Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Meeting from June 15, 2021 - 4:00 p.m.

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

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

>> WE ARE DIVERSE AND DEDICATED. OUR BOARD MEETINGS ARE HELD IN OUR BOARD AUDITORIUM ON SELECT TUESDAYS AT 4 P.M. THE BEST WAY TO SERVE OUR STUDENTS AND OUR COMMUNITY IS TO INVOLVE YOU, THE PUBLIC, IN WHAT WE DO.

>> YOU ARE WELCOME TO E-MAIL OR MEET WITH ANY OF OUR BOARD MEMBERS AND FOLLOW OUR DISTRICT ON SOCIAL MEDIA. BOARD MEETINGS ARE COVERED LIVE BY HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOLS TV, ON SPECTRUM CABLE CHANNEL 635 AND FRONTIER CABLE CHANNEL 32.

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

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

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

>>Lynn Gray: THE BOARD MEETING OF JUNE 15, 2021 IS CALLED TO ORDER. GOOD EVENING OR GOOD ALMOST EVENING. MEMBER HAHN. GOOD ALMOST EVENING TO YOU. WOULD YOU LEAD US TO A MOMENT OF SILENCE FOLLOWED BY THE PLEDGE?

>>Stacy Hahn: YES.

>> DEAR LORD, AS WE GATHER IN THIS PLACE, MAY WE SHOWER YOUR BLESSINGS ON ALL OF US AND PREPARE OUR HEARTS FOR THINGS DISCUSSED. HELP US SPEAK WITH HUMILITY AND A COMMON PURPOSE WHICH WE CAN AGREE AND COME UP WITH LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS. BLESS THIS MEETING TODAY, ALL THOSE PRESENT AS WELL AS THE LIVES OF THOSE WE WILL ENCOUNTER AFTERWARD AND READY US TO MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.

>>Stacy Hahn: PLEASE JOIN ME FOR THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. [PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE]

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER HAHN. WE HAVE NO WITHDRAWN ITEMS TODAY. I WILL NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY AND I HAVE A SECOND BY --

>> [NOT SPEAKING AT A MICROPHONE]

>> THERE ARE PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT WANT TO SPEAK. DON'T TOUCH ME. DON'T TOUCH ME. I AM BEING DENIED THE RIGHT TO SPEAK.

>>Lynn Gray: I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MEMBER COMBS. ANY DISCUSSION? PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. DR. HAHN IS AWAY FROM THE DAIS, BUT IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, LET'S GO AHEAD AND DO IT ONE MORE TIME. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO ADOPT THE AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MEMBER COMBS. ANY DISCUSSION? PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. OH. MEMBER PEREZ, I'M SORRY. DID YOU WANT DISCUSSION? OKAY. ROLL CALL. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT EITHER IN THE BOARDROOM OR BY REMOTE. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES. WE HAVE THREE MINUTES TO BE APPROVED TODAY. APRIL 27, 2021 SCHOOL BOARD RETREAT. APRIL 13th, 2021 SCHOOL BOARD WORKSHOP. AND LAST, MAY 11, 2021 SPECIAL-CALLED BOARD MEETING. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE MINUTES. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. I HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER COMBS. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT'S GETTING THERE. ALL MEMBERS HAVE VOTED WITH VAUGHN -- VAUGHN, WHY DON'T YOU RAISE YOUR HAND AND THAT WOULD BE A CONSENT. THANK YOU. IT IS UNANIMOUS. AT LEAST I GOT THE WORD "UNANIMOUS" OUT. THAT WAS GOOD. ALL RIGHT. WE'LL GO AHEAD AND, BOARD MEMBERS, I WOULD LIKE TO GO OVER THE FORMAT OF TODAY'S BOARD MEETING. WE ARE PERMITTING UP TO 60 PEOPLE TO BE PRESENT IN THE BOARDROOM. GIVEN THE SIZE AND ORIENTATION OF THE BOARDROOM, WE CAN DO THIS SAFELY. AS A REMINDER, THIS IS A NONPARTISAN BOARD, AND WE ARE ALWAYS ASKED TO CONSIDER OUR CHILDREN'S INTEREST AND NEEDS FIRST. TO PAVE THE WAY FOR EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE AGENDA STATEMENTS AND/OR QUESTIONS, BOARD MEMBERS WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES TO SPEAK WITH 30 SECONDS FOR FINAL THOUGHTS. AFTERWARD, THE SUPERINTENDENT CAN RESPOND. IF YOU HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS, YOU ARE ASKED TO GET BACK IN THE QUEUE. BOARD GUIDELINES. MEMBER HAHN, WOULD YOU DO US THE PLEASURE OF READING THE BOARD GUIDELINES?

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

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. WE HAVE ONE ITEM SCHEDULED FOR TIME CERTAIN, AND THAT IS THE 6 P.M. EMPLOYEE INPUT. NOW WE'LL GO OVER THE PUBLIC COMMENT. THE BOARD WELCOMES COMMENTS FROM 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 WE'LL KEEP OUR BOARD INFORMED ABOUT THE RESPONSES. OUR SCHOOL BOARD RESPECTS THE PUBLIC'S RIGHT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD, AND WE APPRECIATE YOU TAKING YOUR TIME TO BE HERE. HOWEVER, IT IS REQUESTED WHEN YOU ADDRESS THE BOARD COMMENTS, THEY ARE NOT DIRECTED PERSONALLY AGAINST A BOARD MEMBER OR STAFF MEMBER, BUT RATHER DIRECTED AT THE ISSUES. ANY BEHAVIOR INTENDED TO INTERRUPT THE ORDERLY CONDUCT OF THIS MEETING WILL NOT BE ALLOWED. OUR CIVILITY POLICY IS IN PLACE. WHEN ADDRESSING THE BOARD, PLEASE STATE YOUR NAME AND SPEAK CLEARLY INTO THE MICROPHONE. WE HAVE ALLOTTED ONE HOUR THIS EVENING FOR PUBLIC COMMENT, AND EACH SPEAKER WILL HAVE TWO MINUTES. I WILL NOW CALL UP THE FIRST SPEAKERS. HERE WE GO. MR. COSTANO. MRS. COSTANO. MS. VERONA. AND AMBERLIN RHODES. GOOD EVENING.

>> GOOD EVENING.

>>Lynn Gray: GO AHEAD. I'M SORRY. YES.

>> GOOD EVENING, JAMES COSTANO, HILLSBOROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOL ADVOCATES. I'M HERE TO ADVOCATE FOR OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I'M HERE TO ASK AND PLEAD WITH MR. DAVIS TO PLEASE SUPPORT AND FIX OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I'M ASKING EVERYONE HERE ON THE DAIS TO SUPPORT HIM IN THAT ENDEAVOR. BEING IN THE MILITARY IN THE FBI FOR 31 YEARS, I'VE BEEN TRAINED TO LOOK AT INDICATIONS AND WARNINGS AND CONDUCT ANALYSIS. AND I SEE THE BIG PICTURE THAT TALLAHASSEE IS BASICALLY -- HAS BASICALLY PUT IN MOTION MECHANISMS TO DESTROY PUBLIC SCHOOLS BY CREATING A CHARTER-FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT. I'M A CONSERVATIVE. I'M A REPUBLICAN. AND I'M A TAXPAYER. SO WHEN I SEE THAT -- AND THERE'S ONLY ONE POT OF MONEY. WHEN I SEE THAT ONE POT OF MONEY FOR OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS BEING STOLEN BY THE CHARTER SCHOOLS AND, GRANTED, I'M PAINTING A BROADBRUSH, BUT FOR THE MOST PART, CHARTER SCHOOLS DO NOT OUTPERFORM OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THERE'S A 25-YEAR STUDY, PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAVE OUTPERFORMED CHARTER SCHOOLS A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE TIME. THERE ARE A FEW CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT ARE VERY, VERY GOOD AND SERVE THE COMMUNITY, BUT AS A WHOLE, THEY DO NOT. I WANT TO GIVE OVER SOME POINTS THAT I HAVE ISSUE WITH, SEEING THAT OUR TAXPAYER MONEY THUS FAR THAT'S FUNDING THE CHARTER SCHOOLS. ONE, THEY SPEND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON PROCHARTER POLITICAL CANDIDATE CAMPAIGNS. SO MY TAXPAYER MONEY FUNDING SOMEONE'S POLITICAL CAMPAIGN THAT I HAVE NO CHOICE OVER. THEY ARE PRONE TO FRAUD, WASTE, AND ABUSE. YOU SEE IN THE PAPER TIME AFTER TIME, AT LEAST IN THE PAST YEAR, PEOPLE GOING TO JAIL OR HIGHLIGHTING THE FACT THAT THEY ARE STEALING, BASICALLY COMMITTING CORPORATE FRAUD ON OUR TAXPAYER MONEY TO ENRICH THEMSELVES BY HAVING CORPORATE JETS OR YACHTS OR BOX SEATS AT A SPORTING EVENT ON OUR TAXPAYER DIME. THE QUALITY OF THE TEACHERS ARE NOT BETTER THAN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLTEACHERS. MOST OF THE TEACHERS ARE NOT CERTIFIED. THEY DON'T HAVE THE SAME CREDENTIALS. THEY DON'T HAVE A STATE CERTIFICATION. FINALLY, THEY SPEND THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS MARKETING AND ADVERTISING TO STEAL STUDENTS FROM OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AGAIN, ON OUR TAXPAYER DIME. I'M JUST OUTRAGED BECAUSE I WENT TO PRIVATE AND PUBLIC SCHOOL HERE, AND I SEE BASICALLY --

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS. SORRY, JAMES.

>> WELL, FINAL THOUGHTS, YOU KNOW, THIS IS THE DAY. OUR GROUP IS THE PAUL REVERES. WE'RE THE WINSTON CHURCHILLS. WE'RE WARNING OF THE PENDING DOOM TO OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. RIGHT NOW, THEY COMPRISE 15%, AND THAT'S GOING TO JUST CLIMB. AND EVENTUALLY YOU'LL HAVE TO FIRE MORE TEACHERS AND START CLOSING SCHOOLS. IT'S GOING TO BE AN ISSUE.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. MS. COSTANO. EVELYN VERONA. AMBERLYNN RHODES. I'M JUST HAVING TO RETRACT. WE'RE ON TWO MINUTES. MY EYESIGHT WASN'T VERY GOOD ON THE THREE MINUTES. SORRY. GOOD EVENING. THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

>> PAULA COSTANO. I WORK IN THE COUNTERTERRORISM DIVISION SEVEN DAYS A WEEK LOOKING AT LARGE DATA SETS. I PROFESSIONALLY VETTED TERRORISTS ON AMERICAN SOIL TO PREVENT TERRORIST ATTACKS TO ALL OF YOU. I AM HERE TO TELL YOU FROM MY PROFESSIONAL OPINION, UNBIASED THAT WE ARE NOT VETTING THESE CHARTER SCHOOLS PROPERLY. WE NEED TO HAVE A MORE DISCERNING APPROACH ON THE UP-FRONT OF THE APPLICATIONS BEFORE THEY PASS THROUGH. I'VE ALSO NOTICED SOME PATTERNS THAT ARE REALLY KIND OF INTERESTING. I THINK ALL OF YOU MIGHT NOTICE THESE PATTERNS ALREADY. AND INTIMIDATING LOBBYIST WHO WAS CHARGED AND CONVICTED OF WITNESS TAMPERING AND LEAVING RACIALLY CHARGED, THREATENING VOICE MESSAGES IS A FORMER MEMBER OF THE FLORIDA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND PART OF DESANTIS' CAMPAIGN. HE IS TIED INTO FOUR CHARTER SCHOOLS ON OUR DOCKET TONIGHT. CHARTER SCHOOLS USA AND AC DEMOCRAT CA SCHOOLS. THE ACEDMICA TIED TO OSG INVESTIGATIONS. THIS IS MY PRIOR CAREER. I'M TELLING YOU TO TAKE A MORE DISCERNING LOOK AND VOTE NO. DO NOT BE COMPLICIT. IT DOES NOT MATTER THAT YOU THINK YOUR HANDS ARE TIED TO 1028. I'VE EXAMINED IT. YOU HAVE GOOD CAUSE TO PUSH BACK. WE HAVE SPEAKERS TONIGHT THAT WILL GO INTO FULL DETAIL ON SOME OF THESE INVESTIGATIONS.  AN OWNER OF TWO OF THE CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT ARE ALSO ON THE DOCKET TIED TO CHARTER SCHOOL USA ARE NOT E COMPLIANT. NOT ELL COMPLIANT. NOT CLASS SIZE COMPLIANT. AND THEY DO NOT HAVE TEACHERS THAT HAVE EDUCATION CREDENTIALS. THAT IS GOOD CAUSE NOT TO ACCEPT RENEWAL OF SOUTHSHORE AND WOODMONT. THEY HAVE HAD D AND F SCORES ONLY RECENTLY GETTING A B SCORE. I QUESTION THAT B SCORE AS A PERSON WHO PROFESSIONALLY LOOKED AT DATA.

>>Lynn Gray: MS. COSTANO FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> I IMPLORE YOU TO TAKE A STAND. ALL OF US AS CONSTITUENTS WILL SUPPORT YOU. WE DO NOT CARE WHAT TALLAHASSEE DOES. WE DO NOT CARE IF WE ARE FINED NOW. WE WILL LOOK THAT YOU VOTE NO TONIGHT TO SOME OF THE SCHOOLS THAT YOU HEAR THE DATA IS NOT SUPPORTING THAT THEY SHOULD BE PASSED THROUGH. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. MS. VERONA AND THEN MS. RHODES. FOLLOWING THAT, LEANNE KLUM AND FOLLOWING THAT HOPE BRILLHART.

>> I'M MS. VERONA. THE MOTHER OF A RISING FOURTH GRADER IN HILLSBOROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT SAVING OUR SCHOOLS, OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND THE WAY THAT CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE FUNDED IN THE STATE SCHOOLS AND I BELIEVE UNDERPERFORMING PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE UNDERPERFORMING BECAUSE THEY ARE GETTING LESS AND LESS FUNDING AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND. SO ROUTING PUBLIC MONIES TO SOME TYPES OF CHARTER SCHOOLS WHEN SO MANY LATER END UP CLOSING AFTER PUBLIC MONIES, THEY'VE RECEIVED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IS REALLY A TRAVESTY. IT'S A WASTE. I KNOW SOME CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT OPERATE REALLY WELL, BUT MANY DO NOT. AND ONE EXAMPLE WHICH HAS RELEVANCE FOR US IS IDEA SCHOOLS, WHICH IS RUN BY THE SCHOOL OF HOPE. THE COFOUNDER AND FORMER COO OF HOPE RESIGNED IN 2020 AFTER A SCANDAL. HE PAID LUXURY BOX SEATS AT A SPURS GAME FOR $400,000. AND BEFORE THAT, HE GOT IN TROUBLE FOR LEASING A PRIVATE JET FOR NEARLY $2 MILLION A YEAR. AFTER THEY GOT NEGATIVE PRESS FOR THAT, THE BOARD CANCELED THE LEASE FOR THE JET, AND NOW THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE JUST FLY FIRST CLASS. POOR THINGS. SO THAT WAS IN TEXAS, BUT NOW IDEA SCHOOLS ARE IN OUR OWN BACKYARD. TWO IDEA SCHOOLS ARE OPENING IN THE FALL IN EAST TAMPA, AND THEY ARE RECRUITING OUTSIDE F AND D SCHOOLS.

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> SO THEY ARE HIRING INEXPERIENCED TEACHERS AND LESS THAN 65 PERCENT OF THE STUDENTS WHO ENTER THE 9th GRADE WITH THEM END UP GRADUATING BECAUSE THEY DON'T CATER TO KIDS AT ALL LEVELS OF ABILITY. SO WE CAN'T HAVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS FUNDS USURPED BY THESE SO-CALLED NONPROFITS WHO HAVE LITTLE ACCOUNTABILITY, AND PEOPLE TALK ABOUT CHOICE BEING -- SO PEOPLE TALK ABOUT CHOICE AND CHARTER SCHOOLS KIND OF PROVIDING A CHOICE, BUT I FEEL LIKE US PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENTS HAVEN'T BEEN GIVEN A CHOICE ABOUT DISMANTLING OUR SCHOOLS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. AMBERLYNN, LEANNE, HOPE, AND THEN CYNTHIA.

>> HELLO. GOOD AFTERNOON. IT'S GOOD TO SEE ALL OF YOU AGAIN. MY NAME IS AMBERLYNN RHODES, HERE REPRESENTING THE HILLSBOROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS ADVOCATES GROUP. I'M GOING TO TALK ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS. THEY ARE DILUTING OUR FUNDING TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS' EDUCATION. ONLY 10% OF FLORIDA STUDENTS GO TO CHARTER SCHOOLS, BUT YET 50% OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS CAPITAL BUDGET IS GOING TO CHARTER SCHOOLS. SO THEY ARE EXTREMELY DILUTED TO OVERALL FUNDING FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THREE SCHOOLS THAT I RECOMMEND VOTING NO FOR RENEWAL OR AT LEAST A CONSIDERATION FOR SHORTER PERIODS OF RENEWAL. THE FIRST SCHOOL IS PIVOT CHARTER SCHOOL. THEIR SISTER SCHOOL IN FORT MYERS FLORIDA HAD TO CLOSE DOWN IN 2017 DUE TO FINANCIAL LOSSES. THIS DOESN'T BODE WELL FOR THE SCHOOL HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THE SECOND SCHOOL IS SOUTHSHORE CHARTER SCHOOL. THE TEACHER TURNOVER HAS BEEN EXTREME. ESTIMATED TO BE 65 PERCENT IN THE LAST YEAR ALONE. STUDENTS ARE COMPLAINING THAT THEY ARE BEING TAUGHT BY SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS. LASTLY IS KID'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE. THE PARENTS ARE HIGHLY, HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO DONATE TO THEIR ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM WHILE THE FOUNDER AND SUPERINTENDENT IS WHAT HE CALLS HIMSELF IS PAYING HIMSELF OVER $150,000 A YEAR IN SALARY. WITH THAT BEING SAID, ALSO, THERE HAVE BEEN ISSUES -- IN 2013, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU RECALL THIS THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD WAS CONSIDERING DECLINING A RENEWAL OF THEIR CHARTER. I KNOW THAT'S BEEN MANY YEARS BUT I WANTED TO MENTION THAT AS WELL. IN SUMMARY, THESE SCHOOLS ARE FAILING PARENTS, STUDENTS AND TEACHERS. WE ASK FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION TO VOTE NO FOR RENEWAL OR AT LEAST CONSIDERING SHORTENING THE RENEWAL PERIODS. I KNOW YOUR HANDS ARE SOMEWHAT TIED HERE, BUT JUST CONSIDER IT. SECONDLY, WE RECOMMEND A CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE BOARD THAT WOULD HELP YOU WITH OVERSIGHT OF BUDGET, AND THESE ARE PARENTS THAT HAVE KIDS IN PUBLIC EDUCATION.

>>Lynn Gray: YOUR TIME IS UP.

>> THANK YOU. LASTLY, I JUST WANT TO SAY PUBLIC EDUCATION IS NOT ABOUT POLITICS OR DONATION. IT'S ABOUT OUR KIDS. THANKS.

>>Lynn Gray: NEXT WILL BE LEANNE, THEN HOPE, THEN CYNTHIA, THEN KATHERINE, AND THEN GREG. GOOD EVENING.

>> GOOD EVENING. LEANNE KLUM, GLSEN TAMPA BAY. I AM THE LGBTQ LIAISON FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PTA. IN LIGHT OF THE APPALLING TRANS SPORTS LAW, I'M HERE WITH AN ASK. BUT LET ME START WITH, HUMAN FRAILTY THAT FEAR AND HATE STEM FROM A LACK OF UNDERSTANDING. I'M SENSITIVE TO THE FACT THAT IF YOU DON'T KNOW SOMEONE WHO'S TRANSGENDER, IT CAN BE DIFFICULT TO UNDERSTAND. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT TO KNOW THAT NO ONE CHOOSES TO BE LGBTQ, ANY MORE THAN WE CAN CHOOSE HOW TALL WE ARE OR THE COLOR OF OUR SKIN. WE KNOW FROM DATA THAT OUR LGB STUDENTS REPORT FAR HIGHER RATES OF BULLYING AND VIOLENCE THAN THEIR STRAIGHT CIS PEERS. RATES FOR TRANSGENDER STUDENTS ARE EVEN HIGHER. RATES OF SUICIDAL IDEATION AND ATTEMPTS ARE EXPONENTIALLY HIGHER. LIKE MY TRANSGENDER SON ONCE SAID, "MOM, NO ONE WOULD CHOOSE THIS LIFE." I ASKED SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS TO MAKE A STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OF HIS TRANSGENDER STUDENTS AND ATHLETES, AND HE'S GOT THE FACTS TO BACK HIM UP. THE FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION FOR YEARS HAS HAD A POLICY ABOUT TRANSGENDER ATHLETES WITHOUT PROBLEMS. THIS LAW SENDS A DAMAGING MESSAGE TO TRANSGENDER AND GENDER QUEER STUDENTS. BUT IT SENDS A MESSAGE TO ALL STUDENTS THAT THESE KIDS ARE TO BE FEARED. WITH THE RATES OF BULLYING AS HIGH AS THEY ARE, CAN YOU IMAGINE NOW HOW STUDENTS WILL FEEL EMBOLDENED TO FURTHER BULLY AND HARASS THESE STUDENTS? MAKING SCHOOLS SAFE AND WELCOMING FOR ALL MEANS THEY ALL STAY IN SCHOOL AND THRIVE AND SUCCEED, AND THAT'S A WIN FOR ALL OF US. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT WE'LL HAVE HOPE BRILLHART AND CYNTHIA BRILLHART, KATHERINE MOORING, GREG, THEN DesMARAIS ALLEN. GOOD EVENING.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS HOPE BRILLHART. AND I AM A HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENT. TODAY YOU WILL BE DECIDING WHETHER YOU WILL RENEW AND BUILD FOR-PROFIT CHARTER SCHOOLS AND I, A STUDENT THAT YOU SERVE AM ASKING TO YOU PLEASE VOTE AGAINST THESE RENEWALS AND NEW APPLICATIONS. WHY? BECAUSE YOUR JOB IS NOT TO FUND CHARTER COMPANIES WHOSE GOAL IS TO MAKE A PROFIT BUT TO EDUCATE STUDENTS. EVEN THE CEOs OF THE COMPANIES WHO OWN THE CHARTERS HAVE SAID IT. THEY WENT INTO EDUCATION TO MAKE MONEY. THESE CHARTER SCHOOLS ALSO HAVE VERY LITTLE REGULATION. THEY HAVE THE OPTION TO TURN AWAY ESE AND ELL STUDENTS SIMPLY BECAUSE THE SCHOOLS DO NOT WANT TO PAY FOR THE RESOURCES THEY NEED TO TEACH THEM. SOME OF THE CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT ARE UP FOR RENEWAL TODAY ARE RIDDLED WITH CORRUPTION, INCLUDING OWNERS GIVING POLITICAL BRIBES TO FURTHER THEIR BUSINESSES. OWNERS USING CONTRACTS -- CONTRACTORS THAT THEY ARE FINANCIALLY INVESTED IN. AND OWNERS HAVING THEIR OWN FAMILY MEMBERS ON PAYROLL. BY VOTING IN FAVOR OF THESE CHARTER COMPANIES, YOU ARE GIVING TAXPAYER DOLLARS TO UNREGULATED, CORRUPT BUSINESSES. NOT TO MENTION OVER THE PAST YEAR YOU HAVE SAID OVER AND OVER YOU SIMPLY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO KEEP PUBLIC SCHOOLTEACHERS THAT ARE DESPERATELY NEEDED IN THE CLASSROOM. WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU BE SIGNING NEW CONTRACTS WITH CHARTERS WHEN YOU CANNOT SUSTAIN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS YOU ALREADY HAVE. THE ONLY REASON I CAN THINK OF IS THAT YOU ARE IN FAVOR OF PRIVATIZING EDUCATION AND ARE PURPOSELY DISMANTLING OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. PROVE ME WRONG BY VOTING AGAINST THE FURTHERING OF THESE CHARTER COMPANIES. WORK FOR STUDENTS. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT, CYNTHIA BRILLHART. KATHERINE MOORING, GREG. SORRY ABOUT LACK OF LAST NAME. AND THEN DesMARAIS ALLEN AND THEN ALLISON FERNANDEZ. GOOD EVENING.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. IF YOU GIVE MONEY TO A CHARTER SCHOOL, YOU ARE ALWAYS SIMULTANEOUSLY DEFUNDING THE EXISTING PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND THAT'S THE PLAN. DEFUND PUBLIC SCHOOLS, BLAME THEM FOR THEIR FAILURES, MAKE THE SCHOOLS WORSE AND LESS ATTRACTIVE BY CUTTING TEACHERS AND POPULAR PROGRAMS, CAUSING PARENTS TO JUMP SHIP TO PRIVATES OR CHARTERS THAT CAN BE MONETIZED. HOW IS THIS HAPPENING? GREEDY POLITICIANS WITH FINANCIAL AND IDEOLOGICAL TIES TO CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE TAKING JOBS IN OUR GOVERNMENT AT ALL LEVELS FOR THE SOUL PURPOSE OF CREATING LAWS THAT BENEFIT CHARTERS AND NONE OF THIS IS NEW. THESE SAME POLITICIANS ARE BACKED BY TALKING POINTS CREATED BY HIGHLY PAID LAWYERS AND THINK TANKS WHO HAVE BEEN SCHEMING FOR DECADES TO ACHIEVE THESE GOALS. THIS IS THEIR END GAME. IN FLORIDA, CHARTER BUSINESS IS BOOMING. WHEN YOU VOTE TO FUND A NEW CHARTER OR RENEW AN OLD ONE, YOU ARE LITERALLY VOTING FOR TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION, FORCING LOCAL TAXPAYERS TO PAY FOR SCHOOLS THAT THEY DO NOT APPROVE OF OR HAVE ANY DIRECT OR INDIRECT CONTROL OVER. WHO CAN WE CALL TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THEIR FAILURES OR THEIR DANGEROUS OR POSSIBLY INAPPROPRIATE CURRICULUM OR PRACTICES IF WE ARE DELIBERATELY KEPT IN THE DARK ABOUT THEM WITHOUT ANNUAL AUDITS. I WANT PUBLIC SCHOOLS WITH TEACHERS LIKE THE ONES WHO SPOKE IN THIS ROOM THE LAST TIME I WAS HERE. TEACHERS WHO HAVE MOVED ON AS THEY PAINFULLY RECOUNTED TO YOU BECAUSE OF A DISTRICT THAT, AS A WHOLE, IS NOT VALUING TEACHERS OR CARING FOR THE CHILDREN WE HAVE ENTRUSTED YOU WITH -- ENTRUSTED YOU WITH. I HAVE A CHILD WHO HAS COME TO SPEAK TO YOU TWICE NOW. SHE IS ONLY 13 AND SHE IS AFRAID OF WHAT CLASSES AND TEACHERS WILL BE LEFT AFTER ALL OF YOUR CUTS AND ALL OF YOUR PROCHARTER CHOICES. IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE THIS WAY. PLEASE STOP DIVERTING OUR TAX DOLLARS TO CORRUPT CHARTER BUSINESSES WHO ADMIT FREELY THAT THEY GOT INTO THE BUSINESS TO MAKE MONEY, NOT FOR THE BETTERMENT OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR SOCIETY. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. KATHERINE MOORING IS NEXT. GREG, DesMARAIS ALLEN, ALLISON FERNANDEZ AND ADELIA PHILLIPS. GOOD AFTERNOON.

>> TODAY, I WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS THE TYPE OF BOOKS AVAILABLE IN SCHOOL LIBRARIES. YOU ASKED CHILDREN TO BE RESPECTFUL OF EACH OTHER, OF TEACHERS, TO BE KIND, NOT TO BULLY AND THEN YOU MAKE BOOKS AVAILABLE DEPICTING HATE, RAPE, INCEST, THE OCCULT AND DEPRAVITY. WHEN SCHOOL SHE FEELS HAVE BOOKS FULL OF ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR, YOU ARE ENCOURAGING ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOR. NEGATIVE MATERIAL MAKES IT SEEM NORMAL. MANY BOOKS OF HISTORICAL VALUE ARE ENTIRELY MISSING FROM YOUR LIBRARIES. INSTEAD IT APPEARS OVER 3,000 COPIES FROM DORK DIARIES ARE HELD IN YOUR LIBRARIES AND MARKETED TO YOUNG GIRLS. LITTERED WITH PHRASES OF FOLLOWING NATURE. I WOULDN'T WANT YOUR PATHETIC LIFE. SHE'S SO UGLY SHE MIGHT BREAK YOUR CAMERA. BY GRABBING HER RETCHETTED LITTLE NECK AND FORCE FEEDING. PARENTS, I URGE TO YOU LOOK AT WHAT YOUR KIDS ARE READING AND ASK WHAT EDUCATIONAL VALUE DO THESE BOOKS OFFER YOUR CHILDREN? A QUICK SEARCH OF HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY HOLDINGS RESULTED IN THE BOOK HOLD ME CLOSER. AUNTIE LYNN NEVER TASTED THE SEDATIVE IN HER SHERRY AND DIDN'T WAKE HER UP WHEN SHE SLID IN AND STOLE THE GIFT. STILL HOLDING THE DAGGER DRUNK ON HER POWER, HE COULDN'T HELP BUT THINK SHE WOULD BE PROUD. HE'D BECOME THE PERFECT PUPIL. DOUGLAS WAS NO LONGER WEEK. MANY HAVE ARGUED CHILDREN SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECTED TO PRAYER IN SCHOOL, YET THEN WE FIND LIBRARY SHELVES ARE STOCKED WITH BOOKS FOR OUR CHILDREN NORMALIZED WITH ANTISOCIAL THOUGHTS AND INHUMANE BEHAVIOR. WHEN A LIBRARIAN SELECT THE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT MATURE ENOUGH TO DRIVE, VOTE OR JOIN THE MILITARY, THE PARENT AND CHILD ASSUMPTION IS THE BOOK IS SUITABLE FOR THEIR AGE, THAT IT HAS BEEN SCREENED AND THAT IT IS GOOD AND ACCEPTABLE.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT WILL BE GREG, DesMARAIS ALLEN, ALLISON, ADELIA AND JOSH. GOOD AFTERNOON, GREG.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS GREG ASIBIKI. I'M HERE TO ADDRESS THE SITUATION WITH THE MASK MANDATE. I'M AWARE THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RECENTLY VOTED TO MAKE MASKS OPTIONAL ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF AGO, BUT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THINGS, I'M ALSO HEARING THROUGH PARENTS RELAYING BACK TO ME THAT TEACHERS ARE STILL TRYING TO ENFORCE THIS IN THEIR CLASSROOMS EVEN THOUGH IT'S OPTIONAL. I THINK IT'S TIME WE MOVE ON COMPLETELY FROM THAT. WE NEED TO COMPLETELY GET THEM OUT OF SCHOOL. THESE KIDS HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH A LOT OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF, NOT EVEN IN SCHOOLS, JUST VIRTUAL LEARNING. IT'S RUINING THEIR MENTAL HEALTH. IT'S JUST ABUSIVE AT THIS POINT WHAT THE KIDS HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH. NOW THEY ARE SITTING IN CLASSROOMS -- THEY HAVE BEEN SITTING IN CLASSROOMS WITH MASKS IN 95-DEGREE WEATHER IN THE HOTTEST STATE IN THE COUNTRY SITTING THERE SIX FEET APART, FIVE, SIX, SEVEN HOURS A DAY. IT'S JUST NOT RIGHT. I'M CONCERNED THIS IS STILL AN ONGOING THING. THESE STUDENTS HAVE BEEN GOING THROUGH WAY TOO MUCH AND THE STUDENTS NEED TO COME AND START STANDING UP. WE HEARD A FEW CASES OF STUDENTS STANDING UP ALL THROUGHOUT THE STATE. THE STUDENTS NEED TO STAND UP, STAND THEIR GROUND, CHALLENGE THE TEACHERS. PARENTS NEED TO START BACKING THEIR CHILDREN. IT'S ABUSE AT THIS POINT. IT'S RUINING THEIR MENTAL HEALTH. IT'S GOING TO RUIN THEIR MENTAL HEALTH FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. WHAT'S GOING ON IN THESE SCHOOLS IS JUST NOT ACCEPTABLE. AND YOU CANNOT PHYSICALLY MAKE A STUDENT WEAR MASKS THE WHOLE TIME. 99.98 PERCENT SURVIVAL RATE. THE YOUNGER PEOPLE ARE, THE BETTER THEIR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS. THIS VIRUS DOESN'T EVEN AFFECT THEM VIRTUALLY. I'M SITTING HERE WITHOUT ONE. YOU GUYS DON'T HAVE A MASK ON. WHY ARE THESE KIDS STILL BEING FORCED TO WEAR THESE THINGS? IT'S DISGUSTING, INHUMANE. THIS IS AMERICA, LAND AND HOME OF THE BRAVE AND FREE, NOT LAND OF THE OPPRESSED AND HOME OF THE ENSLAVED. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: NEXT ALREADY DesMARAIS ALLEN, ALLISON HERNANDEZ, ADELIA PHILLIPS, JOSH NEW-HOUSE, PAT HALL.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I APOLOGIZE. I'M DesMARAIS BRIDGES NOW. IT'S JUST A BAD HABIT. ONE OF THE THINGS I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS CHARTER SCHOOLS. I WANT TO BE VERY CLEAR. I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND THAT THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE HAS REMOVED ALL LOCAL CONTROL FROM YOU. WE WILL BE SEVERELY PENALIZED IF YOU VOTE AGAINST CHARTER SCHOOLS, EVEN IF YOU THINK IT'S IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR STUDENTS. AND THAT IS VERY CONCERNING TO ME. THERE CAN BE LEGAL FEES, THERE CAN BE REIMBURSEMENTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. THAT BEING SAID, WHAT I WOULD LOVE TO SEE CONTINUE, AND I SAW SOME OF THIS PREVIOUSLY IN WORKSHOPS IS ROBUST CONVERSATION WITH VERY DIFFICULT QUESTIONS. SO THAT WAY THE PUBLIC CAN MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION. EVEN IF YOUR HANDS ARE TIED BY OUR FLORIDA LEGISLATORS, PARENTS STILL HAVE THE ABILITY TO TURN IN, TUNE, IN AND TO UNDERSTAND THE CONCERNS THAT WE MAY HAVE SENDING OUR KIDS TO THESE CHARTER SCHOOLS. A CHOICE WITHOUT INFORMATION IS NO CHOICE AT ALL. THE OTHER THING I WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO YOU TODAY IS ONE OF THE PIECES OF LEGISLATION YOU HEARD ABOUT TODAY. THIS MONTH IS PRIDE MONTH. A LOT OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE HAD A REALLY, REALLY ROUGH YEAR. BUT FOR SOME OF OUR LGBTQ+ STUDENTS, IT HAS BEEN EXCEPTIONALLY DIFFICULT. AS A PART OF FLORIDA PTA, I ADVOCATED ON A REGULAR BASIS AGAINST THIS TERRIBLE LEGISLATION, AND WHAT WE WOULD -- WHAT I WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU DO IS TO AFFIRM THESE STUDENTS TO MAKE A PROCLAMATION AFFIRMING THAT WE VALUE THEM, THAT WE CARE FOR THEM. BECAUSE IF WE'RE GOING TO PREPARE OUR STUDENTS FOR LIFE, WE NEED TO LET THEM KNOW WE CARE ABOUT THEM. IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT ONE AFFIRMING ADULT CHANGES THE TRAJECTORY OF SUICIDE. IT'S 40% LESS LIKELY. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. WE'LL GET YOUR FULL NAME CORRECTED NEXT TIME. WE HAVE ALLISON FERNANDEZ. ADELIA. JOSH, PAT. AND LADY ESCALANTE.

>> ALLISON FERNANDEZ. GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS. I'M HERE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT FISCAL AND BUDGET ISSUES. A LOT OF THE COMMENTS THAT PEOPLE HAVE COME UP HERE AND MADE JUST RECENTLY REGARDING THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE ACTUALLY HAPPENING RIGHT HERE IN THIS DISTRICT. WHILE YOU MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO RENEW A CHARTER SCHOOL, WE CAN'T NOT RENEW YOU. ONE OF THE THINGS, AND I WOULD LIKE TO SAY I WAS AN AUDITOR WITH KPMG. YOU ALL DO NOT NEED A FORENSIC AUDIT. THE REASON YOU ARE OVER YOUR BUDGET, TWO VERY SIMPLE REASONS. ONE, YOU'RE NOT HOLDING ANYONE ACCOUNTABLE TO THE SPENDING LIMITS YOU'VE GIVEN THEM. YOUR BUDGET IS A MOVING TARGET. THERE IS NO SET MEASUREMENT. AND, TWO, YOU ARE SO FAR OVERSTAFFED AND YOUR STAFF ALLOCATIONS ARE COMPLETELY INCORRECT. THAT'S FREE. YOU HAVE A PIECE OF SOFTWARE THAT HELPS YOU ALLOCATE UNITS TO A SCHOOL. YOUR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS HIRE PEOPLE BASED ON THOSE UNITS. THOSE UNITS DO NOT INTERFACE WITH YOUR FINANCIAL. SO YOU COULD TELL US A PRINCIPAL THAT THEY HAVE 60 UNITS IN THE SCHOOL AND YOU COULD THINK IN YOUR MIND THAT THAT MEANS THEY ARE GOING TO HIRE 60 UNITS AT 30,000 APIECE. MEANWHILE, THAT PRINCIPAL COULD HIRE AT 45,000 APIECE, AND YOU HAVE NOW OVERSPENT EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO SPEND. THIS IS PENNY-WISE, DOLLAR FOOLISH. BUY THE NEW SOFTWARE. UPGRADE YOUR SOFTWARE TO YOUR FINANCIAL SYSTEM CAN ADEQUATELY PREPARE YOUR ADMINISTRATORS FOR WHAT THEY NEED TO KNOW SO THAT THEY CAN SPEND APPROPRIATELY AND HOLD PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE TO WHAT YOU HAVE EXPECTED THEM TO SPEND. DO NOT REWRITE CURRICULUM BECAUSE YOU THINK IT WILL LOOK BETTER COMING OUT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. USE TRIED AND TRUE METHODS. FOCUS ON EDUCATING STUDENTS. LASTLY, I'D LIKE TO SAY I'VE SPOKEN WITH A LOT OF YOU AND I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME. I KNOW A LOT OF MY COMMENTS ARE AIMED AT ADMINISTRATION. YOU ALL ARE MY CONDUIT TO ADMINISTRATION. SO THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. ADELE WHY A PHILLIPS. JOSH.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I AM DR. ADELE WHY A PHILLIPS, THE IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT OF THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THE LEAGUE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO THE VOTERS OF OUR COUNTY. AS YOU MAY KNOW, LEAGUE MEMBERS ARE LONG-TERM ADVOCATES FOR POOL EDUCATION AND THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY EDUCATION. IN THE FUTURE FOR OUR COUNTY. IN THAT VEIN, THE LEAGUE ASKS YOU TODAY TO PRIORITIZE THE OVERSIGHT OF OUR STUDENTS AT SCHOOLS THAT FALL OUTSIDE THE EDUCATION AND SUPPORT PROVIDED BY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE LEAGUE DOES NOT NECESSARILY OPPOSE CHARTER SCHOOLS. SOME IN OUR COUNTY ARE OUTSTANDING EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS. AND THE LEAGUE UNDERSTANDS THAT THE BOARD FACES NEW RESTRICTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO DECISIONS ON CHARTER APPLICATIONS AND RENEWALS DUE TO SENATE BILL 1028. HOWEVER, ALL CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE NOT PROVIDING THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS. AS YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE CHARTER SCHOOLS UP FOR RENEWAL HAD FOUR Ds AND AN F BEFORE ITS LAST RENEWAL. AND DESPITE THOSE EVALUATIONS RECEIVED RENEWAL STATUS. BECAUSE OF THIS, THE BOARD NEEDS TO PROVIDE ONGOING OVERSIGHT FOR ALL STUDENTS.

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> THE LEAGUE SUBMITTED SEVERAL REQUESTS THAT THE DISTRICT COLLECT DATA ON STUDENTS MOVING BETWEEN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND CHARTER SCHOOLS. PINELLAS COUNTY BEGAN DOING THIS YEARS AGO. FOR EACH SCHOOL UP FOR RENEWAL, DO YOU HAVE DATA ON STUDENTS' MOVEMENTS BETWEEN THE SCHOOLS, UPON RETURNING TO A NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL, DID THE STUDENT --

>>Lynn Gray: WE'RE ALMOST OUT OF TIME.

>> THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING THE LEAGUE TO SPEAK. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT WILL BE JOSH NEWHOUSE, PAT HALL, LYDIA. GOOD AFTERNOON, JOSH NEWHOUSE.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, SCHOOL BOARD, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, STAFF. WATCHING LIVE OR AT HOME, HAPPY PRIDE MONTH TO ALL AND EARLY JUNETEENTH. MY NAME IS JOSH NEW-HOUSE, I AM A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY, EXPERIENCED FORMER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EXPERIENCED LIBRARIAN. AT THE LAST BOARD MEETING, A MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY SHARED HER CONCERN ABOUT THE ACCLAIMED CLASSIC BOOK THE BLUEST EYE BY TONY MORRISON. I HAVEN'T READ IT AND I READ A LOT. AFTERWARDS HERE IN THE EXCERPT I WENT TO THE SOURCE. I READ THE FIRST 55 PAGES. IT IS A GOOD BOOK. IT'S WELL WRITTEN. IT'S POIGNANT. IT BUILDS CHARACTER. I'LL FINISH IT IN A MOMENTUM. IS IT AN EASY ROAD? NO. IS IT GRAPHIC? NOT ESPECIALLYIETTE. ESPECIALLY YET.THERE WAS A RAPE  WAS IT UNCOMFORTABLE? ABSOLUTELY. WAS IT EXPLICIT? YES. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? SPOILERS, HOLD YOUR EARS. THEY BLAMED THE VICTIM IN THE BOOK. SHOCKING, RIGHT? THIS BOOK ATTACKS RACISM, SEXISM AND THE EXISTENCE OF RAPE VICTIM BLAMING, ALL OF WHICH SADLY FALL UNDER THE REALM OF NONFICTION. CHILDREN READ THE BOOK WHEN THEY ARE READY ABSOLUTELY. HERE IS THE PLOT TWIST. TO MY KNOWLEDGE, NO ONE IS FORCING ANY KID TO READ THIS BOOK. IT IS A BOOK ON CURRICULAR SUGGESTED READING LIST AND THERE ARE MANY ALTERNATIVES. AS LIBRARIANS, WE DISCUSS BANNED BOOKS EVERY YEAR AND IT IS ABOUT CHOICE. WE HAVE A VERY CLEAR PROCEDURE IF A BOOK BOTHERS YOU, A STUDENT OR TEACHER OR PARENT, CHOOSE NOT TO READ IT. WE HAVE A SITE BOOK CHALLENGE PROCEDURE. FIRST STEP INVOLVES -- PARENTS, EDUCATORS AND STAFF TO AND HERE IS THE KEY, READ THE BOOK COVER TO COVER. DISCUSS THE VOTE, MAKE AN INFORMED CONSENSUS ON WHAT TO DO OF THE BOOK. THE IRONY HERE IS PERSONAL CONCERN MEANS PEOPLE READ THE BOOK, ESPECIALLY MORE KIDS READ THE BOOK NOW THAT IT'S BEEN MENTIONED. PROBLEM IS MORE SO THEY MAINLY FEEL COMFORTABLE ABOUT -- READING BOOKS RELEVANT TO THEM BUILDS READERS, READING ABOUT TOPICS GIVE VOICE TO THE VOICELESS, MY KIDS, THEY ARE NOT ALONE. ONE MORE LINE. BANNING BOOKS ONE STEP CLOSER TO ANOTHER CLASSIC BOOK. THE TEMPERATURE, WHERE BOOKS BURN. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT WE HAVE PAT HALL, LYDIA, ANGIE SMITH, CANDACE HENRIQUEZ, RICK WARNER. GOOD AFTERNOON, MS. HALL.

>> HI. WE BEGAN A STUDY OF CHARTER SCHOOLS IN 2013. THE DETAILS INVOLVED 20 TO 40 PERCENT OF CHARTERS CLOSED DUE TO FINANCIAL PROBLEMS OR POOR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, AND THEY SHOWED MORE RACIAL SEGREGATION. PRINCIPAL PROBLEM IS CHARTER SCHOOLS IS THEY ENCOURAGE FOR-PROFIT ENTERPRISES TO MISAPPROPRIATE PUBLIC FUNDS THAT ARE ALLOTTED FOR EDUCATION ALLOWING MANAGEMENT COMPANIES TO TAKE 15% OF THE BUDGET, DEVELOPERS TAKING 25% OF THE BUDGET, AND OTHER PROFITEERS TO DO BUSINESS WITHOUT OVERSIGHT OR CONTROL INVITES FRAUD, WASTE, AND ABUSE. THESE SHELL AND SHAM ENTITIES ARE USED FOR MAJOR PROFITS FOR PEOPLE LIKE JOHN, CEO OF CHARTER SCHOOL USA WHO HAD 344 LLCs IN FLORIDA THE LAST WE CHECKED. THE LARGEST LAW FIRM IN FLORIDA TOLD ME THAT CONSTITUTED AN FBI INVESTIGATION. CHARTERS IN FLORIDA HAS BEEN A SLOW MOTION INSURRECTION, CREATING A SEPARATE PUBLICLY FUNDED EDUCATION SYSTEM PARALLELING OUR TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF EXCELLENT INNOVATIVE CHARTER SCHOOLS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. LEARNING GATE, PEPIN, BROOKS, DeBARTOLO, RCMA. MOST OTHERS STATE THEY FOLLOW TRADITIONAL CURRICULUM. THOSE UP FOR RENEWAL, WOODMONT, THREE Ds, C AND F. LONG CONTRACTS BENEFIT DEVELOPERS. THE COUNTY COMMISSION TWO YEARS AGO CALLED CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATES OUT FOR THEIR REQUEST FOR A $35 MILLION LOW TAX BOND. MATER ACADEMY RELATED TO ACDEMICA WANTS APPROVAL WHILE THEY SOLD BUILDINGS IN HIALEAH FOR $43 MILLION TO APPLY FOR BONDS. THESE SLICK WILLIES DON'T PRIORITIZE CHILDREN'S EDUCATION. ONLY PROFITS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MS. HALL. LYDIA, ANGIE, CANDACE, RICK, ZEE SMITH. GOOD AFTERNOON.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I COME HERE TODAY TO TIP MY HAT TO ALL OF THE INDIVIDUALS WHO SPOKE OUT IN PERSON, VIA E-MAIL, AND PHONE CALLS AGAINST THE DRACONIAN MEASURES OF MASKING OUR CHILDREN IN SCHOOL. IT IS THANKS TO THEIR VOICES THAT THIS MUCH-NEEDED CHANGE CAME ABOUT. WITH THAT BEING SAID, I DID NOT COME HERE TO THANK THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR ELIMINATING THE REQUIREMENT BECAUSE IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED IN THE FIRST PLACE. WHILE MANY OF US APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT OUR CHILDREN WILL NOT BE SUBJECTED TO REINHALING THE WASTE COMING OUT OF THEIR NOSES AND MOUTHS FOR HOURS ON END, I WANT TO ADD UPON READING THE E-MAIL SENT TO PARENTS FROM SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS ON JUNE 4 I'M STILL VERY CONCERNED. THE E-MAIL READS:  WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH OUR LOCAL HEALTH OFFICIALS AT USF AND FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL, IN CASE A CHANGE IN THIS DECISION IS WARRANTED. I FEAR THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD STILL FEELS THAT THIS IS A POWER THAT THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO IMPOSE ON THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTY. I JUST WANT TO SAY IF YOU THINK YOU CAN MUZZLE OUR CHILDREN IN THE FUTURE WITHOUT OUR CONSENT, WITHOUT ANY CIVILIAN PUSH-BACK, YOU ARE MISTAKEN. FURTHERMORE, ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL OPTIONS HAVE BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO MORE FLORIDIANS THROUGH A RECENT LAW PASSED BY THE GOVERNOR, WHICH COULD RESULT IN A HUGE FINANCIAL BLOW FOR YOU. THE ACTIONS OF THIS ADMINISTRATION HAVE SEWN MUCH DISTRUST AMONGST MANY PARENTS WHO NOW FEEL YOUR INTENTIONS DO NOT NECESSARILY LIE ON THE SIDE OF WHAT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR CHILDREN AND THEIR HEALTH. INSTEAD, MANY OF US HAVE ARRIVED TO THE CONCLUSION THAT PARTISAN POLITICS MAY PLAY A KEY ROLE IN THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS. THE MASK STANDARD HAS HARMED OUR KIDS IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE AND AS MORE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY RESIDENTS TAKE NOTE OF THIS, THE VOICES OF THOSE DEMANDING THAT ELECTED OFFICIALS RESPECT PARENTAL RIGHTS ARE AMPLIFIED. YOU EXIST FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING THEM WITH A K-12 EDUCATION, NOTHING ELSE. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MS. ESCALANTE. NEXT IS ANGIE SMITH FOLLOWED BY CANDACE HENRIQUEZ, RICK WARNER, ZEE SMITH AND TINA WILLIAMS BREWSTER. GOOD AFTERNOON, MS. SMITH.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. LET'S BE HONEST, CHARTER SCHOOLS AREN'T JUST FAIR COMPETITION, THEY ARE BUSINESSES THAT USE GOVERNMENT FUNDING TO BUY UP LAND AND REAL ESTATE AND MAKE CONSTRUCTION AND SOFTWARE DEALS IN THE NAME OF EDUCATION. DESPITE THIS, WE'VE GIVEN CHARTER COMPANIES CHANCE AFTER CHANCE TO PROVE THEY CAN IMPROVE STUDENT PERFORMANCE. DECADES OF SPENDING LATER, WE HAVE NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT. THE CHARTER EXPERIMENT IS BAD BUSINESS. PLAIN AND SIMPLE. WHY CONTINUE FUNDING THIS WHEN WE AVOIDING A STATE TAKEOVER DUE TO A BUDGET CRISIS CAUSED LARGELY BY CHARTER SPENDING. SPENDING ON THE SCHOOLS HAVE PROVED NOTHING AND COST MILLIONS. THE CONSEQUENCES OF FAILING TO CHANGE COURSE WILL BE ON ALL US AND YOU. RICHARD CORCORAN WAS RECENTLY CUT FROM THE LIST OF CANDIDATES FOR USF PRESIDENTS. WHY? THEY WANT SOMEONE DEDICATED TO EDUCATION, NOT POLITICS AND PRIVATE INTEREST. MAKE NO MISTAKE, THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF YOUR PUBLIC SCRUTINY. YOU ARE AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO THE CHOICES YOU MAKE BETWEEN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INTERESTS, JUST AS CORCORAN IS NOW. DON'T CHOOSE RUBBER STAMPING AND POLITICS. USE DUE DILIGENCE. DON'T FOLLOW VAGUE RECOMMENDATIONS, DON'T CAVE TO THE THREATS FROM THE THUGS IN THE INDUSTRY. DO WHAT'S RIGHT. CHARTER FUNDING IS HURTING THE DISTRICT, AND YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO SAY NO. YOU SHOULD SAY NO. WOODMONT AND SOUTHSHORE, WE MENTIONED A COUPLE OF THEM. HERE ARE COMMENTS ON GRADE SCHOOLS. THESE ARE JUST FROM PARENTS, QUOTE, TEACHERS CURSING OUT KIDS IN CLASSROOMS. ZERO COMMUNICATION. THE SCHOOL STAFF IS OVERWHELMED. ONE PARENT SAID IT NEEDS TO BE SHUT DOWN. ONE MORE ABOUT SOUTHSHORE, ONLY SERVING 10% OF ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS. WHAT IS THE POINT OF A CHARTER SCHOOL THAT DOESN'T REALLY NEED TO BE THERE AND IT'S NOT DOING WELL EITHER. LOTS OF SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS. THE POINT IS, LET'S STOP THE HANDOUT. LET'S STOP THE CHARTER SCHOOLS FROM JUST LIKE LEACHING OFF OF US. LET'S NOT RUBBER STAMP THINGS. LET'S NOT CAVE INTO THE THREATS FROM POLITICIANS LIKE THAT AND LET'S DO WHAT'S RIGHT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NEXT, CANDACE HENRIQUEZ, RICK WARNER, ZEE SMITH, TINA WILLIAMS BREWSTER AND ALAN BREWSTER. GOOD AFTERNOON.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY DAUGHTER ATTENDED AN AMAZING IB SCHOOL IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THERE WAS ONE THING I FOUND REALLY BOTHERSOME ABOUT THE SCHOOL. IT WASN'T THE TEACHER'S FAULT. IT CAME DOWN TO MONEY, TO LOGISTICS, TO TIME. WHEN I TOLD OTHER ADULTS MY CONCERNS ABOUT THIS ISSUE I WAS OFTEN LAUGHED AT, LIKE THERE ARE BIGGER PROBLEMS IN SCHOOLS RIGHT NOW, LADY. FAST-FORWARD THREE YEARS LATER, THE ISSUE THAT REALLY BORDER ME, I WONDER IF YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO LAUGH AT ME TODAY AS WELL OR WILL YOU HEAR ME? AT MY DAUGHTER'S SCHOOL SHE WAS IN FIRST GRADE AND IN HER CLASS AND REALLY ALL THE CLASSROOMS THE CHILDREN WEREN'T WASHING THEIR HANDS BEFORE THEY WENT TO LUNCH. THE TEACHERS WERE SQUIRTING OUT HAND SANITIZER INSTEAD. I AM CONCERNED THAT WE ARE TEACHING TODAY'S KIDS THAT HAND SANITIZER IS JUST AS GOOD AS HAND WASHING. IT ISN'T. HAND WASHING IS THE BEST THING TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES. EVEN ON THE CDC WEBSITE IT SAYS THERE ARE IMPORTANT DIFFERENCES BETWEEN WASHING HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER AND USING HAND SANITIZER. SOAP AND WATER WORK TO REMOVE ALL TYPES OF GERMS ON THE HANDS WHILE SANITIZER WORKS BY KILLING CERTAIN GERMS ON THE SKIN. ALTHOUGH ALCOHOL BASED HAND SANITIZERS CAN QUICKLY REDUCE THE NUMBER OF GERMS IN MANY SITUATIONS THEY SHOULD BE USED IN THE RIGHT SITUATIONS. SOAP AND WATER ARE MORE EFFECTIVE AT REMOVING CERTAIN KINDS OF GERMS. ALSO ON THE CDC WEBSITE WHERE I GOT THIS QUOTE THERE'S ALSO AN ADVISORY FOR HAND SANITIZERS CONTAINING METHANOL. DOES EXCESSIVE HAND SANITIZER USE CREATE -- WHAT IS HAPPENING TO US AS A CULTURE WHEN WE AREN'T TAKING THE TIME TO TEACH YOUNG CHILDREN BASIC HAND-WASHING SKILLS. MY SOLUTION IS WE SET UP SOMETHING VERY SIMILAR TO THE ZOO TAMPA WHICH IS LIKE AN OUTDOOR TROUGH TYPE OF SITUATION WHERE SIX, SEVEN KIDS COULD WASH THEIR HAD AN AT ONE TIME OUTDOORS TOGETHER. THIS WOULD BE A RERUDIMENTARY THING THAT COULD BE DESIGNED OFF THE WATER SYSTEM ALREADY ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING. THANK YOU. HAVE A GOOD DAY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT WILL BE RICK WARNER, ZEE SMITH, TINA WILLIAMS BREWSTER, ALAN BREWSTER FOLLOWED BY JULIE GIBBHART. GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. WARNER.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. LOOKING BACK AT THE APRIL 13th BOARD MEETING, THERE WERE 24 MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND 16 EMPLOYEES THAT SPOKE. EACH HAD THEIR OWN UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE. THE ONE THING THEY ALL HAD IN COMMON WAS A DESIRE TO PROVIDE A BETTER LEARNING EXPERIENCE FOR OUR STUDENTS. THOSE SPEAKERS, NEARLY ALL OF WHOM WERE CRITICAL OF EITHER THE ADMINISTRATION AND/OR THE BOARD ARE ACTUALLY THE BEST FRIENDS OF THE DISTRICT. THEY HAVE THE ESSENTIAL PASSION TO MAKE SCHOOLS BETTER. THE NUMBER OF DISAGREEMENTS ABOUT HOW TO SPEND MONEY, WHERE TO MAKE BUDGET CUTS AND EVEN WHETHER CUTS ARE NECESSARY IS A CLEAR INDICATOR OF THE LEVEL OF SERIOUSNESS OF THE LACK OF ADEQUATE AND EQUITABLE FUNDING, AND THAT IS THE UNDERLYING PROBLEM, THE LACK OF ADEQUATE AND EQUITABLE FUNDING. THE NEA DOES A STUDY EACH YEAR RANKING THE STATES IN A NUMBER OF CATEGORIES. IN THE LATEST RANKING, FLORIDA IS 44th AMONG THE STATES IN TOTAL PER-PUPIL FUNDING, AND 50th, I REPEAT, 50th IN AVERAGE SALARIES OF INSTRUCTIONAL STAFF. ANYONE WHO EXPECTS EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION WILL RECOGNIZE THAT IT CANNOT HAPPEN WITHOUT BETTER FUNDING. THE VERY REAL PROBLEM IS THE LACK OF PRIORITY PLACED ON FUNDING BY THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE, AND WE MUST EDUCATE THE VOTERS SO THAT THEY BRING PEOPLE WHO PRIORITIZE PUBLIC EDUCATION TO TALLAHASSEE.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MR. WARNER. NEXT WILL BE ZEE SMITH, TINA WILLIAMS BREWSTER, ALAN BREWSTER, JULIE GIBBHART FOLLOWED BY CHEZ GIBBHART.

>> ZEE SMITH. I HAVE A DOCTORATE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY. MY PRACTICE REQUIRES SORTING THROUGH EVIDENCE TO FIND VALID STUDIES TO SUPPORT MY INTERVENTIONS. I USE THOSE SKILLS TO THOROUGHLY RESEARCH A SUBJECT THAT I AM PRESENTING NOW. THE DISTRICT PERSONNEL APPEARS TO BE ENCOURAGING PARENTS TO VACCINATE THEIR CHILDREN FOR AN ILLNESS THAT HAS 99.7% RECOVERY RATES. THEY ARE PUSHING EXPERIMENTAL GENETIC THERAPIES WITH POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF CLOTS, NEUROLOGICAL OR DEATH. ENROLLED IN A STAGE 3 CLINICAL TRIAL THAT ALREADY HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE OF HIGH RISK. IF ANYTHING, THEY SHOULD BE DISCOURAGING THE PRACTICE. EACH WEEK THE VACCINE ADVERSE EFFECTS REPORTS INCREASES BY 700%. THIS IS DOCUMENTED ON THE CDC-FUNDED DATABASE. THERE ARE MORE REPORTED DEATHS AND ADVERSE REACTIONS IN 2021 THAN ALL VACCINES COMBINED IN THE LAST 15 YEARS. THIS IS A PART OF THE EXPERIMENT WHERE THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD REQUIRES STOPPING THE TRIAL AND CONDUCTING A THOROUGH ANALYSIS OF THE DATA. THEY CAN COMPARE THE CURRENT DATA WITH THAT OF THE PRIOR MRNA VACCINE USED FOR TRIALS ON COVID 1 THAT WAS 78% SIMILAR TO THE COVID 2 WHICH IS WHAT WE'RE CALLING COVID-19. THAT TRIAL RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF ALL OF THE ANIMALS USED IN TESTING, ALL OF THEM. LET'S TAKE THAT -- LET'S TAKE THE ADVICE OF MANY DOCTORS AND STOP THIS EXPERIMENT BY NOT PROMOTING VACCINATIONS. I UNDERSTAND THE FEAR OF TEACHERS, BUT THE ONLY FEASIBLE OPTIONS ARE THE SAFE AND CHEAP MEDICATION THERAPIES AVAILABLE FOR THE TREATMENT OF COVID. IT'S TIME TO EXPLORE THE USE OF PREVENTIVE PROTOCOLS RATHER THAN RISK THE UNKNOWN. PLEASE STOP DISTRICT PERSONNEL FROM ENCOURAGING TOXIC PROCEDURES ON OUR CHILDREN. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT WILL BE TINA WILLIAMS BREWSTER FOLLOWED BY ALAN BREWSTER, JULIE, SHEA. FOLLOWED BY JASON.

>> HI, GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT. I'M BACK. I HOPE YOU ALL HAD A WONDERFUL SCHOOL YEAR AMID ALL THE TRIALS. TODAY, I WANT TO COME AND BRING BEFORE YOU, WE'RE STILL ON THE SUBJECT OF THE LACK OF PROFESSIONALISM. TODAY, BOARD MEMBERS, I WANT TO REACH OUT TO EACH ONE OF YOU. IF YOUR CONSTITUENTS DON'T KNOW YOU IN THEIR BUILDINGS, YOU DON'T NEED TO BE A BOARD MEMBER. IF YOU CONTINUE TO IGNORE PHONE CALLS AND DON'T EVEN DO THE INVESTIGATIONS, THEN JUST LIKE WE VOTED YOU IN, WE'RE PREPARED TO VOTE YOU OUT. WE ALL NEED TO TAKE ACCOUNTABILITY OF FOR THE JOB WE SIGNED UP FOR. TOO MANY OF OUR CHILDREN ARE FAILING. OUR STATE TESTS SHOW WE'RE STILL AT THE BOTTOM. AS MR. WARNER SO ELOQUENTLY PUT, WE NEED TO ELECT PEOPLE IN TALLAHASSEE THAT TAKE FUNDING OUR SCHOOLS SERIOUSLY BECAUSE THIS IS THE GENERATION, THE PEOPLE -- THE STUDENTS THAT WE'RE EDUCATING NOW, THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF US AT THE POINT -- OUR STUDENTS ARE GRADUATING BUT AT WHAT LEVEL. THEY CAN'T READ. THE SCIENCE IS ABYSMAL. THEY CAN'T ADD. YES, THEY ARE GRADUATING BUT WHAT ARE THEY GRADUATING TO? WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO, GRADUATING FROM? ONLY 20% OF OUR STUDENTS ARE EVEN GOING TO COLLEGE, BUT YET WE HAVE THIS GREAT INFLATED GRADUATION RATE. OUR TEACHERS ARE OVERWORKED AND UNDERBURDENED. OUR STUDENTS ARE OVERWORKED AND UNDER BURDEN. IT IS UP TO THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE. LET'S ALL BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE JOB THAT YOU SIGNED UP FOR. EDUCATION DOESN'T STOP AND END AT 3:25 OR 4:30. IT'S FOR A LIFETIME.

>>Lynn Gray: ALAN BREWSTER, JULIE, SHEA, JASON, ELSIE. GOOD AFTERNOON.

>> GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, I ALSO WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP IN THE SCHOOLS. THE ADMINISTRATORS ARE PUSHING TEACHERS OUT OF THE SCHOOLS CAUSING THEM TO TRANSFER TO OTHER SCHOOLS, GOOD TEACHERS, GOOD QUALITY TEACHERS, ESPECIALLY THE TEACHERS WHO WORK WITH STUDENTS THAT'S ESE. MY DAUGHTER JUST RECENTLY WAS TOLD BY SOME OF HER TEACHERS THAT THEY ARE LEAVING. THEY ARE LEAVING. AND IT'S NOT BECAUSE THEY WANT TO. IT'S BECAUSE THEY ARE BEING FORCED TO. ONCE AGAIN, IT'S THE LEADERSHIP IN THE BUILDING. I'M NOT GOING TO CALL NO NAMES. CARROLLWOOD. BEN HILL. THERE'S A PROBLEM THERE, SERIOUSLY. MY DAUGHTER AT BEN HILL SUPPOSED A QUESTION TO THE PRINCIPAL ABOUT HER OR OTHER GIRLS BEING ABLE TO WEAR DARK-COLORED PANTS WHEN THEY ARE ON THEIR CYCLE, AND THE RESPONSE FROM THE PRINCIPAL WAS, WELL, I SPOKE TO OTHER FEMALE ADULTS ABOUT IT AND THEY FELT THAT IT WAS TOO DIFFICULT TO WEED OUT WHO SHOULDN'T BE WEARING THE DARK-COLORED PANTS. THAT'S SOME INSENSITIVITY TO THESE YOUNG FEMALES. ONCE AGAIN, POOR ADMINISTRATION, POOR RESULTS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT WILL BE JULIE GIBBHART, SHEA GIBBHART, JASON KIMBALL.

>> JULIE GEBHART. GOOD AFTERNOON. WE'RE BACK WITH THE BLUEST EYE BY TONY MORRISON. YOUR AUTHORIZED LITERATURE PROMOTED IN YOUR CLASSROOMS, ACCESSIBLE TO THE STUDENTS WITHOUT PARENTAL CONSENT. LET'S REVIEW, HORRIFIC DETAIL IS GIVEN ABOUT THE INCESTUOUS RAPE OF THE MAIN CHARACTER, GRATEFULLY DISGUSTS ORGASM, NUDITY, MASTURBATION, SEXUAL DREAMS, HOME SEXUALITY, BESTIALITY AND SODOMY. YOU MAY REMEMBER WHEN I READ A GRAPHIC THAT WAS ABOUT PEDESTRIAN FILE, ONE OF SEVERAL IN THE BOOK. QUITE HONESTLY, THE MOST TROUBLING AND DISTURBING PART IS FAR WORSE. HOW? HOW IS IT -- HOW COULD IT BE WORSE THAN BEING INSIDE THE MIND OF A TWISTED PEDOPHILE. PAGE 156, THE AUTHOR DESCRIBES LIKE THIS, QUOTE, HIS SEXUALITY WAS ANYTHING BUT LEWD. HIS PATRONAGE OF LITTLE GIRLS SMACKED OF INNOCENCE AND WAS ASSOCIATED IN HIS MIND WITH CLEANLINESS. HE IS WHAT ONE WOULD CALL A CLEAN OLD MAN, UNQUOTE. COMPLIMENTING A PEDOPHILE IS DISGUSTING. I HOPE WE ARE ASTONISHED AND DEEPLY TROUBLED BY THIS. I HOPE THAT WE RECOGNIZE THE UNIMAGINABLE THREATS TO OUR CHILDREN. I HOPE THAT SOMEONE WITH A TITLE WILL DO SOMETHING IMMEDIATELY. I HOPE THAT PARENTS ARE OUTRAGED BY THIS ATROCITY. ANYONE STANDING BY THIS BOOK, EDUCATORS, ADMINISTRATORS, SCHOOL BOARDS, WHOEVER IT IS, NEEDS TO ANSWER FOR SUPPORTING AND ADVOCATING AND PROMOTING THIS UNCONSCIONABLE EVIL. PARENTS ARE WAKING UP IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND WE NEED TO UNITE AND STAND TOGETHER. IT'S NOT TOO LATE. THE TIME IS NOW. I'M GRATEFUL FOR BOARD MEMBER SNIVELY WHO HAS WORKED WITH ME, AND I'VE BEEN PRIVILEGED TO INTERACT WITH HER ON THIS AND SHE'S BEEN AN ADVOCATE. PLEASE, BOARD, STEP UP AND REMOVE THIS AND EVERY OTHER BOOK LIKE IT FROM EVERY SPHERE OF OUR SCHOOLS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NEXT WILL BE SHEA GEBHART, JASON, ELSIE, AND THEN JASON. FOLLOWED BY JONATHAN RICHES. GOOD AFTERNOON, SHEA.

>> HELLO. I WANTED TO BRING FORWARD THIS BOOK. IT'S CALLED IN THE TIME OF THE BUTTERFLIES BY JULIA ALVAREZ. THIS BOOK WAS RECOMMENDED TO THE SOPHOMORE CLASS AT NEWSOME HIGH SCHOOL AND IS AVAILABLE IN AT LEAST 26 HIGH SCHOOLS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I WANTED TO READ A QUOTE FROM PAGE 53. REGARDING THIS MARRIED COUPLE IN THE BOOK. IT SAYS:  EVERY NIGHT I GAVE HIM MY MILK AS IF HE WERE MY LOST CHILD. AFTERWARDS I LET HIM DO THINGS I NEVER WOULD HAVE BEFORE. COME MI AMOR I WHISPER HIM TO THE DARK BEDROOM AFTER HE SHOWED UP BEING OUT LATE IN THE FIELDS. I WAS THE ONE ON HORSEBACK RIDING HIM HARD AND FAST UNTIL I HAD GOTTEN SOMEWHERE FAR AWAY FROM MY ACHING HEART. TITLE 46, CHAPTER 847 OUTLINES WHAT IS ILLEGAL IN REGARDS TO SEXUAL CONDUCT AND PORNOGRAPHY IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS. SECTION 1 DEFINES HARMFUL TO MINORS AS ANY DESCRIPTION OR PRESENTATION OF WHATEVER KIND OR FORM OF SEXUAL CONDUCT OR SEXUAL EXCITEMENT WHEN IT IS PATENTLY OFFENSIVE TO PREVAILING STANDARDS IN THE ADULT COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE WITH RESPECT TO TO WHAT IS SUITABLE CONTACT FOR MINORS. WERE YOU UNCOMFORTABLE WHEN I READ THIS ABOUT THE BREAST MILK OR THE SEX POSITIONS?  I AM A GENERATION Z ADULT AND THE SAME GENERATION AS HIGH SCHOOL KIDS BUT LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO DISPLAY HOW THIS CONTENT IS OFFENSIVE TO ME. I AM REPULSED BY THE CONTENT AND HOPE THAT NONE OF THE KIDS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ARE EXPOSED TO THIS. IF YOU ARE UNCOMFORTABLE, THIS AS FELONY OUTLINED IN SECTION 12 OF 847. THE PENALTY FOR HAVING THIS BOOK IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL ACCORDING TO CHAPTER 775 SECTION 82 IS A TERM OF IMPRISONMENT UP TO FIVE YEARS. THIS BOOK IN THESE SCHOOLS IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE. WHOEVER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR APPROVING THIS BOOK IS REQUIRED BY LAW TO SERVE A PRISON SENTENCE.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NEXT JASON KIMBALL. GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. KIMBALL.

>> I HOPE EVERYONE IS DOING WELL. MY PUBLIC COMMENT IS GOING TO PERTAIN TO THE SUPERINTENDENT AND THE E-MAIL THAT HE SENT OUT REGARDING THE MASK POLICY. SO I UNDERSTAND THAT MASKS ARE GOING TO BE OPTIONAL. THE E-MAIL ESSENTIALLY SAID WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH OUR LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS AND MONITOR CONDITIONS ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY IN CASE A CHANGE IN THIS DECISION IS WARRANTED. I'VE BEEN COMMUNICATING WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT. VERY RECEPTIVE. HE GAVE ME A CALL YESTERDAY AND I HOPE TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH HIM TO ADDRESS MY COMPLAINT. BUT I DON'T KNOW IF THE SUPERINTENDENT OR THE BOARD IS AWARE OF A RECENT APPELLATE COURT DECISION. IT WAS THE FLORIDA STATE FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEALS, PERHAPS MAYBE YOUR ATTORNEY, MR. PORTER CAN CONSULT WITH YOU REGARDING THAT. BUT THEY ESSENTIALLY UPHELD SECTION 23 OF THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION. IT WAS A CASE JIM GREEN, I BELIEVE, JUSTIN GREEN VERSUS ALACHUA COUNTY. AND I THINK THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT'S E-MAIL WHICH WAS SENT OUT BEFORE THE DECISION WAS MADE IN THAT CASE, THEY ESSENTIALLY UPHELD THE SUPREME COURT'S INTERPRETATION OF THE CONSTITUTION AND IT WAS A VERY INFORMATIVE RULING. I THINK THAT THE SUPERINTENDENT SHOULD KIND OF UPDATE HIS LANGUAGE TO REFLECT THAT DECISION. AND MY SECOND COMPLAINT WOULD BE I THINK THERE NEEDS TO BE A STANDARD FOR CONSULTING WITH HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS FOR FUTURE PANDEMICS. THERE IS A REAL DANGER THAT THERE WILL BE A FUTURE PANDEMIC JUST BASED ON ANIMAL STUDIES THAT HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED ON PRIOR VACCINES THAT WERE IN DEVELOPMENT FOR CORONAVIRUS STRAINS. IT'S VERY REAL POSSIBILITY THAT WE MAY BE FACING AN EVEN WORSE PANDEMIC. WE'LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS. BUT I THINK THAT WE SHOULD BE GOING INTO THAT MUCH, MUCH BETTER PREPARED, AND MORE INFORMED, AND I THINK WE NEED TO TRY TO ELIMINATE ARBITRARY DECISIONS AND HAVE MORE OF A GUIDELINE AS FAR AS WHO TO CONSULT WITH, HOW TO WEIGH PROFESSIONAL OPINIONS, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT ON THAT, AND IF WE CAN'T GET ANYWHERE, I LOOK FORWARD TO ADDRESSING THE CHAIR TO ADDRESS THE COMPLAINTS. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NEXT WE'LL HAVE ELSIE BASIL. GOOD AFTERNOON.

>> GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. I'M ELICE BATSEL WITH STEARNS WEAVER MILLER, A LAW FIRM IN TAMPA. I COME HERE TONIGHT ACTUALLY TO ASK FOR YOUR HELP. THIS IS A DE FACTO MORATORIUM ON DEVELOPMENT IN SOUTH COUNTY RELATED DIRECTLY TO THE INABILITY TO GET SCHOOLS SITED IN SOUTH COUNTY. OUR LAW FIRM REPRESENTS A NUMBER OF DEVELOPERS AND PROPERTY OWNERS IN THAT AREA AS WELL AS ALL OVER THE COUNTY THAT ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THIS AREA. OUR FIRM WAS INTIMATELY INVOLVED IN DRAFTING THE ORIGINAL PROP SHARES THAT ALLOWED THE SCHOOL BOARD AND THE COUNTY AND DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY TO WORK TOGETHER TO ALLOW DEVELOPMENT TO GO FORWARD AND TO HELP PAY FOR THAT SCHOOL CAPACITY WHERE ISSUES WHERE YOU HAVE STRAINED CAPACITY. AS MANY OF YOU KNOW, THAT SYSTEM IS NOW VERY BROKEN BECAUSE THE COUNTY WILL NOT APPROVE THE SCHOOL SITES THAT YOUR STAFF IS BRINGING FORWARD. THE EXHIBIT THAT I JUST PASSED OUT TO YOU SHOWS THE HIGH SCHOOL AREAS ACROSS THE COUNTY. AGAIN, THE REASON THAT WE ARE IN THIS DE FACTO MORATORIUM IS THAT WE ARE NOT ABLE TO -- IN THESE PROP SHARES AND GO AHEAD AND PAY OUR PROPORTIONATE SHARES. WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING AT IN RED REPRESENTS 233,000 ACRES, THAT'S 33.5% OF THE COUNTY WHERE WE TODAY CANNOT MOVE FORWARD WITH DEVELOPMENT PERMITS. THAT'S A HUGE ISSUE FOR ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY IN THIS AREA. IT'S BECOMING NOT ONLY A SCHOOL SITING ISSUE FOR THE COUNTY, BUT IT'S ALSO AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ISSUE. YES, MA'AM. SO WE WILL COME BACK TO YOU. THERE WILL BE MORE OF US. BUT WE WOULD JUST ASK THAT YOU DO HAVE THAT JOINT MEETING WITH THE COUNTY AND TO TRY TO HELP SOLVE THIS ISSUE.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: NEXT, WE WILL HAVE JASON FERGER FOLLOWED BY CHRISTIE NOE, FOLLOWED BY ALLEY LEG. NICHOLAS WHIMBUSH, SUSAN RAINS AND LAST, CHRISTINA EDWARDS. GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. FERGER.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. MY NAME IS JASON FERGER. I AM A STAKEHOLDER. TODAY, I'M HERE TO OFFER A COUPLE OF IDEAS AND A COUPLE OF COMMENTS. FRIDAY, APRIL 23rd DURING THE EMERGENCY MEETING, BARELY SIX FEET AWAY FROM ME WAS THE THIRD HIGHEST PERSON IN THE DISTRICT. I ASSUME THE THIRD HIGHEST RESPONSIBILITY. I WATCH AND DOCUMENTED FOR MORE THAN TWO HOURS MULTIPLE TEXT MESSAGES SENT AND RECEIVED. YOU GUYS WILL SOON BE GETTING THE RESULTS. PERHAPS AN AUDIT OF ALL DISTRICT CELL PHONES TO DETERMINE WHAT'S BEING USED AND WHAT'S NOT BEING USED AS WELL AS MAYBE A REFRESHER ON THE FLORIDA SUNSHINE LAWS. I WATCHED THE LAST MEETING AS PARENT CAME BEFORE YOU AND SPOKE ABOUT THAT BOOK. IF YOU DON'T THINK FOR A SECOND THAT THE DISTRICT ENROLLMENTS WILL BE AFFECTED BY THAT, YOU'RE A FOOL. SECONDLY, THE FACT THAT KIM BAYS NEEDED TO BE TOLD TO TALK TO THE PARENT AND ANYONE THAT HAD CHIEF IN THEIR TITLE TRIP OVER THEMSELVES RUNNING AFTER HER IS CLEARLY ASTONISHING. I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT NONE OF THOSE PEOPLE RAN AFTER THAT WOMAN AND WANTED TO TALK TO HER. BUT I DIGRESS. THE LAST THING I WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS SOMETHING I SPOKE TO MOST OF YOU ABOUT, NOT EVERYBODY PERSONALLY, BUT THE ORANGE COUNTY AND BROWARD COUNTY, WHAT THEY HAVE IS CALLED A SCHOOL BOARD AUDITOR. THIS POSITION IS INDEPENDENT. INDEPENDENT IS THE KEY. THE BOARD SELECTS ONE COMMUNITY BUSINESS MEMBER, ORANGE, FOR EXAMPLE, HAS VPs FROM DARDON AND DISNEY ON THEIR COMMITTEE. THE COMMITTEE IN TURN HIRES A SCHOOL BOARD AUDITOR, NOT THE SCHOOL BOARD, NOT THE SUPERINTENDENT. IT'S INDEPENDENT. I BELIEVE THAT'S THE SYSTEM OF -- THAT'S THE MISSING CHECKS AND BALANCES THAT WE HAVE HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH. EVERY CONTRACT IN ORANGE COUNTY HAS WHAT'S CALLED A NON-FUNDING PROVISION, BECAUSE YOU KNOW FUNDING CHANGES EVERY SINGLE YEAR. TODAY, THERE ARE MORE THAN 217 MILLION REASONS WHY TAXPAYERS DESERVE THIS TYPE OF POSITION THAT IS INDEPENDENT AND HELPS DETERMINE WHERE OUR TAX DOLLARS GO. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MR. FERGER. NEXT WILL BE CHRISTIE NOE, ALLEY LEG, NICHOLAS WHIMBISH, SUSAN RAINS FOLLOWED BY CHRISTINA EDWARDS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. ACTUALLY, GOOD EVENING, NOW. MY NAME IS CHRISTIE NOE. I'M HERE WITH COLLABORATIVE EDUCATIONAL NETWORK. I WANT TO JUST SAY THAT I WAS A GRADUATE OF GAITHER HIGH SCHOOL HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND I BEGAN MY TEACHING CAREER HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND WAS HERE EIGHT YEARS BEFORE I LEFT AND WENT TO CALLIER COUNTY TO BE A PRINCIPAL OF A CHARTER SCHOOL. THAT WAS BACK WHEN WE ONLY HAD 33 CHARTER SCHOOLS IN THE STATE. I JUST WANT TO LET YOU ALL KNOW, YOU GUYS ARE MY HOME. THIS IS WHERE I GRADUATED FROM. I THINK THAT YOU HAVE SOMETHING BEFORE YOU TONIGHT TO VOTE ON THE CHARTER SCHOOLS. I THINK THAT THE LEGISLATION WAS PASSED TO GIVE SOME FLEXIBILITY IN EXCHANGE FOR ACCOUNTABILITY. AND I'VE HEARD A LOT OF SPEAKERS TODAY TALK ABOUT HOW CHARTER SCHOOLS AREN'T ACCOUNTABLE, BUT THEY ARE. THEY HAVE TO HAVE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS, FINANCIAL STANDARDS, ALL OF THESE OTHER THINGS THAT THEY HAVE TO MEET. I WOULD SAY THAT YOUR OFFICE HERE, THE DISTRICT OFFICE, DOES A GREAT JOB. WE HAVE CLIENTS WE WORK WITH THROUGHOUT THE STATE. WE DON'T WORK WITH MANAGEMENT COMPANIES. WE'RE THE INDEPENDENT CHARTER SCHOOLS, AND THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. I THINK PEOPLE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT. SO THERE ARE LOTS OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. THE ONE I'M REPRESENTING TONIGHT, PATEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS AN INDEPENDENT GOVERNING BOARD. SO A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST THROW ALL THESE CHARTER SCHOOLS TOGETHER AND THINK THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE DOING. THEY ARE MAKING MONEY. AND I DON'T THINK ANYBODY SHOULD EVER MAKE MONEY OFF OF KIDS. BUT I DO THINK THERE ARE SOME REALLY GOOD BOARDS AND GROUPS OF PEOPLE OUT THERE THAT WANT TO HAVE AN OPTION FOR THEIR STUDENTS AND PROVIDE SOMETHING INNOVATIVE AND DIFFERENT. FINAL THOUGHTS. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ALL. I WANT TO THANK THE DISTRICT OFFICE. IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME TO READ CHARTER APPLICATIONS. IT TAKES A LOT OF TIME TO MONITOR AND MAKE SURE THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL. IF THEY ARE NOT, THEY SHOULDN'T BE THERE. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NEXT WE'LL HAVE ALLIE LEG, NICHOLAS, SUSAN AND CHRISTINA. GOOD EVENING. IT'S OFFICIAL.

>> GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY. I WANTED TO -- IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO MY ATTENTION THAT THERE IS AN ASSOCIATION OR SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP THAT MAY USE THEIR COLLABORATIVE CONTRACT TO POSSIBLY STRONG-ARM THIS BOARD INTO MANDATING THE COVID-19 VACCINE FOR SCHOOL ENTRY NEXT YEAR, BEING THAT THE MASK MANDATE HAS BEEN RESCINDED. THIS WOULD OPEN UP -- WOULD OPEN UP THE BOARD TO LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS AS THIS VACCINE IS EMERGENCY USE AUTHORIZED ONLY. OKAY. IT IS STILL IN TRIAL PHASES, AND THOSE TRIAL PHASES DO NOT END UNTIL 2023. SECTION 564 OF THE FEDERAL FOOD, DRUG, AND COSMETIC ACT CODIFIED AT 21 U.S. CODE 360 BBB-3 SECTION E REQUIRES THE PUBLIC HAVE THE OPTION TO ACCEPT OR REFUSE ADMINISTRATION FOR AN EXPERIMENTAL PRODUCT. BOTH FDA AND CDC GUIDELINES AND GUIDANCE REGULATIONS REFLECT THE STATUTORY PROHIBITION FOR MANDATING AN INDIVIDUAL RECEIVE A PRODUCT THAT HAS ONLY BEEN GRANTED EUA. WHILE MANUFACTURERS AND ADMINISTRATORS OF THIS VACCINE DOCTORS ARE NOT LIABLE FOR INJURY OR DEATH THAT MAY OCCUR WITH THIS EXPERIMENTAL VACCINATION UNDER THE PREP ACT, THIS BOARD AND ALL OF YOU INDIVIDUALLY AND THIS ASSOCIATION THAT MAY PUSH THIS ARE NOT PROTECTED. SO YOU ARE OPEN TO LIABILITY AS FAR AS LEGAL ACTION GOES. I JUST WANTED TO BRING THAT TO YOUR ATTENTION. IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT THAT WHEN THIS IS PRESENTED TO YOU, THAT YOU CHOOSE A FAMILY CENTERED OPTION, FAMILY CHOICE CENTERED OPTION AND NOT AN EXPERT DICTATED OPTION AS IT IS PARENTAL CHOICE ON HOW WE GO ABOUT THE HEALTH CARE OF OUR CHILDREN. THANK YOU. I APPRECIATE YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT WE'LL HAVE NICHOLAS WIMBISH. SUSAN RAINS AND CHRISTINA EDWARDS. GOOD EVENING, MR. WIMBISH.

>> GOOD EVENING, HOW ARE YOU?

>>Lynn Gray: FINE, THANK YOU.

>> ALL RIGHT. I'M HERE TO TALK ABOUT AN ISSUE TODAY REGARDING THE MASK MANDATES FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. OBVIOUSLY, IT'S BEEN RESCINDED, OF COURSE, BUT THERE IS KIND OF A CATCH-22 GOING ON AS WELL BECAUSE IN THE LETTER SENT TO THE PARENTS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ON JUNE 7, IT STATED FROM SUPERINTENDENT ADDISON DAVIS, WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH OUR LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERTS AT THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OF HILLSBOROUGH AND TAMPA GENERAL HOSPITAL ALONG WITH USF HEALTH TO MONITOR CONDITIONS ACROSS OUR COMMUNITY IN CASE A CHANGE IN THIS DECISION IS WARRANTED. SO A LOT OF PARENTS IN THE COMMUNITY OBVIOUSLY FEEL THAT'S A CAVEAT TO -- THAT THIS COULD CHANGE WITH THE POLICY, AND THAT'S CONCERNING TO PARENTS. AS SOMEONE WHO GREW UP IN TAMPA AND IS FRIENDS WITH MANY PARENTS IN THE COMMUNITY AND I'M ALSO INVOLVED IN GRASSROOTS AND THE CAUSES I BELIEV IN, IT'S CONCERNING TO ME AS A CITIZEN. I DON'T HAVE ANY CHILDREN. I HOPE GOD WILLING WILL SOMEDAY, BUT I CAN'T IMAGINE HAVING A CHILD RIGHT NOW IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM WITH ALL THIS BACK AND FORTH DECISION MAKING. AND IF YOU REMEMBER, AND THIS IS A VALID CONCERN BECAUSE BACK A YEAR AGO IN 2020, IT WAS DECIDED AROUND, I THINK IT WAS AROUND --

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> YEP. THAT MASKS WOULD NOT BE REQUIRED ON CHILDREN IN SCHOOL. BUT THEN JULY, THE HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT REVERSED COURSE, AS YOU ALL KNOW AND PARENTS ARE ANXIOUS AND CONCERN THAT IT MAY REVERSE COURSE AGAIN. PLEASE CONSIDER THE CHILDREN FIRST, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND HAVE A GOOD EVENING.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT, WE'LL HAVE SUSAN REINS. LAST, CHRISTINA EDWARDS. GOOD EVENING, MS. RAINES.

>> GOOD EVENING. I AM THE PARENT OF A CHILD THAT ATTENDS WOODMONT CHARTER SCHOOL WITH CHARTER SCHOOL USA. LET ME START BY SAYING I AM THE PRODUCT OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, TOTAL, FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH COLLEGE. MY OLDEST DAUGHTER IS A PRODUCT OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH COLLEGE. YES, I HAVE A COLLEGE-AGE DAUGHTER. WHEN MY YOUNGEST ONE CAME ALONG, WOODMONT WAS THE CHOICE FOR US. IN LOOKING AT THE OPTIONS AVAILABLE AT THE TIME, IT OFFERED OPTIONS WE COULDN'T FIND IN ANY OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE AREA, BOTH PRIVATE OR FULLY PUBLIC. THE SCHOOL HAS RISEN TO THE OCCASION TIME AND TIME AGAIN TO PROVIDE THE BEST EDUCATION FOR ITS STUDENTS. OVER THE YEARS IT OFFERED A CURRICULUM THAT CONTINUALLY TRIED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS WHILE PUSHING THEM TO EXCELLENCE. THEY OFFERED ELEMENTARY SPANISH IN MY FIRST GRADER AND A FUN S.T.E.M. CLASS THAT TURNED LEARNING CODE INTO A FUN TYPE OF ELECTRONIC GAME THAT MY DAUGHTER COULD GET EXCITED ABOUT WHILE ACTUALLY LEARNING A SKILL. THEY EVEN OFFERED A 21st CENTURY AFTER-SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM SEPARATE FROM AFTER-SCHOOL THAT WAS NO CHARGE TO SCHOOL FAMILIES AND INCLUDED LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND ENRICHMENT, NOT JUST AFTER-SCHOOL BABYSITTING. MY YOUNGEST CHILD HAS ATTENDED THIS K-8 SCHOOL SINCE SHE WAS IN KINDERGARTEN. SHE'S NOW ABOUT TO ENTER 7th GRADE AND ENDED THE LAST SEMESTER WITH AN A REPORT CARD. I'VE WITNESSED MY CHILD GROW AND LEARN. THE SCHOOL A NUMBER OF YEARS AGO HAD A GRADE LETTER OF A D BUT IN ONE SCHOOL YEAR, WENT FROM A D TO A B. LET ME REPEAT THAT. IN ONE SCHOOL YEAR. THEY'VE CONTINUED TO MAINTAIN EXCELLENCE. THE CURRICULUM HAS PROVEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN --

>>Lynn Gray: YOUR TIME IS JUST ABOUT UP. FINISH YOUR SENTENCE, PLEASE.

>> THEIR ADMINISTRATORS AND STAFF HAVE TRIED TO GET THEIR STUDENTS TO REACH A LEVEL OF EXCELLENCE THAT I HAVEN'T SEEN AND FITS THE NEEDS OF OUR FAMILY. IT'S MAINLY THE REASON I KEEP MY CHILD THERE. IT'S ALSO WHY I AM HERE TO SUPPORT THEM TODAY. AND I REQUEST THAT YOU APPROVE THE CONTRACT RENEWAL FOR WOODMONT CHARTER SCHOOL. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LAST WE WILL HAVE CHRISTINA EDWARDS. GOOD EVENING, MS. EDWARDS.

>> GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU. I, TOO, AM A PRODUCT OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I HAD MY TWO CHILDREN. THEY WERE NEVER GOING TO PUBLIC SCHOOL BECAUSE OF WHAT I EXPERIENCED. HOWEVER, MY SON ATTENDED FLORIDA CHARTER SCHOOLS FOR FOUR AND A HALF YEARS. MY DAUGHTER TWO AND A HALF BEFORE I TOOK THEM OUT AND ENROLLED THEM IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC WHERE THEY ARE THRIVING. TO SUMMARIZE THE CHARTER SCHOOL FAILURES, WE EXPERIENCED, MY DAUGHTER GRADUATED KINDERGARTEN WITHOUT KNOWING HER LETTERS. MY SON ALMOST FAILED SECOND AND FOURTH GRADE DUE TO BLATANT DISREGARD FOR HIS 504 ACCOMMODATIONS. FINALLY, WITH NO PROFESSIONAL INPUT FROM ANY HUMAN SERVICE WORKER, A CSA SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER LECTURED ME ON WHAT SHE BELIEVED WAS A LACK OF DISCIPLINE IN MY HOME. I URGE YOU TO PUT OUR TAXPAYER DOLLARS INTO SCHOOLS THAT I BELIEVE ARE WORKING TO PUT OUR CHILDREN FIRST, POOLS.  -- PUBLIC SCHOOLS. ON THAT NOTE, I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND YOU THAT IT IS THE JOB OF THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM THE INDOCTRINATION OF DAMAGING POLITICAL MOVEMENTS SUCH AS THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY. MY DAUGHTER CAME HOME WITH THIS BOOK CALLED ONE CRAZY SUMMER. SHE'S FOURTH GRADE GOING INTO FIFTH GRADE. THIS BOOK OUTLINES THE POSITIVE EVENTS THAT CAME OUT OF THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY MOVEMENT IN OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA, IN 1968. I KEN URGE YOU TO PLEASE THOROUGHLY EXAMINE ALL BOOK MATERIAL BEFORE IT COMES OUT. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. THAT CONCLUDES OUR PUBLIC COMMENTS, AND WE ARE REMINDED THAT AT 6:00, WE HAVE OUR EMPLOYEE COMMENTS. WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND MOVE INTO RECOGNITIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS. FIRST WILL BE THE JUNETEENTH NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY. THIS PROCLAMATION WILL BE READ BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. MEMBER WASHINGTON, PLEASE SHARE.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THANK YOU. JUNE TEETH REPRESENTS THE FIRST DAY CELEBRATING FREEDOM IN AMERICA FOR ALL AMERICANS AND THE LAST KNOWN CELEBRATION FOR THE ENDING OF SLAVERY. ON JUNE 19th, 1865, AMERICA WITH ITS FORMER SLAVES CELEBRATED A NEW BIRTH OF FREEDOM NAMING IT JUNETEENTH. AFRICAN AMERICANS NURTURED JUNETEENTH WHILE SERVING IN AMERICA'S WARS AND CONFLICTS. EXEMPLIFYING COURAGE, PATRIOTISM, EXHIBITING PATIENCE WITH GRACE IN THE FACE OF DRACONIAN LAWS AND SEVERE INEQUALITY. OVER THE COURSE OF TIME, THROUGH MANY TRIALS EMERGED JUNETEENTH. LIBERATION EVENT FLOURISHED ACROSS THE NATION INSPIRING CITIZENS TO HONOR THEIR FREEDOM THROUGH MUSIC, STORYTELLING, EDUCATION, CEREMONIES, AND CELEBRATIONS. 46 STATES AND THE DIRECTORATE OF COLUMBIA HAVE -- DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA HAVE ACKNOWLEDGED JUNETEENTH AS A DAY OF OBSERVANCE NECESSARY FOR FREEDOM. ALSO, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE CHILDREN OF VISION, MS. TANYA LEWIS AND WORKMAN DESIGN, MR. GERALD VICARS, WOULD YOU COME UP, PLEASE?

>>Lynn Gray: GOOD EVENING, MS. LEWIS.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, GOOD EVENING. GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS. I WANT TO ASK EACH OF THE BOARD MEMBERS TO COME DOWN. CHILDREN WITH A VISION. 28 YEARS HERE IN THE COMMUNITY. MR. GERALD VICARS IS WORKMAN DESIGN AND WE WANT ALL THE BOARD MEMBERS TO COME DOWN, PLEASE. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU ALSO AS WELL AND MR. PORTER AS WELL. THESE SHIRTS WERE DESIGNED BY GERALD VICARS. HE IS GIFTING THESE SHIRTS TO YOU IN MEMORY OF THE MEMBERS OF JUNETEENTH COMING UP THIS SATURDAY. AGAIN, MY NAME IS TANYA LEWIS WITH CHILDREN WITH A VISION, 28 YEARS IN THE COMMUNITY. MR. GERALD VICARS IS WORKMAN DESIGN WHO DESIGNED THESE SHIRTS, AND WE ARE GIFTING THESE SHIRTS TO THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS IN ECONOMIC RANCE OF 1865 JUNETEENTH THAT WILL BE THIS SATURDAY. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Lynn Gray: WELL, THAT WAS A WONDERFUL SURPRISE. AGAIN, THANK YOU, MS. LEWIS, FOR THE WONDERFUL GENEROUS SPIRIT THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE. I THINK RIGHT NOW I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE JUNETEENTH NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY. I HAVE A MOTION FROM MEMBER PEREZ. SECOND BY MEMBER COMBS. WILL THERE BE ANY DISCUSSION AT THIS POINT IN TIME? MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Jessica Vaughn: AM I ON?

>>Lynn Gray: YES, YOU ARE.

>>Jessica Vaughn: I WANT TO AGAIN THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THOSE BEAUTIFUL SHIRTS. I'M SO GLAD TO SEE THIS PROCLAMATION COME FORWARD. I THINK THAT RIGHT NOW WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE STATE LEVEL IS REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENED IN HISTORY, AND THAT WE'RE HONORING THE DAY THAT OUR -- ALL AMERICANS WERE FREE. I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. I BELIEVE WE HAVE MEMBER WASHINGTON.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THANK YOU, MS. LEWIS AND MR. VICARS. YOU'VE BEEN SERVING THE COMMUNITY A LONG TIME DOING GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY. WE REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU DO FOR THE COMMUNITY IN TAMPA, FLORIDA. I ALSO WANT TO MAKE NOTE, I WOULD BE READING THE FULL PROCLAMATION FOR JUNETEENTH NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY ON FRIDAY, JUNE THE 18th AT THE TAMPA CITY HALL AT 10:00. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: AND THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON. WE ARE VERY MUCH REMINDED THAT OUR BLACK STUDENTS OF COLOR, OF COURSE, THEY NEED TO KNOW THE HISTORY. THEY NEED TO KNOW THE PAIN, THE SUFFERING THAT IS PART OF THEIR HERITAGE AS WELL AS THE WONDERFUL LEADERS THAT HAVE GOTTEN TO THE POINT OF ACTUALLY HAVING HIGH NOTORIETY. HISTORY IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT REVEALER OF THE NATURE OF WHAT OUR STUDENTS HOPEFULLY WILL BECOME. THEY NEED TO RESPECT THE HISTORY, AND AS HARD AS THAT IT IS TO REVIEW. THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON. THANK YOU, MS. LEWIS AND MR. VICARS FOR BEING SO VERY GENEROUS AND RELEVANT TO THE ISSUES OF TODAY. NEXT WE WILL HAVE THE ADOPTION OF THE PROCLAMATION OF LGBTQ+ PRIDE MONTH. OH, WE HAVE TO VOTE. OKAY. IF YOU ALL WILL GO AHEAD AND PRESS THE BUTTON FOR YES OR NO. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. NEXT LGBTQ+. MEMBER PEREZ, WOULD YOU PRESENT THE PROCLAMATION?

>>Karen Perez: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, BEFORE I READ THIS IMPORTANT PROCLAMATION, I WANT TO TELL OUR STUDENTS, ALL OUR STUDENTS, BUT IN THIS CASE, PARTICULARLY OUR TRANS STUDENTS, THAT WE SUPPORT YOU, WE EMPOWER YOU, AND WE STAND BEHIND YOU. I KNOW MANY OF OUR STUDENTS AND PARENTS FEEL TARGETED BY THE ACTIONS TAKEN IN TALLAHASSEE THAT SINGLED OUT OUR TRANS ATHLETES. THESE STUDENTS STAND IN THEIR TRUTH, AND WE NEED TO SUPPORT THEM. SUPERINTENDENT.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THANK YOU. SO TONIGHT WE WILL RECOGNIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF EQUALITY FOR EVERY LEARNER AND EMPLOYEE IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT, INCLUDING THE LGBTQ MEMBERS AND ALSO WE JUST IDENTIFIED THE IMPACT AND ENCOURAGE MEMBERS OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY HAD ON CREATING FREEDOMS, FREEDOMS THAT WE ENJOY TODAY AND FREEDOMS THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT FOR AS WE MOVE FORWARD. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT A DIVERSE COMMUNITY IS ONE THAT IS IDENTIFIED AS A STRONG COMMUNITY. AS WE STAND TOGETHER SOMETIMES IT MAY BE DIFFICULT BUT AS WE CONTINUE TO CREATE THE SAFEST DISRUPTION-FREE, VIBRANT EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WE'LL CONTINUE TO THRIVE AND SUPPORT EVERY LEARNER WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO THANK YOU.

>>Karen Perez: THANK YOU. WITH THAT SAID, THE PROCLAMATION READS:  THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SUPPORTS THE RIGHTS OF EVERY STUDENT AND EMPLOYEE TO EXPERIENCE EQUALITY, EQUITY, AND THE FREEDOM FROM DISCRIMINATION. WE WELCOME AND ACCEPT PEOPLE OF DIVERSE BACKGROUNDS AND OUR DISTRICT BELIEVES A DIVERSE POPULATION LEADS TO A MORE VIBRANT COMMUNITY WHICH CONTRIBUTES GREATLY TO OUR SCHOOLS AND CULTURE. THE LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, AND QUEER COMMUNITIES CONTRIBUTE TO THE EDUCATIONAL, CULTURE, CIVIC, AND ECONOMIC SUCCESS OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND WHILE WE AS A SOCIETY AT-LARGE ARE SLOWLY EMBRACING NEW DEFINITIONS OF SEXUALITY AND GENDER, WE MUST ALSO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE NEED FOR EDUCATION AND AWARENESS REMAINS VITAL TO END DISCRIMINATION AND PREJUDICE.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE LGBTQ+. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS. I HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER VAUGHN. DO WE HAVE ANY DISCUSSION? DISCUSSION, MEMBER WASHINGTON FOLLOWED BY MEMBER VAUGHN, FOLLOWED BY MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I'M JUST HERE TO SUPPORT WHAT MS. PEREZ SAYS. WE'RE HERE FOR EVERYONE AND WE WANT STUDENTS TO BE SUCCESSFUL NO MATTER WHO YOU ARE OR WHAT YOU DO BECAUSE IT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO BE TOGETHER AS A TEAM IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND WORK AS A TEAM TOGETHER TO MAKE THE SCHOOL SYSTEM SUCCESSFUL. SO WHATEVER IT TAKES, WE'RE HERE TO DO IT. I APPRECIATE IT. THANK YOU, MRS. PEREZ.

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

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. I ECHO YOUR SENTIMENTS. WE HAD A SPEAKER EARLIER WHO SPOKE ABOUT INCREASED SUICIDE RATES, INCREASED BULLYING OF OUR LGBTQ AND TRANS STUDENTS AND THERE ARE -- TO SEE SO MANY OF MY FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS MAKING THAT DECLARATION AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS THAT OUR SCHOOLS ARE TO BE INCLUSIVE AND THAT WE WANT ENVIRONMENTS WHERE EVERYBODY FEELS VALUED AND RESPECTED IS REALLY IMPORTANT RIGHT NOW. I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. ALSO, WHOEVER GAVE US THESE PINS, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, AT THE DAIS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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

>>Karen Perez: YES, THANK YOU. ACTUALLY, I GAVE EVERYONE ONE OF THE PENS. BUT ALSO HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE WITH THE BADGE, THE ALLY BADGE, IT'S LETTING YOU KNOW THAT SOMEONE IS SAFE FOR YOU TO SPEAK TO AND YOU CAN APPROACH THEM AND SPEAK TO THEM IF YOU NEED ANYTHING. THERE ARE MORE THAN 64,000 HOMELESS TRANS STUDENTS. BUT THEY COME TO SCHOOL ON A DAILY BASIS BECAUSE THEY FEEL THAT THE SCHOOLS ARE A SAFE PLACE FOR THEM. THEY ARE SLEEPING IN THE STREET, THEY ARE LIVING IN THE STREET, BUT ON A DAILY BASIS THEY COME TO SCHOOL. THAT SAYS AND SPEAKS LOUDLY TO OUR SCHOOL SYSTEMS AND OUR TEACHERS AND WHO WE HAVE SURROUNDING THEM IN OUR SCHOOLS. SO I JUST WANT TO LET OUR -- AGAIN, LET OUR TRANS STUDENTS KNOW AND OUR LGBT COMMUNITY KNOW WE ARE HERE FOR THEM AND WHATEVER THEY NEED. PLEASE, DON'T HESITATE TO COME TO US. WE'RE HERE. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. ABSOLUTELY, THERE IS A GROWING NEED FOR SEX EDUCATION, SEXUAL IDENTITY, GENDER IDENTITY AND FOR STUDENTS TO UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THAT NOT ALL STUDENTS ARE ALIKE AND NOT ALL PEOPLE ARE ALIKE, OF COURSE. SO I ALWAYS SAY EDUCATION IS THE BEST EQUALIZER, SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE VERY COGNIZANT OF THE LGBTQ+, AND THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ, FOR BRINGING THIS FORTH. THANK YOU, BOARD, FOR ALSO ADVOCATING AND SUPPORTING. WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD NOW AND VOTE. ALL OF YOU THAT ARE IN FAVOR OF THE LGBTQ MONTH, PRIDE MONTH, WILL YOU PLEASE VOTE NOW. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD. NEXT, WE HAVE THE RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS WITH PERFECT ATTENDANCE FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH THE 12th GRADE. WITH THE SUPPORT OF SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION. SO WE ARE ANXIOUS. ANN MARIE COURTNEY, GO AHEAD, AND LET'S GET THESE WONDERFUL STUDENTS IN FRONT OF US.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, BOARD MEMBERS. MR. DAVIS, AND THE MEMBERS OF THE CABINET. TODAY WE RECOGNIZE SIX STUDENTS WHO HAVE SHOWN A GREAT COMMITMENT TO THEIR EDUCATION THROUGH A DEMONSTRATION OF PERFECT ATTENDANCE KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12th GRADE. JAMES WOMACK ONCE SAID, COMMITMENT UNLOCKS THE DOORS OF IMAGINATION, ALLOWS VISION AND GIVES US THE RIGHT STUFF WE NEED TO TURN OUR DREAM INTO A REALITY. I DO NOT KNOW IF THESE SIX STUDENTS WE WILL RECOGNIZE TONIGHT HAD A DREAM TO EARN PERFECT ATTENDANCE FROM KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12th GRADE, BUT I DO KNOW THEY MADE IT A REALITY. RESEARCH SHOWS THAT ATTENDANCE IS VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THE CLASSROOM. THESE STUDENTS HAVE ATTENDED 2,340 CONSISTENT DAYS OF SCHOOL. THAT'S 180 DAYS OF SCHOOL FOR 13 YEARS. YES. LET'S PAUSE FOR DRAMATIC EFFECT. [ APPLAUSE ] THIS IS TRULY AN ACCOMPLISHMENT IN MAINTAINING DILIGENT WORK ETHIC AND CHOOSING TO STAY ON COURSE. EACH OF OUR GRADUATING SENIORS WITH PERFECT ATTENDANCE KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12th GRADE WILL BE PRESENTED A BRAND-NEW LAPTOP AND OUR PARTNER, CINDY HILTON FROM SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION, IS KINDLY PROVIDING EACH STUDENT WITH A $500 SCHOLARSHIP. [ APPLAUSE ] AT THIS TIME, IT IS MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE TO YOU THESE EXTRAORDINARY STUDENTS. OUR FIRST STUDENT IS CHIDIUTO ANUNOBI. AND I GOT THAT RIGHT. [ APPLAUSE ] I DID SAY NEWSOME, YES. OUR NEXT STUDENT -- OH, MOM AND DAD. [ APPLAUSE ] OUR NEXT STUDENT IS CHRISTIANA DIRKS FROM PLANT HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] AND HER PROUD PARENTS. AND BROTHER. WHO IS ON TRACK TO BE HERE IN TWO YEARS WITH THE SAME AWARD. OUR NEXT STUDENT IS ALEJANDRO LOPEZ FROM JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] AND HIS PROUD MOM. OUR NEXT STUDENT IS REBECCA RODRIGUEZ FROM BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] AND HER PROUD FAMILY. [ APPLAUSE ] WHEN WE WERE IN THE GREEN ROOM, WE TEASED HER THAT SHE HAD QUITE THE PAPARAZZI. OUR NEXT STUDENT IS NICHOLAS SALVO. UNFORTUNATELY, NICHOLAS HAD WON A TRIP THAT HE WAS UNABLE TO TAKE LAST YEAR BECAUSE OF COVID. SO HE IS ON THAT TRIP WITH HIS FAMILY, AND WE WILL CELEBRATE WHEN HE RETURNS. BUT LET'S GIVE HIM A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND OUR FINAL STUDENT RECOGNITION THIS EVENING IS CORBIN TROTTIER FROM PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] AND HIS PROUD FAMILY. [ APPLAUSE ] STUDENTS, AS YOU BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL, I AM CONFIDENT THAT THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT FORECASTS THE MANY SUCCESSES YOU WILL HAVE IN YOUR FUTURE. A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE PARENTS AND FAMILIES OF THESE INCREDIBLE STUDENTS. YOUR SUPPORT OF THE COMMITMENT TO YOUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. THANK YOU ALSO TO THE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPALS WHO CAME TONIGHT TO HONOR THE SIX PARENTS. THEY ARE HERE IN THE GALLEY WITH US. [ APPLAUSE ] ANOTHER HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNER, SUNCOAST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION FOR THEIR GENEROUS SCHOLARSHIP AND OUR PARTNERS IN EDUCATION FOR THE NEW TECHNOLOGY THESE STUDENTS WILL BE USING IN THEIR FUTURE. CONGRATULATIONS, GRADUATES. [ APPLAUSE ] BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT, IF WE COULD GATHER FOR A PICTURE REAL QUICK. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: PARENTS, THE APPLE DOESN'T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE. THANKS, ANN MARIE COURTNEY. THANKS SUNCOAST CREDIT UNION ALWAYS BEING WITH US AND PARTNERS WITH OUR DISTRICT. SUCH A WONDERFUL OCCASION. SINCE THIS IS AN INFORMATION ITEM, WE DO NOT HAVE TO VOTE BUT WE HAVE ANOTHER SPECIAL RECOGNITION, AND I THINK WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD RIGHT INTO THAT. THAT IS THE 2020/2021 HIGH SCHOOL STATE BASEBALL CHAMPIONS. AND MR. ROBINSON WILL PRESENT THIS RECOGNITION.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. WE HAD THE PLEASURE OF BEING ABLE TO PRESENT TO YOU STATE CHAMPIONS PREVIOUSLY AT THE RECOGNITION MEETINGS, BUT SINCE THAT LAST RECOGNITION MEETING, WE'VE HAD ANOTHER TEAM WIN A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP. SO WE APPRECIATE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT THEM HERE TONIGHT. WE HAVE THE STATE CHAMPION BASEBALL TEAM FROM BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] HERE TO MAKE A FEW INTRODUCTIONS, WE'RE GOING TO START OFF WITH THE PROUD PRINCIPAL OF BLOOMINGDALE HIGH SCHOOL, MR. MARCOS RODRIGUEZ.

>> GOOD EVENING. I WOULD LIKE TO ECHO THE POSITIVE COMMENTS SAID THUS FAR. THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY THAT OUR BASEBALL TEAM WON A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AND WHAT A YEAR TO DO THAT. WE ARE EXTREMELY, EXTREMELY PROUD OF OUR COACHING STAFF, OF OUR PLAYERS FOR STICKING THROUGH IT AND FOR MAKING IT ALL THE WAY WITH TO THE STATE FINALS AND WINNING THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP AND TO BE THE FIRST IN SCHOOL HISTORY FOR US. ONCE AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU GUYS. TRUE TESTAMENT TO ALL THE HARD WORK YOU PUT IN THIS YEAR. OUR HEAD COACH, CHRIS WILKIN, WILL INTRODUCE OUR PLAYERS.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO THE SCHOOL BOARD, THANK YOU TO MR. DAVIS. THE SUPPORT WE GOT ALONG THE WAY WAS AWESOME. PROBABLY THE BEST MOMENT FOR ME AND I KNOW BIG FOR THE PLAYERS WAS THE MORNING OF THE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME WHEN I RECEIVED A CALL FROM MR. DAVIS AND KIND OF PUMPED US UP A LITTLE BIT AND GOT US READY TO PLAY. THAT WAS REALLY, REALLY COOL. THANK YOU TO MR. ROBINSON. MS. BURCHILL AND MY ADMINISTRATION AT BLOOMINGDALE. THEY ARE THE BEST, JUST SUPPORTING US ALL THE WAY. THANK THEM VERY MUCH. AT THIS TIME, I WOULD LIKE TO INTRODUCE MOST OF MY PLAYERS. START WITH SENIOR DONOVAN DUBISON. [ APPLAUSE ] ANOTHER SENIOR, MARLON BOWEN. [ APPLAUSE ] SENIOR DAVID EKIS. CARLOS JUNIOR DeJESUS. [ APPLAUSE ] SOPHOMORE ALEX VASQUEZ. [ APPLAUSE ] SENIOR JOE SKINNER. [ APPLAUSE ] JUNIOR JACK OWENS. [ APPLAUSE ] JUNIOR DRAKE HARMON. [ APPLAUSE ] JUNIOR CHASE CHAPEL. [ APPLAUSE ] SOPHOMORE, TRAY WILSON. [ APPLAUSE ] SENIOR GABE GARRETT. [ APPLAUSE ] SOPHOMORE, DAWSON HARMON. [ APPLAUSE ] SOPHOMORE, BOBBY ROSSI. [ APPLAUSE ] JUNIOR TRAY CLINTON. [ APPLAUSE ] JUNIOR JAKE NOLTE. [ APPLAUSE ] AND JUNIOR COLBY SHELTON. [ APPLAUSE ] I HAVE A VERY, VERY AMAZING SUPPORT STAFF IN MY COACHING STAFF. HE'S BEEN DOING THIS FOR A VERY LONG TIME. COACH FRANK LOMBARD. [ APPLAUSE ]

>> BOARD MEMBERS, IF WE COULD ASK THAT YOU ALL MAYBE STAND BEHIND THEM SO WE HAVE SOME PARENTS THAT MIGHT WANT TO TAKE A PICTURE. THANK YOU. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Lynn Gray: YES, THANK YOU, COACHES. THANK YOU, MR. ROBINSON, AND YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME. GREAT COMPETITORS. YOU'LL DO WONDERFUL IN LIFE. JUST KEEP IT GOING. THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. WE LOOK TO BRING FORWARD QUITE A BIT OF FEW STATE CHAMPIONS NEXT YEAR. NEXT WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND DO THE CONSENT AGENDA. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE -- I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS AND I HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. MEMBER WASHINGTON VOTED. MEMBER GRAY, MEMBER HAHN, MEMBER COMBS, AND THOSE WHO ARE NOT HERE WERE MEMBER VAUGHN AND MEMBER PEREZ AND MEMBER SNIVELY. IT'S UNANIMOUS. ALL RIGHT. WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD NOW AND HANDLE OUR SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS TONIGHT. WITH ALL THE EXCITEMENT, YOU'LL HAVE A LOT TO FACE UP TO, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, I KNOW YOU HAVE A PowerPoint, PERHAPS.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. YOU'RE ON.

>>Addison Davis: THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. THANKS FOR ALL THE SPEAKERS WHO CAME TONIGHT TO SPEAK ABOUT PUBLIC EDUCATION AND OUR STANDS AS AN ORGANIZATION, PLEASE KNOW THAT WE ARE THERE WITH YOU AND WE OPENLY HAVE SOME WORK TO DO FROM SLIP PERSPECTIVE. DUE TO THE FACT THAT CHARTER SCHOOLS, WE'RE HERE TO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT CHOICE. OUR JOB IS ALSO TO PROTECT AND COMPETE FROM A DISTRICT MANAGEMENT PERSPECTIVE. BUT TONIGHT, WE GET A CHANCE IN MY SUPERINTENDENT'S UPDATE, WANT TO RECOGNIZE NEW PRINCIPALS THAT WE HAVE. LEAD THE WAY FOR 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR. PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THE LEARNING SOLUTIONS AND ALSO THE MASK MANDATE FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR AS WELL, DISCUSS THIRD GRADE FSA SCORES AND AT THE SAME TOKEN, HIGHLIGHT GRADUATION FOR THE CLASS OF 2021. LET'S GET RIGHT INTO IT NEW PRINCIPALS. CONTINUED EXCITEMENT OFF OF A STATE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR BLOOMINGDALE. LET'S GO RIGHT INTO IT AND RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE NEW LEADERS THAT WILL LEAD THE WORK IN THIS ORGANIZATION. WHEN I CALL YOUR NAME, IF YOU'LL PLEASE STAND UP, ACTUALLY, WHAT I'D LOVE FOR YOU TO DO IS COME UP HERE AND BE RECOGNIZED. THE FIRST ONE FROM BROOKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WOULD BE HEIDI KOPLIN, AP AT MINTZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. [ APPLAUSE ] ALSO FOR GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL, WE HAVE THE CURRENT ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL WHO WILL NOW LEAD THIS WORK AS A PRINCIPAL TRANSITION TO ANOTHER COUNTY, THIS WILL BE WENDY RAULD. PLEASE COME UP. [ APPLAUSE ] REALLY TOUGH TO FILL THE NEXT ONE. HUNTER'S GREEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. ONE OF THE GREATEST PRINCIPALS HAD A CHANCE TO RETIRE. TRIED TO BRING HER BACK. I TALKED TO HER A LOT. SHE REALLY HOLDS ME ACCOUNTABLE. THIS PERSON NO, THIS PERSON YES. OKAY, MAYBE. FINALLY, TODAY, WE GET A CHANCE TO RECOGNIZE SOMEONE THAT WILL NOT ONLY FILL HER SHOES, THEY WILL LEAN ON HER SO VERY MUCH, THIS INDIVIDUAL WILL GALVANIZE THIS COMMUNITY, THAT IS NICOLE LIBBY. PLEASE COME UP. [ APPLAUSE ] I'M TELLING YOU, SHE TEXTED ME TODAY ASKING HOW OTHER SCHOOLS DO IN THE DISTRICT. NOT COMPETITIVE ON THE WAY OUT. ALSO, AN OPPORTUNITY FOR KINGSWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO HAVE A NEW LEADER, CURRENTLY THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT KIMLEY, DONE A REALLY GOOD JOB WITH MR. RUSSELL, AND THAT IS CARMEN SHEFFIELD. COME ON UP. [ APPLAUSE ] EXCITED. AND THEN TRYING TO FIND A RIGHT LEADER TO REALLY TAKE ON THE WORK AT LOMAX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WE HAVE A LEADER THAT CONTINUES TO BE RECOGNIZED IN THE ORGANIZATION THAT WANTS A CONTINUED CHALLENGE. SHE'S DONE GOOD WORK AT WOODBRIDGE MIDDLE SCHOOL WITH THE TRANSITION OF LOMAX ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND THAT IS SARAH JACOBSEN CAPPS. PLEASE COME ON UP. [ APPLAUSE ] IN ADDITION, TRYING TO REPLACE MELODY MURPHY WHO TRANSITIONED FROM RIVERVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO JACKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO TAKE ON A NEW CHALLENGE FOR US, IT WAS EASY AND SIMPLISTIC TO FIND A LEADER COMMITTED, UNDERSTANDS THE COMMUNITY, UNDERSTANDS THE BODY OF WORK, AND THAT IS MS. THERESA MADILL. CURRENT AP MOVING UP. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THEN FOR FOR THE FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT, NEW LEADER AT RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL. SUCH A CAMARADERIE WITH THEIR COMMUNITY. RELATED TO THEIR STAFF. THEY ARE TRULY ENTRENCHED IN OPENLY TRYING TO FIND A LEADER TO CONTINUE TO FILL THE SHOES OF DANIELLE AND ALSO MR. GUNNEDER, FORMER APC TRANSITIONED TO THE DISTRICT AND NOW BEING ABLE TO GO TO LEAD AND BELIEVE HE IS THE RIGHT LEADER, MR. BRIAN SPIRO. PLEASE COME ON OVER. [ APPLAUSE ] NOW, I SAY IT IS THE GREATEST EXCITEMENT AT THE TIME WHEN WE TURN THE KEYS OVER TO EACH OF YOU, START JULY 1, YOU START TODAY. THIS TASK IS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT. EVERYONE THAT SITS OUT IN FRONT OF YOU AND BEHIND YOU IS HERE TO SUPPORT YOU IN THIS WORK. CONGRATULATIONS TO EACH OF YOU. I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING A PARTNER AS WE CONTINUE TO ACCELERATE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS. ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU TO YOUR FAMILY. BECAUSE WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A COT AT THE SCHOOL NOW. [ LAUGHTER ] THANK YOU FOR YOUR WILLINGNESS AND SUPPORT. SO THANK YOU. AS WE TRANSITION, AS WE NOTICED OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, WE IDENTIFIED SOME MOVEMENT RELATED -- WAIT UNTIL THEY -- WAIT A COUPLE OF SECONDS. THEY ARE LIKE, WE'RE OUT OF HERE. ALL RIGHT. AS INDIVIDUALS TRANSITION OUT, THERE IS ANOTHER LEADER. I DON'T BELIEVE SHE'S HERE TONIGHT. WE HAVE ANOTHER LEADER EXCITED TO TRANSITION FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO MIDDLE SCHOOL, AND BEING ABLE TO WORK WITH THE KIDS, DEDICATE THEIR TIME, MRS. TAMMY BROOKS, THE CURRENT LEADER AT BUCKHORN. SHE WILL BE TRANSITIONED TO MULRENNAN MIDDLE SCHOOL. SO WE GET A CHANCE TO RECOGNIZE HER FOR HER CONTINUED HARD WORK AND DEDICATION. WHOO-HOO. [ APPLAUSE ] ALSO, WE TALKED ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF AGO, SENT A COMMUNICATION OUT TO OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS, MRS. HOLT BACK THERE CAUSING TROUBLE. MRS. HOLT.

>>Lynn Gray: TIME FOR SOME REFERRALS.

>>Addison Davis: ONE THING WE'RE DOING IS WE IDENTIFIED NEXT YEAR FOR THE 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR IS REALLY DRILLING DOWN TO IDENTIFY WHAT LEARNING SOLUTIONS THAT WE WILL OFFER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WE HAVE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT SIMULTANEOUS TEACHING, ALSO REMOTE LEARNING HAS BEEN VERY COMPLEX, DIFFICULT, AND TAXING ON OUR TEACHERS, TAXING ON OUR LEADERS, TAXING ON PARENTS. BEING ABLE TO TRANSITION NEXT YEAR OPENLY TO IMPLEMENT BRICK AND MORTAR ALONG THE WAY WITH HILLSBOROUGH K-12 VIRTUAL, THOSE WOULD BE OUR TWO LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR EVERYONE. WE SEND THAT COMMUNICATION OUT TO OUR COMMUNITY FOR EVERY ONE OF OUR E-LEARNERS. WHAT WE HAVE DONE IS SENT A SURVEY OUT TO THOSE PARENTS AS WELL TO IDENTIFY AND ASK THEM WHAT THEIR APPETITE WILL BE FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. WE ASKED THEM ABOUT BRICK AND MORTAR ABOUT HOW WE'VE DONE IT IN A SAFE, SOCIAL AND SAFE MANNER. SAME TOKEN, VIRTUAL K-12 ALONG WITH AN UPLOADED VIDEO WE IDENTIFIED TO SHOW THE GREAT EXPERIENCES THAT HAS HAPPENED IN HILLSBOROUGH K-12 VIRTUAL TO BE ABLE TO DRAW BACK OUR STUDENTS BACK TO OUR DISTRICT-MANAGED SCHOOLS. AS YOU CAN SEE THROUGH THE SURVEY, 98% OF THE STUDENTS THAT WE HAVE SURVEYED THUS FAR HAVE IDENTIFIED THAT THEY WILL BE COMING BACK TO BRICK AND MORTAR WHICH IS A CELEBRATION. AT THE SAME TOKEN, 1.5% WILL BE TRANSITIONED TO HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL K-12 AND THEN .5 BEING ABLE TO SELECT OTHER LEARNING SOLUTION. THE SURVEY WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR JUNE THE 30th. WE'LL CONTINUE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE PUSH THAT OUT TO OUR FAMILIES SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO BETTER SUPPORT OUR SCHOOLS AND THE BIG RATIONALE FOR COMPLETING THAT SURVEY IS SO THAT WE KNOW HOW TO PROPERLY STAFF NOW VERSUS CHASING THIS INFORMATION IN THE FIRST 5, 10, 20 DAYS OF THE SCHOOL. IN THE SAME TOKEN, ONE THING WE DID, WE SURVEYED OUR -- WE SURVEYED PARENTS. WE SURVEYED OUR LEADERS AND OUR TEACHERS, AND OVERWHELMINGLY THE SURVEY CAME BACK THAT WHEN WE ASKED THEM WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANTED MASKS TO BE -- WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANTED MASKS TO BE OPTIONAL, THE MAJORITY OF OUR CONSTITUENTS SAID THAT WE SHOULD NOT REQUIRE MASKS. THEREFORE, LOOKING AT THE TRENDS OF WHAT'S GOING ON WITH OUR COMMUNITY AS VACCINATION CONTINUES TO GROW LEGS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY, WE'VE ELECTED THAT WE WILL NOT BE -- WE MADE MASKS OPTIONAL FOR STARTING ON JUNE THE 7th TRANSITION THROUGH SUMMER SCHOOL. AT THE SAME TOKEN, BEING ABLE TO TRANSITION TO THE SCHOOL YEAR FOR THE 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR AS WELL. WE DID IN THE LETTER IDENTIFY THAT WE'LL CONTINUE TO WORK WITH MEDICAL EXPERTS AS EDUCATIONAL SIDE, WE WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN WE CONTINUE TO WATCH TRENDS AND IF ANY DIFFERENT TRENDS ARE DEMONSTRATED WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY DUE TO COVID-19 DUE TO THE PANDEMIC WE'LL CONTINUE TO REVISIT THAT AND KEEP THE COMMUNITY INFORMED. AS OF RIGHT NOW, MASKS WILL BE OPTIONAL AS WE START AND LAUNCH THE 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR. IN ADDITION, WE JUST GOT THIS WEEK RELEASED YESTERDAY THIRD GRADE READING SCORE RESULTS. I'M OPENLY PROUD TO IDENTIFY THAT WHY WE ONLY DEMONSTRATED A 1% LOSS. YOU'VE GOT TO LOOK AT A NUMBER OF STUDENTS STOPPED LEARNING RELATED TO A FACE-TO-FACE OPPORTUNITY IN MARCH OF 2020. SO BEING ABLE TO LOOK AT AND IDENTIFY THE NUMBER OF READING STRATEGIES AND SKILLS AND STANDARDS THAT WERE NOT TAUGHT FACE TO FACE THAT OUR STUDENTS MISSED. WE WERE TRYING TO REALLY MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE'RE STACKING OUR STANDARDS, ACCELERATING LEARNING THIS SCHOOL YEAR. WHILE WE NEVER WANT TO LOSE GROUND, WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE CONDITIONS IN WHICH OUR STUDENTS WILL LEARN WERE VERY COMPLEX THIS YEAR. STUDENTS WITH QUARANTINE, STUDENTS COMING IN AND OUT WITH DISRUPTIONS WITH QUARANTINE, ADMINISTRATORS WITH QUARANTINED TEACHERS AND AT THE SAME TOKEN, WE HAD A NUMBER OF FINANCIAL WOES WHERE WE HAD TO MOVE TEACHERS FROM ONE SCHOOL TO THE NEXT. IT WAS A DEDISRUPTIVE YEAR. AFTER TALKING TO MANY DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT THE STATE, A NUMBER OF OUR DISTRICTS LOSS SIGNIFICANTLY IN THIS AREA, FSA THIRD GRADE PERFORMANCE AND 1% WHILE WE NEVER WANT TO LOSE GROUND HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE HARD WORK AND DEDICATION MADE AND THE TESTIMONY TO EVERYONE THAT HAS PLAYED A VITAL PART TO CONNECT WITH OUR CHILDREN IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE WILL START TO SEE AN UPWARD SWING NOW. AS WE COME BACK TO FACE TO FACE NEXT YEAR, BUT REALLY WANTED TO SHOW THAT WE ARE CONTINUING TO MOVE THE NEEDLE. SOME OF THE CELEBRATIONS YOU LOOK AT TRANSFORMATION. THEY HAD 25 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN TRANSFORMATION. 13 OF THE 25 SCHOOLS MOVED UP, INCREASED IN THIRD GRADE LITERACY, WHICH IS A CELEBRATION. IF YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS THAT ARE WITH OUR EXTERNAL OPERATOR, 6 OF THE 8 EITHER MAINTAINED OR INCREASED, WHICH IS A CELEBRATION WHICH IS OUR MOST FRAGILE SCHOOLS WITHIN THIS ORGANIZATION. THE SAME TOKEN, WE HAVE 50 SCHOOLS THAT MADE INCREASES IN LEVEL THREE. THESE ARE SOME OF THE SCHOOLS THAT HAD THE GREATEST MOVEMENT. IF YOU LOOK AT DESOTO AND FOSTER, REMEMBER, FOSTER IS ONE OF THE SCHOOLS THAT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS ONE OF THE GREATEST UNDERPERFORMING SCHOOLS IN THE STATE. A 22 POINT INCREASE IN THIRD GRADE. THAT IS THE HARD WORK AND COLLABORATION WE CONTINUE TO HAVE WITH OUR TEACHERS, LEADERS, SUPPORT STAFF, STUDENTS, DISTRICT STAFF AND ALSO MGT IT DOES THE THAT FOCUS. THE SAME TOKEN, WE SEE THAT 47 OF OUR SCHOOLS DECREASED IN NUMBER OF STUDENTS EARNING A LEVEL ONE, WHICH REALLY SHOWS THE CONCENTRATION THAT OUR SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION IS WORKING. OUR INSTRUCTIONAL FRAMEWORK IS BEING IMPLEMENTED AND THE HARD WORK OF OUR TEACHERS. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SCHOOLS WHO CONTINUE TO MAKE THAT MOVEMENT WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND THEN OPENLY, ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS WE TALKED ABOUT IS BEING ABLE TO TARGET STUDENTS WHO NEED US THE MOST DURING THE SUMMER SO THAT SUMMER LEARNING LOSS DOES NOT CONTINUE TO GROW. SO BEING ABLE TO GIVE YOU UPDATED ANALYTICS OF WHERE WE ARE AS OF TODAY, AS OF YESTERDAY, THE NUMBERS WERE OVER 10,000 STUDENTS ARE TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE CONTINUED LEARNING THAT WE ARE OFFERING HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THIS IS A NUMBER OF BOOT CAMPS, THIRD GRADE LITERACY CAMPS, STEP CAMPS, MIGRANT PROGRAMS, ESE CAMPS TO OFFER OUR CHILDREN A SAFE PLACE TO CONTINUE TO LEARN. WHILE THIS IS 10,380 STUDENTS ACTIVELY ENGAGED IN SUMMER SCHOOL AS OF YESTERDAY, WE HAD ANOTHER 400 STUDENTS THAT ATTENDED TODAY. SCHOOLS ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO MAKE PHONE CALLS TO OUR STUDENTS IN NEED TO GET THEM ON OUR CAMPUSES TO MAKE CERTAIN WE'RE OFFERING EVERY OPPORTUNITY AND EVERY AVENUE TO EXCEL EDUCATIONALLY, EMOTIONAL AND SOCIALLY THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER SO SUMMER LEARNING LOSS DOESN'T CONTINUE TO BE EXACERBATED AND THAT STUDENTS ARE IN FRONT OF OUR HIGH QUALIFIED SKILLED TEACHERS ALONG THE WAY. THE LAST THING I HAVE IS GRADUATION. ONE THING WE TRULY NEEDED IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IS TO GET BACK TO SOME NORMALCY. IN THE LAST GRADUATION THAT WE HAD IN PERSON WAS IN 2019. SO TO BE ABLE TO BRING OUR STUDENTS BACK TO MAKE THAT CONNECTIVITY, WE HAD OVER 14,000 STUDENTS THAT GRADUATED IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS, AND WE HAD OVER 1 MILLION VIEWERS WATCH THAT THROUGH OUR TAPING OF OUR LIVE, THROUGH OUR Facebook, WHICH IS EQUIVALENT TO WATCHING 312 MINUTES THAT OUR STUDENTS, OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS WATCHED OUR STUDENTS WALK ACROSS THE STAGE. WE CONTINUED A GREAT TRADITION THAT I GOT A CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE FOR THE FIRST TIME. NEW BOARD MEMBERS GOT A CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE THE FIRST TIME. MAINTAINING BOARD MEMBERS GOT TO CONTINUE TO PASS THE BATON OR BE INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS. WE GOT A CHANCE TO MEET A UNIQUE SENIOR AT EVERY ONE OF OUR SCHOOLS. AND WE POSTED THOSE ON SOME OF OUR SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS. THE STORIES WILL BLOW YOU AWAY ABOUT HOW SOME OF OUR STUDENTS HAVE ACCELERATED THROUGH SOME VERY TRAUMATIC TIMES TO BE ABLE TO FULFILL NOT ONLY THEIR OBLIGATION THROUGH HAVING A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA BUT SOME OF OUR STUDENTS TRANSITION TO BE ABLE TO HAVE -- EARN COLLEGE CREDITS AS WELL AND REALLY SPECIAL TIME FOR ME AND THE BOARD MEMBERS TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT. MANY THANKS TO OUR MEDICAL EXPERTS. TGH ALONG WITH USF HEALTH, FLORIDA FAIR, STATE FAIR, TO OUR SAFETY DIVISION, AND ALSO COLLEEN FOSSETT. IF YOU GET A CHANCE, MAKE SURE TO SEE COLLEEN FAUCETT. SEE MR. CULPEPPER. THANK THEM FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO SET THE PROCESS UP. THEY DID IT IN A REALLY NICE MANNER. HATS OFF TO EVERYONE ALLOWING US TO MOVE FROM TWO TO FOUR TICKETS. IT WAS A REALLY NICE EVENT. OUR PRINCIPALS AND THEIR STAFF DID SUCH A GRACEFUL JOB AND IT WAS A GREAT CELEBRATION NEEDED. I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT THAT AND THANK EVERYBODY FOR BEING A PART OF IT. AS WE CLOSE THE SCHOOL YEAR OUT AND START PLANNING FOR THE 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. INDEED, WHAT A YEAR IT HAS BEEN. AND THANK YOU, MS. COLLEEN FAUCETT AND CORIES CULPEPPER. IT WAS A GREAT GRADUATION AND IT WAS QUITE A SUCCESS GIVEN THE CONDITIONS. WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD RIGHT NOW AND MOVE RIGHT INTO OUR EMPLOYEE COMMENT. MR. PORTER, YOU WANTED TO GO AHEAD AND SAY SOMETHING.

>>Jim Porter: WE WERE MADE AWARE THERE WAS A POTENTIAL TECHNICAL GLITCH WHEN YOU VOTED ON THE CONSENT AGENDA. JUST SO THE RECORD IS CLEAR, IF WE COULD HAVE THE BOARD REVOTE ON IT. IT WOULD REQUIRE A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AND THEN A VOTE.

>>Lynn Gray: I HAVE A MOTION --

>>Jim Porter: WE NEED A MOTION.

>>Lynn Gray: -- FROM MEMBER WASHINGTON. I NEED A SECOND. SECOND FROM MEMBER SNIVELY. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. THIS IS FOR THE CONSENT AGENDA. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE THE EMPLOYEE COMMENT. WE WILL NOW TAKE EMPLOYEE INPUT EVEN THOUGH WE HEAR PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING, IT IS SOMETIMES DIFFICULT FOR EMPLOYEES OF OUR DISTRICT TO ATTEND MEETINGS AT 4 P.M. THERE ARE MANY WAYS FOR EMPLOYEES TO MAKE THEIR VOICES HEARD, INCLUDING THROUGH A UNION -- WELL, VARIOUS UNION REPRESENTATIVES, E-MAILS, PHONE CALLS, ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATIONS, AND PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING. THE BOARD DOES WANT TO HEAR FROM OUR EMPLOYEES. WITH THIS SECTION OF OUR AGENDA, WE ARE CREATING ANOTHER AVENUE FOR EMPLOYEES TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD. WE ARE SETTING ASIDE 30 MINUTES FOR EMPLOYEES OF THE DISTRICT TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD ABOUT ANY ISSUES THAT ARE ON YOUR MIND. THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A DISCUSSION ABOUT SPECIFIC AGENDA ITEMS ON TONIGHT'S AGENDA, BUT RATHER AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD ABOUT ANY ISSUES RELATED TO YOUR JOB OR THE DISTRICT. EACH SPEAKER WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES. I WILL NOW CALL ROB KRIETE WILL BE OUR FIRST SPEAKER FOLLOWED BY HIDEI GLICK. GOOD EVENING, MR. KRIETE.

>> IT IS GREAT TO HONOR STUDENTS TONIGHT, THOSE WITH THE PERFECT ATTENDANCE, THE TEAM. THAT'S AWESOME. ALWAYS FUN TO BE HERE FOR THINGS LIKE THAT. BUT, HEY, THE PAST 15 MONTHS HAVE BEEN THE MOST CHALLENGING OUR DISTRICT HAS EVER ENDURED. HOWEVER, WE HAVE DONE SOME GREAT THINGS AND IMPACTFUL THINGS TOGETHER, ACTA AND THE DISTRICT TO MITIGATE SOME OF THESE OBSTACLES THAT THE PANDEMIC HAS BROUGHT INCLUDING PROTECTING OUR MOST VULNERABLE EMPLOYEES WHERE POSSIBLE, CREATING THE MOST LOGICAL PROTOCOLS AND EVEN ALTERING THE SCHOOL CALENDAR WHEN WE NEEDED TO. AS WE CONTINUE OUR COLLABORATION GEARING UP FOR 21-22, LET'S WORK ON A PLAN RIGHT NOW TO DO THE RIGHT THING AND USE A FRACTION OF ESSER 3 FUNDS LIKE MANY DISTRICTS AROUND FLORIDA ARE DOING TO OFFER THE SAME BONUS TO OUR HARDWORKING, UNDERPAID ESPs AND NONCLASSROOM INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL THAT THE STATE IS GIVING CLASSROOM TEACHERS THIS YEAR. OUR EDUCATION SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS AND NONCLASSROOM INSTRUCTIONAL PERSONNEL HEEDED THE CALL AND RETURNED TO OUR SCHOOLS JUST LIKE OUR CLASSROOM TEACHERS, YET HAVE BEEN IGNORED BY THE GOVERNOR'S PLAN TO REWARD SOME AND NOT OTHER PROFESSIONALS. OUR ESPs ARE VITAL TO OUR SCHOOLS. THEY ARE VITAL TO OUR STUDENTS, AND THEY ARE VITAL TO OUR COMMUNITIES. AND YET THEY REMAIN OUR LOWEST PAID EMPLOYEES. TOGETHER, I AM CONFIDENT THAT WE COULD FIND A WAY TO DO THE RIGHT THING BY THESE EMPLOYEES AND USE A FRACTION OF THE FEDERAL MONEY THAT COULD BE USED IN THIS MANNER. OUR ESPs DESERVE THIS AND MORE AND I KNOW WE CAN FIGURE ALL THIS OUT. LET'S FIGURE A WAY TO GET TO THE TABLE AND DISCUSS WHAT WE COULD DO FOR ALL OF THESE PROFESSIONALS. LAST, I WOULD LIKE A THANK YOU, MR. DAVIS. THANK DR. WHALEN, THANK YOU THE HR DEPARTMENT FOR WORKING WITH US TO FIND EMPLOYMENT FOR ALL OF THOSE EDUCATORS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN LAID OFF BY THE LAST ROUND OF CUTS. ALTHOUGH NOT A PERFECT PLAN, WE WORKED TOGETHER TO OFFER THESE PROFESSIONALS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CONTINUED EMPLOYMENT THAT WAS IMPORTANT TO US, TO ME AND, OF COURSE, TO THE EMPLOYEES AND THEIR FAMILIES. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR ALL OF THAT. WE LOOK FORWARD TO FURTHER COLLABORATION AND PROBLEM SOLVING. LET'S ALL HAVE A SAFE AND PRODUCTIVE SUMMER. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MR. CRETE. MS. HEIDI GLICK. GOOD EVENING.

>> GOOD EVENING. HEIDI GLICK, ALONSO HIGH SCHOOL. WE ALL KNOW, THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL IN THE COUNTY. WE'RE WELL OVER 90% GRADUATION RATE. I ACTUALLY CAME TONIGHT TO SAY THANK YOU. TO THANK YOU, MR. DAVIS, FOR WORKING IT OUT SO THOSE EMPLOYEES WHO WE THOUGHT MAY NOT BE ABLE TO FIND EMPLOYMENT IN THE DISTRICT WERE ABLE TO STAY. I THINK THAT WAS VERY AMAZING. I ALSO WANTED TO THANK YOU FOR THE WORKSHOP THIS MORNING. IT WAS VERY, VERY EDUCATIONAL. THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE PEOPLE THAT MADE PRESENTATIONS. I AM EVEN MORE SCARED ABOUT BEING A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER THAN I WAS BEFORE, BUT ONLY BECAUSE THE DISTRICT, THE STATE DOESN'T LIKE US. THE LAST THING IS I REALLY WANT TO EXTEND A HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO YOU, MR. DAVIS, FOR WHAT UNDER FOR ONE OF THE EMPLOYEES AT ALONSO HIGH SCHOOL WHO WAS CUT AND ESPECIALLY SINCE IT'S PRIDE MONTH. YOU DO HAVE A HEART OF, AND I DO WANT YOU TO KNOW HOW MUCH I APPRECIATE YOU AND HOW HOW MUCH EVERYONE AT ALONSO APPRECIATES WHETHER A YOU DID. HAVE A NICE SUMMER.

>>Lynn Gray: THANKS, MRS. GLICK, AND YOU ALSO. I THINK RIGHT NOW WE'LL MOVE ON TO A MORE COMPLEX SET OF AGENDA ITEMS. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WILL BE HEARD FOR DISCUSSION, AND THERE IS A SLEW OF THEM. HERE WE GO. C 6.01, C 6.02, C 6.03, C 6.04, C 6.08. C 6.09. C 6.11. C 6.12. C 6.22. C 6.25. C 6.27. C 6.28. C 7.02. C 10.01. C 10.02. C 10.03. C 10.04, 10.05, 10.06, 10.07, 10.08, 10.09, 10.10, 10.11. 10.12, C 11.01. AND THE CAVEAT IS WE DID MOVE THE CHARTERS UP BECAUSE OF TWO MAIN REASONS. NUMBER ONE, THE PUBLIC HAS A VERY SPECIFIC INTEREST. OBVIOUSLY, WE HAD MANY PUBLIC SPEAKERS. AND SECONDLY, THE IMPACT OF THE DECISIONS TONIGHT WITH REGARDS TO THESE CHARTERS WILL IMPACT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF DISCUSSION NO DOUBT FROM BOARD MEMBERS ON EITHER SIDE. WE'RE GOING TO BEGIN, THOUGH WITH 6.25, WHICH IS THE BUDGET AMENDMENTS. AND THIS WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. WE'LL GO AHEAD WITH THE FINANCE AND THEN VPK AND THEN TO THE CHARTERS.

>>Addison Davis: TONIGHT, REGULAR BUDGET AMENDMENTS THAT WE GET FOR THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENTS. I'LL LET MRS. JOHNSON AND HER TEAM GO THROUGH WHERE WE ARE FINANCIALLY.

>>Ro Johnson: GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS. WE'LL BE PRESENTING THE BUDGET AMENDMENT FOR MAY, UP TO DATE FOR 2021. ALSO, WE'RE GOING TO DO THE PROJECTIONS FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR FOR OUR CASH FLOW AND ALSO OUR FUND BALANCE PROJECTION FOR JUNE 30th, 2021. I KNOW IT'S HARD TO SEE BUT I'LL GO THROUGH THE BUDGET QUICKLY. COLUMN ONE IS ADOPTED BUDGET AS OF SEPTEMBER. THAT'S WHEN YOU ADOPT THE BUDGET IN SEPTEMBER. WE ALWAYS PUT THIS OUT THERE. AND OUR CURRENT BUDGET IS FOR MAY, APRIL. WE ADOPT THAT LAST MONTH. OUR CURRENT BUDGET FOR MAY IS BEING ADOPTED TODAY OR AMENDED TODAY. THE FOURTH COLUMN IS WHAT HAS ACTUALLY CHANGED FOR THIS MAY, THIS BUDGET MONTH. IT'S BUDGET. NOT ACTUAL MOVING OF EXPENDITURES. IT'S MOVING BUDGET. AS YOU CAN SEE IN OUR FEDERAL THROUGH STATE, WE HAVE AN INCREASE IN MEDICAID. SO REIMBURSEMENT OF 2.2 MILLION. ALSO, WE MADE A REDUCTION IN OUR LOCAL FEES AS FAR AS HOSTING THOSE PROGRAMS THAT -- BRICK AND MORTAR, WE GET MORE COLLECTION FOR PARTICIPATION. ALSO, AS YOU CAN SEE, EXPENDITURES, OVERALL IMPACT OF 300 INCREASE IN REVENUE FOR OUR GENERAL FUND. AND ALSO, THE EXPENDITURES WE'RE MOVING BUDGET AROUND TO ALLOCATE IT TO WHERE THEY ARE ACTUALLY GOING TO BE SPENDING THIS ACTUAL INCREASE OF THE BUDGET. THE NEXT COLUMN IS YEAR TO DATE ACTUAL. IT GIVES YOU A PREVIEW OF WHERE WE FALL OUT, HOW MUCH REVENUE WE COLLECTED TO DATE. TODAY, WE COLLECTED 1.4 MILLION OF OUR PROJECTED 1.5 OF AMENDED BUDGET FOR MAY. WE HAVE A BALANCE TO COLLECT A PROJECTION OF 30.1 MILLION. IN OUR EXPENDITURES FOR OUR YEAR-TO-DATE ACTUAL, ON THE NEXT PAGE, YOU'LL SEE WE PROJECT TO DATE SPENT 1.5 MILLION. THAT'S 18 MILLION OVER OUR OVERALL REVENUE RESOURCES TO DATE. AND GIVE US A FUND BALANCE, PROJECTED FUND BALANCE FROM LAST MONTH WAS 118 MILLION. CURRENT FUND BALANCE THIS MONTH IS 100 MILLION. OUR MONTHLY CASH FLOW IS THE NEXT. SO WE'RE GOING TO DO THE MONTH OF MAY. THIS IS OUR ACTUAL PLUS FORECAST BECAUSE WE HAVE TO PREPARE THE REPORT BEFORE WE OFFICIALLY CLOSE ALL OF MAY. AS YOU CAN SEE, WE COLLECTED 98 MILLION IN THIS MONTH OF MAY, AND OUR PROJECTED EXPENDITURE WAS 161 MILLION. LEAVING A DEFICIT OF 63 MILLION, BUT WE HAD A FUND BALANCE OF 84.5, AND OUR DEFICIT SPENDING WAS 63 MILLION GIVING US A FUND BALANCE PROJECTION OF 121 MILLION. IF YOU LOOK AT THE FORECAST FOR JUNE, THIS JUST FORECAST, WE'RE SHOWING THAT WE'RE PROJECTING WE'RE GOING TO COLLECT THE REVENUE, 101 MILLION, AND WE'RE GOING TO SPEND 197 MILLION CLOSING OUT JUNE. AND WE PARTICIPATE IN A DEFICIT OF 95 ADDITIONAL -- 95.7, SUBTRACTING THAT FROM OUR FUND BALANCE OF 121. CASH FLOW FOR 121. WE'RE GOING TO HAVE CASH ON HAND AROUND 25.7 FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE. ALSO, WE'RE GOING TO COMPARE THE FUND BALANCE WHICH IS THE NEXT PAGE. THIS IS OUR ACTUAL FUND BALANCE FOR THE MONTH OF MAY. WE RECEIVED REVENUE OF 84.7, EXPENDITURES 152 MILLION. WE SHOW A DEFICIT OF 67.4. FUND BALANCE WE HAD A FUND BALANCE FROM PREVIOUS MONTH 167.6. THE DEFICIT SPENDING 67.4 GIVING US 100.2 FUND BALANCE. YOU SEE FORECAST FOR JUNE, WE'RE PROJECTING, WE WILL RECEIVE REVENUE OF 63.7. AND OUR PROJECTED EXPENDITURE IN THE MONTH OF JUNE IS 131.1, GIVING US A DEFICIT OF 67 MILLION. SUBTRACT THAT FROM THE HUNDRED MILLION FUND BALANCE GIVES OVERALL PROJECTION THAT WE PROJECTED WHEN WE WERE DOING THE COST-CUTTING MASTER FISCAL RECOVERY PLAN OF 32.8 MILLION. THEN YOU SEE THE LAST COLUMN IS THE STRATEGY THAT THE BOARD HAS ADOPTED TO CLOSE THE GAP THAT WOULD GIVE US A PROJECTED FUND BALANCE OF 81.4 MILLION. THE NEXT SLIDE IS JUST SHOWING THE FUND BALANCE PROJECTIONS THROUGHOUT THE FISCAL YEAR. AS YOU ALL KNOW, OUR TIMING OF OUR REVENUES AT ANY YEAR YOU'LL SEE THE SAME BELL CURVE BECAUSE WE DON'T GET OUR FEDERAL, YOU KNOW, OUR TAX COLLECTION UNTIL THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER OR DECEMBER. SO WE ALWAYS -- WE'RE PROJECTING. THIS SHOWS WHAT HAPPENED IN THIS FISCAL YEAR. SO HOPEFULLY JUNE, WHEN WE CLOSE JUNE, OUR PROJECTION WILL BE 32.9 BEFORE WE DOING THE FISCAL COST RECOVERY PLAN THAT WAS APPROVED BY THE BOARD. ANY QUESTIONS?

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MS. JOHNSON. WE HAVE A QUESTION FROM MEMBER HAHN.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. I SEE THE STRATEGIES COLUMN. DO YOU HAVE A BREAKDOWN OF EACH STRATEGY AND THE SAVINGS FOR EACH? IT SAYS 0, 0, 0, 0 AND IT SAYS STRATEGIES TO INCREASE FUND BALANCE. IT SAYS 24 MILLION. DO WE HAVE A BREAKDOWN SOMEWHERE THAT YOU COULD PROVIDE THE BOARD AT SOME POINT, EITHER TONIGHT OR TOMORROW? I DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE IT WITH YOU TONIGHT.

>>Ro Johnson: WE HAVE THE LIST OF STRATEGY AT THE BOTTOM, THE BOTTOM OF THE MONTHLY FUND BALANCE REPORT, IT'S GOT AN ASTERISK TO SHOW YOU. IT HAS AN ASTERISK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE MONTHLY FUND BALANCE REPORT. WE HAVE A STRATEGY TO INCREASE FUND BALANCE. STRATEGY NUMBER ONE FOR THE EXPENSE TRANSFER TO ESSER 1, IDEA. ADULT FEEDING SITE --

>>Stacy Hahn: NO. I DO SEE THAT. I APPRECIATE THAT. YOU HAVE EXPENSE TRANSFERS FOR ESSER ONE. CAN WE GET A LIST OF THOSE EXPENSE TRANSFERS, LIKE A DETAIL? AND FOR EACH ONE OF THOSE STRATEGIES. I KNOW WHAT THE STRATEGIES ARE. I JUST WOULD LIKE A DETAIL UNDER EACH ONE. DOES THAT MAKE SENSE?

>>Ro Johnson: YES. WE'LL GIVE YOU THE LIST.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. MS. JOHNSON, I THOUGHT AND PERHAPS SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS CAN EXPLAIN THIS A LITTLE BIT BETTER. BUT THE REFERENDUM MONIES THAT WE ARE GAINING, ESTIMATED ABOUT TEN MILL A MONTH, CAN YOU SHARE THE PROGRESS REPORT ON THE REFERENDUM MONIES OR MR. FARKAS?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, THROUGH THE CHAIR, RIGHT NOW THE COMMUNITY HAS INVESTED OVER $243 MILLION IN THE REFERENDUM HALF CENT TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THE BILLION DOLLARS OF DEFERRED MAINTENANCE. HATS OFF TO THE COMMUNITY AND ALSO HATS OFF TO OUR EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TO CONTINUE TO DRIVE THE WORK. TO DATE, 80% OF THE MONEY HAS BEEN AWARDED TO LOCAL BUSINESSES. WE HAVE COMPLETED AROUND 330 PROJECTS AND 70 PROJECTS WILL BE IN PROGRESS. WE'RE PLANNING ON BEING ABLE TO COMPLETE AROUND 1700 PROJECTS OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS, DURING THE REFERENDUM, WHICH IS % HAD 203 AC PROJECTS. WE HAD 63 ROOFS THAT WE'VE ADDRESSED, AND THEN $23 MILLION OF SAFETY AND SECURITY ALONG WITH 25 WITH TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES. THIS CONTINUES TO BE A FOCUS. WE HAVE 14 MAJOR SUMMER PROJECTS THAT ARE TAKING PLACE NOW, AND SORRY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE HAD TO BE ABLE TO TRANSITION OUT OF YOUR SCHOOL THIS SUMMER, BUT WE WANTED TO GET STARTED AS SOON AS WE CAN. IT'S AMAZING SOME OF THE WORK WE HAVE DONE. ESTIMATED AROUND $73 MILLION WILL BE INVESTED INTO THESE PROJECTS AS WELL. HATS OFF TO THE WORK. WE APPRECIATE IT. MR. FARKAS, ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD? ALL RIGHTY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. IT'S REMARKABLE THE AMOUNT OF DELAYED MAINTENANCE WE'VE HAD ALL THOSE YEARS AND HOW MANY YEARS IT'S TAKEN US TO EVEN GET CAUGHT UP. BUT AT ANY RATE, I APPRECIATE THAT, AND I KNOW OUR OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE WORKS VERY, VERY HARD TO MAKE SURE THE MONIES ARE SPENT ASTUTELY. I BELIEVE MEMBER HAHN HAS ANOTHER QUESTION.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU. JUST ANOTHER QUICK QUESTION FOR THE SUPERINTENDENT. WE'VE TALKED ABOUT THIS FROM THE DAIS BEFORE, MYSELF AND OTHER BOARD MEMBERS ABOUT WANTING A LANDING PAGE THAT IDENTIFIES ALL THE EXPENDITURES FOR ESSERs AND I WOULD LIKE AN UPDATE ON WHERE WE ARE IN THE CREATION.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, THROUGH THE CHAIR, WE HAVE KIND OF BUILT IT RIGHT NOW AND GOT A CHANCE TO REVIEW IT YESTERDAY WITH SOME OF THE CABINET MEMBERS. IT SHOULD BE UP AND RUNNING -- MR. BUNKLY, I DON'T WANT TO PUT A TIMELINE. VERY SOON. WE HAVE SOME ELEMENTS THAT WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO ADJUST AND WE'LL ENGAGE THE BOARD AS SOON AS WE CAN GET IT DONE. IT'S IN PROGRESS. ALMOST FINALIZED.

>>Stacy Hahn: MAYBE SOMETHING BY THE NEXT BOARD MEETING.

>>Addison Davis: TWO WEEKS, YES, MA'AM, WE WILL HAVE IT DONE. TWO WEEKS' NOTICE.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MS. JOHNSON AND STEPHANIE HEATON, SUSAN GARCIA FOR AGAIN GIVING US A VERY CRITICAL UPDATE ON OUR FINANCES AND ESPECIALLY THE PUBLIC APPRECIATES IT. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE 6.25, MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATEMENT. MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS. A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WELL, I THINK WE'RE GOING TO VOTE WHEN OUR LIGHTS APPEAR. OKAY. IT'S UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD. NEXT WE'RE GOING TO GO INTO 6.27, AND THAT'S AN MOU BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND CORNERSTONE FAMILY MINISTRIES TO OPERATE A VPK VOLUNTARILY PREKINDERGARTEN CLASS, AT MORGAN WOODS ELEMENTARY.

>>Addison Davis: THIS IS AN MOU BETWEEN THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD ALONG WITH CORNERSTONE FAMILY MINISTRIES TO OPERATE A VOLUNTEER PRE-K KINDERGARTEN CLASS AT MORGAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THIS IS A RELATIONSHIP THAT HAS BEEN CONTINUING TO GROW IN THE TOWN N' COUNTRY, OPPORTUNITY REALLY FOR US AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT TO CONNECT WITH OUR COMMUNITY AND AT THE SAME TOKEN, BE ABLE TO EXPAND PRE-K WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS. WE KNOW THAT WE ONLY GET A CERTAIN NUMBER OF DOLLARS THAT WE GENERATE FROM THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION TO BE ABLE TO GENERATE FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR PRE-K, AND AS WE LOOK TO CONTINUE TO EXPAND THIS INITIATIVE, THIS IS A WAY TO BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO BUILD A PRIVATE PUBLIC RELATIONSHIP TO BE ABLE TO GET CHILDREN INTO THE SCHOOLS SO THEY CAN INTERACT WITH OUR LEADERS, WITH OUR TEACHERS, WITH OUR ORGANIZATION TO BE ABLE TO RECRUIT STUDENTS BACK AND MAINTAIN THEM WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS. RIGHT NOW, WE KNOW WE'RE GOING TO EXPAND 144 SEATS IN OUR BLENDED LEARNING CLASS AND VPK, AND WE WILL BE ADDING ADDITIONAL SIX THROUGH TITLE I THROUGH VPK, BUT THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO INCREASE THE NUMBERS OF STUDENTS TO EXPOSURE WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE KNOW THAT RIGHT NOW PRE-K READINESS RATE IS AT 52%. STATE AVERAGE IS AROUND 57%. AND THE MORE WE CAN GET OUR STUDENTS ACCUSTOMED TO OUR ORGANIZATIONS TO BE ABLE TO BE INVOLVED IN THAT PROCESS, THE MORE OPPORTUNITY WE HAVE FOR THEM TO GAIN ACCESS TO OUR FACILITIES AND KEEP THEM IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE C 6.27. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER HAHN. I HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER SNIVELY. MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU PULLED THIS ITEM, DO YOU HAVE ANY DISCUSSION OR COMMENTS? OKAY. MEMBER COMBS?

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, CHAIRWOMAN GRAY. I HAVE SEVERAL QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS MOU. SO I WOULD LIKE TO ASK MR. FARKAS. CAN I ASK MR. FARKAS? OKAY. FIRST OF ALL, AS I SEE AND I RECEIVED AN E-MAIL FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT JUST A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO REALLY TALKING ABOUT THE EXPANSION OF VPK BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT TEACHING THREE, FOUR AND FIVE-YEAR-OLDS IS REALLY CRITICAL. THAT EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAM, I REALLY WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE EXPANSION AND WE TALKED ABOUT % INTERNALLY. I WANTED TO ASK MR. FARKAS, THE ONE ISSUE THAT I HAVE WITH THIS MOU IS THERE IS NO FACILITY USAGE COST OF THAT. WHAT WOULD BE THE FACILITY USAGE AND THE PLAYGROUND USAGE COST OF THAT ON A DAILY BASIS?

>>Christopher Farkas: I DON'T HAVE THE EXACT DATES THEY ARE USING, A TYPICAL SCHOOL YEAR, 28, 29 THOUSAND RENTAL COST FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR IF DOING THE NORMAL REPLANNING AND DOING ONE CLASSROOM FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR.

>>Nadia Combs: THIS ORGANIZATION WOULD NOT BE PAYING FOR THAT, IS THAT CORRECT?

>>Christopher Farkas: I BELIEVE. MS. BROWN MAY BE ABLE TO SPEAK TO THAT. I BELIEVE PARTIAL FOR THAT.

>> ORGANIZATION IS PAYING FOR CUSTODIAL SERVICES AS WELL AS ELECTRICITY.

>>Nadia Combs: I DID THE TOTAL OF THAT. IF THEY JUST USED THE FACILITY USAGE ALONE WOULD BE WHAT WE'RE GOING TO LOSE IS $15,701.70. IF WE INCLUDE THE PLAYGROUND USE, THE LOSS FOR OUR DISTRICT IS $28,301.70. SO MY QUESTION TO YOU, MR. FARKAS, ARE THERE ANY OTHER PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS RECEIVING THAT FREE FACILITY USAGE FOR OUR DISTRICT AT THIS TIME?

>>Christopher Farkas: I DON'T BELIEVE SO. MS. BROWN MAY BE ABLE TO TALK FROM A COMMUNITY PARTNER STANDPOINT. ESPECIALLY THE VPK ARENA THAT I'M AWARE OF. NO, MA'AM.

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, THEY ARE NOT. THIS WOULD BE THE FIRST PILOT THAT WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO IMPLEMENT. AND THIS IS ANOTHER WAY TO BE ABLE TO GROW OUR VPK PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN TO GET CHILDREN ENGAGED AND TO BE ABLE TO FOCUS ON THE FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS SO THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL INTELLECTUALLY, SOCIALLY AND BEHAVIORALLY WITHIN OUR DISTRICT.

>>Nadia Combs: AS SOMEONE WHO HAS RENTED FACILITY USAGE IN THIS DISTRICT A DECADE AGO, I KNOW THAT WE HAVE MANY, MANY PEOPLE PAYING FACILITY USAGE. CAN YOU APPROXIMATE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY PAYING FACILITY USAGE AT THIS TIME, MR. FARKAS?

>>Christopher Farkas: UNFORTUNATELY, NO. WE HAVE IN THE BUSINESS OFFICE, WE TRACK ALL THOSE. WE'RE MOVING TO A NEW PLATFORM TO GATHER THAT INFORMATION. WE HAVE TONS OF RENTALS. DOWN, OBVIOUSLY, DURING THE COVID YEAR. HUNDREDS, AND THAT'S JUST MY ESTIMATION.

>>Nadia Combs: WE'RE TALKING HUNDREDS. OKAY. I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT THREE THINGS AND I DON'T HAVE IF I HAVE TIME, BUT REALLY THE LOSS OF OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND OUR PROGRAM. THE IDEA WHEN YOU ARE SEEING THAT WE ARE REALLY SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY RIGHT NOW WITH THE EARLY START PROGRAM, WITH THE NEW ADMINISTRATION, THEY ARE LOOKING AT SPENDING $1.8 TRILLION IN THE NEXT TEN YEARS FOR EDUCATION, FOR EARLY START. AND WE'RE LOOKING AT JUST CHOOSING ONE CORNERSTONE MINISTRIES TO ALLOW THAT. I FEEL LIKE WE'RE OPENING THAT UP TO EVERYONE. ALSO, IF YOU LOOK AT LIKE DR. HAHN SAID EARLIER TODAY, EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS. I AGREE. WHY ARE WE GOING TO LOSE OVER $28,000 IN FACILITY USAGE BY ALLOWING THIS ORGANIZATION, AND WHAT STOPS IT FROM HAVING TEN MORE ORGANIZATIONS OR REALLY, I KNOW THAT DR. SNIVELY, KAREN PEREZ, MYSELF, WE ALL HAVE PRIVATE BUSINESSES. AND I KNOW THAT MEMBER PEREZ AND I HAVE A PRIVATE BUSINESS THAT HAS TO DO WITH EDUCATION. WHAT STOPS ME FROM COMING BACK HERE TWO WEEKS FROM NOW AND BRINGING AN MOU TO YOU SO THAT WAY I DON'T HAVE TO PAY FOR FACILITY USAGE? I LOOKED IN THE MORGAN WOODS AREA, WHICH IS MY DISTRICT, DISTRICT ONE, AND THE RENTAL, AVERAGE RENTAL FOR THAT COST IS $1200 A MONTH. THAT IS A SAVINGS OF $14,400 FOR A PRIVATE COMPANY. AS SOMEONE WHO'S HAD A BUSINESS FOR TEN YEARS, I CAN TELL YOU MY BIGGEST OVERHEAD IS SALARY AS WELL AS FACILITY USAGE. I SPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS EVERY MONTH ON THAT. WHY ARE WE ALLOWING AN ORGANIZATION, A PRIVATE ORGANIZATION TO HAVE FACILITY USAGE FOR FREE AND I WOULD LIKE TO GET BACK INTO THE QUEUE. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS. NEXT WE WILL HAVE MEMBER VAUGHN FOLLOWED BY MEMBER HAHN.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I HAVE GIVEN THIS AGENDA ITEM A LOT OF THOUGHT AND SPENT A LOT OF TIME ASKING A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT IT. AND I'M ON THE FENCE BECAUSE I'M CONCERNED ABOUT ALLOWING PRIVATE DAY CARES INTO OUR SCHOOLS, SPECIFICALLY THIS ONE BECAUSE, ONE, I DON'T SEE ANYTHING SPECTACULAR ABOUT THE CURRICULUM THEY ARE OFFERING. ESSENTIALLY, THEY ARE USING THE SAME CURRICULUM AS WE OFFER. THEY ARE OFFERING A LITTLE MORE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEACHERS, BUT THEIR TEACHERS ARE NOT CERTIFIED NECESSARILY AND ARE PAID A LOT LESS. I DON'T REALLY KNOW A LOT OF GREAT THINGS ABOUT THIS ORGANIZATION. IF WE'RE GOING TO OFFER PRIVATE OPPORTUNITIES TO COME INTO OUR DAY CARE -- I MEAN INTO OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO BE FEEDERS, I'D LIKE TO SEE SOME BOLD IDEAS AND INITIATIVES, LIKE WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS, FILLING IN HOLES, SOMETHING THAT APPROACHES READING DIFFERENT SO THAT WE CAN GIVE OUR STUDENTS SOME ADVANTAGES. AS WELL AS I THINK THIS IS A MISSED OPPORTUNITY AS FAR AS CHARGING FULL FACILITY FEES AND OTHER FEES BECAUSE REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THIS PRIVATE DAY CARE IS GOING TO MAKE ANY MONEY OFF THE MONEY THEY GET FROM THE STATE, THEY DO OFFER AFTERCARE AT HUNDRED DOLLARS PER WEEK PER CHILD AND THAT'S MONEY THEY ARE GOING TO MAKE AND PROFIT WHILE THEY AREN'T EVEN PAYING OUR FULL FACILITY USAGE. I KNOW THAT AS WE SPOKE WITH EARLIER, DR. HAHN COMPARED, AND WE TALKED ABOUT HOW NOW CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE GOING TO ALLOW RELATIONSHIPS WITH PRIVATE DAY CARES TO PROVIDE FEEDER OPPORTUNITIES INTO OUR CHARTER SCHOOLS. I KNOW THAT BEHAVIOR TO THINK ABOUT THAT IN ORDER TO BE COMPETITIVE AND GET PEOPLE -- GET OUR STUDENTS INTO OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, BUT I JUST DON'T THINK THIS IS THE RIGHT PARTNERSHIP BASED ON THE MISSED OPPORTUNITY TO CHARGE MORE MONEY AND MAKE A PROFIT AND JUST TO REALLY SEE SOME OUTSTANDING IDEAS AS FAR AS INVENTIVE READING OPPORTUNITIES AND CURRICULUM IF WE'RE GOING TO DO A PARTNERSHIP. ONE QUESTION I DID HAVE WAS WHEN -- THE ONLY THING, AGAIN, THAT I HEARD WAS THEY WERE GOING TO OFFER MORE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, THAT WAS KIND OF THE STANDOUT THAT WAS GOING TO MAKE THIS THIS MORE AGGRESSIVE THAN WHAT WE CAN OFFER. I DON'T REMEMBER SPECIFICALLY WHAT THAT WAS GOING TO LOOK LIKE AND HOW IT WOULD GIVE AN ADVANTAGE. IF YOU COULD REMIND ME OF THE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT THEY WERE GOING TO OFFER OUR TEACHERS.

>> THEY ARE NOT ACTUALLY OFFERING OUR TEACHERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. WHAT IT IS IS IT'S A PARTNERSHIP. ANY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT OUR SCHOOLS OFFER OR THEY OFFER WILL BE DONE JOINTLY. IT WILL ALSO BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THERE TO BE COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE WHERE TEACHERS IN THE PRE-K SPACE WILL WORK TOGETHER TO PROBLEM SOLVE TOGETHER, WORK ON STRATEGIES TOGETHER TO MEET THE NEEDS OF ALL OF THE STUDENTS THAT WE SERVE. OUR GOAL HERE IS TO GET TO 80% OF OUR STUDENTS BEING KINDERGARTEN READY BY THE YEAR 2023. THAT IS A BOLD, BOLD AND AGGRESSIVE GOAL THAT WE'VE SET FOR OURSELVES. WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE CANNOT DO IT ALONE. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF KIDS THAT ARE SERVED OUT IN THE COMMUNITY THAT ARE NOT SERVED BY OUR SCHOOLS, BUT WHAT WE WANT TO DO IS TO ENSURE THAT ANY CHILD THAT COMES INTO OUR KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM IS READY FOR KINDERGARTEN. THIS IS ONE WAY THIS PILOT IS FOR US TO DETERMINE OR TRY TO FIND OUT IF THIS IS A MODEL THAT COULD BE REPLICATED THAT WOULD EVEN BE SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD CONSIDER. WE'RE JUST SIMPLY COMING TO BE ABLE TO TRY THIS TO SEE IF IT WORKS, TO SEE IF IT ENDS WITH INCREASED ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OR OUTCOMES FOR OUR KIDS AS WELL AS WHETHER OR NOT OUR TEACHERS GROW AND DEVELOP AS WELL. SO I DON'T HAVE THE SPECIFIC PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES THAT WILL BE SPECIFICALLY OFFERED, BUT THEY WILL BE OFFERED AND THEY WILL WORK ON THEM TOGETHER.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU, WHILE I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'RE SAYING AND LOVE THE IDEA OF TRYING NEW PARTNERSHIPS, I PERSONALLY DON'T THINK THIS IS THE RIGHT FIT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. MEMBER HAHN FOLLOWED BY MEMBER COMBS AND THEN MEMBER WASHINGTON. MEMBER HAHN.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. SO I WAS REALLY EXCITED TO SEE THIS AGENDA ITEM BECAUSE I HAVE WORKED IN THE WORLD OF PARTNERSHIPS FOR MANY YEARS IN EDUCATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD. I JUST WANT TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE CONCERNS OF MY COLLEAGUES, ONE AROUND THE FACILITIES PRICE. THERE IS A FEE WE ARE CHARGING THEM. AND I WILL JUST SAY THAT I KNOW MR. FARKAS SPOKE ABOUT -- ANSWERED THE QUESTION ABOUT FACILITIES COSTS, IF ANYBODY WAS RECEIVING THEM FOR FREE. AND HE SPECIFICALLY ANSWERED IN REGARDS TO VPK. THERE ARE ORGANIZATIONS, THERE ARE AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS THAT ARE NOT GETTING CHARGED A FEE FOR SPACE AND FACILITIES, OR THEY ARE BEING CHARGED MUCH LESS THAN WHAT WE HAVE CHARGED OTHER INDIVIDUALS BASED ON THE PARTNERSHIP, AND THIS BOARD HAS APPROVED THOSE. IF YOU CAN PROVIDE SOME INFORMATION TO MY COLLEAGUES AROUND THAT, I'D APPRECIATE IT, THAT WE'RE OUTSIDE OF VPK. IN REGARD TO THE QUALITY OF THIS PROGRAM THAT'S BEING OFFERED, I'M FOCUSED ON THE OUTCOMES OF THE PROGRAM. THEY HAVE SOME REALLY BENEFICIAL OUTCOMES TO STUDENTS THAT THEY HAVE OFFERED. VPK IS AT 100% IN ALL DEMOCRACY, WHICH IS VERY IMPRESSIVE. THOUGH YOU MAY WANT TO SEE A DIFFERENT TYPE OF CURRICULUM, I WILL SAY THE CURRICULUM THAT THEY ARE USING IS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE WITH YOUNG LEARNERS. AND AS FAR AS MS. BROWN SHARED ABOUT OUR BOLD, THIS IS BOLD. THIS IS INNOVATIVE. THIS IS A PARTNERSHIP. A PARTNERSHIP IS VERY DIFFERENT THAN A CUSTOMER, WHICH I THINK THAT IT SEEMED LIKE YOU WERE REFERRING TO THEM AS A CUSTOMER WHEN WE WERE -- YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT FACILITIES. PARTNERSHIPS ARE VERY DIFFERENT, AND I'LL JUST GO OVER A FEW REASONS WHY, BECAUSE THEY ARE TYPICALLY A WIN-WIN SITUATION. SO THOUGH WE MAY NOT BE CHARGING THEM THE FULL FACILITIES PRICE THAT YOU MAY CHARGE SOMEBODY ELSE, THIS IS NOT A CUSTOMER. SO SOME OF THE WIN-WINS ARE FOR OUR TEACHERS. THE COMMUNITIES OF PRACTICE. THIS IS A PHENOMENAL ASPECT OF THIS PARTNERSHIP THAT WE TRULY MOSTLY SEE WHEN WE WORK IN THE TEACHER PREPARATION ARENA. IT REALLY PROVIDES EDUCATORS AND LEADERS WHO SHARE THE SAME PASSION TO COME TOGETHER AND ENGAGE IN LEARNING, WHETHER WE'RE PROVIDING THE PD OR THEY'RE PROVIDING THE PD, IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR TEACHERS AND THEIR TEACHERS TO LEARN TOGETHER AND THAT HELPS PROVIDE RESILIENCY WHEN YOU'RE A TEACHER, SO IT HELPS WITH ATTRITION AND ENSURES THAT THE PRIVATE VPK PRACTITIONERS ARE EMBEDDING SKILLS THAT WILL GIVE OUR STUDENTS THE BEST CHANCE IN KINDERGARTEN. IT'S ALSO A WIN-WIN FOR OUR STUDENTS. OUR STUDENTS WILL TRANSITION SMOOTHLY FROM THE PROGRAM INTO OUR KINDERGARTEN CLASSROOM. THEY'LL BE IN OUR CAMPUS. IT WILL BE A LESS STRESSFUL TRANSITION FOR PARENTS. THAT'S ALWAYS A STRESSFUL TIME FOR PARENTS TO GO FROM VPK TO KINDERGARTEN. AND THE PARENT ENGAGEMENT. IT WILL HELP WITH THE SCHOOL'S TITLE I PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT PLAN. IF WE CAN GET FAMILIES ENGAGED IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD YEARS, THEN ONCE THEY TRANSITION TO A K-5, THAT'S HUGE. WE CAN KEEP THEM ENGAGED AND THAT'S AN IMPORTANT PART OF STUDENT ACADEMIC GAINS.

>>Lynn Gray: WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET BACK IN THE QUEUE? IT LOOKS LIKE YOU HAVE REALLY GOOD INFORMATION.

>>Stacy Hahn: YES, I WOULD. I WOULD LIKE TO CLOSE ALSO SAYING THAT THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE EXPANSION IS GOING TO BE VERY IMPORTANT. THIS IS NOT PRIVATIZATION AS WE'RE ALLUDING TO HERE ON THE BOARD. THIS IS A PARTNERSHIP. AT THE SAME TOKEN, WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER AS A BOARD TO ADVANCE OUR VPK CLASSROOMS. BUT TO GET TO THAT 80% THAT WE WANT TO GET TO, BECAUSE WE'RE 52, THAT'S REALLY A SHAME, WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO ADVANCE THESE INNOVATIVE PARTNERSHIPS AS WELL AS OUR OWN CLASSROOMS. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER HAHN. INDEED, THESE ARE VERY STRATEGIC POINTS, AND I'M MAKING A LIST. MS. BROWN, I HOPE THAT EVENTUALLY YOU WILL COME BACK INTO THIS CONVERSATION AND REALLY GIVE IT YOUR FULL ATTENTION, BECAUSE YOU CAN SEE THESE BOARD MEMBERS ARE VERY, VERY RESPONSIVE AND HAVE DONE A LOT OF RESEARCH. I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD NOW WITH MEMBER COMBS, IS THAT YOU AGAIN? OKAY. MEMBER COMBS AND MEMBER WASHINGTON, MEMBER PEREZ. I APOLOGIZE.

>>Nadia Combs: I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A COUPLE OF COMMENTS. I AM VERY, VERY STRONGLY BELIEVE IN EARLY EDUCATION AND PRE-K EDUCATION, BUT THE IDEA OF PROVIDING ONE CLASSROOM THAT DOESN'T CHARGE FACILITY USAGE, WHERE WE ARE AT A LOSS OF $28,000, THAT IS TRULY OPENING UP PANDORA'S BOX FOR ANYBODY ELSE. SO I WOULD EXPECT OTHER MOUs TO COME IN THAT WOULD ALSO SUPPORT EDUCATION AND SUPPORT A PARTNERSHIP. AND THEY SHOULD ALSO NOT HAVE TO PAY FACILITY USAGE, BECAUSE WE CANNOT ALLOW ONE NURSERY, ONE VPK ALLOW THAT AND NOW NOT ALLOW OTHERS. WHEN I SPOKE TO CORNERSTONE MINISTRIES, THEY TOLD ME THEY ACTUALLY LOOKED AT OTHER PROGRAMS, ONES THAT YOU KNOW. LA PETITE, LACES LIKE THAT AND THEY DECIDED ON CORNERSTONE. THE IDEA THAT WE'RE GOING TO ALLOW A LOSS OF $30,000 BECAUSE I TRULY BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO EXPAND VPK, BUT WE CAN DO IT WITHIN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. ONCE WE ALLOW THIS PARTNERSHIP, WHAT IS THE MOTIVATION TO CONTINUE FOR US TO EXPAND? WHY WOULDN'T ANOTHER SMALL NURSERY COME TO US TWO WEEKS FROM NOW? HOW DO WE DIFFERENTIATE WHO WE ALLOW IN AND WHO WE DON'T ALLOW IN? AND WHAT ABOUT THOSE NON-PRIVATE, THOSE ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE CURRENTLY PAYING FACILITY USAGE? ARE WE LOOKING AT LIABILITY? ARE WE LOOKING AT LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS? ARE WE GOING TO LOSE MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO ALLOW ONE ORGANIZATION? THAT'S $30,000. TAKE TEN SCHOOLS NEXT YEAR, THAT'S $300,000. WHAT ABOUT ALL THE OTHER PRIVATE ENTITIES THAT AREN'T ALLOWED FACILITY USAGE? AS SOMEONE WHO HAS OWNED AN EDUCATION INDUSTRY COMPANY, I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD FILL OUT A MOU, TWO WEEKS FROM NOW AND PLEASE GIVE ME CLASSROOMS WHERE I'M ONLY PAYING THE CUSTODIAL FEES AND ELECTRICITY. $28,301.70 FOR ONE CLASSROOM THAT IS NOT COMING TO OUR DISTRICT. IF YOU ADD TEN CLASSROOMS, THAT'S 300,000. IF I'M OUT THERE RIGHT NOW AND I'M PAYING FACILITY USAGE FOR ANYWHERE IN THIS DISTRICT, THEN GUESS WHAT, I'M GOING TO CONTACT THE DISTRICT TOGETHER. GUESS WHAT, YOU CAN COME HERE, YOU CAN USE OUR DISTRICT AND WE'RE JUST GOING TO PROVIDE YOU CUSTODIAL FEES AND ELECTRICITY. EVERYTHING ELSE IS FOR FREE. WE NEED TO LOOK AT REALLY GROWING OUR PROGRAM INTERNALLY. WHY DON'T WE PUT THIS OFF A YEAR? WHY DON'T WE TRY TO EXPAND OUR OWN VPK PROGRAM HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THEN LOOK AT HAVING A SMALL PRIVATE ENTITY COME IN. IF YOU ALLOW THAT ENTITY TO COME IN, THERE SHOULD BE FOUR OR FIVE COMING IN NEXT TWO WEEKS. .

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: MS. BROWN, HOW MUCH ARE THEY PAYING FOR THE ELECTRICITY AND THE CUSTODIANS? DO YOU HAVE ANY AMOUNT?

>> $13,538.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THAT'S FOR THE WHOLE YEAR.

>>Tracye Brown: YES, SIR.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: I THINK. I'M JUST LOOKING AT IT FROM THE POINT OF STUDENTS BECAUSE I'M ALL ABOUT STUDENTS. AND I UNDERSTAND WHAT MS. COMBS IS SAYING ABOUT THE MONEY, BUT WE NEED TO HAVE PARTNERSHIPS, BECAUSE WE TALK ABOUT PARTNERSHIPS ALL THE TIME, WE REALLY DO. AND WE NEED TO GET AS MANY PARTNERSHIPS AS WE CAN. DO WE HAVE -- ANYONE HERE THAT'S ABOUT THE PROGRAM? I WOULD LIKE THE GENTLEMAN TO COME UP. WE PUT IN MANY PROGRAMS AT SULPHUR SPRINGS SCHOOL AND YOU WERE ALSO THE PRINCIPAL AT CHAMBERLAIN. I'LL TURN MY MINUTES OVER TO YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER WASHINGTON, I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'RE DOING. JUST UNDERSTAND OTHER BOARD MEMBERS, SO WE'RE NOT REALLY BEING FAIR TO OTHER BOARD MEMBERS.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: I UNDERSTAND. OKAY. I JUST WANTED HIM TO KNOW THIS GENTLEMAN IS PART OF THE PROGRAM AND HE DOES A HELL OF A JOB AND I WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW THAT BECAUSE HE HELPED ME AT CHAMBERLAIN AND HE ALSO HELPED ME OVER WHEN I WAS AREA SUPERINTENDENT, DISTRICT AREA FOUR WITH OTHER SCHOOLS. I GO ON THE SIDE OF THE STUDENTS. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I APPRECIATE IT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON. MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Karen Perez: DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE CURRENT ENROLLMENT LIST IS RIGHT NOW FOR THIS PROGRAM?

>>Tracye Brown: CURRENTLY, WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF RECRUITING STUDENTS FOR THE PROGRAM, AND RIGHT NOW, I THINK WE HAVE FOUR STUDENTS THAT ARE CURRENTLY ENROLLED, BUT THIS IS FOR THE FALL. SO THE RECRUITMENT WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE SUMMER.

>>Karen Perez: OKAY. HOW OFTEN WILL THEY PROVIDE YOU FEEDBACK ON THE PROGRAM AND THE STUDENT SUCCESS IN THE PROGRAM?

>> BECAUSE IT IS A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE KHAN FOUNDATION AND GREAT WE GROW IN TOWN N' COUNTRY, WE WILL HAVE ONGOING MEETINGS. CURRENTLY, WE HAVE MONTHLY MEETINGS RIGHT NOW WITH THE KHAN FOUNDATION AND TWO OF OUR SCHOOLS IN TOWN N' COUNTRY, THAT WOULD BE TOWN N' COUNTRY ELEMENTARY AS WELL AS MORGAN WOODS. SO WE WILL CONTINUE THOSE TYPES OF MEETINGS THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR TO MONITOR PROGRESS AND TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS AS NECESSARY.

>>Karen Perez: SO HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN CONVERSATION REGARDING THIS PROGRAM?

>>Tracye Brown: THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM WE JUST STARTED THE CONVERSATION THIS YEAR. SO WE PROBABLY STARTED THIS CONVERSATION MAYBE IN JANUARY. I WILL TELL YOU THAT WE HAVE BEEN WORKING IN TOWN N' COUNTRY WITH THE KHAN FOUNDATION FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS. SO WE'VE GOT A REALLY GOOD PARTNERSHIP WITH CHEF AND THE KHAN FOUNDATION AND HE HAS PROVEN TO BE A VERY STRONG FACILITATOR OF THIS TYPE OF WORK.

>>Karen Perez: IT CONCERNS ME THAT YOU'VE BEEN SPEAKING FOR THE YEAR AND WE'RE GOING INTO THE MIDDLE OF JUNE AND YOU ONLY HAVE FOUR STUDENTS.

>>Tracye Brown: YES, MA'AM. WE WERE ACTUALLY REALLY TAKING -- I DON'T KNOW, STEPPING OUT ON A LIMB A BIT TO EVEN RECRUIT STUDENTS NOW BEFORE APPROVAL BY THE BOARD. SO UNTIL WE HAD APPROVAL BY THE BOARD, UNTIL THERE WAS AN AGREEMENT, AN MOU DRAFTED AND APPROVED BY LEGAL, WE WERE CAUTIOUS ABOUT MOVING FORWARD WITH RECRUITING STUDENTS.

>>Karen Perez: RIGHT, I GET THAT. SOMETIMES YOU HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH THE COMMUNITY TO SEE THE INTEREST. JUST KIND OF TAKE A SURVEY, BUT THAT SURVEY WAS NOT COMPLETED?

>>Tracye Brown: THROUGH THE ROSA VALDEZ IS THE PRESCHOOL ITSELF. CORNERSTONE MINISTRIES IS THE COMPANY. THERE WAS A SURVEY THAT THE PRINCIPAL PUT OUT IN HER COMMUNITY TO SEE WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED. BUT THAT SURVEY DIDN'T GO OUT UNTIL PROBABLY A MONTH AGO.

>>Karen Perez: ONCE THE PILOT IS OVER, WILL WE TAKE OVER THIS PROGRAM OR WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?

>>Tracye Brown: BECAUSE THIS IS A ONE-YEAR PILOT, WE WILL MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT WHAT THE NEXT STEPS WILL BE, BUT THERE IS NO EXPECTATION THAT WE WILL TAKE THIS OVER. THIS IS ACTUALLY ROSA VALDEZ WITH CORNERSTONE MINISTRIES, FAMILY MINISTRIES. WE WON'T BE TAKING IT OVER. AS MS. COMBS MENTIONED EARLIER, THERE IS A TASK FORCE THAT IS BEING CREATED SO THAT WE CAN EXPLORE WAYS THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO INCREASE ACCESS FOR OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE THREE AND FOUR-YEAR-OLDS, BUT SPECIFICALLY FOUR-YEAR-OLDS. SO WE'LL WORK ON THAT. I WILL SAY THAT WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIND WAYS TO EXPAND. THAT PROCESS HAS BEEN SLOW. I WILL TELL YOU OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS WE'VE INCREASED THOSE SEATS, IT WAS A GOAL TO INCREASE BY 400, AND WE WERE CONTINUAL TO DO THAT IN A YEAR, BUT WE DID THAT THROUGH THINKING VERY CREATIVELY ABOUT WHAT MODELS WE USED. AND WE DID SOMETHING I THINK IS REALLY HELPFUL FOR STUDENTS WHEN WE KEEP STUDENTS IN MIND AND THAT IS TO CREATE -- EXPAND OUR BLENDED CLASSROOMS WHICH ARE TYPICAL PEERS THAT ARE VPK AS WELL AS OUR PRE-K, ESE STUDENTS AND THAT'S REALLY, REALLY GOOD FOR KIDS. OUR GOAL HERE IS TO DO SOMETHING REALLY GOOD FOR KIDS WITH KEEPING IN MIND THAT WE HAVE TO. IT IS NOT AN OPTION FOR US NOT TO IMPROVE OUR KINDERGARTEN READINESS. WE CANNOT CONTINUE AT THIS RATE. WE'VE GOT TO THINK AND BE BOLD AND WE'VE GOT TO LOOK FOR WAYS THAT WE CAN HELP OUR STUDENTS BE BETTER READY WHEN THEY ENTER KINDERGARTEN.

>>Karen Perez: I JUST DIDN'T WANT ANOTHER IDEA BEING THROWN ON THE TABLE AND THEN NOT ALL THE PLANS IN PLACE. AND JUST SOMETHING ELSE FALLS THROUGH AFTER A YEAR. WE DO HAVE SOME SCHOOLS THAT ARE NOT AT CAPACITY, THAT YOU HAVE MENTIONED IT, LOOKING FOR VPK PROGRAMS IN THOSE SCHOOLS. IF THERE'S A PILOT PROGRAM, PUT IT INTO THOSE SCHOOLS WHERE THE STUDENTS ARE READY, CAN COME INTO THE SCHOOLS ALONG WITH THEIR SIBLINGS. BUT HAVING A PILOT PROGRAM THAT ONLY HAS FOUR STUDENTS RIGHT NOW IS JUST -- I'M A BIT CONCERNED ABOUT THAT.

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

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, AND THANK YOU, MS. PEREZ AND THANK YOU, MRS. BROWN. THE BIGGEST THING IS, I DO BELIEVE IF THIS IS APPROVED BY THE BOARD TONIGHT, WHICH WE HOPE IT IS FOR STUDENTS, THAT WHEN YOU OPEN IT UP, THIS WILL FILL REALLY FAST. WE HAVE -- WE NEVER HAVE A PROBLEM FILLING SEATS FOR VPK IN THE DISTRICT. THE ISSUE BECOMES, IT'S ALL ABOUT BEING ABLE TO HAVE DOLLARS FOR THE EXPANSION. THIS IS WHY WE'RE GOING TO EXPAND THE BLENDED MODEL FOR 144 SEATS THIS YEAR BECAUSE THIS IS ALL WE CAN AFFORD. AT THE SAME TOKEN, LEVERAGE FEDERAL MONEY WITH TITLE ONE DOLLARS TO EXPAND SIX ADDITIONAL UNITS WITHIN VPK. THIS IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY WHERE WE CAN BE VERY CREATIVE ABOUT HAVING THE PRIVATE PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP TO BE ABLE TO HELP WITH SOME OF THE RECURRING COSTS WITH EMPLOYEES AND TO BE ABLE TO GET CHILDREN BACK ON OUR CAMPUSES AND HAVE THAT PARTNERSHIP. IF WE RECRUIT FIVE OF THE STUDENTS IN THIS PROGRAM NEXT YEAR, THAT BRINGS OVER 39,000. TEN, IT'S 79,000. RECRUIT 15, IT'S $118,000. IF WE HAVE 20 KIDS, WE'RE LOOKING -- 158,000. TWO, THREE TEACHERS POTENTIALLY ABLE TO BRING BACK TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT BY HAVING THIS TYPE OF PARTNERSHIP IN OUR SCHOOLS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU FOR THAT CLARIFICATION. INDEED FOUR KIDS, BECAUSE WE HAVEN'T EVEN APPROVED THIS AGENDA ITEM AND WE HAVEN'T MARKED THE AGENDA ITEM. THAT'S WHY THERE'S NOT MANY CHILDREN ON BOARD YET. I THINK, AND I'LL LOOK AT THIS HISTORICALLY. MEMBER COMBS, YOU BRING UP SOME EXCELLENT POINTS. WE HAVE HAD SO MANY ATTEMPTS AT EARLY LEARNING COALITIONS TO A POINT OF NAUSEA. WE HAVE TRIED. THEY HAVE FORMED. AND THEY HAVE GRADUALLY DISMANTLED. IN OTHER WORDS, WE HAVE JOINED THESE COALITIONS IN THE ATTEMPT TO GET OUR CHILDREN EDUCATED PRE-K. IT HAS NOT BEEN SUCCESSFUL. WHAT HAS HAPPENED ON THIS AGENDA ITEM, I THINK, IT'S PUT TOGETHER WITH ALL OF THESE CHARTER SCHOOLS, AND THEN IN PARENTHESES, THAT'S PRIVATIZATION. I THINK WHAT WE'RE LOOKING AT IS THAT THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF IT, BUT WHEN YOU LOOK AT IDLEWILD AND GRACEPOINT AND ALL THOSE PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE HAVE, WE FUNDAMENTALLY PARTNER WITH THEM AND WE EXCHANGE, WE DON'T REALLY PAY -- THEY DON'T REALLY PAY US THAT MUCH, BUT THEY JUST GIVE, GIVE, GIVE. THIS IS A HIGH NEEDS ORGANIZATION. THEY ARE DEDICATED FROM WHAT I READ TO THE HIGH-NEED POPULATION. THEY ARE VERY PASSIONATE TO HELP THOSE KIDS THAT HAVE LESS OPPORTUNITIES. AND WE'RE EQUALLY AS PASSIONATE TO GET OUR CHILDREN BY 2023, BUT WE HAVE TO GET OUR CHILDREN READING READY. THIS IS LIKE A DIRE SITUATION. MS. BROWN, I DON'T LIKE PILOTS. YOU AND I TALKED ABOUT IT. I HAVE A PILOT NOW. THE TRAUMA NATIONAL DROPOUT PREVENTION AT PALM RIVER. IF WE HAD THE MONEY, WE WOULD MAKE THAT PILOT GROW, BUT IF WE DIDN'T START SOMETHING, WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE CHILDREN THAT HAVE BEEN TRAUMATIZED? AND WE ALL KNOW THAT COVID CERTAINLY PUT THE ICING ON THE CAKE. IF WE DON'T START THINKING CREATIVELY, AND STOP BRIDGING THIS WITH PRIVATIZATION, BECAUSE IT'S NOT THE SAME. IT'S A PARTNERSHIP. AND I DON'T KNOW HOW ELSE TO SAY IT. I GUESS I'M NOT LOOKING AT IT FROM THOSE ANGLES. ONE ANGLE I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT SAY, SOME OF THE BOARD MEMBERS, OH, IT'S RELIGIOUS, SO THERE MIGHT BE A PROBLEM WITH PROVE SIZING. BUT INDEED WE HAVE RELIGIOUS AFFILIATIONS AND THEY DO NOT. I TAUGHT AT JESUIT. WE NEVER PROPHESIZED. I CAN GO ON AND ON. AND ANOTHER RELIGIOUS SCHOOL. THAT'S NOT EVEN THE ARGUMENT GOING ON TODAY, BUT ANYWAY, I AM GOING TO LISTEN TO MORE COMMENTS. MS. BROWN, AGAIN, YOU NEED TO FULFILL THE VOID THAT SEEMS TO BE OCCURRING, AND I'M DONE TALKING BECAUSE MY TIME IS UP. MEMBER VAUGHN, THEN MEMBER HAHN, THEN MEMBER COMBS.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I'M CONFUSED. WE'RE SAYING THAT THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN PRIVATIZATION, HOWEVER, I WATCHED MEETINGS FOR YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS AND WE TALKED ABOUT PARTNERSHIPS WITH CHARTER SCHOOLS AND THE REASONS WHY WE NEEDED TO EXPAND BECAUSE OF SOUTH COUNTY OR OTHER RURAL AREAS NOT BEING ABLE TO OFFER SCHOOLS IN THOSE AREAS, AND THAT'S HOW IT STARTS, RIGHT? IT STARTS WITH THIS PARTNERSHIP. BUT ESSENTIALLY WHAT I'M HEARING, AND I COULD BE WRONG, IS THAT WE'RE ALLOWING A PRIVATE FAITH-BASED DAY CARE OR VPK TO COME INTO OUR SCHOOL, USE OUR CLASSROOM, USE OUR CUSTODIANS, USE OUR ELECTRICITY. I STILL HAVEN'T GOTTEN A CLEAR ANSWER ON FOOD DISTRIBUTION. I THINK THEY ARE BRINGING IN THEIR OWN FOOD BUT OUR CAFETERIA PEOPLE WILL PREPARE THAT FOR THEM.

>> ACTUALLY THEY WILL BE A PART OF THE EXPANDED SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM WHERE IT IS FREE FOR ALL CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 18 THAT WE'RE CURRENTLY USING UNDER THIS TIME OF COVID. THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS EXPANDED THAT.

>>Jessica Vaughn: ONCE THAT ENDS, IS THERE A PLAN?

>>Tracye Brown: IT'S EXPANDED FOR ONE YEAR. THIS PILOT IS FOR ONE YEAR.

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE ENTIRE SCHOOL YEAR, SORRY.

>>Jessica Vaughn: FROM WHAT I ALSO HEAR, I KNOW YOU SAID I WAS NOT NOT THAT I DON'T LIKE THEIR CURRICULUM, THEY HAVE A GREAT CURRICULUM, IT'S JUST OUR CURRICULUM FROM WHAT I'VE BEEN TOLD. IT'S NOT THAT I DON'T LIKE OUR CURRICULUM. I WOULD LIKE TO SEE IF WE'RE DOING AN EXPANSION. WHAT I SEE OUR RELATIONSHIP WHEN WE TALK ABOUT PARTNERSHIPS IS ALLOWING ORGANIZATIONS TO TRY THINGS THAT WE AREN'T. WHEN I TALK ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS AND PARTNERSHIPS, IT'S GIVING A THINK TANK OUTSIDE OF OUR SCHOOL AREA TO TRY THINGS AND PARTNERSHIP TO BRING THINGS SUCCESSFUL BACK TO THE SCHOOL SO WE CAN START TO IMPLEMENT THAT. ALLOWING JUST ANOTHER ORGANIZATION WHO IS USING OUR CURRICULUM TO COME IN AND PROFIT, WHICH THEY WILL, IF THEY HAVE AFTER-SCHOOL CARE, THEY WILL PROFIT FROM, AND THEY CHARGE MORE BECAUSE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT THE KIDS, BUT FAMILIES WILL BE FACED WITH EXPONENTIALLY MORE AMOUNT OF MONEY THAT THEY'LL HAVE TO PAY FOR AFTERCARE. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT OFFERING ACCESS TO MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES BUT THEY'LL HAVE TO PAY MORE. I'M CONFUSED HOW THIS ISN'T SLOWLY PRIVATIZING. I'VE SPOKEN WITH THE GENTLEMAN, HE WAS FANTASTIC, VERY NICE. FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, THEY WANT TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM FROM 20 TO 30 SCHOOLS IN THE UPCOMING FEW YEARS. TO ME, THIS IS JUST ANOTHER CHARTER SCHOOL ROAD THAT WE'RE GOING DOWN. FIRST IT STARTS WITH PARTNERING WITH CHARTER SCHOOLS WHO ARE OFFERING THE SAME THING. NOW WE'RE GOING TO BE PARTNERING WITH A PRIVATE DAY CARES IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, OFFERING THE SAME CURRICULUM, MAYBE MORE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. I'M VERY CONFUSED ABOUT WHY THIS IS SOMETHING BOLD, INNOVATIVE, I'M SURE DR. HAHN WILL SHARE POINTS OF WHY SHE THINKS SO. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: DR. HAHN, MEMBER HAHN.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU. APPRECIATE IT. WELL, LET ME JUST SAY THIS, I WANT TO THANK MEMBER WASHINGTON FOR TALKING ABOUT KIDS BECAUSE WE ARE CURRENTLY SERVING 12% -- 10 TO 12 PERCENT OF THE VPK POPULATIONS IN OUR SCHOOLS. WE CANNOT SCALE UP FAST ENOUGH TO GET TO THE 80% WE SHOULD BE AT. IT WOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE AND WE WOULD LOSE THOUSANDS OF KIDS ALONG THE WAY. THIS PROGRAM, THIS PARTNERSHIP IS ONE WAY TO DO THAT. OF COURSE, WE CONTINUE TO NEED TO LOOK AT HOW WE CAN EXPAND OUR PUBLIC SCHOOL VPKs. WE ARE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS RIGHT NOW. IT IS VERY DIFFICULT FOR US TO EXPAND QUICKLY OR EXTENSIVELY AT THIS TIME. THERE IS A TASK FORCE IN PLACE RIGHT NOW LOOKING AT OTHER REVENUES, LIKE SCHOOL READINESS DOLLARS, VPK, AND A THIRD SOURCE FOR A VIABLE MODEL TO EXPAND PUBLIC SCHOOL VPKs. THIS IS A PILOT. A PILOT TO SEE HOW THIS WORKS. WHO GETS TO DECIDE IF ANOTHER COMPANY GETS APPROVAL OR NOT FOR AN MOU? WE DO. THE TEACHERS, THAT WILL BE TEACHING IN THIS PROGRAM WILL HAVE FULLY CERTIFIED TEACHING CERTIFICATES. THIS IS REALLY A WAY TO EXPAND OUR PROGRAMS, TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE MORE KIDS WHO ARE KINDERGARTEN READY. WE SAY WE WANT TO DO THINGS FOR KIDS. WE SAY WE RAN FOR KIDS. THIS IS GOING TO HELP KIDS. THIS IS WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD. THIS IS FOR KIDS. IT'S COSTING US ZERO DOLLARS. THEY ARE PAYING US FOR FACILITIES, MAYBE NOT TO THE EXTENT THAT CUSTOMERS PAY US, BUT THEY ARE PARTNERS, AND I WENT THROUGH THE WIN-WINS. I WOULD LIKE TO CALL THE QUESTION AT THIS TIME AND VOTE ON THIS AGENDA ITEM.

>>Jim Porter: SO CALLING THE QUESTION REQUIRES A SECOND, AND YOU VOTE IMMEDIATELY ON THAT WITHOUT ANY FURTHER DEBATE. IF YOU WANT TO VOTE ON -- IT'S BEEN SECONDED BY MEMBER SNIVELY. SO YOU NEED TO VOTE. IF YOU WANT TO END DEBATE AND THEN VOTE ON THE ITEM, YOU VOTE YES. IF YOU WOULD PREFER TO CONTINUE TO DEBATE, YOU WOULD VOTE NO ON THIS MOTION. IT'S NOT VOTING TO APPROVE THIS OR NOT. MR. WASHINGTON JUST CAME IN. THERE'S BEEN A MOTION TO CALL THE QUESTION. YOU'RE GOING TO VOTE NOW ON WHETHER THE QUESTION SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY VOTED ON OR NOT. HOWEVER THAT GOES, THE SUBSEQUENT VOTE WILL FOLLOW.

>>Lynn Gray: THE VOTE IS ON THE FLOOR. DO YOU WANT TO CONTINUE OR VOTE --

>>Stacy Hahn: FOR MR. WASHINGTON, I MADE A MOTION.

>>Jim Porter: CALL THE QUESTION.

>>Stacy Hahn: CALL THE QUESTION WHICH IS TO END THE DISCUSSION AND IMMEDIATELY VOTE ON THIS AGENDA ITEM.

>>Jim Porter: ALL YOU'RE VOTING ON NOW IS WHETHER TO END DISCUSSION. IF YOU WANT TO END DISCUSSION, VOTE YES.

>>Lynn Gray: WE'RE VOTING ON ENDING THE DISCUSSION. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS WITH TWO NOES, ONE FROM MEMBER VAUGHN AND ONE FROM -- IT'S NOT UNANIMOUS. IT PASSES -- MEMBER COMBS.

>>Jim Porter: MADAM CHAIR, THE APPROPRIATE THING TO DO IS THE BOARD NEEDS TO VOTE ON AGENDA ITEM 6.27 TO APPROVE THE MOU.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON.

>>Jim Porter: NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND.

>>Lynn Gray: WE HAVE A MOTION AND WE HAVE A SECOND. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. MR. PORTER, CAN YOU RESTATE WHAT THEY ARE VOTING.

>>Jim Porter: THERE'S BEEN A MOTION TO APPROVE ITEM 6.27, WHICH IS THE MOU BETWEEN THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND CORNERSTONE FAMILY MINISTRIES TO OPERATE A VOLUNTARY PREKINDERGARTEN CLASS AT MORGAN ELEMENTARY. IF YOU'RE IN FAVOR VOTE YES. IF YOU ARE AGAINST THE MOU, VOTE NO.

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY. BOARD MEMBERS HAVE VOTED. IT IS NOT UNANIMOUS. I'M BEING TRAINED. WE HAVE A NO BY MEMBER VAUGHN AND A NO BY MEMBER COMBS. THE REST ARE IN FAVOR. THANK YOU, BOARD. WE HAVE DEFINITELY A GREAT CONVERSATION. IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT CONVERSATION. MS. BROWN, I THINK IN THE FUTURE, WHEN WE BRING UP SOMETHING OF THIS NATURE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMPREHENSIVELY EXPLAIN OR ANY OF US SO WE CAN MOVE ON A LITTLE BIT MORE QUICKLY, BUT THANK YOU ALSO FOR YOUR PASSION BECAUSE I KNOW IT'S ALL ABOUT WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN. AND I KNOW WE ALL APPRECIATE THAT.

>>Stacy Hahn: YOU DID A GREAT JOB, MS. BROWN. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: SORRY. YES, YOU DID A GREAT JOB. HERE WE GO. WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND BEGIN WITH THE LONG LIST OF THE CHARTER SCHOOLS. THE NEXT ONE IS 6.28. THIS IS THE ADDENDUM NUMBER 5, MASTER AGREEMENT WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUCCEED, LLC, A WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF MGT OF AMERICA CONSULTING LLC FOR EXTERNAL OPERATOR -- EXTERNAL OPERATOR SERVICES.

>>Addison Davis: 6.28 IS ADDENDUM WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND MXT, OUR EX-STERNAL OPERATOR. WHEN SCHOOLS HAVE THREE OR MORE YEARS OF D OR BELOW THEN WE ARE STATUTORILY REQUIRED TO EITHER CLOSE THE SCHOOL OR TRANSITION TO AN EXTENDED OPERATOR. IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AS YOU KNOW, LAST YEAR WE HAD TWO EXTENDED OPERATORS AND ONE WAS FROM INDIANA, ONE FROM THE LOCAL AREA. WE DECIDED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR TO TAKE ALL EIGHT SCHOOLS THAT QUALIFIED THAT WE IDENTIFIED AS MOVING AND GET APPROVAL FROM THE STATE TO MOVE TO AN EXTENDED OPERATOR TO PUT THEM UNDER ONE UMBRELLA. THIS SCHOOL YEAR HAS BEEN VERY COMPLEX WITH ALL THE DISRUPTIONS. HOWEVER STATED EARLIER IN MY PRESENTATION RELATED TO FSA, SIX OF THE EIGHT SCHOOLS THAT HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED USING THE EXTENDED OPERATOR, MXT EITHER MAIN -- MGT EITHER MAINTAINED OR SHOWED MOVEMENT. ONE MAINTAINED AND FIVE MADE MOVEMENTS. THIS IS ONLY ONE INDICATOR. BUT SHOWS THE OVERALL PARTNERSHIP. TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WHAT WE ARE ASKING MGT, OUR EXTENDED OPERATOR TO DO ALIGNS WITH STATUTORILY REQUIREMENTS AND MAKING CERTAIN IT IS FAIR AND EQUITABLE. OF THE EIGHT SCHOOLS, IT COULD RANGE FROM $2.7 MILLION TO $4.1 MILLION, DEPENDING ON THE INCENTIVE THAT'S BUILT INTO THE CONTRACT WHICH THE STATE HAS REVIEWED. WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS PROCESS, TODAY IDENTIFIED AS SAI DOLLARS, WE DO HAVE AVAILABILITY TO MOVE THIS AND TRANSITION THIS TO ESSER FUNDS TO BE ABLE TO ALLEVIATE GENERAL FUND DOLLARS MOVING FORWARD. MS. McCRAY, ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD?

>>Lynn Gray: DON'T BE SHY.

>> I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT MGT HAS BEEN A GREAT PARTNER. WHEN WE WERE MANAGING TWO DIFFERENT EXTERNAL OPERATORS, IT'S VERY HARD FROM A DISTRICT PERSPECTIVE TO MANAGE TWO DIFFERENT WAYS OF WORK. AS WE TRIED TO COME TOGETHER AND COME TO A UNIFIED WAY OF WORK FOR THE TRANSFORMATION NETWORK, MGT HAS BEEN A GREAT PARTNER IN THAT, AND WE'VE WORKED VERY WELL TOGETHER THIS YEAR. LIKE HE SAID, OVER 75% OF THE SCHOOLS MADE PROGRESS AND THE TRANSFORMATION NETWORK HAD THE HIGHEST PERCENT OF GAINS AS WELL IN THIRD GRADE. SO WE WERE VERY EXCITED ABOUT OUR OUTCOMES THIS YEAR AND IT WAS THE COLLECTIVE EFFORT OF OUR DISTRICT TEAM AS WELL AS OUR MGT TEAM.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE ITEM 6.28. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. I HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER SNIVELY. THERE IS A QUESTION BY CHAIR GRAY AND MEMBER VAUGHN. MEMBER VAUGHN LET ME LET YOU GO FIRST. WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION AND/OR COMMENT?

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU, CHAIRWOMAN GRAY. IS THIS AN OPTIONAL PROVIDER OR IS THIS MANDATED BY THE STATE WHO WE USE?

>>Addison Davis: IT IS AN OPTION PROVIDER. WE CAN IDENTIFY WHO WE WANT TO USE MOVING FORWARD. I DO KNOW THAT WHEN I WENT TO ASK IN JANUARY 2020 OR MARCH 2020 TO ASK FOR THE SCHOOLS TO COME BACK -- JANUARY 2020, RIGHT AFTER I SIGNED, ASKED THE SCHOOLS TO COME BACK. HAD CONVERSATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION THROUGH THE CHANCELLOR AND THE CHANCELLOR IDENTIFIED THAT MGT HAD REALLY GOOD RESULTS AND RECOMMENDED THEM FOR OUR USAGE WITHIN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

>>Jessica Vaughn: I KNOW YOU SAID WE DON'T HAVE SCHOOL GRADES BUT YOU'VE SHOWN AN EXTENDED MOVEMENT. IS THAT BASED ON INNER DISTRICT GRADING OR ACHIEVE3000 TEST RESULTS. HOW ARE YOU MEASURING THAT?

>>Addison Davis: NO, MA'AM. THROUGH THE THIRD GRADE LITERACY ELA PROFICIENCY JUST RELEASED BY THE STATE ON MONDAY. THE BIG REASON THEY RELEASED THAT EARLIER, BECAUSE THIS IS THE GATEKEEPER FOR RETENTION. BEING ABLE TO GET THAT INFORMATION OUT IF FOR US, THAT IS THE FIRST WAVE OF DATA THEY INDICATED THROUGH THE STATE ASSESSMENT.

>>Jessica Vaughn: YOU SAID THEY MADE SUBSTANTIAL GAINS. IS THERE PERCENTAGE? WAY TO QUANTIFY THAT?

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, FOLSOM INCREASED FIVE PERCENTAGE POINTS IN THIRD GRADE LITERACY. THIS IS ALL GOING BACK TO COMPARISON 2018-2019. FOSTER INCREASED 22 PERCENTAGE POINTS. JAMES INCREASED 10 PERCENTAGE POINTS. KIMBALL INCREASED FOUR PERCENTAGE POINTS. McDONALD MAINTAINED AND THEN AN INCREASE IN SULPHUR SPRINGS AT 12 PERCENTAGE POINTS.

>>Jessica Vaughn: AND THEN SINCE WE DON'T HAVE SCHOOL GRADES, I KNOW YOU'RE SAYING THERE'S GOING TO BE A RANGE BASED ON -- IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE SAYING? THE 2.7 MILLION OR THE 4.1 IS DEPENDING ON THE GRADES. WITHOUT THE GRADES, ARE WE PAYING THE 2.7 OR WHAT ARE WE CURRENTLY PAYING FOR NEXT YEAR?

>>Addison Davis: GO AHEAD, SHEA.

>> YOU'RE CORRECT. BASE PRICE FOR THE SERVICES THAT WE ARE CONTRACTED IS AT THE 2 MILLION PLUS DOLLARS, AND THEN IF THE SCHOOLS GET TO THAT C MARK, IF THEY ACTUALLY GET THEIR GOAL, THEN WE DO INCENTIVIZE AND GET TO THE FOUR MILLION RANGE.

>>Jessica Vaughn: I WANT TO CLARIFY HERE, ONE-YEAR RENEWAL.

>> YES, MA'AM.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU, I APPRECIATE IT.

>>Lynn Gray: MY ONLY PART OF THE DISCUSSION WAS THAT I JUST WANTED TO HAVE YOU SHARE THE UPDATE, WHICH YOU JUST DID, FOSTER AND OAK PARK AND THOSE GAINS. ALSO, WE DID HAVE PHALEN, THAT WAS NOT A VERY GOOD EXTERNAL OPERATOR, SO THIS ONE IS MUCH BETTER?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, THROUGH THE CHAIR, THE ABILITY TO HAVE INDIVIDUALS LOCAL, TO BE ABLE TO PROBLEM SOLVE, DECISION MAKE, TO BE AT THE TABLE, I THINK IT HELPS US BE SUCCESSFUL. THIS RELATIONSHIP HAS GOTTEN STRONGER OVER THE LAST FOUR, FIVE MONTHS BECAUSE WE'RE JUST AT THE TABLE, PROBLEM SOLVING, DETERMINING WHAT SERVICES NEED TO BE PROVIDED, WHAT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND MAKING CERTAIN THAT WE ARE PREPARING OUR CHILDREN TO REDUCE THE SUMMER LEARNING LOSS AND STARTING TO ANCHOR WHAT OUR ACTIVITIES AND FOCUS WILL BE FOR THE 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU FOR THAT CLARIFICATION. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. WE HAVE THAT ONE. I NEED FOR ALL OF US TO VOTE AT THIS POINT IN TIME WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. LET'S SEE IF I CAN SAY THE WORD. UNANIMOUS. YAY. THE VOTE IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. OUR NEXT AGENDA ITEM 10.01, APPLICATION DENIAL FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ACCELERATION ACADEMY. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU MAY WANT TO PERHAPS -- LET'S SEE HOW IT GOES. YOU HAVE TWO DENIALS. PERHAPS WE CAN DO THOSE TOGETHER. MR. PORTER IS THAT POSSIBLE OR NOT?

>>Jim Porter: THESE ARE ALL INDIVIDUAL CASES AND EACH ONE IS BASED ON ITS OWN MERITS. I WOULD RECOMMEND YOU HANDLE EACH OF THESE INDEPENDENTLY. THEY ARE DIFFERENT THAN OTHER ITEMS AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT EACH BE HEARD SEPARATELY AND VOTED ON SEPARATELY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WOULD YOU HIGHLIGHT 10.01.

>>Addison Davis: APPLICATION DENIAL FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ACCELERATION ACADEMY. THIS IS AN ACADEMY THAT WANT TO TRULY ADDRESS OFFER GRADE LEVEL ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS FROM GRADES 9 THROUGH 12 AND THOSE WHO ARE OUT OF THE COHORT OF GRADUATION THAT MAY HAVE POTENTIALLY DROPPED OUT IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. HOWEVER, WITHIN THEIR CONTRACT, THEY OFFERED TO HAVE A 230 DAY CONTRACT FOR STUDENTS BUT WE CURRENTLY HAVE TWO CURRENT CHARTER SCHOOLS WITH WEST UNIVERSITY AND SEMINOLE HEIGHTS THAT OFFER KIND OF THE SAME MENTALITY. HOWEVER, THERE WERE SOME QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE OVERARCHING APPLICATION. ONE BEING ABLE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE PROVE SEAT TIME. IN ADDITION, NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENT WHICH WE HAVEN'T DONE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO NOT DUPLICATE SERVICES CURRENTLY BEING OFFERED AND THERE WERE SOME UNDERLYING ESE SERVICES QUESTIONS THROUGH THE APPLICATION PROCESS THAT OUR TEAM QUESTIONED. DR. RAINS.

>> YEAH, ON TOP OF THAT, THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY WAS ASKING 95% OF THE FEFP FROM THE GOVERNING BOARD AND WE DON'T DO THAT IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY EITHER. WE HAD STATUTORY REASONS TO DENY THE APPLICATION.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, DR. DELANGE. THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU HAD PULLED THIS ITEM. WOULD YOU LIKE TO MAKE A COMMENT, QUESTION?

>>Jessica Vaughn: NO. I JUST WANTED ALL THE CHARTER SCHOOLS SO WE DISCUSS IT.

>>Lynn Gray: I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND FOR 10.01. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON.

>>Jim Porter: JUST TO BE CLEAR ON THE RECORD, THIS IS A MOTION TO DENY BASED ON THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MR. PORTER FOR THE CLARIFICATION. THIS IS A MOTION FOR DENIAL. AGAIN, A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. A SECOND BY MEMBER VAUGHN. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. I APOLOGIZE. MR. DAVIS, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS.

>>Addison Davis: I'M SORRY. ONE THING I WILL SAY. ACCELERATION ACADEMY, WHILE THEY ARE NOT A CHARTER SCHOOL, THEY REALLY DO GOOD WORK THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND THROUGHOUT THE NATION BEING ABLE TO ADDRESS STUDENTS THAT MAY HAVE DROPPED OUT FOR SOME OTHER REASON. THERE MAY BE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WHAT THEY CAN DO TO HELP US AND TO HELP THE COMMUNITY WHEN WE MAY HAVE STUDENTS 21, 22 YEARS OF AGE AND NOT FULFILLED OBLIGATION THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL MOBILE HOME AND MAY BE A POTENTIAL PARTNERSHIP. THAT IS THEIR WHEEL HOUSE VERSUS BEING A CHARTER SCHOOL.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. WOULD THERE BE ANY OTHER DISCUSSION AT THIS POINT IN TIME? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. A YES IS TO DENY IT. THAT'S A VERY GOOD POINT. YES IS TO DENY. THE MOTION IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD. GOING NOW TO THE SECOND DENIAL, 10.02, APPLICATION DENIAL FOR EXCELSIOR PREP CHARTER SCHOOL. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WILL YOU HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, THROUGH THE CHAIR, THIS IS THE APPLICATION FOR DENIAL FOR EXCELSIOR PREP CHARTER SCHOOL, WHICH CURRENTLY WILL BE ASKING FOR THEM TO TRANSITION TO EXPAND TO A 6 THROUGH 8. THEY CURRENTLY HAVE A K-5 IN THE UNIVERSITY MALL. AND IN THAT PROCESS, THERE ARE SO MANY STATUTORILY REQUIREMENTS THAT THEY DO NOT MEET THROUGH OUR PROCESS AND ALSO LOOKING AT THEIR HISTORY OF WHAT THEY OFFER FROM K-5, THEY HAVE A HISTORY OF POOR GRADES AND 18-19 WAS AN F AND LAST YEAR WAS COVID. THEY DON'T HIT ALL THE MARKINGS TO BE APPROVED FROM OUR EXPECTATIONS AS THEY TRANSITION TO EXPAND TO A 6-8.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THIS DENIAL. I HAVE A MOTION FROM MEMBER COMBS. A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. WILL THERE BE ANY DISCUSSION? PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD. 10.03, THIS IS AN APPLICATION FOR APPROVAL FOR CATO CLASSICAL ACADEMY. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU'LL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM, AND I THINK WE HAVE TWO MEMBERS THAT HAVE PULLED THE ITEM. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, THIS IS APPLICATION APPROVAL FOR CATO CLASSICAL ACADEMY. WHERE THE CATO CLASSICAL ACADEMY WILL FOCUS ON TEACHING GRAMMAR, LOGIC, AND ALSO HAVE A -- THIS IS A NONMANAGEMENT COMPANY THROUGH THE APPLICATION PROCESS, THEY MEET ALL THE CRITERIA FOR FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT, AND THIS WILL BE AT THE SOUTH COUNTY, RIVERVIEW OR SUN CITY, THEY WERE LAUNCHED AS A K-8 IN THE FIRST WAVE, FIRST YEAR AND TARGETED TO HAVE AROUND 476 STUDENTS. AS THEY TRANSITION TO END OF YEAR FIVE, IT WILL BE AROUND 728 STUDENTS. THIS PARTICULAR SCHOOL, CHARTER SCHOOL WITHDREW LAST YEAR AND RETURNING BACK TO COME TO BE ABLE TO REVIEW THEIR APPLICATION. THEY MEET ALL THE REQUIREMENTS AND THEY WILL IMPACT APOLLO BEACH, RUSKIN, BELMONT, REDDICK, ADOBE AND SHIELDS.

>> ALSO, THIS DOES NOT HAVE A MANAGING COMPANY. GOVERNING BOARD IS INDEPENDENT AND FIRST TIME TO OPEN A SCHOOL.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU FOR THAT EXPLANATION. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY. I NEED A SECOND. BY MEMBER HAHN. WILL THERE BE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. OKAY. WE HAVE A 4-3. 3 DISSENTING. MEMBER COMBS, MEMBER VAUGHN, MEMBER PEREZ HAVE DISSENTED, BUT IT YIELDS A POSITIVE PASS WITH FOUR SAYING YES. THANK YOU, BOARD. WE'RE GOING TO GO TO THE NEXT ONE, 10.04, WHICH IS CONTRACT RENEWAL AND CONSOLIDATION APPROVAL FOR KID'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHARTER HOAL AND KID'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE RIVERVIEW SOUTH. NOW, THAT'S GOING TO BE SOMETHING WE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL BECAUSE THAT'S A COMPLICATED ONE. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WILL YOU HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, THIS IS. THIS IS ONCE AGAIN NOT A MANAGEMENT COMPANY. THIS IS A CONTRACT RENEWAL. OPENLY, THE KID'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL IS UP FOR REMOVAL. THEY ARE 9-12. THEY CURRENTLY HAVE A COMMUNITY COLLEGE, RIVERVIEW SOUTH K-8 WHICH IS REALLY THRIVING. THEY HAVE TWO Bs AND A IN LAST GRADES AND SERVICE AROUND 568 STUDENTS. WHAT THEY ARE ASKING TO DO IS NOT ONLY RENEW 9-12 BUT MERGE TO BECOME A K-12 AS 9-12 SERVES AROUND 178 STUDENTS. OPENLY, WE LOOK AT THIS, THIS IS A RENEWAL. THEY DID GET RENEWED IN 2016 FOR FIVE-YEAR RENEWAL. OPENLY, WHEN WE LOOK AT THIS PARTICULAR SCHOOL, THERE IS A -- THERE WAS A CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN DESIGNED IN 2018 FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL FOR 9-12 DUE TO THE FACT ABOUT FINANCIALS. SINCE CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN THEY HAVE PROVEN COMPETENCE ALONG THE WAY AND OUR TEAM HAS BEEN HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE CROSSING EVERY T AND DOT AND EVERY I AND IN A SO MUCH BETTER PLACE RELATED TO BEING FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. THIS IS TAKING THE TWO SCHOOLS AND MOVING THEM TOGETHER AND THEY WILL HAVE AND TAKE ON THE MSID NUMBER AND GRADE OF THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE RIVERVIEW SOUTH K-8 WHICH BECOME THE K-12.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE ITEM C 10.04. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY AND I NEED A SECOND BEFORE WE HAVE DISCUSSION. I HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER HAHN. DISCUSSION, MEMBER VAUGHN AND MEMBER GRAY. MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU CAN GO FIRST. I HAVE EVERYTHING WRITTEN HERE. SECRET NOTES.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I HAVE A QUESTION. AS WE CONSOLIDATE THESE CHARTER SCHOOLS, WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT EARLIER AT OUR WORKSHOP THAT EACH INDIVIDUAL CHARTER SCHOOL PAYS US AN ADMINISTRATION FEE OF A PERCENTAGE, WHEN WE CONSOLIDATE IT, DOES THAT MEAN THAT THEY GO FROM PAYING US TWO ADMINISTRATION FEES TO ONE ONCE THEY ARE CONSOLIDATED?

>> YES, MA'AM.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THAT'S THE ONLY QUESTION I HAD. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THAT WAS EASY. MEMBER COMBS.

>>Nadia Combs: I WANTED TO COMMENT ABOUT KID'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL. ONE OF THE BIG ISSUES THAT I HAVE, WHICH IS KIND OF A LOOPHOLE IS THAT WHEN THESE CHARTERS APPLY, THEY RECEIVED A CHARTER SCHOOL PROGRAM GRANT, LIKE A START-UP GRANT. WHAT HAPPENS IS WHEN THESE CHARTERS APPLY, OFTEN APPLY AS TWO PRIVATE ENTITIES SO THAT WAY THEY CAN GET ALL THE INITIAL FUNDING, ALL THE ADDITIONAL MONEY AND THEN COME UP A FEW YEARS LATER AND YOU SEE THE HIGH SCHOOL IS NOT PERFORMING WELL WITH THE D, C, C AND UP FOR RENEWAL. THEN THEY COMBINE TOGETHER. THEY ALREADY HAVE THE INITIAL MONEY. THAT'S WHY THEY ARE DOING IT SEPARATELY. I THINK THAT THE PUBLIC NEEDS TO KNOW THAT. THAT'S WHY THEY ARE APPLYING SEPARATELY IS BECAUSE THEY CAN GET ADDITIONAL FUNDING. THEN YOU TURN AROUND AND YOU'RE PAYING THAT 5% FOR A FEW YEARS, AND THEN YOU CONSOLIDATE. WAS THE HIGH SCHOOL FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR? DR. DELANGE, WERE THEY FINANCIALLY IN TROUBLE AT THE TIME?

>> THEY WERE. WE HAVE PUT THEM IN A CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN IN 2018, AND WE'RE STILL MONITORING. THEY ARE OUT OF THE RED, SO THEY ARE IN THE BLACK RIGHT NOW, BUT WE'RE -- WE WILL STILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR.

>>Nadia Combs: WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN ONCE YOU COMBINE TOGETHER?

>> THEY WILL BE SUBMITTING FINANCIALS AS A K-12. THEIR ENROLLMENT, OF COURSE, WILL GO UP BECAUSE THE ENROLLMENT OF THE K-8 IS HIGHER THAN THE HIGH SCHOOL. SO THE FINANCIALS WILL BE COMBINED AND SUBMITTED AS ONE SCHOOL.

>>Nadia Combs: THE HIGH SCHOOL COULD HAVE FAILED BUT THROUGH THIS LOOPHOLE NOW THEY CAN CONSOLIDATE AND JUST MOVE ON, IS THAT CORRECT?

>> WELL, THEY STILL HAVE TO BE FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE, BUT AS ONE ENTITY, THEY WILL HAVE ONE ENROLLMENT. BASICALLY ONE SCHOOL, THE K-8, WILL BALANCE, PERHAPS, THE ENROLLMENT OF THE HIGH SCHOOL THAT HAD FEWER STUDENTS.

>>Nadia Combs: NOW THEY'LL PAY ONE ADMIN FEE BUT THEY RECEIVED TWO START-UP COSTS, IS THAT CORRECT?

>> NO, THE START-UP COSTS, CSP GRANT IS FOR BRAND NEW SCHOOLS, SO THE SCHOOLS THAT ARE APPLYING RIGHT NOW CAN APPLY FOR A CSP GRANT AND THE PRACTICE SOMETIMES IS THAT THEY SUBMIT TWO APPLICATIONS, ONE AS A K-5 AND ONE AS A 6-8 AS NEW APPLICANTS. THEN THEY RECEIVE THE FEDERAL GRANT, THE CHARTER SCHOOL PROGRAM GRANT SEPARATELY. SO TWO OF THEM. AND UPON RENEWAL, AFTER THE FIVE-YEAR STANDARD CONTRACT, THEY COME BACK AND REQUEST CONSOLIDATION. THAT'S A REGULAR PRACTICE AND ALLOWED BY STATUTE.

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS. DR. DELANGE, CAN YOU SHARE WITH ME FOR CLARIFICATION, IF WE HAVE A RECORD HERE OF A D, C, C, HOW DOES THAT SUPPORT CHOOSING THEM OVER THEIR NEIGHBORING SCHOOLS LIKE SPOTO AND A FEW OTHER SCHOOLS -- WELL, ACTUALLY, ONE OF THEM, RIVERVIEW IS GAINING -- NO, RIVERVIEW HAD A C AS WELL. ROGERS HAD A B, AND RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL HAD A B. HOW ARE WE -- I KNOW THAT THERE'S A RATIONALE. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE I CAPTURE IS CORRECTLY. HOW CAN WE SUPPORT THOSE GRADES, THAT SCHOOL, IF THE NEARBY SCHOOLS ARE DOING A LITTLE BIT BETTER.

>> WELL, I CAN SAY -- THAT'S A LOT OF OPINION AND I THINK PARENTS ARE BETTER TO ANSWER THAT. I CAN SAY THAT SCHOOLS WHEN THEY OPEN, AND THEY RECEIVE THEIR FIRST GRADE, SCHOOL GRADE, THEY ONLY HAVE TWO CELLS WITH NO GROWTH DATA. IT IS VERY COMMON FOR THEM TO GET LOW GRADES AS A FIRST-YEAR SCHOOL, AND WHEN THEY RECEIVE GROWTH DATA FOR THEIR STUDENTS, THEY USUALLY COME UP. SO THAT'S -- I THINK THAT THE D TO THE C, THAT IS THE REASONING FOR IMPROVEMENT. AS FAR AS PARENTS CHOOSING NEIGHBORING -- YOU KNOW, KCC HIGH SCHOOL OVER NEIGHBORING HIGH SCHOOLS THAT ARE PERFORMING PERHAPS BETTER, THAT THAT'S UP TO A PARENT, YEAH, IT'S A PARENT CHOICE.

>>Lynn Gray: THAT'S KIND OF RHETORICAL. I'M JUST TRYING TO THINK THROUGH THIS. BUT I AM CONCERNED WITH THE ACADEMICS IN COMPARISON. I'M LOOKING AT YOU, BUT I CAN LOOK AT THE WHOLE ROOM. I'M ALSO CONCERNED BECAUSE RIVERVIEW IS WHERE I GREW UP. MY SON LIVES THERE, AND WE HAVE A LOT OF HISPANIC, ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED. WE HAVE MIGRANTS. WE HAVE A LOT OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS. WITH THE STATISTICS THAT WE WERE PROVIDED, WE ONLY HAVE 3.93 ELL, STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES, 8.99, AND SERVING ONLY 32.58 ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED. I JUST WONDER IF THE SCHOOL IS REALLY SERVING NOT ONLY THE DIVERSITY BUT THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY, AND I'M WEIGHING THAT ALSO WITH THE ACTUAL ACADEMICS. SO I'M JUST SHARING THAT TO EVERYONE THAT'S LISTENING, AND I WILL STOP RIGHT THERE. MEMBER SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: AGAIN, IT'S A SUBJECTIVE OPINION ABOUT WHAT ATTRACTS PEOPLE TO A CHARTER SCHOOL. BUT I DO THINK THERE IS A UNIQUE FAMILY COMMUNITY CLIMATE AT KCC AND A LOT OF THE CHILDREN WHO MAYBE ATTENDED THE YOUNGER GRADES ARE MOVING UP TO THE 9-12 GRADE. I'M JUST SPECULATING, ANECDOTAL, BUT I WOULD THINK THE PARENTS WHO HAVE HAD THEIR CHILDREN THERE IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND WANT TO CONTINUE THAT TO BE A PART OF THE KCC FAMILY ARE LOOKING TO MOVE THEIR CHILDREN TO THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVELS TO KEEP THEM THERE AT KCC. IT'S SMALLER SCHOOL, BUT THE ENROLLMENT CONTINUES TO BE STABLE, AND IF WE COULD SEE CONCENTRATE A LITTLE MORE ON CREATING THAT SAME TYPE OF CLIMATE WITH OUR SURROUNDING TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS, MAYBE THAT WOULD BE A CHOICE FOR PARENTS AS WELL, BETTER CHOICE FOR PARENTS AS WELL. I WOULD SAY, HEY, LET'S LOOK AROUND TO THE SURROUNDING HIGH SCHOOLS AND MAKE SURE WE ARE DOTTING ALL OUR Is AND CROSSING ALL OUR Ts AROUND KCC AS WELL. BUT FOR THE CHOICE THAT PARENTS ARE MAKING FOR THE NEEDS OF THAT PARTICULAR COMMUNITY, I DO THINK THAT KCC IS MEETING THOSE NEEDS OF THOSE PARENTS AND THOSE FAMILIES. AND THAT'S WHY PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING -- I THINK THAT'S WHY PEOPLE ARE CHOOSING KCC TO BE PART OF THAT FAMILY ENVIRONMENT.

>>Lynn Gray: THERE'S ONE THING WE DON'T LIKE TO DO IS BREAK UP THE SIBLINGS, BREAK UP THE ACADEMIC, THE TRAJECTORY THAT CREATES INSTABILITY. I WOULD HATE THAT FOR MY OWN GRANDKIDS. LET'S THINK, HOW MUCH IS THIS RENEWAL? HOW MANY YEARS IS THIS RENEWAL?

>> FIVE YEARS.

>>Lynn Gray: WHY DON'T WE CONSIDER -- I MIGHT HAVE TO MAKE A MOTION THAT WE CONSIDER LOOKING AT THIS FOR ANOTHER -- GIVE IT ANOTHER TWO YEARS AND THEN REEVALUATE. I WOULD CONSIDER THAT AS AN OPTION.

>>Jim Porter: MADAM CHAIR, I NEED TO SPEAK ON THAT. THE STATUTE IS NOT REALLY CLEAR ON WHAT THE LENGTH OF AN EXTENSION CAN BE. ANTICIPATES FIVE YEARS, TEN YEARS OR 15 YEARS. SO THERE WOULD BE A POTENTIAL RISK IF YOU CHOSE TO CONTINUE THIS OR RENEW IT LESS THAN WHAT THE DOE RECOMMENDS. I'M NOT SAYING YOU CAN'T DO IT IF THE BOARD CHOOSES TO DO THAT, WE'LL DO OUR BEST TO DEFEND THAT BASED ON THE CRITERIA THAT IS IN THE STATUTE AND ALSO YOUR REASONING BEHIND THAT. KEEP IN MIND THAT A CHARTER CAN BE TERMINATED IF THE CRITERIA ARE NOT MET DURING THE COURSE OF THE RUN. SO I NEED TO IDENTIFY ON THE RECORD THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK IF YOU CHOOSE TO RENEW THIS FOR LESS THAN FIVE YEARS. AGAIN, IF YOU WANT TO DO THAT, WE'LL FIND A WAY TO DEFEND IT AND I THINK YOU CAN ARTICULATE REASONS WHY THERE IS A POTENTIAL RISK THAT NEEDS TO BE ON THE RECORD.

>>Lynn Gray: MR. PORTER, I APPRECIATE THAT. WHAT HAPPENS NOW IS THE BOARD MAY BE CONSIDERING A LITTLE BIT OF WORRY, CONCERN, AS THEY SHOULD. AND IN MY MIND, THAT WE'RE BEING EVALUATED AS A PUBLIC SCHOOL EACH AND EVERY YEAR AND ACTUALLY DOE WITH THE 1028s BEING EVALUATED I ONLY THINK IT'S FAIR TO EVALUATE THE CHARTER SCHOOLS IF WE ARE ABLE TO AND IF WE DO NOT GET A PENALTY, FISCAL PENALTY. YOU'RE NOT SURE IF THAT WOULD COST -- I MEAN, YOU'RE IN DOUBT WHETHER WE WOULD GET A FISCAL PENALTY.

>>Jim Porter: IT'S NOT CLEAR FROM THE STATUTE. I WILL POINT OUT THAT THE STATUTES PROVIDE THE ABILITY FOR THE DISTRICT TO TERMINATE A CHARTER IF THERE ARE REASONS THAT ARE IDENTIFIED THAT DEAL WITH THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF CHILDREN. SO THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU ALWAYS HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND, TOO, EVEN IF YOU APPROVE IT TODAY, YOU CAN'T TERMINATE IT --

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER WASHINGTON, LET'S HEAR FROM YOU, AND I HAVE A FEELING, I HAVE TO LOOK AT THE BOARD, IF THERE'S ANY CONSENSUS FOR TWO-YEAR, FOR REEVALUATION, WE'LL FIND THAT OUT QUITE SHORTLY. MEMBER WASHINGTON, I'M SORRY.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: DR. DELANGE, THAT ACTION PLAN IS FOR HOW LONG?

>> UNTIL WE DECIDE NOT TO REMOVE THEM FROM THE ACTION PLAN. THE REASONS WHY THEY ARE STILL ON AN ACTION PLAN IS BECAUSE THEY OVER-PROJECTED, AND THEY RECEIVED PPP LOAN. SO THOSE ARE ALL REASONS FOR THEM BEING IN THE BLACK. IT HELPED THEM REMAIN STABLE AND OPERATING WELL, HOWEVER, WE WANT TO SEE THEM OPERATING WITHOUT ANY KIND OF EXTRA HELP FINANCIALLY.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON. TAKING A RISK, I'LL MAKE A MOTION AND HELP ME OUT, MR. PORTER, TO HAVE -- VERSUS A FIVE-YEAR RENEWAL, A TWO-YEAR RENEWAL.

>>Jim Porter: YOU'RE MAKING A MOTION TO AMEND THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR, AND SO THAT WOULD REQUIRE A SECOND AND THEN THE BOARD TO VOTE ON THAT AMENDMENT. YOU NEED A SECOND TO APPROVE THIS FOR TWO YEARS OR RENEW IT FOR TWO YEARS. YOU NEED A SECOND. MEMBER HAHN, IF YOU COULD RUN THAT SINCE SHE'S MADE THE MOTION. SHE PASSED THE GAVEL TO YOU TO MAKE THE MOTION.

>>Stacy Hahn: WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR FROM MEMBER GRAY. WE NEED A SECOND TO REVISE THE AGENDA ITEM TO A TWO-YEAR RENEWAL FROM A FIVE-YEAR. I HAVE A SECOND FROM MEMBER WASHINGTON.

>>Jim Porter: YOU CAN HAVE DISCUSSION ON THE AMENDMENT AND THEN YOU WOULD VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT, IF THE BOARD WANTS TO RENEW IT, BUT FOR ONLY TWO YEARS, YOU WOULD VOTE YES. IF YOU DON'T AGREE WITH THE TWO-YEAR EXTENSION, YOU WOULD VOTE NO, BUT YOU COULD HAVE DEBATE ON THAT FIRST.

>>Stacy Hahn: I NEED SOME CLARITY. IF THE TWO-YEAR FAILS, DOES IT REVERT BACK TO THE ORIGINAL --

>>Jim Porter: YOU STILL NEED TO VOTE ON THE MAIN MOTION WHICH IS TO RENEW IT FOR FIVE YEARS.

>>Stacy Hahn: DO WE HAVE DISCUSSION? MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. MADAM CHAIR, MEMBER GRAY, I JUST WANT TO SAY I APPRECIATE THE DIRECTION THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO TAKE AS FAR AS THE COMPROMISE AND GIVING IT A SHORTER TERM. I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND VOTE NO, NOT BECAUSE I DON'T APPRECIATE WHAT YOU'RE DOING, BUT BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO SUPPORT THIS CHARTER SCHOOL AT ALL BUT I WANT TO CLARIFY THAT I DO APPRECIATE THAT YOU'RE TRYING TO GIVE IT A LESS TERM AND REALLY GIVE IT A LONGER EVALUATION TERM INSTEAD OF GIVING IT A FIVE-YEAR CARTE BLANCHE. I DID WANT TO SAY I APPRECIATE THAT AND LET YOU KNOW WHY I WAS VOTING NO ON THAT. THANK YOU.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. MEMBER SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. I GUESS I WOULD JUST WANT TO UNDERSTAND HOW WE WOULD ARTICULATE TO THE DOE THE CHANGE FROM A FIVE-YEAR TO A TWO-YEAR. BECAUSE WE CAN STILL EVALUATE YEAR TO YEAR OR TAKE ACTION AS STATUTORILY ALLOWED. SO WHY WOULD WE GO FROM A FIVE TO A TWO? ARE YOU JUST TRYING TO SEND A MESSAGE OR IS THERE ACTUALLY SOME TYPE OF SUBSTANCE BEHIND THAT PARTICULAR REDUCTION IN TERM?

>>Lynn Gray: THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION. DR. DELANGE.

>>Jim Porter: WELL, IF I COULD SPEAK TO THAT. ONE OF THE REASONS THAT WOULD ALLOW THE BOARD TO NOT RENEW THIS, FOUND IN THE STATUTE, FAILURE TO MEET GENERALLY ACCEPTED STANDARDS OF FISCAL MANAGEMENT. WHAT I'VE HEARD THE STAFF SAY AND WHAT I HEARD MEMBER GRAY ARTICULATE IS THAT ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE BEEN UNDER A PLAN TO TRY TO IMPROVE THEIR FISCAL SITUATION, AND THEY HAVE DONE THAT. THERE'S STILL SOME CONCERN ON THE PART OF THE STAFF. WHAT I HEARD MEMBER GRAY SAY OR WHAT I'M INTERPRETING HER SAYING IS BECAUSE THERE ARE STILL CONCERNS ABOUT THE FISCAL VIABILITY OF THIS ORGANIZATION THAT YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO -- YOU COULD CHOOSE TO NOT RENEW IT AND BASE YOUR DECISION ON THAT OR BECAUSE THERE IS STILL SOME CONCERN ABOUT THE FISCAL VIABILITY OF IT, THAT MAYBE A TWO-YEAR RENEWAL WOULD BE MORE APPROPRIATE THAN A FIVE-YEAR RENEWAL.

>>Lynn Gray: THE FISCAL AND THE ACADEMICS, BUT I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION. IT'S LIKE HAVING BOTH WORLDS, BUT REEVALUATION TO ME IS INDICATIVE OF BEST PRACTICES, AND I DON'T SEE THIS AS BEING A WIN-WIN SCHOOL AT THE MOMENT. BUT IT COULD BE. AND FOR THE REASONS THAT YOU GAVE, THE CONTINUITY OF EDUCATION IS WHY I'M GOING FOR THE TWO-YEAR VERSUS NO, JUST SO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT'S WHERE I'M COMING FROM AS WELL.

>>Melissa Snively: YOU MENTIONED FISCAL. LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT FIRST. BECAUSE IF IN TWO YEARS, LET'S SAY WE RENEW IT FOR THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN BUT THEN IN TWO YEARS, THEY ARE NOT OUT OF THE WEEDS AS FAR AS FINANCES GO, WHAT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY, OUR OBLIGATION, WHAT IS OUR ABILITY TO ADDRESS THAT WITH THEM?

>> THAT'S WHY WE PUT THEM ON A CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN FINANCIALLY BECAUSE WE WANT TO MONITOR THEM, AND IF WE AFTER GIVING THEM DUE PROCESS AND ALLOWING THEM TIME TO IMPROVE THEIR FINANCES, WITHIN A SPAN OF A COUPLE OF YEARS, THEN THAT'S WHEN WE WOULD THEN SEND A 90-DAY LETTER SAYING YOU'RE NOT FINANCIALLY VIABLE RIGHT NOW, AND WE'RE GOING TO START THE CLOSING PROCEDURE.

>>Melissa Snively: SO WE COULD DO THAT EVEN WHEN WE RENEW IT FOR FIVE YEARS.

>> THAT IS CORRECT.

>>Melissa Snively: I WANT TO CLARIFY THAT. WE STILL HAVE THAT ABILITY EVEN IF WE RENEW IT FOR FIVE YEARS. THEN YOU ALSO MENTIONED ACADEMICALLY. WHAT WERE YOUR CONCERNS ACADEMICALLY?

>>Lynn Gray: WE HAVE A D, C, C AND WE HAVE SURROUNDING SCHOOLS THAT HAVE ONE IS A B A HIGH SCHOOL AND THE OTHERS ARE C, C, GOING BY MY MEMORY. AND WHAT I'M SAYING IS WHY ARE WE GOING TO ANOTHER VENUE WHEN WE HAVE PUBLIC SCHOOLS A MEAN AVERAGE OF A HIGHER ACADEMIC. WHAT WE'RE SAYING IS WHEN WE HAVE A CORRECTIVE PLAN, DOES IT LAST FIVE YEARS? I GUESS THIS IS A PHILOSOPHY IN MY MIND. BEST PRACTICES, WE SHOULDN'T WAIT THAT LONG FOR CORRECTION TO BE HAD. I THINK WE SHOULD LOOK AT IT AS A BOARD.

>>Melissa Snively: RESPECTFULLY WE CAN DO THAT IF AFTER TWO YEARS. WE DON'T HAVE TO WAIT FIVE YEARS TO DO THAT.

>> USUALLY TELLING SIGNS THAT THE SCHOOL IS NOT DOING WELL AND IS READY FOR CLOSURE IS WHEN THEY START NOT TO PAY THEIR BILLS AND NOT TO PAY SALARIES. SO THAT IS THE RED FLAG. SO UNTIL WE LOOK AT THE BOOKS, THE FINANCIALS EVERY MONTH, QUARTERLY AND LOOK AT THE YEARLY AUDITS AND WE SEE THAT THEY ARE IMPROVING, THEN THERE'S NO REASON FOR CLOSURE. WHEN THEY STOP PAYING THEIR BILLS OR HAVE A HARD TIME PAYING THEIR STAFF, THAT'S WHEN WE REALLY START THE CLOSURE PROCESS.

>>Melissa Snively: IF IT'S TWO YEARS OR FIVE YEARS, IT DOESN'T REALLY MATTER.

>> DOESN'T REALLY MATTER, NO.

>>Melissa Snively: BECAUSE WE CAN TAKE ACTION NO MATTER WHAT. THAT WAS THE POINT I WAS TRYING TO MAKE. ACADEMICALLY, THEY ARE IMPROVING EVERY YEAR SINCE 2016-17, 17-18 THEY ARE ON TRACK TO CONTINUE TO IMPROVE ACADEMICALLY SPEAKING. I ALSO DON'T KNOW WHAT SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL IS. THE CLOSEST SURROUNDING SCHOOLS ARE PROBABLY RIVERVIEW HIGH SCHOOL.

>>Lynn Gray: THEY HAVE A B.

>>Melissa Snively: SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL.

>>Lynn Gray: RIVERVIEW HAS A B.

>>Addison Davis: SPOTO HAS A C.

>>Lynn Gray: SPOTO C. MULRENNAN, WHAT WAS THE THE OTHER ONE? ROGERS HAS A B. SO THE MEAN AVERAGE, WHAT I'M SAYING IS YOU'RE SURROUNDING PUBLIC SCHOOLS THAT ARE ESTABLISHED, HAVE A MEAN ACADEMIC AVERAGE THAT IS HIGHER THAN CHOOSING A CHARTER SCHOOL TO PROVIDE FOR THESE KIDS MINUS THE ABILITY TO SERVE THE ACTUAL POPULATION OF ELL, SOCIOECONOMIC GROUPS. I HAVE THE STATISTICS. ACTUALLY, WE ALL HAVE THE STATISTICS. SO WHAT I'M SAYING IS, WHY ARE WE ROBBING PETER, THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, TO PAY PAUL, WHEN PAUL IS NOT THE MOST OPTIMAL SITUATION. IT'S ALMOST -- AND PLUS, THERE'S A CORRECTIVE PLAN. SO THAT'S --

>>Melissa Snively: NO, I GET IT. I RESPECT YOUR OPINION ON THAT AND I WOULD SAY THIS, WHY ARE WE NOT EDUCATING OUR COMMUNITY ABOUT THE GREAT SCHOOLS AROUND THIS PARTICULAR SCHOOL? OBVIOUSLY, IF THEY KNEW THAT THERE WERE SCHOOLS PERFORMING BETTER AROUND THIS PARTICULAR SCHOOL, PERHAPS THEY WOULD CHOOSE TO ENROLL THEIR CHILDREN THERE. SO IN MY OPINION, I'M LOOKING AT IT MAYBE AS A DEVIL'S ADVOCATE, WE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF ADVERTISING AND MARKETING THE SCHOOLS IF THE SURROUNDING SCHOOLS ARE DOING BETTER. AT THIS TIME, THIS PARTICULAR SCHOOL IS THE CHOICE OF MANY PARENTS. FOR WHATEVER REASON A PARENT CHOOSES KCC, WHETHER -- WHATEVER THE AMENITIES ARE THAT THEY ARE LOOKING AT, IT COULD BE ACADEMIC. IT COULD BE THE WHOLE CHILD. THAT'S THE PARENT'S CHOICE TO CHOOSE WHERE THEY SEND THEIR CHILDREN. WE COULD DO A BETTER JOB THEN OF LETTING THOSE PARENTS KNOW ABOUT THE SURROUNDING SCHOOLS, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, THIS IS THE SCHOOL THAT SOME PARENTS HAVE CHOSEN TO SEND THEIR CHILDREN TO FOR WHATEVER REASON.

>>Lynn Gray: AND THEY CAN CONTINUE TO DO SO. BUT I THINK WE ALSO GET INTO THE SUBJECT AREA OF FIVE-YEAR, TEN YEAR, 25 YEAR. -- OKAY, I'M ALMOST DONE. SHOULD WE NOT BE CAUTIOUS WITH THE AMOUNT OF TIME, THE GENEROUS AMOUNT OF TIME TO REEVALUATE? I'M BEING CAUTIONARY. YOU AND I, MEMBER SNIVELY, I RESPECT WHAT YOU'RE SAYING AND I ALSO -- OKAY, I'M ALSO TOLD TO STOP TALKING. GO AHEAD --

>>Jim Porter: WE HAVE TO HONOR THE THREE-MINUTE SPEAKING TIME.

>>Lynn Gray: OH, SORRY ABOUT THAT. MEMBER COMBS, MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Jim Porter: MEMBER HAHN IS STILL RUNNING THE MEETING RIGHT NOW.

>>Nadia Combs: I'M ALSO GOING TO VOTE NO FOR THE TWO BECAUSE I'D LIKE TO VOTE NO ALTOGETHER FOR THE CONSOLIDATION. I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT, WE TALK ABOUT FAMILY. I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE TO INFORM PARENTS ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON. SOMETIMES PARENTS DON'T KNOW WHAT'S BEST FOR THEIR CHILD OR THEY SEE A BEAUTIFUL SCHOOL, AND THERE ARE SOME WONDERFUL CHARTER SCHOOLS IN THIS DISTRICT. THERE ARE SOME GREAT CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT ARE COMING UP TONIGHT THAT I AM VERY HAPPY TO APPROVE. AND I'M VERY PROUD, PEOPLE WHO ARE INVESTED HERE IN TAMPA WHO BELIEVE IN TAMPA, WHO BELIEVE IN OUR COMMUNITIES. I HAVE AN ISSUE WHEN YOU'RE GOING TO APPROVE A SCHOOL THAT TOOK THAT INITIAL START-UP FUND, DON'T DO WELL FINANCIALLY, HAVE ISSUES FINANCIALLY, ARE NOT DOING WELL ACADEMICALLY, AND THEN WE TALK ABOUT FAMILIES. I MEAN, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE DOING WHAT'S BEST FOR CHILDREN. SOMETIMES THAT MEANS SAYING NO TO SCHOOLS AND TAKING A STAND SO THAT WAY PARENTS CAN MAKE A BETTER CHOICE SO THEY CAN REALIZE THAT YOU'RE JUST NOT GOING TO -- THAT WE'RE NOT HERE TO MAKE PROFIT. WE'RE HERE TO EDUCATE AND MAKE AN IMPACT ON OUR STUDENTS. IF WE CONTINUE TO APPROVE THINGS, WHEN YOU HAVE SCHOOLS THAT ARE ACADEMICALLY INFERIOR, FINANCIALLY, NOT BEING SUCCESSFUL, AND THEN WE SAY, WELL, IT'S JUST BECAUSE OF FAMILIES, NO, WE HAVE TO DO A BETTER JOB AT ADVERTISING OURSELVES, BUT ALSO ADVERTISING THE SCHOOLS THAT ARE NOT DOING A GOOD JOB, SO I FIRMLY WANT TO SAY NO BECAUSE WE NEED TO TAKE A STAND SO THAT WAY, THE SCHOOL THAT RECEIVED ALL THE MONEY CAN STAND ON ITS OWN.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS. MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. SO WE'RE SAYING THAT WE CAN CLOSE THE SCHOOL AT ANY TIME, BUT WHY WOULD WE RENEW IT WHEN IT'S ALREADY IN PERIL SAYING WE'RE GOING TO LOOK FOR, BASICALLY WHEN THEY CAN'T PAY THEIR EMPLOYEES ANYMORE AS A SIGN THAT THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO SUSTAIN THEMSELVES. SECONDLY, WE JUST SPENT THE WHOLE TIME TALKING IN A WORKSHOP ABOUT HOW THE STATE IS GOING TO MAKE IT HARDER TO CLOSE THESE SCHOOLS WITH A WHOLE NEW GUIDELINE AND PARAMETERS OF PROOF THAT WE HAVE TO SUBMIT AND WHOLE OTHER SET OF CRITERIA TO CLOSE THE SCHOOL. ESSENTIALLY, WE'RE SAYING, WELL, LET'S WAIT ON THIS UNTIL THEY CAN'T PAY THEIR EMPLOYEES ANYMORE AND THEN LET'S SEE IF WE CAN JUSTIFY THE NEW SET OF CRITERIA FROM THE STATE. I'M JUST CONFUSED ABOUT THAT. BUT THE OTHER THING IS, I HEAR WE CONSTANTLY NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF ADVERTISING OUR SCHOOLS. WELL, ANYONE WHO'S IN BUSINESS UNDERSTANDS THAT MARKETING COSTS MONEY, RIGHT? AND SO WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A FINANCIAL CRISIS AND BEING ABLE TO COMPETE WITH SCHOOLS THAT HAVE A BUDGET THAT IS LIMITLESS TO GO INTO PEDIATRICIAN OFFICES, AND COMMUNITY EVENTS WHERE THERE IS PIT BULL PLAYING AND ALL SORTS OF DIFFERENT WAYS WHERE THEY CAN HAVE THE MONEY TO MARKET THEIR SCHOOLS AND WE'RE IN A FINANCIAL AREA WHERE WE DON'T KNOW IF WE CAN PAY OUR SUPPORT STAFF, I THINK IT'S UNREALISTIC TO TALK ABOUT NEEDING TO DO A SIMILAR JOB AS FAR AS MARKETING AND ADVERTISING IS CONCERNED. SO THOSE WERE JUST MY COMMENTS. HOPEFULLY WE'RE GETTING TO THE END. THANK YOU.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU. I JUST HAVE A QUICK QUESTION. I WANTED TO GO LAST OUT OF RESPECT FOR MY COLLEAGUES. JUST SOME CLARIFICATION. LEGALLY, WALK US THROUGH THE PROCESS IF THIS IS DENIED TONIGHT BECAUSE WE TALKED AT THE WORKSHOP TODAY ABOUT BEING ABLE TO TIE DENIALS TO STATE STATUTE. WE DON'T WANT TO GET INTO A LAWSUIT. SO I KNOW WHEN WE SPOKE, IT WAS MY IMPRESSION THAT THERE WAS STATE STATUTE THAT SUPPORTED THIS RENEWAL. SO COULD YOU MAKE SOME CLARIFYING REMARKS, PLEASE?

>> THAT IS CORRECT. BY STATUTE, THEY ARE ALLOWED TO CONSOLIDATE. THAT IS NOT IN QUESTION. THE FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT IS THE STANDARD CONTRACT. USUALLY ANYTHING LESS IS VERY PROVISIONAL WHEN THE SCHOOLS ARE CLOSE TO FAILING. THIS IS NOT THE CASE. KCC RIGHT NOW, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE -- WE HAVE CHOSEN TO KEEP THEM ON A CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN, THEY ARE NO LONGER IN THE RED. SO I'M NOT SURE IF WE WENT TO APPEALS WITH THIS WE WOULD WIN BECAUSE THEY ARE NO LONGER IN THE RED.

>>Jim Porter: IF I COULD SPEAK TO THIS, TOO. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT. THE STATUTE PROVIDES REASONS FOR NONRENEWAL OR TERMINATION. AND THIS IS THE CURRENT STATUTE. THE FIRST THING THAT UNDERSCORES EVERYTHING, IF YOU DECIDE NOT TO RENEW THIS HAS TO BE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. THAT HAS TO BE THE FUNDAMENTALLY THING. THEN THE STATUTE LISTS SEVERAL REASONS THAT YOU CAN BASE A NONRENEWAL ON. I WANT TO READ THEM TO YOU SO THE BOARD UNDERSTANDS. FAILURE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE'S EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM CREATED IN SECTION 1,008.31 IS REQUIRED IN THE SECTION OR FAILURE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT PERFORMANCE STATED IN THE CHARTER. NUMBER TWO, FAILURE TO MEET GENERALLY ACCEPTED STANDARDS OF FISCAL MANAGEMENT, WHICH WE REFERRED TO EARLIER. NUMBER 3, MATERIAL VIOLATION OF LAW, OR NUMBER 4, OTHER GOOD CAUSE SHOWN. SO IF THE BOARD ULTIMATELY DECIDES TO MAKE A MOTION TO DENY IT, I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO TIE THAT VOTE TO ONE OF THOSE FOUR CRITERIA THAT I JUST LISTED.

>>Stacy Hahn: WE WOULD BE DENYING RENEWAL AND CONSOLIDATION?

>> YES, MA'AM.

>>Addison Davis: CAN I SAY SOMETHING?

>>Stacy Hahn: YES.

>>Addison Davis: THOSE ARE THE CRITERION. I'M ASKING FROM A RISK PERSPECTIVE AND ALSO TO DR. DELANGE IS THAT 18-19 WAS A YEAR WHERE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY WASN'T IDENTIFIED. SO WHAT ABOUT OF THE LAST TWO YEARS, HAVE THEY PRESENTED A FINANCIAL LANDSCAPE WHERE THEY ARE IN A GOOD SPOT THAT WE CAN IDENTIFY AND VALIDATE THAT OR NOT? WHEN DID IT START AND WHEN DID IT STOP?

>> RIGHT. SINCE 2018, THEY HAVE SHOWN IMPROVEMENT. AND I ALSO WANT TO ADD THAT WHEN WE PUT CHARTER SCHOOLS IN A CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN, THAT WE HAVE TO NOTIFY THE DOE BECAUSE THE DOE WANTS TO KNOW WHEN THE CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE IN CORRECTIVE ACTION PLANS AND WHEN THEY ARE TAKEN OFF. SO WE PROVIDE THE DOE WITH UPDATES ON THESE SCHOOLS THAT WE PUT IN A CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN. BUT KCC HAS IMPROVED. SO ANY SCHOOL THAT WE HAVE ON A CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN, WE ARE LOOKING FOR IMPROVEMENT YEAR TO YEAR.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER HAHN, MEMBER PEREZ --

>>Stacy Hahn: MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Karen Perez: AID QUICK QUESTION. YOU MENTIONED THAT THEY TOOK OUT A LOAN THAT HELPED THEM GET INTO THE BLACK, AND THAT'S THE REASON WHY THEY ARE IN THE BLACK.

>> NOT THE ONLY REASON, OF COURSE. IT HELPED THEM -- IT HELPED THEM, OF COURSE, HAVE THIS, YOU KNOW, SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT OF MONEY AS AN END OF YEAR BUDGET, BASICALLY. BUT THEY ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE THAT RECEIVED PPP LOANS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. THEY ARE ONE OF MANY. BUT HAVING SAID THAT, THAT, OF COURSE, HELPED THE MANY SCHOOLS THAT RECEIVED IT.

>>Jim Porter: SO, MEMBER HAHN, WHERE WE ARE, WHAT THE BOARD NEEDS TO VOTE ON IS THE AMENDMENT. AND THE AMENDMENT, IF YOU VOTE YES FOR THE AMENDMENT, THAT MEANS YOU WOULD BE IN FAVOR OF A TWO-YEAR RENEWAL. IF YOU'RE AGAINST THE TWO-YEAR RENEWAL OR AGAINST THE SCHOOL, THEN YOU SHOULD JUST VOTE NO. IF YOU VOTE YES, THAT MEANS YOU'RE FOR THE TWO-YEAR RENEWAL AS SUGGESTED BY MEMBER GRAY.

>>Lynn Gray: THIS IS JUST FOR THE TWO-YEAR.

>>Jim Porter: YES. NOT THE MAIN MOTION.

>>Stacy Hahn: OKAY. WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND. WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR, PLEASE VOTE.

>>Jim Porter: SO THAT FAILED. WHAT THAT MEANS IS THAT THE MAIN MOTION IS ON THE FLOOR, AND THAT'S TO APPROVE THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATION FOR CONSOLIDATION AND RENEWAL FOR FIVE YEARS.

>>Stacy Hahn: DISCUSSION ON THAT OR WE GO RIGHT TO A VOTE?

>>Jim Porter: MEMBER GRAY TAKES OVER.

>>Lynn Gray: I THINK WE DISCUSSED OUR HEADS OFF. SHE'S NOT GOING TO GIVE IT BACK TO ME. LET'S REMOVE ALL THOSE SCORES THERE. SO THE VOTE, BOARD MEMBERS, IT'S NOW TIME TO VOTE WHETHER YOU APPROVE OR NOT APPROVE THE KID'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE RENEWAL. WE'VE HAD DISCUSSION. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON YES OR NO AND WE HAVE MEMBER WASHINGTON, MEMBER VAUGHN, MEMBER PEREZ, MEMBER GRAY, MEMBER COMBS SAYING NO.

>>Jim Porter: THE MOTION FAILS. WHAT I WOULD SUGGEST IS THAT THERE BE ANOTHER MOTION TO AFFIRMATIVELY DENY AND IF YOU COULD PLEASE STATE YOUR REASON WHY -- WHAT YOU'RE BASING YOUR DENIAL ON. THE MOTION FAILED. BUT THAT JUST SORT OF LEAVES IT PASSIVELY HANGING. I THINK THERE NEEDS TO BE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION FOR A DENIAL.

>>Lynn Gray: WELL, THE TWO BIG REASONS, THIS IS SPEAKING FOR --

>>Jim Porter: LET'S GET A MOTION ON THE FLOOR FIRST JUST PROCEDURALLY.

>>Lynn Gray: WE HAVE A MOTION --

>>Jim Porter: NO WE NEED ONE TO DENY. AND THEN YOU CAN TALK AND GIVE YOUR REASONS.

>>Lynn Gray: WE NEED A MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO DENY THE APPLICATION FOR KID'S COMMUNITY COLLEGE. I HAVE A MOTION. DO WE HAVE A SECOND? WE HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER VAUGHN. WE HAVE A SECOND BY -- OKAY. NOW THERE'S DISCUSSION.

>>Jim Porter: I WANT TO REMIND THE BOARD OF WHAT CAUSES FOR NONRENEWAL ARE. THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED TO BASE YOUR DECISION ON. ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT FOR ALL STUDENTS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR WHEN DETERMINING WHETHER TO RENEW OR TERMINATE. MAY ALSO CHOOSE NOT TO TERMINATE IF ONE OF THE FOUR CRITERIA ARE BELOW MET. FAILURE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE 1,008.31 AS REQUIRED IN THE SECTION OR FAILURE TO MEET REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT PERFORMANCE STATED IN THE CHARTER. NUMBER TWO, FAILURE TO MEET GENERALLY ACCEPTED STANDARDS OF FISCAL MANAGEMENT. NUMBER THREE, MATERIAL VIOLATION OF LAW. NUMBER FOUR, OTHER GOOD COSTS SHOWN. WHILE YOU'RE CONTEMPLATING THAT, I'LL REMIND YOU THAT THE STATUTE ALSO REQUIRES THAT WE GIVE A 90-DAY NOTICE. DURING YOUR ACTION TONIGHT, IF THIS MOTION TO DENY PASSES, WE'LL HAVE TO GIVE 90-DAY NOTICE, ARTICULATING THE REASONS FOR THAT. THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO APPEAL IF THEY WANT TO, AND THE PROCESS WOULD NEED TO FOLLOW ITS NATURAL COURSE. IT WON'T BE AN AUTOMATIC. THEY WON'T SHUT DOWN TOMORROW. THERE WILL BE A 90 DAY WINDOW AND APPEAL IF THEY CHOOSE TO APPEAL.

>>Lynn Gray: THE WORDING WHICH I KNOW I SHOULD HAVE A BETTER MEMORY. YOU JUST SAID ABOUT A PARAGRAPH. I'LL GIVE YOU TWO REASONS. MAKE A MOTION REGARDING STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND LACK OF FISCAL FIDUCIARY PERFORMANCE, AND THOSE ARE THE TWO REASONS THAT I BEGAN WITH. THOSE ARE THE TWO REASONS I'M GOING TO END WITH. AND THAT'S THE MOTION. SO AT THIS POINT IN TIME, THAT'S THE MOTION ON THE FLOOR.

>>Jim Porter: THERE IS ALREADY A MOTION ON THE FLOOR. I WAS JUST ASKING THE BOARD MEMBERS TO ARTICULATE THE REASONS WHY. THANK YOU. VERY HELPFUL, MADAM CHAIR. IF YOU WANT TO ADD ANYTHING, MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: MINE WOULD BE FISCAL MANAGEMENT.

>>Karen Perez: IT WOULD BE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AND FISCAL MANAGEMENT.

>>Nadia Combs: I CONCUR. SAME.

>>Jim Porter: I THINK WHAT I'VE HEARD, THOUGH, EVEN THOUGH STAFF HAS IDENTIFIED THAT THE FINANCIAL SITUATION OF THE SCHOOL HAS IMPROVED, THE DISTRICT HAS STILL CHOSEN TO KEEP THEM ON THE CORRECTIVE FINANCIAL PLAN, AND I THINK THAT UNDERSCORES THE BOARD'S MOTION.

>>Lynn Gray: CORRECT. THANK YOU, MR. PORTER. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, DO WE HAVE -- OKAY, WE'RE ALL DONE WITH THAT PARTICULAR AGENDA ITEM.

>>Jim Porter: YOU NEED TO VOTE. THE VOTE IS TO DENY.

>>Lynn Gray: THE VOTE IS TO DENY. BACK ON IT AGAIN. MR. PORTER, DIDN'T WE ALREADY VOTE ON THAT DENIAL?

>>Jim Porter: THE MOTION TO APPROVE FAILED. THEN THERE WAS ANOTHER MOTION TO DENY, AND YOU'VE BEEN DISCUSSING IT. YOU NEED TO VOTE ON THE MOTION TO DENY.

>>Lynn Gray: WELL, IF THEY VOTE YES, THAT MEANS IT'S DENIED. MEMBERS, IF YOU VOTE YES, IT'S DENIED. IF YOU VOTE NO, IT'S NOT DENIED.

>>Jim Porter: IT'S A 5-2 VOTE TO DENY WITH MEMBERS HAHN AND SNIVELY VOTING NO.

>>Lynn Gray: I CAN SEE WHY A LOT OF THESE CHARTER SCHOOLS KEEP GOING BECAUSE THIS IS A COMPLICATED SITUATION -- I'M SORRY. MEMBER WASHINGTON.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THEY STILL HAVE 90 DAYS -- THEY HAVE A 90-DAY PERIOD TO AWHEEL?

>>Jim Porter: WELL, NO, WE HAVE 90 DAYS TO PROVIDE THEM THE REASONS, AND THEN AFTER THAT THEY CAN CHOOSE TO APPEAL.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THAT APPEAL, WHAT IS THE TIMELINE ON THE APPEAL?

>>Jim Porter: SET FORTH IN THE STATUTE. I CAN PROVIDE THAT FOR YOU. CAN I PROVIDE THE WHOLE LIST OF WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: EXCELLENT QUESTION, MEMBER WASHINGTON. NOW WE'RE GOING TO MOVE ON. MEMBER SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: ARE THEY ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE CONSOLIDATION THROUGHOUT THE APPEAL PROCESS OR --

>>Jim Porter: NO. YOU DENIED THAT.

>>Melissa Snively: I JUST WANTED TO CLARIFICATION FOR THAT. IT'S NOT LIKE THEY CAN MOVE FORWARD. 90 DAYS TO GIVE THEM A REASON THAT WE DENIED THEIR APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL AND THEN THEY CAN APPEAL IT.

>>Jim Porter: AS ARTICULATED BOTH WITH THE BACKUP THAT STAFF PROVIDED AND THE DISCUSSION TONIGHT AT THE BOARD.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU HAD A REMARK.

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, I THINK MS. SNIVELY ANSWERED MY QUESTION. I WANT TO MAKE CERTAIN WE RECOGNIZE WE DENIED THE SCHOOL FOR RENEWAL. NOW THE HIGH SCHOOL, 9-12, IMPROVING ACADEMICALLY AND IMPROVING FINANCIALLY IS DENIED AND WE'LL SEND A LETTER BASED ON THE DECISION.

>>Lynn Gray: I THINK THAT WOULD BE BEST ALSO TO BE WORDED IN AN OFFICIAL FORMAT AND E-MAIL BECAUSE WE ALL NEED TO ALL UNDERSTAND WHAT WE JUST DID. THANK YOU. NEXT, WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD, IF IT'S OKAY WITH THE BOARD, WE'RE GOING TO PURSUE UPSTREAM HERE BECAUSE WE'RE ALMOST AT 8:00, TEN OF 8. THE NIGHT IS YOUNG. 10:.05, APPLICATION APPROVAL FOR DR. KIRAN C. PATEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.

>>Addison Davis: APPROVAL FOR THE APPLICATION FOR DR. PATEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. THIS IS A NEW SCHOOL FROM A K-5. THEY HAVE A 9-12 WHICH IS OFF OF RAULSTON ROAD IN THE TEMPLE TERRACE AREA THAT HAS 450 STUDENTS. THIS IS A NEW PROGRAM THAT'S ALL ABOUT EDUCATION PROGRAM FOCUSED ON THE WHOLE CHILD. AND THEY WILL BE ABLE TO INCLUDE SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING, LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN THE SAME TOKEN PROJECT BASED LEARNING AS WELL. SO THIS IS -- WILL START THE FIRST YEAR FROM K-2 TO HAVE AROUND 90 STUDENTS AND TRANSITION TO THE FIFTH GRADE TO BE ABLE TO HAVE 652 STUDENTS AS WELL AT THE END OF THE FIVE-YEAR SPAN.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THIS PARTICULAR KIRAN C. PATEL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY. A SECOND BY MEMBER COMBS. ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU PULLED THIS ITEM. YOU GO FIRST.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT WE MENTIONED THIS MORNING, AND SOMEBODY MIGHT HAVE MENTIONED TODAY, THAT IN OUR DISCUSSION ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN INDEPENDENTLY MANAGED AND FOR-PROFIT MANAGED. I DON'T WANT EVERYONE TO THINK THAT WHOEVER IS VOTING NO IS JUST ADAMANTLY ANTICHOICE AND AGAINST CHARTER SCHOOLS. I STATED SEVERAL TIMES THAT I DO BELIEVE THERE IS A PLACE FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS WITHIN OUR DISTRICT AS THINK TANKS TO TRY OUT SOMETHING NEW. AS LONG AS THEY ARE EAGER TO PARTNER WITH OUR DISTRICT AND BRING THE THINGS THAT ARE SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR SCHOOLS BACK AND SHARE IT WITH THE DISTRICT SO THAT WE CAN ALSO INCORPORATE THOSE THINGS IN THE CURRICULUM. I HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH THE PATELS AND LEARN ABOUT THE PROJECT-BASED THEORIES THEY HAVE IN THE SCHOOL AND THEY HAVE ASSURED ME THEY ARE VERY EAGER TO PARTNER WITH OUR DISTRICT, EVEN GOING AS FAR AS TO SAY THEY WOULD LOVE TO MEET WITH MR. CONNOR, SET UP A MEETING AND TALK ABOUT THE PROJECT BASED METHOD, THE WHOLE CHILD METHOD AND WHY THAT'S WORKING FOR THE SCHOOLS. ADDED THAT CAVEAT, AS MEMBER COMBS SAID, THERE ARE SOME THAT SOME OF US MAY APPROVE BECAUSE THEY ARE INDEPENDENTLY MANAGED AND WE FIND A VALUE AND EAGERNESS TO PARTNER WITH THE DISTRICT. I JUST WANTED TO SHARE THAT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: DISCUSSION WILL CONTINUE WITH MEMBER COMBS AND INDEED WE HAD A LARGE AMOUNT OF -- WELL, WE ACTUALLY MET AND OPENED UP THE SCHOOL, MEMBER SNIVELY. I CAN'T REMEMBER, MEMBER HAHN, IF YOU WERE THERE OR NOT, BUT WE HELPED OPEN UP THE SCHOOL. WE WERE VERY IMPRESSED. MEMBER COMBS, MEMBER PEREZ WAS ALSO THERE. MEMBER COMBS.

>>Nadia Combs: YES, I JUST WANTED TO SAY THE SAME THING. WHEN YOU REALLY LOOK AT WHY CHARTER SCHOOLS STARTED IN OUR COUNTRY, IT WAS REALLY TO FILL THE NEED OF SOMEONE LOCAL. IF YOU LOOK AT LEARNING GATE, IF YOU LOOK AT PEPIN, IF YOU LOOKS AT BROOKS DeBARTOLO, IF YOU KNOW DR. PATEL, YOU KNOW HE ALWAYS SUPPORTED PUBLIC EDUCATION AND NOW AS A CHARTER SCHOOL. THAT WAS THE CONCEPT OF THE CHARTER SCHOOLS. IT'S NOT THIS ENTIRE DIFFERENT TYPE OF CHARTERS THAT WE'LL BE TALKING ABOUT LATER TONIGHT THAT ARE REALLY NOT NECESSARILY IMPACTING STUDENTS BUT REALLY IMPACTING, MAKING A PROFIT. SO A CHARTER LIKE PATEL IS WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR. IF YOU'RE GOING TO BE A CHARTER, THEN YOU'RE LOOKING AT PROJECT BASED. YOU'RE IN AN AREA. YOU'VE SHOWN THAT YOU SUPPORTED OUR COMMUNITIES. WE KNOW THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE HERE. WE KNOW YOU'RE NOT GOING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. I DO WANT TO SAY, I WANT PEOPLE TO REALIZE THAT I'M NOT ANTI-PRIVATIZATION. I'VE OWNED PRIVATE BUSINESSES FOR MOST OF MY LIFE. IT IS THE IDEA OF MAKING PROFIT THAT DOESN'T GO TO OUR STUDENTS BUT IS GOING INTO SOMEONE'S POCKET. I KNOW DR. PATEL IS PROBABLY PUTTING A LOT OF MONEY, EVEN OF HIS OWN POCKET INTO OUR SCHOOLS. AND I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU. I SUPPORT THIS.

>>Lynn Gray: SON'S INHERITANCE I BELIEVE IF MY MEMORY SERVES ME RIGHT. THAT ACTUALLY PUTS A SMILE ON OUR FACE, BUT IT'S THE TRUTH. WE HAVE OUR MOTIONS. ANY DISCUSSION? WE'VE HAD THAT. LET'S VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD. APPLICATION APPROVAL, THIS IS 10.06 FOR THE IVRIT-HEBREW LANGUAGE ACADEMY. ADDISON DAVIS, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS HIGHLIGHT.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THIS IS APPROVAL FOR A NEW CHARTER SCHOOL THAT'S GOING TO BE HOUSED IN THE ACADEMY ON FLETCHER AVENUE. THIS IS FOR THE IVRIT-HEBREW LANGUAGE FOCUSED ON K-5 FOR DUAL LANGUAGE THAT'S FOCUSED ON GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP. IT WILL IMPACT SCHOOLS WITH CARROLLWOOD, FOREST HILLS, TWIN LAKES, MORT. THE FIRST YEAR THEY WERE ASKED TO TRANSITION TO 188 STUDENTS FROM K -- AND TRANSITION AT THE FIFTH YEAR, 348 STUDENTS. THIS IS NOT A MANAGEMENT CHARTER SCHOOL.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY. I HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER VAUGHN. WOULD THERE BE ANY DISCUSSION? THE ONLY DISCUSSION I HAD WAS THAT MY SON WENT TO HILLEL AND I WANT TO APPROVE THE SCHOOL AS WELL. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD. GOING TO THE NEXT CHARTER SCHOOL, WE HAVE AN APPLICATION, APPROVAL FOR MATER ACADEMY HILLS. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, IS IT MATER?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM.

>>Lynn Gray: IF YOU'LL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THIS IS APPROVAL APPLICATION FOR MATER ACADEMY HILLS. THIS IS CURRENTLY THEY DO HAVE A MANAGEMENT COMPANY ACADEMIA. THEY HAVE OVERARCHINGLY THEY HAVE NINE OF THE 30 SCHOOL K-5 SCHOOLS THAT THEY CURRENTLY HAVE IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA ARE DEEMED HIGH PERFORMING. THIS WILL BE LOCATION IN THE PLANT CITY AREA, VALRICO AREA, HOPEWELL AREA AND THEY WANT TO TRANSITION TO A K-5. THIS WILL BE TRADITIONAL CURRICULUM THAT WILL BE IMPLEMENTED. THEY WILL START OUT IN THE FIRST YEAR FROM K-3 AND THEN WILL TRANSITION TO K-5 WITH 768 STUDENTS THAT WILL BE IN THIS PARTICULAR SCHOOL. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE TEAM'S RECOMMENDATION, THEY HAD NO WEAKNESSES RELATED TO THE APPLICATION. AND MET ALL REQUIREMENTS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY. A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU ARE FIRST, YOU DID PULL THE ITEM.

>>Jessica Vaughn: YOU DID SAY THIS WAS A MANAGED ONE, CORRECT? OKAY. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER COMBS.

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU, CHAIR GRAY. I'D LIKE TO DISTRIBUTE SOME ARTICLES REGARDING THIS CHARTER. I MADE ENOUGH COPIES FOR EVERY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER AS WELL AS SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS AND MR. PORTER. I HAVE TWO ARTICLES IF WE CAN PASS THEM AROUND. MEMBER COMBS.

>>Nadia Combs: I KNOW EVERYBODY RECEIVED THIS. WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT CHARTERS TODAY, AND WHAT CONCERNS ME IS NOT THE LOCAL CHARTERS. IT'S THE CMOs AND THE CHARTERS THAT ARE EXPANDING AND WHAT'S OCCURRING AROUND THE STATE AND AROUND THE COUNTRY. I PROVIDED TWO ARTICLES, AND I'VE ALSO HIGHLIGHTED KEY POINTS. THE FIRST ONE IS ACDEMICA UNDER FEDERAL INVESTIGATION. I HIGHLIGHTED THE KEY POINTS THAT TALKS ABOUT THE TRANSFERS OF THE MONEY AND THE FUNDING AND THE REAL ESTATE. YOU CAN SEE FROM THE MIAMI HERALD AND ON THE FIRST PAGE, IT TALKS ABOUT HOW THE AUDITING, ACDEMICA IS A BROADER EXAMINATION OF SCHOOL COMPANIES NATIONWIDE. SEVERAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST BETWEEN ACDEMICA AND THE CHARTER SCHOOLS IT MANAGES. YOU CAN LOOK AT SOME OF THE KEYS, TRANSFERS OF MONEY FROM MATER ACADEMY AND ACADEMICA. IF YOU LOOK AT THE SECOND PAGE, IT TALKS ABOUT THE REAL ESTATE COMPANIES THAT ARE TIED TO THE ACADEMICA EXECUTIVES. THEN YOU'RE GOING ON TO TALK ABOUT LOBBYISTS IN TALLAHASSEE AND HOW THEY ARE CONNECTED TO ACADEMICA. AND THEN FINALLY, EVEN THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE AND PEOPLE WHO ARE SPONSORING BILLS AGAINST OR FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS AND EXACTLY WHAT THEIR OVERALL GOAL OF THESE CHARTERS ARE. SO I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE SEE THIS, AND THEN I ALSO PULLED ANOTHER ARTICLE THAT TALKS ABOUT THE -- FROM THE WASHINGTON POST, SO IT'S NOT JUST A LOCAL ARTICLE. IT'S A NATIONAL ARTICLE TALKING ABOUT FLORIDA'S CHARTER SCHOOL SECTOR AND WHAT A REAL MESS IT IS. THIS ARTICLE FROM THE WASHINGTON POST IN 2019, IF YOU LOOK BACK, IT REALLY FOCUSES ON SEVERAL CMOs ALL OVER THE COUNTRY, BUT ONE OF THEM WAS ACADEMICA, WHICH IS TIED DIRECTLY TO MATER ACADEMY. IT HIGHLIGHTS THE NONPROFITS, THE PASS-THROUGHS, AND IT ALSO TALKS ABOUT AT THE VERY BOTTOM THE FOR-PROFIT MANAGEMENT COMPANY AS WELL AS THE BOARD'S ROLE IN NOT BEING ABLE TO MANAGE THOSE SCHOOLS, AND IT JUST TALKS ABOUT THE OVERALL PROFITEERING AND THE DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE INVOLVED WITH THIS. SO THAT WAY I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT THE PUBLIC AND THE TAXPAYERS ARE REALIZING THAT WHEN YOU ARE SPENDING YOUR MONEY THAT NOT A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THE MONEY THE FTE IS GOING TO THE CHILD. A LOT OF TIMES IT'S REAL ESTATE, AND PEOPLE ARE PROFITING MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF DOLLARS ON THIS, AND WE NEED TO BE AWARE AND DO WE WANT TO APPROVE A CHARTER LIKE THIS? I HIGHLIGHTED ALL OF THAT TO SAVE ALL OF YOU TIME SO YOU CAN GLANCE OVER AND JUST SEE ALL THE KEY FINDINGS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS. I'M GOING TO ASK A QUESTION TO DR. DELANGE. I'M LOOKING AT PAGE 15 IN ADDITION TO PREVIOUS COMMENTS MADE BY MEMBER COMBS, I'M TRYING TO GET CLARIFICATION. IT SAYS "PARTIALLY MEETS THE STANDARD WITH REGARDS TO STUDENT RECRUITMENT AND ENROLLMENT." WHAT DOES THAT INDICATE? I KNOW I'M SUPPOSED TO KNOW, BUT CAN YOU JUST SAY IT IN CHARTER SCHOOL WORDS?

>> SURE, THESE ARE NONSTATUTORY WEAKNESSES. THE APPLICATION DID MENTION A LOTTERY, BUT IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WE JUST LIKE TO KNOW WHAT THAT PROCESS LOOKS LIKE AND WHAT APPLICATION -- LOTTERY APPLICATION THAT THEY ARE USING. SO THEY DID MENTION A LOTTERY SYSTEM. IT'S NONSTATUTORY.

>>Lynn Gray: MY OTHER COMMENT AGAIN, AND I GUESS THIS IS A REPEAT. I'M LOOKING AT THE HIGH-PERFORMING SCHOOLS IN THE AREA. MEMBER SNIVELY, WE HAVE A LOT OF THESE SCHOOLS ARE A, C BUT WE HAVE SOW MINO, DOVER, FISHHAWK, JACKSON, LINCOLN, LITHIA, NELSON, ROBINSON, THERE ARE SOME Cs, BUT THE MEAN AVERAGE SEEMS TO BE, AND YOU CAN SPLIT HAIRS, EITHER A B- OR A B. WITH OUR SURROUNDING SCHOOLS, WHY ARE WE PUTTING A CHARTER WHEN WE HAVE SCHOOLS THAT ARE SEEMINGLY ABLE TO AFFORD A VERY SATISFACTORY OR ABOVE-AVERAGE EDUCATION? THAT WOULD BE MY QUESTION. I THINK WE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL, AGAIN, I SAY ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL. IT'S EXTRAORDINARY WHAT'S HAPPENING THAT SCHOOLS ARE REALLY TAKING, ABSORBING WHAT SEEMS TO BE A GREAT PUBLIC SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES. I JUST HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT. BUT THAT'S ALL I'M GOING TO SAY ON IT. HOW IS THEIR FISCAL SITUATION? I DON'T HAVE AN AUDIT HERE? THEIR PREVIOUS FISCAL ORIENTATION.

>>Addison Davis: THEY ARE REALLY HIGH PERFORMING INDIRECTLY THROUGHOUT THE STATE. THEY CAN ACTUALLY, THROUGH ALL OF THE OTHER SCHOOLS THEY CURRENTLY HAVE, PROBABLY GET A 15-YEAR AGREEMENT WITH THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, THEIR FINANCIALS, THEIR LEADERSHIP.

>> THE DOE HAS DEEMED THEM A HIGH-PERFORMING SYSTEM BECAUSE THEY'VE GOT THREE OR MORE SCHOOLS AND THEY HAVE GOT -- THEY HAVE MANY THAT ARE PERFORMING HIGHLY. THEY ARE DEEMED A HIGH-PERFORMING SYSTEM.

>>Lynn Gray: WELL, THANK YOU. AND THAT COUNTS, TOO. THEN I'LL GO WITH THE FORMER CONCERN, THE SURROUNDING SCHOOLS. MEMBER WASHINGTON.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: YOU WERE ABOUT TO ADD SOMETHING.

>>Jim Porter: AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THIS PARTICULAR CHARTER APPLICATION IS THAT IT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A HIGH-PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL. THE STATUTE PUTS ADDITIONAL STANDARDS IN PLACE IN ORDER FOR YOU TO DENY IT. THERE'S A HIGHER STANDARD, AND YOU HAVE TO STATE REASONS THROUGH CONVINCING EVIDENCE OF WHY IT'S NOT APPROPRIATE TO APPROVE THE APPLICATION. THOSE ARE SET OUT IN THE STATUTE. IT'S NOT JUST A RENEWAL AND NOT JUST A NORMAL APPLICATION. IT IS A HIGH-PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL. THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THE BOARD NEEDS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT.

>>Lynn Gray: GOOD POINT. AND ACTUALLY, DR. DELANGE, WE TALKED ABOUT THE LEGAL PART IS CRITICAL NOW THAT WE'RE GETTING INTO 1028. IS THAT WHAT YOU'RE ALLUDING TO THAT WE ALSO HAVE ADDITIONAL LANGUAGE?

>>Jim Porter: THIS IS UNDER THE CURRENT STATUTE.

>>Lynn Gray: THIS IS UNDER THE CURRENT. OKAY. MEMBER WASHINGTON, YOUR QUESTION AND THEN MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: IS THIS RELATED TO WHAT NADIA WAS TALKING ABOUT? ARE THESE RELATED TO THESE PARTICULAR SCHOOLS? THAT WAS MY QUESTION.

>>Jim Porter: THESE SCHOOLS DON'T EXIST YET. IT IS THE COMPANY -- MAYBE YOU CAN EXPLAIN. I THINK ACADEMIA IS INVOLVED WITH THEM, BUT THIS SCHOOL IS NEW TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, SO IT DOESN'T EXIST YET.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THAT WAS MY QUESTION.

>>Nadia Combs: UMBRELLA THAT IT FALLS UNDER. THAT'S THE ISSUE. IT'S NOT AN INDEPENDENT. IT'S ONE OF THE CMOs WHERE THEY HAVE SOMEBODY OVERSEEING THEM, AND THAT'S WHERE THE ISSUE IS, BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF PROFIT BEING MADE ON STUDENTS BASED ON THAT. EVEN THOUGH THE SCHOOLS ARE NONPROFIT, THE CMOs FOR PROFIT, AND THEY ARE PROFITING NOT JUST ON STUDENTS FTE BUT THEY ARE ALSO PROFITING ON REAL ESTATE. SO THIS IS THE ISSUE, AND THIS IS WHY IT'S BEEN UNDER INVESTIGATION, AND THAT'S WHY PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THAT.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: BUT STILL A PERFORMING HIGH SCHOOL AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED. IT'S PERFORMING HIGH THESE SCHOOLS ARE?

>>Jim Porter: LEGALLY, THEIR DESIGNATION IS A HIGH PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL. THAT'S THE LEGAL DESIGNATION. AND THEY ARE TREATED DIFFERENTLY THAN OTHER CHARTER SCHOOLS.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: OKAY. THANK YOU.

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

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. I DID WANT TO GET MORE CLARIFICATION ON THIS. SO WE'RE SAYING THEY FALL UNDER THE UMBRELLA OF ACADEMICA, WHICH WE'RE SAYING IS UNDER INVESTIGATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S INSPECTOR GENERAL THAT ESSENTIALLY THERE'S A CONFLICT OF INTEREST BETWEEN THE CHARTER SCHOOL MANAGEMENT COMPANY AND THE CHARTER SCHOOLS. IS THAT RIGHT? WHAT DOES THE INVESTIGATION MEAN?

>>Jim Porter: I'M NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE INVESTIGATION.

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, THIS IS THE FIRST ARTICLE, I BELIEVE?

>>Jessica Vaughn: YES.

>>Addison Davis: I REMEMBER THIS HAPPENED IN 2014.

>>Jessica Vaughn: DO YOU HAVE ANY THOUGHTS ON THIS?

>>Addison Davis: NO.

>>Jessica Vaughn: I GUESS THE QUESTION LENDS ITSELF TO IF THERE IS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST, IF THESE SCHOOLS ARE TECHNICALLY NOT FOR PROFIT, AND THEY ARE RUNNING UNDER A NOT-FOR-PROFIT LICENSE, HOWEVER THEY ARE -- THERE IS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST WHERE THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY IS MAKING A PROFIT, HOW DOES THAT NOT BECOME A REASON TO DENY THESE CHARTER SCHOOLS AS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST IF THEY ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL?

>>Jim Porter: WELL, A COUPLE OF THINGS. ONE, I THINK AS THE SUPERINTENDENT POINTED OUT, THE ARTICLE APPEARS TO BE FROM 2014. BUT THOSE ARE NOT ARTICULATED REASONS IN THE STATUTE FOR DENIAL FOR A HIGH-PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL.

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

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I THINK THAT BASED ON THE TRACK RECORD OF THIS PARTICULAR CHARTER SCHOOL IN THE OTHER DISTRICTS WHERE THEY ARE, AND THE FACT THAT THERE'S NO STATUTORY REASON TO DENY THIS APPLICATION BECAUSE THEY HAVEN'T MET ANY OF THE CRITERIA LISTED IN FLORIDA LAW. IT SEEMS WE'LL HAVE TO -- AT LEAST I'LL BE VOTING TO APPROVE IT. MY QUESTION IS, LOOKING AT THE AREA SCHOOLS, HOW INVOLVED AND MORE OF A GENERAL QUESTION, HOW DO WE COLLABORATE OR DO WE WORK WITH CHARTER SCHOOLS WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE A LOCATION, AN EXACT LOCATION SELECTED, HOW DO WE WORK WITH THEM TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE TRYING TO PUT A SCHOOL IN THE PLACE WHERE IT IS MOST NEEDED?

>> SO, IS AMBER DICKERSON HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL SO WHEN THEY DO REACH OUT TO US THEY OFFER, WHERE CAN WE GO TO HELP THE DISTRICT WITH CAPACITY AND AMBER TELLS THEM THE AREAS MOST NEEDED. SOME DO LISTEN TO THAT AND SOME HAVE ALREADY PROBABLY PICKED A LOCATION. IN THIS CASE, THEY HAVE NOT AT LEAST TO MY KNOWLEDGE, THEY HAVE NOT PICKED A LOCATION, AND THAT'S WHY THE AREA TARGETED IN THE APPLICATION IS VERY WIDE. JUST IN THE EAST SIDE OF THE COUNTY.

>>Melissa Snively: THAT WAS MY QUESTION. I THINK THAT COULD BE SOMETHING THAT WE ADDRESS WITH THE STATE LEGISLATURE THAT'S BEEN A THORN IN MY SIDE AFTER A PARTICULAR CHARTER SCHOOL OPENED RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A VERY HIGH PERFORMING AREA THAT WASN'T INTENDED TO MOVE TO A CERTAIN LOCATION. WE APPROVED AN APPLICATION FOR ONE ZIP CODE AND THEY ENDED UP IN A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT ZIP CODE. SO I THINK THAT MAYBE WE COULD WORK WITH COMMUNICATING WITH OUR LEGISLATORS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF PLACING THE SCHOOLS OR AT LEAST HAVING LOCATIONS ON THE APPLICATION AND MAKING THEM STICK TO A PARTICULAR LOCATION OR AREA. BUT I WOULD HOPE THAT WE COULD WORK WITH, ONCE THIS IS APPROVED, THAT WE COULD CONTINUE TO WORK CLOSELY WITH THEM TO REALLY PUT THIS WHERE IT COULD HELP WITH EITHER CAPACITY ISSUES OR LOW PERFORMING SCHOOLS IN THE AREA. SO THAT'S ALL I'LL SAY ABOUT THAT. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, I WOULD TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY WHAT MEMBER SNIVELY IS SAYING, THE IDEA THAT THIS IS POSSIBLY NEXT TO A VERY HIGH-PERFORMING SCHOOLS IS CONTRADICTORY. IT'S VERY HARD FOR US TO APPROVE -- I GET WHAT WE MUST DO WHEN WE HAVE GREAT SCHOOLS. I WOULD SAY WITH MS. DICKERSON SHE DEFINITELY NEEDS TO BE ON THIS PLANET OF EXPLAINING WHAT HER RATIONALE IS. BECAUSE IF THAT IS A DETERMINATE -- A PERSON MAKING A DETERMINATION THEN I FOR ONE AM SURE MEMBER SNIVELY, BECAUSE IT IS HER DISTRICT AND MEMBER PEREZ, WE WOULD NEED TO KNOW HER RATIONALE. THAT WOULD BE MY SUGGESTION. THAT BEING A PART OF THE DECISION MAKING.

>>Melissa Snively: COLLABORATION.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY. MEMBER VAUGHN AND THEN FOLLOWED BY MEMBER PEREZ AND THEY ARE WE'RE GOING TO VOTE.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. I JUST HAD A QUESTION. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW THEY ADMIT STUDENTS. HOW ARE WE OVERSEEING THAT THEY ARE NOT USING SOME FORMULA THAT ALLOWS THEM TO CHERRY PICK STUDENTS TO KEEP THEIR HIGH-PERFORMING GRADE LEVEL, NUMBER ONE. NUMBER TWO, I WAS JUST LOOKING AT THE NUMBERS HERE BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING TO BE OPENING -- THERE'S TWO FROM THE SAME MANAGEMENT COMPANY HERE, THAT IF COMBINED AFTER FIVE YEARS WOULD BE LOOKING AT RETAINING 1,362 STUDENTS AFTER FIVE YEARS, WHICH I COULD BE WRONG, BUT I THINK THAT COMES TO CLOSE TO $10 MILLION THAT WOULD BE TAKING OUT OF THE DISTRICT ANNUALLY. AND THIS IS, AGAIN, ALL BASED ON THE FACT THAT THEY ARE IDENTIFIED AS HIGH PERFORMING, MAKING IT MORE CHALLENGING TO CHALLENGE WHETHER THEY WOULD BE A VIABLE OPTION FOR OUR COMMUNITY. I'M JUST REALLY TRYING TO UNDERSTAND HOW THEY MAINTAIN THAT HIGH-PERFORMING, IF THERE IS ANY FIDELITY PUT INTO THE PROCESS OF ADMITTANCE TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE NOT ABLE TO SOMEHOW, YOU KNOW, ONLY ADMIT THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST. DO THEY HAVE FEEDER PRESCHOOLS OR WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO KIND OF MAINTAIN THAT HIGH-PERFORMING LABEL? WE HAVE AN ANNUAL SITE VISIT PROTOCOL THAT THE CHARTER OFFICE USES. AND THE LOTTERY IS A PART OF THE CRITERIA. STAFF MEMBERS GO OUT EVERY YEAR TO EACH AND EVERY SINGLE CHARTER SCHOOL. THEY CHECK THE LOTTERY SYSTEM. THEY ASK WHAT APPLICATION THEY USE. A LOT OF THEM USE LOTTERIES. I BELIEVE IT IS CALLED. AND WE ASK THE QUESTIONS. OBVIOUSLY, WE ARE NOT THERE WHEN IT HAPPENS, BUT THE RESULTS HAVE TO BE MADE PUBLIC ON THEIR WEBSITE, AND WHEN ASKED TO AN EXPLANATION OF THEIR LOTTERY SYSTEM, THEY ARE VERY OPEN TO ARTICULATE THAT TO ANYONE. IN FACT, A BOARD MEMBER HAS ASKED TO GO TO VISIT A SCHOOL TO TALK ABOUT THEIR LOTTERY SYSTEM AND THERE WAS NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT, THAT YOU ARE VERY WELCOME. ALL OF YOU ARE VERY WELCOME.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER VAUGHN, ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE ANSWER? WE'LL GO TO MEMBER PEREZ AND I THINK IT WILL BE TIME TO VOTE. MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Karen Perez: BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENT, I HAVE A CONCERN. IN 1997, THE CHARTER IDEA WAS CREATED BECAUSE THEY SAW -- YOU KNOW, THEY SAW CHARTERS AS A VALUABLE WAY OF CORRECTING THE DOWNWARD TRENDS IN THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE THAT WAS REALLY WRECKING THE COMMUNITIES FOR GENERATIONS. I'M LISTENING TO THE CONVERSATIONS LIKE WITH THE AREAS OF -- WE HAVE B SCHOOLS, A SCHOOLS, WHERE THESE CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE GOING UP. I'M A BIT CONFUSED AS TO WHERE THESE CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE SEEING THAT THESE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE AVAILABILITY ARE ALL THE WAY IN SNIVELY'S AREA AND HOW THEY ARE GOING UP IN THOSE AREAS. I'M JUST CURIOUS. HOW DID WE GET FROM ASSISTING OUR STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE TO ALL OF A SUDDEN COMING UP AND SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE A-B SCHOOLS. I'M JUST VERY CONFUSED. CAN SOMEBODY HELP ME UNDERSTAND THIS?

>>Addison Davis: OVERARCHING, THE ORIGIN OF CHARTER SCHOOLS WERE TO CREATE SCHOOLS IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT REALLY COULDN'T ADDRESS STUDENTS WHO WERE UNDERPERFORMING. IT HAS EVOLVED THROUGH LEGISLATIVE LANGUAGE THAT ALLOWS CHARTER SCHOOLS JUST TO BECOME COMPETITIVE CHOICE, BEING ABLE TO PLACE WHEREVER THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL SERVICE TO CHILDREN, WHICH OPENLY PUTS MORE OWNERSHIP FOR US AS A DISTRICT MANAGED SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE ARE CONNECTING WITH OUR COMMUNITIES. WE ARE TELLING OUR POSITIVE STORIES. WE ARE MAKING CERTAIN THAT WE HAVE THE GREATEST CUSTOMER SERVICE. IT HAS EVOLVED AND -- ALLOWS US THAT CHOICE TO BE A PART FOR A PARENT TO DECIDE WHAT BEST EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE THEY WANT FOR THEIR CHILD.

>>Lynn Gray: NOT MAYBE WHAT YOU WANTED TO HEAR, MEMBER PEREZ, BUT IT'S MAYBE EVOLVED. YOU MIGHT WANT TO EXCHANGE ANOTHER WORD. BUT AT ANY RATE -- YEAH, LET'S GO AHEAD --

>>Nadia Combs: I WANT TO SPEND TEN SECONDS ALSO TALKING ABOUT WHEN WE LOOK AT THE EVOLUTION OF THAT, WHAT YOU'RE ALSO SEEING IS KIDS HAVE TO HAVE TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM THERE. PREDOMINANTLY, MOST OF THE CHARTER SCHOOLS DON'T OFFER TRANSPORTATION AND IF THEY DO, IT'S VERY LIMITED. IT MIGHT BE A FEW BUSES. THAT DOESN'T ALLOW EDUCATION FOR EVERYONE. ALSO, IF YOU LOOK AT THE ESE AND ELL, EVEN WHEN WE TALK ABOUT SOME SCHOOLS COMING UP, A LOT OF THEM HAVE NOT FOLLOWED THE IDEA, INDIVIDUAL DISABILITY EDUCATION ACT. OFTEN THEY DON'T FOLLOW THE 504, IEP NEEDS FOR THE STUDENT. IF A CHILD DOESN'T DO WELL, HERE THIS MORNING WE TALKED ABOUT STUDENT CONDUCT AND GIVING STUDENTS A SECOND CHANCE AND MAKING SURE STUDENTS ARE SUCCESSFUL, IN THE CHARTERS THEY CAN TELL THE CHILD TO LEAVE, RECEIVE THE FTE AND THEN SEND THEM OFF TO OUR SCHOOL. I THINK THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT, WITH ALL OF THAT, ADDITIONAL MONEY AND GETTING A PPP, PRIVATE LOAN, THESE CHARTERS ARE STILL NOT DOING AS WELL AS POOLS. WHY DO WE CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THEM AND NOT DO A BETTER JOB EDUCATING THE TAXPAYERS? THAT'S A BIG ISSUE.

>>Lynn Gray: AND IT IS THE FLORIDA LEGISLATIVE AT THE MOMENT HAS REALLY TIED US IN A KNOT, ESPECIALLY IF THEY DEEM IS HIGH PERFORMANCE. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON.

>>Jim Porter: THE MOTION FAILED 4-3. AGAIN, I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO MAKE AN AFFIRMATIVE MOTION TO DENY. I'M GOING TO REMIND THE BOARD THAT THE STANDARDS ARE DIFFERENT. THIS IS NOT LIKE THE OTHER ONE YOU DENIED. THIS IS NOT A RENEWAL. THIS IS AN APPLICATION FOR A HIGH-PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL. YOU NEED TO BASE YOUR DECISION WITH CLEAR AND CONVINCING EVIDENCE ON ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA. I'LL READ THEM TO YOU. I ASK THAT THE MAKER OF THE MOTION ARTICULATE THE REASONS WHY YOU'RE DENYING THIS. THE APPLICATION OF A HIGH PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL DOES NOT MATERIALLY COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE STATUTE, OF THE CHARTER STATUTE. NUMBER TWO, THE CHARTER SCHOOL PROPOSED IN THE APPLICATION DOES NOT MATERIALLY COMPLY WITH PARAGRAPH 9 A THROUGH F. NUMBER THREE, THE PROPOSED CHARTER SCHOOLS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM DOES NOT SUBSTANTIALLY REPLICATE THAT OF THE APPLICANT OR ONE OF THE APPLICANT'S HIGH PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOLS. THE APPLICANT OR NUMBER FOUR, THE APPLICANT HAS MADE A MATERIAL MISREPRESENTATION OR FALSE STATEMENT OR CONCEALED AN ESSENTIAL OR MATERIAL FACT DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS OR THE PROPOSED CHARTER SCHOOL'S EDUCATION PROGRAM AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES DO NOT MATERIALLY COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THIS SECTION. THOSE ARE THE ONLY REASONS YOU CAN DENY A HIGH-PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL. AGAIN, YOU'RE GOING TO NEED A MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO DENY THAT AND TIE IT TO ONE OF THOSE CRITERIA.

>>Lynn Gray: I NEED A MOTION ON THE FLOOR TO DENY AND BE PREPARED TO HAVE A CRITERIA. I NEED A MOTION.

>>Jim Porter: MS. VAUGHN ASKED ME TO REPEAT THOSE. I'M SORRY, I'M READING, BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT. I THINK IT'S BEST TO READ RIGHT FROM THE STATUTE. YOU HAVE TO DEMONSTRATE BY CLEAR AND CONVINCING EVIDENCE WHICH MEANS IT'S MORE -- IT'S HIGHLY PROBABLE THAT IT'S TRUE OTHER THAN NOT THAN UNTRUE. NUMBER ONE, THE APPLICATION OF A HIGH PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL DOES NOT MATERIALLY COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CHARTER STATUTE. PARAGRAPH A. THAT THE CHARTER SCHOOL DOES NOT MATERIALLY COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS IN PARAGRAPHS 9 A THROUGH F. NUMBER THREE, PROPOSED CHARTER SCHOOL'S EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM DOES NOT SUBSTANTIALLY REPLICATE THAT OF THE APPLICANT OR ONE OF THE APPLICANT HIGH-PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOLS. WHAT THAT MEANS IS WHILE THEY ARE NOT ANY -- CURRENTLY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THEY ARE IN OTHER DISTRICTS, AND THEY ARE SUGGESTING THAT, THEY ARE PROPOSING THAT THEY ARE GOING TO REPLICATE WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IN OTHER DISTRICTS TO MAINTAIN A HIGH PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL STATUS. NUMBER FOUR, THE APPLICANT MADE A MATERIAL MISREPRESENTATION OR FALSE STATEMENT OR CONCEALED AN ESSENTIAL OR MATERIAL FACT DURING THE APPLICATION PROCESS OR THE PROPOSED CHARTER SCHOOL'S EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PRACTICES DO NOT MATERIALLY COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE SECTION. THAT'S WHAT THE LEGISLATURE HAS SAID MUST BASE YOUR DECISION ON TO DENY A HIGH-PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL.

>>Addison Davis: CAN I ASK A QUESTION?

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YES.

>>Addison Davis: CAN I ASK FOR A FEW MINUTE RECESS TO TALK TO MR. GIBSON AND MR. PORTER JUST FOR A MINUTE.

>>Lynn Gray: ABSOLUTELY. I THINK WE NEED A RECESS. LET'S RECESS FOR A FEW MINUTES. TWO OR THREE MINUTES. BECAUSE THIS IS A LONG NIGHT. [RECESS]

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, STAFF, WE ARE NOW GOING TO RECONVENE, IF YOU'LL PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS, PLEASE TAKE YOUR SEATS. I KNOW IT'S GETTING LATE, BUT WE DO HAVE TO HAVE CLOSURE. WE ARE WAITING FOR ATTORNEY GIBSON AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS TO REAPPEAR. BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU WILL TAKE YOUR SEAT. MEMBER COMBS, MEMBER VAUGHN, IF YOU'LL TAKE YOUR SEAT, WE ARE GOING TO RECONVENE. [ SOUNDING GAVEL ] SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WE ARE AWAITING YOUR PRESENCE AND ATTORNEY GIBSON. WE HAVE SOME NEW INFORMATION. I BELIEVE MR. PORTER WILL NOW CORRECT THE RECORD.

>>Jim Porter: I MISUNDERSTOOD THE APPLICATION. THIS IS NOT A HIGH-PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL. IT IS A HIGH-PERFORMING CHARTER SYSTEM, I BELIEVE THAT IS THE TERMINOLOGY. THAT DOESN'T PUT IT IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS MAKING IT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO DENY. I APOLOGIZE FOR ANY CONFUSION I CREATED WITH THAT. I MISUNDERSTOOD WHAT WAS BEING REPRESENTED. YOU JUST NEED TO BASE YOUR DECISION ON THE REASONS YOU ARTICULATED IF YOU WANT TO DENY THIS. IT IS NOT HIGHER STANDARD OF A HIGH PERFORMING.

>>Lynn Gray: LET'S RENEW THE MOTION THAT SHOULD BE HAD ON THE FLOOR.

>>Jim Porter: A MOTION TO DENY.  IF THE BOARD MEMBERS ARTICULATE THE CAUSE OF WHY THEY WANT TO DENY, I THINK THAT WOULD SUFFICE.

>>Lynn Gray: A MOTION TO DENY WITH GOOD CAUSE. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND.

>>Jessica Vaughn: SO MOVED.

>>Lynn Gray: DO WE HAVE A SECOND? SECOND BY MEMBER COMBS. NOW WE HAVE TO INITIATE THE CAUSE.

>>Jim Porter: I THINK THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL.

>>Jessica Vaughn: I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THIS CHARTER SCHOOL BECAUSE OF ITS PREVIOUS DEALINGS, BEING UNDER INVESTIGATION, EVEN IF IT WAS YEARS AGO, NOT IDENTIFYING THE LOCATION, THE AMOUNT OF STUDENTS THAT IT'S LOOKING TO OBTAIN AND WHAT THAT MEANS FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. THOSE ARE SOME OF MY REASONS. DO YOU NEED MORE?

>>Lynn Gray: THOSE ARE SATISFACTORY. THANK YOU. MEMBER WASHINGTON.

>>Jim Porter: AGAIN, THE STAFF HAS IDENTIFIED THAT THE APPLICATION MET ALL THE CRITERIA IN THE STATUTE. YOU'RE TRYING TO ARTICULATE REASONS WHY THEY DON'T. AGAIN, THERE IS A RISK WE'LL GET CHALLENGED AND HAVE TO DEFEND THAT. AND THAT MAKES IT DIFFICULT. BUT I THINK THE BOARD HAS A RIGHT TO NOT APPROVE IT IF YOU FEEL IT DOESN'T MEET THE CRITERIA. I THINK THAT'S WHAT MS. VAUGHN HAS DONE. AGAIN, THIS IS THE CREATURE OF THE STATUTE. AND THE STATUTE PROVIDES THE CRITERIA THAT YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO APPROVE THIS ON. STAFF IDENTIFIED THAT THEY MET THE STATUTORY CRITERIA. THAT'S SORT OF WHERE YOU ARE. AGAIN, I CAN'T GIVE YOU MORE GUIDANCE THAN THAT. THE STATUTE ASSUMES YOU'RE GOING TO APPROVE IT IF ALL THE CRITERIA ARE MET. THERE WAS A MOTION TO APPROVE AND THAT FAILED. SO NOW, MOTION TO DENY, YOU NEED TO SHOW GOOD CAUSE OF WHY YOU'RE DENYING IT. THAT SHOULD BE TIED TO A STATUTORY CRITERIA, BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS AT THIS POINT.

>>Lynn Gray: MR. PORTER PLEASE REPHRASE THOUGH IT WENT FROM ONE LEVEL OF APPROVAL TO ANOTHER.

>>Jim Porter: RIGHT, STILL A CHARTER SCHOOL. NOT A HIGH PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: I DIDN'T DENY IT, THOUGH.

>>Stacy Hahn: I'LL CONCUR WITH MEMBER VAUGHN. I HAVE SIMILAR CONCERNS.

>>Lynn Gray: I CONCUR WITH MEMBER VAUGHN, AND I HAVE CONCERNS, AGAIN, TOO MANY HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOLS, PUBLIC SCHOOLS, VERSUS AN UNKNOWN ENTITY.

>>Karen Perez: I AM WITH THEM, ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT SINCE THIS IS NOT A HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOL.

>>Nadia Combs: I CONCUR WITH EVERYTHING EVERYBODY HAS SAID.

>>Melissa Snively: I DIDN'T REALLY GET A TURN BECAUSE I DIDN'T DENY. BUT I HAVE A QUESTION. BECAUSE THERE'S NOTHING IN THE STATUTE THAT MAKES THIS INELIGIBLE FOR APPROVAL, AND SO OBVIOUSLY THAT PUTS US AT A RISK FOR LITIGATION. I WAS CURIOUS IF ANYONE MIGHT KNOW THE HISTORY OF LITIGATION IF THIS PARTICULAR COMPANY, IF THEY HAVE BEEN DENIED BY OTHER DISTRICTS IN THE PAST, IF THEY HAVE GONE TO LITIGATION, WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN DENIED, DO THEY HAVE THE CAPACITY? BECAUSE THEY ARE A DIFFERENT TYPE OF ENTITY, THEY ARE NOT INDEPENDENT, THEY MIGHT HAVE THE MEANS, THE GREATER MEANS TO LITIGATE OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND WHAT THAT MIGHT MEAN FINANCIALLY FOR US. DR. KEMP MIGHT HAVE ALSO SOME INSIGHT ON THAT AS WELL.

>> I DO NOT HAVE THAT INFORMATION ABOUT ACADEMICA. HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO APOLOGIZE TO MR. PORTER AND CLARIFY THAT THIS -- MATER ACADEMY IS A HIGH-PERFORMING SYSTEM DESIGNATED BY THE DOE, BUT THEY DID NOT APPLY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WITH THE HIGH-PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION. THE HIGH PERFORMING APPLICATION IS LESS THAN A REGULAR CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION BECAUSE THEY ARE DEEMED HIGH PERFORMING. WHY THEY DIDN'T DO THAT, I DO NOT KNOW. THE ONLY REASON I CAN ASSUME IS THEY CAN ONLY APPLY TO REPLICATE THEIR HIGH PERFORMING CHARTER SCHOOLS SO MANY TIMES IN A YEAR, AND THEY CHOSE TO APPLY HERE AS A REGULAR CHARTER SCHOOL. WE DO NOT KNOW -- THIS IS A NONEXISTING, EXISTING OPERATING CHARTER SCHOOL RIGHT NOW. WE DO NOT KNOW WHETHER IT'S GOING TO BE HIGH PERFORMING OR NOT. IT'S THE APPLICATION THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT, HIGH PERFORMING OR NOT. THE APPLICATION ITSELF LIKE A HIGH PERFORMING APPLICATION, MUST MEET THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS WHEN BEING REVIEWED. IN THIS CASE, BOTH APPLICATIONS FOR MATER DID MEET ALL STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS. DOES THAT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION?

>>Melissa Snively: PARTIALLY, YES. BUT I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE FACT THAT THEY MET ALL THE REQUIREMENTS AND WE'RE STILL DENYING THEIR APPLICATION. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY.

>>Jim Porter: YOU ARE FREE TO VOTE, YES.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE IN TERMS OF APPROVAL OR NOT APPROVING.

>>Jim Porter: THIS IS AFFIRMATIVELY TO DENY.

>>Lynn Gray: THIS IS -- OKAY. YES TO DENY, NO TO NOT. NO TO APPROVE.

>>Jim Porter: THE MOTION TO DENY PASSED WITH MEMBERS WASHINGTON AND MEMBER SNIVELY VOTING NO.

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY. BOARD MEMBERS. DR. DELANGE ALSO, PLEASE, BECAUSE OF THE HOUR OF THE EVENING, THAT WE DON'T PUT HYPOTHESIS, BUT WE ANSWER WITH FOLKS BECAUSE AT THIS POINT IN TIME WE CAN GET VERY CONFUSED. I APPRECIATED MEMBER SNIVELY'S QUESTION, BUT WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE WE HAVE THE ANSWER. I WOULD SAY THAT TO ANY STAFF MEMBER, THESE ARE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE SHOULD BE VERY CAREFUL BEFORE WE APPROVE OR NOT APPROVE, AND WE NEED THE FACTS FRONT AND CENTER. WITH THAT BEING SAID, WE'RE NOW AT A VERY SIMILAR SITUATION ACTUALLY. APPLICATION APPROVAL OF MATER ACADEMY HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL. THIS IS 11.08 -- EXCUSE ME, 10.08. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, CAN YOU HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM?

>>Addison Davis: THIS IS APPROVAL FOR MATER ACADEMY HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL. THIS IS THE 6-8 SIDE OF THE ELEMENTARY THAT WAS ORIGINALLY ASKED FOR. ONCE AGAIN, IF YOU LOOK AT ALL MIDDLE SCHOOLS THROUGH MATER ACADEMY THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF FLORIDA, THEY ALL ARE A SCHOOLS. THEY WANT TO START OUT IN THE FIRST YEAR 6th GRADE WITH 154 STUDENTS AS TRANSITION TO THE FIFTH YEAR FULL 6-8 WITH 594 STUDENTS AND THIS WILL BE TRADITIONAL EDUCATION EXAMPLE ALIGNING TO THE BEST STANDARDS.

>>Lynn Gray: I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE ITEM C 10.08. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON AND A SECOND BY MEMBER SNIVELY. WILL THERE BE ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU PULLED THE ITEM. YOU ARE UP FIRST. THERE IS NO DISCUSSION ON THIS ITEM. ANYONE ELSE? MEMBER SNIVELY?

>>Melissa Snively: FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH, THEY HAVE QUITE A TRACK RECORD OF ALL A ON THEIR PREVIOUS 6-8 SCHOOLS. IF YOU LOOK AT THE DETAIL ON THE AGENDA, ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE, SIX A SCHOOLS. AGAIN, I THINK I KNOW WHERE THIS IS GOING, BUT IF IT DOES GET APPROVED, AGAIN, I THINK THERE ARE OTHER AREAS OF THE COUNTY THAT NEED THIS SCHOOL AS A MIDDLE SCHOOL MORE THAN THE AREA THAT THEY ARE PROSPECTING, IN WHICH THEY ARE PROSPECTING. THAT'S ALL I WILL SAY ABOUT THAT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY. AND I AGREE. HERE AGAIN, WE HAVE A SIMILAR SITUATION WITH GREAT SCHOOLS. WELL, WE HAVE TWO AVERAGE SCHOOLS. THE OTHERS ARE A AND B. BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS TIME, AND MR. PORTER WE'LL NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE, WE'LL GO AHEAD AND VOTE. VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON TO APPROVE OR NOT APPROVE THE SCHOOL. THE NON-APPROVAL -- LET ME -- HENRY SHAKE WASHINGTON, MEMBER SNIVELY, AND MEMBER PEREZ AND DENY -- APPROVE.

>>Jim Porter: THE MOTION FAILED 4-3 WITH MEMBERS COMB, MEMBERS GRAY, MEMBER VAUGHN, AND MEMBER HAHN VOTING NO.

>>Lynn Gray: THAT'S CORRECT. I'M SORRY. I'M TRYING TO SEE A SCREEN FAR AWAY, BUT IT'S RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME.

>>Jim Porter: AGAIN, I WOULD ASK THE BOARD TO MAKE AN AFFIRMATIVE MOTION TO DENY AND ARTICULATE YOUR REASONS WHY YOU'RE NOT APPROVING THIS. STAFF HAS SHOWN IT MET THE STATUTORY CRITERIA. YOU NEED TO DEMONSTRATE BY GOOD CAUSE WHY YOU'RE DENYING THIS.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS?

>>Jessica Vaughn: SO MOVED. CAN WE USE THE SAME REASONS AS THE PREVIOUS ONE?

>>Jim Porter: EACH APPLICATION IS DIFFERENT. YOU NEED TO BASE YOUR DENIAL ON THE CRITERIA SET FORTH WITH THE INFORMATION YOU RECEIVED ON THIS APPLICATION.

>>Jessica Vaughn: IT'S THE SAME COMPANY. I HAVE THE SAME RATIONALE AND SAME CRITERIA. I'M CONCERNED BECAUSE OF THEIR HISTORY WHEN IT COMES TO WHETHER THERE IS A CONFLICT OF INTEREST EVEN THOUGH IT WAS A LONG TIME AGO, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE TALK ABOUT A LEADERSHIP RETREAT AT A BAHAMAS RESORT AND THE FIDELITY OF THIS AS WELL AS NOT IDENTIFYING WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO PLACE IT AS MEMBER SNIVELY HAS CONCERNS WITH AS WELL AS THE CAPACITY FOR BOTH SCHOOLS AND WHAT THAT MEANS TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AS FAR AS THAT IS CONCERNED.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. MEMBER WASHINGTON. YOU DON'T NEED TO SAY ANYTHING.

>>Stacy Hahn: I CONCUR WITH MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Lynn Gray: ALSO, I CONCUR WITH MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Nadia Combs: I CONCUR WITH MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. MR. PORTER --

>>Jim Porter: MOTION TO DENY. IF YOU WANT TO DENY THIS APPLICATION, YOU WOULD VOTE YES.

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY. WE HAVE THE ONE DISSENTING, MEMBER SNIVELY. THE REST ARE YES TO DENY. THAT'S THE END OF THAT PARTICULAR ONE. IS THAT SATISFACTORY, MR. PORTER TO MEET ALL THE STANDARDS? OKAY. THEN WE'LL MOVE ON. THE NEXT ONE, 10.09 CONTRACT RENEWAL OF PIVOT CHARTER SCHOOL

>>Addison Davis: THIS APPLICATION WAS APPROVED IN 2010, AND THE SCHOOL HAS HAD A TWO FIVE-YEAR RENEWALS SINCE 2010. THIS WOULD BE THE THIRD RENEWAL FOR A FIVE-YEAR COMMITMENT. THIS IS A CHARTER SCHOOL FROM 6th GRADE TO 12th GRADE HAS AROUND 220 STUDENTS. OPENLY, THEIR PERFORMANCE HAS BEEN, LAST THREE YEARS THREE Cs, BEFORE THAT WAS A D. AND THEY IMPACT A NUMBER OF SCHOOLS RELATED TO GIUNTA, DOWDELL, BRANDON HIGH SCHOOL AS WELL. THIS SCHOOL WAS OPENLY FINANCIALLY, THEY CONTINUE TO HAVE OVERSIGHT BECAUSE THEY WERE HISTORICAL, SOME PROBLEMS FINANCIALLY BUT OVERARCHINGLY, WE HAVE SEEN IMPROVEMENTS IN THAT PARTICULAR AREA THROUGH THEIR OFFERINGS. THIS WOULD BE THE THIRD TIME FOR FIVE-YEAR RENEWAL.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE ITEM C 10.09, THE PIVOT CHARTER SCHOOL. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY. I HAVE A SECOND -- I NEED A SECOND MOTION. WELL, IF WE DON'T HAVE A SECOND, THEN THE MOTION DIES. WE NEED TO ALWAYS DISCUSS. THANK YOU, MEMBER HAHN FOR DOING THAT. NOW THERE IS DISCUSSION. MEMBER HAHN, YOU PULLED THE ITEM, BEFORE YOU BEGIN.

>>Jim Porter: BEFORE MEMBER -- THIS IS A RENEWAL. THE STANDARDS ARE DIFFERENT NOW. IF YOU WANT TO DENY OR NOT RENEW, YOU HAVE TO BASE IT ON ONE OF THESE FOUR CRITERIA. FAILURE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE'S EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM AS REQUIRED IN THIS SECTION OR FAILURE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT PERFORMANCE STATED IN THE CHARTER. NUMBER TWO, FAILURE TO MEET GENERALLY ACCEPTED STANDARDS OF FISCAL MANAGEMENT. NUMBER THREE, MATERIAL VIOLATION OF LAW OR NUMBER FOUR, OTHER GOOD CAUTION.

>>Lynn Gray: CAN YOU REPEAT THAT, MR. PORTER? WE CAN ONLY WRITE SO FAST.

>>Jim Porter: NAIL USER TO PARTICIPATE -- FAILURE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE'S EDUCATION SYSTEM OR FAILURE TO MEET REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT PERFORMANCE STATED IN THE CHARTER. FAILURE TO MEET GENERALLY ACCEPTED STANDARDS OF FISCAL MANAGEMENT. MATERIAL VIOLATION OF LAW, OTHER GOOD CAUSE SHOWN.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE DISCUSSION. MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Jessica Vaughn: I WAS JUST WONDERING, SIMILAR TO WHERE MEMBER GRAY MADE A MOTION TO MAKE A SHORTER CONTRACT, THEY WERE GIVEN THE OPTION TO HAVE A SHORTER CONTRACT AND THEN -- NO. SO THE ONLY OPTION WAS FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT ON THIS RENEWAL?

>> YES, MA'AM.

>>Jessica Vaughn: I THOUGHT WE SAID WE TRIED TO NEGOTIATE A SHORTER CONTRACT ON SOME OF THESE RENEWALS AND THAT WAS DENIED BY WHO WE WERE TRYING TO NEGOTIATE WITH.

>> THEY ARE COMING UP.

>>Jessica Vaughn: WHAT WAS THAT?

>> THOSE SCHOOLS ARE COMING UP.

>>Jessica Vaughn: OKAY. THIS WAS ONE OF THEM. THAT WAS MY QUESTION. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? AT THIS POINT IN TIME -- I'M SORRY. MEMBER SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: SO BASED ON THE STATUTE AND THE REASONS THAT MR. PORTER JUST LISTED, ARE THERE ANY THAT APPLY TO THIS PARTICULAR CHARTER SCHOOL OR DO THEY MEET ALL OF THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS?

>> FOR CONTRACT RENEWAL, THEY MET ALL THE CRITERIA WITH A COUPLE OF RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE FINANCIAL SECTION BECAUSE, AGAIN, THEY WERE IN 2018, THEY WERE IN A FINANCIAL DEFICIT, AND WERE PUT ON A CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN, AND THEY ARE SLOWLY GETTING OUT OF IT. SO THE DOE IS AWARE THAT THEY ARE IMPROVING AND WE KEEP MONITORING THEM.

>>Melissa Snively: IMPROVING FINANCIALLY.

>> THAT'S CORRECT.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MESH SNIVELY 37 AGAIN, I SEE A PROBLEMATIC IN THE ACADEMICS. WE ARE LOOKING AT A PERFORMANCE OF AN AVERAGE PERHAPS BELOW, IF YOU DID THE MEAN AVERAGE. D, C, C, C, AND I FIND THAT TO NOT BE IN HARMONY WITH AN INNOVATIVE, EXEMPLARY MODEL OF A CHARTER SCHOOL. DR. DELANGE, WHAT SCHOOLS ARE THEY COMPETING WITH IN THE AREA THAT THEY ARE PUTTING THEMSELVES IN FOR THE RENEWAL? WHERE ARE THEY LOCATED AT?

>> THEY ARE COMPETING WITH GIUNTA, DOWDELL, AND BRANDON.

>>Lynn Gray: THOSE ARE C SCHOOLS?

>> CURRENTLY, GIUNTA IS A D, DOUBTLE IS A C AND BRANDON HIGH IS A C.

>>Lynn Gray: WE'RE LOOKING AT, AGAIN, WELL NOT REALLY AGAIN, LOW PERFORMING, LOW PERFORMING. THE BOARD MIGHT HAVE SOME MORE COMMENTS BEFORE WE VOTE, BUT I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT ON THE RECORD, I DON'T SEE THIS. I THINK WE SHOULD INVEST OUR MONIES MORE IN THE POOL TO MAKE THEM RAISE THE GRADE VERSUS GET INTO ANOTHER CHARTER SCHOOL. I WILL NOT SUPPORT THIS. MEMBER HAHN.

>>Stacy Hahn: YES, THANK YOU. CAN YOU PLEASE EXPAND ON THE FINANCIAL PLAN A LITTLE BIT MORE? BECAUSE I'M LOOKING -- IT SAYS NEEDS IMPROVEMENT ON THE BUDGET SPECIFICALLY.

>> SO THE RECOMMENDATIONS WERE TO ENSURE THAT THE SCHOOL WORK WITHIN THE BUDGET OR AMEND THE BUDGET TO ACCOMMODATE FOR LINE ITEMS OVER BUDGET, AND THE OTHER RECOMMENDATION. SO IT WAS PARTIALLY MEETS FOR BOTH ITEMS. RECOMMENDATION WAS TO ENSURE THAT THE SCHOOL CONTINUES TO REVIEW EXPENSES TO AVOID ENDING DEFICIT AND EXCEEDING BUDGETED LINE ITEMS. BUT CURRENTLY, THE SCHOOL IS WORKING TO DECREASE DEFICIT FUND BALANCE AND THAT'S BASICALLY BASED ON THE 2018 CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN THAT WE'RE STILL MONITORING.

>> DO YOU HAVE THE CURRENT FUND BALANCE?

>> YES, MA'AM. SO THEY STARTED -- WE PUT THEM IN A CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN IN 2018 WHEN THEY WERE IN DEFICIT OF $191,000, AND RIGHT NOW AT THE END OF THE 2019-2020, I DON'T HAVE -- MAYBE I DO -- BY THE END OF THE 2020 SCHOOL YEAR, THEY WERE 101, SO THAT WAS A DIFFERENCE, THEY CAME UP ALMOST $90,000. LET ME SEE WHERE THEY ARE RIGHT NOW. I MAY HAVE THAT INFORMATION. ALL RIGHT. APRIL 30th. THE LAST FINANCIAL WAS APRIL 30th, AND WE'RE LOOKING AT 101 DEFICIT. 101,000 DEFICIT. SO THEY REMAIN ON A CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN.

>>Stacy Hahn: IN 2018, 191. 2020101, AND THIS YEAR, 2021 STILL AT 101.

>> YES, MA'AM AB.

>>Stacy Hahn: HOW LONG IS THE CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN IN PLACE FOR TYPICALLY?

>> UNTIL THEY ARE OUT OF A DEFICIT.

>>Stacy Hahn: SO INDEFINITELY?

>> I GUESS THE MEASURE -- THE STANDARD OF MEASURE FOR FINANCIAL DEFICIT FOR CLOSURE IS NONPAYMENTS OF DEBTS.

>>Stacy Hahn: NONPAYMENTS OF DEBTS.

>> AND SALARIES, OBVIOUSLY. SALARIES AND DEBTS.

>>Stacy Hahn: BUT IF THEY ARE OPERATING IN A DEFICIT, WOULDN'T THEY HAVE NONPAYMENTS OF DEBTS?

>> NO. THEY ARE STILL PAYING THEIR SALARIES AND STILL PAYING THEIR VENDORS. THEY ARE JUST SLOWLY, SLOWLY --

>>Stacy Hahn: THIS IS JUST THEIR FUND BALANCE.

>> YES.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER HAHN, THAT WAS A GOOD QUESTION. ARE YOU WANTING TO CONCLUDE. MEMBER HAHN HAS CONCLUDED. BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS POINT IN TIME, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. DID YOU HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION?

>>Stacy Hahn: DID WE OFFER THEM A TWO-YEAR RENEWAL?

>> NO, WE DID NOT.

>>Stacy Hahn: I'M JUST THINKING I KNOW -- YOU SAID THAT THE PLAN GOES ON INDEFINITELY UNTIL THEY CAN IMPROVE THEIR FUND BALANCE BUT I WAS JUST THINKING THE TWO-YEAR RENEWAL WOULD GIVE US REALLY A STOP POINT, TO SAY, OKAY, A TIMELINE. LOOK, WE WANT TO SEE IMPROVEMENT, AND WE SYMPATHIZE. WE'RE IN A VERY SIMILAR SITUATION. WE'RE STRUGGLING WITH OUR FUND BALANCE. THAT WAS JUST MY RATIONALE FOR SAYING, YOU KNOW, IF WE OFFER A TWO-YEAR AND HAVE A TIMELINE TO SEE IMPROVEMENT, I MEAN, WE HAVEN'T SEEN IMPROVEMENT, BUT WE HAVE BEEN IN A PANDEMIC. THERE'S BEEN EXTRA EXPENSES. I DON'T KNOW IF ANYONE ELSE WANTS TO COMMENT ON THAT.

>>Lynn Gray: AND WE DID TRY ON THE OTHER SCHOOL, BUT POINT WELL SAID. AND I WOULD BE OPEN TO THAT. MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Karen Perez: THE PROBLEM IS, THEY WERE IN A -- AND SINCE 2018 THEY HAVE BEEN AT A DEFICIT OF 191,000. THAT WAS LONG BEFORE A PANDEMIC WAS EVEN IMAGINED.

>>Stacy Hahn: I AGREE. THEY WERE SLOWLY COMING OUT OF IT AND THEN THE PANDEMIC HIT. I DO SYMPATHIZE A LITTLE BIT. WE'RE IN THE SAME SITUATION. I UNDERSTAND. BUT I JUST ASKED ABOUT THE TWO-YEAR RENEWAL TO SEE IF WE COULD HAVE SOME TYPE OF TIMELINE FOR THE PLAN. WHAT MAKES ME NERVOUS IS THAT IT'S OPEN-ENDED. SO THEY COULD NOT MAKE IMPROVEMENT FOR FIVE YEARS AND THEN WE'RE BACK IN THE SAME SITUATION.

>>Karen Perez: HAVE THEY PROVIDED YOU WITH A RECOVERY PLAN FOR THEMSELVES? HAVE THEY PROVIDED YOU WITH A RECOVERY PLAN THEMSELVES?

>> THEY DO. THAT'S PART OF THE CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN. I DON'T HAVE IT WITH ME, IS SO I DON'T HAVE THE DETAILS, BUT I CAN CERTAINLY SHARE IT WITH YOU.

>>Karen Perez: THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR FOUR YEARS NOW. WHAT'S NOT TO SAY THAT IT'S NOT GOING TO TAKE THEM ANOTHER FIVE YEARS. I'M JUST SAYING.

>> WELL, THEY DID HAVE ENROLLMENT ISSUES A FEW YEARS AGO, BUT SINCE THEN, ENROLLMENT HAS INCREASED, AND THAT'S WHY WE'VE SEEN IMPROVEMENT. THEY'VE HAD A CHANGE OF PRINCIPALSHIP AND MR. SCHINDLER IN THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS HAS DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB IN IMPROVING AND RETAINING STUDENTS, OF COURSE. SO THOSE ARE SOME OF THE REASONS WHY THEY SHOW IMPROVEMENT.

>>Lynn Gray: GREAT QUESTIONS, MEMBER PEREZ. BOARD MEMBERS, I THINK IT'S TIME TO VOTE. YEA OR NAY FOR APPROVAL OF THE RENEWAL. LET'S GO AHEAD AND VOTE AT THIS TIME. IT IS ALMOST UNANIMOUS. THERE ARE NOES WITH ONE YES FROM MEMBER SNIVELY. I DIDN'T MEAN TO MAKE IT SOUND LIKE THAT. BUT THAT'S WHAT WE'RE SEEING AT THE MOMENT. BOARD MEMBERS, I KNOW THAT EACH OF YOU ARE TRYING YOUR BEST TO REALLY THINK AND BE THOUGHTFUL. HANG IN THERE A LITTLE LONGER. WE HAVE A FEW MORE.

>>Jim Porter: I WOULD SUGGEST, AGAIN --

>>Lynn Gray: WE'RE DENYING IT. SO NOW WE HAVE TO START THAT PROCESS.

>>Jim Porter: I THINK THE RECORD REFLECTS WHAT THE REASONS ARE. I THINK THERE NEEDS TO BE AN OFFICIAL MOTION TO DENY. I THINK YOU COULD INCORPORATE YOUR COMMENTS FROM THE DISCUSSION.

>>Lynn Gray: OFFICIAL MOTION. LET'S MAKE A MOTION FOR DENYING. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER VAUGHN. A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. AND AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WE WILL VOTE --

>>Jim Porter: IF YOU WANT TO DENY THIS, VOTE YES. THIS IS STILL THE SAME ONE. IF YOU WANT TO DENY IT, VOTE YES. IF YOU WANT TO BE MS. SNIVELY, VOTE NO.

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY. WE'RE GETTING EASIER. GO AHEAD, VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON, BOARD MEMBERS.

>>Jim Porter: AS I SAID, I THINK THE REASONS WERE ARTICULATED IN THE DISCUSSION OF THE MAIN MOTION AND I THINK THOSE CAN BE INCORPORATED.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER SNIVELY IS HAVING LOW SELF-ESTEEM ISSUES RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF WHAT'S GOING ON. SORRY. BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE TO GET OUR ACT TOGETHER HERE. WE ARE ALMOST UNANIMOUS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF MEMBER SNIVELY. LET'S GO TO THE NEXT AGENDA ITEM. KEEP IT TOGETHER. THIS IS 10.10, CONTRACT RENEWAL. THIS IS ANOTHER RENEWAL. THINK RENEWAL. APPROVAL FOR SOUTHSHORE CHARTER ACADEMY. GET THE GRADES OUT. GET YOUR THINGS OUT, ADDISON DAVIS, SUPERINTENDENT, WILL YOU GO AHEAD AND HIGHLIGHT.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THIS 10.10?

>>Lynn Gray: YES, THIS IS 10.10, ALMOST BY THE CLOCK IT'S 10.10.

>>Addison Davis: I WAS LOOKING AT MS. COMBS' STACK OF DOCUMENTS OVER THERE. THIS IS A SOUTHSHORE CHARTER ACADEMY. THIS IS FOR RENEWAL. ORIGINAL APPLICATION WAS IN 2015. THEY OPENED UP IN 2016. THE FIRST RENEWAL, THEY HAVE ALREADY HAD. THIS IS THE FIRST RENEWAL OF FIVE YEARS. THEY ARE IN -- B SCHOOL LOCATED IN THE RIVERVIEW AREA. THEY CURRENTLY SERVE AS A K-8 AS 1154 STUDENTS THAT THEY SERVE. OPENLY, THEY HAVE HAD -- IN THE LAST THREE YEARS, YOU LOOK AT THEIR GRADES, WHILE B LAST TIME GRADE WAS B, C AND A PRIOR TO THAT. AND THEY ARE -- THERE ARE AREAS THAT WE CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON, MAKING CERTAIN THEY ARE SERVING ESE STUDENTS PROPERLY, FOLLOWING IEP FOR COMPLIANCE AND AT THE SAME TOKEN BEING ABLE TO COMMUNICATE IN AN EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVELY MANNER AND ALWAYS MAINTAINING THAT THEY ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH CLASS SIZE AS WELL. FIRST RENEWAL FOR FIVE YEARS.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. TO APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER WASHINGTON, A SECOND BY MEMBER SNIVELY. DISCUSSION. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WE NEED DISCUSSION. MEMBER COMBS.

>>Nadia Combs: I JUST HAVE A FEW THINGS TO POINT OUT ABOUT SOUTHSHORE CHARTER. IT HAS A VERY, VERY HIGH TEACHER TURNOVER. ALMOST 65 PERCENT. ONLY 3 PERCENT OF THE TEACHERS HAVE THREE OR MORE YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. THERE ARE MANY SUBSTITUTES. THE BIG ISSUES THAT I HAVE WITH THIS SCHOOL IS THE ESE ISSUES. THE SERVICE DELIVERY MODELS IMPLEMENTED DID NOT ALIGN. 5904 PLANS, ONLY 7 OF THE 49 IEPs OR 504s WERE OVERDUE AT THIS SCHOOL. IN ADDITION TO THAT, IT TOOK MORE THAN 15 DAYS TO SERVICE THOSE STUDENTS WITH IEPs. SOME STUDENTS NEVER RECEIVED ANY SERVICE WITH THE IE,. ALSO -- IEP, ALSO THE PROCEDURES THAT WERE GIFTED WERE NOT FOLLOWED BY STATE LAW. THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE OF SCREENING, ELIGIBILITY, MEETINGS, AND THERE'S NO GIFTED TEACHER. I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT FOR OUR COMMUNITY TO KNOW ABOUT THAT. ALSO, THE BIGGEST THING IS THIS SCHOOL DID NOT MEET CLASS SIZE. THEY WENT OVER THE CLASS SIZE, AND THEY DID NOT MEET THE CLASS SIZE, AND THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT THE DISTRICT FOUND. SO THERE ARE A LOT OF ISSUES GOING ON WITH THE ESE POPULATION AND NOT PROVIDING SERVICE TO THE STUDENTS. IF YOU ARE A PARENT OF ESE CHILD AND ONLY SEVEN OF THE 49 STUDENTS RECEIVED THEIR 504 PLANS, I THINK THAT IS VERY, VERY CONCERNING.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS. I WAS DEEP INTO THE INFORMATION YOU WERE SHARING. MEMBER HAHN.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU. SO I APPRECIATE MEMBER COMBS BRINGING UP THE ISSUES AROUND SPECIAL EDUCATION. AS YOU KNOW, I WAS TRAINED AS A SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER. I WORKED AT USF IN THE DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL EDUCATION PREPARING FUTURE SPECIAL ED TEACHERS. I'M NOT GOING TO READ OFF THE SAME ONES THAT MEMBER COMBS JUST READ. I WILL ADD TO SAY THAT IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA, GIFTED STUDENTS FALL UNDER THE ESE UMBRELLA. GIVEN THAT WE HAD I THINK REALLY KIND OF STOOD OUT TO ME IS THAT THERE WAS NO GIFTED TEACHER AT THE SCHOOL THIS YEAR. EVERY STUDENT IS ON CONSULT STATUS BUT NOT ALL EPs, THAT'S AN EDUCATION PLAN, GIFTED CHILD'S EDUCATION PLAN, INDICATE THAT, SO BASICALLY THERE ARE STUDENTS' EPs THAT SAY THAT THEY DON'T GET CONSULT. THEY ACTUALLY HAVE TO HAVE SERVICES EVERY DAY BY A CERTIFIED TEACHER. SO THIS IS REALLY A VIOLATION OF TAPE, FREE AND APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION. THAT IS FEDERAL LAW. THEY MAY MEET STATE STATUTE, BUT THIS DOES NOT MEET FEDERAL LAW. FAP -- FAIP AND IDEA, THE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES EDUCATION ACT IS FEDERAL LAW THAT PROTECTS A STUDENT'S CIVIL RIGHTS. IT'S A CIVIL RIGHTS LAW. A CHARTER SCHOOL MAY NOT VIOLATE ANTIDISCRIMINATION FACTS. THE VIOLATION OF FAPE IS A VIOLATION OF ANTIDISCRIMINATION BASED ON DISABILITY. FOR SOMEONE LIKE MYSELF, SPECIAL ED. TEACHER, TRAINING SPECIAL ED TEACHERS, VIOLATING A STUDENT'S CIVIL RIGHTS, NOT IMPLEMENTING AN EDUCATION PLAN, THAT HAS GRAVE CONCERN FOR ME AS A LIFETIME EDUCATOR. I KNOW THAT WE OFFERED THEM A TWO-YEAR RENEWAL, ONE-YEAR RENEWAL, TWO-YEAR RENEWAL. THEY INSISTED ON THE FIVE-YEAR. I THINK WE HAVE FEDERAL LAW ON OUR SIDE, QUITE FRANKLY, IF WE CHALLENGE THIS. I WILL SAY THIS LASTLY, IT IS THE SUPERINTENDENT'S JOB TO ENFORCE FEDERAL LAWS IN THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO I AM A LITTLE SURPRISED THIS CAME TO THE BOARD BUT I UNDERSTAND. I AM NOT GOING TO BE SUPPORTING THIS.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER WASHINGTON FOLLOWED BY MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: ARE THEY ON ANY TYPE OF ACTION PLAN?

>> NO, WE KEEP MONITORING, THIS PARTICULAR ESE PROGRAM IS NOT. THE NEXT ONE IS. BUT I JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY SOMETHING THAT THIS SCHOOL, SOUTHSHORE DOES HAVE TWO -- ONE FOR THE ELEMENTARY AND ONE FOR THE MIDDLE SCHOOL. IT IS THE GIFTED TEACHER THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THEY HAVE A LARGE POPULATION. THEY ARE LIKE 1150 STUDENTS, RIGHT? OKAY. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON. MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Karen Perez: I WAS GOING TO ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF MEMBER HAHN. AS SOMEONE WHO WORKS WITH ON A CONSTANT BASIS STUDENTS WITH EMOTIONAL AND THE MENTAL WELLNESS OF OUR STUDENTS, WHEN YOU'RE DEALING WITH OUR POPULATION WHO ALREADY HAS SOME HANDICAP ISSUES, THEN YOU HAVE TO ALSO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION WHAT THAT DOES TO THEM EMOTIONALLY. I AM, TOO, CONCERNED AS WELL, WHEN I LOOKED AT THIS, THIS ACADEMY. IN THAT ASPECT. I HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT IT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. ACTUALLY DITTO, DITTO. THANK YOU, MEMBER HAHN, FOR GIVING THAT EXPLANATION. I AM CONCERNED WITH THE LOW AMOUNTS OF DISABILITIES AND THEN FINDING OUT THAT THAT'S NOT EVEN DONE CORRECTLY. BUT I ALSO AM CONCERNED WITH ON PAGE 9, C, WHERE THERE IS MISSING DATA REQUIRING UPDATES TO BE HANDLED IN A PROMPT AND TIMELY MANNER. DATA IS CRITICAL FOR PROGRESS REPORTS, ACCOUNTABILITY, OVERSIGHT, AND IF THERE ARE MISSING, HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT'S GOING ON. THAT WOULD BE MY RATIONALE TO NOT BE IN FAVOR, AND THAT'S MY INPUT. SO AT THIS POINT IN TIME, DO WE HAVE ANY MORE DISCUSSION? MEMBER SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: MY ONLY QUESTION, JUST TO REITERATE, BECAUSE I KNOW THE RENEWAL STATUTE IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN THE APPLICATION FOR A NEW CHARTER SCHOOL, DOES THIS, EVEN WITH WHAT HAS BEEN POINTED OUT BY MY FELLOW COLLEAGUES, DOES THIS APPLICATION FOR RENEWAL MEET THE STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS TO BE APPROVED? YOUR MICROPHONE IS NOT ON.

>> IN THE OVERALL, YES. IF WE HAVE TO PROVE DENIAL, WE WILL HAVE TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THEY MUST BE CLOSED, YES.

>>Melissa Snively: I'LL TURN TO YOUR LEFT, MR. GIBSON, AND ASK HIM THAT DO THE AREAS OF CONCERN THAT FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS HAVE EXPRESSED THIS EVENING AND WHAT'S BEEN GIVEN TO US IN THE YELLOW AND RED SECTIONS ON THE EVALUATION, IS THAT ENOUGH TO DENY THIS APPLICATION BASED ON STATUTE?

>> I WOULD ANSWER YOUR QUESTION, IT'S STAFF'S BELIEF THAT IT IS NOT, THAT DESPITE THOSE ISSUES THAT THEY STILL MET THE STATUTORY DEFINITION. THE BOARD HAS ARTICULATED DIFFERENT REASONS, OBVIOUSLY, BUT THAT IS THE STAFF'S BELIEF.

>>Melissa Snively: OKAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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

>>Stacy Hahn: SO I'M JUST GOING TO REITERATE MY REASONS BECAUSE THERE SEEMS TO BE THIS EMPHASIS ON STATE STATUTE, WHICH I UNDERSTAND, IT MAY TICK ALL THOSE BOXES BUT IT VIOLATES FEDERAL LAW. SO MR. GIBSON, ARE YOU TELLING US THAT STATE STATUTE OVERRIDES THE FEDERAL LAW IN REGARD TO SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS?

>> ABSOLUTELY NOT. I WOULD POINT OUT THAT THE CHARTER SPECIFICALLY SAYS THAT THEY NEED TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL LAW. I UNDERSTAND WHERE YOU'RE GOING.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU FOR THAT CLARIFICATION, MR. GIBSON. BOARD MEMBERS, WILL YOU PLEASE VOTE TO APPROVE OR NOT APPROVE THIS RENEWAL? IT IS ALMOST UNANIMOUS. MEMBER SNIVELY WILL BE THE ONE THAT IS NOT AGREEING. WE NEED NOW A MOTION TO -- EXCUSE ME, TO DENY. I NEED A MOTION TO DENY AND A SECOND. CLEAR THE BOARD. I HAVE A MOTION FROM MEMBER HAHN AND A MOTION FROM MEMBER VAUGHN. I HAVE A SECOND FROM MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Jim Porter: I THINK THE REASONS THAT THE BOARD ARTICULATED IN THE DISCUSSION OF THE MAIN MOTION WOULD SUPPORT THE MOTION TO DENY.

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY. THE RATIONALE THAT WE SHARED SUPPORTS THIS PARTICULAR DENIAL. BOARD MEMBERS, AND THEN WE NEED A MOTION TO DENY. WE NEED TO VOTE TO DENY. OR NOT. YES IF YOU DENY, NO IF YOU DON'T.

>>Jim Porter: I THINK THE RECORD SHOULD REFLECT THAT MS. SNIVELY IS STILL A LONE WOLF AND HER VOTE SHOULD RE-- THE RECORD SHOULD REFLECT A NO VOTE FOR THIS MOTION.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MR. PORTER. GOING TO THE NEXT ONE, THIS IS SUNLAKE ACADEMY. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, THIS IS 10.11. THIS IS ALSO A RENEWAL APPROVAL FOR SUNLAKE ACADEMY OF MATH AND SCIENCE.

>>Addison Davis: THIS A RENEWAL. THIS APPLICATION WAS APPROVED IN 2014. IMPLEMENTED AND NEED TO KNOW 2016. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST RENEWAL OPENLY THE CHARTER SCHOOL ASKED FOR AND POTENTIALLY QUALIFIES FOR A 15-YEAR RENEWAL, AND THE NEGOTIATION WAS A TEN-YEAR RENEWAL. THEY HAVE 818 STUDENTS THAT ARE ON NORTH DALE MABRY, AND HISTORICALLY IN THE LAST TWO GRADES HAVE BEEN A D AND AN A SCHOOL.

>> JUST TO CLARIFY AGAIN, IF THEY ARE AN A OR A B IN JULY, A SCHOOL GRADE, THEY WOULD QUALIFY FOR A 15-YEAR CONTRACT UNDER THE HIGH PERFORMING DESIGNATION. SO THEY FORMALLY REQUESTED A 15-YEAR CONTRACT AND BECAUSE WE DON'T HAVE THE SCHOOL GRADES YET, WE NEGOTIATED A TEN SIMPLY BECAUSE IF AND HOPEFULLY WHEN THEY EARN THAT A OR B, THEY WOULD COME BACK ASKING TO AMEND THE FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT. SO WITH A TEN-YEAR CONTRACT, THEY WOULD NOT COME BACK TO AMEND.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, DR. DELANGE. BOARD MEMBERS, AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WE NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY. SECOND BY MEMBER HAHN. ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER VAUGHN FOLLOWED BY MEMBER SNIVELY.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. REMIND ME IS THIS AN INDEPENDENT CHARTER SCHOOL OR PRIVATE MANAGED CHARTER SCHOOL?

>> THIS SCHOOL IS MANAGED BY CHARTER SCHOOL ASSOCIATES OR CSA ABBREVIATED. THAT'S THEIR MANAGEMENT COMPANY.

>>Jessica Vaughn: HAVE THEY BEEN ON ANY -- HAVE WE HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH THEM?

>> NO.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU.

>>Jim Porter: I'LL REMIND THE BOARD, WHO MANAGES THIS CHARTER SCHOOL IS NOT A REASON TO DENY A CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION OR RENEWAL.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER VAUGHN, ARE YOU FINISHED ON THAT ONE? OKAY. MEMBER SNIVELY FOLLOWED BY MEMBER COMBS.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU. I JUST WANTED CLARIFICATION ON THE PROPOSAL BECAUSE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FIRST PAGE OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL IT HAS A FIVE-YEAR TERM LISTED. ARE WE VOTING ON A TEN-YEAR TERM OR A FIVE-YEAR TERM?

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, IN THE CONSENT AGENDA, SORRY, IN THIS AGENDA THAT WE IDENTIFIED THE RECOMMENDATIONS TO APPROVE A TEN-YEAR TERM.

>>Melissa Snively: IN THE SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL AT THE BOTTOM OF THE FIRST PAGE IT SAYS JUNE 30th, 2026. SO I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE THE CORRECT PERIOD OF TIME. BUT IT IS A TEN-YEAR.

>> IT IS A TEN-YEAR, YES. SORRY FOR THE ERROR.

>>Melissa Snively: IF THEY MAKE ANYTHING LESS THAN AN A -- IF THEY MAKE A B --

>> AS LONG AS THEY ARE EARN A B OR AN A THIS YEAR IN JULY --

>>Melissa Snively: THEY CAN CONTINUE BEING A TEN-YEAR CONTRACT. IF THEY EARN ANYTHING LESS THAN THAT, CAN WE RENEGOTIATE TO A FIVE-YEAR TERM IF THEY COME BACK WITH A C?

>> IF THEY EARN AN A OR A B, THEY ARE ACTUALLY DESIGNATED AS A HIGH PERFORMING AND ELIGIBLE FOR 15 YEARS. THE OPPOSITE IS IF THEY EARN A C, YEAH, THEY WOULD STILL HAVE A TEN-YEAR.

>>Melissa Snively: ANY REASON TO BELIEVE BASED ON YOUR EVALUATION OF THEIR ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE THAT THEY WOULD HAVE ANYTHING LESS THAN THAT? THEY'LL MOST LIKELY COME BACK WITH AN A OR B.

>> IT IS MY BELIEF THAT THEY WILL EARN AN A OR A B. THEIR PROGRESS MONITORING DATA LOOKS GOOD.

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

>>Nadia Combs: JUST A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS, BECAUSE THIS IS IN MY AREA OR CLOSE TO MY AREA. CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE PRINCIPAL TURNOVER? I KNOW THERE'S MORE STABILIZATION NOW. DO YOU MIND TALKING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT?

>> SURE. YES, THEY'VE HAD THREE PRINCIPALS IN FIVE YEARS. THE FIRST TWO LASTED A YEAR EACH. DIFFERENT -- THERE WERE DIFFERENT REASONS FOR THEM LEAVING. THE FIRST YEAR IT WAS AN AP THAT BECAME A PRINCIPAL WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION, AND SHE WASN'T QUITE READY. SO THEY PUT HER BACK AS AN AP. SECOND YEAR, THEY HIRED ANOTHER PRINCIPAL AND JUST WASN'T THE RIGHT FIT. AND THERE WERE SOME PARENT DISCONTENT. SO THEY HIRED SOMEBODY ELSE AND THAT'S DR. JUDY MOORE. I THINK SHE'S IN THE AUDIENCE HERE TONIGHT, AND SHE'S BEEN THE PRINCIPAL FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, AND SHE'S DONE A PHENOMENAL JOB.

>>Nadia Combs: MY ONLY CONCERN WITH THIS SCHOOL. I VISITED, HAD A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE. ONCE AGAIN WHEN WE LOOK AT COVID AND AFTER, I REALLY FEEL THAT A LOT OF THE CHARTERS DO NOT HAVE THE MENTAL, PSYCHOLOGIST, SOCIAL WORKER THAT TYPE OF SUPPORT FOR THOSE. CAN YOU TELL ME A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT. FROM MY UNDERSTANDING THERE'S ONLY ONE MENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST AND IT'S SHARED BETWEEN TWO SCHOOLS OR WHAT'S THE CASE WITH THAT?

>> YES, BY STATUTE, CHARTER SCHOOLS DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE A MENTAL GUIDANCE COUNSELOR ON STAFF. REGULARLY HIGH SCHOOLS, CHARTER SCHOOLS DO FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. AND THE K-8 SCHOOLS USUALLY CONTRACT. THEY MUST CONTRACT OUT UNDER THE MENTAL HEALTH PLAN, THEY MUST CONTRACT OUT FOR MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES. SO THAT IS HOW THEY ALIGN WITH THE LAW.

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU. I PERSONALLY WOULD LOVE TO MOTION FOR FIVE YEARS BECAUSE I THINK DUE TO THOSE REASONS ALONE, I KNOW IT SEEMS MORE STABLE. I KNOW IT'S A VERY AFFLUENT AREA THAT CHARTER SCHOOL IS IN, BUT I AM CONCERNED WITH THE MENTAL HEALTH WITH WHAT'S ACROSS THE COUNTRY AND OUR DISTRICT, I PERSONALLY WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION FOR A FIVE-YEAR RENEWAL INSTEAD OF A TEN-YEAR RENEWAL. I THINK WE REALLY NEED TO CONTINUE TO LOOK AT THESE SCHOOLS FIVE YEARS. TEN YEARS IS A VERY LONG TIME, ESPECIALLY WHEN WE HAD TURNOVER PRIOR TO THIS. I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A MOTION TO MOVE TO A FIVE-YEAR RENEWAL.

>>Jim Porter: THERE IS A MOTION ON THE FLOOR SO YOU'RE MAKING A MOTION TO AMEND. THAT REQUIRES A SECOND AND THEN THE BOARD WOULD NEED TO VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT. THERE'S NO GUARANTEE -- WHETHER THEY WOULD ACCEPT THAT OR NOT.

>> CORRECT. WE'D HAVE TO NEGOTIATE AGAIN.

>>Jim Porter: IT IS A CONTRACT AND BOTH PARTIES HAVE TO AGREE TO THE CONTRACT, TO THE NORMS. THERE'S AN AMENDMENT ON THE FLOOR. YOU CAN DEBATE THE AMENDMENT FOR FIVE YEARS OR JUST VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT. IF IT PASSES, THAT WOULD BE THE NEW MAIN MOTION. IF IT DOESN'T, IT WOULD BE TEN YEARS.

>>Lynn Gray: I WOULD LIKE TO PUT MY POINTS OUT FOR DISCUSSION FIRST, BEFORE I VOTE. IS THAT ACCEPTABLE? AND MEMBER COMBS, WITH RESPECT TO YOUR COMMENTS, I HAVE HAD -- THIS IS ANECDOTAL, COMPLAINTS FROM PARENTS. I LIVE NOT FAR FROM THERE, AS YOU KNOW, REGARDING THEIR STUDENTS, THE ESE STUDENTS THERE NOT HAVING -- NOT REALLY ATTENDING TO THE SPECIAL NEEDS, BUT HAVING SAID THAT, IN 2016, THEY DID NOT GET A FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT DUE TO A LARGE AMOUNT OF COMPLAINTS FROM PARENTS REGARDING THE ESE AND THE DISABILITIES FOR THEIR CHILDREN. AND, ALSO, MY FINANCIAL QUESTION IS, THERE'S A DECLINE IN ENROLLMENT. I WAS JUST WONDERING, THAT MAKES IT MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS DOWN IN YOUR YEAR-END FUND BALANCE. I AM WONDERING WHY DID THEY GET A DECLINE IN ENROLLMENT? I KNOW WE HAVE GOOD SCHOOLS ALSO SURROUNDING THAT PARTICULAR SCHOOL. AND THEY ARE HIGH-PERFORMING SCHOOLS. I DON'T HAVE IT BY MEMORY, BUT THE AREA IS VERY FAMILIAR. SO WE HAVE LUTZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, WALKER, MARTINEZ, HAMMOND, WE HAVE GREAT SCHOOLS, BUT THERE HAS TO BE A REASON WHY THEY ARE GETTING LOWER ENROLLMENT. I JUST CAN'T FIGURE THAT OUT. BUT AT ANY RATE, I JUST WANTED TO SHARE THOSE COMMENTS. THEY ARE RELEVANT. I HAVE DOUBT. AND IF WE TAKE WHAT -- AND I'M SURE THAT MEMBER VAUGHN MIGHT STUDY THE DISABILITY, ET CETERA, THAT'S REASON FOR PERHAPS SUPPORTING -- AND I DON'T KNOW WHETHER WE CAN DO THIS, A FIVE-YEAR VERSUS A 15-YEAR OR TEN-YEAR. I JUST WANT TO HAVE THAT. I KNOW WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND AND DISCUSSION, BUT THAT'S MY DISCUSSION. SO MR. PORTER, DIRECT US.

>>Jim Porter: YOU STILL HAVE -- IF SPEAKERS WANT TO SPEAK ABOUT THE AMENDMENT, THAT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE NOW. THE AMENDMENT IS FOR FIVE-YEAR RENEWAL INSTEAD OF A TEN-YEAR RENEWAL. DID YOU WANT TO SPEAK TO THAT, MS. VAUGHN? OKAY. IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE BOARD TO VOTE ON THE AMENDMENT. IF YOU'RE IN FAVOR OF A FIVE-YEAR RENEWAL INSTEAD OF A TEN-YEAR RENEWAL, VOTE YES. IF YOU'RE NOT IN FAVOR OF A FIVE-YEAR RENEWAL, VOTE NO.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE YES OR NO REGARDING THE FAVORABILITY OF A FIVE-YEAR VERSUS A TEN-YEAR.

>>Jim Porter: THAT MOTION PASSES 5-2 WITH MEMBERS SNIVELY AND HAHN VOTING NO. SO THE MAIN MOTION NOW ON THE FLOOR IS TO APPROVE THE RENEWAL FOR A FIVE-YEAR TERM INSTEAD OF TEN YEAR TERM. THAT IS THE MAIN MOTION NOW. AGAIN, THE OTHER PARTY WOULD NEED TO ACCEPT THAT BECAUSE IT IS A CONTRACT AND BOTH SIDES HAVE TO AGREE, WHAT THE BOARD IS OFFERING THEM IS A FIVE-YEAR RENEWAL. IF YOU'RE IN FAVOR OF RENEWING THIS CHARTER SCHOOL FOR FIVE YEARS, VOTE YES. IF YOU ARE AGAINST RENEWING THE CHARTER, YOU WOULD VOTE NO. NOW WOULD BE THE APPROPRIATE TIME TO VOTE.

>>Lynn Gray: I MIGHT HAVE MISSED SOMETHING. RIGHT. YES FOR FIVE YEARS. THANK YOU. WE ARE ALL YESES. OKAY. THAT WAS EASY.

>>Jim Porter: THIS IS WHAT WOULD BE CALLED A UNANIMOUS VOTE.

>>Lynn Gray: I HAVE MY MICROPHONE OFF.

>>Melissa Snively: IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE HAVING PERSONALLY ISSUES.

>>Lynn Gray: I NEED TO GO FOR A 5K JOG, RUN. BE IT AS IT MAY, WE'RE NOW AT A FIVE-YEAR. WE'RE DONE WITH THAT ONE. WE'RE NOT DONE.

>>Jim Porter: WE'RE ON ITEM 10.12. WOODMONT CHARTER SCHOOL.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS. WE'RE LOOKING NOW AT ANOTHER RENEWAL, LAST ONE, CONTRACT RENEWAL APPROVAL FOR WOODMONT CHARTER SCHOOL IN TEMPLE TERRACE. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WILL YOU HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THIS IS A WOODMONT CHARTER SCHOOL WHICH IS A K-8. ORIGINAL APPLICATION WAS '09. OPENED UP IN 2011. THIS IS THE SECOND RENEWAL FOR FIVE-YEAR. THE LAST YOU'RE FOUR YEARS HISTORICAL GRADES ARE B, B, PRIOR TO THAT DOUBLE D. THEY IMPROVED ACADEMICALLY. AND THE RECOMMENDATION IS FOR A FIVE-YEAR.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. WE'RE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY. TO DO WITH WE HAVE A SECOND? SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. DISCUSSION? DO WE HAVE DISCUSSION? WE FINALLY DO HAVE SOME DISCUSSION. OKAY. MEMBER COMBS AND THEN FOLLOWED BY MEMBER HAHN.

>>Nadia Combs: THIS IS VERY, VERY SIMILAR TO SOUTHSHORE AS FAR AS THERE AREN'T ANY ESOL ACCOMMODATIONS. THIS SCHOOL IN PARTICULAR HAD A VERY LARGE ADMINISTRATIVE TURNOVER. THERE WERE ISSUES, MULTITIERED SYSTEM, DIDN'T FIND A READING RESEARCH BASED READING PROGRAM WITH LEVEL STUDENTS. WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT MULTITIERING THE APPROACH, THIS SCHOOL IS NOT DOING THAT. SO THE STUDENTS WHO ARE MOST IN NEED ARE NOT RECEIVING THE ACADEMIC SERVICES THAT THEY NEED. ALSO, THE IEPs WERE REVIEWED AFTER THE DATE AS WELL AS WHEN WE'RE TALKING ABOUT FEDERAL INDIVIDUAL WITH DISABILITY EDUCATION ACT NOT BEING COMPLIANT WITH THAT AS WELL AS OUR ELL STUDENTS, AND THERE WERE A LOT OF ISSUES WITH THE SPECIAL PROGRAMS, THE PROCEDURES. FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS, THERE WERE ABSOLUTELY NO GIFTED STUDENTS, NO GIFTED MEETINGS OR EDUCATIONAL PLANS FOLLOWED BY THE LAW FOR GIFTED EDUCATION STUDENTS. THIS SCHOOL HAS ALSO BEEN A CONSTANT C, BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, IT'S ABOUT STUDENTS AND NOT MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE STUDENTS AND SOMETIMES PARENTS DON'T KNOW, AND THEY TAKE THEIR CHILD TO THE SCHOOL HOPING THAT THEY ARE GETTING A GREAT EDUCATION AND SOMETIMES THEY DON'T REALIZE THAT THEY ARE NOT MEETING THEIR ACADEMIC NEEDS, THEY ARE NOT MEETING THEIR SPECIAL NEEDS AND THEIR GIFTED NEEDS. IN ADDITION TO THAT, THIS SCHOOL HAD LARGER THAN BY LAW CLASS SIZES. THEY DID NOT EVEN MEET THE CLASS SIZE REQUIREMENT. THAT MEANS THEY ARE PROFITING OVER PUTTING A BUNCH OF STUDENTS IN A CLASS AND NOT MEETING THEIR ESOL, ELL NEEDS AT THE SAME TIME AS WELL AS NOT HAVING A REALLY SOLID ACADEMIC READING PROGRAM FOR THEM. SO THOSE ARE SOME OF MY NOTES FOR THIS SCHOOL.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS. MEMBER HAHN. GETTING PUNCHY. I'M SORRY.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER HAHN, YOU MAY SPEAK.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU. AGAIN, AS MEMBER COMBS STATED, THIS IS VERY SIMILAR -- THIS IS VERY SIMILAR TO THE OTHER RENEWAL THAT WE DISCUSSED AROUND SPECIAL EDUCATION. SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WERE DISTURBING TO ME, AND I'M GOING TO READ IT RIGHT OFF THE PLAN. ACCOMMODATIONS ARE DOCUMENTED IN TEACHER LESSON PLANS FOR 504 PLANS. THIS IS NO DOCUMENTATION TO SUPPORT STUDENT USAGE OF ACCOMMODATIONS. THERE ARE BLANK 504 ACCOMMODATION TRACKING SHEETS IN THE ESE FOLDERS, SO A SYSTEM IS IN PLACE, BUT THEY ARE NOT BEING USED. THE SCHOOL HAS A PROCESS IN PLACE TO REFER STUDENTS TO CST THROUGH THE MTSS PROCESS, BUT STRUGGLES TO HOLD ELIGIBILITY MEETINGS WITHIN A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME FOLLOWING THE EVALUATIONS BEING COMPLETED. SEVERAL IEP ANNUAL REVIEWS WERE HELD AFTER THE DUE DATE. THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR, MANY IEP ANNUAL REVIEWS HAVE BEEN HELD AFTER THE DUE DATE. BEST PRACTICES TO HOLD THE ELIGIBILITY MEETINGS AND IF WARRANTED THE INITIAL IEP SHOULD FOLLOW IT DIRECTLY. THE SCHOOL FOLLOWS PARTS OF THE SPMPs HOWEVER THEY HAVE STRUGGLED TO COMPLETE THE FBAPIPS, PROVIDE SERVICES AS INDICATED ON IEPs AND HOLD ANNUAL REVIEWS PRIOR TO THE DUE DATE. IN ADDITION, THE SCHOOL LOST ITS ESE TEACHER. SO ANOTHER TEACHER STEPPED IN AND TOOK CARE OF THE ACTION PLANS BY ENSURING ALL ELIGIBILITY MEETINGS WERE HELD AND IEPs WERE UPDATED. I BELIEVE IT WAS THE ART TEACHER WHO ACTUALLY WAS DUAL CERTIFIED IN SPECIAL ED. HOWEVER, AS SHE DIDN'T -- AS SHE DID THIS, NO ONE WAS PROVIDING STUDENTS ESE SERVICES. THIS AS WELL AS THE OTHER DEFICIENCIES I JUST SHARED ARE IN DIRECT VIOLATION, AGAIN, OF FAPE AS PROPOSED UNDER THE FEDERAL LAW IDEA. THIS MAY NOT VIOLATE STATE STATUTE AS DISCUSSED EARLIER BUT VIOLATES THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF THE SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS THAT ATTEND THE SCHOOL. IT VIOLATES FEDERAL LAW. I WILL BE DENYING THIS. THANK YOU.

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

>>Melissa Snively: I JUST WANTED TO ASK A QUESTION BECAUSE I THINK IT WAS MEMBER COMBS THAT MAY HAVE SAID THAT IT DOES NOT MEET CLASS SIZE REQUIREMENTS, AND AT THIS PARTICULAR SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION ATTACHED TO THE AGENDA ITEM SAYS YES, MEETS CLASS SIZE REQUIREMENT. IT'S ALSO A FISCALLY SOUND -- IT INDICATES IT IS A FISCALLY SOUND SCHOOL, A TITLE I SCHOOL, AND THAT ITS GRADES HAVE BEEN A B FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS. AND I THINK SOMEONE HAD MENTIONED IT WAS A C SCHOOL. SO I JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY, IS THIS A B SCHOOL? HAS IT BEEN A B SCHOOL? AND IS THE CLASS SIZE REQUIREMENT BEING MET OR NOT BEING MET?

>> THANK YOU FOR THAT. I'D LIKE TO CLARIFY, FIRST OF ALL, THE ELL SECTION HAS MET ALL REQUIREMENTS. THERE ARE NO ELL ISSUES. THE ONLY ELL ISSUE WAS UNDER CURRICULUM INSTRUCTION WHERE OUR STAFF WENT INTO THE CLASSROOMS AND JUST CHECKED THEIR LESSON PLAN BOOK, AND THEY DID NOT SEE ELL, THE CHART SHOWING ELL ACCOMMODATIONS, BUT THE ELL SECTION DID MEET. THE SCHOOL IS A B FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS, HAS BEEN A B. IT WAS A D IN 2016 AND 2017, HAS COME OUT OF IT. THE CLASS SIZE ISSUE WAS SURVEY TWO, THEY DID NOT MEET IT. SURVEY THREE, THEY DID MEET IT.

>>Melissa Snively: I THINK THE ONLY THING I WOULD CAUTION, AND I DON'T WANT THIS TO COME OUT WRONG, BECAUSE, OBVIOUSLY, I SUPPORT OUR TRADITIONAL PUBLIC EDUCATION AND I THINK WE SHOULD JUST WALK LIGHTLY WHEN WE START ACCUSING CHARTER SCHOOLS OF NOT MEETING FEDERAL LAW REQUIREMENTS BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED BY SEVERAL PARENTS OVER THE LAST EIGHT YEARS OF DIFFERENT SITUATIONS IN OUR OWN SCHOOLS WHERE I.D.E.A. OR ESE ISSUES OR IEP ISSUES OR 504 ISSUES HAVE OCCURRED WHERE THE SAME EVALUATION COULD LEAD US DOWN THAT WRONG PATH. SO I THINK WE SHOULD JUST BE CAUTIOUS ABOUT HOW WE ARE EVALUATING THESE SCHOOLS WHEN WE ALSO NEED TO MAKE SURE WE'RE EVALUATE -- USING THE SAME STANDARDS OR BETTER STANDARDS FOR OUR OWN SCHOOLS WHEN IT COMES TO FINANCES AND IT COMES TO ESE AND 504 AND IEP MAN'S, BECAUSE I THINK THERE ARE PROBABLY SOME PARENTS OUT THERE LISTENING TO THE MEETING GOING I CAN'T BELIEVE THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT THE CHARTER SCHOOL NOT BEING ABLE TO MEET THAT WHEN I HAVEN'T GOTTEN A MEETING FOR MY CHILD'S PLAN FOR 60 DAYS OR WHATEVER THE SITUATION IS. I THINK WE NEED TO TREAD LIGHTLY ON THAT. THAT'S JUST MY PROFESSIONAL OPINION. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: POINT WELL SAID. THE ONLY FINAL POINTS THAT I'LL HAVE IN ADDITION TO MEMBER HAHN AND MEMBER COMBS, WOODMONT HAS HAD A HISTORY PRIOR TO 2016, THEY HAD D, D, D. THEY HAVE HAD A HISTORY OF NOT VERY GOOD ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE. I HAVE PERSONALLY VISITED THAT SCHOOL. THERE IS NO MEDIA CENTER, WHICH, OF COURSE, IS CONSISTENT WITH THIS PAGE -- SORRY. ANY RATE, THE CONTRACT RENEWAL EXPLANATION, NEEDS IMPROVEMENT, A RESEARCH BASED READING PROGRAM IS BEING IMPLEMENTED AS DESIGNED ON A CONSISTENT BASIS FOR READING INTERVENTION. SO THERE'S A NEED OF IMPROVEMENT. I MIGHT BE READING THIS WRONG. BUT IT IS DISTURBING THAT WE HAVE A DISABILITY ISSUE. WE HAVE PERHAPS LACK OF A MEDIA-RICH LIBRARY TO SAY THE LEAST. WE'VE HAD VARIOUS PRINCIPALS. EVERY YEAR WE'VE HAD A DIFFERENT PRINCIPAL. THAT LEADS ME TO SAY THAT THEIR LEADERSHIP HAS AN UNSTABLE SITUATION. NOT GOOD FOR OUR CHILDREN. THOSE ARE SOME REASONS THAT I WILL PROBABLY HAVE TO SAY I'LL DENY WOODMONT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO REMARK ON THAT, DR. DELANGE, THAT'S FINE.

>> JUST OF THE PRINCIPALS. LANE MORRIS WAS THERE A FEW YEARS AND WAS ABLE TO TAKE THE SCHOOL FROM A D TO A B. AND MS. LAWSON, WHO I THINK IS IN THE AUDIENCE, THIS YEAR TOOK OVER LAST YEAR AND THIS IS HER FIRST YEAR.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS THAT SEEMS TO CONCLUDE OUR DISCUSSION. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, WE ARE REMINDED THAT THIS IS A RENEWAL. VOTE YES FOR THE RENEWAL. VOTE NO FOR DENYING THE RENEWAL. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE A PLETHORA OF NOES AND TWO YESES. MEMBER WASHINGTON, MEMBER SNIVELY, YOU HAVE A NEW FRIEND, AND WE HAVE THE NOES AS YOU CAN SEE.

>>Jim Porter: NEED TO MAKE A MOTION TO DENY. AGAIN, YOU NEED TO BASE THE NONRENEWAL OR THE DENIAL ON ONE OF THE CRITERIA LISTED IN THE STATUTE WHICH IS FAILURE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE STATE'S EDUCATION ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM OR FAILURE TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT PERFORMANCE, OR FAILURE TO MEET GENERALLY ACCEPTED STANDARDS OF FISCAL MANAGEMENT OR MATERIAL VIOLATION OF LAW OR OUR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN. AGAIN, YOU NEED TO ARTICULATE WHAT THAT IS.

>>Lynn Gray: I NEED A MOTION FOR DENIAL. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER HAHN. I NEED A SECOND. BOARD MEMBERS, I NEED A SECOND MOTION. MOTION BY -- SECOND BY MEMBER VAUGHN. LET'S GO AHEAD AND GIVE US THE RATIONALE. MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU'LL BE FIRST.

>>Stacy Hahn: FOR THEM --

>>Jim Porter: BASED ON THE CONVERSATION. I'M TRYING TO PROTECT THE BOARD AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE SO WE CAN DEFEND THIS IF WE GET CHALLENGED. THERE ARE REASONS WHY YOU CAN DENY IT AND I ARTICULATED THOSE. EACH APPLICATION HAS TO BE HANDLED ON ITS OWN MERITS AND OWN INFORMATION. THAT'S ALL I CAN SAY AT THIS POINT.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER HAHN, ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THAT EXPLANATION?

>>Stacy Hahn: YES. I JUST WANTED A CLARIFICATION.

>>Lynn Gray: WE'LL GO THROUGH THE ENTOURAGE. MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Jessica Vaughn: YES, I AM CONCERNED ABOUT THE STATE ACCOUNTABILITY WHEN WE'RE COMING TO PROVIDE ESE SERVICES AS WELL AS THE ACADEMIC ACCOUNTABILITY WITH THEIR PREVIOUS LETTER GRADES.

>>Stacy Hahn: SO, AGAIN, MY CONCERNS ARE AROUND SPECIAL EDUCATION. AS A LIFELONG TEACHER, SPECIAL ED. TEACHER, AGAIN PREPARING SPECIAL ED TEACHERS, UNDERSTANDING THE LAW AROUND FREE, APPROPRIATE EDUCATION AND IDEA, I HAVE CONCERNS THAT THIS JUST VIOLATES THE RIGHTS, THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF OUR SPECIAL ED STUDENTS. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. MY CONCERN IS THE STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND ALSO THE SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW PERHAPS NOT BEING FOLLOWED AS IT SHOULD BE. NEXT, MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Karen Perez: STUDENT ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT.

>>Nadia Combs: SAME. I DITTO THE SENTIMENTS OF THE OTHER MEMBERS AS WELL AS THE BENEFITED EDUCATION PROGRAM WHICH CALLS UNDER GIFTED EDUCATION PROGRAM, AND THE MULTITIER NOT A RESEARCH BASED READING PROGRAM, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THAT AS WELL.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. I THINK WE'RE FREE TO GO TO THE NEXT AND MORE EASIER AGENDA ITEMS. WE NEED TO VOTE ON THIS FIRST. MR. PORTER, JUST REFRESH OUR MEMORIES.

>>Jim Porter: THIS IS TO DENY THE CONTRACT RENEWAL FOR WOODMONT CHARTER SCHOOL BASED ON THE REASON THAT THE BOARD MEMBERS ARTICULATED. IF YOU ARE IN FAVOR OF DENYING VOTE YES. FAVOR IN RENEWAL, YOU SHOULD VOTE NO.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT REMAINS ALMOST -- YEAH, SOMEWHAT. SOMETHING HAPPENED TO MEMBER SNIVELY. SHE IS NOT THE MOST POPULAR TONIGHT. THAT'S JUST THIS BOARD MEETING. DON'T WORRY. WE HAVE ONE IN TWO MORE WEEKS. OH, THEN WE HAVE OUR SPECIAL CALLED ON THURSDAY. BUT THAT'S RATHER NEUTRAL, BELIEVE IT OR NOT. WE'LL GO AHEAD -- WELL, COMPARED TO THIS, RIGHT? WE'LL GO AHEAD AND GET INTO THE MORE EASIER ITEMS, I HOPE. NOT GUARANTEEING IT. 6.01, AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.

>>Addison Davis: THIS IS AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH DeGROOT MANAGEMENT. THIS IS FOR OUR UNEMPLOYMENT TO VERIFY OUR CLAIMS. MANAGEMENT SYSTEM THAT LOOKS AT AUDIT CHARGES, PROTEST -- ANY PROTEST AREAS AND SAME TOKEN LOOKING AT TRACKING CREDITS. WE INCREASED IN 2020 THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE BY 2400 PERCENT. DeGROOT DOES A REALLY GOOD JOB CHALLENGING MOST OF THE CLAIMS AND BEING ABLE TO TRACK A SMALL NUMBER OF FRAUDULENT CLAIMS THAT MAY EXIST. THE REASON THIS HAS BEEN PULLED DUE TO THE FACT THAT I WANT IN THE AMOUNT OF $21,000 AVAILABLE FOR GENERAL FUND.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY. I HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. ANY DISCUSSION? I HAVE DISCUSSION BY MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Karen Perez: IS THERE ANY OTHER PLACE THAT WE CAN PULL MONEY FOR THIS FROM?

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, I DON'T BELIEVE SO. I DON'T THINK THERE ARE ANY OTHER POCKETS THAT QUALIFY FOR THE PURCHASE. WE DO A LOT OF LEGWORK TO MAKE -- I DON'T THINK THERE'S ANYTHING WE CAN DO OUTSIDE OF THE GENERAL FUND.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. AT THIS POINT IN TIME, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. WE'LL GO RIGHT TO 6.02, WHICH IS THE HEALTH INSURANCE RENEWAL FOR 2022. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WILL YOU HIGHLIGHT THIS?

>>Addison Davis: THIS IS FOR HEALTH INSURANCE RENEWAL FOR 2022 SCHOOL YEAR. WE CONTINUE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE PARTNER WITH HUMANA. HISTORICALLY, YOU WILL SEE BETWEEN A 6.9, ORIGINALLY -- A 6 TO 13% INCREASE IN INSURANCE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS DUE TO THE FACT THAT OUR TEAM AND TRACYE DOES A GOOD JOB NEGOTIATING OUR RATES. 6.9% WHAT IT WAS PROJECTED TO 1.97%. LAST YEAR, 0% INCREASE. THIS YEAR 1.97 PERCENT INCREASE. HUMANA ALWAYS MAKES CERTAIN THEY CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE FOR US ACCESSIBILITY TO EMPLOYEES. PHONE, E-MAIL, APPLICATION, TO HELP THEM FIND DOCTORS, UNDERSTAND BILLS, MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES AND DONE A NICE JOB IN PARTNERSHIP IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.

>>Lynn Gray: AND BECAUSE OF THAT, WE ARE, TWO, 22% LESS CLAIMS, AND BECAUSE OF YOUR GROWING WELLNESS PROGRAMS, AND THAT IS EXCELLENT, TRACYE. I KNOW IT'S LATE BUT YOU DESERVE LAUGH PRAISE FOR THAT. SO THERE. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THIS ITEM. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER PEREZ. SECOND BY MEMBER SNIVELY. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. 6.03, PIGGYBACK. 21067-DST-LG OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN RAPTOR TECHNOLOGIES, LLC AND THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION, GSA AGREEMENT, GS-07F-127BA, SECURITY AND PROTECTION MISCELLANEOUS. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WILL YOU HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, THIS IS A SOLUTION TO BE ABLE TO COMPLY WITH FEDERAL AND STATE MANDATES REQUIRED TO BE ABLE TO MAKE CERTAIN WE HAVE STRONGER VISITOR AND VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM. THAT AGREEMENT IS COMING TO A SUNSET. THEREFORE, WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO MOVE TO A BETTER SOLUTION THAT'S GOING TO ALLOW US TO COMPLY WITH ALL THE FEDERAL LAWS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO CAME OUT THROUGH PARKLAND. THIS IS OPENLY BROUGHT TO THE BOARD DUE TO THE FACT THAT IT'S GOING TO BE USED NOT ONLY CAPITAL OUTLAY MONEY BUT ALSO BEING ABLE TO USE GENERAL FUND MONEY TO MAKE THE PURCHASE.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THIS ITEM. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER PEREZ. SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. ANY DISCUSSION, BOARD MEMBERS? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. OKAY. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. 6.04 IS A RENEWAL OF THE IMPLEMENTATION AGREEMENT WITH THE CENTER FOR ADVANCEMENT VIA INDIVIDUAL DETERMINATION. THAT IS AVID. A-V-I-D. THIS IS THE PROGRAM, THE CURRICULUM AND PROFESSIONAL LEARNING. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WOULD YOU GO AHEAD AND HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THIS IS A RENEWAL FOR OUR -- AVID DOES A NICE JOB IN 94 OF OUR SCHOOL SITES AND SERVE AROUND 12,000 STUDENTS UNDER THIS UMBRELLA. IT'S ALL ABOUT COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS, FOCUS ON LEADERSHIP, FOCUS ON ORGANIZATIONAL SKILLS TO REALLY GIVE STUDENTS THE CONFIDENCE AND CONFIDENCE TO BE ABLE TO BE SUCCESSFUL. ALSO, THEY DO A REALLY NICE JOB WITH INSTRUCTIONAL ONGOING SUPPORTS, AND THIS WOULD BE USED WITH $283,000 OF COLLEGE AND BOARD FUNDING THAT WE HAVE FUNDED. WE HAVE 98% OF OUR STUDENTS THAT ARE ENROLLED, SENIORS THAT ARE ENROLLED IN AVID. 98% HAVE GRADUATED. OF THE 98% GRADUATED, 42% ARE FIRST GENERATION GRADUATES. IT DOES A REALLY NICE JOB TO HELP CHILDREN EXCEL.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. 95% COMPLETED FOUR YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS AND 91% GO TO A FOUR-YEAR COLLEGE. THE AVERAGE GPA IS 3.82. BUT THE POINT IS, AND I'LL SAY THAT IN MY COMMENT. I BETTER STOP RIGHT NOW. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND. MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY AND A SECOND BY MEMBER COMBS. ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER SNIVELY.

>>Melissa Snively: I'M ALWAYS HAPPY TO SUPPORT THIS PROGRAM. I THINK AVID IS A GREAT EQUALIZER WHEN IT COMES TO STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT. NO MATTER WHERE YOU COME FROM, WHAT COLOR YOU ARE, IF YOU'RE ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED OR NOT, YOU CAN SUCCEED BECAUSE OF AVID. SO I'M HAPPY TO SUPPORT THIS. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: DITTO, MEMBER SNIVELY, WITH THE AVERAGE GPA OF 3.82, AND THEY HAVE INCREASED THE DIVERSITY GREATLY. IN FACT, THAT'S WHAT THEY WERE TOUTING WITH US AS INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBERS. THE AVID PROGRAM IS NOT JUST FOR -- IT'S A FOR A DIVERSE GROUP AND DIVERSITY IS ONE OF THEIR KEY STRATEGIC GOALS, WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT. GREAT PROGRAM, AND THE MORE WE HAVE OF THIS IN OUR SCHOOLS, I THINK THE BETTER OUR STUDENTS WILL COME OUT OF THIS IN A VERY POSITIVE ACADEMIC WAY. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU BOARD MEMBERS. NEXT WE'RE GOING TO GO TO 6.08, AGREEMENTS FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES WITH BUILDING TRADE APPRENTICESHIP/PRE-APPRENTICESHI P COMMITTEES, ERWIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WOULD YOU PLEASE HIGHLIGHT?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS HAD AN ACTIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH BUILDING, TRADES, APPRENTICESHIP COMMITTEES FOR ADULT JOBS. THIS HAS BEEN A 29-YEAR ONGOING RELATIONSHIP. THIS IS INCORRECTLY A PASS THROUGH -- SERVING ERWIN BUT OTHER COUNTIES SUCH AS ALACHUA, BROWARD, DUVAL, ESCAMBIA, LEVY, ORANGE AND SEMINOLE COUNTY. THIS HELPS STUDENTS AND ADULT JOB TRAINING TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND FIND A WORKFORCE FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE. WE GET AROUND FOR EVERY INSTRUCTIONAL HOUR WE GET AROUND 95-CENT PER STUDENT, INSTRUCTION AT HOUR. THIS BRINGS AROUND $3.5 MILLION PASS-THROUGH TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY. A SECOND BY MEMBER PEREZ. WILL THERE BE ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Karen Perez: YES. THIS IS LIKE THE BEST, BEST PROGRAM ALWAYS. MY SON HAS HAD THE AWESOME PLEASURE OF BEING IN THE PROGRAM FOR TWO PROGRAMS. HE WENT TO CARPENTRY AND IS NOW IN ELECTRICAL. I PRAY ALWAYS FOR DR. GOOD BECAUSE HE'S HAD TO PUT UP WITH HIM. BUT IT'S AN AMAZING, AMAZING PROGRAM. THEY HAVE THE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION CARPENTRY LICENSE PRACTICAL NURSING. THE ELECTRICAL, LIKE I MENTIONED, IT'S JUST AN AMAZING PROGRAM. AS A MATTER OF FACT, BAY NEWS 9 HIGHLIGHTED THEM RECENTLY. BAY NEWS 9 WENT THROUGH ERWIN TECH. BUT ALSO IN THE SEGUE, THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM THROUGH THE UNION ALSO PICKS UP THE STUDENTS, AND IF THE APPLICATION PROCESS, THEY ARE ABLE TO GET INTO A FOUR-YEAR TRAINING PROGRAM WITH THE UNIONS FOR THE SAME PROGRAMS. IT'S JUST AMAZING. DR. GOOD, THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR OUR STUDENTS AND HOW YOU TRANSITION OUR STUDENTS WHO DON'T WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE. BUT STILL ARE ABLE TO GET -- PREPARED FOR LIFE, LIKE WE DO, AND THEN THESE AMAZING CAREERS, AND THANK YOU. GOOD LUCK WITH MY SON.

>>Lynn Gray: DR. GOOD, I'M SO GLAD YOU'RE HERE. YOU'LL HEAR A LOT OF ACCOLADES. MEMBER SNIVELY FOLLOWED BY MEMBER HAHN.

>>Melissa Snively: THANKS FOR HANGING IN THERE. I KNOW IT'S GETTING LATE. I ECHO SOME OF THE SENTIMENTS MEMBER PEREZ MENTIONED. OUR PROGRAM FOR CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION HAS REALLY EVOLVED OVER THE LAST DECADE. IF YOU LOOK AT DATA FROM PROBABLY 10 OR 12 YEARS AGO TO DATA NOW, WE HAVE GIVEN SO MANY STUDENTS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE A DIFFERENT CAREER PATH AND FIND SUCCESS IN THEIR LIFE TO BECOME INDEPENDENT, SELF-SUFFICIENT, CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF SOCIETY. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU ALL DO AND I'M HAPPY TO SUPPORT THIS AGENDA ITEM.

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

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. SO THESE PROGRAMS ARE WONDERFUL. I KNOW THEY HAVE EXPANDED THROUGH THE YEARS AND I WANT TO THANK YOU ALL FOR THAT. MY BROTHER IS AN ELECTRICIAN. NEW YORK CITY LOCAL 3. [ LAUGHTER ] AND IT HAS BEEN A GREAT, GREAT CAREER FOR HIM. HE IS NOW RETIRED, AND -- HE'S OLDER THAN I AM. I'M THE BABY. BUT IT HAS BEEN -- SO I KNOW FIRSTHAND IS WHAT I WANT TO SAY THE DIFFERENCE IT CAN MAKE IN THE LIVES OF THE STUDENTS GOING THROUGH THESE PROGRAMS. CONGRATULATIONS TO YOUR SON. HE'S GOING THROUGH THE ELECTRICAL PROGRAM. HE HAS A GREAT CAREER AHEAD OF HIM AS DO ALL OUR STUDENTS IN THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM. THIS IS A WONDERFUL ITEM TO SUPPORT TONIGHT. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: WELL SAID, MEMBER HAHN. MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. I JUST WANT TO SAY, AGAIN, I WANT TO ECHO THE SENTIMENTS OF HOW FANTASTIC ERWIN IS. I HAD THE LUXURY OF TOURING IT NOT THAT LONG AGO, AND WE WERE ACTUALLY INVITED TO GO IN AND DO A WORKSHOP AND HAVE SOME SORT OF LUNCH WHERE THEY OFFERED TO USE THEIR CHEF STAFF TO COOK FOR US AND GIVE THE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROGRAMS. I MEANT TO PASS ON THE INVITATION BUT I AM JUST NOW GETTING TO IT. I ECHO I THINK IT'S SO FANTASTIC THAT WE HAVE OTHER OPTIONS OTHER THAN TRADITIONAL COLLEGE FOR OUR STUDENTS AND THESE PATHWAYS ARE SO IMPORTANT. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: MR. GOOD, YOU LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT FROM WAY BACK THERE.

>>Lynn Gray: HE CAN COME FORWARD.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: NO HE'S GOOD. I WANT TO TELL YOU, YOU'RE DOING A GREAT JOB. ERWIN TECH USED TO BE ONE OF MY SCHOOLS WHEN I WAS AREA SUPERINTENDENT. I ALWAYS LOVED HOW KIDS MADE A CAREER BECAUSE IT'S ALL ABOUT MAKING A CAREER FOR KIDS BECAUSE WE ARE PREPARING THEM FOR LIFE. THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON. DITTO, DITTO, DITTO DR. GOOD AND THANK YOU, SCOTT BROOKS, BUT I WANT TO THANK ALSO OUR WONDERFUL TRADE APPRENTICESHIP PARTNERSHIPS. AS EDUCATORS, WHICH MOSTLY WE'RE HERE, THEY DO AN OUTSTANDING JOB TO EDUCATE OUR STUDENTS NOT ONLY IN THE VOCATIONAL TECH EQUIPMENT BUT IN THE AFFECTIVE. THEY TEACH THEM A CAREER FOR LIFE. SUCCESS SKILLS, BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR, ALL THAT IN A DAY'S WORK. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR COMMITMENT AND MR. JARGO AS WELL. YOU DO SO MUCH FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OVER AND ABOVE AND KEVIN BARBER AND ALL THE OTHER UNIONS THAT OFFER SUCH COMPREHENSIVE VOCATIONAL TECH PROGRAMS. SO THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, WE NEED TO GO AHEAD AND VOTE AT THIS POINT IN TIME. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU. YEAH, WE STILL HAVE A CLAP IN US. CONTINUING ON, 6.09, STATEMENT OF WORK FOR VISION COMPUTER PROGRAMMING SERVICES, INC. FOR CONSOLIDATED CAMPUS INFORMATION SYSTEM. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, WILL YOU HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THIS IS A VISION COMMUNITY COMPUTER SERVICES CREATED BY CAMPUS INFORMATION SYSTEM THAT ALLOWS TECHNICAL COLLEGES AND ADULT EDUCATION TO MANAGE THEIR STUDENT RECORDS. THIS WOULD BE A SYSTEM THAT MANAGES GRADES, FINANCIAL AID, ATTENDANCE FOR ADULT EDUCATION. OPENLY, RIGHT NOW -- 14,000 RECORDS FOR OUR STUDENTS AND ALSO BE ABLE TO DISBURSE FINANCIAL AID TO OUR STUDENTS AS WELL. THIS IS $110,000, IF WE WERE TRANSITION TO USE FOCUS, THAT WOULD HAVE COST US AROUND $900,000 TO DO SO.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THIS ITEM. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER PEREZ. A SECOND BY MEMBER VAUGHN. ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU DO GO FIRST. YOU PULLED THIS ITEM. GO AHEAD.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. I DID HAVE A QUESTION. THIS IS A NEW SOFTWARE FOR PLACE -- REPLACING THE OTHER SOFTWARE, RIGHT?

>> NO, MA'AM. IT'S AN EXISTING SOFTWARE WE'VE HAD FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

>>Jessica Vaughn: IS IT AN UPGRADE, IT SAYS CURRENT DISTRICT MAIN FRAME DOESN'T HAVE THE CAPABILITY TO GENERATE REPORTS.

>> THE MAIN FRAME THAT WE USE FOR OUR STUDENT INFORMATION SYSTEM FOR THE K-12 SIDE OF THINGS, THAT'S WHAT THAT HOUSES. AS FAR AS WHAT WE REPORT TO THE STATE RELATED TO ADULT ED, THAT IS A SEPARATE PROGRAM. THAT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN USING WITH THE VISION WORKS THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS IS A SEPARATE SERVICE TO HOUSE ALL OF THE STUDENT FILES.

>>Jessica Vaughn: IS THIS 110 ADDITIONALLY THAN WHAT WE'VE ALREADY BEEN PAYING OR IS THIS A NEW CHARGE?

>> THIS WOULD BE A RENEWAL OF THAT SERVICE.

>>Jessica Vaughn: WE PAID THAT LAST YEAR?

>> DID WE PAY THAT LAST YEAR?

>>Jessica Vaughn: IT'S A ONE-YEAR RENEWAL?

>> ANNUAL AGREEMENT.

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY. THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. AT THIS TIME, ANY OTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. AND IT IS AFFIRMATIVE, ALL YES. NEXT, WE'LL GO TO 6.11, PURCHASE OF GATEWAY TO EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY. SUPERINTENDENT DAVID WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM. I BELIEVE MEMBER VAUGHN YOU PULLED THIS ITEM.

>>Addison Davis: THIS IS THE PURCHASE GATEWAY EARLY AMERICAN HISTORY, SECOND EDITION FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF ENGLISH FSA WE SEE A NUMBER OF OUR STUDENTS ARE INDIRECTLY UNDERPERFORMING IN PARTICULAR STANDARDS IN LITERACY AS WE TIE THAT OVER TO CIVICS, WE SEE THAT A NUMBER OF OUR STUDENTS WHO ARE LEVEL ONE STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ARE NOT BEING SUCCESSFUL ON THE CIVICS ASSESSMENT, WHICH IS ASSESSED IN THE 7th GRADE IN SOME OF OUR SCHOOLS. BEING ABLE TO MOVE U.S. HISTORY TO THE 7th GRADE AND PUT CIVICS TO THE 8th GRADE FOR SUBSET OF STUDENTS TO ALLOW THEM TO BE SUCCESSFUL. WHAT THIS CURRICULUM ALLOWS THEM TO DO, ALLOWS THEM TO BE EXPOSED TO CIVIC STANDARDS INCLUSIVE OF THE U.S. HISTORY IN 7th GRADE AND INFUSE ADDITIONAL READING STRATEGIES AND ALLOWS THEM TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THE 8th GRADE THE FOLLOWING YEAR.

>>Lynn Gray: I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE ITEM. MOTION BY MEMBER PEREZ. SECOND BY MEMBER HAHN. WILL THERE BE ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER VAUGHN. YOU PULLED THE ITEM.

>>Jessica Vaughn: OKAY. I WANTED TO, ONE, MAKE CLEAR WHEN PEOPLE LOOK AT THIS AND SAY WHY ARE THEY SENDING $100,000 ON EXTRA MATERIAL, IT'S TO PROVIDE MORE ACCESS FOR OUR STRUGGLING READERS TO BE ABLE TO ACCESS THIS CURRICULUM EARLIER. I WANTED TO CLARIFY THAT. BUT I ALSO WANTED TO CLARIFY BECAUSE I'VE HAD SOME QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS, ESPECIALLY WITH WHAT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION JUST PASSED AS FAR AS HAVING OPINIONS ABOUT THE HISTORY THAT WE'RE TEACHING, THAT'S NOT GOING TO BE IMPLICATED BY THIS. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT. THESE ARE SUPPLEMENTAL READING MATERIALS TO WHAT WE'RE ALREADY TEACHING, NOT CHANGING AND ALLOWING MORE ACCESS FOR STRUGGLING READERS. AM I UNDERSTANDING THAT CORRECTLY?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, THAT'S CORRECT. BUYING ADDITIONAL MATERIALS TO BE ABLE TO SERVE CHILDREN IN THE 7th GRADE.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. ANY FURTHER DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. EVERYONE SAYING YES. WE'RE GOING TO GO TO 6.12, PURCHASE OF ELLEVATION PLATFORM, THAT'S TWO Ls, ELLEVATION INC. FOR THE 2021-2022 ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR. MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU PULLED THIS ITEM AS WELL.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, APPROVAL OF ELLEVATION PLATFORM. THIS IS FOR ONGOING SUPPORTS FOR ELL POPULATION AND ALSO WITH OUR TEACHERS. THIS WAS PILOTED IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY IN 2014, AND IMPLEMENTED IN 2018. THIS WILL BE USED IN TITLE III FUNDS FOR $270,000 PURCHASE. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PROCESS FOR ELL, IT IS A DATA WAREHOUSE THAT MANAGES AND ENSURES WE'RE IN COMPLIANCE. SAME TOKEN WORKS TO HUBS. COMPLIANCE WITH FTE AND SERVICES WE PROVIDE STUDENTS BUT ALSO GIVES A STRATEGY SIDE FOR TEACHERS THAT ALLOWS THEM TO PULL LESSON PLANS BY CONTENT AND GRADE LEVEL AND CONTINUE STRATEGIES FOR STUDENTS WHO MAY NEED ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. RIGHT NOW, AROUND 22,000 STUDENTS THAT DATA POINTS ARE MANAGED, AND THIS ALLOWS US TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT STUDENTS ARE HAVING THE RESOURCES, AND WE ARE COMPLIANT WITH LEVELS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACQUISITION.

>>Lynn Gray: WE HAVE A TITLE III GRANT THAT HELPS PAY FOR IT. 271,000. WE NEED A MOTION AND WE NEED A SECOND. WE HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY. WE HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER PEREZ. MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU PULLED THE ITEM. WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE A QUESTION?

>>Jessica Vaughn: I'M PULLING SOME OF THE ITEMS BECAUSE I DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO JUST ASSUME WE'RE ON CONSENT AGENDA AUTOMATICALLY APPROVING A $400,000 PURCHASE WITHOUT REALLY DISCUSSING IT. I WANT TO SAY I DID HAVE A GOOD MEETING WITH MR. CONNOR AND HIS STAFF, AND HE REALLY EXPLAINED WHAT A VALUE THIS PROGRAM IS GOING TO BE AND HOW MUCH IT DOES OFFER THE STRATEGIES AS WELL THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE ACCESS TO AND EVEN SOME OF THE LESSON PLANS FOR TEACHERS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE SUPPORTING OUR ELL STUDENTS EVEN MORE. SO I JUST WANTED TO, AGAIN, HIGHLIGHT THAT WE HAVE HAD THOROUGH DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS, THAT THE TEACHERS HAVE REQUESTED THIS AND THIS DOES GIVE US MORE ABILITY TO SUPPORT OUR ELL STUDENTS. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. YES, MONICA VERRA-TIRADO IS VERY HAPPY AND ELENA. WE THANK YOU. YOU HAVE HELPED OUR ELL STUDENTS GREATLY. AND YOUR COMMITMENT IS JUST UNBELIEVABLE AND NOT ENOUGH SAID, BUT YES, MEMBER VAUGHN, THIS IS A PLATFORM THAT HELPS OUR ELL TEACHERS AS WELL AND IS VERY MUCH USED, AS SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS SAID, OVER 70,000 FAMILIES USED IT THIS YEAR ALONE. THAT'S A LOT OF FOLKS, A LOT OF PARENTS. BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. MEMBER COMBS. IT IS UNANIMOUS WITH YESES. WE'LL GO TO THE NEXT ONE. PROPOSED CALENDAR FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2021-2022 BUDGET. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THIS IS A PROPOSED CALENDAR THAT ENSURES OUR DISTRICT IS IN COMPLIANCE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TRUTH IN MILLAGE. THIS IS OUR TRIM OUTLINE PROCESS TO ESTABLISH THE 21-22 SCHOOL BUDGET, WHICH IS FLORIDA STATUTE SECTION 200. THIS TRIM PROCESS INFORMS TAXPAYERS OF THE PUBLIC WAY THAT WE WILL USE LOCAL TAX AUTHORITIES TO DETERMINE ANY TAXES WITHIN OUR DISTRICT AND THE TIMELINE IS VERY PRESCRIBED WHICH BEGINS ON JULY THE 1st AND THE DATE THE PROPERTY APPRAISAL CERTIFICATE FOR TAXABLE VALUE IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICTS JUSTIFICATION, WHATEVER THAT MAY BE. MS. JOHNSON, ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD TO THAT?

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY. I NEED A SECOND. THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON. THIS ITEM WAS PULLED BY MEMBER VAUGHN. MEMBER VAUGHN, WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE DISCUSSION?

>>Jessica Vaughn: I JUST LIKE TO PULL THESE DOWN SO AS WE VOTE ON IT, PEOPLE UNDERSTAND IT AND THEY DON'T COME BACK, WHEN WAS THIS APPROVED? WHO APPROVED THAT? THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. MEMBER HAHN IS AWAY, BUT IT IS UNANIMOUS OTHER THAN THAT. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. NEXT, WE'RE ON 7.02, APPROVE ARDENT MILLS/RAMPELLO GARAGE PARKING LEASE.

>>Addison Davis: THIS IS WHERE WE'RE AGREEING IN A CONTRACT TO RENT OUT 30 PARKING SLOTS TO ARDENT PROPERTIES. WE CURRENTLY DO THIS WITH OTHER LOCAL AGENCIES AS WELL. THIS WILL BRING AROUND $1200 A MONTH TO THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, GREAT. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THIS ITEM. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER PEREZ. A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU PULLED THIS ITEM. ANY DISCUSSION THAT YOU MAY HAVE.

>>Jessica Vaughn: I JUST HAD A QUESTION AS FAR AS DO THEY TURN AROUND AND THEN SELL THE SPOTS TO THE EMPLOYEES AS WELL?

>>Christopher Farkas: THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO THAT, YES. EACH ONE IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT. IT'S FOR PLACES LIKE THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THEY RENT FROM US. AMALIE ARENA DOESN'T. THEY DON'T DO IT. THERE'S NOTHING IN THE CONTRACT THAT PRECLUDES THEM FROM -- ONLY 30 SPOTS AND ONLY THROUGH DECEMBER.

>>Jessica Vaughn: I NOTICE IT'S BEEN UP FOR A YEARLY RENEWAL AND WE HADN'T RAISED THE PRICE AT ALL. I WAS WONDERING, ARE WE ABLE TO RAISE IT BY A COUPLE THOUSAND OR WHAT WOULD THAT LOOK LIKE? WHAT IS THE RATIONALE BEHIND NOT RAISING IT DUE TO INFLATION?

>>Christopher Farkas: WE MAKE SURE THE -- DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, AMALIE RAN AND ARDENT MILLS. IF THEY WERE RAISED LAST TIME AND OTHER ONES WEREN'T, WE TRY TO KEEP THEM CONSISTENT FROM A PRICING STANDPOINT. WE DON'T WANT TO GOUGE ONE AND NOT GOUGE THE OTHER. SORRY. IT'S 10:00.

>>Addison Davis: HE SHOULD USE A DIFFERENT TERM. HE MEANS WEB FAIR IN THE PROCESS.

>>Christopher Farkas: FAIR PRICING. MARKET RATE PRICING.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MR. FARKAS FOR GIVING US A NIGHTMARE TONIGHT. BOARD, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. NEXT 11071, WE'RE APPROVING -- 11.01, WE'RE APPROVING MEMBER PEREZ AS ADVOCACY COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE AND MEMBER SNIVELY AS ALTERNATE FOR FLORIDA SCHOOL BOARD ASSOCIATION. I THINK WE ALREADY HAD THIS DONE. JIM PORTER, WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE?

>>Jim Porter: BOARD MEMBERS, YOU RECALL AT YOUR RETREAT IN JANUARY YOU DID YOUR BOARD ASSIGNMENTS AND YOU AGREED THAT MS. SNIVELY WOULD BE ON THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF FSBA AND MS. PEREZ WOULD BE ON THE ALTERNATE. YOU ALSO AGREED THAT MS. PEREZ WOULD BE THE MAIN PERSON ON THE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE AND MS. SNIVELY WOULD BE THE ALTERNATE. THIS REQUIRES AN AFFIRMATIVE VOTE. YOUR OTHER ASSIGNMENTS DON'T. THIS IS A PRO FORMA THING. ALREADY BEEN DONE BUT REQUIRES A BOARD VOTE.

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON.

>>Jim Porter: MERITA SAID NOBODY MADE A MOTION.

>>Lynn Gray: I NEED A MOTION. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER HAHN. I NEED A SECOND. I HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. OKAY. WE'RE ALL VOTED. YESIRREE. THESE ARE -- ARE INFORMATION ITEMS ONLY. 12.01, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL ANNUAL GROWTH MANAGEMENT REPORT.

>>Christopher Farkas: WE PLAN ON HAVING A GROWTH MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP BUT PUSHED AROUND BECAUSE OF SCHEDULING ISSUE WITH BOARD MEMBERS. WE WANT ALL SEVEN BOARD MEMBERS TO BE THERE. WE'VE HAD ONE-ON-ONE BOARD MEMBER MEETINGS. MET WITH TWO BOARD MEETINGS. WE'LL MEET WITH THE OTHER FIVE AND A GROWTH MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP COMING AND THAT'S WHEN WE COVER THIS IN GREAT DETAIL. BY INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WE HAVE TO APPROVE THIS IN THE FISCAL YEAR IN JUNE. THAT'S WHY IT'S IN FRONT OF YOU NOW INSTEAD OF JUST IN THE WORKSHOP.

>>Lynn Gray: SIX MONTHS HAVE GONE BY. WE STILL HAVEN'T HAD A MEETING YET. THIS IS VERY CRITICALLY. THERE'S SOME AGREEMENT ON THAT BUT NONETHELESS WE HAVE TO RISE ABOVE IT. WE DON'T HAVE TO VOTE ON THIS. WE'LL GO TO THE BOARD COMMENTS. IS THAT TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? BOARD COMMENTS ARE NEXT. LET'S GO AHEAD AND PUT YOURSELF IN THE LINE. MEMBER HAHN. ANYONE ELSE? MEMBER VAUGHN. YOU ALL CAN READ YOUR NAME. I'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

>>Stacy Hahn: PABLO, WERE YOU ABLE TO PULL THOSE? I JUST WANTED TO SHARE SOME READING DATA THAT'S GOOD NEWS. OUR PARTNERS IN myON, THEY PROVIDE THE ONLINE ACCESS TO BOOKS FOR ALL THE CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY, BUT I JUST WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT SOME OF THE SCHOOLS IN MAY THAT HAD VERY HIGH READING. YOU CAN SEE ON THE FIRST SLIDE, LOCKHART, BELMONT -- I'M NOT GOING TO READ THEM ALL. THESE ARE THE SCHOOLS THAT HAD VERY HIGH DATA IN REGARD TO ACCESSING BOOKS ONLINE. OUR STUDENTS HAVE READ 6,175,817 BOOKS ON myON THIS SCHOOL YEAR. THAT'S A LOT OF BOOKS. I DON'T KNOW IF ANY OF YOU HAVE LOGGED ON TO myON, BUT THE GREAT THING IS THAT IF WE HAVE STUDENTS WHO ARE STRUGGLING READERS, THE PROGRAM WILL READ THE BOOK TO THEM. IF THEY HAVE PARENTS IN THE HOME THAT ARE STRUGGLING READERS, THE CHILDREN AND PARENTS CAN LISTEN TO THE BOOK TOGETHER. IT SHOWS THE WHOLE BOOK ONLINE WHEN IT READS TO THEM. IT HAS A LOT OF ADVANTAGES IN REGARD TO PROVIDING EQUAL ACCESS TO LITERACY, READING MATERIALS. IT'S REALLY A GREAT PROGRAM. THESE WERE THE LITERACY FAIRS. THEY WERE GREAT PARTNERS IN THE FAIRS THAT I DID THIS SPRING. YOU CAN SEE WE GAVE OVER 350 HOME LIBRARIES AND OVER 700 HOME LIBRARIES AT SLIGH MIDDLE SCHOOL. I KNOW I HIGHLIGHTED THAT LAST TIME. BUT THEY'VE BEEN GREAT PARTNERS AROUND THAT WORK. WE TALK ABOUT THE SUMMER LEARNING LOSS. FOUR TO SIX BOOKS READ OVER THE SUMMER CAN POTENTIALLY STOP THE SUMMER SLIDE. FOR STUDENTS THAT WANT ACCESS TO THOUSANDS OF BOOKS, myON IS A GREAT OPTION. SOME STUDENTS, THEY GO TO THE LIBRARY. THEY CAN BUY BOOKS, BUT THIS IS JUST A GREAT OPTION FOR THE STUDENTS IN OUR SCHOOLS. YOU CAN SEE HOW OFTEN IT'S USED. WE HAVE A myON STREET TEAM IN THE SUMMER. THEY HAVE 105 VISITS SCHEDULED THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY THIS SUMMER. THEY GO TO HOST SITES, YMCA CAMPS, PLANT CITY PARKS AND RECREATION. THAT'S REALLY EXCITING FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE IN OUR CAMPS. THEN THEY HAVE A READING CHALLENGE. I LOVE A READING CHALLENGE. I DID A LOT OF THE READING CHALLENGES DURING COVID FOR STORY TIME ONLINE. AND THEY ARE LOTS OF FUN. YOU CAN GO TO THE myON WEBSITE AND ENGLISH AND SPANISH. THEY OFFER THE READING CHALLENGES. THEY ARE LOTS OF FUN. THEY GIVE OUT PRIZES. SO IT'S JUST A FUN WAY TO KEEP READING GOING THROUGH THE SUMMER, SO I WANT TO GIVE A BIG THANK YOU TO OUR myON PARTNERS FOR BEING SUCH WONDERFUL ADVOCATES OF READING AND PROVIDING SUCH WONDERFUL HIGH-QUALITY RESOURCES TO OUR CHILDREN AND OUR FAMILIES. THEY HAVE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES ON THERE, TOO. IF PARTISANS, FAMILY MEMBERS WANT TO WORK WITH THEIR STUDENTS AT HOME, THERE'S LOTS OF RESOURCES ON THE myON WEBSITE. AVOID THE SUMMER SLIDE. CHECK OUT myON. THANKS. MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. I HAVE A VIDEO THAT'S GOING TO SHOW THAT TALKS ABOUT THE S.T.E.M. SUMMER CAMPS THAT WE'RE RUNNING RIGHT NOW THAT I THINK ARE PRETTY AMAZING. I HAVE A COUPLE OF QUICK COMMENTS BEFORE WE PLAY THAT. ONE, JUST OFFICIALLY ON THE DAIS I WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST, ESPECIALLY WITH MR. CRETE'S COMMENTS TONIGHT, THAT -- MR. KRIETE'S COMMENTS THAT WE GO BACK INTO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AND I JUST WANTED TO MAKE A COMMENT ABOUT THAT. I WANT TO THANK THE BOARD. THERE'S STUFF COMING OUT OF TALLAHASSEE RIGHT NOW THAT IS CONCERNING TO ME WHEN IT TALKS ABOUT INCLUSIVENESS WHEN IT COMES TO OUR STUDENTS. TWO OF THE PROCLAMATIONS TONIGHT REALLY SHOWCASE THAT OUR COUNTY IS COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING ALL OF OUR STUDENTS AND BEING INCLUSIVE. I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO THAT. WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, HERE IS THE VIDEO THAT ALMOST JUST PLAYED.

>> WHAT A SUMMER IT WILL BE FOR OUR STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. FUNDED THROUGH THE RECENT DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE S.T.E.M. GRANT, WE ARE OFFERING OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS IN ENGINEERING, ROCKETRY, MARINE SCIENCE, CYBERSECURITY AND MORE. OUR FIRST CAMP THIS SUMMER IS MISSION TAMPA BAY AN ALL GIRLS CAMP LED BY DR. TRACY FENARA OF MYTH BUSTERS FAME. THE CAMP WILL BE HELD AT THE FLORIDA AQUARIUM AND MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY WITH AN OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE MUSEUM AS A PART OF THE EXPERIENCE.

>> I'M INTO ENGINEERING AND INTO SCIENCE. I THOUGHT THIS WAS A GOOD CAMP FOR ME. I GET TO WORK WITH OTHER PEOPLE WHO ALSO LOVE ENGINEERING AND ARE FEMALES. I GET TO GO OUT AND EXPLORE WHICH ALLOWS ME TO LEARN MORE ABOUT SCIENCE.

>> THIS WOULD PROBABLY BE ONE OF THE COOLEST PROJECTS I'VE DONE.

>> MY NAMES IS JAMES COLE, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH IS IMPORTANT TO OUR FAMILY. THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN AMAZING AS FAR AS BEING ABLE TO PUT TOGETHER ACTUAL DEVICES THAT YOU'RE GOING TO SEE UNDERWATER. THE SAME TECHNOLOGY THAT REALLY ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TOMORROW. OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT IS NOT ONLY LEARNING THESE CONCEPTS, SHE'S ACTUALLY DOING THESE CONCEPTS HAS BEEN A BLESSING TO THE FAMILY. PART OF THE CAMPS AND CAMPS REINFORCING HER EXCELLENCE. I ENCOURAGE PARENTS TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK, RESEARCH, HOW S.T.E.M. CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE. MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHAT ARE THE PROGRAMS, SUPPLEMENTARY THINGS OUT THERE TO HELP WITH EDUCATION, THIS PROGRAM IS ONE GREAT EXAMPLE OF IT.

>> OUR SECOND SERIES OF CAMPS ARE IN COLLABORATION WITH SPACE TRACK FROM KENNEDY SPACE CENTER AND FEATURE ROCKETS AND DRONES FOR AN OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD EXPERIENCE. TEN CAMPS WILL BE HELD AT VARIOUS MIDDLE SCHOOL SITES THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER. WE STILL HAVE A FEW SPACES LEFT IN THE CAMP SO IF PARENTS ARE INTERESTED, THEY SHOULD CONTACT THE SCIENCE EDUCATION OFFICE AT 813-272-439. FINALLY, FOR OUR YOUNGEST LEARNERS, HOSTING VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMPS FOR STUDENTS IN 3-5 TAUGHT BY THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, CYBER FLORIDA, THE FLORIDA CENTER FOR INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY, AND THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION. FAMILIES MAY RECEIVE A FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO ATTEND THE CAMPS BY SELECTING THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SCHOLARSHIP OPTION. SPACE IS LIMITED, SO REGISTER SOON. THANK YOU TO OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL BOARD AND SUPERINTENDENT ADDISON DAVIS FOR SUPPORTING OUR SCIENCE AND S.T.E.M. INITIATIVES.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU TO LARRY PLANK AND TBAE FOR PUTTING TOGETHER THAT PRESENTATION RATHER QUICKLY. I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. THAT WAS FANTASTIC. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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

>>Karen Perez: YES. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT ONE OF OUR OWN, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY STAFF. NOW, I DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU ALL, BUT I DON'T WANT TO WORK BEYOND LIKE 25 YEARS OR 30 YEARS IN A PLACE. BUT THIS STAFF MEMBER HAS WORKED FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS FOR 50 YEARS CAN I GET PICTURE? VIRGINIA VASQUEZ. SHE HAS BEEN WITH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR 50 YEARS. SHE IS THE PRODUCT OF ONE OF OUR HIGH SCHOOLS AS WELL. SHE STARTED WITH THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS THE DAY AFTER I WAS BORN. NO, I'M JUST KIDDING. [ LAUGHTER ] AFTER SHE GRADUATED FROM HILLSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, THROUGH THE YEARS SHE HAS WORKED IN VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS, ALWAYS STRIVING TO LEARN NEW SKILLS. SHE HAS -- SHE STARTED AS A TEMPORARY EMPLOYEE ASSISTING THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY DEPARTMENTS AND THEN TRANSFERRED INTO A PERMANENT CLERK ONE POSITION WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE. AND THEN SHE ASSISTED THE SUPERINTENDENT'S SECRETARY IN PREPARING BOARD PACKETS AND PROOF READING BOARD MINUTES AND OTHER DUTIES. AFTER WORKING WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE, SHE WORKED IN HUMAN RESOURCES AS TYPIST I. LATER IN HEALTH SERVICES AND WAS CREATED AND NEEDED SECRETARY 3 POSITION. SHE BECAME THE FIRST SECRETARY IN OUR SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT. THEN SHE LATER WORKED IN THE PLANNING AND PLACEMENT OFFICE, NONTRADITIONAL PROGRAMS, OFFICE OF STRATEGY MANAGEMENT, AND NOW SHE WORKS IN THE OFFICE OF PARTNERSHIPS, ENGAGEMENT AND PHILANTHROPY. SO I JUST WANTED TO CELEBRATE HER, YOU KNOW, FOR BEING WITH US. AND SHE'S STILL WITH US. MY HAT IS OFF TO HER. CONGRATULATIONS, AND JUST, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE HAVE LOYAL EMPLOYEES LIKE THAT, THAT DEDICATE 50 PLUS YEARS TO THIS, WE KNOW THAT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS JUST OFFER SOMETHING TO OUR EMPLOYEES BECAUSE WHEN THEY COME BACK FOR 50 YEARS PLUS. THAT'S WHAT I WANT TO SAY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. WELL SAID, MEMBER COMBS.

>>Nadia Combs: JUST A COUPLE OF THINGS. ONE OF THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT I'M INVOLVED WITH AS A SCHOOL BOARD IS THE COUNCIL OF GREAT CITY SCHOOLS. EVERY FRIDAY I GO ON ZOOM AND I WANT TO DISCUSS WE'VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT THE FSA SCORES. PEOPLE SAID MAYBE WE DIDN'T SCORE HIGH ENOUGH OR WHATEVER. AT THE END OF THE DAY, OUR STUDENTS WEREN'T IN SCHOOL FOR ALMOST A YEAR AND A HALF AND MANY STUDENTS WERE AT HOME. I THINK IT'S SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE. WHEN I LOOK AROUND AND I'M ON THESE MEETINGS, THERE ARE MANY STUDENTS WHO NEVER ENTERED SCHOOL THIS ENTIRE YEAR. THERE ARE SURROUNDING DISTRICTS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA THAT DID NOT HAVE THE PERCENTAGE THAT WE SAID. I KNOW THE SUPERINTENDENT AND EVERYBODY IN THIS STAFF WORKED VERY HARD TO BRING STUDENTS BACK IN JANUARY. WE DID SUCH A GREAT JOB. YES, WE CAN'T SAY WE MADE 10 OR 15 POINT INCREASE. WE DID WHAT WAS BEST FOR KIDS. WE MADE SURE WE PROVIDED E-LEARNING, HILLSBOROUGH VIRTUAL. A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING, GOSH SO MANY D AND F SCHOOLS, LOOK AROUND THE COUNTRY, WE DID MUCH BETTER THAN MANY PLACES AROUND THE COUNTRY AND WE DID MUCH BETTER THAN OUR SURROUNDING DISTRICTS. ONE LAST THING, I JUST WANT TO SAY AS HAVING A SENIOR THIS YEAR I WAS SO HAPPY THAT OUR STUDENTS WERE ABLE TO HAVE GRADUATION. COLLEEN FAUCETT DID SUCH A GREAT JOB. SUPERINTENDENT, AT THE LAST MINUTE OR NOT AT THE LAST MINUTE, YOU WERE ALLOWED FOUR PARENTS TO BE THERE. I THINK THAT WAS SO IMPORTANT THAT WE REALLY WERE ABLE TO CELEBRATE OUR STUDENTS AND CELEBRATE THE GRADUATION OF ALL OF OUR STUDENTS AND IT WAS DONE SO WELL. IT WAS ORGANIZED SO WELL. I JUST WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB IN CELEBRATING OUR SENIORS THIS YEAR. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER COMBS. VERY NICELY SAID AND REMEMBERED. MEMBER WASHINGTON.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. SO I HAVE A COUPLE OF ANNOUNCEMENTS HERE. LET'S GET STARTED WITH -- DR. HAHN, I REALLY ENJOYED THE BOOK FAIR. SHE WORKED ME TO DEATH. I DIDN'T KNOW SHE HAD TIME TO DANCE. I REALLY CAME TO DANCE A LITTLE BIT BUT I DIDN'T HAVE TIME, BUT IT WAS REALLY NICE. REALLY NICE. WE HAD A GREAT TIME. WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE. MAYBE OVER A THOUSAND. WE HAD A LOT OF PEOPLE. ALL THE WAY AROUND THE BLOCK. I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT INTO MY DISTRICT FIVE. I REALLY ENJOY. ALSO THANK THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR THE CONVERSATION WE HAD AT ALLEN TEMPLE. YOU AND YOUR STAFF CAME OVER AND ENLIGHTENED SOME OF THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THE GOOD THINGS WE ARE DOING IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO DO. WE NEED TO TELL OUR STORY. ALSO, THIS COMING FRIDAY, I WILL BE DOING THE PROCLAMATION JUNETEENTH AT THE NATIONAL FREEDOM DAY ON FRIDAY JUNE THE 18th AT TAMPA CITY HALL AT 10 A.M. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT. THIS WEEKEND, MILTON HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION WILL BE HAVING THAT 30-YEAR ANNIVERSARY. COME OUT, HAVE FUN ON THE SCHOOL FRONT LAWN. WE'RE JUST GOING TO BE GOOFING OFF, HAVING A GREAT TIME. SO COME OUT. WE WILL HAVE A GREAT TIME, BELIEVE ME. THIS IS SOMETHING I THINK THAT I SHOULD DO ABOUT THE CRITICAL RACE THEORY. I'M GOING TO GIVE MY FEELING HOW I FEEL ABOUT IT. I'M DEEPLY CONCERNED BY THE RECENT ACTION BY GOVERNOR DESANTIS AND STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION TO BAN SCHOOLS FROM TEACHING CRITICAL RACE THEORY IN OUR CLASSROOMS. THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND THE GOVERNOR SAID WE MUST TEACH ABOUT TRUE AMERICAN HISTORY. WELL, THE TRUE AMERICAN HISTORY INCLUDES BLACK HISTORY AND CANNOT BE DENIED. I WANT TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT. WHILE CRITICAL RACE THEORY AND THE NEW YORK TIME PROJECT 1619 ARE NOT IN OUR COURSES AND HAVE NOT BEEN TAUGHT IN OUR SCHOOLS, THE MESSAGE SENT LAST WEEK SUGGEST THE STATE BOARD COULD MOVE IN A DIRECTION THAT WOULD LIMIT REPRESENTATION OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND UNINTENTIONALLY SUPPRESS ACADEMIC DISCUSSION AMONG STUDENTS. I'VE LIVED THAT HISTORY. I AS A YOUNG CHILD INTO MY ADULT LIFE, I FACE VARIOUS SITUATIONS WHERE WE MUST TEACH OUR STUDENTS. I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO RIDE ON THE FRONT OF THE BUS. I REMEMBER THE TIME WHEN THE BUS -- THE BACK OF THE BUS WOULD BE FULL AND HE WOULD TELL ME, CAN'T RIDE THAT BUS. I'M ALWAYS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHY WE CAN'T RIDE THAT BUS BECAUSE THE BUS IS NOT FULL UP TOP, BUT WE HAD TO RIDE THE BACK OF THE BUS. AND THE BACK WAS FILLED UP.  I REMEMBER THE TIME WHEN WE GOT ON THE BUS AND PAID UP FRONT, GOT OUTSIDE THE BUS AND HAD TO GO IN THE BACK DOOR OF THE BUS. THAT'S HISTORY ON MY BEHALF, WHAT I'VE LEARNED. I REMEMBER THE TIMES WHEN WE COULDN'T DRINK OUT OF THE SAME WATER FOUNTAINS. WATER FOUNTAIN FOR COLOR. THEY HAD A WATER FOUNTAIN FOR WHITES. I REMEMBER THE TIME WHEN WE COULDN'T USE THE RESTROOM. THEY HAD A RESTROOM FOR COLORED AND RESTROOM FOR WHITES. I'VE LIVED THAT. THAT'S A PART OF HISTORY FOR ME. WE NEED TO KNOW THAT. THAT'S SOMETHING IMPORTANT THAT WE NEED TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND. I REMEMBER A TIME IN HIGH SCHOOL, MY SOPHOMORE AND JUNIOR YEAR, WE COULDN'T PLAY WHITE SCHOOL. WE HAD TO GO OUT OF TOWN AND PLAY THE BLACK SCHOOLS IN ATHLETICS. I REMEMBER THE TIME COMING BACK ON THE BUS WHEN WE WANTED WATER WE STOPPED AT THE STATION, THE MAN SAID WE WANTED SOME WATER, HE SAID GO DRINK OUT OF THE FAUCET IN THE BACK. BUT THAT'S OKAY THOUGH BECAUSE THAT MADE US BETTER PEOPLE. AND THIS IS CRITIC RACE THEORY. HISTORY OF RACE, CULTURE -- I LOVE MY COUNTRY. I SERVE 22 YEARS IN THE MILITARY. I WAS THE FIRST SERGEANT. SERVED 42 YEARS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. I LOVE MY COUNTRY. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH -- THE COUNTRY. I FOUND THIS TO CREATE A STRONGER PERSON IN ME AND BETTER PERSON. THIS IS SOMETHING I DEEPLY BELIEVE THAT WE NEED TO DO. ON THAT, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. APPRECIATE IT. .

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU FOR MEMBER SNIVELY?

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I REALLY WANTED TO CONGRATULATE SUPERINTENDENT FOR A FABULOUS JOB THEY DID FOR GRADUATION CEREMONIES THIS YEAR. IT REALLY WENT OFF WITHOUT A HITCH. IT WAS FUN AND EXCITING TO BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE GRADUATIONS EACH THOUGH IT WAS STILL A LITTLE BIT LIMITED. I THINK IT WAS NICE THAT WE WERE ABLE TO DO THIS IN PERSON, AND LIKE MS. COMBS, I TOO HAD A GRADUATING SENIOR SO THAT MADE IT EVEN MORE SPECIAL TO BE ABLE TO CELEBRATE THAT WITH OUR FAMILY AND ALL OF THE GRADUATING SENIOR FRIENDS IN PERSON. SO THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THAT TOGETHER SO WELL, ESPECIALLY FORCOLOGY, A REALLY GREAT JOB. THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY. JUST TO CONGRATULATE ALL THE SENIORS AND BEST WISHES FOR EVERYONE. HAVE A WONDERFUL SUMMER. AND LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT'S IN STORE FOR NEXT YEAR AND GETTING EVEN BETTER AND BETTER, MORE NORMAL AND MORE NORMAL, BACK TO NORMAL TO SEE WHAT OUR FUTURE HOSPITAL FOR THE DISTRICT AFTER THIS PANDEMIC SURPRISE. SO THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER SNIVELY, I HAVE THE SAME COMMENTS. INTERESTINGLY. VERY IMPRESSIVE, COLLEEN FAUCET, THANK YOU. THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT, FOR DIGGING DEEP TO GET THIS GRADUATION IN A SENSE OF NORMALCY, AND REALLY SHARING THE GREATNESS OF OUR STUDENTS, OUR WONDERFUL TEACHERS, OUR STAFF, JUST MAKING SURE THAT THEY WERE RECOGNIZED AND IT MEANT SO MUCH FOR THOSE STUDENTS. AND I KNOW THAT MEMBER SNIVELY, MEMBER COMBS, IT'S ONE OF THE BEST DAYS IN OUR LIVES WHEN WE SEE OUR SONS AND/OR DAUGHTERS GRADUATE. BUT YOU REALLY STEPPED IT UP AND I KNOW YOU PUSHED THIS TO A POINT WHERE IT DID OCCUR AND JUST KNOW IT WAS A MONUMENTAL ACCOMPLISHMENT. ALSO TO OUR TEACHERS. I UNDERSTAND THAT MAYBE SHE WAS NOT HAPPY WITH THE READING SCORES AND I'M SURE SHE WILL HAVE SOME THINGS WRITTEN. BUT I ALSO KNOW THAT OUR EDUCATORS, OUR TEACHERS, WORK THEIR HEADS OFF TO GET EVERY BIT OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY FROM THE BRAINS OF OUR STUDENTS, AND 52%, 51%, THERE'S A PERCENTAGE, WE DO HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO, BUT WE KNOW THAT OUR TEACHERS PUT EVERYTHING THEY HAD INTO THE WORK, AND NOT ONLY THE INTELLECTUAL, BUT THE SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, WHAT THEY DID FOR THE KIDS TO ENSURE STABILITY AND A SENSE OF NORMALCY, TOOK A LOT OF THEM TO GIVE TO OUR KIDS AND OUR CHILDREN. AND CABINET STAFF, HERE YOU ARE SITTING FOR INFINITE AMOUNT OF TIME. I WANT TO THANK YOU AS WELL. YOU DO SO MUCH. AND WE DO, THE BOARD DEPENDS ON YOU GREATLY FOR SO MANY -- SO MANY THINGS. AND I THANK YOU AS WELL. WE DO HAVE, LAST, NOT THE MOST EXCITING BUT IT IS FRANK GEORGE, HE WAS THE SUBSTITUTE TEACHER OF THE YEAR, 89 YEARS OF AGE, AND HE IS THE COACH OF THE DECADE, AND, YES, AND HE'S ONE MONTH SHY OF HIS 89th BIRTHDAY. ISN'T THAT GREAT THAT WE CAN ALSO BE LOOKING AHEAD, MEMBER WASHINGTON? I SHOULDN'T SAY OUR AGE. BUT IT'S A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT. THE LOVE OF EDUCATION, THE LOVE OF TEACHING. IT NEVER GOES AWAY. AND I THINK EVERY ONE OF YOU ALL NOTCH THAT. AND MY LITTLE MINI CLASSROOM MOM HERE, MEMBER SNIVELY, ALSO KNOWS LOVE OF THE TEACHERS AND EDUCATION. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS, FOR BEING SUCH A WONDERFUL BOARD. AND BY THE WAY, I AM GOING TO GIVE YOU A GIFT. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A WORKSHOP ON THE HISTORY OF WHERE WE ARE GOING WITH OUR SCHOOL CHOICE. BUT I THINK YOU ALL PRETTY MUCH KNOW THAT THIS NEEDS TO BE DISCUSSED. WE'LL DO THAT ANOTHER TIME, BUT I DID WANT TO COVER THAT. SO AT THIS POINT IN TIME, IS IT OKAY IF WE ADJOURN?

>>Melissa Snively: QUESTION JUST REAL QUICK. WE HAVE A SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING THIS THURSDAY AT 93:06 TO DISCUSS FINANCE? OVERSIGHT?

>>Lynn Gray: THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE. AND MS. JOHNSON, MR. WESTERNER, WHO ELSE IS GOING TO BE IN FRONT OF US? DO WE HAVE A THIRD PERSON? WELL, WE HAVE I KNOW STEPHANIE HEATON WILL BE THERE, SUZY GARCIA, NO DOUBT. BUT WE ARE GOING TO FINISH THE CODE OF CONDUCT HOPEFULLY. YEAH. SO WE'LL TRY TO GET IT BOTH DONE. AND WE ALSO HAVE A PRINCIPAL -- SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, DON'T WE HAVE A PRINCIPAL'S POW-WOW?

>>Addison Davis: WE DO. WE HAVE A SINNER ENERGY AT BUSCH GARDENS FOR SOME POSITIVE INTERACTION AND TEAM BUILDING THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

>>Lynn Gray: BUSY, BUSY DAY. BUT THAT'S THE ANSWER HOPEFULLY TO YOUR QUESTION. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING AND HAVE A GOOD EVENING. DRIVE SAFE. ADJOURNED.