEMIC AND/OR VOCATIONAL STUDY. SPRINKLE IN AS NEEDED EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL SUPPORTS. BEGIN AT PREK AND LET IT LAST UNTIL GRADUATION. AND THERE YOU HAVE IT, A HEY, SUCCESSFUL, HIGH-PERFORMING STUDENT WHO IS NOT ONLY HEALTHY BUT EMOTIONALLY AND SOCIALLY HAPPY. AND I THINK THAT IS THE CORE OF WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO. MOVING FORWARD, AND DR., YOU ARE A PART OF THIS. WE HAVE TWO INITIATIVES. FIRST ONE, WE HAVE THE HILLSBOROUGH HEALTHY SCHOOLS, VAN, ALSO YOU ARE INVOLVED IN THIS. SO WE HAVE AN ASSESSMENT FOR EACH PRINCIPAL THAT WILL BE LAUNCHED SO THAT EACH SCHOOL HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW OFF THEIR HEALTHY WARES, IF YOU WILL. AND SECONDLY, WE HAVE THE 90-20, 5-K GASPARILLA THAT WE ARE ASPIRING TO AND THAT'S WHERE THE STAFF AND SCHOOL COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER AND THE GASPARILLA 5-K AND TRAINS, AND SOME OF THE BOARD MEMBERS, I KNOW LAST YEAR, AND I KNOW THEY WANT TO DO IT AGAIN THIS YEAR. SO AT ANY RATE, WE HAVE SOME GREAT INITIATIVES. DR. ROSS, I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH, AND THE LEADERSHIP ON THIS PARTICULAR SCHOOL DISTRICT IS EXEMPLARY. AND THEY ACTUALLY WALK THE WALK VERSUS JUST TALK THE TALK. THANK YOU.  

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

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. THIS IS REALLY EXCITING. AND I DON'T KNOW HOW WE GO UP FROM HERE. BUT I HAVE SOME IDEAS. WE ARE WORKING DILIGENTLY TO ENROLL STUDENTS IN THE FLORIDA KID CARE PROGRAM TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF OUR KIDS, THE GOAL THAT I HAVE IS 100% OF OUR STUDENTS WILL BE COVERED BY SOME INSURANCE BEFORE I LEAVE THIS SCHOOL BOARD. BUT WE ALSO HAVE SOME OTHER WONDERFUL PARTNERSHIPS THROUGHOUT THIS COMMUNITY. WHEN WE LOOK AT THE PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE, WE REALLY DO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND WHEN IT COMES TO OUR STUDENTS' WELL-BEING BECAUSE WE ARE NOT MAKING ONLY DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THEM ACADEMICALLY BUT WHAT'S RIGHT FOR THEM WHERE THEIR HEALTH IS CONCERNED BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT DATA EXISTS AND RESEARCH EXISTS WHO KNOW THAT STUDENTS WHO ARE HEALTHY ARE BETTER LEARNERS AND WE CANNOT LOSE SIGHT OF THAT AS WE MOVE FORWARD. SO KEEPING IN MIND NOT JUST THE A-B-Cs AND 1, 2-3s BUT ALL OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT GO INTO MAKING A PERSON A HEALTHY HUMAN BEING, THEY ARE READY TO LEARN WHEN OUR TEACHERS ARE IN FRONT OF THEM. YOU WANT TO COMMEND TO YOU, MR. PRESIDENT MR. SUPERINTENDENT, BECAUSE I HAVE SEEN SEVERAL INITIATIVES TAKING PLACE OVER THE YEARS THAT HAVE MOVED US IN THIS DIRECTION. AND MRS. GRAY, THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZING AND MOVING PEOPLE FOR APPLYING FOR THIS AND DOING ALL OF THAT HARD WORK THAT WAS PUT IN, THE STAFF THAT WENT THROUGH THE PROCESS. I KNOW THAT IT WAS A VERY RIGOROUS PROCESS, BUT I'M VERY PROUD OF OUR DISTRICT. AND LIKE I SAID, I THINK THAT WE HAVE DONE SOME AMAZING THINGS BUT I AM ALWAYS ONE WHO IS STRIVING FOR ME. SO THERE'S MORE THAT WE CAN DO. I KNOW WITH THE PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE HAVE, THEY ARE ALL WILLING TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE BECAUSE THEIR GOAL IS THE SAME AS OURS TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR KIDS ARE HEALTHY. AND OUR STAFF, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT'S PART OF WHAT THIS IS ABOUT. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN. BOARD MEMBERS, OUR NEXT RECOGNITION IS THE RECOGNITION MUCH COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS AND SUPPORT FOR EDUCATION PREVENTION INTERVENTION CENTERS, NORTH TAMPA, BRANDON, PRESENTED BY EDUCATIONAL ACCESS AND OPPORTUNITY. POLICE WINNIE TYE FOR ACCESS AND ALTERNATIVES.  

>> GOOD EVENING, MRS. STUART, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF. IT'S WITH GREAT PRIDE AND PLEASURE THE DIVISION OF EDUCATIONAL ACCESS OPPORTUNITY AND ALTERNATIVES TO RECOGNIZE SOME OF OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR THEIR UNWAVERING SUPPORT OF OUR EPIC CENTERS AND SOME OF OUR PROJECT PROMISE PROGRAMS. THEIR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS OF TIME, FUNDS AND SERVICES HAS GREATLY CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS THAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING, IN OUR ALTERNATIVE LEARNING SITES. THESE INDIVIDUAL AND THEIR COMPANIES ARE COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING STUDENTS WHO ARE STRUGGLE WITH BEHAVIOR AND SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL WELLNESS. THEIR EFFORTS PROVIDED MUCH NEEDED RECOGNITION TO THESE STUDENTS FOR THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AS WELL AS SOME CELEBRATIONS AND DEDICATED FACULTIES AROUND THE EPIC SITE. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE AND CALL TO THE PODIUM JULIUS, THE SUPERVISOR FOR EPIC. AND I BELIEVE OUR PRINCIPAL AT NORTH THE EPIC 3, MR. McBODY IS ALSO IN THE AUDIENCE. AND TO OUR PARTNERS, AS SHE ANNOUNCES YOUR NAME AND YOUR COMPANY, WOULD YOU PLEASE COME TO THE FRONT OF THE AUDITORIUM SO WE CAN RECOGNIZE YOU, AND THEN ASK THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE CHAIRWOMAN MRS. STUART TO COME DOWN FOR A PICTURE AT THE END. WE WOULD APPRECIATE THAT.  

>> GOOD EVENING. AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO CALL RANDY CON DAN FROM KAISER UNIVERSITY TAMPA FOR ALLOWING US TO USE THEIR FACILITY FOR MULTIPLE TRAINING EVENTS AND PROVIDING FOOD THROUGHOUT THE DAY. ROSIE PAULSON. [ APPLAUSE ] ORGANIC CAFE, A LOCAL FAMILY RUN BUSINESS FOR DONATING FOOD AND BEVERAGE HELD AS KAISER UNIVERSITY, ROSIE'S PARENTS ACCOMPANIED HER TONIGHT AND WILL JOIN HER AT THE PODIUM. [ APPLAUSE ] MISSY, THUNDERBIRD RESORT FOR THE DONATION OF SEVERAL TWO-NIGHT STAYS FOR FACULTY RAFFLES CHRISTIAN FROM THE DOUBLETREE BY HILTON TAMPA AIRPORT WESTSHORE FOR THE DONATION OF SEVERAL TWO-NIGHT STAYS FOR FACULTY RAFFLES. JOHN WILKINSON, CHARLIE'S STEAKHOUSE FOR THE DONATION OF SEVERAL GIFT CARDS FOR FACULTY RAFFLES. CHARLOTTE CLOCK, AMERICAN MOMENTUM BANK, FOR ELL, MIGRANT AND FIELD TRIP FOR THE SOUTH COUNTY NEW TEACHER BREAKFAST AND FOR THE BEAUTIFICATION R BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT AT EISENHOWER MIDDLE SCHOOL. VANESSA MORGAN REPRESENTING SUE LUTHER FOR SPONSORSHIP FOR SHIELDS MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR ELL, MIGRANT FIELD TRIP AND KIDS 2 COLLEGE AND ST. PETE FIELD TRIP. LEO D. GOMEZ AND CHRISTINA SANCHEZ, GOMEZ LAW, SPONSORSHIP AT SHIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR ELL, MIGRANT FILLED TRIP AND KIDS 2 COLLEGE AND ST. PETE FIELD TRIP. FRANK MARSALISI LAW, THEIR DO DONATION FOR EPIC EVENTS AND SPONSORSHIP OF FIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL ELL, MIGRANT FIELD TRIP. AND LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, BOB CONIGLIARO, CASPERS COMPANY, EPIC 3 LOCATIONS GIFT CARDS, SPECIAL EVENTS, FOOD DONATIONS AND FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE EPIC CAREER DAYS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: ITEM NUMBER 6 HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN. WE WILL MOVE TO 07. RECOGNITION OF THE WORKPLACE COMPETITION REWARDS RECIPIENTS. THE FOLLOWING INDUSTRIES WILL BE CALLED.  

>> CAREER AND TECHNICAL SUPERVISORS WILL RECOGNIZE STUDENTS TONIGHT THAT REPRESENTED OUR DISTRICT AT VARIOUS CAREER AND STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS ORGANIZATION COMPETITIONS AS WELL AS OUTSIDE COMPETITION. I WOULD LIKE TO BEGIN WITH TWO STUDENTS THAT COMPETED IN THE FLORIDA BUSINESS LEADERS OF AMERICA NATIONAL CONFERENCE OVER THE SUMMER IN ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA. FROM STRAWBERRY CREST, IN FINISHING FOURTH IN THE NATION AND OUR NEXT STUDENT PLACED FIRST IN THE NATION IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP. THEY ARE SUPPORTED BY THEIR ADVISER.  

>> NEXT WE HAVE TWO TEAMS THAT PARTICIPATED IN THE SOLAR ENERGY WITH EXPO JUNIOR SPRINT COMPETITION. FROM McCLAIN MIDDLE SCHOOL WINNING FIRST PLACE IN THE ORANGE DIVISION FOR SOLAR MODEL CAR DESIGN, AND THE CAR WAS SO GOOD AND WAS SO GREAT THEY ALSO WON THE RACE. KAYLA ALSO FIRST IN SOLAR CAR DESIGN, FIRST IN INNOVATION AND SECOND IN THE SOLAR CAR RACE IN THE GREN DIVISION, WE HAVE SAMANTHA LORI AND JAYLIN ROBINSON. THEY ARE SUPPORTED TONIGHT BY THEIR TEACHER MR. MICHAEL WILSON. I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT THESE ARE ALL LADIES. SO WOMEN, WE CAN DO IT. SO CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> MR. WILKINS. WHILE THEY ARE TAKING THE PICTURES, THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO POINT OUT IS HERE WE HAVE GIRLS IN STEAM, AND MR. WILSON, CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE LAST 13 YEARS, YOU HAVE COME UP HERE AND BROUGHT US AWARD-WINNING TEAMS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN. CONTINUE DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING. I HOPE YOU ARE MENTORING OTHERS OUT THERE. YES, AND GIRL POWER.  

>> NEXT WE HAVE PAM WELDEN.  

>> IT IS MY PLEASURE TO RECOGNIZE FIRST FAIRING TON FFA CHAPTER. THIS IS A NEW CONTEST, TWO YEARS IN THE MAKING.  THIS YEAR WAS THE FIRST YEAR THAT MIDDLE SCHOOLS WERE ALLOWED TO COME PETITION IN IT. IT'S CALLED CONDUCTING A CHAPTER MEETING AND WE, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, HAD THE WINNING CHAPTER IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND THEY ARE GOING TO NASHVILLE IN THE WITNESSR TO COMPETE. SO BEARING TON HAD DAVID BARREL, WILL HACKS TON, CARTER HOWELL, DARRIN McANENY, AND THEIR ADVISER IS BRITTLY COLEMAN. IS YOUR PRINCIPAL HERE? IS SHE HERE? I THOUGHT I SAW HER EARLIER. MAYBE NOT. WE ARE GOING TO ASK A COUPLE OF THEM TO STAY UP HERE BECAUSE THEY WERE ON THE STATE ORNAMENTAL DEMONSTRATING TEAM IN THE MARKETING DIVISION. AND THAT WAS WILL HACKSTON AND CARTER HOWELL. THEY WON AT STATE LAST YEAR. [ APPLAUSE ] COLEMAN WAS THEIR ADVISER FOR THAT AS WELL. SHE LOST A GOOD BIT OF HER TEAM BECAUSE THEY HAVE MOVED TO HIGH SCHOOL NOW. BUT THEY ARE WORKING -- LOOKING FORWARD TO GOING TO NATIONALS. THEN SHE HAD A STATE-WINNING VEGETABLE EVALUATION TEAM. AND THAT CONSISTED OF DAVID FARRELL, ALEXIS SWANTACK, KAYLA SWANTEX AND ELLIE WARRING. IN ADDITION, MRS. COLEMAN, WHEN YOU GET YOUR CERTIFICATES, IN ADDITION TO EVERYTHING THAT THE KIDS DID, BEARING TON WAS NAMED -- BARRINGTON WAS NAMED A 3 STAR NATIONAL GOLD CHAPTER. THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN VERY OFTEN. WE SPEND FROM -- SEND FROM THE STATE 32 APPLICATIONS, UP TO NATIONAL. AND THEY JUST THEM, GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE. AND THERE'S NOT VERY MANY GOLD. AND BARRINGTON IS ONE OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS THAT WAS JUDGED AS A GOLD STAR. THREE-STAR GOLD CHAPTER. AND THREE-STAR, I THINK, IS THE HIGHEST THAT YOU CAN BE JUDGED. AND IT'S BASED ON STRENGTHENING AGRICULTURE, BUILDING COMMUNITY, AND GROWING LEADERS. IT TAKES A LOT OF WORK. A LOT OF PAPERWORK. [ APPLAUSE ] STAY HERE BECAUSE WE ARE NOT DONE. THEY ARE ALSO A NATIONAL FINALIST, AND THE ONLY MIDDLE SCHOOL IN THIS AREA, IN THE NATION, TO QUALIFY IN THE STRENGTHENING AGRICULTURE AREA IN THAT NATIONAL CHAPTER FINALIST AWARD AREA. SO THEY WILL FIND OUT AFTER THEY GO THROUGH A RIGOROUS INTERVIEW PROCESS AT NATIONAL CONVENTION AT THE END OF OCTOBER WHEN WE GO TO INDIANAPOLIS. SO THEY ARE A FINALIST IN THAT AND THEY ARE THE ONLY MIDDLE SCHOOL AGAINST THREE HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE NATION. [ APPLAUSE ] STAY THERE. IN ADDITION, MS. COLEMAN IS OUR NATIONAL AGRICULTURE ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS TEACHER AWARD RECIPIENT. SHE'S IN HER THIRD YEAR OF TEACHING. AND SHE WILL GO TO NASHVILLE IN DECEMBER TO FIND OUT IF SHE IS THE NATIONAL AWARD WINNER. SHE IS THE SOUTHEAST REGIONAL AWARD RECIPIENT. SO FOR ALL THE SOUTHEAST STATES, SHE IS OUR WINNER. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Susan Valdes: YOU KNOW, MR. GLENN BARRINGTON, WHO WAS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER WHOSE SEAT I WAS HONORED TO BE VOTED INTO, WAS VACATED UPON HIS RETIREMENT. AND I KNOW THAT IF HE WERE HERE TODAY, HE WOULD BE SO PROUD OF THE STUDENTS OF HIS NAMESAKE, BECAUSE THOSE WERE ALL THE VALUES THAT MR. BARRINGTON HAD. SO HIS LEGACY IS DEFINITELY LIVING ON AT BARRINGTON. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>> OUR NEXT RECIPIENT IS MADISON SMITH. SHE IS OUR STATE WINNING CREED SPEAKER. AND SHE WAS ACTUALLY A STUDENT AT BARRINGTON. SHE IS NOW AT DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL. MR. STURGES IS HER ADVISER THERE. SHE WILL COMPETE AT NATIONAL CONVENTION IN OCTOBER. AND WE HOPE SHE'S GOING TO BRING HOME THE TROPHY THERE. SHE GOES THROUGH A RIGOROUS COMPETITION THERE. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT MRS. COLEMAN CAME THROUGH DURANTE HIGH SCHOOL AS A STUDENT. KIND OF PAYBACK. LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL, ESTRELLA QUIRINO IS A PROFICIENCY AWARD WINNER IN THE GOLD RANKING AT NATIONAL. IN DIVERSIFIED HORTICULTURE. AND WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THAT. HER ADVISER IS HERE, MRS. KAYLA MARSH. AND WHILE SHE'S UP HERE, I AM GOING TO GO AHEAD AND TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT BECAUSE HE IS TREMENDOUSLY IS GOING TO NATIONAL COP -- ESTRELLA IS GOING TO NATIONAL CONVENTION WITH US, A TWO-STAR. SO WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THEM GOING TO NATIONAL CONVENTION WITH US TO BE RECOGNIZED. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I SAW DR. LENNARD AT OUR AG TEACHER DINNER LAST WEEK AND WE ACTUALLY TALKED ABOUT THAT. HE'S VERY PROUD OF HIS LEGACY THERE AS WELL. TURKEY CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL. AUSTIN HOLCOMB. THIS YOUNG MAN CONTINUES HIS LEGACY. HE IS GOING TO NATIONAL CONVENTION TO COMPETE IN THE FFA AGRI SCIENCE FAIR AS A NATIONAL FINALIST IN ANIMAL SCIENCE. HE'S OUR DAIRY SHOWMAN. BUT HE'S GOING UP THERE TO COMPETE IN THE ANIMAL SCIENCE. AND WE HOPE HE'S GOING TO DO VERY WELL THERE. HIS ADVISORS ARE MR. COLEMAN AND MS. SPARKMAN. [ APPLAUSE ] TURKEY CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL AND THEIR PRINCIPAL IS HERE. AND THESE TWO TEACHERS FILLED OUT AN APPLICATION WITH THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AG EDUCATORS, AND THEY WERE ELECTED AS THE SOUTHEAST REGION SECONDARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL OUTSTANDING SCHOOL. SO THEY WILL FIND OUT IN DECEMBER IN NASHVILLE IF THEY ARE OUR NATIONAL WINNING OUTSTANDING SECONDARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL. SO WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THAT. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> SHE GETS MARRIED IN 17 DAYS. SHE'S ON THE COUNTDOWN. MR. COLE M.A.P., STAY THERE.  IN CASE YOU RECOGNIZE THE NAME, IT'S A FATHER-DAUGHTER COMPETITION GOING ON THERE. MR. COLEMAN IS OUR NATIONAL AGRICULTURE ASSOCIATION EDUCATOR OUTSTANDING AGRICULTURE TEACHER FOR THIS REGION. SO WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. AND HE'S ALSO -- BOTH OF THEM ARE ALSO ON THE BOARD FOR FLORIDA. PUT MY OTHER HAT ON NOW. OKAY. I AM GOING TO BRING UP CADET MALLORY --  

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS WANT TO COMMENT.  

>> BEFORE YOU MOVE ONTO YOUR OTHER HAT. I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT IT'S VERY EVIDENT THAT AGRICULTURE EDUCATION IS ALIVE AND WELL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND WE ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR STUDENTS. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE STATE FFS CONVENTION IN ORLANDO, AND LET ME TELL YOU, THESE STUDENTS WILL BLOW YOUR MIND. THAT PRODUCTION WAS AN AMAZING SHOW OF EXPERTISE AND LEADERSHIP IN OUR AGRICULTURAL AREA OF STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, AND I KNOW -- I DON'T KNOW THAT WE HAD MENTIONED AT THIS FORUM, BUT ARIE FRY FROM PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL WAS ELECTED TO BE A STATE VICE PRESIDENT FOR FFS AND WE ARE VERY PROUD TO HAVE SOMEONE FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY REPRESENT US IN LEADERSHIP AS WELL FOR FFA IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU, YOUR STUDENTS. THANK YOU.  

>> AND HE'S DOING AN AWESOME JOB AS A LEADER IN OUR STATE AND I WOULD INVITE ANY OF YOU THAT WISH TO COME TO STATE CONVENTION, LET ME KNOW IN JUNE, AND I'LL GET YOU AN INVITATION AND WE'LL GET YOU IN. AND YOU CAN SEE 15,000 FFA MEMBERS FROM ACROSS THE STATE. AND IT WILL TRULY BLOW YOUR MIND. STRAWBERRY CREST, I DON'T KNOW IF MR. BROWN IS CONSTITUTIONAL HERE, BUT ALWAYS VOLUNTEERS TO DO THE OPENING SESSION COLOR GUARD FOR ME. THEY ALWAYS COME OVER AND BE THE COLOR GUARD. SO WE WOULD INVITE YOU TO COME. AM I OKAY NOW? OKAY. ALL RIGHT. CADET MALLORY HIRN, STEP FORWARD, PLEASE. I WANT TO TELL BUT THIS YOUNG LADY. FOR HER OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, CADET MALLORY HIRN FROM NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVED THE LEGION OF VALOR AWARD. ONLY TWO CADETS IN FLORIDA HAVE RECEIVED THIS AWARD, WHICH IS PRESENTED ON ONE INDIVIDUAL OUT OF 4,000 CADETS. SHE WILL ADD THIS VERY IMPRESSIVE AWARD TO THE PRESTIGIOUS NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF LEADERSHIP AWARD THAT SHE ALSO RECEIVED THIS YEAR. AND SHE WAS SELECTED TO BE THE BATTALION COMMANDER FOR THE NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL JROTC PROGRAM FOR THE 17-18 SCHOOL YEAR. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THIS YOUNG LADY. [ APPLAUSE ] NOW, THE REGULATION FROM CADET COMMAND STATE THAT THAT HAS TO BE PRESENTED BY A LEGION OF VALOR AWARD WINNER. SO SHE WILL ACTUALLY GET THAT AWARD AT A LATER DATE FROM A LEGION OF VALOR AWARD. HE WAS GOING TO BE HERE TONIGHT AND ENDED UP IN THE HOSPITAL. BUT HER PRINCIPAL AND HER SENIOR OFFICER MS. BOLDUC ARE BOTH HERE WITH HER. SUPERINTENDENT, WOULD YOU COME DOWN AND TAKE A PICTURE WITH HER, PLEASE? NOW, LIEUTENANT COLONEL BOLDUC FROM NEWSOME WAS SELECTED AS MORE THAN 1700 ARMY JROTC PROGRAMS FOR ALL OF CADET COMMAND. HE WAS SELECTED FROM AMONG 4,000 JROTC INSTRUCTORS FROM PROGRAMS IN ALL 50 STATES AND COUNTRIES SUCH AS GERMANY, JAPAN, ITALY, AND KOREA, AS THE BEST ARMY JROTC INSTRUCTOR FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR OF 16-17. [ APPLAUSE ] OKAY.  

>>Cindy Stuart: HOLD ON A SECOND.  

>>Melissa Snively: I JUST WANTED TO SAY SEMI CONGRATULATIONS TO COLONEL BOLDUC. HE HAPPENS TO BE THE JROTC INSTRUCTSER FOR TWO OF MY SONS. AND SO I HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MANY INTERACTION WAS COLONEL BOLDUC AND HE IS VERY, VERY DESERVING OF THIS PARTICULAR AWARD, BECAUSE I WOULD BASICALLY SAY HE'S ONE OF THE BEST JROTC LEADERS IN THE UNIVERSE. SO THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO FOR OUR STUDENTS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THANK YOU. OKAY. WE HAVE A CITATION FOR OUR AIR FORCE SILVER VALOR AWARD. CADET PIMINTEL CAME TO THE AID OF A FELLOW CADET IN DISTRESS. THROUGH HER TENACITY AND RELENTLESS ACTIONS, SHE RECOGNIZED A LIFE THREATENING SITUATION WITH ANOTHER CADET. SHE IMMEDIATELY REACHED OUT FOR ASSISTANCE TO A FELLOW CADET LEADER ASKING FOR GUIDANCE BY USING A HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION. UPON OBTAINING THE RECOMMENDED GUIDANCE, SHE WAS RELENTLESS IN HER ACTIONS TO SEEK OUT HELP THROUGH HER SENIOR AND AEROSPACE SCIENCE INSTRUCTORS. ARE SHE PROVIDED CONTINUOUS VALUABLE TIME SENSITIVE INFORMATION THAT ENABLED THEM TO REACH THE CADET IN DISTRESS JUST IN TIME TO STOP THE LIFE THREATENING SEQUENCE OF EVENTS UNFOLDING AND GET THE CADET THE NEEDED HELP. CADET'S EMBODIES THE CORE VALUE AND REFLECTS GREAT CREDIT UPON HERSELF, WALTER L. SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL AND AIR FORCE JUNIOR ROTC. SUPERINTENDENT, WE WOULD LIKE YOUR ASSISTANCE IN HANDING HER. AND I ANY HER MOM IS HERE AS WELL TONIGHT. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS, FOR CONTINUING TO ALLOW US TO DO THE RECOGNITION. AND I THINK ...  

>> GOOD EVENING, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF. IT'S MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE THE FUTURE HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS, HOSA NATIONAL COMPETITION AWARD RECIPIENT. OUR FIRST RECIPIENT IS AN AT-LARGE MEMBER AND SHE PLACED THIRD NATIONALLY IN PREPARED SPEAKING. [ APPLAUSE ] WE HAVE SHANE ALEXANDER, STUDENT AT TAMPA BAY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL. AND HE'S BEING RECOGNIZED FOR PLACING 10th INTERNATIONALLY IN THE SPORTS MEDICINE COMPETITION, AND HE IS HERE WITH HIS PRINCIPAL MR. EPILITO AND HIS SANT PRINCIPAL SHAY GRAHAM. [ APPLAUSE ] NEXT WE HAVE JUAN MERCADO FORMER STUDENT SERGEANT SMITH MIDDLE SCHOOL AND RECOGNIZED FOR PLACING 5th INTERNATIONALLY IN THE PREPARED SPEAKING COMPETITION. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THEIR PRINCIPAL, FORMER PRINCIPAL, MISS JOHNSON IS HERE TO SUPPORT HIM. [ APPLAUSE ] WE HAVE JADE RUSE, FORMER STUDENT AT SERGEANT SMITH MIDDLE SCHOOL AND SHE'S BEING RECOGNIZED FOR RECEIVING THE BRONZE, BARBARA JAMES SERVICE AWARD FOR EARNING 108 COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS WHILE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] THESE TWO STUDENTS ARE NOW AT ALONZO HIGH SCHOOL. NOW MS. WALDON.  

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIRMAN, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, MR. EAKINS AND STAFF STUDENTS FROM TURNER BARTELS, K-8, MACLAINE AND MIDDLETON ALL TRAVELED TO ORLANDO TO COMPETE IN THE NATIONAL COMPETITION. THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS TOOK HOME TOP HONORS. FIRST PLACE TECHNICAL DESIGN IS DEVON YEE AND MICHAEL STEVENS. THIRD PLACE, WEBSITE DESIGN, DANIEL CARVAJAL, ALICIA DAIS, AND RYAN MILTON. FOURTH PLACE, CHILDREN'S STORIES WITH EMILY YOU. AND THEY ARE REPRESENTED TONIGHT BY THEIR ADVISORS, REBECCA BOSS STOCK AND DANIEL BOSS STOCK AND COURTNEY CASEY. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] ALSO AT THE NATIONAL COMPETITION FOR TSA FROM MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL WE HAD FIRST PLACE IN COMPUTER INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING WAS ERIN PIACITELLI. SHE IS SUPPORTED TONIGHT BY HER ADVISER MR. SCOTT MEADE AND HER SCIENTIST PRINCIPAL MISS GWEN HODGE. LAST SCHOOL YEAR, SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL'S FILM ACADEMY, 2017, THE GREATEST PROGRAM CHARITY OF MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, SCHOOLS LOCATED NEAR MAJOR BASEBALL TEAMS CAN COMPETE WITH THE GOAL OF INCREASING AWARENESS OF FORMS OF TEAM VICTIMIZATION SUCH AS TEAM VIOLENCE, SEXUAL ASSAULT. KALYN ROAD, ALEXIS, CREATED AN ANNOUNCEMENT ENTITLED TAKEN. THE PSA WAS CHOSEN FROM HUNDREDS OF ENTRIES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES IN THE HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORY OF ONE OF 25 AREA WINNERS. HE WAS CHOSEN AS ONE OF TEN NATIONAL SEMI TIMISTS AND THEN FINISH IN THE TOP FIVE FINALISTS NATIONALLY. KALYN IS SUPPORTED TONIGHT BY TEACHER CHRISTINA WOLF AND PRINCIPAL MR. DAVID NU. [ APPLAUSE ] THEY ACTUALLY GOT TO BE RECOGNIZED AT ONE OF THE RAYS GAMES LAST YEAR AS WELL AND SHE GOT TO THROW OUT ONE OF THE FIRST PITCHES ON THE MOUND. THEN WE HAVE COMMERCIAL ART ACADEMY RECEIVED NATIONAL AND STATE ACHIEVEMENT IN THE 16-17 SCHOOL YEAR. EACH YEAR THE COMMERCIAL ART ACADEMY OF TAMPA BAY TECH PARTICIPANTS IN THE PRINTING INDUSTRY'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS STATE WIDE GRAPHIC ART COMPETITION HOSTED BY THE PRINTING ASSOCIATION OF FLORIDA. WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE COMMERCIAL ART ACADEMY RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING AWARDS. FIVE BEST OF CATEGORIES, TWO AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE, AND THREE JUDGES AWARDS. , TONIGHT WE WANT TO FEATURE THE FOLLOWING STUDENTS: JAZMIN PEREZ, JESSE POOCHOOL, BAY LEE SANDERSON, ALVIN HUYNH AND KEONDRA HATTEN ON THE FIRST PLACE TEAM. THEY ARE REPRESENTED TONIGHT BY THEIR ADVISORS MRS. BAYONET, MR. CRAIG MILLER AND THEIR PRINCIPAL MIKE EPILITTO. [ APPLAUSE ] THE AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARDS FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE AADY ATTRACTED OVER 40,000 ENTRIES EACH YEAR. FOR THE SOUTHEAST DISTRICT AWARDS WHICH INCLUDES FLORIDA, GEORGIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, AND LOUISIANA, ANH-DINH TOOK HOME SILVER HONORS, REPRESENTED BY CRAIG BAYONET AND MR. EPILIT OH. I ALSO WANT TO MENTION THAT TAMPA BAY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL WAS THE PROGRAM THAT WAS THE WINNER OF THE 90ABLY 20 LOGO DESIGN CONTEST WHICH IS DISPLAYED ON THE WALL SO THEY DID AN AWESOME JOB WITH THAT AS WELL. THIS CONCLUDES THE WORKFORCE COMPETITION AWARDS FOR THIS EVENING. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> WE ARE STARTING TO GET WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS AWARDS TONIGHT. THE NEXT IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE 16-17 MIDDLE SCHOOL DISTRICT CHAMPIONS IN THE 16-17 FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIP. AND DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS.  

>> GOOD EVENING. I AM GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO MRS. VIGIL TO ADDRESS OUR CHAMPIONS FOR THE MIDDLE SCHOOL PERSONNEL AND I'LL COME BACK AND TALK ABOUT THE HIGH SCHOOL.  

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRLS VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS LAST SPRING WERE THE WILSON BULLDOGS AND I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL TO INTRODUCE THE TEAM.  

>> SO THIS IS WILSON'S SECOND TITLES IN THREE YEARS SO WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THESE BULLDOGS. I WANT TO INTRODUCE ANTONIO YOUNG AND JENNIFER THOMPSON TO COME UP AND INTRODUCE THE TEAM.  

>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. THIS GROUP OF GIRLS BACK HERE ACTUALLY THEY REPRESENT A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE IN VOLLEYBALL AT WILSON THAT IS NOW SIX YEARS RUNNING, A PERFECT REGULAR SEASONS, SIX YEARS RUNNING, PLAYING IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES. THE LAST THREE YEARS PLAYING IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. AND AS MENTIONED WE HAVE WON TWO OF THOSE WITH THIS ONE BEING OUR MORTON CURRENT ONE. NOT ONLY DID WE WIN THIS ONE BUT THE ONE WE SKIPPED OUT IN BETWEEN LAST YEAR, WE MISSED IT BY THREE POINTS, AND THE GIRLS MADE A GOAL OF NOT ONLY TO GET BACK TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP BUT TO NOT DROP A SET ON THE WAY THERE. AND THEY DID THAT. SO NOT ONLY -- [ APPLAUSE ] -- DID THEY HAVE A PERFECT SEASON, BUT A PERFECT SEASON WITH NOT EVEN A SINGLE DROPPED SET ALONG THE WAY THERE. AND WE HAD SOME GREAT COMPETITION. SO VERY PROUD OF THESE GIRLS. AND THANK YOU ALL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY DO THIS NOW WITH OUR BOYS. SO WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THAT AND WE HOPE TO CONTINUE THE TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE WITH THEM. SO THANK YOU. IT'S BEEN AWESOME. LET'S DO IT AGAIN, LADIES. [ APPLAUSE ] I'M LILY. I'M ABBY.  

>> I'M NATTI. I'M KAITLYN. I'M ERICA. I'M AVA I'M ISABELLA. I'M EMMA. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> AND OUR BOYS FLAG FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS FROM THIS SPRING WERE THE TOMLIN TIGERS. AND I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE TRACY DURRANCE, REPRESENTING TOMLIN.  

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING US HERE TONIGHT. SO UNFORTUNATELY I AM THE ONLY PERSON REPRESENTING TOMLIN. IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT MOST OF OUR 8th GRADERS ARE NOW PLAYING FOOTBALL AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL. AND THE CURRENT 7th GRADERS THAT WE HAD FROM LAST YEAR'S TEAM ARE INVOLVED IN ANOTHER ATHLETIC CONTEST TONIGHT. AND OUR COACH IS ACTUALLY COACHING ANOTHER SPORT RIGHT NOW, TOO. SO THEY SAID YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO GO ON YOUR OWN TONIGHT. I SAID I WOULD BE MORE THAN HAPPY TO. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR FLAG FOOTBALL TEAM AT TOMLIN. I BELIEVE WE HAVE ONE THREE FOR THE COUNTY SINCE THE INCEPTION OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT SPORTS. SO WE ARE VERY PROUD OF ALL OF OUR ATHLETIC TEAMS AT TOMLIN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR HAVING ME HERE TONIGHT. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> NOW MOVING TO THE HIGH SCHOOL RANKS. AND BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE SCHEDULE FELL, WE WANTED TO BRING THE REST OF OUR STATE CHAMPIONS FROM THE SPRING HERE TO YOU THIS EVENING. AND I HAVE TO TELL YOU, IT'S IN THE SPORT OF FLAG FOOTBALL AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT FLAG FOOTBALL PLAYED IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA FROM MIAMI ALL THE WAY TO PENSACOLA. EVEN KEY WEST TO PENSACOLA, EVEN FURTHER. AND THERE ARE TWO CLASSIFICATIONS INSIDE OF FLAG FOOTBALL. THERE'S 1-A AND 2-A. AND THE 1-A CHAMPION IS HERE AND THE 2-A CHAMPION IS HERE. MORE IMPRESSIVELY, THEY ARE ABOUT FOUR MILES APART, THOSE TWO SCHOOLS. SO I WOULD SAY WE ARE KIND OF THE CENTER OF FLAG FOOTBALL IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. SO HERE TO INTRODUCE OUR 16-A CHAMPION, FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE PRINCIPAL OF ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL, ROBERT, AS WELL AS THE APA, MICKEY.  

>> THANK YOU AND GOD EVENING. THANK YOU FOR HAVING US HERE. WE ARE EXTREMELY PROUD TO BE HERE.  THIS IS ACTUALLY ROBINSON'S THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP IN THE PAST FOUR YEARS. WE REALLY BUILT A VERY SOLID TEAM. I WOULD WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE OUR WONDERFUL COACH MR. JOSHUA SAUNDERS.  

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING US HERE. THIS TEAM WENT 18-0 THIS YEAR OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS. THEY HAVE BEEN 72 AND 2. THE YEAR WE DIDN'T WIN, WE LOST IN THE STATE FINALS. SO THEY SET THE STATE RECORDS FOR THE MOST POINTS SCORED, 776 AND 18 GAMES. TONIGHT WE HAVE LAUREN KING, SOPHIA BAILEY, CASSIE LININGER, OKAY TON, CHELSEA, AND MEGAN. WE HAD NINE GRADUATE. FOUR PLAYING VOLUME YOU BALL, CHEERLEADERS. SO WE ARE MISSING A COUPLE OF PEOPLE. BUT THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> AND OUR TWO-A STATE CHAMPION IN FLAG FOOTBALL REPRESENTS PLANT HIGH SCHOOL. HEAR TO MAKE THE INTRODUCTIONS TIFF PRINCIPAL AND THE APALAHNA.  

>> GOOD EVENING. AND I WILL START BY SAYING THAT I AM THE RECIPIENT OF VERY GOOD FORTUNE HERE. I AM THE NEWLY APPOINTED PRINCIPAL OF PLANT. SO DID NOT GET TO BE THERE WITH THE GIRLS AS THEY WON, BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO A LOT OF WINS LIKE THIS AND BEING ABLE TO COME UP BEFORE YOU MORE IN THE FUTURE. I WILL TELL YOU THAT THESE GIRLS ARE INVOLVED IN A LOT OF EVENTS, CLUBS, ACADEMICS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. AND THEN THEY CARRY GREAT G.P.A. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, I I WILL LE THE COACH DO THE HONORS. THANK YOU ALL FOR HAVING US. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THANKS FOR HAVING US. I WANT TO SAY FIRST OFF, I WANT TO THANK COACH SAUNDERS. HE WAS KIND OF POLITELY FORGOT A COUPLE OF THINGS. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT FLAG FOOTBALL DOMINATION, BOTH OF OUR QUARTERBACKS WERE NAMED FLORIDA DAIRY FARMERS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR AND BOTH COACH SAUNDERS AND I WERE LABELED FLORIDA COACHES. YEAR. SO I THOUGHT THAT WAS PRETTY AWESOME. VERY PROUD OF OUR GIRLS. WE HAD ALSO THE HIGHEST G.P.A. IN THE COUNTY. AND IT WAS JUST AWESOME TO HAVE A SEASON WHERE YOU HAVE GIRLS WHO WERE JUST SO WELL-ROUNDED NOT ONLY ON THE FIELD BUT OFF THE FIELD. I WOULD LIKE TO LIST -- WE WERE 16 AND 2 THIS SEASON. IT WAS OUR FIRST STATE TITLE. WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT LOOKING AT ROBINSON AND THE AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENTS OVER THE YEARS. COACH SAUNDERS, HIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN A GREAT INFLUENCE TO US. WE WANT TO THANK THEM FOR THE THINGS THEY HAVE DONE FOR US. BUT OUR GIRLS HERE, SIDNEY JOHNSON, GENEVIEVE GREMINGER, GABRIELLA, HOLLY, JADEN, KIMBERLY, ISABEL LA, JESSE, MADISON, MADDIE, AND HOPE IS HEAR WITH US. WE ALSO HAVE A LOT OUT FOR COLLEGE NIGHT. WE HAVE SOME THAT ARE OUT IN COLLEGE. BUT WITHOUT THOSE GIRLS, WE WOULDN'T HAVE HAD TO GET THIS DONE. I'M A BIG FAN OF YOU. I WAS THE GUY WHO TWEETED TO YOU. YOU GET AN A-PLUS FOR GETTING US OUR PAYCHECK DURING HURRICANE IRMA. AND I NEVER FORGOT ABOUT THAT. SO COACH, ON BEHALF OF COACH SAUNDERS WE WANTED TO MAKE YOU HAVE A TOKEN OF OUR APPRECIATION FROM FLAG FOOTBALL 813. AND WITH OF THAT, WE LOOK FORWARD TO COMING OUT THIS YEAR TO COMPETE AGAIN FOR ANOTHER STATE TITLE AND THANK YOU FOR HAVING US.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN, GIRLS. MR.  

>> MR. BUSH. MR. BUSH. TAKE YOUR PICTURE FIRST. WHILE YOU ARE TAKING YOUR PICTURE I WILL LET YOU KNOW WHAT I WANT TO TELL YOU. BUT HERE HE GOES WITH PLANT, ROB UNINSTANT SON, GETS THE GIRLS FROM ROBINSON TO RECEIVE THEIR AWARD, AND TONIGHT HE GETS TO THE HONOR. IT'S PRETTY SPECIAL.  

>> I ALSO POLITELY FORGOT TO INTRODUCE MY ASSISTANT COACH MIC COZZI AND ROGER. WITHOUT THEM -- THANKS FOR HAVING US. BACK TO FOOTBALL PRACTICE. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. NEXT UP WE HAVE THE RECOGNITION OF THE 2017 KELLY EDUCATIONAL STAFFING STATE OF FLORIDA SUBSTITUTE TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD. WELCOME.  

>> THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO PARTICIPATE. WE APPRECIATE IT. TODAY I HAVE MICHELLE, OUR MANAGER -- I'M SORRY, VICE PRESIDENT AND JEFF, OUR PAYROLL MANAGER. KELLY EDUCATIONAL STAFF HAS SELECTED CHARLES RIGGINS AS THE FLORIDA STATE SUBSTITUTE OF THE YEAR. MR. RIGGINS IS BEING RECOGNIZED FOR OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AND SERVICE AS A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER. UNFORTUNATELY MR. RIGGINS COULDN'T BE WITH US DUE TO SOME PERSONAL COMMITMENTS. EACH YEAR, FIELD MANAGERS ACROSS THE U.S. HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO NOMINATE SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS FOR THE HONOR BASED ON THEIR PERFORMANCE AND RECOMMENDATIONS FROM SCHOOL PERSONNEL. AS A STATE WINNER MR. RIGGINS WAS HONORED AT A RECOGNITION CEREMONY AND WAS PRESENTED WITH A PLAQUE ALONG WITH $200 BONUS TO THE KELLY AWARDS. THE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER OF THE YEAR IS A RECOGNITION PROGRAM WE TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY TO SHOW OUR APPRECIATION FOR THE COMMITMENT OUR EMPLOYEES HAVE DEMONSTRATED TO BOTH EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE AS WELL AS KELLY EDUCATIONAL STAFFING. MR. RIGGINS WAS ENTHUSIASTICALLY RECOGNIZED AS AN EXEMPLARY SUBSTITUTE AT ALONZO HIGH SCHOOL. THEY SAY HE'S EAGER, ENTHUSIASTIC, FLEXIBLE, HARD WORKING, DEPENDABLE AND DEAD OKAYED. ALONZO STATED THAT HIS DEMEANOR AND ATTITUDE MADE SUCH A DIFFERENCE AT THEIR SCHOOL. OUR MENTORS HAVE GONE IN AND OBSERVED MR. RIGGINS TEACHING IN THE VARIOUS CLASSROOMS AND TEACHING SKILLS AVERAGE TO SUPERIOR IN THE EVALUATION PROCESS. THEY STATED THAT MR. RIGGINS DOES EXCELLENT WORK WITH STUDENTS AND DEVELOPS RESPECT. HE MAINTAINED TAPES GOOD CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT AND CREATES A POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT. HE COMES FROM A LONG LINE OF EDUCATORS STARTING WITH HIS MOTHER, DR. SHANNON RIGGINS PATTERSON, ALONG WITH HIS SISTER AND SEVERAL AUNTS. HE GREW UP WITH THE IMPORTANCE OF AN EDUCATION. HE HAD A CAREER THAT WAS CUT SHORT AND THEN STARTED HIS OWN BUSINESS. THIS ALLOWED HIM TIME TO GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH HE LIVED SO HE STARTED WITH KIDS AND GETTING THROUGH TO THEM THROUGH SPORTS. DUE TO FAMILY ILLNESS HE RETURNED TO TAMPA TO PURSUE SUBSTITUTE TEACHING. THIS CAREER MOVE ALLOWED HIM TO SUPPLEMENT HIS INCOME WHILE PROVIDING FLEXIBLE HOURS TO PURSUE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. MR. RIGGINS STATED THAT EDUCATION ALONG WITH BEING A POSITIVE ROLL MODEL IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY IN WHICH TO CREATE CHANGE IN A CHILD'S FUTURE. WHEN ASKED WHAT HE LIKES BEST IN SUBSTITUTE TEACHING OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, HE STATES THAT HAVING THE ABILITY TO MENTOR AND PROVIDE POSITIVE CHANGE IN THE LIFE OF THE KIDS THAT HE TEACHES IS WHAT HE LIKES THE BEST. WE ARE VERY PROUD THAT OUR NOMINATION OF MR. RIGGINS HAS WON THIS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD FOR THE STATE OF FLORIDA. KELLY HAS NINE PARTNERSHIPS. WE THANK YOU AGAIN FOR ACKNOWLEDGING THIS AWARD AND THANK MR. RIGGINS FOR HIS COMMITMENT. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Susan Valdes: WOULD YOU INTRODUCE US TO MR. RIGGINS? OH, HE'S NOT HERE? OKAY.  

>> NEXT IS THE RECOGNITION OF THE NETWORKING MENTORING PROGRAM. THE COMMUNITY ADVOCATE WILL COME FORWARD AND PRESENTS THIS. WELCOME, MR. ANDERSON.  

>> THANK YOU. THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT DR. VASQUEZ, AND ALSO SUPERINTENDENT VAN AYRES, AND SUPERINTENDENT PETERSON AND MADAM CHAIR, CINDY STUART AND OUR BOARD. PART OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS STRATEGIC PLANNING WAS TO PROVIDE MENTORING FOR STUDENTS TO INDICATORS OF FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ALONG WITH INCREASING THE GRADUATION RATE FOR THE DISTRICT. THEREFORE, IN OCTOBER OF 2017, OUR SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR AT THE TIME, APRIL GRIFFIN, COMMISSIONED THE STUDENT SERVICES DIVISION TO COLLABORATE WITH ALL SECONDARY PRINCIPALS TO DEVELOP A NETWORKING MENTORING LEADERSHIP TEAM TO FOCUS ON THOSE STUDENTS THAT ARE AT RISK OR THOSE STUDENTS THAT ARE IN THE MIDDLE THAT COULD GO EITHER WAY. THE TARGETED STUDENTS FROM THAT WAS FROM THE AGES OF 11 TO 19 YEARS OLD BUT NO RESTRICTIONS AS TO RACE, COLOR, DISABILITY, CREATE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, RELIGION, OR SEXUAL PREFERENCE. IN DOING SO, WE WERE ABLE TO PUT TOGETHER A TEAM OF MENTORS THAT HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED BY THE DISTRICT AND THE COMMUNITY FOR WORKING WITH SUCH YOUNG MEN. THE NETWORKING MENTORING LEADERSHIP TEAM WAS BORN, THESE GENTLEMEN HERE. THEY PROVIDE AN EDUCATIONAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT SYSTEM THAT FILLS THE GAP BY CREATING STRUCTURE, FRAMEWORK, WITH ACTIVITIES, LEARNING AND EXPERIENCES. WHICH SIMPLY MEANS THEY MOTIVATE THESE CAPABLE YOUNG MEN TO COMPLETE THE CURRICULUM AND SUPPORT STRUCTURES FOR THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT ALONG WITH TEACHING LIFES SKILLS WHILE THEY PARTICIPATE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITIES. THE NETWORKING MENTORING LEADERSHIP TEAM ALSO ASSISTS WITH GOAL SETTING AND ASSURING THAT EACH YOUNG MAN DEVELOPS AND SETS INTO MOTION A VISION FOR THEIR FUTURE AND THE FUTURE OF THEIR COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD AT LARGE. CURRENTLY, THE NETWORKING MENTORING LEADERSHIP TEAM CONSISTS OF 18 MEMBERS WITH 14 MEMBERS HAVING MENTORING GROUPS. WE ALSO HAVE HOLLY SAIA, DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES, TRACYE BROWN, ACADEMIC SUPPORT, AND TRACE McMANNIS, THE ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF SPECIAL DEVELOPMENT, AND OF COURSE OUR FOUNDER, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER APRIL GRIFFIN ON THE TEAM. IF 14 MEMBERS THAT CURRENTLY MENTORING -- THE 14 CURRENT MENTORS MENTOR ABOUT 500 STUDENTS IN OUR DISTRICT CURRENTLY. WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE OTHER EXTERNAL PROGRAMS IN OUR DISTRICT THAT ARE DOING GREAT THINGS AS WELL. SO UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF TRACYE BROWN, AND HER DIVISION, IN COMMUNICATION TO THE PRINCIPAL'S NEWS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, AND THOUGH ASKED PRINCIPALS TO SEND THE NETWORKING MENTORING LEADERSHIP TEAM, WHAT PROGRAMS THEY HAVE IN PLACE AT THEIR SITES OF MENTORING STUDENTS. AND TO OUR SURPRISE, WE WERE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT 47 OF OUR SECONDARY SCHOOLS HAVE SOME TYPE OF STRUCTURED MENTORING PROGRAM AT THEIR SCHOOL SITES. 22 ARE HIGH SCHOOLS. 20 MIDDLE SCHOOLS. AND OUR HAS MENTORING AT THEIR SITE AND ONE IT YOU ARE A OH EXCEPTIONAL CENTER. ALSO WE HAVE OVER 30 EXTERNAL PROGRAMS WITHIN THOSE SCHOOLS. WE ARE REACHING OUT TO THE PROGRAMS TO MANGE SURE THAT THEY ARE MENTORING WITH -- I CAN'T EVEN SAY IT ---WITH VALIDITY AND THE STUDENTS ARE TRULY GETTING SUPPORT THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL. WE ARE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WITH OUR SUPERINTENDENT'S VISION THAT EVERY STUDENT HAS A MENTOR THAT NEEDS ONE OR WANTS ONE. WE HAVE PARTNERED WITH THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION, THAT THEY WILL PROVIDE TRAINING -- THE EDUCATION FOUNDATION AND PROVIDING TRAINING TO TRACYE BROWN'S DIVISION TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL MENTORS, NOT ONLY TO THEIR TAKE-STOCK STUDENTS BUT TO OUR NETWORKING GROUP. SO NOW, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE TEAM. THESE YOUNG MEN HAVE GIVEN THEIR TIME DURING THE DAY, THEIR WEEKENDS, TO GUIDE AND SUPPORT THEIR YOUNG MEN THEY MENTOR, AND FINANCIALLY -- AND I'LL SAY IT AGAIN -- FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO THESE YOUNG MEN THEY MENTOR. AND THEY TRULY ARE PREPARING THESE YOUNG MEN FOR LIFE. SO FIRST OFF, I'LL START TO MY LEFT. ALL THE WAY AT THE END. WE HAVE MR. BODY WHO IS THE CURRENT PRINCIPAL AT NORTH THE ALTERNATIVE. HE HAS MENTORS. NEXT TO HIM IS RONNIE McCULLOUGH, G-3 AND HE'S ONE OF OUR EXTERNAL MENTORS BUT HE ALSO HAS BEEN PROVIDING MENTORSHIP FOR OUR YOUNG MEN IN OUR DISTRICT OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS. NEXT TO HIM WE HAVE MR. ANTONIO BRADFORD. HE WORKS AT SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL. HE'S THE SUCCESS COACH E.RUNS ONE OF OUR MEN OF VISION MENTORING PROGRAMS. NEXT TO HIM, WE HAVE MR. STANLEY GLOVER FROM MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL. HE HAS THE GENTLEMAN'S QUEST INCORPORATED. NEXT TO HIM, WE HAVE MR. HIGGINS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT KING HIGH SCHOOL. HE HAS THE ELITE MEN OF TOMORROW. NEXT TO HIM, WE HAVE MR. ALEX KING, TAMPA BAY TECH HIGH SCHOOL, HAS ONE OF OUR MEN OF VISIONING PROGRAMS THERE. NEXT TO HIM, WE HAVE MR. TRAVIS MYRICK AT CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. HE HAS THE GENTLEMAN'S QUEST. NEXT TO HIM WE HAVE WAYNE LORD AT PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL, A TEACHER, ALSO DOES THE GENTLEMAN'S QUEST. NEXT TO HIM, WE HAVE MR. HENRY WASHINGTON, JR., WHO ALSO HAS ONE OF -- ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL AND HAS MEN OF VISION MENTORING PROGRAM. LAST BUT NOT LEAST WE HAVE MR. KING YOUNG WHO IS NOW CURRENTLY THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL AND ALSO HAS A MEN OF VISION PROGRAM AT HIS SCHOOL SITE. SO -- [ APPLAUSE ] SO MRS. GRIFFIN, WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO COME DOWN AND TAKE A PICTURE WITH US.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I AM GOING TO LET MRS. GRIFFIN MAKE HER COMMENTS FIRST AND THEN I'LL LET OTHER BOARD MEMBERS COMMENT. MRS. GRIFFIN.  

>>April Griffin: I'M SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU GENTLEMAN HERE. AND I NOTICE WE ALSO HAVE SOME WOMEN IN THIS DISTRICT WHO ARE DOING SOME MENTORING AS WELL. THE FIRST GOAL -- WE ALL KNOW THE WORK THAT IS DONE IN THIS DISTRICT. AND I WOULD GO TO DIFFERENT SCHOOLS AND I WOULD HEAR ABOUT MEN OF VISION. WE KNOW MR. ANDERSON, AND WE WOULD HEAR ABOUT MEN OF VISION, AND WE WOULD HEAR ABOUT GENTLEMAN'S QUEST. AND ELITE MEN OF VISION. AND I REMEMBER MEETING MR. RIGGINS -- HIGGINS AT KING ONE DAY AND I SAID, I HAVE GOT TO INTRODUCE YOU TO MR. ROSS ANDERSON, AND SO WE STARTED TALKING ABOUT THIS. AND THEN WHEN MR. EAKINS TALKS ABOUT ONE EVERY CHILD HAVING AN ADVOCATE, EVERY CHILD IN THIS DISTRICT HAVING SOMEONE ON THEIR SIDE TO MENTOR AND ADVOCATE FOR THEM AND TO TEACH THEM TO BE THEIR OWN ADVOCATE. AND I KNOW THAT'S A BIG PART WHAT YOU HAVE GENTLEMAN DO ON A DAILY BASIS. BUT I STARTED THINKING ABOUT HOW DO WE BRING ALL OF THIS TOGETHER? BECAUSE I KNEW IT EXISTED HERE. I KNEW IT EXISTED HERE. BUT HOW DO WE BRING ALL OF THAT TOGETHER? SO THE FIRST STEP WAS CALLING MR. ANDERSON. AND WE TALKED. WE BRAINSTORMED ABOUT IT AND WE GOT MR. RICHARD GONZMART ALSO IS SOMEONE WHO NEEDS TO BE RECOGNIZED IN ALL OF THIS, BECAUSE I PICKED UP THE PHONE AND CALLED HIM, AND HE SO GRACIOUSLY OPENED UP HIS RESTAURANT, THE COLUMBIA, TO US TO BRING THESE GENTLEMEN TOGETHER, JUST TO GET TO KNOW ONE ANOTHER FIRST. WE HAD A MEETING SCHEDULED RIGHT BEFORE THE HURRICANE SIT. SO WE HAD TO RESCHEDULE THAT. BUT THE FIRST GOAL WAS JUST TO GATHER INFORMATION ON WHO WAS DOING THIS SORT OF WORK IN THE DISTRICT. AND COMPILE THAT INTO A DATABASE. THE SECOND GOAL WAS TO CREATE -- BECAUSE YOU ALL GIVE A SAFETY NET, SO THE NETWORKING GROUP. YOU ALL PROVIDE A SAFETY NET FOR THESE STUDENTS EVERY SINGLE DAY. AND WE WANTED TO INTRODUCE ALL OF YOU TO ONE ANOTHER. AND AS AN EXAMPLE, THE DAY THAT MR. ANDERSON AND I WENT TO KING TO MEET WITH MR. HIGGIN, WHEN I FIRST INTRODUCED THEM, MR. ANDERSON SAID, "I HAVE A STUDENT WHO IS COMING TO YOUR SCHOOL THAT IS LEAVING MEN -- LEADING MEN OF VISION AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THOSE CONNECT." SO IT STARTED REALLY CLICKING HOW COUNTY WORK WITH ALL OF YOU. THE THIRD GOAL IS TO PUT ALL OF THIS TOGETHER, AND THEN TALKINGS TO THE SUPERINTENDENT, AND GETTING THE SUPERINTENDENT SUPPORT ON THIS, AND THAT'S WHY IT'S COMING BEFORE THE BOARD NOW EVEN THOUGH IT'S NOT A BUSINESS MEETING, WE ARE RECOGNIZING ALL OF YOU. BUT THE THIRD GOAL IS TO SEE HOW THIS DISTRICT CAN THEN PROVIDE SUPPORT FOR THESE GENTLEMEN AND THESE LADIES OUT THERE THAT ARE DOING THIS WORK, AND HAVE BEEN DOING THIS WORK OUT OF THE KINDNESS OF THEIR HEARTS, AND TO THE DETRIMENT OF THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS. BUT THERE ARE GRANTS OUT THEREBY THAT EXIST THAT WE A WONDERFUL GRANTS OFFICE. I KNOW THE PEOPLE THAT WORK IN THAT OFFICE, AND THEY ARE AIZE MAG. BUT WE CAN START LOOKING FOR GRANTS TO BRING IN THAT WE CAN THEN HELP ALL OF YOU USE TO GO TO THOSE COLLEGE TOURS, TO GO TO THOSE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT YOU ARE DOING, TO EXPOSE THESE STUDENTS TO A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY DON'T KNOW EXIST UNLESS IT WERE FOR ALL OF YOU. SO IT'S BABY STEPS THAT WE ARE TAKING BUT WE ARE ACTUALLY STARTING TO MOVE IT FORWARD A LOT QUICKER NOW BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THAT TIME TO MEET THAT 90 BY 20 GOAL. SO I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BECAUSE I HAVE ALWAYS SEEN THE WORK DONE IN ISOLATION, BUT TOGETHER WE ARE ALL SO MUCH MORE POWERFUL. AND THAT'S WHAT ALL OF THIS IS ABOUT. SO FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, GENTLEMEN, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR OUR STUDENTS ABOVE AND BEYOND OF WHAT WE PAY YOU TO DO EACH AND EVERY DAY. YOU ALL ARE THE EMBODIMENT OF WHAT EDUCATORS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN. AND IT DOES MY HEART GOOD BECAUSE WE ARE HERE TO PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE. AND I KNOW THAT THAT'S WHAT YOU ALL ARE DOING EACH AND EVERY DAY. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WHAT IS TO COME FROM THIS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

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

>>Lynn Gray: MR. ANDERSON, I HEAR ABOUT YOU TIME AND TIME AGAIN. AND IN A GOOD WAY. AND MEN OF VISION, I WAS REMINDED THE OTHER DAY WITH AN ARTICLE IN THE NEWSPAPER, HERE AGAIN, YOU HELPED OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT WITH THE HURRICANE IRMA. AND YOU STOOD UP AND YOU REPRESENTED WHAT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MENTORSHIP DOES CHANGE THE CULTURE OF THE INDIVIDUAL WHO WORKS AT THE SCHOOL. THERE'S NO QUESTION. AND AS A DEAR FRIEND OF RICHARD GONZMART, HE IS A TRUE BELIEVER IN WHAT YOU ALL STAND FOR, AND I KNOW THE SUPERINTENDENT IS. BUT MENTORSHIP IS JUST SO, SO VALUABLE. JUST THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING. AND YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. ONE CHILD AT A TIME. YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE. THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. ANDERSON.  

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

>>Tamara Shamburger: I WANT TO SAY, WOW, THIS IS TRULY A POWERFUL PICTURE.  THIS TRULY REPRESENTS WHO WE ARE AS A COMMUNITY AND WHO WE SEE IN THE COMMUNITY. SO I WANT TO SAY KUDOS TO EACH OF YOU TO TAKE TIME OUT TO MENTOR OUR BOYS AND LEADING BY EXAMPLE, DESPITE THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES, DESPITE THE DIFFICULTIES THEY FACE IN THIS WORLD TODAY. YOU HAVE SHOWN THEM, AND YOU CAN TELL THEM, THAT THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL IN A MATTER WHAT. SO WITHOUT YOU, A LOT OF OUR BOYS WOULD BE LED ASTRAY. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I AM VERY, VERY PROUD OF YOU GUYS.  THIS IS AN HONOR. I AM GOING TO TWEET IT IN FACEBOOK AND OUT TO THE WORLD BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU DO AND I WILL LOOK FORWARD TO PARTNERING WITH YOU. AND MR. ANDERSON, KUDOS AND THANK YOU FOR BEING SUCH A PHENOMENAL LEADER.  

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WHAT YOU DO, GENTLEMEN, IS PROBABLY SOME OF THE MOST MEANINGFUL WORK IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. I MEAN, THIS IS WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD. AND WE CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO FOR OUR STUDENTS. I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH MR. GLOVER. I DIDN'T RECOGNIZE YOU WITH YOUR BLOND HAIR. SORRY. (LAUGHTER) JUST KIDDING. LOVE YOU. BUT I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH MR. GLOVER OVER AT MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING THE OTHER PROGRAMS IN ACTION. AND WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY IS THIS. I KNOW THAT YOU LOST A LOT OF YOUR TIME AND PERSONAL RESOURCES. THERE IS A COMMUNITY OUT THERE ESPECIALLY THAT WANTS TO GIVE THEIR TIME AND THEIR RESOURCES AND THEIR MONEY TO BE YOU AS WELL WHEN YOU ARE ESTABLISHED IN THE RIGHT WAY, IN A BUSINESS WAY. SO I BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU DO SO MUCH THAT IF I COULD VOLUNTEER MY TIME TO HELP IN ANY WAY, TO HELP ESTABLISH THAT CONNECTION OR FURTHER THAT CONNECTION BETWEEN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND THE DIFFERENT PARTS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND WHAT YOU DO, YOUR NETWORKING TEAM, I AM HERE TO HELP YOU DO THAT. AND BECAUSE I KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT WANT TO GIVE YOU THEIR RESOURCES SO THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE OUT OF POCKET IN SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU DO IN YOUR TIME AND YOUR MONEY. SO THANK YOU AGAIN FOR EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO. AND PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW I CAN HELP. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I WILL BE VERY BRIEF. MRS. GRIFFIN, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD AND THANK YOU FOR BRINGING ALL OF THEM TOGETHER. I AGREE WITH YOU, THIS HAS BEEN HAPPENING IN LITTLE POCKETS ACROSS THIS DISTRICT. AND WE ALL KNOW ROSS AND THE WORK THAT HE DOES. AND WHEN I HAVE AN USUAL YOU, I NEED YOU, I NEED YOU TO GET TO THIS KID, I NEED YOU TO PUT SOME RESOURCE AS ROUND THIS KID. AND WE HAVE HELD HANDS AND WALKED ABOUT TEN KIDS OVER THE LAST YEAR ACROSS THE STAGE SUCCESSFULLY. AND I KNOW THIS WORK IS HAPPENING. SO I APPLAUD THE EFFORTS. I'M READY FOR ROSS ANDERSON TO BECOME A PROGRAM AND NOT JUST A MAN. HE NEEDS A PROGRAM. HE NEEDS SOME SUPPORT. SO I APPRECIATE THIS EFFORT. I WAS SITTING NEXT TO MRS. GRIFFIN JUST A MINUTE AGO AND I SAID, THIS NEEDS TO BE A FULL PROGRAM. MRS. BROWN, I HOPE YOU ARE LISTENING. I SEE YOU BACK THERE. THIS NEEDS TO BE A FULL-ON PROGRAM IN THIS DISTRICT AND NOT JUST ONE MAN DOING THIS WORK. I KNOW YOU HAVE HELP NOW. BUT YOU ARE STILL COORDINATOR NIGHT IT ALL AND YOU NEED HELP. I APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU, MRS. GRIFFIN, FOR YOUR EFFORTS YOU CAN TAKE THE PICTURE NOW.  

>>Cindy Stuart: OUR NEXT RECOGNITION IS THE PRESENTATION OF PLAQUES TO THE AREA STAR SWEPT AWARD FINALISTS AND TROPHIES. FROM OUR OPERATIONS DIVISION, MANAGER OF OPERATIONING WILL PRESENT THESE AWARDS.  

>> GOOD EVENING.  

>> HERE HERE FOR THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL AWARDS. THE MONTHLY STAR SWEPT AWARDS ARE FOR EACH OF OUR SUPERINTENDENTS IN BOTH THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY CATEGORY N.APRIL THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS AGAIN ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE SELECTIONS BASED ON THE WINNERS THROUGHOUT THOSE MONTHS. THESE ARE THEN EVACUATE EVALUATE BY THE CUSTODIAL OPERATIONS DEPARTMENT. AND IN MAY, I HAVE TWO VOLUNTARY CUSTODIAL SUPERVISORS. DR. SKIT SCOTT RUCHE MONDAY AND JEFF ROBERTSON FROM INVENTORY CONTROL. THEY GO OUT AND WE DO THE FINAL SELECTIONS FOR OUR CUSTODIAL STAR SWEPT AWARD WINNERS. AT THIS TIME WE WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT THEM TO YOU. IF I COULD ASK MR. EAKINS AND MRS. STUART IF YOU WOULD PLEASE GIVE US A HAND WITH THIS. WE WOULD ENJOY IT. FROM WEST TAMPA ELEMENTARY, AREA 1, LEWIS MURPHY, PRINCIPAL, AMANDA ORIOSO. HEAD CUSTODIAN. [ APPLAUSE ] REPRESENTING SECONDARY, DW WATERS. MARIA LOPEZ, HEAD CUSTODIAN. FERNANDEZ. FRANCISCO. AND GUIDO RODRIGUEZ, CUSTODIAN. [ APPLAUSE ] AREA 2. ELEMENTARY. LOWRY ELEMENTARY. JESSICA KAPPA, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. CLARA JIMENEZ, HEAD CUSTODIAN. [ APPLAUSE ] SECONDARY, MARTINEZ MIDDLE SCHOOL, LONNIE CHOKE, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL, ANNA SIMONE, CUSTODIAN. [ APPLAUSE ] AREA 36, ELEMENTARY. MARY JO STOVA, PRINCIPAL. HEAD CUSTODIAN. [ APPLAUSE ] SECONDARY, GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL, THOMAS MORE REAL, PRINCIPAL. GONZALEZ, HEAD CUSTODIAN. AREA 4. SEL SEMINOLE ELEMENTARY. DR. MASTERS, PRINCIPAL. HEAD CUSTODIAN. ANGEL PIPPA. HE IS COULD BALANCE, CUSTODIAN. VALENTINE, CUSTODIAN. [ APPLAUSE ] SECONDARY, AREA 4, YOUNG MIDDLE SCHOOL. JOHNSON, PRINCIPAL. HEAD CUSTODIAN. AREA 5. CIMINO ELEMENTARY. GLADYS MUNZON. EDWARD ROMERO, CUSTODIAN. [ APPLAUSE ] SECONDARY, RANDALL MIDDLE SCHOOL. JOHNNY WILLIAMS, HEAD CUSTODIAN. AREA 6. BURNEY ELEMENTARY. ASHLEY RHODES, HEAD CUSTODIAN. [ APPLAUSE ] AREA 6 SECONDARY. ANCILLARY SITE. SIMMONS CAREER CENTER. NELSON, ROCCO LOPEZ, CUSTODIAN. [ APPLAUSE ] REPRESENTING AREA 7. OAK PARK ELEMENTARY. MARY LOU BATHES, PRINCIPAL. THE CURRENT HEAD CUSTODIAN, LILLY ACOSTA. SECONDARY AREA 7, VAN BUREN ELEMENTARY. MR. WILSON PRINCIPAL. AND ANGEL RAMOS, HEAD CUSTODIAN. SORRY. MIDDLE. [ APPLAUSE ] REPRESENTING AREA 8 WILL. THOMPSON ELEMENTARY. PRINCIPAL AND SAM SNYDER, HEAD CUSTODIAN. [ APPLAUSE ] AND SECONDARY, RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL, DANIELLE SHOTWELL, PRINCIPAL. KEVIN MESSINA, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. AND THE HEAD CUSTODIAN. AT THIS TIME WE WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT TO YOU THE 2016-2017 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR. THOMPSON ELEMENTARY. SAM SNYDER, HEAD CUSTODIAN. OUR 2016-2017 SECONDARY SCHOOL OF THE YEAR, RANDALL MIDDLE SCHOOL, CLARA, PRINCIPAL. JOHNNY WILLIAMS, HEAD CUSTODIAN. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: AND THANK YOU. WE WILL MOVE TO THE RECOGNITION OF HIGH SCHOOL AND HIGHEST 2016-2017 STUDENT COMPLETION PERCENTAGE ON FUTURE PLANS. AND MR. CHRISTOPHER JARGO, HE'S ALREADY THERE. THANK YOU.  

>> MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF. THE DEPARTMENT OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION IN COLLABORATION WITH GUIDANCE SERVICES IMPLEMENTED THE ONLINE COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS PROGRAM FUTURE PLANS WITH 10th GRADE STUDENTS IN 2016-17. THIS IS AN INTERACTIVE PROGRAM THAT HELPS STUDENTS DISCOVER THEIR TALENTS, INTEREST AND WORK VALUES SO THEY CAN CHOOSE AN EDUCATION-BACKED PATHWAY THAT BEST FITS THEIR INTEREST. WE ARE RECOGNIZING THE FIVE HIGH SCHOOLS THAT HAVE THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF THEIR ASSIGNED STUDENTS COMPLETE THE FUTURE PLANS PROGRAM LAST YEAR. WITH THE 5th HIGHEST COMPLETION PERCENTAGE WE WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE ALONZO HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] THEY ARE REPRESENTED BY PRINCIPAL KEN HART, TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST STEVE FISHER, COLLEGE CAREER COUNSELOR HELEN TURNQUIST. THEY HAD 550 STUDENTS AND 80% OF THEIR STUDENTS COMPLETED THE PROGRAM. OUR FOURTH HIGHEST COMPLETER WAS NEW SOME HIGH SCHOOL REPRESENTED BY PRINCIPAL CARLA BRUINING AND EICHLEBERGER. 579 STUDENTS COMPLETED WHICH REPRESENTED 81% OF THEIR ASSIGNED STUDENTS. THIRD HIGHEST WAS AT STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL REPRESENTED BY PRINCIPAL KELLY KING. 504 STUDENTS REPRESENTING 82% OF THEIR ASSIGNED STUDENTS. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR SECOND HIGHEST COMPLETION PERCENTAGE WAS AT EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL WITH 542 STUDENTS REPRESENTING 88% OF THEIR ASSIGNED STUDENTS REPRESENTED TODAY BY PRINCIPAL MARIA GISELE AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL HENRY WASHINGTON, JR. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR FIRST HIGHEST COMPLETION PERCENTAGE WAS BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL. 389 STUDENTS REPRESENTING 95% OF THEIR ASSIGNED STUDENT POPULATION TODAY REPRESENTED BY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR CURRICULUM LANIS PEREZ. HE WE ARE WELL UNDERWAY WITH THE CURRENT, A THOUSAND STUDENTS HAVE PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM THUS FAR IN THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. JARGO. NEXT IS RECOGNITION OF MERIT AWARD WINNERS AND MAGNET SCHOOLS OF AMERICA, REPRESENTED BY ROBERT COX, SUPERVISOR OF MAGNET PROGRAMS. WELCOME.  

>> MY NAME IS ROBERT COX. MAGNET SCHOOLS FOR OUR DISTRICT. WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO STAND IN FRONT OF YOU TO HONOR 20 OF THE BEST MAGNET SCHOOLS WE HAVE IN THIS COUNTRY AND WE ARE SO EXCITED THAT THEY RECEIVED NATIONWIDE AWARD FOR MAGNET SCHOOLS OF AMERICA BASED ON LAST YEAR'S RESULTS. THEY HAVE FULFILLED THE 5 PILLARS OF WHAT MAGNET EDUCATION IS ALL ABOUT. THOSE BEING HIGH ACADEMIC STANDARDS, INNOVATIVE CURRICULUM AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, SUCCESS FALL DESEGREGATION, SPECIALIZED TEACHING STAFFS AND PARTICIPANT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. AS I SAID THESE ARE AWARDS ARE PRESENTED BY MAGNET SCHOOLS OF AMERICA, THE NATIONAL ORGANIZATION THAT HELPS TO ADVOCATE FOR MAGNET EDUCATION ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. THE TOP TIER OF AWARDS GIVEN TO A SELECT GROUP OF MAGNET SCHOOLS ARE THE MAGNET SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS AND THE SECOND TIER AFTERWARDS ARE THE MAGNET SCHOOL OF DISTINCTION AWARDS. WE ARE SO PROUD TO HONOR THESE SCHOOLS THAT YOU SEE BEFORE YOU BECAUSE THEY ARE TASKED SOMEHOW WITH CAPTURING ON PAPER THE AMAZING THINGS THAT GO ON IN A SCHOOL EVERY SINGLE DAY. AND THAT IS NOT EASY TO DO. AND WE ALL KNOW THAT FOR EVERYTHING THAT MIGHT BE CAPTURED, THERE'S A HUNDRED OTHER THINGS THAT A MAGNET SCHOOL OR ANY SCHOOL IN OUR TWIT GREAT DISTRICT THAT GO ON THAT ARE TRULY TRULY AMAZING. WE ARE EXCITED THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO CAPTURE THESE THINGS AND RECEIVE THESE TWO AWARDS. SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, LET ME PRESENT TO YOU THE AWARDS OF DISTINCTION. BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL VISUAL COMMUNICATION PERFORMING ARTS, PRINCIPAL JESSE SALTERS. ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FINCH. AND LEAD TEACHER PAM BLAST. PAM GLAS. CAHOON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, SCIENCE. ANIMAL SCIENCE. PRINCIPAL OVETT WILSON. LEAD TEACHER KRISTIAN BROWN. [ APPLAUSE ] DUNBAR ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL, SCIENCE AND MEDICAL EXPLORATION, FRANKY BULMER. LEAD TEACHER ASHLEY COCHOL. FERRELL MIDDLE MAGNET, GIRLS PREPARATORY ACADEMY, PRINCIPAL KAREN FRENCH. FRANKLIN MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL, BOYS PREPARATORY, JOHN HALEY, LEAD TEACHER KATHLEEN WASSERMAN. JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE PREPARATORY LEADERSHIP ACADEMIES, ROBERT QUINN, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL SCOTTIE BASHAM. [ APPLAUSE ] A SCHOOL THAT ILLUSTRATES THE TRY UP OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT THAT WHEN YOU GET KNOCKED DOWN YOU GET RIGHT BACK UP, A SCHOOL THAT TONIGHT DOES NOT HAVE A PLAQUE WITH THEM FOR THE OBVIOUS REASONS, BUT IT IS HANGING IN A SPOT OF HONOR IN THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE AND WE ARE VERY PROUD OF THAT AS THEY ARE OF THEIR ACCOMPLISHMENT. LEE ELEMENTARY MAGNET, WORLD STUDIES AND TECHNOLOGY, PRINCIPAL BEVERLY SMITH. ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL PHILIP CATONE. LINCOLN ELEMENTARY MAGNET, INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE, REPRESENTING PRINCIPAL JENNIFER WEST, ASSISTANT APPRAISAL CARMEN SHEFFIELD AND LEAD TEACHER MICHELLE AM. MACFARLANE PARK ELEMENTARY MAGNET, DENISE RIVERO, ANGELA HARTLE. [ APPLAUSE ] MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH. REPRESENTING PRINCIPAL DR. KIM MOORE TONIGHT, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL MAGNET CURRICULUM GWEN HODGE AND GUIDANCE COUNSELOR ELEANOR ROME. [ APPLAUSE ] MULLER ELEMENTARY MAGNET, REPRESENTING PRINCIPAL MARY BOOTH, ROBIN TATE, AND LEAD TEACHER LAUREN STURLAUGHSON. [ APPLAUSE ] SHILL I AM -- PHILIP SHORE ELEMENTARY MAGNET. CHERRY BOLLINGER. MAGNET LEAD TEACHER BRYAN DRUGA. [ APPLAUSE ] PROGRESS VILLAGE MIDDLE MAGNET, VISUAL COMMUNICATION PERFORMING ARTS, REPRESENTING PRINCIPAL ANDREW OLSON, MAGNET LEAD TEACHER TYLER LEAVITT. [ APPLAUSE ] WALKER MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL, INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE, PRINCIPAL ANTHONY JONES. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR MERIT AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE RECIPIENTS. ORANGE GROVE MIDDLE MAGNET VISUAL COMMUNICATION PERFORMING ARTS, PRINCIPAL LYDIA SIERRA, LEAD TEACHER TRACY WINFIELD. RAMPELLO K-8 DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP MAGNET, CULTURAL ARTS AND HUMANITIES, LIZ UPPERCUE. RIVERHILLS ELEMENTARY MAGNET INTERNATIONAL BACK LAUREATED, PRINCIPAL TODD CONNOLLY. LEAD TEACHER DIANA FAVATA. [ APPLAUSE ] STATE-OF-THE-ART MIDDLE MAGNET, SCIENCE HE CAN, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, MATHEMATICS, DR. WILSON, LEAD TEACHER JOSEPHINE CORDER. [ APPLAUSE ] TAMPA BAY TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL, ACADEMY OF ARCHITECTURE, HEALTH AND VETERINARY SCIENCE, PRINCIPAL MICHAEL IPPOLITO. ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL MAGNET EDUCATION, MAGNET LEAD TEACHER, ELIZABETH CAMPBELL WHO COULD NOT JOIN US TONIGHT. [ APPLAUSE ] FINALLY, WILLIAMS MIDDLE MAGNET INTERNATIONAL BACK LAUREATED, PRINCIPAL ARLENE CASTELLI AND LEAD TEACHER JOYCE HOEHN-PARRISH. [ APPLAUSE ] WE EXTEND CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE SCHOOLS WHO EARNED THESE AWARDS AND ALL THE STUDENTS, TEACHERS, MAGNET LEAD TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS AT THESE SITES THAT MADE THESE PROGRAMS SO SUCCESSFUL.  WE THANK THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE CHOSEN MAGNET SCHOOLS FOR THEIR STUDENTS AND TRUST US AND ALL OF US THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT FOR EDUCATING THEIR STUDENTS EVERY SINGLE DAY. THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. COX. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, BOARD MEMBERS, OUR LAST RECOGNITION IS TO RECOGNIZE PARTICIPANTS IN THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT'S BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR AND STUFF THE BUS SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE. MR. JIM BEEKMAN, GENERAL MANAGER OF TRANSPORTATION IS HERE TO PRESENT THE RECOGNITION.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO COME UP HERE. WE WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE A FEW OF THE FOLKS. WE HAD OVER 100 VOLUNTEERS THAT WORKED WITH THIS. THERE ARE MANY THAT AREN'T HERE TONIGHT SIMPLY BECAUSE THEIR DAY STARTS ABOUT 3:00, 3:30 EVERY MORNING GETTING THEIR BUSES AND GETTING THEM READY TO GO. I WANT TO ASK A FEW PEOPLE, A COUPLE PEOPLE TO COME UP HERE. THEY ARE ALREADY HERE. JESSICA VEGA WAS A CO-CHAIR FOR BACK TO SCHOOL WORKSHOP. AND LEXY WIGGINS. AND SHE IS STANDING. (LAUGHTER) IT'S BEEN A LONG DAY. IF YOU ONLY KNOW WHAT SHE DID TO ME A LITTLE WHILE AGO. OKAY. AND THEN I'M ALSO GOING TO BRING SOMEONE ELSE UP HERE. PAULA RIDDLE. COME ON UP HERE. PAULA ACTUALLY SPEARHEADED OUR STUFF THE BUS. SHE MADE BOXES. WENT AND PICKED UP BOXES. DELIVERED BOXES. WHEN WE HAD ANYBODY WHO CAME IN THAT WASN'T ONE OF OUR EMPLOYEES, I THINK THEY WALKED OUT WITH A BOX AND A GUILT TRIP. AND THEN SHE FOUND OUT THEIR ADDRESS AND PICKED IT UP LATER. I WILL ALSO SHARE, IF YOU RECALL LAST YEAR WHEN WE COLLECTED SUPPLIES FOR HAITI, PAULA ORGANIZED THAT AS WELL AND GOT STUFF TO DO THAT. SHE TOOK THAT PROJECT ON VERY WELL. WE HAD OUR FIRST INAUGURAL BACK TO SCHOOL WORKSHOP, OUR BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR, FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITY. IT WAS A LOT OF WORK. WE DID NOT KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WE WERE DOING WHEN WE STARTED. AND I'M NOT SO SURE THAT WE KNEW WHAT WE WERE DOING THE DAY OF. BUT WE SOCIETY OUT WITH A GOAL OF 250 STUDENTS THAT WE WANTED TO PROVIDE BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLIES WITH, BACKPACKS, AND THINGS SUCH AS THAT. GOING INTO THE EVENT, WE HAD 130 THAT WERE REGISTERED. WE STARTED OUT WITH A BUDGET FULL OF ZEROS. AND WHEN I SAY FULL OF ZEROS, THEY WERE ALL ZEROS. SO WE HAD A LOT OF SPONSORSHIP. AND THIS CAME REALLY FROM THE COMMUNITY. ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT, WE HAD OVER 500 STUDENTS THAT SHOWED UP. WE WERE ABLE TO GIVE AWAY MORE THAN 500 BAGS, STUFFED WITH SUPPLIES, AS WELL AS OTHER SUPPLIES AS WELL. SO WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE FIRST SOME OF OUR SPONSORS WHO CAME AND SAT THROUGH THIS AND WE APPRECIATE THEM BEING HERE. ITIT IS A LITTLE COOLER THAN THE DAY OF THE EVENT WAS FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE OUT THERE. SO WE WANT TO -- FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ROD CARTER COME UP. WE REALLY APPRECIATE ROD WITH WFLA. [ APPLAUSE ] HE ALWAYS -- SHE ALWAYS TELLS ME WHAT TO DO. SO ROD TOOK OUR CHAOS AND MADE IT ORGANIZED CHAOS. AND EMCEED THE EVENT FOR THE DAY. SO HE WAS OUT THERE FOR THE DURATION AND HELPED US GET THROUGH THAT. ONE WHO IS NOT HERE I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO IS HOWARD WORD. HE'S WITH 1150 AM, WTMP. -ACTUALLY HAD US IN THE STUDIO ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS AND ACTUALLY PROMOTED AND ACTUALLY SHOWED UP THE DAY OF THE EVENT AND VOLUNTEERED AND SPENT HIS DAY OUT THERE AS WELL. SO THEY WERE GREAT COMMUNITY SPONSORED. THE OTHER SPONSORS --  

>> ROD, HERDING HIM IS LIKE HERDING CATS, RIGHT?  

>> YEAH.  

>> TRAVIS STEEL WITH LONG AND ASSOCIATES ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS. [ APPLAUSE ] LESLIE FINDLEY IS NOT HERE BUT WALMART ON DALE MABRY WAS A GOOD SPONSOR FOR US AS WELL. [ APPLAUSE ] HUMANA. CHARLES CUMMINGS FROM HUMANA. [ APPLAUSE ] JOANNA RODRIGUEZ WITH AVANT-GARDE CARE. [ APPLAUSE ] WE HAVE NELSON BOSK WITH SMITH AND ASSOCIATES. [ APPLAUSE ] WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE TECHNICAL COLLEGES WHO ALSO HELPED US OUT QUITE A BIT. SCOTT BROOKS IS HERE WHO WILL BE GLAD TO COME TAKE ALL THE CERTIFICATES FOR ALL OF THEM. BUT THEY WERE OF GREAT HELP AND ASSOCIATED WITH US, AND ACTUALLY WE PRINTED CERTIFICATES WITH COLOR INK FROM HIS SHOP. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> JUST LAKE GOOD BROTHERS AND SISTERS, WE SHARE.  

>> JIM BEEKMAN:  I WOULD LIKE TO CALL UP SOME OF OUR TEAM THAT MAY BE HERE TONIGHT. PAT SCOTT. CLARETT A GOODSTON. KATRINA CRUMBLY. BETTY BROWN. TERRY GIVAL. PAULA RIDDLE OF THE CASSIDY SIMMONS. AND CARMEN TORRES. AND THE QUEEN OF FIELD TRIPS, MARIE AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. THIS -- WE ARE GOING TO DO A GROUP PICTURE IF THAT'S OKAY SINCE WE ARE THE LAST ONE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: WE CAN TALK WHILE YOU GET A PICTURE. YOU DIDN'T RECOGNIZE ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN THE ROOM SO I'LL GET YOU A CERTIFICATE, MRS. VEGA, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT SHE IS THE SPEARHEAD OF THIS.  THIS WAS HER IDEA.  

>> SHE SIGNED HER OWN.  

>>Cindy Stuart: SO CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU. I KNOW THAT THIS WAS A LOT OF WORK FOR YOU. DID YOU GET A CERTIFICATE, TOO, MR. BEEKMAN? MRS. GRIFFIN? AND I'LL BE VERY BRIEF.  

>> SOME OF THE BOARD MEMBERS WERE JUST SITTING UP HERE SAYING, WHY DID WE SAVE THIS ONE FOR LAST? THESE LADIES HAVE TO GET UP EARLIER THAN ANYBODY ELSE IN THIS DISTRICT. AND I KNOW THEY ARE PROBABLY ALL GOING TO GO HOME AND GO STRAIGHT TO BED. MR. BEEKMAN,DOWN DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY YEARS OF COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE WE HAVE IN THIS ROOM RIGHT NOW? A BUNCH. I THINK 200 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE BETWEEN THESE WONDERFUL TRANSPORTATION EMPLOYEES. BUT THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND AGAIN. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF OUR EMPLOYEES WORKING SO MUCH FURTHER INTO THE DAY OR THE EVENING OR THE WEEKENDS THAN JUST THAT TIME THAT WE PAY YOU FOR. AND OUR COMMUNITY IS GREATER FOR YOU ALL BEING A PART OF IT. AND OUR KIDS ARE GREATER FOR YOU BEING PART OF THEIR LIFE, TOO. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU DO. AND THIS IS JUST AGAIN ABOVE AND BEYOND WHAT YOU DO FOR US ON A DAILY BASIS. IT'S GREATLY APPRECIATED. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> JIM BEEKMAN:  I WOULD LIKE TO THANK, SOME OF YOU DID COME OUT AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR COMING OUT. I KNOW MRS. VALDES HAD HERS GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME. MRS. HARRISON AND MRS. STUART, WE ARE THANKFUL THAT YOU DID NOT RUN INTO EACH OTHER. IT WAS CLOSE. IT WAS VERY, VERY CLOSE. BUT WE APPRECIATE --  

>>Cindy Stuart: SHE WAS ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD.  

>> I HEARD ALL THE ARGUMENTS. WE SAW THE VIDEO. YOU BOTH WERE THERE. BUT WE APPRECIATE OUR FOLKS. THIS, AGAIN, WE HAD OVER 100 VOLUNTEERS, AND WE'LL HAVE A BIG PARTY WITH THEM LATER ON. BUT THEY ARE JUST AN AMAZING GROUP. YOUR TRANSPORTATION FOLKS, YOUR DRIVERS, YOUR ATTENDANTS, YOUR MECHANICS. WE HAD THE WHOLE CREW THERE. EVERY DEPARTMENT WAS REPRESENTED THERE. AND THEY ARE JUST AN AMAZING GROUP TO WORK WITH. SO THIS DISTRICT IS VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE THEM AS EMPLOYEES. SO THANK YOU.  

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

>> OH, WE HAVE GOT TO GET --  

>> WE ARE VERY PROUD TO HAVE COMMUNITY SPONSORS. AND WITHOUT THEM, THE BACK TO SCHOOL FAIR WOULDN'T HAVE EXISTED SO WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A GROUP PICTURE WITH THEM AS WELL.  

>> JIM BEEKMAN:  ONE MORE.  

>> I AM GOING TO GO AHEAD AND ADJOURN. WE ARE ADJOURNED.