Closed captioning transcript for the Special Called Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from April 23, 2021 - 10:30 a.m.

>> HI. I'M LYNN GRAY, CHAIR OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD. I WANT TO WELCOME YOU TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE SERVE MORE THAN 200,000 STUDENTS. THAT INCLUDES CHILDREN IN PRESCHOOL THROUGH OUR ADULTS IN OUR WORKFORCE PROGRAM.

>> HI. I'M DR. STACY HAHN, THE BOARD VICE-CHAIR. OUR DISTRICT IS THE 7th LARGEST IN AMERICA, AND OUR TEAM IS MADE UP OF MORE THAN 24,000 PEOPLE WORKING AT NEARLY 250 SITES ACROSS THE COUNTY.

>> WE ARE DIVERSE AND DEDICATED. OUR BOARD MEETINGS ARE HELD IN OUR BOARD AUDITORIUM ON SELECT TUESDAYS AT 4 P.M. 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. BOARD MEETINGS ARE COVERED LIVE BY HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS TV, ON SPECTRUM CABLE CHANNEL 635 AND FRONTIER CABLE CHANNEL 32.

>> MEETINGS ARE STREAMED ON OUR WEBSITE AT HillsboroughSchools.org. CLOSED CAPTIONING IS PROVIDED ON ALL BROADCASTS AND PAST MEETINGS ARE AVAILABLE IN OUR ONLINE ARCHIVES.

>> WE ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT THE PUBLIC HAS TO SAY. WE'LL INCLUDE TIME FOR AUDIENCE COMMENTS BEFORE WE ADDRESS OUR BUSINESS ITEMS. OUR AGENDA AND ANY SUPPORTING MATERIALS CAN BE VIEWED ONLINE IN ADVANCE. THEY ARE POSTED SEVEN DAYS BEFORE EACH MEETING ON OUR WEBSITE AT HillsboroughSchools.org.

>> OUR VISION IS PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. AND THAT MEANS ALL STUDENTS, EVERY DAY. TODOS LOS ESTUDIANTES, TODOS LOS DIAS. THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN EDUCATION. WITH YOUR HELP, WE'RE MAKING DECISIONS THAT SHAPE OUR COMMUNITY'S FUTURE. [ SOUNDING GAVEL ]

>>Lynn Gray: THIS SPECIAL SESSION WILL COME TO ORDER. I WANT TO FIRST THANK OUR BOARD MEMBERS FOR COMING AT THIS TIME, A STRESSFUL TIME, AND I THINK WE HAVE SOME THINGS TO DISCUSS, SO WE SHALL. RIGHT NOW, LET'S GO AHEAD, MEMBER HAHN, WOULD YOU NOW LEAD US IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE AND THEN WE'LL FOLLOW BY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU. PLEASE JOIN ME IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE THIS MORNING. [MOMENT OF SILENCE] THANK YOU. NOW PLEASE STAND FOR THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER HAHN. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS AND A SECOND BY MEMBER VAUGHN. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT EITHER IN THE BOARDROOM OR BY REMOTE. IN THIS CASE, WE'RE ALL IN THE BOARDROOM. BOARD MEMBERS, I WOULD LIKE TO GO OVER THE FORMAT OF TODAY'S MEETING. WE ARE PERMITTING UP TO 50 PEOPLE TO BE PRESENT IN THE BOARDROOM. GIVEN THE SIZE AND NEXT OF THE BOARDROOM, WE CAN DO THIS NOW SAFELY. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC MAY SIT IN EVERY OTHER SEAT. THE PUBLIC IS REMINDED THAT AS PART OF THE DISTRICT'S REOPENING PLAN, APPROVED BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE WORN AT ALL DISTRICT SITES, INCLUDING ROSSAC. THOSE NOT WEARING FACE COVERING -- A FACE COVERING, WILL BE ASKED TO WEAR ONE AND WILL BE PROVIDED WITH ONE IF THEY DO NOT HAVE ONE. SHOULD SOMEONE AFTER BEING ASKED REFUSE TO COMPLY, THEY WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE PREMISES. MEMBER HAHN, WILL YOU NOW READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES?

>>Stacy Hahn: AS WE BEGIN THIS MORNING'S MEETING, LET ME QUICKLY REVIEW THE FORMAT OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS. PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. THERE ARE SPEAKERS IN THE ROOM BEHIND ME THAT ALLOW BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR THE MEETING UPON STEPPING AWAY FROM THE DAIS. THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON THE LIVE WEBCAST, ON CABLE TV, AND ON VIDEO MONITORS HERE IN THE AUDITORIUM. IT CAN ALSO BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING IN THE ONLINE VIDEO ARCHIVE.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER HAHN. TODAY, I HAVE CALLED THIS SPECIAL MEETING TO SHARE NEW INFORMATION WITH THE FULL BOARD IN AN OPEN AND TRANSPARENT MANNER SO THAT EVERYONE HAS THE SAME INFORMATION AT THE SAME TIME. THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETING IS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ONLY AND NO SUBSTANTIVE VOTES WILL BE TAKEN. BECAUSE THIS MEETING IS TO RECEIVE INFORMATION ONLY, THERE WILL BE NO PUBLIC COMMENT. AND AT THIS TIME, THE FOLLOWING ARE THE TWO TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION TODAY:  THE FIRST ONE WE WILL BE DISCUSSING -- AND THIS IS ON YOUR AGENDA, BOARD MEMBERS -- THE HASA SURVEY WITH ITS RELATED, I THINK HUNDRED AND SOMETHING TESTIMONIALS. WE WON'T GO THROUGH ALL THOSE AND THE DOE FISCAL PLAN AS WE ARE REMINDED WE RECEIVED A LETTER YESTERDAY. THOSE ARE THE TWO ITEMS. AS CHAIR, I'VE CHOSEN TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO EACH BOARD MEMBER. AND THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, FOR GETTING THE HASA RESULTS AND ALL THE TESTIMONIALS AND I REALLY DO APPRECIATE IT. WE JUST RECEIVED THIS AT 9:00 IN THE MORNING. I HAVE NOT GOTTEN A CHANCE TO LOOK THROUGH THE WHOLE DOCUMENT. BUT AT ANY RATE, I'VE CHOSEN TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO THE BOARD IN AN OPEN AND TRANSPARENT SETTING SO EACH BOARD MEMBER HAS A CHANCE TO RESPOND VERSUS OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA OR THE MEDIA IN GENERAL. FURTHER, IT IS MY DUTY TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND SHARE CRITICAL INFORMATION AFFECTING OUR DISTRICT AND OUR SUPERINTENDENT IN AN OPEN PUBLIC SETTING CONDUCIVE FOR DISCUSSION. WE ARE REMINDED THIS IS AN INFORMATION MEETING ONLY. TWO CRITICAL PIECES OF INFORMATION HAVE COME TO LIGHT. THE CURRENT CULTURE OF OUR SCHOOLS, WHICH REFLECT THE MORALE OF OUR TEACHERS, STAFF, AND ADMINISTRATION, AND THE DOE LETTER FROM RICHARD CORCORAN, WHICH IS A CALL TO ACTION FOR BOARD MEMBERS AND THE SUPERINTENDENT TO DEVELOP A FISCAL PLAN FOR OUR DISTRICT WITHIN 20 DAYS. I WOULD EXPECT NOW IT'S 19 DAYS. FIRST, LET'S DISCUSS THE CLIMATE. THE CULTURE, AND THE LEVEL OF TRUST IN OUR SCHOOLS. THE HILLSBOROUGH ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS, HASA, SURVEY AND NUMEROUS TESTIMONIALS REVEAL THE LOW MORALE ON EVERY LEVEL INCLUSIVE OF PRINCIPALS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS, AND SCHOOL SUPERVISORS. WE ARE REMINDED THAT DECREASED SCHOOL MORALE WILL AFFECT THE MENTAL AND ACADEMIC WELFARE OF OUR CHILDREN. NOTE:  HASA MEMBERS GIVE THEIR PERSONAL E-MAIL TO THE GOVERNING BOARD WHICH IN TURN IS THE CONDUIT FOR EXCHANGING CONFIDENTIAL SURVEY E-MAILS THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THIS SURVEY. TWO INFORMATION ITEMS WILL BE DISCUSSED, AS I SAID. THERE IS NO PRELIMINARY HASA SURVEY, AS MENTIONED ON THE AGENDA, OR YOU'LL SEE IT. WE HAVE THE FULL SURVEY. AGAIN, THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. WE HAVE TESTIMONIALS AND ANECDOTAL INFORMATION. SECOND, YOU WILL SEE, BOARD MEMBERS, A DOE LETTER FROM RICHARD CORCORAN, WHICH I KNOW YOU RECEIVED YESTERDAY. I PUT A COPY ON YOUR DAIS. REGARDING THE ACTUAL SURVEY -- AND THIS IS PROBABLY A GOOD TIME TO PULL IT OUT. IT'S THICK. WE'RE NOT GOING TO GO THROUGH ALL THE PAGES OF TESTIMONIALS. I'M NOT SURE IF IT'S PUBLIC RECORD YET, BUT IT WILL SOON BE. SO I'D RATHER YOU ALL SEE WHAT'S GOING ON VERSUS, AGAIN, BEING TOLD. THE ACTUAL SURVEY IMPORTANTLY, IN MY MIND, PROVIDES JUST CAUSE VERSUS HEARSAY. I KNOW, BOARD MEMBERS, THE MANY COMMENTS THAT YOU HEAR FROM PRINCIPALS AND COUNSELORS, I MEAN, MANY SCHOOL PERSONNEL, I KNOW THAT WE'VE HAD TO ANSWER MANY E-MAILS. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, I CLASSIFY IT AS HEARSAY, AND THAT IS ONLY SOMETHING WE CAN SAY BACK. BUT NOW THIS IS DATA THAT WILL SUPPORT SOME OF THE REALITIES THAT ARE OCCURRING IN OUR SCHOOL. THE HASA SURVEY IS NOW COMPLETELY FINISHED, AS YOU NOW KNOW. BOARD MEMBERS, YOU'LL SEE THE QUESTION POSED TO ALL HASA MEMBERS. THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 811 HASA MEMBERS, 526, OR 65% OF THE MEMBERS RETURNED. THE REASON I CALLED THIS MEETING AFTER OUR RETREAT, AND I THINK YOU ALL KNOW BECAUSE YOU PROBABLY READ THE PAPER AND HAVE VARIOUS MEDIA, WE AGREED ON A SUPERINTENDENT CORRECTION PLAN, WHICH IS STILL INTACT. MONDAY EVENING, I HAD GOTTEN A PART OF THE SURVEY WITH OVER 78% OF THE ADMINISTRATION REMARKING DISAPPROVAL. AND IF YOU LOOK AT THE LEVELS, THE LEVEL -- AND PABLO, GO AHEAD AND PUT THE FIRST SLIDE UP SO WE CAN SHARE WITH THE AUDIENCE. IT'S A LITTLE BIT BLURRY, BUT I HAVE MY GLASSES AND I HOPE YOU ALL CAN SEE. BUT IF YOU LOOK AT THE LEGEND, YOU GO FROM STRONGLY AGREE, AGREE, NEUTRAL, DISAGREE, TO STRONGLY DISAGREE. SO MONDAY EVENING, I HAD 78% OF THE DISAPPROVAL RESPONSE. I WAITED TILL TUESDAY, AND THE RESPONSE THEN WAS 85% DISAPPROVAL. SO IN MY MIND, BECAUSE WE HAVE TO, BY LAW, BY STATUTE, GIVE TWO DAYS' NOTICE FOR A SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING, I HAD TO MAKE THE DETERMINATION. AND THUS WE'RE SITTING HERE TODAY. WHAT WE DIDN'T KNOW IS THAT RICHARD CORCORAN, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION COMMISSIONER, WOULD WRITE US A LETTER YESTERDAY. AND SO THERE GOES THE SECOND ISSUE OR THE INFORMATION ITEM. JUST AS A MOMENT OR A FEW MINUTES JUST TO GO OVER IT, AND I THINK, PABLO -- WELL, LET'S JUST GO OVER THE SLIDES JUST REALLY KIND OF QUICK BECAUSE I THINK EVERYONE CAN READ IT. QUESTION ONE, QUESTION TWO. AND THIS HAS TO DO WITH COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION. AND THEN YOU ALL CAN PROBABLY -- YOU COULD PROBABLY SEE IT OKAY IF YOU'RE SITTING IN THE AUDIENCE. SO WE SEE THAT THERE IS A STRONG DISAGREEMENT ON THAT LEVEL. AND QUESTION THREE AND FOUR, AND THERE IS A TOTAL OF 20 QUESTIONS, IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN. WHERE IT DEALS WITH DECISIONS AND SUBSEQUENT CHANGES, AND THERE IS ALSO, AGAIN, A STRONGLY DISAGREE. ALSO, QUESTION FOUR, SCHOOL LEADERS BELIEVE THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS THE BEST INTEREST OF THE STAKEHOLDERS AS DECISIONS ARE MADE. AGAIN, WE CAN SEE THAT. WE'RE SEEING THE TREND. AS WE GO THROUGH QUESTION FIVE AND QUESTION SIX, AND I'M NOT GOING TO BELABOR EACH ONE, YOU CAN ALSO DO THE MATH AS YOU SEE IT. IT SAYS ON FIVE, DISTRICT AND SCHOOL LEADERS HAVE A HIGH LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE IN THE LEADERSHIP OF THE SUPERINTENDENT. IT SEEMS TO BE LEANING INTO THE SUPERINTENDENT ON THESE FIRST FEW QUESTIONS. BUT LET'S GO TO QUESTION SEVEN AND EIGHT, ALSO. QUESTION EIGHT, DO THE SCHOOL LEADERS FEEL APPRECIATED, VALUED AND SUPPORTED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT? IT'S A STRONGLY DISAGREEMENT. QUESTION NINE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ONE. QUESTION NINE:  DISTRICT AND SCHOOL LEADERS HAVE A HIGH LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE IN THE SUPERINTENDENT, THAT HE UNDERSTANDS THE COMPLEXITY OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES. AND YOU CAN SEE THAT'S NOT -- I MEAN, WE'RE BETWEEN DISAGREE AND STRONGLY DISAGREE. BUT STILL, FROM WHAT WE HEAR, THERE'S A LOT AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU ARE DOING SO MUCH TO GET INTO THE FAVOR OF OUR PRINCIPALS. AND I KNOW THIS. YOU KNOW, WHEN WE START LOOKING AT GRAPHS THAT DO NOT SHOW, YOU KNOW, THE HIGH POPULARITY, WE ALSO MUST NOTE THAT OUR SUPERINTENDENT HAS FACED COVID, FINANCIAL CRISES, AND OURS IS EVEN WORSE BECAUSE OF PREVIOUS LAYERS THAT NO OTHER DISTRICT HAS GONE THROUGH. AND WITH THAT IN MIND, WE HAVE TO BE TEMPERED IN OUR REMARKS, BOARD, BECAUSE IT NEEDS TO BE PAID ATTENTION TO. WE'VE HAD SURVEYS BEFORE, BUT NOT IN COVID AND NOT DURING BUDGET CUTS. I KNOW THAT, SUPERINTENDENT, I HOPE THAT YOU'LL REMARK ON THAT, BECAUSE THAT'S CERTAINLY PART OF THE OUTLOOK THAT WE HAVE TO SHARE. BUT QUESTION NINE, AGAIN, WHEN WE LOOK AT THE CONFIDENCE LEVEL, WE WANT OUR CHILDREN TO FEEL THE CONFIDENCE OF THEIR ADMINISTRATION, THEIR PRINCIPAL, THEIR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR, THEIR VOCATIONAL CAREER COUNSELOR, THEIR CUSTODIANS, THEIR TEACHERS, CERTAINLY, THEIR TEACHERS. WHEN THE CHILDREN DON'T FEEL POSITIVE IN THEIR SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT, IT COMES FROM THE LEADERSHIP, AND WE ALL KNOW AS TEACHERS, FORMER TEACHERS, WHY DO TEACHERS LEAVE SCHOOLS? THEY DON'T LEAVE SCHOOLS; THEY LEAVE THE PRINCIPAL. SO IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE DIRECT TO THE LEVEL OF THE CHILD BECAUSE I'M ONLY HERE, AND I THINK I'LL SPEAK FOR ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS, AND I CAN. EVERY BOARD MEMBER HERE IS FOR THE CHILDREN, AND THAT IS SO TRUE. AND THIS HAS TO BE, AND I AM ALMOST POSITIVE, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS WILL ADDRESS THESE, AND WE WILL OVERCOME IT. BUT AT ANY RATE, GOING UP TO QUESTION 15, AGAIN, WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT, HAS A SUSTAINED, HONEST, AND SENSITIVITY -- SENSITIVE EFFORT TO ADDRESS DISTRICT AND SCHOOL LEADERS' CONCERNS. SO I THINK WHEN WE MONITOR SURVEYS, WE CAN ALSO LOOK AT THE SURVEY AND SAY, HEY, MAYBE I CAN DO THIS BETTER. MAYBE THIS IS SOMETHING I NEED TO WORK ON. WE ALL GET EVALUATED. I'M LOOKING AT EVERY ONE OF YOU. YOU'VE GONE THROUGH TEACHER EVALUATIONS. YOU'VE GONE THROUGH PRINCIPAL EVALUATIONS. EVERY ONE OF US IS ACCOUNTABLE. EVERY ONE OF US. BUT WHAT WE DO DIFFERENTLY IS WE LOOK AT THE RESULTS AND WE SAY, HEY, MAN, MAYBE THIS IS SOMETHING I CAN WORK ON, I CAN DO BETTER. AND I THINK THIS BOARD IS ALL ABOUT THAT TYPE OF OUTLOOK VERSUS THE OTHER, LIKE GIVING UP. BECAUSE SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS IS A FIGHTER. HE'S A BELIEVER IN CHILDREN, AND HE DOES NOT WANT THIS TYPE OF RESULTS AT ALL. SO WE'RE GOING TO LOOK FORWARD TO THE CHANGES, AND WE'LL HAVE OUR RETREAT, BOARD, OR HOWEVER YOU WISH TO HAVE YOUR MEETING ON TUESDAY. QUESTION 16 DOESN'T ADDRESS THE SUPERINTENDENT. IT ADDRESSES THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. THE PROCESS AND DIRECTION PROVIDED TO DISTRICT AND SCHOOL LEADERS REGARDING THE ELIMINATION OF ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL POSITIONS IS EQUITABLE. THERE HAVE BEEN QUESTIONS WHETHER IT HAS BEEN EQUITABLE, AND WE HAVE A CHIEF OF DIVERSITY WHO TRIES HER BEST AND DOES A WONDERFUL JOB TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE DOING, ELIMINATING, AND GAINING POSITIONS IN AN EQUITABLE WAY. THE QUESTION 17, THE RESPONSIBILITIES AND RISKS ASSOCIATED TO ALL THE ADMINISTRATORS DURING THE COVID PANDEMIC WERE UNDERSTOOD, CONSIDERED AND APPRECIATED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT. WELL, I THINK WE ALL CAN AGREE THAT EVERY ONE OF US, WE WERE ALL TRYING OUR BEST JUST TO DO THE RIGHT THING. WE DID OPEN UP SCHOOLS SAFELY. THE CHILDREN WERE NOT THE DRIVERS OF COVID, AND I HONESTLY CAN THINK, AT LEAST I'LL SAY THIS MYSELF, I THINK WE DID A DARN GOOD JOB. BUT, AGAIN, THAT CAN BE ARGUED. QUESTION 18, BUDGETARY. AND THIS IS WHAT WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT TODAY, BOARD MEMBERS. DO OUR SCHOOL LEADERS, DOES THE PUBLIC, DO OUR BOARD MEMBERS HAVE CONFIDENCE IN SOLVING THE BUDGETARY SITUATION, AND THIS GOES TO OUR SUPERINTENDENT. WE WILL BE TALKING ABOUT THAT TODAY WITH REGARDS TO THE LETTER THAT WAS SENT YESTERDAY. AND GOING RIGHT BACK DOWN TO QUESTION 20, DISTRICT AND SCHOOL LEADERS ARE CONFIDENT THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT IS WELL PLANNED, RELIABLE, AND WILL REMAIN CONSISTENT REGARDLESS OF THE AUDIENCE TO WHOM IT IS DELIVERED. SO ONE THING I THINK WE ALL AGREE IS, WE WANT BETTER COMMUNICATION. WE NEED TO HAVE BETTER COMMUNICATION, AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE FINANCIAL PLAN COMING UP SOON, THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO KNOW EXACTLY WHAT'S GOING ON WITH OUR FINANCES. AND I'M THINKING RIGHT NOW, ROE JOHNSON, OUR NEW CFO, WILL TAKE CARE OF THAT. AT ANY RATE, THERE ARE MANY PAGES OF INDIVIDUAL TESTIMONIALS. AND, BOARD MEMBERS, MAY OR -- AND BOARD MEMBERS MAY OR MAY NOT CHOOSE TO READ THEM. I WILL TELL YOU, THE PUBLIC WILL BE HAVING ACCESS TO THIS. AND, BOARD MEMBERS, I JUST WANT YOU TO BE PREPARED. I STEP AWAY RIGHT NOW BECAUSE AT THIS POINT IN TIME I KNOW BOARD MEMBERS MAY HAVE DISCUSSION. AND THIS IS -- YOU KNOW, IN THE FACE OF HAVING SUCH A BOLD MEETING SUCH AS THIS, IT'S NOT EASY FOR ME TO DO THIS AND OUR BOARD MEMBERS. THEY HAVE STOOD FAST THROUGH A LOT OF QUESTIONS. AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, I KNOW WE CAN DO A LOT AND WE WILL DO A LOT TO CORRECT MANY OF THESE SITUATIONS, BUT OUR JOB RIGHT NOW, BOARD MEMBERS, AS YOU KNOW, IS VERY DIFFICULT. AND THESE ARE COMPREHENSIVE AVENUES OF THOUGHT. SO LET'S TAKE IT AS THOUGHTFUL DISCUSSION. I THINK PROBABLY WE HAVE TIME FOR UP TO FIVE MINUTES PER BOARD MEMBER. AND THEN WE'RE -- EXCUSE ME, WE'RE GOING TO GO TO THE NEXT SUBJECT, WHICH IS THE FINANCE PLAN, THE DOE. AND WE'LL HAVE DISCUSSION ON THAT. SO IF YOU WOULD LIKE -- WE HAVE A SPEAKER LIST. MEMBER COMBS AND THEN FOLLOWED BY MEMBER WASHINGTON.

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. I WILL SAY THAT SEEING THE DATA AND SEEING ALL OF THIS, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I'M SURPRISED, BUT I VISIT SCHOOLS ON A REGULAR BASIS. I'M NEWLY ELECTED MEMBER FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, AND THE REASON I DECIDED TO DO THIS IS BECAUSE THE LOVE I HAVE FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE CARE I HAVE FOR OUR CHILDREN, AND EVERY SINGLE TEACHER, EVERY STAFF MEMBER, EVERYBODY IN ROSSAC. I HAVE A DEEP RESPECT FOR OUR SCHOOL. MY BIGGEST CONCERN IS I REALIZE THAT DUE TO COVID AND DUE TO THE BUDGET THERE ARE SOME CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE FACE, UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGES THAT WE HAVE FACED. I DO BELIEVE THAT THE MORALE THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY IS VERY, VERY BAD. HOWEVER, WHEN I LOOK AT QUESTION EIGHT THAT SAYS THE REDUCTION OF DISTRICT-LEVEL POSITIONS WILL NOT HAVE AN IMPACT ON INSTRUCTION, AND YOU SEE THAT IS ONE OF THE VERY FEW PIES WHERE IT IS EVEN. THAT MEANS THAT TEACHERS REALIZE, EVEN IF WE DON'T HAVE A LOT, WE CAN STILL DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO TO EDUCATE CHILDREN. I REALLY BELIEVE THAT IN THE TEACHERS. MY CONCERN IS THE OVERALL MORALE OF THE DISTRICT. I'M VERY CONCERNED BECAUSE I AM OUT AT SCHOOLS EVERY DAY, AND I FEEL THAT THESE NUMBERS DON'T EVEN REALLY -- AREN'T REALLY INDICATIVE, BECAUSE I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF FEAR IN THIS DISTRICT. AND I THINK THAT'S VERY UNFORTUNATE. I THINK PEOPLE ARE FEARFUL TO RESPOND TO THIS. THEY ARE FEARFUL THAT THEY WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS. AND THAT IS VERY CONCERNING TO ME. YOU HAVE DONE MANY WONDERFUL THINGS. YOU AND THE STAFF AND THE CABINET, THEY DO A LOT OF WONDERFUL THINGS FOR OUR SCHOOLS. I REALIZE. SIPS, THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS WE HAVE DONE. FROM THE VERY BEGINNING, ONE OF THE ISSUES THAT I'VE BEEN VERY CLEAR IS ABOUT THE COMMUNICATION IN THIS DISTRICT. I HAVE FELT THAT IT HAS REALLY BEEN A FEW PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN GATEKEEPING ALL THAT INFORMATION. AND BECAUSE OF THAT, SOME REALLY SIMPLE MISTAKES HAVE BEEN MADE. JUST LIKE, YOU KNOW, WE TALKED ABOUT THE LETTERS THAT TEACHERS RECEIVED. WELL, YESTERDAY, THE EXACT SAME THING HAPPENED AGAIN. MORE PEOPLE WERE TOLD THAT THEY WERE LET GO, AND THERE WASN'T EVEN A TITLE TO THEIR NAME. I THINK IT IS A REALLY BIGGER ISSUE ON HOW PEOPLE ARE MADE TO FEEL, AND I THINK IN THE END, MY BIGGEST CONCERN IS THE MORALE AND HOW THAT IMPACTS OUR STUDENTS, BECAUSE THE BIGGEST THING IS, WE REALIZE WE ARE IN A BUDGET CRISIS. PEOPLE REALIZE THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO CUT POSITIONS. AND I WANT THE COMMUNITY TO KNOW WHATEVER OCCURS TODAY, WHATEVER OCCURS IN THE FUTURE, THE WILL OF THE BOARD IS NOT BECAUSE OF THE CUTS. IT'S THE COMMUNICATION AND THE LEADERSHIP. AND I'VE URGED MANY TIMES FOR THERE THERE BE MORE CUTS FROM THE CABINET. WHEN PEOPLE COME IN AND THEY SAY WE'RE CUTTING EVERYTHING, BUT I'M NOT SEEING THE CUTS FROM THE TOP CABINET, AND I'VE URGED OVER AND OVER OUT IN THE OPEN, WITH YOU INDIVIDUALLY THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE SIGNIFICANT CUTS. BECAUSE WHEN YOU AND YOUR CABINET CAME IN, IT RECEIVED A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN SALARIES. AND TO SEE THAT WE CONTINUE TO CUT PARAS, ESE, AND WE'RE NOT CUTTING FROM THE TOP, THAT IS CONCERNING TO ME. AND THAT'S WHY THE MORALE IS SO LOW. I CAN LOOK THROUGH AND TRY TO FIND A POSITIVE COMMENT HERE OR THERE, BUT I FEEL FOR THESE PRINCIPALS WHO IT TOOK THEM A LOT OF BRAVERY TO SAY THAT, YOU KNOW, THE COMMUNICATION AT THE TOP NEEDS TO CHANGE. THE BOTTLENECKING, EVEN MYSELF AS A NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, WHENEVER I TRY TO MEET WITH SOMEONE, YOU BRING SOMEONE FROM THE CABINET. LAST WEEK, I MET WITH THE AUDITOR. I DID NOT KNOW WHY THE CHIEF OF STAFF HAD TO SIT IN THAT MEETING. I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT. THIS TYPE OF MICROMANAGING CANNOT OCCUR IN A DISTRICT OF THIS SIZE. YOU CAN SEE THAT THROUGHOUT ALL OF THAT. AS I SAID, I KNOW YOU'VE WORKED TIRELESSLY. YOU'VE DONE MANY WONDERFUL THINGS, BUT IF COMMUNICATION IS THE PROBLEM, AND WE CANNOT BLAME COVID, AND WE CANNOT BLAME THE BUDGET BECAUSE OF THE. WE HAVE TO IMPROVE THE MORALE OF OUR SCHOOLS.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER WASHINGTON. THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS. MEMBER WASHINGTON, YOU'RE RECOGNIZED.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO COMMEND THE HASA. THEY HAVE SOME GREAT QUESTIONS HERE FOR SOME OF THE HASA MEMBERS TO ANSWER. IT WAS PUT TOGETHER PERFECT. REALLY DID A GREAT JOB PUTTING TOGETHER. AND I LIKE TO ECHO WHAT NADIA SAID, MEMBER COMBS SAID. I LOVE THE DISTRICT, TOO. THAT'S WHY I'VE BEEN IN IT OVER 50 SOME YEARS, AS A STUDENT, AS A TEACHER AND NOW AS A BOARD MEMBER. I ALWAYS WANT PEOPLE TO BE RESPECTED. DID WE SCREW UP, DID WE GIVE OUT THE RIGHT INFORMATION, BAD INFORMATION WITH THE NAMES, YES, WE DID. YOU KNOW WHAT? WE HAVE AN ACTION PLAN SET FOR TUESDAY. FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT. NOW, I DON'T KNOW, BECAUSE I WASN'T IN ON THE BOARD WHEN GOT ELECTED BUT I PUT MY CONFIDENCE IN THE BOARD WHO PUT HIM IN THE POSITION THAT THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING. AND WE'RE HERE TO BACK HIM, TO HELP HIM AS MUCH AS WE CAN, BUT THERE HAVE BEEN MISTAKES MADE. HEY, LOOK, I'LL USE THE WORD, WE SCREWED UP. AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE SCREWED UP AND WE HAVE TO FACE THE FACTS. THAT'S THE TRUE WAY OF LIFE, PEOPLE. WE DON'T HAVE NO OTHER WAY. AS FAR AS THE SURVEY, I QUESTION -- I QUESTION THE CONTROL OF THE SURVEY BECAUSE I WAS TOLD BY -- I MEAN, YOU COULD VOTE AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT TO. YOU COULD GO IN AND FILL IT OUT AS MANY TIMES AS YOU WANT TO. YOU MAY NOT -- YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO BE -- YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO BE A HASA MEMBER TO FILL IT OUT. YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE ONE. HOW DO WE KNOW PEOPLE OUTSIDE DIDN'T FILL IT OUT? ALL SURVEYS SHOULD BE CONTROLLED. I RECALL SOME YEARS AGO, WE DID A SURVEY ON ONE OF THE SUPERINTENDENTS -- I'M NOT GOING TO CALL THE NAME -- AND PEOPLE JUST PUTTING STUFF IN. INFORMATION IN THERE. I LOOK AT IT FROM THE LOGICAL POINT, NOT COMMON SENSE. COMMON SENSE DIFFERENT -- EVERYBODY COMMON SENSE IS QUITE DIFFERENT. BUT I LOOK AT IT FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF A FORMER ADMINISTRATOR, PARENT, COMMUNITY PERSON. WE HAVE TO, IF WE PUT OUT A SURVEY, WE HAVE TO CONTROL THE SURVEY. AND MR. DAVIS, I KNOW YOU'RE WORKING HARD. THE PANDEMIC IS HARD. WE ARE WORKING HARD, BUT THEN I ALSO UNDERSTAND CUTS HAVE TO BE MADE, BUT WE HAVE TO DO IT IN A PROPER WAY, PROFESSIONAL WAY. IT'S NOT EASY TO MAKE CUTS BECAUSE EVERYBODY WANTS THEIR JOB, AND AS I UNDERSTAND, YOU KNOW, WE CAN'T KEEP EVERYBODY. AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE CAN'T, BUT WE CAN LOOK OUT FOR AS MANY PEOPLE AS WE CAN AND TREAT THEM WITH RESPECT AND THE RIGHT WAY. I DO BELIEVE IN THAT. BUT AS FAR AS THE SURVEY, HEY, IT'S PROBABLY A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE DISENCHANTED, BECAUSE WHEN THINGS DON'T GO RIGHT, YOU BECOME DISENCHANTED. MANY TIMES. SO WHAT WE NEED TO DO NOW IS WE AS A BOARD -- WE -- THIS AIN'T NO SUPERINTENDENT, NO CABINET, NO ONE PERSON. IT'S WE. WE HAVE TO WORK AS A BOARD TO WORK THIS OUT. AND ONLY WAY WE'RE GOING TO WORK IT OUT IS HAVING TEAMWORK, BUT WE CAN EXPRESS OUR OPINION, WHAT WE THINK. THAT IS THE TRUE WAY OF AMERICA. WE CAN SAY WHAT WE WANT TO. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE WANT TO WORK OUT, MAKE IT WORK, WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM, AND WE CAN COME OUT OF THIS. I KNOW WE CAN. HEY, WE'VE GOT SOME SMART PEOPLE UP HERE. SMART PEOPLE ON THIS BOARD. I'M HAPPY TO BE SURROUNDED BY SMART PEOPLE. BUT WE GOT TO WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM, WORK TOGETHER AS A BOARD, AND WE MUST HAVE, WHEN WE PUT OUT SURVEYS AND DURING ANY TYPE OF SURVEY WE MUST HAVE ACCOUNTABILITY AND CONTROL, BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T, PEOPLE WRITE STUFF DOWN SOMETIME AND I'M NOT SAYING THEY DID. DON'T GET ME WRONG, BECAUSE I KNOW SOME PEOPLE ARE DISENCHANTED. BUT THERE ARE TIMES WHEN YOU DON'T DO THAT. SO LET'S WORK TOGETHER AS A TEAM AND GET OUT OF THIS AND DO WHAT WE NEED TO DO, AND I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO TUESDAY. I'VE GOT SOME THINGS I NEED THE SUPERINTENDENT TO DO TO MOVE IT ON. I GOT SOME THINGS WE NEED TO DO BECAUSE WE'VE GOT TO REBUILD CONFIDENCE NOW. AND WE CAN DO IT. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I APPRECIATE IT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, I FAILED TO SAY YOU'LL HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO SPEAK AS WELL. LET'S GO THROUGH THIS ROUND, AND I'LL SAY A FEW THINGS AND THEN YOUR TURN. MEMBER PEREZ, YOU ARE RECOGNIZED.

>>Karen Perez: MEMBER WASHINGTON, I APPRECIATE YOUR COMMENTS ON TEAMWORK. BUT COMMUNICATION IS VITAL. WHEN YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT TEAMWORK. LAST YEAR I CONFRONTED YOU REGARDING YOUR SALARIES FOR YOUR CABINET. DO YOU REMEMBER THAT? LAST YEAR, MIDYEAR. AND REGARDING THE COST TO RENOVATE ROSSAC. I STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED THOSE NUMBERS. I FEEL LIKE YOUR STAFF DOES WHEN IT COMES TO THE LACK OF COMMUNICATION, WHEN IT COMES TO THE LACK OF RESPONSE IN SOME ISSUES. YOU HAVE FIVE PEOPLE ON YOUR STAFF WHO WERE FORMER EMPLOYEES UNDER JEFF EAKINS WHO ARE NOW ON YOUR CABINET, AND SOME OF THEM WERE PART OF SUPERINTENDENT EAKINS' CABINET WHO RECEIVED $48,000 WORTH OF RAISES. FIVE PEOPLE. THAT'S A LOT OF MONEY TO BE DISTRIBUTED AMONGST FIVE PEOPLE. I CAN'T IMAGINE THE MONEY I'M GOING TO FIND AS I CONTINUE MY DEEP DIVE. WHEN IT COMES TO THIS DISTRICT WHO IS IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS AND WHEN YOU AND I HAD A CONVERSATION IN THE SUNSHINE REGARDING YOUR CABINET'S SALARY, YOU MENTIONED THAT THERE WAS NO DIFFERENCE, THAT THERE WAS NO ISSUES. AND THIS REALLY NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED. THESE FINANCIAL ISSUES WITH SALARIES AT A HIGH LEVEL NEED TO BE ADDRESSED. AND, YES, THERE HAS TO BE SOME CUTS, BUT NOT ADDRESSING HIGH SALARIED POSITIONS AND TO PROVIDE FIVE PEOPLE WITH $48,000 WORTH OF RAISES WHO WERE FORMERLY ALREADY EMPLOYED BY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS, I DON'T UNDERSTAND. AND I REALLY NEED TO HAVE AN ANSWER TO THAT AND NOT BE -- MY CONCERNS NEED NOT BE PUT ASIDE, IF YOU DON'T MIND.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. MEMBER HAHN, YOU ARE RECOGNIZED.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU, CHAIRWOMAN. SO, FIRST, I DO WANT TO THANK THE PRINCIPALS FOR TAKING TIME OUT OF I KNOW WHAT ARE VERY BUSY DAYS TO ANSWER THE SURVEY. AND FOR HASA FOR LEADING THE WAY TO COLLECT VALUABLE INPUT FROM OUR EMPLOYEES. ALWAYS IMPORTANT, INFORMS THE WORK THAT WE DO HERE ON THE BOARD AND WILL CONTINUE TO INFORM THE WORK THAT WE DO. I ALSO WANT TO ECHO MEMBER COMBS' WORDS. I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. I KNOW THAT WE HAVE ALL BEEN IN OUR SCHOOLS TALKING WITH PRINCIPALS, TEACHERS, AND CHECKING THE PULSE OF OUR COMMUNITY AROUND SOME OF THE MAJOR CHALLENGES THAT WE'VE BEEN FACING FOR THE PAST YEAR. AND I LOSS, YOU KNOW, WANT TO THANK MEMBER WASHINGTON. YOU MADE SOME EXCELLENT POINTS AND WORKING TOGETHER IS SOMETHING THAT WE SPOKE ABOUT AT OUR RETREAT ON MONDAY. AND AS MEMBER GRAY SAID, WE WERE ONLY GIVEN THIS SURVEY INFORMATION THIS MORNING. I'LL CERTAINLY LOOK THROUGH IT MORE THOROUGHLY OVER THE WEEKEND, BUT WHAT I SEE IN SOME OF THE TOPICS ARE CONCERNS TO OUR PRINCIPALS AND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THEY ARE FEELING FRUSTRATED WITH AROUND COMMUNICATION, MICROMANAGEMENT, TRANSPARENCY, CUTS THAT ARE IN THE SCHOOLS AND OVERALL MORALE AS OUR PREVIOUS BOARD MEMBERS HAVE MENTIONED IN VARIOUS WAYS, ARE ALL THINGS THAT WE SPOKE ABOUT ON MONDAY. WE ALL HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT ALL OF THOSE THINGS. AND THIS IS -- THIS SURVEY IS ANOTHER DATA POINT TO SUPPORT OUR CONCERNS. AND WE DID COME TO CONSENSUS ON MONDAY TO WORK TOGETHER IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THIS DISTRICT AND OUR STUDENTS TO COME BACK TOGETHER NEXT WEEK, SIT DOWN, CREATE A CORRECTION PLAN, A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN, WHICHEVER TERM YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE, TO WORK WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS ON CORRECTING SOME OF HIS BEHAVIORS AND THEN USING THAT INFORMATION AS WELL AS INFORMATION LIKE THE SURVEY AS WELL AS FEEDBACK FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS AND TEACHERS, STUDENTS, TO THEN CONDUCT HIS OFFICIAL EVALUATION AND MAKE A FINAL DECISION. AND, YOU KNOW -- AND SO I LOOK FORWARD TO USING THIS INFORMATION NEXT WEEK, BECAUSE I THINK THAT THERE'S PROBABLY SOME REALLY GOOD INFORMATION IN THE SURVEY THAT WE CAN USE AND INPUT IN OUR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN, AND I THINK THAT WILL HELP MORALE, KNOWING THAT THEIR VOICES ARE HEARD AND REPRESENTED IN THAT PLAN. I THINK CONTINUED FEEDBACK FROM OUR EMPLOYEES IS VERY IMPORTANT. ALL GROUPS, NOT JUST THE PRINCIPALS, BUT WE ALL KNOW, WE HAVE VARIOUS LAYERS OF EMPLOYEES THAT WE STILL NEED TO HEAR FROM. WE STILL NEED TO GET INFORMATION FROM. THIS IS VALUABLE INFORMATION. I'M GLAD WE HAVE IT. I KNOW THAT WE CAN UTILIZE IT TO MOVE FORWARD. BUT I AGREE STRONGLY WITH MY COLLEAGUE, MR. WASHINGTON, THAT UNITY AROUND THIS BOARD IS IMPORTANT TO MOVE THIS DISTRICT FORWARD. SO I WILL LET MY OTHER BOARD MEMBERS SPEAK RIGHT NOW AND GET BACK IN THE QUEUE. BUT THANK YOU AGAIN.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER HAHN. I'M GOING TO GO TO MEMBER VAUGHN. YOU ARE RECOGNIZED.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU, CHAIRMAN GRAY. WHOO. THIS IS A LOT. SO I WANT TO START OFF BY SAYING THAT YOU KNOW AND I HOPE ANYBODY WHO HAS PAID ATTENTION THAT I CAME ON THIS BOARD FULL OF HOPE AND POSITIVITY. I KNEW THAT WE HAD IMMENSE CHALLENGES THAT WE WERE GOING TO FACE, BUT I WAS VERY HELPFUL THAT WE COULD FACE THOSE TOGETHER BECAUSE WE DO HAVE A LOT OF INSTITUTIONAL KNOWLEDGE ON THIS BOARD AND WITH OUR SUPERINTENDENT. I HAVE TRIED TO BE A CHAMPION OF THAT ALONG THE WAY. TO SAY THAT THAT IS SURPRISE WOULD BE UNFAIR, BECAUSE WHILE ACTUALLY LOOKING AT THIS IN THE FORM OF A GRAPH AND READING COMMENTS, FEELS LIKE A GUT PUNCH. I'VE BEEN IN MY SCHOOLS. I VISIT THEM QUITE OFTEN. AND SO NONE OF THIS IS REALLY A SURPRISE. AND TO BE FAIR, I DON'T THINKASE SURPRISE TO YOU EITHER, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, BECAUSE I SHARE IT WITH YOU ALONG THE WAY AND WE HAVE ONE-ON-ONES. I TRY TO GIVE FEEDBACK ABOUT THE ANXIETY IN THE SCHOOLS AND TRY TO BE AS TRANSPARENT AS POSSIBLE SO YOU UNDERSTAND. I KNOW YOUR INTENTIONS ARE THAT WE'VE HAD A LOT OF CHANGES BECAUSE THIS HAS BEEN AN UNPRECEDENTED YEAR AND YOU DON'T ANTICIPATE THOSE CHANGES NEXT YEAR. WHEN I SAY I FEEL A GUT PUNCH, IT'S BECAUSE WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE SUCCESS OF OPENING UP OUR SCHOOLS AND HOW WHEN THE PLAN CAME TO FRUITION AND WE WERE ABLE TO OPEN UP OUR SCHOOLS, IT WAS DIRECTLY THROUGH THE HARD WORK OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. IT WAS OUR TEACHERS WHO DIDN'T KNOW IF THEY WERE GOING TO CATCH THE VIRUS OR WHAT THAT LOOKED LIKE AND PUT THEMSELVES ON THE FRONT LINE EVERY SINGLE DAY TO SUPPORT OUR KIDS. IT WAS CAFETERIA WORKERS WORKING OVER THE SUMMER GIVING OUT LUNCH. JANITORIAL STAFF CLEANING AN UNKNOWN VIRUS NOT KNOWING IF THEY WOULD CATCH IT AND BRING IT HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES. THE STAFF AND STUDENTS AND TEACHERS IN OUR SCHOOLS ARE THE LIFE LINE, AND THEY ARE THE DIRECT REASON WHY WE WERE ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY OPEN. AND THEN TO GO IN AND SEE THAT THEY FEEL SO TERRIFIED AND UNSUPPORTED AND OVERCOMMUNICATED, UNDERCOMMUNICATED, THAT THERE'S A LACK OF FLEXIBILITY REPEATEDLY DRIVES SO MUCH FRUSTRATION BECAUSE THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT WE ARE FACING UNPRECEDENTED TIMES, AND IT IS HARD TO BE POPULAR WHEN YOU HAVE TO DOWNSIZE, BUT THERE ARE WAYS TO DO IT WITH EMPATHY AND COMPASSION AND BEING PROACTIVE TO WHERE WE CAN MAKE OUR STAFF FEEL SUPPORTED AND VALUED, AND THEY CAN UNDERSTAND THE RATIONALE BEHIND IT. AND MY CONCERN IS THAT WE HAVE NOT BEEN FOR LACK OF TRYING ABLE TO DO THAT. I KNOW THAT MEMBER COMBS MENTIONED THAT WE UNFORTUNATELY AFTER FRIDAY THE 16th LET GO OF FOUR MORE EMPLOYEES. DR. WHALEN, YOU AND I HAD A PHONE CONVERSATION. YOU CALLED TO LET ME KNOW THAT THERE WAS SOME ERROR MADE AND UNFORTUNATELY, AGAIN, AFTER THE 16th, WE HAD TO IDENTIFY FOUR MORE PEOPLE. I WOULD LOVE, BECAUSE I KNOW, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU'VE EXPRESSED REGRET ABOUT THE WORDING IN THE E-MAIL. I WOULD LOVE TO COMPARE IT TO THE NEW E-MAIL WHERE WE HAD MORE TIME TO REALLY THINK ABOUT IT AND HIGHLIGHT THE WAYS THAT WE TRY TO WORD IT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CONVEYED THE EMPATHY, THE CARING, AND THE APPRECIATION FOR OUR STAFF MEMBERS. I THINK THAT PART OF MY CONCERN IS WHAT I HEAR REPEATEDLY THAT THIS COMMUNITY IS CRYING OUT FOR IS STABILITY. I KNOW THAT WE HAVE A LOT OF CHALLENGES, BUT I FEEL THAT IF WE REALLY TRY TO BE PROACTIVE INSTEAD OF REACTIVE IN EVERY DECISION WE MAKE, WE CAN FIND A WAY EVEN DURING A TIME OF CRISIS TO OFFER STABILITY. AND, UNFORTUNATELY, I JUST DON'T SEE THAT IN A LOT OF THE DECISIONS THAT ARE BEING MADE AND THE SIDE EFFECT IS, YOU MAKE THE DECISIONS, HOWEVER, THE BOARD IS HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR IT, BECAUSE THE PUBLIC DOESN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT PART OF OPERATIONS YOU CONTROL, WHAT WE VOTE ON. SO, UNFORTUNATELY, THERE'S A LOT OF FRUSTRATION AIMED AT US. AND I THINK THERE'S A DISCONNECT FROM THAT. BUT OVERALL, YOU KNOW, WHAT I'M HOPEFUL FOR, AND WHAT I NEED TO SEE IS THAT YOUR LEADERSHIP IS A GOOD FIT FOR THIS DISTRICT, BECAUSE I COMPLETELY APPRECIATE THAT YOU'RE COMING ON WITH A NEW BOARD AND YOU NEED CLEAR EXPECTATIONS FROM US, AND IF THAT WAS A -- A PLAN IS GOING TO OFFER THAT, I HOPE THAT HELPS MAKE IT CLEAR. BUT MY CONCERN IS, WITHOUT THOSE EXPECTATIONS, IF YOUR LEADERSHIP IS A GOOD FIT FOR OUR DISTRICT. BECAUSE THE LAST THING I WOULD WANT TO DO IS PUT YOU ON A PLAN TO TRY TO CHANGE YOUR NATURAL LEADERSHIP STYLE AND THEN HAVE THAT SET YOU UP FOR FAILURE, BECAUSE THAT'S NOT THE TYPE OF LEADER THAT YOU ARE. SO THOSE ARE MY CONCERNS. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT IN A DISTRICT THIS SIZE WITH SO MUCH DIVERSITY THAT WE'RE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO SHOW EMPATHY AND VALUE WITH OUR EMPLOYEES BECAUSE THEY ARE THE HEART AND SOULS OF OUR SCHOOLS. WE CAN'T TALK ABOUT BEING A SUPPORTIVE DISTRICT OR A POSITIVE DISTRICT OR THE BEST DISTRICT IN THE COUNTRY, WHICH I KNOW WE ALL DO, IF OUR STAFF MEMBERS FEAR THAT THERE'S RETRIBUTION OR UNSUPPORTED OR THAT WE'RE NOT VALUING THEM. SO THIS IS VERY CRITICAL INFORMATION TO ME. I APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. NEXT WILL BE SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I CLARIFY, THE IDEA THAT WE TALKED ABOUT THIS CORRECTIVE PLAN OR ACTUALLY, I THINK MEMBER SNIVELY CALLED IT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN, SOUNDS A LITTLE BIT BETTER, BUT, YOU KNOW, WE TALKED AND TALK IS, IN MY VOCABULARY, SOMETIMES DOESN'T LEAD TO ACTION. TALK, WE CAN TALK, SAY HELLO, I'M GOING TO GO RUN FIVE MILES TODAY AND GUESS WHAT, I ONLY RAN, YOU KNOW, THREE. AND WHO WOULD EVER KNOW? THIS IS THE DIFFERENCE. WHEN YOU HAVE DATA, WHETHER WE AGREE WITH AN E-MAIL, PERSONAL E-MAIL, MEMBER WASHINGTON, IT'S BIG DIFFERENCE THAN HEARSAY. I GO TO THE SCHOOLS. I'M COUNTYWIDE. I CAN DO THIS JOB FULL-TIME. SO, YEAH, I TRAVEL, TRAVEL, TRAVEL, TALK, TALK, TALK, AND I HEAR -- JUST LIKE YOU ALL DO -- BUT WHEN I STARTED TO THINK ABOUT HOW CAN THIS BOARD GET A BETTER MEASURE -- A MEASURE -- THAT IS SOMETHING THAT OTHER THAN JUST ANECDOTAL NOTES, RUNNING OFF COPIES FROM E-MAILS. I THOUGHT, AND I HAVE NOTHING REALLY TO DO WITH HASA. I'M NOT A MEMBER, BUT I HEARD WHAT THEY WERE GOING TO DO IN TERMS OF A SURVEY. I THOUGHT THIS WOULD BE THE WAY A BOARD CAN PERHAPS MORE DISTINCTLY MEASURE THE CRITERIA, ADDISON DAVIS, THAT YOU WANT TO BE FULL FIDELITY IN. IF WE DON'T HAVE ANY MEASUREMENT, ACCOUNTABILITY, IF STUDENTS DON'T HAVE A REPORT CARD, AND THEN JUST GET THE WORD GOOD, AVERAGE, BELOW AVERAGE, WHAT DOES THAT REALLY MEAN? WHEN DO WE START SAYING WE HAVE SO AND SO PERCENTAGE THAT SHARES THAT THIS PART OF YOUR LEADERSHIP IS NOT BEING DONE. AND I THINK -- AND I'VE BEEN AN ADMINISTRATOR, A TEACHER, A DEPARTMENT HEAD FOR 30 SOMETHING OR MORE YEARS, ALL THAT. I UNDERSTAND. I UNDERSTAND SCHOOLS, BUT I THINK WE NEEDED AS A BOARD SOMETHING MORE DEFINITIVE. AND I'M JUST THANKFUL THAT ADDISON DAVIS, OUR SUPERINTENDENT, ALLOWED US TO AT LEAST GET AHOLD OF THIS. BOARD MEMBERS, I HOPE -- I DON'T MEAN TO BE PUTTING ANYONE IN FRONT OF THE BUS. MOST OF YOU KNOW THAT I'M VERY SENSITIVE. I DON'T LIKE DOING ANY OF THIS TYPE. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT? AGAIN, I SEE IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH. AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHO IS GOING TO ADVOCATE FOR OUR PRINCIPALS, OUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS, OUR TEACHERS, OUR SUPERVISORS IF WE ON THIS BOARD DO NOT SAY SOMETHING ALOUD. IF WE, ON THIS BOARD, JUST ACCEPT HEARSAY, HEARSAY, OH, I'M SORRY. I'M GOING TO WRITE YOU, I'M GOING TO SEND A LETTER TO SENADDISON DAVIS, HE'LL FIX IT. IT'S ABOUT TIME THE BOARD MEMBERS, ME, US, ALL OF US, ACCEPT THE HIGHEST LEADERSHIP STYLE AND ENGAGE THE SUPERINTENDENT ON MEASURES SUCH AS THESE IN A REAL WAY. AND I KNOW WE'LL HAVE THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN. WE WILL HAVE DELIVERABLES, BUT AT ANY RATE, THAT -- THAT'S ALL I'M GOING TO SAY ABOUT THIS. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, IT'S YOUR TURN.

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, I'M GOING TO YIELD MY TIME TILL AFTER BOARD MEMBERS.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: I'M SORRY. I DIDN'T REALIZE YOU WERE GOING TO HAVE HIM SPEAK BEFORE. I WAS JUST WAITING. JUST PUTTING EVERYONE IN THE QUEUE. I APOLOGIZE. THAT'S OKAY. I WOULD LIKE TO ALSO THANK HASA FOR PROVIDING THIS INFORMATION. I AGREE. IT'S VERY VALUABLE INFORMATION, AND IT IS A DATA POINT. MEMBER HAHN, I AGREE WITH YOU. THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENT DATA POINTS FROM OUR STAKEHOLDERS. AND THIS IS A CRITICAL ONE BECAUSE THESE PRINCIPALS AND ADMINISTRATORS ARE THE LEADERS OF OUR SCHOOLS, AND THEY HAVE -- THEY ARE THE HEARTBEAT OF OUR SCHOOL, NOT JUST OUR SCHOOL SITES BUT OUR COMMUNITIES AS WELL. I'M HEARING A LOT OF THE SAME TYPE OF CONVERSATION THAT WE HAD ON MONDAY AT OUR BOARD RETREAT. I THINK THAT FEEDBACK FROM OUR ADMINISTRATORS IS GOING TO BE VERY VALUABLE WHEN WE GET TOGETHER ON TUESDAY TO DEVELOP A PLAN OF ACTION FOR YOU. I THINK THERE IS -- THERE IS A LOT OF FRUSTRATION. I DIDN'T NEED A SURVEY TO UNDERSTAND THAT BECAUSE I HEAR FROM MY PRINCIPALS ON A DAILY BASIS AND I HAVE VERY OPEN, HONEST, CANDID CONVERSATIONS. AS MANY OF YOU WERE NOT SURPRISED BY SEEING SOME OF THE RESULTS OF THE SURVEY, NEITHER WAS I. AND IT GIVES YOU, THOUGH, -- GIVES US, THOUGH, GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH FOR OUR SUPERINTENDENT. WE CAN UTILIZE THIS INFORMATION TO HOPEFULLY DEVELOP THAT PLAN WHICH WILL GIVE SOME DELIVERABLES TO THE BOARD. ALMOST EVERY PERSON WHO HAS SPOKEN TODAY I HAVE AGREED WITH SOME ASPECT OF WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. WE DID BRING YOU HERE FOR A VERY SPECIFIC REASON, AND IT TURNED INTO SOMETHING OPPOSITE. YOU HAVE DONE A VERY GREAT JOB WITH SOME OF THE RESPONSE THAT WE HAVE BEEN REQUIRED TO HAVE, YOU KNOW, PUTTING 40,000 DIGITAL DEVICES IN THE HANDS OF OUR STUDENTS, GETTING WIFI FOR THE STUDENTS WHO DON'T HAVE WIFI. FEEDING FAMILIES. WE FED OVER A MILLION MEALS TO OUR COMMUNITY OVER THE SUMMER. AND SO THOSE WERE SOME REALLY GOOD THINGS THAT YOU HAVE DONE, AND I STILL BELIEVE WHEN I LOOK AT THE PROS AND CONS, ARE YOU PERFECT? NO. WELL, NO ONE IS PERFEC. COULD YOU BE BETTER? YES. THE WAY THAT WE TALKED ABOUT EMPATHY AND COMPASSION -- I THINK MS. VAUGHN SAID THAT -- IT'S NOT NECESSARILY THE WHAT, IT'S THE HOW IT'S DONE. I DO BELIEVE, AS ALL BOARD MEMBERS HAVE EXPRESSED THAT WE COULD BE BETTER AT BEING MORE EMPATHETIC AND COMPASSION TOWARDS OUR EMPLOYEES. BUT YOU KNOW THAT. YOU RECOGNIZE THAT. YOU'VE ACKNOWLEDGED THAT YOU'RE REMORSEFUL FOR THE WAY THAT WAS HANDLED, AND THAT WE'LL HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT AND MOVE ON FROM HERE, YOU KNOW, WITH BETTER METHODS AND BETTER PROTOCOL WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING THOSE DECISIONS. YOU'VE HAD TO MAKE A LOT OF VERY, VERY DIFFICULT DECISIONS. I WILL DISAGREE WITH ONE THING THAT MS. GRAY SAID. SHE SAID AND I APOLOGIZE, RESPECTFULLY, YOU ARE DOING A LOT TO GET INTO THE FAVOR OF OUR PRINCIPALS. I WILL RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE BECAUSE I DO THINK THAT MANY BOARD MEMBERS HAVE SAID, IT IS A VERY RELATIONAL POSITION THAT YOU ARE IN, AND YOU HAVE TO WORK ON BUILDING TRUST AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR PRINCIPALS AND ADMINISTRATORS. THAT IS SO CRITICAL. EVERYONE DESERVES YOUR RESPECT AND YOUR TRUST AND MAKING RELATIONSHIPS IS VERY HARD IN A DISTRICT THAT'S 25,000 EMPLOYEES PLUS OVER 200,000 STUDENTS. THAT IS HUMONGOUS CHALLENGE. HOWEVER, I DO THINK THAT MAKING A MORE CONCERTED EFFORT TO HAVE THOSE RELATIONSHIPS WITH PRINCIPALS IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST CRITICAL THINGS. AND WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THAT MANY, MANY TIMES HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS. AND I'VE SEEN SOME CHANGES. I'VE SEEN SOME POSITIVE CHANGES. I KNOW THAT YOU'RE COACHABLE, BECAUSE THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT KEY AS WELL. THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DETERMINE OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL MONTHS WHEN WE DEVELOP YOUR PLAN IS TO SEE HOW COACHABLE YOU ARE. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT, BECAUSE I'VE SEEN SOME IMPROVEMENT IN THAT BASED ON THE FEEDBACK THAT I'VE GIVEN YOU AND MAYBE SOME OF THE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS HAVE AS WELL, AND I'M HOPING TO SEE SOME CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT WITH REGARD TO TAKING THAT FEEDBACK FROM US. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HERE REPRESENTING OUR CONSTITUENTS. WE'RE HERE REPRESENTING THE PRINCIPALS. WE'RE JUST A CONDUIT OF INFORMATION OF WHAT'S HAPPENING OUT THERE TO YOU TO HOPEFULLY BENEFIT THE WAY YOU HAVE TO MANAGE AND LEAD THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO I THINK THAT AS MEMBER VAUGHN SAID, EVERYONE COMES ON THIS BOARD WITH HOPE AND POSITIVITY. EVERYONE DOES. EVERY SINGLE BOARD MEMBER COMES ON WANTING TO MAKE A POSITIVE DIFFERENCE IN THIS COMMUNITY FOR OUR STUDENTS. AND I THANK YOU FOR TAKING THIS FEEDBACK PUBLICLY, NOT REALLY CRAZY ABOUT THE CRYPTIC WAY ALL THIS HAPPENED. I'LL BE HONEST WITH THAT. I DIDN'T LIKE GETTING THE SURVEY AFTER THE MEDIA MAY HAVE GOTTEN IT OR YOU OR JUST GETTING TO LOOK IT OVER, BUT I WILL, LIKE DR. HAHN AND THE REST OF THE BOARD, TAKE THE WEEKEND TO REALLY DIGEST ALL OF THIS INFORMATION AND BE READY TO UTILIZE IT ON TUESDAY WHEN WE CAN GIVE YOU SOME DELIVERABLES FOR US. SO THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: AND MEMBER SNIVELY AND THE REST OF YOU. I APOLOGIZE. IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE FINISHED WEDNESDAY NIGHT, AND IT DIDN'T GET FINISHED UNTIL THURSDAY NIGHT RIGHT BEFORE MIDNIGHT. I DO APOLOGIZE. AND I DON'T THINK THE MEDIA HAS AHOLD OF IT YET. SORRY ABOUT THAT AND THE REST OF YOU. YOU'LL GET IT SOON, NO DOUBT. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS.

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, I'LL WAIT AND LET ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS FINISH SO YOU CAN GO BACK TO THE QUEUE IF YOU NEED TO.

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY. MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU'RE RECOGNIZED.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I JUST WANTED TO ALSO CLARIFY, YOU KNOW, WHEN I SAY STAFF MEMBERS, I'M ABSOLUTELY TALKING ABOUT OUR ADMINS AND OUR PRINCIPALS. I DON'T THINK PEOPLE REALIZE HOW MUCH THEY DID OVER THE YEAR AND HOW THEY WORK STRAIGHT THROUGH THE SUMMER TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR SCHOOLS WERE PREPARED TO OPEN, THAT OUR ADMINS AND OUR PRINCIPALS HAVE HAD ALMOST NO BREAK, AND PART OF THE THINGS THAT THEY COMPLAINED -- OR CONCERNED WITH ARE THE FACT THAT EVERY TIME THEY THINK THEY HAVE A BREAK, THERE'S ANOTHER MANDATORY MEETING OR AN E-MAIL WITH LITTLE FLEXIBILITY THAT GOES OUT, AND THAT IT LEAVES THEM FEELING THAT IF THEY SAY NO TO SOMETHING MANDATORY, YOU KNOW, WITH ALL THIS INSTABILITY, THEIR JOBS ARE ON THE LINE. SO THEY HAVE TO KIND OF BE RESPONSIVE TO THIS. BUT IT REALLY TAKES AWAY FROM THEIR ABILITY TO GIVE ALL THAT THEY NEED TO TO THEIR SCHOOLS. BECAUSE I GET CONSTANTLY TOLD THAT WITH STAFFING CUTS, THEY ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE TO REALLY JUMP IN AND OPEN CAR DOORS FOR OUR STUDENTS TO MAKE SURE THEY GET SAFELY INTO THE BUILDING. AND MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE KIND OF EYES AND EARS ARE EVERYWHERE WITH OUR SCHOOLS KIND OF BEING THINNED OUT. AND DOING THAT, YOU KNOW, THEY ARE THE SUPERINTENDENTS OF THEIR SCHOOLS, AND TO MAKE THESE SCHOOLS RUN, THEY HAVE GIVEN SO MUCH TIME AND ENERGY. SO I WANTED TO CLARIFY THAT EVEN THOUGH I TALK ABOUT OUR STAFF MEMBERS, SPECIFICALLY TO OUR ADMINS AND OUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS WHO REALLY FEEL THAT -- ESPECIALLY WITH THESE CUTS, SINCE WE DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE THE MATRIX. IT'S BEEN LEFT AT THE DISCRETION OF THE PRINCIPAL AND WE LOST SOME REALLY AMAZING APs WHO HAVE WORKED VERY HARD AND SACRIFICED BEING TEACHERS AND WHO HAVE BECOME APs BECAUSE THEY ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST, AND NOW, UNFORTUNATELY, WE'RE GOING TO BE LOSING THEM. THROUGH NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. I THINK A LOT OF THE ANXIETY THAT WAS FELT BY THIS MEETING, I DON'T REALLY UNDERSTAND WHAT'S MOTIVATING THIS. I DIDN'T CREATE THESE PROBLEMS. THESE ARE WHAT OUR ADMINS AND OUR PRINCIPALS AND OUR TEACHERS ARE FACING AS THEY GET THESE LETTERS THAT ARE GIVEN TO THEM. AND THE OTHER THING THAT I WANTED TO KIND OF TOUCH ON IS I AGREE WITH MEMBER COMBS. I THINK THIS BOARD HAS BEEN VERY ADAMANT ABOUT TRYING TO SAY THAT WE WANT TO SEE MORE CUTS FROM THE TOP. I KNOW THAT YOU'VE GIVEN US A PACKET OF CUTS AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL THAT YOU'VE MADE STARTING AS EARLY AS JULY. BUT WHEN I REALLY LOOK AT PER SALARY AND WHAT THEIR POSITIONS ARE AND WHAT THEIR LEVELS ARE, I DON'T THINK IT'S REFLECTIVE OF THE REQUEST TO DO MORE AT THE TOP. AND SO THAT'S ANOTHER WAY WHERE I FEEL LIKE THE BOARD HAS CONSISTENTLY GIVEN THE WILL WHEN IT COMES TO MITTITY GAING THESE LOSSES, AND -- MITIGATE THESE LOSSES AND WE'RE NOT BEING HEARD WHEN IT COMES TO THAT. THOSE ARE THINGS I WANT TO ADD. I WANT TO BE AS EXPLICIT TO YOU AND GIVE YOU THE FAIRNESS OF UNDERSTANDING PUBLICLY, YOU KNOW, WHAT SOME OF OUR CONCERNS ARE SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE ALL OF THE INFORMATION TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE, IF THAT'S YOUR PLAN. SO THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. BOARD MEMBERS, WE'RE REMINDED THAT WE HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF TALK TO DO ABOUT THE FINANCIAL PLAN. I'M GOING TO RECOGNIZE MEMBER COMBS, AND THEN FOLLOWING THAT, MEMBER HAHN. AND PROMISE, MEMBER DAVIS -- SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS -- I GOT UP VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING. YOU'RE RECOGNIZED, MEMBER COMBS.

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, CHAIR GRAY. A COUPLE OF OTHER COMMENTS. I WANT TO THANK HASA FOR PROVIDING THIS SURVEY. AND I DO REALLY BELIEVE WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, MR. WASHINGTON, I DO REALLY BELIEVE IT'S INDICATIVE OF HOW SCHOOLS ARE FEELING. I DO REALLY FEEL LIKE THIS DATA IS ACCURATE. I FEEL THAT WAY. I KNOW THE BOTH OF US RECEIVED THE SAME CALL YESTERDAY OR THE DAY BEFORE FROM A VERY UPSET ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL. I KNOW YOU'RE HEARING FROM YOUR SCHOOLS. SO I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE DON'T DISCREDIT THE SURVEY BECAUSE I DO THINK THAT AS I HAVE BEEN TO OVER 50 SCHOOLS, I DO FEEL LIKE THIS IS VERY ACCURATE. SO I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT AS WE LOOK DEEPER INTO THE SURVEY OVER THE WEEKEND AND LOOK AT THE RESULTS, I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE TRY NOT TO HAVE THE NARRATIVE THAT THIS ISN'T ACCURATE, BECAUSE IT IS TRULY ACCURATE. WHAT WE DO WITH THE INFORMATION AND HOW WE GUIDE YOU WITH A CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN OR WHATEVER THE WILL OF THE BOARD MAY BE, I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THIS IS NOT DISCREDITED BECAUSE I THINK IT TAKES A LOT OF BRAVERY. I KNOW FOR MYSELF, I WAS AT A SCHOOL LAST WEEK, AND ONE OF THE PRINCIPALS TOLD ME THAT SHE WAS NERVOUS TO FILL OUT THE SURVEY. SO I THINK THAT'S VERY, VERY IMPORTANT. THE OTHER CONCERN THAT I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS THE WAY THAT WE'RE MAKING THE CUTS. I REALLY WANT TO LOOK AT HOW WE CONTINUE TO DO THAT BASED ON FTE AND NOT ENROLLMENT. I'M HEARING FROM MY SCHOOLS THAT THEY ARE CONCERNED THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A SHORTAGE ON SOME AREAS, SO THAT IS A CONCERN FOR ME. AND IF THAT OCCURS, AND IF WE NEED TEACHERS, WE NEED TO THINK ABOUT HOW WE'RE TREATING OUR CUSTODIANS, OUR LUNCHROOM STAFF, OUR TEACHERS, THE WAY WE'RE COMMUNICATING WITH THEM, THE MORALE, AND HOW WE MAKE PEOPLE FEEL. LIKE EVERYONE SAYS, IT'S NOT WHAT SOMEONE SAYS, IT'S NOT WHAT SOMEONE DOES. IT'S HOW SOMEONE MAKES YOU FEEL. I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT. AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE REALLY NEED TO IMPROVE ON IN THIS DISTRICT. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS. MEMBER HAHN, YOU ARE RECOGNIZED FOLLOWED BY MEMBER WASHINGTON.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. SO I'M GOING TO SHIFT EVERYBODY'S FOCUS FOR A MINUTE HERE, BECAUSE I EXPRESSED SOMETHING AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING. I'VE EXPRESSED IT AT DIFFERENT MEETINGS AT THE RETREAT. THIS CONTINUAL FOCUS ON ADULTS, I HAVE ALREADY BEEN ON RECORD. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT, CRITICAL DATA FOR US TO HAVE. EVERY BOARD MEETING, EVERY RETREAT, ADULTS, ADULTS, ADULTS. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE A SPECIAL-CALLED BOARD MEETING TO TALK ABOUT STUDENTS. I WOULD LOVE TO TALK ABOUT THE 39 FAILING SCHOOLS, THE STUDENTS THAT SIT IN THOSE SCHOOLS WHOSE FUTURES ARE AT RISK RIGHT NOW WHILE WE'RE SITTING HERE AGAIN TALKING ABOUT ADULTS. I'D LIKE TO TALK ABOUT HOW OVER 50% OF STUDENTS WHO ENTER KINDERGARTEN IN OUR DISTRICT DO NOT HAVE ANY KINDERGARTEN READINESS SKILLS. THEY CAN'T RECITE THE ALPHABET. THEY CAN'T IDENTIFY LETTERS OR NUMBERS. WHERE ARE THOSE CONVERSATIONS? WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE FROM MY COLLEAGUES AROUND THAT DATA? THAT HAS BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS. WE TALK ABOUT WE HAVE THE WORST SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE. LET'S HAVE A SPECIAL-CALLED BOARD MEETING ABOUT THAT. LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT WITH OUR STAKEHOLDERS IN THE COMMUNITY. I'M HEARTBROKEN OVER THE MORALE IN THIS DISTRICT. I'M A LIFELONG EDUCATOR. I AGREE WITH ALL THE COMMENTS MY COLLEAGUES ARE MAKING. THEY ARE ALL BRINGING VERY, VERY VALUABLE INSIGHT TO THIS CONVERSATION. WE ALL TALK TO OUR PRINCIPALS, OUR TEACHERS. I HAVE TAUGHT THROUGH MY TIME AT USF PREPARING FUTURE TEACHERS, HUNDREDS OF TEACHERS WHO NOW SIT IN THESE SCHOOLS THAT I'M IN COMMUNICATION WITH. WE ALL HAVE OUR FINGER ON THE PULSE OF THIS DISTRICT. AND WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT A VERY SERIOUS, OUR FINANCES IN A MINUTE. BUT WHAT I WANT TO SAY IS, WE NEED, AS A BOARD, TO START FOCUSING ON THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE IN OUR SCHOOLS, AND WHERE WE ARE IN THAT. I'D LOVE AN UPDATE ON THAT BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T GOTTEN ONE. I WOULD LOVE SOME DATA AROUND HOW OUR STUDENTS ARE DOING BECAUSE THEY HAVE HAD THE MOST CHALLENGING YEAR. WE'RE STRUGGLING AS ADULTS. IMAGINE HOW STUDENTS ARE STRUGGLING, AND WE ALL KNOW THAT. I DON'T DOUBT EVERYBODY IS AWARE OF THAT ON THE BOARD AND THE COMMUNITY. BUT WHERE ARE THOSE CONVERSATIONS? WE NEED TO MEET NEXT WEEK, DO A CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN, PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN, TAKE THIS INFORMATION AND ALL THE OTHER INFORMATION WE'VE GATHERED INDIVIDUALLY AND BRING IT TO THE TABLE AND LIKE MEMBER WASHINGTON SAID, WE'RE ALL VERY HIGHLY INTELLIGENT INDIVIDUALS HERE, AND WE CAN PUT TOGETHER A PLAN, AND THEN WE NEED TO START FOCUSING ON THE WORK, ON THE WORK. I'M VERY CONCERNED. WE'RE GOING INTO SUMMER, AND WE HAVE HAD VERY FEW CONVERSATIONS AS A BOARD ABOUT THE WORK. SO THOSE ARE JUST MY CONCERNS. I JUST WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR BEING HERE TODAY, FOR -- I KNOW WE'RE ALL UNDER A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF STRESS, THAT WE ARE ALL HERE FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. I'M VERY PROUD OF EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR THE WORK THAT YOU'VE DONE. NEW BOARD MEMBERS, I CAN'T EVEN IMAGINE WHAT THIS HAS BEEN LIKE FOR YOU, COMING ONTO A NEW BOARD DURING A PANDEMIC. LOOK, I'VE BEEN ON THE BOARD, THIS IS GOING INTO MY THIRD YEAR, FORTUNATE MY FIRST YEAR WAS BEFORE THE PANDEMIC. YOU'VE DONE AN AMAZING JOB MANAGING YOUR ROLES UNDER THESE CONDITIONS AND TO MY BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN HERE WITH ME SINCE MY FIRST DAY, YOU'RE ALSO DOING AN AMAZING JOB. THESE ARE VERY DIFFICULT TIMES. I KNOW WE DON'T HAVE A WHOLE LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES -- I'M STARTING TO LOSE MY VOICE -- TO REALLY SAY THIS TO EACH OTHER. BUT I'M VERY FORTUNATE TO BE HERE WITH ALL OF YOU AND TO HAVE THIS TEAM TO WORK WITH. SO THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER HAHN. MEMBER WASHINGTON, AND THEN WE'RE GOING TO FINISH UP. MEMBER COMBS, IT WILL BE A QUICK REMARK, IS THAT CORRECT, WHEN WE CALL ON YOU? BECAUSE WE'VE GOT TO LET ADDISON DAVIS SPEAK. OKAY. MEMBER WASHINGTON, YOU'RE RECOGNIZED.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. ADDRESS MEMBER COMBS, YOU MAY HAVE MISINTERPRETED. I DID NOT SAY NOT ACCURATE. I SAID IT HAD TO BE CONTROLLED. BECAUSE ALL SURVEYS HAVE TO BE CONTROLLED. IF YOU DON'T, YOU DON'T RECEIVE THE RIGHT ANSWERS. I USES IT WORK -- I DON'T KNOW -- USED TO BE OVER TESTING AND MEASUREMENT WHO BRILLIANT. AND WE ALWAYS HAD TO HAVE CONTROL BECAUSE WHEN YOU PUT SURVEYS OUT SOMETIMES ONLINE, MANY PEOPLE, AND IF YOU CAN USE THAT LINE, YOU CAN GO IN AND PUT IN WHAT YOU WANTED TO. BUT WHAT I'M SAYING, THE SURVEYS, ALL SURVEYS SHOULD BE CONTROLLED BECAUSE SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE THE RIGHT DATA. NOW, SOME OF THIS DATA -- THIS DATA, I DIDN'T SAY IT WAS INACCURATE, BUT WHAT I DO WANT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND, PEOPLE CAN IF IN AND USE IT -- BECAUSE THERE IS NO NAME ON IT. THEY CAN GO IN AND SIGN AND DO WHATEVER THEY WANT TO. AGAIN, HASA DID, I TOLD YOU GUYS, YOU DID A GREAT JOB ON PUTTING OUT THE SURVEY. I MEAN, AS FAR AS THE QUESTIONS IS CONCERNED. AND WE'RE GOING TO USE THIS AS AN ACTION PLAN FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT. WE'VE GOT TO GET TEACHERS INVOLVED IN THE SURVEYS ALSO. WE SHOULD MONITOR SURVEYS. WE SHOULD PUT THEM OUT EVERY SO OFTEN TO GET FEEDBACK FROM THE COMMUNITY, GET FEEDBACK FROM TEACHERS. GET FEEDBACK BACK FROM ADMINISTRATORS. BECAUSE I'VE BEEN ALL THREE. I'VE BEEN INVOLVED AS A TEACHER, ADMINISTRATOR, COACH, YOU NAME IT. I'VE BEEN IT ALMOST. SO I DO UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING SURVEYS. SO HOPEFULLY WE CAN MOVE ON AND GO INTO TUESDAY WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT, GET HIM TO ROLL IN HERE AND WE CAN DO THE RIGHT THING.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER WASHINGTON, PROBABLY GOOD IDEA TO SPEAK TO RAY BONDI, TOO, ABOUT THE QUESTIONS. HE'LL WANT TO MAKE SURE HIS SURVEY IS CLEAN. AT ANY RATE, MEMBER COMBS, ONE MINUTE.

>>Nadia Combs: HOW ABOUT 30 SECONDS? JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS, I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE DISCUSS INCREASING THE NUMBER OF BOARD MEETINGS THAT WE HAVE. I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE'VE BEEN MEETING NOT AS REGULARLY, AND, ALSO, I WANT TO SAY, ABSOLUTELY AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT'S ABOUT CHILDREN. THAT'S WHY EVERYBODY IN HERE IS ABOUT CHILDREN. BUT YESTERDAY, WE WENT TO A FRAMEWORKS MEETING. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT REALLY RESONATED WITH ME IS IF THE MORALE OF THE ADMINISTRATION, IF THE MORALE OF THE TEACHERS IS BAD, THEN IT IMPACTS STUDENTS. FOR ME, IT'S REALLY AT THE END OF THE DAY IF THIS MORALE IMPACTS OUR SCHOOL STAFF, WHAT DOES IT DO TO OUR CHILDREN? AND THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE TO REMEMBER.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS. ALAS, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, THROUGH THE CHAIR, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. I JUST GOT THE SURVEY JUST AS EARLY AS YOU DID. THERE WERE TWO SURVEYS, THOUGH. ONE OVER 300 RESPONSES AND ONE THAT HAD OVER 500 RESPONSES. I'LL LOOK INTO --

>>Lynn Gray: ONE IS PRELIMINARY.

>>Addison Davis: THESE TWO WERE PRESENTED TO ME. OPENLY, I UNDERSTAND THERE MAY NOT HAVE BEEN CONTROLS, AND THAT IS CONCERNING. BUT OVERALL, MY JOB IS TO QUICKLY THINK AND REFLECT ON INFORMATION THAT'S PROVIDING FROM OUR LEADERS AND OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IN ORDER TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THOSE CONNECTIONS. AS AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS FACING OVER A HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS DEFICIT, IT REALLY CREATES TURMOIL. AT A TIME WHERE CUTS HAVE REALLY BEEN PAINFUL AND AGONIZING, IT HAS TRULY DISRUPTED THE LEADERS IN THE ORGANIZATION AND THE WAY THEY FEEL. ULTIMATELY WE'LL DIVE IN, LISTEN, LEARN AND GROW. OVERALL, THAT'S WHAT LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT. LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY FIRST YEAR AT SUPERINTENDENT, WHICH HAS BEEN REALLY TRULY FILLED WITH HURDLES AS A SUPERINTENDENT. BEFORE I DO THAT, BUT LET ME ACKNOWLEDGE OPENLY WHAT HAPPENED LAST FRIDAY SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN TO ANY EMPLOYEE, EVER HAPPEN TO ANY EMPLOYEE. AS WE KNOW, I MAY HAVE BEEN OUT OF TOWN WITH MY FAMILY, DOESN'T MATTER. AS SUPERINTENDENT, MY JOB AND RESPONSIBILITY IS TO MAKE SURE THE SYSTEMS WE HAVE IN PLACE ARE FOLLOWED. I GIVE HATS OFF TO THE PRINCIPALS THAT DID A REALLY NICE JOB ON APRIL THE 9th WHEN WE INFORMED OVER A THOUSAND EMPLOYEES THAT POSITIONS WOULD BE CUT AND THEY HAD TO MOVE, AND THAT SYSTEM SHOULD HAVE BEEN CARRIED OVER, THE SAME PROCESS, IN PARTICULAR SITUATION, THAT FAILED. AND IT SHOULD NEVER HAPPEN. WE SHOULD ALWAYS TREAT PEOPLE WITH RESPECT AND DIGNITY AND CONTINUE TO DO SO IN A COLLABORATIVE MANNER. GOING BACK RELATED TO THE HURDLES I FACE AS SUPERINTENDENT. AS YOU KNOW, I BECAME SUPERINTENDENT ON MARCH THE 2nd, 2020. A TIME WHERE WITHIN THE FIRST TWO WEEKS WE HAD TO CUT DOWN -- SORRY, WE HAD TO CLOSE SCHOOLS. WE HAD TO CLOSE SCHOOLS RIGHT BEFORE SPRING BREAK. AND IN THAT PARTICULAR TIME, WE WERE LUCKY AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT BECAUSE WHILE WE WERE FACED WITH A PANDEMIC AND HAD TO CLOSE ONE OR TWO SCHOOLS, SPRING BREAK ALLOWED US TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT, WHAT WAS GOING ON. HOW TO INTERACT WITH COVID? HOW DO WE FACE SOMETHING WE NEVER FACED BEFORE? AS SPRING BREAK WENT THROUGH, THE STATE DECIDED THEY WOULD CLOSE EVERY SCHOOL IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. AND IN THAT TIME, THIS TEAM TOOK AN IMMEDIATE APPROACH TO TRY TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SURVIVE, BECAUSE I'VE SAID BEFORE, THERE WAS NO PLAYBOOK. THERE WAS NO RESEARCH. THERE WAS NO EXEMPLAR OF HOW TO TAKE A SCHOOL DISTRICT OF 220,000 STUDENTS, 25,000 EMPLOYEES, 240 SCHOOLS AND PUSH THEM AND HELP THEM TRANSITION FROM BRICK AND MORTAR TO A NUMBER OF INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS. IT WAS EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO DO. I AGREE, OUR TEACHERS, OUR SUPPORT STAFF, OUR LEADERS WERE RESILIENT. NOT EVERY HERO WEARS A CAPE. EVERYONE THAT'S IN THE FOUR WALLS OF OUR CLASSROOMS AND OUR SCHOOLS ARE IDENTIFIED AS BEING HEROIC. BUT DURING THAT TIME WE QUICKLY MOVED IMMEDIATELY TO TALK ABOUT OUR EMPLOYEES. AND WHILE OUR EMPLOYEES WERE OFF, WE STOOD STRONG AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT AND WE TOLD EVERY ONE OF OUR EMPLOYEES THAT WE WERE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF THEM FINANCIALLY, EVEN THOUGH SOME OF THEM MAY NOT HAVE HAD ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES DURING THAT TIME, THAT WE WERE GOING TO PROTECT THEM IN A VERY DIFFICULT SITUATION, SHOWING GRACE, SHOWING COMPASSION. AND AT THE SAME TIME, WE HAD TO FIGURE OUT HOW INSTRUCTIONAL MOMENTUM CONTINUED, HOW WERE WE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF STUDENTS TO MAKE CERTAIN THEY MOVED FROM BRICK AND MORTAR CLASSROOM TO REMOVE LEARNING, BUT BEING ABLE TO BE EXPOSED TO HIGH-LEVEL EXPERIENCES TO PUSH THEIR INTELLECTUAL STANDPOINTS. AND WE DID THAT BY PROVIDING A NUMBER OF SOLUTIONS TO ENSURE CONSISTENCY, TO FIND OUT HOW WE PROVIDE ONGOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TO OUR TEACHERS, TO OUR LEADERS, HOW DO THEY ACTUALLY EVEN EVALUATE AND MONITOR, ASSIST? HOW DO WE FIGURE OUT AND ASSIST WITH IDENTIFYING MENTAL HEALTH INDICATORS DURING THAT PROCESS? AND WE ALSO TRANSITIONED TO UNDERSTAND THAT WHY OUR STUDENTS WERE OUT DURING THE START OF THE PANDEMIC AND HAVE BEEN, THAT WE ALSO KNEW THAT THERE WAS NUTRITION THAT NEEDED TO BE ADDRESSED. SO MANY OF OUR STUDENTS ARE SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY CHALLENGED. AND NOT ONLY DO WE STAND UP 147 SCHOOLS AND THANKFUL FOR OUR NUTRITION CENTER, AND OUR LEADERS, BUT WE ALSO IDENTIFIED 150 BUSES TO GO OUT TO ADDRESS SOCIALLY ECONOMICALLY CHALLENGED AREAS WHO COULD NOT AND DID NOT HAVE THE TRANSPORTATION TO COME TO US. AND BY DOING THIS TO DATE, BY LAST MARCH TO DATE, WE SERVED OVER 10 MILLION MEALS TO OUR CHILDREN. TO ME, THAT'S A MAJOR SUCCESS. I OPENLY WAS THERE WITH OUR PRINCIPALS, OUR ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS, OUR TEACHERS, OUR SUPPORT STAFF, HANDING OUT AND MAKING THAT CONNECTIVITY, ASKING HOW WE CAN HELP THEM THROUGH THAT PROCESS. TEAM MEMBERS WERE THERE AS WELL. AT THE SAME TIME, I THINK WITHIN THE FIRST TWO WEEKS, ONE OF THE GREATEST THINGS WE DID WAS STAND UP, THIS TEAM, WE STOOD UP A BEAUTIFUL RELATIONSHIP WITH TGH AND USF HEALTH TO HAVE GUIDANCE. WE WERE EDUCATIONAL EXPERTS, BUT WE TRANSITIONED TO THE LOCAL MEDICAL HEALTH EXPERTS TO HELP US CHAMPION THROUGH THIS PROCESS. AND THAT'S TO HELP US CREATE A REOPENING PLAN. HOW COULD WE REOPEN OUR SCHOOLS WHERE PARENTS FEEL VALUED, WHERE PARENTS HAD A CHOICE, AND WE PROVIDED BRICK AND MORTAR, REMOTE LEARNING IN HILLSBOROUGH K-12, TO ALLOW THE PARENT TO HAVE STAKE IN WHERE THEY WOULD GO NEXT STEPS. BUT IN THAT REOPENING PLAN, THE STATE IDENTIFIED AS A MODEL, SUPERINTENDENTS THROUGHOUT THE NATION CALLED ME ABOUT BEING ABLE TO LEVERAGE AND USE IT. HOW DO WE DO IT SUCCESSFULLY? BIDEN'S TEAM CALLED AND ASKED ME, HAD AN HOUR AND A HALF CONVERSATION, HOW DID WE DO IT SO WELL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY? BECAUSE OUR TEACHERS AND OUR LEADERS DID A REMARKABLE JOB IN MAKING THAT CONNECTIVITY. THEN WE ALSO HAD TO IDENTIFY COVID ASSESSMENTS. WHILE TEACHERS WERE FEARFUL TO COME BACK OPENLY AND OUR EMPLOYEES, HOW COULD WE HAVE EXPEDITED ASSESSMENTS FOR OUR EMPLOYEES? THROUGH THIS PARTNERSHIP WE IDENTIFIED TEN GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS AND WE'VE HAD OVER 1100 OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS TAKE ASSESSMENTS TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT WE CAN PROTECT THEM AND PUT THEM BACK IN THE BEST WORKING CONDITIONS. AND THEN REOPENING PLANS INCLUSIVE OF CO AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ALONG WITH ATHLETICS TO RETURN BACK TO SOMEWHAT OF A NORMALCY IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. WHEN WE SEE A SPIKE IN PARTICULAR SCHOOLS, HAVE WALKED WITH OUR TEAM WITH CLIMATE AND CULTURE, WITH JENNIFER SPARANO, TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY, CAN WE DO SOMETHING BETTER? WHAT'S THE OVERALL CAUSATION TO CREATE THAT SAFE PLACE? AND THEN, AS YOU KNOW, WE PUT AND FOLLOWED EVERY SINGLE CDC MEASURE. WE ORDERED OVER 2.6 MILLION MASKS, OVER 700,000 WIPES, 50,000 HAND SANITIZERS WE PUT IN OUR SCHOOLS. THOUSANDS OF GLOVES. EVERY CLASSROOM HAS A SANITATION STATION. WE WERE THE FIRST IN THE STATE TO LAUNCH A COVID INTERACTIVE DASHBOARD. AND AT THE SAME TOKEN, WE WERE THE FIRST IN THE NATION TO TRANSITION TO MERV 13 FILTERS TO HELP WITH THE CIRCULATION IN OUR SCHOOLS BECAUSE WE MAY NOT HAVE THAT. WE ADDRESSED THE DIGITAL DIVIDE. NOT ONLY DID WE HAVE AN APPROACH WHERE AS WE TRANSITIONED OUT, IT WASN'T JUST AS EASY TO SAY WE'LL CONTINUE TO CONNECT, HOW WE HAVE THE CONNECTIVITY. MANY OF OUR STUDENTS DIDN'T HAVE HARDWARE, AND THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE. SO HAVING 28,000 LAPTOPS FOR 200,000 POTENTIAL STUDENTS IN NEED WASN'T GOING TO BE GOOD ENOUGH. WE WEREN'T PREPARED. I ORDERED IMMEDIATELY 46,000 LAPTOPS, HAVING 74,000 LAPTOPS IN THE HANDS OF CHILDREN. ON TOP OF THAT, BEING ABLE TO EXPAND, POTENTIAL OF EXPANDING 37,000 ORDERED. THE STATE CALLED AND ASKED, WE CAN'T GET LAPTOPS. WE NEED YOU TO RELIEVE. I COULDN'T DO IT. I HAD TO PROTECT STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND THEN BEING ABLE TO LEVERAGE, WE HAD -- ON OUR RETURNS, 7600 STUDENTS THAT DID NOT -- WE COULD NOT FIND. BUT BEING ABLE TO LEVERAGE 235 SOCIAL WORKERS TO GO AND KNOCK ON DOORS, TO GO CONNECT WITH OUR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS TO IDENTIFY CHILDREN. WHEN YOU PUT THAT NUMBER DOWN FROM 7600 TO 342. BRINGING BACK 800 STUDENTS, WHICH IS OVER $6 MILLION BACK IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND SAVING CHILDREN TO HELP THEM HAVE THE CONNECTIVITY. OVERALL MENTAL HEALTH. WE KNOW SO MANY OF OUR FAMILIES WERE FURLOUGHED. SO MANY OF OUR FAMILIES BEING ABLE TO TRANSITION TO NOT HAVING JOBS. SO BEING ABLE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE HAD A MENTAL HEALTH ASPECT, AND THEN WE TRANSITIONED TO THE PHASE TWO OF THE FUNDING SIDE OF IT. NOT ONLY DO WE HAVE A PANDEMIC WITH MANY, MANY HURDLES, WE TRANSITIONED TO -- I CAME IN, I'VE READ ARTICLES ABOUT THE FINANCIAL SITUATION IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. BUT I NEVER KNEW IT WAS THIS DIFFICULT, THE CRISIS WAS TREMENDOUSLY REAL. IN JULY 2020, WE IDENTIFIED $50 MILLION DEFICIT IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WE IMMEDIATELY APPRISED THE BOARD, MET TWO HOURS ABOUT WHAT THE ISSUES WOULD BE, AND WE KNOW THAT IN SEPTEMBER 2020, THAT WE COULD POTENTIALLY NOT BE ABLE TO MEET PAYROLL FOR NOVEMBER FOR 25,000 EMPLOYEES IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO WE IMMEDIATELY TRANSITIONED TO GET A TAX ANTICIPATION NOTE, THAT ALLOWS US TO BRIDGE THE GAP SO MANY PHASES HAPPENED. PHASE ONE IN THE PERSPECTIVE WE HAD TO IMPLEMENT A HIRING FREEZE AND PUT ORGANIZATIONAL CONTROLS RELATED TO REDUCING OVERTIME. REDUCING THE DISTRICT BUDGET AND MAKING CERTAIN WE ELIMINATED TRAVEL. ALL OF THAT HELPED US. THEN WE ALSO HAD TO MAKE CERTAIN WE CREATED A NEW STAFF ALLOCATION MODEL LINKED TO FTE AND CONSIDERATION OF ENROLLMENT. TO BE ABLE TO HELP US FINANCIALLY. DURING THAT PERIOD, HAD TO CUT 424 POSITIONS IN THIS DISTRICT BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER, IN WHICH 40 OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS WERE TEACHERS. THE REST WERE VACANCIES. THAT CREATED MAJOR DISRUPTION IN OUR SCHOOLS. PRINCIPALS AND APs BUILT RELATIONSHIPS WITH SCANDALS. THEY BUILT RELATIONSHIPS WITH FAMILIES. WE WERE DISRUPTED BECAUSE OF THE FINANCIAL SITUATION, MOVING THEM FROM ONE SCHOOL TO THE NEXT. THAT CREATES ANGST WITH LEADERS, SCHOOL-BASED LEADERS, DISTRICT LEADERS, WITH THE STAFF AND WITH THE COMMUNITY. AND PHASE TWO OF THE PROCESS, WE ASKED FOR AN AUDIT. THE COUNCIL OF GREAT CITY SCHOOLS AUDIT WHICH CAME IN AND IDENTIFIED WE TRULY HAD A MAJOR FINANCIAL SITUATION. THERE WAS LACK OF ORGANIZATIONAL CONTROLS WITH FUNDING. THE TEAM HAD -- WE TOOK SWIFT ACTION TO IDENTIFY PROACTIVE STEPS TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE THE FINANCIAL ISSUES. AND ALSO, GETTING TO A POINT WHERE IN THAT SAME TIME, WE WERE ABLE TO LEVERAGE THE GOVERNOR'S $38 MILLION TO BE ABLE TO COMPENSATE OUR TEACHERS. AND AT THE SAME TIME, YOU KNOW, IDENTIFY A LITTLE BIT OF MONEY TO HELP VETERAN TEACHERS, WHICH WE KNOW WE HAVE WORK TO DO. BUT THE NEXT PHASE OF THAT PROCESS WAS STARTING IN JANUARY, WHERE WE HAD MULTIPLE MEETINGS TO TALK ABOUT OUR FINANCIALS, TO TALK ABOUT WHERE WE ARE. AT THE SAME TOKEN, BEING ABLE TO HAVE MANY, MANY WORKSHOPS -- MANY WORKSHOPS AND EVERY BOARD MEETING WE TALK ABOUT THE FINANCIAL SITUATION AT SCALE. AND THEN IN ADDITION TO THAT, I'VE HAD, IF I THINK ABOUT IT, MAYBE OVER 50 CONVERSATIONS I'VE HAD WITH MEDIA, CONVERSATIONS WITH THE COMMUNITIES, WITH CHAMBERS, PTSAs, WITH LOCAL GROUPS TO IDENTIFY OUR EXPENDITURES VERSUS OUR REVENUES.

>>Lynn Gray: SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO CLOSE UP SOON.

>>Addison Davis: I JUST HAVE A COUPLE MORE MINUTES. I'M SORRY, BUT I WANT TO BE ABLE TO TELL THE STORY BECAUSE OPENLY THERE'S BEEN MANY, MANY HURDLES. AND THEN LOOK AT, WHEN YOU LOOK AT LIKE-SIZED DISTRICTS, IDENTIFYING THE POTENTIAL OVERAGES OF OUR STAFF. AND THEN WE GET TO APRIL 9th, WHERE APRIL 9th REALLY TALKS ABOUT WHERE WE ARE AND HAVING TO CLOSE AND TRANSITION TO CUTTING 1100 POSITIONS WHICH CREATES ADDITIONAL ANGST TH IN THE SCHOO DISTRICT. THAT IS MAJORLY DISRUPTIVE. OVERALL, WE HAVE CUT ADMINISTRATORS, DISTRICT STAFF, IN THE SCHOOL YEAR, $23 MILLION OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOLS. IN THAT IMPACT, OUR BOND RATINGS HAVE DECREASED BECAUSE OF THE SITUATION THAT WE'RE IN. OVERALL, LOOKING AT THE HISTORIC FINDINGS AND GIBSON REPORT IN 2015, IDENTIFIED THE DISTRICT WAS $90 MILLION OVER STAFF, WITH STAFF MEMBERS. $90 MILLION, WHICH WAS NOT ADDRESSED. IT'S UNFORTUNATE THAT AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME, DEALING WITH A PANDEMIC AND AT THE SAME TIME WITH THE FINANCES, IT ALL COMES TOGETHER. AND IT DOES DISRUPT. STEPS AS A SUPERINTENDENT I WOULD NEVER MAKE HAVE COME TO A REALITY. I WOULD NEVER CUT TEACHERS, SUPPORT STAFF, LEADERS, BUT BEING ABLE TO COMBAT RECEIVERSHIPS, TOUGH DECISIONS HAVE TO BE MADE. OVERALL, I'VE BEEN FOCUSED ON THE INSTRUCTIONAL SIDE OF THE WORK. UNDERSTANDING COMING IN. I GOT HIRED TO MOVE THE PERSISTENTLY LOW PERFORMING SCHOOLS. WE KNOW THAT IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WE HAVE 39 PERSISTENTLY LOW-PERFORMING SCHOOLS. WE ALSO KNOW THAT WE HAVE THE MOST D AND F SCHOOLS IN THE STATE. 28. WE ALSO KNOW THAT MAJORITY OF OUR STUDENTS AT THE 39 PERSISTENTLY LOW SCHOOLS ARE LEVEL ONE AND LEVEL TWO READERS IN AREA OF LITERACY AND MATHEMATICS. ALL OF WHICH I AM COMMITTED TO BEING ABLE TO ADDRESS. BUT OVERALL, I APPRECIATE THE FEEDBACK. I'M OPEN TO FEEDBACK. IT DOES HAVE CONTROLS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, I'VE LISTENED, AND I APPRECIATE EVERY BOARD MEMBER TAKING THE TIME ON MONDAY TO COMMIT TO BEING ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD THROUGH A CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PLAN THAT ALLOWS US TO ADDRESS MANY ISSUES, ABOUT BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH ADMINISTRATORS. YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, THE FIRST FIVE MONTHS, I WAS NOT ABLE TO GET OUT WITH THE PANDEMIC. I HAVEN'T HAD FACE-TO-FACE OPPORTUNITIES. THEY'VE BEEN LIMITED. SO BUILDING THAT TRUST AND UNDERSTANDING THE UNIQUE PERSONALITIES OF EVERY SCHOOL AND HOW I CAN SUPPORT THEM. WE'LL DO THAT BY EXPANDING DIALOGUE WITH DAVIS. WE'LL DO THAT BY MAKING CERTAIN THAT WHEN I GO TO SCHOOLS, I'M MEETING WITH A PRINCIPAL IN THEIR SCHOOL TO IDENTIFY WHAT'S WORKING, WHAT'S NOT, AND WHAT WE DO DIFFERENTLY AND ASK HOW WE CAN BE AN AGENT OF CHANGE. AND AT THE SAME TOKEN, MAKING SURE CERTAIN WE IMPROVE THE OVERALL TRUST IN OUR COMMUNITY. LAST ONE. TRUST IN OUR COMMUNITY RELATED TO HOW WE ENGAGE PTSA FROM EVERY REGION. HOW WE DO LISTEN AND LEARNS. HOW WE OFFER BROWN-BAG LUNCHES TO OUR CEOs AND CFOs AND BRINGING INDIVIDUALS TO UNITE TO WORK IN A COLLECTIVE MANNER. AT THE SAME TIME, MAKING SURE I CONSISTENTLY SOLICIT FEEDBACK AND THOUGHTS TO BE ABLE TO IMPROVE THIS ORGANIZATION. I'M COMMITTED AND LOOK FORWARD TO US USING THIS AS A FOUNDATION AND A BASELINE TO BE ABLE TO GET BETTER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. WE APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU'RE DOING, AND ALL THAT YOU WILL DO. MEMBERS, IF YOU'LL PUT YOURSELF IN THE QUEUE, WE'RE GOING TO ADDRESS THE DOE LETTER, WHICH BASICALLY GIVES US A CALL TO ACTION. QUOTE, THE SCHOOL BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS MUST SUBMIT A FINANCIAL RECOVERY PLAN TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION BY 20 DAYS, WHICH IS REALLY 19 DAYS, FROM THE APRIL 21st LETTER DATE. THIS PLAN WILL SHOW HOW EXPENSES WILL BE AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE REDUCED, AND THAT REASONABLY DEMONSTRATES THAT THE DISTRICT HAS A PLAN TO RESOLVE ITS FINANCIAL EMERGENCY FOR THE 21-2022 FISCAL YEAR. BOARD MEMBERS, I KNOW THAT YOU HAVE SOME DISCUSSION. MEMBER SNIVELY FOLLOWED BY MEMBER PEREZ, FOLLOWED BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. MEMBER SNIVELY, YOU'RE RECOGNIZED.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. ACTUALLY, I JUST WANTED TO COMMENT ON SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS' COMMENTS JUST BRIEFLY. I'M GOING TO SAY THIS VERY RESPECTFULLY. I THINK MOST PEOPLE TUNED YOU OUT ABOUT HALFWAY THROUGH THAT SPEECH. I'LL TELL YOU WHY. BECAUSE I THINK PEOPLE JUST WANT YOU TO ACKNOWLEDGE HOW THEY FEEL RIGHT NOW AND APOLOGIZE FOR THE MISTAKES THAT YOU'VE MADE AND PROMISE US THAT YOU'RE GOING TO DO BETTER. AND I THINK THAT'S ALL YOU REALLY HAD TO SAY. AND WE'LL GO FROM THERE. HOW ABOUT THAT? THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: WELL SAID, MEMBER SNIVELY. FOLLOWING MEMBER SNIVELY, MEMBER PEREZ, AND THEN MEMBER WASHINGTON. MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Karen Perez: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. SO WITH THE CALL TO ACTION THAT HAS BEEN REQUESTED OF ALL OF US, WE DIPPED INTO THE GENERAL FUND AND THE CAPITAL MONIES FOR COMPUTERS WITH THE INTENTION OF RETURNING THAT MONEY WITH THE CARES ACT. YOU MENTIONED SANITATION, MASK, FILTERS, THE DIGITAL DIVIDE, FEEDING OUR STUDENTS AND MENTAL HEALTH. YOU KNOW, ACCORDING TO THE LETTER THAT WE RECEIVED YESTERDAY, HERE, IT'S LETTING US KNOW THE MONEY FROM THE ESSER WOULD NOT BE AVAILABLE TO US -- BECOME AVAILABLE IN 2021-22. AND ACCORDING TO WHAT WE WERE TOLD IS THAT IF WE WENT INTO OUR GENERAL FUND TO USE THAT MONEY FOR OUR COVID ISSUES, THAT THAT MONEY WOULD BE RETURNED TO US. NOW WE'RE BEING TOLD THAT WE HAVE TO COME UP WITH A FINANCIAL PLAN NOT TO INCLUDE THOSE PLANS. AND HERE WE ARE. WHICH IS A PROBLEM. IT'S PROBLEMATIC TO ME. IT'S LIKE SOMEBODY ASKING YOU TO BORROW MONEY AND THEN PROMISING THAT IT WOULD BE RETURNED AND THEN PUTTING YOUR HOUSEHOLD IN A FINANCIAL ISSUE BECAUSE THEY DON'T RETURN THE MONEY TO YOU. SO WHAT I'M REQUESTING IS THAT WE FORM AN OVERSIGHT AUDITING TEAM, A BOARD TO INCLUDE SOME OF OUR FOLKS FROM THE COMMUNITY THAT HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE WITH GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, SOME CPAs. AND TO CONTINUE THAT FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT TO THIS BOARD, ALONG WITH THAT FORENSIC AUDIT, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP THIS BOARD ON TRACK AND TO CONTINUE ASSISTING US WITH OUR FINANCES AND ALSO TO PROVIDE THAT SUPPORT TO OUR CFO. BUT THAT'S WHAT I'M REQUESTING OF THIS BOARD TO ASSIST. AND THAT WE RECEIVE THIS PLAN FROM SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS, BECAUSE IF WE ONLY HAVE 19 DAYS, WE NEED THAT PLAN IN ORDER FOR US TO REVIEW IT. AND THEN ALSO ONGOING, THAT HE MAINTAIN US IN THE KNOW WITHIN THOSE TWO WEEKS ON MAYBE EVERY OTHER DAY BASIS SO WE KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING. ALSO, A SCRUBBING OF OUR FINANCES SO THAT THEY ELIMINATE THE BIG-TICKET ITEMS. I KNOW WE'RE GOING TO BE SPEAKING ABOUT KELLY SERVICES. THAT'S A $15 MILLION TAG ON US. AND THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT COULD HAVE BEEN SCRUBBED, BUT, YOU KNOW, ITEMS LIKE THAT, THAT WE COULD LOOK AT, THAT RIGHT NOW WE COULD BRING IN-HOUSE, THAT WE COULD REMOVE THOSE ITEMS FROM OUR BUDGET.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. I KNOW SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS WILL BE MENTIONING THE WEEKLY PUBLIC FINANCE MEETINGS THAT PROBABLY WILL BE HELD AS A DELIVERABLE. MEMBER WASHINGTON FOLLOWED BY MEMBER COMBS, FOLLOWED BY MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. MR. DAVIS, I WAS READING DOWN IN THE INFORMATION THAT WAS DISSEMINATED FROM THE STATE, AND IT SAID SOMETHING ABOUT DECEMBER. DID WE DO A REPORT, SOME KIND OF REPORT IN DECEMBER?

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, WE REACHED OUT IN DECEMBER, LAST DECEMBER 2020 TO BE ABLE TO ENGAGE THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO IDENTIFY WHAT STEPS WOULD HAVE TO TAKE IF WE WERE NOT GOING TO HIT THE THRESHOLD OF 3%. SO WE ASKED FOR THE FEEDBACK IN THAT PROCESS, AND THEY ASKED US IF YOU'RE FORECASTING TO BE ABLE TO MOVE, PLEASE PROVIDE US SOME INFORMATION. SO THEY ASKED US FOR AN E-MAIL IN THAT TIME, IN DECEMBER, TO ASK US TO SEND THEM A CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN. IN TURN, I ASKED THEM TO PLEASE COME AND MEET WITH US SO THAT WE COULD SHOW THEM WHERE WE ARE FROM A FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE. THEY CAME I THINK WITHIN THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. WE SAT DOWN. WE WENT THROUGH ALL OF THE ELEMENTS. WE SHOWED THEM THE PROPOSED INTERNAL PLAN. WE DIDN'T SUBMIT ANY FORMAL CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN, AND THEY WERE PART OF THE CONVERSATIONS ALONG THE WAY AND HAVE CONTINUED TO BE PART OF THE CONVERSATIONS BEING ABLE TO ADDRESS OUR FINANCES SINCE DECEMBER.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: ANOTHER QUESTION. I THINK THIS IS SO IMPORTANT SO EVERYBODY COULD UNDERSTAND. I'M GOING TO LET MR. PORTER HANDLE THIS FOR ME. WHEN WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A TAKEOVER FROM THE STATE, CAN YOU GO INTO A LITTLE DETAIL SO PEOPLE UNDERSTAND? I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT.

>>Jim Porter: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON. BE HAPPY TO. THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT TAKEOVER AND RECEIVERSHIP. THAT'S LANGUAGE PEOPLE USE SORT OF LOOSELY, BUT THIS IS REALLY DRIVEN BY FLORIDA STATUTES. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO BE ON THE SAME PAGE ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS. I APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN THAT. ALSO NOTE FOR THE RECORD THAT SINCE WE RECEIVED THE LETTER YESTERDAY, THE LEGAL TEAM HAS BEEN WORKING DILIGENTLY ON UNDERSTANDING WHAT IT MEANS, WHAT OPTIONS THE BOARD HAS FOR RESPONDING TO IT IN ADDITION TO COMPLYING WITH THE REQUIREMENT THAT WE SUBMIT A PLAN, BUT WHAT OTHER LEGAL OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE TO THE BOARD, AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THAT AND ADVISE THE BOARD APPROPRIATELY. SO I'M READING FROM, THIS IS FLORIDA STATUTE 218 SECTION 503. AND THIS IS SUBSECTION G-1. I CAN PROVIDE THIS INFORMATION TO THE BOARD. IT REALLY IS PELLED OUT IN THE COMMISSIONERS' -- COMMISSIONER CORCORAN'S LETTER, BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO HEAR AS WELL. WHAT HAPPENED IF WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL EMERGENCY, AND WE DIP BELOW THE 2%, IT'S CALLED A FINANCIAL EMERGENCY BOARD WOULD BE APPOINTED BY THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND A CHAIR WOULD BE SELECTED. SO THE STATE WOULD SELECT A GROUP OF PEOPLE TO SERVE WHAT'S CALLED A FINANCIAL EMERGENCY BOARD. THEY WOULD HAVE THE FOLLOWING POWERS -- THIS IS COMING RIGHT FROM FLORIDA STATUTES -- APOLOGIZE FOR READING TO YOU, BUT I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU HEAR IT AS OPPOSED TO BEING PARAPHRASED OR LANGUAGE USED LOOSELY. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT THE LANGUAGE BE PRECISE. THIS IS FROM FLORIDA STATUTES. THE EMERGENCY BOARD MAY MAKE SUCH REVIEW OF RECORDS, REPORTS AND ASSETS OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ENTITY OR THE DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD AS NEEDED. THAT'S NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO, CONSULT WITH OFFICIALS AND AUDITORS AT THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ENTITY OR DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD AND THE APPROPRIATE STATE OFFICIALS REGARDING ANY STEPS NECESSARY TO BRING THE BOOKS OF THE ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS, FINANCIAL PROCEDURES, AND REPORTS OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ENTITY OR DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD INTO COMPLIANCE WITH STATE REQUIREMENTS. THREE, REVIEW THE OPERATIONS, MANAGEMENT, EFFICIENCY, PRODUCTIVITY, AND FINANCING OF FUNCTIONS AND OPERATIONS OF THE DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD. NEXT ONE, CONSULT -- AND THIS IS IMPORTANT FOR YOU ALL TO UNDERSTAND, BECAUSE THIS IS PRETTY SIGNIFICANT AS WELL. CONSULT WITH OTHER GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES FOR THE CONSOLIDATION OF ALL ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTION AND SUPPORT SERVICES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SERVICES FOR ASSETS, SALES, ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT, BUILDING INSPECTIONS, PARKS AND RECREATION, FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION, INSURANCE COVERAGE, RISK MANAGEMENT, PLANNING AND ZONING, INFORMATION SYSTEMS, FLEET MANAGEMENT AND PURCHASING. THOSE ARE THE POWERS ENUMERATED IN THE STATUTE THAT THE BOARD WOULD HAVE. SOME OF THEM SOUND SORT OF VAGUE. THERE'S NO PRECEDENT FOR THIS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I BELIEVE THIS HAS HAPPENED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA. BUT, AGAIN, WE ARE ACTIVELY RESEARCHING WHAT ALL THIS MEANS AND WHAT IT WOULD MEAN FOR THIS BOARD IF WE GET TO THAT POINT AS WELL AS LOOKING AT ALL POTENTIAL LEGAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE BOARD TO REACT TO IT.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THANK YOU. ONE OTHER POINT. SUPERINTENDENT, WHEN WE'RE MAKING A PLAN, I'VE MADE PLENTY OF PLANS BEFORE, HOW LONG IS IT GOING TO TAKE? I KNOW WE HAVE 19 DAYS NOW I BELIEVE. 19 DAYS. SO TO BE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVELY, HOW MANY DAYS BEFORE YOU CAN GET THIS DONE?

>>Addison Davis: WE'LL GET IT DONE AS SOON AS WE CAN. WE ALREADY HAVE SOMEWHAT OF A MODEL THAT WE SHARED WITH THE BOARD FOR POTENTIAL NEXT STEPS FOR INTERNAL PLANS THAT WE HAVE. DUE TO BEING ABLE TO -- BECAUSE ORIGINALLY WE STARTED TO LOOK AT 21-22 AS WELL. WE STARTED TO LOOK AT POTENTIAL CUTS THAT WERE AT 1600 THAT WE WERE HAVING TO MAKE AND WE GOT THROUGH COLLABORATION WITH PRINCIPALS, IT WAS DOWN TO 900. WE'LL HAVE TO MAKE SOME ADJUSTMENTS FOR THE SECOND-YEAR MODEL. BUT THE FIRST-YEAR MODEL IS WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY. THE ISSUE IS TRYING TO FIND HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS REVENUE. I'LL BE VERY HONEST. I SAY HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS, IS IT AROUND 50, $60 MILLION THAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW?

>>Michael Kemp: JUST TO GET SOME INFORMATION, THE TEAM MET THIS MORNING. WE RAN THE FUND BALANCE INFORMATION THIS MORNING. BASED ON THE INFORMATION FROM THE LETTER, OUR PLAN ALL ALONG, EVEN FROM JANUARY, WAS TO HAVE A $100 MILLION INTERVENTION, AND WE WERE HOPING THAT CARES 2 WOULD BE AVAILABLE FOR US. THAT DOESN'T APPEAR THAT MIGHT BE THE CASE. CARES 3 COULD POSSIBLY ASSIST US, COULD HAVE POSSIBLY ASSISTED US WITH A POTENTIAL DISTRIBUTION AROUND THE 25th, BUT THE LETTER HERE SAYS WE HAVE 19 DAYS TO SUBMIT A PLAN. SO LET ME JUST SHARE THIS WITH YOU BECAUSE I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO HEAR THIS. SO THIS MORNING, IF WE WERE TO SHUT THE BOOKS TODAY, LOOKING AT $10.6 MILLION FUND BALANCE. NOW, THIS IS WITHOUT INTERVENTION. THAT'S .01. TO GET TO 2%, $10.6 MILLION FUND BALANCE, TO GET TO 2%, YOU'LL NEED $55 MILLION MORE. A TOTAL OF 65.6 MILLION TO GET TO 2%. TO GET TO 3%, WE NEED $70 MILLION MORE. THAT'S THE TOTAL OF $80.6 MILLION IS WHAT WOULD BE NEEDED TO GET TO 3%. ONCE AGAIN ALL ALONG WE'VE KIND OF RELIED ON THE STRATEGY OF HAVING, USING THAT ONE-TIME REVENUE TO BUY US SOME TIME. AND I'M HOPING WE CAN REACH OUT TO THE DEPARTMENT TO ALLOW US TO TAKE A LOOK AT THAT AS WE SUBMIT THIS PLAN. BUT THE STATE REQUIRES A TEMPLATE. THEY REQUIRE THE FISCAL RECOVERY PLANS AND THE SPECIFIC TEMPLATE. WE DID THOSE ON FEBRUARY 8 AS A PROJECTED PLAN AS WE WORKED WITH THE STATE AND GOT THEIR FEEDBACK ON OUR STRATEGIES. IT DID INCLUDE USING ONE-TIME REVENUE TO MAKE THE CORRECTIONS, AS LONG AS WE WERE CONTINUING TO MAKE THE CUT. SO I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU UNDERSTOOD THAT THE 19 DAYS, IF WE HAVE TO SUBMIT A PLAN WITHOUT THE USE OF SOFT DOLLARS, WE'RE NOT IN THE BEST SITUATION FINANCIALLY FOR THAT.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THANK YOU. AS YOU CAN SEE, IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PLAN NOW. WE'VE GOT TO GET THE PLAN ACCOMPLISHED. WE'VE GOT TO DO THE PLAN SO WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON. MEMBER COMBS, YOU'RE RECOGNIZED FOLLOWED BY MEMBER VAUGHN AND THEN MEMBER HAHN.

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I THINK IF THERE IS ONE THING I'D LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW BEFORE THEY WALK OUT OF HERE, EVERY PARENT, EVERY ADULT THAT WE NEED TO DEMAND THIS CARES 2 ACT AND THIS CARES 3 ACT FROM TALLAHASSEE. WE'RE LOOKING AT CARES ACT TO BE $185 MILLION. CARES 3 TO BE $400 MILLION. AND THAT'S AFTER THE MONEY GOES TO CHARTERS. THE IDEA THAT FLORIDA AND TEXAS ARE THE ONLY STATES THAT THAT MONEY IS NOT RELEASED IS JUST UNHEARD OF, AND WE NEED TO STAND UP TO TALLAHASSEE AND SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. PLEASE GIVE US OUR MONEY. SO I WANT EVERYONE TO KNOW, THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. WHEN YOU WALK OUT OF HERE TODAY, CALL TALLAHASSEE AND DEMAND OUR MONEY. SECOND OF ALL, I WANT TO SAY, IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT IF WE MEET AS A BOARD AS A WHOLE, YOU KNOW, I THINK EVERY WEEK. I THINK AS MEMBER PEREZ SAID, WE NEED TO HAVE SOME TYPE OF COMMUNITY FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY BOARD. I THINK IT WOULD BE GREAT IF EVERY BOARD MEMBER BROUGHT ONE PERSON FROM THE COMMUNITY ON BOARD. I THINK THAT THAT TYPE OF BOARD NEEDS TO BE ORGANIZED BY US, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, NOT BY YOU. I THINK AS A BOARD, WE NEED TO HAVE A REPRESENTATION, AND IF A MEMBER DOESN'T HAVE SOMEBODY, THEN I CAN FIND MORE PEOPLE OR OTHER MEMBERS CAN. I DO FEEL THAT WE CAN FIND PEOPLE FROM THE COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT US AND ALSO TO BE MEMBERS AND TO WORK ALONGSIDE TO SOLVE THIS. FINALLY, WITH THE GUARANTEED MONEY, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE PROSPECT OF A TAN NOTE. WE KNOW WE DON'T WANT TO PLAY THE SHELL GAME WITH TITLE ONE, TWO, THREE MONEY, BUT IF WE NEED TO TO ENSURE THAT THERE'S A NOT A STATE TAKEOVER, THAT IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO -- AND I WOULD TALK TO YOU THROUGH SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, DR. KEMP, HAVE WE CONSIDERED POSSIBLY USING SOME OF THE OTHER TITLE MONEY TEMPORARILY TO MAKE SURE THAT THIS DOESN'T OCCUR TO US?

>>Michael Kemp: ONE OF THE STRATEGIES THAT HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED IN THE PAST, WE TALK ABOUT RECLASS SPECIFIC DOLLARS, WHETHER CATEGORICAL DOLLARS. ALSO, POSSIBLE RECLASS OF SOME FEDERAL FNS AS WELL AS CAPITAL DOLLARS. WE COULD TAKE A LOOK TO TRY TO BRIDGE SOME OF THAT GAP. IT WON'T BE ENOUGH TO GET TO 80.6 MILLION WITHOUT THE INTERVENTION WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT. IN REFERENCE TO THE TAX ANTICIPATION NOTE. A TAN IS NOT NEW REVENUE. THERE ARE TWO ISSUES THAT WE'RE FACING. THE REASON WE DID THE TAX ANTICIPATION NOTE BACK IN SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER WAS TO BRIDGE THE GAP TO MAKE SURE WE COULD PAY OUR EMPLOYEES. A TAX ANTICIPATION NOTE WILL NOT HELP IN THE PERCENTAGE REQUIREMENT FOR FUND BALANCE. SO WE WILL HAVE TO -- EVEN OTHER -- OUR ENERGY SAVINGS INITIATIVES AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE WE'RE LOOKING AT POSSIBLY CAPTURING ENERGY SAVINGS UP FRONT. THERE ARE TWO ISSUES. WE COULD DO THOSE THINGS TO MAKE SURE WE CAN KEEP OUR EMPLOYEES PAID. THAT'S ALWAYS BEEN A PRIORITY OF THE TEAM TO MAKE SURE WE PAY THE EMPLOYEES. THE SECOND THING IS WHETHER OR NOT THE STRATEGY COUNTS AS NEW REVENUE. A TAN DOES NOT COUNT -- A TAN IS DEBT, LIABILITY WITH INTEREST THAT WE PAY BACK. UNFORTUNATELY, WE COULD USE A TAN TO COVER ANY ACTIVE PAYROLL ISSUE, BUT IT WOULDN'T COUNT FOR NEW REVENUE THAT GOES TO THE PERCENTAGE TOWARDS FUND BALANCE.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS. NOW MEMBER VAUGHN FOLLOWED BY MEMBER HAHN.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU CHAIRWOMAN GRAY. I ANTICIPATE I WILL HAVE A LOT OF QUESTIONS. I WANT TO GET BACK IN THE QUEUE. FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO ADDRESS MEMBER HAHN. I AGREE WITH YOU. WE ABSOLUTELY NEED TO FOCUS ON OUR STUDENTS. AND I THINK THAT BY ADVOCATING FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE IN CHARGE OF OUR STUDENTS, THAT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE DRIVING OUR SCHOOLS, THAT'S ONE WAY. BUT WE DID SPEND AN ENTIRE DAY ON THE STRATEGIC PLAN RETREAT THIS MONDAY WHERE I HEARD GREAT CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE IN SUPPORT TO OUR STUDENTS AND SPENT HOURS DOING THAT. SO I THINK WE ARE TRYING TO KIND OF WALK AND CHEW BUBBLE GUM AT THE SAME TIME. AND ALSO, I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, IT'S IMPORTANT TO SAY THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS A LOT OF AUTONOMY OVER THAT. WHILE WE CAN HAVE CONVERSATION, THAT'S REALLY WHAT WE HIRE HIM TO DO. AND UNFORTUNATELY, OUR MEETINGS DON'T LEND THEMSELVES TO A LOT OF SPACE TO HAVE THOSE DISCUSSIONS, AND WE DID TALK ABOUT THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE AND OUR MEMBER-TO-MEMBER MEETING, AND I KNOW WE HAVE A WORKSHOP FOR THAT. I JUST DON'T WANT ANYONE TO THINK WE'RE NOT PASSIONATE ABOUT THAT. NEXT, I KIND OF WANTED TO SAY I'M A LITTLE BIT CONFUSED. I KNOW SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS WAS VERY TRANSPARENT THAT SOME OF THE DECISIONS HE MADE EARLY ON WAS BECAUSE HE WAS NOT AWARE OF THE BUDGET CRISIS THAT WE HAD. HOWEVER, I FEEL LIKE IN THE LETTER YESTERDAY FROM THE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION, IT WAS VERY EXPLICIT THAT THESE HAVE BEEN SYSTEMIC, ONGOING, LONG-TERM FINANCIAL CRISIS THAT WE'VE HAD SINCE 2015. AND THAT THE STATE HAS KNOWN ABOUT THAT EXPLICITLY. SO IT'S FRUSTRATING TO ME BECAUSE I KNOW, YOU KNOW, THAT THERE SHOULD BE A RELATIONSHIP WITH OUR COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION THAT COMING IN HERE, IF IT WAS SO OBVIOUS THAT THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS NOT, YOU KNOW, THAT YOU WERE NOT AWARE OF. BUT THE NEXT PIECE IS THAT, YOU KNOW, YOU AND I TALK EXTREMELY CLOSELY ABOUT THIS. I HAVE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT THE STATE TAKEOVER AND WHAT COULD TRIGGER THAT. ALMOST EVERY SINGLE CONVERSATION WE HAVE, AND I ASK FOR AN UPDATE AND WE TALK ABOUT POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS. I APPRECIATE THE TAN NOTE QUESTION BECAUSE THAT'S SOMETHING I HAD ASKED THIS WEEK. I APPRECIATE YOU GETTING ME THAT INFORMATION BACK. SO AS YOU MENTIONED, THERE ARE TWO THINGS THAT TRIGGER THE STATE TAKEOVER. IT'S THE PAYROLL AND THEN THE RESERVE FUND. AND IT SOUNDS LIKE THE COMMISSIONER IS ONLY CONCERNED RIGHT NOW BASED ON HIS LETTER AND WHAT HE SPOKE ABOUT, ABOUT THE RESERVE FUND. SO I KNOW THAT YOU MENTIONED THAT YOU HAD WORKED VERY HARD TO TRY TO NEGOTIATE TO GENERATE CONTRACT TO BE ABLE TO GIVE US THAT MONEY UP FRONT. WHAT THE CHALLENGE WAS IS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS NOT GIVEN YOU AN ANSWER, ALTHOUGH YOU AND I HAVE SPOKEN FOR AT LEAST FIVE WEEKS ON THIS AND I ASK YOU EVERY TIME, AS YOU MENTIONED, ALLOW US TO USE THAT MONEY AS REVENUE. AND I KNOW THAT THERE ARE OTHER COUNTIES WHO HAVE DONE SOMETHING SIMILAR. SO AS WE HAVE THE CONVERSATION AND WE COME UP WITH THE PLAN, I'D LOVE TO KNOW THE HISTORICAL DATA OF OTHER COUNTIES WHO HAVE DONE SOMETHING SIMILAR AND WHETHER THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS APPROVED THAT AS REVENUE BECAUSE IT'S A LITTLE BIT OF A DISCONNECT THAT I READ IN THE LETTER THAT THEY WANT TO PARTNER WITH US. BUT WHEN WE FOUND SOLUTIONS IN A VERY CHALLENGING -- WHEN YOU HAVE FOUND SOLUTIONS IN A VERY CHALLENGING TIME, WHETHER IT IS SAYING, YOU KNOW, WE NEED THE CARES ACT MONEY. IT WAS PASSED ON A FEDERAL LEVEL TO SUPPORT SCHOOL DISTRICTS THROUGH THEIR CRISES THAT HAVE BEEN CALIBRATED BY THE PANDEMIC, AND IT DOES HAVE LANGUAGE IN IT ABOUT NECESSARILY SALARIES BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE MORE PROGRAMS. FOR THE DOE TO SAY WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO THAT MONEY AND THEN ON TOP OF IT, SAY THAT WE CAN'T USE IT TO GENERATE MONEY, WHICH YOU'VE NEGOTIATED TO KIND OF GET US OUT OF THIS CRISIS, FEELS LIKE A DISCONNECT FOR ME. THE NEXT QUESTION I WANTED TO ASK ABOUT WAS OUR MILLAGE RATE. AND I KNOW THAT IN YEARS PAST, OUR TAX COLLECTOR HAS WORKED WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD TO GIVE US AN ADVANCEMENT BEFORE THE SCHOOL YEAR STARTS BECAUSE WE HAVE FOUND OURSELVES IN SITUATIONS LIKE THIS. AND I KNOW THAT NANCY MALONE, WHO IS THE NEW TAX COLLECTOR HAS SAID THE SCHOOL HAS NOT REQUESTED YET AN ADVANCEMENT ON OUR MILLAGE RATE. I'D LIKE TO KNOW IN YEARS PAST IF WE HAVE ASKED FOR THAT AND WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AND IF IT COULD BE CALCULATED. I KNOW IT GOES RIGHT INTO OUR GENERAL FUND AND SOMETHING WE DON'T NEED PERMISSION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TO BE ABLE TO UTILIZE. AND THEN -- HOW MUCH TIME? 47 SECONDS. AND THEN YOU WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SAY, AND AGREE WITH MY COLLEAGUES THAT I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A COMMUNITY-LED CITIZENS OVERSIGHT AND BUDGET ADVISORY BOARD REALLY ESTABLISHED BY THE BOARD. I KNOW YOU'VE BEEN VERY KIND TO SAY YOU HAVE SOME VISIONS FOR THAT, BUT I DID READ THE GIBSON REPORT MANY YEARS AGO. ONE OF THE THINGS IDENTIFIED WAS DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH BOARD-MADE COMMITTEES, AND THOSE ARE THE HEAVY LIFTING OF A LOT OF THE WORK WE CAN DO IN CONNECTION TO THE COMMITTEE. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO AS A BOARD TO PUT THAT TOGETHER, BECAUSE WE ARE THE ONES WHO ARE DIRECTLY INTERFACING WITH THE PUBLIC. SO I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT. AND THEN I WILL GET BACK IN THE QUEUE. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. MEMBER HAHN.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. A FEW THINGS ABOUT THE LETTER THAT CAUGHT MY EYE, AFTER HEARING SOME OF THE COMMENTS, I'D REALLY LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT, AS PART OF A DISCUSSION WITH MY COLLEAGUES AND TO SHARE WITH THE COMMUNITY. ONE IS THAT ON PAGE TWO WHERE IT STATED THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD MUST DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT A FINANCIAL RECOVERY PLAN. FAILURE TO CONFIRM A STATE OF FINANCIAL EMERGENCY CONSTITUTES MALFEASANCE, MISFEASANCE AND NEGLECT OF DUTY BY A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER. THEN IT GOES ON THE LAST PAGE, IF YOUR BOARD NEITHER POSSESSES THE WILL NOR THE ABILITY TO DEVELOP AN APPROVED PLAN FUND BALANCE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN STATUTE, I'LL BE FORCED TO UTILIZE THE TOTALITY OF THE POWERS DELEGATED TO ME BY THE LEGISLATURE AND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO TAKE EMERGENCY ACTION TO BRING US IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE LAW. ONE OF OUR MAIN DUTIES AS ELECTED OFFICIALS OF THIS SCHOOL BOARD IS TO OVERSEE THE BUDGET AND THE FINANCES, AND IT'S BEEN VERY CHALLENGING GIVEN THIS PAST YEAR. AND THIS MAKES IT CLEAR THAT AS A BOARD, WE ARE COMING UP WITH A FINANCIAL PLAN. I KNOW MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES, MS. VAUGHN, YOU'VE BEEN REALLY VOCAL ABOUT WANTING MORE INTERACTION AND CONVERSATIONS AROUND THE FINANCES. I KNOW THAT WHEN MS. SAUNDERS WAS HERE, SHE AND I WOULD MEET TWICE A MONTH TO REALLY DO DEEP DIVES INTO THE FINANCE, DISCUSS THE FINANCES, THE FUND -- SO THIS MADE IT CLEAR. HE IS NOT BRINGING US A PLAN IN TWO WEEKS OR 19 DAYS. WE ARE DEVELOPING A PLAN, AND WE'LL HAVE TO DO THAT WITH STAFF. BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY, I KNOW WE'RE ALL FRUSTRATED WITH GETTING HANDED SOMETHING AT THE LAST MINUTE AND HAVING TO STAMP AN APPROVAL OR NOT APPROVAL ON IT. SO I SUGGEST, AND MEMBER GRAY STEPPED AWAY FROM THE DAIS, THAT SHE GET WITH OUR SECRETARIES TO GET A NUMBER OF MEETINGS ON OUR CALENDARS OVER THE NEXT 19 DAYS SO THAT WE CAN SIT WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS STAFF AND DEVELOP A FINANCIAL PLAN. THAT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS ELECTED OFFICIALS. AND THE BUCK STOPS WITH ALL OF US WHEN IT COMES TO THIS LETTER. THE LAST THING I'LL SAY AND THEN I'LL GET BACK IN THE QUEUE, IS THAT MR. CORCORAN STRONGLY STATES HERE THAT IF THERE IS A THOUGHT TO SOLVING THIS REOCCURRING FINANCIAL ISSUE BY USING ONE-TIME STABILIZING FUNDS, MAY IT BE CARES MONEY, GENERATE MONEY OR WHATEVER SOLUTION EVERYONE HAS BROUGHT UP TO THE TABLE, I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE TO YOU REMEMBER THAT FIXING A LONG-TERM PROBLEM BY USING A SHORT-TERM RESOLUTION WILL NOT GET THE DISTRICT ON SOLID GROUND. WE HAVE TO GET ON SOLID GROUND. I UNDERSTAND THAT THESE DOLLARS THAT WE ALL DESPERATELY WANT TO COME TO THE DISTRICT CAN HELP STABILIZE OUR WORKFORCE WHILE WE'RE GETTING ON SOLID GROUND, BUT USING THOSE DOLLARS FOR A TWO, THREE, FOUR YEAR, FIVE-YEAR SOLUTION IS HOW WE'RE SITTING HERE TODAY WITH THIS LETTER IN FRONT OF US. HAVING CONVERSATIONS AS A FIRST-YEAR BOARD MEMBER WITH PREVIOUS LEADERSHIP TO FIND REOCCURRING SOLID REVENUE WAS HAPPENING. AND THEN LEADERSHIP CHANGED. AND THEN WE UNCOVERED EVEN MORE DATA. THIS CAN HAS BEEN KICKED DOWN THE ROAD. WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE. WE AS A BOARD NEED TO ADDRESS THIS. IT WILL BE OUR LEGACY FOREVER. LOOK, MY FEELING IS WHEN THE DAY COMES THAT I LEAVE THIS DISTRICT AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, AND I THINK EVERY BOARD MEMBER WOULD FEEL THE SAME, YOU WANT TO LEAVE THIS DISTRICT IN A BETTER PLACE THAN WHEN WE CAME, RIGHT? WE WANT OUR IMPACT TO LEAVE IT IN A BETTER PLACE. AS A BOARD, I KNOW WE'RE ALL BUSY, BUT I ENCOURAGE ALL OF US TO WRAP OUR ARMS AROUND COMMITTING TO BEING A PART OF DEVELOPING THIS PLAN AND INSISTING ON IT AND NOT BEING HANDED A DOCUMENT IN THREE WEEKS OR TWO WEEKS TO REVIEW. WE NEED TO JOIN HANDS AROUND THIS AND HAVE OUR VOICE IN THIS PROCESS. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER HAHN. AND JUST A FEW REQUESTS AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS CAN REMARK. BUT OUR CFO HAS AGREED TO MONTHLY FINANCE MEETINGS. WE HAD THOSE BEFORE, WHERE THE PUBLIC IS INVITED AS WELL AS OBVIOUSLY THE BOARD MEMBERS. WHERE WE CAN ALSO GET UPDATED. ALSO, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, MAYBE IT WAS YESTERDAY, WE HOPEFULLY AGREED TO WEEKLY PUBLIC FINANCE MEETINGS VERSUS ONE-ON-ONES, SO YOU CAN REMARK ON THAT. MEMBER HAHN -- IT'S REALLY KIND OF A CONFUSING SENTENCE STRUCTURE BECAUSE ON ONE PART IT SAYS THE SCHOOL BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS MUST SUBMIT A FINANCIAL RECOVERY PLAN. ANOTHER SENTENCE SAYS, IT IS THE SCHOOL BOARD. SO, I MEAN, I HADN'T QUITE GRASPED THE DIFFERENCE, BUT, AGAIN, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, PERHAPS YOU HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING BECAUSE I CERTAINLY DON'T. IN MY BOOK, AND I THINK BOARD MEMBERS WOULD AGREE, IT HAS TO BE BOTH OF US. WE CAN'T JUST DO IT WITHOUT STAFF ASSISTANCE AND WITHOUT OUR AUDITORS, ET CETERA. SO THAT'S ANOTHER PART OF MY QUESTION. PERHAPS YOU'D LIKE TO ANSWER THAT RIGHT NOW.

>>Jim Porter: I THINK IT'S A LEGAL QUESTION IN SOME WAYS. I DON'T WANT TO -- CERTAINLY, THE SUPERINTENDENT CAN SPEAK. THE WAY I READ THAT IS, THE SCHOOL BOARD NEEDS TO VOTE ON THE PLAN AND NEEDS TO BE DONE IN COLLABORATION, BUT YOU NEED TO REACT TO WHAT THE FINANCIAL TEAM BRINGS TO YOU. TO DR. HAHN'S POINT, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU WORK TOGETHER WITH THE STAFF, BUT JUST LIKE ALL OTHER ACTIONS THAT YOU TAKE, THEY ARE THE PROFESSIONALS THAT HAVE THE ABILITY TO PREPARE A PLAN WITH YOUR INPUT. AND THEN YOU WILL ULTIMATELY VOTE ON THAT AND YOU CAN CHANGE IT IF YOU NEED TO, BUT THE WAY I READ THAT STATUTE IS THE BUCK STOPS WITH THE BOARD. THE BOARD WILL VOTE ON IT, BUT THE STAFF WILL ACTUALLY DO THE HEAVY LIFTING OF DEVELOPING THE PLAN WITH INPUT FROM THE BOARD THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS AND WHEN IT COMES TIME FOR A VOTE. THAT'S HOW I READ THAT.

>>Lynn Gray: CLARIFICATION, MR. PORTER, DOES THAT EXCLUDE THE SUPERINTENDENT?

>>Jim Porter: NO. IT SPECIFICALLY INCLUDES THE SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Lynn Gray: THAT'S WHAT I HAD READ. SCHOOL BOARD AND THE SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Jim Porter: AND HE'LL BRING THE PLAN TO YOU AFTER INPUT FROM YOU ALL, AND THEN THE BOARD WILL VOTE ON IT. AND THEN THAT WILL BE SENT TO TALLAHASSEE.

>>Lynn Gray: WE'LL BE DOING THIS TOGETHER. WHEN WE TALK -- WHEN DR. KEMP MENTIONS $86 MILLION IS NEEDED WITH THE REVENUE, WITH THAT AMOUNT OF MONEY, AND WE ARE ACKNOWLEDGING WE WILL NOT GET THE CARES TWO MONIES IF WE HAD AND I TALKED TO KRISTIN THIS MORNING, OUR GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, TILL JULY, WHAT TYPE OF NEW RESTORATION OF MONIES CAN WE GAIN IF IT'S NOT GENERATE, WHAT ARE WE LOOKING AT? EITHER SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS OR DR. KEMP, WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GET THE MONEY? I KNOW WE'RE DOING THE CUTS. WHAT ELSE ARE WE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO WITHOUT THAT JUNE PLUG THAT WE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE?

>> YES, MA'AM. IN ADDITION TO THE CUTS, YOU'VE GOT TO UNDERSTAND WITH STAFFING ALLOCATIONS OR REDUCTIONS, THAT'S LAG TIME, SO IT TAKES A YEAR TO RECOVER OF NOT PAYING THE EMPLOYEES TO GET THE MONEY. THAT'S A FUTURE REALIZATION OF DOLLARS. BUT FOR THE CURRENT CRISIS THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW, THE BEST HOPE THAT WE CAN HAVE RIGHT NOW IS THAT CARES THREE IS RELEASED TO MAY 25th. IT DOESN'T MEET THE TIMELINE OF THIS PLAN, CARES 3 IS POTENTIALLY GOING TO BE DISTRIBUTED MAY 25th, WE THEN COULD RECLASS CARES 3 DOLLARS TO ASSIST TO MEET FUND BALANCE FOR THIS ONE TIME. AGAIN, IT'S DOING EXACTLY WHAT THE STATE -- WHAT THEY HAVE ASKED US NOT TO DO. PART OF THAT LEGISLATION ALLOWS FOR US TO USE THOSE DOLLARS TO CONTINUE OUR LEVEL OF SERVICE TO OUR EDUCATION AGENCIES THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT. OUR SCHOOLS. POTENTIAL RELEASE OF CARES THREE IS OUR BEST OPTION AT THIS POINT. WE DON'T HAVE $80.6 MILLION SITTING. NOW, WE CAN LOOK AT CATEGORICAL TRANSFERS. WE COULD LOOK AT CAPITAL TRANSFERS. THAT, TOO, IS THE SAME TYPE OF PROCESS THAT HAS KIND OF PRESENTED THE PERCEPTION OF A STABLE FUND BALANCE OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS. WHEN YOU -- THOUGH IT'S BEEN HAPPENING, ALL THE TRANSFERS HAVE BEEN HAPPENING TO CREATE A FUND BALANCE ON JUNE 30, WHEN YOU TAKE A LOOK AT THE CATEGORICAL RESERVES THAT WERE EXHAUSTED AND THE CAPITAL DOLLARS TRANSFERRED AND RECLASSED TO THE SITTING BOARD MEMBERS AND TO INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE HERE, IT APPEARED AS IF THERE WAS A STABLE FUND BALANCE EVERY YEAR AS THOSE STRATEGIES GOT EXHAUSTED, THEN WE HAD -- THOSE WEREN'T AVAILABLE TO US ANYMORE. SO OUR BEST OPTION TO MAKE THE CORRECTION, I'LL ALSO DEFER TO OUR CFO SINCE SHE'S BEEN VERY EXPERIENCED WITH HAVING TO DEAL WITH THESE TYPES OF ISSUES AND STRATEGIES, SHE MIGHT HAVE POSSIBLY USED IN THE PAST. MS. JOHNSON, DO YOU WANT TO SPEAK?

>> GOOD MORNING, BOARD MEMBERS. I WOULD LIKE TO SAY DEFINITELY WE WILL HAVE TO DO KICK THAT CAN DOWN THE ROAD TO PLUG THE GAP CURRENTLY. BUT IF WE'RE GOING TO PROJECT OUT AND SHOW YOU THE PROBLEM WITH KICKING THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD AND HOW THIS HAS IMPACT THIS DISTRICT, YOU GUYS, HE DID GO THROUGH A HISTORICAL AND BROUGHT US UP TO DATE AND WE'RE GOING TO GO OUT TO THE FUTURE. SO I DO WELCOME THE BOARD MEMBERS, CONSTITUENTS OF THE PUBLIC TO BE THERE, SO EVERYONE COULD UNDERSTAND, THIS OPERATION DEFICIT IS REAL, AND IF WE DON'T COME WITH SOLUTIONS TO THIS PROBLEM, WE'RE GONNA BE IN THE SAME POSITION NEXT YEAR, THE YEAR AFTER, AND WE WILL DEFINITELY GO IN RECEIVERSHIP. SO THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT, UNLESS ANYONE HAVE MORE QUESTIONS FOR ME.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS ARE ALSO IN OUR FINANCIAL PLAN, LET'S FIND NEW REVENUE STREAMS WHICH I THINK IS PART OF -- WILL HAVE TO BE PART OF THE SOLUTION. LAST, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU MENTIONED THE FINANCE ADVISORY COUNCIL, AND I THINK I'M HEARING FROM THE BOARD MEMBERS, OF COURSE, THEY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THEIR FOLKS IN THAT COUNCIL. ARE YOU AGREEABLE FOR THAT? I KNOW YOU HAD ANOTHER BUSINESS MODEL. PERHAPS YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE YOUR RESPONSE.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, THROUGH THE CHAIR, OVERALL, I WANT TO TAKE A NUMBER. I WILL CONTINUE TO MEET WITH CFOs, CFOs AND CEOs WHEN TALKING ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF THE DISTRICT, LOOK AT FINANCIALS TO BE ABLE TO HAVE STRONG UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE WE ARE AND WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO TRANSITION. I'LL DO THE SAME THING WITH PTSA LEADERS, BUT ANY COMMITTEE THE BOARD WISHES TO PUT TOGETHER, I HAVE NO PROBLEMS ME AND MY STAFF CONNECTING.

>>Lynn Gray: THIS WILL BE TALKED ABOUT IN -- AND WE'LL HAVE TO FIGURE OUT, BOARD, CALL IT A RETREAT OR WORKSHOP. AT ANY RATE, QUESTIONS ARE COMING FORWARD. WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD, WE ARE SUPPOSED TO FINISH AT 12:30. LET'S GO AHEAD, WE'LL FISH UP WITH WHAT WE HAVE HERE. THEN WE'LL GO INTO THE WORKSHOP OR, SLASH, RETREAT TO CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION. MEMBER PEREZ, FOLLOWED BY MEMBER SNIVELY, FOLLOWED BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. MEMBER PEREZ, YOU'RE RECOGNIZED.

>>Karen Perez: I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION. WE TALKED ABOUT SELLING OF PROPERTY, AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THAT WAS DEAD IN THE WATER. AT LEAST I HAVE NEVER HEARD ANY MORE CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT. WHERE IS THAT?

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, WE WERE LOOKING AT MULTIPLE PROPERTIES, INCLUDING ROSSAC. WE HAVE NOT MOVED FORWARD WITH ANY DIRECTION TO SELL ROSSAC AT THIS PARTICULAR TIME. WE WERE WORKING TO GET SOME TYPE OF EVALUATION OF WHAT IT'S ACTUALLY WORTH. AND WAS ANYONE POTENTIALLY INTERESTED IN LEASING THE PROPERTY AND US STILL OWNING THE PROPERTY AND HAVE A NUMBER OF FLOORS IF THEY WERE GOING TO ERECT A NEW BUILDING. AT THIS STAGE RIGHT NOW, NO ADDITIONAL TALK. WE DO HAVE SOME SURPLUS PROPERTIES THAT ME AND MR. FARKAS ARE LOOKING AT TO BEING ABLE TO POTENTIALLY SELL, WE DO NOT NEED AND WE'LL GET A LIST TO THE BOARD.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. BACK TO MEMBER SNIVELY, FOLLOWED BY MEMBER WASHINGTON.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I APOLOGIZE IF I MISSED THE EXPLANATION, JUST FOR THE PUBLIC, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CAPTURING ENERGY EFFICIENCIES UP FRONT, WE'VE HAD THAT CONVERSATION, BUT I'M NOT SURE IF THE PUBLIC HAS HEARD THAT EXPLANATION OF WHAT THAT EXACTLY IS AND WHAT IT COULD POTENTIALLY MEAN TO THE FINANCIAL SITUATION. SO COULD YOU JUST MAYBE BRIEFLY REITERATE THAT FOR THE PUBLIC TO UNDERSTAND, TOO?

>>Michael Kemp: YES, MA'AM AND IT PARTLY ANSWER MS. VAUGHN'S QUESTION. WE CAN'T COUNT FUTURE SAVINGS AS CURRENT REVENUE. NOW, WHAT WE ARE ALLOWED TO DO AS OF RIGHT NOW, WE CAN COUNT ENERGY SAVINGS ANNUALLY AS WE REALIZE IT, AS WE MIGHT HAVE DONE IN THE PAST AS WELL. WE JUST CAN'T GET ALL -- LET'S SAY WE WERE PROJECTING $120 MILLION IN THE GENERATE 25-YEAR AGREEMENT AND PROJECTING $120 MILLION IN PROJECTED SAVINGS TO COUNT -- TO ASSIST US, RIGHT NOW, FROM AN AUDITING PERSPECTIVE, WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO COUNT THE WHOLE $120 MILLION AS REVENUE, ACCORDING TO OUR ACCOUNTANTS. IT WOULD BE -- WE COULD DO IT AS WE REALIZE THAT. EVERY YEAR IF WE REALIZE 15 MILLION IN SAVINGS, IT CAN COUNT AS REVENUE AND COUNT TOWARD THE FUND BALANCE. NOW, THAT STRATEGY COULD BE AVAILABLE AS A LAST OPTION. THAT STRATEGY COULD BE AVAILABLE TO ASSIST WITH ANY PARTICULAR ACTIVE PAYROLL ISSUES. JUST COULDN'T -- ALL OF IT COULDN'T COUNT TOWARD FUND BALANCE. THAT WOULD BE A LAST OPTION, RECOMMENDATION FROM ME.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. ALSO, I JUST WANT TO REITERATE TO THE BOARD, WHICH WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS BEFORE, BUT ALSO SINCE WE'RE ON TELEVISION, HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR OUR CONSTITUENTS TO ADVOCATE FOR PROPER FUNDING FROM OUR STATE LEGISLATURE. I KNOW THIS WON'T FIX THE PROBLEM THAT WE'RE HAVING RIGHT NOW, BUT IT IS SHOCKING FOR SOME PEOPLE TO HEAR THAT WE ARE GETTING $623 LESS PER PUPIL THAN WE WERE IN 2008 FROM THE LEGISLATURE. AND WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THAT AT OUR WORKSHOPS. BUT I ALWAYS WANT TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE WORKING ON A LOT LESS REVENUE THAN WE WERE PRERECESSION. AND WE STILL WANT TO BE RESTORED IN FUNDING FROM -- FOR PRERECESSION DOLLARS. I'VE MADE THE ANALOGY IN THE PAST FOR A BUSINESS OWNER TO TRY AND DO BUSINESS WITH THE REVENUE THAT THEY WERE CREATING IN 2008 TO DO BUSINESS TODAY ON THAT SAME AMOUNT OF REVENUE WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE THE SAME LEVEL OF PROFESSIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SERVICE IN THEIR BUSINESS. SO I KNOW I COULDN'T RUN MY BUSINESS TODAY WITH THE EXPECTATIONS OF MY CUSTOMERS WITH LESS REVENUE THAN THE AMOUNT OF REVENUE I WAS MAKING IN 2008. SO $623 PLUS INTEREST, COLA, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO ADD TO IT. BUT THAT'S THE NUMBER WE NEED. OR MORE. BUT THE OTHER THING IS, SINCE THIS IS OBVIOUSLY VERY URGENT, THE COMMISSIONER MADE THIS A VERY URGENT SITUATION. IT'S OBVIOUS IN HIS LETTER THAT HE HAS SENT TO US. I WANTED TO REQUEST THAT THE -- OUR BOARD CHAIR OR SUPERINTENDENT, BECAUSE I KNOW YOU CAN BOTH CALL SPECIAL BOARD MEETINGS, WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING SET UP RIGHT NOW ON THE CALENDAR, AND I WAS LOOKING AT MAY 4th TO SEE IF THAT WOULD BE ACCEPTABLE FOR OUR BOARD MEMBERS TO -- AND OUR CHAIR AND OUR SUPERINTENDENT, IT'S TEN DAYS FROM NOW. IT'S ALMOST HALFWAY POINT, TO HAVE A SPECIAL-CALLED BOARD MEETING ON TUESDAY, MAY THE 4th. SO THAT WE CAN FROM NOW UNTIL THEN WORK WITH OUR SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS STAFF ON THIS FINANCIAL PLAN THAT WE ARE AT THE END OF THE DAY, AS FLORIDA STATUTE HAS DICTATED, RESPONSIBLE FOR. I AGREE WITH DR. HAHN AND HER COMMENTS THAT WE ARE THE ONES THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS, AND WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR WORK IS COLLABORATIVE WITH THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS STAFF. SO THAT WOULD BE MY REQUEST. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S SOMETHING WE NEED TO VOTE ON. MR. PORTER.

>>Jim Porter: IF IT'S ACCEPTABLE TO EVERYONE AND THE CHAIR AND THE SUPERINTENDENT AGREE, THEN THERE'S NO NEED FOR A VOTE IF THAT WORKS ON THE CALENDAR.

>>Melissa Snively: I WAS HOPING THAT WOULD BE ENOUGH TIME TO AT LEAST GET A FIRST DRAFT OF WHAT WE'LL SEND TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

>>Jim Porter: I WOULD RECOMMEND NOT DOING IT LATER THAN THAT. I THINK TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE. MAY 4th IS GOING A LITTLE FAR OUT, BUT I THINK THAT GIVES THE SUPERINTENDENT TIME TO DEVELOP A PLAN. BUT I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND GOING MUCH FURTHER THAN MAY 4th.

>>Melissa Snively: I HOPE THAT PLAN IS ABOUT 90%, IF NOT MORE COMPLETE SO THAT WE CAN LOOK AT IT AHEAD OF TIME. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO GET IT BEFORE THE 4th, NOT ON THE 4th. MAYBE THE FRIDAY BEFORE THAT MEETING AT LEAST, THURSDAY OR FRIDAY BEFORE THAT MEETING SO WE CAN REVIEW IT AS BOARD MEMBERS AND BE PREPARED TO DISCUSS IT ON THE 4th.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, NOD YOUR HEAD, WOULD THAT BE ACCEPTABLE? YOU HAVE CONSENSUS. THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY.

>>Jim Porter: TO ADD ON TO THAT, IT MIGHT BE WISE THEN TO BE THINKING ABOUT, IF IT IS 90% DONE OR 80% DONE, AND THERE'S MORE BOARD INPUT AND PUBLIC INPUT, THAT THEN TO SCHEDULE ANOTHER SPECIAL MEETING TO ACTUALLY FINALIZE IT, TO VOTE ON IT. THAT COULD BE DETERMINED. THAT DOESN'T NEED TO BE DETERMINED NOW, BUT I WOULD HAVE THAT IN YOUR THOUGHT PROCESS THAT IF IT'S NOT COMPLETELY READY TO GO ON MAY 4th, YOU'RE GOING TO GIVE MORE INPUT, HEAR FROM THE PUBLIC AND SUPERINTENDENT, BUT IT DOES NEED TO COME IN FOR A LANDING AT SOME POINT AND TO GIVE US ENOUGH TIME TO MAKE SURE WE'RE NOT OUT OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE MANDATE FROM THE STATE FOR THE 20 DAYS RESPONSE.

>>Melissa Snively: THE FOLLOWING TUESDAY, IS THE 11th, AND THAT WOULD STILL BE WITHIN THAT 20-DAY WINDOW IF WE WANTED TO SCHEDULE ANOTHER SPECIAL-CALLED BOARD MEETING FOR THE 4th FOR THE DRAFT AND THE 11th TO ACTUALLY VOTE ON IT.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, CAN YOU LOOK AT YOUR CALENDARS, POSSIBLY, SO WE CAN GET CONSENSUS. YOU DON'T HAVE TO SAY IT RIGHT THIS SECOND, BECAUSE I THINK SOME OF YOU ARE STILL PROCESSING. LET'S SEE IF WE CAN DO THIS BY THE END OF THE MEETING, PERHAPS OR LET ME KNOW.

>>Melissa Snively: THIS IS VERY DIFFICULT WORK. I WILL ACKNOWLEDGE THE SUPERINTENDENT HAD THE FORTITUDE TO MAKE VERY DIFFICULT DECISIONS THAT PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATORS HAVE NOT NECESSARILY BEEN ABLE TO HAVE. IT IS A DIFFICULT BALANCE. YOU WANT TO PROTECT THE EMPLOYEES. YOU WANT TO PERFECT THE DISTRICT. YOU WANT TO PROTECT WHAT'S IMPORTANT TO OUR DISTRICT AND OUR STUDENTS, AND I JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THOSE ARE REALLY, REALLY DIFFICULT DECISIONS TO HAVE TO COME IN AS A NEW SUPERINTENDENT AND MAKE FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. I KNOW THERE WILL STILL BE SOME ADDITIONAL TOUGH DECISIONS THAT YOU'LL HAVE TO MAKE, BUT JUST KNOW, I THINK AS A BOARD THAT WE'RE GOING TO SUPPORT YOU IN THE DECISIONS THAT YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE TO SAVE THE 24,000 EMPLOYEES THAT WE STILL HAVE, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE KEEP THAT IN MIND, THAT THOSE EMPLOYEES DEPEND ON US TO MAKE SURE THAT WE CAN MAKE PAYROLL, AND THAT THEY CAN CONTINUE THEIR JOBS TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES AND THE CHILDREN OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE'RE BEHIND YOU. WE'LL TALK MORE ON TUESDAY ABOUT THE HOW, BUT THE WHAT, WE DEFINITELY HAVE TO SUPPORT YOU ON THAT. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: VERY GOOD POINT, THE COMMUNICATION THEREOF, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, FOR OUR EMPLOYEES WILL BE CRITICAL BECAUSE THEY ARE WORKING ON A SLIM BUDGET, MANY OF THEM ARE. NEXT IS MEMBER WASHINGTON FOLLOWED BY MEMBER VAUGHN, FOLLOWED BY MEMBER COMBS, THEN LYNN GRAY WILL END THE MEETING AND THEN WE'LL GET CONSENSUS ON THOSE TWO DATES, MEMBER SNIVELY. THANK YOU. MEMBER WASHINGTON.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. TWO THINGS I HAVE. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE AN OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, BUT I THINK BEFORE WE SELECT THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, WE NEED TO MAKE GUIDELINES WITH THE BOARD BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE I'VE SEEN COMMITTEES ORGANIZE. THEY ARE NOT THERE TO TELL THE SUPERINTENDENT WHAT TO DO. WE'RE THERE TO HELP. THAT BOARD NEEDS TO BE THERE TO HELP THAT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. MANY TIMES, PEOPLE ON THE COMMITTEE THINK THEY CAN OVERRULE THE SUPERINTENDENT. SO WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO MAKE THAT CLEAR WHEN WE HAVE THOSE COMMITTEES, AND I KNOW WE WILL, BUT WE NEED TO HAVE GUIDELINES FIRST FOR THAT. ALSO, DR. KEMP, HOW MUCH MONEY ARE WE RECEIVING WITH THE CARES THREE ACT?

>>Michael Kemp: CLOSE TO $400 MILLION.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: 400 MILLION. IS ANY OF THAT MONEY GOING OUT TO CHARTER SCHOOLS OR ANYTHING? OH, WE ARE. DO WE KNOW AN AMOUNT?

>> IT'S PROJECTED 485 MILLION. THE PORTION WE'RE PROJECTING TO GO OUT ALREADY TO THE CHARTER SCHOOL MAKES US RECEIVE ONLY 400 MILLION. THE STATE GETS A CUT AND THEN THE CHARTER SCHOOL ALSO GET A CUT OF THE 485 MILLION.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: OKAY. GOOD. WELL, THAT'S ALL I HAVE REALLY. I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING ELSE. I WANT TO MAKE SURE. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON. MEMBER VAUGHN, FOLLOWED BY MEMBER COMBS. BOARD MEMBERS, WE'RE LOOKING AT MAY 4th AND POSSIBLY MAY 12th. I'M HAVING YOUR SECRETARIES CHECK YOUR SCHEDULES.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU, CHAIRWOMAN GRAY. AND I AM AVAILABLE IN THE MORNING TIME IF WE COULD HAVE MORNING MEETINGS. SO, FIRST OF ALL, I WANT TO POINT OUT TO MEMBER WASHINGTON THAT I AGREE, THAT ANYTIME I'VE WORKED WITHIN A COMMITTEE OR A CITIZENS COMMITTEE, WE WANT TO MAKE IT CLEAR, IT'S NOT TO SUPERSEDE NOT ONLY THE SUPERINTENDENT, BUT SINCE WE MAKE BUDGETARY DECISIONS, THE BOARD AS WELL. THEY HAVE NO POWER TO MAKE DECISIONS. BUT IT IS A COMMITTEE THAT'S ALLOWED TO COLLABORATE AND GIVE US SOME FEEDBACK AND HAVE SOME OTHER EYES. MOST OF THE TIMES I'VE WORKED WITH COMMITTEES THEY DO AN AMAZING JOB PRESENTING THINGS FOR THE BOARD AND THE SUPERINTENDENT TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT AS WE MAKE OUR DECISIONS. THAT'S HOW WE COLLABORATE WITH THE COMMUNITY. I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION ON THE GENERATE DOLLARS BECAUSE I KNOW WE'VE BEEN HAVING THIS CONVERSATION WHERE I'VE BEEN TRYING TO GET AN ANSWER ON IT FOR OVER A COUPLE OF MONTHS. FROM MY UNDERSTANDING, YOU COULDN'T GET THE ANSWERS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AND THAT'S WHY YOU WEREN'T ABLE TO GIVE US THE ANSWERS. EITHER WAY, I'M GLAD WE FINALLY GET SOME ANSWERS BECAUSE, AGAIN, WHERE THE DISCONNECT IS THAT THIS LETTER LED ME TO BELIEVE THAT WE HAVE ALREADY PUT IN THE PARTNERSHIP AND WORKED WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AND THAT THEY BELIEVE WITH THE RELATIONSHIP THAT YOU HAVE IN YOUR LEADERSHIP TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE THIS CRISIS TO KEEP US OUT OF RECEIVERSHIP. THE CHALLENGE THAT I SEE IS THAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR MONTHS AND MONTHS AND MONTHS, YOU AND I, THE BOARD. THIS HAS BEEN SOMETHING, AS THEY MENTIONED IN DECEMBER, THEY'VE BEEN REQUESTING A PLAN. SO THE FACT THAT WE DON'T ALREADY HAVE A PLAN AND THAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE A FEW MORE WEEKS TO PUT IT TOGETHER MAKES ME CONCERNED, WHAT OTHER OPTION WE'VE HAD. WE TALKED ABOUT THIS REPEATEDLY AND HERE WE ILLUSTRATED TAN NOTES, GENERATE DOLLARS, ANYTHING THAT WE COULD POSSIBLY COME UP WITH TO TRY TO MITIGATE THAT FUND BALANCE WITH THE RESERVES AND THE FUND BALANCE. WE IDENTIFIED MONTHS AND MONTHS OF CONVERSATION WITH YOU AND THE TEAM, WE HAVEN'T IDENTIFIED ONE THING THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WILL ALLOW US TO USE TO KEEP US OUT OF RECEIVERSHIP. AGAIN, THE ONLY THING THAT I HEAR COMING FROM THIS CONVERSATION TODAY, EVEN THOUGH WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR MONTHS AND I WOULD HOPE WE WOULD HAVE A PLAN ALREADY IS THE CARES ACT THREE DOLLARS, WHICH WE'VE BEEN TOLD EXPLICITLY IN THIS LETTER THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE ACCESS TO. SO I'M A LITTLE CONFUSED ABOUT THE DOE SAYING THAT THEY ALREADY KIND OF PARTNERED WITH US ON THIS AND ARE LOOKING FOR SOLUTIONS TO KIND OF WORK TOGETHER BECAUSE I KNOW IN OUR CONVERSATIONS MILLIONS OF THINGS THAT YOU'VE ASKED FOR -- MILLIONS -- A FEW THINGS THAT YOU'VE ASKED FOR AND IDENTIFIED HAVE BEEN TURNED DOWN AND BEEN TOLD NO. SO I'M JUST REALLY CONCERNED THAT SINCE WE'VE HAD THIS PROBLEM, TALKING ABOUT BEING PROACTIVE INSTEAD OF REACTIVE, YOU KNOW, WHETHER OR NOT WE JUST CAN'T COME UP WITH ANY SOLUTIONS, THAT THERE'S JUST NO SOLUTIONS, AND WE NEED TO PREPARE OURSELVES FOR RECEIVERSHIP, OR WHETHER OR NOT THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT YOU HAVE IDENTIFIED THAT I HAVEN'T HEARD ABOUT THAT WE HAVEN'T TALKED ABOUT, THAT YOU THINK THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS ACTUALLY GOING TO PARTNER WITH US ON. SO I GUESS I'D LIKE A MORE CONCRETE ANSWER ON WHERE YOU THINK WE'RE HEADED NOW THAT WE HAVE ALL OF THIS INFORMATION. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: WE'RE GETTING NEAR I'D LIKE TO SAY FINISH LINE, BUT IT IS VERY NEAR THERE. THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. MEMBER COMBS, FOLLOWED BY MEMBER HAHN. THEN MEMBER GRAY WILL CONCLUDE THE MEETING.

>>Nadia Combs: I JUST WANT TO THANK MR. WASHINGTON BECAUSE I THINK THAT IS A GREAT SUGGESTION, AND I THINK WE NEED TO START WORKING AS A BOARD MORE REGULARLY TO QUICKLY CREATE THIS GROUP. I MEAN, AS I'M SITTING HERE, I RECEIVED SEVERAL TEXTS FROM PEOPLE SAYING PLEASE ALLOW ME. I HAVE THE BACKGROUND. WE ARE A LARGE COMMUNITY HERE WITH SO MANY PROFESSIONALS THAT WOULD WANT TO BE PART OF THAT. SO I APPRECIATE THAT. I THINK THAT NEEDS TO BE RUSHED. I PERSONALLY WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE BIWEEKLY UPDATES, AND I KNOW YOU HAVE SUCH A GOOD WORK ETHIC, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A SPECIFIC TIMELINE ON WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AS WE TALK ABOUT THIS. I DON'T WANT TO WAIT UNTIL MAY 4th. I WANT TO RECEIVE WEEKLY UPDATES, BIWEEKLY UPDATES AND THEN I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A SPECIFIC TIMELINE OF HOW WE WILL MEET AS WELL AS CREATING THIS ADVISORY PANEL IMMEDIATELY. I DON'T WANT TO WAIT TWO WEEKS TO CREATE THIS. I WANT A TIMELINE AND I WANT SPECIFIC DETAILS ON IT. ALSO, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE DON'T KICK THE CAN DOWN THE ROAD, BUT WE ALSO HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT OUR ATTRITION IS HUGE IN THIS DISTRICT. A THOUSAND TO 1500 TEACHERS RETIRE EVERY YEAR. RIGHT NOW, TAMPA BAY IS THE NUMBER TWO PLACE IN THE COUNTRY TO MOVE TO. YOU CAN LOOK AROUND AND THERE'S GROWTH EVERYWHERE. I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THE COMMUNITY KNOWS WHAT A STRONG PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE. AND I SAID THIS YESTERDAY. I HAVE ATTENDED SO MANY SCHOOLS, VISITED SO MANY SCHOOLS, THERE'S NOT A SINGLE SCHOOL THAT I HAVE VISITED THAT I WOULD NOT SEND MY OWN CHILDREN TO. MY OWN CHILDREN ARE IN PUBLIC SCHOOL. I BELIEVE IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I DON'T WANT THE COMMUNITY TO THINK THAT WE'RE WEEK BECAUSE WE AREN'T. WE HAVE DONE, AS YOU SAID, SUPERINTENDENT, WE HAVE DONE SO MUCH. I THINK WE ARE A MODEL FOR THIS COUNTRY. THE WAY WE OPENED. WHAT WE'VE DONE FOR OUR TEACHERS, OUR ADMINISTRATORS, OUR CUSTODIANS, EVERYONE, AND I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT THE COMMUNITY KNOWS THAT WE ARE STRONG AND WE WILL GET PAST THIS, AND WE WILL COME OUT STRONGER. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER COMBS, YOU ARE NOW HIRED FOR OUR MARKETING DEPARTMENT. THANK YOU. NEEDED TO BE SAID BECAUSE WE HAD SO MUCH. WELL, WE HAVE A LOT OF NEGATIVE INFORMATION. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT. MEMBER HAHN.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. YOU KNOW, I THINK THE RETREAT ON TUESDAY IS A PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO DISCUSS A MULTIDISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE AROUND FINANCES. WE CAN KIND OF SHARE SOME HISTORICAL INFORMATION FROM THE FINANCE COMMITTEE THAT WE HAD AND THE CURRENT CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE IN PLACE AND KIND OF TALK ABOUT WHAT'S WORKED, WHAT HASN'T WORKED IN THOSE SPACES, AND CREATE SOME GUIDELINES. I DO HAVE A QUESTION AND ONE QUESTION FOR DR. KEMP AND MS. ROE JOHNSON. AS CARES THREE MONEY BEEN RELEASED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND SENT TO THE STATE AS OF TODAY? DOES ANYBODY KNOW?

>>Michael Kemp: AS I SAID EARLIER, I THINK I SAID MARCH -- THE STATE RECEIVED IT MARCH 24th. CARES THREE.

>>Stacy Hahn: WHAT ABOUT CARES TWO? MAYBE IT'S CARES TWO. HAS ALL THE CARES TWO AND THREE BEEN RELEASED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT?

>>Addison Davis: THAT IS CORRECT, YES, MA'AM, THROUGH THE CHAIR.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU. I JUST WANTED THAT CLARIFIED FOR MYSELF. I APPRECIATE IT.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, THANKS AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR VALUABLE INPUT. IF WE HAVE CONSENSUS, WE WILL MEET NEXT TUESDAY IN A RETREAT FORMATION TO DISCUSS THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN. AND, OBVIOUSLY, BIG-TIME FISCAL PLAN. IS THAT AGREEABLE TO EVERY ONE OF YOU? SO WE'LL PUT IT IN THE ISC, AND THOSE ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE MADE. LAST -- 9:30 IS FINE. I THINK WE AGREED TO THREE HOURS. I'M SORRY. LAST, WE'RE GOING TO LOOK INTO THE TWO SPECIAL-CALLED BOARD MEETINGS. THE SECRETARIES WILL GET WITH YOU AND YOUR CALENDARS. WE DO NOT HAVE A LOT OF LUXURY OF FINDING TIME BECAUSE WE'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE TIME. I THINK YOU ALL REALIZE THAT. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS, AGAIN. THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. THANK YOU, STAFF FOR HELPING US GET THROUGH THIS MEETING AND THANK YOU, ATTORNEY JIM PORTER. ADJOURNED.  

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