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

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

>>CINDY: 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.  

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

>>CINDY: THE BEST WAY TO SERVE OUR STUDENTS AND OUR COMMUNITY IS TO INVOLVE YOU, THE PUBLIC, IN WHAT WE DO. YOU ARE WELCOME TO E-MAIL OR MEET WITH ANY OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS AND FOLLOW OUR DISTRICT ON SOCIAL MEDIA. OUR BOARD MEETINGS ARE HELD HERE IN OUR BOARD AUDITORIUM EVERY OTHER TUESDAY, STARTING AT 3:00 PM. BOARD MEETINGS ARE STREAMED LIVE ON OUR WEBSITE, AND CARRIED LIVE ON CABLE -- SPECTRUM CHANNEL 635 AND FRONTIER FIOS CHANNEL 32. AS YOUR ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD, WE ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT THE PUBLIC HAS TO SAY. WE WILL INCLUDE TIME FOR AUDIENCE COMMENTS BEFORE WE ADDRESS OUR AGENDA.  

>>SALLY: OUR AGENDA AND ANY SUPPORTING MATERIALS CAN BE VIEWED ONLINE IN ADVANCE. THEY’RE POSTED SEVEN DAYS BEFORE EACH MEETING ON OUR WEBSITE, SDHC.K12.FL.US. THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF OUR MEETING TODAY. WITH YOUR HELP, WE’RE MAKING DECISIONS THAT SHAPE OUR COMMUNITY’S FUTURE. WE AT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE --  

>>TOGETHER: -- PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE! [ SOUNDING GAVEL ]  

>>Cindy Stuart: GOOD AFTERNOON, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. I'M GOING TO CALL TODAY'S BOARD MEETING OF OCTOBER 3rd, 2017, TO ORDER. IF WE COULD PLEASE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY MEMBER HARRIS.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER STUART. PLEASE JOIN ME IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE TO HONOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN HURT BY THE HANDS OF ANOTHER. LET US WORK AT KEEPING PEACE IN OUR GREAT COUNTRY. [MOMENT OF SILENCE] THANK YOU. JOIN ME IN THE PLEDGE. [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE BUILDING [ [[PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. HARRIS. I WANT TO TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE TO YOU TODAY AND PUT A SPECIAL THANK-YOU OUT THERE TO SUPERINTENDENT JEFF EAKINS. THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY IN CONTINUING THE CELEBRATION OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH AT ROSSAC WITH THE MUSIC AND ART PROVIDED TODAY. SPECIAL THANKS TO BRYANT ELEMENTARY, CAROL MAYO, SUPERVISOR OF MIGRANT SERVICES. THE COORDINATOR OF HISPANIC AND CULTURAL OUTREACH. SANDRA, MELISSA, YENNESY, A PARENT, MOLLY DRESSLE. ABAYO ORTIZ, OUR ELL TRANSLATOR. VERONICA SALARA. DALLAS ORZOLA. AND -- OH, HERE COME THE STUDENTS. IF WE COULD HAVE THE STUDENTS COME UP AND INTRODUCE THEMSELVES. AND TELL US WHAT GRADE THEY'RE IN. I THINK THERE'S A STOOL DOWN THERE SOMEWHERE.  

>> MY NAME IS MAGALI. AND WHAT SCHOOL I GO IS BRYANT ELEMENTARY. I'M IN THIRD GRADE.  

>> MY NAME IS JAMAR. MY SCHOOL NAME IS BRYANT ELEMENTARY. AND I'M SECOND GRADE. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> MY NAME IS EDEN. MY SCHOOL NAME IS BRYANT ELEMENTARY. AND I'M IN SECOND GRADE. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> MY NAME IS MARELLI, AND I GO TO BRYANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND I'M IN THIRD GRADE. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> MY NAME IS CAROLINA. MY SCHOOL IS BRYANT ELEMENTARY, AND I GO TO FIFTH GRADE. [ APPLAUSE ] MY NAME IS ASHLEY, AND I ATTEND BRYANT ELEMENTARY. I'M IN FOURTH GRADE.  

>> MY NAME IS MELISSA, AND I GO TO BRYANT ELEMENTARY, AND I'M IN FIFTH GRADE.  

>> MY NAME IS JENNIFER, AND I GO TO BRYANT ELEMENTARY AND I'M IN THIRD GRADE.  

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH] [ APPLAUSE ]  

>> [SPEAKING SPANISH] [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU AGAIN FOR BEING HERE. YOUR OUTFITS ARE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. SO THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] I'D ALSO LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY AT THIS TIME TO INTRODUCE TO YOU EMILY HETHERINGTON FROM EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL WHO WILL BE SERVING AS OUR STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVE THIS EVENING. AND SHE HAS COMMENTS TO MAKE LATER IN THE EVENING ON ONE OF OUR AGENDA ITEMS. WELCOME, EMILY. [ APPLAUSE ] BOARD MEMBERS, THERE ARE THREE WITHDRAWN ITEMS. C 4.02A, 4.04 AND 4.05. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MS. GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. BOARD MEMBERS, LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MS. GRIFFIN, WHO I BELIEVE WE HAVE WORD IS ON HER WAY. YOU HAVE THREE SETS OF MINUTES IN YOUR PACKET FOR THIS MEETING. SEPTEMBER 19th, THE SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP. SEPTEMBER 19th, THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. AND SEPTEMBER 26th, THE SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MEETING. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE MINUTES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS. A SECOND BY MS. SHAMBURGER. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED. MS. HARRIS, IF YOU COULD PLEASE READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES.  

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. HARRIS. REMEMBER, JUST A REMINDER TO BOARD MEMBERS TO PLEASE TRY AND KEEP YOUR COMMENTS CONCISE AND ON TOPIC DURING THE MEETING. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE TWO ITEMS THAT WE'LL BE TAKING AT SPECIFIC TIMES TODAY. ITEM C 6.01 AT 5:01 IS THE PUBLIC HEARING AND APPROVAL OF THE RESOLUTION AMENDING THE CIT PROJECT LIST, INITIALLY APPROVED IN APRIL OF 2016. AND OUR SECOND ITEM WILL BE OUR EMPLOYEE INPUT. THAT WILL BE AT 6:00. NEXT UP, WE HAVE AUDIENCE COMMENTS. WE WILL MOVE TO AUDIENCE COMMENTS AT THIS TIME. MS. HARRIS, WILL YOU READ THOSE GUIDELINES?  

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. HARRIS. AUDIENCE MEMBERS, WE ASK THAT YOU KEEP YOUR CELEBRATION TO A MINIMUM IN THE BOARDROOM. APPLAUSE AND OUTBURSTS SLOW OUR PROCESS AND CONTINUOUS FLOW OF SPEAKERS. WE WISH TO HEAR EVERY SPEAKER NOW AND DURING EMPLOYEE COMMENT WHO IS IN ATTENDANCE AND ASK FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AS WE MOVE THROUGH OUR COMMENT SECTION. A REMINDER FOR GUESTS, IF YOU LEAVE THE AUDITORIUM FOR ANY REASON, YOU WILL BE SUBJECT TO GOING THROUGH OUR SECURITY BEFORE REENTERING THE AUDITORIUM. WE HAVE ONE SPEAKER TODAY. MR. MARK KLUTHO WITH FOUR ITEMS. SO YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES. MR. KLUTHO. WELCOME.  

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. THE ONE ITEM WILL BE AT 5:00. THAT'S THE PUBLIC HEARING. 4.03, OUT OF FIELD. YOU KEEP CHANGING THE RULES. OH, WELL. 7.03, YOU'RE GOING TO GO OVER THERE TO FLORILAND MALL AND THAT STUPID BUILDING. TYPICAL. 12.01, APPROVE THE ADVERTISEMENT OF THE BOARD'S INTENT TO ADOPT NEW AND REVISED POLICIES. THAT HAS TO BE GOOD. LET ME GO ON TO THIS. THIS HAPPENED WHILE I WAS AWAY AT MY 50th CLASS REUNION. AC FAILS. SCHOOLS STEW. OH, MAN. 200 REPAIR CALLS A DAY. AND THE CHILDREN ARE STAYING HOME FROM SCHOOL BECAUSE OF THE PROBLEM. NOT GOOD. 20 YEARS AGO DURING AN ECONOMIC BOON, THE DISTRICT WENT ON A BUILDING SPREE THAT PRODUCED 70 NEW SCHOOLS. THEN THE RECESSION HIT. MONEY DRIED UP. SO WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE DONE IF THE MONEY WAS THERE, IS YOU WOULD HAVE JUST KEPT ON BURNING IT, JUST BURNING THE MONEY, FEEDING THE SIX SCHOOLS WITH THE BIG, GIANT HVAC SYSTEMS. AND THE DISTRICT IS STILL PAYING MORTGAGES ON THE NEWER SCHOOLS, AN EXPENSE THAT EATS UP HALF ITS CAPITAL BUDGET. WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT THAT IS? THAT'S STUPIDITY. BECAUSE YOU MAKE THESE STUPID BUILDINGS THAT REQUIRE BIG, GIANT HVAC SYSTEMS THAT HAVE TO KEEP CHUGGING ALL THE TIME. PASSIVE SOLAR MEANS THE BUILDING DOES THE WORK ON ITS OWN, AND YOU'VE CONTINUED TO IGNORE THE SCIENCE THAT I'VE BEEN BRINGING FOR THREE DECADES. AND WHAT DID I HEAR TODAY? "OH, WELL, WE'VE NOW TAKEN THIS SOLAR TO HEART THAT YOU'VE BEEN BRINGING." WELL, YOU KNOW, I TOLD THIS BUREAUCRAT YOU SAID THE WRONG THING. SOLAR, NO. BEFORE YOU DO THE SOLAR, YOU HAVE TO DO THE EFFICIENCY MEASURES. BECAUSE IF YOU THINK IT'S JUST SOLAR, YOU'RE WASTING THAT RENEWABLE SOURCE. IT'S LIKE WHEN YOU SUPPOSEDLY HAD THIS NEW GREEN BUILDING OR GREEN SCHOOL, AND YOU HAD TWO BUILDINGS. ONE ORIENTED LIKE THIS AND ONE ORIENTED LIKE THIS. STUPIDITY. SHARES STUPIDITY. SEE, THAT'S NOT PASSIVE SOLAR. AND THEN HERE IS THIS FORMER TEACHER THAT WRITES THIS STUPID LETTER. THE PROBLEM SEEMS TO BE THAT THERE WAS NO -- WHICH SOUNDS STUPID -- THERE WASN'T ANY PLANNING OF REGULAR CHECKUPS. WELL, SEE, WHEN YOU HAVE THE STUPID BUILDINGS, IT DOESN'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE WHETHER OR NOT YOU DID A CHECKUP. YOU'RE STILL GOING TO HAVE THAT BIG H VAC SYSTEM THAT'S GOING TO BE A PROBLEM IN THE SCHOOLS. I MEAN, CLEARLY WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS MALFEASANCE. IGNORING SCIENCE. AND THE IDIOTS DOING THE CHARTER SCHOOLS, WHY, THEY JUST CAN'T GET IT ANY BETTER EITHER. PUBLIC HEARING 5:01.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, WE'LL MOVE TO RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS, BOARD MEMBERS, WERE PULLED FOR DISCUSSION IN A SEPARATE VOTE. ITEM C 6.01, 6.02, 6.03, C 6.04, C 6.07. 6.08, 6.10, 6.13. 7.01, 7.03, 8.02, 12.01, 13.01 AND 13.02. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THESE ITEMS PULLED. I HAVE A MOTION FROM MS. VALDES AND A SECOND FROM MS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? MS. VALDES.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AGENDA ITEM 7.03 CAN COME OFF OF THE LIST. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Jim Porter: BEFORE YOU VOTE, I HAD LISTED 6.06 AS BEING PULLED. I DIDN'T HEAR YOU READ THAT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I DID. IT IS HERE. I APOLOGIZE. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN MOVED UP PER BOARD MEMBER REQUEST. ITEM NUMBER 8.02, IS APPROVAL OF OUR WAIVER RENTAL FEES. I'M GOING TO TURN THIS OVER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT TO EXPLAIN THE REASON FOR PULLING THIS UP AND INTRODUCE THE GUESTS WHO ARE WITH US. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MS. STUART. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO BRING BEFORE THE BOARD THIS EVENING THE NAACP OFFICE OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY FACILITIES USAGE AGREEMENT FOR BOARD APPROVAL. BEFORE I MOVE ANY FURTHER, I JUST WANT TO RECOGNIZE IN OUR AUDIENCE TONIGHT THE PRESIDENT OF THE NAACP, YVETTE LEWIS IS HERE. WELCOME, YVETTE. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE THIS EVENING. [ APPLAUSE ] AS PART OF A LONG-STANDING RELATIONSHIP, COMMITTED TO IMPROVING AND EXPANDING OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LOCAL NAACP ORGANIZATION. THE OFFICE OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY CONFERENCE ROOM IS AN IDEAL FACILITY BOTH IN PROXIMITY AND ASSEMBLAGE OF TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT EDUCATIONAL, CIVIC, CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL, ARTISTIC AND CHARITABLE PROGRAMS AS OUTLINED IN SCHOOL BOARD POLICY 7150. THE PURPOSE WILL BE PROVIDE TRAINING, EDUCATION, MENTOR SPACE AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP ENGAGEMENT SPACE WITH THE INTENT TO SUPPLEMENT THE OFFICE OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY ACTIVITIES. THIS INCLUDES SEEKING PARTICIPATION OF NEW BUSINESS OWNERS, TRAINING IN WORKFORCE READINESS AND PREPARING MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THIS AGREEMENT DEMONSTRATES OUR ASSURANCE THAT WE WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH CRAFTING A NEW MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING TO INCLUDE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PRE-K TO 20 EDUCATION AND AXO PROGRAM ACTIVITIES. PROVISIONS FOR USE AND ACCESS WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED BY THE OFFICE OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY OVERSEEN BY OUR CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER MINERVA SPANO MARO. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT YEAR FOR THE NAACP AS IT CELEBRATES ITS 100th YEAR. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] I WANT TO THANK YOU IN ADVANCE -- NOT IN ADVANCE. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM. THANK YOU, MS. STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK NOT ALSO THE OFFICE OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY, BUT MARYLOU WHALEY'S OFFICE FOR HELPING DRAFT AND PUT THIS ON THE AGENDA TONIGHT. THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, MS. LEWIS. [ APPLAUSE ] BOARD MEMBERS, I WANT TO REMIND YOU, EACH OF YOU AGAIN THAT WE WILL HAVE TWO MINUTES PER AGENDA ITEM TO DISCUSS. WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO USE OUR TIMER. IF YOU GO BEYOND THE TWO MINUTES, I'LL ASK THAT YOU COMPLETE YOUR THOUGHT AND GET IN LINE AGAIN BEHIND THE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS IN THE QUEUE. IF A BOARD MEMBER HAS NOT PULLED AN ITEM FOR DISCUSSION BUT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO AN ITEM IN THE MEETING, PLEASE GET IN LINE TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM. THE FIRST ITEM IS ITEM 6.02. 6.02 IS ACCEPT THE EVALUATION RESULTS AND CONTINUE THE SCHOOL BOARD ATTORNEY'S CONTRACT FOR AN ADDITIONAL YEAR. THIS ITEM IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED FOR MS. HARRIS AND MYSELF, MS. SHAMBURGER AND MS. SNIVELY. MS. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, OUR CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER WILL PRESENT THIS ITEM.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. THIS AGENDA ITEM I'LL HIGHLIGHT QUICKLY. THREE-PART AGENDA ITEM. THREE THINGS WHEN WE WERE EVALUATING THE SCHOOL BOARD ATTORNEY THAT INCLUDED POLICY ASSISTANCE, THE SCHOOL BOARD ATTORNEY, AND THEN WE ALSO UTILIZED ADAMS AND REESE FOR LITIGATION. AND WITH THAT, WHEN WE REACHED OUT WITH THE EVALUATIONS, JUST MANY THINGS CAME BACK, INCLUDING MR. PORTER, THAT HE'S VERY PROACTIVE, FORWARD-THINKING, RESPONSIVE. HE HAS A GREAT ABILITY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE BOARD AND THE DISTRICT. HE'S VERY EFFECTIVE. THIS IS THE FOURTH YEAR OF THE CONTRACT, AND THE SCORES CAME BACK VERY FAVORABLE. WE JUST WANTED TO BRING THIS BACK TO YOU ALL. IT'S COMING BACK EVERY YEAR JUST SO HE CAN GET A REPORT CARD FROM YOU ALL AND HIS FIRM. AND THAT'S THE HIGHLIGHT. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SAUNDERS. I HAVE PEOPLE LINED UP TO COMMENT. WE'LL START WITH YOU, MS. HARRIS.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. I DO UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS NOT THE WAY THAT PRACTICE HAS BEEN DONE IN THE PAST, SO IT'S KIND OF A RATHER NEW METHOD. AND I LOVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE OUR ATTORNEY A REPORT CARD. IT'S GREAT. I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT MR. PORTER HAS BEEN EXTREMELY RESPONSIVE AND HAS TAKEN ALL THE NEEDS OF THE BOARD INTO ACCOUNT. HE PROVIDES VERY DETAILED AND THOUGHTFUL RESPONSES ON A REGULAR BASIS TO US. HE DOES ANSWER OUR PHONE CALLS MORNING, NOON, AND NIGHT. HE IS VERY FAIR WITH ALL OF US AND HE GIVES US VERY SOUND LEGAL ADVICE WHEN NECESSARY. I FEEL THAT HE'S ABOUT AN ASSET TO THIS BOARD AND HE HAS A CALMING NATURE ABOUT HIM. SOMETIMES THAT DOESN'T SHOW AT THE DAIS, BUT HE HAS A VERY CALMING NATURE WITH THE BOARD. AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE YOU AS A BOARD MEMBER. I WANT TO SAY THAT I THANK YOU FOR BEING WHO YOU ARE AND FOR KEEPING ME IN A GOOD PLACE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. SHAMBURGER. DID YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS?  

>>Tamara Shamburger: SURE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU DO FOR THE BOARD AND KEEPING US IN LINE AND GIVING US SOUND LEGAL ADVICE. I APPRECIATE IT. AND I LOVE SITTING NEXT TO YOU. YOU'RE DEFINITELY ACCESSIBLE TO ME. THANK YOU SO MUCH AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO WORK WITH YOU.  

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

>>Melissa Snively: I WILL ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF SOME OF THE BOARD MEMBERS. IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH YOU OVER THIS TIME. I APPRECIATE YOUR PROFESSIONALISM. I APPRECIATE YOUR AVAILABILITY, AS YOU ARE EXTREMELY ACCESSIBLE WHEN NEEDED FOR COUNCIL. YOU ARE EXTREMELY ARTICULATE AND KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, AND YOU HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB LOOKING AROUND OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO COLLECT INFORMATION AND KIND OF GET THE PULSE ON WHAT'S HAPPENING IN OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS, EVEN NOT JUST IN FLORIDA, BUT ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO HELP US CREATE, EXPLORE POLICY THAT'S APPROPRIATE FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR EMPLOY, AND WE APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU DO FOR OUR STUDENTS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY. MR. PORTER, THANK YOU, AGAIN, FOR ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR THIS BOARD AND OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU AND OUR CONTINUED COMMUNICATION. I WILL HE CAN THE SENTIMENTS -- I WILL ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF MY FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS. YOU ARE ALWAYS AVAILABLE. THERE'S USUALLY -- YOU MAKE TIME FOR US NO MATTER WHAT THE SUBJECT MATTER IS. THAT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. I DON'T REALLY HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO SAY. IS THANK YOU. ARE THERE ANY FURTHER COMMENTS ON THIS, BOARD MEMBERS? TO THE NEXT ITEM.  

>>Jim Porter: IF I MAY FOR A MOMENT. I WANT TO THANK THE BOARD FOR CONTINUED CONFIDENCE IN ME. I CONSIDER IT AN HONOR TO REPRESENT YOU AND TO REPRESENT THE DISTRICT. IT MAKES -- IT'S VERY SATISFYING TO BE ABLE TO HELP YOU SERVE YOUR CONSTITUENTS AND SERVE THE CHILDREN OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND ALL THE STUDENTS THAT WE COLLECTIVELY DEAL WITH. AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO ME TO GET YOUR FEEDBACK. IT'S IMPORTANT TO HAVE THE EVALUATION SO THAT I CAN ALWAYS IMPROVE AND UNDERSTAND WHERE I MIGHT BE FALLING SHORT IN YOUR EYES. AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO ME TO GET THAT FEEDBACK. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT THAT THIS COME BACK YEARLY. I THINK FOR WHATEVER REASON THE RELATIONSHIP DOESN'T WORK ANYMORE, IT NEEDS TO BE DEALT WITH IN A WAY THAT DOESN'T AFFECT THE TAXPAYERS. SO I APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT AND I THANK YOU FOR IT. I FEEL PRIVILEGED TO BE ABLE TO SERVE YOU FOR ANOTHER YEAR. SO THANK YOU.  

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

>>Melissa Snively: YES, MADAM CHAIR, I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS -- TO PULL THIS AGENDA ITEM FOR A SEPARATE VOTE AT THIS TIME.  

>>Cindy Stuart: WE HAVE A MOTION TO PULL THIS ITEM FOR A SEPARATE VOTE AND A SECOND BY MS. VALDES. I DO HAVE ONE OTHER COMMENT, AND I WAS JUST LOOKING BACK THROUGH THE AGENDA MATERIALS. IS THE CONTRACT NOT ATTACHED TO THIS AGENDA ITEM, MS. SAUNDERS?  

>>Gretchen Saunders: NO. THE ONLY THING THAT WAS ATTACHED WAS THE EVALUATION.  

>>Cindy Stuart: OKAY. BECAUSE THE AGENDA ITEM RECOMMENDATION SAYS ACCEPT THE EVALUATION RESULTS AND CONTINUE THE CONTRACT.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: WE CAN PROVIDE THAT. I DIDN'T ATTACH IT THIS TIME --  

>>Cindy Stuart: CAN YOU PROVIDE THAT. WE HAVE NEW BOARD MEMBERS AT THE DAIS THAT NEED TO SEE THAT AND ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE THAT IN FRONT OF US.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THE OTHER COMMENT BEFORE WE VOTE, AND I'M HAPPY TO VOTE, IS THE FINANCIAL IMPACT PIECE. THERE HAS BEEN SOME CHATTER OUT IN THE COMMUNITY TODAY ABOUT THE FINANCIAL IMPACT PIECE OF THE SCHOOL BOARD ATTORNEY'S CONTRACT AS WELL AS OTHER LITIGATION AND PIECES THAT MR. PORTER HELPS US WITH. I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR. THE FINANCIAL IMPACT IS CLEARLY STATED IN THIS AGENDA ITEM. WHAT THE FINANCIAL IMPACT IS ON THIS DISTRICT AND THE BOARD FOR US TO HAVE AN ATTORNEY SITTING WHO REPRESENTS CLEARLY JUST THE BOARD. SO THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS. WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR BY MS. SNIVELY. A SECOND BY MS. VALDES. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? MS. GRAY. NO. IT'S SECONDED ALREADY. SORRY. SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU WOULD PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE.  IT IS UNANIMOUS.  THAT PULLS THE ITEM OFF OF THE AGENDA FOR SEPARATE VOTE.  

>>Melissa Snively: I MOVE TO APPROVE THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO CONTINUE MR. PORTER'S CONTRACT WITH OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO APPROVE ITEM 6.02 AS WRITTEN, TO APPROVE MR. PORTER'S CONTRACT WITH THE DISTRICT FOR ANOTHER YEAR WITH A SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM WE WILL TAKE 6.03, 6.06, 6.07 AND 13.07 ALL TOGETHER. 6.03 IS TO APPROVE THE AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 OF THE CONTRACT SR-SDHC1718 BETWEEN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL READINESS COALITION, THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THIS IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED FOR MS. GRAY, AND I BELIEVE THAT MARIA WILL HIGHLIGHT ALL OF THESE FOR US. ITEM 6.06 IS TO APPROVE THE FIRST MODIFICATION OF THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION AND HEAD START, EARLY HEAD START PROGRAMS AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. MS. SNIVELY ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT ON THAT ONE. 6.07 IS TO APPROVE THE LOCAL CARE FUNDS FOR THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL READINESS COALITION AND THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AGAIN, MS. GRAY HAS A COMMENT AND MS. SNIVELY ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT. AND 13.01 IS YEAR TWO OF THE APPROVED INTERLOCAL BUSINESS ASSOCIATED AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSION AND THE HEAD START PROGRAM AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FOR PARTICIPATION AS A DELEGATE -- AS A DELEGATE AGENCY IN THE HEAD START PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTED FOR MS. GRAY AND MS. SNIVELY. MS. CARACCIOLA, WELCOME.  

>> GOOD EVENING. I'M GOING TO SPEAK TO TWO FIRST. 6.03 AND 6.07. THOSE BOTH RELATE TO SCHOOL READINESS. C 6.03, AS THE BOARD CHAIR MENTIONED, IS ABOUT THE APPROVAL OF AMENDMENT NUMBER 1. ON JUNE 13th, 2017, THE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED THE CONTRACT WITH THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FOR 39 MILLION PLUS. THE SCHOOL READINESS FUNDING IS ALLOCATED TO PROVIDE EARLY EDUCATION AND CHILD CARE SUBSIDY FOR LOW-INCOME AND AT-RISK FAMILIES. AMENDMENT NUMBER 1 TO THE SCHOOL READINESS CONTRACT UPDATES AND ADDS GOVERNING LANGUAGES, LAWS AND LANGUAGE TO COMPLY WITH CURRENT STATE AND FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS. THE SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM PROVIDES SUBSIDIES FOR EARLY EDUCATION AND CARE TO OVER 10,000 CHILDREN AGES BIRTH TO 13 AND OVER A THOUSAND CHILD CARE PROVIDERS LOCATED THROUGHOUT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. OVER 57% OF THE CHILDREN SERVED ARE AGE BIRTH TO PRESCHOOL 5. PROVIDERS INCLUDE BOTH PRIVATE CHILD CARE PROVIDERS AS WELL AS DISTRICT SCHOOLS. FOR C 6.07, WHICH IS THE APPROVAL OF THE LOCAL MATCH CARE FUNDS, THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION RECEIVED FUNDING FROM THE CHILDREN'S BOARD AND, IN TURN, IS REQUESTING TO CONTRACT WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR A TOTAL OF $2,580,701. THIS CONTRACT WILL PROVIDE A PORTION OF THE 6% MATCHING FUNDS REQUIRED TO RECEIVE THE SCHOOL READINESS FEDERAL DRAWDOWN THAT PROVIDES FOR DIRECT EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SUBSIDY TO INCOME ELIGIBLE CHILDREN AGES BIRTH TO 8 AND THEIR SIBLINGS UP THROUGH AGE 12. 50% MATCHING FUNDS TO THE CHILD CARE EXECUTIVE PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM FOR SUBSIDY TO INCOME AND AGE-ELIGIBLE CHILDREN AND A $64,000 AMOUNT TO BE USED FOR CHILD CARE SUBSIDIES TO CHILDREN 9 THROUGH 12 YEARS OF AGE RECEIVING METROPOLITAN MINISTRY REFERRALS. ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS ON THE SCHOOL READINESS CONTRACTS? THE SCHOOL READINESS IS COMPLETE. NOW WE HAVE THE TWO FOR HEAD START. C 6.06, THIS IS THE APPROVAL OF THE FIRST MODIFICATION TO THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN US WITH THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. THE INCREASE PROVIDES GRANTEES AND DELEGATES A 1% COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENT -- WE ALL KNOW THAT TO BE THE COLA -- ALL HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START GRANTEES WERE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THESE FUNDS. OUR GRANTEE, THE BOCC, APPLIED FOR AND RECEIVED THE 1% COLA INCREASE, WHICH INCLUDES HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AS ITS DELEGATE. WE ARE ASKING FOR APPROVAL TO RECEIVE FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $113,743. THESE COLA FUNDS WILL BE USED TO COVER THE INCREASE IN STAFF SALARIES AND FRINGE BENEFITS ALREADY RECEIVED IN AUGUST OF 2017 AND TO PAY FOR HIGHER OPERATING COSTS. 13.01 IS THE YEAR TWO APPROVED INTERLOCAL AND BUSINESS ASSOCIATE AGREEMENT BETWEEN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION, HEALER HEAD START, HEAD START, AND OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL HEAD START. THIS INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT IS TO INFORM THE BOARD THAT WE HAVE A CONTINUATION OF FUNDS FOR THIS BUDGET YEAR. WE WILL HAVE THE SAME ITEM NEXT YEAR, NO SIGNATURES FROM THE BOARD ARE REQUIRED. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS SERVED AS A DELEGATE HEAD START AGENCY TO THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION FOR THE PAST 51 YEARS, AND WE HAVE BEEN GREAT PARTNERS. WHICH ALLOWS FOR THIS TYPE OF AGREEMENT. WE RECEIVED OVER 11 MILLION IN FEDERAL GRANT FUNDS TO SERVE 1800 THREE AND FOUR-YEAR-OLDS. AND OCTOBER IS HEAD START AWARENESS MONTH NATIONWIDE. WE ACTIVELY PROMOTE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROGRAM AND THE QUALITY SERVICE PROVIDED TO OUR FAMILIES IN THIS COMMUNITY. AND FINALLY, WE ARE INVOLVED IN GROUNDBREAKING RESEARCH, AND OUR GOAL IS TO BE LEADERS IN THE REALM OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS?  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. CARACCIOLA. DON'T GO AWAY. I KNOW WE HAVE PEOPLE WITH QUESTIONS. I WANTED TO FIRST GIVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TOSS THIS OVER TO OUR STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, EMILY HETHERINGTON. SHE INDICATED TO ME BEFORE THE MEETING THAT SHE WANTED TO COMMENT ON THE HEAD START ITEM. AND THEN ANOTHER ITEM, ACTUALLY, THAT'S NOT PULLED FROM YOUR AGENDA THAT SHE INDICATED SHE HAD INTEREST IN, SO I'LL LET HER COMMENT ON THAT AS WELL. THAT'S ITEM 6.09, WHICH IS A GRANT-FUNDED MOA FROM THE FELBURN FOUNDATION AND NATURE'S CLASSROOM.  

>> I WANTED TO COMMENT ON THE IMPORTANCE OF THE HEAD START PROGRAM AS IT SHOWS CHILDREN FROM LOW-INCOME BACKGROUNDS THAT THEY ARE IMPORTANT AND WORTH EDUCATING. NATIONAL LEVEL, 34% OF KIDS START KINDERGARTEN WITHOUT BASIC LITERACY AND -- BY HIGH SCHOOL THEY ARE MORE LIKELY TO DROP OUT. PROGRAMS FOR HEAD START ARE CRUCIAL FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR BEING SO INSIGHTFUL AS A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AND RECOGNIZING HOW IMPORTANT HEAD START IS. MS. GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. TAID FEW COMMENTS -- I HAD A FEW COMMENTS. AND I WANT TO THANK MS. CARACCIOLA. I WISH I COULD GET THE NAME CORRECT. I THINK I DID A LETTER BETTER THIS TIME. I DO BELIEVE THAT THE NUMBER ONE GAME CHANGER, AS OUR SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND TRACYE BROWN AND MOST OF YOU ALL ARE BIG FANS OF THIS, IS PREPARING THE CHILDREN FOR SCHOOL READINESS BEFORE THEY GET TO KINDERGARTEN. THAT IS CRITICAL. IT'S CRUCIAL, AND IT IS A GAME CHANGER. I ALSO THINK THAT WE HAVE TO REMIND OF OURS CONTINUALLY -- REMIND OURSELVES CONTINUALLY THE SKILL SETS NEEDED FOR A CHILD TO BE PREPARED BEFORE THEY GET TO KINDERGARTEN. WE SPEND SO MUCH TIME WITH THE CURRICULUM AND FSA STANDARDS I THINK SOMETIMES WE GET LOST WHEN SOME OF THE FIRST PROCURES OF SUCCESSFUL EDUCATION IS PREKINDERGARTEN. ALTHOUGH MOST OF US SITTING THERE READ TO OUR CHILDREN AS THEY ARE VERY YOUNG AND SING FAIRY TALES. I THINK I WAS PLAYING HOPSCOTCH WITH MY GRANDDAUGHTER, SO DOING KNEW MAYORSY, WE CAN'T THINK EVERYONE IS DOING THAT. OUR SCHOOL DOES A GREAT JOB WITH OVER A THOUSAND CHILD CARE PROVIDERS TO HAVE OUR CHILDREN NUMERACY LITERATE AND LITERACY LITERATE, AS WELL AS BEHAVIOR. SO THE TALK IS NOT THE TALK. WE ACTUALLY ARE DOING THIS VERY SUCCESSFULLY. AND THAT'S OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS TAKES IT VERY SERIOUSLY AND I KNOW MEMBER HARRIS DOES AS WELL. BUT WITH THAT BEING SAID, I HAVE ONE CONCERN. AS WE SEE IN THE NEWSPAPER, WE ARE FACED WITH REFUGEES COMING FORTH TO OUR CITIES. IN FACT, SICKLES, I WAS OUT TODAY, THEY HAVE A FEW OF THEM ALREADY. AS IT RELATES TO OUR EARLY CHILDHOOD, THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN THAT WE MAY HAVE IS HOW MUCH TRAUMA DO THEY HAVE? WHAT TYPE OF CURRICULUM? I'M GOING TO COVER ALL THREE, SO TWO, FOUR, SIX. I WON'T TAKE THAT LONG. JUST SAYING. ANYWAY, WE'RE REMINDED THAT THE SKILL SETS THAT WE ARE FACING WITH THESE CHILDREN, WE WILL HAVE TO BE PREPARED IN CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, ET CETERA. YOU ALL KNOW THAT, BUT I JUST WANTED TO MAKE THE PUBLIC AWARE THAT WE DO HOUSE THESE REFUGEES. WE DON'T RECEIVE FTE MONEY PERHAPS. FTE COUNT IS NOT UNTIL NEXT WEEK. WE MAY HAVE THEM FOR TWO OR THREE MONTHS AND NOT RECEIVE ANY STATE MONEY. SO, AGAIN, AS YOU SAW ALL THE REFUGEES AND HOW WE HOUSED THEM IN ALL THE SCHOOLS DURING THE HURRICANE, HERE WE ARE AGAIN SUPPORTING EDUCATION FOR THOSE WHO CANNOT HAVE ACCESS TO ANY OTHER WAY. AND AS MARIA HAS SAID, WE OPEN OUR DOORS, AND WE ARE READY FOR THESE KIDS, AND WE WILL HELP THEM RECEIVE THE EDUCATION. OUR DOORS ARE ALWAYS OPEN. HEAD START, I HAVE NOTHING MORE TO SAY BECAUSE OUR YOUNGSTER, WHO IS A TEENAGER SPOKE SO ELOQUENTLY ON THE FACT THAT HEAD START DOES PREPARE OUR KIDS SCHOOL READINESS AND OUR CHILDREN TO BE READY. POINTS WERE MADE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ADDITION OF TIME, MADAM CHAIR.  

>>Cindy Stuart: ONE POINT OF CLARIFICATION, ANY STUDENTS COMING TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FROM PUERTO RICO ARE NOT REFUGEES. THEY ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS. I JUST WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THOSE STUDENTS ARE WELCOME HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I BELIEVE THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT DIRECTED PRINCIPALS TO MAKE SURE THOSE STUDENTS GET EVERYTHING THEY NEED WHEN THEY AND IF THEY SHOW UP AT THE DOORS OF OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM. MS. VALDES.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NOT ONLY ARE THEY AMERICAN CITIZENS, BUT WE TEACH THE CHILDREN AND WE PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO THE FAMILIES IN ORDER TO TEACH THE CHILDREN. THAT'S WHY WE HAVE DR. BROWN AND HER DIVISION AND THE ABILITY TO PROVIDE SERVICES, AND SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE FAMILIES. BUT IN MEMBER GRAY'S FRAMING OF HER COMMENTS, IT BRINGS ME TO A CONCERN THAT I WAS GOING TO LEAVE FOR BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS, BUT THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. AND I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT. BUT IT'S TIME. TO DO THIS. AND AS WE PREPARE, MR. EAKINS FOR THE STUDENTS AND THE FAMILIES THAT ARE ARRIVING, WE ALSO HAVE TO REALIZE THAT HERE IN OUR FAMILY, IN OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FAMILY, WE HAVE MANY EMPLOYEES OF ALL LEVELS THAT HAVE NOT EVEN HAD A WORD OF THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS, YET THEY SHOW UP EVERY DAY TO WORK. THEY SHOW UP EVERY DAY TO WORK. WE HAVE STUDENTS THAT MAYBE NOT KNOW ABOUT THEIR FAMILIES. AND THEY COME TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY. SO IN THIS CONVERSATION, I REALLY WANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IS IT THAT WE -- WHAT IS THE EXPECTATION? HOW ARE WE GOING TO MONITOR? BEHAVIORS FROM ADULTS AT SCHOOL SITES WHEN IT COMES TO EMBRACING THE STUDENTS THAT ARE COMING BEFORE US? AND WHAT TYPE OF SUPPORTS THESE STUDENTS WILL RECEIVE? WE ALL KNOW, IT'S A NEW DAY IN THIS NATION WHEN IT'S ABOUT CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE AND ETHNICITY. I MEAN, IT'S REAL. AND THESE CHILDREN AND THESE FAMILIES THAT ARE COMING BEFORE US, WE NEED TO DEFINITELY HAVE OPEN ARMS, CARING ARMS. AND I EXPECT -- MY EXPECTATION IS THAT EVERY SINGLE ADULT HAVE COMPASSION AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THOSE CHILDREN AND THOSE FAMILIES ARE GOING THROUGH. NONE OF US HAVE GONE OVER TO THE ISLAND TO SEE FOR OURSELVES. I HOPE WHATEVER IMPLICIT BIASES THAT ARE OUT THERE, THEY'RE GONE. BECAUSE WE HAVE EVERYTHING IN PLACE FOR IT NOT TO HAPPEN. WE HAVE AN EQUITY POLICY THAT CLEARLY STATES THAT DISCRIMINATION OF ANY STYLE, ANY FORM IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. WE ALSO HAVE THE DEPARTMENT OF DIVERSITY, AND I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE LAY ALL CARDS OUT ON THE TABLE AND REALLY THINK BRPZ WE'RE SAYING BEFORE WE DO AND THINK ABOUT THE OTHER INDIVIDUAL ABOUT HOW THEY WILL FEEL WITH WHATEVER IT IS THAT THEY GET DISHED.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. VALDES. MS. GRAY, DID YOU HAVE A FOLLOW-UP COMMENT?  

>>Lynn Gray: YES. JUST AS A POINT OF CLARIFICATION AND TO DIGNIFY THE SITUATION OF A WORD USED, "REFUGEE," BY DEFINITION, A REFUGEE IS ANYONE WHO LEAVES FOR A POLITICAL SITUATION AND/OR A NATURAL DISASTER. IN FACT, MYSELF AND MANY OTHERS WERE KNOWN AS REFUGEES WHEN HURRICANE IRMA CAME BECAUSE WE HAD TO LEAVE DUE TO A NATURAL DISASTER. OUR PURPOSE HERE IS NOT TO SHOW ANYTHING OTHER THAN OUR CARE AND CONCERN AND WRAPPING OURSELVES AROUND HELPING THEM. BUT IN TURNING A PARTICULAR VOCABULARY WORD, LET'S BE VERY CLEAR THAT U.S. CLIMATE, PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO LEAVE NATURAL DISASTERS, AND I HAVE IT RIGHT HERE IN FRONT OF ME, YOU CAN GOOGLE IT, ARE ABSOLUTELY KNOWN AS REFUGEES. AND NOT IN THE UNKIND SENSE. SO I APOLOGIZE IF MY TONALITY IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM WOULD INDICATE DISRESPECT FOR ANY OF THESE CHILDREN. IN FACT, CONVERSELY, I BROUGHT THIS UP TO SHOW AND TO SHARE OUR CARING FOR THESE KIDS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, 6.04, APPROVE THE SHARED SAVINGS PLAN AGREEMENT FOR MINIMISE, USA FOR THE ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION SERVICES PROJECT. THIS IS HIGHLIGHTED FOR MYSELF AND MS. GRAY.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH OUR DISTRICT INITIATIVE OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY, THIS AGENDA ITEM IS GOING TO DESCRIBE OUR NEXT STEP FORWARD. WHAT WE'VE DONE SO FAR IS WE HAVE PROVIDED THE ELECTRIC BILLS FOR THE LAST 24 MONTHS TO THE COMPANY WE'VE CONTRACTED WITH, MINIMISE, AND ALSO AS OF AUGUST 12th, CHRIS FARKAS' TEAM HAS PROVIDED THE BUILDING SITE BLUEPRINTS SO SO THEY CAN LOOK AT THE SCHOOLS IN OUR PHASE ONE APPROACH. SO AS WE TALK ABOUT THE SITE SURVEYS, THEY BEGAN LAST WEEK. THREE SCHOOLS. WEDNESDAY DOWDELL MIDDLE SCHOOL. THURSDAY, PLANT CITY WILSON ELEMENTARY IN PLANT CITY. AND FRIDAY WE WENT TO TAMPA BAY TECH. JUST HAVE TO GIVE A GREAT SHOUT-OUT TO THE PRINCIPALS, ROGER STANLEY, GINA BECKER AND MIKE IPPOLITO. THEY HAVE OPENED UP THEIR SCHOOLS AT THE LAST MINUTE SO WE COULD GO AHEAD AND START OUR SURVEYS. THERE ARE 30 SCHOOL SITES IN THE PHASE ONE OF THE PROJECT. THERE'S 12 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, FIVE MIDDLE SCHOOLS, SEVEN HIGH SCHOOLS, FIVE NONTRADITIONAL SCHOOLS AND THEN ONE DISTRICT SITE. WHAT MINIMIZES WORKING ON IS THEY ARE ACTUALLY WORKING AT THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT THE SCHOOL SITE. AND THAT INCLUDES ALL THE INTERIOR LIGHT FIXTURES, THE EXTERIOR LIGHT FIXTURES, LIGHT CIRCUITS, AIR-CONDITIONING UNITS, ROOF UNITS, AIR HANDLING AND CONDENSING UNITS ALL TO COLLECT INFORMATION FOR THE BASELINE. WHAT WILL BE COMING BACK TO YOU AFTER THE SITE SURVEYS ARE COMPLETED IS OUR SCOPE OF WORK. THOSE THINGS WE ARE GOING TO START TACKLING ONE AT A TIME. AGAIN, THEY ARE LOOKING AT THE DISTRICT USAGE PATTERNS, OUR MAINTENANCE RECORDS, AND THE UTILITY BILLS. A BIG THANK YOU AND A SHOUT-OUT TO OUR OPERATIONS FOLKS, WHICH INCLUDES MAINTENANCE, THE ENERGY MENTORS, AND EVERYBODY WORKING WITH THEM IN THE SCHOOL SITES. I WENT OUT TO TAMPA BAY TECH FRIDAY AFTERNOON, AND JUST TO SEE WHAT THE TEAMS WERE WORKING ON. AND IT WAS AMAZING WHEN YOU START LOOKING AT THE FOOT CANDLES AND THE LIGHTS AND THE ENERGY THAT WE ARE USING AT THE SCHOOL SITE. SO THIS IS ONE OF THE NEXT STEPS IN THE EVALUATION PROCESS. SO MORE INFORMATION. WE'RE GOING TO BE UPDATING YOU ALL EVERY MONTH WITH OUR PROJECT. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. SAUNDERS, CAN YOU -- I DIDN'T HEAR YOU GO THROUGH IT. CAN YOU JUST TALK ABOUT WHAT NEXT STEPS ARE? AND I KNOW THIS IS THE FOURTH OR FIFTH STEP LISTED IN THE AGENDA ITEM THAT WE'RE GOING TO CONDUCT THREE PHASES OF SITE SURVEYS OVER FOUR MONTHS. AND THEN IN JANUARY, A SCOPE OF WORK IS COMING TO THE BOARD?  

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, MA'AM. SO WHAT HAPPENS RIGHT NOW IS THE FOLKS, THE TEAMS THAT ARE OUT THERE AT THE SCHOOLS RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE ACTUALLY PUTTING ON MONITORS -- THANK YOU, CHRIS -- TO THE ELECTRIC PANELS. THEY ARE LOCATING EVERYTHING TO DO WITH THE ELECTRICITY, WITH THE HVAC. THEY ARE GOING TO THE ROOFTOPS OF THE SCHOOLS. THEY ARE LOOKING AT THE WINDOWS. THEY ARE LOOKING AT THE WHOLE ENVELOPE OF THE SCHOOL, BOTH INSIDE AND OUT TO LOOK AT OUR ENERGY EFFICIENCY MEASURES AS OUR BASELINE DATA. WHAT THAT DATA IS GOING TO DO, IT'S GOING TO BE FED INTO A DASHBOARD. NEXT MONTH WE'RE GOING TO BRING BACK TO YOU ACTUALLY THE INFORMATION AND WE'VE GOT A WEBSITE WE CAN LINK TO OF ALL OF OUR SCHOOL DATA. IT'S ACTUALLY ALL OF THE LIGHT FIXTURES IN THE SCHOOLS. WHAT TYPE OF LIGHT FIXTURES. HOW CAN WE IMPROVE OUR ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT THE SCHOOLS AND, OF COURSE, WE ALL KNOW WE CAN ALWAYS MAKE EVERYTHING BETTER. THOSE ARE OUR KEY METRICS THAT WE'RE USING FOR OUR BYLINE -- BASELINE DATA.  

>>Cindy Stuart: WHAT I'M TRYING TO GET AT IS LONG TERM. HOW LONG OF A PROJECT IS IT TO GET ALL OF OUR SCHOOL SITES SET UP, NUMBER ONE? AND THEN WHAT IS THE OUTLOOK FOR WHEN WE WILL START TO SEE -- I'M LOOKING FOR BOTTOM LINE. WHEN ARE COST SAVINGS GOING TO START HAPPENING?  

>> IT'S NOT GOING TO BE A MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE THREE PHASES WHERE IT STARTS. ONCE THEY GET THROUGH THE FIRST PHASE AND START LOOKING WHAT THE WE HAVE, THEY'LL START THE PROCESS. LIGHTS ARE FASTEST THINGS. LITERALLY THE MINUTE YOU CHANGE THE FIRST LIGHT FIXTURE, IT AFFECTS CONSUMPTION. IN THE BILL, YOU'LL SEE A LITTLE BIT. THE SAVINGS WILL CONTINUE TO RAMP UP THE MORE THEY DO. THE REALITY, YOU'LL START SEEING SAVINGS WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MONTHS ONCE THEY HAVE THE MONITORS THERE. THE MINUTE THEY DO THE FIRST CLASSROOM WHICH WE ANTICIPATE THE NEXT THREE TO FOUR MONTHS, YOU'LL START TO SEE THE BILL GO DOWN AND THAT BILL WILL GO DOWN AS THEY CONTINUE THROUGH THE SCHOOLS. THEY DON'T DO AN ASSESSMENT OF ALL 350 SCHOOLS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THAT'S WHAT I WAS GETTING AT. WE'RE DOING DOING -- THANK YOU, MS. SAUNDERS. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THOSE UPDATES AND THE NUMBERS GROW. MS. GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: YES, THANKS, MS. SAUNDERS, FOR BRINGING THIS UP AND FOR COMMENTING ON IT. I DID WANT TO HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS ANSWERED. FIRST OFF, WE ALL AGREE THAT ENERGY MANAGEMENT IS CRITICAL IN EVERY WAY, SHAPE AND FORM. AS WE SEE MANY OF OUR OWN TECO, WE'RE STARTING TO MOVE TOWARDS SOLAR PANELS. NOW, I BELIEVE WE ALREADY MENTIONED HOW THE IMPLEMENTATION LOOKS LIKE TO A PRINCIPAL. WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE IN A CLASSROOM IF WE ARE INTO THIS NEW ENERGY SAVINGS MODE? WHAT ARE SOME THINGS I WOULD SEE?  

>>Gretchen Saunders: RIGHT NOW WHEN YOU WALK INTO A CLASSROOM, YOU'RE GOING TO LOOK AND SEE THE LIGHTS. THE LIGHTS ARE ALL DIFFERENT COLORS. THERE'S NO ONE SET MODEL. WE DON'T HAVE A MODEL CLASSROOM BECAUSE A LOT OF THE AGE OF OUR SCHOOLS. SO WHETHER, LIKE MR. FARKAS SAID, WE TALKED ABOUT THE LIGHTING. WHETHER WE'RE MOVING FROM T8s OR OLD FLUORESCENT IN THE BALLAST, OLD SETS TO LED LIGHTING. AS A CLASSROOM GOES FORWARD, WE'RE GOING TO START SEEING A CHANGE IN LIGHTING, A CHANGE IN UTILIZING OUTSIDE --  

>>Lynn Gray: LIKE THE MARQUEES --  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THAT'S ON OUR LIST. WE'LL START LOOKING AT THE MARQUEES ON THE LIST. WE'LL LOOK AT THE OPERATING HOURS OF THE SCHOOLS. I THINK RIGHT NOW WE'RE SET AT ALL THE SCHOOLS TO TURN OFF THE ELECTRICITY OR THE POWER AT 9:30 AT NIGHT. BUT AS WE KNOW, A LOT OF THINGS STAY ON. SO WHAT THE DASH BOARDS ARE GOING TO TELL US WHEN WE SEE THAT, WHERE ARE THE SPIKES IN THE SCHOOLS? WHAT'S IN USE? THAT'S ALSO WHAT THE SENSORS ARE GOING TO TELL US.  

>> IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER, THERE IS A REQUIREMENT THROUGH OUR BUILDING CODE, THE LAMP IS THE EASIEST WAY TO THINK OF IT. A LAMP MEASURE, OF WHAT THE CLASSROOM HAS TO LOOK LIKE. IT'S NOT LIKE THEY CAN CUT THE LIGHTS OFF, THERE'S A MINIMUM THEY HAVE TO HAVE IN THE CLASSROOM. WHAT WE FOUND IT'S AS BRIGHT OR BRIGHTER WITH THE LEDs. THE IMPORTANT THING FROM WHAT CAN I SEE IN MY CLASSROOM, YOU WON'T SEE ANYTHING NEGATIVE? THERE WILL BE DIFFERENT LIGHTING AND CONSISTENT BULBS. HOPEFULLY THE CLASSROOM SEES MINIMAL USE OF THAT. BUT ONE THING WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT EXTENSIVELY WITH THE COUNTLESS ENGINEERS AND PEOPLE HERE FROM THE TEAM IS HOW DO WE TURN THAT INTO A TEACHING MOMENT? ONCE WE DO ACTUALLY HAVE THAT CHANGE AND WHAT WE LOOK AT USING THE COST FOR THE MATH EQUATION WE GET INTO IT, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THE MEAT OF THE ORDER IS FIXING AND CHANGING THAT STUFF, TO ACTUALLY TEACH THE KIDS AND SEERPZ THAT DIFFERENCE IS AND MEASURING LIGHTS AND WHY IS AN LED BULB THAT MUCH LESS CONSUMPTION THAN T-8 OR FLUORESCENT BULB, A BIG PART OF STEP TWO. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE GET IT RIGHT IN THE FIRST IMPLEMENTATION. BUT TEACHING THE KIDS WHY WE'RE DOING IT IS A BIG PART OF STEP TWO. THE COMPANIES HAVE AGREED THAT THEY WOULD BE HAPPY TO AND WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THAT AS WELL.  

>>Lynn Gray: ONE OTHER QUESTION, AND THANK YOU FOR THAT EXPLANATION. ENGAGING SCHOOL CONSERVATION. EXPLAIN HOW THE SMART METERS MONITOR AND ANALYZE CONSUMPTION USE, THESE SMART METERS.  

>> THAT'S ACTUALLY A GREAT QUESTION. RIGHT NOW, WHEN YOU GET A TECO BILL, JUST LIKE YOUR HOUSE, WE GET THE SAME FOR THE SCHOOL. MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, ONE TECO BILL, AROUND $2,000 A MONTH. NOT THAT THAT IS A REAL FIGURE. WE GET THAT BILL. THAT DOESN'T TELL US THE WHOLE PICTURE. IT COULD BE THAT ONE OF THE AIR-CONDITIONING UNITS IN THE BACK, THE ENGINE RUNS. IT'S MALFUNCTIONING AND WE DON'T SEE IT BUT IT RUNS NONSTOP ON THAT. WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IS ISOLATED CERTAIN THINGS. THE AIR CONDITIONING UNIT, THE OUTSIDE LIGHTING FOR THE PARKING LOT, AND THEY PUT MONITORS ON EACH INDIVIDUAL ONE OF THOSE. SO THAT MACHINE CAN SAY, OH, YES, IT'S STILL $2,000 A MONTH, BUT IT SHOULD BE 1800 BECAUSE YOU HAVE A MACHINE THAT RUNS THE ENTIRE DAY OR DOESN'T RUN RIGHT WHICH ALSO RUNS THE ENGINE OUT WHICH IS ANOTHER NEGATIVE. THE MONITORS WILL BE THE DASHBOARD WHICH WE'LL SHOW YOU. YOU CAN LITERALLY PULL UP A SCHOOL ON THE COMPUTER AND LOOK AT EVERY SINGLE PART AND MONITOR ALL THE IMPORTANT THINGS AND ALL THE THINGS THAT PULL KILOWATTS. SO YOU CAN SEE WHERE IS THE SPIKE. GRETCHEN OR MYSELF CAN LOOK AT IT AND LOOK AT THE DAY. WE SHOULD SEE A NEGATIVE OR FLAT LINE FROM 9:30, 10:00 AT NIGHT UNTIL 5:00 OR 6:00 THE NEXT MORNING WHEN IT KICKS BACK ON. IF WE SEE THE SPIKE AT NIGHT THERE MAY BE SOMETHING GOING ON WE DON'T KNOW, A TIMER MESSED UP. AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT AFFECTS OUR ABILITY TO MEET THE BOTTOM LINE OF THE DOLLAR FIGURE. SO THAT'S WHAT YOU'LL SEE. EACH ONE OF YOU WILL HAVE ACCESS AND EACH SCHOOL SHOWN FOR THAT. PUTTING THE MONITORING DEVICES TOGETHER AND PUTTING IT ON THE EQUIPMENT AND THE ASSESSMENT, THAT'S THE BIG STEP THAT THEY ARE WILLING TO DO WITHOUT A BIG COST TO THE DISTRICT, AND THAT'S THE IMPORTANT PART.  

>>Lynn Gray: AND THANK YOU. JUST A FINAL QUESTION. WHAT ARE OUR PLANS IN THE FUTURE, AND PERHAPS SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS MAY WANT TO WEIGH IN ON THIS, TO EXPAND ENERGY MANAGEMENT IN OUR SCHOOLS BEYOND THAT WAY -- THAT WHICH YOU DISCUSSED? DO WE HAVE ANYTHING ELSE THAT WE'RE THINKING OF DOING IN AN ENERGY MANAGEMENT EFFICIENCY DIRECTION?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WE'VE LOOKED AT A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT, NOT JUST IN OUR SCHOOLS, BUT WE'VE OBVIOUSLY LOOKED AT IT IN TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER DEPARTMENTS ACROSS OUR DISTRICT, SO IT'S NOT JUST A FACILITY ISSUE. IT'S EVERY PART OF OUR OPERATIONAL SIDE OF THE DISTRICT. SO AS WE MOVE FROM DEPARTMENT TO DEPARTMENT, WE WANT TO BE AS EFFICIENT AS POSSIBLE, AS ENVIRONMENTALLY SOUND AS POSSIBLE ACROSS OUR DISTRICT, AND I THINK ALL THESE THINGS THAT YOU'RE HEARING TONIGHT WILL HELP US GET THERE. I TRULY DO LIKE, AS MR. FARKAS SAID, FOR THIS TO BE A TEACHABLE MOMENT FOR OUR KIDS FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO KNOW, THIS IS THE DIRECTION THAT WE'RE MOVING BASED OFF BEST PRACTICES, ENERGY EFFICIENCY. IT'S SOMETHING THAT, ESPECIALLY THROUGH OUR FOCUS ON STEM AND OTHER ASPECTS OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, THIS IS A GREAT TEACHABLE MOMENT, AS CHRIS SAID, FOR OUR STUDENTS.  

>>Lynn Gray: GREAT MATCH FOR STEM. GREAT COMBO. I APPLAUD WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND I THINK THE MORE THAT THE PUBLIC NIECE WE ARE INVOLVING OURSELVES AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT IN CONSERVATION IS A VERY GOOD WAY OF SHARING HOW, YOU KNOW, WE'RE ON TOP OF THINGS. EXCELLENT. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.08, APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF DISTRICT LICENSE FROM CERTIPORT FOR INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION TESTING AND PRACTICE SOFT. THIS WILL BE BROUGHT BY CHRIS JARGO.  

>> MADAM CHAIR, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT ITEM 6.08 TO APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF OUR DISTRICT LICENSE FROM CERTIPORT, OUR LARGEST PROVIDER OF INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION TESTING AND PRACTICE SOFTWARE, WHICH ACCOUNTS FOR 19 OF OUR 48 DIFFERENT INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS. THIS PURCHASE WILL ALLOW OUR DEPARTMENT TO DISTRIBUTE 10,338 UNIVERSAL EXAM VOUCHERS TO STUDENTS AND TEACHERS WHICH ALLOWS A CANDIDATE TO TAKE UP TO SIX OF THE CERTIPORT EXAMS. STUDENTS MAY TAKE A GIVEN CERTIFICATION UP TO THREE TIMES IN A YEAR WITH 20 DAYS BETWEEN TEST ADMINISTRATIONS. THIS PURCHASE IS BEING FUNDED BY MONIES GENERATED FROM THE PRIOR YEAR'S EARNINGS OF INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS, WHICH ARE DIVIDED INTO PROJECTS BASED ON THE PROGRAM TYPE. LAST YEAR, OUR CAREER AND TECHNICAL STUDENTS EARNED 3,968 CERTIPORT INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS, INCLUDING 805 OF THE MICROSOFT OFFICE BUNDLE, WHICH IS A 19% INCREASE FROM THE YEAR PRIOR. THESE BUNDLES REQUIRE STUDENTS TO BECOME CERTIFIED IN THREE OF THE SIX POPULAR MICROSOFT PROGRAMS, SUCH AS WORD, PowerPoint, AND EXCEL. IN ADDITION, STUDENTS EARN 2,439 CERTIFICATIONS IN OUR ADOBE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS SUCH AS PHOTO EDITING, ANIMATION, VIDEO EDITING AND WEB DESIGN. THESE CERTIFICATIONS EXTEND BEYOND THE CTE CLASSROOM AS WE HAVE STUDENTS EARNING ADOBE CERTIFICATIONS IN OUR ART AND JOURNALISM PROGRAM AND ELEMENTARY STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN OUR IC 3 SPARK, DIGITAL LITERACY CERTIFICATION. THIS INITIATIVE HAS A WIDE RANGE OF BENEFITS TO OUR DISTRICT, INCLUDING ARTICULATION OPPORTUNITIES, INSTRUCTOR BONUS PAYMENTS AND THE ACCELERATION COMPONENT OF SCHOOL GRADE. THESE TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATIONS ALLOW STUDENTS TO SEEK FUTURE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND CAN REF LOS ANGELES THEM AS PROOF THAT THEY CAN REACH THEIR ACADEMIC GOALS. WE GREATLY APPRECIATE THE SCHOOL BOARD SUPPORT OF CERTIPORT CERTIFICATIONS AS WE'RE CONFIDENT THAT THE CERTIFICATIONS ARE PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. JARGO. MS. GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: IT'S VERY IMPRESSIVE. I KNOW THAT WE SPENT SOME TIME TALKING ABOUT THIS. AND I JUST WANT TO PUT IT INTO LAYMAN'S WORDS, AT LEAST FOR ME, TO UNDERSTAND. IF I'M TAKING AN AP COURSE OR I WANT MY DAUGHTER OR MY GRANDDAUGHTER, IN THIS CASE, TO TAKE ONE, AND I SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, THIS IS GOING TO HELP WITH YOUR PERCENTAGE OF YOUR ACCELERATION POINTS OR PERCENTILE, YOU KNOW, THAT'S VERY ACCEPTABLE. DID WE KNOW AND I DID NOT, DID WE KNOW THAT COURSES SUCH AS CULINARY ARTS AND VARIOUS INDUSTRY-REL -- INDUSTRY-RELATED VOCATIONAL COURSES ACTUALLY DO COUNT AS MUCH AS AN IB OR AP COURSE? IN FACT, CHAMBERLAIN IN 2017 LAST YEAR, NOT THIS YEAR, WE HAVE A NEW PRINCIPAL THERE, BUT HAD A SCORE OF 37% OF TOTAL POSSIBLE ACCELERATION SUCCESS POINTS. JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT'S NOT EXACTLY THAT HIGH. NOW, THIS YEAR, HE'S PUTTING IN AP COURSES AND A LOT OF THE INDUSTRY. HE'S UPGRADING VOCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO BROADEN THE SCOPE OF PEOPLE TAKING, THE KIDS TAKING HIGHER LEVEL COURSES SO TO SPEAK AND TRADES, BUT THEY WILL GET A HIGHER PERCENTILE ON THEIR ACCELERATION SUCCESS POINTS. WHAT I'M SAYING IS, YOU KNOW, WHY DO WE JUST FOCUS ON AP AND IB WHEN WE HAVE SO MANY CHILDREN THAT WILL DO ABSOLUTELY GREAT WORK IN A VOCATIONAL, KINESTHETIC TECHNICAL AREA, AND THEY CAN ALSO RAISE THE RATE OF THE WHOLE SCHOOL, NOT TO MENTION THE GRADUATION RATE WILL BE HIGHER BECAUSE THEY LIKE WHAT THEY'RE DOING, WE'RE OFFERING THIS OPPORTUNITY, AND TEACHERS GET BONUSES, WHAT $25 TO $50 FOR EVERY STUDENT THAT PASSES. SO THAT IS AN INCENTIVE TO, AGAIN, BRING IN THE BETTER TEACHERS AND, I THINK, IT'S JUST A WIN-WIN SITUATION. THANK YOU FOR SHARING THAT. I DID NOT REALIZE, AND I DON'T KNOW WHETHER THE PUBLIC REALIZED, THE GREAT, YOU KNOW, LATITUDE NOW THAT WE'RE OFFERING IN OUR EDUCATIONAL SPECTRUM. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. GRAY. THANK YOU, MR. JARGO. BOARD MEMBERS, I KNOW 6.09 WAS NOT HIGHLIGHTED BUT I BELIEVE THAT OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE DIDN'T SAY SOMETHING EARLIER, AND SHE WANTED TO COMMENT ON THIS ITEM. I'LL LETTER DO THAT.  

>> ALTHOUGH THIS IS NO LONGER PULLED, I WANTED TO ADD MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE ABOUT NATURE'S CLASSROOM. THE ADDITION OF A NEW INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF MEMBER WOULD BE BENEFICIAL AS A SMALLER STUDENT-TO-STAFF RATIO. IT WOULD LEAD TO GREATER UNDERSTANDING OF TOPICS COVERED DURING FIELD TRIPS, SUCH AS NORMAL pH LEVELS, HOW TO READ A COMPASS AND CHARACTERISTICS OF ANIMALS NATIVE TO FLORIDA. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, THE NEXT ITEM IS ITEM 6.10, APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF ENGLISH DISCOVERIES SEAT/LICENSES FROM TECHNOWARE. MS. VALDES ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT. WELCOME.  

>> GOOD EVENING. MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, AND STAFF, MY NAME IS JOCELYN LUONGO, DIRECTOR OF ADULT EDUCATION. THIS IS DR. ADRIENNE SIENGS, SUPERVISOR OF INSTRUCTION FOR ADULT EDUCATION. WE ARE HERE TO HIGHLIGHT OUR REQUEST TO PURCHASE THE ENGLISH DISCOVERY PROGRAM FOR OUR ESOL PROGRAM. ADULT EDUCATION RECEIVES TWO CURRICULAR GRANTS FOR ADULT ESOL INSTRUCTION. THE ESOL -- THE EL CIVICS GRANT AND THE REFUGEE GRANT. THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF BOTH GRANTS ARE TO PROVIDE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACQUISITION PROGRAMS FOR ADULT ESOL STUDENTS IN THIS COMMUNITY. OUR HOPE IS TO IMPROVE OUR STUDENTS' LIVES BY PROVIDING THEM WITH THE LANGUAGE SKILLS NECESSARY TO SUCCEED IN CAREER OR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION. IN THE PAST, BOTH GRANTS PURCHASE SEPARATE ONLINE PROGRAMS AS WELL AS HARD COPY TEXTBOOKS TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS. BASED ON LAST YEAR'S NRS DATA, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY'S ADULT ESOL PROGRAM SERVED OVER 8500 STUDENTS. DURING THE 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR, BOTH GRANTS PURCHASED ONLINE PROGRAMS AND TEXTBOOKS TOTALING $215,000. DURING LAST SCHOOL YEAR, WE SPENT APPROXIMATELY $143 $143,000 SUPPORTING OUR ESOL CURRICULAR PROGRAMS. THIS YEAR, OUR PLAN IS TO DECREASE SPENDING, YET IMPROVE QUALITY BY BRAIDING THE EL CIVICS AND BAY INSTRUCTIONAL FUNDS THUS LEVERAGING OUR RESOURCES TO PURCHASE ONE COMPREHENSIVE, PROVEN ONLINE HARD-COPY PROGRAM THAT WILL MEET THE NEEDS OF ALL OF OUR ADULT ESOL STUDENTS. OUR GOAL IS TO PURCHASE A PROGRAM THAT STUDENTS CAN USE ONLINE, AT HOME, AND ON THEIR CELL PHONES.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. IN OUR QUEST TO REDUCE PRIVE AND IMPROVE QUALITY, WE RECEIVED THREE BIDS FOR ADULT ESOL ONLINE AND HARD COPY PROGRAMS. THOSE CURRICULAR, BURLINGTON ENGLISH, ENGLISH DISCOVERIES AND ROSETTA STONE. ALL THREE PROGRAMS APPROXIMATELY $95 PER SEAT. OUR INSTRUCTIONAL TEAM SELECTED ENGLISH DISCOVERIES BECAUSE OF THOSE THREE PROGRAMS, THEY WERE THE ONLY PROGRAM THAT ALLOWED TRANSFERABLE SEAT LICENSING. THE TRANSFERABLE SEAT LICENSE MEANS THAT WE CAN USE EACH SEAT THAT WE PURCHASE FOR MORE THAN ONE STUDENT. IN OUR CASE, WE WILL USE EACH SEAT APPROXIMATELY FIVE TIMES. USING ENGLISH DISCOVERY SEATS MORE THAN ONCE WILL REDUCE OUR COST FOR THIS PRODUCT TO APPROXIMATELY $15 PER SEAT BASED ON OUR CURRENT ADULT ESOL STUDENT ENROLLMENT. ENGLISH DISCOVERIES HAS NO LIMIT ON HOW MANY STUDENTS CAN USE THE SEAT AT ONCE. THE TOTAL COST OF ENGLISH DISCOVERIES ONLINE PROGRAM FOR ALL OUR ESOL STUDENTS IS $120,000. HOWEVER, IT INCLUDES FREE ONLINE ACCESS FROM ANY STUDENT DEVICE, UNLIMITED ACCESS TO ONLINE TEXTBOOKS FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL ACADEMIC LEVEL AND ON-DEMAND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAININGS BASED ON OUR DISTRICT INSTRUCTIONAL NEEDS. THE COMPANY WILL ALSO PROVIDE ONGOING SUPPORT IN REGISTERING STUDENTS AND MANAGING OUR EDO DATABASE. ENGLISH DISCOVERY PROGRAM WAS THE PROGRAM OF OUR CHOICE FOR OUR GRANT FOR TWO YEARS. DURING THAT TIME, THE LEARNING GAINS INCREASED BY 14%.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANTED THE OPPORTUNITY OF HIGHLIGHTING THE WORK OF THE DEPARTMENT IN MAXIMIZING AND UTILIZING THE FUNDS THAT WE HAVE IN SUCH AN INNOVATIVE WAY. AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ELEVATING IT AND BEING ABLE TO NEGOTIATE A CONTRACT WHERE YOU CAN USE THESE SEATS OVER AGAIN. THAT IS VERY IMPRESSIVE NEGOTIATION SKILLS. GOOD JOB. AND IT'S ALL GOOD. IT'S AWESOME. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION, LADIES.  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU FOR TAKING CARE OF OUR ADULT STUDENTS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THE NEXT ITEM IS 6.13, APPROVE THE FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA COLLEGE OF EDUCATION FOR SERVICES ASSOCIATED WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE INVESTING AND INNOVATION I3 GRANT PROJECT, THE URBAN TEACHER RESIDENCY PROGRAM FROM THE OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING. MS. GRAY HAS A COMMENT AND MS. SNIVELY ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT. AND MS. DEBBIE MILLS, ELEMENTARY SUPERVISOR AND FOR AREA ONE WILL COME FORWARD AND PRESENT THIS ITEM. WELCOME.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. THIS IS SARAH FROM USF. SHE IS OUR COPROJECT DIRECTOR. AND WE JUST DON'T DO ANYTHING BY OURSELVES. THIS IS A TEAM THAT WE ALWAYS GO TOGETHER. WE'RE PROUD TO BE HERE ONCE AGAIN TO HIGHLIGHT OUR WORK WITH USF AND THE I3 GRANT. THE GOAL OF THE PROJECT IS TO STUDY AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO TEACHER PREPARATION THAT SERVES AS A SOLUTION FOR PROCURING AND RETAINING EFFECTIVE TEACHERS FOR OUR HIGH-NEEDS SCHOOLS. PARTNERSHIP SCHOOLS ARE PIZZO, MOSI, PATEL, SHAW AND WITTER. THIS YEAR, WE HAVE 21 RESIDENTS BEGINNING THEIR FIRST YEAR, AND 23 COMPLETING THEIR FINAL YEAR. OUR DATA FROM PREVIOUS GRADUATING CLASSES AND THAT INCLUDES 91 GRADUATES, 9.7.5% ARE CURRENTLY TEACHING. 70% OF OUR FORMER RESIDENTS ARE CURRENTLY WORKING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND OF THOSE, 48% ARE EMPLOYED IN OUR PARTNERSHIP SCHOOLS. THE EXCITING THING THIS YEAR IS THAT 5 OF OUR GRADUATES ARE NOW COLLABORATING TEACHERS FOR NEW RESIDENTS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MS. GRAY, DID YOU HAVE A COMMENT?  

>>Lynn Gray: YES. I'M ALWAYS MARVELED AT THOSE WHO HANDLE THE URBAN CITY SCHOOL. THE CHALLENGES THAT INCLUDE BEHAVIORAL CHALLENGES, LOW READING SCORES, LOW SOCIOECONOMIC, HEALTH CHALLENGES, THEY ARE SO VERY NUMEROUS, YET THE PARTNERSHIP WITH USF AND OURSELVES HAVE PROVEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT THESE TEACHERS THAT ESTABLISH RESIDENCY ACTUALLY STAY AT THE VERY SCHOOLS SUCH AS PIZZO, SHAW, AND THEY BECOME EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE SCHOOL LEADERS IN THE FUTURE. IT IS TO ME ONE OF THE MOST RIGOROUS OPPORTUNITIES, AND YET ALL THE WHILE, THEY ARE BEING SUPPORTED WITH RESOURCES FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, AND I THINK ALSO THESE INTERNS, THEY LEARN HOW TO TURN AROUND A SCHOOL, AND WE DO THAT ON PURPOSE. WE ACTUALLY -- AND SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS I KNOW HAS DONE THIS, PUT PRINCIPALS IN CERTAIN SCHOOLS BECAUSE THEY CAN TURN THEM AROUND. AND I THINK THAT'S A GREAT ASSET AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HAVE. SO I APPLAUD WHAT YOU'RE DOING. I KNOW THAT IT'S BEEN GOING ON FOR MANY YEARS. AND IT'S ONLY GOING TO GET BETTER, AND WE WILL ONLY HAVE MORE URBAN SCHOOLS, BY THE WAY. SO THE NEED IS THERE, AND YOU ARE RIGHT THERE AT THE START AND FINISH LINE. APPRECIATE IT.  

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

>>Melissa Snively: REALLY, I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THIS RELATIONSHIP WE HAVE WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA AND TELL YOU HOW VALUABLE IT IS TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE CONTINUING THE RELATIONSHIP AND CULTIVATING THE RELATIONSHIP FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR STUDENTS. THERE'S A NOTHING BETTER THAN HAVING PREPARED TEACHERS TO PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE. SO THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. SHAMBURGER.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: WELL, THOSE ARE MY SENTIMENTS EXACTLY. AS A USF ALUM MYSELF AND AS A REPRESENTATIVE OF A VAST MAJORITY OF HILLSBOROUGH'S HIGH-NEEDS SCHOOLS, I CERTAINLY APPRECIATE THIS PROGRAM. I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU GUYS ARE DOING FOR OUR SCHOOLS. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE NOT ONLY HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHERS, BUT COMMITTED TEACHERS WHEN IT COMES TO THE TURNAROUND OF THESE SCHOOLS AND FOR OUR STUDENTS TO SUCCEED. YOU HAVE MY SUPPORT 100%. I'M EXCITED ABOUT ALL OF THE GOOD WORK THAT HAS COME OUT OF THIS GRANT. THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MS. MILLS, I HAVE A QUESTION. SO WE STARTED THIS GRANT AND THE RELATIONSHIP WITH USF IN --  

>> THIS IS OUR THIRD YEAR. IT ENDS ACTUALLY THE END OF DECEMBER. IT'S KIND OF A WEIRD CALENDAR. U TRIP WAS TWO OR THREE YEARS BEFORE THAT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I'M MORE CURIOUS ABOUT WHEN THE EVALUATION PROCESS IS GOING TO START. WE'RE IN YEAR THREE. YEAR THREE TO FIVE. SO THERE'S TWO YEARS LEFT?  

>> THIS IS OUR FIRST YEAR THAT OUR FINAL RESIDENTS ARE BEING EVALUATED AS FIRST-YEAR TEACHERS WITH A MATCH GROUP TO SEE IF THIS PROGRAM IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I WAS READING THE EVALUATION UNDER THE BUSINESS ITEM. WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PROJECT EVALUATION. HAVE WE STARTED THAT OR IS IT ONGOING?  

>> WE HAVE AN OUTSIDE EVALUATOR THAT IS STARTING IT NOW. ACTUALLY, WE ARE EVALUATING THE TEACHERS WITH A TEAM FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: IS THERE ANY WAY YOU CAN GET US SOME OF THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE TEACHERS NOW IN THEIR FIRST YEAR AND MET WITH THEIR MATCH? CAN YOU GET US SOME OF THAT EVALUATION?  

>> WE PROBABLY WON'T HAVE THE FINAL UNTIL MAY-ISH.  

>>Cindy Stuart: RIGHT. THAT'S WHAT I WOULD BE EXPECTING. I'M ASKING IN ADVANCE FOR THAT TO COME TO THE BOARD MAYBE AS AN INFORMATION ITEM AS WE MOVE THROUGH THIS GRANT AND WE CONTINUE SO THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY SEE HOW THIS IS AFFECTING THE SCHOOLS THAT THOSE TEACHERS ARE IN. THAT WOULD BE GREAT. THANK YOU. ANY OTHER QUESTIONS, BOARD MEMBERS? OUR NEXT ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS IS ITEM NUMBER 7.01, APPROVE THE AGREEMENT -- APPROVE THE SECOND AGREEMENT TO THE REAL ESTATE PROPERTY LAND EXCHANGE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THE FLORIDA AND THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. MS. HARRIS ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT, AND MS. GRIFFIN HAD A COMMENT. SHE'S NOT HERE. MS. LORRAINE DUFFY SUAREZ, GENERAL MANAGER OF GROWTH AND PLANNING MANAGEMENT WILL COME FORWARD.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. THIS ITEM IS THE SECOND AMENDMENT TO THE LAND EXCHANGE AGREEMENT THAT WE ENTERED INTO WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY LAST YEAR TO ALLOW THE JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM TO GROW. CURRENTLY, THE JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAM SERVES STUDENTS IN THE FIFTH GRADE. THEY ARE GOING TO BUILD A SECOND BUILDING, AND IT'S GOING TO SERVE STUDENTS IN THE 8th GRADE AT THE FINANCE PARK. WHAT YOU'RE SEEING TODAY IS JUST AN AMENDMENT TO ALLOW THEM A LONGER BUILD-OUT TIME. THE ORIGINAL AGREEMENT HAD A DATE OF 24 MONTHS, AND NOW THE COUNTY IS ALLOWING THEM TO GO FURTHER OUT IN THAT TIME FRAME.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MS. HARRIS, DID YOU HAVE ANY COMMENT? ANYONE ELSE, COMMENTS? THANK YOU, MS. DUFFY SUAREZ. THE NEXT ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS IS ITEM 7.03, APPROVE THE SUBLEASE BETWEEN THE TAMPA BAY WORKFORCE ALLIANCE -- OH, YOU DID. I'M SORRY. IT'S STILL IN RED FOR ME. YOU LET MR. RAMSAY OFF THE HOOK. BOARD MEMBERS, ITEM NUMBER 12.01 IS APPROVE THE ADVERTISEMENT OF THE BOARD'S INTENT TO ADOPT NEW AND REVISED POLICIES. I ASKED FOR THIS TO BE HIGHLIGHTED BY MS. KRISTEN DAVIS. MS. DAVIS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I'M THE BACKUP. SO, BOARD, WHAT YOU HAVE BU BEFO YOU, AS WE HAVE GONE THROUGH THE CYCLE OF POLICY REVISIONS AND NEW POLICIES, THIS, OBVIOUSLY, COMES BEFORE YOU TO GET YOUR APPROVAL FOR US TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE ADVERTISEMENT OF THESE POLICIES AS PER REQUIREMENT TO DO SO. THERE'S PLAN A RIGHT HERE.  

>> THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT AGENDA ITEM 12.01, APPROVING THE ADVERTISEMENT OF THE BOARD'S INTENT TO ADOPT NEW AND REVISED POLICIES. THE PROPOSED POLICIES WERE PROVIDED TO AND DISCUSSED BY YOU, BY THE SCHOOL BOARD AT A WORKSHOP ON AUGUST 22nd. THE POLICIES ATTACHED TO THE AGENDA ITEM REFLECT THE WORK COMPLETED DURING THAT WORKSHOP. THE NOTICE OF RULE MAKING ADVERTISEMENT IS EXPECTED TO BE LISTED IN THE FLORIDA SENTINEL BULLETIN, LA GACETA AND THE TAMPA BAY TIMES THIS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6th. THE PROPOSED POLICIES WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ON OUR DISTRICT WEBSITE AND ACCESSIBLE FROM A LINK ON OUR HOME PAGE. ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO PRESENT ARGUMENT AGAINST A POLICY MAY SUBMIT A WRITTEN REQUEST TO THE SUPERINTENDENT WITHIN 21 DAYS OF THE ADVERTISEMENT. AND, OF COURSE, THE FINAL APPROVAL OF THESE POLICIES WILL COME TO YOU AT THE DECEMBER 5th BOARD MEETING IN THE FORM OF A HEARING. THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. DAVIS. I ONLY HAD A QUESTION. WHEN ARE THESE POLICIES COMING BACK TO THE BOARD FOR FINAL APPROVAL?  

>> AT THE DECEMBER 5th BOARD HEARING. IT WILL BE A D ITEM.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT BRINGS US TO THE END OF OUR PULLED CONSENT AGENDA. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. HARRIS. A SECOND BY MS. SHAMBURGER.  IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP? AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. WE'LL MOVE TO OUR INFORMATION ITEMS. BOARD MEMBERS, IT IS ONLY 4:15. RECORD TIME. A+. I AM GOING TO MOVE TO THE INFORMATION ITEMS, AND THEN I AM GOING TO MOVE STRAIGHT INTO SUSPENDED AGENDA UNTIL WE REACH THE 5:00 HOUR AND THEN WE'LL GO BACK TO OUR PUBLIC HEARING, IF THAT'S OKAY. IF MR. SUPERINTENDENT GETS DONE BEFORE THAT, WE'LL ACTUALLY MOVE INTO BOARD COMMENTS, AND THEN WE WILL STILL TAKE -- TRY AND TAKE EMPLOYEE COMMENT. I'M NOT SURE IF WE HAVE EMPLOYEES SIGNED UP. WE HAVE ONE PERSON SIGNED UP AT THIS POINT, BUT IT'S ONLY 4:15. ITEM NUMBER 13072 IS THE HEATING, VENTILATING AND AIR CONDITIONING PROJECTS AT COLLISON, LEWIS AND McKITRICK ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND MARTINEZ MIDDLE SCHOOL. CHRIS FARKAS, CHIEF FACILITIES OFFICER WILL BRING THIS TO US.  

>>Christopher Farkas: THIS IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT FORMAT THAN WE TRADITIONALLY WOULD HAVE DONE. THIS IS THE REPLACEMENT, AS YOU ARE ALL AWARE, LEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WE PLANNED ON HVAC REPLACEMENT AT LEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WHEN WE KNEW THAT WOULDN'T HAPPEN WITH THE INSURANCE CLAIMS AND THINGS THAT WILL TAKE THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE SPENT THAT MONEY AS WISELY AS WE COULD. WE MET WITH MAINTENANCE AND HVAC DEPARTMENT TO SAY WHERE WE COULD GET THE MOST BANG FOR THE BUDGET? ABOUT A $2 MILLION BUDGET FOR THE TELLS A. WHAT CAN WE MAKE SURE TO GET THAT? WE HAVE RENTER CHILLERS AT A FEW OF OUR SITES. AND WE LOOKED AT, INSTEAD OF WHOLE-SCHOOL REPLACEMENT, WE LOOKED AT FOUR CHILLERS. WE'LL HARD-BID THOSE. THEY'LL GO TO THE STREETS AND LOWEST AND BEST BID WILL WIN THAT. THAT WILL TAKE PLACE. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE INFORMED YOU THAT ORIGINALLY WE SAID WE WOULD DO LEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WE ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT GOING TO DO THAT NOW. THESE ARE THE FOUR CHILLERS THAT WE'LL REPLACE INSTEAD OF THE LEE PROJECT. VIRTUALLY THE SAME MONEY. WE WON'T KNOW EXACTLY UNTIL WE GET THE HARD BIDS FROM THE PRIVATE VENDORS. BUT AS SOON AS WE DO THAT, THAT WILL BE IN A YEAR-END REPORT. BUT WE WANTED TO TELL YOU BEFORE IT HAPPENED AS OPPOSED TO TELLING YOU AFTER IT HAPPENED THAT THAT'S WHAT THE PLAN WAS TO REPLACE THE MONEY. ASAS WITH USUAL, HOW CAN WE AFFE THE MOST AMOUNT OF STUDENTS IN A POSITIVE WAY WHEN THE DOLLARS ARE SHORT. WE FELT THIS IS THE BEST WAY TO AFFECT IN THE MOST POSITIVE WAY WHILE STOPPING -- TWO ALREADY HAVE RENTER CHILLERS AT A VERY EXPENSIVE FEE. THOSE WILL OBVIOUSLY GO AWAY AS WE REPLACE THOSE. MOST OF THOSE WILL HAPPENING, DEPENDING ON THE SIZE, EITHER A BREAK DURING THE YEAR, WORST-CASE SCENARIO, OVER THE SUMMER.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMENTS ON THIS ITEM? MR. FARKAS, I JUST HAVE A QUICK QUESTION. IS THIS AN ACTUAL REPLACEMENT FOR THESE SCHOOLS ARE OR THESE RENTALS?  

>>Christopher Farkas: FOUR BRAND-NEW CHILLERS. TWO OF THE SCHOOLS ALREADY HAVE RENTALS THERE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THE CHILLERS AREN'T WORKING. THIS IS A PROGRAM WHERE THEY ACTUALLY REPLACE FOUR COMPLETE CHILLERS. AS WE TALKED ABOUT, WITHOUT GETTING TOO DEEP INTO IT, THERE IS AN OUTSIDE CHILLER THAT YOU ARE USING THE COLD WATER TO RUN. IN THE INSIDE, ALSO AIR HANDLING AND THE DUCTWORK. THIS IS REPLACING THE CHILLER AS OPPOSED TO TO THE OTHER FOUR OR FIVE PROJECTS THAT YOU APPROVE WITH THE CIT REFINANCE. THOSE WERE ALL H VAC REPLACEMENTS. THIS IS THE JUST THE CHILLER UNIT. THE FOUR SCHOOLS, THAT IS THEIR MAIN PORTION OF WHERE THEIR ISSUES ARE. IT WON'T SOLVE ALL THEIR PROBLEMS. WE'RE NOT DOING THE AIR HANDLER UNITS. WE'LL DO THEM AT A DIFFERENT TIME. WE LIKE TO DO THEM ALL AT THE SAME TIME BUT THE FOUR CHILLERS WERE CAUSING SUCH PROBLEMS THAT WE'RE THROWING MONEY TO KEEP THE SCHOOL COLD BUT IN REALITY WASN'T DO THINGS. KEEP THEM COLD, FIX AGAIN, THEN MORE MONEY INTO THE PROGRAM. WE THOUGHT IF WE REPLACED THE CHILLER IT WOULD BE MORE EFFECTIVE. IT IS A BRAND-NEW CHILLER THAT WILL REPLACE WHAT'S THERE NOW.  

>>Cindy Stuart: ONE, HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOUR FIVE-YEAR PLAN FOR THOSE FOUR SCHOOLS? AND TWO, HOW DO YOU DECIDE THEN IN YOUR FIVE-YEAR PLAN, BECAUSE THEY ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT GETTING A FULL REPLACEMENT MOVING THAT AROUND ON THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN? BECAUSE THOSE SCHOOLS WERE ON THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN IN A DIFFERENT ORDER. I GOT TO IMAGINE THAT THIS NOW CHANGES OUR PRIORITY FOR THEM IF WE'RE GOING TO ONLY REPLACE ONE PIECE. OR ARE YOU GOING TO WAIT AND SEE IF THIS CORRECTS SOME OF THE ISSUE THERE? OR WERE YOU ANTICIPATING REPLACING THE WHOLE SYSTEM.  

>>Christopher Farkas: THERE ARE A COUPLE OF REASONS. THAT WAS MY FIRST QUESTION. WE HAVE A LIST OF TOP 25 TO 28 SYSTEMS THAT NEED REPLACEMENT. WHERE THESE ON THAT? IT'S NOT TWO, THREE, FOUR. SOME OF THOSE HAVE OTHER PROBLEMS. THESE ARE OUR FOUR BIGGEST THAT IS JUST CHILLER, WE CAN CONTAIN THAT PART OF IT. THE OTHER PARTS WILL NEED TO BE REPLACED. BUT BECAUSE THAT WILL BE A SMALLER DOLLAR FIGURE, THESE ARE FOUR, FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR CHILLERS, WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO THOSE IN OTHER PARTS. IT WILL ALTER WHAT WE DO IN THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN. HOWEVER, THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN YOU APPROVED, NONE OF THIS WILL BE DONE BEFORE THAT TIME IS DONE. BUT IT WILL ADJUST WHAT WE DO. THE SITES ON HERE WILL NEED OTHER AIR-CONDITIONING WORK. THE MAJORITY OF THE PROBLEM IS THE CHILLER SO REPLACING THAT HOPEFULLY WILL ALLEVIATE A LOT OF THE CONCERNS BUT DOESN'T MEAN IT WILL ALLEVIATE ALL OF THEM. THEY WERE ON THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN. THEY WERE ON THE TOP 28 LIST OF AIR CONDITIONING REPLACEMENTS BUT THEY WEREN'T THE NEXT FOUR, BECAUSE SOME OF THE OTHER ONES HAD DIFFERENT ISSUES. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE IF WE DID A CHILLER REPLACEMENT, IT WOULD HAVE AN IMPACT THE SCHOOL WOULD FEEL IF WE SPENT THAT MUCH MONEY ON IT. THERE WILL BE A REPLACEMENT. IT WILL AFFECT THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN AND WHAT WE DO. YOUR QUESTION IS, WE HOPE IT WILL FIX IT. WE HOPE IT WILL ALLEVIATE A LOT OF PROBLEMS BUT NOT SOLVE THEM. IT MAY MEAN THEY MOVE UP OR DOWN THE LIST, BUT RIGHT NOW THEY ARE STILL ON THE LIST TO BE REPLACED.  

>> I WAS NEXT ON THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN TO GET A FULL REPLACEMENT AND NOW YOU'RE GIVING MY MONEY TO OTHER SCHOOLS. EXPLAIN THE RATIONALE.  

>>Christopher Farkas: REAL SIMPLE. SCHOOL A, WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO REPLACE YOUR ENTIRE SYSTEM. THAT IS HONESTLY THE ENTIRE EFFECT. SCHOOL A, 900 KIDS, WE'LL AFFECT PROBABLY 4,000 KIDS IN A POSITIVE WAY WITH THIS. SCHOOL A, I'M REALLY SORRY. WE'LL HAVE A TECH OUT AT YOUR SCHOOL IN THE MORNING. THAT'S ACTUALLY A CONVERSATION I HAVE MOST MONDAYS ADD TO.  

>>Cindy Stuart: IT WASN'T A RHETORICAL QUESTION. I UNDERSTAND. I WANT THE PUBLIC TO HERE WHY IT IS WE CHOSE NOT TO GO ONE FOR ONE AND INSTEAD AFFECT FOUR DIFFERENT SCHOOLS AT ONE TIME VERSUS ONLY AFFECTING ONE.  

>>Christopher Farkas: BUT SCHOOL A IS STILL GOING TO CALL ME. RHETORICAL, IT'S REALLY GOING TO HAPPEN TOMORROW.  

>>Cindy Stuart: SCHOOL A THROUGH Z IS PROBABLY GOING TO CALL YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE RESPONSE. IS THERE ANY OTHER COMMENT ON THIS ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS? SO THAT TAKES US OUT OF AGENDA ITEMS. WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO -- I HAVE HEARD THERE'S ONLY ONE EMPLOYEE HERE TO SPEAK THIS EVENING, SO WE'RE GOING TO MOVE TO THE SUPERINTENDENT SUSPENDED AGENDA, AND THEN THEY HAVE AGREED THAT THEY WILL GO EARLY. SO MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MS. STUART. I'M GOING TO ACTUALLY JUST PITCH IT OVER TO MR. AYRES. ONE OF THE ITEMS ON OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA IS TO KIND OF TELL SOME OF THE THINGS WE'RE DOING TO SUPPORT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. WE HAVE AN INITIATIVE THAT WE'VE WORKED ON WITH PROVIDING MORE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS TO GRADUATE.  

>> THIS IS EXCITING. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THAT WE'VE HAD THIS OPPORTUNITY. TODAY, WE TESTED 167 STUDENTS ON THE EXTENDED TIME NON-REPORTABLE A.C.T. WHILE STUDENTS CANNOT USE THE SCORES FOR COLLEGE, THEY CAN USE THEM TO MEET THE ELA READING GRADUATION REQUIREMENT. WE PURPOSEFULLY CHOSE THIS ADMINISTRATION TO ALLOW OUR STUDENTS EXTRA TIME TO FULLY DEMONSTRATE THEIR READING CAPABILITIES RATHER THAN BEING RUSHED ON THE TYPICAL, VERY TIME-SENSITIVE ADMINISTRATION. APPROXIMATELY HALF OF THESE STUDENTS ARE CURRENT SENIORS AT CAREER CENTERS WHILE THE OTHER HALF WERE EXPECTED TO GRADUATE LAST YEAR BUT STILL LACKED THAT ELA GRADUATION REQUIREMENT. THE STUDENTS MADE US VERY PROUD TODAY, UTILIZING TIME THOUGHTFULLY AND FULLY ENGAGING IN THE TEST. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE RESULTS IN THE COMING MONTHS. THEN ON OCTOBER 11, WE'LL BE ADMINISTERING THE NON-REPORTABLE S.A.T. TO THE SENIORS AT OUR TRADITIONAL SITE WHO STILL NEED THAT ELA GRADUATION REQUIREMENT. THAT WAS JUST TODAY. I WANTED TO MAKE SURE TO PROVIDE THAT UPDATE TO YOU. THIS AFTERNOON.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU, MR. AYRES. SOME INFORMATION FROM OUR OUTREACH AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT DIVISION SINCE OUR LAST BOARD MEETING. THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES AND INFORMATION IS BEING PROVIDED FOR YOU. THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR DISTRICT IS GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT PROVIDED TO LEE ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL. SO FAR, ABOUT $85,000 HAS BEEN RAISED IN DONATIONS. SCHOOLS ALSO FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DONATED INTERNALLY USING THE SCHOOL-TO-SCHOOL PHILANTHROPY PROJECT $4,280 TO LEE'S INTERNAL ACCOUNTS. LOCKHART ELEMENTARY ALSO $550 IN DONATIONS FROM DISTRICT SCHOOLS AS WELL. SANCHEZ AND JUST FULL SERVICE CENTERS HOST A FALL FAMILY EVENT OCTOBER 9 FROM 2 TO 4 P.M. SINCE THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, THE DISTRICT HAS A TOTAL OF 20,926 REGISTERED VOLUNTEERS AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS. MORE THAN 5E9D STAR COORDINATORS WERE TRAINED THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 25th ON FIVE-STAR SCHOOL SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS. THE FIRST ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS PARENT UNIVERSITY WILL BE HELD SATURDAY OCTOBER 28 AT FRANKLIN BOYS PREPARATORY SCHOOL. THE EVENT STARTS AT 7:30 A.M. ON THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING WILL BE HOSTING A SPIRIT NIGHT AT 7 P.M. ON OCTOBER 14th AND 28. THE NEXT 90 BY 20 CLINIC WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 14 AT BALLAST POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AT 9 A.M. GIVING EVERYONE A BREAK. LETTING THEM SLEEP IN UNTIL 9 A.M.? OKAY. ALL RIGHT, ALL RIGHT. JUST CHECKIN'. THE KICKOFF FOR THE MILLION WOMEN MENTORS PROGRAM IS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 11, AND IS INTENDED TO ENCOURAGE GIRLS IN STEM OCCUPATIONS THROUGH MENTORSHIPS. THE LAUREN AND TONY DUNGY READING PROGRAM BEGAN ON SEPTEMBER 26th AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH MAY 2018. VISITING MORE THAN 40 TITLE 1 SCHOOLS, READING AND DONATING BOOKS TO SECOND GRADE STUDENTS. THE FIRST NAVIGATING THE SYSTEM TRAINING FOR PARENTS WILL TAKE PLACE AT JUST FULL SERVICE CENTER ON OCTOBER 17. ALSO, THE DACA RENEWAL DEADLINE INFORMATION HAS BEEN SHARED WITH SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES TO ENSURE THAT THOSE FAMILIES MEETING THE CRITERIA RESPOND PRIOR TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DEADLINE OF OCTOBER 5th. JUST ONE MORE UPDATE. I KNOW ON NUMBER 12 OF THE SUSPENDED AGENDA, IT SAYS TO DEVELOP STRATEGIES FOR COST AVOIDANCE, REDUCTION IN WORKFORCE, REVENUE GENERATION AND STRUCTURAL BALANCE. WE ARE BEGINNING A NEW MONTH, SO I HAVE THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT, GIVE ME THE 12-MONTH ROLLING STATISTICS AS FAR AS OUR EMPLOYEE COUNTS FROM 2016 ON OCTOBER 1 COMPARED TO 2017, OCTOBER 1, AND WE ARE NOW LESS EXACTLY 8 850 PERMANENT EMPLOYEE SINCE THIS TIME LAST YEAR. A LITTLE OVER 180 TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES FOR ABOUT 1,040 REDUCTION BETWEEN PERMANENT AND TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES IN OUR DISTRICT. THAT'S THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. NOW IF WE CAN PUT UP THE SUPERINTENDENT'S COMMENTS. SO, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WAS AWARDED THE FEDERAL TEACHER AND SCHOOL LEADER INCENTIVE PROGRAM GRANT PROJECT. YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN AN E-MAIL THAT WENT OUT. THE GRANT WAS SUBMITTED BACK IN MARCH OF 2017 FOR THE DIVISION OF EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. I WANT TO SHARE SOME DETAILS ABOUT THIS AWARD. THE PROJECT PERIOD IS FROM OCTOBER 1st, 2017, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30th, 2020. THE DISTRICT WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXTEND THE PROJECT AN ADDITIONAL TWO YEARS AS A RESULT OF MAKING ADEQUATE PROGRESS TOWARD THE ACHIEVEMENT OF GOALS AND OBJECTIVES. THE ADDITIONAL YEARS WILL COME WITH ADDITIONAL FUNDING. WE WERE AWARDED OVER $4 MILLION FOR THE FIRST THREE YEARS AND SHOULD THE PROJECT RECEIVE YEARS FOUR AND FIVE FUNDING, THE DISTRICT ANTICIPATES RECEIVING AN ADDITIONAL $3 MILLION RESULTING IN A TOTAL AWARD OF OVER $7 MILLION. OUR PROJECT WILL SUPPORT THE TURNAROUND LEADERSHIP PATHWAYS PROJECT, A STRATEGIC STAFFING INITIATIVE THAT WILL EXPAND AND ENHANCE THE DISTRICT'S EXISTING HUMAN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM BY PROVIDING A TARGETED PREPARATION AND SUPPORT PROGRAM FOR LEADERS OF OUR HIGH-NEEDS SCHOOLS. SO CONGRATULATIONS. I KNOW MS. McMANN ANY, YOU HAVE A LOT OF WORK AHEAD OF YOU. EARLY CHILDHOOD EXPANSION. YESTERDAY, WE HAD OUR FIFTH COMMUNITY CONVERSATION. MS. I GRA, YOU WERE IN ATTENDANCE THERE. WE ARE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO EXPAND OPPORTUNITIES FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS IN OUR DISTRICT. OUR GOAL WAS TO INCREASE THE NUMBER OF CLASSES WE OFFER. WE ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING AT DIFFERENT SITES WHERE WE HAVE SPACE TO ADD EARLY CHILDHOOD OPPORTUNITIES. THIS COULD INCLUDING VPK, MIGRANT VPK, HEAD START AND PEEPS PROGRAM, PRIMARY EARLY EXCEPTIONAL PRESCHOOL SERVICES. ALSO THROUGH OUR TITLE ONE DEPARTMENT, WE'RE ALSO LOOKING STRATEGICALLY ACROSS AT OUR TITLE ONE SCHOOLS. SO YOU WILL SEE AN INCREASE, AS WE START 2018-19 IN EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS ACROSS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I WANT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT FEMA. SEVERAL DISTRICT STAFF MEMBERS PARTICIPATED IN THE CONFERENCE CALL ON MONDAY REGARDING FEMA REIMBURSEMENTS. THIS IS ACTUALLY PART OF YOUR SUSPENDED AGENDA ITEMS AS WELL. THIS IS FOR THESE REIMBURSEMENTS ARE FOR THINGS LIKE EXTRA TIME WORK BY DISTRICT STAFF, PROPERTY DAMAGE, AND FOR FOOD CONSUMED BY EVACUEES AT OUR SCHOOL SHELTERS. ONCE THE CLAIMS HAVE BEEN FILED, THE DISTRICT WILL HAVE A FEMA REPRESENTATIVE WORK WITH US THROUGH THE PROCESS. THE IMMEDIATE PRIORITY IS TO HAVE SITES BEGIN FILLING OUT THEIR CLAIM FORMS, SO THAT WILL BEGIN AS OF RIGHT NOW. I DO WANT TO KIND OF EXPOUND ON SOME OF THE THINGS THAT MS. VALDES HAD TOUCHED ON EARLIER AND MS. GRAY WITH REGARD TO OUR STUDENTS THAT WILL BE DISPLACED DUE TO THE DISASTER DOWN IN PUERTO RICO. WE EXPECT STUDENTS FROM PUERTO RICO WILL BE COMING TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS.  I HAD DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT AYRES ON A CONFERENCE CALL YESTERDAY TO KIND OF HEAR SOME OF THE INFORMATION THAT YOU KNOW MIAMI AND ORLANDO ARE THE INITIAL INTAKES FOR THESE FAMILIES THAT ARE COMING FROM PUERTO RICO. WE BELIEVE THAT A LARGE NUMBER OF THOSE FAMILIES WILL COME TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. OUR NUMBER ONE MESSAGE IS VERY, VERY CLEAR. WHEN STUDENTS DISPLACED BY A DISASTER ARRIVE IN OUR DISTRICT, THEY SHOULD BE WELCOMED INTO OUR SCHOOLS, AND EVERY EFFORT SHOULD BE MADE TO ENROLL THE STUDENT ON THE SAME DAY. WE SENT GUIDANCE TO PRINCIPALS LAST WEEK, AND WE HAVE INFORMATION IN ENGLISH AND IN SPANISH ON THE HOME PAGE OF OUR WEBSITE. WE KNOW THESE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN THROUGH A TRAGEDY, AND WE WANT THEM TO BE WELCOMED AND FEEL SAFE IN OUR SCHOOLS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. AT THIS TIME, WE WILL CALL FOR EMPLOYEE COMMENT. IF THERE ARE ANY EMPLOYEES HERE WISHING TO SPEAK AT THIS TIME, IF YOU COULD COME FORWARD. THERE ARE MANY WAYS FOR EMPLOYEES TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD INCLUDING THROUGH UNION REPRESENTATIVES, E-MAILS, PHONE CALLS, ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATIONS, PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING AND THE BOARD DOES WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. WITH THIS SECTION OF THE AGENDA, WE'RE CREATING ANOTHER AVENUE FOR EMPLOYEES TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD. WE'RE GOING TO SET ASIDE 30 MINUTES. I DON'T THINK WE'LL NEED 30 MINUTES. WE ONLY HAVE ONE PERSON, FOR YOU TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD ABOUT ANY ISSUES ON YOUR MIND. THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A DISCUSSION ABOUT SPECIFIC AGENDA ITEMS ON TONIGHT'S AGENDA BUT RATHER AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE BOARD TO HEAR FROM OUR EMPLOYEES. EACH SPEAKER WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES. MS. FAY COOK IS OUR ONLY SPEAKER. WELCOME, MS. COOK. I APPRECIATE, THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE HERE AND ARE AGREEING TO ADDRESS US A LITTLE BIT EARLY TONIGHT.  

>> I'M GLAD I COULD GET HERE EARLY. I CAN'T ALWAYS DO THAT AND I REALLY COULD TALK FOR 30 MINUTES WITH NO PROBLEM. I AM FAY COOK FROM WILSON ELEMENTARY. NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHER. I'M GOING TO ADDRESS AGAIN THE WORKLOAD ISSUE. SUNDAY AFTERNOON MANY OF YOU ARE WATCHING FOOTBALL. I SPENT FROM 1:15 TO 5:00 GRADING PAPERS, DOING LESSON PLANS, PRINTING LESSON MATERIALS FROM MY HOME COMPUTER AND MY HOME PRINTER BECAUSE THERE'S NO WAY TO GET IT DONE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. TEACHER WORKING CONDITIONS ARE STUDENT LEARNING CONDITIONS. WITH ALL THE CUTS, THE CLERICAL CUTS HAVE PUT MORE WORK ON THE TEACHERS. WE ARE WOG MORE OF OUR CLERICAL TASKS THAT USED TO BE WE HAD SOMEBODY IN THE OFFICE TO DO. OUR WORKLOAD HAS INCREASED BY DOING CLERICAL TASKS. RTI, OUR STATION WAS REMOVED FROM RTI IN ELEMENTARY. EASY CBM WAS REMOVED. WE NO LONGER HAVE EASY CBM. BOTH WERE PROGRESS MONITORING TOOLS AND TOOLS WE COULD USE TO HELP REMEDIATE STUDENTS. BOTH WERE REMOVED LEAVING A VACUUM. TEACHERS LIKE NATURE ABHOR A VACUUM. WE HAVE NO ELECTRONIC PROGRESS MONITORING RIGHT NOW IN ELEMENTARY. MY UNDERSTANDING, WE'RE SUPPOSED TO GET iREADY, BUT WE DON'T HAVE IT, AND WE NEED TO BE DOING IT NOW. AS IN YESTERDAY, LAST WEEK. WE DO NOT HAVE IT AND IT'S INCREASED OUR WORKLOAD BECAUSE WE'RE HAVING TO FIGURE OUT MANUALLY TO DO IT. HOW DO WE MAKE OUR OWN GRAPHS? HOW DO WE KEEP UP WITH ALL THE DATA? IT HAS BECOME VERY CUMBERSOME. THE WORDS AT OUR MEETING YESTERDAY WAS, WELL, DO THE BEST YOU CAN. TEACHERS DO THE BEST THEY CAN DAY IN AND DAY OUT, AND WE HAVE BEEN DOING THE BEST WE CAN. WE NEED THE SUPPORT OF HAVING OUR ELECTRONIC PROGRESS MONITORING FOR RTI. I SPOKE TO YOU SEVERAL MONTHS AGO ABOUT SOCIAL STUDIES BOOKS. WE STILL HAVE NO SOCIAL STUDIES BOOKS. FOR MATH, MUCH OF OUR MATH IS TAKEN FROM OUR PLANNING TOOLS ON IDEAS. CURRENTLY, WE DO HAVE A MATH BOOK, ALTHOUGH WE DO A LOT OF CHANGES TO IT TO MAKE IT CURRENT WITH FLORIDA. HOWEVER, THE RUMOR IS, NEXT YEAR WE WILL EVEN HAVE NO MATH BOOK. I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. AS A 26-YEAR VETERAN, I CAN PUT TOGETHER A MATH LESSON. IF I KNOW I'M GOING TO TEACH DIVISION, I KNOW HOW TO TEACH DIVISION. BUT OUR NEW TEACHERS, THEY DON'T ALWAYS KNOW ALL THE NUANCES OF WHAT THEY NEED TO DO. TODAY IN MY CLASS, WE TAUGHT FOURTH STRATEGY FOR DIVIDING BY TWO DIGIT NUMBERS. A FOURTH STRATEGY IN SIX DAYS. THAT IS NOT ALWAYS CLEAR, HOW TO DO THAT. IT IS NOT ALWAYS EASY. AND I SEE OUR NEW TEACHERS GOING HOME CRYING. I SEE THEM UPSET. THEY NEED THE SUPPORT OF HAVING CLEAR CURRICULUM MATERIALS. WE NEED BOOKS. WE NEED BOOKS. I DON'T KNOW WHEN IT GOT TO BE SO UNPOPULAR TO HAVE ANY KIND OF BOOK TO GO BY. MY WORKLOAD NOW IS GREATER THAN EVER. YET OUR CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS ARE STALLED, WHICH TO ME DEMONSTRATES A LACK OF RESPECT FOR ALL EMPLOYEES. HERE IS MY ASK IN MY FINAL SECONDS, REIN IN THE WORKLOAD, SETTLE THE CONTRACT WITH THE STEP MOVEMENT AND ALL PROPOSED INCREASES BECAUSE TEACHER WORKING CONDITIONS ARE OUR STUDENTS, WHOM WE LOVE IN THE CLASSROOM, IT'S THEIR LEARNING CONDITIONS. AND I DO LOVE MY STUDENTS. AND MY STUDENTS KNOW THAT. I HAVE A STUDENT WHO TELLS ME WHEN WE DO SOMETHING GOOD, SHE GOES, MS. COOK, YOU'RE WORKING YOUR TEACHER MAGIC. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW HAPPY THAT MAKES ME. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, I STILL HAVE THE PASSION FOR TEACHING. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. COOK. BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS TIME, IT IS ONLY 4:35, SO I AM GOING TO ASK YOU IF YOU HAVE BOARD COMMENTS TONIGHT, WE CAN START THOSE. OR DO YOU WANT TO TAKE A 20-MINUTE BREAK? LET'S START. MS. SNIVELY. AND I WILL STOP US RIGHT AT 5 SO WE CAN DO THE PUBLIC HEARING AND THEN MOVE BACK TO BOARD COMMENTS.  

>>Melissa Snively: FIRST OF ALL, I'M HAPPY I PRESSED MY BUTTON BEFORE MS. HARRIS THIS TIME, FOR THE LACK OF SLIDE SHOW MATERIAL.  

>>Cindy Stuart: WE WERE HOPING THERE WAS A SLIDE SHOW. WE THOUGHT THAT'S WHAT IT MEANT.  

>>Melissa Snively: NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. FIRST, I WANTED TO ADDRESS, I KNOW WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS EARLIER IN THE BOARD MEETING WITH THE FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED IN PUERTO RICO AND THE INFLUX OF DISPLACED STUDENTS INTO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS THE STATE. AND I READ IN THE NEWSPAPER THIS MORNING, WE ACTUALLY TALKED ABOUT THIS IN OUR FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING WITH MS. SAUNDERS, THAT, YOU KNOW, IN ADDITION TO MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE READY AND THAT WE MAKE THE PROCESS EASY AS POSSIBLE FOR OUR STUDENTS AND OUR FAMILIES, I ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DON'T GET DINGED ON ENROLLMENT AND ATTENDANCE AS FAR AS DOLLARS FOR SPENDING ON OUR STUDENTS. TODAY IN THE TAMPA BAY TIMES, THERE WAS A LETTER WRITTEN TO THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION FROM A FEW OF OUR STATE LEGISLATORS, SPECIFICALLY HOUSE MEMBER DIAZ, MANNY DIAZ WHO IS THE PRE-K-12 EDUCATION CHAIR BUDGET COMMISSION. BASICALLY, THE ASK WAS, JUST AS I SAID, TO NOT ONLY MAKE SURE THAT THE STUDENTS ARE ENROLLED QUICKLY AND EASILY AS POSSIBLE, BUT ALSO MAKING SURE THAT SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE ALLOTTED THE FUNDS TO MAKE SURE WE CAN SUPPORT THE STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM. I WOULD LIKE TO RECOMMEND OR ASK WHETHER THE SUPERINTENDENT AND/OR THE SCHOOL BOARD CAN SUPPORT THAT SENTIMENT AT ALL BY WRITING A LETTER TO THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION AND TO GOVERNOR SCOTT ASKING FOR THE SAME THING. I THINK IF WE SUPPORT THE STATE LEGISLATORS WHO ARE ASKING THIS OF OUR COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION AND OUR GOVERNOR, THAT THE MORE SUPPORT THEY GET FROM SUPERINTENDENTS AND BOARDS ACROSS THE STATE, MAYBE THE MORE PRESSURE THEY'LL GET TO COME UP WITH SOLUTIONS FOR FUNDING OUR STUDENTS. SO I'M HOPING THAT MAYBE WE CAN DO SOMETHING. SO SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT. SOMETHING TO EXPLORE, BUT ALSO SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD WANT TO PROBABLY MOVE ON RELATIVELY QUICKLY IF WE'RE GOING TO SUPPORT THAT PARTICULAR INITIATIVE. AND THEN THE ONLY OTHER THING I HAD WAS, I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THE E-MAIL THAT CAME OUT FROM MS. MacMANUS ABOUT OCTOBER BEING NATIONAL PRINCIPALS MONTH. AND I DON'T KNOW HOW AWARE PEOPLE ARE ABOUT THE FACT THAT OCTOBER IS NATIONAL PRINCIPALS MONTH. SO I JUST WANTED TO REITERATE THAT BY MENTIONING IT IN MY COMMENTS AND HOW GREAT PRINCIPALS DO EQUAL GREAT SCHOOLS. AND IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT WE HAVE THE RIGHT PRINCIPALS WITH THE RIGHT TOOLS AND RESOURCES IN PLACE TO CREATE THE ENVIRONMENT FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS FOR OUR STUDENTS. SO MAKE SURE THAT YOU THANK YOUR PRINCIPALS. IF YOU'RE DOING A GOOD JOB, CATCH THEM DOING SOMETHING GOOD AND THANK THEM FOR ALL OF THE HARD WORK THEY DO EVERY DAY AT OUR SCHOOL SITES AND SUPPORT THEM IF YOU CAN. AND CONGRATULATE THEM FOR BEING PRINCIPALS, BECAUSE THAT IS -- THAT'S A TOUGH JOB AND WE REALLY ALL THE THINGS THEY DO FOR OUR STUDENTS. THAT'S ALL I HAVE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

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

>>Lynn Gray: YES, I HAVE TWO SEPARATE MOTIONS TO BRING TO THE FLOOR FOR THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. AND THEN I HAVE A GREAT RECOGNITION TO MAKE IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY. AND I THINK MS. SHAMBURGER WILL HELP ME MAKE THAT RECOGNITION. I'D LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO PUT HB 7069 LAWSUIT ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA WITH REGARDS TO ITS MONITORING, UPDATES, AND IMPLEMENTATION.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MR. SUPERINTENDENT, BEFORE WE MOVE ON THIS, CAN YOU PLEASE READ TO US WHAT IS CURRENTLY THE HOUSE BILL 7069 SUSPENDED AGENDA ITEM?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YES. CURRENTLY, WE HAVE TWO ITEMS FOR 7069. ITEM NUMBER 10 ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA SAYS THE IMPLEMENTATION OF HOUSE BILL 7069, THAT I'M TO PROVIDE UPDATES TO THE BOARD ON THAT. NUMBER 11 IS THE IMPACT AND LEGAL OPTIONS REGARDING HOUSE BILL 7069, TO PROVIDE UPDATES TO THE BOARD.  

>>Jim Porter: I THINK WHAT I UNDERSTOOD THE MOTION TO BE WOULD TO BE SORT OF MODIFY THAT AND AS WE TALKED AT THE LAST WORKSHOP ABOUT THE POTENTIAL LITIGATION THAT SOME SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE GOING TO ENGAGE IN, A MONITORING OF THAT, NO LAWSUIT HAS BEEN FILED, BUT I BELIEVE MS. GRAY WANTS SORT OF A REGULAR REPORT ON IF IT IS FILED, WHO'S JOINED AND SORT OF A MONITORING AND UPDATE FOR THE BOARD ON THAT. I THINK THAT MAKES THE SUSPENDED AGENDA MORE SPECIFIC THAN IT IS NOW. BUT I THINK THAT'S THE INTENT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO ADD THE PROGRESS MONITORING OF HOUSE BILL 7069 -- POTENTIAL LAWSUIT TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. WE'RE JUST MODIFYING THE SECOND SUSPENDED AGENDA ITEM TO ADD --  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IMPACT -- IT COULD BE MORE OF A SERIES. IMPACT, LEGAL OPTIONS AND PROGRESS MONITORING OF HOUSE BILL 7069. IT WOULD BE JUST TO ADD THAT TO NUMBER 11.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. SHAMBURGER, IS THAT A SECOND OR A QUESTION? I HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR BY MS. GRAY AND SECOND BY MS. SHAMBURGER TO ADD A LITTLE BIT OF VERBIAGE TO HOUSE BILL 7069 LIST OF MONITORINGS THAT WE ARE DOING. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, IF YOU COULD PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. THANK YOU, MS. GRAY. THAT WILL BE ADDED TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MY SECOND MOTION IS, I'D LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO PUT ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA THE FOLLOWING FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF SCHOOL OUTREACH AND PHILANTHROPY. FOR THEM TO SHARE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:  A, WHAT DOLLARS ARE COMING IN. B, HOW MUCH OF IT IS IN-KIND VALUE VERSUS MONETARY VALUE. C, HOW ARE THEY DISCLOSED?  LASTLY, WHAT PAYMENT METHODS ARE USED? IF YOU'D LIKE ME TO REPEAT THAT I WOULD BE HAPPY TO DO. A, WHAT DOLLARS ARE COMING IN? I MAKE A MOTION TO PUT ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA THE FOLLOWING FROM OUR DEPARTMENT OF SCHOOL, OUTREACH AND PHILANTHROPY TO SHARE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: A, WHAT DOLLARS ARE COMING IN; B, HOW MUCH OF IT IS IN-KIND VERSUS MONETARY; C, HOW ARE THEY DISCLOSED; LASTLY, WHAT PAYMENT METHODS ARE USED. SIMPLE TRANSPARENCY IN REGARDS TO OUTREACH AND PHILANTHROPY DONATIONS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IF YOU'D LIKE, WE CAN ALSO DO A MODIFICATION TO AN EXISTING SUSPENDED AGENDA ITEM, WHICH NUMBER 7 SAYS PERIODICAL -- P PERIODIC UPDATES TO INCLUDE, WOULDN'T BE TOTALLY THOSE THINGS BUT TO SPECIFICALLY INCLUDE THOSE FOUR IF THE BOARD CHOOSES TO VOTE ON THAT AND APPROVE IT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: IS THAT INFORMATION ALREADY POSTED SOMEWHERE BY THAT DIVISION?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WELL, I KNOW AS I'M READING THE ITEMS FOR THE SUSPENDED AGENDA, THERE ARE SOME ITEMS ON THERE THAT SPECIFICALLY SAY SO MUCH MONEY HAS BEEN COLLECTED. IT SOUNDS LIKE TO ME WHAT THE MOTION IS CARRYING IS MORE SPECIAL SPECIFICITY ABOUT THOSE THINGS TO KEEP SOME SORT OF DETAILED LIST OF THOSE ITEMS THAT COME IN WHERE THERE'S FINANCIAL DONATIONS, THOSE THAT ARE IN-KIND, AND THEN I GUESS PAYMENT METHODS, LIKE SHALL CA, CHECK, YOU KNOW, THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. I MEAN, ALL THOSE THINGS ARE TAKING THROUGH A SPECIFIC ACCOUNT THAT GOES INTO OUR BUSINESS, THROUGH OUR BUSINESS OFFICE. ALL THAT CAN BE TRACKED IN SOME WAY.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. VALDES, IS THAT A SECOND OR A QUESTION?  

>>Susan L. Valdes: THAT'S A QUESTION. MR. EAKINS, YOU ANSWERED PART OF THE QUESTION, WHICH IS THAT IS HANDLED THROUGH THE BUSINESS OFFICE UNDER MS. SAUNDERS' LEADERSHIP. I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE PURPOSE OF IT WOULD BE TO ADD THAT, BECAUSE IF WE EVER WANTED A REPORT, IT WOULD BE SOMETHING THAT WE COULD JUST ASK MRS. SAUNDERS TO BE ABLE TO PULL UP A REPORT AS TO WHAT IS THE COST CENTER NUMBERS, EXPENDITURES, AS WELL AS REVENUE. SO I DON'T KNOW THAT I NEED THAT INFORMATION ON A SUSPENDED AGENDA TO BE ABLE TO REPORT PERIODICALLY. I THINK THAT -- I MEAN, I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE PURPOSE IS, BECAUSE WE REALLY DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO DO AS FAR AS THOSE DOLLARS, THINGS OF THAT NATURE. SO I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE PURPOSE OF IT IS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. A VALDES. MS. GRAY, DO YOU HAVE A FOLLOW-UP COMMENT?  

>>Lynn Gray: PERHAPS A CLARIFICATION. THE PURPOSE OF TRANSPARENCY WITH REGARDS TO FISCAL MONIES COMING IN IS ESPECIALLY TRUE AND RELEVANT WITH THE HURRICANE, THE DONATIONS THAT WERE COMING IN. SOME OF THEM ARE, IN FACT, PHILANTHROPIC -- PHILANTHROPY. SOME OF THEM ARE COMING IN VARIOUS DIFFERENT WAYS. I HAD A TRUCK COME IN WITH A BUNCH OF FOOD. I THINK THE TIME IS NOW THAT WE HAVE FULL TRANSPARENCY IN EVERY REGARD. AND THIS IS A NEW DEPARTMENT THAT IS GROWING AND STILL HAS TO HAVE, I BELIEVE, THE O'US IN IS THAT THEY ARE -- OWN US IS THAT -- ONUS IS THAT THEY ARE SHOWING THE PROGRESS OF SPENDING THE MONIES THAT ARE MADE. AND I WOULD APPRECIATE IT, AND THIS DOES NOT COME AUTHORED BY MYSELF. ACTUALLY, IT WAS AUTHORED BY A FEW OF MY CONSTITUENTS. THERE HAS TO BE, IF IT'S ALREADY ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA, THERE MUST BE SOME TYPE OF MERIT TO THE PARTICULAR QUESTION AT HAND.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I HAVE A CLARIFYING QUESTION. ARE YOU ASKING FOR ITEMS JUST RELATED TO DONATIONS FROM NATURAL DISASTERS OR ARE YOU ASKING FOR EVERYTHING THAT COMES INTO THAT DIVISION TO BE LOGGED AS SOME SORT OF IN-KIND? BECAUSE I'M SITTING HERE THINKING, AND THESE ARE JUST MY THOUGHTS. THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT ARE DONE IN-KIND THAT IS GOING TO BE VERY DIFFICULT TO PLACE A DOLLAR VALUE ON. FOR EXAMPLE, THE AGENDA ITEM TONIGHT, THE TONY DUNGY. TONY DUNGY AND HIS WIFE GO TO A LARGE NUMBER OF OUR SCHOOLS AND READ TO A HOST OF CHILDREN. I'M NOT SURE HOW YOU PUT A DOLLAR FIGURE ON THAT DONATION, AND THAT IS AN IN-KIND DONATION. IT IS OF GREAT VALUE TO THIS DISTRICT, AMONG OTHER THINGS THAT HAPPEN. YOU KNOW, INVITING STUDENTS TO COME TO A RAYS GAME. THE HOCKEY THINGS THAT HAPPEN IN OUR SCHOOLS THAT ARE ALL PHILANTHROPIC AND DONATED. THAT'S A LOT OF WORK FOR OUR DIVISION TO PUT ON PAPER WHAT THE VALUE OF THAT IS, AND I WOULD HATE TO OFFEND ANYONE BY UNDERVALUING WHAT IT IS OR HAVING THEM PUT A VALUE AND US NOT AGREE WITH THAT. IT PUTS US IN THIS WORD PLACE OF PUTTING THAT ON PAPER. I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND DONATIONS THAT COME IN THE FORM OF CASH OR CHECK OR MONETARY, TICKETS THAT ARE GIVEN TO THE DISTRICT TO SEND STUDENTS. THOSE ALL HAVE MONETARY VALUE WE CAN PLACE. I'M NOT SURE HOW IN-KIND YOU'RE GOING TO PUT MONETARY VALUE AND ASK A DIVISION, AND WHILE THIS DIVISION IS GROWING, IT IS STILL A SMALL DIVISION WITH, I BELIEVE, MR. SYKES, YOU HAVE FIVE EMPLOYEES, SIX EMPLOYEES UNDER YOU? TO PUT THAT ON THEM TO START CREATING THIS WITH MS. SAUNDERS DIVISION I THINK IS A BURDEN THAT I'M NOT SURE WE'RE READY TO TAKE ON, ESPECIALLY THE IN-KIND STUFF AND THE VALUE THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE PLACED ON THAT. SO I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT ASKING A DIVISION TO DO THAT, ALTHOUGH I COMPLETELY RESPECT AND UNDERSTAND THE TRANSPARENCY OF ANYTHING THAT COMES THROUGH THAT IS A DOLLAR AMOUNT OR THAT IS A CHECK OR A DONATION TO THIS DISTRICT. BUT I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED ABOUT ASKING, YOU KNOW, MARYLOU WHALEY TO SAY, OR DESIREE MARISCANO, TO SAY, PUT A VALUE ON THE DUNGIES AND THE READING THEY DO THROUGH THE COURSE OF THE YEAR FOR THIS DISTRICT. CAN YOU CLARIFY?  

>>Lynn Gray: I CAN APPRECIATE -- AND WE HAVE TO PROBABLY PREVENT OURSELVES FROM SAYING I BECAUSE THIS IS A PUBLIC FORUM. -- I JUST SAID I, I THINK WE WOULD BE BENEFITING TO KNOW. AND I AGREE, MS. STUART, PERHAPS ONLY PUTTING IT IN CASH CHECK, MONETARY DISCLOSURE MAY BE PREFERABLE. BUT I THINK THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT WAY TO HEAD. ANYTIME YOU ARE NOT TRANSPARENT PHYSICALLY -- FISCALLY, THEN WE HAVE QUESTIONS THAT ARE BEING ASKED, AND I DON'T THINK WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT BEING ASKED WHEN WE HAVE SOMETHING VERY EASY TO FIND, WHERE THE EXPENDITURES ARE GOING TO, WHERE WE'RE GETTING THEM FROM, AND THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT BUDGET TO BE ESTABLISHED. I DON'T FIND ANYTHING THAT'S INHERENTLY WRONG WITH THE PARTICULAR REQUEST, AND I WOULD AGREE THAT MAYBE IN-KIND IS A LITTLE LABORIOUS AND PERHAPS CAN BE NEBULOUS AT TIMES. BUT AS A RACE EVENT PRODUCER, I PUT ON RACES, THE ONUS IS ON ME TO REPORT EVERY DONATION AND IN-KIND FOR MY OWN PUBLIC RECORDS, I MUST DO THAT. IT'S NOT UNUSUAL FOR THIS TO OCCUR. PERHAPS IT IS UNUSUAL. SORRY. BUT RIGHT NOW, I THINK WE HAVE A DEPARTMENT, AND I THINK IT'S TIME THAT WE START.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: JUST A QUICK INFORMATION. IF THIS INFORMATION CAN BE PROVIDED VIA A REPORT, I'M WONDERING, IS IT NECESSARY OR WILL IT SATISFY YOUR REQUEST IF WE'RE ABLE TO REQUEST A REPORT VERSUS A PERIODIC UPDATE ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA OR DO YOU REALLY WANT IT ON A SUSPENDED AGENDA FOR PERIODIC UPDATE IN THE PUBLIC?  

>>Lynn Gray: A PERIODIC UPDATE OR REPORT, I WOULD BE HAPPY WITH. EITHER ONE. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THE PROCESS IS STARTED. I PUT IT ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA JUST TO HAVE A DEFINITIVE PRODUCT TO BE PUT BEFORE US.  

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

>>Susan L. Valdes: IN THE SPIRIT OF EQUITY, I AM NOT SURE WHY WE ARE FOCUSING ON ONE DIVISION. ALTHOUGH FAIRLY NEW, ABSOLUTELY AND VERY SMALL IN SIZE, THEY HAVE BIG FEET. AND THEY DO ONE HECK OF A JOB. SO, IN LIEU OF EQUITY, WHAT'S GOOD FOR ONE IS GOOD FOR THE OTHERS. SO, DO WE WANT A REPORT ON EVERY DIVISION ON THE DONATIONS THAT YOU ALL RECEIVE? YOU KNOW YOU RECEIVE DONATIONS. DO WE WANT THAT AS WELL? I AM NOT GOING TO SIT HERE AND JUST PICK ON OR PUT OUT, SELECT A SPECIFIC DIVISION FOR WHATEVER REASON. I CANNOT DO THAT. IT'S EITHER EVERYBODY OR WHEN NEEDED A REPORT. BUT LET'S BE HONEST AND LET'S BE TRANSPARENT. EVERY ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT RECEIVES DONATIONS OF SOME SORT FOR THEIR DIVISION, FOR A DEPARTMENT, FOR SOMETHING. THAT WE UP HERE DO NOT SEE, DO NOT APPROVE, HAVE NO BUSINESS DEDUCTIBLING IN ANYWAYS -- DIBBLING IN ANYWAYS. THAT'S ALL YOUR DAY TO DAY. WE'RE NOT GOING TO SIT HERE AND TELL YOU WHAT YOU CAN DO AND CAN'T DO WITH IT. SO EITHER, ONE, UNH-UNH. ALL OR NONE AND REPORT WHEN REQUESTED.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. VALDES. I HAVE A FOLLOW-UP QUESTION, MS. GRAY, BEFORE I GIVE THE FLOOR TO YOU AGAIN. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I HATE ASKING YOU THIS QUESTION. IT'S MORE OF A RHETORICAL QUESTION. HOW MUCH TIME ARE WE TALKING ABOUT FOR YOUR DIVISION HEADS TO COME UP WITH EVERYTHING THAT THEY RECEIVE IN THE COURSE OF A YEAR THAT IS IN-KIND DONATION OR SERVICE ORIENTED THAT THEY RECEIVE?  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I'VE NEVER BEEN ASKED THAT QUESTION BEFORE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I'M ASKING BECAUSE IT'S OBVIOUSLY -- I THINK I CAN CEDE -- SEE THAT THIS IS GOING TO TAKE SERIOUS WORK BY YOUR DIVISION HEADS TO TRY AND COME UP WITH A REPORT OF WHAT THEY RECEIVE IN EACH DIVISION, WHETHER IT'S A CASH IN-KIND. THOSE ARE THE EASY ONES. IT'S THE IN-KIND STUFF AND THE WORK BEING DONE VOLUNTEER AND THE THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I THINK WE WOULD BE ABLE TO VERY READILY GIVE YOU THE CASH DONATIONS. I ACTUALLY KNOW THE OUTREACH DIVISION ALREADY CAPTURES ALL CASH DONATIONS OR FINANCIAL DONATIONS THAT COME IN THROUGH THAT PARTICULAR DEPARTMENT. SO A REPORT, AS MS. SHAMBURGER WAS SUGGESTING, COULD BECOME READILY AVAILABLE FOR THAT. I DON'T THINK -- YOU KNOW, EVERY DIVISION SOMETIMES IS SURPRISED BY A DONATION OF SOME SORT FOR A PARTICULAR PROJECT FOR WHAT THEY MIGHT BE WORKING ON WITH THE SCHOOL SPECIFICALLY. MANY HE SAW THINGS ARE OBVIOUSLY CREATED -- CREATE PROJECT NUMBERS, THEY GO THROUGH THE BUSINESS OFFICE TO DO THAT. WE HAVE TO GO BACK AND SEE IF OUR BUSINESS OFFICE DENOTES THEM AS -- BY EVERY DIVISION TO SEE IF WE CAN CREATE SOME SORT OF REPORT. WHY DON'T I -- YOU COULD DEFINITELY GO FORWARD WITH YOUR VOTE, BUT I'LL ALREADY HAVE THE OUTREACH DIVISION PREPARE WHAT THEY PROBABLY ALREADY COLLECT FOR YOU SO YOU SEE WHAT THE REPORT IS, AND THEN SEE IF THE BOARD HAS A DESIRE TO DO THAT FOR OTHER DEPARTMENTS.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. MS. GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: I THINK THAT'S FAIR ENOUGH. I THINK THE IDEA AGAIN IS A BEGINNING. I THINK THAT PERHAPS WE'RE NOTING THIS AS AN EXCEPTION BECAUSE WE'RE SPENDING A LOT OF TIME AT THE DAIS TALKING ABOUT IT. BUT SIMPLE REQUEST. AND I THINK THE ANSWER IS RIGHT THERE JUST TO TAKE THE VOTE, HAVE THE REPORT PROCESS BEGUN, AND THEN HOPEFULLY AS THE YEARS GO BY AND THEY GET BIGGER AND SUCCESS BUILDS UPON ITSELF, I THINK THAT THE TENETS OF A GOOD FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THIS DEPARTMENT WILL BE HAD. I THINK THIS IS A GESTURE OF RESPECT FOR THEIR ENTITY. NOTHING MORE THAN THAT.  

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

>>Sally Harris: I THINK WITH THIS ALREADY HAVING A NUMBER ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA, THAT MAYBE AT THE BOARD MEETINGS WE DO HAVE AN UPDATE OR WHAT YOU KNOW. IT SCARES ME TO DEATH THINKING, I'M THINKING BROADLY INTO THE SCHOOLS AND TO THE PRINCIPALS AND ALL THE DONATED TIME AND PARTNERSHIPS AND WE KEEP TELLING OUR SCHOOLS, GO OUT AND DEVELOP PARTNERSHIPS AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE HAS TO BE A MONETARY VALUE PUT ON THOSE PARTNERSHIPS. AND I KNOW HOW HARD THESE PRINCIPALS WORK TO DEVELOP THOSE. AND SOME OF THOSE PARTNERSHIPS, THEY ARE NOT WILLING TO SHARE WITH EVERYONE BECAUSE THEY ARE SO WONDERFUL FOR THAT SPECIFIC SCHOOL. SO THIS IDEA OF MAKING THAT A DEMANDED LIST IT SCARES ME. AS A VENDOR OR AS A -- I WOULD BE VERY NERVOUS ABOUT HAVING TO PUT A DOLLAR VALUE ON IT. I THINK THAT MAYBE TO ANSWER MS. GRAY IS WE COMPROMISE SOMEWHERE IN WHAT'S ALREADY THERE AND MAKE THAT WORK INSTEAD OF TURNING IT INTO A DEEP STUDY.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MR. SUPERINTENDENT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: YEAH, I THINK EVERY BIT OF DONATION DOLLARS THAT WE GET ARE RECEIVED AND PLACED INTO A SEPARATE ACCOUNT AND DENOTED WITH SOME SORT OF LINE ITEM DESCRIPTION. SO ALL THOSE THINGS WE CAN GET FOR YOU. IT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO DO THE IN-KIND. IF WE COULD COMPROMISE ON THAT.  

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

>>Lynn Gray: I AGREE WITH WHAT MEMBER HARRIS WAS SAYING THAT THE IN-KIND WOULD BE A LITTLE BIT EXTENSIVE. I LEFT OFF WITH AGREEING TO THE MONETARY AND THE CASH ONLY AND THE CHECK.  

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION ON THIS ITEM? AT THE MOMENT, WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR, AND I DO NOT HAVE A SECOND. MS. SNIVELY IS THAT A SECOND? SO, BOARD MEMBERS, THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. MS. GRAY, CAN YOU PLEASE REPEAT YOUR MOTION? BECAUSE YOU REVISED IT. GRAY GRAY I MAKE A MOTION TO PUT ON THE SUSPENDED FROM DEPARTMENT OF SCHOOL OUTREACH AND PHILANTHROPY TO SHARE THE FOLLOWING, THE DOLLARS COMING IN, HOW MUCH OF IT IS MONETARY, SO I TOOK OUT IN-KIND. AND HOW ARE THEY DISCLOSED.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR WITH A SECOND BY MS. SNIVELY. IS THERE ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION?  

>>Melissa Snively: I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: IT'S UP TO THE MOTION MAKER.  

>>Melissa Snively: I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER A FRIENDLY AMENDMENT TO COMBINE THAT, UNLESS IT WAS UNDERSTOOD, TO COMBINE IT WITH ITEM 7 UNDER THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. WAS THAT YOUR INTENTION?  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I AM GOING TO TEMPORARILY HAND THE GAVEL OVER TO MS. HARRIS BECAUSE I WOULD OFFER A SECOND AMENDMENT THAT IF WE'RE GOING TO DO THIS FOR ONE DIVISION, WE'RE GOING TO DO IT FOR ALL. WE'RE NOT GOING TO ASK ONE DIVISION TO ONLY BE TRANSPARENT. THIS IS A SMALL DIVISION COMPARED TO OTHERS, AND I'M NOT GOING TO ASK ONE DIVISION TO DO THIS. OTHERWISE, I CAN'T SUPPORT THIS. YOU HAVE TO EITHER ACCEPT OR DECLINE THE FRIENDLY AMENDMENT. MS. GRAY.  

>>Jim Porter: PROCEDURALLY WHERE YOU ARE, THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR THAT'S BEEN AMENDED. THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY OR AN OFFER TO AMEND IT AGAIN TO INCLUDE ALL DIVISIONS, NOT JUST THE DIVISION YOU SPECIFICALLY MENTIONED. SO IT WOULD BE ALL DIVISIONS. IF YOU ACCEPTED THAT, THEN IT WOULD BECOME PART OF THE MAIN MOTION AND THE BOARD WOULD VOTE. IF YOU DECIDED NOT TO ACCEPT IT, THEN YOUR ORIGINAL MOTION WOULD STAND. AND IT WOULD BE JUST THE VISION.  

>>Lynn Gray: I WOULD SAY THE PRAGMATIC WOULD BE EACH DIVISION, QUALITY -- BUT THEN THAT WOULD NECESSITATE, I THINK, FURTHER DISCUSSION.  

>>Jim Porter: ONE SUGGESTION, BOARD MEMBERS, I THINK THE DISCUSSION HAS BEEN AN IN-DEPTH ONE AND PERHAPS IT MIGHT MAKE SENSE TO CONTINUE THE DISCUSSION AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING AND ALLOW THE SUPERINTENDENT TO GET HIS ARMS AROUND WHAT YOU'RE ACTUALLY ASKING, WHAT SORT OF IMPACT IT WOULD BE ON THE ENTIRE DISTRICT AND WHAT SORT OF TIME WOULD BE INVOLVED. AND THEN YOU COULD JUST COME BACK AND MAKE THE MOTION AT THE NEXT MEETING, IF THAT WOULD BE ACCEPTABLE. OR YOU COULD CONTINUE ON TODAY. IT'S JUST AN IDEA THAT AS THE DISCUSSION PROGRESSED, IT SEEMS THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT IT MEANS, WHAT TIME COMMITMENT ON STAFF AND WHAT THE BOARD IS COMFORTABLE WITH. AGAIN, UP TO YOU. THERE'S A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. IT COULD BE VOTED ON TODAY OR YOU COULD BRING IT BACK AT THE NEXT MEETING.  

>>Lynn Gray: LET'S TABLE IT UNTIL THE NEXT MEETING.  

>>Jim Porter: THE APPROPRIATE PROCEDURAL MOTION WOULD BE, BECAUSE THERE IS AN OUTSTANDING MOTION ON THE FLOOR, WOULD BE FOR SOMEONE, ANY ONE OF YOU, EXCEPT THE CHAIR, TO MAKE A MOTION TO CONTINUE THIS UNTIL THE NEXT MEETING.  

>>Melissa Snively: MOTION TO CONTINUE.  

>>Jim Porter: YOU NEED A SECOND ON THAT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. SHAMBURGER IS THAT A SECOND?  

>>Jim Porter: WHAT YOU WOULD BE VOTING ON NOW, BOARD MEMBERS, IS TO CONTINUE THIS DISCUSSION UNTIL THE NEXT BOARD MEETING. IT'S NOT A SUBSTANTIVE MOTION. IT'S A PROCEDURAL MOTION TO CONTINUE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I HAVE A QUESTION, MR. PORTER, BEFORE WE VOTE. I'M SORRY. THIS IS JUST A SUSPENDED AGENDA. THIS IS NOT AN ACTUAL ITEM. COULD IT NOT JUST BE BROUGHT BACK BY THE BOARD MEMBER AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING?  

>>Jim Porter: WHERE YOU ARE PROCEDURALLY, IT IS A SUSPENDED AGENDA ITEM. IT'S NOT AN ITEM THAT'S ALREADY BEEN ON THE AGENDA. THE WAY YOU DECIDED TO PLACE ITEMS ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA ARE BY VOTE OF THE BOARD. BECAUSE THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR, YOU COULD VOTE ON IT, WITHDRAW IT OR CONTINUE IT. SHE'S MADE A MOTION TO CONTINUE IT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU FOR THE CLARIFICATION. BOARD MEMBERS, IF THERE'S NO FURTHER DISCUSSION, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. IT IS 5-1 WITH THE MOTION CARRYING. WE'LL CONTINUE THIS ITEM FOR THE NEXT MEETING. BOARD MEMBERS, IT IS NOW 5:02 SO WE WILL MOVE TO ITEM NUMBER 6.01, WHICH IS THE PUBLIC HEARING TO APPROVE THE RESOLUTION AMENDING THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX PROJECT LIST INITIALLY APPROVED ON APRIL ADDITIONAL PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED FOR THE 2016 TO 2021 PERIOD BY THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX. THIS ITEM IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED BY MYSELF AND MS. SNIVELY. MS. SHAMBURGER, YOUR LIGHT WAS LIT. DID YOU HAVE SOMETHING? I WILL NOW RECESS THE BOARD MEETING AND OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING AND ASK JOHN STOKES FROM NABORS, GIBLIN AND NICKERSON TO COME FORWARD AND EXPLAIN THE NECESSITY OF THE HERE. MR. STOKES.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, JOHN STOKES WITH NABORS, GIBLIN AND NICKERSON. WE REPRESENT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AS BOND COUNSEL. THE COMMUNITY -- THE INFRASTRUCTURE SALES TAX THAT THE DISTRICT SHARES WITH THE COUNTY AND THE MUNICIPALITIES REQUIRE UNDER THE ENABLING ORDINANCE THAT EVERY FIVE YEARS YOU APPROVE A FIVE-YEAR SPENDING PLAN AND YOU HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING. YOU NOTICE, HOLD A PUBLIC HEARING, AND THEN YOU APPROVE THAT PLAN GOING FORWARD. YOU HAVE THE ABILITY DURING THAT FIVE YEARS BECAUSE THINGS CHANGE TO AMEND THAT PLAN. YOU APPROVED THE LATEST FIVE-YEAR PLAN IN APRIL, I BELIEVE IT WAS 2016, AND YOU AMENDED THAT PLAN IN NOVEMBER OF LAST YEAR. AND WHAT YOU HAVE BEFORE YOU TODAY IS AN ADDITIONAL AMENDMENT TO THE PLAN TO ADD NEW PROJECTS. AND THE LAST COUPLE OF AMENDMENTS RELATED TO TRANSPORTATION ITEMS AND HVAC TELLS A. AND TODAY'S AMENDMENT RELATES TO VARIOUS RENOVATIONS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT FOR EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES. PROPER PROCEDURE IS TO OPEN UP THE PUBLIC HEARING. LET ANYONE WHO HAS ANY COMMENTS ON THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO SPEAK. CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING, AND THEN IF YOU SO DESIRE, ADOPT THE RESOLUTION THAT WE'VE PREPARED FOR YOU WHICH WILL PROVIDE FOR AN AMENDMENT TO THE PLAN. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'LL BE GLAD TO ANSWER THEM.  

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, QUESTIONS? COMMENTS? AT THIS TIME, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THIS RESOLUTION. I WILL TAKE PUBLIC COMMENT.  

>> MADAM CHAIR, YOU NEED TO HOLD THE PUBLIC HEARING FIRST.  

>>Jim Porter: YOU NEED TO TAKE PUBLIC COMMENT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: FIRST?  

>>Jim Porter: YES.  

>> YES.  

>>Cindy Stuart: OKAY.  

>> SORRY FOR ANY CONFUSION.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THAT'S OKAY. IS THERE ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK ON THIS ITEM FROM THE PUBLIC? MR. KLUTHO.  

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. STILL HAVING TROUBLE WITH THESE PUBLIC HEARINGS HERE. I'LL TELL YA, IT'S A TOUGH ONE. WELL, YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT'S HAPPENED HERE BEFORE. AND YOU PEOPLE JUST DON'T PRESENT ANY KIND OF AN EXAMPLE THAT YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE THE RIGHT MOVE. THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY HAS BEEN SQUANDERED HAND OVER FIST. AND THE BUREAUCRAT TODAY CAME TO ME TO SAY, OH, WE'RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK NOW. AND HER COMMENT WAS ALL WRONG. I HAD A MEETING WITH FARKAS AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER VALDES, AND THEY BROUGHT IN SOMEBODY THEY THOUGHT WAS GOING TO BE SOME KIND OF CONTROL. IT WAS A JOKE. I HAVEN'T SEEN HER AT A MEETING SINCE. AND, OF COURSE, TALKING ABOUT LEED, A JOKE. A FARCE. A FRAUD. UNDAND YOU PEOPLE JUST WON'T DO YOUR STUDYING, YOUR RESEARCH. IT WAS MADE AVAILABLE TO ME WAY BACK IN 1971. AND I'VE KEPT UP W WITH ALL THE ADVANCES THAT HAVE COME ALONG SINCE. AND I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOUR PROBLEM IS, WHY YOU CAN'T MAKE THE APPLICATIONS THAT ARE AVAILABLE. BUT YOU'RE GOING TO TAKE THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY AND SQUANDER IT AGAIN.  

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

>> MADAM CHAIR, IF THERE'S NO FURTHER PUBLIC COMMENT, IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE NOW TO CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND ASK THE BOARD TO TAKE ACTION ON THE RESOLUTION.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. STOKES. I WILL CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX AND RECONVENE THE BOARD MEETING. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE RESOLUTION. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MS. HARRIS. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. MS. GRAY. THANK YOU. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THE RESOLUTION IS ADOPTED. THANK YOU, MR. STOKES, FOR BEING HERE. AND ALWAYS ASSISTING US. WE WILL MOVE BACK, BOARD MEMB MEMBERS, TO BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS. I BELIEVE, MS. GRAY, WERE YOU FINISHED WITH YOUR BOARD COMMENTS?  

>>Lynn Gray: SO, THIS IS A TWO-PART RECOGNITION BECAUSE, WELL, FIRST OFF, MADAM SHAMBURGER IS IN THIS PARTICULAR DISTRICT, WE HAVE A TEACHER HAS TO -- THAT HAS PASSED AWAY, BUT SUCH A WONDERFUL, MEMORABLE INDIVIDUAL THAT I WOULD LIKE TO BRING TO THE ATTENTION THEREOF. JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL. HER NAME IS BERTA LEE McCALISTER KEMP. SHE PREFERS THAT NAME IN FULL, AS GARY DULJUN HAS REMINDED ME. SHE PASSED AWAY I BELIEVE IT WAS SEPTEMBER 15th. I MAY BE A DAY OFF. BUT HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE SO MANY AND HER IMPACT ON CHILDREN WILL BE FOREVER. SHE HAS BEEN AT WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR, GARY, HOW MANY YEARS? OVER 40 YEARS. BUT THAT'S JUST A SMALL, SMALL PART OF HER ACCOMPLISHMENT. MADAM SHAMBURGER, WOULD YOU BE SO KIND TO SHARE SOME OF HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS?  

>>Tamara Shamburger: SURE. THANK YOU SO MUCH, BOARD MEMBER GRAY, FOR ALLOWING ME TO SHARE IN THIS RECOGNITION. SAME TO YOU. MS. BERTA LEE McCALISTER KEMP AT THE AGE OF 15, MIGRATED TO TAMPA TO RESIDE WITH HER AUNT AND UNCLE. GRADUATED IN 1957 FROM MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL WITH HONORS, RECEIVING AN ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND KNOXVILLE COLLEGE IN KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE. SHE RECEIVED HER BACHELOR'S DEGREE FROM KNOXVILLE COLLEGE, MAJORING IN ENGLISH AND MIERNG IN SPANISH. LATER, SHE EARNED HER MASTER'S DEGREE FROM OF THE.  

>> OF TAMPA IN ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION. SHE WAS A RETIRED EDUCATOR WITH A CAREER THAT SPANNED 40 YEARS WITHIN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM. HER FIRST JOB WAS A TEACHER AT BOOKER T. WASHINGTON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL WHERE SHE TAUGHT ENGLISH AND SPANISH. MRS. KEMP WAS A LONGTIME ENGLISH TEACHER AT WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL AND SERVED AS CHAIRMAN OF THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT FOR 16 YEARS. HER EDUCATIONAL INVOLVEMENT INCLUDED BEING A SPONSOR OF THE FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES, CHAIRMAN OF THE MULTICULTURAL COMMITTEE, CHAIRMAN OF THE SCHOOL INVOLVEMENT COMMITTEE, AND MEMBER OF THE TEXTBOOK ADOPTION COMMITTEE. HER LEGACY IS LONG. THERE'S PAGES AND PAGES OF STUFF FOR HER, BUT SHE LEAVES A GREAT LEGACY, AND IT IS AN HONOR TONIGHT TO BE ABLE TO HONOR HER. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM SHAMBURGER. THANK YOU, MR. DULJUN. I'M SURE SHE WILL BE RECOGNIZED FOR THE REST OF MANY, MANY CHILDREN'S LIVES, AS YOU AS WELL.  

>>Cindy Stuart: IS THAT THE REMAINING OF YOUR COMMENTS, MS. GRAY? THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, ARE THERE ANY OTHER BOARD MEMBERS THAT HAVE COMMENTS THIS EVENING? MS. HARRIS.  

>>Sally Harris: WELL, I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT COMING BACK FROM OUR TIME OFF FROM THE STORM, ON A MONDAY, I WAS REQUESTED TO BE AT RUSKIN ELEMENTARY AS A SUB. THE PHONE RANG AT 5:04 A.M., SO MY HAT GOES OFF TO SUBS IN THIS DISTRICT THAT HAVE TO RECEIVE THAT PHONE CALL. I WILL TELL YOU, ALL WEEKEND LONG, I WAS STRESSED BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW IF I WAS WORKING OR NOT. AND SO THEN I WANTED TO PLAN AHEAD AND HAVE AN EXTRA LESSON, AND I DIDN'T KNOW IF I WAS GIVE TO KINDERGARTEN OR FIFTH GRADE. AND SO WHEN THE CALL FINALLY CAME, IT WAS KINDERGARTEN. SO PABLO, ARE YOU GETTING ME MY SLIDE SHOW UP? KEEP GOING. OKAY. I WILL TELL YOU THAT THAT MS. SALGADO. IT'S 5.08 NOT 5.04. SHE WAS WONDERFUL IN GETTING ME SETTLED IN MY CLASSROOM. I KNOW THEY WERE ALL VERY WORRIED ABOUT MY FIRST DAY OF SUBBING, BUT IT WAS GREAT. WE HAD A HEALTH FAIR AT JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL. THEY HAD THE BUS THERE, AND WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE IN ATTENDANCE. IT WAS VERY WELL ATTENDED. THEN WE WENT OFF TO THE STRAZ CELEBRATING THE ARTS. I KNOW MS. GRAY, MS. STUART AND MYSELF WERE THERE. ONE OF THOSE EXHIBITS, WHAT WAS IT $35,000? GREAT EXHIBIT IF YOU WANT TO PURCHASE IT. AND THEN WE WENT TO GORRIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. GORRIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS GOING TO HAVE A CAMPAIGN THIS YEAR OF 5,000 ACTS OF KINDNESS WITHIN THE SCHOOL. AND THAT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. THE SPEAKER WAS FABULOUS. WHEN THEY HAD A 911 PRESENTATION BY OUR VERY OWN OFFICER SANTOS, AND HIS DAUGHTER, HAILEY, WHO IS A 7th GRADER, AND SHE HAD PUT TOGETHER THE SLIDE SHOW, AND IT WAS A WONDERFUL SLIDE SHOW REPRESENTING 911. AND IT WAS DONE AT BURNS MIDDLE SCHOOL. THEN WE HAD THE PTSA BOARD, AND THEY HAD THEIR COUNTY COUNCIL TRAINING. AND THEN WE HAD A CITIZENS ADVISORY BOARD MEETING LAST NIGHT, AND WE CAME UP WITH GREAT IDEAS FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE WITHIN OUR DISTRICT AND BEING ABLE TO BECOME SERVANT LEADERS THROUGHOUT OUR DISTRICT IN THE WAY THAT WE PRESENT EACH AND EVERY SCHOOL AND THE DISTRICT OFFICES. IT WAS A VERY GOOD PRESENTATION. SO THANK YOU. AND I DID ENJOY MY SUBBING.  

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

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I WANTED TO, FIRST OF ALL, CONGRATULATE ALL THE CUSTODIANS, BECAUSE TODAY IS ALSO THIS MONTH IS ALSO CUSTODIAL RECOGNITION MONTH AS WELL. AND IT'S ALSO BULLYING AWARENESS MONTH. SO WE NEED A PROCLAMATION. PARDON? YEAH, THERE'S LOTS OF THINGS THIS MONTH. BUT I THINK THAT BEING THAT WE REALLY NEED TO FOCUS IN ON ANTI-BULLYING BECAUSE AS WE ALL KNOW, BULLYING COMES IN MANY DIFFERENT FORMS, SHAPES AND FASHIONS, AND WE NEED TO ENSURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE SAFE THAT WAY WITH ANTI-BULLYING AND MAKING AN AWARENESS CAMPAIGN. I WANTED TO THANK THE TEACHERS THAT HAVE SENT THESE LITTLE CARDS IN. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR MESSAGES AND YOUR NOTES. WE ARE LISTENING AND READING THEM, SO WE ARE PAYING ATTENTION. HAVING SAID THAT, YOU KNOW, BOARD MEMBERS I HAVE -- IT'S BEEN A TOUGH COUPLE OF WEEKS, AS WE ALL KNOW, WITH ALL OF THESE DIFFERENT THINGS HAPPENING. NOT ONLY HERE IN FLORIDA, BUT TEXAS, NOW PUERTO RICO AND THEN JUST AS LAST NIGHT, THE HORRENDOUS SITUATIONS THAT HAPPENED OVER IN LAS VEGAS THE NIGHT BEFORE LAST. TODAY, I RECEIVED A LETTER -- I'M GOING TO READ INTO THE RECORD, BECAUSE EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW WHAT'S REALLY HAPPENING OUT THERE. AND THIS IS FROM AN EMPLOYEE WHO, BY THE WAY, IT'S ANONYMOUS. JUST ENDED IT "FRUSTRATED SUPPORT EMPLOYEES." "MRS. VALDES, I'M WRITING TODAY BECAUSE I AM A SUPPORT EMPLOYEE, AND WE ARE TIRED OF BEING TREATED LIKE SECOND-CLASS CITIZENS. WE DO NOT GET INCLUDED IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, AND THERE IS NO ACKNOWLEDGMENT FROM ALL OF THE HARD WORK THAT WE DO. WE ARE ALWAYS AN AFTERTHOUGHT. THIS IS NOT FAIR TO US. THE ONLY TIME ANYONE WANTS OUR OPINION IS WHEN IT IS TIME TO VOTE FOR A PLUS MONEY. WHEN WE'RE ALWAYS TOLD THAT WE DO NOT DO ANYTHING FOR THE TEACHERS SO WE SHOULD NOT GET AN EVEN CUT. CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, BUT WE'RE HERE FOR THE STUDENTS. WE'RE NOT HERE TO GIVE FREE FOOD OR TO PICK UP TRASH IN YOUR CLASSROOM DURING THE DAY WHEN YOU SHOULD BE TEACHING YOUR STUDENTS RESPONSIBILITY. OUR SCHOOL RECEIVED $100,000 AND ALL THE SUPPORT STAFF WAS GIVEN WAS $150 AND THE TEACHERS SPLIT THE REST. WE ALL KNOW YOU CANNOT TEACH A HUNGRY CHILD SO WHY ARE WE MADE TO SIT THROUGH THE DISCUSSIONS KNOWING WHAT THE OUTCOME WILL BE AND BE TOLD THAT WE DON'T MATTER? YOU WOULD THINK THE PRINCIPAL WOULD GET A BACKBONE AND STAND UP FOR THE SUPPORT STAFF, BUT SHE ONLY CARES ABOUT FACULTY. THE MOE MORALE IN A LOT OF SCHOOLS IS VERY POOR BECAUSE OF THIS. WE'RE FORCED TO HAVE TO VOTE BUT FOR WHAT? WE'RE NOT EVEN INCLUDED IN THE VOTING OF TEACHER OF THE YEAR. WHY NOT? AND THE DISTRICT IS ALWAYS SAYING THAT WE ARE A TEAM. NO, WE'RE NOT. SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE. FRUSTRATED SUPPORT EMPLOYEES." THAT'S ONE OF MANY, DIFFERENT PHONE CALLS, DIFFERENT E-MAILS, DIFFERENT ENCOUNTERS THAT I'VE HAD WITH EMPLOYEES IN MY OFFICE UPSTAIRS ON THE SECOND FLOOR. OF THESE KINDS OF BEHAVIORS. NOW, I KNOW. I KNOW FOR A FACT THAT THE LEADERSHIP TEAM IS WORKING VERY, VERY, VERY HARD TO STOP THIS. YOU KNOW, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT MORALE THAT'S ONE SET OF EMPLOYEES. WE ALSO HAVE ANOTHER SET OF EMPLOYEES THAT SAYS EVEN WAY BACK IN THE DAY BEFORE ANY ONE OF US WAS UP ON THE DAIS, TEACHERS' SALARIES WERE BROKEN. INCLUDING, IF YOU WERE A BLACK TEACHER, YOU EARNED LESS THAN CAUCASIAN TEACHER. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT IS STILL TRUE TODAY. SO, AGAIN, TALKING ABOUT EQUITY IS LIKE FOR LIKE ACROSS THE BOARD. SAME YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. SAME DEGREES. DIFFERENT RACE, DIFFERENT ETHNICITY. RECARE THEY EQUITABLE? I DON'T KNOW. I WISH WE CAN FIX IT ONCE AND FOR ALL FOR EVERYBODY ON BOTH SIDES OF THE HOUSE. NOTES LIKE THIS SADDENS ME. BECAUSE THIS IS WHY WE HAVE POLICIES IN PLACE. NOW, WHAT ARE THE PROCEDURES TO ABIDE BY THOSE POLICIES IS A DIFFERENT STORY. AND HOW IS IT THAT WE ARE GOING TO ENSURE THAT EQUITY AND FAIRNESS GOES THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE DISTRICT EVERY INCH OF THIS DISTRICT, ALL OF ITS DEPARTMENTS, ALL OF ITS EMPLOYEES. I STILL HAVE FOLKS -- TOMORROW, I'M MEETING WITH FOLKS UPSTAIRS AGAIN WITH THE SAME TYPE OF SITUATION. WHY DO WE TREAT PEOPLE LIKE THIS? IF THIS IS HOW WE TREAT THE ADULTS, IMAGINE HOW THE ADULTS TREAT OUR STUDENTS WHEN THEY ARE UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THESE ADULTS THAT ARE TREATING OTHER ADULTS LIKE THIS. THIS IS WHAT I AM FIGHTING AGAINST. THAT IS SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE SHOULD NOT BE DOING THIS. WE SHOULD NOT BE BEHAVING LIKE THIS. SO MY PLEA TO YOU, MR. EAKINS, I'M NOT SURE WHAT THE ANSWER IS BUT I KNOW THAT THIS IS BEHAVIOR THAT GOES COMPLETELY CONTRARY TO WHAT OUR VISION AND MISSION IS. AND I KNOW IT'S DEFINITELY NOT YOUR STYLE OF LEADERSHIP NORPZ -- NOR WHAT YOU WISH FOR THIS DISTRICT. THAT'S GONE. SO I DON'T KNOW HOW WE'RE GOING TO FIX THIS AND HOW ARE WE GOING TO HELP EMPLOYEES LIKE THIS THAT ARE AFRAID TO COME EVEN AT 6:00 IN THE AFTERNOON WHEN WE'VE OFFERED AND SET ASIDE THE TIME FOR THEM TO COME AND SPEAK BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID OF RETALIATION? WHO'S GOING TO SPEAK FOR THESE EMPLOYEES? SO ANYWAYS ... AND THAT DISRESPECT IS WHAT IS LEADING OUR SCHOOLS, OUR TEACHERS AND OUR CHILDREN. SO, MR. EAKINS, I JUST LEAVE THIS TO YOU, AND I DON'T KNOW BETWEEN THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY, ALSO WITH DR. HOWTON, I JUST DON'T KNOW. BUT THESE KINDS OF THINGS HAVE GOT TO STOP. THEY HAVE TO STOP. AND FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, I REALLY, TRULY WISH THAT I COULD FIX IT ALL FROM DAY ONE. WHENEVER THAT DAY WAS SO THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD AND HOPEFULLY FOCUS ON WHAT YEAR -- AND WHAT WE ARE TRULY HERE FOR, AND THAT IS STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND TO HELP OUR STUDENTS LIVE A PRODUCTIVE LIFE AND BE GOOD STEWARDS AND GOOD CITIZENS OF OUR COMMUNITY. I AM JUST VERY SAD. IT'S A VERY SAD DAY. WHEN WE CONTINUE TO RECEIVE NOTES LIKE THIS AND WE PASS THEM ON, AND WE PIECE MEAL AND THESE SYSTEMIC THINGS HAVE GOT TO SOMEHOW OR ANOTHER STOP BECAUSE ONE EMPLOYEE AT A TIME, WE MAY HELP AN EMPLOYEE AT A TIME AND HELP THEIR SITUATION, BUT THEN THEREAFTER IS ANOTHER SITUATION. THEREAFTER IS ANOTHER SITUATION. AND WE'RE SPENDING A LOT OF TIME TRYING TO FIX SOME OF THESE ILLS FOR OUR EMPLOYEES THAT HAVE BEEN NOT SUPPORTED FOR A LONG TIME. I WISH I COULD FIX IT ALL IN ONE SHOT SO THAT WE CAN RESPECT EVERYONE IN THEIR POSITIONS, HONOR THEIR DEGREES, HONOR THEIR WORK, RESPECTFULLY ACROSS THE BOARD. THAT LETTER RIGHT HERE, I DIDN'T ADD ANYTHING TO IT. I'LL SUBMIT IT FOR THE RECORD, BUT THESE EMPLOYEES, HOW ARE WE GOING TO GET OUR EMPLOYEES TO FEEL COMFORTABLE TO COME HERE SO THAT EVERYONE CAN HEAR THIS, NOT JUST ME? BECAUSE THEY ARE ACROSS THE WHOLE DISTRICT. I'M REALLY PROUD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I REALLY AM. BUT THINGS LIKE THIS MAKE ME TEND TO WONDER HOW ARE THE CHILDREN? THANK YOU.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MS. VALDES. BOARD MEMBERS, I JUST HAVE -- AS MUCH AS SNIVELY ACTUALLY ALREADY MENTIONED NATIONAL PRINCIPALS MONTH. THANK YOU. OCTOBER. AND IT'S ALSO BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. I DON'T THINK WE CAN PUT MUCH MORE ON OCTOBER IF WE TRIED. IN FACT, I KNOW THAT THE STATE LEGISLATURE HAS ALSO ADDED SOMETHING TO OCTOBER THAT WE HAVE TO BRING FORWARD AS A RECOGNITION THROUGH MS. COOK'S OFFICE. SO I WON'T ADD TO THAT, BUT I WANTED TO ALSO REMIND US THAT TOMORROW, OCTOBER 4th, IS NATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY. WE HAVE MANY OF OUR SCHOOLS THAT ARE PARTICIPATING IN EVENTS WITH ST. JOSEPH'S HOSPITAL AND MORE HEALTH FORMING THEIR OWN EVENTS. SOME OF THEM ARE RUNNING WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, OR FRIDAY. SO THAT THEY CAN ACCOMMODATE FAMILIES WHO ARE COMING. I WANT TO, MS. SHAMBURGER, BEFORE WE MOVE TO YOUR ITEM, I'M GOING TO MOVE TO MS. SNIVELY. WE HAD THE LOSS OF ONE OF OUR CHARTER SCHOOL PRINCIPALS THIS PAST WEEK. MS. SNIVELY HAS SOMETHING THAT SHE WOULD LIKE TO READ.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. YOU KNOW, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR OPINION OF CHARTER SCHOOLS MIGHT BE, WE LOST A TRUE LEADER FOR OUR STUDENTS IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT. DR. CRAIG BUTTS WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED IN A JET SKI ACCIDENT ON SEPTEMBER THE 23rd. LEAVING HIS WIFE AND HIS FOUR-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER, TEGAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION CURRENTLY. SO I WANTED TO READ SOMETHING THAT THE CHAIR OF PEPIN ACADEMY SENT OUT TO STAKEHOLDERS BRIEFLY AND JUST OFFER CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY, HIS SCHOOL, FAMILY AND HIS PERSONAL FAMILY, AND ANYONE WHO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME ACROSS HIS PATH. HE WAS A VERY SPECIAL PERSON. I HAD THE LUCK OF RUNNING INTO HIM ACTUALLY AT A UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA FOOTBALL GAME THE SATURDAY PRIOR. AND OUT OF 90,000 PEOPLE, GOD PUT US RIGHT IN FRONT OF EACH OTHER IS HOW I LOOKED AT IT. AND I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A CHAT WITH HIM. LAUGH ABOUT THE FACT THAT HE WAS WEARING A TENNESSEE SHIRT, AND AT A UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA GAME. AND GIVE HIM A GREAT BIG HUG. I'M GLAD THAT I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT. THIS IS FROM THE CHAIR. IT IS WITH VERY HEAVY HEART THAT I SHARE WITH YOU ON SEPTEMBER 23rd, PEPIN ACADEMIES LOST DR. CRAIG BUTTS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR PEPIN ACADEMIES HILLSBOROUGH CAMPUSES IN A TRAGIC ACCIDENT. HIS FOUR-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER TEGAN WAS CRITICALLY INJURED IN THE ACCIDENT. WHILE SHE IS STABLE, SHE IS STILL IN CRITICAL CONDITION. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, THIS HAS CREATED A HUGE HOLE IN OUR HEARTS. OUR SCHOOLS LOST AN AMAZING LEADER. HIS WIFE LOST HER BEST FRIEND AND SOUL MATE AND HIS CHILDREN LOST AN OUTSTANDING FATHER AND OUR COMMUNITY LOST AN INCREDIBLE EDUCATOR, LEADER, AND FRIEND. OUR STUDENTS, FACULTY AND FAMILIES ARE GRIEVING THIS LOSS, AND IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME TO COME TO GRIPS WITH LIFE WITHOUT DR. BUTTS, BOTH PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY. NOW I'M GETTING A PHONE CALL FROM THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. I'M NOT GOING TO ANSWER IT. IT WILL GO TO VOICE MAIL. I'LL LISTEN TO IT LATER. A CELEBRATION OF HIS LIFE IS BEING PLANNED TO HONOR HIM AND HIS AMAZING CONTRIBUTIONS TO STUDENTS, FACULTY AND FAMILIES OF PEPIN ACADEMIES. THE PEPIN ACADEMIES IS GOING TO BE POSTING THAT ON THEIR WEBSITE AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA ONCE THAT IS PLANNED. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE RIGHT NOW, MRS. BUTTS IS CONCENTRATING ON TAKING CARE OF HER DAUGHTER, THEIR DAUGHTER TEGAN, AND MAKING SURE THAT SHE COMES OUT STABLE AND WELL. SO PRAYERS TO HIS FAMILY. CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY. AND AS SOON AS WE HAVE SOME INFORMATION ABOUT HIS CELEBRATION OF LIFE, I'LL BE HAPPY TO UPDATE THE BOARD AND DISTRICT WITH THAT INFORMATION. THANK YOU.  

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

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU SO MUCH. ONE QUICK NOTE, MEMBER HARRIS MENTIONED THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL, WHICH IS A PHENOMENAL GROUP. THEY REALLY ACT AS OUR EYES AND OUR EARS. I JUST WANTED TO SAY, THERE ARE SOME OPEN SEATS IN DISTRICT FIVE. I HAVE A FEW APPOINTMENTS THAT I CAN MAKE TO THAT COMMITTEE. SHOULD THERE BE ANYONE THAT'S INTERESTED IN SERVING ON THAT COMMITTEE, PLEASE CONTACT ME THROUGH THE BOARD OFFICE. AND IN CLOSING, I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU A VIDEO. EVERYTHING THAT WE DO IS ABOUT PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THIS IS JUST AN INFORMATIONAL VIDEO. MOST OF YOU HAVE PROBABLY SEEN THIS VIDEO OR AT LEAST SOME VERSION OF IT. I JUST THOUGHT IT WAS REALLY POWERFUL, ESPECIALLY THE PARTS THAT TALK ABOUT STUDENTS. I JUST WANTED TO SHARE IT WITH YOU. AFTER THE VIDEO, THAT'S ALL I HAVE. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EVERYTHING THAT EVERYONE HAS DONE FOR THIS DISTRICT. PABLO --  ∫  

>> THAT WAS WORTH GOING OVERTIME, MS. SHAMBURGER.  

>>Cindy Stuart: SHE ALREADY TOLD ME SHE WOULD BE IN THE PENALTY BOX TONIGHT. THAT'S WHY I MADE HER GO LAST.  

>>Melissa Snively: I TAUGHT MY 80-YEAR-OLD MOM HOW TO TEXT TODAY. SHE'S PROBABLY WATCHING. SHE HATES THAT I JUST CALLED HER OUT. BUT SHE FIGURED IF HER OLDER SISTER KNEW HOW TO DO IT AND SHE'S ON Facebook POSTING, THAT SHE BETTER GET ON IT, TOO.  

>>Cindy Stuart: SO, BOARD MEMBERS, IF THERE IS NOTHING ELSE, I WANT TO COMMEND YOU AGAIN. I THINK WE HAVE SET ANOTHER RECORD AT TWO HOURS AND 39 MINUTES FOR A BOARD MEETING. AND WE ARE ADJOURNED. [ SOUNDING GAVEL ]