Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from May 18, 2021 - 4:00 p.m.

>> HI, I AM LYNN GRAY CHAIR OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD. WE SERVE MORE THAN 200,000 STUD THEN AT INCLUDE STUDENTS IN PRESCHOOL WHO ARE ADULTS IN OUR WORK FORCE PROGRAM.  

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

>> WE ARE DIVERSE AND DEDI DEDICATED. WE ARE 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 WEB SITE AT HILLSBORO HILLSBOROUGHSCHOOLS.ORG. CLOSED CAPTIONING ARE PROVIDED IN ALL BROADCASTS.  

>> WE ARE INTERESTED IN WHAT THE PUBLIC HAS TO SAY. WE WILL ALLOW TIME FOR AUDIENCE COMMENTS BEFORE WE ADDRESS OUR BUSINESS ITEMS. YOU CAN BE REVIEWED ON ADVANCE AND POSTED SEVEN DAYS BEFORE EACH MEETING ON OUR WEB SITE.  

>> HONOR VISION PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. AND THAT MEANS ALL STUDENTS EVERY DAY.  

>> THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN EDUCATION. WITH YOUR HELP, WE ARE MAKING DECISIONS THAT SHAPE OUR   [GAVEL SOUNLING]  

>>Lynn Gray:  THE BOARD MEETING OF MAY 18, 2021 IS CALLED TO EVENING. GOOD EVENING. MEMBER HAHN, WILL YOU LEAD US IN A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOLLOWED BY THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.  

>>Stacy Hahn:  PLEASE JOIN ME -- SORRY, GOOD AFTERNOON. PLEASE JOIN ME IN EITHER A MOMENT OF SILENCE OR A BLE BLESSING,  YOUR CHOICE. LORD,  WE ARE MEETING TODAY TO CONDUCT MATTERS OF BUSINESS, GUIDE OUR HEARTS AND OUR MINDS IN THE SPIRIT OF FAIRNESS, RIGHT THOUGHT AND SPEECH AND IMPART YOUR EXTREME WISDOM UPON OUR ACTIVITIES SO OUR AFFAIRS MAY REACH A SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION AND THANK YOU FOR BEING OUR SOURCE OF GUIDANCE TODAY. AMEN.  

>>Lynn Gray:  AMEN.  

>>Stacy Hahn:  PLEASE STAND FOR THE PLEDGE. [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE] GRAY MEMBER HAHN,  WILL YOU PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE OUR STUDENT ENTERTAINMENT AVRIL HAINES YES AND MEMBER PEREZ WILL BE HELPING ME WITH THIS TODAY. I WOULD LIKE TO THANK STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL SIGN LANGUAGE STUDENTS FOR PERFORMING BEFORE OUR BOARD MEETING. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE LOVELY ENTERTAINMENT BEFORE OUR MEETING. IF YOU DIDN'T CATCH THE PERFORMANCE, WE POSTED A PORTION OF IT ON OUR DISTRICT TWITTER ACCOUNT.  

>> THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE]  

>> WELL,  THAT WAS A SPECIAL TREAT. WE ALL ENJOYED THAT. THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. EXCUSE ME, NO WITHDRAWN ITEMS TODAY AND I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT AN AGENDA. A MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS AND A SECOND BY MEMBER SNIVELY. PLEASE VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS APPEAR. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT EITHER IN THE BOARD ROOM OR BY REMOTE. WE HAVE SEVEN SETS OF MINUTES TO APPROVE TODAY. HERE WE GO, 0223, MARCH 3, MARCH 88, MARCH 25, APRIL 13, APRIL 19, APRIL 23. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE MINUTES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON AND SECOND BY MEMBER VAUGHN. PLEASE VOTE WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE ON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS --  

>> MADAM CHAIR, A COMPLETE COMPLETION. ONE WITHDRAWN ITEM. ITEM 6-20  HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN BY THE SUPERINTENDENT. THAT WASN'T IN THE SCRIPT AND A LAST-MINUTE CHANGE AND MISS VAUGHN JUST POINTED THAT OUT AND IT IS ACCURATE. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT.  

>> THANK YOU, MR. PORTER. THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN FOR CATCHING THAT. BOARD MEMBERS, I WOULD LIKE TO GO OVER THE FORMAT OF TONIGHT'S MEETING. WE ARE PERMITTING UP TO 50 PEOPLE TO BE PRESENT IN THE BOARD'S ROOM. GIVEN THE SIZE AND ORIENTATION OF THE BOARD ROOM WE CAN DO THIS SAFELY AS A REMINDER THIS IS A NONPARTISAN BOARD AND THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS THE WELFARE OF ALL OF OUR CHILDREN AND, OF COURSE, OUR YOUNG ADULTS. BOARD MEMBERS, YOU WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK WITH 30 MINUTES FOR FINAL THOUGHTS. YOU WILL HEAR THE BELL AFTER THREE MINUTES. THESE THREE MINUTES IS YOUR TIME TO MAKE COMMENTS OR ASK QUESTIONS. AFTERWARDS STAFF CAN TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO RESPOND IF NECESSARY. IF YOU HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS, YOU ARE ASKED TO GET BACK INTO THE QUEUE. THE PUBLIC IS REMINDED THAT AS PART OF THE DISTRICT'S REOPENING PLAN APPROVED BY THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUC EDUCATION,  FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED TO BE WORN AT ALL DISTRICT SKIES INCLUDING HERE. THOSE NOT WEARING A FACE COVERINGS 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. AND NOW WE GO INTO OUR BOARD GUIDELINES. MEMBER HAHN, WILL YOU NOW READ THE BOARD GUIDELINES. AVRIL HAINES AS WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON, LET ME QUICKLY REVIEW THE FORMAT OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS. PLEASE SILENCE ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES. SPEAKERS IN THE ROOM THAT ALLOW BOARD MEMBERS TO HEAR THE MEETING UPON STEPPING AWAY FROM THE DAY CROSS. THIS MEETING CAN BE VIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING ON THE LIVE WEBCAST ON CABLE TV AND ON OUR MONITORS IN THE AUDITORIUM. CAN BE REVIEWED WITH CLOSED CAPTIONING IN THE ONLINE VIDEO ARCHIVE.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, MEMBER HAHN. THREE MEMBERS SCHEDULED FOR TIME CERTAIN. PUBLIC HEARING AND ADOPT A RESOLUTION TO IDENTIFY AND APPROVE PROJECTS TO BE FUNDED DURING THE 2021-2026 PERIOD BY COMMUNITY -- BY THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX CIT PROCEEDS. PUBLIC HEARING ON THE REVIEW AND ADOPTION OF PROPOSED REVISED POLICY. AND LAST 6 P.M., EMPLOYEE IN INPUT. AND RIGHT NOW,  WE ARE GOING TO MOVE RIGHT INTO OUR RECOG RECOGNITIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS. FIRST OFF,  WOULD A SPECIAL TIME WE HAVE FROM RAY BONDI, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HASA AND WILL BE PRESENTING THIS RECOGNITION. GOOD EVENING, RAY BONDI. AS YOU KNOW WE HAVE A FLIER HERE ON THE -- ON THE DAIS AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS THAT SAYS LEADERSHIP AWARDS, IN CASE YOU NEED SOME EDIFICATION AND ON THE BACK. I DON'T WANT TO TAKE AWAY YOUR THUNDER. GO AHEAD.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON MADAM CHAIR, MADAM VICE-CHAIR AND HONORABLE SCHOOL MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS AND STAFF, I AM RAY BONTE, THE EXECUTIVE FOR THE OF SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS KNOWN AS HA SA. WE ARE AN ADVOCACY ORGANIZATION ROOTED WITH A YEARS OF ANY OF THE HILLSBOROUGH DISTRICT SCHOOLS. WE HAVE OVER 800 PRINCIPALS, ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS AND DISTRICT LEADERS AS ARE MEMBERS APPROACHING 90% OF THE TOTAL POPULATION OF ADMINISTRATORS, AND INCLUDING JUST ABOUT EVERYONE IN THIS ROOM TONIGHT WHO IS AN ADMINISTRATOR. I'M HERE TONIGHT UNFORTUNATELY BECAUSE OF COVID WE USUALLY HAVE THESE GREAT SPRING FELLOWSHIP EVENTS. WE HAVE THEM AT RAYMOND JAMES STADIUM, WE HAVE HAD THEM AT YANKEE STADIUM, WE HAD THEM AT SPARKMAN'S WHARF, TAMPA THEATRE AND INVITE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND FAMILIES AND STUDENTS TO THESE EVENTS. BECAUSE OF COVID I'M HERE TO RECOGNIZE THREE. THREE OUTSTANDING LEADERS IN THIS DISTRICT. BUT BEFORE I INTRODUCE THE PERSON WHO IS GOING TO RECOGNIZE THEM, I WANT TO YOU TAKE -- FLIP THAT FLIER OVER AND LOOK AT ALL THE SCHOL SCHOLARSHIPS THAT HASA HAS GIVEN OUT TONIGHT. YOU ARE THE FIRST ONE THAT GETS TO SEE THIS SINCE I HAVE BEEN EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS, I HAVE FACILITATED WITH PARTNERS AND GIVEN OUT OVER $50,000 WORTH OF SCHOLARSHIPS. OUR SCHOLARSHIPS GO TO PRINCIPALS AND PROFESSIONALS THAT PURSUE GRADUATE, EDS OR PhD. WE GIVE OUT SCHOLARSHIP TO FUTURE TEACHERS, CURRENT TEACHER LEADERS AND ADMINISTRATORS. WE FOCUS ON AFRICAN-AMERICAN FUTURE LEADERS AND HISPANIC FUTURE LEADERS. AND THEIR NAMES ARE GIVEN TH THERE. WE ENCOURAGE PARAPROFESSIONALS TO LEAVE THE PARAPROFESSIONAL RANKS AND BECOME TEACHERS AND RECOGNIZE AND GIVE THEM SCHOLARSHIPS TO FULFILL THEIR DREAM. EACH YEAR WE HAVE WATCHED PARAPROFESSIONALS BECOME TEACHERS WITH THE HELP OF HASA. AND MY FAVORITE IS FIVE SCH SCHOLARSHIPS TO THE CLASS OF  2021 SENIORS THAT TELL US THEY WANT TO BECOME TEACHERS AND RETURN TO HILLSBOROUGH AND TEACH. SO THERE ARE 11 $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS THAT ARE BEING DELIVERED TO THESE PEOPLE AS WE SPEAK. SO THANK YOU, HASA, AND THANK YOU OUR PARTNERS. OUR GREAT THING ABOUT THIS THE HASSA MEMBERSHIPS DON'T PAY FOR THESE THINGS. WE HAVE BUSINESS PARTNERS THAT DO THIS. AND I WILL INTRODUCE ONE TONIGHT. WE ARE HERE FOR LEADERSHIP AWARDS. WE HAVE THREE LEADERSHIP AWARDS TONIGHT. AND THOSE AWARDS THEY WILL RECEIVE A PLAQUE FROM HASA AND YOUR RECOGNITION. THE RECOGNITION OF ALL THE ADMINISTRATORS THROUGHOUT THE DISTRICT. THEY RECEIVE A $250 CHECK FROM HASA TO GO OUT AND CELEBRATE AS THEY LIKE WITH THEIR FAMILIES AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE HERE WITH US TONIGHT AND THE NEATEST THING IS THEY GET A CHA CHAMPIONSHIP STYLE RING LIKE TOM BRADY GETS WITH BALFOUR. AND GREG, STAND UP FROM BALFOUR. GIVE HIM A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. HE IS PROVIDING THE RINGS FOR THOSE AMAZING LEADERS. SO MY PART IS DONE. I AM GOING TO TURN THINGS OVER TO THE PRESIDENT, THE ELECTED PRESIDENT OF HASA, THE PRINCIPAL OF MANN MIDDLE SC SCHOOL. THE INCOMPARABLE, THE AMAZING, THE MOST TALENTED MR. DONTE JONES! COME ON UP, DONTE! [APPLAUSE]  

>>Lynn Gray:  DON'T GO TOO FAR. WE WILL TAKE A PHOTO.  

>> THANK YOU FOR EVERYBODY IN THEIR RESPECTIVE PLACES. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING US TO BE IN FRONT OF YOU TODAY. I WISH I COULD BE BEHIND A CURTAIN TODAY BECAUSE NOT ABOUT ME BUT ABOUT THESE THREE INDIVIDUALS TODAY THAT DESERVE THIS HONOR ESPECIALLY IN THIS YEAR WHERE, WOW, IT TOOK A LOT, TOOK US DIGGING DEEP. TOOK US A FORTITUDE THAT MANY OF US DIDN'T THINK WE KNEW WE HAD INSIDE OF US TO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS YEAR. BUT THESE THREE INDIVIDUALS STOOD ABOVE AND BEYOND AND WERE VOTED BY THEIR PEERS TO ACCEPT THE AWARDS TODAY. THE VERY FIRST INDIVIDUAL THAT I AM GOING TO RECOGNIZE TODAY IS MISS SARAH JACOBSON. [APPLAUSE] AND IF YOU COULD COME FORWARD. SHE IS GETTING THE DR. EARL LENNARD AWARD FOR THE SCHOOL LEADER OF THE YEAR. [APPLAUSE] THERE IS HER PLAQUE. HERE IS A $250 CHECK. AND ALSO YOU WILL BE GIVING YOUR BRADY RING. THANK YOU SO MUCH. YOU CAN STAND UP HERE WITH US.  

>>Lynn Gray:  DONTE, WHICH SCHOOL?  

>> WOODBRIDGE ELEMENTARY. THE WOODBRIDGE ELEMENTARY. OUR NEXT AWARD MR. JASON CANTRELL, THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT MONROE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND THE ROOKIE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE YEAR. MR. CANTRELL, IF YOU CAN COME UP PLEASE. HE ALSO RECEIVES A BEAUTIFUL PLAQUE. A $250 CHECK AND ALSO A RING ALSO. THANK YOU SO MUCH MR. CANTRELL. LAST AND CERTAINLY NOT LEAST OUR DR. RAYMOND SHELTON, DISTRICT LEADER OF THE YEAR GOES TO JULIA SARMIENTO COHEN OUR SUPERVISOR OF SOCIO EMOTIONAL LEARNING PROGRAMS AND SUCCESS -- STUDENT SUCCESS PROGRAM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH MISS COHEN FOR THE LEADERSHIP YOU SHOWED IN THIS DISTRICT. ONCE AGAIN I GIVE WITH YOU HONOR THIS PLAQUE. AND I CAN'T FORGET THIS $250 CHECK. AND PLEASE A RING ALSO IN YOUR HONOR. [APPLAUSE] AND PLEASE,  THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND NOT ONLY SCHOOL FAMILIES BUT HOME FAMILIES IF YOU COULD PLEASE STAND AND WE CAN RECOGNIZE YOU FOR JOINING THEM IN THIS TODAY. [APPLAUSE] AND GIVE THE FLOOR DEFINITELY TO YOU,  MISS GRAY.  

>>Lynn Gray:  DONTE, WE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A PHOTO IF YOU DON'T MINDS.  

>> IT WOULD BE A BLESSING, YES, INDEED.  

>>Lynn Gray:  MR. BONTI, GO AHEAD. WE NEED SOME EXERCISE.   . [APPLAUSE]   

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU SO MUCH. WHAT A GREAT HONOR AND THANK YOU FOR INCLUDING THE BOARD MEMBERS AND OUR SUPERINTENDENT. CERTAINLY A GREAT OCCASION. ALL RIGHT. SO BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE A PROCLAMATION, AND I WILL LET EVERYONE LEAVE THE ROOM. HAVE A NICE EVENING. OKAY. WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD -- KAREN, ARE YOU READY? ADOPTION OF PROCLAMATION THE NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH, MAY 20, 2021 AND MEMBER PEREZ. WILL YOU PRESENT THIS?  

>>Karen Perez:  YES, THANK YOU. EACH YEAR -- WELL, THE PROCLAMATION --  

>>Lynn Gray:  YES, MA'AM.  

>>Karen Perez:  HERE YOU GO. EACH YEAR MILLIONS OF AMERICANS FACING DAUNTING REALITY OF LIVING WITH MENTAL ILLNESS THROUGH EDUCATION AND PRACTICE,  OUR DISTRICT STRIVES TO DECREASE SIGMA, EDUCATE, AND ADVOCATE FOR POLICIES THAT SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES FACED WITH MENTAL HEALTH CHALLENGES. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS COMMITTED TO SERVING OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES WITH MENTAL HEALTH INTER INTERVENTIONS PROVIDED BY OUR SCHOOL-BASED TEAMS AND THROUGH OUR COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS. MAY IS RECOGNIZED AS MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH. SEVERAL ACTIVITIES WILL TAKE PLACE THIS MONTH TO PROMOTE RESOURCES AROUND MENTAL HEALTH AND DISCUSS WAYS TO DECREASE THE SIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH RECEIVING MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. I WOULD LIKE TO PLAY A VIDEO WE CREATED ALONG WITH TITUS O'NEAL AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS TO HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF TALKING TO SOMEONE ABOUT YOUR MENTAL HEALTH.  

>> MICHELLE OBAMA FAMOUSLY SAID SADLY, TOO OFTEN, THE STIGMA AROUND MENTAL HEALTH PREVENTS PEOPLE WHO NEED HELP FROM SEEKING IT. BUT THAT SIMPLY DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. WHETHER AN ILLNESS EFFECTS YOUR HEART, YOUR ARM, OR YOUR BRAIN, IT IS STILL AN ILLNESS, AND THERE SHOULDN'T BE ANY DISTINCTION. WE SHOULD MAKE IT CLEAR THAT GETTING HELP ISN'T A SIGN OF WEAKNESS. IT IS A SIGN OF STRENGTH. AND WE SHOULD ASSURE THAT PEOPLE CAN GET THE TREATMENT THEY NEED. HI, MY NAME IS KAREN PEREZ, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER. I AM A PRACTICING LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER. AND I WANT TO REMIND ALL OF YOU HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. I WOULD LIKE NOW TO PASS THIS MENTAL HEALTH BUTTON TO WWE SUPERSTAR TITUS O'NEAL WHO VALUES OUR STUDENTS' MENTAL HEALTH AS MUCH AS I DO, TITUS.  

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER PEREZ. I AM WWE TITUS O'NEAL AND TALKING IS ONE OF OUR BIGGEST OUTLETS AND HELP US TACKLE STIGMA AND LET'S TALK. DURING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH, WE WANT TO CONVEY WHEN YOU TALK TO THOSE YOU CAN OVERCOME DURING THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES. WE CAN BEST MAXIMIZE OUR COPING SKILLS WHEN WE FEEL SAFE AND SECURE. SCHOOLS CAN PROVIDE THE STRUCTURE AND ROUTINE CRUCIAL TO A STUDENT'S SUCCESS. WE FIND A TRUSTED PERSON TO TALK TO WE FIND A SUPPORT WE NEED, A LISTENING EAR, A ADVOCATE, A FRIEND. I NOW HAND OFF OUR MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS BUTTON TO SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT ADDISON DAVIS.  

>>Addison Davis:  THANK YOU, TITUS AS WE FOCUS ON THE WHOLE CHILD. AN ARRAY OF STUDENTS INCLUDING SCHOOL COUNSELORS, HEALTH SERVICE PERSONNEL, PSYCH PSYCHOLOGISTS AND SOCIAL WORKERS. THESE INDIVIDUALS ARE TRAINED MENTAL HEALTH EXPERTS THAT ARE TRAINED TO PROVIDE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE ALL STUDENTS CAN THRIVE. WE ENCOURAGE OUR STUDENTS TO TALK ABOUT THEIR FEELINGS, FIND A TRUSTED ADULT AND REMEMBER THAT YOU DON'T HAVE TO STRUGGLE IN SILENCE. SPEAKING OUT IS A SIGN OF STRENGTH. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR THOSE STRUGGLING IN MENTAL HEALTH IS TO REMEMBER THAT THE TWO ARE NOT ALONE. YOU HAVE PEOPLE THAT TRULY CARE BUT. SO I ENCOURAGE TO YOU PLEASE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ADULTS ON OUR CAMPUSES AND TRULY TALK TO SOMEONE. ∫ ∫  ∫.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ, WONDERFULLY DONE AND TITUS O'NEAL AS WELL AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH. A MOTION BY MEMBER PEREZ AND A SECOND BY MEMBER SNIVELY. WILL THERE BE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE --  

>>Karen Perez:  MADAM CHAIR?  

>>Lynn Gray:  I AM SORRY, MEMBER PEREZ.  

>>Karen Perez:  I WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS COMMITTED TO SERVING OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES WITH MENTAL HEALTH INTERVENTIONS, PROVIDED BY OUR SCHOOL BASE STUDENT SERVICES TEAMS. AND THEY ARE COMPRISED OF SCHOOL COUNSELORS, SCHOOL HEALTH STAFF, SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST, SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKERS, AND THROUGH OUR COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS. SO PLEASE, IF YOU ARE HAVING OR FACING ANY ISSUES WITH YOUR MENTAL HEALTH, PLEASE REACH OUT TO US. WE ARE ALWAYS HERE TO HELP YOU. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. VERY NICELY DONE. I THINK WE HAVE A COMMENT ALSO. MEMBER SNIVELY?  

>>Mellisa Snively:  THANK YOU MADAM CHAIR. I ECHO MEMBER PEREZ. THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD. WE TALK A LOT ABOUT ADULTS FOR A LONG TIME WHICH IS IMPORTANT, BECAUSE ADULTS ARE WHAT SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS. I ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE INCLUDE STUDENTS IN MORE CONVERSATIONS WHEN IT COMES TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES BECAUSE THIS PANDEMIC HAS DONE A REAL NUMBER ON A LOT OF FAMILIES. AND THERE ARE MANY STUDENTS OUT HERE WHO DESPERATELY NEED ATTENTION WHEN IT COMES TO MENTAL, EMOTIONAL WELL BEING AFTER GOING THROUGH SO MUCH IN THIS PANDEMIC. I THINK IT IS GREAT THAT WE CONTINUE TO PUSH OUT DISTRICT INFORMATION OF HOW OUR STUDENTS CAN GET MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. YOU KNOW WE RECENTLY -- ONE OF MY SCHOOLS -- VERY, VERY UNFORTUNATELY HAD -- I BELIEVE IT IS THE FOURTH SUICIDE IN THE LAST TWO YEARS IN MY AREA. AND IT IS HEARTBREAKING. IT IS HEARTBREAKING TO SEE STUDENTS WHO DON'T FEEL LIKE THEY CAN REACH OUT OR THEY FEEL THAT THEY DON'T HAVE THE SUPPORT THAT THEY NEED OR THERE IS A NEGATIVE STIGMA ASSOCIATED WITH REACHING OUTS FOR HELP. REACHING OUT FOR HELP IS NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS, IT IS A SIGN OF STRENGTH. IT IS A SIGN OF SHOWING THY THYSELF, AND SHOWING THAT THE SUPPORT IS THERE FOR OUR STUDENTS AND THIS THEY ARE STRONG NOW TAKE ACTIONS TO HELP THEMSELVES. AND SO I REALLY, REALLY DESPISE THERE IS A NEGATIVE STIGMA TO ANYONE WHO REACHES OUT FOR MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT, AND I WANT TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN DO IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT TO CONTINUE MAKING SURE THAT WE PUSH THAT INFORMATION OUT SO THAT STUDENTS KNOW THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO CARE, ADULTS IN THEIR CLASSROOM, ADULTS ON THEIR SCHOOL SITES. PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT THEIR WELL BEING AND FUTURE AND ALL THEY NEED TO DO IS ASK. ANY ADULT IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL HELP A CHILD. ANY ADULT. ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS ASK. SO THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING TO SUPPORT THAT. AND I HOPE THAT WE HAVE MORE DISCUSSION ABOUT HOW WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS' MENTAL HEALTH, ESPECIALLY AS WE TRANSITION INTO THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR FROM NOW UNTIL THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR AND MOVING FORWARD. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY. I WAS ALSO THINKING TOO THE OTHER DAY AND MEMBER PEREZ THAT MAYBE WE WILL NEED A WHOLE SCHOOL YEAR TO GET OUR STUDENTS AND PARENTS BACK TO MENTAL HEALTH. AND TO THAT END, TOO, I WAS WONDERING IF THIS BOARD WOULD ENTERTAIN A WORKSHOP ON MENTAL HEALTH, PERIOD, THE END. BECAUSE WE NEED TO HAVE AN EXTENSIVE DEEP DIVE OF WHAT WE CAN DO FOR OUR CHILDREN, PARENTS AND OUR STAFF. OUR TEACHERS HAVE GONE THROUGH A FORM OF TRAUMA AS OUR PRINCIPALS AND I THINK WE ARE ON THE SAME PAGE. OUR CHILDREN ARE HURTING. BUT I DID WANT TO THANK THE MENTAL HEALTH STAFF, JULIA SARMIENTO AND ALL THE WONDERFUL ONES THAT MAKE UP THIS MENTAL HEALTH STAFF IN OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THEY DO A LOT AND THANK YOU SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS FOR PUTTING A SPOTLIGHT ON THIS NEEDED AREA OF -- OF LIFE. SO WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ON. WE HAVE OUR MOTION. ANY DISCUSSION? WE HAD THAT. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. THIS IS FOR THE PROCLAMATION. OKAY. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD. AND IT LOOKS LIKE WE WILL MOVE TO PUBLIC COMMENT. SO THE BOARD WELCOMES COMMENTS FROM THE CITIZENS AND VALUES YOUR INPUT TO THE BOARD. IN ORDER TO PROVIDE THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE RESPONSE TO YOUR COMMENTS, OUR STAFF WILL FOLLOW UP WITH YOU AND WILL KEEP OUR BOARD INFORMED ABOUT THE RESPONSES. AND I AM SLOWING DOWN BECAUSE I WANT THOSE FOLKS OUT THERE TO KNOW WE -- WE CAN FOLLOW UP, AND WE WILL FOLLOW UP, IF NECESSARY. OUR SCHOOL BOARD RESPECTS THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD AND WE APPRECIATE YOU TAKING TIME TO BE HERE. I EXTENDED THE TIME FROM 45 MINUTES TO ONE HOUR TO FACILITATE POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS; HOWEVER, IT IS REQUESTED THAT WHEN YOU ADDRESS THE BOARD, COMMENTS ARE NOT DIRECTED PERSONALLY AGAINST A BOARD MEMBER OR STAFF MEMBER BUT RATHER DIRECTED AT THE ACTUAL ISSUES. ANY BEHAVIOR INTENDED TO INTERRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THIS MEETING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. OUR CIVILITY POLICY IS IN PL PLACE. WHEN ADDRESSING THE BOARD, PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME AND SPEAK CLEARLY INTO THE MICROPHONE. WE HAVE EXTENDED THE TIME FOR PUBLIC COMMENT AS I SAID, AND EACH SPEAKER WILL HAVE TWO MINUTES. I WILL NOW UP THE FIRST SPE SPEAKERS. SPEAKERS, I THINK WE ARE JUST ABOUT READY. AND I BELIEVE THEY ARE IN THE ROOM. HERE WE GO. PARDON ME IF I DON'T HAVE THE NAME PRONOUNCED DIRECTLY. MISS FERNANDEZ. MISS LAKE. MISS ROADS, CANDACE AND THEN MISS MATICINI -- MS. AS IN M-S. ARE WE READY? I DON'T SEE THEM HERE? OKAY. WE ARE AWAITING MISS FERNANDEZ. MISS LEG. AMBLYN RHODES AND CANDACE. WE WILL MOVE RIGHT ALONG. DOROTHY ACUSUNIS. OH,  DOROTHY, COME ON IN.   GOOD EVENING.  

>> MY NAME IS DOROTHY, AND I AM A TAMPA RESIDENT, CONCERNED CITIZEN. OUR GOVERNOR LAST YEAR TOOK THE ADVICE OF THESE EMINENT DOCTORS AND PROFESSORS, THE PROFESSOR OF EPIDEMIOLOGY FROM OBJECTION SUPERVISED, DR. SCOTT ATLAS, SENIOR PROFESSOR AT STANFORD, FORMER PROFESSOR AT STANFORD, JAY BECHERIA, PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE AT STANFORD. DR. MARTIN CUDOF, DOCTOR OF MEDICINE AND PIE YOSTAT YOSTATISTICIAN. THESE EMINENT PEOPLE DON'T THINK PEOPLE SHOULD BE MASKED LEAST OF ALL OUR CHILDREN. BEFORE COVID, THEY WERE VERY WELL ESTEEMED, PEOPLE SOUGHT THEIR ATTENTION BUT LAST YEAR THEY WERE PILLARIED AND MOCKED. HOWEVER, OUR GOVERNOR DID TALK THEIR ADVICE -- WELL, GOVERNOR NEWSOM OF CALIFORNIA TOOK DR. FAUCI'S ADVICE. THE HISTORICAL DATA IS IN AND FLORIDA HAS FAIRED MUCH BETTER THAN CALIFORNIA. SO THE -- I SAY THIS TO MAKE MY POINT THAT THEIR EXPERT ADVICE WAS MUCH MORE EFFICACIOUS THAN DR. FAUCI'S FOR STATES AND PEOPLE IN GENERAL. THEREFORE,  I AM ASKING TO YOU DROP THE MASK REQUIREMENT NOW. BY THE WAY, THE SELF-PROCLAIMED WHISTLE-BLOWER IN FLORIDA SHOWED TO BE FALSE AND SHE IS NOW FACING CHARGES. SO MY TIME IS UP -- NO, A WARNING. I HAVE TO GET USED TO THIS. SO I RESPECTFULLY REMIND THAT YOU YOU ARE ELECTED. AND WE WILL BEAR THIS IN MIND. AND I WOULD ALSO WERE I A PARENT AND WE WEREN'T ABLE TO COME TO A MIND HERE, I WOULD PULL MY CHILD AND TRY TO INFLUENCE OTHER PEOPLE TO DO THAT ALSO AND MAKE A CHARTER SCHOOL. SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.  

>>Lynn Gray:  PERFECT. THANK YOU. OKAY,  WE WILL GO TO GO AHEAD. MISS FERNANDEZ, ARE YOU LINED UP? GIVE ME A YES. OKAY. MISS LEG, MISS RHODES AND C CANDACE. IF YOU CAN JUST SHOW THEIR HERE AND START LINING UP. WE WILL GET THIS GOING. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. I KNOW YOU ALL HAD TO WAIT OUT THERE FOR A LITTLE BIT. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. GO AHEAD. BEGIN.  

>> THANK YOU. GOOD AFTERNOON, SPWOO SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO LISTEN TO US AND THANK YOU ALL THOSE HIS A CHANCE TO MEET WITH EARLIER. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT. AND I KNOW YOU HAVE MANY ISSUES IN FRONT OF YOU BESIDE THIS ISSUE THAT NEEDS YOUR ATTENTION, BUT I'M HERE TO SPEAK FOR THE STUDENTS TODAY. I AM NOT SAYING THAT ADULTS ARE LESS IMPORTANT. I AM JUST SAYING THAT STUDENTS ARE THE REASON THAT THIS ENTITY EXISTS. THE ENTIRE PURPOSE OF THIS ORGANIZATION IS TO TEACH STUDENTS. SO I WOULD REALLY LIKE US TO BASE OUR POLICY AND DECISIONS ON WHAT IS BEST FOR THE STU STUDENT. NOT JUST ONE FACTOR. THE WHOLE STUDENT. AND WE KNOW THAT THE VIRUS IS SMALLER THAN THE MASK. IT DOES NOT STOP -- THE MASK DOES NOT STOP TRANSMISSION. WE KNOW THAT THE MASK DOES TRAP BACTERIA. WE KNOW THAT EVERY TIME YOU TOUCH THE MASK, WHICH EVERYBODY DOES AND DON'T WASH YOUR HANDS WE CONTAMINATE WHAT YOU TOUCH. WE KNOW THIS HAPPENS DAILY AT THE SCHOOL SITE. WE KNOW IT REDUCES OXYGEN LEVELS. WE KNOW IT REDUCES FACIAL EXPOSURE AND SOCIAL INTER INTERACTION. WE KNOW THAT STUDENTS OFTEN -- THEIR MAIN OUTLET FOR SOCIALIZATION IS SCHOOL. AND IF THEY ARE SITTING AT SCHOOL WEARING A MASK, THEY ARE NOT LOOKING AT EACH OTHER'S FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, THEY ARE NOT INTERACTING AND WE ARE SEEING AN INCREASE OF OBESITY, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, SELF-HARMING AND OTHER DANGEROUS BEHAVIORS AMONGST OUR STUDENTS. HOW IS THIS GOOD FOR STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH. BOARD MEMBER PEREZ YOU CAM CAMPAIGNED ON STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH AS A FOCUS. HOW IS THIS POLICY CONSISTENT WITH THAT FOCUS. I THINK THE MASK POLICY IS SHORT SIGHT $AND IN THE REQUEST TO APPEASE PEOPLE'S FEARS YOU ARE CAUSING ACTUAL HARM AND ASK THAT YOU ELIMINATE THE MASK POLICY.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. YOU DID YOUR FINAL THOUGHT. NEXT ALICIA LEG. AND THEN FOLLOWING THAT AVILIN ROSE AND THEN FIRST NAME ONLY CANDACE. AND JORGE,  THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CLEANING THE AREA EVERY TIME.  

>> GOOD EVENING. I AM ALLIE MARIE. AND WHY AM I STANDING HERE IN FRONT OF CONSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS FIGHTING FOR CHILDREN TO BREATHE UNOBSTRUCTED AIR TO PHYSICALLY PARTICIPATE IN TAXPAYER-FUNDED SCHOOLS. WE DO NOT CO-PARENT WITH OUR GOVERNMENT. PERSONAL HEALTH DECISIONS ARE MADE BETWEEN FAMILIES AND THEIR DOCTOR, NOT DICTATED BY GOVERNMENT OR ITS EMPLOYEES OR ANYONE ELSE. THOSE OF THE CDC,  HEALTH DEPARTMENT, DOE AND HOSPITALS CAN PROVIDE GUIDANCE. AND WHILE WE APPRECIATE THEIR OPINIONS, THOSE OPINIONS ARE NOT LAW AND COERCION IS NOT SYNONYMOUS. HAVE YOU CONSIDERED THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY, THOSE WHO LOST SAFE HAVEN FROM ABUSIVE HOMES, OTHER RESPIRATORY ILLNESSES BECAUSE OF ALL-DAY MASK WEARER AND THOSE WITH ADH D WHOSE CONDITION WORSENED. IS THEIR SACRIFICE WORTH OUR DISCOMFORT. YOU ARE NOT LIABLE. WE DO NOT CALL YOU FOR PA PARENTING ADVICE BECAUSE WE HAVE PARENTAL DISCERNMENT. OUR CHILDREN ARE NOT WARDS OF THE STATE AND PARENTAL CHOICE IS OUR RIGHT. PERSONAL HEALTH CARE IS NOT A ONE SIZE FITS ALL OR A COMMUNITY DECISION. PARENTS DECIDE WHAT IS BEST FOR THEIR CHILDREN. NO ONE ELSE. DROP THE MANDATES AND THE RESTRICTIONS TODAY. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. NEXT WE HAVE AMBLYN RHODES AND THEN CANDACE. AGAIN, IF I MISPRONOUNCE YOUR NAME, FEEL FREE TO CORRECT ME.  

>> HELLO. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR GIVING US THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. MY NAME IS AMBLYN RHODES AND HERE REPRESENTING THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS PUBLIC ADVOCACY GROUP. I WANT TO SAY THAT A GOOD PUBLIC EDUCATION SHOULD NOT BE A PARTISAN ISSUE, OKAY. THIS IS A NONPARTISAN ISSUE. WE NEED TO FOCUS ON OUR KIDS. ONE THING I WANT TO SAY IS I HAVE BEEN TALKING TO ALL THESE MOMS, AND WE ALL JUST WANT THE BEST FOR OUR KIDS REGARDLESS OF YOUR POLITICAL BELIEFS, YOUR POLITICAL SPECTRUM. LET'S DO WHAT IS RIGHT FOR OUR KIDS. I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT. I HAVE A FEW SUGGESTIONS THAT CAN HELP US SHORE UP OUR BUDGET AND HELP OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS STRONG. WE HAVE THE CARES FUND WHICH IS GREAT BUT HAVEN'T GOT  ALL OF IT AND COULD HAVE A SHORTFALL IN BUDGET. A FEW IDEAS I WANT TO RECOMMEND. FIRST, WE PROPOSE A CITIZENS ADVOCACY COMMITTEE. AND SIMILAR TO WHAT THEY HAVE IN MIAMI-DADE TO WORK WITH YOU, TO WORK WITH THE INDEPENDENT COMMITTEE THAT OVERSEAS -- OVERSEES THE BUDGET AND WE ARE COMING AT IT FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE. WE ARE PARENTS. WE ARE LOOKING OUT FOR KIDS HAVING ADDITIONAL OVERSIGHT OF THE BUDGET AND BEING IN THE NO WHAT IS GOING ON AND WHERE THE MONEY IS BEING SPENT. SECONDLY, THIS MAY BE A SMALL THING, I AM NOT SURE THE ADDITIONAL COSTS THIS MIGHT OCCUR, BUT WE REALLY DON'T NEED A MARKETING CAMPAIGN RIGHT NOW. OUR FINANCES ARE IN DIRE STRAITS, AND NOT THE BEST TIME TO BE DOING SOMETHING SUCH AS THAT. ALSO, OUR CASH RESERVES. I KNOW WE ARE AT 5%. I KNOW WE CAN REDUCE THAT TO 3% AS COMESH RAT WITH STATE LAWS, THE FUNDS ARE AT SURPLUS AND FUNDS CAN BE MOVED TO THE GENERAL ACCOUNT. I AM ALMOST OUT OF TIME SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR LIST LISTENING. PUBLIC EDUCATION IS A NONPARTISAN ISSUE. LET'S ALL WORK TOGETHER FOR OUR KIDS. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. NEXT WE WILL HEAR FROM CANDACE AND ISABELLA WILL BE AFTER C CANDACE.   

>> HELLO,  BOARD MEMBERS. THANK YOU FOR BEING WILLING TO HEAR OUR PERSPECTIVE. IF YOU COULD WALK A MILE IN SOMEBODY ELSE'S SHOES YOU WILL GET A FEELING FOR THE WAY THEY THINK AND BEHAVE THE WAY THEY DO. I COME TO YOU WITH COMPASSION. WE ALL HAVE OUR ANGLE. THE ANGLE IMHERE FOR IS MENTAL HEALTH. MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH. CONSIDER HOW IS MASKING CHILDREN IN SCHOOL IS IMPACTING THEIR MENTAL AND SOCIAL HEALTH. I BELIEVE IT IS TIME THAT WE START REALLY START DISCUSSING THIS WITH HONOR, WITH RESPECT THAT EACH CHILD IS GOING TO BE DIFFERENT. AND ACCORDING TO ALL CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL IN ST. PETE, IN 2020, A 35% INCREASE IN CHILDREN WHO NEEDED MENTAL HEALTH ASSISTANCE COMPARED TO 2019. ALSO AN UPTICK IN SUICIDE ATTEMPTS AS WELL. SO I KNOW THAT THE CDC AND THE TGH ARE MAIN INFLUENCERS FOR DECISIONS OF THE MASK MANDATE FOR CHILDREN IN SCHOOL. YET I FEEL I NEED TO CALL TO YOUR ATTENTION THAT THESE TWO GROUPS DO NOT SPECIALIZE IN CHILD DEVELOPMENT, OUR CHILD PSYCHOLOGY. AS PARENTS IT IS OUR ASSUMPTION THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS. IF I CALLED OF A GROUP OF CHILD PSYCHOLOGISTS AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS OR EXPERTS HELPING TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS, I NEVER GOT A DIRECT ANSWER. I THINK WE OWE IT TO OUR CHILDREN TO HUMBLY BEGIN HAVING THE CONVERSATION OF THE L LONG-TERM IMPLICATIONS OF MASK WEARING. AND HOW IT MIGHT INHIBIT SOCIAL AND MENTAL WELLNESS. NOW THAT WE ARE OVER A YEAR INTO COVID, WE MUST BEGIN TO TAKE A RISK VERSUS BENEFIT ANALYSIS. THE CDC OWN WEB SITE THAT CORONAVIRUS TRANSMISSION IS FAR MORE LIKELY TO OCCUR FROM STAFF MEMBER TO STAFF MEMBER. STUDIES OUT OF GERMANY SUPPORT THIS IT IS RARE THAT COVID GOES FROM CHILD TO AN ADULT. A GERMAN-WIDE REGISTRY USED BY OVER 20,000 PARENTS ON DAY FROM 26,000 CHILDREN FOUND THAT THE AVERAGE WEARING TIME OF THE MASK WAS 270  MINUTES PER DAY. IMPAIRMENTS BY THE WEARING OF 68% OF THE PARENTS. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU SO M MUCH. NEXT WE WILL HEAR FROM ISABELLA BO SCASE. AND AFTER SAYS BELLA, I AM GOING TO HEAR FROM -- LET'S S SEE, ELLIE BONANO. ISABELLA? AND SAYS BELLA, WHAT GRADE ARE YOU IN.  

>> I AM IN SIXTH GRADE.  

>>Lynn Gray:  WELCOME.  

>> MY NAME IS ISABELLA AND GRADUATING THE 6th GRADE AT A SCHOOL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I'M HERE BECAUSE I WANTED TO SPEAK TO YOU FROM MY SOUL TO YOUR SOUL. STOP MAKING MASKING MANDATORY FOR CHILDREN BECAUSE WEARING A MASK FOR SO MANY HOURS EVERY DAY CAUSES ME IMMENSE SUFF SUFFERING. I WANT TO INFORM YOU WHAT I HEAR MY COLLEAGUES ALSO SAYING. WEARING MASK FOR SO MANY HOURS A DAY. WE FEEL DIZZY, SUFFOCATES US AND MAKES IT HARDER TO BREATHE. I COME IN FRONT OF THAT YOU WE CAN NOT BREATHE. LET US TAKE OUR MASKS OFF AND BREATHE FREELY. WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, WHY DO YOU THINK THE FLORIDA HEALTH OFFICER RECOMMENDED THAT GOVERNOR DeSANTIS TO LIFT THE MASK MANDATE. HE STATES IT, WEARING IT PROVOKES HEALTH ISSUES. IT MAKES ME FEEL SICK. THEY UNDER STAND HOW BAD THIS IS FOR US. WHY DON'T YOU UNDERSTAND IT. FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, VOTE TO STOP THE MASK MANDATE. WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR MUCH. STOP THE MASK MANDATE. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. NEXT WE WILL HEAR FROM ELLIE BONANO. FOLLOWING THAT, WE WILL HEAR FROM EMMA BONANO. THIS LOOKS LIKE A COMPLETE FAMILY HERE AND EMMA WESTERMAN. HERE WE GO. ELI, I AM SORRY. GOOD EVENING.  

>> HELLO,  MY NAME IS ELI AND I AM NINE YEARS OLD AND IN THIRD GRADE. I'M HERE TO TALK WHY MASKS SHOULD BE OPTIONAL AT SCHOOL. THE FIRST REASON THAT I THINK MASKS SHOULD BE OPTIONAL BECAUSE MASKS ARE DISTRACTING. THEY DISTRACT ME WHEN I AM DOING MY CLASS WORK AND TAKING TESTS. ESPECIALLY, LIKE, WHEN I AM TAKING THE FSA. FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN MY TEACHER WAS PREPARING US FOR THE FSA I HAD TO FIX MY MASK BECAUSE I COULDN'T BREATHE WELL. WHEN I WAS REARRANGING MY MASK, I MISSED PART OF THE GRAMMAR LESSON WE WERE DOING. MY TEACHER ASKED -- I ASKED MY TEACHER WHAT SHE SAID BUT SHE WOULDN'T REPEAT IT. I HAD IT AND TOLD ME THAT I WOULD HAVE TO ASK SOMEONE ELSE IN MY CLASS. WEARING A MASK MAKES IT DIFFICULT TO BREATHE DURING SCHOOL AND I MISS IMPORTANT THINGS THAT MY TEACHER SAYS. ANOTHER REASON WHY MASKS SHOULD BE OPTIONAL IN SCHOOL IS BECAUSE SOME OF THE TEACHERS DON'T WEAR MASKS, BUT THEY STILL MAKE THE KIDS DO IT. ONE EXAMPLE IS AT THE FRONT DESK AT MY SCHOOL, THE LADY SITTING UP THERE DON'T WEAR MASKS, BUT WHEN THE KIDS COME IN -- INTO THE FRONT DESK, THE KIDS STILL WEAR MASKS. ANOTHER REASON IS THAT THE PRINCIPAL WILL TAKE HER MASK OFF FOR 10 TO 15 MINUTES TO DO SOMETHING, BUT THE KIDS STILL HAVE TO WEAR MASKS ALL DAY LONG. I THINK IT IS UNFAIR THAT THE TEACHERS DON'T WEAR MASKS ALL THE TIME BUT MAKE THE KIDS WEAR MASKS ALL THE TIME. I WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL TOMORROW WITHOUT A MASK AND I DON'T WANT EVERYONE TO TELL ME TO PUT MY MASK ON. IF MY PARENTS WANT ME TO WEAR A MASK, THEN I WILL WEAR A MASK. MY PARENTS DON'T WANT ME TO WEAR A MASK, THEN I WON'T BECAUSE MY PARENTS ARE IN CHARGE OF ME AND YOU ARE NOT. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, WELL SAID, ELI. THAT WAS A GREAT JOB. EMMA BONNAN O  AND ANOTHER E EMMA, EMMA WESTERMAN.  

>> HELLO, MY NAME IS EMMA. AND I AM IN FIRST GRADE. I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT MASKS. I DO NOT LIKE MASKS BECAUSE WHEN I AM AT SCHOOL, THEY DISTRACT ME AND SOMETIMES THEY EVEN POKE ME IN THE EYE AND I CAN'T SEE MY WORK WELL. MASKS MAKE ME REALLY HOT AND MAKE IT HARD TO BREATHE, LIKE AFTER I PLAY ON THE PLAYGROUND, I WAS SWEATY AND MY MASK STICK TO MY FACE AND IT WAS ITCHY AND UNCOMFORTABLE. MASKS MAKE IT HARD TO UNDERSTAND MY TEACHER. AND I CAN'T FOCUS WELL. ALSO WHEN MY TEACHER GIVES ME WORK AND I CAN'T -- AND I HAVE TO BREATHE IN MY MASK. I CAN'T BREATHE WELL. AND IT DISTRACTS ME FROM DOING MY SCHOOL WORK AND TESTS. NONE OF MY FRIENDS HAVE HAD COVID BECAUSE KIDS DON'T REALLY GET OR SPREAD COVID. SO I DON'T NOT UNDERSTAND WHY KIDS HAVE TO WEAR MASKS. IF WE DON'T GET OR SPREAD CO COVID. WEARING A MASK DOES NOT HELP  ME. THE HOLES IN THE MASK ARE 1,000 TIMES BIGGER THAN COVID VIRUS. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY WE HAVE TO WEAR MASKS. I WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL -- I DO NOT WANT TO WEAR A MASK ANY MORE THIS SCHOOL YEAR OR EVER. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, SW SWEETHEART. OKAY. MOM, EMMA. IF YOU ARE NEXT -- EMMA WESTERMAN. DIFFERENT ONE. OKAY, SORRY. SO WE HAVE EMMA WESTERMAN AND LET'S GO AHEAD AND GET OUR ORDER,  JAMES COSTANO. AND JASON KIMBALL. JESSICA DUBOIS. DO WE HAVE A EMMA WESTERMAN? WE WILL GO TO -- SORRY, SAMANTHA BONNANO. YOU ARE NEXT. SEE I WAS ALMOST RIGHT. JUST -- [ LAUGHTER ] -- HERE WE GO. GOOD EVENING.  

>> HELLO SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. YOU ALL PROBABLY DON'T REMEMBER ME FROM THE MAY 6 MEETING OR MY E-MAIL CORRESPONDENCE. SHOCKINGLY DESPITE THE NUMEROUS E-MAILS THE MAJORITY OF YOU NEVER REPLIED AND A LOT OF YOU ARE NOT LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTY. MIME IS A MAN TO BONNANO. AND I AM A MOTHER OF FOUR CHILDREN. I AM UNEQUIVOCALLY AGAINST MASKS. YOU DON'T KNOW THE FACT AND CIRCUMSTANCES OF EACH CHILD'S SITUATION. INSTEAD OF YOU TAKING INPUT FROM PARENTS ON DECISIONS OF THE CHILDREN'S HEALTH. THE PARENT SHOULD TAKE INPUT FROM YOU. THIS IS WHAT IS BEST FOR THE CHILDREN. INSTEAD OF PUTTING THE CHILDREN FIRST, SEEMS LIKE YOU MADE THIS MASK ISSUE POLITICAL AND VILE THAT YOU TREAT OUR CHILDREN AS POLITICAL PAWNS. I KNOW MONEY IS IMPORTANT TO YOU ALWAYS, BUT ESPECIALLY RIGHT NOW THAT DIRE FINANCIAL SITUATION OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WHICH AS AN ASIDE IS COMPLETELY UNFAIR TO PIN ON SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS BECAUSE THIS BUDGET CRISIS EXISTED BEFORE HE WAS ELECTED DURING THE TIME SOME OF YOU WERE SERVING AS BOARD MEMBERS. IF YOU DO NOT REMOVE THE MASK MANDATE THE STUDENTS WILL BE LEAVING THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN DROVES FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND THE FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PROGRAM, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS RECEIVED APPROXIMATELY $7900 PER STUDENT. I SURVEYED SOME PARENTS ON WHAT THEY WOULD DO IF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY MAINTAINED THE MASK M MANDATE. THE OVERWHELMING CONSENSUS LEAVE THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS. IN GROUP REPRESENTS 37 STU STUDENTS. OF THE 37, 31 WOULD LEAVE THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM THAT TRANSLATES TO $250,000 THAT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT WOULD LOSE. IMAGINE HOW THESE FIGURES BALLOON AS YOU TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE REST OF THE COUNTY. IMAGINE HOW IT WILL AFFECT THE NEXT ELECTION. I HOPE I HAVE MADE MY POINT. END THE MASK MANDATE IMMEDIATELY. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. WE WILL GO AHEAD AND LET'S RESUME WITH -- LET'S SEE JAMES COSTANO. AND FOLLOWING THAT, JASON KIMBALL. AND THEN JESSICA DUBOIS. I AM SORRY, LET'S BACK UP A -- EMMA, COME ON UP, EMMA WESTERMAN. WE HAD AN INTERESTING PUZZLE HERE WITH THE SPEAKERS TONIGHT. SO -- AND GOOD EVENING.  

>> GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THE OTHER EMMA IS A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW. SHE DID A GREAT JOB. THANKS FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TO YOU ALL. SO I AM A PHYSICIAN, SPECIALIZING IN IMMUNOLOGY, AND I WOULD LIKE TO TALK ABOUT MASKS IN THE FALL. WE MADE A LOT OF PROGRESS WITH THE PANDEMIC IN THIS COUNTRY; HOWEVER, THERE IS NO VACCINE AVAILABLE YET FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12. CLINICAL TRIALS ARE ONGOING, BUT VACCINES WON'T BE AVAILABLE UNTIL LATE FALL OR EARLY 2022. PARENTS -- SOME PARENTS AT LEAST ARE RELUCTANT TO SEND STUDENTS TO SCHOOL IF MASKS ARE NOT MANDATORY OR AT A MINIMUM STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. IN AN INFORMAL SURVEY OF A SUBSET OF TAMPA PHYSICIANS LAST WEEK, EVERY SINGLE PHYSICIAN WHO RESPONDED FELT THAT MASKS SHOULD BE MANDATORY FOR THE ELEMENTARY AND PERHAPS MIDDLE SCHOOL AGE GROUP. UNTIL ALL STUDENTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE VACCINATED. STUDENTS WHO HAVE BEEN E-LEARNING THIS PAST YEAR MAY HAVE A DIFFICULT TRANSITION BACK TO SCHOOL IF THEIR PEERS ARE NOT WEARING MASKS,  WE WILL SEE A LOT OF ANXIETY AMONG THOSE STUDENTS REFERENCING BACK TO WHAT HAS BEEN MENTIONED ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH. WE HAVE TO THINK OF THE STUDENTS WHO HAVE SACRIFICED SO MUCH FOR THEIR COMMUNITY BY STAYING HOME THIS YEAR AND WHO ARE GOING TO HAVE A TOUGH TIME BEING BACK IN A CAFETERIA OF  500 STUDENTS IN THE FALL. MASKS HAVE THE ADDITIONAL BENEFIT OF REDUCING FLU TRANSMISSION,  ALLEVIATING THE BURDEN ON OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. THANK YOU, VERY MUCH. JAMES COSTANO FOLLOWED BY JASON KIMBALL, JESSICA DUE BALANCE, CASS MILLER FOLLOWED BY KELLY -- CASS MILLER YOU WILL BE AT THE END OF THE QUEUE. SO GOOD EVENING, MR. COSTANO. AND HERE HE COMES.  

>> HELLO,  JAMES COST A, N O REPRESENTING HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS ADVO ADVOCATES. FIVE QUICK POINTS AND I WILL SUMMARIZE. ONE, STOP THE JOB CUTS. WE DO NOT SUPPORT THE DISTRICT STAFFING ALLOCATION MODEL. TWO, WE WANT A BUDGET AND AUDIT CAC LIKE MIAMI-DADE AND WE WANT TO IN POLICY. ELIMINATE UNESSENTIAL AND CONTRACTS AND VENDORS SUCH AS CHIEF 3,000, MYON, I READY. THEY ALL MUST BE SCRUTINIZED AND ELIMINATED AND UNNECESSARY. THE BUDGET RESERVES MUST BE AT 3% NOT 5%. THIS IMPOSES AN UNNECESSARY FISCAL CONSTRAINT ON OUR BU BUDGET. LAST POINT,  WE DO NOT WANT A MARKETING CAMPAIGN TO ATTRACT STUDENTS TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. WE SHOULD PUT THE RESOURCES INTO FIXING OUR SCHOOLS AND RESOURCES THEM AND FUNDING THEM. AND THIS WILL ATTRACT THE STUDENT. MAKE SOUR SCHOOLS GREAT AND ATTRACT THE STUDENTS. AS A KOREAN-AMERICAN AND HISPANIC, I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED IN HOW THE DISTRICT IS UNDERSERVING OUR MINORITIES. CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE NOT THE ANSWER. THERE ARE SCHOOLS IN OUR DISTRICT NOW -- CHARTER SCHOOLS IN OUR DISTRICT NOW THAT DON'T FOLLOW FLORIDA REGULATIONS. THEY DON'T FOLLOW THE STAN STANDARDS. AND THEN THE STUDENT EVENTUALLY GOES BACK TO THE PUBLIC SCHOOL UNFUNDED. TAMPA BAY IS ON THE -- ON THE PATH, ON THE FAST TRACK TO FOLLOW A FAILED PUBLIC -- THE FAILED PRIVATE -- PRIVATIZATION SCHOOLS OF CITIES LIKE NEWARK, CAMDEN, DETROIT AND PHILADELPHIA. I THOUGHT THE -- SPENT 31 YEARS IN THE FBI IN THE MILITARY. I'M HERE DEFENDING OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AGAINST THE THREAT I SEE TO DISMANTLE THEM THROUGH THE PRIVATIZATION OF SCHOOLS.  

>>Lynn Gray:  FINAL THOUGHTS.  

>> I CHALLENGE TO YOU HELP OUR COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, JAMES. THEN WE WILL FOLLOW WITH JASON KIMBALL, JESSICA DUBOIS, AND CASS MILLER. THEN WE WILL HAVE KIMBERLY DAVIS AND LEDY ESCALANTE. GOOD EVENING.  

>> GOOD EVENING. I WANT TO START BY SAYING THERE ARE A LOT OF ANGRY PEOPLE OUTSIDE BECAUSE THEY CAN'T COME IN TO SPEAK. THEIR ISSUES GOING ON RIGHT NOW THAT ACCEPT A LOT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RESIDENTS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE CAME TO SIGN UP. THEY WEREN'T ABLE TO SIGN UP AND I DON'T THINK THE BOARD IS ABLE TO GRASP THE REACTION THEY ARE HAVING TO THE SPEAKERS WHEN THEY VOICE THEIR CONCERNS. SO I THINK THERE SHOULD BE SOMETHING TO ACCOMMODATE THAT SO YOU CAN SEE HOW THE PUBLIC IS REACTING TO PUBLIC SPEAKERS. WANT TO SAY THAT SUPERINTENDENT ADDISON DAVIS NOT ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE, I THINK THAT THERE HAVE BEEN -- THERE HAVE BEEN POLICIES PUT INTO PLACE WITHOUT QUALIFYING MEDICAL DOCTORS. WE JUST HEARD FROM A IMMUNOLOGIST OF A FORMER SURVEY THAT MASKS SHOULD BE REQUIRED UNTIL EVERYBODY HAS CHANCE TO BE VACCINATED, BUT THERE HAS BEEN NO CLINICAL STUDIES THAT ARE VALID TO DETERMINE IF MASKS ACTUALLY DO ANYTHING. IN ORDER TO GET SOMETHING APPROVED AS A MEDICAL DEVICE YOU NEED RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED STUDIES. WE HAD NONE OF IT AND OVER A YEAR. I KNOW WE HAVE A WEEK LEFT IN THE SCHOOL YEAR BUT THIS ACTION HAS TO HAPPEN NOW. THE MASK MANDATES NEED TO GO AWAY NOW. SOMEBODY SHOULD PUT A MOTION WHERE EVERY MEMBER OF THE BOARD STANDS OF WHETHER OR NOT MASKS SHOULD BE SUSPENDED IN THE CLASSROOM AND ON SCHOOL GROUNDS AND I THINK THERE NEEDS TO BE A RETURN TO SCIENCE AND RESPECT FOR THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD. THE SCIENTIFIC MESSAGE SHOW EVIDENCE PROOF-BASED ACTION. TAKE DOCTORS FROM USF OR TAMPA GENERAL, THE MEASURED BY FATALITY RATE AND INVASIVE VENTILATION. TERRIBLE TREATMENT PROTOCOLS, OTHER CONSTITUTIONS AND OTHER STATES ARE NOT ADOPTING THE PROTOCOLS. YOU CAN'T BASE OFF THE FEELINGS OF THOSE DOCTOR. YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT THE SCIENTIST AND CONSIDER A SCIENTIFIC STANDARD. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. JESSICA DUE BOY, CASS MILLER, FOLLOWED BY KIM DEARLY DAVIS AND LEDY ESCALANTE.  

>> GOOD EVENING,  MY NAME IS JESSICA DUBOIS AND I AM REPRESENTING THOUSANDS. THE RELEASE OF THE ESA FUNDS STAVED OFF TAKEOVER BUT STILL IN A BUDGET CRISIS. WE DEMAND JUDICIOUSNESS WITH EVERY DOLLAR SPENT. AREAS TO INCLUDE INCLUDING EVERY MAJOR CONTRACT THE DISTRICT HAVE SUCH AS KELLY SERVICES, EXPENSIVE COMPUTER CONTRACTS COMING UP FOR REN RENEWAL, REDUCTION OF CASH RESERVES FROM 3 TO 5% ACCORDING TO THE STATE, SHIFT ALLEGATIONS FROM THE CAPITAL TO THE GENERAL FUND AND FRIVOLOUS MARKETING CAMPAIGNS ARE NOT NECESSARY. A SCHOOL DISTRICT IN PERIL OF RECEIVERSHIP SHOULD BE AND YOU CHAPTER 11, EVERYTHING SHOULD DISCLOSED. AT A MINIMUM SHOULD NOT BE TREATED AS A NORTH STAR. LET ME STATE THAT DIFFERENTLY, STAFFING CUTS SHOULD BE A LAST RESORT AFTER EVERY OPTION IS EXPLORED AND TRIED. THIS BOARD NEEDS TO FIGHT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND ESPECIALLY THOSE IN UNDERSERVED AREAS OF THE COUNTY. THEY WILL BE DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACTED. CHARTER SCHOOLS WITH  NOINGLATION DOES THEM NO GOOD AND WE SIT BACK WHILE THESE SAME CHARTER SCHOOLS GET THE FUNDING GOING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. FIGHT FOR THESE CHILDREN AS IF THEY ARE YOUR OWN. LISTEN TO THE STORIES OF PH PHILLY, CAMDEN, NEWARK WHEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS WERE DISMANTLED. IT UNRAVELED THE VERY FABRIC THESE CITIES WORKED HARD TO W AESHTION AVE. A CALL TO ACTION, A CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE SIMILAR TO THE ONE IN MIAMI-DADE. THIS IS DIFFERENT FROM THE COMMITTEE. UNTIL THIS IS DONE WE WON'T TRUST WHAT IS BEING DISCUSSED BEHIND CLOSED DOORS. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. NEXT WE WILL HAVE CASS MILLER. FOLLOWING THAT KIMBERLY DAVIS. LEDY ESCALANTE. MEGAN COLLINS, MEGAN TUCKER AND OLED MARTINS.   

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYBODY FOR HEARING ME TODAY. CASS MILLER AS YOU KNOW. I HAVE A LOT TO SAY TO YOU TODAY BUT I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THAT WE HEAR FROM THE KIDS. UNFORTUNATELY WE FOUGHT VERY HARD TO GET HER ON THE SPEAKING LIST, COULDN'T DO IT. A LOT OF POLITICAL THEATRE OUTSIDE. THAT IS NOT -- I YIELD MY TIME TO HOPE.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANKS.  

>> HELLO. MY NAME IS HOPE, AND I AM A MIDDLE SCHOOLER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THIS YEAR I AM ENROLLED IN HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL SCHOOL WHICH HAVE GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO WATCH THESE MEETINGS. AND WHEN I WATCH, I ALWAYS -- IT ALWAYS STANDS OUT TO ME THAT STUDENTS ARE NEVER MENTIONED AND THE IMPACTS OF THE DECISION YOU ARE MAKING ARE NOT DISCUSSED. AND YOU WOULD THINK AT THE MEETING OF A SCHOOL BOARD, YET THE STUDENTS WOULD BE YOUR PRIORITY. BUT GOING BASED ON DECISIONS YOU ARE MAKING, YOU ARE NOT THINKING ABOUT THE STUDENTS. OPENING 17 CHARTER SCHOOLS WHILE CUTTING THOUSANDS OF POSITIONS IS NOT PRIORITIZING STUDENTS. SPENDING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON A PROGRAM THAT HAS NOT BEEN SHOWN TO SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVE LEARNING WHEN YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN A BUDGET SHORTFALL IS NOT PRIORITIZING STUDENT. SENDING TEACHERS TO TEACH AT THREE DIFFERENT SCHOOLS SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO PAY FINES FOR OVERCROWDED CLASSROOMS IS NOT PRIORITIZING STUDENTS. NOT COUNTING STUDENTS WHO LEAVE ONE PERIOD EARLY TO RATIONALIZE CUTTING TEACHERS IS NOT PRIORITIZING STUDENTS. KEEPING A SUPERINTENDENT WHO IS TREATING HIS POSITION AS A POLITICAL STEPPINGSTONE IS ONLY GOING TO HURT STUDENTS MORE. ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS HAVE SPOKEN. PARENTS HAVE SPOKEN. AND YET HALF OF YOU WON'T VOTE FOR MEMBER COMBS' IMPROVEMENT PLAN. OUR SCHOOL BOARD NEEDS TO START WORK FOR THE CHILDREN. THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE EDUCATING. NOT ADDISON DAVIS. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, KIMBERLY DAVIS FOLLOWED BY LEDY CASE LAN TE, MEGAN COLLINS, OLEG MARTINS. HERE WE GO WITH KIMBERLY DAVIS. GOOD EVENING.  

>> ARE WE IN EVENING ALREADY?  

>>Lynn Gray:  IT IS.  

>> MY SPEECH SAYS GOOD AFTERNOON. GOOD AFTERNOON AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I FEEL LIKE THIS IS DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN. IN AUGUST OF 2020 I PLEAD FOR PARENTAL CHOICE OF BRICK AND MORTAR OPTION FOR THE B BACK-TO-SCHOOL PLAN. I FOUGHT FOR EVERY PARENT TO HAVE A CHOICE. NOT JUST ME, BUT EVERY PARENT. SOME OF THE ARGUMENTS AGAINST ME HAVING A CHOICE INCLUDED SCHOOLS WILL BE SUPER SPRE SPREADERS, FALSE. KIDS WILL TRANSMIT COVID AND KILL TEACHER, FALSE. SCHOOLS IN OUR DISTRICT WILL HAVE TO SHUT DOWN AGAIN, FALSE. WE CAN NOT CONTINUE TO MANDATE MASKS BASED ON SUPPOSITION, FAULTY CLAIMS OF SCIENCE AND GUARANTEE OF 100% SAFETY. THAT SIMPLY DOES NOT EXIST. PLEASE UNDERSTAND AS A FRIEND ONCE TOLD ME I AM NOT ANTI-MASK, I AM ANTI-MANDATE. IF A PARENT WANTS TO CONTINUE  E-LEARNING FOR THEIR CHILD IN THE FALL, PLEASE DO. I STOOD HERE AND FOUGHT FOR YOU TO HAVE THAT CHOICE TO DO THAT. IF A PARENT WANTS TO HAVE THEIR CHILD WEAR A MASK TO SCHOOL, GO FOR IT. PLEASE DO NOT MANDATE WHAT MY CHILD MUST DO. SORRY, I GET EMOTIONAL. IN AUGUST, WE WERE ABLE TO CHOOSE IN-PERSON LEARNING FOR MYth GRADER. BY JANUARY, SHE WAS TRAN TRANSITIONED BACK TO E-LE E-LEARNING. NOT GOOD. BASICALLY BECAUSE OF THE MASK MANDATE. NOT AN IDEA SITUATION BUT THE ONLY CHOICE WE HAD AT THE TIME. TIMES HAVE CHANGED CHOICE THIS THIS COUNTRY IS A BASIC RIGHT CHOICE OF A FREE UNMASKED EDUCATION IS A FUNDAMENT ONE PROVIDED BY THIS BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT. REMOVE THIS MANDATE AND UNMASK OUR CHILDREN. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. NEXT WE WILL HAVE LEDY ESCALANTE FOLLOWED BY MEGAN COLLINS, MEREDITH TUCKER, OLEG MARTINS AND DOWN TO SUSAN LETHOLD.  GOOD EVENING.  

>> ESTEEMED ELECTED MEMBERS OF THIS BOARD, I'M HERE TO ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF EVERY PARENT OPPOSED TO FORCING THEIR CHILDREN TO COVER THEIR NOSES AND MOUTHS FOR HOURS ON END WHILE IN SCHOOL. I COME HERE TO ASK THAT YOU PLEASE STOP DISMISSING US AND RESPECT OUR PARENTAL RIGHTS TO MAKE DECISIONS -- TO DECIDE FOR OUR OWN CHILDREN BY MAKING MASKS OPTIONAL GOING FORWARD. WE WILL NOT STAND IDLY BY AS YOU CONTINUE TO UNDERMINE AND MARGINALIZE A SIZABLE PORTION OF THOSE WHO ELECTED TO YOU MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS FOR ALL OF THE CHILDREN OF THIS COUNTY. WE WILL NOT STOP SHOWING UP UNTIL YOU FINALLY ACKNOWLEDGE THAT BREATHE SOMETHING A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT. AND NOT A PRIVILEGE THAT CAN BE JUST TAKEN AWAY FROM EVERYBODY MUCH LESS CHILDREN FOR ANY REASON WHATSOEVER. I AM AGAINST USE THIS AS A MEANS TO MAKE OTHERS FEEL SAFER AND MORE CONCERNED OF THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELL BEING OF OUR CHILDREN WHO RELY AS FACIAL EXPRESSION AS A MEANS TO LEARN AND SOCIALIZE. COMMON KNOWLEDGE THAT KIDS ARE NOT SUPER SPREADERS OF COV COVID-19, WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO BURDEN IN THIS WAY WHEN FLORIDA'S CASE NUMBERS ARE DOWN. OUR OWN GOVERNOR HAS REPEATEDLY MADE IT A PRIORITY TO HOLD ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS WITH RENOWN MEDICAL EXPERTS WITH THE LIKES OF STANFORD DOCTOR THAT HOLD THE POSITION THAT MASK REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY. LASTLY, I'M HERE TO REMIND YOU THAT YOU WERE ELECTED. AND IN THE SAME WAY THAT YOU WERE ALL VOTED IN, WE CAN AND WE WILL VOTE YOU OUT. BECAUSE THROUGH YOUR DECISIONS YOU HAVE SPARKED A FIRE IN MANY OF US AND NOT JUST PARENTS EITHER. AS I HAVE MENTIONED TO YOU PREVIOUSLY, WE THE PEOPLE ARE TAKING NOTICE AND ARE FED UP WITH THE POLITICS OF HOW THESE KIDS CONTINUE TO UN NECESSARILY BE CANNON FODDER WHEN THEY ARE NOT EVEN DISEASE SPREADER VECTORS OF THIS VIRUS. THIS IS NOT MARCH 2020. ENOUGH WITH THE TYRANNY. UNMASK OUR CHILDREN IMMED IMMEDIATELY. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. NEXT WILL BE MEGAN -- EXCUSE ME MEGAN COLLINS, MEGAN TUCKER, OLEG --  

>> MADAM CHAIR, YOU HAVE TWO PUBLIC HEARINGS F 1 AND F 2. WE WILL -- WE ARE PASS THAT TIME AND WILL HEAR THEM AFTER THE PUBLIC COMMENT JUST NOT TO INTERRUPT THE FLOW. I WANTED TO PUT THAT INTO THE RECORD.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, MR. PORTER.  

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, MEGAN COLLINS AND MY CHILD WILL BE ATTENDING A PUBLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FALL. I COME HERE TO ASK THAT MASK BE MADE OPTIONAL. NOT MARCH 2020 ANYMORE. VACCINES AVAILABLE FOR EVERY ADULT. YOUNG CHILDREN ARE NOT AFFECTED THIS VIRUS, THE K-12 MORTALITY RATE IS .0003% AND AS ADULTS, WHAT HAVE WE DONE WITH THIS INFORMATION, NOTHING. REQUIRING CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS FOUR AND FIVE YEARS OLD TO WEAR A MASK EVERY DAY TO SCHOOL. NO DIRECT STUDIES THAT PROVE THAT MASK DO OR DO NOT WORK. SHOW ME A LONG-TIME STUDY THAT SHOW NOT HARMFUL FOR A CHIDE TO WEAR A MASK IN SCHOOL AND OUTSIDE IN THE FLORIDA HEAT. YOU CAN'T BECAUSE THERE AREN'T ANY. NIH WONDER WITH THE ELASTIC CAN BE CAUSING EAR PROTRUSION. NO ONE KNOWS FOR SURE BECAUSE WE ARE TEST DUMMIES. A STUDY IN GERMANY SHOW 50% OF CHILDREN WEIGHING MASKS, IRRITABILITY, DIFFICULTY CONCENTRATING, SADNESS, RELUCTANCE TO ATTEND SCHOOL, FATIGUE, IMPAIRED DROWSINESS. I CAN GO ON AND ON. IMPEDE STRICTION. THEY NEED GOOD SPEECH AND LANGUAGE MODELS. NO EFFICACY STANDARD OR CH CHILD-SIZED MASKS UNDER OSHA AND MICROBIAL CHALLENGE AND BREATHING DIFFICULTIES THAT ARE INCREASED BY MASKING OUR CHILDREN. MASK HAVE HARM TO WEARER SHOULD STANDING ALONE NOT BE REQUIRED FOR CHILDREN PARTICULARLY SINCE THESE CHILDREN ARE NOT ILL AND HAVE NOT DONE NOTHING WRONG FOR INFRINGE AMOUNT CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND PROMOTING A USE OF EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZE MASK IS UNWARRANTED AND ILLEGAL. ACCORDING TO THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION COMMISSIONER FACE MASKS MUST BE OPTIONAL FOR THE 2021-'22.  

>>Lynn Gray:  FINAL THOUGHTS.  

>> FACE MASK POLICY DO NOT IMPACT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. NEXT IS MEREDITH TUCKER. THEN OLEG MARTENS. FOLLOWED BY -- LET'S SEE, SUSAN LETHOLD.  

>> WHILE THEY ARE CLEANING THE LECTERN MEMBER GRAY IS THERE A WAY TO ACCOMMODATE. A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TALK ABOUT OTHER ISSUES OTHER THAN MASKS. IS THERE A WAY TO ACCOMMODATE THEM OR MAYBE AN EXPLANATION AS TO WHY WE ARE -- WE ARE LIMITING SPEAKERS?  

>>Lynn Gray:  LET ME GO AHEAD AND INITIATE -- GO AHEAD. MAKE SURE THAT -- YEAH, GO AHEAD AND SPEAK.  

>> HELLO, MY NAME IS MEREDITH TUCKER AND MY HUSBAND AND I BOTH GREW UP IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. NOW WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RAISING OUR TWO DAUGHTERS HERE AS WELL. MY FIVE-YEAR-OLD STARTED KINDERGARTEN THIS YEAR, AND SHE GOES TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY WEARING A MASK COVERING HER BEAUTIFUL SMILE. SHE HAS STRUGGLED WITH SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS AND HAS NEVER SEEN HER TEACHER'S OR HER FRIENDS' SMILES. ANY THAT FOR A MOMENT. IT IS SHAMEFUL. NO COINCIDENCE TO ME THIS MEETING AN IMPORTANT DECISION FALLS DURING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS MONTH. JUST YESTERDAY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS POSTED AN IMAGE OF MENTAL HEALTH FACTS ON FACEBOOK. IT STATED 50% OF MENTAL ILLNESSES START BEFORE THE AGE OF 14. YOU ALL HAVE THE POWER TO IMPACT THE STATISTIC IN A POSITIVE WAY BY REMOVING THE MASK MANDATE. I VALUE THE EDUCATION THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROVIDES, BUT I WILL NOT SURRENDER ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR TO FORCED MASK MANDATES AND MANY OTHER FAMILIES FEEL THE SAME WAY AS YOU CAN SEE HERE. I URGE TO YOU STOP TREATING OUR CHILDREN LIKE POLITICAL FOOTBALLS AND LET THEM HAVE A NORMAL SCHOOL YEAR WITH A CHOICE ON MASK WEARING. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. NEXT WE HAVE ALEG MARTINS WHO WILL SPEAK ON THE BUDGET. AND THEN WE HAVE SUSAN LETHOLD WHO WILL SPEAK ON MASKS FOLLOWED BY VICKY FRANKLIN. GOOD EVENING.  

>> GOOD EVENING,  EVERYONE. THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE BOARD AND THE ADMINISTRATION. APPRECIATE IT. LAST I WAS HERE,  WE DISCUSSED THE -- THE POSSIBILITY THAT WOULD YOU REACH OUT TO SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS AND ASK OF ENROLLMENT NUMBERS THINKING THIS COVID YEAR WAS A NECESSARY REPRESENTATIVE OF WHAT ENROLLMENT IN THE REGULAR YEARS AND I UNDERSTAND THAT HAS HAPPENED. SO THAT IS AWESOME. THAT IS REALLY GOOD. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR DOING THAT. WHAT MIGHT BE HELPFUL WHEN YOU HAVE A CHANCE, A BUNCH OF TEACHERS THAT WERE OPEN HIRES AND PROVED THEMSELVES DURING COVID YEAR AS REALLY EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATORS. IF YOU CAN GIVE THEM A SENSE OF A TIMELINE WHEN THEY WOULD HEAR FROM YOU. I KNOW YOU HAVE TO FILL IN THE POSITIONS FOR TEACHERS WHO HAVE BEEN HERE FOR SOME TIME AND THIS IS NORMAL AND GREAT, BUT GIVE THEM A TIMELINE MAY GIVE THEM HOPE AND ALLOW SOME OF THOSE GREAT EDUCATORS TO STAY WITH US. LAST TIME I WAS HERE I ALSO MENTIONED THE NEED TO REBUILD TRUST RIGHT WITH THE COMMUNITY AND THE STEPS YOU HAVE TAKEN ARE GREAT. I THINK THE DECISION FOR THE CITIZEN ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO OVERSEE THE BUDGET IS FANTASTIC AS WELL. I AM NOT SURE WHAT YOU DISCUSSED THIS MORNING DURING THE WORK SHOP AND A GREAT INITIATIVE IF THE SELECTION WAS INDEPENDENT FROM THE BOARD OR THE ADMINISTRATION. SO WE LEAVE IT TO CHOOSE THE MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE AND SEPARATION OF POWER THERE IS AND LET EVERYBODY KNOW REALLY NO INFLUENCE IN THE SELECTION OF THESE INDIVIDUALS. I THINK THERE HAS ALSO BEEN DISCUSSION OF MOVING THE RESERVE FROM 5% TO 3%. I THINK THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED IF IT HELPS US FULFILL OR PAY FOR SOME OF THE COSTS WE HAVE NOW BUT NOT FOR NEW INITIALS I HAVE ITS. LAST THING I WILL SAY OF THE MARKETING CAMPAIGN. WE WOULD LOVE TO LEARN A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT IT, BECAUSE CENSUS BUREAU TELLS US 14% MORE PEOPLE COMING TO FLORIDA, 2 2010-2020. TAMPA HAS 22 AND A HALF PERCENT INCREASE OF POPULATION. SEEMS LIKE WE ARE GETTING MORE PEOPLE. WE NEED TO ATTRACT MORE PEOPLE. AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR ATTENTION. APPRECIATE IT.  

>>Lynn Gray:  NEXT WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM SUSAN LUTHOLD AND FOLLOWING THAT VICKY FRANKLIN AND FOLLOWING THAT DIANE KLEIN.  

>>> GOOD AFTERNOON,  PLEASE RESCIND THE MASK REQUIREMENTS AND OTHER RESTRICTIONS FOR OUR STUDENTS. MASKS AND MOST OF THE RESTRICTIONS ARE POLITICAL TOOLS FOR DEVISIVENESS, ISOLATION AND BULLYING. ER IN NOT BASED ON SCIENTIFIC DATA. THE SURGEON GENERAL SAID THAT CONTINUING COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS ON INDIVIDUAL WITH NO END IN SITE WITH LONG-TERM USE OF FACE COVERINGS AND WITHDRAWAL FROM SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL GATHERING OF ADVERSE AND UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, APRIL 29 HE RIGHTFULLY RESCINDED AND STOP MOVING THE GOALPOST. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION WAS AGAINST WIDESPREAD MASKING. THE ADVICE FOR THE USE OF MASKS IN CHILDREN WAS, FIRST, DO NO HARM STATING THAT THE BEST INTEREST AND WELL BEING WILL BE PRIORITIZED ALWAYS. NOTICE THAT THE DISTANCING GUIDELINES IS ONE METER, NOT SIX FEET. MASK USE DURING EXERCISE AND I SEE.KIDS IN PE OUTSIDE IN THE FLORIDA HEAT WEARING MASKS. WE HAVE TO FIGHT HARD FOR CHILDREN TO RETURN TO SCHOOL AND COMPELLING DATA SAYING THEY NEEDED TO BE IN SCHOOL. THE PUBLIC SPECTACLES OF TEACHERS ON TV SAYING UPDATING THEIR WILLS AND VERBAL NONSENSE THAT TOLD A SEARCHER SUPER SPREADER SUSIES ARE HARMFUL. HISTORY WILL NOT BE KIND WHEN WE LOOK AT HOW POORLY THIS SITUATION HAS BEEN HANDLED. I DO NOT THINK THIS BOARD IS PROMOTING THE BEST INTEREST, YOU WOULD BE PROMOTING HEALTHY LIFESTYLES INSTEAD OF PROMOTING SENSATIONALISM AND FEAR. OUR STATE SURGEON GENERAL IS USING SCIENTIFIC DATA. WE ARE NOT NEW YORK CITY OR CALIFORNIA. THE DATA DOES NOT SUPPORT YOUR EFFORTS. PLEASE CONSIDER YOUR VOTERS, THE CHILDREN AND PARENT OF THESE CHILDREN WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR VOTE ON OUR BEHALF.  

>>Lynn Gray:  FINAL THOUGHTS.  

>> KIDS DO NOT WANT TO ATTEND SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY ARE FORCED TO WEAR A MASK. KIDS CAN'T GET LUNCH BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT PERMITTED -- OUR SENIORS DO NOT WANT TO ATTEND GRADUATION.  

>>Lynn Gray:  APPRECIATE IT, THANK YOU. NEXT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE VICKY FRANKLIN AND HERE IS THE ORDER. WE ARE JUST GETTING NEAR THE END HERE. VICKY FRANKLIN, DIANA KLEIN. SCOTT CLAIRE BORN. LACY KANIP. LIN ROLFORD AND CYNTHIA GRAHAM. THAT WILL BE ENOUGH FOR RIGHT NOW. SO VICKY FRANKLIN IS NEXT. GOOD EVENING.  

>> I AM A RETIRED HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD EMPLOYEE AND I WILL SAY I GREW UP HERE. MY HUSBAND DID. WE ALL WENT TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL. WE WENT THROUGH THE TIME MUMPS, MEASLES, CHICKEN POX AND OTHER DISEASES. WE NEVER WORE MASKS. IT JUST WASN'T DONE OPINION THIS NEEDS TO BE STOPPED IMMEDIATELY. I HAVE GRANDKIDS IN PINELLAS AND HILLSBOROUGH. THERE HAS BEEN A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THEIR HEALTH AND IN THEIR MENTAL STATE SINCE THIS HAPPENED AND IN THE NEIGHBORS' KIDS. MY TRANSCRIPT ASKED ME HOW COME YOU NEVER GOT SICK GG. I JUST NEVER BELIEVED. AND BIOLOGICAL ENGINEERS TELL YOU NO REASON FOR THE MASK. WE DON'T NEED TO HAVE THIS FEAR. OUR CHILDREN ARE SUFFERING MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY. WE DON'T WANT THESE KIND OF KIDS GROWING UP THIS WAY. I WANT MY GRANDKIDS OUT THERE PLAYING WITH KIDS, SITTING IN THE HOUSE, PLAYING GAMES WITH KIDS AND I SEE THEM ON A REGULAR BASIS, AT LEAST TWO OR THREE TIMES A WEEK. THE COUNTY -- I DON'T KNOW IF YOU RECEIVE MONEY EACH WEEK WHEN THE VOTE FOR THE MASK,  BUT IF YOU DO DON'T LET THAT BE WHAT CAUSES YOU TO VOTE FOR MASK. VOTE FOR IT BECAUSE WHAT IS BEST FOR THE KIDS. WE ARE PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS. LET THEM -- THE PARENTS DECIDE WHAT IS BEST FOR THEIR KIDS. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED. I HAVEN'T WORN ONE AND I GOT OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AND TOLD YOU ARE VERY SUSCEPTIBLE. I WENT EVERYWHERE. I DID NOT WEAR A MASK. PLEASE THINK OF OUR KIDS. THAT'S ALL I AM ASKING YOU. THEY NEED TO BE KIDS LIKE YOU WERE, I WAS AND PARENTS WERE. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. NEXT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE DIANE KLEIN FOLLOWED BY SCOTT CLEAR BORN FOLLOWED BY LACY KANI P, THENLIN WOFFORD AND CYNTHIA GRAHAM AND I HAVE A FEELING I HAD SOME NAMES MISPRONOUNCED. OKAY. AND DIANA KLEIN, WELCOME.  

>> THE STUDENTS IN THE COUNTY ARE SUFFERING BECAUSE OF UNCONSTITUTIONAL,  UNWARRANTED MASK MANDATE THAT REACHED THE LEVEL OF BEING CRIMINAL. THE MASKS ARE CHILD ABUSE AND REPENT OF YOUR CHILD ABUSE AND REMOVE THE MASKS. ALL THE STUDIES SHOW THAT MASKS DON'T PROTECT EVERYONE FROM CORONA. IT IS TIME TO LET GO AND TRASH THE MASKS TODAY. THERE IS NO REASON FOR ANYONE TO FEAR CORONAVIRUS. CORONAVIRUS IS NOT EVEN A THREAT TO 99% OF THE POPU POPULATION. THE ONLY DEFENSE ANYONE HAS AGAINST CORONA IS TO TAKE PROPER CARE OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM TO DO ITS JOB TO SUCCESSFULLY FIGHT OFF CORONAVIRUS. THE PROPER PAYROLL PROTOCOL WATER, SLEEP, EXERCISE, SUNLIGHT AND OXYGEN RAW FRUITS AND VEGETABLES, NUTS, SEEDS, FERMENTED FOODS AND DRINKS, HER BALANCE TEAS AND SUPPLEMENTS, FISH AND BONE BROTH AND A SP SPOONFUL OF COD LIVE OIL AND AVOID FAST FOOD AND PROCESSED FOOD BECAUSE THEY CONTAIN A LOT OF TOXIC CHEMICALS. FREEDOM.  

>>> FROM FROMCORONAVIRUS.COM WHICH IS THE CARD I PASSED OUT. FORCING CHILDREN TO INHALE AIR IN A CLOTH SOAKED WITH MUCOUS, SWEAT AND SALIVA IN CHILD ABUSE. STOP THE CHILD ABUSE AND REMOVE THE MASK. MADAM CHAIRWOMAN. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT WANT TO SPEAK. AND YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO CHANGE THE PROTOCOL TODAY. SO EVERYBODY CAN SPEAK. WILL YOU ALLOW EVERYBODY TO SPEAK TODAY. THE AGENDA IS SCHEDULED UNTIL MIDNIGHT. SO PLENTY OF TIME TO HEAR ALL OF THE SPEAKERS. WILL YOU DO THAT? WILL YOU DO THAT? WILL YOU ALLOW? I WOULD LIKE AN ANSWER, MA'AM.  

>>Lynn Gray:  AT THIS POINT IN TIME WE HAVE THE AGENDA SET.  

>> YOU CAN CHANGE IT, MA'AM. YOU CAN CHANGE IT. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO CHANGE IT RIGHT NOW. YOU CAN CHANGE THAT. WILL YOU DO THAT AND LET EVERYBODY SPEAK.  

>> LET EVERYBODY SPEAK AND END THE MASK MANDATE. TRASH THE MASK.  

>>Lynn Gray:  NEXT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE LACY KANEP. OKAY. WHY DON'T YOU COME RIGHT ON UP. OH, THAT IS SCOTT. SCOTT, GO AHEAD. YOU ARE NEXT. AND THEN LACY. FOLLOWED BY LYNN AND CYNTHIA.  

>> MY NAME IS SCOTT CLAIBORNE. THE PROUD FATHER OF SIX AND FOUR-YEAR-OLD BOY BOTH WILL BE ATTENDING SCHOOL FOR THE 2 2021-2022 COOL YEAR. ALL POLITICAL POWER IS INHERENT OF THE PEOPLE. CERTAIN RIGHTS SHALL NOT BE CONSTRUED TO DENY OR REPAIR OTHERS BY THE PEOPLE. YOU MAY THINK THAT THE QUOTE COMES FROM THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. YOU WOULD BE WRONG, ARTICLE 1, SECTION 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA. SERVE AS A REMINDER THAT EACH ONE OF YOU THAT YOUR POSITION EXISTS FROM THE CONSENT, YOU ARE ELECTED OFFICIALS, NOT KINGS AND QUEENS. SAID SIMPLY, YOU WORK FOR US. PUBLIC COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE NO RIGHT AND LEGAL AUTHORITY TO MANDATE TO PARENTS HOW TO RAISE THEIR CHILDREN LET ALONE HOW TO ATTEND SCHOOLS. PARENTS PREPARE STUDENTS TO LEARN AND TEACHERS TEACH, PERIOD. IF WE AS PARENTS CHOOSE TO MASK AND VACCINATE OUR CHILDREN THAT IS OUR CHOICE, NOT YOURS. THE FACT THAT WE ARE HERE TO DEBATE A MASK MANDATE FOR THE 2021-2022 LOOK AT REAL MOTIVES, POLL TUCKS. THE STATEHOUSE AND GOVERNOR'S HOUSE HAVE MADE IT CLEAR. THE STATEWIDE MANDATES ARE FINISHWHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU CAN ACT UNILATERALLY AND IGNORE THE LAW. YOU CAN'T AND WON'T. IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO SO YOU CAN AND WILL BE REPLACED. CLASS-ACTION LUTZ ARE VERY EFFECTIVE. IT APPEARS YOU LOST AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF LEARNING, CRITICAL THINKING. I WILL LEAVE YOU WITH KNEES QUESTIONS TO PONDER, IF MASK WORK WHY DON'T WE SOCIAL DISTANCING. IF SOCIAL DISTANCING DISTANCE WORKS, WHY DO WE WEAR THE MA MASKS. IF BOTH WORKS, WHY THE LOC LOCKDOWNS. AND IF ALL OF THAT WORKS, WHY THE VACCINE. I THINK YOU KNOW THE ANSWERS BUT NO DOUBT YOU WILL IGNORE THE TRUTH BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE TOLD TO DO.  

>>Lynn Gray:  FINAL THOUGHTS.  

>> DO YOUR JOB. OPEN THE SCHOOLS. DROP THE MASKS. AND LEAVE THE PARENTING TO US. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. LACY, YOU ARE UP NEXT FOLLOWED BY LYNN ROLFORD FOLLOWED BY CYNTHIA GRAHAM. THEN GRANT GREGORY FOLLOWED BY COURTLYN. NOT SURE OF THE LAST NAME, COOPER, I BELIEVE. MY APOLOGIES.  GOOD EVENING, LACY.  

>> THANKS FOR HAVING US TODAY. THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT DIDN'T GET ON THE LIST. I WANTED TO OPEN UP BY SAYING THERE WAS SOME TECHNICAL ISSUES IN SIGNING UP. SO THE RIGHT THING TO DO WOULD BE TO LET EVERYONE SPEAK THAT DROVE DOWN HERE TO GIVE THEIR FEEDBACK. PERSONALLY I WAS NOT ABLE TO ACCESS THE LIST SO I CAN ATTEST THERE WERE SOME TECHNICAL IS ISSUES AND I THINK IT WOULD BE FAIR TO LET EVERYONE SPEAK TODAY. I JUST WANT TO LET YOU KNOW YOU MIGHT RECOGNIZE ME FROM YOUR MAY 4  SCHOOL BOARD RETREAT IN WHICH I DIME TRY TO PUT THE FIRE UNDERNEATH YOU TO STOP THE MASK MANDATE. I DO WANT TO GO AHEAD AND REITERATE THAT THE SCIENCE DOES NOT SUPPORT MAKING OUR CHILDREN WEAR MASKS FOR SIX HOURS A DAY MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. SOME OF YOU IN THE SCHOOL BOARD RETREAT WERE NOT WEARING MASKS THAT DAY, WHICH IS INTERESTING, BECAUSE I CAME INTO TO OBSERVE YOU. I DID HAVE A SIGN THAT SAID END THE MASK MANDATE NOW. IT HAS BEEN WEEKS. AND YOU HAVE NOT TAKEN ACTION. SO THERE IS NO REASON WHY TO CONTINUE TO MAKE OUR CHILDREN BE MASKED. OBVIOUSLY IT SHOULD BE OPT OPTIONAL. THERE IS NO SCIENCE THAT SUPPORTS IT. AND IT IS HARMFUL TO OUR CHILDREN. WE HAVE SEEN THE CHILDREN THAT HAVE PASSED OUT DURING ATHLETICS OUTSIDE. IT IS NOT COMMON SENSE ANYMORE. THERE IS PROOF THAT IT IS HURTING OUR KIDS. NO REASON TO MAKE THEM BE M MASKED. IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE THE MASK UPDATE YOU HAVE THE OP OPTION. YOU ALL ARE LIABLE AT THIS POINT BECAUSE IT IS IN YOUR HANDS. THE GOVERNOR HAVE ASKED YOU TO ACT ON THIS. YOU HAVE NOT ACTED YET AND YOU ARE LIABLE IF ANYTHING HAPPENS TO OUR CHILDREN. THIS BODY IS LIABLE. PLEASE LET THE REST OF THE PARENTS HERE SPEAK. THEY TOOK TIME OUT OF THEIR SCHEDULES TO BE HERE AND THEY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO COME SPEAK WITH YOU ALL.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. LYNN WOFORD AND GRANT GREGORY AND COURTLY N COPPER. YEAH FOLLOWING THAT WILL BE MARK KLUTHO AND SHERRY ENGLISH. THAT IS THE VERY END.  

>> I'M HERE AS A VOICE FOR OUR LITTLE PEOPLE. AT THE VERY LEAST DURING THE PANDEMIC, YOU COULD GO TO A RESTAURANT AND SIT DOWN AND TAKE YOUR MASK OFF. WHY CAN'T THE STUDENTS BE ABLE TO TAKE THEIR MASK OFF WHEN THEY ARE AT THEIR DESK. WE BREATHE IN, AND CARBON DIOXIDE, A WASTE GAS MOVES FROM THE BLOOD AND INTO THE LUNGS AND EXHALED. THIS PROCESS IS CALLED GAS EXCHANGE. FOR A HEALTHY BODY AND ESSENTIAL FOR LIFE. WHEN WE REBREATHE CARBON DIOXIDE, IT CAN HAVE A HARMFUL AND DANGEROUS EFFECT ON THE BODY. CARBON DIOXIDE LEVELS ARE ELEVATED IN THE BODY KNOWN AS HYPER CAPNIA. OCCURS BY REBREATHING OUR OWN EXHALED CARBON DIOXIDE. IT CAN LEAD TO INCREASED BLOOD PRESSURE, HEADACHES, MUSCLE TWITCHES, RAPID HEART RATE, CHEST PAIN, CONFUSION AND FATIGUE. IN EXTREME CASE IT IS LEFT UNTREATED, IT CAN LEAD TO ORGAN DAMAGE AND HAVE A LONG-TERM EFFECT ON YOUR BRAIN. WHEN A CHILD PUTS ON THE FACE MASK EVERY SINGLE TIME EVERYTHING SEEMS NORMAL. THE MASK MAY STOP A PORTION OF THE DROPLETS THEY SAY BUT A SHORT TIME THE MASK RETAINS MOISTURE FROM BREATHING AND, ETC. BLOCKER OF EXHALED CARBON DIOXIDE THAT DOESN'T ESCAPE THE BODY BUT IS CONTINUOUSLY BREATHED BY OUR LITTLE PEOPLE'S BODY. WILL THE SCHOOL BOARD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE DAMAGES THAT OCCUR FROM WEARING THE MASKS? TEEN AND EVEN CHILD SUICIDE HAVE RISEN SINCE COVID. WHY DO YOU THAT I IS? ISOLATION, MASKS, BEING RESTRICTED SOCIALLY HAVE BECOME AN IMPACT ON OUR CHILDREN'S LIVES, THEIR WELL BEING, THEIR MENTAL HEALTH. FOR EXAMPLE, WHEN A CHILD HAS ITS AIRWAYS RESTRICTED, AKA WEARING A MASKS, IT IS IMPORTANT NOT ONLY THE WAY CHILDREN LOOK AT EACH OTHER IN ISOLATION BUT ALSO DISCOURAGES GET TOGETHERS AND SLEEP-OVERS, RESTRICTED SOCIALLY. TOP HOLDING OUR CHILDREN HOSTAGE WITH THESE MASKS.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU SO MUCH.  

>> YOU WILL SEE A RISE IN BETTER MENTAL HEALTH AND PHYSICAL HEALTH.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU.  

>> WE ARE NOT NEVER DESIGNED TO HAVE OUR AIRWAYS RESTRICTED.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. OKAY,  THANK YOU SO MUCH. NEXT WE WILL HAVE CYNTHIA GRAHAM, GRANT GREGORY, COURTLYN COPPER, FOLLOWED BY MARK KLUTH O, SHERRY ENGLISH. AND THEN WE ALSO HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING FOLLOWING THAT. WE ALSO WILL ENTERTAIN, D -- OF COURSE WE WILL THE E-MAILS SHOULD WE HAVE ANY OTHER COMMENTS AND GOOD EVENING.  

>> GOOD EVENING. YES, HI, I AM JUST A MOM. THANK YOU FOR LETTING ME SPEAK. I AM THE PARENT OF TWO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN DURING THE PANDEMIC. MY SON WAS INDIANA ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL SCHOOL BECAUSE OF THE MANY EXCEPTION ATS. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME THE DISTRICT FAILED US. WE HAD TO HAVE HIM IN  E-LEARNING. ALL THE 24 APPLIED BY HAVER RALE ANALYSIS HAD TO BE DEDICATED TO HIS SUCCESS. WE WENT ON TO HAVE NO CASE MANAGER UNTIL THE END OF DECEMBER 2020. BEING THIS IS THE SECOND TIME THE DISTRICT HAS FAILED US. YES THE SERVICES WERE EITHER INTERRUPTED OR IMMEDIATE BECAUSE THERE WAS NO OL OCCASION OF SERVICES FROM THE DISTRICT. WE ARE A MILITARY FAMILY AND SUPPLEMENT HIS NEEDS WITH EXTENSIVE PRIVATE THERAPY, BUT MY KIDS ALREADY ARE MORE THAN 20  CLASSMATES IN THEIR CLA CLASSES. 18 STUDENTS UNTIL THIRD GRADE. SENATE BILL NUMBER 30. AND CLASSROOM SIZES ARE JUST GOING TO INCREASE. ESC MINUTES WILL BE LESS FOR STUDENTS THAT DESPERATELY NEED THEM. MY SON'S CASE MANAGER WAS ONE OF THE UNITS TO BE CUTS FROM  ESRICK ELEMENTARY. IT WILL BE SHORT ONE UNIT AND THE THIRD TIME THE DISTRICT HAS FAMED US FOR MY SON IN JUST ONE YEAR. MANY ARE TURNING TO ADVOCATES AND LEARNING THEIR RIGHTS. HOW WILL BE DISTRICT DEAL WITH THE MULTIPLE LAWSUITS FOR SERVICES NOT RENDERED DURING THIS TIME. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. NEXT WE WILL HAVE GRANT GREGORY, COURTLYN COPPER FOLLOWED BY MARK KLUTHO AND SHERRY ENGLISH.  

>> SURFACE TRANSMISSION IS ONE IN LESS THAN 10,000. THIS IS ALL THEATRE.  

>>Lynn Gray:  GOOD EVENING, GRANT.  

>> THANK YOU. I'M HERE TO DISCUSS SCIENCE. THE LAST YEAR WE HAVE BEEN TOLD TO FOLLOW THE SCIENCE. FOLLOW THE SCIENCE. NO ONE HAS PRESENTED US THE SCIENCE. AS JASON SAID EARLIER, RANDOMIZED CONTROL TRIALS IS WHAT THE CDC CALLS THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF EVIDENCE IN OUR CTs. THEY WON'T DO AN RCT ON COVID, WHY? THEY HAVE DONE 10 OVER THE LAST 72 YEARS ON INFLUENZA-LIKE ILLNESSES AND THEY ALL SHOW THE SAME THING. SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF 10 RCTs REPORTING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF FACE MASKS, THEY FOUND NO SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION IN TRANSMISSION. PROPER USE OF FACE MASS SEX ESSENTIAL BECAUSE IMPROPER USE MIGHT ALSO INCREASE THE RISK OF TRANSMISSION. WE DID NOT FIND ANY EVIDENCE THAT SURGICAL TYPEFACE MASKS ARE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING LABORATORY CONFIRMED TRANSMISSION. EITHER WHEN WORN BY INFECTED PERSONS OR BY THE GENERAL COMMUNITY. THE ONLY RCT TRIAL YOU CAN FIND ON COVID WAS DONE BY STANFORD,  THE CONCLUSION OF THE STANFORD MASK STUDY. THE EXISTING SCIENTIFICALLY CHALLENGED THE EFFICACY OF WEARING A FACE MASK FOR COVID-19. DATA SHOW MEDICAL AND NONMEDICAL BLOCK VIRAL INFECTIOUS DISEASES SUCH AS TSARS AND COVID-19.  

>>Lynn Gray:  FINAL THOUGHTS.  

>> WEARING FACE MASKS HAD DEMONSTRATED ADVERSE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, INCREASE $TOXICITY, FEAR AND STRESS RESPONSE, RISE IN HORMONES, IMMUNE MALL IN DEPRESSION, AND PREDISPOSITION FOR VIRAL AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES, CRONIC STRESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION. THAT IS WHAT THE SCIENCE SAYS, NOT ME.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. NEXT COURTLYN YOU ARE NEXT FOLLOWED BY MARK KLUTHO FOLLOWED BY SHERRY ENGLISH. THANK YOU JORGE, AGAIN, TO DOING WHAT YOU NEED TO BE DO DOING. THANK YOU.  

>> HI, IT'S NOT COURT LYNN COPPER. IT IS COOPER. A FORMER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STUDENT AND GRADUATE OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS AND AN APOLLO BEACH NATIVE AND I HAVE A 14-YEAR-OLD BROTHER IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. REVOKING YOU ALL FOR ALL MASK MANDATES FOR THE 2021-2022 COOL YEAR. I DON'T THINK IT IS FAIR FOR THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE TO WEAR MASK. TO COMMUNICATE WITH A MASK IS NOT GOOD AND YOU LEARN TO COMMUNICATE AT SCHOOL, WERE PREKINDERGARTEN AND UP. ALSO ONE MORE THING I WOULD LIKE TO ADD FOR THE RECORD. IF -- LET ME SEE HERE. I TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 BACK IN NOVEMBER OF 2020. THE SAME DAY I GOT OFF OF QUARANTINE WAS THE SAME DAY I ENDED UP IN THE HOSPITAL WITH PULMONARY EMBOLISM AND I HAVE THE BLOOD CLOTS IN MY LUNGS TO THIS DAY. WITH THAT BEING SAID I CAN'T WORK AND GET A JOB BECAUSE THE MAJORITY OF THEM ARE MAKING THEIR EMPLOYEES WEAR MASKS AND I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT THESE KIDS HAVE TO GO THROUGH ALL DAY, EVERY DAY TO HAVE TO WEAR A MASK IN SCHOOL ALL DAY LONG. I KNOW FOR ME IT IS HARD TO WEAR IT FOR A LONG PERIOD OF TIME. EVEN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. MARK KLUTH O,   YOU ARE NEXT FOLLOWED BY CHERRY ENGLISH. AND FOLLOWED BY PUBLIC HEARING IMMEDIATELY AFTERWARDS. GOOD EVENING.  

>> MARK KLUTH O, LARGO. OVER A YEAR SINCE I HAVE BEEN AT ONE OF THESE MEETINGS. I HATE TO RAIN ON THE PARADE OF THE PATHETIC WHINERS. IT IS SUCH -- SUCH A BURDEN TO WEAR THIS HEAVY MASK. IT IS -- IT JUST HURTS SO BA BADLY. CAN'T HARDLY STAND IT. YOU KNOW, I -- I REALLY FEEL LIKE IT WAS A SAVIOR FOR ME, YOU KNOW, THIS LAST YEAR, GOING THROUGH CHEMO AND RADIATION. MY IMMUNE SYSTEM IS IT STILL NOT BACK TO WHAT IT SHOULD BE. AND BEING AROUND THESE WHACKOS IS QUITE A BURDEN. AND I FEEL LIKE IT IS A WASTE OF TIME TALKING ABOUT ISSUE, BUT I HAD TO BE BACK TO TALK ABOUT THE BIG ISSUES, SUCH AS YESTERDAY'S HEADLINE, GET READY FOR THE CLIMATE DISASTERS. THEY ARE COMING. AND THIS HEADLINE HERE GIVING AGING BUILDINGS A GREEN MAKEOVER. DEVELOPERS ARE DEVISING WAYS TO RETROFIT NEW YORK OLDEST STRUCTURES TO REDUCE THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINTS WHICH IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT FOR OVER 30 YEARS. THESE RETROFITS OF THESE BUILDINGS, OLD BUILDINGS, CUTTING THE UTILITY BILLS BY 80 FERRARI. NOW --  

>>Lynn Gray:  FINAL THOUGHTS.  

>> YOUR NEW BUILDINGS HERE WOULD BE AN EASIER PROPOSITION. WHAT YOU HAVE NOT DONE. OVER $4 BILLION WORTH OF STUPID BUILDINGS.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO.  

>> IT IS A SHAME.  

>>Lynn Gray:  NEXT WILL BE CHER SHERRY ENGLISH.  OKAY. GOOD EVENING.  

>> I HOPE YOU ARE LISTENING. I AM A PARENT AND A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. I CARE ABOUT THE CHILDREN AND THE REAL SCIENCE BEHIND THE MASK. THERE ARE STUDIES OF MASK EFFICACY THAT HAVE BEEN TAKEN DOWN BY GOOGLE MONTHS AGO. WE ARE FACING A WAR ON OUR FIRST AMENDMENT, AND WHAT THIS DOES IS NOT ALLOW THE REAL STORY TO BE HEARD. THE EFFICACY OF MASKS IS PRACTICALLY NONEXISTENCE UNLESS OFF FITTED RESPIRATOR THAT IS THE FACT. THE SIZE OF COVID AEROSOL IS TOO SMALL TO BE CONTAINED BY THE MASK. BACTERIA WHICH ARE 50  TIMES LARGER REMAIN IN THE WET, SO SOGGY, DIRTY BACTERIA-FIELD SHIELDS KIDS ARE FORCED TO WEAR ALL DAY LONG. AS A HEALTH CARE WORKER, I NEED BREAKS FROM MY MASK EVERY DAY ALL DAY. OUR KIDS DO NOT GET THAT. THE SCIENCE NEEDS TO BE LEARNED WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR KIDS PETITIONS, I TORY SYSTEM FOR ISSUE OF BEING FORCED TO WEAR THEM. A FORM OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEEDS TO BE STOPPED NOW. ALSO 30 PEOPLE WITH A VOICE. I WISH YOU WOULD ELECT TO HEAR ALL OF US. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, MISS ENGLISH. NOW WE WILL HAVE MR. PORTER.  

>>Jim Porter:  MADAM CHAIR IF I COULD, NO VOTE THAT TAKEN BY THE BOARD FOR FACIAL CONVERSATION BY THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. THIS WAS INTENDED TONIGHT TO BEGIN THE DISCUSSION, BECAUSE IF YOU DO WISH TO HAVE A POLICY-MAKING FACIAL CONVERSATION EITHER MANDATORY OR VOLUNTARY, YOU NEED TO DO THAT THROUGH YOUR POLICY AND THAT REQUIRES A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF NOTICE DIFFERENT THAN A REGULAR AGENDA ITEM. TO THAT END, IF YOU WANT TO HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT IT, THAT DISCUSSION WILL TAKE PLACE IN JUNE OR AT THE VERY LATEST JULY. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND, WE HAVE A BALANCING ACT. THERE NEEDS TO BE CERTAINTY AND CLARITY FOR PARENTS TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR PARENTS THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR AND BASE WHATEVER DECISION THIS BOARD WANTS TO MAKE ON SOUNDS DATA. CURRENTLY I WILL REMIND THE BOARD THAT THE CURRENT FACIAL COVERING MANDATE IS EMBEDDED IN THE REOPENING PLAN THAT WAS FROM THE STATE. THAT MASK MANDATE FOUNDED BY GUIDANCE FROM THE CDC. WE ARE MONITORING THE CDC. THE RECOMMENDATION IS TO CONTINUE THE MASK MANDATE FOR THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR,  BUT THEY HAVE NOT ISSUED GUIDANCE FOR NEXT YEAR AS OF YET. AND SO UNTIL THAT IS DONE, IT IS PREMATURE FOR THE BOARD TO VOTE. SO, AGAIN, THERE WILL BE NO VOTE TONIGHT ON WHETHER TO REQUIRE FACIAL CONVERSATION FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. AND IF YOU DO DECIDE YOU WANT TO GO DOWN THAT PATH, IT WILL BE A FULL-BLOWN PUBLIC HEARING. I UNDERSTAND A LOT OF INTEREST IN THIS. OBVIOUSLY FROM THE PASSION OF THE PEOPLE THAT SPOKE AND I KNOW THE BOARD ALL RESPECTS THAT PASSION. IF THERE IS GOING TO BE A POLICY TO EITHER MAKE MASKS MANDATORY OR VOLUNTARY, I WOULD RECOMMEND DO YOU THAT AT A SPECIAL MEETING ARIZONA MUCH PUBLIC COMMENT AS IS NEEDED A ENCOURAGE PEOPLE THROUGH E- E-MAILS AND OTHER METHODS OF CONTACTING YOU. TONIGHT WASN'T THE DEC DECISION-MAKING NIGHT. ALL THE PUBLIC COMMENT WAS VALUABLE TO YOUR DECISION MAKING BUT NO DECISION TO BE MADE TONIGHT. I WILL NOTE THAT THE CURRENT MASK MANDATE WAS CHALLENGED LEGALLY IN COURT AND SUCC SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED. IT IS STILL IN PLACE. THE SUPERINTENDENT OF HAS INDICATE THE REMIND SIR OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR JUST A FEW MORE DAYS. AGAIN, NO VOTE, AND A DECISION LATER THIS SUMMER WHETHER YOU WANT TO DO A POLICY WILL BE THIS BOARD'S DECISION AND AT THAT TIME, IT WILL BE A PUBLIC HEARING. AND THAT MEANS THE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO SPEAK CAN SPEAK. WE APOLOGIZE IF THERE WERE ISSUES SIGNING UP TONIGHT. OBVIOUSLY A LOT OF INTEREST TONIGHT. THE CHAIR -- THE CHAIR DID EXTEND PUBLIC COMMENT. TYPICALLY ALLOW 45 MINUTES AND THE CHAIR EXTENDED THAT AND WENT ON EVEN LONGER THAN INTENDED. THAT WAS EXTENDED BUT NO VOTE TONIGHT. IF THERE IS A VOTE IN THE FUTURE A PUBLIC HEARING AND PUBLIC COMMENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO PEOPLE'S VOICES WILL BE HEARD.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, MR. PORTER. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, IT LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE TWO BOARD MEMBERS WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK. CLARIFICATION, MR. PORTER. THIS WILL BE ON THE MASK CONVERSATION?  

>>Jim Porter:  YES.  

>>Lynn Gray:  MEMBER SNIVELY AND MEMBER HAHN.  

>>Mellisa Snively:  THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. FIRST I WANTS TO ASK ARE WE GOING TO ENGAGE IN CONVE CONVERSATION. I KNOW YOU WERE CLEAR OF NO VOTE THIS EVENING, BUT ARE WE GOING TO ENGAGE IN CONVERSATION ABOUT THE MASK MANDATE AND OUR OPINIONS OR IS THAT -- IS THAT STILL ON THE AGENDA THIS EVENING?  

>>Jim Porter:  THE INTENT TONIGHT WAS TO BEGIN THE CONVERSATION, MISS SNIVELY, BECAUSE THERE IS NO REALLY UPDATED DATA FROM THE CDC, BECAUSE THE SITUATION IS STILL RATHER FLUID. A SUBSTANTIVE DISCUSSION PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE APPROPRIATE. PROBABLY WHAT WOULD BE WOULD BE TO SAY YOU WANT TO SCHEDULE A MEETING FOR MID-JUNE OR LATER JUNE.  

>>Mellisa Snively:  THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE YOUR RESPONSE. TO FOLLOW THAT I WANT TO SAY, ONE, I AM A LITTLE BIT DISAPPOINTED THAT WE LIMITED -- FIRST, THANK YOU CHAIR GRAY. YOU KNOW YOUICS PANNEDED TIME FOR PUBLIC COMMENT BUT THE FACT THAT WE STOPPED HAVING SIGN-UPS AT A CERTAIN POINT. I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT NOT EVERYONE WHO MADE THEIR WAY OUT TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT THIS EVENING HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. ESPECIALLY WHEN I STAND THERE AT THE BEGINNING VIDEO OF EVERY SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND SAY HOW IMPORTANT PUBLIC COMMENT IS TO THE SCHOOL BOARD. SO I KNOW THERE ARE OTHER WAYS THAT PEOPLE CAN HEAR US. THEY CAN CONTACT US VIA E-MAIL. AND MEETINGS AND SO FORTH. BUT PUBLIC SPEAKING, PUBLIC COMMENT IS -- IT IS VERY DIFFICULT TO GET SOMETIMES THE LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING AND COMMUNICATION AND COMPASSION IN AN E-MAIL VERSUS SOMEONE WHO IS SPENDING THEIR TIME HERE AT THE LECTERN OR TAKEN THE TIME -- THEIR PERSONAL TIME OUT OF THEIR DAY TO COME AND SHARE WITH US IN FRONT OF THIS -- IN FRONT OF THIS SCHOOL BOARD. I DON'T KNOW THERE IS A WAY IN ORDER TO DO THAT THIS EVENING, TO CONTINUE PUBLIC COMMENT THIS EVENINGS IF THAT IS SOMETHING THAT THE BOARD WOULD -- WOULD BE AMENABLE TO. IF NOT, AND CHAIR, I GUESS YOU CAN GET CONSENSUS ON THAT. IF NOT, ABSOLUTELY A SPECIAL BOARD MEETING WHERE WE DON'T LIMIT THE PUBLIC COMMENT AT ALL AND THAT WAY EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO SPEAK CAN SPEAK AND NO ONE GETS TURNED DOWN AT THE DOOR OR -- OR -- YOU KNOW, UNABLE TO SIGN UP ONLINE. , BUT EITHER WAY, I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM EVERYONE WHO WANTS TO COME AND SPEAK TO THE BOARD, WHETHER IT'S -- IT IS AN HOUR OR TWO HOURS AND FIVE HOURS. THERE ARE BOARD MEETINGS ACROSS THE STATE THAT DON'T LIMIT PUBLIC COMMENT AND I DON'T THINK WE SHOULD BE LIMITING PUBLIC COMMENT EITHER FOR PEOPLE TO EXPRESS WHATEVER OPINION WE HAVE. WE NEED TO HAVE EVERYONE'S OPINION IN A FAIR AND REASONABLE WAY. SO I JUST WANT TO PUT THAT -- PUT THAT OUT HERE, THAT I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THE REST OF THE -- THE COMMENTS THIS EVENING. IF NOT, THEN DEFINITELY A SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING WHICH WE COULD SCHEDULE IN JUNE OR SOON -- SOON ENOUGH TO EITHER LET PEOPLE KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING, BECAUSE HERE IS THE THING. LAST YEAR WE WAITED TOO LONG. AND THAT WAS THE COMPLAINT IS, WE WERE TRYING TO GET AS MUCH DAY WE COULD TO MAKE THE DEBUT CHANGING ON A DAILY BASIS AND IT TOOK TOO LONG FOR US TO MAKE THE DECISION. NOW IT MIGHT BE TOO SOON TO MAKE THE DECISION BECAUSE WE ARE STILL WAITING ON DATA TO COME IN AND THE NUMBERS ARE IMPROVING AND GOING DOWN AND MAY IMPACT AND INFLUENCE THE DECISION OF THE BOARD. AND SO WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO FIND IS THAT SWEET SPOT, I THINK, THIS THE MIDDLE WHERE WE ARE GIVING PARENTS ENOUGH TIME TO MAKE A DECISION. AND WE HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION. BUT EERPT WAY, I APPRECIATE EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO SPEAK TODAY AND I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR ANY OTHER BOARD MEMBERS' OPINIONS WHAT WE SHOULD DO AT THIS JUNCTURE, THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  SO FAR I PUT DOWN A SPECIAL CALLED OR LISTEN TO OTHER BOARD MEMBERS FOR CONSENSUS. MEMBER HAHN AND MEMBER COMBS AND MEMBER PEREZ AND MEMBER WASHINGTON.  

>>Stacy Hahn:  THANK YOU, CHAIRWOMAN GRAY AND AS I MENTIONED IN THE MIDDLE OF PUBLIC COMMENT, I TOOK THAT OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE MY CONCERNS ABOUT NOT HEARING EVERYBODY WHO IS HERE TO SPEAK TONIGHT. I WANT TO THANK MEMBER GRAY ALSO FOR EXTENDING IT TO AN HOUR. I KNOW THAT WE HAD, YOU KNOW, DIFFERENT TOPICS THAT PEOPLE SPOKE ON TONIGHT. I DON'T KNOW WHO ELSE IS OUT THERE WHO WANTS TO SPEAK ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUE THAT MAYBE WE HAVEN'T HEARD FROM. I THINK THAT THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT ISSUE AS A BOARD MEMBER WHO WENT THROUGH SCHOOL REOPENING. I KNOW THAT PEOPLE FEEL VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THESE ISSUES. AND SO I WOULD CERTAINLY LIKE TO HEAR FROM THE FOLKS WHO ARE HERE TONIGHT ON BOTH SIDES OF THE ISSUE. AND THEY DID MAKE THEIR WAY OUT HERE. I DO AGREE THAT DURING A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING, I WOULD PREFER IT IN JULY, AGAIN, SEEING WHAT WE WENT THROUGH WITH SCHOOL REOPENING WHERE ONE WEEK, WE MADE A DECISION, TWO WEEKS LATER WE CHANGED THE DECISION AND WENT BACK TO THE DECISION WHICH WAS MORE FRUSTRATING FOR PARENTS THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE. AND SO IF WE DO HAVE -- WHEN WE DO HAVE A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING, WOULD WANT US TO, AGAIN, SIT HERE AS LONG AS IT TAKES TO HEAR EVERY PUBLIC COMMENT ON THIS ISSUE BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT FOR US TO HEAR FROM OUR CONSTITUENTS AND I KNOW MECHANIC E-MAIL US AND CALL US, BUT TO HEAR FROM THEM DIRECTLY IS VERY POWERFUL AND TO HEAR FROM WHETHER IT IS PARENTS OR CHILDREN OR TEACHERS ON BOTH SIDES, ALL SIDES OF ISSUES IS VERY IMPORTANT. SO THANK YOU FOR THE TIME.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, MEMBER HAHN, YES, MY HEART GOES OUT TO THOSE WHO HAVE COME HERE TO SPEAK. I NOW -- I DON'T LIKE TO SAY BEING WAFFLING, BUT I THINK A COMBINATION OF HEARING PERHAPS ANOTHER HALF HOUR AND HAVING A SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING IS SOMETHING THAT I WOULD ENTERTAIN. I DO KNOW THAT WE HAVE PEOPLE WAITING HERE IN THE AUDIENCE FOR SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS AND I WANT TO BE FAIR TO THEM AS W WELL. SO THIS IS -- YOU KNOW THIS IS A -- A LITTLE BIT OF A CONUNDRUM BUT THEN AGAIN, IF WE HAVE -- AND LAURA CROSS IF YOU CHECK OUT IN THE -- OUTSIDE AND SEE HOW MANY SPEAKERS ARE OUT THERE. SO I CAN GET A FEEL. AND THEN LET'S GO AHEAD AND LISTEN TO -- OR TANYA ARGA, WHOEVER IS IN CHARGE, CAN YOU JUST GIVE US AN IDEA AND BRING IT TO MY ATTENTION. MEMBER COMBS YOU ARE NEXT. MEMBER PEREZ. MEMBER WASHINGTON. AND THEN MEMBER VAUGHN.  

>>Nadia Combs:  THANK YOU, CHAIR GRAY, HALF AN HOUR, TWO HOURS, THREE HOURS. THAT IS WHAT I'M HERE FOR. I AM AN ELECTED OFFICIAL. IF IT IS THE WILL. PEOPLE CAME HERE AND DID NOT REALIZE THEY COULD NOT SIGN UP. I THINK PEOPLE HAD A DIFFICULTY SIGNING UP. I THINK PEOPLE --  

>>Lynn Gray:  LET'S GET A CLARIFICATION ON THAT AND THAT HAS BEEN SAID TWICE. TANYA ARGA, CAN YOU TELL US THE PROCESS OF SIGNING UP. BECAUSE I DON'T WANT MISINFORMATION TO GO OUT THAT THERE WASN'T A PROPER VETTING FOR SIGN-UP. SO PLEASE -- PLEASE SHARE RIGHT NOW.  

>> IT WAS DIRECTED THAT WE WOULD EXTEND PUBLIC COMMENT TO ONE HOUR. AND YOU DIRECTED US TO GIVE EACH PERSONh --  

>>Lynn Gray:  VERSUS ONE MI MINUTE.  

>> EXACTLY. WHEN 30  PEOPLE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK TO PUBLIC COMMENT, THE SIGN-UP SHEET WAS CUT OFF. AT THAT POINT OUT HERE, WHEN THE FOLKS CAME IN, WE DID TAKE A WAITING LIST BECAUSE THERE WERE SOME FOLKS THAT WE THOUGHT MIGHT NOT SHOW UP TONIGHT SO WE HAVE A WAITING LIST OF 12 PEOPLE THAT ARE ON THIS LIST. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY MORE PEOPLE ARE OUT THERE, BUT WE HAVE A WAITING LIST OF 12 PEOPLE THAT WE HAVE ON OUR LIST.  

>>Lynn Gray:  OKAY. AND SO NOW..  

>> LIMITED TO 30 AS PEOPLE WERE COMING HERE OPINION DID THEY KNOW IT WAS LIMITED TO 30. I THINK IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT REGARDLESS OF WHERE PEOPLE STAND. IF THEY ARE HERE AND WANT TO SPEAK US TO THIS EVENING I WILL BE HERE TO MIDNIGHT OR HOWEVER LONG IT TAKES. I THINK IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO HEAR PEOPLE WHO HAVE TAKEN THE TIME TO COME DOWNTOWN WHO WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO EXTEND THAT TIME, NOT AS HALF AN HOUR BUT AS LONG AS IT MAY TAKE.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU MEMBER COMBS FOLLOWED BY MEMBERS WASHINGTON AND MEMBER VAUGHN.  

>> WE HAVE PARENTS WHO TAKE THE TIME OUT OF THEIR SCHEDULE TO COME DOWN HERE. THEY ARE OUR CONSTITUENTS. THEY WANT US TO HEAR HOW THEY ARE FEELING. AND ALSO IN LIGHT OF THE CONCERNS THAT THEY HAVE FOR THEIR STUDENTS AND THE MENTAL HEALTH OF OUR STUDENTS. I WANT TO HEAR WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY. AND IT IS IMPORTANT TO HEAR THEIR VOICE. THEIR REPRESENTING THE STUDENTS THAT THEY HAVE IN OUR DISTRICT. FOR ME IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THEM TO HAVE THEIR VOICE TONIGHT.  

>>Lynn Gray:  OKAY. I AM THINKING WE ARE GETTING CONSENSUS HERE. BUT WE WILL -- LET'S GO AHEAD AND LISTEN ON. THANK YOU MEMBER PEREZ. MEMBER WASHINGTON, MEMBER VAUGHN AND GO AHEAD AND GET THEM ON THE LIST THAT IS THERE.  

>>Henry Washington:  I WAS ABOUT TO MAKE A MOTION. I WILL MAKE A MOTION THAT WE HEAR THE 12 SPEAKERS.  

>>Lynn Gray:  ABSOLUTELY. THAT IS SAY GREED, BUT -- A MOTION IS ON THE TABLE SECOND. ALL IN FAVOR. I THINK WE ARE ALL GOING TO VOTE YES. AND ANY -- JESSICA, DID YOU WANT TO DISCUSS THE MOTION?  

>>Jessica Vaughn:  CAN DO IT AFTERWARDS.  

>>Lynn Gray:  DISCUSS FIRST AND WE WILL MAKE THE VOTE OFFICIAL.  

>>Jessica Vaughn:  THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MADAM CHAIR. I AGREE THAT WE ARE ELECTED OFFICIALS AND ARE HERE TO HEAR AS MANY CONSTITUENTS AS WANT TO COME OUT. I WILL SAY I HAVE WATCHED THESE MEETINGS FOR YEARS, AND I HAVE SEEN PEOPLE COME OUT FOR YEARS WANTING TO SPEAK ON ISSUES AND COMMENT BE LIMITED. SO I AM SURPRISED TO SEE NOW THIS IS THE TIME THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BAT TO HEAR ALL OF THE SPEAKERS, ALTHOUGH I AM GLAD TO SEE IT. MY CONCERN IS, I AM WONDERING HOW MANY PEOPLE WERE NOT ABLE TO SIGN UP AND DIDN'T COME DOWN BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT WE WERE LIMITED AND WHETHER OR NOT PEOPLE LEFT BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T REALIZE WE WERE GOING TO HEAR MORE SPEAKERS. I WOULD LIKE JUST FOR US TO REVISIT THIS POLICY GOING FORWARD AND HAVE SOMETHING MORE FORMAL SO NOT THE WILL OF EACH BOARD MEMBER -- EACH BOARD MEET WILLING TO KIND OF MAKE THE DECISIONS. THAT IS MY ONLY THOUGHT PRO PROCESS. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK ON THAT.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, MS.  VAUGHN. MR. PORTER BRING US BACK ON TRACK.  

>>Jim Porter:  A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. 12 PEOPLE ON THE WAITING LIST AND MR. WASHINGTON MADE A MOTION TO ALLOW THE 12 PEOPLE TO SPEAK AND THE TIME BE EX EXTENDED. IF YOU WANT TO DISPOSE OF OFF THE POINTMENTS, YOU MIGHT WANT TO DO THAT FIRST AND GO BACK INTO PUBLIC COMMENT.  

>>Lynn Gray:  OKAY. SO AT THIS TIME IN TIME -- DO WE NEED TO VOTE ON THE MOTION. LET'S GO AHEAD AND VOTE ON THE MOTION.  

>> I KNOW THAT MAYBE THERE WERE PEOPLE THAT LEFT THAT ARE COMING BACK OPINION SO IF WE FINISH WITH THAT 12 AND SIX MORE PEOPLE OUT THERE,  I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR THEM.  

>>Jim Porter:  THAT GOES TO THE INTENT OF THE BOARD. YOU HAVE THE POWER TO DO -- HAVE AS MUCH PUBLIC COMMENT AS YOU WOULD LIKE. SO TANYA IDENTIFIED 12 PEOPLE. IF YOU WANTED TO OPEN IT UP FOR -- INSTEAD OF 12 PEOPLE OPEN IT UP FOR ANOTHER HOUR, HOUR AND A HALF, WHATEVER THE BOARD WANTS. YOU NEED TO PROVIDE SOME CERTAINTY.  

>>Lynn Gray:  LET'S GO AHEAD WITH 12. FINITE AND GO AHEAD AND RECONSIDER AND RE-EVALUATE SHOULD MORE PEOPLE COME IF THAT'S OKAY. WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. IF YOU ALL WILL PRESS YOUR BUTTON. OKAY. IT IS UNANIMOUS. WE WILL HAVE THOSE SPEAKER, BUT I BELIEVE, FIRST, DO WE HAVE SOME ANNOUNCEMENTS. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, DID YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD? I KNOW WE HAVE SOME FOLKS WAITING.  

>>Addison Davis:  YES, MA'AM, THANK YOU. I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE A MINUTE TO ACKNOWLEDGE SOME OF OUR NEW LAUDERS WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION OF PRINCIPALSHIP. IF WE GET THE POWER POINT REAL FAST. WE WILL JUMP THROUGH SLIDES AND THANK YOU ALL THOSE INDIVIDUALS COMING TODAY. SEE SOME FAMILY OUT THERE AND RECOGNIZE SOME INDIVIDUALS WHO WORKED TREMENDOUSLY HARD AND WILL GO THROUGH THIS SLIDE TO BE ABLE TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED AND AS A NEW LEADER WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. BEGIN WITH ALPHA BY SCHOOLS. NEW PRINCIPAL, ASSISTANT AT FOSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. MISS BROOK QUILAN. WILL BECOME THE NEW PRINCIPAL AT BERNIE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. WILL YOU PLEASE STAND UP. [APPLAUSE]  SHE HAS DONE A MAGNIFICENT JOB AT FOSTER AND TRULY KNOWS INSTRUCTION AND WE ARE THANKFUL TO HAVE HER AND MISS CHISHOLM WHO IS RETIRING AND TRANSITIONED TO MEET HER NEW STAFF AND LOOK FORWARD TO OUR PARTNERSHIPS. THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS. ALSO WE HAVE JACKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS COMING OPEN DUE TO MISS WYATT RETIRING. THEREFORE, WE DUG DEEP LOOKING AT A LEADER IN THIS SCHOOL -- AT RIVERVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR THE LAST NINE YEARS. TRULY STRONG LEADER UNDER STAND INSTRUCTIONS AND SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES AND REALLY WORKS HARD TO GET AFTER IT. THE NEW PRINCIPAL AT JACKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MISS MELODY MURPHY. [APPLAUSE] EXCITED FOR HER LEADERSHIP. ALSO WE HAVE -- THE KNOW, THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACKNOWLEDGE A YOUNG LADY WHO CONTINUE TO DEDICATE HERSELF TO CHILDREN IN UNDERPERFORMING SCHOOLS. SHE WAS ALSO RECENTLY ACKNOWLEDGED AS THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR. [CHEERING] MRS. HARRIS. MISS HARRIS, PLEASE STAND UP. THE NEW PRINCIPAL AT LOPEZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING AL ALONGSIDE YOU EVERY DAY, AT LOPEZ. AND RETIRED AT LUTZ K-8 AND TO FIND A NEW -- WE HAVE A NEW SCHOOL WE ADDED IN THERE. IN ORDER TO FIND A LEADER, WE HAVE A YOUNG MAN THAT WORKED AT MAN SCHOOL CO-- SORRY, MANISCALC O, TWO OF THEM. AND HE IS -- HE IS REALLY EXCITED. HE WORKS WITH BOTH SCHOOLS, K-8 TO DRIVE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, CONNECT WITH THE TEACHERS. HE HAS DONE A REALLY NICE JOB BEING ABLE TO MAKE THAT CONNECTION FROM K-8 TO GRAVITATE BACK AND NEW LEADER WILL BE MR. JOSHUA PHILLIPS. THANK YOU. [APPLAUSE] ALSO WE HAVE DR. BROWN,  WHO BE RETIRING AT MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL. SO WE HAD TO GO FIND AN AP THAT IS DEDICATED TO, ONCE AGAIN, TO FINDING A TIME TO -- TO IMPROVE THE MENTAL HEALTH, THE ACADEMICS, THE INTELLIGENCE OF CHILDREN IN A YEAR FROM 6th DPRAIRD TOth GRADE. HE IS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT BUCHANAN AND NOW NEW PRINCIPAL OF MADISON, MR. DAVID PARKER. [APPLAUSE] ALSO WE HAD A -- YOU KNOW,  A LEADER THAT RETIRED MIDYEAR AT ROOSEVELT AND WE HAD AN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL THAT WAS DEDICATED, UNDERSTOOD THE ENVIRONMENT, UNDERSTOOD THE COMMUNITY AND UNDERSTOOD CHILDREN THE INTERIM FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR. SHE HAS DONE A REALLY NICE JOB AND THE NEW PRINCIPAL -- FORMAL PRINCIPAL AT ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. MRS. DENISE WHEATLEY. AND ALSO WE HAVE,  YOU KNOW, AT TAMPA HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SC SCHOOL, WE HAVE MRS. HARRISON WHO IS RETIRING AND HAD A CHANCE TO OPEN UP A BEAUTIFUL FACILITY. SHE TRANSITIONED STUDENTS FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS AT LOCKHART WITH PORTABLES AND OPENED UP A BRAND-NEW SCHOOL THIS JANUARY AND WILL BE RETIRING. THANK HER FOR HER EFFORTS AND HAD TO GO FIND A LEADER THAT WILL CONTINUE TO CARRY THE TORCH AND CELEBRATE THE GREAT THINGS WITHIN TAMPA HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND THE NEW PRINCIPAL MRS. JENNIFER WEST WHO IS THE SUPERVISOR OF GIFTED K-2. SHE IS UNABLE TO ATTEND TONIGHT, BUT PLEASE KNOW THAT WE WILL LEAN ON HER TO FIND A REPLACEMENT FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AS SHE LEAVES TO WORK FOR GIFTED K-12 WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS AND LOOK FORWARD TO BEING A PARTNER IN THIS WORK. THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO DO THIS. [APPLAUSE] GRAY GRATE GREAT PROMOTIONS. --  

>>Lynn Gray:  GREAT PROMOTIONS. AT THIS POINT IN TIME HAVE THE SPEAKS COMING IN AND PROBABLY ADVANTAGEOUS TO HAVE A LIST OF THE INDIVIDUALS. BOARD MEMBERS,  LET'S TAKE ABOUT A TWO TO THREE-MINUTE BREAK. FIVE MINUTES. IF I SAY TWO OR THREE MINUTES,     

>>Lynn Gray:  WE NEED A FEW MORE BOARD MEMBERS AND WE WILL START THE PUBLIC HEARING. WE WERE STORMING NORMAN ACTIVITY OUT THERE.     

>>Lynn Gray:  BOARD MEMBERS, IF HE CAN GO AHEAD AND SIT DOWN. THERE IS NO PERFECT SYSTEM, IF THERE IS, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW. WHEN I WAS YOUNGER MAYBE I THOUGHT SO, BUT WE ARE ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL, BUT BY GOLLY WE WILL LISTEN TO EVERYBODY AND THAT THE RIGHT THING TO DO. AM I RIGHT, CO-CHAIR? STAY.  

>>Stacy Hahn:  YES, MA'AM. I CONCUR.  

>>Lynn Gray:  AM I RIGHT MEMBER SNIVELY.  

>>Mellisa Snively:  WHATEVER YOU SAY, YES, MA'AM.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THAT IS THE RIGHT ANSWER. MISS JOHNSON, ARE YOU READY? GO AHEAD AND BEGIN. FIVE MINUTES. GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS. RICK WILL DO THE PUBLIC HEARING ON COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX.  

>> GOOD EVENING, MADAM CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME TONIGHT. I AM WITH THE LAW FIRM OF NEIGHBORS, GIBBLER AND NICKERSON AND SERVE AS BOND COUNSEL AND FILLING IN FOR MY PARTNER WHO HAD A CONFLICT. ANY EVENT AS YOU ALL ARE PROBABLY AWARE, THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX WAS APPROVED BACK IN 1996. AND THE ORDINANCE THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ADOPTED AT THAT TIME ALONG WITH THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT THAT WAS ENTERED INTO BETWEEN THE CO COUNTY, THE SCHOOL BOARD AND THE CITIES OF TAMPA, TEMPLE TERRACE AND PLANT CITY ALL REQUIRE THAT EACH OF THOSE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ENTITIES THAT ARE GOING TO GET A PIECE OF THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT TAX REQUIRES THAT EVERY FIVE YEARS THOSE ENTITIES HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS TO APPROVE THE USAGE OF THE TAX FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS, KIND OF LAYERING ON THE PROJECTS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN APPROVED BY EACH OF THOSE ENTITIES. THE LAST RESOLUTION WAS IN 2 2016. THE FIVE YEARS IS UP AND TIME TO ADOPT IS RESOLUTION AGAIN APPROVING A ADDITIONAL LIST OF PROJECT FUNDED WITH THE CIT FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. THE RESOLUTION BEFORE YOU DOES CONTAIN AN EXHIBIT THAT LISTS THOSE PROJECTS THAT HAVE BEEN APPROVED. AND THE ONLY ACTION NEEDED BY Y'ALL TODAY IS TO ADJOURN THE REGULAR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING, OPEN UP A PUBLIC HEARING. RECEIVE ANY PUBLIC COMMENTS. CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING AND REOPEN THE SCHOOL BOARD MEETING AND A MOTION TO APPROVE THE RESOLUTION. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Lynn Gray:  CLOSE THE BOARD MEETING AND OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING.  

>> YOU SHOULD ASK IF ANYONE IN THE PUBLIC WANTS TO SPEAK ON THE CIT?  

>>Lynn Gray:  AT THIS TIME, DOES ANYBODY WANT TO SPEAK ON THE CIT? SEEING NONE. WE ARE GOING TO --  

>>Jim Porter:  CLOSE THE PUBLIC HEARING.  

>>Lynn Gray:  WE ARE GOING TO CLOSE IT.  

>>Jim Porter:  ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO APPROVE.  

>>Lynn Gray:  LET'S GO AHEAD -- MEMBERS, LET'S ENTERTAIN A MOTION TO APPROVE. AND I WILL GO AHEAD AND SEE IF WE HAVE A MEMBER -- BOARD MEMBER TO PRESS THEIR BUTTON. WE HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON AND A SECOND BY MEMBER HAHN. PLEASE VOTE WHEN, YOU LIGHTS ARE ON. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MISS JOHNSON AND THANK YOU. WE ARE GOING TO -- MEMBER VAUGHN IF IT IS OKAY WITH YOU, WE ARE GOING TO SKIP THE PUBLIC HEARING AT THIS POINT IN TIME AND GO RIGHT TO THE EMPLOYEE COMMENTS, WHICH ARE TIME CERTAIN AT 6 A.M. -- 6 P.M. H HEY, TIME TO WAKE UP. NO SLACKING. SO LET'S GO AHEAD. YOUR NAMES AND LINE UP. SO HERE WE GO. AND WE HAVE ROB CRETE,  EMILY LEE, KATHY HILL, JESSICA BORLEAUX, SHE WILL CORRECT ME. WE ARE GOING TO ABSOLUTELY START WITH DYLAN TIBETTS. DELAN HAS TO GO EARLY AND HEIDI GLICK AND MICHELLE STOVER. OKAY. DYLAN. OKAY. DYLAN,  I AM SORRY. GOOD EVENING.  

>> HEY, GOOD EVENING, BOARD. SO I'M HERE AS ONE OF THE PE COACHES WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOB THIS PAST YEAR. FROM AN E-MAIL FROM HR THAT WAS VERY UPSETTING. BUT I AM NOT HERE TO PUT ANYBODY DOWN OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT BECAUSE THAT IS NOT THE KIND OF PERSON I AM. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I EVER PARTICIPATED IN A PROTEST TO BE HONEST WITH YOU. GOING OUT THERE AND HOLDING UP A SIGN. BUT MY BIGGEST CONCERN IS NOT FOR ME BUT THE KIDS I TEACH EVERY SINGLE DAY. I WORK FOR A TRANSFORMATIONAL SCHOOL, NOT THAT I HAVE TO BUT I WANT TO. KIDS DON'T HAVE POSITIVE ROLE MODELS IN THEIR LIVES AND THEY ARE USED TO MEN WALKING IN EVERY SINGLE DAY. I AM THERE AND THE PERSON THAT GREETS THEM AT THE DOOR EVERY SINGLE MORNING. I AM THE PERSON THAT STARTED THE SPORTS LEAGUE AND CONTINUED THAT AFTERSCHOOL TO HAVE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES. I HAVE NOT BEEN DOING A BAD JOB IN MY POSITION AND I AM BEING REMOVED. ANOTHER PERSON THAT THESE KIDS HAVE AS A TRUST AID ADULT THAT IS BEING ASKED TO LEAVE THEIR LIVES WHICH JUST CAN'T FAIR TO THEM. THEY COME UP TO ME AND GIVE ME A HUG EVERY DAY. PE IS THE THING OF THE DAY. THEY LOVE HAVING ME THERE AND I LOVE SEEING THOSE KIDS AND BRIGHTENING THEIR DAY EVERY D DAY. AND ALL I CAN ASK YOU PLEASE FIND A SPOT IN THE DISTRICT WHERE I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE OF THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE HERE IN TAMPA BAY AND THAT'S WHAT I'M HERE FOR. I SPENT SEVEN YEARS TEACHING AS AN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL UP IN MAINE BEFORE I MOVED DOWN HERE BECAUSE I LOVED IT DOWN HERE. I WANT TO IMPACT AS MANY LIVES AS I CAN. RIGHT NOW UNFORTUNATELY I AM HAVING TO WALK OUT ON 700 KIDS, A STAFF THAT I LOVE WORKING WITH, AND A SCHOOL I LOVE WORKING FOR. IT IS JUST NOT FAIR TO ANYBODY INVOLVED IN THIS SITUATION. I KNOW IT IS HARD TO GO BACK AND TURN DECISIONS AROUND AS FAR AS WHAT HAS GONE ON, BUT I CAN'T THANK THE UNION FOR ALL THE SUPPORT THAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR ME, TRYING TO ADVOCATE FOR MY POSITION OR ANY POSITION. AND I CAN -- I HOPE TO HAVE A JOB HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HELPING ALL OF THE KIDS HERE IN TAMPA BAY BECAUSE I COULDN'T ASK FOR MORE.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE. MR. CRE TE FOLLOWED BY EMILY LEE AND KATHY HILL AND THEN JESSICA, FOLLOWED BY HEIDI, FOLLOWED BY MICHELLE STOEVER. GOOD EVENING.  

>> HEY, GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. I AM -- YOU KNOW, I AM EMOTIONAL AFTER HEARING DYLAN. I DON'T EVEN -- I HAVE A SPEECH HERE, BUT THAT IS EXACTLY THE TYPE OF PEOPLE WE NEED TO KEEP. AND THAT'S WHAT I HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT EVERY SINGLE WEEK WE GET UP HERE. GIVE ME YOUR WORD YOU WILL WORK WITH PEOPLE LIKE DYLAN AND ALL OF THE FOLKS TO CROSSWALK THEM INTO DIFFERENT JOBS AND HAVE EMPLOYMENT BECAUSE OUR KIDS DESERVE THAT. THAT IS SO IMPORTANT TO ME AND SHOULD BE FOR ALL OF US IN THE ROOM. HEY, I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT TWO WEEKS AGO, I REQUESTED AND WAS EVEN GRANTED A MEETING WITH THE FLORIDA COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION RICHARD COCHRAN. IN A VERY OPEN MEETING RAISE ISSUE OF RECEIVERSHIP AND FUND BALANCE AND READING ENDORSEMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TEACHERS. WE TALKED OF THE LEGISLATORS PROPOSED BONE NEWS FOR EDUCATORS. I ASKED OF THE HARD-WORKING EDUCATION PROFESSIONALS, OUR ESPs AND WHY THEY ARE CONSISTENTLY MARGINALIZED BY THE LEGISLATURE. OUR ESPs AND MEDIA SPECIALISTS, SCHOOL COUNSELORS, CUSTODIANS, LUNCHROOM WORKERS, SCHOOL NURSES, SOCIAL WORKERS AND ALL OF THE ADULTS WORKING WITH THESE KIDS, THEY ARE NEVER INCLUDED IN MOST ITERATIONS OF FINANCIAL REWARDS AND INCENTIVES IN THIS STATE. IN ESSENCE, IN ORDER TO RECOGNIZE THE GREAT WORK OF ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES, WE HAVE TO AGREE -- AND WE AGREE IT TAKES A VILLAGE. THIS CHALLENGE FALLS ON US IN THE DISTRICT TO DO THAT. IT IS -- HONESTLY THESE UNFUNDED MANDATES UNFAIR AND UNEQUAL ALLOCATIONS FROM THE STATE LIKE I JUST SPOKE TO THAT ARE THE BIGGEST ISSUES OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN FLORIDA. OUR EDUCATION SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS. OUR ESPs HAVE BEEN WORKING WITHOUT A SETTLED CONTRACT ALL SCHOOL YEAR DES PRESIDENT BIDEN BITE HEEDING THE CALL TO RETURN TO WORK DURING THE MOST DISMAL DAYS OF THE PANDEMIC. MADAM CHAIR, I ASK THAT YOU SCHEDULE AN EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH THE BOARD TO DISCUSS THIS ISSUE AND INVITE US BACK TO THE TABLE TO DISCUSS OUR DILIGENT YET LOWEST PAID EMPLOYEES, OUR ESPs OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THANK YOU, GUYS. APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, MR. CRETE. I AM WRITING THAT DOWN. NEXT WE WILL HAVE EMILY LEE, KATHY HILL, JESSICA JERLO. AND I STAND TO BE CORRECTED ON THAT ONE AND MISS GLICK AND MICHELLE STAUFFER. AND GOOD EVENING. MISS LEE.  

>> GOOD EVENING. THE ACTIONS BEING ENABLED,ENS DOORSED AND ALLOWED OF MAJORITY OF THE BOARD HAVE RESIDUAL EFFECTS THAT CAN BE OBSERVED DAILY IN ALMOST EVERY SINGLE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL. IT IS GLARINGLY OBVIOUS IN OUR NEEDIEST TRANSFORMATION SCH SCHOOLS. THIS MORNING I WAS ABLE TO CATCH BITS OF THE WORKSHOP DURING MY DUTY-FREE LUNCH AND SICKENS TO LEARN THAT THE BLAME FOR SOME OF THESE PROBLEMS IS THAT PEOPLE ARE TALKING OPENLY ABOUT THESE ISSUES TO BRING ENLIGHTENED SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEMS. WEAPON HEARD HOW HEAVY OUR PERSONNEL EXPENDITURES ARE. THEY SHOULD BE. OUR JOB IS TO EDUCATE STUD PENITENTIARIES WHAT WE DON'T SEEM TO BE HEARING IS THE SEPARATION BETWEEN THE PEOPLE WHO ARE VITAL TO WORKING WITH STUDENTS EVERY DAY VERSUS THE PEOPLE WHO WORK FOR OTHER ADULTS AND OFFICES AND ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDINGS DOWNTOWN. MANY PEOPLE HAVE ASKED FOR DETAILS ABOUT CUTS TO THE SUPERINTENDENT CABINET IN OTHER HIGH-PAID EMPLOYEES. THE ONLY ANSWER IS THEY TOOK A FOUR-DAY FURLOUGH AND THEY GET TO ENJOY THEIR HIGH SALARY. WHILE CUTS FROM THE BOTTOM HAPPEN. CUTS TO UNITS HAVE HUGE IMPACTS NO MATTER WHAT THE SEMANTIC SPIN IS. SEEMS LIKE SOME OF US ARE COMING UP HERE EVERY MONTH SAYING THE SAME THINGS OVER AND OVER AND NOTHING CHANGES FOR THE STUDENTS. I WOULD LIKE TO REITERATE AGAIN WHAT THE CUTS LOOK LIKE ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS FOR OUR STUDENTS. STUDENTS WILL HAVE LARGER CLASS SIZES. WON'T BE ABLE TO HELP THE ENRICHMENT. THE STUDENTS WILL HAVE LESS TIME ACCESS TO THE STUDENTS. ESOL STUDENTS WILL HAVE LESS ESOL TEACHERS AND LEARNING IN A SECOND LANGUAGE. STUDENTS WILL NOT HAVE PERFORMANCES AND CONCERTS IF THEIR MUSIC, ART AND TEACHER ARE NOT THERE. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE LOST TO THE REAL WORLD. MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE A LOT LESS THINGS TO CHOOSE FROM FOR ELECTIVES. STUDENTS WILL HAVE A HARD TIME ACCESSING THEIR COUNSELOR SERVING 500 STUDENTS AT A TIME. NONE OF THIS SOUNDS WORLD PREMIERE TO ME. IT'S NOT. THE MEMBERS, EMPLOYEES AND PUBLIC SPEAKING OUT IS NOT WHAT MAKES THE DISTRICT LOOK BAD. THE DISTRICT LOOKS BAD BECAUSE OF MISMANAGED MONEY AND LACK OF REGARD FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, MISS LEE. KATHY HILL IS NEXT. JESSICA, HEIDI GLICK AND MICHELLE STOVER. GOOD EVENING.  

>> GOOD EVENING. MY NAME IS KATHY HILL AND I AM A FIFTH GRADE TEACHER AT MITCHELL ELEMENTARY. THROUGHOUT MY CAREER I HAVE BEEN AN ADVOCATE CHAMPION FOR MY STUDENTS, SCHOOL AND THIS DISTRICT. I LOVE BEING A TEACHER MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IN THE WORLD, YET AFTER 22 YEARS OF TEACHING, I HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE A LEAVE. I CAN NO LONGER WORK IN A DISTRICT THAT LOST SIGHT OF ITS VISION AND PURPOSE. WE NO LONGER SHARE THE SAME PHILOSOPHY WHAT IS BEST FOR STUDENTS. IN COULD NOT BE MORE EVIDENT THAN THE DISTRICT'S CURRENT PLAN FOR ELEMENTARY READING AND WRITING. AS THE WRITING CONTACT OF MY SCHOOL, YOU CAN IMAGINE MY SURPRISE IN JULY TO LEARN THAT YOU CLEANED HOUSE. WHEN YOU REPLACED OUR LEADERS,  YOU TOOK AWAY MY VOICE, OUR VOICE AS TEACHERS. TAMISHA CREED AND KIMBERLY KEENAN MADE IT THEIR LIFE'S WORK TO IMPROVE LITERACY IN THIS DISTRICT. THEY TOOK THE TIME TO BUILD RELATIONSHIPS, LISTEN TO TEACHERS AND RECOGNIZED THE INDIVIDUAL NEEDS OF SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS. IN ADDITION TO REPLACING OUR DISTRICT LEADERS, MANY SCHOOLS LIKE MINE LOST THEIR READING COACH. DID ANYONE STOP AND THINK ABOUT THE IMPACT THIS WOULD HAVE IN A YEAR WHEN TEACHERS NEED A CONSISTENCY MORE THAN EVER,  YOU TOOK AWAY OUR SUPPORT. I DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE NEWLY ISSUED LEADERSHIP TEAM OTHER THAN THE DECISIONS MADE WITH REGARD TO CURRICULUM AND TRUTHFULLY, I FIND THESE DECISIONS ALARMING. IN ONE SHORT YEAR, WE WIPED OUT EVERYTHING THAT IS BELIEVED TO BE BEST PRACTICE IN RAIDING AND WRITING. WE HAVE REF VERT -- IN READING AND WRITING. REVERTED TO THE OLD DAY GIVEN A WORKBOOK AND TOLD TO START ON PAGE ONE. USING CLASSROOM TIME FOR ANOTHER COMPUTER PROGRAM ACHIEVE 3,000, WHICH ON ITS BEST DAYS A GLORIFIED WORK WORKSHEET. THINK OF THE CLASSROOMS AND LIBRARIES THE MONEY SPENT ON THE WORKBOOKS AND PROGRAM. NEW FRAMEWORK, INDEPENDENT ROTATION LACK STUDENT CHOICE AND INDIVIDUAL TIME TO READ. COLLEEN BEARD SAY SAYS IT BEST, IF WE TEACH A CHILD TO READ AND FAIL TO HAVE THE DESIRE TO READ WE HAVE A SKILLED NONREADER AND OUR STUDENTS DESERVE BETTER THAN THIS. THIS YEAR WE SPENT MORE TIME TESTING THAN EVER BEFORE, IN ADDITION TO I READY, WE HAVE I HAVE A CHIEF LEVEL SET. YOU LOOK AT MY STUDENTS' SCORES THEY ARE IMPRESSIVE AND GO ON RECORD TO SAY THEIR GROWTH IS NOT BECAUSE OF A PROGRAM, IT IS BECAUSE OF THEIR HARD WORK AND PURPOSEFUL INSTRUCTION.  

>>Lynn Gray:  FINAL THOUGHTS.  

>> IF WE WANT TO APPROVE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT, STUDENTS MUST FEEL SAFE, LOVED AND FEEL INSPIRED. THIS CAN ONLY HAPPEN FROM A TEACHER NOT A SCRIPTED PROGRAM. I HAVE NO DOUBT I AM REPLACEABLE, BUT BEFORE YOU DO, I ENCOURAGE TO YOU LOOK AT MY RESUME, -- SORRY -- TALK TO MY COMMUNITIES AND SEE WHAT KIND OF TEACHER YOU ARE REPLACING.  

>>Lynn Gray:  SORRY, YES. JESSICA PURLEAU FROM PIZZ O, HEIDI GLICK AND THEN MICHELLE STOVER. JESSICA, GOOD EVENING. COULD YOU PRONOUNCE YOUR LAST NAME. I BELIEVE IT IS FRENCH.  

>> IT IS BORLEAU. GOOD EVENING, I AM JESSICA BOULEAU AND THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SPECIALIST AT PIZZO K K-8. A GOOD TEACHER KNOWS TO PUT THE NEEDS OF THEIR TEACHING AS A PRIORITY AND COME UP WITH CREATIVE SOLUTIONS. ALL OF THE EXTRA TIME WORK WORK AND EMOTIONAL LABOR I PUT INTO TEACHING I NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT MY SCHOOL DISTRICT WOULD THANK ME BY TERMINATING MY CONTRACT HOW THAT A MASS E-MAIL. THE ACTIONS BY SOME OF OUR LEADERS IN THIS DISTRICT PROVE THAT THE DECISION BEING MADE ARE NOT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF STUDENTS AND THEIR EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT. STUDENTS SHOULD WORK WITH TEACHERS WHO ARE NOT ONLY HIGHLY QUALIFIED BUT PASSIONATE ABOUT THE WORK THEY DO. LAYING OFF TEACHERS WHO BUILT STRONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH STUDENTS WITH THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SUPPORT SIMPLY TO FIX THE BUDGET, SOME STUDENTS THAT STUNT SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL GROWTH AND A COMPLETELY UNPROFESSIONAL AND DISRESPECTFUL APPRECIATION FOR PEOPLE WHO KEPT SCHOOLS AFLOAT. HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CANNOT PROVIDE A SAFE AND EQUITABLE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY HAVE A DIRECT NEGATIVE IMPACT ON THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT. AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE TEACHERS WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THOSE DECISION ALSO ADAPT AND PROVIDE A HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION WITHIN THE OTHER DISTRICTS. AS EDUCATORS OVERCOMING CHALLENGES AND EMBRACING CHANGE IS ON A DAILY BASIS. THE STUDENTS, PARENTS AND EMPLOYEES DESERVE BETTER. THEY DESERVE LEADERS WHO PUT THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS ABOVE ALL ELSE AND INVESTING THE CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT IS INVESTING IN A BETTER COMMUNITY. ALL EYES ON THE LEADERSHIP OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE DECISION THEY MAKE GOING FORWARD. I HOPE THAT THOSE DECISIONS ARE NOT AS DETRIMENTAL. THE STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND STAFF IN THE DISTRICT DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER TREATMENT THAN WHAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED. AS OUR LEADERS WE EXPECT MORE AND WE MUST DO BETTER. THANK YOU.  

>> THANK YOU.  

>>> NEXT WE WILL HEAR FROM HEIDI GLICK AND THEN MICHELLE STOVER. AND HEIDI IS FROM ALONSO HIGH SCHOOL. MICHELLE STOVER FROM LETO.  GOOD EVENING, MISS GLICK.  

>> HI, YOU FORGOT TO STAY THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THAT'S OKAY. YOU GUYS WILL LEARN. THE PEOPLE THAT SPOKE BEFORE I DID DID A GREAT JOB AND I AM NOT GOING TO REPEAT ANYTHING THEY HAVE SAID,  BUT I DO HAVE A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. ONE IS, I WAS HERE A COUPLE OF MONTHS AGO AND I MADE SOME SUGGESTIONS ABOUT HOW TO SAVE MONEY. AND AS FAR AS I KNOW, NONE OF THAT WAS PAID ATTENTION TO. DO NOT KEEP THE LIGHTS ON IN MY CLASSROOM BECAUSE I OPEN THE BLINDS. HAS THAT BEEN LOOKED INTO? DOES THAT SAVE US ON AIR CONDITIONING? DOES THAT SAVE US ON ELECTRICITY? I TURN MY COMPUTERS OFF AT NIGHT. I HAVE A LAPTOP AND DESKTOP. DOES THAT SAVE US MONEY? NO ONE HAS LOOKED INTO THAT. WHY HAVEN'T ANYONE LOOKED INTO THAT. I WAS ABLE TO HEAR PART OF THE MEETING THIS MORNING -- NOT ALL OF IT -- AND WE NEED TO FIND -- SOMEONE NEEDS TO LOOK INTO -- YOU THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT IDEA. TURN THE SIGNS OFF. OKAY. WHAT ELSE CAN WE DO? WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO DO SOMETHING. DOES EVERY LIGHT NEED TO BE ON? CAN WE DO EVERY OTHER LIGHT? LOOK INTO THINGS THAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN DOING FOR YEARS TO SAVE MONEY IN THEIR PERSONAL HOMES. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO KNOW WHAT OTHER FUNDING SOURCES HAVE BEEN SECURED. I HAVE NOT SEEN A GO FUND ME FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND I HOPE I NEVER DO, BUT WE HAVE A GRANT OFFICE. WHAT GRANTS HAVE THEY OBTAINED. WHAT HAVE THEY SECURED. WHAT ARE YOU GUYS DOING ABOUT THIS. WHAT INSTRUCTIONS ARE THEYING. LAST MONTH I ASKED HOW MANY OF THE CLAY COUNTY PEOPLE THAT REPLACED HILLSBOROUGH PEOPLE WOULD NOT BE RETURNING NEXT YEAR. I HAVE NOT RECEIVED AN ANSWER TO THAT. I WOULD LIKE AN ANSWER, SUPERINTENDENT, AND I WOULD LIKE IT ON THE RECORD. AND WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SUGGEST THAT ALL OF THE DISTRICT LEVEL EMPLOYEES THAT MAKE UP MORE THAN $150,000 A YEAR AS A THANK YOU TO US FOR OUR TEACHERS TAKE A SYMBOLIC 15 -- NOT SYMBOLIC, BUT TAKE A 15% PAY CUT TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AND GET BACK SOME OF THESE EDUCATORS WE SHOULD NOT BE LOSING. THAT IS ALL I HAVE TO SAY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, POLICE GLICK. NEXT WILL BE MICHELLE --  

>> HOW MANY CLAY COUNTY EMPLOYEES THAT WERE FORMER CLAY COUNTY EMPLOYEES THAT ARE NOT COMING THIS YEAR, SUPERINTENDENT? CAN I GET AN ANSWER?  

>>Lynn Gray:  MISS GLICK, I DON'T KNOW HE NEEDS TO ANSWER UP FRONT. WE WILL KEEP IT PART OF THE RECORD. THANKS, HEIDI. NEXT WILL BE MICHELLE STOVER. GOOD EVENING. MISS STOVER.  

>> GOOD EVENING. I'M HERE TO SPEAK REGARDING OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO OUR COMMUNITY WHEN IT COMES TO CONTINUING THE USE OF MASKS IN SCHOOLS. NO ONE LIKES WEARING MASKS. GUIDELINES FOR THE USE OF MASKS DURING THIS CORONA-GEDDON HAS NOT BEEN INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS OR LIKE, IT HAS BEEN ABOUT COMMUNITY HEALTH. AND IT IS UNFORTUNATE, AND MORE THAN THAT IT HAS BECOME POLITICIZED. THAT IS JUST REALITY; HOWEVER, WE CAN NOT ALLOW POLITICS TO DECIDE AND DRIVE DECISIONS REGARDING OUR CHILDREN'S HE HEALTH. THE CDC HAS NOT GIVEN GUIDANCE THAT MASKS SHOULD BE DROPPED IN SCHOOLS. ON THE CON TARRY THE FACT ARE OF CANCELLING MASK IS IN THE NEWEST CDC GUIDELINES IS IN VACCINATION. NOW OUR YOUNG CHILDREN CANNOT BE VACCINATED. OUR HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE SMALL CHILDREN IN THEIR HOMES. SO DO EDUCATORS. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE OUR DISTRICT MAKING AN EFFORT TO INFORM OUR STAKEHOLDERS ABOUT VACCINATION SITES, ELIGIBILITY,  ETC.  BECAUSE WE ARE AN EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION THAT PLEDGES TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR LIFE FOR ONE THING AND THE MORE OUR COMMUNITY IS VACCINATED THE LESS DISRUPTIONS WE WILL HAVE IN OUR SCHOOL SYSTEM. TODAY I'M HERE TO ASK THAT THE DISTRICT CONSULT MEDICAL EXPERTS OTHER THAN OUR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT. LAST FALL, STATE LEADERSHIP REQUIRED SCHOOL BOARDS TO OBTAIN RECOMMENDATION FROM LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT REGARDING THEIR DECISION TO REOPEN DURING THE PANDEMIC. AND THEN STATE LEADERSHIP THEN INSTRUCTED HEALTH DEPARTMENTS NOT TO GIVE RECOMMENDATIONS TO SCHOOL DISTRICTS. THE STATE,  IN EFFECT, HAD MUZZLED HEALTH DEPARTMENT WITH TEN COMES TO SCHOOLS NEEDED TO REMAIN CLOSED IN HIGH COVID RATE AREAS SUCH AS HILLS HILLSBOROUGH. HEALTH DEPARTMENTS COULD NOT OFFER OPINION ON RISK OF OPENINGS OR GIVE RECOMMENDATIONS TO STAY CLOSE. THEY COULD ONLY OFFER INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO OPENING SCHOOLS. AND I WOULD REFER TO YOU -- I THINK THE ARTICLE IN THE PALM PALM COAST IN THE BEGINNING THAT BROKE THAT STORY. CONSULT OUR OTHER HEALTH PARTNERS PEOPLE THAT CONSULTED LIKE DR. WILSON INVOLVED WITH TGH AND USF. OTHERS THAT ARE SPECIALIZED IN EPIDEMIOLOGY AND VICE ROLLING. LASTLY, IT HAS -- AND VIROLOGY, LASTLY IT HAS BEEN ALLEGED THAT THE DECISION ABOUT MASKS IS DOWN TO ONE PERSON. IF THIS ALLEGATION IS TRUE, I -- I DAYCARE I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. ONE PERSON. I UNDERSTAND THAT IT MAY BE A CONVENIENCE ISSUE FOR PEOPLE TO BE ABLE -- FOR THE ISSUE TO PIVOT QUICKLY. IF IT DOESN'T HAVE TO GO THROUGH PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE; HOWEVER, WE ARE TALKING OF OUR CHILDREN'S HEALTH.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. THANK YOU, EMPLOYEES OF OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. LET ME GO AHEAD AND INTRODUCE THE NEXT GROUP OF COMMUNITY SPEAKERS. I AM SORRY? MISS SHRIVER. SHE IS GOING TO PRESENT SOMETHING REALLY QUICK BUT VERY IMPORTANT. AND HERE IT IS. GOOD EVENING. I HAVE GOT MY CERTIFICATE. OKAY.  

>> I APOLOGIZE. I THOUGHT I WAS ON THE LIST BUT I WAS NOT. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, CHAIRPERSON GRAY, THANK YOU FOR TIME TODAY. FIRST I WANT TO THANK YOU -- THANK YOU THE BOARD AND SPECIFICALLY CHAIRPERSON GRAY FOR ADVERTISING OUR EPIC MEMORIAL 5K. OUR CO-FOUNDER EXCEEDED OUR GOALS FOR THE FIRST YEAR, EXCEEDED OUR FINANCIAL GOALS AND HAVE OVER 885 PARTICIPANTS AND OVER 60% OF OUR PARTICIPANTS THAT WAS THEIR FIRST-5K. THAT WAS HUGE. YES, MA'AM. CHAIRPERSON GRAY AS YOU POINTED OUT TO US IN OUR FIRST MEETING REGARDING THE 5  D, PEOPLE SHOWED UP DUE TO THE CAUSE, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WELLNESS. WE RAISED MONEY FOR THE EPIC EMPLOYEES WHO LOST THEIR BATTLE DUE TO LONELINESS AND ADDI ADDICTION. THE SUCCESS OF THE 5K, MY CO-FOUNDER AND I DEVELOPED THE FOUNDATION AND BOARD MEMBER SNIVELY I HEARD YOUR HEART ON THE DRIVE IN. WE WILL BE TARGETING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE PLANT CITY AIR.  

>> HE SPECIFICALLY -- I KNOW THE NEW PRINCIPAL WITH BURNE Y ELEMENTARY. GETTING WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT TO FIND STUDENTS TARGETED BY ADDICTION AND/OR SUICIDE TO PROVIDE A SCHOLARSHIP THEM IN THE FUTURE FOLLOWING THEM FROM FIFTH GRADE ON TO 12th GRADE. AS SOME OF YOU KNOW I AM AT THE EPIC CENTER, AND WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE, DR. McCREA, SOME OF THOSE TRANSFORMATIONAL STUDENTS NOT WIND UP ON OUR CENTERS AS THE DATA SUPPORT THAT THEY OFTEN DO. SO THAT IS WHERE WE ARE. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE GOING TO DO AND WE THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU HELPED US -- THE BOARD HELPED US EXCEED OUR GOALS. AND THEY TOLD US WE COULDN'T DO IT IN EIGHT WEEKS AND ME AND MY CO-FOUNDER WE DID IT. THEY TOLD US IT WILL TAKE A YEAR AND WE DID IT. SWAG BAGS WITH MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS FOR EACH MEMBER OF YOU BOARD MEMBER PEREZ YOU WILL BE PROUD TO KNOW THAT THE VA PROVIDED INFORMATION FOR US IN THE SWAG BAGS AS WELL. I ALSO HAVE SAVE THE DATE. 4/16-22. NEXT YEAR, THAT IS THE SATURDAY BEFORE EASTER. SAVE THE DATE. AND SUPERINTENDENTS DAVIS I HAVE A FINISHER MEDAL AND I KNOW YOU WERE UNABLE DUE TO A PERSONAL DEAL. SO A MEDAL THERE FOR YOU. THANK YOU, GUYS. I APPRECIATE YOU SO MUCH.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, MISS SHRIVER -- SHIVER. I WANT TO SAY THAT YOU ARE A PATHFINDER. AND YOU HAVE BROKE THE BARRIERS OF NOT ONLY LICKED TEE SPLIT PUTTING ON A 5K RACE, BUT YOUR HEART AND SOUL GOES OUT TO THE CHILDREN AND BEING A MENTAL HEALTH SPIRIT. MY, MY, MY, YOU HAVE SUCH VALUE TO OUR DISTRICT AND WHO YOU A ARE. SOME SO WE WILL GET THESE BOARD MEMBERS IN SHAPE. AND THEY WILL LAWN 5K.  

>> THANK YOU, THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBER SNIVELY, IN THE PLANT CITY AREA, I WILL BE DOING MY BENCH COUNSELING FOR FREE THIS SUMMER TOO.  

>>Lynn Gray:  JENNIFER, WE WANT TO THANK MAYOR RICK LOTT. HE GAVE YOU THE WHOLE PARK. THAT WAS QUITE GENEROUS TOO. THANK YOU. WE ARE GOING TO LISTEN TO THE COMMUNITY PERSON -- PEOPLE, EXCUSE MEET. I WANTED TO GIVE YOU A BETTER TITLE, BUT RIGHT NOW I AM GOING TO SAY THIS. WE DO VALUE YOUR COMMENTS. AND RIGHT NOW WE ARE GOING TO HAVE -- WELL, I AM GOING TO LIST ABOUT FIVE OF YOU SO YOU CAN GET IN THE QUEUE. I WANT TO SAY ALSO, IT DOES TAKE COURAGE FOR EACH OF YOU TO PRESENT WHAT YOUR HEART AND YOUR MIND SAYS TO BOARD MEM MEMBERS. AND WHEN THEY SAY THE EXPRESSION YOU ARE SPEAKING TO POWER, GOOD TO YOU. WE ARE LISTENING AND HERE WE  GO. WITH TWO MINUTES EACH, WE ARE GOING TO START OUT WITH AMANDA CARANZA AND THEN MACKLINDEN. YOU CAN GO AHEAD AND LINE UP. SENDSY BROHART AND HOPE P PROHART, AMANDA TYLER AND I THINK THIS IS BECKY -- YEAH, BECKY FLANDERS. , BRIDGETMARSUC O, LUCY LINEBERGER, JULIE GEPHARTS, CASS MILLER, CORRINE PEREZ, TORI DAVIS WHICH IS A STUDENT, AND CALLIE WEGNER AND THAT WILL BE IT. GO AHEAD AND AT THIS POINT IN TIME. AMANDA.  

>> HELLO, HELLO. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR EXTENDING THIS TIME TO LISTEN TO US. I APPRECIATE IT.  

>>Lynn Gray:  I WANT TO THANK THE BOARD MEMBERS BECAUSE THEY ARE THE RESPONSIBLE ONES TO GET YOU GUYS -- TO GIVE YOU ANOTHER OPENING.  

>> YES, THANK YOU. SO MY NAME IS AMANDA CARANZA, AND I AM A CONCERNED MOTHER, A FORMER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLTEACHER OF SIX YEARS, AND MY QUESTION THIS ENTIRE YEAR WAS, WHAT SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE DID WE USE TO MAKE THE DECISION TO WAIVE THE PARENTAL CONSENT REGARDING USING THESE MEDICAL DEVICES ON OUR CHILDREN? WHAT EVIDENCE DID WE HAVE THAT SHOWED IT -- HELPED TO MAKE THIS DECISION? WHAT EVIDENCE IS THERE, IF ANY, THAT SHOWS ANY HARM. AND WHAT IS THE CYCLE -- THE SIGH YOSOCIAL EFFECT OF MASKS AND I STILL ASK TO THIS DAY AND THERE IS SO MUCH INFORMATION NOW THAT IS AVAILABLE AND I UNDERSTAND WE ARE IN ALL IT TOGETHER AND WENT THROUGH THIS, BUT NEW INFORMATION IS HERE N NOW. WE CAN ALWAYS MAKE A CHANGE. AND THE FIRST THING THAT I DID WAS JUST DO A SIMPLE RESEARCH. I WENT TO THE PHYSICAL BODY OF A CHILD AND LOOKED UP WHEN DOES THE LUNGS OFFICIALLY DEVELOP. AND JUST BASIC RESEARCH WILL SHOW YOU THEIR LUNGS ARE STILL DEVELOPING THROUGH AGE 12. SO WAS A REALLY BIG RED FLAG. AND CHILDREN LEARN TO DECIPHER WHAT IS SAFE AND WHAT IS NOT SAFE BY EXPRESSION AND BODY LANGUAGE. AND SO THEY NEED THIS TO BE ABLE TO KNOW WHAT IS REALLY SAFE. AND IF WE WANT TO PUT OUR KIDS FIRST AND DIFFERENTIATE INSTRUCTION WE NEED TO TAKE THIS ONE SIZE FITS ALL. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NAMASTE.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. NOW WE WILL HEAR FROM MARK LINDEN AND CINDY AND HOPE BROHAUT FOLLOWED BY AMANDA TYLER.     

>> ALL RIGHT,  THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH.  

>>Lynn Gray:  GOOD EVENING.  

>> APPRECIATE YOU EXTENDING THIS. I BELIEVE IT SHOWS THAT YOU ARE LISTENING. THIS ISSUE WHICH I AM COMING ABOUT IS THE MASKS. IT IS ACTUALLY MUCH MORE SIMPLE THAN MOST PEOPLE MAKE IT. FIRST OF ALL, THESE CHILDREN ARE THE COMMUNITY'S CHILDREN. THEY ARE NOT YOUR CHILDREN. THE PARENTS DO HAVE RIGHTS IN MAKING THESE DECISION AND IT HAS BEEN DISREGARDED FOR ALMOST A YEAR NOW. THE -- THE MASK THEMSELVES ON THE BOXES THAT THE MASK COME  IN,  IT IS PRINTED RIGHT ON THERE THAT THE MASK DOES NOTHING TO PROTECT FROM VIRUSES AND SPECIFICALLY MENTIONS COVID-19. SO WHY YOU GOT TO GO BEYOND THAT. THE MANUFACTURER STUDIED IT. THEY KNOW ALL ABOUT THEM. DOES NOT. LIKE LEAVING YOUR WINDOWS OPEN AND EXPECTING THE SCREEN TO STOP THE RAIN FROM COMING IN. LUDICROUS. IT IS COMMON SENSE. UNFORTUNATELY -- UNFORTUNATE THAT THIS HAS BEEN USED AS A POLITICAL TOOL WHICH I THINK EVERYBODY HERE KNOWS IF THEY ARE HONEST THIS IS WHAT IS GOING ON. AND IT HAS GOT TO STOP. MANY OF THESE CHILDREN ARE TREATED WITH, LIKE, GUESS STAFF POE TACTICS WITH THE WAY THEY ARE -- GESTA PO TACTICS THE WAY THEY WEAR THESE THINGS. SORT OF HYSTERICAL RESPONSE THAN FLU. NO EVIDENCE THIS IS WORSE THAN ANY OTHER FLU AND I SUGGESTS IF YOU WERE NOT CAPABLE OF MAKING THIS DECISION IN A VERY TIMELY FASHION SOON, THAT NEW LEADERSHIP NEEDS TO COME TO THIS BODY. GRAY THANK YOU. THANK YOU. CINDY AND THEN HOPE BROHART. FOLLOWED BY AMANDA TYLER,  FOLLOWED BY BECKY FLANDERS.  

>> GOOD EVENING. TWO OR THREE MINUTES IS NOT NEARLY ENOUGH TO PROVIDE CONTEXT FOR OUR CURRENT SITUATION. , BUT I WANT TO STRESS, CONTEXT MATTERS. WHEN A FEW OF US SHOWED UP HERE TO PROTEST PEACEFULLY, MOMS, TEACHERS, MY MIDDLE SCHOOLER, WE WERE MET WITH SECURITY WHO WOULD NOT ALLOW US TO HOLD OUR SIGNS UP, WHO ACTIVELY FORCED US TO REMOVE OUR PAPER SIGNS FROM THE PREMISE. WHY WAS THIS DIFFERENT THAN TODAY? WHY WAS THIS DIFFERENT FROM THE FALL WHEN DOZENS MORE PEOPLE PROTEST $IN THIS SAME SPACE? WELL, -- PROTESTED IN THIS SAME SPACE? A MOVEMENT, TO OUST OUR SUPERINTENDENT ADDISON DAVIS WITH 4300 SIGNATURES CALLING FOR HIS RESIGNATION. WHAT ELSE HAPPENED? OUR SCHOOL BOARD SUDDENLY RECEIVED A LETTER FROM EDUCATION COMMISSIONER EDWARD COCHRAN WHO IS FINANCIALLY AND IDEOLOGICALLY INVESTED WITH CHARTER SCHOOL. HE THREATENED OUR DISTRICT WITH STATE TAKEOVERS. CONTEXT MATTERS BECAUSE THEY COULD HAVE SENT THE LETTER AND SENDING IT THAT TIME LOOKED LIKE A STRONG-ARM ATTEMPT TO CONTROL OUR LOCAL BOARD AND TO STOP ADDISON DAVIS'S JOB. IT IS TRUE THAT THE BOARD HAD SEVERAL MEETINGS TO ADDRESS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S SHORTCOMINGS WHICH INCLUDED A 85% DISAPPROVAL RATING FROM HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ADMINISTRATORS. BUT LAST WEEK THE BOARD VOTED NOT TO DO ANYTHING WITH THE DOCUMENT CREATED FROM THESE MEETINGS. FOUR BOARD MEMBERS VOTED TO NOT HOLD HIM ACCOUNTABLE. SO NOTHING HAS CHANGED. WE DID GET SOME OF THE SER FUNDS AND --  

>>Lynn Gray:  FINAL THOUGHTS.  

>> -- FINAL BUDGET WAS ADOPTED TO HELP THE FINANCIAL PROBLEMS THAT FACED OUR DISTRICT. HOW WILL WE HAVE FAITH THAT THESE FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR OUR CHILDREN WHEN THE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BUDGET WERE SHUT DOWN BY THE CHAIR. WHEN BUDGETS WOULD CO-BE TO OUR DOWNFALL, SHOULDN'T EVERY LINE BE LOOKED AND NOT RIDDLED WITH VAGUE LANGUAGE. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  HOPE BROUHART FOLLOWED BY AMANDA TYLER. AMANDA TYLER THEN BECKY FLANDERS THAN BRIDGET MASUCA FOLLOWED BY HUESY LINEBERGER. GOOD EVENING.  

>> THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO US. AS HE SPEAK TO YOU TODAY KNOW I HAVE FRIENDS AND FAMILY AFFECTED BY COVID, SOME MINOR, SOME SEVERE. E-LEARNING WAS NOT GOING TO BE AN OPTION FOR US FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR AS MY VIBRANT CHILD DID A 180 FOR E-LEARNING. SO I MADE A CHANCE TO SEND HER TO IN-PERSON SCHOOL FOR THE MENTAL HEALTH. SHE SAID YES EVEN IF SHE HAD TO WEAR A MASK. THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL SHE WAS IN TEARS. YOU CAN'T DO THIS. I CAN'T WEAR THIS ALL DAY. IT IS HOT. YOU CAN'T BREATHE. I HAVE TWO HEALTHY KIDS AND I HAVE BEEN CALLED TO THE NURSE FOR HEADACHES AND NAUSEA DUE TO THE MASK. YOU CAN'T GUARANTEE MY CHILD'S SAFETY EVER. YOU CAN'T GUARANTEE THEIR SCHOOL WON'T GET SHOT UP. YOU CAN'T GUARANTEE SHE WON'T GET THE FLU. YOU CAN'T GUARANTEE THAT SHE WON'T BE BULLIED. I MAKE THE DECISION TO SEND HER TO SCHOOL AND MASKS SHOULD BE A PARENTAL. WEIGH THE PROS AND CONS. ALL I ASK IT THAT YOU MAKE IT OPTIONAL. FROM WHAT I FIND 34 COUNTIES HAVE MADE IT EARLY. IT IS NOT TOO EARLY. EACH FAMILY'S STORY WILL BE DIFFERENT. SOME BETTER. SOME WORSE. NOT A ONE SIZE FITS ALL. THAT'S WHY I URGE TO YOU DO THE RIGHT THING AND MAKE MASKS OPTIONAL FOR THE NEXT YEAR. WE CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL JULY. THAT IS WAY TOO SOON. PARENTS NEED TO HAVE TIME TO MAKE THE CHOICE IF THEY NEED TO REMOVE THEIR CHILD FROM THE PUBLIC SCHOOL. THE CDC DEATH RATE FOR COVID IN CHILDREN IS .002%. EVIDENCE SHOW THAT KIDS ARE BUFFERS ARE AND ARE NOT SPREADING THE DISEASE AND LARGE NUMBER OF NEGATIVE, PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SIDE EFFECTS WITH MASKS AND CLINICALLY DANGEROUS. FROM THE AAP, FLORIDA HAVE AT SMALLEST QUUM US WILL CASES IN, MAKE THEM OPTIONAL AND MAKE THE DECISION EARLY. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. BECKY FLANDERS. NEXT, BRIDGET MASUKA AND LUCY LINEBERGER. AND THEN JULIE GIBHART. GOOD EVENING.  

>> GOOD EVENING. YOU KNOW,  I NEVER HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE. AND UNTIL NOW, I NEVER PAID MUCH ATTENTION TO THE SCHOOL BOARD, BUT LIKE THOUSANDS OF OTHER PEOPLE, I AM PAYING ATTENTION NOW. ONE OF THE THINGS I NOTICED ABOUT THIS ROOM IS THAT YOU GUYS CAN'T HEAR THE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE CHEERING FOR EVERY ONE THAT IS STANDING UP HERE AND ASKING YOU TO UN MASK THE CHILDREN. AND YOU CAN'T HEAR THE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE OUTSIDE PROTESTING. LOOK AT ALL THESE EMPTY SEATS HERE. YOU CAN'T SEE THEIR FACES, OF THE PEOPLE. YOU CAN'T SEE PEOPLE CRYING WHEN THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT HOW THEIR CHILDREN CAN'T BREATHE. I AM NOT EVEN A PARENTS, BUT I CANNOT -- MY CONSCIENCE WILL NOT ALLOW ME TO STAND BY ANY LONGER AND LET THIS GO ON. I SEE HERE IT SAYS PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE. WHAT DON'T WE TALK OF CRITICAL THINKING. IF THE CDC TOLD TO YOU JUMP OFF A BRIDGE,  WOULD YOU DO IT? IF THE CDC TOLD YOU TO SHIP YOUR CHILDREN OFF ON TO A BOX CAR TO GO GET A SHOWER AT AUSCHWITZ, WOULD YOU DO IT? IT SEEMS NOT NOT ONLY ARE CHILDREN BEING TAUGHT BASIC CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS IN SCHOOL BUT THE SCHOOL BOARD SEEMS TO BE LACKING IN THE BASIC HUMAN SKILL OF QUESTIONING AUTHORITY. LET'S REVIEW SOME FACTS THAT MANY PEOPLE HAVE PRESENTED TO YOU HERE TODAY THE PCR TEST IS UNRELIABLE. COVID IS 100% TREATABLE. THE CDC ADMITTED THAT DEATH NUMBERS WERE RADICALLY INF INFLATED. THERE IS NO EVIDENCE FOR ASYMPTOMATIC TRANSMISSION. NORMAL SEASONAL FLU IS FAR MORE DEADLY THAN COVID. THE DEATH RATE FOR CHILDREN IS 0. THE TRANSMISSION RATE FROM CHILDREN TO ADULTS IS ZERO. AND SHOW ME ONE PEER REVIEW CLINICAL TRIAL THAT CLOTH MASKS REDUCE. MASK REDUCES OXYGEN, REDUCE OXYGEN INTAKE CAN CAUSE BRAIN DAMAGE AND DEVELOPMENTAL DELAY, TEACHING CHILDREN THEY ARE DIRTY AND --  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. NEXT,  NEXT WE WILL HAVE BR BRIDGET MARSUKA  AND WE NEED TO BE FAIR TO EACH OF THE SPEAKERS. LUCY LINEBERGER, JULIE GEPHARTS FOLLOWED BY CASS MILLER AND KAREN PEREZ. A DIFFERENT ONE. GOOD EVENING.  

>> GOOD EVENING,  BR BRIDGETMASUKA. I AM CARDIOVASCULAR TECHNOLOGIST BUT A MOM OF TWO CHILDREN IN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT. I ACTUALLY CAME HERE TODAY BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE SURVEY IT SAID YOU GUYS WERE GOING TO BE MAKING A DECISION ON THE MASKS. FIND OUT WHEN I'M HERE THAT NOW WE ARE NOT. ON JULY 7, WE GOT AN E-MAIL SAYING THAT OUR KIDS WERE GOING TO BE FORCED TO WEAR MASKS. IN THE SAME TOKEN WHY CAN'T WE GET THAT E-MAIL TODAY SAYING THEY ARE GOING TO BE TAKEN OFF OF OUR CHILDREN.  WILL PORTER SAYS THERE HAS TO BE POLICY AND A VOTE, THAT IS NOT HOW WE GOT INTO THIS MASK ISSUE, WHY DO WE HAVE TO DO THAT TO TAKE THEM OFF OF OUR CHILDREN. I'M HERE TO BE AN ADVOCATE FOR MY CHILD BECAUSE THE PEOPLE WHO WERE ELECTED TO BE ADVOCATES FOR MY CHILDREN ARE NOT DOING THEIR JOB. LUKE I SAID, YOU SENT OUT THAT SURVEY. AND WHILE I APPRECIATE GETTING IT AND YOU ARE FINALLY ASKING US OUR OPINIONS, THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE A VERY, VERY, VERY LONG TIME AGO. OVER A YEAR SINCE WE HAD OUR CHILDREN MASKED AND LONG OVERDUE TO TAKE THE MASKS OFF. WE HAVE KNOWN THREE OR FOUR MONTHS INTO THE PANDEMIC THAT CHILDREN WERE AT LITTLE TO NO RISK AT CATCHING THE VIRUS AND DYING FROM IT. THE CDC OWN NUMBERS SAY THE CHANCE OF A CHILD BETWEEN THE AGES OF ZERO AND 19 CATCHING THE VIRUS AND .003%. THAT IS A 99.997  SURVIVAL RATE FOR THE CHILDREN. BUT LESS FOR AN ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR, MY DAUGHTERS HAVE HAD THEIR MASKS. EVEN WHEN PLAYING OUTSIDE AND RUNNING AROUND, MY DAUGHTER IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TELL ME DAILY SHE DOESN'T WANT TO BE OUTSIDE FOR OR RECESS BECAUSE SHE CAN'T BREATHE. THAT IS UNACCEPTABLE AND HAS TO CHANGE IMMEDIATELY. THAT IS PRETTY MUCH THE -- WHAT I WANTED TO SAY. PLEASE TAKE THESE MASKS OFF OF OUR CHILDREN. WE ARE PLACING A BURDEN ON OUR CHILDREN THAT ARE NOT THEIRS TO BEAR. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  LUCY LINEBERGER WILL BE NEXT FOLLOWED BY JULIE GEPHARTS. GET READY TOO BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW IF LUCY LINEBERGER IS STILL HERE FOLLOWED BY CASS MILLER AND KAREN PEREZ -- SORRY ABOUT THAT MESH PEREZ. TORY DAVIS, WHO IS A STUDENT, WHO I THINK I SEE. AND KAYLA WAGNER. OKAY. THANK YOU, GOOD EVENING.  

>> NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE HEARD TONIGHT,  I AM PARENT OF FOUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STUDENTS. AND I AM BAFFLED BY THE BOOK "THE BLUEST EYE" AND HOW IT MADE AT THAT THROUGH SO MANY CHECKPOINTS AND LANDED IN THE HANDS OF MY DAUGHTER WHO IS 15 YEARS OLD AND ASK IF ANY PARENT ARE IN THE ROOM, I WOULD LIKE YOU TO WORN YOU TO SHIELD YOUR EARS BECAUSE IT IS VERY GRAPHIC. I WENT AND RESEARCHED THE BOOK HERE IS PART OF THE REVIEW, QUOTE, GRAPHIC DETAILS GIVEN ABOUT INCEST OUS RAPE, TALKS ABOUT ORGASMS, PROSTITUTION, INCEST, RAPE, NUDITY, PEDOPHILIA, MASTURBATION, SEXUAL DREAMS, HOMOSEXUALITY, BESTIALITY END QUOTE. WE AREN'T AFRAID TO TALK TO THEM ABOUT RAPE, PORNOGRAPHY AND VIOLENCE, BUT I AM NOT INTERESTED IN SPEWING THE GRAPHIC EXPLICIT CESSPOOLS OF SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN FRONT OF THEM. THESE STUDENTS DESERVE OUR PROTECTION FROM THIS. THERE IS NO -- SORRY -- IS THERE NO INNOCENCE TO SAFEGUARD ANYMORE. IF THIS IS REASONABLE MATERIAL TO PUT IN FRONT OF OUR KIDS WHERE IS YOUR LINE AND AT WHAT POINT IS THIS TOO MUCH AND WHAT END ARE WE EXPOSING THEM TO THE SEXUAL FANTASIES OF A PEDO PEDOPHILE. I ASK YOU TO BEAR WITH ME AS I NEVER IN MY LIFE SAID WORDS LIKE THIS OUT LOUD. AS A MOTHER OF FOUR DAUGHTERS, THIS SICKENS ME I QUOTE FROM A LETTER TO GOD TO THE PEDOPHILE CALLED --  

>>Lynn Gray:  FINAL THOUGHTS.  

>> LET ME TILL YOU OF THE BREATHS OF LITTLE GIRLS, BUD S SPRINGING LIKE AGGRESSIVE DARING ME TO TOUCH, COMMANDING ME TO TOUCH. I COULDN'T YOU MUST RECALL KEEP MY HANDS AND MOUTH OFF THEM. SALT, SWEET. THE LITTLE GIRLS, DO YOU KNOW IF I -- I FELT I WAS -- BEING FRIENDLY, PLAYFUL AND -- WE HAVE A YOUNG GIRL HERE. MY CHILDREN HAVE BEEN ASKED TO READ THIS. THANK YOU, THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  CASS MILLER, KAREN PEREZ, TORY DAVIS, AND KAYLA WAGNER.  

>> WITCHING IT UP A BIT. I AM EXCITED YOU WERE SO GRACIOUS TO LET IN MORE SPE SPEAKERS. AT ALL THE MEETINGS, THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED BUT THANKS TO THE PRIOR SPEAKER WITH MENTAL HEALTH. MY FATHER COMMITTED SUICIDE AND I AM A VICTIM OF EXTREME TRAUMA AND MY PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS SAVED MY LIFE. IT IS WHY I AM SO PASSIONATE. I RECEIVED LITTLE RESPONSE REGARDING THE QUESTION WHETHER OR NOT WE ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL LAW AFTER CUTTING 162 ESU UNITS. HOW MANY IEP CASE ALSO ONE SET TEACHER HAVE. MEMBERS COMBS AND MEMBER VAUGHN ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT REACHED BACK TO ME AND I AM NOT -- THEY ARE NOT MY REPRESENTATIVE. I AM IN DISTRICT 5. NO ONE HAS A DEFINITIVE ANSWER TO THIS WHICH TELLS ME THAT I NEED TO KNOW, THE SUPERINTENDENT AND TOP OFFICIALS ARE CUTTING OUT THE MOST VULNERABLE POPULATION BECAUSE THESE KIDS CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN THESE CUTS DISPROPORTIONATELY IMPACT BL BLACK, BROWN AND DISABLED STUDENT. THE CUTS ARE NOT OVER. WHY? THESE KIDS ARE NOT GETTING WHAT THEY NEED AND LIVE ON EVE EVERYONE'S CONSCIOUS UP HERE. EVEN IF YOU CAN'T GIVE THEM WHAT THEY NEED BECAUSE IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, IT IS HIGH TIME YOU GIVE THEM WHAT THEY ARE LEGALLY ENTITLED TO AND CONTINUE TO CALL FOR YOUR RESIGNATION. YOU SAY YOU ARE LISTENING, HEAR ME. I AM ADVOCATING FOR THOSE KIDS. BEING A VOICE FOR THE VOIC VOICELESS. HEAR ME. CUT YOUR SALARY. FURLOUGH YOURSELF AND THE TOP TEN ADMINISTRATORS UNDER YOU FOR A MONTH. SHOW US WE ARE IN THIS TOG TOGETHER. I AM MILLION TO A REBEL ROUSER OR INSTIGATOR. YES MY PASSION MAY BE GETTING THE BETTER OF ME. I AM A REGULAR MOM AND SPEAKING OF A VOTER. I SUPPORTED MANY OF YOU. HAD THE YARD SIGNS ENCOURAGED FRIENDS TO LOOK AT YOU FOR CANDIDATE. I BELIEVE YOU WANT THE BEST FOR THE CHILDREN AND I'M HERE AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN REMINDING YOU OF THAT. MR. DAVIS, YOU WANT TO SAY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, PROVE THAT OR OTHERWISE WE RECOMMEND YOU RESIGN. HAVE A GREAT REST OF YOUR EVENING.  

>>Lynn Gray:  NEXT KAREN PEREZ, TORY DAVIS AND KAYLA WAGNER. AND FOLLOWING THAT, I BELIEVE THE PUBLIC HEARING WILL BE THE NEXT ON THE AGENDA. NO WE HAVE ANOTHER ONE HERE. GOOD EVENING. IS IT KAREN PEREZ?  

>> IT IS CORINNE, NO RELATION.  

>>Lynn Gray:  A BEAUTIFUL NAME.  

>> CORINNE PEREZ AND A RESIDENT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES I AM CONCERNS WITH THE GENERAL TREND HOW WE ARE TREATING OUR CHILDREN THAT WILL DETERMINE OUR FUTURE PROSPERITY. HOW WILL THEY BE STRONG LEADERS SUBJECTED TO HIDING THEIR FACES AND LOWLY OF GIVING PERIODIC BREATHING BREAKS AND CHARGED WITH POLICING THEIR FELLOW CLASSMATES WHO DON'T HAVE THEIR MASKS ON. HOW CAN THEY BE CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO BE SHEEP, NOT THE STRONG BEAUTIFUL LIONS THAT THEY ARE. WHEN I LOOK BACK ON MY CHILDHOOD IT IS FILLED WITH MEMORIES OF LAUGHTER, PLAY AND SHARING WITH MY FRIENDS AND TEACHERS IN SCHOOL. ASK QUESTIONS, EXPRESS MYSELF AND LEARN FROM ACADEMIC AND SOCIAL EXPLORATION. I AM SURE THE BOARD CAN RELATE. IT SADDENS ME THAT SO MANY CHILDREN INNOCENT BYSTANDERS IN THE WAKE OF COVID RESTRICTION ALSO NOT HAVE MEMORIES TO REFLECT ON NO 2020 AND 2021. I ADMIRE EACH ONE OF THE MOTHERS AND FATHERS WHO SPEAK UP FOR THE BASIC HUMAN RIGHT IN A HAPPY, HEALTHY NONOPPRESSIVE ENVIRONMENT. AND I WANT TO STRESS THAT THE CHOICE WAS NEVER ANY ONE BUT THE PARENTS CHOICE TO MAKE AND I DEMAND THAT YOU RESTORE US TO THE NATURAL HUMAN RIGHT TO DECIDE WHAT CONDITIONS ARE CONDUCIVE TO OUR CHILDREN SAFETY. THESE PROPOSED MANDATES FLY IN THE FACE OF NATURAL LAW WHICH INHERENTLY GIFT EVERY HUMAN BEING TO HAVE CLEAN AIR BE FREE AND PROSPER. RESTORE OUR RIGHTS. LET OUR CHILDREN BREATHE. LET THEM ROAR.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. NEXT WILL BE TORY DAVIS, A STUDENT. AND THEN CALLIE WAGNER.  OKAY. SORRY. ARE WE MISSING -- WE ARE? THERE WE ARE. OH -- LET'S GO AHEAD AND -- FACILITATE THAT. THANK YOU, JORGE. WELL, SHE'S GROWING UP. ALL RIGHT,  GO AHEAD.  

>> HI, I JUST WANT TO SAY I THINK IT IS REALLY SAD HOW KIDS IN THE CLASSROOM DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THEIR TEACHERS LOOK LIKE. CAN YOU IMAGINE GOING THROUGH AN ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR NOT EVEN KNOWING WHAT YOUR TEACHERS AND CLASSMATES LOOK LIKE? PLEASE UNMASK THE CHILDREN.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. TIME FOR YOU TO GO TO BED, YOUNG LADY. IT IS GETTING LATE THERE. CALLIE WAGNER.  

>> GOOD EVENING. ACTUALLY IT IS KALIA WAGNER. I WANT TO GET THAT ACROSS BEFORE I STARTED. I WAS SUPPOSED TO SIGN UP FOR EMPLOYEE COMMENT BUT SOMEHOW I GOT MISSED. GOOD EVENING. I'M HERE ON BEHALF OF MY FELLOW TEACHERS. THIS YEAR HAS BEEN LIKE NO OTHER. STRESS $TO THE MAX. TEACHING ONLINE THIRD GRADE TEACHING THE GROUP SIMULTANEOUS TO ASK TEETH MATH AND SCIENCE AND LOSING MY TEACHING PARTNER IN EARLY JANUARY. YOU KNOW WHO HAD IT HARDER, MY STUDENTS. ONE LESS CONSISTENT TEACHER TO SUPPORT THEM EVERY DAY. LET THAT SINK IN. IT HAS BEEN A WHOLE HALF OF A YEAR. MY STUDENTS HAVE BLESSED ME IN SO MANY WAYS. IT BREAKS MY HEART WHEN I HAVE TO TELL THEM AT THE START OF EVERY DAY WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS A SUB OR IF ONE OF OUR E ESC-ESL STAFF WILL BE WITH THEM. THE STAFF YOU SAID WOULD NOT BE PULLED AND THAT DISTRICT PEOPLE WOULD COME IN TO SUPPORT. NOT TOO LONG AGO, THE FRIDAY BEFORE MOTHER'S DAY, ABSOLUTELY NO ONE TO COVER THE SECOND-GRADERS FOR THE FIRST HALF OF THE DAY. I HAD TO HAVE ALL 27 BRICK AND MORTAR KIDS WITH ME IN ONE ROOM NOT EVEN INCLUDING E-LEARNERS. THE PLAN IN THE DISTRICT WILL CONTINUE TO CUT TEACHERS. WON'T JUST BE MY KIDS ANYMORE THAT WILL EXPERIENCE THIS IN MY SCHOOL BUT ALL SCHOOLS IN HILLSBOROUGH. THE GUMPTION IS APPALLING. I AM GLAD WHEN I WENT TO WHARTON HIGH SCHOOL MY TEACHERS WERE NOT CUT BECAUSE I WOULD NEVER FORGET THEM AND THEY ARE THE ONES THAT ENCOURAGE TO WORK HARDER AND BELIEVE IN MYSELF SO I CAN TEACH -- JUST TO NAME A FEW, SHELANKE, MY PERFECT 1209 GRADE. MR. NEWTON MY CHEMISTRY TEACHER THAT ENCOURAGED ME TO WORK HARDER TO DO APCHEM. MISS IGNATIUS MY 12th GRADER. MY ABDULLAH MY ALGEBRA 2. MR. VIOLA OUR AP CALC TEACHER SPENT TWO DAYS TO PASS THAT AP CALC EXAM. BUT MADE A DIFFERENCE. MR. REED, I THANK YOU ALL. I ASK YOU TO RE-EVALUATE YOUR POSITIONS TO CREATE A BETTER  2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR BY NOT CUTTING TEACHERS.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. I KNOW THAT WAS HARD FOR YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AT THIS POINT IN TIME -- EXCUSE ME, MR. PORTER, YOU ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND DO THE PUBLIC HEARING, 02.  

>> ARE RESPECT TO MISS VAUGHN. IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN HERS AND WE WILL GET RIGHT ON THIS. A POLICY THAT WILL AMEND THE  BYLAWS EMBEDDED IN POLICY TO REQUIRE TWO MEETINGS A MONTH FOR TEN MONTHS OF THE YEAR. STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD MEET AT LEAST ONCE EVERY MONTH AND REFLECTED IN OUR CURRENT POLICIES IN THE  BYLAWS APPEAR A DECISION MADE EARLIER TO MOVE TO ONE MEETING A MONTH. AND THERE WAS A REQUEST THAT BE CHANGED TO HAVE THE BOARD MEET AT LEAST TWICE A MONTH FOR TEN MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR AND MISS VAUGHN CAN EXPAND UPON THAT IF SHE WISHES.  

>>Lynn Gray:  MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Jessica Vaughn:  THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THE REASON I BROUGHT THIS FORWARD IS BECAUSE AS MR. PORTER MENTIONED, WE DID HAVE OUR MEETINGS REDUCED TO ONE PER MONTH. AND I DID ASK THE SUPERINTENDENT TO MAKE AN EXCEPTION AND TO HAVE MORE MEETINGS A MONTH, ESPECIALLY ONCE I LISTEN TO PUBLIC OUTCRY AND FROM OTHER BOARD MEMBERS WE WERE NOT HAVING ENOUGH MEETINGS DURING CRUCIAL TIME. AS WE CAN SEE NOW, I KNOW YOU SAID GENERALLY EVERY MEETING IS A LONG MEETING. WHEN WE HAVE SO MANY ITEMS ON ONE AGENDA, I THINK IT DOES A DISSERVICE TO HAVE CONVERSATION ABOUT IT. SO SINCE PREVIOUSLY THE SUPERINTENDENT WAS NOT OPEN TO THE IDEA TO HAVE BOARD MEETINGS, I THOUGHT IT WAS FAIR TO REVISIT OUR POLICIES AND GO AHEAD TO AMEND THEM TO HAVE THE DECISION WHETHER WE WANT TO DO THOSE TWO BOARD MEET AGENCIES MONTH. I KNOW WE LIKE TO TAKE DECEMBER AND ANOTHER MONTH OFF SO WE DID TEN MEETINGS AS OPPOSED TO 12. THAT IS THE THOUGHT PROCESS BEHIND THAT AND WE WILL SEE HOW THE VOTE GOES. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  YES. I THINK THAT IN THE -- IN THE -- THE WAY WE HAVE THIS IS THE MONTH OF DECEMBER, SPRING BR BREAK, AND BEGINNING -- YES, BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, THOSE WERE THE EXEMPT MONTHS. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, MR. PORTER, GO AHEAD AND LEAD.  

>>Jim Porter:  IT IS A PUBLIC HEARING AND SEE IF ANYONE IN THE PUBLIC WANTS TO SPEAK ONLY ON THIS POLICY AND THEN YOU WILL NEED A MOTION.  

>>Lynn Gray:  ANYONE IN THE PUBLIC AT THIS POINT IN TIME WANT TO SPEAK ON THIS POLICY? AND THEN AT THIS POINT IN TIME, I SEE NONE IN THE AUDIENCE. WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A MO MOTION, MEMBER VAUGHN? MEMBER VAUGHN, WOULD LIKE MAKE A MOTION. WE HAVE A SECOND FROM MEMBER PEREZ. ANY DISCUSSION? OKAY. MEMBER SNIVELY.  

>>Mellisa Snively:  THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I GUESS I AM JUST A LITTLE CONCERN OF PUTTING A POLICY IN PLACE THAT IS ABOVE OUR STATUTORY OBLIGATION AS OUTLINED IN OUR STATUTE, 10 1000-1.372. I DON'T THINK THIS THE BEST PRACTICE FOR BOARD POLICY AND WE HAVE DONE THIS IN PREVIOUS POLICIES OUR FISCAL POLICY  62-10 AND HAVE BROKEN OUR OWN POLICY. THE MOST EXAMPLE BUT MAY BE MORE EXAMPLES FROM THE PAST. I AM AFRAID WE COULD BACK OURSELVES IN A CORNER IF THERE ARE SOME UNCONTROLLED CIRCUMSTANCES THAT PREVENT US FROM FOLLOWING OUR OWN POLICY LIKE 6-10. SO I GUESS MY -- 62-10. I GUESS CAN WE JUST CHANGE A POLICY AND DISCUSS THIS ISSUE AS A BOARD. WE HAD 18  MEETINGS THIS YEAR SINCE JANUARY WHERE ANYONE COULD BRING THIS UP FOR DISCUSSION AND PERHAPS WE COULD HAVE HAD THAT DISCUSSION AND MAYBE COME TO SOME CONSENSUS AS TO WHAT THE BOARD DESIRES. PERSONALLY I DON'T TWO MEETINGS PER MONTH BECAUSE HEY, WE ARE ALREADY AVERAGING THREE PLUS BETWEEN SPECIAL MEETINGS AND WORKSHOPS AND BOARD MEETINGS AND RECOGNITION MEETINGS. I DON'T KNOW IF WE NEED TO CHANGE THE POLICY AND HOPING WE WOULD HAVE A DISCUSSION AND COME TOGETHER AND GET SOME CONSENSUS ON WHAT BOARD MEMBERS WOULD LIKE TO DO. IF TRANSPARENCY IS A CONCERN, LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT AND WORK TOGETHER TO COME UP WITH SOME IDEAS HOW TO BE MORE OPEN FOR STAKE HOLDSERS TO BETTER UNDER STAND OUR OPERATIONS. OVER THE YEARS, THE BOARD HAVE STRUGGLED WITH PUBLIC EXPECTATION, BUT CONTINUE TO DEVELOP STRATEGIES TO IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY AND PUBLIC CONSUMPTION OF ENERGY. SO I BELIEVE WITH SEVEN BOARD MEMBERS AND OUR ATTORNEY AND SUPERINTENDENT AND HIS TEAM, THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH PEOPLE WITH -- WITH GREAT IDEAS. SO MAYBE WE DON'T NEED TO CHANGE THE POLICY, BUT MAYBE WE CAN JUST WORK TOGETHER TO IMPROVE WHAT WE ARE DOING AND HOW WE DO IT AND ALWAYS KEEPING IN MINDS THE BETTER WE PERFORM AS A TEAM, THE MORE IT WILL BENEFIT OUR STUDENTS. SO THOSE ARE MY THOUGHTS. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY. MEMBER COMBS.  

>>Nadia Combs:  YOU KNOW AS -- AS A NEW BOARD MEMBER, I REALLY ARE WATCHING THE BOARD MEETINGS I SEE WE MET REGULARLY. COMING IN I FELT THAT WE WERE MEETING MUCH LESS. AND SO WHEN THE AGENDA ITEMS CAME, I FELT LIKE IT WAS A LARGE NUMBER OF AGENDA ITEMS. I SPENT A LOT OF TIME LOOKING AT THAT. AND I WAS REALLY FEELING FRUSTRATING THAT WE WERE NOT MEETING REGULARLY ENOUGH. I THINK THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH SETSING A POLICY WHERE IT IS TWO. WHERE WE HAVE SOME TYPE OF CLAUSE WHERE MAYBE IT IS NOT NECESSARY IF WE DON'T NEED THOSE TWO MEETINGS BUT TO START WITH HAVING TWO MEETINGS AND IF WE DON'T NEED THOSE, THAT IS FINE, BUT MEETING ONE TIME A MONTH WHEN SO MANY THINGS ARE GOING ON, WHEN THERE IS A FINANCIAL CRISIS, WHEN THERE IS COVID, WHEN THERE ARE MASKS, WHERE THERE ARE CHANGING CURRICULUM. TOO MANY THINGS HAPPENING IN OUR DISTRICT TO ONLY HAVE ONE MEETING A MONTH. I WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THIS. AND I THINK THAT IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO HAVE TWO MEET AGENCIES MONTH. THANK YOU.  

>> THANK YOU,  MEMBER COMBS. I AM GOING TO HAVE MEMBER HAHN SPEAK. BUT SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, I THINK IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO SPEAK ON THIS AS WELL. AND BEFORE WE TAKE A VOTE. I WANT TO GO AHEAD AND LISTEN TO MEMBER HAHN. THANK YOU, MEMBER HAHN FOR YOUR PATIENCE.  

>>Stacy Hahn:  THANK YOU, CH CHAIRWOMAN GRAY. SO I -- YOU KNOW, WE HAVE THIS TWO MEETINGS A MONTH SINCE I WAS ON THE BOARD. AND YOU ARE RIGHT, MY -- MY COLLEAGUES ARE CORRECT, AND MISS COMBS IN SAYING WE DO GET A LOT OF ITEMS THAT COME WHEN WE HAVE ONE BOARD MEETING A MONTH AND SO IT MAKES FOR SOME VERY LONG MEETINGS. NOT THAT SHOULD BE THE REASON, BUT WE HAVE REQUESTED TWO MEETINGS A MONTH. I GUESS MY QUESTION IS WHY IS THIS HAPPENING OUTSIDE OF OUR NORMAL WAY OF WORK AROUND CREATING POLICY. WE HAVE A WORKSHOP COMING UP TO DISCUSS POLICY AS A BOARD AND THEN WE TYPICALLY DECIDE WHAT'S GOING TO MOVE FORWARD. SO HELLO, MY FRIEND. SO IF YOU COULD JUST EXPLAIN WHY THIS WAS BROUGHT IN THIS PROCESS -- BROUGHT TO THE BO BOARD.  

>>Lynn Gray:  SO WE WILL GO IN ORDER OF THE SPEAKERS, BUT MEMBER VAUGHN, I WILL ALLOW YOU TO BE RECOGNIZED SO YOU CAN ANSWER THE QUESTION AS POSED BY MEMBER HAHN.  

>>Jessica Vaughn:  THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION AND THE CHANCE TO SPEAK TO IT. ESSENTIALLY I BROUGHT THIS BEFORE THE BOARD NOW BECAUSE I FELT LIKE BECAUSE THE PUBLIC OUTCRY WAS ASKING FOR MORE MEETINGS AT A TIME WE WERE HAVING A LOT OF CHALLENGES TO FACE. AND THE FACT THAT I HAVE REPEATEDLY ASKED IF WE COULD -- SINCE MONTHS WHEN THE FIRST E-MAIL WENT OUT THAT WE COULD HAVE MORE THAN TWO MEETINGS AND WAS TOLD NO. NOT OUR PLACE TO MAKE THE DECISION. IT IS UP TO THE SUPERINTENDENT. I THOUGHT IT WAS AN URGENCY TO RESPOND TO THE PUBLIC OUTCRY AND SEE WHAT WE COULD TO DO GET THIS POLICY MOVING FORWARD. I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN THINGS KIND OF PLACED ON OUR AGENDA WHERE MEMBERS HAVE ASKED THAT A BOARD MEETING IF SOMETHING PLACED ON THE AGENDA AND NOT FOLLOW NECESSARILY THE WAY OF WORK AND THAT WAS GRANTED SO I THINK THAT REVISITING OUR WAY OF WORK IS GOOD. AND I DO SEE WHY WE HAVE GIVEN SPECIAL CREED DENSE TO SPECIAL BOARD MEMBERS WHEN THEY HAVE A REQUEST DURING THE MEETING.  

>>Lynn Gray:  MEMBER HAHN.  

>>Stacy Hahn:  THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR CLARIFYING. SO JUST TO BE CLEAR, I WANT TO GO ON THE RECORD THAT I COULD SUPPORT HAVING TWO MEETINGS A MONTH. I THINK IT IS A GOOD MOVE. MY CONCERN IS THE WEIGHT OF WORK. I UNDERSTAND THIS HAS HAPPENED WHERE AGENDA ITEMS HAVE BEEN ADDED BEFORE. AND YOU KNOW MY CONCERN IS WHERE THIS BOARD IS AT A FRAGILE STATE, NO DOUBT. AND WE HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO -- A CREATIVE WAY TO WORK AND FOLLOW IT. I ABSOLUTELY UNDERSTAND THE PUBLIC OUTCRY. I HAVE GOTTEN THOSE E-MAILS. WE HAVE HEARD PEOPLE SPEAK DURING PUBLIC COMMENT ON IT. UNDERSTAND THE NEED FOR IT AND THE TRANSPARENCY. MY CONCERN IS TRULY FINDING A WAY OF WORK SO THAT THIS BOARD CAN MOVE FORWARD WITHOUT ANY SURPRISES. AND I THINK THAT IS IMPORTANT. BUT I DO SUPPORT TWO MEETINGS A MONTH. I AM -- CAN YOU REPEAT FOR ME, PLEASE, THE -- THE MOTION THAT YOU MADE AROUND THE REQUIREMENTS AROUND YOUR POLICY BECAUSE TYPICALLY WE GET SOME INFORMATION WITH A RATIONALE AND THIS IS -- THIS IS VERY MUCH OUTSIDE OUR WAY OF WORK OF HOW WE DO THIS AND NOTHING ON THE AGENDA EVEN HINT FOR -- HINTING TO WHAT THIS IS ABOUT SO I GOT NO INFORMATION AHEAD OF TIME, AGAIN, THIS IS THE SECOND TIME IN THE LAST MONTH THAT WE HAVE HAD SECRECY AROUND AN AGENDA ITEM. AND THAT CONCERNS ME AS WELL. WE SHOULD HAVE -- WE SHOULD HAVE INFORMATION SO EVERYONE CAN EQUALLY COME TO BE PREPARED.  

>>Jim Porter:  THAT IS A GOOD POINT AND THE ATTEMPT IS -- INTENT IS NOT TO BE SECRET. I THINK THE POLICY IS SELF-EXPLANATORY. THE BYLAW SAYS ONE MEETING A MONTH AND WILL REQUIRE TWO MEETINGS OUT OF TEN MONTHS OF THE YEAR. THE INTENT AS MISS VAUGHN SAID,  THE SENSE OF URGENCY BY THE BOARD MEMBER AND BROUGHT IT TO THE BOARD FOR THAT REASON. IF THE BOARD IS UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THE PROCESS THAT IS A VALID POINT, DR. HAHN, IF THAT IS A STRONG ENOUGH FEELING YOU CAN VOTE AGAINST THIS AND FIND ANOTHER WAY TO DO IT AND PUT IT BACK IN THE QUEUE FOR FUTURE DISCUSSION. AND I THINK TO YOUR POINT, AND A VERY GOOD POINT. INCONSISTENCY NOT JUST WITH THIS BOARD BUT THROUGH THE YEARS OF THINGS YOU ARE DESCRIBING, HOW THINGS GET ON THE AGENDA, WAY OF WORK. THAT HAS BEEN A CONSTANT WITH THIS BOARD SINCE I HAVE BEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD ATTORNEY AND EBBS AND FLOWS AND NOT UNIQUE TO THIS BOARD OR TO THIS SUPERINTENDENT. WE HAVE A FLUID DOCUMENT, A LIVING DOCUMENT CALLED THE WAY OF WORK THAT HAVE NOT COME IN FOR A LANDING ALTHOUGH WE ARE TRYING AND YOU HAVE MAST ARE BOARD COMING UP AND I THINK THESE ARE QUESTIONS THAT ARE VERY, VERY IMPORTANT FOR THE ENTIRE BOARD TO GRAPPLE WITH. AND THE BEST TIME TOO DO IT IS AT A RETREAT AND MASTER BOARD TRAINING SO EVERY EVERYONE -- EACH OF YOU ARE TREATED FAIRLY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY FEEL LUKE YOU ARE TREATED FAIRLY AND SEVERAL BOARD MEMBERS ARE NOT FAVORED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT AND OTHER BOARD MEMBERS. THESE ARE REALLY GOOD QUESTIONS AND I THINK YOU ARE EXACTLY RIGHT TO BRING THEM UP. WHAT MISS VAUGHN OPPOSED NOTHING ILLEGAL OR INAPPROPRIATE BUT NO HARD AND FAST WAY FOR SOME OF THESE THINGS. NEEDS TO BE TO AVOID THESE KIND OF DISCUSSIONS.  

>> WELL,  I UNDERSTAND OPINION I DON'T WANT ANYONE TO EVER FEEL LUKE THEY DON'T HAVE AN EQUAL VOICE. THAT IS AN ISSUE AND WE NEED TO ADDRESS THAT IF THAT IS THE CASE, BUT WE -- WE HAVE -- WE HAD A RETREAT. WE DID COME TO AN AGREEMENT OF WAY OF WORK. AND I UNDERSTAND MASTER BOARD TRAINING IS COMING UP AND OTHER RETREATS. I JUST THINK THAT WE NEED TO AGREE TO A WAY OF WORK AND STICK TO IT. SO THAT'S JUST -- THAT IS ONE PIECE OF THIS. I AGREE IN THE TWO MEETINGS A MONTH. I JUST AM CONCERNED THAT WE KEEP DEVIATING FROM OUR WAY OF WORK AND WE HAVE DONE SO QUITE A BIT IN THE PAST MONTH. AND SO THAT IS A CONCERN. AND I KNOW ALSO SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS AND WILL PROBABLY SPEAK ABOUT THIS SENT OUT AN E-MAIL DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY, EVENING BEFORE YESTERDAY. AND PROPOSING A NEW SCHEDULE OF TWO MEET AGENCIES MONTH. MISS GRAY EVEN BROUGHT UP THOUGH THAT -- DECEMBER, SPRING BREAK AND THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO HAVE TWO MEETINGS A MONTH. AND MY OTHER CONCERN IS SAYING WE WILL HAVE TEN MONTHS OF TWO MEETINGS A MONTH AND THEN ONLY TWO MONTHS WHEN WE ALREADY IDENTIFIED THREE MONTHS WHERE IT'S -- IT WOULD BE A CHAL CHALLENGE. SO WHERE IS THAT SWEET SPOT IF YOU MAKE A POLICY SO YOU ARE NOT BREAKING YOUR OWN POLICY RIGHT OUT THE GATE.  

>>Jim Porter:  I THINK TWO WAYS -- TWO WAYS OF ADDRESSING THAT. WE CAN PUT LANGUAGE IN THE POLICY THAT WILL ALLOW A MEETING TO BE CANCELLED IF NOT NEEDED OR NEGOTIATE THE NUMBER DOWN TO EIGHT MEET AGENCIES MONTH OR NINE MEET AGENCIES YEAR -- SORRY, EIGHT OR NINE MONTHS OF THE YEAR. SO WE STARTED WITH 12. MR. AYERS AND I MET AND SEEMED LIKE TEN WAS THE NUMBER BASED ON THE SCHOOL CALENDAR BUT UP TO THE BOARD AND THE MAKER OF THE MOTION.  

>> I APPRECIATE IT, THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  AT THIS POINT IN TIME PUT SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. THE INTENTION WAS TO HAVE LIKE AN OFFICIAL POLICY OF -- TWO PER MONTH WITH THE EXCEPTION OF TWO MONTHS. THE CONCERN IS WE HAVE A WAY OF WORK FOR YEARS THAT WE HAVE A POLICY CYCLE AND WE MAKE A POLICY DURING THAT TIME INCONGRUENT AND YOU ARE COMING IN AND SENDING IN A REVISED DOCUMENT THAT WE HAVE IN OUR POSSESSION THAT GIVES US THE SCHEDULE. CAN YOU REMARK AND THEN WE WILL CONTINUE WITH THE COMMENT.  

>>Addison Davis:  YES, MADAM CHAIR. I SENT OUT INFORMATION A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND IN THE LAST 24 HOURS RELATED TO PROPOSAL FOR THE REMAINDER OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR AND NEXT SCHOOL YEAR FOR OUR CALENDAR FOR POTENTIAL MEETINGS IN THAT PROCESS I IMPLEMENTED IN 2019 AND 2020. THERE IS IN THE PROPOSAL FOR  '21-'22. I DO BELIEVE WE WILL HAVE TO GO BACK AND LOOK AT MARCH BECAUSE MARCH IN THAT PROCESS IS VERY DIFFICULT TO HAVE TWO IF YOU HAVE SPRING BREAK AND THOSE TYPE OF ELEMENTS AND BRINGING THAT DOWN TO MINIMUM OF NINE MONTHS OF THE YEAR HAVES TWO MEETINGS TO BE ABLE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE CONTINUE TO BE TRANSPARENT AND OPEN THROUGH CONVERSATIONS. GOING BACK TO WHAT '18, '19, BEING ABLE TO DUPLICATE FOR THE BOARD TO REMAIN ABREAST OF CURRENT ISSUES, PROJECTS, INITIATIVES AND TARGETS TO CONTINUE TO BE -- BUILD TRUST IN OUR COMMUNITY.  

>>Lynn Gray:  I THINK WE ARE ALL IN AGREEMENT THAT WE WANT TWO BOARD MEET AGENCIES MONTH WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THREE LET ME GO AHEAD AND GET WITH THE BOARD FOR SOME CONSENSUS. MEMBER WASHINGTON.  

>>Henry Washington:  WE HAVE NOT BEEN FOLLOWING THE WAY OF WORK FOR THE BOARD, HAVE WE? BECAUSE ALL THE YEARS THAT I CAN REMEMBER, WE ALWAYS HAD TWO BOARD MEETINGS. NOW UNDERSTANDING WE REALLY COULD HAVE HAD ONE, IS THAT RIGHT?  

>>Jim Porter:  IN THE CURRENT POLICY OF THE BYLAWS, YES.  

>>Henry Washington:  I, TOO, THINK WE SHOULD HAVE TWO BOARD MEETINGS A MONTH. BECAUSE THAT -- THAT IS HOW -- AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE WAY OF WORK FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD, BUT COME TO FIND OUT IT IS NOT. AND I DO THINK WE NEED TO HAVE TWICE A MONTH. TWO BOARD MEET AGENCIES MONTH. I REALLY -- I REALLY FEEL STRONG ABOUT DOING THAT.  

>>Lynn Gray:  DURING THE HOLIDAYS, DECEMBER AND --  

>>Henry Washington:  NO.  

>>Lynn Gray:  WITH THE EXCEPTION.  

>>Henry Washington:  NO, NO, I DON'T RECALL OVER THE YEARS OF HAVING THAT DURING THE HOL HOLIDAYS. I THINK WE JUST HAD IT FOR TEN MONTHS, LIKE TWO AND THEN THE HOLIDAYS, WE DIDN'T HAVE IT.  

>>Lynn Gray:  OKAY, THANKS.  

>>Henry Washington:  AM I RI RIGHT, MISS SNIVELY FROM RECALLING.  

>> MADAM CHAIR.  

>>Henry Washington:  CAN SHE ANSWER THAT.  

>>Melissa Sninely:  NORTHERNLY ARTICLELY NEVER IS CHALLENGING BECAUSE NOT AN NORMAL MEETING AND DECEMBER WE MAY OR MAY NOT DEPENDING ON THE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE. AND USUALLY ONE MORE MONTH, COULD BE GRADUATION MONTH OR ANOTHER MONTH. USUALLY THREE MONTHS WHERE WE ARE VERY CHALLENGED TO FIND TIME FOR TWO BOARD MEETINGS. SO DECEMBER WITH ONE OF THEM. NOVEMBER IS ONE OF THEM AND I THINK MAY IS THE THIRD MONTH.  

>>Henry Washington:  OH, OKAY. I DON'T KNOW IF WE NEED TO HAVE A POLICY. I DON'T KNOW ABOUT A POLICY, BUT I DO AGREE WE SHOULD HAVE TWO.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANKS, MEMBER WASHINGTON. I AM WRITING DOWN IT SEEMS TO HAVE CONSENSUS OF TWO BOARD MEETINGS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THOSE MONTHS. LET'S GO AHEAD AND LISTEN TO THE BOARD MEMBERS. MEMBER SNIVELY AND MEMBER VAUGHN.  

>> I WAS JUST GOING TO CONCUR WITH MR. WASHINGTON THAT -- AGAIN, I DON'T KNOW IF WE NEED TO CHANGE OUR POLICY OVER IT. I LOVE THE FACT WE ARE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION AND COMMUNICATING ABOUT WHAT WE ALL DESIRE AS A BOARD AND THE SUPERINTENDENT IS HOPEFULLY -- WELL, HE IS LISTENING BECAUSE HE CREATED A NEW AGENDA FOR BOARD MEETINGS BUT I THINK NINE MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR I FEEL COMFORTABLE SAYING WE COULD HAVE AT LEAST TWO BOARD MEET AGENCIES MONTH FOR NINE MONTHS. I DON'T KNOW IF WE NEED TO MAKE A POLICY OF IT AND IF ANYONE IS IN AGREEMENT CAN WE JUST MOVE FORWARD. I AM A LITTLE NERVOUS OF CHANGING OUR POLICY NOT WHAT STATUTORILY -- I DON'T WANT TO BREAK IT. WHAT IF WE HAVE A HURRICANE HURRICANE -- I DON'T KNOW, SOMETHING ELSE. IF WE -- MAYBE ALTER THE POLICY LANGUAGE FOR UNCONTROLLABLE CIRCUMSTANCES AND SAY NINE MEET AGENCIES MONTH. WE HAVE TWO. WHATEVER THE BOARD WANTS TO DO. I THINK WE CAN ALL AGREE WE WANT TWO MEETINGS, NINE MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR. WHATEVER THAT LOOKS LIKE. I DON'T KNOW IF THAT NEEDS TO BE A POLICY CHANGE IF THE SUPERINTENDENT IS WILLING TO WORK WITH THE BOARD AND PUT THOSE ON THE CALENDAR FOR US. THAT IS MY TWO CENTS.  

>> SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WE ARE HOLDING THIS TO YOU AS WELL. AND PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE NOW -- WE ARE LOOKING AT CONSENSUS FOR NINE MONTHS WITH -- WITH TWO BOARD MEETINGS AND THREE OF THOSE MONTHS, POSSIBLY ONE. SO THAT IS ON THE TABLE SO FAR. AND I THINK WE HAVE MEMBER VAUGHN TO SPEAK. GO AHEAD, MEMBER VAUGHN.  

>>Jessica Vaughn:  THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I AM CONCERNS THERE WERE TALKS OF SECRECY ON THIS POLICY BECAUSE NEVER INTENTION IN ANY WAY TO BE SECRET OR ELSE I WOULDN'T HAVE ASKED FOR THIS TO BE ON THE AGENDA. I WAS UNDER THE GUISE OF MR. PORTER AND MR. DAVIS HOW TO ADDRESS THIS. NOBODY TOLD ME I HAD TO SUBMIT ANYTHING THAT I WOULD HAVE DONE IN ANY WAY, FASHION IF THAT IS SOMETHING YOU EXPECTED OR COULD HELP WITH A DECISION. I ALWAYS WANT EVERYBODY TO BE PREPARED AS POSSIBLE FOR EVERYTHING THAT WE DISCUSS. AND I THINK THIS, AGAIN, SPEAKS TO THE HOLES IN THE WAY OF WORK AND NOT NECESSARILY HAVING CLARITY. AND WHILE I APPRECIATE SAYING WHY HAVEN'T WE JUST TALKED ABOUT THIS IN A MEETING. IT SHOULD BE SO SIMPLE AS HAVING A DISCUSSION, WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT THIS PUBLICLY AT RETREATS AND MEETINGS A FEW TIMES AND BROUGHT TO THE ATTENTION THAT IS WHY I KNOW MY FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS WANTED -- WERE IN AGREEMENT ABOUT THIS BECAUSE WE HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT IT AT MEETINGS AND OTHER TIMES AND NOTHING CAME TO FRUITION NIL PUT THIS ON THE AGENDA AND NOW WE ARE HAVING A ACTUAL CONVERSATION ABOUT IT AND MAY HAVE GONE MOVEMENT ON IT. AS A NEW BOARD MEMBER, IT IS VERY UNCLEAR ABOUT HOW TO ADVOCATE FOR THINGS THAT I THINK, ONE, OUR COMMUNITY WA WANTS, AND TWO, OUR FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS WANT, WHETHER IT IS IN A MEETING WHETHER WE NEED MORE SPACE. WE KIND OF GET TOLD, HEY, HAVE THESE CONVERSATIONS AND O ONE-ON-ONES AND SAVE TIME AND NOT HAVE THESE PUBLIC CONVERSATIONS, BUT WHY AREN'T WE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION PUBLICLY. CONFUSING. I THINK GREAT THINGS ARE COMING OUT OF THIS. IF THE MOTION PASSES, THAT IS FANTASTIC. IF WE AMEND IT FOR SOMETHING ELSE. I DO WANT TO SAYS IT OUR JOB AS BOARD MEMBERS IF A POLICY NEEDS TO BE CHANGED BECAUSE OF PUBLIC OUTCRY OR SOMETHING THAT FEELS LIKE AN EMERGENCY THAT WE HAVE A CAVEAT THAT WE DON'T SAVE THAT FOR ONE CYCLE. I THINK WE HAVE TO BE REFLECTIVE OF OUR COMMUNITY AND SOMETHING WE SHOULD LOOK AT GOING INTO OUR WAY OF WORK AS WE DO MASTER BOARD TRADING. THOSE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND I WILL SEE WHAT THE VOTE IS.  

>>Lynn Gray:  MEMBER VAUGHN, AS YOU KNOW, THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR DISCUSSION. WE DID NEED DISCUSSION ON IT.  

>>Jim Porter:  MADAM CHAIR BEFORE YOU SPEAK, A LITTLE DISCONNECT HERE. BECAUSE THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR WAS FOR TWO MEETINGS A MONTH FOR TEN MONTHS OF THE YEAR AND SHIFTED TO NINE MONTHS. WE NEED TO ASK THE MAKER OF THE MOTION.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THAT IS WHAT I WAS JUST GOING TO DO. MEMBER VAUGHN, AGAIN, WE APPRECIATE YOU BRINGING IT UP FOR DISCUSSION. WOULD YOU BE AMENABLE TO THE FACT THAT WITH THE DISCUSSION, WITH WHAT YOU ARE HEARING, THAT WE WOULD HAVE NINE MONTHS WITH TWO BOARD MEETINGS AND THOSE THREE MONTHS WITH ONE. WITHOUT HAVING TO SET POLICY. OR DO YOU HAVE -- IS POLICY -- IS THAT THE WORD THAT YOU MUST HAVE TO GET THE SAME RESULTS. THAT IS WHAT I AM GOING TO ASK, BECAUSE IF WE CAN -- IF WE CAN ALL AGREE ON THE AMOUNT OF TIME AND HOLD ADDISON DAVIS TO THE FIRE, I DON'T KNOW IF WE PUT THE POLICY AT THIS POINT IN TIME. WOULD YOU CONSIDER THAT?  

>> THANK YOU FOR ASKING MEMBER -- CHAIRWOMAN GRAY. I WILL BE TOTALLY AMICABLE TO CHANGING THE AMOUNT OF TIME. I WOULD PREFER TO KEEP IT AS A POLICY BECAUSE THAT IS OUR MAIN JOB HERE TO SET POLICY ASIDE FROM HOLDING THE SUPERINTENDENT ACCOUNTABLE AND MANAGING THE BUDGET. SO I WOULD PREFER IT TO BE OUR POLICY AND AT THE WILL OF THE BOARD AND WHATEVER WE DECIDE.  

>>Lynn Gray:  AND YOU ARE BEING VERY GENEROUS WITH ALL OF US. AND WE APPRECIATE IT. IF WE GIVE YOU OUR WORD AND -- AND YOU HAVE MINE, WOULD YOU MIND IF WE JUST HAD THIS AS A -- EXCUSE ME NINE MONTHS WITH THE DISCUSSION THAT YOU BROUGHT ON VERY NICELY WITHOUT HAVING POLICY SET. WOULD THAT BE OKAY IN YOUR M MIND?  

>>Jessica Vaughn:  WELL, WHAT I WOULD BE OPEN TO CHAIRWOMAN GRAY IS TO MOVE THIS TO OUR POLICY CYCLE AND REVISE AT THIS TIME AGAIN WITH A POLICY CYCLE AS LONG AS WE ARE IN AGREEMENT THAT WE WILL HAVE NINE MEETINGS EVEN IF WE ARE NOT CHANGING IT A MONTH AND THAT WILL BE AGREEABLE WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT AND WE HAVE THE AMOUNT OF MEETINGS TO BE REFLECTIVE TO THE COMMUNITY.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU MEMBER VAUGHN, THAT APPRECIATES THAT AND THAT MAKES A LOT OF SENSE TOO. MR. PORTER WANTS TO SPEAK.  

>>Jim Porter:  JUST PROC PROCEDURALLY AN ENTIRELY APPROPRIATE APPROACH. SOMEONE NEEDS TO MAKE A MOTION TO CONTINUE IT TO THE POLICY CYCLE.  

>>Lynn Gray:  MOTION MADE BY -- LET ME GET MY NAME OFF BY MEMBER SNIVELY, SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. YOU CAN SEE HOW QUICK I CAN GET TO THAT, RIGHT. I KNOW,  I AM GOING TO -- I AM GOING TO -- AND THEN WE HAVE THE -- OUR MAJOR SUPERINTENDENT HAS TO HAVE A VOICE. UNANIMOUS. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, I AM SORRY IF I DIDN'T GET TO YOU RIGHT AWAY.  

>>Addison Davis:  NO PROBLEM. TO THE CHAIR,  ABSOLUTELY. WE WILL MAKE THAT COMMITMENT AND SEND A REVISED CALENDAR FOR THE BOARD TO DEBUT AND LOOK FORWARD TO INDIVIDUAL FEEDBACK AND THEN WE CAN HAVE A FINAL DOCUMENT THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO SEND TO THE BOARD TO MOVE FORWARD WITH.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU. AGAIN, I WANT TO THANK MEMBER VAUGHN FOR HER GENEROSITY AND SPIRIT AND TRUST IN THE BOARD AND TRUST IN THE SUPERINTENDENT TO MAKE THOSE CHANGES. WE ARE GOING TO -- WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND MOVE ON. WE ARE GOING TO LOOK AT THE CONSENT AGENDA. SO THIS IS -- WE ARE REIGNITING OUR BUSINESS MEETING TONIGHT. A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA. A MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS AND A SECT BY MEMBER VAUGHN. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. WE ARE GOING TO GO NOW INTO -- IN THE CONSENT AGENDA HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY APPROVED. THE SUPERINTENDENT HAS COMMENTS. AND HE WILL MAKE THEM AT THIS TIME. AND HE WILL ALSO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE SPEAKERS' COMMENTS I BELIEVE. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, IT IS YOUR TURN.  

>>Addison Davis:  YES, MA'AM. THANK YOU TO THE CHAIR. FIRST AND FOREMOST I APPRECIATE THE EMPLOYEES COMING OUT AND SPEAKERS COMING OUT TO ADVOCATE FOR THEIR INDEPENDENCE -- INDEPENDENT STANCE. WE APPRECIATE IT AS IT RELATES TO THE 95 INDIVIDUALS THAT -- THAT WE HAVE IDENTIFIED AND WE MAY NOT NEED 2021-2022. TO ROB CREVE  AND THANK YOU, DYLAN, WE ARE WORKING WITH EVERY ONE OF THOSE INDIVIDUALS TO POTENTIALLY FIND A LOCATION FOR THEM TO CONTINUE TO WOK WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE KNOW THERE WILL BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THEM TO FIND A POSITION TO EARN A CERTIFICATE, AND WE WILL WORK WITH THEM INDIVIDUALLY THROUGH HUMAN RESOURCES TO MAKE SURE WE GIVE THEM EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE TO DO SPECIAL THINGS FOR CHILDREN EVERY SINGLE DAY. AS IT RELATES TO OUR TEAM, REGARDLESS, MY RESPONSIBILITY IS TO BRING TEAM MEMBERS AND RECRUIT TEAM MEMBERS FROM ALL OVER, WHETHER IT IS FROM PINELLAS WHETHER IT IS FROM POLK, PASCO COUNTY, WHETHER IT IS FROM ORLANDO, NORTHEAST FLORIDA. WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE AS SUPERINTENDENT TO HIRE INDIVIDUALS THAT WE BELIEVE CONTINUE TO BE CHAMPIONS FOR CHILDREN. AND IN THAT PERSPECTIVE, WE GOT TO GET A WAVE OF INDIVIDUALS FROM ONE PARTICULAR AREA VERSUS THE OTHER. WE ARE ALL-INCLUSIVE AND EVERYBODY IS WORKING FOR CHILDREN EVERY SINGLE DAY. GUILT INTO MY SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS FOR THIS EVENING. OVERALL ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU TO STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SC SCHOOLS AND AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE. THEY DID A REALLY NICE JOB TONIGHT. IF OFF CHANCE TO BE ABLE TO INTERACT WITH THEM AND SEE THEM THIS EVENING. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. AND SO WE ARE TALKING ABOUT -- WE IDENTIFIED NEW PRINCIPALS. THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO ARE COMMITTED TO CHILDREN AND ALSO PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON LEARNING SOLUTIONS FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR. MISS McCREA FOR CHILDREN WHAT WE ARE DOING FOR TRANSFORMATION AND REVISIT THE GRADUATION SERMON KNOWS THAT ARE COMING UP AND FOCUS ON MAJOR FACTORS IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS AS WE MUCH FORWARD. WE TALK ABOUT NEW PRINCIPALS WE WILL HIGHLIGHT. LEARNING SOLUTIONS. WE DID A SURVEY. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WAS ABLE TO -- TO LEARN FROM OUR HASA SURVEY IS ENGAGE IN OUR LEADERS. MAKE SURE THEY ARE MOVING IN A COLLABORATIVE MANNER AND ALLOWING THEM TO HAVE A VOICE MOVING FORWARD. SENT A SURVEY TO OUR PRINCIPALS AND STAFF MEMBERS WHAT THEIR ASPIRATION FOR THE LEARNING SOLUTIONS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. AS YOU SEE FROM THE CHART, THIS CHART IN 2021, THE MODEL FOR THE EMERGENCY ORDER REQUIRED THAT WE OFFER A NEW JERSEY OF LEARNING SOLUTIONS TO BE ABLE TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN AND GIVE PARENTS A CHOICE WHETHER THAT IS BRICK AND MORTAR, REMOTE LEARNING OR HILLSBOROUGH K VIRTUAL. WE ALLOWED OUR PARENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS TO SELECT THE BEST INNOVATION SOLUTION TO ALLOW THEIR CHILD TO THRIVE EDUCATIONALLY AND AM DEMOCRATICALLY. THROUGH THIS SURVEY I ASKED OUR LEADERS AND STAFF MEMBERS, WHAT WOULD THEY LIKE TO SEE FOR OPTION ONE VERSUS OPTION TWO. OPTION TWO BRICK AND MORTAR IN HILLSBORO VIRTUAL AND OPTION TWO, ADDING E-LEARNING TO THAT PROCESS. OVERWHELMING LY LEADERS AND STAFF MEMBERS IDENTIFY THEY WOULD LIKE TO TRANSITION. MY RECOMMENDATION FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR OF 2021-2022. FOR BRICK AND MORTAR AND THE SAME TOKEN OFFER HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL K-12. WITH THAT PROCESS COMES A NUMBER OF STEPS THAT HAVE TO TAKE PLACE. WE WOULD HAVE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH SURVEYING OUR E LEARNERS THEN ASKING THEM WHAT WE WOULDS A SPIRE TO DO AND TRA TRANSITION BACK TO BRICK AND MORTAR OR TRANSITION TO HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL K-12. AND IN THAT PROCESS BE ABLE TO LAUNCH A CAMPAIGN THAT SHOWS AND DEMONSTRATES HOW WE EVER HILLSBOROUGH K-12 IN AN OFFICIAL MANNER AND INDEPENDENT PACING WITH HIGH TEACHER INTERACTION AND SHOW OUR CHILDREN ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN CO-CURRICULAR AND EX EXTRACURRICULAR FOR SCHOOLS IN NEIGHBORHOOD. AND ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY. TALK WHAT LEARNING MROMS WE WILL OFFER AND BE ABLE TO BUILD UPON THAT MARKETING PLAN WE OFFERED IF DECEMBER THAT ACTIVATED A SAFE SOCIAL AND SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH AND THROUGH THE PROCESS BRING HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS BACK TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO BE ABLE TO SERVE THEM IN AN EFFICIENT MANNER AND RECONTINUE IN THIS PROCESS TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT ALL OUR PARENTS UNDERSTAND THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO PARTNER WITH TGH AND USF HEALTH TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFIES COVID REMEDIATIONS ARE NEEDED AND BEING PROACTIVE IN THEIR APPROACH AND CONTINUING TO MAINTAIN OUR COVID RESPONSE TEAMS AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL OR AT THE SCHOOL LEVEL AS WELL AND CONTINUE TO OFFER PPE AND ALSO FILTERS IN PUBLIC HEALTH PROTOCOLS TO CREATE THAT SAFE ENVIRONMENT. OVERARCHING LY, I APPRECIATE THE PRINCIPALS PROVIDING INFORMATION AND GUIDANCE AND SIMULTANEOUS TEACHING AN REMOTE TEACHING HAVE BEEN DIFFICULT AND COMPLEX AND STRESSING OF OUR TEACHERS. STRESSING OF OUR LEADERS AND HAVING TWO CONCRETE OPTION THAT ALLOW US TO PROTECT CLASS SIZE, PROTECT STUDENTS AND IDENTIFIES EARLY WARNING INDICATORS FROM A MENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVE AND INTERVENTION PERSPECTIVE. AND LET SHANE McCREA TO SPEAK TO WHAT IS GOING ON IF FOR TRANSPORTATION -- TRANSFORMATION. WE HAVE A LOT OF STUFF FOR TRANSPORTATION ALWAYS. TRANSFORMATION. DOING A GOOD JOB LEADING THIS WORK AND I WANT HER TO SHARE AND TALK ABOUT STUDENTS.  

>> I AM VERY EXCITED TO SHARE THAT WE ENTERED A PARTNERSHIP WITH MICROSOFT DIVERSITY EDUCATION AND INCLUSION PROGRAM AND BRING STEM EXPERIENCES TO CHILDREN THIS YEAR A FEW TIMES THIS YEAR TO. WE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY HAVE A LIVE SESSION WITH NBA STAR DWYANE WADE AND CHRIS PAUL AND MAY 19, JOINED WITH DR. RENEE HORTON AND IKEY  JOHNSON AND MICROSOFT CODE COURSE AND GIRLS IN STEM AND FOCUS AND CODING. WE WILL HAVE YOUNG STUDENTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE THEIR OWN VIDEO GAMES THIS T TIME. OUR BOYS WILL BE ABLE TO CREATE APPS. OUR OLDER BOYS SIXTH THROUGH EIGHTH GRADES. OUR GIRLS WILL BE LOOKING AT CODING AND MINECRAFT. AND OUR 3rd THROUGH 8th GRADERS CREATIVE STORYTELLING THROUGH STEM. AND PARTNERING WITH OUR SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAM AND WE ARE VERY EXCITED ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP AND THE AGREEMENT FOR US -- FOR THEM TO JOIN US NEXT YEAR AND HAVE VERY COORDINATED ACTIVITIES THROUGHOUT OUR SCHOOLS FOR NEXT YEAR. ALL RIGHT. SO WE ARE ACTIVELY RECRUITING EFFECTIVE AND HIGHLY-EFFECTIVE TEACHERS AS YOU KNOW IN OUR TRANSFORMATION SCHOOLS. THOSE THAT ARE EXTERNAL OPERATOR SCHOOLS OR HAVE BEEN PERSISTENTLY LOW PERFORMING WE WANT THE BEST TEACHERS IN THEIR SCHOOLS AND ACTIVELY RECRUITING CURRENT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EDUCATESERS THAT WANT TO JOIN US THAT ARE AFFECTED OR HIGHLY EFFECTED. THE STATE OFFERS BONUSES FOR THOSE TEACHERS IF THEY HAVE AN EFFECTIVE STATE IN MATH,  READING OR ALGEBRA THEY CAN GET A $75,000. IF THEY ARE HIGHLY-EFFECTIVE IN MATH, READING AND ALGEBRA 1, $1500 BONUS. AND A LOT OF MONEY FOR TEACHERS TO COME AND JOIN US IN THE SCHOOLS. WE NEED THEM. OUR CHILDREN NEED THEM. WE HAVE OUR FIRST GRADUATING CLASS OF PI Z O. THEY WILL DO A SIGNING CEREMONY AT PIZZO LATER THIS WEEK. AND WE HAVE OVER 40% OF OUR STUDENT HAVE BEEN ACCEPTING INTO A HIGH PERFORMING MAGNET OR IB PROGRAM. SO ALL OF THE HIGH SCHOOLS OUR STUDENTS WILL GOODBYE GOING TO, THEY HAVE DONATED SHIRTS AND BAGS AND CELEBRATING THOSE STUDENTS AS THEY GO OFF TOO HIGH SCHOOL. THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE DONE IT AND THE FIRST GRADUATING CLASS OF PIZZO.  

>> GRADUATION WILL BE IN PERSON AND START ON MAY 24. AND THAT WILL BE EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 3 AND FOUR GUESTS PER SENIOR AND AT THE FLORIDA FAIRGROUNDS EXPO HALL. THANKS TO COLLEEN FOR ALL THE WORK SHE HAS DONE TO CONNECT WITH OUR PRINCIPALS AND HAVING SPECIAL MOMENTS IN PERSON FOR OUR GRADUATES OF ITS 2021 CL CLASS. AND THEN COMMUNITY SALES TAX. ONCE AGAIN, WE ALWAYS TRY SPEND EVERY MONTH TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND THANK OUR COMMUNITY. YOU KNOW WE CONTINUE TO BE ABLE TO LEVERAGE, YOU KNOW, THE COMMUNITY TAX, SALES TAX TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS, YOU KNOW, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF DEFERRED MAINTENANCE AND THROUGH THIS PROCESS THIS MONTH BRING THE TABLE TO FINALIZE AND APPROVE TO THE CONSENT AGENDA THE ACCEPTANCE OF A NUMBER OF PROJECTS IN OUR SCHOOLS, TALLIES OVER $50 MILLION THAT ARE FROM TURF REPLACEMENT, HVAC, AND TO ROOFING AND WE ARE SO THANKFUL FOR OUR COMMUNITY AS THIS CONTINUES TO HAVE OUR GREAT PROJECTS. NUMBER OF PROJECTS COMING UP THIS SUMMER AND THANKFUL FOR THE COMMITTEE, THE FINANCIAL COMMITTEE THAT REALLY DRIVES THAT WORK. AND ALLOWS US TO PRIORITIZE AND BE ABLE TO ADDRESS OUR SCHOOLS AND ADDRESS THE GROWING NEEDS. AND WE HAVE KRISTEN DAVIS WILL JOIN IN THROUGH TEAMS. KRISTEN, ARE YOU THERE?  

>> I'M HERE.  

>> KRISTEN. OKAY. GO AHEAD. I AM SORRY. I DIDN'T KNOW WHERE YOU WERE.  

>>Addison Davis:  GO AHEAD, KATIE.  

>> GOOD EVENING.  

>>Lynn Gray:  KRISTEN, CAN YOU HEAR ME? BECAUSE WE CAN'T HEAR YOU. SO -- OH, WAIT A MINUTE. I JUST SAW -- I SAW A LOOK OF HERS. PABLO, WHAT DO WE HAVE? ARE WE GETTING A CONNECTION?  

>> WE WILL CALL HER, MISS GRAY, WE DON'T KNOW IF THE HOTEL CONNECTION SHE IS ON.  

>>Lynn Gray:  SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS.  

>>Addison Davis:  I WILL CONTINUE IF SHE GETS BACK ON, SHE WILL CONNECT. TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES. CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS THAT WERE APPROVED. 609 ECKERD COLLEGE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE. THIS IS ALL FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PREPARING TO BECOME NEW PRINCIPAL PROGRAM. THIS IS A THREE-DAY INSTITUTE LEVERAGING WITH TITLE II GRANT FUNDING TO BE ABLE TO REALLY HELP THEM BUILD THE CAPACITY TO UNDERSTAND OUR WAY OF WORK AS A LEADER AND TO SUPPORT THEM IN THEIR EFFORTS. 611-613. OUR ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF THE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH THE CITY OF TAMPA, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND TAMPA BAY WORK FORCE ALLIANCE FOR FIRE RESCUE ACADEMIES AN ALL PART OF THE PARTNERSHIP TO RECRUIT AND TRAIN INDIVIDUALS AND STUDENTS TO TRANSITION INTO THE FIRE RESCUE PROFESSION. AND REALLY THANKFUL FOR THOSE WHO DO THE HEROIC JOB AND WE KNOW THAT IS NOT EASY. 6:14 IS BREWSTER TECH AND Z SPACE. FOR OUR DIESEL SYSTEMS PROGRAM. WE ARE GOING TO LEVERAGE THE WORK FORCE, CARE ACT FUNDING WHICH IS A GRANT AS WELL, TO PURCHASE TRAINING EQUIPMENT AND MATERIALS NEEDED WHICH ALLOWS OUR STUDENTS TO BE EXPOSED TO INTERACTIVE AUTOMATED 3D VIRTUAL TRAINING AND THANKFUL TO HAVE CUTTING-EDGE EXPERIENCE FOR EXPERIENCE AT BREWSTER AND 6.16. THIS GOES BACK TO OUR STEM INITIATIVE. LARRY PLANK CONTINUES TO DRIVE THIS IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO HAPPY WHAT IT DOES. ADDITIONAL LEGO TRAINING FOR OUR TEACHERS, ROBOTICS IN K-12 AND ADDRESSED FROM GRADES 3-8 AND THE SAME TOKEN BEING ABLE TO PURCHASE SPIKE PRIME EXTENSION TIPS FOR STUDENTS TO BE ACTIVELY ENGAGED AND PROMOTED. ALSO WE HAVE A PRINCIPAL STARTED THROUGH -- MAKING CERTAIN WE HAVE A GREATER OPPORTUNITY TO COLLABORATE AND COMMUNICATE IS OUR PRINCIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL AND OVE OVERARCHINGLY, I COULD HAVE SELECTED 240 PRINCIPALS BECAUSE THEY ALL DO A REALLY NICE JOB BUT THESE ARE THE INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE HELPING ME WORKING EVERY SINGLE DAY TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS WHAT IS WORKING, WHAT IS NOT AND WHAT WE CAN DO DIFFERENTLY IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT AND PRINCIPALS HAVE A VOICE OF OUR DIRECTION AND THAT THE DISTRICT STAFF THAT WE HAVE HERE OUTSIDE OF THE SCHOOLS ARE TRULY WORKING IN CONCERT WITH PRINCIPALS TO HELP THEM BE SUCCESSFUL IN GIVING AN OPPORTUNITY TO INSPIRE AND HAVE A SHARED VISION TO WORK IN A COHESIVE MANNER. AND WE APPRECIATE IT. WE HAVE ACTION ITEMS WE HAVE ALREADY WORKED THROUGH AND WILL CONTINUE TO SEE THAT. KRISTEN, ARE YOU BACK? OKAY. WE WILL GET KRISTEN. WE WILL GET AN UPDATE WHEN SHE COMES BACK. AND WE WILL LOOK FORWARD TO MAKING THAT CONNECTION.  

>>Lynn Gray:  SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, PERHAPS WHEN WE HAVE THIS PAUSE, WOULD YOU LIKE TO MENTION SOME OF THE ACTIONS, YOU KNOW. THE BOARD MEMBERS HAVE A VERY GOOD MEMORY ON THE HAS S SURVEY ON APRIL 23. AND WE KNOW WE HAD A RETREAT WHERE 40 OR SO RECOMMENDATIONS WERE MADE FOR ACTION STEPS FROM YOU AS A SUPERINTENDENT. AND WE DO KNOW THAT APRIL 28, THE PRINCIPAL ADVISORY COUNCIL OFFICIALS INITIATED THEIR WEDNESDAY MEETINGS, BUT IN BETWEEN ALL THAT, YOU HAVE BEEN TAKINGAGE STEPS. PERHAPS WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE A FEW.  

>> YES,  MA'AM. THROUGH THE SHARE, THE BIG THING IS COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION, STRONG LEADERSHIP. AND THE SAME TOKEN WE MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE SHOW COMPASSION AND HAVING GREATER ACCESSIBLE -- ACCESSIBILITY. WITH RELATIONSHIPS. WITH OUR TEACHERS ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND AT THE SAME TOKEN HAVING THE SAME WITH A PRINCIPAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO ADDRESS ISSUES AND AT THE SAME TOKEN I CREATED AND PARTNERED WITH OUR PTSA LEADER, FRANK REYES TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY, YOU KNOW, LEADERS IN EVERYONE'S DISTRICTS AND BRING THEM TO THE TABLE AND MEET ON A BIMONTHLY BASIS. WE HAD OUR FIRST MEETING AND MET FOR TWO AND A HALF HOURS AND A NICE MEETING TO BE ABLE TO BETTER UNDERSTAND WHERE WE ARE AND PROJECTING TO GO AND THE VISION FOR THE WORK AND START TO SEE A LAUNCH YESTERDAY CALLED OPEN FORUMS. YOU KNOW, LEADERS CAN ATTEND IF THEY WANT TO ATTEND TO BE ABLE TO TALK OF HOW WE STRENGTHEN OUR WORK TOGETHER AND THROUGH ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS AND PRINCIPALS AND AT THE SAME TOKEN LEVERAGE THE CEO FOR THE DAY LIST, TO HAVE -- TO HAVE BROWN BAG LUNCHES WITH LEADERS AND A POWER LUNCH TO TALK OF LEADERSHIP STYLES AND WHAT WE ARE INTERACTING WITH EVERY SINGLE DAY AND THIS THURSDAY, GO TO THE FAITH BASED PARTNER AND GET IN THE COMMUNITY TO TALK OF TRANSFORMATION. AND WE AND SHERRY ARE GOING TO GO AND SOME OF THE TEAM MEMBERS AND MONICA AND KIM AND TALK OF THE VISION FOR TRANSFORMATION AND HOW WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO SERVE OUR CHILDREN.  

>>Lynn Gray:  BOARD MEMBERS I AM ENCOURAGED BY THOSE ACTION STEPS. AND I THINK THAT WE ALL NEED TO KNOW THAT YOUR VOICES WERE HEARD, AND WE WILL EXPECT IT TO BE CONTINUED, ADDISON DAVIS, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, BY I SAY ANYTHING MORE, BOARD MEMBERS -- WAIT A MINUTE. KRISTEN DAVIS, IS SHE? KRISTEN, ARE YOU THERE? OKAY. BOARD MEMBERS. DID YOU WANT TO HAVE A COMMENT BEFORE WE MOVE INTO OUR AGENDA ITEMS? MEMBER SNIVELY?  

>> THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS BASED ON YOUR PRESENTATION MR. SUPERINTENDENT. FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WANT TO THANK COLLEEN FAUCET FOR ALL THE WORK SHE IS DOING WITH THE IN-PERSON GRADUATION. SHE IS WORKING TIRELESSLY AND WE APPRECIATE EVERYTHING SHE DOES BECAUSE THIS IS KIND OF HER FIRST FOREE INTO AN IN PERSON -- FORAY INTO A GRADUATION AND A HUGE HERCULEAN EFFORT AND THANK FOR ALLOWING FOUR TICKETS PER GRADUATE AND LISTENING TO OUR CONSTITUENTS AND FAMILY WHO FEEL THEY HAVE AS MANY FAMILY MEMBERS AS SAFE TO BE IN A GRADUATION CEREMONY. AND I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT FOR PEOPLE -- PARENTS AND FAMILIES WHO HAVE BEEN TO A GRADUATION. GROWN THIS IS DONE YET BUT IMPORTANT GIVE AN EXPECTATION OF WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE AND DIFFERENT FROM PREVIOUS GRADUATION. THINK OF A TRADITIONAL GRADUATION AND YOU THINK OF IT AS A EXPO HALL IF YOU GO TO THE GRADUATIONS ALL ARE ON A THE LEFT AND RIGHT. AND THE MAIN FLOOR OF THE -- BECAUSE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING, THE STUDENTS WILL CAN SIX FEET APART FROM THE FLOOR OF THE EXPO HALL. THEY WILL BE SOCIAL DISTANCED AND THEREFORE THE WHOLE SECTION THAT IS GO FLOOR WILL BE GONE.  

>>Addison Davis:  YES, MA'AM.  

>> CAN WE GET A VISUAL ON THAT?  

>> YES, THANK YOU THROUGH THE CHAIR. SO WE ARE GOING TO BE PUTTING THE STUDENT THREE TO SIX FEET APART DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE SCHOOL. SOME ARE A LITTLE MORE COMPACT. THE SECTION IN FRONT OF THE STAGE IS RESERVED WITH THE SPECIAL TICKETS AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY WILL BE.  

>> PODS AT 4 AT A TIME. AT LEAST FOUR AT A TIME BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE WON'T USE ALL FOUR TICKETS AND GROUPS OF FOUR. KIND OF SET THAT EXPECTATION VISUALLY BECAUSE I THINK FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN TO GRADUATIONS BEFORE WILL NOT BE USED TO SEEING THE WHOLE FIRST SECTIONS GONE, RIGHT. SO IT IS -- THE FIRST PEOPLE -- THE CLOSEST PEOPLE TO THE STUDENTS ARE GOING TO BE PRETTY HIGH UP ON THE SECOND LEVELS OR THE HIGHER LEVELS. AND SO I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO MANAGE THAT EXPECTATION SO WHEN PEOPLE WALK IN, THEY KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT.  

>> THAT'S CORRECT. AN EXCELLENT POINT TO BRING UP BECAUSE THEY WILL HAVE THEIR OWN LITTLE PACKET OF TICKETS THAT WILL HAVE ASSIGNED TEACH IN THEM AND SPACED APART ACCORDINGLY.  

>>Addison Davis:  ALSO HAVE GUIDES FOR SCHOOLS AND INFORMATION FOR PARENTS AS W WELL.  

>> EVERY STUDENT WILL RECEIVE AN ENVELOPE WITH THE TICKETS AND A SHEET WITH INFORMATION FROM PARKING TO SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASKS. EVERYTHING WILL BE FROM THEIR PACKET OF TICKETS.  

>> I APPRECIATE THAT. THE ONLY THING NOT MIGHT GO YOUR PRESENTATION AND I DON'T KNOW IF WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT THIS IN BOARD COMMENTS,  BUT I AM GETTING FEEDBACK FROM PARENTS REGARDING SOME CONSISTENT -- INCONSISTENCY IN GRADUATION CEREMONIES AND WHAT SOME SCHOOLS ARE DOING AND WHAT SOME SCHOOLS ARE NOT DOING. I WOULD LIKE THE SUPERINTENDENT TO TAKE IT INTO CONSIDERATION TO HAVE SOME CONSISTENTLY WITH THE CORDS, THE ACHIEVEMENT CORDS BECAUSE SOME SCHOOLS THAT RAY LOWING CORDS AND SOME SCHOOLS THAT DON'T. AND I AM GETTING A LOT OF PUSH BACK FROM PARENTS WHO HAVE STUD THEN AT AROUND HONOR ROLE AND NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY AND EAGER SCOUT WHATEVER THEY ACHIEVED BUT NOT ALOU -- ALLOWED TO WEAR THEIR CORDS TO CEREMONY BECAUSE MAKING PEOPLE FEEL EQUAL IN UNISON. I UNDERSTAND -- IF WE ARE PREPARING STUDENTS FOR LIFE, WHAT WE TEACHING OUR CHILDREN, YOU KNOW, TO BE -- -- ARE WE PUNISHING OUR CHILDREN FOR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS AND NOT ALLOWING THEM TO CELEBRATE WHAT THEY EARNED THE LAST FOUR YEARS IN HIGH SCHOOL? I WILL ASK -- JUST AS A CONSIDERING MAKING IT CONSISTENT ACROSS THE BOARD FOR ALL SCHOOLS TO ALLOW THEIR STUDENT TO WEAR THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS AROUND THEIR NECK BECAUSE THEY SHOULD BE CELEBRATED. THE ACHIEVEMENTS SHOULD BE CELEBRATED AND A LOT OF PROUD PARENTS THAT WORKED VERY, VERY HARD AND YOU WISH COULD I SAY MY KID WOULD HAVE A CORD AROUND HIS NECK. BUT HE IS NOT. BUT -- BUT MY SON WHO IS NOT WARRING ANY CORDS, YOU WHAT, HE DIDN'T WORK AS HARD. SO I AM OKAY WITH HIM NOT WEARING -- YOU KNOW LOOKING AT A PERSON WHO DOES HAVE A CORD AROUND HIS NECK AND GOING, WELL, YOU KNOW WHAT, I GUESS I DIDN'T WORK HARD ENOUGH TO GET A CORD AROUND MY NECK. HE HAS TO LIVE WITH THAT FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE AND HE IS OKAY WITH THAT. A PERSONAL OPINION AS A PARENT OF A CHILD WHO HA H MORE POTENTIAL THAN HE.  

>> THANK YOU, THANK YOU, MR. DAVIS. THROUGH THE CHAIR, WE WERE AWARE OF THIS. OUR CHIEF OF HIGH SCHOOLS GARY BRADY DID A SURVEY OF HIGH SCHOOLS. OUR PAST PRACTICE THAT IT HAS BEEN A SCHOOL-BASED DECISION. RIGHT NOW 18 OF OUR SCHOOLS DO NOT HAVE ANY POLICIES IN PLACE AND CERTAINLY WE CAN CONSIDER IN MOVING FORWARD AND JUST THAT THEY ARE FOLLOWING PAST PRACTICE FOR RIGHT NOW.  

>> I UNDER STAND THAT AND I THINK WE ALL LEARNED NOW JUST BECAUSE IT IS THE WAY WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE IT DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEANLE WAY WE SHOULD TO DO MOVING FORWARD. THE FINAL THING TO SAY THANK YOU FOUR THE PIN PALS ON THE ADVISORY COUNCIL WORKING WITH YOU AND SPENDING TIME OUT OF THEIR SCHEDULES AND MEETING WITH YOU ONCE A WEEK. YES, RIGHT. THEY ARE WORKING HARD TO HELP YOU AND LISTEN -- AND YOU ARE LISTENING TO THEM AND THEY ARE LISTENING TO YOU AND YOU ARE WORKING COLLABORATIVELY ON SOME OF THE THINGS IMPORTANT TO THE BOARD MEMBERS THAT WE HAVE COMMUNICATED TO YOU OUR EXPECTATIONS. I WANTED TO THANK THEM BECAUSE THEY ARE WORKING WITH REALLY HARD. AND SPENDING VALUABLE TIME WITH YOU. SO THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU MEMBER SNIVELY FOR THAT. WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE THAT THIS IS REALLY HAPPENING. MEMBER PEREZ.  

>>Karen Perez:  THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. ON -- ON YOUR SURVEY,  CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT HOW MANY PEOPLE RESPONDED TO THAT SURVEY.  

>> YES, MA'AM, OUT OF 200. WE HAVE 200 AND 40 PLUS PRINCIPLES, 203 THAT RESPONDED TO THAT SURVEY.  

>> GREAT, AWESOME. AND THEN THE CONTINUED REINFORCED COVID PROTOCOLS. CAN YOU PROVIDE US WITH THE LAST UPDATE. YOU STILL CONTINUE MEETING.  

>> YES, MA'AM.  

>>Karen Perez:  HOW OFTEN DO YOU MEET WITH THIS HEALTH PARTNERSHIPS?  

>>Addison Davis:  YES, MA'AM. OUR TEAM MEET WITH TGH AND USF HEALTH AND HAVE A CONVERSATION OF PROTOCOLS AND CURRENT STATUS AND MR. MACAULAY AND MR. BROWN WORK CONSISTENTLY WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PHONE CALLS ON THE TEAM CONTINUE THRO THROUGHOUT.  

>>Karen Perez:  GIVEN THE UPDATE AS FAR AS THE MASK CAN YOU PROVIDE THIS BOARD WITH THE UPDATED INFORMATION AS TO THE FEEDBACK THAT THEY HAVE PROVIDED YOU?  

>> THANK YOU. THROUGHOUT SHARE MISS PEREZ, ON FRIDAY, LAST FRIDAY, WE MET WITH TGH AND ALSO HAVE REPRESENTATION THERE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AS WELL, AND THERE WERE A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS THAT WERE POSED TO THE EXPERTS. AND FIVE ME A MOMENT. ONE OF THE QUESTIONS ARE RISK FACTORS AND THE RESPONSE FROM TGH AND THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH TO DETERMINE THE RISK FACTORS WHEN IT COMES TO MASK WEARING BECAUSE IT IS VERY MUCH SITUATIONAL. IT COULD DEPEND ON WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS SPEAKING THAT IS TAKING PLACE. WHETHER OR NOT IT IS INDOORS AND OUTDOORS AND DETERMINE BASED ON -- INSIDE OF AN ELEVATOR. ALL OF THOSE THINGS DETERMINE HOW GREAT THE RISK IT. AND VERY SITUATIONAL AND PRETTY HARD TO DETERMINE A SPECIFIC RISK FACTOR.  

>> THAT IS BASED ON AGE OR BASED ON GROUP OR HOW -- HOW IS THAT RISK FACT ARE DETERMINED?  

>> PRETTY HARD TO DETERMINE A RISK FACTOR VERY SITUATIONAL. FROM THE INFORMATION THAT I RECEIVED FROM TGH AND DOH, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, I APOLOGIZE, IT WAS NOT SPECIFIC TO AGE AT ALL. IT WAS ABOUT BEHAVIOR. AND IT WAS ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THERE WERE MASKS BEING WORN, WHETHER OR NOT VACCINATION. WHETHER OR NOT IT WAS CLOSE CONTACT. WHETHER OR NOT IN A OPEN AIRSPACE OR WHETHER INDOORS AND ALL THOSE THINGS WILL HAVE IMPACT ON HOW GREAT THE RISK  IS.  

>> IS THERE ANY WAY FOR YOU TO GET BETTER IDEA OF -- BETTER IDEA OF WHAT THE PARENTS WERE ASKING THIS EVENING AND BRING THAT BACK TO US.  

>> ABSOLUTELY,  I WILL. I WILL TRY TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE AVAILABLE WHEN THE BOARD DETERMINES OR MR. SUPERINTENDENT MAKES THEM AVAILABLE.  

>>Karen Perez:  FABULOUS, THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray:  SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS GO AHEAD MEMBER COMBS.  

>>Nadia Combs:    

>>Lynn Gray:  MEMBER COMBS AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS.  

>>Nadia Combs:  LOOKING AT THIS SURVEY A LARGE NUMBER OF PRINCIPALS WANT BRICK AND MORTAR AND HILLSBOROUGH VIR VIRTUAL. WHEN DO YOU THINK THAT FINAL DECISION WILL BE MADE.  

>>Addison Davis:  THROUGH THE CHAIR, I WILL MAKE DECISION TO COMMIT TO IT. DOES THIS NEED APPROVAL FOR THE BOARD OR SOMETHING FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT -- RIGHT NOW AS IT RELATES TO HAVING CONVERSATION WITH CTA. HAVING CONVERSATIONS WITH OUR PRINCIPALS AND LEADERS AND ACTUALLY LIVING IT THIS SCHOOL YEAR. WE TRULY NEED -- I AM READY TO MAKE A SOUND DECISION RELATING TO MOVE TO BRICK AND MORTAR IN HILLSBOROUGH K-12 FOR NEXT Y YEAR.  

>>Nadia Combs:  OKAY. I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION. LOOKING AT THE SUMMER PROGRAMS AND WE ARE TALKING OF WAITING TO FIND OUT INFORMATION ABOUT -- REGARDING THE MASKS. AND LOOKING AT THIS SUMMER AND SUMMER SCHOOL COMING UP AROUND THE CORNER. WHAT WILL THAT LOOK LIKE FOR CHILDREN AND WHEN WILL WE MAKE THAT DECISION?  

>>Jim Porter:  A VERY GOOD POINT AND THE SUPERINTENDENT BROUGHT THAT UP TO ME PRIVATELY DURING THE BREAKS AND EXCUSE ME FOR INTERRUPTING. AND CURRENTLY THE MASK ORDER IS EMBEDDED IN THE REOPENING PLAN FOUNDED ON CDC GUIDELINES AND THE LAST EXECUTIVE ORDER FROM THE GOVERNOR ENDS EVERYTHING ON JULY 1. AND THERE WILL BE A GAP THERE BETWEEN JULY 1, WHICH IS THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER SCHOOL AND THE START OF SCHOOL. SO TO THAT END, IF THE BOARD IS GOING TO CONSIDER ANY SORT OF MASK POLICY WHETHER VOLUNTARILY OR MANDATORY, DISCUSSION EARLIER WHETHER THAT WILL BE IN JULY AND JUNE. I THINK THAT WILL BE IN JUNE SO YOU CAN GIVE THE SUPERINTENDENT GUIDANCE ON HOW TO PROCEED WITH SUMMER SCHOOL. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE. THE EARLIEST IS JUNE 8 WHICH IS PROBABLY STILL PRETHATTURE BASED ON AWAITING FURTHER GUIDELINES FROM THE CDC. I THINK IF THE BOARD IS OF A MIND TO ENTERTAIN ANY SORT OF POLICY WHETHER IT BE VOLUNTARILY OR MANDATORY WE NEED TO DO IT IN THE MONTH OF JUNE. IF YOU DOING IN ROAR IT WILL BE NO MASK ORDINANCE VOLUNTARILY OR INVOLUNTARY. TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS, A LONG-WINDED WAY TO SAY JUNE RATHER THAN JULY.  

>> IMPORTANT IF PARENTS MAKE A DECISION IF THEY ARE GOING TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO SUMMER CAMP. IF THEY ARE NOT. ESPECIALLY WITH THE LARGER TRANSFORMATIONAL SCHOOLS AND HAVING THOSE PROGRAMS. I THINK IT IS GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE DO THAT IMMEDIATELY. THE LAST THING I JUST WANTED TO MENTION THAT I WAS GLAD TO SEE THAT YOU ARE HAVING OPEN FO FORUMS. I AM GLAD TO SEE. LOOKING AT THE PRINCIPALS SELECTED IN MY AREA. THOSE ARE VERY STRONG VOCAL PRINCIPALS AND I AM GLAD TO SEE THEIR CREATING THAT AND THAT YOU ARE WORKING TOWARD THAT MORE OF THAT COLLABORATION IN MAKING SURE THAT THE PRINCIPALS AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS AND ADMINISTRATOR'S VOICES ARE BEING HEARD.  

>>Lynn Gray:  THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS.  

>>Addison Davis:  I APPRECIATE THAT. AS I MOVE FORWARD, A MEETING SOONER RATHER THAN LATER WILL HELP US PROVIDE GUIDANCE WITH SUMMER SCHOOL. THAT IS ONE OF THE CONCERNS I HAVE. MULTIPLE COUNTIES ARE TRANSITIONING IT TO BE OPT OPTIONAL. I AM OPENLY WILLING TO MAKE THAT OPTIONAL AS WELL DURING SUMMER SCHOOL AND SEE HOW WE TRANSITION AND NOT READY FOR THE 2021, 2022 SCHOOL YEAR AND NUMBERS ARE GOING DOWN WITH THE POSITIVE RATE AND TO TRANSITION TO OPTION IN THE SUMMER AND MAKE A DECISION CLOSER IN JULY FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR.  

>>Lynn Gray:  ACTUALLY MEMBER COMBS AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, IF WE ARE THINKING AS A BOARD HAVING A SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING MAY HAVE THE DECISION AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS IS READY TO LAND THERE AND I KNOW THE BOARD MEMBERS ARE AND WE WILL CONSIDER THAT. AND BOARD MEMBER, SOMEWHERE DURING YOUR COMMENTS, IF YOU WERE OKAY WITH ME SCHEDULING A SPECIALLY CALLED BOARD MEETING WITH REGARD TO MASK COMMENTS, YOU WILL LET ME KNOW AS WELL. JUST NOW LET ME KNOW. OKAY. WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD WITH THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WILL NOW BE HEARD AND NOW BACK INTO THE BUSINESS MEETING. AND THANK YOU SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS FOR SHARING ALL THE DEVELOPMENTS GOING ON IN THE DISTRICT. A LOT TO BE HOPEFUL FOR AND -- AND THE NEW -- THE NEW BEGINNING AS A NEW SCHOOL YEAR WILL SOON BEGIN. WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND HEAR C 501, C 603, C 604, C 6 605, C 607, C 60, C 6145, C 6 617, C 618, C 621. C 706. AND FIRST, WE ARE GOING TO START OFF WITH C 501. APPROVE THE NAMING OF THE GYMNASIUM. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM. MEMBER VAUGHN, DID YOU PULL THIS ITEM SO I WILL HAVE YOU ALSO MAKE A COMMENT OR A QUESTION. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS.  

>> YES, SIR, MADAM CHAIR, THE APPROVAL OF THE GYMNASIUM AND TRANSITION TO MISS SNIVELY.  

>>Lynn Gray:  SORRY, MEMBER SNIVELY.   . THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A SURPRISE. BUT IN THE SPIRIT OF TRANSPARENCY, OBVIOUSLY ALL THE DOCUMENTATION HAS BEEN RELEASED TO BOARD MEMBERS AND THE PUBLIC, AND EVERYTHING IS ON THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS AND ON THE AGENDA ONLINE. BUT WE WERE TRYING TO KEEP IT A BIT OF A SURPRISE FOR MR. DUCKER, MR. TIMOTHY DUCKER, WHO IS THE PRINCIPAL. HE IS RETIRING. AND THE COMMUNITY, UPON FINDING OUT THAT MR. DECKER WAS RETIRING, DECIDED TO RALLY AROUND HIM JUST TO HONOR HIM, BECAUSE HE HAD GIVEN SO MUCH TO THE MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND HE HAS BEEN THERE SINCE 2003 SHORTLY AFTER IT OPENED. HE HAS BEEN IN OUR DISTRICT AS AN EMPLOYEE AND A LEADER FOR 36 YEARS. 15 OF THOSE YEARS AS PRINCIPAL, AND HE NOT ONLY SERVED AS AN INSTRUCTIONAL LEADER BUT QUITE THE ROLE MODEL TO STAFF AND STUDENTS AND HE IS VERY COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT EACH AND EVERY STUDENT HAS A SAFE, SECURE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT, AND SUCH A POSITIVE ATMOSPHERE. IF YOU EVER GET TO GO ON CAMPUS AND WALK AROUND WITH MR. DECKER, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THE CULTURE AND THE POSITIVE SPHERE THAT YOU FEEL AT HIS MIDDLE SCHOOL. SO TO HONOR HIM, WE RECEIVED, THE DISTRICT RECEIVED A LETTER, A RECOMMENDATION FROM ONE OF OUR ADMINISTRATORS AS WELL AS ABOUT SEVEN OTHER LETTERS FROM EMPLOYEES AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND PARENTS, AND A PETITION WITH OVER 100 SIGNATURES ON IT ASKING THAT WE NAME THE GYMNASIUM AT THE SCHOOL AFTER HIM. AND SO WE ARE BRINGING IT FORWARD FOR A LITTLE -- I WON'T SAY UNORTHODOX BECAUSE WE NEVER REALLY HAD A VERY STRONG SET PROCESS ON NAMING THINGS. YOU HAVE A POLICY AND WE TRY TO STICK TO THE BUT SOMETIMES THINGS LIKE THIS HAPPEN WHERE WE HAVE SOMEONE WE WANT TO HONOR AND WE DO THE BEST THAT WE CAN DO TO BACK INTO THAT POLICY AND CHECK OFF AS MANY BOXES AS WE CAN TO DO IT RIGHT. AND THE MAIN THING IS THAT THE COMMUNITY IS THE ONE WHO BROUGHT THIS TO THE BOARD. THE COMMUNITY IS THE ONE WHO WANTS TO HONOR HIM. AND SO WE APPRECIATE THE BOARD AND I APPRECIATE YOU ALL AS BOARD MEMBERS SUPPORTING THIS PARTICULAR ITEM IN HONOR OF HIS SERVICE TO OUR STUDENTS AND OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR SO MANY YEARS. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY. YES, INDEED, HE'S SUCH A POSITIVE CULTURE. MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU PULLED THIS ITEM. DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR A COMMENT?  

>>Jessica Vaughn: I DO. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. AND THANK YOU FOR THE EXPLANATION, MEMBER SNIVELY. I WAS NOT AWARE OF OUR POLICY. SO IF YOU COULD GET ME THAT POLICY, I WOULD APPRECIATE IT. AS A NEW BOARD MEMBER, I WAS CONFLICTED ABOUT THIS, BECAUSE I DO APPRECIATE THAT IT'S BEEN A VERY CHALLENGING YEAR, AND MEMBER SNIVELY WANTED TO DO SOMETHING NICE AND SURPRISING. BUT I THINK THAT IT'S A BIG RESPONSIBILITY TO NAME AN ENTIRE BUILDING AFTER SOMEONE, AND PERSONALLY IT'S SOMETHING THAT I AM GOING TO APPROVE, I LIKE THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION TO SEE THE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION, TO UNDERSTAND HOW MANY YEARS SOMEBODY HAS SERVED, AND TO SEE IT KIND OF ON THE CONSENT AGENDA WAS CONCERNING TO ME MUCH TO MEMBER'S HAHN'S POINT EARLIER WHEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT SECRECY OR NOT HAVING DOCUMENTATION. I KNOW DOCUMENTATION IS GIVEN. I GOT ITALITY 3 P.M. I ASKED FOR IT EARLIER. I THOUGHT IT WAS ATTACH TO THE AGENDA ITEM BUT I KNOW IT WASN'T BECAUSE WE WANTED IT TO BE A SURPRISE. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE CLEAR I PULLED IT BECAUSE FOR ME TO APPROVE NAMING A BUILDING AFTER SOMEONE, WHAT DROVE THAT, WHO SIGNED ON FOR IT, HOW LONG THEY HAVE BEEN IN OUR DISTRICT. I COULDN'T JUST APPROVE ANYTHING WITHOUT KNOWING THE HISTORY OF SOMEONE. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALLOWING THIS TO GO ON THE DISCUSSION AGENDA, AND THAT'S WHY I HAD IT PULLED. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray: AND THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN, FOR BEING UNDERSTANDING AND PRESSURING WHAT MEMBER SNIVELY WAS TRYING TO DO. WE ARE GOING TO TAKE A VOTE. MEMBER WASHINGTON, DO YOU WANT TO MAKE A COMMENT?  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: YES, JUST A COMMENT BECAUSE I HAVE KNOWN HIM FOR A LONG TIME. HE'S REALLY OUTSTANDING ADMINISTRATOR, AND ALSO HIS SISTER USED TO BE THE PRINCIPAL AT KING HIGH SCHOOL, AND I THINK SHE LATER BECAME THE PRINCIPAL AT NEWSOME. SO THAT'S AN EDUCATIONAL FAMILY. AND I REMEMBER TIM, I KNOW WHEN HE WORKED FOR LOUIS BRITTS, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR ADMINISTRATION FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AS I LOOK THROUGH THE PACKET YOU REALLY DID A GOOD JOB WITH THE PACKET. THIS PACKET IS ALMOST AS GOOD AS MINE WHEN THEY NAMED IT ALL FOR ME. [ LAUGHTER ] BUT THIS IS REALLY GOOD. YOU ALL DID A GOOD JOB. YOU DID A GOOD JOB. WE GOT TO HAVE SOME FUN HERE A LITTLE BIT, DON'T WE? OKAY. WE HAVE GOT TO HAVE SOME FUN.  

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER WASHINGTON, WHILE YOU ARE ON THE SPEAKING SITUATION HERE, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION?  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: YES.  

>>Lynn Gray: AND MEMBER SNIVELY, WOULD YOU LIKE TO SECOND?  

>>Melissa Snively: SURE. I DID WANT TO SAY SOMETHING.  

>>Lynn Gray: GO AHEAD. I YIELD THE FLOOR.  

>>Melissa Snively: ANYONE WHO IS WATCHING, PLEASE DO NOT SAY ANYTHING TO MR. DECKER. DOESN'T KNOW. HE'S AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER AND THE TELEVISION.  

>> I ALREADY TEXTED HIM.  

>>Melissa Snively: BUT THERE'S ALSO A RECEPTION. AND I DON'T KNOW IF HE KNOWS ABOUT IT. IT MIGHT BE A SURPRISE RECEPTION. BUT THERE'S A RECEPTION ON FRIDAY AT MULRENNEA SCHOOL AND I THINK WE ARE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO, ONCE APPROVED, A RENDERING OF THE SIGNAGE ON THE BUILDING SO THAT HE CAN KIND OF SEE WHAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE, ONCE IT'S ACTUALLY COMPLETED. SO IT WILL BE PROBABLY ON AN ISLAND WITH AN UMBRELLA DRINK IN HIS HAND AT THAT POINT IN TIME.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. WE WILL GO TO 6.303. BUDGET AMENDMENTS AND MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, CAN YOU HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM?  

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM THROUGH THE CHAIR. THIS IS OUR MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, ENDING PERIOD OF APRIL 30, 2021. I AM GOING TO TRANSITION TO MRS. JOHNSON.  

>>Ro Johnson: GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS, CHAIR, SUPERINTENDENT. AS YOU KNOW, THIS IS REQUIRED BY THE STATE TO DO OUR MONTHLY AMENDMENT OF OUR BUDGET AND WE ARE GOING TO BE JUST FOCUSED TONIGHT ON THE GENERAL FUND. AND WE HAVE HIGHLIGHTED ALL THE OTHER FUN REPORTS BUT WE ARE GOING TO FOCUS TONIGHT JUST ON GENERAL FUNDS. AND THE REPORT IS SHOWING AN EFFORT TO BE MORE TRANSPARENT. I KIND OF CHANGE UP THE REPORTING, THE BUDGET WAS ADOPTED BY THE BOARD. THE NEXT COLUMN IS THE MARCH BUDGET AMENDMENT THAT HAPPENED IN MARCH, AND WE ARE NOW IN APRIL, AND WE ARE GOING TO AMEND THE APRIL BUDGET. WE ARE AMENDING THE BUDGET. WE ARE NOT CHANGING OR REDUCING EXPENDITURES SO ANYTHING WE ARE AMENDING BUDGET ONLY. IN THE NEXT COLUMN WE HAVE OVER ADJUSTMENT ON REVENUE OF 5.6. WE ARE AMENDING THE CHANGE TO HAPPEN IN THE MONTH OF APRIL TO THE REVENUES SO WE HAVE ADJUSTED EXPENDITURES OF THE SAME AMOUNT OF $5.6 MILLION. AND THE NEXT COLUMN YOU WILL SEE THE YEAR TO DATE ACTUALS AS FAR AS APRIL, WE HAVE REVENUE, WE RECEIVE 1.3 MILLION. WE HAVE EXPENDITURES OF 1.3 MILLION. WE HAVE A OVERALL SURPLUS OF 49,000. BEGINNING FUND BALANCE OF 118 MILLION, WE HAVE OVERALL FUND BALANCE PROJECTION FOR APRIL OF 167 MILLION. WHAT HAPPENED? THE NEXT SLIDE IS SHOWING, WE DID EXPENDITURE BY TYPE AS OF APRIL. AS YOU CAN SEE, SALARY AND BENEFITS WERE THE ACTUAL MONTH OF APRIL. YEAR TO DATE, SALARY AND BENEFITS ARE 89% OF OUR BUDGET. WE ARE SPENDING 4.35% IN PURCHASING SERVICES, ENERGY SERVICES 2.1, MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES 2.6, CAPITAL OUTLAY IS .41, AND OTHERS, WHICH MAKES THE INTEREST, DUES, FEES, .70%. THIS SLIDE SHOWING OUR CASH POSITION AS OF THE MONTH OF APRIL. AS YOU CAN SEE, IN APRIL WE RECEIVED CASH RECEIPTS OF 123 MILLION. TOTAL DISBURSEMENT 151 MILLION. SO OUR NEXT CASH DEFICIT SPENDING OF 28.1. WE HAVE BEGINNING CASH OF 212. NET CASH FLOW WAS DEFICIT OF 20.1. SO WE HAVE $128.5 MILLION AS OF APRIL. THE NEXT SLIDE IS THE FUND BALANCE. YOU KNOW CASH AND FUND BALANCE ARE SEPARATE. CASH MAKE UP PART OF THE -- ALL OF THE FUND BALANCE NOT MADE OF CASH SO WE HAVE TO GO WITH THE FUND BALANCE TO SEE WHERE WE FALL AS OF APRIL, WE HAVE 103 MILLION IN REVENUE, 146 MILLION IN EXPENDITURES, OUR DEFICIT OF 42.9 MILLION, BEGINNING IS 210 MILLION, THE FINANCIAL POSITION AFTER THE DEFICIT IS 42.9 DEFICIT SPENDING AND THE OVERALL FUND BALANCE OF 167.6 MILLION. AND THEN WE DID THE PROJECTIONS OUT FROM MAY AND JUNE. THE PROJECTION WITH OUR STRATEGY TO CLOSE THE FINANCIAL GAP. SO OUR MONTHLY -- THIS IS JUST AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED YEAR TO YEAR, DEPENDING ON OUR TIMING OF OUR REVENUE SOURCE, IT'S SHOWING OUR REVENUE IN JULY. A FUND BALANCE IS ALWAYS KIND OF HIGH IN JULY BECAUSE WE ARE DOING LESS ON PAYROLL AND SALARIES AND BENEFITS. AS YOU GET FURTHER IN THE YEAR, AUGUST, WE START COMPLETING REVENUE SOURCES DOWN.  IN SEPTEMBER WE EVEN GO LOWER BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T GOT ANYTHING, WE ARE JUST LIVING OFF STATE APPROPRIATION, AND EXPENDITURES ARE INCREASING. IN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER, THEY ARE STILL DECREASING, BUT NOVEMBER THEY START TO SWING BACK UP BECAUSE IN DECEMBER WE GET BACK -- THE PROPERTY TAX, SO WE GET INCREASED REVENUE IN DECEMBER, AND THEN YOU SEE THIS BELL CURVE, IT STARTS GOING UP AND IT STARTS COMING BACK DOWN. IN APRIL, WE CURRENTLY HAVE 167 MILLION. AND IN RED, IN MAY AND JUNE, WE ARE JUST SHOWING PRO EXHIBITS SO AROUND 101.7 MILLION FUND BALANCE. IN JUNE 31.8 MILLION. IS THERE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE GENERAL FUND POSITION FINANCES BACK IN APRIL?  

>>Lynn Gray: HERE WE GO.  MY ONLY COMMENT IS WE MIGHT WANT TO GO AHEAD AND SHARE THIS TYPE OF INFORMATION SO THE PUBLIC, NOT THAT THEY GO TO BED AT 7 OR 8, BUT PERHAPS RIGHT BEFORE THE SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS, BECAUSE IT'S IMPORTANT INFORMATION, BUT BOARD MEMBERS, I HAVE A QUESTION, BUT IF YOU ALL HAVE A QUESTION BEFORE ME, PLEASE ASK, AND I WILL ASK MY ONE QUESTION HERE. MS. JOHNSON, WHY DID THE STATE CUT OUR FLORIDA EDUCATION FINANCE PLAN IF THEY SAID THEY WERE GOING TO HOLD US HARMLESS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR?  

>>Ro Johnson: EVERY DISTRICT WAS CUT. SO IT WAS APPROPRIATION CUT ACROSS THE WHOLE STATE OF FLORIDA TO EVERY DISTRICT, SO THEY JUST CAN YOU TELL US -- [ OFF MICROPHONE ] 5.6 MILLION THAT WAS ALLOCATED. THEY CUT AT CROSS THE STATE, THE PRORATION TO EVERYONE IN THE STATE. EVEN THOUGH THEY HOLD HARMLESS.  

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND -- EXCUSE ME. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE 6.073. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS, A SECOND BY MEMBER HAHN. AND WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND VOTE AT THIS POINT IN TIME. THIS ITEM IS USUALLY PULLED EVERY MONTH, SO THIS IS NOT A SURPRISE ITEM, BUT IT'S IMPORTANT NOW THAT WE ARE GETTING INTO THE FISCAL -- WELL, TRYING TO GET OUT OF THE FISCAL CRISIS. VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS OR ON. OKAY, IT'S UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. NEXT, 6.04. FREIGHTLINER PARTS AND SERVICES FROM SOUTH PORT TRUCK GROUP. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU PULLED THIS ITEM. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT?  

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. I PULLED THIS ITEM BECAUSE I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE CONTINUE TO BE TRANSPARENT WITH OUR FUND. THIS IS GENERAL FINANCE DOLLARS BEING USED FOR TRANSPORTATION AND THIS IS FOR US TO HAVE AND CONNECT WITH THE SOLE SOURCE PROVIDER WITH SOUTH PORT TRUCK GROUP. AND THEY HAVE THE SOLE SOURCE PROVIDER GROUP AS WELL FOR PASCO, PINELLAS, DESOTO, SARASOTA, HERNANDO, AND LEE COUNTY, AND MANATEE AS WELL. THIS IS FOR US BEING ABLE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE PURCHASE PARTS FOR OUR TRUCKS AND ALSO HAVE THAT ONE AS WELL.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY, A SECOND BY MEMBER COMBS. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. 6.05. INVITATION TO BID ON THE CIVIC BOOKS -- CIVICS BOOKS. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WOULD YOU LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT IT? AND MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU DID PULL THIS ITEM, SO I AM GOING TO HAVE YOU MAKE A COMMENT OR QUESTION, FOLLOWING SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS' HIGHLIGHT.  

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM THROUGH THE CHAIR. THIS IS AN ITEM FOR INVITATION TO BID FOR US TO PURCHASE CIVICS LITERACY TEXTBOOKS. WE HAVE RECEIVED A CIVICS LITERACY GRANT AND THAT ALLOWS US TO PURCHASE TEXTBOOKS THAT ARE ALIGNED TO THE NEW STANDARDS MOVING FORWARD. THIS WILL IMPACT 49 SCHOOLS IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. ALL THE BOOKS THAT WERE PROVIDED BY THE STATE ARE RELATED TO THEIR RECOMMENDATION BOOKS. WE PURCHASED EVERY BOOK ON THEIR RECOMMENDED PLATFORM. AND THESE WILL BE ABLE TO BE ABLE TO HELP INTERJECT INTO K-8 SCHOOLS, TRANCE FOREMANNATION SCHOOLS, ELEMENTARY AND SOME OF OUR C SCHOOLS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BE ABLE TO STRENGTHEN THEIR WORK AROUND CIVICS AS THAT WILL BE A PART OF THE NEW ASSESSMENT MOVING FORWARD. I AM GOING TO TRANSITION TO MR. CONNOR.  

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY. MR. CONNOR, ARE YOU GOING SPEAK?  

>>Terry Connor: I THINK YOU DID A GOOD JOB.  

>>Addison Davis: SAY THAT AGAIN.  

>>Terry Connor: YOU DID A GREAT JOB. [ LAUGHTER ]  

>>Lynn Gray: HOLD ON. MEMBER VAUGHN HAS PULLED THE ITEM. MEMBER VAUGHN, DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR A COMMENT?  

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. SO I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS. ONE, SO I AM HEARING THAT THESE ARE BASED ON THE NEW CIVICS STANDARDS. AND I KNOW THAT A LOT OF THESE ARE GOING TO TRANSFORMATION SCHOOLS AND A LOT OF THE SCHOOLS COMING FROM THE COMMUNITY OOH SPECIFIC REQUEST FOR MORE FOCUS ON BLACK HISTORY, AND DIVERSITY WITHIN OUR CIVICS COURSES. SO I AM WONDERING WHAT THAT WILL LOOK LIKE WITH THESE NEW CIVICS BOOKS. AND THE NEXT QUESTION I HAD IS SINCE WE DON'T NECESSARILY HAVE SOCIAL STUDIES IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, IT'S EMBEDDED IN OUR ELA, AND IT DOES SAY THAT THESE ARE LITERACY BOOKS S.THAT HOW IT'S GOING TO BE PRESENTED OR IS SOCIAL STUDIES GOING TO BE SEPARATE WITH THESE BOOKS? HOW DO THEY FIT INTO THE CURRICULUM?  

>>Terry Connor: THE CIVICS LITERACY READING LIST IS PROVIDED WITH THE NEW STANDARD. SO THIS IS ACTUALLY BUILT INTO THE ELA CURRICULUM AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVELS ALL THE WAY THROUGH HIGH SCHOOLS. SO WE WILL USE THESE BOOKS AT THE ELEMENTARY LEVEL TO INFUSE IN ELA, BUT WE HAVE ANOTHER ITEM THAT'S COMING TONIGHT WITH OUR ELA ADOPTION, WHERE WE CAN TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW WE WILL BE SEPARATING THE SOCIAL STUDIES COMPONENT INTO N BREAKING IT AWAY FROM ELA. RIGHT NOW WE ARE INFUSING THAT. BUT AS WE MOVE INTO THE NEW ADOPTION, THERE WILL BE 30 MINUTES FOUR DAYS A WEEK DEDICATED TO SOCIAL STUDIES INSTRUCTION, SO THAT WILL ADDRESS THAT ISSUE AS WELL.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: OKAY, THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MR. CONNOR. AND SORRY, MEMBER COMBS?  

>>Nadia Combs: I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A EQUIPMENT COMMENT AS A FORMER SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER TO SEE THAT WE ARE REALLY USING LITERATURE AND NOVELS. I REMEMBER YEARS AGO WHERE WE DID TEACH COURSES COMPLETELY THROUGH NOVELS, AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT GETTING KIDS EXCITED ABOUT READING, AND REALLY TALKING ABOUT TEACHER DRIVING AND LITERATURE AND NOVELS, TO SEE SOMETHING LIKE THIS, TO SEE THAT WE ARE MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, AND REALLY I JUST CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE IT, AND I THANK ALL OF YOU THAT WE ARE WORKING TOWARDS THAT.  

>>Lynn Gray: AND WE ARE WORKING TOWARDS DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND TEACHING, AND CURRICULUM. BUSY WE ARE. AND LET'S GO AHEAD. OH, MEMBER SNIVELY, YOU WANTED TO MAKE A COMMENT.  

>>Melissa Snively: JUST THERE'S AN OPPORTUNITY, AND I APPRECIATE MEMBER COMBS' COMMENT, BECAUSE I KNOW THAT WE HAVE CONSTITUENTS SOMETIMES THAT CONTACT US ABOUT CONCERNS OF TEACHING CIVICS IN OUR SCHOOLS, AND SO SOMETIMES IT'S NOT VERY CLEAR TO THE PUBLIC WHAT CURRICULUM IS OUT THERE FOR OUR STUDENTS TO LEARN HOW TO BE A CITIZEN AND DEMOCRACY AND THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS AND SO FORTH. SO I JUST WANTED TO JUST TAKE A MOMENT TO SAY THANK YOU, BUT THANK YOU FOR PULLING THIS ITEM. I THINK IT WAS MEMBER VAUGHN WHO PULLED IT TOO, AND REMIND THE PUBLIC THAT WE ARE STILL TEACHING CIVICS. WE DO TEACH IT. WE INFUSE IT INTO OUR CLASSROOMS FROM K-12, AND SO THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR EFFORTS IN MAKING SURE THAT THAT HAPPENS FOR OUR STUDENTS. SO THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray: GAYLE SAUNDERS IS SHAKING HER HEAD YES, YES, YES, BECAUSE SHE'S ALSO A FORMER SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHER AND SINGS IS SO CRITICAL FOR OUR CHILDREN. I AM NOT GOING TO SAY ANYTHING MORE. MEMBER WASHINGTON AND THEN WE ARE GOING TO VOTE.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: I HAVE SOME ASSISTANCE FROM MRS. VAUGHN TO HELP ME OUT OVER HERE. SHE DID BRING UP ABOUT BLACK HISTORY. WE SPOKE ABOUT THAT, AND YOU WERE TELLING US HOW WE WERE GOING TO PUT THAT INTO THE CURRICULUM. DO YOU WANT TO SPEAK BRIEFLY ON THAT, PLEASE?  

>> ABSOLUTELY. WE MEET MONTHLY WITH OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY TASK FORCE AND UP WITH OF THE THINGS WE DO EACH MONTH IS WE HIGHLIGHT HOW WE ARE EMBEDDING AND INFUSING AND INTEGRATING BLACK HISTORY WITHIN THE CURRICULUM, AND THAT IS NOT A SEPARATE THING THAT WE DO SOMETIMES. SOMETIMES WE JUST FOCUS SEPARATELY ON CERTAIN INITIATIVES, BUT WE BELIEVE THAT BLACK HISTORY IS AMERICAN HISTORY, IS AFRICAN HISTORY, AND WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT THAT IS INTEGRATED THROUGHOUT. SO MS. SAUNDERS AND HER TEAM HAS DONE AN AWESOME JOB AS WE HIGHLIGHT EACH MONTH WHAT WE DO IN INTEGRATING THAT, AND WE LOOK AT EACH GRADE LEVEL EVERY MONTH, AND WE PROVIDE AN UPDATE TO THE TASK FORCE OF HOW WE ARE USING SUPPLEMENTAL RESOURCES IN BRINGING THAT IN. WE USE A LOT OF LOCAL AUTHORS, LOCAL HISTORY HERE IN TAMPA. OBVIOUSLY WE LOOK AT SOME OF THE NATIONAL FIGURES, AND OF COURSE SOME OF THOSE THINGS THROUGHOUT HISTORY THAT HAVE REALLY MADE AN IMPACT ACROSS ALL OF OUR CULTURES, BUT YES, WE DO THAT THROUGH OUR AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY TASK FORCE AND THE CURRICULUM TEAM WORKS VERY DILIGENTLY TO MAKE THAT A PRIORITY BECAUSE WE WANT TO ENSURE THAT IT'S INFUSED THROUGHOUT AND NOT JUST DONE IN FEBRUARY, BUT IT'S DONE THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE YEAR.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THAN K YOU. I REALLY APPRECIATE. THAT I DIDN'T SEE MRS. SAUNDERS OVER THERE. I CAN'T SEE. I MUST BE GETTING OLD HERE. HOW ARE YOU DOING, OKAY? OKAY. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray: AND ACTUALLY, WE HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THIS FOR A YEAR, AND HATS OFF TO DARRELL SAUNDERS AND MR. CONNOR FOR ALL OF THE WORK YOU ARE DOING TO EMBED BLACK HISTORY IN THE CURRICULUM, AND ALSO SUPERINTENDENT DESERVES PRAISE BECAUSE HE HAS ALLOWED A FULL-FLEDGED STAFF TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE NEEDS, THE ACADEMIC NEEDS OF OUR BLACK STUDENTS, ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL. DY SAY THAT OKAY, MS. SAUNDERS? SO WE ARE JUST DELIGHTED TO SEE AND TO HEAR THE PROGRESS, AND WE ARE GOING TO HAVE ANOTHER MEETING QUITE SOON. MEMBERS, I DO NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND ON THIS ONE. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON, A SECOND BY MEMBER COMBS. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. NEXT ITEM WILL BE 6.07. AND THIS IS REGARDING THE FUEL CARD SERVICES. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS PULLED THIS ITEM, SO HE WILL ALSO ASK FOR ANY DISCUSSION.  

>>Addison Davis: I PULLED IN ITEM ORIGINALLY BECAUSE WE WERE USING GENERAL FUND DOLLARS, BUT A COUPLE MONTHS AGO THANK YOU TO MS. PEREZ FOR FURBISHING US WITH MED TIED TO THINK DIFFERENTLY ABOUT FINANCIALS WE ARE THINKING DIFFERENT ABOUT THE EDUCATION SAFETY ACT FUNDING WHICH IS GRANT FUNDING FOR THIS PROJECT. WE SPENT AROUND $42,000 ANNUALLY ON OUR FUEL CARDS RELATED TO GASOLINE FOR OUR DRIVER'S EDUCATION, AND WE UTILIZE WEB BANK IN THIS CONTRACT AND WE ALSO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR REBATE, BUT JUST BRINGING THIS, ORIGINALLY IT WAS GENERAL FUND JUST MOVING IT TOWARD A DIFFERENT FUNDING SOURCE TO PROTECT OUR MONEY.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER PEREZ AND SECOND BY MEMBER HAHN. IS THERE ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER HAHN? OH, I'M SORRY. MEMBER VAUGHN?  

>>Jessica Vaughn: I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO MEMBER PEREZ FOR BRINGING THAT UP AT THE ONE MEETING AND THAT WE WERE ABLE TO UTILIZE OUR MONEY FOR MEDICAID AND FOR SAVING THE DISTRICT THAT MONEY. I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU, I REALLY APPRECIATE IT.  

>>Lynn Gray: THAT WAS VERY NICELY SAID. THANK YOU. MEMBERS, VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. 6.08, REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS, REAL ESTATE BROKERAGE SERVICES. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS WILL HIGHLIGHT. MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU PULLED THIS ITEM. SO WE ARE GOING TO ASK IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR A COMMENT. FIRST OFF, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WILL YOU HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM?  

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. LAST TIME WE BROUGHT INFORMATION RELATED TO BROKERAGE WE BOUGHT FOR RENTAL PROPERTY WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT BY THIS IS TRANSITIONING THIS MONTH FOR ALL ABOUT PURCHASING. THIS IS IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM TRYING TO FIND A NEW LOCATION FOR ROW ZACH OR ANY FACILITIES BUT WITH OUR GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BE ABLE TO SELECT SITES FOR FUTURE SCHOOLS, AND JUST WANT TO BRING IT TO THE BOARD FOR ACQUIRING FUTURE SCHOOL SITES AS WE MOVE FORWARD.  

>>Lynn Gray: I KNOW WE ARE HAVING A LAND USE MEETING SOON. WHAT'S THE NAME OF THAT? GROWTH MANAGEMENT MEETING SOON. MEMBER VAUGHN, DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION?  

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. I JUST HAVE ONE QUESTION. I THINK IT WAS IN JULY BEFORE I WAS ON THE BOARD, WE DID A PIGGYBACK TO INCLUDE ANOTHER BROKERAGE FIRM WHICH IS THE ONE WHO IS REPRESENTING US IN THE POSSIBLE SALE OF ROSSAC, IS THAT CORRECT?  

>>Addison Davis: IT WAS CORRECT FOR US TO LOOK AT POTENTIAL INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE GOING TO LOOK AT, AND WE HAD INVESTORS, WHETHER THEY WERE LOOKING AT PROPERTY TO BE ABLE TO LEASE OUT, WE DID HAVE A PIGGYBACK THROUGH A RELATIONSHIP THAT I BUILT WITH DR. ATWATER AT HCC BECAUSE THEY HAD A SIMILAR PRACTICE.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: I WAS JUST WONDERING. MY QUESTION WAS, WOULD IT NOT MAKE SENSE TO THEN SINCE THEY ARE NOW GOING TO BE ONE OF OUR VENDORS TO PUT THEM ON THIS SO THEY ARE ON THE SAME CYCLE AND NOT HAVE ONE ON A SEPARATE CYCLE WITH A PIGGYBACK OR WHAT THE NORMAL PROCEDURE FOR THAT WAS SINCE NOW WE HAVE ONE VENDOR ON A PIGGYBACK AND SOME OTHER ONES THAT WERE RENEWING?  

>>Addison Davis: MR. FARKAS, DO YOU WANT TO ADDRESS THAT?  

>>Christopher Farkas: I CAN TRY TO. BECAUSE IT IS AN UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCE BECAUSE OF THE UNIQUE SALE OF ROSSAC. I THINK THAT IS WHY WE ALREADY HAD A PIGGYBACK CONTRACT. I'M NOT SURE WHY THEY DIDN'T COME. MAYBE IT'S BECAUSE THEY ALREADY HAVE AN EXISTING CONTRACT WITH US. THE REASON THEY ARE NOT INCLUDED IS BECAUSE THEY HAVE APPLIED FOR THIS TOO. AGAIN I CANNOT SPEAK FOR THEM. BUT I ASSUME THE REASON FOR NOT APPLYING IS BECAUSE THEY ALREADY HAVE A AN APPROVED CONTRACT WITH THE DISTRICT.  

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS -- SORRY. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. I APOLOGIZE. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. I HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER SNIVELY. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. NEXT WE HAVE 6.17, PIGGYBACK, CUSTODIAL SERVICES. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM. MEMBER PEREZ, YOU PULLED THIS ITEM SO IF YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR COMMENT, PLEASE LET YOURSELF BE HEARD. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS.  

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM.  

>>Jim Porter: I BELIEVE WE SKIPPED 6.15.  

>>Lynn Gray: OH. WELL, LET'S JUST DO 6.17. WE CAN DO THAT.  

>>Addison Davis: PIGGYBACK 6 .17 IS FOR CUSTODIAL SERVICES. AS NOW, RIGHT NOW WE HAVE CURRENTLY AROUND 80 VACANCIES WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT, ON TOP OF THAT WE HAVE AROUND 60 INDIVIDUALS THAT ARE ON LEAVE, AND THEN WE USUALLY LOOK AT 10% OF OUR WORKFORCE AND THEN CALL OUT ON ANY PARTICULAR DAY SO AROUND 300 POSITIONS THAT COULD BE OPEN WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS. SO BEING ABLE TO PIGGYBACK WITH CUSTODIAL SERVICES TO BE ABLE TO HAVE SUBS, AND THIS IS NOT ANYTHING  TO DO WITH PRIVATIZING THEIR WORK BUT MAKING CERTAIN WE HAVE SUBS TO BE ABLE TO SERVE OUR SCHOOLS EVERY SINGLE DAY.  

>>Lynn Gray: AND I ABSOLUTELY GRILLED STAFF AS WELL. MEMBER PEREZ, DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR COMMENT?  

>>Karen Perez: YES. I WANTED TO FIND OUT AS FAR AS CUSTODIAL SERVICES, WHO CURRENTLY PROVIDES THE STAFFING FOR THE CUSTODIAL SERVICES AT THIS TIME? AND ALSO, UNDER CONTACT FOR THE SERVICES.  

>>Christopher Farkas: I WILL BE HAPPY TO ANSWER THAT ONE. RIGHT NOW NO ONE. THAT'S THE PROBLEM. WE TRIED TO COVER INTERNAL AND JUST IN FULL TRANSPARENCY I WOULD MUCH RATHER OFFER OUR PEOPLE OVERTIME THAN TO HIRE AN OUTSIDE FIRM. UNFORTUNATELY WE HAVE SUCH A HIGH RATE BETWEEN COVID AND VACANCIES THAT THAT'S GONE OUT OF THE WAY. YOU WILL HEAR FROM PRINCIPALS, IN FACT I HAVE SIX CUSTODIANS, TWO VACANCIES AND TWO READY TO GO OUT ON LEAVE, AND IF THEY WILL DO THE OVERTIME THAT WILL ALWAYS BE OUR FIRST CHOICE. TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST, WE DON'T PAY THEM VERY MUCH, AND TIME AND A HALF FOR ONE OF OUR CUSTODIANS IS STILL LESS THAN PIGGY-BACKS. RIGHT NOW WE DON'T HAVE ANYONE. SO IF WE CAN'T COVER IT, SCHOOLS AREN'T CLEAN. AND WITH COVID AND ALL THE THINGS IT'S A PRIORITY TO DO THAT, AND NOT TO JUMP AHEAD, BUT 6 .17 AND 6.18 ARE VERY SIMILAR. ONE IS A PIGGYBACK. ONE IS AN RFP WE PUT OUT. BUT BOTH ARE THE SAME REASON. WE DON'T WANT THE SCHOOLS TO BE IN A PLACE WHERE THEY ARE NOT CLEAN. BUT WE WILL ALWAYS PRIORITIZE AND ALWAYS GIVE THE WORK TO OUR INDIVIDUALS AND OUR EMPLOYEES FIRST, BUT WE WANT TO MAKE SURE IF WE NEED TO SEND THEM SOMEWHERE, WE WILL MAKE SURE WE GET SOMEONE CLEAN THE SCHOOLS.  

>>Karen Perez: WHAT IS THE COST FOR THOSE PIGGYBACK CONTRACTS?  

>>Christopher Farkas: THE HOURLY RATE IS WHAT THEY CHARGE. SO IT'S NOT TO EXCEED 250 ON THE FIRST ONE, NOT TO EXCEED 100, I THINK ON THE SECOND ONE, I DON'T MEAN TO MISSPEAK BUT WE ONLY PAY FOR THE HOUR. SO THE PERSON IN CHARGE OF OUR CUSTODIANS, HE WILL GET A CALL FROM A PRINCIPAL OR HEAD CUSTODIAN, SAY WE NEED TWO PEOPLE TO HELP OUT. WE ONLY PAY THEIR HOURLY RATE THE NUMBER OF HOURS WE SEND THEM TO THAT SCHOOL. SO HE WILL KEEP TRACK, HIS DEPARTMENT KEEPS TRACK WHEREOF THEY GO, AND HOURLY RATE FOR EACH ONE. THAT'S THE REASON WE HAVE FOR ORANGE COUNTY THE PIGGYBACK IS ACTUALLY MORE BECAUSE THAT RATE IS CHEAPER. ORANGE COUNTY RUNS OUT OF PEOPLE, WE HAVE AN RFP THAT WE PUT OUT HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH.  

>>Karen Perez: THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray: MR. FARKAS, SINCE THE -- PUT MY GLASSES ON -- 6.18 IS VERY SIMILAR, DO YOU WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THAT AS WELL?  

>>Christopher Farkas: I DO. WE WOULD LOVE TO -- MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES, WE PUT AN RFP TO DO THAT, AND IN ALL TRANSPARENCY YOU CAN SEE THE RATE IS HAIR SO WE PIGGYBACK OFF THE ORANGE COUNTY BID BECAUSE IT'S LESS EXPENSIVE FOR OUR TAXPAYERS TO DO THAT BUT ULTIMATELY THE COST IS THE NUMBER ONE FACTOR. SO WE WILL PICK -- PIGGYBACK ON THE ORANGE COUNTY COST. BUT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RFP THAT WE ALSO HAVE, SO THE TWO RFPs IN FRONT OF YOU FOR THE EXACT SAME SERVICE, ONE FOR THE CURRENT RATE.  

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER PEREZ, YOU SEE THAT YOU PULLED 6 .18. WOULD YOU LIKE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS ON THAT ONE?  

>>Karen Perez: NO. HE ANSWERED THE QUESTION.  

>>Lynn Gray: LET'S BACK UP. 6.17, BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND.  

>>Jim Porter: COULD YOU ACTUALLY ENTERTAIN A MOTION FOR 6 .17 AND 6.18.  

>>Lynn Gray: LET'S ENTERTAIN A FOGS FOR 6 .17 AND 6.18. NAVAL AND WASHINGTON. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD. LET'S BACK UP. 6.15. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THE DISCUSSION, OR THE MENTION OF THE 6.15, PROCUREMENT CARD SERVICES. AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU ARE GOING TO HIGHLIGHT, AND MEMBER VAUGHN, I BELIEVE YOU PULLED THIS ITEM. SO PERHAPS YOU WILL HAVE A QUESTION AS WELL.  

>>Addison Davis: ON NOVEMBER 30th OF 2020, ITN PROCUREMENT SERVICES TO QUALIFY INSTITUTIONS TO HELP US BE MORE EFFICIENT WITH OUR PROCUREMENT CARD PROCESS. IN THIS INTERACTION WE IDENTIFIED THAT WE HAVE A WELLS FARGO WAS IDENTIFIED AS THE AWARDED VENDOR, AND WE WERE ABLE TO NEGOTIATE A NEW REBATE, BETTER REBATE FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IN ORDER TO RECOUP MORE ADDITIONAL MONEY. LAST YEAR WE SPENT AROUND $68 MILLION AND WERE ABLE TO RECEIVE A REBATE OF OVER $900,000 TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THAT WAS FOR STANDARD TRANSACTION WAS AROUND 1.66% WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE REBATE. THIS YEAR WE ARE ABLE, OUR TEACH DID SUCH A GREAT JOB, THE REBATE NOW WILL BE AROUND 2.16, AN INCREASE OF OVER $300,000 TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. THANK YOU. WE APPRECIATE YOU AND YOUR TEAM.  

>>Lynn Gray: YAY. ALWAYS THERE FOR US. THANKS. MEMBER VAUGHN, DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION OR COMMENT?  

>> I JUST WANTED TO HAVE THIS DISCUSSED. THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE IT.  

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A FIRST AND SECOND. I THINK I HAD A LITTLE BIT TOO MUCH COFFEE IS WHAT'S GOING ON HERE. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MEMBER COMBS. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. 6.21. PURCHASE OF RECOMMENDED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS K-12 AND INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE SOCIAL STUDIES. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM. AND ACTUALLY SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU PULLED THIS ITEM.  

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. WE PULLED THIS ITEM BECAUSE IN IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AS THIS IS A MAJOR PURCHASE FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. AS WE HAVE AN ADOPTION PROCESS THROUGH ELA LITERACY, WE WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE ARE REALLY TRANSPARENT BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT OUR STAFF HAS WORKED COLLECTIVELY TO IDENTIFY A CURRICULUM THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO MOVE THE NEEDLE RELATED TO PREPARING OUR CHILDREN TO BE SUCCESSFUL, AND THIS EXPENDITURE OVERALL IS $28 MILLION. SO I WANT TO RELEASE THIS TO MR. CONNOR AND HIS TEAM TO TALK ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE ADOPTED AND OVERALL COSTS AND HOW WE WILL BREAK THAT COST OUT OVER A TWO-YEAR PERIOD.  

>>Terry Connor: THROUGH THE CHAIR. THIS HAS BEEN A LABOR OF LOVE SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. WE STARTED THE ELA ADOPTION PROCESS. SO I AM HAPPY TO REPORT WE ARE ONE OF THE FEW DISTRICTS THAT ACTUALLY GOING TO BE ADOPTING ONE PUBLISHER, K-12, AND THAT PUBLISHER HAS BEEN CHOSEN BY A COMMITTEE OF TEACHERS, AND WAS VETTED BY A COMMITTEE OF TEACHERS AND THEN RELEASED TO ALL TEACHERS WHO TEACH ELA, LANGUAGE ARTS AND READING, TO VOTE AND THE VOTE CAME OUT TO PUBLISHER McGRAW-HILL. SO THAT IS WHAT WE WILL BE APPROVING TONIGHT. ALSO WE DID HAVE A COUPLE OTHER TITLES WITH AP LIT AND APLANG, JOURNALISM, IB ECONOMICS AND THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE. THAT'S WHAT IS ON THE AGENDA. ONE OF THE BIG THINGS WE NEED TO HIGHLIGHT HERE REALLY IS AROUND THE COST. IT IS AN EXPENSE -- EXPENSIVE PIRATE TAG BUT AN INVESTMENT FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS AND THIS WILL COME WITH THE WHOLE KIT AND CABOODLE. WE HAVE PURCHASED EVERYTHING THAT COMES WITH THE PRODUCT, THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IS INCLUDED IN THIS. ALSO, TEACHERS WILL HAVE EVERYTHING THAT THE REVIEW WILL BE INCLUDED, AND WE ARE EXCITED. ONE THING I WILL MENTION AROUND THE BREAKDOWN OF THE COSTS, NOTHING WILL BE COMING OUT OF THIS FISCAL YEAR. WE ARE GOING TO WAIT UNTIL JULY 1 WHEN WE ARE IN THE NEW FISCAL YEAR TO BEGIN A TWO-YEAR PAYMENT PROCESS. WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT OBVIOUSLY ANYTIME THAT YOU ARE EXPENDING THIS AMOUNT OF MONEY, IT IS IN THE RESTRICTED FUNDS, INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS, IS WHERE THE BULK OF THIS IS COMING OUT, AND ALL OF THOSE FUNDS ARE RESTRICTED TO PURCHASING INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS THAT HAVE BEEN ADOPTED BY THE BOARD. WE ARE ALSO USING OUR COMPREHENSIVE READING. FORTUNATELY, THIS IS THE ELA ADOPTION, AND SO WE WILL BE ABLE TO LEVERAGE SOME OF OUR READING CATEGORICAL DOLLARS WHICH IS ALSO A RESTRICTED FUND AS WELL. AND THEN WE HAVE A SLIGHT ABOUT $300,000 OF OUR HIGH QUALITY CURRICULUM FOR READING GRANT, SO IT'S GRANT DOLLARS THAT WILL HELP SUPPLEMENT THE COSTS FOR THE 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR. SO IN TOTAL, FOR THE 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR, WE WILL SPEND $14 MILLION, 2,911.41, AND THEN ROUGHLY THE SAME THING IN 22-23. SO THAT'S THE COST BREAKDOWN. AND I WILL TAKE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.  

>>Lynn Gray: MR. CONNOR, DID YOU GO THROUGH EACH BOARD MEMBER ONE ON ONE AND DISCUSS THIS WITH EACH BOARD MEMBER?  

>>Terry Connor: WE DID NOT, BUT WE DID HAVE -- WE DID NOT DO THAT.  

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY. THEN THERE WILL BE DISCUSSION, NO DOUBT. SO LET'S GO AHEAD AND BEGIN WITH MEMBER PEREZ. OKAY. LET'S MAKE A MOSS FIRST. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER PEREZ, A SECOND BY MEMBER SNIVELY. DISCUSSION? MEMBER PEREZ?  

>>Karen Perez: WHAT ARE YOU LETTING GO IN ORDER -- IN PLACE OF THIS? ARE WE REMOVING SOME CURRICULUM, AT WHAT COST, TO REPLACE THIS?  

>>Terry Connor: SO BEGINNING NEXT SCHOOL YEAR, WE WILL BE IMPLEMENTING K-2 ONLY BECAUSE THE NEW STANDARD WILL COME INTO PLAY FOR NEXT YEAR AT K-2. SO WE WILL BEGIN THAT IMPLEMENTATION, AND WE WILL BE RELINQUISHING THE READY LAST BOOKS THAT WE USE CURRENTLY IN K-THE. SO WE WILL BE GETTING THAT AND ADJOURNIES AS WELL FOR K-2. WE WILL CONTINUE ADJOURNIES IN 3-5 FOR NEXT YEAR UNTIL WE IMPLEMENT THE NEW STANDARDS IN 22-23. AND THEN ALSO WE WILL RELINQUISH SPRINGBOARD AND ALL OF OUR OTHER CURRICULUM AND AP LIT AND LANG THE FOLLOWING YEAR.  

>>Karen Perez: WHAT IS THE COST? SO IF YOU ARE LOOKING AT A 14 MILLION, WHAT IS THE COST THAT YOU ARE GIVING UP FOR THAT 14 MILLION, IS WHAT I AM ASKING.  

>>Terry Connor: THE JOURNEYS, WE PAY FOR THAT FIVE OR SIX YEARS AGO, I BELIEVE, WAS ABOUT 2013, WE SPENT ROUGHLY THRALL ALTOGETHER ABOUT $15 MILLION ON THAT ADOPTION.  

>>Karen Perez: SO THAT'S ALREADY PAID FOR? COP CON THAT'S ALREADY PAID FOR, RIGHT.  

>>Karen Perez: AND YOU ARE GIVING THAT UP?  

>> THAT WILL BE GIVEN UP IN A TWO-YEAR PHASE SO K-2 NEXT YEAR AND 3-52 FOLLOWING YEAR.  

>> I WAS JUST GOING TO REMIND US SOME OF THAT MATERIAL IS OUTDATED THAT THE POINT, SO HENCE ANOTHER REASON WHY WE WILL BE PHASING OUT, AND ALSO FOR THE 3-5, WE PROBABLY WILL BE CONTINUING THE LAST 3-5 FOR ONE MORE YEAR, I BELIEVE. I BELIEVE YOU MAY HAVE COVERED THAT.  

>>Terry Connor: AND JUST TO BE CLEAR, REMEMBER THE STATE PROVIDES AN ALLOCATION FOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ON A FIVE-YEAR CYCLE SO THIS YEAR WE RECEIVED $18 MILLION FOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL ALLOCATION, WHICH IS WHAT THAT IS GOING TOWARDS HERE.  

>>Karen Perez: 18 MILLION. OKAY. AND WE RECEIVED THAT ALREADY?  

>>Terry Connor: WE WILL RECEIVE ALL OF IT BY JULY -- WE RECEIVE A PORTION OF IT IN APRIL AND THEN WE RECEIVE ALL OF IT BY JULY 1, WHICH IS WHY THIS PURCHASE WILL ACTUALLY HAPPEN RIGHT AFTER JULY 1.  

>>Karen Perez: BY JULY 1st.  

>>Terry Connor: RIGHT.  

>>Karen Perez: AND SUPERINTENDENT, WE RECEIVE THIS MONEY HOW? HOW IS IT WE RECEIVE THE 18 MILLION?  

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, THROUGH THE CHAIR. THE MONEY THAT'S ALLOCATED FOR THIS PURCHASE IS ALL THROUGH CATEGORICALS. THIS IS HIGH QUALITY CURRICULUM, ALLOCATION, COMPREHENSIVE READING PLANS AS WELL, AND ALSO INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS. SO THE STATE GIVES US CATEGORICALS TO PURCHASE MATERIALS AND WE WILL JUST LEVERAGE EVERY POT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THIS CONSISTENT AND BE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT IT IN A MANNER THAT TEACHERS HAVE VOTED UPON AND BE ABLE TO SERVE IN THE LINE OF STANDARDS.  

>>Karen Perez: I JUST WANT TO BE CLEAR, ESPECIALLY COMING OUT OF SOME FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES, THAT YOU ARE ASKING FOR 14 MILLION, AND I WANT NOT JUST FOR THIS BOARD TO BE CLEAR BUT ALSO FOR THE PUBLIC WHO IS WATCHING US AND WHO IS WATCHING US MAKE SOME FINANCIAL DECISIONS TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THIS MONEY IS COMING FROM. SO IF YOU COULD ELABORATE ON THAT, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU ARE ASKING FOR $14 MILLION, AND FOR US TO MAKE THIS FINANCIAL DECISION, IT JUST WOULD HELP THE PUBLIC, YOU KNOW. SO THAT'S WHY I AM ASKING FOR CLARIFICATION. OKAY? THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray: POINT WELL MADE. AND I DID FORGET, WE ARE REFLIESING OUTDATED MATERIAL SO THAT'S THE BIGGEST RATIONALE. THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. MEMBER SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WILL KIND OF DOVETAIL OFF OF MEMBER PEREZ, BECAUSE THOSE ARE REALLY GREAT POINTS THAT I JUST WANTED TO REITERATE, A COUPLE OF THINGS AROUND THOSE POINTS. SO WHAT I AM HEARING YOU SAY, NEW STANDARDS, SO WE NEED TO UPDATE OUR MATERIALS. WE DID THIS BASED ON THE LITERACY AUDIT, AND INPUT FROM TEACHERS TO CHOOSE THIS PARTICULAR SELECTION, WHICH I KNOW THEY APPRECIATED THAT. AND IT WAS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THIS YEAR JUST BECAUSE IT WAS MOSTLY VIRTUAL AND IT WANTS KIND OF HARD TO SELECT MATERIALS WHEN YOU CAN'T PUT YOUR HANDS ON THEM AND THEY ARE NOT TANGIBLE, BUT I BELIEVE -- AND WE HAD A LARGE AMOUNT OF TEACHERS PARTICIPATE IN THE SURVEY TO GIVE YOU FEEDBACK. SO THAT ALLOCATION IS NOT RELATED TO PAYROLL.  

>>Terry Connor: CANNOT BE USED --  

>>Melissa Snively: CANNOT BE USED FOR ANYTHING ELSE, NOT FOR PAYROLL OR BENEFITS, DOES NOT IMPACT OUR FUND BALANCE. IS THAT CORRECT?  

>>Terry Connor: IT IS A PART OF THE RESTRICTED.  

>>Melissa Snively: OKAY.  

>>Terry Connor: SO IT'S CATEGORICAL AS THE SUPERINTENDENT SAID, BUT IT HAS TO BE --  

>>Melissa Snively: HAS TO BE UTILIZED FOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS. IT HAS STRINGS ATTACHED TO IT THAT HAVE ZERO IMPACT ON THE HUMAN RESOURCES SITUATION OR THE INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCE ALLOCATION THAT WE ARE FACING RIGHT NOW.  

>>Terry Connor: THAT IS CORRECT.  

>>Melissa Snively: I JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY THAT ALONG WITH MEMBER PEREZ, AND ONE QUESTION. SO WE HAD AN $18 MILLION ALLOCATION BUT THIS IS A $28 MILLION PURCHASE. SO WHERE IS THE OTHER 10 MILLION COMING FROM?  

>> GOOD QUESTION. IF YOU WILL LOOK AT THE FUND BREAK DOWN ON THE FINANCIAL IMPACT WE ARE BREAKING THIS OVER TWO YEARS, AND WE GET AN ALLOCATION FROM THE STATE EVERY YEAR FOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS, ROUGHLY 16 TO 8:00 Z 18 MILLION, BASED ON ENROLLMENT. SO PORTION OF THIS YEAR'S AND NEXT YEAR'S INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ALLOCATION WILL BE USED ADDITIONALLY, YOU SEE THAT THE READING COMPREHENSIVE PROJECT THAT'S LISTD THERE IN THE MIDDLE, 4 MILLION FOR THIS YEAR, 2 MILLION FOR 22-23, THAT AGAIN IS ANOTHER CATEGORICAL THAT IS SPENT SPECIFICALLY ON LITERACY AND READING, AND THEN THE 300,000 WAS A GRANT THAT THE STATE PROVIDED THIS YEAR FOR HIGH QUALITY CURRICULUM, AND SO WE HAD A PORTION OF THAT LEFT OVER FROM OUR PD THAT WE ARE PROVIDING TEACHERS AROUND THE BEST STANDARDS, SO THAT WAS APPLIED FOR THIS YEAR AS WELL. THAT HE'S THAT'S HOW WE MADE UP THE DIFFERENCE IN THE ALLOCATION.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. I JUST WANTED TO BE EXTREMELY CLEAR AND THE PUBLIC TRANSPARENT ABOUT WHERE THIS MONEY IS COMING FROM AND WHAT IT MUST BE USED FOR AND HOW IT DOES NOT IMPACT THE HUMAN RESOURCES SITUATION. SO THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray: AND VERY IMPORTANT LESSON FOR US, WE SHOULD ALWAYS REMEMBER THE QUESTION THAT MEMBER SNIVELY ASKED, HOW DOES IT, OR DOES IT IMPACT THE FUND BALANCE? THAT IS A HUGE QUESTION THAT WE HAVE TO BE LITMUS -- WE HAVE TO BE EXTREMELY FOCUSED ON. SO THANK YOU FOR THAT, MEMBER SNIVELY. MEMBER COMBS AND THEN MEMBER VAUGHN.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, CHAIRWOMAN GRAY. THANK YOU BOTH, NEB MEMBER SNIVELY AND MEMBER PEREZ, BECAUSE I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE SPOTLIGHT THAT BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE SEE THAT WE ARE SPENDING THAT MUCH MONEY, AND I WILL SAY THAT'S PROBABLY ONE OF THE THINGS I AM MOST INTERESTED IN, I AM VERY INTERESTED ABOUT CURRICULUM BECAUSE I THINK THE TEACHERS R ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THING AND ALSO THE CURRICULUM. AND I KNOW I SPENT QUITE A BIT OF TIME UP THERE WITH YOU, AND I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO DISCUSS A LITTLE BIT, BECAUSE I KNOW HOW HARD YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING TALKING ABOUT HOW YOU NEGOTIATED SOME EXTRA PARTS WITH McGRAW-HILL, THE NEGOTIATIONS THAT YOU DID, AND ALSO JUST SOME OF THE OTHER THINGS THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON, YOU AND YOUR TEAM ARE WORKING ON, SPOT LIGHTING TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE K-2 TEACHERS, AS WE HAVE THESE STANDARD, NOT ONLY ARE YOU GETTING THE CURRICULUM BUT YOU ARE ALSO DOING ADDITIONAL WORK. I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE SPOTLIGHT SOME OF THE GREAT THINGS THAT YOU ARE DOING, YOU AND YOUR TEAM, AND I WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO JUST TALK ABOUT THAT FOR A FEW MINUTES.  

>> ABSOLUTELY. I WILL LET OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LITERACY TALK ABOUT THE SPOT LIGHTS ON STANDARD AND THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. TO ANSWER THE QUESTION AROUND THE NEGOTIATIONS. SO THERE ARE STATE LISTS OBVIOUSLY THAT WE HAVE TO ABIDE BY SO ALL PUBLISHERS HAVE TO PUBLISH THEIR PRICES FOR THEIR PRODUCT AND YOU CAN'T NEGOTIATE FROM THAT TOO MUCH. BUT WHAT WE WERE ABLE TO DO IN THIS PARTICULAR CASE IS WE LOOKED AT DIFFERENT SCENARIOS. DO WE DO SOME A LA CARTE THINGS? WE KNEW OBVIOUSLY THAT SOME TEACHERS REVIEWED THE ENTIRE PACKAGE AND IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO OUR TEACHERS TO HAVE ALL OF THOSE THINGS. SO WE WANTED TO ENSURE THAT WHILE WE LOOKED AT THE POSSIBILITY OF LOOKING AT DO WE NOT NEED THIS, DO WE NEED THIS PIECE OF THE MATERIALS, WHETHER IT BE BLACK LINE COPIES OF AN ASSESSMENT BOOK, WE DECIDED THAT IT WAS IN OUR BEST INTEREST TO GET THE ENTIRE BUNDLED PACKAGE. IN DOING SO, THERE IS A STATE BID PRICE FOR THE BUNDLE PACKAGE, BUT WHAT WE WERE ABLE TO DO IS NEGOTIATE ONE PERSON FOR FIVE YEARS THAT McGRAW-HILL WOULD PROVIDE TO US TO HELP AN IMPLEMENTATION PROJECT MANAGER THAT WOULD THEY WOULD GIVE TO US ESSENTIALLY AT $80,000 PER YEAR. SO THAT WOULD BE $400,000 OVER FIVE YEARS. KNOWING OUR FINANCIAL SITUATION, I THOUGHT IT INCUMBENT IT WAS BEST FOR US TO TAKE THAT $400,000 AND APPLY THAT TO THE DULL PRICE HERE TO BRING THAT COST DOWN. SO THAT WAS SOME OF THE NEGOTIATION THAT OCCURRED THERE. SO WHILE WE ARE NOT GOING TO NECESSARILY GET THE IMPLEMENTATION PERSON, I THINK WE HAVE A GREAT TEAM THAT CAN HELP WITH THE IMPLEMENTATION. WE WILL BE WORKING WITH McGRAW-HILL WITH THEIR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TEAM TO PROVIDE EVERYTHING WE NEED FOR OUR TEACHERS. WE WERE ABLE TO NEGOTIATE $400,000 OFF OF THE STATE BID PRICE AS A RESULT OF THOSE NEGOTIATIONS. SO WE GOT A LITTLE BIT BETTER DEAL DID STATE BID LIST, TO ANSWER THE QUESTION SPECIFICALLY. AND THEN TRACY IS GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE WORK WE ARE DOING WITH THE STANDARD.  

>>Lynn Gray: AND PLEASE BE BRIEF. THE REASON I SAY THAT IS BECAUSE SUCH A BIG ITEM OF EXPENSE, AND CURRICULUM. WE ARE ALMOST AT 9:30 OR SO AT NIGHT. I DON'T LIKE THIS TO BE BROUGHT UP THIS LATE BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS. SO IF YOU CAN JUST BE BRIEF. I DON'T WANT TO BE RUDE. BUT PLEASE BE BRIEF. AND THEN WE HAVE TO GET ON WITH OTHER MATTERS. THANK YOU.  

>> SURE. WELL, SINCE THE ADOPTION IN K-2 BACK AT THE END OF FEBRUARY AND EARLY MARCH, OUR TEAM HAS BEEN DIGGING DEEPER INTO THE MATERIALS, EARLIER THIS YEAR YOU MAY REMEMBER THE SERVICES TEAM, AND CREATED THE INSTRUCTIONAL FRAMEWORK, AND HAVE BEEN WORKING ON RECREATING THE INSTRUCTIONALS BASED ON THE WONDERS TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR TEACHERS HAVE AMPLE TIME TO DELIVER THE FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS, INSTRUCTION, CORE READING INSTRUCTION, AS WELL AS PROVIDE DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION. THE KEY PORTION OF THE BEST STANDARDS IS THE ALIGNMENT WHICH STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE OF FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS. GOING BACK TO BASICS, SEW IT'S JUST SYSTEMATICALLY PHONICS AND THAT WE KNOW IS SO IMPORTANT THAT MANY OF OUR KIDS HAVE THAT GAP SO WE ARE ENSURING THOSE PIECES APPRECIATE PREVALENT WITHIN THE INSTRUCTIONAL FRAMEWORK SO THAT OUR TEACHERS HAVE AMPLE AMPLE TIME TO TEACH IT AS WELL AS THE WONDER PIECES FOR THAT. THE OTHER PIECE WE ARE ALSO WORKING ON IS CREATING INSTRUCTIONAL GUIDES THAT GO ALONG WITH THE WONDERS MATERIAL TO HELP GUIDE -- ANYTIME YOU OPEN UP A TEACHERS EDITION IT CAN BE OVERWHELMING, WHETHER YOU CAN TEACHING FOR 25 YEARS OR TWO HOURS, IT'S REALLY PROVIDING TEACHERS SOME OF THAT GUIDANCE THAT THEY NEED TO DIG INTO THOSE MATERIALS AND BE ABLE TO USE BEST PRACTICES, INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES, FOR THE STUDENT, IN A WAY THAT WILL STILL KEEP CONTENT AND STILL KEEP THE PURPOSE OF WONDERS AND THE FIDELITY IN PLACE. THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE THINGS, IN ADDITION WORKING WITH McGRAW-HILL TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT INTO THE SUMMER FOR PROFESSIONAL STUDY DAY THAT WILL NOT ONLY BE JUST ON THE MATERIALS THEMSELVES BUT THEN HOW DO WE INTEGRATE WITH THE BEST STANDARDS WHICH THAT STARTED LAST WEEK, OVER 1900 TEACHERS ENROLLED FOR OUR 17 SPECIAL SESSIONS. AND THEN WITH THAT, ALSO HOW DO THOSE MATERIALS, HOW DOES IT ALL WORK TOGETHER TO DIFFER A INSTRUCTIONAL MODEL BECAUSE THE MORE RECESS HE IS AND SUPPORT FOR TEACHERS THE BETTER THE OUTCOME IN THE MATERIALS.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. MEMBER COMBS, ARE WE FINISHED? AND AGAIN, A ONE-ON-ONE WOULD HAVE BEEN VERY HELPFUL. AND I AM NOT GOING TO BE A WHINER ANYMORE. MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU CAN ASK QUESTIONS AND THEN WE'LL DO A VOTE.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: GETTING TIRED. SO I JUST HAVE A QUESTION. CAN THE STANDARDS CHANGE AGAIN IN 2022? IS THAT A POSSIBILITY?  

>> ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE BUT HIGHLY UNLIKELY.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: SO IF THE STANDARD DID CHANGE AGAIN LET'S SAY IN 2022 AND SAY WE ELECTED A NEW GOVERNOR, THE GOVERNOR DECIDED TO CHANGE THE STANDARD AGAIN, AND A YEAR AND A HALF WE HAD DIFFERENT STANDARDS, HOW WOULD THAT AFFECT THIS ADOPTION?  

>>Terry Connor: THIS WOULD BE A FIVE-YEAR ADOPTION, SO WE WOULD HAVE THESE MATERIALS FOR FIVE YEARS.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: SO THEY MIGHT POSSIBLY BE OUT OF LINE WITH THE STANDARDS IF THEY CHANGE MORE QUICKLY?  

>>Terry Connor: THAT IS POSSIBLE.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: THAT IS ALL I WANTED TO KNOW. THANK YOU.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, MR. CONNOR AND STAFF. WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO 7.06. APPROVE THE PROPOSED BELL SCHEDULES FOR THE 2021-22 SCHOOL YEAR. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS WILL HIGHLIGHT AND MEMBER VAUGHN PULLED THIS.  

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, AS YOU RECALL LAST YEAR WE BROUGHT A MODIFIED BELL SCHEDULE TO BE ABLE TO CAPTURE THE RIGHT AND CORRECT FTE TO OUR STUDENT CALENDAR, AND IN THAT PROCESS, ELEMENTARY SCHEDULES STATE STAYED THE SAME, THIS YEAR IN 2021, MIDDLE SCHOOLS START TIME WENT FROM 9:25 TO 9:35, AND THEN THE EXIT TIME WAS FROM 4:20 TO 4:30, AND HIGH SCHOOL THIS YEAR TRANSITIONED FROM 8:30 TO 3:35 IN THE AFTERNOON. SO BEING ABLE TO TRANSITION BACK TO WHAT WE IMPLEMENTED IN 1920 IS GETTING BACK TO BASICS AND ADD TO CHANGE TO MODIFY THE SCHEDULE LAST YEAR FOR NUMBER OF DAYS AND THIS PUTS US BACK IN CONCERT WITH WHAT WE HISTORICALLY HAD IN HILLSBOROUGH.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. MEMBER VAUGHN?  

>>Jessica Vaughn: I THINK YOU MEANT 2020, NOT 1920.  

>>Addison Davis: 1920 IS THE GOING BACK TO THE 1920 SCHEDULE.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: OH, GOT YOU. I WAS CONFUSED THERE. OH, 20-19. I HAD SEVERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR BELL SCHEDULE THIS YEAR FROM PARENTS AS WELL AS TEACHERS AND WHAT WE WERE CHANGING, WHAT IT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE. I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THIS DIDN'T GO BY ON THE CONSENT AGENDA AND I JUST WANTED THEM TO KNOW THAT WE ARE BRINGING BACK THE OLD BELL SCHEDULE, EVERYBODY WAS CLEAR ON THAT. SO TO ANSWER QUESTIONS FOR EVERYBODY. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. WE HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY AND WE HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. NOW, I BELIEVE WE ARE INTO BOARD COMMENTS. STACY HAHN IS FIRST. MEMBER PEREZ. MEMBER WASHINGTON. MEMBER VAUGHN. AND MEMBER SNIVELY. MEMBER COMBS. AND MEMBER -- POOR MEMBER GRAY HAS TO GO LAST. OKAY.  

>>Jessica Vaughn: [ OFF. MICROPHONE ] SO THIS SATURDAY IS THE LIT RAYS RARE FAIR. WE HAD ONE LAST WEEK, TWO WEEKS AGO. IT WILL BE ALMOST TWO WEEKS. IN PLANT CITY. AND WE HAD ABOUT 400 PEOPLE COME THROUGH THAT LITERACY FAIR. WAS A DRIVE-THROUGH EVENT. SOME A LOT OF THE SAME PARTNERS THAT YOU SEE ON THIS FLYER, THEY WERE AT THE LAST ONE. THIS IS GOING TO BE THIS SATURDAYALITY SLIGH. SLIGH HAS A REALLY NICE U-SHAPED BUS ROUTE THAT WE ARE GOING TO USE AND SET UP ALONG THERE. WE HAVE ABOUT 14 PARTNERS THIS TIME, JUST A FEW MORE THAN LAST TIME. AND WE HAVE 700 FAMILIES REGISTERED. SO WE ARE REALLY EXCITED. AND IT'S GOING TO BE A LOT OF FUN, IN ADDITION TO OUR REALLY GENEROUS COMMUNITY PARTNERS WHO HAND OUT EVERYTHING FROM BOOKS TO SUMMER PACKETS, FOR PHONICS. WE HAVE THE LIGHTNING AND THE BUCS FAIR AND THEY HAND OUT SOME REALLY FUN ITEMS FROM THE TEAMS. WE HAVE THEIR MASCOTS THAT JOIN US, METROPOLITAN MINISTRIES IS A NEW PARTNER TO THE FAIR THIS WEEK, AND THEY ARE HANDING OUT FREE SNEAKERS TO ALL OF THE KIDS THAT COME THROUGH. SO REALLY EXCITED. I DO WANT TO -- OH, WE ALSO HAVE DJ CHAD. HE'S IN THE BACK. DJ. AND WE HAVE A CLIPS SO BAND. SO WE ARE EXCITED. IT BRINGS A LOT OF FUN TO THE FAIR. I DO WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE HILLSBOROUGH EDUCATION FOUNDATION, AND THE BULLARD FOUNDATION FOUNDATION FOR BEING SUPPORTERS OF THE FAIR. THE CHALLENGE GRANT THIS MONTH, OR LAST MONTH, AND THE BULLARD FAMILY FOUNDATION MATCHED THE GRANTS SO THAT GAVE US $7,000 TO PURCHASE BOOKS. SO THAT WAS JUST INCREDIBLY GENEROUS. IT'S REALLY WONDERFUL TO HAVE PARTNERS WHO FEEL AS PASSIONATELY AS I DO ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF LITERACY AND ACCESS TO BOOKS FOR KIDS. MYON HAAS HAS BEEN A PHENOMENAL PARTNER IN THIS WORK. I WILL TALK MORE ABOUT MYION AT THE NEXT BOARD MEETING I.ADOPT WANT TO EAT UP TOO MUCH TIME. AND PROVIDE SOME INFORMATION ON THE CHALLENGES THAT WE DO IN SCHOOLS. BUT WE HAVE JUST BEEN SO BLESSED WITH THE COMMUNITY PARTNERS WHO HAVE COMMITTED TO THESE FAIRS. THIS IS MY FOURTH CHILD LITERACY FAIR, AND REALLY PROUD OF THE IMPACT WE ARE ALL HAVING IN THE COMMUNITY AROUND THIS EFFORT. AND SO HOPEFULLY WE'LL HAVE LOTS OF FOLKS COMING OUT TO THE FAIR. I ALSO WANT TO SAY A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERY ONE OF MY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE SO GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED MY EFFORTS AROUND LITERACY, THROUGH THEIR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS. WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE EVEN MORE BOOKS THAN ORIGINALLY PLANNED. SO THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT. THAT REALLY MEANS THE WORLD TO ME. SO THANK YOU. SEE YOU AT THE FAIR.  

>> MEMBER GRAY STEPPED AWAY. MEMBER PEREZ.  

>>Karen Perez: I WOULD LIKE TO REVIEW A FEW ITEMS AND THEN MAKE A REQUEST. OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AS LONG AS OTHER DISTRICTS ARE REQUIRED BY LAW TO HAVE TWO AUDITS CONDUCTED ANNUALLY, PERFORMED BY EXTERNAL AUDITORS, STATE AUDITORS, FEDERAL AUDITORS, OR OUTSIDE ORGANIZATIONS. AND BASED ON THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED OVER THE YEARS, THIS INCLUDES AUDITS PERFORMED BY KPMG, THE FLORIDA AUDITOR GENERAL, THE FEDERAL AUDITORS, AND THEY REVIEW LIKE OUR FEDERAL PROGRAMS INCLUDING TITLE 1, IDEA, MEDICAID, OTHER GRANTS. THE COUNCIL OF GREAT CITY SCHOOLS CONDUCTED WHAT IS TERMED A PEER REVIEW AUDIT, END THAT BRING A TEAM TOGETHER WITH EXPERTISE OF THOSE, THEY REVIEWED TRANSPORTATION, HUMAN RESOURCES, CAPITAL OPERATIONS, AND THEN THE GIBSON AUDIT. IT WAS ASSESSING EFFICIENCY OF OPERATIONS. BUT IN SPITE OF THESE AUDITS, WE FOUND OURSELVES ONCE AGAIN IN AN EMBARRASSING POSITION OF NOT HAVING ENOUGH RESOURCES IN OUR RESERVE ACCOUNTS OR FUNDS TO COMPLETE A BALANCED BUDGET BY THE END OF THIS FISCAL YEAR. SO WE ARE HERE ONCE AGAIN. AND THIS HAS GONE ON FROM MARY ELLEN ELIAS, TO A NUMBER OF SUNSETS. THINGS FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS, AND THERE WILL ALWAYS BE LITTLE MISTAKES, BUT THIS DISTRICT DOES NOT HAVE THE LUXURY OF HAVING -- NOT HAVING INSIGHT TO THE LARGER ISSUES WHEN IT COMES TO MONEY. LIKE WHAT HAPPENED WITH ACHIEVE3000, AND NOT LETTING US KNOW, SUPERINTENDENT, THAT YOUR BROTHER WAS PART OF THAT, OR NOT US AS A BOARD MEMBER RECEIVING THE NARRATIVE FOR THE FISCAL PLAN PRIOR TO THE SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING. THESE ARE MAJOR FINANCIAL ISSUES THAT THIS DISTRICT CONTINUES TO FACE, AND WE CAN'T AFFORD TO OVERLOOK THE LARGER MISTAKES BECAUSE THESE COST JOBS, CAUSE OUR CHILDREN WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR EDUCATION AND COST THE COMMUNITY AT THE END OF THE DAY. FORTUNATELY, THE FEDERAL ESSER FUNDS HAVE PROVIDED THE NECESSARY AMOUNTS TO FILL THE RESERVE AND HELP US THROUGH THIS YEAR. AGAIN, I SUGGEST THAT ANY CONTRACT DOLLARS BE FULLY DISCUSSED OPENLY BY THIS BOARD BEFORE IT'S PRESENTED TO THE SUPERINTENDENT. BUT GETTING OUR BALANCE SHEET AND RECORDS IN A FORMAT THAT IS AVAILABLE TO US AND THE PUBLIC IS ESSENTIAL AS WE GO FORWARD. BECAUSE OF THIS YEAR'S FINANCIAL CRISIS, I ONCE AGAIN SUGGEST THAT IT'S TIME FOR TOTAL AND FORENSIC AUDIT DONE UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF THIS BOARD. BY LAW, THE BOARD CAN HIRE ONLY THREE PEOPLE, THE SUPERINTENDENT, THE BOARD ATTORNEY, AND THE FINANCIAL AUDITOR. SO I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION THAT WE PLACE ON THE NEXT BOARD AGENDA A DISCUSSION ABOUT HAVING A FORENSIC AUDIT FOR THE DISTRICT. THIS DISTRICT HAS NEVER HAD A FORENSIC AUDIT CONDUCTED, EVEN WHEN THINGS WERE GOING SOUTH WITH MARY ELLEN ELIAS, AND THERE WAS NEVER, EVER A FINANCIAL AUDIT EVER CONDUCTED, I MEAN FORENSIC AUDIT CONDUCTED.  

>>Lynn Gray: THERE IS A MOTION.  

>>Jim Porter: A PROCEDURAL MOTION TO PLACE SOMETHING ON THE NEXT AGENDA. YOU HAVE A DISCUSSION ABOUT WHETHER TO HAVE A FORENSIC AUDIT. THAT WILL NEED A SECOND AND A VOTE. IT'S ONLY TO PUT IT ON THE AGENDA, NOT A SUBSTANTIVE DISCUSSION.  

>>Lynn Gray: YOU CAN JUST RAISE YOUR HAND BOARD MEMBERS. WE HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER VAUGHN TO PUT IT ON THE AGENDA. ANY DISCUSSION?  

>>Jim Porter: YOU CAN'T VOTE TONIGHT.  

>>Lynn Gray: A DISCUSSION BOARD MEMBERS. IF YOU ARE IN FAVOR OF THAT, I THINK WE WILL GO AHEAD AND VOTE. OKAY. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WOULD YOU VOTE? I'M SORRY? ANY MORE DISCUSSION? OH, YES, JUST WANT A DISCUSSION ITEM. VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. I'M THE ONLY ONE THAT DIDN'T VOTE. MEMBER PEREZ, IT WILL BE ON THE DISCUSSION ITEM. THANK YOU. WE'LL HAVE TO GO AHEAD AND JUST TELL ME WHO IS NEXT. MEMBER WASHINGTON? HERE WE GO. AND THEN SNIVELY. VAUGHN AND THEN SNIVELY.  

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS SOMETHING THAT IS PERTAINING TO MY ROLE AS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER. FIRST OF ALL I AM SPEAKING FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF SHAKE WASHINGTON, NOT ANYONE ELSE. I CONSIDER MYSELF A FAIR, HONEST PERSON. THESE ARE THE TWO TRAITS THAT HAVE CARRIED ME A LONG WAYS IN MY LIFE. AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT I CONTINUE TO REMAIN FAIR AND HONEST TO EVERYONE. I BELIEVE THAT I WAS ELECTED BECAUSE OF THOSE TRAITS. IN ADDITION TO BEING FAIR AND HONEST, THE DECISION I MADE AS A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER IN A NONPARTISAN SEAT IS NOT BASED ON POLITICAL AFFILIATIONS. I WAS ELECTED BECAUSE THE PEOPLE TRUSTED ME TO MAKE THE RIGHT AND FAIR DECISION, AND NOT MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON WHAT OTHER PEOPLE THINK I SHOULD DO. I AM HERE TO HELP MAKE THE BEST DECISION FOR STUDENTS. MY MAIN INTEREST AND GOAL IS TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR THE STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND I JUST WANTED TO MAKE THAT CLEAR, BECAUSE I AM HERE FOR THE STUDENTS. SO THE DECISIONS I MAKE, I TRY TO MAKE A LOGICAL DECISION. I DON'T VOTE BECAUSE I AM IN AFFILIATION WITH ANY ORGANIZATION OR ANYTHING. I TRY TO MAKE THE BEST AND I WANT EVERYBODY TO UNDERSTAND WHY SHAKE WASHINGTON IS ON THIS BOARD. I AM GOING TO VOTE WHAT I THINK IS BEST FOR PEOPLE. SO LET'S MOVE ONTO SOMETHING ELSE. THURSDAY NIGHT, THURSDAY NIGHT AT 6:30 WE ARE HAVING A TOWN HALL MEETING AT ALLEN TEMPLE. SO IT SHOULD BE VERY INTERESTING, IF YOU WANT TO COME OUT, YOU CAN. IT SHOULD BE REAL GOOD. ALSO, THIS WEEKEND, QUITE NATURALLY, DR. HAHN, I WOULD BE AT YOUR FUNCTION. SO WE SHOULD HAVE A GOOD TIME. I MAY DO A LITTLE SHAKING, DANCING A LITTLE BIT. I MIGHT DO A LITTLE SHAKING ON THERE. SO YOU MIGHT WANT TO COME OUT AND WATCH ME DANCE. BUT WE ALSO THAT DAY HAVE ANOTHER IMPORTANT EVENT AND IT'S THE MEN OF VISION THAT WILL HAVE A SCHOLARSHIP BOOK ON STIPEND, AND ALSO DR. CARTER G. WOODSON, MILLER SCHOOL, MY WIFE AND I, WE DECIDED, WE ALWAYS GIVE $1,000 TO THE MEN OF VISION FOR A SCHOLARSHIP. WE HAVE BEEN DOING THAT FOR QUITE A FEW YEARS NOW. AND IT'S TO HELP THESE YOUNG MEN, BECAUSE ROSE ANDERSON DOES A GREAT JOB. HE REALLY DOES A GREAT JOB WITH THE YOUNG MEN. AND HE'S BEEN DOING IT FOR ABOUT 15 YEARS. NOW, THIS IS NOTHING KNEW BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT HAS REALLY HELPED GET THE BLACK KIDS IN THE COMMUNITY. SO WE DECIDED WE GOING TO GIVE $1,000 AND WE HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR A PERIOD OF TIME. THAT'S ALL I HAVE TONIGHT. I REALLY ENJOYED. WE HAD A GREAT MEETING TONIGHT. I THINK WE HAD A GREAT MEETING TONIGHT. WE GOT SOME THINGS OUT THAT WE SHOULD BE DOING. THANK YOU ALL.  

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER WASHINGTON, THANK YOU. MEMBER VAUGHN AND MEMBER SNIVELY, MEMBER COMBS, MEMBER GRAY.  

>> THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIRWOMAN. KIND OF TO PIGGYBACK ON WHAT MEMBER WASHINGTON SAID, I HEARD A LOT OF SPEAKERS STAND HERE TODAY, VERY PASSIONATE, AND I APPRECIATE SPEAKERS FOR COMING OUT, WHO SEEMED TO THINK THAT THE MASK CONVERSATION MIGHT BE A PART OF THE CONVERSATION AND SIMILAR TO MEMBER WASHINGTON, I JUST WANT TO MAKE CLEAR THAT THESE ARE REALLY HARD DECISIONS, THAT EVEN THE MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AT THE NATIONAL LEVEL ARE STRUGGLING WITH. AND I WOULD JUST ASK THAT ALL STAKEHOLDERS GIVE US THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT IN THESE CONVERSATIONS AND KNOW THAT WE ARE ALL TRYING TO DO WHAT'S BEST FOR OUR CHILDREN, AND WE MAY NOT AGREE, BUT ESPECIALLY NOT SOMETHING POLITICAL PLAY THAT WE ARE ALL WORKING VERY HARD TO GET AS MUCH INFORMATION. I KNOW I HAVE ASKED FOR MEDICAL ADVISORS, I ASKED FOR THE SURVEY TO GO OUT, I PULLED PEOPLE ON SOCIAL MEDIA, I KEPT A SPREADSHEET OF ALL THE E-MAILS I HAVE GOTTEN JUST DO SEE WHAT THE NUMBERS LOOK LIKE. I AM TRYING REALLY TRYING TO GET AS MUCH DATA AS POSSIBLE. THE NEXT THING I WANTED TO SAY WAS THERE WAS A TEACHER WHO STOOD UP HERE EARLIER TODAY AND SPOKE WITH TEARS IN HER EYES ABOUT LEAVING THE PROFESSION, AND I JUST WANT TO EMPHASIZE HOW SORRY I AM THAT SHE'S LEAVING OUR DISTRICT, HOW MANY TEACHERS ARE LEAVING OUR DISTRICT, AND PROFESSIONALS AND HOW HEART BREAKING THAT IS, AND I REALLY HOPE THAT WE CAN GET BACK ON TRACK TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE SUPPORTING OUR VALUABLE STAFF MEMBERS. IN THAT VEIN I ALSO JUST WANT TO SAY THAT WE ARE COMING UP ON THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR, AND IT'S BEEN ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLY CHALLENGING SCHOOL YEARS THERE ARE, AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL OF OUR TEACHERS, OUR PRINCIPALS, OUR APs, OUR CUSTODIANS, OUR LUNCHROOM LADIES, OUR BUS DRIVERS, OUR ESPs, PARAPROFESSIONALS, EVERYBODY WHO SHOWS UP EVERY DAY, OUR SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS, AND REALLY MAYK MADE THE SCHOOL YEAR POSSIBLE, SUPPORTED ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. IT'S BEEN AN INTENSE YEAR AND I HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A SUMMER WHERE YOU CAN RECHARGE AND FEED YOUR SOUL AND THAT WE CAN GEAR UP FOR AN UPCOMING YEAR THAT WILL REALLY BE SOMETHING SPECTACULAR. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK. I REALLY APPRECIATE IT. AND I JUST 2021 CLOSE WITH THAT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN, FOR A VERY POSITIVE MESSAGE AND SO WELL DESERVED ALL THE THINGS THAT YOU MENTIONED. MEMBER SNIVELY.  

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. AND THANK YOU MEMBER VAUGHN. I THINK A LOT OF US SHARE THE SEVENTH SAME SENTIMENTS. IT IS HEART WRENCHING TO SEE TEACHERS WHO LOVE TEACHING FEEL LIKE THEY NEED TO LEAVE THE PROFESSION, AND WE NEED AS MANY GREAT TEACHERS IN FRONT OF OUR STUDENTS AS WE CAN GET. SO I AM HOPING THAT WE CAN GET THROUGH THIS AS WELL TO KEEP THOSE TEACHERS IN FRONT OF OUR STUDENTS. SO I HAVE A LIST I AM GOING TO GO AS FAST AS I CAN. SUSPENDED AGENDA. WE STILL NEED THAT, AND WE HAVEN'T BROUGHT IT TO THE MEETING YET. I BELIEVE DR. HAHN REQUESTED THAT COME BACK TO THE MEETING. IF YOU NEED HELP WITH THAT, ANY OF US WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED THE SUSPENDED AGENDA CAN HELP WITH YOU THAT, IF THAT'S A NEW CONCEPT THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE USED BEFORE IN YOUR PREVIOUS ROLE. SPEAKER SIGN-UP. THAT WAS A BIT OF A CONUNDRUM TODAY AND WAS A LITTLE EMBARRASSING, AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY WE COULD TIGHTEN THAT UP A LITTLE BIT, RIGHT? WE NEED TO TIGHTEN UP THAT. BECAUSE I HAVE ALWAYS FELT WE COULD GIVE PEOPLE A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT HOW THE PROCESS WORKS, SIGN UP, GET HERE, TO GET HERE AHEAD OF TIME, WHAT TO EXPECT, WHERE THEY WILL BE WAITING, WHAT THE EXPERIENCE WILL BE AT THE LECTERN. I THINK WE CAN PROBABLY DO A LITTLE BETTER JOB ABOUT TIGHTENING UP HOW SPEAKER SIGN UP WORKS THERE WERE A LOT OF COMMENTS MADE BY THE PUBLIC THAT CONCERNED ME TODAY, THE PUBLIC COMMENTS THAT PEOPLE SAID ABOUT TRANSFERRING CAPITAL DOLLARS INTO THE GENERAL FUND, AND SOME OF THE SUGGESTIONS THAT THEY WERE MAKING, AND I DON'T NOT WHAT THE ANSWER TO THAT IS, BUT WE HAVE GOT TO GET GOOD INFORMATION OUT INTO THE PUBLIC AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE, BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT THEY MENTIONED THAT WE ARE DOING, AND WE TALKED ABOUT IT THIS MORNING, WE TALKED ABOUT ELECTRICITY SAVINGS, AND CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR FINANCE, AND REVIEWING CONTRACTS BEFORE WE RENEW AND RENEGOTIATE THEM. SO WHATEVER WE CAN DO TO GET SOME GOOD INFORMATION OUT THERE, WHETHER IT'S LETTING YOU, I DON'T KNOW, LETTING YOU RESPOND RIGHT AFTER THE PUBLIC COMMENTS TO ADDRESS SOME OF THEM, WHILE MAYBE THEY ARE STILL AROUND, AND THEY CAN HEAR YOU, OR HEAR YOUR TEAM, GIVE THEM SOME GOOD INFORMATION, AND SOME VALIDATION THAT WE ARE AWARE AND WE ARE LISTENING AND WE ARE DOING WHAT WE CAN TO RIGHT THIS SITUATION FINANCIALLY. I KNOW THERE'S A LOT OF DISCUSSION ABOUT MASKS. ONE PERSON SAID THAT WE NEED TO PUSH OUT VACCINATION SITES AND AVAILABILITY WHICH I KNOW WE HAVE DONE. I HAVE SEEN IT. SO I DON'T KNOW IF WE NEED TO KEEP PUSHING MORE OF THAT. THERE'S THAT DECISION ABOUT MASKS NOT GOING TO BE MADE BY ONE BOARD MEMBER. THAT'S GOING TO BE MADE BY OUR ENTIRE BOARD SO I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT RUMOR STARTED BUT NOT ONE PERSON WILL BE MAKING THAT DECISION. IT WILL BE THE BOARD MAKING THAT DECISION, AS FAR AS I KNOW. AND THEN I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF IT WAS TRUE THAT MASKS ARE NOW OPTIONAL IN 3434th COUNTIES. SOMEONE SAID THAT. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW. WHERE ARE THEY OPTIONAL RIGHT NOW? AND ARE MASKS REQUIRED OUTDOORS RIGHT NOW? BECAUSE ONE HOUR AGO MIAMI-DADE JUST DECIDED THAT FACE MASKS WILL BE OPTIONAL FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS WHEN OUTDOORS AND SOCIALLY DISTANCED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR AND SUMMER ACTIVITIES. SO NEWS FLASH. I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THAT FOR THE REMAINDER OF OUR SCHOOL YEAR F.MIAMI-DADE CAN DO IT, WE CERTAINLY SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THAT AS WELL. THAT WAS A DISTRICT PUBLIC HEALTH TASK INFORMS MADE THAT DECISION TUESDAY NIGHT IN LIGHT OF THE CDCs NEW MASK WEARING SITE FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE FULLY VACCINATED. MAYBE WE CAN EXPLORE THAT BECAUSE THE CHILDREN OUTDOORS, AND IT'S LOT. I KNOW THERE'S ONLY A COUPLE OF MORE WEEKS OF SCHOOL LEFT. DO THEY HAVE TO WEAR MASKS OUTDOORS?  

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM THROUGH THE CHAIR. WE CHANGED IT. AND IT'S OPTIONAL --  

>>Melissa Snively: I MISSED THAT MEMO.  THERE WERE COMPLAINTS ABOUT CHILDREN HAVING TO WEAR MASKS OUTDOORS AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS OPTION AAL AT THIS POINT BASED ON THE NEW CDC GUIDELINES. THEN THE PERSON WHO CAME UP TO TALK ABOUT THE BOOK, THE BLUE, IT IS DISTURBING. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT WE ARE DOING ABOUT THAT BECAUSE THAT'S A BOOK THAT I READ IN COLLEGE BUT I WAS 18 OR OVER WHEN I READ THAT BOOK AND SOME OF THE PASSAGES ARE EXTREMELY GRAPHIC FOR OUR STUDENTS.  

>> I ALREADY HAVE THE TEAM ON. THAT WE ARE GOING TO PULL THAT BOOK AND HAVE A COMMITTEE REVIEW.  

>>Melissa Snively: BECAUSE IF THAT WAS ON TV THEY WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO LISTEN TO IT. SO THAT PROBABLY SHOULD NOT BE IN THE CLASSROOM. AND THEN JUST A REAL QUICK CONGRATULATIONS TON SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS FOR WINNING THE WHITNEY YOUNG AWARD RECENTLY PRESENTED BY THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, AND THE WHITNEY YOUNG AWARD RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING SERVICE BY AN ADULT, INDIVIDUAL, OR BY AN ORGANIZATION FOR DEMONSTRATING INVOLVEMENT IN THE INVOLVEMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUTH FROM RURAL OR LOW INCOME BACKGROUND. SO PATHFINDER DISTRICT IS OUR DISTRICT IN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, THAT DIRECTS ALL THEIR ATTENTION TO URBAN AND RURAL AREAS WHERE THERE'S A LOT OF NEED, AND YOU HAVE DONE SOME IN THE PAST AND YOU HAVE DONE SOME WHILE HERE. I WOULD SAY CONGRATULATIONS FOR A VERY HONORABLE AWARD TO EARN FROM THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA IN THE GREATER TAMPA BAY AREA COUNCIL. SO THANK YOU. LOOKING FORWARD TO GRADUATION. HOPE EVERYONE HAS A GREAT SUMMER, UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN. THANKS, BYE.  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY. MEMBER COMBS.  

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU. I WILL BE VERY BRIEF SINCE THIS IS A LONG NIGHT. I JUST WANTED TO SAY HOPEFULLY WE CAN HAVE A SPECIAL SESSION AND REALLY CLARIFY THE eLearning, FOR NOT HAVING THAT NEXT YEAR, WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH THE MASKS. I THINK AS PARENTS START LOOKING AT THE NEXT YEAR, THE SOONER WE CAN GIVE THEM THE INFORMATION, THE MORE CLARITY THEY HAVE, THE BETTER DECISION MAKING THEY CAN MAKE. ALSO, AS MEMBER VAUGHN SAID, I THINK IT'S BEEN A VERY, VERY LONG YEAR FOR EVERYBODY, AND I THINK IT WILL BE GREAT FOR SUMMER TO RESET, YOU KNOW, TO JUST LET EVERYONE KNOW HOW MUCH WE APPRECIATE THEM. I DID WANT TO MENTION A COUPLE THINGS. I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO GO TO AMI KIDS, AND TAMPA NORTH. THERE'S A LOT OF STUDENTS WHO ARE VERY HIGH RISK IN THE DISTRICT AND I REMEMBER IN PARTICULAR WHEN I WAS AT AMI KIDS THERE, WAS A YOUNG MAN WHO WAS AT THE SCHOOL AND HE SAID, I JUST NEEDED A RESET, I JUST NEEDED A RESET, I WAS MAKING BAD DECISIONS, AND THE PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE IN THIS DISTRICT FOR EVERY DIFFERENT TYPE OF CHILD, I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE KEEP LOOKING AT ALL THE DIFFERENT PROGRAMS THAT WE HAVE FOR MAYBE CHILDREN THAT ARE MAYBE HAVING DIFFICULTY IN THEIR LIVES OR MAYBE NOT MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS, AND THEY ARE ABLE TO RESET AND THEN GO BACK INTO THE CLASSROOMS. AND I KNOW MR. YOUNG HAS DONE SUCH A GREAT JOB, AS WELL AS MR. CRAY AND MRS. BROWN, FOR YOUR STAFF IN PARTICULAR. AT THE END OF THE DAY IT IS ALL ABOUT CHILDREN. AND TO HEAR SOMEBODY WHO HAS SO MUCH TRUEN SY IN THEIR LIVES AND SO MUCH DIFFICULTY AND FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO REFLECT AND TELL ME HOW THEY RESET THEIR LIFE, I THINK IT'S REALLY, REALLY IMPORTANT. AND I ALSO WANTED TO SPOTLIGHT DAVIS ELEMENTARY AND THE SIERRA CLUB. THERE'S A TEACHER GUADALUPE WHO WAS A MARCH RAH PROFESSIONAL. SHE IS A TEACHER NOW, AND SHE STARTED THIS CLUB, AND I WAS ABLE TO MEET THE YOUNG LADY. ALL THESE FIFTH GRADE GIRLS REALLY WORKS WITH THEM, HELPS THEM, MEETS WITH THEM AT LUNCH, HAS SPEAKERS. I WAS ABLE TO GO OUT AND SPEND AN HOUR WITH THESE YOUNG LADIES AND I WILL BE THERE THIS WEEK FOR THEIR GRADUATION AS WELL AS THEIR COUNSELOR JENNIFER THOMPSON FOR ALL THE HOURS THAT THE TEACHERS AND PARAPROFESSIONALS AND EVERYBODY, AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE IMPACT THAT WE ARE HAVING ON CHILDREN EVERY DAY, IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER AT THE END OF THE DAY THIS IS WHAT WE ARE HERE FOR, THIS IS MOW WE ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE, AND TO SPOTLIGHT ALL THOSE GREAT THINGS THAT WE ARE DOING. SO I JUST WANT TO THANK ALL THOSE INDIVIDUALS IN OUR DISTRICT WHO MAKE AN IMPACT EVERY DAY, AND TO KNOW AT THE END OF THE DAY, ONE CHILD LIKE THAT, TO CHANGE THEIR LIFE IS WHAT IT REALLY IS ALL ABOUT.  

>>Lynn Gray: SO WELL SAID, MEMBER COMBS. AND I JUST WANT TO START OUT BY SAYING BRIEFLY THAT I WILL CALL A SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING. I THINK WE HAVE CONSENSUS WITH REGARDS TO THE MASKS DECISION, AND BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU ARE NOT IN CONTINUITY WITH THAT, I AM HOPING THAT YOU WILL LET ME KNOW. SO WE ARE GOING TO HAVE THAT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ALSO, WE HAVE TO THANK -- AND I KNOW WE THANK THE TEACHERS SO MUCH, AND WE SHOULD, WE HAVE TO THANK THE PRINCIPALS, AND WE SHOULD, THE STAFF, AND THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN, ESE CUSTODIAL STAFF, FOOD SERVICE, TRANSPORTATION, THE SACRIFICES THAT THEY HAVE MADE IS INSURMOUNTABLE. WE CAN'T EVEN PUT AN ADJECTIVE OR TWO ON IT. IT'S JUST -- WHAT A SACRIFICE. SO WE ALL ARE SITTING HERE, AND WE JUST WANT TO SHARE THAT TEACHERS AND STAFF AND PRINCIPALS, WE KNOW THAT YOU HAVE DONE EVERYTHING YOU COULD POSSIBLY DO TO BRING OUR KIDS TO A STATE OF ACADEMIC SUCCESS, BUT ALSO FOR MENTAL STABILITY. AND WE'LL ADDRESS THAT MORE AND MORE AS THE NEW YEAR COMES. I WANTED TO SHARE A VIDEO, PABLO. WE HAD SOME WINNERS WITH THURGOOD MARSHALL HISTORY CLUB. WE BEGIN THAT AS PART OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AFRICAN AMERICAN TASK FORCE, AND SO THIS IS ONE OF THE GREAT POSTER CONTEST WINNERS. WHENEVER YOU ARE READY. ∫ ∫  [~MUSIC~]  

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, PABLO. A SPECIAL THANKS TO THE LEADER OF THE THURGOOD MARSHALL CLUB AND HAS PUT THE BYLAWS TOGETHER, THE STUDENTS TOGETHER, AND A SPECIAL THANKS TO LAURA CROSS WHO PUT THAT VIDEO, WONDERFUL JOB. FIRST PLACE WINNER, ALONDRA FROM LENNARD HIGH SCHOOL, 12TH GRADE. HER SPONSOR WAS DENISE LAWSON. SECOND PLACE WINNER, CAMELLIA CULVERT FROM BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL, 11th GRADE. CLUB SPONSOR, STEPHANIE MOORE. IN THIRD PLACE WAS ANASHA MOSES FROM BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL, 12TH GRADE, CLUB SPONSOR WAS STEPHANIE MOORE. THESE ARE OUR WINNERS. AND I DO BELIEVE THEY ALSO ARE FROM THE MEN OF VISION. SOME OF THESE GENTLEMEN, I MIGHT BE WRONG, BUT ALSO HELPED IN THIS ENDEAVOR. SO THANK YOU FOR A GREAT JOB, MS. EDGECOMB, AND THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS FOR A GREAT MEETING. I THINK WE DID REALLY, REALLY WELL. SO WE ARE NOW ADJOURNED.