Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Regular Board Meeting from November 14th, 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’LARGEST EMPLOYER. 

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

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

>>TOGETHER: -- PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE! (SOUNDING GAVEL). 

>>Cindy Stuart: GOOD AFTERNOON, LODGE AND WELCOME TOLL OUR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14th, 3:00 BOARD MEETING. OH WE WILL CALL OUR MEETING TO ORDER AND ASK THAT WE RISE FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE LED BY OUR VICE CHAIRMAN SALLY HARRIS. 

>>Sally Harris: GREAT NEWS IS NOT MEASURED BY WHAT A MAN OR WOMAN ACCOMPLISHES BUT BY THE OPPOSITION HE OR SHE HAS OVERCOME TO REACH HIS GOALS. BY DOROTHY HITE. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU AS WE GO INTO OUR MOMENT OF SILENCE TO REMEMBER JAN PLATT WHO WAS ONE OF OUR COMMUNITY SUPPORTERS FOR EDUCATION, AND DID A LOT FOR OUR COMMUNITY. THANK YOU. (MOMENT OF SILENCE). 

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

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. I WOULD LIKE AT THIS TIME TO INTRODUCE OUR STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE, ISABEL SHARP FROM LETO HIGH SCHOOL WHO WILL BE SERVING WITH US TODAY. WELCOME,IS A LEGAL. IF YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE DURING THE COURSE OF THIS MEETING, FLAG DOWN MR. AYRES OR MR. GIBSON CAN GET OUR ATTENTION. SO WELCOME. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE SEVERAL WITHDRAWN ITEMS TONIGHT. ITEM NUMBER 4.04. 6.075. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MRS. SHAMBURGER. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. MRS. SNIVELY? THANK YOU. THANK YOU. AND THE AGENDA IS ADOPTED. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT TODAY. BOARD MEMBERS, YOU HAVE TWO SETS OF MINUTES THAT CAME THROUGH WITH YOUR AGENDA PACKET. OCTOBER 17th, OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. AND NOVEMBER 7th SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO OOH PROVE THESE MINUTES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS. A SECOND BY MRS. GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. AT THIS TIME, MRS. HARRIS IS GOING TO READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES. BUT BEFORE SHE DOES THAT, I JUST WANT TO LET THE AUDIENCE MEMBERS KNOW TWO THINGS. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE THINGS A LITTLE DIFFERENT ORDER TODAY. WEAVER A PROCLAMATION FIRST AND WE HAVE THREE APPOINTMENTS THAT WE ARE GOING TO TAKE AND THEN WE WILL MOVE INTO AUDIENCE COMMENTS. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND IF YOU LEAVE THIS ROOM, NUMBER ONE, YOU WILL BE SUBJECT TO GOING THROUGH SECURITY AGAIN, AND WE ARE AT MAXIMUM CAPACITY IN THIS ROOM. SO IF YOU LEAVE, YOU MAY NOT RETAIN YOUR SEAT WHILE YOU ARE GONE. WE WILL LET SOMEONE ELSE IN BEHIND YOU. SO JUST KEEP THAT IN MIND IF YOU HAVE TO COME AND GO FROM THE ROOM. HOPEFULLY ONCE WE MOVE THROUGH THE PROCLAMATION AND THE APPOINTMENTS THOSE PEOPLE ARE FREE TO LEAVE SO THERE WILL BE SOME SEATS FREED UP BUT I WANT YOU TO HAVE THAT IN THE BACK OF YOUR MANED IF YOU DO NEED TO STEP OUT. MRS. HARRIS. 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER STUART. AS WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON'S MEETING, LET ME QUICKLY REVIEW THE FORMAT OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS. PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. THE BOARD'S AGENDA IS A CONSENT AGENDA. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE APPROVED UPON MOTION AND VOTE UNLESS AN ITEM IS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THE AGENDA AND BACKUP DOCUMENTATION ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE. THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON THE LIVE WEBCAST ON CABLE TV AND ON THE VIDEO MONITOR HERE IN THE AUDITORIUMS. 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 THREE MINUTES TO ADDRESS A SINGLE AGENDA ITEM. OR A TOTAL OF FIVE MINUTES TO ADDRESS TWO OR MORE AGENDA ITEMS. WHEN TEN OR MORE SPEAKERS WISH TO SPEAK TO THE SAME AGENDA ITEM, SPEAKING TIME WILL BE REDUCED TO TWO MINUTES PER SPEAKER. IF THERE ARE STILL SPEAKERS AFTER THE 45-MINUTE ALLOTTED TIME ENDS, THE REMAINDER OF THE SPEAKERS WILL BE HEARD PRIOR TO THE VOTE ON ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. YOUR COMMENTS ARE IMPORTANT. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO YOUR COMMENTS, THE STAFF WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU AND WILL KEEP THE BOARD INFORMED OF 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: BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU COULD ALSO BE CONSCIOUS AND REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR COMMENTS CONCISE AND ON TOPIC TODAY. WE HAVE TWO ITEMS THAT ARE GOING TO BE TIME SPECIFIC. ACTUALLY WE ARE GOING TO DOUGH -- EMPLOYEE INPUT IS GOING TO BE TIME SPECIFIC AND LIKE LIE NOT GET TO BEFORE 4:00. WE WILL NOW MOVE TO RECOMMENDATIONS AND REPORT TO THE SUPERINTENDENT REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. YOU YOU WANT TO MAKE A FULL COMMENT IN FULL DISCLOSURE. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT I AS WELL AS MY STAFF HAVE MET WITH EACH INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBER PRIOR TO TONIGHT'S MEETING. IF THERE ARE LIMITED QUESTIONS ABOUT ANY AGENDA ITEM, IF ANY BECAUSE QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN ADEQUATELY ANSWERED BEFORE THE MEETING. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. ING THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE PULLED FROM DISCUSSION AND SEPARATE VOTE. A-01, B 02, B 03, 403, 406, 407, 408, 409. 601, 602, 603-R, 604, 606, 607, 608, 609, 610, 612, 613, 614, 615, 617, OF 18, 705, 707, 708, 1201, 1301 AND 1303. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS. A SECOND BY MRS. GRAY. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN MOVED UP PER BOARD MEMBER REQUEST. A OH 01, 606, 13 OH 02 AND 13703. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE AGREED TO TWO MINUTES TO DISCUSS AN AGENDA ITEM AND WE WILL USE THE TIMER AGAIN THIS EVENING. IF YOU GO BEYOND THE TWO MINUTES I WOULD ASK THAT YOU HOLD YOUR COMMENTS AND REQUEUE IN LINE BEHIND OTHER BOARD MEMBERS FOR THAT ITEM. IF A BOARD MEMBER HAS NOT PULLED AN ITEM FOR DISCUSSION BUT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO AN ITEM, PLEASE GET IN LINE BY USING YOUR BUTTONS TO INDICATE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK. ALSO, I WOULD LIKE TO FIRST ACCOMMODATE THOSE IN THE AUDIENCE FOR THE PROCLAMATION AND ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS. SO WE WILL TAKE ITEM A 01 FIRST WHICH IS THE PROCLAMATION FOR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH NOVEMBER 2017. THIS ITEM IS BEING PULLED BY MRS. HARRIS AND MRS. GRAY FOR COMMENT. AND THIS IS DR. MINERVA -- I'M SORRY, CHRISTINE HENSLEY WILL BRING THIS ITEM. THANK YOU AND WELCOME. 

>> MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. ON BEHALF OF MRS. BROWN, MRS. TIA AND THE TITLE 6 PROGRAM I WILL HONORED TO INTRODUCE THE PROCLAMATION FOR NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH TO YOU THIS EVENING. THE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE FIRST AMERICANS CAN BE TRACED BACK TO THE TURN OF THE CENTURY. THIS PROCLAMATION RECOGNIZES THESE CONTRIBUTIONS, ACHIEVEMENTSS, SACRIFICES AND CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL LEGACY OF THE ORIGINAL INHABITANTS OF WHAT IS NOW THE UNITED STATES AND THEIR DESCENDANTS, THE AMERICAN NATIVE AND ALASKAN NATIVE PEOPLE. WE HAVE APPROXIMATE 567 FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBES AND COUNTSLESS STATE RECOGNIZED TRIBES. 35 OF THOSE FEDERAL AND STATE RECOGNIZED TRIBES ARE REPRESENTED RIGHT HERE IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER, SCHOOLS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PLAN CULTURALLY SENSITIVE LESSONS IN SCHOOL WIDE ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS THAT FURTHER EXPLORE THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF NATIVE AMERICAN AND ALASKAN NATIVE PEOPLE. SCHOOLS ARE FURTHER URGED TO REACH OUT TO THE TITLE 6 NATIVE AMERICAN AND ALASKAN NATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM TO OBTAIN EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION IN PLANNING CULTURALLY SENSITIVE ENGAGING ACTIVITIES FOR STUDENTS AND STAFF. JACKSON SMITH, WHO IS ONE OF OUR STUDENTS, IS GOING TO READ THE PROCLAMATION FOR YOU. SO I AM GOING TO STEP IN FOR HIM BECAUSE HE'S LUCKY TO BE IN AN ACADEMIC POLL RIGHT NOW. SO I WILL DO THAT RIGHT NOW. AS REQUESTED. WHEREAS STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES JOIN CITIZENS ACROSS THIS GREAT NATION IN CELEBRATION OF THE CURRENT AND HISTORIC ROLE THAT THE INDIGENOUS VOICES PLAYED IN THE UNITED STATES DURING NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, AND WHEREAS THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE TITLE 6 PARENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS PROVIDED INDIVIDUALIZED SERVICES, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND OTHER SUPPORTS SINCE 2011 UNDER THE FEDERALLY FUNDED TITLE 6 NATIVE AMERICAN AND ALASKAN NATIVE EDUCATION INITIATIVE, IN EFFORTS TO ENSURE THAT NATIVE AMERICAN AND ALASKAN NATIVE STUDENTS ARE SUPPORTED ACADEMICALLY, WHEREAS THE TITLE 6 PROGRAMS VISION IS TO CULTIVATE A GREATER INCLUSION AND CULTURAL AWARENESS ON BEHALF OF THE THOUSANDS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO ARE IDENTIFIED AS NATIVE AMERICANS OR ALASKAN NATIVE BY THEIR PARENTS, AND WHEREAS WE RECOGNIZE THE KEY ROLES OF NATIVE AMERICANS AND ALASKAN NATIVE THROUGHOUT HISTORY AS WELL AS THE RICH CULTURAL LEGACY THAT HAS HELPED SHAPE OUR NATION'S IDENTITY, WHEREAS WE BEAR WITNESS TO THE EXPERIENCES OF NATIVE PEOPLES TODAY AND THEIR CONTINUED CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR COMMUNITY AND OUR NATION, WHEREAS THE STUDY OF NATIVE AMERICAN AND ALASKAN NATIVE HISTORY PROVIDES ALL STUDENTS WITH VALUABLE ROLE MODELS AS WELL AS ALLOWS FOR LEARNING ABOUT OUR NATION'S GUIDING PRINCIPLES IN A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING THAT AMERICA'S STRENGTH LIES IN THE DIVERSITY OF HER PEOPLE, AND NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA DOES HEREBY DECLARE THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER 2017 AS NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH. TO HONOR ALL OF UP STUDENTS EPP ROLLED IN THE TITLE 6 PROGRA, MAY EACH OF YOU A GIFT WITH TRADITIONAL AMERICAN NATIVE AMERICAN BEAD WORK, TO HONOR THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS DAY. I WOULD LIKE THE STUDENTS THAT ARE HERE JOINING ME TO INTRODUCE THEMSELVES BY NAME, SCHOOL, AND TRIBE, AND THEN HAVE CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, ONE OF OUR FACULTY BEHIND ME READ THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THESE GIFTS TO YOU. 

>> I AM JEFFREY DURANTE. UM FROM CHARTER SCHOOL AND MY TRIBE IS MASSACHUSETTS. 

>> HELLO.  I'M STEFAN NORAN. I GO TO RIVERVIEW ELEMENTARY, AND MY TRIBE IS NEW PATH. 

>> I'M TERRY FISHER AND I'M CHEROKEE. 

>> I'M CHRIS PERNOLE AND I GRADUATED FROM NEW SOME HIGH SCHOOL. 

>> THE GIFTS BEING PRESENTED TODAY ARE CHILDREN'S PENDANTS, NECKLACES, DANGLING FROM THE NECKLACES PLAY AN IMPORTANT AND THE STORIES OF THE ALBI TRIBE FROM THE ATLANTIC COAST TO THE GREAT LAKES AREA. NATIVE AMERICAN PEOPLE ENJOY MAKING AND WEARING DESCRIPTIONS MADE FROM NATURAL MATERIALS. WHEN TRADERS FROM EUROPE CROSSED THE OCEAN TO COME OVER HERE, THEY BROUGHT COLORED GRASS BEADS. FROM THEIR PART OF THE WORLD, WHEN THEY SHARED THESE BEADS TO THE NATIVE AMERICAN, IT WAS NATURAL THAT THEY COULD SEE ALL KINDS OF THINGS TO MAKE. EACH NECKLACE HAS TWO DIFFERENT COLORS, WITH WHITE BONE COLORED BEADS. THE COLORS HAVE MEANING. BLACK REPRESENTS VICTORY, SUCCESS AND POWER. YELLOW RENTS INTELLIGENCE AND DETERMINATION. RED REPRESENTS FAITH, BEAUTY AND HAPPINESS. AND BLUE REPRESENTS WISDOM AND INTELLIGENCE. INTONATION. NATIVE AMERICANS LIKE TO WEAR THINGS THAT HONOR THE EARTH. THEY KNOW THAT THINGS LIKE SHELLS FROM THE WATER ARE GIFTS FROM THE OATER. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>> THANK YOU. AS WE CLOSE, I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE THE NATIVE AMERICAN AND ALASKAN NATIVE STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN THE AUDIENCE, AND ASK THEM TO STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK OUR DIVERSITY OFFICE FOR THEIR ONGOING SUPPORT OF THE TITLE 6 PROGRAM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, I HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR BY MRS. VALDES TO ACCEPT THIS PROCLAMATION. A SECOND BY MRS. GRIFFIN. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE. AT THIS TIME, WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO APPOINTMENTS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT. IF THERE IS ANYONE HERE THAT WISHES TO SPEAK TO ANY OF THE THREE APPOINTMENTS THAT ARE ON OUR AGENDA FOR TODAY, IF THEY COULD PLEASE SEE OUR COMMUNICATIONS STAFF TO MY LEFT. WE ARE HAPPY TO ACCOMMODATE YOU SPEAKING AT THIS POINT. MR. ROBINSON? WELCOME. 

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS. I'M SPEAKING ON ITEM 3, DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT OF RISK MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY DIRECTOR. IS THAT APPROPRIATE? 

>>Cindy Stuart: YES. 

>> FIRST OF ALL, THIS IS PART OF A REORGANIZATION, PART OF DRILLING DOWN AND PART OF BRINGING THIS DISTRICT IN CONTROL BECAUSE IT'S FRAGMENTED. AND MY MISSION IS TO DEFRAGMENT IT. ONE OF THE THINGS WITH THIS PARTICULAR BAD EXPERIENCES THAT I HAVE WITH SAFETY DEPARTMENT, THE ARROGANCE, THE SHUTTING PROJECTS DOWN, GIVING ENGINEERS HARD TIMES -- I HAVE IT ALL DOCUMENTED, TOO, OVER THE LAST 10 TO 15 YEARS -- HAVING THIS DEPARTMENT NOT UNDER FACILITIES PLANNING, HAVING SITTING OUT THERE IN SPACE SOMEWHERE, AND PURCHASING SOME OTHER PLACE, SO IT'S SMART TO PUT IT UNDERNEATH MR. CHRIS FARKAS. IT HAS BEEN NECESSARY. IT'S BEEN OVERDUE. AND I BELIEVE WE'LL HAVE A BETTER SAFETY RECORD BY DOING SO. I DON'T KNOW WHO HE SELECTED, BUT I HOPE EVERYBODY THAT HAD TO RESUBMIT FOR THEIR JOB. IT'S AN ARROGANT DEPARTMENT. IT'S A DEPARTMENT THAT'S REALLY NEEDED IN THIS DISTRICT. SO I'M GOING TO LEAVE IT THERE. I AM GOING TO LET THE POWERS TO BE. I TRUST CHRIS FARKAS TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND I TRUST THAT THEY SELECTED SOMEONE THAT CAN LEAD THE SAFETY DEPARTMENT FROM THE ATTITUDE, THE ARROGANCE, AND THE -- YOU KNOW, I WAS ONCE CUSSED OUT BY ONE OF THE PEOPLE RECENTLY. SO I DON'T WANT TO GET INTO ALL OF THAT, OKAY? BALK I CAN DOCUMENT IT, OKAY? MIGHT WANT TO PLAY THE VIDEO, TOO, WITH THE AUDIO. SO I JUST WANT TO SAY IT'S TIME TO CLEAN UP THE DISTRICT. I THINK THIS IS ONE OF ABOUT 90, 80% THERE, CONSOLIDATING, CLEANING IT UP, MAKING IT LEAN AND MEAN. MR. VASQUEZ, KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND I WILL BE BACK FOR SOME OTHER ITEMS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. ROBINSON MISS DEMOTTO? 

>> I WILL BE QUICK. I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE APPOINTMENT OF THE DIRECTOR OF RISK MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY. THE PERSON BEING APPOINTED WAS NOT PUT IN THE BOARD SUPPORT MATERIAL. IN ADVOCATING FOR TRANSPORTATION, I HAVE SEEN LOTS OF CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN THE PREVIOUS DIRECTOR MR. RATHERERS AND THE HEAD OF CHIEF OF OPERATIONS MR. CHRIS FARKAS AND THE HEAD OF TRANSPORTATION. THE TO CONCERN WAS PEOPLE WERE NOT LISTENING TO THE RISK MANAGEMENT TEAM AND THE SAFETY TEAM IN REFERENCE TO THE SAFE PATH TO SCHOOL AND OUR SCHOOL BUSES. AND NOW WE ARE HAVING AN APPOINTMENT WITHOUT TELLING THE PUBLIC WHO IS BEING APPOINTED, AND ARE THEY TRULY QUALIFIED WHEN CHILDRENS LIVES ARE ON THE LINE? AND LET US ALL REMEMBER THAT EVERY DAY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA 649 PEDESTRIANS ARE INJURED EVERY DAY, AND 1.8 NOW BECAUSE THE YEAR IS NOT OVER, PEDESTRIANS ARE KILLED, BECAUSE THE COST OF NOT HAVING THE SAFE MOTOR TRAVEL TO SCHOOL, WHICH IS A SCHOOL BUS, IS A CHILD'S LIFE AND THAT COST IS TOO HIGH. SO WE PICK THE GUARDIAN OF WHETHER THE DECISIONS WE ARE MAKING ARE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR CHILDREN'S SAFETY. I AM PRAYING YOU ASK THE DIFFICULT QUESTIONS, IS THIS PERSON QUALIFIED? AND -- IT MAY BE UNCOMFORTABLE FOR YOU TO ASK. IT MAY NOT BE PRESENTED IN THE BEST WAY. BUT OUR CHILDREN DESERVE THE MOST QUALIFIED PERSON TO DO THAT. AND I'M VERY CONCERNED THAT PEOPLE WITHIN THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT THAT HAVEN'T DISPLAYED THE BEST CHOICES IN KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE ARE BEING PLACED IN THAT POSITION. SO THERE ISN'T A CHECK AND BALANCE. SO THAT'S WHY I WANT TO SPEAK TO THE APPOINTMENT. AND I WOULD REALLY LOVE IF THE APPOINTMENT AND THE PEOPLE BEING APPOINTED WAS PRESENTED TO THE PUBLIC SO WE CAN SEE IT PRAYER TO THE MEETING, SO WE KNOW WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK. I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. THANK YOU. 

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

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MRS. STUART. BOARD MEMBERS, THE THREE APPOINTMENTS COMING BEFORE YOU TODAY ON THE AGENDA HAVE BEEN PROPERLY ADVERTISED, APPROPRIATE SCREENINGS WERE HELD, AND INTERVIEWS BEFORE THE SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF WERE CONDUCTED. THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT OF THE RMD PROCESS ADOPTED BY THIS BOARD WAS FOLLOWED. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT DEBRA MITCHELL, CURRENTLY EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION STAFF AND COORDINATOR FOR HER ONE TO THE SUPERVISOR OF EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT STAFFING EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 20, 2017. HE SHE BEGAN HER CAREER IN 2002 TEACHING AT KING HIGH SCHOOL AND CONTINUED TEACHING FOR SIX YEARS ADD MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL AND BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL N.2002 SHE WAS NAMED STAFFING SPECIALIST FOR AREA ONE AND IN 2009 BECAME THE STAFFING COORDINATOR FOR AREA ONE WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE SUPERVISOR OF EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION STAFFING. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. HARRIS AND A SECOND BY MRS. SHAMBURGER. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? MRS. SNIVELY. 

>>Melissa Snively: I HAVE A GENERAL QUESTION ABOUT THE JOB DESCRIPTION. AND I DON'T KNOW IF IT WAS JUST AN OVERSIGHT ON THIS PARTICULAR AGENDA OR IF WE ARE NOT ADDING THEM TO THE SUPPORT MATERIAL THAT MRS. D MOTTO BRINGS TO IT. ARE THERE JOB DESCRIPTIONS THAT COULD BE ATTACHED SO WE COULD SEE THE JOB DUTIES OF THESE PARTICULAR APPOINTED POSITIONS? 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THERE'S NO POSITIONS THAT COME TO THIS BOARD WITHOUT THOSE PARTICULAR JOB DESCRIPTIONS. 

>>Melissa Snively: BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT IN THE SUPPORT MATERIAL, THE JOB DESCRIPTIONS UNLESS I AM MISSING SOMETHING. BUT I WOULD APPRECIATE FOUNTAIN YOU COULD INCLUDE THOSE. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THERE ANY OTHER COMMENTS, BOARD MEMBERS? WE HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND ON THE FLOOR TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. AND THE VOTE IS 6 TO 1 WITH MRS. GRIFFIN IN THE NEGATIVE. MRS. MITCHELL, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIEND WHO ARE WITH YOU TODAY? [ APPLAUSE ] CONGRATULATIONS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MRS. STUART. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT KIM LLOYD, CURRENTLY THE EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION STAFF AND COMPLIANCE COORDINATOR TO THE SUPERVISOR OF EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT OLYMPICS EDUCATION COMPLIANCE EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 20, 2017. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER IN 1986 TEACHING AT WIMAUMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND CONTINUED TEACHING AT TAMPA BAY BOULEVARD, CARROLLWOOD SHORE AND FULSOME ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. BETWEEN 1999 AND 20714 SHE SERVED AS ESE SPECIALIST AT SULPHUR SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. A RESEARCH TEACHER FOR LOCKHART, AND -- EXCUSE ME -- SHE WAS AN ESE SPECIALIST AT GIBSONTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND THE ESE COORDINATOR FOR AREA 4. SHE WAS NAMED THE ESE STAFFING COORDINATOR WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION OF SUPERVISOR OF EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION COMPLIANCE. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS APPEAR. AND THE MOTION PASSES WITH MRS. GRIFFIN IN THE NEGATIVE. MRS. LOY, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO ARE WITH YOU TODAY? [ APPLAUSE ] MR. SUPERINTENDENT. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: BY THE WAY, THOSE TWO POSITIONS OF SUPPORT AND ESE ARE FUNDED THROUGH OUR IDEA GRANT FOR STAFFING AND FOR COMPLIANCE. IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT CECELIA WHITE, CURRENTLY OF STEAM CONSULTING TO THE SAFETY DIRECTOR. SHE BEGAN HER CAREER IN 2002 AS A SENIOR ASSOCIATE, WAYNE MUELLER, LLP FROM 2008 TO 2010 SHE WAS AN ATTORNEY FOR NATION WHICH HAD MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY AND IN 2010 NAMED SEO OF STEAMS CONSULTING WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. SUPERINTENDENT. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE RISK MANAGEMENT AND SAFETY DIRECTOR. I HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES AND A SECOND BY MRS. HARRIS. BOARD MEMBERS, IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? MRS. SNIVELY? 

>>Melissa Snively: MR. FARKAS, SINCE THERE WAS NOT A JOB DESCRIPTION ATTACHED TO THIS, MR. EAKINS, WHICHEVER WOULD LIKE TO RESPOND, THIS IS A NEWER POSITION. THIS IS A POSITION -- IS THIS A POSITION THAT HAS ANY ADDED RESPONSIBILITIES THAT ARE DIFFERENT FROM THE PREVIOUS POSITION? 

>> NO, NOT AT ALL. THIS IS A POSITION THAT GLENN MADDOS HELD PREVIOUSLY. 

>> I JUST WANTED CLARIFICATION ON THAT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 

>>Cindy Stuart: FURTHER COMMENTS, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS APPEAR. AND THE MOTION PASSES WITH MRS. GRIFFIN IN THE NEGATIVE AGAIN. MRS. WHITE, PLEASE STAND TO BE RECOGNIZED. CONGRATULATIONS. [ APPLAUSE ] YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO ARE WITH YOU TODAY? [ APPLAUSE ] MRS. GRIFFIN, YOU HAD A COMMENT ON -- 

>>April Griffin: I DO. THANK YOU. AND I WANT TO SAY THAT MY IN A VOTES ON ALL THREE OF THOSE WAS NOT PERSONAL. WHERE WE ARE NOW, AND MR. SUPERINTENDENT, YOU AND I HAVE HAD THESE DISCUSSIONS -- IT'S A DIFFICULT DECISION, BUT WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR APPOINTMENTS IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE LENGTHS ARE KEPT TO A BARE MINIMUM. IN REFERENCE TO THE TWO THAT WERE WITH ESE, AND THESE WERE HARD BECAUSE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT ESE AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SAFETY, AND WE KNOW THAT THOSE ARE A PRIORITY FOR OUR DISTRICT. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST A WORKSHOP ON WHAT PROGRESS AND UNIT ALLOCATION ADJUSTMENTS AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL PRIMARILY SINCE THE BUDGET WORKSHOP THAT WE HAD IN THE SUMMER. BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN SEEING THE DATA, AND WE HAVE GOTTEN RID OF ESEA, WE HAVE GOTTEN RID OF ALL KINDS OF SUPPORT STAFF IN THE CLASSROOM, AND FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, WE HAVE GOT A LOT OF ADMINISTRATORS AND UNIT ALLOCATION IN ESE. AND I NEED JUSTIFICATION ON WHAT THOSE ARE AND WHY WE HAVE THEM. ESPECIALLY WHEN WE ARE CUTTING THE SUPPORT. BUT IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE INDIVIDUALS PRESENTED. IT WAS THE POSITIONS THEMSELVES AND THE POSITION THAT I AM TAKING ON ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS MOVING FORWARD. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: MR. SUPERINTENDENT, IF YOU COULD GO THROUGH THE 402-As FOR US PLEASE. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I HAVE FOUR ADMINISTRATIVE TRANSFERS I WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT TONIGHT. WE HAVE TWO CURRENT HIGH PERFORMING LEADERS WHO HAVE ANSWERED THE CALL TO MOVE TO OUR HIGH NEEDS SCHOOLS. THESE LEADERS JOINED OUR TURN AROUND LEADER PATHWAYS PROGRAM BECAUSE THEY ARE COMMITTED TO EQUITY. I KNOW THAT LEADERSHIP IS A CRITICAL FACTOR IN IMPROVING OUTCOMES FOR ALL STUDENTS. WE WILL MAKE THE IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED AND CHANGE THE TRAJECTORY BECAUSE OF OUR INVESTMENT AND LEADERSHIP AND LEARNING. I WANT TO THANK THESE LEADERS FOR ANSWERING THIS CALL. FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO RECOLLECT NICE MR. ALAN BLACK, CURRENTLY THE PRINCIPAL OF TRAPNELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO THE PRINCIPAL SCHAAP OF BURNEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL B.I THINK I SAW MR. BLACK WALK IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM. COULD HE STAND FOR US, SEE WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE? [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS SINCE YOU ARE HERE. I THINK YOU BROUGHT ALONG A FEW PEOPLE THERE. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU FOR ANSWERING MY CALL. AND IT WHATS IS A CALL. REGINA GORDON AT CARROLLWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO FOREST HILLS LIMIT SCHOOL EFFECT. ARE YOU HERE, MRS. GORDON? THERE SHE IS. ANY FAMILY AND FRIENDS JOIN YOU THIS EVENING? THERE WE GO. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU AS WELL FOR ANSWERING THAT CALL WE DO HAVE TWO ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS BRAND NEW EFFECTIVE JANUARY 27th. WANT TO RECOLLECT NICE THEM AS THEY HAVE BEEN THROUGH THE SUPPORT THROUGH OUR PRINCIPAL PIPELINE AND ADMINISTRATIVE PIPELINE SUPPORTS. WE HAVE MRS. IRA SHAW, TURKEY CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL, TO BE ASSISTANT AT MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL. WE HAVE TONY GRIFFIN, PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL, TO STUDENT AFFAIRS, PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU. AT THIS TIME, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE HERE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS, IF YOU CARE TO LEAVE AND NOT SIT THROUGH THE REST OF OUR MEETING, YOU ARE FREE TO DO SO AS QUIETLY AS POSSIBLE. WE WILL CONTINUE NOW WITH AUDIENCE COMMENTS. MRS. HARRIS, IF YOU COULD PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES. 

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

>> BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS TIME, OUR PROCEDURE IS TO SET ASIDE 45 MINUTES SO THAT MORE PEOPLE CAN BE HEARD WHEN TEN OR MORE PEOPLE ARE IN THE ROOM ADDRESSING A SINGLE TOPICS I CAN, OUR PROCEDURE REDUCES SPEAKING TIME FOR EACH PERSON. AGAIN THIS IS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HEAR MORE PEOPLE DURING OUR AVAILABLE TIME. AGAIN I AM GOING TO REMIND EVERYONE IF YOU LEAVE THE AUDITORIUM, THEY ARE COUNTING AS YOU LEAVE. WE WILL ONLY ALLOW THAT MANY PEOPLE BACK INTO THE ROOM FOR THE PURPOSE OF SAFETY AND SECURITY OF THIS ROOM. WE UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE HERE THAT WANT TO SPEAK THIS EVENING ABOUT NEGOTIATIONS, AND I WANT TO BE REMAINED THE BOARD, THOSE IN THE AUDIENCE AND THOSE WATCHING AT HOME THAT WE ARE PRESENTLY IN DISCUSSION WAS OUR UNIONS AND THEREFORE UNABLE TO RESPOND TO YOUR COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS THIS EVENING. BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS TIME, WE HAVE 23 SPEAKERS SIGNED UP FOR ONE ITEM AND THREE SPEAKERS WHO ARE SIGNED UP FOR MORE THAN ONE ITEM WHICH BRINGS US TO 84 MINUTES. IT'S OBVIOUS THAT THE PEOPLE IN THE ROOM TONIGHT ARE HERE IN LARGE NUMBERS, AND I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER A CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW WE APPROPRIATELY ACCOMMODATE THOSE WHO HAVE MADE TIME TO COME TO OUR MEETING. IF IT'S ALL RIGHT WITH YOU, I WOULD LIKE TO PROPOSE THAT WE OFFER TWO MINUTES TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE -- THREE MINUTES TO THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO MORE THAN ONE ITEM AND TWO MINUTES TO THE REMAINING PEOPLE. THAT BRINGS US TO APPROXIMATELY 46 MINUTES OR CLOSE TO AN HOUR OF BOARD COMMENTS AND AUDIENCE COMMENTS, KEEPING IN MIND THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF EMPLOYEES HERE, AND I ANTICIPATE A LOT OF THEM ARE GOING TO WANT TO SPEAK AT 6:00, AND THAT'S GOING TO BE A FULL-TIME FRAME AS WELL. SO I WILL OPEN THE FLOOR. MRS. VALDES. 

>>Susan Valdes: I MAKE A MOTION TO SUSPEND THE RULES. 

>> I WILL SECOND. 

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, THAT WOULD BRING US TO ALLOWING ALL OF OUR SPEAKERS TO BE SPEAK AND 84 MINUTES OF SPEAKING TIME. MRS. SNIVELY. 

>>Melissa Snively: SORRY. I WAS JUST GOING TO ASK WHAT YOU JUST SAID SO I WITHDRAW MY QUESTION. 

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR IS TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND ALLOW ALL SPEAKERS TO SPEAK FOR THE REGULAR AMOUNT OF TIME WHICH IS 84 MINUTES. PLEASE, IF THERE'S NO DISCUSSION, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS APPEAR. AND THE MOTION PASSES 6 TO 1. SO WE WILL HAVE 84 MINUTES OF PUBLIC COMMENT. WE WILL START WITH THE FOLLOWING THREE BOARD MEMBERS. I AM GOING TO ASK RAY BONTE TO COMB FORWARD FIRST FOLLOWED BY JOSEPHINE AMOTO AND JOE ROBINSON. WELCOME, MR. BONTE. 

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM CHAIR, MADAM VICE CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, SUPERINTENDENT CABINET. I'M RAY VONTE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS. I COME TO YOU TONIGHT VERY TIMELY AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENTS OF RECENT ADMINISTRATORS HERE IN THE DISTRICT. AS YOU KNOW, HASA IS AN ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION THAT IS HERE TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES, FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL OUR MEMBERS. TONIGHT I AM GOING TO PROVIDE YOU A RECOGNITION PROGRAM THAT EVERYONE THAT'S BEEN APPOINTED BY THE BOARD MEMBERS AT EACH BOARD, UPCOMING BOARD, WILL BE RECOGNIZED BY HASA, WITH A LOVELY PACKET THAT YOU HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU, A LETTER WELCOMING THEM TO HASSA, AND PARTNERING WITH LOOMING BRANDS. YOU WILL SEE THAT EACH MEMBER WILL RECEIVE A GIFT CARD TO TAKE THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILY OUT TO EITHER OUTBACK, CARABBAS OR BONEFISH. JUST SO THE BOARD MEMBERS KNOW AND CABINET MEMBERS KNOW, THAT IS A FAKE GIFT CARD IN YOUR PACKAGE SO DON'T TRY TO REDEEM IT. HOWEVER, THE PEOPLE THAT ARE APPOINTED TO THOSE LEADERSHIP POSITIONS WILL GET THE REAL THING AND GET TO ENJOY AND CELEBRATE THE RECOGNITION AND THE HARD WORK THAT LAYS AHEAD OF THEM AS A LEADER IN THIS DISTRICT. SO HASA IS PROUD. WE HAVE GROWN REMARKABLY IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS AS THE LEADER OF THIS ORGANIZATION. I'M VERY PROUD OF THE ORGANIZATION. AND I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE TRYING TO IMPROVE THE CULTURE, DEVELOP THE CULTURE, ENHANCE THE CULTURE OF BEING AN ADMINISTRATOR FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DISTRICT SCHOOLS. AND THIS IS ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE ARE DOING IT. I WANT TO THANK BLOOMING BRANDS, BECAUSE WE WILL BE TWEETING OUT EACH TIME SOMEONE GETS PROMOTED, APPOINTED BY THE BOARD. THEY WILL HOLD UP THEIR LITTLE GIFT CARD, AND JUST LIKE SOMEBODY LIKE TOM BRADY THAT WINS THE SUPER BOWL, AND GETS TO GO OFF TO DISNEY WORLD, OUR MEMBERS WILL GET TO HOLD THAT CARD UP AND GO CELEBRATE AT OUTBACK OR CA BRAB AS OR BONEFISH. CARABBAS OR BONEFISH. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT. NEXT WE HAVE MS. AMOTO. FOLLOWED BY MR. ROBINSON. WELCOME. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES. 

>> THANK YOU. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, I RUN SAFE BUS FOR US FOR CHILDREN AROUND THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I'M HERE TO SPEAK TO YOU BA B THE CONTRACT THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD RENEWED IN SEPTEMBER WITH AMERICAN LOGISTICS COMPANY. AMERICA LOGISTICS TRANSPORTATION COMPANY IS BILLING OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT $23,000 A DAY TO TRANSPORT 160 STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. BUT THEY ARE NOT A TRANSPORTATION COMPANY. THEY ARE A DISPATCH SERVICE. THEY SUB ALL OF THEIR DRIVERS OUT, AND THEY SUB IT OUT TO OTHER COMPANIES WHO THEN SUB IT OUT TO DRIVERS FROM UBER, FROM LYFT, OR MYSELF. I WENT FOR AN INTERVIEW TO SEE HOW IT WORKS. THE AMERICAN LOGISTICS COMPANY DOES NOT OWN A VEHICLE, THEY DO NOT TRANSPORT OUR STUDENTS, THEY DO NOT SUPERVISE THEIR DRIVERS, THEY DO NOT TEST FOR CRIMINAL RECORDS, THEY DO NOT FINGERPRINT THEIR DRIVERS. THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHO ARE IS DRIVING OUR STUDENTS. THEY DO NOT GIVE THE PARENTS A PHONE NUMBER SO THEY CAN CONTACT THE DRIVER WHO GOES ON THE CAMPUS AND PICKS UP A STUDENT. RIGHT NOW, I'M WORKING WITH THREE PARENTS FOR THREE STUDENTS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING. THE DRIVERS DO NOT SIGN. MANY OF THE DRIVERS DO NOT SPEAK FLUENT ENGLISH. NOW, WITH ADA LAW IT'S VERY, VERY CLEAR, ANYTHING YOU SUB OUT MUST BE COMPARABLE. LET'S TALK ABOUT COMPARABLE SERVICES. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO MENTION THAT OUR SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS HAVEN'T HAD A RAISE SINCE A 2.48 RAISE IN THE LAST TEN YEARS. AND LET ME TELL YOU WHAT OUR SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS MUST DO. THEY MUST DO ANNUAL INSPECTIONS OF THE VEHICLE. THAT CAN BE INSPECTED BY US AND BE INSPECTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER MUST HAVE ANNUAL FISCALS, ANNUAL DEXTERITY TESTS, ANNUAL 8 HOUR TRAINING. THEY MUST HAVE TRAINING BY THE NURSES, A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER'S REQUIREMENTS COVER THREE DIFFERENT LAWS AND IT WOULD TAKE ME THREE PAGES AND 20 MINUTES TO TELL YOU WHAT OUR SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS MUST DO IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE OUR STUDENTS. PLUS WE HAVE VIDEO ON OUR BUSES, AND OUR SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS ARE TOUCHED, NOT PHYSICALLY TOUCHED BUT PARENTS SEE THEM, THE STUDENTS SEE THEM, PRINCIPALS SEE THEM, THE VICE PRINCIPAL SEES THEM. HERE OFF COMPLETE STRANGER SHOWING UP TO PRIVATE HOMES TO PICK UP OUR MOST VULNERABLE STUDENTS, IN VEHICLES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN INSPECTED. WE DON'T KNOW IF THE TIRE TREADS ARE WARN OUT. WE DON'T KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THOSE DRIVERS. AND THEY ARE PICKING UP OUR MOST VULNERABLE STUDENTS. AND IT WOULD MAKE SENSE IF WE SAVED MONEY BUT WE SAVE ZERO MONEY. IT IS ACTUALLY COSTING US 100 TIMES MORE. AND THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS TELLING PARENTS, I GAVE YOU -- I OFFERED YOU TRANSPORTATION, YOU CAN EITHER REIMBURSE YOU FOR DRIVING YOUR STUDENT YOURSELF OR YOU CAN TAKE ALC. AND THE PARENTS WHO HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE BETWEEN PUTTING FOOD ON THEIR TABLE OR SENDING THEIR CHILD TO SCHOOL ARE FORCED INTO THE CORNER TO SEND THEIR CHILD ON THIS SERVICE, WHICH BREAKS ABOUT TEN DIFFERENT LAWS. ON TOP OF THAT, I WAS TOLD WE ARE NOT GOING TO FOLLOW THE PROPER BILLING FOR ADA WHERE WEEK RECOUP $40 MILLION IN BILLABLE SERVICES BUT THEN WE CHOOSE A SERVICE THAT COSTS US 100 TIMES MORE, $23,000 A DAY, TO DO SOMETHING THAT BREAKS THE LAW, THE ADA LAW, AND WE ENDANGER OUR STUDENTS AND OUR CHILDREN. WE NEED TO START MAKING CHANGES. WE NEED TO START PUTTING OUR CHILDREN'S SAFETY FIRST. WE NEED TO START LOOKING AT THE CONTRACTS. EXAMPLE, WHEN WE HIRE PEOPLE, HOW CAN WE NOT HIRE THEM WITH THEIR QUALIFICATIONS IN FRONT OF US? HOW CAN WE NOT SEE THAT THE CONTRACT IS A COMPLETE AND UTTER LIE? THE CONTRACT IS NOT ADHERED TO. THIS CONTRACT IS A DISPATCH SERVICE. IT IS NOT A TRANSPORTATION SERVICE. AND YOU NEED TO REALLY LOOK INTO CEASING THIS CONTRACT IMMEDIATELY BECAUSE IT'S ENDANGERING CHILDREN'S LIVES. PLEASE DOUGH THAT. PLEASE TAKE ACTION. AND I WILL BE MEETING WITH OUR CONGRESSIONAL LEADERSHIP TO SPEAK ABOUT THIS COMPANY, TO SPEAK ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE DOING WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MRS. AMOTO. FOR THOSE OF YOU HERE THIS EVENING AND ARE SIGNING UP FOR MORE THAN ONE AGENDA ITEM WE ARE GOING TO HOLD YOU SPEAKING STRICTLY TO THOSE AGENDA ITEMS. MRS. AMOTO WAS AFFORDED EXTRA TIME TO SPEAK TO FIVE AGENDA ITEMS AND SHE REALLY ONLY SPOKE TO ONE. SO I BEG OF YOU IF YOU ARE COMING TO SPEAK TO US, PLEASE STICK WITH THE ITEMS THAT YOU CAME TO SPEAK ABOUT. MR. ROBINSON, YOU ARE NEXT. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES. 

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. I'M SPEAKING TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND EVERYBODY UNDERNEATH YOU TODAY, BECAUSE YOU GUYS CAN'T CONTROL WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. FIRST ITEM THAT I WAS GOING TO SPEAK ABOUT WAS THE TO MOVE RIGHT QUICKLY HERE, THE AGREEMENT WITH MISAMISSI FOR ENERGY CONSERVATION. FOR MODERNIZED SCHOOL. WHETHER THEY ARE GOING TO SAVE ENERGY, MONITOR IT AND HELP US GET THAT DONE. THE OTHER ITEM THAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT WAS THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE SENIORS, AND I AM GOING TO BYPASS THAT, COME BACK TO THAT FOR A MINUTE. HEAD START. APPROVE LEASE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FLORIDA AND TAMPA HOUSING AUTHORITY ENCORE RETAIL LLC FOR CLASSROOM SPACE FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD HEAD START PROGRAM. THIS IS A SMART MOVE. IT'S LOCATED IN THE INNER CITY. IF YOU KNOW WHERE ENCORE IS, NOW WHERE THE TRY ANKLE IS, SAINT CLEAVER. AND HEAD STARTED IS NEEDED IN THE DISTRICT. WE NEED MORE HEAD START. WE NEED MORE PRESCHOOLING. WE NEED MORE PRE-K. AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE DISTRICT IS INVOLVED WITH IT AND HAVING IT IN THIS LOCATION WHICH IS SORT OF CENTRAL TO TAMPA OR HUD, BECAUSE OUR URBAN CORE IS HURTING. THE URBAN CORE IS HURTING. NOW, THE CHAIR IS NOT HERE. I HOPE YOU ALL COME UP WITH A REAL GOOD CANDIDATE. BUT I THINK THE HEAD START NEEDS TO BE DONE, AND I AGREE WITH THAT. NOW, THE GRANDPARENTS, YOU KNOW. THE GRANDPARENTS, THE SENIORS, AND SERVE THE TAMPA BAY, HAVE DONE WONDERFUL THINGS. THEY HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR A VERY, VERY LONG TIME, AND IT'S NEEDED. AND IT'S NEEDED BECAUSE WE HAVE THE SPELLMAN SCHOOL. I WAS OUT PART OF THE DAY. IT'S HOT OVER THERE. BUT THIS IS A SITUATION THAT IS DESPERATE. AND I KNOW THERE'S ABOUT 300 TO 400 PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE BUILDING, IN THE BUILDING. AND FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, THEY ARE GOING TO BE WORKING THE CONTRACT. AND I WANT THEM TO WORK THE CONTRACT THAT WE GOT FOR THANKSGIVING. BUT I WANT TO CAUTION NOW, OKAY, I WANT TO CAUTION, THE 7 SCHOOLS CHARGE THAT'S WORKING THE CONTRACT TO NOT DO THAT AT POTTER AND THE OTHER 7 SCHOOLS. IF YOU WORK THAT CONTRACT ON THOSE 7 SCHOOLS AND WE ARE TRYING TO GET A C AND WE GOT F, JOE ROBINSON IS GOING TO TAKE YOU TO JESUS BECAUSE I HAVE GOT CONNECTIONS TO UNWORK THE CONTRACT. AS A MATTER OF FACT, AND I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH THIS, SUPERINTENDENT, WE WERE TOLD BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA TO -- WITH MY LAST MINUTE AND A HALF -- BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IT SAYS THE SCHOOL BOARD EDUCATION SCHOOLSLER DATED OCTOBER 16, 2017, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT REQUIRED THREE OPTIONS OF THE TURN AROUND PLAN AND IDENTIFIED -- AND THAT'S WHAT I AM SAYING -- DO NOT WORK THE CONTRACT ON THE 7. MAYBE SOME OF THOSE PEOPLE DO SOMETHING THAT WEEK. THE DISTRICT HAS CHOSEN EXTERNAL OPERATOR. BOARD CAN'T DO NOTHING ABOUT IT. BUT MR. SUPERINTENDENT, MR. VASQUEZ AND MR. PETERS, WE WATCHING YOU. ESPECIALLY AFRICAN COMMUNITY. WE ARE SICK AND TIRED OF FAILING SCHOOLS. WE GOT THE JULY 1st TO TURN THEM AROUND. YOU HAVE GOT TEACHERS THAT NEED TO GET PAID. TO TURN THEM AROUND. WE GOT PEOPLE OUT HERE THAT ARE ARGUING ABOUT $4,000. BUT I TOLL YOU, IF THEY WORK THE CONTRACT ON THESE 7 SCHOOLS IN PREDOMINANTLY AFRICAN COMMUNITY YOU ARE GOING TO CATCH HELL FROM THE BLACK COMMUNITY IF WE DON'T DO THAT BECAUSE I WILL SAY -- I WILL SAY -- [ APPLAUSE ] -- THAT THAT MIGHT BE WHY WE GOT ANOTHER F AND DIDN'T GET A C BECAUSE OF THAT ONE WEEK. BUT I SUPPORT THEM. WE'LL FIND THE MONEY FOR THEM. BUT I'M SERIOUS ABOUT THIS. I'M VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THIS. IT AIN'T GOT NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BOARD.  THIS IS ON THE SUPERINTENDENT'S BACK AND I WILL GIVE A DOCUMENT TO YOU, MR. PETERS AND EVERYBODY ELSE, AND I WANT TO THANK TWO PEOPLE. TRISH McMANUS IS DOING A HELL OF A JOB. LET HER KEEP DOING IT. MARYLOU WHALEY IS A MICROPROCESS OR IN THIS DISTRICT. LET THAT MICROPROCESS OR KEEP PROCESSING. I APPRECIATE THAT. AND I WILL SEND YOU THE DOCUMENT CAME UP WITH. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. ROBINSON. MR. KLUTHO. [ APPLAUSE ] MR. KLUTHO, YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES. 

>> MARK KLUTHO, LARGO. 4.03. THAT'S THE OLD CHANGE THE RULES OF THE GAME AGAIN. 6.07. THE CHARTER SCHOOL THING. WE COULD DO IT WITH THOSE OTHER ONES. SHOULDN'T BE DOING THE CHARTER SCHOOLS. IT'S A RACKET. A RACKET. 7.05. 7.06. WELL, NOW WHAT'S HAPPENED WHEN YOU DO WORK WITH YOUR SCHOOLS ON THE SCHOOLS. DEBACLES. EVERY SINGLE TIME. SO WHERE DOES THAT GO? WINSTON CHURCHILL SAID IN 1960, WE SHAPE OUR BUILDINGS. THEREAFTER, THEY SHAPE US. AND IT LEADS US TO TODAY. CONSERVATION, JANE GOODALL, SAYS THE EARTH IS IN DANGER. SHE WARNS THAT GOVERNMENTS ARE TAMPING DO I KNOW MOTHER NATURE. AND, OH, YOU ARE DOING SUCH A GOOD JOB HERE. IN TODAY'S PAPER, FOSSIL FUEL EMISSIONS SET TO HIT A RECORD HIGH IN 2017. 37 BILLION TONS EMITTED. YEAH. AND SO WE HAVE THESE HEADLINES IN THE PAPER. AND THIS PROBLEM WITH THE CONSTRUCTION. SIX EMPLOYEES ARE LET GO. $750,000. 125,000 EMPLOYEES? WHOA, YEAH. HOW ABOUT THAT ONE? HA-HA. YEAH. FROM THE SAME GUY, HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT, FINANCIAL AND LEADERSHIP CRISIS. WHAT'S THE SECOND SENTENCE? TOO MANY AIR CONDITIONERS DON'T WORK. WELL, THE PROBLEM IS YOU HAVE THESE STUPID BUILDINGS THAT REQUIRE THE GIGANTIC AIR CONDITIONERS. THAT ARE BELCHING THE CARBON. YEAH, LET'S GO BACK. MAY 29th, 1998. THE SEMINAR. SAID YOU ARE GOING TO BUILD THE SCHOOLS DIFFERENTLY. OH, OVER $4 BILLION WORTH OF STUPID SCHOOLS. YOU HAVEN'T GOTTEN IT RIGHT YET. AND THEN HERE, TEACHERS CAN'T WIN THEIR FIGHT FOR RAISES. THIS IS FROM THE WIZARD JOHN ROMANO. HE SAYS THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM IS IN A FINANCIAL MELTDOWN. BASIC NECESSITATES SUCH AS AIR CONDITIONING REPAIRS. OH, THEY ARE A NECESSITY. THE REPAIRS. BOY, I'LL TELL YOU, IT'S SOMETHING ELSE. AND THEN HERE IS THIS ARTICLE ABOUT THE TEACHERS. TEACHERS VOTE TO WORK THE CONTRACT. UNION WANTS TO SHOW THAT TEACHERS GO ABOVE AND BEYOND. AND THEN WE GO OVER HERE AND IT SAYS MONEY IS NEEDED FOR OTHER USES, SUCH AS BUILDING MAINTENANCE. YOU MAKE THE STUPID BUILDINGS, AND THEY ARE WRONG, AND THEY HAVE THE BIG AC SYSTEMS. THEY HAVE TO BE BAD. GOING ON THREE DECADES AGO, I BROUGHT THE SIGNS OF HIGH PERFORMANCE PASSIVE SOLAR. NOW, THERE HASN'T BEEN ONE TEACHER TO STAND UP TO SAY WHY AREN'T YOU GIVING US THESE BIG BUILDINGS? THAT ARE HEALTHIER, MORE CONDUCIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR LEARNING? I MEAN, THIS IS SICK. AND THEN THIS LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM THE SUPERINTENDENTS. THE SUPERINTENDENT, THESE A CHEFMENTS. WHAT A JOKE. I MEAN, THE FUTURE IS DIM. THE FUTURE IS DIM. SORRY TO SAY. (BELL SOUNDS). 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS PAT HALL. PAT HALL. I WILL COME BACK TO PAT. JASON FERGER FOLLOWED BY RYAN HASINSKY. WELCOME, MR. FERGER. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES. 

>> MY NAME IS JASON FERG PER, PARENT, VOLUNTEER, TAXPAYER. AS YOU CALL IT, A STAKEHOLDER. MR. EAKINS, LAST WEEK I CALLED YOUR OFFICE AND LEFT MESSAGES WITH GLENDA AND JACKIE. I DIDN'T EXPECT MUCH. BUT AFTER YOU DIDN'T CALL BACK OR NOBODY ACKNOWLEDGED I FIGURED I WOULD COME HERE AND DO IT PUBLICLY. BUT I SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN SURPRISED. RECENTLY, A COUPLE YEARS AGO, I HAD THE SAME EXPERIENCE WHEN I CALLED FARKAS ABOUT MY STUDENT NOT GETTING PICKED UP AT THE BUS STOP ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION. HERE TO TALK ABOUT AGENDA ITEM 6.8 AND 6.9, SLAM ACADEMIES BUT FIRST WANT TO ADDRESS THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM, THOSE ON THE DAIS AND THE FIRST THREE ROWS BEHIND ME HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB MESSING THINGS UP AROUND HERE.  THIS ADMINISTRATION AND BOARD IS ABOUT AS TRANCE PARTICIPANT AS THE HILLSBOROUGH RIVER AFTER A HURRICANE. I HAVE BEEN IN THE DISTRICT LIKE THIS ONE BEFORE THAT WAS RUN WITH INCOMPETENT PERSONS. IN 2004, A U.S. DISTRICT COURT LAWSUIT WAS FILED, KISSMILLER VERSUS DOVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT. AFTER SPEAKING WITH THE BOARD CHAIR AT THAT TIME, ONCE AGAIN CONFIRMED THAT SOME PEOPLE GET ELECTED OR PROMOTED TO THEIR LEVEL OF INCOMPETENT. YOU CAN GOOGLE ALL THE DETAILS BUT I WILL SHARE WITH YOU THE RESULTS. THE SMALL DISTRICT LOST, PAID OVER A MILLION DOLLARS. THE IMPORTANT ALSO FACT TO KNOW IN NOVEMBER OF 2005, NONE OF THE BOARD VOTED FOR THE REASON BEHIND THE LAWSUIT WERE REELECTED. THEY WERE NOT REELECTED. AND I WILL OFFER A FEW SIMPLE RECOMMENDATIONS, MR. EAKINS. YOU ARE THE SUPERINTENDENT. ULTIMATELY, YOU ARE IN N CHARGE. IT'S TIME TO HAVE THIN THE $1,000 HERD. I WOULD SAY 35 PO TO 40 POSITIONS, SAVE 3 TO $4 MILLION. PROBABLY A LITTLE MORE. AND THE RECENT LAWSUIT READS $4  YOU CUT IN THEIR PAY. AND NOW THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM. [ APPLAUSE ] MRS. VALDES. TAKE A TRIP TO MIAMI. 

>>Cindy Stuart: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE. 

>> YOU TAKE A TRIP TO MIAMI TO VISIT SLAM AND WHO KNOWS, MAYBE PIT BULL ATTACKS PAYER EXPENSE. AND UNTIL THIS MORNING WHAT WAS MORE TROUBLING WAS THE THOUSANDS OF CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS THAT WENT TO YOU. BUT NO, TODAY, MR. EAKINS, YOU GAVE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY A HOLD MY DRINK MOMENT. YOU ARE A PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT THAT WENT TO A FOR-PROFIT CHARTER SCHOOL ALONG WITH TWO OTHER BOARD MEMBERS TO DO A RIBBON CUTTING? SERIOUSLY? WHO THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD IDEA? TODAY IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MEETINGS PROBABLY THE MOST CONTENTIOUS MEETING IN DECADES. AND MRS. VALDES, SAW THIS FROM A FRIEND ON SOCIAL MEDIA. IT COMES FROM OLIVER CROMWELL ADDRESSING THE PARLIAMENT WHICH SEEMS TIMELY. YOU SAT TOO LONG HERE FOR ANY GOOD THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING. DEPART I SAY AND LET US HAVE DONE WITH YOU. IN THE NAME OF GOD, GO. MRS. VALDES, YOU NEED TO RESIGN. YOUR PRESENCE DOES NO GOOD. AND TALKING ABOUT TRAVEL HAD HERE IS ANOTHER SUGGESTION. YOU REQUIRE MY WIFE AND THOUSANDS OF EMPLOYEES TO TRAVEL WITHOUT THE SAME LUXURY OF REIMBURSEMENT. BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU ARE TRUE SERVANT LEADERS TONIGHT YOU WOULD MAKE A MOTION, SOMEBODY WOULD SECOND IT, AND YOU WOULD STOP ALL IN COUNTY TRAVEL REIMBURSEMENTS AND GREATLY CURTAIL THOSE IN OUT OF COUNTY. YOU WANT TO GO TO LUNCH? WE HAVE AT A PARADE? DO IT ON YOUR OWN TIME AND DIME. ON AGENDA 6.7,  , 9, 10, APPROVAL FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS. YOU IT ON THAT DAIS AND I STAND AT THE LECTERN OR AS SOME CALL IT, THE PODIUM, YOU ARE PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. AND ALTHOUGH CHARTERS ARE VALUED AND LENT NEEDED AND LIMITED BASIS YOU CANNOT SIT AND COMPLAIN AND CONTINUE TO MAKE EXCUSES ABOUT ALL THE MONEY YOU LOSE IN CHARITIES. ITURE ONE WHO HAS TO APPROVE THEM. WOULDN'T IT WELL AND IMPORTANT TO LIST THE FINANCIAL IMPACT OF THESE CHARTERS AND WHAT IT WILL HAVE ON THE DISTRICT FOR THE PUBLIC TO SEE? IT'S NOT IN THERE. IF THIS BOARD VOTES TONIGHT TO APPROVE THESE CHARTERS, YOU ARE SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE PARENTS, STUDENTS, TEACHERS, SUPPORT STAFF, STAKEHOLDERS AS YOU CALL THEM, THE VOTERS, THE HARDWORKING FOLKS IN THE BACK OF THIS ROOM, OUTSIDE, OUT FRONT. THE MESSAGE THAT WILL BE HEARD IS THIS. YOU THE SENIOR DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION AND PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS DO NOT SUPPORT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AGAIN, I ASK YOU TO PLEASE KEEP YOUR APPLAUSE TO A MINIMUM SO WE CAN GET THROUGH THE SPEAKERS AND ALLOW ALL OF THEM TO SPEAK. MR. HESENSY, YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES. 

>> I LEARNED MUCH AS A RELIGIOUS STUDIES MAJOR AT USF AND I WANT TO SHARE AN IMPORTANT LESS ON. FUNCTIONALLY SPEAKING ALL OF US CAN SHARE TWO KEY ATTRIBUTES, BELIEVE IN ULTIMATE POWER, RIGHTS AND RIGHTIALS AND COMMUNITY OF BELIEVERS. DAY WANT TO FOCUS ON THE POWER OF STORY. ONE OF MY FAVORITE PROFESSORS DARRYL FASHION PASSED AWAY SUDDENLY THIS SPRING. HE WAS IN RELATIVELY GOOD HEALTH AND IT WAS UNEXPECTED. DR. FASHION WAS INTERESTED IN HOW WE TELL THE PROVIDERS STORIES WITH MEANING. IN SELF OF HIS BOOKS HE STATES HUMAN BEINGS ARE NOT ONLY STORYTELLERS, WE ARE STORY DWELLERS. THEREFORE WE DON'T SIMPLY TELL STORIES. WE INHABIT THEM. I WOULD LIKE EVERYONE TO THINK ABOUT THE STORY OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IS TELLING, THE STORY WE ARE LIVING OUT AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME. IF YOU ASK ME, AND MANY, MANY OTHERS, WE CURRENTLY FIND OURSELVES TRAPPED IN A DISTRESSING CHAPTER, LOST ARE IN A LABYRINTH, GROPING ALONG WALLS, TRYING TO MAKE OUR WAY BACK TOWARD THE LIGHT. THE JOURNEY WILL NOT BE EASY BUT I HAVE FAITH IN OUR ABILITY TO FIND A WAY FORWARD. THE STORY THAT IS BEING TOLD BY THE DISTRICT IS ONE OF SUCCESSES. RISING GRADUATION RATES, FEWER FAILING SCHOOLS, STUDENT EARNING CONCORDANCE STORES, PASSING NUMEROUS AP AND SCHOOL EXAMS. WHILE ALL OF THESE ARE ADD MAYORAL FEATS THE STORY IS LOST IN THE CLAM TORE OF CONCERN OVER STRIFE AND LACK OF PROPER FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT. FUNDAMENTALLY I THINK THE SCHOOL BOARD AND DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION DON'T APPRECIATE OR UNDERSTAND HUMAN NATURE. HUMANS HAVE AN EVOLUTIONARY DYSPREDISPOSITION TO NAVIGATE TOWARDS LIFE, HELPED SPECIES NOT ONLY SURVIVE BUT THRIVE OVER THE LAST 200,000 YEARS. PSYCHOLOGICAL STUDIES DEMONSTRATED IF PEOPLE HAVE A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE THEY WILL TELL THREE PEOPLE F.THOSE SAME PEOPLE HAVE A NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE, HOWEVER, THEY WILL TELL ELEVEN PEOPLE. HUMAN NATURE THEN IS NOT ON YOUR SIDE. THOUGH YOU MAY HAVE A COMMUNICATIONS TEAM WORKING ROUND THE CLOCK TO TELL THE STORY OF THE GOOD THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING, AND THERE ARE INDEED MANY, THEY ARE BEING SWALLOWED UP BY THE BLACK HOLE OF NEGATIVITY HANGING OVER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION TELLS ONE STORY, BUT I CAN TELL YOU WITH GREAT CERTAINTY THAT THE EMPLOYEES ARE LIVING IN A VASTLY DIFFERENT NARRATIVE. WHILE THE DISTRICT TOUTS ITSELF ON TWIT e, EMPLOYEES OF ALL STRIPES ARE TOLD THAT THE DISTRICT WILL NOT HONOR ITS CONTRACTS, WILL NOT HONOR ITS PAY SCALES, WILL NOT HONOR ITS WORD. THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH OUR STUDENTS EACH AND EVERY DAY IN THE SCHOOLHOUSES ALL ACROSS THIS COUNTY SWOG THROUGH THE DAYS. MORALE IS THE LOWEST I HAVE WITNESSED IN MY 14 YEARS OF TEACHING. YET WE PUT ON A BRAVE FACE FOR OUR STUDENTS TO SHIELD THEM FROM THE DAMAGE, THE FINANCIAL CUTS HAVE BEEN TAKING. EMPLOYEES ARE CONSTANTLY DEMANDED TO DO MORE WHILE RECEIVING LESS WHETHER COMPENSATION OR RESPECT. AND THOUGH WE SUFFER THE RAMIFICATIONS OF YOUR POOR PLANNING AND CHOICES, WE MUST WATCH AS THE BUREAUCRACY BALLOONS, ALL WHILE BEING TOLD WE HAVE NO MONEY. AND IF THIS STORY WEREN'T BAD ENOUGH THERE IS A FAR MORE PERNICIOUS PLOT LINE DEVELOPING, ONE ABOUT WHICH MOST STUDENTS AND EDUCATION STAKEHOLDERS ARE COMPLETELY UNAWARE. BETWEEN THE LINES OF OUR STORY THERE'S A SUB TEXT THAT TELLS A TALE OF COERCION, COLLUSION AND CORRUPTION, A NARRATIVE THAT KEEPS INTO THE BARK DASH UNFORTUNATELY CORNER TO WITNESS PAY TO PLAY POLITICIANS ENSURING THEIR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTORS GET THEIR SLICE OF THE PUBLIC PIE. FOR THOSE WHO ARE CLOSELY FOLLOWING THIS STORY LINE THEY WATCH AGHAST AS THIS VERY SCHOOL BOARD RUBBER STAMPS CONTRACTS WORTH TENS OF HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS, SOMETIMES EVEN MILLIONS. WE WONDER WHERE THE MONEY HAS GONE WHEN IN REALITY IT'S BEING SIPHONED OFF RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR VERY EYES, TAXPAYERS BEING BILKED IN THE NAME OF CRONY CAPITALISM AND CORPORATE WELFARE. EVEN TODAY THE VAST PROLIFERATION OF FOR-PROFIT CHARTER SCHOOLS CONTINUE. SOME OF YOU UNDOUBTEDLY ATTENDED THE RIBBON CUTTING THIS MORNING OF THE NEWLY OPENED SLAM CHARTER IN CITRUS PARK AND THEN CAME BACK HERE TO APPROVE TWO NEW ONES IN RIVERVIEW. DOES THE PUBLIC KNOW THAT MRS. ILEUS DID EVERYTHING IN HER POWER TO STEM THE TIDE GUESS GUESS THENCE FOR-PROFIT CHARLATANS, AND WINNING LITIGATION ONLY TO CALL OFF THE SUIT A FEW YEARS AGO BECAUSE WE WERE TAKING THE DISTRICT IN A DIFFERENT DIRECTION? SURELY, THOSE TENS OF MILLIONS OF FEFP DOLLARS COULD HAVE ENSURED THE CONTRACTUALLY OWED MOVEMENT ON THE PAY SCALE. BUT AS YOU KNOW, I AM EVER THE OPTIMIST IDEALIST. I BELIEVE WE CAN TURN THE PAGE ON THIS DARK CHAPTER AND BEGIN TO READ THE NEXT ONE WHICH I TRUST WILL BE POSITIVE. IT BEGINS WITH FINDING THE COLLECTIVE WILL TO MAKE GOOD ON THE PROMISES YOU MADE TO THE EMPLOYEES, AS THOSE WHO OVERSEE THE BUDGET, YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN PLANNING FIRST AND FOREMOST TO PROPERLY PAY THOSE WHO WORK WITH OUR CHILDREN DAY IN AND DAY OUT. AND IF WE HAVE ANY HOPE TO RESTORE PUBLIC FAITH SO THAT WE CAN PASS A REFERENDUM TO GENERAL RATE NEW REVENUE, THIS DARK CHAPTER MUST CONCLUDE BY REMOVING FROM POWER THOSE WHO ABUSED IT WHICH IS WHY I AM ASKING WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, MRS. VALDES, FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CITIZENS, TAXPAYERS, EMPLOYEES, AND ABOVE ALL OUR STUDENTS THAT YOU IMMEDIATELY RESIGN FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD. LET'S TURN THE PAGE. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: MRS. HALL, WELCOME. YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES. 

>> AS A RETIRED TEACHER MYSELF, I KNOW THAT WE HAVE MANY EXCELLENT CHARTER SCHOOLS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THAT ORIGINATED FOR THE RIGHT PURPOSE OF INNOVATION, ET CETERA. LEARNING GATE, PEPIN, BROOKS DEBARTOLO. BUT I AM HERE TODAY TO SPEAK AGAINST THE APPROVAL OF FOUR MORE CHARTER SCHOOLS. THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY FOR SLAM THAT'S PROPOSED TO TEACH 2,750 STUDENTS IN RIVERVIEW, SOUTH COUNTY, IS MANAGED BY ACADEMICCA. ACT DEM CA IS UNDER MULTIPLE YEAR FEDERAL INVESTIGATION THE LAST I CHECKED. DO WE WANT THEM SUPERVISING SCHOOLS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY? DON'T WE HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS? ERIC PRESTON IS THE BROTHER-IN-LAW OF ACADEMIC A OWNER. CHAIRMAN OF EDUCATION FOR THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE FOR EIGHT YEARS, AND HE IS NOW IN PRISON FOR FRAUD AND IRS THEFT. NEW POINT COMPANY HAS BEEN INDICTED IN ESCAMBIA FOR FRAUD, IN PINELLAS, DUVAL, AND THANK GOD WE CLOSED THEM IN 2013 IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THE CHARTERER FRIENDLY ATMOSPHERE CHANGED IMMEDIATELY AFTER FIRING OF MRS. ELIA AND THE LAST SPEAKER SPOKE TO THIS. TOM GONZALEZ AND JEN HODGES HAD A STRONG CASE AGAINST KING COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL AND IT WAS DROPPED AT THE REQUEST OF MR. EAKINS AND THE SCHOOL BOARD BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE MORE CHARTER FRIENDLY. STATE WIDE, 2.7 MILLION TRADITIONAL STUDENTS ARE EDUCATED. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAS 215,000 STUDENTS INCLUDING 22,000 IN CHARTER SCHOOLS. CHARTER SCHOOLS REPRESENT 10 TO 11% OF SCHOOLCHILDREN IN FLORIDA BUT HAVE GRABBED THE LION'S SHARE OF PUBLIC EDUCATIONAL CAPITAL OUTLAY FUNDS. MOST FOR-PROFIT CHARTERS HAVE BEEN BUILT IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS. THE AVERAGE AGE OF INDIVIDUAL HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS IS 50 YEARS OLD. THE DRAMATIC SHIFT TO CHARTER SCHOOLS WAS ORCHESTRATED IN THE LEGISLATURE BY CONVICTED FELON ERIC PRESON AND HIS VERY WEALTHY PAL, JOHN HAGE, CHARTER SCHOOL USA AND THE OWNER OF ACADEMICCA. RESEARCH DONE BY NOELLE PRANSKY, CHANNEL 10, IN AUGUST OF 2014, WHEN THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS HELPED CHARTER SCHOOL USA DECIDE NOT TO OPEN AT MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, NOELLE APPROVED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO LEGISLATORS TO INFLUENCE THEIR VOTES. IN 2014 AND 16, THE ELECTION CONTRIBUTIONS WE FOLLOWED, AT LEAST THREE OF YOU SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS HAVE TAKEN MONEY FROM NUMEROUS FOR-PROFIT SCHOOL OWNERS ONE BOARD MEMBER TOOK A LONG FIVE-DAY TRIP TO MIAMI TO VISIT SLAM ATTACKS PAIR EXPENSE OF OVER $1200. WHY FIVE DAYS? WHY KNOW LIMITS ON SCHOOL BOARD TRAVEL WHEN THE BUDGET IS SO TIGHT? THAT SAME BOARD MEMBER THEN COLLECTED $13,000 FROM CHARTER SCHOOL OPERATORS. LARGE FOR-PROFIT CHARTERS WHO FEED MILLIONS OF MILLIONS OF FTE DOLLARS, AS DO TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS. WHILE 86% OF THE TRADITIONAL SCHOOL MONEY IS SPENT ON INSTRUCTION, TEACHERS, SUPPLIES, ET CETERA. OUR INVESTIGATION HAS PROVEN THAT LARGE FOR-PROFIT CHARTERS SPEND 45 TO 48% OF FTE ON CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION AND TEACHERS. THEY TAKE 40 TO 50% OF OUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS FOR MANAGEMENT FEES AND REAL ESTATE LEASES AND RENT FEES. THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS. WHEN THESE SCHOOLS CLOSE OR GO OUT OF BUSINESS, THESE BUILDINGS WE HAVE PAID FOR REMAIN WITH THE CHARTER SCHOOL OWNERS. IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WE HAVE AUTHORIZED 123 SCHOOLS SINCE 1997. WE NOW HAVE 51 OPEN, 7 WERE CONSOLIDATED LIKE PEPIN WHICH AT ONE POINT HAD FOUR, BUT 65 ARE NOT AROUND NOW. WHAT ARE WE DOING WITH OUR TAXPAYER MONEY? PLEASE CONSIDER NOT OPENING THESE CHARTERS. I KNOW THAT IT CAN THEN BE APPEALED TO THE DOE BECAUSE THE LAWS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN BY JOHN HAGE AND COMPANY TO BENEFIT THEMSELVES. YOU NEED TO STAND UP. YOU NEED TO COMPLAIN ABOUT HB 7069. NOBODY FUND THIS SCHOOL BOARD -- NOBODY ON THIS SCHOOL BOARD SPOKE TO THE LEGISLATURE ON NOVEMBER 3rd THAT I WAS TOLD ABOUT. THAT'S A SHAME. WHAT'S WRONG? THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: OUR NEXT THREE SPEAKERS, ALL GET THREE MINUTES EACH. IF YOU COULD LINE UP TO MY LEFT ALONG THE WALL. SPIRO DEMEETRAH, JAMES, AND KIM KAVANA. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS -- I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF PATEL INSTITUTE FOR INNOVATION. UNLIKE THE LARGE SCHOOL MODEL IMPLEMENTED BY MANY FOR-PROFIT EDUCATIONAL -- OKAY. [RUSTLING PAPERS] UNLIKE THE LARGE SCHOOL MODEL IMPLEMENTED BY MANY FOR-PROFIT EDUCATIONAL SERVICE PROVIDERS, PATEL INSTITUTE FOR INNOVATION REFLECTS THE VISION OF A GROUP OF COMMITTED PARENTS AND CITIZENS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. OUR VISION FOR SMALL INNOVATIVE CHARTER SCHOOLS BEGAN IN 2015 AND BECAME A REALITY WHEN DR. KAREN PATEL EXTENDED HIS WHOLEHEARTED SUPPORT TO US IN 2016 AND AGREED TO BACK IT IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE INCLUDING DRE THIS DAY, SEEKING YOUR APPROVAL, HAS BEEN A GREAT EXPERIENCE. THANKS TO OUR INTERACTION WAS THE CHARTER SCHOOL OFFICE, JENNA AND HER TEAM HAVE BEEN MOST HELPFUL. THEY HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY APPROACHABLE, ALWAYS AVAILABLE AND INCREDIBLY FAIR. THEY PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE OUR VISION FOR THIS SCHOOL THAT SEEKS TO PROVIDE -- TO BRING INNOVATIVE AND NEW APPROACHES TO LEARNING. I WAS PART OF BOTH THE INITIAL REVIEW MEETING AND THE DEFENSE OF OUR APPLICATION N.BOTH CASES, I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH THEIR PROFESSIONALISM AND OPEN MINDEDNESS. WE SEE OURSELVES AS PARTNERS WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND ARE EXCITED TO GET INVOLVED IN EDUCATION IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE LEADERS OF TOMORROW IN 21st CENTURY LEARNERS. I JUST WANT TO REITERATE WE ARE NOT FOR PROFIT CHARTER SCHOOL. THANK YOU, EVERYONE. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. HABITA JAMES. OH, I'M SORRY. WHATEVER ORDER YOU GUYS WANT TO COME IN. JUST STATE YOUR NAME WHEN YOU COME. I KNOW YOU ARE ALL HERE FROM PATEL. 

>> SPIRO DEMETRIUS. I GOT INVOLVED WITH THE CHARTER SCHOOL. WE ARE A VERY SMALL GROUP. WE ARE LOCAL. WE ARE ALL DEDICATED TO THE CHARTER CONCEPT. AND UNLIKE THE FOR-PROFIT, LARGE-SCALE RUN BY ADMINISTRATION, WE ARE BASICALLY RUN BY THE SMALL BOARD. AND OUR GOAL IS FOR THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRESS OF THE STUDENTS. AND IT WILL STAY LOCAL. WE HAVE A LOT OF GREAT TALENT BEHIND THE BOARD TO HELP RUN THIS ENTIRE PROCESS. AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE DISTRICT ON IT. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I'M MO CAMPY, ONE OF THE FOUNDING MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF THE PATEL INSTITUTE OF INNOVATION. I'M HERE TO CONFIRM TO THE BOARD THAT WE ARE WELL ALIGNED AS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT BOARD WITH THE BOARD VISION OF PREPARING OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE. WE ARE TAKING AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO THAT PREPARATION BY INCLUDING THAT PART OF BEING READY FOR THE FUTURE IS REALLY TO ENABLE OUR STUDENTS TO BE BETTER CITIZENS AND BETTER LEADERS OF THEIR COMMUNITY AND BETTER INNOVATORS. WE ARE COMMITTED AS PARENTS THAT TO CREATE A PLACE THAT WILL INCUBATE STUDENTS AND THEIR PROJECT-BASED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT THAT NOT ONLY SUPPORTS THE STUDENT BUT ALSO SUPPORTS THE TEACHER ALIKE. BY IMPLEMENTING A CLASSROOM WHERE STUDENTS WILL WORK IN LEARNING GROUPS, RESEARCH TOPIC AHEAD OF TIME, LEARN THE CONCEPT IN ADVANCE, AND ALLOWING THE TEACHER TO BE FREE TO TRULY TEACH, COACH IN THE CLASSROOM, THAT WILL BE FROM THE LEARNING, BUT ALSO BRING THE JOY OF TEACHING BACK TO THE CLASSROOM. WE ARE ALSO COMMITTED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR TEACHERS ARE DEVELOPED FOR THAT ROLE, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO INVEST IN OUR TEACHERS TO ENABLE THAT INNOVATION TO HAPPEN. BUT ALSO WE WILL SHARE THE LEARNING THAT WILL INCUBATE IN THAT SCHOOL WITH ALL THE OTHER SCHOOL, AND REALLY MAKE TAMPA A GREAT PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO COME FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AT PATEL LEARNING ALSO WE WILL TAP INTO OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS TO BE A MENTOR OF THOSE LEARNING GROUPS, AND ENABLE THOSE PROJECTS TO HAPPEN. THE BEST LEARNING IS TO LEARN FROM OTHERS IN REAL LIFE. THOSE MENTORSHIP PROGRAMS ALSO HAVE A VERY STRUCTURED MENTORSHIP PROGRAM THAT WILL ENABLE THE STUDENTS TO REALLY BE PREPARED FOR LIFE AND FOR THE FUTURE. WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE JOURNEY, AND PARTNERING WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY IN PREPARING OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. 

>> GOOD EVENING. I'M KIM CAVANAGH. I'M HERE IN MY ROLE AS A CONSULTANT WITH COLLABORATIVE EDUCATIONAL NETWORK. WHEN THE FOUNDERS OF PATEL INSTITUTE FOR INNOVATION FIRST CONTACTED US AND BROACHED THE SUBJECT OF ASKING FOR OUR SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE IN DEVELOPING AN APPLICATION, WE WERE KIND OF INTERESTED IN THE PROGRAM THAT THEY DESCRIBED BECAUSE IT WAS DIFFERENT FROM THE THINGS THAT WE USUALLY ARE PRESENTED WITH, BUT FURTHER WE DELVED INTO THE VISION THAT THEY HAD, THE MORE ENGAGED AND MORE INTERESTED WE BECAME. NOT BY THE VISION OF THE SCHOOL ITSELF, BUT BY THE DEPTH AND BREADTH AND COMMITMENT OF THE BOARD AND THE SUPPORTING PROFESSIONALS THAT THEY HAD ACCUMULATED, THAT THEY HAD GATHERED, TO HELP SUPPORT THIS TRULY INNOVATIVE PROGRAM. AND THE IDEA THAT THEY WERE LOOKING TO FILL A NICHE FOR A VERY SMALL HIGH SCHOOL IN AN AREA WITH A VERY UNIQUE PROGRAM JUST SEEMS -- IT WAS SO EXCITING, WE WERE THRILLED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY HELP THEM ARTICULATE WHAT THAT SCHOOL WOULD LOOK LIKE. THROUGHOUT THAT PROCESS, I HAVE TO SAY THAT IT'S IMPRESSIVE. WE WERE WITH THE BOARD AND THE SCHOOL'S VISION. WE WERE EQUALLY IMPRESSED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD, BY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND THE CHARTER SCHOOLS OFFICE STAFF. THROUGHOUT THAT PROCESS, THEY DID EVERYTHING THAT THEY COULD TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WERE ON THE RIGHT TRACK, THAT THE SCHOOL WOULD BE -- WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE AND AS STRONG AND FULFILL ALL OF THE NEED OF THE DISTRICT AS POSSIBLE. THEY SHOWED TREMENDOUS, I HAVE TO SAY, PROFESSIONALISM AND INTEGRITY AND TRANSPARENCY THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS. I CAN SAY THAT BECAUSE IN MY ROLE AS A CONSULTANT, I DO WORK WITH CHARTER SCHOOLS IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS ALL ACROSS FLORIDA. AND THAT'S OFTENTIMES NOT THE CLIMATE. BUT IT DEFINITELY WAS HERE. IT'S OBVIOUS WORKING WITH ALL THE STAFF IN THE CHARTER SCHOOL'S OFFICE THAT THEY TRULY ARE COMMITTED -- THEY ARE COMMITTED TO AND HAVE A LASER FOCUS ON THE STUDENTS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, IN WHATEVER WAY, SHAPE OR FORM THOSE SERVICES COME. SO WE BELIEVE THAT WITH THEIR SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE, WE CAME UP WITH AN EXCELLENT APPLICATION AND WE BELIEVE IT WILL ADD TO THE PORTFOLIO OF SCHOOLS AVAILABLE CURRENTLY IN THE DISTRICT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. OUR NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE MISSY KELLER, CONNIE BURTON, AND TYLER CHURA. WELCOME, MRS. KELLY. YOU HAVE THROW MINUTES. 

>> LAST WEEK, I SIT ON THE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION COMMITTEE FOR THE DISTRICT TO TRY TO BRING THE BEST AND REALLY THE BRIGHTEST TO OUR AMAZING HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND I GOT SOME VERY DISTURBING INFORMATION STARTING WITH THE FACT THAT CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE CURRENTLY HIRING PEOPLE AT SUBSTITUTES, BUT PAYING THEM AS TEACHERS, AND THESE ARE NOT PEOPLE OF THAT HAVE CERTIFICATES. AND I KNOW OF A DOZEN OF THEM THAT ARE FUNCTIONING RIGHT NOW IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. ALSO, NOW USF INTERNS ARE NOW REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AN INTERNSHIP AT PEPIN ACADEMY BECAUSE OF A DEAL THAT WAS CUT BEHIND THE SCENES, AND THAT IS DAMAGING THE AMOUNT OF INTERNS THAT WE ARE ABLE TO GET FOR OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WHEN YOUR EMPLOYEES BEGAN TO SPEAK OUT REGARDING HONORING CONTRACT HONORS, YOU PUT OUT A TWO-PAGE STATEMENT SAYING IT WAS JUST THE PASSING OF SENATE BILL 7069 WHICH I DID VERTED MILLIONS OF PUBLIC TAX DOLLARS TO FOR-PROFIT CHARTERS BUT REFUSED TO JOIN THE LAWSUIT THAT HAD BEEN FILED TO PROTECT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I KNOW WE JUST ASK YOU YOU LOOK INTO THESE ISSUES BEFORE YOU CUT ANY FURTHER. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: WELCOME, MRS. BURTON. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. 

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. THE FIRST THING I WOULD LIKE TO SAY, COMING HERE TODAY WAS VERY EASY FOR ME BECAUSE I HAVE TO MAKE A TRIP EVERY DAY TO PICK UP MY GRANDSON, OVER HERE, FROM SAM RAPELLO SCHOOL. ALTHOUGH WE LIVE IN WHAT WILL BE CONSIDERED AN URBAN CORE, IT IS FRIGHTENING TO EVEN THINK OR CONSIDER SENDING HIM TO CARTER. ANY OF THE SCHOOLS THAT HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED AS FAILING SCHOOLS OUT OF OUR COMMUNITY. BECAUSE OF THE STATISTICS POINT TO THE CHILDREN LIKE HIM, IN THOSE COMMUNITIES, THAT IF THEY CONTINUE TO STAY IN A FAILING SCHOOL, THEN THE NEXT OPTION FOR THEM WILL BE PRISON. EVERYBODY KNOWS. AND SO THE OPTIONS THAT HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO OUR COMMUNITY, I BELIEVE IT'S BEEN LIKE SHOVED DOWN OUR THROATS. THE OPTION IS FOR MANAGEMENT OF A CHARTER INSTITUTION TO BE ESTABLISHED. MANY IN THE COMMUNITY IS FRIGHTENED OF THAT BECAUSE WE FEEL THAT OUR CHILDREN ARE BEING USED AS PAWNS. THEREFORE, THE LAST CONSECUTIVELY FIVE YEARS, YOU HAVE KNOWN THAT CARTER WAS AN F SCHOOL. EVERY MORNING PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN UP, LIKE WHEN I SPOKE TO THE SUPERINTENDENT THE OTHER DAY, I TOLD HIM AS A COMMUNITY WE HAVE TO ACCEPT SOME OF THE BLAME BUT WE CAN'T EAT IT ALL. YOU ALL ARE IN CONTROL OF THE BUDGET. YOU HAVE AN ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF DOWN HERE THAT WE DO HAVE CONFIDENCE IN SOME OF THOSE MEMBERS. WHEN MR. OWENS WAS OVER AT MIDDLETON, HE WAS ABLE TO TURN AROUND MIDDLETON. NOT TO PUT THESE SEVEN SCHOOLS IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION RIGHT NOW. WE DON'T NEED TO KNOW IF THEY ARE GOING TO FAIL. THE POSSIBILITY IS THEY ARE. IF THEY HAVE F NOW, WE ONLY HAVE SIX OR SEVEN SEVEN MONTHS TO GO. THEY PROBABLY WILL. WE NEED FOR YOU ALL TO TAKE SERIOUS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OUR COMMUNITY AND TO BRING THEM UP UNDER AN EXTREME EMERGENCY SITUATION RIGHT NOW, RIGHT NOW, NOT WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR, BRING AN ADMINISTRATOR THAT THE COMMUNITY HAS SOME CONFIDENCE IN, MR. OWEN, BRING THEM UP UNDER THE UMBRELLA AND SEE IF WE CAN CHANGE THIS THING AROUND NOW. TO BRING OUR CHILDREN IN ALL OF THE SCHOOLS IN THAT COMMUNITY UP UNDER A CHARTER BASE, AND WE DON'T KNOW FITS GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL OR NOT. BUT WE WILL BE AT THE POLLS. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] 

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

>> TYLER CORA, A FIFTH GRADE TEACHER AT WESTCHASE. I GRADUATED FROM PENN STATE UNIVERSITY AND EARNED THE STUDENT TEACHER OF THE YEAR IN 2010.  OUT OF COLLEGE I RECEIVED A TEACHING JOB IN PITTSBURGH WHICH IS VERY RARE. I TAUGHT FOR THREE YEARS BEFORE TAKING AR YEAR OFF DUE TO FAMILY REASONS. MY FATHER BECAME SEVERELY ILL IN 2012. IT WASN'T UNTIL A FULL YEAR LATE WE WAS DIAGNOSED WITH A DISEASE THAT HAS CANCER IN THE LUNGS. WE ARE CURRENTLY ON YEAR FIVE AND HE RECEIVES AN IV CHEMO EVERY 28 DAYS AND LARGE AMOUNT OF STEROIDS. EVENTUALLY IT'S GOING TO GET HIM. THIS YEAR I LOST A CHILDHOOD FRIEND WHO INSPIRED ME TO MOVE. I MADE A DECISION BETWEEN MY SICK FATHER, AMAZING AND FRIEND AND AMAZING CAREER. ULTIMATELY I RECEIVED CAREER OFFERS IN SIX DIFFERENT STATES. I LOOKED AT EACH SITUATION, TALKED TO HR AND PRINCIPALS AND SETTLED ON TAMPA. THOUGH THE DISTRICT CHOSE TO NOT ACKNOWLEDGE MY FIRES THREE YEARS AS A TEACHER I STARTED AS A SALARY ONE TEACHER.  THIS WOULD BE OKAY BECAUSE AFTER THREE YEARS I WOULD WOULD GET A 4 K RAISE. THINGS WOULD BE OKAY THEN. I WORKED AT THE PTA TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL PROCEEDS STAY IN THE HOUSE. THIS YEAR WE RAISED $60,000. I RECEIVED A HAIL EFFECTIVE RATING OF FIVE AND FOUR THE YEAR BEFORE WITH A VERY TOUGH PEN M MENTOR. I HAD STUDENTS WHO TOLD ME THEY WANT TO COME TO MY CLASSROOM. I WOULD HAVE CHOSEN ELSEWHERE. I FORFEITED OVER 12 K IN SALARY AND THE COSTS, I FORFEITED BETTER INSURANCES, BETTER PENSION AND RESOURCES IN THE SCHOOL. I WATCHED OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS AS MY SAVINGS ACCOUNT DWINDLED RLED AS EMERGENCIES HAVE COME UP, WASHER, DRIER, CAR, CAR AGAIN. MY CAR IS IN THE SHOP RIGHT NOW BY THE WAY. BUT IT WOULD BE OKAY I TOLD MYSELF. WORK THROUGH THESE FIRST YEARS YEARS AND GET SOME BREATHING ROOM I HAD SIX EXTRA HOURS OF INSTRUCTION PLUS DRIVING TIME. ALL WITHOUT BEING ABLE TO TOUCH MY OWN CLASSROOM WORK. IN THE SUMMER, I RUN A SPORTS CAMP AT WESTCHASE. I DO NOT EAT LUNCH TO PAY. THAT'S $60 A MONTH. MY DINNER IS PRETTY MUCH JUST RIGHT. LETTUCE AND CHICKEN. I DON'T HAVE CABLE. I END ADD GOOD RELATIONSHIP BECAUSE I CANNOT AFFORD TO DATE. AS A MAN ABOUT TO TURN 30 AND WANTS A FAMILY THAT'S A BIG DEAL. I LEAD A VERY BARE MINIMUM LIFE. I LEFT IT ALL FOR THIS. I LOOKED AT THE SALARIES OF THE TWO DISTRICTS I TAUGHT IN PITTSBURGH. AVERAGE SALARY OF ELEMENTARY TEACHERS 58,000 AND 61,000. YOU SAY YOU VALUE YOUR STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. I'M SORRY. YOU DON'T. I COME FROM A PLACE WHERE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS ARE VALUED. IT LOOKS NOTHING LIKE THIS. YOU WANT TAMPA AND YOU'RE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BE THE NEXT GREAT THING TO DRAW TEACH OARS LIKE ME HERE BUT YOU TREAT US LIKE THIS AND IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. I MADE MORE MONEY IN LIFE EARNING IN MY HIGH SCHOOL DAYS THAN I DO NOW. TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEACHERS AND WE CAN TAKE CARE OF THE STUDENTS. ORB FIND MANY GREAT ONE LIKE MACE WILL BE WALKING OUT FOR SOMETHING BETTER OF THE THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: POLATARE FOLLOWED BY DAVE ARMSTRONG AND CATARIE. 

>> MY NAME IS BENJAMIN POLATARE. I WOULD LIKE TO START WITH SOMETHING FROM THE WORDS OF SUSAN VALDES. THE STUDENTS -- THE STUDENTS ARE NOT CONFUSED. THE ADULTS ARE. SO I AM HERE TODAY. I AM RAH SENIOR AT SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL. I SPOKE AT THE PREVIOUS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING ON FEBRUARY 7th, 2017, AND I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THOSE WHO ARE HERE TO WITNESS IT. IT MEANS A LOT. I APPRECIATE THAT I WAS HEARD AND THE PEOPLE TRADE TO HELP ME. BUT TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE ANOTHER STORY. PICTURE AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLTEACHER. THE TEACHER IS RATED A 5 IN HER EVALUATION AND CONTINUES TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE CHILDREN'S LIVES EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT IN HER CLASS. TAKING ON CHALLENGING STUDENTS BY CHOICE AND DOING FOLLOW-UP WITH THE PARENTS FOR YEARS TO ENSURE THAT THEY ARE CONTINUING ON THE PATH TO SUCCESS. SHE GOES TO WORK EARLY AND STAYS LATE. SHE USES TIMES ON THE WEEKEND AND NATURES TO MAKE SURE HER LESSONS WILL REACH EVERY STUDENT. SOUNDS LIKE THE IDEAL TEACHER, RIGHT? THE TEACHER HAS TROUBLE MAKING ENDS MEET. SHE STRUGGLES WITH BILLS AND THREE CHILDREN, A SINGLE MOTHER, DEVOTING HER TIME AND SLEEP TO HELP CHILDREN. SHE WAS CLEAR UPSET AND SHOCKED TO OPEN HER PHONE ON OCTOBER 23rd TO FIND THAT HER PROMISED PAY INCREASE WAS GOING TO BE DENIED. HER DREAM OF BECOMING EVEN WITH HER BILLS GONE. HER HOURS IN THE CLASSROOM ONLY REWARDED WITH A PUNCH IN THE BACK. NOW PICTURE THAT TEACHER AS MY MOTHER. HER LIFE OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM IS SONS WORRYING ABOUT MONEY. SHE WORKS MORNING AND TUTORS AT THE LIBRARY AND CAN'T REALLY MAKE ENDS MEET. I WAS HOPING TO GET MY MOM AT LEAST ONE NIGHT OF SLEEP. AND YOU HAVE TAKEN THAT. MY MOM DESERVES -- DEVOTED SO MUCH OF HER TO THE STUDENTS AND IT APPEARS IT MEANS NOTHING TO YOU. PICTURE YOUR JOB WITHOUT TEACHERS. EVERYONE IN THE SYSTEM IS EQUALLY NEEDED FROM THE SUPPORT STAFF TO THE TEACHERS, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, AND EVERYONE IN BETWEEN. NO ONE GROUP IS LESS THAN ANOTHER BECAUSE YOU ARE GOING TO LOSE THEM. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>> WELCOME, MR. ARMSTRONG, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. 

>> THANK YOU. I ONLY NEED ABOUT 40 SECONDS. GOOD AFTERNOON, MY NAME IS DAVE. I'M HERE. I'M AN EX-TEACHER OF 20 YEARS, AND I'M HERE IN REGARDS TO THE TEACHER PAY MATTER. I UNDERSTAND THERE'S SOME ISSUE IN REGARDS TO NONPAYMENT. WELL, YOU'LL BE HAPPY TO KNOW THAT I'VE GOT AT LEAST A PARTIAL SOLUTION TO THIS. IT WON'T COST YOU ANY MONEY. LISTEN UP, BECAUSE THIS WILL BE GOOD STUFF, ALL RIGHT? TEACHERS WHO HAVE THEIR SPOUSE AND KIDS ON HEALTH INSURANCE CAN SWITCH COMPANIES RIGHT NOW AND SAVE MONEY AND GET GREAT COVERAGE. I PERSONALLY LEFT MY WIFE'S SCHOOL POLICY WITH MY TWO BOYS THE PAST YEAR. AS WE ALL KNOW, BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S, A PENNY SAVED IS A PENNY EARNED. WELL, I SAVED 400,000 PENNIES THIS LAST YEAR. FOR YOU LANGUAGE ARTS TEACHERS, THAT'S $4,000 FOR THE YEAR FOR SWITCHING PLANS. [ LAUGHTER ] MY COLLEAGUE GORDON AND I WERE HERE TO HELP ALL OF YOU THAT WANT TO START RIGHT NOW, SAVING, SLASH, EARNING MONEY RIGHT NOW. WE'LL BE ABLE TO -- WE'LL BE AVAILABLE TO SET UP APPOINTMENTS. WE'LL BE OUTSIDE PROBABLY OUT THERE. THERE SEEMS TO BE A LOT OF ACTION GOING ON OUT THERE. SEE ONE OF US. WAVE US OVER. WE'LL DO OUR PART TO HELP YOU OUT, THANKS A LOT. 

>> YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. 

>> HI, MY NAME IS DESTINY CATTERY FROM STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL. COMING BEFORE YOU, I REALIZE I HAVE THE UNENVIABLE TASK OF USING FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY WHERE NOT ONLY MY FUTURE BUT THE MULTITUDE OF OTHER STUDENTS IN THIS COUNTY IS CONCERNED. BEING RAISED WITHIN MY FAMILY, I REALIZE THAT MY EDUCATION AND SAFETY IS THE KEY TO MY FUTURE AND UNDERSTANDING ALL OF THIS, ANYONE WOULD WANT THE BEST. HOWEVER, IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO APPOINT THESE PEOPLE. I ENTRUST YOU AS INDIVIDUALS TO ENSURE THAT EVERY EMPLOYEE IS RESPECTED IN THEIR CONTRACT, WHICH MAKES THEM WANT TO PROVIDE EACH AND EVERY STUDENT WITH THE VERY BEST. HOWEVER, BY GOING BACK ON A SALARY SCHEDULE THAT WAS PASSED JUST TO SHOW HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL EMPLOYEES THAT THEY ARE APPRECIATED FOR ALL OF THE EXTRA TIME THEY PUT IN TO MAKE SURE WE SUCCEED, YOU, THE BOARD MEMBERS, HAVE STATED THAT THE SALARY SCHEDULE PASSED PREVIOUSLY WILL NOT BE HONORED. WHAT THIS SAYS TO ME AS A JUNIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL IS ANYTHING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN PASSED NOW CAN BE NULLIFIED AS WELL. ISN'T YOUR JOB TO PROVIDE THE FUTURE OF OUR SOCIETY WITH THE BEST EDUCATION POSSIBLE? I KNOW IF I WERE A PARENT, I WOULD WANT MY CHILD TO HAVE THE OF THOSE WHO HAVE THE MOST EXPERIENCE FOR CARE AND SAFETY AND THEIR EDUCATION. YOU ARE SHOWING STUDENTS THAT IT IS OKAY TO BREAK PROMISES, TO GO BACK ON OUR WORD AND TO NOT HAVE RESPECT FOR THOSE AROUND US. IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT TO TEACH YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN? HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL EMPLOYEES WORK OVERTIME JUST MAKING SURE THAT STUDENTS ARE PROVIDED WITH THE MOST OPPORTUNITIES. THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED TO DO THIS. THEY DO THIS OUT OF RESPECT AND LOVE FOR THEIR STUDENTS. MY MOTHER IS A TEACHER. SHE WORKS HARD EVERY DAY. SHE GOES OVERBOARD. SHE COMES HOME WITH EXTRA ASSIGNMENTS THAT SHE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO DO AT HOME BECAUSE SHE'S NOT GETTING PAID TO DO THAT EXTRA WORK. SHE COMES HOME AND I HELP HER WITH PROJECTS AND MY TEACHERS AT SCHOOL STAY OVERBOARD AFTER SCHOOL TO HELP ME WITH TUTORING AND ANY EXTRA HELP THAT I NEED. I ASK YOU TO TAKE A LOOK AT ALL THE VIEWPOINTS POINTED OUT TODAY AND HONESTLY LISTEN AND HEAR US OUT. I'M ASKING YOU TO TAKE A STEP BACK AND LOOK FROM THE OUTSIDE AND SEE HOW MUCH THEY DO FOR US. I'M ASKING YOU TO APPRECIATE YOUR EMPLOYEES AS MUCH AS YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR GRANDCHILDREN DO. THANK YOU AND HAVE A GOOD EVENING. [ APPLAUSE ] [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: OUR NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE AMBER HATTON, RAMIREZ AND KAREN RICH. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. 

>> COMING BEFORE THIS BOARD IS DAUNTING FOR A LADY MY AGE. I REALIZE THAT MY EDUCATION IS MY RESPONSIBILITY, HOWEVER THE INDIVIDUALS HIRED TO INSTRUCT ME IS PART OF YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. HAVING BEEN RAISED IN A FAMILY THAT BELIEVES SETTING GOALS, MY EDUCATION PROVIDES THE OPPORTUNITIES TO ACHIEVE SAID GOALS. I, LIVING WITHIN THIS COMMUNITY, HAVE TO RELY ON EDUCATORS THAT ARE HIRED BY THE COUNTY TO HELP ME ACHIEVE MY GOALS. KNOWING THIS, I WOULD THINK THE DISTRICT WOULDN'T JUST WANT OUR GRADES ON A PIECE OF PAPER, BUT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO PROVIDE WHAT WE NEED TO BE TREATED ACCORDINGLY. OUR TOP EDUCATORS, OUR SAFETY, TRANSPORTATION, THE PEOPLE WHO PROVIDE OUR CLEAN SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT AND SO MANY MORE, THAT IS PROVIDED AS A KEY PART OF OUR DAILY LIVES. THE PEOPLE WHO DO THIS FOR US SHOULDN'T BE CHEATED OUT OF ANYTHING THEY ARE PROMISED. WHAT ARE YOU? THE ELECTED OFFICIALS TEACHING US? IN ALL HONESTY AS A STUDENT AND DAUGHTER OF A MOTHER WHO WORKS FOR THE COUNTY, YOU PASSED A SALARY SCHEDULE PREVIOUSLY AND THEN HAVE DECIDED TO GO BACK ON THAT WHICH THEN BREAKS THAT COMMITMENT WHICH WAS A CONTRACT. IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE TEACHING US? IS IT OKAY FOR US TO GO BACK ON OUR WORD? HOW ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO TRUST -- HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO TRUST THAT YOU WON'T GO BACK ON EVERYTHING YOU HAVE SAID BY MY SENIOR YEAR? THAT'S MY EDUCATION. THAT'S MY FUTURE. OTHER STUDENTS MAY GROW UP AND MOVE INTO YOUR POSITIONS -- YOUR DAUGHTER, YOUR SON, YOUR GRANDCHILD COULD LOSE THEIR OPPORTUNITIES BECAUSE OF YOUR DECISIONS, BECAUSE TEACHERS COULD MOVE ON TO OTHER COMMUNITIES, COUNTIES, STATES, TO GET BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEMSELVES AND THEIR FAMILIES. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME THE TIME TO SPEAK WITH YOU ABOUT THE CONCERNS FOR MY FUTURE. HAVE A GOOD EVENING. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: FRANSHERA RAMIREZ. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. 

>> I'M FRANSHERA RAMIREZ FROM JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL TALKING ABOUT THE TEACHER PAY RAISES. SO TEACHERS ARE DOING A CONTRACT ONLY.  SO THEY ARE ONLY WORKING FROM 7:20 TO 3:20, AND THIS IS TO SHOW THEIR IMPORTANCE TO THE SCHOOL AND ESPECIALLY THE STUDENTS. BECAUSE THEM ONLY WORKING THOSE HOURS NOT ONLY AFFECTS THEM BUT AFFECTS THE STUDENTS. WITH THEM NOT WORKING OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL, IT AFFECTS GRADING. SO GRADES AREN'T GOING IN AS FAST AS THEY NORMALLY DO, AND IT ALSO AFFECTS TUTORING BECAUSE THEY AREN'T STAYING AFTER SCHOOL DUE TO THE FACT THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED TO AND NOT DOING THE CLUBS THEY USUALLY DO. SO CLUBS ARE BEING CANCELED AND THEY ARE BEING DELAYED.  SO THINGS THAT WOULD USUALLY HAPPEN NOW ARE BEING POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING OR NEXT YEAR DEPENDING IF THIS IS RESOLVED. STUDENTS ALSO WON'T WANT TO TRAVEL TO OUR SCHOOL BECAUSE WE HAVE A MAGNET PROGRAM, AND MOST OF OUR STUDENTS COME FROM OUTSIDE OF WHERE WE LIVE, SO I COME FROM BRANDON AND SOME STUDENTS COME FROM APOLLO BEACH JUST FOR OUR PROGRAMS AND FOR WHAT WE PROVIDE AS CLUBS. AND THEY WON'T WANT TO COME TO OUR SCHOOL FOR WHAT WE PROVIDE IF WE DON'T PROVIDE THOSE THINGS BECAUSE TEACHERS WON'T WANT TO BE DOING THOSE THINGS. A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS STAY AFTER SCHOOL FOR THE CLUBS DUE TO HOME SITUATIONS BECAUSE THEY DON'T WANT TO BE GO HOME. THEY WANT TO STAY AT SCHOOL AND TAKE IN THE EXPERIENCE WE HAVE THERE AS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS. AND THE REALITY IS, PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE, THAT IS WHAT THEY DO AFTER SCHOOL, AND THAT IS WHAT THEY DO AT HOME. AND IF THEY AREN'T DOING THOSE THINGS, ARE WE REALLY BEING PREPARED FOR LIFE? STUDENTS SPEND MORE TIME IN SCHOOL, WHICH KEEPS THEM OUTSIDE OF THE STREETS AND DOING THINGS THAT THEY PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE DOING IF THEY WERE INSIDE OF SCHOOL. AND IF YOU WANT A 90 BY 20, THESE ARE THE REALITIES. A 90 BY 20, IN CASE SOME PEOPLE DON'T KNOW IS 90% OF STUDENTS GRADUATING BY 2020. NONE OF THIS -- NONE OF YOU WOULD BE UP HERE IF YOU DIDN'T CARE ABOUT THE STUDENTS AND THIS I BELIEVE. AND AS A FUTURE VOTER, I AM ASKING YOU TO PROVE IT BY FIXING THE WRONG THAT HAS BEEN DONE AGAINST THE TEACHERS BY MY TEACHERS, COACHES, AND MY CLUB SPONSORS. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: KAREN RICH. WELCOME, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. 

>> THANK YOU. MY NAME IS KAREN RICH. I'M A MOTHER OF A THIRD-GRADE STUDENTS AT WESTCHASE ELEMENTARY AND A SIXTH GRADE STUDENT AT WALKER MIDDLE SCHOOL. I'M AN ACTIVE MEMBER OF PTA, ACAE, HOME ROOM MOTHER AND ALSO A LICENSED ATTORNEY PRACTICING LAW IN OUR COMMUNITY. I'M FAMILIAR WITH THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES THAT THE BOARD HAS PURSUANT TO FLORIDA STATUTES. I'D LIKE TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR TEACHERS. I HAVE HAD THE ABSOLUTE PRIVILEGE OF SEEING HOW CARING, LOVING, AND DEVOTED THE TEACHERS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ARE. I HAVE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SEEING HOW MUCH TIME AND EFFORT THEY PUT INTO THEIR JOB. THEY WORK MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT. THEY DO NOT JUST WORK A CONTRACT. THEY GRADE PAPERS AT HOME. THEY E-MAIL THEIR STUDENTS ON EDSBY. OUR TEACHERS AND STAFF RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF THEIR JOB BECAUSE OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE. THEY HAVE THE INCREDIBLE RESPONSIBILITY OF MOLDING, SHAPING, AND TEACHING THE FUTURES OF OUR COUNTRY. OUR TEACHERS ABSOLUTELY DO NOT WORK THE CONTRACT, AND IF THEY HAVE TO DO SO, THAT IS GOING TO HURT OUR CHILDREN. I ASK YOU TO LOOK AT THE THINGS THAT OUR TEACHERS DO. THEY PROVIDE THEIR OWN FINANCIAL RESOURCES FOR THE CLASSROOMS. THEY BUY SUPPLIES FOR OUR CHILDREN. WHEN LEE ELEMENTARY WAS SET ON FIRE, THEY WERE THERE WITHIN 24 HOURS. THEY RALLIED TOGETHER AND THEY DONATED THEIR OWN SUPPLIES FOR THE CHILDREN OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE THAT YOU'RE DENYING THE RAISE TO. THESE PEOPLE ARE TRAINED TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN. THEY TRAIN FOR FIRES, FOR TORNADOES, FOR BAD-GUY SITUATIONS. WITHIN THE LAST MONTH, THERE HAVE BEEN TWO SITUATIONS THAT I'M AWARE OF IN MIDDLE SCHOOLS WHERE THERE HAVE BEEN GUNS ON CAMPUS. THESE PEOPLE, THESE TEACHERS WOULD RISK THEIR LIVES FOR THE STUDENTS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND YOU'RE DENYING THEM THEIR PROMISED RAISE. ON BEHALF OF THE TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF, I'M GOING TO ASK YOU ON BEHALF OF THE CHILDREN, THE MOST IMPORTANT ASSET IN OUR COMMUNITY, I ASK YOU, I BEG YOU TO RECONSIDER THE BUDGET. I ASK YOU TO GIVE THE TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF THE $4,000 RAISE THAT YOU PROMISED THEM. LIKE MANY PARENTS AND STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, I FEAR THAT IF YOU DO NOT MEET -- IF YOU DO NOT GIVE THEM THEIR $4,000 RAISE, THAT OUR STANDARDIZED TESTING RESULTS WILL DECLINE. THAT OUR GRADUATION RATES WILL DECLINE. WITHOUT OUR TALENTED TEACHERS, WE CANNOT HAVE A PATHWAY TO SUCCESS. I FEAR THAT WE WILL NOT SUCCEED WITHOUT THESE TEACHERS. TEACHERS WILL BELIEVE THEY WILL RESIGN. MR. CORA CAME AND HE SPOKE BEFORE YOU. I PREPARED A SPEECH HERE TODAY, BUT I'M GOING TO SKIP ON THE TIME TO A LETTER I GOT. THIS IS FROM MR. CORA'S STUDENT. HE SAYS, I LOVE MY TEACHER, MR. CORA, BECAUSE HE UNDERSTANDS ME. MR. TYLER CORA IS THE FUNNIEST, MOST CARING MAN I'VE EVER MET. I GREW UP WITH JUST MY MOM AND THREE SISTERS SINCE MY FATHER AND MOTHER SPLIT BEFORE I WAS BORN. I THOUGHT ALL MEN WERE NOT-CARING JERKS BUT MR. CORA PROVED ME WRONG. I LOVE HIM AND I CAN'T IMAGINE MY LIFE WITHOUT HIM. THAT IS THE TYPE OF PERSON THAT YOU ARE DENYING A RAISE TO. THOSE ARE THE TYPE OF PEOPLE WHO DESERVE A RAISE. I CAN'T SPEAK FOR ALL THE CHILDREN, BUT I WILL GIVE YOU A NOTE WRITTEN BY THE STUDENTS OF WESTCHASE ELEMENTARY. 

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

>>Cindy Stuart: OUR NEXT THREE SPEAKERS ARE MARIE JOSE CHAPA. DESHIA FLAWED AND KAREN MOBLEY. I'M GOING TO CALL UP THE FINAL SPEAKER IS ALSO JAY PASSMORE. 

>> MY NAME IS MARIA JOSE CHAPA. THERE IS AN "A," NOT AN "E." CLEARLY WE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH READING BECAUSE WE RANK 46th IN THE NATION AS FAR AS EDUCATION IS CONCERNED. PART OF THE REASON IS BECAUSE WE BUDGET OUR MONEY HERE IN FLORIDA. I'VE LIVED IN FLORIDA PRETTY MUCH ALL MY LIFE. I'M A TRANSPLANT TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THIS IS MY FIRST SCHOOL YEAR IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. I CAME FROM PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS. MAN, I THOUGHT PINELLAS COUNTY SCHOOLS WERE BAD. I CAME AT A REALLY BAD TIME IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. YOU GUYS HAVE PROBLEMS. I ACTUALLY CAME HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE ISSUES THAT YOU'RE HAVING WITH YOUR BUSES BECAUSE I HAVE TWO CHILDREN AND ONE HAPPENS TO RIDE THE BUS. SHE GOES TO HOWARD BLAKE UNIVERSITY. SHE GOT ACCEPTED TO THE THEATER PROGRAM THERE. SHE WAS TELLING ME ABOUT THE CHILDREN LITERALLY VOMITING IN THE BUSES BECAUSE OF HEATSTROKE, BECAUSE YOU HAVE THESE KIDS IN HOT BOXES WHEN IT'S SO HOT AND THERE'S NO AC, AND THERE'S NO SUPERVISION. SO THAT'S ONE ISSUE THAT I'M HAVING WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS AT THE MOMENT, THAT THAT NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED BECAUSE CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE VOMITING. THERE'S LIKE REAL HEALTH-CONCERN ISSUES IN THE BUS TRANSPORTATION. I'M ALSO HERE IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE TEACHERS. I ACTUALLY AM A LABOR ORGANIZER WITH SEIU. WE DON'T HAVE A UNIT HERE FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, BUT I SUPPORT UNIONS, AND IF ANY OF YOU BACK HERE WHO ARE TEACHERS, IF YOU'RE NOT IN YOUR UNION, YOU NEED TO JOIN NOW. CLEARLY, YOU ARE STRENGTH IN NUMBERS, SO JOIN YOUR UNION. THE OTHER CONCERN THAT I'M HAVING -- LET ME LOOK AT MY TIME BECAUSE I'M RAMBLING -- I'M REALLY DISAPPOINTED THAT THIS IS HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, CORRECT? YOU SIT ON THE BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. YOU DO NOT SIT ON THE BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CHARTER SCHOOLS. [ APPLAUSE ] YOU HAVE A PUBLIC TRUST. THE TAXES THAT I PAY, THE TAXES THAT THESE PEOPLE PAY, THAT IS TO GO TO PUBLIC -- PUBLICLY FUNDED SCHOOLS. THE PATEL INSTITUTE, THEY CAN PAY FOR THEIR OWN SCHOOLS. THEY HAVE A BOARD. THEY NEED TO FUND RAISE. PRIVATE MONEY, PRIVATE SCHOOLS. PUBLIC MONEY, PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THAT'S THE WAY THINGS WORK. WE'RE BACKWARDS. WHAT'S WRONG WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT? I DON'T UNDERSTAND. 

>>Cindy Stuart: OUR NEXT SPEAKER IS AIRDESHAW FLOYD, CAROLYN MOBLEY. FOLLOWED BY JAY PASSMORE. WELCOME. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. 

>> THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE YOU GUYS GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. I AM A MOTHER OF FOUR BOYS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I SPOKE WITH YOU GUYS AT OUR LAST BOARD MEETING ABOUT THE E.M.S. SURPRISINGLY, I WAS IGNORED AND I DID HAVE A CHILD COLLAPSE IN MY ARMS. SO NOT NECESSARILY IN MY BEST PRAISES RIGHT NOW, WHICH IS UNFORTUNATE BECAUSE NOW YOU'RE TRYING TO FIND MONEY TO PAY THE TEACHERS THAT MEAN MORE TO ME THAN ANYTHING. IF I COULD MAKE ONE SUGGESTION, IT WOULD BE TRIM THE FAT FROM THE TOP. OKAY? [ APPLAUSE ] YOU CAN AFFORD TO REMODEL THE BOARDROOM, HIRE A SECRETARY FOR EACH OF THE BOARD MEMBERS, AND CREATE EIGHT NEW AREA SUPERINTENDENT JOBS AT 150,000 PER YEAR, BUT YOU'RE CUTTING ESE SECRETARIES, REQUIRING ALREADY OVERWORKED TEACHERS TO TAKE ON ADDITIONAL PAPERWORK AND HIRING OUTSIDE LAWYERS WHO ARE PAID HOURLY, WHY ISN'T THIS SPENT ON THE TEACHERS -- HIGH-IMPACT TEACHERS AS A BARGAINING TACTIC? MY KIDS' TEACHERS WANTED TO BE HERE, BUT THEY WERE STILL IN THE CLASSROOM WITH MY CHILDREN. SO WHY, AGAIN, DO THESE MEETINGS HAPPEN DURING SCHOOL HOURS? I'LL NEVER UNDERSTAND. PLEASE -- PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING FOR MY KIDS. FOR MY KIDS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: JAY PASSMORE. WELCOME, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. 

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. FIRST, I WANT TO INTRODUCE MYSELF AS A UNION MEMBER WITH ATU LOCALE 1593. I'M STANDING HERE IN SOLIDARITY WITH ALL THE TEACHERS FOR THEIR PAY-RAISE CRISIS. I AM ALSO A PARENT. I ALSO GREW UP IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FROM GRAHAM TO BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE COME UP HERE AND MADE GREAT POINTS, BUT I'M ALSO A CIVIL RIGHTS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVIST WITH BLACK LIVES MATTER TAMPA. THIS PAST WEEK AND A HALF, YOU HAVE SEEN STUDENTS WALK OUT OF THEIR SCHOOLS IN SOLIDARITY WITH THEIR TEACHERS BECAUSE TEACHERS CANNOT STRIKE. WHAT I WANT TO IMPRESS, PUT ON THE MINDS AND HEARTS OF THESE PEOPLE STANDING IN FRONT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD RIGHT NOW, IF THESE TEACHERS DO NOT GET THE RAISE THAT THEY DESERVE, THE COMMUNITY WILL RALLY BEHIND THEM, AND YOU WILL SEE CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE AT EVERY FACTION OF THIS COUNTY, FROM COUNTY BOARD COMMISSIONERS TO CITY COUNCIL, TO EVERY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, WE WILL SHOW UP AND WE'LL STAND UP FOR OUR TEACHERS BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONES THAT ARE PROVIDING FOR OUR STUDENTS. IF YOU CAN'T PROTECT THEM, WE WILL PROTEST FOR THEM. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: THAT CONCLUDES OUR AUDIENCE COMMENTS FOR THE EVENING. I'LL TURN THE FLOOR OVER FOR A FEW MINUTES TO THE SUPERINTENDENT. MR. SUPERINTENDENT. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. STUART. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR BEING HERE TONIGHT. HEARING FROM YOU AND THE PUBLIC IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THIS PROCESS. I DO HEAR A LOT OF FRUSTRATION FROM YOU, AND I DO UNDERSTAND. A LOT OF PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC DON'T KNOW, MANY OF YOU MAY, AS TEACHERS, MY WIFE AND I LOVED TEACHING AND WE BOTH JOINED OUR UNION. I'VE BEEN AN EDUCATOR IN OUR DISTRICT 29 YEARS. DURING NEW TEACHER ORIENTATION I TALK ABOUT JOINING THE UNION AND WHY I FEEL TEACHERS SHOULD CONSIDER IT. AS A UNION MEMBER, I PAID CLOSE ATTENTION. I UNDERSTOOD THE PROCESS WE GO THROUGH EVERY YEAR WITH NEGOTIATIONS. HOW WE WOULD DEAL WITH THESE KIND OF ISSUES IN THE PAST. NOW WE NEED TO ADJUST TO THE ECONOMIC SITUATIONS. ALSO, WHEN I CAME IN AS SUPERINTENDENT, I SAW THE REALITY OF OUR FINANCIAL PICTURE AND I'VE HAD TO MAKE MY MAJOR ADJUSTMENTS BECAUSE OF THAT. WHEN YOU SAY YOU'RE FRUSTRATED, I HEAR YOU. AND ON THE INSIDE, I'M FRUSTRATED, TOO. I'M HEARING A LOT ABOUT BROKEN PROMISES. HERE'S WHAT THE PUBLIC SHOULD KNOW. WHEN THE SALARY PLAN WAS CREATED FOUR YEARS AGO, THE UNION AND OUR DISTRICT CREATED IT TOGETHER. THIS WAS A COLLABORATIVE PROCESS. IT WAS NOT A PROMISE. IT WAS A PLAN. EACH YEAR WE SIT DOWN AND WE NEGOTIATE THE TERMS. BOTH SIDES HOPED IT COULD WORK BUT KNEW IT WOULD NEED TO BE REVISITED ANNUALLY. AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE DONE. EACH YEAR DURING THE FIRST THREE YEARS OF THIS PLAN, WE HAVE AWARDED THE BAND JUMP RAISES STATED IN THE PLAN PLUS MORE. HOWEVER, THE CTA RECOGNIZED THAT WE MUST NEGOTIATE EACH YEAR. THIS IS A Q & A THE UNION MADE AVAILABLE WHEN THE SALARY PLAN WAS ADOPTED MORE THAN THREE YEARS AGO. QUESTION IN THE Q-AND-A, WHAT HAPPENS IF THE NEW SCHEDULE IS NOT FINANCIALLY VIABLE? ANSWER:  AS STATED ABOVE, WE BELIEVE WE CREATED A SUSTAINABLE MODEL, HOWEVER, IF AT SOME POINT IN THE FUTURE, FINANCIAL ISSUES DO ARISE, WE WILL ADDRESS THEM AS WE WOULD UNDER THE OLD SCHEDULE THROUGH COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. WE GO BACK. WE LOOK AT HOW WE'VE HANDLED THINGS IN THE PAST, AND WE COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN. EVERY YEAR SINCE THE NEW SCHEDULE WAS ANNOUNCED, WE HAVE NEGOTIATED. THE CTAQ AND A FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGES THAT GRANTS AND SUPPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN WHETHER THIS SALARY STRUCTURE WAS FINANCIALLY VIABLE. UNFORTUNATELY, THOSE HOPES AND ASSUMPTIONS HAVE NOT PANNED OUT. SUPPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE IS NOT KEEPING UP WITH OUR GROWTH. FURTHER, SOON AFTER IN THIS Q & A CAME OUT THE GATES FOUNDATION NOTIFIED OUR DISTRICT THAT WE WOULD NOT BE GETTING A FULL $100 MILLION GRANT. THE Q-AND-A ALSO SAYS WE HAD BEEN PLANNING FOR THREE YEARS TO IMPLEMENT THIS NEW SALARY PLAN. SO WHEN YOU LOOK AT THOSE THREE YEARS, YOU'D EXPECT TO SEE A STRONG FOUNDATION BEING BUILT AND A LONG RUNWAY WHERE FINANCES ARE STABILIZED. THAT WOULD GIVE US SOME ROOM FOR ERROR. BUT HERE'S WHAT I DISCOVERED WHEN I CAME IN AS SUPERINTENDENT TWO YEARS AGO. I LOOKED AT THE THREE YEARS BEFORE THE CTA IN OUR DISTRICT ROLLED OUT THE SALARY PLAN. AND THIS IS THE THREE YEARS LEADING UP TO 2013-14. OUR FUND BALANCE, WHICH IS OUR SAVINGS ACCOUNT WAS OVERSPENT BY $130 MILLION. AND WE INCREASED STAFF BY MORE THAN 900 POSITIONS ADDING MORE THAN $35 MILLION IN SALARIES. AGAIN, THAT'S THE TIME WHEN THE Q AND A SAYS OUR DISTRICT WAS PLANNING ACCORDINGLY FOR THIS MAJOR CHANGE. THAT'S NOT AN EXAMPLE OF PLANNING ACCORDINGLY FOR A CHANGE LIKE THIS. WITHOUT PROPER PLANNING, WITHOUT SUPPORT FROM THE LEGISLATURE AND WITHOUT ADDITIONAL MONEY FROM GRANTS, THE SALARY PLAN EVERYONE HOPED FOR WOULD BE FINANCIALLY VIABLE IS NOT. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING MIGHTILY BEHIND THE SCENES TO TRY TO AT LEAST MAKE SURE EVERYONE RECEIVED AN EQUITABLE RAISE OVER THE THREE-YEAR CYCLE. THAT WAY ALL THE TEACHERS WHO MOVED TO THE NEW SALARY PLAN WOULD GET THEIR INITIAL PAY INCREASE, WHICH WAS AN AVERAGE OF $6,000 PER TEACHER. ALONG WITH ONE BAND JUMP RAISE OF $4,000. WE DID IT, BUT WE HAD TO BORROW SUBSTANTIALLY FROM OTHER PROJECTS TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. A LOT OF YOU ARE SAYING JUST TO FIND THE MONEY FOR MORE RAISES SOMEWHERE. I HEAR YOU. BUT HERE'S THE ISSUE. WE'RE NOT STARTING FROM A HEALTHY BALANCED BUDGET. WE'VE BEEN STARTING WAY BEHIND EVERY YEAR FOR SEVERAL YEARS. I MENTIONED STATE FUNDING ISN'T KEEPING UP WITH OUR GROWTH. 20 YEARS AGO, WHEN WE HAD TO ADD NEW SCHOOLS AND BUILDINGS DUE TO GROWTH AND COMPLY WITH CLASS SIZE AMENDMENT, WE DIDN'T RECEIVE STATE FUNDING TO HELP WITH THAT. THAT MEANS RIGHT NOW WE OWE A BILLION DOLLARS FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION FROM 20 YEARS AGO AND WE HAVE A BILLION DOLLARS IN DEFERRED MAINTENANCE. THERE'S ALSO A MOUNTAIN OF EXPENSES THAT TAKE UP NEARLY ALL OF OUR BUDGET, BASE SALARIES FOR STAFF, OUR BENEFITS PACKAGE THAT'S FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, ESSENTIALS LIKE FUEL FOR SCHOOL BUSES AND ELECTRICITY, TEACHING TOOLS FOR CLASSROOMS. WE PAY FOR DUAL ENROLLMENT AND AP TESTS TO HELP OUR STUDENTS GET AHEAD IN LIFE, OTHER THINGS LIKE THAT. LAST YEAR, JUST TO PAY FOR ALL THAT PLUS A ROUND OF RAISES FOR TEACHERS.AND STAFF, NOT DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS. THEY GOT NO RAISE. WE HAD TO TRANSFER MORE THAN $44 MILLION FROM OTHER FUNDS. OBVIOUSLY, THAT CAN'T HAPPEN EVERY YEAR. ONE OF THE BIG REASONS WE CAN'T KEEP DOING THAT IS THE BOND RATING AGENCIES. IF OUR BOND RATING FALLS, OUR COST OF BORROWING AND EVEN OUR ABILITY TO BORROW WILL SUFFER. THAT MEANS THAT WE HAVE EVEN LESS MONEY AVAILABLE. WE ARE VERY CLOSE TO MOVING THROUGH AN INCREDIBLY DIFFICLT FINANCIAL SITUATION AND BEING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THIS. WITH THE LONG-TERM STABILITY THAT OUR STUDENTS NEED, OUR STAFF NEEDS, AND OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS. UNFORTUNATELY, THIS HAS REQUIRED TOUGH DECISIONS. WE'VE ELIMINATED MORE THAN 1,000 PERMANENT POSITIONS IN THE PAST TWO YEARS. OUR DISTRICT IS BACK TO STAFFING LEVELS WE HAVEN'T SEEN SINCE 2010. THE CATEGORY WHERE WE HAVE DONE THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE DECREASE IN THE PAST TWO YEARS IS DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION. AND WE'VE DONE THAT TO KEEP OUR SCHOOLS AS WELL STAFFED AS POSSIBLE, AND THAT'S WHERE OUR TEACHERS WORK AND OUR STUDENTS LEARN. WE'VE ALSO GONE AFTER OPERATIONAL FI EFFICIENCIES TO S MONEY. MAJOR BOUNDARY SHIFTS, TRANSPORTATION CHANGES, ELIMINATED CONTRACTS AND WE'RE STILL ADDRESSING THOSE ISSUES AND MORE EVERY DAY. GOING FORWARD, WE HAVE TO SHARE THE GOAL OF CREATING AN ACTUALLY VIABLE AND SUSTAINABLE STRUCTURE FOR OUR STAFF, FOR OUR STUDENTS, AND FOR THE HUNDREDS OF DIFFERENT PRIORITIES OUT THERE THAT CONTRIBUTE TO OUR SUCCESS. THANK YOU. 

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, I'M BEING ASKED IF YOU WANT TO TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO RECESS OR IF YOU WANT TO MOVE INTO THE REORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD. WE'LL TAKE A FIVE-MINUTE RECESS. [ SOUNDING GAVEL ] [RECESS] 

>>Cindy Stuart: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IF YOU COULD FIND YOUR SEATS AGAIN, WE'RE GOING TO CALL THE MEETING BACK TO ORDER. IF I COULD GET BOARD MEMBERS BACK AT THE DAIS PLEASE. IF YOU COULD PLEASE FIND A SEAT, WE'RE GOING TO TRY AND COUNT HOW MANY SEATS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE TO COME IN THROUGH SECURITY. SO WE'LL CALL THE BOARD MEETING BACK TO ORDER AT THIS TIME. AT THIS TIME, BOARD MEMBERS, WE'RE GOING TO MOVE TO THE REORGANIZATION OF OUR BOARD, BUT BEFORE THAT, MEMBER HARRIS HAS ASKED THAT SHE SAY A FEW WORDS. MS. HARRIS. 

>>Sally Harris: WELL, A FEW WORDS IT WILL BE. IN LIEU OF A LONG SPEECH, I HAVE TO SAY THAT WE'VE HAD A VERY DIFFICULT BEGINNING TO THIS BOARD MEETING, AND IT IS TIME TO SAY SOMETHING PLEASANT THAT I FEEL HAS IMPACTED PART OF THIS YEAR. WE HAVE A SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR THAT HAS WORKED COUNTLESS HOURS, AND I MEAN COUNTLESS HOURS. I'VE GOTTEN PHONE CALLS AS LATE AS 11:00 AT NIGHT AND AS EARLY AS 6 A.M. MANY, MANY TIMES. WE HAVE A CHAIR THAT HAS GIVEN HER WHOLE SELF TO TRYING TO MOVE THE DISTRICT INTO A GOOD PLACE FOR THE STUDENTS. SHE HAS KEPT THE STUDENTS IN HER FOREFRONT DURING THE YEAR IN REIGN AND SHE HAS BEEN AN EAR TO LISTEN TO AS MANY OF YOU THAT WANTED TO REACH HER AND TALK TO HER. AND SHE'S BEEN AN EAR FOR US AND A VERY GOOD SUPPORT TO THIS SCHOOL BOARD. SO WITH SADNESS, I WILL SAY THAT I WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT THIS PLAQUE AS YOU ARE THE OUTGOING CHAIRMAN OF THIS BOARD AND HAVE TAKEN US TO NEW HEIGHTS WITH LOTS OF WORK. AND I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO RECORD THE RESOLUTION FOR HONORING CINDY STUART AS OUR OUTGOING CHAIR. AS A TOKEN FROM THE BOARD AND MANY OF THE STAFF, WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER A PICTURE THAT REPRESENTS MANY OF THE THINGS THAT MS. STUART HAS DONE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. AND MANY OF YOU ARE IN THIS PICTURE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND WE REALLY THANK YOU FOR GIVING US A GOOD YEAR AND PUTTING SO MUCH OF YOUR LIFE INTO THIS. SO THANK YOU. YES, MEMBER GRIFFIN. 

>>April Griffin: MADAM VICE-CHAIR, THANK YOU. MS. STUART, I DON'T KNOW THAT THERE ARE MANY -- MANY MORE BOARD MEMBERS THAT I'VE SEEN OVER THE YEARS THAT ARE AS HARDWORKING AS YOU. I KNOW THAT YOU TRULY, TRULY DO CARE ABOUT THE STUDENTS FIRST AND THE WORK THAT WE DO HERE TO MOVE THIS DISTRICT FORWARD. WE ARE IN VERY TROUBLING TIMES RIGHT NOW, AND FOR YOU TO BE OUR CHAIR IN THIS TIME, IT WAS VERY COMFORTING, AND I WANTED TO JUST PUBLICLY ACKNOWLEDGE YOU AND THE WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE, AND YOU DESERVE TO BE LAUDED FOR HOW HARD YOU'VE WORKED AS OUR SCHOOL BOARD CHAIR. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. I DO APPRECIATE IT. 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRIFFIN. AT THIS TIME, CAN I ENTERTAIN A MOTION AND ASK TO ADOPT THE RESOLUTION FOR MEMBER STUART? WE'RE GOING TO ENTER IT INTO THE RECORD. THANK YOU. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER VALDES AND A SECOND BY MEMBER GRIFFIN. ANY DISCUSSION? BOARD MEMBERS? IF NOT, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHT APPEARS. THANK YOU. THE MOTION PASSES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. I APPRECIATE THAT. AND IT HAS BEEN A LONG YEAR. I THINK THAT IN OUR WAY OF WORK AND HOW WE MOVE THIS DISTRICT FORWARD AND CONDUCT THE BUSINESS OF THIS DISTRICT FROM THIS DAIS HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE FOR US, AND I APPLAUD ALL OF YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME AND THE ENERGY TO MOVE THROUGH OUR WAY OF WORK THE WAY WE HAVE OVER THE LAST YEAR. WITH THAT, WE WILL MOVE TO THE REORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD.  I BELIEVE THAT AT THIS POINT, WE TURN THINGS OVER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND TO MR. PORTER TO EXPLAIN THE PROCESS. 

>>Jim Porter: THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. I'M GOING TO EXPLAIN THE PROCESS FOR THE SELECTION OF YOUR CHAIR. FLORIDA LAW REQUIRES THAT ANNUALLY YOU ELECT A CHAIR. YOU ALSO CHOOSE TO ELECT A VICE-CHAIR. ALL SEVEN OF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE CHAIR. THE LAW REQUIRES THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT ACT AS CHAIR UNTIL YOU SELECT YOUR CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR. THIS IS THE WAY THE PROCESS WILL WORK. YOU ARE ALL SEVEN ELIGIBLE TO BE CHAIR. ALL SEVEN OF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO MAKE A NOMINATION. YOU MAY NOMINATE YOURSELF. YOU MAY NOMINATE ANY OTHER BOARD MEMBER. NOMINATIONS DO NOT REQUIRE A SECOND. THE SUPERINTENDENT WILL ASK IF THERE ARE ANY NOMINATIONS TO BE RECOGNIZED YOU WILL RAISE YOUR HAND. HE'LL CALL ON YOU. YOU'LL MAKE YOUR NOMINATION. HE'LL CONTINUE UNTIL THERE ARE NO MORE NOMINATIONS AND THEN THE SUPERINTENDENT WILL ANNOUNCE THAT THE NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED. AT THAT POINT, YOU WILL BE PROVIDED WITH A PIECE OF PAPER IN WHICH YOU WILL SELECT YOUR CHOICE FOR CHAIR. THAT WILL BE TABULATED AND ANNOUNCED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT. TO BECOME CHAIR, A PERSON MUST RECEIVE FOUR AFFIRMATIVE VOTES. IF ONE PERSON IS NOMINATED FOR CHAIR, THAT PERSON WILL BE CHAIR BY ACCLAMATION. IF TWO PEOPLE ARE NOMINATED FOR CHAIR, THE PERSON WHO RECEIVES FOUR VOTES WILL BECOME CHAIR. IF MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE ARE NOMINATED AND ONE PERSON DOES NOT GET FOUR VOTES, THE VOTING WILL CONTINUE WITH THAT SLATE OF CANDIDATES UNTIL ONE PERSON GETS FOUR VOTES OR UNLESS ONE PERSON WITHDRAWS. YOU MAY NOT CREATE NEW NOMINATIONS ONCE THE NOMINATIONS HAVE BEEN CLOSED. ONCE THE CHAIR IS SELECTED, THE PURSUANT WILL -- THE SUPERINTENDENT WILL ENTERTAIN MOTIONS FOR VICE-CHAIR AND THE PROCESS WILL BE FOLLOWED IN THE SAME WAY AS THE SELECTION FOR CHAIR. IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THEM. OTHERWISE, I'LL TURN IT OVER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT, WHO, BY STATE LAW, MUST CONDUCT THE ELECTION FOR YOU. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MR. PORTER. THE FLOOR IS NOW OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS FOR CHAIR. TO BE RECOGNIZED, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND TO MAKE A NOMINATION. NOMINATIONS DO NOT NEED TO BE SECONDED. MS. GRIFFIN. 

>>April Griffin: I NOMINATE SALLY HARRIS. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ARE THERE ANY OTHER NOMINATIONS? VERY GOOD. NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. DO WE NEED A VOTE? 

>>Jim Porter: YOU COULD DO IT BY ACCLAMATION BUT TO BE CLEAN, IF YOU COULD THEN VOTE ON THE NOMINATION OF SALLY HARRIS FOR CHAIR. NO SECOND IS REQUIRED. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, YOU WOULD JUST ASK, ALL IN FAVOR OF SALLY HARRIS TO RAISE THEIR HANDS. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ALL IN FAVOR OF SALLY HARRIS FOR THE CHAIR, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HANDS. IT IS UNANIMOUS. [ APPLAUSE ] THE NEW CHAIR OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD IS MS. SALLY HARRIS. THE FLOOR IS NOW OPEN FOR NOMINATIONS FOR VICE-CHAIR. TO BE RECOGNIZED, PLEASE RAISE YOUR HAND TO MAKE NOMINATIONS. NOMINATIONS DO NOT NEED TO BE SECONDED. 

>> SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE TAMMY SHAMBURGER FOR VICE-CHAIR. 

>>Susan L. Valdes: I WOULD LIKE TO NOMINATE APRIL GRIFFIN. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: ARE THERE ANY OTHER NOMINATIONS? SEEING NONE, NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. YOU'LL HAVE A SLIP OF PAPER COMING IN FRONT OF YOU. 

>>Jim Porter: BOARD MEMBERS, I'LL REMIND YOU, YOU MUST VOTE FOR ONE, EITHER MS. SHAMBURGER OR MS. GRIFFIN. WHOEVER RECEIVES FOUR VOTES WILL BE VICE-CHAIR. YOUR BALLOTS ARE PUBLIC RECORD WHEN YOU WRITE ON THEM. 

>>Melissa Snively: MR. PORTER OR MR. EAKINS, MAY I ASK A QUESTION OR HAVE DISCUSSION AT THIS JUNCTURE ACCORDING TO ROBERT'S RULES? 

>>Jim Porter: IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION, BY ALL MEANS. 

>>Melissa Snively: WELL, I WOULD BE CURIOUS TO UNDERSTAND IF MS. GRIFFIN DOES ACCEPT HER NOMINATION, WHY SHE BELIEVES SHE WOULD BE A BETTER VICE-CHAIR THAN MS. SHAMBURGER. 

>>Jim Porter: LET ME SAY THIS. THAT IS A PERFECTLY LEGITIMATE QUESTION. UNDER ROBERT'S RULES THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT FOR DISCUSSION OR NO ANTICIPATION. THERE'S NO REQUIREMENT THAT YOU ANSWER. YOU'RE CERTAINLY WELCOME TO, BUT THERE'S NOTHING THAT REQUIRES THE CANDIDATES THAT WERE NOMINATED TO LOBBY OR TO MAKE A STATEMENT ABOUT THAT. BUT YOU'VE ASKED A QUESTION. MS. GRIFFIN IS ABLE TO ANSWER THAT OR NOT ANSWER IT. 

>>April Griffin: WELL, FIRST, I DID NOT NOMINATE MYSELF. IF WE WERE GOING TO HAVE A DISCUSSION WHY BOTH OF US BELIEVE WE WOULD BE BEST FOR THE JOB, I THINK THAT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE AND FAIR. IF THAT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, I WOULD JUST THINK THAT WE SHOULD PROBABLY DO THE VOTE AS WE HAVE IN THE PAST. 

>>Melissa Snively: I WILL ACQUIESCE AND ASK BOTH OF YOU WHY YOU FEEL YOU SHOULD BE VICE-CHAIR. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Jim Porter: AGAIN, NEITHER BOARD MEMBER IS REQUIRED TO MAKE ANY STATEMENT AT ALL. THE BOARD HAS THE RIGHT TO VOTE BASED ON WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT EACH OF THE CANDIDATES. IF THE BOARD MEMBERS WANT TO, THEY CERTAINLY MAY. THAT'S NOT BEEN DONE IN THE PAST HERE, BUT THERE'S NOTHING TO PROHIBIT IT. IF THEY WANT TO SPEAK, THEY CAN. THERE'S NO REQUIREMENT THAT THEY DO. YOU ASKED THE QUESTION AND THEY DON'T HAVE TO RESPOND UNLESS THEY WANT TO. 

>>Tamara Shamburger: WELL, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE NOMINATION, MEMBER SNIVELY. LET ME SAY, IT IS CERTAINLY AN HONOR TO SERVE ON THIS BOARD AND TRY TO MAKE A CHANGE IN THIS DISTRICT. IT REMINDS ME OF A CONVERSATION I HAD WITH SOME STUDENTS OR SOME CHILDREN A WHILE AGO THAT WE TALKED ABOUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE POOR? POOR, P-O-O-R. AND THAT IS PASSING OVER OPPORTUNITY REPEATEDLY. AND I THINK IN THIS DISTRICT, THAT WE HAVE PASSED OVER A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES TO MAKE THIS DISTRICT STRONGER. AND I THINK TODAY, WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A CHANGE, A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP, A NEW VOICE, AND I THINK THIS WILL BE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BRING A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE TO THIS BOARD. THERE ARE SEVEN OF US. WE ALL ARE WELL QUALIFIED. THERE'S FOUR OF US WHO HAVE NEVER HELD A POSITION. THREE OF US -- WELL, FOUR OF US NEVER HELD THE CHAIR, BUT THREE OF US WHO HAVE NOT HELD EITHER. AND I THINK THIS IS A TIME FOR CHANGE. YOU KNOW, WHEN WE CONTINUE TO PASS OVER OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHANGE, WE CONTINUE TO BE POOR IN TRUST, POOH ARE IN EVERYTHING, POOR FINANCIALLY, POOR IN SO MANY DIFFERENT AREAS. SO I THINK TODAY THIS IS A CHANCE FOR US TO OVERCOME SOME OF THE HARDSHIPS WE'VE HAD IN THIS DISTRICT, ON THIS DAIS, WITH ALL THE NEGATIVITY THAT WE DEAL WITH, THIS IS A TIME AND A CHANCE FOR A NEW VOICE. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>April Griffin: WELL, I KNOW HOW EACH ONE OF US FEELS UP HERE ABOUT THIS DISTRICT AND ABOUT THE STUDENTS IN THIS COMMUNITY AND IN OUR SCHOOLS. I BELIEVE THAT I CONDUCTED MYSELF WITH THE UTMOST INTEGRITY AS THE CHAIR OF THIS BOARD. OVER THE PAST YEARS, WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF TRIALS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF OUR VOICES ARE HEARD. I FEEL LIKE THE RELATIONSHIP THAT I HAVE WITH EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU IS ONE WHERE WE CAN BE OPEN AND HONEST WITH ONE ANOTHER. I KNOW THAT OUR SUPERINTENDENT AND I HAVE A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS WHERE THERE IS PUSHBACK. I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED EACH ONE OF OUR VOICES TO BE HEARD UP HERE. I WANT THE PUBLIC'S VOICE TO BE HEARD. I'VE NOT EVER SHUT THAT DOWN. I THINK THAT WE ARE IN SOME VERY, VERY TROUBLING TIMES. AND AS MUCH AS I RESPECT THE PASSION THAT EACH ONE OF US BRINGS, I THINK THAT THE KNOWLEDGE THAT I HAVE OF HOW WE GOT HERE AND HOW WE CAN GET OUT OF HERE AND TO HELP OUR CHAIR DO HER JOB IS WHAT MAKES ME QUALIFIED FOR THIS. 

>>Melissa Snively: I THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASK A QUESTION, AND I THANK YOU BOTH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO ANSWER IT. I WOULD HEARTILY AGREE WITH MS. SHAMBURGER IN THAT WE NEED A CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP AND GIVING SOMEONE ELSE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE LEADERSHIP ON THIS SCHOOL BOARD. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 

>>Jim Porter: MR. SUPERINTENDENT, MS. GRAY'S LIGHT IS ON, TOO. 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: MS. GRAY. 

>>Lynn Gray: WHAT OUR BOARD NEEDS AND WHAT YOU ALL NEED, AS I AND WE ALL HEAR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOUR VOICES, WE NEED A SENSE OF UNITY. WE NEED A SENSE OF RESPECT. WE NEED A SENSE OF WHERE WE'RE GOING IN THE FUTURE. WE NEED A PERSON WHO CAN BE A COLLABORATOR, A PERSON WHO CAN BE A UNIFIER, A PERSON WHO CAN BE A LEADER THAT SPEAKS FOR EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THE AUDIENCE, ESPECIALLY OUR CHILDREN. AND WHEN WE MAKE THIS SELECTION -- AND I HOPE OUR BOARD CAREFULLY SELECTS IT -- I WANT THIS PERSON TO ABSOLUTELY BE IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE BEST WELFARE AND INTENTIONS, NOT ONLY IN WORDS, BUT IN ACTUAL ACTIONS FOR OUR CHILDREN. AND I TAKE THIS PARTICULAR TIME TO SAY I WANT US VERY, VERY CAREFULLY TO PROBE WITHIN EACH OF US WHO DO WE WANT TO SEE LEAD OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT OUT OF WHAT I FIND TO BE THE MOST DEPLORING, DESPICABLE PERCEPTION THAT I AM PART OR FIND MYSELF PART OF. AND FROM THAT POINT ON, I AM HOPING THAT WE ALL MAKE THE RIGHT SELECTION, AND THAT'S ALL I WANT TO SAY RIGHT NOW. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Jeffrey Eakins: OUR NEW VICE-CHAIR FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD IS MS. TAMARA SHAMBURGER. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Cindy Stuart: BOARD MEMBERS, WE WILL RECESS FOR 20 MINUTES TO MOVE SEATS. [ SOUNDING GAVEL ] [RECESS] 

>>Sally Harris: THE MEETING IS CALLED TO ORDER. THANK YOU FOR THE VOTE OF CONFIDENCE. I WILL TELL YOU, AS YOUR NEW CHAIR, I WILL NOT BE AS SMOOTH AS THE OTHER CHAIRS HAVE BEEN, BUT I WILL GET IT DOWN IN A COUPLE OF MEETINGS. SO JUST BEAR WITH ME AS I LEARN THE PROCESS. IT IS NEW. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO AUTHORIZE THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD LEASING CORPORATION FOR CERTIFICATES OF PARTICIPATION PROGRAM TO BE HIGHLIGHTED BY GRETCHEN SAUNDERS. 

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU, MS. HARRIS. I'D LIKE TO ASK JOHN STOKES TO COME TO THE LECTERN. THANK YOU. 

>> MADAM CHAIR, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT, THE HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL BOARD LEASING CORPORATION EXISTS AS AN ALTER EGO OF THIS BOARD FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF FACILITATING YOUR CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION FINANCING PROGRAM. AS A FLORIDA NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION, IT IS IMPORTANT TO HOLD AN ANNUAL MEETING TO COMPLY WITH LAW, AND WE HOLD THAT MEETING EVERY YEAR AS PART OF A REOORG MEETING -- REORG MEETING AT THE SAME TIME THE BOARD IS REORGANIZED. WE'RE HERE TONIGHT TO HAVE A VERY BRIEF MEETING OF THE CORPORATION TO CONFIRM THE ELECTION OF THE SAME MEMBERS THAT WERE JUST ELECTED TO THE SCHOOL BOARD AS OFFICERS OF THE LEASING CORPORATION. PRESENTLY, MS. STUART IS THE CHAIR OF THE LEASING CORPOR CORPORATION. IF WE RECESS THE MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD, WE OPEN THE MEETING OF THE LEASING CORPORATION, AT THAT POINT IN TIME, WE HAVE A SCRIPT THAT WE CAN WALK THROUGH TO GET THIS DONE IN A VERY TIMELY MANNER. 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WILL NOW RECESS THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING OF TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14th, 2017, TO CONVENE THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD LEASING CORPORATION AND TURN THE GAVEL OVER TO MEMBER STUART. 

>> MADAM CHAIR STUART, THIS IS A REORGANIZATION MEETING OF THE HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL BOARD LEASING CORPORATION. IT IS APPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME TO HOLD THE ANNUAL MEETING AND TO REELECT THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD AND THE -- AND TO CHOOSE THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD AND THE OFFICERS AND SECRETARY SO THAT THEY REFLECT THE NEWLY SELECTED MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD. 

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MR. STOKES. AT THIS TIME, WE NEED TO RECOMMEND AN APPOINTMENT FOR THE CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE LEASING CORPORATION. SO I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND, BOARD MEMBERS. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MS. SHAMBURGER.  IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS APPEAR. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. IT'S UNANIMOUS. AT THIS TIME, BOARD MEMBERS, I'M GOING TO ASK FOR A MOTION TO APPOINT SALLY HARRIS AS THE NEW -- AS THE CHAIR AND PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND TAMARA SHAMBURGER AS VICE-CHAIR AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS. AND MR. JEFF EAKINS AS SECRETARY AND TREASURER OF THE LEASING CORPORATION. I HAVE A MOTION BY MS. GRAY AND A SECOND BY MS. SNIVELY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE INDICATE YOUR VOTES WHEN THE LIGHT APPEARS. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. I WILL NOW ADJOURN THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND RECONVENE -- ADJOURN THE LEASING CORPORATION MEETING AND RECONVENE THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND TURN THE GAVEL BACK OVER TO CHAIR HARRIS. 

>> THANK YOU. 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MR. STOKES. AT THIS TIME, WE WILL GO AHEAD AND MOVE INTO 13.02, THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION VISION ZERO ACTION PLAN. WE WILL CALL GINA TORRES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION TO THE PODIUM. 

>> GOOD AFTERNOON OR EVENING, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. GINA TORRES, OUR EXECUTIVE PLANNER, HAS HAD TO GO DO ANOTHER PRESENTATION ON VISION ZERO TO A NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP. I HOPE YOU'LL TOLERATE SOME REMARKS FROM ME. I'M THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BETH ALDEN FOR THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION. WE ARE YOUR LONG-RANGE TRANSPORTATION PLANNING BOARD, AND WE ARE VERY PLEASED TO BE YOUR PARTNERS IN PROBLEM SOLVING AND THAT'S WHAT BRINGS ME HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT TRAFFIC SAFETY IN PARTICULAR. WE DO HAVE A SHORT PowerPoint PRESENTATION IF THAT COULD BE QUEUED UP. WELL, NOT SEEING IT, I COULD JUST RUN THROUGH MY REMARKS QUICKLY. IN BRIEF, I'M HERE BECAUSE A YEAR AND A HALF AGO, THIS BOARD PASSED A RESOLUTION OF SUPPORT FOR AN AMBITIOUS VISION OF ZERO TRAFFIC FATALITIES. AND THAT WAS AFTER THE DEATH OF CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ALEXA MIRANDA ON HER WAY TO SCHOOL. THE SCHOOL BOARD WAS NOT THE ONLY ORGANIZATION, THANKFULLY, TO SUPPORT VISION ZERO AS OUR GOAL. ALL FOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS MOSTLY AFTER THE SCHOOL BOARD, PASSED SIMILAR RESOLUTIONS OF SUPPORT, AND IF WE COULD GO AHEAD AND ADVANCE TO THE NEXT SLIDE. SO ALL FOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS SUPPORTED THIS GOAL OF MOVING TOWARD ZERO TRAFFIC FATALITIES. AND THAT'S SIGNIFICANT IN OUR COUNTY BECAUSE WE HAVE A TREMENDOUSLY HIGH RATE OF DEATHS ON OUR ROADWAYS. SO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF ALL FOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND THE SCHOOL BOARD, WE CREATED A COALITION TO DRAFT AN ACTION PLAN OF SPECIFIC AND TANGIBLE STEPS THAT COULD BE TAKEN IN THE NEAR TERM TO BRING OUR HIGH CRASH RATES DOWN. AND THE COALITION, IT INCLUDES NOT ONLY YOUR TYPICAL TRANSPLANTATION PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS, IT INCLUDES PARTNERS FROM HEALTH, FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT, FROM THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY AND, OF COURSE, FROM YOU ALL, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. NEXT SLIDE PLEASE. AND SO OVER THE PAST YEAR, WE HAVE HELD FOUR PUBLIC WORKSHOPS TO NARROW DOWN ON OUR NEXT STRATEGIES, AND WE'VE LOOKED AT JUST A WHOLE LOT OF DATA TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO FOCUS OUR RESOURCES. SO OUR FIRST WORKSHOP WE BRAIN STORMED ON THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE PROBLEM TO BE ADDRESSED. BECAUSE WE CAN'T JUST GO OUT AND CHANGE THE INFRASTRUCTURE. WE CAN'T JUST DO OUTREACH. WE CAN'T JUST STEP UP LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE CAN'T JUST CHANGE OUR DESIGN STANDARDS. WE HAVE TO DO ALL FOUR OF THOSE THINGS, AND THEY HAVE TO BE COORDINATED. AND SO THE WORKSHOP CAME UP WITH FOUR ACTION TRACKS. PAINT SAVES LIVES, WHICH IS NEAR-TERM DESIGN INTERVENTIONS. ONE MESSAGE, MANY VOICES, WHICH IS ABOUT OUTREACH AND MESSAGING. CONSISTENT & FAIR, ABOUT LAW ENFORCEMENT. AND THE FUTURE WILL NOT BE LIKE THE PAST, WHICH IS ABOUT CHANGING OUR DESIGN STANDARDS AND OUR CULTURE. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. OUR SUBSEQUENT WORKSHOPS FOCUSED ON THOSE DIFFERENT ACTION TRACKS. SO IN JANUARY, WE HELD A WORKSHOP FOCUSING ON LAW ENFORCEMENT. WE HELD IT OUT AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER AT TOWN N' COUNTRY, SO THIS IS A PHOTOGRAPH CROSSING HILLSBOROUGH AVENUE. IT WAS LED BY OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE. WE WERE FOCUSING ON WHAT EXACTLY ARE THE CHALLENGES THAT PEOPLE FACE AS THEY TRY TO NAVIGATE STREETS SAFELY. SO WHEN WE'RE ENFORCING TRAFFIC LAWS, WE'RE DOING THAT IN A FAIR AND EQUITABLE WAY. OUR THIRD WORKSHOP, FOCUSED ON LOW-COST DESIGN TREATMENTS ON ROADWAYS, SO PAINT SAVES LIVES, WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH PAINT? AND WE ACTUALLY PAINTED A BIKE LANE GREEN ON THE BOLLARD PARKWAY BRIDGE OVER THE HILLSBOROUGH RIVER. THIS CONNECTS SOME OF TEMPLE TERRACE'S NEIGHBORHOODS WITH THE DOWNTOWN CORE. IT DRAWS ATTENTION TO THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE PEOPLE WALKING AND BICYCLING OVER THAT BRIDGE. NEXT SLIDE. OUR FOURTH WORKSHOP FOCUSED ON OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT. AND TELGT -- TELLING THE STORIES OF PEOPLE'S WHO LIVES HAVE BEEN TOUCHED BY TRAFFIC VIOLENCE. SO WE CREATED A SHORT VIDEO WHICH IS POSTED UP ON OUR WEBSITE NOW TO HELP FOLKS TELL THEIR STORIES, INCLUDING THAT'S ALEXA MIRANDA'S MOTHER THERE ON THE POSTER. SHE WAS ONE OF OUR SPOKESPEOPLE. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. I MENTIONED SPECIFIC AND TANGIBLE STEPS TO TAKE IN THE NEAR TERM. AGAIN, THIS IS DRAWING ON ALL OF THE COALITION MEMBERS TO COME TOGETHER. SO ONE MESSAGE, MANY VOICES. THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. SOME OF OUR GOALS TO INCREASE AWARENESS OF VISION ZERO AND GOAL TWO, NEXT, TO ENGAGE WITH THE VICTIMS OF TRAFFIC VIOLENCE AND THEIR FAMILIES. NEXT SLIDE. AND TO HELP TELL THOSE STORIES, WE'VE DONE A LOT WITH SOCIAL MEDIA. WE'VE DONE A RIDE OF SILENCE, A WALK OF SILENCE, AND WE'RE WORKING ON MORE OUTREACH AND PARTNERSHIP WITH YOU ALL. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. AND WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH. SO THE WALK OF SILENCE WAS JUST THIS PAST OCTOBER. DONE THINGS LIKE CREATED BUMPER STICKERS LIKE "I BRAKE FOR CHIEFS" FOR CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL PTA. SO A LOT OF DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THIS. AND YOU ALL ARE HELPING US GET THE WORD OUT WITH EVENTS LIKE THE MAGNET SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE THAT I THINK WAS WEEKEND BEFORE LAST. AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF THAT EVENT. NEXT SLIDE. SO CONSISTENT AND FAIR. NEXT, GOALS CONSISTENT AND FAIR. GO AHEAD AND HIT THE BUTTON. LEVERAGE OUR COMMUNITY TRAFFIC SAFETY TEAM. NEXT, PLEASE AND ESTABLISH A CORRIDOR PROGRAM FOCUSING ON OUR WORST CRASH CORRIDORS FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT. NEXT, PLEASE. SO PART OF THIS IS DOING ON-STREET AUDITS WORKING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. AND MEDIA EVENTS ARE THE NEXT STEPS. SO WE'LL BE ZOOMING DOWN ON PARTICULAR HIGH-CRASH CORRIDORS AND, AGAIN, WE'D LIKE TO WORK WITH YOU ALL ON THOSE CORRIDORS SUCH AS 56th STREET WHERE KING HIGH SCHOOL IS LOCATED. WE'D REALLY LIKE TO HAVE YOU ALL AS PART OF OUR TEAM TO GO OUT AND PROBLEM SOLVE ON THAT CORRIDOR. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. PAINT SAVES LIVES. RAISING DRIVER AWARENESS BY HIGH VISIBILITY MARKINGS AND IMPLEMENT LOW-COST TREATMENTS WHERE WE CAN. SO NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. SO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN DONE, NOT ONLY PAINTING BIKE LANES, BUT THE CITY OF TAMPA HAS CREATED AN INTERSECTION PAINTING PROGRAM. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. AND WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, AGAIN, THINGS LIKE CROSSWALK MARKINGS. THIS PARTICULAR ONE IS OUT NEAR METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES ON FLORIDA AVENUE. WE WORKED EARLIER WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ON HILLSBOROUGH AVENUE FOR BETTER CROSSINGS NEAR MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. SO, AGAIN, LOW-COST STRATEGIES TARGETING THOSE WORST CRASH AREAS. OUR LAST STRATEGY, THE FUTURE WILL NOT BE LIKE THE PAST. UPDATING OUR POLICIES AND STANDARDS. NEXT PLEASE. THE CULTURE CHANGE, FOCUSING ON GOOD DESIGN LIGHTING AND CONNECTED FACILITIES. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. SO WE'VE IDENTIFIED OUR TOP 20 CRASH CORRIDORS TO FOCUS ON WITH THESE DESIGN STANDARDS. AND WE ARE REALLY LUCKY THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION HAS JUST COME OUT WITH A COMPLETE STREETS POLICY AND DESIGN MANUAL THAT WE CAN START IMPLEMENTING. NEXT, PLEASE. PIECES OF THIS, LIGHTING IS VERY IMPORTANT. IT IS A LOWER-COST STRATEGY. TARGET SPEEDS FOR THOSE MAJOR ROADWAYS WHERE WE HAVE OUR WORST CRASHES, ALL OF THAT IS AFFECTED BY OUR ROADWAY DESIGN. NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE. AND SO WE HAVE A NUMBER OF WAYS THAT WE'RE ALREADY WORKING WITH YOUR STAFF. WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUED COLLABORATION AND WE HOPE THAT THIS BOARD WOULD ACTIVELY SUPPORT THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE VISION ZERO ACTION PLAN AND SUPPORT YOUR STAFF IN DOING THAT. AND WE JUST THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I THINK MEMBER GRAY, YOU HAD COMMENT? 

>>Lynn Gray: I THINK THIS IS A VERY TIMELY SUBJECT AREA. THE OBVIOUS REASON WOULD BE THE WELFARE OF OUR CHILDREN AS IT RELATES TO ROADS. AND AS IT RELATES TO THE GROWING FACTOR THAT OUR CITY IS GROWING IMMENSELY AND VERY QUICKLY. BEYOND THE PROPER PREPARATION OF SIGNAGE, LIGHTS, ET CETERA. HOWEVER, THE PARTNERSHIP THAT YOU ARE INVOLVED IN WITH ALL THE VARIOUS STAKEHOLDERS, I THINK IS REALLY CRITICAL RIGHT NOW THAT WE HIGHLIGHT IT. I'M SPEAKING FROM REPRESENTATIVE TOLEDO WHO WANTED TO SEE MORE SIGNAGE. I KNOW SHE WAS VERY INVOLVED AND HOPEFULLY INSTRUMENTAL IN PAYING FOR SOME OF IT. THAT'S ANOTHER STORY. BUT ALSO AS A COACH OF MANY, MANY RUNNERS AND A LOT OF BIKERS, WE FEEL LIKE WE ARE TARGETS MANY TIMES. THE BIKERS SHOULD KNOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD. HOWEVER, AGAIN, MORE SIGNAGE IS NEEDED. SO FOR A LOT OF REASONS, THIS IS AN EXCELLENT AND IMPORTANT SUBJECT BECAUSE IT IS RELEVANT TO A GROWING CITY WITH GROWING PAINS. AND I APPLAUD YOUR WORK, AND I THINK THAT YOU HAVE DEFINITELY SIGNALED THE RIGHT SIGNAL FOR US TO REALLY WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN KEEP OUR KIDS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE AND THOSE ROADS AS WELCOMING AS EVER. THANK YOU. 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. MEMBER STUART. 

>>Cindy Stuart: MS. ALDEN, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND WAITING TO DO THE PRESENTATION TODAY. I'M SORRY THAT MS. TORRES HAD TO LEAVE, BUT I APPRECIATE THE PARTNERSHIP THAT YOU HAVE BOTH WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THAT THE MPO AFFORDS FOR THIS DISTRICT TO HAVE A SEAT AT THE TABLE WHEN WE DISCUSS TRANSPORTATION, TRANSPORTATION INITIATIVES AND THINGS SUCH AS VISION ZERO WHICH REALLY SPEAK TO EDUCATION FOR OUR COMMUNITY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE AND CONTINUING TO INCLUDE US IN THE CONVERSATION. 

>> THANK YOU, AND IF I COULD ADD TO THAT, HAVING A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER AS PART OF THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION HAS CHANGED A LOT OF THE CONVERSATION THAT IS GOING ON WITH OUR LONG-RANGE PLANNING AND WILL BE SPENDING A LOT OF TIME ON SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION ISSUES AT OUR NEXT MPO BOARD MEETING IN DECEMBER. 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. WE ARE NOW AT OUR 6:00 TIME ALLOTTED FOR OUR EMPLOYEE INPUT. AND WE WILL NOW TAKE EMPLOYEE INPUT, EVEN THOUGH WE HEAR PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING, IT IS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT FOR EMPLOYEES OF OUR DISTRICT TO ATTEND THE MEETING AT 3:00. THERE ARE MANY WAYS FOR EMPLOYEES TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD, INCLUDING THROUGH UNION REPRESENTATIVES, E-MAILS, PHONE CALLS, ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATIONS AND PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING. THE BOARD WANTS TO BE HEAR FROM YOU. WITH THIS SECTION OF OUR AGENDA, WE ARE CREATING ANOTHER AVENUE FOR EMPLOYEES TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD. WE ARE SETTING ASIDE 30 MINUTES FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE DISTRICT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD ABOUT ANY ISSUES THAT ARE ON YOUR MIND. THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A DISCUSSION ABOUT SPECIFIC AGENDA ITEMS ON TONIGHT'S AGENDA, BUT RATHER AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD ABOUT ANY ISSUES RELATED TO YOUR JOB OR THE DISTRICT. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE 63 SPEAKERS, AND WE HAVE 30 MINUTES ALLOCATED ON THE TIME. DOES ANYONE WANT TO CHANGE THAT? [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Melissa Snively: CHAIR HARRIS, I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES FOR THIS SEGMENT OF OUR MEETING AND ALLOW MORE TIME FOR OUR TEACHERS. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER GRIFFIN IS THAT A SECOND? 

>>April Griffin: I WOULD LIKE TO SECOND THAT MOTION. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Sally Harris: WE HAVE A MOTION TO SUSPEND THE TIME AGENDA AND A SECOND. MELISSA SNIVELY HAS MADE THE MOTION AND APRIL GRIFFIN HAS SECONDED IT. COULD WE HAVE A DISCUSSION? WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP -- IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. [ APPLAUSE ] WE HAVE A SITUATION WHERE WE ARE NOT SURE THAT EVERYONE THAT HAS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK HAS A SEAT IN THE HOUSE. SO I'M GOING TO CALL THE FIRST TEN NAMES TO MAKE SURE THAT THE ONES WHO HAVE ASKED TO SPEAK COULD SPEAK. SO IF YOU'LL LINE UP AS WE CALL YOUR NAME, AND I WILL SABOTAGE YOUR NAME, AND I APOLOGIZE UP FRONT. TAMMY CROSBY, NICOLE RENE, RAYMOND SPEAR, ANDREA ARKAS, AMANDA COOPER, SANDRA SLATON, THOMAS CHAPMAN, ARIE TORRES. TIMOTHY HARRIS, ASHLEY PHELPS. THAT WILL BE THE FIRST TEN. THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPECT. 

>> HOW MUCH TIME? 

>> THREE MINUTES? 

>>Sally Harris: OKAY. EACH MEMBER WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES, SO WE ARE GOING TO ASK THAT YOU RESPECT THAT TIMELINE WITHOUT BEING DISRESPECTFUL TO YOU, WE WILL ASK YOU TO END YOUR CONVERSATION AT THE THREE-MINUTE TIMELINE. SO AT THIS TIME, TAMMY CROSBY. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. THANK YOU. 

>> GOOD EVENING, MR. SUPERINTENDENT AND ALL OF THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND ALL OF THE ATTENDEES. I WANT TO SAY THAT I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU DIRECTLY. MY NAME IS TAMMY CROSBY, AND I AM THE PROUDEST TEACHER OF HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL. I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO YOU DIRECTLY THIS EVENING TO THE COMMENT THAT WAS MADE ON OCTOBER THAT NO ONE WOULD BE HURT IF TEACHERS WERE NOT GRANTED A YEAR OF SERVICE ON THE PERFORMANCE-BASED SALARY STEPS. I DO NOT DOUBT THE ENORMITY OF THE TASK OF MANAGING THE BUDGET OF A SCHOOL DISTRICT OF THIS SIZE, NOR WILL I ATTEST TO BEING A SPECIALIST IN THAT AREA. I CAN ATTEST TO BEING CONSISTENTLY AND ONLY HIGHLY EFFECTIVE WITH SOME OF YOUR OWN CHILDREN IN MY CLASSROOM. WITH A MASTER'S DEGREE IN SECONDARY EDUCATION AND NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION, WITH 15 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN ONLY TITLE 1SCHOOLS OF THIS COUNTY, THEREFORE, I WOULD LIKE TO EMPHASIZE THAT THERE ARE FACTORS IN THIS PROFESSION THAT YOUR DATA CANNOT REFLECT. PLEASE THOROUGHLY CONSIDER THAT CONTINUING THIS COURSE OF ACTION WILL NEGATIVELY IMPACT STUDENT PERFORMANCE DATA. SO I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS TO THAT EFFECT, MS. GRAY, THIS EVENING. BUT SHOULD THIS BE THE CASE THAT YOU CONTINUE ON THIS PATH, PLEASE DO NOT BLAME THE TEACHERS. DO NOT BLAME THE ADMINISTRATORS, AND ESPECIALLY DO NOT BLAME OUR STUDENTS. SIMPLY LOWER YOUR STANDARDS AND EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY. THAT WAS MY MOST POLITICALLY CORRECT VERSION OF WHAT I WANTED TO SAY TO YOU THIS EVENING. I DID MAKE A NOTE OR TWO, AS I LISTENED TO SOME OF THE PREVIOUS SPEAKERS. AND SINCE I HAVE 26 SECONDS LEFT, ON A PERSONAL NOTE, I WANT IT NOTED THAT I NEEDED IT TO BE EXPLAINED TO ME WHAT WORK THE CONTRACT MEANT, BECAUSE THIS IS NOT MY JOB. THIS IS MY HOBBY. I FEEL I AM MOURNING THE LOSS OF MY DEAREST LOVE BEYOND MY FAMILY. I HAVE J JUST IDENTIFY THIS HOBB TO MY FAMILY DESPITE BEING TOLD BY MY 13-YEAR-OLD SON THAT I NEED A NEW JOB. I WILL NOT LEAVE BECAUSE I WILL NOT BE DRIVEN OUT BECAUSE I HOLD HIGH THE RESPECT THAT I DESERVE AND I KNOW THAT I WILL GET IT. I KNOW THAT I AM A PROBLEM SOLVER. SOMEBODY SCREWED UP ON THE TIMER. I'M GOING TO TAKE MY TIME. NOW IT'S GOING THE OTHER WAY. 

>>Sally Harris: THAT'S OVER. 

>> OH, YOU GAVE ME EXTRA TIME. 

>>Sally Harris: YOU ARE OVER 45 SECONDS. 

>> OH, OKAY. WELL, I'M A NEWBIE AT THIS, BUT I DO APPRECIATE YOU LISTENING. 

>>Sally Harris: UP THAT. 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] NICOLE. 

>> I'M NICOLE. AT THE END OF JUNE, I STOOD BEFORE YOU EXPRESSING HOW PROUD I WAS TO BE A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHER WHO SUCCESSFULLY MADE IT PAST THE FIVE-YEAR MARK WHERE MANY TEACHERS LEAVE. I WISH I COULD STAND HERE BEFORE YOU TODAY WITH THE SAME ENTHUSIASM. BUT THE TRUTH IS OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS MY FEELING ON THIS JOB HAS CHANGED TREMENDOUSLY. SCHOOL BOARD ALTERCATIONS PLAYING OUT IN THE PUBLIC EYE, LAWSUITS, CLAIMS OF CORRUPTION AND BLATANT NO DELIVERED BY THE DISTRICT AT THE BARGAINING TABLE. THE MORALE IS AT THE LOWEST POINT IT'S BEEN IN MY SIX YEARS WITH THE DISTRICT. IT HURTS ME TO SAY THIS BECAUSE I LOVE MY STUDENTS AND LOVE TEACHING. THERE COMES A POINT WHEN THE FACTORS NEGATIVELY AFFECT YOU AND OUTWEIGH THE FEELINGS OF PRIDE, RESPECT. MR. EAKINS EXPRESSED PUBLICLY THAT HE FEELS HE HAS GIVEN CLASSROOMS BACK TO THE TEACHERS. IN THE EYES OF THE TEACHERS, THOSE EFFORTS HAVE BEEN INEFFECTIVE. MICROMANAGING, LACK OF RESPECT AND -- I WORKED 11-HOUR DAYS AS TEACHER AND HOST INSTRUCTOR FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS TO MAKE ENDS MEET. I HAVE MET ALL OF THE EVALUATION REQUIREMENTS INCLUDING AN INCREASINGLY VAM SCORE THE PAST THREE YEARS. I WORKED LAST YEAR AND MAINTAINED A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHER RATING ONLY TO BE TOLD NOW I WON'T BE CREDITED WITH MY YEAR OF SERVICE. IF YOU REALLY WANT WHAT IS BEST FOR YOUR STUDENTS, WHY AREN'T WE DOING WHAT IS BEST FOR THE TEACHERS? WE ARE THE ONES IN THE CLASSROOMS DAY IN AND DAY OUT TEACHING AND REACHING CHILDREN. HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO KEEP HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM WITH THE LITTLE RESPECT THAT WE'RE SHOWN? I GIVE THESE KIDS AND MY SCHOOL 100% EVERY DAY, BUT I FEEL AS THOUGH I'M GETTING NOTHING IN RETURN FOR MY HARD WORK. I HAVE SAT AT MULTIPLE BOARD MEETINGS OVER THE PAST YEAR WATCHING AGENDA ITEMS GETTING PASSED AND FUNDED LEFT AND RIGHT. I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE THAT MANY OF THE PROGRAMS ARE GOOD PROGRAMS BUT THEY WOULD MEAN NOTHING IF YOU DON'T HAVE TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM. WHY ARE THE TEACHERS ALWAYS THE LAST PRIORITY? SOMETHING IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT NEEDS TO CHANGE AND IT NEEDS TO START NOW. PLEASE BE THE POSITIVE CHANGE WE NEED. STAND UP FOR THE TEACHERS, OUR STUDENTS, PUBLIC EDUCATION, AND DO WHAT'S RIGHT. HONOR THE SALARY SCHEDULE AND THE CONTRACT BECAUSE YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO PUT STUDENTS FIRST IF YOU KEEP PUTTING THEIR TEACHERS LAST. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. RAYMOND SPEAR. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. 

>> AS A PROUD GRADUATE OF THE USF COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, I KNEW I HAD THE TOOLS AND OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE IN MANY COMMUNITIES OF NEED AROUND OUR STATE AND EVEN COUNTRY. AFTER ALL, THAT IS THE GOAL OF ALL WEARING BLUE HERE TONIGHT, TO SERVE OUR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES. I WAS ALSO THRILLED TO KNOW, I HAD MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE CHILDREN IN THE COMMUNITY WHICH I KNOW AND LOVE. TAMPA, THE PLACE WHERE MY FAMILY SETTLED WHEN I WAS JUST A CHILD. IT GAVE ME GREAT PRIDE TO FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF SOME PEOPLE I RESPECTED MOST. TO PATRICIA BEAN, MY FOURTH GRADE MATH TEACHER AT PIZZO ELEMENTARY, TO JIM MACALUSO, MY BASEBALL COACH AT KING HIGH SCHOOL, THANK YOU FOR HELPING SHAPE THE MAN AND TEACHER I AM TODAY. I WAS ALSO COMFORTED TO KNOW THAT UNDER THE PAY SCALE WHICH I WAS RECRUITED MY FIANCÉE, ALSO A TEACHER IN ATTENDANCE AND I WOULD BE ABLE TO RAISE A FAMILY IN THE CITY WE SO LOVED AND ALSO ACHIEVE FINANCIAL SECURITY PUTTING IN AN HONEST DAY'S WORK IN THE PROFESSION FOR WHICH WE HAVE SO MUCH PASSION. UNFORTUNATELY, ENTERING MY FOURTH YEAR OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHING THAT PAY SCALE APPEARS TO BE A PROMISE BROKEN AS OUR CURRENT ADMINISTRATION FAILS TO COMPENSATE TALENTED TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF FOR A JOB AT WHICH THEY HAVE MET OR EXCEEDED EXPECTATION. COMPENSATION THAT WAS PROMISED AND EARNED THROUGH HARD WORK, COMMITMENT TO OUR STUDENTS, COMMITMENT TO OUR COMMUNITIES, SOME OF WHICH ARE IN DISTRESS WHERE SCHOOLS BECOME SANCTUARIES AND PERSEVERANCE. THE PEOPLE SERVING OUR CHILDREN IN CLASSROOMS ARE DENIED EARNED RAISE AND COST-OF-LIVING INCREASE, OUR DISTRICT HAS MONEY FOR A NEW COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT, YOUR NEW OFFICES, BOARD MEMBER TRAVEL, A BUYOUT FOR A FORMER SUPERINTENDENT, ASSISTANT AREA SUPERINTENDENTS AND PRINCIPAL, COACHES, INCREASE LEGAL RETAINERS. FOLKS, THERE'S MONEY TO PAY YOU. THERE'S MONEY TO GIVE OUR CHILDREN THE TOOLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED EVERY DAY. OUR ADMINISTRATION IS JUST REFUSING TO INVEST IN WHAT MAKES OUR DISTRICT SECOND TO NONE. THEIR PRIORITIES DON'T EXTEND BEYOND THEIR OFFICE WALLS. TO OUR BOARD MEMBERS AND ADMINISTRATION, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO WERE ON THE BOARD WHEN THE PAY SCALE WAS NEGOTIATED, IF THERE IS NO MONEY, WHICH I AND MY COLLEAGUES FIND HARD TO BELIEVE. TWO POSSIBILITIES. YOU BARGAINED IN BAD FAITH, DISHONESTY OR MISMANAGED FUNDS, ABANDONING ONE OF YOUR CORE RESPONSIBILITIES. INCOMPETENCE. THESE COUPLED WITH YOUR LACK OF ABILITY TO FORM OF AS A SERVANT LEADER AND CONSTANT ETHICS INVESTIGATIONS, HAVE CAUSED AN EROSION IN FAITH OF YOUR ABILITY TO LEAD. YOU ARE THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE. YOU ARE THE FACE OF OUR DISTRICT. SO BY EXTENSION, YOU LESSEN THE REPUTATION OF US ALL. I'M GOING TO SKIP TO THE END BECAUSE I'M ALMOST OUT OF TIME. BEFORE I BECAME A TEACHER, I WORKED FOR MY FATHER, 20-YEAR ARMY VETERAN WHO STRESSED TO ME SOMETHING I'LL REMEMBER MY WHOLE LIFE. YOUR WORD SHOULD BE AS SOLID AS OAK. OURS IS. SADLY, TO THIS POINT, YOUR WORDS HAVE BEEN PAPER IN THE WIND. AS I STATED BEFORE, YOU'RE THE FACE OF OUR DISTRICT AND OUR COMMUNITY WILL BE INTERESTED TO HEAR YOUR JUSTIFICATION WHEN ELECTIONS HEAT UP AGAIN. HOPEFULLY SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE NOW WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN BY STUDENTS, TEACHERS, OR PARENTS. 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. 

>> IT IS MY SINCERE HOPE THAT BY LISTENING TO THE TEACHERS HERE TONIGHT, YOU KNOW WHAT THOSE DECISIONS NEED TO BE. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Sally Harris: ANDREA ARKOS. 

>> ALL RIGHT. WELL, I MADE A SPEECH AND I THREW IT OUT, MADE IT, THREW IT OUT. I THOUGHT I WOULD NOT GET UP HERE AND SPEAK. I JUST HAVE NOTES. WHAT HE WENT OVER, I'LL GO SHORT. A COUPLE OF NOTES I MADE WERE THE NEGOTIATIONS YOU MENTIONED. I LOOKED UP THE WORD "NEGOTIATION." IT SAYS, "A FORMAL DISCUSSION BETWEEN PEOPLE WHO ARE TRYING TO REACH AN AGREEMENT." WHAT ARE YOUR NEGOTIATIONS? BECAUSE ALL WE HEARD WAS NO. THERE'S NO NEGOTIATIONS. YOU HAVEN'T LOOKED BACK TO SEE WHAT YOU COULD DO TO HELP US TEACHERS WHO HAVE EARNED THIS, JUST LIKE THE LAST SPEAKER SAID, THIS ISN'T SOMETHING THAT IS GIVEN. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS EARNED. PRINCIPAL COACHES, THE TOP TIER THAT WAS NOT LOOKED INTO. 30 POSITIONS, OVER $100,000 IN THIS DISTRICT, WHERE'S THE MONEY? IT'S GOING SOMEWHERE BUT NOT TO WHERE IT NEEDS TO BE. HAVE YOU THOUGHT OR CONSIDERED HAVING A TEACHER LOOK OVER YOUR BUDGET AND LOOK WHERE YOU'RE SPENDING MONEY AND SEE IF THAT MONEY IS AFFECTING KIDS DIRECTLY? SEE IF THAT MONEY MATTERS IN THE CLASSROOM, BECAUSE I'VE GOT $70 TO SPEND FOR SUPPLIES THIS YEAR FROM YOU GUYS. WASN'T REALLY ENOUGH. I'M SURE THAT PLAQUE THAT WAS JUST GIVEN TONIGHT WAS MORE THAN THAT $70. [ APPLAUSE ] ANOTHER THING, OUR JOB, PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE, THAT'S RESPECT. THAT'S HONOR. ARE YOU DOING THAT FOR US? IT DOESN'T APPEAR THAT WAY. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. AMANDA COOPER. ARE YOU AMANDA COOPER? YOU'RE SANDRA. OKAY. SANDRA SLATON. 

>> SANDRA LAYTON FROM K-8 MAGNET. I'M READING THE LETTER ON BEHALF OF COWORKER MARGARET PRITCHARD. SHE IS A TEACHER AT ROLAND PARK AND BEEN A TEACHER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY OVER 30 YEARS. SHE IS A FELLOW, LEADER IN THE SCHOOL AND IN THE COUNTY. MARGARET WAS RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER AND HAS UNDERGONE A MASTECTOMY AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY ON OCTOBER 17th, 2017. BECAUSE OF THIS SURGERY, SHE NEEDED TO TAKE A MEDICAL LEAVE ON OCTOBER 16th AND WILL BE RETURNING TO WORK ON JANUARY 8th, 2018. HER MEDICAL LEAVE WAS APPROVED BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. HER DOCTOR STATED SHE WOULD NEED 8 TO 12 WEEKS TO RECUPERATE. MARGARET HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE SICK LEAVE BANK SINCE 1988 AND HAS NEVER REQUESTED USE OF THIS BENEFIT. BECAUSE SHE DID NOT HAVE ENOUGH PERSONAL SICK DAYS TO COVER HER ABSENCE, SHE APPLIED TO THE SICK LEAVE BANK. ACCORDING TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHER CONTRACT 2016 THROUGH 19, 12.2.3, THE MEMBER MUST HAVE APPLIED FOR AN EXTENDED LEAVE OF ABSENCE FROM EMPLOYMENT BECAUSE THEIR OWN PERSONAL CATASTROPHIC ILLNESS OR ACCIDENT, EXCLUDING WORKERS' COMPENSATION CASES. NOWHERE IN ANY DOCUMENT HAS IT BEEN SEARCHED, IS THERE A DEFINITION OF CATASTROPHIC ILLNESS. ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24th, MARGARET RECEIVED A LETTER THAT SHE WAS DENIED THE USE OF SICK LEAVE BANK BECAUSE OF HER ILLNESS, BREAST CANCER, WAS NOT CATASTROPHIC OR LIFE-ALTERING. SHE FOUND THE LAST SENTENCE OF THE LETTER, "SHOULD YOU WISH TO DISCUSS RETIREMENT OPTIONS" QUITE DISTURBING. I FEEL THAT SHE'S BEEN UNFAIRLY TREATED, AND I THINK THAT THAT NEEDS TO BE REVISITED. THANK YOU. 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] THOMAS CHAPMAN. 

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, MY NAME IS TOM CHAPMAN. LEECH AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL. I TEACH U.S. GOVERNMENT. IN 1971, I WAS IN FIRST GRADE, MY TEACHER ASKED US ALL WHAT WE WANTED TO BE. BECAUSE I LIVED IN VIRGINIA, I LOVED TO READ, I SAID I WANTED TO BE A HISTORY TEACHER. I GOT TO LIVE THE DREAM. I'M A VETERAN, SO PEOPLE ASK ME QUESTIONS ALL THE TIME, HOW HAVE YOU GONE SO LONG? HOW HAVE YOU MADE IT THIS WAY? I TELL THEM TWO THINGS. I KNOW WHERE THE WIND IS BLOWING, AND YOU ALWAYS TAKE CHALLENGES. I CAME BACK HERE TO TAMPA IN 2011. KING HIGH SCHOOL TOOK A CHANCE ON ME AND LET ME TEACH ECONOMICS. I WAS ABLE TO GET TRANSFERRED TO BLOOMINGDALE. MARK WEST TOOK A CHANCE ON ME AND I ENJOYED MY TIME THERE. THEN I HEARD ABOUT TEACHING AT RENAISSANCE SCHOOL. I TEACH AT LETO HIGH SCHOOL, AND THEY ARE THE BEST KIDS I HAVE EVER TAUGHT. BUT I GOT TO TELL YOU, FOLKS, I'M NOT GOING TO BE HERE LONG. I'M IN MY FOURTH DECADE OF TEACHING. THERE'S A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT NEED TO COME BEHIND ME. PEOPLE HAVE STUDENT LOANS. PEOPLE HAVE KIDS. PEOPLE WHO HAVE BILLS. I JUST TALKED TO A MEMBER TODAY WHO IS TRYING TO BALANCE WHETHER OR NOT THEY SHOULD IN OUR UNION OR PAY MEDICAL BILLS FROM HAVING BEEN TESTED FOR CANCER, AND THEY ARE IN LIKE THEIR 20s. I FEAR FOR THE PROFESSION. I FEAR FOR WHAT COMES BEHIND. AND IF PEOPLE BREAK FAITH WITH THE PROFESSION, THEN THERE WON'T BE A PROFESSION. WE'LL HAVE LOWER QUALITY SCHOOLS. WE'LL HAVE EMPLOYERS THAT DON'T WANT TO COME HERE. WE'LL HAVE PEOPLE WHO WILL TURN THEIR BACK ON HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND TAMPA. THAT SOUNDS LIKE PEOPLE WHO WOULD BE HURT. FOLKS, I ALWAYS TAKE CHALLENGES. IT WAS A CHALLENGE GETTING UP HERE. I COULD BE AT HOME. THESE FOLKS COULD BE AT HOME RIGHT NOW TAKING CARE OF THEIR KIDS, GOING TO WHATEVER SPORTS TEAMS OR CHURCH OR WHATEVER THEY NORMALLY DO ON A TUESDAY NIGHT. I WOULD SUGGEST TO YOU, MY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES AND MY EMPLOYERS, I'M A LIFER. YOU'VE GOT ME. I'LL BE BEHIND YOU. I'LL BE IN THAT CLASSROOM EVERY DAY. LISTEN TO THE WIND BLOW. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Sally Harris: ERIC TORRES. 

>> THAT'S IRA TORRES, MA'AM. I AM A UNITED STATES MARINE. I AM THE SPOUSE OF AN ACTIVE DUTY MARINE, THE MOTHER OF AN ACTIVE DUTY MARINE, FORMERLY A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT. I AM A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EDUCATOR AND A PARENT OF PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS. WAR HAS BEEN DECLARED AGAINST PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND ITS EDUCATORS. I UNDERSTAND WAR. I ALSO UNDERSTAND UNCERTAINTY. FOR OVER A DECADE, I HAVE WATCHED MY HUSBAND BOARD A PLANE THREE TIMES TO DEPLOY TO IRAQ, TWICE TO AFGHANISTAN. MY HUSBAND ARRIVED SAFELY LAST FRIDAY. THEN I LIVE WITH THE UNCERTAINTY OF WHETHER OR NOT HE WILL RETURN. WHILE HE SERVES TO PROTECT AND UPHOLD THE FREEDOMS AND LIBERTIES THAT MAKE THIS COUNTRY THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, I HELP TO SHAPE AND EDUCATE THE FUTURE MEMBERS OF OUR NATION'S MILITARY. MARINES ARE KNOWN FOR BEING AN ELITE FIGHTING FORCE. IT IS WITH THAT SAME ELITE SPIRIT THAT I TEACH YEAR AFTER YEAR. I BELIEVE THAT THIS DISTRICT CAN LEARN SO MUCH FROM OUR MILITARY, ESPECIALLY THE MARINE CORPS. WE BELIEVE IN LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE. YOU MAY NOT KNOW OR UNDERSTAND THAT CONCEPT, BUT IT BASICALLY MEANS THAT THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN PLACED IN A POSITION OF LEADERSHIP ARE LAST WHILE THE ENLISTED AND NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS ARE FIRST. TO PUT IT INTO PERSPECTIVE, YOUR TEACHERS AND YOUR ESPs, THEY ARE YOUR ENLISTED AND NONCOMMISSIONED OFFICERS. THE MILITARY UNDERSTANDS THAT YOU DON'T WIN A WAR IF THE TROOPS' MORALE IS LOW, IF THEY ARE SICK, UNDERFED, OR OVERWORKED. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, YOU AND THIS SCHOOL BOARD HAVE SHOWN THE OPPOSITE OF LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE. YOU HAVE TAKEN CARE OF YOURSELVES FIRST AND HAVE TURNED YOUR BACK ON THE TEACHERS THAT ARE WORKING AND FIGHTING FOR EVERY GAIN, EVERY PERCENTAGE POINT AND EVERY ADVANCEMENT WHICH YOU TAKE CREDIT FOR. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT TO THE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS, OTHER THAN YOURSELF, MR. SUPERINTENDENT AND LYNN GRAY, ONLY YOU ARE QUALIFIED TO TALK ABOUT EDUCATION. YOU RECENTLY STATED THAT THE DISTRICT IS FACING OUR CURRENT FINANCIAL CHALLENGES HEAD ON. HOW? I HEARD YOUR COMMENTS, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, AND I CAN ASSURE YOU IF OUR GENERALS ADOPTED YOUR MENTALITY, WE WOULD SURELY LOSE THE WAR. YOU ARE IN A POSITION OF LEADERSHIP, THAT MEANS THAT THE BUCK STOPS WITH YOU. A TRUE LEADER DOES NOT ASSIGN BLAME NOR DO THEY COWER IN THE FACE OF CHALLENGES. ON THE CONTRARY. THEY MAKE A WAY WHEN OTHERS DON'T SEE A WAY. THEY FIND THE OPPORTUNITY IN THE MIDST OF CONFUSION. YOUR LACK OF LEADERSHIP IS THE REASON WHY FLORIDA'S BEST AND BRIGHTEST IS NOW A TRUE FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. TIMOTHY HARRIS, YOU'RE NEXT, BUT BEFORE YOU SPEAK, I WOULD LIKE TO CALL THE NEXT GROUP. THE NEXT GROUP TO SPEAK WILL BE SUE TORPHY, AARON ZIONS, SUSAN KASICH, DR. CHRISTY FAUST, LOUIS MOONEY, KAREN MORA, CHRISTIE GUPTA, MEG HAMLICK AND KAREN SIMMONS AND CONNIE PAGE. THANK YOU, MR. HARRIS, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. 

>> HI. MY NAME IS TIM HARRIS. I AM A TEACHER AT STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL, AND I HAVE COME HERE TODAY TO CONTINUE A CONVERSATION THAT WAS OPEN TO I BELIEVE TWO -- I BELIEVE IT WAS TWO SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS AGO ABOUT HOW ADULTS IN OUR DISTRICT TREAT OTHER ADULTS. FOR A SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, I HAVE WRITTEN A LETTER TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND TO THE SCHOOL BOARD ABOUT MY CONCERNS ABOUT THE WAY I SEE MY PEERS, I SEE THOSE ABOVE ME TREATED. THE BEST WAY FOR ME TO ILLUSTRATE THIS AND THE REASON WHY I'M UP HERE SPEAKING TODAY IS BECAUSE THAT E-MAIL HAS YET TO BE OPENED BY MULTIPLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, AND I FEEL AS A VALUED MEMBER OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EDUCATION THAT I DESERVE TO BE HEARD. WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU IS WHEN I STARTED WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, APPROXIMATELY 20 YEARS AGO, IT WAS AN INCREDIBLY BAD BUDGET YEAR. I REMEMBER THAT YEAR BEING INCREDIBLY IMPRESSED BECAUSE DURING PREPLANNING, DR. LENNARD AND MR. POINDEXTER CAME OUT AND ADDRESSED THE STAFF. THEY APOLOGIZED TO THE STAFF FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO MEET PAYROLL. THEY LET EVERYONE KNOW AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR THERE WOULD BE NO INCREASES. THEY LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT THEY WERE RESPECTED AND THEY WERE VALUED. THEY SHARED PICTURES OF THEIR FAMILIES WITH TEACHERS. THEY MADE CONNECTIONS WITH PEOPLE. THEY TALKED TO US ABOUT HOW WHAT THEY CAN DO TO HELP SUPPORT US AND WHAT THEY COULD DO AT THE BARGAINING TABLE THAT DIDN'T HAVE TO DO WITH MONEY THAT WOULD LOOSEN UP OUR CONTRACT AND HELP SUPPORT US IN THE CLASSROOM. WHEN I LOOK AT WHAT'S GOING ON TODAY, THE BEST SITUATION THAT I CAN SHARE IS ONE THAT HAPPENED WITH OUR ESE PAPERWORK SPECIALIST. WE HAVE A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO HELP PEOPLE LIKE ME AND MY MASTER'S DEGREE STAY IN THE CLASSROOM AND IN FRONT OF STUDENTS. THIS GROUP OF PEOPLE LOST THEIR JOBS THIS YEAR. YOU KNOW HOW THEY FOUND OUT ABOUT THEIR JOBS BEING LOST? THEY READ ABOUT IT ON SOCIAL MEDIA? THEY WERE NOT EVEN CONTACTED BY THEIR DIRECT SUPERVISORS AND TOLD WHAT WOULD HAPPEN AND HOW THEY WOULD BE PLACED IN NEW POSITIONS. I HAVE NOT EVER SEEN BEHAVIOR LIKE THIS WITHIN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT. IT IS EMBARRASSING TO ME. I WOULD LIKE TO FINISH ON A MORE POSITIVE NOTE, AND I WOULD LIKE TO ISSUE A CHALLENGE TO ALL OF YOU IN FRONT OF ME JUST AS I WOULD MY STUDENTS IF WE CAME ACROSS BAD NEWS OR DIDN'T DO WELL ON A TEST OR PERFORM THE WAY THAT I THOUGHT WE SHOULD HAVE. I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO TURN THIS INTO A POSITIVE. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN THE REST OF MY PEERS COME UP AND SPEAK NO ONE IS MESSING WITH THEIR CELL PHONE, ROLLING THEIR EYES OR SMACKING THEIR LINES. [ APPLAUSE ] I BELIEVE OUR TEACHERS NEED TO BE HEARD. THE INFORMATION THAT THEY HAVE TO SHARE WITH YOU SHOULD BE PROCESSED AND IT CAN GET WORSE IF ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN THIS ROOM WEARING BLUE ARE NOT HERE ANYMORE. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. ASHLEY PHELPS. 

>> BEFORE I BEGIN, I WANT TO START BY THANKING THE MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR YOUR TIME TODAY AND FOR EXTENDING THAT TIME TO ME AND OTHER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EMPLOYEES. I WANT TO START BY ALSO THANKING EVERYONE HERE IN BLUE AND THE SOLIDARITY OF THIS DISTRICT. MY NAME IS ASHLEY PHELPS. I AM AN ELEMENTARY GIFTED TEACHER AT CLAIR-MEL ELEMENTARY IN TAMPA. LIKE MANY OF THE WONDERFUL PEOPLE, I AM FORTUNATE TO CALL MY COLLEAGUES, I AM A DEDICATED PROFESSIONAL WHO COMES TO WORK EVERY SINGLE DAY WITH THE INTENTION OF MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF MY STUDENTS. THAT IS A POSITIVE FORCE THAT DROVE ME INTO THIS FIELD ALMOST A DECADE AGO AND IT'S WHAT KEEPS ME GOING NO MATTER WHAT OBSTACLES WE FACE IN THE CLASSROOM AND IN THE DISTRICT. I'M HERE TODAY TO BE A FACE AND A VOICE FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO ARE AFRAID TO BE WHERE I AM RIGHT NOW. THAT ARE FEELING THE WEIGHT OF THE DISTRICT'S DECISIONS, BUT AFRAID TO SPEAK UP. I RETURNED TO THE DISTRICT LAST YEAR AFTER TAKING A PROFESSIONAL LEAVE OF ABSENCE AND WORKING IN SOME OF OUR CHARTER SCHOOLS. WHEN I CAME BACK, I CAME BACK BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT THE DISTRICT WORKING HARD TO MAKE OUR SCHOOLS A BETTER PLACE, THAT WE HAD RISEN UP FROM THE TRENCHES THAT WERE RESULTING FROM SENATE BILL 6 BACK IN 2011, AND THAT UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP, OUR DISTRICT WOULD CONTINUE TO PROGRESS AND MEET THE GOALS THAT WE'VE SET FOR OUR TEACHERS AND OUR STUDENTS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT. BUT I FOUND THAT I'VE BEEN MISLED. THIS YEAR, OUR TEACHERS ARE FACED WITH NEW PRESSURES, NEW EXPECTATIONS, AND EVEN LESS SUPPORT. AT THE TIME THAT I WROTE THIS SPEECH, THERE WERE OVER 200 INSTRUCTIONAL OPENINGS IN THIS DISTRICT. THAT'S 200 CLASSES FULL OF STUDENTS WITHOUT PROPER INSTRUCTION. THE BURDEN OF THOSE VACANCIES DOES NOT FALL ON THE MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD, BUT IT FALLS ON THE STAFF MEMBERS AND THE TEAM MEMBERS WHO ARE THERE, SUPPORTING THOSE STUDENTS, BECAUSE WHETHER THERE'S TEACHERS OR NOT, THERE ARE STILL KIDS. THOSE TEACHERS ARE WEARING DOZENS OF HATS IN AN EFFORT TO BE THERE FOR THEIR STUDENTS AND THE STUDENTS OF THOSE MISSING TEACHERS. SHARING IN THE RESPONSIBILITY OF COVERING THOSE TEACHERLESS CLASSES. WE CANNOT BEGIN TO ATTRACT ANYONE TO FILL THOSE POSITIONS IF ALL WE DO IS SHOUT ABOUT HOW THE BUDGET WON'T ALLOW US TO PAY THE TEACHERS WE ALREADY HAVE. WE CANNOT BEGIN TO ATTRACT PEOPLE TO THOSE POSITIONS WHEN WE HAVE FOURTH-YEAR TEACHERS GETTING PAID FIRST-YEAR SALARIES AND TRYING TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES ON THEM. THAT'S AN INSULT TO THEM. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TRYING TO GET THESE TEACHERS TO FILL THESE POSITIONS, AND WE CAN'T EVEN KEEP UP WITH THE CHARTER SCHOOLS WE COMPETE WITH. SO TO GO AHEAD AND MOVE A LITTLE FORWARD SINCE I AM RUNNING OUT OF TIME AND I WANT TO GIVE THAT TIME TO THE TEACHERS THAT ARE IN LINE BEHIND ME, I'M A DOCTORAL STUDENT, AND I KNOW A BIT ABOUT THE ECONOMY OF EDUCATION, AND I KNOW THAT THIS DISTRICT'S BUDGET DEFICIT WE'RE IN IS NOTHING NEW. IT'S BEEN AROUND AS LONG AS I'VE BEEN IN THE DISTRICT. SO INSTEAD OF TALKING ABOUT HOW WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY, WE NEED TO FIND A WAY TO MEET TOGETHER AND TO COOPERATE AND TO COLLABORATE TOGETHER. WE MADE A PROMISE TO OUR TEACHERS, AND WE NEED TO HOLD IT. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. SUE TORPE. 

>> MY NAME IS SUE TORPY. I AM A 29-YEAR VETERAN TEACHER. I AM A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE VE TEACHER AT SUMMERFIELD CROSSINGS. AND I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK IN FRONT OF YOU. I AM VERY CONFUSED WHY A PAID PLAN WAS VOTED IN BY SEVERAL OF THE CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE BOARD WHEN THE QUESTION OF VIABILITY WAS IN PEOPLE'S MINDS SEVERAL YEARS AGO. I AM VERY CONFUSED WHY IT IS STILL BEING CURRENTLY USED AS A RECRUITING TOOL WHEN THE VIABILITY HAS BEEN IN THE PRESS FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. I AM VERY, VERY CONFUSED WHY THE BOARD PASSED A BUDGET BEFORE NEGOTIATIONS WERE FINISHED WHEN THAT CLEARLY LETS US KNOW THAT YOU HAD NO INKLING OF WORKING WITH CTA TO HAMMER SOMETHING OUT. I'M VERY CONFUSED WHY THERE IS GOING TO BE APPROVAL OF MORE CHARTER SCHOOLS IN THIS DISTRICT DRAWING AWAY PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDS. I AM VERY CONFUSED WHY THIS BOARD IS NOT FOLLOWING OTHER SCHOOL BOARDS IN SUING THE STATE TO TRY TO REDIRECT THE HOUSE BILL THAT PASSED THIS SUMMER. I'M VERY CONFUSED WHY THIS BOARD DOES NOT FOLLOW OTHER SCHOOL BOARDS AND SEEK A HALF PENNY INCREASE IF WE'RE IN SUCH DIRE FINANCIAL CRISIS, WHY DON'T WE HAVE A HALF PENNY? WE'RE PAYING FOR THE BUCS STADIUM FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER, BUT WE CAN'T PAY FOR OUR SCHOOLS. THAT'S JUST VERY SAD. I BELIEVE THE WIND IS CHANGING. BECAUSE I KNOW I'M GOING TO BE HERE THROUGH RETIREMENT, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE THAT I WORK WITH WHO WILL NOT MAKE IT EVEN FIVE YEARS IF THINGS DON'T CHANGE. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Sally Harris: ERIN ZIONS. 

>> ERIN ZIONS, PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. I'M GOING TO OPEN UP WITH A LETTER FROM ONE OF MY STUDENTS. THANK YOU FOR BEING A GOOD TEACHER EVEN THOUGH YOU'RE A PAIN. I'M WORKING IT. YOU ALWAYS MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS GOING THE WAY IT NEEDS TO GO THROUGHOUT THE DAY. YOU'RE MAKING MY YEAR BETTER THIS YEAR THAN IT WAS LAST YEAR. YOU'VE MADE THE BEGINNING OF MY 8th GRADE YEAR EXCITING. I'M INVITING YOU TO MY FAMILY THANKSGIVING DINNER. NOW, WE ARE A DISTRICT THAT IS VIEWED BY OTHERS. I WANT TO TELL YOU, FIRST OF ALL, I'VE HEARD THIS BOARD SAY THAT WE AREN'T SPOKEN FOR. JEAN CLEMENTS AND STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS DO SPEAK FOR ME AND THE 10,000 MEMBERS THAT WE HAVE AS A UNION. SO IF I'M NOT UP HERE EVERY WEEK SPEAKING, THAT'S 10,000 PEOPLE THEY SPEAK FOR. AT MY SCHOOL, THAT'S 90 PLUS PERCENT OF THE SCHOOL. OUR MEMBERS. BROUGHT IN A NEW CARD TODAY. PIERCE HAS APPROXIMATELY 400 VOTERS ASSOCIATED WITH IT. AT PIERCE, WE KNOW THE THREE Ps -- PASSION, PERSISTENCE, AND PATIENCE. MY WIFE WORKS FOR A FORTUNE 500 COMPANY IN CHICAGO, AND WE'VE MADE THE NEWS THERE. THEY LAUGH. WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON IN TAMPA, AND WE'VE GOT A CORPORATE OFFICE HERE. AND SHE HAS TO BE ON THE MONITOR WITH THE PRESIDENT OF THE COMPANY. WHEN MS. SAUNDERS SAYS THAT WE HAVE AN AMOUNT OF $40 MILLION SAVED FROM LAST YEAR'S SALARY AND SHE'S EAR-TAGGING IT FOR BOOKS, BOOKS ARE A CATEGORICAL FUNDS. THE STATE SETS IT ASIDE. SHE DOESN'T NEED $40 MILLION FOR IT. IF SO, PLEASE TELL ME WHICH BOOKS. IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. WE HAVE TO BUY THOSE BOOKS FROM THE SCHOOL DEPOSITORY, AND THOSE NUMBERS ARE SET. NOW, GRANTED, THE SCHOOL DEPOSITORY LOOKED THE OTHER WAY WHEN YOU'RE PLAYING AROUND WITH SOCIAL STUDIES BOOKS THIS YEAR, SAVED US $700,000. THAT'S NICE. WHEN YOU GO IN AND YOU LISTEN AND YOU HEAR THIS, THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS ARE GETTING A PRINCIPAL'S COAT, I SPOKE TO MY AREA SUPERINTENDENT AND I UNDERSTAND WHY. BUT IT'S ONLY A SHORT-TERM MEASURE. HE NEEDS TO SHORE UP SOME SCHOOLS. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A SHORT-TERM PROJECT, A GRANT OR A FUND, NOT 30 NEW PEOPLE BEING ADDED. THAT WOULD HAVE MADE SENSE. THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY IN THIS AREA LOOKS AT YOU. VINIK IS GOING TO SPEND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN THIS AREA. MAYBE NOT. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. SUSAN CASSOCK. 

>> HELLO. I'M A TEACHER FROM PRIDE ELEMENTARY WITH TEN YEARS' EXPERIENCE HERE IN THE DISTRICT. AND LIKE SO MANY -- LIKE ALL OF US IN THE ROOM, I LOVE BEING A TEACHER. MY STUDENTS GIVE ME PURPOSE AND INSPIRATION AND MOTIVATION TO BRING MY BEST SELF TO WORK EACH DAY. I WORK AN AVERAGE OF TEN HOURS A DAY OR MORE SO THAT I CAN BE MORE PREPARED FOR THEM AND TO ADDRESS THEIR NEEDS INDIVIDUALLY IN MY INSTRUCTION. I HOLD A MASTER'S DEGREE IN LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE AND BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN PUBLIC RELATIONS AND YET I'VE BEEN SELECTED AS MY SCHOOL'S TEACHER OF THE YEAR AND IDA A. BAKER DIVERSITY TEACHER DURING THE PAST FIVE YEARS. THERE ARE MANY OTHER JOBS IN WHICH I COULD EARN MORE INCOME, BUT I TRULY LOVE MY STUDENTS AND MY COLLEAGUES. HOWEVER, I AM TERRIBLY DISHEARTENED THAT I REMEMBER DISTRICT -- THAT MY DISTRICT WOULD NOT CONSIDER AWARDING THE RAISES PROMISED FOR THOSE WHO CHOSE TO GO INTO A NEW EVALUATION SYSTEM WHICH INTENDED TO MAKE OUR DISTRICT MORE EFFECTIVE BY SO-CALLED EMPOWERING TEACHERS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS MUCH AS WE LOVE OUR STUDENTS, WE STILL GO HOME TO HOUSES FOR WHICH WE PAY MORTGAGES, CARS WHICH NEED REPAIRS, AND OUR OWN CHILDREN WHO NEED COLLEGE TUITION NOW OR IN THE FUTURE. I AM BLESSED TO BE THE MOTHER OF THREE SONS. MY YOUNGEST SON WILL GET HIS DRIVER'S LICENSE IN JANUARY. WITH ANOTHER SON IN COLLEGE AND FULL-TIME, I HAD NO IDEA HOW I WOULD POSSIBLY BE ABLE TO COVER THE ADDED EXPENSE OF ANOTHER TEENAGE DRIVER TO MY INSURANCE. THEN I CALCULATED THAT I WOULD BE DUE FOR MY EARNED RAISE IN EXACTLY THE SAME MONTH. IT SEEMED LIKE THE ANSWER TO MY PRAYERS. OUR SALARY IS THE HARD REALITY OF HOW WE ARE VALUED BY OUR DISTRICT. FLORIDA IS NOT ONE OF THE TOP STATES FOR TEACHER SALARIES. BUT AT LEAST OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT HAD DESIGNED A PROGRAM WHICH ALLOWED TEACHERS TO EARN RAISES AND PAY IN REWARD OF EFFECTIVE TEACHING. AND THEN OUR DISTRICT BROKE ITS PROMISE AND DENIED THOSE FUNDS TO THE FRONTLINE MEMBERS OF OUR PROFESSION. I ALREADY GIVE UP MUCH TIME WITH MY OWN FAMILY TO MAKE SURE THAT I AM PROVIDING THE BEST THAT I CAN FOR MY STUDENTS. I SPEND MY OWN MONEY TO COVER THE SHORTFALLS OF PAPER AND SUPPLIES FOR MY STUDENTS. I MAKE DUE WITH EQUIPMENT THAT IS SCARCE, OUTDATED AND BEYOND ECONOMIC REPAIR BECAUSE I KNOW THE FUNDS ARE TIGHT. I TRY TO RALLY OTHERS AROUND ME TO STAY POSITIVE WHEN THE WORK AND TESTING SCHEDULES GET OVERWHELMING. NOW I'M ANGRY. MY EMPLOYER NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO THE PROMISES IT MAKES TO ITS EMPLOYEES JUST AS I TEACH MY STUDENTS TO HONOR THE PROMISES THAT THEY MAKE TO ONE ANOTHER. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. DR. CHRISTIE FAUST. 

>> DR. CHRISTIE FAUST, MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL. SO I ADDRESSED THE SCHOOL BOARD MAYBE SEPTEMBER OR OCTOBER OF LAST YEAR FOR THE SAME REASON. THE TEACHER CONTRACT IS STILL NOT CLOSED. LAST YEAR, WE WERE PROMISED SPEEDY NEGOTIATIONS. INSTEAD, THE DISTRICT HAS HAD NO TO HONORING TEACHER STEP RAISES AND HONORING A YEAR'S WORTH OF WORK. I'M SURPRISED ONE PERSON ON THE DISTRICT'S BARGAINING TEAM THINKS NO ONE WILL BE HURT BY NOT HONORING THE LOST TIME AND PAY. I'M ALSO DISAPPOINTED IN THE TONE OF MR. EAKINS NOVEMBER 5th EDITORIAL IN THE TAMPA BAY TIMES THAT REGALED HIS POSITION AND THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR STUDENT GAINS WHILE MAKING NO MENTION OF TEACHER INVOLVEMENT. IN THE EDITORIAL, MR. EAKINS STATED THAT EDUCATORS SHOULDN'T TAKE THEIR EYES OFF THE VISION OF THE DISTRICT, PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. WITH THAT SENTIMENT, MR. EAKINS SEEMS TO MAKE THE DISTINCTION THAT STUDENT LEARNING CONDITIONS ARE SOMEHOW SEPARATE FROM TEACHER WORKING CONDITIONS. THEY ARE NOT. TEACHER WORKING CONDITIONS ARE STUDENT LEARNING CONDITIONS. NOT HONORING THE CURRENT PAY SCALE NOR RECOGNIZING A YEAR'S WORTH OF TEACHER'S WORK HURTS TEACHER WORKING CONDITIONS. OUR PAY STAYS STAGNANT FOR THREE YEARS. COST OF LIVING GOES UP AROUND US. WE NEED THIS TRIYEARLY PAY INCREASE TO PAY MORTGAGES AND RENT, FOR FOOD, FOR SUPPLIES FOR OUR STUDENTS, AND FOR GAS TO GET TO WORK. THE PRICE OF NEARLY ALL OF THESE THINGS HAS GONE UP OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS. YET OUR PAY HAS NOT. WE COUNT ON THESE SCHEDULES PAY -- SCHEDULED PAY INCREASES, AND WE'VE WORKED YEARS TO GAIN THEM. TEACHER WORKING CONDITIONS ARE ALSO A MODEL OF WHAT STUDENTS CAN EXPECT WHEN THEY TAKE JOBS IN THE ADULT WORLD. SHOULD WE MODEL JOBS OVERLOADED WITH EXTRANEOUS ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES AND NO COMPENSATION? SHOULD WE MODEL WORKING CONDITIONS WHERE EMPLOYERS RESCIND AGREEMENTS FOR PAY INCREASES BASED ON TIME IN SERVICE? DO WE WANT STUDENTS TO MIMIC THE DISTRICT AND BE THE EMPLOYERS THAT WOULD WITHHOLD PAY TO OTHERS IN THE FUTURE? WHAT MESSAGE ARE YOU SENDING TO STUDENTS BY NOT HONORING SCHEDULED PAY INCREASES AND A YEAR'S WORTH OF WORK FOR TEACHERS IF YOU ARE PREPARING THESE STUDENTS FOR LIFE? TEACHER WORKING CONDITIONS ARE NOT SEPARATE FROM STUDENT LEARNING CONDITIONS. TEACHERS ARE THE ONES IN THE ROOM WITH THESE STUDENTS DAY AFTER DAY. WE SHARE IN THEIR SUCCESSES AND SETBACKS AND HELP THEM SEE THE SILVER LINING IN BOTH. WE DO THIS JOB BECAUSE WE LOVE IT. ALL WE ARE ASKING IS THAT THE DISTRICT HONORS WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN PROMISED AND REMEMBERS THAT TEACHER WORKING CONDITIONS ARE STUDENT LEARNING CONDITIONS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. CORE RIN MORA. 

>> CORERIN MORA, PARK ELEMENTARY. I HAVE BEEN A TEACHER FOR 19 YEARS. THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME. YOU SAY THAT YOU DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. YOU'RE BLAMING OUR LAST SUPERINTENDENT, BUT LET'S KEEP IN MIND HOW MUCH WE PAID HER TO LEAVE. MORE THAN A MILLION. IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT ADD UP TO THE BIGGER PAYCHECK. I STAND BEFORE YOU FOR THE STUDENTS I TEACH AND THE ONE I MENTOR ON MY OWN TIME. WHEN YOU EXPECT ME TO WORK WITHOUT A RAISE, YOU SHOW ME THAT ALL MY TIME, ALL MY HARD WORK, ALL MY MONEY THAT I SPEND ON KIDS WHO MIGHT NOT GET A BIRTHDAY PRESENT OR HAVE SHOES THAT AREN'T FALLING APART IS COMPLETELY WORTHLESS. TEACHERS AND ESPs ARE THE BACKBONE OF THIS DISTRICT. WE SHOULD HAVE THE FIRST PART OF THE BUDGET, NOT THE SCRAPS. WE ARE THE ONES IN THE CLASSROOM POURING OUR HEARTS INTO CHILDREN DAY IN AND DAY OUT, WHEN WE EXPECT THIS COMES FROM SOMETHING THAT I READ RECENTLY. WHEN WE EXPECT PEOPLE TO WORK FOR FREE, TO BEND OVER BACKWARDS TO MEET OUR NEEDS OR EVEN TO DONATE THEIR TIME IN THE INTEREST OF A WORTHY CAUSE, IT MAKES US NOT THEM LOOK BAD. IT'S INSULTING TO SUGGEST OTHERS WORK FOR FREE. IT SHOWS EXACTLY HOW MUCH WE VALUE THEIR TIME, THEIR WORK AND THEIR LIVES OUTSIDE OF WORK. WHEN YOU DON'T GIVE US OUR RAISES, THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT YOU'RE SAYING. WE AREN'T VALUED AND WE SHOULD DO MORE FOR LESS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. CHRISTIE. 

>> MY NAME IS CHRISTIE GUPTA, AND THAT IS MY WORK SPOUSE. SHE MADE ME CRY AND NOW I'LL PROBABLY CRY, TOO. I'M A PROUD TEACHER IN THIS DISTRICT AS WELL AS A PROUD PARENT OF TWO CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN IN FOUR DIFFERENT SCHOOLS SO FAR. WE'LL SEE AS THEY FINISH WHERE THEY'LL END UP. BUT I LOVE MY JOB. I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT MY JOB MOSTLY. I CRY A LOT WHEN I TALK ABOUT MY JOB BECAUSE IT MEANS THAT MUCH TO ME. YOU'LL EXCUSE ME IF I CRY RIGHT NOW. SORRY. SORRY. MY PHONE IS IN BATTERY SAVING MODE BECAUSE IT'S BEEN A LONG MEETING. IF I WERE TO QUIETLY ACCEPT WHAT'S HAPPENING, THE WORK TOWARDS FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY BEING PLACED SO SQUARELY ON THE BACKS OF TEACHERS, I WOULD IN NO WAY BE PREPARING MY STUDENTS FOR LIFE. I WORK DAY IN AND DAY OUT TO HELP MY FIFTH GRADERS FIND THEIR VOICE IN THE PAPERS THEY WRITE AND THE BOOKS THEY READ. TO HELP THEM FIND THAT INHERENT SELF-WORTH THAT LEADS TO SUCCESS AND HAPPINESS. WE TALK ABOUT PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE, SO LET'S DO THAT. BY MODELING RESPECTFUL DISCOURSE, BY SHOWING DEMOCRACY IN ACTION, BY STANDING FOR WHAT IS RIGHT. WHEN THE BOARD COMES TO US WITH NEGOTIATIONS WITH A HARD NO, YOU ARE UNDERMINING EVERY CIVICS LESSON, EVERY CHARACTER LESSON WE CLASSROOM TEACHERS WORK SO HARD TO INSTILL. IF I DO NOT SPEAK UP, I AM SHOWING MY STUDENTS AND MY OWN CHILDREN THAT I DON'T VALUE MYSELF, THEIR TEACHERS OR THEIR EDUCATION THE WAY I WANT THEM TO VALUE THOSE THINGS. I WOULD NOT BE PREPARING THEM FOR LIFE. I AM HOLDING UP MY END OF THE DEAL. WHEN WILL YOU? [ APPLAUSE ] 

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEG HAMLICK. 

>> HI, EVERYBODY. I HAVE MY EDITOR WITH ME. HE PROOF READ MY SPEECH. I PREPARED TWO MINUTES AND THEN I HEARD OUT WE HAVE THREE. I FEEL LIKE WE CAN HANG OUT AND CHAT. WHAT'S GOING ON? MY NAME IS MEG HAMLICK. I HAVE GIVEN THE LAST 13 YEARS OF MY LIFE TO THIS COUNTY. I HAVE LEFT MY BABIES TOO SOON. I'VE MISSED BEDTIMES AND HOLIDAYS AND FAMILY REUNIONS SO THAT I COULD BE PRESENT FOR MY STUDENTS. I'VE CHAIRED COMMITTEES. I'VE LED CLUBS, TAUGHT SUMMER CAMP AND SUPPORTED MY STUDENTS' INTERESTS ON THE WEEKENDS AND FOR AS LONG AS I'VE BEEN JUDGED AND GRADED, I HAVE BEEN HIGHLY EFFECTIVE. BUT I AM NOT ALONE. I AM WATCHING MY FRIENDS WALK AWAY. I AM WATCHING MY COLLEAGUES WHO ARE DESTINED FOR THIS JOB, MY MENTORS WHO HAVE TAUGHT ME SO MUCH LEAVE IT BEHIND BECAUSE THEY FEEL THAT THEY ARE NOT RESPECTED, THAT THEIR SACRIFICES ARE BELITTLED AND HAVE GONE UNNOTICED. WE'VE BEEN IN NEGOTIATIONS SINCE LAST SPRING AND FINALLY LAST MONTH, YOU TELL US THERE IS NOT A CENT TO BE SPARED FOR THE FRONT LINE OF OUR DISTRICT. PERHAPS A PROMISED SALARY AGREEMENT IS NOT FEASIBLE, BUT YOU HAVE NOTHING TO OFFER? NO PLAN FOR HOW YOU WILL RIGHT THIS WRONG OR HOW WE MOVE FORWARD? THE SALARY SCHEDULE WAS PITCHED TO TEACHERS BY THIS BOARD. I'VE READ ARTICLES THAT PORTRAY TEACHERS AS GREEDY AND OUT OF TOUCH, BUT EXPECTING THE BOARD TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON THEIR PROMISE, THEIR PLAN, YOUR PAY SCHEDULE IS NOT GREEDY. TEACHERS HAVE KEPT UP OUR END OF THE BARGAIN. WE HAVE STRIVED TO BE BETTER. WE HAVE TAKEN TRAININGS. WE HAVE LISTENED TO HOURS OF FEEDBACK. WE HAVE MADE ADJUSTMENTS TO BE EXACTLY WHO YOU FEEL THAT WE NEED TO BE FOR OUR STUDENTS, BUT THIS BOARD AND YOU, MR. EAKINS, OUR SUPERINTENDENT, NOW SAY THAT THERE IS NOTHING. AS A PARENT OF TWO -- ONE IS IN THE BACK -- HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STUDENTS WITH THREE MORE BEHIND THEM, I FEAR THAT MY CHILDREN WILL NOT HAVE QUALITY EDUCATORS. PLUMMETING MORALE IS WIDESPREAD IN THIS DISTRICT. THINGS ARE NOT GETTING BETTER DESPITE OUR BEST EFFORT, DESPITE WHAT WE TELL THE MEDIA. I AM INCREDIBLY FORTUNATE TO BE AT A SCHOOL THAT I LOVE TO BE WORKING WITH THE VERY BEST PEOPLE, BUT MANY ARE NOT AS LUCKY AS I AM. WE ARE NOT ON OPPOSITE SIDES. WE HAVE THE SAME GOALS, THE SAME HOPES FOR THESE STUDENTS, AND TO SAY NOW THAT THERE IS NOTHING FOR TEACHERS WHO AVOIDED THREE YEARS, THIS IS NOT HOW YOU RETAIN HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHERS, AND I THINK THAT WE CAN DO BETTER. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. AS OUR NEXT SPEAKER COMES UP, I'M GOING TO ASK THE NEXT TEN TO COME. KAREN SIMMONS, IF YOU'LL COME UP TO THE PODIUM. AND THEN CRISTING DEL FAB. NICOLE ANGLO, KIMBERLY HENRIQUEZ, JESSICA SUGGS. HEATHER O'REILLY. ELIZABETH McGOVERN. GENEVIEVE ADAMS, MICHELLE MAHADAS AND JULIAN GLADEN. IF YOU'LL TAKE AND COME FORWARD. THANK YOU, KAREN. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.  

>> I HAD NO INTENTION OF SPEAKING WHEN I CAME HERE TONIGHT. I WAS COMING IN SOLIDARITY WITH MY COWORKERS, COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS AND FAMILY. BUT SOMETHING RESONATED WITHIN MY HEART THAT IT WAS TIME TO SPEAK UP EVEN THOUGH I LIKE SPEAKING TO LITTLES AND NOT YOU ALL. THE WORD THAT HAS JUST STRUCK ME THROUGHOUT THIS IS HONOR. IT MEANS HONESTY, FAIRNESS, INTEGRITY, IN ONE'S BELIEFS AND ACTIONS. I TOOK MY JOB. I TAKE MY PROFESSION EVERY DAY. I WORK WITH HONOR. WHEN YOU COME TO NEGOTIATIONS AND YOU DON'T HAVE A PLAN, YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO BRING TO THE TABLE, THAT'S NOT SERVING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WITH HONOR. I SIGNED AN AGREEMENT MIDWAY THROUGH SEVERAL YEARS INTO MY TEACHING CAREER BELIEVING THAT THE BOARD WORKED WITH HONOR. AS A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHER, I'VE HELD UP MY PART OF THE BARGAIN AND I'M ASKING YOU TO HOLD UP YOURS. I ASK YOU TO SEARCH YOUR HEARTS. WHEN YOU GO TO BED AT NIGHT, WAKE UP IN THE MORNING AND LOOK IN THE MIRROR, ASK YOURSELF, AM I SERVING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, ITS TEACHERS, ITS CHILDREN WITH HONOR? I'D LOVE THE PHRASE "THE WINDS OF CHANGE." HONESTLY, I'M EXCITED ABOUT THE WINDS OF CHANGE THAT I SEE HERE. AND I HAVE HOPE THAT THE WINDS WILL CHANGE WITH SOME OF OUR OTHER BOARD MEMBERS. AND THAT WE WILL ONCE AGAIN HAVE A COMPLETE BOARD THAT SERVES OUR DISTRICT WITH HONOR. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. CONNIE PAGE. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.  

>> THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME TODAY. IN 2003, I LEFT CALIFORNIA WHERE I LIVED FOR 45 YEARS. I DECIDED TO CHANGE MY PROFESSION AND I BECAME A TEACHER. I DID MY SCHOOLING AT CAL STATE LOS ANGELES. I CHOSE FLORIDA BECAUSE IT WAS A PLACE THAT I KNEW THAT I COULD START OVER AGAIN AS A SINGLE PARENT. I KNEW THERE WERE THREE PROMISES I WAS GOING TO MAKE. ONE OF THE PROMISES WAG STARTING TO GREAT CAREER, BECOMING A TEACHER AT 45 YEARS OF AGE RAISING MY LAST CHILD WHO STARTED KINDERGARTEN WHEN I STARTED TEACHING. SHE IS NOW GOING TO BE 20 NEXT WEEK AND SHE ATTENDS HCC BECAUSE I COULD NOT AFFORD TO PUT HER THROUGH A FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITY RIGHT AWAY. THE LAST THING I PROMISED MYSELF WAS I WOULD BECOME A SINGLE PARENT HOMEOWNER. I'VE SEEN THE DISTRICT GO THROUGH UPS AND DOWNS AND ALL THE WHILE, I CONTINUED TO DO MY JOB EFFECTIVELY. AS A STAKEHOLDERS IN THE LIVES OF CHILDREN, I MANAGED TO BECOME HIGHLY EFFECTIVE AND SEVEN YEARS AGO, APPROXIMATELY, I BOUGHT INTO THE NEW SALARY THAT WAS SOLD TO TEACHERS. I'VE RAISED MY LAST CHILD EFFECTIVELY. I'M A GREAT TEACHER, AND I'M FINALLY CLOSING ON MY FIRST NEW HOME THE END OF THIS MONTH. HOWEVER, THE GREAT CAREER THAT I WANTED HAS FALLEN SHORT ON PROMISED PERFORMANCE PAY AMOUNTS AND NOW HAS DROPPED THE BALL ON LEVEL INCREASES AND ON COLA. I AM A VERY HONEST PERSON, AND I'M SADDENED BY THE FACT THAT I AM REPRESENTED BY A BOARD THAT CONTROLS MY LIVELIHOOD. THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. ALLISON, IF YOU WANT TO COME UP, BUT WHILE SHE'S COMING UP, I'M GOING TO RECALL NUMBER 28, GENEVIEVE ADAMS, MICHELLE BARADAS AND JULIAN GLADEN, IF YOU'RE STILL HERE. THANK YOU. ALLISON?  

>> ALL RIGHT. MY COLLEAGUE MELISSA IS UP HERE JUST IN CASE SOMETHING STARTS TO HAPPEN. HELLO, THE LAST TIME I SPOKE AT A BOARD MEETING I WAS NEARLY NINE MONTHS PREGNANT WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL BABY WITH ME TODAY. AT THAT TIME, I NEW CHANGES WERE IN STORE AND WE HOPED THAT WOULD BE MY FATHER AND I RECEIVING PAY INCREASES.  TODAY, MY LIFE HAS CHANGED FOR THE BETTER. SADLY, NOTHING HAS CHANGED FOR THE POSITIVE IN REGARDS TO MY FAITH IN THE DISTRICT. SINCE BECOMING A MOTHER, MY PERSPECTIVE HAS CHANGED DRASTICALLY. I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT I WILL BE A BETTER TEACHER THAN I EVER WAS BEFORE AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT CERTAIN WORDS WILL HOLD MORE MEANING TO ME THAN THEY EVER HAVE, WORDS LIKE PROMISE, WORDS LIKE EXPECTATIONS, HURT, AND WORTHY. PROMISES ARE MADE WITH THE INTENT OF BEING KEPT. CONTRACTS ARE SYNONYMOUS WITH PROMISES AND AS A RESULT EXPECTATIONS ARE FORMED. I PROMISED TO DO MY JOB AND I HAVE BEEN HIGHLY EFFECTIVE AT DOING IT. THIS IS WHERE THE WORD HURT COMES IN. WHEN PROMISES ARE BROKEN AND EXPECTATIONS ARE NOT MET, PEOPLE ARE HURT. IF I PROMISE MY STUDENTS I WILL DO SOMETHING AND I FALL BELOW EXPECTATIONS, THEY HURT. IF I PROMISE MY DAUGHTER I WILL DO SOMETHING, AND I FALL BELOW EXPECTATIONS, SHE IS HURT. DO YOU SEE THE TREND? THE PROMISES WERE MADE AND PROMISES WERE BROKEN, SO TEACHERS ARE HURT. WE'RE HURT BECAUSE WE ARE WORTHY AND WE KNOW IT. WE WORK ENDLESS HOURS DURING THE WEEKEND. WE PLAN DURING THE SUMMER. WE GRADE WORK ON MATERNITY LEAVE. WE DO OUR JOBS BECAUSE WE LOVE IT, NOT SO THAT WE CAN BE DEVALUED AND DEMORALIZED, NOT SO THAT WE CAN BE MADE TO FEEL WORTHLESS TO THE DISTRICT. SO, YES, LIKE A BOARD MEMBER HAS SAID, SOME OF US ARE CONFUSED BUT NOT FOR THE REASONS THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE BELIEVED. WE ARE CONFUSED BECAUSE IF WE DID THIS TO OUR STUDENTS, SURELY WE WOULD BE IN SOME SORT OF TROUBLE. SO MY QUESTION IS, WHY IS THIS DOUBLE STANDARD OKAY? SIMPLY, IT'S NOT. YOU SHOULD VALUE TEACHERS AND OUR WORK ENOUGH TO HONOR PROMISES, LIVE UP TO EXPECTATIONS, REFRAIN FROM HURTING US AND DEMONSTRATE YOU BELIEVE WE ARE WORTHY. BECAUSE WE ARE. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: OF KRISTA DEL FAVE.  

>> SHORT AND SIMPLE. I HAVE BEEN TEACHING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FOR SIX YEARS. I AM A PRODUCT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I GREW UP HERE AND I LOVE IT. I'VE WORKED IN RENAISSANCE, TITLE 1 SCHOOLS ONLY. AGAIN, I LOVE THE KIDS. FOR ME, THIS MEETING IS ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I HAVE PAID FOR SUPPLIES AND FOOD, JACKETS, BACK PACKS, SHOES, BECAUSE THEY ARE FALLING APART. I CHAIRED SUNSHINE COMMITTEE. I SERVED AS TEAM LEAD. NINE WEEKS INTO SERVING AS TEAM LEAD, I'M TOLD, WE DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR ALL THE GRADES. CAN YOU STILL DO IT? AND, YES, I CAN. I WANT TO BE HERE AND I WANT TO HELP AND WE KEEP SAYING YES AND WE KEEP SAYING OKAY. AND WE KEEP SAYING WE'LL DO IT BECAUSE THE KIDS ARE THE ONES THAT ARE MOST IMPORTANT. WE ARE IMPORTANT, TOO. WE ARE HERE EVERY SINGLE DAY WORKING TO THE BONE. I LEFT WORK AT 4:45 YESTERDAY BECAUSE WE WERE IN AN FBA MEETING TALKING ABOUT A STUDENT. WE WOULD LIKE THE RESPECT THAT WE GIVE EVERY SINGLE DAY, TOO. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. NICOLE ANGLO.  

>> THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS, FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK. NOT JUST AS AN EDUCATOR, BUT AS A PARENT. EDUCATORS ARE ON THE FRONT LINES. WE'RE SHAPING THE MINDS OF OUR KIDS EVERY SINGLE DAY, AND WE WORK REALLY HARD TO SUPPORT THESE KIDS, THESE LITTLE PEOPLE THAT ONE DAY ARE GOING TO RULE THE WORLD AND PAY INTO SOCIAL SECURITY THAT YOU AND I PULL FROM. MANY TEACHERS, ESPECIALLY THOSE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE, WORK TO CONTRACT. I'LL BE HONEST WITH YOU, THE FIRST TIME I HEARD THAT WAS THE OTHER DAY. HAD NO IDEA WHAT THAT WAS BECAUSE THAT DOESN'T APPLY TO ME. I WORK LOTS OF HOURS AND MOST OF MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES DO THE SAME. WE SPEND MONEY ON OUR KIDS. WE BUY SUPPLIES FOR THEM. WE SUPPORT THEM IN EVERY WAY. WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO POSSIBLY ENGAGE THESE KIDS. CHILDREN THAT FOR THE MOST PART DON'T HAVE THE SUPPORT AT HOME OR LACK OF SUPPORT AND HAVE THIS DESIRE NOT TO WANT TO DO WELL AT THEIR VERY FIRST JOB IN LIFE. WE PLAN. WE DANCE. WE DO ANYTHING TO GET THEM ENGAGED IN WHAT WE HAVE TO DO. WHEN A TEACHER FEELS UNDERAPPRECIATED AND FEELS LIKE THEY AREN'T VALUED, WE ARE GOING TO LOSE THESE TEACHERS, AND THAT SCARES ME. I HAVE TWO KIDS, TWO CHILDREN IN THIS SCHOOL SYSTEM, AND I'VE TAUGHT OVER 200 CHILDREN. I HAVE THE FEAR THAT THOSE CHILDREN WON'T BE ABLE TO TO GET THOSE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHERS IN THE CLASSROOM, THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE THE ONES THAT SUFFER. YEAH, IT'S HURTING US IN THE POCKETS NOW, BUT I'M TALKING ABOUT THE FUTURE GENERATIONS, THOSE KIDS WE'RE SENDING OUT TO COMPETE GLOBALLY WITH THE REST OF THIS WORLD AND THEY NEED THOSE TEACHERS, THOSE DEDICATED TEACHERS THAT SPEND THE TIME IN THE CLASSROOM TO GIVE TO THEM EVERYTHING THAT THEY NEED. I'M A TAXPAYER AND A PARENT, A CONCERNED CITIZEN AND, AGAIN, I HAVE TWO KIDS AT HOME. AND I SAW -- I THANK MY STARS EVERY DAY THAT I AM BLESSED TO HAVE THESE CHILDREN IN MY LIFE, AND I WANT MY CHILDREN TO HAVE SOMEONE WHO APPRECIATES WORKING FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD AS MUCH AS I DO. I'M NOT UNREASONABLE. I REALIZE THAT THERE'S A MONETARY ISSUE. WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR IS NEGOTIATIONS. WE'RE ASKING FOR GOOD-FAITH COMING TOGETHER, TWO SIDES COMING TOGETHER. I UNDERSTAND WE MAY NOT GET EVERYTHING THAT WAS ORIGINALLY SAID, AND I UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT I REALLY NEED US TO COME TOGETHER, TO WORK BETTER, TO DO EVERYTHING IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THESE KIDS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. KIMBERLY HENRIQUEZ.  

>> GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS. THANK YOU FOR GIVING US THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. I DIDN'T REALLY HAVE ANYTHING PREPARED OTHER THAN JUST TO LET YOU KNOW MY STORY. I STARTED OUT AS A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER BACK IN 1997. I WAS MARRIED AT THE TIME AND MY EX-HUSBAND SAID, GRPG GO DO WHAT WILL MAKE YOU HAPPY BECAUSE I WAS NOT HAPPY IN THE INSURANCE WORLD. AND I LOVE WHAT I DO. I THINK WE ALL HAVE THE SAME GOAL. WE REALLY DO. AND I CAN REMEMBER -- I KNOW APRIL AND I KNOW SUSAN AND I'LL SPEAK MOSTLY TO THEM BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW YOU ALL AS WELL. DO YOU REMEMBER THE BUS RIDE WE TOOK UP TO TALLAHASSEE? THAT WAS AWESOME. YOU KNOW. AND I REALLY THINK THAT WHAT'S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IS WE'RE KIND OF CIRCLING THE WAGONS AND WE'RE KIND OF GOING AT EACH OTHER. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THIS ENERGY TARGETED TO TALLAHASSEE, BECAUSE WE KNOW -- AND I'M NOT DISRESPECTING ANYTHING THAT'S GOING ON HERE TONIGHT BECAUSE I STAND WITH MY UNION, LIKE I TOLD GEORGE BUSH WHEN BOBBY WAS ELECTED AND STOOD IN THE RECEIVING LINE AND SAID PLEASE LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE SPEAKING ON OUR BEHALF. AND HE GOES, YOU MEAN THE UNION? AND I SAID, YES, BECAUSE THEY ARE SPEAKING FOR ME. AND I CAN'T BE HERE ALL THE TIME. I LIVE IN PINELLAS COUNTY NOW. AND JUST -- LET'S JUST WORK TOGETHER AND GET THIS DONE AND LET'S NEGOTIATE IN GOOD FAITH. AND LET'S DO WHAT'S RIGHT. JUST DO WHAT'S RIGHT? ALL RIGHT. THANKS, GUYS. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. JESSICA SUGGS.  

>> HELLO. MY NAME IS JESSICA SUGGS. I AM A SIX-YEAR TEACHER. I HAVE NOT INVESTED IN A RETIREMENT SYSTEM. I JUST WANT TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF PERSPECTIVE ON THE YOUNGER TEACHERS COMING INTO THE FIELD IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WHEN I GRADUATED COLLEGE, THERE WAS A SHORTAGE, A BUDGET CUT AND THEN I COULDN'T FIND A JOB ANYWHERE. I HAD TO SUBSTITUTE TEACH FOR TWO YEARS TRYING TO GET MY FOOT IN THE DOOR. I CAME FROM LEE COUNTY. AND I WAS SO HAPPY WHEN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ACCEPTED ME INTO THEIR TEACHING PROFESSION. I MOVED ALL THE WAY UP HERE, AWAY FROM MY FAMILY, AWAY FROM MY FRIENDS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN THIS CAREER. DURING THAT TIME, THE PERCEPTION OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WAS THEY HAVE THE SUPPORT FOR THEIR TEACHERS. THEY HAVE THE BEST TRAININGS EVER, THAT YOU WILL GROW AND IT WILL BE A GREAT PROFESSION. AND THIS YEAR, UNFORTUNATELY, THE PERCEPTION HAS CHANGED, AND I BELIEVE THAT IT CAN CHANGE BACK. I KNOW THAT EACH AND SINGLE -- EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU DO THIS BECAUSE YOU LOVE THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. YOU LOVE THE STUDENTS, AND YOU TRULY BELIEVE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND I BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL DO THE RIGHT THING. THANK YOU FOR EXTENDING THE TIME TO HEAR MY VOICE. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. HEATHER O'REILLY. AS YOU'RE COMING TO THE PODIUM, I'M GOING TO CALL THE NEXT GROUP. KATHERINE KALER BEAN, ELIZABETH McGOVERN, SANDY GREEN, AMY EVANS, LEO HEGARTY, CHASE SHIFLETT, JOSHUA MILLER, BAILEY, MELISSA BROWN AND CAROLYN DAILY. THANK YOU. HEATHER, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.  

>> GOOD EVENING. I'M HEATHER O'REILLY. THIS IS MY 16th YEAR AS A PROUD HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHER. AND I REALLY LOVE MY JOB. [ENCODER DROP] BUT WHAT I AM ASKING OF YOU IS TO PRIORITIZE ME. TO PLEASE PRIORITIZE EVERY TEACHER IN THIS ROOM, EVERY TEACHER OUTSIDE, EVERY TEACHER WHO COULDN'T MAKE IT TONIGHT. WE ASK THAT WE BE YOUR TOP PRIORITY WHEN YOU HAVE THE CHANCE, THAT YOU PRIORITIZE US OVER CHARTER SCHOOLS, OVER HIGH-PAID ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS, OVER NEW OFFICE FURNITURE, OUT OF EVERYTHING -- [ APPLAUSE ] -- BECAUSE WHEN YOU PRIORITIZE ME, WHEN YOU PRIORITIZE US, YOU PRIORITIZE YOUR STUDENTS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: ELIZABETH McGOVERN.  

>> HI. MY NAME IS ELIZABETH McGOVERN. I'M FROM LOWRY ELEMENTARY. I DIDN'T PLAN ON SPEAKING TONIGHT, SO BEAR WITH ME. I'VE BEEN TEACHER OF THE YEAR THREE TIMES AT THREE SEPARATE SCHOOLS. I'M CURRENTLY A TTD, AND I WORK WITH TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. I'VE BEEN TEACHING FOR 26 YEARS IN THE COUNTY. THE PAY SCALE DOESN'T AFFECT ME RIGHT NOW. I'M HERE BECAUSE I'M SHOWING UNITY TO MY TEACHERS AND TO MY PROFESSION THAT I LOVE SO MUCH. I GO TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY AND I FIND JOY IN BOOKS AND WITH KIDS. AND I JUST LOVE WHAT I DO. BUT SADLY, MY 17-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER HAS WANTED TO BE A TEACHER HER WHOLE LIFE. AND I FIND MYSELF DISCOURAGING HER AND TELLING HER TO LOOK AT OTHER PROFESSIONS, AND TO GO IN AND DO ANOTHER THING FOR HERSELF. AND THIS BREAKS MY HEART. IT BREAKS MY HEART WHAT'S HAPPENING. AND YOU REALLY, REALLY NEED TO LISTEN TO THE TEACHERS WHO ARE TALKING TODAY BECAUSE THEY ARE BEING SO HONEST WITH YOU. LIKE I SAID, NO SKIN IN THE GAME FOR ME. I'M ALMOST DONE, BUT YOU REALLY NEED TO LISTEN TO THESE TEACHERS. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU DO WHAT'S RIGHT. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. KATHERINE TAYLOR BEAN.  

>> GOOD EVENING. I'VE BEEN A TEACHER FOR 20 YEARS, AND THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER FELT COMPELLED TO COME AND SPEAK. I'M FROM A GOOD SCHOOL. I'M FROM AN "A" SCHOOL. A SCHOOL THAT'S BEEN AN "A" FOR 11 OR 12 YEARS. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER YOU CAME FROM A BAD SCHOOL OR A GOOD SCHOOL OR SPENDING YOUR OWN MONEY PROVIDING SHOES OR TRYING TO MAKE KIDS ENGAGED. I'M CONCERNED THAT THIS PUBLIC SCHOOL IS OUR DEMOCRACY, AND WE'RE OPENING THE DOORS TO CHARTER SCHOOLS WHEN WE DON'T VALUE PUBLIC SCHOOLTEACHERS AND PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS. WE'RE TEARING AT THE FABRIC OF OUR COUNTRY. IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU LISTEN TO ALL THE TEACHERS THAT ARE HERE, THAT YOU HEAR US. I'M NOT HERE BECAUSE IN TWO YEARS I'M OUT. MY HUSBAND TOOK TEACHING AS A SECOND CAREER. IN ONE YEAR, HE'S OUT, BECAUSE I'M OLD. YEP, I'M OLD. I'M 64. I'M WORKING WITH PEOPLE THAT ARE YOUNG, AND THEY ARE LIKE, I CAN'T HANG IN. I AM OLD. IT'S OKAY. I WORK WITH YOUNG TEACHERS, AND THEY SAY, I CAN'T DO THIS FOR 15 MORE YEARS. YOU DIDN'T GIVE US BACK OUR CLASSROOM. I'VE BEEN IN THE COUNTY FOR A LONG TIME. I'VE SEEN IT COME. I'VE SEEN IT GO. WHEN I CAME FROM PRIVATE PRESCHOOL TO PUBLIC SCHOOL AND I MADE $27,000, I WAS LIKE, WHOO! I AM A MILLIONAIRE. I'M NOT A MILLIONAIRE, BUT THAT'S OKAY. I DIDN'T -- I WASN'T GOING TO BE A TEACHER, AND HERE I AM, 20 YEARS LATER. BUT WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING TOGETHER. WHEN I WORK WITH MY FIRST GRADERS, 20 YEARS ALMOST AS A FIRST GRADE TEACHER, I TELL THEM, WE HAVE TO FIGURE IT OUT TOGETHER. WE HAVE TO BE PROBLEM SOLVERS. I DON'T FEEL WE'RE BEING PROBLEM SOLVERS. I DON'T FEEL AS EVERYONE HAS SAID, BEING RESPECTED. THIS IS NOT AN EASY JOB, JUST LIKE IT'S NOT AN EASY JOB FOR ME. IT'S NOT AN EASY JOB FOR YOU. IT'S NOT AN EASY JOB FOR MY COLLEAGUES, MY ADMINISTRATORS, BUT YOU HAVE TO HEAR US, AND IT'S NOT LIKE MONEY, MONEY, MONEY, MONEY. I MEAN, YOU KNOW, IF I WANT SOMETHING FOR MY KIDS, I'M GOING TO BUY IT BECAUSE I WANT MY KIDS TO GO, WOW, I LOVE READING OR, WOW, THIS IS A GREAT WORLD, BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING TO BE THE ONES THAT TAKE CARE OF US, ALL OF US, AND WE HAVE TO TEACH THEM TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE AND FAIR FOR ALL OF US. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. SANDY GREENE. IS SANDY GREENE IN THE ROOM? AMY? AMY EVANS.  

>> HI. MY NAME IS AMY EVANS. I AM ACTUALLY A PRODUCT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND THIS IS MY 21st YEAR AS AN EDUCATOR IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND A PROUD UNION MEMBER. EVEN THOUGH I HOLD A MASTER'S DEGREE IN EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP, I HAVE CHOSEN TO BE A TEACHER. NOT JUST A TEACHER BUT A TEACHER WITH A CAPITAL "T." I STAND BEFORE YOU REGARDING OUR CURRENT SALARY ISSUES. I VIEW THIS AS PUBLISHED SALARY SCHEDULE BASED ON YEARS OF SERVICE AND NOT RAISES. THE SALARY SCHEDULE WAS APPROVED FOUR, FIVE YEARS AGO AND PRESENTED TO US THAT IT WOULD BE SUSTAINABLE. I BELIEVE ALL DISTRICTS HAVING A SALARY SCHEDULE SHOULD FOLLOW THEM. AS A DISTRICT, WE WERE FORWARD-THINKING AT THAT TIME, PUBLISHING THE SCHEDULE TO ENTICE, RECRUIT, AND RETAIN THE BEST POSSIBLE TEACHERS. ALSO ALLOWING EMPLOYEES TO MAKE LIFE DECISIONS AND PLANS ABOUT THE INTENDED SALARY SCHEDULE. I AM CONFUSED AS TO WHY MY EMPLOYER WOULD WONDER WHY WE ARE CHALLENGING THE DECISIONS BEING MADE. A TEACHER SALARY IS NOT MUCH FOR THE WORK WE ARE REQUIRED AND EXPECTED TO DO. BUT WE AS TEACHERS CONTINUE TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR CLASSES. I KNOW SO MANY TEACHERS WITH MULTIPLE JOBS, INCLUDING MYSELF. I WORK MOSTLY SIX DAYS A WEEK AND IN EVENINGS. BECAUSE I LOVE TEACHING KIDS. HOWEVER, WHEN OUR EMPLOYER CANNOT FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THEIR COMMITMENT TO PAY US AT LEAST WHAT WAS PROMISED IN GOOD FAITH, WE AS TEACHERS BEGIN TO WONDER, WHY ARE WE DOING ALL THIS EXTRA WORK, WHY ARE WE STAYING AFTER SCHOOL FOR FUNCTIONS THAT WE DO NOT GET PAID FOR? WHY ARE WE HOLDING CONFERENCES WITH PARENTS AFTER HOURS? WHY ARE WE PLANNING IN THE EVENINGS AND ON WEEKENDS? AND THE ANSWER IS BECAUSE WE LOOK AT OUR STUDENTS EACH DAY, AND WE WANT WHAT IS BEST FOR THEM. NOW ADMINISTRATORS ARE ALSO ADDING THE PRESSURE TO US BY REMINDING US HOW IF WE DON'T DO ALL OF THIS, OUR DECISIONS COULD THEN IMPACT OUR EVALUATION. SO AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE ARE EXPECTED TO DO ALL OF THIS WORK REGARDLESS OF PAYER CONTRACT. AND THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR, HALFWAY THROUGH THE SCHOOL YEAR, WE DON'T HAVE A CONTRACT. HOWEVER, WE AS TEACHERS ARE WORKING IN GOOD FAITH. WE ARE HOPING THAT THE BOARD CAN HONOR THE COMMITMENT THAT YOU MADE US. WE WANT WHAT WE WERE PROMISED AND HAVE EARNED. WE WANT TO BE THE DISTRICT WHERE EVERYONE WANTS TO TEACH, AND WE WANT TO BE THE DISTRICT TO SET THE STANDARDS FOR OTHERS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. LEO HEGARTY. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.  

>> GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. I HAD A PREPARED SPEECH FOR TODAY, BUT I THREW IT OUT. THAT'S BECAUSE I FEEL THE NEED TO COMMENT ON THE NOVEMBER 5th EDITORIAL BY OUR SUPERINTENDENT. FIRST OF ALL, KUDOS TO EVERYONE ON THE FANTASTIC GAINS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE OVER THE PAST TWO SCHOOL YEARS. OVER A THOUSAND MORE ELEMENTARY STUDENTS PROFICIENT IN READING. RATE OF FRESHMEN ON TRACK TO GRADUATE UP 3%. ONLY THREE "F" SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT. ONLY THREE. PRODUCING GAINS FOR TWO STRAIGHT YEARS IN THE GOAL OF 90% GRADUATION RATE IN 2020. THESE ARE ALL OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS, AND I SALUTE YOU FOR IT. WE HAVE AN OLD SAYING IN THE COACHING PROFESSION, THOUGH, AND IT GOES, IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT. I HAVE TO WONDER WHY YOU ARE CHANGING THE SCENARIO WHEN IT'S WORKING SO WELL. THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE THESE GOALS POSSIBLE ARE YOUR TEACHERS AND ESPs WHO HAVE WORKED AND ARE STILL WORKING DILIGENTLY SINCE THESE GOALS WERE IMPLEMENTED IN RECENT YEARS. THEY ARE THE ONES THAT I SEE EVERY DAY AT GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL WHERE I WORK THAT ARE PUTTING IN THE EXTRA TIME TO SEE THAT EVERY STUDENT IS GETTING THAT TEACHER OR THAT ESP'S BEST EFFORT EVERY DAY. DO WE HIT A HOME RUN EVERY DAY? NO. BUT A STANDUP DOUBLE AIN'T BAD. AND I GUARANTEE YOU, WE NEVER STRIKE OUT. NOW THE SCHOOL BOARD AND THE DISTRICT HAS DECIDED TO FOREGO THE CONTRACTUALLY AGREED ADVANCEMENT OF THE PAY SCALE, NOT A RISE. JUST WHAT WAS PROMISED TO TEACHERS AND ESPs FOR BEING EFFECTIVE OR HIGHLY EFFECTIVE AT THEIR PROFESSION. IN CLOSING, WHATEVER GOODWILL THIS SCHOOL BOARD AND DISTRICT HAS ESTABLISHED WITH THE EMPLOYEES IS ERODING. HEY, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S ERODING FAST. IS IT AT THE POINT OF BEING IRRECONCILABLE? NO. THE FIRST STEP IS TO AGREE TO THE SALARY PROMISE THAT YOU MADE. IF YOU ARE A SCHOOL DISTRICT TEACHER OR ESP, WOULD YOU PLEASE RESPECTFULLY AND QUIETLY STAND AND REMAIN STANDING. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THESE ARE THE PEOPLE ALONG WITH THE OVER 1,000 TEACHERS AND ESPs THAT SURROUNDED THIS BUILDING TODAY THAT TAKE CARE OF OUR KIDS. NOW IT'S TIME FOR THE BOARD TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR FLOWS. -- TO TAKE CARE OF THEIR EMPLOYEES. YOU ASKED US TO MAKE THE PROMISE OF SHOWING UP EVERY DAY BEING ALL IN EVERY DAY, ALL DAY. THAT'S ALL WE'RE ASKING OF YOU. KEEP YOUR WORD BECAUSE IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. CHASE SHIFLETT.  

>> HI THERE. MY NAME IS CHASE SHIFLETT. I WENT TO SCHOOL AT RAMPELLO MIDDLE SCHOOL RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM HERE. I ALSO GRADUATED IN 2011 FROM BLAKE HIGH SCHOOL, ACTUALLY WHEN DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT VAN AYRES WAS VICE PRINCIPAL THERE. HOPEFULLY YOU'RE PROUD OF ME RIGHT NOW, MR. AYRES. I STAND HERE TODAY AS A THIRD-YEAR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER AT GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL. TO SAY THAT I AM FRUSTRATED WITH WHAT THIS ISSUE HAS COME TO IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. MY COLLEAGUES TODAY HAVE ATTEMPTED TO APPEAL TO YOUR SENSE OF EMOTION, AND I HOPE THAT HAS WORKED, BUT I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO APPEAL TODAY TO YOUR COMMON SENSE. AS A THIRD-YEAR TEACHER, THERE IS NO REASON FOR ME TO STAY IN THIS COUNTY WHEN I CAN HOP THE BRIDGE AND GO OVER TO PINELLAS COUNTY WHERE THEIR FIRST-YEAR TEACHERS MAKE $42,000 A YEAR. THIS COUNTY WILL LOSE ANY YOUNG, WORTHWHILE TEACHERS TO THE NEIGHBORING COUNTIES IF YOU CANNOT KEEP UP WITH THE AGREEMENT THAT YOU HAVE MADE US. I HOPE YOU GUYS CHANGE YOUR MINDS. I WON'T TAKE UP TOO MUCH OF YOUR TIME. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. JOSHUA MILLER.  

>> HELLO. IT'S ACTUALLY AN HONOR TO BE HERE. MS. LYNN, YOU WERE ACTUALLY MY FIFTH GRADE TEACHER BACK AT CLAYWELL BACK IN 19 -- [ LAUGHTER ] AND MR. EAKINS, DURING MY TIME WHEN I WAS EMPLOYED AT McCLAIN MIDDLE SCHOOL I REMEMBER DISCUSSING WITH YOU IN THE CAFETERIA, I WAS DISCUSSING WITH YOU OUR CAMPUS DEMOGRAPHICS AND I MENTIONED THE SKY SCHOOL-TO-PR PIPELINE. I WAS PROBABLY THE ONLY PERSON YOU WERE AWARE OF THAT WAS DOING SOMETHING LIKE THAT IN THE DISTRICT. CURRENTLY, I'M EMPLOYED AT THE EPIC CENTERS, WHICH ARE FORMERLY THE ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS. AS I TALK TO DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN OUR INDUSTRY, AND IN OUR PROFESSION, A LOT OF PEOPLE TEND TO THINK THAT WE GET SOME KIND OF HAZARD PAY, SOME KIND OF SOMETHING EXTRA FOR WORKING WITH ALL OF THE STUDENTS THAT ALL THE OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT CHOOSE NOT TO CONTINUE TO WORK WITH. SO EVEN AS WORKING AT AN ALTERNATIVE ED SITE, I MEAN, WE DON'T GET ANYTHING EXTRA THAN OUR BASE PAYCHECKS. WE DON'T GET THE SUPPLEMENTS -- SUPPLEMENTALS FOR RUNNING HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAMS. WE DON'T GET ANY OF THAT EXTRA. WE MIGHT BARELY HAVE A SUNSHINE CLUB. THOSE LITTLE THINGS. AND IT'S ONLY TWO CAMPUSES IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, MIGHT I ADD. SO WITH THAT BEING SAID -- AND I'M GOING TO BE VERY SHORT. WE DON'T GET PAID EXTRA. IF YOU COULD AT LEAST HONOR THE CONTRACT. I HAVE A GROWING FAMILY MYSELF. LIKE THE REST OF MY COLLEAGUES, WE KIND OF NEED TO MAKE OUR LIVES LIVELY. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. AS NANETTE DALY COMES TO THE PODIUM, I'LL CALL THE NEXT GROUP. CAROLYN DALY, ANGIE SNOW, MADEERY GROVES, CARMEN BORES, KELLY TAYLOR, BRITTANY KINEESA, HEIDI GLICK, SUSAN ANDERSON, BRIAN NOSS, SUZETTE MADDIE, AND KELLY MINEER.  

>> THANK YOU. MY NAME IS NANETTE DALY. I AM CURRENTLY SO VERY PROUD TO BE AN ART TEACHER 14 YEARS NOW AT MABRY ELEMENTARY. IN OVER 23 YEARS TOTAL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I'M HIGHLY EFFECTIVE. I HAVE GREAT ATTENDANCE. I'VE BEEN TEACHER OF THE YEAR AT BING ELEMENTARY AND MABRY. I WORK THE MORNING HOST PROGRAM. I AM THERE AT 6 A.M. I USED TO WORK IN THE AFTERNOON HOST PROGRAM BUT MY FEET STARTED TO HURT AND I'M GETTING OLD. I BRING WORK HOME. I WAS ASKED FIRST TO SAY TO YOU BY THE OTHERS I REPRESENT, I AM THE CTA REP FOR OUR SCHOOL, IS THAT WHERE IS THE TRANSPARENT FINALIZED, REASONABLE, COMPLETED BUDGET AND CONTRACT? AND WHY DO WE NOT JOIN OTHER COUNTIES SUING OVER THE 7069 LEGISLATION. NOW, I SAID WHAT I SHOULD SAY AS A WRAP. NOW FOR MY PERSONAL HEART, I SAY TO YOU, WHERE IS THE ARTS? WE WERE PROMISED TIME. YOU TOOK AWAY QUITE A LONG TIME AGO. WE USED TO HAVE 45 MINUTES AND I NEVER FELT LIKE THAT WAS ENOUGH THEN, BUT YOU SAID BE PATIENT. IT WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU. WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT. HONESTLY, TO ME, IT'S NEVER BEEN ABOUT THE MONEY. I'M A SINGLE PARENT. I RAISED TWO CHILDREN ON MY OWN. BOTH WENT THROUGH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. MY SON WAS WORKING AT A BANK AND HE SAID, MOM, I WANT TO GO TO CALIFORNIA AND BE AN ACTOR. I SAID, YOU GO, MY SON. YOU GO. AND MY DAUGHTER, I'M SO PROUD OF HER. SHE WAS BULLIED IN HIGH SCHOOL FOR DYEING HER HAIR. KIDS USED TO SHOVE HER IN THE LOCKERS BECAUSE SHE WAS QUIET AND SHE RESPECTED THE TEACHERS BECAUSE I TOLD HER YOU BETTER RESPECT YOUR TEACHERS. SHE IS NOW A SENIOR AT ECKERD COLLEGE. SHE'S ON THE DEAN'S LIST FOR TWO YEARS. SHE STUDIED. IN LONDON FOR LAST YEAR FOR SIX MONTHS AND THIS IS WHY I WORK SO HARD, NOT JUST FOR MY CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY SAID TO ME WHEN THEY WERE IN HIGH SCHOOL, THEY SAID, MOM, YOU CARE MORE ABOUT THE KIDS IN THAT SCHOOL THAN YOU DO ABOUT US. WHAT A HEARTBREAKING THING FOR MY CHILDREN TO SAY TO ME, BUT I SAID I'M THE BREADWINNER. YOU KNOW WHAT? I LOVE ALL OF MY CHILDREN, AND I'VE GOTTEN GROUCHY LATELY AND I'M SORRY ALL MY MABRY STUDENTS. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH BECAUSE EVERYONE IS AWESOME. ∫ EVERYONE IS COOL WHEN THEY ARE PART OF A TEAM ∫ AND I DID LEGOS. I TOOK TO LEGOLAND STUFF AND I SAID, HOW TO BE A MASTER LEGO BUILDER. I'M OUT OF TIME? IS THAT IT? 30 SECONDS. ALL RIGHT. I'M GOING TO HURRY UP. MY ARTISTS ARE ALL GIFTED. GET RID OF THE LABELS. WE'RE ALL GIFTED! WE'RE ALL AWESOME! AND MY ARTISTS AREN'T PICKING UP PAINT BRUSHES ANYMORE BECAUSE ALL THESE RIDICULOUS TESTS. COME ON. LET IT GO. THEY ARE PICKING UP DANGEROUS THINGS. AND MY HEART IS BROKEN BECAUSE ONE OF MY STUDENTS TWO YEARS AGO IS NO LONGER HERE. AND I'M SAD. AN 18-YEAR-OLD CAME IN MY ROOM AND SAID, MS. DALY, ONLY FUN I HAD IN MY LIFE WAS IN YOUR ROOM. SCHOOL IS BORING.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] MELISSA BROWN.  

>> GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE DECISION TO GIVE US MORE TIME TO SPEAK. LIKE MANY OTHERS, I AM HERE TO TALK ABOUT HONORING YOUR WORD AND BARGAINING IN GOOD FAITH. I'M A SIX-YEAR TEACHER AT A TITLE ONE SCHOOL. LIKE MANY OF US, I COME FROM A FAMILY OF TEACHERS. MY MOM HAS BEEN A TEACHER FOR OVER 40 YEARS AND HAS NEVER SEEN A BOARD OR A DISTRICT GO BACK ON A PRAWMTION THE WAY THIS ONE -- PROMISE THE WAY THIS ONE HAS. TO BE CLEAR, THIS IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE MONEY. DON'T GET ME WRONG, I AM DISTURBED AND HURT BY THE NUMBER OF MY COLLEAGUES WHO CAN'T AFFORD TO PAY THEIR BILLS OR TAKE CARE OF THEIR OWN CHILDREN BECAUSE THEY CHOSE TO DEDICATE THEIR CAREERS TO THE CHILDREN OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. IT'S EQUALLY ABOUT THE DISRESPECT THAT COMES FROM FLAT-OUT REFUSING TO NEGOTIATE WITH YOUR EMPLOYEE BASE. IN DOING SO, YOU HAVE DISHONORED AND DEGRADED THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT WE DO. A COMMENT WAS MADE THAT NO ONE WILL BE HURT BY NOT GIVING MY COLLEAGUES THEIR STEPS. MR. WEST, YOU ARE WRONG. WE ARE ALL HURT BY THIS WHETHER OR NOT HE ARE DUE FOR A -- WHEEZE ARE DUE FOR A STEP INCREASE OR NOT. MORALE HAS BEEN DECREASING AT AN ALARMING RATE. I AM APPALLED THAT SO LITTLE HAS BEEN DONE TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEM. NEGOTIATING IN GOOD FAITH IS A WAY TO SHOW THAT YOU VALUE THE WORK THAT WE DO. NOT DOING SO UNDERMINES EVERYTHING THAT WE STAND FOR AND THE IMPORTANCE THAT WE HAVE IN THE LIVES MUCH OUR KIDS. OUR STUDENTS, THE REASON THAT WE GET UP IN THE MORNING, ARE ALSO HURT. THEY WILL BE HURT IF MORALE CONTINUES TO DECREASE BECAUSE TEACHERS DON'T HAVE ANY MORE TO GIVE. THEY WILL BE HURT FOR THE WEEK THAT WE HAVE BEEN DRIVEN TO WORK TO CONTRACT. INCIDENTALLY, IT IS THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTY WHICH ELSE TELLS ME THIS  THE WORST THINGS HAVE EVER BEEN FOR OUR TEACHERS. THEY WILL BE HURT IF THEY LOSE THEIR TEACHERS BECAUSE THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO KEEP FIGHTING THIS FIGHT. I WOULD KNOW. MY DEPARTMENT HAS HAD TWO VACANCIES UNTIL YESTERDAY. THAT MEANS SOPHOMORES, JUNIORS, AND SENIORS, 300 OF THEM, SPENT A QUARTER WITH NO ENGLISH TEACHER. TO HELP PREPARE THEM FOR LIFE. ALL WHICH IS DONE TO US IMPACTS THE STUDENTS. IT IS STILL IN YOUR POWER TO DO THE RIGHT THING. HONOR OUR CONTRACT. FIND A WAY TO TREAT US WITH RESPECT. YOU ARE OUR ELECTED AND APPOINTED LEADERS. PLEASE ACT LIKE IT. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. CAROLYN DALY.  

>> GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU, MR. EAKINS AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS FOR STAYING AND LISTENING TO ALL OF US. I FEEL APPRECIATED BY AND HAVE IMMENSE LOVE FOR MY SCHOOL, MY ADMINISTRATION, MY COLLEAGUES, MY PARENTS, MY PTSA AND WITH MY WHOLE HEART, MY KIDS. YOU SEE, THEY ARE MY STUDENTS, BUT THEY ARE SO MUCH MORE. THEY ARE MY FAMILY. MY FAMILY INCLUDE MY ADMINISTRATION AND MY COLLEAGUES. WE MIGHT NOT ALWAYS LIKE EACH OTHER, SOMETIMES WE HAVE DISAGREEMENTS, BUT WE ALWAYS TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER. I HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE FOUND TWO SUCH FAMILIES AS A TEACHER. MY FIRST WAS AT VAN BUREN MIDDLE SCHOOL IN WHICH WE PULLED TOGETHER TO CREATE A POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS WORKING TOGETHER, BUILDING TRUST, AND REAPING THE REWARDS. VB FOR LIFE. WE HAD HASH TAGS BEFORE THEY WERE EVEN AROUND. I HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO FIND A SECOND FAMILY AT MY CURRENT SCHOOL, TBK-8. WE HAVE COME TOGETHER TO CREATE EXPERIENCES FOR BOTH KIDS AND TEACHERS THAT ARE ENGAGING, RELEVANT, AND WILL HAVE A LASTING IMPACT, NOT ONLY FOR TB K-8, BUT FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WE ARE HELPING EVERYONE REACH OUR GOALS. WE ARE HEROES. I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE ALL OF YOU TO BECOME PART OF MY FAMILY. THIS IS MY 17th YEAR AS A TEACHER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I'VE WORKED IN FOUR SCHOOLS UNDER THREE SUPERINTENDENTS WITH 11 PRINCIPALS AT LEAST 19 ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS. I HAVE WORKED MULTIPLE YEARS WITHOUT STEP INCREASES WITH NO CURRICULUM, BURIED IN TOO MUCH CURRICULUM IN MILDEWED PORTABLES, FLOATING WITH NO CLASSROOM AND I WOULD DO IT ALL AGAIN. YOU SEE, MR. EAKINS AND BOARD MEMBERS, TEACHING FEEDS MY SOUL. AS A TEACHER, THERE ARE THREE TENETS I ADHERE TO. ONE, BE CONSISTENT. TWO, BE OPEN AND HONEST. BE RICH IN TRUST. NOT POOR. THREE, BE WILLING TO DO ANYTHING I ASK OF MY KIDS. FOLLOWING THESE TENETS HAS LED TO GREAT SUCCESS IN MY CLASSROOM. MY STUDENTS LEAVE ME BETTER PREPARED FOR LIFE THAN WHEN THEY ENTERED MY CLASS. AS PROFESSIONALS, AS EDUCATORS, AS PEOPLE, THIS IS WHAT WE ARE ASKING FROM YOU, OUR DISTRICT. PLEASE ACCEPT MY INVITATION. JOIN MY FAMILY AND TAKE CARE OF US AS WE TAKE CARE OF OUR KIDS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. ANGIE SNOW.  

>> GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS ANGIE SNOW. I COME TO YOU AS A PROUD OPENER OF GIFTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I WAS A PRODUCT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND AS I SPEAK TO YOU NOW, I ASK YOU TO PLEASE, JUST AS I AM GOING TO SPEAK FROM MY HEART WITH NOTHING ON MY BACK AND NOTHING IN MY HAND, I ASK YOU, JUST TO HEAR THE TEACHERS OUT. I WORK PERSONALLY WITH SOME OF YOU ON A LOT OF BIG PROJECTS. I'VE -- I WAS HIRED BY SOME OF YOU. AND I KNOW THAT YOU REALIZE AND UNDERSTAND WHAT WE'RE DOING IN SCHOOLS IS FAR BEYOND ANYTHING THAT INVOLVES MONEY. BUT IT INVOLVES INTEGRITY AND RESPECT. I TEACH AT A HIGH-POVERTY SCHOOL, AND I ALWAYS HAVE. MY ENTIRE TEACHING CAREER HAS BEEN WITH CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN AT 98 TO 100% FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH IN THE ENTIRE SCHOOL POPULATION. I AM NOT THERE BECAUSE I HAVE TO BE. I'M THERE BECAUSE I CHOOSE TO BE. FOR ME, IT'S NOT A SALARY YEAR, BUT I STAND IN A ROOMFUL OF BOYS BECAUSE I AM PART OF THE SINGLE GENDER PROGRAM. A ROOM FULL OF HIGH-POVERTY BOYS. TALK ABOUT RESPECT AND INTEGRITY AND THAT'S WHAT I WANT THEM TO PORTRAY, AND WE'RE NOT SEEING IT FROM OUR LEADERS, AS TEACHERS IN THE DISTRICT. WE'RE ASKING YOU TO LISTEN, TO NEGOTIATE, TO STAND UP, TO STAND UP AGAINST OTHERS WHO MAY BE BATTLING YOU. BUT TO FEEL THE PASSION THAT WE HAVE FOR OUR STUDENTS, FOR OUR TEACHERS, FOR OUR LEADERS. I STAND WITH A SEA OF BLUE. I STOOD IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM. MY TEACHERS ARE IN HERE NOW. I STOOD IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM. WE'VE GOT HANDS ON WINDOWS. YOU KNOW WHAT? THERE IS POWER IN BEING UNITED. WE'RE UNITED AS TEACHERS. WE STAND IN A FRONT AND WE STAND HERE TO TELL YOU THAT WE DESE DESERVE, JUST LIKE OUR FRIEND ARETHA WOULD HAVE SAID R-E-S-P-E LISTEN TO CONTRACTS. NEGOTIATE WITH CONTRACTS, FEEL WHAT WE'RE ASKING YOU TO FEEL. FEEL WHAT WE FEEL THAT'S IN OUR HEARTS, NOT IN OUR HAND, BUT IT'S WHERE WE LEAD FROM IN OUR DISTRICT. WE LEAD FROM OUR HEART. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. CARMEN BORES.  

>> MY NAME IS KELLY TAYLOR. I BEGAN TEACHING BACK IN 1994 AT CLAYWELL, SO I'VE BEEN IN THE COUNTY MANY YEARS. I AM A PROUD TEACHER. I EVEN LEFT FOR A SHORT PERIOD AND CAME BACK BECAUSE I FELT LIKE THAT'S WHAT I WANTED TO DO. MY HUSBAND SAID, YOU'RE A TEACHER. YOU NEED TO GO BACK. I'M PROUDLY BACK HERE. SINCE I'VE BEEN BACK, IT'S BEEN A LITTLE DISHEARTENING. IT'S QUITE SAD AS I SEE WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE COUNTY. THIS COUNTY, I WENT TO SCHOOL HERE AND MY SON WENT TO SCHOOL HERE. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A BIG SUPPORTER OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS, AND I FIND IT VERY DIFFICULT NOW TO DO IT. I GET QUESTIONED ON WHY DID YOU COME BACK TO TEACHING? WHAT WERE YOU THINKING? YOU HAD YOUR OWN BUSINESS, WHY WOULD YOU GO BACK INTO TEACHING. I'M DEFENDING MYSELF AND I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO DEFEND MYSELF TO DO A JOB THAT I FEEL IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT JOBS THAT WE HAVE. I SPEND IN EXCESS OF 15 HOURS OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM EACH WEEK IN ORDER TO ACCOMPLISH THE NEVER-ENDING TASKS REQUIRED TO TEACH MY CHILDREN. I HAPPILY SPEND THIS TIME. I AM LUCKY BECAUSE MY SON IS NOW GROWN AND OUT OF SCHOOL, SO I HAVE THAT TIME THAT I CAN DO IN THE EVENINGS. THEY DESERVE MY TIME AND EFFORT. I WOULD DO ANYTHING TO ENSURE THAT THEY SUCCEED THIS YEAR AND DEVELOP LIFELONG SKILLS TO BECOME AMAZING, PRODUCTIVE ADULTS. I HOPE THIS BOARD IS WILLING TO LISTEN TO US, TO CTA. WE WANT OUR CLASSROOMS BACK. WE WANT TO BE TREATED AS THE PROFESSIONALS THAT WE ARE. WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE DECISIONS WITHIN OUR CLASSROOMS AS WE KNOW WE CAN FOR OUR CHILDREN. PLEASE HEAR US. WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY. VERY QUICKLY, AS YOU CAN HEAR OUTSIDE. AND THERE ARE SO MANY OUTSIDE, WE JUST WANT YOU TO LISTEN TO US AND APPRECIATE US AS PROFESSIONALS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. BRITTANY KINESSA.

>> GOOD EVENING, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. I'M BRITTANY KINESSA. I AM A GRADUATE OF NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL, A WIFE OF A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHER AND NOW A SECOND-YEAR LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER IN OUR DISTRICT. SO I AM FRESH FOR YOU. I'D LOVE TO SHARE ALL THAT SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS DO ON A DAILY BASIS SO YOU HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING, BUT THAT'S A LENGTHY CONVERSATION. THIS YEAR I SERVE AT TWO SCHOOLS. ONE WHOSE ELEMENTARY POPULATION HAS OVER HALF OF THE STUDENTS CLASSIFIED AS IN TRANSITION, ALSO KNOWN AS HOMELESS. THE OTHER SCHOOL THAT I SERVE IS A K-8 POPULATION WHO ARE THE CHILDREN OF THOSE WHO SERVE OUR COUNTRY. I BELIEVE IN EDUCATION. I HOPE, AS IS THE NATURE OF SOCIAL WORKERS AND TEACHERS. I WORK, I RESPECT RESPECT. OUR TEACHERS AND STAFF ARE AMAZING. I'D LIKE TO THINK MY MESSAGE IS VERY CLEAR TODAY. I ASK YOU TO LISTEN, NOT JUST HEAR. I ASK YOU TO ACT, NOT JUST SPEAK. IF TEACHERS AND INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF ARE AT THE CORE OF CHANGE, PLEASE SUPPORT THEM. I FEEL NERVOUS MOVING FORWARD, BEING NEW TO THE DISTRICT AND BEING UNCERTAIN OF WHAT IS TO COME. LOOK AT US AS A GROUP AND PLEASE LOOK AT US AS INDIVIDUALS. WE'RE NOT GOING AWAY. YOU NEED US, AND WE NEED YOU. PLEASE HELP US. I HAVEN'T GIVEN UP HOPE FOR YOU. YOU HAVE A DUTY JUST AS WE DO. PLEASE HONOR THE RESPONSIBILITY TO TRULY SERVE OUR STUDENTS' FAMILIES, COMMUNITY AND STAFF. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. HEIDI GLICK.  

>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. WHEN I FIRST CAME HERE THIS AFTERNOON, I WASN'T GOING TO SPEAK. BUT AFTER LISTENING TO SOME OF MY COLLEAGUES AND SOME OF THE EMPLOYEES AT OUR SCHOOLS, I FELT I HAD TO. I RECENTLY LEARNED THAT SOME OF OUR PARAS ARE APPLYING FOR FOOD STAMPS, THAT SOME OF OUR PARAS ARE APPLYING TO TOYS FOR TOTS TO GIVE THEIR CHILDREN TOYS FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND THAT SOME OF OUR PARAS HAVE APPLIED FOR FOOD FOR THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS. THIS IS HORRIFIC. I'M ALSO HERE TO TELL YOU THAT I'M SO DISAPPOINTED. I RETIRED FROM TWO STATES, CAME HERE AND WAS TOLD THAT FLORIDA AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WAS A GREAT PLACE TO WORK. I SAID, OKAY. I'LL GO BACK AND I LOVE IT. I SAY IT EVERY TIME I'M UP HERE. ALONSO HIGH SCHOOL, BEST SCHOOL IN THE DISTRICT. AREA TWO, BEST AREA IN THE DISTRICT. BUT -- AND AT ALONSO, ALMOST ALL 2700 OF OUR KIDS WALKED OUT AND THEY KNEW WHY, BECAUSE I WAS ON DUTY, BECAUSE MY ENTIRE CLASS WALKED OUT. KIDS ARE LIKE, OH, THIS IS SO COOL. I SAID WHAT'S COOL? SUPPORTING YOU GUYS. THAT'S WHAT THEY SAID. AND IF THEY DIDN'T KNOW, WE SENT THEM BACK TO THEIR CLASSROOM. YOU KNOW WHAT? THERE WASN'T ANYBODY THAT DIDN'T KNOW. YOU'RE IN A DISTRICT WHERE OUR KIDS CARE. OUR PARENTS CARE. NOT EVERYBODY IN THIS ROOM AND NOT ALL -- THERE HAD TO BE A THOUSAND TEACHERS HERE TONIGHT, IF NOT MORE. YOU'VE HEARD THEM. YOU HEARD THE HONKING. YOU KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING. WE HAVE THE SUPPORT. NOT EVERYBODY HERE IS A CTA MEMBER. WISH YOU WERE. I HAVE CARDS. BUT NOT EVERYBODY IS. SO IT'S NOT US AGAINST THEM. WE ARE ALL UNITED. AND I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU RIGHT NOW FOR LOOKING AT ME WHEN I'M TALKING BECAUSE THAT HAPPENS WAY TOO OFTEN WHEN AN EMPLOYEE GETS UP HERE TO SPEAK, SOMEONE IS ON THEIR PHONE. I WANT TO THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU INDIVIDUALLY FOR LOOKING AT ME WHEN I'M SPEAKING TO YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] I WANT TO WORK IN A PLACE THAT VALUES ME. I WORK -- I LIVE IN A PLACE THAT VALUES ME. AND I DO THAT AT ALONSO. I JUST DON'T FEEL IT FROM EVERYBODY HERE. I'M SORRY, BUT IT'S THE TRUTH. WHEN YOU COME -- AND I KNOW IT WASN'T YOU, YOU, BUT WHEN THE DISTRICT COMES AND SAYS, THERE IS NO NEGOTIATING, ABSOLUTELY NOT, YOU'RE SENDING A MESSAGE TO ALL THE YOUNG PEOPLE. I LOVE LISTENING TO THE ONES THAT ARE OLD. I'M OLD. I'M RETIRED, BUT I'M GOING TO STAY HERE. AND YOU GUYS ARE STUCK WITH ME. I'M NOT GOING ANYWHERE, AND I WILL BE HERE EVERY MONTH, AND I WILL REP MY SCHOOL AS LONG AS THEY LET ME, BUT WE ARE WATCHING, AND THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT HERE TONIGHT THAT ARE WATCHING THIS ON TELEVISION, AND YOU NEED TO BE AWARE THAT IT'S EVERYONE THAT CARES ABOUT US, BECAUSE IF YOU GET RID OF US, YOU WON'T MAKE THAT 90% GRADUATION RATE, AND YOU WON'T MAKE -- YOU WON'T HAVE ANYONE TO TEACH AND THERE WILL BE NO KIDS EITHER. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. SUSAN ANDERSON.  

>> HI. THANK YOU FOR HAVING US AND GIVING US THE TIME TO SPEAK TO YOU. I AM A TEACHER. I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN TAMPA FLORIDA. WENT TO GORY, WILSON, BUCHANAN, AND CHAMBERLAIN. I ALSO HAVE TAUGHT AT DOROTHY THOMAS CENTER FOR STUDENTS WITH EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL DISORDERS FOR 29 YEARS. IT IS A MISSION FIELD. IT IS NOT A JOB. AND I'M WORRIED ABOUT MY CHILDREN. I'M SO WORRIED ABOUT THEM THAT I DO THINGS SOMETIMES THAT ARE A LITTLE BIT STRANGE. I'M AN ART TEACHER, SO WE'RE KIND OF EXPECTED TO BE. I'VE RAISED FIVE DOGS FOR THE KIDS AND CANINES PROGRAM AT OUR SCHOOL THAT HAS REALLY CHANGED LIVES. AND WE HAVE -- MY HUSBAND AND I, HE'S AN ESP, WE GET TO GO TO THE AWARDS CEREMONY THIS YEAR. THE BAKER AWARD WINNER AND HE IS THE ESP OF THE YEAR. [ APPLAUSE ] WE'RE OUT THERE PLUGGING ALONG DOING WHAT WE CAN. I WANT YOU TO UNDERSTAND HOW THIS WORKS. MOST OF OUR STUDENTS DON'T HAVE FAMILY THAT LOVE THEM. MOST OF THE PEOPLE THEY SEE EVERY DAY ARE BEING PAID TO BE IN THEIR LIVES. SO WHEN THEY COME TO SCHOOL AND YOU TAKE A SPECIAL INTEREST AND YOU MAKE SURE THEY GET GLASSES BECAUSE MEDICAID WON'T GET THEM ANOTHER PAIR OF GLASSES, IT'S IMPORTANT. SOMETIMES YOU PAY FOR STUFF YOURSELF BECAUSE YOU KNOW THAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE WHAT YOU NEED AND YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING THAT YOU WANT, YOU DON'T HAVE ANY REASON TO REALLY WANT TO LIVE. THERE WAS A GIRL THAT CAME WALKING DOWN THE SIDEWALK A FEW YEARS AGO. AS SHE GOT CLOSER, I REALIZED THAT SHE WAS A GIRL. SHE WAS KIND OF SWAGGERING AND LOOKED REALLY TOUGH, AND THEN I SAW HER EYES, AND I WAS LIKE, OH, MY GOSH, SHE'S SCARED TO DEATH. SHE WAS IN MY ART CLASS THAT AFTERNOON, AND I SET HER OFF. I ASKED HER WHAT WAS IN HER HAND, AND SHE SAID IT WAS SOMEONE THAT SHE CALLED HER HUSBAND. IT WAS ROBERT DOWNEY JR. SO I SAID YOU NEED TO WORRY THAT WHEN SOMEONE HAS A PAST, DRUGS, YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR RADAR UP. THAT MADE HER ANGRY. WHEN I WENT IN LATER TO TALK TO HER IN THE CORE CLASSROOM WHERE KIDS IN OUR SCHOOL GO TO CALM DOWN AND RETURN TO CLASS, SHE APOLOGIZED TO ME. SHE SAID, I WAS SO SCARED TODAY THAT I HAVE JUST BEEN BUILDING IT UP ALL DAY AND I BLEW UP ON YOU. TO RUN FAST THROUGH THIS, SHE WAS VERY KIND TO MY DOG. MY SERVICE DOG FROTO THAT YOU MET ONE OF THE FIRST MEETINGS THAT I SAW YOU. HE PASSED AWAY THIS YEAR. BUT HE WAS 15. HE WENT THROUGH THE KIDS AND CANINES. AND WE ADOPTED HER TWO YEARS AGO. FROM THE CHILDREN'S HOME BECAUSE WHEN I REALIZED THAT SHE WAS TURNING HER LIFE AROUND AND GETTING HER FEET UNDER HER THROUGH THE DOGS AND GROOMING THEM AND EVERYTHING AND SHE WAS LIVING IN THE CHILDREN'S HOME ABOUT TO TURN 18, I KNEW SHE WOULD AGE OUT AND BE ADRIFT. SO WE DON'T JUST COMPLAIN. WE DO A LOT OF STUFF. AND I RECOMMEND ADOPT AN OLDER CHILD. THEY ARE WONDERFUL. THEY ARE SO GRATEFUL, AND THEY REALLY DESERVE ANYTHING THAT YOU CAN GIVE THEM. AND LET'S JUST BE ABLE TO KEEP DOING THE GOOD STUFF WE DO. OKAY?  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] BRIAN?  

>> GOOD EVENING. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR STICKING WITH US THIS LONG. I'M BRIAN AUST. I'M AT PIERCE ARCHER. I WANT TO GIVE A SHOUT-OUT TO MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGUES. THANK YOU FOR HANGING IN WITH US AS WELL. I BELIEVE THERE ARE THREE PERSONALITY TRAITS THAT GREAT TEACHERS NEED. IF THE FOLLOWING WORDS SOUND FAMILIAR, ONE OF OUR PREVIOUS SPEAKERS BORROWED. I DON'T KNOW IF HE'S STILL HERE OR NOT. THOSE TRAITS ARE PASSION, PERSISTENCE, AND PATIENCE. THAT PASSION HAS COMPELLED ME TO SPEAK THIS EVENING. THAT PERSISTENCE KEEPS ME AT MY RENAISSANCE SCHOOL WORKING MUCH MORE THAN JUST TO CONTRACT. I'VE BEEN THERE WITH MY FELLOW ARCHERS AND STUDENTS FOR 21 YEARS AND AM A FLORIDA HIGH-IMPACT TEACHER. NEVER DOUBT THE COMMITMENT OF PUBLIC SCHOOLTEACHERS. ONE OF OUR TEACHERS, AND IT WAS IRONIC THAT THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER SPOKE ABOUT ADOPTION, ONE OF OUR TEACHERS THAT ACTUALLY ADOPTED ONE OF OUR STUDENTS SEVERAL YEARS AGO. AT THIS TIME, I'M NOT SURE HOW THAT AFFECTED HIS EVALUATION THAT YEAR, BUT I HOPE IT HAS. THAT PATIENCE KEEPS ME TEACHING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DESPITE RECENT EVENTS. I DON'T BELIEVE I NEED TO ELABORATE REGARDING WHAT I MEAN WHEN I SPEAK OF RECENT EVENTS. WE HAVE ALL AGREED TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE. I HAVE TO TRUST THAT YOU ALL STILL BELIEVE IN THAT VISION OR WHAT HOPE IS THERE FOR OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I PREPARE PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR LIFE. I HOPE AND I PRAY YOU WILL DO THE RIGHT THING FOR ALL STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES AND REMEMBER THAT YOU DO TOO. THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] AS SUZETTE IS COMING TO THE PODIUM, I'M GOING TO CALL THE NEXT GROUP OF SPEAKERS. CLAUDIA GONZALEZ. KATIE GLENNER. JENNIFER RITOLA. LYNN TUCKER, JOSH NEWHOUSE. SARAH HENNICS, TRAVIS MEDDLING. HEATHER ATKINS, TONY LANE, SHARON ALBANESE. CHELSEA, NELLY MARINO AND SCARLET DAVIS. AND SUZETTE.  

>> HI. SUZETTE MADDIE. I'VE BEEN TEACHING 27 YEARS, ALL IN TITLE ONE SCHOOLS. THE LAST 16 YEARS HAVE BEEN AT PIERCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. WHAT AN AMAZING GROUP I WORK WITH. I WOULD NEVER RENEGE ON A PROMISE THAT I MADE TO MY STUDENTS, MY FAMILY OR MY FRIENDS. WHY ARE YOU ALL RENEGING ON YOUR PROMISES? THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. KELLY MINEER.  

>> GOOD EVENING, THANK YOU FOR LISTENING. I'M AN L. SCHOOL GUIDANCE COUNSELOR. THE FIRST THING I TEACH MY STUDENTS IS TO TREAT OTHERS THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. I AM HERE TO ASK YOU TO TREAT US THE WAY YOU WANT TO BE TREATED. HAVE INTEGRITY AND UPHOLD THE CONTRACT.  

>> MY NAME IS ERIN SHOELIGHT. I AM AN ESE PARENT IN THE DISTRICT. FORGIVE ME FOR MY TIMING. I DIDN'T FIND OUT ABOUT THE MEETING UNTIL I -- I'M AN ESE PARENT TIMES TWO. AND IT'S MY TURN TO BE HERE FOR MY VILLAGE. WHEN I HAVE LOST FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS DUE TO THE STRESSORS OF BEING A SPECIAL NEEDS MOM, MY SCHWARZKOPF FAMILY WAS THERE FOR ME. I TELL THEM EVERY TIME THEY SEE ME, THEY ARE MY VILLAGE, WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT. WHAT THEY WILL ALL TELL YOU IS I'M PASSIONATE ABOUT EVERYTHING I DO. I FIGHT FOR MY CHILDREN ON A DAILY BASIS, AND NOW FOR THEM, I AM FIGHTING, JUST LIKE I FIGHT FOR MY CHILDREN. YOU SEE, I'M A HOSPICE NURSE. PATIENTS TELL MOST NURSES AT THE END OF THEIR LIFE ABOUT THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS THEY'VE HAD, BUT EVEN MORE SO ABOUT THEIR REGRETS. PLEASE DON'T LET THESE AMAZING MEN AND WOMEN GET TO THE END OF THEIR CAREERS HAVE REGRETS OR SELF-DOUBT THAT THEY DIDN'T DO ENOUGH OR COULDN'T DO ENOUGH BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE RESOURCES OR THE MEANS TO DO WHAT THEIR GOD-GIVEN TALENT IS, AND THAT'S TO TRAIN OUR PEOPLE UP IN THE WAY THAT THEY SHOULD GO. PLEASE DON'T BE THE REASON THAT THEY HAVE REGRETS ABOUT THEIR CHOICE OF PROFESSION OR THEIR CHOICE OF DISTRICT. BE THEIR VILLAGE LIKE THEY ARE FOR ME. BE THEIR FOUNDATION SO THEY CAN CONTINUE TO BREAK AND BUILD THE GLASS CEILINGS THAT ONLY THEY CAN DO. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. KATIE BLENNER. JENNIFER RITOLA. LEN TUCKER.  

>> GOOD EVENING. I HAVE HEARD MANY THINGS OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS, BUT THE ONE ITEM THAT RESONATES THE MOST IS THAT NO ONE WILL BE HURT. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, BOARD MEMBERS, THE STATEMENT COULD NOT BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH AND I DISAGREE. I DO UNDERSTAND THAT TIMES ARE TOUGH AND MONEY MAY BE NEEDED ELSEWHERE. BUT TO ECHO LYNN GRAY'S STATEMENT, WE DO NEED AN ATMOSPHERE OF RESPECT. MANY OF US HAVE COUNTED ON YOUR PROMISES, AND WE HAVE WAITED PATIENTLY. NOT JUST FOR THE SAKE OF TIME BUT BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW, I'M NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF ALL THE THINGS TEACHERS DO. WE SPEND COUNTLESS HOURS PREPARING TO BE EFFECTIVE OR HIGHLY EFFECTIVE. SOMETIMES WE DO IT WITHOUT EVEN REALLY THINKING ABOUT IT BECAUSE WE HONESTLY, WE REALLY LOVE OUR STUDENTS, WE LOVE OUR JOB. SOMETIMES WE JUST DO IT AUTOMATICALLY. WE DON'T REALLY THINK ABOUT IT. I'M GOING TO READ YOU SOME LETTERS FROM STUDENTS, AND IT SUMS UP HOW OUR STUDENTS VIEW US. DEAR MS. TUCKER, I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME FROM YOUR LUNCH AND COMING TO SEE IF I'M OKAY. IT MEANT A LOT TO ME. YOU'RE NICE. SO WHEN SOMEONE TELLS ME THAT YOU'RE MEAN -- REALLY I'M NOT -- I WILL STICK UP FOR YOU LIKE YOU DID FOR ME. THAT MEANT A LOT TO ME FROM A TEACHER LIKE YOU. YOU'RE WHAT I LIKE TO CALL A TEACHER AND A MOM. I WENT TO CHECK ON HER AT LUNCH BECAUSE SOME OF THE KIDS WERE CALLING HER RACIAL NAMES. I WAS AT A TITLE 1 SCHOOL. I'M AT A DIFFERENT SCHOOL NOW. SOME MAY ARGUE ONE OF THE BEST SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT WHICH SOMETIMES MAKES IT HARD. I'M AT ONE OF THE BEST SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT, DO I REALLY CARE ABOUT ALL THESE OTHER THINGS? BUT I REALIZE THAT, YES, I DO HAVE TO CARE ABOUT ALL THOSE OTHER THINGS. HERE'S ANOTHER LETTER. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. DEAR MS. TUCKER, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH FOR BELIEVING IN ME AND PUSHING ME TO MY GOAL. I'M VERY THANKFUL FOR THAT, MRS. I'M ALSO SORRY FOR GIVING YOU ATTITUDE AND HAVING TO SEND ME OUT OF THE CLASSROOM. I REALLY DON'T DO THAT VERY OFTEN. I REALLY DON'T. FROM NOW ON I'M GOING TO REMEMBER WHAT MS. MICHAEL SAID, WHAT WOULD MS. MICHAEL DO. ALSO, THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ME AND PUSHING ME TO MY GOAL. AND THEN SOME OF THE KIDS WROTE SOME OTHER LETTERS. IT'S OKAY TO BE DIFFERENT, AND THAT WAS ONE OF MY SAYINGS. HOW IS THIS APPLICABLE. WE HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES TO BE AT SCHOOL. NOW SOME OF US SUCH AS MYSELF MAY NOT BE ABLE TO AFFORD MIGRAINE MEDICATIONS OR ADDITIONAL INSURANCE. SOME OF MY COWORKERS CAN'T AFFORD DISTRICT MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR THEIR CHILDREN, AND THIS IS WHEN WE HAVE TO STAND UP AND SAY, YES, SOMEONE WILL BE HURT AND IT WILL BE US, THE ONES WORKING IN A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE MANNER AND CONTINUE TO WORK TO PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. JOSH NEWHOUSE.  

>> GOOD EVENING. HI. MY NAME IS JOSH. I'M A LIBRARIAN. I CHOOSE TO BE AT A SCHOOL WHERE IT IS TOUGH TO BE RATED AS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE EVERY SINGLE YEAR. I TEACH AT SLIGH MIDDLE MAGNET. ALL IN SCHOOLS THAT ARE CHARTER SCHOOLS AS I'VE HEARD OR SCHOOLS WITH DIFFICULTIES, SCHOOLS WHERE WE HAVE STUDENTS WHO WANT TO LEARN JUST LIKE ANY OTHER SCHOOL, BUT THERE ARE CHALLENGES WE MUST OVERCOME. WE HAVE A GREAT ADMINISTRATION, PROBABLY THE BEST PRINCIPAL IN THE DISTRICT IN MY OPINION. NICE, AWESOME, SUPPORTIVE, AMAZING LEADERS ON THE STAFF. BUT HARD TO GET THE BEST TEACHERS TO COME TO YOUR SCHOOL IF IT IS A QUESTION OF FIDELITY. IN OTHER WORDS, ARE THEY GOING TO GET WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN PROMISED? I'VE HEARD IT. TEACHERS ARE TALKING ABOUT LEAVING NOW BECAUSE THEY ARE PROMISED THINGS THEY ARE NOT GETTING. IT'S A QUESTION OF SIMPLY RESPECT. SO WE COULD BE IN A SCHOOL THAT'S HARD TO BE PUT AS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE, BUT IT IS A SCHOOL WE ARE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE WHERE I'M KNOWN AS THE BEST LIBRARIAN EVER, SO I'M TOLD. AND STUDENTS TELL ME I'M A COOL GUY, WHICH MAY BE A LIE. I'LL TAKE IT. WE DO A LOT. WE ALL DO A LOT. I LOVE WHAT I DO. I AM A LIBRARIAN. I HAVE THE BEST JOB IN THE WORLD. SOME DAYS, IT HITS HARD AND DEFINITELY HARD IN SCHOOL WHERE THERE ARE CHALLENGES. WITH RESPECT TO SCHOOL BOARD AND ADMINISTRATION. MR. EAKINS BECAME SUPERINTENDENT, I WAS EXCITED. I WAS HOPEFUL AND OPTIMISTIC. HE PRESENTED THIS AMAZING IDEA OF SERVANT LEADERSHIP, AND I WAS REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT. HE IS A PERSONABLE GUY. HE IS A NICE GUY AS FAR AS I CAN TELL. WHENEVER I MEET HIM, I FEEL LIKE I'M TALKING AT SOMEONE MY LEVEL, NOT SOMEONE ABOVE ME LOOKING DOWN. HE WALKED IN THE DOOR SMILING. SAID ALL THE RIGHT THINGS AND I STILL BELIEVE HE UNDERSTANDS THE TEACHERS' PLIGHT DEEP DOWN. TAKE THE CHANCE WHILE YOU ARE THERE, PLEASE AND LOOK AROUND AT OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF BEING AFFECTED BY THIS. KEEP MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION HERE, THAT MEANS POSITIVE MORALE AND THE ABILITY THEREBY TO GET GREAT TEACHERS IN THE DISTRICT IN SCHOOLS LIKE OURS. WHEN TEACHERS ARE FORCED TO LITERALLY PICKET THEIR OWN SCHOOL BOARD INSTEAD OF BEING HOME WITH THEIR FAMILIES, THIS IS STRESSFUL. THIS IS STRESS. IT HURTS FAMILIES. IT HURTS STUDENTS AND IT HURTS THE COMMUNITY. I KNOW TIMES ARE TOUGH. WE ASK YOU ONE SIMPLE THING. COME TO US IN GOOD FAITH. SHOW US LITTLE R-E-S-P-E-C-T. SHOW US RESPECT. TONIGHT, I HAVE TO SAY IT'S A GOOD START. FOR THE MOST PART, I SEE FACES WHICH ARE LISTENING. BEING PROFESSIONAL, AND NOT JUST GIVING US LIP SERVICE. WE AS PROFESSIONALS HERE HAVE THE BEST ABOUT JOBS IN THE WORLD. LET'S WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE THE IMPASSE. WE SHOULDN'T NEED A SEA OF BLUE SHIRTS.  LET US SPEAK TONIGHT AS WE HAVE AND ALSO LISTENING. AS LIBRARIAN, I LOVE TECHNOLOGY. PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FAMILY OF TEACHERS. I'M HERE FOR THE SLIGH FAMILY AND MY FAMILY AS WELL. TEACHER, WIFE, TWO KIDS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] TRAVIS NEDLY.  

>> FIRST, FORGIVE ME. I HAVE A MIGRAINE AND I KEEP MY MIGRAINE IN TWO PLACES AT HOME AND AT MY SCHOOL IN THE DESK. FIRST, ROOM LOOKS NICE. MY CLASSROOM HAS BEEN PAINTED TWICE. I WENT TO LOWE'S AND PAINTED MY CLASSROOM. I HAVE A FLAT SCREEN IN MY ROOM. I BOUGHT IT. I MOUNTED IT. BECAUSE THE TUBE TV WE HAD IN THE ROOM WAS DYING. THAT WAS NOT PART OF MY INTRO. IT JUST CAME TO ME AS I WAS SITTING HERE LOOKING AROUND. SO NOW I'M GOING TO START. GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS TRAVIS MEDDLING FROM RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. THIS IS MY 15th YEAR TEACHING. THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME SALARIES HAVE BEEN FROZEN. IT HAPPENED UNDER ELIA AS WELL. HERE IS TODAY'S ESSENTIAL QUESTION. WHAT'S DIFFERENT? MR. EAKINS, MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, MY FELLOW FACULTY MEMBERS, I STAND HERE BEFORE YOU THIS EVENING NOT TO CRITICIZE, NOT BERATE OR CONDEMN ANYONE. I COME HERE THIS EVENING TO IMPLORE THOSE IN THE ROOM WHO HAVE THE POWER TO DO SO TO LEN WITH -- LISTEN WITH AN OPEN HEART TO THE SUPPLICATIONS OF FACULTY THAT ASK ONLY THAT YOU HONOR THE TERMS OF THE CONTRACT, THAT YOU PAY US AS YOU PROMISED, ON TIME AND IN FULL. AND THAT YOU TREAT US WITH THE RESPECT WE BOTH EARNED AND DESERVE. THERE IS NOT A SINGLE PERSON IN THIS ROOM THIS EVENING WHO COULD ARGUE RIGHTLY THAT WE TEACHERS HAVEN'T LIVED UP TO OUR END OF THE BARGAIN. INDEED, WHILE MANY OF US HAVE DIPPED INTO OUR POCKETS TO PAY FOR ESSENTIAL CLASSROOM SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS, THE BOARD HAS SEEN FIT TO SPEND THE COMMUNITY'S TAX DOLLARS ON REDECORATING THIS BOARDROOM. WE DO NOT BEGRUDGE YOU THOSE IMPROVEMENTS, THOSE COMFORTS. WE HAVE NO DOUBT THEY'LL HELP YOU DO YOUR JOBS BETTER. BUT IN ALL HUMILITY, WE ASK WHETHER THOSE EXPENDITURES WERE IN YOUR HEARTS TRULY MORE IMPORTANT TO YOU THAN SUPPLYING OUR CLASSROOMS WITH THE MATERIALS THAT WE NEED TO DO OUR JOBS BETTER. WHETHER THIS IS TRULY MORE CRUCIAL THAN EMPOWERING US TO ACCOMPLISH THE MISSION WHICH WE'RE ALL COMMITTED.  IS IT TRULY MORE IMPORTANT THAN TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN WELL? WE TRIED TO BE CONSCIENTIOUS AND PUT OUR BEST -- I'M SORRY, CONSCIENTIOUS BEST TO PUT OUR STUDENTS FIRST IN EVERYTHING WE DO. I WOULD ONLY ASK OUR PARTNERS ACROSS THE NEGOTIATING TABLE WHO ARE HERE THIS EVENING IF THEY CAN HONESTLY SAY THE SAME. WE ARE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHERS. AND WE HAVE PRIDE, PRINCIPLE AND PASSION. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK WITH YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. HEATHER ADKINS.  

>> GOOD EVENING. THIS IS PROBABLY THE SECOND HARDEST SPEECH I'VE EVER GIVEN SINCE MY DAD'S EULOGY SIX YEARS AGO. THE SITUATION IS VERY HEARTBREAKING. GOOD EVENING, BOARD AND MR. EAKINS. MY NAME IS HEATHER DELASKY. I'M HERE THIS EVENING TO SPEAK REGARDING THE ADVANCEMENT AND PAY FOR TEACHERS. IF PEOPLE REALLY UNDERSTOOD THE AMOUNT OF HOURS TEACHER WORK OUTSIDE OF THE REGULAR DAY, THEY WOULD SAY WE ARE NOT PAID ENOUGH. WE SACRIFICE TIME WITH OUR OWN FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND ALSO OUR OWN FINANCES TO PROVIDE THINGS FOR OUR STUDENTS IN SCHOOL WHEN THEY DO NOT HAVE THOSE THINGS. OUR ROLE AS TEACHERS DO NOT STOP IN THE CLASSROOM. WE ARE NOT ONLY TEACHING THE CHILDREN, WE ARE THEIR NURSE WHEN THEY ARE HURT, THEIR COUNSELOR WHEN THEY NEED A SHOULDER TO CRY ON. AND WE SPEND MORE TIME WITH THEM THAN MOST PARENTS. IT BREAKS MY HEART TO SAY THAT AFTER 14 YEARS OF TEACHING, I'VE ONLY RECEIVED TWO RAISES. YEARS LEADING UP TO GETTING MARRIED, I WOULD TEACH ALL DAY, TUTOR UP TO 11 STUDENTS AND STILL SIT IN MY BED UNTIL 11:00 AT NIGHT GRADING PAPERS AND MAKING ACTIVITIES MORE FUN FOR MY STUDENTS.  IF I ONLY WORKED AN EIGHT-HOUR DAY, MY STUDENTS WOULDN'T GET GRADED PAPERS, EXTRA FUN ACTIVITIES ALL THE TIME. A DRIVEN TEACHER HIGHLY EFFECTIVE SINCE YOU ALL HAVE PUT THE SYSTEM IN PLACE, A TEACHER WANTING TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS FOR HER KIDS. HAVE TEACHERS SITTING IN IEPs AND PSLT AND CSTs AND SO ON AND SO ON, MEETINGS PAST OUR CONTRACT TIME AND NOT TO MENTION STAYING AFTER SCHOOL FOR ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR STUDENTS. SO MR. EAKINS AND ANY OTHERS WHO HAVE EVER TAWRGT, HAVE YOU EVER FORGOTTEN OR HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN WHAT IT TAKES TO RUN A CLASSROOM, GIVE UP YOUR PERSONAL TIME AND TAKE TIME FROM YOUR OWN FAMILY? IT FEELS TO ME THAT THE HIGHER YOU GET IN THE DISTRICT, YOU SEEM TO FORGET WHAT IT'S LIKE. YOU CAN'T PUT STUDENTS FIRST WHEN YOU PUT TEACHERS LAST. AND AFTER 14 YEARS' WORTH OF TEACHING, I'M SAD TO SAY I FEEL LIKE IT MAY BE TIME TO GO AND LEAVE THIS PROFESSION. I FIND SOMETHING NEW TO DO OR JUST BE A MOM. WE ARE ASKED TO DO THINGS THAT ARE NOT IN OUR CONTRACT. WE ARE ASKED TO TEACH BEYOND 40 HOURS A WEEK. WE ARE ASKED TO DO THINGS THAT GO WAY BEYOND THE PROFESSION OF TEACHING. EVALUATIONS THAT ARE MARKED AND THINGS THAT AREN'T REALLY IN OUR CONTRACT AND THAT OUR PROFESSIONAL JUDGMENT IS QUESTIONED OFTEN. AND THANK YOU FOR THIS TIME, BUT I TRULY HOPE YOU TAKE THE TIME AND REALLY RESONATE ON WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING IN THE TEACHING COMMUNITY AND YOUR STUDENTS AND YOUR PARENTS. IT BREAKS MY HEART THAT I HAVE TO TELL MY THREE-YEAR-OLD AND THAT MY THREE-YEAR-OLD THINKS ALL THE TIME THAT ALL HER MOMMY DOES IS WORK. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. KELSEY DAUBER. DUBAR.  

>> GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS CHELSEA DUBAR. I'M AN ENGLISH TEACHER AT GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL. FOUR YEARS AGO, I GRADUATED COLLEGE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO APPLY TO BE A TEACHER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I HAD NOT WANTED TO BE A TEACHER. I WAS A JOURNALISM MAJOR. TEACHING WAS NOT ON MY MIND AND I GREW UP WITH AN EDUCATOR AS A PARENT. TEACHING WAS THE LAST THING OF MY MIND BUT I CALLED MY MOTHER ANYWAY AND I SAID, "MOM, I'M GOING TO BE A TEACHER." HER RESPONSE RESONATES WITH ME TO THIS DAY. DON'T DO IT. MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, YOU DON'T KNOW ME, BUT THE ONE THING I LOVE TO DO IS PROVE MY MOTHER WRONG. I WAS CERTAIN I WAS MEANT TO BE A TEACHER, AND I KNEW SHE WOULD AGREE WITH ME EVENTUALLY. I THREW MYSELF INTO THIS JOB FROM DAY ONE, SPENDING THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS I BARELY HAD ON ACP CLASSES AND CERTIFICATION EXAMS AND CLASSROOM SUPPLIES. I MADE A PROMISE TO MYSELF THAT I WOULD START EVERY DAY WITH A SMILE AND A FRESH START. I WOULD WALK INTO MY CLASSROOM WITH CERTAINTY THAT I LOVED MY JOB. THIS IS MY THIRD YEAR AT GAITHER. AND IN THAT THREE YEARS, I HAVE WORKED 50-HOUR WEEKS, SPONSORED CLUBS, ADVISED A STUDENT PUBLICATION, SERVED ON SEVERAL COMMITTEES AND BEEN HIGHLY EFFECTIVE FOR MY FIRST YEAR. I AM MEANT TO BE A TEACHER, AND IF MY MOTHER WERE STANDING NEXT TO ME TODAY, SHE WOULD TELL YOU SHE WAS WRONG. I HAVE GOTTEN UP EVERY DAY FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS AND STARTED MY DAY LOVING MY JOB WITH A SMILE OF ON MY FACE. I'LL BE HONEST THIS YEAR HAS BEEN THE HARDEST. THIS BOARD HAS MADE IT HARD TO BE A TEACHER. YOU HAVE MADE IT HARD FOR ME TO KEEP MY PROMISE. YOU HAVE MADE IT HARD TO HONOR THE REASON WHY EVERY PERSON IN A BLUE SHIRT TODAY TOOK UP THIS JOB IN THE FIRST PLACE -- TO SERVE OUR STUDENTS. I AM HERE TONIGHT TO TELL YOU THAT I PLAN TO KEEP MY PROMISE UNTIL THE DAY I RETIRE, JUST THE WAY MY MOTHER DID. NOW IT'S TIME FOR YOU TO KEEP YOUR WORD. HONOR OUR CONTRACT. HONOR YOUR WORD. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: NELLY MARINO.  

>> GOOD EVENING. I AM A THIRD-YEAR TEACHER AT TITLE ONE AND RENAISSANCE SCHOOL. I BELIEVE THAT THIS PROFESSION IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO SOCIETY. THE RECENT EVENTS HAVE BEEN UNACCEPTABLE TREATMENTS OF EMPLOYEES. THIS KIND OF LEADERSHIP DOES NOT EXEMPLIFY RESPECT AND THESE DECISIONS DO NOT MAKE TEACHERS FEEL VALUED. I COULD STAND HERE AND TELL YOU ALL THE REASONS WHY I AM DISAPPOINTED IN THIS DISTRICT. BUT YOU'VE HEARD SPEECH AFTER SPEECH TELL YOU WHY TEACHERS FEEL LIKE THEIR NEEDS ARE NOT BEING MET, AND YOU UNDERSTAND THE IMPLICATIONS. SO I JUST HAVE ONE QUESTION. A STUDENT IN A CLASSROOM TOLD YOU THEY FELT DISRESPECTED AND DEVALUED, IS THE EXPECTATION TO SAY NO AND LOOK AWAY? OR IS IT TO LOOK INWARD AND FIND A SOLUTION? THANK YOU.  

>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE. MY NAME IS SCARLET DAVIS, AND TO ALL OF YOU, THAT NAME MIGHT NOT MEAN MUCH IN COMPARISON TO OTHER NAMES IN THIS ROOM, BUT I'VE BEEN COMMITTED TO OUR STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT. AS MANY HAVE STATED, I, TOO, AM A PRODUCT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AFTER INTERNING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR TWO YEARS, GRADUATING FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA AND SUBSTITUTING FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, I BECAME A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER AT WIMAUMA ELEMENTARY. I AM IN MY THIRD YEAR OF TEACHING THERE. I COMMITTED TO WIMAUMA AND I COMMITTED TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SO I COMMITTED TO YOU, MR. EAKINS, AND TO YOU SCHOOL BOARD. PLASTERED ON THESE WALLS ARE THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL MOTTO "PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE." I HAVE COMMITTED TO PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THIS DISTRICT LOVES TALKING ABOUT DATA. SO HERE'S SOME OF MY MINE. YOU TOLD ME TO GET MY KINDERGARTNERS TO A DRA-6 TO BE ON THE PATH TO GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL. MY STUDENTS COME IN WITH ABSOLUTELY NO PRESCHOOL EXPERIENCE, AND I STILL COMMITMENT TO GETTING THEM TO THAT DRA-6 AND THEY STILL MAKE THAT BENCHMARK. LAST YEAR, MY STUDENTS MADE A 185% GROWTH ON iREADY, WHICH WAS ALMOST TWO YEARS OF GAINS. I AM COMMITTED TO PROVIDING MORE THAN JUST INSTRUCTION TO MY STUDENTS. STUDENTS WHO WORRY ABOUT WHEN THEIR NEXT MEAL WILL BE, WHERE THEIR NEXT HOME WILL BE, IF THEIR FAMILY WILL BE THERE WHEN THEY GET HOME. I AM COMMITTED TO THEM. I HAVE RECEIVED THE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE RATING SINCE I BEGAN TEACHING AND WITHOUT ANY COMPENSATION BECAUSE NEW TEACHERS CANNOT BE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE. THIS YEAR WAS THE FIRST YEAR I COULD QUALIFY FOR TEACHER OF THE YEAR AT MY SCHOOL AND MY COLLEAGUES CHOSE ME. IF MY COLLEAGUES CAN RECOGNIZE MY HARD WORK, CAN'T YOU? AS I'VE STATED MULTIPLE TIMES, I AM COMMITTED TO MY STUDENTS, TO MY SCHOOL, TO THE DISTRICT, TO YOU, MR. EAKINS, TO THIS SCHOOL BOARD, CAN'T YOU COMMIT TO ME? THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]  

>>Sally Harris: BOARD MEMBERS, IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED THAT WE TAKE ABOUT A TEN-MINUTE BREAK, SO I WOULD LIKE TO ASK YOU TO TAKE A TEN-MINUTE BREAK AND WE'LL COME BACK AND RECONVENE. [RECESS]  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, GUYS. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE TEACHERS THAT HAVE COME OUT TONIGHT AND SPEAK TO US AND KNOW THAT YOU ARE BEING HEARD. MANY OF YOU NOTICED YOU WERE BEING HEARD. SO WE WERE HEARING YOU, AND WE APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT YOU'VE TAKEN TIME FROM YOUR FAMILY TO BE HERE. WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ON TO THE AGENDA, AND WE WILL BE MOVING TO 13.02. THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING -- OOPS, SORRY. 13.03. THE GLOBAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATION FOUNDATION INC. COMMITS TO PROVIDING CHARGING STATIONS IN EVERY CLASSROOM THROUGH THEIR "TAKE CHARGE4LIFE" COMMUNITY OUTREACH INITIATIVE. OUTREACH AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT. THIS ITEM WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER STUART, MEMBER GRAY, MEMBER SHAMBURGER, MEMBER SNIVELY WITH A COMMENT FROM MEMBER GRAY. MS. MARYLOU WHALEY, DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND PHILANTHROPIC -- PHILANTHROPY WILL BE OUR --  

>> I'M GOING TO PUT MY GLASSES ON. THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT OR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. THIS IS A PRETTY PHENOMENAL OPPORTUNITY. JABIL IS MANUFACTURING ALONGSIDE OF JB GLOBAL FOUNDATION AS PART OF A COMMUNITY INITIATIVE. THEY ARE COMING TOGETHER TO DEVELOP A RAPID CHARGING STATION. PABLO IS HERE JUST IN CASE TECHNICALLY I FLUB UP. HE'S HERE TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS. BUT IT'S A PHENOMENAL PROCESS. IT'S A PHENOMENAL OPPORTUNITY, A COMMUNITY AGENCY WHO WANTS TO PROVIDE 21,000 UNITS TO OUR SCHOOLS. MARKET VALUE FOR THIS DONATION IS AT $55 MILLION. EVERY UNIT IS ABOUT $2400. IT IS AMAZING. AT EVERY TURN, THE NOTION OF THIS IS THAT WHEN THERE IS LOW BATTERY LIFE OR BATTERY ANXIETY, APPARENTLY THAT'S SOMETHING THAT IS NEW, BATTERY ANXIETY. DOES ANYBODY HERE HAVE BATTERY ANXIETY? ANXIETY, WHEN YOUR BATTERY IS LOW AND YOU KNOW THAT YOU'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE THAT CONNECTION TO FINDING A WAY HOME. EXACTLY. THIS IS SUPPOSED TO SUPPORT THAT INITIATIVE. EVERY CLASSROOM IN THE DISTRICT WILL HAVE ACCESS TO A CHARGING STATION AND DEPLOYMENT WILL BEGIN IN THE SPRING. THAT'S ABOUT IT.  

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: YES, OH, NOTHING BUT ACCOLADES. I THINK IT'S THE WAY OF THE WORLD THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT. I MEAN, RIGHT NOW WE HAVE TESLAS WHO HAVE CHARGING STATIONS, RIGHT, FOR OUR KIDS TO REALLY HAVE A HANDS-ON EQUIPMENT THAT IS THE HERE AND NOW. YOU KNOW, IT'S WHAT WE NEED TO BE ALWAYS MOVING FORWARD, HAVING US -- HAVING THESE KIDS LOOK TOWARD TECHNOLOGY THAT IS THEIR REALISTIC LIFE. I THINK THIS IS FANTASTIC. THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. MEMBER STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THANK YOU, MS. WHALEY AND PABLO FOR PRESENTING THIS TODAY. I AM SO DISAPPOINTED THAT FORMER REPRESENTATIVE AMBLER COULDN'T BE HERE. I KNOW HE WANTED TO BE HERE AND I KNOW YOU AS WELL AS SENIOR STAFF AND EVEN MS. LAMBERT WORKED VERY HARD TO BRING THIS AGENDA ITEM FORWARD QUICKLY SO THAT THE WORK COULD GET STARTED SO THESE COULD BE PUT IN PLACE IN THE SPRING. I NOVEMBER OVERALL, I BELIEVE YOU SAID THIS IS A $55 MILLION IN-KIND DONATION. THAT IS SOMETHING TO BE NOTED. AND WE APPRECIATE BOTH HIS DILIGENCE IN GETTING THE CONTRACTS TO US AND JABIL FOR THE CONVERSATION AND FOR THE DONATION. KUDOS TO BOTH OF THEM. I LOOK FORWARD -- I KNOW WE HAD A SAMPLE ONE OUT HERE FOR A LITTLE WHILE. IT WASN'T HERE LONG ENOUGH FOR US. WE NEED IT ON THE SECOND FLOOR, THAT WOULD BE GREAT. ONE ON EVERY FLOOR. ONE IN EVERY CLASSROOM IS GOING TO BE PHENOMENAL. BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING HOW THIS ROLLS OUT IN THE SPRING. I HOPE THAT YOU WILL EXTEND OUR GRACIOUS, GRACIOUS THANK YOUs TO HIM FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN.  

>> I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION THE PRINCIPALS, IF IT'S OKAY. ERIC CANICO IS THE PRESIDENT OF GB FOUNDATION. KEVIN AMBLER IS THE CHIEF COUNSEL AND PAULA IS CHIEF OF MARKETING. AND THEY HAVE BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN THIS PROCESS. THEY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY AS WELL, AND STAGING THE FIRST ONE, FIRST DISTRICT IN THE STATE TO DO THIS OR IN THE NATION AND THEY'VE GOT COMMITMENTS ALL OVER THE NATION. THEY HAVE CHILDREN IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THEIR CONFIDENCE IS WITH US.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO 4.03, APPROVE TEACHERS CONSIDERED OUT OF FIELD SUBJECT AREA ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS AND MEMBER GRAY HAD A COMMENT.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MY COMMENTS ARE THIS. AS ALWAYS, I KNOW THE MOST EFFECTIVE TEACHER IS THE ONE NOT OUT OF FIELD AND MOST OF US REALIZE THAT. I JUST HAD A FEW CONCERNS. NOW THAT WE HAVE MORE EVACUEES, DIVERSITY IS CERTAINLY RAISING. I THINK WE NEED TO BE REMINDED THAT UNITS, MORE AND MORE UNITS, TEACHERS WILL HAVE TO BE FILLING THE DUAL LANGUAGE AREA TO MAKE THESE NEW STUDENT POPULATION FOLKS, STUDENTS, THAT IS, FEEL INCLUDED. THE DIVERSITY IS BEING ADDED TO OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM, AS YOUNG AS THEY ARE. AND I KNOW ALSO THAT THESE SAME INSTRUCTORS, THESE DUAL LANGUAGE INSTRUCTORS WILL HAVE TO ALSO SERVE THE EMOTIONAL -- SOCIALLY AND EMOTIONAL BARRIERS OF POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS AND OTHER PERHAPS POVERTY, ET CETERA. SO ALL THIS IS TO SAY THAT WE ARE AWARE, MS. WHALEN IS VERY AWARE OF THE NEED FOR INFIELD TEACHERS, AND WE'RE NOT FORGETTING THE IMPORTANCE OF THAT. ALSO, THE GOOD NEWS -- DIDN'T EVEN RECOGNIZE YOU OVER THERE -- THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WE HAVE LESS TEACHERS NOW TEACHING OUT OF FIELD. SO WE ARE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. AND I THINK THAT'S GREAT, AND WE HAVE -- YOU'RE DOING A FANTASTIC JOB WITH ALL THIS MONITORING. THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. WE WILL BE TAKING ITEMS 4.06, 4.07, AND 4.08 AND 4.09 TOGETHER. THE INTERIM CHIEF RESOURCE OFFICER WILL BE SPEAKING ON THIS.  

>> THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THESE FOUR AGENDA ITEMS, WHICH REPRESENT OUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR INTERN PLACEMENTS FOR THIS FALL TERM. THESE MEMORANDUMS OF UNDERSTANDING ARE A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BUILD STRONG POST SECONDARY PARTNERSHIPS TO SUPPORT OUR RECRUITMENT EFFORTS FOR VARIOUS INSTRUCTIONAL POSITIONS. THE HUMAN RESOURCES STAFF WORK COLLABORATIVELY WITH OUR SCHOOL COUNSELING SUPERVISORS AS WELL AS SCHOOL LEADERS TO SUPPORT THESE POTENTIAL FUTURE HCPS EMPLOYEES. CURRENTLY, WE HAVE CLOSE TO 40 POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS, BOTH IN AND OUT OF STATE. THESE MOUs CONTINUE, UNLESS EITHER PARTY CHOOSES TO TERMINATE THE AGREEMENT. FOR THE DISTRICT, WE WOULD NOT CONTINUE AN AGREEMENT IF THE INSTITUTION WAS TO LOSE THEIR RESPECTIVE ACCREDITATION. THIS FALL, WE HAVE 198 INTERNS TOTAL WITH ANOTHER 300 INTERNS SCHEDULED WITH US IN THE SPRING TERM. AGAIN, WE ARE APPRECIATIVE FOR THESE RELATIONSHIPS SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON OUR DISTRICT'S STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES TO RECRUIT, SUPPORT AND RETAIN A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE AND DIVERSE WORKFORCE. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THESE AGENDA ITEMS.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. I HAVE MEMBER SNIVELY AND MEMBER GRAY WANTING TO COMMENT. SO I WILL START WITH MEMBER GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, DR. WHALEN, FOR PUTTING THIS EFFORT INTO I WOULD SAY HIGH-QUALITY RECRUITMENT. I WAS AMAZED THAT WE WENT TO ANCHORAGE, ALASKA, TO GAIN AN INTERN, BUT THE INTERNS ARE THE BEST TO ME IN TERMS OF THE RECRUITMENT QUALITY BECAUSE THEY CAN CHANGED AT AN EARLY START FOR THE BEST PRACTICES THAT WE ENSURE EVERY TEACHER. AND THEY ARE VERY EAGER TO LEARN, AND I THINK THAT YOU'RE DOING A FABULOUS JOB AS I SEE FOUR DIFFERENT AREAS OF OUR UNITED STATES, CONTIGUOUS UNITED STATES ARE BEING REACHED. I THINK ALSO THAT THESE INTERNS WILL HOPEFULLY BE TRAINED IN OUR HIGH-NEEDS SCHOOLS SO THAT THEY CAN REALLY BE MATURED AND BECOME MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE AS THEY DEVELOP IN THEIR TALENTS. AND ALL THIS IS TO SAY I APPLAUD THIS TYPE OF RECRUITMENT, AND I KNOW THAT YOU'RE WORKING VERY DILIGENTLY IN GAINING MORE TEACHERS. THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. MEMBER SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, AND THANK YOU FOR PRESENTING THE INFORMATION, DR. WHALEN. I WANTED TO ASK A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS BRIEFLY. I'M IMPRESSED WITH THE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE. I THINK IT'S INTEGRAL TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. I TRULY BELIEVE IN INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS. AS YOU KNOW, I'M ON MY SECOND SCHOOL BOARD INTERN BECAUSE I REALLY BELIEVE IT'S A MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL RELATIONSHIP THAT WE CAN HAVE. IT'S OBVIOUSLY BENEFICIAL TO THE STUDENT TO LEARN ON THE JOB, REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE, BUT THEN, OBVIOUSLY, IT'S HELPFUL FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AS WELL, FOR OUR TEACHERS. SO A COUPLE OF MY QUESTIONS ARE RELATED TO TRACKING OUR SUCCESS WITH THE RECRUITS. ARE WE OR HAVE WE OR ARE WE TRACKING HOW MANY RECRUITS ACTUALLY COME BACK -- YOU KNOW, COME BACK TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, STAY AT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT? HOW SUCCESSFUL ARE WE IN ATTRACTING AND RETAINING THESE INTERNS FOR CAREERS?  

>> AFTER WE HAD SPOKEN WITH REGARDS TO THIS AGENDA ITEM, I AM WORKING ON COMPILING THAT INFORMATION. SO WE HAVE THOSE SPECIFICS AROUND IT, ALONG WITH THE UPDATED LIST OF THE ADDITIONAL INSTITUTIONS THAT WE ARE WORKING WITH AND WHERE THEY ARE LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES. SO I WILL HAVE ALL OF THAT INFORMATION FOR YOU.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. THAT'S HELPFUL TO KNOW WHICH INSTITUTIONS ARE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, HOW MANY WE WORK WITH WITHIN THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND HOW MANY INTERNS WE ARE RECRUITING FOR EACH OF THE INSTITUTIONS AND THEN ARE WE MAKING EFFORTS TO RECRUIT A DIVERSE TEACHING WORKFORCE AS WELL, INTERNS HOPEFULLY TO BECOME PART OF OUR WORKFORCE, WHAT EFFORTS ARE WE MAKING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE WORK TOWARDS OUR TEACHING POPULATION, LOOKING MORE LIKE OUR STUDENT POPULATION?  

>> THAT IS ALSO NOTED ON THE LIST OF INSTITUTIONS THAT WE ARE WORKING WITH TO RECRUIT. AND THE RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE THAT HAD THEIR MEETING LAST THURSDAY, ALL OF THE STAKEHOLDERS THAT ARE INVOLVED WITH THAT, THAT WAS ALSO PART OF THE TOPIC OF CONVERSATION AROUND THAT. SO I WILL BE PROVIDING THAT INFORMATION FOR YOU ALL.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY. THANK YOU, DR. WHALEN. ITEM NUMBER 6.01, APPROVE THE SHARED SAVINGS PLAN AGREEMENT WITH MINIMISE, USA, LLC FOR THE ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND CONSERVATION SERVICES PROJECT (BUSINESS SERVICES DIVISION) THIS ITEM HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER VALDES, MEMBER HARRIS, MEMBER GRAY WITH COMMENT, MEMBER SHAMBURGER AND MEMBER SNIVELY. MS. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER WILL SPEAK TO THIS ITEM.  

>>Gretchen Saunders: THANK YOU, MS. HARRIS. SO THIS IS ONE OF THE ITEMS THAT WE BROUGHT FORTH THIS LAST SUMMER AND WE WERE GOING TO GIVE YOU UPDATES. WE WANTED TO SAY WE COMPLETED THE INITIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY SURVEYS FOR PHASE ONE, 30 SCHOOLS AND DISTRICT SITES WHICH COVERED OVER 3.7 MILLION SQUARE FEET. THE SURVEYS INCLUDE A REVIEW OF THE ELECTRICAL PANELS, LIGHTS BOTH INTERNAL AND OUTSIDE, THE LIGHT FIXTURES, THE ROOMS AND THE AREA COUNT, EXISTING LAMPS, WATTAGE AND FOOT CANDLES PER SPACE THAT HAVE BEEN USED. YESTERDAY, THE TECHNOLOGY TEAM FINISHED LAYING OUT THE NETWORK CABLE DROPS AT GORRIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IN DECEMBER, THE FIRST SENSORS -- THIS IS HUGE -- THE FIRST SENSORS WILL BE INSTALLED AT GORRIE ELEMENTARY, WILSON MIDDLE SCHOOL AND TAMPA BAY TECH. WE'RE CURRENTLY WORKING TO SCHEDULE THE NEXT PHASE OF THE SURVEYS, SURVEY TWO, WHICH WILL BRING IN ADDITIONAL -- WHICH WILL BRING ADDITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS TO YOU NEXT MONTH AND A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO CHRIS FARKAS AND HIS TEAM FOR WORKING HAND IN HAND WITH THE ENERGY MENTORS WITH OUR FOLKS OUT IN THE SCHOOLS. THIS IS A GREAT PROJECT AND WE'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO BR BRINGING YOU ALL KINDS OF WONDERFUL NEWS. DOES ANYBODY HAVE QUESTIONS?  

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY, DO YOU HAVE COMMENT?  

>>Lynn Gray: MY ONLY COMMENT IS THAT CONSERVATION, SHARED SAVINGS PRACTICES OFFERED BY MINIMISE WILL SAVE US DOLLARS. AND IF YOU SAVE DOLLARS PER SCHOOL AND MULTIPLY HOW MANY SCHOOLS, I THINK THAT COST IS -- I MEAN, THAT PARTICULAR SAVINGS WILL BE SIGNIFICANT. AND ACADEMICALLY, AS AN EDUCATOR, I ALWAYS THINK, THESE ARE TEACHING MOMENTS AND CONSERVATION PRACTICES ARE EFFECTIVE, RELEVANT TEACHING TOPICS, AND I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK THAT THEY'LL BE -- THERE WILL BE MORE PROCLAMATIONS AND AWARDS FOR THE MOST CONSERVATION-MINDED SCHOOLS. SO I THINK THIS IS GREAT.  

>> MS. GRAY, ON TOP OF THIS, THE REPLACEMENT OF LIGHTING FIXTURES, REPLACEMENT OF HVAC EQUIPMENT, IT'S ALSO BRAND-NEW EQUIPMENT. THE MAINTENANCE THAT GOES ALONG WITH IT, YOU HAVE BRAND-NEW FACILITIES. IN ADDITION TO THE KILOWATT SAVINGS, IT'S ALSO NEW EQUIPMENT. SO A MAINTENANCE SAVINGS AS WELL. TWO AREAS THAT WE'LL SAVE, SO WE'RE EXCITED ABOUT THAT OPPORTUNITY.  

>>Lynn Gray: FANTASTIC. THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. WE WILL NOW GO TO ITEM 6.02, ACCEPT THE PROPOSAL SUBMITTED BY FIRST FLORIDA INSURANCE BROKERS, REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL RFP NUMBER 17094-MST-IV PROPERTY INSURANCE BROKER, BUSINESS SERVICES DIVISION. THIS ITEM WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER HARRIS, MEMBER SHAMBURGER AND MEMBER SNIVELY. MR. FARKAS.  

>>Christopher Farkas: YES, MA'AM, WE'RE EXCITED TO BRING THIS TO YOU. I WORK WITH MS. WHALEN AND MS. SAUNDERS TO KIND OF MAKE SURE THERE'S NO GAPS AS THE SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT GROUP CAME OVER TO THE OPERATIONS DIVISION. BUT IT'S BEEN A GREAT LEARNING CURVE FOR US. THE LEE ELEMENTARY FIRE HAS BEEN A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO WORK WITH FIRST FLORIDA FIRSTHAND. AS MEMBER SNIVELY CAN TELL YOU, THE CUSTOMER SERVICE FROM AN INSURANCE PART. INSURANCE FIRST FLORIDA SAT ON THE REVIEW AND INTERVIEW PANEL FOR THE SAFETY AND RISK MANAGEMENT INTERVIEWS. THEY'VE BEEN A BIG PART OF WHAT WE'VE DONE TO EXPLAIN IT. TO THE ACTUAL ITEM, IT'S IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT ONCE WE, THE SELECTION IS MADE, THEN WE HAND IT OVER TO GRETCHEN'S GROUP AND IVAN AND COREY START TO NEGOTIATE WITH FIRST FLORIDA, AND THEY WERE ABLE TO DECREASE THE AMOUNT THAT WE HAVE FOR THE COST OF THAT SAVINGS PLAN. WE'VE GOT LITERALLY BILLIONS OF DOLLAR IN PROPERTY INSURANCE WITH 15 DIFFERENT CARRIERS WE WORK WITH. IT'S VERY COMPLEX GROUP THAT WORK TOGETHER. BUT THE ONE KEY INGREDIENT IS WE HAVE ONE ADJUSTOR WE WORK WITH, NOT 15 DIFFERENT COMPANIES. THAT'S A BIG PART OF WHAT WE'VE DONE. THE CONTRACT GOING FORWARD IS FOR THE RFP FOR FIRST FLORIDA BEING THE GROUP THAT SETTLES. THEY GO OUT AND MARKET TO AS MANY DIFFERENT PLACES AS THEY CAN, DIFFERENT COMPANIES THEY CAN TO GET THE BEST DEAL FOR US. YEAR AFTER YEAR, THEY HAVE DONE THAT. NOW, THEY HAVE OTHER CLIENTS IN OTHER SURROUNDING COUNTIES THAT WE'VE ALSO REACHED OUT TO FOR FEEDBACK AND THEY HAVE THE SAME EXPERIENCE WE DID, WHICH IS NOTHING BUT POSITIVE STUFF AND CONTINUING TO LOOK FOR THE LOWEST RATE AROUND. WE'RE HOPING THAT NEXT YEAR, WE'RE CLOSE TO THIS FIGURE, BUT AFTER A HURRICANE, THAT ALWAYS IMPACTS INSURANCE RATES AROUND THE STATE OF FLORIDA, BUT WE'RE LOOKING TO TRY TO STAY AS CLOSE AS WE CAN TO THIS ITEM.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MR. FARKAS, THERE WAS NOT A CONTRACT ATTACHED TO THIS AGENDA ITEM. IT WAS JUST THE PROPOSAL, THE CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE PROPOSALS RECEIVED, BUT I DID NOT SEE ANY CONTRACTS ATTACHED TO THE AGENDA ITEM.  

>>Christopher Farkas: SO THE ACTUAL RFP IS FOR THE SERVICES TO GO OUT TO THE INSURANCE BROKERS. WE HAVE A CURRENT CONTRACT THERE. THIS WILL BE TO INNOVATOR OUR NEXT SET OF CONTRACTS. SO WE HAVE A CURRENT ONE THAT EXISTS. WHEN THE NEW ONE COMES COULD YOU TELL, FIRST FLORIDA, IT WILL BE THE ONE TO NEGOTIATE AND THAT WILL COME BEFORE YOU FOR APPROVAL.  

>>Melissa Snively: THIS IS JUST THE RFP.  

>>Christopher Farkas: YES, MA'AM.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU FOR CLARIFYING THAT.  

>>Christopher Farkas: YEP.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. WE WILL MOVE TO ITEM 6.03, APPROVE THE RENEWAL OF STUDENT LICENSES FOR WATERFORD EARLY LEARNING COMPREHENSIVE COMPUTER-BASED CURRICULUM FOR THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HEAD START PROGRAM FOR THE YEAR 2017/2018 SCHOOL YEAR. ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS DIVISION. THIS ITEM WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER GRAY WITH A COMMENT AND MEMBER SNIVELY. EVELYN McFADDEN, SUPERVISOR -- OH, YOU'RE ALREADY THERE. HEAD START. THANK YOU.  

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, WATERFORD EARLY LEARNING HAS GENERATED MULTIPLE LAYERS OF SUCCESS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HEAD START. THE STUDENTS HAVE BENEFITED FROM THIS PROGRAM WITHIN THE CLASSROOM AND BEGINNING LAST YEAR AT HOME. SUCCESSFUL IMPLEMENTATION AND LEARNING GAINS ARE EVIDENCED BY THE SUCCESS RATE OBSERVED IN THE PRE AND POST FLORIDA VPK ASSESSMENT ADMINISTERED EACH SCHOOL YEAR. WATERFORD EARLY LEARNING OFFERS DIGITAL ADAPTIVE LEARNING, WHICH WILL PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH BASIC COMPUTER KNOWLEDGE AND INCREASED -- AND AN INCREASED LEVEL OF Es IN PROFICIENCY IN PREPARATION FOR THE KINDERGARTEN ONLINE ASSESSMENT. WEL IS CORRELATED TO THE FLORIDA FOUR-YEAR-OLD STANDARDS AND IS A UNIQUE SYSTEM OF DIGITAL RESOURCES TAILORED TO THE DLM LEARNING EXPRESS. HEAD START STUDENTS USED WEL ON A DAILY BASIS AND TWICE PER DAY IF THEY ARE IN A HEAD START EXTENDED DAY CLASSROOM. W.E.L. IS DEFINITELY STUDENT FRIENDLY. WE START 15 MINUTES TO ALLOW QUIET ROTATIONS FOR EACH CHILD. LOG-IN IS NOT REQUIRED SINCE EACH CHILD ONLY NEEDS TO CLICK ON HIS OR HER OWN PHOTOGRAPH TO GET STARTED. THE CURRICULUM USED ENGAGES STUDENTS IN THE LEARNING OF SELF-REGULATION, LITERACY, MATH, AND SCIENCE. W.E.L. IS CERTIFIED BY THE COUNSEL OF ADMINISTRATORS AS SPECIAL EDUCATION. W.E.L. HAS ALSO DEVELOPED STANDARDS -- STANDARD BASED ACTIVITIES ON THE ANALYSIS OF THE NEWEST KINDERGARTEN START EARLY LITERACY ASSESSMENT ADOPTED BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA CREATING A CONTINUUM OF LEARNING. UPON HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HEAD START REQUEST, W.E.L. DEVELOPED A SCOPE AND SEQUENCE THAT MATCHED THE DLM CURRICULUM OF UNITS. W.E.L. REFERS TO THESE RESOURCES AS CLASSROOM ADVANTAGE. THESE DIGITAL ACTIVITIES WERE CREATED AND GROUPED HAVING THE END GOAL IN MIND. TEACHERS HAVE THE CAPABILITY OF ORGANIZING AND ASSIGNING A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES TO STUDENTS BASED ON THEIR ACADEMIC NEED. W.E.L. SUPPORTS INDIVIDUALIZED INSTRUCTION AND OFFERS TEACHERS THE OPPORTUNITY TO USE IT AS AN INTERVENTION AS WELL. W.E.L. HAS DEMONSTRATED TO THE -- TO BE THE BEST CHOICE IN DIGITAL LEARNING PROGRAMS FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HEAD START AND HAS ALSO BEEN ADOPTED BY OUR GRANT TEAM, THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION. IT IS A TAILOR-MADE PROGRAM TO OUR STUDENTS, AND IT ALSO PROVIDES ONE-ON-ONE TRAINING THROUGH IN-PERSON VISITS IN OUR CLASSROOMS THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR. W.E.L. HAS OFFERED A VARIETY OF LARGE-SCALE REPORTS ON DEMAND AND OFFERS OUR TEACHERS DAILY, WEEKLY, AND MONTHLY REPORTS TO MONITOR STUDENT LEARNING. W.E.L. STAFF IS READILY AVAILABLE TO MEET WITH HEAD START ADMINISTRATORS, OUR RESOURCE TEACHERS, AND OUR CLASSROOM STAFF. AND I NEGLECTED TO SAY AT THE VERY BEGINNING THAT THIS IS A GRANT-FUNDED PROGRAM.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER STUART?  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I AM WAITING FOR CONFIRMATION FROM THE BOARD ATTORNEY. THE ONLINE FORWARD FACING AGENDA DOES NOT SHOW THIS ITEM. WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT ONLINE, I KNOW, BOARD MEMBERS, WE GET THE AGENDA AHEAD OF IT GOING PUBLIC, BUT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT US VOTING ON THIS IF IT NOT ONLINE FACING TO THE PUBLIC. WE GO 6.02, 6.04. SO I'M NOT SURE IF THAT IS AN ERROR, IF THAT HAPPENED SOMETIME TODAY.  

>>Jim Porter: WE'RE TRYING TO LOOK ON THE ORIGINAL AGENDA, IT'S ON THERE. IT WAS REVISED AND IT DOESN'T APPEAR TO BE ON THE AGENDA THAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT. I CHECKED WITH MS. BROWN. IT'S NOT TIME SENSITIVE. IT COULD BE APPROVED NEXT MONTH OR IT IS TIME SENSITIVE.  

>> IT IS ACTUALLY TIME SENSITIVE. IT IS TIME SENSITIVE. IT WAS PULLED OFF TO PUT IN A REVISION TO IT, AND IT WAS PULLED YESTERDAY, ON MONDAY. YES, ON MONDAY. SO I WILL FOLLOW WHATEVER THE BOARD CHOOSES.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE IT'S BEEN PUBLICLY NOTICED.  

>>Jim Porter: IF WE CAN GO ON TO THE NEXT ITEM AND I'LL WORK WITH THEM TO FIND OUT WHEN IT WAS ON THE AGENDA, WHEN IT WASN'T. IF IT'S APPROPRIATE TO VOTE ON IT. IF YOU COULD GO ON TO THE NEXT ITEM AND THEN WE'LL GO FROM THERE.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MS. McFADDEN, VERY MUCH, FOR THAT GREAT PRESENTATION. WE WILL EITHER COME BACK OR TABLE. SO THANK YOU. WE WILL MOVE ON TO ITEM NUMBER 6.04. SHOULD WE MAKE COMMENTS? IF IT'S APPROPRIATE, WE WILL COME BACK TO IT. IF NOT, WE'LL TABLE IT TO THE NEXT MEETING. OKAY? ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. WE'LL MOVE ON TO ITEM NUMBER 6.04. APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH SENIORS IN SERVICE OF TAMPA BAY INC. FOR THE FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM, 2017/2018 EDUCATIONAL ACCESS OPPORTUNITY AND ALTERNATIVES. THIS ITEM WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER HARRIS AND COMMENT AND MEMBER SHAMBURGER AND MEMBER SNIVELY. KIM WORKMAN IS PRESENT FOR A PRESENTATION.  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THE SENIORS IN SERVICE OF TAMPA BAY FOSTER GRANDPARENTS PROGRAM. THROUGH A LONG-STANDING RELATIONSHIP, OUR DISTRICT HAS CONTRACTED WITH SENIORS IN SERVICE FOR FOSTER GRANDPARENTS FOR THE LAST 38 YEARS. THE FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM IS NATIONALLY AFFILIATED PROGRAM THAT OFFERS SENIORS THE OPPORTUNITY TO TUTOR AND MENTOR STUDENTS IN THE CLASSROOM. FOSTER GRANDPARENTS ARE THE ROLE MODELS AND FRIENDS TO CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, AT RISK, OR STUDENTS THAT ARE STRUGGLING IN SCHOOL. IT'S MY PLEASURE TO INTRODUCE TO YOU TAMMY CREOLA, THE PRESIDENT AND KREWE OF SENIORS IN SERVICE AND OUR PARTNER.  

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS AND STAFF MEMBERS, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE WITH YOU AND HIGHLIGHT SENIORS IN SERVICE OF TAMPA BAY'S FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM. I WANT TO THANK EACH OF YOU. YOU HAVE COME TO OUR EVENTS AND YOU'VE PROVIDED US SUPPORT, AND WE CONSIDER YOU A GREAT PARTNER. YOU ARE OUR LARGEST PARTNER, AND I KNOW SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS SPOKE AT OUR EVENT LAST YEAR, AND IT WAS OUR MOST SUCCESSFUL FUND-RAISING EVENT. SO THOSE MONIES WERE REINVESTED BACK IN TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. SO THANK YOU. BEFORE I SHARE SOME WONDERFUL INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PROGRAM, I'D LIKE TO GIVE YOU SOME BASIC INFORMATION FOR SOME OF YOU WHO MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH OUR PROGRAM. WE ARE A LOCAL 501(C)(3). AND WE ARE LED BY A VOLUNTEER BOARD OF DIRECTORS. OUR MISSION IS TO ENGAGE VOLUNTEERS, PARTICULARLY THOSE THAT ARE 55 YEARS AND OLDER TO HELP CHILDREN SUCCEED IN SCHOOL AND IN LIFE. EVERY YEAR, WE RECEIVE AN INDEPENDENT ANNUAL FINANCIAL AUDIT FOLLOWING THE OMBA 133 GUIDELINES. WE HAVE FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY. OUR FINANCIALS AND OUR 990s ARE ON OUR WEBSITE. AND WE ARE FISCALLY SOUND. AND 93% OF OUR REVENUES GO DIRECTLY BACK TO THE PROGRAMS. WE HAVE A VERY LOW OVERHEAD RATE. AS KIM SAID, THE NATIONAL -- THE FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM IS A BASE ON NATIONAL MODEL, BUT WE ARE LOCAL HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH AND PINELLAS COUNTIES. BUT MANY OF YOU MAY NOT KNOW THAT WE WERE THE ORIGINAL PILOT BROUGHT TO TAMPA BY CONGRESSMAN GIVENS BACK IN THE '60s AS A PART OF THE WAR ON POVERTY. SO WE'RE ONE OF THE LARGEST FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAMS NATIONALLY AND WE WERE JUST RECOGNIZED IN 2015 FOR OUR 50th ANNIVERSARY. THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT IS OUR LARGEST PARTNER, AND I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO KNOW THAT YOUR INVESTMENT IN OUR PROGRAM IS WELL LEVERAGED, AND WE INVEST ABOUT $600,000 HERE EACH YEAR IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THROUGH OTHER PARTNERSHIPS AND FUNDS THAT WE HAVE. I DO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR VOTE OF CONFIDENCE AS OUR VOLUNTEERS WORK IN THE CLASSROOMS EACH DAY. I WOULD LIKE TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE MAKE A STRONG EFFORT TO RECRUIT OUR VOLUNTEERS FROM THE COMMUNITIES WHERE THEY SERVE. THIS PROVIDES A GREAT CONNECTION. THE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN SEE THE VOLUNTEERS IN THE GROCERY STORE AND AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD. AND OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE A GOOD UNDERSTANDING IN CULTURAL COMPETENCY WHAT THOSE CHILDREN NEED IN THOSE COMMUNITIES. WHILE WE ARE RECRUITING, WE SCREEN AND RECRUIT OUR VOLUNTEERS, AND WE HAVE THEM COMMIT TO A FULL SCHOOL YEAR. IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE ARE THE ONLY VOLUNTEER PROGRAM WHERE THE VOLUNTEERS ARE IN THE CLASSROOM WORKING ALONGSIDE THE TEACHER AND UNDER THE TEACHER'S DIRECTION. OUR VOLUNTEERS AVERAGE 25 HOURS PER WEEK. AND THEY ENGAGE WITH THE CHILDREN IN READING AND OTHER LEARNING ACTIVITIES. OUR FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS ARE TESTED TO ENSURE THAT THEY HAVE THE APPROPRIATE EDUCATION AND SKILLS TO SUPPORT OUR DESIRED OUTCOMES. EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR VOLUNTEERS BEFORE THEY EVEN START ORIENTATION, THEY RECEIVE -- THEY HAVE A SCREENING THROUGH THE NATIONAL SEX OFFENDERS WEBSITE. THEY RECEIVE A LEVEL TWO DIGITAL FINGERPRINT THAT GOES THROUGH THE FDLE AND THE FBI. AND THEY RECEIVE 40-HOUR ORIENTATION TO PREPARE THEM FOR TRAINING FOR TUTORING IN THE CLASSROOM. AND WE DO AN IN-PERSON PLACEMENT WITH THE TEACHER AND THE VOLUNTEER TO MAKE SURE WE'RE ALL MAKING A GOOD TRANSITION AND THEY HAVE A SUCCESSFUL EXPERIENCE IN THE CLASSROOM. THE TEACHER HAS A SUCCESSFUL PARTNER IN HER CLASSROOM. ON AN ONGOING BASIS, OUR VOLUNTEERS HAVE FOUR HOURS OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EACH MONTH ON ACADEMIC BEHAVIORAL AND MENTORING TOPICS. THE FOSTER GRANDPARENTS ARE ROLE MODELS AND TUTORS TO THE MOST CHALLENGED CHILDREN IN THE CLASSROOM AT THE MOST CHALLENGED SCHOOLS IN OUR COMMUNITY. OUR FOSTER GRANDPARENTS HAVE A BETTER THAN 95% SUCCESS RATE IN IMPROVING THE STUDENT'S CHALLENGED AREA OF LANGUAGE, LITERACY, COGNITIVE, SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL OR MOTOR SKILLS. AND THIS IS DETERMINED AND ASSESSED BY THE CLASSROOM TEACHER BY THAT CHILD'S OWN TEACHER. WE DO NOT ASSESS OURSELVES. THE NURTURING AND SUPPORT THAT A FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROVIDES CAN HELP PROVIDE COMPETENCE, STABILITY AND LITERACY. THIS LEVEL OF COMMITMENT IN A VOLUNTEER MEANS THAT THE TEACHER HAS A RELIABLE, TRUSTED ALLY IN THE CLASSROOM EVERY DAY. WHEN A STUDENT ACTS OUT, THE TEACHER OFTEN HAS TO STOP THE ENTIRE CLASS TO DEAL WITH THAT ISSUE, BUT NOT WITH THE FOSTER GRANDPARENT IN THE CLASSROOM. THE FOSTER GRANDPARENT CAN PROVIDE TIME AND SPACE FOR THAT CHILD TO CALM DOWN. ONCE THE CHILD IS READY TO GO BACK TO LEARNING, THEY CAN STAY AND SPEND EXTRA TIME WITH THE FOSTER GRANDPARENT TO GET THEM BACK ENGAGED AND TO THE TOPIC. BUT DON'T TAKE IT FROM ME. I HAVE A FEW SNIPPETS HERE FROM SOME TEACHERS WE'RE SO FORTUNATE THAT TEACHERS SEND US NOTES AND E-MAILS AND LETTERS, AND WE HEAR GREAT STORIES. HERE ARE A FEW THINGS. GRANDPARENT, MS. MAXWELL, SHE IS JUST SHORT OF A MIRACLE WORKER, THE TEACHER WRITES. STRIKE THAT, SHE IS A MIRACLE WORKER. SHE SEEMS TO JUMP IN ANYTIME SHE'S NEEDED AT THE DROP OF A HAT AFTER KNOWING HOW CRAZY MY FRIDAYS WERE, SHE ACTUALLY REARRANGED HER OWN SCHEDULE TO START COMING IN. I'M SO LUCKY AND BLESSED TO HAVE HER AS A SUPPORT AND CONSTANT IN MY ROOM. SHE LETS ME KNOW THAT NO TASK IS TOO BIG, TOO LITTLE, OR TEAR-COVERED FOR HER TO DEAL WITH. I DON'T KNOW WHAT I WOULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT HER CONSTANT ENCOURAGEMENT. VOLUNTEER GRAMA TRELLIS HAS BEEN A FABULOUS PERSON TO HAVE IN OUR CLASSROOM. KIDS LOVE HER. TRELLIS HELPS STUDENTS WITH LETTER AND READING SOUNDS. PLAYS LEARNING GAMES WITH THE STUDENTS TO HELP THEM INCREASE THEIR PHONICS. TRELLIS IS IN THE CLASSROOM EVERY DAY. NO MATTER WHAT SHE'S ASKED TO DO, SHE'S WILLING TO HELP. SHE FALLS PARTICIPATES IN EVERYTHING WE DO -- WE ALWAYS PARTICIPATES IN EVERYTHING WE DO. SHE HAS ETERNAL PATIENCE AND EMPATHY FOR THE STUDENTS. WE HAVE STORIES LIKE THIS. WE HAVE OVER 200 VOLUNTEERS IN THE FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM. AND WE HAVE OPEN DOORS. ANYTIME YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE, PLEASE REACH OUT TO ME. YOU'RE WELCOME TO COME ANYTIME OR CALL ME. MY STAFF AND I AND MY TEAM WILL BE AVAILABLE TO HELP. THERE ARE MANY BENEFITS TO THE FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM. THEY BUILD AN OVERALL POSITIVE SCHOOL CULTURE AND CLIMATE. THEY HELP STUDENTS IMPROVE THEIR ACADEMIC SKILLS. THEY SUPPORT STUDENTS' SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING. THEY HELP STUDENTS IMPROVE THEIR SELF-ESTEEM, AND ULTIMATELY FEEL MORE CONNECTED TO THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY. SENIORS IN SERVICE, ALONG WITH OUR FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM IS PROUD TO BE AN EFFECTIVE PARTNER WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU.  

>> LAST YEAR, THE FOSTER GRANDPARENTS WERE IN 25 OF OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND OUR EXCEPTIONAL CENTERS, AND THEY WORKED WITH 272 STUDENTS. AND AS TAMMY EXPLAINED, THE TEACHERS SAW PROGRESS IN THE TARGETED SKILLS FOR BETWEEN 93 AND 97% OF THE STUDENTS THAT THE GRANDPARENTS WORKED WITH.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT PRESENTATION. MEMBER SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I HAD A QUICK QUESTION. FIRST, I THINK YOUR ORGANIZATION IS FANTASTIC. IRMA WHITE IS A VERY GOOD FRIEND OF MINE AND SHE'S A FANTASTIC CHAIR. I KNOW YOU HAVE AN EVENT COMING UP I THINK IN THE FIRST PART OF DECEMBER.  

>> HAVE TO LET US KNOW IF YOU WANT CHICKEN OR VEGAN.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. BUT I HAD A REAL QUICK QUESTION. FIRST, THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION THAT YOU ATTACHED TO THE AGENDA ITEM WITH THE SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS. IT'S ALWAYS TO ME AS A BOARD MEMBER WHEN WE'RE DISCUSSING SPENDING ANY MONEY, WHETHER GRANT MONEY OR NON-GRANT MONEY, IT'S ALWAYS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IMPACT WE'RE HAVING ON HOW MANY STUDENTS AND IF WE'RE SEEING GAINS. SO I APPRECIATE THE INFORMATION THAT YOU SHARED ABOUT THAT. I WAS CURIOUS ABOUT HOW YOU CHOOSE -- BECAUSE RIGHT NOW YOU SERVE 25 OF OUR SCHOOLS, AND I WAS WONDERING IF -- IS THERE A PROCESS TO CHOOSE THE SCHOOLS THAT YOU WORK WITH, OR IS IT JUST BASED ON THE COMMUNITY AND THE AVAILABILITY OF SENIORS IN THE COMMUNITY? HOW IS THAT?  

>> THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION. THERE'S KIND OF AN ART TO IT. ONE IS WE DO HAVE REQUESTS. RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE A LIST OF SCHOOLS THAT ARE ON A WAITING LIST ASKING FOR FOSTER GRANDPARENT VOLUNTEERS AS WELL AS WE HAVE ADDITIONAL CLASSROOMS AT THE SCHOOLS WE'RE AT ASKING FOR FOSTER GRANDPARENT VOLUNTEERS. I STARTED WITH SENIORS IN SERVICE IN 2011. AND WHEN I -- SO THE ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN AROUND FOR 35 YEARS, PROGRAM FOR 50. A LOT OF THESE WERE ALREADY ESTABLISHED. BUT A LOT OF IT HAS BEEN COMING THROUGH, BECAUSE WE ARE PARTNER WITH THE COUNTY, THE DISTRICT, THAT YOU MAKE REQUESTS, AND WE TRY TO HONOR THOSE REQUESTS WITH THE RESOURCES THAT WE HAVE. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW IT GOT THERE BEFORE I WAS THERE, BUT THERE WERE LONG-TERM RELATIONSHIPS, AND WHAT HAPPENS IS, IT IS THE LEADERSHIP OF THE SCHOOL AND PARTICULARLY THE PRINCIPALS AND OUR VOLUNTEER -- THAT DEVELOP THOSE RELATIONSHIPS AND HOW THEY PARTNER WITH US AND HOW THEY COMMUNICATE. SO WHEN THEY ARE COMMUNICATIVE, AND ALSO A BIG FACTOR IS WHEN THEY RETURN THE SURVEYS THAT THE TEACHERS CONDUCT, BECAUSE WE HAVE TO DEMONSTRATE OUR OUTCOMES, LIKE EVERY OTHER ORGANIZATION. PEOPLE AREN'T GOING TO SUPPORT US. YOU KNOW, WE HAVE SOME LEVERAGE AND SAY, WELL, IF YOU DON'T PARTICIPATE WITH US AND  RECIPROCATE BY GIVING US FEEDBACK, WE CAN'T SUPPORT YOU. A LOT OF IT COMES DOWN TO THE MOST ACCOUNTABLE SCHOOLS WHO WORK WITH US, WE CAN WORK WITH THEM.  

>>Melissa Snively: THAT'S GREAT. DO YOU HAVE THE CAPACITY TO EXPAND IN --  

>> WE DO. SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW, WE HAVE A NUMBER OF VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS. THE FOSTER GRANDPARENT IS OUR LARGEST AND WE RECRUIT LOW-INCOME SENIORS AND OTHERS. SO WE HAVE THE CAPACITY TO HANDLE MORE VOLUNTEERS TO RECRUIT AND TRAIN AND PLACE. REALLY, WE PAY A STIPEND OF $2.65 PER HOUR TO THE VOLUNTEERS. AND THAT'S REALLY OUR BARRIER AT THIS POINT IN TIME. SO WE HAVE A CULTURE OF ABUNDANCE, AND WE SEE THAT THERE'S AN ABUNDANCE OF SENIORS WHO WANT TO GIVE BACK AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THEY ARE THERE, WE JUST NEED TO DEVELOP AND CONTINUE TO DO MORE FUND-RAISING TO SUPPORT THE STIPENDS FOR THE PROGRAM.  

>>Melissa Snively: THAT WOULD BE WONDERFUL. THE MORE SENIORS THAT WE CAN GET TO MENTOR OUR STUDENTS, I THINK THE BETTER. AND WITH THE BABY-BOOMER GENERATION AS LARGE AS IT IS, MOVING TOWARDS RETIREMENT, I HOPE THAT YOU HAVE A LOT MORE SENIORS THAT WOULD BE WILLING TO VOLUNTEER IN THE PROGRAM.  

>> I APPRECIATE THAT. YOU'RE WELCOME TO COME, IF YOU WANT TO SEE A CLASSROOM WITH GRANDPARENTS IN ACTION, I WELCOME YOU TO JOIN US. ALSO, IF OKAY, I'LL E-MAIL TO KIM, WE HAVE LIKE OUR RECENT AWARDS. AND WE HAVE SOME LINKS TO WHERE FOX 13 OR ABC ACTION NEWS CAME TO THE SCHOOLS, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS AND SHOW OUR VOLUNTEERS IN THE CLASSROOM. YOU MIGHT ENJOY SEEING THOSE, TOO.  

>>Melissa Snively: PLEASE TELL YOUR VOLUNTEERS WE THANK THEM VERY MUCH.  

>> I SURE WILL. APPRECIATE THAT. THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. WE WILL BE TAKING ITEMS 6.07, 6.08, 6.09 AND 6.10 TOGETHER. GINA HODGEENS, GENERAL DIRECTOR OF CHARTER SCHOOLS WILL BE HIGHLIGHTING THE ITEM. THE HIGHLIGHT WAS FOR MEMBER HARRIS, MEMBER SHAMBURGER AND MEMBER SNIVELY.  

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. MS. HARRIS AND BOARD MEMBERS, THANK YOU FOR THE TIME TONIGHT. I'M NOT GOING TO BE LONG, I PROMISE. I'LL TALK QUICK AND GET THROUGH THIS. I DO WANT TO KIND OF GO OVER THE PROCESS FOR APPLYING FOR A CHARTER SCHOOL. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO TALK ABOUT THAT TONIGHT. SO VERY QUICKLY, THERE'S A STATUTE, FLORIDA STATUTE, MY ATTORNEY CAN BACK US UP. YOUR ATTORNEY CAN BACK ME UP 1002.336, AND IT REQUIRES A SCHOOL BOARD TO RECEIVE AND REVIEW APPLICATIONS. SO IT'S NOT -- THERE'S NO REASON FOR US TO GO OUT AND GET APPLICATIONS. THEY COME TO US. PEOPLE BRING THOSE APPLICATIONS IN AND WE'RE REQUIRED TO REVIEW THEM. WE DO PROVIDE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PRIOR TO ANY APPLICATION SUBMITTAL. WE DO THAT THROUGH A FORMAL MEETING THAT WE PREPARE USUALLY IN THE MONTH OF MAY FOR AN AUGUST 1st SUBMITTAL. AND THEN WE MEET WITH ANY APPLICANT THAT WOULD LIKE TO MEET WITH US DURING THE YEAR, ANYTIME THAT WE'RE AVAILABLE TO MEET WITH THEM. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT IS A BEST PRACTICE. AND SO WE TRY TO DO THAT IN OUR DISTRICT. ONCE AN APPLICATION IS RECEIVED, THERE IS A VERY, VERY THOROUGH, RIGOROUS PROCESS THAT WE ENCOUNTER ON. AND THAT IS, WE HAVE THE APPLICANT PROVIDES A PRESENTATION TO THE REVIEW TEAM. AFTER THE PRESENTATION, EACH REVIEW TEAM MEMBER TAKES THE APPLICATIONS BACK THAT THEY ARE ASSIGNED AND THEY REVIEW THOSE INDIVIDUALLY. AFTER THE INDIVIDUAL REVIEW -- REVIEW, WE MEET AS A TEAM AND REVIEW THE APPLICATION AS A TEAM AND LOOK AT STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES WITHIN THAT APPLICATION. WE THEN TAKE THE STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES AND CREATE QUESTIONS THAT WE THEN TAKE IT AN INTERVIEW -- TAKE A AN INTERVIEW PROCESS. AND THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS WE HAVE ARE SPECIFIC TO THE APPLICATIONS RECEIVED. THERE ARE NO GENERIC QUESTIONS IN THERE. THEN AFTER THAT, WE MEET AS A TEAM. WE DISCUSS THE RECOMMENDATION. AND THEN THE RECOMMENDATION IS MADE TO THE SUPERINTENDENT. JUST SO YOU KNOW THAT THE TEAM IS A VERY, VERY ROBUST TEAM, I WANT TO TELL YOU WHO DOES SERVE ON THE REVIEW TEAM. THIS WILL TAKE ME A MINUTE BUT I THINK WORTH THE TIME. ALBERTO VASQUEZ, THIS CURRENT YEAR, WE HAD NINE APPLICATIONS. ON THE TEAM, ALBERTO VASQUEZ, JASON PEPE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT STAFF AND GRETCHEN SAUNDERS. BECAUSE EVERY YEAR, GRETCHEN IS ON THE TEAM EVERY YEAR. I PUT HER UNDER FINANCE. BUT I KNOW YOU GIVE A LOT OF TIME, GRETCHEN.  THANK YOU. THE CHARTER OFFICE, MYSELF. DELANG, THE SUPERVISOR OF CHARTER SCHOOLS, AMY FORTIS, BETSY, THREE DISTRICT RESOURCE TEACHERS AND KATHY JETON ONE OF THE ACCOUNTANTS. ELERS LL, VERONICA BOTS. CURRICULUM, LORI FROM ELEMENTARY. KATHY BRAMLETT FOR SECONDARY. DANNY UPSHAW FOR VIRTUAL, BECAUSE WE DID HAVE A VIRTUAL APPLICATION, AND CARLA SPARKS BECAUSE OF ALL OF HER BACKGROUND AND ALL OF HER EXPERTISE SHE IS ALWAYS A GREAT TEAM MEMBER. ON ASSESSMENT, JENNIFER NEIL, LIBBY TUTON AND PATTY SIMMONS. AND THEN HR, STRAYSY SHOTSBERG AND CELESTE THIS YEAR. FROM FINANCE, AS I SAID ALREADY, GRETCHEN EVERY YEAR SERVES ON THIS COMMITTEE AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE HER EXPERTISE. WE HAVE CAROLYN JOHNSON, IS WHO IS A SENIOR ANALYST, SUSAN GARCIA, WHO IS A MANAGER. WE HAVE MANNY IPPOLITO, DEPARTMENT MANAGER AND PAM LOSIER, AUDITING ACCOUNTANT THREE. WE ALSO USED OUTSIDE EXTERNAL REVIEWERS AND THIS YEAR, BOBBY SMITH. HE KIND OF REPRESENTED THE SCHOOLS BUT ALSO THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY. HE WORKS WITH ALTERNATIVE LEARNING SOLUTIONS AND OUR THREE SCHOOLS, WEST UNIVERSITY, SEMINOLE HEIGHTS, AND TOWN N' COUNTRY. WE HAVE LAUREN HERBERT. LESLIE LOGAN, PRINCIPAL AT LLT ACADEMY, MARK, PRINCIPAL AT RCA WIMAUMA AND LEADERSHIP ACADEMY. MATT TO YOUR RANO, PRINCIPAL AT CHARTER SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE. SARAH CAPWELL, WINTERSET. AND SHAW, PRINCIPAL AT TERRACE COMMUNITY MIDDLE SCHOOL. WE ALSO WERE VERY, VERY FORTUNATE TO WORK WITH TRISHA McMANNIS THIS YEAR. SHE PROVIDED US SOME ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS WHO WERE IN THE PIPELINE. THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR THEM SO THEY WOULD UNDERSTAND THE PROCESS. I THANK YOU, TRISHA, TOO. ELICE SUAREZ FROM THE AP AT WESTCHASE ELEMENTARY. KEVIN McDONALD, AP AT SHORE ELEMENTARY. KIMBERLY COOK, AP AT ESSRIG ELEMENTARY. MARCUS RODRIGUEZ. SARAH FISH, KIMBALL ELEMENTARY. AND TRAVIS MERIC, CHAMBERLAIN HIGH SCHOOL. AS YOU CAN SEE, THE TEAM HAS MANY, MANY EXPERTS ON IT. AND I FEEL THAT THE REVIEW PROCESS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS VERY RIGOROUS. I ALSO WANT TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION, I BRING THIS TO YOU PROBABLY TWICE A YEAR AT LEAST. THE FLORIDA PRINCIPLES AND STANDARDS. THIS WAS A DOCUMENT THAT THE STATE WORKED ON WITH A GROUP OF STAKEHOLDERS, OPERATORS AND AUTHORIZERS, WHICH WE ARE AN AUTHORIZER. AND IN THIS BOOK, IT TELLS US THAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO HAVE, YOU KNOW, BE ABLE TO GIVE PROPOSED INFORMATION, WE GIVE THAT IN ADVANCE OF OUR APPLICATION PROCESS. WE SHARE IT WITH APPLICANTS SO THEY KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT. THAT WE HAVE A FAIR, TRANSPARENT, AND QUALITY FOCUS PROCESS, WHICH WE DO. WE PROVIDE ALL OUR DOCUMENTS AHEAD OF TIME. NO APPLICANT HAS TO WONDER WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THEM. THEY KNOW IN ADVANCE. RIGOROUS APPROVAL CRITERIA AND RIGOROUS DECISION MAKING. I'M SAYING THIS ALL TO YOU BECAUSE I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THE PROCESS HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS NOT EASY FOR AN APPLICANT TO GET A CHARTER SCHOOL, BUT IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY THROUGH FLORIDA STATUTE FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO YOU FOR APPLICATIONS THAT COME FORWARD. THE OTHER THING THAT I'D LIKE TO MENTION VERY QUICKLY IS YOU KNOW THAT DID AN EVALUATION ON THE CHARTER SCHOOL OFFICE AND AUTHORIZING PRACTICES OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. THEY PRESENTED TO YOU ON SEPTEMBER 19th IN A BOARD WORKSHOP. AND THEY TOLD YOU THAT YOU ARE CONSIDERED ONE OF THE TOP AUTHORIZERS IN THE NATION, NOT THE STATE OF FLORIDA, BUT THE NATION. SO I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW. AND THEY ACTUALLY PULLED OUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS AS BEING ONE OF THE BEST PROCESSES THAT THEY'VE REVIEWED. NOW, UM, WITH THAT BEING SAID, ANY QUESTIONS JUST ON THE PROCESS ITSELF? AND THEN I CAN GET INTO THE ITEMS. OKAY. THANK YOU.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: MS. HARRIS, CAN I ASK MS. HODGEENS SOMETHING?  

>>Sally Harris: ABSOLUTELY.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: TONIGHT WE'RE BRINGING HOW MANY, FOUR APPLICATIONS FOR APPROVAL?  

>> WE HAVE FOUR APPLICATIONS FOR APPROVAL TONIGHT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I HEARD YOU SAY THERE WERE NINE APPLICATIONS THAT WERE SUBMITTED. SO WE'RE NOT BRINGING FIVE APPLICATIONS TO THE BOARD TONIGHT.  

>> THAT'S CORRECT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I JUST WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR TO THE BOARD. THE NEXT BOARD MEETING, I'M GOING TO HAVE MS. HODGEENS BRING AN INFORMATION ITEM. A LOT OF OUR PROCESSES, WE DON'T BRING DENIALS TO THIS BOARD. OTHER DISTRICTS CHOOSE TO DO THAT. THE FIVE THAT ARE NOT COMING TONIGHT HAVE CHOSEN TO WITHDRAW BECAUSE THEY DID NOT MAKE IT THROUGH THIS PROCESS. I WANT TO MAKE SURE THE PUBLIC IS VERY, VERY AWARE THAT THAT PROCESS IS RIGOROUS, AND THE ONES THAT ARE BEING APPROVED TONIGHT HAVE MET ALL THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS PROVIDE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE OUR STUDENTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THOSE SCHOOLS. YOU KNOW, THE FIVE THAT DID NOT, WE DID NOT SEE THAT. SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING YOU GET AN INFORMATION ITEM THAT SHOWS HOW HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DOES LOOK AT ALL OF OUR APPLICATION PROCESS VERY THOROUGHLY, AND I COULD, AS THE SUPERINTENDENT, BRING DENIALS TO YOU. BUT WE KNOW THAT'S NOT THE PROCESS WE FOLLOW. WE KNOW THAT ULTIMATELY THOSE WHO GO THROUGH THAT PROCESS SAY WE KNOW WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO BE APPROVED, BECAUSE WE KNOW WE HAVEN'T MET EVERYTHING, ALL THE REQUIREMENTS HERE IN THIS DISTRICT. SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE THAT STATEMENT, MS. HARRIS.  

>> AND HE BEAT ME TO IT, BUT THAT WAS A PERFECT EXPLANATION. THANK YOU SO MUCH. SO THAT, AND IF THEY DO COME HERE AS DENIALS, THEN THEY WOULD HAVE A PROCESS WHERE THEY COULD APPEAL TO THE STATE, AND GO THROUGH AN APPEALS PROCESS, WHICH WOULD COST THE DISTRICT A LOT OF MONEY. IT'S IN THE DISTRICT'S BEST INTEREST TO COUNSEL THOSE APPLICANTS TO WITHDRAW THAT APPLICATION AND WORKING WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IF THEY REALLY ARE COMMITTED TO BEING A SCHOOL HERE.  

>>Sally Harris: WE HAVE A FEW MORE QUESTIONS.  

>> OH, OKAY.  

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY.  

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: MEMBER GRAY WANTED TO GO LAST. COULD YOU REPEAT THE PART IF WE HAVE A DENIAL THAT'S BROUGHT TO THE BOARD AND THEY END UP APPEALING, GOING TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO APPEAL, HOW MUCH DOES THAT IMPACT US FINANCIALLY?  

>> WELL, I CAN'T GIVE YOU AN EXACT NUMBER. I DON'T KNOW IF MR. PORTER CAN HELP ME HERE. BUT WHAT IT WOULD ENTAIL IS, COMING TO THE BOARD AND BEING DENIED HERE. THEN THEY COULD APPEAL TO THE APPEALS COMMISSION, WHICH WOULD BE A TIME FRAME WHERE THEY WOULD WRITE AN APPEAL AND THEN WE WOULD HAVE 30 DAYS TO RESPOND TO THE APPEAL, WHICH WOULD COST MONEY. THEN WE WOULD GO TO TALLAHASSEE TO REPRESENT THAT APPEAL. THEN IF WE WIN OR LOSE, NO MATTER WHICH WAY IT GOES, THEN WE HAVE TO GO TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. AND THEN WIN OR LOSE, WE COULD GO TO THE DCA, OR THEY COULD GO TO THE DCA BASED ON IF WE WANTED TO CONTINUE TO PUSH IT FURTHER. SO EACH STEP COSTS MONEY, BUT I'M NOT REALLY SURE HOW TO QUANTIFY THAT. I DON'T KNOW IF SOMEONE HERE CAN HELP ME. WE DON'T HAVE HAVE THAT. HAVEN'T HAD THAT.  

>>Melissa Snively: -- REALLY. AND THAT'S AN UNKNOWN.  

>>Jim Porter: CORRECT.  

>>Melissa Snively: YOU MAKE A GOOD POINT BECAUSE THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS BROUGHT UP EARLIER WAS THE FACT THAT WE DON'T DENY CHARTER SCHOOLS, BUT THERE IS A FINANCIAL CONSEQUENCE WHEN THAT HAPPENS, AND IT COULD COST US THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS MORE THAN IT WOULD COST FOR US TO GO THROUGH THE PROCESS. WHICH, IN THIS CASE, IT COSTS ALMOST $10,000 PER CHARTER APPLICATION. BECAUSE YOU MENTIONED IN YOUR MEMO THAT THE ESTIMATED COST OF THE REVIEW OF NINE CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS IS 83 SNUERKS $444.05. AND THAT THE CHARTER SCHOOL -- I'M SORRY, THAT THE TWO TO FIVE PERCENT ADMINISTRATIVE FEE COLLECTED TO SUPPORT THE DISTRICT CHARTER SCHOOLS IS NOT COVERING THE EXPENSES.  

>> THAT IS CORRECT. THIS AMOUNT THAT WE HAVE TO -- AND WE DON'T PAY IT. SO LET ME EXPLAIN WHAT THAT MEANS. WHAT I DO IN ORDER TO GIVE YOU A COST IS TO LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE'S TIME THAT GOES INTO IT. AND I LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF HOURS THEY SPEND ON THE APPLICATION. THEN I TAKE THEIR SALARY AND THEIR FRINGE TIMES, THOSE HOURS, AND THAT GIVES YOU THE AMOUNT. SO 83,000 IS WHAT THAT TEAM OF PEOPLE THAT I JUST READ TO YOU, THAT'S ALL OF OUR TIME AND EFFORT THAT'S PUT INTO THE APPLICATION. WE DON'T ACTUALLY PAY IT TO ANYBODY. IT'S PART OF OUR DAILY DAY, BUT I CAN PROMISE YOU, AND I'M SURE ANYONE THAT'S IN THE ROOM HERE THAT REVIEWED, AND I CAN LOOK AT GRETCHEN QUICKLY, BECAUSE SHE'S RIGHT THERE, MOST OF US DON'T REVIEW THOSE AT WORK AT ALL BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE TIME TO REVIEW IT AT WORK. SO IT'S REVIEWED OUTSIDE THE WORK HOURS, BUT I STILL CHARGE IT BASED ON THE HOURLY RATE THAT THE PERSON WOULD MAKE THAT'S ON THE TEAM.  

>>Melissa Snively: UNDERSTAND. SO HOW MANY PEOPLE -- I LOST COUNT -- YOUR TEAM NUMBER. HOW MANY PEOPLE DID YOU NAME OFF THAT ARE ON YOUR TEAM?  

>> LET ME FIND MY PAPER. THERE'S ABOUT 35.  

>>Melissa Snively: 35. NOW, I KNOW THAT NEXA SAYS THAT WE ARE ONE OF THE BEST IN THE NATION AS FAR AS DISTRICT -- DISTRICTS THAT PROCESS CHARTER REVIEWS. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT 35 PEOPLE ARE NECESSARY TO KEEP THAT STANDARD HIGH OR DO YOU FEEL THAT WE COULD STILL HAVE A VERY EFFECTIVE PROCESS WITH LESS MEMBERS ON YOUR TEAM?  

>> THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION, MS. SNIVELY. THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE IS BASED ON THE FACT THAT WE GET SO MANY APPLICATIONS.  SO EVERYBODY DOESN'T REVIEW EVERY APPLICATION. MY OFFICE, WE REVIEW EVERY APPLICATION. BUT THEN WE SPLIT THE APPLICATIONS AMONG THE OTHER TEAM MEMBERS. SO THAT GRETCHEN DOESN'T GET NINE APPLICATIONS. SHE MIGHT HAVE ONE OR TWO, BUT THEN SHE HAS OTHER TEAM MEMBERS IN FINANCE THAT REVIEW ONE OR TWO. SO THAT'S WHY IT'S SUCH A ROBUST TEAM. WE COULD CUT IT DOWN, BUT THEN WE WOULD BE BURDENING PEOPLE WITH EVEN MORE. THINGS TO DO, OTHER THAN THEIR TYPICAL WORK DUTY.  

>>Melissa Snively: I JUST WANTED TO KIND OF UNDERSTAND THE WAY THAT YOU PROCESS THAT. THANK YOU.  

>> AM I OUT OF HERE NOW?  

>> NO, THAT WAS A GREAT QUESTION. THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: DO YOU WANT TO GO, MEMBER GRAY?  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, I THINK YOU DID AN EXTRAORDINARILY GREAT JOB, JENNA. I THINK THAT YOU HAD A LOT TO COVER, FOR THESE SCHOOLS. I HAVE A LOT OF THOUGHTS, IF YOU'LL BEAR WITH ME. WE'RE REMINDED THAT ACCORDING TO THE CURRENT FLORIDA STATUTE LAWS, WE MUST PROVIDE CHARTER SCHOOLS, AND WE ALSO ARE REMINDED THAT FUNDING FOR THEM COMES AT A FINANCIAL COST TO EVERY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT IN OUR STATE TO A POINT WHERE IF WE ADDED IT UP, THERE IS A REAL PUBLIC COST, BUT HAVING SAID THAT, MOST AMERICANS, SCHOOL CHOICE IS NON-DISPUTED RIGHT. AND, THEREFORE, ADDITIONAL CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS DO HAVE A PLACE. SINCE 1980s, EDUCATIONAL CHOICES FOR OUR STUDENTS HAVE INCLUDED PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS. IN ADDITION TO OUR OTHER SCHOOL CHOICES WHICH INCLUDE OUR MAGNET PUBLIC SCHOOLS, OUR CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND OUR TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS. ALL THIS IS TO SAY THAT SCHOOL CHOICE IS THE RIGHT FOR EVERY ONE OF OUR FOLKS IN TAMPA AND OTHER COMMUNITIES. HOWEVER, THERE'S STILL CENTRAL CONCERNS THAT MY CONSTITUENTS AND MYSELF MAY HAVE. WHICH YOU CLEARLY DO A GREAT JOB IN ANSWERING THOSE TYPES OF QUESTIONS, BUT LET ME JUST GO THROUGH THOSE. DO EACH OF THESE FOUR NEW CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS FULFILL THE ACADEMIC NEEDS OF STUDENTS IN THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE? AND IMPORTANTLY, DO THEY FURTHER EQUITABLE CONDITIONS, PROVIDE THE NECESSARY HUMAN RESOURCES, AND HAVE CERTIFIED EFFECTIVE TEACHERS? WELL, I WENT AHEAD AND ANSWERED FOR YOU, BECAUSE I KNOW -- I KNOW THE ANSWER. AND I'M VERY PROUD TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER THIS. YOU DO A FABULOUS JOB. NUMBER ONE, THUS FAR AS I HAVE SEEN, I DO BELIEVE THAT THE PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS SERVE THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY WITHOUT ADDITIONAL BARRIERS, PERHAPS TRANSPORTATION MIGHT BE A BARRIER, BUT FOR THE MOST PART. SECONDLY, I DO THINK THAT YOU ARE VERY COGNIZANT AND AWARE AND SENSITIVE THAT WE ARE NOT TAKING STUDENTS OUT OF EXISTING PUBLIC SCHOOLS, NOT YOU, THE STAFF AND YOU. BY THE GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION. IN OTHER WORDS, I THINK THAT YOU'RE EXTREMELY SENSITIVE OF NOT DUPLICATING. THIRD, I DO KNOW, AS YOU HAVE SHOWN US ALL, THAT YOU PROVIDE THE RIGOR, THE HIGHER ACADEMIC STANDARDS ALONG WITH EFFECTIVE CERTIFIED TEACHERS WHO CAN PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE FLORIDA STATE STANDARDS TEST AND YOU DO EXPECT THE BEST OF THE REST OF EVERYTHING THAT GOES INTO THE TESTING. MOST IMPORTANTLY -- AND THIS GOES TO MINERVA -- I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE REALIZE THAT YOU'RE FACILITATING, YOUR STAFF, EQUITY IN OUR COUNTY. THE REASON I SAY THAT, SOUTH COUNTY IS HUGE AND IT'S GROWING. AND OUR TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS WE WOULD LIKE TO THINK WE HAVE ENOUGH TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY, BUT WE JUST DO NOT. SO SAYING THAT, I DO THINK THAT WE ARE PRODUCING THE NECESSARY SEATS FOR THE STUDENTS TO GET INTO AND TO GET A VERY QUALITY EDUCATION. SO WE ARE ON A VERY, VERY INTERESTING DILEMMA IN A WAY, THE PERCEPTION. WE ARE PUBLIC SCHOOL, YET A PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL. AND IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE, AT LEAST FOR ANOTHER FEW YEARS, IF YOU APPRECIATE IT, IT IS GOING TO BE A POINT WHERE I THINK YOUR INTELLIGENT, CONCERNED, AND YOUR RHETORIC IS VERY NECESSARY. NOT JUST TODAY, BUT AS WE MOVE ON. BECAUSE FROM WHAT I HEARD FROM THE AUDIENCE EARLIER, THE TEACHERS, THEY NEED TO BECOME EQUALLY OR HOPEFULLY COGNIZANT OF WHAT YOU AND YOUR STAFF ARE REALLY DOING AS OPPOSED TO SOME OF THE OTHER CHARTER SITUATIONS THAT ARE GOING ON OUT THERE. I'M SORRY TO KEEP YOU WAITING BUT I WANTED TO MAKE THAT POINT.  

>> MEMBER STUART. CAN'T READ TODAY.  

>> MRS. HODGES, CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO THE BOARD AND THE PUBLIC THAT EVEN THOUGH THE APPLICATION IS APPROVED, THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE'LL START COLLECTING FEES IMMEDIATELY FROM THESE, HOW LONG THESE APPLICATIONS CAN ACTUALLY SIT ON THE SHELF BEFORE THE SCHOOL ACTUALLY OPENS?  

>> YES. WE DON'T COLLECT ANY FEES UNTIL THE SCHOOL STARTS COLLECTING FTE FUNDS FOR THE STUDENTS THAT THEY ENROLL. SO IF THESE SCHOOLS OPEN AUGUST OF 2018, WE WILL BEGIN COLLECTING ADMINISTRATIVE FEES JULY 1st.  

>> WE HAVE ALREADY INCURRED THE EXPENSES OF GOING THROUGH THE APPLICATION PROCESS BEFORE?  

>> THE APPLICATION PROCESS IS ABSOLUTELY AN UNFUNDED MANDATE. THAT IS NOT FUNDED IN STATUTE ANYWHERE. THAT IS AN EXPENSE --  

>> WHEN YOU ESTIMATE FOUR APPLICATIONS, DO YOU ALSO ESTIMATE THE AMOUNT OF TIME AND ENERGY AND THE DOLLAR FIGURE THAT GOES WITH THE OTHER FIVE THAT ARE NOT COMING FORWARD THAT ARE WITHDRAWN? IN OTHER WORDS, DOES THAT GO INTO THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR DEPARTMENT?  

>> YES. IT COSTS $83,000. IT'S FOR ALL NINE REVIEWS BECAUSE WE REVIEWED ALL NINE APPLICATIONS FULLY BEFORE WE MET WITH THE -- WITH THE SCHOOLS THAT DID NOT MEET THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS TO LET THEM NOVEMBER THEY WOULD BE RECOMMENDED FOR DENIAL SO THAT COST IS IN THERE.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE IT CLEAR TO THE PUBLIC, AND ONE, I DID ASK THE SUPERINTENDENT TO BRING AN INFORMATION FOR NEXT MONTH THAT SHOWS THE WITHDRAWALS. BECAUSE I GET THAT A LOT, TOO, THAT WE APPROVE EVERYTHING THAT COMES BEFORE US AND THAT IS NOT THE CASE. WE JUST DON'T -- RECOMMENDATIONS TO NOT APPROVE JUST DON'T COME BEFORE THIS BOARD. AND I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND ENERGY THAT YOU PUT INTO CONVINCING AN APPLICANT THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT TIME FOR THEM TO MOVE FORWARD ON AN APPLICATION WITH THIS DISTRICT. SO I APPRECIATE THAT. BUT I ALSO WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PUBLIC KNOWS THAT THERE'S A COST ASSOCIATED WITH JUST DOING AN APPLICATION, AND THIS BOARD AND THIS DISTRICT DOES NOT COLLECT ANY OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE FEES UNTIL THAT SCHOOL IS OPEN AND HAS STUDENTS IN THEIR SEATS. AND THAT COULD BE UPWARDS OF THREE YEARS. AND WE HAVE APPLICATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN SITTING ON OUR SHELVES FOR A WHILE. SO I JUST WANTED TO MAKE THAT CLEAR. ALSO, MADAM CHAIR, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK THAT THESE FOUR ITEMS BE PULLED FOR A SEPARATE VOTE.  

>>Sally Harris: I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER STUART AND A SECOND BY MEMBER VALDES TO MOVE THIS ITEM. OH, I'M SORRY. OKAY. YOU PUT YOUR NAME ON THERE TOO QUICK. DO YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD AND SPEAK BEFORE WE VOTE?  

>>Susan Valdes: SHE MADE THE MOTION. I WILL GO AHEAD AND SECOND IT BUT I STILL WOULD LIKE TO HAVE MY COMMENTS BEFORE WE VOTE, DURING THIS DISCUSSION MODE, IF THAT'S OKAY.  

>> THIS VOTE WILL JUST BE FOR A SEPARATE VOTE. YOU CAN VOTE ON THAT AND THEN COMMENT. THE OTHER THING, THE PRESENTATION OAT ACTUAL --  

>> THAT CAN BE DONE.  

>>Sally Harris: WE HAVE A MOTION TO MOVE THIS ITEM FOR A SEPARATE VOTE, AND THE MOTION WAS MADE BY MEMBER STUART, AND SECONDED BY MEMBER VALDES. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COMB UP. THE MOTION IS CARRIED. ALL RIGHT. NOW, MEMBER VALDES, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SPEAK?  

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

>> I TOLD YOU IT WAS GOING TO BE ROUGH ON ME.  

>>Susan Valdes: THAT'S ALL RIGHT. YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB. CONGRATS, BY THE WAY. AND YES, INDEED, EARLIER TODAY, IT WAS MENTIONED THAT WE HAD A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY THIS MORNING AND A FABULOUS RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY, YOU MUST SAY, AS WELL. AND WHAT MADE IT EVEN MORE FASCINATING WAS JUST SEEING THE EXCITEMENT ON THE CHILDREN'S FACES WHEN THEY WERE GOING TO THEIR CAMPUS. AND AS I SAID IN MY COMMENTS EARLIER TODAY, WHEN I SHARED A FEW WORDS, IS THAT WHEN YOU ARE SEEING THE ATMOSPHERE, THE CULTURE OF THE SCHOOL, AND THE FACT THAT CHILDREN WANT TO BE THERE, AND TO LEARN, IS HALF THE BATTLE. SO I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THE SLAM ACADEMY AT CITRUS PARK FOR THEIR -- THEIR WONDERFUL GRAND OPENING, AND RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY TODAY. BUT MY QUESTION TO YOU, MY QUESTION THAT I HAVE, MR. PORTER, WE HEARD A LOT OF COMMENTS TODAY ABOUT APPROVING AND DENYING AND HOW THIS CHARTER APPLICATION PROCESS GOES, AND EVERY TIME WE GO THROUGH THIS EXERCISE, YOU DO A PHENOMENAL JOB WITH REPEATING THE SAME PROCESS THAT YOU DO. THE RIGOROUSNESS OF IT AND THE FACT THAT YOU ONLY BRING TO US THOSE APPLICATIONS THAT MEET THE CRITERIA. SO, MR. PORTER, WOULD YOU DO ME A FAVOR AND OUT-OF-STATE STATUTE, WOULD YOU PLEASE -- OUT OF STATE STATUTE, WOULD YOU PLEASE TALK TO OUR CONSTITUENCIES OUT THERE THAT APPEAR TO REALLY NOT UNDERSTAND THE CHARTER LAW AND WHAT OUR ROLE IS AS A PUBLIC ELECTED SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER IN THIS POSITION?  

>> CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE GOVERNED BY FLORIDA STATUTE. THERE IS SPECIFIC CRITERIA SET FORTH IN THE STATUTE. ONCE THE SUPERINTENDENT IS SATISFIED THAT THE CRITERIA AND THE STATUTE ARE MET AND HE BRINGS FORWARD A RECOMMENDATION OF APPROVAL TO YOU, YOU REALLY ARE PUT IN A POSITION OF REALLY TAKING THE RECOMMENDATION VERY SERIOUSLY. THE LAW IS STRUCTURED IN SUCH A WAY THAT IF THE CRITERIA, ANTICIPATION IS THAT YOU WILL APPROVE THE CHARTER. AS EXPLAINED EARLIER, OTHER DISTRICTS HANDLE IT A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY. ALL CHARTER APPLICATIONS COME IN FRONT OF THE BOARD FOR AN UP OR DOWN VOTE. THE WAY THE DISTRICT DOES IT. SO THE PUBLIC DOESN'T SEE, AT LEAST THE BOARD DOESN'T SEE RECOMMENDATIONS OF DENIAL FARMING FORWARD. BUT AGAIN THERE'S A LONG RIGOROUS PROCESS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTE THAT REALLY DEFINES WHAT THE CRITERIA ARE AND WHAT THE PARAMETERS ARE FOR YOUR APPROVAL. AND WHEN HE COMES TO YOU WITH A RECOMMENDATION, HE IS SATISFIED THAT THE CRITERIA OF THE STATUE UNITED STATES HAVE BEEN MET AND THE EXPECTATION THAT IT WILL BE A PROVED BECAUSE THE CRITERIA SET IN TALLAHASSEE HAS BEEN DEMONSTRATED TO BE MET.  

>>Susan Valdes: SO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS THAT THE LEGISLATURES IN TALLAHASSEE MADE THIS INTO LAW, AND THEY DID THE LITTLE BILL DANCE AND THEY GOT THE BILL PASSED AND IT'S A LAW. AND BECAUSE WE ARE CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS, SWORN IN, WE HAVE TO ABIDE BY THAT LAW. OR DO WE NOT HAVE TO ABIDE BY THAT LAW, MR. PORTER?  

>>Jim Porter: WELL, I THINK YOU ARE ASKING A RHETORICAL QUESTION.  

>>Susan Valdes: I AM. I REALLY AM. (LAUGHTER).  

>>Jim Porter: I THINK THE LAW IN TALLAHASSEE IS ADMINISTERED HERE, AND A RECOMMENDATION IS COMING FORWARD FROM YOUR SUPERINTENDENT, THE EXPECTATION IS THAT THOSE CRITERIA SET IN TALLAHASSEE HAVE BEEN MET.  

>>Susan Valdes: SO I HOPE THAT EVERYONE REALLY UNDERSTANDS THE ROLE THAT WE AS A LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD ENTITY MUST ABIDE BY. SO I HOPE THAT THAT'S CLEAR TO EVERYONE. AND MAYBE WHEN YOU SAY IT IN SPANISH OR FRENCH OR SOMETHING MAYBE, BECAUSE YOU KNOW ME. I JUST COMMEND THE WORK THAT YOU DO, MRS. HODGENS, BECAUSE YOU AND YOUR TEAM, SMALL TEAM BUT VERY MIGHTY, AND THE WORK THAT YOU DO IN HELPING OUR CHARTER APPLICANTS THROUGH THESE PROCESSES, AND GUIDING THEM IN ORDER TO GET TO A POINT WHERE IT'S A WIN-WIN SITUATION. IT'S VERY EVIDENT BY THE WORK, AND YOUR REPUTATION IN TALLAHASSEE AS WELL. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR WORK.  

>>Sally Harris: AT THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO CONTINUE YOUR PRESENTATION AND INTRODUCE YOUR SPECIAL GUEST, AND THEN WE WILL CALL FOR A VOTE.  

>> AND I WILL BE QUICK, I PROMISE. I DO WANT TO TELL YOU THAT ALL FOUR OF THESE APPLICANTS DID MEET WITH THE FACILITIES OFFICE WITH DID YOU HAVE DID IF I SUAREZ TO LOOK AT WHERE THE NEEDS ARE. WE ASKED APPLICANTS TO LOOK WHERE WE NEED SEATS OR WHERE THERE'S A NEED FOR ACADEMICS. SO ALL FOUR OF THESE APPLICANTS DID MEET WITH THE FACILITIES DIVISION. THE FIRST ONE, 6.07, IS APPROVE THE APPLICATION FOR NAVIGATOR LEADERSHIP HILLSBOROUGH. THIS APPLICATION IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE GROUP THAT WORKED WITH US FOR TWO YEARS. THEY APPLIED AND WITHDREW THEIR APPLICATION IN 2016. THEY SUBMITTED A DRAFT APPLICATION IN 2017. THEY RECEIVED TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE THROUGHOUT 16 AND 17 AND NOW THEY HAVE AN APPLICATION THAT IS APPROVED. THEY WANT TO DO THIS SCHOOL VERY BADLY. THEY WANT TO HELP STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. IT'S GRADE K-8. IT'S GOING TO BE ON 301 AND BIG BEND ROAD, THAT AREA OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THEY ARE GOING TO FOCUS ON MATH, ART, READING, TECHNOLOGY AND DEVELOPING LEADERSHIP SKILLS THROUGH THE LEADER IN ME, AND THEY HAVE DONE AN ANNOUNCE AMOUNT OF WORK ON THE LEADER IN ME PROGRAM TO ENSURE THAT THEY IMPLEMENT IT WITH FIDELITY WHEN THEY START THEIR SCHOOL. THE YEAR ONE ENROLLMENT WILL BE K-6 ONLY WITH 600 STUDENTS AND THEY DO HAVE A LOCAL BOARD. AND THEY DO HAVE A BOARD MEMBER WITH THEM, AND THEIR MANAGEMENT COMPANY. BART ABARELLO IS HERE. AND THEN WE HAVE MELISSA AGULAR FROM THE MANAGEMENT TEAM.  

>>Sally Harris: WOULD YOU LIKE TO STAND UP SO WE CAN -- THANK YOU.  

>> OKAY. THE NEXT ITEM IS C-6.08. AND THAT IS APPROVE THE APPLICATION FOR SLAM ACADEMY OF SOUTH TAMPA ELEMENTARY. I DO WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY IN SOUTH COUNTY, NOT SOUTH TAMPA. WE HAD THAT CONVERSATION. AND THEY UNDERSTAND AND THEY WILL BE CHANGING THE NAME OF THE SCHOOL. SO I JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT BUT NOT FOR THIS BOARD MEETING. THEY COME BECAUSE OF THE WAY THEY APPLIED. THIS SCHOOL IS GOING TO BE OPEN TO GRADES K-5. THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A SPORTS THEME CURRICULUM JUST LIKE THE SLAM THAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE IN CITRUS PARK. THEY ARE GOING TO BRING IN THE SPORTS AND ALL DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THE CURRICULUM. THEY DO HAVE AN EMPHASIS ON STEM AND PROJECT BASED LEARNING AND THEIR YEAR ONE ONE ENROLLMENT WILL BE 422 STUDENTS MANAGED BY ACT A BE DAME YEAH, AND IN THE SOUTH COUNTY AREA NEAR BALM ROAD. LET ME DO THE NEXT ONE BECAUSE IT'S THE SAME SCHOOL. 6.09 IS APPROVE THE APPLICATION FOR SLAM ACADEMY OF SOUTH TAMPA MIDDLE, HEY, WHICH IS WHAT WE CURRENTLY HAVE OPERATING IN CITRUS PARK. THIS IS A GRADE 6-12 SCHOOL. OPEN TO ANY STUDENT INTERESTED IN SPORTS LEADERSHIP. THEY ARE GOING TO OFFER THREE CAREER ACADEMIES, SPORTS BROADCASTING, DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION, SPORTS MARKETING AND MANAGEMENT AND SPORTS MEDICINE AND HEALTH. AS WE SAID, THEY WILL BE IN THE SOUTH COUNTY AREA YEAR ONE ENROLLMENT 6-9, 640 STUDENTS, AND THEY ARE ALSO MANAGED BY ACADEMICCA. HERE TONIGHT FROM THE BOARD IS RENEE AND TONY MESA. STAND UP. AND THEN WE HAVE ALEX TOMARGO WHO WORKS WITH THE SLAM FOUNDATION AND MILLIE SANCHEZ. AND THEN LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I THINK YOU HAD SEVERAL PEOPLE FROM THE PATEL INSTITUTE SPEAK WITH YOU EARLIER TONIGHT DURING PUBLIC COMMENT. THIS SCHOOL IS GOING TO BE IN THE TEMPLE TERRACE AREA ON I-75 AND 301. YOU CAN SEE IT RIGHT OFF THE INTERSTATE. THEY HAVE WORKED WITH US. I MET THEM ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO. I BELIEVE ASH AND I MET THREE YEARS AGO AND HE STARTED TALKING TO ME ABOUT THIS INTEREST HE HAD IN OPENING THIS SCHOOL. AND HE CAME TO OUR LAST TWO POTENTIAL APPLICANT MEETINGS. THE SCHOOL IS FOR GRADES 9 THROUGH 12. IT'S GOING TO OPEN IN 2019-20. IT IS A SCHOOL THAT'S APPLYING NOW BUT OPENING IN 1920 BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE PREPARED AND HAVE THE TIME THEY NEED TO BUILD. THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE A RIGOROUS ACADEMIC WESTBOUND TECHNOLOGY INFUSE AND PROJECT BASED LEARNING AND START WITH 9th AND SOth GRADERS, 300 STUDENTS. WITH US TONIGHT FROM THE BOARD IS MO. MISSOURI HAD TO LEAVE BUT HE WAS HERE EARLIER AND HE HAD TO LEAVE. SHEILA JAMES. SHE SPOKE WITH YOU. DIMITRI US. IF I MISPRONOUNCE, PLEASE SPEAK UP. AND THEN WE HAVE ASH. AND THEN KIM KAVANAUGH WHO WORKERS AS A CONSULTANT WITH THE GROUP. THANK YOU. AND THAT'S ALL FOUR OF THEM.  

>> MADAM CHAIR, YOU CAN DO ONE OF TWO THINGS. THERE CAN BE A MOTION TO APPROVE ITEM 6.07, 09, 10, AS EACH ITEM OR GO THROUGH EACH ONE AND VOTE. THAT'S UP TO THE INDIVIDUAL PERSON MAKING THE MOTION.  

>>Susan Valdes: I MAKE THE MOTION TO APPROVE ALL OF THESE CHARTERS TOGETHER.  

>>Jim Porter: FOR ITEM 607, 608, 609, 610.  

>> YES.  

>>Sally Harris: MRS. STUART, IS THAT A SECOND? WE HAVE A MOTION BY MRS. VALDES TO APPROVE 607, 608, 609, 610, AND A SECOND BY MEMBER STUART. SO WILL YOU PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME ON? OH, I'M SORRY. ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? IT WAS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>> MADAM CHAIR, IF WE CORE GO BACK TO 6.03-R FOR A MOMENT. SO WE HAD TO RECONSTRUCT ON THE TIMELINE OF THATTOMY. THE ITEM WAS PROPERLY PLACED ON THE AGENDA. AND ENOUGH TIME TO BE ON THE AGENDA. HOWEVER, IT WAS REVISED AND THERE WAS A GAP WHERE IT WAS REMOVED FROM THE AGENDA. SINCE THAT -- IN TALKING WITH MRS. BROWN OVER THE OPTIONS, THE MOST CONSERVATIVE THING TO DO WOULD BE TO CONTINUE THIS UNTIL YOUR DECEMBER 5th MEETING ONLY TWO WEEKS AWAY. AND MRS. BROWN FELT THAT WOULD BE ACCEPTABLE. THERE IS A RISK INVOLVED WITH GOING FORWARD BECAUSE IT WAS OFF THE AGENDA FOR A PERIOD OF TIME. AND SO THE THEORY BEHIND THAT SO YOU UNDERSTAND IS IF SOMEONE WAS INTERESTED IN THE ITEM, THEY REVIEWED THE ORIGINAL AGENDA, REVIEWED THE REVISED AGENDA, SAW THAT AND IT WAS REMOVED, THEY MIGHT THINK THE ITEM WAS TAKEN OFF AND THAT WOULD BE SOMETHING THEN THAT THE PUBLIC WOULD BE IMPACTED ON THEORETICALLY. IT'S SORT OF A LEAP, BUT I THINK THE MORE CONSERVATIVE THING TO DO IS CONTINUE UNTIL THE DECEMBER 5th MEETING. AND I THINK THE SUPERINTENDENT TECHNICALLY WOULD THEN WITHDRAW IT FROM THE AGENDA AS BEING OUT OF ORDER. YOU DON'T NEED A MOTION TO DO THAT. IT'S OUT OF ORDER, SO IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO BE VOTED ON TODAY. SO MRS. BROWN WILL BRING IT BACK TO YOU ON DECEMBER 5th.  

>> OFFICIALLY WITHDRAWING 6.03 OFF THE AGENDA.  

>> THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU FOR GETTING THAT DONE DURING THIS TIME.  

>> THANK YOU, MRS. BROWN, FOR HELPING TO DEAL WITH IT.  

>>Sally Harris: ALL RIGHT. WE ARE MOVING TO ITEM 6.12. APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR ELEMENTARY, SOCIAL STUDIES, OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING. THIS ITEM WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER SNIVELY. AND KAREEM JOHN, SUPERVISOR OF MATERIALS, AND DARRYL SANDERS, SUPERVISOR, ELEMENTARY GENERALIST.  

>> GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. I'M ACTUALLY DARYL SAUNDERS, THE OTHER MRS. SAUNDERS IN THE DISTRICT. (LAUGHTER) AND WE WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THE ADOPTION. WE ARE JOINED TOGETHER TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE ELEMENTARY, SOCIAL STUDIES ADOPTION PROCESS WHICH WAS ACTUALLY BEGUN LAST YEAR. BUT DUE TO SOME NEW LEGISLATION AND A PLAN TON REVISE THE REVIEW PROCESS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS WITH THE FOCUS ON EQUITY, WE PLACED THE PROCESS ON HOLD. THIS DECISION WAS MADE IN CONSULTATION WITH JEAN CLEMMENS OF THE CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION. IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THE TEACHERS FOR THIS CALENDAR YEAR 2017-18, WE EXTENDED THE USE OF THE TEXTBOOK THAT WE HAD USED PREVIOUSLY. WE SENT A SURVEY OUT TO ALL OF OUR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ASKING THEM IN WHAT QUANTITY WOULD THEY LIKE THESE TEXTBOOKS. DID THEY WANT ONE FOR EVERY STUDENT, ONE FOR EVERY OTHER STUDENT, OR DID THEY HAVE A SURPLUS AND DIDN'T NEED ANY AT THIS POINT? SO THE ORDER THAT WE ARE PLACING NOW IS FOR THOSE STUDENT CONSUMABLE BOOKS BASED ON THE SURVEY RESULTS FROM SCHOOLS. HAVING THE CHOICE THAT SCHOOLS MADE WAS A PRETTY SUBSTANTIAL COST-SAVING MEASURE AND PROVIDED SCHOOLS THE OPPORTUNITY TO DETERMINE EXACTLY WHAT THEIR NEEDS WERE. SINCE THE CALMABLE BOOKS IS A RESOURCE AND NOT "THE" RESOURCE, TEACHERS WERE GIVEN OTHER RESOURCES TO PREPARE LESSONS. AND ONE SUCH TOOL THAT I PROVIDED TO TEACHERS, I HAVE ON ONE NOTE, AND ON THAT ONE NOTE THERE ARE LESSONS FOR EVERY CIVICS STANDARD, EVERY ECONOMIC STANDARD FOR K-3, EVERY FOURTH GRADE STANDARD, SO THERE ARE PLENTY OF RESOURCES OUT THERE FOR TEACHERS TO PUT THEIR HANDS ON IN THIS INTERIM TIME. IN THE INTERIM, UNTIL THE CONSUMEABLES ARRIVE, THEY HAVE BEEN USING THAT. WE COMMUNICATED THAT IN MULTIPLE WAYS THROUGH OUR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER IN ELEMENTARY, WE ALSO INFORMED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS AT MEETINGS, AND THROUGH THE MONTHLY MEETINGS AND MONTHLY CONTACTS THAT I HAVE, CONTACTED EVERY OTHER ONE OF THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS. THE SCHOOLS WILL RECEIVE THE MATERIALS AND THE NUMBERS THAT THEY REQUESTED LATER THIS MONTH, AND THEN THE ADOPTION PROCESS IS RESUMING AT THE END OF THIS MONTH. SO THAT WE WILL MAKE A SELECTION FOR THE BEGINNING OF THE 2018 SCHOOL YEAR AND WILL CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT FOUR TO FIVE SCHOOL YEARS.  

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. WHAT WAS THE COST SAVINGS REALIZED FROM THE SURVEY?  

>> APPROXIMATELY $200,000.  

>> PRETTY SIGNIFICANT.  

>> PRETTY SIGNIFICANT. AND WE ALSO HAD THE HELP OF IVAN DEAMONTOS MO WAS ABLE TO NEGOTIATE A LOWER PRICE FROM THE VENDOR.  

>> I SEE SOME AT 27,400 AND THAT'S PART OF THE NEGOTIATION. ALTHOUGH I DIDN'T SEE THE ESTIMATED SALES TAX INCLUDED. IS THAT GOING TO BE 7%? BECAUSE THAT'S AN ADDITIONAL 41,861. NO, NO, ESTIMATED TBD.  

>> WE DON'T PAY SALES --  

>>Melissa Snively: WELL, IT SHOULD PROBABLY SAY NA INSTEAD OF TBD. ALL RIGHT. AND THEN -- NO, I THINK THAT WAS THE ONLY QUESTIONS I HAD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION. WE'LL MOVE TO ITEM 6 .13. APPROVE PAYMENT TO THE AMERICAN COLLEGE TESTING ACT, SOLE SOURCE PROVIDER FOR EXAMS GIVEN TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SENIORS AND CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION COC GRADUATES, OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING. THIS ITEM WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER VALDES, MEMBER SHAMBURGER AND MEMBER SNIVELY. AND YOU ARE THERE ALREADY. MR. ERIC BURKEHOME, ADVANCED ACADEMIC ACCESS.  

>> THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENTS. APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT OUR DISTRICT'S USE OF THE ACT AS A WAY FOR STUDENTS TO EARN A CONCORDANCE SCORE FOR THE READING BENCHMARK ON THE FLORIDA STATE ASSESSMENT TEST. WE BEGAN THIS PROCESS A FEW YEARS AGO FOR STUDENTS WHO HAD RECEIVED THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION INSTEAD OF A DIPLOMA BECAUSE THEY LACKED A STATE READING BENCHMARK. STUDENTS DO HAVE MULTIPLE OPPORTUNITIES TO TAKE THE FSA AND EARN A READING BENCHMARK BEGINNING IN THE 10th GRADE. STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT ACHIEVED A PASSING SCORE ARE RETESTED ON THE FSA IN GRADES 11 AND 12 BUT SOMETIMES THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO EARN THE READING BENCHMARK SCORE ON THE FSA. THOSE STUDENTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE AN ACT IN ORDER TO EARN A CONCORDANCE SCORE AS WELL AS AN SAT. BECAUSE THE STATE OF FLORIDA ALLOWS STUDENTS TO USE THE SAT OR THE ACT READING SCORES, HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO EARN THEIR DIPLOMA AND PURSUE THEIR POST HIGH SCHOOL DREAMS. I SAY HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS. IF YOU COUNT THE SAT IT'S BEEN THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS. BUT BECAUSE WE STARTED TO USE THE ACT, WE IN THE PAST YEAR, 112 STUDENTS JUST LAST YEAR EARNED THEIR DIPLOMA BECAUSE OF THE CONCORDANCE SCORE ON ACT, BUT THIS PAST FALL IN OCTOBER WE TESTED CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION HOLDERS FROM LAST YEAR AND SENIORS THAT ALL OF OUR CAREER CENTERS. WE WON'T HAVE THEIR SCORES UNTIL JANUARY BUT HOPEFULLY WE ARE GOING TO SEE CONCORDANCE SCORES THERE AS WELL.  

>>Sally Harris: ANY DISCUSSION? THANK YOU. OOPS, NEVER MIND. MEMBER GRIFFIN?  

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. I HAVE A LOT OF STUFF TO START PAYING ATTENTION TO NOW. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN SCORING GOING TO LOOK LIKE? BECAUSE THEY ARE RAISING THOSE SCORES FOR THE CONCORDANCE SCORES ON BOTH THE SAT AND THE -- ACT. THANK YOU. SO MANY ACRONYMS.  

>> THE CONCORDANCE SCORE WAS FOR ACE ALREADY UP TO A 19. AND SO IT USED TO BE QUITE TRUE YEARS AGO WHEN PEOPLE WOULD SAY, OH, IT'S REALLY QUITE SIMPLE TO GO TO CONCORDANCE SCORE ON THE ACT AND MOVED UP TO A 19 FROM THE 15. AND THAT'S BEEN VERY CHALLENGING FOR STUDENTS. THE SAT IS SLATED TO GO UP FOR 18-19. AND THAT IS WHY THIS YEAR WE GAVE ALL SENIORS WHO DID NOT HAVE A CONCORDANCE SCORE THE SAT SCHOOL DAY IN OCTOBER. WE WILL ALSO GIVE IT TO THEM AGAIN IN THE FALL -- I'M SORRY, IN THE SPRING, IF THEY DIDN'T EARN IT. BECAUSE THAT SCORE IS GOING TO GO UP FROM A 420 IN READING UP TO -- AND I'M SORRY, MRS. GRIFFIN, I DON'T HAVE THE NUMBER MEMORIZED BUT I WILL TELL YOU THAT IT'S GOING TO GO HIGHER THAN WHAT IS CONSIDERED COLLEGE READINESS SCORES FOR SCHOOL GRADE. SO WE NEED TO GET AS MANY STUDENTS TESTED ON THE SAT THIS SCHOOL YEAR AS WE CAN SO THAT WE CAN ENJOY THOSE NUMBERS OF OVER 2,000 STUDENTS EARNING CONCORDANCE SCORES.  

>>April Griffin: WE ABSOLUTELY DO, BUT I STILL HAVE MORE FAITH IN ANYBODY WHO HAS WATCHED ME SERVE OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS WILL TELL YOU THAT I AM -- I AM A CRITIC OF THE COLLEGE BOARD. BUT I HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE IN THOSE TESTS BEING NATIONALLY NORMED TESTS THAN OUR NOW FSA OVER THE YEARS, BECAUSE, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE CHALLENGED OUR SCHOOL GRADES -- WELL, FSA AND THEN FCAT PRIOR TO THAT, AND WON OUR CHALLENGES? SO I KNOW IT'S GOING TO BE MUCH MORE DIFFICULT. AND I HOPE THAT WE ARE COMMUNICATING THAT. BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S A BIG PART OF THIS IS COMMUNICATING THAT TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE. I KNOW MR. ANDERSON IS WELL AWARE OF WHAT'S HAPPENING. BUT WE HAVE A LOT OF OUR MENTORS THAT ARE WORKING WITH THE STUDENTS GETTING THEM PREPARED FOR THOSE TESTS. SO I HOPE WE ARE COMMUNICATING THAT TO THEM AS WELL. BUT AGAIN, I STILL DO HAVE MORE CONFIDENCE IN THE ACT AND THE SAT THAN I DO FSA.  

>> THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MR. AYRES?  

>>Van Ayres: OUR STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVE HAD TO LEAVE. IT'S LATE. BUT SHE HAD TWO ITEMS AND I'LL SPEAK TO 6 .14 NEXT BUT SHE WANTED TO MAKE SURE HER COMMENTS WERE READ. I WILL MAKE SURE I READ THEM VERBATIM. SHE WANTS TO EXPRESS THIS IS A VERY BENEFICIAL TOOL FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS AS THE STATISTICS SHOWED AND SHE ACTUALLY KNEW THE NUMBER, 2,045 STUDENTS GRADUATED WITH AN ACT-SAT CONCORDANT. ISABEL FROM LETO IS OUR REP THERE AND SHE SAID AT MY HIGH SCHOOL, AT MY HIGH SCHOOL, LETO, 75 STUDENTS HAVE TAKEN THIS OPPORTUNITY. I KNOW THAT SENIORS IN OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. ESPECIALLY TAKING THE ACT DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. SO WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE GOT THAT.  

>> THANK YOU. AND I ADD TO THAT, THAT OUR SENIORS WHO TOOK THE SAT IN OCTOBER ON THE SAME DAY, PSAT, 49% OF THOSE SENIORS THAT DID NOT HAVE CONCORDANCE TESTS THAT DAY DID EARN CONCORDANCE SCORE SO IT'S CLOSE TO 750 STUDENTS.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER STUART?  

>>Cindy Stuart: WITH THAT I WANT TO APPLAUD THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR FOLLOWING ORANGE'S LEAD BECAUSE ORANGE COUNTY ACTUALLY HAS BEEN DOING THIS FOR A WHILE, AND WE HEARD ABOUT IT AND BROUGHT THAT IDEA BACK. SO I APPRECIATE THAT WE HAVE PUT THIS NOW IN FRONT OF OUR STUDENTS EARLIER THAN WE USED TO, AND OBVIOUSLY IT'S GOING TO MAKE A DENT IN OUR GRADUATION RATES FOR THIS YEAR. SO THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER VALDES.  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I TOO WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. EAKINS FOR ACTUALLY LISTENING BECAUSE THIS WAS ONE OF MY ITEMS THAT BEFORE MEMBER STUART BROUGHT IT FROM ORANGE COUNTY OR WHATEVER, WE WERE PUSHING ALONG FOR OUR STUDENTS TO TAKE THAT ACT BEFORE IT WAS COOL TO DO THAT. YOU KNOW. SO THANK YOU, MR. EAKINS FOR ACTUALLY FORMALIZING THIS AND GIVING ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR STUDENTS TO EARN THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA. BECAUSE ONE TEST ON ONE DAY SHOULD NOT DETERMINE YOUR FUTURE. AND SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR PUTTING OUR KIDS FIRST. THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MR. BARTELL. YOU MAY NOW -- I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT THANK YOU, GUYS, FOR STILL BEING HERE. WE KNOW IT'S LATE. (LAUGHTER) AND I JUST LOOK OUT THERE AND I'M SO EXCITED THAT YOU ARE ALL STILL HERE. (LAUGHTER) SO WE WILL MOVE ON TO ITEM 6 .14 AND APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF THE GIZMOS LICENSE FROM EXPLORE LEARNING SOLE SOURCE PROVIDER A DIVISION OF LAZ -- L, INC., OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING. THIS WAS COMMENT BY MEMBER GRAY AND HIGHLIGHTED AND COMMENT BY MEMBER SNIVELY. AND WE HAVE MR. PERKY LARRY PLANK. (LAUGHTER).  

>> HEY, PERKY PLANK. ALL RIGHT. WELL, PABLO, CUE THE KARAOKE. LET'S HAVE SOME FUN. MRS. HARRIS, CONGRATULATIONS TO YOUR APPOINTMENT APPOINTMENT TONIGHT AS BOARD CHAIR AND MRS. STUART, THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED A LOT THE LAST YEAR UNDER THAT LEADERSHIP. YOU DON'T GET TO SEE ME ON SCREEN. THIS IS FOREVER, RIGHT? I JUST WANT TO TALK A LITTLE ABOUT MISS MOSS. THE DISTRICT HAS BEEN -- GISMOS. THE PRODUCT ITSELF HAS GROWN WITH US AS WE HAVE GROWN. WITH OUR EXPECTATIONS AROUND MATH AND SCIENCE LEARNING AND BASED INSTRUCTION AND WE HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO ALIGN THIS PRODUCT NOT ONLY WITH THE EVALUATION RUB RICK FOR OUR TEACH OARS BUT ALSO WITH STEM PRACTICES. SO THE PRODUCT ITSELF THROUGH THE YEARS, WE OFFER 400 GISMOSS. SO KIDS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUSH A VIRTUAL CART ACROSS THE TABLE AND MAKE MEASUREMENTS ON THAT PARTICULAR CART, ANALYZE THE DATA, AND DO THIS IN A VIRTUAL SPACE. THE SAME THING WOULD BE TRUE OF SCIENCE EXPERIMENT. FOR INSTANCE, IN A CHEMISTRY LAB. SO WHILE WE DON'T EVER WANT TO FOR TEACHERS TO STAY AWAY FROM PLACES WHERE HANDS-ON LEARNING TAKES PLACE LIKE LABORATORIES, THESE PARTICULAR TOOLS PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS TO CONDUCT REVIEWS OR ALLOW STUDENTS TO ENGAGE IN THE LABORATORY WORK IF THEY ARE ABSENT ON THE LABORATORY DAY. IN 2010, 11, WE EXPANDED GISMOS' USAGE TO ALL HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOMS AND TATTLE WOULDN'T AWAY FROM TEACHER SUBSCRIPTIONS FOR TEACHER AND WE PROVIDED AN ACCESS AT THAT TIME TO EVERY STUDENT IN THE DISTRICT. GISMOS HAS ACTUALLY BEEN JUMPED IN TO PLAY WITH US IN DEVELOPING TEACHER MENTORSHIP PROGRAMS THAT WE ARE STARTING BACK IN HILLSBOROUGH AT THAT TIME FOR TEACHERS TO BECOME PEERS AROUND USAGE OF VISUAL TECHNOLOGY WITHIN THEIR CLASSROOM. SO A COUPLE OF QUOTES, AND I KNOW THEN YOU HAVE SOMETHING FROM A STUDENT THAT'S JUST AS POWERFUL AS WHAT OUR TEACH VERSE TO SAY ABOUT THE PRODUCT. AND AGAIN, THE TEACHERS ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE ASKED FOR THIS PRODUCT. AS LEADERS OF THE DISTRICTS, WE HAVE INCORPORATED IT INTO ALL OF OUR CURRICULUM MAPS SO THAT LINKS TO EACH INDIVIDUAL GIZMO ARE EASY TO FIND IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, MATHEMATICS, MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE. SO A COUPLE OF MORE QUOTES FOR THE RECORD. SO OUR PROJECT MANAGEMENT, GIZMOS IS MANAGED THROUGH MY OFFICE WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF SUPERVISORS AS WELL AS K-12 COORDINATOR. JOE IS THE ONE THAT ACTUALLY GOES OUT TO SCHOOLS, WORKS WITH SCHOOLS IN LUNCH AND LEARNS, DOES WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS, IF THEY NEED ASSISTANCE BEFORE SCHOOL, AFTER SCHOOL, AND GOES INTO CLASSROOMS TO MODEL INSTRUCTION UTILIZING GIZMOS. I MENTIONED CURRICULUM ALIGNMENT. WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON FOR SUSTAINABILITY IN THE FUTURE. GIZMOS IS GOING TO MATCH UP WITH THE HELP OF JOY SUAREZ OF OUR CLEVER SYSTEM SO WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET ADDITIONAL DATA FROM GIZMOS THAT'S DOWN TO A STUDENT LEVEL OF HOW OFTEN THEY ARE COMPLETING ASSIGNMENTS WITHIN THE PRODUCT AND WHAT THEIR SCORES ARE. SO WE DO SEE AN INCREASE IN SCORES FROM STANDARDIZED TESTS FOR TEACHERS THAT UTILIZE GIZMOS THE MOST AND THEIR STUDENTS, FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL A 7% INCREASE, ALIGNED WITH THE USAGE OF GIZMOS FOR THE TEACHERS WHO UTILIZE IT MOST AND IN HIGH SCHOOL THAT'S A 9% INCREASE FOR TEACHERS WHO UTILIZE THE PRODUCT THE MOST. SO WHILE WE CAN'T SAME THAT'S CAUSATION, WE DO BELIEVE IT IS CORRELATION BECAUSE GIZMOS IS PART OF WHAT WE ENDORSE FOR BEST PRACTICE. ANY QUESTIONS?  

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY, OFF COMMENT?  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MR. PLANK, FOR YOUR ELOQUENT PRESENTATION. AS ALWAYS. YOU KNOW, IT WAS IN THE "TAMPA BAY TIMES" THIS SUNDAY THAT THE RANKS THE HIGHEST IN THE STEM EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTION. IN OTHER WORDS, STEM EDUCATION. SO YOU ARE DOING SO MUCH RIGHT, AND IT'S BEING NOTICED AND RECOGNIZED. THE GIZMO, I HAD A CHANCE TO TALK TO ONE OF THE STUDENTS THAT WE WERE RUNNING ACTUALLY TOGETHER AND HE WAS TELLING ME ALL ABOUT THE USE OF THE GIZMO, AND HE WAS SAYING THAT HE CAN -- YOU TILLEY DO EXPERIMENTS RIGHT IN THE CLASSROOM, AND HE CAN DO SOME AT HOME, 24-HOUR SERVICE, BUT AS AN EDUCATOR, I JUST WANTED TO SHARE WITH WHAT YOU REALLY KIND OF ALLUDED TO. BECAUSE OF THE HIGH LEVEL THINKING, I DO THINK IT DOES PREPARE THE STUDENTS FOR HIGH LEVEL TESTING. I THINK THAT THE ANALYZING OF THE DATA CONTINUALLY OVER AND OVER GETS THEM TO A HEIGHTENED SENSE OF LET'S SAY RECALL. AND I CAN BET REALLY PREPARES OUR KIDS TO BE VERY SUCCESSFUL ON THE FSA TEST WHICH IS THEIR REALITY. I THINK ALSO IT DOES DEFINITELY SHOW THAT EVEN THOUGH THERE IS A COST, UNDER THE CIRCUMSTANCES BEEN ALLOCATED, AND OVER AND OVER THE DATA HAS PROVED THAT THESE KIDS GENERALLY ARE GOING TO HAVE A HIGHER SUCCESS RATE ON THE TEST. BECAUSE THEY ARE USING THOSE TYPES OF TOOLS. AND I'M VERY EXCITED. I KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING ALL AROUND THE USF AREA, REALLY VERY HIGH AMOUNT OF ACCOLADES TO YOU AND ALL YOUR WORK, AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>> THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray: YOU'RE WELCOME.  

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: AND I PULLED A LOT OF AGENDA ITEMS THIS EVENING, SO I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE SAID SOMETHING AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING. BUT, YOU KNOW, WITH THE FINANCIAL SITUATION THAT WE ARE IN, I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO BE AS OBJECTIVE AS POSSIBLE FOR ANY MONEY THAT WE ARE SPENDING AS FAR AS THE DISTRICT IS CONCERNED. AND THIS ONE, $310,000, BECAUSE IT WAS MENTIONED EARLIER ABOUT HOW THINGS ADD UP, YOU KNOW. BUT IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT OBVIOUSLY, AS YOU DID IN YOUR POWER POINT PRESENTATION, TO SHOW THE RETURN ON THE INVESTMENT THAT WE MAKE WHEN WE ARE PURCHASING SOMETHING OF THIS NATURE. AND SO THAT WAS REALLY APPRECIATED, THAT YOU PRESENTED THAT INFORMATION ALONG WITH IT IN ORDER TO JUSTIFY THE EXPENSE OF IT. I DO HAVE -- IT MIGHT BE MORE OF A GENERAL QUESTION FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT, BUT WHEN YOU MENTION THAT ORIGINALLY, THIS IS A GRANT-FUNDED PROJECT, BACK IN 2006, AND I IMAGINE THAT THE GRANT ENDED AND WE DECIDED TO CONTINUE TO GO AHEAD AND PROVIDE THIS PRODUCT TO OUR STUDENTS. DO WE EVER AT ANY POINT GO BACK AND SEEK OUT OTHER GRANT OPPORTUNITIES, JUST BECAUSE PERHAPS THIS ONE, TAKE ONE IN PARTICULAR ENDED, ARE THERE OTHER GRANT OPPORTUNITIES THAT COULD HELP PAY FOR THESE THINGS? ARE WE GOING BACK EACH YEAR AND SEEKING OTHER GRANTS GRANT OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS? AND I HAD A NOT FROM DR. BROWN.  

>> EVEN WITHIN THE GIZMOS PIPELINE, LOOKING FROM 2006 TO TODAY, THERE WAS A SECOND GRANT. IT WAS THE TOP GRANT THAT WE UTILIZED WHEN WE EXPANDED TO ALL SCHOOLS. AND SO THE FIRST GRANT WAS ACTUALLY QUITE SMALL. AND WE ONLY HAD ABOUT 20 TEACHERS. SO WE LIKE TO THINK OF THAT FIRST GRANT AS A PILOT OPPORTUNITY. AND WE DID TAKE THINGS OFF OF THE TABLE IN TERMS OF OUR CURRICULUM TO MAKE SPACE FOR THIS PURCHASE.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU FOR YOUR EXPLANATION AND THOROUGH PRESENTATION.  

>> THANK YOU ALL. OH, WHEN ISABELLA SAW THE GIZMO ITEM SHE WANTED TO BE SURE TO SPEAK TO THIS ONE. HER COMMENT WAS SHE PERSONALLY USED GIZMOS IN THE CLASSROOM AND THE HOME AND SHE HAD A VERY GOOD EXPERIENCE USING THEM. SHE WROTE THEY ALLOW ME TO PERFORM A LAB ON LINE WITHOUT HAVING AN INSTRUCTOR PRESENT. AND I HAVE NOTICED THAT USING THEM LEAVES ME WITH A STRONG UNDERSTANDING OF THE SUBJECT. SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS, THE USE OF GIZMOS RESULTED IN A 9% HIGHER SCORE, ASSESSMENTS, THE FUNDING OF THIS ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION REAP POSITIVE RESULTS.  

>> DID HER HOMEWORK.  

>>Sally Harris: VERY GOOD. THANK YOU.  

>>Van Ayres: THANK YOU ALL.  

>>Sally Harris: WE WILL MOVE ON TO ITEM 6.15, APPROVE AGREEMENT WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FLORIDA AND PURCHASES COVERED WITHIN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY MANUFACTURING ACADEMY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES WORKFORCE CONNECTION. THIS ITEM WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER VALDES. COMMENT BY MEMBER GRAY. AND COMMENT HIGHLIGHT BY MEMBER SNIVELY. AND WE HAVE CHRIS JARGO, DIRECTOR OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION HERE TO SPEAK.  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM THAT ALLOWS OUR DISTRICT TO ACCEPT $250,000 FROM THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY MANUFACTURING ACADEMY WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES. BACK IN 2015 THE OVERALL GOAL WAS TO ADDRESS THE MANUFACTURING SKILLS GAP. OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS OVER A THOUSAND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN MANUFACTURING RELATED COURSES, AND 20 OF THOSE STUDENTS WERE ABLE TO EARN A CERTIFIED WELDER, 8 STUDENTS CERTIFIED PRODUCTION ASSISTANT AND 99 STUDENTS THE CORE CERTIFICATION ALL THE CHALLENGING INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS THAT WE OFFER RELATED TO THIS PROGRAM. AS PART OF OUR NEW AGREEMENT, THIS WILL COVER TWO FISCAL YARS, FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE TO ENHANCE THE PATHWAYS ENGINEERING PROGRAM AT MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOL, THE WELDING TECHNOLOGIES PROGRAM AT HILLSBOROUGH HIGH, AND IRWIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE. AND THE MACHINE TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM AT ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL. DURING FISCAL YEAR 2018, WE ARE REQUESTING APPROVAL TO USE NO MORE THAN $120,000 FROM THIS PROJECT FOR SOLE SOURCE PURCHASES AT ARMWOOD AND MIDDLETON HIGH SCHOOLS FOR CERTIFIED PRODUCTION TECHNICIAN, SKILL BOGS EQUIPMENT TRAINER. LOOKING AHEAD TO THE SECOND YEAR, THE HIGHLIGHT AMONG MANY OF THESE INITIATIVES WILL BE ENHANCES TO OUR WELDING LAB AT IRWIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE WHICH WAS RECENTLY NAMED BY WELDING SOCIETY ACCREDITED TESTING FACILITY.  THIS PROVIDES OUR STUDENTS WITH THE ABILITY TO TEST LOCALLY AS OPPOSED TO GOING OUT OF THE COUNTY. WE REQUEST YOUR APPROVAL OF THIS OVERALL AGENDA ITEM AS IT ALIGNS TO OUR VISION OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE.  

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY? YOU HAVE A COMMENT?  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, CHRIS. I APPRECIATE YOU STAYING THIS LATE AT NIGHT AND TALKING ABOUT THIS SUBJECT THAT I THINK IS JUST CRITICAL. RIGHT NOW WE ARE LOOKING AT TAMPA BAY'S WEAKEST LINK. IT IS IN FACT OUR WORKFORCE. THERE'S JUST NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE INVOLVED IN OR GETTING THEMSELVES THROUGH APPRENTICESHIP. BUT WE CAN LOOK FORWARD TO THIS BEING EXPANDED. A COMMITTEE WE HAVE FORMED WITH SCOTT BROOKS HAS BEEN MADE TO MOVE AGGRESSIVELY TOWARDS THE GOAL OF ADDING MUCH MORE OPPORTUNITY TO THE VOCATIONAL PREP CORPORATION NOT ONLY IN THE MIDDLE BUT IN THE HIGH SCHOOL ESPECIALLY. DR. ATWATER OF HCC, ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS LED BY THE PRESIDENT STEVEN KONA AND OUR WORKFORCE DIRECTOR SCOTT BROOKS WILL BE ALIGNING THEIR RESOURCES TOGETHER SO WE CAN MAKE A FAST-TRACK MODEL ENTITLED APPRENTICESHIP TO COLLEGE TO WORK MODEL. AND I THINK THIS IS VERY, VERY EXCITING. WE ARE PAYING A LOT OF ATTENTION TO IT. WE ARE DEFINITELY -- OUR TAMPA BAY COMMUNITY DESPERATE REPLY NEEDS THAT QUALIFIED WORKFORCE. WE ARE LOOKING AT EVERYTHING FROM ENGINEERING, HOTEL MANAGEMENT, MATH MASTER BILLED WELDING AND SCORES OF OTHER APPRENTICESHIP AND VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL TYPE CAREERS. AND DON'T JUST END WITH CERTIFICATION. AND GO ON TO REGULAR GRADUATE DEGREE, AND ALL THE WHILE WORKING WITH AN $18 PER HOUR AND UP TYPE OF JOB, TO MAKE IT A CAREER, AND IT'S JUST VERY, VERY EXCITING. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT TO SAY, IT'S A HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU ALL TO GRASP, AS I HAVE BEEN REMINDED, THAT YOU STARTED, WHAT, IN 2015 WITH A VERY SMALL AMOUNT OF STATE FUNDING, AND NOW AT 2017, YOU ARE UP TO $250,000. AND AS WE HAVE BEEN REMINDED BY GOVERNOR SCOTT HE SAYS A CAREER IN A YEAR. AND AS WE HAVE BEEN REMINDED BY DR. ATWATER WE ARE GOING TO GET A LOT MORE MONEY THAT'S GOING TO BE PROBABLY ALLOCATED TO APPRENTICESHIP WORKFORCE, TECHNICAL, VOCATIONAL, AND THAT'S WHY THIS PARTICULAR COMMITTEE THAT WE ARE FORMING IS GOING TO BE GREAT FOR OUR STUDENTS, IT WILL KEEP THEM IN SCHOOL, IT WILL KEEP THEM EXCITED, AND ALSO THE ADULTS AS WELL, WHICH IS ALL PART OF IT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR PRESENTATION.  

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER VALDES. MEMBER SNIVELY PULLED THIS FOR COMMENT. MEMBER SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION. SO FIRST OF ALL, I AM GLAD THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FUNDS $250,000 OF THAT. AND NOT OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT MONEY, IT'S STILL MY MONEY AS A TAXPAYER, RIGHT? SO MY QUESTION IS, HOW DO WE MAINTAIN ACCOUNTABILITY TO THE COUNTY FOR THIS, THESE DOLLARS? AND MAYBE YOU CAN EXPLAIN A LITTLE BIT OF THE REPORTING OR EVALUATION PIECE, AND ENROLLMENT EFFORT, AND SUCCESS RATE, AND ATTRITION. I KNOW THAT WAS A REALLY LONG QUESTION. BUT IF YOU HAVE THAT INFORMATION.  

>> THE NUMBER OF DELIVERABLE THAT ARE PART OF THIS AND OF COURSE ENROLLMENT IS PART OF IT AND PARTED OF THE DATA THAT I PULLED TO TALK ABOUT TODAY WAS FROM AN ENROLLMENT REPORT. WE PROVIDED ONE IN 2016 AND ANOTHER JUST IN SEPTEMBER 2017. ALSO THE INDUSTRY CERTIFICATION DATA. SO FOR THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS THAT ENROLLED A CERTAIN PERCENT WE HOPE TO GET INDUSTRY CERTIFIED. AND IN FACT PART OF THIS FUNDING THAT COMES IS FROM OUR MIDDLETON PROGRAM WITH ENGINEERING. THE MORE ENGINEERING CERTIFICATES, THE MORE FUNDING IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS PROGRAM.  SO INCENTIVE FOR US TO HAVE STUDENT PERFORMANCE.  

>>Melissa Snively: DO YOU HAVE A PARTICULAR SUCCESS GOAL THAT YOU ACHIEVE TO?  

>> SO I WOULD SAY THIS IS THE SECOND, WE WOULD LIKE TO IMPROVE ON WHAT WE SAW IN THE FIRST ROUND. SO THE NUMBERS IN TERMS OF ENROLLMENT WE KNOW HAVE GONE UP IN THE 2017-18 YEAR FROM THE FIRST TWO. AND SO WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT MOVE FORWARD IN 2018-19. AND ALSO THE CERTIFICATION DATA. I THINK WITH THE WELDING CERTIFICATION TO BE ABLE TO BE DONE LOCALLY, BEFORE THEY WERE DONE IN ANOTHER COUNTY, THEN THAT SHOULD ALLOW MORE STUDENTS TO COME WITHOUT THE CHALLENGE OF TRANSPORTATION, AND ALSO THE NUMBER OF MILES OF TRAVEL SHOULD BE EASIER.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. THAT'S AN PRETTY INTEGRAL PART TOO CLOSING THAT WORKFORCE GAP WE HAVE IN TAMPA BAY. SO MORE INFORMATION YOU CAN CONTINUE TO PROVIDE TO US, I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT FOR US TO KEEP OUR FINGER ON THAT. THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS AGENDA ITEM BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, OFTENTIMES WE TALK ABOUT IN THE PAST WE HAVE DONE AWAY WITH MANY OF OUR CAREER TECHNICAL PROGRAMS. BECAUSE WE HAD THIS ILLUSION THAT EVERYONE WAS GOING TO GO TO A FOUR-YEAR UNIVERSITY. WELL, OF COURSE, THAT'S WHY OUR WORKFORCE, IS AS LIMITED AS IT IS, BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN, I WANT TO THANK THE STAFF, THE LEADERSHIP OF MR. BROOKS, AND MIKE RAMSEY, YOURSELF AND THE WHOLE TEAM, IN LOOKING AT WAYS OF BEING ABLE TO HELP US TO BRING THIS CURRICULUM BACK INTO OUR DISTRICT. AS A MATTER OF FACT, AFTER THE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS, WE HEARD SEVERAL OF OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS WANTING TO DO MORE HANDS-ON TYPES OF ACTIVITIES. YET IN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS, WE HAD NO SHOP, WE HAD LIMITED, BECAUSE WE HAVE TAKEN AWAY A LOT OF THOSE PROGRAMS JUST TO CONCENTRATE ON GOING TO COLLEGE. AND IT'S A SHAME OF THAT WE HAVE COME THIS FAR. BUT THINGS DO COME BACK IN FULL CIRCLE. NOW, THE CHALLENGE IS, I BELIEVE AM WRONG, MR. BROOKS, AND MR. JARGO AND MR. RAMSEY, BUT THINKING ABOUT THE JOBS THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE GOING TO BE MEETING THAT AREN'T CREATED YET, AND HOW WE CAN USE THESE DOLLARS TO INNOVATE AND REALLY THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX. AND THAT'S WHERE THE VOICES OF OUR STUDENTS COME IN. IN THEIR MIND AND WHAT THEY SEE THEMSELVES DOING. SO I AM REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS AGENDA ITEM, AGAIN BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT WE ARE -- WE ARE GOING BACK TO WHAT REALLY WORKS, YOU KNOW, AND JUST BECAUSE A STUDENT MATE COME OUT WITH A SIMPLE ELECTRICAL CERTIFICATION OR LICENSE DOES NOT MEAN THAT THAT CHILD -- THAT STUDENT MAY NOT WIND UP BEING AN ELECTRICAL ENGINEER ONE DAY. SO KUDOS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. AND I WASN'T PLANNING ON COMMENTING, BUT WHEN I HEAR THE FACT THAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE POOR WORKFORCE, THAT'S THE REASON WHY IT'S BEEN SO POOR, THE WORKFORCE, AND NOW WE HAVE TO REVAMP THAT. AND THINK ABOUT INNOVATIVE WAYS AND PROGRAMS THAT OUR STUDENTS WILL BE INTERESTED AND CONTAGIOUS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND DILIGENCE AND LOOKING FOR THOSE TYPES OF GRANTS. THANK THE GRANT DEPARTMENT AS WELL FOR WORKING IN COLLABORATION WITH YOU TO BE ABLE TO FIND THESE DOLLARS IN ORDER TO HELP ENHANCE THE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY OUR STUDENTS HAVE. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>> THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: AND THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MEMBER VALDES. ALL RIGHT. WE WILL MOVE TO ITEM 6.17. APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH NEW YORK CITY, LEADERSHIP ACADEMY, EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. THIS ITEM WAS PULLED FOR A HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENT BY MEMBER GRAY, HIGHLIGHT BY MEMBER SHAMBURGER AND HIGHLIGHT BY MEMBER SNIVELY. AND TRISHA McMANUS, OUR ASSISTANT OF LEADERSHIP AND EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT WILL SPEAK ON THIS ITEM.  

>> THANK YOU. ALTHOUGH I AM HIGHLIGHTING, THIS HAS DEFINITELY BEEN A JOINT EFFORT IN GETTING THE ITEM READY WITH THE DIVERSITY OFFICER, MINERVA DOWN AT THE END. I WANT ODDED TO BE SURE I SAID THAT. OUR SUMMER INSTITUTE REVIEWED A GRANT DESIGNED FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF LEADERS IN ORDER TO SUPPORT THEIR TEACHERS TO REINFORCE THE CONTENT LEARNED AT THE SUMMER INSTITUTE. NOR PAST SUMMER THOSE OF YOU THAT WERE ABLE TO ATTEND WILL REMEMBER THE INSTITUTE WAS TITLED IN PURSUANT OF EQUITY AND EXCELLENCE. SO AT THIS INSTITUTE WE LEARNED ABOUT BE THE MEETING OF EQUITY AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THINKING ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT WE DOUGH THROUGH THE LENS OF EQUITY. AREA SUPERINTENDENT AND THEIR AREA LEADERSHIP TEAM HAVE CONTINUED THIS LEARNING BY FOCUSING ON EQUITY DURING THEIR SMALL GROUP MEETINGS WITH PRINCIPALS. THE CONTRACT WITH NEW YORK CITY LEADERSHIP ACADEMY -- IF I SAY IT AGAIN I AM GOING TO SAY NCYCLB, THEY ARE EXPERTS AROUND THE TOPIC OF EQUITY SO WE ARE GOING TO WORK WITH THEM. THEIR WORK WITH US WILL ALLOW TO CONTINUE THE LEADERS THROUGH THE DESIGN OF THE SPECIFIC TOOL THAT SUPPORTS OUR CURRENT LEARNING TOOL, AND THERE WILL ALSO BE PROVIDING ON-SITE SUPPORT BY PROVIDING ANOTHER LENS, AN OUTSIDE LENS OF EQUITY AS THEY WORK WITH OUR AREA SUPERINTENDENTS, OTHER DISTRICT STAFF THAT ARE PART OF THOSE LEARNING WALKS. SO THEY ARE ALSO GOING TO TRAIN US, AND ALLOW US TO FACILITATE SIMULATIONS THAT THEY HAVE DEVELOPED THAT ARE SPECIFIC TO THE TOPIC OF EQUITY. SO THEY WILL ALLOW US TO WORK WITH OUR PRINCIPALS THROUGH SIMULATION THAT WILL TAKE THEM THROUGH PROBLEM SOLVING, AROUND ISSUES BASED ON EQUITY. SO THE GOAL WILL BE TO STRENGTHEN INTERNAL CAPACITY, CONTINUE THIS VERY IMPORTANT WORK OF EQUITY WITH OUR LEADERS, BECAUSE THIS TOPIC STARTS AT THE TOP, AND IT HAS TO GO COMPLETELY ALL THE WAY DOWN INTO THE CLASSROOMS WITH STUDENTS. BUT IT DEFINITELY STARTS AT THE TOP, AND THIS PARTNER WILL HELP US TO MOVE THE WORK FORWARD. THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY, DO YOU HAVE A COMMENT?  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. ABSOLUTELY. MRS. McMANUS, EQUITY HAS TO START AT THE TOP, BECAUSE THESE ARE THE ROLE MODELS THAT WILL BE TEACHING THE STUDENTS, AND IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT THIS PARTICULAR MODEL, AS YOU ARE ADVOCATING, IS FULFILLED WITH OUR LEADERS THAT WILL BE -- WILL BE SHARING THIS. MINERVA AND I SHARED VERY BRIEFLY TODAY THAT IT'S SOMETIMES HARD, YOU KNOW, AT LEAST WHEN I AM WENT TO JESUIT, IT WAS A ONE WOMAN TEACHING THE BOYS, OR FEW OF US WOMEN, AND WHO DO YOU THINK IS GOING TO CHANGE? WELL, IT WAS -- I HAD TO CHANGE, AND AS WE KNOW, WHO IS GOING TO CHANGE WHEN WE GET INTO THE EQUITY TOPIC? OR WE ARE GOING TO BE ASKING THOSE NEW INTERNS OR STUDENTS, BUT THE PROFESSOR OR THE TEACHER HAS TO CHANGE FIRST. AND IT'S NOT AN AUTOMATIC. IT'S NOT AN AUTOMATIC. AND THERE HAS TO BE A LOT OF WILLINGNESS INVOLVED, AND I JUST APPLAUD THIS INITIATIVE. I THINK IT'S NOT EVEN A START. I THINK WE ARE REALLY GETTING A SUPER DUPER START BUT THIS IS JUST ANOTHER GREAT ADDITION. AND TO FURTHER THE GOAL OF EQUITY. THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU FOR THAT HIGHLIGHT. WE WILL MOVE TO ITEM 6.18. APPROVE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH THE EDUCATIONAL ANALYTICS, TO PROVIDE SPECIFIC ANALYSIS OF VALUE ADDED MODELS, VAM, TO INFORM THE EVALUATION SYSTEM, HUMAN RESOURCES DIVISION. THIS ITEM WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER STUART WITH A COMMENT, AND MEMBER SNIVELY WITH A HIGHLIGHT. AND DR. MARIE WHEELAND, INTERN CHIEF, HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICER, WILL SPEAK ON THIS ITEM.  

>> THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT OUR AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICE WAS EDUCATION ANALYTICS. WE HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE LEADING DISTRICTS IN THE NATION TO DEVELOP END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT AND INTEGRATE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT ON THESE ASSESSMENTS INTO A MULTIPLE MEASURED SYSTEM THAT DRIVES A RANGE OF HUMAN CAPITAL MANAGEMENT DECISION. PURSUANT TO FLORIDA STATUTES 1012.34, AT LEAST ONE THIRD OF A PERFORMANCE EVALUATION MUST BE BASED UPON INDICATORS OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE. OUR CALCULATION IN COLLABORATION WITH OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION HAS REMAINED AT 40% OF THE OVERALL EVALUATIONS SCORE. BEGINNING IN THE 17-18 SCHOOL YEAR, THESE INDICATORS WILL CONTINUE TO BE DETERMINED BY EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT AND MAY NOW, BUT ARE NOT REQUIRED, TO INCLUDE FLORIDA'S, THE STATE, VALUE-ADDED MODEL SCORES OUTLINED IN RULE 6-A-5.041 OF THE FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE. FOR CLARIFICATION, THE STATE VAM MODEL ONLY INCLUDES A THIRD OF OUR TEACHERS AND ONLY COVERS SOME OF OUR COURSES. ELA, GRADES 4 THROUGH 10, AND MATH 4 THROUGH 8, AS WELL AS ALGEBRA 1 IN 8th AND 9th GRADE. OUR MODEL INCLUDES ALL TEACHERS AND ALL COURSES, AS EACH COURSE HAS SPECIFIC PRE- AND POST-TEST MODELS. OUR MODEL IS STATISTICALLY SOUND AND MEASURES THE IMPACT OF THE TEACHER ON STUDENT LEARNING AND IT COUNTS FOR FACTORS THAT MAY IMPACT THE LEARNING PROCESS. THIS AGREEMENT ALIGNS WITH MULTIPLE STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES THAT ARE NOTED ON THE COVER PAGE OF THIS AGENDA ITEM, AND I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT THE ESTABLISHING A STRONG FINANCIAL -- FOUNDATION OF FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP THAT THIS CONTRACT WITH EDUCATION ANALYTICS PROVIDES A SAVINGS OF $154,000 OVER THE PREVIOUS YEAR FOR THE CONTRACT, WHICH REPRESENTS A COST OF JUST A LITTLE OVER A DOLLAR PER STUDENT. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS AGENDA ITEM.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. I WOULD JUST ASK THE SUPERINTENDENT -- AND I APOLOGIZE, WE DIDN'T TALK THIS EARLIER, BUT I WOULD ASK YOU TO SPEAK TO HOW CURRENTLY THE STATE IS PUSHING ON US TO USE DIFFERENT VAM SCORES FOR SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY SOME OF THOSE SCHOOLS.  

>> THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT AND THE CONVERSATION AND FOR WHOEVER NEGOTIATED THE SAVINGS.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I WILL BE GLAD TO ADDRESS THAT. IT'S BEEN A LITTLE BIT OF A FRUSTRATING PROCESS, I WOULD SAY, WOULD BE THE WORD I WOULD DESCRIBE IT. WE HAVE OUR OWN VAM MODEL THAT HAS BEEN RESOURCE BASED, WORKED WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN, DEFINITELY HAS THAT THREE-YEAR AVERAGE. IT TAKES IN THE FSA SCORES, OBVIOUSLY. THERE'S ALSO OTHER TYPES OF FORMULA ASSESSMENTS THAT OUR STUDENTS TAP THAT ULTIMATELY INFORM DATA FOR OUR TEACHERS. THE STATE, WITHOUT -- IT WAS REALLY MORE DRIVEN FROM COMMENTS LAST YEAR AT THE STATE BOARD MEETING. THE COMMISSIONER DECIDED THIS YEAR TO ASK DISTRICTS TO, IF YOU ARE IN ONE OF THESE SCHOOLS THAT WERE IN TURN-AROUND, THAT ANY TEACHER THAT RECEIVED A VAM PORTION OF THEIR EVALUATION RESULT, THAT WAS EITHER UNSATISFACTORY OR NEEDS TO IMPROVE, THE DISTRICT HAD TO MOVE THOSE PARTICULAR TEACHERS JUST ON THAT ONE SINGLE SCORE. NOW, WHAT'S INTERESTING ABOUT THAT IS THE STATE VAM 706.9 THAT WAS JUST PASSED TO ALLOW DISTRICTS TO NOT USE THAT ANYMORE. AND WE HAVE NEVER USED THAT PARTICULAR STATE VAM. BUT THE COMMISSIONER REQUIRED ALL OF THOSE SCHOOLS TO GO AND LOOK AT THAT PARTICULAR VAM. AND YOU HAVE GOT TO REMEMBER, THE ONLY TEACHERS THAT RECEIVED STATE VAM ARE TEACHERS THAT ARE IN A TESTED GRADE LEVEL. SO BY THAT KIND OF LOGIC, YOU WOULD HAVE SOME TEACHERS THAT MAYBE IN A KINDERGARTEN, FIRST OR SECOND GRADE CLASS, THAT MAY NOT BE AS EFFECTIVE AS A TEACHER IN FOURTH OR FIFTH GRADE, BUT IF THEIR VAM SCORE ONLY WAS UNSATISFACTORY, AND THE STATE WAS ASKING US TO EITHER TRANSFER THEM OUT OF THAT GRADE LEVEL OR AT THAT SCHOOL. SO WE HAVE BEEN BACK AND FORTH. WE WORKED WITH THE CLASSROOM TEACHERS ASSOCIATION ON SOMETHING THAT WE THOUGHT ALIGNED MOWER WITH OUR VAM AND WE DID MAKE SOME MOVES EARLIER IN THE YEAR. BUT WE ARE STILL ASSESSING THAT RIGHT NOW. BUT IT HAS BEEN SOMETHING THAT -- NOT JUST HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BUT ALL DISTRICTS HAVE BEEN VERY FRUSTRATED WITH THIS YEAR.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. WE WILL MOVE TO ITEM 7.04. APPROVE LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND THE THA ENCORE RETAIL LLC FOR CLASSROOM SPACE FOR THE EARLY CHILDHOOD HEAD START PROGRAM.  THIS WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER VALDES, HIGHLIGHTED AND COMMENT BY MEMBER STUART, AND HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER SHAMBURGER. AND EVELYN McFADDEN, SUPERVISOR OF HEAD STARTLE SPEAK TO THIS ITEM.  

>> THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT. I'M LOOKING AT MR. FARKAS BECAUSE I PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE HERE IF HE DIDN'T HAVE A LITTLE BIT TO DO WITH IT.  

>> THAT'S CORRECT. 100% ACCURATE. (LAUGHTER).  

>> SO IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT'S PLAN TO EXPAND INTO THE COMMUNITY WITH EARLY CHILDHOOD AND FOR US TO LOOK FOR SPACE, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HEAD START HAS PARTNERED WITH THE TAMPA HOUSING AUTHORITY TO DEVELOP AN EARLY LEARNING CENTER AT ENCORE. 1101 RAY CHARLES BOULEVARD. THIS HAPPENS TO BE THE PROPERTY SOME WILL REMEMBER OF WHERE MEACHUM, EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER, WAS ONCE PLACED. THIS FACILITY WILL HOUSE TWO HEAD START CLASSROOMS WITH A MAXIMUM OF 20 STUDENTS PER CLASSROOM. THE PROJECT WAS INITIATED APPROXIMATELY A YEAR AND A HALF AGO. AT THE TAMPA HOUSING FINALIZED THE PROPOSED PLAN FOR THIS BUILDUP, THE CONSTRUCTION ACTUALLY STARTED MAY OF 2017. THE LEASE TERM IS FOR FIVE YEARS WITH THE RENEWAL OPTION. AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE SUPERINTENDENT, LORRAINE DUFFEY SUAREZ, TERESE, ALONG WITH THE TAMPA HOUSING STAFF, MR. LORENZO REED AS THE PROJECT MANAGER. ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS?  

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER STUART HAS A COMMENT.  

>>Cindy Stuart: I JUST WANTED TO THANK THOSE PEOPLE WHO WHERE ARE INVOLVED IN THE NEGOTIATION OF THIS AND THE HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR STEPPING UP AND ACTUALLY HELPING US TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EARLY LEARNING IN THAT AREA. SO THANK YOU.  

>> YOU'RE WELCOME.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE ARE GETTING CLOSE, GUYS. ITEM NUMBER 7.07. APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF QUOTED LAW ENFORCEMENT LIABILITY POLICY.  THIS WAS HIGHLIGHTED AND COMMENT BY MEMBER SNIVELY, AND MR. CHRIS FARKAS, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER WILL SPEAK TO THIS ITEM.  

>>Christopher Farkas: THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY. ACTUALLY, HE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE FIRST TIME TO MEET WITH THE INSURANCE BROKERS TO TALK ABOUT THE POLICY THAT REPRESENTS THE PEOPLE SO WHEN HE WAS ASSISTANT CHIEF OF POLICE FOR TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT THAT WAS ONE OF HIS FUNCTIONS SO HE PROVIDED A LOT OF INSIGHT TO THE INSURANCE COMPANY ABOUT WHAT WE DID AND DIDN'T NEED, AND AS WE LOOK AT WHAT THE SECURITY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT MODEL IS IN THE FUTURE IT'S GREAT TO BE ABLE TO SEE WHAT THAT PRICE IS GOING TO BE AND HOW WE CAN BUILD TOWARD THAT. THERE'S A HUGE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ARREST POWERS VERSUS SECURITY DONE ON CAMPUS, THINGS LIKE THAT. WE TAILOR IT A LITTLE DIFFERENT AND EVEN THE RATES WENT ULTIMATE ACROSS THE BOARD IN THE NATION YOU WILL IT'S A DIFFERENCE FOR US FROM THAT STANDPOINT. BUT IT WAS A POSITIVE BECAUSE WE HAD A LARGE NUMBER OF SECURITY FORCE HERE, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE COVERAGE FOR THAT WITH CHIEF NEWMAN AND FIRST FLORIDA LAW ENFORCEMENT. I WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.  

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. IS THIS AN AWED ILITTABLE POLICY? DOES IT DEPEND ON THE AMOUNT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POSITIONS TO BE INSURED? IF IT FLUCTUATES IS THAT OKAY IF IT DOESN'T CHANGE THE PREMIUM AT ALL?  

>> IT GO HIGHER THAN WHAT IT IS.  

>>Melissa Snively: THERE'S A GUARANTEE FOR THAT.  

>>Christopher Farkas: AFFECTED BY THE POLICY UP OR DOWN.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANKS.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. WE WILL MOVE RIGHT INTO THE NEXT ITEM, 7.08. APPROVE VARIATIONS FROM THE APPROVED ERT 2017-2018 STEPPEDED READING TIME, ERT BELL SCHEDULE. HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER SNIVELY. AND MR. CHRIS FARKAS, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER WILL SPEAK TO THIS ITEM.  

>>Christopher Farkas: WE HAVE THE PRINCIPALS HERE. MRS. GERDING FROM BOOKER T. WASHINGTON WHO WAS VERY INTERESTED WHEN I ASKED HER TO MOVE FROM APOLLO BEACH A FEW YEARS BACK. SHE HAD SKATE NIGHT TONIGHT. AS WE HAVE 4 OR 500 OR 600 TEACHERS FROM THE UNION HERE, SHE'S TEXTED ME, SHOULD I STAY AT SKATE NIGHT OR SHOULD I CHANGE INTO MY JEANS OR STAY IN MY DRESS? I TOLD HER IT'S MURPHY'S LAW, IF SHE LEFT AND CAME HERE THEN SHE WOULD BE WAITING FOR THREE HOURS. I'M SURE IT WOULD BE THE NEXT ITEM ON THE LIST AND WE WOULDN'T HAVE VOTED TO CHANGE THE TIME ON IT. SO WE APPRECIATE THEM FOR BEING HERE. THE REASON YOU SEE IT'S IN FRONT OF YOU IS THAT SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS HAS BEEN VERY CLEAR ABOUT AUTONOMY AND WHAT WORKS FOR SCHOOLS.  THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF US PUTTING TOGETHER A ONE POLICY THAT FIT THE ERT SCHOOLS AND THEN HAVING TWO PALS PRINCIPALS THAT ARE INNOVATIVE AND MAKING CHANGES IN THE SCHOOL TO SAY THERE'S AN OPTION THAT WORKS FOR US THAT CAN MEET WHAT OUR NEEDS ARE FOR THE SCHOOL AND SITE SPECIFIC. FOR ELEMENTARY TO BE OUT AT 10:00, A FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME, SO I APPRECIATE THEM BEING HERE. BUT I DO THINK IT'S IMPORTANT IF WE ARE GOING TO GIVE YOU A TON MY, WE ARE GOING TO GIVE SOMETHING THAT MATCHES WHAT THEIR SCHEDULE IS, IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS TO THE TWO INDIVIDUALS THAT SAYS THIS IS WHAT WE ARE STUDYING, THAT'S WHY I ASKED JIMMY AND GRAY TO BE HERE, OR IF YOU WANT TO TALK THEM TO TALK ABOUT WHY, OR IF YOU WANT MRS. GERDING TO PUT ON ROLLER SKATES SHE WILL BE HAPPY TO DO THAT. (LAUGHTER).  

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: WELL, SINCE YOU ARE HERE, ABSOLUTELY WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO SPEAK TO THE RATIONAL BEHIND THIS. AND ACTUALLY MAYBE TOUCH ON A BIT OF THE AUTONOMY PIECE OF IT AND HOW THAT ALLOWS YOU TO OPERATE MORE EFFECTIVELY, EFFICIENTLY. THANKS.  

>> SO -- I KNOW GREG IS SIMILAR AND I WILL TALK FOR HIM AS WELL, OUR GOAL IS OBVIOUSLY MORE QUALITY INSTRUCTIONAL TIME. AND WHEN WE STARTED TO ROLL OUT THE EXTENDED MONDAYS, WITH FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE, COME TO THE SCHOOL UNTIL FEBRUARY 20 WHEN EVERYONE GETS OUT AT 1:15 WE NOTICED SOME TIMES THAT WERE CONCERNING US. THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE WAS MONDAYS ATTENDANCE, IN GENERAL, IN OUR BUILDING IS OUR LOWEST OF THE WEEK. AND SO HITTING ON THAT MONDAY, I WAS CAPTURING LESS STUDENTS IN GENERAL FROM BEING ABLE TO HIT THEM WITH ACADEMICS. THROUGH AUTONOMY WE ARE ALSO LOOKING AT CURRICULUM AT BOOKER T. WASHINGTON AND LOOKING AT CULTURALLY RELEVANT THEMES TO INTEREST AND WE ARE TYING OUR STANDARDS ACROSS ACROSS THE BOAR ARE NOT TEACHING IN SILOS ANYMORE. AND MONDAY BECAME A SILO. SO THE BELLS WOULD RING, THE KIDS WOULD HAVE THEIR MOMENT TO GO GET SNACKS IN THE CAVNER TER YEAH AND WE WOULD COME BACK AND WOULDN'T BE PART OF THE CONTINUING CURRICULUM. SO THAT WAS ANOTHER CONCERN FOR US, THAT AT THAT MOMENT IT WASN'T CONNECTED AND THEY WEREN'T SEEING THE PIECES FITTING TOGETHER. FOR US AS WELL, WORKING WITH TEACHERS, WE ARE BLESSED TO HAVE AUTONOMY TO DEVELOP OUR TITLE 1 BUDGET, AND WHAT WE WANT IT TO BE AND FOR US TO PUT A LOT OF MONEY INTO COACHING. FOR OUR FIFTH AND SIXTH GRADE TEACHERS WE WEREN'T HAVING THE OPPORTUNITY AND THEY WEREN'T EXPECTING THE TEACHERS FRUSTRATION OF LACK OF TRYING. AND THE TEACHERS ACTUALLY APPROACHED US AND SAID THAT OUR TIME IS MORE IMPORTANT, AND CAN WE PLEASE LOOK AT THAT? AND SO WE LOOKED AT SCHEDULING MINUTES AND WHAT THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE BECAUSE FOR THEM IT WASN'T SO MUCH THE PAPER THAT THEY WERE WORRIED ABOUT. THEY WANTED THAT TIME AND FELT THAT TIME WAS MORE VALUABLE. SO WE DID THE IDEA THROUGH TRANSPORTATION. WE VETTED THROUGH TEACHING AND LEARNING, AND THE ADMINISTRATION TO MAKE SURE IT WOULD WORK WITH EVERYBODY AND THAT WE WERE IN LAW. SO FOR BP THAT WAS REALLY A MOMENT OF NEED. OUR STUDENTS WEREN'T DOING IT AND OUR TEACHERS WEREN'T EITHER. SO IT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF ADJUSTMENT FOR US.  

>> AND I FEEL LIKE THAT LITTLE KID ON THE EQUITY THAT MEETS THE BOX. (LAUGHTER) BUT, YES, SO MY THOUGHT IS VERY SIMILAR. THE INSTRUCTION NEEDS -- I'M SORRY. OKAY. SO, ANYWAY, YEAH. SO IN ADDITION TO ALL OF THAT, WORRY RAH A RATHER LARGE SCHOOL AS WELL SO BY THE TIME MONDAYS WE GET THROUGH SNACKS AND UNITE SIBLINGS TO GET ON THE INSTRUCTION, THE INSTRUCTIONAL TIME HAS DWINDLED DOWN TO VERY LITTLE SO WE WOULD MUCH USE THAT TIME TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, ACTUALLY WOULD VERY MUCH BE IN FAVOR OF IT BUT TEACHERS ESPECIALLY TO PLAN FOR SOLID QUALITY LESSON FOR THE WHOLE WEEK, AND THAT THIS PLAN DOESN'T REALLY ALLOW US TO DO THAT. AND WE ARE NOT ABOUT PUTTING BAND-AIDS ON THINGS. WE WANT TO FIT STRUCTURE, MAKE SURE QUALITY INSTRUCTION EVERY DAY. SO THE ONLY WAY TO DO THAT IS TO GET TOGETHER, PLAN LESSONS, MAKE THAT WORK. IN ADDITION I DON'T WANT TO REPEAT EVERYTHING JAMIE SAID. BUT IN ADDITION TO THAT, THOSE ARE OUR IDEAS.  

>> MAY I ASK A QUESTION? DID YOU INDEPENDENTLY DECIDE TO DO THIS? OR WHAT TYPE OF COLLABORATION HAS THERE BEEN AMONG ERT PRINCIPALS?  

>> WE TALKED BACK AND FORTH ABOUT IDEAS THAT COULD WORK, THAT COULDN'T WORK. I KNOW I THINK I'M EXTENDING THE AFTERNOON. I THINK YOU ARE DOING THE MORNING. AFTERNOON, TOO?  OKAY, YEAH. WE JUST TALKED ABOUT IDEAS THAT WOULD WORK. WE ARE DIFFERENT SCHOOLS. SO IT'S A LITTLE DIFFERENT NEED AS THAT GOES ON. BUT BASICALLY, FINDING A PLAN THAT WORKS IS KIND OF --  

>>Melissa Snively: I AM KIND OF SURPRISED THAT -- HAVE THERE BEEN ANY OTHER REQUESTS, MR. FARKAS, FOR THE CHANGE IN TIME FROM OTHER ERT SCHOOLS ARE?  

>>Christopher Farkas: GREAT QUESTION. MRS. COOK AND I SPENT A LOT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT THAT WITH MR. VASQUEZ AND -- WE WERE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT. WE WANTED AUTONOMY BUT WE WERE AFRAID, OH, THIS SOMEONE IS GOING TO TRY TO COPY THAT OTHER THAN WHAT WE SAW FROM BOTH JAMIE AND GREG, AND I LIKE THAT SCHEDULE BETTER. AND EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE COMING TOGETHER I SAID MAKE SURE YOUR REASONS ARE WHAT YOU TOLD US AND BUT IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO US AND WE PUSHED BACK. THEY BOTH WILL TELL YOU THAT I PUSHED BACK HARD ON BOTH OF THEM ON WHY WE WERE DOING IT AND MAKING SURE THEY JUSTIFIED IT BECAUSE I HAD CONCERNS ABOUT THAT PIECEMEAL PART OF THE PROCESS AND I FEEL IT IS SOMETHING YOU REALLY WANT, AND AUTONOMY ISN'T FREE AUTONOMY. PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BE RESPONSIBLE, BECAUSE JAMIE AND CRAIG, THEY CARE ABOUT THEIR SCHOOLS AND THEY ARE DOING IT FOR THE RATE REASON, AND TRANSPORTATION PEOPLE MAKING SURE. SO WE ASKED FOR SOME PUSHBACK AND FEEDBACK FROM THEM AND I THINK WE HAD A LOT OF LONG TALKS ABOUT THAT. THAT BEING SAID WE HAVE NOT HAD A LARGE GROUP COME TO US. I THINK TRANSPORTATION WAS AFFECTED AT MILES AND MIDDLE T, THAT WE DIDN'T ANTICIPATE AHEAD OF TIME. THAT WAS ANOTHER FACTORY THAT CAME IN ESPECIALLY AT MILES. SO, NO, WE DON'T FEEL LIKE THERE WILL BE A GROUP. BUT WE ALSO THOUGHT WITH MR. AKE EAKINS THAT THERE WILL BE MORE THAT COME TO THE TABLE. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THOUGH, I WOULD BE HARD PRESSED TO FIND WHAT THE REASON WOULD BE THAT YOU BRING TO THE TABLE THE SCHEDULE CHANGE NOW. THE ORIGINAL E-MAIL CAME FROM GREG ABOUT 15 MINUTES AFTER DISMISSAL ON MONDAY THE FIRST DAY. WELL, AN HOUR AFTER THE DAY ENDED BUT 15 MINUTES WHEN THE BUSES GOT THERE THAT FIRST DAY. SO THE CONVERSATION WAS TAKING PLACE FOR OVER A MONTH. WE HAVEN'T HEARD A LOT. I HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING ELSE FROM OTHER ERT PRINCIPALS. WE WOULD BE HARD PRESSED.  

>> AND USUALLY THIS STARTS WITH TRANSPORTATION AND THEN WE WORK WITH, OKAY, CORE INSTRUCTION, BUT ALSO WE HAVE TO ANSWER TO THE STATE IN OUR MINUTES. SO ALL THOUGH WE WANT THE QUICK CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR OUR SCHOOLS WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE IT'S VETTED THROUGH EVERYTHING WE CAN KIND OF THINK OF TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE DOING EXACTLY WHAT'S BEST FOR SCHOOLS AND SENDING THAT MESSAGE. SO CONSENSUS WHEN WE HAVE TO REPORT MINUTES AND OUR MINUTES KIND OF LOOK THE SAME FROM SCHOOL TO SCHOOL BUT IF WE REPORT OUR SCHEDULES WITH THOSE MINUTES, SO THEY GAVE US ALSO THE STATE APPROVED THAT SO WE WERE ABLE TO DO THAT THROUGH THEM. SO THERE'S ALL THESE LITTLE NUANCES THAT WE HAVE TO WORK BEHIND THE SCENES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE GIVING THE SCHOOLS EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED AND THE FLEXIBILITY, BUT THAT WE ARE ALSO QUITE FRANKLY PARTNERS IN IT SO THAT WE ALL UNDERSTAND WHERE IT'S COMING FROM BUT THEN OUR END RESULT IS MAKING SURE WE HAVE THE CONDITIONS CORRECT AT THE SCHOOL, WHAT'S BEST FOR KIDS.  

>> I THINK WE ARE ALL APPRECIATE THE FACT YOU ARE ADVOCATING FOR YOUR STUDENTS FOR A VERY ADMIRABLE REASON IN HOPES THAT THIS WILL MAKE A CHANGE, IN A POSITIVE WAY, AND ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, EVEN IF IN A OTHER ERT PRINCIPALS DECIDE TO MAKE THIS REQUEST, IT WOULD BE INTERESTING, ALMOST LOOKING AT YOUR SITUATION AS A PILOT, TO SEE, DOES IT MAKE A DIFFERENCE? WHAT KIND OF DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? AND A CHANGE BECAUSE OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING DIFFERENTLY? TRANSPORTATION IS A HUGE ISSUE WHEN YOU TALK TO OTHER ERT PRINCIPALS. YOU WILL HEAR A LOT OF SIMILARITIES AND WHAT THEIR CHALLENGES ARE AND A LOT OF IT DOES BEGIN WITH TRANSPORTATION GETTING STUDENTS TO SCHOOL AT THE RIGHT TIME IN ORDER TO NOT MISS ANY INSTRUCTIONAL TIME. BUT THANK YOU FOR STAYING LATE. AND IF YOU WANT TO PUT YOUR ROLLER SKATES BACK ON FOR THE RIDE HOME.  

>> MOTIVATION NOT TO LEAVE THE ERT SCHOOL NEXT YEAR.  

>>Sally Harris: DON'T GO ANYWHERE. WE HAVE A FEW MORE SPEAKERS HERE. MEMBER STUART.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU FOR COMING AND STAYING AND EXPLAINING THE REASONS WHY, BECAUSE I TOO HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS AROUND THE REASONS WHY YOU FELT THE NEED TO MAKE THESE CHANGES FOR YOUR SCHOOL. I KNOW WE DID APPROVE ONE OTHER ERT SCHOOL CHANGE. BUT I TOO HAD QUESTIONS SIMILAR TO WHAT MR. FARKAS WAS TALKING ABOUT. ARE WE GOING TO SEE THIS SLOW TRICKLE IN OF OTHER SCHOOLS WITH THE ERT ISSUES THAT ARE GOING TO DECIDE THAT -- AND WHAT IS THE DOMINO EFFECT OF THAT IN A FEEDER PATTERN OF SCHOOLS? IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING FROM READING THE AGENDA DEMS THAT THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT WOULD BE NECESSARY FOR NEXT YEAR BECAUSE OF THE BELL SCHEDULE CHANGES.  

>>Christopher Farkas: AND NOT THE ERT SCHOOLS.  

>> AND I AGREE NOT TO THE ERT SCHOOLS BUT ALSO THIS IS A ONE YEAR THING. I AM CONCERNED THAT WE ARE MAKING THIS CHANGE THIS YEAR AND THEN AGAIN NEXT YEAR WE ARE GOING TO CHANGE BELL SCHEDULES FOR SCHOOLS AGAIN. SO I'M A LITTLE CONCERNED THAT THAT BECOMES CONFUSION FOR PARENTS, THAT THIS YEAR WITH TIMEth TIME NEXT YEAR AGAIN -- HAS IT HAPPENED AT YOUR SCHOOL, SOMETHING YOU ARE DOING? OKAY. AND THEN CAN SOMEONE SPEAK, MAYBE MRS. COOK, ABOUT LUNCH TO MAKE SURE WE ARE STILL GETTING 20 MINUTES OF ELEMENTARY RECESS IN, AND A 30-MINUTE LUNCH FOR THE STUDENTS? OKAY. SO I APPRECIATE YOU THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX. I AM, AGAIN, MILES, I KNOW IS EASING OUT OF ERT. MAJOR IMPROVEMENT THIS YEAR SO I APPRECIATE THAT. BUT I AM CONCERNED THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE POTENTIALLY -- NOT FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT TO DECIDE, BUT HOW MANY OTHER SCHOOLS ARE GOING TO COME FORWARD THAT ARE IN THIS SITUATION AND WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE IN TRANSPORTATION AS A DOMINO EFFECT?  

>> AS WE TALKED ABOUT WITH BELL SCHEDULES, AND THAT WAS A BIG BUSH FOR ALL OF US THAT WORKED OUT BELL SCHEDULES TO ENSURE NEXT YEAR THERE WOULDN'T BE THAT FLEXIBILITY IN THE MORNING. IT'S GOING TO BE THE AFTERNOON TIME AND WE PRESENTED THAT TO THE BOARD SO THERE'S NOT GOING TO BE THAT CHASE FOR THE ERT. TRANSPORTATION IS ALREADY SET UP FOR THE AFTERNOON SO UNFORTUNATELY THERE WON'T BE AS MUCH FLEXIBILITY. AND EVERY PARENT WILL BE CHANGING NEXT YEAR FOR THE BELL TIMES SO HOPEFULLY THAT ONE CHANGE IN THE BEGINNING AND THAT WILL BE IT. BUT THAT WAS ALSO -- I SPENT A LOT OF TIME TALKING ABOUT THAT AS WELL TO MAKE SURE WE DON'T HAVE THOSE VARIATIONS NEXT YEAR.  

>> BELL TIMES FOR ERT WAS ONLY FIVE MINUTES CHANGE. EXACTLY THE SAME AS WE HAVE BEEN.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I WANTED TO TRULY THANK YOU FOR THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX. BECAUSE WASHINGTON IS ONE OF OUR SEVEN SCHOOLS THAT -- YOU KNOW, WE ARE NOT GOING TO GET AN EXTRA OPERATOR, RIGHT? SO IF THAT WERE TO HAPPEN, THE RAMIFICATIONS OH WILL MEAN THAT WE, THIS BOARD, HAS NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT ANYTHING THAT COMES DOWN THE PIKE. SO I COMMEND YOU FOR TAKING THE BULL BY THE HORN AND DOING WHAT YOU NEED TO DO TO ADVOCATE FOR YOUR STUDENTS AND YOUR SCHOOL. I WENT TO BOOKER T. WASHINGTON. THAT WAS THE VERY FIRST PUBLIC SCHOOL WHEN I MOVED FROM MIAMI, FROM HIALEAH TO TAMPA. SO THERE'S A SPECIAL SPOT IN MY HEART FOR THAT SCHOOL. AND IF THE OTHER SCHOOLS WERE TO COME UP AND HAVE TO BRING SOMETHING INNOVATIVE, BRING IT. BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE THAT GRADE. AND IF WE DON'T MAKE THAT GRADE, ALL OF THESE VOICES THAT UP HERE RIGHT NOW TALKING ABOUT WHATEVER IT IS ON THIS HIGHLIGHT WILL BE A MOOT POINT. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURAGE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. CONGRATULATIONS ON WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO. AND I KNOW WITH THESE CHANGES IT'S ONLY GOING TO BENEFIT OUR CHILDREN MORE. AND SOMETIMES THAT SACRIFICE NEEDS TO HAPPEN IN ORDER FOR STUDENT SUCCESS TO OCCUR. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Sally Harris: AND THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND STAYING. NOW WE'LL MOVE TO ITEM 12.01. APPROVE FLORIDA STATE FAIR AUTHORITY MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT. CHIEF OF STAFF. THIS WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER VALDES. MON NERVE A SPANNER-MORROW WILL HIGHLIGHT.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: I THINK MRS. CABRERA. NO PROBLEM.  

>> THIS HIGHLIGHT IS FOR THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS BEEN IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE STATE FAIR AUTHORITY FOR SEVERAL YEARS BY PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL EXHIBITS AND DISPLAYS WHICH EXEMPLIFY HIGHLY ENGAGED LEARNING THAT HAPPENS IN OUR CLASSROOMS, THROUGH OUR DISTRICT. THERE ARE TWO SECTIONS OF THE EXHIBITS AT THE FAIRGROUNDS. ONE IS PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE, AND THAT'S 20 SCHOOLS HAVE EXHIBITS WHICH REINFORCE OUR DISTRICT VISION. FOR THE THIRD YEAR, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY, THERE WILL BE A SALUTE TO BLACK HISTORY. THE FROM IN FILM, INFLUENCERS OF STAGE AND SCREEN. EXHIBITS FROM SCHOOLS AND THE COMMUNITY WHICH FEATURE AFRICAN AMERICAN LEGACIES WILL BE THE FEATURE FOR THAT PARTICULAR EXHIBIT. THE FLORIDA STATE FAIR IS BEING HELD FROM FEBRUARY THE 8th THROUGH FEBRUARY THE 9 H -- THE 19th.  

>>Sally Harris: IT'S JUST A HIGHLIGHT, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WELL, I AM EXCITED TO SAY THAT I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY CINDY STUART AND A SECOND BY MEMBER GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? THEN PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. THANK YOU. WAS UNANIMOUS WITH APRIL GRIFFIN BEING AWAY FROM THE DAIS. AND NOW WE ARE READY FOR OUR SUSPENDED AGENDA.  

>>Jeffrey Eakins: IF I COULD ASK THE BOARD'S PERMISSION ON A SUSPENDED AGENDA IF I COULD GIVE YOU A WRITTEN COPY, I COULD SEND OUT AN UPDATE FOR THE SUSPENDED AGENDA. I CAN GET RIGHT TO MY COMMENTS AND WE CAN MOVE IT A ALONG A LITTLE BIT, IF THAT WOULD BE OKAY. OKAY. I WILL SEND OUT -- I WILL E-MAIL YOU OUT A SUSPENDED AGENDA UPDATE SO YOU ARE AWARE OF ITEMS. BUT I DO WANT TO TAKE JUST A MOMENT TO RECOGNIZE TWO OF OUR OUTSTANDING TEACHERS IN OUR DISTRICT THAT WERE RECOGNIZED IN TALLAHASSEE. THEY WERE HONORED WITH THE GOVERNOR'S SHINE AWARD. GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT RECOGNIZED 18 OUTSTANDING EDUCATORS. AT THE CABINET MEETING. THE SHINE AWARD IS PRESENTED TO TEACH, IN RECOGNITION OF VETERANS DAY 15 ARE NOW TEACHING IN FLORIDA PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE TWO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHERS -- THAT'S RIGHT. OF THE TWO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHERS RECOGNIZED ARE RITA BARNETT FROM FOREST HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. MRS. BARNETT HAS BEEN TEACHING KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE FOR ELEVEN YEARS. RITA SERVED NINE YEARS IN THE U.S. NAVY OBTAINING THE RANK OF SERGEANT. SHE EARNED NUMEROUS RECOGNITIONS INCLUDING THE ARMY COMMENDATION MEDAL, NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL AND JOINT ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL. RITA ALSO MENTORS AT THE BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS PROGRAM. ALSO, RAUL BONANOAL VERY A FROM McCLAIN, HAS BEEN TEACHING FOR FIVE YEARS AT McCLAIN WHERE HE TEACHES 7th AND 8th GRADE IN MATHEMATICS, IN THE ARMY EARNED THE ARMY SERVICE RIBBON, OVERSEAS SERVICE RIBBON AND ARMED FORCES RESERVE MEDAL. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE THESE TWO TEACHERS FOR RECEIVING THE GOVERNOR'S SHINE AWARD. ALSO WANT TO THE HEART CHALLENGE IS A WELLNESS CHALLENGE BY OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT STAFF TO GET MOVING WHILE RAISING FUNDS TO FIGHT HEART DISEASE. PHYSICAL ACTIVITY PROMOTES STAFF WOHLNESS, REDUCES HEALTH CARE COSTS AND SAVES LIVES. LAST MONTH WE HELD THE 09 BY 20 WALL 2 RUN. YOU DID SEE AN E-MAIL THAT WENT OUT EARLIER THIS WEEK ABOUT THE BUSINESS DIVISION TO MOVE TO FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24th PAYROLL DATE UP TO WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND. FOR THOSE EMPLOYEES RECEIVING PAPER CHECKS, THE CHECKS WILL BE PLACE IN THE MAIL THAT WEEK. WE DID AN AUTO OPENER TO KNOW ABOUT THE ADJUSTMENT. WE HOPE THIS WILL HELP WITH THEIR HOLIDAY PLANNING AS THEY MAY BE TRAVELING TO SEE FAMILY OR PREPARING FOR THEIR THANKSGIVING MEAL. SPEAKING OF THANKSGIVING, FINALLY TONIGHT I WANT TO WISH EVERYONE A RESTFUL THANKSGIVING BREAK. I HOPE YOU ARE ABLE TO SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS DURING THE HOLIDAYS. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FOR OUR STUDENTS HEAR IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT. THAT'S QUICK. AT THIS TIME, WE ARE READY FOR BOARD COMMENTS. SO PLEASE PUSH YOUR BUTTON IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE TONIGHT. MEMBER GRAY? OH, NO, YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE.  

>>Lynn Gray: THIS IS IN PART SHOWS BACK TO THE TEACHERS, THE SUDENTS AND THE SUPPORT PERSONNEL. I KNOW THEIR COMMENTS WERE MADE TONIGHT. BUT OF COURSE WE HAD MANY, MANY, MANY LETTERS, AND I TOOK SOME TIME TO ANSWER MANY OF THE LETTERS. AND I JUST WANTED TO GIVE CREDENCE AND RESPECT TO OUR TEACHERS AND OUR SUPPORT PERSONNEL AND OUR STUDENTS. WE ARE REMINDED -- AND I WILL STAY WITHIN MY TWO MINUTES -- WE ARE REMINDED OUR TEACHERS ARE THE ENGINE WHICH DRIVES THE TRAIN OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. TEACHERS AND SUPPORT EVERY ASPECT OF A CHILD'S LIFE. THEY ARE IN FACT THE STUDENTS' LIFELINE OF INTELLECTUAL, SOCIAL, AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT. AND JUST RECENTLY, THOUGH NOW PLAY A LARGE FACTOR IN A STUDENT'S PHYSICAL WELL-BEING, MEANING RECESS. WE ARE FACING A CONUNDRUM OF PAYING OUR TEACHERS AND SUPPORT PERSONNEL NOT ENOUGH VERSUS TOO MUCH. HOW DOES ONE MEASURE IN DOLLARS AND CENTS THE MANY TEACHERS WHO SPEND HOURS BEFORE AND AFTER THEIR CLASSES ARE FINISHED? MANY TUTOR BEFORE CLASS, TEACH CLASS, AND THEN VOLUNTEER IN SOME CAPACITY WITH STUDENTS AFTER SCHOOL. NOW, THE SAME TEACHER MUST GRADE PAPER, ENTER SCORES, CONTACT PARENTS, AND PREPARE THEIR LESSONS FOR THE NEXT DAY. AND THE SAME TEACHER MUST LEARN HOW TO ALIGN THE FSA STANDARDS IN THEIR LESSON AND PREPARE THEIR STUDENTS FOR ONGOING STATE TESTING. AND THIS SAME TEACHER WILL INTEGRATE NEW LEARNING RESOURCES SUCH AS I-READY WHICH ALSO MUST BE LEARNED AND TAUGHT IN THEIR LESSONS. MANY TEACHERS SHARE WITH ME A 50 TO 60-HOUR WORK DAY AS THE NORM. IN GRADING PAPERS WAS DONE ON THE WEEKENDS. I KNOW THE SUGGESTED TIME LOG TO BE TRUE AS I AM REMINDED IT TOOK ME AN AVERAGE OF 1.5 HOURS DAILY TO GRADE MY AP WRITTEN ANSWERS. SOME WERE 5 TO 7 PAGES LONG. AND THAT WAS JUST ONE PART OF MY OWN TEACHING RESPONSIBILITY. NOW HOW DO WE MEASURE THE VALUE OF AN INDIVIDUAL WHO AFFECTS OUR CHILDREN ALMOST TWO-THIRDS OF EACH DAY, FIVE DAYS A WEEK? HOW CAN WE MEASURE FINANCIALLY THE PASSION AND ENERGY FROM TEACHER AND SUPPORT STAFF THAT MAKES A CHILD WANT TO LEARN, WANT TO STAY IN SCHOOL, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, WANT TO EXCEL? DO OUR TEACHER EVALUATIONS ACCURATELY MEASURE THE EXTRA TIME MOST TEACHERS PUT IN BEYOND THE WORK DAY? IS IT POSSIBLE TO DELEGATE OR IMPOSE HOURLY LIMITS ON TEACHERS AND SUPPORT PERSONNEL WHO PREPARE A CHILD FOR A FUTURE CAREER AND THEN HELP THAT CHILD'S DREAM COME TO FRUITION? CAN WE SUGGEST LIMITED SALARIES WHEN IN FACT THE CHALLENGES OF TEACHING NOW HAVE BECOME UNLIMITED? WILL WORDS OF RESPECT ALONE TAKE THE PLACE OF DESERVED SALARY? HAVE WE REALLY SHOWN DUE DILIGENCE TO SUPPORT OUR TEACHERS OPENLY SO THEIR MORALE REFLECTS THE RESPECT EACH OF US HAVE FOR THEM? AS A SCHOOL BOARD, WE SHOULD CAREFULLY REFLECT ON THESE QUESTIONS AND THE ACCURACY THEREOF. THIS WOULD INCLUDE BECOMING PART OF THE TEACHER'S WORLD FOR MORE THAN A DAY A WEEK, A GUIDANCE COUNSELOR'S DAY WITH THE KIDS, OR A BUS DRIVER'S ROUTE JUST ONE THERE'S A CERTAIN RESPONSIBILITY EACH OF US HAVE AS EDUCATIONAL LEADERS TO FULLY UNDERSTAND THE SPECIAL CONNECTIVITY BETWEEN THE TEACHER AND CHILD, A CHILD AND A COACH, A CHILD AND THEIR SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL SUPPORT PERSON, A CHILD AND THEIR BUS DRIVER, AND SO MANY OTHER EDUCATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS. MOVING FORWARD AS A SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT AND AS A SCHOOL BOARD, WE SHOULD OPENLY DEMONSTRATE TO OUR TEACHERS AND SUPPORT PERSONNEL OUR APPRECIATION. EXPRESSIONS OF GRATITUDE AND SUPPORT -- EXCUSE ME, EXPRESSIONS OF GRATITUDE AND RESPECT SHAPE PEOPLE IN WORDS AND ACTIONS. FOR WHAT THEY DO AND WHO THEY ARE. IMPORTANTLY, WE SHOULD KEEP SALARY DECISIONS COMMENSURATE WITH ALL OF THE ABOVE CONSIDERATIONS IN MIND. THE SCHOOL BOARD IS ELECTED TO SET POLICIES FOR THE WELL-BEING OF ALL CHILDREN. AS SUCH, WE ARE CUSTODIANS OVER THE GOOD WILL AND GROUNDWORK OF OUR TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF. WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION TO BRING JUSTICE TO EACH SEGMENT OF EDUCATIONAL PERSONNEL. OUR TAMPA BAY COMMUNITY LOOKS TOWARD OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR LEADERSHIP, EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION, AND PERSONAL CONDUCT BEYOND REPROACH. AS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, WE ARE CHARGED TO HONESTLY REFLECT ON THE ACTUAL VALUE OUR TEACHERS AND SUPPORT PERSONNEL HAVE. ESPECIALLY WHEN MAKING FINANCIAL PLANS AND DECISIONS. THIS IS ALSO TRUE OF OUR SUPERINTENDENT. FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN, IT IS MY HOPE WE HONESTLY PREPARE OUR BUDGET AND GIVE OUR TEACHERS AND SUPPORT PERSONNEL THE HIGHEST VALUE OF RESPECT AND MONETARY COMPENSATION THEREOF. OUR CHILDREN DESERVE NOTHING LESS FROM EACH OF US. SINCERELY, LYNN GRAY, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, TEACHER, COACH, PARENT, AND GRANDPARENT. THANK YOU.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. YOU HAVE MY SLIDE SHOW THAT I WAS GOING TO PUT UP VERY QUICKLY. I PROMISE IT WILL BE ONLY THREE MINUTES. AND I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU THAT IN THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, THERE'S BEEN SOME FABULOUS THINGS GOING ON AROUND THE DISTRICT. HERE WE HAVE RECOGNIZING THE DISTRICT DISTINGUISHED EXEMPLARY SCHOOLS, AND FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN, AND IT WAS A GREAT PRESENTATION. AND THE DISTRICT WAS HONORED AT BLAKE, WASN'T IT? MIDDLETON, MIDDLETON. EXCUSE ME FOR THAT ONE. SO THEN WE WENT OVER TO SHIELDS MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR THEIR HISPANIC CELEBRATION, AND THAT WAS A GREAT EVENING, AND THE COSTUMES WERE ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, THE DANCING. LOTS OF PARENTS. I LOVED SEEING ALL THE PARENTS COMING OUT. LOTS OF ACTIVITY. THEY HAD A TALENT SHOW. AND THE CHILDREN WERE JUST INCREDIBLE WITH THEIR ABILITY AT THE TALENT SHOW. IT WAS VERY REWARDING. AND THEN OF COURSE WE MOVED OVER TO THE DISTRICT CELEBRATION, AND WE HAD A GREAT TIME HERE. AND I REALLY WANT TO THANK EVERYONE THAT PARTICIPATED IN IT, AND THE LAUGHTER THAT WAS GOING OWN AND WHAT HAVE YOU. AND THEN TONIGHT AS SENIORS SERVICE WAS HERE, THE NATIONAL DIRECTOR OF THE SENIOR IN-SERVICE WAS HERE AND WE WENT AND GOT TO SIT DOWN AND CHAT ABOUT HOW IT WAS GOING THERE. THEN WE WENT OVER TO MABRY ELEMENTARY TO THEIR WALKATHON. IT WAS VERY WELL ATTENDED. ON THE TRACK AT COLEMAN. I MIGHT ADD. THEN BRIDGEPREP ACADEMY MIDDLE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM, WE GOT TO VISIT THEIR SCHOOL AND TALK TO THEIR STUDENTS ABOUT LEADERSHIP, AND THAT WAS REALLY REWARDING BECAUSE THEY HAVE A PROGRAM THAT DEVELOPS LEADERS, AND THEY GOT TO ASK QUESTIONS AND TALK ABOUT LEADERSHIP IN OUR COMMUNITY. THEN WE WENT OVER THE BREWSTER. AND BREWSTER TECHNICAL COLLEGE IS GOING THROUGH ACCREDITATION, SO WE GOT TO VISIT WITH THEM. AND THEN WE HAD THE MIDDLE SCHOOL FORUM, AND WOW, DID THEY ENTICE US WITH THEIR QUESTIONS, AND THEIR INTEREST AND THEIR CONCERNS. WE WERE QUITE IMPRESSED WITH THAT. AND, THEN WE WENT TO THE PLANT HIGH SCHOOL. THAT WAS OUR CHILDREN FROM LONDON. WE HAD A GROUP OF STUDENTS FROM LONDON WHO GROWTH TO VISIT OUR SCHOOL AND THEY VISITED PLANT HIGH SCHOOL. THEN WE WENT BACK OVER TO MIDDLETON FOR THE CDC GALA. WE HAD SOME STUDENTS FROM MIDDLETON THAT GOT TO ATTEND THAT. IT WAS A HUGE EVENT. AND IT REALLY SHOWED THEM THE IMPACT THAT THE COMMUNITY HAS WITH OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS, AND PEOPLE IN THE AREA. AND THEN WE HAD PARENT UNIVERSITY AT FRANKLIN BOYS ACADEMY. THAT WAS A VERY WELL ATTENDED EVENT. AND THEN WE HAD OUR SCIENCE OLYMPICS AT MOSI. AND LOTS AND LOTS OF KIDS. LOTS OF FUN. AND IT WAS ENJOYABLE TO WATCH THEM CREATE THEIR CHALLENGES AND SEE HOW THEY WALKED THROUGH IT. THEN WE HAD A STORYBOOK WALK-THROUGH HERE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE. EVERYBODY ENJOYED THAT SO MUCH AND THE CHILDREN ENJOYED IT. AND THE COSTUMES WERE GREAT. AND I LOVED THE FACT THAT THE DISTRICT STAFF KIND OF DRESSED AND PASSED OUT GOODIES TO EVERYBODY. WE HAD AN EVENT HONORING OUR VETERANS. AND THAT WAS GOING ON ALL OVER THE COUNTY. IT WAS A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT PUT ON GREAT PROGRAMS TO HONOR OUR VETERANS FOR VETERANS DAY. AND THEN MRS. VALDES AND I WENT AND HAD THE HONOR OF TALKING WITH OUR HEAD CUSTODIAN, AND IT WAS JUST AN HONOR TO BE THERE WITH THEM AND FEEL THEIR ENERGY. SO AS I SAY AS ALWAYS, THERE'S A LOT OF GREAT THINGS HAPPENING AROUND THE DISTRICT. AND I LOVE SHARING THEM WITH YOU. SO THANK YOU. MEMBER SHAMBURGER.  

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. FIRST OF ALL I WOULD LIKE TO START BY THANKING SUPERINTENDENT EKE TOWNS TAKE THE TIME TODAY TO ENJOY OUR STAFF AND TEACHERS THAT WERE HERE TODAY. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE TIME TO DO THAT. THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT. ALSO, TO ALL OF OUR STAFF HERE TONIGHT, THIS IS PROBABLY A RECORD BOARD MEETING TONIGHT. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE OPPORTUNITY AND ALLOWING OUR TEACHERS TO COME IN AND HAVE THEIR VOICES HEARD. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THAT PATIENCE. LASTLY, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO THIS BOARD FOR YOUR VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IN ALLOWING ME TO BE YOUR VICE CHAIR AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS NEXT YEAR.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER VALDES?  

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. AND I JUST HAVE A PRESENTATION TO MAKE HERE. WE WERE AT THE -- AS YOUR BOARD REPRESENT REPRESENTATIVE WE HAVE A CONFERENCE APPROXIMATELY THREE WEEKS AGO. AND WE WERE VERY SURPRISED, BECAUSE THIS WAS A COMPLETE SURPRISE TO US. BUT MR. MIKE -- DR. MIKE CAST EARLY, WHICH IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE COUNCIL FOR GREAT CITY SCHOOLS, DID SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL. AND HE RECOGNIZED THE DISTRICT. WHO ACTUALLY HELPED IN THE RELIEF EFFORTS OF OUR -- OF THE HURRICANE, AND IT WAS A COMPLETE SURPRISE. AND THEY CALLED IT THE COURAGE IN CRISIS AWARD. AND IT WAS PRESENTED BY THE COUNCIL FOR GREAT CITY SCHOOLS TO THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR RELIEF EFFORTS ON BEHALF OF CHILDREN DURING HURRICANE IRMA DATED 2017. AND I WANTED TO DO THIS PUBLICLY PRESENT IT TO -- LET THE BOARD MEMBERS KNOW THAT THIS WAS AN HONOR THAT THE DISTRICT RECEIVED, AND I'M GOING TO GIVE IT TO THE PERSON WHO REALLY DESERVES IT, AND THAT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT, MR. JEFF EAKINS, FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU DESERVE ALONG WITH THE STAFF MEMBERS AND ALL OF THOSE UNSUNG HEROS THAT WE DON'T EVEN KNOW ABOUT THAT WERE OUT THERE TAKING CARE OF OUR FAMILIES, OUR COMMUNITIES, BRINGING THEIR FAMILIES TO OUR SHELTERS. SO MR. EAKINS, AGAIN, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND FOR YOU BEING WHO YOU ARE, THIS IS MY HONOR TO BRING IT TO YOU. THANK YOU SO MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ] AGAIN YOU ARE AMAZING. WITH THAT SAID IT'S BEEN A LONG NIGHT. I THOUGHT I WOULD END IT WITH THAT. BECAUSE IT'S VERY DESERVING. A LOT OF PEOPLE DO NOT REALIZE THE WORK THAT IT ENTAILS TO DO WHAT YOU DO IN RUNNING THE 8th LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE NATION, SERVING NEARLY 214 THAT YOU STUDENTS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP.  

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU MEMBER VALDES. MEMBER SNIVELY?  

>>Melissa Snively: CONGRATULATIO NS SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. THAT IS A VERY WELL DESERVED AWARD, AND YOU HAVE HEARD IT PREVIOUSLY, BUT I WILL ECHO THE SENTIMENTS AND SAY THAT YOU HANDLED YOURSELF AS WELL AS THE ENTIRE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND STAFF AND RESOURCES IN THE MOST AMAZING WAY. SO DEFINITELY A WELL DESERVED RECOGNITION FOR YOUR EFFORTS. AND I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALL OF OUR FACULTY MEMBERS WHO ARE ABLE TO ATTEND. MAYBE THEY ARE STILL HOME WATCHING OR HOPEFULLY THEY ARE IN BED, BECAUSE IT'S A SCHOOL NIGHT. BUT I WANTED TO THANK THEM ALL FOR COMING OUT, YOU KNOW. I THINK SOMETIMES WE FORGET BECAUSE WE SIT HERE, THAT IT TAKES A LOT OF COURAGE FOR SOME PEOPLE TO COME OUT AND SPEAK THEIR MIND AND SPEAK WHAT'S IN THEIR HEART. AND THERE WERE SO MANY THAT HAD THE COURAGE TO DO THAT. AND IT WAS VERY WELL -- MUCH APPRECIATED AND I HAVE A FEELING ALL OF THE BOARD MEMBERS AND STAFF WHO WERE HERE LISTENED HEARTILY TO EVERY TEACHER, AT LEAST THAT'S WHAT MY HOPE IS THAT WE DID. AND THEN OF HOPE, I FIND MYSELF VERY HOPEFUL THIS EVENING. EACH OF US SITTING AT THIS DAIS WAS ELECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WE ARE THE 8th LARGEST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE COUNTRY WITH ALMOST A $3 BILLION BUDGET. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO TAXPAYERS, OUR STUDENTS, OUR TEACHERS, OUR PARENTS, TO MOVE THE DISTRICT FORWARD, TO FIND SOLUTIONS TO OUR BUDGET PROBLEMS, TO OPERATE TRANSPARENTLY, TO MANAGE THE BUSINESS OF THE DISTRICT, PROFESSIONALLY, AND WITH INTEGRITY. THAT'S WHY I AM HERE. AS A MOM OF FOUR KIDS IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, I SEE FIRST HAND EVERY DAY, WITH A STUDENT IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ONE IN MIDDLE SCHOOL TWO, IN HIGH SCHOOL. I'M HERE FOR THEM. I'M HERE BECAUSE I'M TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE ARE IN FOR A TOUGH YEAR, AND MAYBE A FEW YEARS AHEAD OF US STILL, WITH LEGAL CHALLENGES, BUDGET DEFICITS, UPSET PARENTS, UPSET TEACHERS, MEDIA REPORT AFTER MEDIA REPORT, AND GLARING AT THIS BOARD FOR PERHAPS MORE THAN EVER BEFORE, AND I HOPE THAT WE ARE ALL UP FOR THE TASK, AND WANT TO WISH SINCERELY MY BEST TO OUR NEW CHAIR AND OUR NEW VICE CHAIR AS YOU LEAD THIS BOARD OVER THE NEXT YEAR. CONGRATULATIONS. AND WE ARE WITH YOU. THANK YOU. HAR.  

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND AGAIN CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU BOTH. I WANT TO VERY QUICKLY THANK THE HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR THE WORK THEY DO WITH SOME OF OUR STUDENTS. SUPERINTENDENT AND DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND A RECOGNITION DINNER WITH THEM A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, AND THEIR ESSAYS THAT THEY SUBMITTED TO WIN BOTH THE TRIP TO WASHINGTON D.C. AND THE ACCOLADES THAT THEY GOT WERE REALLY AMAZING. AND I READ PORTIONS OF THEM BACK TO THEM AS I SPOKE TO THEM THAT NIGHT, BECAUSE THEY REALLY DID RESONATE ABOUT THESE KIDS LEARNED WHILE THEY WERE IN D.C. AND THE THINGS THAT THEY ARE FEELING AS THEY WALKED THE HALLS OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS. SO CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THEM. AND THANK YOU AGAIN TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR MAKING THAT PROGRAM POSSIBLE FOR OUR KIDS. TWO THINGS THAT I WANT TO BRING UP THAT I KNOW WE HAVE NOT DISCUSSED YET. MADAM CHAIR, IF YOU COULD, OR IF THE BOARD ATTORNEY COULD WORK THROUGH OUR WAY OF WORK FOR AN UPDATE, AN ANNUAL REVIEW IN OCTOBER OF EVERY YEAR, AND SO I WOULD HOPE THAT SOMETIME BETWEEN NOW AND THE NEW YEAR WE CAN FIND TIME FOR THREE BOARD MEMBERS TO SIT AND REVIEW THAT. THERE ARE SOME CHANGES THAT NEED TO BE MADE JUST IN THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE DONE OVER THE LAST YEAR THAT WE ARE DOING A LITTLE DIFFERENTLY NOW, AND THINGS THAT WE CAN ADD TO THAT. SO I WOULD REQUEST THAT THAT BE BROUGHT FORWARD TO THREE PEOPLE ON THIS BORED TO REVIEW. AND THEN I KNOW THAT OUR ORGANIZATION ASSIGNMENTS HAVE NOT COME FORWARD. I HAVE ASKED FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT TO BRING THOSE FORWARD AT THE DECEMBER BOARD MEETING SO THAT WE CAN HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT ORGANIZATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS AND OUR COMMITTEE WORK. AND I WANTED TO THANK THE TEACHERS, BOTH UNION AND NONUNION WHO WERE HERE TONIGHT SPEAKING TO US AND TELLING US THEIR STORIES. MRS. CLEMMENS IS ACTUALLY STILL IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. I KNOW THAT THIS IS A DIFFICULT TIME FOR ALL OF US. I KNOW IT'S DIFFICULT FOR US TO SIT UP HERE AND HEAR ALL THE THINGS THAT WE ARE HEARING AND NOT BEING ABLE TO RESPOND DUE TO THE FACT THAT WE ARE IN NEGOTIATIONS, BUT A DIFFICULT PLACE FOR US TO BE IN. SO I APPRECIATE THAT. THEY CAME HERE, BUT THEY WERE RESPECTFUL, AND THAT THIS BOARD HAD TIME AND WE WERE ABLE TO LISTEN TONIGHT. IT'S AN UNPRECEDENTED YEAR, BUT I THINK WE ARE IN FOR SOME VERY CHALLENGING TIMES AS WE MOVE FORWARD. AND I WANT TO WISH EVERYONE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING.  THIS IS OUR LAST BOARD MEETING BEFORE WE GO ON BREAK FOR A YEAR -- A WEEK. SORRY.  

>>Sally Harris: AND WITH THAT, I WILL SAY THAT THANK YOU. I HOPE THAT I CAN LIVE UP TO THE EXPECTATIONS OF THIS POSITION. AND GO HOME AND SLEEP FAST BECAUSE MORNING COMES QUICK. THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED.