Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Regular Board Meeting from December 5th, 2017, 3:00 P.M.

(no audio)...17 MEETING OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD. I'M SALLY HARRIS, THE BOARD CHAIR. HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WE SERVE MORE THAN 200,000 STUDENTS IN PRE-K THROUGH 12th GRADE. OUR TEAM IS MADE UP OF MORE THAN 25,000 DEDICATED PEOPLE, WORKING AT MORE THAN 245 SITES. 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 AND START EVERY TUESDAY AT 3:00 P.M. OUR MATERIALS CAN BE VIEWED ON-LINE IN ADVANCE. THEY ARE POSTED SEVEN DAYS BEFORE EACH MEETING ON OUR WEBSITE. ALL OF US AT HILLSBOROUGH WILL BE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SHARE ONE VISION, PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. WITH YOUR HELP, WE'RE MAKING DECISIONS THAT SHAPE OUR COMMUNITY'S FUTURE. THANK YOU FOR BEING A PART OF OUR MEETING TODAY. MEMBER SHAMBURGER, WILL YOU LEAD US IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, PLEASE?

>> THANK YOU. THANK YOU.

>> Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU. THIS IS AN OLD CHINESE PROVERB. FOR EVERY 100 HACKING AT THE LEAVES OF A DISEASE TREE THERE IS ONE EXAMINING THE ROOTS. PLEASE JOIN ME FOR A MOMENT OF SILENCE. [ SILENCE ]

>> Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU. PLEASE STAND AND JOIN ME IN THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION, UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. YOU MAY BE SEATED. THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: MEMBER SHAMBURGER, WILL YOU LEAD US IN ACKNOWLEDGING OUR STUDENT ENTERTAINMENT, PLEASE?

>> Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, I'D LIKE TO WELCOME THE ORCHESTRA ENSEMBLE TO THE PODIUM TO INTRODUCE THEMSELVES.

>> I'M MELANIE ROBERTS AND I PLAY THE VIOLIN AND I'M IN 12th GAME.

>> I'M CINDY AND PLAY THE VIOLIN AND ALSO IN 12th GRADE.

>> I'M ISABELLA AND I PLAY THE VIOLIN AND I'M A JUNIOR.

>> I'M RENEE LEE, I PLAY THE VIOLIN AND I'M IN 12th GRADE.

>> I'M CONNIE, I PLAY VIOLIN AND I'M IN 12th GRADE.

>> I'M DEVON. I PLAY VIOLIN AND I'M A JUNIOR.

>> I'M KATIE. I PLAY VIOLIN. I'M A 12th GRADER.

>> THANKS.

>> MY NAME IS LEE. I PLAY VIOLIN AND I'M A SENIOR.

>> MY NAME IS GABBY MARSHALL. I PLAY VIOLIN AND I'M IN 12th GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS JOHN LLOYD. I PLAY VIOLIN AND I'M IN THE 11th GRADE.

>> I'M IN 11th GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS EMMA PRICE. I PLAY VIOLA AND I'M A JUNIOR.

>> I'M ARI AND I AM IN 12th GRADE AND PLAY THEAVE KOALA.

>> I'M VICTOR AND I PLAY THEAVE KOALA AND I'M A SENIOR.

>> I'M MADISON IN THE 12th GRADE.

>> MY NAME IS BROOKLYN SCOTT. I PLAY THE CELLO AND I'M A JUNIOR.

>> MY NAME IS ALISA WILSON. I PLAY THE CELLO AND I'M A JUNIOR.

>> MY NAME IS CASSIDY WARD. I'M PLAY THE CELLO AND I'M A JUNIOR.

>> MY NAME IS SARA NASH. I AM IN 12th GRADE AND I PLAY THE SPRING BASS.

>> I PLAY THE STRING BASE AND I'M A JUNIOR.

>> MY NAME IS ANDRE DIRECTOR OF ORCHESTRAS AT GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL AND I'M THE VERY PROUD TEACHER OF THESE WONDERFUL STUDENTS. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>   HERE WE GO. ONE, TWO, THREE. THANK YOU, ALL. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE. GOOD JOB, GUYS. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO INTRODUCE MICHELLE PAVLIC WHO IS THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE FROM NEWSOM HIGH SCHOOL WHO WILL BE OUR STUDENT SCHOOL BOARD REPRESENTATIVE THIS EVENING. [ APPLAUSE ] DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY AT THIS MOMENT?

>> HAPPY TO BE HERE.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. WE ARE HAPPY YOU ARE HERE. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE HAVE FOUR WITHDRAWN AGENDA ITEMS TODAY. THEY ARE C-4 04, C 604 R, C 628. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER STUART AND A SECOND BY MEMBER GRAY. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. AND THE MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY. LET THE RECORDS REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT TODAY. WE HAVE ONE SET OF MINUTES TO BE APPROVED TODAY. THEY ARE FROM THE NOVEMBER 14th, 2017 SCHOOL BOARD REORGANIZATION MEETING. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE MINUTES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER GRAY AND A SECOND BY MEMBER STUART. ANY DISCUSSION? [ SILENCE ] SEEING NONE, IF YOU WILL PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. THANK YOU. MOTION CARRIES. MEMBER SHAMBURGER, WILL YOU NOW READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES?

>> Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU. AS WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON'S MEETING LET ME REVIEW THE FORMAT. SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. THE BOARD'S AGENDA IS A CONSENT AGENDA. ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE APPROVED WITH MOTION AND FORWARD UNLESS AN ITEM IS PULLED FOR DISCUSSION. THE AGENDA AND BACKUP DOCUMENTATION ARE AVAILABLE ON-LINE. THE MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON THE LIVE WEB CAST, CABLE TV AND VIDEO MONITORS HERE IN THE AUDITORIUM. IT CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING IN THE ON-LINE VIDEO ARCHIVES. THERE ARE SPEAKERS IN THE ROOM THAT ALLOW BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR THE MEETING. 45 MINUTES HAVE BEEN SET ASIDE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. SPEAKERS ARE GRANTED THREE MINUTES TO ADDRESS A SINGLE AGENDA ITEM OR A TOTAL OF FIVE MINUTES TO ADDRESS TWO OR MORE AGENDA ITEMS. IF TEN PEOPLE OR MORE PLAN TO ADDRESS A SINGLE TOPIC THE PROCEDURE REDUCES THE TIME SPEAKING FOR EACH PERSON FROM THREE MINUTES TO TWO MINUTES. THIS IS TO MAKE SURE WE HEAR FROM MORE PEOPLE DURING THE SAME AVAILABLE TIME. YOUR COMMENTS ARE IMPORTANT. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO YOUR COMMENTS, OUR STAFF WILL FOLLOWUP WITH YOU AND KEEP OUR BOARD INFORMED ABOUT THE RESPONSE. OUR SCHOOL BOARD RESPECTS THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD. WE APPRECIATE YOU TAKING YOUR TIME TO BE HERE. ANY BEHAVIOR INTENDED TO INTERRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THIS MEETING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. OUR CIVILITY POLICY IS IN EFFECT.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER SHAMBURGER. REMINDER, BOARD MEMBERS, KEEP YOUR COMMENTS CONCISE AND ON TOPIC DURING THE MEETING. WE HAVE A FEW ITEMS THAT WILL BE TAKEN AT SPECIFIC TIMES TODAY. AT 4:00 P.M., B 01, AT FIVE, C 1206. 5:01:00 P.M., D 01 AND 6:00 EMPLOYEE INPUT. WE WILL NOW MOVE TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS REQUIRING BOARD APPROVAL.

>> Jeffrey Eakins: IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE AUDIENCE TO KNOW ME AND MY STAFF HAVE MET WITH EACH BOARD PRIOR TO THE MEETING. IF THERE ARE LIMITED QUESTIONS IT MAYBE BECAUSE THE QUESTIONS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED BEFORE THE MEETING. THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA WERE PULLED FOR DISCUSSION AND OPERATE VOTE. A 01, C 301, C 02, C 606, 607, 610, 611, 612, 615, 618, 619, 626, 627, 630, 631, 632R1 AND 634, C 704, C 704 R, 1203, 1204 R, 1250, AND 1206, 1305 AND D 01. I NEED A MOTION AND IS SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THOSE ITEMS PULLED. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER STUART AND A SECOND BY MEMBER GRAY. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. THANK YOU. THE MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BEEN MOVED UP ON TODAY'S AGENDA PER BOARD MEMBER REQUEST. A 01, C 301, C 302, C 1305, C 10 04, 1206 AND D 01. IF ANYONE HAS SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO ONE OF THOSE ITEMS, YOU WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO THE ITEM BEFORE THE BOARD VOTES ON IT. PLEASE SEE THE COMMUNICATIONS DESK AT THIS TIME TO MY LEFT IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO ONE OF THOSE ITEMS. BOARD MEMBERS, I WANT TO REMIND YOU THAT EACH OF US WILL HAVE TWO MINUTES TO DISCUSS AN AGENDA ITEM AND WE WILL BE USING OUR TIMER. IF YOU GO BEYOND THE TWO MINUTES, I WILL ASK THAT YOU HOLD YOUR COMMENTS AND REQUEUE FOR THE ITEM. IF A BOARD MEMBER HAS NOT PULLED AN ITEM FOR DISCUSSION BUT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO AN ITEM AT THIS MEETING, PLEASE GET IN THE QUEUE TO SPEAK TO THAT ITEM. AT THIS TIME WE WILL MOVE ON TO A 01, APPROVE THE PROCLAMATION SUPPORTING THE 38th ANNUAL REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST AND THIS IS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER SHAMBURGER AND PRESENTED BY CHIEF OF STAFF. MEMBER SHAMBURGER, WILL YOU NOW READ THE PROCLAMATION

>> Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. IT IS AN HONOR TO PRESENT THE PROCLAMATION. ESPOUSED BY DR. KING AND TO FOSTER POSITIVE COMMUNITY RELATION RELATIONS WHEREAS THE THEME FOR THE 2018 BREAKFAST IS OUR JOURNEY, OUR VOICE, OUR DESTINY REFLECTING TOBA'S GOAL OF SHARING OUR DIVERSITY IN LIGHT OF RECENT EVENTS GOING IN OUR WORLD AND COUNTRY. WHEREAS, THIS EVENT HIGHLIGHTS THE COMMUNITY'S EFFORT TO EMPOWER AND INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION OF LEADERS WHO WILL STAY FOCUSED ON ISSUES IN THE COMMUNITY AND WHEREAS, THIS PROGRAM CREATES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TAMPA COMMUNITY TO COME TOGETHER TO REFLECT, CELEBRATE AND APPRECIATE DR. KING'S VISION OF PROMOTING JUSTICE, EQUITY, DIVERSITY AND TRUTH FOR OUR GLOBAL SOCIETY. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SUPPORTS THE 38th ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST TO BE HELD ON MONDAY, JANUARY 15th, 2018 AND THANKS TO THE TAMPA ORGANIZATION OF BLACK AFFAIRS FOR THEIR EFFORTS TO BRING TOGETHER OUR COMMUNITY. DATED THIS 5th DAY OF DECEMBER 2017. THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA. I'D LIKE TO HAVE THE -- WE HAVE SOME OF THE BOARD MEMBERS FROM TOBA PRESENT AN I'D LIKE THEM TO COME FORWARD AND SAY A FEW WORDS. WE HAVE DR. LARRY SHANNON.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR, VICE CHAIR AND ALL BOARD MEMBERS AND MR. SUPERINTENDENT. MYSELF, WITH DR. SHANNON, THERE ARE SEVERAL BOARD MEMBERS OF TOBA. ALL OF US COULDN'T BE HERE TODAY BUT APPRECIATE THE RELATIONSHIPS WE HAVE HAD WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR THESE MANY YEARS. WE WERE FOUNDED IN 1979. IN 1980, WE BEGAN OUR FIRST TOBA BREAKFAST AND WE ARE CELEBRATING THE 38th YEAR OF THE BREAKFAST AND THE BOARD MEMBERS BEING PRESENT. WE APPRECIATE THAT VERY MUCH. I WANT TO MAKE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS ABOUT OUR RELATIONSHIP. WE HAVE AN ONGOING RELATIONSHIP EVERY QUARTER WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT. WE MEET ABOUT COMMON VALUES AND MUTUAL INTERESTS TO MAKE, NOT ONLY THE STUDENTS SUCCESS BETTER HERE, BUT THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT IN OUR COMMUNITY SUCCESSFUL AS A WHOLE. WORKING DIRECTLY WITH MR. HARRISON PETERS AT TIMES, AND OVER HERE WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE, AS WELL, ALSO GRI GRIFFITH SAUNDERS FROM TIME TO TIME. AND WE WERE ABLE TO GET HERE WITH YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE. THANK YOU FOR WORKING WITH US. WE WORK ON FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS. WHEN ONE OF OUR MEMBERS PASSED AWAY A FEW YEARS AGO, WE HAD BEEN HAVING A SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM BUT DECIDED TO EXTEND IT TO $1,000 PER STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP. WE HAVE FOUR STUDENTS WE AWARD EVERY YEAR. WITH THE HELP OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, THEY IDENTIFY STUDENTS THAT MEET OUR CRITERIA FOR THAT SCHOLARSHIP AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOU JOINING THOSE STUDENTS, THE PRINCIPALS FROM THOSE SCHOOLS, THEIR FAMILIES, WHEN THEY RECEIVE THOSE SCHOLARSHIPS THIS YEAR. THANK YOU FOR THE PROCLAMATION AND WE WILL POST IT IN OUR PROGRAM BOOKLET AND LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU AT OUR BREAKFAST NEXT JANUARY. THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. DO WE HAVE ANYONE WHO SIGNED UP TO SPEAK ON THIS ITEM? HEARING NONE, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE PROCLAMATION SUPPORTING THE 38th ANNUAL REVEREND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. LEADERSHIP BREAKFAST. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SHAMBURGER AND A SECOND BY MEMBER SNIVELY. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, IF YOU'LL PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. AND THE MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING HERE. WE WILL NOW TAKE ITEMS 301 AND 302 TOGETHER. APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH CRISIS ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND FEDERAL DIVISION AND APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM AND AGREEMENT WITH THE SANDY HOOK PROMISE FEDERAL SUPPORT DIVISION. THIS IS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER STUART AND COMMENT BY MEMBER GRAY AND MEMBER GRIFFIN. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

>> ON BEHALF OF MS. BROWN, MS. SAIA I'M HONORED TO HIGHLIGHT THE PARTNERSHIP THIS AFTERNOON. AS EMOTIONAL NEEDS INCREASE THE DEPARTMENT OF STUDENT SERVICES IS RESPONDING BY WORKING WITH COMMUNITY PARTNERS TO ENSURE STUDENTS ARE RECEIVING THE DIVERSE SUPPORTS NECESSARY TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL AND RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS. SNOOP CHRYLLASI EMPLOYEES 4510 DEDICATED PEOPLE MEMBERS, THERAPISTS, COUNSELORS, PSYCHOLOGISTS AND PSYCHIATRISTS. UPON APPROVAL OF THIS AGREEMENT WE ESTABLISH A FRAMEWORK FOR COLLABORATION THAT WILL PROVIDE TARGETED STUDENTS AND FAMILIES ACCESS TO SCHOOL-BASED INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY COUNSELING SERVICES AND ADDITIONAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES. APPROVAL OF THIS AGREEMENT IS ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT STEP IN PLACING THE MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS OF OUR STUDENTS ON THE FOREFRONT OF OUR EDUCATIONAL AGENDA, AS WELL AS ENSURING EVERY STUDENT IS AFFORDED THE STUDENT TO SUCCEED. WE DID HAVE -- I'M NOT SURE IF THEY ARE WITH US BUT OUR PARTNERS FROM CHRYSALIS HEALTH WERE JOINING US TODAY. HIS NAME IS LEONARDO, THE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND DEANNA KITTNER. THEY MAY BE STUCK IN TRAFFIC BUT I WANTED TO GIVE THEM A SHUT OUT. THANK YOU. SO THAT CONCLUDES MY HIGHLIGHT OF THIS ITEM, UNLESS YOU HAVE QUESTIONS.

>> Sally Harris: WE HAVE TWO COMMENTS. MEMBER STUART? MEMBER GRAY?

>> Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. THIS IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT -- I FEEL IT IS A VERY IMPORTANT AGREEMENT. I THINK THE STUDENT WELFARE, THE SAFETY OF EVERY STUDENT IS CRITICAL. I THINK THIS GIVES US AN OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT OUR SCHOOLS AND HOW SAFE THEY ARE. I KNOW THAT CHIEF NEWMAN IS ENSURING THAT WE ARE PRACTICING AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SAFEGUARDING OUR CHILDREN. I THINK AS AN EDUCATOR THE TEACHERS HAVE NOW AN OPPORTUNITY, AGAIN AND AGAIN, TO TEACH LESSONS OF WHAT HAPPENS WITH GUNS AND ALL OF THE LESSONS ASSOCIATED WITH GUN VIOLENCE. I'M ALSO REMINDED THE STATISTICS, PER DAY, ARE VERY FRIGHTENING. THAT WE HAVE 323 GUN VIOLENCE SITUATIONS PER DAY. 33,000 OR MORE PER YEAR. ALSO ON THE LIST OF THINGS THAT GO WRONG, IN OTHER WORDS, THINGS THAT CAN MAKE SOMEONE NOT LIVE, HEART DISEASE ONE OF SEVEN AND NOW IT IS ON THE LIST. GUN VIOLENCE IS ONE IN 370. ALL OF THIS IS TO SAY THAT WHAT YOU ARE DOING IS VERY, VERY CRITICAL. IT IS A SAD TOPIC BUT IT IS ONE THAT IS NECESSARY. YOU ARE VERY MINDFUL OF BRINGING THIS AGREEMENT TOGETHER. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>> MEMBER STUART?

>> Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR. I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT YOU AND YOUR DIVISIONS HAVE DONE TO BRING THIS FORWARD. BOTH THE CHRYSALIS MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM THAT WILL BE IN SCHOOLS AND THEN THE SANDY HOOK PROMISE PROGRAM, WHICH IS A FREE PROGRAM WHICH IS GOING TO BE DISSEMINATED TO HIGH SCHOOLS VERY SIMPLE, VERY IMPLEMENTATION, VERY EASY FOR SCHOOLS TO PUT IN PLACE. I APPRECIATE THE DISTRICT IS FINALLY TAKING A LOOK, A CLOSER LOOK, AT THE MENTAL HEALTH OF OUR STUDENT POPULATION AND HOW THAT AFFECTS THEIR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND OTHER STUDENTS AROUND THEM, AS WELL AS THEIR SUCCESS IN THIS DISTRICT. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR HARD WORK. I KNOW THIS HAS NOT BEEN AN EASY THING TO BRING MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS IN TO SCHOOLS AND HAVE FAMILIES AND STUDENTS AND TEACHERS BE ABLE TO EMBRACE THAT THERE'S HELP FOR THEM IS NOT ALWAYS AN EASY CONVERSATION. I APPRECIATE THE WORK THAT HAS GONE IN TO BOTH OF THESE MOUs AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE RESULTS.

>> IF I MAY INTRODUCE OUR PARTNERS FROM SANDY HOOK PROMISE WHO ARE WITH US THIS EVENING. BLARE FRIEDMAN AND EVELYN BAILEY OUR FLORIDA PROGRAM MANAGER. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: DO WE HAVE ANYONE THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THESE TWO ITEMS? THEN WE ARE GOING TO CARRY THE VOTE SEPARATELY. WE WILL DO C 301 FIRST. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM.

>> MADAM CHAIR, YOU NEED A MOTION TO TAKE IT OFF THE AGENDA FIRST AND VOTE SEPARATELY.

>> Sally Harris: I THOUGHT IT WAS ALREADY PULLED. ALL RIGHT. I HAVE A MOTION FROM CINDY STUART AND A SECOND FROM APRIL GRIFFIN TO MOVE IT OFF FOR A SEPARATE VOTE. ALL OF THOSE IN FAVOR, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME ON.

>> JUST FOR CLARIFICATION, IS THIS MOTION TO PULL ALL OF THESE MOVED UP FOR SEPARATE VOTE OR

>> Sally Harris: 301 AND 302.

>> OKAY.

>> Sally Harris: CORRECT. THE MOTION CARRIES UNANIMOUSLY. NOW I NEED A MOTION FOR 301. A MOTION BY MEMBER STUART AND A SECOND BY MEMBER VALDES FOR THE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH THE CHRYSALIS HEALTH. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NUMBER, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS COME UP. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. C 302. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE MEMORANDUM OF THE AGREEMENT FOR THE SANDY HOOK PROMISE. I HAVE A MOTION BY CINDY STUART AND A SECOND BY MEMBER VALDES. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHT COMES UP. I'LL GET THIS DOWN YET. THANK YOU. IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. MEMBER VALDES?

>> Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I'D LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO VOTE ON THE REMAINING ITEMS SEPARATELY AS WELL, SO 1305. MS. WOODS, IF YOU WOULD CORRECT ME ON THESE AGENDA ITEMS I'VE WRITTEN. RIGHT. 1300 IS INFORMATION. SO 1204 AND 1206, WHICH ARE ACTION ITEMS. FOR A SEPARATE VOTE.

>> Sally Harris: IS THERE A SECOND? YES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER VALDES AND A SECOND BY MEMBER STUART STUART TO VOTE ON 1204 AND 1206 AS A SEPARATE VOTE. ANY DISCUSSION? DISCUSSION?

>> MADAM CHAIR, CAN YOU GIVE US A FEW MOMENTS TO EXAMINE THE AGENDA ITEMS BEFORE WE DECIDE TO VOTE SEPARATELY ON THE ITEMS

>> Sally Harris: YES.

>> THANK YOU. I DON'T HAVE THEM MEMORIZED. I'M SORRY.

>> Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY?

>> Lynn Gray: I WANT TO HAVE CLARIFICATION AS TO WHAT THE RATIONALE IS TO PULL THEM SEPARATELY.

>> THE TREND OF THE FLOW OF THE BOARD. IT LOOKED THAT WAY WITH THESE. TO EXPEDITE AND MINIMIZE SOME OF THE STOP AND GO AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE. BUT WHATEVER THE WILL OF THE BOARD IS. YEA OR NAY. I'M GOOD. BASICALLY TO MOVE IT ALONG IS ALL.

>> TO CLARIFY, YOU ARE ASKING FOR A SEPARATE VOTE ON EACH ITEM OR ALL TOGETHER? THE REST OF THE ITEMS? ALL TOGETHER OR SEPARATELY.

>> IT DOESN'T MATTER. THE OTHER WE JUST DID 302, WE DID 301 AND 302 IN TWO SEPARATE VOTES. I DON'T MIND TAKING AND VOTING THEM BOTH COLLECTIVELY BUT IN FOLLOWING SUIT WITH THE OTHER ONE WE DID ONE WITH THOSE INDIVIDUALLY. SO WHATEVER THE WILL OF THE BOARD IS. I COULD WITHDRAWAL IT. IT DON'T MATTER. WE'RE SPENDING TIME ON WHETHER OR NOT TO.

>> I DON'T THINK WE ARE SAVING ANY.

>> WHATEVER YOU WANT TO DOCUMENT LET'S JUST VOTE UP OR DOWN.

>> WE HAVE A MOTION AND SECOND ON THE FLOOR. WE HAVE TO AT LEAST GET THAT TAKEN CARE OF.

>> CLARIFY THE MOTION, PLEASE?

>> Sally Harris: THE MOTION WAS -- IT WAS MOVED WE VOTE ON 1204 AND 1206 SEPARATELY.

>> OKAY. I DON'T SEE HOW IT MOVES US ALONG ANY FASTER, BUT OKAY.

>> WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND. LET'S JUST TAKE THE VOTE.

>> Sally Harris: OKAY. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHT APPEARS. THE MOTION PASSES WITH 6-1 VOTE. THANK YOU. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE 1204R, APPROVE THE 2017, 2016 EDUCATION UPDATE. WE HAVE MS. SHAMBURGER AS A HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENT AND MS. VALDES AS A HIGHLIGHT AND COMMENT. DR. HELTON, EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF COMPLIANCE WITH HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.

>> LET'S SEE IF I CAN BE LOUDER THAN WHAT'S GOING ON OUTSIDE. TO THE HONORABLE CHAIRMAN HARRIS, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, STAFF AND THE VIEWING PUBLIC, IT'S WITH GREAT PLEASURE I HIGHLIGHT BOARD AGENDA ITEM C 1204 R. IT IS THE 2016/17 ANNUAL EQUITY UPDATE REPORT AND YOU ALL SHOULD HAVE A COPY. ALL DISTRICTS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT AN ANNUAL EQUITY UPDATE REPORT TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, OFFICE OF EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY, OEEO. OEEO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE COMPLIANCE, OVERSIGHT OF THE FLORIDA EDUCATIONAL EQUITY ACT AND OF THE FEDERAL AND STATE LEGISLATION RELATING TO EQUITY IN EDUCATION. THE FEEA, WHICH IS THE FLORIDA EDUCATION EQUITY ACT AND THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION REQUIRES OEEO TO MONITOR PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT'S COMPLIANCE WITH CERTAIN STATUTES. THE ANNUAL REPORT IS USED AS A TOOL BY OEEO TO MONITOR DISTRICTS AND ENSURE ADHERE ANSWER TO THE PROVISIONS OF THE LAW, MORE SPECIFICALLY, WHAT THE REPORT DOES IS IT MONITORING ABOUT FIVE OR SIX DIFFERENT THINGS -- CHANGES TO CIVIL RIGHTS POLICY AND PROCEDURES THAT THE DISTRICT IMPLEMENTS, STRATEGIES USED TO INCREASE PARTICIPATION IN ADVANCED COURSEWORK BY UNDER RELATED GROUPS, GENDER EQUITY IN ATHLETIC PROGRAMS, STRATEGIES USED TO ADDRESS EMPLOYMENT, EQUITY OF UNDER-REPRESENTED GROUPS, IMPLEMENTATION AND EVALUATION OF SINGLE-SEX SCHOOLS AND CLASSES AND TREATMENT OF PREGNANT AND PARENTING STUDENTS. I'D LIKE TO LET YOU KNOW THIS IS REPORT IS COLLABORATIVE. IT IS NOT DONE ALONE. I'M THE COMPLIANCE OFFICER FOR THE DISTRICT. SO WITH ME TODAY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS, I HAVE A PLETHORA OF PEOPLE, BECAUSE THIS IS A COLLABORATIVE REPORT. PATTY SIMMONS, YOU ALL KNOW, SHE'S THE GURU OF THE DATA. SO PATTY HELPS. FROM TEACHING AND LEARNING WE HAVE LESLIE GRABEN, NOT HERE AT THE MOMENT. THAT IS OKAY. MS. DEBBIE COOK IS HERE REPRESENTING THAT DEPARTMENT. MS. ROBINSON FOR GENDER ATHLETICS, AND EMPLOYMENT EQUITY FROM TEACHING AND LEARNING AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT SINGLE-SEX SCHOOLS AND CLASSES WE HAVE CARLA SPARKS AND PATTY, DID YOU RAISE YOUR HAND, THEY KNOW YOU. AND THEN WHEN IT TALKS ABOUT PARENTING FOR PREGNANT STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOLS, MALES AND FEMALES, WE HAVE DR. JESSICA SUAREZ -- I'M SORRY, SHE'S GOT IT. THANK YOU. SO WHAT I WILL DO IS GO -- I KNOW I PROBABLY HAVE 30 SECONDS LEFT THEN LEAVE IT FOR ANY QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE. THIS YEAR THE DISTRICT IS IN COMPLIANCE. LAST YEAR WE HAD A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT ATHLETICS. THE DISTRICT IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH ATHLETICS. WE ARE NOT IN COMPLIANCE -- OUT OF COMPLIANCE IN ANY AREA. THERE ARE SOME AREAS WE NEED TO IMPROVE, LIKE ANYTHING ELSE, WE ARE NOT PERFECT AND ALWAYS IMPROVING. EVERYTHING LIVING MOUTHS GROW. LIVING MUST GROW ANDWE ARE DOING THAT. WE SENT IN OUR EQUITY POLICY. THEY LOVE THAT IT HAS TO BE SUBMITTED BUT I WILL STOP RIGHT NOW BECAUSE YOU GUYS I'M SURE READ THIS AND IT IS SOMETHING EVERY DISTRICT IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA IS REQUIRED TO DO. WE ARE MANDATED. WE HAVE TO DO IT EVERY YEAR. IT IS OUR GOAL WHEN WE LOOK AT THE DATA WE LOOK AT THE REPORT THAT EACH DIVISION GOES THROUGH THE REPORT AND MAKE CHANGES, AS NECESSARY, BASED ON THE DATA BECAUSE YOU CAN MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS BY USING THE DATA.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. I NEED TO ASK OUR ATTORNEY, DO I TAKE THE PUBLIC COMMENT FIRST OR BOARD MEMBER COMMENT FIRST?

>> JUST AN INFORMATION ITEM. THE BOARD IS NOT IT VOTING ON THIS.

>> Sally Harris: BUT THEY HAVE SOME COMMENTS.

>> 1204. IT IS ACTION. IT IS REQUIRED.

>> Sally Harris: WE HAVE SOMEBODY WANTING TO SPEAK. OKAY. [ INAUDIBLE ]

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER STUART, WOULD YOU LIKE TO -- [ INAUDIBLE ]

>> Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD. COMPLIMENTS TO THE DIVISIONS FOR PAYING A LITTLE CLOSER ATTENTION THIS YEAR TO THE ISSUES WE ADDRESSED LAST YEAR. IT'S GOOD TO SEE THAT WE ARE IN COMPLIANCE IN ALL AREAS. I WAS PARTICULARLY GLAD TO SEE THERE WAS A COUPLE OF PAGES THAT SPOKE TO OUR RECRUITING EFFORTS, AND THE NATURE OF DIVERSITY WITHIN OUR TEACHING AND LEADERSHIP RANKS. I'VE SINCE ASKED, AND HOPEFULLY THE BOARD HAS RECEIVED THE INFORMATION FROM SEVERAL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE SUPERINTENDENT'S TEAM, SPECIFICALLY HR AND DIVERSITY, AS WELL AS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. AND MR. PETERS ON HOW WE ARE RECRUITING AND PROMOTING THE DIVERSE WORKFORCE THAT WE HAVE. WE STILL HAVE WORK TO DO IN THAT AREA. IT IS REFRESHING TO SEE HR HAS TAKEN THIS PIECE OF INFORMATION THAT COMES TO THE DISTRICT AND IS USING IT TO THEIR ADVANTAGE AS WE GO OUT AND ATTEMPT TO FILL VACANCIES FOR THIS DISTRICT. THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION. BOARD MEMBERS, HOPEFULLY YOU GOT THAT INFORMATION AND THANK YOU MS. HELTON AND THE DIVISIONS THAT PUT EFFORT IN TO IN THIS YEAR.

>> THANK YOU

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER SHAMBURGER?

>> THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION. I WANT TO ECHO MEMBER STEWART'S COMMENTS. STEWSTUART'S COMMENTS. THE FOCUS IS OFTEN ON THINGS READ IN THE NEWSPAPER BUT THIS REPORT IS COMPREHENSIVE. WE TALK ABOUT THE UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS AN THE NUMBER OF DUAL ENROLLMENT OR ADVANCED COURSEWORK OUR EMPLOYMENT EQUITY, AS WELL. THIS REPORT IS VERY GOOD. IT LAYS OUT THE STRATEGIES, WHICH I LOVE MOST ABOUT THIS REPORT. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THE COMMUNITY KNOWS ABOUT THIS REPORT AND REVIEW IT. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> THANK YOU. KUDOS FOR ALL WHO HELPED, ESPECIALLY FOR PROVIDING THE STRATEGIES TO MAKE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT BETTER.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER VALDES?

>> Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR HIGHLIGHT TODAY. THE DATA HERE TALKING ABOUT OUR TEACHING STAFF AND OUR DIVERSITY AMONGST OUR EDUCATIONAL WORLD, IS VERY INDICATIVE OF WHERE WE NEED TO TRY TO ATTEMPT TO GO. SO I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF IT IS POSSIBLE, MR. EAKINS AND MADAM CHAIR, WHENEVER THE TIME IS RIGHT, TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A WORKSHOP TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE HOW IS IT THAT WE ARE USING -- UTILIZING THIS PARTICULAR REPORT TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS THAT WE ARE TRYING TO BUILD UP IN THE EQUITY, IF YOU WILL, OF WHERE WE ARE TRYING TO HEAD WITH OUR EQUITY POLICY. ONE OF THE THING I'D LIKE -- HOW DO WE COME UP WITH THE GOALS FOR THE SUBGROUPS? WHAT ARE THE CREATORS? HOW DO WE REACH TO THOSE NUMBERS, AND BY THE SAME TOKEN, WHAT ARE WE DOING ON RECRUITING ASPECTS, AS WELL? I WONDER, THIS PARTICULAR REPORT ONLY DOES THE EDUCATIONAL EQUITY UPDATE, BUT I WONDER, IS THERE A REPORT WHERE WE SUBMIT ON THE WHOLE DISTRICT, IF YOU WILL, INSTRUCTIONAL AND NON-INSTRUCTIONAL? I DON'T SEE THE NON-INSTRUCTIONAL IN THIS REPORT, BUT I'M SURE THAT WE WILL TEND TO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT WE SEE ON THIS PARTICULAR PAGE WHEN IN TERMS OF THE DIVERSITY OF THE MAKEUP OF THE OPERATIONS SIDE OF THE HOUSE, IF YOU WILL. SO I THINK THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT. WHEN WE LOOK AT EQUITY, NOT JUST THE EDUCATIONAL COMPONENT OF IT BUT NOW THAT ALL OF OPERATIONS IS UNDER ONE DIVISION, WE NEED TO LOOK AT THAT, AS WELL. THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. WE DO HAVE PUBLIC COMMENT ON THIS ITEM. JOSEPHINE AMATO, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME UP AND SPEAK TO THIS ITEM, PLEASE.

>> HI. GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO ME. MY NAME IS JOSEPHINE AMATO. I'M A PARENT AND ADVOCATE AND THE REASON I WANT TO SPEAK TO THIS REPORT AND THIS ISSUE IS BECAUSE IT DOESN'T TELL THE WHOLE STORY. WHEN WE LOOK AT THE STORY AND THE NUMBERS OF OUR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES AND OUR CHILDREN OF COLOR IN OUR DISTRICT, AND WE LOOK AT THE POLICIES WE IMPLEMENTING, I BELIEVE WE ARE EPICALLY FAILING OUR STUDENTS IN PROVIDING EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATION. WHEN WE IMPLEMENT THE POLICY TO FURTHER DISCRIMINATE AGAINST STUDENTS AND PROVIDING EQUAL ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, THIS POLICY IMPACTED OUR CHILDREN OF COLOR IN A DESPAIRIC MANNER. OF THE 7,495 STUDENTS, 5,623 OF THOSE STUDENTS WERE CHILDREN OF COLOR. YET THEY ONLY MAKE UP 60% OF OUR POPULATION IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. OF THE STUDENTS BEING DENIED EQUAL ACCESS TO THAT EDUCATION AND THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, WE HAVE A DESPAIR TREATMENT 100% OF TITLE ONE SCHOOLS WERE DENIED TRANSPORTATION. CHILDREN USING WHEELCHAIRS DO NOT HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO OUR CLASSROOMS. I HAVE A CHILD WHO UTILIZES A WHEELCHAIR. SHE CANNOT OPEN THE DOORS. SHE CANNOT GO ABOUT HER DAY AT SCHOOL WITH EQUAL ACCESS SHE HAS TO WAIT FOR ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL TO OPEN A DOOR FOR HER. HER DOG CAN'T EVEN HELP HER BECAUSE OUR BUILDINGS ARE NOT IN COMPLIANCE. THAT IS A FAILURE ON OUR PART. EVEN OUR BRAND NEW BUILDINGS ARE NOT IN COMPLIANCE. OUR RAMPS ARE NOT ANGLED CORRECT LIP. OUR ELEVATORS ARE ONE PER FIVE-ACRE CAMPUS. THIS IS NOT EQUAL ACCESS TO PUBLIC EDUCATION. WHEN WE SPEAK ABOUT OUR STUDENTS DENIED TO EQUAL ACCESS EDUCATION, TALK ABOUT THE 800 STUDENTS OF COLOR WHO WERE REMOVED FROM C SCHOOLS TO F-RATED SCHOOLS AN THE ELIMINATION OF TRANSPORTATION FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO NOW DON'T HAVE A BUS AND ARE ATTENDING F SCHOOLS. ALL BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO BRING THEM BACK TO THEIR SCHOOLS. AS A PARENT, I DON'T CARE HOW FAR THEY HAVE TO DRIVE IN A BUS IF THEY HAVE BETTER ACCESS TO EDUCATION. SO WHEN WE LOOK AT THESE REPORTS AND NUMBERS, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE REALITY OF WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE FACING. WHEN 90% OF THE STUDENTS KILLED WALKING TO SCHOOL ARE HISPANIC AMERICANS AND THEY ONLY MAKE 30% OF YOUR STUDENT BODY POPULATION, THAT IS A DESPAIRIC POLICY IMPACTING HISPANIC AMERICAN STUDENTS. WE NEED TO DO MORE WORK ON THIS AND THE NUMBERS NEED TO TELL THE TRUE STORY. THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE 2016/17 EDUCATIONAL EQUITY UPDATE. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER GRAY AND A SECOND BY MEMBER SHAMBURGER. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. THANK YOU, MOTION IS CARRIED. 1305, OFFICE OF STRAY STRAITTY MANAGEMENT QUARTER ONE FOR 2017/18 OFFICE OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT. THIS WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER SHAMBURGER AND MEMBER STUART. MS. VAN AYERS WILL INTRODUCE THIS ITEM.

>> THANK YOU, MS. HARRIS. SO EXCITING TIME. THIS -- IF YOU REMEMBER IN 2015 IN OUR STRATEGIC PLAN, THAT TOP PRIORITY WAS TO INCREASE THE GRADUATION RATES. WHAT WE SPEND A LITTLE TIME AROUND IS HOW THE PLAN IS ALIVE IN OUR DISTRICT AND TELL A STORY BEHIND SOME OF THE DATA WE'LL SEE AND BE PRESENTED. FIRST TIME WE HAVE HAD THREE YEARS OF DATA TO COMPARE. WE WILL BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THAT A BIT THIS AFTERNOON. REMEMBER, WE ARE AWAITING THE RELEASE OF OUR FOUR-YEAR FEDERAL GRADUATION RATE FOR LAST YEAR'S CLASS WHICH SHOULD BE HERE BEFORE WINTER BREAK. I WANT TO SPEND TIME AND LOOK AT THE GRADUATION RATE KPIs AND HOW IT COMES TO LIFE AND TELL THE STORY BEHIND THE DATA YOU SEE. YOU GUYS ARE AWARE OF THE DATA. NOW LET'S LOOK AND SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING BEHIND THE NUMBERS. MR. COCHRAN?

>> THANK YOU. WE HAVE A POWERPOINT. WE ARE GOING TO PRESENT THIS INFORMATION ITEM TO YOU. WE HAVE COMPILED A LOT OF FIRST QUARTER RESULTS AND I WANT TO PRESENT THEM TO YOU TODAY. IT REPRESENTS A LOT OF HARD WORK FROM THE DISTRICT IN THE FIRST QUARTER AND HAVE QUITE A TEAM OVER HERE. WE WILL INTRODUCE THOSE FOLKS AS THEY COME UP. THE AGENDA SLIDE IS HERE. AGAIN, FIRST QUARTER RESULTS, GOT THOSE. JULIE McLEOD WILL GIVE THE FIRST QUARTER KPI UPDATE. AS VAN SAID, WE LIKE TO NOT GIVE YOU DISTRICT LEVEL RESULTS BUT INFORMATION FROM OUT IN THE FIELD, PEOPLE ON THE GROUND WORKING HARD, CREATING THESE RESULTS. WE HAVE THREE SCHOOLS REPRESENTED. FOLKS FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND TEACHERS, READING COACHES AND THEY WILL BE INTRODUCED AS THEY COME UP AN GIVE YOU UPY UPDATES THERE AND THE SECOND IS CREATING A CULTURE OF PERFORMANCE AND HOW WE ARE DOING THAT AND THINGS WE HAVE BEEN DOING THIS QUARTER TO CREATE THAT AND AGAIN, WE WILL HAVE ONE TESTIMONY FOR ONE OF THE DIVISIONS. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH ALL OF THE DIVISIONS ON THIS, BUT THE DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATION AND ANNA BRAM BRAHM WILL COME UP AND DO THAT AND THEN HAVE Q AND A AT THE END. AT THIS POINT I'D LIKE TO BRING UP JULIE McLEOD, WHO WILL DO THE GRADUATION KPI UPDATE.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. WE ARE JUST GOING TO GO THROUGH THE GRADUATION RATE KPIs TODAY FOR HIGHLIGHT AND TO ORIENT YOU ON THE GRAPHS, WE HAVE, AS JOE, OR VAN MENTIONED, THREE YEARS OF DATA. THE DARKEST PURPOSELE IS THE QUARTER AND THEN THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WE UPDATE THAT. THIS IS ATTENDANCE. THIS OUR PERCENT OF STUDENTS WITH LEAST 90% OF ATTENDANCE AND IT HAS DROPPED A BIT. AS YOU RECALL THE FIRST QUARTER WAS AN ANOMALY WITH AN ECLIPSE DAY AND HURRICANE AND EVERYTHING ELSE. SO AS THE DENOMINATOR INCREASES WE GET MORE DAYS UNDER THE BELT WE ANTICIPATE THE NUMBER TO GO UP INSTEAD OF DOWN. OUR BEHAVIOR IS PRETTY MUCH THE SAME AS LAST YEAR, SITTING AT 97% OF STUDENTS WHO HAD ZERO SUSPENSIONS. THESE ARE STUDENTS PASSES SIXTH, SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE. THIS IS THE PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS THAT PASSED THEIR MATH AND ELA COURSES. IT IS PRETTY SIMILAR TO PRIOR YEARS. YOU WILL SEE AN UPTICK IN SEVENTH AND NINTH GRADE. IN FACT, NINTH GRADE HAS BEEN GOING UP EACH YEAR, WHICH IS A NICE TREND. THIS IS NINTH GRADE GPA, THE PERCENT OF STUDENTS WITH LEAST 2.0 GPA AND WE SEE A SLIGHT UPTICK IN THIS, AS WELL. THIS IS ONE I'M SUPER EXCITED ABOUT. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS. THESE ARE THE STUDENTS WHO WE WANT TO GET A STANDARD DIPLOMA INSTEAD OF A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION. YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE MADE TREMENDOUS PROGRESS FROM 15/16. 80% OF OUR SENIORS MET THE ELA GRADUATION REQUIREMENT WHICH WAS PASSING THE FSA OR USING AN SAT OR ACT CONCORDANCE SCORE. LITTLE TEASER, AS OF TODAY, ONCE WE GOT TO THE OCTOBER SAT AND ACT RESULTS, WE ARE AT 85.5. WE JUST GOT IN SAT RETAKES TODAY. HOPEFULLY THAT WILL GO UP AS THOSE ARE LOADED IN TO OUR MAINFRAME THAT.  IS SUPER EXCITING. ALGEBRA IS UP AS WELL FROM 88 TO 91. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THOSE. ON THAT NOTE, WE HAVE SOME TESTIMONY FROM THE FIELD.

>> I WILL INTRODUCE GLORIA, IF I COULD, JULIE. I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE ELA GRADUATION REQUIREMENT SLIDE. THOSE ARE RESULTS FROM A 2015, AT THE END OF QUARTER ONE, 70% HAD MET GRADUATION REQUIREMENT AND NOW 85% OF CURRENT SENIORS HAVE MET THE REQUIREMENT. THAT 15.5% JUMP IN THE THIRD YEAR. SOMETIMES WE CAN LOOK AT DATA AND SAY, EH, AND GLOSS OVER AND MOVE ON. BUT TO HAVE A 15.5% JUMP IS MONSTROUS. WE WILL SPEND SOME TIME AROUND THAT SLIDE AND HOW IT HAPPENED. WE LOOK AT DATA ALL THE TIME, BUT WHAT'S THE REASON WE ARE MOVING THE NEEDLE IN THIS AREA? MR. EAKINS?

>> Jeffrey Eakins: TO ORIENT YOU, EVERY 1% WHEN WE LOOK AT GRADUATION RATE FOR SENIORS IS 150 STUDENTS. SO MULTIPLY 15% OVER TWO YEARS, 15% TIMES 150, THAT'S HOW MANY MORE STUDENTS NOW ARE POSITIONED IN THEIR SENIOR YEAR THIS THAT PARTICULAR REQUIREMENT. THAT'S A LOT OF KIDS. THAT'S TREMENDOUS RESULTS FROM OUR SCHOOLS.

>> LORI REIDEL WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS PART. SHE LEADS THE CHARGE AND IS OVER OUR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL READING AND DOES AN AMAZING JOB. LORI?

>> I'M VERY EXCITED TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY HIGHLIGHT THE INSTRUCTIONAL SHIFTS THAT ARE DRIVING OUR SENIOR SUCCESS MEETING, THAT RATING BENCHMARK, THE GRADUATION BENCHMARK. WE STARTED THE SCHOOL YEAR WITH A THREE WEEK FSA BOOT CAMP FOCUSED ON THE NECESSARY SKILLS FOR STUDENTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL ON THE FSA RETAKE WHICH WE JUST RECEIVED THE SCORES. SO I'M EXCITED TO LOOK AT THOSE. FOLLOWING THAT WE MOVED IN TO PREPARING OUR STUDENTS FOR THE SAT. THIS IS THE KEY PIECE. FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE HISTORY OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WE WERE ABLE TO OFFER AN EXTENDED TIME, NON-REPORTABLE TO THE COLLEGES SAT. SO IT ALLOWS THE STUDENTS TO MEET THE GRADUATION BENCHMARK WITH THAT EXTENDED TIMEPIECE. KEEPING THAT IN MIND INSTRUCTIONALLY, WHAT WE DID IS FOCUS ON OUR INSTRUCTION IN THOSE SENIOR RETAKE COURSES ON DRIVING THE STUDENTS FOR ACCURACY AND PROFICIENCY, INSTEAD OF FOCUSING ON HOW MUCH THEY HAVE CAN GET DONE WITHIN THAT TIME ON THE TRADITIONAL SAT. SO WE SPENT MORE TIME DRILLING IN ON THE SKILLS THE STUDENTS WERE WEAKst IN AND FOCUSED ON THE ACCURACY PIECE. THAT'S WHERE WE ARE SEEING THE BIG BANG FOR OUR BUCK, YOU MAY SAY. THIS ALLOWED OUR STUDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO FOCUS IN AND NOT RUN OUT OF TIME ON THE TRADITIONAL. WHAT WE HAVE SEEN SINCE THEN IS BECAUSE THE STUDENTS WERE SO SUCCESSFUL ON THE EXTENDED TIME THEY HAVE -- MANY OF THEM HAVE TAKEN THE TIMED OR STANDARD SAT AND BEEN SUCCESSFUL ON THAT, AS WELL, BECAUSE IT ALLOWED THEM TO BUILD CONFIDENCE BY PROVIDING THE STUDENT WITH THE EXTENDED TIME TEMPERATURE OUR CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION WITHIN THE SENIOR READING COURSE IS DESIGNED TO MEET THE STUDENTS WHERE THEY ARE WHEN THEY COME TO THE CLASSROOM. WE HAVE A RANGE OF ABILITIES AND STUDENTS. THE CURRICULUM AND TEACHERS DEVELOP THAT FOCUS, BASED ON WHERE THE STUDENTS ARE INSTRUCTIONALLY AND LOOKING AT WHAT ASSESSMENT THEY HAVE DETERMINED OR DECIDED TO TAKE IN ORDER TO MEET THAT GRADUATION BENCHMARK. WITHIN A GIVEN CLASS PERIOD, YOU HAVE FOCUS ON SAT AND ACT AS WELL AS WHEN WE MOVE TO THE FSA RETAKE IN THE SPRING. THEY ARE REALLY FOCUSING ON WHICH ASSESSMENT WOULD ALLOW THAT STUDENT HAVE THE GREATEST SUCCESS. WIWITH THAT IN MIND, I WILL ADELE IN TO THE INSTRUCTIONAL IMPACT ON THE STUDENTS.

>> I'M THE 12th GRADE READING TEACHER AT CHAMBERLAIN AND WE HAD A 50% PASS RATE FOR OUR SAT FOR OUR SENIOR CLASS. I FEEL THERE ARE SEVERAL FACTORS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO THIS SUCCESS. ONE BEING THE WAY WE STARTED OUR RELATIONSHIP THIS SCHOOL YEAR. ONE OF THE MAJOR DIFFERENCES FROM THIS SCHOOL YEAR FROM PAST IS WE INITIATED OUR PREP AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. IN THE PAST, OUR SAT AND ACT PREP DID NOT BEGIN UNTIL SEVERAL MONTHS IN TO THE SCHOOL YEAR. OUR FOCUS WAS SOLELY ON FSA. BY STARTING OUR STUDENTS EARLY, IT GAVE THEM THE STUDENT FOR PLENTY OF PRACTICE. ANOTHER FACTOR THAT HELPED WAS OUR STEADFAST USE OF KHAN ACADEMY. I BELIEVE I HAD ALL OF MY STUDENTS LINKED THEIR KHAN ACADEMY ACCOUNTS LINKED TO THEIR COLLEGE BOARD ACCOUNTS THE FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL. , WHICH AS YOU KNOW, BY LINKING THE ACCOUNTS, IT PULLS UP THEIR PAST S.A.T. SCORES SO YOU CAN SEE, THE STUDENTS CAN SEE WHERE THEY WERE DEFICIENT AND OBVIOUSLY KHAN ACADEMY WILL THEN PICK UP WITH LESSONS AT THAT POINT. I USE KHAN ACADEMY AS ONE OF MY CENTER ROTATIONS WITHIN MY CLASSROOM CENTERS. I ALSO USE THE S.A.T. PREP BOOK PROVIDED BY OUR READING DEPARTMENT, BUT I USE IT IN A WAY THAT DIFFERENTIATES THE INSTRUCTION FOR THE STUDENTS. EACH STUDENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR TOOK A DIAGNOSTIC TEST FROM THAT BOOK. WHAT I'VE DONE IS BROKEN THOSE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK IN TO FOLDERS WHERE THE ABSOLUTE THEN ONLY WORK ON LESSONS THAT THEY SHOWED THEY NEEDED HELP WITH BASED OFF THAT DIAGNOSTIC TEST. SO THEY ARE WORKING TO THEIR STUDENT. AND THIS IS INCORPORATED IN TO THOSE WEEKLY CENTER ROTATIONS THAT ARE ALL S.A.T., A C. AND FSA BASED. I THOSE FACTORS ALONG WITH THE STUDENTS THAT THE DISTRICT HAS GIVEN OUR STUDENTS, AS WELL AS MY HIGH EXPECTATIONS I HAVE FOR MY STUDENTS HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO CHAMBERLAIN'S SUCCESS. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> AT THIS TIME I'M HONORED TO PRESENT JEANETTE, OUR READING COACH AT DURANT HIGH SCHOOL AND WHERE SHE WILL TAKE US IS LOOKING AT WHAT THEY HAVE DONE AT THEIR SCHOOL AS A WHOLE-SCHOOL FOCUS TO DRIVE IN TO IN TO -- OR DRIVE SENIOR STUDENTS TO THEIR SUCCESS.

>> OKAY. HOPEFULLY I HAVE SOME SLIDES UP HERE. WHEN LORI ASKED ME TO SPEAK ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE DONE AT DURANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL FOR THE LAST YEAR, I PUT TOGETHER SOME SLIDES BECAUSE I'M VISUAL LIKE THAT AND IT MADE ME FEEL GOOD. SO HERE WE GO. SO, FIRST THING IS WE STARTED THE YEAR, AS WELL, FOCUSED ON S.A.T WE MET IN THE PRE-PLANNING WITH ADMINISTRATION AND SAID THERE IS AN AUGUST S.A.T WHAT IF WE PUSH THE HECK OUT OF IT AND WOULD YOU, AS THE ADMINISTRATION, LET THE STUDENTS GET OUT OF THE READING CLASS IF THEY PASS THE AUGUST S.A.T.? SO THEY AGREED TO IT. THE SECOND DAY OF SCHOOL WE PRESENTED THAT TO THE JUNIORS AND WE HAD AN OUTSTANDING SHOWING AND A GREAT PASS RATE. WE KNOCKED OUT A BUNCH OF KIDS IN AUGUST. [ APPLAUSE ] SO OUR MENTALITY GOING IN IS IT'S NOT A MATTER OF IF BUT WHEN. IT'S WHEN YOU ARE READY. I TELL THAT TO -- I SAY LEAST TWICE A WEEK PROBABLY TO GROUPS OF KIDS BECAUSE WHEN THEY ARE READY, WE ARE ALWAYS HERE. SO THEY USUALLY PASS WHEN THEY ARE READY. SO THE NEXT THING IS THE CULTURE. I WISH I CHANGED THAT TO NOT FACULTY CULTURE BUT SCHOOL CULTURE. BUT THE FACULTY HAVE BOUGHT IN MORE. THE TEACHER THES KNOW WE ARE DOING FOR S.A.T YES, WE PREPARE THEM FOR FSA AND WE ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING TO HURT THEM FOR EITHER TEST BUT THEY KNOW THAT WE ARE PUSHING THEM TO SIGN UP FOR AS MANY TESTS AS THEY CAN, IF THEY ARE READY. BUT MY ADMINISTRATION IS EXTREMELY SUPPORTIVE AND THE STUDENTS ARE LESS STRESSED. THEY DON'T FEEL I HAVE TO PASS THE FCAT, WHATEVER, THEY KNOW THEY HAVE OPTIONS. THEY ARE SIGNING UP, SHOWING UP AND SUCCEEDING. THE NEXT THING IS ON TUESDAYS, THE COLLEGE AND CAREER COUNSELORS AND MYSELF HAVE DEDICATED MOST TUESDAYS IN THE MEDIA CENTER TO HELPING KIDS SEEN UP. IT IS HELPED WITH THEIR SSD NUMBERS, THEIR WAIVERS AND WHEN WE GET EXTREMELY BUSY AND WHEN WE HAVE 40, 50 KIDS SIGNING UP AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE ON THE SCREEN ARE PEOPLE THAT HAVE COME BY AND SUPPORTED AND HELPED KIDS TO SIGN UP. NEXT THING, DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION IS THE CONSTANT SWITCHING WHICH KIDS ARE TESTING WHEN AND DIFFERENTIATING IN THE CLAM. KHAN ACADEMY HAS BEEN HUGE IN OUR SCHOOL. IT HAS HELPED THIS YEAR. ALL OF THE SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS WITH WERE LINKED AND WE ARE ABLE TO SUPPORT THEM WITH KHAN ACADEMY. ON THE SCREEN ARE TWO OF MY FAVORITE THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED THIS YEAR. ONE OF MY TEACHERS HAD A 69% PASS RATE IN OCTOBER FOR JUNIORS. THAT'S OF THE KIDS THAT SIGNED UP AND TOOK IT AND ANOTHER GIRL WHO GOT HER SCORE IN HI OFFICE BEFORE THANKSGIVING AND SHE ACCREDITED HER PASSING TO KHAN ACADEMY. WE DO BOOT CAMP. I USUALLY RUN BOOT CAMPS DURING HOME RUNS. WE HAVE HOME RUN EVERY MONDAY, LIKE CLUB DAY. WE DO BOOT CAMP, S.A.T. BOOT CAMPS FOR MOSTLY SENIORS BUT SOMETIMES JUNIORS, AS WELL AND OCCASIONAL SATURDAY ELP IF THERE IS A BIG TEST COMING UP. AND THEN THE PEERS PASSING WHEN THEY SEE THEIR PEERS -- WE HAVE READING HOME ROOM. JUNIORS AND SENIORS THAT HAVE NOT MET THEIR BENCHMARK ARE IN A HOME ROOM WITH A MOTIVATING TEACHER AND THAT'S ONE GIFT WE GIVE THEM. THEY CAN'T GET OUT OF THEIR READING CLASS, IT IS TOO LATE NOW, BUT THEY CAN GET A HOME ROOM AND BE LIKE WHY ARE 12 KIDS ABSENT AND THE TEACHER THE WILL JUST PASSED THEIR S.A.T SO THOSE ARE THE THINGS WE DO.

>> I WANTED TO MENTION, WE ARE RIGHT NOW AT DURANT WE HAVE 16 SENIORS WE NEED TO PASS TO HAVE 100% PASS FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> ONE MORE MACHINE I'M EXCITED TO INTRODUCE, SHE'S A FIRST-TIME SENIOR READING TEACHER. FIRST YEAR SENIOR READING TEACHER AND SHE IS FROM SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL, WHICH LET ME POINT OUT, AT SICKLES THEY HAD A 78% OF THEIR SENIORS WHO TOOK THE OCTOBER 11th S.A.T. MET THE GRADUATION BENCHMARK, THE HIGHEST IN THE DISTRICT. AND KRISTIN MARTIN WAS THEIR TEACHER AND IS THEIR TEACHER. SO I'M PLEASED TO INTRODUCE TO YOU KRISTIN MARTIN FROM SICKLES HIGH SCHOOL WITH A 78% RATE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> THANK YOU.

>> OVERWHELMING. IT IS MY FIRST YEAR IN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY DISTRICT. I HAVE BEEN TEACHING ABROAD THE PAST EIGHT YEARS AND HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT COMING BACK BUT READING IS REALLY DIFFICULT TO TEACH AND TEENAGERS CAN BE HAVE MEAN. THOSE ARE TWO THINGS THAT AT THE BEGINNING I NOTICED. THE TWO MAJOR OBSTACLES I HAD IS STUDENTS FEELING READING CLASS WAS A PUNISHMENT AND STUDENTS FEELING DUMB. THOSE WERE TWO THINGS WE HAD TO ADDRESS AT FIRST. I WANTED THEM TO KNOW, NO, YOU GET TO BE HERE. THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT. TAKING -- OF COURSE, WE USE KHAN ACADEMY AND THE S.A.T. PREP BOOK, BUT ALSO ALLOWING THEM TO READ THINGS THAT ARE INTERESTING TO THEM. TO GIVE THEM AUTONOMY AND TELL THEM THAT READING IS AWESOME. YOU ARE GOING TO LEARN SO MANY THINGS. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN BUT WE HAVE TO READ AND PRACTICE THESE SKILLS? WITH THE STUDENTS THAT FEEL THEY ARE DUMB, I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY THINK THEY ARE DUMB. SOME OF THEM SPEAK MULTIPLE LANGUAGES. THEY HAVE COME FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, SOME OF THEM WORK 60 HOURS, WHETHER BABY-SITTING OR TRYING TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES. THESE STUDENTS ARE INCREDIBLE. GIST REALIZING THEY ARE AMAZING AND DESERVE THE DIPLOMA. THEY HAVE BEEN IN SCHOOL FOR 12 YEARS AND THEY DESERVE THAT AND WE ARE GOING TO GET THAT. ONCE I FORCE THIS ENTHUSIASM ON THEM EVERY DAY, FIRST THEY THOUGHT I WAS THE MOST ANNOYING PERSON EVER, BUT IT SLOWLY CHANGED THINGED. THEY CAME TO CLASS AND WANTED TO BE THERE AND STARTED TO WORK WITH EACH OTHER AND FELT CONFIDENT AND APPRECIATE EACH OTHER AND LIKE DID YOU SIGN UP, I'M GOING SATURDAY, LET'S RIDE TOGETHER. LET'S DO THIS. THEY STARTED TO BE KIND TO EACH OTHER. I HEAR THEM IN THE HALLWAY SAYING THINGS LIKE "BE NICE," "DID YOU SIGN UP FOR S.A.T."? THEY ARE DOING THE WORK. I'M GLAD I GET TO TAKE THE CREDIT BUT IT IS REALLY THEM. NOW OF ALL OF THEM THAT PASSED THEY WON'T LEAVE MY CLASS. I'M LIKE REALLY TRYING TO GET THEM TO MOVE ON. [ LAUGHTER ] BUT THE WORK THEY HAVE PUT IN CREATING THAT COMMUNITY, IT REALLY IS IMPRESSIVE. I DON'T THINK I WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BE THAT POSITIVE AND PUT THAT ENERGY TO THE CLASS IF I DIDN'T HAVE THE SUPPORT I HAD. THE OTHER READING TEACHERS AT MY SCHOOL, THE OTHER CONTENT TEACHERS, THE ADMINISTRATION THAT MAKES SURE THEIR PASSES ARE READY AND THEY HAVE WAIVERS THEY NEEDED. WHATEVER THEY NEED IS DONE, MY MENTOR FROM THE COUNTY, IS INCREDIBLE. I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE QUIT MY SECOND DAY IF IT WEREN'T FOR HER. LITERALLY SHE WALKED IN TO ME CRYING. I CAN'T DO IT. I CAN'T DO IT. I KNOW. HER SUPPORT HAS JUST ALLOWED ME TO HELP THEM. IF I NEED HER SO MUCH AND I'M AN ADULT, THESE STUDENTS DESERVE THAT AS WELL. I SENT HER AN E-MAIL ARE YOU ON CAMPUS AND SHE IS LIKE NO, BUT I CAN COME ON MY LUNCH, WHAT DO YOU NEED? IF SHE IS WILLING TO DO THAT FOR ME, I WANT TO DO THAT FOR THEM. THE SUPPORT AND COMMUNITY AND READING IS COOL. THAT'S IT.

>> KRISTIN, YOU MUST HAVE HAD A GREAT HIGH SCHOOL CHEMISTRY TEACHER.

>> I DID. [ LAUGHTER ]

>> ALL RIGHT. THAT'S GOING TO BE A TOUGH ACT TO FOLLOW. I THINK WE REALLY APPRECIATE THE TEAM AND SHARING THEIR STORIES. I THINK PART OF THE POINT IS THESE KIND OF RESULTS DON'T JUST SHOW UP FOR WORK AND THIS STUFF HAPPENS. YOU HAVE TO BE STRATEGIC THINKERS, YOU HAVE TO BE DEDICATED TO A PLAN, COMMITTED, THAT SORT OF THING. WE LOVE TO HEAR THE STORIES AND SUCCESSES. I WANT TO SHIFT GEARS A BIT. WE HAVE A COUPLE OTHER THINGS TO SHARE WITH YOU. WE ARE GOING TO TALK ABOUT BUILDING A CULTURE OF PERFORMANCE. PRIMARY GOAL OF ANY ORGANIZATION IS SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE. WE ALL WANT TO BE THE BEST SCHOOL DISTRICT, BEST SCHOOL, DEPARTMENT, TEACHER, READING COACH. AND THE PURPOSE OF STRATEGY IS TO DRIVE PERFORMANCE. THAT'S WHAT IT IS DESIGNED TO DO TO DRIVE US TO OUR BEST. IT IS THE MISSION OF STRATEGY, IF YOU WILL. A DIVISION STRATEGY IS ESTABLISH A CULTURE OF PERFORMANCE AND ENGRAIN THINKING AND LEADERSHIP AND SUSTAINING HIGH PERFORMANCE. WE HAVE A MODEL AND METHODOLOGY FOR DOING THAT AND THAT'S WHAT THE NEXT SLIDE WILL BE ABOUT. BUILDING A CULTURE OF PERFORMANCE. LET ME WALK YOU THROUGH THIS LOGIC AND THE PROCESS WE ARE USING THIS YEAR. THAT'S ONE OF OUR INITIATIVES IN TERMS OF TRYING TO BUILD A CULTURE OF PERFORMANCE, ESTABLISH A CULTURE OF PERFORMANCE IN THE ORGANIZATION. STARTING WITH THE TOP TWO BLUE BOXES, ORGANIZATIONS HAVE A MISSION, VISION, STRATEGIC PRIORITIES, THAT DEFINES THEM AND ESTABLISHES THEIR PURPOSE. IF AN ORGANIZATION EXISTS AND WANTS TO SURVIVE IT HAS TO PERFORM, IT HAS TO ACHIEVE SOMETHING. TO ACHIEVE, WE NEED PEOPLE -- ESPECIALLY LEADERS WHO MAKE A DIFFERENCE -- THAT'S WHAT LEADERS DO, MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IMPROVE PERFORMANCE, CULTURE AND GET RESULTS, RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DIRECTION AND CULTURE OF THE ORGANIZATION. WE CAN TAKE THEIR PERFORMANCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL BY USING EVIDENCE-BASED LEADERSHIP. THEY NEED TO MAKE PERFORMANCE RESULTS TANGIBLE IN A MEASURABLE WAY, CONTRIBUTION OF LEADERSHIP IS COMPLEX. JEFF, I WAS THINKING LAST MONTH YOU TALKED ABOUT COMPLICATIONS IN LEADERSHIP, VERY COMPLICATED THING BUT I THINK WHERE SOME ORDER CAN BE FOUND IS IN THE EVIDENCE-BASED LEADERSHIP AND THE MODEL WE ARE USING, WHERE WE CAN FIND IN ORDER THE COMPLEXITY. IF WE DROP DOWN TO THE BOTTOM TWO BOXES, THIS IS THE PROCESS WE ARE USING TO DRIVE PERFORMANCE CULTURE. STRATEGIC PLANNING IS ESPECIALLY TWO AREAS, STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT, STRATEGY EXECUTION. IF YOU LOOK IN THE TOP GREEN BOX IT IS OBJECTIVES AND WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO US. HOW DO WE MEASURE THAT? WHAT TARGETS DO WE SET PERIODICALLY? WHAT STRATEGIES DO WE USE TO DO THAT. A PLAN. WE HAVE A SET OF HYPOTHESIS. OBJECTIVE, HOW TO DO THAT AND THEN TEST THAT. IF WE STOP AT THE TOP BOX WE ARE NOT GOING TO DRIVE THAT. THAT'S WHERE ACCOUNTABILITY COMES IN. IT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS EXECUTION. WE MONITOR, TRACKING PROGRESS ON MEASURES, INTERPRET, UNDERSTAND THE RESULTS OF DATA AND WHAT IT IS SAYING, INITIATE ACTION, DECISIONS THAT NEED TO BE MADE. THIS IS DONE CONTINUALLY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. ACCOUNTABILITY REALLY ESTABLISHES THAT LINK BETWEEN STRATEGIC PLANNING AND STRATEGY EXECUTION. WE MUST HAVE BOTH TO BUILD A PERFORMANCE CULTURE. IF WE DONNELL PLANNING, IT BECOME AN EXERCISE. IF IT KEEPS US FOCUSED ON WHAT WE ARE DOING. TO COMPLETE THAT CYCLE EVALUATION GOING TO THE TOP, EVALUATION IS A FORMAL REVIEW. ANNUAL REVIEW OF SOME SORT OF RESULTS. THIS CREATES A CLOSED-LOOP FEEDBACK SYSTEM AND START WITH THE PROCESS AGAIN. THESE ARE THE THINGS WE ARE DOING ACROSS THE ORGANIZATION, WORKING WITH ALL DIVISIONS. THE NEXT SLIDE IS JUST TO GIVE YOU A VIEW OF HOW STRATEGY WORKS AT DIFFERENT LEVELS. IF YOU START AT THE TOP WITH THE BOARD, YOU FOLKS HAVE FOUR STRATEGIC PRIORITIES. THE NEXT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S LEVEL AND HIS OFFICE. THOSE ARE OUR KPIs, WHICH HE DESIGNED, WE DESIGNED THEM WITH HIM TO DRIVE PRIORITIES AND THEN DIVISION OBJECTIVES. YOU WILL RECALL, THE GIBSON REPORT GAVE US ACCOMMODATION FROM THE RED BOX ONWARD. IT GAVE US COMMENDATION AND SAID YOU ARE DOING GREAT BUT YOU NEED TO PUSH IT FURTHER AND DEEPER IN TO THE ORGANIZATION AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE ATTEMPTING TO DO TO DRIVE IT DOWN TO THE DEPARTMENT OR SCHOOL AND AREA AND DIVISION LEVEL. LET ME SHOW YOU -- WE WILL BRING ADMINISTRATION UP HERE IN JUST A MOMENT. SO THE NEXT SLIDE TAILORS THIS TO WHAT WE ARE DOING WITH ONE DIVISION. WE PICKED ADMINISTRATION AND THE SCHOOL FOCUS TODAY. THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE IN THE ADMINISTRATION DIVISION. FIRST TWO ARE THE SAME. WHEN WE GET TO THE RED LEVEL, NOW FOCUSING ON THE SCHOOLS AND HIS ORGANIZATION AND WHAT TO DO. THAT BREAKS IT IN TO THE AREA AND YOU HAVE CHARTER, VIRTUAL, CHOICE AND MAGNET AND THEN GO DOWN TO THE SCHOOLS, IN AREA ONE, TWO AND SO ON. NOW BOTTOMS UP, WITH OUR KPIs WE HAVE ALL SCHOOLS SETTING TARGET FOR GRADUATION, ATTENDANCE AND BEHAVIOR AND THOSE SORTS OF THINGS AND THAT FLOWS UP AND CREATES THE DISTRICT-LEVEL MEASURES AND RESULTS WE CAN SHARE WITH YOU. SO WHAT WE WANT TO DO NOW IS BRING IN DR. ANNA BROWN AND SHE WILL TELL YOU IN A TESTIMONIAL WAY WHAT THEY ARE DOING ON THE GROUND TO DRIVE PERFORMANCE TO IMPLEMENT THE PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT IN THEIR DIVISION.

>> ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. IT IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO BE HERE ON BEHALF OF THE AREA SUPERINTENDENTS TO TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW WE FALL IN TO THIS PROCESS AND, YOU KNOW, AS AREA SUPERINTENDENTS OUR ULTIMATE GOAL IS TO HELP DEVELOP A SYSTEM OF SUPPORT. WE ARE ALL ABOUT SUPPORTING OUR SCHOOLS, COACHING OUR LEADERSHIP TEAMS AND EVERYONE ON THE SITE SO THAT WHAT YOU SAW TODAY, THOSE AMAZING TEACHERS AN THE SUPPORT THEY HAVE AND THOSE INNOVATIVE PRACTICES, THEY ARE PUT IN PLACE AT SCHOOL SITES WHICH ARE UNIQUE TO THE COMMUNITIES THEY SERVE, THAT'S OUR GOAL. WE ARE HELPING FOLKS NAVIGATE TO MAKE THAT HAPPEN. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT OUR SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN ASK ASKED TO DO IS MAKE SURE THEY ARE SETTING PRIORITIES THEY FOCUS ON AT SCHOOL SITES BASED ON THE DATA THEY HAVE SEEN ACROSS THESE THREE-YEAR TRENDS AS WELL AS THE MOST RECENT SCHOOL GRADE DATA AND KPI STATISTICS. WE HAVE ASKED PRINCIPALS AND LEADERSHIP TEAMS TO HAVE A STRONG FOCUS ON LOOKING AT THE DATA THAT'S COMING IN, MAKING SURE THEY ARE KEEPING ALL OF THOSE PRIORITIES ALIGNED AND ADJUSTING THINGS ALONG THE WAY, AS NEEDED. THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. WHAT YOU WILL SEE IS AT EVERY SCHOOL THERE ARE THREE OR FOUR THINGS WE ASK TO BE LINED UP TO THE DATA. WE ASKED THAT TEACHER AND LEADERSHIP TEAMS ARE LOOKING ACROSS THE DATA TO SET WHAT WILL BE THE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT GOALS OR THE INSTRUCTIONAL PRIORITIES FOR THE SCHOOL. THAT THAT IS SET UP BECAUSE OF THE DATA THAT IS THERE TO DEMONSTRATE THE NEED FOR PRIORITIES TO BE PUT IN PLACE AND THEN THE ON-SITE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANS ARE ALIGNED SO TEACHERS GET THE SUPPORT THEY NEED IN ORDER TO MAKE THOSE THINGS COME TO FRUITION THIS THEIR CLASSROOMS. AS WELL, WE WANT OUR PRINCIPALS AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS TO BE FOCUSED SO THEIR LEARNING GOALS ARE RELATED TO THOSE PRIORITIES. WE WORK WITH AREA LEADERSHIP, AND SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND OUR ROLE IS TO PROVIDE SUPPORT TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT WITH FIDELITY THAT WHICH THEY HAVE ALL DESIGNED TO HAVE GO THROUGH. WE HAVE A VERY BIG FOCUS ON MONITORING THOSE KPIs YOU HAVE SET FORTH IN OUR PLAN. WHEN WE DO THAT, AGAIN, OUR ROLE IS TO HELP MAKE SURE WE GET CONSISTENCY IN PROGRESS MONITORING, THAT IT DOES OCCUR AND ACTION IS TAKEN SO OUR STUDENTS GET ALL OF THE SUPPORT THEY NEED AND TO MAKE SURE THERE'S CERTAINTY THERE ARE SYSTEMS IN PLACE IN EACH SCHOOL TO MONITOR THOSE KPIs AND TAKE ACTION, WHEN NEEDED. SO WHEN WE LOOK AT THESE, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE ATTENDANCE, BEHAVIOR AND COURSE PERFORMANCE. YOU WILL SEE EACH OF THE SLIDES FOLLOW A SIMILAR PATTERN. IT IS ABOUT ASKING THE RIGHT QUESTIONS. SO WHEN WE COME TO A SCHOOL SITE, WE ARE NOT THERE TO TELL ANYBODY WHAT TO DO. WE ARE THERE TO ASK AND WE SAY, "HOW'S THIS GOING? , WHAT'S THIS DATA LOOK LIKE, DO WE NEED TO MAKE TWEAKS? HOW CAN WE HELP YOU"?" WE ARE LOOKING AT THOSE STUDENTS REACHING THAT THRESHOLD WITH FIVE OR MORE ABSENCES, STUDENTS IDENTIFIED AT RISK ON THE STRATEGIC PLAN INDICATOR THAT WE CAN PULL UP EASILY IN ED CONNECT AND THEN WE SAY IF THEY ARE AT RISK, WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT? THAT'S WHERE THE RUBBER METES THE ROAD. WE ARE EXCITED TO WORK WITH TEACHERS AND TEAMS ON THAT. YOU WILL SEE THE SAME THING WITH BEHAVIOR. IF SOMEONE HAS THREE DISCIPLINARY OFFENSES WE SAY WHAT ARE WE DOING TO WRAP SUPPORT AROUND? WHAT ARE WE DOING FOR THE NEXT INTERVENTION, HOW ARE WE GETTING IN TRANSIT OF THIS TO MAKE SURE WE ARE PROVIDING THE SUPPORT NEEDED SO WE DON'T HAVE ANOTHER INCIDENT? WE TALK ABOUT RESTORATIVE PRACTICES, MAKING SURE THOSE THINGS ARE IMPLEMENTED WITH FIDELITY, WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT, HOW DO THEY KNOW STUDENTS ARE SUCCESSFUL? WE TALK ABOUT PBS, WE TALK ABOUT HOW ARE TEACHERS INVOLVED IN THESE PROCESSES? HOW TO MAKE SURE THIS IS A FULL-SCHOOL EFFORT. THEN OF COURSE YOU HAVE HEARD A LOT ABOUT COURSE PERFORMANCE, GPA AND GETTING READY WITH THOSE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS. SO HERE WE ARE SAYING, AS WE ARE LOOKING AT THE ACADEMIC DATA FOR OUR STUDENTS, HOW ARE THESE DIFFERENT SUBGROUPS DOING? WE ASK WE NOT JUST LOOK AT THE BIG SCORE, WE WANT TO LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT GROUPS. STUDENTS IN OUR BOTTOM CORE TILE, HOW ARE THEY ACHIEVING? ARE THEY MAKING THE GROWTH NEEDED? WHAT ABOUT OUR ESC POPULATIONS? WHAT ABOUT OUR ELL POPULATION AND THE GROWING GROUP WE NEED TO PUT THE PROPER SUPPORTS IN PLACE AND OF COURSE WE HAVE TO LOOK AT OUR HIGHEST PERFORMANCE STUDENTS? ARE THEY GETTING THE STRETCH THEY NEED, AS WELL? WHEN WE LOOK AT THOSE THING WE SEE WHAT IS IN PLACE, WHAT DATA CAN WE LOOK AT, HOW ARE YOU COMMUNICATING THAT AND HOW CAN CURRENT PRACTICE BE MODIFIED BASED ON THAT DATA? SO AS YOU GO -- YOU HAVE HEARD THAT AREA SUPERINTENDENTS PARTICIPATE IN LEARNING WALKS. WE HAVE BEEN IN EVERY SINGLE ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS MULTIPLE TIMES THIS YEAR WITH THE PURPOSE OF EXACTLY WHAT WE HAVE DESCRIBED TODAY -- LOOKING FOR ALIGNMENT, LOOKING FOR WAYS TO CONTINUE TO HIGHLIGHT THE SUPPORT AND THE SUPPORTIVE PRACTICES THAT ARE THERE. MANY OF US HAVE BEEN FOCUSED ON APPRECIATIVE FEEDBACK TO OUR TEACHERS AS WE WALK THROUGH THOSE CLASSROOMS THIS IS A BIG JOB THAT HAPPENS EVERY DAY AND WE ARE EXCITED EVERY TIME WE WALK THROUGH ONE. WHEN WE SEE SUCCESSES WE WANT TO CELEBRATE THAT. OUR BIGGEST QUESTION WE ALWAYS ASK IS HOW CAN AREA TEAMS SUPPORT YOU AND YOUR PLAN? WE HAVE FOUND THAT CIRCLING ALL TOGETHER IS LEADING TOWARD SOME OF THE TREND AND UPTICK WE HAVE BEEN SEEING. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> THOSE ARE THE RESULTS AND THE THINGS WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS QUARTER AND TRYING TO BUILD A CULTURE OF PERFORMANCE. WE'D BE HAPPY TO ENTERTAIN QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS YOU MAY HAVE FOR US.

>> Sally Harris: MEMBER GRIFFIN? MEMBER GRAY?

>> Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER HARRIS. I AM THRILLED AND WHAT A GREAT DISCUSSION AND COLLABORATION. I THINK THAT YOU ALL ARE DEAD ON IN PUTTING THE PRIORITIES OF ATTENDANCE. THAT IS HUGE. KIDS THAT ATTEND ARE DEFINITELY MORE LIKELY TO GRADUATE. THAT IS A HUGE CHALLENGE, ATTENDANCE. THE SECOND ONE IS READING AT GRADE LEVEL. THAT'S A GAME CHANGER. WE CAN NEVER TAKE FOR GRANTED THAT A CHILD IN EIGHTH GRADE READS AT A EIGHTH GRADE LEVEL THAT IS TARGETED AND YOU ARE DEAD ON AGAIN. THIRDLY, WE NEED TO -- AND AS YOU ARE DOING, YOU ARE PLAYING THE TESTING GAME. THE GAME IS GET THESE KIDS PREPARED TO TAKE THE ACTUAL TEST. THAT IS THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS. THAT'S REALISTIC TRAINING. AND WE ARE NOT TEACHING TO THE TEST. THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE. I THINK WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DON'T REPEAT THE FCAT NONSENSE WHERE WE DID TEACH TO THE TEST. ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS YOU ARE DOING IS OFFERING REALISTIC OPPORTUNITIES. ON THE WEEKEND, ON SATURDAYS, YOU ARE FITTING IN A LIFESTYLE THAT IS RELEVANT TO OUR YOUTH. THAT'S HOW THEY OPERATE. THEY DON'T JUST OPERATE ON A REGULAR SCHOOL DAY. THE ONLY CONCERN I HAVE AND THIS IS A LITTLE OLD FASHIONED PERHAPS, BUT IT'S VOCAL FROM OTHER EDUCATORS AND TEACHERS ALIKE, OF ALL GRADES IS WE CAN NEVER FORGET A TEACHER'S WHITTEDNESS. WE CAN'T RELY SOLELY OR TOO MUCH ON DATA, DATA, DATA. WE HAVE TO GIVE THE ABILITY BACK TO THE TEACHER AS EVALUATORS, AS WELL. I DON'T WANT US TO LOSE SIGHT THAT THEY ARE -- THEY ARE THE LEADERS OF EVALTOUR PRACTICE IN MANY WAYS. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR A GREAT PRESENTATION. SO HAPPY THAT YOU ALL WERE ABLE TO SHARE THAT WITH US.

>> Sally Harris: MEMBER STUART?

>> Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION. I HAVE A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS. FIRST OF ALL, MR. AYERS, WHAT ARE GRADUATION RATES DUE TO BE RELEASED BY THE STATE?

>> WE ARE HOPING TO RECEIVE THE RESULTS BEFORE WE GO TO WINTER BREAK. WE DO NOT HAVE A DEFINITIVE DATE. LAST YEAR THE STATE SEND AN E-MAIL AND SAID THEY WILL BE RELEASED IN TWO TO THREE HOURS. WE HOPE TO HAVE THEM BEFORE WINTER BREAK. THAT'S THE PLAN.

>> Cindy Stuart: IS THAT READY TO BE RELEASED TO THE PUBLIC, THE STRATEGIC PLAN IN PRINTED FORM?

>> YES, IT IS READY TO GO. WE HAVE ON THAT, REFERRING TO THE FIVE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN BROCHURE HIGHLIGHTS IN THAT THE KPIs DO NOT CHANGE OVER TIME BUT THERE WERE ADDITIONS AROUND EQUITY, DIVERSITY. SO THAT IS READY TO GO AND WILL BE COMING SOON.

>> Cindy Stuart: SOME OF THE THINGS DIDN'T SEE TODAY IS I DON'T SEE BENCHMARKS AND GOALS. I SEE NUMBERS AND STRATEGIES AND HOW WE ARE GETTING THERE, BUT I DON'T SEE WHAT THE BENCHMARKS, WHAT THE TARGETS ARE. I, AS A BOARD MEMBER, NEED TO BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT OUR GOAL IS, FOR EXAMPLE, 90% GRADUATION BY 2020. THAT IS A TALKED ABOUT A LOT. IT IS ON TOP OF EVERYONE'S MIND. IT'S THERE. BUT WHAT ARE THE BENCHMARKS FOR THE DISTRICT? WHAT ARE THE BENCHMARKS FOR AREAS? WHAT ARE THE BENCHMARKS FOR SCHOOLS? AND HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE THAT? HOW ARE WE GETTING THAT OUT THERE? HOW IS THAT PART OF CULTURE SO WE CAN MOVE THIS FORWARD? I'M HEARING A LOT ABOUT THE STRATEGIES THAT HAVE BEEN PUT IN PLACE, BUT I'M NOT HEARING WHY WE PUT THEM IN PLACE AND THE REASONING BEHIND WHY LEARNING WALKS ARE HAPPENING, WHY AREA SUPERINTENDENTS ARE DOING WHAT THEY ARE DOING. I THINK THEY NEEDS TO BE AT THE FOREFRONT, NOT JUST FOR THE BOARD BUT THE PUBLIC. THERE'S REASONING BEHIND WHAT WE ARE DOING, BUT I'M NOT HEARING THAT. IF YOU CAN ELABORATE ON THAT A BIT.

>> SEVERAL QUESTIONS THERE. LET ME ADDRESS THIS ONE FIRST. YES, THERE IS A SIGNIFICANT DETAIL BEHIND THE KPIs. WE ARE SHOWING YOU SUMMARY DATA AND GRAPHICAL FORM. BUT BEHIND EVERY ONE OF THOSE KPIs IS A SPECIFIC OBJECTIVE. OBJECTIVE STATEMENT, MEASURE, TARGET, AND IN MANY CASES GOES DOWN SEVERAL LEVELS. YOU HAVE INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL TARGETS -- THAT ROLLS UP TO THE AREA, TO THE DISTRICT LEVEL. THAT DETAIL IS THERE. WE CAN GET THAT TO YOU.

>> Cindy Stuart: IT'S NOT JUST GET IT TO ME. IT SAN IMPORTANT PUBLIC CONVERSATION. YOU ARE SHOWING ME WHAT WE HAVE DONE IN THE FIRST QUARTER, WHAT ARE WE EXPECTING AT THE END OF THE YEAR? THERE HAS TO BE A GOAL THAT PEOPLE ARE MOVING TOWARD. WE MAY NOT MEET IT BUT LEAST WE SET THAT. I'M NOT SEEING THAT. I'M NOT SEEING THAT IN PRESENTATION OR THE MATERIALS I HAVE HAD. I'M A LITTLE -- I'M HEARING WHAT LEARNING WALKS ARE ABOUT AND WHAT AREA SUPERINTENDENTS ARE DOING AND WHAT PEOPLE ARE EXPECTING OF BUT I DON'T KNOW THAT TEACHERS, PRINCIPALS, LAY PEOPLE, PARENTS UNDERSTAND WHAT IS THE GOAL? YOU CAN'T JUST SET THE BENCHMARK AT 90 BY 20 FOR GRADUATION BECAUSE ELEMENTARY PARENTS AREN'T PAYING ATTENTION TO THAT. MOSTLY MIDDLE SCHOOL AREN'T EITHER, AND NEITHER ARE TEACHERS. EVEN THOUGH THEY FIT THIS TO THAT MODEL WE HAVE TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND HOW THEY FIT IN TO THAT MODEL.

>> WE HAVE THOSE AT ALL THREE LEVELS. WE CAN GET THEM TO YOU. THEY DO EXIST.

>> Cindy Stuart: CAN I ASK FOR THE PRESENTATION TO COME BACK MAYBE IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF JANUARY AT ONE OF OUR MEETINGS AND HAVE THAT STUFF PRESENTED. I THINK THIS IS AN IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION CONVERSATION. IT IS IMPORTANT -- BUT IT IS NOT THE BIGGER PICTURE THAT I THINK THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO HEAR ABOUT THE REASONING BEHIND THE CHANGES AND THE MOVES THAT WE ARE MAKING. IF WE ARE NOT TELLING THEM ANYTHING OTHER THAN 90 BY '20, AND I KNOW MS. BROWN IS SHAKING HER HEAD AT ME THAT WE'RE NOT BUT THE PUBLIC IS NOT HEARING THAT. ONE PRESENTATION LIKE THIS SHOWS WHERE WE ARE, BUT IT DOESN'T SHOW A GOAL. IT DOESN'T SHOW WHERE WE ARE TRYING TO GET. I THINK THAT IS AN IMPORTANT STEP, BOTH FOR OUR EMPLOYEES, OUR STUDENTS AND FOR THIS BOARD TO UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS WE ARE LOOKING FOR.

>> I WILL CHIME IN REAL QUICK. UNDERNEATH ALL OF THE 90 BY '20, THERE ARE SEVERAL LAYERS THAT -- SCHOOLS AND THEIR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLANS THEY HAVE GOALS. IT FEEDS UP DIRECTLY TO WHAT YOU ARE DOING. I THINK WE NEED -- MS. STUART BROUGHT UP GREAT POINTS, LET'S DO A PRESENTATION OR A WORKSHOP THAT WE CAN LAY OUT ALL OF THOSE THINGS. THERE ARE TIGHT DATA POINTS AROUND ALL OF THESE THING AND BENCHMARKS. OUR CLASSROOMS ARE REACHING TOWARD. YOU ARE RIGHT. IT NEEDS TO BE MORE CLEAR. LEARNING WALKS ARE ABOUT ALIGNMENT, NOT EVALUATION BUT ALIGNMENT. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE USE THE PROCESSES FOR THE RIGHT REASONS TO GET TO OUR GOALS. THOSE ARE GREAT QUESTIONS WE NEED TO BE MORE INTENTIONAL ABOUT GETTING THE INFORMATION OUT.

>> Cindy Stuart: I HAVE TWO MORE THINGS. WE HAVE MORE THAN ONE GRADUATION KPI. I DIDN'T HEAR A LOT ABOUT THE OTHER KPIs AGAIN THAT WE TALKED ABOUT LAST YEAR AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT ANY GOALS ADDED TO THIS STRATEGIC PLAN. EVEN THOUGH IT IS A FIVE-YEAR PLAN, IT IS A FLUID DOCUMENT. WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT THINGS WE NEED TO ADJUST AND CHANGE. I DIDN'T HEAR A LOT ABOUT WE CHANGED ANYTHING. AGAIN, WE ARE FOCUSED ON GRADUATION.

>> GREAT OBSERVATION. I WILL TELL YOU WITH THE ITEM TODAY WE WANTED TO SPEND TIME AND FOCUS ON ONE PARTICULAR AREA, IN THIS CASE GRADUATION RATES, WITH THE RELEASE OF GRADUATION COMING OUT THIS MONTH THERE NEEDS TO BE A FOES CUSS ON THAT. BUT IN THE MATERIALS THERE IS DATA BEHIND OUR PRIORITIES LISTED THERE AND WHERE WE SIT IN EACH OF THOSE AREAS FROM COMMUNICATIONS, CULTURE, TO FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP AND GRADUATION RATES THERE. TODAY WAS HIGHLIGHTING THE WORK BEHIND THE GRADUATION WORK KPI AND AS MR. EAKINS SAID, THERE ARE STRATEGIES -- THESE RESULTS THAT WERE PHENOMENAL TODAY JUST DON'T HAPPEN WITHOUT STRATEGIES UNDERNEATH BUT WE HAVE THAT DATA AND WE CAN GET THAT TO YOU. I'D LOVE TO PRESENT IT AND TO HAVE MORE TIME AT A WORKSHOP WOULD BE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT.

>> TO PRESENT IT AND HAVE IT IN A WORKSHOP IS ONE THING BUT IT HAS TO BECOME THE CONVERSATION OF THE CULTURE OF THIS DISTRICT AND THE REASONS WE ARE MAKING THE CHANGES. SO THANK YOU, MADAM VICE CHAIR.

>> Sally Harris: MEMBER GRIFFIN?

>> April Griffin: THANK YOU. KUDOS. I WAS HAVING A CONVERSATION -- BY THE WAY, I DO AGREE WITH MS. STUART ON THAT. I'D LIKE TO SEE THAT, AS WELL. I WAS HAVING A CONVERSATION WITH SOMEONE IN REFERENCE TO ANOTHER AGENDA ITEM AND SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT OUR FIVE-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN AND HOW IT HAS HELPED THEM IN THEIR JOB ON A DAILY BASIS. THAT'S IN THE GRANTS OFFICE. I SAID YOU NEED TO SAY THAT IN YOUR PRESENTATION TO THIS BOARD BECAUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER THIS BOARD CREATED ALONG WITH OUR SUPERINTENDENT AND YOUR OFFICE A FIVE-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN. WE ARE STARTING TO SEE THE RESULTS OF THAT. I WANT TO SAY THAT PUBLICLY THANK YOU MS. VALDES FOR BEATING THAT DEAD HORSE FOR SO LONG AND TALKING ABOUT OUR STUDENTS BEING ABLE TO TAKE THE S.A.T. OR THE A C. FOR THOSE CONCORD DANCE SCHOOLS. THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT YOU STARTED TO TALK ABOUT BEFORE IT WAS POPULAR TO TALK ABOUT IT. AND THE DISTRICT FINALLY STARTED TO LISTEN. AND WE ARE STARTING TO SEE THE RESULTS. AND WHAT I HEARD ARE BEST PRACTICES. THANK YOU TO ALL OF YOU WHO ARE IN THE TRENCHES, ON THE FRONT LINES WORKING WITH OUR STUDENTS, WHO ARE REALIZING HOW IMPORTANT THIS WORK IS AND GETTING -- I LOVE AND I WANT THIS NOTED, I LOVE THAT THE STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO HOSPITAL OUT OF THAT READING  -- ABLE TOOPT OUT OF THE READING COURSE OR THE DIFFICULT COURSE. WHEN YOU HAVE A STUDENT -- BY THE WAY I WOULD HAVE BEEN A STUDENT WHO DIDN'T TEST WELL, ASK ME TO WRITE ABOUT IT, TO TELL YOU ABOUT IT BUT PUT ME IN FRONT OF A TEST AND IT'S HORRIBLE. BUT TO HAVE THOSE STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO PASS THE FSA IN LANGUAGE ARTS OR MATH OR WHATEVER, THEN ON TOP OF HAVING TO TAKE THEIR NORMAL MATH AND I'M GOING TO GO A LITTLE OVER -- I'M SORRY. THEIR NORMAL MATH AND REMEDIAL MATH AND IF THEY HAVEN'T PASSED LANGUAGE ARTS IN FSA, THEN THEY HAVE TO REGULAR LANGUAGE ARTS CLASS, THE REMEDIAL LANGUAGE ARTS. THAT'S FOUR PERIODS IN ONE DAY THAT ARE GONE. THEY ARE DOING SOMETHING THEY DON'T LIKE DOING. TO ENCOURAGE THEM AND HAVE THE OTHER KIDS TAKE THE LEADERSHIP ROLE, AND THE WAY YOU ARE DOING IT, I WANT ALL OF THAT DOCUMENTED. THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN TAKE AS BEST PRACTICES TO ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS AND TAKE THE WORK THAT MR. ANDERSON IS DOING AS ONE PERSON IN THIS DISTRICT AND TAKE THAT AND SPREAD IT AROUND. THIS WORK THAT'S BEING DONE, THESE BEST PRACTICES THAT ARE GETTING THE STUDENTS ENGAGED IN THEIR OWN LEARNING, AROUND THEIR OWN LEARNING IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO DOCUMENT AND THEN SHARE AMONGST ALL OF THE SCHOOLS AS WE ARE DOING THIS WORK. I HEARD SOME REALLY GREAT THINGS THERE. THANK YOU ALL. THANK YOU ALL FOR CARING ABOUT EACH OF THOSE STUDENTS. THAT'S ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS OUR SUPERINTENDENT SAID WHEN HE TOOK THIS POSITION IS THAT HE WANTED EVERY CHILD TO HAVE AN ADVOCATE. EVERY CHILD NEEDED TO HAVE AN ADVOCATE IN OUR SCHOOLS. THAT'S WHAT I HEARD WAS ADVOCACY, ADVOCACY, ADVOCACY, TO GET THE STUDENTS WHERE THEY NEED TO BE. SO WE ARE SEEING THE RESULTS. I HAVE A QUESTION IN REFERENCE TO THE SCORES GETTING READY TO CHANGE BECAUSE THE SCORES ARE GETTING READY TO CHANGE WITH THE S.A.T. AND THE A C.T. IN REFERENCE TO THOSE CONCORD DANCE SCORES. WHAT DO WE SEE WILL BE THE END RESULT OF THE STATE CHANGING THOSE REQUIREMENTS?

>> NOT GOOD RESULTS, SIMPLY. LORI, OR JULIE IF YOU WANT TO SPEAK TO WHAT THE NUMBER IS OR WHAT IT COULD BE -- WE ARE STILL WAITING TO HEAR. I THINK JANUARY AT THE STATE -- I GUESS THE STATE BOARD MEETING INIAN WE WILL FIND OUT WHAT THE CONCORD DANCE MAY BECOME BUT IT IS NOT GOOD. OUR STUDENTS DIDN'T MEET THE RESULTS. THEY AREN'T MAKING 500s ON IT.

>> BASED ON THE DATA WE HAVE AND WHAT WE ARE HEARING WILL BE THOSE SCORES, WHAT DO WE THINK THE DROPOFF WILL BE?

>> SO IF IT WERE 500, WHICH IS WHAT THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL WAS, TO RAISE FROM 430 TO 500, I THINK THEY WILL BACK OFF FROM THAT. BUT IF IT WERE 500, I THINK WE LOST 1500 GRADUATES. IT WAS HUGE. SO HOPEFULLY IT WON'T BE THAT MUCH. BUT LORI CAN SPEAK TO OCTOBER 11th WHEN WE TESTED THEM AND HAD SUCH SUCCESS. THEY WERE SCORING 440, 458, NOT 480, 500.

>> WHEN WE LOOK AT THAT, WHEN WE LOOKED AT THE DATA IT WAS A HANDFUL THAT WERE SCORING ABOVE THAT 450. SINCE WE ARE NOT SURE WHAT THE CUT WILL BE, THAT IS SOMETHING WE ARE LOOKING AT INSTRUCTIONALLY. NOW WE HAVE DONE A LOT OF THE SHIFTS WITH HOW DO WE ADDRESS THE SENIORS AND JUNIORS. WE ARE HAVING A PUSH WITH THE JUNIORS. YOU HEARD SUCCESS WITH THE SENIORS BUT WE ARE DOING A PUSH TO HAVE JUNIORS START TO TAKE THE S.A.T., THE A C.T. BECAUSE IF THEY CAN MEET THE SCORE OF 430 THEY ARE GRANDFATHERED IN AND THEY ARE DONE MOVING. THEY DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THE READING GRADUATION BENCHMARK WHEN THEY GO TO THEIR SENIOR YEAR. YOU HAVE HEARD THE SUCCESS WITH THE SENIORS BUT WE ARE HAVING GREAT SUCCESS WITH JUNIORS, AS WELL SO WE CAN MARK IT OFF AND MOVE FORWARD. MOVING FORWARD FOR NEXT YEAR WE ARE LOOKING AT WHAT CAN WE DO DIFFERENTLY AND POTENTIALLY DO A BIGGER PUSH ON THE A C.T. WE HAVE SOME OPTIONS WE ARE LOOKING AT WITH DOING A POTENTIAL EXTENDED TIME WITH THE A C.T., AS WELL. LIKE WE USED WITH THIS S.A.T., WE ARE LOOKING AT DOING THAT IN THE RING LIKE WE DID WITH THE COCs AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. DOING THE SAME THING WITH OUR SENIORS THIS YEAR. POTENTIALLY MAYBE OUR JUNIORS SO THAT WE GET THEM FINISHED BEFORE MOVING IN TO THEIR SENIOR YEAR, BUT THEN NEXT YEAR COMING IN, THOSE WHO HAVE NOT AS A SENIOR DO A STRONGER PUSH IN THE ACT, LOOKING AT THAT BECAUSE IF WE SEE ON AN EXTENDED TIME ACT WE HAVE A DIFFICULTY HITTING THAT 450. EVEN WHEN WE DO A COMPARISON AND YOU CAN PROBABLY SHARE THIS, OUR STUDENTS WITHIN THE DISTRICT THAT SCORE LEVEL THREE OP ON THE FSA ARE NOT SCORING A 450 ON THE READING POSITION OF THE S.A.T THAT IS SHOWING STUDENTS WHO ARE SCORING SATISFACTORY ON THE FSA ARE NOT SCORING ABOVE A 450 ON THE S.A.T. EITHER. WHEN WE LOOK AT THAT PIECE IT IS SHOWING HOW THE 450 WILL BE DIFFICULT FOR OUR STUDENTS MOVING FORWARD, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO STRUGGLED REPETITIVELY

>> April Griffin: WE'RE GOING TO PUSH BEFORE THAT GO GOES IN TO EFFECT. BUT THERE ARE STUDENTS WE HAVE TO CONSIDER. IT SEEMS IT WOULD BEHOOVE THE COLLEGE BOARD TO MAYBE TALK TO OUR LEGISLATORS ABOUT THE ABILITY THAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO TAKE THIS. SO THERE'S A LOT OF LOBBYING DOLLARS THERE FROM OUR PARTNERS AT THE COLLEGE BOARD. WE, IN EDUCATION, SPEND A LOT OF MONEY WITH THE COLLEGE BOARD. THIS IS SOMETHING THAT'S BENEFITING OUR STUDENTS. WE NEED TO ENGAGE THEM IN THIS CONVERSATION WITH OUR LEGISLATORS TO LET THE LEGISLATORS KNOW HOW BENEFICIAL THIS IS TO THE STUDENTS OF FLORIDA. SO, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, THAT -- I DON'T KNOW IF THAT IS HAPPENING OR NOT

>> Jeffrey Eakins: THIS IS DRIVING MORE BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AT THE STATE LEVEL. I'M CONCERNED POLITICALLY FOR THE TIMING OF THIS DECISION BECAUSE OF WHAT'S ABOUT READY TO HAPPEN IN ANOTHER YEAR.

>> April Griffin: WELL --

>> Jeffrey Eakins: THE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN DRIVING IT. JAZZ THEY LISTEN TO EDUCATION -- THEY ARE SEEN AS EDUCATION ALLEYEDERS. I WOULD SAY IF WE CAN ENGAGE THEM THAT WOULD BE A GOOD THING.

>> Jeffrey Eakins: ABSOLUTELY.

>> April Griffin: THAT'S IT. I DO LIKE THE SOUND OF THE BEST PRACTICES AND I'M HOPING WE ARE DOCUMENTING THIS SO WE CAN SHARE THAT AMONGST OUR OTHER SCHOOLS. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER VALDES

>> Susan Valdes: THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZING THOSE DAYS AT TOWN AND COUNTRY LIBRARY WHERE I WAS GOING OVER STUDENTS FILE AND TRYING TO SEE HOW TO GET THEM ACROSS THAT STAGE AND GET THAT DIPLOMA. MR. EAKINS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR -- WELL, ADDRESSING THAT ISSUE AND SEEING HOW WE WERE ABLE TO CAPTURE A LOT OF STUDENTS THAT OTHERWISE WOULD HAVE JUST FALLEN THROUGH THE CRACKS BY THE ABILITY OF TAKING A TEST AND BEING ABLE TO GET A CONCORDANCE SCORE AND HOPEFULLY WALK IN TO OUR TECHNICAL COLLEGES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP. THE BIGGEST, EARLIEST CHRISTMAS SPENT THE POTENTIAL NOTIFICATION THAT WE HAVE A POSSIBLE 85.5 GRADUATION RATE.

>> THE 85.5 WAS THE CURRENT SENIORS IN OUR SCHOOL NOW.

>> Susan Valdes: THAT'S STILL AN EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT. AWESOME NEWS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, MR. EAKINS, FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU FOR A VERY GREAT PRESENTATION. AT THIS TIME, WE WILL HAVE ONE MORE SHORT ITEM AND THEN WE WILL MOVE IN TO PUBLIC COMMENT. WE WILL MOVE TO B 01, APPROVE THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT OF THE PRINCIPAL OF -- ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. IS THERE ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ON THE APPOINTMENT? IF SO SEE THE COMMUNICATIONS DESK TO MY L.

>> BOARD MEMBERS THE ONE APPOINTMENT BEFORE YOU TODAY ON THE AGENDA HAS BEEN ADVERTISED. APPROPRIATE SCREENINGS WERE HELD AND INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED. THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT RATE OR PROCESS ADOPTED BY THE BOARD WAS FOLLOWED. IT IS THE SEPTEMBER'S RECOMMENDATION TO APPOINT CHRISTY PERKINS TO THE PRINCIPAL EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 18th, 2017. MS. PERKINS BEGAN IN 2000 AND TAUGHT FOR TWO YEARS. IN 2006 SHE BECAME A READING COACH AND IN 2009 NAMED THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION WHERE SHE IS CURRENTLY SERVING.

>> Sally Harris: WE DO HAVE SOMEONE THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK ON THAT. MS. AMATO.

>> I. I PROMISE TO BE SHORT. I WANT TO SPEAK TO ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS AND THE SUPPORT PROVIDED. BECAUSE THE SUPPORT MATERIALS AREN'T PROVIDED THAT MEANS THEY HAVEN'T BEEN PROVIDED TO OUR SCHOOL BOARD PRIOR, TOO. WE HAVE APPROVALS FROM THE PEOPLE WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO BE OUR EYES AND EARS OF WHO IS HIRED FOR LEADERSHIP POSITIONS WITHOUT THE JOB DESCRIPTIONS AND WITHOUT THE RESUMES AND THE OTHER SUPPORT MATERIALS FOR THAT EMPLOYMENT. IT SHOULD BE PART OF THE PUBLIC RECORD AND SUPPORT MATERIALS OF HOW WE DO BUSINESS IN THIS DISTRICT AS FAR AS TRANSPARENCY IS CONCERNED. THAT IS WHY I'M SPEAKING TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL SO THAT NOW ON -- AND IF A JOB DESCRIPTION HAS BEEN CHANGED WITHIN THE LAST 48 MONTHS, THAT PREVIOUS JOB DESCRIPTION SHOULD BE ATTACHED TO THE PRESENT JOB DESCRIPTION FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD BECAUSE WHAT I'M FINDING IS JOB DESCRIPTIONS ARE CHANGED WITH THE EMPLOYEES HIRED AN THE PREVIOUS JOB DESCRIPTION IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT BUT THE JOB IS THE SAME. SO IF WE ARE DOING TRANSPARENCY AND WE ARE DOING -- PAYING SO MUCH MONEY TO HAVE EVERYTHING ON PUBLIC RECORD, LET'S PUT IT ON PUBLIC RECORD. IF WE HAVE APPOINTMENTS, EVEN IF YOU DO IT THE MONTH BEFORE SO THE BOARD SEES IT SO THEY CAN KNOW WHAT IS BEING DONE. SO WE ARE TRANSPARENT WITH OUR APPOINTMENTS. THAT'S MY ONLY COMMENT. THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION FOR THE PRINCIPAL OF -- SCHOOL. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY AND IS SECOND BY MEMBER STUART. ANY DISCUSSION? IF NOT, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. MS. CHRISTY PERKINS, WILL YOU PLEASE STAND AND BE RECOGNIZED? [ APPLAUSE ] AND YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, PLEASE STAND. [ APPLAUSE ] AT THIS TIME, THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE HERE FOR THE ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENT ARE FREE TO QUIETLY LEAVE WHILE WE CONTINUE WITH THE REST OF OUR AGENDA. A REMINDER TO OUR GUESTS, IF YOU LEAVE THE AUDITORIUM AN PLAN TO COME BACK IN YOU NEED TO GO THROUGH SECURITY BEFORE REENTERING THE AUDITORIUM. WE ARE NOW MOVING NO OUR AUDIENCE COMMENTS. MEMBER SHAMBURGER, WILL YOU PLEASE READ THE GUIDELINES?

>> Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.  ∫ THAT WAS COMPLETELY PLANNED. OKAY. EXCUSE ME. SO THE BOARD VALUES AND APPRECIATES YOUR COMMENTS. THIS IS YOUR TIME TO TELL THE BOARD WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY RAISE DURING PUBLIC COMMENT IT IS THE BOARD'S PRACTICE TO NOTE 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 OUR COMMUNITIES FROM THE DESK.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MEMBER SHAMBURGER. AT THIS TIME WE WILL BEGIN OUR COMMENTS. WE HAVE TWO SPEAKERS WHO HAVE FIVE MINUTES. I WILL CALL THE FIRST FIVE SPEAKERS TO LINE UP. IT IS JOSEPHINE AMATO, MARK PLUTO, KEN LEPOL, THOMAS MOREL, CYNTHIA COX AND NICOLE WOOD ROUGH. JOSEPHINE AMATO, YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.

>> HI. GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS JOSEPHINE AMATO AND I STARTED SAFE BUS FOR US. ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK THE DISTRICT ALONG WITH SEVERAL BOARD MEMBERS VOTED TO ELIMINATE SAFE SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION TO PUBLIC SCHOOL FOR 7,494 STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. FURTHER EXPANDING UNEQUAL ACCESS TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO PUBLIC SCHOOL. HAVE WE LEARNED THIS YEAR? WE HAVE LEARNED THAT AUDITS WERE NOT CONDUCTED FOR 7,495 STUDENTS FROM THEIR HOME TO THEIR SCHOOL AFTER MONTHS OF PUBLIC INFORMATION REQUESTS I HAVE RECEIVED 200 COPIES OF THE SAME AUDIT. AFTER MONTHS, WE KNOW THE TOOL UTILIZED TO MEASURE THE DISTANCE FROM THE STUDENT'S HOME TO SCHOOL IS NOT MEANT TO ACCURATELY MEASURE DISTANCE ONLY TO DO SCHOOL BUS ROUTES. HOW DO WE KNOW THIS? 174 SCHOOL STUDENTS, WHAT ARETON IS SURROUNDED BY CONSTRUCTION. YOU WOULD HAVE TO BE A BIRD TO FLY OVER THE CONSTRUCTION AT THEIR SCHOOL TOLL ARRIVE SAFELY. THERE'S NO WALKING ACCESS TO THAT SCHOOL. LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL WAS GIVEN A LETTER THEY HAVE HAZARDOUS WALKING CONDITIONS AND THEY ARE DENIED EQUAL ACCESS TO SCHOOL BUS. WE KNOW OUR CHILDREN ARE WALKING IN PEDESTRIAN KILLING ZONES. IN THE STATE, 1.8 PEDESTRIANS ARE KILLED EVERY DAY IN THIS STATE. WE KNOW 694 PEDESTRIANS ARE INJURED EVERY DAY IN THE STATE. I CAN TELL YOU, PINE CREST ROAD TO NEWSOM HIGH SCHOOL WHERE STUDENTS FROM TWO MAIN HOUSING COMMUNITIES LOST SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION AND HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THE ROAD IS SAFE TO WALK ON. IT DOES NOT HAVE SIDEWALKS. IT DOESN'T HAVE CONTROLLED CROSS WALKS. THERE ARE WALKING ACROSS DRAINAGE DITCHES. I'D LIKE TO EXPRESS MY CONDOLENCES FOR CHRIS CIGLIOANO WHO WAS KILLED ON LITHIA PINE CREST ROAD, THE SAME ROAD YOU ASK OUR CHILDREN TO WALK ON TO ACCESS SCHOOL. WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW? WE KNOW THE AMERICAN SCHOOL BUS IS THE SAFEST MODE OF TRANSPORTATION TO SCHOOL. IT IS 7,000% SAFER THAN ANY OTHER MODE OF TRAVEL TO SCHOOL. IT SAVES CHILDREN'S LIVES. THIS A PUBLIC BUS. WHETHER I LIVE ONE OR FIVE MILES MY TAXES ARE THE SAME. IF I GOT ON THE BUS AND GAVE THEM $2 AND THEY SAID, NO, YOU CAN WALK THERE AND KEEP MY $2, DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? IT MAKES NO SENSE. SO WHAT ELSE DO WE KNOW? WE KNOW THAT MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLERS ARE KILLED FAR GREATER NUMBERS THAN ANY OTHER PEDIATRIC GROUP WALKING TO SCHOOL DURING SCHOOL TRAVEL HOURS, YET WE ARE PROVIDING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN TRANSPORTATION TO SCHOOL WITHIN TWO MILES AND DENYING OUR HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILDREN, CREATING AGE DISCRIMINATION. WE KNOW THE POLICY ITSELF CREATED A DESPAIR IT IMPACT ON OUR CHILDREN. WE KNOW 100% OF TITLE ONE SCHOOL LOST SAFE SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION TO SCHOOL. WE IS KNOW 100% OF OUR STUDENTS WITH 50% MINORITIES LOSS SAFE SCHOOL BUSES TO SCHOOL. WE KNOW 100% OF SCHOOLS LOST THEIR SAFE SCHOOL BUS. AND WE KNOW OUR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES, EVEN THOUGH PROMISED THEY WOULD NOT LOSE ACCESS TO THEIR SCHOOL BUS HAVE LOST EQUAL ACCESS TO THEIR SCHOOLS AND THEIR PUBLIC SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION. WE KNOW THAT ALC TRANSPORTATION SERVICES IS NOT A TRANSPORTATION SERVICE AT ALL. THIS IS DISPATCH SERVICE SUBCONTRACTING TO NON-CLEARED DRIVERS WHO DO NOT HAVE A LEVEL TWO CLEARANCE OF A BADGE. YOU DON'T HAVE TO TRUST ME. BUT VERIFY MY FACTS. YOU CAN VERIFY EVERY ONE OF MY FACTS. CALL ALC, ASK FOR THE 170 DRIVERS AND ASK FOR THEIR JESSICA LUNSFORD ACT LEVEL II CLEARANCE. THEY CANNOT PRODUCE. YOUR TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT IS YET TO PRODUCE THE 7,495 AUDITS THEY SEND AND TOLD YOU THEY CONDUCTED DO NOT EXIST. YOU MAY NOT TRUST ME, BUT VERIFY MY FACTS, AND YES, IT'S BEEN A YEAR AND YOU THINK, MS. AMATO, YOU ARE GOING TO GET TIRED AND GIVE UP. I'M A GIRL FROM SPANISH HARLEM AND MARRIED TO A GREEN BERET AND QUIT AND SURRENDER ARE NOT IN MY VOCABULARY. SO I WILL BE HERE NEXT YEAR. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MR. POLLUTE TO KLUTHO, YOU HAVE FIVE MINUTES.

>> RULES OF THE GAME CHANGED AGAIN. 606, THE BUDGET AMENDMENTS, JUST DID A NEW BUDGET AND THEN YOU HAVE TO DO IT AGAIN. 6-14, COLLABORATING WITH USF. WHAT A JOKE THAT IS. AND THEN WE HAVE 626, THE CHARTER ACADEMY CREEKSIDE CHARTER ACADEMY. OH, YEAH. READ THE ARTICLE, THE BIG ARTICLE IN "USA TODAY," CHARTER SCHOOLS BILL TAXPAYERS FOR EMPTY DESKS. MANY STUDENTS NEVER KNOW UP TO CLASS AT OHIO'S CAPITAL HIGH. IT'S A RACQUET. A BIG RACKET. AND THEN OVER HERE, OVER HERE, 701, ANOTHER EASEMENT FOR TECO ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. FOR THOSE BIG POWER LINES. THAT'S JUST BEAUTIFUL. BEAUTIFUL. AND THEN YOU HAVE 706 FOR THE SCHOOL TTT. THIS WILL BE ANOTHER BOONDOGGLE. HERE'S THIS ARTICLE "TEACHERS TAKE THEIR SALARY PROTESTS OUTSIDE." HERE'S THE KICKER TO THE ARTICLE -- SUPERINTENDENT JEFF EAKINS SAID THAT MONEY NEEDS TO BE SPENT ON OTHER NEEDS, SUCH AS BUILDING MAINTENANCE AND AIR CONDITIONING REPAIRS. WELL, SEE, WHEN YOU MAKE THE STUPID, DUMB BUILDINGS, AND YOU HAVE HAD TO REPAIR WALLS AND THESE BUILDINGS HAVE THESE GIANT AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS BECAUSE THEY AREN'T PASSING SOLAR HIGH-PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS, WELL, YOU HAVE A PROBLEM. HERE'S THE BOOK THAT THE AUTHOR SIGNED MAY 29th, 1998 WHEN JIM HAMILTON WAS IN CHARGE OF BUILDING SCHOOLS HERE. HE SAID, MARK WE'RE GOING TO BUILD THE SCHOOLS DIFFERENTLY. THE ARCHITECTS DON'T LIKE IT, WE ARE GOING SOMEWHERE ELSE? WHAT ARE YOU GRINNING SENATE ABOUT?THIS ISN'T FUNNY. OVER $4 BILLION OF STUPID, DUMB BUILDINGS HAVE BEEN MADE SINCE THEN. WINSTON CHURCHILL, SEPTEMBER 12th, 1960 SAID, "WE SHAPE OUR BUILDINGS OR THEY SHAPE US." NOW RECENTLY SCIENTISTS HAVE SAID BY THE MIDDLE OF THE CENTURY THE CORAL THROUGHOUT THE WORLD IS GOING TO DISAPPEAR. YOU KNOW THE WORD HERE AND I REPEATED MYSELF NUMEROUS TIMES, IS CORRELATION. THIS IS LITERALLY CRIMINAL. IT'S CRIMINAL. YOU IGNORING SCIENCE. SEE, HERE'S THE BOOK. HERE'S THE BOOK. THE SIXTH EXTINCTION AN UNNATURAL HISTORY. YOU ARE CAUSING THIS. THE FIVE THAT CAME BEFORE THIS, THEY WERE ALL NATURAL HAPPENINGS. THIS IS CAUSED BY HUMANS. AND YOUR STUPID, DUMB BUILDINGS. IT'S CRIMINAL. LITERALLY CRIMINAL. THAT'S WHAT IT IS. YOU KNOW, ON OVER 30 YEARS I HAVE BEEN BRINGING THIS TO THE STATE AND IT KEEPS BEING IGNORED.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. NEXT WE HAVE KEN LEKKO. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS KEN LUPA. I'M HERE AS A CONCERNED TAXPAYER. MY BOYS ATTEND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM AND HERE AS AN EMPLOYEE OF ADP, IMPLEXATION SENIOR DIRECTOR RESPONSIBLE FOR IMPRESSIONATIONS ACROSS THE U.S. ASK YOU NOT APPROVE 6.304. THE STATE'S AIMPROVEMENT PROVIDING THE ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING SOFTWARE AND WORK FORCE MANAGEMENT SUITE. FOLLOWING REASONS WHY I ASK YOU NOT APPROVE THIS ITEM -- THE ADP WORK FORCE MANAGEMENT SOLUTION WILL COST LESS MONEY IN THE LONG RUN. THIS WAS PROVIDED THROUGH AN INDEPENDENT THIRD PARTY. THEY PRESENTED A STUDY THAT SHOWED $8 MILLION IN SAVINGS PER YEAR FROM JULY 2017 REPORT THAT WAS PROVIDED TO THE COUNTY. THERE WOULD BE AN ADDITIONAL $6 MILLION IF THE DISTRICT USED ADP'S TOTAL ABSENT MANAGEMENT SERVICE, A PRESENTATION WAS GIVEN IN AUGUST OF 2017 IN REGARD TO THE ADDITIONAL SERVICES AND WAS RECEIVED BY THE DISTRICT. FURTHER, THESE PROJECTIONS ARE BASED ON SIMILAR SCHOOL DISTRICT IN TEXAS WHERE THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM WOULD HAVE SIMILAR OR GREATER SAVINGS. THE ADP PROPOSAL INCLUDES FIXED IMPLEMENTATION COSTS YOUR CURRENT PROJECT HAS NO CAPS AND YOU MAY SPEND MILLION MORE. BESIDES THE OPEN-ENDED MONEY DRAIN IT WOULD BEAR THE RISK OF THE PROJECT WITH THE ADP NOT PAYING ANYTHING UNTIL THE ADP SYSTEMS AND SERVICES ARE FULLY IMPLEMENTED. WE NOTICE THEY ARE USING THIRD PARTY IMPLEMENTERS INCLUDING OFF SHORE PROGRAMMING AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT. WE FEEL THIS CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECURITY DATA COULD BE IN DANGER THROUGH THIS PROCESS. ADP AND THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL SIGN A LETTER OF INTENT. UNDERSTANDING THE DISTRICT WAS READY TO PROCEED WITH ADP WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT SOLUTION. IF COST WERE AN ISSUE WE ARE WILLING TO WORK TO BE A GOOD PARTNER BUT HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN THE CHANCE TO DO SO. FINALLY, STRONGLY URGE THE BOARD NOT TO APPROVE THE ITEM 6.34 AND MOVE FORWARD WITH THE CONTRACTS SUBMITTED BY ADP ALONG WITH THE LETTER OF INTENT IN AUGUST OF 2017. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. I WILL CALL THOMAS MOREL. YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES.

>> I WAS LOOKING A IN THE SO SCHOOL BOARD MEETING GUIDELINES ABOUT RECRUITING SEEP TEACHERS. IS MS. MARTIN STILL HERE. HAVE I AN OPENING AT GAITHER. I'D LIKE TO SNAG HER. I'M HERE BECAUSE I FELT IT WAS IMPORTANT TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT THE POSITIVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND CURRENT EXCELLING INITIATIVES AT GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL. IT IS A PREMIER SCHOOL IN OUR TRICK WHERE MANY GRADUATES RETURN TO TEACH AND WORK AND WHERE MANY PARENTS AND DISTRICT EMPLOYEES CHOOSE TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN OVER THE GROWING AMOUNT OF OTHER OPTIONS. OUR TEACHER AND STAFF ARE AMONG THE BEST IN H CPS AND PROVIDE CONTAGIOUS ENERGY EACH DAY TO THE ONGOING POSITIVE ENERGY FOR OUR STUDENTS THAT PERMEATES THROUGHOUT OUR CAMPUS IN TO THE COMMUNITY. I'M FORTUNATE TO WORK WITH THESE WONDERFUL EMPLOYEES. WE HAVE HOSTED COUNTLESS EVENTS FOR NEIGHBORING MIDDLE AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, AS WELL AS DISTRICT EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES. AT THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, PROGRAMS AND D.A. GAITHER IS ONE OF 13 HIGH SCHOOLS. INNOVATIVE PROGRAM ALLOWS STUDENTS TO DEVELOP THE SKILLS THAT MATTER MOST FOR THE FUTURE AND COLLEGE SUCCESS, RESEARCH, COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION. WE BEGAN THE PROGRAM IN 2016. THE GAITHER NAVY JROTC IS ONE OF THE TOP FIVE OF 65 PROGRAMS IN AMERICA. THEY COMPETE ON 13 COMPETITIVE TEAMS INCLUDING ACADEMICS, MILITARY DRILL, ATHLETICS, AIR RIFLING, THE BATTALION FINISHES IN THE TOP TENTH AT THE END OF THE YEAR AND IS THE REIGNING ACADEMIC NATIONAL CHAMPION. OUR BAND, ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS HAVE WON COUNTLESS SUPERIOR RATED AWARDS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND TODAY YOU GOT TO HEAR SOME OF THE MEMBERS FROM OUR ORCHESTRA AND OUR FINE TEACHER AND DIRECTOR OF THE PROGRAM. ALL THREE PROGRAMS ARE OUTSTANDING. THE BAND PLAYED IN THE CARNEGIE HALL IN NEW YORK CITY LAST SCHOOL YEAR. EACH YEAR GAITHER HOSTS A STAMPEDE. OUR VERSION OF THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS THAT INCLUDES MANY LOCAL ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AS WELL AS CLUBS, SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS, PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT. PARATROOPERS WILL JUMP IN THE STADIUM TO COMMENCE THE EVENT THIS YEAR. EACH YEAR 11 OF THE TOP STUDENTS WITH THE HIGHEST GRADE POINT AVERAGES ARE INDUCTED IN IN TO THE HONORS CIRCLE. FAMILIES ARE VINE INVITED WHERE WE HONOR THESE STUDENTS. I KNOW I WILL RUN OVER TIME. HOWEVER, I'M GOING TO SEND THIS TO YOU. I DID PRACTICE AND THOUGHT I MET IT BUT THAT'S OKAY. IT IS A PRIVILEGE AND HONOR TO WORK IN THIS FINE DISTRICT AND APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT. SUPERINTENDENT, EAKINS AND OUR CABINET MEMBERS HIGHLY. THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU FOR SHARING. YES, IT'S OKAY. LET'S CLAP FOR HIM. NEXT WE WILL HAVE CYNTHIA COX. WHILE SHE'S COMING TO THE PODIUM, I'M GOING TO ASK STEVEN DEWHITE, MARGARET MILLER, TRACEY McSHAVERY AND KELLY O'MALLEY TO LINE UP ON THE WALL FOR US. THANK YOU.

>> FIRST THING I'M GOING TO SAY IS WOW. LISTENING TO ALL OF THESE TEACHERS HERE TODAY AND THE WONDERFUL ACCOMPLISHMENTS. GOD BLESS YOU ALL. YOU ARE OUR FRONT LINE AND THAT'S WHAT I BELIEVE. [ APPLAUSE ] NOW, TO GET DOWN TO BUSINESS, I'M HERE TODAY TO SUPPORT THESE TEACHERS 100%. NOTHING LESS. I HAVE FAMILY WHO ARE TEACHERS. I HAVE A DAUGHTER WHO'S A TEACHER. I HAVE THREE CHILDREN THAT WENT THROUGH THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM IN HILLSBOROUGH COULDN'T AAND ALL THREE WENT IN TO SERVE OUR MILITARY, WHICH I'M PROUD TO SAY. THESE TEACHERS ARE OUR FRONT LINE. I HOPE THAT YOU ALL UNDERSTAND THAT. WITHOUT THE TEACHERS AND THE DEDICATION THEY GIVE, THE STUDENTS ARE THE RECIPIENTS OF THIS ACHIEVEMENT AND THE EFFORT THEY PUT FORTH. IF THEY DIDN'T GO ABOVE AND BEYOND THEIR CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION, THE CASUALTIES WOULD BE OUR STUDENTS. THAT'S WHO IT WOULD BE. I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER FOR A FEW YEARS AT AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, AND THEN A MIDDLE SCHOOL. I WILL TELL YOU, IT WAS A HUGE EYE OPENER FOR ME. I MEAN HUGE, BEYOND HUGE. IT WAS MUCH DIFFERENT THAN WHENEVER I WENT TO SCHOOL. I WAS ABLE TO SEE FIRSTHAND EXACTLY WHAT THESE TEACHERS GO THROUGH ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS, THE THINGS THEY HAVE TO DEAL WITH, THE DIFFERENT CHALLENGES THEY MUST FACE. IT'S THE PARENTS AT TIMES. IT'S THE CHILDREN AT TIMES IT'S THE ADMINISTRATION, IT'S THE DISTRICT AND THEIR CHANGES THAT GET PLOPPED DOWN TO THEM AND TODAY IT'S THE SCHOOL BOARD BECAUSE THEY ARE FIGHTING FOR AN INCREASE, WHICH IS SO RICHLY DESERVED TO THEM. THE TEACHING PROFESSION IS A CHOSEN CAREER, JUST AS YOURS, AND IT'S A CAREER THAT SHOULD BE COMPENSATED ADEQUATELY. IN FACT, MY PERSONAL OPINION IS IF THERE WERE RAISES TO BE GIVEN TO SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, LIKE YOU ALL RECEIVED, 4%, A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO, I'M SORRY, I WOULD HAVE TO VOTE TEACHERS GET A RAISE, NOT THE SCHOOL BOARD. [ APPLAUSE ] I HAVE A DIFFICULT TIMES SQUARING HOW YOU ALL CAN ACCEPT A MERIT INCREASE -- I UNDERSTAND IT IS GIVEN BY A WHOLE DIFFERENT AREA, THE STATE AND IN THE SAME BREATH THE TEACHERS GET NOTHING. PINELLAS COUNTY TEACHER THES RECEIVED 6.5% MIAMI-DADE 6.6%, PALM BEACH COUNTY 3.2% SETTLEMENT WITH THEIR DISTRICTS, BUT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SAYS WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING. I'VE ALWAYS HAD A THOUGHT BECAUSE I WATCH A LOT OF POLITICS AND I LIKE TO KEEP UP WITH WHAT IS GOING ON. I ALWAYS FOLLOW THE MONEY TRAIL. WHERE'S THE MONEY GOING EXACTLY? IT'S BEEN SAID THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD PUT THE CHILDREN FIRST, I DO AGREE WITH THAT FOR THE MOST PART BUT WE NEED TO HAVE TEACHERS TO BE ABLE TO RECRUIT.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU.

>> I AGREE WITH THE LADY BACK HERE, THE GREEN BERET.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU.

>> DON'T BACK DOWN. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> Sally Harris: NICOLE WOOD ROUGH. RUFF  

>> HI. I'M HERE TO EXPRESS MY IMMENSE DISAPPOINTMENT AT THE DECISION TO NOT UPHOLD THE DEAL TO GIVE TEACHERS THEIR $4,000 RAISE THIS YEAR. IT IS A SIMPLE MATTER THAT IS MADE OVERLY COMPLICATED BY THE POOR SPENDING AND MISHANDLING OF THE BUDGET. I COULD CITE NUMEROUS AND EMBARRASSING WAYS THAT HAVE BEEN DONE BUT I HAVE ONLY THREE MINUTES AND WOULD RATHER IMPLORE YOU TO FIND DIFFERENT WAYS TO SAVE MONEY. I UNDERSTAND THAT OUR DISTRICT'S FINANCES ARE IN DIRE STRAITS. MY 9-YEAR-OLD WAS TAUGHT HIS FIRST FEW WEEKS WAIT AIR CONDITIONING. TEACHERS AT OUR SCHOOL SEND WISH LISTS HOME WIPES, HAND SOAP AND PAPER TOWELS, AS IF THEY WERE A LUXURY. I KNOW WAYS TO SAVE MONEY NEED TO BE FOUND AND I GET IT IS A HUGE CHALLENGE. WHY ELSE WOULD YOU SPEND $800,000 TO ENLIST EXPERTS ON THE TOPIC IF YOU COULDN'T DO IT ALONE? SAVING MONEY BY WITHHOLDING TEACHER RAISES WILL BE A GREATER COST THAN $17 MILLION THAT YOU SAY WE DO NOT HAVE. IT WILL COME AT THE COST OF SUB-PAR TEACHERS, FORCING TEACHERS TO STOP DOING EXTRA THINGS THEY ARE ALREADY NOT PAID FOR TO ENSURE EACH OF THE STUDENTS ARE PREPARED FOR THE HIGHER STANDARDS WE CONTINUE TO PLACE ON THEM. IT WILL COME AT THE COST OF LOSING HIGHLY EFFECTIVE, TREMENDOUS TEACHER THES WITH HAVE IN OUR COMMUNITY TO OTHER COUNTIES AND EVEN STATES. NOT ONLY IS THE TEACHER THES ARE NOT PAID ADEQUATELY ALREADY, THEY ARE TEACHING INTEGRITY AND RESPECT. WE ARE MODELING THE OPPOSITE BY NOT FULFILLING PROMISES, EVEN THOUGH THE TEACHERS FULL FULFILLED THEIR END OF THE BARGAIN. [ APPLAUSE ] ALTHOUGH I'M NOT A TEACHER, IT'S MY HOPE TO TEACH MY SON WHEN EVENTS IN HIS LIFE ARE HARD YOU DON'T THROW UP YOUR HANDS AND DO WHAT IS EASY FOR THE SAKE OF EASE. I WANT TO TEACH MY SON THAT YOU HONOR YOUR PROMISES AND YOU DO WHAT'S RIGHT, EVEN WHEN IT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE. I ALSO WANT TO TEACH MY SON IN A DISHONEST THAT MANY PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY ARE STILL GOOD AND TRUSTWORTHY. PLEASE HELP ME BY TEACHING OUR CHILDREN THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHERS ARE WORTH KEEPING PROMISES TO. PLEASE BE A TRUSTWORTHY SCHOOL BOARD AND THAT WE NEED YOU TO MAKE GOOD ON YOUR PROMISES. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. STEVEN DEWHITE.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. AS A HOMEOWNER AND TAXPAYER IT'S MY RESPONSIBILITY TO SATISFY MY FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS. AS AN LECHED OFFICIAL, YOU ARE OBLIGATED TO DO THE SAME. TELLING THE PUBLIC THAT YOU PREVIOUSLY PAID TEACHERS IS A MOOT POINT. YOU WANT TO TOUT A 15% GROWTH IN GRADUATION RATES BUT YOU DON'T HONOR THE TROOPS THAT ARE OUT THERE DOING THE WORK. [ APPLAUSE ] THAT'S YOUR JOB TO PAY THOSE TEACHERS. FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY IS ALSO YOUR JOB. SPENDING 13,$300 IN TRAVEL EXPENSES, MS. VALDES, HAS NOT HELPED YOU TODAY TO RESOLVE THE FINANCIAL CRISIS YOU ARE IN TODAY. HAVING A $100 MILLION DEFICIT IS NOT HELPED YOU MR. EAKINS. YOU ARE LITERALLY WRITING CHECKS YOUR BUTT CAN'T CASH AND YOU -- IT'S CLEAR THIS MISMANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC FUNDS IS A VIOLATION OF PUBLIC TRUST AND I'M SURPRISED THE FBI IS NOT INVESTIGATING THIS. YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELVES. IF THE TEACHER THES UNION DECIDES TO SUE WHO'S GOING TO PAY? ME, THE TAXPAYER? WHY? WHY? WHY? FIND AN ANSWER TO THAT BECAUSE AT SOME POINT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ANSWER TO SOMEONE AND FOR YOUR SAKE I HOPE IT IS NOT A JUDGE. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MARGARET MILLER.

>> Susan Valdes: GOOD EVENING. I'M MARGARET MILLER, BUT YOU CAN CALL ME PEGGY BECAUSE IF YOU CALL ME MARGARET, I THINK I'M IN TROUBLE. I'M HERE TO SUPPORT THE TEACHERS. I THINK YOU HAVE HEARD AMAZING COMMENTS FROM FAMILY MEMBERS AND OTHER MOTHERS, LIKE MYSELF. I HAVE THREE AMAZING CHILDREN IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AT BRYANT ELEMENTARY IN DISTRICT ONE. I MOVED HERE EIGHT YEARS AGO AND CHOSE TO LIVE IN MY AREA BECAUSE OF THE QUALITY OF THE SCHOOLS.  SORRY. TO ME, THE QUALITY OF THE SCHOOLS IS THESE INDIVIDUALS BEHIND ME, THE TEACHERS. ALL I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY AND HONOR TO WORK CLOSELY WITH OUR TEACHERS OVER THE YEARS AND HAVE SEEN THEIR DEDICATION. NOT ONLY TO ALL OF THE STUDENTS BUT SPECIFICALLY TO MY OWN CHILDREN. PEOPLE BECOME TEACHERS NOT BECAUSE OF THE PAY AND PRESTIGE, BUT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW HERE THAT ARE LISTENING OR WATCHING ON TELEVISION OR WEARING YOUR PROUD BLUE SHIRT AND CHANTING OUTSIDE, THAT THE FAMILIES AND THE CHILDREN APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO EVERY DAY. IN MY EXPERIENCE IN THE BUSINESS WORLD, PAY FOR PERFORMANCE WORKS, RIGHT? I ACTUALLY APPLAUD YOU THAT YOU INITIALLY GAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO THE TEACHERS TO SET PERFORMANCE GOALS AND BE PAID ACCORDINGLY. THIS ULTIMATELY IMPACTS OUR CHILDREN, RIGHT? WE HAVE SEEN IT. JUST LIKE THE GENTLEMAN BEFORE ME SAID, WE HAVE SEEN INCREASE IN READING RATES, WE HAVE SEEN INCREASE IN GRADUATION RATES AND THIS IS ALL BECAUSE THESE VIGILS BEHIND US HAVE REACHED THEIR PERFORMANCE GOALS. NOW FOUR YEARS LATER, TO NOT BE PREPARED AFTER THEY HAVE PROVEN THEIR PERFORMANCE TO HONOR THIS CONTRACT LOSES, NOT ONLY YOUR TEACHERS' TRUST BUT THAT OF YOUR COMMUNITY. I'M DISAPPOINTED YOU HAVE FORCED OUR TEACHERS TO WORK A CONTRACT THAT IMPACTS MY CHILDREN, THEIR ACCESS TO THE TEACHERS. IN MY OPINION, THERE ARE TWO CORE VALUES THAT ANY SCHOOL DISTRICT NEEDS TO HAVE -- THAT IS EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN AND THE SAFETY OF OUR CHILDREN. WE NEED TO GET THESE PRIORITIES STRAIGHT. YOU NEED TO HONOR THE CONTRACT. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. TRACEY McSHAVELY.

>> HELLO. I'M A PARENT OF AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILD AND A MIDDLE SCHOOL CHILD UNTIL THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, BUILDING TRUST IN A CLASSROOM IS ONE OF THE MAIN CONCEPTS OF CHARACTER EDUCATION TAUGHT AT THE BEGINNING OF A CHILD'S EDUCATION EVERY YEAR THAT BENEFITS BOTH THE CHILDREN AND THE TEACHERS, BUT ALSO THE SCHOOL, THE COMMUNITY AND THE DISTRICT. WHEN CHILDREN LEARN TO TRUST IN THE CLASSROOM, THE CLASS IS BETTER ABLE TO FUNCTION AS A COHESIVE UNIT AND SQUABBLES AND BEHAVIOR DIFFICULTIES ACTUALLY DIMINISH. ONE OF THE SIMPLEST WAYS TO DEFINE TRUST IS THAT TRUST IS BELIEVING IN THE HONESTY AND RELIABILITY OF THOSE OF THE OTHER CHILDREN AND OF THOSE THAT TEACH AND GUIDE THEM. I URGE EACH OF YOU TO KEEP THE FOCUS ON BUILDING AND MAINTAINING THE TRUST YOU HAVE WITH OUR TEACHERS BY FOLLOWING THROUGH ON WHAT THEY WERE PROMISED. LET THEM TRUST YOU AGAIN. AS YOU NEED TO HAVE THAT TO HAVE A COHESIVE, WELL-FUNCTIONING DISTRICT. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY NEEDS YOU AND NEEDS YOU NOW TO STEP UP AND GET IT RIGHT WITH THE MONEY THEY ARE DUE IN THEIR RAISES. I UNDERSTAND THIS IS A DIFFICULT TIME. MANAGING SPENDING, KEEPING TO THE BUDGETS IN OUR COUNTY IS EVER CHANGES AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE THAT WAY. THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU SAID THE TAMPA AIR HAD THE NATION'S FOURTH HIGHEST GAIN FROM PEOPLE MOVING HERE. 58,000 NEW RESIDENTS HAVE MOVED HERE. WITH THESE INCREASES IN OUR DISTRICT, THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND STRUGGLES ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE, AS WELL. WE NEED YOU TO ACT ON THIS NOW TO STEP UP SO WE DON'T LOSE WHAT WE HAVE IN THIS DISTRICT. ALL OF THESE GREAT FINE TEACHES. TO SUPPORT OUR GROWING COMMUNITIES. IF TEACHERS START TO MAKE CHANGES DUE TO FINANCIAL CIRCUMSTANCES AND THE LOSS OF TRUST THEY HAVE IN YOU, THE STRUGGLES WILL ONLY GROW EXPONENTIALLY. NOT ONLY WILL YOU LOSE YOUR STRONG BASE OF TEACHERS AND STAFF, BUT REPLACING THEM WILL ONLY BE MORE DIFFICULT IF PERSPECTIVE TEACHERS KNOW THAT TRUST IS NOT HIGHLY REGARDED AND PROMISES ARE OKAY TO BE BROKEN. THAT'S NOT A GOOD PLACE TO BE AND PLEASE LET US NOT EVEN COME CLOSE TO THAT. COMMENTS THAT I HAVE READ FROM THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHERS INCLUDE "I FEEL WE ARE NOT VALUED." WE'RE NOT ASKING FOR ANYTHING EXTRA, "WE'RE JUST ASKING FOR WHAT WAS PROMISED AND THE DISTRICT IS NOT HONORING IT." AS I TELL MY CHILDREN, HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU WERE IN THEIR SHOES? WOULD YOU LOSE TRUST? WOULD YOU QUESTION THEM MORE THAN EVER? WOULD YOU EASILY FOLLOW OTHER THINGS THEY ASK OF YOU? MIGHT YOU START LOOKING FOR A NEW PLACE THAT DID HONOR YOU, THAT DID KEEP PROMISES? THINK ABOUT IT. IT JUST ISN'T RIGHT AND YOU ALL IN THIS ROOM HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE IT RIGHT. PLEASE, I URGE YOU AS A PARENT AND COMMUNITY MEMBER, HOLD ON TO YOUR PROMISES AND KEEP THINGS RIGHT WITH OUR TEACHERS. THEY PLAY AN INCREDIBLE ROLE IN OUR LIVE AND ESPECIALLY OUR CHILDREN'S LIVES. I DO NOT WANT TO LOSE ALL OF THESE GREAT TEACHERS WE HAVE IN OUR COMMUNE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. KELLY O'MALLEY. KELLY O'MALLEY.

>> HI. GOOD AFTERNOON. GO TO COLE MONDAY MIDDLE SCHOOL AND I'M AN EIGHTH GRADER. I'M HERE TO ADDRESS THE DRESS CODE POLICY THAT ABE I BELIEVE IS UNFAIR. THE DRESS CODE POLICY AT THE MOMENT IN THE STUDENT HANDBOOK USES BODY PARTS TO DETERMINE WHAT WE SHOULD WEAR AND I DON'T THINK THAT IS FAIR BECAUSE EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT AND HAS DIFFERENT BODY SHAPES AND SIZES AND WITH ME I'M REALLY TALL AND THERE ARE PEOPLE HALF MY SIZE THAT USE THE SAME POLICY. IF WE MADE, FOR EXAMPLE, THE SHORTS HAVE TO BE FINGERTIP LENGTH. MY FINGERTIPS GO WAY FARTHER THAN MOST PEOPLE. LIKE MY ARMS ARE RELATIVELY THE SIZE OF SOME PEOPLE'S LEGS. SO WHERE MY FINGERTIPS FALL ARE WHERE SOME PEOPLE'S HEADS AND ELBOWS FALL. SO IF WE MADE THE INSEAM LIKE THREE INCHES FROM YOUR INSEAM IS HOW LONG YOUR SHORTS HAVE TO BE WOULD BE MORE FAIR THAN BODY PARTS. ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS TANK TOPS. TANK TOPS AREN'T FAIR BECAUSE THEY ARE MEASURED BY THREE FINGERS. MY THREE FINGERS ARE MY FRIEND'S HAND. AS WELL MEN, OR BOYS AT MY SCHOOL CANNOT WEAR TANK TOPS, WHICH I DON'T THINK IS FAIR TO EACH GENDER BECAUSE WE CAN GET AWAY WITH THINGS THAT NO ONE ELSE CAN. IF WE MADE THE LENGTH LIKE TWO INCHES FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, SAME WITH THE SHORTS ON THE INSEAM IT WOULD BE MORE FAIR TO EVERYONE AND EVERYONE WOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO WEAR WHAT THEY WANT, ACTUALLY BE ABLE TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES. ANOTHER POINT IS IT IS FLORIDA, VERY HOT. I WORE JEANS TO SCHOOL TODAY SWEATING BUT I CAN'T WEAR SHORTS WITHOUT GETTING DRESS CODED. EVEN IF I WEAR PE SHORTS THEY STILL CODE ME. I HAVE A LOT OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCE FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS BECAUSE OF -- THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. THAT IS THE END OF PUBLIC COMMENT AND MEMBER GRIFFIN IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE.

>> THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A WORKSHOP ABOUT THIS. I BROUGHT UP THE FACT WE MAY NEED SOME POLICY CHANGE IN REFERENCE TO OUR DRESS CODES BECAUSE I LIKE YOU HAVE THE SAME PROBLEM. I WAS VERY TALL VERY QUICK AND HAD SOME OF THE SAME ISSUES AND MR. KATZ, WHO I STILL STAY IN TOUCH WITH TO THIS DAY AT PIERCE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL WOULD LITERALLY CHASE ME AROUND THE SCHOOL AND CODE ME ON MY DRESS CODE. WE LIVE IN A DIFFERENT TIME. WE LIVE IN A TIME WHERE WE HAVE TO START THINKING ABOUT OUR YOUNG PEOPLE'S DRESS AS PROFESSIONAL AND TEACHING THEM TO DRESS PROFESSIONAL BUT I SAID IT WHEN I BROUGHT IT UP THAT PUTTING THE OWN USOUS ON BOYS SEXUALITY IS UNACCEPTABLE MOVING FORWARD. WE DON'T NORMALLY ADDRESS PUBLIC SPEAKING, BUT YOU ARE A STUDENT. YOU CAME DOWN HERE ADDRESS US AND I WANT YOU TO KNOW THIS BOARD IS ALREADY ENTERING THIS CONVERSATION TO BRING OUR DRESS CODE IN TO THE NEW MILLENNIA.

>> THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

>> ITEM 1206 TO APPROVE THE INTER-AGENCY PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE FOR THE 13th JUDICIAL COURT REGARDING THE PROVISION OF A STUDENT ADVOCATE TO STUDENTS ON CAMPUS, LAW ENFORCEMENT INTERVIEWS OF STUDENTS THIS IS HIGHLIGHTED BY MS. SHAMBURGER AND MEMBER STUART .

>> I APPRECIATE IN THIS IS AN ITEM THAT HAS BEEN A PRIORITY FOR THE BOARD FOR YEARS. IT IS A PRIORITY FOR MR. EAKINS. WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON IT. IT HAS TAKEN DIFFERENT FORMS AND SCOPE OVER THE TIME PERIOD. THIS BOARD HAS HAD WORKSHOPS ON IT AS WE WORKED THROUGH THIS. I'M EXCITED TO SAY MS. HOLT AND THE DISTRICT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO COME UP WITH AN AGREEMENT ON A PILOT PROGRAM. WE ARE GOING TO BE AT TWO MAIN PARTS OF IT ALONG WITH MS. HOLT WE WILL BE PROVIDING EDUCATION TO OUR PRINCIPALS AND OUR APs REGARDING STUDENTS RIGHT THANS RIGHTS THEY ENJOY AS UNITED STATES CITIZENS AND THE PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE WILL BE PROVIDING RESOURCES. THEY WILL BE PROVIDING ADVOCATES. IF LAW ENFORCEMENT WISHES TO COME ON CAMPUS AND INTERVIEW THE STUDENTS. THE PUBLIC DEFENDERS IN COORDINATION WITH THE PARENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THAT AND THE PUBLIC DEFENDER HAS GRACIOUSLY AGREED TO BE ON CALL ALL THE TIME TO HAVE A BODY PRESENT AND TO COME TO OUR CAMPUS TO BE A PART OF THAT. I'M REALLY PLEASED TO INTRODUCE MISS JULIAN HOLT AND ROCKY -- AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE OF ME OR MS. HOLT.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I DON'T THINK THAT MR. GIBSON, HIS ENTHUSIASM IS OVERCOME BY THE ENTHUSIASM WE HAVE HERE. I WANT TO THANK MS. STUART AND MS. GRIFFIN THAT CAME TO ME WITH THIS PARTICULAR IDEA SEVERAL YEARS AGO. I WANT TO THANK THE ENTIRE SCHOOL BOARD, MR. PORTER, MR. GIBSON, OUR SUPERINTENDENT FOR ALLOWING US TO DO THIS AND I THINK YOU WILL HEAR IN A FEW MINUTES FROM OUR STATE ATTORNEY, MR. WARREN. I WANT TO, NOT KNOWING WHAT HIS COMMENTS WILL BE, I DO WANT TO THANK HIM PUBLICLY, HOWEVER, FOR ALLOWING THIS PARTICULAR PROJECT TO MOVE FORWARD AND EVEN THOUGH IT IS A PILOT PROJECT I'M ENTHUSIASTIC BECAUSE I KNOW THAT MR. WARREN AND HIS OFFICE AND MY OFFICE ARE WORKING TREMENDOUSLY IN A COLLABORATIVE WAY IN ORDER TO HELP OUR STUDENTS AND IN ORDER TO HELP OUR CHILDREN OF THIS COMMUNITY. THAT TYPE OF COLLABORATION IS SOMETHING THAT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR THE SUCCESS OF THIS COMMUNITY. THANK YOU, MR. WARREN AND THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE ASSISTED US IN MOVING FORWARD. MR. SUPERINTENDENT, I HOPE TO MAKE YOU PROUD.

>> Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY, YOU HAVE COMMENTS?

>> Lynn Gray: I CAN'T THANK YOU ENOUGH. YOU HAVE SET THE TONE THAT THERE'S NO LONGER THE OLD SCHOOL OF ZERO TOLERANCE. WE HAVE TO KEEP THE KIDS IN SCHOOL. WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE REALIZE THEY ARE KIDS. IN HIGH SCHOOL, FOOTBALL, SOMETIMES THERE ARE FIGHTS. IN MIDDLE SCHOOL THERE'S BULLYING BUT IT'S HOW WE REICHIAN WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE DO NOT USE THE IDEA OF SUSPENSION FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME. IT JUST DOES NOT WORK FOR MOST CASES. AND I APPLAUD YOU ARE MOVING IN A DIRECTION THAT SEEMS TO BE THE NEW AND I WOULD SAY ACCEPTABLE WAY OF HANDLING CHILDREN WITH DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS. IT BECOMES A SOCIETY PROBLEM WHEN WE PUT THEM OUT IN THE STREETS. SO THANK YOU. I WILL APPLAUD THE BOARD MEMBERS THAT ARE DEFINITELY DOING AND ADVOCATING WHAT YOU ALL BELIEVE IN. THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER GRIFFIN, DO YOU -- MEMBER STUART?

>> Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I THINK THIS IS A HUGE WIN. NOT JUST FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT BUT FOR SAFE AND SOUND -- WHICH MS. GRIFFIN AND I BOTH SAT ON AT THE VERY BEGINNING. MS. HOLT IS NOW THE CHAIR OF THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL. THIS IS A HUGE WIN FOR THE DISTRICT AND THIS COMMUNITY. WE TALK ALL THE TIME ON SAFE AND SOUND ABOUT THE KIDS IN THIS COMMUNITY AND THE EFFECTS THAT CRIME AND VIOLENCE HAVE ON STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOLS. UNFORTUNATELY, IT'S NOT A CONVERSATION I WANT US TO CONTINUE TO HAVE, BUT IT IS ALWAYS ABOUT THE KIDS, BUT THAT'S WHERE THE CONVERSATION HAS TO START. SO MS. HOLT HAS NEVER SHIED AWAY FROM ANY OF THE OPPORTUNITIES OR CONVERSATIONS THAT WE HAVE BROUGHT TO HER, WHETHER IT BE AT A MEETING, IN HER OFFICE, AND SHE'S CONSTANTLY AN ADVOCATE FOR THE STUDENTS IN THIS DISTRICT AND THE STUDENTS IN THIS COMMUNITY. I APPLAUD YOU. THIS IS A HUGE WIN FOR US TO MOVE IN TO A PLACE WHERE WE HAVE NOT GONE BEFORE. WE PROBABLY WOULD HAVE BEEN TOLD NO IN THE PAST, YOU CAN'T DO THAT, AND THIS IS A PLACE FOR US TO GIVE KIDS AN OPPORTUNITY TO SAY, YOU KNOW WHAT, I MESSED UP. I MESSED UP. AND I DON'T NEED A RECORD. HAVING A RECORD IS GOING TO FOLLOW ME FOREVER. SOME KIDS THAT IS DETRIMENTAL TO WHERE THEY LAND FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. SO I APPRECIATE YOU, MS. GRIFFIN. I KNOW THIS IS A LONG TIME COMING. WE HAVE A COUPLE OF OTHER THINGS WORKING THAT WILL COME FORWARD, AS WELL BUT I APPLAUD YOU AND THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE AND THE PARTNERSHIP WE HAVE NOW CREATED WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT AND IN THIS DISTRICT TO PUT THIS IN PLACE. SO THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER GRIFFIN

>> April Griffin: THANK YOU. I'M SO HAPPY TO SEE YOU BEFORE US TODAY. THIS HAS BEEN A LONG JOURNEY, A VERY LONG JOURNEY. I WANT TO SAY TO MR. WARREN, THANK YOU FOR AGREEING TO BE A PART OF THIS AND ALLOW THIS TO TAKE PLACE. THIS IS BEEN AN ALMOST FIVE-YEAR PROCESS OF STARTING WITH THE CIVIL CITATIONS AND TAKING WHAT WE HAVE -- WHAT WE HAD WITH CIVIL CITATIONS WITHIN THIS DISTRICT TO A COUNTY-WIDE IMPLEMENTATION. THAT WAS A LOT OF COLLABORATION ACROSS A LOT OF AGENCIES AND A LOT OF DISCUSSION AND A LOT OF COMPROMISE. I THINK IT'S WHAT IS BEST FOR STUDENTS BECAUSE SOMETIMES KIDS MAKE DECISIONS THAT ARE NOT ALWAYS THE BEST DECISIONS AND WE KNOW THE BRAIN RESEARCH. THEIR BRAINS ARE NOT FULLY DEVELOPED. SO THEY ARE MAKINGS RASH DECISIONS AT SOME TIMES AND THIS ALLOWS THEM A SECOND CHANCE AS FAR AS THE CIVIL CITATIONS. WHAT THE INITIAL THOUGHT WAS ON THIS PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM THAT'S COMING FORWARD IS OUR STRAIGHTERS, OUR SCHOOL-SITE ADMINISTRATORS, THE PRINCIPALS ARE WEARING MULTIPLE HATS. WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT IS COMING TO QUESTION A STUDENT, THAT PRINCIPAL IS THEN NO LONGER THAT STUDENT'S ADVOCATE BUT THE SCHOOL'S ADVOCATE. THERE ARE TIMES AND WE DO TRY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH PARENTS, WITH GUARDIANS AND THERE ARE TIMES WE ARE NOT SUCCESSFUL IN THAT. AND A STUDENT IS IN A PLACE WHERE THEY HAVE NO ADULT THERE TO GUIDE THEM. WHAT I'VE HEARD YOU SAY ALONG THE WAY IS THERE WILL BE THE BEST OF THE BEST FOR THESE STUDENTS. YOU ARE GOING TO SEND US THE HIGHEST, MOST QUALIFIED ATTORNEYS THAT YOU HAVE. YOUR PASSION FOR DEFENDING THE POPULATION AT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS JUST OUTSTANDING AND I APPLAUD YOU FOR THAT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE IN THIS JOURNEY. WE ARE HERE. WE ARE FINALLY GETTING THIS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE RESULTS THAT COME FROM THIS. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER SHAMBURGER?

>> Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU SO MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. MS. HOLT, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP AND OUR BOARD FOR CHAMPIONING THIS IMPORTANT CAUSE. WE OFTEN TALK AND GRAPPLE WITH ABOUT HOW TO ELIMINATE THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE. HOW DO WE ELIMINATE IT? AND I THINK PROGRAMS, SUCH AS THIS, WILL TAKE A CHUNK OUT OF IT AMONG OTHER THINGS BUT THIS IS PHENOMENAL. I LOOK FORWARD TO THE POLICY AND HOW IT WORK AND HOPE TO EXPAND IT TO ALL OF THE SCHOOLS SO ALL OF OUR STUDENTS WILL HAVE THE SAME PROTECTION. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE INTER-AGENCY AGREEMENT WITH THE PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE FOR THE 13th JUDICIAL COURT CIRCUIT REGARDING THE PROVISION OF A STUDENT ADVOCATE TO STUDENTS DURING ON-CAMPUS LAW ENFORCEMENT INTERVIEWS OF STUDENTS. I HAVE A MOTION BY APRIL GRIFFIN AND A SECOND BY MEMBER GRAY. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

>> MR. WARREN, OUR STATE ATTORNEY IS HERE AND WOULD LIKE TO MAKE SOME COMMENTS BECAUSE HE IS INSTRUMENTAL IN HAVING, NOT ONLY AS OUR CHIEF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IN THIS COMMUNITY BUT IS INSTRUMENTAL IN ASSURING THE LAW ENFORCEMENT WILL ASSIST IN THIS PILOT PROJECT.

>> MR. WARREN IS HERE FOR THE NEXT ITEM, TOO. HE IS SAVING THE COMMENTS AND WRAPPING THEM ALL TOGETHER.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, GUYS. WE WILL MOVE TO 1304 AND MR. GIBSON, INFORMATION ABOUT THE JUVENILE ARREST AVOIDANCE PROGRAM EDUCATIONAL ACCESS, OPPORTUNITY AND ALTERNATIVES.

>> WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE PUBLIC DEFENDER AND THE STATE ATTORNEY FOR OUR COMMUNITY WITH US HERE TODAY. HE IS HERE TO GIVE THE BOARD SOME INFORMATION REGARDING THE JUVENILE ARREST AVOIDANCE PROGRAM. A VIDEO HAS BEEN PREPARED THEY THINK PABLO HAS PREPARED TO PLAY AND THEN AFTER THAT COMES UP MR. WARREN AND HIS TEAM WILL BE HERE TO ANSWER AND PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS.

>> OUR JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM IS DISFUNCTIONAL, IF NOT BROKEN. THERE'S TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON ARREST AND DETENTION, ESPECIALLY FOR NON-VIOLENT MISDEMEANORS AND NOT ENOUGH ON PREVENTING CRIME. IT HASN'T WORKED. I'M ANDREW WARRENER THE STATE ATTORNEY FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY MY MISSION IS TO KEEP THE COMMUNITY SAFETY, REDUCE RESID VICTIM. COUNTLESS ARE TRUST RATED WITH OUR SYSTEM AND I'M DEDICATED TO MAKING IT WORK. EACH YEAR 5,000 YOUTH ARE PREFER REFERRED TO MY OFFICE, FOR EVERYTHING FROM PETTY THEFT TOTARAS PASS. THEY MAY GET A SLAP ON THE WRIST AND. TOO MANY KIDS ESCALATE TO MORE SERIOUS CRIMES. OUR SYSTEM MUST BE INNOVATIVE IN THE APPROACH TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF JUVENILE RECIDIVISM. AND KEEP CHILDREN ON THE RIGHT PATH. ON AUGUST 1st, 2017, WE TOOK A MAJOR STEP THIS THAT DIRECTION. WE IMPLEMENTED A GREATLY EXPANDED AND PERMANENT JUVENILE CIVIL CITATION PROGRAM IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THIS PROGRAM ALLOWS GOOD KIDS WHO HAVE MADE A MISTAKE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE AND RECEIVE APPROPRIATE SANCTIONS, WITHOUT AN ARREST OR CONVICTION RECORD FOLLOWING THEM FOR YEARS. IMPACTING THEIR ABILITY TO GO TO COLLEGE, JOIN THE MILITARY OR FIND A JOB. THIS TYPE OF PROGRAM HAS PROVEN SUCCESSFUL IN OTHER STUDIES ACROSS AMERICA. I'M STANDING HERE IN A COURTROOM AS I SPEAK TO YOU. WE'RE COMMITTED TO HELPING OUR KIDS LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES AND STAY OUT OF THE SYSTEM. THIS NEW PROGRAM IS A CRITICAL FIRST STEP. FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.SAO 13. COM. SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT OUR JUVENILE CIVIL CITATION PROGRAM. TOGETHER, WE CAN BUILD A SAFER, STRONGER, HILLSBOROUGH.

>> GOOD EVENING. I WAS GIVEN FIVE MINUTES OR SO TO TALK. SO WE CAN REPLAY THE VIDEO THREE MORE TIMES IF WE WANT.  THERE'S TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON ARREST -- [ LAUGHTER ]

>> THAT WAS NOT PLANNED, BUT THANK YOU WHOEVER DID THAT. FIRST, LET ME THANK CHAIRWOMAN HARRIS AND THE ENTIRE BOARD AND THE CABINET AS WELL AS SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK ABOUT THE JUVENILE ARREST AVOIDANCE PROGRAM, MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS OUR JUVENILE CITATION PROGRAM. I WANT TO SPEND A FEW MINUTES EXPANDING 0 THEN THE BRIEF SUMMARY YOU SAW. STARTING WITH THE ORIGINS OF THE PROGRAM. IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FOR MANY YEARS WE HAD A PATCH WORK OF CIVIL CITATION PROGRAMS THAT WERE LIMITED IN SCOPE AND DURATION. MY GOAL IS TO EXPAND THOSE PROGRAMS, TO MAKE THEM PERMANENT AND INCREASE THE USE OF THEM. WE WERE FALLING BEHIND THE CURVE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WE RECEIVED FAILING GRADES FROM INDEPENDENT AGENCIES ACROSS THE STATE AND COUNTRY REGARDING OUR USE OF CIVIL CITATIONS. AGENCIES THAT CONCLUDED OUR UNDER OUTUTILIZATION LED TO WASTED RESOURCES OF TAXPAYER DOLLARS. WHEN I WAS ELECTED I STARTED TO WORK WITH THE PARTNERS IN OUR SYSTEM, POLICE, CHIEF AND ALL OF THE OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES, PUBLIC DEFENDER, OUR COURTS, THE CLERK OF THE COURT, AS WELL AS THE SCHOOL BOARD, AS WELL. I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT THE AGENCIES WERE WILLING TO LISTEN, COOPERATE AND WORK TOGETHER TO FIND A SOLUTION. THAT SOLUTION IS THE JUVENILE ARREST AVOIDANCE PROGRAM. THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD HAVE BEEN PROVIDED WITH A ONE-PAGE SUMMARY OF IT. I'M GOING TO BRIEFLY DESCRIBE WHAT THAT PROGRAM IS. THE HEART OF THE PROGRAM IS RATHER THAN ARREST JUVENILES, JUVENILES ARE GIVEN A CITATION. IT IS NOT LIKE A TRAFFIC TICKET WHERE YOU SIMPLY PAY IT AND COME BACK. THE ARREST -- EXCUSE ME, THE CITATION IS AN OPPORTUNITY, AN ENTRY IN TO OUR CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM WITHOUT GOING THROUGH THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR KIDS, FIRST-TIME OFFENDERS WHO HAVE MADE A MISTAKE TO GET TREATMENT, ASSESSMENT AND SANCTIONS. SANCTIONS RANGING FROM COMMUNITY SERVICE, RESTITUTION, LETTER OF APOLOGY, DRUG TREATMENT, COUNSELING, WHATEVER IS NECESSARY FOR THAT INDIVIDUAL TO, ONE, HOLD THE YOUTH ACCOUNTABLE AND TWO, ADDRESS THE UNDERLYING BEHAVIOR. WE HAVE EXPANDED THE PROGRAM FROM A SHORT LIST OF ELIGIBLE MISDEMEANORS TO NOW ALMOST MISDEMEANOR ON THE BOOKS. THERE ARE 13 THAT ARE SEXUAL OFFENSES AND DRIVING OFFENSES. WE ARE RELYING ON OFFICERS' DISCRETION, GUIDED BY LANGUAGE IN A MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING THAT EXPRESLEY PRESUMES A CITATION SHALL BE ISSUED FOR AN OFFENSE EXCEPT WHERE THERE IS A MATERIAL AND IMMEDIATE THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY A MATERIAL AND IMMEDIATE THREAT THAT HAS TO BE DOCUMENTED IN WRITING TURNED OVER TO THE STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE. WE HAVE PUT IN PLACE METRICS TO EVALUATE THE PROGRAM FROM THE NUMBER OF KIDS WHERE CITATIONS ARE ISSUED BY WHICH AGENCIES TO WHO COMPLETES THE PROGRAM TO WHO DOESN'T. THESE METRICS ARE CRITICAL BECAUSE WE KNOW THE CIVIL CITATION PROGRAM IS REALLY JUST THE FIRST STEP OF A SUCCESSFUL ROBUST PROGRAM. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IT IS WORKING EFFECTIVELY, WHICH IS WHY WE PUT THE METRICS AND DATA CAPTURING MECHANISMS IN PLACE. THE REALITY IS THIS PROGRAM, IN BEING A FIRST STEP, IS A FIRST STEP TO CHANGING JUVENILE JUSTICE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY FOR A GENERATION. NOW WE STARTED THE PROGRAM ON AUGUST 1st OF THIS YEAR, BUT WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEE HOW IT EVOLVES OVER MONTHS AND YEARS BECAUSE THAT'S THE TRUE MEASURE OF SUCCESS FOR THIS PROGRAM AS WE RESHAPE JUVENILE JUSTICE HERE. IN THE LITTLE VIDEO I TALKED ABOUT THE MISSION OF THE STATE ATTORNEY'S OFFICE, BUILDING A SAFER COMMUNITY, REDUCING RECIDIVISM, PROMOTING FAIRNESS FOR EVERY PERSON IN HILLSBOROUGH COULDN'T. TY. COUNTY. THIS IS A CRITICAL PROGRAM TO DO THAT. TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF ARRESTS, PROSECUTION, CONVICTION, BREAK THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE AND MAKE SURE, AS MS. STUART SAID, AN ARREST RECORD WILL NOT FOLLOW SOMEBODY FOR LIFE, PREVENTING THEM FROM GETTING A JOB, GOING TO COLLEGE, JOINING THE MILITARY. THIS IS A SMART, EVIDENCE-BASED PROGRAM TO KEEP KIDS ON THE RIGHT PATH, OUT OF TROUBLE AND HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE AND KEEPING PUBLIC SAFETY OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY. I'M A STRONG BELIEVER IN EVIDENCE-BASED SOLUTIONS AND THERE'S EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT EVERYTHING I JUST SAID BUT IN ADDITION THERE IS EVIDENCE ON THE COST BENEFIT-ANALYSIS. IT COSTS $5,000 TO PROSECUTE A JUVENILE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. $50,000 A YEAR TO INCARCERATE THEM. BY CONTRAST, CIVIL CITATIONS AVERAGE $400 A STUDENT. NOT ONLY IS THIS SMART CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY, IT IS SMART ECONOMICS. BETTER ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES, REDUCE COST TO TAXPAYERS, REDUCE RECIDIVISM, INCREASE PUBLIC SAFETY. THAT'S WHAT THIS PROGRAM DOES. I THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE.

>> Sally Harris: MEMBER STUART?

>> Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. I KNOW WAY TOO MUCH ABOUT THE PROGRAM AS IS. IT IS AN HONOR TO SERVE WITH YOU AND MS. HOLT AND THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE ON THE ADVISORY BOARD. WE HAVE BEEN AT THIS WORK FOR A WHILE AND APPRECIATE YOUR LEADERSHIP WHEN YOU STEPPED IN TO OFFICE AND WE HAVE MOVED TO A DIFFERENT ARENA. IT IS NO LONGER A PILOT BUT A PROGRAM THAT IS THERE FOR OUR STUDENTS AND FOR THE COMMUNITY TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP THEM OUT OF OUR PRISONS AND ON A DIFFERENT PATH. APPRECIATE YOUR LEADERSHIP. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE TODAY. AND FOR ALL OF THE WORK YOU HAVE DONE.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY?

>> Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MR. WARREN. VERY, VERY GREAT COVERAGE OF THE CIVIL CITATION. I'M REMINDED THAT THE TEACHERS ARE SO IMPORTANT AND CRITICAL TO PUT IN TO THE PLACE OF -- TO PUT THE CHILDREN WHO ARE TROUBLED IN PLACE, PLACES SUCH AS COUNSELING, PEER MENTORING, PLACES THAT WILL HELP THEM RETAIN THEIR DIGNITY AND INTEGRITY AS A HUMAN BEING, VERSUS EVERYTHING IS DEVASTATING ON THE OTHER END. I KNOW TOO MANY TIMES IN THE INNER CITY SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY, KIDS MAKE MORE THAN ONE MISTAKE. IF THEY HAD MORE SUPPORT FROM THE TEACHERS TO GUIDE THEM IN THEIR COUNSELING MODALITIES, I THINK A LOT OF THIS WOULD BE SUBTRACTED. I THINK YOU HAVE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE AND I KNOW FOR SURE THAT MEMBER GRIFFIN AND ALONG WITH MS. STUART, I THINK YOU DID A GREAT SELECTION IN GOING TO THE SCHOOLS AND SHARING THIS BIT OF DETAIL WITH THE TEACHERS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: MEMBER GRIFFIN?

>> April Griffin: THANK YOU. THIS HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING. WITH ALL OF THE AGENCIES THAT HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THIS, ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVED THE BEST ABOUT THIS GOING TO A COUNTY-WIDE IMPLEMENTATION IS CATCHING THESE FAMILIES IN THIS SAFETY NET OF SUPPORT SERVICES. THAT WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST PIECES OF THIS AS WE WERE MOVING FORWARD, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE WHEN A JUVENILE HAS AN ARREST THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO GO IN TO THE MILITARY. THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO APPLY TO SOME COLLEGES. IT TAKES AWAY SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES FOR THEIR FUTURE SUCCESS THAT THE ADULTS IN THE ROOM THAT WERE TALKING ABOUT THIS WHEN WE FIRST STARTED SAYING WE NEEDED TO TAKE THIS COUNTY WIDE, WE DIDN'T TALK ABOUT THE MONEY. BECAUSE EVERYBODY STARTED TO TALK ABOUT ALL OF THE WAYS AN THE REASONS WHY IT COULDN'T BE DONE. I REMEMBER ONE OF THOSE FIRST CONVERSATIONS WHERE WE SAID, OKAY, LET'S TAKE ALL OF THOSE ARGUMENTS OFF OF THE TABLE. WE'RE NOT GOING TO TALK ABOUT WHY WE CANNOT MAKE THIS HAPPEN. LET'S TALK ABOUT WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN AND HOW CAN WE MAKE IT HAPPEN? TO SEE IT COME TO FRUITION NOW IS REALLY -- IT IS REALLY, REALLY -- IT MAKES ME HAPPY. I JUST HAVE NO OTHER WORDS THAN THAT BECAUSE IT GIVES STUDENTS WHO, AGAIN, WHOSE BRAINS ARE NOT FULLY DEVELOPED AND MAYBE IN CIRCUMSTANCES WITHIN THEIR OWN HOME AND DON'T HAVE THE TOOLS TO COPE, IT GIVES THEM A SECOND CHANCE AND IN THE SAFETY NET OF SUPPORT SERVICES IN PLACE TO CATCH THEM AND TO JUST NOT PUT THEM IN TO THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM, TO GO BEFORE A JUDGE AND HAVE SOME SENTENCE HANDED DOWN. THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE TO THIS. AGAIN, IT WAS COLLABORATION OF ACROSS SO MANY ENTITIES THAT I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS FINALLY HAPPENED. BECAUSE WHEN YOU GET THAT MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIFFERENT AGENDAS IN TO A ROOM AND FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO COME TO CONSENSUS ON SOMETHING THAT IS BEST FOR KIDS, THAT'S AMAZING. THAT'S AMAZING WORK. TO MS. HOLT, WHO HAS BEEN THERE FROM THE BEGINNING ON THIS, YOURSELF, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR WORK ON THIS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SOME OF THE DATA THAT WE SEE COME OUT OF THIS.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: MEMBER SHAMBURGER?

>> Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL INFORMATION AND FOR BEING HERE THIS EVENING AND DOING WHAT IS FAIR AND RIGHT BY OUR STUDENTS. WITH LEADERSHIP LIKE YOURS AND IMPLEMENTING PROGRAMS LIKE THIS YOU CAN CHANGE LIVES AND HELP US WITH OUR VISION OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. CAN'T REALLY EXPRESS OR STRESS HOW MUCH ARRESTS ARE TANTAMOUNT TO A LIFE SENTENCE FOR MOST OF THESE KIDS. SO WE'RE LUCKY TO HAVE YOU AS OUR STATE ATTORNEY. THAT'S A WIN FOR HILLSBOROUGH AND THANK YOU FOR PARTNERING WITH THE DISTRICT BECAUSE THIS IS REALLY GOING TO HELP ALL OF OUR STUDENTS AND IT WILL HELP US TO PREPARE THEM FOR LIFE. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THIS AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE WONDERFUL RESULTS.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: AND I THINK THAT CONCLUDES OUR QUESTIONS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> Sally Harris: NOW WE WILL MOVE IN TO THE DO 1, APPROVE THE ADOPTION OF NEW AND REVISED POLICIES AS ADVERTISED IN OCTOBER OF 2017. I WILL ADJOURN THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPOSED NEW AND REVISED POLICIES. THIS IS A REQUIREMENT PURSUANT TO STATE LAW AND BOARD POLICY. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC TO SPEAK ABOUT THE PROPOSED POLICIES THAT ARE RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION BY THE BOARD AND TO PROVIDE INPUT TO THE BOARD. I WILL NOW ASK KRISTIN DAVIS, DEPARTMENT MANAGER OF GOVERNMENT RELATION TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM. AFTERWARDS, ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC MAY SPEAK TO PROVIDE INPUT TO THE BOARD ON THE PROPOSED POLICIES. MRS. DAVIS?

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON. I WILL BE VERY BRIEF. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY HIGHLIGHT ITEM 201 TO. THESE POLICIES WERE PROVIDE AND DISCUSSED BY THE BOARD AT A WORKSHOP ON AUGUST 27th. OCTOBER 3rd THE BOARD APPROVED THE ADVERTISEMENT OF POLICIES. THEY WERE ADVERTISED AS REQUIRED BY LAW ON OCTOBER 6 ATHLETIC AND  6th ANDHAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW. THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE. THE NEXT POLYCYSTICLE WILL BEGIN TOMORROW AND I WILL SEND OUT A TIME LINE AND MORE INFORMATION.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. DO WE HAVE ANYONE HERE WISHING TO SPEAK TO THIS ITEM? THEN I WILL NOW CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND RECONVENE THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. ARE THERE ANY COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS? THEN I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE ADOPTION OF THE POLICIES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SHAMBURGER AND A SECOND BY MEMBER GRAY. ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. AND THE VOTE PASSES WITH MS. STUART AWAY F FROM THE DEAS.

>> WE WILL TAKE 606 AND 1301 TOGETHER. APPROVE BUDGET AMENDMENTS FOR OCTOBER 31st, 2017 BUSINESS SERVICES DIVISION AND THIS IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER VALDES, MEMBER SHAM BURG AND MEMBER SNIVELY AND WE WILL TAKE 1301 MONTHLY FINANCIAL REPORTS BUSINESS SERVICE DIVISION HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER VALDES, MANY SNIVELY. CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER WILL HIGHLIGHT THESE ITEMS.

>> THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. WE WANT TO PUT THE TWO AGENDA ITEMS TOGETHER AND AGAIN IT IS AN OVERVIEW AS OF A POINT IN TIME. JULY 1st TO OCTOBER 31st, 2017. IN OUR GENERAL FUND WE COLLECTED 29% OF THE BUDGETED REVENUES AND EXPENDED 28% OF OUR PROJECTED COSTS. WITHIN THAT, WE HAD HURRICANE WE DEALT WITH AND STARTING ON OCTOBER 27th PAYDAY, WE REIMBURSED SOME OF THE SALARIES THAT WERE TURNED IN. I KNOW MS. WHALEN IS WORKING WITH OUR FEMA REP TO WORK ON OUR REIMBURSEMENT. A LOT OF PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE WE HAVE TO PAY THOSE AND THEN ASK FOR REIMBURSEMENT FROM FEMA. THE TWO ITEMS, THE BUDGET AMENDMENTS AND THE MONTHLY FINANCIALS TALK ABOUT OUR DIFFERENT CHECKBOOKS WHICH YOU ARE ALL FAMILIAR WITH THE GENERAL FUND, DEBT SERVICE, CAPITAL OUTLAY, SPECIAL REVENUE, SPECIAL REVENUE FUND INCLUDES GRANT AND STUDENT NUTRITION SERVICES AND INTERNAL SERVICE FUNDS SOME QUESTIONS THAT CAME UP AS YOU JUST APPROVED YOUR BUDGET IN SEPTEMBER WHY YOU ARE ALREADY CHANGING IT. AS MONEY COMES IN AND OUT DURING THE YEAR WE HAVE TO BRING AMENDMENTS TO YOU ALL AS WE ARE CONTINUING TO RECEIVE GRANT FUNDS, WHETHER IT IS REVENUE FROM LOCAL OR STATE GRANT AND ADJUSTING OUR BUDGET FOR THOSE PROGRAMS. THAT'S IN A NUTSHELL WHERE WE ARE AT ON OUR FINANCIALS. DOES ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

>> Sally Harris: MEMBER SNIVELY?

>> Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. GETTING USED TO THIS NEW SPOT. THANK YOU, CHAIR HARRIS. THANK YOU, MS. SAUNDERS FOR THE HIGHLIGHT. I'D LIKE TO FOR FUTURE HIGHLIGHTS WHEN IT COMES TO BUDGET AMENDMENTS TAKE A LITTLE MORE OF A PUBLIC DEEP DIVE, IF YOU WILL, ON THE MORE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN THE BUDGET AND PERHAPS YOU AND I CAN GET TOGETHER AND TALK ABOUT WHAT THAT WOULD LOOK LIKE. I THINK IT EXCEEDS A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE OF A SECTION OR FUNCTION WITHIN THE BUDGET THAT IT PROBABLY WARRANTS FURTHER EXPLANATION JUST TO, IN THE SPIRIT OF TRANSPARENCY FOR THE PUBLIC. IF THERE'S A DEFICIT OR ADDITIONAL REVENUE OVER A CERTAIN PERCENTAGE. I ALWAYS SAY WE DON'T TALK ENOUGH ABOUT OUR MONEY, IN OUR BOARD MEETINGS AND I THINK THAT SIGNIFICANT CHANGES OVER OR UNDER CERTAIN PERCENTAGE WOULD WARRANT FURTHER EXPLANATION TO THE PUBLIC. SO, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU ARE PREPARED TO DO ANY OF THAT WITH THIS PARTICULAR AMENDMENT, IF YOU WANT TO HIGHLIGHT A COUPLE OF THE LARGER ITEMS ON IT? OR THE NEXT BUDGET AMENDMENT I'M SURE THERE WILL BE MORE BUDGET AMENDMENTS COMING BUT I THINK IN THE SPIRIT OF TRANSPARENCY SOME OF THE MORE SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS COULD HAVE AN EXPLANATION WITH THEM.

>> I CAN BRIEFLY GO OVER WHAT HAS COME IN. A COUPLE OF THE GRANTS THAT CAME IN -- BECAUSE A LOT OF THIS HAS TO DO WITH THE GRANT AND WE RECEIVED ADDITIONAL, IN THE GENERAL FUND, SCHOOL RECOGNITION MONEY WHICH IS DOLLARS WE RECEIVE FOR OUR SCHOOLS. THAT WAS IN THE GENERAL FUND. WE RECEIVED $2 MILLION FROM TALLAHASSEE FOR THAT. UNDER SPECIAL REVENUE, WE SET UP THE NEW BUDGETS FOR TITLE WITH TWO MONEYS COMING. IN WE HAD THE 21st CENTURY GRANT, WE HAD TO DEOBLIGATE THE MONEY. HEAD START, WE HAD TO SET UP NEW DOLLARS. A LOT YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH BUT THESE ARE ONGOING. WE HAD A COUPLE OF NEW BUDGET PROJECTS COME IN FOR GRANT, THE CLIMATE GRANT AND GEAR UP AND WE HAD ABLE TRUST WHICH HAS BEEN WITH US FOR A WHILE. WE ARE APPRECIATIVE OF THAT. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE WE HAD TO MOVE AND DEOBLIGATE THOSE AND TRAINING FOR GRANT PROCTORS. THEY WILL SOUND FAMILIAR AS WE GO FORWARD BECAUSE THEY ARE ALWAYS IN MOTION. PERKINS, WE HAD TO TRANSFER DOLLARS WHEN WE APPLY FOR A GRANT WE HAVE TO GIVE A BUDGET. AS THOSE DOLLARS COME IN, DEPENDING ON HOW THEY ARE SPENT, WHETHER IT IS TRAINING, SALARIES OR WHATEVER HAPPENS AND HOW THEY WORK DEPENDING ON THE BUDGET IS HOW WE DO IT. BUT I'D LOVE TO HIGHLIGHT THOSE WHEN WE BRING THOSE.

>> I THINK ONE OF THE REASONS IT MAKES SENSE TO DO THAT IS IF YOU ARE A TAXPAYER AND PULL UP OUR AGENDA AND BUDGET AND YOU ARE LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS, IT HELPS TO UNDERSTAND WHY THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN SOME OF THE SECTIONS OF THE BUDGET UNDER THE OBJECTS AND FUNCTIONS. SO, BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN EXPLANATION, AS A TAXPAYER, YOU COULD LOOK AT CERTAIN TEXT ARE SECTIONS OF THE AMENDMENT AND SAY, WHERE DID THAT MONEY GO OR WHY DO WE HAVE A DEFICIT IN THIS AREA, OR WHERE DID THIS ADDITIONAL REVENUE COME FROM AND WHERE DOES IT HAVE TO GO BY STATUTE? OKAY. THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: MEMBER GRIFFIN?

>> April Griffin: THANK YOU. I MET WITH SOME COMMUNITY MEMBERS, NOT TOO LONG AGO, A FEW MONTHS AGO. AND THEY PROPOSED AND I ASKED THEM TO BRING FORWARD SOME SOLID PROPOSALS SO THAT WE COULD TALK ABOUT IT AND THEY COULD PRESENT IT TO YOU AND WE COULD TALK ABOUT IT. BUT WHAT THEY WERE PROPOSING WAS A COMMUNITY-LED FINANCE COMMITTEE. PEOPLE FROM THE COMMUNITY WITH A BACKGROUND THAT WOULD BE WILLING TO -- USING OUR STRATEGIC PLAN AS THEIR GUIDING FORCE AND WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO WITHIN OUR STRATEGIC PLAN BUT LOOKING AT OUR BUDGET AND MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS. WE HAVE OUR CAC. I KNOW MY REPRESENTATIVE ON THE CAC IS IN THE WORLD OF FINANCE. THAT'S A GROUP THAT WE HAVE THAT I THINK IS UNDERUTILIZED. THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE GIVEN US RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THINGS, AND THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY HOW WE'RE USING THEM. WE'RE NOT USING THEM FOR THAT. SO WE HAVE A RESOURCE THERE. I KNOW THE CTA COULD OFFER -- BUT I'M THINKING OF REACHING OUTSIDE OF OUR NORMAL SCOPE OF INDIVIDUALS WHO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CONVERSATION AROUND OUR FINANCES, EDUCATION AND PUTTING TOGETHER SOMETHING LIKE THAT. SO I WILL REACH OUT TO THAT GROUP AGAIN AND ASK THEM IF THEY HAVE MADE ANY PROGRESS ON PUTTING THAT PROPOSAL TOGETHER TO PUT FORWARD. BUT I THINK IT IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD CONSIDER TO GET SOME OUTSIDE PERSPECTIVE ON WHAT WE ARE LOOKING AT. I AGREE WE NEED MORE DETAIL MS. SAUNDERS ON THESE CONVERSATIONS AROUND OUR BUDGET. THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU. AND NOW WE WILL MOVE TO 607. APPROVE THE APPLICATION TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND IF APPROVED ACCEPT FUNDS FOR THE IMPACT AID PROGRAM, PUBLIC LAW 874, BUSINESS SERVICE DIVISION. THIS IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER VALDES. GRETCHEN SAUNDERS WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.

>> THANK YOU, MS. HARRIS. THE AGENDA ITEM IS RECOGNIZING OUR FEDERAL IMPACT AID AND THE IMPACTED AID IS A FEDERAL PROGRAM ADMINISTERED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. AS YOU ALL ARE AWARE, WHEN WE LOOK AT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ITSELF WE ALWAYS TALK ABOUT THE PROPERTY OFF THE TAX ROLLS. THIS HELPS US WITH OUR BUDGET AND DEALS WITH THAT. THIS PROVIDES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS IMPACTED BY FEDERAL ACTIVITIES. THE PROGRAM HELPS TO COMPENSATE FOR THE LOSS OF PROPERTY TAX REVENUE FOR FEDERALLY OWNED TAX EXEMPT PROPERTY. IT PROVIDES FUNDING FOR STUDENTS RESIDING ON ELIGIBLE INDIAN LANDS AND LOW-RENT HOUSING. WHAT HAPPENS IS WE HAVE TO PICK A DATE CERTAIN IN THE FALL AND WE SEND OUT SURVEYS. WHEN THE PARENTS FILL OUT THIS -- WELL, WHO'S ELIGIBLE? THERE'S THREE GROUPS OF STUDENTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE. THERE'S STUDENTS WHOSE PARENTS SERVE IN THE U.S. MILITARY OR FOREIGN MILITARY, WORK AS A CIVILIAN EMPLOYEE ON FEDERAL PROPERTY, INCLUDING V.A. HOSPITALS, MAC DILL AIR FORCE BASE OR INDIAN OWNED PROPERTY, FEDERAL BUILDINGS, COURTHOUSES, PARKS, CEMETERIES, FEDERALLY OWNED PROPERTY IN FLORIDA AND THREE, THOSE WHO LIVE OR WORK IN LOW-RENT HOUSING DEVELOPMENT THROUGH THE TAMPA OR PLANT CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY. SO WE PICK A DATE CERTAIN. WE SEND OUT SURVEYS. WE SEND THEM TO THE SCHOOLS THIS SCHOOLS HAND THEM OUT AND WE WAIT FOR SURVEYS TO COME BACK IN AND WE FILE THE INFORMATION AND THAT'S HOW WE EARN OUR REIMBURSEMENT. IT VARIOUS EVERY YEAR BETWEEN $370,000 AND $425,000. IT VARIES, DEPENDING ON THE AMOUNT OF SURVEYS BUT THE SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN WONDERFUL. THEY KEEP TRACK OF THE SURVEYS THAT GO OUT AND CHECK THEM OFF WHEN THEY COME BACK IN. WE'D LIKE TO MAKE THIS MORE WEB BASED BUT IT GOES TO THE FAMILY -- BASED ON THIS THEY WANTED TO SAVE PAPER. I GUESS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WANTS TO SAVE PAPER AT THIS POINT FOR THOSE THAT DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY. WITH THAT BEING SAID THIS IS TO APPROVE WHEN WE RECEIVE THESE DOLLARS COMING IN. THANK YOU.

>> Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MS. SAUNDERS. WE WILL MOVE TO 610, APPROVE THE COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT CAFR FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED IN JUNE 30th, 2017 BUSINESS SERVICE DIVISION. THIS IS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER VALDES, MEMBER SHAMBURGER, MEMBER GRAY, MEMBER SNIVELY AND MEMBER HARRIS. AND COMMENTS BY MEMBER SNIVELY AND AGAIN GRETCHEN SAUNDERS, CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.

>> THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. THERE'S TWO ITEMS, I WAS GOING TO ASK IF WE CAN DO THEM AT THE SAME TIME. THEY ARE TECHNICALLY THE SAME, A LITTLE DIFFERENT, 610 AND 611, MS. HARRIS IF I CAN DO THAT?

>> Sally Harris: ABSOLUTELY.

>> WONDERFUL. HERE'S OUR ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT. THE PURPOSE OF THE COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT IS TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO OUR BOARD, OUR CITIZENS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND OUR CREDITORS. IT REALLY PROVIDES A ROAD MAP FOR YOU ALL TO GAUGE THE EXTENT TO WHICH SOUND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT AND REPORTING PRACTICES ARE BEING APPLIED. INVESTMENT COMPANIES SUCH AS MOODY'S, STANDARD & POORS AND FITCH USE THE INFORMATION TO LOOK AT OUR DISTRICT FINANCE OUTLOOK WHEN THEY REVIEW OUR BOND RATINGS. WE RECEIVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS EVERY YEAR FROM THEM ON THIS. THERE ARE THREE SECTIONS THAT WE FOCUS ON WITHIN AND IT IS THE INTRODUCTORY THAT FURNISHES GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE DISTRICT. THE FINANCIAL SECTION WHICH COVERS BASIC FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND REQUIRED SUP ELEMENTARY INFORMATION AS WELL AS INFORMATION ON THE INDIVIDUAL FUNDS, WHICH WE CALL CHECKBOOKS AND CHARTER SCHOOLS. THE PRESENTED -- THIS INFORMATION IS PRESENTED AS GOVERNMENT WIDE, WHICH INCLUDES ALL GOVERNMENTAL AND BUSINESS-TYPE ACTIVITIES OF THE DISTRICT. THERE ARE TWO GOVERNMENT-WIDE STATEMENTS. THE STATEMENT OF NET POSITION, WHICH IS SIMILAR TO A BALANCE SHEET IN THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES WHICH IS TEST TEST TEST AND A RECONCILIATION FROM THE FUND P STATEMENTS TO THE GOVERNMENTWIDE STATEMENTS. THE FINAL SECTION IS THE STATISTICAL SECTION, WHICH PROVIDES TREND DATA AND NONFINANCIAL DATA, USEFUL IN INTERPRETING THE BASIC FINANCIAL STATEMENT, AND THIS IS IMPORTANT TO EVALUATING OUR ECONOMIC POSITION. AGAIN, THIS WAS -- WE BROUGHT IT TO YOU ALL BACK SEPTEMBER 19th WHEN WE BROUGHT THE BUDGET, AND THEN THAT WAS UNAUDITED, AND THAT CAME AS A SUPERINTENDENT'S ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT, SO NOW IT'S BEING PRESENTS AS A CAFR, WHICH IS THE COMPREHENSIVE ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT. OUR AUDITORS, KPMG HAVE RELEASED THE AUDIT, AND THEY'VE ISSUED AN OPINION. THEIR ROLE IS TO ISSUE AN OPINION WHETHER SHE'S STATEMENTS ARE MATERIALLY CORRECT AND INCLUDE RELEVANT DISCLOSURES, AND SO BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THE AUDIT, KPMG ISSUED AN UNQUALIFIED OR A CLEAN OPINION. WE HAD NO SIGNIFICANT DEFICIENCIES OR MATERIAL WEAKNESSES THAT WERE IDENTIFIED DURING THE AUDIT. ALL OF THE INFORMATION THAT WE PRESENTED TO THEM, THE MANAGEMENT LETTERS, THE REQUIRED COMMUNICATIONS, THERE WERE NO FINDING OR RECOMMENDATIONS. THEY ALSO TAKE THEIR -- THEIR AUDIT AND THEY ARE -- IT'S REVIEWED BY A CONCURRING PARTNER, AND AN INDEPENDENT AUDIT TEAM LOOKS AT THE INFORMATION ALSO. A HUGE, HUGE, HUGE THANK YOU TO STEVE ANY HEATON AND HER TEAM OF CAROLYN JOHNSON, LAUREN CANES, VINCE FLOYD, OLGA FAGA, AND ANN SANDERS BECAUSE NOT ONLY DID THEY DO THIS, BUT STEPHANIE SINCE SHE'S BEEN IN THE ROLE, SHE'S BEEN TALKING ABOUT PRESENTING A PAFR, WHICH IS THE POPULAR ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT, AND THE PAFR SUMMARIZES THE CAFR, AND IT'S JUST TO CREATE AWARENESS. IT'S A VERY SMALLER VERSION OF THE REPORT, JUST TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO THE COMMUNITY ON DISTRICT FINANCES, AND IT'S EASY TO READ, EASY TO UNDERSTAND, INGS IT PROVIDES -- IT PROVIDES JUST VERY BASIC INFORMATION, NUMBER OF STUDENTS AND STAFF IN THE DISTRICT, POINTS OF PRIDE, FINANCIAL ACHIEVEMENTS AND SUMMARIES, BUDGET INFORMATION, INFORMATION RELATED TO WHERE THE MONEY COMES FROM AND HOW IT'S SPENT, FUND BALANCE INFORMATION, LONG-TERM DEBT AND CAPITAL ASSETS. WHAT WE'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IS THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR WE'RE SUBMITTING AN AWARD TO RECEIVE AN AWARD FROM THE GENERAL FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, AND IF WE'RE AWARDED, IF YOU APPROVE THIS TONIGHT AND WE'RE AWARDED, WE'LL BE THE FIRST DISTRICT -- SCHOOL DISTRICT IN FLORIDA TO EARN THIS DISTINCTION, SO WE'RE VERY PROUD OF THAT, AND I'M JUST VERY GRATEFUL TO STEPHANIE AND HER TEAM FOR THEIR WORK WITH KPMG AND EVERYBODY, ACTUALLY, IN THE DISTRICT BECAUSE THIS IS OUR FINANCES FOR THE DISTRICT, SO DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

>>Sally Harris: ACTUALLY, I WILL START WITH MEMBER SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: WHAT I WAS ACTUALLY THINKING, JUST KIND OF TO DOVETAIL ON MEMBER GRIFFIN'S IDEA WITH THE CAC MEMBERS IS TO ACTUALLY MAYBE USE THE PAFR TO HAVE A -- AN EDUCATIONAL TYPE OF WORKSHOP FOR THE COMMUNITY OR START WITH THE CAC AND THEN BRANCH OUT INTO THE DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SO THAT PEOPLE ARE MORE AWARE OF OUR FINANCIAL INFORMATION, AND SO I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WOULD BE A TOOL THAT YOU'D RECOMMEND FOR THAT. IT SEEMS TO BE --

>> IT WOULD BE.

>>Melissa Snively: IT SEEMS IT WOULD MAKE SENSE TO USE THAT AS A STARTING POINT, AND -- AND THEN JUST GO FROM THERE, SO -- BUT THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION AND THE HIGHLIGHT.

>> THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris: AND MEMBER VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE HARD WORK PUT INTO THIS CAFR AND THE PAFR, PARTICULARLY BECAUSE WE MIGHT BE THE FIRST ONE IN THE STATE TO BE ABLE TO REPORT IN THIS MANNER, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO YOU AND YOUR TEAM FOR YOUR HARD WORK AND DILIGENCE.

>> THANK YOU, MS. VALDES.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MS. SAUNDERS. AS ALWAYS, YOU DO A THOROUGH JOB. IT IS -- IT IS CORRECT THAT PUBLIC TRANSPARENCY IS A NECESSITY. WE DEFINITELY HAVE TO DO OUR DUE DILIGENCE IN MAKING SURE THAT WE USE WHAT YOU JUST PUT TOGETHER, THE PAFR -- I THINK THAT'S A GREAT BEGINNING. IT'S A GREAT ENTRYWAY INTO MAKING -- TURNING INTO FRUITION A COMMITTEE, A FINANCE COMMITTEE. I KNOW OTHER COUNTIES DO THAT, AND IT'S A PUBLIC FINANCE COMMITTEE.

>> YES, MA'AM.

>>Lynn Gray: AND I THINK IT'S TIME. IT'S WAY TIME. I KNOW WE ALREADY HAVE AN INSIDE SCHOOL COMMITTEE, BUT LET'S INVITE STAKEHOLDERS AND PEOPLE FROM THE PUBLIC TO COME IN AND BRING TOGETHER IDEAS AND SHARE WHAT WE'RE DOING, AND THEN PERHAPS ALL THE MISS INDUSTRIES OF WHERE OUR MONIES -- MISS INDUSTRIES OF -- MYSTERIES OF WHERE OUR MONEY IS GOING WILL SOON BE GO AWAY OR MITIGATED. [APPLAUSE] SO I THINK THAT THIS WHOLE I IDEA, MEMBER GRIFFIN, AND MEMBER SNIVELY, ABOUT PUTTING TOGETHER A FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS A LOT OF MERIT, AND I'M LOOKING AT MS. SAUNDERS, SHE'S SMILING, SO THAT MEANS IT WILL PROBABLY BE DONE. THANK YOU.

>> YES, MA'AM.

>>Sally Harris: AND THANK YOU. OKAY. IT IS 6:00. ACTUALLY, 6:05, BUT WE WILL NOW TAKE EMPLOYEE INPUT. EVEN THOUGH WE HEAR PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING, IT IS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT FOR OUR EMPLOYEES OF OUR DISTRICT TO ATTEND THE MEETINGS AT 3:00 P.M. THERE ARE MANY WAYS FOR EMPLOYEES TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD, INCLUDING THROUGH UNION REPRESENTATIVES, EMAILS, PHONE CALLS, ONE-ON-ONE CONVER CONVERSATIONS, AND PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING. THE BOARD WANTS TO 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. WE HAVE 28 SPEAKERS SIGNED UP, SO FOR THE 30-MINUTE ALLOTTED TIME, EACH SPEAKER WILL HAVE ONE MINUTE. [BOOING]

>> [OFF MIC]

>>Sally Harris: ALL RIGHT. I'M GOING TO CALL THE SPEAKERS UP AT THIS TIME.

>> KEEP YOUR PROMISE. [BOOING)

>>Sally Harris: HEATHER STAVE, LE CISHA DOR DORI,ALY BENTON, RUTH McCL McCLEAVER,ALY FISH BEAN, BROOK CORE DOSEA, AND LEA HAG EARTHY. IF YOU WILL LINE UP IN THAT ORDER, WE WILL CALL YOU TO THE -- HEATHER, YOU MAY COME.

>> CAN YOU STAND NEXT TO ME. HE'S SPEAKING.

>> [OFF MIC]

>> NO, YOU CAN STILL DO IT.

>> MAY I START?

>> MEMBER HARRIS, I'D LIKE TO MOVE TO SUSPEND THE RULES AND GIVE AT LEAST EACH TEACHER A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO SPEAK. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> AND I SECOND THAT MOTION IF IT'S A MOTION.

>> THANK YOU. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: OKAY. WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR FROM MEMBER SNIVELY TO EXTEND THE TIME TO GIVE EACH MEMBER TWO MINUTES TO SPEAK AND A SECOND BY MEMBER GRAY.

>> THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: SO AT THIS TIME, WILL YOU PLEASE PASS YOUR VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS COME UP. [MICROPHONE FEEDBACK] [NO AUDIO] [RECESS TAKEN]

>>Sally Harris: IF WE CAN FIND OUR SEATS, WE HAVE AUDIO AND WE CAN CONTINUE WITH OUR MEETING, SO ... [SOUNDING GAVEL] THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR BEING SO KIND TONIGHT. IT'S BEEN A CHALLENGE. IT'S A FIRST MEETING FOR MY MYSELF, AND THERE'S SO MANY INTRICATE PARTS TO RUNNING THE MEETING, SO I REALLY APPRECIATE YOU UNDERSTANDING. I DID NOT PLAN THE MIC TO GO OUT, BUT, YOU KNOW, IT JUST ADDS TO THE LIST OF LITTLE FLAWS TONIGHT, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BEING KIND AND WE WILL MOVE RIGHT ON. SO MS. STEVIE, AND PLEASE CORRECT YOUR NAME WHEN YOU COME TO THE PODIUM IF I DON'T SAY IT CORRECTLY. OH, CAN WE ANNOUNCE THE VOTE? YES.

>> IT WAS UNANIMOUS.

>>Sally Harris: OKAY. IT'S UNANIMOUS. TWO MINUTES. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] SOMEBODY JUST HAD TO MAKE IT HAPPEN. THANK YOU.

>> MAY I START? THANK YOU ALL FOR LETTING ME SPEAK IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY. WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO FLORIDA FOUR YEARS AGO, I CHOSE TO LIVE IN ST. PETERSBURG. WHILE I WAS LOOKING FOR A TEACHING JOB, EVERYONE TOLD ME TO GO TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BECAUSE IT WAS THE COUNTY TO WORK IN. EVERY DAY I COMMUTE APPROXIMATELY 45 MINUTES TO THE SCHOOL I WAS HIRED AT DURING TEACHER INTERVIEW DAY FOUR YEARS AGO, AND I DON'T MIND BECAUSE I LOVE MY JOB, MY FACULTY, AND MY STUDENTS; HOWEVER, IT DOES COST A LOT OF MONEY TO PUT GAS IN MY CAR TO GO 45 MINUTES EVERY DAY BACK AND FORTH. UNFORTUNATELY, SIX MONTHS AFTER I MOVED DOWN HERE, I GOT A DIVORCE. SEE, WHEN YOU'RE MARRIED, YOUR HOUSE IS SPLIT IN HALF, YOU GET DISCOUNTED CAR INSURANCE, YOUR PHONE BILL'S LOWER. I COULD GO ON AND ON. WHEN YOU'RE DIVORCED, THERE'S NO DISCOUNT. THE ONLY LIGHT IN THE TUNNEL I SAW WAS MY PAY GOING UP EVERY THREE YEARS, WHICH WOULD HELP. WELL, NOW HERE I AM AND MY PAY IS STATIC BUT ALL OF MY BILLS ARE HIGHER, NOT ONLY FROM MY DIVORCE, BUT THE COST OF LIVING HAS INCREASED ALSO. AT 30 YEARS OLD MY LEASE WAS UP THAT MY EX-HUSBAND MADE ME PURCHASE AND I HAD TO GET A NEW CAR. I HAD TO GET MY GRANDMOTHER TO COSIGN MY CAR AT 30 YEARS OLD. NONE OF MY PEERS AT THE SAME AGE HAVE THIS ISSUE IN OTHER PROFESSIONS WITH COLLEGE DEGREES OR MASTER'S DEGREES. LASTLY, I HEAR SO MANY OTHER TEACHERS TALKING ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN AM WELL, I DON'T HAVE ANY -- I WELL, I DON'T HAVE ANY HUMAN CHILDREN, BUT I DO HAVE THE MOST ADORABLE DOG EVER. I KNOW THIS MAY SOUND SILLY BUT SHE'S MY CHILD. MY DOG IS ALONE FROM 6:30 A.M. UNTIL ABOUT 5:00 P.M. I'M UNABLE TO AFFORD A DOG WALKER AND I'VE BEEN ACCUSED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY BECAUSE OF THIS, BUT DON'T WORRY, THAT $92, I'M GOING TO MAKE SURE I PUT IT TOWARDS THE BILL TO BE HERE TONIGHT FOR THE DOG WALKER. PLEASE KEEP YOUR PROMISE AND SHOW THE STAFF THAT YOU C CAREMENT IT'S VERY OBVIOUS THAT WE -- CARE. IT'S VERY OBVIOUS THAT WE ALL DO. NOW IT'S YOUR GUYS' TURN. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

>> GOOD EVENING, MEMBERS, AND ALL. I'M HAPPY TO BE HERE TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK TONIGHT BECAUSE THIS IS A TOPIC THAT I FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT. I HAVE BEEN A TEACHER IN THE DISTRICT NOW COMING UP ON 28 YEARS. I CAME IN TO THE DISTRICT WITH ONE YEAR OF SERVICE, SO I'M ALMOST GOING TO BE UP TO 29. I'M EASING UP TO THAT TIME. AND I CAME INTO THE DISTRICT AT A VERY DIFFICULT TIME, 1990. DOES ANYBODY REMEMBER 1990? OKAY. THREE FURLOUGH DAYS TAKEN AWAY, NO STEP INCREASES, NO NADIA FOR VERY, VERY LONG. I'M FINALLY AT THE TOP OF MY PAY SCALE, SO THIS DOESN'T AFFECT ME, BUT IT DOES. IT AFFECTS ME PHILOSOPHICALLY, IT AFFECTS ME AS A TAXPAYER, AS A CITIZEN, AND IT AFFECTS ME BECAUSE THIS IS NOT THE DISTRICT THAT I THOUGHT WAS GOING TO BE. I KNEW OR I FELT THAT WHEN I CAME HERE, THIS DISTRICT WAS GROWING, IT WAS -- IT WAS GOING SOMEWHERE, AND THAT'S WHY I STAYED. I HAD BEEN TOLD BY MANY PEOPLE, YOU SHOULD HAVE, YOU KNOW, CHOSEN A MORE LUCRATIVE PROFESSION, AND THAT'S A REALLY HORRIBLE THING TO BE TOLD. THAT'S A HORRIBLE THING BECAUSE I CHOSE IT FOR A REASON. MY MOTHER WAS AN EDUCATOR, AND I BELIEVE IN PUBLIC EDUCATION, SO THE IDEA THAT I HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION BETWEEN THOSE TWO THINGS OR THESE PEOPLE HAVE TO MAKE THAT DECISION. I WANT TO SAY ONE OTHER THING ABOUT THIS, AND THAT IS PRESSURE. IF YOU CAN DO NOTHING ELSE FOR TEACHERS, YOU NEED TO TAKE THE PRESSURE OFF. LEADERSHIP FROM ABOVE IS ONE THING, PRESSURE FROM ABOVE IS ANOTHER. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] BYLAWS

>>Sally Harris:ALIE BENTON.

>> GOOD EVENING. AS A MEMBER OF CTA, I FEEL IT'S IMPORTANT TO SHARE AN OPINION THAT IS IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN WHAT MOST CTA MEMBERS FEEL. FIVE YEARS AGO I BECAME A TEACHER IN THE SAME DISTRICT THAT I GREW UP IN. I'M A PRODUCT OF THIS DISTRICT BECAUSE OF THE TEACHERS AND THE ADMINISTRATORS THAT IMPACTED MY LIFE. LAST WEEK I STRUGGLED TO STAND WITH FELLOW CTA MEMBERS TO JUST WORK THE CONTRACT BECAUSE AS TEACHERS, WE DON'T JUST WORK THE CONTRACT. LAST NOVEMBER MY HOUSE BURNT TO THE GROUND, AND I HAD NOTHING EXCEPT FOR THE SHIRT ON MY BACK AND THE PANTS AROUND MY WAIST. THAT NEXT DAY, THAT FRIDAY, I CHOSE TO GO TO SCHOOL BECAUSE AT THAT MOMENT WHEN I HAD NOTHING, I KNEW I WAS STILL MORE FORTUNATE THAN SOME OF THE STUDENTS THAT I TAUGHT. I AM MORE FORTUNATE -- OR I AM EXTREMELY GRATEFUL FOR MY JOB AND JUST WORKING THE CONTRACT NEGLECTED WHAT I EXPERIENCED IN THIS DISTRICT BY ALL THE TEACHERS AND THE ADMINISTRATORS THAT I HAD, AND I WILL CONTINUE TO PUT THE CHILDREN FIRST. THAT IS WHAT MY CONTRACT SAYS. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. RUTH McKEEVER.

>> GOOD EVENING. SO TODAY I CHOOSE TO USE MY VOICE TO MODEL HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE HEARD, EVEN IF IT DOES GO AGAINST THE MAJORITY, AND ALSO FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A STUDENT. I HAVE FIVE CHILDREN THAT GO TO OUR SCHOOLS, AND I'M ALSO A TEACHER. I'VE BEEN TEACHING FOR 15 YE YEARS. LAST -- OR BEFORE FALL BREAK, MY DAUGHTER HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE A SILENT PROTEST. SHE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO WALK OUT OF HER CLASSROOM. DROPPING HER OFF THAT DAY, I -- I'M SORRY -- DROPPING HER OFF THAT DAY, I REMINDED HER THAT IT WAS HER OPPORTUNITY TO -- IT WAS HER CHOICE TO DO IT, BUT SHE WOULD HAVE TO SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES. SHE STAYED IN CLASS, AND UNFORTUNATELY, SHE -- WELL, FORTUNATELY, SHE SUFFERED NO CONSEQUENCES, BUT LAST WEEK SHE DID SUFFER CONSEQUENCES. WHEN TEACHERS CHOSE TO WORK JUST THE CONTRACT. IT WAS MY DAUGHTER ALONG WITH HER STUDENTS, THE STUDENTS IN HER CLASS THAT HAD TO DEAL WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF TEACHERS JUST WORKING THE CONTRACT. WHEN STUDENTS INQUIRED ABOUT THEIR GRADES AND/OR WORK ASSIGNMENTS THAT WERE TURNED IN OR TESTS THAT WERE TAKEN, TEACHERS SHARED WITH HER AND HER PEERS THAT THEY WERE JUST WORKING THE CONTRACT. THE MESSAGE MY CHILD GOT, MY DAUGHTER GOT WAS THAT HER EFFORT WASN'T IMPORTANT, AND AS A TEACHER IN THIS DISTRICT FOR 15 YEARS, I WAS HEARTBROKEN. I WAS HEARTBROKEN BECAUSE MY DAUGHTER SAW THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT I STRIVE TO DO EVERY DAY TO ENSURE THAT MY STUDENTS KNOW THAT I'M HERE IN THIS PROFESSION BECAUSE OF THEM. AS WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD, LET'S NOT FORGET WHO ARE TRULY DEALING WITH THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR ACTIONS, NOT THE TEACHERS SO MUCH BUT OUR STUDENTS. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. JOSHUA FISHBEAN.

>> GOOD EVENING. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR TIME. MY NAME IS JOSHUA FISHBINE, AN ART SPECIALIST AT TEMPLE TERRACE ELEMENTARY, WHERE MY STUDENTS CALL ME MR. FISHBINE. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CHOOSES TO SEE ME AS EMPLOYEE 185256. I TAKE A LOT OF PRIDE IN MY WORK, I SEARCHED FOR A LONG TIME TRYING TO FIND A CAREER THAT WAS IMPACTFUL AND HELD MEANING. YOU ARE THE BEST TEACHER EVER. PUT THIS CARD SOMEWHERE WHERE YOU WILL READ IT EVERY DAY. I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP IN MY WORK. YOU'RE THE BEST ART TEACHER IN THE WORLD, I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. OBVIOUSLY, THE STUDENTS ARE NOT THE ONES HAVING DIFFICULTIES WITH PRIORITIES. THEY CAN CONTINUOUSLY DEMONSTRATE THEIR GRATITUDE ON A DAILY BASIS, AND WHEN I TEACH, I'M NOT ONLY TEACHING, MY ROOM IS THEIR SAFE PLACE. I BECOME A COUNSELOR, A THERAPIST, A MENTOR, A ROLE MODEL, AND IN MANY CASES A PARENTAL TYPE FIGURE. [APPLAUSE] NOBODY CAN TEACH LIKE YOU. I LIKE HOW YOU HELP US GROW AND HAVE -- GIVE US A HELPING HAND. I WANT TO BE AN ARTIST, JUST LIKE YOU. THE MAJORITY OF THE LAST SCHOOL YEAR I SUFFERED FROM WHAT I THOUGHT WERE COMPLICATIONS OF A BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT I HAD OVER 20 YEARS AGO. THERE WERE PLENTY OF DAYS I COULD BARELY GET OUT OF BED, DAYS WHERE I COULD BARELY STAND, BUT DI IT ANYWAY BECAUSE I FELT A -- DID IT ANYWAY BECAUSE I FELT A RESPONSIBILITY TO MY STUDENTS. ASK ANY OF THEM, ASK ANY OF MY COLLEAGUES. THEY WILL TELL YOU I WAS IN A BAD WAY. I MADE IT TWO WEEKS PAST THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR WHEN I FOUND OUT THE SYMPTOMS I WAS HAVING WERE CAUSED BY A BRAIN TUMOR GROWING INSIDE OF MY H HEAD. ONE WEEK LATER I WAS UNDER THE KNIFE. I WAS IN THE MIDDLE OF A DIVORCE. I HAD TO MOVE IN WITH MY PARENTS BECAUSE I I COULDN'T STAND ON MY OWN AND NEEDED SOMEONE TO TAKE CARE OF ME. PREEXISTING CONDITIONS I DIDN'T HAVE INSURANCE. THE COST OF LIVING BEGAN TO GROW. DEAR MR. FISHBINE, HOPE YOU GET BETTER. COME BACK TO SCHOOL SOON BECAUSE WE REALLY APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU DO. I HOPE YOU FIGHT STRONG, WHATEVER YOU ARE FACING. EVERY LITTLE THING IS GOING TO BE ALL RIGHT. WE WILL ALWAYS BE THINKING OF YOU. THESE NOTES FROM MY STUDENTS GAVE ME HOPE, AND IT WASN'T ONLY THEM. MY FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES SENT NOTES AND TOOK UP COLLECTIONS. OTHER TEACHERS GAVE ME MONEY OUT OF THEIR OWN POCKETS. THEY DID IT ON THEIR OWN TO SUPPORT THEIR OWN.

>>Sally Harris: YOUR FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> I PUSHED MY RECOVERY FIGHTING HARD SO THAT I COULD GET MY LIFE BACK AND MOVE ON. I HAD A LOT OF INSPIRATION FROM MY FRIENDS, FAMILY, COLLEAGUES AND BE EVERYBODY ELSE. I'M TEACHING IN A DISTRICT WHERE THEY DON'T SEEM TO VALUE EDUCATORS AS MUCH AS THEY SHOULD. HERE I AM STRUGGLING WITH MY MEAGER SALARY TO COVER UNPAID MEDICAL BILLS AND COST OF LIVING, LIVING A REAL LIFE THAT MANY OF YOU HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED OR HAVE BLATANTLY FORGOTTEN.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU.

>> YES, IT IS MY CHOICE TO BE HERE, IT IS MY CHOICE TO TEACH, AND IT CERTAINLY ISN'T FOR THE MONEY, BUT HOW MUCH LONGER WHERE MY CHOICE WILL BE SOMEWHERE ELSE, WHERE WE ARE VALUED AT $92 AN HOUR.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] JUST A REMINDER THAT EACH SPEAKER HAS BEEN GIVEN TWO MINUTES, SO LET'S PLEASE BE HONORING OF THE OTHER PEOPLE THAT WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK. JOSHUA NEWHOUSE, AS YOU'RE COMING TO THE PODIUM, I WILL CALL THE NEXT GROUP. THE NEXT GROUP WILL BE HEIDI GLICK, ERIC LAJONSKI, TYLER RHODES, KAREN PATTERSON, JENNIFER KUCHI, TRACY WRATH, AMANDA COOPER, AND ANITA BLOOM. SO JOSHUA NEWHOUSE.

>> THANK YOU. I'M SCHOOL BOARD SUPERI SUPERINTENDENT. I'M HERE TODAY. I WASN'T GOING TO SPEAK HONESTLY; HOWEVER, UNFORTUNATELY, HERE WE'RE TI TIRED, AND I'M HERE AND THEY'RE NOT RIGHT NOW, SO I'M HERE TO REPRESENT SLIGH MIDDLE MAGNET SCHOOL. WE ARE TIRED, WE DON'T FEEL HEARD, WE DON'T FEEL RESPECTED. WE WANT TO CHANGE THINGS, BUT WE DON'T FEEL HEARD. WHEN YOU'RE AT A SCHOOL LIKE SLIGH, WHICH IS AN AMAZING PLACE TO WORK, IT'S ALSO A CHALLENGE. WHEN YOU DON'T FEEL HEARD, PEOPLE DON'T WANT TO COME TO SCHOOL. WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF SUBS TEACHING CHILDREN HOW TO PREPARE FOR LIFE, AND, FRANKLY, THEY'RE NOT PREPARED THEMSELVES, OUR SUBS, BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THEY ARE NOT TEACHERS, PROFESSIONALS LIKE OURSELVES WHO ARE PREPARED TO DEAL WITH OUR STUDENTS. WE WANT OUR STUDENTS TO SUCCEED SO MUCH, IT LITERALLY MAKES US SICK. WE LOVE OUR ADMIN TEAM AND WE LOVE EACH OTHER AND WE LOVE OUR STUDENTS. WE CARE SO MUCH THAT, IN FACT, WORKED A CONFERENCE IS HARD. I MEAN, WE LITERALLY GET SICK HELPING OUR STUDENTS BECAUSE WE WANT THEM TO SUCCEED THAT MUCH, AND YET WHEN WE HEAR THESE THINGS, IT HURTS. THE SILENCE WE JUST HEARD, THAT'S WHAT IF FELT LIKE WHEN IT CAME TO NEGOTIATIONS. WHEN WE SAW AN ARTICLE IN THE PAPER SAYING THERE WAS A GLIMMER OF LIGHT, WE FELT SOMETHING AMAZING, AND THIS LAST LINE I'M GOING TO SAY TODAY IS HOW WE FELT AFTER WE HEARD THE RESULT OF THAT GLIMMER OF LIGHT. THE THING IS -- [APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. LEO HAGERTY, YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.

>> GOOD EVENING, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, AND STAFF. YOU'VE SAID THAT ONE OF THE REASONS GIVEN FOR CHOOSING TO FOREGO THE MOVING UPON THE AGREED UPON SALARY SCHEDULE IS SO STUDENTS WOULD NOT BE HA HARMED. TELL ME THEN AS THE HTCA VICE PRESIDENT, WHAT DO I TELL THE TEACHER ESP THAT HAS TO TELL THEIR CHILD THAT $92 WON'T PAY SECOND SEMESTER SO YOU CAN'T GO BACK TO CHILD. WHAT DO I TELL THE TEACHER THAT $92 WON'T COVER YOUR PIANO LESSONS SO YOU HAVE TO STOP. WHAT DO I TELL THE TEACHER ESP WHO TOLD THEIR CHILD THAT ANY IMPROVEMENT IN THAT REPORT CARD WOULD GET YOU A SPECIAL GIFT, NOW THEY DON'T HAVE THE MONEY FOR THAT, NOW THEIR WORD HAS BECOME AS MEANINGLESS AS YOURS. MS. GRAY, THANK YOU FOR FINALLY STATING THE OBVIOUS. IF IT'S THAT BAD, LET'S GET A SALES TAX PUT ON THE BALLOT AND LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE WHETHER THEY WANT THIS THING TO GO OR NOT. THANK YOU FOR THAT. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, LET ME GIVE YOU A QUICK HISTORY LE LESSON. WHEN YAMAMOTO WHO MASTER MINDED THE JAPANESE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR FOUND OUT IT WAS A -- WE HAVE WOKEN A GIANT AND RESOLVE. WHEN GETTING READY TO GO INTO BATTLE, YOU MAKE SURE THE PEOPLE WHO EAT FIRST ARE THE LOWEST RANK. WHY? THOSE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE GOING TO DETERMINE THE OUTCOME. THE OFFICERS CAN GO HUNGRY, BUT IF YOU EXPECT TO EMERGE VICTORIOUS, YOU BETTER MAKE SURE THE PEOPLE FIGHTING IN THE TRENCHES ARE WELL FED. SO CONGRATULATIONS. BY NOT KEEPING YOUR WORD AND OFFERING THIS PITTANCE TO YOUR EMPLOYEES, YOU HAVE AWOKEN THE SLEEPING GIANT, AND BELIEVE ME, THEY'RE MAD, THEY'RE HUNGRY, AND THEY'RE LOUD. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] LAST WEEK OUR HCT REP COUNCIL VOTED TO WORK THE CONTRACT. THAT COULD BE JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. I WOULDN'T BE SURPRISED IF SOMEONE BRINGS UP AT OUR NEXT MEETING A MOTION TO START IN 2018, WE WORK TO CONTRACT. WE JUST HAVE ONE QUESTION. WHY DO THE EMPLOYEES HAVE TO SUFFER BECAUSE OF THE BUDGETARY INEPTITUDE OF THIS DISTRICT AND SCHOOL BOARD? WOW. $92. THANKS BUT NO THANKS. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. HEIDI GLICK.

>> EVELYN WOODS SPEED READING SCHOOL. GOOD EVENING EVERYONE, AND ESPECIALLY TO THE HUNDREDS AND PERHAPS MAYBE EVEN THOUSANDS THAT ARE WATCHING WHAT YOU'RE DOING ON TELEVISION AND TO THE THOUSAND PEOPLE OR MORE THAT ARE OUTSIDE, NOT JUST TEACHERS, KIDS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS. BUT I WAS HOPING THAT YOU COULD HELP ME UNDERSTAND SOMETHING. I KNOW THAT YOU CANNOT ANSWER MY QUESTIONS RIGHT NOW, BUT I DO LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING WITH SOMEONE SOON THAT CAN ANSWER THEM. WHEN I PLAN FOR MY FAMILY HOUSEHOLD I CREATE A BUDGET. MY LARGEST EXPENSE IS MY MORTGAGE, SO I PUT THAT FIRST. AS I CONTINUE GOING DOWN MY EXPENSES THIS PAST YEAR AND I GOT INTO THE NEGATIVES, I WAS HAPPY ABOUT SATURDAY SCHOOL AND THE ABILITY TO TEACH THAT. WELL, THOSE DAYS GOT CUT, SO I APPLIED TO TLEP AND I GOT ACCEPTED, BUT SO DID OTHERS. I PRACTICE ACT AND SAT, I DON'T THINK I'M HOME ON A SATURDAY MORNING EVER AND I TUTORMENT I REALLY MEAN THIS, I DON'T UNDERSTAND, SERIOUSLY DON'T UNDERSTAND, HOW YOU COULD HAVE CREATED A BUDGET, VOTED ON IT, AND APPROVED IT IF THE SALARY RAISES WERE NOT ALREADY IN THERE. YOU'VE KNOWN WHAT THIS BUDGET IS, YOU'VE KNOWN -- NOT THE BUDGET, I APOLOGIZE FOR THAT, BUT YOU'VE KNOWN WHAT OUR SALARIES HAVE BEEN FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW. I DON'T HAVE A CABLE BILL ANYMORE. IT'S IN MY HOA FEE, WHICH ONLY WENT UP THREE BUCKS, SO I TOOK THAT MONEY AND PUT IT E ELSEWHERE. WHAT ARE YOU DOING? YOUR GRANTS RAN OUT. WHY HAVE YOU NOT APPLIED FOR MORE MONEY IF YOU WANTED TO KEEP THOSE POSITIONS, WHICH YOU HAVE TO THE TUNE OF OVER A MILLION DOLLARS, WHY HAVE YOU NOT APPLIED FOR MORE GRANTS? DO YOU REALLY NEED, NEED EVERY CONTRACT YOU'VE APPROVED TONIGHT OR LAST TIME OR THE NEXT TIME? WE NEED TO CUT EXPENSES. WE NEED TO BREATHE, WE NEED TO EAT, WE NEED TO DRINK AND SL SLEEP, AND YOU NEED TO BE SENSIBLE WITH YOUR SPENDING, AND ACTUALLY, I'D LIKE TO CONCLUDE WITH SOMETHING THAT M MS. SHAMBURGER SAID. IF WE ARE FAIR AND RIGHT WITH OUR PARTNERS, AREN'T WE PARTNERS, TEACHERS AND THE SCHOOL BOARD? THINK ABOUT IT. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. ERIC WALINSKI.

>> IT'S ACTUALLY ERIC WILL SIN SKI. I AM A 12 YEAR ENGLISH TEACHER AT GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL, BUT TONIGHT I CAME AS A TAXPAYER, BUT I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO COME HERE BECAUSE I WAS ACTUALLY WORKING WHEN THE TAXPAYERS WERE ALLOWED TO SPEAK. I GREW UP HERE. I OWN A HOME, I PAY PROPERTY TAXES HERE IN TAMPA, AND I BELIEVE THAT THIS COUNTY MUST INVEST IN THE FUNDAMENTAL VALUE THAT IS THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHILDREN. I COME AS A TAXPAYER WHO VALUES INVESTING THOSE TAX DOLLARS IN A UNIFORM, EFFICIENT, SAFE, SECURE, AND HIGH-QUALITY SYSTEM OF FREE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I'M PROUD TO SAY THAT THIS COMMUNITY INVESTED IN ME AND THE EDUCATION THAT I RECEIVED IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS PREPARED ME FOR SO MANY OF THE HIGHS AND LOWS IN MY PERSONAL LIFE AND IN MY CAREER. BUT WHEN I SAY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, I WANT AND NEED TO STRESS THAT I DO NOT MEAN THE BUILDINGS OR THE BUSES OR THE STADIA OR THE PLAYGROUNDS OR EVEN THE AC UNITS. I MEAN INSTEAD THE BUS DRIVERS, THE GUIDANCE COUNSELORS, THE COACHES, AND THE TEACHERS. THOSE TEACHERS WHO MADE ME WHO I AM. I MAY NOT HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE BEST STUDENT IN ALL OF THEIR CLASSES, BUT THEY ALL DID IMPART IN ME THE LOVE OF EDUCATION AND LEARNING, AND I OWE THEM JUST AS I OWE THE TEACHERS I WORK WITH NOW. WHAT KIND OF COMMUNITY ARE WE IF WE DO NOT INVEST IN OUR CHILDREN AND OUR TEACHERS? WHAT KIND OF COMMUNITY ARE WE IF WE DO NOT ALLOW OUR CHILDREN TO HAVE THE BEST, THE VERY BEST TEACHERS MONEY CAN HIRE, TRAIN, EMPLOY, AND RETAIN? TAMPA, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND THIS GREAT NATION REQUIRE OUR CHILDREN TO BE SMART, NOT JUST BE SMART BUT WANT TO BE SMART, TO BE CRITICAL THINKERS, TO WANT TO BE CRITICAL THINKERS. WE ABSOLUTELY NEED THIS TO HAPPEN. THERE ARE ALREADY WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE WHO ARE IN POWER WHO ARE UNTHINKING, CONCEITED AND HAVE NO COMMON CONCERN FOR AMERICAN. WHEN THE STATE DRAINS CHARTER SCHOOLS -- WHEN THE STATE PUSHES OUR MONEY TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS, YOU DO AND SAY NOT NOTHING. WHEN THE GOVERNOR WHO TRIES TO DESTROY THE SCHOOLS IN OUR STATE, YOU RUN FOR A PHOTO OP AND DO OR SAY NOTHING. I DIDN'T COME AS A TEACHER, I CAME AS A TAXPAYER. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. TYLER RHODES.

>> GOOD EVENING, SCHOOL BOARD, AND SUPERINTENDENT. MY NAME'S TYLER RHODES. I'M A THIRD YEAR TEACHER AT ORANGE GROVE. THREE YEARS AGO I GRADUATED FROM USF ST. PETE IN PINELLAS. I HAD TEACHERS AND FRIENDS IN THE INTERNSHIP WHO SAID STAY IN PINELLAS, IT'S TEN TIMES BETTER THAN HILLSBOROUGH. I SAID ABSOLUTELY NOT, BORN AND RAISED IN SOUTH TAMPA, DAD GREW UP IN BRANDON, MOM GREW UP IN TAMPA, I WANTED TO TEACH IN IN TAMPA AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. IT'S MY DREAM JOB. I HAD A KID THE OTHER DAY ASK ME, MR. RHODES, IS THIS WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO SINCE YOU GREW UP? IS I SAID ABSOLUTELY,  SINCE I WAS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. I HAD TEACHERS WORK THEIR TAILS OFF FOR ME EACH AND EVERY DAY, BUT SEEING WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING IN THIS COUNTY LA LATELY, AS A THIRD-YEAR TEACHER AND STILL GOT A LONG WAYS TO GO, IT -- IT'S BREAKING MY HEART ABOUT WHERE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY'S AT, AND I HOPE YOU GUYS DO WHAT'S RIGHT, AND I HOPE THIS COUNTY CAN COME BACK TO WHERE IT USED TO BE, SO THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. KAREN PATTERSON. YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES.

>> THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME YOUR TIME. MY NAME IS KAREN GARCIA PATTERSON, AND I AM PROUD TO BE AN ESE TEACHER AT THE WORLD'S GREATEST SCHOOL, DOVER ELEMENTARY. THIS SCHOOL YEAR YOU'VE CUT -- ALREADY CUT ONE OF OUR ESE TEACHER POSITIONS AND YOU'VE ELIMINATED OUR IP SPECIALIST POSITION. I DON'T NEED TO TELL YOU HOW HARD I WORK. I THINK THAT YOU ALREADY KNOW, BUT, UNFORTUNATELY, I THINK SOME OF YOU REALLY JUST DON'T CARE. $92? REALLY? I HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS FOR YOU TO THINK ABOUT. I DON'T EXPECT AN ANSWER NOW, I JUST WANT YOU TO PONDER THESE TWO QUESTIONS. NUMBER ONE, HOW DO YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT? [LAUGHTER] NUMBER TWO, HOW DO YOU LIVE WITH YOURSELVES AFTER THROWING OUR TEACHERS UNDER THE BUS? THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: JENNIFER [OFF MIC]

>> GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME YOUR TIME. MY NAME IS JENNIFER KOOCHY, AND I'M A PROUD TEACHER OF BROOKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN BRANDON. I WANT TO RESPOND TO A QUOTE THAT MR. AIKENS WAS QUOTED AS IN A RECENT ARTICLE. YOU TALKED ABOUT HOW WHEN YOU WERE LOOKING AT OUR BUDGET AND WHAT YOU COULD DO, YOU SAID, YES, YES, YES, YES. WELL, SIR, LET ME TAKE A MOMENT TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT I'VE SAID YES TO IN MY LAST FIVE YEARS AS A TEACHER OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WHEN I WAS TOLD THAT I WOULD HAVE TO TAKE A $10,000-PER-YEAR PAY CUT IF I CHOSE TO ACCEPT A POSITION TEACHING HERE, MOVING FROM CENTRAL NEW YORK WITH 13 YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND A MASTER'S DEGREE, I SAID YES. WHEN I WAS TOLD THAT EVEN THOUGH I WAS EVALUATED AS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE, I WOULD NEED TO FORGO ANY KIND OF BONUS PAY BECAUSE THE DISTRICT STILL NEEDS TO COLLECT THREE YEARS OF DATA ON ME, I SAID YES. WHEN ASKED IF I WOULD SERVE AS A TRAINER OF TEACHERS IN MY SCHOOL SITE WITH NO COMPENSATION OTHER THAN MY PERSONAL SATISFACTION OF HELPING COLLEAGUES, I SAID YES. WHEN ASKED IF I WOULD TEACH READING TO FIRST GRADE POTTER STUDENTS THIS PAST SUMMER, EVEN THOUGH I WOULD PROBABLY BE MANAGING BEHAVIORS MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE, I SAID YES. BY THE WAY, WHY IS IT THAT ONE OF OUR LOWEST ACHIEVING SCHOOLS STUDENTS WERE BEING TAUGHT DURING THE SUMMER, YET NOT ONE BOARD MEMBER OR SUPERINTENDENT CAME TO SEE ALL THAT WAS BEING TACKLED? [APPLAUSE] IT WOULD SEEM TO ME THAT YOU WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED IN SEEING FIRSTHAND WHAT THESE STUDENTS WERE WORKING TOWARD. I APOLOGIZE. THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE. I COMPARE OUR SITUATION TO MY SITUATION OF RENTING MY APARTMENT. I PROMISED A CERTAIN RENT THAT I WOULD PAY, BUT, YOU KNOW, AS THIS HAS TRICKLED DOWN AND AFFECTED ME, I WENT TO MY LANDLORD AND I SAID, I'M SORRY, I KNOW I SAID I WOULD PAY THIS AMOUNT, BUT IN REALITY, I CAN'T DO IT. HE DIDN'T GO FOR IT. [LAUGHTER] GO FIGURE. SO IN CLOSING, YOU KNOW, THIS IS SIMPLY JUST ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT THING, ALL OF US DOING THE RIGHT THING. WHEN THE INCREDIBLY INSULTING AMOUNT OF A ONE-TIME BONUS --

>>Sally Harris: BRING TO CLOSURE.

>> -- OF $92 WAS DISCUSSED YESTERDAY, I JUST HAVE ONE QUESTION. HOW DID ANY OF YOU FALL ASLEEP LAST NIGHT? [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: STACY. AS TRACY IS COMING TO THE PODIUM, I WILL CALL THE NEXT GROUP OF SPEAKERS. SCOTT McGAYHEY, MARY McGAYHEY, NATALIE SETTLER, ED CHRISTIANO, AMY HENDERSON, CHRISTIAN M MAYHUGH, AND JASON LEVY.

>> GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS TRACY WRATH, AND I'M A TEACHER AT AN EXCEPTIONAL CENTER. MANY OF YOU HERE HAVE BEEN TO CAMANETI AT OUR GRADUATION, SO YOU KNOW HOW SEVERE OUR STUDENTS ARE. PEOPLE BEHIND ME MAY NOT KNOW. OUR STUDENTS, MY STUDENTS 18 TO 22 YEARS OLD, CANNOT GO TO THE BATHROOM ON THEIR OWN. THEY CANNOT FEED THEMSELVES, THEY CANNOT MAKE CHOICES FOR THEMSELVES. THEY CAN'T TAKE TESTS, THEY CANNOT READ, THEY CANNOT WRITE, BUT I'M SITTING HERE GETTING PAID JUST AS MUCH AS EVERYONE ELSE IS, AND I'M NOT SAYING THAT MY JOB IS ANY HARDER, BUT YOU GUYS DISRESPECT US BY NOT GIVING US WHAT WE DESERVE. THIS IS MY FOURTH YEAR AT CAMANETTI. I'VE BEEN HIGHLY EFFECTIVE EVERY YEAR. NOT BEING FROM FLORIDA, I DID NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANT AT THE BEGINNING. THEN I HEARD, OH, YOU GET BONUSES FOR BEING HIGHLY EFFECTIVE. WE DIDN'T GET THAT AT OUR SCHOOLS WHERE I CAME FROM. I HEARD WE WERE GOING TO GET MONEY. I DIDN'T GET THE MONEY. I THEN CAME TO LEARN IT TAKES THREE YEARS FOR YOU TO RECEIVE THAT MONEY. SO HERE I AM ON MY FOURTH YEAR. MY -- NO MONEY. MY HUSBAND IS ALSO A TEACHER AT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. THIS IS ALSO HIS FOURTH YEAR. THAT MEANS WE WERE BOTH SUPPOSED TO GET $4,000, WHICH TOTALED $8,000 FOR OUR FAMILY, WHICH I JUST HAD A BABY IN JUNE, MY FIRST CHILD WAS BORN BECAUSE WE PLANNED FOR HER BECAUSE WE KNEW WE WERE GOING TO BE GETTING OUR RAISES.

>> TAKE YOUR TIME.

>> EXCUSE ME. I CAME BACK FROM MATERNITY LEAVE IN NOVEMBER WITH A LE LETTER, CONGRATULATIONS, YOUR LEVEL 5 HIGHLY EFFECTIVE; HOWEVER, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET YOUR MONEY FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS BECAUSE YOU WERE ON NONPAID MATERNITY LEAVE. FOURTH TIME, I AM NOT GETTING MY MONEY FOR BEING A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHER. AND I'M NOT GETTING MY $4,000 RAISE AND NEITHER IS MY HUS HUSBAND. HIS CAR IS 11 YEARS OLD. WE NEED A NEW ONE. WE CANNOT AFFORD THAT. I CANNOT AFFORD DAY CARE FOR MY CHILD. WHEN I CAME BACK TO WORK, I GOT A BILL IN THE MAIL SAYING YOU OWE $500 BECAUSE THE SCHOOL BOARD IS NOT GOING TO PAY YOUR PART OF THE INSURANCE THAT THEY PAY WHILE YOU'RE ON MATERNITY LEAVE, SO NO HIGHLY EFFECTIVE MONEY, NO RAISE, AND NOW I OWE $500 BECAUSE I DECIDED TO TAKE CARE OF MY CHILD THAT WAS JUST BORN.

>>Sally Harris: TIME'S UP.

>> AND ONE MORE THING, I'M SORRY, I JUST APPLIED FOR WIC. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT IS, THAT'S FOOD STAMPS. MY CHILD IS GETTING FOOD STAMPS BECAUSE I CANNOT AFFORD IT, AND I AM A TEACHER AT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS AND I CAN'T AFFORD TO TAKE CARE OF MY CHILD FOR DAY CARE, FOR HER INSURANCE, OR FOR HER FORMULA.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU.

>> KEEP GOING. [APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: AMANDA COOPER.

>> MIKE

>> GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS AMANDA COOPER. I'M IN MY THIRD YEAR TEACHING, AND I HAVE BEEN HIGHLY EFFECTIVE EVERY YEAR. I LOVE TEACHING. I LOVE MY STUDENTS; HOWEVER, I DO NOT HAVE FAITH IN THE LEADERSHIP OF THIS DISTRICT.

>> NOPE.

>> AS I STAND HERE IN FRONT OF YOU, I AM VERY CONFIDENT THAT I WILL BE A TEACHER NEXT YEAR, JUST NOT SO CONFIDENT IT WILL BE WORKING FOR YOU IN THIS DISTRICT. I THOUGHT I WOULD SHARE MY THOUGHTS AND CONCERNS, EVEN THOUGH I FEEL THAT THEY WILL GO REALLY UNHEARD, SEEING HOW MOST OF YOU DIDN'T EVEN COME BACK FROM THE FIVE MINUTES. FIRST, I WANT TO TALK ABOUT A COMMENT THAT WAS RECENTLY MADE, AND I QUOTE, OUR TEACHERS HAVE BEEN VERY WELL POSITIONED. LET ME BREAK DOWN HOW WELL POSITIONED I AM. I BRING HOME $1,000 BIWEEKLY, WHICH EQUATES TO $12.50 AN HOUR IF I ONLY WORK 40 HOURS A WEEK. I HAVE $45,000 IN STUDENT LOANS. I CAN'T AFFORD FOR INSURANCE FOR MY FAMILY THROUGH THIS DISTRICT BECAUSE THE INSANELY HIGH PREMIUMS. IS THAT WHAT YOU CONSIDER WELL POSITIONED? TO SAY THAT BECAUSE A HANDFUL OF TEACHERS ARE WELL POSI POSITIONED, THEY WORK ELP, SUMMER SCHOOL, COACHING, TEAM LEADERS AND ONLY THEY KNOW WHAT ELSE TO MAKE THE EXTRA MONEY FOR THEIR FAMILY WHILE GIVING UP PRECIOUS TIME FOR THEIR FAMILY, THOSE TEACHERS ARE B BUSTING THEIR BEHINDS TO GET AHEAD WHILE GIVING UP THEIR TIME FOR THE MEDIA TO MAKE A POINT, I HOPE THE COMMUNITY CAN SEE THROUGH THAT. I'M IN MY SECOND YEAR OF TEACHING KINDERGARTEN, FIVE-YEAR-OLDS. I TEACH THEM HOW TO PROBLEM SOLVE. I STAND HERE IN FRONT OF GROWN ADULTS WHO ARE SUPPOSED TO LOOK OUT FOR THE BEST INTERESTS OF THOSE FIVE-YEAR-OLDS, YET YOU REFUSE TO PROBLEM SOLVE, SO CAN YOU EXPLAIN TO ANY OF US WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO TRY TO PROBLEM SOLVE THE PROBLEM? I'LL JUST SUM IT UP. YOU STILL HAVE PRINCIPAL COACHES MAKING $150,000 A YEAR, YOU STILL TAKE A SALARY YOURSELF, YOU STILL GET SECRETARIES FOR YOURSELF, YOU STILL ARE RECRUITING AND HIRING TEACHERS BASED ON THE STEP PLAN THAT YOU NEGOTIATED.

>>Sally Harris: YOUR TIME IS UP.

>> AND YOU'RE NOT -- YOU'RE NOT DOING THAT. OF THE HOW DO YOU EXPECT EFFECTIVE TEACHERS TO STAY IN THIS DISTRICT AND HAVE FAITH AND WORK FOR YOU WHEN YOU WON'T HONOR OUR CONTRACT?

>>Sally Harris: ANITA BLOOM. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO RESPECT THE TWO MINUTES OR WE WILL HAVE TO START TURNING THE MIC OFF.

>> I WILL DO MY BEST. I WILL DO MY BEST. GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS ANITA BARACK OH BLOOM, AND I AM A SECOND GENERATION TEACHER AND A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER AT SULPHUR SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. I'M PROUD TO WORK FOR THE CHILDREN WHO ARE IN MY CHARGE, AND I'M VERY PROUD TO WORK FOR THE ADMINISTRATORS WHO IN A VERY SHORT TIME PERIOD HAVE PROVIDED A CLIMATE OF CONFIDENCE AND TEAMWORK AND A SHARED GOAL OF PUTTING CHILDREN FIRST. I HAVE BEEN A TEACHER SINCE 1992, SO YOU DO THE MATH. AND ONE OF MY FIRST JOBS WAS A ONE-YEAR TEMPORARY POSITION OF BEING AN ELEMENTARY ART TEA TEACHER. THAT YEAR I HAD OVER 700 STUDENTS, SO IT'S FAIR TO SAY THAT I HAVE COMMITTED MYSELF TO THOUSANDS OF STUDENTS OVER THE YEARS, AND THAT IS WHY I DO CONSIDER MYSELF AN EXPERT AT WHAT MY STUDENTS NEED. WITH THAT BEING SAID, I CAN CONFIDENTLY SAY THAT IF THE TRUE SUCCESS -- THAT IF TRUE SUCCESS IS TO BE GAINED WITH A CHILD TWO VERY IMPORTANT THINGS NEED TO BE PUT IN PLACE. THE FIRST IS THAT AN HONEST AND GENUINE CONNECTION BE MADE. THAT TAKES TIME AND EFFORT. IT MEANS THAT THEY KNOW I WILL BE THERE TO SUPPORT THEM THROUGHOUT AND THAT THEY KNOW I AM TRULY THERE TO HELP THEM REACH THEIR GOALS. OVER THE COURSE OF MY CAREER, I HAVE ATTENDED FUNERALS OF STUDENTS, I HAVE COMFORTED CHILDREN AT THE NEWS OF THE LOSS OF THEIR PARENTS, I HAVE BEEN THE DAILY CONSTANT ADULT AS THEY HAVE BEEN SHUFFLED THROUGH THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM. MY FAMILY HAS ANNUALLY ADOPTED STUDENT FAMILIES FOR HOLIDAY PRESENTS. I'VE MADE IT A PRIORITY TO PURCHASE CLOTHING WHEN NEEDED, AND MY FELLOW TEACHERS HAVE BANDED WITH ME TO MAKE SURE EVERY STUDENT HAS A WARM COAT WHEN IT'S COLD. I AM BY NO MEANS AN EXCEPTIONAL TEACHER BECAUSE OF ANY OF THIS. THIS STANDARD WAS TAUGHT BY MY COLLEAGUES. I WANT TO GO RIGHT TO THE END BECAUSE I WANT TO BE TRUE TO WHAT I SAY. EVERY SINGLE DAY WE ARE DIRECTLY IMPACTING THESE CHILDREN, EVERY SINGLE DAY. WE MAKE SURE THAT IF IT'S NOT IN YOUR BUDGET THAT IT'S IN OURS, AND WE MAKE SURE THEY HAVE IT.

>> YEP.

>> SOME PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS DID NOT DIRECTLY BENEFIT FROM DECORATORS OR EXPENSIVE TRIPS BEING PURCHASED; HOWEVER, I CAN PROMISE YOU THEY DID BENEFIT FROM THE CLOTHING I BOUGHT FROM THEM, THE SNACKS, THE BOOKS, THE MATERIALS AND THE THINGS WE DID WITHOUT SO THAT THEY COULD HAVE. I'M ASKING YOU TO BE HONEST TO YOUR WORD. THE CHILDREN AND THEIR PARENTS ARE WATCHING. [APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. SCOTT McGAYHEY.

>> GOOD EVENING. I AM MARY BETH McGA HA.

>> I AMSCOT McGA HA.

>> AND I'M A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE FIRST GRADE TEACHER AT BAILEY ELEMENTARY.

>> I AM A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEACHER AT COLSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

>> WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TODAY.

>> SUPERINTENDENT AIKENS AND BOARD, PLEASE CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING. TRANSPARENCY AND TRUST ARE OFTEN INTERTWINED. SHARE THE DISTRICT'S COMPLETE BUDGET BROADLY WITH AS MUCH SPECIFICITY AND NUANCE AS POSSIBLE AND WIDELY SOLICIT GOOD IDEAS OF HOW WE COULD BEST SPEND THOSE BUDGET DOLLARS. A LOWERED CREDIT RATING FOR OUR DISTRICT BENEFITS NO ONE. SHARE WITH US HOW MUCH DEBT THE DISTRICT CURRENTLY HOLDS AS WELL AS THE THRESHOLD EXPERTS BELIEVE WOULD RISK OUR CURRENT CREDIT RATING BEING LOWERED. RESPECT MATTERS. PERCEPTIONS MATTER. MAKE US A PARTNER IN THIS PROCESS. WE SERVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE HAVE WORTH, AND WE SHOULD BE COMPENSATED TO THE EXTENT RESPONSIBLE BUDGETS PERMIT. PLEASE RECOGNIZE OUR WORTH. MEET THE PLAN THE DISTRICT PROPOSED AND WE COMMITTED TO. TO THE EXTENT YOU'RE NOT ABLE TO DO SO, UNDERSTAND THAT THERE ARE WAYS TO RECOGNIZE INSTRUCTIONAL EMPLOYEE NEEDS UNRELATED TO SALARY INCREASES. WORK WITH US TO IDENTIFY AND ADDRESS NEEDS RANGING FROM PLANNING TIME, CALENDAR ISSUES, MORE BENEFICIAL SITE-BASED CHILD CARE OPTIONS FOR EMPLOYEES, ET CETERA.

>> IF WE CAN FIND A WAY TO IDENTIFY A COMMON CONCERN AND ADDRESS OUR BUDGET ISSUES TOGETHER, WE MAY REALIZE A BETTER OUTCOME FOR ALL INVOLVED. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. NATALIE SETTLER.

>> GOOD EVENING, MR. AIKENS AND GOOD EVENING BOARD MEMBERS. MY NAME IS NATALIE SETTLER AND I CURRENTLY WORK FOR THE HOST PROGRAMS. I TOOK TIME OUT OF MY DAY AND I'M CURRENTLY MISSING WHEEL OF FORTUNE TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK WITH YOU. [LAUGHTER] EVEN THOUGH YOU DON'T KNOW ME, CHANCES ARE SOMEONE YOU KNOW WILL COME TO MIND WHO HAS A SIMILAR STORY TO MINE. I WAS ONCE A STUDENT OF YOURS. I GREW UP HERE IN TAMPA, FLORIDA. I WENT TO FIVE OF YOUR LOCAL SCHOOLS IN TOWN 'N COUNTRY. WHEN I WAS 13 YEARS OLD IN MIDDLE SCHOOL, I WAS FIGURING OUT WHO I WAS, WHAT TYPE OF FRIENDS I WANTED. I WAS BEING A TRADITIONAL  13-YEAR-OLD WHO KNEW MORE THAN ANYONE ELSE, ESPECIALLY MY MOTHER. AFTER TOUGH TIMES, I FOUND A FRIEND IN ONE OF YOUR STAFF WHO YOU EMPLOYED, AND I TURNED MY ATTITUDE AND PATH AROUND, THANKS TO THEIR TIME AND BELIEF IN WHAT THEY INVESTED IN ME. I THEN WENT ON TO HIGH SCHOOL. I PLAYED VOLLEYBALL, BASKETBALL, AND FLAG FOOTBALL DURING MY FOUR YEARS AT ALONSO. FROM THERE, I GRADUATED AND WENT ON FOR MY DEGREE. IN THE MEANTIME, I WORKED FOR THE DISTRICT SINCE I WAS 17, GIVING BACK TO OUR STUDENTS. I STARTED OFF AS A HOST GROUP LEADER AND AM NOW A MANAGER. A FEW WEEKS AGO, THE WEEK BEFORE WE WENT ON BREAK, I SAW ONE OF MY BABIES FROM MY VERY FIRST GROUP OF KINDERGARTNERS DURING MY TIME AT HOST. HE IS NOW IN 8th GRADE. TO HAVE HAD SUCH AN IMPACT THAT SOMEONE STILL REMEMBERS ME NINE YEARS LATER FILLS MY HEART, AND I'M SURE SOME OF YOU TRUE EDUCATORS HAVE WITNESSED A BLAST FROM YOUR PAST COME FORWARD, FILL YOUR HEART, AND THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAD DONE FOR THEM. AND SERVE AS A REMINDER WHERE YOUR HEART WAS DURING YOUR FIRST YEAR. TODAY, ALMOST TEN YEARS IN, I JUST BOUGHT A HOUSE TWO WEEKS AGO. I FEEL AS THOUGH I'M EXCELLING IN MY CAREER AND STILL LOVING MY STUDENTS. DESPITE THE TENSION GOING ON WITH OUR DISTRICT, I WANT TO REASSURE YOU THERE'S STILL SOMEONE WHO LOVES WHAT THEY DO, LOVES THEIR JOB, AND IS STILL TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE, EVEN IF IT'S A REMINDER NINE YEARS LATER. THOUGH TIMES ARE HARD NOW, EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW THIS TOO SHALL PASS, AND ALTHOUGH MONEY CAN BE A MOTIVATING FACTOR, IT IS NOT THE ONLY FACTOR, AND THERE ARE SOME OF US WHO ARE STILL HERE FOR THE KIDS JUST LIKE YOU, MR. AIKENS, TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE, AND I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THAT OPPORTUNITY. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. ED CHRISTIANO, AND BRANDON ELLINGTON.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT AIKENS, AND STAFF. MY NAME'S ED CHRISTIANO. I AM THE PROUD PRINCIPAL AT GARY ADULT HIGH SCHOOL, AND I AM HERE WITH A TEACHER AND ONE OF OUR RECENT GRADS TO TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT GARY AND SOME OF THE GOOD THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING THERE. FOR THOSE WHO DON'T KNOW ABOUT GARY, GARY, THIS TOWN WAS CALLED GARY. IT NO LONGER EXISTS, BUT WE KEPT THE NAME AT THE HIGH SCHOOL. IT WAS BUILT IN 1913, AND WE KEEP THE TRADITION GOING. WE'VE HAD 40 GRADUATES THIS YEAR. FIVE OF THOSE GRADUATES EARNED CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETIONS GOING BACK TO 2001, 2003, AND 2005, AND WE WERE ABLE TO TURN THOSE COCs INTO HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS. OUR STAFF IS VERY VARIED, EXPERIENCE OF FIVE YEARS UP TO OVER 60 YEARS TEACHING EXPERIENCE IN THIS DISTRICT. OUR STUDENTS RANGE FROM 16, THE OLDEST WAS 92, SO WE HAVE A WIDE RANGE OF STUDENTS AND FACULTY AT OUR SITE. I'M VERY PROUD OF THEM, BUT I'M HERE TODAY TO BRAG ABOUT M MR. BRANDON ELLINGTON. HE'S GOING TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HIS BACKGROUND AND WHAT BROUGHT HIM TO GARY.

>> HI. HOW YOU DOING? I GUESS I DIDN'T HAVE A SPEECH PREPARED OR ANYTHING, SO I DIDN'T REALLY EVEN KNOW THIS WAS GOING TO BE THIS BIG, SO FORGIVE ME. [LAUGHTER] BUT I -- I WAS JUST TELLING MR. CHRISTIANO THAT WHEN I FINISHED -- WHEN I FINISHED THE PROGRAM AND GOT THE -- GOT MY HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA AT GARY ADULT, THE FIRST THING I REMEMBER RIDING HOME WAS TH THINKING ABOUT HOW I WISH I COULD TELL EVERYBODY, YOU KNOW, THAT PEOPLE -- OTHER PEOPLE LIKE ME THAT IT'S -- THAT IT CAN BE -- IT'S NOT NEARLY AS SCARY OR NEARLY AS BAD AS IT SEEMS OR EMBARRASSING TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL AND FINISH YOUR DIPLOMA AFTER 20 YEARS. I -- TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON MYSELF, I --

>>Sally Harris: YOU'RE OKAY. EACH ONE OF YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES. YOU'RE FINE.

>> OH, OKAY.

>>Sally Harris: TWO MINUTES. I'M SORRY, TWO MINUTES. TWO MINUTES. I'M SORRY.

>> GIVE YOU A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON MYSELF.

>>Sally Harris: YOU EACH HAVE TWO MINUTES.

>> GIVE YOU A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON MYSELF. I FOUND OUT I WAS GOING TO BE A FATHER IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND I -- AT THE -- ORIGINALLY, AND I WAS -- AT THAT POINT I FELT LIKE I REALLY -- I FELT LIKE SCHOOL WASN'T IMPORTANT, YOU KNOW, AND I STOPPED GOING. I DROPPED OUT. I STARTED WORKING. I GOT IN CONSTRUCTION. ENDED UP HAVING TO GET OUT OF CONSTRUCTION RECENTLY THIS PAST SPRING BECAUSE OF ELECTRICAL HEART ISSUES, AND AFTER -- YOU KNOW, DURING THAT TIME PERIOD, I GOT A MESSAGE FROM AN  EX-SUPERVISOR OF MINE AT B BAYCARE HOSPITAL, AND HE HAD A REALLY GOOD JOB FOR ME THAT WAS PRETTY MUCH -- THAT WAS SET UP FOR ME. YOU KNOW, ALL I HAD TO DO WAS GO IN AND FILL OUT MY APPLICATION AND EVERYTHING WAS GOING TO WORK OUT GOOD FOR ME, AND THE NEXT THING THAT ENDED UP HAPPENING IS THE -- THEY ENDED UP -- YOU KNOW, ENDED UP FINDING OUT THAT I DIDN'T FINISH HIGH SCHOOL, SO MY NEXT THING ON THE AGENDA WAS GETTING MY DIPLOMA SO I COULD GET THIS JOB. SO THAT'S WHERE I ENDED UP GETTING AHOLD OF GARY ADULT, AND I TALKED TO COUNSELOR DR DRAWLING. COUNSELOR DRAWLING LOOKED UP MY TRANSCRIPTS, AND BEFORE I MET HIM HE WAS TELLING ME, MAN, YOU CAN DO THIS, YOU CAN GET IN HERE, TAKE CARE OF THIS, GET IT DONE AND GET THAT JOB, BECAUSE I EXPLAINED TO HIM MY WHOLE SITUATION, AND WHEN I GOT TO GARY ADULT, EVERYBODY WAS WELCOMING, EVERYBODY WAS -- EVERYBODY WAS MOTIVATING, EVERYBODY TOLD ME, YOU KNOW, HOW -- HOW PROUD THEY WERE OF ME AND JUST HELPED ME -- HELPED ME STAY MOTIVATED TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM, AND I'D LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris: COME TO YOUR FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> OKAY. I'D LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY AND THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY AT GARY ADULT AND ALL YOU OTHER DREAM BUILDERS THAT WE HAVE HERE THAT WE CALL TEACHERS. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

>> THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris:

>> ALL RIGHT. I'M AMY. I WORK AT GARY ADULT HIGH SCHOOL. I'VE BEEN THERE FOR 16 YEARS NOW. I STARTED OUT AS AN AIDE NOT REALLY KNOWING A WHOLE LOT ABOUT EDUCATION AND HOW IT WORKED. I WAS AN ACCOUNTING MAJOR IN COLLEGE THAT JUST NEEDED A SUMMER JOB. WELL, I WAS INSPIRED BY THE SCHOOL AND THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT THEY PROVIDED TO STUDENTS THAT DIDN'T HAVE THE SUCCESS THAT SOME OF US HAD IN HIGH SCHOOL, AND I DECIDED I NEEDED TO STAY THERE, SO OVER THE PAST 16 YEARS, I WORKED AS A TEA TEACHER'S AIDE, I WORKED AS A CLERK, A DATA PROCESSOR, ASSISTANT TEACHER, A PARAPROFESSIONAL, A TEACHER, AND NOW I'M HAPPY TO SAY I JUST FINISHED THE FLA PROGRAM AND I HOPE -- AND I'VE BEEN GIVEN THESE OPPORTUNITIES BY LEADERS LIKE MR. CAN CHRISTIANO WHO HAVE INFIRED ME -- INSPIRED ME TO CONTINUE TO ASSIST THESE STUDENTS WHO HAVE HAD DIFFICULTIES IN OUR DISTRICT. I THINK EVERY STUDENT HAS A CHANCE, AND I THINK WE CAN PROVIDE THEM WITH THAT CHANCE. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. LISA MAYHU, AND AS SHE'S COMING TO THE PODIUM, I WOULD LIKE TO CALL UP THE NEXT SPEAKERS. JAMIL ARANTE, KATHERINE PANOV, JULIE BALL, JENNIFER DUCEY, KAREN MUST GRAVE, AND KEYSHIA HIMES.

>> GOOD EVENING. I'M A KINDERGARTEN TEACHER AT CLARK ELEMENTARY. THIS IS MY FIFTH YEAR IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND I'VE BEEN TEACHING FOR 13 YEARS. I'M THANKFUL TO WORK AT SUCH AN AMAZING SCHOOL WITH SUPPORTIVE ADMINISTRATION AND PHENOMENAL COWORKERS. WHEN I MOVED TO TAMPA FIVE YEARS AGO, I SPECIFICALLY CHOSE TO TEACH IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BECAUSE IT WAS KNOWN THAT THEY TREATED THEIR TEACHERS AS PROFESSIONALS, THAT THEIR PAY SCALE WAS COMPETITIVE AND THERE WERE HIGH ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS FOR THEIR STUDENTS. I WAS PROUD TO DISCOVER THAT ALL OF THIS WAS TRUE; HOWEVER, OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS THERE HAS BEEN A DECLINE IN OVERALL MORALE. CLASSROOM AUTONOMY AND STUDENT EXPECTATIONS HAVE TAKEN A SERIOUS TURN FROM WHAT IS DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE. I CANNOT TELL YOU THE NUMBER OF TIMES OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS THAT I'VE THOUGHT ABOUT LEAVING THE PROFESSION THAT I'M SO VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT. THE THING IS NONE OF THE REASONS HAVE EVER HAD TO DO WITH THE ACTUAL TEACHING OF MY STUDENTS. I LOVE MY JOB, AND ANY OTHER TEACHER YOU TALK WITH WOULD MOST LIKELY SAY THE SAME THING. WE ARE NOT IN THIS NOR HAVE WE EVER BEEN IN IT FOR THE MONEY. AS FOR BEING WELL POSITIONED, MY SPOUSE IS ALSO A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHER AND BOTH OF US HAVE HAD TO TAKE ON SECOND JOBS. YESTERDAY AFTER SCHOOL I ATTENDED THE BARGAINING MEETING AND FELT DISHEARTENED AT THE OUTCOME. I LEFT FEELING AS THOUGH WE ARE NO CLOSER TO A SOLUTION THAN WE WERE WHEN THIS BEGAN SIX MONTHS AGO. THE $1.8-MILLION BONUS THAT WAS OFFERED, WHICH ROUGHLY EQUATES TO $92 PER EMPLOYEE, IS APPALLING AND DISRESPECTFUL. IT UNDERMINES THE SYSTEM PUT IN PLACE TO FOSTER AND RETAIN H HIGH-QUALITY TEACHERS. AS YOU GUIDE STRUGGLING SCHOOLS TO HIGHER ACHIEVEMENT LEVELS, AS YOU PUSH FOR 90 BY 20, AS YOU OPEN NEW SCHOOLS AND PRE-K PROGRAMS AND LOAD MORE AND MORE ON TEACHERS WHOM YOU GIVE LESS AND LESS, PLEASE REMEMBER TEACHER WORKING CONDITIONS ARE STILL STUDENT LEARNING CONDITIONS. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. JASON LEVY.

>> THANK YOU. FIRST, I'D LIKE TO ADDRESS MY COLLEAGUES. THROUGHOUT HISTORY, FROM THE PEASANT REVOLTS TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION TO THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT, PEOPLE HAVE RECOGNIZED THEIR OWN OPPRESSION AND TIME AND AGAIN THEY BANDED TOGETHER TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. MY FELLOW TEACHERS, MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I'M PROUD OF YOU. YOU'RE FEELING OPPRESSED AND YOU'RE TAKING A STAND. MR. AIKENS, THERE'S A FAMOUS STORY BY HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON ABOUT AN EMPEROR WHO SQUANDERED HIS MONEY ON NICETIES. IT FINALLY TAKES A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF HONESTY TO TELL THAT EMPEROR THAT HE HAS NO CLOTHES. WELL, MR. AIKENS, YOU HAVE NO CLOTHES, AND THE PEOPLE ARE FEELING OPPRESSED. TEN YEARS AGO THE SCHOOL BOARD AND SOME OF YOU ARE STILL HERE, THE SCHOOL BOARD BALANCED THE BUDGET ON THE BACKS OF ITS TEACHERS, TEACHERS AT ALL LEVELS WERE AFFECTED DIFFERENTLY, BUT AS A HIGH SCHOOLTEACHER, I CAN TELL YOU WE'VE BEEN TEACHING SIX CLASSES A DAY WHEN THE NORM IN THE PROFESSION IS FIVE. YOU HAVE SADDLED US WITH NEW LEVELS OF MIDDLE MANAGEMENT, INTRUSZIVE PEERS -- INTRUSIVE PEERS, AND EXPERIMENTAL EVALUATION INSTRUMENTS. WE HAVE EARNED ANY INCREASE IN SALARY THAT MAY HAVE COME OUR WAY. MR. AIKENS, TO COMPARE OUR SALARIES TO THOSE OF OTHER COUNTIES WITHOUT ACKNOWLEDGING OUR INCREASED WORKLOAD IS DISINGENUOUS AT BEST, AND $92? THAT'S JUST PLAIN ASININE. YOU HAVE NO CLOTHES, AND THE PEOPLE ARE FEELING OPPRESSED. THEN THE DISTRICT VIRTUALLY BEGGED TEACHERS TO SWITCH TO A PAY SCALE THAT DID AWAY WITH ANNUAL INCREASES IN FAVOR OF ONE WITH INCREASES ONLY EVERY THREE YEARS. THE DISTRICT SAID IT HAD BEEN OVER THE NUMBERS NUMEROUS TIMES AND WERE CONFIDENT IT WOULD WORK. YOU HAD TO SELL IT TO US. NOW YOU'RE TELLING A THIRD OF OUR PEOPLE THAT YOU LIED? YOU HAVE NO CLOTHES, AND THE PEOPLE ARE FEELING OPPRESSED. BY FALLING BACK ON THE LEGALITY OF RENEGOTIATING SALARIES --

>>Sally Harris: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> -- EVERY YEAR, YOU ARE DEMONSTRATING THAT ANY MULTIYEAR AGREEMENTS ARE SMOKE AND MIRRORS. YOU ARE DEMONSTRATING THAT YOUR WORD IS NO GOOD.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU.

>> THIS SCHOOL BOARD CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU, MR. LEVY. YOUR TIME IS UP.

>> THEY HAVE NO CLOTHES AND THE PEOPLE ARE FEELING OPPRESSED. [APPLAUSE] [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: YAMIL AVANTY.

>> MY NAME IS JAMEL ARANTY, AND I STAND HERE IN GRATITUDE DURING A SEASON OF DISC DISCOURAGEMENT. I CAME HERE TO SHOW LOVE FOR OUR WORK. I'VE LOVED COMING TO WORK. IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS I SURVIVED CANCER AND A DIVORCE. MY JOB WAS MY SANCTUARY. IT ALLOWED ME TO SEND MY DAUGHTER TO COLLEGE AND VACATIONS AND THE BEST JOB IS WHEN I LOOK UP AND SEE SMILING AND HAPPY HEARTS. I HAVE ATTENDED MANY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT MY CAREER STARTING IN 2001. I LOVE RUNNING INTO REPRESENTATIVES FROM MY SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE AND MY UNION REPRESENTATIVES. THIS LET'S ME KNOW WE ARE SUPPORTED. I'M A PROUD PRODUCT OF MY ENVIRONMENT, A GRADUATE OF WEBB MIDDLE SCHOOL AND LETO HIGH SCHOOL. MY OWN CHILDREN PARTICIPATED WITH SPORTS AND DECKA AND GRADUATED FROM ALONSO AND SICKLESS. AFTER SERVING IN THE MILITARY, I USED MY GI BILL TO BECOME A TEACHER. LATER I USED STUDENT LOANS TO GAIN AN ADVANCED DEGREE TO BECOME A GUIDANCE COUNSELOR. I HAVE SERVED IN ELEMENTARY MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL. I HAVE SERVED AS A DISTRICT TEACHER FOR TRANSPORTATION AND AN ADVISOR FOR HILLSBOROUGH TECHNICAL COLLEGES. I'VE LOVED EVERY JOB AND EXPERIENCE. I'VE MET BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE ALONG THE WAY. THEY'VE WORKED DIM GENTLY FOR MY COMMUNITY. BEING AN EDUCATOR ALLOWED ME HOLIDAY BREAKS WITH MY CHI CHILDREN. I WISH THIS DID NOT APPEAR SO BLACK AND WHITE INTERNALLY AND EXTERNALLY. WE ARE ALL HERE FOR STUDENTS, WE ARE ALL SERVING THE PUBLIC, WE ARE ALL SERVING EACH OTHER. WE'RE AGAINST PETTINESS, AGAINST STRIVE, AGAINST HARASSMENT AND THREATS, WE ARE AGAINST UGLINESS, AND THAT'S WHY I CAME TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL THE DISTRICT STAFF, INCLUDING MY TEACHERS AND SUPPORT AND INCLUDING MY SUPERINTENDENT. IF A SCHOOL SUPPORTS THE UNION -- IF AN EMPLOYEE SUPPORTS A UNION, IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT I'M AGAINST YOU. IF AN EMPLOYEE SUPPORTS WORK THEIR CONTRACT, IT DOES NOT MEAN THEY'RE ANTISTUDENT. WE LOVE OUR JOB, WE LOVE OUR KIDS, WE LOVE OUR COMMUNITY, AND WE LOVE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE HAVE ALL GIVEN MORE THAN THE HOURS ALLOTTED UNDER CONTRACT. YOU ARE MY FAMILY, SO LET'S NOT GO TO BED TONIGHT ANGRY WITH BITTERNESS, LET'S BE GRATEFUL FOR THE WORK. MY NAME IS JAMEL A AREN'TY. I MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND SO DO YOU. WE ALL PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE. THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] KATHERINE PANOV.

>> HELLO. I'M KATHY PANOV. I AM A SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER AT GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL. I HAVE MANY HAPPY MEMORIES IN THIS ROOM. MY STUDENTS BEING HONORED, WHEN I BECAME A NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED TEACHER. UNFORTUNATELY, I'M ENDING MY CAREER WITH NOT SO GOOD MEMORIES OF THIS ROOM. I LOOK AT THE FINANCIAL SITUATION AND HOPEFULLY WE'LL FINALLY BE ABLE TO SEE THE BOOKS, AND I CAN ONLY -- I CAN ONLY CONCLUDE THAT THIS SITUATION IS CAUSED BY EITHER GROSS FINANCIAL MISMANAGEMENT OR MALFEASANCE. ONE WILL GET YOU ALL REMOVED AND REPLACED BY GOVERNOR SCOTT, THE OTHER ONE WILL GET YOU ARRESTED. GET THIS FIXED. HAVE A NICE EVENING. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: JULIE BALL.

>> CHICK-FIL-A, CRACKER BARREL, APPLE, YES WE CARE YOUTH ENGINEERING SOCIETY, HOUSE SITTER AND NANNY, WRITING CURRICULUM AND WRITING TEACHER CERTIFICATION EXAMS FOR THE D DOE, BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS, TUTORING MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, TUTORING ADULTS, INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS, SUMMER TECH CAMP. THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE SECOND AND THIRD JOBS I'VE HAD IN MY 22 YEARS AS A TEACHER, SOME OF THEM. SINCE I WAS A LITTLE GIRL I'VE KNOWN THAT MY CALLING IN LIFE WAS TO BE A TEACHER. I'VE LOVED BEING A TEACHER. I'M PROUD TO BE A TEACHER. I'M ACTUALLY STILL PROUD TO BE A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TEACHER, BUT I AM NOT SO PROUD OF MY DISTRICT LEADERSHIP THESE DAYS. MY DAUGHTER WAS FIVE YEARS OLD WHEN I GOT MY FIRST TEACHING JOB. SHE WAS WITH ME AT SCHOOL FOR HOURS EACH AFTERNOON AS I COMPLETED THE TASKS NEEDED TO TEACH MY STUDENTS WELL. THIS WAS THE CASE UNTIL SHE WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL. AFTER SHE RAN THROUGH THE DREAM JOBS OF JOURNALIST, JUDGE, AND ARTIST, SHE FINALLY DECIDED THAT SHE TOO WANTED TO BE A TEACHER. I WAS SO PROUD. WHILE I SPEAK SASSY TEENAGER QUITE FLUENTLY, SHE SPEAKS THE LANGUAGE OF VERY YOUNG CHI CHILDREN. I HAVE KNOWN SINCE SHE WAS LITTLE THAT HER CALLING WAS TO TEACH THE YOUNG ONES. SHE TRULY HAS A GIFT WITH THEM. WHILE WORKING HER WAY THROUGH COLLEGE, AS I'M A SINGLE PARENT TEACHER AND COULDN'T AFFORD HER TUITION, MY DAUGHTER GOT A JOB IN RETAIL. SHE QUICKLY MOVED UP IN THE COMPANY AND WAS SOON RUNNING HER OWN STORE. SHE IS NOW A STORE MANAGER IN HYDE PARK MAKING THE SAME SALARY AS I AM AS A TEACHER WITH 22 YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE. SHE SELLS T-SHIRTS. I AM SO PROUD OF HER, AND I KNOW SHE LOVES HER JOB AND I'M GLAD SHE IS DOING WELL, BUT THIS IS THE SHAMEFUL STATE FOR TEACHERS. FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE SHE WAS LITTLE, I'VE BEGUN TO ACTUALLY HOPE THAT MY DAUGHTER DOESN'T BECOME A TEACHER. IT IS HEARTBREAKING TO THINK THAT, THAT SHE DOESN'T FULFILL THAT PURPOSE IN HER LIFE, AT LEAST NOT IN THIS DISTRICT. SHE WORKS FOR A COMPANY THAT SHOWS THAT THEY VALUE HER, NOT JUST IN PAY BUT IN WORD AND DEED. THEY CONSISTENTLY SHOW THAT SHE IS IMPORTANT, THAT HER VOICE IS HEARD. I AM QUITE SURE THAT WHEN THEY PLAN THEIR BUSINESS BUDGET, THEY SET ASIDE MONEY FOR EMPLOYEE PAYROLL BEFORE THEY ALLOCATE MONEY FOR ANY OTHER PART OF THEIR BUSINESS. WITHOUT EMPLOYEES, THERE IS NO BUSINESS; WITHOUT TEACHERS, THERE IS NO SCHOOL SYSTEM. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: KEYSHIA HIMES.

>> THANK YOU. MY NAME IS KAREN MUST GRAVE. I'M A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE KINDERGARTEN TEACHER AT MUELLER ELEMENTARY MAGNET, AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I APPRECIATE THE UNDIVIDED ATTENTION OF EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU, ESPECIALLY YOU MS. VALDES, SINCE I AM A VOTER IN YOUR DISTRICT. I'M GOING TO READ AN EXCERPT FROM A LETTER THAT WAS WRITTEN TO YOU, MR. AIKENS, BY MY COLLEAGUE, MARIA CALVO, WHO COULD NOT BE HERE TODAY. AND I QUOTE, WHILE WE TEACHERS ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THE LACK OF NEGOTIATION OVER PAY RAISES, THIS IS NOT THE ONLY ISSUE. FOR ME THE ISSUE IS ALSO ABOUT RESPECT AND TRUST. WE WERE TOLD THAT WE'D BE GIVEN OUR CLASSROOMS BACK; HOWEVER, I DON'T THINK THAT I'VE EVER IN MY 25 PREVIOUS YEARS WITH THIS COUNTY SEEN SO MUCH MI MICROMANAGING. YOU HAVE GOT TO TRUST YOUR TEACHERS, ESPECIALLY THE ONES WHO HAVE PROVEN TO BE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE. IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE SENDING DISTRICT PERSONNEL INTO CLASSROOMS, BE SURE THEY ARE READY TO PROVIDE FEEDBACK TO INDIVIDUAL TEACHERS ON THE POSITIVE THINGS THEY'VE OBSERVED AS WELL AS AREAS NEEDING IMPROVEMENT. THIS ISN'T HAPPENING CONSISTENTLY. WHEN THEY MAKE THEIR VISITS, IMAGINE IF WE ONLY TOLD OUR STUDENTS THE NEGATIVES. THEY WOULDN'T WANT TO COME TO SCHOOL. IF THERE ARE TEACHERS WHO NEED HELP AND GUIDANCE PROVIDED IN A POSITIVE MANNER, IF THERE ARE TEACHERS THAT HAVE PROVEN TO BE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE, LEAVE THEM ALONE TO DO THEIR JOBS. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>> TRUST THEM TO BE THE PROFESSIONAL THEY ARE. THEY'VE EARNED IT. ANOTHER ISSUE IS THAT WHAT YOU ARE EXPECTING OF US AND EVALUATING US ON IS NOT POSSIBLE TO ACHIEVE IN THE EIGHT-HOUR WORKDAY. IF YOU AREN'T GOING TO HOLD UP YOUR END OF THE BARGAIN AND PROVIDE THE PAY THAT IS DOCUMENTED ON PAPER AND ADVERTISED AS THE COUNTY SALARY SCALE, THEN CHANGE HOW YOU EVALUATE US. IF WE CAN'T EXPECT YOU TO PAY US WHAT IS ADVERTISED AS THE COUNTY SALARY SCALE, THEN IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU TO EXPECT US TO BE ABLE TO PLAN HIGHLY EFFECTIVE LESSONS THAT ARE DIFFERENTIATED, ENGAGING, RIGOROUS, AND USE TECHNOLOGY IN A VARIETY OF WAYS TO REACH ALL LEARNERS AND ALSO TO BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE WITH STAKEHOLDERS, COLLABORATE WITH PLCs, ATTEND STAFF MEETINGS, ET CETERA IN THOSE EIGHT HOURS?

>>Sally Harris: FINAL THOUGHTS, PLEASE.

>> SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: KEYSHIA HIMES.

>> GOOD EVENING. I HAVE BEEN A HIGH SCHOOLTEACHER IN THE DISTRICT, PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL, SINCE 11. I'VE BEEN CONSIDERED HIGHLY EFFECTIVE FOR SEVERAL YEARS. I WAS EVEN HONORED AT A SCHOOL BOARD MEETING IN THIS VERY ROOM FOR BEING NAMED A NEW TEACHER OF PROMISE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. BUT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE I BEGAN TEACHING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, I'M CONSIDERING LEAVING THE DISTRICT, NOT BECAUSE OF A HOUSING MOVE, NOT BECAUSE OF MY STUDENTS, NOT BECAUSE OF MY ADMINISTRATION, BUT BECAUSE I SEE THE WRITING ON THE WALL. AS A TEACHER, AS A PARENT OF A THIRD GRADER, AND AS A REGISTERED VOTER, I HAVE SEEN HOW EXPERIENCED SUCCESSFUL TEACHERS ARE BEING MARGI MARGINALIZED. I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE DISTRICT'S ABILITY TO HIRE AND RETAIN SUCCESSFUL EDUCATORS IN THE YEARS TO COME. THE DISTRICT HAS SAID THEY DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY TEACHERS FOR ADVANCED DEGREES AND FOR YEARS OF LOYALTY AND SUCCESSES. SO WHY SHOULD I STAY HERE? I CAN GO TO POLK AND PASCO PASCO COUNTIES, DRIVE 20 MINUTES FURTHER, AND BE PAID ACCORDINGLY. WHY WOULD I WANT MY CHILD TO MATRICULATE THROUGH THE SCHOOLS HERE WHEN IT IS LIKELY HIS TEACHERS WILL BE INEXPERIENCED, UNDERPAID, AND OVERWORKED DUE TO THE EXTRA JOBS THEY HAVE TO TAKE ON TO MAKE ENDS MEET? IT'S BEEN SEVEN YEARS, AND I HAVEN'T RECEIVED A COS COST-OF-LIVING RAISE. IT HAS BEEN SAID THE BEST INDICATOR OF STUDENT SUCCESS IS CLEAR TEACHER. IF GOOD EXPERIENCED TEACHERS LIKE THOSE YOU'VE HEARD FROM TODAY AND AT THE LAST MEETING CONSISTENTLY CONTINUE TO FEEL DEVALUED AND UNDERPAID, THEY WILL LEAVE THE DISTRICT, AND WHO WILL BE LEFT TO TEACH MY SON OR YOURS OR YOUR GRANDCHILDREN OR YOUR NEI NEIGHBOR'S CHILDREN? MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHICH EXPERIENCE SUCCESSFUL TEACHERS WILL WANT TO STAY AND COME H HERE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. [APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. AND THAT CONCLUDES OUR TEACHER COMMENT. WE WILL MOVE ON TO ITEM 6.15, APPROVE THE PURCHASE OF SCIENCE EDUCATION FOR PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING PROGRAM, SEPUP, FROM LAB AIDES, INC., SOLE SOURCE PROVIDER, OFFICE OF TEACHING AND LEARNING. THIS IS A HIGHLIGHTED ITEM BY MEMBER SNIVELY, AND NICOLE JA QUAI, SUPERVISOR OF MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE, WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM. THANK YOU.

>> MADAM CHAIR, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AIKENS, AND SENIOR STAFF, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE SUCCESSES WE'VE HAD IN TEACHING AND LEARNING MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE AND SPECIFICALLY THOSE ACCOMPLISHED THROUGH THE HANDS-ON LEARNING EXPERIENCE THAT HAVE RESULTED FROM IMPLEMENTATION OF A UNIQUE INQUIRY-BASED SCIENCE PROGRAM IN OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE CLASSROOMS. EACH YEAR THE STATE DESIGNATES CATEGORY GAL FUNDS WITHIN THE SCIENCE LAB MATERIALS ALLOCATIONS SPECIFICALLY FOR THE PURCHASE OF HANDS-ON SCIENCE MATERIALS. AS A SUPERVISOR OF MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE, I WORK TO ENSURE THAT THESE STATE CATEGORY GAL FUNDS ARE USED TO PURCHASE MATERIALS THAT WILL TRULY END UP IN THE HANDS OF STUDENTS RATHER THAN SITTING ON THE SHELVES OF A STORK ROOM. I WORK TO ENSURE THAT THE TEACHERS ARE PROVIDED WITH SUPPORT AND DIRECTION ON HOW TO BEST PUT THOSE HANDS-ON SCIENCE MATERIALS TO USE WITH THEIR STUDENTS AND TO PROVIDE THEIR STUDENTS WITH ENGAGING OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN SCIENCE AND TO GAIN A LOVE FOR OR AT LEAST AN AWE AUTHENTICIC CURIOSITY ABOUT THE NATURAL WORLD. THIS YEAR MATERIALS WERE PURCHASED FOR SIX OF HOUR MIDDLE SCHOOLS TO BEGIN IMPLEMENTING A NEW AND INNOVATIVE APPROACH TO HANDS-ON SCIENCE TEACHING AND LEARNING. THE SCIENCE EDUCATION FOR PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING PROGRAM THAT I'M GOING TO SHORTEN TO SEPUP, THAT'S WHAT WE LOVINGLY REFER TO IT AS, IS A RESEARCH-BASED SCIENCE PROGRAM THAT WAS DEVELOPED BY TEACHERS WHO WERE PART OF A GRANT INITIATIVES WORKING WITH UC BERKELEY'S LAWRENCE HALL OF SCIENCE TO DEVELOP INNOVATIVE SCIENCE MATERIALS. THIS STANDARDS-ALIGNED PROGRAM INCLUDES HANDS-ON INQUIRY-BASED CONTENT AND ASSESSMENT THROUGH A SERIES OF MODULES AND SCIENCE MATERIAL KITS. THE MODULES PROVIDE STUDENTS WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO DEVELOP CRITICAL THINKING AND PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS THROUGH SCIENCE INVESTIGATIONS AND OBSERVATIONS, BRIDGING THE CLASSROOM AND THE NATURAL WO WORLD. SEPUP MODULES AND ISSUES AND EARTH SCIENCE ARE CURRENTLY BEING IMPLEMENTED AT SIX MIDDLE SCHOOLS IN THE REALIGNED SIXTH GRADE SCIENCE COURSE. THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS WERE SELECTED BASED ON TEACHER COMMITMENT TO RIGOROUS TRAINING. THIS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMPONENT PROVIDES TEACHERS WITH CONTINUOUS SUPPORT FOR IMPLEMENTATION THROUGH F FACE-TO-FACE TRAININGS THAT COINCIDE WITH THE START OF EACH MODULE AND AN ONGOING VIRTUAL PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY KNOWN AS THE SEPUP CADRE. THERE ARE SEVEN MODULES IN THE CURRICULUM, AND THE STUDENTS FOLLOW A STORY LINE ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE COURSE WHERE EACH OF THEIR LEARNING EXPERIENCES BUILDS UPON THE PRIOR LESSON. WE HAVE PURCHASED MATERIALS NEEDED TO IMPLEMENT THE FIRST  3.5 MODULES, AND BASED ON STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND TEACHER ADMINISTRATOR FEEDBACK, WE HOPE TO CONTINUE IMPLEMENTATION, WHICH WILL REQUIRE THE PURCHASE OF MATERIALS FOR THE REMAINING 3.5 MODULES. SOME OF THE FEEDBACK SHARED BY TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS INCLUDE SOME QUOTES. THE TEACHER, SEAN WAYLAND, AT PROGRESS VILLAGE MIDDLE MAGNET SAYS HE'S BEEN TEACHING FOR 12 YEARS AND KNOWS THAT SCIENCE IS LEARNED THROUGH EXPERIENCES. HE'S AWARE THAT EXPERIENCES CANNOT BE LEARNED FROM READING OR MEMORIZING A TEXTBOOK BUT THROUGH APPLICATION AND INQ INQUIRY, AND THIS PROGRAM HAS PROVIDED JUST THOSE KINDS OF LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIS STUDENTS. FROM A SECOND-YEAR TEACHER AT ADAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL, LEE ANNA HENDRICK, SEPUP HAS PROVIDED ALL STUDENTS WITH EXPERIENCES NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND SCIENCE STANDARDS. IT GIVES THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE SCIENTISTS AS OPPOSED TO SIMPLY TAKING NOTES. THIS IS A FIRST-YEAR TEACHER AT ADAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL, AUSTIN SMITH. SEPUP MAKES ME FEEL LIKE AN EXPERIENCED TEACHER BY PROVIDING ALL OF THE BACKGROUND, CONTENT INFOR INFORMATION, AND RESOURCES I NEED FOR MY STUDENTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL. THE PRINCIPAL DREW OLSON AT PROGRESS VILLAGE MIDDLE MAGNET SAYS, AS A RESULT OF SEPUP IMPLEMENTATION, I HAVE SEEN AN INCREASED ENTHUSIASM AMONG TEACHERS AND STUDENTS. STUDENTS COMPLETE LAB ACTIVITIES IN A COLLABORATIVE SETTING ON A REGULAR BASIS AND ENJOY THE HANDS-ON INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES. MATT, PRINCIPAL AT BURNS MIDDLE SCHOOL, SAYS I WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE DEBATE I SAW STUDENTS HAVING. TO SEE SIXTH-GRADE STUDENTS LEARN ABOUT THE DUST BOWL AND USE THE HISTORICAL CONTENTS OVERLAP INTO SCIENCE WAS IMPRESSIVE. THE ENSUING DEBATE ABOUT WHETHER DUST BOWL WAS A HU HUMAN-CREATED DISASTER VS. A NATURAL DISASTER WITH NO HUMAN CONTROL WAS AWESOME TO SEE AND HEAR. I WAS AMAZED SO MUCH LEARNING TOOK PLACE IN A 50-MINUTE LESSON. A PRINCIPAL FROM ADAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL, DURING MY WALK-THROUGHS, I'VE NOTICED THE SIXTH-GRADE CURRICULUM IS MORE RELEVANT THAN THE CURRICULUM BEING TAUGHT IN SEVENTH GRADE ON THE SAME CONCEPT THIS YEAR. SPECIFICALLY ENJOYED SEEING THE SEPUP LESSON WHERE TO BUILD IN BOOMTOWN. AND THEN THE LAST QUOTE COMES FROM INSTRUCTIONAL LEADER AND SCIENCE RESOURCE TEACHER DENISE COOLING AT ADAMS MIDDLE SCHOOL. SHE HAS 18 YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND SAYS, DURING SIXTH GRADE PLCs WITH TWO NEW TEACHERS IN THE DISTRICT, I HAVE NOTICED RICH DISCUSSION ABOUT STUDENTS, STANDARDS, AND DATA. OUR SIXTH-GRADE STUDENTS ARE DOING SCIENCE ON A REGULAR BASIS RATHER THAN JUST READING ABOUT IT. SEPUP IS A THREE-DIMENSIONAL TEACHING AND LEARNING EXPERIENCE USING PHEN PHENOMENA-BASED INQUIRY WHILE INCORPORATING OTHER DISCI DISCIPLINES. TEACHERS ARE GAINING KNOWLEDGE WHILE DELIVERING HIGH RIGOR LESSONS WHICH MAKE STUDENTS THINK TO MAKE SENSE OF THE NATURAL WORLD. IF GRANTED APPROVAL TO PURCHASE THE REMAINDER OF THESE MATERIALS, WE WILL CONTINUE TO IMPLEMENT THE ISSUES AND EARTH SCIENCE PROGRAM IN GRADE SIX AND WILL CONTINUE OUR COMMITMENT TO WORK TOGETHER AS THE CADRE TO SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN IMPLEMENTING THIS AMAZING PROGRAM WHILE MAKING SURE TO EXPLICITLY ADDRESS THE MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE CONTENT STANDARDS TO WHICH WE KNOW THOSE GRADE SIX STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO GAIN MASTERY. THE TEACHING AND LEARNING OF MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE USING THESE MATERIALS WILL JUST GET BETTER AND BETTER WITH EXPERIENCE, AND SINCE THESE MATERIALS ARE NOT CONSUMABLE, WE'LL BE ABLE TO USE THEM FOR YEARS TO COME. THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER STIFLE. STIV STIV THANK YOU. I DIDN'T ACTUALLY PULL IT FOR COMMENT, BUT NICOLE, THAT WAS EXACTLY THE INFORMATION THAT I THINK THE BOARD NEEDED TO HEAR ABOUT THAT PARTICULAR PRODUCT, AND I JUST APPRECIATE THE TIME THAT YOU TOOK TO REALLY PRESENT HOW IMPACTFUL THAT THESE TOOLS AND RESOURCES ARE, NOT JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE THAT OUR STUDENTS ARE HAVING. I CAN TELL YOU'RE VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT IT TOO WHEN YOU TALK, SO THAT MAKES ME EXCITED, BUT ALSO THE TEACHERS AND THE ADMINISTRATORS AND HOW THEY HAVE REALLY EMBRACED THIS PARTICULAR SCIENCE PRODUCT AS WELL, AND I WISH THE STATE COULD GIVE US MORE MONEY TO PURCHASE IT FOR ALL THE MIDDLE SCHOOLS, NOT JUST THE SIX MIDDLE SCHOOLS.

>> SIX FOR NOW.

>>Melissa Snively: FOR NOW. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE HIGHLIGHT.

>>Sally Harris: WE WILL DO ITEM 6.12, APPROVE THE GRANT APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS BETWEEN JANUARY 1st, 2018, AND DECEMBER 31st, 2018, FROM THE GRANTS AND RESEARCH OPERATIONS, GRO OF OFFICE, ACCEPT ALL GRANT FUNDS GENERATED THROUGH AWARDED GRANTS APPLICATIONS DURING THAT TIME PERIOD, ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS DIVISION. THIS IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER GRIFFIN, AND TRACY BROWN AND MS. -- MS. PLAQUEO WILL SPEAK TO THIS HIGHLIGHT.

>> GOOD EMADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, AND STAFF. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE GRANTS AND RESEARCH OPERATIONS OFFICE IS TO ASSIST DISTRICT PERSONNEL, OFTEN IN COLLABORATION WITH EXTERNAL PARTNERS, IN DEVELOPING HIGHLY COMPETITIVE DISTRICT-LEVEL SUBMISSIONS FOR STATE, FEDERAL, AND FOUNDATION GRANTS COMPETITIVE GRANTS IN HILLSBOROUGH USED AS SEED MONEY TO TEST OUT PROMISING STRATEGIES, PRACTICES, AND PROGRAMS WHICH DISTRICT EXPERTS FEEL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO POSITIVELY IMPACT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. GRANTS AND RESEARCH IS CONTINUE YOU WILLLY SEEKING WAYS TO IMPROVE THE WORK RELATED TO GRANT DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT. I WANTED TO SHARE SOME OF THE CHANGES TO OUR PROCESS THAT WILL HELP IMPROVE OUTCOMES FOR THE DISTRICT. FIRST, THE BOARD'S FIVE-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN DRIVES ALL DECISIONS RELATED TO THE GRANTS THE DISTRICT PURSUES AND DEVELOPS THE STRATEGIC PLAN PROVIDES A VERY CLEAR DIRECTION AND ALLOWS EVERYONE TO MOVE TOWARD ACHIEVING THE SAME GOALS AND PRIORITIES. THIS ALLOWS US TO BE MUCH MORE STRATEGIC FOR THE GRANTS IN WHICH WE ARE APPLYING. ADDITIONALLY, EACH GRANT AUTHORED, WHETHER IT IS COMPETITIVE OR FORMULA GRANT, IS REVIEWED AND APPROVED BY OUR CHIEF OF STAFF, DR. VAZ KEZ, PRIOR TO ITS ADMISSION. HE ALSO APPROVES OR DENIES REQUESTS TO ADD NEW POSITIONS WITH GRANT FUNDING. FINALLY, WHEN A LARGE-SCALE GRANT THAT IMPACTS MULTIPLE DIVISIONS NEARS ITS CLOSE, DR. VAZQUEZ FACILITATES A MEETING WITH THE APPROPRIATE DIVISION CHIEFS TO EXAMINE RETURN ON INVESTMENT AND MAKE DECISIONS REGARDING WHETHER OR NOT THE CORE INITIATIVES OF THE PROJECT ARE WORTH SUSTAINING. DR. VAZQUEZ WORKS WITH THE DIVISION CHIEF TO IDENTIFY POTENTIAL FUNDING SOURCES TO SUSTAIN INITIATIVES DEMONSTRATING A POSITIVE IM IMPACT. THE AGENDA ITEM BEFORE YOU TODAY COMES TO YOU EACH DECEMBER AS WE SEEK YOUR APPROVAL TO CONTINUE OUR GRANT DEVELOPMENT WORK FOR THE NEXT YEAR. THE AVERAGE TURNAROUND TIME FOR COMPETITIVE GRANTS IS 30 TO 45 CALENDAR DAYS FROM WHEN THE APPLICATION IS ISSUED. SINCE THE PROCESS FOR CONSIDERING BOARD CONSIDERATION, OFTEN EXCEEDS THIS TIME FRAME, YOUR APPROVAL OF THIS ITEM ALLOWS US TO ASSIST IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF GRANTS THAT MEET EACH ESTABLISHED DEADLINE. ON BEHALF OF THE GRANTS AND RESEARCH TEAM, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM ON TODAY'S AGENDA.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Melissa Snively: I'M SORRY. JUST ONE COMMENT. I REALLY WANT TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN AND HOW IT'S HELPED YOU DO YOUR JOB BECAUSE WE -- MANY, MANY YEARS AGO -- USED TO SAY WE DON'T WANT GRANTS DRIVING THIS DISTRICT, AND THAT WAS SAID BUT NOT NECESSARILY FOLLOWED A LOT OF TIMES, AND THEN WE FOUND OURSELVES CHASING GRANTS AND TRYING TO SUSTAIN GRANTS THAT WERE NOT SUSTAINABLE. I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT, AGAIN, TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF HOW MUCH THIS FIVE-YEAR PLAN HAS HELPED YOU IN YOUR JOB AND WHAT WE'RE DOING AND THE GRANTS THAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR.

>> VERY MUCH SO. I THINK IT HELPS US TO BE VERY CLEAR WHEN WE MEET WITH DISTRICT STAKEHOLDERS, EXTERNAL STAKEHOLDERS, AND OUR PARTNERS ABOUT WHAT IT IS WE'RE WILLING TO PURSUE AND THEY CAN COME TO A DECISION TOGETHER WHETHER OR NOT WE DO ACTUALLY APPLY FOR THE GRANT, SO IT DOES DRIVE EVERYTHING WE DO NOW, AND IT -- IT IS DIFFERENT NOW BECAUSE WE HAVE THAT AS OUR GUIDE.

>>April Griffin: WELL, THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN -- AND I ALSO -- THE PART OF THE CONVERSATION WE HAD TODAY TOO WAS EVERYTHING -- AND I KNOW IT SOUNDS LIKE A BUZZ WORD AND I KNOW PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GET TIRED OF IT, BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'VE NEEDED TO SAY FOR A LONG, LONG TIME, AND THIS IS VIEWING EVERYTHING THAT WE DO THROUGH A LENS OF EQUITY BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THAT EQUAL AND EQUITABLE ARE TWO DIFFERENT THINGS, SO LOOKING AT GRANTS THROUGH THAT LENS OF EQUITABLE AND EQUITY IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE DOING AS WELL.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU SO MUCH. I ALWAYS BRAG ABOUT YOU GUYS, BY THE WAY, IN YOUR OFFICE. I TELL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME THAT OUR GRANTS OFFICE IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST THAT EXISTS ANYWHERE.

>> THANK YOU. APPRECIATE THAT. [APPLAUSE]

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MOVING TO ITEM 6.18, APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES, ATS, WITH COUNCIL OF EDUCATIONAL CHANGE TO COORDINATE THE TECHNICAL HEALTH CARE CAREER PROGRAM, WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS. THIS IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER SNIVELY AND CHRIS YA YAINGO, DIRECTOR OF CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM. THANK YOU.

>> MADAM CHAIR, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, AND STAFF, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM. IN 2016-17 THE DISTRICT ADMINISTERED THE FUTURE PROGRAM TO OUR 10th GRADE STUDENTS AND THE DATA INDICATED THERE WAS A HIGH STUDENT INTEREST IN HEALTH SCIENCE CAREERS. THIS AGREEMENT ESTABLISHES A NEW PROGRAM CALLED THE TECHNICAL HEALTH CARE CAREER PROGRAM. IT WILL FURTHER EMPHASIZE TECHNICAL HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY AWARENESS FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS AS WELL AS PROVIDE LEADERSHIP SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL PRINCIPALS. CEC OR THE COUNCIL FOR EDUCATIONAL CHANGE WILL WORK WITH STAFF FROM BOTH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY TO DEVELOP BUSINESS PARTNER CONNECTIONS, COORDINATE LOGISTICS, FACILITATE NET NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES, PROVIDE MATERIALS AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT TO OFFER A SERIES OF FOUR TRAININGS FOR STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND ADMINISTRATORS TO PARTICIPATE IN FROM 12 DIFFERENT HIGH SCHOOLS THAT WILL BE SELECTED THROUGH A VOLUNTARY APPLICATION PROCESS. UNDER THIS CAREER LEADERSHIP FORUM MODEL, THE SESSIONS WILL BUILD A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE BUSINESS AND THE EDUCATION COMMUNITIES, TO FACILITATE COMMUNICATION THAT WILL LEAD TO LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIPS, AL ALIGNING TECHNICAL HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY JOB SKILLS WITH STUDENT INTEREST AND EDUCATION. THE PROGRAM WILL BE FUNDED BY THE SECONDARY PERKINS GRANT, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO MORE FULLY DEVELOP ACADEMIC AND CAREER AND SECOND NICKAL SKILLS OF STUDENTS WHICH ARE SUPPORTING PARTNERSHIPS BETWEEN POST-SECONDARY SCHOOLS, BUSINESS, AND INDUSTRY. THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THIS PROGRAM IS CORRELATED TO THE DISTRICT'S CONTINUED RECEIPT OF THE PERKINS GRANT. THIS INITIATIVE WILL BE EVALUATED BY THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND ADMINISTRATORS THAT PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM AND A REFLECTION OF THEIR EXPERIENCES AT THE CONCLUSION. WE GREATLY APPRECIATE THE SCHOOL BOARD'S SUPPORT OF THIS PROGRAM, AS WE'RE CONFIDENT THAT IT WILL BE PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: I'M SO EXCITED.

>> THANK YOU.

>>Melissa Snively: ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO I HAD A CONVERSATION WITH SCOTT BROOKS WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT BUILD TAMPA BAY, AND I SAID WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY BECAUSE THERE'S SUCH A NEED FOR JOBS IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY, AND I KNOW BECAUSE I SIT ON THE BOARD FOR A HOSPITAL, LOCAL HOSPITAL , AND WE MADE THAT CONNECTION, SO TO HAVE THIS KIND OF COME FULL CIRCLE TO WHERE THE STUDENTS REALLY VALIDATED THE FACT THAT NOT ONLY IS THERE A NEED FOR -- FOR HEALTH CARE POSITIONS TO BE FILLED, BUT NOW WE HAVE STUDENTS WHO WANT TO FILL THOSE POSITIONS, AND AS SOON AS THE HOSPITALS GET WORD OF THIS AND MEDICAL FACILITIES GET WORD OF THIS, THEY'RE GOING TO BE JUMPING ALL OVER TRYING TO GET A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, SO THIS IS A HUGE, HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO PARTNER AND FOR THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT STUDENTS ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO HAVE TO FILL THOSE SUCH NEEDED POSITIONS IN THE HEALTH CARE INDUSTRY, SO THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU SO MUCH. I CAN'T WAIT TO SEE HOW THIS IS GOING TO PLAY OUT FOR OUR STUDENTS. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. ITEM 6.19, ACCEPT THE PIGGYBACK OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN VARIOUS VENDORS AND THE STATE OF FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES, AGREEMENT NO. 55101500-17-ACS, LIBRARY MATERIALS, THE BUSINESS SERVICE DIVISION. THIS ITEM IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER SNIVELY AND GRETCHEN SAUNDERS WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM

>> THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. THE TEAM IS RECOMMENDING THE USE OF A PIGGYBACK WITH THE STATE OF FLORIDA'S DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES. THE DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES APPROVED ON AUGUST 7 7th, 2017, THE USE OF A CONTRACT FOR LIBRARY BOOKS, LIBRARY MATERIALS, AUDIO BOOKS, WEB-BASED LIBRARY PRODUCTS, DVDs, eBOOKS, ET CETERA. THE FUNDING FOR THIS PROJECT COMES OUT OF CATEGORICAL. WE RECEIVE DOLLARS FROM DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, FOR DOLLARS, SPECIFICALLY FOR LIBRARY MEDIA. SCHOOLS -- THAT DOESN'T COVER ALL OF OUR NEEDS, SO SCHOOLS THAT ARE TITLE I SCHOOLS CAN USE THOSE FUNDS ALSO, ALSO A SCHOOL CAN USE THEIR INTERNAL ACCOUNTS MONEY. AGAIN, THIS CONTRACT IS FOR FOUR YEARS. IT WILL GO THROUGH 2020, BUT WE CAN TERMINATE IT AT ANY TIME. DID ANYBODY HAVE ANY QUESTIONS?

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: I KNOW WE SPOKE EARLIER AND I APOLOGIZE BECAUSE I DID HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION. JUST OUT OF CURIOSITY, BECAUSE OF THE DIRECTION THAT TECHNOLOGY IS TAKING US WHERE -- WHICH MAKES ME A LITTLE SAD BECAUSE I LOVE PAPER BOOKS, I LOVE HARDBACK BOOKS, BUT I KNOW THAT THAT TECHNOLOGY IS TAKING US TO DIFFERENT PLACES, SO IS THERE GOING TO BE A WAY THAT WE CAN KIND OF SEE WHAT OVER THE COURSE OF THE FOUR YEARS WE HAVE THE CONTRACT WHAT TYPES OF MEDIA ARE WE ACTUALLY GOING TO BE PURCHASING, WHAT PERCENTAGE IS GOING TO BE BOOKS, WHAT PERCENTAGE IS GOING TO BE VISUAL, YOU KNOW, TECHNO TECHNOLOGICAL, THAT TYPE OF THING? I'D JUST BE CURIOUS TO KNOW BASED ON THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS AND THE SITES WHAT WE'RE ACTUALLY GOING TO BE PURCHASING.

>> I THINK DEBBIE AND I CAN WORK TOGETHER ON BRINGING YOU SOMETHING BACK ON THAT.

>> YEAH, AND I -- OUR PROCESS RIGHT NOW, THEY ALREADY HAVE DOING THAT, SO THROUGH THE MEDIA SPECIALISTS, WHAT THEY LOOK AT IS THEIR DEMOGRAPHICS, THEY LOOK AT WHO'S AT THE SCHOOL, ARE THEY LOOK AT CIRCULATION, WHAT IS BEING PURCHASED, STUDENT REQUESTS, TEACHER REQUESTS, AND WITHIN THAT REALM, THEY TAKE A LOOK AT HOW OFTEN A BOOK IS CHECKED OUT, WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE. ALSO, THE TECHNOLOGY AT THE SCHOOL, SO eBOOKS, WE HAVE ALL THAT INVENTORY, AND THEN LOOK AT THAT PURCHASING, SO WE HAVE THOSE STATISTICS, SO BECAUSE OF THIS AGREEMENT, WE'RE ABLE TO THEN DIFFERENTIATE BY SCHOOL, BY NEED, AND THEY'RE THE ONES THAT CONTROL THAT, SO THROUGH THEIR MEDIA SPECIALISTS, THEY USE ALL OF THAT INFORMATION TO BE ABLE, THEN, TO PURCHASE EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEED BASED ON WHO'S AT THEIR SCHOOL, CIRCULATION, HOW OFTEN IT'S USED, WHAT IT'S USED FOR ACRES THEN MAKING SURE THAT THOSE PRODUCTS SPECIFICALLY MEET THE NEEDS OF THEIR SCHOOLS.

>>Melissa Snively: OKAY. THAT MAKES ME FEEL A LITTLE BIT BETTER JUST BECAUSE IT'S A LARGE SUM OF MONEY AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE NOT PURCHASING SOMETHING THAT'S GOING TO SIT ON THE SHELF AND NOT GET UTILIZED BY OUR STUDENTS, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR CLARIFICATION.

>> YOU'RE WELCOME.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. ITEM 6.26, APPROVE CONTRACT FOR CREEKSIDE CHARTER ACADEMY, FORMERLY HILLSBOROUGH CHARTER ACADEMY EAST, CHIEF OF SCHOOLS. THIS ITEM IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER SHAMBURGER AND MEMBER HARRIS AND COMMENT BY MEMBER GRAY, AND JENNA HODGES, GENERAL DIRECTOR OF CHARTER SCHOOLS, WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH. BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, THANKS FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM. CREEKSIDE CHARTER ACADEMY WAS THE HILLSBOROUGH CHARTER ACADEMY EAST. THAT WAS AN APPLICATION THAT WAS APPROVED ON OCTOBER 13th, 2015. THIS IS A CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICANT THAT DELAYED THE SCHOOL OPENING FOR TWO YEARS AS ALLOWED BY LAW. THEY ARE REQUIRED TO OPEN IN 2018, AND THEY ARE READY TO DO THAT. THEY'RE GOING TO SERVE GRADES KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 8, YEAR ONE THEY'LL HAVE AN ENROLLMENT OF 661 STUDENTS IN K-6. THEIR FACILITY WILL BE LOCATED ON 301 IN BETWEEN BALM ROAD AND BIG BEND ROAD. THEY HAVE -- THEY HAVE A TRADITIONAL CURRICULUM WITH AN EMPHASIS ON THE CS USA GUARANTEED AND VIABLE CURRICULUM PROGRAM. THEY HAVE LOCAL -- LOCAL BOARD MEMBERS WHO OVERSEES THE SCHOOLS, AND THEY DO HAVE FIVE OTHER SCHOOLS IN OUR DISTRICT. TONIGHT WITH US WE HAVE ROD HORADO, THE BOARD CHAIR FOR CREEKSIDE CHARTER ACADEMY. THAT ENDS MY HIGHLIGHT. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. I HAVE A FEW THINGS TO SAY, AND THIS REPRESENTS MANY OF MY CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE, LET'S JUST SAY, ADVOCATES OF PUBLIC EDUCATION, SO BEAR WITH ME. I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE ARE REQUIRED BY STATE STATUTE 1 1002.33 TO OPEN AND MAINTAIN CHARTER SCHOOLS. I ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE HAVE A TOP PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOL DIRECTOR, JENNA HODGES, WHO HAS PUT CREDIBILITY AND ENFORCES THE HIGHEST STANDARDS FOR THEM TO MEET. I ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THERE IS A REASON TO OPEN CHARTERS IN THIS CASE IF THEY SERVE SCHOOLS OR CHILDREN THAT NEED THE EQUITY; IN OTHER WORDS, THEY ALLOW THE STUDENTS CHOICE FOR THE KIDS THAT NEED IT; HOWEVER, THE SURGE OF MORE CHARTERS OPENING UP DUE TO HOUSE BILL 7069 WITHOUT -- WILL BUILD OR WILL ADD MORE OUT-OF-STATE CHARTER COMPANIES COMING INTO FLORIDA, PLUS THE SCHOOLS OF HOPE. I FEAR THAT THERE WILL BE AN INCREASED REDUNDANCY AND PROMISE A FINANCIAL CONDITION THAT WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SUSTAIN AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE DATA ALONE WITH THIS YEAR'S SCHOOL CHARTER OPENINGS WILL TELL THE REST OF THE STORY. WE ARE LOSING 120 MILLION PER YEAR DUE TO STUDENTS LEAVING OUR TRADITIONAL CHOICE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO CHARTER SCHOOLS DUE TO LACK OF CHEEKS IN THE SEATS AND THEREFORE, FULL-TIME STUDENTS. EACH CHARTER SCHOOL COSTS US ABOUT $83,000. APPROVING THIS ONE WILL BRING OUR TOTAL COST FOR THE 2016-17 YEAR UP TO $5 MILLION AND SOME CHANGE OF OUR CAPITAL OUTLAY, WHICH WE BARELY HAVE ENOUGH FOR OUR AIR CONDITIONING AND DAY-TO-DAY MAINTENANCE OF OUR OTHER CHOICE SCHOOLS. THE BOTTOM LINE: THOSE MONIES WHICH WE SPEND ON CHARTER APPLICATIONS AND LOSS OF FTEs COULD HAVE BEEN USED POSSIBLY FOR MAINTENANCE AND TEACHER -- AND/OR TEACHER AND SUPPORT STAFF SALARIES. THERE ARE COUNTIES THAT ARE FIGHTING BACK FOR THE INCREASE OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. PALM BEACH COUNTY FOUGHT BACK AFTER FAILING -- HAVING A FEW YEAR -- CHARTER USA SCHOOLS FAIL AND THEY WON. MANATEE COUNTY CHOSE TO CONVERT, THE CONVERSION MODEL, A PUBLIC SCHOOL INTO A CHARTER SCHOOL, AND USING THEIR OWN PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDING, SO IT'S BEEN DONE. THERE ARE OTHER COUNTIES IN FLORIDA THAT ARE SENDING A MESSAGE, AND I WOULD LIKE TO BE PART OF THIS. I WOULD LIKE TO NOW SAY THAT I CANNOT IN FULL FAITH WITH CONSCIENCE ALLOW -- I CANNOT AGREE WITH ANY MORE APPROVALS AT THIS TIME, AND IT DOES NOT REFLECT IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM WHAT YOU ARE DOING AND WHAT YOU STAND FOR. I CANNOT BECAUSE THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT'S POURING OUT OF OUR BUDGET, I FEEL LIKE IT'S PUTTING US IN A CRIPPLED CONDITION, AND OUR TEACHERS, SUPPORT STAFF, MAINTENANCE, CAPITAL OUTLAY FOR OUR SCHOOLS, AIR CONDITIONING, WE'RE ALL FEELING IT, SO ENOUGH SAID. THAT'S WHERE I STAND. THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MR. HORADO, IT'S GOOD TO SEE YOU HERE. WE MISSED YOU AT THE LAST EVENT THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN HERE TO PRESENT BEFORE US, SO I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND MOVE THAT WE APPROVE THIS APPLICATION, BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THIS -- MY APPROVAL DOESN'T COME EASILY. IT'S NOT AN EASY DECISION TO APPROVE ANOTHER SCHOOL UNDER YOUR DIRECTION, AND WE'RE WATCHING. STATUTORILY I KNOW THAT YOU'VE MET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE APPLICATION AND THE CONTRACT COMING FORWARD, BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT JENNA'S TEAM AND THIS BOARD IS WATCHING YOU AND WE EXPECT BETTER THAN WHAT WE'VE SEEN AT ONE OF THE OTHER SCHOOLS THAT HAD TO COME BEFORE THIS BOARD AND HAD TO GIVE EXPLANATION FOR WHY YOU'RE A D, SO IT'S MY OPINION THAT THIS WILL PROBABLY BE APPROVED TONIGHT, BUT I WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT WE'RE WATCHING. THANK YOU.

>> YOU'D NEED A MOTION TO PULL THIS OFF FOR A SEPARATE VOTE IF THAT'S THE BOARD'S WISH, SO IS THAT YOUR MOTION? OKAY.

>>Sally Harris: ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU. ITEM 6 --

>> I'D LIKE TO PULL IT FOR A SECOND VOTE.

>>Jim Porter: THAT WOULD BE A MOTION. YOU'RE MAKING A MOTION TO PULL IT.

>>Melissa Snively: I'D LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO PULL THIS FOR A SEPARATE VOTE.

>>Sally Harris: ALL RIGHT. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER GRAY AND A SECOND BY MEMBER SNIVELY TO PULL THIS ITEM FOR A SEPARATE VOTE. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. YOU'RE VOTING JUST TO PULL IT SEPARATELY. IT PASSES WITH 6-1.

>>Jim Porter: THERE NEEDS TO BE A MOTION TO -- TO APPROVE THE ITEM OR DENY THE ITEM.

>> I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE OR DENY.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER SFURT IS STUART IS MOVING. IS THERE A SECOND?

>>Cindy Stuart: I'M MOVING FOR APPROVAL. THANK YOU.

>> YEAH, I'LL SECOND.

>>Sally Harris: ALL RIGHT. I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE ITEM 6.26, APPROVE THE CONCRETE FOR CREEKSIDE CHARTER ACADEMY, FORMERLY HILLSBOROUGH CHARTER ACADEMY EAST, AND IT IS --

>> SECOND.

>>Sally Harris: -- SECONDED BY MEMBER GRIFFIN. ANY DISCUSSION? IF NONE, THEN PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. AND THE MOTION CARRIES WITH MEMBER GRAY VOTING NO. THANK YOU. MOVING TO ITEM 6.27, APPROVE THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES BETWEEN THE MILITARY CHILD EDUCATION COALITION AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, FOR HELPING MILITARY CHILDREN DISCOVER THEIR STRENGTH, POTENTIAL, AND ASPIRATIONS, RESOURCEFULNESS, CONFIDENCE, AND TRAINING AT TINKER K-8 UNDER THE PROJECT SUPPORTING ALL LEARNERS AND UNITING TO EXCEL (SALUTE) GRANT. THIS IS BEING BROUGHT TO US BY THE CHIEF OF SCHOOLS AND IT'S FOR COMMENT BY MEMBER GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER HARRIS. I COMMENTED ON THIS PARTICULAR ONE. MY NEPHEW IS IN THE MILITARY, AND IT HAS AFFECTED HIS FAMILY, AND THERE ARE MANY STUDENTS FROM MILITARY FAMILIES THAT HAVE -- THAT ARE A SEPARATE GROUP IN A WAY. THEY HAVE PROBLEMS OF ACTING OUT IN CLASS. THERE'S A LOT OF REMORSE WHEN THEIR FATHER OR MOTHER GETS PUT INTO DEPLOYMENT PHASE. MANY KIDS DON'T KNOW IF THEIR FATHER OR MOTHER WILL COME BACK. THIS TYPE OF TRAINING THAT HELPS TEACHERS STRATEGIZE TO HELP THE SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF THESE KIDS THAT HAVE MILITARY -- PARENTS IN THE MILITARY IS VERY -- IT'S VERY CRITICAL BECAUSE IT'S REAL, AND WE CAN'T ALWAYS SAY THAT THE SAME SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS OF MILITARY ARE THE SAME AS THOSE OF THE HOMELESS. I MEAN, EVERY -- EVERY QUADRANT OR EVERY LITTLE SEGMENT OF THE POPULATION NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. THIS PARTICULAR SALUTE TRAINING HELPS THE TEACHERS MAKE -- PUT FORTH THE STRATEGIES TO MITIGATE THOSE EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS THAT THE KIDS MAY F FACE, BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE REMINDED THAT THIS IS A VERY REAL SITUATION WITH MILITARY FAMILIES BEING IN THE FLORIDA KEYS, MILITARY FAMILIES BEING IN PUERTO RICO, AND UNDER POLITICAL ACTIVISM, MILITARY FAMILIES IN TURKEY, SO WE HAVE RIGHT NOW MANY OF THESE EVA EVACUEES, THESE CHILDREN HAVE THEIR FATHER OR MOTHER IN THOSE PLACES THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY DON'T KNOW WHEN THEY'RE COMING BACK, SO I JUST WANT TO -- I JUST MADE THIS COMMENT BECAUSE I WANT US TO BE REMINDED AGAIN AND AGAIN THERE'S SO MANY LITTLE SEGMENTS OF THE STUDENT POPULATION THAT NEEDS ADDRESSING, AND I JUST THINK THIS IS A WONDERFUL WAY OF -- OF HELPING OUT, AND I THANK MR MRS. SUKASH, THE DISTRICT MILITARY LIAISON, FOR ESTABLISHING THIS. THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. ITEM 6.30RBGS ACCEPT THE LOWEST RESPONSIVE RESPONSIBLE BID SUBMITTED BY MULTIPLE VENDORS.

>>Jim Porter: I THINK THAT'S BEEN TAKEN OFF THE LIST. YOU CAN MOVE ON TO 31. THANK YOU, MS. SNIVELY.

>>Sally Harris: ITEM 6.31, APPROVE THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE SERVICES CONTRACT WITH THE STATE OF FLORIDA, DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATIVE HEARINGS, DOAH, BUSINESS SERVICE DIVISION. THIS IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER VALDES AND MEMBER GRAY, AND GRETCHEN SAUNDERS WILL -- CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER, WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.

>> THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. THIS AGENDA ITEM IS COMING FORWARD. IT WAS FIRST APPROVED BACK IN 2004 AND WAS ANNUAL RENEWAL, AND WE LOOKED AT IT ERLEEYIER IN THE YEAR AND WANTED TO UPDATE IT. EVERY YEAR WE GET UPDATES ON THE COST WHEN WE DO NEED THE SERVICES OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE, AND AS OUR BOARD MEMBERS AND CHAIRS HAVE CHA CHANGED, WE WANTED JUST TO UPDATE IT, AND WHEN WE CALLED, REACHED OUT TO THE STATE OF FLORIDA, THEY SAID A LOT OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS WERE DOING THAT, SO WE WERE JUST BRINGING IT BACK TO UPDATE THE INFORMATION AND GET IT APPROVED FROM THE BOARD. ANY QUESTIONS?

>> AND I HAVE -- I'M REALLY SORRY. TAMARA, GO AHEAD.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: I HAVE NO COMMENT OTHER THAN TO SAY YOUR RATIONALE IS FINE WITH ME BECAUSE WE PROBABLY NEED TO BE REPLICATING BEST PRACTICES. THANKS.

>> THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER SHAMBURGER.

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU, MRS. HARRIS. I WANT TO POINT OUT AS SOME HAVE BEEN CONFUSED, KIND OF LIKE I WAS IN THE BEGINNING, IT TALKS ABOUT THIS PROGRAM OR THESE JUDGES, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES BEING PROVIDED BY THE DOAH, BUT YET THERE'S A FINANCIAL IMPACT TO THE DISTRICT. JUST CAN YOU JUST BRIEFLY CLARIFY THIS $5,000 AND WHY THERE'S A FINANCIAL IMPACT TO THE DISTRICT?

>> WE NEED TO PAY FOR THEIR TRAVEL BECAUSE MANY OF THEM ARE COMING. IF THEY CANNOT FIND -- IF WE HAVE A CASE THAT WE NEED AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE FOR, THEY LOOK AROUND THE STATE TO SEE WHO'S CLOSEST, AND IF WE CAN'T FIND ANYBODY CLOSE, WE HAVE TO PAY FOR THEIR TRAVEL AND THEIR EXPENSES IF WE HAVE TO FIND SOMEONE AND SKYPE IN, WE ALSO HAVE TO PAY FOR THAT, SO THIS IS ALL REALLY AROUND THEIR TRAVEL AND EXPENSES.

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. ALL RIGHT. ITEM NO. 6.32R1, APPROVE THE PIGGYBACK OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN MATHEWS BUS ALLIANCE, INC., THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, FLDOE, SCHOOL BUS BID NO. 2017-02 FOR THE PURCHASE OF SCHOOL BUSES AND OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT WITH THE BUSINESS SERVICES DIVISION. THIS ITEM WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER GRAY, MEMBER STUART, MEMBER SNIVELY, A COMMENT FROM MEMBER GRIFFIN, AND HIGHLIGHT FROM MEMBER HARRIS, AND CHRIS FARKAS, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.

>> AS YOU'RE ALL FULLY AWARE, WE AGREED TO A POLICY OF PURCHASING 100 NEW BUSES, SCHOOL BUSES FOR AS WE MOVE FORWARD ON A 15-YEAR PLAN. THIS IS THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF THAT. IT WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED IN OCTOBER, WHICH GETS US THE BUSES HERE ON TIME, BUT BECAUSE OF THE DELAY OF REVIEW, IT'S COMING TO YOU NOW FOR THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE PURCHASE, AND I FEEL WE HAVE SOME QUESTIONS ON IT, SO I WANTED TO OPEN IT UP TO QUESTIONS BEFORE I TOOK US DOWN A PATH WE DIDN'T WANT TO GO.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER SNIVELY. SNIV KNIFE THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. --

>>Melissa Snively: THANK Y YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I DO HAVE A COUPLE QUESTIONS. IT WAS ON THE AGENDA OCTOBER 17th, SO WHY WAS IT PULLED FROM THE AGENDA OCTOBER 17th AND WHO REQUESTED TO PULL THAT FROM THE AGENDA?

>> IT WAS ACTUALLY -- THERE'S A TIMELINE THAT GOES ALONG WITH IT. THE REALITY IS IS THAT THE PROCESS OF BUYING AND PURCHASING BUSES IS ONGOING PROCESS. WE WENT THROUGH VENDORS AND A MATRIX AND SCORING SYSTEM FOR THAT PROCESS, SO WHILE THAT PROCESS HAS CONTINUED THROUGHOUT AND GONE THROUGH; HOWEVER, IN IF AUGUST/SEPTEMBER WE HAD SOME ISSUES WITH ONE OF OUR VENDORS IN ONE OF THE BUSES THAT CAME THROUGH, AND THAT CAUSED US TO PAUSE BECAUSE THAT HAPPENED DURING THE SAME TIME. AS YOU KNOW, OUR BOARD ITEMS ARE DUE TO DR. VAZQUEZ AND MR. AIKENS ABOUT THREE WEEKS BEFORE THEM. WHEN IT WAS DUE TO THE BOARD ITEM UNTIL SOME OF THE ITEMS CAME TO LIGHT WERE, THERE WE FELT IT WAS BEST TO GIVE THAT VENDOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN WHAT HAD HAPPENED RATHER THAN GO IN ONE DIRECTION OR ANOTHER DIRECTION. THEREFORE, WE POSTPONED THAT. MR. BEAKMAN AND MYSELF PULLED THE AGENDA ITEM OFF THE LIST. WHEN WE DID THAT, WE EXPLAINED THAT TO MR. AIKENS AND DR. VAZQUEZ THAT WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE HAD AN INFORMED DECISION, GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT VENDOR TO EXPLAIN H HIMSELF OR THEIRSELF. WE DID THAT, HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONSULT LEGAL ON THAT AND HAD LEGAL SEND A LETTER AND SAY, HEY, WE'D LIKE A FORMAL EXPLANATION AS TO WHAT'S GOING ON IN THIS PROCESS. THAT'S WHY IT WAS DELAYED AND YOU SEE THE RECOMMENDATION IF IN FRONT OF YOU.

>>Melissa Snively: CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY YOU GAVE THEM TO EXPLAIN THEMSELVES?

>> SURE. WE FELT THAT IT COULDN'T BE INFORMAL, WE FELT IT HAD TO BE SOMETHING WHERE BECAUSE IT'S A HIGH-DOLLAR TICKET ITEM THAT WE ENGAGED THE LEGAL COUNSEL, M MR. GIBSON. I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH HE WANTS ME TO SAY, I DON'T WANT TO STEP ON HIS TOES, BUT THE REALITY IS WE ASKED HIM TO WRITE THE LETTER TO EXPLAIN -- TO -- WE SENT IT CERTIFIED AND IT WENT DIRECTLY TO THAT BUS VENDOR THAT REQUIRED A RESPONSE TO US, AND THAT RESPONSE WAS THE LETTER AND THE RESPONSE WAS REVIEWED BY LEGAL WITH THAT INTERPRETATION, AND THAT WAS THE -- THAT WAS HOW WE WENT. WE THOUGHT IT WAS APPROPRIATE TO BE FORMAL WITH THIS BIG OF A PURCHASE.

>>Melissa Snively: AS FAR AS THE INCIDENTS THAT OCCURRED IN AUGUST, WHAT WAS THE RESULT OF THE INSPECTIONS THAT CAME BACK FROM THOSE PARTICULAR VEHICLES?

>> THE INSPECTIONS, THE DOE INSPECTIONS THAT WE DO EVERY 28 DAYS, IS THAT WHAT YOU MEAN? WE DID NOT FIND CORRELATION OF THAT. THE VISUAL INSPECTIONS WERE GIVEN AT HAND. THERE WAS NOT A DIRECT DOE INSPECTION THAT WOULD CAUSE THE CHECKING OF THE ISSUE ON THAT. THE ACTUAL INSPECTION MANUAL FROM THAT VENDOR IS VERY SPECIFIC, AND WHEN THAT ACTUAL ITEM NEEDS TO BE CHECKED. IN THEIR MANUAL IT SAYS YOU CHECK IT AT 100 MILES AND CHECK IT AT 12,000 MILES. THE BUSES WERE DELIVERED TO US AFTER 100 MILES, SO THAT FIRST CHECK SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE AT THE VENDOR AT HAND. THE NEXT CHECK WOULD HAVE BEEN AT 12,000 MILES, AND WE HADN'T HIT THAT MARK YET.

>>Melissa Snively: OKAY. AND THEN I WAS WONDERING WHEN WE ACTUALLY -- AND -- BECAUSE HERE'S HOW I UNDERSTAND. ONE OF THE ISSUES I HAVE IS KIND OF THE WAY THIS WAS -- THE WAY WE CONDUCTED BUSINESS WITH RESPECT TO GIVING THE IMPRESSION TO BLUE BIRD THAT WE WERE GOING TO KEEP MOVING FORWARD WITH THE PURCHASE, WITH THE TEN BUSES, AND THEN FINDING OUT AT THE LAST MINUTE THAT THAT CONTRACT WAS GOING TO CHANGE AND 100% OF THE BUSES WERE GOING TO BE PURCHASED FROM THOMAS, SO HOW DID THAT HAPPEN AT THE LAST MINUTE?

>> I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU CHARACTERIZE LAST MINUTE. THE LETTER FROM MR. GIBSON WAS ON NOVEMBER 7th WAS OUR LETTER THAT DIRECTLY SAID WE HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT FUTURE PURC PURCHASES. IT'S DECEMBER 5th, SO I WOULD SAY THAT'S A MONTH IN THAT PROCESS, AND REALIZE WE HAD JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS ISSUE NOT MUCH BEFORE THAT, SO I MEAN, WHILE IT SEEMS LIKE IT'S A QUICK TIMELINE, THERE REALLY ISN'T A TIMELINE BECAUSE WHEN THE FIRST INCIDENT HAPPENED, THOSE BUSES WERE AT THAT FACTORY, AT THAT VENDOR BECAUSE THEY'RE THE ONES THAT FIXED IT, AND THEY SAT IN THEIR SHOP, SO NOVEMBER 7th IS WHEN WE FIRST NOTIFIED THEM FISHILY: -- OFFICIALLY, OBVIOUSLY WHEN THE INCIDENT HAPPENED AND IT WENT TO THEIR SHOP, I THINK IT WOULD BE A RED FLAG TO THEM THAT THERE'S AN ISSUE WE NEED TO ADDRESS, BUT INSTEAD OF ALLOWING THAT OR ASSUMING THAT, WE SAID PLEASE SEND A FORMAL LETTER, PLEASE EXPLAIN WHY THIS HAPPENED. NOVEMBER 7th IS WHEN THAT WAS SENT.

>>Melissa Snively: WE GAVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY, BUT WE DIDN'T CHANGE THE AGENDA ITEM UNTIL THE AGENDA CAME OUT, THAT'S HOW I UNDERSTAND THAT.

>> THE AGENDA ITEM FOR OCTOBER WAS PULLED BACK. THE NEW AGENDA ITEM DOESN'T COME OUT UNTIL THE TUESDAY BEFORE THE BOARD MEETING, SO BETWEEN THE TIME AT THE OCTOBER PULL AND THE NOVEMBER -- EXCUSE THE DATE, A WEEK BEFORE TODAY WHEN IT WAS RELEASED, THAT'S WHEN WE WERE GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS OF THEM PROVIDING INFORMATION TO US, SO WE WOULDN'T HAVE HAD THAT CHANGE. AM UNTIL WE HAD THE FORMAL RESPONSE FROM THEM -- THE DECISION WASN'T MADE UNTIL WE GOT THEIR RESPONSE.

>>Melissa Snively: WHEN WAS THE DECISION FINALLY MADE TO MAKE THE 100 PURCHASE FOR THOMAS AS OPPOSED TO BLUE BIRD?

>> GREAT QUESTION. WHEN WE TALKED TO THEM AND GOT THE RESPONSE BACK, THEN SET A MEETING WITH MR. AIKENS AND VAZQUEZ AND TALKED ABOUT THE COMFORT LEVEL ABOUT WHERE THE NEXT STEP WAS BECAUSE THE REALITY IS MR. AIKENS'S GOING TO RECOMMEND IT TO THE BOARD, SO I HAD TO MAKE SURE MY BOSS WAS COMFORTABLE WITH THAT DECISION, AND WE LITERALLY HAD A CONVERSATION ABOUT IT AND SAID, THIS IS SOMETHING I'M NOT REAL COMFORTABLE WITH RIGHT NOW, I THINK WE MIGHT WANT TO PAUSE ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING AND ERR ON THE SIDE OF SAFETY. HE AGREED WITH THAT RECOMMENDATION, AND THAT'S WHEN YOU SAW THE AGENDA ITEM COME FORWARD.

>>Melissa Snively: AGAIN, JUST THE ISSUE THAT I HAVE IS THAT I'D LIKE TO LOOK INTO THIS FURTHER TO SEE IF WE'VE GIVEN THEM A FAIR OPPORTUNITY TO RESPOND, AND KNOWING THAT IT'S A QUALITY PRODUCT, OBVIOUSLY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ENDORSES THEM AS A VENDOR, THEY'RE -- YOU KNOW, LEE COUNTY JUST PURCHASED 26 OF THEIR BUSES, AND SO I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MOVE TO TABLE OR MOVE TO DELAY THIS PARTICULAR PURCHASE UNTIL WE HAVE SOME ADDITIONAL -- I THINK THE BOARD NEEDS TO SEE SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION BEFORE WE MAKE A FINAL DEC DECISION, AND I KNOW WE'RE ON A TIMELINE BECAUSE I KNOW BUSES HAVE TO BE PURCHASED, BUT I ALSO KNOW MANUFACTURERS SHUT DOWN PRETTY MUCH THE LAST TWO WEEKS OF DECEMBER, SO REALLY IT MIGHT BE ONLY PUTTING US BACK A COUPLE OF WEEKS TO GET THE BUSES PREPARED, OR HAVING -- GOING AHEAD AND MAKING THE 90 PURCHASES AND DECIDING ON THE TEN ADDITIONAL PURCHASES LATER, BUT I JUST THINK IT'S -- I JUST THINK IT'S UNFAIR THE WAY THAT WE'VE TRANSACTED BUSINESS WITH BLUE BIRD. I DON'T THINK IT'S FAIR THAT THEY'VE HAD TO BASICALLY -- WERE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT THEY HAD THE CONTRACT UP UNTIL BASICALLY THE AGENDA ITEM CAME OUT, AND SO I JUST DON'T FEEL THAT'S AN ACCEPTABLE WAY TO DO BUSINESS WITH SUCH A LARGE MANUFACTURER, AND I WOULD LIKE -- I THINK IT SHEDS A BAD LIGHT ON THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WHEN WE DO THINGS LIKE THAT, AND I THINK THAT WE SHOULD CONSIDER -- RECONSIDER PURCHASING THAT -- HOLDING OFF TONIGHT AND MAYBE PURCHASING -- CONSIDERING PUTTING IT BACK ON THE AGENDA FOR THE JANUARY, AS SOON AS WE CAN FOR THE JANUARY MEETING, BUT I PERSONALLY, AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, WOULD LIKE SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS BUS PURCHASE.

>> AND, OBVIOUSLY, IT'S THE BOARD'S CALL ON HOW WE DO THAT. JUST A BACKGROUND PLAN. AS WE'VE SAID NUMEROUS TIMES, OCTOBER/NOVEMBER IS OUR IDEAL TIME. THE CONTRACT IS VERY SPECIFIC WITH THE STATE, THAT 240 DAYS THEY'RE ALLOWED TO DELIVER BUSES FOR US. IF YOU BACKWARD PLAN -- GOING BACK TO MY TEACHER DAYS, IF YOU BACKWARD PLAN WHERE WE'RE GO GOING, WE'RE RIGHT AT THAT TIME RIGHT NOW. IT TAKES TWO TO FIVE DAYS DEPENDING ON WHAT'S GOING ON TO GET IT TO TALLAHASSEE AND TALLAHASSEE GETS IT TO THE VENDOR, AND THEN THERE'S A 240 DAY THAT IS SPECIFIED IN THE CONTRACT WHERE THEY HAVE TO GET THE BUSES TO US. MANY HAVE BEEN GOOD GETTING US THE BUSES EARLY, BUT WE HAVE TO PLAN ON THAT, THE IDEA WE NEED BUSES THERE WHEN THE BUSES ARE BID ON BY THE BUS DRIVERS, AND WHEN THEY GET HERE, WE HAVE TO PUT IN OUR RADIO SYSTEM, AND IT TAKES TIME FOR THAT. THE BOARD MAKES THAT DECISION, BUT I WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU MAKE THE INFORMED DECISION ABOUT THE POSTPONEMENT TONIGHT. IT'S A GOOD CHANCE IT WILL BASE ON THE STATE CONTRACT THE INABILITY FOR US TO HAVE THOSE 110 BUSES FOR OUR BUS DRIVERS FOR AUGUST 10th OF NEXT YEAR.

>>Melissa Snively: I KNOW THERE ARE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS THAT WANT TO SPEAK.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: WELL, I WAS GOING TO YIELD TO THE OTHER FOLKS, THE OTHER MEMBERS THAT HIGHLIGHTED IT, AND THEN I WAS GOING TO MAKE A COMMENT. DO WE HAVE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS THAT HIGHLIGHTED?

>>Sally Harris: THEY'LL WAIT.

>>Lynn Gray: YEAH. LET ME YIELD TO THEM BECAUSE MINE'S A COMMENT. SO DID YOU WANT TO MAKE A COMMENT? OKAY. WELL, LET ME SHARE MY CONCERN. IT'S A LOT OF MONEY. $10 MILLION, AND -- WITH SOME DOUBT. I KNOW THIS IS -- THIS IS THE TIME WHEN WE HAVE TO MAKE THOSE TOUGH DECISIONS WHEN WE MAKE OR BREAK THINGS IN -- IN THESE -- IN THE FUTURE OF PUTTING OURSELVES IN A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF -- I DON'T WANT TO SAY JEOPARDY. I WANT TO SAY -- AS A BOARD MEMBER, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYTHING IS CRYSTAL CLEAR, AND IF I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF DOUBT ABOUT THE RESPONSE FROM BLUE BIRD, WHICH I REALLY KIND OF DO -- I HEARD -- I MEAN, I'VE GOT ALL THE LITERATURE, AND THANK YOU, MS. SAUNDERS, FOR SHARING EVERYTHING VERY AR PARTICULARLY, BUT I'M NOT COMFORTABLE RIGHT NOW WITH THE LITTLE BIT OF INFORMATION I HAVE. WHEN SOMEONE SAYS $10 MILLION TO ME OR $8 MILLION OR $1 MILLION, IT REALLY GETS MY ATTENTION, SO IF I'M NOT -- I'M SPEAKING FOR MYSELF. IF I'M NOT CRYSTAL CLEAR AS TO EVERY NUANCE, THEN I AM MORE LIKELY TO WANT TO RESEARCH IT MORE, WHICH I WILL, AND GET INVOLVED WITH THIS WHOLE TRANSACTION, SO I WOULD -- I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO SEE IF WE COULD NOT -- IF WE WOULD BE WILLING TO JUST WAIT UNTIL THE NEXT BOARD MEETING IN JANUARY TO VOTE -- TO VOTE FOR THIS OR VOTE ON IT. THAT'S WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO.

>>Sally Harris: ARE YOU MAKING A MOTION?

>>Lynn Gray: I'D LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION FOR US TO PUT THIS ON THE NEXT BOARD AGENDA FOR US TO -- SO I CAN HAVE TIME, AND IT LOOKS LIKE MS. SNIVELY MAY WANT TO ALSO. I -- I WILL -- I REALLY CANNOT APPROVE THIS RIGHT NOW WITH THE AMOUNT OF INFORMATION THAT I HAVE.

>>Sally Harris: OKAY. WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR BY MEMBER GRAY AND A MOTION SECONDED BY MEMBER SNIVELY TO POSTPONE THIS PURCHASE.

>>Lynn Gray: JUST UNTIL THE NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. YEAH, JUST TO -- YEAH.

>>Sally Harris: OKAY.

>>Jim Porter: THAT'S A MOTION THAT THE BOARD CAN MAKE. I THINK IT'S THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION, SO YOU NEED TO HEAR FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT BEFORE YOU VOTE ON THAT MOTION. OR FROM HIS REPRESENTATIVE. IT'S HIS RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU'RE VOTING ON.

>>Sally Harris: DO WE MOVE INTO DISCUSSION NOW WITH THE BOARD MEMBERS? IS IT

>>Jim Porter: BEFORE YOU VOTE, YOU NEED TO HEAR FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT, SO YOU CAN HAVE BOARD DISCUSSION, BUT YOU NEED TO HEAR FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Sally Harris: OKAY. WE'LL HAVE BOARD DISCUSSION, AND THEN WE'LL GIVE YOU THE CHANCE TO SUMMARIZE. IT WOULD BE MEMBER VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. AGAIN, BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW, BOARD MEMBERS, WHEN THESE PARTICULAR ITEMS GO OUT FOR BIDDING AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE BECAUSE WE DO NOT KNOW THAT AHEAD OF TIME -- AND YOU'RE RIGHT, WE GET THESE ON THE -- AT THE DAIS OR -- A WEEK BEFORE WE'RE ABOUT TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS AND GET THE INFORMATION. I TOO WAS TAKEN ABACK WHEN I SAW THE DOCUMENTATION AND THE AGENDA ITEM IN REFERENCE TO THE VENDORS THAT WE WERE GOING TO BE PURCHASING BUSES FROM, SO I -- I DID REQUEST SOME INFORMATION, WHICH WE DID GET, BUT WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SOME INFORMATION THAT I REQUESTED, I DID NOT RECEIVE WHICH WAS THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S INSPECTIONS. WE GOT OUR INSPECTIONS AS FAR AS -- BUT THAT ONE, I MISSED THAT INFORMATION AS WELL, SO I DON'T KNOW -- IT'S MY UNDERSTANDING THAT THOSE TWO PARTICULAR BUSES, THEY WERE DIESEL BUSES -- I MEAN, THEY WERE PROPANE BUSESMENT WE ARE NOT ORDERING PROPANE BUSES, ALTHOUGH I UNDERSTAND IT IS THAT SERIES -- IT'S THAT SERIES OF BUSES, BUT IN -- IN THIS MANUAL IT SAYS THAT THE WHEEL HARDWARE, IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE A 30-DAY INSPECTION AND IT'S SUPPOSED TO INSPECT FOR PRESENCE, TYPE, CONDITION, AND SECUREMENT OF ALL WHEEL HARDWARE, AND THEN IT SAYS IT BECOMES OUT OF SERVICE IF ANY WHEEL, NUT, STUD, OR CLAMP IS LOOSE OR THERE IS A RUST OR CORROSION INDICATING POSSIBLE LOOSENESS. I AM NOT SURE WHAT THE PROCEDURE IS ON A DAILY BASIS FROM THE BUS DRIVER'S PERSPECTIVE AND WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO. I DON'T KNOW THIS DAY-TO-DAY. IT'S TOO MUCH INFORMATION FOR ME BECAUSE IT'S NOT -- BUT IF IT'S PART OF THE RULES OF WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING AS DISTRICT STAFF, WHICH IS -- WHICH IS NOT -- THAT'S ABOVE MY PAY GRADE, I HAVE TO TRUST THAT THAT IS BEING DONE. WHEN REQUESTING THAT INFORMATION, THAT INFORMATION IS NOT RECEIVED, IT'S VERY CHALLENGING FOR ME TO ENSURE THAT OUR DISTRICT STAFF IS DOING WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING SO THAT, THEN, WE CAN CONFIDENTLY SAY, ALL RIGHT, THIS IS A GOOD DECISION, SO I DON'T WANT -- I -- I REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED LAST TIME WHEN WE POSTPONED PURCHASING BUSES FOR A YEAR, AND THAT WAS EXTREMELY DETRIMENTAL TO THE OPERATIONS DIVISION, AND I DO NOT WANT TO ADD MORE OF THAT TO THE DEPARTMENT, BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN, WHAT I DO -- WHAT I DO EXPECT IS THAT THE INTEGRITY OF THE PROCESS IS INTACT BECAUSE, AGAIN, WE DON'T DO THE DAY-TO-DAY. WE'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO PROCURE. SO IT'S WHEN THESE DISCOVERY TIMES OF ASKING THESE QUESTIONS AND PARTICULARLY WHEN WE HAD TWO -- JUST TWO INCIDENCES -- I MEAN, GRANTED, TWO INCIDENCES THAT MAYBE SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED, BUT JUST THE OTHER DAY I WENT TO GET MY CAR WA WASHED, AND NOT KNOWING BECAUSE I DID NOT RECEIVE AN INFORMATION IN THE MAIL OR ANYTHING, BUT I HAD A RECALL, NOT EVEN KNOWING IT, SO WHILE I WAS THERE, SURE, GO AHEAD AND TAKE CARE OF THE RECALL, SO THINGS HAPPEN. THESE ARE MECHANICAL THINGS. BUT I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE INTEGRITY OF OUR PROCESS AND -- IS THAT IT'S INTACT, IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN ALL STAND BY AND SAY WITH ASSURANCE THAT WE DID DUE DILIGENCE, AND I TOO, AT THIS POINT -- I KNOW THE NEED, BUT I HAVEN'T FELT SECURE WITH ENSURING THAT THE INTEGRITY OF THIS PROCESS WAS FOLLOWED THROUGH, SO I DON'T KNOW, AGAIN, EVEN FROM HERE TO EVEN SUGGEST IN THE FUTURE THAT IF WE GO -- IF WE MOVE THIS AGENDA FORWARD -- AND AGAIN, I'M NOT NEGOTIATING, BUT JUST ANOTHER IDEA IS THAT IF WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS PARTICULAR CONTRACT BECAUSE OF THE NEED THAT WE HAVE THAT LATER ON WE DO RIGHT BY PROCURING. OF COURSE, IF THE NUMBERS ARE CORRECT AND IF IT JUST FALLS DOWN TO THAT BUT AT THE LAST MINUTE THESE KINDS OF CHANGES AND SURPRISES ARE NOT VERY COMFORTABLE FOR US AS A BODY, SO I'M NOT SURE WHAT -- WHAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO DO IN THE NEAR FUTURE, BUT, AGAIN, I DO NOT WANT TO PUT US IN THAT HARM'S WAY OF NOT HAVING THESE BUSES BECAUSE WE SUFFERED THROUGH THAT ALREADY, AND I DON'T WANT TO PUT OUR COMMUNITY, OUR CHILDREN IN THAT PREDICAMENT, BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN, I NEED TO FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE BUSINESS THAT WE'RE DOING HERE TODAY, AND RIGHT NOW I'M NOT.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: YEAH. AND MEMBER VALDES, I ECHO THAT. THERE'S A FEELING OF UNEASE AND NOT HAVING A FULL -- THE FULL PICTURE, AND I THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY, IF WE ARE GOING TO BE FINANCIAL STEWARDS, WE MUST GIVE THAT PERCEPTION TO THE PUBLIC. WE OWE OUR TAXPAYERS A COMPLETE OVERVIEW OF ANY -- OF EVERYTHING, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE START THINKING OF THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY, AND IF WE DON'T FEEL COMFORTABLE RIGHT NOW, THEN I WOULD HAVE TO SAY PUT THE BURDEN ON US TO FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION, LET US DO THAT, AND THEN WHEN WE VOTE FOR IT THE FOLLOWING MONTH, IF THAT'S WHAT IT WOULD BE, THEN I WILL FEEL BETTER, AND I THINK OUR CONSTITUENTS AND OUR DISTRICT WILL DEFINITELY LOOK BETTER IN TERMS OF TRANSPARENCY AND FINANCIAL STEWARDSHIP, AND THAT'S -- THAT'S THE BOTTOM LINE. THAT, TO ME, IS VERY IMPORTANT.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR, AND I JUST WANTED TO ECHO THAT ALTHOUGH, MEMBER GRAY, TO YOUR POINT THAT THIS IS A LARGE TICKETED ITEM, BUSES ARE EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE, SO NO MATTER WHAT, 100 BUSES, IT'S GOING TO BE TO THIS TUNE OF MONEY, AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE MUST DO. FOR MANY, MANY YEARS WE WENT YEARS WITHOUT REPLACING OUR BUSES, AND, HENCE, THAT'S WHY THERE'S BEEN SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS IN THE PAST THAT HAVE OCCURRED, AND WE HAD TO HURRY UP AND CLEAN THAT UP. THAT WAS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF HOW THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION WAS NOT BEING FORTHRIGHT WITH THE PURCHASES OF BUSES. THE BODY WAS THINKING THAT BUSINESS WAS GOING ON AS USUAL, THEN WE FIND OUT, OH, MY GOSH, NO BUSES HAD BEEN PURCHASED. THAT WAS AN ISSUE, OKAY, SO THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THINGS FROM THE PAST THAT WE'VE LEARNED FROM SITUATIONS THAT HAPPENED FROM THE PAST THAT WE DO NOT WANT TO REPEAT AGAIN NOW IN THIS CURRENT TIME BECAUSE WE KNEW WHAT POSTPONING PURCHASING BUSES DID BACK THEN AND THE PROCESS THAT IT TAKES TO BUILD THESE BUSES, SO I JUST WANTED TO -- FOR ME IT'S NOT SO MUCH THE FINANCIAL IMPACT BECAUSE THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE MUST DO. WE HAVE TO DO IT. IT'S MORE SO THE INTEGRITY OF THE PROCESS AND THE PARTNERSHIP, PARTICULARLY WHEN WE WENT OUT AND WE DID SURVEYS FROM OUR EMPLOYEES WHERE WE ASKED THEM NOT ONCE, NOT TWICE, BUT WE ACTUALLY EXTENDED THE PERIOD SO THAT WE COULD GET MORE FEEDBACK, AND THE FEEDBACK CAME BACK FROM THE BUS DRIVERS THAT THEIR PREFERENCE OF VEHICLE WAS THE BLUE BIRD BR BRAND, SO WHEN YOU ASK EMPLOYEE INPUT AND YOU GET EMPLOYEE INPUT AND YOU'RE NOT -- AND WE'RE TRYING TO LISTEN, BUT THEN YOU SEE WHAT WE WIND UP GETTING AS WE WERE HERE TWO HOURS AGO LISTENING TO A LOT OF FOOLISHNESS, SO I JUST PUT THAT OUT THERE SO THAT THEN YOU CAN REALLY UNDERSTAND THOSE DYNAMICS THAT THIS IS ONE AGENDA ITEM THAT I'M REALLY STRUGGLING WITH BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT I KNOW IT'S A MUST  DO, IT'S A MUST EX EXPENDITURE THAT WE HAVE TO DO, BUT IT'S JUST THE PROCESS IS WHAT I'M CONCERNED ABOUT.

>>Sally Harris: MR. AIKENS.

>> WELL, OBVIOUSLY, RECOMMENDATIONS ARE ALWAYS DIFFICULT TO MAKE, BUT I MAKE THEM WITH LOOKING AT EVERY SINGLE ASPECT OF THE RECOMMENDATION. I WANT TO BE VERY, VERY CLEAR WHAT THE BOARD -- THERE ARE LOTS OF THINGS THAT CAME -- CAME WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION, SO FIRST OF ALL, LET ME ADDRESS THE PROCESS BECAUSE, OBVIOUSLY, THIS -- THIS BOARD ASKED US TO PUT A PROCESS IN PLACE TO GET FEEDBACK FROM OUR EMPLOYEES, TO GET INPUT WITH REGARDS TO THE PERFORMANCE. I THINK OUR STUDENTS EVEN HAVE INPUT AROUND THIS PROCESS, AND SO OUT OF THAT PROCESS GIVES US VERY GOOD INFORMATION ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE PURCHASES THAT WE'VE MADE IN THE PAST AND ALL OF OUR CURRENT VENDORS HAVE BEEN VERY GOOD PARTNERS WITH US THROUGHOUT THIS ENTIRE PROCESS, SO I WANT TO APPLAUD ALL OF THEM FOR BEING GREAT PARTNERS IN THAT. CERTAINLY, AS WE GO THROUGH ANY KIND OF PROCESS, WE GET THE INPUT AND WE TRY TO MAKE THE VERY BEST RECOMMENDATIONS. THE VERY, VERY COMPLICATING FACTOR WITH THIS PARTICULAR RECOMMENDATION WAS IN THE MIDST OF THAT PROCESS AND THE COB COLLUSION OF THAT PROCESS -- CONCLUSION OF THAT PROCESS CAME SERIOUS PERFORMANCE CHALLENGES THAT I HAD TO, AS A SUPERINTENDENT, LOOK THROUGH THE LENS AND SAY AM I -- DO I HAVE CONFIDENCE TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO THIS BOARD BASED OFF OF WHAT I KNOW NOW? AND WE WANT TO WORK WITH OUR PARTNERS TO RECTIFY THAT. THAT DOESN'T GIVE UP HOPE ON ANY OF OUR PARTNERS, BUT WHEN PERFORMANCE CHALLENGES COME UP, WE HAVE TO HEAR WITH GREAT CLARITY AND I HAVE TO HAVE GREAT CONFIDENCE FOR YOU TO BRING A RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD THAT GIVES YOU A COMFORT THAT WE'RE MAKING THE VERY BEST DECISION, BECAUSE SURVEYWISE AND PROCESSWISE, ALL OF OUR VENDORS DO WELL. I MEAN, OUR BUSES DO VERY, VERY WELL, BUT IN THE MIDST OF A PERFORMANCE CHALLENGE AND GETTING CLARITY AROUND HOW THAT WAS GOING TO BE RECTIFIED, I -- AND THE TIMING THAT WE HAVE TO PUT IN PLACE TO GET BUSES, YOU KNOW, TO OUR BUS DRIVERS TO BE ABLE TO SELECT THEIR BUSES, TO GET THE ROUTES OUT AND ALL OF THAT, WE ARE NOW -- THE WINDOW IS STARTING TO CLOSE ON BEING ABLE TO MAKE THAT RECOMMENDATION TO THE BOARD, SO KNOWING WE HAVE QUALITY PRODUCTS OUT THERE ON OUR -- ON OUR ROADS, YOU KNOW, WITH OUR STUDENTS, BUT KNOWING THAT THERE WAS A PERFORMANCE CHALLENGE THAT I DON'T YET AS A SUPERINTENDENT HAVE COMPLETE CONFIDENCE THAT I CAN BRING A RECOMMENDATION TO YOU KNOWING THAT THERE MAY NOT BE A CONTINUED ISSUE, I KNOW WE'RE WORKING WITH THE VENDOR TO RECTIFY THAT, AND I HAVE EVERY BIT OF CONFIDENCE THAT IT WILL ULTIMATELY BE RECTIFIED, BUT THE TIMELINE IS CLOSING, THAT RECOMMENDATION IS COMING BEFORE YOU TO MAKE. I THINK IT'S THE RIGHT RECOMMENDATION FOR US BASED ON THE TIMELINE. I KNOW MR. FARKAS -- I KNOW IF YOU WANTED TO -- THERE WAS PART OF THE LETTER THAT MAY BE PUBLIC -- MAYBE PUBLICLY WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE READ SO WE HAVE GREATER CLARITY AROUND WHAT WAS ASKED.

>> I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE I THINK THAT WHAT YOU'RE ASKING FOR IS WHAT WE DID IN OCTOBER WHICH IS THERE'S A CONCERN, WE'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE A RASH DECISION, IT'S A $10 MILLION DECISION FOR ALL THE BUSES THAT ARE THERE, SO WE DIDN'T JUST DO A -- MY TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR AND HAVE THEM TALK TO THEM, IT WAS GO TO LEGAL. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT WE DON'T INVOLVE YOU WITH THE DAY-TO-DAY BECAUSE THAT'S NOT THE ROLE THAT I UNDERSTOOD, SO THAT'S WHY WE DIDN'T WANT TO BURDEN YOU WITH THAT THING, BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE LETTER IS, AS A RESULT -- IN THE ARTICLE -- PRIOR TO CONSIDERING THE PURCHASE OF ANY ADDITIONAL UNITS FROM THIS VENDOR, WE REQUEST THAT YOU PROVIDE INFORMATION ON THE FOLLOWING ITEMS, SO FOR THEM TO SAY THAT THEY WERE SURPRISED AND BLIND-SIDED BY THIS IS STAGGERING TO ME BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW WHAT OTHER WORDING WE COULD USE OTHER THAN WE CAN'T BUY FROM YOU IF YOU CAN'T ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS, AND THAT'S THE WORDING THAT WE H HAVE, AND THEN THE RESPONSE, WHICH ALL OF YOU HAVE, I STRUGGLE WITH THAT BEING A REASONABLE RESPONSE THAT WOULD PROVIDE CONFIDENCE FOR YOU TO BUY BUSES. AND THEN PART 2 OF THAT WOULD BE -- I'M SORRY IF I WAS STEPPING OUT OF MY ROLE. I FEEL I HAVE TO DEFEND THE WORK OF MY TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND THE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THERE BECAUSE THE VALIDITY AND THE -- THE FAITH THAT I HAVE IN THAT DEPARTMENT IS UNQUESTIONED. THE REALITY IS THAT WHEN WE DELAYED IT IN OCTOBER, THERE WASN'T 4,000 PEOPLE HERE TO SWARM THE BOARD AND TO PROVIDE EXPLANATION. IT HAPPENED A WEEK AGO. WE DID THIS IN OCTOBER. THEY GOT THE LETTER IN NOV NOVEMBER. IT'S BEEN OVER A MONTH THAT THEY'VE DONE THIS PROCESS, AND IF ANYONE ON THE BOARD READS THEIR RESPONSE AND FEELS COMFORTABLE BUYING THOSE BUSES, THEN, OBVIOUSLY, YOU'RE THE ELECTED OFFICIAL THAT HAS TO DO THAT. PART 2 OF THAT CONVERSATION IS WHAT COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN BETWEEN NOW AND JANUARY 5th THAT THEY WARRANT AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO BETWEEN OCTOBER AND TODAY, AND THAT'S KIND OF THE QUESTION I'M PUZZLED WITH WITH WHAT THEY DO. I DON'T HAVE AN INVESTMENT IN WHAT BRAND WE USE. MY ONLY PROBLEM WITH THIS ENTIRE CONVERSATION WAS THE EFFECT THAT THE STAFF WAS QUESTIONED ABOUT THE PROCESS. WE LITERALLY SENT A CERTIFIED LETTER THROUGH OUR ATTORNEY NOTIFYING THEM OF THE PROCESS, SO THEY WERE NOT BLIND-SIDED, THEY WERE INFORMED OFFICIALLY AND LEGALLY TO DO THAT, AND IF YOU WANT TO BUY A DIFFERENT BRAND, THAT'S BETWEEN THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE BOARD, BUT I WILL DEFEND THE PROCESS AND DEFEND OUR NOTIFICATION OF THE VENDOR AND DEFEND MY TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR. THANK YOU.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: SO JUST IN WRAPPING THAT CONVERSATION UP, I MEAN, THE RECOMMENDATION IS COMING FOR A MYRIAD OF REASONS. I THINK WE CONTINUE TO MOVE FORWARD AND WORK WITH ALL OF OUR VENDORS ON -- ON THE PRODUCT, CURRENT AND FUTURE. CERTAINLY, YOU KNOW, WE -- THE TIMELINE OF WHEN WE BRING THINGS TO THE BOARD, THAT'S OUR DECISION. YOU KNOW, WE COULD -- IF WE GET CLARITY IN TWO OR THREE MONTHS, YOU KNOW, AROUND THIS ISSUE AND WE HAVE CONFIDENCE, WE COULD LOOK AT TIMELINES IN THE FUTURE FOR ACCELERATING TIMELINES TO COME TO THE BOARD. WE DON'T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL, YOU KNOW, DECEMBER OR NOVEMBER TO DO THOSE KIND OF THINGS, BUT KNOWING RIGHT NOW WHERE STANDS WITH THE WINDOW CLOSING, THIS IS WHERE WE ARE WITH THIS RECOMMENDATION. THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MR. PORTER, I WILL LEAN ON YOU. WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR --

>>Jim Porter: YOU HAVE MEMBERS WHO WANT TO SPEAK.

>>Sally Harris: OH, I'M SORRY. ALL RIGHT. MEMBER GRIFFIN.

>>April Griffin: THANK YOU. AND I HAPPEN TO BE THE CHAIR AT -- I HAPPENED TO BE THE CHAIR AT THE TIME WHEN WE STARTED PURCHASING BUSES, AND I CAN REMEMBER BOARD MEMBERS SITTING UP HERE DOING THE MATH ON THEIR PHONES BECAUSE THE MATH DIDN'T ADD UP. THEN I WILL SAY THAT THE PROCESS WAS FLAWED. THE PROCESS WAS ABSOLUTELY FLAWED. AND THEN IT WAS BROUGHT BACK WITH A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT RECOMMENDATION, WHICH WAS NOT WHAT THIS BOARD ASKED, FROM THE THEN SUPERINTENDENT. WE ASKED TO CORRECT THE MATH, BUT THEN ANOTHER RECOMMENDATION CAME FORWARD, SO IT SENT US INTO THIS PLACE WHERE WE NEEDED SOME CLARITY AS A BOARD AND SOME EXPERT ADVICE FROM OUTSIDE THIS DISTRICT, AND THAT'S WHERE M MS. STUART MADE THE RECOMMENDATION TO BRING SOME OUTSIDE COUNSEL IN TO HELP US WORK THROUGH THIS. THIS HAS BEEN A LONG, LONG PROCESS. WE ARE FINALLY STARTING TO GET A LOT OF THOSE OLD BUSES OFF THE ROAD. THERE'S A COST SAVINGS TO THAT IN AND OF ITSELF. THIS PROCESS, I DON'T KNOW THAT I FEEL WAS FLAWED BECAUSE I'VE SEEN A FLAWED PROCESS. IS IT PERFECT? I DON'T THINK THAT ANYTHING THAT WE DO IS PERFECT, BUT I HAVE CONFIDENCE IN THE PROCESS THAT TOOK PLACE IN THIS PARTICULAR SITUATION. WHAT I WILL SAY IS THAT LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE -- I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR BUS PURCHASE RIGHT NOW BECAUSE WE NEED TO GET -- WE NEED TO PURCHASE BUSES, WE NEED TO GET THESE BUSES ON THE ROAD, THAT IS WHY I WILL SUPPORT THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION NOW, BUT LOOKING AT WHAT WE'VE ALREADY DONE IN BUILDING AN INFRASTRUCTURE AND PLANNING TO BUILD EVEN MORE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THOSE BUSES THAT ARE PROPANE, BECAUSE THE -- WE -- WE WENT DOWN THE ROAD WITH BLUE BIRD IN LARGE PART BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THEY OFFERED PROPANE BUSES. WE'VE BUILT AN INFRASTRUCTURE AROUND THAT. WE'VE PLANNED TO BUILD EVEN MORE INFRASTRUCTURE AROUND THERE. THAT WAS -- THERE WAS A REASON WHY WE DID THAT. WE WANTED TO BE MORE FRIENDLY TO OUR ENVIRONMENT, WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAD CLEANER BUSES, WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE THINGS WERE DONE, BUT THIS IS NOT IN REFERENCE TO THAT RIGHT NOW. I KNOW THAT THERE ARE OTHER BUSES, THEY HAVE DIESEL BUSES AS WELL, BUT THIS IS A SHORT-TERM PERIOD OF TIME, A DURATION THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT. I WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION NOW BUT THEN KEEP IN MIND ALL OF THOSE REASONS WHY WE WERE PURCHASING, AS MS. VALDES SAID -- WE DID HEAR FROM OUR EMPLOYEES, OUR EMPLOYEES DID WANT THE BLUE BIRD BUSES, BUT WE'VE GOT TO WORK THROUGH THIS ISSUE. I THINK WORKING WITH THE VENDORS IN PARTNERSHIP IS SOMETHING THAT I KNOW WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST, EVEN THOUGH IT WAS BEGRUDGINGLY, BUT YOU WEREN'T OUR SUPERINTENDENT AT THE TIME EITHER, SO I KNOW THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE MUCH MORE WILLING TO HAVE THOSE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RESOLVING THESE PROBLEMS AS WE GO FORWARD, BUT WE DO, BOARD MEMBERS, HAVE TO GET MORE BUSES ON THE ROAD FOR OUR STUDENTS AND OUR BUS DRIVERS, SO FOR THOSE REASONS I WILL SUPPORT THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION BUT CAUTION US THAT WE CAN'T JUST THROW THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATHWATER BECAUSE WE DID MAKE SOME DECISIONS VERY STRATEGIC BEINGLY, AND WE ARE MAKING SOME -- STRATEGICALLY, AND WE ARE MAKING SOME CHANGES THROUGHOUT THIS DISTRICT WITH OUR INFRASTRUCTURE THAT ARE AROUND THOSE BLUE BIRD PROPANE BUSES.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: MADAM CHAIR, SINCE I SPOKE ALREADY AND THIS IS -- MEMBER SHAMBURGER HASN'T SPOKEN, SO I WILL YIELD TO HER.

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU, MEMBER VALDES. SO AS I SIT HERE AND LISTEN TO EVERYONE'S COMMENTS, I CERTAINLY AGREE WITH THEM, BUT, YOU KNOW, BEFORE WE START TALKING ABOUT OUR LOYALTY AND ALLIANCE TO A PARTICULAR BRAND, I THINK WE REALLY HAVE TO FOCUSING ON OUR LOYALTY AND ALLIANCE TO OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR SAFETY, TRANSPORTING OUR MOST PRECIOUS CARGO, SOMEBODY'S CHILDREN MORE THAN ANYTHING, AND FOR THAT, I DEFINITELY HAVE SOME CONCERNS, BUT JUST MOVING FORWARD, SHOULD WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THIS BUS PURCHASE TONIGHT OR NOT, I MEAN, WHAT IS THE PLANNED -- WELL, LET ME JUST BACK UP. SO MAYBE THIS WAS AN ANOMALY, A FLUKE OR SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED WITH THESE WHEELS. THANKFULLY THERE WERE NO CHILDREN ON THE BUS, BUT WHAT'S THE PLAN MOVING FORWARD WITH GETTING MORE INFORMATION TO REALLY DETERMINE HOW WE'RE GOING TO MOVE FORWARD WITH, YOU KNOW, KEEPING THE RELATIONSHIP WITH BLUE BIRD SINCE IT IS, I GUESS, SUCH A HIGHLY COVETED BRAND? I MEAN, WHAT'S THE PLAN MOVING FORWARD TO GET THE ANSWERS SHOULD THIS COME BACK IN JANUARY FOR A VOTE? IT IS

>> WELL, REGARDLESS WHAT WE HAVE FUTURE PURCHASES, WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF BLUE BIRD BUSES ON THE ROAD RIGHT NOW, WHICH MEANS THAT PARTNERSHIP WILL BE THERE. THE ANSWERS TO THOSE QUESTIONS ARE EXACTLY WHAT WE SEEK, M MS. SHAMBURGER. THAT'S OBVIOUSLY THE BIGGEST PART OF IT. WE'VE PUT ASSURANCES IN PLACE WITH OUR MECHANICS RIGHT NOW. IT'S NOT PART OF THE 20-DAY,  30-DAY DOE INSPECTIONS, BUT EVERY TIME OUR BUSES COME IN, THEY ARE TIGHTENING LUG NUTS. EVERY ONE OF OUR BUSES. IT'S CHANGED OUR PRACTICE AND CAUSED MORE WORK, BUT SAFETY IS THE THING. OUR PLAN IS TO SIT AT THE TABLE WITH THEM AND DO THAT AND TALK ABOUT WHAT THE SOLUTION IS, WHY -- AND AS WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER TODAY, WHY IS HONESTLY THE BIGGEST QUESTION WE HAVE, AND THAT'S THE FEELING THAT HASN'T BEEN SOLVED, AND BECAUSE IT HASN'T BEEN SOLVED IS HO HONESTLY WHY WE HEAD THAT WAY. WE HAVE TO FIND THE WHY PART OF IT TOO. THEY MAY NOT KNOW. THEN THAT'S WHAT THEY NEED TO SAY IF THAT'S THE CASE AND WHAT CAN WE PUT IN PLACE TO ASSURE THAT WON'T HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE IS PART 2 OF THAT. AS YOU SAW MY OPENING COMMENTS, MY ANGLE WAS NOT TO DEFAME THE VENDOR WE HAVE. I WENT OUT OF MY WAY NOT TO DO THAT BUT WHEN THE PROCESS IS ATTACKED, THAT'S WHEN I HAD TO GO THERE, SO I HAVE TO UNDERSTAND -- YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHY I HAD TO GO THERE. WE WANT TO SIT DOWN AND FIND OUT HOW THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE, BUT WE HAVE A MECHANIC CHECKING EVERY SINGLE BUS THAT COMES IN THE GARAGE, TO TIGHTEN THE LUG NUTS AND MAKE SURE THEY'RE WHERE THEY NEED TO BE.

>> WE PURCHASE BUSES HOW MANY TIMES, ONCE A YEAR?

>> YES, MA'AM.

>> AND YOU SAID DELAYING THIS WOULD PUT THEM THEN?

>> WE ORDER IN OCTOBER. NOVEMBER IS THE IDEAL DATE. IF THERE'S A CHANCE IT COMES IN AND NEEDS TO BE DELAYED, AS I MENTIONED, 240 DAYS IS THE CONTRACT EACH STATE. THERE'S ONLY THREE VENDORS IN THE STATE, AND THEY HAVE THE SAME CONTRACT, WHICH IS 240 DAYS. WE HAVE THEM ON THE ROAD WITH OUR RADIOS, NOW WE HAVE THE CAMERAS AND ALL THAT PART, BUT WE HAVE TO PUT OUR RADIOS IN THERE BECAUSE IT'S A RADIO SYSTEM. THAT TAKES TIME, ESPECIALLY 100 BUSES. THEY STAGGER AND COME IN, BUT WE CAN'T RELY ON THE PROMISE, WE HAVE TO RELY ON THE CONTRACT. THAT BEING SAID, THIS WILL BE THE LAST BOARD MEETING WHEN WE CAN ASSURE THOSE BUSES WILL BE READY IN AUGUST, AND YOU CAN BACKWARD THAT PLAN AUGUST 10th BEING THE STARTING DATE, BUT EVEN BEFORE THAT BECAUSE PRACTICE RUNS ARE BEFORE THAT, BUT THIS IS THE LAST MONTH WE CAN GUARANTEE THOSE NEW DRIVERS WILL BE ON THOSE NEW BUSES. IF WE PUSH THAT INTO JANUARY, IT MAY BE THE SAME, BUT WE LOSE THE ASSURANCE TO DO THAT. YOU WILL SEE A PURCHASE COME TO YOU IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER EVERY YEAR. THE ONE EXCEPTION WAS WHEN WE WERE PROVIDED A REFUND AND WE ORDERED MORE THAT ONE YEAR BECAUSE IT SAVED US MONEY. EVERY YEAR, OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT THEM SITTING ON THE LOT, WE WANT TO GET THEM HERE, GET THEM PREPPED AND OUT FOR THAT AUGUST RUN, SO THAT'S WHY THAT DATE OF OCT OCTOBER/NOVEMBER IS GOOD.

>> THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR, AND MR. FARKAS, FIRST OF ALL, LET ME JUST SAY -- AND MR. BEAKMAN IS HERE -- IF IT WEREN'T FOR THE BUS DRIVERS, OUR TEACHERS WOULDN'T HAVE ANYONE TO TEACH, SO HAVING SAID THAT, I ADVOCATE TREMENDOUSLY FOR OUR BUS DRIVERS, AND AS YOU VERY WELL KNOW, OUR NONINSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT TEAM BECAUSE THEY DEFINITELY DO A LOT TO BENEFIT OUR TEACHERS, BUT LET ME -- LET ME DEFINE PROCESS. WHEN DID THESE THINGS -- WHAT WAS THE DATE?

>> THE FIRST DATE WAS AUGUST 24th, 25th, THAT FRIDAY IS THE FIRST ONE THAT FELL OFF WHEN THE ACTUAL WHEEL FELL OFF THE BUS, AND THAT FOLLOWING MONDAY IS WHEN THE SECOND WHEEL FELL OFF THE BUS.

>>Susan Valdes: OKAY. SO WE HAD AN AGENDA ITEM THAT WAS PULLED IN OCTOBER. WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN AUGUST AND OCTOBER?

>> GREAT QUESTION. SO IT WAS THE END OF AUGUST THAT WE HAD THAT. THE FIRST THING THAT HAPPENED IS THOSE BUSES WENT TO THAT VENDOR BECAUSE THEY NEEDED TO FIX THEM BECAUSE THERE WAS DAMAGE TO THE ACTUAL BUS. THE SECOND THING THAT HAPPENED WAS WE WENT IN MODE TO ENSURE SAFETY, SO FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS FOLLOWING THAT INCIDENT, IT WAS MAKING SURE WE WERE ON EVERY BUS, MAKING SURE WE TIGHTENED EVERY LUG NUT, MAKING SURE THE DRIVERS WERE AWARE. FOLLOWING THAT WAS CONTACT WITH THE VENDOR, WHICH WAS INFORMAL, WHICH IS THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED, YOU GUYS HELP US WITH THE EXPLANATION OF THE PROCESS. WHEN THE ANSWER YOU REFERENCED A RECALL IN YOUR -- IN YOUR COMMENTS EARLIER -- IF -- IT WAS THERE'S A RECALL, HERE'S THE ISSUE THAT WE HAVE, FIX IT GUYS, BRING IT IN, THAT'S A DIFFERENT SITUATION IN MY MIND. THERE'S AN EXPLANATION AND SOLUTION. WHEN IT ISN'T A SOLUTION, WHEN IT'S THE LETTER THAT WE GOT THAT THERE'S THICK PAINT OR DUST ON THE WHEELS, THAT I'M NOT AS COMFORTABLE WITH, SO AS WE PROBED MORE FOR ANSWERS AND GOT TO THE POINT WHERE I DID NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH IT, THAT'S WHEN I WENT TO M MR. EAKINS AND SAID WE PROBABLY NEED TO PULL THIS BACK UNTIL WE GET A BETTER SOLUTION, WHICH YOU GUYS, WHAT YOU'RE FEELING NOW IS THE SAME THING WE FELT IN OCTOBER. THERE'S TOO MANY QUESTION MARKS OUT THERE, LET'S PULL IT BACK.

>>Susan Valdes: NOT TO INTERRUPT YOU, BUT THIS IS WHERE I SAY THAT THE PROCESS -- BECAUSE WE'RE GETTING IT MONTHS LATER, RIGHT, SO NOT HAVING ALL OF THIS HISTORY OF WHATEVER HAPPENED BETWEEN THAT TIME IN AUGUST AND THEN THE AGENDA ITEM WAS STILL PREPARED FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER -- WHEN IS THAT AGENDA ITEM PREPARED?

>> WELL, IT'S DUE TO DR. VAZQUEZ AT LEAST THREE WEEKS AHEAD OF TIME, SOMETIMES A MONTH IN ADVANCE.

>>Susan Valdes: EXACTLY MY POINT, SO THAT'S THE PROCESS THAT I'M TALKING ABOUT IS THAT TRANSACTION OF FIGURING OUT WHAT HAPPENED, OF WHICH, AGAIN, THAT'S DAY-TO-DAY, AND WE WOULD BE SO OUT OF LINE TO EVEN BEGIN TO ENQUIRE CERTAIN THINGS, O OKAY, SO -- SO HERE WE ARE NOW IN DECEMBER TRYING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN AUGUST 24th AND 25th TO THE OCTOBER MEETING IN WHICH THE AGENDA WAS PULLED, YET IT WAS RECOMMENDED, TO AN AGENDA NOW THAT IS NOT, SO THAT'S THE PROCESS THAT I FEEL -- THAT I'M REFERRING TO THAT IS NOT -- I DON'T FEEL GOOD WITH BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT IF WE KNEW THAT WE DID NOT HAVE A CLEAR ANSWER BEFORE THE MONTH OF OCTOBER IN THAT DELIBERATION, WHY SEND THE MESSAGE BY PUTTING THEM ON AN AGENDA ITEM WITH THE TWO OTHER VENDORS OR THE ONE OTHER VENDOR TO -- AND THEN WITHDRAW IT? THAT'S WHERE I'M SAYING THAT THE PROCESS -- THAT'S THE PROCESS THAT I'M NOT REALLY TALKING ABOUT PROCUREMENT OR THAT INTERNAL PROCESS, JUST AFTER THE FACT, ONCE IT HAPPENED, HOW WE HANDLED THAT PARTICULAR AGENDA ON OUR BEHALF, SO THAT'S WHERE I'M TALKING ABOUT THE PROCESS, AND THAT'S THE DISAPPOINTMENT THAT I HAD IN THE PROCESS WAS FROM THE MOMENT THAT IT HAPPENED UNTIL HERE WE ARE TODAY. I THINK THAT -- AND MAYBE MR. -- MR. PORTER, HELP ME HERE, MAYBE IT'S NOT -- IT WASN'T APPROPRIATE FOR THEM TO TALK TO US DURING THAT TIME. I'M NOT SURE.

>>Jim Porter: IT WAS NOT.

>>Susan Valdes: BUT --

>>Jim Porter: IT WAS NOT. IT WAS APPROPRIATE THAT THEY BRING A RECOMMENDATION TO YOU. MR. EAKINS EXPLAINED TO YOU WHAT GOES INTO THAT.

>>Susan Valdes: SO NOW IT'S JUST A MATTER OF VOTING IT UP AND DOWN.

>>Jim Porter: YOU NEED TO REACT TO THAT. YOU CANNOT GET INTO NEGOTIATE, YOU CANNOT MAKE A PROCESS FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT. YOU CAN REACT TO HIS RECOMMENDATION. HE'S EXPLAINED TO YOU WHAT GOES INTO THAT DECISION-MAKING, AND NOW YOU CAN VOTE THAT UP OR DOWN. CAN YOU NOT MODIFY IT, YOU CANNOT DIRECT HIM TO CHOOSE -- YOU CANNOT MODIFY IT, OR MAKE HIM CHOOSE A CERTAIN VENDOR. THERE'S A PROCESS THAT YOU NEED TO RESPECT AND VOTE ACCO ACCORDINGLY.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU, M MR. PORTER, BUT I COULD STILL SAY WHAT I WISH; RIGHT? I JUST WISH THAT WHENEVER POSSIBLE -- AND KEEPING US OUT OF HARM'S WAY, IF YOU WILL, TO BE ABLE TO GIVE US THESE HE HEADS-UP AS FAR AS THESE PROCESSES, SO THAT THEN WE CAN REALLY MAKE A BETTER INFORMED DECISION AND SUPPORT YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: LET ME BE CLEAR. IT IS NOT ABOUT NOT TRUSTING TRANSPORTATION. I THINK WE ALL ARE HERE VERY MUCH INVOLVED WITH THINKING VERY HIGHLY OF TRANSPORTATION, AND MR. FARKAS, YOU HAVE FAITH IN THIS BUS AGREEMENT, BUT AS AN INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, I MUST HAVE FAITH. ONE THING I FIND MYSELF WORRYING MORE AND MORE IS WHEN WE'RE LEADING INTO A TIMELINE AND WE MUST DO IT BY A CERTAIN TIME, I FEEL THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF -- I DON'T WANT TO SAY PRESSURE, BUT THERE'S ENOUGH OF ME THAT WANTS TO SAY LET'S SAY YES AND SPEND THE MONEY. WE'VE DONE THAT BEFORE, AND WE'VE GOTTEN OURSELVES SOMETIMES IN MORE FINANCIAL TROUBLE THAN WE PROBABLY EXPECTEDMENT I DON'T WANT TO BE RUSHED. I WANT TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REALLY GET INVOLVED AND KNOW EXACTLY WHERE AND HOW THESE OTHER COMPANIES COME IN. I DON'T DOUBT ANY OF YOUR -- YOUR OPINIONS OR YOUR KNOWLEDGE LEVEL. THAT'S NOT IN QUESTION. IT'S FOR MY OWN NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT I REPRESENT A FISCAL RESPONSIBLE SCHOOL BOARD ME MEMBER, AND AGAIN AND AGAIN, IT'S A LOT OF MONEY FOR ME NOT TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THE FULL PICTURE, AND I APOLOGIZE IF I AM NOT THE MOST INTELLIGENT SCHOOL BUS PERSON ON THIS BOARD, BUT I HAVE TO LEARN BEFORE I START VOTING FOR SOMETHING THAT WILL INCUR TREMENDOUS EXPENSE.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: YOU KNOW, MAINLY THE -- I'LL CONCUR WITH M MS. VALDES ABOUT THE PROCESS BECAUSE I DON'T THINK IT SHOULD HAVE EVEN MADE IT TO THE AGENDA ON THE 10th IF THERE WAS -- I MEAN, HOW DID IT EVEN GET TO THE AGENDA AT THAT POINT IF THERE WERE CONCERNS PRIOR TO THAT? BUT THAT'S PART OF THE PROCESS THAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND AND THAT I DON'T AGREE WITH BECAUSE THE MAIN ISSUE THAT I HAVE IS JUST THE WAY THAT WE'RE CONDUCTING THE BUSINESS, AND I DON'T -- I DON'T KNOW ALL OF THE COMMUNICATION THAT HAPPENED BETWEEN THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT AND BLUE BIRD, BUT WHAT I DO KNOW IS THE PERCEPTION WAS THAT THIS CONTRACT WAS PRETTY MUCH A DONE DEAL UP UNTIL THE AGENDA ITEM CAME TO US LAST TUESDAY WHEN IT WAS PUBLISHED, AND TO ME, THAT'S THE WRONG WAY TO DO BUSINESS, AND THAT'S THE -- THE REPUTATION THAT WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE. WE DON'T WANT TO DO ANYTHING IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT WILL HURT OUR REPUTATION AND THE WAY THAT WE MAKE DECISIONS AND THE WAY THAT WE DO BUSINESS WITH OTHER VENDORS. THIS PARTICULAR VENDOR HAS BEEN AROUND 90 YEARS, AND WHEN -- AND WE ARE A BIG SCHOOL DISTRICT WITH A LOT OF -- WITH A LOT OF CLOUT, AND WHEN WE MAKE A DECISION LIKE THIS, IT'S GOING TO -- IT COULD NEGATIVELY IMPACT BLUE BIRD BY OTHER DISTRICTS TAKING A LOOK AT OUR DECISION AND MAYBE THEY'RE DECIDING NOW NOT TO DO BUSINESS WITH A VERY WELL-RESPECTED, ENDORSED COMPANY LIKE BLUE BIRD HAS BEEN. SO THAT IS THE BIGGEST ISSUE I HAVE IS THE WAY THAT WE'RE CONDUCTING THE BUSINESS HERE WITH BLUE BIRD AND TO -- AND WHAT IT APPEARS IS IT FEELS LIKE WE HAVE YANKED THE RUG OUT FROM UNDERNEATH THEM AT THE LAST MINUTE TO SAY, EVERYTHING'S GOOD, EVERYTHING'S GOOD, EVERYTHING'S GOOD, OH, WE HAVE SOME QUESTIONS, YOU ANSWER THEM, WHICH I APPRECIATE YOU SHARING THAT DOCUMENTATION, M MR. FARKAS. I'M NOT A BUS EXPERT, BUT I LOOK AT THE EXPLANATION FROM BLUE BIRD AND I FIND IT QUITE ADEQUATE, AND NOW I'M QUESTIONING, OKAY, WITH WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER 113 BUSES THAT WE ALREADY HAVE FROM BLUE BIRD? SO WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THOSE, DO WE PULL THOSE OFF OF THE ROAD NOW?

>> WE CHECKED EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM.

>> OKAY. SO WHAT'S THE PROBLEM THEN?

>> THE PROBLEM IS THIS IS A DIFFERENT SERIES OF BUSES, FIRST OF ALL, AND, AGAIN, THE THIRD PROCESS -- LET ME EXPLAIN REAL QUICK AGAIN. THE DECISION'S YOURS, BUT THE PROCESS WAS THERE WAS A TOTAL TIME OF ABOUT THREE WEEKS BETWEEN WHEN OUR BUS IS ON THE SIDE WITHOUT A WHEEL ON IT, AND WHEN WE HAD TO HAVE THE BOARD ITEM DUE. THEY'RE NOT CONNECTED OTHER THAN WE DIDN'T HAVE AN EXPLANATION OF WHY IT HAPPENED. THE APPROVED PROCESS WE'VE SET THROUGH WITH A SCORING SYSTEM IS NOT TIED TO THIS, SO WE DID NOT EXPECT THAT EXPLANATION TO BE THE SAME. I -- I WOULD HOPE THAT THAT VENDOR WOULD HAVE COME TO THE BOARD AND EXPLAINED WHY THE WHEELS FELL OFF THE BUSES IN OCTOBER -- I MEAN IN AUGUST WHEN THAT HAPPENED, BUT THEY DIDN'T. THEY DIDN'T COME TO EXPLAIN TO YOU THAT PART, SO IT'S INTERESTING THAT NOW THAT'S THE -- AND I'M NOT GOING TO ATTACK THE VENDOR. I WILL ATTACK THE PROCESS. I THINK WE HANDLE BUSINESS PERFECTLY WELL. REALIZE THERE WAS A HURRICANE IN THAT PROCESS TOO THAT TOOK TEN DAYS OUT OF WHAT WE DID AND THE BUSES THAT WERE ON THE ROAD CARRYING PEOPLE TO AND FROM SHELTERS DURING THAT PROCESS, BUT THERE WAS THREE WEEKS BETWEEN WHEN THEIR WHEELS FELL OFF OUR BUSES AND WHEN WE HAD A BOARD ITEM ON THAT. I WASN'T GOING TO PUT THE SEVEN OF YOU IN A POSITION TO VOTE YES OR NO IN THAT PROCESS. I WOULDN'T PUT YOU IN THAT POSITION. THAT'S NOT FAIR TO YOU. I PULLED IT OFF. WHEN YOU'VE GOT A $10-MILLION DECISION, YOU GET AN ATTORNEY TO WRITE A LETTER THAT SAYS WE'RE WORRIED ABOUT A FUTURE PURPOSE, PLEASE HELP US DEFINE THAT PURCHASE. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY ATTORNEYS PUT THAT LANGUAGE IN THERE WITHOUT THERE BEING TEETH IN THERE. THE FACT THAT'S THEIR APPROACH, WE'LL HAVE AN INTERESTING -- I WISH THEY WOULD HAVE COME TO THE BOARD EARLIER AND EXPLAINED ABOUT THE PURCHASE AND ALL. IT IS NOT ABOUT ME VILIFYING ANYONE OTHER THAN TO SAY I DO NOT KNOW -- IF I HAD TO DO IT AGAIN, I'M NOT SURE HOW WE WOULD HAVE HANDLED IT DIFFERENTLY. I DID NOT EXPECT THE ANSWER TO BE THE SAME, I DID NOT EXPECT THE WHEELS TO FALL OFF FOR THAT TO BE PART OF THE PROCESS, BUT THE NUMBER ONE THING IS SAFETY, AND WHEN WE WEREN'T SURE OF IT, WE DELAYED THE PURCHASE BECAUSE WE HAVE A LITTLE WINDOW, THAT'S WHY WE DO IT IN OCTOBER. NOW THAT IT'S DECEMBER -- THE TRANSPORTATION WILL STILL PICK UP KIDS IN THE BEGINNING OF SCHOOL IF WE DON'T MAKE THIS PURCHASE, BUT MY CONCERN IS THAT WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE, IS IT THE EDUCATION OF THE BOARD BETWEEN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NOW AND JANUARY OR THE ANSWER IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT FROM THE VENDOR, AND I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER TO THAT BECAUSE WE HAVE AN OFFICIAL VENDOR ANSWER THAT DOESN'T PRECLUDE WHAT HAPPENED FROM HAPPENING AGAIN, IN MY OPINION, AND THE EXPERTISE OF THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR THAT MADE THAT OPINION. IT DOESN'T MEAN THAT WE DON'T MAKE MISTAKES. OUR PROCESS IS DEFINITELY NOT PERFECT, WE'RE NOT PERFECT, BUT FOR THEM TO CAST JUDGMENT THAT WE DIDN'T LET THEM KNOW UNTIL THE AGENDA ITEM CAME UP, THERE'S A REGISTERED LETTER THAT SAYS DIFFERENTLY. THERE'S A RESPONSE FROM THE PERSON THAT'S TELLING YOU THEY DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT IT SAYING THAT IT'S DIFFERENT, SO FOR HIM TO SAY HE DIDN'T KNOW, I DON'T KNOW HOW HE WROTE A LETTER RESPONDING TO IT THEN. IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION, I COMPLETELY RESPECT THAT, BUT THE VENDOR KNEW. WE NOTIFIED THEM LEGALLY. THERE'S A THREE-WEEK PROCESS FROM WHEN THEY FELL OFF UNTIL THE BOARD ITEM WAS DO, SO WE DIDN'T SIT AROUND DOING ANYTHING OTHER THAN MAKING SURE OUR KIDS WERE SAFE. YOU'RE MAKING THE DECISION ON WHAT YOU WANT TO DO, BUT I WOULD NOT CHANGE THE PROCESS OF WHAT WE'VE DONE. WE DID AN INFORMAL INVESTIGATION FIRST AND THEN FOLLOWED UP WITH A LEGAL LETTER, WHICH I THINK IS APPROPRIATE, WITH SOMEONE THAT YOU'VE BEEN A PARTNER WITH FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS. I DON'T THINK THE MINUTE THEY COME OFF, YOU SEND THE ATTORNEY OUT THERE TO GO AFTER THE VENDOR. WE SHOWED OUR PARTNERSHIP, TWO WAYS, NOT BY DOING THAT TWO STARTING THIS CONVERSATION OFF BY KNOWING IT MIGHT NOT GO THAT WAY, BY ME NOT NAMING THE VENDOR OR WHAT THE ISSUE WAS, THAT WAS NOT MY POINT. I DIDN'T WANT TO GET INTO THIS CONVERSATION BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN A GOOD PARTNER WITH US. REGARDLESS OF THE PARTNER, IF THERE'S NOT A SAFETY ASSURANCE THAT MY TEAM AND I FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH, IF IT WAS ANOTHER VENDOR AND THEY DID THE SAME THING, I WOULD TELL YOU NOT TO BUY BUSES. IF WE CAN'T ASSURE YOU THEY'RE GOING TO BE SAFE, WE'RE NOT GOING TO DO IT. MAYBE THAT'S THE WRONG PERSON THAT'S LEADING IT, BUT THAT'S GOING TO BE MY PRIMARY FOCUS OF DOING IT, BECAUSE I STAND BY THE PROCESS WAS NOT FLAWED, THE PROCESS WAS AS CLOSE TO -- AS M MS. GRIFFIN SAID, I'VE SEEN FLAWED PROCESSES IN THE PAST IN THINGS THAT WE INHERITED. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. THEY WERE FULLY AWARE THE ENTIRE TIME. THERE WAS NO WEEKS OF TIME PASSING BEFORE THEY WERE MADE AWARE. THEY KNEW EXACTLY WHAT WAS GOING ON, AND IF THEY TOLD YOU THEY DIDN'T, WE'VE GOT THE PROOF THAT THEY DID, SO THAT'S MY CONCERN WITH THE PROCESS.

>>April Griffin: WELL, I'M SORRY YOU DON'T FEEL THAT THE EXPLANATION THEY PROVIDED WAS ADEQUATE, BECAUSE I DO BELIEVE IT'S AN ADEQUATE EXPLANATION AND THEY'VE SATISFIED THAT SAFETY IS A SERIOUS CONCERN FOR THEM AND THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THEIR BUSES ARE SAFE FOR OUR STUDENTS, SO THERE'S STILL A LITTLE BIT OF LEVEL OF -- TO ME -- I DON'T KNOW -- FAIRNESS AND UNCERTAINTY THAT I WOULD STILL FEEL COMFORTABLE HAVING A LITTLE BIT MORE RESEARCH, TAKING A LOOK AT SOME OF THE DRIVER INSPECTIONS AND JUST MAYBE, AGAIN, TABLING OR WAITING FOR THIS TO HAPPEN IN JANUARY ONCE WE HAVE SOME ADDITIONAL INFORMATION. THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR, AND I SAID I WASN'T GOING TO DO THIS, I WASN'T GOING TO EXPEND MORE POLITICAL CAPITAL ON THIS TOPIC, BUT THIS CONVERSATION IS GOING THE WRONG WAY. WE HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE, AND -- AND I DON'T -- THERE ARE MEMBERS UP HERE WHO WERE NOT HERE. WHAT I WILL SAY IS FOR THE MEMBERS WHO WEREN'T HERE WHEN WE LIVED THIS AND WE STARTED BUYING BUSES AGAIN, IT IS BEHOOFING ON YOU TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK, IT IS BELOOVING ON YOU TO GET -- BEHOOFING ON YOU TO GET THE INFORMATION FOR THE INFORMATION YOU NEED TO PUT A RECOMMENDATION IN FRONT OF YOU. TO SIT HERE AND SAY WE NEED MORE INFORMATION, YOU HAVE THE INFORMATION. THERE IS NO MORE INFORMATION. THE INFORMATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED, AND IF YOU CAN'T READ THE TEA LEAVES, THEN THAT'S A DIFFERENT PROBLEM, BUT THE INFORMATION'S BEEN PROVIDED, NOT TO MENTION THAT STAFF IS AVAILABLE, THE SUPERINTENDENT IS AVAILABLE, AND I KNOW EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU MEET WITH HIM REGULARLY, SO IF WE HAD QUESTIONS, IF THERE WERE CONCERNS, WE HAVE TWO ATTORNEYS THAT CAN ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS. WE HAVE A SUPERINTENDENT WHO HAS HIS DOORS OPEN, AND WE HAVE A CHIEF FACILITIES OFFICER W WHO'S MORE THAN HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY OF YOUR QUESTIONS ANY TIME OF THE DAY AS WELL AS THE HEAD OF TRANSPORTATION, SO I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH US SITTING HERE SAYING WE DON'T HAVE THE INFORMATION OR WE'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROCESS. I AGREE WITH MS. GRIFFIN, WE HAVE SEEN A VERY FLAWED PRO PROCESS, WE HAVE SEEN MANY PEOPLE GET IN THE MIDDLE OF A LARGE PURCHASE LIKE THIS THAT DON'T BELONG IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS, AND I HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT NOT UPHOLDING THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION, AND WITH THAT, MADAM CHAIR, I'D LIKE TO CALL THE QUESTION.

>>Jim Porter: SO THE QUESTION ON THE FLOOR IS TO CONTINUE THIS TO THE BOARD MEETING, WHICH I BELIEVE IS JANUARY 2 25th. 23rd. SO THIS WOULD -- THE MOTION -- IF YOU VOTE YES FOR THIS, THIS ITEM WILL BE BROUGHT BACK ON JANUARY 23rd. IF YOU VOTE NO, THE ITEM WILL REMAIN ON THE AGENDA AND BE VOTED ON TONIGHT.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU FOR THAT CLARIFICATION. DO I NEED TO REPEAT?

>>Jim Porter: THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR IS TO CONTINUE THIS UNTIL JANUARY 23rd. IF YOU VOTE YES, THAT MEANS IT WILL NOT BE HEARD TONIGHT, IT WILL BE BROUGHT BACK ON JANUARY 23rd. IF YOU VOTE NO, IT WILL REMAIN ON THE AGENDA AND THE ITEM WILL BE VOTED ON TONIGHT. KEEP IN MIND THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT CAN BRING BACK THE EXACT SAME RECOMMENDATION. YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO DIRECT HIM TO BRING BACK A DIFFERENT RECOMMENDATION. HIS RECOMMENDATION IS BEFORE YOU, AND THAT'S WHAT YOU WILL ULTIMATELY VOTE ON UNLESS HE CHANGES IT IN THE FUTURE AS A CONTINUED ITEM.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. THEN AT THIS TIME WE HAVE A MOTION MADE BY MEMBER GRAY AND SECONDED BY MEMBER SNIVELY TO PULL THIS ITEM FROM TONIGHT'S AGENDA.

>>Jim Porter: CONTINUE -- NOT TO PULL IT, TO CONTINUE IT.

>>Sally Harris: CONTINUE THIS ITEM.

>>Jim Porter: CONTINUE IT UNTIL JANUARY 23rd.

>>Sally Harris: SO PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. AND THE VOTE CARRIES WITH MEMBER GRAY AND MEMBER SNIVELY --

>> NO.

>>Sally Harris: FAILS --

>>Jim Porter: IT FAILS.

>>Sally Harris: THE MOTION FAILS WITH MEMBER GRAY AND SNIVELY VOTING YES.

>>Jim Porter: THE IMPACT OF THAT VOTE IS THE ITEM STAYS ON THE AGENDA. IT HAS NOT BEEN PULLED FOR A SEPARATE VOTE, SO IT WILL BE VOTED ON WHEN YOU VOTE FOR THE REST OF THE AGENDA, UNLESS YOU WANTED TO MAKE A MOTION SEPARATELY.

>> MADAM CHAIR. I'M TRYING TO PUSH MY BUTTON TO BE RECOGNIZED AND I CAN'T.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WOULD LIKE TO MOVE THAT THE BOARD APPROVE --

>>Jim Porter: WE NEED TO TAKE IT FOR A SEPARATE VOTE.

>>Cindy Stuart: I'D LIKE THAT THE BOARD PULL ITEM 6.32R1 OFF THE AGENDA FOR A SEPARATE VOTE.

>>Sally Harris: IS THERE A SECOND? THERE IS A MOTION BY MEMBER STUART AND A SECOND BY MEMBER VALDES TO TAKE ITEM NO. 6.32R1 OFF FOR A SEPARATE VOTE. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, THEN PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. GOT THAT ONE RIGHT. OKAY. MEMBER STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU.  I'D MOVE FOR APPROVAL OF ITEM  6.32R1.

>> SECOND.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER STUART MOVES TO APPROVE 6.2R1, AND MEMBER GRIFFIN SECONDS IT. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. AND IT PASSES WITH MEMBER GRAY AND MEMBER SNIVELY VOTING NO. THANK YOU. OKAY. MOVING TO ITEM 6.34, APPROVE THE AGREEMENTS PROVIDING FOR THE UPGRADE TO THE INFOR (U.S.) INC. ENTERPRISE RESOURCES PLANNING (ERP) SOFTWARE AND ADDING THE WORKFORCE MANAGEMENT SUITE, AND THIS IS BEING PRESENTED BY THE BUSINESS SERVICES DIVISIONS, AND IT WAS HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER VALDES, MEMBER SHAMBURGER, MEMBER GRAY, MEMBER STUART, MEMBER SNIVELY, AND MEMBER HARRIS WITH COMMENTS FROM MEMBER VALDES, MEMBER SHAMBURGER, MEMBER STUART, AND MEMBER GRIFFIN, AND MR. RICK  LAKNOW IS PRESENTING THIS HIGHLIGHT. THANK YOU.

>> MADAM CHAIR. MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, AND STAFF -- IT WON'T COME -- I DON'T KNOW IF I'M ON. DO YOU HEAR ME ALL RIGHT. I'M PLEASED TO BE THE SPOKESPERSON FOR A WIDE GROUP OF STAKEHOLDERS THAT MADE THIS AGENDA ITEM POSSIBLE. IT IS TRULY A CROSS-DIVISIONAL IMPACT OF THIS AGENDA AND IT'S AFFECTING EVERY SINGLE EMPLOYEE AND BUSINESS PARTNER WE DO BUSINESS WITH. IT BASICALLY ADDRESSES FOUR MAJOR CRITICAL ITEMS, THE FIRST ONE BEING CONTINUATION OF SUPPORT. CURRENTLY THE OPERATING SYSTEM -- WELL, I SHOULD SAY THE LAWSON SOFTWARE WE'RE USING TO DO PAYROLL, HIRE PEOPLE, PAY EVERYBODY, AND DO ALL THE ACCOUNTS PAYABLE, ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE IS IN THE PROCESS OF EXPIRING. I LIKE TO USE THE ADAGE, WE'VE BEEN KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE STREET. THE VERSION A THAT WE'RE CURRENTLY ON IS APPROACHING TEN YEARS, AND SO WE HAVE TO CONTINUE SUPPORT. SUPPORT, JUST TO BE CLEAR, IS THE VENDOR. IF THERE'S AN ISSUE WITH THE SOFTWARE WHERE THEY WORK WITH US TO MAKE SURE THAT IT CONTINUES TO WORK, AND, UNFORTUNATELY, THAT OCCURS MORE FREQUENTLY THAN PEOPLE UNDERSTAND, SO WE'VE BEEN PAYING FOR THE LAST 17 YEARS AND WE'VE NEVER MISSED A PAYROLL. I WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE THAT TREND NOW THAT I'M IN THIS ROLE. I KNOW THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE OUTSIDE, BUT I THINK THE OTHER 25,000 WILL JOIN IF WE MISS A PAYROLL, SO THE CRITICALITY OF THIS I CAN'T UNDERPLAY. AS WE LOOK AT THE SOFTWARE, THE END OF SUPPORT IS ACTUALLY DECEMBER FOR PART OF IT, THE GLOBAL HR AND LAWSON TALENT MANAGEMENT ENDS AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, AND I MUST APOLOGIZE. WE TRIED TO GET THIS ON THE AGENDA FOR LAST MONTH, BUT WITH A 98-PAGE ATTACHMENT, SOME OF THAT WAS A PROBLEM TO GET DONE. WE TRIED TO GET IT IN IN AT THE 12th HOUR, AND WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE YOU HAD ENOUGH TIME TO REVIEW THE MATERIAL SO YOU WOULD SEE IT, SO THIS TIME YOU WERE GIVEN IT A WEEK IN ADVANCE SO YOU COULD START GOING THROUGH THAT 98-PAGE LEGAL DOCUMENT AND SEE SOME OF THE PAGES THAT WERE THERE SO YOU COULD ASK ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU MAY HAVE AT THAT POINT. THE CRITICAL PART OF -- THE FIRST PART IS THE FACT THAT CONTINUATION OF SUPPORT AS PART OF THIS AGENDA, INFOR HAS AGREED TO WHILE WE MIGRATE TO THE NEW VERSION, THEY WILL CONTINUE OUR SUPPORT, SO INSTEAD OF IT EXPIRING IN DECEMBER AND THEN THE REMAINDER OF IT WHICH WAS GOING TO EXPIRE IN MAY OF 2018, THEY'RE GOING TO CONTINUE THAT SUPPORT AND KEEP OUR CURRENT VERSION LIVE -- WELL, I'LL CALL IT LIVE BUT SUPPORTED, WHILE WE MIGRATE TO THE NEW VERSION. SO, THE SECOND THING -- WHICH BRINGS THAT UP. THE SECOND THING THAT THIS BENEFITS OR ADDRESSES IS THE UPGRADE TO THE CURRENT VERSION. THE CURRENT VERSION OF INFOR'S PRODUCT IS SOMETHING THAT SINCE WE ARE ON AN OLD VERSION AND THEY'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET US TO MOVE FORWARD, WE'VE BEEN AT THE PLACE WHERE WE'VE BEEN ACTUALLY PAYING A PENALTY OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, AN INCREASE -- I WOULD SAY AN INCREASE FOR BEING ON AN OLD VERSION, SO I'D CALL IT A PENALTY, THEY JUST CALL IT AN EXTRA SURPLUS CHARGE, TO BE SUPPORTED, SO THEY, AS A GOOD BUSINESS PARTNER, HAVE BEEN TRYING TO WORK WITH US TO COME TO THE NEWER VERSION TO TAKE ADVANTAGE. MY ANALOGY IS IF SOMEONE'S USING WINDOWS 95 RIGHT NOW OR XP, YOU REALLY NEED TO BE A LITTLE MORE MODERN. WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR FINANCES, THAT'S ONE OF THE BUSINESS PARTS WE NEED TO IMPROVE OUR EFFICIENCIES. SOME OF THE FEATURES THEY'VE BEEN DEVELOPING OVER THE LAST FIVE PLUS YEARS ARE IN THE SOFTWARE NOW, AND WE NEED TO START TAKING ADVANTAGE OF IT TO IMPROVE OUR EFFICIENCIES, SO THEY ACTUALLY -- TWO YEARS AGO, THEY CAME IN AND DID A STUDY AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE, A LITTLE OVER $200,000, THEY QUOTED, WHERE WE WORKED WITH 20 OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS DO A FIT GAP ANALYSIS TO SAY, IF YOU WENT TO THE NEW VERSION, HERE'S SOME OF THE BENEFITS YOU'LL RECEIVE FINANCIALLY AND THROUGH EFFICIENCIES. WE'VE GOT THAT REPORT. AT THE TIME WE REALLY DIDN'T HAVE ANY MONEY TO MOVE IT FORWARD, I'LL SAY, SO AT THE -- THAT KIND OF GOT TABLED FOR A LITTLE BIT, BUT WE DID GET THE REPORT OUT OF THEM AND IT WAS A GOOD TRY. I KNOW THEY WERE FRUSTRATED FROM BEING ABLE TO PRESENT THE CASE. THIS LAST YEAR WE PUT OUT A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION TO SAY, OKAY, SINCE WE'RE SO FAR BACK, LET'S SEE WHAT ELSE IS ON THE MARKET AND LET'S SEE IF THERE'S A BETTER OPPORTUNITY OR SOMETHING MORE COST-EFFECTIVE THAT WE COULD DO. WE HAD A LARGE GROUP OF STAKEHOLDERS PUT OUT A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION. WE RECEIVED BACK OVER 15 RESPONDENTS FROM 15 DIFFERENT VENDORS, REVIEWED IT LAST SPRING, AND CAME UP WITH THE CONCLUSION THAT REALLY, THEIR SOFTWARE IS AN INDUSTRY STANDARD. IN FACT, THEY'RE THE THIRD LARGEST ERP IMPLEMENTER IN THE COUNTRY, SO -- AND ACTUALLY THE WORLD, I GUESS, SO WE HAD A GOOD PRODUCT, WE JUST ARE ON AN OLD VERSION, SO THERE WAS NO REASON TO ACTUALLY SPEND THE EXTRA MONEY TO PUT IN A WHOLE NEW SYSTEM. FOLLOWING THAT, THERE IS ONE MODULE THAT WE WANTED TO PUT IN, AND THAT'S TIME AND MATERIAL. I MEAN, IT'S -- TIME AND MATERIAL -- EXCUSE ME -- THE CONTRACT'S TIME AND MATERIAL, BUT IT'S TIME ATTENDANCE AND TIME ACCRUAL, SO THAT MODULE WE DIDN'T OWN IN THE OLD VERSION, AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT THE GIBSON REPORT AND ACTUALLY FROM BACK WHEN YOU REMEMBER THE SCENARIO REPORT FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO CAN REMEMBER, WERE SAYING WE NEED TO PUT IN IN, AND WE'VE ATTEMPTED IN THE PAST TO MAKE SURE WE MOVED THIS FORWARD, THE TIME AND ATTENDANCE, TO AUTOMATE IT AND GET RID OF OUR MANUAL PROCESS, SO THAT'S WHERE THE SAVINGS IS GOING TO OCCUR THAT THEY'VE DOCUMENTED. SO AS WE LOOK TO BRING FORWARD THE CURRENT VERING, ONE OF THE THINGS WE -- VERSION, ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE TROUBLE TO KEEP IT UP TO BEING CURRENT, SO THIS CONTRACT, THE THIRD BULLET WHAT I LIKE TO SAY IS IT MOVES IT INTO THE CLOUD, AND TO MAKE CLEAR WHAT THAT MEANS IS INSTEAD OF US RUNNING IT IN THE DATA CENTER UPSTAIRS, IT'S GOING TO ACTUALLY BE RUNNING ON AMAZON WEB SERVICES UNDER THEIR GUIDANCE AND CONTROL, SO ACTUALLY INFOR WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR RUNNING OUR OPERATIONS OF THE PAYROLL SYSTEM, FINANCIAL SYSTEMS, AND WE WON'T HAVE THAT LAYER OF RESPONSIBILITY ANYMORE. THAT INCREASES OUR EFFIC EFFICIENCIES, IT INCREASES OUR STABILITY, IT MAKES SURE THAT WE'RE SUPPORTING IT CORRECTLY, OUR AUDIT REQUIREMENTS WOULD BE ADDRESSED FOR SOME OF THE CRITICISMS, BECAUSE YOU'VE HEARD US COME BEFORE FROM IT SAYING WE CAN'T HAVE -- HIRE PEOPLE AT OUR CURRENT PAY RATES TO GET THE QUALIFIED PEOPLE TO NECESSARILY DO SOME SPECIFIC LAYERS. I'M NOT GOING TO -- MAKE SURE I CLARIFY THAT, WE HAVE PLENTY OF QUALIFIED PEOPLE. I DON'T WANT MY STAFF TO BE YELLING AT ME TOMORROW. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, IT'S LIKE THE QUANTITIES AND HOW YOU GET CERTAIN KEY ELEMENTS, A THIRD PARTY CAN AFFORD IT, YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY LIKE INFOR HAS TO TO THAT BECAUSE THEY -- TO DO THAT BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO MEET THE STATE AND FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS AND MANAGE THAT. SO MOVING INTO THE CLOUD WILL ACTUALLY MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE MAKING -- CONTINUING TO MAKE THE PAYROLLS AND BE STABLE. THE TIME AND ATTENDANCE, I THINK, IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST TOUCHY PARTS THAT -- AS YOU LOOK AT THE CONTRACT AND SEE WHAT'S IN THERE, THAT'S WHAT YOU'RE GETTING MOST OF THE EMAILS FROM THE VENDORS WHO ARE ACTUALLY LOOKING AT THAT, SO WHAT WE DID IS A DEEP DIVE. AFTER WE SAW FINE THERE'S NOTHING OUT THERE THAT CRI CRITICAL, WE STARTED DOING VENDOR REVIEWS, AND IF YOU REMEMBER CORRECTLY, BACK IN THE EARLY SUMMER, WHAT WE DID IN JULY, I BELIEVE IT WAS, THE INTENT TO NEGOTIATE WITH ONE OF THE VENDORS THAT PUT IN, ADP, SO AS WE WERE LOOKING AT ADP, WE HAD FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS AND WE HAD PRESENTATIONS FROM THAT VENDOR, AT THE SAME TIME WE WERE LOOKING AT THE OTHER TOP CANDIDATES COMPETING WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE WE DID THE DUE DILIGENCE BEHIND IT. THROUGH THAT PROCESS, WE ACTUALLY LOOKED AT THE INFOR PRODUCT, TALKED TO FAIRFAX COUNTY, HAD JUST IMPLEMENTED IT IN THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, AND THEY'RE A SCHOOL DISTRICT ABOUT THE SAME SIZE AS US, AND WE HAD SINCERE TALKS WITH THEM WHERE THEY SHOWED US OR TOLD US THEY HAD SOME GROWING PAINS COMING INTO IT BUT THEY GOT THROUGH  IT, AND IT'S IN THEIR DISTRICT NOW. THEY CALL IT MY TIME. I THINK WE'LL STEAL IT AND CALL IT MY TIME. I KNOW I'M RAMBLING ON A LITTLE BIT. LET ME GET TO THE FINAL POINT. AS WE LOOK AT THAT, I MEAN, THAT INTENT TO NEGOTIATE, WE TURNED IT INTO BASICALLY WE NEGOTIATED WITH INFOR TO GET TO THIS CONTRACT. THE BEST PART OF THIS -- AND I'M TRYING TO THINK ABOUT HOW TO WORD IT CORRECTLY -- IS THE FINANCIAL IMPACT, SO WITH THIS BEING SOMETHING WE HAD TO DO, WE SHOULD HAVE DONE IT THE LAST FIVE YEARS, WE'RE ON THE OLD VERSION, TRYING TO FIND THE MONEY TO GO FORWARD, WE'VE HAD THE PRICES. I LOOKED AT GRETCHEN AND SAID, YOU KNOW HOW MUCH IN IS GOING TO COST? AND GRETCHEN SAYS WE HAVE NO MONEY, RICK. SHE SAID THAT TWO OR THREE TIMES. GO TO THE VENDOR AND SAY YOUR CURRENT BUDGET, WHAT YOU'RE CURRENTLY SPENDING ON SOFTWARE FOR THAT PRODUCT IS YOUR BUDGET, SO SHE TOLD ME TO GO TO THE VENDOR AND SAY, WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR THE MONEY I'M ALREADY PAYING YOU, AND THEY'RE HERE FOR REPRESENTATION, AND I THOUGHT WE WERE NEVER GOING TO MAKE IT. THEY ACTUALLY WORKED A DEAL, AN ARRANGEMENT WITH A THIRD PARTY, SO WE'RE PAYING WHAT WE'D NORMALLY PAY FOR MAINTENANCE ON THE CURRENT OLD VERSION FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS IS WHAT WE'RE PAYING, SO OUR NET CHANGE FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS IS ZERO DOLLARS. I DON'T KNOW HOW ELSE I CAN EXPLAIN IT OTHER THAN THAT. THE THIRD YEAR, WE'RE ACTUALLY PAYING FOR THE SERVICES THAT WE WILL START IF THIS GETS APPROVED, RECEIVING IN JANUARY, WE'LL GET THEM FOR 24 MONTHS, BUT WE'LL PAY THEM IN YEAR THREE. NOW, ME AS A BUSINESSPERSON WOULD SAY, WELL, IT'S LIKE BUYING A CAR. IF THEY KNOW THEY'RE JUST ADDING THE COST INTO YOU. IN A ISN'T WHAT HAPPENED HERE BECAUSE WE ALREADY HAD THE PRICE. BEFORE WE HIT THEM WITH THAT LITTLE SURPRISE MOVE TO SAY, OKAY, NOW CAN YOU MOVE THIS IN THE FUTURE, THEY WOUND UP DOING THAT AND KEPT THE PRICE THE SAME, SO WE KNOW FOR A FACT THAT THEY ABSORBED THE FINANCE CHARGES OF PUTTING THAT $5.6 MILLION AND PAYING IT IN THREE YEARS, WHICH AMOUNTS TO ABOUT $350,000 OF SAVINGS FOR THE DISTRICT TO DO THAT, SO AS YOU LOOK AT THE ROI -- AND THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO CALCULATE THE ROI, I SAY FROM TWO ASPECTS. I WAS GOING TO LOOK AND SAY THE ROI IS ONE OF THOSE INSURANCE POLICIES BECAUSE NOT HAVING SUPPORT AND RISKING NOT PAYING IS AN IMMEDIATE ROI BECAUSE IF WE GO WITHOUT SUPPORT AND WE CAN'T MAKE IT WORK, THAT'S SOMETHING I WON'T BE STANDING HERE DOING. I MEAN, THAT'S -- I'LL BE LOOKING FOR MY NEXT JOB, I'M SURE THE SUPERINTENDENT WILL SEE TO THAT IF WE DON'T MAKE PAYROLL. SO AS WE LOOK THROUGH THAT, THOUGH, THE COSTS THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE SAVING IS ACTUALLY IN THE FIRST TWO YEARS, SO OUR REGULAR CALCULATION EVEN WITHOUT THAT IS THE THREE-YEAR PAYBACK, AND WE'RE GOING TO BE MAKING MONEY BACK IN THE SAVINGS THAT HAS BEEN ESTIMATED. NOW, I'LL MAKE ONE POINT WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR COST OF OWNERSHIP WHEN WE LOOKED THROUGH IT, ONE OF THE VENDORS THAT PUT IN THEIR PROPOSAL -- SAID THEY SAW ABOUT $9 MILLION OF SAVINGS A YEAR, THEY ANTICIPATE, JUST FROM THE TIME AND ATTENDANCE MODULE. WE THINK THAT'S A LITTLE INFLATED, SO WE'RE A LITTLE MORE CONSERVATIVE IN OUR ESTIMATES BASED ON THE FINANCIALS NOW, SO EVEN IN THE PAYBACK OF THE THREE YEARS, I REDUCED IT BY 50% AND SAID, WE WOULD SAVE $4.5 MILLION A YEAR, BUT -- SO THAT ISN'T FACTORING IN ALL THE OTHER EFFICIENCIES WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AND THE OTHER BULK SOFTWARE THAT WE'LL BE ABLE TO GET. I KNOW I'M GOING OVER MY TWO MINUTES. THE FINANCIAL PART OF IT, WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE HAD FULL DISCLOSURE IN THIS AGENDA ITEM. WHEN YOU FIRST SAW THE COPY GO THROUGH, IT'S HOW MUCH WE WERE SAVING IN THE TWO YEARS. THIS IS A $13-MILLION AGENDA, SLIGHTLY A LITTLE OVER $13 MILLION. THE SAVINGS ESTIMATED, WE'RE LOOKING AT SAVING $25 MILLION OVER THE SAME FIVE-YEAR PERIOD. THAT'S $13 MILLION OVER FIVE YEARS, SO THE NET SAVINGS IS $12 MILLION. SO WE'LL NEVER GO NEGATIVE. SINCE WE'RE PAYING IN YEAR THREE, WE'LL BE SAVING MONEY IMMEDIATELY STARTING THE FIRST YEAR, SECOND YEAR, THIRD, FOURTH, FIFTH. SO IT'S SOMETHING WE SHOULD HAVE DONE A WHILE AGO IF WE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY, I MEAN PUTTING THE FINANCING IN THE FUTURE IS THE KEY TO WHAT MADE THIS HAPPEN. THE ONLY OTHER THING I WOULD LIKE TO MENTION, SINCE THERE WAS A SPEAKER EARLIER, AND I KNOW YOU'VE RECEIVED EMAILS FROM DIN VENDORS. ONE OF THE -- I MEAN, I TOOK DOWN AS MANY NOTES AS I COULD, AND I COULD ADDRESS THEM ALL IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ON THEM, ABOUT YOU WHEN THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT THE COMPETITORS, ONE OF THE ONES THAT LOST -- I MEAN, OF THE 15-PLUS, TWO OF THEM REALLY -- YOU KNOW, NOBODY LIKES NOT TO BE THE FIRST PLACE WINNER. THE TOTAL MANAGEMENT MODEL THAT WAS REFERRED TO, THAT ISN'T PART OF THIS AGENDA, SO IT'S NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE. WHAT THEY'RE SAYING IS THAT'S ONE OF THE PACKAGES THAT THEY HAVE THAT THEY ESTIMATE THEY'LL SAVE ANOTHER $6 MILLION, SO WE REALLY NEED TO LOOK INTO THAT TOO. FOR OUTSOURCING, THE -- WHAT IS IT? -- THE FMLA, FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE, IF WE DO THAT IN THE REGULATORY SERVICES AND OUTSOURCE IT TO THEM, THAT'S THEIR SAVINGS, SO THEY SAY THEY WORK WITH INFOR RIGHT NOW, SO BY SAYING WE'RE NOT SAVING THAT ADDITIONAL $6 MILLION IF YOU VOTE ON THIS TONIGHT IS KIND OF MISLEADING, BECAUSE THEY'RE MUTUALLY NOT EXCLUSIVE. WE CAN STILL GO BUY THAT PACKAGE AND IT WASN'T PART OF THIS DEAL. AND I THINK THE REST OF IT WAS JUST BASICALLY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIXED BID AND STATEMENT OF WORK. I MEAN, I'LL MAKE A STATEMENT ON THAT. WE HAVE HAD BOTH. WE'VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE THIS AS A FIXED BID. FIXED BID IS USUALLY 25% TO 30% ADDED TO THE COST. WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO MANAGE IT DOWN, AND THAT'S WHY WE DID NOT CHOOSE TO DO A FIXED BID. WE THINK WE CAN MANAGE IT SINCE MONEY IS SUCH AN ISSUE AT THIS TIME. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE WE CAN GET THE BEST PRICE WE CAN. THE WITH THAT BEING SAID, I KNOW I WENT OVER, BUT GRETCHEN HAS SOME GUESTS.

>> YES. THANK YOU, RICK. I WANTED TO SAY FIRST AS WE WERE WORKING ON THIS CONTRACT -- AND WE KNOW THIS WAS AN AGENDA ITEM COMING TO YOU PREVIOUSLY, WE'VE SINCE REFINED IT, AND WITH THE HELP, WE COULDN'T HAVE DONE THIS WITHOUT RICK AND COREY MURPHY AND SUZANNE PONDER AND JEFF GIBSON. WE WORKED EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK OF THANKSGIVING, AND I REALLY FEEL BAD FOR JAY JOHNSON WHO IS HERE IN THE BACK. I THINK I WAS CALLING HIM EVERY TEN MINUTES JUST TRYING TO GET THIS INFORMATION TO YOU ALL SO YOU COULD MAKE YOUR INFORMED DECISION. AS WE SAID BEFORE, BOARD MEMBERS, PUBLIC EDUCATION IS BIG BUSINESS. YOU'VE SEEN THAT. WE'VE HAD A LOT OF AGENDA ITEMS COME IN FRONT OF YOU AND IT'S NEVER EASY. THERE'S ALWAYS BIGGER, BETTER PRODUCTS, BEST OF BREED, BUT I FEEL SO CONFIDENT WITH OUR TEAM IN PLACE AND WHAT WE'VE DONE, IT'S PHENOMENAL, SO WITHOUT THAT, WITHOUT ANYTHING ELSE, I JUST WANTED TO INTRODUCE THE PEOPLE THAT ARE HERE FROM INFOR, SO WE HAVE JAY JOHNSON. YOU WANT TO JUST STAND UP PLEASE. MARGARET MORAN, BRETT MILLER, RICK JOHNSON, AND TONY MITCHELL. AND THESE FOLKS, I'M TELLING YOU, WE'VE GIVEN THEM EITHER NO HAIR OR GRAY HAIR THE LAST -- I THINK OVER FIVE YEARS. [LAUGHTER] SO THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE AND ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK.

>> OKAY. AND WE CAN ADDRESS ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE.

>>Sally Harris: YES, SIR. WE DO HAVE SOME COMMENTS. MEMBER VALDES.

>>Susan Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR THOROUGH HIGHLIGHT AND GIVING THAT HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE. I WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR -- AND STAFF FOR DOING THE DUE DILIGENCE ON THIS PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM. I DON'T -- I DON'T KNOW IF I HEARD YOU SAY THIS OR NOT, BUT ANOTHER THING THAT'S REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT ABOUT WHAT THIS PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM'S GOING TO ALLOW US TO DO IS TO BE ABLE TO SAFEGUARD OUR DATA.

>> YES. I WOULD LIKE --

>>Susan Valdes: DID I MISS THAT?

>> YES. I SAY YES. WE'RE SAFEGUARDING OUR DATA IN IT THEIR CLOUD.

>>Susan Valdes: IN THEIR CLOUD.

>> THEY HAVE MORE SECURITY ASPECTS THAN WE DO, BUT I DON'T WANT IT TO BE IN THE PAPER TOMORROW. WE SAFEGUARD OUR DATA CURRENTLY AND IN THE LAST 17 YEARS TOO. I WANTED TO BE CLEAR. BUT IT'S THE NEXT TIER UP. THEY DO IT WHERE THEY COULD HAVE YOUR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION. WE DON'T HAVE THAT. AM

>>Susan Valdes: ABSOLUTELY. ABSOLUTELY. AND THAT'S MY POINT, THAT OUR DATA IS THAT MUCH MORE SECURED, IF YOU WILL, SO I APPRECIATE THAT, AND I WANT TO THANK YOU ALSO FOR WORKING WITH US THROUGH THESE TOUGH TIMES THAT WE ARE UNDERGOING, AND THAT KIND OF PARTNERSHIP, I APPRECIATE IT. I'M JUST LOOKING FORWARD TO, YOU KNOW, SEEING WHAT'S -- AS WE -- WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR MANY, MANY YEARS ABOUT CHANGING OUR SYSTEM BECAUSE WE REALIZE THAT THIS ORIGINAL SYSTEM WAS MADE FOR HOSPITALS, AND IT WAS KIND OF SORT OF TWEAKED FOR US, IF YOU WILL, WAY BACK WHEN. THAT WAS BEFORE MY TIME ON THE BOARD, SO WE'VE HAD -- WE'VE HAD AN INVESTMENT IN THIS PROGRAM FOR A -- AND THIS SOFTWARE FOR A LONG TIME, AND IT'S THE RIGHT THING TO DO TO BE ABLE TO DO ALL THE THINGS THAT WE'RE NEEDING TO DO, PARTICULARLY THAT -- WHAT I'M MOST EXCITED ABOUT, BESIDES THE FINANCIAL IMPACT, IS THE FACT THAT WE HAVE A HIGHER PROTECTION FOR OUR DATA, OUR STUDENT DATA, AND THAT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF OUR DATA, SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE PARTNERSHIP.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THANK YOU FOR THE HIGHLIGHT, AND THANK YOU TO INFOR FOR BEING SO PATIENT. I KNOW THAT THIS IS A LONG TIME COMING, AND I KNOW THE STRUGGLES THAT WE HAVE HAD. I'VE SEEN THE STRUGGLES WHEN WE GO TO HR AS A BOARD AND ASK FOR VOLUMES OF INFORMATION ABOUT OUR EMPLOYEES, ABOUT, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH THIS, AND THE STRUGGLE THAT THEY GO THROUGH TO TRY AND PROVIDE US WITH THAT DATA, SO I CAN ONLY IMAGINE. IT BECAME VERY CLEAR TO ME, I THINK, LAST YEAR WHEN WE -- WHEN WE PUT OUT RETRO PAY, AND I THINK THE ENTIRE DIVISION OF PAYROLL HAD TO WORK THE ENTIRE THANKSGIVING BREAK IN ORDER TO MAKE THAT PAYROLL HAPPEN FOR OUR EMPLOYEES, AND THAT'S JUST -- THAT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT I THINK WE WANT TO STAY IN THE BUSINESS OF DOING, SO THANK YOU TO THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE PUT THE EFFORT IN AND STUCK WITH US. I DON'T KNOW MANY VENDORS THAT WOULD HAVE STUCK WITH US FOR THIS LONG AND WAITED AND WAITED AND WAITED FOR US TO GET TO THIS PLACE WHERE WE WERE READY TO ACTUALLY DO SOMETHING, BUT WE'RE AT CRITICAL MASS NOW, SO I WOULD LIKE TO ASK, CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE ROLL OUT FOR THE TIME AND ATTENDANCE? I DON'T THINK YOU COVERED THAT IN YOUR PRESENTATION, AND I KNOW THAT THAT IS ONE OF THE BIG PIECES THAT WE ARE -- HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR AS PART OF THE GIBSON REPORT, IT'S PART OF SOME OF THE QUICK SAVINGS THAT WE CAN GET AS WE MOVE INTO THIS PROCESS, SO IF YOU CAN TALK -- EITHER YOU OR MS. SAUNDERS TALK ABOUT HOW THAT'S GOING TO BE ROLLED OUT.

>> I'LL ADDRESS IT.

>> RICK, I'LL DO IT. OKAY. WHEN WE STARTED THIS PROCESS -- THANKS, RICK -- WE WERE WORKING WITH PAM HENDRICKSON AND A LOT OF THE STAFF, AND WHEN THE SUPERINTENDENT, DR. VAZQUEZ CAME TO YOU ALL, ONE OF THE SYSTEMS WAS GET A TIME AND ATTENDANCE SYSTEM IN PLACE BASED ON THE GIBSON REPORT, SO AS A FOLLOW-UP, WE'RE BRINGING THIS FORWARD. WHEN WE STARTED MEETING WITH OUR STAKEHOLDERS AND DIFFERENT DIVISIONS AND DEPARTMENTS THAT HAD ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT EMPLOYEES, WE KIND OF ASKED MR. BEAKMAN, AND HE VOLUN VOLUNTEERED, TRANSPORTATION TO COME FORWARD TO BE OUR FIRST DEPARTMENT BECAUSE THEY HAVE SO MANY -- THEY GO EVERYTHING FROM HOURLY EMPLOYEES, TEMPORARY EMPLOYEES, SUBSTITUTES, TO EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN, SO HE VOLUNTEERED TRANSPORTATION, SO WITH YOUR APPROVAL WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION TO YOU ALL, WHAT WE WOULD START IN JANUARY GOING FORWARD WITH TRANSPORTATION, AND WHAT THAT MEANS IS WE HAVE TO RUN PARALLEL SYSTEMS, SO I THINK WE TALKED ABOUT THAT WITH MS. SHAMBURGER AND MS. SNIVELY RUNNING THIS PARALLEL SYSTEM, SO IT'S GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO KEEP THE SYSTEM MOVING, BUT IT'S ALSO WE'RE GOING TO BE ANSWERING THE CALL OF THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE GIBSON REPORT AND DR. VAZQUEZ TO GET THIS THING UP AND RUNNING AND MOVE INTO THE CLOUD AND MAKE IT EASIER AND GET OUT OF THE PAPER PROCESS

>> JULY 1, 2018.

>>Lynn Gray: I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU. YOUR COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW BEFORE THIS BOARD MEETING. I JUST LEARNED SO MUCH, AND I FELT VERY COMFORTABLE, AND YOU'VE ACTUALLY LIVED FOR, WHAT, A YEAR WORKING ON THIS. INHERENTLY, YOU KNOW IT BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS, AND THIS IS A LOT OF MONEY AS WELL, BUT I HAD A LOT OF CONFIDENCE AND BUY-IN AND THE INFORMATION IS CRITICAL THAT WE HAVE. I MEAN, WE ARE MOVING TO THE CLOUD, AND IT SAVES US A LOT OF MONEY ON ALL THE APPLICATIONS, AND IT'S THE WAY OF THE WORLD, AND YOU ARE MAKING IT, I THINK, A VERY SMOOTH PATH AND I FEEL FINANCIALLY SECURE IN MAKING THIS DECISION, AND, AGAIN, YOU HAVE EDUCATED MYSELF, AND I'M SURE THE OTHERS, AND I APPRECIATE THAT. I REALLY DO. YOU'VE TAKEN A LOT OF TIME. AND THIS IS A COMPLICATED -- THIS IS VERY COMPLICATED. AND I JUST THINK THAT YOUR EDUCATION HAS GIVEN CREDENCE TO ALL THESE PAGES, SO THANK YOU, AND GOOD LUCK, AND INTO THE CLOUD WE GO. MAYBE.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I'D LIKE TO MOVE TO PULL THIS ITEM OFF THE AGENDA FOR SEPARATE VOTE.

>>Sally Harris: ARE YOU SECONDING?

>> YES.

>>Sally Harris: I HAVE A MOTION MADE BY MEMBER STUART AND SECOND BY MEMBER SHAMBURGER TO PULL THIS ITEM OFF FOR A SEPARATE VOTE. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHT APPEARS. AND THE VOTE CARRIES WITH SIX VOTES AND MRS. GRIFFIN AWAY FROM THE DAIS.

>>Cindy Stuart: I MOVE TO APPROVE ITEM 6.34.

>>Sally Harris: I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER STUART AND A SECOND BY MEMBER VALDES TO VOTE FOR ITEM 6.34. IS THERE DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. AND IT IS A SIX VOTE FOR YES WITH MRS. GRIFFIN AWAY FROM THE DAIS.

>> TO THE CLOUD.

>>Sally Harris: CONGRATULATIONS, AND HAPPY TRAVELS. MOVING TO ITEM 7.04, APPROVE MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE TAMPA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. OH, SORRY. 7.06. ALL RIGHT. WE'RE MOVING RIGHT ALONG. THIS IS GREAT. APPROVE THE PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BALZAR AND BEATRICE FOR 5.00 PLUS ACREAGE LOCATED ON THE COUNTY ROUTE 672 BALM ROAD, RIVERVIEW FOR A HIGH SCHOOL TTT IN SOUTH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, REVISED ATTACHMENT IS AT PAGE 25 AND MS. GRAY HAS PULLED THIS FOR A COMMENT. SO MS. GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER HARRIS. I PULLED THIS BECAUSE WE TALK ABOUT EQUITY, BUT WE HAVE TO DO MORE THAN TALK. HERE IT IS. HERE'S AN EXAMPLE. THIS SITE ACQUISITION IN SOUTH COUNTY, WHICH ANY OF US WHO HAVE TRAVELED DOWN LITHIA -- WHATEVER THE ROAD IS, LITHIA SPRINGS ROAD, I WENT THERE SUNDAY AND I WAS IN A TRAFFIC JAM EVEN ON A SUNDAY. BUT THE PLACE, ALL THOSE SUBDIVISIONS ARE GROWING SO FAS FAST, AND MY SON LIVES IN RIVERVIEW AND WAY OUT IN WIMAUMA. IT'S JUST UNBELIEVABLE. SO WE TALK ABOUT EQUITY, AND WE NEED THE SCHOOLS OUT THERE. AND THIS PARTICULAR ONE, IF I AM CORRECT, WE'RE GOING TO INCREASE THE SIZE OF A NEW HIGH SCHOOL AND IF I AM CORRECT, WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. IN FACT, THEY ARE PAYING FOR THE IMPACT FEES. AND I LIKE THAT AS WELL. SO I THINK THIS IS A VERY GOOD WIN-WIN SITUATION. AND I KNOW IT'S AN EFFORT THAT MR. FARKAS AND MS. DUFFY HAS BEEN WORKING TOGETHER, AND I REALLY APPRECIATE IT, AND I DO BELIEVE IT SPEAKS VOLUMES FOR YOUR VISION FOR THE FUTURE OUT THERE, AND I KNOW THAT'S A BIG CHALLENGE. SO I APPRECIATE YOUR HARD WORK.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. ITEM 12.01, APPROVE THE 2017-2018 FLORIDA DISTRICT SAFE SCHOOLS ASSESSMENT. THIS IS A HIGHLIGHT BY MEMBER GRAY AND TANLY CABRERO, DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, MR. AIKENS AND STAFF, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO HIGHLIGHT THE FLORIDA DISTRICT SAFE SCHOOLS ASSESSMENT REPORT. AS REQUIRED BY FLORIDA STATUTE, EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT MUST CONDUCT AN ANNUAL SELF-ASSESSMENT OF SAFETY AND SECURITY PROGRAMS USING THE OFFICE OF PROGRAM POLICY ANALYSIS AND GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY, AS YOU KNOW IS APAGA, SCHOOL SAFETY AND BEST PRACTICES. THE REPORT INCLUDES AREAS OF HUMAN RESOURCES, SECURITY, SAFETY ATHLETICS, SCHOOL HELP SERVICES, TRANSPORTATION, STUDENT SERVICES, STUDENT NUTRITION, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEACHING AND LEARNING, INFORMATIONAL SERVICES, EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATION, COMPLIANCE AND ADMINISTRATION. ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENTS AND CHIEFS FROM THESE DIVISIONS ADDRESS THE ITEMS THAT FALL UNDER THEIR SUPERVISION. THE FIRST PART OF THE REPORT IS THE ELECTRONIC FORM THAT IS ACTUALLY TRANSMITTED TO THE STATE INDICATING AS YOU CAN SEE, THAT ALL OF THEM WERE IN COMPLIANCE. THE ADDED NARRATIVE REPORT WAS DEVELOPED BY OUR DISTRICT AND INCLUDES DISTRICT INITIATIVES AND BEST PRACTICES.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU FOR SPENDING THE NIGHT WITH US TONIGHT ALMOST. I APPRECIATE IT. WE ARE INITIATING THE HILLSBOROUGH HEALTHY SCHOOL ASSESSMENT AND APASSIONA IS ON -- APAGA IS ON THERE. I NEED A COMFORT LEVEL. HOW HAVE WE INCREASED OR DECREASED, EITHER WAY, IN THE AREA OF SAFETY? WHAT HAS CHANGED? IS THERE ANY MORE?

>> THE INFORMATION THAT COMES TO US, WE ARE MANDATED TO ADDRESS EACH OF THOSE ISSUES THAT ARE OUTLINED BY THE STATE. THEY HAVE NOT MADE ANY CHANGES EXCEPT THERE WAS ONE INDICATOR THAT WAS ADDED IN THE AREA OF TRANSPORTATION. AND IF YOU WANTED MR. BEAKMAN OR MR. FARKAS TO ADDRESS THAT.

>>Lynn Gray: WELL, I THINK MR. FARKAS, IS THERE AN AREA THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THAT HAS BEEN CHANGED? AND THEN THERE IS MR. BEAKMAN WHO JUST TOOK FLIGHT.

>>Christopher Farkas: YEAH, HE'S GONE. NO, THERE'S ACTUALLY, I DON'T KNOW WHAT CHANGE WE'VE GOT.

>> IT WAS JUST THE LAST ONE ON PAGE 69. AND THAT WAS JUST SOME ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS THAT THE STATE HAD WANTED EACH OF THE DISTRICTS --

>>Christopher Farkas: CHANGING THEIRS, BUT ALREADY STUFF WE HAVE IN OUR BUSES. TWO-WAY RADIOS, STUFF -- THE SYSTEMS THAT WE'VE HAD IN OUR BUSES THE LAST 10 TO 12 STATES THE ONE THE STATE IS ASKING FOR ASSESSMENTS FROM ALL DISTRICTS. THIS IS AN EASY ANSWER FOR US TO SHOW WHAT WE ALREADY DO AND WE ALREADY TALKED ABOUT IT.

>>Lynn Gray: WE'RE ALREADY AHEAD OF THE GAME.

>>Christopher Farkas: YES, MA'AM, EXACTLY.

>>Lynn Gray: AND WE HAVE A NEW PERSON THAT HAS REPLACED GLEN LATHERS, IS THAT CORRECT?

>>Christopher Farkas: THAT'S CORRECT.

>> YES.

>>Lynn Gray: YEAH I I NEED TO KIND OF REALLY GET COMFORTABLE WITH THAT, BECAUSE THIS, AGAIN, IT'S A VERY LENGTHY SURVEY OR RECOMMENDATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS. AND I WILL. I'LL DIG INTO IT EVEN DEEPER, BUT THANK YOU, MS. CABRERA, FOR PUTTING THIS OUT THERE AND LETTING THE PUBLIC KNOW THAT WE ARE VERY MUCH INVOLVED WITH SAFETY, SECURITY, AND OTHER FEATURES IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT.

>> I DO WANT TO THANK THE TEAM THAT WORKED ON THIS, BECAUSE IT IS, AS YOU SAID, A VERY LENGTHY PROCESS AND A LOT OF QUESTIONS AND INFORMATION THAT THEY HAVE TO GATHER. AND I KNOW SOME OF THEM ARE IN THE AUDIENCE, AND WE WANT TO THANK THEM FOR BEING HERE, TOO.

>>Lynn Gray: WOULD YOU LIKE TO PUBLICLY THANK THEM?

>> I THINK THEY ARE --

>>Lynn Gray: AND THEN STEVEN. HI, STEVE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU'LL HAVE TO HELP ME WITH THE OTHER NAMES. WHO ELSE IS OUT THERE?

>> WELL, I KNOW THAT MR. BEAKMAN HAS LEFT. CHIEF NEWMAN IS A PART OF THE TEAM.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, CHIEF.

>> BARBARA HANCOCK IS HERE FOR THE ELEMENTARY ED. I DON'T KNOW IF FOOD AND NUTRITION IS HERE. TRICIA McMANUS IS HERE FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. MR. FARKAS FOR OUR SAFETY DIVISION. ATHLETICS WAS ROBINSON, MARIA RUSS FROM SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES, ANNE TOWNSEND, PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES. WYNNE TYE WAS THE NONTRADITIONAL PROGRAMS. PHILLIP FRANCIS, STUDENT SERVICES FOR GUIDANCE. KIM WORKMAN, EXCEPTIONAL ED. SUAREZ, RICK IS OVERSEEING THAT PIECE. STEVEN ORR FOR SECONDARY ED. MIRNA HOPE FOR SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK AND DENA COLLINS FOR SCHOOL RESOURCES.

>>Lynn Gray: THAT'S QUITE A TEAM. YOU HAVE A GREAT TEAM. WELL, THANK EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU. I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT HIGHLIGHT. THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. ITEM 12.03, APPROVE AFFILIATION AGREEMENTS FOR HEALTH SCIENCE EDUCATION FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR WORKFORCE CONNECTIONS. AND MS. GRAY HAS A COMMENT.

>>Lynn Gray: YES, MR. FARKAS -- CHRIS JAR GOES. CHRIS JARGO. I'LL GET THERE. HE AND I TALKED THIS MORNING AND I PULLED THIS BECAUSE HERE AGAIN, WE'RE ABSOLUTELY FORMING PARTNERSHIPS, PARTNERSHIPS THAT ARE REALISTIC, PARTNERSHIPS THAT ACTUALLY PUT TOGETHER IN A CLINICAL SETTING OUR STUDENTS WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, FLORIDA HOSPITAL OF ZEPHYRHILLS, SOUTH BAY HOSPITAL. THIS TO ME IS A VERY PRACTICAL WAY OF PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. WE'RE DOING THE TYPE OF TRAINING THAT ACTUALLY REMINDS ME OF MOSI. THEY HAVE THE MEDICINE MAN THERE. IT HAS SEVEN DIFFERENT EMERGENCY PROCEDURES THAT A PERSON CAN GO THROUGH, SUCH AS A STROKE, A HEART ATTACK, AND IT REALLY SHOWS THE STUDENT THE LANGUAGE, THE REACTIONS, AND IT REALLY HAS REAL REALISTIC TYPE OF LEARNING GOING ON. SO ANYTIME WE HAVE PARTNERSHIPS WHICH WE DEFINITELY ARE GETTING MORE AND MORE BUSINESS PARTNERSHIPS, I JUST THINK IT NEEDS TO BE VOCAL, AND WE SHOULD BE VERY HAPPY. AND THANK YOU, MS. BEVERLY, AND MR. BROOKS, FOR PUTTING THIS ALL TOGETHER WITH YOUR TEAM.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. ITEM 12.05, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD ORGANIZATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS FOR 2018. THIS IS BEING HIGHLIGHTED BY MEMBER SHAMBURGER AND MEMBER STUART. AND I NEED HELP ON THIS ONE.

>>Jim Porter: SURE. BOARD MEMBERS, YOU ARE BY VIRTUE OF YOUR OFFICE ASSIGNED OR ASKED TO REPRESENT THE BOARD IN DIFFERENT ORGANIZATIONS. TRADITIONALLY, THE CHAIR HAS AFTER THE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING HAS SOUGHT YOUR INPUT ON WHICH BOARDS YOU WISH TO SERVE ON AND THEN MADE THE ASSIGNMENTS. I BELIEVE THAT'S WHAT IS BEFORE YOU TODAY. THERE ARE SOME ORGANIZATIONS THAT YOU BELONG TO BY VIRTUE OF STATUTE. OTHERS BECAUSE YOU'VE BEEN INVITED TO JOIN BECAUSE OF INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT SUCH AS THE MPO. I THINK THE ORGANIZATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS AS ASSIGNED BY THE CHAIR.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. AND I THINK THAT THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF CONFUSION ON THE PROCESS. SO AT THIS POINT IN TIME, IT WAS SUGGESTED THAT MAYBE WE PUT THIS TO THE WAY OF WORK AND WAIT AND VOTE ON IT IN JANUARY, IS THAT A CONSENSUS, OR DO YOU ALL WANT TO VOTE ON IT AS IT WAS SENT OUT? MEMBER STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: SO WHAT WE GOT WAS THE ORGANIZATIONAL ASSIGNMENTS FROM YOUR SECRETARY AS THEY CURRENTLY STAND, BUT HAVE WE GOTTEN AN UPDATE? HAVE WE GOTTEN FEEDBACK FROM ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS ON WHAT BOARDS THEY WANT TO SIT ON?

>>Sally Harris: WE DID GET FEEDBACK, AND THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF CONFUSION BECAUSE WE WERE -- SOME BOARD MEMBERS ASKED THAT WE ADD COMMITTEES, AND THAT WASN'T WHAT THAT WAS PART OF. THAT'S WHY I TALKED TO MR. PORTER --

>>Jim Porter: THERE'S SOME CONFUSION ABOUT THAT. I THINK THE BEST THING TO DO WOULD BE TO HOLD OFF AND BRING IT BACK TO THE MEETING IN JANUARY. IN THE MEANTIME, I THINK WHEN WE'RE SCHEDULED TO MEET, WE CAN DISCUSS IT THERE. I CAN DISCUSS IT WITH THE CHAIR AS WELL WITH ANY ISSUES OUT THERE OUTSTANDING.

>>Cindy Stuart: OKAY. I WOULD ASK BECAUSE THERE ARE MEETINGS IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY THAT WE HAVE TO GO TO. I DON'T WANT TO HOLD UP ANYBODY --

>>Jim Porter: UNTIL THE BOARD WOULD CHANGE, YOU WOULD CONTINUE WITH THE ASSIGNMENTS.

>>Cindy Stuart: WE'LL CONTINUE AS IS UNTIL JANUARY WHEN THIS COMES BACK.

>>Jim Porter: YES. WE NEED A MOTION TO TAKE IT OFF.

>>Cindy Stuart: I MOVE WE TABLE THIS UNTIL THE JANUARY 23rd MEETING.

>>Sally Harris: IT'S BEEN MOVED BY MEMBER STUART AND SECONDED BY MEMBER VALDES TO MOVE THIS TO THE JANUARY BOARD MEETING. ANY MORE DISCUSSION? IF NOT, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. THANK YOU. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO VOTE ON THE ITEMS PULLED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER STUART AND A SECOND BY MEMBER VALDES. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. AND IT PASSES UNANIMOUSLY. RIGHT. 1.03, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS CHARTER OFFICE WITHDRAWS APPLICATIONS AND ANNUAL REPORT. AND THIS IS A HIGHLIGHT BY MEMBER SHAMBURGER, A COMMENT BY MEMBER GRAY, AND A HIGHLIGHT BY MEMBER STUART. AND JENNA HODGES, GENERAL DIRECTOR OF CHARTER SCHOOLS WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: BEFORE MS. HODGES, I KNEW YOU WOULD BE QUICK ON THE MIKE, BEFORE MS. HODGENS SAYS ANYTHING, I WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE WE'RE BRINGING THIS BACK BECAUSE WE HAD A DISCUSSION AT OUR LAST BOARD MEETING ABOUT THE FACT THAT WE DO NOT BRING FORWARD DENIED APPLICATIONS TO THIS BOARD. BUT WE DO A LOT OF WORK BEFORE IT EVER GETS HERE TO WITHDRAW OR WORK WITH ORGANIZATIONS, AND THEY WITHDRAW BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEY ARE NOT GOING TO GET APPROVED. THIS IS ALL ABOUT GIVING YOU THE INFORMATION HISTORICALLY THAT JENNA AND HER OFFICE IN WORKING WITH OUR APPLICANTS FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS AND HOW THEY WORKED WITH THEM TO ULTIMATELY NOT BRING THEM TO THIS BOARD. SO TECHNICALLY, THEY WOULD BE A DENIAL IF THEY CAME HERE, BUT WE DON'T BRING THEM. JENNA, YOU CAN TAKE IT FROM THERE.

>> OKAY. THE CHIEF OF STAFF JUST TOLD ME I HAD 45 MINUTES TO DISCUSS THIS ITEM WITH YOU. [ LAUGHTER ] I KNOW YOU ARE ALL EXCITED ABOUT THAT. I PROMISE I WILL BE BRIEF. THANK YOU. THANK YOU DR. VASQUEZ. AS THE SUPERINTENDENT SAID, IT IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO KNOW BECAUSE I THINK THERE IS A PERCEPTION OUT THERE BECAUSE I COME TO YOU WITH RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT ON APPROVALS THAT WE DO NOT DENY APPLICATIONS. AND ACTUALLY, I'M VERY, VERY PROUD OF OUR CHARTER OFFICE STAFF AND THE TEAM WE PUT TOGETHER FOR OUR APPLICATIONS THAT WE DON'T EVER GET TO A DENIAL BECAUSE DENIALS LEAD TO DUE PROCESS. AND PROCESS MEANS PRESENTATIONS BEFORE THE APPEALS COMMISSION IN TALLAHASSEE. THEN FROM THE APPEALS COMMISSION, WE GO TO THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION. FROM THE STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, IF WE DON'T LIKE THE ANSWER, THEN THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE ATTORNEY CAN DECIDE TO GO TO A DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS. AND NEEDLESS TO SAY, THAT DOES NOT COME WITHOUT A COST. NOT ONLY IN MONEY, BUT ALSO IN TIME AND STAFF -- LOTS OF STAFF TIME. SO, YOU KNOW, I DID BRING FORWARD TO YOU TODAY IN THIS ITEM THE FIVE APPLICATIONS THAT WERE WITHDRAWN THIS CYCLE. SO WE HAD NINE APPLICATIONS, FOUR WERE RECOMMENDED FOR APPROVAL AND APPROVED AT THE NOVEMBER 14th MEETING, AND THEN FIVE WERE WITHDRAWN. I ALSO AT THE REQUEST OF A BOARD MEMBER PRESENTED TO THE SUPERINTENDENT THE CHIEF OF STAFF, THE CHIEF OF SCHOOLS, AND THE REST OF THE BOARD MEMBERS TWO CHARTS. ONE THAT SHOWED AN APPLICATION SUMMARY OF ALL THE YEARS SINCE 1997 OF THE NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS RECEIVED, APPROVED AND DENIED. AND THEN ALSO WITHDRAWN, BECAUSE IN THE VERY BEGINNING, WE DIDN'T DO WITHDRAWALS, BUT WE LEARNED QUICKLY THAT THAT WAS THE BEST WAY TO GO. AND THEN I ALSO GAVE YOU OPEN AND CLOSINGS OF SCHOOLS, BY EACH YEAR, ALONG WITH SCHOOLS THAT WERE APPROVED BUT NEVER DID OPEN. I'LL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS THAT YOU HAVE ON THE WITHDRAWAL OF APPLICATIONS.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I DON'T HAVE ANY QUESTIONS. JUST A COUPLE OF COMMENTS. I THINK THIS IS AMAZING. VALUABLE INFORMATION TO PUT OUT IN THE PUBLIC ABOUT WHAT THIS DISTRICT HAS BEEN DOING. THERE'S BEEN -- WE'VE HEARD COMMENTS FROM THE FLOODGATES HAVE OPENED ON CHARTERS SINCE THE SUPERINTENDENT TOOK OVER, WHICH THIS DATA SHOWS THAT THAT IS NOT THE CASE. I APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING FORWARD THE FACT THAT WE DO -- WE DON'T DENY APPLICATIONS BUT WE GET THEM TO A PLACE OF WITHDRAWAL. THAT'S IMPORTANT INFORMATION. I APPLAUD YOU FOR NOT GETTING US TO THE PLACE WHERE WE ARE DENYING APPLICATIONS. THAT COSTS US A LOT OF MONEY, AND I THINK THAT THAT -- THAT'S IMPORTANT TO PUT OUT TO THE PUBLIC THAT THERE'S A REASON. THE REPORT IS EXTREMELY COMPREHENSIVE, AND I APPRECIATE ALL THE DETAIL THAT YOUR STAFF PUT INTO IT. AND, AGAIN, I'D LIKE TO SEE THIS GO OUT TO BOTH TO MS. SOKOL, WHO IS STILL HERE, AND SOME OF THE PRESS OFFICES THAT SHOW THE WORK THAT WE HAVE IN DOING IT. AND KIND OF DISPEL SOME OF THE MYTHS ABOUT WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, BECAUSE I THINK THIS DOES A REALLY GOOD JOB OF PAINTING A VERY DIFFERENT PICTURE FROM SOME OF THE STUFF THAT'S OUT THERE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK.

>>Sally Harris: MR. PORTER.

>>Jim Porter: I WANT TO REITERATE AGAIN WHAT I SAID AT THE LAST MEETING. CHARTERS ARE A CREATURE OF THE LEGISLATURE, FLORIDA STATUTES. THEY DEFINE WHAT THE RULES ARE. OTHER DISTRICTS DO BRING FORWARD EVERY APPLICATION, AND THERE'S EITHER AN APPROVAL OR A DENIAL. AS MS. HODGENS SAID, THERE'S A COST ASSOCIATED WITH AN AFFIRMATIVE DENIAL ON THE PART OF A BOARD. THE HISTORY IN THIS DISTRICT HAS BEEN TO NOT BRING FORWARD ONES THAT ARE PROBABLY GOING TO BE DENIED. I MEAN, THE SUPERINTENDENT COULD CHOOSE TO DO THAT, BUT YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THERE IS LIMITATIONS ON THE POWER TO DENY, AND IF YOU DO DENY, YOU'RE GOING TO BE SETTING IN PLACE AN APPEAL PROCESS THAT WOULD COST THE DISTRICT MONEY. SO THE WAY THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS CHOSEN TO HANDLE CHARTERS IN THIS DISTRICT IS REALLY A COST SAVINGS TO THE DISTRICT BECAUSE WE HAVE TAKEN -- NOT TAKEN AWAY, BUT WE DON'T CREATE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR APPEAL BECAUSE YOU DON'T TYPICALLY FIND SOMETHING COMING BEFORE YOU THAT'S A DENIAL. THAT'S A WAY OF DOING BUSINESS IN THE DISTRICT THAT I THINK THE INFORMATION YOU HAVE IN FRONT OF YOU HELPS TO ILLUSTRATE. I JUST WANTED TO REITERATE WHAT I TALKED ABOUT AT THE LAST MEETING AS WELL.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: THIS IS A GREAT REPORT. I DEFINITELY AGREE. IT'S NEEDED. THE CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE THE ONES THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE ARE VALUABLE AND VALUED. AS AN EDUCATOR AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, I HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A CONCERN THAT AS I WENT THROUGH THIS CAREFULLY, I SAW 13 OUT OF 45 OF OUR CHARTER SCHOOLS RECEIVED A GRADE OF A C OR LOWER, AND I DON'T FIND THAT TO BE ACCEPTABLE, BUT ESPECIALLY IN LIGHT OF THE PUBLIC PERCEPTION BEING THAT THESE ARE SCHOOLS WHICH ARE FOR A BETTER CHOICE. I ARGUE WITH THAT. I ACTUALLY THINK BETTER CHOICE OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS CAN BE A BETTER CHOICE WITH MAGNET SCHOOLS AND IB PROGRAMS. IT'S JUST MAYBE THIS IS THE YEAR WE HAD MORE THAT WERE C OR BELOW, BUT THAT'S THE DATA IN HERE THAT I COUNTED. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE CAPITAL OUTLAY. 2016-17 YEAR WE HAD 5 MILLION OF OUR CAPITAL OUTLAY, WHICH WE BARELY HAVE ENOUGH FOR OUR AIR CONDITIONING AND DAY-TO-DAY MAINTENANCE. WELL, I READ CAREFULLY WHERE IT SAYS QUOTED ON THE REPORT, SCHOOL DISTRICTS MAY CHARGE AN ANNUAL FEE OF UP TO 5% FOR THE FIRST 250 STUDENTS. EIGHT CHARTER SCHOOLS WILL BE DENIED DUE TO BEING UNDER 250. THAT'S THE REALISTIC PICTURE, OR 2% OF UP TO THE FIRST 250 STUDENTS IF THE SCHOOL IS DEEMED HIGH PERFORMING. NOW, REMEMBER, WE NOW HAVE 14 SCHOOLS WHICH ARE NOT CONSIDERED HIGH PERFORMING. SO IT'S REALLY NOT A REALISTIC, OR LET'S JUST SAY, AN EXCRUCIATINGLY VALID FIGURE THAT WE HAVE 5 MILLION BECAUSE WHAT HAPPENS IS, IF WE LOOKED AT THE DATA, THE REALITY IS THAT WE COLLECT LESS THAN 2%, NOT A 5% AND NOT A STRAIGHT 2%, AS YOU CAN SEE FOR THE FIRST 250 STUDENTS. ALL THIS IS TO SAY THE REPORT IS VERY, VERY VALUABLE. IT DOES TELL A STORY, AND THAT'S THE STORY THAT RIGHT NOW I'M A LITTLE BIT WORRIED THAT WE HAVE TOO MANY OF THEM THAT ARE NOT TO ME AS GOOD AS WHAT I FIND OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS OFFER. I THINK OUR IB AND OUR MAGNET SCHOOLS. THAT'S NO REFLECTION ON ANYTHING OTHER THAN THIS IS PART OF THAT REPORT THAT I DEDUCTED AND CAME UP WITH. SO FOR THE PUBLIC RECORD. THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU.

>> MAY I JUST SAY ONE THING. I DO WANT TO RECOGNIZE FOR THIS REPORT THAT WAS PUT TOGETHER, THIS WILL COME EARLY TO YOU IN THE YEAR. THIS IS A LITTLE LATE FOR IT, BUT WE WERE REALLY TRYING TO GET IT TOGETHER AND DIDN'T WANT TO MISS A YEAR. WE'LL GET IT TO YOU SOONER NEXT YEAR, MAYBE SEPTEMBER. I HAVE TO THANK DELANG WHO HAS BEEN HERE WITH ME ALL NIGHT AND SUPERVISOR OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. AND ALSO RECOGNIZE AMY FORTIS WHO WITHOUT THE TWO OF THEM, THIS WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO YOU THIS YEAR AND I THINK IT IS AN IMPORTANT DOCUMENT THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL. I WANTED TO RECOGNIZE AND THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. AND I AM VERY HAPPY TO BE AT THIS NEXT SECTION. WE WILL NOW MOVE ON TO THE SUSPENDED AGENDA AND SUPERINTENDENT'S COMMENTS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jeffrey Eakins: THANK YOU, MS. HARRIS. I'M GLAD MS. HODGENS HAS GIVEN ME 40 OF HER MINUTES TO WORK WITH SINCE SHE ONLY USED 5. ACTUALLY, I'LL BE VERY BRIEF THIS EVENING. I HAVE A FEW UPDATES FROM THE SUSPENDED AGENDA THAT I WANT TO PROVIDE THE BOARD. FIRST OF ALL, WE HAD A BIG -- I WON'T MENTION ANYTHING ON NUMBER TWO, BECAUSE WE DEALT WITH THE STRATEGIC PLAN VERY WELL TONIGHT. THANK YOU, MR. AYRES, FOR EVERYTHING YOU DID TO BRING THAT FORTH TONIGHT. WITH REGARD TO OUR UPDATES FOR OUR OUTREACH AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT DIVISION, THREE THINGS I JUST WANT TO MENTION. THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF LOCAL PARTNERS LIKE ST. VINCENT, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS, IDLEWILD PUBLIX, FEEDING TAMPA BAY MORE THAN 3,000 FOOD BOXES AND HYGIENE PRODUCTS SHARED WITH FAMILIES DURING THE THANKSGIVING BREAK. SECONDLY, CROSS DIVISIONAL TRAINING FOR SCHOOL LEADERS DEVELOPED BY STUDENT SERVICES, TEACHING AND LEARNING AND OFFICE OF SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT WILL OCCUR IN JANUARY TO BUILD SCHOOL'S CAPACITY TO ENSURE SEAMLESS, SUPPORTIVE PROCESS FOR MORE THAN 850 STUDENTS NOW DISPLACED FROM PUERTO RICO HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, THE PUERTO RICO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS DISPLACED MAY EARN A PUERTO RICO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DIPLOMA BY COMPLETING PUERTO RICO GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS. THE DISTRICT WILL PARTNER WITH HISPANIC SERVICES COUNCIL AND OTHER COMMUNITY AGENCIES TO PROVIDE CASE MANAGEMENT SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THESE STUDENTS. MORE THAN 8,000 BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS ATTEND THE LOCAL SCHOOLS FOR THE GREAT AMERICAN TEACH-IN DURING NATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK, THE DISTRICT INCORPORATED THE HISTORY CHANNEL'S TAKE A VET TO SCHOOL DAY AND SOUGHT THE INVOLVEMENT OF MORE DIVERSE GROUPS INCLUDING THE NAACP, HISPANIC CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, THE MAYOR'S HISPANIC ADVISORY COUNCIL AND ARGOSY UNIVERSITY LATINO PSYCHOLOGY STUDENT ASSOCIATION. PRESENTATIONS IMPACTED MORE THAN 139,000 STUDENTS. SO I WANTED TO THANK ALL OF OUR PARTNERS THAT CAME FOR THAT DAY. A COUPLE OTHER ITEMS ON THE SUSPENDED AGENDA, JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE YOU'RE AWARE THAT WE ARE WORKING WITH OUR PARTNER FROM -- THAT HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO US FROM FEMA. AND SO BETWEEN NOW AND THE WINTER BREAK, THEY ARE DOING -- THEY ARE CONDUCTING A SURVEY OF ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS. I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IS HAPPENING, SO WE'RE STARTING THAT PROCESS. I'M SORRY, WE'RE NOT GOING INTO EVERY SCHOOL. THANK YOU FOR THAT REMINDER. I WANTED TO KIND OF MOVE ON, THEN, TO MY SUPERINTENDENT'S COMMENTS. SO WE'VE GOT A FEW THINGS WANT TO MAKE MENTION OF. FIRST OF ALL, WE DO HAVE A STATE FINALISTS THIS COMING WEEK. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE PLAYERS AND COACHES AT ARMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL AND WISH THEM WELL THIS FRIDAY NIGHT. THE FOOTBALL TEAM IS HEADED BACK TO THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN FIVE YEARS. ARMWOOD DOMINATED AGAINST ST. AUGUSTINE LAST WEEK IN THE STATE SEMIFINALS AND NOW THEY WILL PLAY IN ORLANDO THIS FRIDAY NIGHT HOPING TO WIN THE TEAM'S FIRST STATE CHAMPIONSHIP SINCE 2004. WISH THE BEST OF LUCK TO COACH DAVIS AND THE ENTIRE TEAM. THE LEAGUE CONTEST IS NOW OPEN. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ENCOURAGES STUDENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CONTEST WHICH CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH. LEED WHICH MEANS LEAD, EMPOWER -- AN ARTISTIC INTERPRETATION EXPRESSING HOW HE OR SHE WAS INSPIRED BY A LOCAL BLACK LEADER. GRADES 3-12 CAN PARTICIPATE IN THREE CATEGORIES. LITERATURE, PERFORMANCE, AND VISUAL ARTS. ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 4 P.M. ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 16th AND ALL OF THE INFORMATION AND CONTEST RULES ARE ON OUR WEBSITE. STUDENTS CAN WIN SOME AMAZING PRIZES INCLUDING A POSTSECONDARY SCHOLARSHIP. WE TALKED A LOT IN OUR STRATEGIC PLANNING TIME ABOUT GRADUATION RATES, SO I'M NOT GOING TO GO INTO THAT. WE HOPE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS WE'LL HAVE SOME FINAL INFORMATION FOR YOU, BUT I HAVE TO SAY FROM THE TEACHERS WHO ARE WORKING WITH OUR STUDENTS EVERY DAY, THE LEADERS, THE COUNSELORS, THE ADVOCATES, THE COACHES, EVERYONE PLAYS A PART IN THIS FINAL OUTCOME, FROM OUR NONINSTRUCTIONAL STAFF THAT WORKED, AND SOMETIMES ARE THE MENTORS FOR OUR STUDENTS, YOU'RE GOING TO SEE THE REASON OUR GRADUATION RATES ARE GOING TO GO UP AGAIN, I'M GOING TO SAY, IT'S GOING TO GO UP AGAIN, I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH, IS BECAUSE OF THE ADVOCACY. THE ADVOCACY THAT REALLY STARTS TO GET KIDS TO THAT FINISH LINE AND YOU HEARD FROM SOME AMAZING TEACHERS TONIGHT THAT ARE THOSE ADVOCATES EVERY DAY IN THE CLASSROOM FOR OUR STUDENTS. I WANT TO THANK ALL OF THE TEACHERS THROUGH THE DISTRICT, PRE-K THROUGH 12 THAT ARE PUTTING US ON THE SUSTAINABLE PATH TO INCREASE AND TO MAINTAIN HIGH GRADUATION RATES IN THIS DISTRICT. FINALLY, WE HAD QUITE A TIME TODAY. TRAVELING ACROSS THE DISTRICT TO RECOGNIZE ALL OF OUR AMAZING FINALISTS FOR THE EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS THAT ARE GOING TO BE TAKING PLACE IN JANUARY AT THE STRAZ CENTER. IT WAS A GREAT MORNING. I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE PART OF THE SURPRISE PATROL WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION FOR THE 2018 EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARDS. THIS MORNING, TEAMS TRAVELED ACROSS THE DISTRICT SURPRISING 13 FINALISTS WHO REPRESENT THE BEST OF THE BEST IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE HAVE FOUR FINALISTS FOR THE IDA S. BAKER DIVERSITY EDUCATOR OF THE AWARD. MEREDITH MULLEN, CHRISTINE CAMPBELL, SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER AT VAN BUREN MIDDLE SCHOOL, JONATHAN CALLIER, TEACHER AT SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL AND ALICIA PAJOCKO, SUCCESS SUMS ELEMENTARY. FOUR FINALISTS FOR INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR. CONGRATULATIONS TO LEONARD SNEAD, HEAD CUSTODIAN AT LOCKHART ELEMENTARY MAGNET. CINDY NUÑEZ, TEENAE UGARTI, BILINGUAL SPANISH AIDE AND MIRIAM HERNANDEZ, BILINGUAL SPANISH AIDE AT DOVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WE HAVE FIVE FINALISTS FOR THE TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD. CONGRATULATIONS TO JENNIFER JACKSON, 7th GRADE SCIENCE TEACHER AT STEWART MIDDLE MAGNET. ALEXA TRAFFICANTE, FOURTH GRADE TEACHER AT GORRIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. BONNIE BRESS KNEIAN, ESE TEACHER. NICOLE MYERSON FIFTH GRADE TEACHER AT CARROLLWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND ELIZABETH LYST, MATH TEACHER AT STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL. THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 650 NOMINEES. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THEM. WINNER WILL BE PRESENTED AT SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION ON JANUARY 16th AT THE STRAZ CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS. THOSE ARE MY COMMENTS, THANK YOU.

>>Tamara Shamburger: THANK YOU SO MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I'LL BE BRIEF. THIS IS A TOUGH BOARD MEETING TODAY. YOU KNOW, WE LIVE IN A DIFFICULT WORLD, AND WE CERTAINLY ARE GOING THROUGH SOME DIFFICULT CHALLENGES HERE IN THE DISTRICT. YOU KNOW, AS BOARD MEMBERS, WE'RE TASKED WITH MAKING FINANCIAL DECISIONS, BUSINESS DECISIONS AND NOT EMOTIONAL DECISIONS. AND I UNDERSTAND THAT THE TWO DON'T REALLY TRANSLATE WELL WITH EACH OTHER, SO IT'S VERY DIFFICULT. BUT ONE OF THE THINGS, AND I JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT BECAUSE JENNA WAS HERE TALKING OR MS. HODGENS WAS HERE TALKING ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS, IS THAT I JUST KIND OF WANT US TO ALL JUST TAKE A MOMENT OF -- AND DO SOME SELF-REFLECTION. THAT HAPPENS EVERY TIME I SPEAK. SO SOME SELF-REFLECTION. MYSELF INCLUDED, THIS BOARD MEMBER, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS, THE CABINET, ALL OF OUR STAFF, ALL OF OUR 25 PLUS THOUSAND STUDENTS TO REALLY DO SOME SELF-REFLECTION, YOU KNOW, THIS BOARD TAKES A LOT OF HEAT FROM A LOT OF THINGS, BUT WE ALL NEED TO THINK ABOUT HOW WE AS A DISTRICT CONTRIBUTE TO SOME OF THE PROBLEMS. AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS WE GET BEAT UP ABOUT A LOT IS CHARTER SCHOOLS, AND THAT'S WHY MS. HODGENS WAS HERE TONIGHT. THIS IS WHAT I WANT EVERYBODY TO THINK ABOUT. THINK ABOUT YOUR ROLE AND WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THESE CHARTER SCHOOLS. AND I SAY THAT REALLY ABOUT THESE BOARD MEETINGS AND WHAT WE PUT OUT HERE TO THE PUBLIC. THINK ABOUT THE PARENT THAT MAY HAVE A CHILD IN PRIVATE SCHOOL OR THAT MAY BE IN ONE OF THE CHARTERS THAT WANTS TO COME BACK INTO THIS DISTRICT. THINK ABOUT THE PARENT THAT MAY BE MOVING INTO HILLSBOROUGH AND THEY REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON AND WHAT WE'RE DOING IN THIS DISTRICT OR BECAUSE MAYBE THEY'VE HEARD SOMETHING IN THE NEWS ABOUT THIS DISTRICT. AND THE ONLY WAY THAT THEY CAN DO THAT IS BY WATCHING THIS BOARD MEETING. SO I WANT EVERYBODY, OUR TEACHERS, OUR STAFF, THE BOARD MEMBERS, MYSELF, TO REALLY THINK ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING TO PUSH PEOPLE INTO CHARTER SCHOOLS. IF I WERE THAT PARENT IN A PRIVATE SCHOOL, AND I WANTED TO BRING MY CHILD INTO THIS DISTRICT AND I WATCHED THIS BOARD MEETING, ESPECIALLY TONIGHT, I WOULD HAVE TO ASK MYSELF IS THAT WHO I WANT MY CHILD WITH? SO WHILE WE CAN POINT ONE FINGER, WE ALWAYS HAVE FOUR POINTING BACK. FIRST-TIME BOARD MEMBER THIS YEAR, IT'S BEEN VERY DIFFICULT. I'VE HAD SOME SECOND GUESSES ABOUT WHY DO I WANT TO DO THIS BUT I REMEMBER THAT IT'S ABOUT THE CHILDREN. I WANT US TO REALLY THINK ABOUT THAT. NO MATTER WHAT YOU READ ABOUT US, THIS BOARD IN THE NEWSPAPER OR YOU HEAR ABOUT ON TWITTER OR Facebook, YOU REALLY DON'T SEE ANY OF THAT STUFF DEMONSTRATED IN PUBLIC. YOU'RE READING ABOUT IT. YOU DON'T SEE IT. BUT WHAT PEOPLE SEE IS WHAT THEY SEE IN THE BOARD MEETING THAT'S BROADCAST TO THOUSANDS EVERY BOARD MEETING. IT REALLY DISHEARTENS ME THE DIFFICULTIES THAT WE'RE GOING THROUGH, BUT I HOLD, YOU KNOW, HOPE THAT WE'LL GET THROUGH THESE TROUBLED TIMES AND THAT, YOU KNOW, THINGS WILL BE BETTER, AND THIS NEW YEAR. THIS IS OUR LAST BOARD MEETING OF THIS YEAR, BUT, AGAIN, I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT CERTAINLY EVERYBODY HOLDS SOME DEGREE OF RESPONSIBILITY IN WHAT GOES ON IN THIS DISTRICT. IT'S NOT JUST THIS BOARD. WHEN YOU COME TO SPEAK WITH US, YOU'RE REPRESENTING THIS DISTRICT. AND YOU'RE REPRESENTING, YOU KNOW, ESPECIALLY YOU, SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS. AND WE REPRESENT YOU AS WELL. SO WE ALL -- ALL OF US, INCLUDING MYSELF, I'M JUST ASKING THAT WE ALL DO BETTER IN THE NEW YEAR. SO HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYBODY. HAPPY NEW YEAR, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO A MORE PRODUCTIVE YEAR NEXT YEAR. THANK YOU.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: YES. THANK YOU, MEMBER SHAMBURGER. THE THRUST OF YOUR MEANINGFUL STATEMENTS I'VE TAKEN NOTE, AND I THINK WE ALL WILL NEED TO REFLECT AS TO HOW THE PERCEPTION IS ON THIS BOARD AND IMPROVING IT THEREOF. ALSO, I THANK YOU FOR REMINDING ME IT WAS HAPPY HOLIDAYS. SO I'LL FINISH WITH THAT. LET ME JUST START OUT BY SAYING THE 90 BY 20 GASPARILLA, GOING FOR THE GOLD IS A TREMENDOUS SUCCESS IN TERMS OF THE CLINIC SO FAR. AVERAGING ABOUT 200 PEOPLE, REGISTERING AT A TIME. I WANT TO THANK OUR FOUNDER, JONES AND THE ADVOCATION OF MINERVA SPANNER MORROW. WE'VE SEEN A LOT OF DIVERSITY. WE'RE EMBRACING IT. WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT IT, WE'RE DOING IT. WE'RE DOING THE REAL THING. I ALSO THINK THAT THERE'S A MAJOR STAKEHOLDER THAT WE'RE INCLUDING AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WE HAVE -- WE'RE NOW PART OF THE CHARITY THAT THE GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC HAS US PART OF LIST, THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT IS NOW ON THAT LIST, 40,000 PEOPLE NET $45, IS WE'RE IN FOR PERHAPS A REALLY GOOD CHUNK OF CHANGE. I DON'T MEAN TO SAY IT LIKE THAT, SUSAN HARMLING, THAT'S THE DIRECTOR. BUT SHE'S ALSO A FRIEND OF MINE, AND SHE IS REALLY WANTING TO HELP OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT. I DON'T KNOW IF I TOLD YOU THAT. VAN THE MAN. VAN THE MAN THAT RAN. I'LL TALK ABOUT THAT LATER BECAUSE HE REALLY DID. BUT SUSAN HARMLING HAS BEEN VERY GENEROUS AND GRACIOUS, AND SHE PUTS US, THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ON HER WEBSITE, AND SHE'S ADVERTISING OUR ENTIRE SCHOOL SYSTEM TO OVER -- I DON'T EVEN KNOW HOW MUCH IS ON HER WEBSITE, MAYBE A HUNDRED THOUSAND FOLKS AND ON SOCIAL MEDIA. SO WE ARE BEING -- WE ARE BEING SEEN THROUGH THE LENS OF ATHLETES, OUR COMMUNITY LEADERS. WE'RE TALKING EVERYBODY IN TAMPA. THEY PARTICIPATE IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER IN THE GASPARILLA, BE IT THE PARADE OR BE IT THE 5K, 15K, WHICH I'M GOING TO BE BEAT JIM PORTER, POSSIBLY. JUST SAYING. AT ANY RATE, I'M GOING TO -- OH, WAIT A MINUTE, HERE IT IS. WE HAVE SOMETHING ON THE SCREEN. I GUESS THAT'S IT. OKAY. WELL, THANK YOU STEVE LINOY, OUR FABULOUS COACH, AND MARIA ROSS WHO HAS ESCAPED. SHE IS GOING TO GET 300 OF HER NURSES TO SIGN UP AND REGISTER, AND WE'RE HOPING THAT WE'LL GET UP TO 3,000 OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT INCLUDING MS. SNIVELY, MEMBER SNIVELY AND OBVIOUSLY MEMBER SHAMBURGER AND MEMBER HARRIS. WE'LL JUST KEEP ADDING. THANKS. OH, MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

>>Sally Harris: MEMBER SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THAT, MS. GRAY, IS A GOOD SEGUE INTO SOMETHING I WANTED TO BRING UP TO THE BOARD'S ATTENTION WHICH IS AN ARTICLE THAT I READ IN THE AMERICAN SCHOOL BOARD JOURNAL DECEMBER 2017 EDITION, PUBLICATION, AND IT TALKS ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT -- DEVELOPMENT OFFICES TO HELP RAISE MONEY FOR K-12 SCHOOLS. IT'S BASICALLY PRIVATE DONATIONS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND FUND-RAISING. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES HAVE THIS DOWN TO A SCIENCE. THEY HAVE DEVELOPMENT OFFICES WITH SOME SMALL, YOU KNOW, 20, 30 PEOPLE, SOME WITH A HUNDRED PEOPLE TO FIND AND CULTIVATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE COMMUNITY TO RAISE MONEY FOR THEIR FOUNDATIONS AND THEIR SCHOOLS. AND IT'S BECOMING A POPULAR TREND NOW WITH SCHOOL DISTRICTS K-12 SCHOOL DISTRICTS WHO ARE FINDING THEMSELVES IN FINANCIAL CHALLENGE TO START DEVELOPMENT OFFICES AND DO FUND-RAISING, LIKE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES DO. SO I WANTED TO SHARE THE ARTICLE. AND IF YOU WANT TO TAKE ONE. PASS THAT AROUND. I THOUGHT THAT WE COULD AT LEAST START TO -- START A CONVERSATION ABOUT DIFFERENT WAYS THAT WE COULD GENERATE REVENUE FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. YOU KNOW, THERE'S ONLY SO MUCH THAT WE CAN CONTROL. A LOT OF WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW IS THE RESULT OF DECISIONS THAT ARE MADE IN TALLAHASSEE, AND A LOT OF TIMES WE FEEL LIKE VICTIMS OF -- OF SOME OF THE MANDATES THAT COME DOWN FROM THE STATE CAPITAL, BUT WE CAN ONLY CONTROL WHAT WE CAN CONTROL. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS IN DIFFERENT WORKSHOPS OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS ABOUT THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX AND WHAT CAN WE DO DIFFERENTLY TO GENERATE REVENUE FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO THIS JUST JUMPED OUT AT ME, AND I THOUGHT, WOW, WHAT A CONCEPT. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES DO THIS ALL THE TIME. I KNOW IT'S A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT. IT'S A LITTLE APPLES AND ORANGES, BUT WHY CAN'T WE HAVE A CONVERSATION AROUND A DEVELOPMENT OFFICE FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND START OUR OWN FOUNDATIONS AND HAVE OUR OWN ENDOWMENTS AND MAYBE WE COULD HAVE A WORKSHOP THAT WE COULD TALK ABOUT IT IF THERE'S ANY INTEREST. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THE CHAIR WOULD LIKE -- WELL, IT JUST GOES ALONG WITH WHAT YOUR STARTING TO DO -- WHAT YOU'RE STARTING TO DO -- RIGHT, EXACTLY. I'LL READ A SNIPPET FROM THIS ONE ARTICLE THAT I FOUND. CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN DOING IT FOR SEVERAL YEARS ALREADY, AND I FOUND AN ARTICLE FROM 2012. AND BASICALLY JUST VALIDATING THAT SCHOOL FOUNDATIONS ARE USED TO RAISE MONEY FOR EXTRAS, HIGH-TECH EQUIPMENT, SPECIAL FIELD TRIPS, BUT THESE DAYS, PRIVATE DONATIONS TO SCHOOLS HAVE GROWN DRAMATICALLY AND ARE BEING USED TO PREVENT TEACHER LAYOFFS, KEEP LIBRARIES OPEN, SAVE MUSIC AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES AND THEN FURTHER DOWN IN THE ARTICLE, IT SAYS IN SOME WAYS IT'S A NATURAL PROGRESSION. THIS IS A SENSE THAT SCHOOL BOARDS AND FOUNDATIONS AND ADMINISTRATIONS ARE TRYING TO LOOK AT PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES ACROSS A DISTRICT. STEP FORWARD, NOT JUST FOCUSED ON MY CHILD, MY CLASSROOM, MY SCHOOL, IT'S HOW CAN WE HELP THE DISTRICT. HOW CAN WE HELP THE ENTIRE SCHOOL DISTRICT? AND THEN THERE ARE SOME VERY HIGH-PROFILE FOUNDATIONS THAT RAISE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THROUGH CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS, 5K RUNS, THINGS OF THAT NATURE. IN CALIFORNIA, THEY HAVE RAISED IN THE PALO ALTO, OF COURSE, THAT'S CALIFORNIA, UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT, THEY RAISED $4 MILLION IN A YEAR.

>> THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY.

>> THERE'S NO TYPICAL FOUNDATION, BUT ALL FOUNDATIONS HAVE A UNIVERSAL GOAL OF FOSTERING RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN SCHOOLS AND LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS AND BUSINESSES. QUOTE, WE BELIEVE FOUNDATIONS ARE THERE TO BRIDGE COMMUNITIES AND SCHOOLS. THEY ARE NOT ONLY THERE FOR THE RESOURCES, BUT TO ENGAGE THE PUBLIC. AND THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO BE DOING IS ENGAGING THE PUBLIC IN A POSITIVE WAY. IN A POSITIVE WAY, NOT JUST ASKING FOR A REFERENDUM OR TALKING ABOUT A TAX INCREASE. LET'S TALK ABOUT SOMETHING DIFFERENT, SOMETHING TO ENGAGE THE PUBLIC IN THE INVESTMENT OF EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN. BECAUSE THEY ARE THE FUTURE. ANYWAY, THAT'S ALL I HAD. JUST THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE WONDERFUL WORK THAT STAFF DOES, AND I HOPE THAT EVERYONE HAS A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR, AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS. AND SEE YOU NEXT YEAR, I GUESS. THANKS.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER STUART.

>>Cindy Stuart: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AND I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING OTHER THAN I WANTED TO PUBLICLY RECOGNIZE OUR VICE-CHAIR, MEMBER SHAMBURGER, WHO WAS HONORED THIS PAST WEEK AT THE FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION AND ACTUALLY RECEIVED HER CERTIFIED BOARD MEMBER DESIGNATION, SO CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] AND -- AND THE NEW AWARD, THE EMERGING LEADER AWARD, WHICH NONE OF US UP HERE HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE YET, BUT SHE WAS THE FIRST TO ALSO GET THAT. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO HER. AND TO STAFF WHO I KNOW WE WILL SEE OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. BUT TO TEACHERS WHO WE PROBABLY WILL NOT SEE AND THOSE OF US, YOU WHO ARE NOT GOING TO BE IN THE OFFICE, HAPPY HOLIDAYS. WE'LL SEE YOU IN THE NEW YEAR.

>>Sally Harris: THANK YOU. MEMBER VALDES.

>>Susan L. Valdes: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. MY ONLY COMMENT TONIGHT IS AS THE LAST BOARD MEETING, BUSINESS BOARD MEETING OF THE YEAR, I'D LIKE TO WISH EVERYONE A MERRY CHRISTMAS, FELIZ NAVIDAD, HAPPY HANUKKAH, HAPPY KWANZAA IN A NUTSHELL, HAPPY HOLIDAYS, HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HAVE A GOOD ONE.

>>Sally Harris: MY TURN. YES, I HAVE A SHOW. ALWAYS DO I HAVE A SHOW. I VISITED SEVEN SCHOOLS OUT OF THOSE 8,000 SPEAKERS THAT WERE TALKING, AND I QUICKLY WENT TO ANDERSON, MABRY, LANIER, GRADY, WESTSHORE, ROBINSON AND MONROE. AND IT WAS SO EXCITING. IT REALLY WAS. IT WAS ALL KINDS OF SPEAKERS, AND THE KIDS WERE EXCITED. IT WAS A GREAT, GREAT TEACH-IN, AND WE APPRECIATE OUR COMMUNITY FOR COMING OUT AND HELPING US WITH THE TEACH-IN. AND WHAT A PRIVILEGE IT IS TO BE A PART OF THAT VERY POSITIVE DAY. WE ALSO HAD THE LEADERSHIP HILLSBOROUGH GROUP HERE, AND THEY TOURED, AND THEY GOT TO GO INTO OUR RAMPELLO SCHOOL AND THEY WERE VERY IMPRESSED WITH WHAT THEY SAW AND CAME OVER AND SHARED SOME INTERACTION WITH US. AND THEN THE TAMPA BAY BUCS HAD A CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION AND ONE OF OUR WINNERS, THE BUCS CHOOSE THE ARTWORK, AND THAT ARTWORK BECOMES THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS CHRISTMAS CARD. AND IT WAS A VERY GOOD PRIVILEGE TO BE A PART OF THAT EVENT. AND WITH THAT BEING SAID, I WILL TELL YOU -- OH, I FORGOT ABOUT THE GOVERNOR. CAN'T DO THAT. WE ALL WERE AT MITCHELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT, AND THAT WAS A GREAT EVENT THAT WE ATTENDED. WITH THAT BEING SAID AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE A MOTION TO ADJOURN THE MEETING.

>> SO MOVED.

>>Sally Harris: I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER STUART. SECOND BY MEMBER SHAMBURGER TO ADJOURN THIS MEETING. MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR. [ SOUNDING GAVEL ] [ MUSIC ]