Closed captioning transcript for the Hillsborough County School Board Regular Meeting from June 29, 2021 - 4:00 p.m.

>>Lynn Gray: HI. I'M LYNN GRAY, CHAIR OF THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD. I WANT TO WELCOME YOU TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WE SERVE MORE THAN 200,000 STUDENTS. THAT INCLUDES CHILDREN IN PRESCHOOL TO 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 COMMUNITIES 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 AT 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. TOAD TOAD THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN EDUCATION. WITH YOUR HELP, WE ARE MAKING DECISIONS THAT SHAPE OUR COMMUNITY'S FUTURE. (SOUNDING GAVEL).

>>Lynn Gray: GOOD EVENING. THE BOARD MEETING FOR JUNE 29th, 2021 WILL NOW BEGIN. AND AT THIS POINT, WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND HAVE A MOMENT OF SILENCE. MEMBER HAHN, WOULD YOU NOW READ THE MOMENT OF SILENCE?

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU. I WANT TO SAY THANKS TO EVERY SEAT THAT'S BEEN FILLED HERE TODAY. FOR EACH MIND AND HEART THAT FILLS THE PRESENCE OF THIS ROOM, WE HAVE IDEAS, VISIONS, AND INSPIRATIONS, WE HAVE TALENTS, ABILITIES, AND THIS TIME TO WORK TOGETHER TODAY, WHICH I AM THANKFUL FOR. NOTHING IS EVER IN VAIN, FOR EVEN MISTAKES AND MISSTEPS ARE USED FOR GOOD. SO I WANT TO BLESS THIS MEETING, TO ALL THOSE PRESENT, AS WELL AS THE LIVES WHO WE ENCOUNTER AFTERWARDS, AND READY US TO MAKE EVERY MOMENT COUNT THIS AFTERNOON. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO ASK FOR CONTINUED PRAYERS FOR THE VICTIMS, FAMILIES AND THE FRIENDS OF THE SURF SIDE CONDOMINIUM IN MIAMI, FLORIDA, AND MAY PEACE BE WITH THEM ALL. THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT TIME FOR OUR STATE, AND I HOPE THAT WE CAN ALL TAKE SOME TIME OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS, IF WE ALREADY HAVEN'T, TO SAY SPECIAL PRAYERS TO EVERYONE INVOLVED. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER HAHN. NOW WE'LL STAND FOR THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. [ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ]

>>Lynn Gray: BOARD MEMBERS, WE HAVE ONE WITHDRAWN ITEM TODAY, 5.01, APPROVE THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT. AND THEN WE ARE GOING TO GET RIGHT TO 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. WILL THERE BE ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. LET THE RECORD REFLECT THAT ALL BOARD MEMBERS ARE PRESENT EITHER IN THE BOARD ROOM OR BY REMOTE. THE MINUTES. BOARD MEMBERS, I WOULD LIKE TO GO OVER THE FORMAT OF TONIGHT'S MEETING. WE ARE PERMITTING UP TO 50 PEOPLE TO BE PRESENT IN THE BOARD ROOM. GIVEN THE SIZE AND THE ORIENTATION OF THE BOARD ROOM, WE CAN DO THIS SAFELY. AS A REMINDER, THIS IS A NONPARTISAN BOARD AND THE BOARD IS 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 SECOND FOR FINAL THOUGHTS. AFTERWARDS, THE SUPERINTENDENT CAN RESPOND. IF YOU HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS, YOU ARE ASKED TO GET IN THE QUEUE. MEMBER HAHN, WILL YOU NOW READ OUR GUIDELINES?

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU. AS WE BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON'S MEETING, LET ME QUICKLY REVIEW THE FORMAT OF OUR SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. 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, AND 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 ARCHIVES.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. WE HAVE TWO ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR TIME CERTAIN. 5:01 P.M., WE HAVE A PUBLIC HEARING FOR RECOMMENDED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL FOR ELEMENTARY ART, ELEMENTARY MUSIC AND MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL DEVELOPMENTAL LANGUAGE ARTS AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT. AND AT 6 P.M. WE HAVE EMPLOYEE INPUT. AND AT THIS POINT IN TIME WE HAVE A VERY SPECIAL -- I JUST 2021 SAY A RECOGNITION, AND I AM GOING TO LET MEMBER HAHN JUST DO ALL OF THE SPEAKING. SHE IS EXCITED. WE ALL ARE. HAHN HAHN THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. HOW APPROPRIATE TODAY THAT YOU ARE IN PURPLE AND WE ARE RECOGNIZING THE PURPLE STAR DESIGNATION PROGRAM. FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO RECOGNIZE SOME VERY SPECIAL VISITORS IN OUR AUDITORIUM TODAY. FLORIDA REPRESENTATIVE LEARNES. [ APPLAUSE ] COLONEL COREY DAMON, MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, VICE WING COMMANDER. CLAUSE CLAUSE AND MISS CONVENIENCE I SHALL A WATERS, MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING TIME O OUT OF YOUR BUSY SCHEDULE TO JOIN US FOR THIS AFTERNOON'S MEETING AND THIS SPECIAL RECOGNITION. I FIRST WANT TO START BY PROVIDING SOME CONTEXT TO THE REASON WE HAVE HOUSE BILL 429 AS A SCHOOL BOARD PRIORITY. BEGINNING BACK IN 2011, A MUTUAL DESIRE TO IMPROVE THE SERVICE FOR OUR MILITARY CONNECTED YOUTH LED THE MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE AND THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT TO IMPLEMENT THE MacDILL COUNCIL OF EXCELLENCE. WHICH LINKS TOGETHER OUR DISTRICT AND BASE LEADERSHIP IN CONVERSATIONS ABOUT WAYS TO BEST MEET THE NEEDS OF OUR MILITARY STUDENTS EDUCATIONAL AND SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS. THINK ABOUT IT. THESE FAMILIES ARE COUNTING ON OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HELP PREPARE THEIR STUDENTS FOR LIFE DESPITE FREQUENT MOVES, TIME APART FROM THEIR PARENTS, AND THE EMOTIONAL TOLL OF THE EVER-PRESENT RISK FACING THEIR LOVED ONES EACH AND EVERY DAY AS THEY DEFEND OUR COUNTRY. OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT IS PROUD TO BE A LEADER IN THIS WORK, AND EVEN MORE IN THE EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR THE MacDILL COUNCIL OF EXCELLENCE. AND AS A SCHOOL DISTRICT, WE CONTINUALLY LOOK FOR WAYS TO EXPAND OUR SUPPORT FOR OUR MILITARY FAMILIES. ONE SUCH WAY IS THROUGH THE PURPLE STAR SCHOOL DESIGNATION PROGRAM. THIS IS PART OF OUR 2021 SCHOOL BOARD LEGISLATIVE PLATFORM, AND WE ASK THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO FORMALLY START A SCHOOL PURPLE DESIGNATION PROGRAM AS A PROGRAM COMMITTED TO SUPPORTING OUR MILITARY-CONNECTED STUDENTS. I'M HAPPY TO SHARE THAT STATE LAWMAKERS RECENTLY APPROVED HOUSE BILL 429, THE LAW WHICH GOVERNOR RON DESANTIS SIGNED AT THE CEREMONY ON JUNE 4, ESTABLISHES A STATE WIDE PROGRAM FOR SCHOOLS TO BE DECEMBER IGNITED AS PURPLE STAR CAMPUSES. YOU MIGHT BE ASKING WHAT DOES THAT DESIGNATION MEAN FOR OUR SCHOOLS? WELL, THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION CURRENTLY DEVELOPING THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND REQUIREMENTS. HOWEVER, OH FOR SCHOOLS TO EARN THE DESIGNATION, THEY NEED TO DEMONSTRATE THE FOLLOWING: DESIGNATE A STAFF MEMBER AS A MILITARY LIAISON AT THE SCHOOL, MAINTAIN A PAGE ON THE SCHOOL'S WEBSITE THAT INCLUDES RESOURCES FOR MILITARY STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES, MAINTAIN A STUDENT LED TRANSITION PROGRAM TO ASSIST MILITARY STUDENTS ENTERING THE SCHOOL, AND OFFER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR STAFF MEMBERS ON ISSUES RELATED TO MILITARY STUDENTS. AS WELL AS 5 PROSECUTION CONTROLLED OPEN ENROLLMENT SEATS FOR MILITARY STUDENTS. THE PURPLE STAR WILL ALLOW HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO CONTINUE TO STAND OUT AS THE MOST MILITARY-FRIENDLY DISTRICT IN THE STATE, AND I LOOK FORWARD TO CELEBRATING OUR SCHOOLS WHO HAVE THE PURPLE STAR, AND WHO HAVE THE PURPLE STAR DESIGNATION. WE WORK WITH REPRESENTATIVE LEARNED TO INTRODUCE HB 429, AND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK REPRESENTATIVE LEARN HE HAD WHO IS HERE TODAY FOR HIS SUPPORT OF THIS BILL AND GETTING IT ACROSS THE FINISH LINE AND SIGNED INTO LAW, AND I WOULD NOW LIKE TO INVITE HIM TO COME TO THE PODIUM TO SAY A FEW WORDS.

>> THANK YOU, CHAIR, SUPERINTENDENT. THIS IS MY FAVORITE BILL. I FOUND IT ON A DOCUMENT THAT WAS ON MY DESK, BECAUSE EVERY PART OF THIS BILL IS PERFECT FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FOR ME PERSONALLY, AND ALSO JUST ALL OF OUR KIDS. I OWN A SMALL TUTORING CENTER AND I TUTOR KIDS OF MILITARY FAMILIES HERE IN TOWN. I'M ALSO THE TECH COMMANDER IN THE UNITED STATES NAVY, DEPLOYED THREE TIMES. THIS BILL LITERALLY CHECKS EVERY BOX FOR ME. I WILL TALK ABOUT IT SO THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME 30 MINUTES ON TODAY'S AGENDA TO GO THROUGH. [ LAUGHTER ] NO, BUT IN ALL SERIOUSNESS, I DO WANT TO TALK FOR A SECOND ABOUT HOW THIS BILL HELPED. THIS IS FUNDAMENTALLY ABOUT TRANSITIONING MILITARY FAMILIES, AND I WAS TALKING OUTSIDE WITH COLONEL DAMON WHO IS THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THIS. HE IS THE NEW VICE WING COMMANDER, HAS BEEN ON THE JOB FOR ABOUT A WEEK. HIS FAMILY IS NOT HERE YET, AND THEY ARE MOVING FROM GERMANY, AND THOSE FAMILIES DON'T GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME TOUR OUR SCHOOLS THE WAY MANY OF OUR PARENTS WOULD. THIS IS ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT PARENTS LIKE THE COLONEL CAN ENROLL THEIR KIDS IN THE BEST SCHOOL POSSIBLE THAT MEETS THEIR NEEDS AND HELPS THEIR KIDS THE BEST. THIS IS ABOUT MAKING SURE THAT WE LOOK PAST JUST SCHOOL LETTER GRADES AND MAKE SURE THAT WE BASICALLY ARE MATCHING GREAT KIDS WITH GREAT SCHOOLS SO THAT EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE KIDS GETS THE BEST EDUCATION POSSIBLE WHIM THEY ARE HERE IN THE SUNSHINE STATE. THIS IS A GREAT BILL, HELPS SO MANY PEOPLE, AND I LEARNED A LOT IN THIS. MANY OF YOU KNOW I WAS ELECTED FOR THE FIRST TIME SIX MONTHS AGO. THIS WAS THE FIRST BILL I FILED. IT IS NOT NORMAL TO GET THE FIRST ONE THROUGH THE FINISH LINE IN THE FIRST YEAR. AND I CANNOT SAY THAT I DID IT ALONE. THIS WAS A GREAT BIPARTISAN EFFORT, MYSELF WITH REPRESENTATIVE JUDGE MANNY, WHO AT THE TIME HE SERVED, HE WAS THE HIGHEST RANKING MILITARY OFFICER WOUNDED IN THE WAR IN IRAQ, IS NOW IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, AND THE DEIGN WE PASSED THIS, WITH EXACTLY 14 REPUBLICANS AND 14 DEMOCRATIC CO-SPONSORS TO MAKE THIS THE MOST BIPARTISAN BILL THAT PASSED THE FLORIDA HOUSE THIS YEAR, A GREAT WIN FOR NOT JUST OUR KIDS BUT FOR THE ENTIRE INSTITUTION OF THE FLORIDA HOUSE AND EVERYTHING THAT WE STAND FOR. SO THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY. AND FOR THE OTHER 29 MINUTES I WILL YIELD MY TIME BACK TO THE CHAIR. BUT SERIOUSLY, THANK YOU, MEMBERS, CHAIR, COLONEL DAMON, I KNOW ON BEHALF OF COLONEL JOHNSON, AND ALSO VANICIA AND OUR MILITARY FAMILIES, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE IT. [ APPLAUSE ] HAHN HAHN THANK YOU SO MUCH AGAIN. FROM ONE MILITARY FAMILY TO ANOTHER, THIS MEANS A LOT PERSONALLY TO ME AS WELL. AND I AM SO HONORED TO WORK WITH MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE WHICH IS IN DISTRICT 2, AND MANY OF THE FAMILIES. SO THIS IS A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL BILL THAT WILL SUPPORT STUDENTS IN ALL OF OUR DISTRICTS. SO THANK YOU SO MUCH FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

>> THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: REPRESENTATIVE LEARNED, I THINK WE MAY HAVE A FEW COMMENTS. WOULD YOU MIND STANDING JUST A TINY BIT LONGER AND THEN DO PHOTOGRAPHRY? I WILL ENTERTAIN FIRST MEMBER SNIVELY, THEN MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, REPRESENTATIVE LEARNED. THAT'S A REALLY AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR FRESHMAN LEGISLATOR TO GET THAT FIRST BILL ACROSS THE FINISH LINE, AND IN SUCH A BIPARTISAN WAY. AND WE HAVE KNOWN EACH OTHER FOR SEVERAL YEARS NOW, WHEN YOU WERE A WEE, WEE TYKE SO I WAS VERY PROUD TO SEE YOU SERVING, AND NOT JUST OUR STATE BUT OUR COUNTRY AS WELL. AND SO THIS BILL MEANS A LOT TO A LOT OF FAMILIES. I THINK BETWEEN THE DISTRICT I REPRESENT, DISTRICT 4, ON THE EAST SIDE OF THE COUNTY, AND DR. HAHN'S DISTRICT, WE HAVE A BULK OF THE MILITARY FAMILIES REPRESENTED IN THIS DISTRICT AND THE COUNTY. SO FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, PURPLE HEART TODAY, I THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF ALL THE MILITARY FAMILIES. I TOO COME FROM A MILITARY FAMILY. I REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATE IT, AND SPEAKING FOR MY CONSTITUENTS WHO ARE MILITARY FAMILIES, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY. MEMBER PEREZ?

>>Karen Perez: THANK YOU. THIS HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING. I KNOW A LOT OF FAMILIES ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS. YOU KNOW, I WORK FOR THE V.A., AND THE FAMILIES THAT TALK TO ME ON A DAILY BASIS ABOUT HOW THEY HAVE MOVED THEIR FAMILIES. YOU KNOW, THIS IS A GAME CHANGER SERIOUSLY FOR OUR MILITARY FAMILIES. SO THANK YOU FOR CARRYING THIS, AND, YOU KNOW, LIKE I SAID BEING A GAME CHANGER FOR OUR MILITARY FAMILIES. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. AND REPRESENTATIVE LEARNED, WE CAN'T BE AND COULD NOT BE MORE PROUD OF YOU. YOU STOOD UP, YOU FOUGHT FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVED IN, AND OUR STUDENTS AND MILITARY FAMILIES ARE BLESSED TO HAVE YOU AS THE REPRESENTATIVE OF THIS BILL, AND A SUCCESSFUL ONE. I ALSO WANT TO THANK YOU, BECAUSE YOU MOVED THE NEEDLE TO HIGH REGARD FOR OUR STUDENTS AND RESPECT FOR OUR MILITARY AND I THINK THAT IS AN HONORABLE STATEMENT THAT I AM MAKING TO YOU THAT YOU HAVE MADE TO MANY, MANY STUDENTS. VERY PROUD OF YOU, AND THANKFUL TO OUR MEMBER HAHN FOR BRINGING THIS FORWARD, AND MEMBER SNIVELY FOR REPRESENTING SO MANY FAMILIES IN THE MILITARY. MY NEPHEW IS A RANGER RIGHT NOW, AND I GET GOOSEBUMPS WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THIS SUBJECT AREA, BECAUSE I THINK EVERY ONE OF THESE BOARD MEMBERS HAVE BEEN TOUCHED IN CERTAIN WAYS BY THE MILITARY, INCLUSIVE OF OUR SUPERINTENDENT. AND MEMBER WASHINGTON, DO YOU WANT TO SHARE? YOU HAVE ACTUALLY SERVED IN THE MILITARY.

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: YES, I DID, FOR 22 YEARS, AND I WILL TELL YOU CONGRATULATIONS. THAT'S A GREAT FAET THAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR THE MILITARY AND MILITARY FAMILIES. BEING A FORMER MILITARY MYSELF WHEN I WENT TO GERMANY, TWO YEARS ALMOST, I LEFT MY FAMILY, SO YOU NEED THAT SUPPORT. AND I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THAT YOU HAVE DONE. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, I WANT TO SAY THAT YOU STARTED A STREAK. TODAY WE HAD A WORKSHOP ABOUT THE TOP TEN PRIORITIES FOR THE 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR, SO THAT STREAK -- THERE'S NO PRESSURE. I'M JUST SAYING, NO PRESSURE, BUT THAT STREAK IS EXPECTED TO MOVE ON. NONETHELESS, THANK YOU FOR MEETING WITH ME. THANK YOU TO OUR BOARD, MEMBER HAHN AND THIS ENTIRE BOARD FOR BEING BOLD AND FIGHT FOR RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN. AND THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE MORE ACCESSIBILITY, MORE CONCENTRATION, AND LIKE I SAID, I LOOK FORWARD TO BEING 2 FOR 2, GOING IN NEXT YEAR. AND THAT SOPHOMORE YEAR. AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO HELP THROUGH THAT PROCESS. THANK YOU FOR BEING A CHAMPION FOR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WE DEFINITELY NEED MORE LEADERS LIKE YOU WHO ARE WILLING TO REMOVE ALL THE BARRIERS AND TRULY FOCUS ON WHAT'S BEST FOR CHILDREN. SO HATS OFF TO YOU. WE LOOK FORWARD TO THAT PARTNERSHIP.

>>Lynn Gray: AND LET'S GIVE A BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE. I BELIEVE WE ARE GOING TO TAKE PHOTOS. MEMBER HAHN, DID YOU WANT TO LEAD THAT CHARGE?

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, I BELIEVE YOU HAVE A VERY, VERY INTERESTING INTRODUCTION.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH. TODAY WE HAD A CHANCE TO CONTINUE TO EXHIBIT OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CAREER SOURCE TAMPA BAY, AND I'M SO PROUD TO BE ABLE TO HAVE A YOUNG MAN SHADOW ME THIS MORNING IN OUR WORKSHOP AND OUR SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING AND THEN ONCE AGAIN BEING ABLE TO TRANSITION TO THE BOARD MEETING TODAY, AND THIS IS CHAUNCY JOHNSON. HE IS GOING TO BE ARISING 12th GRADER SENIOR. THERE HE IS. [ APPLAUSE ] I'LL TELL YOU, I'M SO SORRY, I WILL KNOW NEXT TIME, HE'S OUTDRESSED ME TODAY. BUT IT'S ON. IT'S OKAY. NEXT TIME I SEE YOU, I'M COMING TO MY SCHOOL ONE DAY. I'M NOT GOING TO TELL YOU WHEN BUT JUST KNOW. YOU BE READY. BUT HIM JUST BEING HERE AND JUST REALLY SHOWING THE CONNECTION OF OUR WORKMANSHIP AND OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH TAMPA BAY SUMMER JOB CONNECTION, DO A REALLY GOOD JOB. WE HAVE MORE THAN 100 YOUTH WORKING WITH OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT WHO HAVE PAID INTERNSHIPS AND THIS IS ALL ABOUT GETTING OUR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY ACTIVELY ENGAGED AND WE ARE GLAD HE'S WITH US TODAY. THIS DOESN'T JUST HAPPEN WITHOUT THE HARD WORK OF THE CAREER SOURCE, TAMPA BAY'S CEO JOHN FLANAGAN, MR. WILSON, AND BEVERLY, AT THE SAME TIME WE HAVE CONCHITA, AND WE ALSO HAVE CHAUNCY'S MOTHER HERE TODAY. SHE DID A REALLY GOOD JOB INTERVIEWING ME TODAY, ALL KIND OF STUFF. SO WE ARE THANKFUL TO THE PARTNERSHIP AND THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SAY, MR. SUPERINTENDENT, TODAY?

>> GOOD AFTERNOON, EVERYONE. MY NAME IS CHAUNCY JOHNSON. I AM ARISING SENIOR AT HIGH SCHOOL. I WOULD LIKE TO ACKNOWLEDGE ADDISON DAVIS, CEO CAREER SOURCE, JOHN FLANAGAN, JENNIFER WILSON, MICK COAL BEVERLY, CONCHITA CANTY JONES AND THE MEN OF VISION. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO A ACKNOWLEDGE JOHNSON. THIS OPPORTUNITY WILL PROVIDE ME WITH THE SKILLS NEEDED TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN THE FUTURE. I AM CURRENTLY WORKING AT CARROLLWOOD CENTER. OUR SUPERVISOR IS ROB CURREY. CURRENT SOURCES TELL ME HOW TO PREPARE FOR AN INTERVIEW, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF NETWORKING. TODAY I LEARNED HOW TO BE FLEXIBLE WHEN MAKING IMPORTANT DECISIONS. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR TIME AND THIS OPPORTUNITY. [ APPLAUSE ]

>>Addison Davis: THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: WE ARE SO VERY PROUD OF YOU, AND YOU ARE SO WELL-SPOKEN, AND OF COURSE OUR HEARTFELT APPRECIATION GOES TO CON CHIT OOH JONES. THE APPLE DOESN'T FROM THE TREE. SO THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. WE ARE GOING TO MOVE ON TO PUBLIC COMMENT. SO 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 WILL 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, NONE OF THOSE COMMENTS ARE DIRECTED PERSONALLY AGAINST A BOARD MEMBER OR STAFF MEMBER, BUT RATHER DIRECTED TOWARD THE ISSUES AND/OR AN AGENDA ITEM. 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. AS A REMINDER OF OUR WAY OF WORK WE HAVE ALLOTTED 45 MINUTES FOR PUBLIC COMMENT. IF SOMETIMES AN ISSUE COMES UP WHERE THERE IS A GREAT AMOUNT OF INTEREST, WE CAN ALSO MANAGE AN ADDITIONAL 15 MINUTES OR AN HOUR. THIS AFTERNOON, EACH SPEAKER WILL HAVE TWO MINUTES. I WILL NOW CALL UP THE FIRST SPEAKERS. SPEAKERS, JUST FEEL FREE TO QUEUE UP AT LEAST FOUR OF YOU AT A TIME, AND FIRST WE HAVE JAMES CASS TON A, JAMIE HENDRICKS, LIZ BOARD. AND I THINK I BETTER SAY GOOD AFTERNOON BECAUSE IT'S NOT GOOD EVENING YET SO I AM GOING TO POLISH MY GREETINGS. GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. COSTANO.

>> HERE IS A PAPER ADVERTISEMENT FROM CHARTER SCHOOL USA, IT'S TWO PAGES, AND IT'S WHAT THEY ARE ADVERTISING TO CHANGE THE SCHOOL BOARD VOTE. JAMES IT IS, HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL ADVOCATES REPRESENTING THOUSANDS OF CONCERNED CITIZENS OF OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND I ADMIRE THE COURAGE AND VOTE TWO WEEKS AGO AND HOPE YOU STAY THE COURSE. TO DENY CHARTER SCHOOLS VIOLATING STATE AND FEDERAL LAW. THE FREE AND PUBLIC EDUCATION LAW. IN LAYMEN'S TERMS, THESE SCHOOLS ARE VIOLATING STATE AND MEANING THAT THEY ARE NOT ESE ARCHED ELL COMPLIANT. CITIZENS THINK THEIR CHILDREN ARE RECEIVING A BETTER EDUCATION UNDER THE GUISE OF SCHOOL CHOICE. THIS IS NOT TRUE. HOWEVER, ASSIGNING A BUILDING DOES NOT EQUATE TO A PRIVATE EDUCATION. I BELIEVE IN THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE TO SEND YOUR CHILD TO PUBLIC OR PRIVATE SCHOOL BUT DON'T USE MY TAXES TO CREATE A SEPARATE SCHOOL SYSTEM WITHOUT ANY STANDARDS OR OVERSIGHT. SIMILAR TO THE POLICE AND MILITARY AND EMERGENCY SERVICES, OUR SCHOOLS PROVIDE AN IMPORTANT PUBLIC SERVICE. STAY THE COURSE WITH YOUR VOTE. I HAVE ISSUES WITH A STRONG CENTRALIZED GOVERNMENT IN TALLAHASSEE DICTATING HOW YOU SHOULD VOTE AND TELLING YOU WHAT IS BEST FOR OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. [BELL SOUNDS] T THEY THREATEN OUR SCHOOL FUNDING FOR OVER 2,000 STUDENTS, AND CHARTER SCHOOLS, FOR VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW. AND ONLY AFFECTING 1% OF THE STUDENTS RIGHT NOW. ADVERTISING AND MARKETING AS YOU SEE ON MY TAXPAYER DIME IS TO SOLICIT YOU TO CHANGE YOUR VOTE. I AM NOT PAINTING A BROAD BRUSH. I'M NOT SAYING THAT. SOME CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE GOOD. THIS IS A WATERSHED MOMENT, A PHOENIX MOMENT, OR AS WINSTON CHURCHILL WARNED US OF INCOMING EVIL. IF YOU WAIVER -- [BELL SOUNDS] -- THIS WILL BE THE DAY WE WILL LOOK BACK ON, AND ADDITIONAL TEACHERS MIGHT BE FIRED, SCHOOLS WILL HAVE TO BE CLOSED, AND THIS WILL BE THE DATE WHEN CORPORATE GREED WINS OVER THE PUBLIC GOOD.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MR. COSTANO. AND NEXT WE HAVE PAULA COSTANO FOLLOWED BY JAMIE HENDRICKS FOLLOWED BY JESSICA DEBOY AND THEN MARK KLUTHO. GOOD AFTERNOON.

>> GOOD AFTERNOON. I'M PAULA COSTANO. BEFORE I WORKED FOR THE FBI I WAS A TEACHER IN A SCHOOL DISTRICT THAT WAS IN A 20 YEAR TAKEOVER. AS A MASTERS OF EDUCATION DEGREE AND I HAVE A DEGREE IN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH. FOR OVER 20 YEARS, I HAVE KNOWN THE COOKBOOK RECIPE FOR CHARTERS AND PRIVATIZATION TAKEOVER. THE RECIPE IS HAPPENING RIGHT HERE. NUMBER ONE, A LACK OF TRANSPARENCY OF FINANCES TO THE PUBLIC. SO TONIGHT, I ASK YOU TO VOTE YES TO THE AUDIT CAC. NUMBER TWO, IT IS ALSO HAPPENING HERE, AND AGGRESSIVE LOBBYIST TIED TO POLITICIANS AND BIG FOR-PROFIT MANAGEMENT COMPANIES ARE THREATENING BOARD SEATS. IT HAPPENED IN POLK COUNTY WITH BILLIE TOWN SEND. IT HAPPENED IN ORANGE COUNTY WITH KAREN CASTER. IT IS HAPPENING HERE. SO I ASK YOU TO ESTABLISH A LOBBYIST REGISTRATION SIMILAR TO THE BOCC SO THAT WE CAN CLICK ONLINE AND SEE ALL THE LOBBYISTS THAT ARE COMING HERE TO VISIT OUR BOARD MEMBERS. NUMBER 3 PART OF THE RECIPE, THERE IS A PURPLEFUL DEPLETION OF OUR DISTRICT FUNDS. SO I VOTE NO FOR THE FUTURE FOR ACHIEVE3000. THAT ARM OF THE DOE HAS INDICATED IT HAS MARGINAL RESULTS, 3 TO 6%. THAT IS NOT WORTH IN MY MIND NOR ANY OF THE OTHER KEY CONSTITUENTS I HAVE TALKED TO $3.6 MILLION. I'M SORRY, ADDISON, BUT WE ALSO MUST GET RID OF IT BECAUSE THERE'S A NEPOTISM WITH YOUR BROTHER.

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> THE FINAL PART OF THE RECIPE IS COMMUNITY VOICES ARE BEING TAKEN AWAY. WE SAW THAT THIS MORNING WHEN THE MEETING WAS CHANGED AND NONE OF US KNEW ON THE OTHER OPPOSING SIDE THAT WE COULDN'T COME AND ALSO GIVE OUR COMMENTS ALONGSIDE THE COMMENTS AND THE PEOPLE THIS MORNING. SO I SAY TO YOU FROM THE DENIALS ON JUNE 15, FEDERAL LAW SUPERSEDES STATE LAW. [BELL SOUNDS] STATE ESE, ELL LAWS WERE BROKEN. PUT ASIDE THE ANTIDOTES. PUT ASIDE THE EMOTIONAL TIRADES AND STORIES THAT AFFECT LESS THAN 1% OF OUR POPULATION IN OUR DISTRICT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.

>> MR. CORCORAN IS NOT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT 220,000 STUDENTS IN OUR DISTRICT. THAT'S THE MAJORITY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.

>> KEEP IN MIND FEDERAL LAW SUPERSEDES STATE LAW.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.

>> THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: NEXT WE'LL HAVE JAMIE HENDRICKS FOLLOWED BY JESSICA DEBOYS FOLLOWED BY MARK KLUTHO, CONTRERO WILL FOLLOW. JAMIE, GOOD AFTERNOON.

>> THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING ME TO SPEAK TODAY AND THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING TO SERVE THE ENTIRE 220 NEWPORT THOUSAND STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. I AM A PRIVATE -- IN THE TAMPA BAY AREA FOR OVER 15 YEARS. DURING THE YEARS I SEE APPROXIMATELY 50 STUDENTS PER WEEK. BECAUSE I TAKE PRO BONO CASES FOR STUDENTS AND STUDENTS OF VOLUNTEER HOURS I SEE A WIDE RANGE OF STUDENTS. I AM HERE TODAY TO TELL OF MY EXPERIENCE WITH CHARTER SCHOOLS. CLOSE TO 15% OF THE STUDENTS IN OUR DISTRICT HAVE SOME SORT OF LEARNING DISABILITY OR SPECIAL SITUATION WHICH REQUIRES ACCOMMODATION IN THE FORM OF AN IEP, ESE, ELL. MY EXPERIENCE WITH THOSE STUDENTS WHO COME TO ME HAS BEEN THAT THEIR IEPs HAVE NOT BEEN MET AT THE CHARTER SCHOOLS. THEY INEVITABLY WENT BACK TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS WHERE THEIR FINAL IEPs SHALL ASSUMED AND HAVE A MUCH BETTER EXPERIENCE. NO REASON IS EVER SUFFICIENT FOR THIS LACK OF ACCOMMODATION. I TEACH MAINLY ALGEBRA AND ABOVE. I SEE STUDENTS FROM CALIFORNIA, ILLINOIS, COLORADO, NEW YORK, DUE BUY AND ENGLAND BUT THE MAJORITY OF MY STUDENTS COME FROM FLORIDA. SADLY MY FLORIDA STUDENTS ARE BEHIND ALL OF MY OTHER STUDENTS IN THEIR MATH STUDIES. NOW COMPOUND THAT WITH THE FACT THAT MY CHARTER SCHOOL STUDENTS ARE AT MINIMUM A SEMESTER BEHIND MY PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS. SO COMPOUND THAT WITH THE FACT THAT THEY ARE ALREADY BEHIND IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA AND LOOK AT THE DEFICIT WE ARE NOW FACING. WHEN I HAVE STUDENTS TRANSFER FROM CHARTER SCHOOLS TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS --

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> -- A LOT OF TIME MAKING UP THE TIME THAT THEY HAVE LOST. DR. STANLEY GRAY, PROFESSOR OF FINANCE AT UCF STATED WE SHOULD QUESTION THE STATE'S INCREASE BEING EMPHASIS ON CHARTERZ SCHOOLS BECAUSE AS A GROUP THEY UNDERPERFORM TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS AND MY LAST OF THE -- EXPERIENCE OF THE LAST 15 YEARS HE IS EXACTLY CORRECT. I AM ASKING YOU TO DO FOUR THINGS. NUMBER ONE, HOLD YOUR GROUND IN DENYING THE CHARTERS AND SHORTENING RENEWALS. 2, SIMILAR TO WHAT WE SEE IN THE BOCC. VOTE YES. AND VOTE NO TO ACHIEVE3000. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. AND PUBLIC COMMENTS, WE HAVE GOT TO TRY A LITTLE BIT HARDER TO KEEP TO TWO MINUTES SO WE CAN BE FAIR TO EVERYONE. MARK KLUTHO, YOU ARE NEXT. GATALIO GONZALEZ -- OH, JESSICA, I'M SO SORRY, I DID NOT MEAN TO PASS YOU. FOLLOWED BY MARK KLUTHO. GOOD AFTERNOON.

>> MY NAME IS JESSICA DUBOIS HERE REPRESENTING THOUSANDS AS PARTED OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL ADVOCATES. THERE ARE SEVERAL PRESSING ISSUES I WANT TO RAISE AND REMIND OUR GREATER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY CONSTITUENTS ABOUT. FIRST, THE LAST MINUTE CHANGE OF THIS MORNING'S WORKSHOP TO A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING SILENCED ONE SIDE OF THE ARGUMENT. ONE OF THE FIRST STEPS TO FULL SCHOOL PRIVATIZATION IS SILENCING THE COMMUNITY VOICE AS STATED BY DR. MORALE FROM RUTGERS. NEXT, I WANT TO ONCE AGAIN THANK SOME OF YOU FOR YOUR BOLDNESS IN STANDING UP AGAINST CHARTERS ON JUNE 15th. I'M HERE TO REMIND ALL OF THE CONCRETE AND DATA DRIVEN REASONS BEHIND THESE DENIALS. WE KNOW THAT THE BOARD IS RECEIVING MANY AN HE CAN COATAL E-MAILS FROM FAMILIES THAT HAD POP EXPERIENCES FROM THESE CHARTERS BUT WE CANNOT SUPPORT SCHOOLS THAT ACTIVELY VIOLATE FEDERAL LAWS AND DON'T PROVIDE ESEOR ELL SERVICES TO THOSE STUDENTS THAT NEED THEM MOST. I AM HERE TO GIVE THOSE STUDENTS AND FAMILIES A VOICE. THE BOARD IS SERVING 220,000 STUDENTS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, NOT JUST A SUBSET. THESE CHARTER SCHOOLS AFFECT LESS THAN 1% OF THE STUDENT BODY. THEREFORE THE GREATER GOOD MUST BE THOUGHT OF WHEN MAKING THESE DECISIONS. NEXT, WE ARE AWARE THAT THE ACHIEVE3000 CONTRACT IS COMING UP FOR RENEWAL THIS SUMMER AND WE HIGHLY ENCOURAGE A NO VOTE. THE AVERAGE IMPROVEMENT INDEX IS ONLY 3 TO 6 PERCENTILE POINTS OUT OF 06. FOR RENEWAL THAT WILL COST NORTH OF $3 MILLION. THOSE SCHOOLS --

>>Lynn Gray: SUM UP.

>> STAND CALL AGAINST THE LETTERS FROM MR. CORCORAN AND THE FAMILIES OF THESE CHARTER SCHOOLS. DO WHAT YOU KNOW IS RIGHT BASED ON YOUR VOTES OF FACT, NOT ON FEAR OR THREATS. VOTE YES TO THE CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE, OVERSEEING THE BUDGET SO WE CAN GET THE SHIP RIGHTED SO WE CAN GET BACK TO THINKING OF CREATIVE SOLUTIONS FOR OUR KIDS. THANKS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT, MARK KLUTHO, FOLLOWED BY GATILIO FOLLOWED BY CYNTHIA WILL HART, AMY SAMS AND THEN DEMARRIES BRIDGES. GOOD AFTERNOON, MR. KLUTHO.

>> QUICKLY, THE CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE BAD, VERY BAD, AS THE SPEAKERS BEFORE ME WERE VERY SUCCINCT. I DON'T NEED TO SAY ANYTHING MORE. NOW, 7.02, HERE WE HAVE ANOTHER SCHOOL WHERE YOU ARE DOING THE HVAC, BUT WHAT DO WE HAVE? A BAD BUILDING. A BAD BUILDING. SO WHAT DO YOU HAVE? YOU HAVE THESE HEADLINES. A CRISIS, AN ICONIC HOOVER DAM, NATION'S LARGEST RESERVOIR, SINKING TO LOWEST LEVELS EVER, AND THEN THIS HEADLINE, WORST CARBON DIOXIDE LEVEL AND HIGHEST LEVEL IN 4 MILLION YEARS. ONLY BIGGEST STEPS WILL SAVE EARTH. AND THEN HERE IS ONE. GET READY FOR CLIMATE DISASTERS. AND THEN HUGE CHANGES NEEDED TO KEEP NATURE EARTH OKAY. WELL, YOUR STEPS HERE ARE MAKING THE BUILDINGS THE RIGHT WAY. BUT YOU CONTINUE TO DO THE WRONG WAY. YOU CAN'T GET THE ORIENTATION RIGHT. [BELL SOUNDS] YOU DON'T -- INSULATE. A DOGGONE SHAME. THERE IS THIS ARTICLE HERE FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES. GIVE THE AG BUILDING MAKEOVER, TO RETROFIT NEW YORK'S OLDEST STRUCTURES TO REDUCE THEIR CARBON FOOTPRINTS, CUTTING THEIR UTILITY BILLS BY 80%.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.

>> WHILE YOUR NEW BUILDINGS, IT'S AN EASIER PROPOSITION BUT YOU WON'T DO IT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MR. KLUTHO. FOLLOWED BY GATILIO FOLLOWED BY CYNTHIA, AMY SIMMS, DESMARAIS BRIDGES. GOOD AFTERNOON. AND PRONOUNCE YOUR WHOLE NAME.

>> GATILIO GONZALEZ GULATERI. THIS HERE IS A TERM PAPER ABOUT THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE AND THERE'S EVIDENCE TYING CHARTER SCHOOLS ENABLING THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE. YOU ALL ARE GOING TO HAVE TO FORGIVE ME BECAUSE THE LANGUAGE IS A LITTLE ACADEMIC BUT IT IS WHAT IT IS. I WASN'T PREPARED FOR A SPEECH SO I AM GOING TO READ SOME OF THIS. THE PREVAILING THOUGHT PROCESS OF PROPONENTS OF THE HEAVILY PRIVATIZED SCHOOL SYSTEM ALONE THE BENEFITS OF CHARTER SCHOOLS OR DENIGRATES THE PERCEIVED INABILITIES OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THESE PROPONENTS ERRONEOUS REPLY BELIEVE THAT PRIVATIZED INNOVATION WILL LEAD TO INNOVATIONS IN IT CLASSROOM, EDUCATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT OR CREATE A HEALTHY COMPETITION WITH THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. UPON CLOSER INSPECTION ONE KNOWS THAT CHARTER SCHOOLS OFTEN BENEFIT FROM SUBSIDIES THAT SHOULD BE USED TOOFF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM WHILE REMAINING FOR THE MOST PART AUTONOMOUS AND FREE OF THE SAME ACCOUNTABILITY IMPOSED ON PUBLIC SCHOOLS. FOR INSTANCE, CHARTER SCHOOLS HAVE NO ENFORCEABLE HIRING STANDARDS WHICH THEORETICALLY COULD LEAD TO STUDENTS RECEIVING A MEDIOCRE EDUCATION SHOULD A BOARD OF TRUSTEES DECIDE IT'S PERMISSIBLE TO LOWER HIRING STANDARDS FOR THE SAKE OF COST CUTTING. THIS IS A BITTER IRONY WHEN IT COMES TO STANDARDIZED TESTING. STANDARDIZE IT TEST SCORES IN THE AGGREGATE ARE OFTEN A VITAL FACTOR IN DECIDING THE BUDGET FOR INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL, OF THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL YEAR. CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE NOT HELD TO THOSE SAME STANDARD, MANY FOREGOING THE IDEA OF STANDARDIZED TESTING. THIS AFFORDS CHARTER SCHOOLS MORE FLEXIBILITY COMPARED TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS WHICH ARE PRESSURED TO MEET THE DEMANDS IMPOSED UPON THEM BY THE STATE. WHEN MOST OF THE CURRICULUM IS FOCUSED ON TEACHING STUDENTS HOW TO TEST RATHER THAN CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT THAT FOSTERS CURIOSITY AND LEARNING WE GET A PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM SET UP FOR FAILURE. THIS ULTIMATELY RESULTS IN CHARTER SCHOOLS CREATING A HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT WHERE PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE STARVED FOR FUNDING AND SET TO FAIL BY THE VERY LEGISLATORS THAT DRIVE SCHOLASTIC POLICY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.

>> CONFLICTS OF PUBLIC INTEREST COULD AND DOES ARISE --

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. I KNOW, I KNOW. THANK YOU. NEXT WILL BE CYNTHIA BRILLHART, AMY SIMMS, BRIDGES, AND DEMATO. GOOD AFTERNOON.

>> GOOD MORNING. SOMEONE ON THE BOARD DECIDED TO ALLOW PUBLIC COMMENT ABOUT CHARTERS, AN UNPRECEDENTED MOVE FOR A SPECIAL CALLEDLY CALLED MEETING LIKE THIS. IT WHATS REPORTED AS A SPONTANEOUS DECISION BUT CLEARLY THERE WAS NOTHING SPONTANEOUS ABOUT IT. IT WAS LIKE A PLANNED PRO CHARTER COMPANY RALLY PUT TOGETHER AND BACKED BY THOSE WHO WISH TO MUTT ON THE POLITICAL THEATER TO COUNTER THE SPEAKERS AT THE LAST MEETING WITHOUT THE BALANCE OF ANY DISSENTING VOICES INTERRUPTING THEIR COMMERCIAL. WHAT WAS DONE IN THE DARK WILL COME TO LIGHT. IN THE MEANTIME HELP ME TO UNDERSTAND. WHY DO ANY OF YOU NEED TO SILENCE THOSE WHO SPEAK OUT FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR TEACHERS? YOU WORK FOR US. I AM NOT BEING PAID TO BE HERE. I AM HERE AS A PARENT WHO IS DEEPLY CONCERNED FOR THE HEALTH OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS. THE CLOSURES OF THESE CHARTER COMPANY SCHOOLS WILL ONLY IMPACT LESS THAN 1% OF OUR DISTRICT STUDENTS. THAT SAID, I AM SENSITIVE TO THE FAMILIES WHO WILL BE AFFECTED. BUT WE HAVE TO HAVE LONG MEMORIES, AND RECALL ALL OF THE AMAZING TEACHERS AND PROGRAMS THAT WERE CUT THIS PAST YEAR. THOSE CUTS AFFECTED ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT CLOSE TO 15% OF OUR STUDENTS IN OUR DISTRICT HAD AN IEP WHICH INCLUDES ESSE, ELL AND OTHER STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS AND RECALL THAT THESE STUDENTS ARE NOT BEING SERVED IN THESE CHARTER COMPANY SCHOOLS. WE NEED SCHOOLS TO TEACH ALL OF OUR STUDENTS, AND WE NEED FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE TO BE RESPONSIBLE -- [BELL SOUNDS]

>> -FOR THE EDUCATION OF OUR CHIMP. THANK YOU TO THOSE OF YOU WHO WERE BRAVE ENOUGH TO OPPOSE THE CHARTER COMPANIES. I KNOW THEY HAVE VERY POWERFUL LOBBYISTS AND I KNOW OUR EDUCATION COMMISSIONER IS ALSO MAKING THREATS. I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND HOW WE CAN HAVE AN EDUCATION COMMISSIONER WHO IS FINANCIALLY TIED TO CHARTER COMPANIES AND HOW THIS DOES NOT VIOLATE SOME FLORIDA ETHICAL STANDARDS. PLEASE VOTE TO PUT OUR CHILDREN FIRST AHEAD OF THESE PRIVATE BUSINESS INTERESTS. [BELL SOUNDS]

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NEXT WE HAVE AMY SIMMS AND THEN DESMARAIS BRIDGES, JOSEPHINE DEMATO, FOLLOWED BY SANCHEZ. OH, GOOD EVENING. I'LL START WITH THAT.

>> THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK TODAY. I AM AMY SAM'S, THE PROUD PRINCIPAL OF SOUTH SHORE CHARTER ACADEMY. I REMAINED YOU THAT ALL PARENTS HAVE A RIGHT TO CHOOSE THEIR CHILDREN'S SCHOOL. THAT IS A RIGHT GIVEN TO THEM BY AN OFFICE AND A STATE STATUTE TO WHICH YOU ANSWER. YOUR VOTE INFRINGED ON THAT RIGHT WITHOUT CAUSE. SOUTH SHORE HAS BEEN A HIGH ACHIEVING SCHOOL FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS. TO CLOSE A SCHOOL OF OUR PERFORMANCE IS A STATEMENT FROM YOU THAT YOU HAVE NO PROBLEM DENYING EQUAL ACCESS FOR QUALITY EDUCATION TO ALL STUDENTS. YES, THAT'S RIGHT, ALL STUDENTS. BECAUSE YOU SEE SOUTH SHORE HAS A GREATER PERCENTAGE OF MINORITY STUDENTS THAN THE NEIGHBORING DISTRICT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. OUR DOORS AS A HIGH PERFORMING SCHOOL ARE OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS. DO NOT CLOSE THOSE DOORS WHEN THERE IS NO EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THAT OUR SCHOOL IS WEAK OR DEFICIENT. WE WORK DILIGENTLY WITH DR. DELANE AND HER STAFF FOR THE CHARTER RENEWAL PROCESS. SHE AND HER COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED OUR RENEWAL. YOUR VOTE TO NONRENEW WAS DISRESPECTFUL OF THE WORK THAT HER AND HER HIGH QUALITY STAFF COMPLETED FINDING US TO BE ACCEPTABLE. FINALLY, SINCE YOUR VOTE ON JUNE 15, MY E-MAIL BOX HAS BEEN FULL OF MESSAGES FROM OUR PARENTS, MANY OF THEM WITH ESE STUDENTS, WHO HAVE BEEN SHARING OF THE AMAZING WAYS IN WHICH SOUTH SHORE STAFF HAS POSITIVELY IMPACTED THEIR CHILD. I HAVE BEEN BROUGHT TO MANY POINTS OF HAPPY TEARS. THESE POSITIVE IMPACTS ARE NOT JUST ACADEMIC, BUT ALSO SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL.

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> YOU OFTEN REFERRED TO NOT HAVING CHARTER SCHOOLS NEAR HIGH ACHIEVING DISTRICT SCHOOLS BUT I REMIND THAT YOU PARENTS LIKE THE CHOICE BEYOND ACADEMIC REASONS, REASONS THAT CAN BE PERSONAL AND SPECIFIC TO A FAMILY AND A CHILD. IF THESE PARENTS, YOUR CONSTITUENTS, WANT THEIR CHILDREN AT SOUTH SHORE OR ANY OTHER CHARTER, THEN YOU HAVE NO REASON NOR GROUND TO DENY IT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. FOLLOWING NEXT WILL BE DESMARAIS BRIDGES, JOSEPHINE AMOTTO, ALLISON FERNANDEZ, JENNIFER HART. GOOD EVENING.

>> GOOD EVENING. HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A FAST FOOD COMMERCIAL WHERE THEY SHOW A BEAUTIFUL HAMBURGER ON THE SCREEN RIGHT THAT'S NICE AND JUICY AND HAS BEAUTIFULLY CRISP LET US, FRESH BREAD, A NICE JUICY RIPE TOMATO? IT'S MOUTH WATERING. IT MAKES YOU HUNGRY YOU WANT IT SO BAD. AND THEN YOU THINK I AM GOING TO JUMP IN MY CAR AND DRIVE TON THIS LOCAL FAST FOOD CHAIN AND THEN REALITY STRIKES. YOU REALIZE THIS BURGER IS RATHER DRY, IT'S BEEN SITTING UNDER A HOT LAMP KEEPING WARM AND NOT WHAT WAS ADVERTISED AND THE REALITY IS THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH A LOT OF OUR CHARTER SCHOOLS, ESPECIALLY THE FOUR PROFIT CHARTER SCHOOLS. WE HAVE BEEN NOMINAL CHARTER SCHOOLS IN OUR AREA BUT WE ALSO HAVE ONES THAT ADVERTISE SOMETHING THAT THEY AREN'T DELIVERING, JUST LIKE THE FAT FOOD PLACE. THEY ARE ONES LACKING IN THEIR ESE SERVICES, GUESTED SERVICES, AND BROUGHT THOSE TO LIGHT AND WE SHOULD, AND IT IS OUR DUTY TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE, BECAUSE PUBLIC EDUCATION IS NOT A FAST FOOD CHEESEBURGER, IT IS NOT A CONSUMER PRODUCT. IT'S A CONSUMER -- IT'S A PUBLIC GOOD. IT IS FOR THE GOOD OF ALL OF US. AND THEREFORE WE HAVE TO HOLD THEM ACCOUNTABLE. THESE WHY IT'S SO IMPORTANT THAT YOU VOTE ON THIS CAC, THAT WE HAVE THIS AVAILABILITY SO WE CAN HAVE -- WE CAN HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF OUR BUDGET AND WHERE OUR MONEY IS GOING AND THE PUBLIC CAN GET INVOLVED, BECAUSE FUNDS REALLY ARE BEING DIVERTED TO OTHER INSTITUTIONS, AND IT IS IN REALITY HURTING OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, R.

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> AND ALSO NEED YOU TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A POLICY SIMILAR TO THE ONE OF THE BOCC WHERE WE CAN SEE WHERE LOBBYISTS ARE COMING TO MEET WITH YOU. THAT WAY, THERE IS FULL TRANSPARENCY. PLEASE, PLEASE, STAND STRONG. OUR STUDENTS, ALL OF OUR STUDENTS DESERVE IT. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT WE'LL HAVE JOSEPHINE AMOTTO, FERNANDEZ, HART, AND BATTLE WALL. GOOD EVENING.

>> GOOD EVENING, BOARD. IN THE 20th YEAR OF OUR MILITARY CONNECTED STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE TO EDUCATIONAL LAWS DUE TO OUR HIGHLY MOBILE HIGH STRESS LIFESTYLE THAT COMBS WITH THEIR PARENTS SERVICE TO THE NATION, THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE OF OUR MOST VULNERABLE STUDENTS OF MILITARY CONNECTED WITH DISABILITY. MILITARY STUDENTS EDUCATIONAL ALLIANCE CREATED A FLORIDA STUDENT EDUCATION BENCHMARK REPORT AND WHAT WE DISCOVERED IS 7,395 OF MILITARY CONNECTED STUDENTS IN THE STATE OF FLORIDA ARE ON THE LOW STATE READING STANDARDS. WE ALSO DISCOVERED 6010 MILL FARE CONNECTED STUDENTS WERE BELOW FLORIDA STATE EDUCATIONAL STANDARD IN MATH. IN OUR DISTRICT, TINKER ELEMENTARY, K-8, MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, IS AN ALERT HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL, 71% OF OUR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ARE BELOW C STANDARDS. 71%. THAT IS ATROCIOUS. THE DATA IS TELLING US THERE IS A GREATER NEED OF SUPPORT FOR OUR MILITARY CONNECTED STUDENTS ESPECIALLY OUR MOST VULNERABLE STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY. FOR FAR TOO LONG WE HAVE IGNORED THE EDUCATIONALLY UNDERSERVED MILITARY STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY TO CULP MY CHILDREN. WE KNOW RELOCATION MAKES MILITARY STUDENTS VULNERABLE TO 6 TO 9 MONTHS OF EDUCATIONAL LOSS, THEY SUFFER FROM STAGNATION, DEPRESSION AND CONTRIBUTE TO REGRESSION, WE ALSO KNOW THAT MILITARY STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES FACE THE SAME BARRIERS AS HAVING HIGHLY MOBILE STUDENTS THAT REQUIRE ADDITIONAL SUPPORTS.

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS RECOMMENDED TIMELINES FOR IEPs AND 5074S. I AM RECOMMENDING THAT WE IMPLEMENT A POLICY IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY TO EXPEDITE THOSE TIMELINES AS DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION HAS REQUESTED. I FORWARDED ALL THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS TO THE BOARD. AND I HOPE THAT YOU SUPPORT THIS. FOR FAR TOO LONG WE HAVE LEFT OUR STUDENTS BEHIND. AND IN THE LONGEST WAR IN AMERICAN HISTORY OUR HOME FUNDS RESPONSIBILITY IS NOT TO LEAVE ANY OF OUR CHILDREN BEHIND. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. AND FOLLOWING WE'LL HAVE ALLISON FERNANDEZ, JENNIFER HART, PAT HALL, THEN LAURA HUCKINGSTEIN.

>> GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK. I WANT TO SAY, MY TRADITIONAL -- CHILDREN ARE TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOL ALL THE WAY BUT I GREATLY RESPECT APPARENT'S RIGHTS TO CHOOSE AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT TAX DOLLARS BEING STIFFENED INTO CHARTER SCHOOLS, UNDERSTAND THAT THE PARENTS THAT ARE MOVING THEIR CHILDREN INTO THE CHARTER SCHOOL ARE ALSO PAYING TAXES, SO I WANT EVERYONE TO KEEP THAT IN MIND. AND BUT WHAT I WANT TO BRING UP TONIGHT IS WE ARE TALKING ABOUT SCHOOLS THAT ARE UNDERPERFORMING CONSISTENTLY, CHARTER SCHOOLS, AND WE ARE NOT RENEWING THEM. WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT THE TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS THAT ARE CONSISTENTLY UNDERPERFORMING? BECAUSE MANY OF THE COMPLAINTS THAT WE HAVE HEARD OR CONCERNS ARE HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN OUR EXISTING TRADITIONAL SCHOOLS. TEMPLE TERRACE, THE CITY OF TEMPLE TERRACE, THE RESIDENTS, THE SCHOOLS THAT WE ARE SERVED BY, HAVE A 1.6 G.P.A., IF YOU LOOK AT THEIR SCHOOL GRADES. THAT'S NOT JUST THIS YEAR. IT'S NOT AN ANOMALY. IT'S CONSISTENT YEAR AFTER YEAR. MU CHILDREN ALL FOUR WENT TO GRECO MIDDLE SCHOOL. IT'S CONSISTENTLY A C OR D SCHOOL. YET THEY CAN STILL BE QUALITY EDUCATED AT A CO OR D SCHOOL AND YET WHAT WE ARE HEARING CONCERNS ABOUT YOU ARE STILL DOING. WHAT IS THE PLAN TO IMPROVE THE STUDENT OUTCOME AT SCHOOLS THAT ARE CONSISTENTLY UNDERPERFORMING THAT ARE TRADITIONAL? [BELL SOUNDS]

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> WE ARE NOT RENEWING THEIR CHARTER. CHILDREN ARE STILL NOT BEING EDUCATED. THEY ARE STILL COMING IN TO SIXTH GRADE AT GRECO NOT READING AT A SIXTH GRADE LEVEL, STILL HAVING TO CATCH UP. SO I FOR ONE WOULD REALLY LIKE TO HEAR THE PLAN. AND I ALSO WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOU DO VOTE YES TO CREATE THE CITIZEN FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE, AND I THINK THAT THAT WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT TO HELP THIS DISTRICT GET BACK ON TRACK. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NOW WE'LL HEAR FROM GENERAL I HAVE HART, PAT HALL, LAURA SCOTT, AND THEN DANA FORTSON.

>> GOOD EVENING, SCHOOL BOARD. MY NAME IS GENERAL I HAVE HART. ALTHOUGH I HAVE BEEN A PROUD PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SINCE 2004 I SIGNED UP FOR PUBLIC COMMENT BECAUSE I AM SPEAKING TO YOU AS A PARENT WITH A CHILD ATTENDING SCHOOL IN THIS DISTRICT AND AS A VOTING CONSTITUENT. FIRST I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR THE REASONABLE STANCE YOU TOOK AT THE LAST SCHOOL BOARD MEETING WHEN YOU VOTED TO DENY OR NOT RENEW EVERY CHARTER SCHOOL THAT A FLIED L REPLIED IN OUR DISTRICT. DESPITE THE FACT THAT THAT THE STATE IS NOW THREATENING YOU, YOU TRULY DID WHAT IS BEST FOR STUDENTS. NOT JUST OR ETHICAL TO APPROVE EVERY SINGLE CHARTER IN THE NAME OF SCHOOL CHOICE. JUST LIKE REGULAR PUBLIC SCHOOLS CHARTERS SHOULD HAVE TON PROVIDE FREE AND APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION TO ALL STUDENTS PER FEDERAL LAW. THE SCHOOL BOARD DID NOT AND SHOULD NOT ALLOW ANY SCHOOLS TO FUNCTION THAT DO NOT PROVIDE SERVICES FOR OUR ESOL STUDENTS, ESE STUDENTS, DO NOT HAVE REASONABLE CLASS SIZES OR DISCRIMINATE AGAINST STUDENTS THEY JUST DON'T WANT TO SERVE. VOTING TO NOT ALLOW SUCH PRACTICES TO CONTINUE JUST BECAUSE THERE NEEDS TO BE SCHOOL CHOICE IS ACTUALLY PROTECTING OUR STUDENTS WHICH SHOULD BE FIRST AND FOREMOST. IN ADDITION THERE ARE PLENTY OF SCHOOL CHOICE. THERE IS A CHOICE PROGRAM IN HILLSBOROUGH WHERE YOU CAN APPLY FOR YOUR STUDENTS TO ATTEND A SCHOOL OUTSIDE YOUR AREA. THERE ARE MAGNET SCHOOLS I TAUGHT AT ONE FOR MANY YEARS THAT ARE EXCELLENT AND ALSO PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION FOR STUDENTS TO ATTEND AND ALREADY PLANNED CHARTER SCHOOLS AND PRIVATE SCHOOL OPTIONS. HAVING SCHOOL CHOICE DOES NOT AND SHOULD NOT GIVING CARTE BLANCHE TO ANY SCHOOLS OFFERING. ALSO THE FACT THAT CHARTER SCHOOLS CORRECTLY TAKE DOLLARS AWAY WHEREVER OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS ANOTHER REASON TO NOT ALLOW ANY MORE.

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> ONLY TO END UP WITH LIKE A SATURATED MARKET THAT WOULD JUST HAVE KOO SCHOOLS SIDE BY SIDE THAT ARE NOT FULL OF STUDENTS AND THEREFORE NONE OF THEM ARE GOING TO BE ADEQUATELY FUNDED. IF YOU HAD VOTED TO CONTINUE TO ALLOW MORE CHARTERS IT WOULD HAVE APPEARED IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY WE DON'T REALLY CARE FOR OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO FAIL, AND THAT'S KIND OF COME APPOINTEDED ESPECIALLY AFTER ALL THE CULTS THAT JUST OCCURRED THAT RENDER US LESS ABLE TO COMPETE. I KNOW THAT'S NOT TRULY THE CASE. I THANK YOU AGAIN FOR VOTING NO TO THE CHARTERS THAT ARE NOT FOLLOWING BEST PRACTICES SO THAT WE CAN ALL MOVE TOWARDS THE GOAL OF BEING THAT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE WILL NOW HEAR FROM PAT HALL, FOLLOWED BY LAURA HOCKEN STEIN, SCOTT HOCKEN STEIN, THEN STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS. GOOD EVENING.

>> WHAT DO PARENTS WANTS FOR THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION? GREAT TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS AS LEADERS, AFFECTED CURRICULUM, LIBRARIES AND CLASSROOMS, HANDS-ON MANIPULATIVES FOR DIFFERENT LEARNING STYLES, WINDOWS TO LOOK OUTSIDE? NOT IN FOR-PROFIT MANAGED CHARTER SCHOOLS. SHINY NEW BUILDINGS, ONE DOOR IN AND OUT, LONG CAR LINES AND MARKETING, AND MOSTLY DOES NOT MAKE INFORMED CHOICES FOR PARENTS. ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE REQUIRED TO TEACH CHILDREN OF VARYING NEEDS. THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ARE EXPERTS IN THE MYRIAD OF DETAILS ABOUT THE AFOREMENTIONED REQUIREMENTS, AND THE RATIONALE FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS DENIALS BASED ON WELL RESEARCHED ISSUES OF NONCOMPLIANCE. THERE'S A LACK OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY, LACKS OVERSIGHT AT MOST OF THESE SCHOOLS. AS AN EXAMPLE SOUTH SHORE HAD NO FIRE DRILLS OR TORNADO DRILLS THE FIRST YEAR OPEN IN VIOLATION OF STATE FIRE CODES. WHERE DO PARENTS FIND INFORMATION ABOUT STAFF EXPERIENCE OR TEACHER TURNOVER OF 65%? IN ONE SCHOOL? TWO SCHOOLS VIOLATING THE FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS OF CHILDREN BY NOT PROVIDING FREE AND APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION. IT IS JUST UNBELIEVABLE. WITH 105 CHILDREN AT ONE SCHOOL, THAT MEANS ABOUT 16210th CHILDREN, 15% --

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> ARE NOT GETTING THE ACCOMMODATIONS REQUIRED. NO WRAP AROUND SERVICES, NO COUNSELORS, NO SOCIAL WORKERS, NO MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELORS, NO GIFTED TEACHER ALL YEAR. CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE CUTTING CORNERS FOR THEIR BUILDINGS AND NOT SPENDING MONEY ON CHILDREN. MATER ACADEMY AND ACADEMIC HAVE A LONG HISTORY UNDER FEDERAL INVESTIGATION INCLUDING THE BROTHER-IN-LAW OF THE OWNER WHO WENT TO JAIL AFTER LEAVING THE LEGISLATURE. WE HAVE BEEN STUDYING THIS A LONG TIME.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU.

>> WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR COURAGEOUS VOTES.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. NEXT WILL BE LAURA HOCKENSTEIN FOLLOWED BY SCOTT, FOLLOWED BY DANA FORTUNE, STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS, AND KELLY. GOOD EVENING.

>> CAN YOU HEAR ME? OKAY. GOOD EVENING. I WANT TO BASICALLY FOCUS TODAY ON THAT VOTE FROM JUNE 15th AND I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU WHO DECIDED TO HOLD THESE CHARTERS ACCOUNTABLE. AND SAYING THAT, WE ARE A DISTRICT OF APPROXIMATELY 2,250,000 STUDENTS. ALL STUDENTS DESERVE A CHOICE. AND IN THAT CHOICE THEY DESERVE AN EDUCATION THAT FOLLOWS THE STATE GUIDELINES FOR FREE AND APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION. AS WE IMPORTANTLY REMEMBER THAT THIS CHARTER, SOME OF THE CHARTERS THAT WERE DENIED RENEWAL DID SO BECAUSE THEY DID NOT FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES. OUR FAMILIES DESERVE BETTER. IN TALLAHASSEE IT IS A BULLYING MANEUVER. WE NEED TO BE CAREFUL ON HOW THAT WORD CHOICE IS USED IN EDUCATION. THE DEFINITION FOR MOST FAMILIES IS FAR DIFFERENT WHO HAVE PERSONAL FINANCIAL TIES TO THE CHARTER DISTRICT AND IF YOU FOLLOW THE MONEY IT'S THERE. THE CHARTERS THAT ARE NOT BEING RENEWED HAVE NOT SERVED ALL OUR STUDENTS. THERE ARE SOME CHARTERS THAT DO BUT THIS IS NOT THE CASE, AND THE ONES THAT WERE DISCUSSED ON JUNE 15th. THE STUDENTS FOR EXAMPLE WHO DO NOT PERFORM AS WELL ARE REMOVED FROM THE CHARTER SCHOOL AND SENT BACK TO THEIR HOME SCHOOL JUST IN TIME FOR STATE TESTING. THIS WAY THE SCORES WILL NOT REFLECT ON THE CHARTER SCHOOL. I HAVE PERSONALLY SEEN THIS HAPPEN. AS A COUNSELOR WE HAVE HAD THAT HAPPEN. THEY RECEIVED PUBLIC FUNDING TO MAKE A PROFIT AT THE EXPENSE OF THE EDUCATION OF OUR STUDENTS, AND ALL OUR STUDENTS IN THE AS INDIVIDUALS BUT NOT AS PROFIT CENTERS. THE PROFITS -- YEARS AGO TO THE DECISION OF THE DISTRICT TO DEFUND PROPERLY OUR TRADITIONAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO BEST AND REAL CHOICE. BE BRAVE. BE THE CHANGE MAKERS THAT YOU REQUEST AND HOLD THE CHARTERS TO THE LAW AND THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: NEXT WE'LL HEAR FROM SCOTT HOCKENSTEIN AND THEN STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS AND THEN KELLY.

>> GOOD EVENING. IF I MAY BEFORE THE TWO MINUTES STARTS, I HAVE NOTICED THE CAMERAS ARE NOT ON THE SPEAKERS' FACE.

>>Lynn Gray: PABLO, LET'S FIX THAT. WHAT'S IT ON?

>> IT'S ON THE BACK OF MY SHINY BALD HEAD.

>>Lynn Gray: THAT'S NOT GOOD.

>> IT'S BEEN THAT WAY FOR ALL OF THE COMMENTS.

>>Lynn Gray: WE HAVE JUST FIX IT IT AND THANK YOU. I'M SORRY, SPEAKERS. IT SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.

>> MAY I TWO MINUTES BE RESENATE.

>>Lynn Gray: YES, SIR.

>> I'M SCOTT HOCKENSTEIN, FORMER TEACHER OF THE YEAR FINALIST, PARENTS OF A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR. THANK YOU SCHOOL BOARD FOR YOUR VOLT ON CHARTER SCHOOLS AT THE LAST MEETING. SINCE YOU REPRESENT ALL OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ALMOST A QUARTER MILLION STUDENTS, AND YOUR DECISION SHOULD REFLECT WHAT IS BEST FOR ALL THOSE STUDENTS. I THINK YOU GOT IT RIGHT. I HAVE READ AND LISTENED TO THE COMMENTS REACTING TO YOUR DECISION AND I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A COUPLE OF POINTS. FIRST, WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES THE CHARTER SCHOOL SO GREAT? I HAVE HEARD STORIES ABOUT EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT, AND DIVERSE AND VIBRANT POPULATION, AND HOW MANY STUDENTS HAVE SUCCEEDED IN CHARTER SCHOOLS. THAT'S AWESOME. BUT BASED ON AN EXCLUSIONARY SYSTEM OF CHARTER WINNERS AND PUBLIC SCHOOL LOSERS. THIS GOES AGAINST ARTICLE 9 OF THE FLORIDA CONSTITUTION WHICH CALLS FOR A UNIFORM EDUCATION FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. WE NEED TON BRING A GREAT EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS TO ALL STUDENTS AND FOR THE MOST PARTLY WE DO. WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CHOICE, THE REAL CHOICE IN THE CHARTER SCHOOL BELONGS TO THE CHARTER SCHOOL, NOT THE PARENT. THE CHARTER SCHOOL CHOOSES WHICH STUDENTS ARE ADMITTED. THEY CHOOSE HOW BIG IT WILL BE. THEY CHOOSE WHETHER THEY WANT TO COMPLY WITH FREE AND APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION LAWS. I THINK THAT ANY EDUCATORS WILL TELL YOU THAT IF YOU GET TO CHOOSE YOUR STUDENTS AND CLASS SIZE YOU WILL HAVE A GREAT ENVIRONMENT FOR MOST STUDENTS. BUT WHAT HAPPENS TO THOSE ESE STUDENTS WHO NEED PARTICULAR SERVICES THAT AREN'T PROVIDED?

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> AGAIN WHAT ABOUT THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF STUDENTS WHO DO NOT ATTEND A CHARTER SCHOOL? WITH ENOUGH FUNDING AND SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM CAN GIVE PARENTS PLENTY OF CHOICE WITH FEWER STUDENTS PER SCHOOL AND SMALLER CLASS SIZES. WE USED TO HAVE THIS IN OUR SCHOOLS BEFORE THEY BECAME OVERCROWDED AND COULD NO LONGER ACCEPT CHOICE APPLICATIONS. FUNDING CREATES CHOICE, AND WHILE CHARTERS MAY NOT THE PRIMARY CAUSE OF OUR FINANCIAL SITUATION, THEY STILL DRAIN MONEY FROM THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT. [BELL SOUNDS]

>> THANK YOU FOR VOTING IN THE BEST INTEREST OF ALL OUR STUDENTS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SCOTT. NEXT WILL BE DANA FORTSON, STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS, DAVE EXAMINER, AND IF I AM MISPRONOUNCING THESE NAMES, PLEASE CORRECT ME. DANA FORTSON AT THIS TIME? I DON'T SEE. OKAY. STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS. IT'S OKAY, YOU DON'T HAVE TO JOG. NO PHYSICAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS. GOOD EVENING. BE EASY GOING ON YOU.

>> GOOD EVENING. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF. I'M STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS. AS YOU KNOW I REPRESENT 25,000 OF YOUR TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF. I'M ALSO A PARENT IN THIS DISTRICT. SO THE THING I WANT TO TALK A LITTLE BIT TODAY IS THE CREATION OF A FAIR PLAYING FIELD. I HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR 11 YEARS HERE IN TAMPA AND IF I AM NOT AT THIS MEETING IN PERSON I AM WATCHING IT FROM AFAR. AND I JOINED YOU FOR THE 8 HOUR MEETING LAST WEEK ON VACATION. AND SO I KNOW A LOT ABOUT HOW WE HANDLE THINGS AND WHAT OUR PRACTICES ARE. I WANT TO SAY I'M A LITTLE BIT CONCERNED ABOUT THE WAY THINGS HAVE GONE LATELY. IT APPEARS THAT WE ARE CHANGING PROCEDURE AND PROCESS TO ALLOW SOME VOICES TO BE HEARD. AND THAT'S NOT DEMOCRACY AND IT ISN'T FAIR. AND SO WHAT I WANT TO SAY, I'M ALL FOR DEMOCRACY. I AM PROBABLY ONE OF, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE FINANCE YOU DISAGREE WITH ME, I WANT TO ACTUALLY TOUCH YOU MORE THAN THE PEOPLE I AGREE WITH. AND I KNOW I MIGHT BE RARE IN THAT. BUT ALL VOICES NEED TO BE HEARD. AND YOU NEED TO HEAR THAT. YOU NEED TO HEAR THE PEOPLE ON BOTH SIDES OF ANY GIVEN ISSUE. BUT IN THE LAST YEAR, THE ONLY THINGS I HAVE SEEN ARE EXTEND THE PUBLIC SPEAKING TIME FOR OR DO SOMETHING LIKE ADVERTISE A WORKSHOP WHERE YOU CANNOT GENERALLY SPEAK, AND THEN CHANGE IT INTO A SPEAKING EVENT, I HAVE ONLY SEEN THAT FOR VERY SPECIFIC BUT I HAVE ONLY SEEN THAT FOR VERY SPECIFIC SIDES OF AN ISSUE. AND I JUST WANT TO SAY, WE ALL, FROM YOU AS PUBLIC SERVANTS, FROM ME AS THE PUBLIC, AND SOMEONE WHO REPRESENTS YOUR EMPLOYEES, I HAVE HAD A THOUSAND TEACHERS STANDING OUTSIDE WHO YOU NEVER EXTENDED ANYTHING TO HEAR FROM. YOU NEED TO BE FAIR ABOUT HOW YOU DO THOSE THINGS. [BELL SOUNDS]

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, STEPHANIE BAXTER JENKINS. FOLLOWED BY GAZER, THEN ABEER, THEN WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND, PLEASE, DO STATE YOUR NAME AND GOOD EVENING.

>> MY NAME IS -- IT IS LOCATED IN TAMPA, AND THE GRAND POPULATION FOR OVER FIVE YEARS NOW. WE PROVIDED TUTORING FOR STUDENTS AND EDUCATION ASSISTANCE, MORE OVER, WE HAVE PRESENTED AT MANY PARENT CONFERENCES AND SERVICES TO THE HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS, AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND WE UNDERSTAND THE NUMBER OF DIFFICULTY AND CHALLENGES FACED BY LANGUAGE BARRIERS. WE ARE NOT HERE FOR PERSONAL EMOTIONS, BUT WE ARE HERE BASED ON OUR DIFFICULTY TO PRESENT A LARGE POPULATION OF STUDENTS. PRESENTING THE FAMILIES OF OUR 300 FAMILIES, WE SERVE IN OUR ORGANIZATION, WE ARE HERE TODAY TO APPEAL RESPECTFULLY THE DECISIONS THAT HAVE BEEN MADE WITH RESPECT TO THE REMOVAL OF THE ESOL TEACHER. WHY THE NEED TO HAVE ESOL ENDORSEMENT ARE ESSENTIAL AND FAIR FROM ACADEMY. HOWEVER, I WOULD LIKE TO BRING YOUR ATTENTION AS AN ORGANIZATION WHO SERVES THIS POPULATION. NONE OF THE SPEAKERS WHO COME FROM A DIFFERENT COUNTRY WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO SOME TRAUMATIC EVENTS, FACE THE ACTIVITY -- WHEN THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY LANGUAGE EXCLUSION WITHOUT ASSISTANCE THAT PROTECTS THEIR SELF-ESTEEM AND EMOTIONAL IMPACTS, NO BETTER POSITION, THEIR SELF-CONFIDENCE, EXTREMELY DAMAGED. THEY FEEL BULLIED AND THEY ARE BULLIED ONLY BECAUSE THEY SPEAK DIFFERENTLY. THIS MAY LEAD TO FRUSTRATION THAT AFFECTS THEIR MENTAL HEALTH, AND THEIR MENTAL HEALTH WELL-BEING. ACADEMY THEY THINK THEY ARE FAR BEHIND, AND BY THE MATERIALSS -- [BELL SOUNDS] THAT IS PRESENTED TO THEM WITHOUT ANY SUPPORT. ALLOW ME. I HAVE A FEW THINGS. TODAY, AND --

>>Lynn Gray: YOUR TIME IS --

>> YEAH. ONE SECOND.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. ABEER KHALID, AND THEN -- AND I WILL GET THIS PRONOUNCED CORRECTLY. GOOD EVENING.

>> I'M A REESE BOARD MEMBER AND VOLUNTEER, HERE FOR A VOICE --

>>Lynn Gray: TRY TO GET THE MICROPHONE A LITTLE BIT CLOSER. THANK YOU.

>> I'M HERE TO VOICE-OH IMMIGRANTS, LIMITED ENGLISH SPEAKERS AND THEIR PARENTS. I AM NOT HERE TO INSERT MY OPINION ON EMOTION. I AM HERE BASED ON ETHICALLY TO PRESENT -- STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT AWARE OF THE DAMAGE. WE ARE HERE TO VOICE THE NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS WITH RESPECT TO THE DECISION MADE BY THE DISTRICT REGARDING REMOVAL OF THESE ESOL TEACHERS AND SPECIALISTS. COLLECTIVELY THE PARENTS DO NOT ADVICE CONSIDERATION, AS IT WAS CREATED BRINGS HARM ON THEIR STUDENTS, BECAUSE IT IS DUE TO LACK OF LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGE BARRIERS. STUDENTS VOCALIZE THE FEELING THAT HOPELESSNESS, AND LONELINESS AT THE SCHOOL. THEIR PARENTS BELIEVE THAT THIS IS UNFAIR TO THEIR CHILD TO LEARN THE CORE SUBJECT IN SCHOOL WITHOUT KNOWING THE BASIC ENGLISH TO NATIVE ENGLISH. THE THEY FELT LIKE EQUAL TO THEIR PEERS WAS THE ESO LO CLASS BECAUSE THEY WERE ASSESSED THE SAME AS OTHERS. ONE OF THE GIRLS SAID THAT HER KIDS CAN WERE SLEEPING ALL THE TIME EVEN WHEN THE TEACHER ASKS HIM TO COME, THE ONLY WOP ONE TO MAKE HIM FEEL IN CLASS WAS THE E SOL TEACHERS.

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> HE THOUGHT HE WAS THE SAME WITH THE KID THAT SPEAKS ZERO LANGUAGE LIKE HIM. OTHERS SAY MY DAUGHTER CRIED IN THE FIRST YEAR. SHE SAID THE OTHER STUDENTS LOOKED UPON HER, LAUGHED AT HER AND EVEN WHEN SHE TRIED, THEY ALWAYS MADE HER FEEL BAD, EMBARRASSED, AND SHE DOESN'T WANT HER DAUGHTER TO GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN. MANY PARENTS CONCERNED. WHO DO THEY COMMUNICATE WITH? WHO WILL TRANSLATE THEIR KIDS DAILY --

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU I.WANT TO SAY THIS. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, CAN WE HAVE SOMEONE SPEAK TO THIS ORGANIZATION AND THEIR CONCERNS?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM THROUGH THE CHAIR. WE HAVE MS. GARCIA ALREADY MADE CONTACT.

>> THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: YOU HAVE ALL OF OUR ATTENTION, HOWEVER, AND WE ARE CONCERNED. THANK YOU. I HAVE LOST TRACK. SORRY. RAHA BENCH KAR AHN, FOLLOWED BY DEBARY.

>> RAJABENJAGRON, A PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA, ALSO A VOLUNTEER. I AM HERE TO ALIGN MY VALUES WITH OTHER PARENTS AND EDUCATORS AND ADVOCATES THAT SELF-LESSLY DEVOTE THEIR TIME AND ENERGY EFFORTS TO UPLIFT YOUTH REGARDLESS OF THEIR CULTURE OR BACKGROUND AND LINGUISTIC AFFILIATION. I KINDLY REQUEST THAT YOU RECEIVE MY APPEAL TODAY WITH IMPARTIAL JUDGMENT AND EM THINK TO ENSURE THAT WE ADULTS COLLABORATE AND ENSURE THAT OUR CHILDREN LIVE IN A MORE INCLUSIVE AND ACCEPTING ENVIRONMENT, AND THAT THEIR EDUCATION SAFEGUARD IN JUSTICE. WHAT GIVES ME THE STRENGTH AND WASTES PATIENCE I NEED TO TEACH FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND CULTURAL COMPETENCY IS THE NEED TO AVOID ANY POSSIBLE DAMAGES LEARNERS MIGHT FACE WHEN WE DO NOT EQUIP STUDENTS WITH BASIC LANGUAGE AND COMPETENCY TO MAINTAIN THEIR SAFETY IN TIMES OF CRISIS AND SHARE THEIR PERSPECTIVE WORKS DEPRIVE THEM OF THEIR FUNDMENT RIGHTS TO SELF-EXPRESSION, WHEN YOU ARE IN YOUR HOME COUNTRY OR OVERSEAS THE NEED TO UNDERSTAND YOUR SURROUNDING IS A NECESSITY AND A RIGHT SO WE USE LANGUAGE TO BOND AND SHARE COMMON VALUES THAT INCREASE THEIR COGNITIVE IMPACT ON ONE ANOTHER, WE NEVER CEASE TO LEARN BUT WE SEEK THE GUIDANCE OF EXPERTS IN THE FIELD AND MENTORS WHO WOULD GUIDE US AND MAKE BETTER CHOICES AND PAY FORWARD FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. THIS IS VERY DEAR TO ME BECAUSE WHEN I WITNESSED AN INFLUX OF REFUGEE STUDENTS I WAS VERY CONFIDENT THAT THE FACE OF AMERICAN CLASSROOM WOULD CHANGE.

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL OF YOUR TIME, YOU HAVE ABOUT 20 SECONDS.

>> OKAY. SO ACTUALLY, TEACHERS WILL FEEL MORE BURDENED TO ACCOMMODATE STUDENTS THEY KNOW LITTLE IF NOTHING ABOUT THEIR BACKGROUND AND TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCE. ESPECIALLY COMING FROM WAR ZONES. I SPENT ABOUT SIX MONTHS WORKING IN ESOL SUPPORT STAFF, VOLUNTEER MY TIME AND EFFORT AND DRIVING FOR TWO HOURS EACH DAY TO HEAR STORIES LOADED WITH MISCOMMUNICATION AND LACK OF CULTURE, COMPETENCY, AND MANY BARRIERS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>> I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

>>Lynn Gray: NEXT, DUVAL, THEN VERONICA MCDONALD, FOLLOWED BY VERONICA CRUZ.

>> I HAVE BEEN HERE TODAY REPRESENTING INTIMATE LEARNING CENTER, A TUTOR FOR REFUGEE STUDENTS BE, AND EMPHASIS THAT CHANGE WITHOUT CULTURE COMPETENCY CANNOT SUFFICE THE NEEDS OF STUDENTS. HOW DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE ESOL ENDORSED TEACHERS TO BE MORE RESPONSIVE TON DIVERSE GROUPS NO A CLASSROOM?  HOW DO -- WHY DO WE CONTINUE TO DEMAND OUR TEACHERS TO CARRY AN UNBALANCED WEIGHT WITHOUT HAVING A SUPPORT ESOL SYSTEM, THE JOY OF TEACHING AND A DESIGNATION ACTION TEAM FOR E SOL SPECIALISTS AND LET TEACHERS FOCUS ON TEACHING AND SUPPORT STAFF TO FOCUS. SUCH AS ACTION TEAM WOULD PREVENT LEARNING, ANXIETY, COMMUNICATION AND ACHIEVEMENT GAPS, BULLYING AND HIDDEN BIASES, WHEN WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ROLE MODELS.  HOW CAN WE CONTINUE TO DISREGARD STUDENTS' CULTURAL EXPERIENCES, THE PRESSURES IN ALL PHASINGS, FROM CULTURE SHOCK, AND ADJUSTMENT UNTIL OUR YOUTH ADOPT TO THEIR NEW LIVES? CULTURE E SOME PERSONNEL USED TO THINGS THAT WE SUPPORT NONNATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS IN THEIR LEARNING JOURNEY TO GIVE CITIZENS WHO WOULD BE THE BACKBONE OF FUTURE GENERATIONS. THE EXPERIENCE DESERVES EQUAL ACCESS BY DEVELOPING COURSES DESIGNED TO MEET LEARNING.

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS?

>> CANNOT BE DELIVERED IN IT WOULD BE MINUTES. PLEASE EXCUSE OUR SHORTCOMINGS AND CONSIDER OUR APPEAL FOR JUSTICE.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. NEXT WE'LL HAVE VERONICA MACDONALD FOLLOWED BY MYRA CRUZ.

>> MY NAME IS VERONICA MCDONALD, A RESIDENT OF AREA 3 AND THE MOTHER OF FOUR CHILDREN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, THREE OF WHICH ARE SCHOOL AGED IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS. I WOULD LIKE TO START OFF BY INDICATING MY SUPPORT FOR THE BUDGET AUDIT CAC, AND ALSO FOR MORE ROBUST LOBBYIST REGISTRATION SIMILAR TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY'S BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. BOTH OF THESE ITEMS WILL ALLOW FOR MORE TRANSPARENCY WITHIN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. NEXT, THANK YOU TO THE BOARD FOR SHORTENING OR DENYING RENEWAL OF A HANDFUL OF CHARTER SCHOOLS AT THE LAST MEETING. YOU REPRESENT THE ENTIRETY OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND ITS 220 STUDENTS, NOT CHARTER LOBBYIST, SCHOOL REFORMERS OR BIG TECH IN SCHOOLS. STUDENTS SHOULD BE CENTERED HERE. WHILE THERE ARE KNOWN PROFIT SCHOOLS THAT HAVE A GREAT REPUTATION AND UNDIFFERENTIATED AND ROBUST WAY THEY ARE PROPPING UP BEING MANAGED BY FOR-PROFIT OPERATORS, CUTTING CORNERS AT EVERY TURN, IMPLEMENTING ZERO TOLERANCE POLICIES, RESTORATIVE PRACTICES AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION, STUDENTS THAT WILL GIVE AN INFLATED HIGHER SCHOOL GRADE AND FAILING OUR STUDENTS ON A DAILY BASIS. MANY OF THESE SCHOOLS PERPETUATE THE SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE AND DENY STUDENTS TO A FREE AND APPROPRIATE EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES. THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE HAS A CONSTITUTIONAL MANDATE TO ADEQUATELY FUND A SAFE AND HIGH QUALITY SYSTEM OF PUBLIC EDUCATION EDUCATION. FUNDING A PARALLEL SYSTEM, SEPARATE BUT EQUAL SCHOOL SYSTEM, THAT PILFERS MONEY FROM EDUCATION TO FUND AND LINE THE POCKETS OF CHARTER LOBBYISTS, CHARTER EXECUTIVE BOARDS AND OWNERS, THAT SYSTEM EXACTLY AS INTENDED. FINALLY WHO IS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO HOLD CHARTER SCHOOLS ACCOUNTABLE? MEET ALL RESPONSIBILITIES AND HAND CATER THEIR EDUCATION TO ALL STUDENTS, NOT JUST MIDDLE AND UPPER CLASS WHITE FAMILIES WITH TYPICAL OR BETTER STUDENTS. IT IS THE FACE OF RESPONSIBILITIES AND YET HERE WE ARE, THREATSND FOR DOING THE JOB THEY REFUSE TO DO.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. OUR LAST SPEAKER, MARA CRUZ LIONS. GOOD EVENING.

>> GOOD EVENING. I HAVE HEARD A LOT OF EDUCATORS HERE, AND I AM NOT AN EDUCATOR. I WAS A BUSY OWNER FOR OVER 30 YEARS. I'M A GRANDMOTHER OF SIX. AND MY OLDEST GRANDSON BENEFITED FROM CHARTER SCHOOLS. AND I BELIEVE THAT CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE A BENEFIT TO OUR CHILDREN, BECAUSE HE WAS BEING BULLIED AND I WAS ABLE TO PUT HIM IN THIS CHARTER SCHOOL. AND HE DID BENEFIT, AND HE'S DOING GREAT. HE'S 30 YEARS OLD NOW. BUT I WANT TO REMIND THIS BOARD THAT THE CHILDREN BELONG TO THE PARENTS, NOT TO THE TEACHERS, NOT TO THE SCHOOLS. THEY BELONG TO THE PARENTS. AND A LOT OF PEOPLE -- I REPRESENT THAT I SPEAK TO EVERY DAY, THEY ARE TIERED OF SOCIAL ENGINEERING. THERE ARE BOOKS THAT ARE BEING PUSHED ON OUR KIDS THAT TEACH ALL KINDS OF ADVERSE SEXUALITY, THE CRITICAL RACE THEORY, TEACHING KIDS TO HATE EACH OTHER, KIDS ARE NOT RACISTS. THEY AREN'T. THEY ARE BEING TAUGHT. THAT CRITICAL RACE THEORY WILL TEACH THEM TO HATE EACH OTHER, AND TO MAKE THEM THINK THAT THEY CANNOT ACHIEVE ABILITY. I AM A FIRST GENERATION CUBAN AMERICAN. AND MY PARENTS CAME TO THIS COUNTRY. MY CLEANING LADY, I JUST LEFT HER. HER SON GOES TO A CHARTER SCHOOL, AND SHOW THANKED ME THAT I WAS GOING TO COME HERE TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF CHARTER SCHOOLS. AND I WANT TO THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS.

>> AND HELP YOU TO PLEASE REMEMBER OUR CHARTER SCHOOL -- I HAVE MANY PROPERTIES, AND I PAY A LOT OF TAXES, AND THE TAXES GO WITH THE CHILD. SO IF THEY ARE NOT BEING SERVED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS, THEY CAN BE SERVED IN A CHARTER SCHOOL. AND I HAVE A GRANDSON NOW THAT'S BEING MOVED FROM A PUBLIC SCHOOL TO A PRIVATE SCHOOL BECAUSE OF THE SOCIAL ENGINEERING. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, I WOULD SAY A LITTLE BIT OF INFORMATION ABOUT THE CRITICAL RACE THEORY NEEDS TO BE SHARED, MAYBE BY MONICA VERRATIRADO.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. WE ARE GOING TO FOLLOW THE EXPECTATIONS RELATED TO THE STATE, AND IDENTIFIED AND ADOPTED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE TEACHING.

>>Lynn Gray: I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE WE ARE CLARIFIED. I APPRECIATE YOUR REMARKS. THANK YOU. I NEED A MOTION, BOARD MEMBERS. LET'S GO AHEAD. WE ARE GOING TO COLLECT OURSELVES IN TERMS OF THE CONSENT AGENDA. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER COMBS, AND A SECOND BY MEMBER SNIVELY. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. AND IT'S UNANIMOUS. WE ARE NOW GOING TO GO INTO THE MAIN PART OF OUR EVENING. LET'S SEE, THE 6:00. WE ARE GOOD FOR THE PUBLIC HEARING. NOT YET. YEAH, I HAVE IT RIGHT HERE. SUPERINTENDENT, YOU ARE NEXT. THE CONSENT AGENDA HAS BEEN APPROVED. YES, MR. PORTER?

>>Jim Porter: THERE IS A PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULED FOR 5:01. SO IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO DO THAT NOW.

>>Lynn Gray: ABSOLUTELY. MY APOLOGIES IT.

>>Jim Porter: IT GOT AWAY FROM ALL OF US.

>>Lynn Gray: PUBLIC HEARING RECOMMENDED FOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL, ELEMENTARY ART, MUSIC, MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT, MENTAL LANGUAGE, ARTS AND LANGUAGE ARTS DEVELOPMENT. THIS WILL BE PRESENTED BY MR. CONNOR. AND I WILL NOW OPEN THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS, ADOPTION PROCESS. THIS IS A REQUIREMENT PURSUANT TO STATE LAW AND BOARD POLICY. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC TO SPEAK ABOUT THE INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL THAT ARE RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION BY THE BOARD AND TO PROVIDE INPUT TO THE BOARD. THE MATERIALS WERE ADVERTISED AND HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC REVIEW. I WILL NOW ASK TERRY CONNOR, DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT, FOR INSTRUCTION, TO PRESENT THIS ITEM. AFTER HIS PRESENTATION, ANY MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC MAY SPEAK TO PROVIDE INPUT TO THE BOARD ON THE PROPOSED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS. AND I WILL ASK AT THAT POINT IN TIME, MR. PORTER, IF YOU WILL DIRECT AND MAKE SURE WE ARE RIGHT ON THE MONEY HERE IN TERMS OF PROCEDURE.

>>Terry Connor: GOOD AFTERNOON, SCHOOL BOARD, CHAIR, BOARD MEMBERS, SUPERINTENDENT, STAFF. AT THIS TIME THE BOARD IS CONDUCTING A PUBLIC HEARING ON INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS BEING RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION. THE LIST OF MATERIALS IS ATTACHED TO THE AGENDA AND INCLUDES MATERIALS FOR ELEMENTARY ART, ELEMENTARY MUSIC, DEVELOPMENTAL LANGUAGE, ENGLISH LANGUAGE, AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT. THESE MATERIALS HAVE BEEN REVIEWED BY DISTRICT ADOPTION COMMITTEE AND ARE BEING RECOMMENDED FOR ADOPTION AS REQUIRED BY STATE STATUTE, A 20 DAY PUBLIC REVIEW OF RECOMMENDED MATERIALS, AND A PUBLIC HEARING IS REQUIRED BEFORE THE VOTE, OR CAN VOTE FOR THE ADOPTION. THE PUBLIC REVIEW REQUIRES THAT THE DISTRICT PROVIDE DIGITAL ACCESS TO THE RECOMMENDED MATERIALS VIA THE DISTRICT WEBSITE. THE PUBLIC REVIEW WAS CONDUCTED BEGINNING ON JUNE 8th, 2021 AND ENDING ON JUNE 28, 2021. THE PUBLIC HEARING THIS EVENING IS TO PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO SHARE COMMENTS ABOUT THESE MATERIALS WITH THE BOARD. THE BOARD DOES NOT NEED TO TAKE ACTION AT THIS TIME BUT WILL BE ASKED TO VOTE AT THE NEXT REGULAR SCHEDULED BOARD MEETING ON JULY 13, 2021. AT THIS TIME, YOU MAY CALL FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS.

>>Lynn Gray: DO WE HAVE ANYONE SIGNED UP TO SPEAK FOR THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE ADOPTION OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS?

>>Jim Porter: I DON'T BELIEVE ANYONE SIGNED UP BUT YOU CAN ASK IF ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WANTS TO SPEAK.

>>Lynn Gray: ANYONE IN THE AUDIENCE WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK AT THIS POINT IN TIME? OKAY. REMIND ME OF YOUR NAME. LAURA.

>> I ALSO HAVE TWO SMALLER GRANDCHILDREN THAT WERE ASKING ME TO PLEASE TEACH THEM SUCCESSIVE WRITING, AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WE ARE NOT TEACHING THAT IN SCHOOL ANYMORE. IT'S SO USEFUL FOR STUDENTS, BUT I HAVE ONE THAT'S A 7th GRADER GOING INTO 8th GRADE -- NO, HE'S SIXTH GRADE GOING INTO 7th GRADE, AND THE OTHER ONE IS THIRD GRADE, AND THEY BOTH WANTED ME TO TEACH THEM. SO I STARTED TO TEACH THEM CURSIVE WRITING, AND I THINK THAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN OUR READING, WRITING MATERIALS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU SO MUCH. VERY WELL SAID. ANY OTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS POINT IN TIME? SEEING NONE, I WILL NOW CLOSE THIS PUBLIC HEARING. AND WE WILL GO BACK TO OUR BUSINESS MEETING. THE CONSENT AGENDA HAS BEEN APPROVED, SO SUPERINTENDENT, WE WILL MOVE MOVE INTO YOUR COMMENTS. MR. SUPERINTENDENT?

>>Addison Davis: I WANT TO GO OVER A COUPLE OF UPDATES FOR OUR COMMUNITY. AND I WANT TO START WITH ACKNOWLEDGING SOME OF OUR NEW LEADERS THAT WILL TAKE ON THE WORK AS PRINCIPALS. I REMEMBER WITH MY TIME CAME TO BE ABLE TO LEAD A SCHOOL, AND WAS SO EXCITED ON THE WAY UP, THERE WERE SIX FLOORS, I'M EXCITED, THEY WERE ALL THE WAY UP TILL I GOT IN THAT CHAIR, THAT TABLE, BUT IT WAS THE LONGEST RIDE DOWN FROM THE 6th FLOOR TO THE FIRST FLOOR. SO THE EXCITEMENT IS HERE. WE HOPE THEY WILL CONTINUE THAT WORK. TONIGHT THE FIRST INDIVIDUAL WE WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE, WE WOULD LIKE FOR THEM TO COME IN. TIME OUT. WE'LL GET A CHANCE TO ACKNOWLEDGE SOME LEADERS THAT HAVE COMMON STRAIGHTED CONTINUED LEADERSHIP WITHIN SCHOOLS AND CONCENTRATED ON BUILDING THE RIGHT CULTURE, BE A TOWN MANAGER, OPERATIONAL CERTAIN AND HAVE A RICH HISTORY OF REALLY GALVANIZING TEACHERS AND SUPPORT STAFF TO LEAD THE WORK. NEW LEADER BUCKHORN HAS BEEN IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR A WHILE, HAS BEEN AN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR NINE YEARS, STARTED OUT, I BELIEVE, IN 2012 AS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT MINTZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FOR 2018, THEN TRANSITIONED TO 2018 TO LEAD THE WORK AS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT BUCKHORN. SO I WOULD ASK TARA HORN TO COME UP AND BE ACKNOWLEDGED. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. AND WELCOME. WE HAVE SOME OF HER COLLEAGUES. ALSO, WE HAVE FOR A NEW LEADER GOING TO WOODBRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, THIS INDIVIDUAL STARTED OUT AS AN INSTRUCTIONAL EVALUATOR, PEER EVALUATOR, ALSO DONE SOME REALLY NICE THINGS AT BRIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WAS AN AWESOME PRINCIPAL, THIS SCHOOL MAINTAINED AN A SCHOOL GRADE, DEMONSTRATED IMPROVEMENTS AND A NUMBER OF ACCOUNTABLE MEASURES, ESPECIALLY WITH MATH, SCIENCE AND ALSO BOTTOM QUARTILE. IT'S MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE THE NEW PRINCIPAL OF WOODBRIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, VICTORIA MORSE. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. WELL COMMENT. WE HAVE A LEADER THAT IS CURRENTLY ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT DESOTO, HAS CONTINUED TO LEAD THE WORK THIS YEAR, AND AGAIN SEEING THIRD GRADE ACCOUNTABLE MEASURES. THEY HAVE HAD SOME OF THE GREATEST GAINS IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. AND THEY ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE FROM A D SCHOOL, PROJECTED UP TO BE A MINIMUM A C, AND PARTICULARLY HIGHER. THIS INDIVIDUAL WAS A MAGNET LEAD TEACHER IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, CONTINUED TO DEDICATE HER EFFORTS AND HER ENERGY, WAS ALSO AN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT ONE POINT IN TIME AT LOCKHART ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND JUST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, OUR NEW LEADER AT LOCKHART ELEMENTARY, MRS. NATALIE CORSANICO. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THEN WE HAVE A LEADER THAT HAS BEEN AN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL FOR THE LAST ELEVEN YEARS. THIS HAS BEEN AT SPOTO HIGH SCHOOL AND THE SAME TOKEN LED THE WORK AS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AT SUMNER, DID A BEAUTIFUL JOB, HELPING DESIGN THE SCHOOL, WITH DR. BROWN, AND BEING ABLE TO LEAD THE WORK AND BUILDING A MASTERS SCHEDULE TRULY DRIVEN ON EQUITY AND THE NEW LEADER OF SHIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL WILL BE MRS. DEANNA FISHER. [ APPLAUSE ] THANK YOU. WELCOME. A FINAL LEADER, HE IS NOT HERE WITH US THIS EVENING. HE'S ON A WELL DESERVED SUMMER VACATION, BUT HE HAS BEEN A PRINCIPAL SINCE TWINE. HE HAS THE ABILITY TO LEAD A TITLE 1 SCHOOL FROM A C TO AN A, HE IS A LEADER AND ALSO MOVED ANOTHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FROM A D TO A B, AND THIS YOUNG MAN WILL BE ABLE TO HELP COME ADD MORE TO OUR TEAM, AND AT LAMB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, MR. KENYA GRIFFIN. HE'S NOT HERE. WE WILL GIVE HIM A ROUND OF APPLAUSE. SO WE WELCOME ALL THESE LEADERS. ONCE AGAIN WELCOME. WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL WALK BACK TO YOUR SEATS WITH YOUR FAMILY, IS AS WONDERFUL AS WALKING UP HERE THIS EVENING. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SUPPORTING YOU AND WELCOME YOU. [ APPLAUSE ] THE LAST BOARD MEETING WE HAD SOME CONVERSATIONS ABOUT A POTENTIAL MARKETING PLAN. WE KNOW THAT EVERY CENT, EVERY DOLLAR, AND THE BOARD MEMBERS RIGHTFULLY SO WANTED TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT EVERYTHING WE DO IS SPENDING GENERAL FUND DOLLARS, OR GENERATED MONEY, OR STAPLES MONEY, IS REALLY ACCOUNTED FOR, AND THAT IS THE RIGHT OF THE BOARD, AND WE SHOULD BE DOING THAT FOR TRANSPARENCY ANYWAYS. THIS EVENING, THE ASK WAS TO COME BACK AND BE AIBLE TO SHARE THE MARKETING PLANS THAT WE AFIRE TO IMPLEMENT WITHIN THE SUMMER TO BE ABLE TO ATTRACT AND BE ABLE TO BE RECRUIT INDIVIDUALS BACK TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND AS YOU CAN SEE THE MARKETING PLAN STARTS WITH THE FUTURE BEGINS HERE, BEING ABLE TO REDISCOVER HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. WITH THAT SAID, THE OVERALL PURPOSE IS TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE CONTINUE TO EDUCATE OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS, OUR FAMILY MEMBERS ACROSS THIS ENTIRE DISTRICT ABOUT ALL THE GREAT PROGRAMS, INITIATIVES THAT WE OFFER WITHIN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, AND TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THAT WE DO HAVE A NUMBER OF CHOICE OPTIONS WITHIN OUR PARTICULAR SCHOOLS. AND ALSO TO BE ABLE TO HIGHLIGHT THE AWARD WINNING TEACHER, THE STUDENTS AND OUR SCHOOLS AND OUR PROGRAMS TO OUR FAMILIES SO THEY CAN SEE AND CONCENTRATE EVERYTHING WE DO, WE HAVE SOME REALLY SPECIAL EVENTS, AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS, AND NOT ORIGINAL HAVE WE HAVING THE ACCOMPLISHMENT, WE HAVE DONE IN THE A SOCIAL, SAFE, AND SUCCESSFUL MANNER. AND THEN BEING ABLE FOR US TO BE ABLE TO BE GO OUT AND TO ENGAGE FACE TO FACE INSTRUCTION AND TALK ABOUT VIRTUAL HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY K-12 AND BE ABLE TO CONTINUE TON RECRUIT INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE OTHER SELECTION OPTIONS RELATED TO PRIVATE HOME SCHOOL ALTERNATIVES, STUDENTS WHO ATTEND OTHER OPTIONS TO BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN ABOUT WHAT WE OFFER IN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. WITH THIS SAID, I AM GOING TO LET TANYA TALK ABOUT OUR PLAN, WHAT THESE INITIATIVES LOOK LIKE, AND THEN OVERALL COST OF THESE PARTICULAR FACTORS.

>> THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. I'M EXCITED TO SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE FUTURE BEGINS HERE MARKETING PLAN. THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM HAS CREATED A COMPREHENSIVE MULTIMEDIA MARKETING PLAN TO REACH PARENTS, STUDENTS, FAMILIES ACROSS OUR DISTRICT. THE PLAN HAS A FOCUS ON NEW FAMILIES IN THE BAY AREA AS WELL AS AN EMPHASIS ON OUR SPANISH SPEAKING FAMILIES. THE MEDIA STRATEGIES THAT YOU SEE THAT WE WILL BE UTILIZING INCLUDE RADIO ADS ON WFLZ 93.3 A TOP 407 STATION AND 100.7 WHICH IS AN ADULT CONTEMPORARIZATION. OUR TELEVISION ADS WILL BE IN ENGLISH ON STRATEGIC DEVICES SUCH AS DISCOVERY, HGT, PLUTO, WHICH HAS 250 PLUS CHANNELS, AN ON DEMAND MOVIES AND TV SHOWS, PLUS WE WILL HAVE TELEVISION ADS IN SPANISH OWN INTRAVISION. WE ARE THE TITLE SPONSOR FOR THE TAMPA BAY PARENTING BACK TO SCHOOL EVENT ON JULY 31st AT WESTSHORE PLAZA. SO EVERY TIME THEY ADVERTISE THEIR EVENT, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL BE MENTIONED ON TV, RADIO, AND SOCIAL MEDIA. WE ALSO WILL HAVE PAID SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS IN TARGETED TOOK GROUPS AND ADS TO SPECIFIC DEMOGRAPHICS IN ENGLISH AND IN SPANISH. WE ARE USING HART BUS COMMUTER ADS AND WE WILL HAVE 25 SPANISH SPEAKING BUS STOPS IN ADDITION TO 20 TIMES A DAY OUR MESSAGE WILL BE BROADCAST AROUND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ON HART BUSES. WE WILL ALSO BE UTILIZING SOME FREE SERVICES OF COURSE LIKE OUR WEBSITE, AND OUR INDIVIDUAL SCHOOL WEBSITE. WE WILL ALSO BE ON WEBSITES INCLUDING TAMPA BAY PARENTING AND ENTRY VISION AND OF COURSE UTILIZING TRADITIONAL MEDIA BY PROMOTING POSITIVE NEWS STORIES ON NEWS PROGRAMS, OUR STUDENTS AND OUR TEACHERS IN THE DISTRICT. NOW, UTILIZING THESE STRATEGIES, WE ESTIMATE THAT WE WILL BE GARNERING MORE THAN 6 MILLION IMPRESSIONS, AND THIS MEANS THAT OUR MESSAGE, THE FUTURE BEGINS HERE, WILL BE SEEN MILLIONS OF TIMES RANGING FROM THOSE COMMUTER ADS ON HART BUSES TO RADIO, TV AND SOCIAL MEDIA ADS. WE JUST COMPETE WITH OTHER EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS BY CREATING A CAMPAIGN TO REACH FAMILIES. THIS CAMPAIGN WILL COST US APPROXIMATELY $58,730 USING STAPLES REBATE MONEY. THIS IS ACTUALLY A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR A MARKETING CAMPAIGN. TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA, WE EXAMINED COMPETITIVE SPEND REPORTS THAT ARE AVAILABLE TO ANY LOCAL MEDIA. WE FOUND THAT IDEA OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS SPENT $330,000 IN JUST THE PAST 17 MONTHS ON TELEVISION AND RADIO ADS ONLY. THIS DOES NOT INCLUDE SOCIAL MEDIA ADS, DIRECT MAIL POSTCARDS OR ANY OTHER FORM OF PAID ADVERTISEMENTS. AN INNOVATIVE PREP ACADEMY WHICH IS ONE CHARTER SCHOOL K-8 IN FACT, THEY SPENT $61,000 IN RADIO ADS ONLY SINCE FEBRUARY 2020. AS YOU CAN SEE, WHILE OUR COST IS 58,730, THE ACTUAL STREET COST WOULD BE $137,237. SO WE ARE HAVING AN ADDED VALUE OF $78,507. AND THAT IS FROM THE PARTNERSHIPS AND THE RELATIONSHIPS OF THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM HAS BUILT WITH OUR MEDIA PARTNERS, SO AGAIN THIS IS FUNDED THROUGH OUR STAPLES REBATE MONEY, AND WHEN WE HAVE EIGHT NEW STUDENTS WHO WILL CHOOSE CPS WE WILL HAVE A RETURN ON OUR INVESTMENT.

>>Addison Davis: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WE APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS. IN ADDITION, WE LOOK AT WHAT WE DID IN DECEMBER, WE DID A REALLY NICE CAMPAIGN AND COMMUNICATIONS TEAM THAT WAS TALKING ABOUT SOCIAL SIEVE RINGBACK. WE SPENT $55,000 ON THAT MARKETING PLAN. THE NUMBER OF NEW STUDENTS THAT WERE BROUGHT BACK TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS WAS OVER 1,000 STUDENTS, 1139 STUDENTS, AND YOU MULTIPLY THAT BY $7700, THAT'S EQUIVALENT TO BRINGING BACK $8.7 MILLION TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. BEING ABLE TO LOOK AT THE OVERALL NET REVENUE, IT WAS AN ADDITIONAL $8.715 MILLION BACK TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HIRE MORE TEACHERS, MORE RESOURCES FOR OUR CHILDREN TO HAVE AN INCLUSIVE APPROACH WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO THANK YOU. FINALLY, DUAL ENROLLMENT. TONIGHT ON THE CONSENT AGENDA WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HIGHLIGHT THE OUTSTANDING CONTINUED TO HIGHLIGHT THE OUTSTANDING PATH R PATHS WAYS FOR OUR STUDENTS. IN HILLSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE, CONTINUE TO BE A GREAT PARTNER FOR US FOR OUR STUDENTS TO TAKE ACCELERATED COURSES. THIS IS WHERE OUR CHILDREN, OUR STUDENTS IN GRADES 9 THROUGH 12 ARE ABLE TO TAKE COLLEGE COURSES AND UP TO 30 COLLEGE CREDIT HOURS PER YEAR. IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WE HAVE DONE A REALLY NICE JOB MAKING CERTAIN THAT THESE COURSES CAN BE TAKEN AT ANY PARTICULAR TIME BEFORE THEY INTERACT WITH OUR SCHOOL, TAKE THEM ON OUR CAMPUS OR TAKE THEM ON THE HCC CAMPUS. ALL OF THAT TO BE ABLE TO ACCELERATE LEARNING.  IF WE LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FALL OF 2020 WE DO SEE THAT WE OFFERED 86 DUAL ENROLLMENT SECTIONS THAT WE OFFERED IN OVER 12,000 STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN THIS PROCESS, AND OVER 18,000 CREDIT HOURS WERE ACCOMPLISHED IN THE FALL OF 2020. WE ARE FINALIZING THE SPRING OF 2021 TO BE ABLE TO PRESENT AS WELL, BUT THIS IS AN ONGOING BEING ABLE TO HELP AND ASSIST OUR STUDENTS HAVE ACCESSIBILITY TO ACCELERATED OFFERINGS WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. AND THEN ALSO IMAGINE LEARNING WAS APPROVED AS WELL. THIS IS AGAIN AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE A TARGETED ASSISTANCE FOR LITERACY, INTERVENTION, INSTRUCTION, FOR STUDENTS IN 15 DIFFERENT NATIVE LANGUAGES. AND WE HAD THIS YEAR IN YEAR 1 IMPLEMENTATION AROUND 65 SCHOOLS IMPLEMENTED THIS PROCESS, AND SERVED OVER 4,000 OF OUR STUDENTS WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. IT WAS USED OVER A THOUSAND STUDENTS WITHIN -- OR A THOUSAND TEACHERS WITHIN OUR ORGANIZATION. AND ONLY THREE MONTHS IMPLEMENTATION WE SAW THAT IT WAS APP GREATER GROWTH FOR STUDENTS THAT WERE USING THIS TYPE OF PLATFORM FOR ONGOING SERVICES AND CONNECTIVITY. AND OUR THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADE. WE LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT YEAR'S IMPLEMENTATION TO BE EVEN GREATER. WHILE WE HAD 65 STUDENTS -- SCHOOLS THAT CONTINUED TO MAINTAIN THIS AS A PILOT, WE HAVE 14 ADDITIONAL SCHOOLS THAT WILL COME ON BOARD AND OUR SCHOOL START TO LEARN AND UNDERSTAND THIS RESOURCE IS BEING PROVIDED TO THEM, WE'LL SEE A FULLER IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS PROCESS. AND THIS IS ALL BEING USED BY GRAND FEDERAL FUNDING, AND REALLY SOLELY MEANT TO BE ABLE TO HIGHLIGHT AND ADDRESS STUDENTS WHO MAY BE OUR NEWCOMERS IN OUR EL STUDENTS WITHIN OUR ORGANIZATION. AND THAT'S IT. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: EXCELLENT. WE HAVE A FEW BOARD COMMENTS, I BELIEVE. AND MEMBER HAHN, FOLLOWED BY MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. FIRST LET ME THANK A R LOUISIANA LJ -- ORJA AND YOUR STAFF FOR WORKING ON THIS COMMUNICATION PLAN. I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME AND EFFORT. I HIMSELF WANT TO SAY, I APPRECIATE YOU DISCUSSING THIS AT THE BOARD MEETING TONIGHT. I KNOW THAT WE HAVE HAD A CONVERSATION, HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS FOR ME AND MY CONSTITUENTS TO DISCUSS THIS. I'M NOT A COMMUNICATIONS EXPERT SO I DIDN'T WANT -- BROUGHT FORWARD TO GO THROUGH THE PLAN ITSELF AS MUCH AS JUST REALLY BE TRANSPARENT ABOUT EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR WE ARE SPENDING. WE ARE IN A FINANCIAL CRISIS RIGHT NOW. AND I JUST THINK IT'S IMPORTANT, NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY IT IS, FOR WHICH FUND OR GRANT OR WHATEVER IT MAY BE, BEING PAID OUT, THAT OUR CONSTITUENTS, OUR TAXPAYERS DESERVE TO KNOW ABOUT EVERY DOLLAR BEING SPENT, UNDERSTAND HOW IT'S BEING SPENT, WHY IT'S BEING SPENT, AND THE RETURN ON INVESTMENT IS VERY IMPORTANT AS WELL. COULD YOU JUST TAKE A MINUTE? I KNOW YOU SAID STAPLES DOLLARS WAS COVERING THE COST OF THIS PLAN. JUST FOR THE SAKE OF OUR COMMUNITY, COULD YOU JUST EXPLAIN, THE STAPLES DOLLARS, THAT POT OF MONEY, HOW IT IS OR IT'S NOT RELATED TO THE GENERAL FUND?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, THROUGH THE CHAIR. WE GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO HAVE PARTNERSHIPS, YOU NOTICE, TO PURCHASE SUPPLIES AND FOR OUR CLASSROOMS. AND AS WE SPEND A LOT OF MONEY WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BE ABLE TO MAKE CERTAIN OUR CHILDREN HAVE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES, WE GET A PERCENTAGE BACK TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. THIS MONEY IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM COMES BACK RELATED TO INTERNAL GENERAL DOLLARS THAT ARE GENERATED WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. BUT THIS IS ALL JUST APP NEGOTIATED PERCENTAGE THAT COMES BACK TO STAPLES AND ALLOWS US TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS AND HELP WITH INITIATIVES SUCH AS THIS TO BE ABLE TO RECOUP OR CREATE MARKETING PLANS, BRING OUR STUDENTS BACK TO THIS ORGANIZATION. THESE ARE DOLLARS WE ARE ABLE TO JUST REINFORCE AND HELP WITH INITIATIVES AND PROJECTS AND TARGETS WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT AND IT'S JUST GENERATED BASED ON THE PERCENTAGE THAT WE NEGOTIATE WITH THIS PARTICULAR VENDOR.

>>Stacy Hahn: I APPRECIATE THAT. SOMETIMES IT GETS CONFUSING BECAUSE IT CERTAINLY COULD BE SOMEBODY'S SALARY AND WE DON'T WANT OUR COMMUNITY TO THINK TAKE THAT WE ARE USING GENERAL FUND DOLLARS OR SALARIES TO DO THIS PROJECT. AND WHEN WAS THIS? THIS HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED, CORRECT?

>>Addison Davis: THE BULK OF IT WILL START TOMORROW. SO WE'LL SEE A LOT OF STUFF WE STARTED TO PUT ON OUR WEBSITE, WE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THAT, ANY FREE COMMUNICATIONS, AND WHETHER IT BE MEDIA OUTLETS OR SOCIAL MEDIA, WE HAVE TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF THAT. ANYTHING THAT'S RELATED TO EXPENDITURES. TODAY WE WILL BE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD TOMORROW.

>>Stacy Hahn: AND I APPRECIATE THAT. AND I ALSO SHARED WITH YOU, I JUST ALWAYS WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE HAVING THESE DISCUSSIONS ON THE DAIS BEFORE ANYTHING STARTS, JUST SO THAT WE ARE BEING TRANSPARENT, BECAUSE IF WE HAVE THESE DISCUSSIONS AFTER IMPLEMENTATION, IT JUST DOESN'T LOOK AS TRANSPARENT. AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT COMMUNICATION, MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE COMMUNICATING WITH OUR COMMUNITY AS MUCH AS WITH EACH OTHER. SO I APPRECIATE YOUR BRINGING THIS FORWARD AND DISCUSSING IT TONIGHT.

>>Addison Davis: THANK YOU, MA'AM.

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

>>Karen Perez: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. ALSO, EVERY TIME WE BRING SOMETHING TO THE BOARD, I ALWAYS REQUEST THAT, YOU KNOW, IN ALL TRANSPARENCY THAT WE LET OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY KNOW WHERE THE FUNDING IS COMING FROM. IT'S VERY IMPORTANT WHEN WE TAKE A VOTE HERE FROM THE DAIS THAT CONSTITUENTS KNOW THAT WE ARE BEING HELD TO THE FIRE, YOU KNOW, WITH EVERY DOLLAR THAT WE ARE SPENDING. SO I SO APPRECIATE THAT WE ARE FINALLY, YOU KNOW, HIGHLIGHTING THE GOOD AND, YOU KNOW, SHOWING HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY THE GOOD THAT'S HAPPENING IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. AND ALSO HIGHLIGHTING OUR STRENGTHS, YOU KNOW, WITH GETTING OUT THERE AND ADVERTISING. WE HAVE AN AMAZING SPORTS PROGRAM HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. IT'S ONE OF OUR BIGGEST STRENGTHS HERE. OUR STUDENTS THAT WE HAVE. IS THAT GOING TO BE ONE OF OUR HIGHLIGHTS AS WELL?

>>Addison Davis: THROUGH THE CHAIR, YES, MA'AM. WE ARE DEFINITELY ADDING THAT. WE KNOW THAT MANY OTHER SCHOOL OPTIONS MAY NOT HAVE THAT AS A CHOICE. SO JUST BEING ABLE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT'S JUST PART OF A COMPREHENSIVE OFFERINGS THAT WE HAVE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, WHETHER IT BE CURRICULAR, WE DO A REALLY NICE JOB INTERNALLY AND THAT WILL BE PART OF OUR MARKETING PLAN FOR SURE.

>>Karen Perez: THANK YOU. ALSO, OUR DUAL ENROLLMENT PROGRAM. YOU KNOW, THIS OPENS THE DOOR FOR MANY OF OUR FAMILIES WHOSE STUDENTS MAY BE THE FIRST GENERATION GOING TO COLLEGE. AS I SAT DURING GRADUATION, I SAT ON THE STAGE WITH STUDENTS WHO WERE GRADUATING WITH THEIR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMAS IN THE SAME WEEK THAT THEY WERE GOING TO WALK WITH THEIR AA DEGREE. AND THAT'S BECAUSE HILLSBOROUGH PUBLIC SCHOOLS MADE THAT HAPPEN. AND MADE THAT POSSIBLE FOR THESE FAMILIES. AND SOMETIMES I WAS JUST SITTING THERE IN TOTAL YOU A THAT THIS WAS BECAUSE WE HAD -- AWE BECAUSE WE HAD A PARTNERSHIP WITH HCC. SO I WANT TO THANK, YOU KNOW, HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR ALLOWING THAT, THAT PARTNERSHIP TO CONTINUE, AND ALLOWING THESE FAMILIES TO BE ABLE TO TAP APART AND PARTICIPATE IN THIS PARTNERSHIP THAT WE HAVE. AND I JUST WANTED TO MENTION THAT, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE IT'S A SIGNIFICANT, YOU KNOW, FOR THE FAMILIES WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO GET THAT FAR. BUT IT LETS THEM KNOW THAT THEIR CHILD IS ABLE TO DO THAT. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER PEREZ. AND DRUM ROLL FOR THIS MARKETING PLAN, TANYA ARJA. WE ARE LOOKING FORD TO IT. I KNOW THAT WE HAVE THREE SCHOOLS ALREADY DOING THIS BEFORE IT'S EVEN OFFICIALLY STARTED. SO THE PRINCIPALS ARE GETTING AN EDUCATION. I PROBABLY -- IT'S GREAT HAVING TO GET INTO THE SOCIAL MEDIA A LITTLE BETTER. BUT AT ANY RATE, THANK YOU FOR THAT. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, I ALSO WANTED TO COMMENT ON THE IMAGINE LEARNING. I KNOW -- LANE GARCIA IS NOT HERE. OH, YOU ARE. THERE YOU ARE. WE ARE A TINY BIT OF A RESOURCE IN TERMS OF MONEY. BUT IT'S A BIG EXPLOSION OF WEALTH OF INFORMATION FOR THOSE HISPANIC CHILDREN THAT HAVE NOT BEEN LANGUAGED FULLY THERE. BUT WHAT IT'S DOING, AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, IT'S GIVING THE TEACHERS THE SKILL SETS, THE TRAINING THAT THEY NEED, AND THEN ALSO IT'S GIVING THE CHILDREN IMMEDIATE REWARDS OF ACTUALLY THAT THEY ARE LEARNING, AND THEN THEY ALSO RECEIVE VALIDATION FOR THEIR LEARNING. VERY GOOD MIXTURE OF SHARING, AND SHOWING THE STUDENTS THAT WE CARE, AND WE ARE GOING TO GET YOU EDUCATED, AND I AM SO GLAD TO SEE THIS. I KNOW -- I THINK IT'S ON THE AGENDA BUT I JUST WANTED TO PUT THAT OUT THERE. THANKING ALSO MS. MONICA VERY A TIRADO, CONTINUING TO BE AN ADVOCATE FOR THOSE DIVERSE GROUPS THAT NEED THE LEARNING RESOURCES, THE TEACHERS, GIVING THEM ALSO THE TOOLS. SO WE ARE A DISTRICT THAT IS PUSHING DIVERSITY AND LEADING HOPEFULLY IN THE NATION. OKAY. THAT'S THE END OF MY COMMENTS. WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD, AND WE STILL HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF TIME BEFORE EMPLOYEE COMMENTS. SO WE'LL START ON THE DISCUSSION AGENDA. THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WILL NOW BE HEARD. WE WILL HAVE C-6.05, C-607, C 617, C 622, C 623, AND C 625. THE FIRST AGENDA ITEM, PURCHASE OF IMAGINE LANGUAGE AND LITERACY FROM IMAGINE LEARNING. SORRY?

>>Jim Porter: I THINK THAT WAS PUT BACK ON CONSENT. I THINK 6.057 IS THE FIRST ITEM.

>>Lynn Gray: MY APOLOGIES. WE WILL GO RIGHT TO -- WE HAD A LAST MINUTE CHANGE. SO WE WILL GO TO 6.05 THEN AT PROVE THE FOUR YEAR COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.

>>Addison Davis: DILEMMA YES, MA'AM. THIS IS APPROVAL AGREEMENT WITH THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE REALLY COMMITTED TO THE RELEVANT PROGRAMS THAT ARE COMPREHENSIVE TO HELP WITH HEALTH, EDUCATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH, SOCIAL SERVICES FOR OUR STUDENTS AND THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM. AND WHAT THIS DOES REALLY ALLOWS US TO FOCUS ON BUILDING A CONCENTRATED ARRAY OF SERVICES FORCE CHILDREN THAT MAY BE IN DESPERATE NEED OF ORGANIZATION. AS WE CAN SEE, THIS IS A STATUTORY REQUIREMENT. WE HAVE A REALLY NICE RELATIONSHIPS WITH DJJ, WE DO A REALLY GOOD JOB UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF OWEN YOUNG WITHIN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, MAKING CERTAIN THAT WE ARE REALLY PROVIDING ALL THE PREVENTION, INTERVENTION IN CHILDREN WHO MAY BE EXPOSED TO ANY TYPE OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE, OR ARRAY OF NEEDS THAT ARE IDENTIFIED BY THE COURTS. SO JUST LOOKING FORWARD TO CONTINUING THIS PROCESS AND THIS FOUR YEAR AGREEMENT SO THAT SERVICES CAN BE PROVIDED. IT CAN HELP OUR CHILDREN BE SUCCESSFUL INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOMS.

>>Lynn Gray: WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THE DJJ AND OUR CODE OF CONDUCTS, IS THIS A REALLY GREAT PARTNERSHIP? I'M ALMOST POSITIVE. BUT WE DO HAVE TO PAY INTO THE DISPROPORTIONALITY OF SUSPENDING OUR BLACK MALES. IS THIS GOING TO HELP THAT PARTICULAR STATISTIC LOWER ITSELF, THIS PARTNERSHIP? AND I WELCOME ANY ANSWERS TO THAT QUESTION.

>> THANK YOU, CHAIR GRAY. YES, THIS PARTNERSHIP NO WE HAD WITH DJJ HAS BEEN FOR OVER THREE DECADES NOW. WE DO SERVICE RIGHT NOW ELEVEN DIFFERENT SITES. THEY RANGE FROM DAY TREATMENTS TO RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES, DETENTION CENTER, A DO ALSO HAVE THE ADULT JAIL FACILITY. WE PROVIDE THE INSTRUCTION. WE PROVIDE THE TEACHERS, THE ASSISTANT TEACHERS AND THE ESE SUPPORT FACILITATORS FOR ALL OF THESE STUDENTS. THERE IS AN ARRAY OF LENGTH OF TIME SOME OF THESE FACILITIES ARE ONLY SIX TO NINE MONTHS. SOME OF THEM ARE 12 TO 24 MONTHS AND SOME OF THEM ARE EVEN LONGER THAN THAT. IT DEPENDS ON WHAT THE COURT ORDER FOR PUTTING THE STUDENTS IN THERE BUT EACH OF THESE IS RUN THROUGH US, THE INSTRUCTION IS THE SAME. WE ARE PROVIDING CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THESE STUDENTS SO WE ARE TRYING TO MEET EVERYTHING THAT THEY HAVE.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. IT'S SO IMPORTANT WE KEEP THE POPULATION ADDRESSED AND GREAT PARTNERSHIPS. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE ITEM 6.05. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER VAUGHN. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND TO APPROVE ITEM C-605. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER VAUGHN, SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. AT THIS POINT IN TIME DO WE HAVE ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER VAUGHN?

>>Jessica Vaughn: AND I APOLOGIZE. I HAD MOST OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE AGENDA ITEMS PULLED, AND THEN I SPOKE WITH MS. DORIAN THIS AFTERNOON AND SHE REALLY ANSWERED A LOT OF MY QUESTIONS. SHE WAS PHENOMENAL. SHE GAVE ME A GREAT CHART THAT ALLOWED ME TO SEE ALL THE FACILITIES AND BREAKDOWN AND WHAT EACH OF THESE CONTRACTS ENTAIL. AND ANYTHING THAT THEY WOULD BE ASKING THAT WOULD BE CHANGED ON THESE CONTRACTS. I JUST WANT TO SAY I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. I APPRECIATE YOUR QUESTION, MEMBER CHAIR, AND JUST AT THAT MEETING I HAD A GREAT GREAT INSIGHT TO OUR PARTNERSHIP NOW AND I APPRECIATE IT. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. ANY MORE DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS APPEAR. IT IS UNANIMOUS. NEXT WE WILL GO TO 6.06.

>>Jim Porter: THE NEXT ONE IS 6.07.

>>Lynn Gray: OKAY. 6.07. PATHS TO COLLEGE AND CAREER INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FROM PUBLIC CONSULTING GROUP FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL READING GAP YEAR 2021-2022. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU WILL HIGHLIGHT IT BUT I PULLED IT BUT I ALREADY HAD THE EXPLANATION. SO I DON'T HAVE ANY COMMENT ON IT. BUT GO AHEAD AND HIGHLIGHT.

>>Addison Davis: 6.07, IT'S A GAP YEAR SO WE HAVE WILL NOT TRANSITION TILL THE FOLLOWING YEAR, THIS YEAR COMING UP IN 21-22 WILL BE THE BEST STANDARD FROM K TO SECOND GRADE AND AS YOU TRANSITION TO 22-23 THE BEST STANDARD WILL BE ABLE TO BE IMPLEMENTED FROM PRE-K TO 12th GRADE. SO THERE IS A GAP HERE THAT WE HAVE TO CONTINUE TON SELECT CURRICULUM TO ADDRESS WITH OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. WE KNOW THAT 31,000 STUDENTS THAT ARE UNDERPERFORMING IN THE AREA OF LITERACY AND WHAT PCG DOES IS PROVIDE A SENSE OF SUPPORT FOR READING LITERACY AND PROVIDE RIGOROUS KNOWLEDGE, BUILDING, CURRICULUM, TO REALLY HELP OUR CHILDREN EXCEL FROM TEXT TO PARTICIPATE IN CLOSE READINGS FOR US TO BE ABLE TO WORK ON WRITING FROM QUALITY TEXT, REALLY ALLOWS OUR STUDENTS TO MAKE EVIDENCE-BASED DECISIONS, AND THIS WAS ADOPTED IN 2018, AND BY OUR TEACHERS AND THE BOARD AND WILL CONTINUE THIS PROCESS FOR ONE MORE YEAR TO BE ABLE TO HELP OUR CHILDREN CONTINUE TO BE FLUENT IN THE AREA OF LITERACY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I NEED A MOTION AND SECOND. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY. A SECOND BY MEMBER WASHINGTON. ANY DISCUSSION? SEEING NONE LET'S VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD. NEXT WE ARE GOING TO GO TO 6.07. 6.10? 6 .16. AND THIS IS A BIG ITEM HERE. BUS PURCHASES. THIS IS A BIG I BACK FOR THE -- PIGGYBACK FOR THE PUS PURCHASES. YOU WILL HIGHLIGHT THE ITEM, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. WE HAVE TWO BOARD MEMBERS THAT WANT TO ASK A QUESTION. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THIS IS A PIGGYBACK FOR CONTINUING TO EXPAND NEW FLEETS WITHIN OUR ORGANIZATION. AS NOW WE HAVE AROUND 1200 BUSES WITHIN OUR ORGANIZATION AND HAVE AROUND A THOUSAND BUS ROUNDS OF BUSES EVERY SINGLE DAY. THERE'S BEEN A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN. THIS IS YEAR 8 GOING INTO THIS ADDITIONAL PLAN. AND THIS IS BEING ABLE TO BUY AN ADDITIONAL 100 BUSES TO CONTINUE TO SERVE OUR CHILDREN IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. OF THESE BUSES, 70 DO NOT HAVE A LIFT, AND 30 WILL HAVE A LIFT LIFT TO BE ABLE TO ASSIST OUR STUDENTS WHO MAY HAVE PHYSICAL OR EMOTIONAL DISABILITIES WITHIN OUR ORGANIZATION. AS OF RIGHT NOW, WE WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE CERTAIN, WE ARE VERY CREATIVE IN THAT PROCESS. WE LOOKED AT A NUMBER OF ELEMENTS RELATED TO THE CAUSATION OR THE COST OF BEING ABLE TO TRANSITION TO ELECTRIC BUSES WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. IT IS AN ATTRACTIVE INITIATIVE. THE VOLKSWAGEN IS PART OF THAT PROCESS AND THERE'S A SETTLEMENT. THERE ISN'T AN IDENTIFIED COST THAT MR. FARKAS CAN ADDRESS IF NEED BE. BUT WE DO HAVE A NUMBER OF BUSES THAT ARE PROPANE TO BE ABLE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE ARE FRIENDLY IN OUR APPROACH, BUT THIS IS ONCE AGAIN AN OPPORTUNITY FOR US TO GET NEW FLEET WITHIN OUR ORGANIZATION.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. I NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND TO APPROVE THIS ITEM. I HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY. I HAVE A SECOND BY MEMBER COMBS. ANY DISCUSSION? WE HAVE DISCUSSION, QUESTION BY MEMBER PEREZ FOLLOWED BY MEMBER VAUGHN, AND I HAVE A QUESTION ALSO. MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Karen Perez: ARE YOU REPLACING 100 BUSES?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM, WE ARE. IT.

>>Karen Perez: AND WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE 100 BUSES THAT YOU REPLACE?

>>Addison Davis: WE WILL CURRENTLY SELL THOSE BUSES. THEY WILL GO ON GOV DEALS.ORG AND SELL THOSE FOR AS MUCH AS WE CAN. MR. FARKAS.

>>Christopher Farkas: THAT WAS ACTUALLY PART OF THE INITIAL PLAN THE WE NEWSPAPER THAT WAS COMING TO BUY THE SET SET OF BUSES.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. MEMBER PEREZ, ARE YOU SATISFIED WITH THE ANSWER? OKAY. THANK YOU, MR. FARKAS. MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Jessica Vaughn: I DID HAVE SOME QUESTIONS. YOU ADDRESSED IT A LITTLE EARLIER WITH THE COMMENT ABOUT THE ELECTRIC BUSES BUT IT'S KNOW THAT WAS A GRANT THAT I HEARD THAT WE DID APPLY FOR, BUT I THOUGHT IT WAS YOU, MR. FARKAS, AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE GRANT, WE IDENTIFIED WE WEREN'T GOING TO PURCHASE ANY MORE BUSES. SO I WAS SURPRISED TO SEE THIS AS AN AGENDA ITEM. AND I WANT TO UNDERSTAND HOW THIS CORRELATES TO THAT GRANT, AND MOVING TOWARDS ELECTRIC BUSES. THANK YOU.

>>Christopher Farkas: CERTAINLY. WE HAVE A TEN YEAR PLAN THAT PURCHASES 100 BUSES EVERY YEAR AND THAT HASN'T DEVIATED. THE PROBLEM IS THE ELECTRIC BUS ON AVERAGE ABOUT $352,000. THE BUS IS A GRANT FROM VW SHELTMENT WAS AN 830% COVERAGE. SO WE WOULD STILL WOULD HAVE PAID $90,000 FOR THAT BUS FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PURCHASE THAT. THERE'S A COUPLE OF CHALLENGES THAT WE FACE WITH THAT. THE FIRST ONE IS THE CHARGING STATION. FOR US TO DO MORNING RUNS AS YOU ALL KNOW WE DO ELEMENTARY, RUNS IN THE MORNING AND AFTERNOON. WE HAVE FIELD TRIPS AND WE HAVE SPORTING EVENTS TO.  MAKE SURE WE HAVE BUSES TO BE DO ALL OF THOSE THINGS, A QUICK CHARGE IS NOT SOMETHING WE CAN DO RIGHT NOW AND THE INFRASTRUCTURE IS SOMETHING THAT IS A CHALLENGE FOR US AT THIS MOMENT. PROPANE, WE DID THE ANALYSIS AND IT WAS OUR BEST BET TO DO THAT. WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE ELECTRIC BUSES. THE OTHER CHALLENGE WE FACE IS THE ELECTRIC BILL. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE WHEN YOU CHARGE, THERE IS A COST FOR THE ELECTRIC THAT GOES ALONG WITH THAT. WE DID A DETAILED ANALYSIS, THE KING OF DATA, AND I THINK THAT IF WE COULD HAVE AN INFRASTRUCTURE COST TO OFFSET WHAT THE ACTUAL BUS COST FOR SOME OF THE CHALLENGE CHARGING STATIONS IT WOULD BE MORE ATTRACTIVE TO US BUT THE LONG-RANGE PLAN IT WAS MORE EXPENSIVE FOR AN ELECTRIC BUS THAN A DIESEL AT THIS TIME. WE'LL ALWAYS LOOK AT NEW ALTERNATIVES. WE LOOK AT PROPANE, COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS AND ELECTRIC BUSES. WE WILL DON'T DO THAT. WHEN THE COST ACTUALLY MAKES IT ON SHORT TERM INVESTMENT IT'S THE TAXPAYERS GETTING THEIR MONEY BACK WE WILL DO THAT. BUT AT THIS TIME IT IS NOT THE CASE.

>>Jessica Vaughn: WHAT'S THE STATUS OF THAT GRANT AND HAVE WE APPLIED FOR IT? HOW LONG CAN WE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT IF THAT IS THE DECISION WE ARE MAKING AT THIS TIME?

>> THAT GRANT TENDS R ENDS. WE FINISHED THE ANALYSIS. WE WERE TOLD WE IN A LONGER WANTED TO PURCHASE THOSE BUSES SO THAT OPPORTUNITY IS NOT THERE FOR US ANY MORE.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Addison Davis: THANK YOU. AND THE OTHER THING IS I THINK THIS GRANT, IT'S A GOOD QUESTION BECAUSE THE GRANT WAS A ONE-TIME GRANT. THAT MEANS WHILE WE MAY BE ABLE TO PURCHASE A NUMBER OF ELECTRIC BUSES AND WE WOULD HAVE EXTENDED FEES FROM CHARGING STATIONS, I THINK IT TAKES BETWEEN EIGHT TO TEN HOURS TO HAVE A FULLY CHARGED BUS TO BE ON THE ROAD CONTINUOUSLY. THE ISSUE BECOMES IF YOU WANTED TO SHUNNED EXPAND THAT INITIATIVE WITHIN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT THE COST OF THAT BUS IS REALLY HIGH BEING OVER $400 THAT YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: VERY GOOD POINT. MY ONLY QUESTION IS DOES THIS AFFECT OUR FUND BALANCE?

>>Addison Davis: THIS IS CAPITAL FUNDING SO THIS IS REALLY CONCENTRATED FOR THIS TYPE OF PURCHASE FOR THE ORGANIZATION.

>>Lynn Gray: I JUST WANTED THE PUBLIC TO BE AWARE SUCH AN EXPENDITURE OF $11 MILLION IS NOT AFFECTED. THANK YOU. WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND VOTE AT THIS TIME. AND THEN BOARD MEMBERS, PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. AND NOW WE ARE RIGHT INTO EMPLOYEE COMMENT. I WILL NOW GO THROUGH THE PREREQUISITES OF EMPLOYEE COMMENT. WE HAVE TWO PEOPLE SIGNED UP. 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 UNION REPRESENTATIVES, E-MAILS, PHONE CAUSE, ONE-ON-ONE CONVERSATIONS, AND PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING. THE BOARD WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU. WITH THIS SECTION OF OUR AGENDA, WE ARE CREATING ANOTHER VENUE FOR EMPLOYEES TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD. WE ARE SETTING ASIDE 30 MINUTES FOR EMPLOYEES TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD ABOUT ANY ISSUES THAT ARE ON THEIR MIND. THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE A DISCUSSION OF ANY SPECIFIC AGENDA ITEM ON TONIGHT'S AGENDA BUT RATHER AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO SPEAK TO THE BOARD ABOUT ISSUES, AND ISSUES RELATED TO YOUR JOB OR THE DISTRICT. EACH SPEAKER WILL HAVE THREE MINUTES. I WILL KNOW YOU WILL CALL THE FIRST TWO SPEAKERS. MR. ROB KRIETE AND PEARSON DOBY.

>> GOOD EVENING, HONORABLE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, MR. DAVIS, STAFF. ROB KRIETE, PRESIDENT CTA HERE. OUR EMPLOYEES DID AN OUTSTANDING JOB LAST YEAR IN SO MANY WAYS TO HELP OUR STUDENTS AND COMMUNITIES DURING A TERRIBLY ABNORMAL SCHOOL YEAR. WHILE WE LOOK FORWARD TO A MUCH MORE STABLE SCHOOL YEAR, I AM HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT CREATING A NEW NORMAL WHERE OUR EMPLOYEES HAVE THEIR CONTRACTS SETTLED BEFORE WE BEGIN THE SCHOOL YEAR. FIRST, WE HAVE SOME UNFINISHED BUSINESS FOR OUR ESPs, THEIR CONTRACT FROM LAST YEAR, BUT LET'S GET TO THE BARGAINING TABLE AND FINISH THEIR CONTRACT AND LET'S GET TO WORK ON GETTING ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES CONTRACTS SETTLED BEFORE THEY BEGIN THE IMPORTANT WORK FOR THE 21-22 SCHOOL YEAR PLEASE. IF WE CAN COLLABORATE IN GETTING THESE CONTRACTS SETTLED IT WOULD GO A GREAT WAY TO SHOW GOOD FAITH TO ALL OF OUR EMPLOYEES AND WE COULD FOCUS ON A CALM, ORGANIZED AND ACADEMICALLY FOCUSED SCHOOL YEAR. PLEASE, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, LET'S CONSIDER WAYS TO SETTLE OUR CONTRACTS BEFORE THE SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS, AND LET'S START A BE NEW NORMAL HERE. THANK YOU. LET'S ALL BE SAFE AND HAVE A GREAT INDEPENDENCE DAY.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MR. KRIETE. NEXT, MR. DOBY. OR MISS DOBY. MY APOLOGIES. GOOD EVENING.

>> GOOD EVENING, BOARD MEMBERS. I APPRECIATE THE CONVERSATION. I APPRECIATE ALL THE COMMENTS THAT SOME OF YOU ALL HAVE MADE AND I APPRECIATE THE CHANGES THAT ARE TO COME. AND I JUST WANTED TO TALK BRIEFLY ABOUT CURRICULUM. CURRICULUM FOR CERTAIN SCHOOLS VERSUS CURRICULUM FOR OTHER SCHOOLS. SPECIFICALLY, I AM JUST GOING TO BE BRIEF AND TALK ABOUT WRITING. SOMETIMES WHEN YOU LOOK AT OUR SCORES, IF YOU LOOK AT THE LAST SEVEN YEARS. FSA WE HAVE NOT MOVED BEYOND FIFTY SOME PERCENT WITH TENTH GRADERS IN ELA, AND SO I KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME CHANGES ALREADY BEING MADE, BUT PLEASE CONTINUE TO BE DEVIL INTO THAT AND LOOK -- DELVE INTO THAT AND LOOK INTO CHANGING THE LIGHTING, AND I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO AS A TEACHER POLLING APOLOGIES TO STUDENTS WHEN THEY COME TO ME IN 8th GRADE. I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO APOLOGIZE TO THEM BUT I DO BECAUSE IT'S HEART BREAKING FOR ME TO BE A PART OF EDUCATING PEOPLE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME IT DOESN'T SEEM LIKE I CAN DO THAT, AND MY HAND ARE TIED, BECAUSE WE ARE TEACHING SOMETHING, I'M NOT SAYING THAT IT'S NOT CORRECT. AND I DO UNDERSTAND WHY THEY PUT IT ON THE DOCKET THE WAY IT IS. THEY WERE RESPONDING TO THE FSA. MY OWN UNDERSTANDING, THEY WERE RESPONDING TO THE FSA MANDATE FOR WRITING. BUT WHAT I AM SAYING IS, MAYBE THE RESPONSE WAS NOT THE BEST. AND MAYBE THE RESPONSE WAS NOT AS RIGOROUS AS IT SHOULD BE. AND MAYBE THE RESPONSE SHOULD HAVE BEEN BETTER SO THAT WE WOULDN'T HAVE SO MANY STUDENTS WHO GRADUATE, AND YOU CAN TAKE POVERTY OUT, YOU CAN TAKE BEHAVIOR OUT, YOU CAN TAKE ALL OF THESE THINGS SOMETIMES THAT WILL BE AS EXCUSED. YOU CAN TAKE ALL OF THOSE THINGS OUT OF THE EQUATION. BUT WE STILL HAVE STUDENTS WHO ARE GOING TO HCC WHO ARE TAKING PREREQUISITE COURSES FOR THINGS THAT THEY SHOULD ALREADY KNOW. AND SOAP I SAY TO YOU, PLEASE INVESTIGATE IT. LOOK INTO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE BEING TRAINED, AND JUST MAKE SURE THAT THEY UNDERSTAND THE DISCIPLINE THAT THEY ARE TEACHING, BECAUSE IF THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THE DISCIPLINE, THAT'S WHY I GIVE SOMEONE WHO CONFISCATES A GRAMMAR BOOK FROM ME AND SAYS I CANNOT TEACH IT BECAUSE IT'S TEACHING, WHAT TERM DID SHE USE? SHE SAID IN ISOLATION. BUT WHEN THEY ONLY KNOW TWO PARTS OF SPEECH, AND AGAIN MAYBE THEY TOOK THOSE OUT BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T FULLY UNDERSTAND HOW LEARNING THE PARTS OF SPEECH AND THEN BUILDING ON THIS EVERY YEAR IS WHAT HELPS THEM UNDERSTAND LITERATURE, REAL LITERATURE AND NOT THE EASY READING STUFF. AND THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF THAT, TOO. AND THAT AGAIN TO ME CONTRIBUTES TO WHY SOME STUDENTS DON'T UNDERSTAND WHEN THEY GO INTO THE FSA AND THIS THEY TAKE IT, THEY DON'T FULLY UNDERSTAND BECAUSE THEY HAD A HISTORY OF READING EASY READING, AND --

>>Lynn Gray: FINAL THOUGHTS?

>> THEY DON'T KNOW ALL THE PARTS OF SPEECH AND THEY DON'T KNOW ALL OF THESE OTHER THINGS BECAUSE THE PEOPLE THAT SOMETIMES WERE NOT COMPETENT OR SKILLED IN. THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO TO SAY. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING. THANKS FOR THE CHANGES THAT YOU MADE. AND THANK YOU FOR THE CHANGE TO COME.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. THAT CONCLUDES OUR EMPLOYEE COMMENT. AND WE WILL GO BACK NOW TO THE BUSINESS MEETING. 6.22 IF MY SCRIPT IS CORRECT. WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD ONWARD. AMENDMENT OF SERVICE AGREEMENT ECA-C-13-SA-SBHC-NY 22 WITH ECKERD YOUTH ALTERNATIVES. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU WILL HIGHLIGHT AND OFF WE GO.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM THROUGH THE CHAIR. THIS IS ABOUT OFFERING FOSTER CARE PROGRAM, AND T THIS IS A AL ABOUT CARE FOR OUR STUDENTS. THIS ALLOWS OUR SOCIAL WORKERS AND COUNSELORS, WHO WORK WITH OUR FAMILIES, OUR TEACHERS, TO WORK WITH OUR STUDENTS, ALL RELATED TO IMPROVING ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, BEING ABLE TO ADDRESS ATTENDANCE, BEING ABLE TO ADDRESS TRANSITION FROM ONE CLASSROOM TO THE NEXT CLASSROOM, TO BE ABLE TO ASSIST IN PROP MOTIONS, TUTORIALS, AND AT THE SAME TOKEN BEING ABLE TO HAVE THAT PARTNERSHIP RELATED TO PROVIDING ONGOING SUPPORTS FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE DEFINITELY IN NEED. WHAT ECKERD DOES IS PROVIDE 2.5 POSITIONS TO OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. THEY HAVE TWO COUNSELORS, THE SAME TOKEN AN ACTIVE SOCIAL WORKER TO BE THAT CONE CLUTE, THAT THE WRAP AROUND SERVICES WE ARE PROVIDING TO OUR CHILDREN TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT THE THEIR G.P.A.s ARE UP-TO-DATE IS HAPPENING ON A CONSISTENT BASIS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU. BOARD MEMBERS, LET'S GO AHEAD AND GET A MOTION. WE HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER SNIVELY. SECOND BY MEMBER PEREZ. MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU PULLED THIS ITEM. DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?

>>Jessica Vaughn: I DO. THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. I WAS CURIOUS. AND SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU MENTIONED SOME OF THE SERVICES ARE TOLTERING, TRANSPORTATION AND COUNSELING. AND I WAS WONDERING, HOW ARE THEY IDENTIFIED, HOW DO THEY ACCESS THAT? IS THAT THROUGH THEIR CASEWORKER? HOW DO STUDENTS ACTUALLY ACCESS THESE EXTRA SERVICES?

>> THE WAY THEY ARE ACCESSED IS COURT ORDERED AND WE WORK THROUGH THE SCHOOL BASED SCHOOL TEAM, SCHOOL COUNSELORS, TO IDENTIFY WHEN ADDITIONAL SUPPORT IS NEEDED. USUALLY WHEN THEY GO TO THE COURTS THOSE TYPES OF THINGS ARE IDENTIFIED IN THE COURT, AND WE JUST FOLLOW UP WITH THEM.

>>Jessica Vaughn: SO COULD A TEACHER ACTIVATE THIS IF THEY HAD A FOSTER STUDENT THAT THEY FELT LIKE NEEDED OR ANYONE IN THE SCHOOL OTHER THAN THE COURT, IF THEY FELT LIKE ONE OF THE FOSTER STUDENTS NEEDED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT, COULD THEY PUT IN FOR THESE SERVICES TO CONNECT WITH THEM?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>>Jessica Vaughn: I'M SURE ALL OF OUR TEACHERS AND STAFF KNOW HOW TO DO THAT. IS THERE A FORM THEY FILL OUT?

>> THE TEACHERS ACTUALLY GO TO THE STUDENT SERVICES TEAM AND THE STUDENT SERVICES TEAM ACTUALLY INITIATES IT.

>>Jessica Vaughn: I WAS JUST WONDERING IN CLOSING DO WE HAVE ANY KIND OF DATA OR BACKGROUND HOW THIS IS SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS? OR ANYTHING AS FAR AS HOW THEY ARE ACCESSING IT AND HOW MUCH IT'S ACTUALLY BENEFITING?  BECAUSE IS IT 200,000 A YEAR?

>>Addison Davis: 198,000 A YEAR. IT'S PROVIDED FROM ECKERD. ECKERD PROVIDES THAT FUNDING TO US AND THAT FUNDING ECKERD GIVES TO US IS LOCATED IN THE 2.5 POSITIONS, TWO COUNCIL WORKERS AND ONE SOCIAL WORKER, SO IT'S MANAGING RELATIONSHIP TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THE FOSTER CARE INITIAL DIFFERENT WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY.

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

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN. PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. AND IT IS UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. AND OUR LAST AGENDA ITEM, 6.25. EARLY INTERVENTION AND EVALUATION SERVICES CONTRACT BETWEEN EARLY LEARNING COALITION OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND THE SCHOOL BOARD OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.

>>Jim Porter: WE DID SKIP ONE. 6.23 IS STILL ON THERE. THIS IS THE AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH SUCCESS 4 KIDS AND FAMILIES.

>>Lynn Gray: WHY DON'T WE DO 6.25?

>>Addison Davis: 6.25 IS THE APPROVAL CONTRACT FOR SCHOOL READINESS EVALUATION SERVICES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICT. THIS IS FOR SERVICES FOR SCHOOL READINESS, SCREENING FOR STUDENTS, AGES OF 3 TO 5 YEARS OF AGE, AND THIS IS A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION. SO WITHOUT THAT CONTRACT, WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY STUDENTS WHO MAY NEED ADDITIONAL SCREENING, INFORM THOSE STUDENTS WHO MAY NEED INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN, AND THIS REALLY ALLOWS US TO WORK AND BE ASSIGNED TO THE FLORIDA DIAGNOSTIC EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AND WHAT THIS DOES, CHILD FIND TEAMS AS WELL. ANYTHING YOU WANT TO HIGHLIGHT?

>> WITHOUT THIS, OUR STUDENTS OF THIS AGE WOULD NOT HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TOTIQUE HAVE --

>> THIS IS SPECIFICALLY FOR 3 TO 5-YEAR-OLD STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY FOR SCHOOL READINESS AND YOU WON'T THIS CONTRACT WE WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO PROVIDE THESE SERVICES AS QUICKLY AS WE ARE ABLE TO. THEY WOULD ENTER OUR SCHOOLS AND THEN WE WOULD HAVE TO BEGIN THE PROCESS. SO THIS ALLOWS US TO EXPEDITE THIS PROCESS.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MS. BROWN. WE HAVE A MOTION ON THE FLOOR.

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

>>Lynn Gray: WE HAVE A MOTION -- WE HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER HAHN, AND THEN A SECOND BY MEMBER PEREZ. ANY DISCUSSION? MEMBER VAUGHN?

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. FOR BOTH 6.23 AND 6.25 I HAVE THE SAME QUESTION PRETTY MUCH THAT I HAD PREVIOUSLY WITH THE LAST ONE, JUST ABOUT ACCESS. SO FOR THIS ONE, HOW DO PARENTS -- AGAIN, ARE THESE STUDENTS IN EARLY LEARNING IDENTIFIED THROUGH THE PRESCHOOL THAT THEY GO THROUGH, TEACHERS, IS IT A PARENT WHO IDENTIFIES AND WANTS THE INTERVENTION, EVALUATION DONE? HOW DOES THE ACCESS WORK FOR THIS PROGRAM?

>> YES, MA'AM, IT'S ALL OF THE ABOVE. IT CAN BE DONE THROUGH THE PRESCHOOL, THROUGH AN INITIAL SCREENING, THAT'S DONE, THAT ACTUALLY TRIGGERS THIS PROCESS. SO IT CAN BE DONE BY A PRESCHOOL. IT CAN BE A PARENT REFERRAL. OR IT CAN HAPPEN BY A PEDIATRICIAN. SO THERE ARE A NUMBER OF WAYS THAT IT CAN BE TRIGGER.

>>Jessica Vaughn: SO IF I AM A PARENT AND I HAVE A CONCERN ABOUT MY CHILD MIGHT BE NONTYPICAL AND I MIGHT 2021 GOP THROUGH THIS EVALUATION PROCESS OR I WANT TO HAVE HIM EVALUATED, HOW DO I CONNECT WITH THE SERVICES SPECIFICALLY?

>> YOU CONNECT THROUGH FDLRS. AND WE WILL HAVE INFORMATION OUT THERE. WE ACTUALLY DO HAVE THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE FOR PARENTS SO THAT THEY KNOW WHO TO CONTACT. WE HAVE CERTAIN DATES THAT WE SOCIETY UP THAT WE DO SOME OF THESE INITIAL SCREENINGS AS WELL AS SOME OF THE EVALUATIONS, AND WE WORK WITH THE FAMILIES TO IDENTIFY THE LOCATION FOR THOSE SCREENING AND EVALUATIONS TO TAKE PLACE.

>>Jessica Vaughn: DO WE HAVE THIS INFORMATION ACCESSIBLE ON OUR WEBSITE IF PARENTS ARE INTERESTED IN THAT?

>>Tracye Brown: YES, IT IS.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. THAT ANSWERS MY QUESTION.

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

>> THIS CONTRACT WAS WITH THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION AND THEY FUND IT.

>>Lynn Gray: MEMBER PEREZ? OKAY, YOU ARE FINISHED? ALL RIGHT. MEMBER HAHN. AND THEN -- MEMBER HAHN?

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU FOR HIGHLIGHTING THIS ITEM. SO WHEN I HAD MY FIRST LITERACY FAIR IT WAS FACE TO FACE MEANING IT WAS NOT A DRIVE-THROUGH FAIR AND WE DID THESE TYPE OF EARLY SCREENINGS. AND CONTINUE TON SHARE INFORMATION WITH PARENTS WHO ATTEND THE FAIRS ON HOW THEY CAN GET ACCESS TO GETTING SCREENED. JUST TO HIGHLIGHT, HOW MANY SCREENINGS HAVE BEEN DONE, OR TYPICALLY DONE?

>> THIS YEAR WE HAD 121 DEVELOP AT SCREENINGS COMPLETED. WE HAD 102 REFERRED FOR EVALUATION. WE HAD 100 DEVELOPMENTAL EVALUATIONS COMPLETED. AND OF THOSE, 73 WERE ROAMED FOR A PRE-K ESE PROGRAM.

>>Stacy Hahn: THAT'S FANTASTIC. I WANT TO HIGHLIGHT THIS CONTRACT WASN'T IN PLACE, THOSE STUDENTS WOULD HAVE TO WAIT TILL KINDERGARTEN SCHOOL YEAR STARTED TO GET IDENTIFIED, AND WE ALL KNOW THE IEP PROCESSION AND GETTING SERVICES, SO THEY CAN REALLY START KINDERGARTEN, HIT THE GROUND RUNNING WITH THEIR SERVICES. SO THIS IS A REALLY VALUABLE CONTRACT TO OUR FAMILIES AND OUR STUDENTS, AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF EARLY YEARS, GETTING THEM ONBOARD RIGHT AWAY WITH THE SERVICES THEY NEED. SO THANK YOU TO THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION FOR THEIR PARTNERSHIP.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER HAHN. MEMBER COMBS?

>>Nadia Combs: I HAD A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS. I THINK THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. IN THE LAST THREE YEARS, WHAT ARE WE SEEING AS FAR AS HAS THERE BEEN AN INCREASE? I KNOW LAST YEAR WAS A LITTLE BIT UNUSUAL BECAUSE OF COVID AND MAYBE A LOT OF CHILDREN WEREN'T OUT IN THE SCHOOLS BUT HOW LONG HAS THIS CONTRACT BEEN IN PLACE?

>> I CAN GIVE YOU A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY. THIS IS A CONTRACT, THIS PARTICULAR CONTRACT, THIS IS OUR SECOND YEAR, WILL BE THE SECOND YEAR. THIS IS OUR FIRST YEAR DOING IT. WE HAVE HAD A HISTORY WITH THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION WHERE WE HAVE PROVIDED THESE SERVICES IN THE PAST. BEAD A MUCH LARGER CONTRACT WITH WHERE WE ACTUALLY MANAGED THE SCHOOL READINESS START. WE WERE CLOSER AND WE ACTUALLY WORKED WITH THAT AS WELL AS EBK DOLLARS. SO AT THAT TIME WE WERE PROVIDING THOSE SERVICES. WE HAVE SINCE -- GETTING BACK THOSE EARLY RESPONSIBILITIES TO THE EARLY LEARNING COALITION AND WE NOW ONLY MANAGE THIS PORTION OF THE WORK.

>>Nadia Combs: THEN THE OTHER COMMENT, AND I KNOW THAT MANY MEMBERS ON THE BOARD FEEL THE SAME AS I DO, I REALLY WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE EXPANSION OF EARLY LEARNING, EPK, PRE-K IN OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND I KNOW WE DISCUSSED BRIEFLY CREATING A TASK FORCE AND LOOKING AT THAT, BECAUSE THAT'S NOT ONLY GOING TO ALLOW US TO MAYBE DO THE TESTING BUT IT'S ALSO GOING TO BE ALLOW US TO REGULAR TUTTLE CURRICULUM AND ENSURE THAT ONCE OUR STUDENTS COME THROUGH, THAT THEY ARE READY FOR KINDERGARTEN.

>>Tracye Brown: YES, MA'AM. AND I WILL BE A TIBBLE PROVIDE AN UPDATE ON THE TASK FORCE HOPEFULLY AT OUR MEETING IN JULY.

>>Nadia Combs: THANK YOU SO MUCH.

>>Lynn Gray: YES, AND MRS. BROWN, I THINK, HAS A GOAL, I THINK 220 EARLY LEARNING SITES IN THE BIG PICTURE AS WE MOVE FORWARD? AND THAT'S INCLUSIVE OF THE COALITION, INCLUSIVE OF OUR -- OUR DYNAMICS. I WAS AT MITCHELL ELEMENTARY LAST WEEK AND THEY WERE SHARING THIS HUGE OUTREACH THAT YOU ALL ARE TRYING TO COVER. PERHAPS YOU WANT TO SHARE THAT OPTIMISTIC --

>>Tracye Brown: THANK YOU. WE HAVE 133 CLASSROOMS RATE NOW THAT INCLUDES VPK, HEAD START AND OUR VPK, PRE-K MODEL. WE WOULD LOVE TO INCREASE OUR NUMBERS SO THAT WE HAVE AT LEAST 200 CLASSROOMS. THAT WILL TAKE US TIME, AND AS WAS INDICATED TODAY, WITH THE LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES, HOW WE RECEIVE THOSE DOLLARS AND HOW MANY DOLLARS WE RECEIVE WILL TRULY INFLUENCE, IMPACT HOW MUCH WE ARE ABLE TO DO AND HOW QUICKLY WE ARE ABLE TO DO IT. SO WE ARE CURRENTLY TAKING A LOOK AT OUR SCHOOLS THAT UNDERSUBSCRIBED WHERE WE HAVE SPACE, SO THAT WHEN WE GET MORE DOLLARS, MORE FUNDS TO BE ABLE TO EXPAND EARLY CHILDHOOD, WE WILL BE READY TO GO.

>>Lynn Gray: IT'S SUCH A GREAT CONVERSATION THAT THE BOARD MEMBERS ARE HAVING, AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING. WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. AND MEMBER PEREZ IS AWAY FROM THE DAIS. SO WE HAVE ALL SIX OF THEM, SIX IN FAVOR AND ONE NOT PRESENT. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. WE ARE GOING TO GO AHEAD AND BACK UP TO 6.23. AGENDA ITEM. AGREEMENT FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES WITH SUCCESS 4 KIDS AND FAMILIES. SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, YOU WILL HIGHLIGHT THIS ITEM.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. THIS IS A TENT I CAL AGREEMENT S 4 KF, FOR MENTAL HEALTH, BEHAVIOR NEEDS, STUDENT WITH EMOTIONAL BEHAVIOR DISABILITIES. AND WHAT THEY DO IS THEY HAVE TRAINING, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, BEING ABLE TO FACILITATE INTERAGENCY COLLABORATIONS, AND AT THE SAME TOKEN BEING ABLE TO SERVE MULTIPLE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE ARE IMPLEMENTING THE RIGHT INITIATIVES AND CONCENTRATIONS WITHIN OUR SCHOOL DISTRICT. SO THIS IS ABOUT PARENT AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AS WELL TO MAKE SURE THEY ARE INVOLVED IN OUR PROCESS. SO THERE'S REALLY A CONCENTRATION TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT STUDENTS IN NEED. AND WITH THIS APPROVAL, THIS WILL ALLOW US TO CONTINUE TO NAVIGATE, SUPPORT AND PROVIDE SERVICES TO FAMILIES WITHIN OUR LOCAL CARE SYSTEM.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS. MEMBER VAUGHN, YOU PULLED THIS ITEM. DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS DURING THIS DISCUSSION TIME? OH, SORRY. WE NEED A MOTION AND A SECOND FIRST. WE HAVE A MOTION BY MEMBER PEREZ. SECOND BY MEMBER COMBS. AND MEMBER VAUGHN. DISCUSSION?

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU. AGAIN, I'M TRYING TO UNDERSTAND, SO IS THIS AN ADVOCACY GROUP FOR OUR STUDENTS WITH EBD? THIS GROUP IS AN ADVOCACY GROUP? IT SAYS HERE --

>> NO, THIS IS A STATE AGENCY.

>>Jessica Vaughn: AND THEY HELP IMPLEMENT EMPHASIZING A WRAP AROUND APPROACH? IT SAYS HERE THAT THEY PROVIDE SYSTEMS OF CARE AND POLICY ADVOCACY RELEVANT TO THE STUDENT. SO SIMILAR TO THE OTHER ONES, WHEN IT SAYS HERE THE FINANCIAL IMPACT, THIS IS MONEY THAT FOR THIS CONTRACT, SIMILAR TO THE QUESTION THAT MEMBER PEREZ ASKED, THIS IS MONEY THAT WE ARE PAYING THEM?

>>Tracye Brown: NO, THIS IS MONEY THAT WE GET IN A GRANT.

>>Jessica Vaughn: SO THIS IS MONEY COMING TO US IN A GRANT. GOTCHA. AND THIS AGENCY DOES THIS WITH MONEY FROM THE GRANT.

>>Tracye Brown: YES, MA'AM.

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE IT.

>>Lynn Gray: PLEASE VOTE WHEN YOUR LIGHTS ARE ON. IT'S UNANIMOUS. THANK YOU, BOARD MEMBERS. AT THIS TIME, SHOULD WE SEE IN A MORE AGENDA ITEMS, WE ARE GOING TO MOVE TO BOARD COMMENTS. BOARD MEMBERS, IF YOU WILL GET INTO THE QUEUE. MEMBER HAHN LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE FIRST. MEMBER PEREZ. MEMBER WASHINGTON. AND I THINK I CAN ALL READ THE REST. OKAY.

>>Stacy Hahn: THANK YOU, MEMBER GRAY. PABLO HAS SOME SLIDES. I HAD POSTED THIS WEEK ON SOCIAL MEDIA, WE ARE IN WEEK 3 CHALLENGE, READING CHALLENGE WITH MYION. 46 BOOKS READ OVER THE SUMMER, HAS A POTENTIAL TO STOP OR REVERSE A SUMMER SLIDE. WHAT BETTER WAY TO GET YOUR FOUR TO SIX BOOKS IN THIS SUMMER THAN A READING CHALLENGE. AND MYON HAS CREATED A READING CHALLENGE EACH WEEK FOR OUR STUDENTS. THEY CAN GO ONTO READ ON MYON.COM TO PICK OUT BOOKS, THEY CAN USE THEIR OWN BOOKS, AND IT'S JUST A GREAT FUN WAY. THEY ARE GIVING OUT PRIZES FOR ALL THE BIG FROM PRE-K TO GRADE 12. THERE'S A BOOKLET TO PARTICIPATE AND JUST CHECK IN WITH MYON, EACH WEEK, AND KICK OFF THE CHALLENGE WITH THEM. AND THEY WILL BE DRAWING AND PRIZES SELECTED. IT'S JUST A FUN WAY TO READ AND BEAT THAT SUMMER SLIDE, AND AGAIN GRADE GREAT PARTNERSHIP WITH MYON AROUND THESE TYPES OF PROGRAMS FOR OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES ALL YEAR ROUND, AND IT'S WONDERFUL. MYON, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE, PABLO, HAS HAD 105 VISITS THROUGHOUT THE UNIT THIS SUMMER, AT OUR HOST SITE, AT BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS, AND THE PLANT CITY PARKS AND RECREATION. SO THEY ARE IMPACTING MANY OF OUR STUDENTS, ENCOURAGING THEM AND GETTING THEM EXCITED ABOUT READING, WHICH IS WONDERFUL. AND THEN THE LAST SLIDE IS AGAIN JUST SOME INFORMATION ON THE SUMMER READING CHALLENGES. SO I ENCOURAGE OUR CHILDREN AND OUR FAMILIES TO ENGAGE IN MYON AROUND READING THIS SUMMER. IT'S A GREAT WAY. YOU MIGHT WIN A PRIZE. I ALSO JUST WANT TO COMMENT ON ONE OF THE AGENDA ITEMS PASSED TONIGHT ON THE CONSENT AGENDA, 6.21 FOR ONE VOICE ACADEMY. THIS IS KIND OF COME FULL CIRCLE FOR ME. I STARTED INTERACTING WITH THE CHURNS CANCER CENTER 20 YEARS AGO, WHEN I CAME TO SOUTH TAMPA, MY FAMILY HAS BEEN IMPACTED BY CANCER, SO IT'S PERSONAL TO ME. AND SO MARY ANN MASOLIO WHO I HAVE KNOWN FOR 20 YEARS, WE HAVE CONNECTED OVER THE YEARS WHEN I WAS AT USF, AND NOW IN THE SCHOOL BOARD, AND MARY ANN HAS BEEN A CHAMPION OF THE CHILDREN'S CANCER COMMUNITY, AND SHE HAS STARTED ONE VOICE ACADEMY, AND ONE OF HER GOALS WAS TO CREATE A CLASSROOM WHERE STUDENTS WHO ARE BATTLING CANCER COULD GO TO SCHOOL. OTHERWISE, THEY WOULD BE AT HOME. ISOLATED, AND SO SHE SECURED SPACE, AND I JUST WANT TO THANK THE STAFF, MR. VAN AYRES, AND HIS STAFF FOR REIMAGINING HOW WE SERVE THESE STUDENTS IN OUR DISTRICT, AND FOR MY COLLEAGUES TO SUPPORT THIS. BECAUSE IT IS INNOVATIVE. I DO BELIEVE, OTHER DISTRICTS AROUND THE COUNTRY WILL SEE WHAT WE ARE DOING, AND IT'S REPLICATED. SO IT'S JUST WONDERFUL THAT THESE STUDENTS WILL NOW HAVE A TEACHER WHO TYPICALLY MEETS THEM AT THEIR HOME AND TRAVELS THE DISTRICT TO DO THAT. NOW GO TO THIS ONE LOCATION WHERE THESE STUDENTS WHO ARE BEING COMPROMISED AND ARE HAVING THIS UNFORTUNATE EXPERIENCE, THEY WILL COME TO THIS ONE LOCATION TO SERVE THEM IN A CLASSROOM, TO PROVIDE THEM WITH AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE THEIR EDUCATION AS TYPICAL AS POSSIBLE, GIVEN THEIR CIRCUMSTANCES. AND IT PROVIDES ALSO PARENTS SOME REST DURING THE TIME THEY GET TO COME TO THIS SCHOOL. IT PROVIDES THE PARENTS TO ACTUALLY GO BACK TO WORK AND PROVIDE FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND PROVIDE THE INSURANCE NEEDED FOR THIS LIFE SAVING TREATMENT FOR THEIR CHILDREN. SO I JUST WANTED TO -- SINCE IT WASN'T PULLED, I JUST WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUES FOR IF SUPPORT OF THIS AGENDA ITEM. IT'S GOING TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF THESE CHILDREN WHO SHOULD NOT -- ARE IN THIS POSITION AT SUCH A YOUNG AGE TO NOT HAVE TO BE FIGHTING FOR THEIR LIVES RIGHT NOW. BUT TO BE ABLE TO GO TO SCHOOL TOGETHER. SO THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: VERY IMPORTANT, MEMBER HAHN, AND YES, I'M SURE EVERY ONE OF US WILL SUPPORT THIS EFFORT. THANK YOU FOR SHARING. MEMBER PEREZ.

>>Karen Perez: CULTURAL COMPETENCY TRAINING. HOW WILL CULTURAL COMPETENCY TRAINING BE UPDATED THIS YEAR NOW THAT NORMAL HAS A NEW MEANING, SUPERINTENDENT? NORMAL IS NO LONGER NORMAL. AND THEN OUR STUDENTS ARE GOING TO BE COMBING BACK TO BRICK AND MORTAR. YOU KNOW, IN THE FALL. SO HOW ARE OUR TEACHERS BEING PREPARED FOR OUR STUDENTS COMING BACK IN THE FALL?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. SO OVERALL, WE TRY TO PROVIDE ONGOING TRAINING THROUGHOUT THE YEAR THAT REALLY ADDRESSES NOT ONLY INSTRUCTIONAL INTERACTIONS BUT ALSO INTERACTIONS BETWEEN STUDENTS AND BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF OUR STUDENTS AND GAINING ACCESS TO THEM. RIGHT NOW IT'S A PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THAT WE OFFER. IT'S NOT REQUIRED BY CONTRACT. BUT WE'LL CONTINUE TO EMBED ABOUT HOW WE INTERACT WITH RICH DIVERSE LEARNERS WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS EVERY SINGLE DAY. WE KNOW NOW MORE THAN EVER THAT THE BULK OF OUR STUDENTS WILL BE COMING BACK, AND SOME OF THEM WILL BE COMING BACK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF, AND IN THAT YEAR AND A HALF HAS BEEN SOME REALLY COMPLEXITIES WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY. SO BEING ABLE TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE USE EVERY MOMENT THAT WE CAN IN THE FIRST WEEK OR TWO WEEKS IN OUR SCHOOL TO CREATE NORMS, TO BE ABLE TO EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN ABOUT HOW THEY INTERACT NOT ONLY WITH THEIR PEERS, HOW THEY INTERACT W THROUGH CURRICULUM, INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOMS IS IMPORTANT. BUT YOU WILL SEE IN PREPLANNING, PRINCIPALS WILL HAVE PREPLANNING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, REALLY TALK ABOUT HOW WE REEMPOWER OUR LEADERS AND OUR STUDENTS COMING BACK TO OUR SCHOOLS AND HOW THEY INTERACT, WE'LL CONTINUE TO TAKE PLACE. AND THROUGH THE WORK THROUGH MONICA'S TEAM AND OUR TASK FORCE, ALL OF THAT IS BEING REDESIGNED, AND ONGOING, AND ALSO BEING ABLE TO COLLABORATE WITHIN THE NAACP TO MAKE CERTAIN WE ARE STRENGTHENING OUR OPPORTUNITIES FOR EXPOSURE BUT MAKING CERTAIN THAT OUR TEACHERS AND HEARST LEADERS HAVE THE NECESSARY SKILLS TO HELP TRAIN AND MAKE CERTAIN WE ARE ADDRESSING ALL THE NEEDS EVERY DAY OF OUR LEARNERS.

>>Karen Perez: YOU MIGHT LOOK INTO THE POSSIBILITY OF MANDATORY TRAINING ESPECIALLY SINCE WE ARE TRYING TO DECREASE OUR SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE WITH OUR BLACK AND LATINO STUDENTS, AND THE FACT THAT WORLDWIDE, WE HAD A MAJOR SHIFT, AND WHAT IT'S LOOKING LIKE FOR OUR STUDENTS COMING BACK TO BRICK AND MORTAR, WHAT LIFE CHANGES HAVE HAPPENED TO THEM, AND HOW IT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE WHEN THEY REENTER THE SCHOOL AND BRICK AND MORTAR.

>>Addison Davis: MR. CONNOR.

>>Terry Connor: I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY JUST TO HIGHLIGHT THIS TOPIC, THAT WE JUST RELEASED A PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CATALOGUE FOR JULY, WITH SEVERAL OF THE OFFERINGS FOR TEACHERS. SO ANY TEACHERS OUT THERE WHO ARE LISTENING TONIGHT WOULD LOVE TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN THOSE OFFERINGS. RELATED TO THAT.

>>Karen Perez: THE ISSUE WITH THE OFFERING IS THAT NOT A LOT OF TEACHERS GOING TO ACCEPT IT, YOU KNOW, OR TAKE THOSE COURSES. SO IF WE COULD CONTINUE HAVING THIS CONVERSATION, YOU KNOW, ONGOING, THAT WOULD BE GREAT. THE SECOND THING IS THE FACT THAT SOMETHING WAS BROUGHT UP TONIGHT ABOUT OUR SCHOOL GRADE, WHICH THE COMMUNITY DOES HAVE A REASON FOR THAT. WHAT IS YOUR PLAN ON OUR C, D AND F SCHOOLS GOING FORWARD AS TO BRING THOSE GRADES UP?

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM THROUGH THE CHAIR. WE KNOW THAT SCHOOL GRADE WILL NOT BE GIVEN THIS YEAR BUT WE WILL STILL GET A REPORT ON WHERE WE ARE RELATED TO ALL THE FSA OR EOC EXAMINATION DATA, AND BE ABLE TO PAINT A PICTURE OF HOW WELL LEARNERS DID AND HOW WE PRESCRIBE LEARNING WITHIN OUR WORK. SO AS WE LOOK AT OUR SCHOOLS THAT ARE UNDERPERFORM, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO BUILD A CONCENTRATION, WE ARE GOING TO MAKE SOME JUDGMENTS RELATED TO THE NUMBER OF SCHOOLS AND WHAT SCHOOLS ARE GOING TO TRANSITION TO THE TRANSFORMATIONAL NETWORK, DO THAT IN THE NEXT WEEK TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY IT AND THEN MAKE CERTAIN THAT WE HAVE THE RIGHT CONCENTRATIONS, THE RIGHT SERVICE. WE ARE GOING TO LEVERAGE SOME OF THE EXTRA FUNDING WHICH WILL BE ENGAGE EACH OF THE BOARD MEMBERS TO PUT ADDITIONAL RESOURCES IN OUR CONSISTENTLY LOW PERFORMING SCHOOLS, TO CREATE SYSTEMS RELATED TO HOW WE DRIVE OUR INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP TEAM, WHAT ARE WE DOING DURING PLCs, HOW CAN WE FURTHER HELP UNDERSTAND THE SCOPE AND THE SEQUENCE OF OUR STANDARDS, WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP WITH PEDAGOGY, HOW CAN WE HELP WITH CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT WHICH IS THE FOUNDATION OF ALL, WHAT ARE WE DOING TO BE ABLE TO EXTEND AN ACCELERATE LEARNING BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER SCHOOL, ARE WE GOING PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR EXTENDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES, AND CAN THAT BE VIRTUAL, DOES HAVE IT TO BE FACE TO FACE? WHAT CAN WE DO TO BE ABLE TO TRY TO LEVERAGE SOME DROP-IN CLINICS WITH OUR OUTSIDE PARTNERS TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESSING AND ALLOW STUDENTS TO CONNECT WITH MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIANS WITHIN OUR SCHOOLS TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS, WHAT HAPPENS BEFORE THEY COME TO SCHOOL AND WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THEY GO TO SCHOOL. AND THEN REALLY BEING ABLE TO THRIVE AND EXPAND ON OUR SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIAL THIS YEAR. WE'LL REVIEW SIMMS IN THE MANNER IN WHICH IT WAS DESIGNED WHICH WE WERE NOT ABLE TO DO LAST YEAR. AND THEN BEING ABLE TO HAVE A TIERED APPROACH, TO BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY MONO CLASSROOMS, DEMONSTRATION CLASSROOMS, TO BREAK DOWN THE WALL, THE HALLWAY TO THE NEXT, SO TEACHERS CAN OBSERVE EACH OTHER, TO HAVE TAKEAWAYS, TO HAVE DEEPER CONVERSATION, TO REALLY HAVE GREATER CONCENTRATION, AND IT'S ALL ABOUT MIND-SET. REALLY GENUINELY MOVING AND PROVIDING CHILDREN WITH A CHANCE TO EXCEL, AND CONTINUOUSLY -- WE TALK ABOUT EXPOSING CHILDREN TO GRADE LEVEL PROGRAM CONTINUE TENT BUT IT'S NOT ONLY ABOUT EXPOSING THEM BUT TEACHING THEM THIS TYPE OF CONTENT AND ALLOWING THEM TO THRIVE EVERY SINGLE DAY. MS. McRAE, ANYTHING YOU WANT TO ADD, OR MONICA?

>> WE ARE EXCITED THAT WE ARE UPDATING AND CURRENTLY IN THE PROCESS OF UPDATING THE DIFFERENT DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION MODEL THAT'S PART OF THE REQUIRED ANNUAL TRAINING FOR STAFF. SO THAT WILL BE UPDATED TO WHERE WE ARE NOW, SO I THINK YOU WILL BE PLEASED WITH THAT.

>>Karen Perez: AND SO WILL THE COMMUNITY. I REALLY APPRECIATE THAT. AND BOARD MEMBERS ALSO KNOW I WENT DOWN TO SURF SIDE FRIDAY, OVER THE WEEKEND, AND THANK YOU MEMBER HAHN FOR SPEAKING ABOUT THEM IN THE BEGINNING OF THE MEETING. THEY REALLY DO NEED A LOT OF PRAYERS, A LOT OF SUPPORT, AND JUST KEEP THEM IN YOUR PRAYERS. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, I WOULD LIKE TO STRONGLY REMAINED OUR SUPERINTENDENT, OUR ADMINISTRATION, THAT WE ENCOURAGE OUR STUDENTS IN THIS DISTRICT, IF ANYTHING IS HAPPENING TO THEM, TO FIND AN ADULT, TEACHER, ADMINISTRATOR, IN OUR HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS, TO REACH OUT AND TALK TO THEM. AND ALL OUR STUDENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO ATTEND SCHOOL IN AN ENVIRONMENT FREE FROM SEXUAL HARASSMENT, PHYSICAL ABUSE OR ANY OTHER FORM. WE ALL MANDATE REPORTERS AND SO AM I. I'M A LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER. AND OUR STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO CONSIDER ALL OF US AS PARTNERS IN PREPARING THEM FOR LIFE. I JUST WANT TO PUT THAT OUT THERE, AND REMAINED ALL OF YOU. THANK YOU.

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

>>Henry "Shake" Washington: THAN K YOU. I NOTICE RENE SAY BOARD COMMENTS, A LOT OF PEOPLE START SMILING AND I WAS WONDERING WHY. I SEE THOSE SMILES WHEN YOU SAY BOARD COMMENTS. OKAY. SO I HAVE A COUPLE OF THINGS TO SAY. FIRST OF ALL, WE HAD A SUCCESSFUL MEETING COMMUNITY EVENT AT HOLLAND PINES OUTREACH CENTER, AND WE HAD A SOCIAL WORKER FROM OAK PARK, AND THE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, HOLLAND PINE IS GOING TO PARTNERSHIP WITH OAK PARK, SO BECAUSE WE HAVE SOME ISSUES AND NEEDS THAT THEY ARE GOING TO HELP US WITH. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK OUR COMMISSIONER GWEN MILLER FOR BEING THERE. SHE DID A GREAT JOB TO KEEP ME IN LINE, MR. CLEVELAND LANE, MR. CARTER, ICE YAK LANE, AND DESHAWN SMITH WHO IS THE SCHOOL SOCIAL WORKER. ALSO, THE WEEKEND PAST, WE HAD THE 30-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OVER AT MILTON HIGH SCHOOL. WE HAD A GREAT TIME WITH THE ALUMNAE. WE HAD A CHANCE TO REMINISCE ABOUT THE OLD DAYS AT MILTON HIGH SCHOOL. QUITE A FEW PEOPLE CAME OUT AND IT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS. BUT LAST BUT NOT LEAST, THE TAMPA BAY JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION PROCLAMATION AT THE CITY HALL ON JUNE 18th AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT REALLY STRUCK ME THE MOST WAS SENATOR DARRYL ROUSON. HE SPOKE, AND HE SEWED, FREEDOM IS ACCESS TO GOOD HEALTH CARE. FREEDOM IS ACCESS TO FULLY FUND EDUCATION AND FREEDOM IS REALLY CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM. AND I THOUGHT THAT WAS REALLY GREAT FOR HIM TO SAY. AND WE HAVE REALLY A GREAT TIME THERE, SEE THE FLAG GO UP AT THE CITY HALL. SO THANK YOU. THAT'S ALL MY COMMENTS FOR TONIGHT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER WASHINGTON, FOR BEING ALWAYS SO POSITIVE. WE APPRECIATE YOUR REMARKS. MEMBER VAUGHN?

>>Jessica Vaughn: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. ONE, I JUST WANT TO GO AHEAD FOR THE RECORD AGAIN REQUEST THAT WE GO BACK INTO BARGAINING, THAT --

>> SORRY, I THINK WE HAVE A DATE AND TIME IDENTIFIED.

>>Jessica Vaughn: OH, TO GO BACK INTO BARGAINING? THANK YOU. NEXT, I WANT TO SET ASIDE A TIME THAT WE CAN POSSIBLY REVISIT SOME OF THE QUARANTINING PRACTICES THAT WE HAD LAST YEAR. I HAVE BEEN SPEAKING WITH SOME OF MY PRINCIPALS OVER THE SUMMER JUST TO GEAR UP FOR WHAT'S COMING UP NEXT YEAR AND THEY HAD SOME QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS ABOUT THAT. I KNOW THAT WE HAVE -- WE MADE A MASK DECISION, SET ASIDE SOME TIME TO TALK ABOUT THE NEW POLICIES AS FAR AS QUARANTINING IS GOING FORWARD, IF YOU 2021 RESPOND TO THAT NOW.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM. WE ARE WORKING THROUGH THAT PROCESS RIGHT NOW, THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS OUR TEAM HAS BEEN WORKING THROUGH THE CABINET AND ALSO WITH OUR LOCAL MEDICAL EXPERTS AND ALSO BOUNCING IT OFF SOME OF OUR LEADERS IN THE SCHOOLS TO BE ABLE TO DETERMINE WHAT THIS THAT QUARANTINE PROCESS LOOKS LIKE. OPENLY, WE WILL NOT HAVE TEACHERS THAT ARE eLearning TEACHERS, WE WILL NOT HAVE ACCESSIBILITY. THIS IS WHERE WE JUST HAVE TO STRENGTHEN OUR WORK WITH CAMPUS AND THEN BY THE PSALM TOKEN BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE ANY KIND OF ADDITIONAL PRINT MATERIAL FOR STUDENTS WHO MAY IN NEED. BUT WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING THROUGH THAT AND MAKING CERTAIN THAT OUR QUARANTINE RESOURCE CENTER IS CONSISTENT AND UP TO DATE AND BEING ABLE TO HELP TEACHERS AND LEADERS PRE-UP LOAD SOME OF THE INFORMATION RELATED TO OUR CRICK LIMB GUIDES SO THEY CAN STAY CONNECTED. BUT WE ARE NOT FINALIZED WITH THAT. AS SOON AS THAT IS DONE I PROMISE TO SHARE IT WITH THE BOARD.

>>Jessica Vaughn: CAN WE LOOK AND SEE WHAT SOME OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE DONE?  AND THEN ONE THING I WANTED TO SAY IS, WE JUST RECENTLY IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS WENT TO THE FSBA CONFERENCE AND ONE OF THE SESSIONS THAT I WENT TO, IT WAS HOW TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE, AND I LOVE THAT WE HAD OUR STUDENT WHO WAS SHADOWING YOU HERE TODAY. I THINK THAT WAS SPECTACULAR. GOING FORWARD, I KNOW PREVIOUSLY MEMBER WASHINGTON HAD MENTIONED IT, WE HAVE UTILIZING STUDENT GOVERNMENT, WE HAD SOME STUDENTS WHO PARTICIPATED IN OUR MEETING. THERE ARE OTHER WAYS WHERE SOME STUDENTS LOOK OVER THE AGENDA AND THEY HAVE KIND OF LIKE A CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE. I WOULD LOVE FOR US TO INFORM SOMETHING WHERE WE GET MORE STUDENT FEEDBACK ON OUR POLICIES AND DECISION MAKING. SO THAT WAS ONE THING I WOULD LIKE TO GET. THEN SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, DO WE TEACH CURSIVE? BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN TOLD WE DO, WE DON'T, WE DO. WHERE ARE WE WITH CURSIVE AS FAR AS TEACHING THAT?

>>Addison Davis: IT'S COMING BACK.

>> OFFICIALLY IT WILL BE BACK IN THE 22-23 SCHOOL YEAR.  BUT WE WILL DEFINITELY LOOK TO HAVE THAT PLACED IN.

>>Jessica Vaughn: SO CURSIVE IS COMING BACK. AND THEN FINALLY, I JUST WANT TO BE SAY THAT IT'S BEEN A TOUGH YEAR, IT'S BEEN A TOUGH RIDE ON THE SCHOOL BOARD SINCE WE HAVE BEEN ELECTED, BUT I DO SEE THAT THERE IS SOME MORE INFRASTRUCTURE BEING BUILT. I FEEL LIKE COMMUNICATION IS GETTING BETTER. JUST IN GENERAL WITH OUR DYNAMICS. AND I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO ALL THE HARDWORKING STAFF, TO EVERYONE WHO IS HELPING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF A DEMANDING SCHOOL BOARD, AND JUST TO MY COLLEAGUES, I REALLY APPRECIATE IT. CLOSE IT OFF ON A POSITIVE NOTE FOUR, MEMBER GRAY. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER VAUGHN.

>>Addison Davis: WE HAVE SOME OF OUR TEACHERS HERE THAT SAY YES, THEY DO TEACH CURSIVE, IN THE STANDARDS, NOT THE STANDARDS, THEY GET IT DONE. SO THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: CURSIVE AND THEN THE NEXT LEVEL. I LOVE CA LIQUORRAPHY. I WISH I COULD DO IT. .

>>Nadia Combs: I REALLY WANTED TO THANK THE ACADEMIC SERVICES, HARRY CONNOR, THE ENTIRE TEAM, ANOTHER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER AND I WERE SPEAKING TODAY, THAT PRINCIPALS WORK SO HARD IN THE SUMMER. I DON'T THINK PEOPLE REALIZE HOW MUCH ACADEMIC SERVICES, HOW BUSY, WE ARE UPSTAIRS PREPARING FOR THE SCHOOL YEAR. I REALLY WANT TO THANK EVERYBODY FOR THAT. AND I ALSO REALLY THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE TALK ABOUT WRAP AROUND SERVICES, AND I HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD, AND SOMEONE SAID TO ME ONE DAY, STUDENTS ARE 25% OF THE POPULATION, BUT 100% OF THE FUTURE. SO IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE TALK ABOUT SCHOOLS OR WE TALK ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS OR WHATEVER WE TALK ABOUT, WE ARE TALKING ABOUT STUDENTS, AND WHAT IMPACTS STUDENTS IN THE FUTURE, AND TO MAKE CERTAIN AS WE APPROACH IT, I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT STUDENTS DO NOT HAVE SERVICE WAS MENTAL HEALTH OR COUNSELING, IN SOME OF THESE SCHOOLS, WHERE THEY ARE RECEIVING TAX DOLLARS, PARENTS NEED TO KNOW THAT. I THINK IT'S VERY IMPORTANT THAT AS, YOU KNOW, MORE SPOTLIGHT IS GIVEN HERE IN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY BECAUSE WE ARE PUSHING BACK, AGAINST SOME CHARTERS, I THINK IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT THAT PARENTS HAVE KNOWLEDGE, KNOWLEDGE IS POWER, YOU KNOW. IT'S NOT ABOUT, YOU KNOW, POLITICS, IT'S ABOUT GIVING PARENTS THAT KNOWLEDGE. AND THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT. AND I SOMETIMES THINK WE FORGET ABOUT THINGS. WE TALK ABOUT POLITICS. WE TALK ABOUT MONEY. BUT REALLY AT THE END OF THE DAY IT'S ABOUT CHILDREN AND HOW WE CAN IMPACT THEM AND HOW WE CAN PROVIDE THE WRAPAROUND SERVICES. AND I LOOK AT THE THINGS THAT WE ARE CHANGING, TODAY WITH STUDENT CONDUCT, TALKING ABOUT CITATIONS, AND PROVIDING STUDENTS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY IF THEY MAKE A MISTAKE. AND ONE OF THE ITEMS I WANTED TO HIGHLIGHT WAS 6.11, AMI SKIDS. I HAD THE PLEASURE TO GO OUT THERE A COUPLE MONTHS AGO TO VISIT THAT SCHOOL AND TO SEE THAT STUDENTS GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO RESET. AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY SCHOOLS, IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE, WE DON'T PUSH YOU OUT TO GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. WE FIND ANOTHER PLACE FOR YOU. GIVE YOU AN OPPORTUNITY TO RESET, AND THEN COME BACK. THAT'S WHAT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS DO. AND THAT'S WHAT WE ARE DOING FOR CHILDREN. SO I WANT PARENTS TO KNOW WE ARE LISTENING, BUT WE ARE LISTENING TO DO WHAT'S BEST FOR CHILDREN. AND THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT. SO I REALLY 2021 THANK EVERYBODY WHO WORKS SO HARD TO DO WHAT'S BEST FOR EVERY CHILD IN OUR DISTRICT.

>>Lynn Gray: WELL SAID, MEMBER COMBS. THANK YOU FOR THAT. AND MEMBER SNIVELY?

>>Melissa Snively: THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR. JUST A FEW THINGS. FIRST I WANTED TO THANK MY FELLOW BOARD MEMBERS FOR ALLOWING PUBLIC COMMENT THIS MORNING AT OUR SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING. I KNOW THERE WAS A LITTLE CONTROVERSY AROUND THAT. IT WAS A BIT UNEXPECTED BUT I APPRECIATE THE FACT THAT MOST OF THE BOARD MEMBERS SUPPORTED THAT, AND ALLOWED THE PEOPLE WHO CAME TO THE SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING THIS MORNING TO HAVE A VOICE. AND I FEEL LIKE AFTER LISTENING TO THE PUBLIC COMMENT THIS AFTERNOON, IT WAS PRETTY MUCH BALANCED ITSELF OUT THIS AFTERNOON WITH VOICES ON BOTH ENDS OF THE ISSUE, BUT I JUST WANTED TO SAY THANK YOU FOR ALLOWING THAT TO HAPPEN THIS MORNING. I KNOW IT MEANS A LOT. AND I KNOW THAT MS. HAPP, DR. HAHN BROUGHT UP SOME OF THE PROTOSCHOOL FOR SPECIAL BOARD MEETINGS AND IN THE FUTURE EVEN IF WE DON'T ANTICIPATE VOTE THAT WE STILL ALLOW PUBLIC COMMENT AT THE SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETINGS. EVEN THOUGH WE ARE NOT OBLIGATED BY LAW TO DO THAT, IT DOES I THINK CONFUSE PEOPLE WHEN WE CALL A SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING OR CALL A SPECIAL MEETING AND WE DON'T HAVE PUBLIC COMMENT, IT'S A LITTLE CONFUSING. SO MAYBE MOVING FORWARD WE CAN ALL AGREE FOR ANY SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING WE ALLOW FOR SOME PUBLIC COMMENT SO THAT THERE'S LESS CONFUSION AND EVERYONE CAN COMMUNICATE BACK TO THEIR CONSTITUENTS. BUT FOR THE FOLKS THAT WEREN'T ABLE TO LISTEN OR WATCH THIS SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETING THIS MORNING, I DID MAKE A MOTION TO RESCIND THE DECISION THAT THE BOARD MADE ON JUNE 15th OF THE VOTE TO DENY THE CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATION. UNFORTUNATELY MY MOTION DIED FOR LACK OF A SECOND. BUT I WANTED TO JUST TAKE ONE BRIEF MOMENT FOR THOSE OUT THERE WHO ARE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THEY ARE GOING TO DO WITH THEIR CHILDREN, THIS IMPACTED SEVERAL HUNDRED, COUPLE THOUSAND FAMILIES ACTUALLY OF CHILDREN WHO WERE PLANNING ON GOING TO CHARTER SCHOOL, GOING BACK TO THEIR CHARTER SCHOOL THIS FALL, AND I JUST WANTED TO TAKE A MOMENT FOR PUBLIC CONSUMPTION TO EXPLAIN THE APPEAL PROCESS, VERY BRIEFLY, SO MAYBE TO GIVE PEOPLE A LITTLE PIECE OF -- PEACE OF MIND ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE STILL GOING TO BE OPERATIONAL UNTIL THE APPEAL PROCESS IS OVER. BUT COULD YOU BRIEFLY EXPLAIN THAT PROCESS?

>>Jim Porter: I WOULD BE HAPPY TO. SO THE FLORIDA LAW REQUIRES THAT IF THE BOARD INTENDS TO NOT RENEW A CHARTER THE BOARD GIVES 90 DAYS NOTICE OF THAT. THOSE LETTERS WENT OUT THIS AFTERNOON TO THE CHARTER SCHOOLS THAT YOU CHOOSE NOT TO RENEW. THAT BEGINS AN APPEAL PROCESS. THE CHARTER SCHOOLS HAVE 14 DAYS TO FILE AN APPEAL AND THAT'S WHAT AN ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE WOULD HEAR THAT. THE LAW JUDGE WOULD RULE ON THAT, AND COME BACK TO THE BOARD, AND THERE IS STILL FURTHER APPEAL AFTER THAT IF THE CHARTER SCHOOL IS NOT HAPPY WITH THE DECISION, THEY CAN APPEAL IT FURTHER FROM THE ORDER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE. IT'S IMPORTANT TO KNOW AND I SAID THIS THIS MORNING, THAT DURING THE PENDENCY OF THE APPEAL, THE CHARTER SCHOOLS WILL NOT BE CLOSED, THEY WILL REMAIN OPEN. THE DISTRICT IS SUCCESS ST. LOUIS IN DEFENDING YOUR DECISION, AND THE COURT DETERMINES THAT THEY SHOULD NOT BE RENEWED OR TERMINATED THE DISTRICT COURT WILL WORK WITH THE SCHOOL TO ENSURE TRANSITION FOR THE SCHOOLS AND FAMILIES AND STAFF.

>>Melissa Snively: I APPRECIATE THAT. THEN THE SECOND ISSUE OR ITEM I WANTED TO ASK, AND MAYBE YOU CAN GIVE AN UPDATE ABOUT THE FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, BECAUSE I THINK THE PUBLIC MAY HAVE THOUGHT WE WERE GOING TO VOTE ON THAT TODAY BASED ON SOME OF THE PUBLIC COMMENT THAT WE HEARD, BUT WE DID NOT. THAT WAS NOT ON THE AGENDA FOR TODAY, BUT IT IS COMING.

>>Jim Porter: IT'S SCHEDULED FOR JULY 13. THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO EXPLAIN THAT. YOU WILL RECALL AT YOUR LAST MEETING, WE PRESENTED THE FINANCIAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE FORMAT TO YOU. THERE WAS A REALLY ROBUST BOARD DISCUSSION. WE TOOK THOSE COMMENTS, AND I PROVIDED A RED LINE VERSION TO YOU EARLIER THIS WEEK TO MAKE SURE THAT I CAPTURED THE BOARD'S INTENT. I CAN READ THEM TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE IT. SO IF THOSE ARE OKAY, THEN WE'LL GO FORWARD WITH THE FINAL DRAFT AND WE'LL HAVE A RED LINE VERSION IN FINAL DRAFT FOUR. THE OTHER THING A SHOUTOUT TO MR. BUNKLEY AND MR. HART WHO ARE CREATING AN APPLICATION PROCESS THAT WILL BE SEAMLESS FOR THE PUBLICAN AND FOR YOU AND AT THIS TIME FIRST TIME THE DISTRICT HAS DONE SOMETHING LIKE THAT SO IT WAS WORTHWHILE SPENDING A LITTLE EXTRA TIME TO MAKE SURE THE PROCESS WAS GOING TO BE ACCEPTABLELESS. BUT THEY HAVE DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB OF CREATING SOMETHING FROM SCRATCH THAT I THINK THE BOARD IS GOING TO BE EXCITED ABOUT, AND THE PUBLIC IS GOING TO BE EXCITED ABOUT. WE WILL BRING THAT IN FOR LANDING ON THE 13th.

>>Melissa Snively: WE ARE LOOKING FORD FORWARD TO THAT. I THINK IT'S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE PUBLIC TO BE INVOLVED IN THE FINANCE PROCESS, AND TRY TO UNDERSTAND AND HELP THE BOARD A LITTLE BIT WHEN IT COMES TO THE BUDGET. AND SPEAKING OF THAT, THERE WAS A CONSTITUENT WHO I BELIEVE TALKED TO MOST OF THE BOARD MEMBERS ABOUT AN AUDITING TEAM, GAVE THE EXAMPLE OF ORANGE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. SO I DID A LITTLE RESEARCH ON THEIR AUDIT TEAM OVER IN ORANGE COUNTY AND I WAS VERY IMPRESSED WITH HOW THEY LEARNED -- RUN THAT. I KNOW THAT COSTS MONEY AND WE MAY NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO FINANCE AN ENTIRE AUDIT TEAM LIKE THEY HAVE IN ARRANGE COUNTY BUT MAYBE IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE COULD WORK TOWARDS, AND WE COULD EITHER -- I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO DISCUSS AT A SEPARATE TIME, A SEPARATE WORKSHOP, A SEPARATE MEETING, MAYBE AFTER ONE OF OUR WORKSHOPS WE CAN TALK ABOUT IF THAT'S SOMETHING THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS AN APPETITE TO DO. I LIKE THE FACT THAT THIS PARTICULAR AUDITING TEAM REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE SCHOOL BOARD, NOT THROUGH THE SUPERINTENDENT. AND SO THAT JUST ALLOWS A LITTLE MORE CHECKS AND BALANCES AND TRANSPARENCY FOR THE PUBLIC AND FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD AS WELL. SO I DON'T KNOW IF THAT'S ANYTHING THAT YOU WOULD CONSIDER.

>>Addison Davis: YES, MA'AM THROUGH THE CHAIR. WE HAVE A MEETING SCHEDULED ON THURSDAY, I THINK AROUND 8:00 TO 9:00 THAT WILL BE ENGAGING WITH A CONSTITUENT AND OUR TEAM WILLIAM THE SAME TOKEN BEING ABLE TO SPEAK TO ONE OF THE AUDITORS IN ORANGE COUNTY JUST TO DETERMINE WHAT THEIR ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ARE, HOW THEY IMPLEMENT IT, WHAT THE OVERALL COST IS, IF IT'S SOMETHING WE WOULD LIKE TO DO BEINGS INTERNALLY WHAT THAT COST WOULD BE. SO THAT'S FOR THIS WEEK, AND WE SHOULD HAVE MORE INFORMATION.

>>Melissa Snively: GREAT. MAYBE THAT'S SOMETHING WE CAN CONSIDER IN THE FUTURE. AND THANK YOU FOR ASKING AND BRINGING BACK THE QUARANTINE PROTOCOL CONVERSATION. I THINK THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PARENTS OUT THERE WHO STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT WHAT THE PROTOCOL WILL BE. SO I THINK WE ARE ALL LOOKING FORWARD TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ABOUT QUARANTINE AND OTHER COVID PROTOCOLS WHEN WE GET CLOSER TO THE BEGINNING OF SCHOOL AND COMMUNICATING THAT OUT TO PARENTS, AND THANK YOU FOR THE YOUNG LADY WHO BROUGHT UP THE CURSIVE HANDWRITING. I MEAN, OUR VISION IS IN CURSIVE. I HOPE STUDENTS CAN READ IT. OKAY? SO I AM GLAD TO HEAR THAT'S COMING BACK, THAT IT'S A CLASSIC WAY OF COMMUNICATION.

>>Addison Davis: I DON'T KNOW IN MR. CONNOR OR MR. BUNTLY KNOW HOW TO WRITE CURSIVE.

>> WE CALL IT CODE FOR MY GENERATION IF WE WANT TO WRITE SOMETHING TO A GENERATION, MILL LINN LEGALIANS WHEN, WE WRITE IN THE CURSIVE BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO READ IT. IT'S LIKE SECRET CODE FOR GENERATION X AND TRADITIONAL -- [ LAUGHTER ] THERE'S PROBABLY A FORM FOR THAT. ANYWAY, YOU HOPE EVERYBODY HAS A WONDERFUL BLESSED SAFE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION, AND HAVE A GOOD EVENING. THANK YOU.

>>Lynn Gray: THANK YOU, MEMBER SNIVELY. AND JUST PIGGYBACKING ON THE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL BOARD AUDITOR, I THINK WE LOOKED INTO IT AND WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE. AND INTERESTINGLY, IT COLLIDES WITH THE VERY -- SIX PEOPLE IN FINANCE ARE DOING THE WORK OF PROBABLY 20. SO TOGETHER WITH THE ADVISORY, INDEPENDENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, AND THEN POSSIBLY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL BOARD, CFO, PERHAPS IF WE LOOK AT THOSE TWO, AND THEN WE CAN ALL USE A LITTLE BIT OF HELP IN LOOKING AT OUR FINANCES. SO I ENCOURAGE THE SUPERINTENDENT TO LOOK INTO THAT. AND MEMBER SNIVELY, WE'LL NEXT WORKSHOP WE CAN MAYBE CHITCHAT ABOUT IT, WE WILL HAVE A LITTLE MORE INFORMATION. AND THEN WE WILL GIVE YOU A CURSIVE WRITING LESSON. AND I AM TRYING TO THINK WHO IS GOING LEAD THAT, YOU OR ME. ALSO, I WANT TO GIVE A BIG SHOUTOUT. OUR FINANCE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN AWARDED FROM THE GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICES ASSOCIATION A CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING. SO BIG TIME SHOUT OUT TO OUR FINANCE DEPARTMENT, ALL OF THE HARD WORK, THE 24/7, AND ALL THAT. THEY HAVE SUCCEEDED IN GETTING A HUGE AWARD. LAST, AND I AM GOING TO HAVE A VIDEO, BUT WE ORDERED -- THANK YOU, SUPERINTENDENT DAVIS, FOR GETTING THOSE HEART RATE MONITORS. I BELIEVE IT WAS MR. CONNORS. BUT ACTUALLY, ASHLEY IS SO EXCITED SO SHE DID AN ENRICHMENT IT'S A BIG STORY AND NO ONE WANTS TO GET INTO IT NOW BECAUSE WE ARE GETTING TIRED. SO JUST HOLD ONTO THAT. SO ANYWAY, THE PROGRAM IS CALLED MAP AROUND THE WORLD, AND THROUGH PHYSICAL EDUCATION, ART AND MUSIC, WE ARE PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH GLOBAL EXPERIENCES SO THAT THEY CAN LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT CULTURES AND IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION WE ARE VISITING AFRICA, SOUTH AMERICA, ALMOST DONE, ASIA AND GREECE. WE ARE CURRENTLY AT BROWARD, HOMOSASSA, MCDONALD, POTTER, UNTIL JULY 15th, DOING A WORKOUT, TOO, THROUGH THE DIFFERENT PHYSICAL EDUCATION CULTURAL EXPERIENCES, STUDENTS ARE ALSO USING HEART RATE MONITORS ONCE A WEEK, AND YOU ALL KNOW THAT INCORPORATES MATH, SCIENCE, MOVEMENT, A LITTLE ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY AND A LOT GOES ON WITH MEASURING YOUR HEART RATE. THANK YOU, ASHLEY KAPUCHI, NEVER ENDING DYNAMIC PE SUPERVISOR. BOARD MEMBERS, I THINK WE HAD A GREAT MEETING. WE WILL WORK ON ALL THE INS AND OUTS OF PUBLIC COMMENTS DURING SPECIAL CALLED BOARD MEETINGS. I THINK NOW WE'LL MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE AS MUCH PUBLIC COMMENT AS DOABLE. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR WONDERFUL FEEDBACK. AND LET'S LOOK ALIVE BECAUSE THE NIGHT IS YOUNG. SO EVERYBODY, ADJOURNED.