Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Regular Board Meeting from October 17th, 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!

>>Cindy Stuart: WELCOME TO OUR TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 3:00 P.M. BOARD MEETING. I WOULD LIKE TO CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER AT THIS TIME. IF YOU WOULD PLEASE STAND FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY MEMBER HARRIS.

>>Sally Harris: I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A QUOTE. TELL ME AND I FORGET. TEACH ME AND I MAY REMEMBER. INVOLVE ME AND I LEARN. BY BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. PLEASE JOIN ME IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE. (MOMENT OF SILENCE).

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. [ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. BEFORE WE MOVE TO THE ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF OUR ENTERTAINMENT, WE HAVE A FEW SPECIAL GUESTS WITH US TODAY, SOME THAT ARE GOING TO BE RECOGNIZED A LITTLE BIT LATER IN THE AGENDA. BUT TO THAT I WANT TO MAKE SURE MRS. DOROTHEA EDGECOMB IS IN THE AUDIENCE, A FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER. [ APPLAUSE ] WELCOME. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. AND I BELIEVE MRS. CATHY VALDEZ, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS IS HERE. [ APPLAUSE ] WELCOME. AT THIS TIME, MRS. HARRIS WILL ACKNOWLEDGE OUR STUDENT ENTERTAINMENT FROM THIS AFTERNOON.

>>Sally Harris: I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE THE NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL ELITE SHOW CHOIR TO THE PODIUM TO INTRODUCE THEMSELVES. JOINING THEM IS CARL LINDSTROM, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ADMINISTRATION AT NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL AND JEFF VOGUE, CORAL DIRECTOR. THESE WONDERFUL STUDENTS ENTERTAINED US PRIOR TO THE START OF OUR BOARD MEETING. WE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT AND HAVE EACH ONE OF YOU INTRODUCE YOURSELVES AND TELL US THE GRADE YOU ARE IN.

>> MY NAME IS ERIC. I'M A SOPHOMORE. I LOVE THE CHOIR PROGRAM BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE INSIDE OF IT.

>> I'M EITHER AN. I'M IN THE ELEVENTH GRADE. AND I LIKE THE CHORUS PROGRAM BECAUSE OF THE COMMUNITY AS WELL AS ABILITY TO PERFORM.

>> I'M SEAN. I'M A SENIOR. AND I LOVE CHORUS BECAUSE IT HELPS ME DEFINE WAY WANT TO DO FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.

>> I'M KING AND I'M A SENIOR AND I LOVE THE OF STORIES AND MUSIC IT TELLS.

>> I'M A SENIOR AT NEW SOME AND I LOVE THE CHOIR PROGRAM BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT, WE ALL COME TOGETHER FOR SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL.

>> I'M ZACHARY. AND I LIKE THE PROGRAM AT NEWSOME BECAUSE ANYBODY INVOLVED IN MUSIC, LIKE WHEN YOU ARE REALLY INTO IT, YOU RICH INTO YOUR LIFE

>> I'M GONZALEZ, ELEVENTH GRADE, AND I LOVE THE MUSIC PROGRAM BECAUSE IT'S A GOOD ESCAPE.

>> MY NAME IS DILLON. I'M IN THE ELEVENTH GRADE. AND I REALLY LOVE BEING AROUND PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT MUSIC.

>> I'M TANNER SMITH, A SENIOR, AND I JUST REALLY LIKE TO SING.

>> I'M EITHER AN. I AM A SOPHOMORE AND I REALLY LOVE CHORUS BECAUSE I LOVE MAKING MUSIC WITH EVERYONE HERE AND IT'S A GREAT TIME.

>> I'M MIGUEL. I'M IN TWELFTH GRADE. I REALLY LOVE THIS PROGRAM BECAUSE I LOVE TO PERFORM.

>> MY NAME IS PAT, A JUNIOR, AND I LOVE THE OPPORTUNITIES IT PRESENTS.

>> MY NAME IS LISA, AND I'M IN NINTH GRADE AND I LOVE THIS PROGRAM BECAUSE IT GIVES ME AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPRESS MYSELF.

>> I'M DAVIS AND I'M A JUNIOR AND I LOVE CHORUS BECAUSE SPENDING TIME WITH PEOPLE WHO SHARE THE SAME PASSION AS ME.

>> I'M A JUNIOR. I LIKE THE CHORUS PROGRAM BECAUSE IT'S LIKE A NEW SET OF FRIENDS AND OFFERS SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE SCHOOL.

>> HELLO.  MY NAME IS CURAN. I'M IN TWELFTH GRADE. I LOVE CHORUS BECAUSE IT GIVES ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM WITH PEOPLE WHO HAVE LIKE INTEREST AS ME.

>> MY NAME IS KATHRYN. I'M IN THE ELEVENTH GRADE. AND I LOVE CHORUS BECAUSE I MADE A LOT OF GRADE FRIENDS AND IT'S A GREAT FAMILY SETTING FOR EVERYONE.

>> ANY I'M HALEY. I'M IN THE ELEVENTH GRADE. AND I LOVE CHORUS BECAUSE IT HELPS ME CONNECT WITH OTHERS.

>> I'M NATALIE. I'M IN TWELFTH GRADE AND I LOVE THE CHORUS PROGRAM BECAUSE I IT'S REALLY COOL EVERY DAY, THE PEOPLE.

>> MY NAME IS LIVE YEAH. I LOVE THE CHORUS PROGRAM BECAUSE OF BEING AROUND DEDICATED AND CONNECTED.

>> I'M A JUNIOR AND I LOVE BEING IN CHORUS BECAUSE I LOVE SINGING AND PERFORMANCE.

>> MY NAME IS -- I'M A SENIOR AND I LOVE BEING IN THE CHORUS PROGRAM BECAUSE I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT MUSIC CAN BUILD PEOPLE AND CHANGE PEOPLE.

>> I'M MARA, IN 12th GRADE. I LOVE THE CHORUS PROGRAM BECAUSE OF THE FRIENDSHIPS I HAVE MADE.

>> MY NAME IS KATIE, A SENIOR. AND I LOVE TAKING CHORUS BECAUSE DESPITE OUR DIFFERENCES WE CAN ALL AGREE ON ONE THING AND THAT'S BECAUSE WE LOVE MUSIC.

>> I'M KRISTIN. I'M A JUNIOR. I'M IN CHORE BECAUSE I LOVE SHARING PASSION WITH ALL OF MY FRIENDS AND SINGING EVERY DAY.

>> AND I'M JEFF VOGUE. I'M NOT IN THE CHOIR. AND I AM A TEACHER AT NEW SOME HIGH SCHOOL AND AM SO PROUD. I LOVE TEACHING CHORUS. SO THERE! [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU COULD STAND UP AND BE PART OF THE PICTURE. BEFORE YOU GUYS TAKE OFF, MRS. SHAMBURGER HAS A COMMENT.

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL PERFORMANCES. WHEN I PARK IN THE GARAGE NORMALLY I TAKE THE ELEVATOR UP. BUT WHEN I PULLED IN, I HEARD THIS PHENOMENAL VOICE SO I HAD TO TAKE THE STAIRS TO SEE WHO IT WAS. SO THESE VOICES ARE TOO GOOD NOT TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MISSED IT, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK MIKAELA TO COME UP AND SING A FEW SECONDS OF THE SONG YOU SANG AND LET EVERYONE HEAR.

>> OKAY. (LAUGHTER) UM, OKAY. I'M GOING TO SING -- OKAY. ∫ ∫

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ON THE BIG STAGE UNDER THE BIG STARS. TAKE THANKS SO MUCH. GOOD JOB.

>>Cindy Stuart: BEFORE YOU GUYS LEAVE, SAY "WE ARE NEWSOME." THERE YOU GO. YOU GOT TO SEE YOURSELF WAVING, I GUESS. THERE YOU GO.

>>Cindy Stuart: I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCE ASHLEY RUSSELL WHO IS WITH US FROM BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL WHO WILL BE SERVING AS OUR STUDENT BOARD REPRESENTATIVE TODAY. WELCOME, ASHLEY. [ APPLAUSE ] AND I WANT TO RECOGNIZE DANIEL PEMBERTON WHO IS WITH THE LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM AT USF, A SENIOR. HE'S FROM DOUGH MIN CA AND IS WORKING WITH MRS. SNIVELY FOR THIS SHORT TIME. SO WELCOME, MR. PEMBERTON. [ APPLAUSE ] BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS TIME WE NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS. A SECOND BY MRS. SHAMBURGER. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS APPEAR. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MRS. GRIFFIN. BOARD MEMBERS, IN YOUR PACKET, EARLIER THIS WEEK, YOU RECEIVED THE MINUTES, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 BOARD WORKSHOP FOR THE MORNING SESSION, SEPTEMBER 28, BOARD WORKSHOP FOR THE P.M. SESSION, OCTOBER 3rd SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, OCTOBER 10th SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP, AND OCTOBER 10th CHARTER SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY REVIEW. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THESE MINUTES. MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS. SECOND BY MRS. GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS APPEAR. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. MRS. HARRIS, WOULD YOU PLEASE NOW READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER STUART. AS WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON'S MEETING, LET ME QUICKLY REVIEW THE FORMAT OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. THE BOARD'S AGENDA IS A CONSENT AGENDA. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE APPROVED UPON MOTION AND VOTE UNLESS AN ITEM IS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THE BACKUP DOCUMENTATION ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE. THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON THE LIVE WEBCAST ON CABLE TV AND ON THE VIDEO MONITOR HERE IN THE AUDITORIUM. IT ALSO CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING LATER IN THE VIDEO ARCHIVES. DURING THE MEETING, THERE IS A TABLET AVAILABLE AT THE COMMUNICATIONS DESK THAT CAN BE USED TO VIEW THE LIVE WEBCAST WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING. THERE ARE SPEAKERS IN THE BACK 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 3 MINUTES TO ADDRESS A SINGLE AGENDA ITEM OR A TOTAL OF 5 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 MINUTES ALLOTTED TIME ENDS, THE REMAINDER OF THE SPEAKERS WILL BE HEARD PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. YOUR COMMENTS ARE IMPORTANT. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO YOUR COMMENTS, THE STAFF WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU AND WILL KEEP THE BOARD INFORMED ABOUT THE RESPONSE. THE SCHOOL BOARD RESPECTS THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD BUT WE CANNOT TOLERATE BEHAVIOR INTENDED TO INTERRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THIS MEETING. OUR CIVILITY POLICY IS IN EFFECT.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, I WANT TO REMIND YOU TO PLEASE IF YOU CAN KEEP YOUR COMMENTS PRECISE AND ON TOPIC. WE HAVE TWO ITEMS TODAY THAT ARE TIME SPECIFIC, ONE IS OUR 4:00 FOR ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS AND TRANSFERS AND 6:00 EMPLOYEE INPUT. MRS. HARRIS, IF YOU COULD PLEASE READ THE AUDIENCE COMMENTS GUIDELINES.

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. MEMBERS, WE WILL ASK TO KEEP CELEBRATIONS TO A MINIMUM AND WE WISH TO HEAR FROM EVERY SPEAKER WITHIN THE AUDIENCE AND ASK FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION. BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU DON'T MIND, TODAY WE HAVE A COUPLE OF SPECIAL ITEMS ON THE AGENDA. ONE BEING ITEM 13.01 WHICH WE ARE GOING TO TAKE FIRST. AND THEN WE HAVE A COUPLE OF NAMING OF BUILDINGS. THERE ARE TWO SPEAKERS TO THE NAMING OF BUILDINGS THAT WE WILL HEAR FROM THOSE SPEAKERS PRIOR TO THOSE AND THEN MOVE TO AUDIENCE COMMENTS IF THAT'S OKAY SO WE CAN GET THE COMMUNITY MEMBERS MOVED ON THEIR WAY IF THEY WOULD LIKE TO LEAVE. SO I'LL GO THROUGH THE REST OF THIS AND THEN MOVE TO 13.01. A REMAINDER TO OUR GUESTS AS WELL THAT IF YOU LEAVE THE AUDITORIUM AND PLAN TO COME BACK IN WE DO HAVE SECURITY SET UP IN THE HALLWAY. YOU WILL NEED TO GO THROUGH SECURITY FOR A SECOND TIME. RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENTS REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. I DO WANT TO LET -- FOR THE CONSENT AGENDA, I WANT THE PUBLIC TO BE AWARE THAT PRIOR TO THE BOARD MEETING TODAY, STAFF, MYSELF, HAVE MET WITH BOARD MEMBERS ON ANY SPECIFIC ITEMS THAT THEY MAY HAVE HAD QUESTIONS ON. SO IF THERE ARE COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS, AREN'T THAT MANY THIS AFTERNOON, I WANT THE PUBLIC TO KNOW THOSE QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED PRIOR TO THIS EVENING.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANG THANK YOU. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE ON THE CONTENT AGENDA AND PULLED FOR DISCUSSION FOR SEPARATE VOTE. 602, 04, 65, 36.06, 07, 1781, C 6-14, 15, 7.01, 37.2, 7.04, 8.03, 8.05, 12.01, C 13.01, 13.02-R AND 13.04. I NEED A MOTION. I HAVE A MOTION SECOND BY MRS. GRAY.  IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTES WHEN THE LIGHTS FARE APPEAR. MRS. GRAY? THANK YOU. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. BOARD MEMBERS, THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN PULLED UP PER BOARD MEMBER REQUEST. ITEM NUMBER 13.071, 8.03, 05, 7.04-R. I WANT TO REMIND EACH OF YOU BOARD MEMBERS WE WILL HAVE TWO MINUTES OF DISCUSSION PER BOARD MEMBER. IF YOU GO BEYOND THE TWO MINUTES I ASK THAT YOU GET BACK IN THE QUEUE AND BEHIND THE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS STILL WISHING TO SPEAK. IF A BOARD MEMBER HAS NOT PULLED AN ITEM FOR DISCUSSION BUT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ON THE ITEM, THEY CAN GET IN-LINE IN THE QUEUE LINE TO SPEAK TO THAT ITEM. OUR FIRST ITEM IS 13.01. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE PINELLAS COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISTRICT PARTNERSHIP. I HAVE ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT AS WELL AS MRS. SHAMBURGER AND THE SUPERINTENDENT WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. WE ARE SO GLAD TO COME THIS AFTERNOON AND HIGHLIGHT THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND PINELLAS COUNTY. WE KNOW THAT THIS REGION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND FOR OUR STUDENT FAMILIES. WE WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THIS AND GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME OF OUR PARTNERS IN A AN EFFORT TO BE RECOGNIZED AS WELL TONIGHT. I KNOW THEY WILL WANT TO MAKE SOME COMMENTS. AND THEN TURN IT OVER TO MR. AYRES AND ANY COMMENTS OR DISCUSSIONS FROM THE BOARD. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE MY COMPADRE ACROSS THE BAY, THE SUPERINTENDENT OF PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS, DR. GREGO IS HERE. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. WE HAVE WITH US MR. EMORY FROM THE TAMPA BAY SUNCOAST. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. HE'S A PARTNER IN THIS EFFORT. WE ALSO HAVE MELISSA ERICSON, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE ALLIANCE OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS WITH US THIS EVENING. [ APPLAUSE ] WE HAVE SOME OTHER GUESTS, TOO. WE HAVE MATWAY, PINELLAS, BEEN WORKING WITH US ON THIS PARTNERSHIP. THANK YOU, LORI. AND MINNIE TAYLOR AND MELICCI. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AS WELL. SO TO HIGHLIGHT THE PARTNERSHIP AND WHAT WE HAVE BEEN KIND OF EMBARKED ON OVER THE LAST SEVERAL MONTHS, I AM GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO MR. AYRES, OUR DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT, IS GOING TO HAVE A BRIEF 5-SLIDE PRESENTATION.

>>Van Ayres: THIS IS AN EXCITING TIME FOR THE TAMPA BAY AREA. THIS IS A PINELLAS, HILLSBOROUGH LEARNING PARTNERSHIP. AND WE ARE CALLING IT THE LEARNING PARTNERSHIP BECAUSE THE FOCUS IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE ON LEARNING. STUDENT LEARNING, ADULT LEARNING, AND SYSTEMS LEARNING. I WANT TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO TALK ABOUT WHERE THIS PARTNERSHIP, HOW IT WAS DEVELOPED AND WHERE IT CAME FROM AND KIND OF OUR NEXT STEPS MOVING FORWARD. IF YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH HOW GRAD NATION WORKS, PINELLAS COUNTY ALSO DID SOME GREAT GRAD NATION WORK. IF YOU RECALL BACK IN THE SPRING 2016, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WAS PART OF THE FIRST GRAD NATION EVENT AND IN 2016 PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS JOINED IN WITH HILLS WORE IN A JOINT GRAD NATION EVENT OVER IN PINELLAS COUNTY WITH SUPERINTENDENT, OUT OF OUR ALLIANCE OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND STARTED WITH OUR GRAD NATION, WHERE WE TALK ABOUT TAMPA, ST. PETE, BUT WE REFER TO IT AS THE TAMPA BAY AREA. SO HOW DO WE COLLECTIVELY AS THE TAMPA BAY AREA HELP WORK TOGETHER AND RAISE GRADUATION RATES? SO THIS IS KIND OF THE BEGINNING OF THE PARTNERSHIP AND HOW THIS WORK STARTED AND HOW WE THEN DEVELOPED IT FROM HERE. AS WE LOOKED -- AND I WORKED EXCLUSIVELY WITH MELISSA ERICSON, AND MATWAY, WHAT KIND OF FRAMEWORK DO WE LOOK LIKE THAT'S BEEN AROUND ON SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT WORK TOGETHER? BELIEVE IT OR NOT, NOT TOO MANY OF THEM OUT THERE WHERE YOU HAVE SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT COMBINE EFFORTS, COLLABORATE AROUND A CERTAIN GOAL. THE ONLY RESEARCH WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND IS FRESNO, CALIFORNIA, THE FRESNO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT IN LONG BEACH WHERE THEY WE REALLY BUILT OUR FRAMEWORK BASED OFF OF THAT, AND THEY HAD A STRONG CONNECTION. A LOT OF OUR FRAMEWORK IS BUILT UPON THAT FRESNO AND LONG BEACH. SO WE BOTH, PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, HAVE A STRONG STRATEGIC PLAN SO WE STARTED THERE WITH A CROSSWALK OF BOTH STRATEGIC PLANS, AND IN THIS SLIDE YOU WILL SEE ALTHOUGH DIFFERENT, VERY SIMILAR IN VISION, MISSION, VALUES AND PRIORITIES. WE HAVE PRIORITIES. THEY HAVE DIRECTIONS. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THOSE VISIONS UP TOP IT'S ABOUT PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE AND PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS IT'S 100% STUDENT SUCCESS. THE PARTNERSHIP BEGAN WITH HOW DO WE TAKE OUR STRATEGIC PLAN, BRING THEM TOGETHER, DO A CROSSWALK AND DEVELOP OUR WORK FROM THERE. SO AS WE DID THE WORK, AND WORKING WITH ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WE CAME UP WITH THREE AREAS OF FOCUS FROM THIS CROSSWALK AND THOSE THREE AREAS OF FOCUS AS YOU GUYS KNOW WITH OUR STRATEGIC PLAN LIES DIRECTLY WITH OUR STRATEGIC PLAN, FOR PINELLAS COUNTY, A ROUND OUR WORK BEHIND EARLY CHILDHOOD, COLLEGE AND CAREER CONNECTIONS AND HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION GRADE. AND THAT GRAD NATION WORK, THAT 90% GRADUATION RATE BY 20-20, THAT'S NOT ONLY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL PUBLIC BUT ALSO FOR THE ALLIANCE AND GRAD NATION OF PRESIDENT 0% BY 2020. SO GOING FORWARD FROM HERE, SO THIS IS THE BEGINNING. WE AS A DISTRICT, AND I CAN SPEAK FOR STAFF, VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE COLLABORATION AND THE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE TO US, LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER. SO REALLY GOING FORWARD WITH THE THREE BULLETS THERE ARE DEEPENING PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS, FORMALIZING SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES, AND REALLY THOSE JOB-A-LIKE CONNECTIONS. WE HAVE ALREADY HAD GREAT WORK WITH LESLIE VASQUEZ, FOR SECONDARY EDUCATION. SHE LEADS OUR GRAD GRADUATION RATE GROUP AND LEARNED QUITE A BIT FROM PINELLAS COUNTY. THEY HAVE LEARNED FROM US AND WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO COLLABORATE AND RAISE GRADUATION RATES AND MAKE TAMPA BAY THE TAMPA BAY AREA A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MR. AYRES. SO AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE FOR DR. GREGO, LISA ERICSON AND AVERY EMORY TO COME UP TO THE PODIUM. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS. THIS REALLY IS ABOUT THE IMPACT WE HAVE ON THE REGION. REGION I ALLEY. WE CROSS THE BRIDGES EVERY DAY, OUR EMPLOYEES DO. OUR FAMILIES DO. WE SHARE STUDENTS FROM TIME TO TIME. SO THE FACT THAT WE ARE COMING TOGETHER AROUND LIKE FOCUS AREAS, ENSURING THAT WE HAVE QUALITY EARLY CHILDHOOD, OPPORTUNITIES ACROSS BOTH SIDES OF THE BAY, WE ARE DEVELOPING STRONG CONNECTIONS INTO THE WORKFORCE AND THE POST-SECONDARY, AND OF COURSE THE WORK WE ARE DOING AROUND GRADUATION RATES WILL MAKE THIS REGION ONE THAT BUSINESSES IN THE COMMUNITY TRULY VALUE. SO ONCE AGAIN, I CAN'T THANK MIKE AND HIS TEAM ENOUGH. IT KIND OF LIKE SHARPENING EACH OTHERS SAWS, SO TO SPEAK, AND BOY, WE LEARNED A LOT OF THINGS FROM THEM.

>> GREGO:  BOARD MEMBERS, JUST FOR YOUR KNOWLEDGE JEFF WAS OVER THIS MORNING. WE HAD A FULL DAY OF BOARD WORKSHOPS. SO HE WAS THERE WITH SOME OF YOUR STAFF. AND WITH BOARD MEMBERS, THANK YOU, MRS. STUART, FOR BEING THERE. AND SO THIS IS A UNIQUE DAY, I THINK, IN ANY TWO SCHOOL DISTRICTS ACROSS THIS COUNTRY WHERE ON THE SAME DAY WE ARE BACK AND FORTH. THE NOTION THAT WE HAVE SUCH CLOSE PROXIMITY POINTS TO THE FACT THAT WE SHOULD BE WORKING TOGETHER. WHEN WE DO, TAMPA WINS, PINELLAS WINS, AND THE TAMPA BAY AREA WINS. SO AS I WAS THINKING ABOUT THE CONVERSATION THIS MORNING, I WAS VERY -- IT WAS VERY RICH. I THOUGHT ABOUT THE WORD SYNERGY SO I LOOKED IT UM AND IT'S THIS, THE INTERACTION OR COOPERATION OF TWO OR MORE ORGANIZATIONS, SUBSTANCES OR OTHER AGENTS TO PRODUCE A COMBINED EFFECT GREATER THAN THE SUM OF THEIR SEPARATE EFFECTS. AND THAT'S BASICALLY WHAT WE ARE AFTER. OUR COMMUNITY DESERVES THE BEST FROM BOTH OF US. IT DESERVES THE BEST IN TERMS OF OUR GRADUATES, COLLEGE AND CAREER READY STUDENTS. IT DESERVES THE BEST IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. AND IT DESERVES THE BEST IN EVERYTHING. ONE OF THE BEAUTIES OF THIS PARTNERSHIP IS WE ARE NOT PICKING 50 THINGS AND TRYING TO DO ALL OF THEM REALLY WELL, BUT RATHER WE HAVE HONEYED IT DOWN TO THROW SPECIFIC THINGS. AND I CAN TELL YOU WE HAVE LEARNED A LOT FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION FIELD. AND WE NEED TO BOTH GROW. THAT NEEDS TO BE A REGIONAL EFFORT. BUSINESSES ARE LOOKING AT US AS, NUMBER ONE, THE TWO LARGEST EMPLOYERS. WE EMPLOY OVER 45 TO 50,000 PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY. COMBINED WIDGETS OF OVER $4 BILLION. AND WE SERVE MOST IMPORTANTLY WELL OVER 300 THAT YOU STUDENTS. SO WHAT BETTER ECONOMIC ENGINE, EDUCATION ALLEN GIN, THIS SPEAKS VOLUMES. SO I WANT TO THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT, THIS BOARD. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BEING OPEN TO SUCH AN INITIATIVE AND TO THE UNITED WAY, BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN KIND OF THE CATALYST. THEY ARE STANDING BEHIND ME. I WANT THEM TO SAY A FEW WORDS. BUT THEY TRULY HAVE BEEN A CATALYST IN TERMS OF TRULY GETTING US TOGETHER AND FOCUSING ON A FEW THINGS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP, THOUGH.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. AND I WILL BE BRIEF. SO OUR UNITED WAY ACTUALLY COVERS A 5-COUNTY AREA. MY RESPONSIBILITY IS FOR HILLSBOROUGH AND PINELLAS COUNTY. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH BOTH SCHOOL DISTRICTS SINCE WE INTRODUCED OUR NEW BUSINESS PLAN, WHICH IS FOCUSED ON THE VERY SAME GOAL AREAS THAT BOTH DISTRICTS HAVE, WHICH IS EARLY LEARNING, MAKING SURE THE KIDS HAVE WHAT THEY NEED, THE TOOLS THAT THEY NEED TO ENTER SCHOOL, READY TO LEARN, READY TO BE SUCCESSFUL, COLLEGE CAREER CONNECTIONS AND HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES. AND SO THIS IS SORT OF A NATURAL PARTNERSHIP FOR US. OUR WORK ISN'T TO INTERFERE BUT REALLY TO GET BEHIND THE GOALS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO SUPPORT THOSE EFFORTS, AND TO PUT ALL OF OUR RESOURCES, OUR FINANCIAL RESOURCES, OUR STAFF RESOURCES, OUR TALENT, AND ALL OF OUR OTHER CORPORATE AND NONPROFIT PARTNERS, BRING THEM TO THE TABLE, SO THAT WE CAN HELP OUR COMMUNITY ACHIEVE ITS GOALS OF IMPROVING THE GRADUATION RATES BY 2020. WE BELIEVE IN THOSE GOALS. THIS IS WHAT KEEPS US UP AT NIGHT. BUT I THINK WHAT MAKES US UP IN THE MORNING AND GIVES US THE MOTIVATION AND THE DRIVE IS WORKING WITH TWO GREAT SUPERINTENDENTS, TWO GREAT SCHOOL BOARDS, AND A VERY, VERY TALENTED STAFF WITHIN BOTH SCHOOL DISTRICTS. SO WE ARE HAPPY TO BE HERE, HAPPY TO BE A PARTNER, AND ALSO AGAIN WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS WORK.

>> HI EVERYBODY. THIS HAS BEEN A PRIVILEGE TO BE -- I AM ABSOLUTELY NOT GOING TO CRY. SO I AM NOT THANKING ANYONE. WE HAVEN'T HAD A HURRICANE. OKAY. SO IT'S BEEN A REAL PRIVILEGE TO BE ABLE TO FACILITATE THESE CONVERSATIONS. AND THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE HAVE BEEN DOING IS ALLOWING PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BAY, THE JOB-A-LIKE PEOPLE THAT MR. AYRES REFERRED TO, HAVE CONVERSATION. AND THE CONVERSATION HAS BEEN AMAZING. I AM CONVINCED THAT MORE PEOPLE WILL WALK ACROSS THE STAGE. SEE, I AM. SOME MORE KIDS WILL WALK ACROSS THE STAGE THIS YEAR IN BOTH COUNTIES, BECAUSE OF THE CONVERSATION THAT HAS ALREADY HAPPENED. IN THE TWO MEETINGS THAT WE ARE HAVING. AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE ALL HERE FOR. SO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WHAT THE FUTURE OF THIS IS GOING TO BE.

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. GRAY?

>>Lynn Gray: I REALLY LOVE THE IDEA OF THE PARTNERSHIP. SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW I AM PARTNERSHIP WITH PINELLAS COUNTY A LONG TIME AGO. WE WILL RUN RACES OVER THERE AND THEY WILL RUN RACES OVER HERE SO IT'S A DONE DEAL. BUT HOW I SEE IT IS WHEN WE JOIN TOGETHER WE ARE MADE STRONGER, AND WE BECOME A LARGER ENTITY. AND WE BECOME A LARGER FACE FOR OUR CHILDREN. AND OUR CHILDREN NEED THE STRENGTH AND THE BIG FACE TO SAY THAT WE ARE FOR THEM IN EVERY WAY. WHAT CAME TO ME IMMEDIATELY WAS THE -- SURE, IT'S GOOD TO BE PARTNERS, BECAUSE OF THE HURRICANE IF NOTHING ELSE, WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER. BUT ALSO TRANSPORTATION. AND ALSO I AM REMINDED ABOUT THE CULTURAL ARTS. YOU ALL HAVE MUCH TO OFFER, AND VICE VERSA. SO WE HAVE THAT. BUT I LOVE THE IDEA OF INCREASING THE AWARENESS OF EARLY CHILDHOOD. IT'S NOT JUST A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY GOAL. IT SHOULD BE EVERY PERSON'S GOAL, EVERY EDUCATOR'S GOAL. IT'S NOW SHOWN OVER AND OVER THAT THE EARLIER WE GET OUR CHILDREN EDUCATED, THE BETTER THEY ARE GOING TO BE PRODUCTIVE CITIZENS. AND LASTLY, NOW WE HAVE PLACES FOR OUR WORKFORCE. WE CAN GO OVER TO PINELLAS COUNTY AND GIVE THEM THE WORK. I'M SURE THEY NEED SOME CARPENTERS AND ELECTRICIANS, ET CETERA. AND THEN, AGAIN, YOU COULD SEND US YOUR WORKERS. SO WHAT A GREAT -- IT'S GREAT NEWS. AND IT IS WORTH A FEW TEAR DROPS, BECAUSE OUR CHILDREN ARE THE WINNERS WITH THIS. THANK YOU.

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US HERE TODAY. WE REALLY PROSCH YOU BEING HERE. WE REALLY APPRECIATE THIS PARTNERSHIP. AND THIS IS A MOMENT TO ECHO DR. GRACO THAT THIS DOESN'T HAPPEN VERY OFTEN, AND SO THIS IS A VERY UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO ALIGN THE PRIORITIES THAT WE HAVE AS S BUSINESS NEEDS IN OUR COMMUNITY, AND I THINK THAT IT'S A WONDERFUL COLLABORATION AND PARTNERSHIP, AND I HOPE THAT IN ADDITION TO BUILDING THE DEEPER AND SUPPORTIVE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE INDIVIDUALS IN JOB-A-LIKE AREAS THAT WE COULD ALSO LOOK TO EXPANDING SOME OF THE PARTNERSHIPS AND THE COLLABORATION, INTO THE OTHER COUNTIES THAT MAKE UP TAMPA BAY. I HAVE A FEELING THAT THAT'S THE DIRECTION THAT WE ARE GOING IN, BECAUSE OF THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN TAMPA BAY. THIS IS AT THE END OF THE DAY THE BEST THING FOR OUR STUDENT SUCCESS.  THIS IS THE BEST THING TO PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE. AND I AM REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING HOW THIS PARTNERSHIP CREATES AN ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE PARTNERSHIP.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. SNIVELY. I ECHO MY FELLOW BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS. DR. GREGO, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, AND THANK YOU BOTH FOR TAKING THE TIME AND COURAGE TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. AND THIS DIFFERENT. AND THERE IS A LOT TO BE LEARNED. I KNOW THAT AS BOARD MEMBERS, WE LEAN ON OTHER BOARD MEMBERS THROUGHOUT THIS STATE FOR INFORMATION, STARRY SEAS -- SO WHY SHOULDN'T SCHOOL DISTRICT DO THE SAME? THANK YOU FOR TAKING THIS STEP FORWARD. MR. SUPERINTENDENT?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE YOU UPDATES AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THE COLLABORATION, AND CONTINUE TO EXPAND ON THE PARTNERSHIPS. SO ONCE AGAIN I WANT TO THANK OUR PARTNERS. THANK YOU, DR. GREGO, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO MORE NEWS, GREAT NEWS FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. AND I WILL HAVE TO ASSUME THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT WILL BRING US UPDATES REGULARLY. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. [ APPLAUSE ] BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE ITEM 8.03, 04 AND 05. THESE WILL BE BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE AREA SUPERINTENDENT. I HAVE TWO SPEAKERS THAT ARE HERE TO SPEAK TO 8.05. I WILL CALL THOSE TWO SPEAKERS UP BEFORE WE DO 8.05. 8.03, FIRST APPROVE THE NAMING OF THE MEDIA CENTER AT MONROE MIDDLE SCHOOL, HIGHLIGHTED FOR MYSELF AND MRS. HARRIS. MRS. LISA YOST, AREA SUPERINTENDENT FOR 8.01, AS WELL AS BRINGING THE DOCUMENTS FORWARD. MRS. YOST.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, STAFF. WE THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME BEFORE YOU TODAY AND RECOMMEND A NAME FOR THE MONROE MIDDLE SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE PETE McGARRA, THE PRINCIPAL AT MACHINE ROW MIDDLE SCHOOL WHO WILL PROCEED WITH THE RECOMMENDATION. THANK YOU.

>> THIS YOUNG LADY HAS BEEN BY MY SIDE. MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF, THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. THE MONROE MIDDLE SCHOOL FAMILY RESPECTFULLY REQUESTS THAT THE MONROE MEDIA CENTER BE NAMED AFTER MISS DENISE ANDERSON. IT WOULD BE AN HONOR TO COMMEMORATE HER EXEMPLARY WORK THAT SHE'S DONE FOR THE MONROE COMMUNITY AS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR THE LAST 14 YEARS. MRS. ANDERSON'S SOLID WORK ETHIC AND DEDICATION TO CONSISTENTLY DOING WHAT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILDREN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FOR THE LAST 41 YEARS MAKES THE NAMING OF THE MONROE MEDIA CENTER IN HER HONOR A DESERVING TRIBUTE TO HER ABUNDANCE OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND MONROE MIDDLE SCHOOL IN PARTICULAR. YOUR CONSIDERATION IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU.

>> I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY GRATITUDE FIRST TO GOD AND TO MY MOTHER FOR EVERYONE IN THIS PRESTIGIOUS HONOR IN NAMING THE MEDIA CENTER AFTER ME. IT'S BEEN 42 YEARS, AND I HAD SOME EXCELLENT PEOPLE TO WORK WITH AS I WENT THROUGH MY JOURNEY. I WATCHED MRS. EDGECOMB AS SHE DID SO MANY THINGS FOR OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL. I WATCHED ALL THE PRINCIPALS I HAD TO GO AND WATCH AND LEARNED FROM THEM. AND I WANT TO TELL YOU, THERE'S NO OTHER BETTER PLACE THAN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM. MONROE MIDDLE SCHOOL WORKS EXTREMELY HARD, AND THEY ARE DEDICATED, AND THEY PUSH AND PUSH, BUT EVERY CHILD WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN. AND IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE, VISIT, BECAUSE WE WORK EXTREMELY HARD AND WE WILL CONTINUE WORKING HARD TO MAKE OUR STUDENTS THE NUMBER ONE. AND I AM GOING TO BE AROUND BECAUSE I HAVE TWO LOVELY GRANDDAUGHTERS THAT ATTEND PHILIP SHORE MAGNET SCHOOL. AND I THINK THAT SAYS ENOUGH. SO I WILL BE AROUND A LOT. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH. HAVE A NICE DAY. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES, A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS ON THIS ITEM. SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THE MEDIA SENT SORRY NOW GOING TO BE CALLED THE ANDERSON MEDIA CENTER. CONGRATULATIONS. OUR NEXT ITEM IS 8.04, TO APPROVE THE NAMING AND DEDICATION OF THE AUDITORIUM AT PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL. THIS IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED FOR YOU BY MYSELF AND MRS. SNIVELY. MRS. SHARON WORTH, AREA SUPERINTENDENT FOR AREA 6 WILL COME FORWARD AND INTRODUCE THIS ITEM. WELCOME.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYBODY. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO COME BEFORE YOU AS WE RECOMMEND THE NAMING OF THE PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM. I HAVE THE PLEASURE OF INTRODUCING SUSAN SULLIVAN, THE PRINCIPAL OF PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL WHO WILL CONTINUE WITH OUR RECOMMENDATION.

>> THANK YOU, MRS. MORRIS. I'M HONORED TO STAND BEFORE YOU TO REQUEST THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD APPROVE OUR REQUEST TO NAME AUDITORIUM AT PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL AS THE NAMES SUNNY JONES AUDITORIUM. MR. JONES SERVED THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AS A TEACHER, GUIDANCE COUNSELOR, DEAN AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL BEFORE BECOMING THE PRINCIPAL OF TOMLIN JUNIOR HIGH FROM 1967 TO 1980 WHERE I I WAS  STUDENT TWO OF THOSE YEARS. HE RETIRED AFTER SERVING AS THE PRINCIPAL FROM 1980 TO 1990. HE'S BEEN VERY INVOLVED IN OUR COMMUNITY IN PLANT CITY AND NUMEROUS SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS. IN FACT HE STILL COMES TO PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL TWICE A YEAR TO PRESENT SCHOLARSHIPS AT OUR SENIOR AWARDS NIGHT AND CERTIFICATES AND MEDALS TO OUR ROTC STUDENTS AT THEIR ANNUAL AWARDS CELEBRATION SO HOW FITTING IT WOULD BE TO NAME AN AUDITORIUM IN HIS HONOR. I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE THE MR. SUNNY JAMES JONES. [ APPLAUSE ] AND HIS WIFE BETTY. [ APPLAUSE ] THEIR CHILDREN. ALSO BROUGHT THE QUEEN OF PLANT CITY WITH ME TONIGHT. FORMER AREA DIRECTOR OF AREA 6 AND A MEMBER OF THE 1967 CLASS WHICH HAS TRULY SPEARHEADED THESE EFFORTS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. AGAIN I AM GOING TO ASK MR. JONES IF HE WILL MAKE HIS WAY FORWARD, PLEASE. MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF, FORMER COLLEAGUES AND GUESTS, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US HERE THIS EVENING. AS SUSAN MENTIONED, IN CELEBRATION OF OUR 50th ANNIVERSARY OF GRADUATION FROM PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL, THE CLASS OF 1967 WANTED TO SEEK A WAY TO HONOR MR. JONES FOR HIS DEDICATION AND HIS MANY, MANY YEARS OF SERVICE. AND WE THOUGHT THE BEST FITTING WAY WAS TO NAME THE AUDITORIUM IN HIS HONOR. MR. JONES IS ADMIRED AND EXPECTED BY FORMER STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBERS, COLLEAGUES, AND THE PLANT CITY COMMUNITY FOR HIS MANY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE COMMUNITY AND TO EDUCATION AS WELL. KNOWING THE IMPORTANCE OF GATHERING LETTERS FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS, WE QUICK YOULY WENT TO WORK ON THAT AND DID RECEIVE AMAZING LETTERS. I'M SURE YOU HAVE HAD OPPORTUNITY TO READ THEM. THEY WERE OUTSTANDING. WE ARE SO PROUD. AND IT SPEAKS TO MR. JONES. THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER, MR. JONES' INFLUENCED THE LIVES AND FAMILIES IN THE PLANT CITY COMMUNITY. AS WE WERE MEETING AND REMINISCING DURING OUR PLANNING MEETINGS, SEVERAL OF THE MEN -- NO LADIES, MEN -- RELAYED ENCOUNTERS WITH MR. JONES AND HIS "BOARD" OF EDUCATION WHILE THEY WERE STUNTS AT PLANT CITY HIGH. THESE EXPERIENCES CERTAINLY MADE AN IMPACT IN A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN THEIR LIVES. TODAY, THESE MEN ARE LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNITY, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS, AND SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS AND FORMERS. -- FARMERS. OUR CLASS ALSO SHARED MEMORIES OF HIS GENTLE MANNER AND ENCOURAGEMENT AND HEY EXPECTATION AND HIS GENUINE INTEREST IN OUR ACHIEVEMENT AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE CLASSROOM. MR. JONES SYMBOLIZES AND EXEMPLIFIES THE RESPONSIBILITY AND INFLUENCE OF AN EDUCATOR, LEADER, AND COMMUNITY MEMBER. A PILLAR OF THE COMMUNITY, HE HAS BEEN AN UNEXPIRATION AND MENTOR TO MANY. SO THE CLASS OF 1967, ALONG WITH MANY, MANY, MANY COMMUNITY MEMBERS, REQUEST THAT MR. JONES BE HONORED BY THE NAMING OF THE AUDITORIUM AT PLANT CITY HIGH, THE SONNY JAMES A. "SONNY" JONES SENIOR AUDITORIUM. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU. I CERTAINLY THANK YOU, THE COMMUNITY FOR THIS HONOR. BEEN RETIRED 27 YEARS. YOU CAN SEE AGE IS CREEPING UP. AND I REALIZE I HAD THREE CHILDREN, THREE OF THEM ON SOCIAL SECURITY, TWO OF THEM ON MEDICARE, AND A SPECIAL PRAISE TO MY WIFE, MY BEAUTIFUL BRIDE, 42 YEARS, 66 YEARS. BETTY, WOULD YOU STAND? [ APPLAUSE ] IF YOU SEE FIT TO DO THIS, I APPRECIATE IT. AND THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. JONES. BOARD MEMBERS, I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MRS. GRAY TO NAME THE PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM JAMES A. "SONNY" JONES SENIOR AUDITORIUM. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS APPEAR. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR NEXT ITEM IS 8.05, A PROVE NAMING OF AUDITORIUM AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTED BY MYSELF, MRS. SHAMBURGER, MRS. HARRIS HAS A COMMENT. I WILL CALL -- FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE MR. UNDERDUE, I HAVE TWO PEOPLE WHO SIGNED UP FOR AUDIENCE COMMENTS IN PARTICULAR. SO I WOULD LIKE TO CALL THEM FIRST. STEWART, AND THEN MR. RADDA. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. IT IS MORE THAN AN HONOR AND A PLEASURE TO BE HERE TODAY. I AM A SCHOOL BOARD PERSON. MY MOTHER TAUGHT IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM 43 YEARS AND MY FATHER 45. AND IT IS IMPORTANT TODAY FOR ME, THE PERSON FROM PINELLAS COUNTY VICINITY. AND FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE PROUD CITIZENS OF THIS UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND ABILITY TO PUT TOGETHER ALL KNOWLEDGE TO BE BENEFICIAL TO EVERYONE, ALLOW THIS MAN, MR. WASHINGTON, AND I HAVE LIVED IN THIS COUNTY OTHER THAN YEARS IN THE SERVICES AND LAW SCHOOL 82 YEARS. WHEN I GOT OUT OF LAW SCHOOL, MY FATHER HAD BEEN AT MIDDLETON. SHAKE WASHINGTON WAS THE CAPTAIN OF THE BASKETBALL TEAM, CO-CAPTAIN OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM, AND BASEBALL, BUT MORE THAN THAT, THROUGHOUT HIS 42 YEARS, HE WORKED ALL OVER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, TURKEY CREEK, MONROE, GRANLY, THEN AT CHAMBERLAIN, FOUR TIMES HE WAS THE PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR. AND THEN HE GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO REOPEN MIDDLETON. AND WHAT HAS BEEN TRIGGERING ME, I WAS -- WHEN BROWN WAS DECIDED, BROWN, I WAS A FRESHMAN AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN. I WAS APPOINTED BY JUDGE CRISTMAN AFTER 18 YEARS WITH THE INTEGRATION OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. SO IT IS INTERESTING HOW GOD WORKS. NO DEMOCRACY, SOVEREIGNTY RESIDES IN EACH OF US. AND WHEN ALL THE ENERGIES ARE USED FOR THE GREATER GOOD, YOU GET A SHAKE WASHINGTON, A MAN WHO IS MORE THAN WORTHY TO HAVE THIS AUDITORIUM NAMED AFTER A SCHOOL WHICH I HAPPEN TO HAVE GRADUATED FROM. BUT I KNOW SHAKE NOT ONLY FROM THE BASKETBALL COURT. HE'S A MEMBER OF MY CHURCH. HIS DAUGHTER WAS IN MY SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS. I TAUGHT SUNDAY SCHOOL 25 YEARS. IT IS A PLEASURE IN ASKING YOU TO NAME THIS SCHOOL AS THE SHAKE SHAKE IS HIS NAME ON THE BASKETBALL COURT. AND SHAKE HE WOULD DO, HE IS GOING TO SHAKE IT UP AND MAKE IT BETTER. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. PHILLIPS. OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS MAJOR MIKE MISTRETTA. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. WELCOME.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I AM MAJOR MIKE MISTRETTA FROM MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, AIR FORCE, AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING AT MIDDLETON AND UNDER MR. WASHINGTON FOR OVER 12 YEARS. THE REASON I AM SPEAKING TODAY IS TO WHOLEHEARTEDLY RECOMMEND MR. HENRY SHAKE WASHINGTON SENIOR THE HONOR OF HAVING OUR SCHOOL AUDITORIUM NAMED AFTER HIM. I RECOMMEND MR. WASHINGTON FOR THIS HONOR FOR THROW MAIN REASONS. FIRST, MR. WASHINGTON HAS OVER 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AS AN EDUCATOR, COACH AND SCHOOL LEADER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. HE WORKED HIS WAY UP FROM ASSISTANT TEACHER TO AREA SUPERINTENDENT. HE HAS A VAST ARRAY OF EXPERIENCE WITH TEACHING COACHING AND SUPERVISING OUR SPENCER STUDENTS. SECONDLY, MR. WASHINGTON IS AN ALUMNUS OF MIDDLETON. HE ATTENDED THE OLD MIDDLETON FROM 1965 TO 1968. IN ADDITION, HE WAS APPOINTED AND SERVED AS THE FIRST PRINCIPAL OF THE NEW MIDDLETON FROM 2002 TO 2005. THEN HE SERVED AS AREA 4 DIRECTOR, AGAIN SUPERVISING THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AT MIDDLETON. LASTLY AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, MR. WASHINGTON IS A MAN THAT STANDS FOR INTEGRITY, HONESTY AND HONOR. HE MAKES ALL HIS SCHOOL DECISIONS KEEPING IN MIND WHAT'S BEST FOR STUDENTS. HIS CHARACTER REFLECTS WHAT WE WANT OUR STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE. IN SUMMARY, MR. WASHINGTON IS TRULY DESERVING OF THE HONOR OF HAVING OUR SCHOOL AUDITORIUM NAMED AFTER HIM. HE HAS BEEN A PART OF MIDDLETON AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR OVER 40 YEARS. HE IS A FINE EDUCATOR, GENTLEMAN AND AMERICAN VETERAN. PLEASE MAKE HIS NAME YOUR FIRST SELECTION FOR OUR AUDITORIUM. IT IS MY HONOR TO SPEAK HERE TODAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. MISTRETTA. BOARD MEMBERS, MY APOLOGIES. I HAVE TWO OTHER SPEAKERS. WELCOME, MRS. MALONE OF THE YOU HAVE THROW MINUTES.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR STUART, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, AND YOUR ENTIRE BOARD. MEMBERS AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF. I AM HERE TO SPEAK IN SUPPORT OF HENRY SHAKE WASHINGTON NAME BEING CONSIDERED FOR THE NAMING OF THE AUDITORIUM AS MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. I HAVE KNOWN MR. WASHINGTON AND HIS FAMILY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, AND DURING THIS TIME, THERE HAS NOT BEEN ONE INSTANCE OF CHARACTER COMING INTO QUESTION. HAVING SERVED IN OUR MILITARY FOR MORE THAN 20 YOURSELF, HE IS HIGHLY ESTEEMED IN THE COMMUNITY, AND AMONGST HUNDREDS OF PROFESSIONALS. IT IS NOT UNCOMMON TO FIND SOMEONE HAILING HIM DOWN WHEN HE'S OUT AND ABOUT IN THE COMMUNITY WHETHER IT'S A FORMER STUDENT FROM HIS DAYS AS A TEACHER AND COACH, OR FROM A PARENT WHO RECEIVED HELP IN RESOLVING A PROBLEM FROM THE SCHOOL. THE LEVEL OF APPRECIATION CAN BE HEARD IN THE WORDS OF THE GIVER. THANK YOU, MR. WASHINGTON, FOR LOOKING OUT FOR ME. I PERSONALLY WAS HIRED BY MR. WASHINGTON SEVERAL YEARS AGO WHEN HE ASSUMED THE ROLE OF PRINCIPAL AT MIDDLETON. I SAW A MAN WHO WAS DRIVEN, PURPOSEFUL, AND PASSIONATE ABOUT THE WORK OF EDUCATING CHILDREN. BECOMING PRINCIPAL OR EVEN AREA SUPERINTENDENT WAS NOT HIS END GOAL. QUITE THE CONTRARY. IT WAS OPENING DOORS OF OPPORTUNITY FOR OTHERS TO REALIZE THEIR POTENTIAL AS LEADERS, TRAILBLAZERS, AND CHANGE ENGINES. MR. WASHINGTON'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE GREATER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMUNITY CAN BE MEASURED QUANTITATIVELY AS WELL AS QUALITATIVELY. AFTER SERVING 43-PLUS YEARS AS AN EDUCATOR, HIS LEGACY WILL LIVE ON FOR GENERATIONS. AT A RECENT CELEBRATION OF HIS LEGACY, A QUESTION WAS ASKED OF THE AUDIENCE. HOW MANY PEOPLE HERE WERE HIRED BY MR. WASHINGTON? NEARLY THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE WAS STANDING, WHICH TOTALED ABOUT 300 PEOPLE. THE FACT THAT OTHERS HAVE BEEN ENCOURAGED AND INFLUENCED TO PURSUE LEADERSHIP IS TESTIMONY TO MR. WASHINGTON'S ABILITY TO BE FAIR, EQUITABLE, AND UNSELFISH, AND HELPING OTHERS TO STRIVE FOR EXCELLENCE. MORE OVER, MR. WASHINGTON IS ALL ABOUT SUPPORTING OTHERS. FOR EXAMPLE, DURING THE MOST RECENT HURRICANE WHEN MIDDLETON WAS OPENED AS A SHELTER, HE VOLUNTEERED TO ASSIST DR. MOORE AND HER ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF. THIS WAS PARTICULARLY HELPFUL AS WE WERE THE LARGEST SHELTER IN THE DISTRICT. MR. WASHINGTON'S CHARACTER IS THE EXAMPLE WHOSE NAME INSPIRES THE HIGHEST DEGREE OF INTEGRITY, LEADERSHIP. BORN IN THE COMMUNITY, SCHOOLED IN THE COMMUNITY, AND RETURNED TO SERVE. I RESPECTFULLY REQUEST THAT THE NAMING OF THE AUDITORIUM AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL BE NAMED AFTER HENRY SHAKE WASHINGTON.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. ROSEMARY BUCHANAN. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> THANK YOU. GOOD EVENING. MEMBERS OF THIS SCHOOL BOARD AND TO ALL THE DISTINGUISHED GUESTS THAT ARE PRESENT TODAY. I COME TO YOU TODAY TO ASK YOU INSTANT SEARLY CONSIDER MAKING THE MIDDLETON SCHOOL AUDITORIUM NAMING AFTER MR. WILLIAM SHAKE WASHINGTON -- HENRY SHAKE WASHINGTON. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A MAN, FAMILY, LOVE, APPRECIATION, ENDEARMENT, AND MOST OF ALL, COMPASSION. THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE ATTRIBUTES THAT DEFINE A MAN. MR. HENRY WASHINGTON. WE ALSO WANT TO SAY TOO AND IT'S BEEN SAID BEFORE THAT HE IS A NATIVE TAMPAN AND THAT'S RARE. A LOT OF PEOPLE NOW ARE FROM OUT OF TOWN. SO THEREFORE WE THINK THAT IT'S MORE THAN FITTING TO NAME THE AUDITORIUM AFTER MR. WASHINGTON. ALTHOUGH IT'S BEEN SAID HE WAS A GRADUATE OF GEORGE S. MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL DURING THE DAYS OF THE OLD SCHOOL, AS WE KNOW IT. I'M A GRADUATE OF MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. MR. WASHINGTON HAS THE SLOGAN NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND BEFORE IT EVEN CAME OUT FROM THE GOVERNMENT. HE WAS ALWAYS MAKING SURE THAT EVERY CHILD WAS TAKEN CARE OF, EVERY CHILD HAD LUNCH, EVERY CHILD HAD A DOLLAR IF THEY NEEDED IT, EVERY CHILD HAD SUPPORT, AND EVERY CHILD'S PARENT WAS GOING TO BE TALKING TO HIM IF THEY GOT OUT OF LINE. HE DID HOME VISITS BEFORE HOME VISITS WERE EVEN ATTENDED. AT HIS SCHOOL, THERE WAS NOTHING TO LOOK UP AND SEE HIM AT SOMEONE'S HOME, AND THERE WERE TIMES HE WOULD TELL ME, I'M THE PARENT TO SAY LET'S GO AND VISIT THIS PARENT. THIS CHILD HAS NOT BEEN TO SCHOOL. SO YOU HEARD ALL THE THINGS BEFORE I GOT UP HERE. THERE'S NO SENSE IN SAYING ANYMORE. I WOULD LIKE YOU TO STRONGLY CONSIDER NAMING GEORGE MIDDLETON AUDITORIUM AFTER MR. WASHINGTON. AS WAS SAID BEFORE, WHO ELSE WOULD DESERVE THE NAMING OF THE AUDITORIUM THAT WAS A GRADUATE, AN AREA DIRECTOR, A PRINCIPAL, A COMMUNITY LEADER, LIVED IN THE HOOD. I THINK IT'S NO MORE THAN FITTING THAT WE NAME THE AUDITORIUM AFTER HENRY WASHINGTON, AND I THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. BUCHANAN. MR. DONELL UNDERDUE. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM BOARD CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT JEFF EAKINS AND STAFF. IT IS WITH PLEASURE THAT I INTRODUCE DR. KIM MOORE, PRINCIPAL OF MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL WHO WILL PRESENT BOARD AGENDA ITEM C-8.05, THE NAME OF THE MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM IN HONOR OF MR. HENRY C. SHAKE WASHINGTON. DR. MOORE.

>> BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, DISTINGUISHED GUESTS. IT IS MY PRIVILEGE TO STAND BEFORE YOU AND MAKE THIS RECOMMENDATION.  I HAD A VERY FANCY LETTER PREPARED, BUT ALL OF THE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS HAVE GIVEN MOST OF THE ITEMS THAT WERE IN MY FANCY LETTER ABOUT MR. WASHINGTON. SO I'M NOT GOING TO TAKE YOUR TIME TO READ THIS LETTER. INSTEAD, I WANT TO SPEAK TO YOU AS ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT MR. WASHINGTON HAS MENTORED AND HELPED BECOME THE LEADER THAT I AM TODAY. I AM NOT FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. ACTUALLY, I'M BORN AND RAISED IN CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA. WHO-WHO. AND AS A RETIRED MILITARY OFFICER, EDUCATION IS MY SECOND CAREER. I CAME TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO FULFILL MY PASSION TO BE AN EDUCATOR. AND ONE OF THE PEOPLE THAT I MET, THAT I HAD THE GREAT PRIVILEGE OF MEETING, WAS HENRY SHAKE WASHINGTON. AND OVER THE COURSE OF MY CAREER IN THIS DISTRICT, MR. WASHINGTON HAS BEEN TRULY ONE OF MY MENTORS. WHEN I DECIDED TO LEAVE MY POSITION WORKING IN THE ROZAC FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT TO COME BACK TO A SCHOOL AND BECOME AB SITE-BASED ADMINISTRATOR, THE FIRST PERSON I WENT TO MEET WITH WAS HENRY SHAKE WASHINGTON WHO GAVE ME WISDOM AND GUIDANCE AND TOLD ME WHAT I NEEDED TO DO IF I WANTED TO BECOME A PRINCIPAL FROM.  THAT MOMENT ON HE HAS GUIDED MY CAREER. I ONLY INTERVIEWED AT ONE SCHOOL TO BECOME AN. A P., AND THAT IS THE SCHOOL I AM CURRENTLY THE PRINCIPAL OF. MR. WASHINGTON HIRED ME AS AN. A P. HE HIRED ME AS AN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR CURRICULUM. AND HE HELPED ME BECOME THE PRINCIPAL OF MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. I STAND BEFORE YOU AS THE FIRST FEMALE PRINCIPAL OF MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. THE ORIGINAL AND THE NEW VERSION 2.0 MIDDLETON. AND THAT IS BECAUSE OF HENRY SHAKE WASHINGTON. PEOPLE ALWAYS WANT TO PRAISE THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT THAT MIDDLETON HAS MADE OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS BY IMPROVING OUR GRADUATION RATE BY OVER 30% IN THE LAST THREE YEARS. BUT I WILL TELL YOU THAT THAT IS NOT A RESULT OF JUST ONE PERSON AT THE SCHOOL. IT IS A RESULT OF LEADERSHIP, SUPPORT, COACHING AND GUIDANCE THAT HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO US AT MIDDLETON AND THAT CAME FROM HENRY SHAKE WASHINGTON. HE HAS RETIRED. WE MISS HIM GREATLY. BUT HE IS STILL THERE. IN FACT, AS YOU ALREADY HEARD, HE CAME AND WORKED DURING HURRICANE IRMA TO MAKE SURE IN A I GOT SOME REST. AND HE HELPED TO TAKE CARE OF ME ONCE AGAIN. BUT HE ALSO WAS THERE LAST WEEK HELPING US IN THE CAFETERIA, HELPING US PREPARE FOR THE BLAKE MIDDLETON GAME. MR. WASHINGTON IS WHAT WE WOULD CALL THE POSTER CHILD FOR EDUCATION, TO GO FROM AN ASSISTANT TEACHER TO AN AREA SUPERINTENDENT, AND TO HAVE AS MUCH IMPACT. HE IS WHAT WE WOULD CONSIDER TO BE A SUCCESS STORY FOR EDUCATION. SO I ASK YOU TO PLEASE CONSIDER NAMING OUR AUDITORIUM AFTER WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE ONE OF THE FINEST EDUCATORS IN THIS DISTRICT AND MY PERSONAL MENTOR, HENRY "SHAKE" WASHINGTON. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] AND HE DIDN'T WANT TO SPEAK. BUT I TWEETED EVERYTHING. COULD HE JUST COME UP AND WE COULD TAKE A PHOTO SO WE COULD TWEET?

>>Cindy Stuart: HE NEEDS TO COME UP. PEOPLE ARE LIKE IS HE HERE? WHERE IS HE SITTING IN HE'S HIDING BACK THERE.

>> HE HAS SOME VERY IMPORTANT PEOPLE WITH HIM AND I AM GOING TO LET HIM INTRODUCE THEM. AND ISN'T HE SHARP? HE ALWAYS IS SHARP. CLEAN AS THE BOARD OF HEALTH AS MY GRANDFATHER WOULD SAY.

>> THANK YOU. OKAY.

>>Cindy Stuart: GOOD EVENING, MR. WASHINGTON.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF. I TELL YOU, OUR GOD HAS BEEN GOOD. HE SMILED ON ME TO DO -- THROUGH ALL THE YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN IN EDUCATION. AND I REALLY PRAISE HIM FIRST. I WANT TO THANK YOU. I'M VERY HUMBLED TO BE IN THIS POSITION TO HAVE SOMETHING NAMED FOR ME. OVER THE YEARS I NEVER THOUGHT THIS WOULD HAPPEN. GROWING UP AS A LITTLE BOY, NOT HAVING A LOT, BUT HAVING LOVE FROM THE NEIGHBORS, AND MY RELATIVES, GOD HAS BLESSED ME. BUT GOD ALSO BLESSED ME TO HAVE MY CLASSMATES, PLEASE STAND, CLASS OF 68. [ APPLAUSE ] MY LOVELY WIFE OF 36 YEARS, CHERYL. [ APPLAUSE ] I HAVE A GREAT MOTHER-IN-LAW, MRS. ADDIE BYRD, MY MOTHER IN LAW. I HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE YOU. MY SON, HIS WIFE, MY GRANDKIDS. STAND UP. THEY ARE VERY SMART. AND I CAN NEVER -- REALLY, I WANT EVERYBODY TO STAND UP, BECAUSE YOU ALL HAVE BEEN A PART OF MY LIFE. EVERYBODY SHOULD STAND BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN A PART OF MY LIFE. YOU TOO. EVERYBODY HAS BEEN PART OF MY LIFE. I COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT YOU GUYS. I REALLY COULD NOT. SO I'M VERY ELATED TO RECEIVE THIS HONOR. AND MY GOD BLESS YOU. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. I HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR BY MRS. SHAMBURGER AND SECOND BY MRS. SNIVELY TO NAME THE MIDDLE TOPP HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM IN HONOR OF HENRY C.WASHINGTON SR. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN, MR. WASHINGTON. [ APPLAUSE ] AT THIS TIME FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE HERE FOR THE NAMING OF AUDITORIUMS OR MEDIA CENTERS, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DEPART WE WILL MOVE ON WITH THE REST OF OUR AGENDA. I'M SURE YOU DON'T WANT TO SIT THROUGH THE REST OF THE MEETING. SO THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE. BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS TIME WE ARE GOING TO MOVE INTO AUDIENCE COMMENTS. SUPERINTENDENT, I AM GOING TO RECESS FOR TWO MINUTES WHILE WE ENCLOSURE THE AUDITORIUM. WHILE WE CLEAR THE AUDITORIUM.

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

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. 4.03. THE RULES, THEY JUST DON'T APPLY. 6.01. WE HAVE A BUDGET AMENDMENT. YOU JUST JUST PASSED THE BUDGET. WHAT A JOKE. AND THEN 7.01. A FACILITY'S FIVE-YEAR WORK PLAN. OH, HERE COMES MORE DEBACLE. AND THEN YOU HAVE THIS PROJECTED 27-18 PICO MILLAGE PROJECTS. WELL, HERE, BOY, YOU CAN'T BE MORE VAGUE, CAN YOU? I MEAN, YOUR AGENDAS USED TO SAY SOMETHING. THIS IS REALLY, REALLY HIGHLY DETAILED. I'M JUST AMAZED. SO WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE US? HERE IS THIS CLOWN. HE GETS A NOBEL. A NOD TO IR RATIONALITY. WELL, YOU KNOW, FOR YEARS AND YEARS, I HAVE HAD PEOPLE SAYING TO ME, WHY DON'T THESE PEOPLE LISTEN? WHY AREN'T THEY MAKING HIGH PERFORMANCE SOLAR BUILDINGS? I SAY, I HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR MANY, MANY, MANY YEARS. YOU CAN'T EXPLAIN IR RATIONALITY. AND THIS CLOWN GETS A NOBEL. EXPLAIN THAT. YEAH. I SAID I'LL GIVE YOU THE ANSWER TO THAT HAVE BEEN QUESTION WHEN YOU TELL ME WHY GALILEO LIVED THE LAST EIGHT YEARS OF HIS LIFE UNDER HOUSE ARREST BECAUSE HE SAID THE EARTH WASN'T THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE. YOU PEOPLE JUST KEEP IGNORING SCIENCE. THERE ISN'T A RATIONAL EXPLANATION. ISN'T THAT SOMETHING? HE GETS A NOBEL. HA-HA-HA. AND YOU ARE WEARING COATS TODAY. IS THAT RATIONAL? NO, NOT HARDLY. NOT HARDLY. SO WHAT'S THE HEADLINE FROM YESTERDAY? CONSERVATION IS JANE GOODALL, EARTH IN DANGER. ICONIC CONSERVATIONIST JANE GOODALL HAS A CHILLING WARNING FOR ALL OF THE EARTH DWELLERS. STOP PILLAGING THE PLANET, OR WE MAY NOT EVEN BE ON IT ANYMORE. NOW, IT GOES BACK TO THAT CAUSE AND EFFECT. YOU SPEND BILLIONS UPON BILLIONS OF DOLLARS MAKING STUPID, DUMB BUILDINGS THAT BELCH CARBON DIOXIDE INTO THE SPHERE, AND YOU KILL THE PLANET. AND THEN YOU DO ALL THIS BACK SLAPPING AND GLAD HANDING HERE, AND YOU HAVE THIS GRAND LIKE EVERYTHING IS JUST SO WONDERFUL. I MEAN, THAT IS SO SAD. YOU KNOW, HERE IT IS. YOU CAN PICK UP THE USA TODAY FROM YESTERDAY AND READ THIS ARTICLE. I MEAN, IT'S SAD THAT YOU JUST WON'T FACE REALITY. SPEAKING OF REALITY, TO PARAPHRASE EISENHOWER, SUPREME COMMANDER IN WORLD WAR II, AND THE PRESIDENT, HE SAID, BEWARE OF THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL, AND YOU HAVE ALL THE MILITARY PEOPLE COMING IN HERE LIKE, OOH, ISN'T THIS NEAT? SICK. (BELL SOUNDS).

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO.  OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS MS. AMOTO. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. FOLLOWING HER IS MR. ROBINSON WHO WILL HAVE FIVE MINUTES. WELCOME.

>> HI. THANK YOU. AS YOU KNOW, I PROVIDED A PACKAGE OF THE HAZARDOUS WALKING CONDITIONS WHICH WERE IDENTIFIED, AND SO ON JULY 25th, MR. CHRIS FARKAS CORRESPONDED WITH MR. BEEKMAN AND THEY WERE CORRESPONDING ABOUT IPPOLITO AND RANDALL, IN WHICH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IDENTIFIES THOSE CROSSING AREAS AS HAZARD EYES WALKING CONDITIONS, AND TO QUOTE IN THE CORRESPONDENCE, MR. FARKAS SAID THEY CAN JUSTIFY TO THE BOARD AND WILL BE REQUIRED TO DO SO, AND WHO WILL LOOK AT THOSE? MR. FARKAS IS REFERRING TO THEY AS PARENTS, AND IT AS HAZARDOUS WALKING CONDITIONS. EVERY DAY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA 649 PEDESTRIANS ARE STRUCK BY MOTOR VEHICLES. 44 OF THOSE PEDESTRIANS EVERY DAY ARE CHILDREN. EVERY DAY IN THE GREAT STATE OF FLORIDA, TO THE YEAR 2017, THIS IS WHAT WE HAVE DONE SO FAR. 425 PEDESTRIANS HAVE BEEN KILLED. EVERY WEEK, TWO OF THOSE PEDESTRIANS ARE CHILDREN. I PROVIDED YOU WITH A PACKAGE OF EVIDENCE THAT HAZARDOUS WALKING CONDITIONS AT SEVERAL OF OUR SCHOOLS. I PROVIDED EVIDENCE PRIOR TO THAT. NOW, I SPOKE WITH PUBLIC WORKS FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND IN THEIR STORM DRAIN DEFINITION, 10 FEET TO 20 FEET OFF OF ANY ROAD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ROADS HAVE STORM DRAINS, HAVE DRAINAGE DITCHES. DRAINAGE DITCHES NEXT TO ADJACENT TO A ROAD IS CONSIDERED HAZARDOUS WALKING CONDITIONS. AT THE LAST SCHOOL BOARD MEETING A NEW SOME HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WAS HIT AT AN UNCONTROLLED SITE AT NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL AND THAT CROSSING SITE A HAZARDOUS WALKING CONDITION. COVINGTON VILLAGE DRIVE, THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THAT DRIVE, UP TO EAST BAY HIGH SCHOOL AND EISENHOWER MIDDLE SCHOOL, THOSE ARE DRAINAGE DITCHES. I WALK THESE WALKS MYSELF. I HAVE VIDEOTAPED THEM. I HAVE TAKEN PICTURES OF IT. THAT HAS A DRAINAGE DITCH SO BIG, AND IT'S SLOPED SO MUCH, THAT IF A CHILD WERE TO TRIP, THEY WOULD FALL IN THAT DRAINAGE DITCH AND YOU WOULD NEVER SEE THEM. SO I ALSO HIGHLIGHTED THE FLORIDA STATUTE, UNCONTROLLED CROSSING SITE IS AN UNIT SECTION, DESIGNATED CROSSING SITE WHERE NO CROSSING GUARD OR TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. THEN HILL MIDDLE SCHOOL, A CHILD WAS HIT, HAS A CONCUSSION, SHE BROKE HER ARM. COUNTRY LAKE DRIVE, THOSE CARS CAN GO AT AN UNCONTROLLED CROSSING. ROGERS MIDDLE SCHOOL, THOSE CHILDREN ARE WALKING DIRECTLY NEXT TO THE TRAFFIC, THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THAT ROAD FOR THE TWO MILES INTO THAT SCHOOL MEET HAZARDOUS WALKING CONDITIONS. MORTON HIGH SCHOOL COMPLETELY SURROUNDED BY MAJOR CONSTRUCTION. THAT ENTIRE SCHOOL MEETS HAZARD US A WALKING CONDITIONS DEFINITION. I AM BEFORE YOU FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY FIRST.

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

>> MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, CHIEF OF STAFF, AND EVERYBODY ELSE, EMPLOYEES. I AM HERE TO SPEAK ABOUT ITEM 6 .13 BUT I UNDERSTAND IT'S PULLED ABOUT THE NEW BUSES. SO WE ARE GOING TO NOT TALK ABOUT 6 .13. I'M ALSO HERE TO TALK ABOUT 7.01. THE APPROVAL OF THE 2017-18 FACILITIES FIVE-YEAR WORK PLAN. I DON'T THINK WE ARE BROKE YET, ARE HE WOULD, MRS. VAZQUEZ? SHE HAS ASSIGNED THE MONEY AND IT'S FINELY TUNED. HOWEVER, WARNING, BY THE CITY OF TAMPA. CITY OF THE WARNING, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE SCHOOL CONCURRENCY HAS BEEN IN EFFECT, SCHOOL CAPACITY FOR ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS IS NOT PROJECTED TO MEET ADOPTED LEVELS OF SERVICE WITHIN THE FIVE-YEAR TIME FRAME, 2021, TO 2022. IF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS NOT ABLE TO ADDRESS ITS DEFICIENCIES IT MAY EVENTUALLY TRIGGER CONCURRENCY THRESHOLDS RESULTING IN MITIGATION MEASURES BEING IMPOSED ON NEW DEVELOPMENT AND DELAYS IN CONSTRUCTION. THOSE SERVED BY MITCHELL, GORY, ROBLES ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, COLEMAN AND WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOLS, PLANT, BLAKE AND WHARTON HIGH SCHOOLS. ENCOURAGED TO MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO ADDRESS THE IDENTIFIED DEFICIENCIES. FROM THE CITY OF TAMPA. TAKE CARE OF YOUR BUSINESS. I KNOW WE ARE BUSY, BUT THAT IS NOT GOOD FOR DEVELOPMENT AND GETTING MORE TAXES TO PAY OUR BILLS FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. THAT IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT. NOW I AM GOING TO TALK ABOUT ITEM 7.02, THE PICO AND MILLAGE RATE. WHICH IS PUBLIC EDUCATION AND CAPITAL OUTLAY IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT PICO MEANS. WE HAVE $3.4 MILLION FOR THE MILLAGE RATE. AND WE HAVE GOT $17 MILLION OF DISTRICT WIDE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIRS REQUIRED. AND THEN UNDER THE MILLAGE BUDGET ON THE OTHER CAPITAL BUDGETS, WE HAVE BUS EQUIPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY. NOW, I'M BUSSED OUT. OKAY. I'M BUSSED OUT. OKAY? I'M BUSSED OUT, OKAY. AND I'M GOING TO TELL YOU WHY I'M BUSSED OUT. I'M BUSSED OUT BECAUSE PEOPLE DRIVING AFTER 6 P.M., YOU WILL PROBABLY HEAR SOME MORE. NOW, WE NEED THIS TECHNOLOGY. WE NEED THIS TECHNOLOGY ON THESE BUS EQUIPMENT. FIND OUT WHERE HAVE BEEN THEY GOVERNMENT BECAUSE I CAN TELL YOU THERE'S MORE THAN 77 PEOPLE SITTING ON A BUS SOMETIMES, WHICH IS A VIOLATION OF THE LAW. THE OTHER THING IS, SCHOOL BUSES, 4 MILLION, DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH IT. WE NEED THIS. GET OUR FLEET UPDATED SO WE HAVE NEW BUSES, FOR OUR OLD BUS DRIVERS THAT HAVE 20 AND 30 AND 40 YEARS. HOPEFULLY THE OLDER BUS DRIVERS HAS BEEN HERE THE LONGEST GET THE NEWER BUSES. BUT THAT DON'T HAPPEN ALL THE TIME. YOU WILL PROBABLY HEAR ABOUT THAT AT 6 P.M. SO I WANT TO SAY THAT I'M HERE TO SUPPORT NEW BUSES. I'M HERE TO SUPPORT BUS DRIVERS. I'M HERE TO HAVE A DIALOGUE, AN OPEN COMMUNICATION THAT JEFF EAKINS HAS BROUGHT TO THIS DISTRICT. HE IS ONE OF THE MOST KINDEST, GENTLEST PERSONS I KNOW. I JUST WANT, OHIO STATE AND I'M AN IOWA HAWK EYE. AND I WANT TO CLOSE ON THIS. THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY DESERVES THAT WE WORK AND SIT TOGETHER FOR THE BETTERMENT OF THE REGION, QUOTE-UNQUOTE, MIKE GREGO, SUPERINTENDENT PINELLAS COUNTY. AS A BUSINESSMAN WHO NOW BECAUSE OF MY'S DEATH I OWN PROPERTY IN BOTH PINELLAS COUNTY AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SO I CAN GO TO EITHER SIDE AND RUN FOR OFFICE IF I WANT TO. SO WHAT I AM SAYING IS WE NEED THAT. THAT'S HISTORICAL WHAT WE ARE DOING. AND I SUPPORT IT. AND I HAVE BEEN OVER TO PINELLAS COUNTY. YOU GUYS DON'T HEAR ME ALL THE TIME. BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT MY NAME IS VERY POPULAR THESE DAYS. SO I WANT TO KEEP IT VERY POPULAR AND TELL YOU THAT I AM NOT GOING ANYWHERE. BUT NOW AFTER THE DAY I AM GOING TO BE MONITORING BOTH SIDES OF THE BAY. SUPERINTENDENT, KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING. ANYTHING, BOARD MEMBERS, THAT I CAN HELP YOU ALL BE AT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT I WILL DO WITH OR WITHOUT AUTHORITY. SO I AM GOING TO LET YOU KNOW THAT. (BELL SOUNDS).

>>Cindy Stuart: NEXT UP WE HAVE MARGARET FOREHAND CARACAS FOLLOWED BY STEVE WERNER. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> THANK YOU ALL. MY NAME IS CARACAS MEG FOREHAND CARACAS, GREW UP HERE AS DID MY DAD ATTENDED GORRIE ELEMENTARY, AND HIS MOM WAS THE FIRST GRADUATING CLASS OF TAMPA HIGH SCHOOL. I'M HERE IN OPPOSITION TOTAL EARLY CHANGE IN THE BELL. I BELIEVE IT'S FAR TOO EARLY FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS. I'M A WORKING MOTHER. IT'S A FIGHT TO PUT THEM DOWN TO SLEEP. IT'S A FIGHT TO GET THEM NUTRITION IN THE MORNING. AND WE ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT A JOY. AND I AM A WORKING MOTHER AS WELL. MY FAMILY AND I TRY VERY HARD TO GET THEM ON TIME WITH ONLY THREE TARREDIES -- EXCUSE ME, YEAH, THREE TARREDIES LAST YEAR. AND I ALSO HAVE A YOUNG DAUGHTER AT SEABORN DAVIS ISLAND AS WELL WHICH IS NOT EVEN OPEN BEFORE 7:40 IN THE MORNING. I IMAGINE THE COMPLIANCY WILL BE MADE AS WELL, BUT THAT IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING TO BE CONSIDERED. CERTAINLY, JUST BEYOND SAFETY AND JUGGLING, IT'S AB RESTRAINT ON FAMILIES IN THE OF AER CARE, ON OUR BUDGETS, IT'S CHANGING CURRICULUM, ATHLETICS IN THE AFTERNOONS FROM MUSIC, WHICH HELP SHAPE OUR CHILDREN. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO RAISE GOOD CHILDREN, THAT WILL HOPEFULLY HAVE THEIR OWN CHILDREN, RAISE THEM WELL THEMSELVES. I UNDERSTAND IT IS A BUDGET CONCERN. I KNOW THAT I PROBABLY HAVE 200 FRIENDS BEHIND ME TODAY THAT COULDN'T BE HERE. BAKE SALES, ANYTHING, SUPPLEMENTING OTHER FAMILIES. WE CERTAINLY HAVE DONE IT AS HOME ROOM MOMS. AND WE ARE HAPPY TO DO IT AGAIN. IT'S JUST A LITTLE TOO EARLY FOR THESE YOUNG CHILDREN. AND I HOPE YOU WILL PLEASE, PLEASE, RECONSIDER THE START TIME TO KEEP IT WHERE IT IS. OR A TAD LATER BUT IT'S A LITTLE TOO EARLY FOR THESE YOUNG CHILDREN. I APPRECIATE ALL YOUR HARD WORK. THANK YOU. I KNOW I APPROACHED JUST ABOUT EVERYBODY ON THE BOARD SO I APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. STEPHEN WARNER. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> THANKS. I'M ALSO HERE FOR THE SAME REASON. IT'S OVER THE BELL SCHEDULE. LIKE YOU HEARD, MY NAME IS STEVE WARNER, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY NATIVE. I GREW UP HERE AND I'M EXCITED THAT I GOAT THE CHANCE FOR MY KIDS TO GROW UP HERE AS WELL. AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS OVER THE YEARS. I KNOW THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS VASTLY IMPROVED SINCE I WAS A STUDENT HERE. SO I THINK THAT'S PROBABLY IN LARGE PART DUE TO YOUR EFFORTS. SO I DO APPRECIATE IT. I WAS SURPRISED, THOUGH, TO SEE THE START TIMES FOR THIS YEAR, BECAUSE I WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT 8:30 WAS GOING TO BE THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL START TIME, AND BELL SKULL. SO IT'S QUITE A BIT OF A SHOCK TO PEOPLE WITH YOUNG CHILDREN. BUT TO SEE THE TIME GETTING EARLIER, THAN 8 A.M., WHICH I THOUGHT WAS ABOUT OUR LIMIT OF WHAT I CAN FEASIBLY DO AS A DAD TO GET MY BOYS READY. SO THAT'S A BIG CONCERN FOR ME. I TOOK A LOOK AT SOME OTHER DISTRICTS IN THE AREA. AND PASCO IS 8:30. HERNANDO IS 8:30. MANATEE 8:30. PINELLAS 8:35. IT'S ONLY HILLSBOROUGH THAT'S THIS EARLY AT 7:40. SO EVEN THE CHARTER SCHOOLS I LOOKED UP WERE 8:30. SO I WOULD WORRY THAT SOME OF THE COST SAVINGS THAT WERE LOOKED AT AND MIGHT BE ONE OF THE DRIVERS TO THIS CHANGE IN THE BELL SCHEDULE DIDN'T CONSIDER THAT SOME STUDENTS MIGHT GET LOST TO CHARTER SCHOOLS BECAUSE OF THAT. I THINK WAG WE REALLY NEED TO FOCUS ON IS WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR CHILDREN IN OUR DISTRICT. AND THERE'S TWO GROUPS OF STUDENTS THAT I THINK ARE AFFECTED, NOT JUST THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, BUT ALSO HIGH SCHOOL AGE. BUT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE GOING TO SLEEP WHEN IT'S STILL LIGHT OUT AND GETTING UP WHEN IT'S STILL DARK. THEY WILL BE GETTING ON THE BUS IN THE DARK THAT'S SOMETIMES POORLY LIT AND BUSY INTERSECTIONS LIKE MY BUS STOP IS. SO I THINK YOU HEARD EARLIER FROM ONE OF THE EARLIER SPEAKERS WAS 44 PEDESTRIAN CHILDREN KILLED IN FLORIDA. YOU KNOW, WITH THAT MANY KIDS OUT THAT EARLY, I THINK THERE'S A SAFETY HAZARD THERE. BUT I THINK I'M RUNNING OUT OF TIME. SO I'LL SKIP TO THE HIGH SCHOOLERS. THEY WILL BE DISADVANTAGED AS WELL. THEY WILL HAVE LESS TIME FOR EXTRACURRICULARS AND THINGS LIKE CHORUS LIKE THAT WONDERFUL GROUP WE SAW EARLIER TODAY. AND THEY NEED TO PRACTICE. THEY NEED TO GET READY FOR SATs. (BELL SOUNDS) AND THE NEXT STEPS IN LIFE ARE GOING TO BE PART-TIME JOBS AND WHATNOT. SO WHILE I APPLAUD THE BOARD FOR THE EFFORT TO SAVE MONEY HERE, I ASK THAT WE FIND THAT MONEY SOMEWHERE ELSE.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. WARNER. NEXT UP CAROLYN MOBLEY FOLLOWED BY ANN JENKINS. WELCOME, MRS. MOBLEY. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> THANK YOU. HAD I HAD KNOWN IT WAS GOING TO BE SO EMOTIONAL I WOULD HAVE BROUGHT WATERPROOF MASCARA.  WOW. I HAVE FOUR BOYS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. MY OLDEST JUST STARTED THE MAGNET PROGRAM AT BLAKE, AND I HAVE TWO MIDDLE SCHOOLERS. I AM NOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE BELL TIMES, BUT I AM HERE BECAUSE WE RECENTLY FOUND OUT THAT THE FUNDING WAS CUT FOR THE EMS AT ALL OF THE FOOTBALL GAMES. AND I DO UNDERSTAND THAT, AND I DID SPEAK ABOUT MR. ROBINSON, WHO WAS WONDERFUL, SPENT A LOT OF TIME ON THE PHONE WITH ME. AND ONE OF THE REASONS HE GAVE FOR THE HIGH SCHOOLS NOT HAVING THE EMS ANYMORE IS BECAUSE THERE ARE TRAINERS FROM USF THAT ARE AVAILABLE, THAT THEY KIND OF REGISTER FOR AND SPEND TIME THERE. UNFORTUNATELY, BLAKE WAS ONE OF THREE OF THOSE HIGH SCHOOLS THAT DID NOT SECURE ONE OF THOSE TRAINERS. AND I WENT TO FOUR GAMES IN A ROW AT BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL, AND ALL FOUR GAMES, THERE WAS A TRAUMATICALLY DIFFICULT MEDICAL SITUATION, INCLUDING RIGHT ON THE FIELD WITH ONE OF OUR BAND MEMBERS, CHEST COMPRESSION. IT TOOK SO LONG TO GET AN EMS THERE THAT I, AFTER 10 OR 15 MINUTES, CALLED 911 BECAUSE I'M THINKING, WHERE ARE THESE PEOPLE? SO WHAT I AM ASKING FOR -- AND I AM NOT SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF STRAWBERRY CREST OR FOR LIDO WHICH ARE THE OTHER TWO SCHOOLS THAT DIDN'T SECURE ONE OF THOSE TRAINERS. WE ONLY HAVE TWO HOME GAMES LEFT, AND I JUST WONDERED IF THE BOARD WOULD CONSIDER THE IDEA OF HAVING EITHER A BLS OR EVEN BETTER AN ALS/EMS ON-SITE FOR THOSE TWO GAMES WHILE WE AS A SCHOOL, BOTH WITH ATHLETICS AND THE PTA AND THE BAND BOOSTERS, TRY TO FIGURE OUT AWAY TO POSSIBLY FUND IT OURSELVES. I THINK IF YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH WHAT WE SAW ALL OF THOSE TIMES, ONE WAS A STUDENT, ONE WAS A BAND MEMBER, AND ONE WAS A CHEERLEADER. IT WAS INCREDIBLY TRAUMATIC AND I THINK THAT WE WILL DO EVERYTHING THAT WE CAN TO SECURE THOSE FUNDS. BUT AT THIS POINT WITH ONLY TWO HOME GAMES LEFT, ONE ON THIS COMING FRIDAY AND THEN ONE ON THE 27th, I WAS WONDERING IF THERE WAS A WAY FOR YOU TO FIND IN THE YOUR BUDGET TO POSSIBLY REENACT THAT, SINCE WE ARE LACKING EVEN THE TRAINER THERE AT OUR HIGH SCHOOL. SO I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. AND I'LL CROSS MY FINGERS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. MOBLEY. NEXT UP WE HAVE ANN JENKINS. AND I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT SHE LEFT BUT I WANTED TO CALL HER ANYWAY JUST IN CASE SHE CAME BACK IN. IT DOES NOT APPEAR THAT SHE HAS. NEXT UP WE HAVE FRANKY JONES. NO MISS JONES, NOT HERE. OUR FINAL SPEAKER IS GRETA HATNOD. OH, WAIT, HERE COMES MRS. JONES. MRS. HATNOD, IF YOU WOULD WAIT. THANK YOU. MRS. JONES?

>> GOOD EVENING. MADAM CHAIR, SUPERINTENDENT, AND MEMBERS AS WELL. I'M HERE TODAY ON BEHALF OF MY SON WHO ATTENDS STEWART MIDDLE SCHOOL, DIAGNOSED WITH ADHD. HE ATTENDED THERE FROM SIXTH GRADE UP UNTIL NOW, 8th GRADER. AT STEWART, THERE WERE A LOT OF DIFFICULTIES OF STAFF FOLLOWING FEIP. AFTER MANY MEETINGS, DISCUSSIONS WITH ADMINISTRATORS, I HAD EVEN SPOKE TO JEFF EAKINS ABOUT MY SON. AND THE THINGS THAT HE WAS DEALING WITH. TO NO AVAIL, THE MEETINGS AND PLAN FOR HIM WAS NEVER SUCCESSFUL. GETTING PHONE CALLS ON MY JOB, SIGNING OUT FROM SCHOOLS THAT I WENT TO, TO ASSIST MY SON, AND I KEPT REPEATING, IF THIS DOESN'T STOP, I HEAR IT ALL THE TIME OUT IN THE COMMUNITY, OUR CHILDREN ARE HEADED TO THE PIPELINE OF PRISON. TWO WEEKS AGO, ON THE BUS, I ATTENDED, AT THE TRANSFER STOP, A FIGHT BROKE OUT. THE CHILDREN WERE HORSEPLAYING. MY SON WAS HIT IN THE BACK OF HIS HEAD. HE WAS HIT VERY HARD BY ANOTHER STUDENT. HE DIDN'T EVEN KNOW THE STUDENT. AND FROM MY UNDERSTANDING, THE STUDENT DIDN'T KNOW HIM. BUT THE CHILDREN WERE ON THE BUS HORSEPLAYING. NO ATTENDANTS ON THE BUS. THE BUS DRIVER WAS OFF THE BUS. NOW, MY SON IS FACING A BATTERY CHARGE AND HAS BEEN SUSPENDED FOR TEN DAYS. BECAUSE OF HIS ACTIONS. HE RETALIATED. HE WAS HIT FIRST, WHICH I DON'T AGREE WITH HIM HITTING BACK. I DID DISCIPLINE HIM ON THAT. BUT BECAUSE HE GOT THE BEST OF THIS CHILD, A BATTERY CHARGE. (BELL SOUNDS) I HAVE THIS BOOK HERE, TWO YEARS, AND I HAVE ANOTHER BOOK OF STUFF THAT I HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH ABOUT HIS EDUCATION AT STEWART. AND NOTHING IS SUCCESSFUL. I REFUSE TO HAVE MY CHILD PLACED IN A JUDICIAL SYSTEM BEHIND ADULTS THAT ARE NOT DOING -- AND FOLLOWING AN INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN. THANK YOU ALL FOR LISTENING. AND OUR MEETING IS TOMORROW MORNING AT 8:00 AT STEWART. AND I HOPE TO SEE SOME OF YOU THERE. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. JONES. GRETA PATFORWARD.

>> I AM THE RESOURCE TEACHER AT ROCK INSTANT SON HIGH SCHOOL. AND LAST WEEK I WAS AT THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, AND I FELT AS ESOL TEACHER I NEEDED TO RESPOND ON WATCH WE DO FOR OUR STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO ARE COMING FROM PUERTO RICO. FIRST OF ALL, WE HAVE RESPONSIBILITIES, BUT ALSO THE BOARD HAS RESPONSIBILITIES, AND THAT WOULD BE TO FUNDUS PROPERLY. SO THE FIRST THING IS OUR DEPARTMENT WAS CUT DOWN TO ONE PERSON, SANDRA ROSARIO. I DON'T REALLY FEEL THAT ONE PERSON CAN HANDLE EXACTLY ALL THAT'S GOING ON. WE NEED ONE PERSON FOR SECONDARY AND ANOTHER FOR ELEMENTARY. WE ALSO NEED FUNDING FOR TESTING. WE HAVE A LOT OF COMPUTER TESTING. WE HAVE A NEW ONLINE PROGRAM. WE HAVE TO HAVE DO THE READER MODEL, COMPUTER STUFF. I HAVE COMPUTERSMY ROOM FROM 2006. MY WONDERFUL TECHNOLOGY PERSON IS PUTTING -- TAKING PARTS AND PUTTING THINGS TOGETHER AND WE ARE MAKING IT WORK. YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE I AM USING? I'M USING ROSETTA STONE. IT'S AN EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE PROGRAM BUT LAST WEEK TWO LADIES MENTIONED DISCOVERY LEARNING CENTER AND THAT SOUNDED VERY GOOD BECAUSE YOU CAN HAVE MULTIPLE BE -- ONE HAVE MULTIPLE SEATS. THAT USED TO BE CONSIDERED. BECAUSE RIGHT NOW I HAVE FIVE LICENSES. BUT I HAVE GOT TWO NEW PUERTO RICAN STUDENTS COMING AS OF THIS WEEK AND THERE WILL BE MORE COMING. AND WHO KNOWS WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO BE? AND RIGHT NOW THAT'S IT. I CAN'T DO ANYTHING WITH IT. OTHER THINGS THAT NEED TO BE FUNDED PERHAPS IN CONSIDERATION IS HAVING AN ESOL PERIOD WHEREBY WITH THEIR HISTORY, THEIR SCIENCE, THEIR MATH. TEACHERS WOULD LIKE THAT BUT UNFORTUNATELY I TEACH SIX DIFFERENT CLASSES WITHIN FIVE PERIODS. I HAVE ONE PLANNING AND ONE TESTING. ALSO, SOME OTHER THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON TO OUR PLATE, THIS YEAR WE HAVE ACT-ESOL, THAT MEANS I ACT AS A GUIDANCE COUNSELOR AND FINALLY GOT APPROVAL BECAUSE THE FIRST ONE WAS REJECTED TO HAVE THESE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR MY ESOL STUDENTS. SO I AM SENDING THESE OFF. ALSO THE TESTING IN ADDITION TO THAT. I HAVE GONE TO DACA MEETINGS, IN CLEARWATER. I HAVE LITERALLY GIVEN BLOOD. I HAD TO DO IT AS A ROLE MODEL TO SHOW MY NEW IMMIGRANTS STUDENTS WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO GIVE BLOOD. BUT WHEN I SAW THIS BLOOD IS ALSO GOING TO PUERTO RICO, I COULDN'T BACK OUT EVEN THOUGH I ALMOST PASS OUT EVERY TIME I GIVE BLOOD. I HAVE DONATED MY MONEY TO PUERTO RICO. I HAVE PAID FOR SAT TESTS. I PAY LITERALLY WITH SWEAT HAVE PICKED UP BRANCHES ON MY SCHOOL AFTER INTERNATIONAL. A I ARRIVE EARLY. I AM WORKING ON MY NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION. I DON'T HAVE AIR CONDITIONING IN MY ROOM EITHER. AND WHEN I DO IT'S ONE OF THOSE LOUD UNITS. SO WE SHOULD BE UNITED BECAUSE MORE ESOL STUDENTS ARE NOT GOING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS. THEY ARE GOING TO STAY RIGHT HERE IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND WE NEED TO LET THE STATE KNOW THAT, TOO. SO THINK ABOUT THAT WHEN YOU ARE NEGOTIATING WITH ACTA. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, THAT IS THE CONCLUSION OF OUR AUDIENCE COMMENTS THIS EVENING. I AM GOING TO ACCOMMODATE FURTHER COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO ARE IN THE AUDIENCE AND BRING ITEM 6.04 UP REAL QUICKLY BEFORE WE GET INTO THE BELL SCHEDULE CONVERSATION. 6.04 IS THE APPROVAL OF THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH NARCOTICS, OVERDOSE PREVENTION, EDUCATION, HILLSBOROUGH INCORPORATED. I BELIEVE MRS. HENCERY IS GOING TO COME FORWARD AND PRESENT THIS ITEM AND INTRODUCE HER GUESTS. MRS. HENCERY.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR, HONORABLE BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. IT IS MY PLEASURE TO HIGHLIGHT ITEM 6.04. THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICE WAS NARCOTICS, OVERDOSE, PREVENTION, EDUCATION IN HILLSBOROUGH. AS A RESULT OF THE PARTNERSHIP -- OF THIS PARTNERSHIP, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO CREATE A SUSTAINABLE WAY OF WORK FOR SPREADING AWARENESS REGARDING THE DANGERS OF NARCOTICS, OVERDOSE, WHICH IS PERVASIVE AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE AND WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY AT LARGE. OUR PARTNERS FROM HILLSBOROUGH CONTINUE TO PREVENT HEARTFELT DYNAMIC PRESENTATIONS TO STUDENTS AND FAMILIES WITH POWERFUL MESSAGES INVOLVING THE DANGERS OF PRESCRIPTION AND NARCOTIC DRUG OVERDOSE. OVER THE YEARS, THE REACH OF THIS PROGRAM HAS GROWN EXPONENTIALLY FROM ONE PREVENT SCHOOL IN APPROXIMATELY 700 STUDENTS TO HAVE 68 TO 700 STUDENTS IN THE MAJORITY OF OUR SECONDARY SCHOOLS JUST IN THE THREE YEARS THAT WE WORKED WITH THEM. POST PRESENTATION SURVEY FEEDBACK SHARED FROM STUDENT PARTICIPANTS COULDN'TLY INDICATE AN INCREASED WILLINGNESS TO SEEK ASSISTANCE FOR SELF AND OTHERS WHEN ABUSE AND/OR USE IS SUSPECTEDED. POST PRESENTATION INDICATE STUDENTS CAN BETTER SEEK A TRUSTED ADULT, AND I THINK JUST IN THOSE TWO SURVEY POINTS, WE CAN ALL AGREE THAT'S WHERE WE WANT TO SEE OUR STUDENTS. AND WHEN WE THINK OF RETURN ON INVESTMENT, SAVING ONE LIFE IS AN IMMENSE RETURN ON INVESTMENT. THROUGH THIS WORK, NOPE HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED AS AND APPROVED OPPORTUNITY TO EARN COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS TO EXPAND AWARENESS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY DURING NOPE SPONSORED EVENTS. ONE EXAMPLE WOULD BE THE NOPE ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT VIGIL. I DO BELIEVE THAT EACH BOARD MEMBER WAS PROVIDED AN INVITATION AND I ALSO BROUGHT SOME EXTRAS IN CASE SENIOR STAFF WOULD LIKE A COPY, AND I CAN LEAVE THOSE WITH COMMUNICATIONS. THAT EVENT IS BEING HELD THURSDAY NIGHT AT 7 P.M. AT HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, AND THEY STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO SHOW UP AT 6 P.M. BECAUSE IT GETS REALLY CROWDED. IN CLOSING, THIS PARTNERSHIP HAS YIELDED A FRUITFUL RETURN ON INVESTMENT IN THE PARTICIPATION GROSS ANNUALLY -- THE PARTNER RELATIONSHIP, STAGED FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND THE CONTENT OF THE MESSAGE IS CLEARLY RELEVANT, VITAL FOR THE SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF OUR STUDENTS, AND CLEARLY DEMONSTRATING IMPACT. IT HAS TRULY BEEN A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH OUR NOPE PARTNERS. THEY ARE JOINING US HERE TODAY, SO I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THEY STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. IN THE AUDIENCE WE HAVE NOPE BOARD MEMBER CATHY VALDEZ, IF YOU WOULD STAND, PLEASE. BETH BUTLER, PROGRAM COORDINATOR. AND ALSO JENNIFER CHEN, THE TREASURER OF NOPE. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. THAT CONCLUDE MY PRESENTATION FOR THIS HIGHLIGHT.

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

>>Lynn Gray: YES. THANK YOU, MRS. HENRY, AND CATHY VALDEZ AND MRS. BUTLER. I WAS TAKEN ABACK. I WENT TO THE NOPE PRESENTATION AT VAN BUREN. I HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE AMENDEZ PROGRAM FOR SEVERAL YEARS SO I AM AWARE OF SOME OF THESE PROGRAMS. BUT THE AWARENESS YOU ALL PROVIDE IS SO MUCH NEEDED. I'M REMINDED THAT ONE OUT OF THREE OF OUR KIDS FROM 13 AND UP ARE USING DRUG AND/OR PRESCRIPTION DRUGS. I'M ALSO REMINDED THAT THERE ARE SCHOOLS IN OUR UNITED STATES SUCH AS YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO THAT HAVE A 12 STEP PROGRAM, THE ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL. SOME OF THEM ARE ABSOLUTELY OVERDOSING AND ARE ON ADDICTION-TYPE OF -- IT IS A REAL THING IN SOME OF THESE SCHOOLS. THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY INVOLVED IN OF THAT TYPE OF 12-STEP PROGRAM. ACTUALLY, YOU HAVE A TWO-STEP PROGRAM. A LITTLE BIT LESS THAN THAT. THE FIGURES ARE STAGGERING. RIGHT NOW NOT ONLY IN OUR DISTRICT BUT WE ARE NOTED IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA, THIS IS AN EPIDEMIC. NOW, THE PURPOSE OF ME HIGHLIGHTING THIS IS I'M LOOKING AT IT IN FOUR DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS, FULL. JUST BEAR WITH ME. AS A PUBLIC SERVICE, I FEEL WE MUST USE ALL RESOURCES TO SERVE THOSE IN NEED. ESPECIALLY OUR KIDS. AND SUCH AS THE NOPE PROGRAM, THE MENDEZ FOUNDATION, YOUR SECOND STEP PROGRAM, PLUS ALL RELEVANT SERVICES FROM THE CHILDREN'S BOARD SUCH AS DACO. THE CHILDREN'S DISTRICT PROMOTING EQUITY, I FEEL OUR SUPERINTENDENT NEEDS TO TAKE A VERY CLOSE LOOK AT EVERY SCHOOL, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL, TO TO BECOME PARTNERS AND TO PROVIDE THE NOPE PROGRAMMING IN EACH OF THOSE SCHOOLS. I AM REMINDED THAT SOME OF THE PRINCIPALS DO NOT WANT ANOTHER -- THEY DON'T WANT ANOTHER TYPE OF EVENT GOING ON, BUT THIS IS TOO CRITICAL. I THINK IT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. I'M ALSO REMINDED THAT ON SCHOOL CAMPUSES, THERE ARE ACTUAL DRUG TRANSACTIONS BEING MADE IN PUBLIC, AND THIS IS SOMETHING I HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN. AS A SCHOOL SITE PRINCIPAL ALONG WITH OUR RESOURCEOVERS, EACH OF US NEEDS TO FULLY COMMEND A PROGRAM FINDING THE DRUG USERS, RIGGED OF THE DRUG SELLERS, AND PROVIDING THE VEAL RELEVANT COUNSELING MODALITIES TO HELP THESE KIDS BECOME DRUG FREE. WE CANNOT TURN A BLIND EYE AT THIS EPIDEMIC THAT IS HURTING AND KILLING SOME OF OUR KIDS. I WILL PROPOSE THAT EVERY MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL NEEDS TO FACILITATE AT THE VERY LEAST A NOPE PROGRAM. I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME THAT US AS A BOARD COMMIT OURSELVES TO A WORKSHOP TO EXPLORE WITH PROFESSIONAL EXPERTS INCLUSIVE OF OUR CHIEF NUMBER AN AND HIS SERVICES, SO THAT THE NOPE STAFF, THE DACO, AND OTHER DEVELOPMENT SERVICES CAN MEET SO WE CAN IN FACT COME UP WITH SOME TYPE OF POLICY, AT LEAST BRAINSTORM, AND WE FACED THIS PROCESS, THESE KIDS ARE GOING THROUGH. AND I'M TAKING IT SERIOUSLY. I KNOW THAT MAYBE SOME OF US THINK IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO THEIR CHILD. DON'T THINK THAT. THERE'S TOO MANY KIDS THAT WE THINK ARE DOING VERY, VERIES ISFULLY. SOCIOECONOMICALLY, THERE IS NO SEPARATION. IT'S HAPPENING EVERYWHERE. AND I WANT US TO FACE IT. AND I THINK MR. PORTER, MAY I MAKE A MOTION THAT WE ASK THAT WE HAVE A WORKSHOP ON THIS SUBJECT?

>>Jim Porter: YOU MAY MAKE A MOTION TO DO THAT OR THE BOARD CHAIR IS GOING TO SCHEDULE THAT. I THINK YOU COULD ASK IF THERE'S BOARD CONSENSUS TO HAVE A WORKSHOP SCHEDULED. A MOTION TO DO A WORKSHOP WOULD BE APPROPRIATE.

>>Lynn Gray: I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO HAVE A WORKSHOP.

>>Jim Porter: I MEAN, WE CAN HEAR FROM THE CHAIR. A MOTION IS APPROPRIATE. BUT IF YOU WANTED TO SCHEDULE A WORKSHOP --

>>Cindy Stuart: YOU DON'T NEED A MOTION. I'M HAPPY TOP PUT THAT ON THE CALENDAR.

>> AND THE BOARD CHAIR WILL WORK WITH STAFF AND SUPERINTENDENT FOR A WORKSHOP TIME.

>>Lynn Gray: AND I WANT TO SAY ONE THING. YOU APOLOGIZE FOR PERHAPS MAKING A LITTLE MOWER DRAMA THAN I WANTED TO DO. BUT I HAVE A CHILD, I HAVE GRANDCHILDREN, AND I KNOW PERSONALLY SOME OF MY FRIENDS AND THEIR KIDS, SOME HORRIBLE DRUG ABUSE RELATED SITUATIONS, AND I AM LOOKING IN THIS ROOM NOW, AND I CAN ALMOST PROMISE THAT ONE OUT OF TWO OR THREE PARENTS KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS HAD A DRUG PROBLEM THAT IS UNDER 24 YEARS OLD, AND THAT MIGHT BE IN FACT IN OUR SCHOOLS. AND I AM JUST WANTING TO MAKE SURE THAT I USE -- AND WE USE, THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR -- OUR OH RESOURCES TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO FACE THIS PROBLEM HEAD ON AND HOPEFULLY COME UP WITH A POLICY THAT MAY HELP MANY OF OUR KIDS OVERCOME THIS SITUATION. I KNOW YOU HAVE MORE TO SAY. I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT THE LAST POINT IS, IF THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THAT WE WANT OUR KIDS TO HAVE, WE WANT THE BEST QUALITY. WE DON'T WANT DRUGS IN THEIR LIVES, AND TO TAKE OVER THEIR LIVES. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I'LL BE BRIEF BUT I WILL ECHO THAT I THINK ALL OF US IN THIS ROOM VERY MUCH KNOWN SOMEONE PERSONALLY, WHETHER FAMILY MEMBER OR FRIEND OF THE FAMILY, TO HAS BEEN NEGATIVELY AFFECTED OR IMPACTED BY DRUG USE. AND SO I VALUE THIS PROGRAM OF THAT WE DO TO OUR STUDENTS AND I JUST QUANTITY TO SAY THANK YOU FOR ADDRESSING SOME OF THE EVALUATION ASPECTS OF THIS PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM THAT WE DISCUSSED ON THE PHONE. I THINK THAT THIS IS A VERY WORTHWHILE INITIATIVE THAT WE DO. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE INVITATION FOR THE VIGIL. WHAT I HAD ASKED TO DO, TO BE TRANSPARENT HERE, WAS TO GIVE US A LITTLE BIT MORE DATA ABOUT SPECIFICALLY HOW MANY STUDENTS ARE IMPACTED BY THIS PARTICULAR INITIATIVE SO THAT WE CAN SEE THE RETURN ON THE INVESTMENT THAT WE ARE HAVING FOR THIS EXPENDITURE, BECAUSE THIS DOES AFFECT OUR BUDGET, AND IT'S THERE FOR PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND THE IMPACT THAT THIS HAS TO OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR STUDENTS AND OUR COMMUNITY, AND THE VALUE THAT IT HAS WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND I WANT US TO BE VERY CLEAR WHEN WE APPROVE THIS PARTICULAR ITEM ABOUT WHAT IT DOES FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND ALSO AS I ALWAYS LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT, SOME OF THE SERVICES THAT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL AND OUR PUBLIC EDUCATION PROVIDE THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T EVEN REALIZE THAT WE DO. AND SO THIS IS ANOTHER -- ANOTHER -- ANOTHER PROGRAM, ANOTHER BENEFIT, ANOTHER OUTREACH THAT WE WRAP OUR ARMS AROUND OUR STUDENTS TO HELP THEM. AND THANK YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING THIS ITEM FOR US TODAY.

>> MY PLEASURE.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. HENSLY OF THE FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T ATTENDED THE VIGIL, I A ENCOURAGE YOU TO GO AND I'M SURE SHE WILL BE ABLE TO HAVE ANY OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS THAT HAVE THIS PROGRAM UP AND COMING. IT IS NOT AN EASY PROGRAM TO SIT THROUGH ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE SITTING WITH A BUNCH OF TEENAGERS AND WATCHING THEM REACT TO THE STORIES THAT ARE TOLD. THANK YOU, LADIES. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU LATER IN THE YEAR. AND THANK YOU, MRS. HEN SLY. BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS TIME I AM GOING TO TO TURN IT OVER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT TO GO OVER THE 4.02 ITEMS AND.

>>Cindy Stuart: YOU SAID 4.02, RIGHT? YES. TONIGHT, BOARD MEMBERS, I DO WANT TO RECOGNIZE, ALTHOUGH WE DON'T HAVE ANY NEW ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS WE DO HAVE SOME NEW SITE ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTMENTS EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 23rd, 2017. SUE BENNETT, CURRENTLY A RESOURCE TEACHER AT WILLIS CENTER WILL BE APPOINTED THE SITE ADMINISTRATOR OF WILLIS PETERS EXCEPTIONAL CENTER. SHE HAS BEEN SERVING AS THE ACTING ADMINISTRATOR THERE AT WILLIS PETERS. ALSO, EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 23rd, ELIZABETH ANDERSON, CURRENTLY A TEACHER FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED HAS BEEN NAMED TO COORDINATOR FOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS VISUALLY IMPAIRED PROGRAM OF THE WE HAVE TWO NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS THAT HAVE GONE THROUGH OUR PIPELINE HERE, TONYA COLSTON, TEACHER AT BUCHANAN MIDDLE SCHOOL, HAS BEEN APPOINTED ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS AT NORTH THE EPIC 3 CENTER AND KC O'BRIEN, CURRENTLY A TEACHER AT RUSKIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION AT THOMPSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. I WANTED TO CONGRATULATE THOSE NEW ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND THOSE NEW ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTMENTS. THOSE ARE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE 4.02-A.

>>Cindy Stuart: AT THIS TIME WE WILL MOVE TO ITEM NUMBER 7.04-R, A PROVE THE 2018-19 BELL SCHEDULES.  THIS IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED FOR MYSELF AND MRS. SNIVELY WITH COMMENTS FROM MYSELF, MRS. SNIVELY AND MRS. HARRIS. OUR STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVE ASHLEY RUSSELL WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SPEAK TO THIS ITEM. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE DISCUSSION ON THIS, WE WILL TAKE A 10-MINUTE BREAK, IF THAT'S OKAY WITH EVERYONE. SO MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MRS. STUART. WE ARE GOING TO PUT UP ON THE SCREEN JUST A POWER POINT PRESENTATION THAT'S GOING TO GO WITH THE FLOW OF MY PRESENTATION. I WILL LET THEM PUT THAT UP THERE.

>>Cindy Stuart: WHILE YOU GET YOUR POWER POINT TOGETHER, WE ARE GOING TO GO TO -- WE ARE GOING TO GO TO ITEM NUMBER 6.02 AND 6.03. THESE ARE NOT SHORT ITEMS. BUT APPROVE THE REFUNDING OF THE OF CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION FOR THE SERIES 2008-A, INFORMATION OF THE SWAP, ACCEPT SELECTION OF THE JP MORGAN CHASE BANK TO PROVIDE THE DIRECT PLACEMENT OF THE 2008 ACOS. 6.03, THE OUTSTANDING CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION IN THE SERIES 2012-A. THIS IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED FOR MRS. GRAY, MRS. SHAMBURGER, MRS. SNIVELY. I AM GOING TO CALL ON MRS. SAUNDERS TO DO THIS. BUT BEFORE I DO THAT, I JUST WANT TO MAKE NOTE PUBLICLY THAT THIS PRESENTATION WAS SHARED WITH ALL OF THE BOARD MEMBERS BY OUR FINANCIAL ANALYST JERRY FORD AND JOHN STOKES IS GOING TO PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION TO US TODAY. BUT IF THERE ARE LIMITED QUESTIONS BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD A VERY DETAILED CONVERSATION WITH THESE GENTLEMEN ALREADY. MRS. SAUNDERS.

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. IT'S AN HONOR TO BRING JERRY FORD FORWARD. AS MRS. STUART SAID WE MET WITH ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS TO DISCUSS THESE TWO LENGTHY ITEMS AND HE'S GOING TO COME FORWARD AND ANSWER ANY OF YOUR QUESTIONS IF YOU HAVE ANY MORE AND GIVE YOU DETAILS.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT. THANKS FOR HAVING US HERE TONIGHT. I'M HERE WITH JOHN STOKES FROM DICKERSON, AND REMIND COUNCIL JOHN FORD FOR ASSISTANCE. YOU HAVE TWO SEPARATE RESOLUTIONS. THE FIRST IS A RESOLUTION FOR THE REFUNDING SERIES 2017-E. IT IS VERY STANDARD, SAME TYPE OF RESOLUTION THAT WE DO EVERY TIME. THE TERMS OF THE NEW DEBT WILL NOT BE ANY LONGER THAN THE TERMS OF THE OLD DEBT. IT'S SIMPLY BEING DONE TO LOWER YOUR COST OF BORROWING, LOWER YOUR INTEREST ON AN ANNUAL BASIS. NORMALLY, THE BOARD WOULD HAVE A MINIMUM 3% PRESENT VALUE SAVINGS WITH TO THE BONDS OUTSTANDINGS, DEUCE TO MARKET AND OTHER FACTORS, SHOULD DEMAND A GREATER SAVINGS LEVEL FOR THIS. THIS IS WHAT THIS AUTHORIZES, HIGHER MINIMUM THAN WHAT WE HAVE. THE SENIOR MANAGER ON THIS TRANSACTION WILL BE RAYMOND JAMES AND COMPANY, AND HERE WITH US TONIGHT IS -- (SPEAKING AWAY FROM MICROPHONE) AND THESE ARE THE SENIOR MANAGERS. IT IS VERY MUCH IN LINE WITH THE TRANSACTIONS THAT YOU ARE USED TO DO ON A REGULAR BASIS. THE SECOND RESOLUTION YOU HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU TONIGHT IS FOR THE 2017 C AND B SERIES. THAT ONE IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT IN THAT IT LAYS OUT TWO ALTERNATIVE PATHS FOR ACCOMPLISHING THE SAME GOAL. THIS GOES BACK TO YOUR SERIES COPT. THEY HAVE BEEN HELD BY TWO DIFFERENT BANKS, CURRENTLY HELD BY T&C. THEIR FACILITY EXPIRED ON OCTOBER 21st SO WE MUST EITHER GET A NOW FACILITY, OR WE MUST REFUND THOSE BONDS THROUGH PUBLIC SALE ON THE OPEN MARKET. WHAT THE DOCK NUMBER FRONT OF YOU TONIGHT IS IT AUTHORIZES THE SUPERINTENDENT TO GO OUT AND CHOOSE WHICHEVER THOSE TWO OFFERS, RESULTS OF THE LOWEST COSTS OF BORROWING FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. THAT TRANSACTION IF IT GOES AS A BANK LOAN WILL GO TO JP MORGAN CHASE AND IF IT WILL BE UNDERWRITING AS SENIOR MANAGER BY JP MORGAN. JP MORGAN WAS HERE BUT HE HAD TO STEP OUT FOR ANOTHER MEETING BUT WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE HIM ON BOARD. IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS I WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER. IF NOT I WILL HAND THIS OVER TO MR. STOKES TO WALK THROUGH FOR YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: IF THERE'S ANY QUESTIONS? MR. FORD, I THINK WE BOMBARDED YOU WITH QUESTIONS LAST WEEK.

>> YES, MA'AM.

>>Cindy Stuart: WELCOME, MR. STOKES.

>> MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT. GOOD TO BE HERE THIS AFTERNOON. I WILL NOT GO BACK THROUGH WHAT HE JUST WENT THROUGH. NO ONE EVER HAS A PROBLEM HEARING ME. YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH ALL OF THIS IN DETAIL. YOUR ESTEEMED COUNSEL MR. PORTER AND I DISCUSS ADD PROCEDURAL ISSUE LAST WEEK. THERE'S TWO WAYS WE CAN PROCEED WITH THIS. YOU HAVE TWO RESOLUTIONS BEEN PREPARED BY OUR FIRM ON YOUR BEHALF, AND HAVE BEEN VETTED BY THE MEMBERS OF YOUR TEAM. ONE RELATES TO WHAT MR. FORD JUST TALKED ABOUT WAS THE ISSUANCE OF THE SERIES B BONDS TO TAKE OUT YOUR 2012-A CERTIFICATES AT SUBSTANTIAL SAVINGS. THE SECOND IS A SERIES OF C AND D BONDS, ONE TAX EXEMPT, ONE TAXABLE TO TAKE OUT YOUR O 8 A'S AND POSSIBLY TERMINATE THE SWAP THAT'S ASSOCIATED WITH THOSE. WHILE THESE ARE SEPARATE RESOLUTIONS, THEY ARE PRETTY MUCH UNDER THE SAME FINANCING PLANS. SO IF IT IS YOUR PLEASURE, YOU CAN, BY MOTION, AGREE TO ADOPT BOTH OF THE RESOLUTIONS AT ONE TIME, OR YOU CAN TAKE THEM SEPARATELY. BY ADOPTING A RESOLUTIONS YOU ARE ESSENTIALLY DELL GRATING AUTHORITY TO MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, OFFICERS, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE DISTRICT TO MOVE FORWARD  THAT MR. FORD HAS OUTLINED, AND FINALIZE THE TRANSACTION WITH TARGETED CLOSING SOMEWHERE AROUND NOVEMBER 21st OF THIS YEAR. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT PROCEDURALLY OR THE DOCUMENTS, I'M HERE TO ANSWER THEM.

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. SNIVELY?

>>Melissa Snively: SO MOVED.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MR. STOKES, BECAUSE MY SCRIPT HAS BOTH OF THEM COMING SEPARATELY, I THINK WE ARE GOING TO STICK WITH THE SCRIPT IF YOU ARE OKAY WITH THAT.

>> FINE, MADAM CHAIR.

>>Cindy Stuart: I AM GOING TO ASK FOR A MOTION AND SECOND TO ADOPT THE CERTIFICATE OF RESOLUTIONS FOR THE 2017-B AND 2017-C AND D. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MRS. GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? I'M SORRY. THERE IS A MOTION BY MRS. SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MRS. GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? IF NOT, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. NO, WE ARE DOING THEM SEPARATELY.

>> MADAM CHAIR, THAT MOTION ACTUALLY WOULD DO BOTH OF THEM. THE Cs AND Ds ARE SEPARATE FROM THE Bs.

>> MAY I CLARIFY MY MOTION? MY MOTION WAS TO COMBINE BOTH RESOLUTIONS INTO ONE, FOR ONE VOTE, AS OPPOSED TO HAVING THEM SEPARATELY.

>> THAT WAS YOUR MOTION AND THE CHAIR MADE A ROWLING THAT'S NOT --

>>Melissa Snively: I'M SORRY. I MISUNDERSTOOD.

>>Jim Porter: EITHER WAY YOU ARE LEGALLY CORRECT. SEW SO YOUR MOTION, I THINK IF YOU ARE OKAY WITH IT, WOULD BE TO JUST APPROVE THE FIRST ONE. BECAUSE THE CHAIR MADE A RULING THAT SHE WANTS TO DO THEM SEPARATELY.

>>Melissa Snively: OKAY. SO MY MOTION IS TO APPROVE THE FIRST RESOLUTION.

>> THAT WOULD BE THE SERIES B.

>>Melissa Snively: SERIES B. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THAT ONE PASSES. SO NOW I REQUEST THE RECESS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING --

>> MADAM CHAIR?

>>Cindy Stuart: CONVENE THE SCHOOL BOARD CORPORATION. NO? OH, MY GOSH.

>> THAT'S FINE. WE CAN RECESS THE MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD AT THIS POINT IN TIME AND TAKE UP -- THERE IS A MIRROR CORPORATE RESOLUTION BY THE LEASING CORPORATION, WHICH GOES IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE RESOLUTION JUST TO PASS BY THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR THE SERIES D CERTIFICATES PARTICIPATION.

>>Cindy Stuart: CORRECT. NOW I NEED A MOTION TO ADOPT THE SERIES B, 2017 SERIES B, C AND D, CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION. CORRECT?

>> THAT WOULD COVER BOTH RESOLUTIONS WHICH IS PROCEDURALLY JUST FINE.

>>Cindy Stuart: I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MRS. GRAY. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION?

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M EXCITED TO SEE THIS DAY. I WAS A PART OF THIS FROM THE BEGINNING, AND SEEING THIS PARTICULAR ITEM WHEN WE HAD TO APPROVE IT AT THE TIME, IT WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT WAS VERY POPULAR FOR US TO DO, IN HOPES THAT WE WOULD GET TO SEE THIS DAY. SO I AM REALLY EXCITED TO SEE THAT THIS SWAP IS HAPPENING AND WE ARE DONE WITH THAT SO WE CAN HONESTLY MOVE FORWARD. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND THIS IS REALLY TRULY A GREAT DAY WHEN IT COMES TO THIS PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR DILIGENCE AND FOR KEEPING AN EYE ON THAT PRIZE AND MAKING SURE THAT WE WERE ABLE TO RESOLVE THIS BEFORE IT ACTUALLY MATURED. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES. BOARD MEMBERS, ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMENTS ON THIS TRANSACTION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. THANK YOU. AND THAT ONE PASSES AS WELL. SO WE WILL ADJOURN THE SCHOOL BOARD LEASING CORPORATION AND RECONVENE THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. MR. STOKES.

>> YES. AND I BELIEVE THE SCHOOL BOARD STILL NEEDS TO ADOPT THE C-D RESOLUTION. THE CORPORATION HAS ADOPTED BOTH, BUT THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS ONLY ADOPTED THE B AT THIS POINT. SO THE PROPER PROCEDURE WOULD BE A MOTION TO ADOPT THE C-D RESOLUTION.

>> AND IF THEY NEED TO TAKE A RECESS AND REESTABLISH --

>> I BELIEVE WE JUST ADJOURNED THE LEASING CORPORATION.

>>Cindy Stuart: I BELIEVE THE FIRST MOTION READS A MOTION TO ADOPT THE BOARD CERTIFICATE RESOLUTIONS FOR THE 2017 B AND 17 C AND D CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION. WAS THE FIRST MOTION. IS THAT CORRECT?

>> YES, MADAM CHAIR, BUT YOU MADE THE POINT OF SEPARATING THE TWO RESOLUTIONS FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD. I BELIEVE MR. PORTER ADDRESSED THAT. IT WOULD JUST TAKE ONE MORE MOTION TO MAKE THIS CLEAR FOR THE RECORD, A MOTION TO ADOPT THE C-D RESOLUTION BY THE SCHOOL BOARD.

>>Cindy Stuart: UM --

>> LAWYERS, SOMETIMES WE ARE A REAL PAIN.

>>Cindy Stuart: MOTION ON THE FLOOR BY MRS. SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MRS. GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS APPEAR. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. IT IS APPROVED.

>> MADAM CHAIR, I'M SORRY FOR ANY CONFUSION.  THIS IS VERY COMPLEX. AND IF THIS ALL COMES TOGETHER, THE BENEFITS TO THE DISTRICT ARE GOING TO BE WORTH IT.

>>Cindy Stuart: I THINK THIS TRANSACTION RIGHT HERE ON PAPER AND US DOING IT WAS MORE COMPLEX THAN THE PRESENTATION.

>> THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: I APOLOGIZE. THANK YOU, MR. FORD. BOTH MR. FORD FOR BEING HERE. I APPRECIATE IT. AT THIS TIME, BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO ITEM NUMBER 7.04 WHICH HOPEFULLY IS NOT AS COMPLICATED FOR ME TO GET THROUGH. TO APPROVE THE POWELL BELL SCOWLS FOR THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MRS. STUART. BOARD MEMBERS, OUR STAFF HEARD VERY CLEARLY THE DIRECTION YOU GAVE AS WE LOOKED AT THE BELL SCHEDULE FOR 2018-19. WE NEEDED TO MAKE A CHANGE WITH PLENTY OF ADVANCE NOTICE SO FAMILIES AND STAFF COULD PLAN AHEAD. AND WE NEEDED TO MAKE A CHANGE BASED ON A MAJOR EFFORT TO REACH OUT AND GATHER INPUT FROM OUR COMMUNITY. I AM PRESENTING A PROPOSED BELL SCHEDULE THIS AFTERNOON THAT MEETS BOTH OF THOSE OBJECTIVES. IF YOU ADOPT IT TODAY, OUR COMMUNITY WOULD HAVE NEARLY A YEAR TO ADJUST TO THEIR PLANS. IN THE PROPOSED SCHEDULE IS THE CONSENSUS CHOICE OF THE PUBLIC AFTER A SUBSTANTIAL PROCESS OVER MANY MONTHS TO ENGAGE AND SURVEY OUR STAKEHOLDERS. THE PROPOSAL CAME FROM OUR BELL SCHEDULE SURVEY WHICH WAS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH. NEARLY 57,000 PEOPLE TOOK THE SURVEY AND INDICATE ADD PREFERRED BELL SCHEDULE. THE SURVEY WAS PROMOTED BY E-MAILS, PHONE CALLS AND TEXTS TO PARENTS AND STAFF IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH. STORIES IN THE NEWS MEDIA, MULTIPLE SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS AND WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS INCLUDING OUR PTA. WE ALSO GATHERED INPUT THROUGH OUR BELL SCHEDULE SIMULATOR, THREE PUBLIC MEETINGS OUT IN OUR COMMUNITY, FORUMS WITH STUDENTS, PARENTS AND OTHER STAKEHOLDERS, THOUSANDS OF SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTS AND PUBLIC COMMENTS AT BOARD MEETINGS. THE BELL SCHEDULE SURVEY GAVE SIX COMPLETE MODELS OF POSSIBLE BELL SCHEDULES. THERE WAS ONE OPTION THAT WAS THE CONSENSUS FIRST CHOICE. 30% OF THE RESPONDENTS PREFERRED MODEL A. THE NEXT MOST POPULAR OPTION WAS CHOSEN BY 18% OF THE RESPONDENTS. MODEL A WAS THE TOP PICK OVERALL AND IT WAS ALSO THE TOP PICK FOR NEARLY EVERY SPECIFIC GROUP OF RESPONDENTS. REGARDLESS OF LANGUAGE, IT WAS THE PREFERRED OPTION. HERE ENGLISH IS SHOWN IN BLUE, IN SPANISH IN GREEN. THIS SLIDE BREAKS DO I KNOW THE DATA BY THE SELF-REPORTED GROUP, THE RESPONDENT BELONGS TO. HERE, PARENTS ARE BLUE. SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES ARE GREEN. AND STUDENTS ARE GRAY. MODEL A WAS THE PREFERRED OPTION FOR PARENTS, STAFF AND STUDENTS. THIS SLIDE SHOWS THE DATABASED ON WHICH SCHOOL TYPES THE RESPONDENTS SAID THEY HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH. BLUE IS ELEMENTARY, GREEN IS K-8, GRAY IS MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND YELLOW IS HIGH SCHOOL. MODEL A WAS THE TOP CHOICE OF PEOPLE CONNECTED TO ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE, AND HIGH SCHOOLS. AS THE DISTRICT STAFF, WE TOOK THAT INPUT FROM THE PUBLIC AND LOOKED AT HOW WE COULD IMPLEMENT THE SCOWL IN OUR SCHOOLS. SO WE REVIEWED IT THE PERSPECTIVES OF LEARNING AND LOGISTICS. THAT LED US TO MAKE A FEW TWEAKS. WE EXPANDED THE TIME BETWEEN ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL DISMISSAL. THIS HAD TWO BIG EFFECTS. IT ALLOWED US TO EXPAND THE WINDOW FOR TRANSPORTATION, AND IT BUILT EXTRA READING TIME FLEXIBILITY RIGHT INTO OUR SCHEDULE SO NEXT YEAR WE WON'T HAVE TO CONTEND WITH ANOTHER HUGE LAST-MINUTE BUS SCRAMBLE IF WE HAVE ANY ERT OR EXTRA READING TIME SCHOOLS. WE COMPRESSED THE MINUTES BETWEEN THE START TIMES OF DIFFERENT SCHOOL TYPES FOR TRANSPORTATION ROUTES ALLOWED IT. WE MAINTAINED A DAY LENGTH THAT EXCEEDS THE STATE'S REQUIREMENTS FOR FTE, CREDIT EARNING, AND A 7-PERIOD DAY. HERE IS OUR STAFF'S PROPOSED PLAN TO IMPLEMENT THE PREFERRED OPTION FROM THE PUBLIC. YOU WILL SEA ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WOULD START AT 7:40 AND END AT 1:55. MAGNET ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WOULD BEGIN AT 8:45 AND FINISH AT 3:00. ELEMENTARY ERT OR EXTRA READING TIME SCHOOLS WOULD START AT 7:30 AND DISMISS AT 2:25 EVERY DAY. SO THE MONDAYS FOR THOSE FAMILIES WOULD BE A LOT LESS THAN CONFUSING. HIGH SCHOOLS WOULD START AT 8:30 AND END AT 3:25. MIDDLE AND HIGH MAGNET SCHOOLS WOULD BEGIN AT 8:30 AND DISMISS AT 3:25. AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS WOULD START AT 9:25 AND END AT 4:20. WITH 230 SCHOOLS, THERE ARE SOME VARIATIONS ON THIS GENERAL SCHEDULE ACROSS THE DISTRICT. BOARD MEMBERS, YOU WILL FIND A LIST OF EACH SCHOOL'S PROPOSED SCHEDULE IN A SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION FOR THIS AGENDA ITEM. THE FULL LIST HAS ALSO BEEN AVAILABLE SINCE LAST TUESDAY ON OUR WEBSITE. I FEEL IT'S IMPORTANT TO EXPLAIN TO THE PUBLIC WHY WE NEED TO CHANGE THE BELL SCHEDULE IN SOME WAY. THE EXISTING SCHEDULE DOES NOT ALLOW ENOUGH TIME FOR BUSES TO COMPLETE ARE THEIR ROUTES BETWEEN SCHOOLS. BECAUSE OF THAT, LAST YEAR MORE THAN 12,000 STUDENTS WERE LATE TO SCHOOL. AND IT WAS NOT THEIR FAULT. THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR DECADES AND IT CANNOT CONTINUE IN OUR DISTRICT. WE PUT TOGETHER A BRIEF VIDEO THAT SHOWS SOME OF THE CHALLENGES AND THE IMPACT THIS PROBLEM CREATES IN JUST ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS EVERY DAY. (VIDEO) IT MAKES MY HEART RUSH TO GET TO MY CLASS ON TIME.

>> WE HAVE ANYWHERE BETWEEN ONE AND THREE BUSES THAT ARE LATE EVERY DAY SO WE TALK ABOUT HAVING AN IMPACT ON 108 KIDS WHICH IMPACTS INSTRUCTION SO COUNTY HELP CLOUD THOSE MINUTES, TALKING ABOUT HUNDREDS, MAYBE THOUSANDS OF INSTRUCTION MINUTES EVERY DAY.

>> AND IT HAPPENS IN THE MORNING, AND --

>> I HAVE A FULL RUN IN THE MORNING, AND THEN I HAVE TO GO OUT AND DO ANOTHER ONE. AND I GET THEM BY 5, 10 AFTER FROM THE BEGINNING.

>> SOMETIMES I MISS SOME TESTING, THE TEACHER TALKING AND I MISS SOMETIMES WHAT SHE SAYS.

>> IT REALLY PUTS THE TEACHERS IN A BIND BECAUSE THEY ARE HAVING TO WAIT FOR THEIR LESSONS SOMETIMES BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY KIDS COMING IN. WE HAVE PARENTS BEING LATE TO WORK BECAUSE THEY ARE WAITING AT THE BUS STOP, OR THEY FEEL LIKE THE BUS IS TOO LATE AND THEY ARE BRINGING THEM IN SO IT REALLY AFFECTS NOT JUST THE BUS SCHEDULE, NOT JUST THE KIDS, NOT JUST CAFETERIA. IT AFFECTS EVERYBODY. IT'S A DOMINO EFFECT.

>> IT GIVES KIDS TIME TO EAT THEIR BREAKFAST.

>> I LIKE GOING TO SCHOOL, SOMETIMES I LIKE TO GET EXTRA TIME TO DO MY READING.

>> GIVES US A LITTLE LEEWAY.

>> STAGGER THAT OUT TO GET THE KIDS TO SCHOOL EARLIER, THE TRAFFIC, GIVES THE PARENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO DROP THEM OFF AND THEN FOR THEM TO GET TO WORK ON TIME SO WE ARE HOPING THIS CHANGE WILL BE BENEFICIAL TO LEARNING.

>> YOU KNOW, FOR THE GOOD.

>> CHANGE IS CHALLENGES AT TIMES BUT SOMETIMES IF YOU GIVE AT CHANCE YOU WILL SEE THE BENEFITS AS TIME GOES ON. ∫

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SO YOU WILL NOTICE OUR PROPOSED BELL SCHEDULE DOES NOT ACTUALLY HAVE A FULL HOUR BETWEEN BELL TIMES. ONE HOUR WAS OUR TARGET. WE HAVE LOOKED AT THIS AND CAN DO IT IN A LITTLE LESS TIME. WE DID THAT USING THE BUS DROP-OFF WINDOWS. FOR EXAMPLE, LOOK AT THE RED ARROWS ON THE GRAPHIC. THE WINDOW FOR BUSES TO DROP OFF AT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WOULD OPEN AT 7:10. THOSE BUSES THEN HAVE A FULL HOUR TO GET TO HIGH SCHOOLS BEFORE THE HIGH SCHOOLS DROP-OFF WINDOW CLOSES AT 8:10. THEN THERE'S MORE THAN AN HOUR FROM THE OPENING OF THE HIGH SCHOOL DROP-OFF WINDOW AT 8:00 BEFORE THE CLOGS OF THE MIDDLE SCHOOL DROP-OFF WINDOW AT 9:05. AND IN THE AFTERNOON, LOOK AT THE GOLD ARROWS ON THE GRAPHIC. WE WOULD HAVE 90 MINUTES OF TIME BETWEEN ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL DISMISSAL. THAT WOULD FIX A BIG PROBLEM WITH OUR CURRENT SCHEDULE AND WHAT IS CURRENTLY OUR MOST CHALLENGING TIME PERIOD. AND AT THE END OF THE DAY THERE'S A 55 MINUTE GAP BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL AND THAT WOULD WORK BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT FEWER MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLERS COMPARED TO OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. SO WE'LL HAVE ENOUGH AVAILABLE BUSES AT THAT TIME TO MAKE THAT SCHEDULE WORK. THIS OPTION WAS THE MOST PREFERRED BY PARENTS IN OUR SURVEY, BUT THERE STILL MAY BE A CONCERN FOR SOME PARENTS. SOME STUDENTS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MAY BE WAITING FOR BUSES OR WALKING TO SCHOOL BEFORE THE SUN-UP. THAT IS A CHALLENGE. I DEFINITELY RECOGNIZE THAT. HOWEVER, 48 OF OUR ELEMENTARY AND K-8 SCHOOLS ARE ALREADY STARTING AT 7:45 OR EARLIER. RIGHT NOW IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS. THAT MEANS ABOUT ONE THIRD OF OUR SCHOOLS IN ELEMENTARY AGE STUDENTS ALREADY USE A SCHEDULE LIKE THIS BECAUSE IT MEETS THE NEEDS OF THOSE PARTICULAR SCHOOLS. THE NEIGHBORHOODS AROUND THOSE SCHOOLS AND THE SCHOOL STAFF ARE ALSO USED TO THAT TIME, ALSO BECAUSE BUSES WHICH START THEIR DAYS ON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ROUTES, THEY WILL BE MORE CONSISTENTLY ON TIME AT THEIR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUS STOPS. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CAMPUSES WOULD OPEN EARLIER THAN THEY DO NOW, WHICH COULD REALLY HELP PARENTS WHO NEED TO GET TO WORK. WE WILL BE OFFERING BEFORE-SCHOOL CARE AT A LOW COST WHICH GIVES PARENTS MORE FLEXIBILITIES TO USE OTHER TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS. IN GENERAL, MAGNET SCHOOL BUSES WOULD PICK UP STUDENTS LATER IN THE MORNING THAN THEY DO NOW. THAT IS A BIG BENEFIT TO MANY OF OUR MAGNET STUDENTS WHO CURRENTLY HAVE THE EARLIEST BUS PICKUP TIME IN OUR DISTRICT. THIS MAY ALSO HELP MORE FAMILIES CONSIDER MAGNET OPTIONS. UNDER THIS PROPOSED BELL SCHEDULE, HIGH SCHOOL WOULD START AN HOUR LATER THAN IT DOES RIGHT NOW.  THIS MATCHES GUIDANCE FROM THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS. THEY RECOMMEND HIGH SCHOOL START AT 8:30 OR LATER. STUDIES HAVE FOUND THAT HIGH SCHOOL UNITS TO HO GET THE SLEEP THEY NEED AND START SCHOOL AT 8:30 OR LATER HAVE IMPROVED ATTENDANCE RATES, HAVE FEWER FATAL CAR CRASHES AND CONTRIBUTE TO A BETTER-EDUCATED AND HIGHER-EARNING WORKFORCE. AND A COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY STUDY FOUND 16-YEAR-OLDS WHO GOT LESS THAN 21% WERE FOUND TO BE OBESE FIVE YEARS LATER. STUDENTS TOLD US AGAIN THAT STARTING HIGH SCHOOL EARLY HAS BEEN A REAL CHALLENGE FOR THEM.  THIS PROPOSED SCHEDULE WOULD BE ALLOW MORE COLLABORATION, PLANNING TIME FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLTEACHERS, UNDER OUR CURRENT SCHEDULE MOST ELEMENTARY SCHOOLTEACHERS HAVE SHARED TIME WITH OATS TEACHERS BUT NOT MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLTEACHERS.  THIS NEW SCHEDULE WOULD CREATE THAT NEW PLANNING TIME OR COLLABORATION TIME TYPICALLY IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS. THAT MEANS THEY WILL BE ABLE TO DO THINGS LIKE COLLABORATE ON CREATIVE LESSON PLANS, AND TAKE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING. TEACHERS WOULD CONTINUE TO WORK AN 8-HOUR DAY BUT START AND END TIMES MAY CHANGE. THESE START TIMES WOULD AFFECT MORNING AND AFTERNOON TRAFFIC FLOWS IN OUR COMMUNITY. COUNTY STAFF HAS BEEN BRIEFED ON THE PROPOSED SCHEDULE AND DISCUSSIONS ABOUT TRAFFIC PATTERNS ARE ALREADY UNDERWAY. WE PLAN TO OFFER BEFORE SCHOOL AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE AT A LOST COST AT ALL ELEMENTARY AND MID SCHOOLS WITH A NEED AND STUDENTS WOULD HAVE ADEQUATE TIME TO EAT A FREE AND HEALTHY BREAKFAST AT SCHOOL. WITH THIS PROPOSED BELL SCHEDULE WE ARE RESPONDING OH TO OUR COMMUNITY AND LISTENING TO WHAT OUR STAKEHOLDERS ARE TELLING US. AT THIS TIME, MR. FARKAS AND MRS. SIMMONS AND I ARE HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS, QUESTIONS, COMMENTS? CONCERNS?

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MR. EAKINS, WHAT IS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF INSTRUCTIONAL TIME IN MINUTES AS MANDATED BY THE STATE?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WE ARE -- 900 HOURS TIMES 60 MINUTES. SO IT'S 900 HOURS FOR 4 THROUGH 12 GRADE AND 720 HOURS FOR OUR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH THIRD GRADE.

>>Susan Valdes: WE HAVE RECEIVED MANY E-MAILS FROM PARENTS, HAVING THE CONCERN THAT INSTRUCTIONAL TIME IS BEING LOST. SO HOW MANY HOURS OF INSTRUCTIONAL TIME ARE WE UNDER THIS BELL SCHEDULE, ARE WE GIVING OUR STUDENTS?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SO WHAT WILL BE KNEADED TO MAKE THIS WORK FOR OUR HIGH SCHOOLS AND OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS, CURRENTLY THE SCHEDULES, MOST OF THE CLASSES ARE AROUND 50 MINUTES. THERE WILL BE AT EVERY ONE OF OUR MIDDLES AND HIGHS, EACH CLASS WILL PROBABLY BE ABOUT A MINUTE TO POTENTIALLY NO MORE THAN THROW MINUTES SHORTER EACH DAY. SOME SCHOOLS WILL WORK ON PASSING TIME PERIODS. THEY HAVE TO MAKE THOSE ADJUSTMENTS. THAT'S STILL WELL ABOVE THE REQUIRED MINUTES BY THE STATE BY STILL DOING THAT. WE DO RECOGNIZE THE ONE THING THAT WE ARE HOLDING SACRED TO IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND OUR HIGH SCHOOLS ARE OUR SEVEN PERIODS OF CLASSES THAT OFFERS THE STUDENT A POTENTIAL 28 CREDITS WHICH MOST SCHOOLS ONLY OFFER THE MINIMUM 24 CREDITS. SO THAT'S WHY WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A SQUEEZE. OUR LENGTH OF DAY FOR HIGH SCHOOLS WILL STILL BE LONGER THAN OUR NEIGHBORING COUNTIES BECAUSE WE HAVE THAT EXTRA PERIOD. BUT IT IS CAUSING A LITTLE BIT EITHER A MINUTE, NO MORE THAN THROW MINUTES FOR EACH CLASS PERIOD.

>>Susan Valdes: SO IN ESSENCE, THOUGH, WE ARE NOT REALLY LOSING INSTRUCTIONAL TIME?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: WE ARE GOING TO MAINTAIN OUR OVERALL CLASS PERIODS. THE INSTRUCTIONAL TIME, THAT THEY'RE WILL BE LESS MINUTES, BUT AS WE WENT THROUGH THE IRMA CONVERSATION, WE FLOOR OUR HIGH SCHOOLS GO AN EQUIVALENT OF 24 MORE DAYS OF SCHOOL THAN WHAT THE STATE REQUIRES BY JUST THE EXTRA MINUTE.

>>Susan Valdes: THAT IS EXACTLY THE POINT I WANTED TO GET ACROSS, IS THAT BY DOING THIS SCHEDULE, WE ARE NOT LOSING INSTRUCTIONAL TIME. I'M EXCITED ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR SCHEDULE BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT, NUMBER ONE, OUR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO START A LITTLE BIT LATER, AND THE RESEARCH DOES SHOW THAT, AND WE ARE A DATA DRIVEN DISTRICT, AND OUR STUDENTS ALSO HAVE VOTED ON THIS PARTICULAR SURVEY AND SHARED WITH US WHAT THEIR PREFERENCES ARE, THAT WE ARE LISTENING TO THE COMMUNITY, BUT THIS WILL BE AFFECTING -- THAT THIS WILL BE AFFECTING. MY ONLY CONCERN -- AND THIS IS GOING TO BE THE CHALLENGE FOR US TIME IN BETWEEN RUNS IS VERY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT WAY BACK WHEN, IT WAS OKAY TO HAVE 20 MINUTES, 25 MINUTES BETWEEN RUNS, BECAUSE THERE WAS NO TRAFFIC IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I MEAN, OUT BY ME, RIGHT BEHIND LETO HIGH SCHOOL. SO WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING AT HOW THE GROWTH THE COUNTY HAS BEEN, AND ON TOP OF THAT WE HAVEN'T REALLY ADJUSTED OUR OPERATIONS TO REFLECT THAT, IT'S BEEN A CHALLENGE, OF COURSE. SO NOW HERE WE HAVE MARKING, THAT EVERY CHILD DESERVES A FULL DAY. DO I AGREE WITH THAT? ABSOLUTELY, BASED ON THE MINUTES AND WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, OUR CHILDREN WILL RECEIVE A FULL DAY. BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN, I WANT TO ENSURE THAT OPERATIONS HANDLES THEIR ROUTING ACCORDINGLY, AND REALLY LOOKS AT THESE ROUTES AND MAYBE EVEN RIDE THEM THEMSELVES TO MAKE SURE WE AREN'T GOING DOWN A DEAD-END STREET THAT ONE THEN HAS TO CALL FOR EITHER A SHERIFF'S DEPUTY OR TPD TO HELP YOU GET OUT OF THAT CUL-DE-SAC OR THAT DEAD-END STREET. SO THE CHALLENGE FOR ME IS THE MERE FACT THAT I DO WANT TO ENSURE THAT EVERY CHILD HAS A FULL DAY. SO IT'S GOING TO BE UPON THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO BE ABLE TO ENSURE THAT ALL OF THESE ROUTES MAKE SENSE, THAT ALL OF THESE ROUTES ARE AS TIGHTLY MANAGED AS THEY CAN BE, SO THAT THEN WE CAN LIVE UP TO THE PROMISE AND THE TAG LINE OF EVERY CHILD DESERVES A FULL DAY. IF IT'S NOT, IT'S GOING TO BACKFIRE ON US BECAUSE THEN WE ARE NOT GIVING CHILDREN A FULL DAY, ALTHOUGH WE TECHNICALLY ARE. SO THAT'S MY CAUTION. I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS, BECAUSE IT'S TIME THAT WE AFFORD OUR DRIVERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO NOT RUSH, RUN TRANSPORTATION THROUGH OUR STREETS SAFELY, PICKING UP OUR CHILDREN AND DROPPING THEM OFF AT THEIR SCHOOL SITES, READY TO LEARN. AND WITH OUR BUS DRIVERS NO FTE WILL BE GENERATED. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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

>>Sally Harris: WELL, I'M VERY EXCITED ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY. I WANT TO THANK THE DISTRICT FOR DOING SUCH A THOROUGH, FAIR WAY OF GETTING THE RESULTS. IT WAS DEFINITELY COMMUNITY DRIVEN. IT WAS DEFINITELY A CHOICE BY THOSE THAT TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THE SURVEY. AND I WANTED THIS WITH A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE ABOUT TEN YEARS AGO, WITH THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS AND THE STUDIES THAT STARTED COMING OUT TEN YEARS AGO, WE STARTED THIS BATTLE OF TRYING TO GET OUR HIGH SCHOOLERS TO HAVE THE LATER TIME. SO I FEEL LIKE WE FINALLY ACCOMPLISHED WHAT IS NECESSARY IN OUR COMMUNITY AND WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR CHILDREN. AND I THINK IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY. I WANT TO ALSO SAY THAT NO MATTER WHAT WE END UP VOTING AND HOW WE END UP MAKING THIS HAPPEN, ONLY 50% ARE GOING TO BE HAPPY, AND THEN 50% ARE NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY. I HAVE LEARNED THAT SITTING IN THIS POSITION THAT NO MATTER HOW MUCH YOU TRY TO PLEASE, THERE'S ALWAYS SOMEONE THAT IS OUT THERE THAT IS NOT HAPPY. BUT THANK YOU FOR AT LEAST LISTENING TO THE COMMUNITY.

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

>>Lynn Gray: IT'S A GREAT -- I THINK IT'S JUST A GREAT ACCOLADE TO OUR SUPERINTENDENT AND TO OUR STAFF WHO DID LISTEN TO THE COMMUNITY, BECAUSE IN THE FINAL ANALYSIS, IT IS THE COMMUNITY WHOM HE WOULD WANT TO HEAR, AND OF COURSE THE PARENTS. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I THINK WHENEVER THERE'S A PROBLEM, IT'S ALWAYS VERY, VERY GOOD TO FIND A POSITIVE SOLUTION. WE HAD MANY PROBLEMS WITH THE OTHER BELL SCHEDULE AND THERE'S NO QUESTION IT WAS A PRAGMATIC NIGHTMARE FOR SOME OF THOSE WHO HAD MAGNET SCHOOLS, AND KIDS WERE LATE, DIDN'T WANT TO BE LATE, AND THEY WERE PUNISHED, SO IT WAS A HUGE PRAGMATIC SITUATION. THE COMMUNITY CAME IN AND ANSWERED AND SHARED THEIR INPUT. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS I THINK CAME OUT REALLY WELL -- AND MEMBER HAR HIS, I ALSO AGREE, I THINK IT'S A GREAT DECISION IN MANY CASES. BUT WE HAVE HOST. YEARS AGO HOST WAS JUST A DAYCARE. AND I KNOW YOU ALL REMEMBER THOSE DAYS. AND TO THE CREDIT OF DEBBY -- SHE'S NOT HERE, BUT SHE HAS EXTENDED THIS ALMOST LIKE A COULDN'T GO EDUCATION MODEL IN THAT YOU HAVE YOUR ARTS AND YOUR PE AND YOU HAVE YOUR MUSIC. I MEAN, THERE IS A LOT OF HOST OF OPPORTUNITIES BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL. AND I WOULD CHALLENGE HER TO EVEN EXPAND ON THAT. SO THE PROBLEM THAT WE HAD, THE SOLUTION HEREOF, IS TO ME TREMENDOUSLY WORTHY OF SAYING, YAY, WE ARE ACTUALLY GETTING BETTER AT ACCOMMODATING WHAT YOU PARENTS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT, AND WHAT OUR KIDS NEED FOR THEIR EDUCATIONAL AND FOR THEIR PHYSIOLOGICAL NEEDS TO PLAY AND HAVE SOME FREE TIME BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL. YAY, HOST.

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I THINK I WAS NOT A FAN OF THE PREVIOUS PROPOSAL THAT WAS PRESENTED TO THE BOARD. HOWEVER, I AM A FAN OF THIS PARTICULAR PROCESS THAT WE HAVE TAKEN IN ORDER TO GAIN SOME STAKEHOLDER INPUT AND VALIDITY TO SOME OF THE DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE. I THINK IT CREATES MORE ACCEPTS OF A BUY-IN FROM OUR PARENTS, AND OUR TEACHERS, AND OUR ADMINISTRATORS AND EVERYONE WHO SEEKS THE SAME THING, THE SAME GOAL, WHICH IS ACADEMIC SUCCESS FOR OUR STUDENTS. I WANTED TO SAY A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO PATTY SIMMONS FOR TAKING US FORWARD THROUGH THIS PROCESS. I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE WORKED VERY HARD AND DILIGENTLY TO GET US TO WHERE WE ARE TODAY. AND SO -- THOUGHT WERE IN CLEVELAND. SCARED ME FOR A MINUTE. BUT I AM GLAD YOU ARE HERE AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT, AND EVERYBODY ON YOUR STAFF WHO CONTRIBUTED TO GETTING TO WHERE WE ARE. THERE WERE SOME CONCERNS. BUT PROBABLY THE BIGGEST CONCERN THAT I HEARD FROM PARENTS OF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WAS THAT MAYBE 7:40 WAS A LITTLE TOO EARLY. IT'S ACTUALLY BETTER THAN 7:30 WHICH WAS IN THE ACTUAL SURVEY. SO I THOUGHT THAT WE WERE ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE THAT A LITTLE BIT. SO I THINK THAT PARENTS WHO WERE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT, YOU KNOW, ME AS THE PARENT OF AN ELEMENTARY STUDENT, I MAY HAVE SENT MY SON A LITTLE EARLIER TO BED, MAYBE 20 OR 30 MINUTES EARLIER TO BED, SO WE CAN STILL MEET WHAT THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PEDIATRICIANS HAS RECOMMENDED FOR TEN HOURS OF SLEEP FOR THAT PARTICULAR AGE GROUP. I HAVE SPOKEN WITH A LOT OF PRINCIPALS WHO FEEL PRETTY CONFIDENT THAT THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO START SCHOOL. AND I THINK THAT WE GOT TO A PLACE WHERE WE HAVE REACHED A LITTLE BIT OF COMPROMISE. AND I THINK THAT'S GOOD. AND MERIAM WEBSTER DEFINES COMPROMISE AS AN AGREEMENT OR SETTLEMENT OF A DISPUTE THAT IS REACHED BY EACH SIDE MAKING CONCESSIONS. AN ABILITY TO LISTEN TO TWO SIDES IN A DISPUTE AND DEVICE A COMPROMISE ACCESSIBLE TO BOTH. AND I FEEL VERY CONFIDENT THAT WE HAVE GOT TONE A PLACE WHERE WE HAD TO GIVE A LITTLE HERE AND GIVE A LITTLE THERE, BEING THE PARENT OF MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, I THINK WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO SOMETHING THAT IS VERY PROACTIVE FOR THEIR SLEEP CYCLES AND THEIR MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH. AND I THINK THAT'S A CONCERN AS WELL. SO I AM VERY HAPPY THE WAY THAT THIS WHOLE PROCESS ENDED UP HAPPENING. AND WHERE WE ARE TODAY. AND THE ONLY THING I WOULD ASK, I KNOW -- I THINK SOMEONE MENTIONED WE ARE NOT GOING TO MAKE EVERY SINGLE PARENT HAPPY OUT THERE. BUT I WANT PARENTS TO THINK, A LOT OF TIMES OPINIONS COME OUT BECAUSE PARENTS ARE THINKING ABOUT THEIR OWN PERSONAL SITUATION. AND HOW THEIR OWN SITUATION, OWN PERSONAL SITUATION IS AFFECTED BY THIS DECISION THAT WE MAKE TODAY. AND I ENCOURAGE PARENTS TO THINK OUTSIDE OF THAT, THINK ABOUT PARENTS WHO HAVE NOT JUST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS BUT THINK ABOUT PARENTS WHO HAVE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS, THINK ABOUT PARENTS WHO HAVE MAGNET SCHOOL STUDENTS, THINK ABOUT PARENTS WHO HAVE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, AND NOT JUST ABOUT YOUR PARTICULAR PERSONAL SITUATION. I THINK WE HAVE TO ENCOURAGE OUR FOLKS AND OUR PARENTS ESPECIALLY TO THINK WHERE ALL THE CHILDREN AND ABOUT THE WELL-BEING OF ALL THE CHILDREN. THAT IS THE WEIGHT THAT THIS SCHOOL BOARD HAS ON OUR SHOULDERS. WE MAKE DECISIONS FOR ALL STUDENTS. ALL STUDENTS. SO THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE EFFORT TO GET THEIR INPUT AND REARRANGE THE PARTICULAR PROPOSAL TO MAKE MORE PARENTS HAVE BUY-IN TO BE WHAT'S GOOD FOR THEIR STUDENT.

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

>>Tamara Shamburger: SUPERINTEND ENT EAKINS, THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN. I ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF MY FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS FOR ALLOWING OUR STUDENTS AND OUR STAFF AND OUR FAMILIES TO HAVE A VOICE IN THIS INPUT. THAT'S GREATLY APPRECIATED. BUT AS MEMBER HARRIS SAID, NO MATTER WHICH WAY YOU SLICE IT, SOME ARE GOING TO BE HAPPY. SOME ARE GOING TO BE UNHAPPY. AND WE KNOW THAT. SO I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO THANK ALL OF THE PARENTS WHO CALLED IN WITH THEIR CONCERNS AND THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS AS WELL AS OUR PUBLIC SPEAKERS TODAY. BUT, YOU KNOW, AS AN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION, OUR FOCUS IS REALLY THAT, THE EDUCATION OF STUDENTS, AND FOR ME, WHILE THERE ARE THE RESIDUAL EFFECT OF THIS CHANGE, THE PRIMARY REASON FOR THIS CHANGE ARE THE 12,000-PLUS STUDENTS THAT WE ARE DELIVERING TO SCHOOL LATE EVERY DAY. THAT CERTAINLY CREATES ANEN EQUITY IN EDUCATION. AND THAT HAS TO BE FIXED. AND WE TALKED ABOUT THAT DURING THE LAST PROPOSAL. AND I THINK THIS PROPOSAL DOES THAT, AND AS OUR FAMILIES, AND PARENTS, AND THE STUDENTS HAVE SPOKEN, I THINK THE RECOMMENDATION IS PROPER. WITH YOU THING I WANT TO GET A LITTLE CLARIFICATION ON BECAUSE DID IT COME UP ONCE. EVEN IN YOUR POWER POINT AND ON THE SA -- FAQ THAT YOU PROVIDED TO OUR FAMILIES IT SAYS THAT THIS PROPOSAL SHOULD SOLVE THE PROBLEM. WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE FACTORS BEYOND OUR CONTROL LIKE TRAFFIC OR ACCIDENTS OR THE OCCASIONAL BUS THAT MAY BREAK DOWN THAT WILL CAUSE OUR STUDENTS TO ARRIVE LATE. WE UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT ABSENT ALL OF THOSE FACTORS THAT ARE BEYOND OUR CONTROL, HOW LIKELY IS THIS GOING TO SOLVE OUR PROBLEM? ARE WE GOING TO GET ALL 12,000 STUDENTS TO SCHOOLS ON TIME?

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THAT IS THE MISSION THAT WE ARE ON AND THAT'S WHAT THE GOAL THAT WE ARE GOING TO ACCOMPLISH WITH THIS PLAN. I MEAN, YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE BENEFITS THAT THIS IS GOING TO PUT FOR ALL OF THOSE. NOT JUST THE MORNING BUT THE AFTERNOON. WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING IN THE MORNING, AS I SAID BEFORE, WE HAVE BEEN HAVING TO HAVE OUR BUSES ARRIVE WAY EARLY AT HIGH SCHOOLS, SOME STAFF AT HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN MONITORING STUDENTS BEFORE, CLOSELY MONITORING STUDENTS, IN ORDER FOR US TO GET BACK OUT ON THE ROADS AND BE ABLE TO GET OUR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS TO SCHOOL SO THEY CAN EAT A BREAKFAST, SO THEY CAN GET TO THEIR CLASSES. WE FORGET THERE'S A TRANSITION TIME WHEN STUDENTS GET OFF THE BUS IN THE MORNING. IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT ARRIVING AT 7:59 OR STARTING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AT 8:00. IT'S REALLY MAKING SURE THEY GET ON TIME TO HAVE ALL THOSE OTHER THINGS TAKEN CARE OF SO THEY ARE NOURISHED AND READY TO LEARN. NOW IN THE MORNING OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE THERE ON TIME. THERE'S NO INTERRUPTION IN THE MORNING BEFORE OUR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS ARRIVE AT SCHOOL. THERE'S NO OTHER BOWS ROUTES THAT THE BUSES ARE TAKING IN THE MORNING SO THEY WILL ARRIVE AT OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ON TIME IN THE MORNING ABSENT THE TRAFFIC OR SOMETHING THAT COMES UP THAT WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO PREDICT ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS. FROM THERE, THEN WE NOW HAVE THAT HOUR TO GET BACK OUT ON THE ROADS, AND TO GET OUR STUDENTS TO OUR HIGH SCHOOLS. REMEMBER, THEY DROP OFF AT 7:10, BEGINNING AT 7:20 TO 7:20 AT OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. HIGH SCHOOL DOESN'T STILL TILL 8:30. SO IT ALLOWS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO GETS TO SCHOOL, GET BREAKFAST, GET ON TO CLASS. BUT THAT OUR HOUR THAT OUR HIGH SCHOOLS ARE MONITORING STUDENTS IN THE MORNING ARE ABSENT. THEY ARE GETTING TO SCHOOL AT A TIMELY FASHION WHERE THEY CAN BE IN CLASS IN 20 TO 30 MINUTES AND THAT'S GOING TO CREATE A BETTER CULTURE FOR HIGH SCHOOLS TO START THEIR DAY OFF IN THE MORNING AND THAT'S ONLY AFTER THE 10:00 WORK HOURS THE NIGHT BEFORE AND THE GAMES THEY ARE DOING THE NIGHT BEFORE. THAT WILL BE A HUGE BENEFIT FOR THEM TO HAVE THAT EXTRA TIME. AND THEN ALLOWS US TO GET OUT ON THE ROAD. THE AFTERNOON THOUGH IS CRITICAL. BECAUSE IN THE AFTERNOON OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN DISMISSING FIRST. SO WE HAVE KIND OF DONE IT BACKWARDS IN THE AFTERNOON COMPARED TO WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN THE MORNING. AND WHAT HAPPENS OF COURSE, ELEMENTARY, FORMER ELEMENTARY SCHOOLTEACHER, OUR STUDENTS JUST SOMETIMES TAKE A LITTLE MORE TIME TO GET ON THE BUS. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE RITE ON THE RIGHT BUS, THAT THERE'S NO ISSUES THERE. THAT SOMETIMES DELAYS THE BUSES TO DROP OFF STUDENTS, ESPECIALLY HAVING KINDERGARTEN BUS DROP-OFF CHALLENGES, SAY A PARENT ISN'T AT A BUS STOP THAT CREATES THE DOMINO EFFECT. AND NOW OUR HIGH SCHOOLS THAT HAVE SUPPOSEDLY BEEN DISMISSING AT 3:00. THERE'S BUSES THAT NOT COMING TILL 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, AND THAT JUST THROWS OFF EVERYTHING ELSE. NOW WE SHOULD HAVE ALL BUSES IN THE ELEMENTARY BUS LOOP AT THE PROPER TIME TO DISMISS IN THE AFTERNOON. AND WE SHOULD HAVE EVERY BUS IN THE HIGH SCHOOL BUS LOOP AT THE PROPER DISMISSAL TIME TO HAVE STUDENTS FOR THE BUS SO THERE ARE NO LATE BUSES. THAT WILL BE A HUGE BENEFIT FOR KIDS TO GET HOME AT A PROPER TIME. THE MORNING TIME, THE BUS STOPS WON'T BE DELAYED WHEN PARENTS ARE WONDERING WHERE IS MY BUS? THERE'S JUST A LOT OF OTHER ANXIETY ISSUES THAT NOW WILL BE OUT OF THE SYSTEM TOTALLY. THEN BOTTOM LINE, KIDS ARE IN SEAT READY TO LEARN AND TEACHERS ARE GIVING THEIR BENEFITS.

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU SO MUCH. AND I FORGOT TO MENTION THE LAST THURSDAY I HAD THE COMPLETE HONOR OF RIDING ALONG ON A SCHOOL BUS, THE MORNING OF THE EARLY, EARLY MORNING BUS RIDE, WE DID HIGH SCHOOL, MIDDLE, AND ELEMENTARY. AND ON THE HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE ROUTE, I HAD A CHANCE TO REALLY SURVEY THE STUDENTS. AND I WANTED THEIR OPINION ABOUT WHAT THEY THOUGHT ABOUT THE BELL TIME CHANGE AND I WANTED THEM TO DEFEND THEIR POSITION, JUST LIKE THE SURVEY SAYS, THESE KIDS WERE ABSOLUTELY SPLIT LIKE RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE, THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BUS YES, THE LEFT SIDE OF THE BUS NO, AND THEY DEFENDED THEIR POSITION, KIND OF MADE OUR DECISION HARD. BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT NOBODY LIKES CHANGE EXCEPT FOR WHAT THEY DO, AND SO ONE THING I LEARNED ABOUT OUR KIDS, OUR KIDS, OUR STUDENTS, IS THAT THEY ARE VERY, VERY RESILL INTERCEPT. THEY ADAPT VERY EASILY. THEY HAD THE CONFIDENCE THAT WE WILL MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION AND I HAVE FAITH THAT OUR TEACHERS AND OUR FAMILIES WILL ALSO UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE MAKING THE BEST DECISION FOR OUR ENTIRE 215-PLUS-THOUSAND STUDENTS AND 26-PLUS THOUSAND STAFF. AND THIS IS TAKING EVERYONE INTO CONSIDERATION. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN TO EVERYONE FOR ALL THEIR INPUT.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I AM GOING TO MOVE TO OUR STUDENT BOARD MEMBER MRS. ASHLEY RUSSELL WHO ALSO WANTED TO COMMENT ON THIS ITEM.

>> I FOUND THAT WITH ANY SIGNIFICANT CHANGE, IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE BOTH THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE ASPECTS. SO I AM GOING TO BEGIN BY OFFERING A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PERSPECTIVE AND SAY THAT I VIEW THIS POTENTIAL BELL SCHEDULE CHANGE AS GENERALLY FOR THE POSITIVE FOR SEVERAL REASONS. SO STARTING AT THE BEGINNING OF THE DAY, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS GOING EARLIER AND HUE SCHOOL STUDENTS GOING LATER. SO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH YOUNGER SIBLINGS HAVE THE THEIR  SIBLINGS OFF TO SCHOOL, ASSUME THAT ROLE FOR THEIR PARENTS, IF THEIR PARENTS AREN'T ABLE TO, WHICH SOMETIMES THE OCCUR WAS WORK AND THINGS LIKE THAT. NOW, IN ADDITION I THINK STARTING LATER IN THE DAY MAKES IT SAFER FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BECAUSE NOW INSTEAD OF HAVING TO WAIT IN THE DARK AT 6:45, LIKE THEY DO NOW, AND WAKE UP AT 5:00 IN THE MORNING TO MAKE THAT TIME, IT ELIMINATES THAT CONCERN OF HAVING TO WAIT IN THE DARK IN THE MORNING AT 6:45 FOR THE BUS. ALSO PERTAINING TO THE CHANGE IN BELL SCHEDULE, I THINK IT'S BENEFICIAL TO HELP HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BECAUSE IT CATERS TO THE FACT THAT TEENAGERS ARE NATURALLY MORE COGNIZANT LATER ON IN THE DAY. AND IN OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHERE THEY MADE A SIMILAR CHANGE, SHOWN IMPROVEMENT IN ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, AND DUE TO THE FACT THAT IT INCREASES ALERTNESS EARLIER ON IN THE DAY BECAUSE THEY ARE GETTING MORE TIME IN THE MORNING. NOW, REGARDING THE MIDDLE SCHOOL CHANGE IN BELL SCHEDULES STARTING AT 9:25, I THOUGHTED IT WAS A LITTLE CONCERNING BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, MOST PARENTS GO TO WORK AROUND 8:30, 9:00. THEY LEAVE EARLIER. SO THAT LEAVES ABOUT AN HOUR-PLUS OF TIME FOR YOUNGER STUDENTS TO BE UNSUPERVISED, YOU KNOW. SO I THINK IF WE ARE GOING TO MAKE THIS EFFECTIVE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS, IN PARTICULAR, I THINK THEY ARE DEFINITELY GOING TO HAVE TO BE SUPPORTED AND FOLLOWED THROUGH IN THE MORNINGS WITH PROGRAMS FOR THEM. BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T WANT TO HAVE THEM, YOU KNOW, WITH AN HOUR TO JUST BE UNSUPERVISED. ULTIMATELY, I BELIEVE THIS BELL SCHEDULE CHANGE HAS A POTENTIAL TO BE EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE. BUT I THINK IT NEEDS TO BE PAIRED WITH THE PROPER ADJUSTMENTS, AND FOLLOW-THROUGH.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MISS RUSSELL. WE APPRECIATE YOU BEING HERE TONIGHT. I WAITED TO GO LAST. IT'S FUNNY, WE HAVE I ALL CALL THEM THE BIG Bs THAT WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH UP HERE. WE HAD BUDGET. WE HAVE HAD BUSING. WE HAVE HAD BOUNDARIES. AND NOW BELL TIMES. SO WE NEED TO MOVE OUT OF THE Bs, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, AND ONTO ANOTHER LETTER. I THINK THAT I'M ACTUALLY QUITE SURPRISED AT WHERE WE ARE. I REMEMBER IN THE SPRING, WHEN MRS. HARRIS SUGGESTED WE WERE GETTING A LOT OF COMMENTS AND A LOT OF INFORMATION FROM CONSTITUENTS ABOUT THE BELL TIME THAT WAS SUGGESTED IN THE SPRING, AND MRS. HARRIS MADE THE SUGGESTION THAT WE PULL BACK A LITTLE BIT AND GO BACK OUT TO THE PUBLIC AND ASK FOR THEIR INPUT, AND WE DID. AND SO I APPLAUD THE SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. MR. FARKAS' TEAM AND MRS. SIMMONS FOR PUTTING TOGETHER NOT JUST SUM ULTIMATE OR BUT THE MODEL AND FOR THE PEOPLE WHO CAME OUT -- SIMULATOR AND THE MODEL AND FOR THE PEOPLE WHO CAME OUT WITH WHATEVER SCHEDULE, THERE WERE NUMEROUS SCHEDULES THAT THEY COULD HAVE CHOSEN FROM. BY THE TIME YOU GOT TO THE F MODEL I'M NOT SURE YOU EVEN KNEW WHAT DAY YOU WERE IN ANYMORE. BUT I AM PLEASANTLY SURPRISED. I HAVE TO TELL YOU, MY HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR IS NOT HAPPY WITH THIS BECAUSE SHE MISSES OUT ON ALL OF THIS BUT MY FRESHMAN IS DULUTH DELIGHTED OH WHO GETS TO GO LATER. I THINK THIS IS LONG OVERDUE. IT'S A THOUGHT-OUT PROCESS. I THINK WE LEARNED FROM THE PROCESS THAT WE PUT IN PLACE BEFORE, I HAPPY HOLIDAY SOMEWHERE, SOMEONE IS DOCUMENTING THIS PROCESS SO THAT WE HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE FOR THE NEXT LETTER THAT WE MOVE ONTO, BECAUSE I'M DONE WITH IF Bs. WITH WILLING THAT, BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE DONE WITH THIS ITEM, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO PULL THIS ITEM AND VOTE SEPARATELY SO WE CAN MOVE ON, OR IF YOU WANT TO JUST LEAVE IT ON CONSENT. MRS. HARRIS. IS THAT A MOTION? THERE'S A MOTION TO PULL THIS ITEM FOR SEPARATE VOTE. THERE IS A SECOND BY MRS. VALDES. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE VOTING RIGHT NOW JUST TO PULL THIS FOR A SEPARATE VOTE. PLEASE, IF THERE'S NO DISCUSSION, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. IT'S UNANIMOUS. SO I NEED A MOTION TO APPROVE THIS ITEM AS WRITTEN. THE MOTION BY MRS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. WE HAVE A NEW BELL SCHEDULE FOR THE 18-19 SCHOOL YEAR WITH, I ASSUME, IS GOING TO BE HEAVILY COMMUNICATE OUT TO THE PUBLIC. SO THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A TEN-MINUTE RECESS AND WE WILL RECONVENE RIGHT AT 6:00 WITH EMPLOYEE COMMENTS.

>>Cindy Stuart: IF EVERYONE COULD FIND THEIR SEATS WE ARE GOING TO RECONVENE. (SOUNDING GAVEL) WE ARE RECONVENING THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND WILL START WITH EMPLOYEE COMMENTS. AT THIS TIME, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IF YOU COULD FIND YOUR SEAT, WE WILL TAKE EMPLOYEE COMMENTS. EVEN THOUGH WE HEAR PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING, IT IS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT FOR OUR EMPLOYEES OF OUR DISTRICT TO ATTEND MEETINGS THAT START AT 3:00. THERE ARE MANY WAYS FOR OUR EMPLOYEES TO MAKE THEIR VOICES AND COMPLAINTS HEARD THROUGH OUR UNION REPRESENTATIVES, E-MAILS, PHONE CALLS AND COMMENTS WITH THIS BOARD. PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING. THE BOARD DOES WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU WITH THIS SECTION OF OUR AGENDA. WE ARE CREATING AN AVENUE FOR OUR EMPLOYEES TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD. WE ARE SETTING ASIDE 30 MINUTES FOR EMPLOYEES TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD AT THIS TIME ABOUT ANY ISSUES THEY HAVE ON THEIR MANED. THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A DISCUSSION OR BACK AND FORTH CONVERSATION ABOUT A SPECIFIC AGENDA ITEM ON TONIGHT'S AGENDA BUT RATHER AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD ABOUT ANY ISSUES YOU HAVE IN YOUR JOB OR RELATED TO THE DISTRICT. AT THIS TIME, WE HAVE 17 SPEAKERS. WITH THAT WE WILL REDUCE SPEAKING TIME TO 2 MINUTES SO WE CAN STAY UNDER OUR 30 MINUTE TIME FRAME. BOARD MEMBERS, I WILL CALL THE FIRST THREE SPEAKERS, FULL LINE UP TO MY LEFT. JODY PELATAR AND JENNIFER MILLER FOLLOWED BY VALERIE TOUCHMAN. WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.

>> THANK YOU. MY NAME IS JODY PELATAR, A SECOND GREAT TEACHER. II WANT TO THANK YOU THE WAY YOU TREATED US DURING THE ARE HURRICANE. WAS APPRECIATED. I ALSO WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO BOARD MEMBER SNIVELY FOR PUTTING ON YOUR FACEBOOK THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EQUITY AND EQUALITY. THERE'S A HUGE DISTINCTION BETWEEN THE TWO WORDS AND NOT EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THAT. APP TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TIME FIGHTING FOR EQUITY IN THE CLASSROOM, IF WE TREATED EVERYONE EQUALLY THE MAJORITY OF STUDENT WOULD NOT GET THE EDUCATION THEY NEED OR DESERVE. ANOTHER ISSUE THAT I HAVE GREAT CONCERNS ABOUT AND WANT TO DISCUSS WITH YOU IS ABOUT THE STEP INCREASE AND YOUR EXPERIENCE. WHEN WE AGREED TO THE NEW SCALE WE WERE TOLD IT WOULD BE BASED ON YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. I REALIZE WE NEED TO NEGOTIATE ON A YEARLY BASIS BUT WHAT I FAIL TO UNDERSTAND IS WHY THE THIS IMPORTANT TOPIC OUR SALARIES ARE NOT SCHEDULED BEFORE THE SCHOOL YEAR STARTS. IT'S OCTOBER 17 AND WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR OUR RIGHTFUL INCREASE. I'M A SINGLE MOTHER AND SOLE PROVIDE FOR MY CHILDREN. BEING IN THE PROFESSION REQUIRES AT LEAST A COLLEGE DEGREE. I SHOULD BE ABLE TO PROVIDE FOR MY FAMILY. HOWEVER, I STRUGGLE THROUGH THE DAY TO PROVIDE BASIC NECESSITATES. YEAR AFTER YEAR I GO ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR MY STUDENTS AT SCHOOL. I HAVE MET THE CRITERIA TO BE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE. YOU HELD UP MY END OF THE DEAL. I AM NOT ASKING FOR ANYTHING MORE THAN WHAT WAS AGREED UPON. THE DIFFERENCE IN PAY WILL MAKE MY LIFE A LITTLE EASIER. I DO HAVE FAITH THAT YOU WILL MAKE THE RIGHT DECISION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEAS KEEP YOUR CELEBRATION OR WE ARE GOING TO RUN OUT OF TIME IF YOU DON'T. JENNIFER MILLER FOLLOWED BY VALERIE DICKMAN. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.

>> HEADACHES, MUSCLE PAIN, FATIGUE, TROUBLE SLEEPING, LACK OF FOCUS, IRRITABILITY, INCREASED ADDICTION, THINGS WE DON'T WANT FOR OURSELVES AND CERTAINLY NOT FOR OUR CHILDREN. ALL OF OUR COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF STRESS. MANY FAMILIES ASSOCIATED WITH OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT ARE DEALING WITH THESE RIGHT NOW. THE SCHOOL BOARD NEEDS TO STEP UP AND PROTECT ITS STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES. SOME OF THE STRESS COMES FROM THE STATE, AND REQUIREMENTS FOR STANDARDIZE TESTING, TOO MUCH CURRICULUM TO TEACH EFFECTIVELY IN ONE YEAR, INADEQUATE FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS AND HB 7069. SEVERAL DISTRICTS IN THE STATE ARE SUING FLORIDA OVER THE FORM HARP WHICH BENEFITS CHARTER SCHOOLS. NOT OUR DISTRICT. WE CONTINUE TO EXTEND CONSTRUCTION DEADLINES MULTIPLE TIMES AND WELCOME NEW CHARITIES. OUR DISTRICT NEEDS TO ADVOCATE FOR OUR STUDENTS AT THE STATE LEVEL. CUTTING SIX WEEKS OF SPRING TESTING DOWN TO FOUR WEEKS IS NOT AN ACCOMPLISHMENT WHEN THE NUMBER OF TESTS TAKEN BY MOST STUDENTS DIDN'T DID HE DECREASE. THE CALENDAR IS CONDENSED BY A THIRD. THE DISTRICT OFFERS SPRING TESTING HAS ALGEBRA ONE AND TESTING FROM APRIL 16 THROUGH 20 BETWEEN HURRICANE DAYS AND THE NEW TESTING WINDOW, THIS YEAR'S STUDENTS HAVE 22 FEWER DAYS TO MASTER THE SAME CONTENT OF THE HIGHEST STATE TEST THEY FACE. DON'T PASS, DON'T GRADUATE. DURING IRMA, DECISIONS MADE WITH THE GREATEST IN MIND BUT WHAT SHALL ABOUT MAKEUP DAYS? WHEN THE DISTRICT DECIDED ONLY FOUR HOURS TO SEVEN DAYS WOULD BE REPLACED, DID SO WITH STUDENTS IN MIND? BOARD MEMBERS THINKING LET'S GIVE THESE CHILDREN EVERY OPPORTUNITY AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE SUCCESSFUL, OR WERE THEY THINKING DON'T WANT TO BE VOTED OUT BY PEOPLE WHO HAVE TO CHANGE VACATION PLANS? DID AND YOUR EMPLOYEES, SO MANY OTHERS WERE GRATEFUL THAT THE DISTRICT MOVED UP PAYDAY BEFORE IRMA. THANK YOU. MOST OF US CANNOT AFFORD TO GO WITHOUT A PAYCHECK. PLEASE AGREE TO SALARY CONDITIONS AND GET A CONTRACT IN PLACE BEFORE OUR STUDENTS HAVE TEACHERS WHO ARE LITERALLY WORRIED SICK OR WORSE YET NO TEACHER AT ALL.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. MILLER. MRS. TICKMAN. YOU CAN WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.

>> THE LAST TIME I ADDRESSED YOU, I BROUGHT A VISUAL AID, THE TEACH OAR MORALE GRAPH. I TOLD YOU EACH THOUGH MORALE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE AT ITS HIGHEST, IT WASN'T. HERE IT IS THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER, THE TIME TEACHER MORALE IS AT ITS LOWEST AND I AM GOING TO TELL YOU THAT WE ARE TIRED. BUT WE ARE NOT TIRED JUST BECAUSE THE DAY-TO-DAY OF OUR JOBS. WE ARE TIRED OF NOT FEELING VALUED BY DISTRICT LEADERSHIP. I HONESTLY CAN'T BELIEVE SOME OF THE COMMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE IN THIS ROOM GENERALIZING THE BEHAVIOR OF EMPLOYEES IN THIS DISTRICT. HAVING A TITLE DOES NOT MAKE ONE A LEADER. THAT HAS TO BE EARNED. A TRUE LEADER INSPIRED PEOPLE. SOME OF THE THINGS WE HAVE HEARD OR EXPERIENCED HAVE BEEN LESS THAN INSPIRING. IT'S NOT JUST WHAT YOU SAY, IT'S WHAT YOU DO. FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW OUR TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF ARE WORKING MONTHS WITHOUT A CONTRACT. WE CONTINUE TO SERVE THE CHILDREN OF THIS COMMUNITY WHILE YOU BROUGHT NOTHING TO THE TABLE BUT A HIGH PRICED ATTORNEY. AT THESE BOARD MEETINGS I OFTEN HERE PRAISE GIVEN NEW LEADERSHIP FOR THE DAYS OF BULLYING AND DISRESPECT ARE GONE. I RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE. YOUR EMPLOYEES, TEACHERS, ESPs, CUSTODIAL, CLERICAL, CAFETERIA, EVEN THE NURSES, FEEL THE CLIMATE FOR EMPLOYEES OF THIS DISTRICT HAS GOTTEN WORSE OVER TIME, NOT BETTER. MR. EAKINS, SINCE YOU HAVE BEEN SUPERINTENDENT, YOU AND THE BOARD HAVE MADE EMPLOYEES WAIT WELL INTO THE HOLIDAY SEASON FOR OUR CONTRACTS TO BE RAHED RATIFIED. WE ARE NOT BUYING INTO THE EXCUSE OF UNCERTAINTY WHEN MOST DISTRICT IN OUR AREA HAVE COME TO TERM WITH THEIR EMPLOYEES. THREE YEARS YOU HAVE BEEN SUPERINTENDENT AND EVERY YEAR YOUR EMPLOYEES HAVE HAD TO WAIT AND WORK MONTHS WITHOUT A CONTRACT. IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT TO BE YOUR LEGACY? THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS HEIDI GLITCH FOLLOWED BY JONATHAN HUNN AND ELIZABETH.

>> HI EVERYBODY. I BROUGHT THIS IS SAD ONE OF MY FEEL GOOD FEEL BAD. I READ IT AND BROUGHT IT BECAUSE OF ALL THE THINGS YOU ALREADY HEARD, LETTERS FROM PARENTS OVER THE LAST 37 YEARS. THANK YOU. YOUR LOVE AND DETERMINATION TO TEACH AND SPREAD YOUR KNOWLEDGE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED BY ALL. THROUGH MY YEARS IN SCHOOL I HAVENER MET A MORE DETERMINED TEACHER AS YOU. SOMEONE ONCE SAID THIS WILL GO DOWN AS THE ERA WHEN KIDS STOP BRINGING AN APPLE TO THE TEACHER AND BRING SOMETHING SHE'S SHE CAN REALLY USE, A BOX OF EXCEDRIN. I FEEL TEACHERS DON'T GET ENOUGH RESPECT OR MONEY FOR YOUR JOB. YOU ARE TRULY A TEACHER, OPT IN MIST AND MOST OF ALL A FRIEND. YOU PRESENTED A PERSONALITY THAT WE CAN ADD MEASURE AND LOOK UP TO. THANK YOU FOR BEING YOURSELF AND ALL THE KNOWLEDGE. ALSO I WOULD LIKE TO THANK GOD FOR GIVING THE WORLD A PERSON LIKE YOU. DEAR MRS. GLICK. HOW ARE YOU? I AM WRITING TO SHOW MY APPRECIATION OF HOW GRATEFUL I AM TO HAVE YOU AS A TEACHER. ONE, YOU RELATE TO YOUR STUDENTS. TWO, YOUR UNDERSTANDING. THROW CLASS. FOUR, YOU ARE MORE THAN A BORING SCHOOLTEACHER. FIVE, YOU ARE FUNNY. SIX, YOU ARE VERY HELPFUL IN THE WAY YOU PREPARE US FOR THE REAL WORLD INSTEAD OF SUGARCOATING US WITH THE COLD TRUTH THAT MAKES YOU A GREAT TEACHER. DEAR MRS. GLICK I.WANTED TO SAY THAT I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME THIS QUARTER. YOU HAVE PUSHED ME TO DO MY BEST AND THAT'S WHAT BEING A TEACHER REALLY MEANS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I LOVE YOUR SARCASM -- HAPPY TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE. FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS THAT I HAVE BEEN HERE, I HAVE DONE TEACHER APPRECIATION PROJECTS WITH MY STUDENTS. LAST YEAR, THEY WERE SENT TO 27 DIFFERENT HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS AND 175 TEACHERS GOT LETTERS JUST LIKE THESE. THE STUDENTS PRECIOUS. NOW IT'S TIME FOR YOU GUYS TO PRECIOUS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Cindy Stuart: OKAY. I AM GOING TO ASK POLITELY ONE MORE TIME FOR YOU TO ELIMINATE THE CELEBRATION AFTER EVERY SPEAKER OR WE WILL END COMMENT AND MOVE ON WITH THE AGENDA. PLEASE. WE ARE TRYING TO GET THROUGH THIS. WE HAVE GIVEN YOU THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AND IT'S RESPECTFUL TO ALLOW US TO HEAR AND FOR EVERYONE TO HAVE TIME TO SPEAK. MR. HUNT, WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.

>> MY NAME IS JONATHAN HUNT, A MUSIC SPECIALIST AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL. WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME WHAT I DO I OFTEN TELL THEM I HAVE THE GREATEST JOB IN THE WORLD, I MAKE MUSIC WITH KIDS ALL DAY LONG. I CONSIDER MYSELF VERY LUCKY TO BE PART OF THAT. I'M A FOURTH GENERATION TEACHER IN MY SIXTH YEAR, ALTHOUGH YEAR FIVE HAS YET TO BE RECOGNIZED. I LOVE WAY DO AND GRATEFUL TO BE PART OF THE DISTRICT THAT PREPARES STUDENTS FOR LIFE OF A MEANINGFUL EXPRESSION AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL. YOU TEACH 318 STUDENTS TWICE A WEEK AND OWN TO OF MY CONTRACT I RUN FOUR DIFFERENT LEVEL SOURCE, FOTOG GROUP, ALSO PARTNERED WITH A NONPROFIT INSTRUMENTS OF CHANGE IN AN AFTER SCHOOL BAND PROGRAM CURRENTLY WITH 50% OF AT NO COST TO FAMILIES. I AM CONSISTENTLY EVALUATED AT HIGHLY EFFECTIVE LEVEL 4 OR 5 IN BAND SCORES, AT LEAST AS I NEW YORK CITY I HAVEN'T GOTTEN MINE FOR THE LAST YEAR YET. MY COLLEAGUES GAVE ME TEACHER OF THE YEAR WHICH IS A AN AMAZING HONOR. A STATISTIC THAT MANY NEW TEACHERS LEAVE WITHIN THEIR FIRST FIVE YEARS. I AM GLAD I MADE IT PAST THAT POINT. REGARDLESS OF WHAT DISTRICT EMPLOYS ME I'M SURE THAT TEACHING IS MY CALLING. I WANT TO BRING TO TREND SOMETHING THAT I FIND FRUSTRATING AS SOMEONE DEDICATED TO MY ART STUDENTS. I WAS AT WORK FOR SEVEN WEEKS BEFORE THE CONTRACT WAS RATIFIED. THE SECOND YEAR WAS TEN WEEKS. THE THIRD YEAR 2014 WAS 8.5 WEEKS. THE FIFTH YEAR 18 WEEKS. LAST YEAR WE MOVED TO DIGITAL RATIFICATION WHICH SHOULD SPEED THINGS UP A LITTLE BIT. IT TOOK 14 WEEKS.  THIS YEAR WE HAVE BEEN IN SCHOOL FOR TEN WEEKS AND. I SUSPECT MY STUDENTS TO HOLD THEMSELVES ACCOUNTABLE TO THEIR WORK. I'M ASKING THE BOARD TO RECOGNIZE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WE HAVE WORKED VERY HARD TO COMPLETE INCLUDING COST OF ADJUSTMENT AND KEEP OUR DISTRICT COMPETITIVE WITH SURROUNDING STATES THAT HAVE ALREADY AGREED THEIR NEGOTIATIONS. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: MISS ABRA HALL OF FAME, YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES, FOLLOWED BY MRS. LEWENDOWSKI.

>> WELCOME COLLEAGUES AND HELLO BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. I'M ELIZABETH ABRAHAM, A FOURTH GRADE TEACHER AT VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND A PROUD TEACHER. I'M SPEAKING TONIGHT BECAUSE I JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU HOW GRATEFUL I AM TO WORK IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. IT'S THE 8th LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN OUR COUNTRY. I LOVE MY JOB. I LOVE MY CHILDREN THAT I SERVE. I'M GRATEFUL FOR IT. I'M GRATEFUL TO SERVE THESE STUDENTS EVERY DAY. IT IS HARD WORK BUT IT'S HEART WORK. THIS IS HOW I APPROACH MY CLASSROOM AS DO MANY TEACHERS ACROSS THIS DISTRICT. WE DO OUR JOBS NOT FOR ACCOLADES OR FOR THE EMPLOYER GLORY OF RICHES BUT FOR LEARNING NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE FROM. WE ARE JUST HOPING TO EARN A DECENT WAGE. THAT'S ALL, WHILE WE ARE DOING THIS GREAT WORK. I AM GRATEFUL FOR MY SCHOOL SITES WHERE WE HAD THE GREAT ADMINISTRATION THAT HAS CULTIVATED AN ENVIRONMENT OF RESPECT AND RAPPORT AMONG FACULTY AND STAFF. I'M GRATEFUL FOR MY COLLEAGUES WHO BRING THE BEST OUT IN EACH OTHER AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT STAFF AT OUR SCHOOL, WITHOUT ANY OF THEM OUR JOB WOULD BE DIFFICULT. I'M GRATEFUL FOR OUR SUPERINTENDENT. I'M GRATEFUL FOR THIS BOARD, ESPECIALLY HOW YOU SHOWED TREMENDOUS LEADERSHIP DURING THIS TERRIFYING HURRICANE SEASON. YOU MADE US PROUD TO BE PART OF HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY. SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, WE TRUST YOUR LEADERSHIP AND WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR IT. I'M GRATEFUL FOR CTA. I'M GRATEFUL FOR HOW THEY BARGAIN FOR TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF. THEY ADVOCATE FOR US. AND I'M GRATEFUL FOR GOOD THINGS. I'M HERE TODAY TO SINCERELY AND RESPECTFULLY ASK THAT WE COME TO THE TABLE AND BE TOGETHER CONSIDERING ONE ANOTHER BETTER THAN OURSELVES. AS A CLASSROOM TEACHER I'M HOPING THAT WE CAN BARGAIN. AFTER ALL WE ARE ALL ON THE SAME TEAM. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. ABRAHAM. MRS. LEWENDOWSKI. THANK YOU. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.

>> I'M STEPHANIE LEWENDOWSKI. I HAVE BEEN A TEACHER FOR TEN YEARS IN OUR DISTRICT. I ALSO HAVE A SECOND GRADE DAUGHTER. BASICALLY, I WAS SO HAPPY WHEN WE WERE PRESENTED A PAY SCALE IN WHICH I COULD PLAN FOR MY FAMILY. BASED ON OUR YEARS OF SERVICE. TO HAVE THAT SECURITY FROM YEAR  TO YEAR GAVE ME A WEIGHT OFF MY CHEST. LAST YEAR MY HUSBAND AND I DECIDED TO LIVE ON A TIGHTER BUDGET. PLANNED TO EXPAND OUR FAMILY. NOW THAT I AM EXPECTING, I DON'T KNOW IF I AM GOING TO GET THAT OR NOT. SO BASICALLY, I'M LIVING WITH UNCERTAINTY. THERE IS NO WORD IF THE BOARD IS GOING TO HONOR THE PAY SCALE THAT WE SIGNED UP FOR, THAT WE AGREED TO IN GOOD FAITH WITH YOU. SO I BEG YOU AS A BOARD, PLEASE REACH AND AGREEMENT TO HONOR THAT PAY SCALE SO THAT OUR FAMILY PLANNING THAT WE DO AS TEACHERS AND MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE LEAST AMOUNT OF TIME OUT OF THE CLASSROOM CA EFFECTIV THANKS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. LEWENDOWSKI. MRS. COBB.

>> GOOD EVENING. I'M HEAR TO SPEAK ABOUT THE STUDENTS ON THE ELEMENTARY BUSES WITH US IN THE MAGNET PROGRAMS. I HAD TO ANSWER THAT LAST WEEK WHERE A YOUNG LADY FROM DW WATERS TRIED TO SET FAIR TO ONE OF MY STUDENTS ON THE BUS. ONE KID, THIS IS LETTERS FROM THE STUDENTS THAT WAS ON THE BUS THAT DAY, ONE KID SAID THAT HE WAS GOING TO BEAT US UP. ONE OF US. BUT I AM A CHRISTIAN, AND I CARE ABOUT OTHERS. THE OTHER ONE SAID, DEAR MRS. COBB, I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT I AM VERY AFRAID TO RIDE THIS BUS. I FEEL SCARED. I DON'T FEEL SAFE RIDING THE BUS. I HAD OVER 20 CHILDREN SCARED CRYING. I FEEL THAT THESE DW WATERS SHUNTERS STUDENTS SHOULD NOT BE ON THE BUS WITH OUR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS. I ALSO HAVE THREE GRANDCHILDREN ON THE BUS WITH THEM. THEY ARE LEARNING EXTRA BAD BEHAVIORS. THEY ARE TEACHING THEM HOW TO TOUCH ON YOUNG LADIES WHERE THEY SHOULDN'T BE TAUGHT THOSE THINGS.

>> THANK YOU, MRS. COBB. ELLENINA RICE. I AM GOING TO CALL THE NEXT GROUP. MRS -- I'M SORRY. FOLLOWED BY -- THERE'S A JOHNSON, STEPHANIE JOHNSON AND NIENA FLAMINGO. GO AHEAD. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES. WELCOME.

>> THAT'S BASED ON WHAT WAS WRITTEN IN THE TAMPA TRIBUNE. ALSO USF DID A STUDY. WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT IS THAT'S A PART OF WHAT'S GOING ON. OKAY. FIRST OF ALL, BUS DRIVERS, THE BELL TIME THAT YOU ARE CHANGING, THE DRIVERS FEEL LIKE YOU SHOULD HAVE DISCUSSED THAT WITH EMPLOYEES BEFORE THE PUBLIC. SECOND OF ALL, THESE NEW FIELD TRIPS IN THE MORNING IS GOING TO AFFECT THE MONEY. THIRD OF ALL, WE TALK ALSO FOR THE ATTENDANTS. BUS DRIVERS AND ATTENDANTS ARE IN DEBT. BUS DRIVERS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE SALARIES AND THE COST OF LIVING, HAVE BOUGHT PROPERTY IN RURAL AND OTHER AREAS AND HAVE SKYROCKETED. WE BELIEVE BECAUSE OF I ALREADY READ IT. THEY FOUND HIGH STRESS BECAUSE OF SALARY SLOWLY GOING UP. NOW, MRS. MARY ELLIS SAID THAT THE BUS DRIVERS PATH HAS CHANGED AND THEY DO NEED TO COME SOMETHING.

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

>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. MY NAME IS JOHNSON AND I COME TO YOU FROM AREA 8, THAT'S DOWN NEAR RUSKIN, WIMAUMA AREA. I'M A PROUD BUS DRIVER THAT LIVES IN LAKELAND, FLORIDA. I COME HERE EVERY DAY IN MY CAR TO GET TO WORK. NOT ONLY MYSELF. I ALSO BRIANNA TEN DANTE AND ANOTHER DRIVER WHO IS NOT ABLE TO HAVE THE PROPER VEHICLE TO MAKE IT TO WORK EVERY MORNING. I'M UP AT 4:00 JUST TO TRY TO GET READY. I'M ON THE ROAD 4:25. AND THEN I PICK THEM UP. SOME OF THEM ARE SO DOWN THAT WE ALL SAY A PRAYER BEFORE WE GET ON THAT BUS. I HAVE A DAUGHTER THAT JUST STARTED COLLEGE AT FIU. I CAN'T EVEN SEE MY BABY YET BECAUSE OF THE PAYROLL IS SO LOW. I'M UP EVERY MORNING WITH YOUR CHILDREN AND MY CHILDREN WITH A BIG OLD SMILE WHILE HURTING INSIDE. I DON'T KNOW IF LAKELAND REGIONAL WILL BE SHUTTING OFF MY LIGHTS BECAUSE I HAVE NO MONEY TO PAY FOR THEM. I DON'T KNOW IF I AM GOING TO MAKE IT HOME BY WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY, LIKE MONEY FOR FUEL. OR ME AND MYSELF, WE DON'T KNOW WHERE MONEY IS GOING TO COME FROM, TO BE HONEST. BUT I CONTINUE TO LOVE OUR KIDS MORNING, NOON, AS WELL AS NIGHT. I DO FIELD TRIPS. AND I'M VERY HAPPY WITH OUR UNION. I FEEL THAT THE UNION DOES NOT BACK US AT ALL. MY $2 CAN GO -- MY $22 CAN GO SOMEWHERE ELSE TO MY BABY OR MY POCKET. I HAVE YET TO FEEL LAKE A WOMAN IN THESE PAST COUPLE OF MONTHS BECAUSE I AM UNABLE TO PAY ANYTHING. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. FLAMINGO FOLLOWED BY CATHY HIROVE, AND ANGELA MURGOFF. MEYIA FLEMING? WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.

>> GOOD EVENING. I WANT TO SPEAK ON THE 14th AMENDMENT, EQUAL PROTECTION, THAT TOOK EFFECT IN 1868. AT THIS THIS MOMENT I AND OTHER DRIVERS HAVE BEEN VIOLATED BUTT 14th AMENDMENT. MR. CULPEPPER HAS TAKEN ME AND OTHERS OFF THE OT LIST, DUE TO THE FIGHT THEY HAVE BEEN GIVEN A RESPONSIBILITY TO CALL US AND THEY FAILED TO DO SO. SO BECAUSE OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY AND LACK OF CONSISTENT DRIVER PAY FOR THE MISTAKE THAT WAS GIVEN BY PAM COLEMAN, IT IS MY BELIEVE BELIEF THAT BY DEPRIVING ME OR MY COLLEAGUE OF THE RIGHT TO A BASIC LIVING, AND ON THE DUE PROCESS, YOU DO NOT REMOVE PEOPLE WITHOUT ADIEU PROCESS. BECAUSE SOMEONE ELSE MADE A MISTAKE. I AM DISAPPOINTED IN THE INCONSISTENCY OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I MYSELF ENJOY THE KID. I ENJOY MY WORK. BUT I DO NOT ENJOY THE INCONSISTENTS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TRANSPORTATION. IT IS NOT EXHIBIT. IT'S NOT FAIR. AND WE ARE ALL TREATED UNPAID EQUAL -- UNEQUAL. BASICALLY ALL I'M SAYING, WE NEED A BETTER SYSTEM. YOU GUYS ARE NOT GOING TO HAVE NO DRIVERS. I LOVE MY KIDS BUT I CAN'T STAY AND LIVE OFF OF NOTHING. THE KIDS SEE US BEFORE THEY SEE THE TEACHER. AND WE ARE A TEAM BUT WE ARE NOT A TEAM BECAUSE IT'S BREAKING UP. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. CATHY -- I CAN'T READ WHAT'S WRITTEN HERE. I CAN'T PRONOUNCE YOUR LAST NAME. WOULD YOU PLEASE GIVE US YOUR NAME?

>> CATHY CONOFF. HI. I'M CATHY CONOFF, A TEACHER AT GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL, IN MY LAST YEAR OF TEACHING. AND IT'S REALLY INTERESTING AT THIS TIME. I WILL NOT HAVE AN ADVANTAGE ON THE STAFF BECAUSE I AM LEAVING ACTUALLY BEFORE THE NEXT STEP. BUT I AM GOING TO SPEAK TODAY FOR THOSE TEACHERS WHO WOULD RECEIVE A STEP THIS YEAR. THERE WAS A PROMISE MADE. WE GAVE UPSETTER RIGHTS IN ORDER TO HAVE THIS STEP SYSTEM. A PROMISE THAT APPEARS NOT TO BE KEPT. WHAT WILL BE THIS DISTRICT'S REPUTATION IF IT FAILS TO KEEP THAT PROMISE? WHAT WILL BE THE IMPACT ON RECRUITMENT? WHAT WILL BE THE IMPACT ON OUR RETENTION AS OTHER DISTRICTS KEEP THEIR PROMISES AND WE DON'T? THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. ANGELA MUROCCA, SARSENIA BROWN.

>> MY NAME IS ANGELA, BEEN A DRIVING, STARTED IN 83. BASICALLY THIS WILL BE MY LAST YEAR BUT I AM HAVING A LITTLE PROBLEM THIS YEAR, BEEN DENIED TWICE ON MY PARKING LOCATION. I HAVE TO LEAVE IN THE MORNING, EARLY IN THE MORNING. I HAVE TO DRIVE EVERY DAY TO BALLAST POINT. AND I EVEN ASKED IF THEY DON'T HAVE TO PAY ME BUT JUST LET ME PARK, AND I AM GOING TO BE LEAVING IN MARCH, AND I WOULD LIKE THIS SAYING BECAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF DRIVERS AND THEY PROBABLY HAVE THIS PROBLEM. I WANT YOU GUYS TO WATCH OUT FOR THEM. BECAUSE I AM GOING TO BE GONE. BUT THEY NEED TO HAVE THIS PROBLEM TAKEN CARE OF. THEY DENIED ME TWICE. MY PARKING, I WANT TO BE ABLE TO PARK AT PALM RIVER. BUT OTHER DRIVERS, THEY ARE ABOUT ONE MILE DID YOU HAVE AND THEY HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO CHANGE THEIR PARKING LOCATION. I THINK THEY SHOULD BE FAIR WITH EVERYBODY. AND THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. STEPHANIE BROWN? WELCOME. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.

>> GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS SAFINIA BROWN. I HAVE BEEN WITH THE DISTRICT 18 YEARS. I'M I'M ONLY MAKING $13 AN HOUR. I CAN'T EVEN SURVIVE. I GOT TWO KIDS THEY'VE GOT TO SUPPORT. I COME FROM OLDSMAR EVERY DAY TO GO WAY DOWN SOUTH TO MINEER FOUR TIMES A DAY. CAN'T EVEN AFFORD GAS. I CAN'T EVEN AFFORD TO BUY FOOD IN MY HOUSE. I CAN'T PAY MY RENT. PLUS COMPANY DON'T WANT TO PAY US. I GOT A LOT OF RESPONSIBILITY UNDER MY BELT. WE GOT ESE, I HAVE A LOT OF RESPONSIBILITY THAT I HAVE TO WORK WITH ON THE BACK OF THAT BUS. WE DON'T GET NO KIND OF SUPPORT. OTHERS ARE AFRAID TO COME AND SPEAK UP. I KNOW SOME OF THESE ATTENDANTS ONLY BRING HOME 200 SOME DOLLARS. THEY CAN'T EVEN SURVIVE. THEY HAVE 18 YEARS ONLY MAKING $13 AN HOUR. I LOVE MY JOB. I LOVE THE KIDS. SOMETHING GOT TO GIVE. 18 YEARS, NO SUPPORT. (BELL SOUNDS) THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: NEXT WE HAVE ZELWANA LIGHT FOLLOWED BY MUNOZ.

>> GOOD MORNING, EVERYBODY. I DO THANK YOU ALL FOR LETTING ME BE HERE. I THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME HAVE A JOB HERE. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU. BUT WE DO HAVE A LOT OF CONCERNS. AND ONE OF THE CONCERNS IS TREATING EVERYONE RIGHT. THE BUS DRIVERS I HEARD ALL THE DIFFERENT SPEECHES, ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS GOING ON IN THE DISTRICT. BUT NEVER ONCE HAVE I HEARD THAT THE BUS DRIVER IS PART OF THE HELP, OF HELPING US OR SUPPORTING US. I HAVEN'T HEARD THAT ONE TIME. AND IF YOU LOOK AT IT, WE ARE THE FIRST PERSON THAT THE KIDS SEE. WE ARE THE FIRST PERSON AND THE LAST PERSON. SO THE THING ABOUT IT IS, WHEN YOU SEE THAT PERSON IN THE MORE THAN MORNING, SOME OF OUR KIDS GO HOME HUNGRY. SOME OF THE KIDS GO HOME ALONE. AND ME PERSONALLY, I KNOW I AM NOT DOING IT FOR THE MONEY BECAUSE I AM NOT MAKING IN A MONEY. I AM DOING IT FOR THE KIDS. BECAUSE I WANT TO TELL YOU SOMETHING. A LOT OF YOU DON'T KNOW, I BUY KIDS FOOD SOMETIMES OUT OF MY OWN POCKET. I DID IT FOR A WHOLE BUS LOAD OF KIDS. SO, YOU KNOW, IT'S NOT A BAD THING TO DO, BUT IT'S BAD BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. BUT I KNOW THEY ARE HUNGRY SO I WOULD RATHER THEM GET IT THAN MYSELF. SO ANOTHER THING IS THE BUSES WHERE THEY ARE MAKING US PARK, THAT'S NOT FAIR. I TIMED THE MAILAGE AND MINE WAS TEN MILES EVERY DAY. BACK AND FORTH. AND THAT'S A LONG WAY BECAUSE I TRAVEL EVERY DAY. WE HAVE SOMEWHERE THAT'S CLOSER THAT YOU CAN PARK. WITH ME PERSONALLY, I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM. I JUST DO WHAT I GOT TO DO. BUT SOME PEOPLE DON'T HAVE A CAR. SOME PEOPLE HAVE A RIDE. YOU ARE FORTUNATE TO GET SOMEBODY TO GIVE YOU A RIDE EVERY DAY. AND YOU HAVE GOT TO DO IT WITH A SMILE AND BE HAPPY. AND I'M TELLING YOU, A LOT OF BUS DRIVERS, I ONLY BRING HOME $400 EVERY TWO WEEKS. THAT'S $200 EVERY WEEK. AND I KNOW A BUILDING HERE COST MORE THAN THAT. AIN'T NOBODY HERE MAKE $200 A WEEK. NOBODY BUT THE BUS DRIVERS. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: ELIZABETH NONE OZ FOLLOWED BY -- NUNOS AND MARSHA ANDERSON. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.

>> MY NAME IS ELIZABETH MUNOZ. I COME TONIGHT BECAUSE I THINK IT'S NOT FAIR WHAT THEY ARE DOING WITH ALL THE DRIVERS. WE HAVE A LOT OF DRIVERS FEEL THEY ARE DISPLACED. THE WAY THEY ARE CUTTING THEIR TIME, MAKE THE JOB SO HARD TODAY. A LOT OF PEOPLE CANNOT AFFORD CARS. WE ONLY HAVE PAY FOR SEVEN HOURS A DAY. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE PAID 13, $14 AN HOUR, $600 EVERY TWO WEEKS. WE DON'T PAY BILLS WITH THAT. THAT DON'T PAY MY RENT, DON'T PAY MANY, MANY THINGS. EVERYBODY HERE, WE ARE FAMILY. WE GOT KIDS TO SUPPORT. AND WE ARE TRYING TO SURVIVE. AND THAT'S WHAT I ASK TO THE BOARD, PLEASE. WE ALL LOVE THESE JOBS BECAUSE WE US BUS DRIVERS, IT'S A HARD JOB.  IT'S A LOT OF RESPONSIBILITY. OUR RESPONSIBILITY IS ONLY THE KID. THE PEOPLE DRIVING IN THE STREET, WE ALL GOT STRESS. AND WE ARE TRYING TO BE TO TRY TO NOT THE FRUSTRATION. WE GO THROUGH EVERY DAY ABOUT TO SEE EVERY TWO WEEKS THE PAYCHECK, $600. YOU CANNOT PAY MY BILL WITH $600. AND WHAT YOU CALL TRANSPORTATION, EVERYTHING YOU CALL, NOBODY GOT AN ANSWER. EVERYBODY TELL YOU, YOU NEED TO CALL CULPEPPER. EVERYTHING IS RUNNING ABOUT CULPEPPER. YOU NEED TO CULL PETER FOR EVERYTHING. AND I WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON, NO NO ONE CAN ANSWER A QUESTION IN TRANSPORTATION, AND TRY TO HELP US. DON'T CALL US LITTLE PEOPLE LOCK HE CALLED ME. HE CAN BE LITTLE AND SPEAK WITH LITTLE PEOPLE. THANK YOU. HAVE A GREAT NIGHT.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. SEDRIA HUMPHREY AND MARSHA ANDERSON.

>> MRS. HUMPHREY? YOU ARE TWO MINUTES.

>> MY NAME IS -- I COME UP, I AM SUPPOSED TO GET PAID. BUT CULPEPPER, HE CHANGED MY TIME STUDY, BECAUSE WHAT HE WANTED TO BE, NOT WHAT I PUT DOWN OF WHAT I'M DOING. SO THAT'S ALL I GOT TO SAY. I JUST WANT TO GET PAID.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, THAT CONCLUDES OUR EMPLOYEE COMMENTS FOR THE EVENING. WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ON TO OUR NEXT SCHEDULED AGENDA ITEM GIVE ME A SECOND AND I WILL FIND WHERE I LEFT OFF. ITEM NUMBER 6.05, APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR APPROVE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH COMMITTEE FOR CHURN. MRS. GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: AGAIN, THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM IS AN AVOCATION OF HELPING THOSE WHO CANNOT HELP THEMSELVES. WE ARE NO POSITION, THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM, ACTUALLY HELPS THOSE WHO HAVE DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE PROBLEMS. AND I'M ALWAYS SAYING THAT IF THE PROGRAM DOES HELP THE PLETHORA OF FOLKS IN EVERY SOCIOECONOMIC LEVEL, THEN THIS PROGRAM SHOULD BE VERY, VERY WELL ESTABLISHED IN OUR SCHOOLS, AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF THEM. THEY ARE UNDER A GRANT ONE OF THE THINGS ABOUT PROGRAMS, THIS IS VERY DATA DRIVEN. IT DOES SHOW POSITIVE RESULTS FOR KIDS THAT HAVE ABUSE PROBLEMS. AND IT IS HELPING THEM TREMENDOUSLY. AND I THINK RATE NOW IN A NUTSHELL I AM GOING TO SAY I'M AN ADVOCATE OF THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM, DATA DRIVEN, VERY MUCH LIKE MENDEZ FOUNDATION, TYPE OF EMPHASIS. IT'S FOR OUR KIDS, THOSE WHO NEED IT MOST. AND THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO SAY ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR PROGRAM. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. THE NEXT ITEM IS NUMBER 6.06, APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH MENDEZ FOUNDATION AND YOU HAVE A COMMENT ON THIS AS WELL.

>>Lynn Gray: YEARS AGO THE MENDEZ FOUNDATION HAD OVER 90 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND THEY WERE IN THEREBY WITH THEIR ASTUTE PROGRAMS MATCHING NOT ONLY THE TOBACCO URGENCY OR MISUSE OF TOBACCO, BUT ALSO ALCOHOL. AND NOW WE ARE INTO THE DRUG A BUS. SO WHAT I'M SAYING, YEARS AGO IT WAS IN SIXTH GRADE. NOW IT'S IN THE EIGHTH GRADE. WE ARE SKIPPING THE SEVENTH GRADE. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MENDEZ ALSO BECOME STRONGER WITHIN OUR ENTIRE SCHOOL SYSTEM. THE KIDS NEED IT. THIS IS A DATA -- THIS IS THE GOLD STANDARD OF A PROGRAM, I BELIEVE, AND MOST OF YOU WHO ARE FAMILIAR WITH IT WOULD AGREE, TO HELP PROTECT OUR CHILDREN, AGAIN WHO ARE VULNERABLE TO HAVE ACCESS TO DRUGS AND TO BECOME OVERCOME BY ABUSE. SO AGAIN, WHEN WE JUST SAY DRUGS, WE HAVE TO INCLUDE ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO, MARIJUANA, AND NOW OPIOIDS, AND THE MENDEZ FOUNDATION, I BELIEVE, NEEDS TO BE -- WE NEED TO LOOK AT IT HARD AND WE NEED TO SEE IF WE CAN INCREASE THAT PARTICULAR PROGRAM IN OUR SCHOOLS, NOT DECREASE. AND THIS WILL BE COVERED IN A WORKSHOP THAT WE'LL V.BUT AT ANY RATE, THOSE ARE MY SENTIMENTS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THE NEXT ITEM IS 6.07, APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF I-READY LICENSES IN READING AND MATHEMATICS, READY INSTRUCTIONAL PRINT MATERIALS AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FROM CURRICULUM ASSOCIATES, HIGHLIGHTED IN AND NICOLE BINDER. MRS. HARRIS, GRAY, SHAMBURGER AND SNIVELY.

>> GOOD EVENING. I AM HERE TO HIGHLIGHT THE MOVE TO A K-5 DIAGNOSTIC OPTION FOR OUR SCHOOLS. IN AN EFFORT TO ENSURE ALL ASSESSMENTS WERE ALIGNED TO STATE STANDARDS WE BEGAN LOOKING AT REQUIRED DISTRICT-WIDE TESTS. DURING THIS REVIEW IT WAS DETERMINED THAT WHILE THE ACHIEVEMENT TEST IS A SOUND MEASURE, BEING THAT IT IS A NORM REFERENCE TEST THE RESULTS WERE NO LONGER PROVIDING GOOD INFORMATION REGARDING STUDENTS AND WHERE THEY WERE IN LEARNING STATE STANDARDS. THEREFORE WE SENT OUT A SURVEY TO TEACHERS IN GRADES 1 AND 2 AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS TO GARNER THEIR FEEDBACK. OF THE PRODUCTS WHICH WERE CURRENTLY IN PLACE AT SCHOOLS, WE ASKED WHICH THEY WOULD PREFER TO BE USED FOR TESTING. THE OPTIONS WERE I-STATION, I-READY, AND PEN, ALMOST 700 TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS RESPONDED. AFTER READING THE TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATOR COMMENTS, IT WAS DECIDED THAT A COMMITTEE WOULD BE CREATED TO FURTHER EXPLORE MOVING AWAY FROM FT PEN. THE COMMITTEE CONSISTED OF CURRICULUM, EXTENDED READING TIME OR ERT, GUIDANCE, CTA AND ASSESSMENT STAFF. AN ADDITIONAL SURVEY WAS WRITTEN ALONG WITH A SHORT MOVIE EXPLAINING THE THREE COMPARABLE PROGRAMS WHICH DID HAVE A MEASURE AND FT PEN. SCHOOLS WHICH TO VOTE FOR WHICH THEY WANTED TO USE FOR EVALUATION AT 1, 2 AND KINDERGARTEN. WHEN WE DETERMINED THE COMPARABLE PROGRAMS, WE NEEDED TO ALSO LOOK FOR AN APPROVED MEASURE FOR THIRD GRADE AS AN OPTION FOR PROMOTION. 83% OF SCHOOLS VOTED FOR I-READY. WE WERE STILL UNDER CONTRACT WITH I-READY AND THEY CONTINUED TO SUPPORT OUR ERD SITES THROUGH THIS PROCESS. AFTER THE VOTE WE BEGAN NEGOTIATION WAS I-READY TO PROVIDE THE DIAGNOSTIC MEASURES THREE TIMES A YEAR FOR ALL SITES ACROSS K-5. IN ADDITION TO THE DIAGNOSTICS, THE PLATFORM DOES HAVE AN INSTRUCTIONAL COMPONENT WHICH WILL BE OPTIONAL FOR ALL SITES. TO USE. E RT ALSO HAD THE OPTION THIS YEAR TO CHOOSE THEIR INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL AND THOSE WHO CHOSE I-READY WILL HAVE THE DIAGNOSTIC, INSTRUCTION, TOOL BOX, AND CONSUMABLE BOOKS AS THAT YOU ARE CHOICE FOR EXTENDED READING TIME INSTRUCTION. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THIS IS HIGHLIGHTED BY MRS. HARRIS, MRS. GRAY, MRS. SHAMBURGER AND MRS. SNIVELY WITH MRS. HARRIS AND MRS. GRAY HAVING A COMMENT. MRS. HARRIS.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU FOR THAT CLARIFICATION. AND I WOULD LIKE TO REITERATE WITH A QUESTION-STATEMENT KIND OF. SCHOOLS WHO CHOOSE TO USE OTHER PROGRAMS WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONTINUE USING THE OTHER PROGRAMS. FLEXIBILITY IS KEY BECAUSE WE ALL DON'T LEARN THE SAME WAY. CORRECT?

>> 100% CORRECT.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU.

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

>>Lynn Gray: LET ME JUST MAKE SURE THAT I AM CORRECT IN HEARING THAT THIS PARTICULAR I-READY WILL BE USED DIAGNOSTICALLY. OKAY. AND I WOULD AGREE THAT THE CURRENT, AS YOU AND DEBRA HAVE ALLUDED AND HAVE BEEN ACTUALLY -- YOU KNOW THE RESULT -- THEY DO NOT ALIGN WITH THE FSA STANDARDS. SO AS EDUCATORS THAT YOU ARE, YOU WANT TO FIND THE MOST PRACTICAL VEHICLE TO GET TO THAT POINT WHERE IT IS AN ALIGNMENT. NOW, WHAT HAS HAPPENED IS THE MONEY ATTACHED TO THIS IS HUGE. AND I UNDERSTAND, AND I WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE TO ACCOMMODATE AS AN EDUCATOR. BUT A FEW THINGS HAVE HAPPENED IN TERMS OF THE REALITY OF OUR BUDGETS, THAT MAKES IT, AT LEAST FOR ME, IMPOSSIBLE TO CONCUR THIS PARTICULAR EXPENDITURE. I AM SO SORRY, BUT RIGHT NOW, I THINK THAT I HAVE TO PUT A PAUSE ON ANY SPENDING RIGHT NOW. AND I SAY I. I CAN'T SPEAK FOR THE BOARD. BUT WE ARE -- AND I WILL LET THE SUPERINTENDENT MAYBE SHARE THE AMOUNT THAT WE ARE IN DEFICIT RIGHT NOW. BUT IT IS TOO MUCH MONEY FOR ME TO SAY YES. AND I APOLOGIZE. ESPECIALLY SINCE IT'S JUST DIAGNOSTIC. THE I-READY IS NOT AGREED TO BY ALL PRINCIPALS. I KNOW THERE ARE SOME THAT YES, AND THERE ARE MANY THAT ARE NOT. I KNOW THAT IN DUVAL COUNTY THEY USE ANOTHER SYSTEM. I KNOW THAT THE IMPROVEMENT MOLD, THE SKILL BY SKILL IS BEING USED BY SOME PRINCIPALS, THE MTSA, MULTIPLE SUPPORT SYSTEMS, ARE USED FOR STUDENTS IN THIRD GRADE. BROWARD COUNTY HAS THEIR THING. THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER POSSIBILITIES. HOWEVER, TO SPEND 2 MILLION ON JUST THE DIAGNOSTIC AT THIS POINT IN TIME, I JUST HAVE TO VOTE TO SAY THAT I CAN'T RECOMMEND THE EXPENSE AT THIS TIME. SORRY.

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

>>Tamara Shamburger: JUST FOR CLARIFICATION. WHAT ARE WE CURRENTLY SPENDING AND HOW MUCH IS THIS NEW CONTRACT?

>> THE NEW CONTRACT WHICH WOULD -- IT'S TWO FOLD. SO THERE'S THE TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS WHICH IS 1.7 MILLION. AND THEN THERE'S THE ERT FUNDING WHICH IS ABOUT $358,000. AND THOSE TWO COMBINED TOGETHER FOR 2.4 MILLION. LAST YEAR, IN DIFFERENT POCKETS, BECAUSE THE I-READY WAS PURCHASED IN SILOS, AND ALSO FOR READING AND ERT, WE SPENT ABOUT $5.6 MILLION. IT CAME FROM THE SCHOOLS BECAUSE ERT WAS ALSO FUNDED THAT WAY AS WELL. BUT THE SCHOOLS PURCHASED IT ON THEIR OWN. SO WE WERE SPENDING MORE MONEY ON I-READY LAST YEAR THAN WE WOULD BE SPENDING AS A DISTRICT THIS YEAR. SO.

>> SO IN ESSENCE, THAT MEANS THAT WE ARE GOING TO GET MORE -- WE ARE GETTING MORE USE, BROADER USE OF THE SYSTEM, RIGHT? AND FOR A SIGNIFICANT COST SAVINGS. CORRECT ARE?

>> YES, MA'AM.

>> MORE USE FOR --

>> AND WE ARE ALSO GOING TO NO LONGER FUND FT PEN SO THAT MONEY IS BACK AND COULD GO IN FOR HELPING TO FUND THE I-READY PURCHASE BECAUSE IT IS A K-5 OPTION. WE WILL BE LOOKING AT DATA POINTS ACROSS TIME, WHICH WILL BE ABLE TO BETTER PREDICT HOW WELL OTHER PROGRAMS ARE ALSO WORKING. SO WE WILL BE ABLE TO DO MUCH BROADER AND MORE SOUND EVALUATIONS BECAUSE WE WILL HAVE METRICS IN PLACE THAT WE CAN DO REGRESSION ANALYSES WITH AND OTHER KINDS OF DATA ELEMENTS SO WE CAN SEE IF SOMETHING DOES INDEED WORK ACROSS K-5.

>>Tamara Shamburger: WHAT HAPPENS IF THE BOARD DOES NOT APPROVE THIS? WHAT WOULD HAPPEN? ARE WE BACK TO A SYSTEM OUR TEACHERS INDICATED THEY DID NOT PREFER, WOULD NOT WORK? WHAT HAPPENS IF WE DO NOT USE I-READY?

>> IF WE DID NOT GO TO A DIFFERENT OPTION LIKE I-READY WE WILL HAVE TO LOOK AT PURCHASING A SCANNER. WE WILL HAVE TO STILL PURCHASE THAT PEN BOOK. THE SCANNER I AM TOLD WILL NOT WORK WITH THE VALUE THAT NEEDS TO BE SCANNED. A SCANNER IN AND OF ITSELF IS ABOUT $300 THAT YOU WITH THE SOFTWARE PACKAGE THAT WOULD NEED TO BE PURCHASED WITH IT. AND WE ARE ESTIMATING PRAISES, BECAUSE THE LAST TIME WE DID A THOROUGH ANALYSIS OF PURCHASING A SCANNER, BECAUSE THE FT PEN WOULD BE THE ONLY THING FOR THE SCANNER, IT WOULD WAS NOT COST EFFECTIVE TO GO THAT ROUTE FOR THE DISTRICT.

>> SO THIS IS THE BEST OPTION FOR US, IS WHAT YOU ARE SAYING?

>> YES, MA'AM.

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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

>>Lynn Gray: I WANT TO SAY YES. AND I WANT TO SAY THIS IS THE ONLY WAY. BUT I KNOW BETTER. YOU KNOW BETTER. WE ALL KNOW BETTER. WE ARE EDUCATORS. WE DON'T HAVE TO HAVE ANYTHING, PARTICULARLY TO BE EFFECTIVE. THIS WOULD MAKE IT A HELL OF A LOT BETTER, I AGREE. BUT WHEN THERE IS NO MONEY TO BE SPENT, WE HAVE TO FIND A TIME AND A PLACE WHERE WE HAVE TO SAY NO, BECAUSE WE SIMPLY DON'T HAVE THE FUNDS FOR THIS. GETTING TO MEMBER SHAMBURGER'S QUESTION, WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO? WELL, I LISTED 5 BUT IT WAS VERY QUICKLY SO HERE ARE FIVE EXAMPLES. THE MULTI-TIER SYSTEM OF SUPPORT, WHICH IS INCLUDING CONSISTENT SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION FOR ALL STUDENTS FROM THIRD TO FIFTH GRADE IS BEING USED RIGHT NOW WITH SOME OF THE SCHOOLS WITH SUCCESS. THE CIM MODEL, THE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT MODEL, MANY TEACHERS ARE USING THE SKILL BY SKILLS, OLD-FASHIONED BUT IT IS WORKING AND IT IS ALIGNING ITSELF SO THE STANDARDS CAN BE MET TO A POINT WHERE SUCCESS LOOKS TO BE PRETTY VALID. BACK TO BASICS APPROACH. USED AT WEST TAMPA ELEMENTARY. THEY ARE SCORING QUITE HEY ON THE FSA TESTS. BROWARD ELEMENTARY, THEY KEEP CONSISTENT FOCUS ON THE COLLABORATION MODEL. THEY ARE BEING SUCCESSFUL. ALL I'M SAYING IS IT'S A LOT OF MONEY AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THIS PARTICULAR DAY, OCTOBER 17th, AFTER FINDING OUT THE DEFICIT THAT WE HAVE FOR MYSELF TO SAY YES TO SUCH A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT WILL JUST BE USED AS A DIAGNOSTIC TOOL, AND I AM PROBABLY THE HARDEST PERSON TO SAY WHAT I'M SAYING NOW IN TERMS OF THE EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE THAT I'M HAVING RIGHT NOW. BUT THERE HAS TO BE A TIME WHEN WE HAVE TO SAY IN A MORE MONEY.

>> A POINT? GRAU GRAY PLEASE DO.

>> THE MEASURE IS DIAGNOSTIC OF ITSELF. HOWEVER THAT'S NOT SOLELY WHAT IT'S GOING TO BE USED FOR. WHAT WE ALSO NEED IS VALUE MEASURE FOR KINDERGARTEN 1 AND 2.  THIS TEST IS REPLACING A TEST THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE THAT IS NO LONGER BEING USED AS IT SHOULD AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL TO BE USED FOR DIAGNOSTIC PURPOSES AS WELL, WHICH IS AN ACHIEVEMENT TEST.  IF WE STAY WITH THE STANFORD ACHIEVEMENT TEST WE STILL VEHICLE TO PURCHASE THOSE BOOKLETS BECAUSE IT'S A PAPER PENCIL TEST. WE ALSO HAVE TO PURCHASE A SCANNER FOR THE IT DEPARTMENT SO THEY CAN SCORE THOSE DEFENDANTS LOCALLY.

>> WHAT IS THE COST OF THAT?

>> IT'S GOING TO BE PUSHING ALMOST A MILLION DOLLARS, FOR A TEST THAT PEOPLE AREN'T -- ACCORDING TO THE DATA, THE TEACHERS DON'T LIKE IT. IT'S NOT ALIGNED TO STANDARDS. IT'S A NORM REFERENCE TEST AND THEY HAVE DIFFICULTY FIGURING OUT WHERE THEIR KIDS ARE AND GOING FROM FIRST GRADE TO SECOND GRADE, TEACHERS HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT TIME DISCERNING THEIR GROWTH, BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE TEST IS ADMINISTERED. IN GRADE ONE THERE'S A LOT OF TEACHER SUPPORT WITHIN THAT MODEL BECAUSE THE STUDENTS, SOME OF THEM CAN'T READ YET. SO THERE'S DIFFERENCES THE WAY IT'S ADMINISTERED. SO IF THE STUDENT IS A READER AT GRADE ONE AND GOES TO GRADE TWO, THEY HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF PERFORMING HIGHER ON THAT TEST, BECAUSE THEY ARE GETTING THE ITEM TWICE. THEY ARE HEARING IT AND THEY CAN READ IT WHEREAS THE STUDENT WHO STRUGGLES WITH READING WOULD HAVE DIFFICULTY IN GRADE ONE. AT GRADE TWO WHEN THOSE KIDS ARE COMPLETELY OWN THEIR OWN TAKING THE TEST, THE SCORES DIP BECAUSE NOW THEY ARE ON THEIR OWN. IT JUST A DIFFICULT TEST TO USE, TO GUIDE TOWARDS STATE STANDARDS.

>>Lynn Gray: AND I SO MUCH AGREE. I JUST AM BEHOLDEN BY LISTENING TO THE TRANSPORTATION, TO PEOPLE WHO CAN'T EVEN MAKE A LIVING, AND JUST THINKING RIGHT NOW OF SPENDING MONEY BEYOND WHAT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. AND I WILL HAVE TO STAY WITH MY POSITION. AND YOUR POINTS ARE VERY WELL MADE AND VERY, VERY WELL JUSTIFIED. I DON'T THINK ANY OF US CAN SPEAK FOR ALL THE TEACHERS, BY THE WAY. I THINK WE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL ON THAT PARTICULAR POINT. BUT YOUR POINTS ARE VERY WELL HEARTFELT, AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I'M PRETTY EXCITED ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM ACTUALLY. I BELIEVE THIS IS A COST SAVING MEASURE IN WHICH WE WILL REDUCE TESTING TIME, AND OFTENTIMES WE HAVE SAID, WHAT TEST CAN WE REMOVE? WHAT CAN WE DO TO ALLEVIATE SOME OF THE PRESSURES THAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO GO THROUGH BY SITTING THROUGH ANOTHER DIAGNOSTIC TEST OR TESTS JUST TO TELL YOU IF YOU ARE GOING TO PASS OR NOT? AND REALLY A TEST THAT REALLY WILL DETERMINE AT THE END OF THE DAY YOUR FUTURE AS A STUDENT. SO I BELIEVE THAT THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM, AND WHAT WE ARE DOING, NOT PROGRAM, BUT THIS TOOL THAT WE ARE HAVING, THAT WILL REPLACE A TOOL THAT IS LIKE ZERO TO THE LEFT OF THE DECIMAL POINT THAT MEANS NOTHING. IT'S NOT EVEN TIED TO OUR STANDARDS. SO WHY ARE WE EVEN DOING IT? YET THIS IS A PARTICULAR PRODUCT THAT WOULD HELP GAUGE THE PROGRESSION OF OUR STUDENTS AND THEY ARE TIED TO THE STANDARDS. SO IT'S NOT THAT WE ARE TYING -- NOT THAT WE ARE TEACHING TO THE TEST. WE ARE TEACHING THE STANDARDS SO THAT WHEN OUR STUDENTS SIT THERE AND TAKE THE FSA, THEY ARE PREPARED TO TAKE THE EXAM. SO TO AFFECT OUR GRADUATION RATE BY 90 BY 20 WHICH I PERSONALLY -- I DON'T LIKE 90%. I DON'T EVEN LIKE AN A-MINUS. I WANT 100% BY 2020. AND I BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GET THERE. BUT WE HAVE TO HAVE THE TOOLS IN PLACE. AND I HAVE TO COMMEND THIS DIVISION UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF MRS. COOK, BECAUSE WHAT THIS DIVISION IS GOING THROUGH RIGHT NOW IS NOT AN EASY FEAT. THEY ARE LOOKING AT EVERY SINGLE PRODUCT, DOING WHAT THIS BOARD HAS ASKED THEM TO DO FOR MANY YEARS, WHICH IS GIVE ME A TRUE EVALUATION OF WHETHER OR NOT WE SHOULD CONTINUE INVESTING DOLLARS ON A PROGRAM, ON A TOOL, OR SOMETHING THAT REALLY DOES NOT GIVE THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT, NOT FOR US AS A DISTRICT, BUT FOR OUR STUDENTS' SUCCESS, AND ENSURING THAT THEY GET TO WALK ACROSS THE STAGE WITH A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AND NOT A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION. SO BY PREPARING THEM, USING THIS TOOL THAT IS ALREADY ALIGNED TO THE STANDARDS, IT IS AN INVESTMENT FOR OUR CHILDREN, WHICH, BY THE WAY, WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, WE HAVE 25,000 EMPLOYEES, BUT I HAVE CLOSE TO 214,000 STUDENTS. AND THAT'S GOING TO BE THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT. I WILL BANK ON THIS, IF THIS IS THE RECOMMENDATION THAT'S BEING BROUGHT FORWARD BY THE SUPERINTENDENT TO ENSURE THAT OUR STUDENTS WILL PASS AND HAVE A BETTER SCORE, BETTER CHANCE OF PASSING THE FSA AND GIVING OUR TEACHERS THE INDICATIONS OF WHERE THEY NEED TO WORK WITH STUDENTS ON WHERE THEY NEED TO BE TO GET TO PASS THAT TEST AND REACH PROFICIENCY, THEN THAT'S A TOOL THAT IS WORTH INVESTING FOR OUR TEACHERS' BENEFITS, WHICH THEN IN TURN WILL INCREASE -- I MEAN, IT'S A HUGE DOMINO EFFECT. SO WHAT WE SAY, DO WE CARE ABOUT WHAT OUR TEACHERS ARE DOING? YEAH. THIS IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF SOMETHING THAT DIRECTLY AFFECTS THE EFFICIENCY AND THE EFFECTIVENESS OF OUR TEACHERS IN EDUCATING OUR STUDENTS, BECAUSE AS WE KNOW, AND STAFF -- I DON'T KNOW BECAUSE I DON'T DO THAT DAY TO DAY, SO YOUR WORK AND YOUR RESEARCH, I WAS NOT PRIVY TO THAT. I AM TRUSTING IN THE FACT THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS REQUESTED THAT WE SUPPORT AN AGENDA ITEM THAT CLEARLY IS A SAVINGS FOR THIS DISTRICT, NUMBER ONE. SECONDLY, WHICH SHOULD BE NUMBER ONE, IS GOING TO BENEFIT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. SO IF THAT'S WHAT WE ARE HEAR FOR, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THIS IS A GREAT AGENDA ITEM AND LET'S MOVE FORWARD ON IT AND LET'S GET THE TOOLS NECESSARY FOR OUR TEACHERS TO DO THE JOB. WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DO CERTAIN THINGS BECAUSE OF OUR BUDGET SITUATION. BUT IF WE CAN FIND TOOLS OUT THERE TO HELP BENEFIT OUR TEACHERS TO DELIVER THE BEST EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR STUDENTS, THEN SO BE IT. AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE ARE HEAR FOR STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. SO I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS, OBVIOUSLY, AS YOU CAN TELL. I'M NOT ANGRY. I'M REALLY PASSIONATE ABOUT ARE THIS BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY I REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT WE CAN REACH 100% GRADUATION RATE BY THE YEAR 2020 IF WE ALIGN ALL OF THESE THINGS ACCORDING TO THE FSA STANDARDS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, OUR STRATEGIC PLAN. SO ARE WE READY FOR 100%? I AM. ARE YOU? LET'S GET MOVING.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE CLEAR THAT WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT THAT HOLOGY HERE AND WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT INSTRUCTIONAL TOOLS. WE ARE TALKING ABOUT AN ASSESSMENT TOOL. SO THERE'S A DISTINCT DIFFERENCE. I THOUGHT I HEARD YOU SAY IT, MRS. BINDER, BUT DID YOU TALK ABOUT THE SAVINGS FROM ELIMINATING FT PEN FROM WHAT WE HAVE BEEN USING?  DO WE HAVE THAT NUMBER?

>> THE FT 10 BUDGET IS 300,000 JUST FOR THE ASSESSMENT AND SCANNING IT LOCALLY. HOWEVER THE SCANNER WE CURRENTLY HAVE SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPLACED LAST YEAR, BUT WE MADE IT THROUGH. AND IF WE KEEP FT PEN WE WILL HAVE TO PURCHASE A SCANNER. IT RANGES DEPENDING --

>> I'M JUST LOOKING FOR THE SAVINGS. I DON'T WANT TO GO DOWN THE ROAD OF KEEPING IT BECAUSE WHY WE CONTINUE TO GIVE SOMETHING THAT'S NOT ALIGNED TO THE STANDARDS IS BEYOND ME. BUT I JUST WAS LOOKING FOR THE SAVINGS. AND THEN MRS. COOK, YOU WOULD LIKE TO CHAMBER IN HERE. I AM GOING TO CALL ON YOU NEXT.

>> A COUPLE THINGS FOR CLARIFICATION FOR BUDGET PURPOSES. BECAUSE WE REPLACED FT PEN, TO ALIGN TO THE STANDARD. THANK YOU FOR REITERATING THAT. WE SAVED THAT BUDGET PIECE SO WE HAVE BEEN WORKING EXTENSIVELY. AND WHEN I SAY EXTENSIVELY WITH GRETCHEN'S OFFICE SO THAT WE ARE MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. THE ONE THING WE HAVE TO REMEMBER, WITH THIS BOARD AGENDA ITEM, IS THE DIAGNOSTIC WHICH IS MADE INCREDIBLY CLEAR TO BE ABLE TO PROGRESS MONITOR, TO BE ABLE TO USE ACTUALLY FOR -- THEY NEED THIS DIAGNOSTIC IN ORDER FOR THEM TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS FOR STUDENTS BASED ON USING THE MTSS PROCESS. SO IT GIVES THEM THAT INFORMATION FIRST AND FAR MOST TO THAT. WITH THOSE FOCUS GROUPS AND WHAT'S COMING TO YOU IS THAT DIAGNOSTIC PIECE THAT NICOLE HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT, BUT ALSO FOR CLARIFICATION AS WELL, IT'S THAT PORTION THAT OUR ERT SCHOOLS CHOSE TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT COMPUTER ASSISTANT PIECE.  IF WE LOOK AT THE CONTRACT LAST YEAR, THERE WAS ABOUT 5.6 MILLION JUST FOR -- JUST FOR THE ERT SITES. THIS YEAR WE HAVE ABOUT THE SAME AMOUNT OF SITES. THERE'S ABOUT SIX LESS THAT ARE USING IT BY CHOICE, OF COURSE. SO IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE BOARD AGENDA ITEM, WE ARE ADDING THE K-5 DIAGNOSTIC AND READING AND MATH. READING AND MATH TO BE AUTOMOBILE TO PROGRESS MONITOR TO USE THAT'S ALIGNED TO THE STANDARD. THE SECOND PIECE COMING WITHIN THE BOARD AGENDA ITEM ARE THE ERT SITES, ARE THE 33 THAT CHOSE THAT PIECE. THAT'S 2.4 MILLION. IF WE PAID 5.26 LAST YEAR JUST FOR ERT SITES, WITHOUT ANY DIAGNOSTIC AND FOUNDATIONS ALIGNED TO THE STANDARDS, THAT'S A HUGE COST SAVINGS RIGHT THERE. AND I'M SO SORRY, CURRICULUM NEGOTIATION WAS OUR DEPARTMENT. GRETCHEN'S DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN AMAZING. SO WE HAVE SAVED RIGHT THERE ALONE, JUST WITH LAST YEAR'S PROGRAM. AND NOW WE JUST KEEP SWEEPING THE POT WITH THE DIAGNOSTIC PIECE OF IT. WE ALSO BROUGHT IN SO YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS WE TALKED SPECIFICALLY WITH CTA ABOUT IS MAKING SURE WE HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR OUR TEACHERS. OUT OF THOSE FOCUS GROUPS CAME THEN THE VOTING PIECE THAT WE HAD FOR EACH SCHOOL. SO EACH SCHOOL WAS ABLE TO SAY, YES, WE WANT THIS DIAGNOSTIC. WHY? BECAUSE IT'S TIED TO AS WELL. WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT CHOICE AND WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT VOTE IN THERE. BUT WE ACTUALLY HAVE TO HAVE AN ASSESSMENT THAT'S TIED. IT IS A LOT. THAT HAS TO HAPPEN. WHY NOT ALIGN IT TO THE STANDARDS? THE OTHER PIECE THEN WE LOOKED SPECIFICALLY AT WAS EQUITY. BECAUSE AS YOU KNOW THIS DIVISION HAS ADDED THE EQUITY PIECE FOR TECHNICAL OPTION FOR LOOKING AT ALL OF OUR TECHNOLOGY PIECES. SO THEN WE HAVE ERT SITES USING THIS PIECE, BUT WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ALSO HAVE AN OPTION TO USE A SMALL PIECE OF THE INSTRUCTION PIECE BY CHOICE. SO THEY ARE GETTING A DIAGNOSTIC, AND THEY ARE GETTING PART OF INSTRUCTION, IF THEY CHOOSE TO USE IT. AND LET ME REITERATE NOT CORE INSTRUCTION. IT'S JUST A PIECE FOR TEACHERS TO BE ABLE TO USE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAD EQUITY ACROSS ALL OF OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS FOR READING AND MATH. SO THE CLARIFICATION SPECIFICALLY WAS BUDGETED, JUST NEGOTIATING, WE ARE SAVING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS RIGHT OFF THE BAT. WE ARE ALSO USING CATEGORICAL. SO WITHIN OUR SAI BUDGET, WE HAVE SPECIFICALLY ALIGN ITEM FOR EXTENDED READING TIME. AND IF YOU REMEMBER AT THE BOARD WORKSHOP, THAT PIECE OF THAT $9 MILLION POT, THIS COMES OUT OF PORTIONS OF THAT, SPECIFICALLY FOR OUR ERT THAT'S EARMARKED. WE HAVE TO USE IT FOR THAT. FOR THAT PIECE. THEN YOU ADD ON THE $400,000 AROUND THAT PIECE FOR FT PEN AND THEN THE SCANNERS OR WHATEVER ELSE THAT'S GOING TO ADD TO BE ABLE TO REPLACE IT, THAT'S A COST SAVINGS RIGHT THERE. SO WE WORKED EXTENSIVELY WITH GRETCHEN'S OFFICE. YOU GUYS WERE AWESOME, BY THE WAY, AND ARE AWESOME, TO BE ABLE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE LOOKING ATTAR LINE ITEM AND TAKING IT OUT OF THE CORRECT FUNDING SOURCES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ALIGNED BACK. SO HOPEFULLY THAT CLARIFIES.

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

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THERE IS NO QUESTION AS AN EDUCATOR THAT I AM NOT COMPLETELY 100% IN YOU'RE CAMP. PERHAPS MY QUESTION SHOULD BE TO THE SUPERINTENDENT. AFTER HEARING WHAT WE HEARD TODAY, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, OR YESTERDAY, YESTERDAY, WHENEVER OUR FIDUCIARY, JERRY FORD, ARE WE NOT CAUTIOUS, MORE CAUTIOUS IN SPENDING? OR IS THIS ACCEPTABLE? BECAUSE THE IF THIS IS ACCEPTABLE WITH OUR BUDGET, AS I HEARD, THEN I'M COMPLETELY -- IF WHAT I HEARD, IF THIS IS CONTRARY, THEN I GUESS I NEED TO KNOW, IF I HAVE A GREEN LIGHT. BECAUSE I HAD THE RED LIGHT ON SPENDING ANY MONEY, QUITE FRANKLY, AS OF YESTERDAY. AND NOW I AM TOTALLY -- THERE ISN'T ANY DOUBT WHERE I'M AT. YOU KNOW BETTER THAN THAT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. SO I THINK THE SHORT ANSWER TO THAT IS AS WE MOVE FROM YEAR TO YEAR, WE ARE LOOKING AT RENEGOTIATING CONTRACTS. WE ARE LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN DO THINGS MORE EFFICIENTLY. SO WE ARE NO MODE FROM YEAR TO YEAR TO OBVIOUSLY HAVE THINGS THAT WE NEED FOR OUR STUDENTS, FOUR OUR TEACHERS, FOR SEVERAL PURPOSES. AND IF WE CAN DO THAT BASED ON PRIOR -- TO LOWER PRIOR YEAR SPENDING, IN THIS CASE I WAS COUNTING 3 TO $4 MILLION, THEN WHAT THAT ALLOWS US TO DO, AT LOUSE US TO BECOME THOSE FIDUCIARILY RESPONSIBLE PEOPLE, LEADERS HERE. I THINK MRS. COOK DETAILED IT VERY WELL. I THINK WE ARE SAVING DOLLARS TO THE EXTENT OF 3 TO 4 MILLION OVER LAST YEAR. AND THAT'S WHAT I AM ASKING MY STAFF TO LOOK AT. AND I WANT TO THANK OUR PARTNERS FOR WORKING WITH US TO GET THIS.

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY. WELL, IF IT'S OKAY WITH MRS. SAUNDERS AND OUR SUPERINTENDENT IT'S WAY OKAY WITH ME. NOW WHAT I'M SAYING. AND I'M JUST SO APPRECIATIVE TO HAVE THE HEIGHTNESS OF THE EDUCATIONAL ABILITY AND CONCERN AND WELFARE OF OUR KIDS, OUR WHOLE STAFF, WE ARE ON IT. SO DON'T EVER THINK THAT I AM NOT IN YOUR CAMP ON THAT. IT SEEMS LIKE I HAVE TO BE A SCHIZOPHRENIC RIGHT NOW WITH BUDGET OR -- YES. SO CONTINUE.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. GRAY. ITEM 6.161. REVISED PAYROLL SCHEDULE FOR THE 2017-18. MRS. GRAY, CONSENT AGENDA. MRS. SNIVELY ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT. MRS. SAUNDERS.

>>Gretchen Saunders: THE AGENDA ITEM 6.11 IS COMING TO YOU ALL. THE ORIGINAL PAYROLL SCHEDULES WERE APPROVED MAY 16, 2017. AND SINCE THEN, WE HAVE NOTICED IN NOVEMBER THE OFFICIAL VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY IS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11th. AND THE DAY IS OBSERVED AS FRIDAY, WHICH THAT HAPPENED TO BE ONE OF OUR PAYDAYS. FRIDAY. NOVEMBER 10th. SO WE HAVE TO MOVE OUR PAYDAY TO THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9th. AS THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS WILL BE CLOSED THAT FRIDAY. SO IT WAS JUST AN UPDATE OTHER PAYDAY. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. SNIVELY, ANY COMMENTS? MRS. SAUNDERS, I AM GOING TO ASK YOU A QUESTION REAL QUICK AND WE HAVEN'T DISCUSSED THIS BEFORE BUT HAS THIS BEEN RUN PAST THE UNION?

>>Gretchen Saunders: YES, IT HAS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. OUR NEXT ITEM IS 6.14. TO APPROVE THE RENEWAL OF THE IBM PASSPORT ADVANTAGE SOFTWARE AGREEMENT 43211500, COMPUTER EQUIPMENT, PERIPHERALS AND SERVICE WITH MID RANGE SUPPORT AND SERVICE.

>> BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF. AGENDA ITEM 6 .14, APPROVES THE ANNUAL SOFTWARE LICENSING AND SUPPORT FOR ALL OUR IBM WORK STATION BASED SOFTWARE TO PROVIDE THE MAJORITY OF OUR ONLINE SYSTEMS. THESE CRITICAL SYSTEMS INCLUDE OUR STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM, PAYROLL, FINANCIAL SYSTEMS, TEACHER AND ADMINISTRATOR DASHBOARDS, DISTRICT REPORTING, AND BACKUP AND RECOVERY FOR ALL THESE SYSTEMS. OUR DISTRICT UTILIZES THE STATE OF FLORIDA AGREEMENT WITH IBM CORPORATION THROUGH THE NAZ PRO COOPERATIVE PROGRAM TO MAXIMIZE THE DISTRICT. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR STATE PROCUREMENT OFFICE. ALL OF THESE SOFTWARE ARE MARKETED AS IBM'S PASSPORT ADVANTAGE SOFTWARE AND RENEWED THROUGH NPO EXCEPT FOR TWO. ON COMMAND. THESE TWO SOFTWARE PROGRAMS HANDLE IMAGING AND ONLINE PROGRAMMING AND ARE ACQUIRED DIRECTLY THROUGH IBM. THROUGH DIRECT NEGOTIATIONS IBM EXTENDS A SPECIAL PRAISING MODEL THAT IS NOT OFFERED THROUGH THE NASPO AGREEMENT. THE SOFTWARE WAS LICENSED ON A PER SERVER BASIS. BOTH OF THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOWLY LICENSED BY IBM. CONTENT MANAGER IS OVER A THOUSAND PER USER. WITH ROUGHLY 27 THAT YOU EMPLOYEES THAT WOULD BE $27 MILLION. OUR ANNUAL PRICE ARE APPROXIMATELY $137 THAT YOU. THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE. WITH OUR SPECIAL PRAISING THE SOFTWARE IS NOT LIMITED BY THE NUMBER OF USERS AND COULD EVEN BE EXPANDED IF NEEDED. THE SOFTWARE LICENSES ARE ADDED OR RENEWED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THEY ARE BROUGHT TO THE SCHOOL BOARD TO MEET THE PROCUREMENT REQUIREMENTS. THIS SOFTWARE IS NEEDED.

>>Cindy Stuart: MR. RENNO. ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS, BOARD MEMBERS? MOVING ON TO HAVE 6.15. ACCEPT HIGHEST RANKED PROPOSAL FROM ABSOLUTE QUALITY INTERPRETING SERVICES. REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL. INTERPRETING SERVICES FOR THE DEAF. MRS. SNIVELY ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT AND A COMMENT. KIM WORKMAN IS HEAR. WELCOME.

>> MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. CERTIFIED EDUCATIONAL SOON LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS PROVIDE INTERPRETING AND TRANSLITERATING SERVICES TO DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING STUDENTS THROUGHOUT OUR DISTRICT AS REQUIRED BY THEIR INDIVIDUAL EDUCATIONAL PLAN AND IDEA REGULATIONS. THEY TAMPA FACILITATE COMMUNICATION SUCH AS SIGN LANGUAGE AND VOICE INTERPRETING. AN INTERPRETER PROMOTES POSITIVE UNIT ACTIONS BETWEEN DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING STUDENTS, THEIR HEARING PEERS, EDUCATIONAL STAFF, PARENTS, AND MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS CURRENTLY EMPLOYS 31 AMERICAN SOON LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS WHO WORK IN ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL. THESE INTERPRETERS ARE HELD TO STANDARDS SET BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF AND THE REGISTRY OF INTERPRETERS FOR THE DEAF AND MUST MAINTAIN PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS. INTERPRETING SERVICES PROVIDE NOT ONLY ACCESS TO INSTRUCTION BUT INTERPRETING IS THE LIFELINE FOR STUDENTS TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS ALL ASPECTS OF SCHOOLING ENVIRONMENT AND SCHOOL ACTIVITIES. CONTRACTED AGENCIES GUARANTEE THE SAME QUALITY OF SERVICES ARE PROVIDED TO OUR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING STUDENTS IN THE EVENT OF STAFF ABSENCES, VACANCIES, NEWLY TRANSFERRED STUDENTS AND SCHOOL EVENTS. ADDITIONALLY, TO MEET THE ADA REGULATIONS THE DISTRICT MUST PROVIDE SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETERS TO ANY DEAF PARENTS OR EMPLOYEES INVOLVED IN SCHOOL-RELATED MEETINGS OR ACTIVITIES. THROUGH THE RFP PROCESS WE EVALUATED SEVERAL INTERPRETING AGENCIES AND SELECTED THE MOST QUALIFIED BASED ON THE QUALITY OF SERVICES AND THE VOLUME OF STAFF AVAILABLE. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THE PROPOSAL TO ACCEPT ABSOLUTE QUALITY INTERPRETING SERVICES LLC AND THANK YOU FOR ENSURING THAT STUDENTS WESTBOUND A DISABILITY HAVE ACCESS AND A VOICE. THANK YOU.

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HIGHLIGHT THIS EVENING. I APPRECIATE YOU TALKING ABOUT THE SERVICES THAT WE PROVIDE OUR STUDENTS TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE SUCCESSFUL ACADEMIC DREAR. I DID WANT TO ASK IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL, YOU HAD EVALUATION CRITERIA THAT WAS PART OF THE MATERIALS, AND THAT'S HOW YOU CHOSE THE VENDOR BASED ON THAT CRITERIA. AND WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IS, COME THE END OF THIS CONTRACT, WILL WE SEE IN THE EVALUATION PORTION THIS EVALUATION SHEET? IS THIS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO BE LOOKING FOR NEXT YEAR ARE IF WE DECIDE TO RENEW THE CONTRACT?

>> WE WOULD BE USING THE SAME CRITERIA TO ENSURE THE SAME HEY QUALITY OF OUR STUDENTS.

>> AND WILL SEE THE EVALUATION OF THOSE SERVICES?

>> UH-HUH.

>> THAT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL, I THINK, FOR THE BOARD TO SEE THE COMPLETED EVALUATION. THANK YOU.

>> YOU'RE WELCOME.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. WORKMAN. BOARD MEMBERS, OUR NEXT -- I'M SORRY, MRS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. EVERY TIME WE GET THIS PARTICULAR CONTRACT, IT REMINDS ME OF HOW WE CAN HELP GROW OUR OWN. WE HAVE PROGRAMS AT BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL AND OTHER SCHOOLS IN WHICH SIGNING IS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE, AND WE ARE ABLE TO HOPEFULLY CAPITALIZE ON THE UTILIZATION OF SOME OF OUR STUDENTS, AND POSSIBLY THAT'S ANOTHER AREA WHICH WE CAN POSSIBLY THINK OF ABOUT GROWING OUR OWN AND BEING ABLE TO HIRE SOME OF OUR STUDENTS THAT WE HAVE TRAINED AND TAUGHT HOW TO SIGN TO BE ABLE TO COME IN AND PROVIDE THESE SERVICES AS WELL FOR SIGNING PURPOSES. I KNOW THAT MAYBE IN THIS PARTICULAR AREA IT IS MORE DIAGNOSTIC THINGS AND A LITTLE MORE CLINICAL THINGS ARE GOING ON, BUT JUST THE CONVERSATION ALONE OF BEING ABLE TO HELP WITH THAT TRANSLATION AND THAT TRANSITION, THIS WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO UTILIZE THE STUDENTS THAT WE ARE TEACHING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND OUR VERY OWN SCHOOLS, TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO UTILIZE THE SKILLS THAT WE HAVE TAUGHT THEM AND INTO REAL LIFE, FOR HELPING OUR STUDENTS AS WELL. SO JUST THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX ABOUT WHAT IT IS THAT WE CAN HELP OUR STUDENTS ACHIEVE. AND HOPEFULLY GO ON TO COLLEGE AND BE ABLE TO BE THAT PATHOLOGIST SO THAT WE ARE ABLE TO AFFORD -- AND AGAIN GROW OUR OWN RATHER THAN HAVING TO GO OUTSIDE OF OUR DISTRICT AND HAVING TO HIRE CONTRACTORS TO BE ABLE TO DO THIS. SO THERE IS A NEED. AND WE NEED TO PROVIDE THIS SERVICE. SO CONSIDERING THAT THERE IS THIS NEED, MAYBE WE CAN HELP GROW OUR OWN. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. VALDES. THE NEXT ITEM, BOARD MEMBERS, IS ITEM NUMBER 7.01 AND 7.02 WHICH WE WILL TAKE TOGETHER. 7.01 TO APPROVE THE FINAL 2017-18 FACILITIES FIVE YEAR WORK PLAN BEING HIGHLIGHTED FOR US BY MR. FARKAS. FOR MYSELF, MRS. GRAY, MRS. SHAMBURGER AND MRS. SNIVELY, AS WELL AS 7.02, TO APPROVE THE PROJECTED 2017-18 PECO AND MILLAGE PROJECTS. MR. FARKAS.

>>Christopher Farkas: I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT.  THIS IS ACTUALLY -- SUCH A LARGE PORTION OF OUR WORK STAFF IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE FIVE YEAR PLAN IS ACTUALLY A LONG PROCESS THAT WE WE ARE STARTING NOW FOR THE NEXT VERSION OF THAT FOR NEXT YEAR. AN IMPORTANT FACTOR AS WE GO THROUGH THIS IS WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT A FEW DIFFERENT THINGS THAT WILL BE PART OF -- A FEW THINGS THAT WILL BE VERY FAMILIAR TO YOU AND SOME PROPOSE (ICAP DISCONNECTED). AND THEN ADD NEW ELEMENT WHICH WE HAVE A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT SITES, BUT AS WE TURN OUT WITH POPULATION DIRECTED NEEDS WILL BE MORE SPECIFIC WITH THAT SITE. THEN 21-22 WILL BE THE ELEMENTARY E, SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY. WHEN IT GETS TO 22, 23 IS WHEN WE START ADDING A FEW SCHOOLS A YEAR FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS. THAT'S A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A CHALLENGE. WE THOUGHT IT IMPORTANT TO SHOW YOU A DIFFERENT WAY OF LOOKING AT IT IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. HOW MANY NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS WE ARE PUTTING IN. NOTCH HOW MANY MORE HIGH SCHOOL SEATS. ACTUALLY YOU CAN SEE ELEMENTARY HIGH WHERE WE HAVE THE BIGGEST NEED NEED. THERE IS A REFERENCE BY MR. ROBINSON DURING COMMENTS ABOUT THE CITY OF TAMPA SAYING IT WAS THE FIRST TIME WE DON'T HAVE C. THAT'S BECAUSE ELEMENTARY AND HIGH SCHOOL SEATS ARE THERE AND YOU WILL SEE SOME OF THOSE ADDITIONS. ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL IS ONE IF YOU ASKED TEN YEARS AGO WHETHER WE WOULD BE PUTTING AN ADDITION TO ROBINSON THEY WOULD LOOK AT YOU LIKE YOU ARE CRAZY AND WE ARE HAPPY TO HAVE A WONDERFUL SCHOOL THAT KIDS WANT TO GO THROUGH AND HAVE A NEED FOR AN ADDITIONAL ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL. THAT IS IN FULL SWING RIGHT NOW. ANOTHER IMPORTANT PART WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT, WHAT TYPES OF SEATS WE ARE CREATING. WE HAVE THE ONE CONVERSION WHICH AND THEN ADDING FOUR WINGS TO SCHOOLS THAT EXIST ALREADY. A FEW DIFFERENT WAYS TO SEE INFORMATION SO YOU GUYS CAN HELP IN THAT PROCESS. THEN AS TO WHERE THE NEXT SITES ARE GOING. THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY, WE HAVE FOUR OF THOSE IN THE FOLLOWING FIVE YEARS. TWO OF THEM IN THE NORTHEAST PART OF THE COUNTY. TWO IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY THAT ARE HIGH SCHOOLS. IN ADDITION TO THE TCC SITE. AND THEN THE NEW MIDDLE SCHOOL TT WHICH WILL BE IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY. BY THE END OF THE 26-27 -- YES THAT IS A TONGUE TWISTER -- WE'LL HAVE THREE BRAND NEW HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY. THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, TEN YEARS OUT IN THE PLAN, YOU SEE FIVE MORE SITEICAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, TWO MORE MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN SOUTH COUNTY, AT THAT POINT WE ANTICIPATE WITH A DOWNTOWN BUILDOUT MEACHUM WILL BE BUILT AT THAT TIME, AND THEN THREE MORE HIGH SCHOOLS. AGAIN A TOTAL OF SIX HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE COUNTY OVER THE NEXT 20 YEARS. I SAY THAT SLOWLY TO LET THAT PROCESS. THE PLAN PROVIDES CAPITAL PLAN ESTIMATED REVENUES, THE MAINTENANCE. THIS IS A TUM SUMMARY OF THE FIVE YEARS, WHICH IS OUR YEARLY ALLOWANCE. THIS IS A SUMMARY OF THE FIVE YEARS. ALSO RALIZE THAT IS MONEY THAT COMES IN USED FOR BUSES, PROPERTY, CONVERSION, ALMOST A BILLION DOLLARS OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THAT FIVE YEAR PLAN? THE BUS PURCHASES THAT COME FROM MILLAGE, ALSO THE CIT TAX, THE SECURITY VEHICLES, AND THEN SITE PURCHASES. AS WE TALKED ABOUT THE NEW SCHOOLS THAT WILL BE COMING DOWN, SITE PURCHASE SOMETHING WE ARE ACTIVELY DOING RIGHT NOW EACH DAY, ONE OF THE CONVERSATIONS TO DO THAT, BECAUSE IF SHALL WE WAIT UNTIL THE NEIGHBORHOODS COME IN, THAT PRICE WILL BE OBVIOUSLY MUCH HIGHER. WE LOOK AT TRYING TO GET SCHOOLS IN THAT AREA. THE COUNTY HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL PARTNER IN TRYING TO HELP LOCATIONS TO FIT THOSE ROAD NEEDS AND OUR STUDENT NEEDS. THAT'S OBVIOUSLY NOT THE ONLY THING THAT WE TALKED ABOUT. THE HVAC. YOU SEE THE LIST THERE. THE CHANGES FROM THE PREVIOUS FIVE YEAR PLAN TO WHAT YOU ARE SEEING NOW, OBVIOUSLY THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF. YOU SEE THE FOUR CHILLERS AT THE BOTTOM OF THAT LIST FOR THE HVAC PROJECTS. THEN ANY PROJECT THAT WE SEE THAT'S OVER A MILLION DOLLARS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE MAKE YOU AWARE OF. ALL OF THEM EXCEPT FOR THE GORRIE HVAC RENOVATION. SO HVAC AND REVVING ARE THE MAIN THINGS THAT WE WILL BE DOING DURING THAT TIME. THIS IS THE SLIDE THAT MAKES YOU PAUSE AS WELL. THIS IS A PROJECTED REVENUE VERSUS THE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE FEES. I THINK THAT'S A VERY CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATE, TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST WITH YOU. AND TO THE BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS, AND YOU HAVE HAD MANY OF YOU, IF NOT ON THE DAIS YOU TALKED TO ME ONE ON ONE ABOUT RENOVATIONS AND 22ND CENTURY CLASSROOMS. MRS. BROOKS FROM CAREER AND TECH HAS SPENT A LOT OF TIME LOOKING AT WHAT THAT CLASS RAM LOOKS LIKE, MEETING WITH THE, A TEXTS TO BE DO THAT. WE ACTUALLY HAVE A PLAN TO ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL BUILT IN A SURROUNDING COUNTY BECAUSE WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE DOING THAT 21st CENTURY CLASSROOM. GOING BACK AND DOING WHAT WE NEED THAT NEED THAT RENOVATION IS PART 2. WE WANT TO SURE WHAT WE ARE BUILDING IS TO THE FUTURE AS WELL, JUST AS RENOVATING THE SITES WE ARE CURRENTLY ON. AND IT'S MORE THAN PAINT AND AC. IT'S UPDATING THE CURRICULAR SETTING. ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING ON THE FIVE YEAR PLAN, AND THANKS TO MRS. VALDES AND A COUPLE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS WHO PUSHED FOR MAKING SURE WE HAVE BOARD ITEMS, WHERE IS IT ON THE FIVE YEAR PLAN? WE TALKED ABOUT AND AS YOU HAVE AT HOME WE HAVE A PLAN UNTIL SOMETHING CHANGES THAT PLAN. BUT THE REALITY IS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHERE OUR LIST S.SO IF YOU LOOK ON THAT WEBSITE, IT WAS 15 PAGES, AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT EACH SCHOOL, WHERE THEY GO, EACH YEAR THAT PLAN, SOME ITEMS GET PUSHED BACK TO A DIFFERENT YEAR, SOME GET PULLED OFF DEPENDING ON NEEDS. WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE A LONGER LIST BUT THAT'S THE FIVE YEAR WORK PLAN. TRADITIONALLY, IN 7.02 IS THE PECO MAINTENANCE DOLLARS. AGAIN WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN PECO CONSTRUCTION DOLLARS FOR MANY YEARS BUT IN PECO MAINTENANCE FEES, WE R IT WAS EASIER FOR SOME PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND BUT THE REALITY IS IT'S MAINTENANCE SO IT GOES TO THE MAINTENANCE WORKERS. AND ALL THE THINGS WE DO ON A DAILY BASIS. THAT'S WHY YOU SEE A LISTING OF FUNDS OF WHERE THAT GOES TO. THE PSALM FUNDS THAT WE HAVE DONE TRADITIONALLY FOR YEARS AND YEARS THAT ARE SHORT. BUT IT'S ONE THAT WE NEED TO DO. RIGHT NOW THERE WILL BE A LITTLE GAP BETWEEN WHAT WE SPEND RIGHT NOW AND WHAT'S AVAILABLE BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE STORM NEEDS. OVER $100,000 IN TREE CUTTING BASED ON THE STORM NEEDS. WE WERE ABLE TO MOVE THINGS AROUND AND GRETCHEN'S GROUP HAS BEEN WONDERFUL IN MAKING THINGS WORK BUT RIGHT NOW IT IS A CHALLENGE TO MAKE SURE WE GET ALL THAT STUFF DONE AND STAY ON TOP OF IT. I DO FEEL WE ARE IN A GOOD PLACE. BUT AGAIN WE NEED TO CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT HVAC NEEDS AND CHANGES AS THE TEMPERATURES GO DOWN OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS. YOU WON'T HAVE AS MANY PEOPLE COMPLAINING ABOUT IT. JUST REALIZE THAT WE HAVE IF SAME CONCERNS ABOUT THAT AS YOU DO AS WELL. SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO PURSUE THAT. GRETCHEN'S GROUP AND JERRY FORD AND A COUPLE OF OTHER PEOPLE HAVE TALKED ABOUT OPTIONS AND MAKE SURE WE GIVE THE SUPERINTENDENT AS MANY OPTIONS AS TO WHAT WE CAN DO TO MOVE FORWARD, WHETHER THAT BE LEASING OR BORROWING MONEY. WE NEED A PLAN FOR THE FUTURE. WE ARE TRYING TO GIVE THE BOARD AS MANY OPTIONS AS WE CAN TO MAKE THE BEST DECISION SO OUR SCHOOLS ARE CONDUCIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS. THAT'S OUR NUMBER ONE GOAL. THAT'S IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO PERSONALLY THANK YOU FOR TALKING ABOUT THIS FIVE-YEAR PLAN IN THE WAY THAT YOU HAVE. TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT PECO FUNDING, BUT I ALSO WANTED TO RECOGNIZE THE FACT THAT NEXT TO YOU, ON YOUR LEFT, IS MR. ERIC GRAHAM, WHICH IS ALSO THE MANAGER, OFFICER OF THE DIVERSITY AND WITH THE PARTNERSHIP OF OUR SMALL BUSINESSES, WE ARE ABLE TO DO A LOT OF -- A LOT OF THE MAINTENANCE WORK ALONGSIDE WITH OUR MAINTENANCE STAFF THAT WE HAVE IN ORDER TO HELP FLUCTUATE AND EQUALIZE SOME OF THESE CHALLENGES THAT WE ARE HAVING. AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, IN A COST EFFICIENT MANNER. SO I JUST WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY, BEING THAT MR. GRAHAM IS HERE TODAY SITTING, TO RECOGNIZE THE WORK THAT THE OFFICE OF SUPPLIER DIVERSITY DOES ON BEHALF OF SUPPORTING THE DISTRICT AND THE INITIATIVES IN BEING ABLE TO DO THE WORK AT THE AND I WOULD NOT ALSO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO RECOGNIZE MR. HENRY BILLION LARD -- BALLARD, AS WELL, WHO SPEARHEADED A LOT OF THE INITIATIVES FOR THIS OFFICE, AND JUST RECOGNIZING THE WORK THAT THIS OFFICE DOES, AND ITS IMPORTANCE IN ATTEMPTING TO HELP US MEAT THE NEEDS OF OUR FACILITIES WHEN IN NEED. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BECAUSE THE COST SAVINGS THAT WE HAVE BETWEEN THE TWO DEPARTMENTS AND BEING ABLE TO WORK TOGETHER FOR THE BENEFIT OF -- THE COMFORT OF OUR TEACHERS AS WELL AS OUR STAFF AND OUR STUDENTS IS JUST BEYOND MEASURE. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> THANK YOU. WE LOOK FORWARD TO BRINGING MORE REPORT FROM THIS YEAR. OUR PRELIMINARY NUMBERS LOOK GOOD FROM THAT PART. WE HAVE ALSO PARTNERED, MR. BROOKS AND I WENT TO IRWIN TO MEET WITH MR. BRIAN ABOUT HAVING OUR STUDENTS, SOME PILOT PROGRAMS BUT HAVING MORE OF OUR STUDENT PROGRAMS WORKING ON OUR SCHOOL SITES AND DISTRICT OFFICERS TO ENSURE AS THEY LEARN THE BENEFITS, THE PEOPLE AROUND THEM, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY GIVE THEM A CHANCE TO SHOWCASE THE SKILLS THEY HAVE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SOME OF THE PROJECTS THAT WE ARE GOING TO BRING TO YOU AS A BOARD, AND ALSO THE REPORT FROM THE PREVIOUS FISCAL YEAR. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THAT OPPORTUNITY.

>>Susan Valdes: I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THE NEXT ITEM IS NUMBER 7.03 WHICH IS AUTHORIZE THE T REVIEW OF THE DISTRICT TO DETERMINE SURPLUS REAL PROPERTY.

>>Christopher Farkas: WE HAVE TO PAY FOR 7.01 AND 7.02 SO WE ARE AT 7.03. THERE HAS BEEN SOME CHANGE IN LAWS THAT WE HAD TO WORK WITH THROUGH WITH MR. PORTER AND MR. GIBSON HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL ABOUT TRYING TO NAVIGATE AS WE GO THROUGH THE PROPERTY. YOU ARE GOING TO SEE A LIST IN FRONT OF YOU.  THIS IS STEVE ONE.  THIS IS LITERALLY THE IDEA OF PROPERTIES THAT WE DON'T HAVE BUILDINGS ON THAT ARE LOTS THAT WE HAVE ACQUIRED THROUGH DONATED TIME FROM IMPACT FEES OR LOTS THAT WE ACQUIRED THAT WE ARE NOT DEALING IN SURPLUS, AND VOTING ON THAT WILL GIVE US THE OPPORTUNITY TO NETWORK WITH THE BROKER, GO FOR ANALYSIS AND IT WILL BE REVENUE GENERATING ITEMS THAT WILL COME BACK TO THE BOARD. THESE ITEMS, WE TRIED TO LOOK AT FAR IN ADVANCE AS WE COMMENT THERE ARE A COUPLE OF PROPERTIES THAT WE WEREN'T SURE OF. THEY ARE NOT ON THE LIST. BUT ON THE LIST ARE ITEMS WE ARE SURE WE CAN'T PUT A SCHOOL SITE ON AND WE WON'T BE USING IN THE FUTURE. THERE ARE A COUPLE OF ITEMS THAT ARE A LITTLE MORE IN THE GRAY AREA AND WE LOOK FORWARD -- WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE INVESTIGATE TO THE FULL EXTENT. IF WE GIVE THEM AWAY OR SELL THOSE, THE REALITY OF GETTING THEM BACK AT THE SAME PRICE IS NECESSARY IMPOSSIBLE. SO WE TRADE TOE WORK THROUGH THAT. THESE PROPERTIES, IF APPROVED, WILL THEN GO TO A BROKER, GO THROUGH ANALYSIS, AND WE WILL KEEP YOU ABREAST OF THE SITUATION BUT WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE AN INTEREST IN A FEW PROPERTIES SO WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY TO BRING SOME REVENUE TO THE DISTRICT.

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. SNIVELY, DO YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS?

>>Melissa Snively: I DID HAVE A QUESTION ON THE SITE NUMBER ONE IN YOUR SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS, OFF THE LITHIA PINECREST ROAD, ABOUT 16 ACRES. AND THE PURCHASE PRICE WAS -- WAS THAT LAND DONATED BY PREVIOUS DEVELOPERS?

>> IT CERTAINLY WAS. AND THE WAY THE IMPACT FEE WORKED, THEY PUT A DOLLAR VALUE ON THAT SO THEY DON'T HAVE TO PAY FOR IMPACT FEES SO WE CARRY THAT SAME VALUE FORWARD. SO WHATEVER THEY WERE CREDITED BY THE COUNTY FOR IMPACT FEE IS WHAT THE PRICE OF THE PROPERTY, GIVEN KNOW MONEY LEFT IN THE DISTRICT'S HAND, IT WAS MONEY THAT WOULD HAVE COME IN BASED ON THOSE IMPACT FEES. THAT'S HOW THE PRICE IS DERIVED.

>>Melissa Snively: I WOULD LIKE TO MEET SEPARATELY REGARDING THAT PARTICULAR PIECE OF PROPERTY.

>> SURE.

>>Melissa Snively: AND SOME OPTIONS, SOME OF MY CONSTITUENTS HAVE BROACHED ME ABOUT THAT. COULD BE VERY INTERESTING FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT.

>> BE HAPPY TO DO THAT.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, THAT BRINGS US TO ITEM NUMBER 12.071. APPROVE THE ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE FOR VARIOUS TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS. MRS. GRAY ASKED FOR A HIGHLIGHT.

>> THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT ITEM 12.071. WE ARE REQUESTING APPROVAL OF 22 ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS BETWEEN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE, TO AWARD COLLEGE CREDIT FOR 15 VARIOUS CAREER TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS. THE NUMBER OF CREDITS VARY PER AGREEMENT AND RANGE FROM 3 TO 12. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO COMPLETE THE COURSE AS SPECIFIED IN EACH OF THESE AGREEMENTS AND ENTER THE POST-SECONDARY PROGRAMS AT HCC WILL RECEIVE COLLEGE CREDITS TOWARDS EARNING AN ASSOCIATE AND SCIENCE DEGREE. AS AN EXAMPLE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO COMPLETE TECHNOLOGY 1, 2, 3 AND 4 WOULD RECEIVE THREE CREDIT HOURS IN THE CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND METHODS COURSE AT HCC'S ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE PROGRAM. WE EVALUATE THESE PROGRAMS BASED ON THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS USING ARTICULATION, SO OUR DISTRICT CTE DEPARTMENT INCLUDES ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS AS PART OF OUR ANNUAL PROGRAMS OF STUDY DOCUMENT, AND WE ARE WORKING CLOSELY WITH THE TAMPA BAY CAREER PATHWAYS CONSORTIUM ON PB CAREER PATHWAYS.ORG WHICH HAS A LOT OF INFORMATION ABOUT SHARING ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS ACROSS THE REGION. IN ORDER TO COMMUNICATE THESE OPPORTUNITIES GUIDANCE SERVICES AND INCLUDE THIS TOPIC IN COUNSELOR TRAININGS WHERE WE DISCUSS THE VALUE OF ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS AND IMPLEMENTATION. WE GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT AS THEY HELP IN PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. MRS. GRAY, AWED COMMENT?

>>Lynn Gray: I ALWAYS ENJOY, NUMBER ONE, HEARING YOUR VOICE, VERY ENTHUSIASTIC, AND HEARTFELT. IT KEEPS US AWAKE. THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I WANT TO SAY AGAIN ABOUT THE PATHWAY THAT WE ARE OPENING UP WIDER AND WIDER FOR THE CAREER AND TECHNICAL CHURN. I THINK THAT THIS PARTICULAR ALIGNMENT WITH HCC AGAIN IS NOT ONLY REWARDING THEM WITH COLLEGE CREDIT, BUT REINFORCING THE IDEA THAT, HEY, THIS IS ANOTHER PATHWAY VERSUS A COLLEGE IF THAT'S NOT THEIR THING. I ALSO WANTED TO SHARE. WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF WE TELL A CHILD, LOOK HOW MUCH MONEY YOU CAN MAKE IF YOU GO THIS ROUTE FOR VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL DEGREE? SO I WENT THROUGH SOME OF THE SELECTIONS THAT YOU OFFERED. AND I LOOKED AT THE ENTRY LEVEL POSITIONS THAT THEY WOULD ACTUALLY BE APPLYING FOR. ONE OF THEM IS AT CARROLLWOOD ELEMENTARY. BUT AN ENTRY LEVEL ACCOUNTANT STARTS AT 65 AND GOES UP TO $85,000. ENTRY LEVEL ARCHITECT 1, DRAFTING, STARTS AT $80,000. THIS IS WHAT THESE KIDS CAN LOOK FORWARD TO. AN ENTRY LEVEL CRIMINAL JUSTICE, 62 THAT YOU TO 88,000. HOSPITALITY HUGE IN TAMPA, FLORIDA BEGINNING AT 68 THAT YOU GOES UP TO 128 THAT YOU. AGAIN THIS IS ENTRY LEVEL. EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER, CARROLLWOOD ELEMENTARY, STARTING AT $29,000, GOES UP TO 31,000. VETERINARY ASSISTANT STARTS AT 28,000, THEN GOES TO 29,000. NOW GETTING A VETERINARIAN DEGREE IS A WHOLE DIFFERENT STORY AND IT'S COLLECTED. BUILDING CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY, 3 1,000 TO 38,000. AGAIN, THIS IS WITH AN AA DEGREE POSSIBLY, AND THIS IS SOMETHING OUR CHILDREN CAN REALLY LOOK FORWARD TO. AND I YOU THIS IT'S JUST A GREAT OPPORTUNITY, VERY REWARDING, AND I KEEP WANTING YOU TO SHOW THE PUBLIC THAT, HEY, HERE IS ANOTHER REASON WHY TO STAY IN SCHOOL, BECAUSE THIS IS REAL, AND IT'S MUCH NEEDED. WE ARE LOOKING FOR THESE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. THANK YOU, CHRIS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. JARGO. OUR NEXT ITEM IS ITEM NUMBER 13 MONTE 02-R, MONTHLY FINANCIAL CONDITION REPORTS FOR JULY 1, 2017 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30th, AND THIS IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED FOR MACE AND MRS. SHAMBURGER BY MRS. SAUNDERS. MRS. SAUNDERS.

>>Gretchen Saunders: WE ARE GOING TO BRING TOGETHER LIKE WE ALWAYS DO 13.02 AND 16.01. THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL POSITION. I WANT TO TOUCH BASE ON THE BUDGET AMENDMENT WHICH IS 6.01. THE BUDGET AMENDMENTS THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, A QUESTION CAME UP EARLIER WHY WE ARE ONLY IN OCTOBER AND WE ALREADY HAVE BUDGET AMENDMENTS. THIS ITEM COVERS THREE MONTHS, JULY THROUGH SEPTEMBER. AND BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS ARE MADE MONTHLY AND WE ARE RECEIVING ADDITIONAL GRANT MONEYS, ANY FEES COLLECTED, ANYTHING OUTSTANDING THAT'S COMING IN THAT MATE NOT HAVE BEEN ACCOUNTED FOR. SO WE ARE UPDATING REVENUES AND EXPENSES PRETTY MUCH EVERY DAY. WHEN WE FORECAST THE BUDGET WE START OUT WITH THE LATEST ACTIVITIES, THE LATEST LEVEL OF ACTIVITY. WE ACTUALLY GO TO A FIVE YEAR PROCESS AND UPDATE THE ADJUSTMENTS ACCORDINGLY. THIS IS ALL IN LINE WITH WHAT WE CALL GAP, GENERALLY ACCEPTED AND IN A FINANCIAL POSITION (DISCONNECTED) WE DO NOT RECEIVE EVERYTHING IN THE BUDGET EVERYTHING ON JULY 1. OKAY. IT'S SPREAD OUT OVER THE WHOLE YEAR. WE HAVE 12 MONTHS SPREAD OUT UNDER GENERAL FUND IN THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM, WE RECEIVE TWO PAYMENTS A MONTH, OR TWO DEPOSITS AFTER THE 10th AND 26th AND WE BUDGET ACCORDINGLY. IF YOU LOOK AT THE MONTHLY FINANCIALS YOU WILL SEE THAT WE ARE ONLY RECEIVING REALLY STATE DOLLARS. THE LOCAL DOLLARS WON'T COME IN UNTIL PEOPLE START PAYING THEIR PROPERTY TAXES IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER. WE WILL SEE A BIG INFLUX OF LOCAL DOLLARS TOWARDS LATE NOVEMBER, BEGINNING IN DECEMBER. REMEMBER, IF FOLKS SAW THEIR PROPERTY TAXES GET A DISCOUNT, 4%, 3%, AND GOES MONTHLY AS THEY PAY THOSE EARLY. WE WANTED TO MAKE YOU ALL, WHICH WE TALKED ABOUT BEFORE, AND JUST FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC, WE MAY SEE ADJUSTMENTS TO WHAT WE RECEIVE FROM THE STATE THIS YEAR DEPENDING ON THE HURRICANE SITUATION, AND PROPERTY VALUES. SO A LOT OF FOLKS ARE GOING TO THEIR PROPERTY ADJUSTMENT BOARDS, PROPERTY VALUE BOARDS, AND SAYING, HEY, OUR PROPERTY NEEDS TO BE READJUSTED. WELL, THE MAJORITY OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS ARE FUNDED BY PROPERTY TAXES. SO WE COULD SEE A CHANGE, MAYBE NOT RIGHT AWAY. IT COULD BE DOWN THE ROAD. AND IT'S ALL THE DISTRICTS IN THE STATE, NOT JUST HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. DOES NUB HAVE ANY QUESTIONS? OKAY. THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. SAUNDERS. BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS TIME I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE ITEMS PULLED FOR THE CONSENT AGENDA. MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS, SECOND BY MRS. SHAMBURGER. ANY QUESTIONS? SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTES WHEN THE LIGHTS APPEAR. THANK YOU. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU TO OUR SECRETARY FOR CORRECTING ME. ITEM NUMBER 13.04 IS OUR LAST ITEM. CHANGES FOR THE 17-18, 18-19 SCHOOL YEAR.  THIS IS JUST A HIGHLIGHT FROM MRS. WEHLAND.

>> THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS AGENDA ITEM RELATED TO STUDENT PARTICIPATION FEES FOR INSURANCE, WHICH WILL STAY THE SAME FOR THE 2018-2219 SCHOOL YEAR AS WELL. A FEW YEARS AGO, A SCHOOL INSURANCE OF FLORIDA BALM OUR THIRD PARTY TO COLLECT OUR STUDENT PARTICIPATION FEES FOR INSURANCE. THIS RELIEVES OUR SCHOOL SITES OF THE TASK OF ADDITIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR COLLECTING, RECEIVING AND GOES TINGS THESE FUNDS. THROUGH THE COLLECTION OF THE STUDENT PARTICIPATION FEES, WE ARE ABLE TO COVER OUR ANNUAL PREMIUM OF APPROXIMATELY $460,000. EACH YEAR. AS WELL AS ALL OF THE FILED CLAIMS. AND THAT VARIES EACH YEAR. BUT IT IS IN THE SIX-FIGURE AMOUNT THAT WE END UP PAYING EACH YEAR RELATED TO THOSE. WITH THE ADDITIONAL FEES THAT WE COLLECT FROM OUR ESCROW BALANCE THAT IS RETURNED TO US THEN, BY IS APPROXIMATELY $200,000 A YEAR, WE HAVE TO PURCHASE ADDITIONAL BLANKET POLICIES FOR INSURANCE FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENT GROUPS THAT THEN TRAVEL OUT OF THE STATE. SO IN 2016, WE HAD 19 TRIPS FOR A COST OF ADDITIONAL POLICIES THAT WE PURCHASED AT $14,000. AND THEN IN 2017, WE HAD 14 TRIPS FOR A COST OF $25,000 ADDITIONAL. SO WE ARE ALSO ABLE TO COVER THOSE ADDITIONAL PURCHASES THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS AGENDA ITEM ALIGNED WITH OUR STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES TO ENGAGE AND COMMUNICATE WITH FAMILIES AND STAKEHOLDERS AND ALSO DEMONSTRATE BEST PRACTICES, STARTING WITH OUR STUDENTS.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA AND SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I HAVE THREE UPDATES FOR THE SUSPENDED AGENDA TONIGHT. FIRST I WANT TO GIVE YOU SOME MORE UPDATES ABOUT OUR OUTREACH AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT DIVISION, WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS. FIRST OF ALL, AN UPDATE ON THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION HAS RECEIVED DONATIONS IN THE AMOUNT NOW OF $97,973 FOR LEE ELEMENTARY, AND WE WILL GIVE YOU KIND OF AN UPDATE AS WE START TO LOOK AT HOW THOSE, A LITTLE OVER $97,000. ON OCTOBER 13th, DONATED BICYCLES TO AREA SCHOOLS TO AS INCENTIVES. THE HEART CHALLENGE BEGAN YESTERDAY, AND WE SENT OUT A MESSAGE TO DISTRICT STAFF, WEAR RED DAY IS SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1st. THE ALLIANCE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE ACADEMIC SUPPORT FEDERAL PROGRAMS DIVISION WILL HOST PARENT UNIVERSITY ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28th AT FRANKLIN BOYS PREPARATORY SCHOOL STARTING AT 7:30 A.M. I WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING HOCKEY TEAM. THEY WILL BE HOSTING OUR SPIRIT NIGHT ON OCTOBER 28th AT 7 P.M. VOLUNTEER SERVICES IS CONNECTED WITH CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS FORMERLY BRIGHT HOUSE TO SHARE INITIATIVES TO SCHOOL DAY IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE GREAT AMERICAN TEACH-IN. THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL HAS CHOSEN OUR DISTRICT SAY YES TO THE PROM DRESS, ABOUT TWO 2nd HUNDRED STUDENTS WILL BE COLLECTED TO FROM OUR HIGH SCHOOLS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE FREE PROM DAY MAKEOVER INCLUDING ADDRESS OR TUX, STALIST AND SALON TREATMENT TO HELP OUR STUDENTS FEEL LIKE THE PROM KING OR QUEEN FOR THE DAY. MRS. VALDES, THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA GATOR SPIRIT FOOTBALL NIGHT IS SCHEDULED IN GAINESVILLE JUST SO YOU KNOW. WE WILL MOVE RIGHT ALONG. (LAUGHTER) WE DO WANT TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE UPDATE. I AM GOING TO TURN IT OVER TO MR. PORTER, AN UPDATE ON SOME OF THE IMPACT AND LEGAL OPTIONS FOR HOUSE BILL 7069. MR. PORTER.

>>Jim Porter: BOARD MEMBERS, AS WE PROMISED AT THE LAST MEETING WE'LL KEEP YOU UPDATED ON BOTH THE IMPLEMENTATION AND LITIGATION. AT OUR LAST MEETING THE LAWSUIT HAD NOT YET BEEN FILED. I CAN REPORT TO YOU THAT SEVERAL DISTRICTS HAVE IN FACT FILED THE LAWSUIT AGAINST THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. OF NOTE IS THE FACT THAT ONLY 13 DISTRICTS FAILED. WHEN I RECORDED TO YOU LAST THERE WERE 14 THAT WERE THINKING ABOUT DOING IT. MIAMI-DADE HAS DROPPED OUT AND IS NO LONGER PART OF THE LAWSUIT. SO THE LAWSUIT ALLEGES SIX COUNTS THAT THE DISTRICTS FEEL VIOLATE VIOLATE THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION, VERY SIMILAR TO THE COUNTS THAT I REPORTED TO YOU EARLIER. SO WE WILL KEEP YOU POSTED ON HOW THE LAWSUIT PROGRESSES. IT IS ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA AND I KNOW THE BOARD IS INTEREST IN THAT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: MY LAST UPDATE IS JUST AN UPDATE ON FEMA. BY THE WAY, ANY QUESTIONS TO MR. PORTER? OKAY. GO AHEAD.

>> WHAT WAS THE RATIONALE FOR MIAMI-DADE DROPPING OUT?

>>Jim Porter: I DON'T KNOW. WE LEARNED THAT THEY DID NOT DO IT IN COMPLYING WITH THAT RATIONALE.

>> THANK YOU.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, MEMBER HARRIS. MY TAB IS THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY LEADS, AND I DON'T THINK THAT SPENDING THOSE DOLLARS FOR A FRIVOLOUS SUIT WOULD NOT BRING US ANY TRUE BENEFIT. SO RILE EXCITED ABOUT THE FACT THAT WITH ALL THE THINGS THAT WE WANT TO DO TO TAKE CARE OF OUR PEOPLE HEAR -- AND I'M HAVING TO LOOK AT BUDGET AND SAYING, YOU KNOW, WE WANT TO KEEP POSSIBLY GOING FOR HALF CENT SALES TAX OR TO HELP WITH OUR FACILITIES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE, WE ARE ALSO DEPENDENT ON TRYING TO FIND WAYS OF BEING ABLE TO SUPPORT ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES. BUT TO SPEND MONEY ON A GAMBLE, I TRULY BELIEVE THAT LEADERSHIP FROM OUR PART WILL MAKE THE DIFFERENCE RATHER THAN A LAWSUIT THAT AGAIN IS A GAMBLE. SO I'M PROUD OF THE FACT THAT WE AS A BOARD, AND TO REALLY LOOK AT OTHER WAYS OF BEING ABLE TO RESOLVE THESE DIFFERENCES. SO I REALLY TRULY BELIEVE THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY LEADS RATHER THAN FOLLOWS.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: MY NEXT UPDATE DEALS WITH THE FEMA REIMBURSEMENTS REGARDING HURRICANE IRMA. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU THE PROGRESS ON OUR FEMA REIMBURSEMENT SINCE LAST WEEK, AS CHIEF NAUMAN COORDINATE ADD DEBRIEF MEETING AT THE ISC. THE PUBLIC'S ADDRESS FOR PUBLIC A SIS TAPS WAS APPROVED ON OCTOBER 12. FEMA PROGRAM MANAGER SANDY YOUNG WAS ASSIGNED TO US ON OCTOBER 13th. MARIE WHAT YOU WILLEN AND SANDY YOUNG SPOKE ON FRIDAY AND THE EXPLORATORY CALL IS SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 18th. AFTER THIS CALL AN IN-PERSON RECOVERY SCOPING MEETING WILL BE SCHEDULED. OUR 26 INSURANCE POLICIES HAVE BEEN RECEIVED ELECTRONICALLY AND WILL BE UPLOADED TO THE GRANT PORTAL WEBSITES AND SITES RECEIVED ON OCTOBER 5th RELATED TO THE HURRICANE ALL PAYROLL WILL BE ENTERED BY OCTOBER 20th FOR THE OCTOBER 27th PAY DATE FOR OUR FOLKS. I'LL MOVE TO SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS. IF I CAN REMEMBER TO FLIP THE SLIDES THIS TIME. SO WE HAVE -- I WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT FANTASTIC. A LITTLE BIT ABOUT CHOICE, HURRICANE IRMA, AND HISPANIC HERITAGE. WE INVITE OUR FAMILIES TO FANTASTIC THIS THURSDAY FROM 5:30 TO 7:30 AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM. STUDENTS CAN LEARN ABOUT THE STEM PROGRAMS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FROM BIOENGINEERING TO EXPLORATION TO AEROSPACE AND THE ARTS. WE HAVE IT ALL. FANTASTIC IS A FREE EVENT AND FAMILIES CAN TAKE PART IN THE INTERACTIVE DISPLAYS. SCHOOL DISTRICT STAFF WILL BE FROM TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT ATTENDING OUR TUITION-FREE SCHOOLS THAT OFFER STEM. FAMILIES WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO VISIT THE CORAL REEF AND OCEAN PRO MOTION GALLERIES AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM. THE CHOICE APPLICATION PERIOD OPENED AT NOON ON NOVEMBER 1st AND EXTENDS UNTIL DECEMBER 12th WITH CHOICE. FAMILIES CAN APPLY FOR MAGNET SCHOOL CAREER, CHOICE ATTRACTERS AND OTHER ATTENDANT AREA SCHOOLS WITH AVAILABLE SPIES. SCHOOL CHOICE IS FOR STUDENTS ENTERING KINDERGARTEN THROUGH ELEVENTH GRADE. CHOICE APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE AT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT WEBSITE. TYPE IN THE WORDS GO CHOICE IN THE SEARCH BAR. AND FAMILIES CAN LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHOICE OPTIONS AVAILABLE FOR THEIR CHURN AT THE UPCOMING HILLSBOROUGH CHOICE EXPO ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd. THE DISTRICT IS HOSTING A FREE INTERACTIVE EVENT FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL FAMILIES HELD AT THE FLORIDA STATE FAIRGROUNDS FROM 3 TO 7 P.M. MORE THAN 50 SCHOOLS WILL BE REPRESENTED SO FAMILIES CAN BE INTERACT WITH TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS AND STUDENTS FROM VARIOUS SCHOOLS. REGARDING HURRICANE IRMA REMAINDER TO ALL OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES, THE TIME THAT WE MUST MAKE UP DUE TO BE HURRICANE IRMA IS AROUND THE CORNER. BEGINNING NEXT WEEK MONDAY OCTOBER 23rd WE WILL CONVERT FOUR EARLY RELEASE DAYS INTO REGULAR SCHOOL DAYS INSTEAD OF DISMISSING AN HOUR EARLY SCHOOL WILL DISMISS AT ITS NORMAL TIME ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 23rd, MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, MONDAY NOVEMBER 6th AND MONDAY NOVEMBER 13th. THE CHANGE WILL ALLOW STUDENTS IN ALL GRADE LEVELS TO MEET THE STATE REQUIREMENTS FOR TIME SPENT IN CLASS DURING THE FIRST SEMESTER. EVEN THOUGH SEVEN SCHOOL DAYS WERE MISSED DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA AS WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, WE BUILT IN EXTRA TIME INTO OUR CALENDAR EACH YEAR, THE TIME ALLOWED THE DISTRICT TO USE THE FOUR EARLY RELEASE DAYS TO MACH UP THE NECESSARY TIME. FOR THE PAST MONTH OUR SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN CELEBRATING HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH WITH TRIBUTES TO HISPANIC AMERICANS WHO HAVE MADE MAJOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNITED STATES, OUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND THE WORLD. IT HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION OF CULTSITURE AND DIVERSITY. I WOULD LIKE TO END MY COMMENTS OPPORTUNITY WITH A SHORT VIDEO, A COMPILATION OF EVENTS AT OUR SCHOOLS ACROSS THE DISTRICT AND IN OUR DISTRICT OFFICES. (VIDEO)

>> I THANK OUR SCHOOLS FOR PARTICIPATING. MY HOMERY WAS JUST JOGGED WITH REGARD TO DIVERSITY MONTH. THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY WOULD LIKE TO YOU TO JOIN IN A BUILDING WIDE POT LUCK CELEBRATION OF DIVERSITY MONTH. WE ARE HOPING FOR PARTICIPATING EVERY PERSON. PLEAS BRING YOUR FAVORITE DISH TO CELEBRATE YOUR HERITAGE. IT SHOULD BE LARGE ENOUGH FOR TEN PEOPLE. WE WILL SEND OUT A SIGN-UP SHEET IN THE NEXT DAY OR SO, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19th COMING UP RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS, THIS IS YOUR TIME, IF YOU HAVE COMMENTS. MRS. SHAMBURGER?

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU SO MUCH. I WILL BE VERY, VERY BRIEF. JUST A COUPLE OF RECOGNITIONS. PABLO, YOU HAVE THE PICTURES. FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE ON SUNDAY, THEY RECOGNIZED OUR VERY OWN CACHITA ZONES, GAVE HER THE HUMANITARIAN AWARD. OH-OH. SORRY ABOUT THAT EVERYBODY. SHE WAS GIVEN THE HUMANITARIAN AWARD FOR HER DEDICATION AND COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITIES AND FOR SERVING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS FOR 28 YEARS. NOW TRUE TO HER NATURE SHE DID NOT FOCUS ON HERSELF BUT DID FOCUS ON THE STUDENTS AND THE FAMILIES AND ALSO THE GOING FOR GOLD INITIATIVE IN WHICH IF YOU SEE THIS PICTURE HERE, THIS IS WHERE THE ENTIRE CHARGE CAME UP AND PLEDGED THEIR SUPPORT, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, TO ARE MAKING SURE WE ACHIEVE THE 90 BY 20. SO I THANK YOU SO MUCH, MRS. CONCHITA JONES FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO THIS COMMUNITY. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. THAT WAS IT. OH, AND NEXT IS HER RECEIVING HER AWARD. SHE LOOKED ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. ALL RIGHT. ALSO, JUST MY LAST PICTURE. ON OCTOBER 6th, I LOVE THIS PICTURE. I NEED TO FRAME IT THIS IS DOROTHEA EDGECOMB, A PICTURE OF THE ONLY THREE AFRICAN FEEL MALES TO EVER HOLD THIS SEAT. SO IT WAS AN HONOR TO SEE THESE LADIES. [ APPLAUSE ] SO, YEAH, SO I CERTAINLY -- THEY ARE VERY PETITE WOMEN BUT I HAVE VERY BIG SHOES TO FILL. I CAN'T BELIEVE SHE'S 90. SHE LOOKS GREAT.  THIS ST. LOUIS BLAKE MIDDLETON LEGACY GAME WHICH I DON'T HAVE THOSE PICTURES. I WILL BRING THEM NEXT MEETING. MAYOR BOB BORKR BUCKHORN WAS THERE TO PROCLAIM BLAKE AND MIDDLETON OCTOBER 6th AS LEGACY DAY. I WILL BRING MORE OF THOSE THE NEXT BOARD MEETING. THAT'S ALL I HAVE. THANK YOU.

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

>>Lynn Gray: DITTO KACHITA JONES, COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS. WE ARE VERY, VERY PROUD OF YOU. THE 90-20 CLINIC UPDATE, GRADUATION. 90% BY 2020. WE HAVE ALMOST 60 TO 70 PARTICIPANTS FOR THE WALK TO RUN CLINIC. I WANT TO THANK VERY, VERY MUCH MRS. CANCHITA JONES, ERIC, AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, AND JUST WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL FOLKS WHO WERE NOT -- WERE FROLICKING DUE TO MY VARIOUS COACHING ORDERS. AND WE ARE HOPING TO HOPEFULLY REACH A THOUSAND ON FEBRUARY 26th. NEXT, I HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING KEVIN AMBLER, FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE, AT A LUNCHEON PUT ON BY VICKIE SOVOLIC FOR HER PROGRAM THAT SUPPORTS THE HOMELESS, A LUNCHEON THAT IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE IT SHOWS OFF THE HOMELESS YOUTH AND IT'S AN ORGANIZATION CALLED STARTING RIGHT NOW. I'M SURE SOME PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE WHAT KIND OF WORK CAN BE DONE WHILE SITTING AT A LUNCHEON GRABBING AND GOSSIPPING POSSIBLY, BUT, THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WITNESSED, AND I KNOW THAT KEVIN AMBLER WAS MENTIONED, BUT SOME OF YOU MAY NOT KNOW THAT HE'S OUR FORMER STATE REPRESENTATIVE, AND HE SPONSORED THE PROGRAM CALLED "IT OUGHT TO BE A LAW" A FEW YEARS AGO. DURING HIS TIME HE ALSO WORKED WITH "STARTING RIGHT NOW" IN TALLAHASSEE ON LAWS FOR UNACCOMPANIED YOUTH. HE HELPED CHANGE THE LAWS SO THEY WOULD HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR OWN LEGAL PAPERS FOR THEIR I HAD FAKES PURPOSES, WITHOUT PARENT CONSENT IN EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES. THE GREAT NEWS NOW IS THAT THIS LUNCHEON LAST WEEK, KEVIN PLEDGED TO HELP VICKI AGAIN, AND IN HER SPEECH VICKI HAPPENED TO MENTION THAT THERE WERE TWO SPECIFIC EXISTING LAWS THAT NEEDED TO BE CHANGED TO HELP IMPROVE THE SUSTAINABILITY OF INDEPENDENCE FOR OUR UNACCOMPANIED YOUTH WHO ARE HOMELESS OR IN THE HOMELESS SITUATIONS. KEVIN HEARD IT AND THEN AFTER THE LUNCHEON HE PLEDGED TO ASSIST HER MAKING THESE NEEDED CHANGES IN THE LAW DURING THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION. KEVIN HAS ALSO IS BOARD MEMBER OF THE GB GOLD RESEARCH FOUNDATION WHICH IS A 501(C)3 NONPROFIT GROUP. ONE OF THEIR PROGRAMS IS CALLED TAKE CHARGE FOR LIFE. WHICH IS A WORKFORCE INITIATIVE WHICH PROVIDES TRAINING AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES TO UNACCOMPANIED YOUTH IN AGED-OUT FOSTER CHILDREN. AS A RESULT OF THIS LUNCHEON, DB GOBBLE FOUNDATION IS GOING TO WORK WITH STARTING RIGHT NOW TO SEE HOW THEY CAN BEST INTEGRATE THOSE OPPORTUNITIES. HERE SAMANTHA TALKS THE TALK BUT WALKS THE WALK, AND IS INDICATIVE OF AN ICONIC SYMBOL WHO DOES HELP THE HOMELESS POPULATION THAT IS GROWING, AND THEY ARE IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM. WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO NOW GET A FOLLOW-UP SOON ON ALL THESE EXCITING PLANS TO KEEP OUR HOMELESS STUDENTS SAFE AND EDUCATED. AND I THANK YOU, BONNIE LAMBERT. HOW MUCH MONEY DID WE GET FROM OUR TABLE, DO YOU REMEMBER? THEY DIDN'T TELL US YET BUT IT WAS MUCHO. MANY. SORRY. CHANGING THE CULTURE OF OUR SCHOOLS. HOW? THROUGH DIVERSITY TRAINING. BIG THANKS TO MANERVA FOR IMPLEMENTING A TEACHING AND LEARNING COMPONENT FOR ALL DISTRICT STAFF, SITE-BASED ADMINISTRATORS, TEACHERS AND US, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. OUR DISTRICT'S BUY-IN WILL BE CRITICAL FOR THE SUCCESSFUL ESTABLISHMENT OF EQUITABLE SCHOOLS. AND THANK YOU. I DON'T SEE MANERVA HERE BUT HOPEFULLY SHE CAN HEAR ME. THANKS TO SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS FOR PUTTING THIS ON. VERY IMPORTANT. AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING MORE EQUITABLE CONDITIONS FOR OUR CHILDREN AS THE YEARS COME BEFORE.

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

>>Melissa Snively: JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS. ONE, GOING BACK TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA, THERE WAS AN ITEM ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA, NUMBER 5, THAT WAS PLACED IN 2016 ON THE AGENDA BY REQUEST OF MRS. DOROTHEA EDGECOMB ON FAITH BASED ACTIVITIES. AND I WAS WONDERING IF YOU RECALL -- I AM TRYING TO RECALL WHAT THE BASIS OF THAT REQUEST WAS. WE HAVEN'T SPOKEN ABOUT IT. SUNS JUNE. I WANTED TO SEE IF WE COULD REVISIT THAT, AND SPECIFICALLY WHAT I AM REFERRING TO IS SENATE BILL 436 PASSED IN THE LAST LEGISLATIVE SESSION WANTING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ALIGNING OUR SCHOOL BOARD POLICY WITH THAT PARTICULAR BILL THAT SPECIFICALLY RELATION TO RELIGION EXPRESSION IN SCHOOLS. PERHAPS NEXT BOARD MEETING WE CAN GET AN UPDATE AND MR. PORTER CAN ALSO LOOK INTO OUR SCHOOL BOARD POLICY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH THAT PARTICULAR ABSENT BILL.

>>Jim Porter: YES. WHEN ALL THE BILLS ARE PASSED WE GET TOGETHER AND GO THROUGH WHICH LAWS REQUIRE NEW POLICIES TO BE DONE. SO WE ARE FINISHING UP THIS ROUND OF POLICIES IN DECEMBER. WE WILL IMMEDIATELY START -- THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE WILL BE LOOKING AT SPECIFICALLY.

>>Melissa Snively: AND MY MOTIVATION FOR THAT IS JUST MAKING SURE THAT WE NOT ONLY ARE ALIGNING AND CONFORMING WITH THE LAW, BUT ALSO COMMUNICATING THAT OUT TO OUR SCHOOL PERSONNEL ABOUT SCHOOL PERSONNEL, RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE EDUCATING OUR STAFF ON THE LAW. AND AGAIN THAT IT ALIGNS WITH SCHOOL BOARD POLICY WITH RELATION TO RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION. SO THE OTHER THING I WANTED TO ASK WAS, I THINK THIS WAS AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING REGARDING A LETTER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. SPECIFICALLY REGARDING MAKING SURE THAT IN ADDITION TO OUR OPEN ARMS WE ARE TAKING THE INFLUX OF DISPLACED STUDENTS FROM PUERTO RICO AND ANY OTHER COUNTRY AND PLACES THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED YOU, TERRITORIES, AND STATES, THAT WE MATE RECEIVE STUDENTS FROM, THAT WE ARE FAIRLY FUNDED FOR THOSE STUDENTS, AND WE CAN MAKE SURE THAT WE TAKE CARE OF THEM APPROPRIATELY, THAT WE ARE FUNDED APPROPRIATELY FOR. OF COURSE WE ARE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THEM BULL THAT WE ARE FUNDED APPROPRIATELY FOR THAT CARE.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THAT LETTER HAS BEEN PUT TOGETHER AND HAS BEEN SENT TO THE COMMISSIONER AND I APOLOGIZE IF THE BOARD HAS NOT SEEN THAT YET. DID IT DETAIL SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I BELIEVE WAS BROUGHT UP LAST TIME ESPECIALLY AROUND OUR STUDENTS, THE SAME TYPES OF THINGS THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING LAST TIME, JUST TO GIVE US SOME FLEXIBILITY. I WILL MAKE SURE YOU GET THAT COPY.

>> AND IF IT WAS AN E-MAIL, I'M A LITTLE BEHIND ON MY E-MAILS. I APOLOGIZE IF I HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET. AND THE LAST THING I WANTED TO UPDATE THE BOARD ON AND ANY STAFF AND STAKEHOLDERS THAT I MENTIONED LAST TIME ABOUT DR. CRAIG BUTTS WHO TRAGICALLY PASSED AWAY IN A BOATING ACCIDENT, HE WAS OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR PEPIN ACADEMIES, VERY AMAZING LEADER IN OUR COMMUNITY. HE WILL HAVE A CELEBRATION OF LIFE ON NOVEMBER 4th AT 2:00 P.M. AT PEPIN HOSPITALITY CENTER WHICH IS LOCATED ON 50th STREET IN TAMPA. AND SO THAT IS ON HIS SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE. AND IF ANYONE NEEDS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE LET ME KNOW. BUT I'M SURE HIS FAMILY AND HIS FRIENDS WOULD APPRECIATE ATTENDING THAT PARTICULAR SERVICE FOR DR. CRAIG BUTTS IN HIS MEMORY. THAT'S ALL I HAVE THIS HENNING. THANK YOU.

>> MRS. HARRIS?

>>Sally Harris: I HAVE A TIME-SPECIFIC SLIDE PRESENTATION. I'M TRYING TO OBEY THE RULES. (LAUGHTER) I WILL TELL YOU THAT WE FIRST STOPPED BY PROGRESS VILLAGE FOR A PRESENTATION. IT WAS A GREAT PRESENTATION. AND THEN WE WENT INTO A LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, THE NEW YORK LEADERSHIP ACADEMY FOR DIVERSITY, AND THE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF AND CABINET MET FIRST. AND THEN AFTER THEY MET, THEN THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS MET AND WE DID A GREAT OPPORTUNITY THAT DAY. THEN I GOT TO GO TO THE -- APARECIO LEVY AND THAT WAS OUTSTANDING. DR. JAMES GOODY WAS THERE, AND OUR FIRE CHIEF DENNIS JONES WAS THERE, AND THE STUDENTS DID AN AWESOME JOB. A AND IT IS JUST AMAZING TO SEE WHAT OUR STUDENTS CAN DO. THEN I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF TAKING TWO FIFTH GRADERS ON A TOUR TO VISIT COLEMAN WHO POTENTIALLY COULD BE GOING TO COLEMAN IN SIXTH GRADE. AND WE HAPPENED TO BE THERE ON THE DAY OF THE HISPANIC CELEBRATION. AND IT WAS A GREAT EVENT THERE. THE ENTIRE SCHOOL GETS TO PARTICIPATE IN THEIR DAY. AND IT WAS JUST A LOT OF FUN. ACTIVITY. EVERYBODY THAT ENJOYED IT AND SAMPLED THE FOOD. THE KIDS WERE DANCING. AND IT WAS JUST AN INCLUSIVE KIND OF OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYBODY. THEN WE HAD A VERY NICE EVENT WITH THE HOMECOMING EVENT. AND IT WAS A GREAT NETWORKINGS OPPORTUNITY. AND WE ENDED THE WEEK WITH THE UNIVERSITY CONVENING DISCUSSING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING FOR OUR POTENTIAL LEADERS. AND THEN LAST NIGHT WE HAD THE TAMPA BAY STEM NETWORK AND IT WAS A DIGITAL LITERACY TASK FORCE KICKOFF AND LOTS OF FACTS AND INFORMATION AND WHERE OUR FUTURE IS GOING. SO THANK YOU.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. AND I WILL BE VERY BRIEF. NO SLADE SHOW. BOARD MEMBERS, I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT TWO THINGS ON THE AGENDA THAT WE DID NOT TALK ABOUT TONIGHT. AND ONE IS ITEM NUMBER 13.0757 WHICH IS YOUR COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES, HAVE FUNNEL BEEN PREPARED, AND ARE ON THE AGENDA. IF YOU WOULD PLEASE REVIEW THEM AND LET US KNOW IF THERE ARE ANY ISSUES. HOPEFULLY WE WILL DISCUSS COMMITTEES AND WHERE WE ARE GOING WITH THEM AT OUR NOVEMBER REORGANIZATION MEETING. ALSO, ITEM NUMBER 12.03-R, A REVISED BOARD MEETING DATE, THOSE ARE THE DATES FOR THE 18-IS IT SCHOOL YEAR. BUT THERE IS ALSO FOR DECEMBER, WE HAD AN REORGANIZATION MEETING RECOGNITION MEETING SCHEDULED FOR THE 19th. WE HAVE MOVED UP TO THE 12th BECAUSE WE REALIZE THAT STUDENTS WILL BE IN THE MIDDLE OF EXAM PREP SO WE DON'T WANT TO TRY TO BRING THEM DOWN HERE FOR RECOGNITION. I TOO WANT TO THANK MICROSOFT FOR THE STEM NETWORK PRESENTATION LAST NIGHT. REALLY GREAT JOB BY DR. LARRY FRANK AND MRS. COOK OUT OF HER ADDITION. REALLY EXCITING THINGS COMING, CODING FOR OUR STUDENTS. WE ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. AND THEN I WANT TO THANK MELANIE ROTINA FOR HELPING HOST AGAIN FOR THE SECOND TIME THIS -- THE MIDDLE SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT AT KELLWELL ELEMENTARY WHERE WE BROUGHT ALL THE MIDDLE SCHOOL OPTIONS TOGETHER FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS. WE INVITED NOT ONLY CARROLLWOOD PARENTS BUT WENT A LITTLE DEEPER AND INVITED LAKE MAGDALENE PARTS AREN'T, AND REALLY GREAT TURNOUT, REALLY GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO SHOWCASE LOCAL MIDDLE SCHOOLS AS WELL AS OUR MAGNET AND CHOICE PROGRAMS. SO THAT IS ALL I HAVE. IF THERE'S NOTHING ELSE, BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE ADJOURNED.